Randoms: backlog

- Accountable government (if you like this blog’s one sentence message, you’ll like this article)

- You’ll also enjoy Sonic Charmer on regulation

- Technology and crime

- Dalrymple:

The people who want to flee Britain are not economic migrants. It is not high taxes that they object to (many want to move to France, where taxes are not low), but barbarism. They are cultural refugees in search of a more civilized homeland, where fewer people are uncouth or militantly vulgar.

- A gold standard may be coming. Look at it this way, you should buy gold to keep your savings safe from thieves.

- Vox:

What we’re seeing here is the last desperate gasps of democracy as the new aristocratic age struggles to be born.

- The NYT discovered that WalMart does business in Mexico. My guess is that this same article could have been written about any company that does business in countries like Mexico. My wife’s old company specifically set aside money for bribes in Russia, for example.

- This seems to match my own experience.

- Charlton on affirmative action.

- AnomalyUK on employment

- Random thoughts from OneSTDV

- Studies discovers that poor people aren’t very smart when it comes to eating healthy. I’m shocked. I wonder if poor people are also not smart in other areas of life.

- "I just discovered I might not be Hispanic, do I have to give up my benefits?" No. (Passed along by Percyval, who digs up a nice Trotsky quote here.)

- In unrelated news, I just discovered that I’m Hispanic.

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One Response to Randoms: backlog

  1. Percyval says:

    Sadly, a lot of truth in Dalrymple’s article.

    I thought this was a particularly astute observation:

    Multiculturalism is damaging because it denies that, when it comes to culture, there is a better and a worse, a higher and a lower—only difference. The word culture is used here in its anthropological sense, that is to mean the totality of behavior that is not directly biological.

    Hence any conduct—lying scantily clad in a pool of vomit, for example—is part of a culture, and since all cultures, ex hypothesi, are of equal worth, no one has the moral right to criticize, much less forbid, any kind of behavior. And if I have to accept your culture, you have to accept mine. If you don’t like it—tough. Unfortunately, the lowest level of culture is the easiest to reach and, again ex hypothesi, there is no reason to aim higher.

    Incivility in Britain thus has a militant or ideological edge to it. The uncivil British are not uncivilized by default—they actively hate and repudiate civilization.

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