Randoms of the past week

Sorry for the lack of content. I had a work trip last week (Florida) and then I a wedding last weekend. Frankly, the weather has also been pretty nice and I’ve spent some time enjoying my family. Nothing’s better than a good family life. In that post OneSTDV says, "The ironic thing is I do not plan on becoming a father – primarily because I don’t foresee myself being a good one. I know that’s a rather harsh admonishment of myself, but we deal in honesty at OneSTDV." I can’t speak from much experience – since my kid isn’t very old – but Iv’e taken to fatherhood much more quickly than I expected. To be honest, I expected to be unhappy with fatherhood until the kid(s) were about 4. Fortunately, it’s been great from the start.

Steve Sailer’s review of Bryan Caplan’s new book was the best thing I read all week.

Mr Roach:

The bane of our age is the popular view that we can think about politics in one way, contradict that thinking in our religious beliefs, act entirely differently in the realm of parenting or business, and then have artistic or music tastes that have no relation to any of the above.

School funding by race.

I should probably say something about that McDonald’s beating that happened last week. I found it pretty hard to watch. Imagine all those people standing around watching that happen. I’ve written about the interaction between gays/transgenders/whatevers and blacks before. They interact a lot, since the gays are generally the first to re-civilize urban areas that have been destroyed by large black populations. I find the interaction fascinating. I’ll be watching to see if this beating is considered a hate crime.

More reasons to act like a man.

Jim on the survival prospects of democracy.

On Saturday morning, I was looking out my front window. The first person to walk by was a black guy wearing a do-rag walking a non-neutered pit bull. The second person was a skinny young white guy pushing a unicycle. Gentrification is a strange process.

I a larger percentage of Koch’s employees vote Democratic than any Federal agency’s staff votes Republican.

The correlation between Presidents’ wealth and how much they’re liked by progressive scholars is -0.33. That’s a pretty solid correlated indicating that progressive scholars generally like wealthy Presidents.

The McDonald’s around me is pretty similar it has about 50 signs saying that they charge more money if customers want extra sauces.

Tino on "the rich."

According to the OECD, the top ten percent of American income earners pay 45% of taxes (this includes payroll taxes). In Sweden, the corresponding figure is only 27%, and in France 28% .

Keith Preston on the aristocratic left.


In Britain we have completely lost sight of the proper place of vulgarity in the moral and cultural economy. We have made it king when it should be court jester. It is funny and valuable only when it mocks pretensions to gentility and recalls cultivated people to the limitations of their earthbound condition. Without a contrast with something else, something that is not itself vulgar, it becomes merely unpleasant, crude and stupid. In these circumstances it exerts a corrosive effect on minds and manners because, while it takes no effort at all to be vulgar and unrefined where vulgarity and lack of refinement are almost universal, it takes effort to be urbane and refined.


12 Responses to Randoms of the past week

  1. Handle says:

    1. OneSTDV is probably wrong about himself – most of the best fathers I know erroneously doubted their own adequacy at the task, and they turned out to be superb naturals. One hears some of this preemptive self-doubt about being a husband as well, and I wonder why these traditional-male-role preemptive doubts as to one’s suitability to perform well at traditional male roles have become common sentiments. The best worry about about competence, the worst are utterly insouciant – like Yeats’ Second Coming.

    2. What happened to OrientalRight, first it went “private” and now it’s gone?

    3. As for the Survival of Democracy, I’ve come up with an interesting argument in this regard, so tell me what you think. Instead of constantly criticizing Sacred Democracy (which, I realize, is insanely easy to do these days), think instead about The Optimal Democracy.

    That is, ask yourself, what is the nature of the Society (not necessarily the political structure or the government apparatus) where Democracy is most likely to function well and effectively and with minimal abuse?

    The answer would be something like a relatively homogenous group, not too large, and with large amounts of Social Capital and aligned interests. I think Japan scores well in this regard, but you could just as easily imagine it as a small General Partnership.

    In circumstances like this, major decisions, especially those out of the course of ordinary business, are indeed best managed through deliberation, persuasion, and majority voting.

    So here’s the twist. Instead of abandoning Democracy as something that has become an irredeemably unworkable and corrupt structure destined to result in awful government, one could instead ask “What would be the Reactionary Platform of Societal Reform needed to save Democracy.

    That platform would take a direct stab at all the Multiculturalist and Diversity Orwellian nonsense, putting them on the “Counter-Democracy” side of the ledger. Meanwhile, we, the True Democrats have an alternative Social Vision that is the only form actually compatible with popular rule.

    Anyway, thoughts?

    • Foseti says:

      I agree that those are the circumstances in which democracy would * theoretically* work best.

      Oddly though, in places that most closely match those circumstances . . . they aren’t very democratic. Japan is still a good example.

      I’ve basically concluded that democracy is unworkable. In the sort of societies in which it might work, people trust each other enough to have more efficient systems of government.

  2. spandrell says:

    Japan’s democracy doesn’t work anyway, it’s civil service is relatively effective but its rampant with petty corruption and entrenched interest groups buying and selling votes en masse. A functioning democracy doesn’t have the same ruling party for 55 years, and then change for one where half the members are escapees from the ex-ruling party.

    I’d think everyone’s image of the perfect democracy is Scandinavia, but there you have feminazi pro-muslim socialism.
    Then you have Switzerland…

    • RS says:

      Right. Japan’s government is 20-100x better than the Norse or Swiss govs. Though the Danish and Swiss ones could certainly be worse; the Swedish one demonstrates that. Not only do they not attack the Jap people, but the less-capable are not abused as they were by the European ancien regime. (However, that’s not really the ancien regime’s “fault” in a sense. For biological reasons, Euros will generally have more aristocratic abuse of commoners than Japan.)

      ‘Corruption’ really doesn’t matter; what matters is the corruption of things that matter. MM noted this once. NYT is always trying to get the Japs to dump their excellent gov for a mass immigration regime, but the people there seem to be too smart to place a crooked deal on the same level as the fate of nations. Of course NYT doesn’t give a good goddamn about sketchy doings in Japan, they just want to generate discontent which they can shape for their own purposes.

      • spandrell says:

        “For biological reasons, Euros will generally have more aristocratic abuse of commoners than Japan.”
        That´s way off. I’ve lived long in Japan, speak the language. Listen to me on this: And medieval Japan´s aristocratic abuse of commoners was way worse than anything that ever happened in Europe. not to say that today’s Japan is the home of Karoshi and 30k suicides a year, and the harshest and most stratified labor enviroment in the world.

        Not to say that Japan isn’t better in as much as there´s not muslim invasion, but that´s pretty much the only difference. There’s a chinese labor invasion on the way tho, let’s see how that turns out.

        Liberal democracy kills countries, no matter the culture they belong. Its poison.

      • RS says:

        > Not to say that today’s Japan is the home of Karoshi and 30k suicides a year

        I just see racial difference in that (probably), and more broadly in the acute sense of shame. And, it’s only about 2x the rate for US adults (many of whom are pretty shameless by Japanese standards).

        > the harshest and most stratified labor enviroment in the world.

        Huh, didn’t know that. I’d heard that they were paternalistic in a good way, affectionate towards all, and used protectionism/inefficiency to create jobs. Maybe that’s largely wrong though. I suppose some of the people I read have reason to want to idealize the place.

        Not knowing Old Japan much, I was comparing the ancien regime to the Japan of the present day – but on second thought that doesn’t make much sense.

      • spandrell says:

        “Huh, didn’t know that. I’d heard that they were paternalistic in a good way, affectionate towards all, and used protectionism/inefficiency to create jobs”

        Inefficient it is, so they overwork them to pay for it. Jobs don’t pay for themselves, and Chinese and Korean competition is harsh. Hence Karoshi.
        Not to say that finding a job must be done during a predetermined time before you graduate, else you’re cut off the labor market forever. Forever. So people who drop out even once fromt he predetermined path are condemned to $10/hour labor for the rest of their lives.

        The whole world sucks, there´s no decent country on earth. Just different shades of gray.

  3. YR says:

    notice this gem in the comments on the koch link

    “Diversity is directly related to survival. The greater the diversity, the better the chances of long term survival.”

    also, call me stupid but i can’t see the part where it says more koch employees vote dem

  4. dearieme says:

    I’m reasonably urbane and refined, but unfortunately I’m rather foul-mouthed. It’s a habit I recoil from but find hard to eradicate. It’s a right bugger.

    • Foseti says:

      “I’m reasonably urbane and refined, but unfortunately I’m rather foul-mouthed.”

      I’m afraid that this is true of me as well.

      • Handle says:

        My speech was so vulgar-work-environment contaminated that it was essentially unsafe for public consumption, and at one point I had to go through a self-imposed cold-turkey reeducation process. I didn’t like having my vocabulary diminished by the lazy ability to replace all my descriptors and superlatives with cuss words. Now it’s a rare event when I swear, and the folks around know to interpret my frustration as sincere and intense.

  5. RS says:

    Handle, even Japan might be a lot better with a mixed government – a separation of powers where some go to aristocrats/monarch and some to the people. It would be in less danger of falling for the worst Western ideas. And it would have a better culture: it would worship everything beautiful, dignified, and sublime, more than it does now.

    Or, who knows – an explicit aristocracy might set up more aristocratic infighting… democracy might actually be better there. Hard to know.

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