Public Shootings and Self-Defense (18m) – Editor’s Break 112

Editor’s Break 112 has Skyler reading and adding commentary to an essay he wrote in May of 2007 titled, “Public Shootings and Self-Defense”.

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On Colonialism

Mine is an admittedly amateurish review of the history of colonialism, but two themes stick out: 1) colonialists primarily desire the physical resources and additional tax cattle of those they are colonizing, and 2) colonialists sell this to its useful idiots (nobles, priests, peasants, and soldiers) as a moral obligation to bring their obviously superior way of life to the inferior savages. You see, it would be evil for colonialists to allow savages to continue their inferior way of life, as well as foolish to not put their resources to their most effective use. Good and wise are the colonialists. Can you guess what else is perceived as good and wise? People who call themselves “government” behave in these very same ways and for the very same reasons. You might think that government is good because it keeps us from reverting to savages, and you might think that government is wise because it knows best how to distribute resources so as to maximize the satisfaction of needs, but you would be wrong. Government is neither good nor wise. It’s criminal. To believe otherwise may just put you in the useful idiots camp. And that’s today’s two cents.

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Intelligence, Knowledge, and Self-Respect

Intelligence without ego-strength, a vibrant knowledge base containing various ideologies, and self-respect means little. It will largely mean you are a calculator, an emotional reactionary, or an eloquent parrot.

Everyone adopts poor ideas. We all overgeneralize our narratives and experience. These cognitive issues run through all of us, but it can be what defines you as a thinker and actor, or it can merely color our perspectives. Without the ego-strength to consider unpopular ideas, a knowledge base which can challenge your own premises, and and the integrity and conviction to stand by your own thoughts … you will retreat to the ideas that are most comforting. This means, you will parrot those around you, and/or you will justify and defend your own emotional experiences.

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No One Owns a Culture

To own something is to have the rights (1) to determine exclusively how it is used, (2) to appropriate exclusively any income or other benefits it yields, and (3) to transfer the foregoing rights to others by sale, gift, or bequest. In this light, it is clear that no one owns a culture, and hence no one may legitimately seek state violence for the defense of such asserted property rights.

One may have preferences about culture. One may have affections for or aversions to a culture or particular elements of a culture. But such preferences do not entail any rights of ownership. Moreover, all cultures are constantly changing to a greater or lesser degree by spontaneous, decentralized processes, including interaction with other cultures. Such interaction has always been the case except for the cultures of people completely isolated from the rest of the world.

To treat the arrival of new members of society who live to some degree in accordance with different cultures as if these persons were “invaders” who threaten to destroy one’s culture is simultaneously to evince little faith in the attractiveness and strength of one’s culture and to seek its defense as the enforcement of property rights where no such rights exist.

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Where Would You Stop?

Nobody asked but …

One of the querulous problems of today is the differential in wealth and opportunity between one human being and another.  The richest man in the world, right now, is Jeff Bezos.  Where should he stop acquiring wealth?  No one can say, or at least I know of no one whom can say.  Is it alright for Bezos to accumulate enough to stay on top.  Is it OK for him to double his lead, or halve it?  Would the world’s governments spend more than $112 billion in leveling the playing field.  In fact, who’s in charge?

What is the average CEO income?  Forbes has reported “Last year, CEO pay at an S&P 500 Index firm soared to an average of 361 times more than the average rank-and-file worker, or pay of $13,940,000 a year, according to an AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch news release today.”

In a previous column, I presented the argument that things (people, places, things, events, and relationships) can be both odd and natural.  Thus it is with the natural distribution of wealth, as well as the frequent natural desire by most humans to see the redistribution of wealth.  Look at the Top Ten List.  Which of those people do you work harder than?  You don’t really know, because you don’t know how hard they work, and you are probably not objective about how hard you work.  Where would you stop?

— Kilgore Forelle

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Rep(rehensible) Eric Swalwell

That congressvermin who said that if you think you should keep your guns to fight tyranny, it would be a short fight because the government has nukes…

Yeah, he was probably “joking”. So? It shows how he “thinks”. It shows him as a government supremacist at the very least.

If the tables had been turned and someone joked about nuking congress– or his personal house while he and his family (if any) were in it– do you think he would have found it hilarious? Do you think he would have accepted it as nothing but a sarcastic joke?

You know he wouldn’t have. His life is too valuable to take the chance. You are the expendable one to this parasite.

Anti-gun bigots are disgusting. That one would sarcastically “joke” about nuking Americans just because we value our natural rights over his mass-murderous opinions shows this without a doubt.

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