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Adam Smith and Capitalism

It's inaccurate to read Adam Smith as the "father of capitalism." Capitalism wasn't a thing yet. Wage-labor wasn't the norm. He was a defender of the emergence of industrialization and the division of labor. Marxism is just as much a logical outgrowth of many of Smith's doctrines as neoliberalism is.

We Need Someone Like Yang

Listen, politics is a matter of life and death. Y'all need to vote for Andrew Yang. Here's why.

If someone's toddler is sick and in the hospital, they shouldn't have to worry about "how am I gonna pay for this treatment to save my baby's life" or "I better get back to work soon before I lose my job."

If someone gets sick and loses their job after being bedridden for months, that shouldn't wreck their financial wellbeing. And they shouldn't have to be jobless and still stuck with the medical debt from being sick.

Parents would not be happy

When I was a child and we used to visit my grandma and I remember living in fear of this grumpy old curmudgeon who lived a couple of units down from her.

Her hatred of children was fanatical. She was like the witch from Hansel and Gretel, only without the pleasant demeanor and gingerbread. The mere sight of a child would sent her into a walking stick-waiving frenzy about how we were up to no good and shouldn't be allowed to roam unsupervised.

I assume that woman is long dead now, but I'm sure she'd have just loved what the Liberal Party have become.

Updated rankings for the 2020 Democrat candidates.

Updated rankings for the 2020 Democrat candidates. I didn't get a chance to do another of these after the last debate, but honestly we're beyond the point where anything other than a complete meltdown on stage would have any effect on individual candidates' standings. In fact there's no better illustration of the irrelevancy of the televised debates to the overall race than the flatlining Kamala Harris campaign.

Suffragettes, Extinction Rebellion, and Being a Damned Nuisance

Recently Terry Laidler posted an image that encouraged supporters of the Extinction Rebellion to be like the Suffragettes.

Ever ready to parade his ignorance of history in a public place, Geoff Kelly argued:

Things Boycotts Achieve

The term “boycott” is derived from Captain Charles Boycott, an agent in Ireland for a British absentee landlord. In 1880, Boycott began evicting tenants who could not pay their rent following a particularly bad harvest. In response Boycott was socially ostracised. Shops refused to serve him, local business refused to transact with him and workers refused to tend his fields, stables and household.

In the 1930s boycotts of goods from Japan and Nazi German severely curtailed their preparations for war.

Conservative Theory Worth Reading

Trump-supporters should actually read conservative literature, because a clear understanding of conservative theory will make you thoroughly anti-Trump. Here's a list of conservative books you ought to read:

Tell Mentos maker Perfetti van Melle to stop using child labour in Bangladesh!

Netherlands-based Perfetti van Melle, maker of Mentos and Chupa Chups, calls itself the third-largest global confectionery company. Child labourers come and go at the company’s factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh. They disappear during inspections, only to reappear once the inspections have ended.

Doubt Cast on Carbon Capture by Stanford Study

Doubt Cast on Carbon Capture by Stanford Study – “It Usually Increases Air Pollution”
https://scitechdaily.com/doubt-cast-on-carbon-capture-by-stanford-study-...

Varieties of Neo-Liberalism

I've read a lot of anti-neoliberal articles lately. It seems that most critics of neoliberalism don't actually know what neoliberalism is. I'm hesitant to call myself a neoliberal because of the ideas that term is generally associated with, but also hesitant to be too anti-neoliberal.

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