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Neo-Republicanism and Social Democracy

Neo-republicanism, which tends towards social democracy, departs from classical republicanism in one important sense. Whereas traditional republicans wanted liberty for propertied white men, neo-republicans want liberty for all, which means universal healthcare, abolition of wage-slavery, etc.

Willful Ignorance of European Marxism

I once knew a person on Facebook who was reasonably intelligent, a network engineer by profession, but alas has been infected by that strange political expression of methodological individualism. In other words, they were a Libertarian, of the capital 'L', good ol' U.S.A variety. Now I have some sympathy for such people, especially when what they are talking about in terms of civil rights and liberties, self-governance, and so forth.

Bludgers Beware

I’ve posted all this before, but New Corp have posted this headline before too. So once again, here is a reminder of why the true bludgers have nothing to beware of:

The Newstart allowance is nearly $200 per week below the poverty line.

Over 730,000 children are dependent on welfare payments to their parents/careers.

32% of people receiving Newstart allowance are over 50.

50% of Australians and 70% of households have accessed welfare at some time in the last 15 years.

The Republican Party is not republican

The Republican Party is not republican. They are conservative with propertarian leanings. Modern conservatism is the bastard child of traditional conservatism and classical liberalism/individualist libertarianism.

Waving a Rebel Flag is Shouting the N-word!


Language is a system of symbols used for communication. A flag is a symbol, a word; it represents an idea and sends a message. This is why flying a Confederate flag is protected as freedom of speech. The Confederate flag is basically the n-word. It is a racist symbol. That flag represents the Confederate States. The Confederate States declared their cause when they seceded from the United States. That cause was white supremacy. That's what the Confederate flag stands for.

Criminal Gangs in Victoria

About this pamphlet Matthew Guy.

I know you’re saying it isn’t specifically targeting “African gangs”, in fact it isn’t even a photo of Melbourne. It’s from a story published in 2012 about gangs in London. The problem with your pamphlet isn’t just that it contradicts data from the state’s Crime Statistics Agency which show crime in Victoria has decreased by nearly 9% in the last year, it’s about context.

Ben Shapiro and Nordic Social Democracy

Ben Shapiro makes two points in criticizing Nordic Model social democracy.

First, he says that it won't work here because we are not ethnically homogeneous. This is total bullshit, taken directly from the Alt-Right playbook. It's also racist. He's suggesting that the existence of black people makes it impossible for programs like Social Security and Medicare to work. Since we have such programs in our multi-cultural society, his claim can be dismissed. How will having an ethnically diverse society cause Medicare-for-All to fail? I need an explanation.

Trumpty Dumpty had a big fall

Awe... Trumpty Dumpty is all butt hurt and upset that Michael Cohen secretly recorded him and handed over the recordings to the FBI. Crybaby snowflake! He's so precious with his temper tantrums on Twitter. But while he's ranting about this scandal, we now know that Trump told a Russian spy that he was willing to cooperate with Russia and that the NRA and John Bolton openly worked with a Russian spy (one who did not even try to conceal the fact that she works for Russia). Could there BE any more Trump scandals!?

Spies: Maria Butina and David Keene

Maria Butina being a Russian spy was not at all a secret. Her handler was Alexander Torshin, a Russian senator and member of Putin's party. David Keene, former president of the NRA and current board member, bragged about hosting the Russian senator at multiple NRA annual meetings. Keene received money from a Russian gun group associated with Butina. The NRA apparently took money from Russian oligarchs.

Libertarian critique of Libertarianism

This is a good read. It's a pretty fair critique of American (right-wing) libertarianism from a libertarian perspective. Libertarians tend to glorify the late 1800s as the golden age of laissez-faire, but the author rightly points out that the government actually did substantially intervene in the economic affairs of most people, to an extent that this era cannot even be regarded as an era of laissez-faire.

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