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Unemployment and the Economic State

A reminder that unemployment numbers are meaningless when it comes to the state of the economy.

2018 Victorian Election Guide

A partially objective guide to minor parties running in the 2018 Victorian election

Animal Justice Party

The Animal Justice Party “gives a political voice to those who have none”. Kind of like the Human Justice Party, only for animals, and they’re a thing.

Aussie Battler Party

Anti-vaxxers and Chiropractors

Vaccines don't cause autism and chiropractic is pseudo-science.

Even if vaccines cause autism (which they don't), a person can live a happy and fulfilling life with autism. You can't live a happy and fulfilling life if you're dead because you got a completely preventable illness. Also, the guy that did the "research" showing a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism faked the research because he happened to own the patent on an alternative vaccine—he was just a piece of shit trying to scare people away from the usual vaccine in order to sell them his own vaccine instead.

Plato The Anti-Intellectual

"The Republic" is also a mistranslation of the title of Plato's work. An accurate translation would be "The State." Plato was not a republican and neither was the form of government he advocated. He advocated a totalitarian quasi-communist monarchy. His politics was thoroughly fascist. Also, "scientific racism" played a central role in his political thought.

Worth Remembering

Tomorrow, Remembrance Day, formerly Armistice Day, will be observed for the hundredth time. At the eleventh hour, many people will pause for a minute’s silence in respect for those who have died in wars.

Eleven am (Paris time) is when the guns fell silent in the First World War, a war which had effectively ended six hours earlier.

US Election Big Takeways

DEMS WIN THE HOUSE. The next two years will be very different from the last two. We're not out of the woods yet, but at least we've found a path.

Let's Call All the Lefties NPCs

Like yet another flash in the pan, alt-right types have decided to call left-wingers NPCs, following on from the type of character in traditional roleplaying games and more commonly these days, computer roleplaying games. The meme is more directed to the latter, working on the assumption that left-wingers are reactive rather than proactive, have a limited range of stock responses, lack complex personality features, and so forth. There is a now a number of "NPC" memes available.

Unsurprisingly, this is a remarkably easy meme to turn on its head, which I have done.

Robert Mercer and Breitbart

Robert Mercer, a man nigh infinitely more wealthy than Donald Trump, spent millions on Breitbart in order to spread Alt-Right anti-immigration propaganda. He also spent millions helping get Donald Trump elected. When Trump was elected, he appointed Robert Mercer's daughter (Rebekah Mercer) and Mercer's people (like Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway) to top positions within his Administration. Trump, propelled by the Alt-Right anti-immigrant agenda of Bannon, cracked down on illegal immigration and has been spreading anti-immigrant propaganda and lies.

US Libertarian Racism

Murray Rothbard and Russell Kirk were brilliant intellectuals of the right, but they were also highly problematic. They were both walking encyclopedias. Rothbard gave us the "non-aggression principle" as a libertarian axiom. Kirk warns against insurrection and revolution. They both defend the natural law tradition. Rothbard is the founder of modern American libertarianism. Kirk founded modern American conservatism. But they also bear some guilt for Trumpism and fascism.

Beating up the Uglies of the Liberal Party of Australia

When Malcolm Turnbull was dumped as Liberal Party leader and thus as Prime Minister, he took the opportunity to exact his revenge by resigning his seat.

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