The Z-man had a post about human capital and if people are better of today than in the past. He theorizes both yes and no and about genetics playing a part, besides the Pinkerton analysis that the decline of interpersonal violence means we are better off. (I do think Pinkerton makes a good point on that subject.)
My thoughts however diverged in a different direction from his initial post. There’s a key element to human capital that we tend to overlook; predictability. I’ll try to hastily summarize it here and perhaps better think through it for the future.
Author’s Note: This article will be updated, edited consistently, and possibly republished as I focus my thoughts and ideas as time goes on. I’m not an intellectual nor an amazing writer. I’m just some guy trying to flush out what plagues our modern existence. Thoughtful genuine critique is welcome. This long post is divided into two parts with the second focusing on ideas to forge a new mythos and identity.
Something is wrong with modern society. We can feel it in our bones. It chills us like a sinister X- Files conspiracy in which our souls and spirit have been stolen away. We can smell the rot abounding and growing in their absence and we know its more than just the curse of a bizarre post-modernism that’s permeated our modern lives.
The post-Cold War framework we evaluated, measured, and determined our identities no longer holds weight. Useless is the “left vs right” and “liberal vs conservative” paradigms that culture, politics, and even daily life were seen through. It’s been rendered obsolete by our new digital age and a “new” set of problems festering for decades behind the scenes that have finally surfaced.
Almost everyone regardless of their political affiliations can see that the world around is falling apart. We are reaping the seeds we’ve sown in the past all the way from the French Enlightenment to the Post-Christian West as our substituted gods have started to crumble.
On a side note, what have all the previous presidents been doing? Trump in his ripe old age is on the rhoids of presidential power with the speed he’s gone about attempting to fulfill his promises during the campaign. Anyway, back to the subject at hand.
Do as I say, not as I do and that “doing” will take place regardless of any constitutional protections, restrictions, and rights. So why the absolute hypocrisy from our modern day leftist saintly paragons of righteousness?
Examine the logic at the core from our intolerant friends who justify their intolerance because the ends justify the means. This is beautifully displayed in all of it’s logic by Mr. Tucker Fitzgerald in a Medium defending “Intolerant Liberals” in their lack of academic diversity and embracing of double standards.
“The progressive liberal agenda isn’t about being nice. It’s about confronting evil, violence, trauma, and death. It’s about acknowledging the ways systemic power, systemic oppression, systemic evil, work in our world around us. I’m not fighting for diversity. I’m not fighting for tolerance. I’m fighting to overturn horrific systems of dehumanizing oppression.”
So I and many other sinful shitlord deviants who haven’t checked our privilege enough have taken our crimes to heart. This logic goes down to the very core. Double Standards for behavior, action, and everything else under the sun is okay because some animals – radical leftists apparently – have more rights then others.
“When liberals storm the cities’ streets to protest, rally, and yes, riot, in response to a Trump election, conservatives cry foul. They cry double-standard. Liberals expect conservatives to accept election results they don’t like; why won’t the liberals accept election results that didn’t go in their favor? Why won’t the liberals be relativists, like we want them to be, and treat all outcomes as equally valid?
Because all political decisions aren’t equally right. Aren’t equally moral. Aren’t equally recognizing of human dignity and justice and freedom. Because liberals recognize that there are wrong and right decisions, because they parse good and evil, contrary to what my church taught me about them.
Because democracy isn’t the only value we hold. We don’t accept the 51% enslaving the 49% by popular vote. We believe in human rights. We believe in the Bill of Rights. Because we balance the will of the people with the sanctity of each individual life. And no, your right to not sell flowers doesn’t outweigh someone else’s right to get married. Because not all rights are equal.”
Has the bitter realization of today’s actual political climate taken hold yet? Not only are people like Fitzgerald not playing by the rules, but they expect you to hold those rules as sacred as Muslims do the Koran.
Double standards? They are above pesky standards and rules, but you aren’t and they will scream on the highest peaks about your immoral actions, words, and oppressive executive orders feigning belief in the red, white, and blue while burning during their street riots.
We now know how the game is played. There are no rules now. Common sense is Dead, and I’m not just referring to Thomas Paine. Embracing executive orders as just another means to fight back and level the playing field is now part of our playbook. The left has forced us to forget about a moral high ground they don’t even bother to hold. You are now a target.
Once you’ve seen the face of the devil, you have no choice but to utilize his own tactics to make politics equal again. Meanwhile, we won’t care about the unconstitutional measures used by Trump to Make America Great Again because we know Fitzgerald didn’t during the eight years of “Hope And Change”. Now we are going to give you a revenge taste of Judicial activism.
“Here is the cold hard truth: with each riot and outrageous accusation, the left is emboldened. It doesn’t matter that their message is chaotic, their delivery cacophonous. It is irrelevant that WE think they look ridiculous. What matters to them is that they can manipulate the political scene today to achieve long-term goals ASAP. This is the culmination of decades of liberal efforts behind the scenes.
They are simply leveraging the online infrastructure they have constructed, the vast networks they have built among the schools, the culture, the media, ex-Presidents, and current politicians, and the unity they have cultivated. They have just been waiting for the right moment to pounce.
The election of a guy like Trump at a time when the fate of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, when all political power in the states and federal government has shifted right, has provided them with that Arab Spring, Cuban Revolution, Bolshevik moment that gives them a collective thrill up their legs. “
Not only do we need to be prepared to defend our deplorable selves and our children, but we need to fight those wielding fire with fire and not care how our means are accomplished. Rest assured, neither do they – and that includes the very Berkeley staff as to what Academia thinks about “diversity” of thought. Don’t forget about the man in Seattle at the Milo riot there because the shooter thought the victim was a “white supremacist” . It can and has now gone that far. Yet again, “peaceful protestors“.
Even the blackest disabled man can be beaten by them if he holds ingrained said white supremacy in his heart – however the hell that works in concern to nonexistent diversity of opinion. All “minorities and marginalized groups” must think alike, or be treated – and beaten – like us fellow deplorables as anyone can become a Nazi these days. In fact, if you’ve ever been physically beaten at a college campus, thank a professor.
When you hear the faux moral pleadings, laugh in amusement while pointing out they never cared about morals in their quest to force immoral measures upon the rest of us…. all in the name of modern morality; equality, diversity, unity, etc. If they’ve endorsed punching “Nazis” as a moral thing to do, then I have no problem with them being punched in the face for any reason regardless of moral implications. I’m at that point.
As they became demons through their methods, they created demons in the rest of us. When the Moors poured into France, Charles Martel took up the sword at Tours to defend Christendom from the Islamic crusaders.
Opinionated Man a.k.a. Jason Cushman over at HarshReality is what one could consider a powerblogger of sorts – whatever that term even means anymore. He actually may be addicted to blogging to the annoyance of his wife. Over time, he has used his site to promote other WordPress bloggers as well as to promote community interaction between all of us.
In particular, his WordPress Meet & Greet threads for bloggers have been fantastic and he has featured a weekly number of “Guest Posts” written by just about anybody who has come across his site – usually commentors and people who frequent the site.
I’ve written a few guest posts and enjoyed how it let me reach a wider audience with thoughts – I’m sure other guest posters have had the same feeling. What I now realize is just how invaluable these guests posts are. Jason isn’t a particularly political, controversial, or culture war type of blogger – though he’s written a few controversial posts.
This has attracted a community that is actually “diverse” and not in the artificial corporate and blogosphere buzzword sense. Your thoughts, posts, and ideas will actually be either critiqued, analyzed, and discussed by a group of people with all sorts of opinions.
Think about how significantand rare that it is.
Most blogging communities are echo-chambers in and of to themselves. Dissenting commentors are labeled trolls and anyone who critiques the groupthink just a bit too much is ousted. Actual dialogue is usually impossible because of the way dissenting opinions and the people who express them handle the internet.
This results in “safe-spaces” that are subconsciously and indirectly created – often through disabling comments all together or moderating them to an extreme fashion that the only people who frequent are the one’s who agree with essentially everything that is said.
These communities then usually rehash the same sort of crap. Once in a while, they say something crazy enough to go viral to get page-clicks, and then go back to the intellectual and conversation deprived vacuum. HarshReality’s community allowed you to actually talk with people outside of the usual echo-chambers and that is becoming harder and harder every day.
Something I noticed a few months back was that most of the conversations that took place – even where there was noticeable disagreements – were very amiable. Jason isn’t big on censorship and comment moderation – so that makes the level of cordial discussion that too place even more surprising.
We may be about to miss that.
Well, Jason’s good deed of promoting and enabling a community was taken advantage of – possibly by a detractor – though we may never know. Someone used his “Guest Post” feature to post “stolen” material. I’m still not sure if it was copyrighted or not, but it did get attention and a warning from WordPress:
As the individual who agreed to the Terms of Service contract when activating WordAds, you are responsible for all content posted on your blog and subsequent Terms of Service violations.
It is far more than just those three. From the notes left by the investigators, I’d say probably the entire Guest Blogger Posts category is suspect.
The investigators re-evaluate rejected applications monthly. If they find absolutely no copied content after a much more thorough re-evaluation, they may re-approve your application. If they find even more copied content, they will likely permanently ban your application.
Now Jason’s guest post system worked pretty well. Bloggers who wanted to create a guest post would email him, he would briefly check it, and then post it later in the day. Pretty simple and effective.
“I talk to everyone via email before they guest blog. I am not sure how what happened, happened… but either way it did. I got played.
My wife wants me to stop blogging. I have considered it. I don’t make a lot of money at my normal 40 hour job and blogging was my release… and possibly a way to chase a dream. Perhaps writing will need to take a rain check for now.
Be careful out there. HarsH ReaLiTy will be closed for a bit. Enjoy the articles, that were ALL written by me, and the free promotional posts.
Jason C. Cushman
If Jason does leave us, who will pick up his mantle? I don’t have alot of hope, but you never know. One thing is for sure – they can’t be a control freak on a power trip – which limits our options on the internet severely.