October 25th, 2020

#7347: The fourth turning

The people who discuss "the fourth turning" inevitably do so in apocalyptic terms, as if once it's done there's nothing else. Everything over, we're all screwed, blah blah blah, etcetera.

Except if you take a look at Strauss-Howe generational theory, which is where "the fourth turning" comes from, you find that it's a continuing cycle.

According to the theory we're fifteen years into "crisis". There's no schedule, but a typical minimum duration for a stage is eighteen years. But once "crisis" is finished, we move on to "High" again.

America was created in one "crisis" and has survived two others. At the end of this "crisis" we will see a couple decades of "ups" to match the "downs" of the last ten years.

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There are already signs that things will improve greatly. The first step in solving a problem is identifying it. Discovering rampant corruption at the highest levels of government is the first step towards eliminating it.

Time to add term limits to all elected positions.

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but "If You Don’t Know That 'Coyotes' Are Human Smugglers, Shut Up About The Border." You are utterly ignorant of the issue and your opinion is therefore invalid.

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I'm going to file this one under "a poor grasp of the story". Short form: they made a series for Hulu about M.O.D.O.K., one of the most fearsome supervillains in the Marvel universe...and it's a sitcom. Or drama, or "dramedy". With the same kind of setting that every drama/sitcom/show about a family has had since 1965:
The setup for this show is that after decades of trying to take over the world MODOK has run AIM into the ground and has been kicked out by the board. His (Woke) marriage is falling apart, he can't relate to his kids and he is about to have a mid-life crisis.
I can see where this is going: the feared criminal supergenius is reduced to the typical male failure that TV shows have presented us with for decades, where everyone on the show is smarter than he is, and he always Learns his Lesson at the end of each episode. Can't wait to see the reviews for the ep where he puts too much detergent into the washing machine and the house fills with suds, you know?

*rolleyes*

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Who WERE the nazis, anyway?
1) The Nazis were a self-proclaimed socialist movement that called for the end of capitalism, abolishment of non-labor income (interest and finance), and proposed an all-powerful central authority to regulate the market
2) Racial identity politics was used to identify an oppressor class (Jews), that embodied both the evil nature of capitalism and the anti-German nature of communism
3) Strong nationalistic pride was a core pitch to the people to justify a stronger central authority
4) The party used militant radical socialist activists to harass businesses and political enemies with acts of violence
5) Limitations on free speech and removing access to dissenting views
Does any of that sound familiar?

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Well. Mrs. Fungus ran over a traffic cone the other day, so I need to go do something about the noise her car is making. The fender liner has been ruined so I need to buy a new one and install it, but in the meantime I need to patch things up so it won't be a problem.

Unless there's some kind of error, the parts are cheap. The fender liner cost seven dollars. I just ordered some cosmetic parts for the car and the grand total was a bit over $25...and half of that was shipping.

Of course, they're just bits of injection-molded plastic.

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Last night I finally got around to working on my glider rocker. Got the broken part glued back together and fabricated the brace that will go around the end of it. I just need to bend it to fit and screw it in place and we ought to be good for a while longer, until something else breaks. Plus side, the other side--which I fixed this way previously--has since has shown no sign of moving or coming apart.

Once it was glued and curing, I turned to the cupola and glued the two pieces of the louvered section that needed gluing. That ought to have cured, too, so I'll be ready to strip and paint that part of it. Progress, albeit slow.

On the other hand, though, I got nothing done on the bedroom this weekend. Saturday was eaten by locusts. Today I have to change the oil in Mrs. Fungus' car. Might get a bit of sanding done today, and might not, depending on how I feel. *sigh*

But nothing's getting done until I move my butt out of this chair. Off I go.

#7348: There really is no difference at all

It's plain that there's no functional difference between communism and fascism when you look at their goals. All you have to do is take this bit from my prior post:
1) The Nazis were a self-proclaimed socialist movement that called for the end of capitalism, abolishment of non-labor income (interest and finance), and proposed an all-powerful central authority to regulate the market
2) Racial identity politics was used to identify an oppressor class (Jews), that embodied both the evil nature of capitalism and the anti-German nature of communism
3) Strong nationalistic pride was a core pitch to the people to justify a stronger central authority
4) The party used militant radical socialist activists to harass businesses and political enemies with acts of violence
5) Limitations on free speech and removing access to dissenting views
So let's look at what antifa does in relation to these tactics and techniques used by the National Socialist Party of Germany, the NASDP or "Nazi" party.

1) ...call for the end of capitalism, abolishment of non-labor income (interest and finance), and propose an all-powerful central authority to regulate the market

They repeatedly excoriate capitalism as the cause of society's ills. They target successful businesses for violence and vandalism.

2) Racial identity politics was used to identify an oppressor class (Jews), that embodied both the evil nature of capitalism and the anti-German nature of communism Here antifa flips the script just a little. The oppressor class is white people and they embody both capitalism and fascism. Jews are still in there, making the movement as anti-semitic as Nazism was, but they consider themselves not to be anti-semitic by claiming that Jews are just whites, and therefore racist oppressors. In any case, racial identity is paramount.

3) Strong nationalistic pride is a core pitch to the people to justify a stronger central authority This is the only thing antifa doesn't do that the Nazis did.

4) The party uses militant radical socialist activists to harass businesses and political enemies with acts of violence So just go look at Seattle, Portland, New York--anywhere antifa has been active, they've done nothing but harass and destroy.

5) Limitations on free speech and removing access to dissenting views Do I need to amplify this?

The goal of antifa in the United States today is the same goal of antifa in Germany in the 1930s: seizing control of the country and turning it over to communism. Or, at least, assisting politicians in that goal.

The fighting between NASDP and antifa in Germany was nothing more than an internecine conflict between socialist sects, two groups vying for ultimate power over a major industrialized nation. There is no functional difference in the outcome, though; regardless of who wins, the people lose. There are still--in the end--labor camps, death camps, dead bodies by the millions, and unspeakable horrors committed all in the name of "progress". It means slavery and starvation and poverty for millions of proles while the party elites live in luxury beyond dreams of avarice...all while patting themselves on the back.

The really amusing thing here--if anything in any of this can be said to be amusing--comes from how many useful idiots there are. Artists and intellectuals and workers and reporters, actors and businessmen and even some politicians, all of whom think that because they helped the revolution, they'll be spared the negative effects.

I'm certain that a lot of Cambodians thought the same thing when the Khmer Rouge came to power.

But once socialism gets its hooks into a society, the very next thing it does is to demand a mountain of human skulls as tribute. The only people who can control a socialist country are ruthless people who are willing to kill so many people to retain power that they need to ask their economists, "How many proles can I wipe out before critical industries are affected?" People that can make jokes about the mass murder they've just ordered, like Stalin talking about omelettes.

And still the useful idiots think that socialism is meant to take care of people, that it means free food and health care and living quarters without any reduction in their standard of living or their personal liberty.

Because of how history is taught--when it is taught at all--young communists don't understand what they're advocating. They're given the same introduction to it that Lenin and Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot and Castro and Guevara were given, which is lightly edited editions of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto and an absolute flat refusal to examine its many failures since the late 19th century, instead just skipping past any critique by saying, "That wasn't real communism. Real communism has never been tried." And they aren't bothered at all by the fact that these failures have cost the human race over a million lives a year since 1901.