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Posted April 24, 2017.

Expedience. It is important to remember that a payment to an accuser to settle a lawsuit is not evidence that the accused is guilty. It is evidence only that settling is more economical (at least in the short run) than defending an accusation. It is not an admission of guilt, but an admission of expedience. Indeed, expedience is one of the forms by which pragmatism expresses itself in this country. I would offer the frequency of resorting to expedient solutions as evidence of how degraded this country has become. But then, not being in the public eye, I have no personal experience with the need to settle with accusers, and I do not have to face mobs demanding that I not be permitted to earn a living. [Ronn Neff]  Ω

Posted April 18, 2017.

"Pétain, c'est la France; la France, c'est Pétain"? You may have seen that the French Front National politician Marine Le Pen got into Holocaust trouble the other day. CNN writers James Masters and Margaux Deygas reported on April 10:

Le Pen suggested France was not responsible for the wartime round-up of Jews who were sent to Nazi death camps. With just 13 days until the first round of voting in France's presidential election, her remarks have been met with widespread condemnation.

Her stance is at odds with former president Jacques Chirac and current premier Francois Hollande, who have both apologized for the role played by French police in the rounding up of 13,000 Jews at the Vel d'Hiv cycling track in Paris, ordered by the Nazis in July 1942.

Le Pen was trying to undermine the idea of collectivist guilt. If "France" was guilty, and if "France" still exists, then it is still guilty, and those intent on destroying France will enjoy the advantage that "the sanction of the victim" gives them. If individuals were guilty and if they are not the people who are alive today, then the people who are alive today are not guilty, and those intent on destroying France would enjoy no such advantage.

Since, however, most people are collectivists, most people are unable to grasp her point. Moreover, since Marine Le Pen's own views embed a degree of collectivism, she herself is not able to articulate or defend the non-collectivist elements in them satisfactorily. (Not, of course, that even that ability would protect her from being "misunderstood," when people are determined to misunderstand.) It is nevertheless amazing to me that apparently most modern French politicians would rather think that Vichy was the real France, rather than the France of de Gaulle and the veterans who are honored on Liberation Day. [Ronn Neff]  Ω

Posted April 8, 2017.

I can't say what happens to others, but when I hear that dead babies are being used (again) as an excuse to bomb someone, alarms go off in my head. [Ronn Neff]

What is seen and what is not seen. How many innocents were killed in the attack on Shayrat Airfield? We "know" that none were targeted, but that does not answer the question. [RNN]

Once again, the United States has attacked a foreign country that had not attacked it, had not threatened to attack it, and could not attack it. Some "Defense" Department. I feel safer already. [RNN]  Ω

Posted April 7, 2017.

Woodrow Trump. Donald Trump's attack on Syria occurred on the hundredth anniversary of the United States's entering the Great War in Europe, at the behest of Woodrow Wilson. Appropriate, since the attack is a perfect example of Wilsonianism.

Of course, Congress's act on April 6, 1917, was at least legal under the Constitution. You remember the Constitution, right? The old rag that some state-believers used to work themselves into a lather about, in the waning days of the decrepit republic? How charmingly oldfangled!

I hear that President Assad has five more airfields. What about them? Will Trump blitz them, too, if bad things continue to occur in that faraway land? Will he (or "NATO" or some dummied-up Alliance for World Perfection) impose a no-fly zone? What about the Russian naval forces that appear to be headed for the same waters as the U.S. warships? Not to use an outré word, but what strategy do the American imperial utopians have in mind? Have they ever heard of unintended adverse consequences? Well, we already know that history — and I mean the history of their own time — rolls off them like water off a duck's back.

I've just used a cliché, though to good effect, I hope. Here's another fine old expression long since turned into a tired cliché thanks to the actions of our interventionist rulers: "[Go] not abroad in search ..." Oh, forget it, what's the use? [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

Will the anti-war movement (overwhelmingly leftist as it is) now re-emerge from its long hibernation under the kindly drone-master and nation-breaker Obama? After all, there's a "Literally Hitler" Republican in the presidential palace now! Maybe it will, in the wake of the assault on Syria, but I wonder whether it might be unmanned by the supposed humanitarian motives of the attack — it's for the children ... the children! That's usually a powerful enough narcotic for American utopians of all parties. [NS]  Ω

Posted April 2, 2017.

One way to change a culture is just to make incessant demands loudly and importunately. Like parents with unruly children, the rest of society will usually respond by acceding to the demands if for no other reason than just to get those making the demands to shut up.

I propose a different tack: Let's encourage those who are making demands to change the culture and society to hold their breath until they get their way. [Ronn Neff]  Ω

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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