Another Interesting Quote

For the liberal, the world does not end at the borders of the state. In his eyes, whatever significance national boundaries have is only incidental and subordinate. His political thinking encompasses the whole of mankind. —LUDWIG VON MISES, 1927

I don’t need to explain who Ludwig von Mises was, right?

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Get Rid of Sovereignty

This is a quote from Wilhelm Röpke, one of the central thinkers in the Geneva school of neoliberalism:

To diminish national sovereignty is most emphatically one of the urgent needs of our time… The excess of sovereignty should be abolished instead of being transferred to a higher political and geographical unit.

They have never been and aren’t now covert or secretive about it.

Silent Wife

I don’t get the drama about Beto’s wife being silent in his announcement video. Did Kamala’s husband speak a lot in her announcement? Wouldn’t that be very weird? If they are not running, why do we need to hear from them? Barely enough public can be convinced to hear from the actual candidates.

Besides, Beto is already coming off as extremely immature. A wife who has to speak for him because he’s too inept to make his own announcement would be too much even for him.

I very much hope the wife doesn’t take the bait and stays appropriately silent.

More on The Americans

So we are still watching The Americans, and even though it was really really hard to get over the linguistic idiocy*, we have learned to enjoy the show.

The writers are either being consulted by somebody in the know or they lucked into creating a perfectly Soviet relationship dynamic. The husband is an endearing, personable wimp, and the cold, pushy wife rides him like a dumb mule. There’s also the perfect depiction of a typically Russian mother, emotionally distant, cold, and almost autistic in her complete self-absorption. If they showed the husband as dominant, we wouldn’t have been able to watch because it would make the whole thing ridiculous.

They are getting some very obvious details of the Soviet life wrong, though. For instance, Soviet pioneers wore their red neck ties every day to school and not just at summer camp.

* There is absolutely zero chance that a Russian-speaker can learn to speak English without an accent in adulthood. The articulation apparatus is too different. Zero chance! And there’s also zero chance you can pass for a local if you haven’t lived in the country until adulthood.

Uncritical Acceptance

A registered child sex offender has been reading to children at Houston Public Library as part of its Drag Queen Storytime... A media spokesperson for the library confirmed one of the program’s drag queens, Tatiana Mala Nina, is Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of assaulting an 8-year-old boy.

For the millionth time, I don’t for a second believe that there are more sex offenders, perverts and pedophiles among trans people than there are among any other group. The overwhelming majority of trans people are good, normal folks who’d never harm a child or assault anybody and who just want to live their lives in peace. Just like gay teachers aren’t more likely to be pedophiles than straight teachers. It makes me very angry when people claim otherwise because it’s demonstrably untrue.

However, I do believe that the uncritical acceptance of anybody’s claim that they are trans that we are being forced into can and does allow actual perverts to pose as trans to access victims. Anybody who wants to work with children should be background-checked irrespective of what identity they claim to have.

Also, it’s an extraordinarily bizarre thing to do to expose children to clearly adult hobbies. What’s next, bringing the BDSM folks in chains and leather gear to nursery school? I’d never take my kid to such an event because I don’t see the point.