Angry Pediatricians

Is it normal for pediatricians to be angry, judgmental, and impatient? We only see pediatricians once a year – thank goodness – but it’s always traumatic.

We are with our second practice, and it’s horrible every time. It takes a lot to make me feel like I’m a shitty, inferior mother but I always feel like that around these pediatricians.

Today’s doctor aggressively suggested that something is wrong with Klara if she has such poor language skills and that I need to learn how to communicate with her. You folks know that Klara makes up stories and says things like “we shouldn’t have done it,” so language skills are not a burning issue in her life.

I’m a total wreck after today’s annual checkup.

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Implanted

The greatest ideological manipulation of recent years consisted of implanting into people’s minds the idea that any opposition to neoliberalism is deeply racist.

An Intelligent Democrat

A bill that would require all Washington state schools to teach inclusive, scientifically accurate, comprehensive sex education is about to die in the House Education Committee because the Democratic chair, Sharon Tomiko Santos of Columbia City, didn’t like “the politics and the process” of its construction.

Good! Finally, there’s a Democrat who is bright enough to understand that such a bill would do zero good in the age of the internet while creating a perception that public schools brainwash children.

I wish more Democrats woke up and realized it’s not the 1950s. Teaching “sex ed” in schools is akin to teaching how to ride in horse-drawn carriages. State-mandated and state-vetted sex ed is political poison. Nobody in their right mind should be going near it. I’m glad Sharon Tomiko Santos realizes it.

Wealth Tax

The wealth tax in Sweden was repealed after Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA, took his liquid capital elsewhere.

The wealth tax in France was repealed after over 10,000 of its wealthy citizens took over 35 billion of their liquid capital elsewhere.
Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg had to repeal their wealth tax because it brought no money, shrank the tax base, and created borrowing bubbles.

The idea to “tax the banksters and pay for free stuff for everybody else” sounds cute. But it’s been tried and tried and tried and tried.

And it doesn’t work.

I know Americans like to imagine themselves as special snowflakes who are so superior to everybody that they have nothing to learn from anybody’s experience. But Warren is not an idiot. She’s lying consciously and deliberately.

“I’ll build a wall and Mexico will pay for it! I’ll build free daycare and the rich will pay for it!”

Lies, lies, lies.

Eternal Trump

Lacking any intellectual or ideological program, Trump is not the representative of a positive movement, but of a negative: he is not for anything, he is merely against the rule of the “liberals.” This is the root of his popular appeal: he is attracting people who are desperately, legitimately frustrated, bewildered and angered by the dismal bankruptcy of the “liberals'” policies, people who sense that something is terribly wrong in this country and that something should be done about it, but who have no idea of what to do.

It is enormously significant that in many sections of the country (as indicated by a number of polls) former followers of Bernie Sanders are switching their support to Trump. At a superficial glance, this may appear to be a contradiction, since these two figures seem to represent exact opposites in their political views. But, in fact, it is not a contradiction: in terms of fundamentals, both Sanders and Trump are “activists” — i.e., men who propose (and clearly project the intention) to take direct action, action by the use of physical force, to solve problems or to achieve (unspecified) goals. In this sense, both these leaders are symptomatic of a country’s intellectual and cultural disintegration, of the ugly despair which seizes people when — disillusioned in the power of ideas, abandoning reason — they seek physical force as their last resort.

OK, I edited it a little. In the original, it was George Wallace and Robert Kennedy. This was written by Ayn Rand in 1968. I changed nothing but names, though.

This is a problem that festers. And since nobody addresses it, it gets worse.