Let’s Go!

Let’s jump straight into freedom in every sense of the word. Freedom to think, speak, read, go outside, and decide our own lives.

Happy New Year!!!

Admiring Dictatorships

Among US conservatives, there is an equivalent to the Left’s eagerness to whitewash cannibalistic regimes of the USSR, today’s Venezuela and Mao’s China. And it’s just as obnoxious.

Like armchair Marxists get together to chirp idiotically about the wonders of Cuba and the USSR, conservatives prattle stupidly about the amazingness of Franco, Pinochet, Lukashenko, and Putin.

Both groups are equally contemptible. And they share a lot more than either wants to confess. Both wish for a brutal dictator who will ram their recipe for happiness down everybody’s throat.

The Great Reset Goes Mainstream

Time is openly shilling for the Great Reset and has published an article by Klaus Schwab. There is a lot of empty verbiage but if you know what it’s all about, there are some very obvious tells. Here’s one. When COVID hit, Schwab says, some great things started to happen. One of them is “strong cooperation between governments and business.” The idea is that the only job of a government should be smoothing the way for enormous multinational corporations. Why? Because these corporations are uniquely virtuous and moral:

Looking forward, such virtuous instincts can become a feature of our economic systems rather than a rare exception. Rather than chasing short-term profits or narrow self-interest, companies could pursue the well-being of all people and the entire planet.

It’s a circular argument where whatever Apple does is right because it’s for the benefit of “all people” and we know it’s for our benefit because Apple does it.

It’s not enough for companies to pursue profits. Now they have to govern. Schwab is completely open about that when he says that large enterprises will now “more explicitly pursue environmental, social and governance goals.” The reason why they should do so is that without their interference in governing us, the world ends up being unfair.

A word that appears with disturbing regularity in Schwab’s writings is “virtue.” The system he advocates for doesn’t need any justification because it’s morally superior. If you don’t see it, that’s because you are not virtuous enough.

Here’s a pretty typical phrase from the article:

Building such a virtuous economic system is not a utopian ideal. Most people, including business leaders, investors and community leaders, have a similar attitude about their role in the world and the lives of others. Most people want to do good, and believe that doing so will ultimately benefit everyone, including a company’s shareholders. But what’s been missing in recent decades is a clear compass to guide those in leading positions in our society and economy.

The compass will, of course, be provided by Schwab and his friends. And you can’t criticize them because they aren’t guided by the lowly profit motive any more. No, now they are guided by virtue. And if you oppose them, the only reason is that you aren’t virtuous enough.

It’s not surprising that leftists are loving Schwab. He’s co-opting their rhetoric, and they are powerless against these proclamations about virtue and caring about others.

Schwab pretends that the system he advocates for is the opposite of neoliberalism:

For the past 30 to 50 years, the neoliberalist ideology has increasingly prevailed in large parts of the world. This approach centers on the notion that the market knows best, that the “business of business is business,” and that government should refrain from setting clear

rules for the functioning of markets.

This is, of course, a trap aimed at silly AOC types. The virtuous control of the political space during the pandemic lockdowns brought unparalleled profits to Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. Business is still very much business and government is its abject slave that sets tons of rules which mysteriously only benefit the really virtuous businesses Schwab likes.

But how do we know that Facebook is more virtuous than a mom-and-pop store down the road? (Seriously, read the article. The word “virtuous” is all over the short text.) And how do we know it’s a good thing that the mom-and-pop gets destroyed to benefit Walmart? That’s easy! Greta Thunberg, #MeToo and BLM can testify to that. And yes, he mentions them by name.

Here’s Schwab’s plan:

Large businesses post their virtue scores. And then the government destroys the smallish businesses that don’t have the capacity to improve their score. How is a virtue ranking created? Schwab has the answer all figured out:

The Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics: nonfinancial metrics and disclosures that will be added (on a voluntary basis) to companies’ annual reporting in the next two to three years, making it possible to measure their progress over time.

Doing so requires answering questions such as: What is the gender pay gap in company X? How many people of diverse backgrounds were hired and promoted? What progress has the company made toward reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions? How much did the company pay in taxes globally and per jurisdiction? And what did the company do to hire and train employees?

Of course, it’s all completely voluntary. Feel free not to do it and the BLM goons will come to burn your business to the ground while the government bans you from reopening because you are “unsafe for women and minorities,” or whatever. Fake “existential threats” are easy to invent.

The article ends in a mysterious way:

Of course, we remain far from our goal of achieving a better global economic system for all. The Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics are just one of many initiatives that are needed to get to such an outcome—and time is quickly running out.

There’s no explanation as to why “time is running out” but creating a false sense of urgency is a great way to get people to do your bidding.

Schwab has been announcing all this for years. Then it all started coming true. Maybe we should finally start listening.

P.S. In the New Year, I promise to write a lot more about this kind of thing. We often get bogged down in debating the minutia of the scam perpetrated against us and forget to look at the big picture.

Exceptionality

As I read about China’s cultural revolution, I wonder, what’s the theory under which this can’t possibly happen here? Unless you assume that the Chinese (and also the Russians, the Ukrainians, the Cambodians, the Venezuelans, etc) are deeply inferior and just exceptionally stupid, why wouldn’t adopting the same ideology here lead to the same results?

This is something that I’ve found completely maddening since the day I first came to this continent. What makes you think you are so much smarter than us? It’s got to take a very condescending, superior person to think you can do something hundreds of millions of people tried before and somehow not arrive at the same horrible result.

And it is always the same result. What China experienced in the 1966 is exactly what the USSR had gone through in 1936 and what Venezuela did in 2016. Different races, ethnicities, climates, eras, centuries but you introduce socialism and the result is identical. Why not learn something from all this?

But no, the exceptional Americans are soldiering right on because they are so much smarter than everybody else.

Cartoons and History

I let Klara watch an innocent little cartoon about Christmas elves and their pet deer, and ended up having to explain World War II and the American Civil War. I was so not ready for this conversation.

In the cartoon, there’s a girl that takes care of deer in Finland and everything is very cute. Then it’s suddenly 1939, the girl has to become a refugee in America, and I have to answer questions about what it all means and if I’ve ever been in a war.

Movie Notes: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

I watched this movie for my book club because we have been reading August Wilson, and this movie is based on one of his plays.

It’s a very good movie of the kind I really like. One sparsely decorated room, no special effects, and people just act. Of course, American actors don’t know how to act. They know how to stand around with frozen, botoxed-out, perfect android faces while stuff explodes around them to keep viewers from falling asleep. This is why movies that are based on acting almost never come out.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is an exception. Actors really act, and there’s real emotion, and a real story. A very, very fine movie. I highly recommend.

One More Quote

I swear to God, I’m not changing these quotes in any way:

Bands of Red Guards began roving through the streets of Beijing, attacking anything that smacked of the old order. They changed street names, plastering new revolutionary terms over the old signs. Shops providing services, for instance tailors and barbers, came under attack, as their owners were humiliated, sometimes beaten and forced to close down. . . The result was a nationwide explosion from 23 to 26 August of Red Guard violence towards anything that smacked of the past. . . The biggest target was an ancient archway that symbolised feudal oppression. Thick ropes were attached around the top, the foundations were prized loose with crowbars and the structure was pulled down, reduced to a pile of broken stones.

Right?

So similar.