Category Archives: Morality

Harvey Sweinstein Is Evil, Not ILL

Feminism, Hollywood, Morality, Pop-Culture, Pop-Psychology, Pseudoscience, Psychiatry

For once and for all, conservatives will have to reject outright the illness model of misbehavior if they want to hold on to their delicious outrage over Harvey Weinstein’s exploits.

If you’ve sexually assaulted individuals, you’ve committed a crime. You’re not sick; you’re just a SOB.

Sexual compulsion, like drug addiction, is a misbehavior, not a disease. It certainly does not compel crime. Human beings as moral agents are expected to control their impulses. If they don’t, you punish them. If they can’t; you have them locked up (after due process) for the protection of others .

There is a price for using the therapeutic idiom for crimes or misdemeanors. The price is the medicalization of misconduct. Punishment, then, becomes problematic. For if the offender is seen as without an ability to form the intent to harm—how do you justify punishing him?

Punish evil, don’t exculpate it. The idea of rehab for Harvey is as laughable as the notion that Harvey Sweinstein is deprived, rather than depraved.

Practice: Is this red-carpet celebrity “sick,” in need of a group hug, or just an exhibitionist and a slut? (Feminists will tell you she has the right to walk around like this and expect the Harveys of the world to behave around her. But that’s for another day.) Ol’ Harvey’s was not exactly surrounded by upstanding women. Hollywood hos are not as the sanctimonious Sean Hannity portrays them (“naive, innocent young things”).

Why Is Nigel Farage Campaigning For American Politicians & Not For Brexit?

America, Britain, Ethics, Media, Morality, Nationhood

Why doesn’t anybody question Nigel Farage for appearing to be more involved with the dummies at Fox News and with campaigns for American politicians, than with his own country’s stalled battle for Brexist?

There is something obscene about the specter of a once-heroic British politician coming to fight for Trump, when Farage ran on, and became famous for, being an English patriot. I wonder how Nigel Farage’s former British constituents feel about him tweeting out MAGA and raging against the Republican establishment.

Can you imagine Steve Bannon campaigning for this new UKIP leader (UK Independence Party)? It’s the same thing, except I can’t see Bannon doing it. Unseemly.

I once admired Mr. Farage. Not so much any longer.

See:

Brexit: It takes Brains To Understand Liberty
The Third Degree à la Germany: Answering To Junge Freiheit

Lincoln-Era Republicans Rabbited On About Racism, While Enslaving & Slaughtering Native Americans

Criminal Injustice, History, Military, Morality, Racism, Republicans, War

You won’t hear about the Radical Republicans, circa 1865, and their version of the KKK (The Union League), from Mr. Sean Hannity (or Stuart Varney).

Nor will you likely have ever heard that Lincoln-era Republicans took recreational time off from subjugating the South to:

  • butcher the Dakota Sioux in Minnesota (1862)
  • march the Navajos on the Long Walk to national extinction (1864)
  • slaughter the elderly, the women and the children of the Cheyennes and Arapahos (1864), parading their scalps and genitalia.

The “Republican Party’s vision for expansion” and consolidation was manifested in what is termed Manifest Destiny.

In other words, while freeing the slaves (allegedly) and subjugating the South (indubitably); the Union Army enslaved and slaughtered native Americans. Nice. (Oh, I forget: Some of our countrymen do think that was just dandy.)

Republicans, seemingly, have always rabbited on obsessively about racism vis-a-vis blacks—been obsessed with genuflecting to blacks—while, at the same time, rubbishing the Amerindians.

When modern-day Republican bobble-heads profess their pride in being the philosophical heiresses to the Radical Republicans, know this: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and “Pocahontas,” aka Elizabeth Warren, are with them in spirit, cheering the Radical Republicans on.

Elizabeth Warren would quickly ditch her fraudulently and opportunistically claimed Native American ancestry to agitate for today’s Antifa blacks. In this, the pseudo-Pocahontas is a Lincoln-era Republican.

Recommended: WASHINGTON’S KKK: The Union League during Southern Reconstruction By John Chodes (05/2016):

President Trump And The Racism And Anti-Semitism Obsession

Anti-Semitism, Constitution, Donald Trump, libertarianism, Morality, Paleolibertarianism, Race, Racism

A friend—a brilliant scholar of Objectivism—expressed concern over my support (albeit waning support) for Donald Trump. He pointed out in an email that the president was “slowly, but surely, abandoning that outsider stance and was becoming part of the very system he fought against.”

It’s hard to disagree.

However, I had hedged my words in the book, The Trump Revolution, which stands up quite well, since I supported Trump’s “creative destruction” or “process,” more than anything else.

My friend points to Trump sending more troops to Afghanistan (“well, at least he’s committed to no nation-building”). He laments that “it was like pulling teeth to get POTUS to condemn the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville; yes, they had the support of the ACLU, just as they had the support of the ACLU when similar groups marched on Skokie”:

I’d be the first to defend their rights to march. But his initial response seemed so tepid to me; he finally was able to utter the words Obama wouldn’t: “Islamic terrorist”, but he couldn’t seem to utter the phrase “neo-Nazi” in his condemnation of those brown-shirt nutjobs who were chanting “Jews will not replace us” and who thought he wasn’t racist enough because he gave his beautiful daughter to that “bastard Kushner”. The whole thing reminded me of the Nuremberg rallies. …
Now, don’t get me wrong: “Antifa” are not interested in freedom. They are like the Red Stalinists who were for Hitler when Stalin and Hitler were “allies” and then against Hitler when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union.

But I’m just puzzled that you’re not concerned by this scent of anti-Semitism that keeps emerging from some of Trump’s constituency; it seems like he doesn’t want to come down hard on them because he’s starting to act more and more like a politician: afraid of alienating a group of disaffected and disenfranchised voters who most obviously voted for him, and who he will need in any bid for re-election.

My response to the last is that I’ve never looked to the Leader to utter feel-good moral fatuities. A leader in the American tradition should stick to the Constitution. Moreover, the race meme and its use in American politics sickens me. Seriously, I support people’s right to hate me, even not to serve me. Maybe I
am that radical a propertarian. I want my president to shut up about race and uphold the Constitution, which he has failed miserably to do. I’m a minimalist gal.

My friend goes on to emphasize that he’s “a little puzzled not to have read much in [my] columns about this troubling issue. For me, a lot of it came out of the Bannon wing (despite Bannon’s valuable opposition to the neocons), but for me, there is no love lost with his ouster.”

My reply: I’ve never railed against anti-Semitism. So long as your mitts stop at my face, I don’t care if you hate me qua Jew. Maybe it’s naïve, but … I confess to hating the Left even more than caring about anti-Semitism.”

My friend was sadly right to have feared

that Trump would be absorbed by the very system he opposed, because it’s just in the nature of politics. Now with his amping up of the war in Afghanistan and his tepid responses to Jew haters, I’m extremely concerned. Help me out here.

Like my friend, my concern is more with War and the Deep State. I don’t see Jews becoming targets for more than verbal aggression. I certainly can no longer look up to Trump: His nepotism; his kids in the White House, his wars, no tax reform, no free market in medicine, no wall. All those issues consume me more than his reaction to the words of a fringe group.