Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chomsky Sunday

Here is Noam Chomsky on the rise of Trump. While Tea Party Republicans are likely to be butt-hurt by his comments, he is correct about Trump's intellectual inconsistencies. Chomsky also expresses concern about the growing tensions between NATO and Russia. He is correct that this poses an existential threat to humanity, especially the nations along Russia's border.


I'd add that if there's one lesson the left can learn from its loss in this election, it is that political correctness is a dead end. Safe spaces at college campuses richly deserve ridicule. The nation's overwhelming rejection of sensitivity politics shows that it is a liability in the end. The left should go back to the drawing board and develop more intellectually rigorous and consistent positions. Frankly, it shouldn't be hard to defeat a group of people that rejects evolution and still believes marijuana is as dangerous as crack.

Where I differ from the alt-right is that I believe their views are becoming mainstream and commonplace, and that the time to criticize political correctness was 15 years ago when it was less fashionable and personally riskier. The alt-right, amorphous as it is, will probably end up with the same fate as the vapid ideology it seeks to crush. There is hardly any innovation in the mainstream.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Bright Side

Florida now has effectively legalized medicinal marijuana. This is important because cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, and possibly has coevolved with humans for that specific purpose, given selective cultivation by humans. The next step is full-blown legalization, which more states have voted to support, so that we can end the imprisoning of millions of Americans for a victimless act and relieve the courts of their burdens.

Also, as I pointed out before, the Clintons have sociopathic tendencies. Sociopaths can put on a good face for the public, yet still do plenty of damage behind the scenes. I tend to think where there's smoke there's fire, and with Wikileaks revealing what they have, it looks like the crimes of this family have been covered up for political reasons.

Another potential positive is that relations with Russia will warm up. This would be a good thing, since Russia is a nuclear power with the capability of destroying any nation on the planet if it so desires. There are no winners with nuclear war, contrary to what some politicians think. My guess is that Trump has serious backers in the Deep State who understand this. The fight for positioning in the Middle East will continue, but hopefully we will join forces with Russia to destroy ISIS. There is no point in toppling secular leaders in that part of the world -- this is a stupid neocon idea that simply will endanger everyone, including Israel.

Hopefully Trump will not trample on worker rights. His opposition to "free trade" could bode well for American workers, given that third-world wages drive down the wages in this country. We'll just have to wait and see.