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    05-26-2024, 07:40 AM
    The problem with tariffs is not tariffs; it is the paranoid, avaricious, rotten little human beings who make the conditions that lead some to believe them necessary. Depending on the way one looks at it all, they become necessary under certain conditions. We've discussed this before, but let's do it again via real example. Free market economic theory rests on several pillars, one of which is called "competitive advantage". When an inventor develops a disruptive technology, this is one form of competetive advantage. Another comes with reductions in labor costs. China enjoys a strong competitive advantage in labor costs, which was the primary reason American manufacturing fled our shores to live with the communists. The naive and/or morally bereft consumer assesses this based on shelf prices. "Oh YAY... look at this! I can get a ten trillion BTU air conditioner for only $1.99. But the competent and diligent analyst digs just a mite more deeply, and what does he find? China pays maybe two percent of the American equivalent labor rate. He knows that the large majority of the cost to produce is sunk into labor, which explains to him why Walmart can sell a ten trillion BTU window A/C unit for $1.99. The diligent analyst then asks the question: how are the Chinese able to affect so vast a disparity in labor costs? A little more digging and he finds his answer: effective slave labor. Also, were the people morally and educationally intact, they would be aware of this situation and would refuse to buy anything from China. In that case, Paine's "invisible hand" would be evident in the right ways and the incentive for China would be to stop being a raft of royal pricks. But no, price drives all and so once again the corruption of men sets the conditions of quality of life. It's quite pathological and I would maintain as yet that all evidence points to the wired-in need for humanity to self-correct via mutual destruction, rather than through the intelligent use of the brains God presumably gave everyone, yet most choose to employ as mere hat racks. We remain our own worst enemies, verily and truly. The notion of competitive advantage is tacitly laced with that of "fair play". That which is tantamount to slave labor is not even on the same planet as fair play. Inventing a robot system capable of replacing all human labor in a given sector, while highly disruptive of those immediately affected, is nonetheless an example of a valid advantage which, all else equal, should lead the inventor to vast profits for a time. Forcing people to work under conditions such that when they ask for a five-cent raise per day ends them up in a reeducation camp for ten years, is not valid no matter how twisted-up one's moral outlook may have otherwise become. People do shitty things.
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    05-20-2024, 04:19 AM
    This really doesn't tell us enough. Most tribal communities are anarchic, while some have rulers such as a king. Most have a chief, which is not the same as a ruler. A chief has no authority to order anyone to do anything. One more anecdotal datapoint demonstrating the shameful human predilection for the various corruptions this represents. Cowardice, evasion of responsibility for oneself on several levels, rank ignorance, avarice, and a willingness to bow to a king so long as one believes they are thereby safe, just to name a few. Captain Broken Record reiterates: Humans are a rotten breed of which there is little to recommend.
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    05-20-2024, 03:54 AM
    They made fine work of it, too, considering the baggage the term now carries. It makes sense because anarchy is a euphemism for freedom. Each implies the other. Anarchism has become a clustercopulation, what with "ancom", "ancap", and all the other idiotic subdivisions. I'm in an anarchy group on FB and the youngins there are so woefully ignorant of the most basic sense, I don't think even a good beating with an iron bar would help them... though it might make me feel a little better. They never shut up about hierarchy and private property. They are some of the most anti-freedom sorts imaginable... the ancoms. The so-called ancaps are far more rational, but I still object to "ancap". You're either an anarchist or you are something else. There are no flavors of anarchy, just as there are no degrees of freedom, but only of servitude. The stupidity is wild-west epic. Those people leave me convinced at times that humanity is doomed to extinction for a lack of the most basic sense. Ancaps are very selective in their definitions such that it's impossible to have a rational conversation with them. I'd laugh them off, but there's a dangerous edge in their tone. Mass executions by rulers past become more understandable, given what I see on a daily basis. The stupid stand to drag everyone into the maw of hell. What does one do when rational and open-minded discourse becomes impossible due to the intransigence of stoopid people?
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    05-20-2024, 03:12 AM
    So basically Russia has won. I never thought I'd side with Russia on anything, given what those bastards did to my family, but here I am. Not really siding with them, I suppose, but certainly seeing things from their perspective. That the western Euros went for the nonsense doled by USA tells us something. I'm not sure they can be so bottomlessly stupid as to willingly go for this crap, given the last two disastrous wars. That leaves coercion in the form of "you will kowtow or we pull every penny for NATO and take our nukes and other materiel home. What's it gonna be?" An end to US NATO funding would spell the end of the EU as a neo-communist bloc, unless of course they were to choose not to maintain a military deterrent against Russia, in which case they either suck Putin's willie to evade his aggression, or Vlad marches in and takes it all, which I'm not convinced he'd do. One would hope Russia learned the lessons of their wild traipse into wholesale, ham-fisted stupidity during the soviet era. OTOH, one can never really be sure about such things where humans and political power come into question, so I suppose it's really all just a great big crap shoot.
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