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    Yesterday, 08:15 AM
    A very, very wise point. Some have not reached this level yet.
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    07-27-2016, 01:59 PM
    You'd have to study it. Anarcho-capitalism is diametrically opposed to anarcho-leftism (normal-variety anarchism). Everything they want, we hate. And vise versa.
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    07-27-2016, 12:05 PM
    As I already said, 3-point-oh, I have no interest in debating with you. You win! (I win, too, because I don't have to have that pointless, negative experience.) Just call me a bunkum idiot and reiterate how many charts you have found to confirm your sense and call it a day, man! Victory!
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    07-27-2016, 11:59 AM
    Looks like a Privileged White Male to me.
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    07-27-2016, 11:46 AM
    Many people are indeed not intelligent enough to make good long-term choices for themselves. A long, long time ago, smart people recognized this. They realized that stupid people exist. This was one of the smartest realizations they had ever made, by the way. And so they decided that they would create elaborate, pervasive social systems to pressure, cajole, harass, and pidgeon-hole the stupid people into not making decisions quite so catastrophically stupid, at least on major life decisions. They cut off the most disastrously stupid decisions from consideration, took them off the table. Now most of this consisted of parenting systems, and other familial means. Then there was community inclusion and approval vs. ostracism and run-out-of-town. Finally overarching cultural values, spread in literature, commerce, and art, forming a common language and bond. Lastly, yes, there was some attempt to modify behavior via the brute force of the state. But this last was, and is, largely ineffective. It is an impotent solution that traditional people are now turning to in desperation because the other methods are crumbling. But it's impotent. It does not have the power to turn the tide. It does not have the power to do much of anything. But the general idea of attempting to control stupid people's behavior is sound. It is called: Civilization.
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    07-27-2016, 11:27 AM
    Substance? Substance? Substance of what issue? You are arguing that the book Biohistory is bunkum, despite not having read it and knowing nothing about it. OK. There is your issue. I have been... well, not exactly arguing that it isn't bunkum, rather just discussing and putting forth some of the ideas in it, as well as my own ideas. Am I interested in having an argument with someone who forms opinions about book without having read them? Answer: Guess. Follow-up: Am I interested in having an argument with an anonymous internet personality who for the past year has chosen to be unrelentingly negative, scowling, sneering, and hateful? Who has shown interest in, or even respect for, anyone else's ideas precisely ZERO times during that year? You are like a dark cloud in every thread that you come into. Your negativity and vitriol is inexhaustible. It never stops. Do I want to have any sort of interaction with that? Despite this, I will "address" your "substance" thus: that is nice that you were able to unearth American FBI statistics from 1991 to 2010. What a herculean task that must have been for you. However, that is not actually particularly interesting, relevant, or noteworthy. I think we were all aware that crime has been going down recently. Why is that? The spread of shall-issue concealed-carry laws and other pro-self-defense legislation, and also the increasing strength of self-defense culture, have both contributed to this. The fact that we have undergone a massive increase in the number of the criminals who are currently locked up in prison, and thus have been taken off the streets, also likely plays a very large role.
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    07-27-2016, 09:44 AM
    Allahu akbar is not an insult. It is a war cry.
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    07-27-2016, 09:33 AM
    By the way, I have unraveled your behavior, including your "sense" on this, so just to clear something up: You sense that it's bunkum because you sense that it somehow lines up with Stephan Molyneux (the title character of this thread, after all) and that thus any sort of agreement with it would be supporting his agenda. And you also sense that it probably somehow has anti-immigration implications, because you're always on the alert for that. Neither of these things you "sense," however, happen to be correct. True that Mr. Molyneux had James Penman on his show for one episode, but to my knowledge he has never discussed the ideas of Biohistory since. Now before this past Saturday, when I listened to one episode, I had not had time to listen to Mr. Molyneux's show for several months, so some regular listener may correct me if I'm wrong. So while I am grateful to him for introducing me to these fascinating ideas, they do not seem to have held the same fascination to him, do not line up with his agenda, and do not feature on his program (in contrast to r vs. K reproductive theory, which does). Also there is no anti-immigration implication whatsoever. Biohistory has nothing to say about immigration being any kind of problem, much less implying that it needs to be controlled. You express a seething hate for Stephan Molyneux, just as, actually, you express seething hate for most prominent libertarians (Lew Rockwell, Tom Woods, Justin Raimondo, Walter Block, etc., etc., etc.). Fine. You express a bitter, scowling hate for any position on immigration policy other than your own (totally unlimited, uncontrolled, mass peasant migration) and indeed this is the one and only policy issue you lately express any passion about or care about at all. Fine. But what this means is that your sense that you must not like Biohistory is a mis-sense. Biohistory has nothing to do with Molyneux nor with immigration limitation. So you don't have an obligation to hate it. What a relief! See, this is sometimes the risk you face when forming an opinion about a book based on your sense, despite not having read it and knowing nothing about it.
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    07-26-2016, 09:52 AM
    Prerequisites before you even begin to be considered for speaking slot -- non-negotiable. Must be at minimum one of the following: Black Hispanic Lesbian Woman Illegal Alien Preference will be given to those who fulfill three or more of these desired qualifications.
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    07-25-2016, 03:10 PM
    Sadly, I have lost interest in discussing, debating, or explaining immigration restriction on this forum for the time being. But that's OK, because I'm pretty sure you never had any such interest in this issue at any time. Yes? So now we're even.
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    07-25-2016, 01:10 PM
    Dichotomies are fun, but not always all-inclusive and comprehensive. I just propose that I cannot give an unqualified endorsement to this plan that "They can all stay." I cannot give an unqualified endorsement to your new gun-putting proposal you're putting forward, either.
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    07-25-2016, 10:25 AM
    I cannot give an unqualified endorsement to this plan that "They can all stay." Sorry to break unanimity.
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    07-22-2016, 11:41 PM
    It's the best exercise app I've ever seen.
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    07-22-2016, 08:26 AM
    Twitter has a government? Or they have created a special account that somehow "The Government" (of the US) controls? I don't get it. What a stupid thing Twitter is anyway. Speaking of our devolution into lazy idiots.
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    07-21-2016, 01:15 PM
    I did answer. The answer was yes, twice over. Allow me to answer again: "Yes, Mr. 3point0, there is data for historical V and C levels." I hope that clarifies. But no, I rather think it will simply lead to some snarky response in which you demand more work from me, work which I know perfectly well you will respond to by inserting lines of snarkiness between my lines. To what end? To what end, Mr. 3.0? To what end. You want to be convinced something you know nothing about is false? Guess what: you've already succeeded! You're there! Congratulations! No further work or typing is necessary on either of our parts. We both win. I win by saving my time to do something productive. You win by demonstrating me to be a buffoon and a nincompoop whose ideas are ridiculous bunkum, as one and all here can see very clearly you have done (no doubt).
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    07-21-2016, 12:04 PM
    Tight is a systematic system, a moral philosophy, an "ism" as you say. Loose would be just taking the attitude "Eh, whatever works." No system. Of course, to anticipate you, I do realize that in a sense the lack of a system in itself is a system. "Yes, you do have a philosophy!" and good old Robert LeFevre put it.
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    07-21-2016, 11:58 AM
    There is data, lots of data. The alleged "no data" we were discussing referred to US property crime statistics. Don't play psychological games. C and V are real, tangible, and biological. As I said, one might even be able to bring paleontology into it and find the markers in well-preserved ancient specimens (mummies?). This is interesting, cutting-edge research, and by far the most innovative thing going on in the field of history right now, as well as the one with the most important and far-reaching conclusions. Bottom line: you are not qualified to have an opinion on any of this. You know nothing about it. You have not read any books about it. I am happy that you challenged me, but I have now answered all your questions and you are reduced to mere snarkiness. Sad. I hate to see you this way. Pro tip: Just read the book. (One of the two. I'll link you to the short one.)
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    07-21-2016, 09:20 AM
    Umm, no.... don't know where that's coming from! :confused:
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    07-21-2016, 07:24 AM
    Hey, thanks Ender. And I don't care about this issue nearly as much as I made it sound. Nor do I hate all musicians. Make it a great day.
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    07-21-2016, 07:20 AM
    Look at the bright side: at least all the kids are still alive.
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    07-21-2016, 06:39 AM
    Yes. Like most all data, more as one approaches modernity, of course, but yes. That is a possibility, actually. Well, but we have your "sense", and that's better than data, right? You'd make a great historian (not!). Newsflash: all data is based on observation. You mayn't sensibly dismiss massive observational evidence and maintain any semblance of scientific integrity. Observation *is* data! Perhaps I should take all these overwhelmingly strong observations one-sidedly supporting one conclusion and collate them into a chart and then maybe you could comprehend them, yes? Especially if it had bright, primary colors.
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    07-20-2016, 10:39 PM
    You make good points, Occam, but perhaps idiom just meant he wants to take a more utilitarian approach, being fed up with the dead ends, loop-de-loops, and contradictions to which he perceives a pure moralistic approach to have lead him. Utilitarian in the loose sense, as in practical. Workable. That's the impression I got anyway. I do not share idiom's disillusion with anarcho-capitalism, but I can understand the frustration in seeing/realizing that free market replacements for the state would be able to do many of the same things the state can, if one really doesn't want anyone to be able to do these particular acts, no matter what.
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    07-20-2016, 10:24 PM
    Awesome post, idiom! That is exactly what I was interested in. I can see where you're coming from. I'll have to think about what you've said. I don't have all the answers, that's for sure! Is it Rand's non-fiction you're reviewing? If so, is that any good? I've read all her fiction books, I think, and very much liked them (except for the first depressing one set in Russia). Awesome, awesome post.
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    07-20-2016, 10:18 PM
    You didn't look them up? Where's your intellectual curiosity? Jim Penman, Biohistory. Both C and V are sets of physiological attributes in humans (and other mammals) expressing and detectable in blood tests and hormone levels. That's the "bio" part of "Biohistory". As I mentioned, and as you also doubtless know if you are over the age of ten, adults universally express this observation that things used to be safer, that they used to have more trust, less crime, etc., that no one locked their front doors. It is a fact that cars did not generally used to be locked, and in fact going back one generation further could not be w/o customization because there were no locks installed by the manufacturers. In the absence of statistics, people's cumulative memory, observations, and life experiences are what we have to go by. I do not think these near-universal observations can be dismissed.
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    07-20-2016, 09:55 PM
    We're all doomed.
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