Category: Politics

The End of Afghanistan

Or at least our current involvement.

There was no way to “win” the war. That was clear in the papers released by the Washington Post in 2019. We could prop up a corrupt government and possibly help some of the people. We could keep a relatively small military presence in the hopes that it would allow us to deter larger terror attacks, and allow us to gain intelligence on our next biggest rivals. What we weren’t going to do is create a modern state out of the graveyard of empires. The institutions weren’t there, nor was the will/desire of most of the population.

It was always going to end this way. Maybe faster, maybe slower, but it was always going to end this way.

Friday Quote – Aldous Huxley

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.

Friday Quote – Thomas Paine

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins… Society is in every state a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

Links, Links, and More Links

First, I heard about this on the Assorted Calibers podcast. Essentially, a gun Prohibitionist group tricked John Lott and another gun rights activist to speak to a field of three thousand empty chairs. Let’s see, you lied about (and made a fake website for) a commencement for a fake university. Yet, I’m supposed to believe that you’re telling the truth about your gun death statistics?

Next the President signed an executive order to “promote competition.” Reason has a response of yeah, not so much. Much like the original infrastructure bill, there’s a bunch of stuff in there that has no bearing and/or hurts our ability to compete.

Cuba is seeing mass protests. This could get interesting. Assuming that the Cuban government doesn’t go all Tiammenen Square on them.

And now for some lighter fare. Looks like someone is trying to reboot the Silverhawks. Considering the trend to take old cartoons and worsen the animation, I’m not hopeful. And yeah, I didn’t watch the show that much when I was a kid. That being said, I fucking loved the intro theme:

Friday Quote – John Stuart Mills

But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth. If wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

Can We Just Celebrate?

Last week President Biden signed legislation designating Juneteenth as the newest federal holiday. Of course, like everything in the news, this gets politicized. I’m kinda getting tired of it. We commemorate momentous events. Please explain to me how the end of slavery is not a momentous event. Yes, technically, slavery wasn’t officially ended until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. However, that’s not the tradition that has arisen. Kind of like how we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 instead of September 3.

So, instead of letting the chattering class whip up dissent, how about we remember those who suffered under that terrible institution and those who fought and died to end it.

Friday Quote – Greg Lukianoff

Words are supposed to hurt. That’s considered a legitimate way of fighting things out. And what did it replace in the historical scene? It replaced actual violence. Words are supposed to be free so we CAN actually fight things out, in the battleplace of ideas, so we don’t end up fighting them out in civil wars. If we try to legitimately ban anything that can hurt someone’s feeling, everyone is reduce to silence.