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Reality and Reason are now Microaggressions

One basic principle of science and reason is that correlation doesn’t prove causation. For example, someone points out that females are under represented as mathematicians. Then you can count on some Social Justice Warrior (SJW) self righteously claiming this demonstrates “systemic bias” against females in the field of mathematics.

Reacting to a microaggression
Mental reaction to a microaggression

Nope that doesn’t prove any such thing. It could be true but it is not necessarily true. The reason may be that females are simply less interested in math for a number of reasons.

But whoa, that is a microaggression to challenge this Social Justice Warrior’s narrative! You might hurt someone’s feelings by pointing out the basic fact that correlation does not prove causation. There are a lot of potential factors that do not involve some sort of evil bias – see Why Men are better than Women at Math for one.

The truth seems to be that a lot of things like this are a lot more complicated and not easily summarized in simplistic claims like “systemic bias.” Explanations could be due to genetic inheritance (nature) but could also be due to social conditioning (nurture), or something in between. Sometimes we just don’t know for certain.

Unfortunately though most SJWs seem to want to explain just about anything they perceive as bias or injustice as stemming from old, white males of European descent! Not only that, they often want to condemn anyone trying to find plausible alternative explanations to their fatuous assertions.

Old, and great white men on Mount Rushmore (can you name them all?)

How about the assertion that very high unemployment rates among young black men in the inner cities is due to “systemic racism”? Certainly statistics back up that a lot of people in this category of Americans are not holding down traditional jobs and are disproportionately represented in crime statistics – see The Problem of Race Relations or Do black Americans commit more crime?

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The Illusion of Left And Right

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What goes where?

You probably think that politics can be neatly divided into two sides. There is the Left and there is the Right. Everything has to fit in somewhere on that line. You probably think there is some clear and logical principle that will tell you where to put every political persuasion on that line.

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A lot of people do see it that way.

The reality though is that things are not that simple. The reality of human thought and political belief can’t be captured on a single one-dimensional line. There are many dimensions by which we can measure political persuasions.

Before we look at those other dimensions we need to understand where this one came from. It is a surprisingly simple story.

Left & Right came from where people sat.

The terms “Left” and “Right” in politics came from where people sat in the French National Assembly leading up to the French Revolution in 1789. Those who supported the rights and privileges of the King, the aristocracy, and the clergy were on the right of the president  (the “Right Wing”). Those who were on the left (the “Left Wing”), angered by those same privileges for the elite sought to establish a more egalitarian society.

That happened over two centuries ago. So how did that work out?

It didn’t end well.

Not very well actually. The First Republic dates to 1792. In 1793 they executed King Louis XVI. The dictatorship of the Committee of Public Safety and the Reign of Terror soon followed with some 17,000 public executions. As many as 10,000 died in prison without a trial. Historians don’t agree on the count in the Vendee Genocide, numbers ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. After interminable turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte took control in 1799, and was declared Emperor in 1804. This led to the Napoleonic Wars that finally ended in 1815 with the final defeat of Napoleon.

The French Revolution started out with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. It ended with a bloodbath, dictatorship, and wars that decimated France and Europe.

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But again how does all of that apply to America today? This country has never had a legally established aristocracy. Churches in America have never had the privileges and power once held by the Catholic Church in France. Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution specifically prohibits the granting of titles of nobility by the United States government. The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, a year before the French Revolution. It has been a model for limited government and respect for individual rights since the ink first dried on it.

No one is arguing that it was perfect, or was perfectly followed in principle. It was a model of an enlightened government regardless of any criticisms of its implementation. It was the ideals in that document that eventually led to the Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Nevertheless, there is a clear principle to be drawn from the French Revolution. The principle is about conservation vs. change. The Right seeks to conserve and the Left seeks change. If we are to use this principle consistently then any political movement seeking to change the status quo is on the Left. Those seeking to preserve the existing regime are on the Right. Simple, right?

Neither protecting what is established or changing it into something else has in itself any inherent good or evil. We can only impute moral good or evil when considering what is to be preserved or the changes some wish to make. We also need to examine how likely it is that those goals will actually be achieved in reality.

The road to hell

We need to consider the old proverb that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Nowhere is that fact more evident than in the French Revolution and in the Russian Revolution that followed in the 20th century. We have already mentioned the blood bath of the French Revolution.

The Russian Revolution led to the Soviet Union. Estimates of how many died in the Soviet Communist Gulags vary from several million up to 12 million. Another 7 million victims are credited with state planned famines to collectivize agriculture in the Soviet Union between 1932 and 1933.

We will never know the exact numbers. The Soviet Union was certainly in the same league as Nazi Germany in murdering its own people. The Communists just had different reasons and techniques for murdering them.

In their own minds many of the Russian revolutionaries, like the French revolutionaries, saw themselves as champions of humanity. The results, however, did not live up to their ideals and that is an important fact to consider. History teaches that good intention more often than not leads to disaster without plans grounded in the reality of human nature.

Up next

In this article, we have seen where the political terms of Left and Right originally came from. In the next article, we will examine the meaning of Left and Right as it evolved in the 20th century.

Next: The Illusion of Left and Right – Part 2

News from InAmerica December 3, 2017

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Democrats Thrive by Keeping Americans Divided, Dependent, and Angry

…  when women marry, it is bad for the Democratic Party; and when women do not marry, even after—or shall we say, especially after—having children, it is quite wonderful for the Democratic Party. …

Blacks who are not angry at America, especially white America, are more likely than those who harbor such anger to vote Republican. On the other hand, the more a black American considers America a racist society, the more he or she is a guaranteed Democratic voter. …

The more a Latino assimilates into American society, the more likely he or she is to vote Republican. On the other hand, the more Latinos continue to identify with the country they or their parents fled, the more likely they are to vote Democrat.

-Dennis Prager, The Daily Signal


Donald Trump Blasts ABC ‘Fake News’ — Questions FBI Treatment of Mike Flynn vs Hillary Clinton

President Donald Trump hit ABC News after they suspended one of their investigative reporters for a criticial reporting error on Mike Flynn’s decision to cooperate with the Russia investigation.

“Congratulations to ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt,”

-Breitbart News


FBI Agent Kicked-Off Mueller Team for Anti-Trump Messages

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of text messages seen as potentially anti-President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.

-Breitbart News


Planned Parenthood Is in Deep Trouble With the Law. This Could Be a Turning Point.

On Nov. 13, The Hill reported that the FBI may be investigating Planned Parenthood and its associates for the sale of aborted babies’ body parts for profit. It’s the latest development yet in a scandal that began in 2015 with the release of explosive undercover videos.

Those videos showed abortion industry executives haggling over the price of hearts, livers, brains, and kidneys and describing, in chilling detail, their techniques for crushing late-term babies to get the freshest organs.

-Marjorie Dannenfelser, The Daily Signal


Donald Trump’s Crimes

President Trump is indisputably guilty of many crimes against the societal and political norms of this country. These crimes are profound and grievous, and they shake the very foundations upon which acceptable presidential behaviour has always been based.

-Steve Feinstein, American Thinker


InAmerica.us December 3, 2017

Judge Or King

In the Old Testament (Jewish Tanakh) in 1 Samuel 8 we have the interesting story of how the people of Israel were tired of being ruled by judges and desired to have a king instead:

“So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, ‘You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.'”

“[The Lord said to Samuel] ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. … and you yourselves will become his slaves. ...'”

And that is kind of what happened. Be careful what you wish for!

In America today it seems like we are teetering between these same two options. On the one hand the office of the President has acquired more and more power to rule by decree (executive orders), and judges have become bolder and bolder in asserting their right to declare just about anything they don’t like as “un-Constitutional,” most recently in the case of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

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