Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Anti-Liberal Techniques: Part 7

I have often observed that political liberalism, as practiced by the rank and file liberal, is a philosophy of emotion rather than thought. This is observable easily enough when you look at the propaganda they pass along.

Picture of a starving child; we should use the government to take money from the taxpayers and feed the child. Picture of a drowning polar bear; we should use the government to take money from the taxpayer and save the polar bears. Picture of a homeless person; we should use the government to take money from the taxpayers and buy homes for everybody. Picture of a child who can’t read; we should use the government to take money from the taxpayers and fund public libraries and teacher’s unions. The list goes on and on. They use any big crisis followed by a plea to use government to take money to fix the problem. The pattern is obvious and simple. Never let a crisis go to waste.

It’s also quite obvious and simple to someone who has the slightest inkling of human history and human nature that such emotional pleas are started by the true driving force behind all liberalism. The hardcore radical liberal is an angry person who seeks to take over and destroy anything they can get their hands on. This is evidenced by the many great historical examples of unfettered liberalism where genocides always seem to happen. Notice that every example I gave above includes an increase in government power with a corresponding decrease in the freedom of the taxpayer to control his own money as he pleases.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Star Wars: The Farce Awakens

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Being a blog writer as I am trying so hard to be, I try to stick to political issues or philosophic issues dealing with politics. Every once in a while things are just too screwed up to deal with and it becomes appropriate to take a break and deal with things that are a little bit less serious. It’s not necessarily in my bent of nature to do a movie review because I most generally hold a bit of disdain for the pop culture that comes with the territory. I tend to hold more to bigger social issues in my writings than Hollywood is capable of generating on even their best day. So I guess that what I’m saying is as a fan and author of science fiction, Star Wars is big enough for me to consider a social issue. So, what the hell, I guess it’s time for my first written movie review. Don’t worry, it won’t happen often.

Some time ago I saw this meme in circulation that if JJ Abrams screwed up Star Wars he would be forever known as Jar Jar Abrams. Henceforth, in all of my writings concerning him, he shall be thusly named. Jar Jar Abrams it is.

I’m going to take this in three parts: plot, actors, and special effects. The plot problems are endless so I’ll spend a lot on them, but there is no way to cover them all. I can knock out the actors in a paragraph or two.

First, the plot, the most important part of any well told story, is weak to the point of making less sense than Obamacare. In The Lord of the Rings Frodo needed to destroy the one ring so as to defeat evil in Middle Earth. It’s a big plot. In Star Wars: Episode IV the plot was to rescue the beautiful princess, defeat Darth Vader, blow up the Death Star and deliver a major blow to the evil empire. Huge plot.

On one side we have all of that. In the case of the Farce Awakens, from Jar Jar Abrams, we have … drum roll … wait for it … where did Luke go? Yes. That’s it. Sure, you’ve got some new characters, descendents of the old ones, but for actual plot, where did Luke go? Everything else in the movie is ridiculously tied into that. Where’s Luke Skywalker? The First Order, an obvious spinoff of the Empire, even to the degree that they fly the same kinds of ships and wear the same uniforms, wants to know where Luke is. The good guys want to know where Luke is. Both are trying to keep the other from finding him. There is no more plot to it than that. There isn’t even anything mentioned as to why all of a sudden it is so important to find him. He doesn’t even need to be rescued! He’s just living peacefully on a mountain top somewhere in the galaxy, stacking stones to make steps and buildings, contemplating the existence of his navel and the asininity of liberal political philosophy or something. It doesn’t even tell you why he’s hiding. He just is. He’s not even in the movie until the last thirty seconds.

But somehow, for some reason, he left a map. The map ended up in the hands of an X-wing pilot who put it in a droid. When is the last time a critical plot element ended up in some innocent droid while the person carrying it was in danger of capture? Hmmm... Let me think. Has that ever been used before? How original and how clever! Why nobody would ever think of that! Apparently Gungans, like Jar Jar Abrams, can regurgitate plots!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Koran

Damn. It’s with a big heavy sigh that I have to write about Islam, again.

It’s not that it’s an uninteresting subject which shouldn’t be written about. It’s not that it’s unimportant. It’s not that I’m tired of studying what’s going on relative to it. What bothers me is that I’m going to say something I know a certain segment of the people who read my material is going to disagree with. Now I don’t expect everybody to agree with me, and that’s okay. I don’t desire the agreement of everybody. It’s just that the subject of Islam is so overly emotionally charged in this country, particularly on the part of people of other faiths, that it’s difficult to hold an intelligent conversation with people on the subject.

I’m not that kind of guy who relies on internet memes circulated on Facebook and Twitter as the ultimate truth in my life. When something bothers me, I research it for myself using direct original sources wherever possible, discover a level of truth that I’m comfortable with, and write about it. If I see a meme that says something, whether I agree with it or not, I do my homework and verify it. I hate to be fooled and I hate to pass along false information that makes me look like a fool.

Let’s take, for the sake of unambiguous explanation, the example of everybody’s favorite tyrant; Adolf Hitler. “This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” The principle implied is completely true. However the quote is completely bogus. He never said it as far as anybody has ever been able to prove. He might have believed it. In fact, he probably believed it, at least as far as the Jews were concerned, thus accounting for the popularity of the supposed quote. It is most certainly factual that he acted as if he believed in gun control imposed on his opposition. But as far as I can tell, he never said it.

Things like this create a dilemma for those who wish to seek and spread the truth.

You wouldn’t think so, and in a world where people are thinking analytically it wouldn’t be a problem at all, but the unfortunate fact is it creates a bit of trouble.