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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
When this time is different - between you and me
A long while ago I was working out what the hell happened to this country whilst we in Houston were suffering through Hurricane Ike. Sometime in, I think, 2009 I bought Rogoff and Reinhart's classic This Time Is Different. For grins today I checked up on how this work's holding up. It turns out that, in 2010, some Keynesians at the so-called "EconoMonitor" had complained. In 2013, more Keynesians complained; this time with more force.
(I found all this at the EconoMonitor's blog, April 2013. Sort-of. The EconoMonitor blogpost is basically a linkfest with added abuse, snark, and slander; on account that its author felt that his crew'd adequately made their point years before. Anyway here I'll just be addressing the 2010 link.)
The 2010 conclusion:
When is the deficit too large? When it’s over 3%, 7%, 10%? Again, there is no magic number and anyone who comes up with a universal number simply misunderstands the modern monetary regime and macroeconomics. In opposition to magic, [Abba] Lerner proposed “functional finance”—the notion that the federal government’s budgetary outcome is of no consequence by itself, but rather, what is important is the economic effects of government spending and taxing. When total spending in the economy, including government spending, is more than what the economy is able to produce when employed at full capacity, the government should either lower its spending or raise taxes. A failure to do so will lead to inflation. So inflation is the true limit to government spending not lack of financing. Government debt is merely the result of government deficit and hence the same applies to debt as well.
Now: if, like Moldbug, you accept that government-issued "fiat" currency is equity - stock in Bank Of Diocletian - then inflation equals a slump in the stock's value. Hyper-inflation equals a crash. Unfeeling aliens and robots don't care about one country's stock any more than they care about stock in Chestnuts And Lugnuts, Amalgamated; people like that can just move their monies to better investments. But there do exist people who care about a country's stock. Those people are known as "citizens".
In 1923 Germany the guys who got screwed furthest up the ass were ethnic Germans who supported the Weimar government, and/or simple German patriots who didn't even care much about politics up to then (mostly veterans and retirees). Non-Germans weren't as badly affected, clearly. And, rightly or wrongly, the local Jews got to being considered as non-German. There were certainly some cosmopolitans in Germany at the time who had cousins over in Poland or Austria, and were able to snap up some swell deals whilst the inflation was going on. So I'm told, anyway, by various guys who post at sites featuring the word "storm" in their letterhead. The German nationals back then got told the same thing, by the same kind of guys in the same kind of publications.
I really don't see why we're being so blasé about inflation. Inflation is failure. Hyperinflation is, as the kids call it, epic-failure. Back to Rogoff and Reinhart, it wasn't in their scope to explain what form such failure would take. Even if they "should" have speculated on this: I get to look forward to having my cash holdings evaporate, to general chaos, and then to having my neighbours blame me both for their own loss of property and for that general chaos. All this strikes me as being "bad".
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
They fear and ENVY us
Monday, June 29, 2015
Adweek - afraid of shadows
I've been pretty negative on the - well, on pretty much everything, since I was about eight, but never mind that. But certain events are giving me cause for optimism. Today, it was when I found out that Adweek had censored me.
The original post involved a photo taken of a romantic interlude at Cannes. I logged into Disqus, with my (truncated) battle-flag avatar, and posted:
That was it. It wasn't all THAT funny. It was pretty obvious. But... it was just before that SCOTUS gmarriage decision...
This post stayed up for about three or four days. It attracted over sixty updings. Usually when I post I get about two. I mean, look at this blog; I'm no great prose stylist, and outside the realm of antiquity I'm not terribly original either (come to that - even inside, I'm not really saying all that which is new). So you can imagine how my comments look. I've made my peace with that. So those updings came from something other than from my brilliance at commenting.
And then Adweek put it in the "pending" state and yanked the flag. Too late, though.
We're the majority; Christians, heterosexuals, self-aware whites, and just plain people tired of bullies and perverts. And our enemies know it. I'm coming around to thinking that our enemies are afraid of us. They can't let us see our own power.
UPDATE 6/30: Pasted the image.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The black majority want us named, blamed, and shamed
More evidence, if evidence be needed, that they fear us and want us under their feet:
This isn't about stopping terrorist violence:
Riley doesn't care if a group is violent or not. He cares that the group is pro-white. 'Hate' does have a meaning, but not for politicians. Hate is an emotion, perhaps even a pathology; but it is not such that can be defined by the like of Riley. 'Hate' only matters to Riley to the extent it hazards his livelihood as a politician. Riley sees self-aware whites as his enemy and wants us branded as such. If Riley could tattoo our sins upon our faces he would gladly do it himself. The same goes for Obama by the way.
Riley speaks for all those in Charleston who voted for him, which - I'm guessing - includes the majority of blacks there. Let us prate no longer of the 'quiet dignity' that Charleston has shown about the act of violence which triggered all of this. That 'dignity' was always just for show; under that show of dignity, Charleston's political elite was working with the Feds to act against us.
Eyes on the ball
Some people on the Right are now wondering if we can call upon Muslims as allies against the Flag of Saruman. Robert Spencer rebuts this.
Obama answers Farrakhan's question
Calypso Louie shares sentiments with Dyllan Roof (and me) about the American flag. He slips up a small bit when he rhetorically asks,
That would be Saruman's flag.
Friday, June 26, 2015
If you erase Forrest, you must also erase Grant
Nathaniel Bedford Forrest did some very bad things during the Long Civil War, counting Redemption as part of that. He turned against 'Redemption' toward the end however. He redeemed himself, as some have said.
Whilst Forrest was rampaging through the back-country, Ulysses Grant as general promulgated General Order 11. Grant, too, recanted this act after the war.
One's apology has been accepted; the other's hasn't.
The evil of Google
Google is being predictably creepy about the great victories of the Left this week:
As I see it, Google is a search-engine. Google management can hold (or pretend to hold) whatever politics it wants to hold. My objection to Google is that it isn't allowing searches; for instance, shopping results on Confederate flags. It is not the place of Google to restrict searches on stuff people might want to buy. And, please, spare me the claims that this would allow Google to turn up links to kitty-pr0n and slaves. They're illegal and mala in se; The Confederate flag is neither.
Google is restricting those searches for political reasons; like it buries Dennis Mangan's blog for political reasons. Google is unethical; more pithily, evil.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Raising the Rebel flag
This blog has never saluted the Saint Andrew's Cross until now. But I read at Ace's today a comment that, whatever the flag used to mean, it now means a symbol of freedom against DC. I suppose that the Southrons had always told us so.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A generation ago, Mariya Gimbutas had (famously) intuited that the "Kurgan" people had a distinct culture, and that this culture blew out almost all other cultures from Portugal to Pakistan. Gimbutas herself, being Baltic, aligned herself with the indigenous peoples whom the "androcratic" Indo-Europeans conquered - to the point of offering some very silly theories about how "gynocentric" or "gylanic" were the losers. But, besides her bias (and besides her incoherence - if the locals couldn't defend themselves against this lot, they'd likely have lost against the next lot... right?), she turns out to have been right on the facts.
So, as food for thought - since I won't be taking sides -
How will this affect the "pan-European" dream? One may now define "white": as a speaker of an Indo-European language with this DNA marker, allowing Basques and Finno-Ugrics as subordinates. And consider language. There was an Esperanto movement a century ago, to create a single "world" language, which meant a European language. For decades we've been able to revive Indo-European as a language; or near-enough - compare the reconstructions in Mallory's book as long ago as 1987 (spoiler: note how the later two agree with each other against the first attempt, and think "asymptote").
How will this affect the expression of pan-Europeanism? The Indo-European lexicon and material-culture together imply a culture, based on aristocracy (including patriarchy) and on mutual respect between true equals. Where there wasn't such respect, conflict happened.
I had made an obscene amount of blather about the Vedic nature of the Mitanni elite.
I just found out today that Asko Parpola has already written a whole book about Vedic origins. The Roots of Hinduism is already Googlable and comes out formally on 12 August. Admittedly it's published by Oxford, near-worthless on other Near Eastern topics.
From what little I've seen (i.e., Google), TRoH's likely to be quite a bit better than its publisher's output on Islam. Certainly better than Wendy Doniger's more sensationalist material via Penguin.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Dylann Roof and the Daily Stormer
If Dylann Roof commented at the Stormer, that wouldn't surprise me much. That he was there in large part to attack it from the Left is more interesting. Doing so as "AryanBlood1488", given that his manifesto wasn't antiSemitic in the racial sense is... just strange. But no-one ever claimed that Mr Roof was normal.
Supporting the CCC against the Stormer's January snit-fit:
I have serious, great respect for the CofCC because they are the ones who woke me up to black on white crime in the beginning. It was the first site I went to the day that changed my life, the day I decided to type in “black on white crime” into Google.
Drawing a near-equivalence between Western culture and Japanese:
For example, forks, doors on hinges, suits, pianos, and other simple things are all part of White Culture, just as chopsticks, sliding doors, kimonos, and the koto, are part of Japanese culture.
The Buzzfeed commenters, who are fools, make foolish snark that some of these "Western" items were first mooted in the Semitic Near East. But then... here is AryanBlood1488 saying that Jews should count as "white" and that Judaism is a culture:
The vast majority of European and American Jews are white. I really get sick and tired of reading these absolutely stupid idiotic comments on here saying how Jews have a biological drive to destroy or are a biological parasite, so on and so forth. Its just so stupid.
Incidentally, this comment implicitly trashes Kevin MacDonald as well.
Andrew Anglin responds on the Stormer's behalf and cites a few other AryanBlood1488 comments; on those comments' basis, Anglin concludes that these comments weren't Roof's.
I am inclined to disagree and to suspect they were Roof's. As I said above, Dylann Roof wasn't right in the head. Roof was also very young and a dropout besides, with intelligence well over his state of education and experience. His opinions on this and that looped around and around. The same tendency is found in the AryanBlood1488 comments: one day he says that Jews can be converted to being white, and on another day he sneers about Jew blood.
But hey. The Stormer isn't my port of call. Roof's opinions aren't mine. And psychological forensics isn't my field.
Ace is wondering when it will stop. The question is rhetorical: the rampage against the dissident American or Western Right won't stop. On a personal note, if you have a blog on Blogger (Google), or you have a product sold by Amazon or eBay - it's really about time you explored legal options, or at least a backup plan.
Should have seen it coming
Not just Governor Haley, but Senator Scott too. (And Senator Graham, but this surprises nobody.)
I have always questioned Scott. As for Haley, I was better disposed toward her, and to her supporters; but lately there's been this stuff from the latter, so I should have started wondering about the former. I just didn't know she would turn so fast.
A commenter over at that first link notes that that's one vow broken. Other commenters wonder about others. Sacred honor compels them, one might say.
Monday, June 22, 2015
So I found Alexander's rant at Vox's, which cites this rant from File 770:
crazy tropes (the Nazis were really left-wing!; Planned Parenthood is genocidal!; Emanuel A.M.E. Church isn’t a black church!; Tor Books is an leftist ideological publisher!)
Later on, various commenters scratch their heads and wonder who on earth had ever said that Emanuel AME wasn't a black church. They probably don't read here. I've posted that the so-called AME churches weren't founded as churches (as Galatians defines "ecclesia") in the first place, and that Emanuel still isn't a church.
Otherwise I believe I've posted (or at least linked) that fascisms - including Nazism - were leftwing movements voted in by rightist voters, and that Margaret Sanger was pro black (in the abstract) and was doing eugenics on that population for this purpose. I've gotten into some trouble in Conservative fora for bringing these points up. I'm approaching being done with such fora, incidentally, so - I'm not wholly unsympathetic to the original ranter's rant.
The last quibble I have, is the last point the ranter made: about Tor. If Tor're being supported by people who think so little of the Right, the supporters might be people like me - but it's unlikely. It's more likely the supporters are of the Left (for "social justice") and that, therefore, so is Tor. And in fact we know that several editors and "directors" at Tor are hard to the Left. Tor keeps these Leftists on payroll because they're fine with Leftism. So whether they're leftist ideologues or just cowards who print crappy books - at this point, I'm invoking the Puppy slogan: I Don't Care. I want more degrees of separation between my money and the Haydens' pockets.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA 6/22/2015 - Nikki Haley, Republican Governor of South Carolina, has finally done what the Republicans have desired since over a century and a half: removed the last vestige of Rebellion from state grounds.
The Governor proposes to replace this symbol of racism and violence with a symbol better befitting the New South: a symbol of plurality and ahimsa, a symbol to which no-one could ever get offended.
Born Sikh and now trans-Christian, Ms Haley is accustomed to spanning cultural boundaries. This move toward such an ancient and noted symbol of Indo-Iranian values is sure to bring together all varnas of South Carolinan culture: black and white, Sikh and Hindu, perhaps even Sunni and Shi'a.
UPDATE 6/23: And I thought I was kidding.
Chariot warriors of Hanigalbat
Western-drawn maps of the Islamic State tends to look like a patchwork: the core areas are the roadways, and between the roadways are "support areas" or blank space.
Modern readers of such maps might think of Mad Max movies (#1 and #4, mostly). That's certainly one reason for maps like this, the propaganda value. In addition it makes the caliphate look smaller and weaker than it is. Another reason is strategic on our part: the maps tell us where the mujahids are roaming around, and where they're thinner on the ground.
It occurs to me that the overall territory looks a lot like the Mitanni kingdom, as well.
The Mitanni were foreigners, as in: they didn't natively speak Hurrian, or Nesian ("Hittite"), or Eblaite. Their religion also was alien to these three cultures. For the Mitanni both language and religion were Vedic with an emphasis on the horse. And when the Hittites crushed them, they were replaced - by another chariot nation, the Assyrians. The Assyrians were at least related to the Eblaites and (more distantly) other Semites, so could relate a little better to that segment of the locals.
I suspect that the Mitanni ran their domain much like the Islamic State is running theirs: their chariots run the roads, their agents control strategic parts of the cities, and outside that network they must make deals. Understand one empire, and you understand the other.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Mendicants and monks
I see that Doniger has distinguished the two Indic traditions of poverty-vows. The Buddhists set up a monastic tradition; the Hindus became itinerants.
I note that the so-called Gospel of Thomas is heavily involved in the mendicant-monk lifestyle,
The Christian monasteries, by contrast, were more 'Buddhist'. In western Europe this might have been by accident.
When Lawful Good is evil, when Neutral is Lawful Good
I always wondered about the validity of the Neutral alignment. Why wouldn't one always want to be good? There's talk of "balance to the Force" and all that, but isn't that a good?
At the same time I've wondered about the Mirror Gate in The Neverending Story, where
Enter the Vedas. According to Doniger, an attempt to be too good is a sin, p. 110; the Aryan sages would say, a violation of arta. Best not to act holier than the King. It might lead others to follow you instead. The King might be a wicked tyrant, who deserves a rebellion, but more likely he is just weak, and he needs the support of holy men. The Mirror Gate will judge by this; it will tell the preacher who "serves" in the senate that he is leading his flock to damnation and his nation to ruin.
By endorsing and living by "Neutrality" on those terms, one guards against potential holiness-competition and just plain hypocrisy. So this "Neutrality" is, in fact, Neutral Good through the virtue of humility.
We have long been taught that Chaotic Good does not exist. Likewise, we may conclude, true Neutral does not exist or, rather, exists in its purest form as a "Neither-al": its place in the "great wheel" cosmology is an outland populated, in the main, by brutes.
The trade in karma
I'm plowing through Doniger's alternative history. Chapter 7 is where we get the Upanishads. Doniger holds that some Upanishads were available to the Buddha (p. 167). So she puts them before 400 BC.
These be where karma makes its arrival, formally. Before this the key concept in the Hindi mind was still Aryan arta, as it remained in the Iranian mind. Iran was still all about the Divine order. India was moving on...
It's generally difficult to date any of the Hindi literature, because they (like the Greeks and western Anatolians) lost their literacy during the Bronze Age upheavals. India has the additional problem that nobody was copying the early texts; the Vedas survived because they were just that important to memorise.
Texts were made, and it seems that monetary contracts were available in the 500s BC. Doniger thinks that the Upanishads assume this, and therefore belong to an urban and Iron age. With the rise of karma, came a notion of justice inherent to the cosmos - in theology, monism, p. 174. That dethroned or at least demoted certain of the old gods; of whom Indra fell furthest. p. 185.
Still later, the Hindus came up with a more urban-friendly theory of cosmic order, dharma. This subsumed arta / "rita": p. 201.
The blood on the medias' hands
One reason Dyllan Roof broke from the mainstream consensus, and one reason Roof broke so bad, is that he was lied to. Jokeocracy has
We can add the Scott Brown "gentle-giant" meme - and the taser-grabbing Walter Scott. In fact Roof's target was culpable in the Scott bamboozle. But I'll grant that Roof likely didn't know at the time or he'd have noted Scott in his manifesto.
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