War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against one other.
Whenever I see photos or videos of SWAT team members wearing ski masks, I am always struck by their hiding their faces. I presume that they do so for the same reason that an ordinary criminal does so while robbing a store or a bank.
There are two kinds of criminals: Those who are on the government’s payroll and those who are not.
The rational strategy for a person who hasn’t actually studied a subject is to be agnostic . . . If people who hadn’t studied economics were simply agnostic, the world would be just fine. Because, on any given issue, half the people would flip a coin and say heads, half would say tails, and then policy would actually be determined by the minority of people who’ve read the economics textbook. The problem is that people who haven’t read the textbook typically are not agnostic. They think they know the answer, very often vehemently, with extreme confidence, and generally they seem to gravitate towards the views that the textbooks says are wrong.
People want government to do all manner of things, things that if done privately would lead to condemnation and jail sentences. Some want government to give money to farmers, poor folk, college students, senior citizens, and businesses. There’s no Santa Claus or tooth fairy. The only way government can give money to one person is to forcibly take it from another person. If I privately used the same method to raise money for a ‘deserving’ college student, homeless person or businessman, I’d face theft charges. Others among us want government to protect wild wolves, bears, and the Stephens kangaroo rat, even if it results in gross violations of private property and loss of lives. The problem is that some people disagree with having their earnings taken to satisfy someone else’s wishes. They don’t want the Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service dictating to them what they can and cannot do with their property to ensure a habitat for the kangaroo rat. Force and threats must be used. Here’s the question: Could the average American kill a person who resolutely refuses to give up his earnings so Congress can give it to farmers? Could you kill a person who insists on using all of his property, even though some wolves have set up a den on it? You say, ‘What do you mean, Williams — kill?’ Here’s the scenario: The Corps of Engineers commands me not to remove debris from a drainage ditch on my property, placed there by beavers building a dam, because the debris creates a wetland. I remove it anyway. The Corps of Engineers fines me. I refuse to pay the unjust fine. The Corps of Engineers threatens to seize my land. I say no, you won’t: it’s my land, and I’ll protect it. A politician sends marshals to take it, and I get killed defending it.
Feminism as a movement for political and social equity is important, but feminism as an academic clique committed to eccentric doctrines about human nature is not. Eliminating discrimination against women is important, but believing that women and men are born with indistinguishable minds is not. Freedom of choice is important, but ensuring that women make up exactly fifty percent of all professions is not. And eliminating sexual assaults is important, but advancing the theory that rapists are doing their part in a vast male conspiracy is not.
Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.