Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Race, classical liberalism and the free market
All the favoured US presidential candidates ‘agree on the pressing need to expand the entire welfare-warfare state’ so most people go back to obsessing about race, which of course is rubbish
Of course it’s all politics, that is, equal parts dissembling and illusion, and designed to confer on some groups more power over other groups.
Come to think of some of the upper middle class’s preoccupation with it (mixed with real good intentions) is really an assertion of their (self-)righteousness and thus a clever way to try and remain in charge (because they’re righteous and thus deserve it).
The modern doctrine of racism originated with the Frenchman Joseph Arthur Comte de Gobineau as a way to justify aristocratic privilege. In the hands of the Nazis, the doctrine was extended to the alleged superiority of Aryans as versus everyone else. They claimed that the races were inherently incompatible, and advocated state policies to bring about their desired outcome.
Just like the left today who want quotas and people to identify with race first.

Opposed to ‘the conflict view of society’, the Marxist view of class warfare between labour and capital (long proved false — ‘the poor didn’t get poorer under capitalism; they became richer than ever before in human history’) which in the modern(ist) worldviews simply has been shifted to race, sex and religion (including by putative conservatives) is classical liberalism:
As Mises said, in a market economy, there is no legal discrimination against anyone. Freedom prevails, and “whoever dislikes the Jews may in such a world avoid patronizing Jewish shopkeepers, doctors, and lawyers.” The problem is that this does not produce the results racists want. Indeed, the market always tends to bring people together in peace, neither compelling nor forbidding exchanges.

It is essential to retain the old liberal view even in the midst of all the coming conflicts, both in rhetoric and in policy. Always and everywhere, the only serious political issue is what the state should and should not do. All the rest distracts.
What the US is really doing in Iraq
Funding and in many cases arming the three ethnic factions — the Kurds, the Shiites and the Sunni Arabs. These factions rule over partitioned patches of Iraqi territory and brutally purge rival ethnic groups from their midst.

When Iraq goes up, the U.S. military will have to scurry like rats for cover.
Who killed Bobby Kennedy and why?

From LRC.

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