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Interzone / Re: Am I going to hell for laughing at this?
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:33:50 PM »
"I'm sick of the Left and the Right," he complained, reflecting the anti-system vote that has played a massive part in this campaign.

"I have a €1million of debt to pay back and only earn €1,000 a month," he said, echoing the number one priority of the French, making ends meet in rural and industrial areas where jobs are increasingly scarce.

Then came the National Front line. "I want more work for the French and not for foreigners. We're sick of working hard while other people get the same amount for just sitting at home."

When asked whether there were any foreigners in these parts, he said no.

"Its a very calm, beautiful little village. But in the nearby cities, foreigners provoke us and we don't feel at home anymore."


Interzone / Re: A New Goal: Restoring the Roots of European Society
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:30:50 PM »
One of his core points is that we tend to confuse capitalism with competition. We tend to think that whoever competes best comes out ahead. In the race to be more competitive, we sometimes confuse what is hard with what is valuable. The intensity of competition becomes a proxy for value.

In fact, Thiel argues, we often shouldn’t seek to be really good competitors. We should seek to be really good monopolists. Instead of being slightly better than everybody else in a crowded and established field, it’s often more valuable to create a new market and totally dominate it. The profit margins are much bigger, and the value to society is often bigger, too.

Now to be clear: When Thiel is talking about a “monopoly,” he isn’t talking about the illegal eliminate-your-rivals kind. He’s talking about doing something so creative that you establish a distinct market, niche and identity.


Interzone / Re: Overpopulation
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:28:43 PM »
By 2050, Africa’s population will double from 1 billion to 2 billion people. Where today the six most populous Islamic nations — Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria and Turkey — have a combined population of 885 million, by 2050 their populations will have increased by 475 million to 1.36 billion.


Interzone / Re: IQ and ability
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:27:33 PM »
What if I told you that there was a group of hard-driving workaholics who tend to have advanced degrees and bring a level of talent and skill to their jobs that attracts premium pay in the global economy? Scholars have found that this group is more likely than much of the population to raise their children in two-parent homes.

You might think this was a group people would admire, even emulate, right? Not so. For this is the much-maligned 1%, whose media infamy via the Occupy Wall Street protests, followed by President Obama's populist reelection message, is now firmly embedded in the American psyche.


Interzone / Re: Equality -- how can anyone believe this?
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:25:57 PM »
Whites are in the minority this year for the first time in the history of the flagship Texas school, which was segregated until the 1950s.

Fifty-two percent of the Class of 2014 is nonwhite. Black and Hispanic students represent about 5 percent and 23 percent, respectively. Asians account for 17 percent of freshmen.

The demographic shift at U.T. is a bellwether of what is about to happen—and, with little notice, already has, at other universities in Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and New York—in a country where new Census figures confirm that nonwhites are by far the fastest-growing proportion of traditional-age university students.


Interzone / Re: Under 120s gone: better or worse?
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:24:49 PM »

The current TOO video is a compelling account of how thousands of North African Jews died  as a result of a bizarre treatment for ringworm during the 1950s (see also here). The ideology underlying this treatment was the racial inferiority of these Jews. The video notes, as also discussed in my review of John Glad’s book on Jewish eugenics, that attitudes of racial superiority and eugenics in the sense of racial purification were common among the Ashkenazim who created Israel.

A correspondent who watched the video informed me that Hannah Arendt, the well-known Jewish intellectual and author of Eichmann in Jerusalem, had similar views on Middle Eastern Jews as well as an attitude of superiority toward Eastern European Jews. Such attitudes were common among German Jews, especially in the early decades of the 20th century. For example, it is well known that the German Jewish establishment in America centered around the American Jewish Committee looked down on the Eastern European Jews immigrating to the US.


Interzone / Kautilya - Arthashastra
« on: April 23, 2012, 09:58:37 PM »
Ancient thinker, both a traditionalist and a pragmatist. Like a Machiavellian superstate directed by culture, like Evola, Plato and Aristotle.


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