On the Binding Forces of Communities
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Mar 23, 2019 - 3:22pm
On the Binding Forces of Communities

This is the first essay in a new series. In which, I’ll seek to understand, and to diagnose the causes of, the ethical, political and economic ills of our times.   Some of what I say may be familiar to those who have read my earlier work. What is new here, is that I aim to put those, previously only loosely related, strands of thought into context. Metaphorically, in this series of essays I am seeking to assemble a “big crunch” of ideas. From which, in due time, I will aim to draw out material for the “big bang” of cure.   Humanity   You and I – well, I certainly, and you presumably – are individuals of a genus called humans or human beings; or, in Latin, homo. Physically, we are simians, related to monkeys and to great apes such as chimpanzees. Mentally, our species has earned the …

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What feeds the furor over inequality

While the Marxist theory of value is flawed in all contexts, one could at least understand the nature of the error in the context of pre-industrial society ... because the contribution of intellectual capital to human productivity was much lower than that in a capitalist, industrial society. To hold…

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:29pm
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Saving Capitalism

Capitalism in the United States has developed a major problem with two possible consequences, both dangerous. The problem is concentration of wealth. The last numbers I’ve seen, which are a few years old and which are likely to have gotten worse since then, are expressed as wealth by quintile,…

Apr 3, 2019 - 1:17am
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The face of the Democratic Party is changing

If someone told you 5 years ago that Nancy Pelosi, in just a few years, would be the moderate Democrat voice in the house would you have believed it? I know I would have laughed out loud. It’s incredible how quickly the left has radicalized.   I’m middle to right on most issues, mor…

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:39pm
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The Hysteria of Our Times

Recently in the UK a super market chain was forced to take all of their chocolate Easter bunnies off the store shelves.  What happened?  One of the bunnies in the 3 pack of bunnies was dark chocolate with raspberry filling and called "the ugly duckling."  A woman, a white one no less,…

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:20am
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Only the most ignorant would 'deny' climate change

The World Health Organisation tells us that between ~2015 and 2050 (35 years) 120,000,000 (yes, one hundred and twenty million) people in the developing world will die from respiratory conditions associated with inhaling smoke from burning wood and animal faeces over open fires in order to cook and …

Apr 4, 2019 - 11:12am
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Evolution of Religion

(Preface: This article was written from a Christian perspective in defense of that religion.  I am not qualified to speak on behalf of other religions and do not pretend to speak for them.)   A gentleman (Peter Dee) wrote a brief article here on WB in which he purports to “dispr…

Apr 8, 2019 - 6:15pm
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The New Utopia (By Jerome K. Jerome)

I confess that the story below isn’t by me. All this came about through Opher Goodwin’s recent thread on George Orwell. In the comments there, several references were made to Aldous Huxley and his Brave New World. While googling for something else, I came across the text of a (not so) sh…

Apr 5, 2019 - 5:57am
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Socialism is not just a religion, it's a business

Socialists are entirely happy with letting religions serve them. After brutally suppressing the Orthodox Christian religion and looting their churches, Stalin actually reinstated them as the main religion of the Bolshevik Empire, back in 1943 - so long as the Bolsheviks got to pick who the bishops w…

Apr 6, 2019 - 5:23am
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WHO IS INTERESTED TO BE PART OF A WB BAND ?

https://youtu.be/Az2n9dQzan0     Ok. I try it again, I was really pissed of yesterday because - before - articles were saved as drafts, but now they're gone instantly when 48 hours are not respected......I also can't see my profile anymore on WB, but well, here we go again (Whitesnake) :-)…

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:36am
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Question For

After 3 years of "investigation" by the US House of Representatives, US Senate and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, ALL 3 GROUPS CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE REGARDING COLLUSION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND ANYONE IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.   No President ha…

Mar 24, 2019 - 1:39pm
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The Muller Investigation did it's job

The Muller investigation was a huge success, even thought it didn't find any collusion by Trump.  For almost 2 years it gave special prosecutes the power to put anyone that did business with Trump, supported him politically or was close friend of his, under microscopes and expose any activities…

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:58pm
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ASSANGE - OR A LESSON IN HYPOCRISY ?

    I mean I don't like "traitors". But I also don't like Camp 1391 or Guantanamo. And I don't like people who start wars. Probably some of you like that (for reasons I can't follow anyway), but I don't. And if some guy and his gang show up and make public what is wrong and he gets labele…

Apr 11, 2019 - 11:22am
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Highly Controversial Facts and Statistics About Am…

The vast majority of the American people are living in denial about the moral decline of its society. This includes the vast majority of political candidates and people currently in office. Most people in America do not want to be confronted with the truth about America and its moral decline, becaus…

Mar 24, 2019 - 7:42am
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A Theoretical Deconstruction of Liberalism

  The foundation of liberalism needs to be meticulously dissected and a complete autopsy performed on this social disease. We ought to begin the rather tedious dissection of liberalism by examining one of their most celebrated (and intellectually dishonest), tenets: egalitarianism. …

Mar 29, 2019 - 1:48pm
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The hysteria generated by Al Gore and other misinf…

The Sun controls Earth's climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have very little to do with "global warming" or "climate change". The hysteria generated by Al Gore and other misinformed non-scientists is ridiculous as their projected fantasies have already shown to be not happening. The polit…

Apr 4, 2019 - 4:39pm
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Many in Obama's X administration are wetting their…

Trump supporters come from all races, all parties and all walks of life. We are the base of the tax dollars in this country. We are the ones who know the difference between the Messiah and a leader.   It is the Demonicrat/Socialist/Communist and Alinsky party that raised the Millennial snowflak…

Apr 12, 2019 - 3:54pm
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The Beat Goes on XXXIII

Now that we’ve made the switch to Disqus, I’m sure most of you are really pissed at me right now.  Let me reiterate the reason for doing it, Writer Beat was not growing organically.  By organically I mean, people were not finding their way here and establishing accounts to comm…

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:34am
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The Death of CNN and MSNBC

The death of CNN and MSNBC, or at least turning them into an inconsequential network few watch is coming closer.  Their viewers mostly skew over age 60.  To be fair so does Fox but Fox gets far more old geezers watching.   Anderson Cooper is said to get about 200,000 viewers a night.&…

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:15pm
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Dissolve NATO

Right down there with the UN, NATO is among the most useless, ineffective and dangerous organizations in existence and needs to be disbanded ASAP. It should have been dismantled at the same time as the Warsaw Pact, its mission being accomplished. What we have now is a bloated parody of a military al…

Apr 6, 2019 - 7:05pm
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Ubi Jus Ibi Remedium

There is a maxim of law, dating back to the Romans, "Ubi Ius, Ibi Remedium" ("Where there is a right, there is a remedy.")  Modern lawyers often state it as "Where there is a right there is a remedy, but not (necessarily) where there is a wrong."    Reading two recent articles, …

Apr 7, 2019 - 8:27am
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Jussie is his Mother's Son

Jussie Smollett said after all the charges were dropped against him, “No one will ever know how much that has meant to me and I will forever be grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vein. I’ve been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not b…

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:56pm
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Addiction to Prediction

              When you don’t have a television, friends, or family, you have lots of time to read.  At least I do, and lately, I’ve been reading about science and philosophy.             I’ve been trying to under…

Apr 10, 2019 - 2:58pm
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