They Shootin’

They shootin’, aw, made you look
You a slave to a page in my rhyme book
Gettin’ big money, playboy your time’s up
Where them gangstas? Where them dimes 

Nas produced by Salaam Remi

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In My Opinion 


We all have different opinions. We may not always agree with each other, however, we should be free to openly express ourselves.
We currently stand in what has been called “the cancel culture”.


Where people who may NOT share our perspectives stop our free speech.
My family holds two residences, one in Henrico County and a second in Chesterfield County. We split when we took on the care of our Grandmother Elaine Morrison. We were unable to find a home large enough for everyone and our youngest son Elliot was in his last year of school at Virginia Randolph. He was majoring in in Electrical Engineering. Mandy and I did not want to take him out of school as he finally found something that he excelled in and was doing well.
So we split. Hard decision for Mandy and I. Eriq, Jackie, Elijah, Elliot, Onix (5 year old Pit Bull/Cane Corso mix), June (3 year old Pit Bull/Lab mix) and Kira (the 2 year old stray cat we took in) in Henrico. Mandy, Grandma, Eva Elizabeth (our 8 year old Malti-poo doggie daughter) and I in Chesterfield.


 In Chesterfield, we have two yard signs. One in support of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) which reads “Guns Save Lives”.


The second sign is in support of Law Enforcement. The signs sits on our property. We are expressing “our” opinions on “our” rented peice of property. Twice in the last several months we have heard gunshots. The Chesterfield County Police have responded in both incidents. We have  learner that Virginians who may not share our perspectives are shooting at our home.


I an not in support of Black Lives Matter or the Democratic Party. However, when I pass a home or business with a sign in support of those things, I do not knock on the door and pick a fight, tear the sign off the front lawn or discharge my firearm towards their property. They have a right to express themselves.


These days and times are extremely frustrating to me. Because people cannot respect opinions which are different. But, just because we disagree, does not mean we cannot just have different opinions, be friends and live life.


I am not sure what else I can do except live my life to my best ability. Support local businesses, get up every day and place one foot in front of the other and keep pushing. I may talk to you about why you hold your opinion, but I will never shoot at your house. I pray I am never outside when you decide to lick a shot my way. Cancel culture is ridiculous and has to stop.


To to readers of Virginia Right, thank you for your continued support. 

Battles over AIDS privacy should block vaccine passports

AIDS was a very scary disease in the 1980s but gays successfully fought to keep their status private. The same reasoning should apply to COVID vaccinations.

It’s entirely possible that I am completely misremembering my 1980s and 1990s history, but I don’t think I am. If I’m correct about it, those battles should stand as a bulwark against an industry’s demands that people must show their vaccination status to take advantage of their services. (I’m talking to you airlines, stadiums, and any other place that demands proof of vaccinations.)

What I remember is that AIDS was terrifying when it first appeared because it was contagious and had a 100% mortality rate. Keep that mortality rate in mind as you contemplate COVID’s mortality rate in America.

The CDC’s numbers show that COVID has only a 1.8% mortality rate (577,857 deaths out of 32,446,915 cases). While I suspect both numbers are inflated because everyone who died with COVID was identified as having died from COVID and because the tests used to diagnose cases are way too sensitive, the relative number is probably close. So, again, we’re talking about a 1.8% mortality rate compared to the fact that AIDS started out more deadly than the Black Death in the mid-14th century.

What I also remember is that AIDS in America was most common in the gay community. This was so because of gay sexual practices (multiple partners, often in a single night, plus a form of sex that was more likely to result in blood flowing). That meant that gays were terribly worried that they would be stigmatized as modern-day lepers. That is, merely being gay would imply that someone carried a contagious disease with a 100% mortality rate.

This stigma meant that gays were denied health insurance, jobs, medical care, etc., simply because they were gay, irrespective of their actual health, Medical privacy suddenly became extremely important.

And here’s where my memory might be failing me but I don’t think so: To protect against a stigma that applied whether or not someone had AIDS, the gay lobby successfully mounted a campaign to make a person’s health status completely private. That health campaign was eventually federalized in 1996 as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (aka HIPAA).

HIPAA completely muzzles health care providers from sharing any health information about a patient without the patient’s explicit permission. The point is to ensure that, if someone has AIDS or any other contagious disease, that information is strictly between the patient and his healthcare providers. Employers don’t get to know. Family members, insurance companies other than the one currently covering the patient, airlines, sports stadiums, etc. — as to all of them, the information is in a lockbox and they don’t have the key.

While HIPAA applies only to health care providers because it was developed for a disease as to which there was (and still is) no vaccine, the principle behind it should apply globally. The way I see it, demanding proof of someone’s vaccine status should fall into the same “It’s none of your damn business” category as AIDS information or any other medical information. My body, my privacy — and you should not be able to discriminate against me because I opt for privacy.

If you are worried about COVID, get a vaccine, put on a mask, wash your hands, take your vitamins, and get out into the sun to boost your Vitamin D. You might also want to yourself that, if you’re under 60 and have no co-morbidities, you are as likely to die from COVID as you are to suffer from other unexpected life-snuffing-out experiences such as getting hit by a bus or lightning, dying from the flu, getting poisoned by bad canned food from China, getting shot by a criminal in a “gun-free” Democrat city, etc.

What you should not be able to do if you’re worried about COVID is force me to prove my health status to you. We already won this battle during the AIDS era and there’s no reason we should have to fight it again.

Incidentally, I’m not the first person to compare COVID to AIDS. There are reams of mainstream media and special interest videos on YouTube doing just that. However, they’re all just panic porn or Fauci reverence. None seem to be making the argument I’m making here, which is that the privacy fight of AIDS should apply with equal weight to a privacy fight about COVID vaccine status — and with the same outcome; namely, that it’s no one’s business but your own.

IMAGE: YouTube screengrab.

Europe, Liberty, and Danser Encore flashmobs

Maybe I’m beating Danser Encore to death, but I think it’s time Americans look to Europe for a way to break free from COVID restrictions.

There’s a rising phenomenon in Europe: the Danser Encore flashmob. I’ve written about the phenomenon twice at American Thinker, so you can go here and here for the details. I’ll try not to repeat most of what I said in those posts. Still, here’s a little background.

In December, a French group called HK & Saltimbank recorded a song, the lyrics of which state in relevant part

We come to break the silence
And when in the evening on TV
The good king has spoken
Come to announce the sentence
We show irreverence
But always with elegance

[snip]

Every measure of authority
Every whiff of security
Sees our confidence vanish
They show so much insistence
To confine our conscience
Let’s not be impressed
By all these unreasonable people
Sellers of fear in abundance
Harrowing to the point of indecency
Let’s keep them at bay
For our mental health
Our social and environmental well-being
Our smiles, our intelligence
Let’s not be without resistance
The instruments of their insanity.


Somewhere along the line, the song captured French people’s imaginations and they started doing flashmobs to celebrate and demand freedom. Being French, they frame the issue as one of “culture.” Nevertheless, it’s clear what they mean. They’re not demanding that museums re-open or that there’s more opera. Instead, they are insisting upon the return of France’s day-to-day culture of getting out of the house to dance, dine, shop, and generally be free to live their lives.

Flashmobs are a much better idea than protests. Protests have to be planned in advance, they’re angry, they’re political, and they attract attention from police forces.

Unlike a protest, flashmobs must be planned in advance only as to the core people involved for singing, playing instruments, and dancing. Their spontaneity also means that counterprotesters (e.g., Antifa, BLM, or other dangerous groups) won’t be there.

Flashmobs aren’t angry. This is super important. The flashmob doesn’t yell about injustice from the Neo-Puritans who have set themselves above us with their crazy, contradictory, liberty-limiting edicts. Instead, flashmobs are about joy. If this were still high school, the masked crowd would be the uptight teachers’ pets whom everyone hates. The flashmob crowd is the one with the cool kids. They’re partying and having fun. Joy is much more attractive than anger and punitive discipline.

Flashmobs aren’t political. A protest in America about masks is inherently political. Republicans are anti-mask; Democrats are pro-mask. Independents stay away because they have become disgusted by American politics and because they’re concerned about being attacked by Antifa or arrested by the police. A flashmob, on the other hand, is apolitical. It’s about music and joy. Again, it draws people in.

The European anti-maskers, who are less constrained by the political straightjacket strangling public life in America, intuitively understood these things. The flashmobs seem to have really started in March in France, but they’re moving across Europe: Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Holland, and maybe other places I’ve missed.

If you do a YouTube search for “Danser Encore,” you will get several dozen videos of flashmobs. Today — May 1 — has generated a whole new batch. Maybe May Day is significant. Perhaps the Europeans are shaking off the grim communist takeover of May 1 and returning to that date’s exuberant roots as a celebration of freedom from a long, dark winter.

If you’re wondering why I don’t go out there myself and start a flashmob there are a few reasons. First, my forte is writing. Second, I moved into my community a year ago, in the midst of the first phase of the lockdowns, and know only ten people. Third, I’m decidedly unmusical. Consider me the idea person.

And for those of you who are idea persons and do want to spark a rebellion of joy against the neo-Puritans, the song you choose has to be (a) relatively well-known, (b) apolitical, (c) easy for ordinary people to sing along with, (d) about liberty, and (e) joyous. Those are your marching orders. Armed with that, you can go forth and raise the banner of joy and freedom.

The following are the most popular flashmob videos from various European countries, along with videos from Le Huffington Post and the Journal l’Humanité:

For the following video, I made a rough translation of the singer’s explanation about the song. You can find that translation here.

And here’s a sampling of the videos that popped up just today, a chilly May Day in Europe (with more being loaded by the minute as best I can tell):

In America, in 1776, we started a revolution dedicated to replacing an increasingly repressive monarchy with individual liberty. In France, in 1789, they started a revolution dedicated to overturning a repressive monarchy and replacing it with a socialist state.

In 2021, the tables have turned. While Americans weren’t looking, socialists stole their liberty, a revolution they’re trying to lock into place with the Biden administration. Meanwhile, the Europeans are taking it to the streets to express their yearning to breathe free.

Sandy’s Out of Blog Retirement…to Defend the Legal System Against a Scurrilous Attack!

Sandy’s Still Running for Judge BUT This Ad I Just Got Must be Answered!

I stepped away from the blog for the campaign for the Court of Appeals and I am one of the fifty who placed their name (paywall) in for the endorsement of the Virginia State Bar.

I was going to stay out of active politics but here is the fifty cent version of my activities:

  1. I eschewed the GOP “convention” because I would not promise I will support the statewide winners – I probably will – because the Libertarian Party might run a statewide candidate.
  2. So I decided to (almost certainly) vote in the Democratic primary provided my vote will not be to hurt one candidate but help the best of a bad group of choices. If I am eliminated as a judicial candidate before June, I will indicate who I will vote for and why.
  3. I have been letting the 140 votes in the judicial primary (The House and Senate) know why I should be a judge: Experience, scholarly writing (ten law review/journal articles), several practice-oriented articles, taught at several places as an adjunct, and was Virginia’s first Appellate Defender from 1996 to 2000 (original title was Director, Capital and Appellate Services). I also defended indigents in Prince William County for nearly a decade in private practice.

But this scurrilous ad came out from the Virginia Cornerstone PAC and I must object! Here is their website (They are also after Glenn Youngkin, too.) and they say they want to retake the House of Delegates for the Republicans. Here is their FB page.

The ad

This ad attacked GOP AG candidate for representing child predators and illegal immigrants. Cites cases. We do not know if Chuck Smith was appointed or retained for these cases. That small fact is not important to the PAC’s attack. But it is relevant. The court appoints lawyers to represent indigent suspects and the immigration status of the suspect is irrelevant to his or her right to counsel. Since Gideon v. Wainwright in the early 1960s, people too poor for to afford an attorney in a serious criminal case have that right. And criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

No PAC should ever attack a candidate for representing accused criminals! I urge my readers to give some polite but tough criticism at the FB page of this PAC to renounce the ad.

This is not an endorsement of any candidate although I know Smith and he used the legal printing service I work for.

Sandy’s Out of Blog Retirement…to Defend the Legal System Against a Scurrilous Attack!

Sandy’s Still Running for Judge BUT This Ad I Just Got Must be Answered!

I stepped away from the blog for the campaign for the Court of Appeals and I am one of the fifty who placed their name (paywall) in for the endorsement of the Virginia State Bar.

I was going to stay out of active politics but here is the fifty cent version of my activities:

  1. I eschewed the GOP “convention” because I would not promise I will support the statewide winners – I probably will – because the Libertarian Party might run a statewide candidate.
  2. So I decided to (almost certainly) vote in the Democratic primary provided my vote will not be to hurt one candidate but help the best of a bad group of choices. If I am eliminated as a judicial candidate before June, I will indicate who I will vote for and why.
  3. I have been letting the 140 votes in the judicial primary (The House and Senate) know why I should be a judge: Experience, scholarly writing (ten law review/journal articles), several practice-oriented articles, taught at several places as an adjunct, and was Virginia’s first Appellate Defender from 1996 to 2000 (original title was Director, Capital and Appellate Services). I also defended indigents in Prince William County for nearly a decade in private practice.

But this scurrilous ad came out from the Virginia Cornerstone PAC and I must object! Here is their website (They are also after Glenn Youngkin, too.) and they say they want to retake the House of Delegates for the Republicans. Here is their FB page.

The ad

This ad attacked GOP AG candidate for representing child predators and illegal immigrants. Cites cases. We do not know if Chuck Smith was appointed or retained for these cases. That small fact is not important to the PAC’s attack. But it is relevant. The court appoints lawyers to represent indigent suspects and the immigration status of the suspect is irrelevant to his or her right to counsel. Since Gideon v. Wainwright in the early 1960s, people too poor for to afford an attorney in a serious criminal case have that right. And criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

No PAC should ever attack a candidate for representing accused criminals! I urge my readers to give some polite but tough criticism at the FB page of this PAC to renounce the ad.

This is not an endorsement of any candidate although I know Smith and he used the legal printing service I work for.

Maybe Biden was right about the grave threat of White supremacy in America

Using the left’s time-honored practice of redefining words to help their politics, I think Biden was right that America has a White supremacy problem.

Because I write about politics for a living, I forced myself to watch Joe Biden’s entire address to Congress. You can see my general overview here. It’s not one of my best essays. I was trying to stay close to the 800-word limit that applies to the material I write for American Thinker but, honestly, Biden said so much that was dishonest or disconnected from reality that 8,000 words might have just covered everything.

To my ear, the two most offensive things he said were that January 6 was the worst challenge to American democracy since the Civil War and that the current greatest threat to America is “White supremacy.” Regarding the first, we all know that a kerfuffle of the type that Leftists routinely engage in is not the “worst challenge” America has seen even in the last year, especially when no one was armed and the purpose was to remind Congress to do its work, not to overthrow the government.

What’s really happening here is that, for the Democrats, January 6 has become their Reichstag’s Fire: They can go to it, like a bucket to a never-ending well, whenever they need to increase their use of police power against the American people. The Democrats are following Turkish president Erdogan’s advice that you treat democracy like a train: When it gets you to power, you’re at the end of the line, with no need for any further democracy.

Having thought about that second offensive statement, though, the one about “White supremacy,” it occurred to me that Biden is correct. It all depends on how you define terms and, in America in 2021, it’s apparent that powerful people get to define terms any way they want.

After all, if Democrats can say that court-packing has nothing to do with increasing the total number of justices on the Supreme Court, and everything to do with appointing justices with whom they disagree, or the everything on the wish list is “infrastructure,” the sky’s the limit for redefining terms. Or, as Humpty Dumpty said, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

So, here’s how I define White supremacy and, I must say, the facts completely support my definition: Biden is white, very, very white. So white that little Black children were once fascinated by the golden hair on his legs. (And yes, of course, that’s an incredibly creepy, typical Biden narrative, but I’m making a point here.)

Biden is also imposing an extremist leftist agenda by executive fiat. All of the racial changes in America in the past 100 days have come, not from Congress, but from Biden’s pen. It’s Biden’s pen that has destroyed America’s border, Biden’s pen that is inviting mentally ill men into women-only enclaves, Biden’s pen that is turning America into a country in which the law is applied unequally based on race, and Biden’s pen that raised fuel prices and instantly destroyed over 10,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Biden’s big mouth is bringing us close to a shooting war with Russia and stirring up racial divisions across America.

In sum, Biden is White and, currently, his power is supreme because the Deep State will carry out all of his extremist edicts. We can carry this definition even further by noting that the most powerful woman in America (and no, it’s not Kamala, at least not yet) is also white, very, very white:

In other words, what we’re witnessing is a White Supremacist government in America and it is indeed the greatest threat we have ever faced, not just since the Civil War, but since the early days of the American Revolution, when it looked as if the British would destroy the Continental Army and hang every one of the men we now revere as America’s Founding Fathers. The new Democrat White supremacist movement, like its forebearers in the eugenics movement, the KKK, and Jim Crow politics, believes that the way to maintain unlimited power is to use a hierarchy of racial classifications that overrides the constitutional rights inherent in all American citizens.

Idle thoughts of an idle blogger

I haven’t been posting on my blog but I’ve still been thinking about politics and world issues. This is a potpourri of those thoughts.

Does anyone today remember Jerome K. Jerome? He was a Victorian-era author of whimsical books. I believe his best-known book was Three Men in a Boat, a comedy about three men taking a boat trip on the Thames. However, I always preferred Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, a collection of humorous observations. I especially loved the book’s name, which I’ve borrowed for this post.

The Democrats have become Turkish. The Democrats are behaving in a decidedly undemocratic fashion. They’ve used January 6, during which Trump supporters and BLM/Antifa plants behaved like Democrat protesters (the anti-war protests, the Supreme Court hearing protests, the BLM and Antifa protests, etc.), only with less mess and violence, to justify a regime crackdown. January 6 protesters are rotting in prison without due process, D.C. is an armed camp with politicians isolated from the people they are supposed to serve, people engaged in wrong-think (i.e., conservativism) are being silenced, Biden is ruling by executive order, the Second Amendment is on the chopping block, they’re making ready to pack the Supreme Court, the economy is being socialized, etc.

Looking at all that, I realized that the Democrats are following the playbook of Turkish tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Do you remember what he said? “Democracy is like a train; you get off once you have reached your destination.” The Democrats are pretty sure they’ve reached their destination.

Why teachers won’t go back to their classrooms. Having done the bunny slipper commute for 30 years (meaning that I’ve worked from home during that time), I totally understand the teachers’ reluctance to go back to school. You have more time in your day if you don’t have to travel to work and it’s just more comfortable. I’m not justifying their failing to do the job for which they’re paid; I’m just saying I understand it.

It occurred to me, though, that there’s another factor. The teachers refusing to return all come from big, urban school districts that have been totally taken over by the leftist thinking we’re seeing in the teachers. One aspect of leftist thinking is that it’s racist to discipline minority students, who are a majority in many of these schools. Freed from restraint, these students often physically attack their teachers. Other violence is normal. (A teacher at my kids’ nice suburban school observed that, at the urban school where he used to teach, there was a 911 call every day for violence.)

If you’ve created that kind of dangerous mess at your urban school through your leftist policies, suddenly teaching your students from a big distance, especially if you’re safe at home, becomes a very attractive option. In other words, leftists are may be doing what they always do: Destroying something and then running away from the destruction they created.

They “didn’t deserve to die.” I’ve been seeing that phrasing a lot about Daunte Wright and, as you may recall, it’s often been said about other black men who resisted arrest and ended up dead. I have to disagree — they kind of did deserve to die because they behaved stupidly. They were the equivalent of drunks who got behind the wheels of a Maserati and floored the gas. If you do something insanely stupid that carries with it the risk of death, when you die, it’s your fault.

Having said that, I put a large share of the blame on Democrats with their drumbeat about “driving while black,” “walking while black,” and their claim that American police officers are the functional equivalent of the Gestapo (all data to the contrary). If you’re an innocent young black man with just a few felonies and arrest warrants on your record, wouldn’t you run from the Gestapo if they caught you doing something illegal?

Biden’s red lines are as firm as Obama’s were. Famously, Obama drew a red line in Syria and, then, when Assad walked right over it, Obama said “never mind.” That was bad. Worse is Biden’s drawing red lines for Russia and then saying “never mind.” That’s how strong bad actors know that they can do anything they want — and formerly weak bad actors quickly follow.

Biden should have done what Trump understood you do: If it’s not important to you, keep your mouth shut (which is almost certainly the case for America vis-a-vis Ukraine); and if it is important to you, you better mean what you say. Biden did neither and the world’s in trouble.

We’re seeing a world of people unconstrained. The musical South Pacific was all about race hatred. It included a song saying, “You have to be carefully taught.” The premise was the Anne Frank idea that all people are basically good (the last message she wrote in her diary before the residents of the annex were rounded up). That was whistling in the dark. It’s not true.

My parents had a book on their shelf by Desmond Morris called The Naked Ape. I never read the book but I put my own theory to the name: A large part of our mental make-up hasn’t wandered that far from apedom. If we are not trained and constrained as we develop, we will be nothing but apes, acting from instinct. For the most part, those instincts are pretty brutal. Caring for offspring and fellow apes in the shrewdness is instinctive but it’s paired with brutality unmediated by morals. The violence within a shrewdness or by one shrewdness against another can be completely brutal.

Across America, we’re devolving into that type of unconstrained, morals-free, tribal brutality. We see that in the pack behavior on the internet, in the brutality on the street, and in the perversions of the rich and powerful. The latter may theoretically have been trained in social behavior, but unless they believe that some force greater than themselves is holding them to account (e.g., parents, police, employers, people in their community, voters, God), they do all sorts of bad stuff, from lying, cheating, and stealing, to large-scale political corruption, to sexual perversions, to cannibalism.

To me, Biden and Hunter are both poster children for what happens when you feel you can get away with things. Behind his “hail fellow well met, and trust me I’m stupid” persona, Biden has had the feral intelligence to sell out America across the globe. In addition, his behavior with children in public is itself a form of perversion, with no other evidence needed to justify that word. His public brazenness, though, always leads me to wonder what he got away with in private. Hunter, meanwhile, complained that someone (I forget who it was; maybe Hallie) refused to let him be alone with pubescent girls. I wouldn’t be at all surprised that one of the holds the Chinese have over Biden is that someone in that family did the dirty with children. No proof on my part; just a deep suspicion. That family feels unconstrained and Biden’s Catholicism is simply part of his cover.

And that’s all I’ve got. I thought of something quite brilliant while driving today but have completely forgotten what it was. That’s ridiculously frustrating but it’s what I’ve got (or haven’t got).

 

Modern Monetary Theory is taxation without representation

The Biden administration’s use of Modern Monetary Theory to create intentional inflation is a form of extreme taxation without representation.

If you ask for the fancy definition, this is what you’ll see when you look up Modern Monetary Theory (MMT):

MMT’s main tenets are that a government that issues its own fiat money:

  1. Can pay for goods, services, and financial assets without a need to first collect money in the form of taxes or debt issuance in advance of such purchases;
  2. Cannot be forced to default on debt denominated in its own currency;
  3. Is limited in its money creation and purchases only by inflation, which accelerates once the real resources (labour, capital and natural resources) of the economy are utilized at full employment;
  4. Can control demand-pull inflation by taxation which removes excess money from circulation;
  5. Does not compete with the private sector for scarce savings by issuing bonds. (Footnote omitted.)

Take away the high-flown language and here’s what MMT really says: Money is essentially an illusion. As long as the government controls the printing presses and is the world’s reserve currency, it can print as much money as it needs to fund current projects and pay down debt.

This is utter nonsense. Money is not an illusion. It’s an easy-to-use, fungible representation of a nation’s wealth. In the really old days, pre-money, goods and services were used in trade. We all remember Jack trading his cow for beans, right? That’s how the marketplace worked back in the day. Farmer Jones would have grain but need pigs, and Farmer Smith would have pigs but need grain.

The two farmers would enter into a straightforward deal that was actually fraught with complications. Both pigs and grain are difficult to transport to market. Also, the grain that Farmer Jones had available might be worth only three-and-a-half pigs. Would that require slaughtering a pig? Would Farmer Smith get less grain than he needed? Or would Farmer Smith give up a whole pig, grossly overpaying for the grain.

Also, in times of war (which was a chronic condition in the distant past), it was easy for marauding soldiers to find and confiscate your wealth. You can bury coins in the garden; you can’t do that with pigs or wheat.

Very early in human development, people figured out that they could use representations of their wealth to facilitate trade. The important thing about this early representational unit was that it had intrinsic value, so it had to be either scarce or unique. If it’s something common — e.g., pebbles —  it would be meaningless as a way to ascertain the value of goods and services in trade. Everybody would just fill their pockets with rocks and try to buy things from people whose pockets were equally full.

Enter precious metals: Gold was rare enough that it had intrinsic value. Silver and copper did too. People could easily carry a little chunk of gold or silver. In addition, both metals could be split. It’s easier to split a chunk of gold during a transaction than to cut the pig in half.

The problem, though, was that people had different ideas about the value of a given piece of metal. They realized that the best way to determine the value of money (which, again, has representational, not intrinsic, value) was to have a centralized place that pressed the metal into recognizable shapes with a stable value.

We know that, by the 8th century BC, Greece had figured out the idea of a standardized coin. The government’s imprimatur on a coin was an assurance that the money people were handling was a legitimate precious metal with a standardized value. (If you’ve ever wondered by the ridges along the edges of our dimes and quarters, they’re a remnant of the time when money was actually made from precious metals. People would delicately shave off bits of gold or silver from the edges — “clipping” the coin — until they had enough to make their own coins while debasing the issued coins.)

Gold is heavy, though. Eventually, the idea of a second level of representative wealth came along: Paper money or coins made from a lighter metal, both of which could be easily transported. Always, though, the promise was that these essentially valueless bits of paper and metal were backed by real gold, e.g., “I may be giving you a printed piece of paper but there’s real gold in Fort Knox.” This sense of real value was why so many Americans worried when America abandoned the gold standard — that is, when it disconnected money’s direct relationship to a precious metal.

American money now represents the collective wealth of a nation, bound up in its real property, goods, services, and even its citizens’ potential. Or at least, that’s what it’s supposed to do.

That gets me to inflation. Inflation occurs when the collective wealth remains the same but the government keeps issuing more paper money. Whenever you have more of something, it is worth less. Where it once took 50 cents to buy a candy bar, all that excess of money floating around means it now takes $5 to buy the same bar. The bar hasn’t changed, but money has cheapened because the government keeps flooding it into the marketplace.

MMT gives the government permission to flood the marketplace with money to fund its own schemes and pay its own debts. Maybe that’s a good deal for the government but for ordinary people, who are a nation’s real wealth, it’s a disaster. Their buying power devalues drastically because everything costs more.

Take Grandma Jones, for example. Grandma Jones worked hard all her life. She denied herself many pleasures during her working years so that she could squirrel away money in her savings for her old age. Imagine for this example that she saved $10,000.

When Grandma Jones retired, her monthly shopping trip for food and goods (toilet paper, etc.) cost $100. She anticipated 100 months of shopping, or over 8 years, at that rate. She assumed that she had about six years of life in her, so she’d have supplies until the end and still have something to leave to her children.

There are a lot of people like Grandma Jones in America. When they retire, they expected that their nest eggs will keep a roof over their heads and food in their tummies.

However, right as Grandma Jones stops working, the government discovers MMT and starts printing money like crazy. The available goods and services in the marketplace remain static but cash is raining down from the sky like snowflakes in a blizzard. Because each of these units of money now represents a smaller fraction of the available wealth of America, merchants raise the prices on the goods to reflect their real value.

Thanks to MMT, it now costs Grandma Jones $500 a month to buy the same supplies and, because the government is still printing away, that soon doubles to $1,000. Within less than two years, Grandma Jones has no savings at all. She applies for welfare but a lot of people are doing so as well. The system is overloaded. When she finally gets her EBT card, she discovers that its static value is also overwhelmed by rapidly escalating prices due to inflation. Soon, Grandma Jones is eating cat food. When that runs out, she lies down and quietly dies.

When the government takes money from the people to fund its own spending, that’s a tax. America’s founding was predicated on the notion that a free people cannot be taxed without representation. That’s why decisions about taxes run through the House, which, because it has elections every two years, is the chamber closest to the people’s will.

By intentionally creating inflation, the government is imposing a tax on American’s savings. The government is using MMT to bypass the laborious and unreliable process of getting the House to approve new taxes. 

I’m not sure how to start, but people need to push back hard against MMT. At a theoretical level, it’s nonsense. And at a practical level, it brutally taxes those who can least afford it (people living on savings or fixed incomes), while simultaneously destroying the economy. As a start, I’d suggest writing your Congressman or woman urging that Congress immediately pass a law stopping the government printing presses.

The inevitable consequence of the Ivy Leagues’ racist admission standards

You can’t interfere with a meritocracy and expect the results still to have merit — but that’s what the stupidly woke Ivy Leagues are doing.

This is a slightly older story that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time; namely, the Ivy League’s attempt to deny admission to any straight white male students if at all possible, with a good sideswipe at straight white female students too. Paul Mirengoff sums up the latest information about the incoming class of 2025:

Princeton has offered admission to its class of 2025 to 1,498 applicants. According to numbers provided by the University, around fourteen percent of them are white American males.

14 percent of the admitted applicants identify as international students. 68 percent of the admitted applicants from the U.S. identify as “persons of color.” 52 percent are female. 48 percent are male.

Putting these numbers together, we see that only around 28 percent of admittees are white Americans. Less than half of that relatively small group are male.

Whites make up much more than one-third of American students. Thus, whites are severely underrepresented in the group of American students Princeton has admitted to the class of 2025. Princeton’s class of domestic students won’t “look like America,” as the saying goes.

In its announcement, Princeton lumps Asian-American together with Blacks and other minority group members as “persons of color.” Thus, we don’t yet know what percentage of those offered admission belong to which minority group.

Based on what I’ve seen at my children’s colleges, I think we can also assume that, of the men admitted, at least half of them will be gay or “trans” (i.e., women who claim to be men or men who claim to be women).

What Princeton just did is to begin the rapid devaluation of its product. Currently, whites, Far East Asians, subcontinent Indians are probably miffed that they’re being denied access to Princeton despite the fact that, statistically, they’re more likely to meet objective, merit-based metrics. However, within ten years (maybe a little more), a Princeton degree will be worth about as much as your local community college degree.

Why do I say that?

Because we know that affirmative action is at work. Leftists constantly tell us that, without affirmative action and generally lowered standards, minorities don’t stand a chance against all those “privileged” white people, especially all those “toxic” white males.

That’s why we know that the people entering Princeton in the Fall will, on average, be less prepared for college. It doesn’t matter whether this is because they’re just less cognitively gifted or because their grades were lower. Whatever the cause, they won’t be able to keep up the intellectual pace. What we’ll see is “academic mismatch” on a university-wide scale.

Pretty soon, the Ivies will get the reputation as a diploma mill. They will churn out marginally educated, incompetent people — more so even than they do now when they take bright students and dis-, mis-, and de-educates them.

Of course, that’s assuming that there is a “ten years from now.” I’ve been reading a lot of material that makes an excellent point: Biden, in three months, has put us on a straight path to being Venezuela. No borders, massive government-created inflation, race-hatred, fights over political spoils, cities turned into Mad Max arenas, the end of the rule of law, different legal standards for favored and disfavored people in society, a military incapable of fighting a war, a climate change policy that is blind to the fact that a Grand Solar Minimum is on the way that will decrease our food supplies, and more.

If this were a novel, this would be the point where the prophetic person says, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” I know that I am. My response is that I buy canned soup rather compulsively. Whenever it’s on sale, I snatch up more cans. In my mind, they combine protein, liquids, carbohydrates, and mental comfort all in one little can. When the zombies come, I’ll eat the final can of my soup and then go out and make a last stand (presumably armed with my soup ladle).

But back to Princeton. The only thing that differentiates any Ivy League school from a decent second-tier private college or a state school is the school’s cachet. By rejecting a meritocratic admission policy and opting for a racial and otherwise “intersectional” one (gender, race, sexuality, orientation, etc.), Princeton and the other Ivies are closing the door on the students who make that cachet possible. Eventually, these schools will be filled with a bunch of average people in some old buildings. Imagine a school made up entirely of Michelle Obamas (a Princeton alum and, by virtue of her age, probably better educated than the upcoming classes) and you’ll know what I mean.

IMAGE: A Birds-eye view of campus in 1906 by Richard Rummell – Princeton University. Public Domain. 

The wonders of leftist cognitive dissonance

It’s strange that, with full color, x-ray vision into the fetus’s world, leftists can both celebrate that view and still be pro-abortion.

I grew up as a pro-abortion Democrat. I was unable to maintain that attitude when I saw the first ultrasound of my daughter at ten or eleven weeks or so. Her spine was like a little string of pearls. That was when I had that cognitive “click” that a fetus is a baby.

Once she was born, of course, the connection between baby and fetus became overwhelming. Visceral knowledge killed the cognitive dissonance that had allowed me to acknowledge fetal development (remember those black-and-white pictures in the old biology books?) while continuing to assert that there was no connection between a fetus and living, breathing people.

I mention all this because a pro-abortion person I know posted on her Facebook page the following post from IFLScience, a hard left site. It’s an amazing, beautiful, and fascinating video:

I am certain that, despite watching the video, all the people at IFLScience, the leftist who posted the video, and all the fans of IFLScience who watched the video are still pro-abortion. And I don’t understand that. If you’re hit over the head with the fact that the zygote, fetus, and baby are the same thing, how can you justify abortion as a form of birth control?

Incidentally, regarding fetuses, when I was about seven months along with my son, he started hiccuping. It’s a very peculiar feeling to have a baby inside you who is hiccuping. Then, after he was born and for at least his first year, whenever he laughed, he’d start hiccuping. So the question is, was he laughing already when he wasn’t yet born?