A Little Propaganda For The Proles On The Fourth

If you’re reading it, it’s for you. Sometimes that is particularly true. As a frequent user of Mozilla Firefox, I also receive “Pocket recommendations” when I open a new tab. These recommendations are supposedly based on my browsing behavior. It’s worth noting that Pocket limits its recommendations to very carefully-vetted purveyors of pap propaganda; for instance, I’ve been reading quite a bit about the new generation of Desert Eagle pistols lately, but I have yet to receive any “deagle”-related suggestions. Pocket is never going to tell me about guns, or off-roading, or patriotism. Not even on the Fourth Of July.

Let’s briefly discuss two recommendations which caught my eye today, because both of them are specifically designed to distort reality in such a way as to make me, and others with my approximate browsing history, doubt our ability to understand the world.

First one: What You Lose When You Gain A Spouse. Mandy and her partner Mark are about to get married — but horror of horrors, people start treating them like a couple. So she does a ton of research to indicate that marriage increases loneliness and depression and cuts you off from a vibrant, exciting community of single people. In the end, she and Mark decide not to get married. For clarity, here’s the marriage-rejecting authoress in question:

Oh gee, oh gosh. Hard to believe Mark didn’t just conk her over the head and drag her to the altar Princess Bride-style, right? Ms. Canton’s article came very close to enraging me for a few reasons. The first is this: why am I letting a never-married person, someone who made it through her fertile years without getting married, lecture me about marriage? I wouldn’t let her lecture me about bicycle motocross or World Challenge racing or decline bench pressing, three subjects with which I also have more experience than she does. What makes her an expert? I’m reminded of football commentator Howard Cosell and his autobiography, titled I Never Played The Game.

Ah, but that’s not the truly infuriating part of this woman’s article. Rather, it is the assertion which follows:

Love is the marrow of life, and yet, so often people attempt to funnel it into the narrow channels prescribed by marriage and the nuclear family. And though this setup is seen as a cultural norm, it is not, in reality, the way most Americans are living their lives. The two-parents-plus-kids family represents only 20 percent of households in the U.S.; couples (both married and unmarried) without children are another 25 percent. But millions of Americans are living alone, with other unmarried adults, or as single parents with children. It’s worth considering what would happen if they lived in a culture that supported all intimate relationships with the same energy currently devoted to celebrating and supporting marriage.
Governments, hospitals, insurance companies, and schools assume that marriage (and subsequently the nuclear family) is the primary unit of care. But of course love—and the care it necessitates—is much more far-reaching and unwieldy than that. What if you could share health-care benefits with your sister and her son? Or take paid leave to be with a close friend who had an operation? In a country with epidemic rates of loneliness, expanding our sense of what counts as meaningful love—and acknowledging and supporting relationships in all their forms—could have enormous benefits. Energy spent striving to prop up the insular institution of marriage could instead be spent working to support family stability in whatever form it takes.

Allow me to rephrase this argument in a manner that a sane person can understand at first glance:

Certain powerful elements within society did everything possible to destroy marriage, from glamorizing adultery to making divorces easier than beating a parking ticket. As a result, marriage has become less popular. So now it’s time to knock out whatever support our society still offers marriage, by making its benefits available to close friends and people with whom you “raid” in “world of warcraft”.

It’s a classic “Who Killed Hannibal?” moment.

The article beats a pretty consistent drum: Let’s get rid of marriage and nuclear families, choosing instead to put our trust and energy into loosely formed social affiliations while relying on a central government for support and assistance. This argument has been made before:

The workers’ state needs new relations between the sexes, just as the narrow and exclusive affection of the mother for her own children must expand until it extends to all the children of the great, proletarian family, the indissoluble marriage based on the servitude of women is replaced by a free union of two equal members of the workers’ state who are united by love and mutual respect. In place of the individual and egoistic family, a great universal family of workers will develop, in which all the workers, men and women, will above all be comrades. This is what relations between men and women, in the communist society will be like. These new relations will ensure for humanity all the joys of a love unknown in the commercial society of a love that is free and based on the true social equality of the partners.

It would appear that the ninety-nine years since the dictation of the above paragraph and the creation of the Atlantic article have been mostly spent in adjusting the message for broader and more immediate appeal, largely by replacing the immanentized socialist eschaton with “love”. Whatever that means. Allow me to speak frankly as an occasional Christian for a moment: This is, quite literally, the work of the Devil, whom we are told spares no effort to destroy families and marriages. In his most subtle form, as the serpent, he sows doubt in our minds about the will of God. Articles such as this one are meant to diminish your faith in the evidence provided at no charge by own eyes. Every sane person can see that strong marriages and families represent a benefit to humanity. The past five thousand years of human history have given ample proof of this over and over again. The Devil’s greatest trick is to make you disbelieve the obvious.

Alright, my atheist and agnostic friends, church is over. Sorry about that. Let’s place our fedoras back on our heads, at an appropriately rakish angle, and continue with the discussion.

The second article which was recommended to me today was: What Does Buying American Even Mean? As with the Atlantic piece, the whole purpose of this is to sow doubt in your mind about something which should be completely obvious. It contains obvious inanities such as referring to the footwear industry’s lack of support for tariffs. Gosh, really? An industry where ninety-nine out of every hundred items is imported from slave-wage countries is opposed to tariffs? Who could have guessed?

After that foolishness, the Wirecutter (owned by the Times) gets around to the usual argument, namely: Everything crosses so many borders, it’s all so complicated, there’s no way to know if something is made in the USA any more. Hmm. That’s a lie. It is absolutely possible to build something in the United States from American raw materials, the same way it is obviously possible to build something in China out of entirely Chinese raw materials. The difference is that the Chinese government-industrial complex doesn’t actively undermine the production of items in China the way our Wall Street Illuminati relentlessly work to damage our blue-collar workers and their prospects for lifelong stable employment. And, of course, the Devil is in the argument there as well, although only metaphorically in this case: It’s so hard to know if something is made in the USA, so you’re better off just buying foreign products. We’ll make it up by selling real estate to the Chinese.

This past week, I completed a project which has been on my mind for a while: building the most American dirt-jumper bicycle possible. Do we have a photo? Yes, we do.

There are two Taiwan-made items in this photo which will be replaced: the Deity Decoy pedals, which are yielding to USA-made Twenty6 Predators as soon as I get said Predators refinished, and the Chromag FU40 bars, which are going to be duplicated in titanium by a Colorado firm. There are a few other things which I could not source from the USA: the tires, chain, saddle, and brakes. Total cost was $3,429.99. $2,936 of that went to American manufacturers. In some cases, these American makers source internationally; the Fox 831 front shock is not entirely American, and Profile Racing occasionally sources Chinese bearings. But that doesn’t meant that I should just throw up my hands. This dirt-jumper replaces a Chromag Monk which was made entirely in Taiwan and mainland China at a shipped price of $1,614. I feel good having made the change. It’s obviously better to send $2,950 to American manufacturers than it is to send $1,614 to China. The fact that I still sent $500 or so of my total purchase to China does not render the $2,950 irrelevant. That’s reality. Any contrasting opinion or argument is nothing but a rhetorical trick. Don’t trust it. If enough of us insist that our bicycle parts are American-made, there will eventually be American-made options for all the parts. That’s simple economics. A little tariff wouldn’t hurt, of course.

I should also point out that while buying a Taiwan dirt-jumper was as simple as putting a credit card in a Webpage, the commissioning and assembly of this bike was a four-month process with a few false starts and expensive mistakes along the way. You know what they say: Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.

Sheesh. Sorry, atheist pals. I’ll make this up to you. Next week we’ll, like, talk about that year where I read all of Stephen Jay Gould’s books.

Do you sense a common thread in my Pocket recommendations? If you didn’t, allow me to supply one: Everything you ever believed is actually meaningless. We will supply meaning for you. Pocket’s brave new world, imagined and written by the Atlantic and the Times, is one in which ad hoc families of men, women, children, and Apache helicopters practice nonbinary and meaningless “love” while all the hard work of creating the future is shipped overseas. If you ever wondered how the corrupt and aimless Romans of the late Empire justified their vile existences, surely this is how: by making a virtue of vice, by redefining ugliness as beauty, by promoting lies as truth.

Today is the Fourth Of July. That phrase — “Fourth Of July” — is like “Xmas” in that it attempts to obscure what the holiday in question truly celebrates. (Yes, atheist friends; I know that “Xmas” was originally “Saturnalia” and some sort of pagan solstice ritual before that.) Normally I accept Pocket’s recommendations with equanimity — but today, maybe just today, I have a more forthright response to this kind of propaganda. Yes, I know that I’m reading it because it’s meant for me, but that doesn’t mean I have to accept it. In other words:

47 Replies to “A Little Propaganda For The Proles On The Fourth”

      • Avatartrollson

        First thing I do on every device is disable all that crap. There is a page somewhere that will generate a Firefox config with whatever you want disabled.

        But then we wouldn’t have posts like this, so you’d better keep it enabled I guess.

        As for bikes, my calculation is simple: all of them are made in Taiwan anyway, so I buy directly from Taiwanese brands and cut out the middle man.

  1. Avatarpaul pellico

    Jack, really no offense taken with the atheist comments.
    I am sure most atheistI know have a rather broad senses of humor and have no difficulty accepting, even sometimes, many times, envying our religious friends.
    Truly, the only religious we confront are the violent and overly promotional. I think we all get a little weary of the way being pointed out and that we are damned.

    I don’t think I am damned, but certainly doomed!

    As to the American way, I am guilty of wanting it both ways. With all the American value I promote and speak of, I often find myself buying the best product I can for my money. If its at all close, or I even know where the
    items are made, they I choose American…unless again quality pops up.

    I also use Firefox, with my own last great act of defiance and rage against the Google machine, but isn’t most of this advertising or marketing?

    Another great piece, sir. I cannot tell you how I enjoy your work…even if I have to look up a lot of words!!!!!!

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      I think we all get a little weary of the way being pointed out and that we are damned.

      What difference does it make to you that others think you’re eternally damned? As long as they treat you the same as others in real life, who cares what they think?

      The other day, on an old acquaintance’s Facebook timeline, a friend of his, a liberal Jew, said that evangelical Christians “all disparage” Jews because they think we’re going to hell. I’m hardly a good Jew but his guy has probably been in a synagogue fewer times in the past year than I have been in the past week, and also likely knows far fewer Evangelicals than I do, so I asked him, “what difference does it make to him that Christians are, well Christians?” As long as today’s Christians aren’t persecuting anyone for their religious beliefs, how does them believing something that differs from my own theological or eschatological beliefs affect me?

      Golda Meir said that you’re only intimidated when you let people intimidate you.

      Is it really disparaging for Christians to think non-believers are going to hell? It’s what they believe, it doesn’t really affect me and it is certainly no more of a real world threat to me than what Antifa, BDS, and their intersectional allies think.

      • Avatarpaul pellico

        OK, Ronnie, don’t get mad at me because I kinda hold you up as one of my favs.

        I agree with you that nuthing they think or say matters. As I explained, it is the violent ones or the over pushy, meaning those trying to change my way of life by politics or , as in the past, the inquisition type. There are a great many times though my life I have been preached at by christians, and sometimes in a poor form condescending and damning way, but nuthin I couldn’t handle politely.

        I think the only time I was out of line because the intention was good good, was when my boy while suffering his loosing battle with CIC DUX-4 sarcoma.
        I was leaving one hospital late one night after areally badday. I nice couple joined me on the elevatorand noticed my crying against the wall.
        After answering their questions and concerns, the very nice woman said “from her lips to god’s ears, she would pray for us.

        I looked at her and told her NO! By all Means, do not let god know what we are doing and where we are. This entire facility and everybody in it was actually trying to fight god’s will and actions. We all are trying to prevent him from taking out jeffery.
        she was hurt. and I felt poorly.
        i touched her hand but could not muster more as i was trashed myself.

        very poor form on my part.

        Otherwise, all is good. I get more violence and way of life threats from the left than I ever do/did the religious.

        • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

          Condolences on the loss of your son. My older sister lost my niece at eleven, 25 years ago, to Ewing’s sarcoma. She later said to me, “If everyone put out their pack of troubles and we could pick any one of them, we’d still pick our own.”

          My mom died in March 2018 and the nearest “synagogue” to my house where I could say kaddish daily for her over the year after her death is actually a post-ordination seminary known as a kolllel. I’ve known many of the rabbis there for decades and consider them friends.

          While the “mourners’ kaddish” is used as a memorial prayer, it’s just one of a number of versions of kaddish that are used to mark the end of various portions of the liturgy. it does not mention death or the deceased, but rather the magnificence and sanctity of God’s name. In essence, it’s a prayer accepting God’s judgment.

          I was leaving after the afternoon mincha service once and I said to someone I’ve known for close to 40 years, “You know, Judaism is kind of weird. I have to thank God three times a day for a year for Him killing my mom.”

          I suppose I said it the wrong way. He didn’t speak to me for months.

  2. AvatarDirty Dingus McGee

    Whenever a “recommended for you” type thing pops up, be it Firefox (use it also), Yahoo, or the old gmail I used to use, I ignore it. Not being very tech savvy, I assume it’s some type of cookies thing, kinda like the add’s that I allow to show here on RG.

    As for marriage; DAMFINO. Yesterday (3 July) was the 35th anniversary of my divorce.I have been close to another marriage a couple times, but for one reason or another it didn’t happen (probably my fault, actually, most likely my fault). Am I happy? Well, I’m not unhappy, so maybe content would be a better term. Will I marry sometime in the future? Hell, anything is possible, but I’m probably more likely to hit the Powerball first.

    • Avatardejal

      When Youtube does it I go to that web page creators Youtube site and post “Why the fuck does Youtube think I’ll be interested in your shit?” on their latest video.

      Do, I look like an aHole? Yeah. Do I care? No.

      Theoretically Youtube will tailor your likes and dislikes. In reality, they keep pumping crap at you.

    • Avatartrollson

      “We’re reinventing the browser as a user-first platform for speed, privacy, better ads, and beyond”

      Something about that sentence doesn’t add up…

      • AvatarManic King

        I’m using Brave for couple of months now, it’s a Chrome with a built-in privacy (ad-block, tracker- and script block etc., all with on/off switch). As they still don’t have their own ad biz up and running and ad block works well it’s very nice and clean internet I only see. Recommended!

  3. AvatarJoe

    Having read Animal Farm and 1984, I believe you could rewrite both of Eric Arthur Blair’s classics with much more thought into the mindset of our totalitarian MSM, I have for the last 40 years thought that our overlords hated the American population with a vengeance.

  4. Avatarrambo furum

    I am puzzled by how one can be an “occasional Christian.”

    The connection between these two article topics, and with most of the destructive policies collectively known as globohomo, is wage suppression. The fertile and stable sexual relationship of a husband and wife leads to a family requiring sustainable income by the male breadwinner. Infertile and transient sexual relations lead to us all living as slaves to ephemeral pleasures, and thus easily controlled.

    Ever wonder why the one topic that the new young ultra-liberal crowd truly raises ire with is hiking the minimum wage?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I use the phrase because there exists a very strong and oft-expressed belief among the media-educated that Christians have to exist in a state of perfect grace or not at all; in other words, the minute you commit a single sin, particularly one which is publicly visible such as my divorce, you lose the right to indicate any Christian viewpoint whatsoever. It is yet another one of the many ways in which our current society attempts to marginalize and eliminate Christianity.

      • AvatarEverybodyhatesscott

        Which always humors me because the entire point is we’re all fallen and we should do the best we can.

      • Avatarrambo furum

        Yes, the sodomite mayor from South Bend, Indiana tried that, proving that he knows less than he pretends to.

        “If any one saith, that, grace being lost through sin, faith also is always lost with it; or, that the faith which remains, though it be not a lively faith, is not a true faith; or, that he, who has faith without charity, is not a Christian; let him be anathema.” — Council of Trent Ch 6, CANON XXVIII

        I do believe that Protestants are generally of the faith over works belief, so that trick is equally invalid against them.

      • AvatarBlueovalDave

        as a reformed Catholic, i must inform you that Grace is constant. Christ died for all the sins of humanity forever. He reconciled us to the Creator God and therefore Grace is constantly upon us if we believe that. But Grace without works is dead. Read Romans.

        Also, death by disease or accident is not God’s will. We are a fallen earth so these things happen.

  5. AvatarShortest Circuit

    Pocket? Is that the thing I turned off the moment they tried to replace the “Bookmarks” button with it around v35?
    Someday I’ll be back to using mosaic if this continues.

  6. Avatarhank chinaski

    Props to archive linking and depriving the Atlantic of clicks.

    Pocket is on the long list of things I disable when locking down my browser installs. Lord only knows what leaks through in the telemetry. Even if they are getting something, my blood pressure wouldn’t survive seeing it with every freshly opened tab.

    Like the First Amendment, the First Commandment is first for a reason. God v. Mammon.
    The Amish are supposedly pretty damn happy. American urban bugmen/bugwomyn, not so much.

    In the same way that the Occupy and Tea Party movements would have been synergistic if they had allied, the Made in USA and Environmental movements would be against Chinese trade malfeasance.

  7. AvatarDoug

    So I suffered through the same recommendations as you and after getting so many insane articles on my opening page I began looking for ways to customize my home page on Firefox. It turns out you can actually hide that worthless service and just show your frequently browsed sites. Being so tired of seeing worthless leftist propaganda such as you I thankfully clicked the hide portion of pocket and kept the top sites and highlights sections. Problem solved.

    Another similar service is the Flipboard app that is installed as bloatware on many phones. No matter what you do you are going to get leftist propaganda…such as when you sign up to follow say Republican party or Conservatives all I ever got was leftist hysteria trashing anything said or done by Republicans or Conservatives. BTW, I followed the Dems as a test and it was all rainbows and unicorns about them of course.

  8. Avatarchairworthiness_directive

    I have Firefox set to hide that section of the new tab page. It sounds like I’m not missing much.

  9. AvatarCJinSD

    With the constant barrage of lies we face, it takes strength of character, inquisitiveness, and intelligence to avoid becoming a Democrat. Those are qualities one usually receives from being part of a strong family with a mother and a father.

    • Avatarstingray65

      Time to check your parental privilege, and become as irrational and fragile as the social justice set.

  10. Avatarpaul pellico

    there is simply no worse suffering than losing a kid.
    we will never be the same.
    we are trying to stay away from others as we now realize pain and suffering is personal. nobody really can do anything and do not deserve to shoulder your suffering as well as their own.

    this all reminds me of the very last CG of Burn’s The Great War,the WW@ documentary.
    All those coming home learn to live the war in silence or with others who were there and can share horrors .But any others, give it up. When asked about the war and explaining the war and suffering, and then hear your listener nod and change the subject to about the struggle at home to do with less sugar…you soon learn to suffer in silence.

    we are learning to do so…and accept life is sad.

    sorry…did it again. unloaded upon others.

    • Avatar-Nate

      I disagree Paul ;

      Losing a child is a seriously bad thing and I know others who’ve gone through it, don’t give up and don’t hide from life .


  11. AvatarMike

    I noticed your last comment….I’ve made it a particular point to wish people a “Happy Independence Day”, not “4th of July”. The Fourth of July is a mere date. “Independence Day” is something else altogether…something much more meaningful. Or at least it ought to be.

  12. AvatarDaniel J

    On the first article….

    I firmly believe that we can have both traditional and non traditional families. Why does one have to tear down the other? I also believe that marriage as it stands today is a farce and that comes from a Christian. Legal binding marriage doesn’t prevent promiscuity or even a weak family.

    I’ve not been married long, but the woman I’m married to has been my partner for over 15 years. We have been faithful to each other and we have a better relationship than many married couples we know. We got married in part because we do love each other but also in part because of the legal status.

    Simply put, I don’t think the biblical definition of marriage is the same as the current social and legal construct we have now.

    More to the point, I don’t people should criticizing what one chooses to call a family. If someone is single and chooses that life, good on them. If folks choose to marry, great. Let’s not be casting stones.

    Where I do have the problem is people, such as the writer of the article, are too busy worrying about the type of life they are giving up after getting married. This tells me this person wasn’t ready. It also tells me that her friends aren’t willing to embrace her relationships outside of “single”.

    It’s the same with us though. We are outcasted as soon as our friends get a dog. Or have a kid. We as a society will cast out our friends who don’t meet some requirements.

    Can’t we get beyond shit like that? Why can’t people be challenged to have friends or family that don’t fit into some box? This is whats tearing down families. The young single leftist is as guilty as the married with kids conservative.

    • AvatarCJinSD

      Look at how kids do in the traditional families that you think you’ve evolved beyond compared to how kids do when raised by a single parent or alternative social structure. That’s why families matter and everything else is fine until a child is sacrificed to one’s delusions.

      • AvatarDaniel Sharpe

        I would agree that kids from a single parent are often left without being raised properly. About 25 percent of children live with only one parent, and half of those are from unmarried mother’s. That means around 13 percent of children live a single parent out of divorce.

        In regards to other non traditional families, I know gay parents who’s children have been raised just fine. I also know gay couples who’ve adopted disabled (autistic and mentally handicapped) children that no “straight” couple would adopt.

        • Avatarpaul pellico

          think these kinds of statements create false arguments.
          yes, you know gay parents that have raised good children.
          the point is what is the best.
          although the best is many times unattainable, it is still the best.
          other options in life need to be had, roads taken…but that does not ever mean the best is not the best.
          you just can’t always,um…, get what you want.

        • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

          I also know gay couples who’ve adopted disabled (autistic and mentally handicapped) children that no “straight” couple would adopt.

          Try not to make categorical statements that can be disproven in a few seconds.


          Apparently, tolerance is not enough, gay parents must be shown to be superior to those traditionalist fuddy-duddies. It’s absolutely amazing that humanity has managed to survive, lo these many years, relying on traditional family structures, doncha think?

          • AvatarDaniel J

            I’m not speaking in generalizations. I’m speaking to the specific kids that the parents adopted and how the kids were passed up by traditional families. I also never said that traditional families don’t adopt special needs children.

    • AvatarCompaq Deskpro

      “It also tells me that her friends aren’t willing to embrace her relationships outside of “single”.”

      I think you hit the nail on the head. If all her friends were getting married and having kids, she would be jumping in too. She wants to keep up with her cooler younger friends. Maybe she’s like a professor who hangs out with her students?

  13. AvatarCompaq Deskpro

    I think the article is straight bullshit, having children should expose you to more people and experiences not less. This whole thing is based on the assumption that raising children is a fruitless endeavor.

  14. Avatarpaul pellico

    don’t wanna dump sand on all the emotions here, don’t wanna have to take santa away again, but really, give it up.
    truth will set you free.
    at times i get depressed at the reality of it all.
    but we are all programmed and drugged no matter the stories and names we put into the stories.
    i think the older you get, when the drugs start fading and leaving as planned, their use no longer needed, the reality begins to reveal itself, if you can look.
    from your first thoughts of joining partnerships to the idea…”hey, let’s have a kid”…this is all programmed and set into motion according to the release of inner programming and drugs.
    it weasn’t your idea.
    it wasn’t your brilliance or stupidity.
    it just was you being you.
    i know jack and the religious wanna tell themselves of the reasoned plan and the path choices lead to, but whatever.
    sometimes, as i said in my first post, i get jealous of this story.
    i WISH there was a story here to grab onto.
    I WISH.
    but santa clause was the first training you get in your ability to accept the car crash ahead.or the pain.
    you know the feeling. you have done the accepting a thousand times throughout your life.
    your loss. your coming crash or fall…and you go through the same steps every goddamned time.
    denial, anger…etc.

    it just is.
    what are you gonna do?

  15. AvatarDaniel Sharpe

    “complicated, there’s no way to know if something is made in the USA any more. Hmm. That’s a lie. It is absolutely possible to build something in the United States from American raw materials…..”

    I’m confused here. The article says no way to know about country of origin. This is followed by a rebuttal about America can build something here.

    These are two different things and the rebuttal says nothing about the ability for the average consumer to find out the country of origin of a product.

  16. AvatarBaconator

    FWIW, I read that article on marriage and it basically summarized my entire experience of marriage. Maybe the writer isn’t traditionally attractive, but she sure hit the nail on the head from my perspective.

    You’re committing a logical fallacy by assuming that any writing that is anti-traditional-nuclear-family is *also Marxist. That’s bullshit: There is a libertarian, explicitly anti-Marxist, critique of all the crap that governments do to make life easy for married people and hard for everyone else.

    This is frequently described by courts etc. as “support for childrearing,” but it’s been quite some time since marriage was the default childrearing mode in America, so who’s fooling who?

    Also, I’m fascinated by your attempt to identify yourself with the blue-collar worker through the spectacularly elitist exercise of building yourself a $3000 kid’s bike, then telling everyone else that’s what we should be doing, too? That’s fully 5% of the U.S. median household income, on something that is maybe, what, $500-1000 if purchased in a store? It makes sense as a patriotic donation, but I’ll eat *my* fedora if you can successfully explain what policy choices we could make to bring that sort of supply chain within reach of the average US consumer budget.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      “You’re committing a logical fallacy by assuming that any writing that is anti-traditional-nuclear-family is *also Marxist. That’s bullshit: There is a libertarian, explicitly anti-Marxist, critique of all the crap that governments do to make life easy for married people and hard for everyone else.”

      Statistically speaking, Libertarians don’t exist, and they don’t matter. It’s a Boomer/X-er cynicism born of deep narcissistic fanaticism. We will never have a functioning society built on Libertarian principles. That’s like saying that Atlas Shrugged could really happen. So when I read criticisms of traditional marriage, I hear the hoofbeats of Marxist horses, not libertarian zebras.

      Your other point regarding the bicycle is worth a separate post, which I will write now.

      • Avatarpaul pellico

        Jack, nice reply.
        However I am not sure what you mean by libertarian being born of deep narcissistic fanaticism. I say this only because I struggle understand what a true libertarian is. It makes me feel the same way when I am called a rightist or fundamentalist when I am in discussions with people mostly liberal leaning.
        I am not sure what I am because I occupy a rather fluid position between many thoughts or positions.
        I am for legalizing many things, but am rather conservative economically.
        Social it is hard to pin down. I am pretty OK with same sex marriages. I hate forced busing and social services for all, regardless of individual actions.
        So…what is a libertarian?
        I feel sorta like three congruent moving circles that overlap in such a way that each circle intersects the centers of both of the other circles is moving as well.
        Is this ever changing inner circle the libertarian?
        And how does being that inner circle make me the first of the oncoming marxist way?


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