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Medicine and pensions will not save a dying civilization that has abandoned its ideals

Ben Carson arrives to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An old statute requires the Treasury to issue an annual financial statement, similar to a corporation’s annual report. The FY 2016 edition is 274 enlightening pages that the government hopes none of us will read.

 

Among the many tidbits, it contains a table on page 63 that reveals the net present value of the US government’s 75-year future liability for Social Security and Medicare. That amount exceeds the net present value of the tax revenue designated to pay those benefits by $46.7 trillion. Yes, trillions.

Where will this $46.7 trillion come from? We don’t know. Future Congresses will have to find it somewhere. This is the fabled “unfunded liability” you hear about from deficit hawks. Similar promises exist to military and civil service retirees and assorted smaller groups, too. Trying to add them up quickly becomes an exercise in absurdity. They are so huge that it’s hard to believe the government will pay them, promises or not.

Now, I know this is going to come as a shock, but that $46.7 trillion of unfunded liabilities is pretty much a lie. My friend Professor Larry Kotlikoff estimates the unfunded liabilities to be closer to $210 trillion. When presidential candidate Ben Carson
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Israel, as seen by Roberts, Giraldi, Mearsheimer, and Walt


Has The Israel Lobby Destroyed Americans’ First Amendment Rights?

Paul Craig Roberts

The Israel Lobby has shown its power over Americans’ perceptions and ability to exercise free speech via its influence in media, entertainment and ability to block university tenure appointments, such as those of Norman Finkelstein and Steven Salaita. Indeed, the power of the Israel Lobby is today so widely recognized and feared that editors, producers, and tenure committees anticipate the lobby’s objections in advance and avoid writers, subjects, and professors judged unacceptable to the lobby.
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The Saker coins the term “judeophobia”

This is a topic which has had so much written about it that you could fill an entire city library with books entirely dedicated to this topic. Marx took a shot at it. As did Sartre. There were, of course, also plenty of good books written on this topic, but rather than list them all, I want to suggest a few simple common sense points and then go to what I consider an authoritative explanation of this thing we call “antisemitism” and which, of course, has nothing to do with Semites.

So first, let’s dump this silly term and replace it by a simple and straightforward one: judeophobia. Just like any other phobia (say, for example, russophobia) the phobia of X is the 1) fear and/or hatred of X. Some people hate Jews, others fear them (think of the “fear of the Jews” in the Scripture), some do both. So judeophobia seems both logical and uncontroversial to me.

Second, it is a truism to say that everything in the universe has a cause. That includes phobias. Including russophobia and judeophobia. For example, I would be the first person to admit that there are objective characteristics of the Russian people which makes other people fear and hate them. Like the fact that all western attempts at conquering Russia have failed. Or that the Russians have always, and still are, rejecting the Papacy. Just these two factors will create plenty of russophobia in the West, for sure.

So, the next thing we can ask ourselves is what is it in Jews which causes judeophobia. Alas, before I look into this, I need to clarify a number of assumptions I make.

The first one is that Jews are not a race or ethnicity. To prove that, I defer to Shlomo Sand’s book “The Invention of the Jewish People”. As I explained elsewhere, Jews are a tribe: A group one can chose to join (Elizabeth Taylor) or leave (Gilad Atzmon). In other words, I see “Jewishness” as a culture, or ideology, or education or any other number of things, but not something rooted in biology. However, I also fully agree with Atzmon when he says that Jews are not a race, but that Jewish culture/politics/ideology is racist (more about that later).

Next, there is also what is commonly known as “Judaism”. That, by the way, is also a misnomer, at least if by “Judaism” you refer the faith of the Old Testament, the faith of the Ancient Israel, the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our forefathers”. Modern “Judaism” which was created well after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD. Modern “Judaism” ought be to called “Pharisaic Talmudism” and its true creators are Shimon bar YochiaMaimonides (aka “Rambam” in the video below), Joseph Karo and Isaac Luria. The reason why this religion ought to be referred to as Pharisaic Talmudism is modern Judaism is the continuation of the sect of the Pharisees (the only Jewish sect which survived the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple – all modern forms of “Judaism” trace their roots to the Pharisees) and that it’s main source of authority is the Talmud, a collection of writings based on the ideas of the sect of the Pharisees and complied from the beginning of the 2nd century. To separate them from non-religious Jews, some authors have offered the term “Judaic” to describe a person adhering to this faith. Seems reasonable to me.

Here is the key thing, while many modern Jews are non-religious and really members of a self-described Jewish tribe, there is no such thing in history as a “Jewish culture” distinct from Pharisaic Talmudism. Remember that national categories are recent creations from the 18th and 19th centuries. For most of history people defined them in reference to 1) their place of residence or birth 2) their religious affiliation and 3) the identity of the ruler they were subjects of. In contrast, nationality and ethnicity are largely modern concepts. The only thing common to a Jew from the Middle-East, Central Europe and North Africa would be teachings of Pharisaic Talmudism. It is only logical therefore to look at this unique common characteristic to try to identify the causes of the hatred and fear Jews have inspired pretty much everywhere they have ever resided.

I will use two official Jewish sources to ascertain the causes of antisemitism, first the Simon Wiesenthal Multi-Media Learning Center’s website and a lecture by Rabbi David Bar Hayim.

Here is what the Simon Wiesenthal Center writes on the page “Why The Jews? The Patterns of Persecution”

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Scheidel has written an uninspiring book on an important topic: economic inequality and the collapse of complex societies

Music: Occam’s Laser, The Four Horsemen

As this blog has noted in the past, economic inequality tends to crush economic activity. When the paupers and peasants are vigorous, they can take up pitchforks to rebel against the crapulent plutocrats.

But when the paupers are morbidly obese, they find it difficult to rebel against their various robber barons. I have no sunny predictions for the Western world.  Scheidel wrote a book, cited below, about how economic inequality can usually only be leveled by sheer destruction, often in the form of war or social collapse. Unfortunately, the book is politically correct and moronic.  I have skimmed it so that you won’t have to.

Let’s count up some of the obvious idiocies of Scheidel’s work:


1. He doesn’t mention how militarized police have reversed the “Peeler” idea of “policing by consent.”


2. He doesn’t mention the psychopathic excesses of mad plutocrats who intentionally destroy nations and tribes.


3. He doesn’t mention nonwhite street violence against whites.


4. He doesn’t mention that many modern people are so obese that they cannot survive or rebel as their ancestors did. (Which leads to some tragicomic scenes of obese people posturing at political protests, even though they are too physically unfit to engage in basic fisticuffs.)


5. He barely mentions the fact that ethnic diversity makes people distrust their communities and “turtle” themselves away from social life.  He gives one tiny little hint by writing: “Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser have argued that welfare policies are correlated with ethnic homogeneity.”  But then he claims that the idea has been disproven and pretends that nonwhite immigrants can prop up white countries.


6. He doesn’t mention the fact that whites and yellows have high IQs and immigrants take low-skilled jobs because many immigrants have low IQs. Apparently he is delusional enough to believe that education can fix low IQs.


7. He praises various pet projects of the left, such as Obamacare, while ignoring that Obama broke the law in various ways to railroad Obamacare through and even now that it exists, it doesn’t deliver health care.

A selection of Scheidel’s work follows:

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

…[A]cross the globe, economic inequality is greater than it may seem if we simply rely on standard metrics. First of all, Gini coefficients, the most widely used means of measuring income inequality, are of limited value in capturing the contribution of the very highest incomes. Adjustments for this deficit point to significantly higher actual levels of inequality overall. …
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