The extreme right, in its Nazi incarnation, had a philosophy of “lebensraum” or living space. Herpen writes that German theorist Friedrich Ratzel developed an organic state theory. States were, according to him, living creatures that could not be restricted by frontiers: they expanded or contracted according to their organic structure. They needed Lebensraum, “living space.” The Nazi ideologue Carl Schmitt adapted Ratzel’s theory to the needs of Hitler’s Germany. Of course to get that Lebensraum, the Nazis decided Slavic peoples had to be conquered, and often killed.
One of the examples of misinformation they found was a video on YouTube of Russian soldiers throwing into a heap bodies of Dagestanis they had killed. This video was “recycled” and spread on YouTube with the (false) text “Punitive Ukrainian National Guard Mission throwing dead bodies near Kramatorsk” (Donetsk region)
They [the Russians] are writing things about us and our defense forces that are not from this world,” says the senior [Finland] official, such as the yarn that the Finnish government removes children from ethnic-Russian Finnish families for adoption by gay couples in the U.S.
Hackers from Anonymous, a vigilante activist network, hacked the e-mail account of one “trolling” group that is charged with running the campaign in the U.S. and gave me some of the information they discovered. . . . Russia’s “Internet trolling squad” made detailed studies of such sites as The Blaze, The Huffington Post and Fox News, including their audiences, owners, official and actual editorial policies, as well as their attitudes toward Russia and Obama. Screenshots show comments posted in English with serious grammatical errors. According to the Ukrainskaya Pravda, the Kremlin bloggers were also active in Ukraine. They were said to be paid twenty-four euros per day for their activities.
RT’s staff includes an office with about one hundred personnel in Washington. In 2009 Nielsen Media Research found that viewers in the Washington, D.C., area preferred to watch prime-time news on Russia Today rather than on other foreign English-language networks, including Al Jazeera, France 24, and Deutsche Welle. In 2013 two million Britons watched RT regularly, and its online presence was “more successful than those of all its competitors. What’s more, in June , Russia Today broke a YouTube record by being the first TV station to get a billion views of its videos.
RT started inviting representatives of marginal, often extreme right antigovernment groups, who were presented as “experts.” One of these groups was the so-called 9/ 11 truthers, people who believe that the 9/ 11 attacks were not the work of al-Qaeda terrorists but a US government conspiracy… RT’s “experts” also included Malik Zulu Shabazz, the leader of the New Black Panther Party, a hate group. Another invited pundit was Daniel Estulin, who considered the European Union to be the realization of a secret plan invented by the Bilderberg Group …Manuel Ochsenreiter, a guest speaker about German affairs on RT’s English-language channel, is actually the editor of the neo-Nazi magazine Zuerst!, a monthly radical-right magazine that pledges “to serve German— not foreign— interests” and speaks out against “de-nazification.” For James Miller this is problematic, “as RT used Ochsenreiter to defend Russia’s invasion of Crimea, an invasion which the Kremlin said was done to defend the peninsula against neo-Nazis.” Another RT guest, Ryan Dawson, who was presented as a “human rights activist,” was in reality a Holocaust denier who wrote blogs about anti-Semitic ideas.
Putin has noted that Russia is the only country that could “destroy America in half an hour or less.”
Free trade advocates argue that the problem is not Mexican greed, or naïve American negotiators. They argue that the United States has gotten so dominated by “progressives” that it has created a difficult environment for businesses to thrive, and so they eventually move to other locales. Moreover, a free trade advocate such as trade-attorney Scott Lincicome stresses that when businesses do fail, there is a lack of “labor dynamism” in the U.S. so people do not find new jobs to move to, and he says free trade reveals the problems with the economy, rather than causing those problems.
Though some situations in life really are a zero-sum game, we should at least try to avoid that philosophy whenever possible.
NSA Chief: Cybercrime constitutes the “greatest transfer of wealth in history”
Van Herpen, Marcel H: Putin’s Propaganda Machine: Soft Power and Russian Foreign Policy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Its a big mistake, as Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective said, to theorize without data, and I made that mistake already, believing initial reports that there was more than one sniper.
They’re referring to infamous cop killer Assata Shakur, otherwise known as Joanne Chesimard, who shot and killed a New Jersey State Trooper back in 1973. In 1977, Shakur was convicted and sentenced to prison but quickly escaped and has been a fugitive in Cuba ever since. She’s also on the FBI’s most wanted terrorism list. BLM glorifies Shakur as a hero and uses her writings and materials during training sessions.
Castile though had not such record. He was just driving with his girlfriend Diamond, and when the officer stopped their car, he told the officer who stopped his car that he had a (legal) gun, and then obeyed the officer’s order to get his driver’s license. It may be that the officer then mistook the movement to get the license as a movement to get the gun, and so he shot the driver. This is all speculation, and I should remember what Sherlock Holmes said. Diamond Reynolds (the girlfriend) says that the police officer screamed “f*** oh my God, I can’t believe it” after shooting Mr. Castile multiple times.
Testifying through tears, the police officer who fired the first of 41 shots at an unarmed West African immigrant told a jury Monday he pulled the trigger because he believed his target was wearing a bulletproof vest and was shooting at his partner.
After 19 bullets struck Officer Sean Carroll said he knelt alongside the victim, who was breathing his last breath in the vestibule of a building in the Bronx.
“I said, ‘Oh my God,’ and I just held his hand,” Carroll said, recalling he pleaded, “Please don’t die.”
- A man’s character is shown not only by how he treats people he likes, but how he treats people he does not like.
- A good man does not shoot first and ask questions later.
- A good man is honest with himself, even it makes him, or people he identifies with, look bad. He does not blame others for problems that they are not responsible for.
- And a good man does not shoot Persons A (policemen in Texas) because of what Person B (a policeman in Minnesota) did. The appropriate response is to go after Person B, via the legal system, assuming the legal system works. And if Person B meant well, you look at how the mistakes happened. If the policeman had a hearing problem, or was incompetent in some way, you change procedures so that admissions tests weed people like him out. If the problem is that reaching for a wallet looks too much like reaching for a gun, you push to change police procedure so that misunderstandings do not happen.
- A final point about BLM. The protest in Dallas was peaceful, but protesters should do their homework about organizations such as “Black Lives Matter”. It is not truthful about the supposed campaign to kill innocent blacks, and its members have chanted “pigs in a blanket, [this means policemen in a body bag] fry em’ like bacon,”
“They call me a slave, a field nigger,” he says. He responds contemptuously: “That’s ‘house nigger’—get your terms right.” The perps then whine: “You black like me!” Reedy shakes his head in amazement: “What’s that got to do with taking the lady’s handbag?”
Ask Detective Carl McLaughlin if the police prey on black people, and this normally ebullient Brooklyn cop will respond icily: “I just prey on people that are preying on others. It shouldn’t be a race thing.”A cop’s denial that policing is racist is perhaps not noteworthy—except for one thing: Detective McLaughlin is himself black.
There are countries where the difference between organized crime and the government is murky. They work together, or are friends.
without law and order you will get chaos, and eventually get order imposed by ruthless people who don’t care about “rights”.
One witness said ‘crowds of people had begun to gather, wrongly claiming the police shot Brown for no reason and that he had his hands up in surrender. Two black women approached Witness 102, mobile phones set to record, asking him to recount what he had witnessed. Witness 102 responded that they would not like what he had to say. The women responded with racial slurs, calling him names like “white motherfucker”.
When I asked what she hoped to do after she graduated, this spring, she said, “I can see myself leaving the country.” In the immediate term, she hoped to join AmeriCorps and build her résumé. She thought she might end up being a class-action or impact-litigation lawyer. Then she wanted to get as far away from the United States as she could. “Working my piece of land somewhere and living autonomously—that’s the dream,” she said. “Just getting the eff out of America. It’s a sinking ship.”
She should ask the question: “Why is it sinking?”
The day after Micah Johnson gunned down policemen, I noticed blacks and whites getting along as usual. I noticed a nice black couple cycling on the bike path near here. I noticed a white employee of the hospital I visited talking to a very friendly African employee. Some things did not seem normal. I noticed black people who seemed rather depressed and quiet – more than usual.
I remember news items, such as one about a Jewish teacher who tried to help a troubled black student, and who got tortured and murdered by that student and his friend.
“Black on black” violence produces scenes like the above.
Also, note that there are always people who want to fan the flames, for their own ideological reasons… Here is one example, but there are others as well:
Finally, the strangest aspect of all this is a recent study that found that police do not shoot black suspects at a higher rate than white suspects. Yes, the study found cops were more likely to put their hands on an equivalent black suspect vs. a white suspect — also to cuff, push to the ground or pepper-spray him. But less likely to shoot him! See the article by Larry Elder (who is black) at http://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2016/07/14/ignorance-of-facts-fuels-the-anticop-movement-n2192417 On the other hand, John Stossel, a libertarian, has an interesting article at the same website saying anger is justified – see http://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2016/07/13/cops-blacks-and-crime-n2191832
Are we all crazy?
Craziness involves a departure from reality due to flaws in thinking. But that can’t be all of the definition. There is a book on cognitive biases by Rolf Dobelli – The Art of Thinking Clearly – which shows that we often make mistakes due to correctable flaws in thinking. But that doesn’t mean we are crazy.
In religion, people seen as heretics or blasphemers are not dialogue partners; they are simply to be silenced, punished, and ostracized. And that’s what’s been happening at many, many campuses.
There is no nuance, you cannot trade off any other goods with it….then when someone comes to class, someone comes to your campus, and they say the rape culture is exaggerated, they have committed blasphemy.
I start hearing free Palestine even in Republican states like Montana, the millennials especially and of course in colleges, this is one thing that’s happening and also in Israel, and in America as well, American Jewry minus the Orthodox, there is a huge self-hating that comes out, self-loathing and this passionate commitment of the jew to point a finger at the rest of the Jews as how bad they are, occupiers, racists and whatever.
For the past 32 years, a movie of “regrettable” behavior from my past has been loose across the land, and in other countries.
- If there was a movie, we would have heard of it. The truth always comes out eventually.
- If there was a movie, it would be in the newspapers
- No behavior of yours, not matter how disgusting, would interest people. They have their own problems.
- There are various famous actresses who have movies loose that they wish were not loose. That may interest voyeurs. But you? Forget it.
Counter-arguments I heard from my family were:
- If someone wants to get you, they will beat you up, or kill you – they will not enter your house on a daily basis to watch you, or to use drugs on you.
- Nobody has any motivation to bother you. You are an insignificant failure at life, with obvious mental issues, and nobody cares about you, except your family.
- Entering our house would be a risk. Nobody would keep taking that risk.
- You say you have loads of subjective evidence – vast numbers of experiences pointing to this “conspiracy” by this widespread criminal/ideological organization – an organization that includes people of all ages, races, etc. But subjective evidence is worthless.
For instance, my subjective experience has had me hear quotes such as:
“We will annihilate you” (from a black youth accompanied by another black youth)
“You will end up in a hospital” (from a black youth accompanied by two white youths)
“We’re going to f*** you, you f*** (inaudible)” (from a white guy with curly black hair in a van)
“You’re so GAY” (from another guy in a van as I bicycled around Greenwood Lake)
“faggot” (I’m not gay)
“Swine” (OK, I was a swine for a while)
I’ve been drugged and sexually assaulted at least three times that I know of, perhaps I am unaware of other attacks.
If we talk about falsifiability – when you believe someone is crazy, can that belief itself be falsified?
In some cases it can be. During the holocaust. for example, some Jews found out that the witness who warned them of the danger was actually not crazy after all. It was too late for them when they found out, of course. One survivor tells us of such a witness in the book “All Rivers Run to the Sea“.
Also there is the idea that you reach wilder and wilder explanations to maintain your worldview. I have reported so many detailed experiences that point all to the same conclusion, and every single one becomes proof that I must be hallucinating right and left and center.
The fact that the experiences point in the same direction are explained away as my “experiencing what I expect to experience”.
So my family also has to dispose of many inconvenient experiences (of mine) to maintain the illusion that all is OK, except for a son who has a compartmentalized lunacy..
It can be quite embarrassing when I’m overheard. Not as embarrassing as finding out about the movie, of course..I have no doubt that even making allowances for all of this, that there is plenty of unpleasant truth remaining. The question I started this post with was, “are we all crazy?”. If I’m not crazy, obviously to most people a debatable proposition, then this Mafia is somewhat crazy.I am told that all criminals are interested in is money. They would never be interested in me. But one conclusion I’ve drawn from years of reading books for this blog is that many people have strange motivations that a naïve view would not expect them to have. In many people there is a totalitarian, or at least a busybody, screaming to get out.
I can speculate all I want to – that perhaps the Mafia is worried I would give away some information – but then a reasonable rejoinder is — then why do they allow me to post this blog? Or I could speculate they just enjoy persecuting people, or I’m an opportunity to study their drugs in action, or, as I have seen personally, there is a big animus, a belief, as one of them (a middle-aged female) said that “he must be kept DOWN”, and more. But it is all speculation. And that is an important final point. We have to be able to tolerate some ambiguity, and ignorance. I may never know more than what I know now.
One way to look at this is that–by being so abnormally weird and sickening for a fairly small part of my life, I became a magnet for attack by elements in society who normally want to stay below the radar. In the process, they stuck their heads above the radar. This should have been a great opportunity for law enforcement. But you have to look at the radar screen to begin with to see the signal.
If I’m right, then we all have a big problem.
Remember, a teen aged thug with a gun beats a middle aged doctor with an MD-PhD every time.
A Mafia with new types of drugs that can be unobtrusively sprayed out of cars, out of hollowed-out smart-phones, that can be smeared on door knobs, that can be inhaled when you get into your car etc is going to go to the races and win. The rest of us are going to lose.
Of course I don’t believe the skeptics in my case are crazy. But I do believe they depart from reality.
http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/psychologist-social-justice-new-religious-fundamentalism (Jonathan Haidt)
How can you tell when you are listening to a conspiracy theory, versus a story that deserves a respectful hearing?
Jonathan Kay interviewed Americans who believe that their government deliberately killed, or allowed to be killed, thousands of its own citizens on 9/11/2001 so that it could go to war in the Middle East.
The answer to that one is “no.” Often conspiracy theorists lead nations.
Should the Jew, with the aid of his Marxist creed, triumph over the people of the world, his Crown will be the funeral wealth of mankind, and this planet will once again follow its orbit through ether, without any human life on its surface, as it did millions of years ago.
What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.
For instance, socialist candidate for the presidency Bernie Sanders says that our economy is “designed by the wealthiest people in this country to benefit the wealthiest people in this country at the expense of everybody else.”
He doesn’t say it our economy is a self-organizing system, instead he says it was designed by exploiters.
The idea of the economy being rigged also comes up with our current president. Dr. John C Drew, who knew Barack Obama in his younger days at Occidental College, says that Barack believed that the government was rigged so that it created poverty, and the only solution was redistribution of wealth.
In addition, she says the state of Israel promotes the terror of Palestinians against its own civilians–because the “continual and continuously expanding war on terror” helps inflate the profits of the country’s “high-tech security” industries.
Just about every conspiracy theorist I interviewed was very proud to tell me that they trust nothing they are told–and subject every claim to the most exacting scrutiny. This sounds intellectually noble–but in practice, it leads to a kind of nihilism, since there is no fact, historical event, or scientific phenomenon whose truth cannot, in some way, be brought into question by an inventive mind on the hunt for niggling “anomalies.”
But this is a strange point to make. If you believe something, then you should believe all its implications. Why is it sane to believe something, but not up to the point where it might seriously disrupt your life? Surely, either it is true, or it isn’t?
Surely, the death of Princess Diana could not be blamed on the drunk chauffeur who slammed Dodi Fayed’s Mercedes into a concrete pillar; the act must have been orchestrated by M16 in order to prevent the People’s Princess from marrying a Muslim.
“They lied,” Trump said during the CBS News GOP presidential debate. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”
Is interesting though that this statement did not hurt Trump. In fact I recall military people in South Carolina saying that Trump’s anti-war views were the reason they were voting for him. I can understand being against the Iraq war, but I can’t understand believing that Bush deliberately lied, getting lots of people killed in the process, just to get hold of oil fields (which by the way we don’t have control over now anyway).
On the other hand, Trump trusts Vladimir Putin of Russia, who presides over a country without free speech, and whose administration engages in much anti-American propaganda. A final irony with Trump is that he says we should have taken the oil fields for ourselves. “War for oil” is one of the accusations (in my view, unfair) that was made against the leaders who took us to war in that country.
Do we remember Jonathan Gruber, the conceited MIT professor and architect of Obamacare, who bragged that he had hoodwinked a supposedly far dumber America in order to ram the Affordable Care Act down its collective throat — while he was paid nearly $300,000 to talk the bill through Congress as a contract analyst for the Department of Health and Human Services? After President Obama had assured the American people that they could keep their doctors and their health plans, while seeing their premium costs decrease, Gruber high-fived that voters were too stupid to figure out how they had been misled: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber crowed. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. . . . Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really critical for the thing to pass.
Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes fooled the public with the myth of Iranian “moderates” locked in a struggle with “extremists”. This narrative was invented, to “eliminate a source of structural tension between [the US and Iran] which would create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey.
Understanding motives correctly is crucial in avoiding conspiracy theories. And if you get the motives of one set of actors completely wrong, the rest of your worldview will distort itself around that.
Among The Truthers – Jonathan Kay (2011)
Humans also have found shortcuts to that reward system, such as cocaine and heroin. It is interesting that both are illegal. And the reason is not that some officious type doesn’t want us to feel good. The reason is that there are bad consequences to these shortcuts.
An interesting finding with marijuana, supposedly a less serious drug, was that it is likely to make changes in the brain that lead to criminal behavior. it was known that there was a big correlation between criminality and use of pot, but it wasn’t know whether the drug itself was responsible for the correlation, or perhaps it was just that criminals were more likely to take drugs. The study is not 100% conclusive (see sources), but it makes a good argument that the drug changes the brain and produces – criminals (of course not all users become criminals – there is a just an increased likelihood).
The Libertarian party in America believes that we should make all drugs legal, because it would end violent drug cartels, stop creating “crimes without victims”, and pose less of a threat to our freedoms.
One libertarian site argues that
We maybe have other reasons for rejecting legalized drugs and prostitution, but legalized drugs and prostitution are not on their face incompatible with individual responsibility and limited government”.
What are the ethics of taking short-cuts to your reward system?
As a freshman at Columbia University, Maia Szalavitz, a smart Jewish girl from the Hudson River Valley, became a serious cocaine dealer and soon a heavy user. She was suspended from college, got arrested and ducked a 15-year prison sentence. She started injecting heroin, then shifted to methadone and tried rehab. At age 23 she quit drugs in a spasm of self-disgust, feeling “debased” when she found herself on the brink of seducing someone in exchange for drugs.
Annalise had confided to Sudhir that she had angered her parents by refusing to be a good socialite and get married and pursue a life of fashion and charity. She preferred traveling and looking at art.
didn’t get started managing women like Brittany through planning or ambition. It’s just that everyone else was so incompetent. Brittany would offer to pay for the hotel room– at the St. Regis! Her friends were worse. They’d pay for town cars, they’d pay for dinner, even supply a little free cocaine.
Sudhir heard this in a state of shock.
“I feel like I’m helping people” she added. Sudhir would have none of that:
Those exact words I had heard many times before. Criminals always try to frame their actions in some high-minded way. Sex workers tell me they are “therapists” offering a quasi-medical service. Drug dealers say they are taking money away from the bad elements in their community.
I had seen terrible things happen in this world. Over and over, I’d seen people who were basically good acting savagely in the name of money and fear and respect.
So you’re evading currency laws and tax laws and banking six figures and you’re telling me you’ve never even nudged any one of your five young employees to work extra or keep working–or what was it you told Brittany yesterday? ‘So just drink’?”…”Have you had that conversation yet, the one where one of the women says she wants to stop? You’d lose twenty thousand dollars a year. Are you sure you won’t try to talk her into sticking it out just a little bit longer? ‘Just one more time’?
I KNOW this shit, Analise. One night something bad happens in some fucked-up hotel and they come crying to you and you talk them down. You calm them.
Okay, no, I am not Mother Teresa. I do like the thrill of it. I do. I like crime.
The women who engage in prostitution to supplement their income can be aspiring artists, aspiring models, aspiring actors, or they can be paralegals, saleswomen, etc.
Before I became a Backroads Trip Leader, a crazy project took me on a bicycle adventure along the spine of the Americas, from northern Canada to southern Argentina, chasing down the Rockies, the Sierra Madre and the Andes mountains. Here is what I consider to be the Top 10 Best Roads Segments from that trip. This list includes different sceneries, jaw-dropping sights and some of the places that made me shout out “wow” uncontrollably.
http: //rdouglasfields.com/ 2016/03/marijuana-use-causes-7-fold-increased-risk-violent-behavior/
Douglas Fields and his seventeen year old daughter Kelly emerged from a dark subway station into the brilliant light of Barcelona. Douglas felt a sharp tug at his pant leg. He slapped his zippered pocket and found that his wallet was gone. “My left arm shot back blindly. In a flash I clotheslined the robber as he pivoted to hand my wallet to his partner and flee down the steps. As if swinging a sledgehammer I hurled him by his neck over my left hip and slammed him belly first onto the pavement, where I flattened him to the ground and applied a head lock.”
Fields was 56 years old, and his only fighting knowledge was from wrestling on his junior high school team. He applied an illegal choke hold, and cried for the police.
The crowd did not help, because as Professor Fields realized to his horror, the men’s feet closing around him in a tight circle were feet of other gang members. The thug being choked threw Professor Fields’s wallet to a confederate, but it was intercepted by a woman’s hand darting between the thicket of legs. That woman was Kelly, who herself had been on an “ultimate Frisbee” team – an experience that came in useful here. Her father released the young, muscled thief, and then father and daughter ran away. The gang pursued both of them throughout the city for the next two hours. The gang had been humiliated and wanted revenge. Douglas and Kelly ran through restaurants, cut through back alleys, changed clothes, and when the bad guys got too close, left the sidewalk and ran through the middle of streets, weaving through oncoming cars. Tattooed thugs with big biceps and cell phones kept track of them, but finally they caught a taxi out to a small town an hour away and escaped.
1. Threat to Life or Limb (self defense)
2. Insult. He feels this may be related to the more general phenomenon of “dominance” in hierarchies in the animal world. I suppose people would rather not be down at the bottom of any hierarchy, especially if it means being despised and stepped on, but he doesn’t say that specifically.
3. Threat to Family. Think of a mother bear and her cubs. In fact, I and my brother once hiked right between a mother bear and her two cubs. The cubs scrambled up two trees, and we heard what sounded like an earthquake on our left, as Mother bear took off into the underbrush. Since I am still here to write this blog post, I guess that means we are lucky this Mom was deficient in family values.
4. Threat to Environment (protecting home and territory). A person can violently attack a neighbor for trivial matters such as the neighbor taking a shortcut across his property, or not cutting down an encroaching tree.
5. Mate. A wild stallion will use violence to obtain a harem, as will some other animals. Animals will also fight to protect a mate. Ironically, violence between males and females often occurs when they are in intimate relationships (think jealous lovers).
6. Order in Society. “This drive exists among other social animals but it is highly developed in human beings”. It is not about “dominance”, but rather about assuring fairness and correcting transgressions and enforcing the rules of society.
7. Threat to our resources.
8. Threat to our tribe. Not just referring to a standard tribe, its also includes country, religion, and even inner-city gangs.
9. Stopped: “Being restrained, cornered, imprisoned, or impeded from the liberty of pursuing one’s desires will trip this trigger of rage.”
Professor Fields says a life-risking rage of commitment against injustice is a core trait of human beings. For Malala he says the “organization” and “tribe” triggers propelled her actions. Now here is the irony – he thinks the same two triggers propelled the gunmen who shot her.
Some people seek more novelty in life than others. However, increased novelty seeking is also associated with addiction. It is also associated with gambling. Both are linked to dopamine function (dopamine plays some role in reward) and we also know that a side-effect of treating Parkinson’s disease with the drug L-dopa is increased risk-taking, gambling, and sexual promiscuity. But it is important to realize that risk taking in the sense of “extreme-skiing” or flying a plane to remote parts of Alaska is not the same as risk-taking with drugs, and even within ‘ethical’ risk-taking, there are differences – mountaineers like to explore, but may show no interest in BASE jumping. But even taking the example of the author, Mr. Fields, who rock climbs for fun, taking risks is obviously not always accompanied with gambling or addiction.
Sex and violence are linked in the brain. There are certain neurons which, when stimulated with high intensity, are involved in fighting behavior – but if those neurons are stimulated with low intensity they cause mating behavior. These experiments must be confusing to the female mice.
Another story Professor Fields tells is this one:
A woman named Anita Sarkeesian likes to play video games, but she writes critically of the violent sexual degradation of women in video games. She had to flee her home after she was hounded by violent threats of rape and murder because of that criticism.
After only nine lonely giant steps I managed to
Make it to my car
And drive off without once lookin’ back to how
Beautiful you are
You know all the space between love and hate
Really ain’t that far
Ninety percent of violent criminals in prison are men, but men, in far greater numbers than women, will also instantly risk their life for a woman, child, or stranger in danger.
if the pickpocket [in Barcelona] had been twice my weight, I doubt if I would have grabbed him by the neck….That the guy was about my size must have been a calculation made instantly and unconsciously….At the same time, if I had seen that there was an entire gang involved, I would not have fought back.. I suspect that my unconscious mind would not have triggered the response if it had detected the gang either.
Men had been groping me for a while, but suddenly something shifted. Men began to rip off my clothes. I was stripped naked. Their insatiable appetite to hurt me heightened. These men, hundreds of them, had turned form humans to animals.
I looked up and saw 30 individuals on a fence. All of them had smiling faces, and they were recording me with their cellphones. They saw a naked woman, covered in sewage, who was being assaulted and beaten, and I don’t know what was funny about that.
Maybe there is a link between sexual feelings and vengeful feelings, or aggressive feelings. But if so, why are their so many incidents in the U.S. of men saving strangers, both men or women? I remember when a woman threw herself off the Tappanzee bridge, near where I live, in a suicide attempt. An El Salvadoran immigrant immediately jumped into the Hudson river right after her to save her. This took remarkable courage and decency, and completely conflicts with the image you get from the Tahrir story.
The main take-home point from Professor Field’s book is that we have various triggers to sudden rage within us, and while these triggers fit our needs in many situations, they can also have terrible consequences. He also says something I partly disagree with:
Struggling to comprehend a suicide bomber’s “thinking” or police searching for “motives” in cases where violence is driven by perceptions of threat, alienation or emotion is a search in vain. Such violence is not driven by reason. It is driven by rage.
I can’t step into the mind of a suicide bomber, but at least in Israel, sometimes these bombers are people who were shamed in their own society, and seek redemption by killing some Israelis. On the other hand, I saw a video of an Arab with a knife who approaches a Jew from the back in an alley, and then stabs his victim. I was amazed at the nervous energy and the impression of lashing out that the Arab attacker showed. That was rage and hate. But rage is not the same as hate. And if we just go by the title of Professor Field’s book, “Why We Snap”, he seems to be talking about a quick reaction, not a long planned operation.
Why We Snap: R. Douglas Fields, PhD (2015)
But to be the devil’s advocate, perhaps much evil is done by good people who simply don’t see the world correctly?
We would agree this is evil, but did the enforcers of Mr. Pot’s ideology (the Khmer Rouge) think of themselves as evil?
The Khmer Rouge’s interpretation of Maoist communism allowed them to believe that they could create a classless society, simply by eliminating all social classes except for the ‘old people’ – poor peasants who worked the land. The Khmer Rouge claimed that they were creating ‘Year Zero’ through their extreme reconstruction methods. They believed that Cambodia should be returned to an alleged ‘golden age’ when the land was cultivated by peasants and the country would be ruled for and by the poorest amongst society. They wanted all members of society to be rural agricultural workers rather than educated city dwellers, who the Khmer Rouge believed had been corrupted by western capitalist ideas.In order to be loyal to the state, the Khmer Rouge enforced the breaking of ties to religion and family. All political and civil rights were abolished. Formal education ceased and from January 1977, all children from the age of eight were separated from their parents and placed in labour camps, which taught them that the State was their ‘true’ parents. For the Khmer Rouge, children were central to the revolution as they believed they could be easily moulded, conditioned and indoctrinated. They could be taught to obey orders, become soldiers and kill enemies. Children were taught to believe that anyone not conforming to the Khmer laws were corrupt enemies.
- Professionals and intellectuals—in practice this included almost everyone with an education, people who understood a foreign language and even people who required glasses.
- Other ethnicities, such as Vietnamese and Chinese and other religions such as Cambodian Christians, Muslims and the Buddhist monks.
- “Economic saboteurs- many of the former urban dwellers (who had not starved to death in the first place) were deemed to be guilty by virtue of their lack of agricultural ability.
First, Lying by anyone is a clue that for him or her, the end justifies the means. The end could be just getting out of trouble, or gaining power, or whatever. We should avoid putting liars in positions of power.
Secondly, free speech is important. One liberal professor, Jonathan Haidt, says that on campus, eventually, ideological conformity (on campus that would be conformity to progressivism) replaces original thought.
“This makes it impossible to teach. This makes it impossible to have an intellectual community,” he said. “I’m a liberal Professor and my liberal students scare me.”
It is not “liberal” to be so sure of a position that you shut out any discussion of it.
http://www. thegatewaypundit.com/2016/04/ violent-anti-trump-protesters-bloody-trump-supporters-throw-rocks-smash-car-windows-ca-rally/
National review, May 9 2016 Page 4, The VOA’s Unfulfilled Promise.