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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

DNS-and-BIND The Ruling Class (657 comments)

Who are these rulers, and by what right do they rule? How did America change from a place where people could expect to live without bowing to privileged classes to one in which, at best, they might have the chance to climb into them? What sets our ruling class apart from the rest of us?

Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that "we" are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding generation's paradigm that "all men are created equal"?

World War I and the chaos at home and abroad that followed it discredited the Progressives in the American people's eyes. Their international schemes had brought blood and promised more. Their domestic management had not improved Americans' lives, but given them a taste of arbitrary government, including Prohibition. The Progressives, for their part, found it fulfilling to attribute the failure of their schemes to the American people's backwardness, to something deeply wrong with America. The American people had failed them because democracy in its American form perpetuated the worst in humanity. Thus Progressives began to look down on the masses, to look on themselves as the vanguard, and to look abroad for examples to emulate.

In Congressional Government (1885) Woodrow Wilson left no doubt: the U.S. Constitution prevents the government from meeting the country's needs by enumerating rights that the government may not infringe. ("Congress shall make no law..." says the First Amendment, typically.) Our electoral system, based on single member districts, empowers individual voters at the expense of "responsible parties." Hence the ruling class's perpetual agenda has been to diminish the role of the citizenry's elected representatives, enhancing that of party leaders as well as of groups willing to partner in the government's plans, and to craft a "living" Constitution in which restrictions on government give way to "positive rights" -- meaning charters of government power.

The ruling class is keener to reform the American people's family and spiritual lives than their economic and civic ones. In no other areas is the ruling class's self-definition so definite, its contempt for opposition so patent, its Kulturkampf so open. It believes that the Christian family (and the Orthodox Jewish one too) is rooted in and perpetuates the ignorance commonly called religion, divisive social prejudices, and repressive gender roles, that it is the greatest barrier to human progress because it looks to its very particular interest -- often defined as mere coherence against outsiders who most often know better. Thus the family prevents its members from playing their proper roles in social reform. Worst of all, it reproduces itself.

At stake are the most important questions: What is the right way for human beings to live? By what standard is anything true or good? Who gets to decide what? Implicit in Wilson's words and explicit in our ruling class's actions is the dismissal, as the ways of outdated "fathers," of the answers that most Americans would give to these questions. This dismissal of the American people's intellectual, spiritual, and moral substance is the very heart of what our ruling class is about. Its principal article of faith, its claim to the right to decide for others, is precisely that it knows things and operates by standards beyond others' comprehension.

America's best and brightest believe themselves qualified and duty bound to direct the lives not only of Americans but of foreigners as well. George W. Bush's 2005 inaugural statement that America cannot be free until the whole world is free and hence that America must push and prod mankind to freedom was but an extrapolation of the sentiments of America's Progressive class, first articulated by such as Princeton's Woodrow Wilson and Columbia's Nicholas Murray Butler. But while the early Progressives expected the rest of the world to follow peacefully, today's ruling class makes decisions about war and peace at least as much forcibly to tinker with the innards of foreign bodies politic as to protect America.

Describing America's country class is problematic because it is so heterogeneous. It has no privileged podiums, and speaks with many voices, often inharmonious. It shares above all the desire to be rid of rulers it regards inept and haughty. It defines itself practically in terms of reflexive reaction against the rulers' defining ideas and proclivities -- e.g., ever higher taxes and expanding government, subsidizing political favorites, social engineering, approval of abortion, etc. Many want to restore a way of life largely superseded. Demographically, the country class is the other side of the ruling class's coin: its most distinguishing characteristics are marriage, children, and religious practice. While the country class, like the ruling class, includes the professionally accomplished and the mediocre, geniuses and dolts, it is different because of its non-orientation to government and its members' yearning to rule themselves rather than be ruled by others.
Angelo M. Codevilla

This is just the tip of the iceberg, the entire article is huge and tells us exactly what we knew already: our rulers have nothing in common with us and see us as dangerous idiots.

yesterday
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

DNS-and-BIND Re:it still amazes and saddens me... (78 comments)

No, it's because in the process of revealing NSA crimes (i.e. spying on Americans) he also blew the lid on basically every NSA overseas operation. Even the ones that weren't illegal at all and that were doing a lot of good. Either you are being deliberately ignorant or...well I can't really see it any other way.

yesterday
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

DNS-and-BIND Re:Exhaustive Testing of Other Apps (163 comments)

You know that feeling you have right now? Yeah, that's how the rest of us feel whenever one of you NYC morons tests something in your own city and then assumes it goes for the rest of the country. Apparently it's only wrong if other people do it.

2 days ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

DNS-and-BIND Re:Good choice (313 comments)

I think that anyone, regardless of race, creed, religion, etc, will always have a job publicly supporting the existing power structure.

Isn't that an amazing step forward in egalitarianism? Such a short time ago, someone like her would never have been accepted, no matter what her political views. Pretty cool, eh? Nah, just kidding. Let's keep blaming everything on "white men" LOLZ

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

DNS-and-BIND Re:What's the big deal? (230 comments)

So, the problem seems to be that Americans are doing it. And America is wrong to try to seek advantage for itself by denying others. Moral relativism at its finest.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

DNS-and-BIND Re:The NSA *ONLY* spies on its enemies (230 comments)

Almost. You've got that backwards, though.

They spy on those who declare themselves enemies of the US government. A lot of "human rights" groups use their status as a shield. Fun fact: did you know that Amnesty International started life as a group whose mission in life was to give aid and comfort to the Soviet Union, and to cause trouble for America whenever possible? Totally true.

about a week ago
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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

DNS-and-BIND Re:He should get the Nobel Peace Prize (123 comments)

In fact, a lot of what both nations did was illegal under their own laws. People had to be told quietly to break the laws, and these orders were never written down. Of course, the two regimes were different - The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for covering up the left-wing regime's genocide.

"Responding to criticisms that he and Khrushchev did not do enough to expose Stalin's crimes, former first deputy premier Anastas Mikoyan reportedly said: "We couldn't do that because then everyone would have known what scoundrels we were."

That, too, is the difference between Communism and Nazism: the Communist scoundrels understood who they were because they realised the gulf separating them from the ideals they revered; the Nazis liked being scoundrels - that was their ideal."
-- Alexander Mekhanik, Rossiyskaya Gazeta

about a week ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

DNS-and-BIND It's not taking over "the human brain" (224 comments)

It's taking over the brains of those who participate 24/7 in, for lack of a better word, might be called the Twittersphere. I'm not condemning Twitter in general, but the entire weltanschauung of the situation that people like Maryanne Wolfe live in. Anyone who doesn't exist in this false world (i.e. most of humanity) doesn't have this experience at all. They're able to read deep texts, and you bet your ass they'll be ready to supplant these feeble minds in the future.

The really scary part is that these Twitter minds lack the ability to see outside themselves. If it happens to me, then it happens to all of humanity. After all, all the people I know are in the Twittersphere, and that's the whole world...or at least the world worth knowing. Because if Maryanne Wolfe can't do it, that means the human brain is changing. Sad...but then again I find myself understanding why civilizations that have everything fall. It comes from taking it all for granted and neglecting the first principles that got us here...like realizing the world has an independent existence outside of you and your little buddies.

about a week ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

DNS-and-BIND Re:LOL, yup ... (124 comments)

"One of the things I have always found troubling about Westerners doing business in emerging market countries is that they sometimes take an almost perverse pride in discussing payoffs to government officials. It is as though their having paid a bribe is a symbol of their international sophistication and insider knowledge. Yet, countless times when I am told of the bribe, I know the very same thing could almost certainly have been accomplished without a bribe."
--Dan Harris, chinalawblog.com

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

DNS-and-BIND Re:Abuse of press credentials (124 comments)

If journalists were not so reliably despicable, I might have some sympathy with this position.

But no, I've just checked, and...nothing. Fuck them.

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

DNS-and-BIND Re:Bunk! (179 comments)

Correlation does not equal causation. Repeat this until you understand it. Darwin weeps to see science misused in this way - although as a Texan, you dumbasses have never understood science anyway.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

DNS-and-BIND Re:Famous last words (179 comments)

Nah, it was a branding change. Global Warming got too much bad press and was in danger of being discredited, so it was rebranded to Climate Change. Sort of like how Arthur Andersen changed its name to Accenture after being convicted in the Enron scandal, or Liberals changed their name to Progressives to avoid the whole "destruction of the African-American family" guilt.

about two weeks ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

DNS-and-BIND Re:Bad Neighbors (107 comments)

Isn't it funny how left-wing regimes get excuses? The moment they begin abusing their people, they're magically no longer left-wing. Strange, eh? It's a remarkably reproducible result. It's almost as if people want to make excuses for tyranny in order to not discredit left-wing thought...the same thought that inevitably leads to tyranny wherever it is tried.

about two weeks ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

DNS-and-BIND Re:Bad Neighbors (107 comments)

First of all, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a left-wing regime, not a totalitarian regime, so let's just set that straight right off.

Second, DPRK doesn't listen to China. Their officials have been down for talks, which basically amounted to "Dude, you totally have to ditch the whole Marxism thing, it's bullshit and doesn't work. Do the free market thing! Seriously, you'll get filthy rich! We all did, come on and follow us!"

The DPRK was not into that at all. They'll keep their left-wing government, thankyouverymuch. They prefer self-destruction to abandoning their beliefs. One should admire such dedication - this is what has kept Cuba the success story it's been since 1959.

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

DNS-and-BIND Re:Screenshots are built into Android (161 comments)

How did it take until version FOUR to do something as mind-blastingly obvious as take a screenshot? Even Windows has been able to do this as far as I can remember.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

DNS-and-BIND Re:no problem (509 comments)

...except when science disagrees with Progressive fixed ideas. Then, suddenly, science is subjective and depends on the biased ideals the scientists don't realize they have. Just look at research on intelligence and culture. A lot of studies simply aren't taking place because the results will be politically unacceptable. But still, progressives tell themselves they're on the side of science. Sad, really.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

DNS-and-BIND Re:USA's attention to Cuba seems silly (173 comments)

It would have been great had Batista been replaced with a democratic government. Instead, Cuba got worse. At least Batista was an idealogical blank. Look up what Cuba did to black Africans. It ain't pretty.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

DNS-and-BIND Re:How do we address the weaknesses of Open Source (129 comments)

If you're the same kind of "UI expert" that screwed up Google Maps on Android, I can safely say we don't need any of that crap and that OSS is doing fine. The problem is that you have a flawed metric for evaluating what's "right" and "wrong".

about two weeks ago

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Science checks again: still no aetheric wind detec

DNS-and-BIND DNS-and-BIND writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DNS-and-BIND (461968) writes "In a repeat of the Michelson-Morley experiment of the 19th century, scientists have repeated the experiment and reproduced the results using modern Cryogenic Optical Resonators. The result? The aetheric wind still hasn't been detected, putting the luminiferous aether theory to rest once and for all."
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