I love you and want you to be happy…

… unless it makes you uncomfortable.

When did valuing your kids become discouraging them? When did caring enough to say, “Son, this doesn’t sound like a good idea.” become oppressive?

Those who love and respect you attribute value and virtue to you. To expect little or nothing of you is to belittle you. To expect greater things is to build you up to a higher standard, and believe in your potential.

It’s a confidence that you can meet a high standard.

Today, this is considered oppressive. Particularly for those standards which have been around the longest. Because newer standards are always better. Continue reading “I love you and want you to be happy…”

I love you and want you to be happy…

Sometimes fascism feels good

There’s an internet meme going around that in Finland, you cannot buy a dog until all the shelters are empty.

It’s not true, but people wish it was, because we’ve all seen the “In the Arms of the Angel” Sarah McLachlan commercial, and if you didn’t feel bad for not picking up the next stray you see on a street corner, you should just step off that corner into traffic, you monster.

This kind of thing is a great example of feel good authoritarianism. Which is, by the way, the best kind of authoritarianism! Continue reading “Sometimes fascism feels good”

Sometimes fascism feels good

Shut Up for Progress

Shut up.

Just stop talking.

It’s not hard, we know you don’t agree, but you just need to shut up.

Look, you have a right to disagree, we know that, but you don’t have a right to wound the people you disagree with by doing so publicly.

You’re only making it harder on yourself.

If you don’t shut up, you might find yourself forced to say something you disagree with. Well, “forced” is not the right word… but it will feel the same way.

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Shut Up for Progress

Self-Driving American

Imagine a world where free personal drivers are the norm.

We buy our own cars, but professional drivers operate them in every case. A few large agencies provide the licensed, trained, insured drivers at every destination and for delivery on demand to drive you wherever, whenever, whyever.

It costs a bit, but it’s paid out of our tax dollars, and it’s not terribly odd as a public service. Driving is dangerous, time consuming, a chore, and one additional responsibility we don’t have to worry about.

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Self-Driving American

The RFRA is Creating a Political Uncanny Valley

As robots near the perfect emulation of humans, there is this dip in empathy (and by extension realism) called the uncanny valley.

Within this valley, the robot is arguably more human yet somehow more repulsive to humans.

The convergence of religion, libertarianism, voluntarism, and statism in the RFRA in this uncanny valley is causing a dip in empathy and resulting revulsion.

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The RFRA is Creating a Political Uncanny Valley