Socialism versus the welfare state

This from a post at Powerline and it is something said by Hayek:

The current situation has greatly altered the task of the defender of liberty and made it much more difficult.  So long as the danger came from socialism of the frankly collectivist kind, it was possible to argue that the tenets of the socialists were simply false: that socialism would not achieve what the socialists wanted and that it would produce other consequences which they would not like.  We cannot argue similarly against the welfare state, for this term does not designate a definite system.  What goes under that name is a conglomerate of so many diverse and even contradictory elements that, while some of them may make a free society more attractive, others are incompatible with it or may at least constitute potential threats to existence.

The welfare state is such a hodgepodge of stupid ideas that no one can tell where things have gone wrong unless you understand how a market works. These are from the comments:

We can never adequately define what the hell Leftists are doing to the country because it’s not really communism but it is definitely not American. That’s what makes it really hard to convince people of the evil nature of what these Leftists are doing. You can’t rebel against something you can’t adequately define.

The phony leftism of modern democrats is not honest leftism of the “frankly collectivist” kind. It’s worse. It’s the worst of all worlds; the excesses of capitalism combined with the destructive bullying of big government. Billionaires set public policy on things like climate and energy, even if it ruins the average worker. Monster corporations are allowed to monopolize market segments and use their monopoly to crush dissent and cancel competitors, as long as it’s in cooperation with the ruling Party. Trillions are taxed, borrowed, and spent to help the little guy, yet somehow all the little guy ends up is an endlessly inflating cost of living and a crash in his retirement account.

Under capitalism, the wealthy become powerful. Under socialism, the powerful become wealthy.

This is the post:

Thought for the Day: Hayek’s Warning

The left are shallow if not actually stupid

This is from a comment at Instapundit. The article commented on is by Sam Harris:

You cannot reason with these people.Harris is known for his writing on atheism which he is self-declared.

This is the comment:

An atheist is someone who has replaced a belief in God w/ a belief in some other higher power – in our country, it’s often government or Democrats or Progressives etc, but if you listen – truly listen – they’re describing a god. The brilliant CafeHayek people make a similar point: if you listen to progressives describe how central planning works, they’re clearly assuming divine intervention in the form of some wise government official who knows all & loves all etc.

You literally can’t make any of their theories work unless you assume a god, so they’re not really atheists – they just prefer bureaucrats or PhDs to the Judeo-Christian God.

Science marches on

This is incredible. Who could believe we could go this far backwards and so quickly?

Scientific American declares biological sex is construct to ‘reinforce gender and racial divisions’


Of course, the Bible declares that He created man and then woman. And not even Darwinian theory can explain how evolution accounts for two sexes.


The old country!!

Canada Is Euthanizing Its Sick and Poor!!


Soon to be a country of the not-so-old. Another reason I’m glad I left!

Worth reading the comments at Instapundit:

Plus this:

Canada takes giant leap toward Room 101
in the Ministry of Love

American Thinker, by Olivia Murray Original Article

In the climax of Orwell’s magnum opus, the reader is introduced to Room 101 in the Ministry of Love. It is the subterranean torture chamber where agents of the Party inflict gruesome and macabre punishment upon recalcitrant citizens like Winston. And now it appears that Canada is making moves to emulate the totalitarian regime of Oceania and its Party. In a report released by The Counter Signal, Justin Trudeau and his political allies are paving the way for a militarized climate force. Leaked architectural blueprints of a massive new facility lay bare a dystopian future.

Social science experiments

Saw this in a comment somewhere.

There have been a huge number of studies using rats and mice negotiating mazes. They purport to do things such as testing whether drugs enhance or impare functioning.

So some people, for whatever reason, decided to test the tests. To see if the maze tests actually tested what the people thought they tested. In essence: they took a rat’s eye view of the mazes, “if I were a rat in the maze how would I “see” things.” They started, and went on an on, eliminating clues that rats would use, urine trails, hair drops, on and on, vibrations from outside traffic, all kinds of things I don’t even remember. Several times they thought they got it right, then they discovered there was some other clue the rats were using.

Finally, they did get it right. No clues for the rats, all of the clues finally eliminated. Then, testing the tests. None of the tests of drugs etc. could be reproduced. None of them. The rats had been negotiating the mazes based on clues in the mazes and surroundings.

The point of all that is: the researchers may actually have got what they say they got, but it isn’t reproducible because they don’t understand what was “exactly right” for that test.

Even when it works they don’t know why.

Mea culpa infanta blanca

It’s satire but who can be sure?

I apologize for my white baby: How can I extol the virtues of anti-racism while birthing another white person? “During my pregnancy, I caught myself fantasizing about the child coming out Black. My husband and I talked about adopting, but after watching that fascist Amy Coney Barrett parade her Black children in front of America at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing to prove she’s not just a racist bootlicker for the Patriarchy, we reconsidered. After all, does a Black child in a white family not perpetuate the cycle of white supremacy?”