Right or Commodity?

In response to a (tweet-)claim by Bernie Sanders:

Health care is not a commodity. It is a human right. And the goal of a sane health care system should be to keep people well, not to make stockholders rich. That is why we need Medicare for All.

Comes this response:

Health care can be scarce and requires providers. Rights are not scarce and do not require providers. Health care is a commodity, not a right.

Or as someone else wrote, An inalienable right cannot be dependent on the labor of someone else.

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The Motte and Bailey Tactic

Every post at Ace is worth at least a glance. For example, I got to this post by reading today’s Sunday Morning Book Thread which contained not just one, but two things of interest worth remembering.

First of all, there’s this:

Last week, in the discussion on the unavailability of Tommy Robinson’s book, “Mohammad’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill For Islam“, I neglected to mention the name of Tommy’s co-author, Peter McLoughlin, who has written his own book, “Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal“, which really sounds quite depressing.

I accept that I should be more distraught or angry about this, but it’s not my country and I’ve run out of shits-to-give for countries intent on suicide. For the sake of completeness, I do document the same situation in Denmark because it’s not as well known and for the sake of language practice.

The second part of this post was the mention of the “Motte and Bailey tactic” which itself was an item explored at Ace a year before in conjunction with feminist activism.

This is due to the leftwing feminists’ dishonest use of the “Motte and Bailey” tactic in propaganda.

The Motte and Bailey tactic uses as its central metaphor a medieval castle. There are two main areas of it: the bailey, the useful but poorly defended area around the castle that must be defended, and the motte, the tower fortification itself, small but designed to resist assault.

The idea is that dishonest propagandists, such as feminists, will define “feminism” in two different versions: the Motte version, and the Bailey version.

The Motte version is the most defensible definition of feminism: that women are social and legal equals to men and should suffer no man-made impediments to their own pursuits of happiness.

Hard to argue against that — that’s why it’s the Motte. The peasantry retreats to the well-defended Motte when the area is under attack.

But feminists also deploy a Bailey definition of feminism: That feminism means that we must have abortion on demand and that there may be no dissent about this, that the Wage Gap which doesn’t exist must be eradicated by government action, that rape does not need to be proved by evidence, that some people with penises are actually women if they say they are, and so on.

Now, this terrain is harder to defend. This is the outlying area around the Motte — the Bailey. Feminists really intend feminism to mean this series of dubious and fringe ideas, but when you call them on it, they retreat to the Motte and say, “But Feminism only means that women should be social and legal equals; how can you disagree with that, YOU HATER?!!!”

Fascinating in that I immediately found a similarity with discussions about government funding and why we can’t cut anything. The Motte portion of government funding is the police, the fire department, the armed forces, roads, water pipes (to and from), etc. The Bailey is syringes for the homeless, bike paths, recycling, etc.

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Interesting tweet:

In San Francisco if you don’t clean up your dog’s poop, you can be fined $320. If you, however, decide to shit on the sidewalk, there is no fine and you can get free syringes. But please note that you nor your dog are allowed to use plastic straws. Plastic syringes? Totally fine

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… or a Cult

That is, environmentalism specifically or leftism generally. I wrote about this recently, but Powerline passed on a link to an article in Mediumcalling attention to how the climate change fanatics resemble nothing so much as a full-blown religious cult“.

The Medium article itself references and discusses the contents of a web page from the Cult Education Institute site that enumerates the “[t]en warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader“. Powerline also includes this discussion, but I’ll just give the list below.

  1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
  2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
  3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
  4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
  5. There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
  6. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
  7. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
  8. Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
  9. The group/leader is always right.
  10. The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
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Fen Strikes Again

NB, I don’t actually know the commenter named Fen, I just find his comments perceptive. I also don’t often read Althouse, but I did and Fen was golden. He is commenting on the reactions of the leftists and GOPe to the fallout of the Mueller report via the persons of Inga and Chuck, respectively, who inhabit the blogs of Ms Althouse.

“Are the hyperventilaters mentally sound enough to be trusted?”

We continue to operate under the impression that these people are just like us, the flip side of our coin. That they would behave the way we would if we were in their shoes.

But the proof we are wrong is right here in front of us, lab rats in the form of Chuck and Inga. For 2 years they have hyperventilated at phantoms. And yesterday came the report that those phantoms never existed. Have they changed their behavior in light of this information?

No, they simply pretend it says what they always suspected, a feat of Alter Reality that shocks us with it’s audacity and complete lack of self-awareness and shame.

So when you ask if the Hyperventilating Candidates can be trusted, I answer: what difference does it make? In 6 months they will be pretending they never said Trump is an Shape-shifting Reptilian, and all of their Chucks and Ingas will brainwash themselves into believing WE are the loons for thinking the Hyperventilating Candidates said Trump is a Shape-shifting Reptilian.

That’s what 90% of these liberal comments on FB and WaPo are about – they aren’t arguing to convince us, they are crafting an alternate reality to brainwash themselves. If they post it, they bring life to their fantasy narrative and, for all intents and purposes, make it real. For them.

The Left will believe whatever their candidates tell them to believe. We have always been at war with EastAsia. Because Orange Man bad.

And we still attempt to reason with them?

Very Scott Adams-esque. The bolding was me, btw.

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The City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia, where everyday is a mass shooting. Here’s an interesting quote:

A new study from Temple University found that Philadelphia has seen 244 clusters of three or more gunshot patients rushed to a single hospital at once in an 11-year period. On three occasions, six or more patients were brought in as a single cluster.

It’s not just Philly. Pick a big city controlled by Democrats (from Instapundit, which is from where I got this link, Philadelphia’s last Republican mayor was in 1952), like LA or Chicago all the way down to South Bend, IN, or Birmingham, AL and gun violence is endemic. Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World (see the map at this link).

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A Billion

I brought this up in the comments to a post of another blog. People were discussing how CNN had and has lousy ratings and how this matters. It doesn’t. Nolte wrote about this recently (his article has links):

[...] 90 million people pay money to CNN every month even though fewer than one million on average actually watch CNN.

Let’s see…

Even if you don’t watch CNN, you are still forced to pay for CNN.

It is called a carriage fee, and every month you subsidize this hate network to the tune of about $1.00 a month [...]

That means the welfare queens at CNN snatch about $90 million a month just because the game is rigged to force you to pay for a propaganda outlet that encourages and legitimizes violence, a hate network that runs one blacklisting campaign after another to de-platform conservatives or anyone who challenges that establishment.

This means the welfare queens at CNN are bringing in over a billion — that’s “billion” with a “B” — dollars a year [...]

Ratings? We don’t need no ratings.

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Leave it to Norm

In response to some know-it-all knucklehead, Norm asks:

Or are you just cynical because that’s easy?

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It’s Not Just One Bus Route

Yesterday (or see below), I translated a longer piece about a particular bus route in Aarhus that is, um, overdosing on diversity. In a follow-up article from TV2 East Jutland, it turns out that it’s almost all routes! From Uriasposten, original below the fold.

Last Saturday I got a parking ticket in downtown Aarhus, but that didn’t get me to think of using public transportation. TV2 East Jutland reported yesterday on a father of two who was afraid to use the bus on route 4A. But there’s more to that story, Youths terrorize city busses: drivers are too afraid to do anything.

Quoted from the TV2 article:

,,, and now it seems that it is far from the only case with bus route 4A that goes between Brabrand and Tranbjerg or Viby.

“It is happening everywhere. And in most cases, if we ask the youths to behave or put out their cigarettes, they just abuse us, spit at us, and don’t care”, told Anita Nørgaard, a work environment representative at Busselskabet Aarhus Sporvejes Station Syd, til TV2 East Jutland.

It happens most often in buses that go to Gellerup or other ghetto areas, but it happens on pretty much all routes as I’ve seen.

She tells that it’s not just in her bus, but pretty much all drivers experience that youths tyrannize city buses and threaten personnel and passengers. As a work environment representative, she hears from all of her colleagues who experience the same.

“We are well aware that the youth often carry knives or similar and never know what their reaction is going to be if we say something to them. So I can well understand that both drivers and passengers feel unsafe”, says Anita Nørgaard.

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Bus Route From Immigrant Ghetto Has Become a Complete Nightmare – A Picture of the Danish Society’s Problems

This article comes from Den Korte Avis (The Compact Newspaper – a Danish online newspaper). It has been translated and published with permission. Original text below the fold.

Children and youths with immigrant backgrounds have made the bus route 4A famous. It goes from Brabrand, an area of western Aarhus with many immigrants.

The route has for many years seen problems with anti-social passengers from that area. But it has gotten worse. This is according to an online article from TV2 East Jutland.

It is a father of two children who has had enough. He has decided to speak out and tell of his experiences with the anti-social immigrants on route 4A. Children and youths all the way down to 12-14 years old.

They play loud music, yell and scream, make noise and fight, says the man, Ofer Attias.

“I was there with my children of eight and 12 years old who began to cry and I was scared so that I would rather leave”, he said.

But what takes place on the bus route is even worse: “They begin to spit on the seats and the windows, and they smoke cigarettes in the bus, throw garbage everywhere, and yesterday, an old lady was forced to move to another seat”, he said.

And the bus driver was powerless.

The bus driver stopped the bus in the middle of the road and asked them to stop, but they didn’t care, they threatened him and laughed at him.

TV2 has also spoken with the bus company, Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje, which confirms that things are bad.

“There has been unrest in that area in recent months and trouble with groups of youth”, said a representative from the bus company, Bjarne Larsen to TV2 East Jutland.

“It varies, how much the drivers can handle. Some ask people to leave the bus, but others speak to them over the speakers, and others assume that it will all pass. It depends on how much the drivers feel they can handle”, said the representative.

Spit on the driver – but he keeps his nerve

Earlier this year, TV2 East Jutland reported on bus driver Hans Holsten, who has been spit on as well as beaten and yelled at so many times that he has lost count.

Spit on in the face by two passengers, in which the one holds me in a choke-hold while the other beats me, I’ve had rocks thrown at me, verbal attacks. I’ve experienced everything”, he said in January to TV2 East Jutland.

Bus driver Hans Horsten has been in a choke-hold, beaten, had stones thrown at him, and verbal attacks. But he says he likes his job and that he feels almost completely safe.

It seems to be a paradox, but it is a common human reaction.

There is a fighting spirit in this reaction. Horsten refuses to let the anti-social young immigrants ruin his work.

On the other hand, Horsten’s attitude can also be seen as a survival strategy. He has adapted to a situation that he personally cannot change.

A survival strategy like this is what many Danes use in relation to the problems that our society encounters in the wake of the enormous immigration from non-Western countries.

Danish values under pressure

One can see that the culture and the values that form the foundation of the Danish society are being strained by the enormous immigration.

The creation of parallel societies. Islamization. An increase in violent crime. Increased oppression of women. Stronger anti-democratic opinions. Large public outlays that could be used for the welfare of Danes instead. Increasing problems with poorly educated citizens.

Many Danes know that these are problems that plague our society, but they don’t want everything to be about problems. Like bus driver Hans Horsten.

That’s just the way it is. That’s the way it will be. We all have a great need to just live our lives. No one wants to go around tense and angry most of the day.

But it is important that the need for positive experiences doesn’t end up in naivete.

The non-Western immigration clearly brings big problems to our society. For societal cohesion. For openness and trust between people. For the economy.

So while we hopefully can enjoy life, we need to understand that we face a gigantic challenge: an increasing portion of the population has a non-Western, mostly Muslim background.

In spite of the policies that have increased restrictions on immigration, this development continues. The non-Western portion of the population of Denmark will continue to grow rapidly in the coming decades. This is because of the higher birth rates.

If something is to be done with that, immigration must be even more stringently controlled. And we must ensure that refugees are sent home who no longer need our protection.

We can, of course, just not do anything. As is suggested by the parties in the “red bloc” [mostly parties of the left].

But in that case, we will have a completely different Denmark. A Denmark where everyone, everyday, will, in fact, need a survival strategy.

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