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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Karen De Coster is looking for an intern

Some basic data entry for a non-profit based in Detroit.

I mention this because Karen's also a big cheerleader for Detroit, and how this wonderful blank canvas of a city is just ripe for the lifegiving rain of anarcho-capitalism. I commented on her blog once that Detroit's problem is the people who live there, and that problem will be solved once different people live there, but my comment didn't make it through moderation.

Detroit has a reported unemployment rate of almost 20%, so I assume you could just stick your head outside your office and offer the 1 out of 5 Detroiters you meet a leg up on this "nice resume-building material" and "great references and networking opportunities."

I still link to Lew Rockwell and mises.org and read them every day, but their authors do a lot of backflips around some very important issues. Here, for example, is a Mises scholar trying to explain what causes crime.

The obsessive focus on State bureaucracy by these sites is really getting problematic. They are going to end up on the margins of a lot of debates. The State is scaling up into unsustainable complexity. Really, the State is more a clumsy, stupid giant where libertarians imagine a coordinated group of evil geniuses. All the ultra vires bureaucracies and their awful abuses are certainly noteworthy, but there's a far bigger conflict brewing which is the one between K-selected producers and r-selected consumers. (The democratic State favors the latter, by the way.) When the State loses control, there is no more bureaucratic overreach or police brutality. They all leave to protect their families.

Libertarians can travel to Libya and Syria to observe for themselves how the central State ultimately becomes the least of everybody's problems. Or they can go to the Saudi peninsula and see anarcho-capitalism immanentized: the society and its geographic redoubt as the literal property of the elite leadership. Same with Singapore, which still prescribes corporal punishment. Or Bhutan and Brunei.

24 comments:

Scotsman said...

Yes, sometimes in their quest to see the state as the ultimate evil in all cases it makes them seem a little..fanatical. I remember you fighting the good fight on the Mises board until they banned you.

From your old link:

"My coauthor John Levendis and I investigated the data for 63 countries and consistently found that higher homicide rates are correlated with more government (as measured by lower levels of economic freedom). "

..almost facepalm ridiculous. I really just refuse to believe they are this dumb. Many areas of Africa have little to no government, but they are still hell on earth - how do they explain this?

Bob Wallace said...

I used to write for LRC until I got banned for pointing out some inconvenient truths about race and ethnic groups.

Scotsman said...

I think you were the first Bob, but not the last. I know that both R Cort Kirkwood and Marcus Epstein did later as well. Hard to believe that at one time, LRC had Jared Taylor columns.

Bob Wallace said...

Jimmy Cantrell and Carole Ward got banned, too. Both of them were banned before me.

Anonymous said...

I got banned from LVMI for raising the J.Q. Unsurprisingly, there was no turning of the other cheek.

Anonymous said...

http://mises.org/media/4691

Here's one the LVMI crowd didn't like much but let through anyway. The great Hoppe.

Anonymous said...

Hoppe rails against the rampant egalitarianism amongst libertarians. I wonder why that might be?

Anonymous said...

Anyway, most of the LVMI crowd are strictly libertarian only when discussion is about any state except one, our most beloved friend and deserved ally.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

I recall Bob mentioning once that a lot of an-caps he encountered were homosexual. There is a strong cultural Marxist vibe in the movement. Also, we all gotta do what we gotta do, but I find it strange so many of the most fanatic an-caps are academics at state universities. For that matter, they'd have more influence in the federal bureaucracy.

Gyan said...

Yet it took socialism to tip the people of Detroit in their current misery.

Thus, the people of Detroit can flourish, and did flourish, in their fashion under a more rational system.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

You have the causality backwards. White capitalists (or, if you will, mercantilists) fled Detroit and were replaced by black socialists.

Libertarianism is a philosophy of higher IQ individuals. Low IQ, high-T individuals with high time preference just do not have that capacity. It's not a question of disagreement over points on the Laffer curve; they simply do not understand it. This is not meant in a pejorative sense; there are just radically different preferences for social organization.

Scotsman said...

I didn't know about those two earlier authors being banned. I can only find a few of Jimmy Cantrel's still on the site, nothing by Carole Ward. LRC changed it's format a few times, so searching archive.org won't always work too great.

There was a couple of other authors who's pages he has hidden (not linked on the front page, but can be found in internet searches - Marcus Epstein's are like this), or a few where large numbers of articles have been deleted.

I wonder if Bob has written anything on homos in the ancap movement beyond comments made here and there. I can remember the Mises.org message board had many of them, but as I have never met any ancaps in person I hadn't considered such a link.

Anonymous said...

I found a few old articles from CarolOnTheWeb.com that are still available at Stormfront.

Anonymous said...

Another one from Carole Ward:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.jrbooksonline.com/HTML-docs/dances_with_doughnuts.htm

Anonymous said...

http://www.carolontheweb.com is in wayback too.

Anonymous said...

@ Scotsman:
I don't think it's wrong to conclude that a decentralized power structure can result lower homicide rates within a given population (more, but weaker thugs) but that doesn't justify judging different populations as equal in predisposition to violence.

Bob Wallace said...

Karen de Coster is unfortunately a bit clueless; she advises young women to be become "educated" and "self-supporting," which is pure leftist-feminist. She hasn't thought through the ramifications of this and its effect on society, because it leads to women getting worthless degrees and whining for soft, indoor jobs. She happens to have a degree in Accounting and has a soft, indoor job.

Bob Wallace said...

BTW, even Karen knows about the prevalence of homosexuality among "libertarians."

Anonymous said...

One wonders whether the Ron Paul "revolution", no doubt the motivation behind the sanitization of Lew Rockwell & Co., was worth the while.

Scotsman said...

@ANON 8:01

I realize that, but it was falsely stated by the author. Much of Africa has next to no government, yet sub-Saharan Africa is right at the top murder-wise. If the author's premise were true, Sweden would be murder capital of the world.

Anti-Gnostic is right. In their quest to always see The State as the enemy always, and at all times, they come across with ham handed arguments like the one in the article.

I also agree with Bob. 'Empowered' women (ie voting women) has not proven to be a positive.

Scotsman said...

@ Anon 8:09

LRC went PC before the Ron Paul Revolution. I recall that he completely 180'd after he was attacked by the SPLC. Suddenly the tone of the site changed to 'Red State Fascism' and he brought the despicable Ryan McMaken on board.

Bob Wallace said...

"Ryan McMaken"

Buffoon.

Anonymous said...

@ Scotsman:
Agreed on point one, and thanks for the correction on point two.

In light of the SPLC's Nazi/KKK obsession, it's amusing to read Mises in Socialism:
"It may be admitted that the races differ in talent and character and that there is no hope of ever seeing those differences resolved. Still, free trade theory shows that even the more capable races derive an advantage from associating with the less capable and that social co-operation brings them the advantage of higher productivity in the total labour process."

Anonymous said...

I like Karen and her disciple, Rick Ferri, and her offer tempts me. I'll forgo the shitty atmosphere, however.

I'm the only finance guy who kept Ferri's secrets.