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Jul 25


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Robert Higgs is so fucking cool.

Anonymous said: i'm starting to think the jews might run israel

Keep your anti-semitic conspiracy theories off my blog anon



"Did you know that the IDF…"

"Did you know that Hamas…"

hey, did you know that it’s not my problem

So you don’t think you should do something about it? You may not be killing anybody, but your apathy is letting more people die. 

L-E-E-R says that if we all click our heels together and care really hard we can save lives

c’mon everybody, CARE! Care with everything you’ve got! WE CAN DO THIS!

A left-wing anarchist is someone who thinks that the absence of “private ownership run for profit” made the Soviet Gulags a better place to rot somehow.

"Did you know that the IDF…"

"Did you know that Hamas…"

hey, did you know that it’s not my problem




no, just people conflating Nazism to Zionism. You know, normal antisemitic type stuff.

I haven’t seen that on my dash or on facebook

I have however seen people’s hamfisted attempts to mount “defenses” of Israeli actions by talking about the Holocaust

and people on both sides holding up Holocaust survivors who agree with their view as if surviving the Holocause gives you magical infallibility

I’ve seen it. You been under a rock or just pretending it doesn’t happen? Just today I saw “It’s a shame they didn’t learn enough from the Holocaust to not perpetrate the same thing against others.”

Look at all the words you’re putting in my mouth. Please no more. I’m getting full.

I didn’t say “it doesn’t happen”. I just said that I have not seen it on my dash or my facebook feed.

The post wasn’t about that. I just don’t choose to follow anybody on tumblr who I’ve seen conflate Zionism with Nazism. I don’t live under any rock and I don’t pretend that wild, over-the-top, hyperbolic, and yes, anti-semitic claims are made in regards to the Israelis.

But you’re kind of an example of what I was talking about. My post was in regards to the number of people I’ve seen on my dash and on facebook who are sympathetic to or wholeheartedly partisans of Israel who raise irrelevant issues as substitutes for arguments.

Like now, my remark was about a specific subgroup of Israel supporters. Not all of them. Not most of them. Just a number of them that I had happened to have seen in a row, which I was commenting on. And you’ve responded to this by bringing up this unrelated topic of whether any anti-Israel people conflate Zionism with Nazism. 

I get that you’re all emotional and everything but please settle.

“In most cultures throughout history, [justice systems have] been dominated by compensation… Medieval systems, and all tribal systems, that don’t have centralized governments are compensatory in nature. Sometimes it’s individual compensation, sometimes it’s group compensation (you compensate the clan of which the person’s a member). But it’s very compensatory… What happens is, if the communities ended up having to pony up for your crime (because they would have to pay the other clan) then they would have an interest in policing you. And if you turned out to be a repeat offender, they kicked you out, and they made you an ‘outlaw’. The term outlaw meant outside the protection of the law. They didn’t actually kill you, and they didn’t actually punish you, but once you were made an outlaw and they withdrew their protection from you, anyone else who wanted to kill you and punish you could do so with impunity, and that was a really tough spot to be in. So, by withdrawing protection, you end up ‘punishing’ people without directly punishing them.

It was only when the monarch started intervening in this local tribal system—which the people were very reticent about giving up, they were very reluctant to give up their rights to compensation—but eventually the king superseded them, and then breaching the king’s peace turned out to be the major offense. And it’s sort of the way it is today. A crime against ‘society’ is not a crime against you. So, it turns out, if you are raped, if you are assaulted, you are not the official victim of the crime in our legal system. I represented as a prosecutor ‘The People of the State of Illinois’, and I didn’t represent you. So what happened to you is simply a crime against the polity and not against you at all. Well, I think that’s perverse. And if that perversity is expressed, then people would rebel against it.” — Randy Barnett



tomorrow is gonna be 81 sunny low humidity

a perfect day to go to the beach

which is why I will be driving down to my parents’ cottage…

to help my dad do construction!

awww yeah



why the fuck is robert reich’s ghostwritten trash on my dash?

"here’s a blog"

more like here’s a pile of bullshit