Archive for the ‘Deconstructions’ Category

There is no Al Gore

if we let facts get in the way

(again stolen from Gabriel’s blog )

… The 11 inaccuracies that the court found are not quibbles. They represent the film’s most spectacular claims about the dangers of global warming, and form the very basis of the film. Were the film to be edited to have these inaccuracies removed, in fact, vanishingly little would be left.

Hug an SUV, kill a tree, it’s all good.

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Why healthcare is so expensive

Franc Tremblay explains

There is a movement dedicated to bringing about socialized health care in the “United States.” Such a movement, as we have seen in “Canada,” would ruin the health care market and make it conditional to political considerations instead of consumer demand. And contrarily to statist claims, it drives spending on health care up, up, always up.

To understand why the health care market is fucked up, we need to understand the main considerations of freedom and efficacy in a market, which are (in increasing order of integration):

(1) Peaceful competition.
(2) Division of labour.
(3) Technological progress.

The health care market is under attack by the State on all three fronts.

(1) Insurance companies are not allowed to compete in offering the best packages- they are forced by the State to inflate their prices by providing all sorts of needful and needless treatments. This is all good and well for the big insurance companies, because it prevents competition from smaller and more adaptable insurance businesses. Furthermore, the State favours corporations providing insurance over individual initiative. Both of these drive prices up, make insurance out of the reach of the poor, and prevents competition.
The alternative now proposed by statists- to force people by law to buy insurance- would only drive prices even higher and give more power to the big insurance companies. As usual, statism is corporatism at its finest.

(2) The medical guilds do not prevent vertical division (doctors can specialize in all kinds of areas) but they do prevent horizontal division, thus ensuring that the price of labour remains high.

(3) FDA regulations prevent medical advances in order to fulfill political ends, depriving us of life-saving medications and medical tools.

Free healthcare is a perfect self-antonym.

Who do we blame today?

I give you the leftie complaint guide, courtesy of rmsharpe over at the CFC forum:

EVENT ———————- BLAME

Blizzards —————— ExxonMobil
Cold weather ————— Rush Limbaugh
Drought ——————– Microsoft
Fog ———————— Pfizer
Hail ———————– IBM
High humidity ————– FOX News Channel
Hot wealther ————— Philip Morris
Hurricanes —————– Karl Rove
Ice ———————— Monsanto
Rain ———————– Bush administration
Snow ———————– Wal-Mart
Thunderstorms ————– CEOs
Tornados ——————- McDonald’s
Wind ———————– General Dynamics

Source

Media Success – A Primer (How to get laid as a social scientist)

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Gabriel Mihalache over at Economic Investigations has a great New Year’s piece:

Short Guide to Media Success

Some highlights:

— Try and cultivate a healthy ignorance of everything related to the operation of free markets and finance capitalism. […] Values come from the warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Anything else is Bushie propaganda

Always be sure to imply, but quite never spell out, that “having a right” means that the State must (forcefully, if necessary) expropriate (or de facto enslave) some people to the benefit of your chosen disadvantaged group du jour. Remember, the State is a fine mean to show your compassion, with other people’s money.

— Remember… patriots want to protect their country. So they’re protectionists! It makes sense. Anyone who says otherwise wants to have foreign corporations rape the pristine, virginal, natural landscape and resources of the land. Pie them. That’s a fine argument. It shows intellectual depth.

If you follow these easy steps, you’ll soon become a sweetheart of the media, you’ll get book deals, documentary deals, and middle-class, white, entitled, pol-sci majors from Europe, with a vague moral outrage and a head full of Galbraith, will have sex with you on your conference tour.

Read the rest HERE

Update: I was looking for a picture of J. K. Galbraith on wikipedia and this is what was listed in the article:

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Hats off to the wikipedian with a sense of humor 😀

(preserved for posterity: wikipedia-galbraith1.PNG )

Scott Adams is No Ignorant

As regular readers know, I am too ignorant to have opinions on most big issues. That’s why I don’t vote. This makes me feel inadequate because everyone around me has complete clarity and has taken sides. I want to be like that. I’m tired of being confused and uninformed.

Read more HERE . Delicious and viciously precise argumentative surgery.