Woodson on Black Reparations: “[we need to] begin to address the enemy within . . . and we won’t do that as long as we’re looking to the people we say who are our enemies to be our liberators.”

Robert Woodson slams slavery reparations.  His points later in the segment are excellent, pointing again to personal responsibility rather than relying on those who we claim are our enemies to be our liberators.  Eloquence never had a better representative.  

Thanks to Robert Wenzel at Target Liberty.

Here is his accurate assessment:

It’s the most ridiculous proposal I’ve ever heard.  It’s important to deconstruct it a bit.  Who pays and who gets paid?  People don’t realize that there were blacks who owned slaves as well.  There were 3,700 blacks who 12,000 owned slaves.  Now that 3 tribes–the Chickasaws, the Creek Indians, they owned 3,500 slaves.  The question for me and the audience should be, well, who pays?  Do the sons and daughters of blacks and Native Americans that owned slaves, do their ancestors . . . do they pay?  And so it’s a little more complicated than people are making.  What about the whites who came here after slavery?  What about the hundreds of thousands who died fighting against–in the Civil War who never owned slaves?  

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[1:25] So I just think that we ought to take this into consideration when we’re talking about a slavery . . . it’s also providing exemption from personal responsibility.  From all of the problems that black Americans have, for someone to say that the answers to those challenges are external.  Let’s just say that we accept the premise that reparations should be paid.  What problem does it solve?  If whites paid blacks money on Monday, and we come back two weeks later, what would be the impact on black-on-black crime?  What would be the impact [on] drug addiction?  About the high drop-out rate?  And so I just think it’s lethal for us to talk about a simplistic remedy so we can do virtual signaling on race and appear to be champions.  What we have done at the Woodson Center is we believe that you should look into Black America’s past and find out how our ancestors achieved against the odds where there [were] racial inequality and income disparity.  We built hospitals.  We built schools.  We had solid families.  And so it is important for us not to a–to look back but also to look at what are our strengths.  Frankly, Tucker, I am going to say that Black America needs to abandon complaining about what happened in the past and begin to address the enemy within.  That’s the challenge we face today.  And we won’t do that as long as we’re looking to the people we say who are our enemies to be our liberators. [3:07]

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Does the U.S. want to increase the misery of the Venezuelan people?

The U.S. is prepared to start another war for regime change.  As per usual, the U.S. needs a casus belli.  What will it be this time?  Market bombing, like what launched the Sarajevo war?  Or how about an internet takedown, whose goal is to dismantle infrastructure, water, and energy grids?  Yeah, that’ll get their attention.  

Former US Diplomat and Senior Advisor to Senate Republicans, Jim Jatras [here and here], joins Daniel McAdams on today’s Liberty Report.  This is an excellent interview and perfect assessment of prewar tactics the U.S. is using against Venezuela.  

“If fossil fuels were banned, every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating.”

Founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Pompous little twit.

Thanks to Martin Armstrong

Jordan Peterson to Justin Trudeau: “Your job was to pick the most qualified people.  Period.  Regardless of their genitalia. . .”

Satisfying commentary by Jordan B. Peterson. 

Patrick Bet-David is the host. 

Thanks to Robert Wenzel @ Target Liberty

Man who capitalized without virtue on the name of his father.  His father was very famous, so that put Trudeau at a tremendous advantage with regards to moving into a leadership position in Canada.  It’s not excusable.  You should move ahead on your merits, especially if you’re daring to do something like run a country.  You have a moral duty, if you have an advantage of a name, you have a moral duty to supersede the accomplishments of the person who bore that name and gave it its weight before you dare capitalize on it in the public sphere.  And Trudeau did none of that.  He knows how to behave.  He knows how to act in public.  He had the upbringing for it.  Other than that, there’s nothing there.  Not that I can see.  And if there was, he wouldn’t have run the way he did.

Ah, and here it is . . .

He appointed females to 50% of his cabinet because it was “2015.”  No, a quarter of your elected members of parliament were female.  Your job was to pick the most qualified people.  Period.  Regardless of their genitalia because they’re leading the country.  You pick the most qualified people.  Instead, he abdicated his responsibility to make those difficult decisions and then wallpapered it over with this casual virtue of “Well, I’m going to promote women.”  No, you’re going to promote competent people, you weasel.  There’s no excuse for it.  

 

“Wind and solar power [are] unreliable. Generate energy only 10-40% of the year.”

This is the best review of how and why alternative fuel sources to fossil fuels not only produce poor results but are actually harmful to the environment. 

Dale Steinrich highlights Shellenberger’s points:

Michael Shellenberger’s points (not necessarily agreeing with all of them):

Wind and solar power:
1. Unreliable. Generate energy only 10-40% of the year.
2. Have low energy density, thus require more natural resources as productive inputs.

Nuclear power:
1. Safer than widely perceived.
2. Higher energy density translates to less air pollution.

Green New Dealers fear/hate nuclear energy because they:
1. Associate it with nuclear weapons.  (Wrong, they’re 2 different technologies overall.)
2. Too much cheap energy translates to overpopulation, overconsumption.
3. Want to harness energy generated by the forces of nature (wind, solar).  (This is counterintuitively wrong;
the greater natural resource use required to harness these natural energies is worse for the natural environment.)

Michael’s article in Quillette is here.

If You Are Warm Right Now, Thank Capitalism

A little gratitude is in order for all we have, including our modern conveniences, like central heating.  Thanks to Robert Wenzel at Economic Policy Journal.

By Raymond C. Niles

Last night the temperature fell 3 degrees an hour. As I write this, it is negative 10 degrees outside. A “once in a generation” polar vortex has swept into the American Midwest from the Arctic.

I am lucky to be alive. It would take me just a couple of hours to die from hypothermia if I were outside in such weather. But I am not just alive, I am comfortable. It is a balmy 73 degrees in my home. I am relaxing by my gas fireplace that gives off a warm heat as gentle flames dance about and please my eye. I can hear the gentle whir of fans blowing heat around my living room, generated by my furnace. I write this on my comfortable sofa with a computer on my lap powered by electricity and fed information via the Internet, itself powered by electricity and glass-fiber conduits that carry information to me from computers and minds from across the earth.

My refrigerator is full. I went to the grocery store last night in my car that is powered by an internal combustion engine and fueled by gasoline, which was refined from petroleum that was pumped out of wells drilled in miles-long holes and transported in pipelines and rail cars and refined at complex and gargantuan refineries and made accessible to me via pumps placed at stations in convenient locations for me to use. I am eating an orange that was grown in Florida or Brazil thousands of miles away and transported to me by railroads and airplanes powered by jet engines.

You can continue this description of bounties that, as we go back in time, human beings could only dream about. Even to a person living as recently as 1900, the Internet and jet airplanes would have seemed like science fiction. To a person living in 1800, electricity and railroads and combustion engines would have seemed like science fiction. And to a peasant working the fields — as more than 90% of all humans did for the past 10,000 years until the 1800s — technology itself is a concept they could not even understand, as they lived lives so hard that we can scarcely imagine it.

A couple statistics hardly do justice to the gulf in quality of life between 1800 and today:

THEN VS. NOW

Life Expectancy (Years): 29 vs 72
Children Dying Before Age 5: 43% vs 4%
Illiteracy: 88% vs 15%
Living in Extreme Poverty (Less than $1.90 per day): 89% vs. 10%

For those who did survive, most of them were in pain most of the time. Today, most of us live pain-free lives most of the time. 200+ years ago, George Washington rarely smiled because his wooden teeth caused him near constant pain. Today, one can have pain-free and near permanent dental implants, while going to the dentist itself — which used to be a terrifying ordeal — is nearly pain-free due to the inventions of novocaine and high-speed dental drills.

Who can I thank for all this? I can thank the inventors who invented the internal combustion engine and the electric grid. I can thank the scientists who discovered the principles of optics and physics that made possible the transmission of data on fiber optic lines. I can thank the philosophers who discovered the principles of reason used by the scientists. I can thank the businessmen who put it all together and delivered it to customers. And I can thank the financiers who picked the winning ideas and the winning businessmen who could turn those ideas into life-giving products and services.

In a word, I can thank capitalism. Capitalism is the political and economic system that makes all of it possible. Capitalism is the system of liberty — of individual freedom and private property rights — that enables and rewards individuals to take their ideas and turn them into the products and services that benefit themselves and others through trade. To the extent it exists, capitalism unleashes the human ingenuity that keeps me — and millions of my fellows — alive and comfortable on this unseasonably cold morning.

Unfortunately, capitalism exists only imperfectly in the world but, to the extent societies embrace it, they are experiencing economic growth and prosperity that translates, on the ground and in people’s homes to the comfort, safety, and pleasure that I am experiencing now. Without these life-giving technologies two hundred years ago, I might have suffered frostbite or died on a day like today.

Thank you capitalism – and to the scientists, inventors, businessmen, and financiers who flourish in capitalism – for keeping me alive and safe this frosty morning.

The above originally appeared at aier.org.

“The more successful you become, the less you can justify low quality.”

Why Most People Will Never Be Successful

by Benjamin Hardy

“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives.

Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.

So why won’t most people be successful?

Why don’t most people evolve?

The more evolved you become, the more focused you must be on those few things which matter most. Yet, as Jim Rohn has said, “A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.”

To be successful, you can’t continue being with low-frequency people for long periods of time.

You can’t continue eating crappy food, regardless of your spouse’s or colleague’s food choices.

Your days must consistently be spent on high-quality activities.

The more successful you become —which is balancing the few essential things (spiritual, relational, financial, physical) in your life and removing everything else —the less you can justify low quality.

Before you evolve, you can reasonably spend time with just about anyone.

You can reasonably eat anything placed in front of you.

You can reasonably justify activities and behaviors that are, frankly, mediocre.

As your vision for yourself expands, you realize you have to make certain adjustments. You need to cut back on spending all of your money and time on crap and entertainment. You have to save more, and invest more in your education and your future.

The more successful you become, the less you can justify low quality. The more focused you must become. The more consistently your daily behaviors must be high quality  —  and increasingly higher quality.

This isn’t about perfection. It’s definitely not about being busy all the time. Actually, the balance of true success involves what Tim Ferriss calls “mini-retirements” or regular sabbaticals.

Yet, if your daily behaviors are consistently low quality, what do you expect your life’s output to be?

Your choices must become higher quality.

Your relationships must become higher quality.

Every area of your life affects every other area of your life. Hence the saying, How you do anything is how you do everything. This is very high-level thinking. It only makes sense for people who have removed everything from their lives they hate. To actually live this principle, your daily and normal life can only be filled with those things you highly value.

When your days are filled with only those core essentials that mean the world to you—  and you’re succeeding in those few areas—you absolutely will dominate in “all” areas of your life.

Because the only things in your life are the things you highly value. Everything else has slowly been weeded out. You are living intentionally and congruently. You have momentum and balance. You’re being who you truly want to be, every single day.

To actually do this not only takes time but is extremely hard to live in practice.

Saying “no” to great but irrelevant opportunities is hard.

Giving up bad habits is hard.

Changing your belief system and expanding your vision takes courage. It’s so easy to revert back to small and mediocre thinking.

However, as you come closer to living on a daily basis with your values and ideals, amazing things start to happen. You’ll feel happier. You’ll be more present with those you love. You’ll spend your time better. You’ll pursue bigger dreams and ambitions. You’ll be more resilient during challenges. You’ll live at a higher frequency. And everything around you will reflect that.

But to repeat Jim Rohn, “A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.” Said another way, most people are caught in the thick of thin things.

Hence, most people won’t be successful. Most people won’t evolve and progress.

But you will. You know it, and you can feel it. You’ve already begun. And every day, you’re taking one step closer.

Soon enough, you’ll fully commit to being who you know you can be. Once you pass that point of no return, nothing will stop you.

More articles from Benjamin Hardy:
One thing separates creators from consumers
The 13-minute definitive guide to living your dreams
How to learn in 2 days what normally takes 6 months

Benjamin Hardy’s work is viewed by millions of people monthly and is featured on Forbes, Fortune, Psychology Today, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, iHeart Media, and many others. He has grown his email list from 0 to nearly 400,000 followers in the past 3.5 years without any paid advertising. He is the author of the bestselling book, Willpower Doesn’t Work. Ben is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. Ben and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of 5 children. They fought for years in court against the foster care system and miraculously adopted their first three children in February of 2018. Shortly after the adoption, Lauren became pregnant and recently had twin girls! They live in Orlando, Florida, and you’ll regularly find them at a Disney park.