We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole—with their common aim of legal plunder—constitute socialism.
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime."
...imagine if a presidential candidate in 2012 announced that his anti-poverty program entailed teaching the poor old-fashioned morality, a passion for work, self-reliance, restraining one's consumption, and saving for future purchases versus credit-card debt. That is, traditional (pre-1960s) middle-class values. He would be vilified, accused of imposing "white" values, and clobbered by a rival who instead promised instant cheap college loans as the instant pathway to the American Dream (see here).
It gets worse. Conflating outward appearance with underlying traits is typical of poorly educated Third World nations and, sad to say, America is increasingly drifting in that direction. In these societies, possessing a fancy paper saying "diploma" becomes irrefutable proof of being "educated." "Education" may also be acquired by dressing as an educated person--glasses, a three-piece suit, a briefcase, a fountain pen and similar theatrical props. Translated into current American society, one becomes "middle class" by owning a college diploma even if the acquired learning is less than what was once gained in high school and acquiring the degree required a small army of helpers.
I think Bowman's take on Vera Brittain's "Testament of Youth" is more than a bit off. It certainly didn't strike me as 'pacifist' in the way he represents. She later became pacifist, and that is seen much more clearly in "Testament of Experience" which covers a later part of her life. But what I mostly got from the first book was a feeling for the period running from a few years before the War to a few years after. I found it very interesting. There is also an interesting take on Hitler in 'Testament of Experience', where she observed a rally with her husband and commented on Hitler's twisted spiritual appeal, something I think tends to be overlooked.
At the risk of being called "racist" by some Libtard who's trolling the Intertubes and ended up at MF by mistake, there's a huge misogynist black subculture out there that most white folks over the age of 30 don't know even exists. Actually, it's quite a misnomer to dignify it by referring to it as a culture...it's really a pathology. I sometimes run across it on TV when I channel surf. It's astonishing how crude and hateful some of this knuckle-dragging stuff is. It's in the rap music, in black stand-up comedy routines, and in black reality shows. In these programs, the entire English language is reduced to disgusting tirades of unpleasant, degrading profanities. It would be interesting to see how older white people would respond if they became aware of it. My guess is their reaction would be along the lines of, "And these people are allowed to vote? God help us all."