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Why Would Anyone Like America?

Good question!

Answered on Quora. I got a comment on this article from a woman that I think is very interesting. First she said, when I think of America as a person, I feel very uncomfortable. And well you should! Narcissists and sociopaths make a lot of people shiver. Then she tried to answer the question of how in heck did this country end up this way. She traces Radical Individualism, the true and only religion that America has ever had, to the type of immigrants who came to our shores. She may be onto something.

If you are conservative to reactionary, it’s a great place to live, as the US is clearly one of the most rightwing places on Earth and has been for a long time. Do you believe in radical individualism or “let em die” Libertarianism. America is the home for such things. America is one of the most callous countries on Earth and its foreign policy has always been vicious and wicked. It believes that there one set of rules for it and another set for its enemies.

It commits Nazi-like wars of aggression against its enemies all the time. America is the worst bully on the planet and has been for a very long time. America has always been for the rich and the corporations and has always treated its workers, poor, low income, and minorities like complete garbage. It hasn’t even treated its middle classes very well, but it took them forever to figure it out.

The hatred of working people and unions in the US is off the charts. This one of the only countries on Earth that actually hates labor unions. America is one of the only countries on Earth that hates government. Any time the government tries to help the people, Americans react in rage and revolt. This is one of the only countries on Earth where people hate paying taxes because that means that they have to share with other Americans. Americans are the most aggressively selfish people on Earth.

This is one of the only countries on Earth that actually hates public education (because it helps the people), and it has been rolling it back and privatizing it ever since. Botswana is the only country besides the US that does not have a government health system. This is because Americans are so callous that they don’t care if other Americans get sick or die. The message is that if you are not rich, you don’t deserve healthcare and you need to die.

American foreign policy has only helped the top 20% of the people in the countries it engages. Anytime any country tries to help its workers or its ordinary people in any way, for example trying to help the 80% bottom instead of the 20% top, it gets attacked in one way or another by the US.

A prime example is the minimum wage. Many nations in Latin America have been attacked by the US for simply daring to wage the minimum wage! Aristide in Haiti raised the minimum wage and built more schools in eight years than in the previous 200. For these crimes, death squads were sent against its people, killing thousands of them, and kidnapping Aristide at gunpoint.

The President of Honduras raised the minimum wage. For this, he was ousted by a US coup, imprisoned in a foreign embassy and threatened with death, a new coup government was put in by the US, and the US set up death squads that have now murdered over 1,000 people.

Any time a country tries to do anything nationalist to keep from being a colony of the US and its allies, the US attacks it. The US wants to keep most of the Earth in bondage to the US, their resources plundered, their people immiserated, so all of the wealth in the land goes to the US. America is the new Roman Empire and most of the world is made up of our vassals.

The purpose of the US military is to threaten any nation that tries to help itself or its people with annihilation. That’s what you are signing up for when you join the military. Thing is that Americans love all of this. They cheer for it, for this is the essence of US patriotism or jingoism. Even US liberals support almost everything that I wrote above. I am always shocked when I speak to US liberal Democrats by how much they have bought into the patriotic reactionary swill.

The basis for all of this is something called radical individualism. US foreign policy is based on something called US imperialism that says that the US is dictator the world and most of the countries in it are slaves and colonies of the US. The American people love radical individualism and US imperialism. Even many liberal Democrats do. Almost all liberal Democrats support US imperialism to the hilt.

All of this is maintained by a completely controlled media controlled by very rich people and huge corporations. This media is viciously anti-people and only supports the rich and the corporations – the only two groups the US has ever represented and fought for.

We have never had a single day of democracy in this country. We started to finally head that way in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and the rich and the corporations founded think tanks and wrote many papers on how to shut down radical democracy in the US. The results of this are, among other things, mass voter disenfranchisement and Jim Crow style voting restrictions designed to keep Black people from voting.

Since 2000, the wealthy and corporate elite discovered voting machines and started stealing elections this way. They have been doing it ever since and it has only gotten worse with time. In 2000, the Supreme Court legalized an actual theft of an election. In 2016, many states went to court to stop recounts in states that were obviously stolen by Republicans with voting machines. Courts in all of these states ruled that recounting the stolen elections was illegal.

Almost every state in the US is radically gerrymandered so that democracy is shattered. For instance, a Democrat could win the popular vote and still lose 86% of the seats to Republicans. This is the case in Alabama, Wisconsin, Virginia, and many other places. The Republicans only need two more states, and then the rich and the corporations will write a constitutional convention to rewrite the constitution to take out everything democratic in it to perpetuate continuous rule by reactionary rich people and corporations. At that time, democracy will have surely died.

With the election of Donald Trump, we see an actual American fascism taking shape. Of course this fascism has always lurked in the background, and in fact I would say we have always been a fascist country or at least a radical rightwing authoritarian country in many ways. But this is the most overt fascism we have seen in the US in a very long time.
The hatred for democracy runs deep in the bones of Americans and right now, maybe 1/3 of the population is overtly fascist. I would say that America has always been a great country for rightwingers, as it has been a far rightwing country for most of its history. The jingoists, patriots, and flag wavers are almost all rightwingers and always have been. This is their paradise and it always has been.

That is why rightwingers, reactionaries, and fascists have been flooding to the US for many years now. This is considered to be the Rightwing Dreamland of the rich and corporate classes the world over. In fact, our immigration policy was deliberately set up for many years to favor rightwingers and reactionaries and to keep leftwing immigrants out. This only made the country more and more rightwing. Incredibly, the Democratic Party supported this favoring of rightwing immigrants and opposing of leftwing immigrants.

The Democratic Party and Democratic Presidents have been part of the whole process above for most our history. They just push it forward less hard and sometimes they tinker around the edges to do something for the people. We had a large populist uprising from 1910–1920 in the US and then again in the Great Depression. For the first time in its history, the US government actually worked for the people and did many things to benefit the common man instead of just taking money from the bottom 80% and giving it to the top 20% or even 1%, which has been the American Way from Day One.

I would say that if you are a conservative or even a “liberal” who thinks all of the above is the greatest thing since sliced bread, you are correct. America is your paradise. A lot of people love this conservative – reactionary or even now fascist or Libertarian land. It’s their oyster. It’s the apple of their eye. I don’t blame them for feeling that way.

But it has always puzzled me how liberal or leftwing Americans could love this wildly reactionary country. I believe they have been brainwashed by patriotism and bullied into going along with the project. I have seen many liberals and even out and out Leftists shouting jingoistic tripe, screaming that America is the best country on Earth (83% of Americans believe this silliness), and ordering anyone who disagrees to leave the country. The enforced jingoism runs deep.

But really what is there to like here for a liberal to progressive person? Honestly not even one single thing. How could the most rightwing country on Earth be some leftwing paradise? It makes no sense.

So there you have it. America is great for rightwingers. This is their ultimate dream. For liberals and especially for progressive people, it has always been a dystopian Hell, one of Dante’s nine circles.

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How Well Can Very High IQ People Do High Level Work of any Kind after Say One, Two, Three Drinks or under the Influence of Other Drugs?

This is a question I asked on Quora, so obviously I cannot answer it. I got some answers that were quite interesting though.

There are 11 different answers here, and you are welcome to look them over.

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I Fired an Employee When I Learned She Voted for Trump. Is This Illegal?

Answered on Quora.

It is absolutely not illegal in most states of the United States, although a few states do have laws protecting political beliefs. But in general, political beliefs are not a protected class. In some countries in Europe, you cannot fire people for their politics, but in most of the world, of course you can be fired for your political beliefs. Especially in an at-will state like California, which is hire at will, fire at will, you can fire anyone for any legal reason or for no reason at all.

And they do just that. It’s happened to me a number of times. I’ve been fired more than once for what I could only conclude was the fact that the boss simply didn’t like me. And there didn’t seem to be much I could do about that fact, that is, there didn’t seem to be any way to change my behavior so this person would like me. They just hated me at my core essence self, and when someone hates you at that base level, they’re gone forever and there’s no retrieving them.

I have even been fired for refusing to go along with Labor Code violations. My time was increased from 8 to 16 hours a day. Actually one shift was fired, and two shifts’ work were piled on me. I was forced to work 8 hours a day overtime. Forced overtime is illegal in California. I would put in maybe 9–10 hours of the 16 hour shift and go home, as was my legal right since they were breaking the law. Didn’t take them long to fire me.

I have been studying people who get fired from jobs I worked at and my friends who got fired from jobs. In ~90% of cases, I concluded that the person was not being fired for just cause but they were only being fired because the boss or co-workers or often both simply did not like the person. I think maybe only 10% of firings are due to true egregious and inexcusable work performance.

They never say they are firing you because they don’t like you. Instead they just make up a bunch of lies about “poor performance.” It doesn’t matter how good your performance is, if they want to get rid of you, you always have “poor performance” no matter how well you do your job.

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How Many Sexual Partners Does the Average Gay Man Have During his Lifetime?

Answered on Quora.

According to the data from this website, the average older gay man has had 300 sex partners. That figure was from 20 years ago.

A more recent study put the average lifetime sex partners for gay men at ~50, but they did not control for age.

But the figures from the older days of the 1970’s and 1980’s were quite a bit higher than that. It looks gay men are much less promiscuous now than they were in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. The HIV epidemic seems to have dramatically affected their behavior that way.

Your average straight man has 6 sex partners in a lifetime.

So yes, gay men are dramatically more promiscuous than straight men, anywhere from 7 – 45 X more promiscuous.

This has been anecdotal evidence forever now. Gay men were quite promiscuous back in the days of the Kinsey Study too. And there are reports from places like Medieval Florence describing similar promiscuous and anonymous sex among gay men (meeting in parks at night, etc.)

I would say that promiscuity is part of the “Gay Male Syndrome.” Male homosexuality is not a mental illness, but it is a syndrome of some sort. The actual orientation is biological in all true cases, or at least they get wired up that way by age 15 and after that cannot be changed at all. But the cause of the rest of the syndrome is not known. Frankly, much human behavior can be described as syndromal, and it’s often hard to tease out what’s biological and what’s cultural in these syndromes.

I absolutely think that “Masculine Straight Male” is a syndrome, being rather afflicted with this syndrome myself! I would say in my case that a lot of it is cultural because I got it beaten (sometimes literally) into my head that this how I was supposed to act as a boy, but frankly, the way I was enculturated seemed to be boomeranging back somehow into some biological base, hidden, covert, unconscious or otherwise, but more mysteriously and vaguely present than anything else.

The culture and the biology tend to end up being “snake eating its tail” factors of endless feedback mechanisms where each one is feeding back into the other, and it’s hard to tear the strands of ivy apart and figure out what’s what.

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Because of the Philosophical Problem That Arises from Someone Who Isn’t the World’s Most Intelligent Person Trying to Measure Others’ Intelligence, has Chris Langan Ever Considered Designing an IQ Test?

Answered on Quora.

The people around Langan in the extreme High IQ societies and groups (IQ = 160+) have been involved in not necessarily writing better IQ tests but in trying to write IQ tests that will specifically test for IQ’s in the 160–200 range, since most IQ tests top out at 160, and some top out even lower than that.

The problem is getting good validity for these tests, as the number of people with IQ’s this high is very small, and you need a large group to get good validity. So in a scientific sense it is a bit of a hopeless endeavor, but nevertheless, I think they should be able to write some good tests that measure extremely high IQ’s better than anything we have now. In fact, the group claims that some of its new tests measure very high IQ’s very well, but that’s them plugging their own. I am inclined to believe them though. They’re very smart people, and they would not lie about something like this.

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Who Is the Smartest Person Who Ever Lived?

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Goethe, Michelangelo, William Sidis and a number of others have been suggested for the honors.

Goethe seems to take the prize for “universal genius,” and in fact, that is what he was called during his time. He may have had a 220 IQ, if that is even possible. A man as smart as Goethe comes around maybe once every 100 years or so.

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A Very Early Alt Left Document

This forum conversation between Ryan England and some unknown people is one of the finest summaries and descriptions of our movement, or at least my wing of it, that I have ever seen. Absolutely glorious thinking. If you ever wanted to know what the Alt Left is really all about, read through this entire 2-page forum conversation. These folks are on it.

This webpage is important because it is so early. This forum  post was written in a time when few outside of Rabbit and I were saying anything at all about the Alt Left. Ryan England is one of the first early thinkers beyond Rabbit and I to actually discuss and get involved in this movement. Therefore, Ryan is an early Alt Leftist.

The movement is quite a bit different now, but I think it is still more or less within the wide net that I cast for my original vision.

Long live the Alt Left!

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