Monday, August 21, 2017

A Defense of the Antifa


For John, BLUFCure worse than the disease.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This Opinion Piece in 16 August 2017 edition of the The Washington Post is by Dartmouth College history lecturer Mark Bray (He has a forthcoming book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook).

Here is the sub-headline:

President Trump equated them with white supremacists.  Here's why he’s wrong.
Professor Bray then goes on to show why President Trump is correct.

For a start, why do we think people in masks represent the good guys?  When I was growing up it was the bad guys who worse the masks.  But let us look further.

Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists who reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy.
Lets parse that:
  • From my understanding of history, Communists are folks who enforce their socio-economic faith on others by force, killing millions, killing more than even Fascists.
  • Socialists may well be a peaceful political crowd, as in much of Europe, but it is the extremism of Socialism (for instance, Communism and National Socialism) that give us problems.
  • Anarchists, as I remember from school, tend to be violent and to prefer "propaganda of the deed".  They are associated with murders, including bombings, sort of like Daesh, today.
But, surely they are fighting evil?  However, what do they offer in the long run?  As we see above, evil.

Backt to writer Bray:

The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent.  But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists.
I say an EMail this morning talking about North Korea and addressing its nuclear capabilities in terms of "preemption" and "preventive war".  The EMail writer was distinguishing between the two, arguing that one would be justified, but not the other.  Is Mr Bray really saying "preemption" or is he saying "preventive"?  I doubt he knows.

Then there is this:

Antifascists argue that after the horrors of chattel slavery and the Holocaust, physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.  We should not, they argue, abstractly assess the ethical status of violence in the absence of the values and context behind it.  Instead, they put forth an ethically consistent, historically informed argument for fighting Nazis before it’s too late.
I am with Mr Bray on the horrors of chattel slavery, which is worse than indentured servitude, which some of my predecessors experienced coming to the new world.  However, chattel slavery has been around for a while.  How else do you think the pyramids were built?

However, Mr Bray does not talk about if we should intervene in slavery in other parts of the world today.  That is an important question.  Slavery is today a multi-billion dollar business.  Should Daesh enslavement of Yazidis, particularly Yazidi women, be met with military action?  Should it be met with action by the Antifa?

An ethically consistent argument for violence would include the suppression of those who would advocate one of the worst forms of slavery, Communism.

This is all rubbish.

Well, it is also evil as virtue signaling.

Worst of all President Trump was correct.

Don't get me wrong.  Fascism is to be resisted.  It is just that the antidote being offered is worse than the cure.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  I would say Preemption is if someone is winding up to throw a punch, but prevention is if they are walking down the street, but might throw a punch.

Minimum Wage in Canada


For John, BLUFDoing bad while doing good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Canadian Press, 16 August 2017.

Metro being a food chain up in Canada.

Here is the first part of the article:

MONTREAL—Ontario’s third-largest grocery chain will accelerate its study of automation as it looks to cut costs to offset the provincial government’s plan to raise the minimum wage next year, the CEO of Metro Inc. said on Aug. 15.

Eric La Fleche said the industry is under the gun because there is little time to adjust to cost increases, especially when intensifying competition is straining margins.

Metro estimates an increase in the Ontario minimum wage to $14 per hour from the current rate of $11.40 will cost it about $45 million to $50 million on an annualized basis in 2018.&nbSp; The impact excludes any pressure to subsequently increase other salaries.

“It’s the pace that makes it a pretty big challenge, but we’re confident that we’ll find some offsets on our own,” La Fleche said during a conference call about its third-quarter results.

The chain said it hasn’t calculated the full impact when the minimum wage rises to $15 an hour in January 2019.

“As a team we will strive to mitigate this impact as much as we possibly can through productivity and cost reduction initiatives, but the size and pace of these increases pose a significant challenge,” La Fleche told analysts.

Does a minimum wage help or hurt workers as a whole?  I think it helps those who have jobs, but to the degree it encourages automation it leads to a lower Labor Participation Rate.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Globe Leans Left


For John, BLUFIt appears The Boston Globle is part of the Ctrl Left.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Regards  —  Cliff

IRS Still Stiff Arming Justice and Conservative Political Action Committees


For John, BLUFCongress could impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Tax Law Prof Paul L Caron is back with a new post at his Blog.  Dateline is 19 Aug 2017.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to name the specific employees the agency blames for targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and said the government must prove it has ceased the targeting.

Judge Reggie B. Walton also said the IRS must explain the reasons for the delays for 38 groups that are part of a lawsuit in the District of Columbia, where they are still looking for a full accounting of their treatment.

Incidentally, the Judge is this case is Judge Reggie B. Walton, formerly Presiding Judge of the FISA Court.  It is said that one day in 2005, driving with his family to the airport, he saw an assailant beating a cab driver and stopped and subdued the assailant until the police arrive.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Who is the Final Target


For John, BLUFThe author started out a Never-Trumper.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The author, Rev W. B. Allen, is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and a Pastor at First Baptist Church, Havre de Grace, MD, USA.  I have had dinner, with Martha, in Harve de Grace.  This is datelined 17 August 2017.

My thought is that we have cobbled together a pretty good country.  People are willing to break laws to come here and live.  But, if it is torn down, then what is left?  Venezuela?  And where will people then go?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Selling the Senator


For John, BLUFActually, I am not buying there.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From National Review and Reporter Elliot Kaufman, back on 16 August 2017.

Apparently our Senior Senator here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a little Amazon of items for sale.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 18, 2017

Old Gray Lady Sees The Light


For John, BLUFNice to see The NYT moving to the center.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From Law Professor Ann Althouse, today:
Said Emily Rose Nauert, "a 20-year-old antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley," quoted in the NYT in "‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right."
Antifa adherents — some armed with sticks and masked in bandannas — played a visible role in the running street battles in Charlottesville, but it is impossible to know how many people count themselves as members of the movement. Its followers acknowledge it is secretive, without official leaders and organized into autonomous local cells. It is also only one in a constellation of activist movements that have come together in the past several months to the fight the far right....
Here is the conclusion:
Now, Trump never said "the 2 sides are equivalent." He didn't say "equivalent" and he didn't even say "2 sides." He said "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." But those who were pushing the "false equivalence" idea needed to rely on the idea that one side is bad and the other is good, and they needed to minimize antifa. Now, the NYT admits the left has a violence problem. Good!
The whole thing is worth the couple of minutes needed to read it.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff