You didn’t know that, didja? Well, according to Kim du Toit, that’s exactly the case. But first, a couple of round-ups since I’ve neglected this category lately.
First up: When Called. It’s your standard set of justifications for not only enslaving you, but compelling you, by force, to give up your life for the state — but only after an "agonizing and bitter debate" and a final edict by "We the People." He’s willing to hand his sons over, and I suppose that because of such a "charitable" overture, he’s also willing to man a firing squad if your son chooses instead not to so self-sacrifice. Lovely; but that’s "conservatism," lock, stock, & barrel for ya. Least he’s honest about it, I s’pose. Most of the comments are of the ‘atta-boy’ or ‘preach-it-brother’ variety, which, given the general aptitude of his readership, is no surprise.
Bill St. Clair memorialized one of Kim’s comments from one if Kim’s rare readers in possession of independent rational faculties. It’s actually a speech given by Daniel Webster before Congress in 1814. You should read that, if for nothing else, to get a taste of what sort of men used to be holding the offices most people are out wasting their time electing, today. Drizzten has has a treatment as well, worth the read.
From another post:
I’m getting heartily sick of people who think they can do whatever the
hell they want, and get away with it, all under the mantra of
“respecting my culture” and all that jive. Like those Muslim cabdrivers in Minneapolis who refused to take passengers because they thought the people were carrying liquor in their bags.
By which, he means: owners of businesses deciding for themselves who they wish to do business with. It gets worse.
My question: Why haven’t these pricks been fired? And don’t
give me that jive about “sensitivity”—the only sensitivity I care about
is that of my trigger finger, and let me tell you, it’s itching right
Itching to kill people who don’t wish to associate with or do business with him or others.
I have news for these people: your “culture” doesn’t mean sh*t. You’re
in America now, and in America, our culture is such that we don’t care
if our passengers are carrying a bottle of Scotch. If that upsets your
sensitivities too much, feel free to find another line of work, or
another country where your sensitivities are catered to—in the above
case, Saudi Arabia comes to mind.
I guess you only get to own a cab in America, in Kim’s world, if you submit to Kim’s cultural norms.
At some point, I might be in a position of a passenger denied
service, and let me tell you this: if some guy refuses to provide me a
paid service, just because he thinks I’ve broken some nonsensical and
inconsequential taboo of his tribe, I’m going to kick his ass all over
the goddamn block.
Inconsequential to Kim, which, because he’s in a particular geographic location, overrules the wishes of the cab’s actual owner.
I mean it. And the companies who employ these tools had better take
note, as well. If I were the City officials who grant these companies
their operating licenses, I’d have the licenses suspended—not just for
the cabbies, but for the entire business—because they are in contravention of their terms of operation.
Their terms of operation, or Kim’s terms of operation? Of course, this is all just typical republican/conservative chest beating. Embarrassing.
It’s time we brought that thinking back into our so-called capitalist system, and eliminated the nonsense.
Kim hasn’t the slightest clue as to the contradiction in terms he’s just written. I’ll leave that one a mystery for y’all to work out on your own. Hint: what is capitalism?
Now for the final entry. Kim’s in India on business, and he’s not impressed. I’ve no beef with that, of course, but here’s one of his assessments:
Front page: an entire development of houses and factories was just bulldozed at dawn, because not one, not one
of the buildings had obtained the proper building permits prior to
construction—most had no permit at all, and the remaining few percent
were forged. Imagine finding a couple of factories going up next door
to your cozy little subdivision, without any zoning variances or
permits, with no infrastructure like roads and sewage systems being
built to handle the new demand. This, my friends, is what
happens when you have rampant libertarianism, where anyone can do
whatever the hell they want, without any form of government
supervision. (Well, sometimes the government gets off its big fat butt
and does something—but it should be noted that the aforementioned
houses and factories had been standing, and occupied, for a year before the ‘dozers moved in.) All that investment money? Down the tubes.
You know what? Though temptation is fierce, I’ll refrain form labeling Kim something I know he’s not. It’s ignorance, which, in the context of his exposure to ideas on a daily basis, is far less excusable.