Going to Pot

by Brad Nelson   8/8/14

No wonder the flower of our yute are turning to pot. They’re getting priced out of the job market and have little else to do (other than collect tattoos, of course). Here’s a great opening paragraph from an article by Chriss Street: Millennials’ Jobs Getting Outsourced to Their Grandparents:

The Los Angeles Times ran a story titled “Freelance Workers a Growing Segment of California Economy” lamenting that millennials working part-time costs California $17 billion a year in tax revenue. Apart from the Times’ bizarre comment that young people are somehow shirking their responsibility to pay more taxes by working odd jobs to survive, the real issue is that higher tax rates, labor rules and anti-business regulations, and Obamacare mandates have made hiring millennials for full-time work much more expensive. Businesses are increasingly adapting to higher government costs burdens by hiring the over 65-year-old seniors who are exempt from ObamaCare.

The increasing minimum wage laws are also prompting more and more businesses to automate. The added benefit is that a machine won’t likely fail a drug test for pot or other substances (maybe they would test positive for some illegal lubricant, but I don’t believe that’s a factor at present).

Look at the factors standing in the way of America’s yute (especially males) achieving the American dream:

1) Pot and libertarianism (a dead-end ideology that is not an effective tool against statism)
2) The demonization of masculinity and the feminization of men (they can’t fight back…but they can get stoned)
3) Increasing minimum wage laws which eliminate entry-level jobs
4) A dumbed down education system, from Kindergarten to College, which leaves the flower of our yute prepared for little more than being cogs in someone else’s machine.
5) The entitlement debt which will be passed onto them in some way and squelch opportunity.
6) The national debt which, again, will be passed onto them in some way, and will also squelch opportunity.
7) Environmental wacko restrictions that put the kibosh on economic opportunity and progress.
8) Socialism.

Millennials, you can either have a job and your dignity or you can “save the planet” and smoke dope in order to try to forget the absurd times you live in, and the absurd ideas you have acquiesced to. Make your choice.

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30 Responses to Going to Pot

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Greg Gutfeld suggested last night on O’Reilly that it would be better if government bureaucrats were high on marijuana. They’d do a lot less harm that way.

    There was an interesting short piece on patriotpost.us today that quoted James Wilson to the effect that law without liberty becomes tyranny, and liberty without law becomes licentiousness.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Let me also say that law without morality becomes nonsense and worse. One of the fools who commented here in the past tried to separate the two. Morality is a part of culture and good law is derived from traditions within a culture.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Hopefully Selwyn will get around to sharing his latest article at American Thinker. Or you can read it at its source. It’s pretty good, although not generally as concise and bold as your thoughts, Mr. Kung, regarding those who try to separate morality from law. But it’s still pretty good: Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter.

        And one of his own articles that he links to in one of his comments to his own article is rather good: The Acceptance Con.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Yes, I followed the links and liked both articles (I even responded to the first). Given the existence and prominence of NAMBLA, it’s hard to imagine that the right to engage in pedophilia won’t become liberal dogma.

          As for the matter of “acceptance”, the problem we see now is that “acceptance” brings an expectation of “approval”, which leads to being intolerant of disapproval. I could tolerate homosexuality, and perhaps even homosexual marriage; but I can’t tolerate the mandated participation and approval of them. That’s a bridge too far for me (appropriate phrasing, I guess, because I’m currently reading Martin Middlebrook’s Arnhem 1944), and leaves me wondering whether even legalization of sodomy was a bad idea. (Declaring anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional undoubtedly was, and that may be where the key error occurred.)

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Ditto. I basically agree, Timothy. And you make me want to queue up that old 1977 movie with Sean Connery and Company. I saw it in the theatres in ’77 and remember being quite bored by it.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Well, you could instead read Cornelius Ryan’s book, which the movie was based on. I will say that I didn’t find it boring, but I have a strong interest in military history. (Oddly enough, I read very little straight military fiction, though I read plenty of military genre fiction.)

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                He also wrote “The Longest Day.” Is that the book the movie with John Wayne is based upon?

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Yes, the movie The Longest Day is based on Ryan’s book. In addition to those 2 books, he also wrote another World War II history, The Last Battle, which focuses primarily on the struggle for Berlin between Georgi Zhukov and Gotthard Heinrici (a German general of traditional views, and thus none too popular with the Nazis).

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Okay, thanks. I downloaded the Kindle sample of “Longest Day” and “Bridge Too Far.” “Longest Day” certainly interests me more, if only because that is one of my favorite movies.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            And in that one article about The Slippery Slope to Pedophilia, Selwyn encapsulates an interesting idea, one we’ve dabble with here ourselves. He calls it “cultural trajectory”:

            If you know an asteroid’s trajectory, you can predict not only where it was years ago, but where it will be in the future. And so it is with cultural trajectory.

            It’s similar to “slippery slope” arguments or “the thin end of the wedge.” Or the camel sticking its nose under the tent.

            But inevitably change without a critique of where that change might lead is simply to get lost in fads and fashions. And that’s where we are now.

            It’s okay to put on a new style of jeans. But to put on a new style of government or to have a new style of civilizational pursuit based on little more than change for change’s sake is to forget that a journey in the wilderness without a compass is bound to get you lost, and perhaps eaten by wolves.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I read Selwyn’s article today and it is another reminder of the fatuous philosophies of both the Leftists and Libertarians.

          As I have said before, like the weather eroding the landscape, we must continue to keep wearing away the mountains of stupidity and dishonesty which are Leftism and Libertarianism.

          It is a long and thankless job, but it must be done.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The thing that yutes don’t seem to understand — or care about — is that there are definite economic and freedom consequences connected to the “Progressive” utopian vision of “social consciousness.” It’s ironic that a generation raised to value “social consciousness” is high on both the fumes of pot and utopia.

      I think given the huge numbers of single-parent families (that is, young boys who never quite turn into men due to the absence of a father), this trend of unconscious and reflexive “social consciousness” (which translates into power for the elites and little power for the underlings) will continue.

      It’s ironic that in the Cultural Marxist view that we conservatives are said to suffer from a “false consciousness,” adopting habits and beliefs that are to our detriment and in favor of the various powers that be. But isn’t the reverse substantially true?

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I think given the huge numbers of single-parent families (that is, young boys who never quite turn into men due to the absence of a father), this trend of unconscious and reflexive “social consciousness” (which translates into power for the elites and little power for the underlings) will continue.

        I wonder how many of these boys have had their lives somewhat warped by mothers who take it out on them for being male, like the man who left her or who she left?

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Mr. Kung, a specialist in psychology once told me that one of the contributing factors of Islamic sadism and violence is that the mothers tend to be particularly brutal to the young boys while they have this remnant of men under their power — sort of payback for the generally misogynist culture.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            This is just another example of why, as a general rule, the only proper response to Islamism is eradication. Their culture is too dysfunctional to recover from. In a few places there may be hope for some civilized version of Islam to come into existence, but at present a civilized Muslim is a Muslim who doesn’t really follow the Koran and Haditha as actually written.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            “The Arab Mind” by R. Patai, is a good book which might interest you. Since Islam sprang from the Arab mind, I believe it gives a good insight into much of Islamic thought.

            As I recall, in goes into some detail on how Arabs boys are treated by their mothers. Some of the things described were very strange.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Might be a great book if only because of the “U”-shaped user reviews at Amazon. There are a lot of 5-star reviews and a lot of 1-star and not much in between. This kind of polarization reveals either a shoddy work that appeals to the kool-aid crowd or hits too close to home for the kool-aid crowd. Read part of this 1-star review and see what you think:

              For example, he makes a big deal out of an obscure reference which suggests that Arabs fondle the genitals of their male babies. Though the source refers to a particular region, he says that we can safely assume that it is practiced everywhere. He then goes on to describe how this practice is responsible for all the misogyny and sexual repression in Arab society.

              In reality, parents in many cultures fondle their babies’ genitals, and see nothing wrong with it, although it is frowned upon in American culture.

              Seriously does anyone know a place anywhere in this world where “many cultures fondle their babies’ genitals and see nothing wrong with it”? This suggests that Leftist dirtbags are giving the one-star reviews.

              And I have no idea if fondling infant genitals is common in Arab culture as the reviewer says the book claims. But would anyone in his right mind critique a book using the argument “many cultures fondle their babies’ genitals and see nothing wrong with it”?

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                In reality, parents in many cultures fondle their babies’ genitals, and see nothing wrong with it, although it is frowned upon in American culture.

                I find this hard to believe and believe the reviewer would have given a few examples of such cultures if his claim were true.

                I have lived in several foreign countries in both Europe and Asia and traveled to about forty. And I have never seen, heard or read of parents fondling their babies’ genitals. I have not even encountered anything nearing this quaint tribal tradition, other than amongst our Arab Muslim friends.

                I wonder if the reviewer was a baby fondling Arab, multiculturalist or libertarian?

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Businesses are increasingly adapting to higher government costs burdens by hiring the over 65-year-old seniors who are exempt from ObamaCare

    Maybe there is some good news for me in Obamacare. This means I will be able to work until I die as costs have gone up so much here that I will have to work till then in any case.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Oh, I’ll definitely be working — and probably blogging — long into my 70’s, Mr. Kung. No gigantic retirement fund is forthcoming on this end. And yet I’m a homebody and have no particular need to travel the globe and go on an official “retirement” tour. And a man without work is a man without meaning.

  3. Glenn Fairman says:

    A nice piece on the instrumental effects of pot, but what about its direct affects on the user. Weedheads are far more inclined to develop an “I don’t give a %#@* attitude on living a productive sacrificial life. Face it, it is a sinister addiction because it appears so harmless on its veneer. What begins, like all addictions, as a way to enjoy a happy mellow day with friends morphs into one’s closest friend who understands the stresses and strains of life, and who only wants to be together with you. In the end, one is left with only regrets: If only I had those many years back and the wisdom I know now, I would have dumped that dear friend off at the interstate ramp and told him never to darken my door again……….What a waste….

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Weedheads are far more inclined to develop an “I don’t give a %#@* attitude on living a productive sacrificial life.

      You might say that God gave me just enough brains to be dangerous. Having no kids, it still does occur to me that the basic character of a person changes from being me-oriented to at least us-oriented with the raising and responsibility of children. It can also bend some people and wear them out. But, on the whole, a society of child-raisers compared to one of forever-children is going to look and act substantially different. And it will be better, wiser, and more mature. It will be less prone to the seduction of stupid ideas.

      My hat is off to those parents who raise good children. One could say that conservatism boils down to that as a goal. You can’t have parents if you have a welfare state or a state that crowds out the family as the chief provider. And it’s difficult for parents to raise good children with the state as the stand-in for the Christian religion regarding values, for such political values will always be corrupt in comparison. And it’s difficult for parents to even exist to the extent to raise children at all without the blessings of freedom, political and economic.

      This is why when Democrat/Leftist policies are ever enacted without major opposition from conservatives (or anyone), you get the destruction of Detroit.

      As for pot. I do not, and never have, viewed it simply as the X, Y, or Z generation’s version of alcohol. Although alcohol will make you temporarily stupid, pot will make you permanently stupid. This is a bold statement, but anyone who is for the legalization of more drugs has a screw loose. We are unleashing a pestilence upon ourselves and our children, and all under the thin banner of some trite slogan or another. Our dabbling with Prohibition in no ways justifies legalizing drugs. And make no mistake, pot is a powerful and destructive drug.

      I have had my bouts on the dark side, as many have. And as I tell my nephews, the best thing to do, and by far the easiest thing to do, is never come under the influence of substances, no matter how your life may suck or no matter how tempting it is to fit in with the “hip” crowd. The “hip” crowd is a bleating crowd of dumb-asses. And I doubt a month goes by that I don’t say this to my 15-year-old nephew who is entering that age where they are vulnerable to the pollution dumped into our culture by the Left and by Libertarians.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Many, many years ago, there was an anti-Rand piece in Reason that defended the use of marijuana. The author compared marijuana to tobacco (Rand was a dedicated smoker, and thus considered the claims about its links to cancer very unpleasant and thus “irrational”) and suggested some hypothetical great inventor and marijuana smoker discussing (in language copied from Atlas Shrugged) the benefits of his invention. I recall wondering if there had ever been any such benefactor coming up with new ideas while smoking marijuana. The question is even more appropriate today, and I suspect the answer would be: no, there never has been.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    And read this article about “Liberty Kids” by Sharon Bernstein. You will then understand what Mr. Kung means when he calls libertarians “The Bolsheviks of the Right.” They are just liberals of another stripe:

    Some Liberty members plan to propose a resolution declaring concern for war victims in Gaza at the next caucus meeting

    I have close knowledge of these same kinds of “liberty kid” libertarian kooks infiltrating the Republican party in a nearby county. And one of them just ran (and thankfully lost) using Alinsky-like tactics.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      What we may be seeing in the reaction of extreme libertarians to Gaza is that they, like liberals, have a reflexive hostility to authority and a reflexive support for rebels. (This makes it rather ironic that liberals support maximizing exactly the sort of authority that dislike. That can happen when your politics doesn’t involve thought. At least libertarians are consistent, if no more thoughtful.)

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Libertarian doctrine is hard to tell from anti-Semitism. At best, you can put it down to moral relativism (but then wide side with Hamas if all parties are equally to blame?). I was told in person by a libertarian that the problem with Iran is basically Israel and the U.S. Our “interventionist” foreign policy is to blame. When I tried to explain that the leaders of Iran are mad as a hatter and set on the destruction of Israel and the infidel, they have no answers. The just act as if you never said those words.

        I was told instead that if we just trade with Iran, all problems would be solved.

        People need to understand that libertarians are not an offshoot of conservatism. They are an offshoot of the Left combined with mouthing the words “liberty” or “constitution” once in a while, if only to fool themselves, if not other people. There is no firm or good moral structure to their cause.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          All you need is trade, eh? Sadly, that sounds very libertarian. Also very liberal (even though otherwise they tend to favor the fascist concept of autarky).

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Yes, it’s one thing to read about this bizarre libertarian doctrine online, or something like that. It maintains a degree or two of separation when you do. But this is the stuff the rank-and-file libertarians believe. I’ve seen it in person and often. I’m not talking about the fringe. Well, I consider them all fringe.

            You can almost appreciate a good, healthy, almost honest hatred of America that the Left shares. At least to those who know how to parse their language, it’s clear. But libertarians hide many of their bizarre and destructive beliefs behind walls of saying the word “liberty” over and over again. But their doctrine is not centered around liberty.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              But libertarians hide many of their bizarre and destructive beliefs behind walls of saying the word “liberty” over and over again. But their doctrine is not centered around liberty.

              Theirs is the “I’m OK, You’re OK” philosophy of foreign policy and the rest of their mouthings are about as deep.

              Brains addled by sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. They think the world’s problems would be lessened and violence diminished if everyone would just sit around and pass a joint.

              They have forgotten or, more likely, never knew that the assassins smoked hashish before killing political and religious opponents, the crazy Somali’s tearing their country apart chewed Khat and the Moros used drugs in many of their frenzied attacks against American soldiers.

              Thus all dopers are not peaceful slackers in the modern American sense.

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