Posted On: Saturday - May 30th 2020 11:12AM MST
In Topics:   Economics  Race/Genetics  Bible/Religion  Socialism/Communism  Bread and Circuses
Subtitle: Kung Flu LOCKDOWN, Trial UBI, and Black Riots
Site note first: As the reader may have guessed, your blogger here really is not a customer of the 24/7 news cycle Infotainment. There are things I hear well after the fact. One that I heard about, then read about, just a short while back, is that the Minneapolis rioting has spread to other cities. I may not have written the lighthearted post on hand washing yesterday knowing how serious things are getting. This one is an attempt at an explanation for what's going on.
Thinking back on what the subjects have been of many of the Peak Stupidity posts has me realizing I"m putting a number of our favorites together here. Socialism is a big one, and what's wrong it for America is the main point of this post.
I don't thing the Corona virus itself was part of some big plan. The response to it, what I call the Infotainment Panic-Fest, may or may not have been to some degree. I think that'd be the case less so on the Lyin' Press end (they are just stupid, sensationalist, and hungry for viewers), but possibly more so on the government, maybe Deep State side. Other than all the advisories about warding off the Kung Flu that Governors and such have taken too much to heart, it's the quick implementation (billed as temporary) of Socialism that has been the Feral Gov't's big response.
After State and local jurisdictions mandated the LOCKDOWNS, came out with shelter-in-place orders, and generally went all Totalitarian-like on us, the US Gov't reaction was to "help" us out of the bad situation all that caused by throwing us borrowed money. (Welfare used to be up to the States till 30 years ago or so, in general.) There were the CARE stimulus checks. The $600/week Federal unemployment money was the bigger factor in implementing temporary(?) Socialism, however, as it has been a big incentive for people to take those leaves or stay home at least till it ends. What it is really is a trial run of the UBI (Universal Basic Income).
Going back only 20 years, going at least through the moderate left, no serious politician would have proposed the UBI, and not many Americans would have had anything but disdain for it. We all know that's the beginning of serious Socialism. On the other hand, over the last 2 decades, Americans have realized that the good or decent jobs are no longer there for all Americans who want them. Not coincidentally at all, this was the time of the giving away of America's manufacturing ability and prowess to China.
Even knowing this, I have major problems with Socialism and a permanent UBI, and the rest here will explain one of them. Without even considering whether it's economically viable in the long run for lots of Americans to sit home or go out for the Bread & Circuses at the expense of work done by others around the world, what will be the effect of having a hundred million Americans on the permanent dole?
Here's some opinion about black males, when it comes down to the truth. I see these rioters, and the type is in all American inner cities. Yet I know plenty of hard-working black men who I can't imagine would participate in this, at least the real rioting part of these protests. My thoughts from observation over many years tell me that these men are a perfect example of the Biblical Proverb "Idle hands are the devil's workshop" (Proverbs 16:27). The "idle hands" part really does seem to matter, as it seems the black guys that do physical work are the ones with the best attitudes. There IS something about doing physical work - it does make us too tired to be up for raising hell.
Now, the Biblical book of Proverbs was not written specifically for black men, but it sure seems to apply here. I've known white men out of work for long periods. There are whole regions of the country with big numbers of rural white men that are not really participating in the productive economy too. They get on drugs sometimes, they may steal from Wal-Mart on occasion, or even jack cars. However, they just don't seem to get into this mindless* violence, as the black men do.
Was this current spread of rioting really caused by the death of George Floyd alone? Well, there's always a reason to loot a Target, I guess, but this time, we need to remember that a significant number of Americans have been home with no work for the last 2 to 2 1/2 months. That is in addition to the already significant number of already unemployed men (again, I don't believe BLS numbers**), always higher for black males.
In the meantime, along comes the "free" money from Uncle Sugar. Did that keep everybody satisfied? They could stay home or visit here and there, with plenty of money for food, bills deferred, and all this time on their hands. It's been a trial run of a Socialist UBI-America. This unintended(?) experiment seems to have some unforeseen results, there in Minneapolis, now New York City, Washington, FS, Los Angeles, Atlanta ...
Is this what we'd see from the black areas regularly as a Socialist economy with a large mass of unemployed, but fed, sheltered and clothed Americans? About the only thing missing during this experiment is much of the Bread & Circuses, due to the shutdown of normal life because of this bad Kung Flu year. Could that be the missing ingredient that would allow a UBI-powered Socialist society to flourish in diverse 2020's America? People who push it had damn well better hope so.
* "Mindless" is important, as, sure, the riots are supposedly about this one guy, likely killed due to the militarized manner of some cops nowadays, but that doesn't explain anything more than loud protesting. The rioting and looting is mindless violence. Now, the reader may bring up the antifa types that are out there. It's political for those people. They simply wish for destruction of American society. That's not mindless.
** The reason here is much simpler than my problem with their Inflation numbers. The numbers come from unemployment benefits counts. People who roll off the end of those benefits, after 1/2 a year or 1 year are simply not counted anymore. Others do not bother applying. It's been a pretty bogus count for a long time.