Evil Genius

We’ve all heard the term “evil genius,” maybe even used it a few times. This moniker is generally used to refer to infamous political figures in history who were able to amass great personal power, acquire or expand empires, or fundamentally alter the course of history while callously and cynically disregarding the incalculable pain, suffering, dislocation, economic destruction, and myriad forms of devastation left in the wake of their pursuit of glory or some utopian dream. Adolph Hitler is the person most often characterized as an evil genius, with Josef Stalin a distant second. There are still German and Russian old-timers who wax nostalgic over them; there are tenured professors and widely respected western academics who still regard them “visionaries of a New World Order.”

Evil genius is also used to describe criminal masterminds like Al Capone or John Gotti who managed far-flung organized crime syndicates while ruthlessly eliminating those who stood in their way or threatened to expose their “genius.” Sadly, they, too, were worshipped as folk heroes on their home turf.

There is no such thing as an evil genius. It is, in fact, a contradiction in terms, a metaphysical impossibility. The “evil” part is accurate, but geniuses they’re not. But, as the result of intellectual laziness, the failure to think clearly, it has become a thoughtlessly used colloquialism and part of the American lexicon. The term confuses intelligence and wisdom with cunning, craftiness, and treachery. Its underlying philosophical justification is “the ends justify the means.” It dovetails perfectly with the Age of the Antihero we now live in. If a half-wit socialist politician outfoxes his cowardly political opposition to the detriment of the country, he is considered a person of monumental intellect.

Nonsense. Genius pre-supposes virtue. You can’t be a genius if you don’t know the difference between right and wrong.

Flat Tax–Not so fast

This morning, Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, defended his proposal for a flat-rate income tax. This is certainly a move in the right direction and far better than the current byzantine personal income tax code. I would, however, much prefer replacing the current income tax with a national sales tax. For two reasons. One, it makes everyone a taxpayer. Right now, only about 50% of us pay any income taxes, while the rest of us skate. Under a national sales tax, even a kid who buys a pack of gum at a convenience store is a taxpayer. True, a sales tax is regressive. We could remedy that by exempting food and clothing. Secondly, the income tax return itself is a perverse invasion of privacy. It reveals nearly everything about us to the government—our names, the names of our spouses and children, where we live, what we do for a living, our investments, the real estate we own, where our kids go to school and day-care, how much and to whom we donate to charity, and on and on. Continue reading

The Predators

The welfare-warfare statists are firmly in power and their opposition is all but impotent. The establishment plays grandmaster-level chess and high-stakes poker while the opposition plays Old Maid. The ruling-class has long-term goals and a long-term strategy. They are patient, organized, unafraid, undaunted, relentless, focused, always on offense, and attacking on every front. Witness how many fronts they have opened against the ordinary, law-abiding, but hapless, politically ignorant, house-trained American citizen–trillion-dollar corporate bailouts; a national debt now estimated at over $100 trillion dollars and growing; monstrous tax increases with which to pay off their political patrons; Obamacare; Common Core; climate change, perhaps the greatest hoax ever foisted upon mankind; huge government land grabs; internet control; unprecedented invasions of privacy by numerous government agencies; and millions of the Uninvited freely crossing our borders with the encouragement and complicity of officials at the highest levels of our government.  (It is true we are a nation of immigrants, but our immigrant forebears were a self-reliant people.  They were not the beneficiaries of forced charity, nor was it their intent to take advantage of a generous citizenry.)
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Hong Kong Student Protests

The differences between student-led movements in this country and in Hong Kong are striking. One need look no further than their respective demands and the ideas that animate their protests.  When American college students are moved enough to organize, they are almost always calling for more “freebies,” not more freedom, as the courageous students today in Hong Kong are doing. The students in Hong Kong are speaking truth to serious power, with all too serious consequences for questioning and challenging their ruthless masters in Beijing.  When the Hong Kong protests have subsided, those lucky enough to avoid imprisonment will likely face a bleak future.  With their government dossiers stamped “Counterrevolutionary” or “Traitor,” their once-bright job prospects and promising careers will, in many cases, have evaporated. Continue reading