Monday, September 27, 2010

Unnatural selection

A 25-year-old Brit, Keith Macdonald, has fathered 15 children with 14 women while living on unemployment benefits like most of his "victims" (the article doesn't use the word specifically but it's implied; I'd use a less flattering word) who're also dependent on government assistance and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Biological fitness can be measured by the number of offspring an individual produces during his or her lifetime. What biological features increase fitness is defined by the environment which, in human context, includes the society. It is then no wonder that the welfare state has changed the environment so that people who less than a hundred years ago would have been considered "unfit" are now among the fit thanks to taxpayer-funded welfare checks.

One could draw the apparent conclusion that we're on a degenerative path heading towards some kind of an idiocracy. Obviously, this won't happen as the welfare system is dependent on production which in turn is defined by how the society allocates its factors of production; capital and labor. The overall tax burden cannot be increased indefinitely without causing the system to collapse (at high tax rates, government revenue starts to fall) which would leave the high-breeding, non-working individuals without a safety net.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Why there's a blockade

Militants in Gaza have vowed to step up attacks against Israel, following the first direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since 2008.

"We declare that the actions of resistance have gone into a new and advanced stage of co-operation in the field at the highest levels in preparations for more effective attacks against the enemy (Israel)," the [Hamas] spokesman was quoted as saying by Reuters.

This is the backdrop against which the Gaza blockade should be viewed. The ruling entity of Gaza is waging an open war against Israel. Meanwhile in Europe, useful idiots are setting up demonstrations against Israel, calling for an end to the blockade, an end that'd only make it much easier for Hamas to obtain weapons and continue its xenocidal war against Israel. And as these acts of terror are attributed to Islamist extremists such as Hamas, "mainstream" Palestinian politicians display their moderatism by attending the funeral of a mass-murdering extremist. The Palestinian "culture of death" is on display in the streets of Gaza as well, with Gazans celebrating the deaths of four Israeli civilians three days ago.

And some people want to make it easier for these people to obtain weapons...

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