Lion of the Blogosphere

Maslow and self-actualization

Given that this came up again in the comments, please re-read my previous post about self-actualization.

And remember, in that post I am merely explaining what the elites believe, and not saying whether or not I agree with them.

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Does Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino achieve self-actualization by building up his muscles and having sex with many prole women? And if the answer to that question is yes, then do the elites see it that way, or do they think that he is wasting his life away because he didn’t go to college and doesn’t have a respectable white-collar career?

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Also, when David Brooks wrote:

Thanks to the labor of low-skill immigrants, the cost of food, homes and child care comes down, living standards rise and more women can afford to work outside the home.

I think that’s one of the most beautiful things he ever wrote because he wrote it completely unironically. He has so completely internalized the idea that the goal of life is self-actualization through career that he doesn’t even see the irony of assuming that when the cost of food and homes come down and living standards rise, that means women become more likely to “work outside the home” instead of less likely.

(And I might also point the dubiousness of his assertion that more immigration causes less expensive homes. The opposite seems to have happened. And if you add the two assumptions together, you get the weirdest ever argument in favor of immigration. “I support more immigration because it causes the price of homes to go down, and lower housing prices means that women can afford to go to work.”)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2014 at EDT am

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  1. Immigration is like free trade. It does not reduce the cost of anything. It just shifts costs around.

    It’s a giant shell game.

    map

    July 23, 2014 at EDT am

    • high tech immigration can create jobs, as Mitt Romney’s economic adviser correctly alluded to during the campaign . Its good for the housing market as well

      grey enlightenment

      July 23, 2014 at EDT am

      • Bringing smart, creative immigrants to silicon valley where they can get funding and make their smart creative ideas a reality… this could theoretically create jobs, although funding the smart & creative locally would be orders of magnitude more efficient.

        Importing a bunch of Pakistanis to do grindy coding jobs for 15/hr cheaper than Americans just depresses salaries, transferring wealth from employee to ownership, No jobs are created. (And jobs are lost elsewhere if the Americans go on government support afterwards and taxpayers have to pay for them).

        Rotten

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • The vast majority of “tech businesses” created by Indians are just body shops that provide H-1B labor to other companies.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Hardly. An immigrant gains a job; an American loses one. Then he must either go on welfare or find alternate employment at a lower wage rate because of the downward pressure on wages.

        Don’t fall for this trap. There is no innovation coming from immigrants.

        map

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • “Its good for the housing market as well”

        If you bought a house before immigrants and sell after, you make a one-time profit for doing nothing (except maybe lobbying for more immigration so you can make a one-time profit at the expense of long-term damage to your host society). For everyone else, you’re just paying more for the same house that was cheaper before immigrants. To someone buying a house, ‘a good housing market’ would be cheaper houses. But hey, GDP.

        Toad

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • High tech immigration from 3rd world countries stunts those countries economically. Better their smartest citizens stay home and help their countries advance. When those countries get richer, they can become better customers for US companies. And their people will be less desperate to emigrate.

        Dave Pinsen

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • Supply and demand. Increasing the supply of labor whether it be unskilled manual, programmers, engineers, nurses or whatever reduces wages. That’s why corporations are pushing immigration so hard. By reducing salaries and wages it saves employers $400 Billion in labor costs per year. But wait — those savings come from reducing YOUR wages whether you realize it or not. It’s basically a $400 billioin per year transfer from employees to employers. Leon frequently accuses me of not caring about the little guy. But immigration is by far the biggest issue affecting the little guy. People don’t realize because HR doesn’t stamp their check with a comment telling them how much more they would have made had there not been TWO MILLION immigrants per year coming into the country. Even if your company isn’t hiring them they still affect the labor supply your company hires from. I read a recent study which said all the employment growth since 2000 has gone to immigrants. Meanwhile SouthPark mocks portrays the people losing their jobs as hicks and proles but they’re not. The people whose jobs and salaries are affected are YOU.

      destructure

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  2. The idea of self-actualization is elite and pretentious in itself.

    The vast majority of people for the vast majority of human history’s only goal was survival and sustenance.

    Now that the world is globalizing, competition is increasing (even for elites!!), and downward mobility is almost inevitable for everyone not lucky enough to be born in the 3rd world.

    jjbees

    July 23, 2014 at EDT am

    • Decades ago liberals were the self-actualizers, now elf-actualization has become appropriated by conservatives. Liberals want to cling to the old ways of life. When you have some cool technology like Tesla or Facebook, its the left has the most vocal criticism over the potential displacement of jobs, alleged crony capitalism, pollution, loss of privacy ,etc. The tradeoff between improved living standards and more productivity and some disruption of the old ways of doing things is worthwhile.

      grey enlightenment

      July 23, 2014 at EDT am

      • Yes, redneck self actualization is different from the kind of self actualization liberals would prefer. Liberals don’t care so much about the job loss part, they care far more about self actualization time spent producing lots of poor taste. Think craft fairs that can fill convention centers filled with trinkets like wooden bears (carved using chainsaws) holding their crotch. This terrifies liberals.

        How soon is now?

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Self-actualization is an ugly thing, but elf-actualization is beautiful!

        Zerg

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

    • More people in college means more people who will come to the idea of doing what they love.

      Self actualization is about the pursuit of intellectual and artistic endeavors that require a baseline IQ, perhaps about 115 or above. Prole pursuits such as weight lifting, tattooing body art and sleeping with a lot of women is not self actualization because such activities bring out the baser side of human nature.

      JS

      July 23, 2014 at EDT am

  3. Re, Brooks: Leaving aside the $150-200K additional asking price, plus property taxes, plus additional interest expenses, that metropolitan-area families with children incur to escape the constant encroachment of vibrant school districts, any front-end savings from labor costs were more than canceled out by increasingly bloated square footages.

    And this trend is just part of the larger narrative of how most organized cultural opposition to materialism (of which the Evangelical movement was a major pillar prior to 1980) has been crushed, allowing the Beta Bux Bidding War to reach ridiculous extremes – “3 months’ salary for the engagement ring,” then the bridezilla My Day wedding, then “you’re a bad parent if you don’t fund a college investment account for your kids,” then mindless chirping about “granite countertops/crown molding.”

    Fiddlesticks

    July 23, 2014 at EDT am

    • So true.

      Curle

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  4. If you want to bash economists, you should really hit them on the ideas that GDP measures well being and that more work is a good thing. I think you’ve talked about the last point before.

    One hundred years ago people laborers demanded and got the 40 hour work week. Yet now, with all our technological advances, men are expected to work just as much and we’ve sent women into the workplace too.

    Hepp

    July 23, 2014 at EDT am

    • America is a socially backward proletariat state. We still want to be an industrial age where workers perform much of the work and machines perform the intricate things. Fast forwarding in the 21st century, we are in an information age, where technology would replace much of the human labor allowing us the pursuit of more leisure. Many Americans are against this idea because they have a prole mindset where one needs to work hard in order to have a meaningful life. .

      JS

      July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  5. Low skilled immigrants do lower the cost of actually building the house, but they drive up the price of housing in good neighborhoods where people are getting away from the low skilled immigrants. Without the immigrants, the middle class would have smaller houses but better neighborhoods and schools.

    BehindTheLines

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  6. Mike “the situation” Sorrntino is an entrepreneur, a small business co owner of a tanning salon. He’s respectable to elites.

    Rotten

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

    • I was thinking of “The situation” from the first season of the Jersey Shore (the only season I watched) in which he was just some guy who worked as a personal trainer and did not yet become a celebrity.

      But regarding prole guido business owners from State Island: elites definitely would NOT want to hang out with those guys. I know that I don’t.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Elites want to do business with successful businessmen. So, Sitch gets access, and that’s what counts. Even the prolish Staten Island business owners get in. Elites being embarrassed by new money is not new, and not an obstacle in a meaningful sense. Read the Great Gatsby.

        Rotten

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • by has way more class than “The Situation.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • @Rotten

        Did you actuallh read the book?

        The upstarts are removed one way or another. The truly chic stays chic.

        Toos will not blink if the Situation drops dead tomorrow morning.

        colmainen

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

      • I can’t see, say, Mike Bloomberg hanging around with a random owner of a tanning salon. If anything, it would be the TV fame of The Situation that would finesse something like that.

        Glengarry

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • Mike Bloomberg just spent eight years hanging around with such people. Part of the job of a politician is exactly to do that. Bloomberg didn’t self finance everything.

      And it’s not just Bloomberg, various professionals, such as bankers and lawyers will vouch in such people for access to the money. The access is what counts, and people wanting your money gets you access, even if old money is embarrassed by this.

      Rotten

      July 25, 2014 at EDT pm

  7. map

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

    • Now that Wall St has become somewhat of a Fall St, as the industry is taking a back seat and is becoming a lesser driver of NYC’s economy, I expect de Blasio & Co to give the reigns to their beloved NAM population. However, de Blasio isn’t so keen on Hispanics as with blacks, so it will be mostly a black power issue.

      Whiskey has been telling everyone who is normal to get the f*ck out of America.

      JS

      July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • One commentator on his blog said this:

        As a young millennial and straight white male (WASP) I am planning a withdrawal, I simply have too great of a lifespan to sit and hope it all works out for myself let alone my future children. That said I will always look for opportunity should the status quo improve rather than degenerate. So, I have a makeshift two-five year plan to leave the country, begin again, build. Among my considerations is northern japan, the island of Hokkaido which looks promising despite Japan’s various problem, population decline is a bonus! My personal opinion, a homogenous foreign culture is preferable to the multicultural disasters white nations are poised to become. In the mean time I will make annual trips to my top picks and confirm viability before I leave.

        JS

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • This comment is also interesting and very true based on my observations as well:

        White females vs White males in corporate America.

        The most shocking revelation was that men used far, far less corporate resources (job training, medical, on down the line) to produce the same bottom line results. The gals proved that they almost NEVER failed to tap ‘free’ corporate training. (seminars, home study, you name it) The guys rarely tapped such ‘social’ resources.

        The gals even used up far more office supplies. The more the matter was investigated, the larger the gap was found. The gals are (apparently) genetically predisposed towards milking EVERY social/ corporate resource dry.

        You want to run a big business to the ground, hire a large contingent of White females and blacks.

        Most American women are predisposed to spend on useless things when it comes to the workplace. Fancy curtains, over elaborate furniture, extravagant business meals and gifts that don’t contribute to any productivity.

        JS

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • JS,
        Where would you personally recommend relocating? Would you consider Europe at all? As degenerate as England has become, I still love the English countryside (much preferable to America’s countryside). At times, I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of Europe. Who knows…

        JerseyGuy

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Good luck emigrating to Japan, white guy. They haven’t stayed homogenous by letting in every Gaijin who wanted to move there.

        Dave Pinsen

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Europe is even farther down the path of doom than the US. If you’re going to relocate, consider Australia.

        BehindTheLines

        July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • “The gals are (apparently) genetically predisposed towards milking EVERY social/ corporate resource dry.”

        An enormous, generous provider that doesn’t care how you use the system. Generates provider superstimuli, like a gull going crazy pecking a big, colorful, fake beak for food.

        Glengarry

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

      • Yes, everywhere seems like there is a decline, but no 1st world or Western nation is as degenerate as America. I recommend anyplace that has a White majority outside the realms of the Anglosphere, such as Continental Europe and Canada which might be an alternative to the US. In terms of jobs, apply for low skilled work that doesn’t require much credentials. The best thing is to check out the universities/colleges as a stepping stone. It’s never to late to enroll in continuing education, and in terms of housing find a family that accommodates students in the respective host country.

        I was reading up that certain South American countries such as Peru, which is consider a 3rd World offers more sanity than a place than the US, especially if you’re comparing their ghettos and our NAM holes. It might be great place if you’re living on passive income.

        JS

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • JerseyGuy,

      The decline is everywhere, even in Europe. But it is better to experience the decline in the grandeur of Europe than in the shopping malls of America.

      map

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

      • Haha. Mark Steyn said the same thing. In reference to America’s decline vs. Europe’s decline:

        “Whether decline will seem quite so bucolic viewed from a Jersey strip mall rather than the Dordogne remains to be seen.”

        JerseyGuy

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

      • At least some parts of Europe have better infrastructure, better industry and are more resilient than the US: Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands etc. A lot of the rest has nice climate and food, beautiful women and things are somewhat closer together, so it is easier to get by with less (e.g. without a car) and you (almost) live where others go on holiday, so you can save on the holidays as well.

        nomen nescio

        July 25, 2014 at EDT am

      • If you want to live where “others go on holiday,” Orlando FL, near Disneyworld, is a very inexpensive place to live. And the climate is very nice in the winter.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 25, 2014 at EDT am

      • @ nomen

        You meant to say women with better personalities on the other side of the Atlantic.

        Furthermore, American bobos are generally territorial and don’t really like strangers. You have more of a chance to encounter upper middle class Europeans who will welcome you as their guests.

        Lion really needs to quit with the Orlando Fl Prole suggestions!

        JS

        July 25, 2014 at EDT pm

      • And to put it nicely as what Videla has said regarding the American bourgeois – they’re parochial minded idiots.

        America will cease to be a White majority country simply because most Old World Whites avoid our country like a toxic cesspool.

        JS

        July 25, 2014 at EDT pm

  8. One of you better posts, Lion.

    Dave Pinsen

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  9. OT via Instapundit, this NYT wedding is like every beta’s daydream come to life!

    1) MIT grad student raised by 2) STEM provider-beta stepdad 3) white-knights his way into cute 4) self-actualizer’s heart thanks to a little help from her use of the 5) Internet! The blue pill was a winning move for this guy – bravo sir.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/fashion/weddings/just-like-in-the-movies-only-better.html?_r=1

    Fiddlesticks

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

    • Such unions usually end in 5-6 yrs without children. She remarries to another toos and suddenly her wombs will open. He will remarry an Asian.

      colmainen

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  10. The best way to look at this is to imagine a Petrie dish with bacteria. Now apply Maslows ideas to it, especially self-actualization. Ridiculous, isn’t it? Then look at the results of immigration of a different bacteria species. Hint: different bacteria will eat your food and/or you.

    MyTwoCents

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  11. I think that’s one of the most beautiful things he ever wrote because he wrote it completely unironically. He has so completely internalized the idea that the goal of life is self-actualization through career that he doesn’t even see the irony of assuming that when the cost of food and homes come down and living standards rise, that means women become more likely to “work outside the home” instead of less likely.

    I think that’s one of the most beautiful things *you’ve* ever written, Lion. *heart*

    Samson J.

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  12. Brooks is an avowed feminist, an ideological child of Friedan, Firestone, and Hirshman. What do you expect of someone who follows freak leftists like that?

    runindogs

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  13. LotB,

    Here’s another reason.com piece by Reagan after the Soviets shot down a civilian 747 in ’83. As demographics shift, US politics become retardeder. Listen to this rational, clear-thinking, moralistic speech when the US was 31 years less stupid:

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/18/what-ronald-reagan-said-when-korean-air

    Of course, Reagan’s amnesty is part of the reason that we’re in the state we’re in.

    runindogs

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

    • If you were paranoid, you might hypothesize that the conservative movement is a distraction. First convince poor people that you’re against “the elites”, then sell them a bunch of zombie economics, then the truly powerful won’t have to do anything.

      “Politics is the art of the possible.” But what is possible may be determined quite artificially beforehand.

      pequenino

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  14. Maslow and self-actualization

    In Maslow’s defense he did turn against his hierarchy of needs. He spent much of the rest of his life trying to distance himself from the original with new hierarchies. But by then it was too late; too many self-help books were being sold peddling feel good interpretations of his theory for idea to die like he wanted.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  15. Does Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino achieve self-actualization by building up his muscles and having sex with many prole women? And if the answer to that question is yes, then do the elites see it that way, or do they think that he is wasting his life away because he didn’t go to college and doesn’t have a respectable white-collar career?

    Mike thinks so. Can our coked-up elites say the same about their lives?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  16. Great stuff on Brooks.

    vic

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

  17. Gurney Halleck

    July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

    • It’s like he was reading my blog!!!! “This seems like a problem with a simple answer: work less so I’d have more free time. I’ve already proven to myself that I can live a fulfilling lifestyle with less than I make right now. Unfortunately, this is close to impossible in my industry, and most others. You work 40-plus hours or you work zero. My clients and contractors are all firmly entrenched in the standard-workday culture, so it isn’t practical to ask them not to ask anything of me after 1pm, even if I could convince my employer not to.”

      That’s exactly what I said a few days ago.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 23, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Carlos Slim wants a shortened work week too!
        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/billionaire-carlos-slim-argues-for-a-three-day-work-week/

        Increased telecommuting should be required as well. There is just no reason why at least 50% of modern knowledge worker jobs can’t be done at home. It’s a win-win for environmentalists and family-advocates. It would be horrible for the Larry Silversteins but that is perfectly fine with me 🙂

        JerseyGuy

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  18. Supply and demand. Increasing the supply of labor whether it be unskilled manual, programmers, engineers, nurses or whatever reduces wages. That’s why corporations are pushing immigration so hard. By reducing salaries and wages it saves employers $400 Billion in labor costs per year. But wait — those savings come from reducing YOUR wages whether you realize it or not. It’s basically a $400 billioin per year transfer from employees to employers. Leon frequently accuses me of not caring about the little guy. But immigration is by far the biggest issue affecting the little guy. People don’t realize because HR doesn’t stamp their check with a comment telling them how much more they would have made had there not been TWO MILLION immigrants per year coming into the country. Even if your company isn’t hiring them they still affect the labor supply your company hires from. I read a recent study which said all the employment growth since 2000 has gone to immigrants. Meanwhile SouthPark mocks portrays the people losing their jobs as hicks and proles but they’re not. The people whose jobs and salaries are affected are YOU.

    destructure

    July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  19. One obvious problem is that “self-actualization” (in the lofty sense originally entertained) pre-supposes that everyone would be able and willing to lead the life of a poet or intellectual. The ancient Greeks and Romans had slaves so that most of the free citizens could self-actualize by doing either politics or philosophy/science/poetry. (I do not know enough about ancient China, but guess that it was similar). And of course the respective class was bred and educated to acquire both the intellectual abilities for this kind of “work” and a stable mindset (think of stoicism or confucianism) not to get too much involved into power struggles, but lead a quiet life with family and friends in your garden and your library. The dreams of a world without (or not more than half-time) work due to automation entertained by liberal intellectuals like Bertrand Russell in the ’20ties are very similar. Proles do not figure, or it is implied that they will become educated and willing to spend their leisure in the ways treasured by the British upper/middleclass.
    They did not have the debilitating effects of pop/mass culture on their screen nor the limits of education. But it is perfectly understandable that the idea is and remains attractive to many of the educated elite.

    nomen nescio

    July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • American Elites are proles because they get into power struggles and money making endeavors instead of intellectual cultivation.

      JS

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  20. Agreed, great post Lion. I don’t find stuff like this anywhere else.

    rivsdiary

    July 24, 2014 at EDT am

  21. So funny.

    Free trade, free capital flows, but closed borders?

    You can’t have one without the other. How can a global company keep its prices down/compete when it has to employ only native born Americans? Global market for goods and capital means a global labor market too.

    And as my previous post on NYC voting shows: Republicans and libertarians >>are<< the little guy. Upper East Side/Upper West, it doesn't matter, they're all Big Government Democrats. The war ended in 1865 at Appomattox. Get over it. You lost.

    pequenino

    July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • Yeah, I don’t see a moral basis for anti-immigration sentiment. Fighting immigration is like fighting the tide, at this point in our cultural history.

      I just want to be able to live and work in another country, the way some people can do here. And now with the internet, that is possible. Disruptive technologies are changing the game. Outdated regulations try to restrict who can work and where and for how much. For example, if you want to work in India you have to make $25,000 US per year, which is ridiculous. Disruptive technologies sidestep the Byzantine regulations and let humans trade with other humans directly. Another victory for libertarianism. Of course people like Lion are drinking the Kool Aid, and they don’t want to do anything differently than what the elites tell them, so they’re still mired in the system that the elites created.

      Basically it boils down to this: government makes a mess of everything it gets its hands on. We only need it for basic services and defense. Individual humans and communities, while far from perfect, fare MUCH better when left to their own devices.

      shiva1008

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

      • “government makes a mess of everything it gets its hands on”

        One can say the same of big corporations. For example, every company that Yahoo buys, it ruins. (Except for Ali Baba, but Yahoo didn’t own enough of Ali Baba to exert it’s control over it, Yahoo was just a stockholder.)

        The executives in big corporations aren’t really any different than Senators, except they get paid better.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • Talk to everyone around you (Americans, of course) about the topics addressed on this blog and most will not be interested.

      JS

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • “How can a global company keep its prices down/compete when it has to employ only native born Americans? Global market for goods and capital means a global labor market too.”

      Simple. The executive and investor class agree to take less money out and share the wealth with the workers. A quick example. Right now, you can buy two — count ’em, two — Calvin Klein white t-shirts (underwear) from Macy’s for $34.50. What do you suppose the profit margin is on these shirts, no doubt made in bum-fug Asia someplace. Now make those same shirts in, say, North Carolina. They can still sell for $34.50, or even a lot less, and Calvin and friends will still be obscenely rich, just not AS obscenely rich. This whole notion of “we have to compete so outsource the work!” is a gigantic lie from the elites. What they really mean is “we can never have enough money so outsource!”

      As far as competition goes, a nationalist economic policy would have numerous tariff walls against cheap imports. And before anyone whines “but then prices will go up!!” well so f-in what? Yeah, because Americans don’t have enough cheap junk. It would be a huge benefit to our culture if people couldn’t buy so much cheap junk but instead bought sturdy, well made goods.

      peterike

      July 24, 2014 at EDT am

      • It’s possible that Macy’s only paid $10 for those two undershirts. The retail markup on clothes is huge.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Correct, Americans consume too much, mostly junk of course. But then, what would Americans do for leisure other than to mass consume? We have no other outlet for meaningfulness other than work.

        Self Actualization? Noooo…oh!

        JS

        July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

      • As far as competition goes, a nationalist economic policy would have numerous tariff walls against cheap imports

        And would use tariffs as a bargaining chip to get concessions from other countries.

        We have by far the largest consumer market in the world – it should be a cinch to pit countries against each other to gain access to our market, just as other entities with massive buying power, like WalMart, Toyota and Microsoft, do with their vendors and suppliers.

        But libertarians were in thrall to Milton Friedman, who declared that tariffs should be lowered unilaterally, even if not reciprocated. The behavior of a true believer.

        Fiddlesticks

        July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

      • Selling to the public for dirt cheapprices brings out the proleness of people, or it makes them even more prolish than they should be. Staples, which is prolish enough, was selling their hard to sell items for a penny apiece and people went wild with their shopping sprees such that it couldn’t fulfill their orders probably because of poor inventory intakes. There are more disgusting American behavior to be seen shortly.

        http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post–how-staples-penny-sale-blew-up-in-its-face

        JS

        July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

    • I think you proved my point peterike. I’m not for or against free trade, but “libertarian” is just a name for a jumble of inconsistent beliefs, essentially just the rebel yell.

      My guess is at some point self-identifying libertarians fell in love with the word, then, as in The Crying Game, they discovered it was a dude. The good ones stopped calling themselves “libertarians”. The rest doubled down.

      pequenino

      July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

  22. Self-actualization is one of those things, I think, that we think is new but actually goes way back.

    Think of the old stories, where a boy leaves home to seek his fortune, has adventures and becomes rich. Or the ones where the boy leaves home, joins the army, becomes a war hero and a friend of the king.

    In old times it was necessary for many young men to leave home and go elsewhere, because the oldest son got the farm or the shop. And it was necessary for many young men to join the army, because soldiers were needed. Usually this didn’t work out well, death or deprivation being more likely outcomes than wealth or heroism. But to soften the blow societies invented stories to make young men feel better about this.

    Joseph Campbell got the idea that all this had some deeper meaning, but the modern version- Ragged Dick or the internet millionaire- is just a way to get people to feel better about spending 80 hours a week in an office or being a research fellow or adjunct professor or doing whatever other crappy job that is supposed to be cool.

    thrasymachus33308

    July 24, 2014 at EDT am

    • Good post. I wonder how much of society’s problems can be attributed to mutually assured destruction and the threat of nuclear war. What I mean is, until the nineteenth century, nations went to war all the time, almost for sport. It culled the herd, and kept the romantic vision of the courageous soldier and his morally upright wife and family alive to give life meaning. Now that as a species we generally realize that war is too dangerous due to MAD, we don’t know what to do with ourselves and we’re just nervous, fat, and depressed.

      Concordia_Pete

      July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

      • I hate to sound like a mushy liberal, but I think it’s a good thing that fewer people are dying in wars than in the past.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

    • Research fellow and adjunct professors are self actualization work. Working at routine job 40+ hours a week is far from it.

      JS

      July 24, 2014 at EDT pm

  23. nomen nescio

    July 25, 2014 at EDT am

  24. Self actualization is New Age Mumbo Jumbo used to convince pampered housewives that have it all that they’re really unhappy or should be because they don’t have their own “identity”! What is this “identity”? Its a go nowhere make work job that takes their fertile years and encourages singleness and divorce!
    If any of you believe that all those 9 to 5 wage slaves are going to use their free time in hoity toity artsy ways like writing poetry or learning things then you must all be a bunch of nerdy aspys! Real people have little or no interest in poetry. These people will just gain fifty pound sitting on the couch watching bad TV!
    The “Bread and Circuses” of Ancient Rome was not to allow Romans to “Self Actualize”! Most noblemen already had plenty of time from their duties for that, and lower class citizens if they had talents like singing or poesy could find a rich patron to house and feed them in return for their services.
    No, the “Bread and Circuses” was a way for the Patrician class to keep the plebeians busy and content, since most of the jobs went to slaves. With millions out of work due the the millions of slaves in Rome, only the Coliseum and frequent holidays and festivals kept the lower classes from rioting!

    Joshua Sinistar

    July 25, 2014 at EDT am

  25. OT ish. New York NAM female self-actualizes by chopping head off of other women in rent dispute, then hacking her up and disposing of her in pieces. I blame white privilege.

    http://nypost.com/2014/07/24/woman-decapitated-roommate-as-she-begged-for-her-life-court-docs/

    peterike

    July 25, 2014 at EDT pm

  26. O/T – Lion needs to take more pictures of prole areas in NYC so he can fulfill his mission of self actualization. Let the world know who or what constitutes proledom.

    Now that it’s officially midsummer, how about taking pictures of the various street fairs in Manhattan, which of course are set up by proles and made for them? How about a Gyro-Shish Kebab stand or one of those Zeppole frying tent set up by Tony the Guido? Why not get a massage from one of those Chinese guys who also deliver your takeout food? Now you know why NYC is the greatest city in the world!

    JS

    July 25, 2014 at EDT pm

  27. That was a great quote by Brookes, and very revealing:

    “Thanks to the labor of low-skill immigrants, the cost of food, homes and child care comes down, living standards rise and more women can afford to work outside the home.”

    But what he’s saying is that he’s happy to be the part of society that is able to self actualize by keeping a serf class. You could slightly alter his quote and see what he’s really saying…

    “Thanks to the labor of our slaves, the cost of food, homes and child care comes down, living standards rise and more women can afford to work outside the home.”

    You can’t be an Eloi without the Moorlocks

    Mike Street Station

    August 1, 2014 at EDT am

  28. […] me offer a hat tip to the Lion of the Blogosphere for alerting me to a year and a half old column written by the New York Time’s house […]


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