To: #KingstonOntario #BayofQuinte #QuinteWest #BellevilleOntario #Napane #Tyendinega #LoyalistCollege #Seneca #StLawrenceCollege.
Subject: The never-ending #Libertarian story. “#IdiditbecauseFreedom arguments!”
“I did it because of freedom! ”
1. I infected you because of freedom
2. I took your water and monopolized it for my business because of #Freedom !
3. I got you sick and killed your community because of freedom!
4. I harmed you because #Capitalism
5. #GobacktoChina because of my Freedom.
Listen to a line that has been drawn whether people like it or not. I am here to tell you I am a Left Nationalist, a Canadian #Socialist and a member of the mandatory #Diversity movement. #Americans you do not have the right to harm our healthcare system. You do not have the right to skip over borders and you do not have the right to #infect us with your rampant divisions and harmfully simplistic ideologies. #GTFO start #SocialDistancing and remember there is more than a legal duty to #Morality.
If #Conservatives in Canada are taking precautionary measures than so to can #Libertarians in the #USA.
I’ve thought about this. It is a bit insane with we don’t as a community has a unified approach to Suicide Prevention yet. I have observed people trying the “If you commit Suicide I will get really mad.” approach, I know this isn’t an effective approach. Suicidal ideation is a healthcare emergency much like CPR is a healthcare emergency skill for basic life-saving.
If we want to Sustain our community longer. We have to get on the same page about Suicide. I paid $20 for this course and with it at least I have a fighting chance at making a difference for myself and others. We need to change our culture around suicide to be healthier and more sustainable for our communities. If you are reading this there is something you can do to make a difference in our Social Culture.
Go to LivingWorks.Net and get trained in Suicide Prevention, because Mental Health Emergencies are now a commonplace emergency. Thank you for reading my blog.
“Don’t you know right from wrong!?” Anyone who was raised by parents who tried to raise them intellectuals has had this conversation multiple times. Some of us in Quinte West even began flipping the switch. Or just leaving Quinte West as a kind of morally deprived place with an out of control capitalism.
“Don’t you know that Capitalism isn’t the sum total of morality?”
From a historical context. The abandonment of morality and ethics is associated with the worst atrocities in human history. Fredrick Nietzsche preached immorality. His ideas were adopted by the Nazis. It was said that the abandonment of morality is what leads to fascism. As I have stated my love for joining a Secular Pluralist culture is what lead to me dating a fascist. Someone to indulged perverse desires and saw morality as subjective and paradigm. Also, all religions somehow manifested as a mass adapted mental illness. (Beliefs straight out of failed secular states with radical systems.) We have to find a way to trust protective structures like Political beliefs & religions. “Too much order, too much chaos.” Jordan Peterson.
So when another atheist comes up to me. Imagine hypothetically They just switched to atheism. The first thing I try to do with a new atheist is test if they are serious. Talk about issues grounded in reality with them. If they are serious about atheism we will find a way to talk about science, art, or politics. If they aren’t serious about atheism what you will get is nihilism and the abandonment of morality. That is something I will label every time because it is bad and it manifests into destructive & perverse behaviors. I will warn a friend that this is consistent with mental illness and I think they should deal with it.
The solution to chaos & malevolence is to confront it within reason. You want to use concepts of justice within reason and fairness.
Ashton Deroy writes: I have been talking about Cooperatives. A Business model I seriously admire and one that I believe can truly reduce poverty. It wouldn’t be completely honest though if I didn’t talk about the pitfalls for a Socially democratic collective. The truth is I have some negative experiences for the model of Social Democracy that I stand up for so much.
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Let’s go back to 2018 when I was removed from Seneca Pride. I won’t even be denied that I deserved it. Despite the fact, it was clear to many observers that the “Mean Girls” had taken over the Pride group. What did I learn from this experience though?
Well, I have 3 ways to get past deadlocks in Social Democracy:
Hold Procedural votes – We all liked the idea of hold Social democratic votes over Facebook in our Seneca Pride group. There may have been student government regulations that prevented this process. I was also in favor of raised hand voting from within the group. Just as long as we got the votes done. Which is the case of Seneca Pride… We did not. It is worth noting the real reason I took Politics at Seneca College as a General Education course was to better manage the Social Democracy happening from within this group. The key to procedural votes 1. Setting firm dates. 2. Setting a firm process. 3. Allowing members to abstain by choice or not showing up.
Allow authoritative decision making – Not everything can be decided by vote. Sometimes you have to trust an authority on the subject matter. Sometimes choices aren’t democratic. Sometimes decisions should be made by Utilitarian principles, expertise, or other moral principles. I often discouraged anti-police sentiment from within Seneca Pride. This was because I felt morally obligated to ensure the health & safety of Seneca Pride members. Many of whom were going to seek permanent residence within Canada. I believe it would be easier for them to integrate permanently as comrades if they were to buy into the Commonwealth phrase of “Peace, Order and Good Government.” . I was also adamant that OPP from within Toronto only be blamed for actions committed by them. Not action committed by American authorities. Despite the fact, Black Lives Matters had an agenda of promoting a borderless approach to civil rights issues from within our group. Despite our opposition, this would be a group I grew to admire for their grassroots civil rights movement.
Don’t be afraid of hurting feelings – Even in a democracy, we can not reach a Utopia of everyone being happy. I like to say Even Soviet Russia had Conservatives. Referring to farmers who protected Private Property in agriculture-related to the New Economic Plan of Lenin. Sometimes the practical decisions can leave people feeling a bit disenchanted.
“The time at our disposal is limited…. The material means of achieving ends are limited. We have been turned out of Paradise….” Lionel Robbins. I feel like that quote is the perfect note to end in when we talk about Social Democracy. Whether we like it or not we have to be practical in our approach to a more modern collective. Well and isn’t that just a bummer?
Ashton Deroy Writes: It appears Covid19 is only intensifying talks of Socialism and what we do and don’t want for it. What are our new rules? What do they mean for us? How is Socialism taking the higher social grounds during this pandemic?
Socialism is a system of governance that happens either by necessity or by agitation. After all it is said that after World War 2 Socialism rebuilt the United Kingdom. While in another example in the case of Cuba the people got tired of Western democracy and capitalism. The people revolted and overthrew it!
Regardless Socialism is here right now. What are the the new rules & features? Well it seems like one feature society does not want to put down is Universal Basic income. It seems like that will have to find a place in whatever Social system is set up in place of our current system. There is just an overall agreement that Pandemic’s show a crucial time for the use of a Universal Basic Income. Especially in cases of turning people away from certain irresponsible employers still operating their infectious office places of work during this time. I am definitely talking about call centers.
What does Universal Basic Income mean for us? It means reconsidering what work we think is worth doing at this time. One might argue that to flatten the curve in relation to Covid19. We may want to consider buying out the participation of unskilled laborers in the economy so that we can ease the burden felt by healthcare later. I also believe after we could return to a labor economy that would be the ideal in the long run though.
We also need to look at improving the treatment of the elderly. This includes not unnecessarily avoiding elderly relatives who may be dependent on the help of others. Don’t get me wrong. This is an incredibly complex time where we have to consider whether a cold we have could possibly kill our grandparents. However according to people working in healthcare and finance a lot the elderly go abandoned in times of mass pandemic. Which in the long run is not going to help their overall well-being.
The Corona-virus is statistically devastating because it does have the potential to be the sickness to wipe out many of our older relatives. On the other hand sometimes you have to weigh infection versus how safe an elderly person can practically take care of themselves on their own. We need to come up with solutions so that the elderly don’t feel abandoned at this time. This may include the feature in looking at the cost of socialized home care for older people in the communities.
Why Socialism is on the higher moral ground? Socialism asks “What are our obligations to each other?” Where as Capitalism naturally asks, “what are our obligations to ourselves?” We have a responsibility to a collective at this point in time. If you have the chance put down your self interests and be strategic in your collectives.
Ashton Deroy Writes: I love to listen to this book. Not because I think Marx was a genius! I think he was a deeply flawed alcoholic who designed Communism to force people in to accepting his stubborn belligerent ways. For in his ideals of Communism it allows Marx to fish, hunt & farm whenever he wants. With no obligations. responsibilities and checks and balances. In my opinion this Philosopher is just a typical troubled person. Marx was an alienated person who even cheated on his wife. So because he was alienated he dreams of a society that suffers with mass alienation as well. The Marx design of Communism is designed so that if you read it and you are a bit of a loner. Or maybe you are even a little mentally sick you can literally believe Society & Capitalism is what is wrong. You are perfectly fine though, you just need to change society to accept you.
Sometimes you need to get your head checked especially if you believe in Communism. I am a Liberal Socialist. I objectively believe a regressive Canadian society with throwback Conservative values will kill me & all of my siblings. I don’t know if we can all work through our mental problems and end up fine. Or if Matt will remain forever an nonfunctional alcoholic. Or if Ashley will remain without a full education. I do know if they don’t have social safety nets they are screwed!
I went to Seneca College & took a course on Politics. Then I also began taking moral Philosophy online. What I have learned objectively is? Politics and morals are instrumental tools to guide you through life in ways ideal to your needs. Meaning I am not a Liberal Socialist so much as a cool choice. I just think it is the only version of Socialism that works & my family doesn’t understand Conservative culture enough to make a go at it.
What is Liberal Socialism? It is a balancing act in democracy of choosing Social ownership for the means of things like healthcare, education, Social Security & maybe even telecom. Then allowing a Private Market for areas related to recreation, food and tech. It is just a better design for Capitalism based on FDR’s Economic model. Also a bit on Charter Rights & freedoms for Canada that is important to Liberal Socialist values. We know enough about what works for Capitalism & what works for Socialism to now make a more definitive fixed model. When I hear about the failings of Socialism & even early Capitalism? It makes me realize we can take knowledge from these failings and design a more ideal society.
Why Communism doesn’t work? Communism breeds corruption. It is a system designed by a codependent man’s fever dream. Literally the execution in my opinion works as well as it ever could. A cliche for life. There are two types of people who will be uncompromising tyrants Alcoholics & Communists! That is because the systems of Communism are designed for Co-dependence. It doesn’t provide incentive for Economic contribution, there are not enough checks on power & like in the case of Romania. Communism leaves a power vacuum that is always filled at some point by a despot. Prediction “Oddly enough Donald Trump will do the same thing. Due to the fact checks & balances were not placed on Trump’s power. It stands to reason the precedent has been set to allow a despot much worse than Donald Trump to replace him.” That is just Corporate Communism and it is a different story all together.
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