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Why Airbnb’s Nondiscrimination Commitment Will Backfire

You can’t prove a negative. It’s easy to accuse someone of being racist, since all you need is to allege a single incident. But it’s impossible to defend yourself against such an accusation, because you can never prove you’re not a racist.

Today, Airbnb, the peer-to-peer apartment rental community, announced a “nondiscrimination commitment”. All users, both hosts and guests, are required to agree to an...

A Civilization Run by Slaves

Warning the West of Its Hypocrisy

At the height of the Roman empire, nearly 40% of Italy’s population consisted of slaves. Slaves represented almost 15% of the entire empire. But as the increasing cost of warfare against ever more enemies on either side of its borders rapidly depleted its reserves, Rome’s slave-run civilization eventually collapsed, because it could no longer afford to feed them.

Today, modern Western civilization takes pride in having abolished slavery, yet it...

Deplorable Democracy

When I was in my first year of high-school, I learned a valuable lesson in democracy. I learned that each person has one vote, or “one man, one vote” as the call for universal suffrage goes. When I went to elect a student representative, upon showing my school ID and getting my ballot from the registration desk, I carefully selected my preferred candidate.

On my way to cast my vote into the ballot box, a senior student stopped...

Rigging the 2016 US Election

How the Mainstream Media is Deploying Pre-Suasion Tricks to Make Americans Comply with a Clinton “Win”

If you haven’t read the latest book on Pre-suasion by professor Robert Cialdini, a persuasion expert, let me detail below how the mainstream media is actively deploying pre-suasion tricks in order to secure a Clinton “win”. Or rather, how they intend to make the American people comply with a rigged election. Dilbert creator Scott Adams, himself a persuasion expert,...

A Mental Fish Trap

What Happens When the Left Conflates Equality with Sameness

Just because media and academia lean to the left politically, it doesn’t mean the left’s worldview is right, especially when much of the left has grounded its thinking in self-delusion. For some time now, the left has been spinning a most dangerous mental ‘fish trap’ that Western societies appear unable to escape from, namely by conflating equality with sameness

There’s a serious and possibly fatal consequence attached to this, at...

Hillary Who?

The Free World Demands a Visible Leader

In the early nineties, I used to play a CD-ROM game called Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Today, one could re-release that game as a Pokémon Go clone, asking players to go looking for Hillary Clinton. They’ll never find her. She’s invisible.

At the time of writing, Hillary Clinton hasn’t held a press conference for over 270 days straight. An apparent part of her campaign...

To Distance or Not to Distance Oneself?

Islam Prevents Muslims from Becoming Better Muslims

May we ask Muslims to distance themselves from attacks committed by Muslim terrorists? After each attack, pundits preach us we may not. Supposedly, it would stigmatize Muslims. But by that logic, Catholics shouldn’t be asked to distance themselves from Church scandals either. And Norwegians ought to stop distancing themselves from Breivik’s acts of terror. Imagine it would stigmatize them.

No, let us instead take after former Norwegian Minister of Justice, Anne Holt. After Breivik’s attack, she...

Africa's Population Potential

The UN projects that the African population will grow to 4.4 billion individuals by the end of this century, over a third of the entire global population. Despite its ethnically diverse peoples, Africa will not only become the world’s largest consumer market, but potentially also the biggest supply of cheap labor to the developed world.

An overlooked question, however...

Freedom as a Physical Property of the Universe

Things that grow never become more equal, only less equal. Since the inception of the universe, stars did not come to resemble each other more over time, but less. From its birth, an organism’s organs don’t converge in form and function, but diverge. As people age, their individual resumes end up differing more from one another, not less. Since the beginning of history, human culture and identity did not become more of the...

On the Question of Being Born Good or Evil

On the question of whether people are born good or evil, the answer is, “competent”. Man—the species—is born competently equipped for his survival. To be “born good” therefore refers not to man, but to his environment, namely to be born in an abundant environment in which there is room for growth. To be “born bad” means to be born in a restrictive environment in which the survival of one comes at anothers’ expense.

For example, in a hypothetical environment with a carrying capacity of precisely X...