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Why Men and Women are Different

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Many modern gender studies departments like to pretend that gender is some sort of an imaginary thing. Men and women .... if such categories exist... only have inconsequential and largely negligible differences. Gender is a social construct. Any attempt to establish biological males and biological females as clearly distinct groups of people with clearly distinct behaviors and traits, is nothing more than a power trip.

But this is a strange philosophy to hold. Almost everyone agrees that there is a certain purpose to the way animals - including humans are. Whether you are an atheist who thinks that unguided evolution is the reason things are they way they are or a creationist who believes that things are designed, everyone agrees that things are the way they are for a purpose - either the design and purpose of God or the demands of survival and procreation (or both).

With this in mind, why does gender exist? Why are some born with penises and some born with vaginas? Why do some bear …

An Privacy Bill of Rights

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I recently posted a podcast explaining why privacy is important. If you think that it is not... go listen to that podcast. And don't be a clown, seriously. But during that podcast, I talked about the need for a Privacy Bill of Rights - a list of protections for citizens from intrusion from governments and corporations. I have thought a bit about it and here are what I came up with. If you have ideas on things to add or change, let me know.

1) The government should not record or collect data on any citizen without a warrant.

2) All online terms and conditions should be standardized, simplified (one short readable page) and regulated by some sort of consumer advocate group. The whole close your eyes and click thing should not exist.

3) We should own our data and have the right to have it removed or deleted when we wish.

4) Corporations should have a limit to how long they store our data. All data should be destroyed within 10 years.

5) The government should have a limit on how lo…

Book Recommendation: The Forge of Christendom by Tom Holland

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Reading history is a necessary thing. So many people are so ignorant of the world just a few decades ago. So many people get all their knowledge of history from videos watched in high school. History is critical to read because it gives us perspective. Knowing how people thought and lived centuries ago helps shed light on our own idiosyncratic culture. Every culture has faults but every culture ignorantly assumes that they have none - or at least assumes they know their faults. But the reality is that our culture is the air we breath. We cannot see it. We cannot observe it objectively.

The things we believe seem self evidence. Things like the separation of church and state seem obvious. Things like slavery seem obviously wrong. Things like wars for land seem obviously wrong. But only those that read history see how the opposite of these things were once assumed. It seemed obvious to most in the year 900 AD that church and state were to be intertwined. Kings picked bishops. Bishops bo…

Podcat: Everything. Everybody. Forever - How the government is collecting data and why you should care

Imagine the government knowing everywhere you ever went, everything you ever thought, everything you ever did. Not only you but your wife, you kid, your brother, and parents.

Imagine them collecting all of this information and storing it forever. Well, you don't need to imagine. They are already doing this.

This is the subject of this week's podcast. 


Men and Women act Differently with Regards to Sex

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[This is an excerpt from an earlier article]

The last few days, I have spoken of some of the built-in differences between men and women. I talked about the fact that women are better at arguing , the fact men and women have different focuses of life. , the fact that men and women have different levels of defensiveness, the fact that men and women communicate differently, and different emotional sensitivities. No matter how much social engineering, we cannot get past these differences and never will. They are built in. Well, here is another one.

With the Trans movement, one of the things that has come up is that allowing biological males that identify as women into women's bathrooms, this will put women at risk. Which brings up the question: why are do we need separate bathrooms at all? Bathrooms are intended to go to the bathroom and not for sexual purposes. The idea that we need to put men in one place and women in another is strange. Should we not just teach men that they shou…

Emotional Sensativity - Men and Women are different

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The last few days, I have spoken of some of the built-in differences between men and women. I talked about the fact that women are better at arguing , the fact men and women have different focuses of life. , the fact that men and women have different levels of defensiveness., and the fact that men and women communicate differently.  No matter how much social engineering, we cannot get past these differences and never will. They are built in. Well, here is another one.

When it comes to admitting differences between men and women, this is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it is there. Everyone avoids talking about it. 

Jerry Seinfeild has a bit where he says to women, “I bet you would like to know what men are really thinking. Would you like to know? Alright, I will tell you. Nothing.” His joke is that men tend to be oblivious and take things as they are. This, of course, is a generalization (as everything I am writing here) but it points to another general rule. Women seem to…

Men and Women Communicate Differently

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[This is an excerpt from an earlier article]

The last few days, I have spoken of some of the built-in differences between men and women. I talked about the fact that women are better at arguing , the fact men and women have different focuses of life. , and the fact that men and women have different levels of defensiveness. No matter how much social engineering, we cannot get past these differences and never will. They are built in. Well, here is another one.

My wife and I often have the problem of her being able to tie multiple lines of thinking and conversation together in one conversation while I get lost if we get beyond one single line of discussion. She will be talking about the kids and suddenly be continuing a conversation from hours earlier about her mother. I get lost. She wonders what my problem is.

This is true for men and women more generally. Women often get frustrated with men because men cannot tell what they are thinking. 

Men, if you come home from work, think you…

Is the US Dollar About to Become Wothless? The Danger of Hyperinflation

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A few weeks ago, I attended a dinner party. The men stood in a corner and talked sports, business, and politics. The topic of national debt came up. Being a group of fairly conservative men, we all expressed concern about our mounting national debt. But one of the guys dismissed the concern. 'We control the Federal Reserve,' he said. 'Therefore, we can never default on our debt.' This was not a dumb guy. Smart in many ways. College educated. And he honestly was not concerned about debt because the USA controls the Federal Reserve of the closest thing we have to a global currency. Now, if this was just an individual crank making an obvious blunder, I would not be writing on it. But his mistake is more common than you imagine. I have heard it repeated by other friends, congressmen, and celebrities. Even idiot economists:
So.... why do I think that this sort of thinking so terribly wrong?

Let me start by talking about something called hyperinflation. Most people are awar…

Snowden Deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Did you know that half of the bill of rights were intentionally designed to hamper the government's ability to exercise power and conduct surveillance? Notably, the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th amendments. If you support the Patriot Act, you are not a patriot. Like Orwell's Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth, the Patriot Act was created to do the exact opposite of what the original patriots (the founding fathers) would have wanted. The fourth amendment says, 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

But today? Thanks to the Patriot Act, the government has every paper (electronic) you ever wrote. They know exactly where you go. They know everything you bought (everything in your house). There …

Men and Women have Different Levels of Defensiveness

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[This is an excerpt from an earlier article]

The last few days, I have spoken of some of the built-in differences between men and women. I talked about the fact that women are better at arguing and the fact men and women have different focuses of life. No matter how much social engineering, we cannot get past these differences and never will. They are built in. Well, here is another one.

Men and women have different ideas on how defensive they should be about the family.

CS Lewis, in Mere Christianity, discusses the fact that mothers often are more defensive of the family. He notes that wives often think one of the primary problems with their husbands is that they do not stand up for their family enough. If someone slights the family (by rude behavior, a neglected invitation, or outright insult), the mother is prone to want the husband to stand up to the offending party. If a boss is rude, if a schoolteacher is gruff, or any other person besmirches justice and due respect, the mother…

Act Like a Lady?

Last week, I told men to "man up." This got a lot of listens, some positive feedback......and a lot of dudes thinking that I was being anti-male. I was asked, 'why don't you tell women to act like women?' Okay. Fair enough. Here is my hot-take on that.

Women Are Better At Arguing

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[This is an excerpt from an earlier article]

As I said yesterday, men and women are different in ways that, no matter how much social engineering we attempt, don't change. Across cultures. Across centuries. In the most liberal countries. In the most conservative countries. These are the things feminism misses and these are the things that cause us to be perpetually frustrated by the way society unfolds.

Today, I would like to note the fact that women are better at arguing.

One thing I council young men getting ready for marriage on is the ability to apologize quickly. Why? Because as every experienced husband knows, continuing a fight, especially when you have any fault at all (and sometimes when you have none) is a losing proposition. Wives have this amazing ability to not only win an argument but to leave a man bruised and battered as a result. I have never met a man that regularly wins arguments. And even when men win, they often find themselves regretting the argument anyw…

Men and Women have Different Life Goals

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[This is an excerpt from an earlier article]

One way that men and women are different is what we want out of life. Much of the social engineering coming out of feminism misses this. And assuming that this difference is due to social constructs and not due to genetics is a mistake. 

How do men and women differ in life goals? HL Mechen once said, "Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on." Our society bemoans the lack of women in the sciences. Engineering schools wonder why they do not get more female applicants. In the corporate world, programs need to be pushed to recruit and promote women and still there are a surprising lack of women in the higher levels of the corporate world. Many assume that all these differences are due to some sort of structural sexism. But Steven Pinker, in The Blank Slate, argues that these differences are due to genetic differences. Women are certainly capable in these fields b…

Book Reccomendation - Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

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Kurt Vonnegut was an interesting man. He fought in World War II. Fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He won the purple heart. And he was at Dresden when the US firebombed it toward the end of the war. And it is Dresden that is the emotional heart of Slaughterhouse Five. Vonnegut went on to become one of the most famous and innovative writers of the 20th century. His dark humor, interesting observations, and unique prose set him apart from all others.

I discovered Vonnegut when I was in high school and wanting to be a writer. I read every book he ever wrote and then tried to copy his style exactly. I think I did a pretty good job of it for a teenager. I once impressed a teacher so much that he had me read one of my short stories in front of the class. But after high school I quit writing for a while and, having read almost everything Vonnegut ever wrote, I quit Vonnegut as well. I didn't think much of him.... until he died a decade ago. So it goes.

His death reminded me of him and …

Is being gay a "choice?"

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As I have written about here, Science Magazine published a groundbreaking study a few weeks ago that stated, "[Genetics] do not allow meaningful prediction of an individual’s sexual behavior..." In other words, our sexuality is not genetically determined. The study goes on to say that "sociocultural influences" need to be considered to understand sexuality. In many ways, this is all shocking news given that the LGBT movement has been built on the mantra, 'born this way.' But identical twin studies should be sufficient to show this is not true. Despite having identical genes and a very similar experience in the womb, only a small percentage of people with a gay twin are themselves gay.

Now, I have had a number of discussions with homosexuals since this study came out and they have insisted that they did not choose homosexuality. Whatever the cause, it is not a personal choice. Some combo of genetic and environmental factors made them this way. But not cho…

Government is not scalable: the argument for decentralization

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Should we legalize marijuana or ban it? Should we provide government healthcare for all or not? Should abortion be legal or not? Should gay marriage be legal or not? Should we provide lots of welfare or minimal welfare? Should tax rates be low and spending be minimal or should we tax the rich so that we can spend money on the poor? These are all big questions. And they are the sorts of questions that cause everyone to freak out every four years. Every time a president gets elected, half the country celebrates and the other half mourns. We live in this giant nation (third in the world in terms of population) and every four years we make a decision for all 329 million people. Either you get the set of policies you find insanely important or you do not. And, generally speaking, the elections are close. Half of those people (about 164.5 million people) get really disappointed. Half will be forced by the other half to live with policies that they strongly disagree with.

Can we do better? …