that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion.
While this may run contrary to how we’ve been trained to think about the State demonstrations like the one in the YouTube clip above demonstrate and prove the accuracy of this definition.
If you do not do what the State wants you to, including turning over your own property to them in the form of taxes, the State will use aggressive force and violence against you. … Read More
I realize this is a bit of “old news” but I’m just now getting around to reading the email below that was sent out by LPS last Friday (9/4/2020). Note especially the highlighted paragraph.
HOORAY FOR LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, right?!?!? Well, let’s work through this together.
Virtually every data point available indicates that school-aged children are highly unlikely to contract COVID-19. In the rare instances where they do contract it they are highly unlikely to experience symptoms or to pass it on to anyone else.
Despite the evidence that COVID-19 is an extremely low risk for children, Lincoln Public Schools implemented a number of expensive and disruptive policies including mandatory mask wearing for children, contact tracing, rearranging classrooms, putting plexiglass dividers on lunch room tables, restricting movement during recess, and so on.
Kids came back to school, for the most part, and sure enough… COVID-19 has not been actively spreading through the schools, as all available evidence indicated even before the school year started.
I hate to sound fatalistic but there’s actually quite a bit about the world that we just don’t know. It’s far too opaque, interconnected, random, and complex. That’s not to say we can’t know anything, but more that we need to proceed with caution any time we’re trying to figure out anything with more than a minimal degree of complexity to it.
Take, for obvious example, the current COVID-19 world. A certain portion of the population considers the virus to be an existential threat that could kill virtually anyone who comes into contact with it. Another portion of the population at large sees CV as a minor inconvenience, no more remarkable than a particularly bad flu season.
And here’s the rub: they can both cite data, statistics, experts, and so on to support their side! How is that possible?
One place to start looking is the way we’ve pursued research and data gathering around the novel coronavirus. … Read More