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Ilana Mercer on Equal Pay

June 9, 2012


HERE’S an excellent piece by Ilana Mercer at WorldNet Daily on the utter falsity of the claim that women on average are paid less than men because of unfair bias in the workplace. Mercer makes one especially important point:

If your average Republican were capable of dispelling distaff America’s claims of disadvantage with economic logic, this is what she’d conclude:

If women with the same skills as men were getting only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, as Pelosi lamented, men as a group would have long-since priced themselves out of the market. The fact that entrepreneurs don’t ditch men for women suggests that different abilities and experience are at work, rather than a conspiracy to suppress women.

As I said earlier this week, the pay discrimination argument entirely rests on the assumption that businesses are prone to violate their own interests flagrantly and knowingly, and to turn down profit. The animosity of employers toward more than half the population must be so deep that they would rather see good women employees go elsewhere than pay them fairly. This antipathy must be so pervasive and automatic that businesses need not even conspire together to work against women, who, again, represent more than half of the population. They just dislike them and so pay them less. And they don’t hire more women even though women are so darn cheap to employ.

That the pay inequity argument is routinely referred to by politicians as if it were sacred and indisuptable fact is an indicator of just how dormant the American mind is.


An Essay on Oswald Spengler

June 9, 2012


AT The Brussels Journal, Thomas F. Bertonneau has an interesting essay on Oswald Spengler. Regarding the piece, Mr. Bertonneau writes:

I have come to think of him as the “Dutch Uncle” of the contemporary West, the guy your father warned you that you’d need “to have a talk with” if you got out of line.

He quotes from Spengler’s last book, The Hour of Decision (1933):

Has [anyone] eyes to see what is going on around him on the face of the globe? To see the immensity of the danger which looms over this mass of peoples? I do not speak of the educated or uneducated city crowds, the newspaper-readers, the herds who vote at elections – and for that matter, there is no longer any quality-difference between voters and those for whom they vote – but of the ruling classes of the White nations, insofar as they have not been destroyed, of the statesmen insofar as there are any left; of the true leaders of policy, of economic life, of armies, and of thought. Does anyone, I ask, see over and beyond his time, his own continent, his country, or even the narrow circle of his own activities? Read More »

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