Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the
notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic
lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are
produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in
practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but
by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.
Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus,
but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character
are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This
is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas—or of inherited
knowledge—which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism
is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of
collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various
breeds of animals, but not between animals and men.
Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which
distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism
negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality,
replacing them with chemical predestination.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes to cut $5.1 trillion over a decade in a bid to erase the federal deficit, while calling once again for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and the tax code. [READ RYAN'S BUDGET PROPOSAL.]
I can’t get the above, and the following, to mesh:
The nearly 100-page blueprint is likely be the last formal budget proposal from Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, who wants to move to the more powerful Ways and Means Committee next year.
I’m assuming that the higher deficit predictions are the ones that will actually occur, so I’m not sure how cutting five trillion dollars over a ten year period during which deficits alone will amount to twice that will result in a balanced budget.
Maybe you have to be inhaling hot unicorn gas to understand it.