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"Thirty Years War insurance"

 From a Face Book post by Thomas Eastmond. Thinking about this: (Note after unpacking thoughts: “TL/DR seems inadequate here. Start your own blog, guy.”) The Western liberal tradition, with its principles of tolerance and freedom of thought and conscience, is almost four centuries old. It first developed as, basically, “Thirty Years War insurance.”* The West didn’t invent tolerance (something new and revolutionary in human history, whose rule ever since we were roaming the prehistoric plains had been “whatever you do, don’t talk back to the alpha male/headman/king” or he’ll get mad and smack you with a club”) because a bunch of unusually decent and smart people sat down and decided to reinvent the world. It happened because the particular social, cultural, geographical (Jared Diamond isn’t *all* wrong) and technological circumstances of seventeenth-century Europe has gotten people recognizing that continuing with the old model posed a real risk of actual, not rhetorical civilizational

Gun Laws - do you know what you know?

  They didn't really talk about Feinstein's bill at all in this piece. Colion Noir is always good, though. So watch it. My take away is this, and it's made obvious the last couple of days talking to people who ask what is wrong with the House bills. ALL of this depends on your ignorance of what the current laws are and it's designed that way. The polls that gun control advocates cite are dependent on the people who respond being ignorant of what the current gun laws are. The media deliberately misinforms you about those laws. Gun control advocates depend on you being misinformed. 1) The definition of "assault rifle" is primarily (if not wholly) cosmetic. 2) Magazine capacity is irrelevant for people committing crimes or mass shootings. 3) ALL commercial sales already require a back ground check. 4) Private sales to anyone who you know cannot buy a gun or have reasonable expectations is a sketchy dude are already illegal. 5) All firearms purchased "th