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America’s Abstract Freedom

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Via Jason Kottke’s blog, from David Bentley Hart’s Three Cheers for Socialism in Commonweal:

Americans are, of course, the most thoroughly and passively indoctrinated people on earth. They know next to nothing as a rule about their own history, or the histories of other nations, or the histories of the various social movements that have risen and fallen in the past, and they certainly know little or nothing of the complexities and contradictions comprised within words like “socialism” and “capitalism.” Chiefly, what they have been trained not to know or even suspect is that, in many ways, they enjoy far fewer freedoms, and suffer under a more intrusive centralized state, than do the citizens of countries with more vigorous social-democratic institutions. This is at once the most comic and most tragic aspect of the excitable alarm that talk of social democracy or democratic socialism can elicit on these shores. An enormous number of Americans have been persuaded to believe that they are freer in the abstract than, say, Germans or Danes precisely because they possess far fewer freedoms in the concrete. They are far more vulnerable to medical and financial crisis, far more likely to receive inadequate health coverage, far more prone to irreparable insolvency, far more unprotected against predatory creditors, far more subject to income inequality, and so forth, while effectively paying more in tax (when one figures in federal, state, local, and sales taxes, and then compounds those by all the expenditures that in this country, as almost nowhere else, their taxes do not cover). One might think that a people who once rebelled against the mightiest empire on earth on the principle of no taxation without representation would not meekly accept taxation without adequate government services. But we accept what we have become used to, I suppose. Even so, one has to ask, what state apparatus in the “free” world could be more powerful and tyrannical than the one that taxes its citizens while providing no substantial civic benefits in return, solely in order to enrich a piratically overinflated military-industrial complex and to ease the tax burdens of the immensely wealthy?

Written by Leisureguy

17 July 2021 at 12:10 pm

James Bond goes way back

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Written by Leisureguy

17 July 2021 at 11:29 am

Posted in Books, History

Mumtaz and the iKon Tech

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Mumtaz is scented with a spicy, musky, oriental aroma. Citrus notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, and orange blend with floral notes of jasmine and rose. Incense, vanilla, opoponax, civet, tonka bean, cedarwood, Iris continue the complex olfactory delight. Then a base of patchouli, vetiver, leather, musk, and sandalwood round out the fragrance.

West Coast Shaving

The lather was fragrant and luxurious. Mumtaz is made from Grooming Dept Kairos formula, which one might — with great understatement — called a “tallow-based” soap, but such extreme understatement is misleadiing. Read over the list of ingredients:

Water, Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Tucuma Butter, Avocado Oil, Glycerin, Coconut Milk, Goat Milk, Cupuaçu Butter, Shea Butter, Safflower Oil, Collagen Peptides, Whey Protein, Betaine, Fragrance, Lauryl Laurate, Jojoba Oil, Lanolin, Colloidal Oatmeal, Rice Bran Wax, Meadowfoam Oil, Linoleic Acid, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Isostearic Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Lactate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Gluconate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherols, Silk Peptides.

The iKon Shavecraft Tech has been a touchy razor for me in the past — I would rate it as very efficient and somewhat uncomfortable — but two things have tamed it totally. First, using Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave, which increases glide and (I think) protection; and second, really focusing on riding the cap, to the extent that a couple of times the razor just slid over my face for a stroke with the blade disengaged. Repeating the stroke with the handle slightly closer to my face fixed that, and by keeping the guard away from my skin, the comfort was considerably improved with no loss of efficiency.

The net result was a comfortable (if somewhat self-conscious) shave that easily left my face totally smooth. Rinse — liking the lotion feeling of the residue on my face as I rinsed — dry, and apply a splash of Fine’s Fresh Vetiver with a couple of squirts of Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel added, and the weekend is launched in fine style.

Written by Leisureguy

17 July 2021 at 9:18 am

Posted in Shaving

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