Jamie Shupe

Jamie Shupe, who became a transgender and got nationwide publicity when doing so, realized it was all a “sham” and has returned to being the man he was born as. I’ll talk about his journey there and back again. (But don’t expect that he’ll get the same media attention this time.)

It turns out that no matter how  you implement them, disincentives to work turn out pretty much the same way. In Finland, they compared traditional unemployment benefits with the Universal Basic Income for 2 years. I’ll discuss their findings.

Mentioned links:

I Was America’s First ‘Nonbinary’ Person. It Was All a Sham.

Finland’s Universal Basic Income Yields Disappointing Returns

Iran Appointed to U.N. Women’s Rights Committee

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Show transcript

Four years ago, Jamie Shupe got space in the NY Times to write about his decision to live as a woman. He said that he had wanted to live “authentically as the woman that I have always been,” and had “effectively traded my white male privilege to become one of America’s most hated minorities.”

Then three years ago, he  decided that he was neither male nor female, but non-binary, and he made headlines after an Oregon judge agreed to let him identify as a third sex, not male or female.

Today, he wants to live as the man that he really is. My guess is that he won’t be getting that prime NY Times real estate to declare that he made a huge mistake.

The link is in the show notes to his story of a history of psychiatric issues, a nurse practitioner too scared to say No when he demanded hormone therapy because of transgender activists, and how he realized that this activism was a big lie. Returning from that was difficult, both mentally and physically.

And consider this: Shupe claims that the medical community is so fearful of the trans community that they’re now afraid to give someone an alternate diagnosis. They must fall in line or risk backlash. Of all the medical professionals that he came in contact with, only one had the courage to suggest that maybe what he was doing wasn’t good for him. He fired her and the trans community applauded.

Never mind that his history should have set off alarms. The medical community has fallen in line.

Trauma, hypersexuality owing to childhood sexual abuse, and autogynephilia [an unpopular idea that some transgeders are actually men who are attracted to the thought or image of themselves as females] are all supposed to be red flags for those involved in the medical arts of psychology, psychiatry, and physical medicine—yet nobody except for the one therapist in Pittsburgh ever tried to stop me from changing my sex. They just kept helping me to harm myself.

Ultimately, all of this failed to create his idea of the ideal female in his own body, so the choice to move to being non-binary was to try to salvage his mind and body from the ravages of a sex change. It had nothing to do with being ground-breaking. And yet the LGBT community continued to encourage this self-harm by working to get Jamie’s gender changed on his birth certificate. They got a political success, while all the while ignoring his physical and mental well-being. It was all about politics, not the people.

And since that’s true, as soon as Jamie came out against gender-reassignment surgery for children, and against transgender military service, his use to those organizations (and the media) dropped to zero, and they abandoned him, disappearing him from their history. He was no longer useful to their political aims.

Jamie ends his article with this:

Two fake gender identities couldn’t hide the truth of my biological reality. There is no third gender or third sex. Like me, intersex people are either male or female. Their condition is the result of a disorder of sexual development, and they need help and compassion.

I played my part in pushing forward this grand illusion. I’m not the victim here. My wife, daughter, and the American taxpayers are—they are the real victims.

I would have to say that, yes, he is a victim. He’s a victim of the activists and the medical community and the politicians & pundits who encourage this without any question at all, who ignore the science, or who, at the very least, don’t tap the brakes even just a little in this headlong rush to appear “woke”. Not all cases are like Jamie Shupe’s, but his case does show that the best interests of the person are not being considered by people who have no excuse not to know better. For them, it’s all about politics.

I’ve talked a little about UBI, Universal Basic Income, as method for reducing the welfare bureaucracy and that in theory it seems like it could work. Well, a 2-year study of the UBI in Finland has provided information that, no, it doesn’t seem like it could.

From January, 2017 to December, 2018, that country ran a pilot program of 2,000 unemployed Finns. At the end of it, Miska Simanainen, one of the researchers, said that participants in the study were no more likely to find work than those in a control group that was given traditional unemployment benefits.

I guess another way of putting it is that disincentives to work, in whatever form they take, give the same results. Well, there was one difference. One of the participants said, “I am still without a job. I can’t say that the basic income has changed a lot in my life. Okay, psychologically yes, but financially – not so much.” So he feels better about sitting around watching TV than he did before.

Let me be clear, I believe in a program of unemployment benefits, and for some those benefits keep food on the table as they continue to look for work. But looking for work, for an able-bodied person, really needs to be part of that equation. Otherwise you risk creating a culture in which it is expected that you, not just can, but should be paid for doing nothing.

It’s one of the reasons the Green New Deal is such a bad idea. I hadn’t thought about it before, but the article I referred to on this did some math. If we had a UBI in the US of just $10,000 (certainly a very basic income), it would cost us over $3 trillion dollars every year. Our entire current budget, including existing entitlements and the military – everything the government spends money on – is around $4 trillion. So that $3 trillion would be added to the debt every single year. And $10,000 per year is not something you might consider a “living wage”, so the Green New Deal’s cost (just for that one line item) would be massive.

The more I consider it, I think UBI stands for Unbelievably Bad Idea.

And finally, Iran was named to a seat on the United Nations’ Committee on the Status of Women. Yeah, that Iran. Thanks, UN, for making parody pretty much obsolete.

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