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    schrub says: I recently heard a rather revealing story about Phillip Roth. In or 2015 or 2016 the committee that was to chose the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature came under intense pressure to award the prize to the then-ailing Roth since Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded after a recipient’s death. Besides the...
  • Too bad that Dylan could not have been replaced by Phil Ochs, whose lyrics and talents really were as brilliant as Dylan fancied that is own were. Phil Ochs tho’ was not a candidate first of all because he’s dead, but second of all because politics for him was dead serious, and too important to be left to politicians. Bob Dylan posed as a leftist because it went with his chosen audience and persona. He told Phil Ochs that “politics is bullsh*t.” His sixties-era substitution of novelty for genius and a peculiarly portentious but ultimately empty beat poetry for authentic folk sensibility area good fit to the opportunistic choices of the Nobel committee. But – as others rightly point out – the posing and opportunism of the Nobel committee are nothing at all new-

  • iSteve commenter Hail writes: I'm reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy: Waiting for the Barbarians BY C. P. CAVAFY TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything going on in the senate? Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?...
  • I thought we were waiting for deliverance – perhaps in some unexpected form-by an invasion of Outer Space Aliens. Childhood’s End by Arthur Clarke has this theme; also Our Friends from Frolix 8 by Phillip K Dick; and many other classic sci-fi titles.

    But also, one has the TV series Ancient Aliens, which like Saganism (the Carl Sagan belief system) inculcates belief that there are lots of advanced populations out there and that they are observing, monitoring, perhaps engineering our history.

    Are they Caucasians? The Greys certainly look like super-advanced Caucasians to me. They must be
    very highly advanced races in order to have perfected space travel. I mean, they can’t belong to any Inferior Race.

    I think that Sagan meant the belief in an Immanent Landing to have the effect of marginalizing humans – we are Nothing Special cosmically speaking. No reason God should have any Special Relation with us. Certainly no reason His Son should be a human.

    But perhaps the widespread interest in this set of narratives is based upon the hope that they will be super-Caucasian.

  • When confronted with clear statements upholding the reality of race from superstar geneticist David Reich, lesser known geneticist Adam Rutherford backtracks: I see this last ditch of defense all the time about these wildly inaccurate "folk taxonomies of race" but I almost never see any examples given. What "folk taxonomies of race"? Basically, taxonomizing has...
  • For many years, the only real book I had on what I would call physical anthropology was Carleton Coon’s book, “The Living Races of Man.” Coon maintains that there are seven races: Causasian, Mongoloid, Negroid, Congoid, Capoid, plus two distinct pygmy races: African pygmies and Asian pygmies. I’m quite sure this is a Discredited Folk Theory. But I would be grateful for a list of detailed books dealing with this specific question: What races of Man are there? I believe there are elaborate typologies of human physical appearance. (What term do I want here: physiognomy?)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Well define race or ancestry group, and you can lump or split them in whichever way you deem most accurate ?

    No different than what commercial genetic testing is doing with the various genes they identify.
  • In [Anti]Scientific American, Science Denier Angela Saini writes: The Internet Is a Cesspool of Racist Pseudoscience The author of Superior: The Return of Race Science knows this from firsthand experience By Angela Saini on July 29, 2019 Last month, I temporarily deactivated my Twitter account following a colossal dump of racist abuse into my feed,...
  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    In a recent comment section I described the Marx -> Boas -> Gould -> Lewontin etc. Endless Stream of Lies and Bullshit.

    In her opinion piece in this now-rag, Saini references both Gould and a fellow named Jonathan Marks. From Mr. Marks' Wikipedia page:

    "As described in his book Is Science Racist?, Marks considers science to have four epistemological weaknesses: naturalism, experimentalism, rationalism, and trust in its own accuracy.[2] In this book and in Why I Am Not a Scientist, he argues that anthropologists are not scientists.[2] Rather, their purpose is to interpret the intersection of science and society.[2]"

    Trust in its own accuracy aside, if Saini support her argument via reference to someone whose Chief Contributions to Science are that naturalism, experimentalism, and rationalism are weaknesses, it seems we can say we're encountering the Endless Stream of Lies and Bullshit.

    Interesting. If Jonathan Marks believes these four traits characterize science, then by “science, he is talking not about actual scientific research, but about the caricature of science critiqued by philosophers of science in the era before the late 1960’s. I stopped reading such stuff when I was in high school because “philosophers of science” in that era, like Mr. Marks, have no idea what modern scientific research is like. Philosophically, it is fascinating that science can simultaneously be guilty of being “rationalist” and “experimentalist”. I have no idea what the latter term means, but suspect it is similar to Noam Chomsky’s similar bogeyman term “empiricist”. But this does not surprise me. I don’t believe that either of these terms is being used in a sense that philosophers would recognize.

    I suspect that committed Leftists simply want all “scientific research” to be oriented in its goals and conclusions by the agenda of the State. Perhaps Lysenko had the right idea, but didn’t get sufficient opportunity to prove his theories because the evil Fascist scientists got the better of him.

    As many scholars have described in detail, devout Leftism is a secular religious faith. (Igor Shafarevich and Michael Polanyi are two good examples.) But as a repressed religion, one that denies it is a religion, such Leftism cannot separate “science” from “religion”.

    Very interesting parallels can be drawn between ideologically committed Leftist science, and the sort of Fundamentalist Christian Creation science that tried to prove “scientifically”, e.g. by geological research, that the world really is only 3000 year old.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    It's sort of shocking that Marks openly rejects science, in that most Leftists claim to embrace it - Communism itself claimed to be Scientific Socialism. There had been other utopian socialist movement in the past, but according to the Communists, these were based upon romantic and sentimental notions while Communism was backed with scientific rigor. Nowadays, Climate Change (and the measures to combat it) is said to be scientifically proven and therefore not open to debate. We have to take your car and your hamburgers away because Science.

    But it makes sense, for the reasons that you give - if science contradicts your faith and you are a True Believer, then you have no choice but to reject science because you sure as hell aren't going to give up your faith. Leftists like science when it agrees with their positions and reject it when it doesn't. Fundamentalist Christians would find a lot to agree with in Marks's critique of science, particularly his rejection of "naturalism".

    Although Saini sites Marks as a source, I think she is not claiming to reject science herself - rather she keeps shouting (with scant evidence) that "the science is settled" - that race does not exist.
  • iSteve commenter Anon7 notes: Do you ever get the impression that a lot of SJWs were the kind of schoolchildren who were obsessed by their grammar lessons? Our current giant Gender obsession strikes me as being in part socially constructed by schools teaching grammar, both in elementary school and then in high school foreign language...
  • I believe that too many academics feel guilty over their high-benefit, low-work sinecures. So they justify themselves by favoring Open Access to such jobs; advocacy of the viewpoint that, as one academic told me, “Everyone should be able to be funded to do research, provided it’s something worthwhile.”

    Since progressive people all believe there are no racial differences in intelligence or aptitude, uneven racial distribution of these jobs is just racism. If there can be race quotas for medical doctors, certainly there can be race quotas for astronomers.

    BTW, I like watching the series “How the Universe Works” with my teen-age daughter. Thus, I’m glad to note that a large fraction of astronomers who are featured on this series are either women or people of color. Is new hiring of tenure-track professors being more actively focused on erasing race and gender gaps? Statistics should exist on these matters.

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    I don't think they feel anything but smug and secure and giddy over their easy lot. Also, many aren't that bright.
  • From the Washington Post: My impression is that whatever woke craziness happens, expensive law firms like Baker McKenzie will still come out on top. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington and the government began executing people who wear glasses, the big time law firms would just add free laser eye surgery...
  • Back in the 1960’s, the East German women’s Olympic team used to be dominant in many events, in a way that seemed to correlate with the sexual ambiguity of some of its members. But they weren’t doing anything that should be called “cheating”,; they were merely being progressive, albeit a little ahead of the curve.

  • From the San Francisco Chronicle: And people wonder why California can't build high-speed rail ... I can cover it with curtains for the low, low, lowest bid price of $374,000. San Francisco, call me! Arnautoff
  • Yes, when the Cultural Revolution takes its latest step, what, in the last phase may have been revolutionary can now become reactionary and subject to violent repression. Interesting … I was just reviewing a poem my sixth grade elementary school class actually studied – it was handed out to us in mimeograph form. It was called, “The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race”, by Vachel Lindsay: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47374/the-congo-a-study-of-the-negro-race

    My question is: What is the status of this poem? Yes, it was written by a white man, but a Progressive white man who meant, by writing it, to enlighten. Still, read, e.g., the section about, “The Irrepressible High Spirits” of the race the poem describes. Is this a sort of proto-rap? Or is this another piece of Hate Propaganda by white people? Bear in mind, Lindsay’s Progressive intentions may or may not be important here-

    • Replies: @95Theses
    Ah, the aromatic scent of mimeograph! I remember it well.
  • The appropriate term for the 7 billion people who haven't yet gone through the formality of moving to the United States is "Pre-American-Americans."
  • Excellent and timely observation! I started searching for the appropriate term for these worthy people after I listened to the Democratic Party Presidential Debates of this week. Now that Good-Thinking People – and surviving candidates – all agree that all immigrants to the US – legal and illegal – are alike identically entitled to full medical benefits, the basic ecological question occurs: Why force all of these future Americans to relocate here, at great expense, danger to themselves, and harm to the environment? Why not give them access to these fully deserved benefits where they now live?

    Have a contest to name this large under-served group of people. Pre-Americans? Future-Americans?
    Perhaps, since they’re all refugees, they could all be termed “homeless Americans.”

    “I believe that deep inside each inhabitant of Planet Earth, there dwells a future American yearning to breathe free.”

    • Replies: @Charon

    Why force all of these future Americans to relocate here, at great expense, danger to themselves, and harm to the environment? Why not give them access to these fully deserved benefits where they now live?
     
    Because that wouldn't accomplish their principal goal: the vanquishing and ultimately the subjugation of the white race in America.

    And, of course, in any other place where white people might even conceivably pose a threat to the Dominion of the Chosen Ones. Hence, the simultaneous flooding of Europe, Australia, etc.
    , @Abolish_public_education

    Why not give them access to these fully deserved benefits where they now live?
     
    Our feeding the Soviet army worked to keep them from coming here.
  • Some may remember that in 2005 a major media controversy engulfed Harvard President Larry Summers over his remarks at an academic conference. Casually speaking off-the-record at the private gathering, Summers had gingerly raised the hypothetical possibility that on average men might be a bit better at mathematics than women, perhaps partially explaining the far larger...
  • Sorry for this quite boring question, but:

    Is there a simple way to download the entire of John Beaty’s book as a single PDF file, free of the ten separate Chapter boxes it is now confined in? I can save Chapters 1-3, but then things get challenging.

    Grateful for any help.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Is there a simple way to download the entire of John Beaty’s book as a single PDF file, free of the ten separate Chapter boxes it is now confined in? I can save Chapters 1-3, but then things get challenging.
     
    Sure, it's available on Archive.org in a variety of different formats:

    https://archive.org/details/BeatyJohnTheIronCurtainOverAmerica1.o/page/n1

    In glancing over this comment-thread, I noticed that people have discovered that the previous Archive.org version has been "disappeared" so I suggest you quickly grab what you want from this one while it still exists. Apparently, the Kindle and ePub versions have already been eliminated.

    The same situation probably applies to the Revilo Oliver book:

    https://archive.org/details/AmericasDecline1983V2
  • Back in December, I wrote in Taki's Magazine: From the New York Times today: Here’s What Being a Witch Really Means By Pam Grossman June 6, 2019 You could say I was primed to be a witch from an early age. ... I’m doing magic when I march in the streets for causes I believe...
  • The complex relation between paganism, Modern Science, and Modern Feminism?

    A mere human lifetime hardly suffices to plumb the depth of that ocean!
    Try, e.g.,
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kabbalistic-feminism-and-the-war-on-women_b_1433307

  • The central fact behind all the flood of nonsense being espoused by the Mainstream:

    TOO MANY FACTS DENY THE RULING CLASS NARRATIVE. UNTIL FACTS CAN BE CENSORED INTO CONTROL, THEY SIMPLY NEED TO BE DEMONIZED.

    Or, to quote the great Dr. Johnson:

    “Truth is a cow that will give these gentlemen no more milk; so they are gone to milk the bull.”

    NB The play on words using the final word was not intended by Johnson. Works anyway!

  • The New York Times has evidently decided to stop categorizing individuals in the news by their race. From the NYT: Well, if that moody, obscure photo doesn't answer the question "Who Is DeWayne Craddock?" in just one glance, I don't know what would. That's clearly the most informative photo possible to be chosen to illustrate...
  • VDARE account mentions race; shows photo. CNN article; WSJ article omit mention. Guess he was just another angry employee. Lots of them of all races. Nothing to look at here-

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
    Perhaps, but I suspect the MSM want to imply he is white.
  • I'm pleased to see that my latest article entitled American Pravda: How Hitler Saved the Allies is doing quite well, with excellent traffic and over 850 contentious comments, totaling almost 150,000 words. Some of the commenters indicated they'd very much like to have access to hard-copy versions of the series, which are sometimes more convenient...
  • Ron, Thank you so much for sharing with readers facts and perspectives that have been recently censored (or long censored !) from American society and culture. Lots of us fear a “soft police state” crackdown in facts, viewpoints, and history that defy Ruling Class orthodoxy. It would be great to have the entire American Pravda series available as a single PDF (or as a paperback book! ) That way this collection will remain accessible to people brought up in the approaching Brave New World. Thanks also for making available so many “vanished” history books that once were Mainstream, consensus history. Those that do not remember the Past, are condemned to repeat it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Ron, Thank you so much for sharing with readers facts and perspectives that have been recently censored (or long censored !) from American society and culture. Lots of us fear a “soft police state” crackdown in facts, viewpoints, and history that defy Ruling Class orthodoxy. It would be great to have the entire American Pravda series available as a single PDF
     
    Thanks for your kind words.

    Since the PDFs aren't locked, it's easy for anyone to download the files and merge them together into one or more much larger PDFs. The combined total would be well over 20 MB, which is really pretty sizeable and since various people might not be interested in all of them, I decided to leave it to individuals to make the selections.
  • It's funny how the conventional wisdom is that "Race Does Not Exist," yet there is far better evidence that generations are Just Social Constructs. We're told that genetic variation only differs clinally (although the Atlantic Ocean would beg to differ), but that's much more true about generational change. Really, though, the only definite date in...
  • Remember that saying that a notion is a Social Construct doesn’t mean that it’s useless or without meaning. Rather, it means that the only things about it which are true are the ones that the Government (and the Mainstream Media) say are true.

  • I love it whenever people represent themselves as too Righteous to be part of Honest Labor!

    It makes one recall the classic words of one Gennaro “Jerry” Angiullo, Mob boss of Boston, recorded on secret FBI tape recordings denouncing the very concept of a Honest Job:

    “I’d rather be f**king dead than be in a f**king legitimate business!”

  • From the Daily Beast: Give Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate Medieval Europe was a crossroads of global influence, not a mythical all-white past. The new Notre Dame should reflect that. Erika Harlitz-Kern 04.19.19 10:39 PM ET, OPINION ... If you ask me, in honor of Notre Dame’s history, the new roof...
  • Here’s an AP article Creatively Interpreting the weekly Yellow Vest protests in France as being in opposition to rebuilding Notre Dame:
    https://www.apnews.com/fd877004c7b942568fe8d95a1229e180

    (if you can’t beat them, re-purpose them-

    But let’s face it. Rebuilding Notre Dame is just taking us back to the Stone Age; rebuilding the hated Catholic Church instead of empowering the people. Going Back to Old and Evil. I have a Better Idea; an an idea of
    How We Can All Get Along:

    I understand modern architecture majors in college get a project of designing a non-sectarian church for the grounds of a university. No crosses or minarets of course. Think Universal-

    What about rebuilding Notre Dame as a Gaia Church – A Temple for Our Lady of the Earth!
    George Soros or Jeff Bezos or someone just like them can offer one million dollars for the winning design! Progressives for all the world can submit designs! Maya Lin could contribute a Wall containing the names of all women burned as witches-

  • From Rolling Stone: How Should France Rebuild Notre Dame? Much of the structure survived the blaze — but as rebuilding efforts move forward, the country will be left with a big question: What does the cathedral mean to 21st-century France? By EJ DICKSON ... But for some people in France, Notre Dame has also served...
  • We know the drill.

    “Obviously, the government of France will have to find the money to pay for the ‘re-modeling’ (not rebuilding) of Notre Dame. So they would have to cancel badly needed social problems. No way that could be justified – too much austerity as it is. Perhaps money could be raised by the government if Notre Dame could be remodeled as a non-secular “church” of the type popular on college campuses.”

    I understand that super-rich private citizens will pay for rebuilding. Will they demand “change” in this marvelous structure?

    As your post makes clear, the rebuilt Notre Dame will need to be “relevant” to the present population of France.

  • David Lynch’s third feature film is his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. Herbert’s Dune is widely hailed as a masterpiece, while Lynch’s Dune has a much more mixed reputation, tending toward the negative. When I first saw Lynch’s Dune, I was deeply disappointed. Herbert’s novel had left a powerful and vivid...
  • Mr. Lynch, you write:
    As a rule, science fiction is progressivist whereas fantasy literature is reactionary. Frank Herbert’s Dune saga—which eventually sprawled into six volumes—is the notable exception to this rule, for Dune is one of the most reactionary works of the human imagination

    An interesting, provocative maxim. But Dune is science fantasy. So I think it’s not a counter-example at all. Dune is psychological or spiritual science fiction. I like to use the terms “hard sci-fi” and “soft sci-fi” for sci-fi involving the hard sciences, and soft sciences, respectively. Soft sci-fi? Cordwainer Smith. Ray Bradbury. Much of Philip K Dick. But these authors are an odd blend of science fiction and science fantasy; also of reactionary and progressivist impulses. This is a sketch of a complex picture-

  • From The Telegraph (UK): Man investigated by police for retweeting transgender limerick Camilla Tominey, associate editor Joani Walsh 24 JANUARY 2019 • 10:00PM A docker from Humberside has been investigated by police over a limerick he posted on Twitter after an officer claimed it constitutes a ‘hate incident’ against transgender people. Harry Miller, 53, from...
  • “the community cohesion officer” ?!?

    Is that something like the local Communist Party official?

    • Replies: @guest
    No, it's the equivalent of Chief of Glues and Pastes here in the states.
  • The banning of four Nation of Islam Black history books by Amazon, the largest bookseller in the world, provides a perfect opportunity to examine the wickedly racist ways Jewish power is wielded in America. Amazon provided no warning, no reason, no hearing, and no opportunity to respond—it was a blatant mockery of Amazon founder Jeffrey...
  • Claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar has gained some sort of “victory” over forces of repression and propaganda in the United States is dangerously short-sighted. All her statements about the extent of the influence of AIPAC on American foreign policy will quickly disappear from the Mainstream media and the “polite discourse”it circumscribes. Her statements will rather be used to broaden proposed “hate speech” legislation now being considered in Congress to censor speech advocating restrictions on immigration, and speech deploring the cultural legislation of Islamic societies, in addition to censoring speech deemed to be anti-Israel or “anti-Semitic”, as was its original intent.

    The net result will be legislation censoring the Internet and the Mainstream media from quoting the very words spoken by Rep. Omar herself! How bizarre that such a sequence should ever be described as a “victory”, either for a person who holds views like Rep Omar’s, or for freedom of speech and expression-

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Look, I'm certainly no friend of that Afroinvader but your logic is faulty. If we all stopped telling the truth on our own, due to the fear of consequences, that would certainly be a defeat. So it's a small victory - over fear - when anyone speaks up. The Tribe is dismantling our freedoms anyway so it's actually counter-productive to not fight back.

    That said, the negress obviously blurted out the truth because she didn't expect the consequences. So it was more a question of ignorance than a profile in courage but it's still a victory against the unofficial gag orders.
  • As I've long argued, Israel is an extremely relevant role model for the U.S. Judging from current Israeli politics, the future will be, for those of us who enjoy obnoxious arguments, fun. From the Times of Israel: Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of ‘Jewish race’ Likud’s MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the...
  • Steve, Israel as a role model for the USA (?) That requires a footnote.

    Israel is Exceptional because of the Tribe who live there, who are the Chosen Ones.

    The US is Exceptional because of its Concept; because of What We Do.

    So Israel is a Noun; the USA is a Verb.

  • From the New York Times: The Case for Reparations A slow convert to the cause. By David Brooks Opinion Columnist March 7, 2019 ... Nearly five years ago I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Atlantic article “The Case for Reparations,” with mild disagreement. All sorts of practical objections leapt to mind. What about the recent African immigrants?...
  • @Kylie
    "Which of the following people should get 100% share of Reparations and which should get a smaller share, and what percentage should each get:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Jussie Smollett

    Michelle Obama

    Barack Obama

    Cory Booker

    Kamala Harris

    Henry Louis Gates

    Tiger Woods

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Elon Musk

    O.J. Simpson

    Rachel Dolezal

    Quincy Jones

    Rashida Jones"

    Meghan Markle

    So many names left off this most engaging list! A few examples:

    Clarence Thomas
    Ben Carson
    Jessie Jackson
    Al Sharpton
    Oprah Winfrey
    Michael Jordan

    • Agree: Kylie
  • Night Shyamalan’s Glass is a sequel to two of his films, Unbreakable (2000), which is my favorite of his works, and Split (2016), which I found to be quite unpleasant, although I must concede that it is brilliantly acted in the lead role(s) by James McEvoy. Unbreakable is a deeply moving film about how David...
  • Did we have any question that Shymalan was a right-wing reactionary Romantic? Just watch his movie, “The Village”. How the critics hated that movie!

    • Agree: Kevin O'Keeffe
  • Game, ads, random thoughts.
  • This Super Bowl was completely dominated by defense. Is defense in football becoming computerized? Computers can store, train on, and recognize patterns much faster than people can. The defense in the Super Bowl held two powerful quarterbacks and two powerful offenses completely in check for 3 periods. Call it the Star Wars era of NFL Football.

  • From the New York Times opinion page: But not in the eyes of the U.S. Constitution, which uses the word "citizen" eleven times.
  • I do hope the NY Times writer doesn’t lock his front door. Keeping out the poor and homeless (and the just plain larcenous ) is simply WRONG, because these people are created equal in the eyes of God.

    And because ITS NOT WHO WE ARE-

  • From The Economist: James Watson: A pioneering biologist is reprimanded for unscientific, offensive views A great career comes to a sad end Print edition | Science and technology, Jan 17th 2019 ... Dr Watson’s views about race and intelligence seem to stem from his keen interest in “The Bell Curve”, a book published in 1994...
  • The very last quote is ominous, indeed.

    To have the doctrinal Establish claiming Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Determinism explain human outcomes, puts them in a wrong but time-worn sort of place. Quite simply put: “Genes play no part in the determination of Culture, Personality, Intelligence. So genetics isn’t relevant.” But the claim that Jim Watson’s domain, i.e., molecular genetics supports the Establishment position is both false and scary – it threatens a new Lysenkoism, i.e. a domain of State-sponsored genetics. The really great philosophers of science, e.g. CS Peirce and I Lakatos are right: ultimately the truth will out. But ultimately can be a long time, especially when research programmes are culled by a politically correct Establishment of grant monitors. If things really go to hell and websites like this are banned as Hate Speech, this will come to pass-

  • Is anybody ever embarrassed by this kind of rhetoric? What's the history of this "not who we are" cliche that has recently parasitized the brains of The Respectable? I only noticed it a few years ago. Okay, the first time "not who we are" shows up on iSteve is way back in 2008 in an...
  • So Nancy Pelosi considers Israel, which has an extensive, modern border wall to be an “immoral” country. Why has she not been denounced as an anti-Semite?

  • The prodigious writer Vladimir Nabokov, a rare instance of one person writing distinguished novels in two languages, had zero ear for music. As VN explained to journalist Alvin Toffler in Playboy: How often are people who are extraordinarily good at one cognitive capacity extraordinarily bad at another? Is there some sort of compensation going on:...
  • Did a deep appreciation for, and involvement in, the world of music make James Joyce a better writer? Language has rhythm and melody for Joyce. This is patent at many points in his novel Ulysses, both even more so in Finnegan’s Wake, in which language melts into music the way lyrics do, revealing a network of poetic and punning connections.

    Equally interesting and relevant to this theme is to ask about the localization of multiple languages, especially very different languages like Mandarin Chinese, which is tonal; and English which is not; in the brain of a single polyglot speaker. For an overview of these matters, I strongly recommend George Steiner’s book, After Babel; Aspects of Language and Translation. Steiner was raised fully trilingual.

  • An anonymous iSteve contributor writes:
  • Try:
    “Mathematics Is Just a Pseudo-Scientific Swindle”

    if you want to see

    REALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE

    pile on-

    • Replies: @Ralf
    Stefan Molyneux's response to Taleb's latest piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCI0luCwM_Q
  • Meet the new year, same as the old year ... From the New York Times' news (not opinion) section: Watson was likely referring to a major effort he had made to employ blacks from the slums as lab techs and the like. Dr. Watson’s comments reverberated around the world, and he was forced to retire...
  • You notice they don’t track down every researcher who has reported evidence of genetic difference between races in IQ? Just the too public, too clear-cut honest James Watson.

    Because we live in Victorian times. Instead of sex, we have race and gender. One can talk about these things in appropriate venues, just not in public, i.e., in the Mainstream.

    Of course, any scientist who writes or speaks non-PC truth can be “outted” by any news source eager to do so. Presumably, a person becoming a candidate for a high-profile position is searched on the Internet for evidence of crimethink.

    This sort of discipline (like that associated with the Communist Party and other totalitarisn institutions must have a dulling effect upon the leadership of large institutions. The Organization (Wo)Man must also be a reliable Party member-

  • From CNN: Tucker Carlson's show has been hit by an advertiser boycott, and it's having a visible effect By Oliver Darcy, CNN Business Updated 3:11 PM ET, Thu December 20, 2018 New York (CNN Business)The advertiser boycott spearheaded by liberal organizations of Fox News host Tucker Carlson is starting to have a visible effect. Carlson's...
  • “Immigrants making our country poorer and more divided?” Oh, OK, no problem!

    But immigrants make our country dirtier? No,no, that’s hate speech! That kinda talk’s gotta go-

    “Everything people do stinks or makes noise.” -Grace Slick

  • From the New York Times: In recent years, the word "problematic" has come to mean, basically: Did "problematic" always mean "I'm angry but I can't articulate a logical reason why"? I first ran into "problematic" around 1974 from a high school teacher I didn't get along with. I gave him a lot of grief about...
  • I decided just to ask the Answer Man! Recourse to Goggle on “problematize” gave a Wikipedia article on “problematization”, connecting all the dots between “existentialists”; “Who? Whom?”; Postmodernism; and Michel Foucault. It explains why problematizing is so important to would-be SJW’s.

    Category: Words we learned to use in college.

  • But the “problematic” nature of human existence, for the existentialists is GOOD – taking seriously one’s responsibility to find an adequate response, to the world-situation one lives in, makes one “authentic”.

    I think you are targeting the Post-Modern Continental “problematic”, meaning “thoughtful people like us have problems with this”. Similarly, the desire to make trouble about problematic circumstances causes one to “problematize” them; also good.

  • From The Guardian: Cambridge gives role to academic accused of racist stereotyping University professors among hundreds who object to award of research job to Noah Carl Richard Adams Education editor Fri 7 Dec 2018 University of Cambridge professors and academics from around the world have criticised the appointment of a social scientist whose work they...
  • Yes, the usage, “begs the question,” has been repurposed by the semi-literate to mean “calls for the question” or “suggests the question.”

    • Replies: @dearieme
    And the French are so proud that their nippers study philosophy at secondary school.

    "Petitio principii", eh Prof Mouhot?

    Maybe you stayed at home with a cold in the nose on the day your class covered it? Yes, that's sure to be it.


    Anyway, why not stick to sums, old boy? You seem to be jolly good at that.
    , @Reg Cæsar


    Excellent use of “begs the question,” Professor Mouhot.
     
    Yes, the usage, “begs the question,” has been repurposed by the semi-literate to mean “calls for the question” or “suggests the question.”
     
    No, the logicians who came up with the term, at least its English translation, didn't bother to look for a name that doesn't so obviously fit more common uses as well. They should have trademarked it-- but, no, they'd have lost that for its being too generic.

    "Disinterested" gets even worse treatment.

    "Rent-seeking", on the other hand, has the opposite problem. It's a grand concept, but the term is too clumsy to make its own meaning clear, let alone be used for more general purposes.

    So, Jim, instead of hectoring us, why not get to work on replacing these terms with something more elegant?

    I make my own share of corrections in comments here, but try to be entertaining rather than insulting about it.
  • Michelle Obama will be back in the news shortly as she sets out on her Getting Paid book promotion tour. Michelle possesses a perfectly natural liking for money, and she's certain to get a lot of it. An ironic thing about Michelle Obama, feminist icon, is that she absolutely hated it when people encouraged her...
  • Omigod!! Massive Michelle Media blitz! Michelle is everywhere on TV today (Monday). Is there a reason why Her Book is so important and mus be a big success?

  • From The Guardian: After all, Trump's big breakthrough in the Electoral College was winning the Confederate states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. You can't get much more Deep South than Michigan's UP. And Trump's mother was born in Tong in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, which is pretty far south compared to the Shetland Islands or Spitzbergen....
  • So, from context, it seems that a “Unionist” must be a Euro-Communist and globalist; a person who hates the national autonomy and prestige of the United States as a nation; and a “Confederate” must be an American patriot, a person who prioritizes the borders, the citizenry, and the well-being of the United States as a nation.

    Maybe if “the Union” kept growing steadily for 150 years between 1865 and now, so that it now includes the whole world, this notion has a chance.

    The semantic convention here is something like the Unity of All Good Causes; if Abe Lincoln and Barack Obama were two of the Good People, then they must have supported the same Cause. I wouldn’t want to play peacekeeper on a long stagecoach ride whose passengers included these two. As well try to interest Jeremiah Wright in the African Recolonization Society.

  • As Dan Quayle said, "Diversity is our strength. From The Guardian: Roma = Gypsy Good luck with that. My impression is that Gypsies consider acting like Gypsies to be a blast. It's what they do.
  • An amazing quote from community leaders, “We have to change the behaviour and the culture of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there’s going to be an explosion otherwise. We all know that.”

    Absolutely astonishing! First that they would at this late stage of devolution, believe that such a thing was desirable! “Changing their behavior” sounds inherently racist, exploitative, and post-colonial. Second that they could imagine themselves capable of it. The Roma do not come to England to become English. They come to England to make part of England part of Romany.

    • Replies: @BigDickNick
    the idea that there is something wrong with roma culture is incredibly problematic and racist. We need to celebrate the spicy diversity and vibrant cultural practices they are enlivening stale pale england with.
  • Patrick J. Buchanan turned 80 today.
  • How strange it must be for Pat Buchanan to recall in detail the controversies over the Cold War, anti-Communism, etc.; to remember vividly the Presidencies of Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, etc.

    A whole world now completely unknown to most people in America.

    The 1960 Presidential debate figured prominently the “missile gap” and what to do about it. Will a Presidential debate ever again feature a discussion that close to being technical?

    The twentieth century in which Pat formed his views and developed his perspective is gone forever; not simply past but vanished. How strange for him to spend time advising Republican congressmen who remember none of it-

    • Replies: @David In TN
    The 1960 JFK-Nixon debates were rerun for the first time in 1976 on PBS. Afterward, several journalists remarked that the debate was more "on the issues" than they remembered.

    Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford debated in 1976, the first debates between major party nominees since 1960. Most thought Kennedy and Nixon were more impressive than Carter and Ford.
  • From the New York Times: I like how the poor bastard who enlisted to fight in The Forever War in the Middle East is an elderly white-mustached Wilford Brimley-lookalike who must have enlisted on 9/12/2001. I also like how the New York Times gives its cartoonist a headline and a subhead to explain his cartoon....
  • So the cartoonist believes that the caravans are a ploy in the midterm elections and not as advertised a desperate striving to achieve sanctuary. Otherwise, how is stopping the caravans, which publicly threaten America’s southern border, a part of the midterm elections. Such rank cynicism!

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
    Speaking of ploys in the midterm elections, there's still time for the Democrats to pull off another Hate Hoax before Tuesday to distract Americans from the colorful invaders. Will we see black churches burning this Sunday?
  • From the New York Times op-ed page: How dare whites feel aggrieved about being replaced? Those bastards, letting themselves get resentful over us replacing them. They deserve what they have coming. We're not replacing whites because we love power, we are replacing whites because they are hateful. We know they are hateful because of how...
  • By and large, conspiracies are not needed to explain the vast number of such pieces of writing. Simply put, many are called and few are chosen. So many people want sinecures working as Social Justice Warriors. They work long hours trying to internalize what the Zeitgeist is saying, what the Mainstream is concerned with. (Isn’t this what being a Good Student in school was all about; learning what the teacher thinks and regurgitating it on paper?

    But it’s so discouraging, seeing a clueless person advocate for open race war. Scary too—
    What this person learned is that race hatred is GOOD, as long as you hate the right race-

  • Evidence keeps accumulating that the liberal half of America took a sudden swerve into political extremism and psychological problems around 2013. Why? Commenter TheMediumIsTheMassage offers a pop cultural suggestion. “A central question about our time is: Why did Democrats go nuts in c. 2013?” This is indeed a central question of our time and while...
  • Quentin Tarantino: composer of pretentious high-gloss trash. Late adolescent blend of long periods occupied by smirking at ordinary people and society; punctuated by sudden extreme violence.

    I always imagined Tarantino as being just like that Florida bombing suspect. Definitely a male homosexual body builder/leather freak. The only real crime is being a wimp-

  • One interesting dog-that-isn't-barking aspect about the media coverage of the Caravan is the lack of Statue of Liberty Poem Schmaltz. The tangible nature of the Caravan functions as a reductio ad absurdum of recent years' Zeroth Amendment bloviating.
  • “I think the Open Borders advocates are keeping their powder dry. Statue of Liberty poems, of course. Maybe a small’ lightweight copy they could carry up front as in a parade. Look for terrified, crying little children and their long-suffering peasant mothers, pushed to the front of the parade, confronting the jackbooted storm trooper thugs of Border Patrol.”

    Does this narrative rule? Or is Trump allowed to win a big victory for America? It’s just like any TV series with a huge following: We know it’s scripted, but we don’t have an advance copy.

    And does anyone really believe that such a Trump “victory” would have any effect on the enforcement of the southern US border? Would the troops be stationed permanently?

    I haven’t been so excited since the last episode of The Sopranos!

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Sorry you missed The Kavenaugh Chronicles. The Lindsay Graham redemption arc was easily the best bit of writing this season. Came outta nowhere,
  • "Roderick Jaynes," who was nominated for Best Editor Oscars for Fargo and No Country for Old Men, is the pseudonym under which the Coen Brothers jointly edit their movies. I've never seen anybody suggest this, so let me toss out the idea that the name Roderick Jaynes is a tribute to Julian Jaynes, the author...
  • Steve-
    Lots of us thought Julian Jaynes’ notions had Something Right about them. There is a Jaynes cult dedicated to promoting his notions.

    A thorough debunking of Jaynes’ theory insofar as it is testable occurs in E. Fuller Torrey’s book:

    Torry is of course concerned with any theories about schizophrenia – he is an authority on this subject, both in clinical and neurophysiological terms.

    The heir apparent in terms of Big Ideas about the mind seems to be the theories of Simon Baron-Cohen, who instead focuses upon autism. I have not searched for a similar critique of his similarly thought-provoking ideas.

  • From the NYT, yet another try by reporter Amy Harmon to straighten out this whole DNA-race problem: Oh, boy, more milk stuff. In an unusual statement on the role of science in the resurgence of white supremacy in America, the American Society of Human Genetics on Friday denounced “attempts to link genetics and racial supremacy.”...
  • I begin to suspect there may be a genetic defect that makes otherwise intelligent people completely incapable of understanding arguments based on statistics.

    In the 1980’s there was a purported discovery of a genetic mutation that made its bearers incapable of acquiring basic aspects of linguistic syntax. Debunked, yes; but taken seriously at the time. My proposal is no more silly than that.

    And it would explain with one hypothesis such a large fraction of this entire vast domain of academic argument

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  • Wow! Quite a challenge for any academy-trained semiologist! But this sentence seems to be a kind of Rosetta Stone:

    “An image from a video showing men chugging milk. White nationalists are using genetic research — like the ability to digest lactose in milk as adults — as a sign of racial identity.”

    Obvious surface problems – how can an “ability to digest lactose” be an example of “genetic research”?
    How can any type of “genetic research” be a “sign of racial identity”?

    No progress to be had there! Wait – I think I’ve got it. Perhaps genetic variability across populations is correlated with diversity of traits in individuals. But things are much too intermixed to allow for “purity”, which seems to be the main fixation of “white supremacists”. That’s why drinking milk is a basic symbol for them – because milk is white and white is pure! It’s just like Ivory Soap commercials back in the Dark Days! OK. So what about one’s ability to drink CHOCOLATE milk?

  • I was wondering whether Amy Harmon's article in the NYT about how scientists are too reluctant to debunk "race realism" because reasons TBA was an epic troll job or sincere. Now, in the NYT Insider section, she says it was heartfelt, or headfelt. She did it For The Children: Italics and bold mine. ... Yet...
  • Interesting . . . . I would have thought it would be the Haters (in this case, the White Supremacists) who were in great danger of spontaneous combustion, caused (presumably) by the violent discharge of a large supply of negative emotion.

    I’m not sure if there is a proper technical term for this type of spontaneous combustion, caused by extreme rage. I’ve only ever seen documented cases in the 1950’s style cartoon shows, like, e.g., Tom and Jerry.
    It needs a medical acronym. Try: Spontaneous Combustion as Outlet for Furious Frustration (SCOFF).

    • LOL: jim jones
  • In our modern era, there are surely few organizations that so terrify powerful Americans as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith, a central organ of the organized Jewish community. Mel Gibson had long been one of the most popular stars in Hollywood and his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ became among the...
  • @Wizard of Oz
    Ron, this of all your thrillers should be turned into a film script. But I fear that the persuasive effect of your devotion to truth will be undermined if you don't shore up your credibility on some of your other heretical eruptions.

    I set aside your curiously anachronistic view that Israel in 1963 would have dared assassinate a US President. It is your dilettantish approach to 9/11 that demands correction as a "has Ron Unz gone mad" message to me from an otherwise sympathetic investment banker prompted me to note.

    You cannot on your record be accused of naiveté. But you seemed to take seriously that the one man with the clearest motive for promoting the 9/11 attacks should be believed when he denied responsibility shortly afterwards when Mullah Omar was being pressed to give him up. And later of course he had the US government doing all the publicity for him.

    It is much more to the point that Khalid Sheik Mohammed hasn't blamed Israel is it not?

    But that is incidental compared with your failure to turn your physicist's intellect on to the one crucial question. That is whether the WTC buildings could only have collapsed as they did if they were prepared beforehand for demolition and the demolition charges set off at appropriate times. Apart from considering that Mossad might conceivably have facilitated the Arabs' attack for which there is negligible actual evidence, the serious charge of Israeli crime has to depend on the official version's science being radically wrong and demonstrably so. It goes without saying that the underresourcing and other limitations of the Commisdion of Inquiry could be explained by the wish to provide cover fot the CIA, FBI and White House. Scientific investigation deserves your attention.

    I set aside your curiously anachronistic view that Israel in 1963 would have dared assassinate a US President.

    Ron Unz never claimed that “Israel” assassinated a US President. He claims that the Mossad appropriated special ops dedicated to assassinations, and aided te factions within te CIA that hated JFK and wanted him dead. Understanding this requires a grasp of the complexities of covert black ops. The straw man summary quoted above is wholly inadequate to this task.

    David Ben-Gurion stated that JFK’s views on Israel and Palestine; Israel and acquisition of atomic weapons, etc. posed a threat to the very existence of Israel. Is this sufficient motive to trade a US president seen as hostile to central Zionist initiatives for one quite receptive to those initiatives.

    As for addressing “the science” of the WTC collapse, you do not do this at all. Do you believe existing scientific study favors your viewpoint? I have no informed opinion. Many who do differ with you-

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    Avner Cohen,’Israel and the Bomb’, New York 1998
    Kennedy had threatened Israel not to provide them with weapons any more if they continued developing the atomic bomb.
  • Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, photos of 15 Saudi agents who flew into...
  • @anonymous
    This one may set a new record for Mr. Buchanan's use of pronoun propaganda, cultivating the sense that Americans should literally identify with their rulers.

    "That our principal Arab ally in our confrontation with Iran, which could lead to yet another U.S. war, is a regime headed by so unstable a character should raise serious concerns about where it is we are going in the Middle East.

    Have we not wars already?

    Do we not have enough enemies in the region — Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria, Iran — to be starting another war?

    As for our regional allies, consider."

    Et cetera. He always sounds like he's advising Uncle Sam.

    When it comes to matters outside his country, "Mr. Paleoconservative" is, in fact, a right-sized imperialist.

    Pat Buchanan is used to advising Republicans using arguments that will impress them. He personally favors A Nation Not An Empire; but even if one disagrees, it still follows that many possible government courses of action are totally wrong-headed.

  • From the New York Post: Flatbush is an integrated neighborhood in Brooklyn on the far side of Prospect Park from ultra-gentrified Park Slope. I stayed there briefly last summer. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a #Becky demanding police #BelieveWomen that a 9-year-old black boy touched her butt and an angry black...
  • I immediately edited your last line! Clearly you intended to write, “a nine year old black man”.

  • In the hopes of Raising Awareness about how we need a National Conversation about how our society ought to be more sensitive to the psychological suggestibility of our small but highly inflammatory unstable Arsonist-American population: I'd like to make a suggestion to Pundit-Americans: You can almost always change phrases like "burn down" to "tear down"...
  • “Yes, obviously that individual needs to be closely observed! The combination of hallucination, i.e., seeing Nazis everywhere, together with fantasies of conducting violent action to stop them, always scares medical professionals!”

    How exactly does one “burn down” a party? I understand burning down the Reichstag or burning evil books, but burning the GOP?!

    It’s finally so sad that Bill Buckley’s fight to turn the Republicans into a liberal internationalist party has been bequeathed to people, i.e., neocon stalwarts, far more ignorant and inarticulate than he-

  • From the New York Times: Did I ever mention that I went to Yale and my first professor job was at Yale? Did I ever mention that I received a ... Well, never mind. The point is that I, in contrast to my pathetic ankle-biting rivals, have attained a Zen master level of harmony and...
  • AN Whitehead claimed academics always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were a university professor. Prof. Dr. Krugman seems to have a touch of this academic malaise, of supposing that all Americans are, roughly speaking, like the people he encounters at faculty meetings.

    He obviously was tempted to write, “Hard partying sons of riches”; but suppressed the urge.

    Note the sweep of the hand that extends this generalization also to the “working class”, whoever they are. (Is that like, people without tenure?)

    Is “privilege” really what Americans fear losing? I thought it was health care, or their retirement savings, or their kids’ college education. Or perhaps their job?

    I’m not sure Kavanaugh belongs at that faculty meeting. But Prof. Dr. Klugman clearly does-

    • Replies: @Rosie

    Is “privilege” really what Americans fear losing? I thought it was health care, or their retirement savings, or their kids’ college education. Or perhaps their job?
     
    All those things are precisely what they mean by "White privilege." They think the midde class is an artifact of arbitrary, protectionist trade barriers.
    , @Laugh Track

    AN Whitehead claimed academics always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were a university professor. Prof. Dr. Krugman seems to have a touch of this academic malaise, of supposing that all Americans are, roughly speaking, like the people he encounters at faculty meetings.
     
    I think that observation is apt. However, I'd lift it out of academia and apply it more broadly.

    To wit, "progressives always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were an upper middle class liberal woman." That everyone isn't that is a definite stumbling block that gets attributed to systemic racism, sexism, etc.
  • From the Daily Caller: The diversity-entropy connection seems pretty reasonable to me. The globalist goal is for every strip mall on Earth to have the exact same percentage of Vietnamese nail salons. Only then, will we have achieved True Diversity. I would include a picture of the Prime Minister saying this if he had dressed...
  • As one who was trained as a theoretical physicist, I can recognize Really Big Ideas in the making. Wow!

    But I ant to rephrase this tenet (entropy is our strength) as follows:

    Chaos is our strength.

    Or a la George Orwell:

    Chaos is strength.

    But the word “our” in the first version is telling, if by “us” one means the vast and growing Security State.

  • From the Columbia Journalism Review: The mystery of Tucker Carlson By Lyz Lenz SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 7210 WORDS ... I’m a single mom, a freelance writer with two kids, swiftly facing a future with no healthcare. I’m cobbling together ghostwriting jobs, but it’s not enough. ... Despite his pedigree, or more likely because of it,...
  • It’s abundantly clear that “our core values as Americans” does not include freedom of speech.

    As an insight into totalitarian logic, the concept that the explicit denial of factual reality be part of any Social Justice dogma, so that almost anyone who publicly debates very much is bound to commit violations , sounds a lot like Arthur Koestler, in Darkness at Noon.

    But I blame the CJR for bad editing: It isn’t clear who it that maintained that “Galileo was put to death for saying the Earth was round”. As I read it, Tucker Carlson is given credit for that claim. Do you believe that Lyz Lenz is using artistic license to sum up Carlson’s views?

    Universities are now becoming as dangerous to people seeking a good education
    as
    Pre-modern hospitals were to people seeking to recover their health.

  • The campaign to overturn the 2016 election and bring down President Trump shifted into high gear this week. Inspiration came Saturday morning from the altar of the National Cathedral where our establishment came to pay homage to John McCain. Gathered there were all the presidents from 1993 to 2017, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and...
  • Pat Buchanan’s column really leads us to a more frightening vision than that of “regime change”, in the sense of destroying a Presidency. This sequence seems to be about declaring the American system of Federal Constitutional Government to be “a failure”; probably because it allegedly, “failed to confront the forces now shaping American society”.

    This storm of social and political chaos is about overthrow of the Government of the US, and, probably, it’s replacement by a “Constitutional Convention”.

    A new, “American Union”, anyone?

  • From Medium: By Bono Lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED) Aug 30 A Thought That Needs to Become A Feeling Nationalists say diversity is a threat, but it’s Europe’s greatest strength I’m told a rock band is at its best when it’s a little transgressive: when it pushes the bounds of...
  • Bono has been repeatedly nominated for the Bill Gates/Sergey Brin Annual Award for Loyal Service to the Empire.

    “A thought that should become a feeling?” !!

    This deserves further attention!

    My immediate response invoked the commercials on late-night TV, or in picture magazines, showing you sad abandoned animals, or sad refugee children and begging for your support.
    “For only $19.95 a month you can become the patron of a failed globalist policy. . . . . or, you can turn the page!”

    But there’s also an aspect of Rehab:
    Can a Wrong Thought become a Righteous Feeling?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    The abused and abandoned animals are nothing to do with the other rot (except inasmuch as only white people much care for animals (or husbandry, custodianship, and conservation generally; call it the nobless oblige of being such a dominant species...) So their flight is worsened by the increase in mud people and the destruction of Europeans).
  • From the Editor of The Atlantic: John McCain Would Have Passed the Anne Frank Test The senator spent decades demonstrating his willingness to fight powerful men who abused powerless people. JEFFREY GOLDBERG 8:47 AM ET A decade ago, on one of his seemingly countless visits to Iraq, John McCain, who was generally immune to the...
  • What we learn: John McCain was a truly great man because he believed that people who “rule through murder” are “just like Hitler”; thus “we” must murder them.

    Warning: Do not apply this chain of reasoning to any other foreign heads of state!

    But the interesting question I have is this: Was McCain really guided by a view of history so childish and breathtakingly ignorant? Consider the power this man wielded!!

    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Given how many Americans hold such childish and historically ignorant views, I don't doubt that McCain did too. I lost count of how many Facebook comments I've seen like "my grandfather fought Nazis
    in Europe and we need to fight them here." As if an expansionist foreign army of millions of men is equivalent to a few hundred law-abiding US citizens demanding that they not be replaced.
  • From Salon: “BlacKkKlansman” and white women: Spike Lee’s new film indicts their investment in white supremacy From legal slavery to now, white women have always participated in white nationalist violence in many forms RACHEL LEAH AUGUST 10, 2018 11:00PM (UTC) The new Spike Lee-directed film "BlacKkKlansman" begins with a scene from the 1939 film "Gone...
  • Sounds for all the world like a Jewish supremacist in a naked attempt at the political and cultural appropriation of black rage. How does she presume to judge this movie!!

  • Ezra Klein writes at his Vox: Feminist Twitter's motto ought to be: "Men! Can't live with 'em, can't live without their money and technology." Of course "#CancelWhitePeople" doesn't mean murder all white people. Who would pay for all the Diversity Racket makework jobs to which everybody on Antiwhite Twitter aspires? The hashtag merely means: -...
  • Isn’t this a case of gross cultural appropriation? Sarah Jeong is not a “woman of color”, she is East Asian in heritage and race.

    And don’t tell us “she is an angry black woman trapped inside the body of an Asian woman”; because that is an official heresy of victimist doctrine. No, she can NEVER “know what it’s like”.

    So why is Sarah Jeong not being denounced and perhaps threatened, by outraged persons of color?

  • With Alex Jones either in the news or not in the news, depending upon where you get your news ... From Texas Monthly:
  • Congratulations on this random find! This sounds like the most gratuitous conspiracy theory since the one that maintained some connection between the assassinations (?) of John Lennon and Stephen King.

  • From Ezra Klein's Vox: In defense of Sarah Jeong Why Andrew Sullivan and the conservative media are wrong to call the New York Times’s latest hire “racist” for attacking white people. By Zack Beauchamp @zackbeauchamp [email protected] Aug 3, 2018, 4:00pm EDT ... But to some conservatives, like National Review’s David French and New York magazine’s...
  • A perfectly charming defense of Who? Whom? rhetoric and reason, along with an explanation of why racism isn’t really racism.

    But what is the argument being presented here to defend all this ugly bigoted language? The author sidesteps back and forth between “This stuff is simply true so there is no bias expressed” and “This kind of language does no harm”

    The latter is “true” because, evidently, no one is doing race-based violence to white people.
    Or Trump supporters.

    Absolutely unreal. The willful blindness to so much violence against white people. Newspapers document incidents daily. The statistics are not subtle. Or hard to find. How to understand this shocking, willful ignorance?

    The essential nature of the Post-Modern as calling for violence while denying that one is doing so. If one were to accuse Maxine Waters, for example, of calling for violence, I’m certain she would simply deny it-

  • Personally, I approve of boys and girls and don't want to see no more of them. But that's just me, I guess.
  • @dr kill
    Personally, I approve of boys and girls and don’t want to see no more of them. But that’s just me, I guess.

    Will someone please explain or otherwise improve this sentence. Thank you.

    Put quote marks around the phrase “no more”. Simple-

  • From the NYT Opinion Page: Gentrifier. People contain multitudes — especially Texans. Given this country’s painful history, in which even incremental racial progress is always met with ferocious backlash, I should have known better. I should have known that the polite acceptance our neighbors showed us, their tolerance for the drippings of our culture, didn’t...
  • Again the Over-The-Top nature of the writing causes its author to be dragged along helpless by the excess of this own rhetoric.

    Trump is inflicting “unimaginable cruelty” on the children of immigrants! What a mean man!

    He hates little kids . . . . . probably hates dogs too!

    • Replies: @Pericles

    He hates little kids . . . . . probably hates dogs too!

     
    Ix-nay on the ogs-day, remember the uslims-may hate them already. Don't cross the narrative beams.
    , @SWVirginian
    Trump is inflicting “unimaginable cruelty” on the children of immigrants!

    Last week there were 2 stories- one in the WSJ & one in Propublica - telling the sad tale of woe of 2 women attempting to reunite w/ their young children who were taken into custody at the border. The problem is that neither woman was with her child when they crossed at the border. They had left their children back in Central America and entered the US illegally months before their children were brought in. One child came w/its father (we assume) and one w/an uncle (or so it was said). The second one was a toddler less than 2YO.

    OK, now. If separating these children from their father/ uncle is "unimaginable cruelty", what exactly was their being abandoned by their mothers earlier? A picnic in the park?

    If we want to stop the cruel separation of families, we'll quickly pass E-Verify and make it mandatory, crack down on all employers who hire illegal aliens, turn back those seeking asylum based upon domestic violence and crime, and halt family reunification other than spouses and minor children. This will remove the biggest incentive for their coming.

    BTW we are seeing a number of illegal aliens agree to being deported but leaving their children here to 'pursue asylum in their own right'. How does a child qualify for asylum if the parents don't? This is nothing more than a long game of assuming that the child will be part of the next DACA style amnesty and then bring the parent(s) to the US. The parents themselves may not be capable of figuring all of this out, but those advocacy groups helping out sure can.
    , @Sparkon
    Dog people might be surprised to learn there are many red-blooded Americans who despise dogs, as I do, being forced even now to listen to the wretched pooch next door barking its head off for the last hour. And I really do wonder about people who can mention little children and dogs in the same breath, as if there were some moral equivalence between the two.

    By chance, I was looking through a July 13, 1970 issue of the Lodi News-Sentinenal, where I found this news item:

    Magazine Says Dogs are Man's WORST Friend

    New York (UPI) Dogs are becoming "the most obnoxious minority group" in cities throughout the world, Time magazine said Sunday.

    The weekly news magazine described dogs as "man's worst friend."

    "The beast in the city jungle chews children, attacks joggers, and howls into the night in cramped apartments that make it neurotic," Time said.

    “When it does get out – twice a day if its master can manage – it turns street and sidewalk alike into messy booby traps for pedestrians.

    There are 500,000 dogs in New York, 700,000 in London, 280,000 in Tokyo, 300,000 in Los Angeles and more than a million in Mexico City Time said.

    In addition to being nuisances in the city, dogs can give humans tuberculosis, create allergies, and cause intestinal infections, Time said.

    New York recorded 25,000 dog bites last year and Tokyo 5,000 according to the magazine, and fear of rabies has compelled the British to bar and dogs and cats from entering the country.”
     
    For balance, I guess, the newspaper had a regular column titled "The Tail Waggers Club" by Joyce Gombos, where she describes some of the dogs available at the Delta Stockton Humane Society Animal Shelter:

    If you are looking for an especially adorable dog to take home for your very own pet...Peppi...a darling Poodle...just as sweet as he could be.
     
    Sheesh! Adore a dog? Ya gotta be nutz.

    In looking at classified ads in the rentals section of that same 1970 Lodi newspaer, I see not a single mention of the term "pet friendly," but quite a few ads that specify "no pets."

    How did we get from "no pets" to "pet friendly?" Maybe the pet food industry would be able to shed some light on the question, eh?

    1922 - Ken-L-Ration, which was introduced by the Chappel Brothers from Rockford Illinois, became the first canned dog food in the market. It was made with horse meat and the dogs did love them, especially once the Chappel Brothers began sponsoring events to market their products and advertised on popular radio shows such as The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

    The canned dog food became so popular that the company had to begin breeding horses just so they can meet the consumers’ growing appetite for it, resulting in the slaughter of about 50,000 horses a year by the 1930s – and yes, that’s just for their brand of canned dog food.
     
    https://www.homeoanimal.com/blogs/blog-pet-health/81166468-do-you-know-what-is-the-history-of-dog-food

    I suggest it is no coincidence that the dumbing down of America has been accompanied by the dogging up of America.

    When I was a kid, some dogs chased cars (and kids on bicycles); now the dog rides shotgun in the front seat with its head hanging out the window, tongue flapping in the breeze. These days, you too can be a dog chauffeur, or if that's still not enough for you, move to Boulder and be -- cue kazoos -- a (((+ Dog Guardian +))), if you need some real purpose in your life.

    Correlation is not necessarily causation, but it is definitely a correlation where more dogs = dumber people.

    I wonder if Hollywood would ever make the move, or if NASA would ever consider a mission to

    Escape from the Planet of the Dogs

    'Not likely, but I am consoled by the thought that when I die and go to heaven, there will be a big sign by St. Peter's Pearly Gate:

    No Dogs!

    That really would be heaven.
    , @Logan
    Children of parents crossing the border illegally are treated no differently from children of American citizens who are similarly arrested for breaking the law. The uproar over this policy is based on the idea that for some reason illegal aliens (and their children) should be granted privileges not given the Americans.

    A young homeless lady with serious drug and other problems who my wife has tried very hard to help (without success) was recently re-arrested for the nth time. Her five-year old daughter was taken to CPS and is therefore separated from her mother. She will probably lose custody and be permanently separated.

    But, since she's a natural-born (white) American citizen, nobody cares about the unimaginable cruelty inflicted on her little girl.
    , @Autochthon
    My son is the child of an immigrant (my wife): he is the happiest, healthiest little guy you ever saw – doesn't even know or care who the president of the F.U.S.A. is! So, I have first-hand knowledge any claim the president is inflicting unimaginable cruelty to the children of immigrants is horeshit. I bet the Brimmelowes, Derbyshires, and countless others can also confi their children are not being tortured by the president.

    In the event, "inconveniences for invaders" ≠ "cruelty to immigrants."

    If any American marched into Guatelombia without permission and started stirring up shit, the way these Guatelombians waltzing north have done, he'd be in a gaol a lot filthier and crueler than any facility operated by the F.U.S.A.'s government.
  • From The Atlantic: Guilt is in your blood, you "people who think they are white," as Ta-Nehisi Coates has explained. Because, as we all know, America Is Made Out of Cotton, so what land could be more important to the future than the rural cotton belt south of Memphis? It's a paradox! Clearly, there must...
  • Over The Top Rhetoric Department

    So many gems recorded in such a short blog! Yes, “people who think they are white”. I thought it was settled that Whiteness like Blackness must be objective, exclusive and inviolate. If you believe you’re a woman inside, OK, you’re a woman. But not so with Blackness. Or with Whiteness (?) This deserves a Mainstream media test case

    “Reservoirs of demographic strength” ?? What can this mean? That a lot of people live there?
    I hope I don’t detect here any covert racist talk, but can “reservoirs of demographic black strength” be what is implied? Is California also a reservoir?

    Last but not least, “the eternal taunts of the Bryant boys”. Omigod! This phrase rings with the alliterative ambition of the “I Have a Dream Speech”. Perhaps it will be a verse in a future American (inter)-national anthem.

    Remember the days when there was more decency in the public sector, and this type of race-baiting rhetoric was confined to the sermons of upwardly ascendant black preachers? Perhaps, in a way, it still is-

  • As I mentioned in my recent Taki's Magazine column on Mexico, the landslide election of socialist nationalist AMLO in Mexico might provide Trump with some dealmaking opportunities, whether before or after AMLO comes in in December. If you are Mexico, which of your neighbors would you prefer to be on neighborly good terms even if...
  • Now illegal immigrants have become “migrants”.

    Does that suggest they will all go back home to their respective countries when harvest time is over?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Now illegal immigrants have become “migrants”.
     
    Some babe on NPR tonight was rattling on about how Kavanaugh was a threat to "women's reproductive health services". The debasement of the language continues.
  • From the New York Times op-ed column: So maybe the wealthy Spain of today should pay a little higher fraction of its defense than the poor Spain of 1978? A European who visited Trump recently tells me he was shocked by two things: the president’s venom against European allies that don’t buy enough American goods...
  • The EU is a “transformative peace magnet”!! The completely over-the-top prose style seems like a signature.Do neocons all employ the same ghost writer?

  • From Mediaite: Did we mention that Thilo Sarrazin is controversial? That book sold something like one million copies. That sounds ... controversial. Yuck. It should go without saying that some things are simply not said. This isn't 1968 anymore when every new book was promoted as being controversial. The victors of 1968 didn't struggle and...
  • Isn’t the type of speech in this book (according to the few examples posted) clearly illegal in Germany?

    I thought there were “hate speech” laws in Germany; those being laws against speech that the ruling class hates.

    Will this book become still another volume accessible only on the Internet?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    This hate speech laws thing in Germany is actually not as hot, as many people think. Sarrazins book - as all his others - will be printed soon, and sold in all (well - almost all) German bookstores. I always order my copy at my old leftists collectively run Schwarze Geiss (=Black Goat) bookstore, which led to interesting discussions so far, I have to say.
  • I am a big fan of Jewish self-awareness, but it's in increasingly short supply in recent years. Here's an interview with a Jewish professor of history, Marc Dollinger, who points out some fairly obvious truths that have gotten lost in all the retconning. From NPR: Exploding Myths About 'Black Power, Jewish Politics' June 4, 20186:18...
  • Israel in the 1960’s was a David and Goliath story: tiny Israel, constantly warred upon by all the surrounding Arab countries, who were dedicated to the destruction of Israel, stood up and defended itself heroically. This was the exact opposite of the Vietnam War, to which one of course was opposed. One said, “Israel is different.”

  • Roseanne Barr may well have gotten Obama’s Iran-born righthand woman Valerie Jarrett, who isn't at all distinctly black-looking (especially after all the work she appears to have had done), confused with Hillary’s Saudi-raised righthand woman Huma Abedin, who has often been accused of having ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. Stir in a few Ambien and...
  • Obviously the commenters on this topic are more tuned in than I.

    My first reaction to Roseanne’s bizarre comments:

    “Omigod!! Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett? They’re just so totally three-years-ago! Is she trapped in a time capsule? What must it be like; being obsessed with Valerie Jarrett?? I certainly never indulge in Tweeting, but I thought the Tweetstream was as up-to-the-minute topical as JohnyCarson’s nightly monologue used to be ….

  • There has been a lot published on Trump and the alt-right over the last couple of years, but it's gotten pretty repetitious. Now, though, somebody has come up with something new. On Amazon: Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump Paperback – May 29, 2018 by Gary Lachman (Author) Within the...
  • Any theory that understands the secret connection between Norman Vincent Peale, Ayn Rand, and Pepe the Frog clearly has important things to teach us-

  • A headline on WashingtonPost.com: Trump, of course, spent the first 70 years of his reclusive, introverted life being notoriously publicity-shy.
  • The source here is the Washington Post – the US Government factory newspaper, so one assumes that the “We” who knew so little about Mr. Trump denotes “high-ranking government insiders”, a reminder that he was never one of them.

  • From the Daily Beast: ... At a sold out fundraising dinner for gay Wall Streeters in the lavish Old Stock Exchange building in the heart of Wall Street. Barbra Streisand sang an updated version of "Send in the Clowns" with lyrics addressing what Hillary seemed to see as the most burning issue of the campaign:...
  • “Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”

    Indeed! Who exactly is “they”? Does Hillary refer to the Ruling Class, the Deep State, and such? But as Amy Chozick reminds us, Hillary knows these people and they smile on her face. Or simply to the Usual List of Suspects: the Republicans, the Russians, the FBI, and, above all, Barack Obama? Is that it? Hillary will always blame Mr. Obama, (its HIS Justice Department and FBI that attacked her after all), but can never say so for fear of ostracism.

  • From The Atlantic:
  • There is a persistent vogue in blaming the Counterculture for public skepticism about Big Science. Of course, people don’t still use the term “Counterculture”, but i don’t know the collective label for the combined Forces of Superstition. A rational Enlightenment fan, showing their academic superiority and Right-Think, would list Bible Christian Fundamentalism; the tabloids, all the conspiracy theories on the “history” TV channels, and popular interest in everything from Bigfoot to flying saucers.

    But the real reason is stated clearly in the last quote from this piece: increasingly, the power to broadcast ones ideas is being restricted to two groups: advocates of Ruling Class policies for collective social engineering of consensus belief; and advocates for the importance of the Mainstream media, i.e., articles about elected officials and Hollywood stars. Articles that preach Party doctrine; and articles that popularize the propaganda organs.

    This is the legacy of PC. People get the message: the truth is the truth purely because the Ruling Class says so. The “truth” as argued elsewhere cannot prevail against it. The polls prove that everyone else is changing their opinion. Either convince yourself that they must be right, and accept Party doctrine; or condemn yourself to a marginal life as a lonely person who believes strange, unpleasant things.

    No one is more alone in America than a classic liberal intellectual who grew up in the 1950’s, believing in the Open Society, and free trade in ideas: let all ideas be heard, and the truth will simply prevail. I was one of those. Was I a dupe of a systematic policy of displacing a traditional beliefs, especially Christianity and patriotism? I am a stranger in a strange land-

    I realized many years ago, when I lived in New York, that the New York Post was not more “true” or “false” than the New York Times, but was a lot more amusing. That’s why more people watch Ancient Aliens and TMZ than most “news” programs-

  • So, what do you think?
  • “American foreign policy is now an offshoot of American movies:

    The heroes blow things up, and they kill monsters”

  • Matthew Yglesias has finally gotten around to reading the 1994 bestseller The Bell Curve and he has some things he wants to say about it. From Vox: You can tell that Trump undoubtedly keeps his dog-eared copy of The Bell Curve on his bedside table from all the times he suddenly starts talking about standard...
  • Matthew Yglesias has discovered, “the Republican Party’s ongoing conversion to the cause of sharp cuts in legal immigration”. Omigod!! Who knew?

    Are the Republicans “Trumpists”? True, if Trump were a Democrat, his Party would be solidly behind his leadership. But then Trump is not a Democrat. (Or a Republican).

    Are the senior Republicans dedicated to preventing large-scale immigration from third-World countries ? How strange, to read the newspaper, or listen to “the News”, even TV News, and yet believe such a thing-

    Its so hard to play the Limbaugh-style “Democrats vs. Republicans” with a President who speaks heresy (at least at times) against all the policies that both Parties have in common. Like, e.g., open borders.

    What does it mean for a member of Congress to favor restriction in “legal immigration” as Mr. Yglesias maintains, when both parties favor making the concept of citizenship meaningless.

    “All have won, and all must receive citizenship!” But if all become citizens, there is no immigration. Just tourism and/or address change.

  • For a place with lots of hills, Los Angeles doesn't have all that many restaurants with a view of Los Angeles. Fortunately, there's Yamashiro, a fun old mock Japanese tourist restaurant with a great view of the lights of Hollywood. For a hundred years, people have been going to Yamashiro for a light-hearted night out....
  • This article by Mr. Shyong has very strange overtones of shake-down.

    The paragraph beginning, “It is also an inauthentic … ” seems to define the REAL problem here as the failure of such establishments to pay off the ethnic group they are, “exploiting”. Take for example the phrase from that paragraph:
    “culture that has generated profits exclusively for non-Japanese people”

    Whatever this article might pretend, it isn’t about culture or “power”; it is about MONEY.

  • Commenter Anon writes:
  • Realist foreign policy, emphasizing peace and stability of most “friendly” nations – that is, those open to free trade and cultural imperialism – this is my reading of your #2 option – largely prevailed in post-WWII America.
    The present status quo, a.k.a. The New World Order, is basically the opposite of the preceding realist foreign policy. Present US foreign policy can only be interpreted as seeking destabilization, chaos, and large-scale population migration in all the countries of the world. (Strangely enough, this policy is also seemingly being applied to the United States itself.) Long-time students of the Cold War must, I believe, remain in a constant state of confusion when faced with the present policy of aggressive chaos.

    I AGREE, IT SIMPLY MAKES NO SENSE.
    How can chaos be good for business?

  • From the Washington Post: Aristotle, father of scientific racism How the famous philosopher paved the way for books like “The Bell Curve." By Matthew A. Sears April 6 at 6:00 AM Matthew A. Sears is an associate professor of classics and ancient history at the University of New Brunswick. Race science is back. To be...
  • Steve, elderly people like me; people exposed to Party indoctrination in the 1970′, might naturally (but very wrongly!) describe your notions about males and debate as “sexist”. This observation provides a type of measure for forty years worth of Progress.

    Suppose truth (or Socrates) were a transsexual, then what?

  • iSteve commenter Duke of Qin writes: Steve Sailer writes in his new Taki's Magazine column: The Indian moviegoing masses seem to share the pro-Aryan prejudices of the old Northern European philosophers, with most Bollywood stars drawn from the fairer and taller Northern Indians with more steppe descent. Steve, you are certainly not aware of this...
  • Don’t many tribes throughout the world share this bias? As I recall, there a peoples of Negroid, Mongoloid, and Caucasian race who possess forms of this bias, that is, that lighter-skinned Northern extraction peoples are of higher social status?

    I note that coin collecting also has a form of *this* bias. Lincoln pennies are graded for value both by quality (the closeness of approximation to uncirculated mint state, ranked from 1 to 70, with the latter being the highest mint state); and also by color (Lincoln pennies are graded “brown”, “”red-brown” and “red”; according to the tone of the copper oxide which colors the coin.) For two coins of identical quality, i.e., mint state; a “red” coin is worth far more money than a “brown” coin.

    Call it the “fair-haired child” bias.

  • From the Los Angeles Times: Who is the California man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly aiding Russian interference in the 2016 election? By MATT HAMILTON, JAMES QUEALLY and MICHAEL LIVINGSTON FEB 16, 2018 | 6:10 PM | SANTA PAULA, CALIF. A California man who pleaded guilty to identity theft as part of the investigation...
  • “Well thank God! At least they indicted SOMEONE!”

    • Replies: @TheJester

    “Well thank God! At least they indicted SOMEONE!”
     
    But SOMEONE was a NOBODY. Does that mean anything?
  • From an interview in GQ with 84-year-old entertainment industry titan Quincy Jones: Quincy Jones leads Paul McCartney 79-78 for most Grammy nominations of all time, including producing this track. He's been in the entertainment business for nigh on 70 years, often in association with top names such as Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. Side note:...
  • @whorefinder
    Hitler was a meth head, not a coke head. That's pretty well established; the cocktail of stuff he was on was basically meth.

    Then again, JFK was on a ton of pain medication for his back, which was in constant pain from his war injuries. So he alternated between being extremely high and in extreme pain ; he notably had a rocking chair in the Oval Office because it helped his back. And we never knew about that. Or about his constant affairs, including with mobsters' girlfriends and communist sympathizers.

    And of course, famously, the press covered up FDR's paralysis.

    I wonder how much history would have been changed if these things had been known.

    Yes, indeed, Hitler like many driven ambitious people, used a lot of meth.

    What about ordinary soldiers? Is there a good book on the use of amphetamines, distributed to them by the military, by combat troops – US and German – during WWII?

  • From the Toronto Sun: 'He was smiling': Girl, 11, recounts man slicing hijab with scissors Jenny Yuen January 12, 2018 Khawlah Noman and her brother had only been walking for two minutes when she became aware a man was following them on their way to school Friday morning. The 11-year-old — a Grade 6 student...
  • “The important thing is that incidents like this DO happen! Therefore the narrative does tell us the truth. The specific details of this incident should not distract us, lest we be guilty of fetishising the facts.”

    Memorize the above Socialist bioler-plate. It will come in handy at cocktail parties

    • Replies: @Moses

    The specific details of this incident should not distract us, lest we be guilty of fetishising the facts.
     
    Toronto Star, meet Pravda.
  • In the run-up to Christmas, President Donald Trump has been the beneficiary of some surprisingly good news and glad tidings. Sunday, Vladimir Putin called to thank him and the CIA for providing Russia critical information that helped abort an ISIS plot to massacre visitors to Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Monday found polls showing Trump...
  • @whyamihere
    I've said it before on this site and I'll say it again, if Iran develops a nuke they will try to wipe Israel off the map.

    After the likely conflict with North Korea, Iran's nuclear facilities are next on the list. They must be stopped before they develop nuclear weapons. This would not require a ground invasion of Iran, only a bombing campaign via airstrikes and missiles launched from ships and submarines.

    Come at me Jew haters.

    America must stand by Israel. I like this site and the different viewpoints it gives, but boy, you guys are demented in your hatred of the Jews. You'd think intelligent people would realize that Israel is about the only good guy in the Middle East.

    Obviously written by an anti-Semite, posing as a Jewish commentator, wishing to tar Jews with the accusation of being cheerleaders for American wars.

  • Audacious Epigone has a great post on what demographic traits correlate most with support for freedom of speech in the long-running General Social Survey. The GSS asks if you would allow five controversial speakers to speak: atheists, communists, and homosexuals on the left; militarists and racists on the right. "Free Speech Absolutists" say okay to...
  • People that believe in freedom of speech are people that read. (People that have a good vocabulary tend to be people that spend time reading. The Mainstream is increasingly semi-literate; people don’t acquire vocabulary from it. A post-literacy culture tends to be a police state.

  • From the Telegraph in 2010: Gaddafi: Europe will 'turn black' unless EU pays Libya £4bn a year Col Muammar Gaddafi has warned that Europe runs the risk of turning "black" unless the EU pays Libya at least €5 billion (£4.1 billion) a year to block the arrival of illegal immigrants from Africa. By Nick Squires...
  • Muhammar Qadafi: a genuine creation of the American Empire. Brought to power by one criminal (Armand Hammer); deposed by another (Hillary Clinton). Mind you, both of them respected as Senior American Statesmen. What if America took foreign policy seriously as a nation?

  • Commenter anon observes:
  • The viewing of dopey, evil, old-fashioned, i.e., 1950’s; pre-1960s-Enlightenment society always allows the viewer to secretly enjoy and identify with all that repressive, evil, old stuff, while simultaneously mocking and deploring it. In the 1960’s, this is called Pop Art, e.g. Warhol; ; then Camp, e.g. Batman. Underground cartoonist R. Crumb can draw utterly racist and sexist comics (lots of examples) for the hippies, because his Comix are actually satires! He didn’t actually enjoy (and neither did the reader) all that terrible stuff. Course not-

    This vast world of fantasy, of escape from PC, is called “irony” in the 1970’s, and it is huge! In the seventies, ever-present irony allows the viewer – and of course the creators – to re-enter the forbidden world of Old and Bad, but this time, without any responsibility for what happens – this is Post-Modern play, and the essence of Post-Modern is an invulnerable, utterly irresponsible exercise of power. One can do all the bad adult behaviors from the 1950’s without penalty, because now they are just Play.

    When the frame becomes so fluid and elusive, there is bound to be trouble.After watching the Three Stooges, the kids were apt to start punching and slapping each other in imitation of all that (now licensed) good fun. Maybe Al Franken did the same thing – fell into a SNL skit that was real; that was Not Really Play at all-

    • Agree: Laugh Track
  • From the New York Times' column by David Brooks: How about citizenship? How exactly can McCain's long campaign to debase American citizenship by spreading it to lawbreakers
  • It is always charming to be hectored about being tribal by a deeply provincial man like David Brooks, totally loyal to his tribe.

    Would be utopias, i.e., societies founded around loyalty to ideas – those certainly have a wonderful, successful history. The names Goebbels, Lenin, and Mao come to mind.

    For any tribe, a long run of successes means never having to rethink your basic ideas or strategies.
    For many such people, this is still the year 1960, an important time for a renewed emphasis on the central founding idea of America – Tolerance, believe it or not. I think the notion that America had consensus ideas was easier to push when America had (largely) a political and cultural consensus. Why did smashing that consensus ever seem like a good idea to the Ruling Class?

    • Replies: @Frau Katze
    I agree that uniting around ideals has a bad track record. In fact, I'm trying to think of a counter example.

    The US is all that comes to mind, and it was far more homogeneous then than now.

    And it was not an upheaval like the French Revolution or the Bolsheviks. It was more of a break-away thing: tell the Brits get lost, we can run our own affairs. It was completely different than, say, Communism.

    The increasingly "multicultural" West will survive for now. But it would currently be incapable of dealing with something like WW II. It assumes that future will always be as good as it is now.

    The Greens are crazy about many things, but they're correct about how much we are stressing the environment now, never mind after a doubling of Africa's population.

    Things could could get ugly quickly. Those still grouped by ethnicity (I think it's more than religion) will have a clear advantage.
  • At this point I want everybody to forget the assassination of JFK because it’s too far back in time for even Boomers to remember many of the details. Forget 9/11 because we’ll never see the documents highlighting the entire story for decades to come. And pretty much forget the Michael Brown saga (just put it...
  • I greatly respect this site for content not available in the Ruling Class media-stream.

    No content in this article! Just ugly invective. Too bad this article is featured on this site.

  • [A major oration, previously unpublished, by Prof. Paul Gottfried] Those Southern secessionists whose national flag we are now celebrating have become identified not only with a lost cause but with a now publicly condemned one. Confederate flags have been removed from government and educational buildings throughout the South, while Confederate dignitaries whose names and statues...
  • Dear Paul Gottfried,

    I am profoundly concerned with the chaos and insanity that is being promoted at high levels by this latest round of the American Cultural Revolution. Thanks for your typically insightful column.

    I must offer a gentle correction: It is at the very end of William Faulkner’s book “Absalom! Absalom!”
    (not the “Sound and the Fury”) at which Quentin Compson is asked, “Why do you hate the South?”, and he replies, “I don’t hate the South! I don’t hate it!”

    Jim Given

  • From Intelligence: Here's James Thompson at Unz explaining it better: Group IQ Doesn’t E
  • I have worked for the last 40 years in scientific and technical research jobs. I have worked in corporate, academic, and military research centers. In all three environments I have encountered examples of women with research level training in a hard science being groomed from hiring to be middle level managers. The women chosen for these manager positions are often women with no particular expertise in the domain which they are selected to manage. Clearly, there is a theory – held by high level managers – that women are better communicators and conciliators; that they are more vigilant and more successful at the maintenance of communication links need for large scale cooperation within the group. The fact that women are chosen for these jobs who have with advanced research experience – often in a mathematical discipline – but no stake or fixed philosophy concerning the state-of-the-art technologies and initiatives in the field they will manage establishes them as “pure” managers – less likely to show bias in their support of particular sub-projects in excess of that justified by the success of these sub-projects.
    Again, I have encountered these notions many times, and had them explained to me by many senior managers. But I have no idea what the genesis of these ideas might be. I would be grateful for any pointers to history of management theorists rationalizing these ideas.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    In large part, you are describing my cousin -- physics PhD, hired by Big STEM Company to solve production problems, groomed for and then promoted to team leader. She was good at it (intelligent, conscientious, empathetic), but unhappy with the accompanying stress, politics, and long hours. She decided to return to a technical position, and is happier for it.
    , @anonymous
    I wish I could help you but I have no expertise whatsoever in the subject matter. On the other hand time and time again, in all walks of life, it has been demonstrated that a person does not necessarily need expertise "in the domain which they are selected to manage". In your case I would have to assume that the person (in this case a woman) has to have at least a working knowledge of that domain. Assuming this to be the case, an eye for talent, the ability to assemble the parts into a coherent whole and the ability to communicate is of paramount importance. Consider Casey Stengel and Ted Williams. Casey Stengel was not much more than a mediocre ballplayer but he became a Hall of Fame manager because he had those skills in abundance. And don't be fooled by his "Stengelese" which was just an act. Ted Williams was a Hall of Fame hitter-probably the greatest of all time-but as a manager he couldn't hit a lick.
  • This past Saturday night, August 12, the media was filled to overflowing with nothing but lurid and hysterical accounts of the “violence” and the “massacre” by so-called “white nationalists” (alternately identified as “white supremacists” or “white racists”) inflicted on poor, innocent “counter demonstrators” in Charlottesville who were “protesting hate and bigotry.” That’s the narrative that...
  • So far the American Cultural Revolution, fully under way, has limited itself to smashing and toppling statues, and destroying monuments to history. But what happens when they come for the books all these Nazis and Neo-Nazis like to read? Books from Huckleberry Finn to Gone With the Wind to the Sound and the Fury must all be banned and burned – they talk about a past that includes racism, thus they are racist.

    How convenient that Hate Speech Laws, like those that ended the status of European countries as open societies, are on their way to America! Hate-speech texts – books that Our Rulers hate – from Holocaust denial (and global warming denial?) to criticism of Israel will be excluded from the public square, if not from our living rooms!

    An important book to burn is Ray Bradbury’s 1952 dystopian novel Fahrenheir 451, about a future savage, chaotic America in which fireman burn libraries and book collections. There, the fire chief explains to our protagonist Guy Montag just why books were made illegal. His words, written 65 years ago, sound exactly like present news stories about eliminating all books that offend someone.

    Have we switched places with the Soviet Union? Stalin would have applauded the ongoing erasure of history (And who hated Hitler more than Stalin did?)

    • Replies: @RobinG
    IDK when they'll go after books (or if they'll even bother) but they're already attacking the internet. YouTube demonetizing is just the beginning salvo.
    , @Beefcake the Mighty
    Stalin at least routed the forces who would have destroyed Russian, indeed Western, culture and civilization. In America those forces are fully in charge.
  • Veteran political journalist Dave Weigel (who interviewed me in the Washington Post last year) has a new book out about his real passion: old-fashioned progressive rock of the Emerson, Lake, & Palmer / Yes / Genesis / King Crimson ilk: The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock. From The Atlantic,...
  • Nomination for the Whitest Music Ever: The St. Matthew Passion by Johannes Sebastian Bach.

  • From the Legal Information Institute: You know, declaring your city a Sanctuary City sounds like a pretty sweet deal politically, except that there is this federal law that says you'll be "imprisoned not more than 10 years." Ten years is a lot.
  • Don’t bother with criminal law – when city governments commit felonies publicly, and the President of the US (when that was Obama) refuses to prosecute, the system is too badly broken.

    I want to see her family sue the city in civil court for 100$ million for wrongful death-

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Read up on soverign immunity while you are holding your breath.
  • Everybody hates this anecdote from the new David Brooks column: But this seems pretty reasonable to me. Menus, in particular, have gotten much more intricate over the course of my lifetime. Dave Barry talks somewhere about how when he was a kid the typical fine dining menu consisted of: Fish $4 Meat $3 Spagetti $2...
  • Perhaps Mr. Brooks took his friend to Taco Bell. The story doesn’t say one way or another.
    Too bad-
    That would make the story funny-

  • From Bloomberg: Something must be
  • The central lesson of my life, consistently taught to me by the Mainstream media themselves is this: The Government always lies to us. From the JFK assassination to the Vietnam War to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the population of the US has been told just enough to reinforce that central truth.

    The Ruling Class already spends a lot of time and effort policing discourse; marginalizing, but not banning, forbidden lines of discussion. Of course, forbidden lines of discussion are allowed small scale on the Internet, but are completely off-limits to persons of authority within any large institution. Trump tests these limits in interesting ways-

    People now know this. They consistently tell pollsters that the don’t believe politicians; don’t believe US Government officials tell the truth; and don’t trust the Mainstream media.

    “Remember that the Chicago Police Force does not exist to create chaos. It exists to preserve chaos!” Just so-

    When this Soft Police State; this large-scale suppression of discussion no longer suffices, it will be a sign of serious social breakdown. This threat is always in the margins, from Equal Time Laws to Hate Speech Laws. But for now: Is this elaborate set of restrictions on speech not positively Victorian?
    a sign of major social breakdown.

    • Replies: @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Jim Given

    Your last comment about PC speech restrictions being Victorian is spot on. People love making fun of Victorian Era sexual repression (woman couldn't show their ankles, even table cloths had to be long enough that tables didn't show their legs, etc...) Fair enough.

    If you ask me though, people 100 years from now will look back on the current era's monomaniacal obsession with race and the accompanying censorship as a lot more ridiculous.
    , @GSR
    just curious, what was the lie about the Vietnam War?
    , @John Gruskos
    The Victorians allowed great freedom of thought and speech regarding all important topics, including politics, religion, science, and history. On the other hand, they had the good sense to outlaw pornography.

    In other words, they were the exact opposite of the current elite.

    The reason is obvious. Unlike Cass Sunstein and those of his ilk, the Victorian elite cared about the well-being of the people entrusted to their care.
  • The most recent of incident of Cultural Marxist commissars refusing to admit that dissidents are to be treated as fellow citizens is the crazed female professor who accosted the NPI’s Richard Spencer while he was exercising at a Alexandria gym. She, recognizing him from coverage of the election campaign, started haranguing him and calling him...
  • Good review of cultural Marxism, but I’m surprised you omitted Antonio Gramsci, who understood why it was important to socialism to destroy the cultural institutions of liberal democracy.

    Also, it seems very strange indeed for anyone to refer to National Review as a “conservative” magazine. Neocon; of course. And Republican (ho hum). But not at all conservative.

    When Neocon Inc. was developing support and working to take over the Republican Party, it made common cause with social conservatives in general, and with Bible Christians in particular. Now that the Republican Party is their property, neocons have returned to their roots.

  • From the NYT op-ed page: The average undergraduate today
  • It seems that the Nazi agents of repression, the Brown Shirts, have been replaced in “our republic” by the Black Hoods, this being, of course, a description of the clothing item they wear to disguise their identity. (Wasn’t there a prominent reactionary organization in US history whose members wore white hoods when they intimidated people?)

    Great to see that the ACLU pays lip service to stopping leftist violence and repression on campus. Let’s see if they back it up with lawyers, lawsuits, and money. Manifestly, the civil rights of conservative and Republican students are being trampled at Berkeley and other campuses. Such universities fail to provide for them a physically safe environment. The machinery for mass lawsuits is already in place.

    Maybe not. The long list of distinctions for which the Federal Government forbids “discrimination” includes many physical attributes (age, skin color, etc.) but does not include ideology. Maybe the creators of that legislation foolishly believed free speech was already covered by Federal law.

    So this is the early 1960’s, and it’s time for a new Free Speech movement? Another note here talks about fighting the leftists who commit violence. Necessary (I’m afraid) but not sufficient: One must also have powerful media connections. In the 1960’s, I watched my parents watching, on television, a line of Chicago cops attack and beat up protestors. That sight changed a lot of attitudes quickly-

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    Jim Given wrote:

    In the 1960′s, I watched my parents watching, on television, a line of Chicago cops attack and beat up protestors. That sight changed a lot of attitudes quickly-
     
    In fact, the studies I remember showed that most Americans sided with the cops.

    That was certainly true among almost everyone I knew, both adults and fellow students: I was a freshman in a Midwestern lower-middle-class suburban high school at the time -- reactions may have been different among the elite and among college students. Certainly, the media tried to play the story as police malfeasance.

    In any case, Nixon did win that fall on a law-and-order platform. If you add in the numbers that went for George Wallace, it is pretty clear that a majority of the country in 1968 was "law and order."

    Dave Miller in Sacramento
  • From The New Republic: From Slate: What the deal with the postmodern academics' love affair with "interrogating?"
  • The postmodern use of the word “interrogate” does offer an interesting contrast to the modernist obsession with “dialog” – I recall Tom Wolfe in his book on modern architecture, emphasizing this.

    But postmodern is all about power. We understand that you can’t have a dialog with power, because you and it aren’t equals. But how do you make power answer your questions??

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    I vaguely remember in From Bauhaus to Our House a critic or someone talking about a building engaged in dialogue with the landscape. A smartass responded with something like, "What did the landscape say?"
  • The beating of Middlebury professor Alison Stanger for daring to converse with Charles Murray instead of screeching at him has struck a lot of liberals as a disgrace. For example, black studies professor Cornel West joined with Robert P. George in issuing an open letter in response to Middlebury: Sign the Statement: Truth Seeking, Democracy,...
  • The time may be ripe for a new “Free Speech” movement on campus. MOST students are sick of PC and being intimidated.

    What a concept! End the Dark Ages of universities, as, “isles of repression in a sea of freedom”.

    Until that time, one will get more provocative, thoughtful discussions from hardhats on a construction site than from the classes in the halls of Harvard.

  • I like lists, so here is the 2012 Library of Congress list of 88 Books that Shaped America. It's not supposed to be the best books, but the most influential, with lots of non-literary works. Despite obvious biases like blacks being vastly better represented than in reality, it's not a bad list. A few comments:...
  • What about Peyton Place?

    No real surprise, if you read books about the evils of small town life, e.g., Our Town, Babbitt, etc. by Sinclair Lewis; Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters; or Winesburg, Ohio; but people actually READ Peyton Place because it was a dirty book!

    Are there any dirty books here, except for Portnoy’s Complaint? I think that in order to qualify for this list, a book of this type probably must serve to lower standards of accepted decency in literature.

    Also, what about The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?

    Or Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin?

    Jim Given

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    Our Bodies, Ourselves was very sexually explicit. Ostensibly a health and wellness manual, some sections on sexual health read practically as (icky 60's-70's Earth Mother) erotica, complete with illustrated sex positions.

    Of the other books on the list that I've read or am familiar with, none are that dirty, if by that you mean the content is meant to be titillating. For example, Beloved has some graphic references to sex, including bestiality. It's not erotic.
  • As I pointed out in my Taki's Magazine review of the Oscar frontrunner, La La Land: From Paste: By the way, here's a list of article titles featuring the "unbearable whiteness" cliche / racial slur I found earlier this year. My favorite was “The Unbearable Whiteness of Milk: Food Oppression and …" ... The film...
  • This essay Misses The Point about the supporters of Trump: They did not vote against black people, but against pious, white folks; people who beat us over the head with their own supposed moral superiority. And with their own special nostalgia; one in which they constantly fancy that they live.

    That’s right, nostalgia. People like this writer long to be Freedom Riders in the early 1960s. They want to be young again; growing up again in an America of civil rights marches; the Civil Rights Act; desegregation of restaurants and schools and businesses. Oh to live in a society with an entire race of striving, deserving (black) people sinned against rather than sinning; and another race of evil, selfish (white) people abusing them. This is a longing for a time of pre-determined moral clarity. But in the Liberal Movie, the good guys wear the black hats; not white hats.