News, Fake News, Very Fake News: A Primer

News, Fake News, Very Fake News: A Primer, by Roger Kimball. Gotcha:

A couple weeks back …I was at a swank New York club for an evening event. The establishment in question is overwhelmingly conventional, i.e., leftish in that smug “We’re-all-beautiful-people-who-are-you?” sort of way that publications like The New Yorker and the New York Times, along with such media outlets as CNN and MSNBC, exude like the cloying aroma of paperwhites.

I ran into an acquaintance, a female journalist I hadn’t seen in years. I knew that her politics were echt conventional in the above sense, but I had also found her an amusing and lively person. We were chatting with a couple of other people about this and that when someone she knew from the Times joined in. I then overheard him explain to her that she had to be careful about what she posted on Facebook, Twitter, etc., because anything too explicitly anti-Trump could be used against her when that glorious day came and “they” — the conventional fraternity of groupthink scribblers — finally took down that horrible, despicable man.

“We’ve got dozens of people working on it all the time,” he explained, adding that it was only a matter of time before they got the goods on Trump and destroyed him.

There in a nutshell, I thought, is the existential imperative that has been so gloriously productive of fake news and its exacerbated allotrope, first delineated by Donald Trump in his famous media-bashing presser on February 16, “very fake news.”

News versus fake news:

News is the reporting of facts. Someone says “this happened on such-and-such a day in such-and-such a way,” and independent, publicly available sources confirm that, yes, what was alleged happened at just that time and in just that fashion.

Fake news insinuates a skein of innuendo and a boatload of shared presumption floating on an ocean of fantastic desire into the mix. Repetition … whips this unstable congeries into an intoxicating frenzy:

“Trump’s transition is in chaos, pass it on.”

“Trump is a puppet of Putin, pass it on.”

“Trump is Steve Bannon’s puppet, pass it on.”

“Trump, like Steve Bannon, is a white supremacist/racist/homophobic/woman-hating xenophobe, really pass that one along.”

Every one of these fantasies is not only untrue, but ostentatiously, extravagantly untrue. Liberals of sound mind understand this.

Trump’s first 30 days: what they aren’t telling you.

In fact, Donald Trump’s first 30-odd days have been extraordinarily successful. That’s the news. In fact, Donald Trump’s first 30-odd days have been extraordinarily successful. That’s the news. …

To date Trump has been even more successful than was Reagan in beginning to fulfill his campaign promises. All of his cabinet nominees have been confirmed … He has moved quickly to get the ball rolling on tax cuts, repealing Obamacare, strengthening the military, enforcing the country’s immigration laws, and cutting the jungle of business-sapping regulation down to size. He has, as Allen observes, “already taken steps … to fulfill at least a dozen of his campaign promises.”

But listen to the New York Times or any of the other conventional “news” sources, and you would think Trump is a malevolent and incompetent monster who, despite his supreme incompetence, is somehow tipping the country into moral Armageddon. …

Here’s one bit of news: the stock market has risen by nearly 3000 points since Trump’s election.

Here’s another bit of news: while Trump’s personal popularity remains low for a new president, the mood of the country as a whole has exploded with optimism, whereas towards the end of Barack Obama’s reign, 70% of those polled said that the country was moving in the wrong direction.

The media are the opposition party, and their monopoly is fading as the Internet grows:

Steve Bannon was right to brand the media the “opposition party.”

To an extent marvelous to behold, it has become a factory for the production of fake and very fake news: not just the dissemination of lies, half-truths, and unsubstantiated fantasies, but also the perpetuation of that echo-chamber in which political paranoia feeds upon the bitter lees of its impotent irrelevance.

As Donald Trump Heads to Congress, a New Polarization Is Hardening

As Donald Trump Heads to Congress, a New Polarization Is Hardening, by Gerald Seib.

Just over a month into his term, Mr. Trump stands as an exceptionally polarizing figure. He inspires intense support among his admirers and equally intense animosity among his detractors, with remarkably few Americans standing in the middle without a strong view.  Everybody appears to have an opinion about Donald Trump, and those opinions already appear locked in. …

He is well on his way to remaking the composition of the two political parties. Out in the country, if not necessarily in Washington, it appears that Republicanism is increasingly defined as support for Mr. Trump, while being a Democrat is being defined as opposing Mr. Trump. …

Almost 9 in 10 self-identified Republicans, and just over 9 in 10 Trump voters, say they approve of the job the president is doing, while almost 9 in 10 Democrats, and just over 9 in 10 Hillary Clinton voters, say they disapprove of his job performance. Usually, at such an early stage in a presidency, a fair number of Americans say they just aren’t sure yet what they think of the job their new president is doing. Yet now, just 8% say they aren’t sure whether they approve or disapprove of the job Mr. Trump is doing.

Bipartisanship on nearly any issue is not possible, because of the animosity stirred up by the media:

If Mr. Trump could find some common ground with Democrats … But it isn’t clear that Democrats, whose grass-roots supporters now demand wall-to-wall opposition to all things Trump, are even interested. Their animosity toward the man, and toward his appointees in areas such as the environment and education, seem to be blocking potential common ground elsewhere.

The bottom line is this: Political polarization helped produce the voter anger that in turn produced President Trump.

Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ dinner

Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ dinner, by Stephen Daisley.

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), which hosts the annual gala, represents the journalists who cover the President day-to-day and awards scholarships to young reporters.

The dinner usually involves two skits: one by the President, who gently mocks the press and himself, and another by a broadly sympathetic comedian who ribs the Commander-in-Chief more or less respectfully while saving their most brutal jibes for his opponents.

This year, the laughter will be shallower still. Donald Trump has tweeted that he won’t be coming …

Celebrities had announced boycotts and Samantha Bee, a late-night comedian of the Trump-Hitler-applause variety, is even throwing a competing bash for opponents of the President. America doesn’t just have alternative facts, now it has alternative soirées. …

The event might seem innocuous enough; professional rivalries set aside for overcooked fish and undercooked jokes. However, it is this very clubbability, this did-Finn-get-into-Princeton cosiness that has drained the DC swamp of all public trust and confidence.

Seeing them up there, guffawing at wan presidential punchlines and opaque insider gags, knocking back the Bolly while a Hollywood turn cracks open vintage snidery about Christians, gun-owners and the flyover states — it’s enough to make anyone want to leap head-first into the basket of deplorables.

When you become friendly with politicians you start to convince yourself they’re human beings, and nothing good comes of that. …

Journalism in Britain remains a trade rather than a profession, despite the best efforts of universities with pound signs in their eyes. And yet it is our approach, sneering and scoundrel-ridden, that does a better job of holding the powerful to account. The cynical idealists of the US press corps, rebellious foot soldiers of the First Amendment, solemnly rise when the President enters the room. This, they insist, is out of respect for the office and the republican ideal. Try suggesting Westminster’s jaded hacks stand in the presence of Theresa May and you’d be laughed out the room. British journalists set out to be bulldogs and almost incidentally function as guard dogs. American journalists set out to be guard dogs and too often end up as lap dogs.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies

Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies, by Abby Phillip.

President Trump will propose a federal budget that would significantly increase defense-related spending by $54 billion [10%] while cutting other federal agencies by the same amount, an administration official said. …

But without providing specifics, the administration said that most other discretionary spending programs would be cut to pay for it. Officials singled out foreign aid, one of the smallest parts of the federal budget, saying it would face “large reductions” in spending. …

In a statement at the White House on Monday morning, Trump said that his budget would put “America first” by focusing on defense, law enforcement and veterans using money previously spent abroad. …

The vast majority of federal spending comes from programs Trump can’t touch with his budget. Social Security costs totaled about $910 billion last year, and Medicare outpaced defense spending with a total cost of $588 billion. Medicaid, interest payments on debt and miscellaneous costs made up an additional $1.2 trillion. …

Trump noted that the country faces an urgent infrastructure problem, which he promised during the campaign that he would address with a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan. Although the administration has not yet outlined whether infrastructure will be part of Trump’s budget proposal, the president spoke about it at length … on Monday. …

“We spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have potholes all over our highways and our roads.”

Cory Bernardi invites Tony Abbott to join Australian Conservatives

Cory Bernardi invites Tony Abbott to join Australian Conservatives, by Katherine Murphy.

Cory Bernardi has publicly invited Tony Abbott to join his new Australian Conservatives movement after the former prime minister’s incendiary speech last Thursday in which he laid out a conservative manifesto for the next federal election.

Bernardi told Andrew Bolt on Monday night Abbott would be very welcome to join his new breakaway political movement given last week’s policy manifesto from Abbott lined up precisely with his own views about the policies required to appeal to disaffected Australian conservative voters. …

Bernardi said the Liberal party was being very foolish to rule out Abbott’s “good ideas.”

“I was watching [Tony Abbott] last week and I was talking to the TV saying, ‘Where were you all those years ago Tony?’ because those ideas are absolutely spot on,” Bernardi said on Monday night.

Bernardi said conservatives needed to campaign on a platform of cutting power prices, “trimming” immigration and cutting government spending – and, if the government resisted, “what hope is there for the Liberal party?”

We find ourselves occasionally talking to the tv, but only news and current affairs shows.

Today’s Australian housing crisis is worse than the 17pc home loans of the 1980s

Today’s Australian housing crisis is worse than the 17pc home loans of the 1980s, by Caitlan Fitzsimmons.

The advertised rate for home loans hit 17 per cent in June 1989 and stayed there until March 1990, according to Reserve Bank records. It’s also true they were in the double digits for most of the 1980s. …

When interest rates were 17 per cent, the proportion of household disposable income that went on the interest payments for the home loan was 6.1 per cent. It’s currently 6.8 per cent. …

Who has it worse?

I don’t doubt [the high interest rate period of the 80s and early 90s] was painful for anyone paying a mortgage at the time.

I don’t know what it’s like to wake up every few months and find interest rates have been hiked again. I don’t know what it’s like to take a second job just to keep a roof over my head.

I do know what it’s like to wake up every few months and find that prices have gone up by another $20,000. I know what it’s like to spend months going to auctions and be constantly pipped to the post by Baby Boomers adding to their investment portfolio. Like many housing “haves” of my generation and younger, we finally succeeded only because of help from family, and I am truly grateful. …

Those high interest rates of the 1980s preceded the great housing bubble, so survivors got rich:

If you managed to survive the 17 per cent interest era of the late 1980s, then by definition you were already a home owner by the time the 1990s housing boom rolled around. …

Virtuous, or lucky?

Baby Boomers, or indeed anyone who bought a home before 1990, have mostly benefited from being in the right place at the right time.

Research shows successful people tend to underrate the importance of luck in their success. Some beneficiaries of the housing boom think they deserve it, that it’s the just reward for their hard work and thrift. In reality it’s a windfall gain.

Interesting how the article’s author never pondered why interest rates were 17pc in the past — could that happen again? This is a topic the media never question— where does money come from, and why are interest rates set (at the short-term end) by a bunch of bureaucrats?

hat-tip Matthew

Indians around the world are realizing the harsh reality of Trump’s “America First” policies

Indians around the world are realizing the harsh reality of Trump’s “America First” policies, by Ananya Bhattacharya.

On Thursday, a Kansas man open fired at a bar in the city of Olathe, killing 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring his colleague, 32-year-old Alok Madasani. Both men were Indian immigrants who work in GPS-maker Garmin’s aviation department. The gunman also wounded a local American Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene when the man started shooting.

Garmin has a customer service center a mile from the scene of the shooting at Austins Bar and Grill—a joint the two men reportedly frequented.

Five hours after the incident, 51-year-old Adam Purinton was arrested at an Applebee’s and charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Johnson County, Kansas, District Attorney Stephen Howe said.

While fleeing, Purinton allegedly told an Applebee’s employee that he needed a place to hide because he had killed two Middle Eastern men, the Kansas City Star reported. A bystander at the crime scene recounted the gunman yelling “get out of my country” before attacking the Indian men.

Though violence and hateful rhetoric has escalated since Trump’s inauguration, many Indians—in America and abroad—interpreted the US president’s calls to clamp down on Muslim migrants as support for their Hindu-majority country. The loyalists applauded Trump’s separatist politics in tackling terrorism. …

In the weeks after the election, Muslims living in America encountered racist graffiti, threatening fliers, and physical attacks; anti-semitic attacks have risen too. When Trump banned people from several Muslim-majority countries, his supporters backed him—even those who themselves are immigrants. However, the brutal shooting shows that bigots don’t seek out differences in religion or nationality—for many, color is excuse enough for discrimination.

Blaming it on Trump seems a tad harsh, but in the current media climate of Trump-hating everything will be blamed on Trump.

The world’s freest economy is slashing its already-low taxes after a $12 billion surplus surprise

The world’s freest economy is slashing its already-low taxes after a $12 billion surplus surprise, by Zheping Huang.

Thanks to its low and simple taxation, Hong Kong has topped the Heritage Foundation’s rankings of the world’s freest economies for 23 years in a row. An announcement made yesterday will do nothing to hurt its position.

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According to forecasts from its finance ministry, Hong Kong will post a surplus of HK$92.8 billion (US$12 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31. …

Finance secretary Paul Chan cited a “period of hectic trading in the property market.” He noted the vast majority of the surplus will come from the “far higher-than-expected” land revenue and stamp duties on property …

Hong Kong has only three direct taxes in place, and a host of generous deductions. Its income tax, which applies only to salaries, is capped at 15%, compared to 45% in the UK.

hat-tip Matthew

Latino US Journalist Jorge Ramos: America Is ‘Our Country, Not Theirs’—‘And We Are Not Going to Leave’

Latino US Journalist Jorge Ramos: America Is ‘Our Country, Not Theirs’—‘And We Are Not Going to Leave’. By Katie McHugh.

Univision senior anchor Jorge Ramos declared on Friday that the United States belongs to Latino migrants, emphatically stating to a Spanish-speaking audience that “it is our country, not theirs.”

Ramos took an unusual tack, pivoting from talk of diversity and togetherness into boasts of conquest. Mass immigration, particularly illegal immigration, was a fait accompli. There is nothing the U.S. can do about it, and they must accept that America is “not their” country and that illegal aliens, particularly Latinos, “are not going to leave,” he said.  …

Ramos, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, frequently portrays American law as unjust and prejudiced and supports open borders.

Sounds “racist”, but the left encourages this sort of identity group racism so long as it isn’t from whites, so you won’t hear any complaints in the media.

And Ramos’ views are not fringe ones in Mexico: A 2013 poll found that 66 percent of Mexicans believe the U.S. government has no right to limit immigration, while 52 percent said Mexicans have a right to be in the United States. Another 88 percent said it is fine to enter the U.S. illegally if one needs money. Over half, 56 percent, said they had friends or family who tried to immigrate to the U.S. illegally.

The situation is not, to use the left’s favorite word, sustainable.

Ramos is one of the leaders of the “Make America Mexico Again” movement. Trump kicked him out of a news conference a few months ago.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Australia: Political harmony lies in serving needs of voters and nation

Australia: Political harmony lies in serving needs of voters and nation, by Gary Johns, who was a minister in the Keating Labor government, when Labor reflected the values of old Labor — before moving to the new left’s identity politics and electoral coalition of the fringes.

One Nation is not a revolt of the toothless, tattooed and white: the “deplorables”. This is bigger than class.

Roberts says many of the party’s supporters are “sick of the Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra axis”. But this is bigger than geography.

Roberts also says: “Tradies are big supporters.” And this is bigger than a private enterprise mindset.

Antony Green, the ABC’s election analyst, says: “There’s an underlying issue of … values that is not related to class. One Nation support taps into that divide.”

Roberts believes that he knows what those values are: “A moral compass and a strong work ethic.”

This is closer to the mark than class and geography and the employment contract. It shouts — old Labor and conservative Liberal/Nationals — conservative values.

In net terms, One Nation is picking up well-educated conservatives in Liberal seats, less well-educated Liberals and Labor voters in Labor seats, and all three in Nationals seats. …

Catherine Hanrahan’s (ABC) analysis suggests that the One Nation vote is higher in areas with more Australian-born voters, higher in disadvantaged suburbs, higher in areas where fewer voters are tertiary-educated, with a weak negative correlation between the number of votes for One Nation and the local Muslim population.

Greens and Muslims:

Nevertheless, some Muslims are clear about One Nation; seven Perth-based imams are instructing their flock to vote Green in the Legislative Council at the WA election next month. The Greens are running a Muslim convert, Toni Pikos-Sallie, who “fears bigotry” from Hansonites.

Strewth, a Muslim Green calling someone a bigot. But I digress.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Blowout in racial hatred cases in Australia

Blowout in racial hatred cases in Australia, by Dennis Shanahan.

The number of [racial hatred] cases lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission has leapt from 18 in the 12 months to last March to 71 in the past year, ­including nine “white males” claiming to have been racially discriminated against.

The most claims, where the commission identified the complainants’ race, are from Aborigines and Indians, as it was last year, but almost 15 per cent are white males and there are complaints from people who identify themselves as Chinese, Maori, Persian, Scottish, Pakistani, Jewish, Arab, Turkish and one who had a “dark complexion”. …

IPA policy director Simon ­Breheny last night said he believed the rise in complaints was a result of “incessant solicitation” of complaints by Human Rights Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. …

18C might get changed:

The parliamentary committee is expected today to urge the Turnbull government to scrap the grounds of “insult and offence” under 18C or replace it with the tougher test of “vilify” or “harass”.

Coalition MPs, urged by Tony Abbott, have built support for an overhaul of 18C in response to the public debate over the prosecutions of three Queensland University of Technology students and The Australian cartoonist Bill Leak.

[IPA policy director Simon ­Breheny said] “A large number of submissions to the inquiry favouring no change to section 18C are from government agencies or taxpayer-funded groups. The position of these groups is completely out of step with the public — polling clearly shows Australians overwhelmingly favour change.

This is a sock-puppet arrangement where government departments give money to organis­ations to advance the anti-change argument.”

The IPA estimated 13 government agencies, 42 government-funded groups and six umbrella organisations covering government anti-discrimination commissions all made submissions against change.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Just over half of Americans think the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been too critical

Just over half of Americans think the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been too critical, by Jason Bellini.

While 51 per cent rate the media as too critical of Mr Trump since the presidential election, 41 per cent say the coverage has been fair and objective, while 6 per cent say the media hasn’t been critical enough. …

A majority of those polled, some 53 per cent, also believes that the news media have exaggerated problems in the Trump administration. Some 45 per cent say that is not the case.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

President Trump: Oscars ‘Were Focused so Hard on Politics’ They Could Not Get the Basics of the Ceremony Right

President Trump: Oscars ‘Were Focused so Hard on Politics’ They Could Not Get the Basics of the Ceremony Right, by Matthew Boyle.

At the Oscars on Sunday evening, the Academy Award for Best Picture was read out by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as being for La La Land—not the actual winner, Moonlight. The flub—already being dubbed the worst in the Academy Awards’ history—has forced accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to apologize after overseeing the ballot-counting process for 83 years. …

The awful mistake came after hours of Trump-bashing by the Hollywood elites, who hammered the president in joke after joke. Now, the president has got the last laugh as he hammers Hollywood for its epic fail.

Another show case for journalists and celebrities love prancing about under spotlights and patting themselves on the back in public: “adopt our views or you’re a loser.”

Do we see televised prizes, in special programs, for the mining industry? Or farming?  Why not? We badly need an alternative to today’s mainstream media.

Oscar ratings hit 9-year low.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Iran’s Supreme Leader: ‘Real War’ with West Is ‘Culture War’ on TV, Internet

Iran’s Supreme Leader: ‘Real War’ with West Is ‘Culture War’ on TV, Internet, by Penny Starr.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that a war on Iran’s culture and economy is more dangerous to his Islamic regime than any military threat from the West. …

“The real war is an economic war, the real war is the war of sanctions, the real war is the arenas of work, activity, and technology inside the country,” Khamenei said. “This is the real war!”

“They draw our attention to a military war so that we ignore this war,” Khamenei said. “The real war is a cultural war.

“There are so many television and internet networks which are busy diverting the hearts and minds of our youth away from religion, our sacred beliefs, morality, modesty and the like,” Khamenei said.

Culture is upstream of politics. It motivates people.

Hungary’s Orbán: EU ‘Still Making Excuses for Crimes of Communism’

Hungary’s Orbán: EU ‘Still Making Excuses for Crimes of Communism’, by Jack Montgomery.

“Many in the West today are still making excuses for the crimes of communism; even the European Union itself is reluctant to unequivocally condemn them,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said. …

The populist leader noted the left wing ideology “emerged in the 20th century as an intellectual product of the West [but] in the end it was we Central Europeans who were forced to live under this originally Western idea”.

Orbán underlined that, in the West, communism remained nothing more than a theory, providing “tingling intellectual excitement [for] meddlesome global utopians” such as Sidney and Beatrice Webb, prominent figures in Fabian socialism accused of acting as apologists for the Soviet Union.

He recalled how “many members of the Western intelligentsia, artists, writers and politicians – self-proclaimed ‘progressives’ – praised the genocidal communist dictatorship”.

It is difficult to believe that it was not obvious to them that those whom the Soviets regarded as class enemies – or as dangerous for any other reason – were being deported to slave labour camps.” …

The number of people killed by communist regimes in the 20th century is estimated at 94 million. Surviving communist regimes such as China and North Korea continue to be noted for their use of censorship, political repression, and arbitrary detention – often in Soviet-style labour camps – to quash dissent.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

What Does Steve Bannon Want?

What Does Steve Bannon Want? by Christopher Caldwell.

President Trump presents a problem to those who look at politics in terms of systematic ideologies. He is either disinclined or unable to lay out his agenda in that way. So perhaps it was inevitable that Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who does have a gift for thinking systematically, would be so often invoked by Mr. Trump’s opponents. …

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Mr. Bannon, 63, has won a reputation for abrasive brilliance at almost every stop in his unorthodox career — as a naval officer, Goldman Sachs mergers specialist, entertainment-industry financier, documentary screenwriter and director, Breitbart News cyber-agitprop impresario and chief executive of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. One Harvard Business School classmate described him to The Boston Globe as “top three in intellectual horsepower in our class — perhaps the smartest.” Benjamin Harnwell of the Institute for Human Dignity, a Catholic organization in Rome, calls him a “walking bibliography.”

Perhaps because Mr. Bannon came late to conservatism, turning his full-time energy to political matters only after the Sept. 11 attacks, he radiates an excitement about it that most of his conservative contemporaries long ago lost. …

A nation of people, not ideas:

Where Mr. Bannon does veer sharply from recent mainstream Republicanism is in his all-embracing nationalism. He speaks of sovereignty, economic nationalism, opposition to globalization and finding common ground with Brexit supporters and other groups hostile to the transnational European Union. On Thursday, at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, he described the “center core” of Trump administration philosophy as the belief that the United States is more than an economic unit in a borderless world. It is “a nation with a culture” and “a reason for being.” …

Banking creates problems:

“Think about it,” he said in a talk hosted by the Institute for Human Dignity. “Not one criminal charge has ever been brought to any bank executive associated with 2008 crisis.” He warned against “the Ayn Rand or the Objectivist School of libertarian capitalism,” by which he meant “a capitalism that really looks to make people commodities, and to objectify people.” Capitalism, he said, ought to rest on a “Judeo-Christian” foundation.

Steering Republicans away from focusing on profits, towards people and values:

It was Pat Buchanan who in his 1992 run for president first called on Republicans to value jobs and communities over profits. An argument consumed the party over whether this was a better-rounded vision of society or just the grousing of a reactionary. After a generation, Mr. Buchanan has won that argument. By 2016 his views on trade and migration, once dismissed as crackpot, were spreading so fast that everyone in the party had embraced them — except its elected officials and its establishment presidential candidates.

Not Islam:

Mr. Bannon does not often go into detail about what Judeo-Christian culture is, but he knows one thing it is not: Islam. Like most Americans, he believes that Islamism — the extremist political movement — is a dangerous adversary. More controversially he holds that, since this political movement is generated within the sphere of Islam, the growth of Islam — the religion — is itself a problem with which American authorities should occupy themselves. This is a view that was emphatically repudiated by Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

SpaceX to Fly Passengers On Private Trip Around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX to Fly Passengers On Private Trip Around the Moon in 2018, by Calla Cofield.

SpaceX will fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018, the company’s founder Elon Musk announced Monday (Feb. 27).

The private spaceflight company will use its Falcon Heavy rocket to send the two paying passengers into space aboard one of the company’s Dragon spacecraft. The two private citizens, who have not yet been named, approached SpaceX about taking a trip around the moon, and have “already paid a significant deposit” for the cost of the mission, according to a statement from the company. The names of the two individuals will be announced later, pending the result of initial health tests to ensure their fitness for the mission, the statement said.

The two passengers will be the only people on board what is expected to be about a weeklong trip around the moon, according to Musk, who spoke with reporters during a phone conference today.

“This would be a long loop around the moon … It would skim the surface of the moon, go quite a bit further out into deep space and then loop back to Earth,” Musk said during the teleconference. “So I’m guessing, distance-wise, maybe [300,000] or 400,000 miles [about 500,000 to 650,000 kilometers].” …

The crew-carrying Dragon spacecraft will operate, in large part, autonomously, so the passengers would have to train for emergency procedures but would not be in charge of piloting the spacecraft, Musk said. The crew-carrying Dragon spacecraft will operate, in large part, autonomously, so the passengers would have to train for emergency procedures but would not be in charge of piloting the spacecraft, Musk said.

‘The contemporary US belongs to all nations’: Former Iranian president targets Trump’s travel ban and says the American political system is ‘corrupt’ in open letter to the president

‘The contemporary US belongs to all nations’: Former Iranian president targets Trump’s travel ban and says the American political system is ‘corrupt’ in open letter to the president, by the Daily Mail.

Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter Sunday to President Donald Trump, striking a somewhat conciliatory tone while applauding immigration to America and saying it shows ‘the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations.’ …

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In the letter, published by Iranian media outlets, Ahmadinejad noted Trump won the election while he ‘truthfully described the U.S. political system and electoral structure as corrupt.’

Ahmadinejad decried U.S. ‘dominance’ over the United Nations, as well as American meddling in the world that has brought ‘insecurity, war, division, killing and (the) displacement of nations.’

He also acknowledged the some 1 million people of Iranian descent living in America, saying that U.S. policies should ‘value respect toward the diversity of nations and races.’

‘In other words, the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations, including the natives of the land,’ he wrote.

‘No one may consider themselves the owner and view others as guests or immigrants.’

As Steve Sailer points out, in PC world “non-Americans” are just Americans who haven’t moved to America yet.

The IQ of Politics

The IQ of Politics, by Tucker Carlson.

The country has reached a point where the elite consensus on any given issue should be reflexively distrusted.

Look, it’s really simple. The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever.

But the problem with the meritocracy, is that it leeches all the empathy out of your society … The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid — I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is. …

Intelligence is not a moral category. That’s what I find a lot of people in my life assume. It’s not. God doesn’t care how smart you are, actually. …

Putting smart people in charge of things is fine, but what you really want is wise people. The beginning of wisdom is to know what an asshole you are. …

Carlson gets annoyed by elitist PC. This is his worst interview, the one he regrets most, where he got infuriated with the liberal writer Lauren Duca and got mean:

How did she infuriate him so?

It was the unreasonableness … It’s this assumption — and it’s held by a lot of people I live around [in an upscale Washington neighborhood] — that you’re on God’s side, everyone else is an infidel, and by calling them names you’re doing the Lord’s work. I just don’t think that’s admirable, and I’m not impressed by that.

Australia: Bogan call bites Aly

Australia: Bogan call bites Aly, by Stephen Brook.

Waleed Aly is a talented figure who can write geopolitical think pieces for Fairfax papers and mix it with the kids on Channel Ten’s The Project. But he is also a polarising one: you either love him or hate him. …

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Aly recently found himself uncharacteristically on the receiving end of an unfavourable social media storm when he made an off joke during The Project that ­managed to besmirch bogans and administration workers. One typically intemperate and unfair attack on Facebook read: “The word bogan is really just dog whistle for working-class Anglo Saxons. It’s used by smug hipsters and genuine racists like Waleed. Waleed Aly you are a racist scumbag!

But not by a bogan!

The post was made by one David Kozgrev, who just happens to be David Cosgrove, son of our Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retd). Talk about making life uncomfortable for the G-G. Says a spokesman from Government House: “The Governor-General is currently overseas and does not know whether any such post was made by one of his family. He hopes not.”

CEO pay — it’s not like they’re sports stars

CEO pay — it’s not like they’re sports stars, by Adam Creighton.

I’m hereby offering my services to be the next CEO of Australia Post for less than $560,000 year, including bonus, a mere 10 per cent of the remuneration of outgoing chief Ahmed Fahour. I’m hard working, organised, and reasonably bright. And I’d be fully across global postage and parcel trends before I started. Taxpayers would save more than $5 million a year.

Naturally, I don’t have a chance. The so-called market for chief executives of public (and state-owned) companies functions like a cartel, where suppliers, the managers themselves, exert huge power over the sale price.

Who could blame Fahour for accepting his outlandish pay? He’s only human. The problem is the system, not individuals, and a populist cut in the next Australia Post chief’s pay will do nothing to fix it.

We all enjoy a bit of economic rent in our lives — what economists call the excess of what we are paid over what we need to be paid to keep doing our job. But the world’s managerial class has gorged on it since the 1980s.

In Australia the pay of the top ASX200 companies has increased from less than 20 to more than 50 times average earnings, or more than $3 million, in 2015. In the US, average CEO pay, adjusted for ­inflation, has increased from about $US807,000 a year in 1965 to just under $US15 million a year in 2012. Plato would have a heart attack: he thought the richest residents of Athens should earn no more than five times the poorest.

The Productivity Commission in its 2009 analysis of executive pay found pay increases had easily outstripped growth in the value of stocks. Indeed, productivity and real median income growth in most countries have stagnated as the pay of managers has soared.

But CEOs aren’t in a market, but instead form a cartel where members set their own remuneration.

The so-called market for executive remuneration isn’t a free market at all. In a free market buyers and sellers negotiate; their own money is on the line. The wage a corner shop owner pays his assistant is set in a free market. But executives and their boards more generally, the sellers of management services, in effect set their price because the shareholders, the buyers, have no control over the decision. Shareholders might be able to vote for particular board members, but they can’t affect the pay offer. Remuneration consultants, incentivised to recommend “above average” pay, add fuel to the fire, and help perpetuate the myth that good managers must cost a fortune. …

The late Australian historian John Hirst once said to me that Australians get angry about CEO pay ­because they sense rightly it’s someone not too different from them sitting behind a desk.

The value added by sports stars and ­entertainers, especially the former, can be objectively measured. The output of chief executives isn’t measurable or verifiable in the same way. No one can split out the contribution of one manager to the success of an entire company, especially large ones.

Extreme danger ahead for EU as Europe topples to the Right

Extreme danger ahead for EU as Europe topples to the Right, by Douglas Murray.

Europe is still reeling from two separate crises: the 2007-08 financial crisis and the 2015 immigration crisis. Both play into Le Pen’s hands. For although the FN [Le Pen’s National Front] is generally described as a party of the far right, its views on many economic issues are anti-free-market and anti-globalist, and in any other context would be described as far left. In a continent where right-wing economic policies are widely blamed for the crash, this is now an advantage rather than the eccentric oddity it once appeared to be.

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Consider what Australia would be like if had suffered what France has recently gone through:

It is hard for people outside France to appreciate how swiftly mainstream opinion in France has shifted in recent years.

But imagine if Australia had endured a period like France has just been through. Imagine if Australia was now in its third calendar year of a state of emergency. If in 2015 one of the nation’s most iconic magazine offices had been stormed — and its editors massacred — by two al-Qa’ida-trained gunmen. Imagine if Jewish targets in Australia had repeatedly been targeted by similar terrorists, and if two locally born Muslims had slit the throat of a priest saying mass at an altar in Adelaide.

Imagine, furthermore, if during this same period co-ordinated terrorist attacks had claimed hundreds of dead and wounded in an evening of terror in Canberra and almost 100 people had been mowed down on the Sydney waterfront by another Islamist terrorist shouting Allahu Akbar.

In such a situation I imagine that even the representatives of Australia’s mainstream parties would unveil somewhat more robust opinions on the ABC’s Q&A program than they do today.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Swedish policeman blames migrants for the majority of country’s rapes and shootings and accuses politicians of ‘turning a blind eye’

Swedish policeman blames migrants for the majority of country’s rapes and shootings and accuses politicians of ‘turning a blind eye’, by Mail Online.

A Swedish detective who has triggered a row by blaming violent crime on migrants has gone one step further and accused politicians of turning a blind eye to the problem because of ‘political correctness’.

Earlier this month Peter Springare, who has spent more than 40 years in the police, aired his anger on social media when he was told not to record the ethnicity of violent crime suspects.

Springare, 61, who is based in the central city of Orebro, wrote: ‘Countries representing the weekly crimes: Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown, unknown country, Sweden.

‘Half of the suspects, we can’t be sure because they don’t have any valid papers. Which in itself usually means that they’re lying about your nationality and identity.’

Prosecutors launched an inquiry, suggesting he had incited racial hatred, but later dropped the charges.

Now Springare has told The Sunday Times: ‘The highest and most extreme violence – rapes and shooting – is dominated by criminal immigrants.

‘This is a different criminality that is tougher and rawer. It is not what we would call ordinary Swedish crime. This is a different animal.’

That seems to fit with the other news we’re getting from Sweden. Despite the PC clamp on news, it’s getting out via the Internet.

In his Facebook post Springare wrote: ‘Here we go; this I’ve handled Monday-Friday this week: rape, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, rape-assault and rape, extortion, blackmail, off of, assault, violence against police, threats to police, drug crime, drugs, crime, felony, attempted murder, Rape again, extortion again and ill-treatment.

‘Suspected perpetrators; Ali Mohammed, mahmod, Mohammed, Mohammed Ali, again, again, again Christopher… what is it true. Yes a Swedish name snuck on the outskirts of a drug crime, Mohammed, Mahmod Ali, again and again.’

A reader comments: The apathy and spinelessness of the Swedes in allowing their politicians to do this to their country is quite chilling. In Australia, either the electorate sweeps away the establishment parties in two years time at the next election, or it will be too late. I would love to believe that Bernadi and Hanson will hold the balance of power, but it seems unlikely. Neither is the full package – one lacks IQ and the other charisma. I find their courage admirable.

hat-tip Philip Barton

Why Millennials Are Lonely: Loneliness has gone viral.

Why Millennials Are Lonely: Loneliness has gone viral. By Caroline Beaton.

First, incredibly, loneliness is contagious. … People who aren’t lonely tend to … become lonelier if they’re around people who are.

Why? Lonely people are less able to pick up on positive social stimuli, like others’ attention and commitment signals, so they withdraw prematurely – in many cases before they’re actually socially isolated. Their inexplicable withdrawal may, in turn, make their close connections feel lonely too. … One lonely person can “destabilize an entire social network,” like a single thread unraveling a sweater …

The second reason for millennial loneliness is the Internet makes it viral. … Ironically, we use the Internet to alleviate our loneliness. Social connection no longer requires a car, phone call, or plan – just a click. …

The breakdown of community and civic society has almost certainly gotten worse. Today, going to a bowling alley alone, Putnam’s central symbol of “social capital deficit,” would actually be definitively social. Instead, we’re “bowling” — and a host of other pseudo-social acts — online.

One reason the Internet makes us lonely is we attempt to substitute real relationships with online relationships. Though we temporarily feel better when we engage others virtually, these connections tend to be superficial and ultimately dissatisfying. Online social contacts are “not an effective alternative for offline social interactions,” sums one study. …

The more isolated we feel, the more we retreat online, forging a virtual escape from loneliness. This is particularly true for my generation, who learned to self-soothe with technology from a young age. It will only become more true as we flock to freelancing and other means of working alone.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Democrats Pick Establishment Leader To Head Up The Party.

Democrats Pick Establishment Leader To Head Up The Party, by Den Shapiro.

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The Democratic Party has no intention of working with President Trump. Perez’s first words after winning: “Someday, they’re going to study this era of American history. They’re going to ask the question of all of us: Where were you in 2017 when we had the worst president in the history of the United States? We will be able to say that the Democratic Party led the resistance and made sure this was a one-term president.” …

Perez is a utopian socialist:

J. Christian Adams, a lawyer who worked with Perez, says that Perez is a “utopian. I’ve sat in rooms with him listening to his progressive vision of a future free from everything he dislikes. He is a true believer that the government can force the transformation of a culture and a society for good.”

And an open-borders fanatic:

Here’s Adams again: Perez served “many years as a board member and president of the Soros-funded open-borders pusher, Casa de Maryland…[he also served for] two years as “immigration advisor” and special counsel to the late Ted Kennedy, the chief architect of the disastrous immigration system we have today.”

Race-based politics are his thing:

According to the Wall Street Journal, Perez is a “champion of disparate-impact theory, which purports to prove racial discrimination by examining statistics rather than intent or specific cases.” Under Perez’s tenure at the DOJ, he attempted to threaten lawsuits against a series of banks not by proving racism, but by showing that a disproportionate number of minorities had been denied loans.

Perez was the moderate in the race, because the other candidate was Ellison.

A reader comments: Perez’s  goal is to “Make America Mexico Again”. He is a globalist in the extreme, and is all about Agenda 21. He prays to the God’s Soros and his son, Obama….. This is where the US would have been headed under Hillary Clinton. The Orwellian Left is still fooling the remnants of what was once the great Democratic Party in the USA.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Donald Trump supporters to boycott Oscars in protest against ‘Limousine Liberals’

Donald Trump supporters to boycott Oscars in protest against ‘Limousine Liberals’, by David Millward.

[Trump’s] supporters have already made it clear that they will have no truck with people they regard as “Limousine Liberals”.

A Facebook post originated by Republicans in Arizona has called on the “backbone and decent people of America” to stand up against the “bitter people of the entertainment industry”.

The group hopes its supporters will hit the television ratings by voting with their remote controls should Mr Trump come under attack during the acceptance speeches. The political sympathies of nearly all the nominees suggest that this is possible.

Accepting a Film Independent Spirit award on Saturday night, Casey Affleck, who has been nominated at the Academy Awards for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, said: “The policies of this administration are abhorrent and will not last.” …

The scene for the latest round of the president versus Hollywood’s liberal aristocracy was set at last month’s Golden Globes awards when Meryl Streep rounded on Mr Trump. Characteristically he used Twitter to hit back, describing her as “overrated”. …

It’s going to be the most political Oscars for a number of years. When people were talking about it a few months ago, they thought it would be a race issue,” said one Hollywood insider. “Now agents are unleashing their stars to say what they will. They are telling their clients they are not going to lose anything.”

Style was wanting, but Tony Abbott’s substance is right

Style was wanting, but Tony Abbott’s substance is right, by Jennifer Oriel.

The reflexive rage against former prime minister Tony Abbott blinds the government to his ­constructive ideas.

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The frontbench has rejected a suite of policy proposals pregnant with potential because Abbott crafted them. If refined, the proposals could propel the government from a sunset state into a period of policy renewal and coherence. …

The Liberals have all but ­ignored Abbott’s policy proposals and focused instead on style over substance. Their collective anger rests on two comments: that many people view the Liberals as “Labor lite”, and the government is drifting towards electoral defeat unless it changes course. It is on the ­second point that Abbott justifies the need for a policy reset. …

The policies Abbott suggested:

The first reform is aimed at making the legislative process more democratic. It is to change section 57 of the constitution so that legislation rejected twice by the Senate three months apart can go to a joint sitting without the need for a double dissolution election.

Subsequent reform proposals are to: freeze the RET; reduce ­immigration rates; avoid all new government spending while eliminating “frivolous” expenditure; withdraw funding for the Human Rights Commission so that responsibility for protecting liberties rests with the parliament, the courts and free press; maintain ­secure borders; promote beneficial free-trade agreements; and strengthen defence.

Polling:

In the first Newspoll this year support for the government plummeted to its lowest point since Turnbull took the leadership from Abbott in 2015. Labor is ahead of the Liberal coalition 54 to 46 in two-party preferred terms. The Turnbull government’s primary vote sits at 35 per cent. …

The real problem is the record 29 per cent of people polled who would decline to give first preferences to either major party. Given Pauline Hanson’s rising popularity and the Coalition’s sustained decline, it ­appears Liberals are bleeding ­voters on the Right flank.

A game-changing possibility:

It is unlikely the Liberals can recover the New Right, which has a counter-revolutionary outlook, unless they form a coalition with one of the emerging minor parties. Such a coalition might encourage the Liberals to adopt a drain-the-swamp strategy consistent with classical liberalism, which will appeal also to conservatives battling to end neo-Marxist corruption of public institutions.

The times they are a’changin:

The lesson both major parties should learn from their removal of sitting prime ministers is that the party does not know better than the people. Abbott was the right man, but before his time. Turnbull was the right man for the centrist era, but it is drawing to a close. The centre is holding, but it is no longer a centrist enterprise. A new order is emerging. It will be led by ­muscular conservatives, a counter-revolutionary mass, or some combination thereof.

he government should show maturity and give due ­respect to the policy brain that won it office — twice.

Australian Fair Work Commission: Independence versus accountability

Australian Fair Work Commission: Independence versus accountability, by Dean Smith

There is little doubt we are living in a time where distrust of institutions is high, whether that be parliaments and governments, churches or our legal system.

There are a variety of factors driving this disenchantment, but at its core, it’s driven by a belief that these institutions are not doing their jobs.

In the case of Parliament, this perception has not been aided by a seemingly inexorable trend towards relying on independent bodies to make decisions.

“Independence” is a somewhat double-edged sword in this context. It’s generally sold to the public as a virtue, because “independent” means politicians aren’t interfering, and therefore the outcomes or decisions are not political.

It sounds wonderful, in theory.

However, the problem is that “independent” is also means “unelected”, and therefore “unaccountable”. Worse still, it doesn’t always mean the outcomes are non-political.

The Fair Work Commission is unelected but sets many wages in Australia:

The Fair Work Commission has been around in various guises since 1904, but the Rudd/Gillard Labor government turned it into a behemoth.

It has the ability to determine minimum wages, decide who should be paid penalty rates and at what rate, approve or limit the contents of awards, resolve workplace disputes, approve or not approve enterprise agreements, allow or disallow strikes, grant right of entry permits to workplaces and regulate trade unions and employer organisations.

Its rigid structure is ruled over by a top-heavy establishment of deputy presidents and commissioners, all of whom are entitled to “the same protection and immunity as a justice of the High Court”. Once appointed, they are entitled to remain on the commission until the age of 65 – and their decisions about minimum standards are final, and not subject to review.

In other words, our democratically elected Parliament has virtually surrendered its legislative powers in critical policy matters to an unelected, unaccountable, little-known group of enormously privileged individuals who have guaranteed job tenure, and are subject to little scrutiny.

This is why Labor’s caterwauling about last week’s penalty rates decision is a bit rich. The commission operates according to rules Labor wrote, and its bench is heavily stacked with its appointees. Perhaps Labor is finally conceding that Julia Gillard’s massive re-regulation of Australia’s workplace relations system in 2009 was poorly conceived.

The other main “independent” body of price-fixing bureaucrats is the central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia, which sets interest rates. Their mismanagement (and that of their unelected brethren at the US Fed, Bank of England, etc.) led to the artificial boom from the 1980s to 2008, the GFC, stagnation, and now ridiculously low and non-market interest rates that have made many retiree’s life savings unable to earn a decent income. And there are those who want bureaucrats to run even more of the economy, instead of the market!

Independence is supposed to guard against corruption, not to deprive the public of control and deliver outcomes for which there is no direct accountability. It’s now time we examined some of our “independent” bodies through that lens.

Hear hear!

Trump Plans to Skip White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Trump Plans to Skip White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, by Michael Grynbaum.

The president has blasted the news media as the “opposition party” and on Friday delivered his most slashing broadside yet, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that major news outlets were “the enemy of the people.” Later, his press secretary barred journalists from CNN, The New York Times and other organizations from a briefing at the White House.

The level of tension seemed incongruous with a black-tie event that is typically a jocular, if occasionally sharp-edged evening. The dinner, which has attracted A-list celebrities in recent years, features a presidential roast of reporters and a comic routine by a notable entertainer. Presidents are expected to be self-deprecating, which Mr. Trump is decidedly not.

It’s a cultural event of the PC class. PC types revel in making PC jokes, and deplorables are not present. Obama loved these dinners, and they loved him. The last few such dinners have mocked Trump, and he became a running joke. The mainstream news don’t mention that there is a cultural war and this is one of its high-points in the US.

The people at this event for the last few years never saw Trump coming — they said he was a joke candidate, and that he would not win the Republican nomination or the Presidency. They do not understand why anyone voted for him, because they do not personally know any such people (well maybe they do, but such voters aren’t going to tell a PC person).

University of Western Australia asks white male students to fill out a questionnaire ‘to understand why they are privileged’

University of Western Australia asks white male students to fill out a questionnaire ‘to understand why they are privileged’, by Nic White.

University students were handed a 29-point ‘male privilege checklist’ during diversity workshops on orientation week.

The checklist detailed ways in which males were perceived to have advantages over females in careers, sexuality, personal safety, child rearing, and even clothing.

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The University of Western Australia in Perth confirmed the checklist was part of ‘Diversity Dialogue’ workshops last week, along with material on race and sexuality.

The questions are loaded with misinformation, so it has become a form of push-polling for PC. One example that caught my eye was:

‘My odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female applicants, are probably skewed in my favour,’ the first point read.

I find that funny because as it happens I am an engineer and in every job I have ever applied for female candidates, especially black female candidates, are greatly favored over me (I am white and male) because of diversity. Especially when I worked in the US, where affirmative action is enforced. I have won several government IT contracts picking up the pieces after it was initially awarded to a female because they were female — and the project failed and she had to be sacked, and the project restarted. If the previous contractor had been chosen on the basis of ability rather than sex, they wouldn’t have failed.

Students discussing them on school leaver social media groups were outraged at being ‘forced’ to sit through the workshops.

‘That’s just wrong,’ one student wrote, while another commented ‘you have got to be joking’. A third even wrote an eight-point ‘female privilege checklist’.

A young woman said though men did have advantages over women, the checklist was ‘dumb’ and ignored the women also had privileges.

This is the ugly end of identity politics, where people are regarded as a blend of the various identity group stereotypes rather than as individuals. The Enlightenment, modernism, and a thousand years of cultural progress towards equal rights for individuals is being swept aside so leftist politicians can stay in power. Amazing.

Australian army promoting diversity over fighting ability, alienating its warriors, and stamping out the male “Anglo Saxon” warrior culture

Australian army promoting diversity over fighting ability, alienating its warriors, and stamping out the male “Anglo Saxon” warrior culture, by Miranda Devine.

Five years after the former Army chief and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick launched a social engineering experiment aimed at stamping out the male “Anglo Saxon” warrior culture, the troops are unimpressed.

The top brass might have drunk the feminist Koolaid of “Pathway to Change” and its mutant offshoots, but most of the people they command are sceptical about gender fluidity, appeasement of radical Islam, and promotion by chromosome as payback for 116 years of military patriarchy.

“People just think it’s crap,” said one young officer.

To overcome such common sense thinking, diversity experts have designed a $30,000 program effectively to brainwash young leaders in the Army to become “champions of change” and stamp out the “white Anglo-Saxon male” culture they are told no longer has a place in the military.

In October, a handpicked group was taken to Sydney and Canberra for the “Junior Leaders Shaping Future Army”, and subjected to five-days of diversity indoctrination.

On day one was a three-hour session from an imam explaining his “Islamic conversion testimony” and proselytising the benefits of Islam, according to one participant who took detailed notes.

The lecture went down so badly that a planned mosque visit on the schedule the next day was cancelled without explanation. Gender diversity expert Professor Robert Wood introduced the latest politically correct inanity, “unconscious bias”, and criticised the predominance of “Anglo-Saxon males” and the “banter culture” of the Army. …

In one exercise they were asked how they would “inclusively” manage a diversity scenario in which a digger under their command converts to Islam, requiring him to pray five times a day, eat halal food and fast at Ramadan. …

Explicit discrimination:

Since Campbell’s rocket, Defence Force Recruiting has pulled out all stops to entice women into the Army. One whistleblower says they run “female only information sessions, female only fitness assessments, female only job assessment days, have a dedicated female Specialist Recruitment Team… (and) free fitness training.”

Female recruits can ask to be posted with friends and to a location of their choice, and are offered reduced periods of service — one year while men have to serve at least four.

“Defence Force Recruiting has stopped males joining particular jobs which are open only to females,” he says. “Infantry, artillery, key jobs. Where does it stop?” …

Women comprise 12 per cent of the Army, yet Broderick’s goal is 35 per cent of senior positions to be filled by women, so females have a three times better chance of promotion.

That anglo-saxon warrior culture has a great historical record of enabling our culture to survive and thrive. Where would we be without it?

Army hasn’t met recruitment goals for ten years, and the exodus of men disillusioned about their promotion prospects won’t help.

As one former soldier puts it: “They’re messing with our war-fighting DNA” …

Commenter Jeff:

Liberalism is a sickness, a disease which is driving the long, slow suicide of the West. Unfortunately it is now all pervasive and has become entrenched in all the significant public institutions: schools, universities, local councils, and now it would seem, the army. At its core sits the apparent desire to rid us of the white, Anglo-Celtic male: the very person that hacked this civilisation out of a wilderness and fought every battle that needed to be fought. Women and LGBT on the frontline…ha ha ha, good luck with that!

In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!

In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! a book review of Ann Coulter’s book with that title at Lynnes Likes. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 10, entitled “Islam’s PR Agency: The American Media”:

One thing the guys who planned 9/11 never expected was that Muslims would become a protected class in America. They must have thought, ‘Boy are we going to be hated!’ Instead, since that attack, we’ve admitted another two million Muslims, we almost built a mosque at Ground Zero, colleges are teaching classes on ‘Islamophobia’ (defined as” “believing what they clearly say”), and the US State Department tells Muslim countries, “We are pleased to present you with this check for 100 mosques.” Why, thank you!

Importing millions of immigrants whose religion teaches them we are Satan — when we don’t have to take any — is the new Selma [the imperative and long over-due voting and civil rights movement of the 1960s]. We were supposed to accept that Islamic terrorism — something hat never existed in this country  before Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act — was just part of life, a wonderful slice of the vibrant fabric of America. If you disagree, you were a racist.

Says Lynne:

It is vintage, caustic, uproarious Coulter, who (alone among American commentators) has been fiercely defending Trump since the start of his presidential campaign, while contradicting and correcting the mainstream and conservative press regularly. …

From 2001, some two million Muslims have entered the country legally. Coulter and Trump have their fingers squarely on the pulse of that vast part of the American nation that, rationally, does not want so many invited Muslims living inside the US borders. Superficially, it may sound racist to not want unlimited Muslim immigration, but Coulter — who is no more racist than Harper Lee — explains it this way: “Billions of people don’t live in America. We can admit them or not admit them for any reason we choose.”

Feigning offence at such ideas, the Washington Post’s Philip Bump once intoned: there is, “in fact, no reliable evidence that a large percentage of Muslims in the United States… support doing harm to the country or plan to commit acts of violence”. Retorts Coulter: “There’s evidence that some of them do. Why do we need to take that risk?… We want remarkable immigrants, not immigrants whose main selling point is ‘hasn’t gunned down fifty people in a gay nightclub yet.’ Anyone with a brain cell could see that admitting Muslim refugees increased the odds of a terrorist attack in a way that admitting white Western Europeans would not.” …