“Death of a Nation” Trailer

“Death of a Nation” Trailer. Conservative documentary maker Dinesh D’Souza’s latest movie, opening in 1,000 theaters on Aug. 3.

Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him.

Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right “by any means necessary.”

But which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them?

Moreover, which is the party of racism today? Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left?

Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, “Death of a Nation” cuts through progressive big lies to expose hidden history and explosive truths.

It is amazing that it is still controversial that the Nazis were socialists, or that the communist mass killers — Mao, Lenin, Stalin — are still kind of cool. Yes, the KKK really were the armed wing of the Democrat Party, which institutionalized racism in the USA. Yes, affirmative action and much of the left’s platform today really is racist — in the old-fashioned meaning as a form of prejudice, of discrimination on the basis of race. These are all examples of obvious truths “hidden” by the left’s control of the media and academia.

Here it looks like D’Souza is hanging historical blame largely where it belongs, and asking if the same sort of people today are leading us into trouble. Revolutionary.

Poll: Half of Dems fine with expelling Sarah Sanders from restaurant

Poll: Half of Dems fine with expelling Sarah Sanders from restaurant, by Paul Mirengoff.

A poll by YouGov shows that half of Democrats think it was “fair” to kick Sarah Sanders out of that restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. Only a third of Dems think it was unfair.

These numbers are, within a one percentage point, the reverse of what Americans as a whole believe about the incident. No wonder the Democratic establishment frets about the unhinged left. Arguably, it should be freaking out.

Western civilisation a lost cause at public universities

Western civilisation a lost cause at public universities, by Greg Sheridan.

Niall Ferguson, one of the great contemporary historians, recently lamented the systematic way the educational and political left have moved through mainstream Western university departments and taken over every new position. They are ruthless about appointing like-minded people who sign up to broadly sympathetic ideological approaches. …

There are two fundamental problems with humanities departments in many Western universities now — their content and their intellectual methods. Both have been overwhelmed by critical theory and postmodernism.

Postmodernism regards all traditional historical narrative as false, while critical theory denies the very reality of objective facts. Both are mired in a series of interlocking cliches and dogmatic assertions about gender, class and race. These approaches, far from being radical, hip and relevant, have resulted in massive decline across the Western world of enrollments in humanities.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The rot set in with current affairs, and ABC news has since lost its bearings

The rot set in with current affairs, and ABC news has since lost its bearings, by Geoffrey Luck.

I began my working life as an ABC cadet journalist 15 years before ­Michelle Guthrie was born. …

The community’s simmering disquiet with the public broadcaster’s decline in credibility has been trying for years to find its expression in policy terms. The ­recent populist clamour to “sell off the ABC” can be seen as a final incoherent shout from the frustrated and disappointed. …

Wrong priorities advertised in public:

Guthrie’s recent speech to the Melbourne Press Club … demonstrated how little she understood of journalism. … She also went on to define the role of her journalists as “their relentless drive to ensure that the institutions and processes which are the foundations of our democratic system work to the benefit of that community; their determination to provide a voice for the powerless, the weak and the intimidated; their ability to shine the light on malfeasance and corruption”.

Wrong! That’s exactly the problem with ABC news and current affairs. One might think a managing director who had ­assumed the unearned title of ­editor-in-chief would at least make seeking facts and objective truth the hallmark of a news service. It used not to be difficult to define news in those terms. …

Some specifics:

ABC news is now trivialised. Every night the flagship 7pm television bulletin runs petty local stories ahead of news of consequence to the nation and the world. The audience decline reflects its loss of credibility. …

The multiplicity of news programs across many radio and TV channels has put supervision of news content in the hands of the producer of each. Gone are the knowledge, wisdom and authority of the chief sub-­editor, who caught mistakes ­before they went to air and put a stop to any juvenile attempts to ­introduce comment or opinion.

ABC news once had a style guide. If it still exists, it’s been ­watered down, or allowed to be flouted. For example, adjectives were banned, except in quotation. Today reporters use them to subtly colour their stories. Preambles and summary conclusions were prohibited because they were comment, potentially indicating how a listener should interpret the item. Opinion, unless as a direct quote, would see the reporter sent back to rewrite. Yet the other day a Washington correspondent took it upon himself to characterise Donald Trump as “a President under siege”, then interpreted his comments about past policies as ­“insulting the other side”.

Such lazy, undisciplined writing goes unremarked, but is understandably seen as evidence of bias. Too often, interviewers don’t just ask questions, they argue. …

In the past, there was discipline. Personal views were never ­allowed to intrude. Management control and sub-editorial oversight ensured that, and reporters understood instinctively that ­impartiality was fundamentally the basis for public trust. It was our role to provide the facts, not to change the world.

Mother Heckles Mayor Khan on Knife Crime at Public Event, ‘We Don’t Feel Safe’

Mother Heckles Mayor Khan on Knife Crime at Public Event, ‘We Don’t Feel Safe’, by Liam Deacon.

London’s Labour Mayor has been shouted down at a public event, with a mother explaining she and her son do not “feel safe” in his city.

Sadiq Khan refused to take responsibility for the massive violent crime wave sweeping London, once again blaming the Conservatives and calling the Government “anti-London”.

Sadiq Khan, London Mayor

London’s Mayor (at another occasion)

The crowd did not accept his excuses and the Mayor was “booed by the audience as he finish[ed] his speech” as the people were “very angry at the level of crime in London”, LBC editor Theo Usherwood reported.

“There are no bobbies on our street, Londoners don’t feel safe, our communities don’t feel safe,” the unidentified woman shouted at the LBC State of London event, to loud cheers from the crowd.

She added: “You give me statistics Mr Khan, but for me as a parent, I’m telling you, we do not feel safe. We do not feel safe in London and we want you to do something about it!”

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Don’t let the long arm of China reach to our critical infrastructure

Don’t let the long arm of China reach to our critical infrastructure, by Peter Jennings.

Who thinks it would be a good idea to hand over our next mobile communications network to a company with intimate connections to the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, and which is obliged under Chinese law to support Beijing’s intelligence-gathering activities?

Second question: who thinks it would be a smart idea to allow a Hong Kong company to dominate electricity and gas distribution in Victoria and South Australia, gas transmission and distribution in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and critical gas transmission assets in Western Australia and NSW?

It says nothing positive about Canberra’s approach to national security that these developments are regarded in some circles as serious possibilities to take over critical infrastructure essential to how we function. …

Canberra should move quickly to block Huawei’s access to 5G and CKI’s access to APA’s gas and electricity business. This is the necessary price of maintaining national security interests in the face of an increasingly predatory China looking to maximise its own strategic interests at the expense of all others.

Two Kinds Of Barbarians

Two Kinds Of Barbarians, by Rod Dreher.

If you have a serious interest in politics, you should be reading columnist Thomas Edsall in The New York Times. He’s a liberal, but he’s much more interested in deep data analysis than in making ideological points. In his most recent column, he writes about research findings showing that liberals who are quick to call whites racist actually drive them into Trump’s arms. …

To the overwhelming majority of liberals, wanting to limit immigration to preserve the cultural status quo is an act of evil. As racism, along with homophobia, is one of the sins that call out to liberal heaven to be avenged, well, no wonder Democratic candidates are now calling for the abolition of ICE, and open borders (either openly or cagily). …

Diversity training:

Every single diversity session training I’ve ever had to attend as an employee made me angry, because the political biases masquerading as virtue were as plain as day. To object to anything the instructors claimed was to out oneself as a bigot. It was coercion — though I can easily imagine the instructors, and the company management that hired them, saw no political content at all.

We just want our employees not to be bigots, is all. OK, fine — but what counts as bigotry? That’s the neuralgic point.

I came out of those sessions not more bigoted (at least I hope not), but even more skeptical of the concept of “diversity,” seeing in it a program designed to marginalize and demonize people like me, and our interests.

Why the left cannot process this graph:

Population 1950-2010 Africa, ME, Europe

The professor, who teaches geopolitics in a university, simply mentioned that managing the massive migration efforts out of sub-Saharan Africa (this, given the skyrocketing birthrate, and lack of economic development) is going to be the chief challenge of Europe in this century.

European elites — political, academic, ecclesial, etc. — have not wanted to deal with this. The information in the Edsall column indicates why: because they are terrified of sounding and being racist. They believe that defending the integrity of their own cultures, and the ways of their own people, is somehow immoral. We can see that our own liberals view it the same way. The European elites are, therefore, conceptually defenseless against the migrant invasion. One imagines that Europeans, with their militaries, have the means to stop the inflow, but they lack the will.

Stupid, stupid, must be replaced. Under their rule, a new dark age beckons:

It is perfectly just to refer to what’s happening in Europe as “barbarian invasions,” with reference to the massive, civilization-changing influx of the Germanic tribes across the frontiers of the Roman empire. “Barbarian” was the word the Greeks used for peoples unlike themselves, bearers of different (and, to the Greeks, more primitive and therefore inferior) civilizations — or rather, those who had culture, but no civilization. The Germanic tribes were not Romanized, but they wanted to live within Rome’s ambit. The Empire in the West lost the ability to defend its borders … and eventually collapsed. That was the end of Rome.

The cultural point remains: the more people from alien cultures you have moving into your own, the more fragile and vulnerable your own culture becomes, especially if it is held with less force than the aliens hold their own. A Europe that is dominated by resident Africans is not Europe, any more than a Japan dominated resident Europeans is Japan, or a Ghana dominated by American migrants would be Ghana, or a Rome dominated by Germanic tribes is Rome. This is something very difficult for Americans to grasp, given that our own culture is so plastic and commercialized. You can’t spend any time in Europe, though, and fail to grasp this point. …

Is it racist to want to preserve your own culture and civilization? Yes, according to most liberals, per the Kauffman study. …

If the price of being progressive, or even virtuous in the judgment of progressives, is to hate your own fathers, your mothers, and your civilization, well, to hell with progressive virtue. …

African migrants to Europe, as well as migrants from elsewhere, are “barbarians” in the sense that they are bearers of profoundly different, alien cultures that are often antagonistic to European norms — and if they move into Europe in sufficient numbers, they will overwhelm traditional European cultures. This cannot be denied. Liberalism cannot stop this, in part because it can’t even admit that it’s happening.

Leftists choose not to distinguish between expressions of white racism and expressions of white self-interest. Sure, in the short term they harvest immigrant votes for a leftist welfare state, and they get to rub their opponents noses in diversity. But the long term is appalling — where in sub-Saharan Africa is there a civilization you would want to live in?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

North-African migrant stabs Belgian boy to death for protecting a waitress

North-African migrant stabs Belgian boy to death for protecting a waitress, by Abdelhamid Kaddour.

Ahmed S was drunk and harassing a waitress in a bar near Capucins street and the Leopold Place. He was asked by the waitress to leave the place. At this point he caught the attention of a the young Jean-François, a 19 year old Belgian native.

The migrant, who arrived in Belgium only a year ago, switched his attention to the young man who was trying to protect the waitress and asked the young Belgian to buy him a drink.

Jean-François refused. As both men walked out of the place and headed to the train station, the migrant stabbed the 19 year old multiple times and sliced his throat.

The victim was quickly cared for by the rescue services but despite all their efforts, he died a few hours later in the hospital.

The suspect was arrested and judged Thursday morning. Judges and police in charge of the case are particularly shocked by the murder’s simplistic motive.

Diversity and different cultural norms. Are you ready?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Mexico’s presidential frontrunner is promising a revolution. Can he deliver?

Mexico’s presidential frontrunner is promising a revolution. Can he deliver? By Ishaan Tharoor.

After two failed attempts, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is on the verge of becoming Mexico’s next president. According to opinion polls, the 64-year-old leftist has a likely insurmountable lead ahead of Sunday’s election, buoyed by widespread anti-establishment sentiment. …

It’s all about the corruption of Mexico’s ruling class:

The signature theme of López Obrador’s campaign has been a sweeping message of anti-corruption, including promises he himself has made to forgo the perks of office and convert Mexico’s lush presidential palace into a public park. His opponents, meanwhile, have failed to shrug off the stigma of graft and abuse of power surrounding their parties and remain linked to a mess of ongoing scandals, as well as the spiraling violence surrounding the country’s notorious drug cartels. Outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto and his ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is a widely discredited, lame-duck politician; his appointed successor, José Antonio Meade, is a distant third in polling.

“This election really began to cease being political a few months ago and became emotional,” Mexican essayist Emiliano Monge told the New Yorker. “It is more than anything a referendum against corruption, in which, as much by right as by cleverness, Amlo has presented himself as the only alternative. And in reality he is.” …

Many of his supporters aren’t taking his victory for granted, dreading electoral malfeasance by the powers-that-be. “If they steal it, this city, the country, will explode,” one Amlo supporter told my colleagues at a rally this week. “They have been warned.” …

Leftist yes, but maybe not too much:

His critics cast him in line with Venezuela’s late Hugo Chávez and populist strongmen further to the south. … These concerns, argue many analysts, are somewhat overstated now. “I don’t think Mexico would tolerate another Chavez,” Jorge Guajardo, a former Mexican ambassador to China, told this column. …

“If he were seen as a real threat,” Alfredo Coutino of Moody’s Analytics told the Associated Press earlier this month, “I think the markets would be moving very strongly and we would be seeing investment decisions postponed or withdrawn.” That is, thus far, not the case.