Continental Drift: The West, Europe, and the USA

Continental Drift: The West, Europe, and the USA. By Victor Davis Hanson.

In terms of population, the contemporary West consists of mainland Europe (circa 500 million — depending on how the borders of Europe are defined), the United States (325 million), the Anglosphere of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (130 million), and major Westernized, industrial, and democratic countries in Asia, most notably Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea (200 million), along perhaps with South American nations such as Argentina, Chile, and Brazil (265 million). …

73 years of peace have been hard on Europe, in the sense that the postmodern European cultural ideal is to avoid childbearing, most religion, and national defense. …

The German problem:

Since 1871, Europe has struggled with the “German problem.” Translated, this has meant that since the unification of Germany, Europe’s largest and most populous nation has created wealth and enjoyed political influence far beyond European norms of per capita industriousness — and used that power to attempt to recalibrate European values as German values.

After three disastrous European wars, in 1871, 1914, and 1939, the solution to the perceived dynamism — and ambitions — of Germany was variously to divide it up for a while, to deny it nuclear weapons while arming its ancient rivals France and Britain, to invite in the United States to impose and oversee a pan-European military alliance against a common enemy of Soviet Communism, to transform a common market and free-trade zone into de facto shared European nationhood, and to allow Germany to manipulate the euro to facilitate its own mercantile ambitions.

Despite all those efforts, Germany today dictates European immigration, financial, trade, and military policy, often against the wishes of its neighbors. It runs the world’s largest account surplus, and a huge trade surplus with the U.S., while spending relatively little on its own defense. …

Europe and America continue to rise and fall respectively:

Since the French Revolution and the upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries, the European state has erred on the side of equality of result rather than of opportunity. One consequence of the American emphasis on liberty, individualism, and less government has been greater annual economic growth and lower unemployment — critical criteria for questions of assimilating immigrants, ensuring military readiness, and avoiding population stagnation and shrinkage.

Europe will remain a friend of the United States. Even after the failure of the Obama administration to fundamentally transform the United States into a European social democracy, and the similar inability of the European Union to create robust economic and demographic growth, political federalism, and military readiness, it is simplistic to say that the two centers of Western civilization will merely drift further apart.

More likely, the power of the United States will grow and the global influence of Europe will continue to wane.

Australia, initially a child of Europe founded because Europe lost America, is leaning ever more in the American direction.

Why Are Voters So Angry? They want self-government back.

Why Are Voters So Angry? They want self-government back. By Myron Magnet.

A new kind of government has grown up inside the old structure, like those parasites hatched in another organism that grow by eating up their host from within, until the adult creature bursts out of the host’s carcass. This transformation is not an evolution but a usurpation.

What has now largely displaced the Founders’ government is what’s called the Administrative State — a transformation premeditated by its main architect, Woodrow Wilson. [US President 1913 to 1921, he also started the third and current US central bank, the Fed.]

The thin-skinned, self-righteous college-professor president, who thought himself enlightened far beyond the citizenry, dismissed the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights as so much outmoded “nonsense,” and he rejected the Founders’ clunky constitutional machinery as obsolete. What a modern country needed, he said, was a “living constitution” that would keep pace with the fast-changing times by continual, Darwinian adaptation, as he called it, effected by federal courts acting as a permanent constitutional convention.

Modernity, Wilson thought, demanded efficient government by independent, nonpartisan, benevolent, hyper-educated experts, applying the latest scientific, economic, and sociological knowledge to industrial capitalism’s unprecedented problems, too complex for self-governing free citizens to solve. Accordingly, he got Congress to create executive-branch administrative agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, to do the job.

During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt proliferated such agencies, from the National Labor Relations Board and the Federal Housing Administration to the Federal Communications Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, to put the New Deal into effect. Before they could do so, though, FDR had to scare the Supreme Court into stretching the Constitution’s Commerce Clause beyond recognition, putting the federal government in charge of all economic activity, not just interstate transactions. He also had to pressure the justices to allow Congress to delegate legislative power — which is, in effect, what the lawmakers did by setting up agencies with the power to make binding rules. The Constitution, of course, vests all legislative power in Congress, empowering it to make laws, not to make legislators. …

That’s how it was done in the US; trends elsewhere in the West were similar.

Adding insult to injury, Wilson, his allies, and their current followers call themselves “progressives,” a fatuous boast implying that they are the embodiments and chosen instruments of the spirit of an ever-improving, irresistible future. …

[But] how is a return to subjection an advance on freedom? No lover of liberty should ever call such left-wing statism “progressive.” In historical terms, this elevation of state power over individual freedom is not even “liberal” but quite the reverse. …

Deference to the greater wisdom of government, which Wilsonian progressivism deems a better judge of what the era needs and what the people “really” want than the people themselves, has been silently eroding our unique culture of enterprise, self-reliance, enlightenment, and love of liberty for decades. …

Supercharging American anger over illegal immigration and its consequences is the politically correct ban on openly discussing it, with even the most reasoned reservation dismissed as racism and yahooism. And political correctness generates its own quantum of anger among citizens, who think of freedom of speech and debate as central to American exceptionalism.

But elite culture stigmatizes plain speaking, so that now a rapist or a murderer is a “person who committed a crime” or an “individual who was incarcerated,” says the Obama Department of Justice, or, according to the latest humbug from the Department of Education, a “justice-involved individual.” Implicit in these euphemisms is the theory that “society,” not the criminal, is to blame for crime, a long-exploded idea aimed at blurring the distinction between right and wrong.

The Internet is undermining Islamic Fundamentalism: Is there an Enlightenment developing within Islam?

The Internet is undermining Islamic Fundamentalism: Is there an Enlightenment developing within Islam?

The Pakistani-Canadian writer Ali Rizvi is a fierce critic of Islam, the religion in which he grew up. But unlike many other critics who maintain that Islam is inherently incapable of modernization, and that the Muslim world is sliding ever further into backwardness and fundamentalism, Rizvi is refreshingly optimistic about the future. The seed of a new Enlightenment has been planted in the Arabic world, he told me in Antwerp, and there’s no way to eradicate it.

In his book The Atheist Muslim, Rizvi speaks directly to the many closeted atheists, agnostics, and secularists in the Muslim world. These people are obliged by the societies in which they live to present themselves outwardly as Muslims, but in private, they harbor different ideas.  …

In the Muslim world, there are countless such freethinkers, atheists, and agnostics, who are going around presenting themselves as Muslims, because there are very serious consequences for openly saying what they are. You know all the reasons. It ranges from being rejected by their families, disowned and ostracized by their communities, to being persecuted, jailed, or even hacked to death, as with the Bangladeshi secular bloggers. These people are atheist in thought, but Muslim in appearance. …

There’s this whole idea that being a Muslim makes you a modest girl with good moral character. So when you leave Islam, other men will look at you and assume that you must be a whore. And then there’s the physical threat. It doesn’t come from the government like in Saudi Arabia, but it still exists. …

The western left teams up with Islam to reject Islamic apostates:

Now, on top of all of that, if some Muslim goes ahead and dares to criticize her religion, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, you also see a lot of liberals turn against her. I have my political differences with Ayaan, but really, if someone is rejecting Islam because she likes liberal Enlightenment values, because she believes in gender equality and human rights and freedom of speech, then you’d like your Western counterparts to support her. But often they don’t. When Salman Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses, which was his right to do, many liberals just shunned him. …

Many freethinkers and disbelievers in the Muslim community who saw what happened to Salman Rushdie, even in the West, will think twice before coming out. Liberals are not supporting the people that they should be supporting, and they have compromised on their own values. That’s how terrorism works. …

The underlying narrative is that the only good Muslim is a conservative Muslim. This is bizarre. If an ex-Catholic has been persecuted by her religion, and she comes out and says that religion is bullshit, she’s hailed as a hero. …

Look, Europeans challenged their own religion during the Enlightenment, and we’re all benefiting from their efforts today. But when non-Europeans want to do the same, it’s ‘Islamophobia’? That is the real bigotry. …

It’s growing:

We’ve come a long way already. When Rushdie published his book, he had to go into hiding for ten years, but now there are literally thousands of Muslims speaking out. There are conferences, books, podcasts, interviews. Ex-Muslims are showing up on TV in Egypt and Kuwait. This is something that is happening on a scale that was unimaginable in the Rushdie days. And that was just under 30 years ago. …

Someone was asking me the other day how I could be so optimistic about a Muslim Enlightenment, when we’re seeing this rise in jihadism and fundamentalism. Saudi Arabia is even labelling atheism as a form of ‘terrorism’ now. My answer to that is: why is Saudi Arabia labelling atheists as terrorists? …

Muslim youth globally are being more exposed to secular influences. They’re seeing Hollywood movies that are now uncensored, and they are thinking about these things, comparing them to their own life. And yes, the conservatives are very worried about this. …

Reading the Quran as it is, is an excellent antidote to faith. And the apologists know this. What’s the one thing the apologists keep telling you? Don’t take it literally! …This is the infallible, unquestionable, immutable word of the Creator of the Universe, but please don’t use it the way he wants you to. Put the word of God down, and please read my human interpretation and commentary.

Interesting. Both western leftists and Islamic fundamentalists need censorship of the Internet, because their position of power is so easily undermined by information and facts.

Men in the Royal Australian Navy painting their fingernails pink in official diversity campaign

Men in the Royal Australian Navy painting their fingernails pink in official diversity campaign.

Navy nailed to the wall for PC post, by Deborah Cornwall.

The 100 Days For Change campaign was launched this month by Women and Leadership Australia to promote a ­nationwide push among companies for gender ­equity in the workplace. Journalist advocate Tracy Spicer is the public face of the campaign. …

Fantasy:

“Navy has made great progress in making sure women aren’t unfairly treated,” he said. “But ordering uniformed personnel to join social-activism campaigns is a step too far and risks politicising the defence force.”

Lauding the aims of the campaign on the official navy website, Deputy Chief Mark Hammond said 21.3 per cent of the navy’s workforce was female, “a statistic navy can be proud of, but more needs to be done”.

Rear Admiral Hammond said the navy needed to look at a range of measures — from supporting women’s sporting events to ­reviewing procedures for unconscious gender bias.

“We must do this as one navy, regardless of age, rank, race, ­religion, sexual orientation, ability or gender,” he said. “We cannot afford to leave anyone behind.” …

Reality:

Former Labor leader Mark Latham let loose yesterday. “THIS WILL SCARE THE ENEMY,” he screamed on his Facebook and Twitter feeds. “Sadly, this is not a joke. It is the Australian Defence Force under Marise Payne and Malcolm Turnbull.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sweden Will Remain Sweden In Name Only

Sweden Will Remain Sweden In Name Only, by Gefira.

The Gefira findings based on the official data provided by Statistics Sweden SCB reveal[s] …:

  • The fertility rate of native white Swedes is much lower (1,6) than the country’s overall fertility rate (1.9) …
  • 8 to 10% of the newborns in Sweden have an Islamic name. …
  • The native white Swedish population will be a minority within a maximum of 40 years….
  • 22% of the newborns have a non-Western migration background. …

Due to the continuation of the influx of immigrants, the current population is 10 million. According to Statistics Sweden it will be 14 million by the end of this century. The Swedish authorities regard only first and second generation immigrants as foreigners. After one generation a sprawling Pakistani community relocated to Malmö will be regarded as natural Swedish growth. …

Replacement and colonization:

By the end of this century only one-third of the population will be of Swedish descent, which means almost a total re-population.

Lauren Southern moved on by police during Lakemba visit

Lauren Southern moved on by police during Lakemba visit, by Olivia Caisley.

Alt-right provocateur and YouTuber Lauren Southern clashed with police this afternoon after she was prevented from filming outside Lakemba mosque in Sydney’s west. …

Southern, who was joined by a cameraman and security detail, was prevented by NSW Police from walking along Haldon Street towards Lakemba Mosque due to fears she would offend the local Islamic community.

The Daily Telegraph reports Southern was visiting the area because she had been told it “did not fit in with Australian culture” and wanted to see “what the culture is like”.

“It doesn’t look like Australia here,” Southern told The Daily Telegraph. “People are clearly not adapting to the western culture — the signs aren’t in English.”

In a heated exchange with NSW Police, Southern argued she should be allowed to walk past the mosque but was asked by Inspector Rick Agius “not to attend there.”

“I have a fear that you may create an imminent breach of the peace and you may also commit an offence,” he said.

Unreal? Sadly all too real.

Tim Blair:

As it happens, walking towards buildings has long been considered a threatening act of criminal provocation. Check out these historic troublemakers as they advanced on the University of Alabama in 1963:

… Let Lauren Southern walk wherever she wants, as any free person should. If she is attacked, arrest her attackers. And then consider just how we’ve reached a point where those arrests might be necessary.

(By the way, please show some sympathy for that cop, who was plainly seeking a short-term solution to a much larger long-term problem. He’s managing a shocking situation caused by decades-old federal and state policies. Good luck to him.)

hat-tip Stephen Neil

How Dumb Are Socialists?

How Dumb Are Socialists? By John Hinderaker.

Last night on the Daily Show, Trevor Noah asked Ocasio-Cortez how her socialist programs would be paid for. Watching this airhead throw around references to hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars is frightening:

Megan McArdle comments:

Painful. She tries to pay for an annual budget line-item (converting economy to renewables), with 10-year budget savings from higher taxes on the wealthy, impossible even if she hadn’t wildly understated the cost. Then confuses the military’s total budget with a proposed increase.

America’s Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last

America’s Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last, by H.W. Crocker.

The difference between the America of today and the America of what seems like just yesterday is that we once had a common culture. …

Yes, there were big differences between North and South a century and a half ago. The South was a slave-holding, free-trading, libertarian-leaning, conservative Christian, agricultural, aristocratic Sparta, while the North was a commercial, industrial, protectionist, Transcendentalist, social gospel, democratic Athens. But they held far more in common than separated them — beginning with the fact that, as Lincoln observed, “Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God.”

In the end, the war was fought over a single legal issue: whether the states that had freely ratified the Constitution to form the Union could freely leave the Union if they felt it no longer served their interests. …

But now:

Today, however, our divisions are so deep and fundamental that Americans cannot even agree on what marriage is or what a man or a woman is (which is pretty darn fundamental).

The lunatic self-righteousness of the Left (and yes, I’m afraid one must point fingers here), where disagreement is bigotry to be prohibited by law or even condemned and prosecuted as treason, is a consuming, destructive fire that will not be easily quenched, and cannot be reached by cool waters of rational argument.

Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama’s senior officials following a woman around a DC Metro station and taking a picture up her skirt with his cell phone

Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama’s senior officials following a woman around a DC Metro station and taking a picture up her skirt with his cell phone.

Glenn Reynolds: A friend on Facebook comments: “See, this is how it works. Obama officials who get arrested and convicted of even pervy crimes get no news coverage at all. As the story says, ‘His arrest and conviction were never made public until DailyMail.com acquired the report of the investigation and the footage through a Freedom of Information Act request.’ Don’t tell me no White House reporter knew about this in July 2016. They knew. And now they’re too busy going after Brett Kavanaugh’s wife to even follow this up. The bastards.”

Britain: Land of Lost Hope and Faded Glory?

Britain: Land of Lost Hope and Faded Glory? By Bruce Bawer.

I hate to say it, but I think I’m giving up on Britain. Go ahead, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, add my name to that ever-growing list of Islam critics who are banned from entering your country. I won’t be offended. In fact, I’ll be offended if you don’t ban me.

On his July 25 call-in show, UKIP founder and Brexit godfather Nigel Farage took up the issue of “grooming gangs” – you know, those groups of young Muslim men who have been raping young non-Muslim girls for years, decades even, in cities across the UK. The first one of these gangs to be publicly exposed, beginning in 2011, was in Rotherham, in South Yorkshire. That one gang, it turned out, had systematically and repeatedly raped about 1400 girls. Since then, reports have emerged about other such gangs in other British cities. In all or most of these cities, it has been discovered, police officials, journalists, social workers, politicians, and judges knew for years about the rapes but did nothing and said nothing for fear of being called racists.

Last year Sarah Champion began with “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.” … In the remaining 500 or so words of her piece, Champion told about how, after becoming an MP, she learned in a committee room about this whole grooming thing.

Sarah Champion is to be congratulated for having spoken up in this manner. But two words that appeared nowhere in her article were “Islam” and “Muslim.” When it came to the roots of these child rapes, Champion dodged the hard facts. The common demoninator isn’t ethnicity. It’s a religion that preaches the absolute right of male adherents to ravage the daughters of infidels.

Surely Sarah Champion knew this. She was brave to write the Sun piece, but not brave enough to mention Islam. …

A year later, people in Britain are still talking about all this. No, not about the rape gangs themselves. Yes, every so often the media uncover yet another such gang, and the news is out there for a cycle or two and then dies away. But they’re still discussing Sarah Champion. And that leads us to the question that Farage asked his listeners on July 25: “Did Sarah Champion go too far?”

Yes, you read that right. Did Sarah Champion go too far?

And then he fielded one phone call after another. One caller said it didn’t matter that the rapists were of Pakistani heritage because most of them were “British born.” Another said: “There’s something culturally wrong in Britain.” A third insisted that the “root cause” of the rape epidemic had something or other to do with economics and the British Commonwealth. …

Clueless. Deluded by the PC propaganda. Maybe they will get it when their daughter is raped.

Not until 23 minutes into the hour-long program did one hear a critical word about Islam. A caller dared to assert, correctly, that the whole rape thing, far from being at odds with Islam, is rooted in Islamic teaching. A palpably uneasy Farage was quick to try to rein him in.

Nigel Farage

At the 47-minute point, a Hindu listener phoned in and pointed out that Pakistani Muslims in Britain target not only white girls but also Sikh and Hindu girls. They have, he said, a “disrespectful attitude to non-Muslim girls.”

In Britain, he noted, there’s no such thing as Sikh or Hindu rape gangs. And he added that he was sick of seeing headlines about “Asian grooming gangs” when, in fact, they’re always Muslim. …

A minute later another caller made the obvious point: Champion should have said “Muslim,” not “Pakistani,” because the whole business is not about ethnicity but about ideology. The caller emphasized that there are many people in the Muslim community who know about rapes and other crimes but don’t tell the authorities. The same caller also said something I had been thinking throughout the show – that Farage’s successor as head of UKIP, Gerard Batten, has been talking more frankly about this topic than Farage ever has. Farage’s reply was that he tries to be “nonracist” and “nonsectarian.” Meaning what? Was he suggesting that Batten is racist? Does he truly believe that it’s possible to talk honestly about this issue without being “sectarian”?

This is the biggest scandal in British history, and many who oppose PC in Britain haven’t plucked up the courage to even talk about it. Remember, a civilization that cannot protect its young women soon dies.

Canadian doctor pockets $9,000 to remove breasts from 14-year-old girls who believe they’re ‘boys’

Canadian doctor pockets $9,000 to remove breasts from 14-year-old girls who believe they’re ‘boys’, by James Risdon.

A plastic surgeon in Toronto who calls himself a “leader in the LGBT community” has admitted to performing double mastectomies on girls as young as fourteen who believe themselves to be ‘boys.’

Dr. Marc DuPéré will perform the procedure, despite the vast majority of children with gender identity confusion eventually reverting to their natal sex, as long as the teen girl is “firm about the decision to transition,” he wrote in a now deleted post on his website. …

His Visage Clinic in Toronto offers these “top surgeries” for about $9,000 and he recalls removing the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in the last five years. He also admits he’s done a few more of these surgeries on girls 15 and 16-years-old. …

There’s also evidence many children simply grow out of their feelings that they are the other gender. Western Sydney University professor of pediatrics John Whitehall has reportedly said that up to 90 per cent of transgender children simply change their minds by puberty. …

A female-to-male transgendered person who later decides to start living as a woman again might also face more difficulty in finding an understanding partner as she could not hide the old scars.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge, by Rod Liddle.

The latest exciting news is that it may very soon be possible for surgeons to perform uterine transplants, so endowing a man who has ‘transitioned’ into being a strange approximation of a woman with the ability to gestate a child. And to give birth, after a fashion. The benighted child would need to be hacked out of the man’s midriff, because there’s not enough room down there for a child to come out naturally (yes, because he’s a man).

Sweden — the world leader in uterine transplants — is anxious to reclaim the title of the world’s most batshit crazy nation, which the Canadians and that simpering idiot Justin Trudeau currently have in their grasp. The uterus stuff will undoubtedly help. So, too, the fact that in some places, such as Gothenburg, transgendered women (i.e. men) are now allowed in women-only bathhouses and saunas — a policy that is comically at odds with the authorities’ desire to accede to the right of Muslim women to bathe without men being nearby.

This confluence of epic delusion plus politically correct doublethink would certainly convince me to give Sweden the coveted batshit award. I found out about the uterus business, incidentally, not because I tapped ‘uterus’ into Google in the hope of looking at one or two for a few minutes, by way of a weird sort of perversion, but because I tapped in ‘Swedish elections’ and this stuff came up at the same time.

It’s all good news as far as I am concerned. Few commentators will make a direct link between Swedish sawbones stapling uteruses into deeply troubled young men and the possible outcome of the Swedish general election in September, but I see one very clearly. Soaring in the polls are the Sweden Democrats, on a platform of no more immigration, opposition to the wilder demands of the LGBTQI lobby, and support for the church, state and traditional nuclear family. …

Good. The more we hear about uterine transplants, and swimming baths closed off so that Somalian women can splash about while dressed as Darth Vader, the more the stock of the Sweden Democrats will rise. …

In general the rule is this: the more vacuously liberal the ruling elite, the bigger the surge for the populists, or for populist legislation. The latest two countries in Europe to ban the burka? Denmark and the Netherlands.

hat-tip Nick