Rising Democratic Extremism

Rising Democratic Extremism, by Steve Sailer.

Why did Democrats go nuts in c. 2013?

2013: A Race Odyssey, by Steve Sailer.

The spirit of the age cries out for tales of victimization, and, unsurprisingly, the supply has grown to meet the skyrocketing demand. What does it say about our culture that we just witnessed a professor of psychology be vastly praised for testifying to a purported chain of events without any additional evidence emerging that it wasn’t all just in her head? …

A remarkable fraction of current articles in The New York Times and The New Yorker include testimony that the author feels emotionally traumatized, which is stereotypically attributed to the malevolence of Donald Trump. But the evidence in The Coddling of the American Mind points to the second Obama administration as being the era when the national nervous breakdown began.

The authors cite alarming evidence of a recent increase in emotional problems. For example, the percentage of college students who said they suffered from a “psychological disorder” increased among males from 2.7 percent in 2012 to 6.1 percent by 2016 (a 126 percent increase). Over the same four years, the percentage of coeds who saw themselves as psychologically afflicted rose from 5.8 percent to 14.5 percent (150 percent growth). …

I suspect, instead, that the most important difference on campus between 2012 and 2013 was that in 2013 the Obama administration no longer had to worry about reelection and thus didn’t have to continue to put up a moderate front. As I had predicted in my 2008 book America’s Half-Blood Prince, in their second term the future was now for the Obamaites, and it was time to get while the getting was good.

Some outbursts of campus activism might be genuinely bottom-up, but the mania we saw during the second Obama administration is more reminiscent of Chairman Mao’s top-down Cultural Revolution.

[Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt and co-author Lukianoff, who wrote “Coddling”,] report on one example of how the White House helped unleash the demons lurking within diversity worship:

In 2013, the Departments of Education and Justice issued a sweeping new definition of harassment…. By eliminating the reasonable person standard, harassment was left to be defined by the self-reported subjective experience of every member of the university community. It was, in effect, emotional reasoning turned into federal regulation.

We must believe the woman, even if, in the case of Blasey Ford, those who know her best don’t seem to believe her. …

Just like witchcraft, to which whites are apparently immune:

I would suggest that a more relevant comparison during our Diversity Age might be to African fears of witchcraft. As the late anthropologist Henry Harpending noted during his years of research in Africa, a big difference between traditional European and contemporary African conceptions of witchcraft is that in Africa intent is not required to hex victims, just bad feelings toward them.

Emotions get projected over vast distances, so beware.

Indeed, the current concepts of “systemic racism” and “implicit bias,” as promulgated on campuses by African-American Studies departments, sound an awful lot like African tribal notions of witchcraft. In Africa, for example, white privilege protects whites from racism witchcraft. …

Even more interesting to us was the universal understanding that white people were not vulnerable to witchcraft and could neither feel it nor understand it. White people literally lack a crucial sense, or part of the brain. …

Prominent and not so prominent talkers from the American Black population come out with similar theories of vague and invisible forces that are oppressing people, like “institutional racism” and “white privilege.”

Does this sound increasingly familiar?

The main solution among Africans for the evils of witchcraft is to pay money to witch doctors to protect them, rather as campus diversicrats are always ready to collect sizable checks to fight the curse of subliminal racism and sexism for you.

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