Identity Stalinism

Identity Stalinism, by Steve Sailer.

The roar of racist rage from the great and good directed at an innocent Kentucky boy is all about implementing the Democrats’ grand strategy, which is to assemble a coalition of the margins of American society: immigrants, welfare mothers, tech billionaires, transgenders, hedge-fund guys, black church ladies, gays, Jews, the unmarried, movie stars, felons, and so forth and so on.

In contrast, the more similar you are to a Minuteman of 1776, the more likely you are to vote Republican. The GOP appeals to Core Americans, the Democrats to Fringe Americans.

Mass immigration offers the Democrats good reason to hope to overwhelm their foes in the long run.

But merely listing the Democrats’ constituent interest groups points out the main problem with their master plan: Their various fringes can’t stand one another. …

The progressive stack is purposefully kept vague, other than that white Christian males are at rock bottom. …

As these examples from the weekend suggest, the only way the Democratic Party can hold together is by constantly ginning up excuses for Fringe Americans to hate Core Americans even more than they hate each other.

Because the Democrats’ fundamental problem is all the hate roiling their own constituents, they project onto Republicans their own tendency toward hatred. …

This political logic generates much hate hypochondria in the media. For example, countless trained journalists watched a brief video of the American Indian leftist trying (and failing) to provoke the poor kid and immediately concluded that the reason they felt so much hatred toward the white youth is because he was the hater. …

The Democrats’ fundamental problem is that white people, on the whole, just aren’t hate-filled enough for their strategy to wholly succeed. For example, earlier in January, The New York Times was in a lather about how a Great White Defendant in Texas had purportedly gunned down a beautiful black child. But when the cops arrested two black criminals, the embarrassing incident was quickly memory-holed. …

Under the current dispensation, the white boy’s manly impassivity under assault just proved he was the bad guy. As Orwell wrote in 1984:

“…to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime….”

A commenter at Steve Sailer’s:

How can we, as a nation (of immigrants), allow children to wait at bus stops with smirks on their privileged faces? Is this who we are? Shouldn’t we be punching those faces? Isn’t that the moral thing to do? I’ve used question marks, but can any of these facts really be questioned?

We will not have equality in this country until all smug, smirking faces at all bus stops are getting punched.

Wrong, MAGA hats are not “racist”

Wrong, MAGA hats are not “racist”, by Lion of the Blogosphere.

According to the Huffington Post, MAGA hats are inherently racist, and shouldn’t be worn in public.

For many in this country, MAGA hats amount to an explicit message of racial intolerance and bigotry.

This is one of the most anti-free-speech things I’ve ever read from a supposed news organization. Yes, people can wear the President of the United States’ campaign paraphernalia in public. It’s protected free speech, and it’s inherently not racist to support the person who voters elected to be President.

According to the leftist narrative, this hat is racist:

But the Indian provocateur cannot ever be racist, because he is non-white. Says who?

Is our System of Government Just Too Big?

Is our System of Government Just Too Big? By Aaron Wolf.

By any historical measure, it is monstrously insane that the economic and social fortunes of families in Des Moines, or Rockford, or Texarkana should depend so greatly upon the political maneuverings of the federal Congress and the President of the United States.

I speak not of the principles of Austrian economics or abstract concepts of supply, demand, and incentive. I mean this: 325 million people should not be so utterly tethered to the policies dreamt up by far-away bureaucrats and haggled over by 435 “representatives” who wonder whether it is expedient for their re-election campaigns to pass a tariff, cut personal income-tax rates, subsidize “agriculture,” or fund abortion clinics and missions to Mars.

Plainly, this country is too large to be controlled by so few elected officials plus a host of unnamed career members of the Permanent State. By the measure of human scale, there can be no truly representative government in so vast a land, with so numerous and diverse a population, even if it calls itself a “nation.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

68 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List

68 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List, by Sharyl Attkinson — who considers herself a person of the left and voted Green in the last presidential election. She’s won five Emmy awards and is highly respected.

We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet — and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.” …

Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories — without labeling them as opinions.

What’s worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we’re getting so much wrong. It’s a little bit like a police officer taking someone to jail for DUI, then driving home drunk himself: he may be correct to arrest the suspect, but he should certainly know better than to commit the same violation.

The list of media errors follows. Talk about “fake news”! And of course it leaves out errors of omission — stories they should have told about Trump or his successes or his supporters, but which they couldn’t bring themselves to write.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

China sets up shop as the West loses sight of Africa’s future

China sets up shop as the West loses sight of Africa’s future, by Roger Boyles.

Africa is being let down by its leaders. When Robert Mugabe was forced to step down there was an expectation in the West that Zimbabwe was about to turn a corner and end its descent into chaos.

Today the beaten protesters, the mass round-ups and the internet blackouts tell a different story.

Across the continent — even in the heavyweight nations such as Nigeria and South Africa, which both have critical elections this year — there is a sense that any leader who promises democratic change must be either deluded or corrupt.

The idea that every African country has a Nelson Mandela if you just look hard enough turns out to have been a dud. And there’s not much mileage left either in the Africa Rising brand that reduced the continent to a crude equation: charismatic leadership + rapid growth = prosperity. ..

China, the largest foreign investor in Africa, adds to the continent’s problems rather than their solution. It allies itself with veterans of the independence struggle — in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia to name a few — and it favours their security establishments. It does not attach onerous political conditions to its aid, nor demand transparency or respect for a democratic opposition.

Weak and segmented African governance works in its favour, giving it access to the extractive industries that it covets. The debt that accumulates from ambitious, often overblown Chinese infrastructural investment helps spin a web of neo-colonial influence.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Microsoft Teams with Establishment ‘NewsGuard’ to Create News Blacklist

Microsoft Teams with Establishment ‘NewsGuard’ to Create News Blacklist, by Allum Bokhari.

Without consulting with its users, Microsoft has installed an establishment media browser extension, purportedly designed to rate the accuracy of news websites, as a default extension on mobile versions of its Edge browser. In practice, it creates a news blacklist by warning users away from sites including Breitbart News, The Drudge Report, and the Daily Mail.

Another one bits the dust

The browser extension, called “Newsguard,” presents users with a red warning label if they navigate to a website that it judges to be unreliable. A “green” rating is given to websites that NewsGuard considers trustworthy.

A number of pro-Trump websites … are given a “red” rating by the extension. … WikiLeaks, which has never had to retract a story due to false or misleading information, is also given a “red” rating.

Among the websites given a “green” rating is BuzzFeed, which was recently humiliated for publishing alleged details about the ongoing Mueller investigation that were contradicted by the speial prosecutor himself. BuzzFeed did not retract the story, and even led with it on its frontpage … after Mueller contradicted it. …

Bernie Sanders and Trump voters get red, Hillary Clinton voters get green. Anti-establishment sites are red, PC sites are green. Subtle.

Some left-wing sources are given “red” ratings by Newsguard. However, they tend to be on the anti-establishment side of Democratic politics: ShareBlue and the Daily Kos, for example, both have “red” ratings. Salon and the Huffington Post, however, do not.

Better just stick to the red sites 🙂 Hardly anyone uses Edge, but this system may spread.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Culture War Over Our Fiscal Crisis

The Culture War Over Our Fiscal Crisis, by Lewis Andrews.

Ever since the fight over who rightfully won the 2000 presidential election, which to many seems like when normal political bickering escalated into something different, the national debt has grown fourfold from $5.5 trillion to almost $22 trillion … [When unfunded liabilites are included, US federal debt is now aorund …] an astonishing $1 million per taxpayer.

The connection between fiscal stress and political polarization is not hard to understand, once we remember that most democratic elections are vote buying exercises. Those on the left are usually more blatant, offering voters some new or enhanced entitlement. But the right has its own expensive priorities and often feels compelled to counter with a leaner version of the Democratic agenda. Both parties claim they can fully pay for their respective promises but ultimately they always end up charging much of it to future generations. …

The left favors power as its political currency, the right prefers competency:

Those who have become dependent on government largesse or who have bet their retirement security on public pensions or who simply lack the skills to prosper are quite naturally attracted to redistributionist ideologies.

Those who already pay most of the income taxes (as well as those who aspire to someday be similarly well-off) prefer for government to raise needed revenue by incentivizing work and investment. …

This is an inevitable future, perhaps soon:

History tells us that the only socially acceptable way for governments to manage unsupportable debt is by spreading the pain as broadly as possible, forcing every interest group — bondholders, taxpayers, recipients of public programs, government employees — to take a hit. That’s not because this approach is fair, but because shared sacrifice is the only way to stop a verbal civil war from becoming a real one.

The central banks will almost certainly do this by inflating the currency towards oblivion, thus “inflating away” the debt. Debtors win, lenders lose, the economy turns to quicksand for a period.

Wheelbarrow of money in 1920s Germany

Things will go wrong, perhaps badly. The German inflation of 1923 was so iniquitous and harsh that it left a lot of society seething — with awful consequences 20 years later.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The End of Diesel in Several Years

The End of Diesel in Several Years, by Jonathon Stearns.

European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said the EU has had a “breakthrough moment” since Germany-based Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 that it fitted diesel engines with software to cheat U.S. checks on smog-causing discharges of nitrogen oxides. This deeply affected “the emotions in society toward emissions and cleaner cars,” she said.

Diesel cars are finished,” Bienkowska said in a May 24 [2018] interview in her ninth floor Brussels office. “I think in several years they will completely disappear. This is the technology of the past.” …

The issue has been politically thorny in Europe because around half the cars in the region are powered by diesel — which causes more urban pollution than gasoline while having less global-warming impact — and because many member states have struggled to meet clean-air goals meant to reduce human sicknesses and premature deaths.

Soon to be extinct

Diesel Engines in the Crosshairs, by Frank Holmes.

A damning study on diesel engines was issued in June [2018] by the very same group that blew the whistle on Volkswagen’s emissions scandal back in 2015. According to the study, conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), even the newest, cleanest diesel vehicles failed to meet Europe’s strict emission standards in “real world” driving conditions. …

European sentiment of diesel was already in freefall, but momentum is increasing. … Between 2016 to 2018, diesel’s share of new vehicle sales in the EU plunged dramatically, from nearly half of all sales to just under a third.

Diesel only ever looked better than petrol because of cheating by European car manufacturers. Diesel is a known and potent carcinogen. Are diesel cars the new cancer sticks?

US recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader as interim president

US recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader as interim president, by Mariana Zuniga.

President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday faced the gravest challenge to his authority as the leader of the U.S.-backed opposition claimed the legitimate mantle of leadership, and President Trump and other world leaders promptly recognized him as Venezuela’s interim and rightful head of state. …

Juan Guaido, the opposition leader now recognized by Washington as Venezuela’s true interim ruler, called on any diplomats expelled by Maduro to remain.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters that Washington is not rejecting any options, whether political, economic or even military.

“When we say all options are on the table, it means all options,” the official said.

Later, Trump was pointedly asked whether military force was being considered.

“We’re not considering anything, but all options on the table,” he said. “All options, always, all options are on the table.”

As the international campaign against him grew, Maduro, the anointed successor of socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, was confronting a new protagonist in the form of Guaido. Before a cheering throng, the 35-year-old industrial engineer and recently named head of the country’s National Assembly, took the long-awaited step of declaring himself the nation’s “president in charge.”

“We will stay on the street until Venezuela is liberated!” Guaido told the crowd in Caracas.

The Venezuelan debacle ultimately arose because an elite ran the country, squeezing out everyone else from power. That created a large disenfranchised, competent, middle. It also prompted a revolt, led by socialists who promised everything to everyone. But when the socialists got into power, as usual it just ended up in shambles and a failed economy

Looks like it’s soon going to be time to start over. But this time, hopefully, the Venezuelan political class will share power instead of hogging all the goodies.

Do you suppose there might be a lesson in there for Western elites?

Report reveals secret North Korean missile base headquarters

Report reveals secret North Korean missile base headquarters, by Mike Murphy.

A new report has identified a secret headquarters for North Korea’s ballistic missile force, complicating ongoing denuclearization talks with the U.S. In a report released Monday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank identified the previously undisclosed base, among one of about 20 previously secret ballistic missile bases it had previously reported on in November.

The researchers said the headquarters proves North Korea is not serious about dismantling its nuclear missile program, since the denuclearization talks have focused on shuttering declared and verified bases.

European Defense

European Defense, by Angelo M. Codevilla.

The notion that Europeans and Americans were full partners in the NATO alliance and that this “kept the Russians out…etc.” was always a fiction, albeit a useful one. Today it is dysfunctional, an obstacle to all sides’ understanding of what useful cooperation may yet be possible. …

The ensuing plans for a gallant common stand at the Fulda Gap with conventional weapons were fantasies based on hope, and on willful ignorance about Soviet military doctrine. Transferred East German Air Force war plans show that, as Soviet military literature had made clear, the Soviets would have precluded such a clash by opening the conflict with nuclear strikes on NATO storage sites and troop concentrations, confident that the Americans would keep the nuclear war local and one sided. …

The European Union never became either an element of strength, or a mechanism by which the U.S. could practice “one stop” policy in Europe. Instead, it is a bureaucratic entity with its own substance, an additional complication for dealing with member states, its decisions — often bad for America as well as for Europe — bidding for the status of customary international law. It has been the primary means for expressing Western Europe’s contemporary international identity.

Accommodation with the Muslim world and hostility to Israel have been its primary hallmarks. The Trump administration is deemphasizing relations with it — including downgrading its diplomatic status in Washington — and dealing with member states bilaterally as much as possible. That includes holding out a U.S.–British trade deal as an incentive for Britain to follow through with Brexit. …

Germany is gone, whites in Europe are going:

The underlying reality is that the Europe with which America has dealt is waning demographically, ceasing to exist culturally, and is dead politically, never to return.

Today, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc. are disappearing biologically: In Germany, for example, 42% of all births in 2017 were to migrants from the Middle East or Africa. That percentage is already set to rise. Natives’ birth rates are far below replacement levels (Italy’s is 1.34 births per woman), together with the migration of young Middle Eastern/African people, well-nigh guarantees the end of Europe’s biological character, fast. Its cultural character is changing even faster. We can only guess the extent to which Europe may be able to maintain a European identity in the face of migration.

Europe has been betrayed by its elite:

Current European elites’ inability to control their countries’ invasion by people from the Middle East and Africa, the migrants’ offenses against public safety, and the strictures imposed on native populations on the migrants’ behalf, are not least of the reasons why political Europe as we used to know it has ceased to exist. Other reasons, including the elites’ contempt for ordinary people’s way of life and manifold incompetence, are legion. Hence, the traditional parties are discredited, and the ruling classes are under siege by disaffected populations, especially the young. Without constituencies outside the establishment, they fear elections. Their very capacity to marshal people for any common purpose whatever is already gone. Their disappearance is only a matter of time.

The internal political cohesion of all European states having collapsed, the levers and buttons in the Atlantic Alliance’s control rooms are connected to nothing. The titled officials with whom Americans deal represent only themselves.

Kamala Harris’s Identity Ticket

Kamala Harris’s Identity Ticket, by Jonathon Keiler.

Now that first-term Senator Kamala Harris has formally announced for the presidency in 2020, she has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination.

This stems not from anything in Harris’s relatively slight résumé, other than her “identity” and a hard-left stand on most issues. Harris checks almost all the critical boxes. Barring a particularly toxic skeleton in the closet or a major campaign error, she will likely end up President Trump’s opponent in 2020.

Harris identifies as both an African-American (her father is Jamaican) and Indian-American (her mother hails from the subcontinent.) Being half Native American and gay would be a bit better, but among the current crop of possible Democrat candidates, none identify better as far as Democrats are concerned.

A couple decades ago, making a solid prediction on nothing more than identity would have be laughable, but not anymore. Identity is clearly the first consideration in the Democrat nominating process, something made abundantly clear by the positions and problems of the announced candidates that preceded Harris, those considering a run, and those that might stay out because of it — yes, I’m speaking of you, Joe Biden. …

It’s hard to see any other Democrat matching Harris’ identity bona fides. Plus, nobody’s going to get to her left and she’s combative, which is seen as necessary to take on Trump.

Reader Scott writes from California:

Potentially most dangerous politician in the world. A pretty, intersectional leftist who is absolutely power mad.

The Left vs. Logic

The Left vs. Logic, by Deana Chadwell.

Just recently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the remark that she’d rather be morally correct than factually correct. She fails to realize that being factually correct is part of being moral. To use loose, sloppy, or fictitious “facts” to support something you think is ethically awesome is to undercut your own argument. Truth evidently is not part of her moral zeitgeist. …

The left has been majoring in language reassignment for decades. Their favorite is to label absolutely anything a lie. Oh horrors! Trump said Obama had a 10-foot wall around his house and it’s only eight feet! Perhaps he should have crept up to the Obama house at midnight, toting a steel tape, and gotten an accurate measurement. But a lie? …

If you take five-year-old children and you plug them into a public school system that never mentions God — not in discussions of origins in science class, not in historical analysis, not in psychology classes, not in ethics discussions — and you leave those kids there for 12-16 years, they have been taught, by default, but taught nevertheless, that God isn’t. He has been excised from their world. That is not neutral.

If the only teachers a school employs are politically left of center, that’s not neutral. We fool ourselves if we think that news reporters and judges and pastors -– or imams — are neutral. In fact, the clergy’s efforts to be neutral have sadly broken the church. …

A statement cannot refute itself and be true, be logical. The postmodern mantra, “There is no absolute truth!” — usually said with great didactic gusto, is such a statement. “There is no absolute truth,” is an absolute statement and therefore argues against itself. How can one stay sane if one actually believes such tripe? One can’t. College professors love to play this dishonest shell game with their students. Slip ideas around fast enough, which is easy once ideas are distanced from their source, and you can convince anyone of anything. …

I love the leftist canard that people are all basically good. My experience has taught me that most people are capable of at least brief periods of being nice, but nice is a long way below good. If we believe that all people are good, then we aren’t worried about MS13 gang members, ISIS terrorists, or pedophiles snatching our kids, because they’re all just misunderstood and they just want a better life. The left assumes that all people think like they do, and live according to their standards. But the illegal crime stats tell a different story. So how do you process such data when you start with original goodness instead of original sin?

Lousy Chinese Schools Where “Everybody Cheats”

Lousy Chinese Schools Where “Everybody Cheats”, by Al Fin.

A quick search of the rankings of top world universities shows very few Chinese schools listed. Those which are ranked in the top 200 are very likely overrated due to the high levels of cheating which occur universally across China.

Each year, thousands of Chinese nationals are sent home from superior western universities due to cheating and poor scholarship.

In China, truthfulness is considered a defect and a handicap. This is not only true at the student level, but also among academic research and in society at large.

The very idea of coming to the aide or defence of a stranger is alien to the Chinese mind, where taking advantage of the weaknesses of others is almost universally practised.

There are charities in China — government charities that no one trusts, for example. As in Russia, in China charities are too often a pretense for the unscrupulous grifters to take advantage of the rare good intentions of the public. …

Some charitable and harmonious religions have made headway among the Chinese. Unfortunately the government too often jails practitioners of such beliefs and cuts out their organs while they are still alive and awake — for purposes of the giant Chinese transplant industry.

Communism also distorted the morals of eastern Europeans. It takes time for a society to heal.