The Truth On Asylum And Immigratio

The Truth On Asylum And Immigration, by Karl Denninger.

[The US] so-called “stock market miracle”, including specifically firms such as Apple, Nike and others, exist only because we took basically all of the jobs that could be done by people with IQs below 100 and exported them where the labor was cheaper.

This is why NAFTA was signed — to allow making trucks that sell for $50,000 in the US in Mexico, where labor was $3/hour. Mexico’s population has an average IQ about 10 points below that of America.

You don’t need a high IQ to assemble a car coming down a line so if you can hire someone to do that job for $3/hour in Mexico but it would cost $25+/hour here in America, the choice is obvious. The labor cost disparity is so great that the cost of shipping the parts to Mexico and the truck back to America is far less than the labor cost difference.

Oh by the way, if you wish to try to tell me that the 89 IQ (average) Mexican can screw together a car as well as can the 100 IQ German, well, no he can’t. Proof of this is found in the VW TDI Jettas from the early 2000s; the sedans were all assembled in Mexico while the wagons were all assembled in Wolfsburg. The vehicles are otherwise identical. 10+ years later nearly all of the wagons that hadn’t been wrecked were still running perfectly well and everything worked in them. My daughter now owns the one I bought straight off the boat — it has well north of 200,000 miles on it and — surprise — is still running well. The Mexican-assembled cars, despite having the same parts in them, have had myriad electrical and mechanical problems. Do the automakers [care]? No, since the vehicle will get out of warranty before it goes to crap, at which point they stop caring. Therefore the $3/hr Mexican Labor is “acceptable” even though it is materially inferior.

Mercedes being built in Austria, 2009

There are some vehicle plants remaining in the United States. But most of the manufacturing jobs that used to be here, including essentially all of them related to textile and clothing production, were offshored.

Can you manage to run a Starbucks coffee machine and the register with an IQ of 90? Yes. But can you do so competently with an IQ of 75? No. …

There are very close to zero jobs in the American economy today that are suitable for persons with an IQ under 85. That’s by choice — we have enabled and in fact empowered through tax and regulatory policy the offshoring of virtually all such lower-wage and ability jobs, leaving only those that cannot be offshored (such as picking strawberries). …

The US military has learned from bitter experience not to enlist people with IQs below 85. This excludes about 16% of the white population, but half of the black population.

Japan does not allow much if any immigration for this reason; their average IQ is 105 and there are only three nations on the planet with higher average scores — South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. …

[The Japanese] recognize that intellectual firepower is an essential thing, and to allow those who are less-able to compete intellectually into their nation not only leads to a likely public charge problem it directly harms the nation’s competitiveness on the world stage.

Painful truths so resolutely denied by the PC crowd.

Michael Moore: “White People Are Not Good People…You Should Be Afraid of White People”

Michael Moore: “White People Are Not Good People…You Should Be Afraid of White People”. By Paul Joseph Watson.

During an interview on the ‘Useful Idiot’ podcast, Moore said that people should cross the street if they see three white men approaching them because at least two voted for Trump.

“Two-thirds of all white guys voted for Trump. That means anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street toward you, two of them voted for Trump. You need to move over to the other sidewalk because these are not good people that are walking toward you. You should be afraid of them,” Moore warned. …

Perhaps Moore might want to check FBI homicide statistics and then revisit his statement.

Half of the murders in the US last year were committed by black men, much the same as every year, despite blacks only being about 12% of the US population.

This is by no means the first time that the rotund film maker has collectively demonized an entire group of people based on their skin color.

Last year, he called on “angry white American guys” to “give it up” because they are demographically doomed.

Back in January 2018, he asserted that America needed to be “cleansed” of its white privilege.

He also previously celebrated the fact that that white men are “dying out” because America “will be a better country.” …

Now he’s part of the Democratic elite, he denigrates and insults [the white working class] every chance he gets.

And he says we’re the racists. And what a profound misuse of statistics for demagoguery.

He’s worth $50m and owns nine houses. He didn’t get all that by telling the truth.

Report Hyped by Climate Alarmists Warned of Million of Deaths, Nuclear War, Sunken Major Cities by 2020

Report Hyped by Climate Alarmists Warned of Million of Deaths, Nuclear War, Sunken Major Cities by 2020, by Paul Joseph Watson.

“Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters,” reported left-wing newspaper the Guardian on February 22, 2004.

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020 [because of the shutdown of the Gulf Stream]. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world,” the report added.

The alarmist document went on to claim that nations would resort to using nuclear weapons to protect dwindling food supplies, a situation that would “bring the planet to the edge of anarchy.”

The authors of the report, Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall, also asserted that “By 2020 ‘catastrophic’ shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war,” causing widespread “crop failure” and “famine.”

Should be an interesting year.

Climate Change to make Boxing Day cricket extinct. ABC and Monash make history extinct.

Climate Change to make Boxing Day cricket extinct. ABC and Monash make history extinct. By Joanne Nova.

It’s a taxpayer funded bonfire: The billion dollar ABC does cut-n-paste “journalism” from the largely taxpayer funded Monash Uni, which wrote a one-sided, badly researched piece as advertising for The Australian Conservation Foundation. Not only have Australians played cricket in 42 degree heat a thousand times before, but on days when the sun was obscured by smoke from bushfires. It’s all easy to find history from 150 years ago recorded on official sites and searchable for anyone with “the internet”.

No hard questions asked — the only question that matters is “how does this help Big Government?”

Extreme heat due to climate change could send cricket’s Boxing Day Test into extinction, researchers say. By Richard Willingham and Joseph Dunstan, ABC, News

The Boxing Day Test may need to be moved to November or March in the future to avoid extreme heat, which is a danger to players and cricket fans, a new report has suggested. …

Two minutes of actual research that the ABC didn’t do:

Over 150 years ago people played cricket in Melbourne at 42C and in partial darkness due to smoke from bushfires. Here’s a man in 1912 remembering a match he went to as a child Jan 14th 1862. It may have been even hotter than that. The BOM offical records say it was 44C. But hey, it’s not like we pay the ABC to phone the BOM and ask them…

Then there was the time players had to abandon cricket due to heat, when it was 45C in Albury in 1939 and the town ran out of ice. Forget the hype, “conditions were not the best, and the “players generally stood manfully up to the heat” — unlike modern snowflakes at Monash Uni and millenials at the ABC.

Former Canterbury Archbishop Warns of ‘Sinister’ Theories Behind Climate Change Denial

Former Canterbury Archbishop Warns of ‘Sinister’ Theories Behind Climate Change Denial, by Thomas Williams.

The former archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said Thursday that climate change is humanity’s “largest challenge ever” while warning that some climate change skeptics are driven by “sinister” conspiracy theories. …

They assume that “climate change has been invented by communists, illuminati, or some mysterious group who are determined to undermine who we are.”

“So that’s something I worry about a bit more,” he said, “the idea that there are people who genuinely believe climate change is a huge confidence trick.”

You fell for a technical error in invalidated computer models, you ignorant progressive twit. You didn’t check it out, or you would have found the contradictory evidence.

You wanted to fall for it, because the flawed theory was picked up and pushed hard by several political agendas — including ones to which you are rather sympathetic.

Moving Right After Getting Away from the Inner City Political Crowd

Moving Right After Getting Away from the Inner City Political Crowd, by Tim Blair.

THE celebrated cartoonist Bill Leak underwent something of a political shift in his later years, moving from Left to Right. I’d been his friend during both phases — he was exactly the same person, after all — but Bill lost many leftist mates after becoming politically sensible.

Many of those former mates also took to speculating darkly over why Bill had changed his views. Had he become seduced by the wicked Murdoch media machine? Was it something to do with his near-fatal 2008 accident? Did Bill just one day wake up evil?

The man himself had a straightforward explanation. He’d moved from Sydney to the New South Wales Central Coast and begun working from home. Instead of being surrounded by journalists in the office and inner-city types in bars, he was left to his own thoughts and the delightful company of his wife, Goong. As well, he was in daily contact with normal people who were not obsessed with Canberra or politics.

In that more contemplative environment, Bill’s mind thrived. Various assumptions that he’d lived by for decades were reconsidered and discarded. This was not a painless process, because besides the friendships involved it also required Bill acknowledging he’d simply been wrong about many things for a great deal of his life.

Yet, at the end of all that, Bill was an extremely happy fellow. If anything, the Bill Leak of his final years was more Bill than any previous Bill.

Away from the inner city:

A few years ago, after often visiting Bill at his Central Coast house, the wife and I left inner Sydney where we’d lived for more than two decades and moved here too. …

Just one hour or so away from inner Sydney, the people are normal.

You know how every Australia Day is an ideological brawl over invasion, colonialism and oppression? Well, that may be the case in the media and certain urban zones, but out here — just one hour away, mind — it’s just Australia Day. People put out flags and have barbecues. Our first Australia Day here was at a neighbour’s place, and we counted five flags even before we reached the backyard.

The whole day was wonderful. As we walked home, the missus said: “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything more Australian.”

Politics is not a matter of daily discussion here. Nor is climate change, although the coast is more exposed to weather extremes. Priorities are different.

If you ever doubt Mark Latham’s observations on the cultural gap between inner-city elites and Australians living in the outer suburbs and regional areas, just go to these places. They’re revelatory.

Bill Leak cartoon in the Australian

When Bill drew his cartoon depicting dysfunction in Aboriginal communities, he expected none of the backlash he received. In part, this was because free and open discussion of such issues is not forbidden beyond inner-city bubbles.

He’d become used to a real Australia. No wonder Bill was always smiling.

Kylie Minogue stars in 2019 Tourism Australia ad aimed at Brits

Kylie Minogue stars in 2019 Tourism Australia ad aimed at Brits. This ad’s a winner. Someone must have spent a stack on this. Check it out.

Brexit’s coming. Time to renew those trade and cultural links that were severed in 1973. That’s when Britain turned its back on the Commonwealth and joined the common market instead, relegating Australian and New Zealand from blood relatives to have to stand in the slow foreigners line at British immigration, bypassed by Europeans in the fast lane.

And why is this ad so much better than the recent lame attempts produced by government money?

Joanne:

Manages to poke fun at some PC ideas. Doesn’t bother to try to attract people to our wineries/resturants/opera but goes straight for beaches, quokkas and cricket. They are aiming at the Neighbours audience.

I would expect this would increase immigration figures from the UK too.

And what do our PC friends at the Guardian think?

Dreary misinformed power-seeking ideologues. That bottom photo is not climate change, but what happens when you let Greens have too much influence on environmental policy and neglect to burn off. The Aboriginals knew how to manage our landscape, white Australians learned, but the Greens came along and knew better — what a mess.

Australian Labor, after Recent Defeat, Wondering if Identity Politics Might Not Be the Way to Go

Australian Labor, after Recent Defeat, Wondering if Identity Politics Might Not Be the Way to Go. By Greg Brown.

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitz­gibbon says the party is losing the support of the blue-collar workers it was “born to represent”, as the ALP’s standing among men languishes at its lowest level since the final months of Julia Gillard’s prime ministership.

The Hunter MP said it was essential Labor reframed its policies and messaging to recapture its traditional industrial base after a Newspoll analysis showed just 32 per cent of men supported Labor compared with 45 per cent who backed the Coalition. Support for Labor among men has sunk by eight percentage points since the beginning of the year. …

Labor senator Kim Carr said the party needed to junk identity politics if it wanted to win back blue-collar workers.

“There remains a problem for Labor with blue-collar families,” Senator Carr said. “The assumption that tertiary-educated people are going to vote Labor will compensate for the loss of support in other demographics needs to be viewed with considerable caution.’’ …

Women favoured the ­Coalition by 38 per cent to 35 per cent in the Newspoll analysis.

Former Labor leader Mark Latham, who is now a NSW One Nation MP, blamed the party’s drop in standing among men on the “sneering patronising views on gender equity”. “They speak a language and focus on issues foreign to many Australian men,” he said.

They won’t do it, because the virtue signaling lefties are in control. But at least some in Labor recognize that they need to turn down the discrimination, prejudice and vitriol.

Woke folk won’t even walk on the mild side

Woke folk won’t even walk on the mild side, by Nick Cater.

Rock stars once regarded offending people as an essential part of the job. Indeed, for a glorious period in the late 1970s after the arrival of the Sex Pistols, the imperative to scandalise ranked above the requirement to learn an instrument.

Today, however, any artist with a career that began more than 10 minutes ago is liable to fall victim to “cancel culture”, which happens to be the Macquarie Dictionary’s 2019 word of the year. To suggest that it is two words would be an unwarranted cultural presupposition. The rise of cancel culture explains why you won’t be hearing the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar or Under My Thumb on an FM radio station any time soon.

The cancel culture’s objection to “faggot” explains why Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing has been banned by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

Homophobic hate speech also would rule out Taylor Swift’s Picture to Burn and Katy Perry’s Ur So Gay.

Lou Reed’s borderline-transphobic Walk on the Wild Side wouldn’t get a look-in.

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder’s anthem to racial equality, Ebony and Ivory, has been promoted from mildly irritating to highly problematic. The contemporary zeitgeist favours rappers such as Noname who refuses to dance on stage for white people. On the plus side, the avoidance of racial stereotypes and cultural appropriation means we may never again have to listen to Carl Douglas’s 1974 hit Kung Fu Fighting.

You can’t be too careful these days. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has yet to recover after he referred to “coloured actors” in an American TV interview four years ago. What he should have said, of course, was “actors of colour”. …

One hesitates to refer to religion in these judgmental times, even at Christmas.

Yet we cannot but reflect that cancel culture is yet another of the birth pains of a new religion, ugly and badly formed, conceived to take the place of the old religion from which many of us drew our moral compass as recently as five minutes ago.

Cancel culture was what once drove the Catholic Church to excommunicate heretics, pull out their fingernails and burn them at the stake. …

The new religion, like the old one, requires us to wrestle with seeming contradictions.

  • Why in the name of the they-hood of humankind are people so readily excluded in the cause of inclusivity?
  • Why does their God, if they have one, appear to care more for the suffering of some minority groups than others?
  • How does their declared love of global humanity fit with their contempt for their neighbours? …

Who appointed this new priesthood and why do they spend so much time on Twitter?

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump Have Made Christmas Great Again

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump Have Made Christmas Great Again, by James Delingpole.

This Christmas, spare a thought for those less fortunate than you. I’m thinking, especially, of all those losing losers who have been driven to apoplexy by the Conservatives’ massive victory in the UK general election. …

Whenever I speak to ordinary, non-political people about Boris, the reaction is always the same: they grin. He can be a bit naughty, they think, and maybe not every one of his promises is to be taken literally. But they’re prepared to go along with him because he’s a jaunty, charming cove they can relate to because they can imagine themselves having a drink with him and enjoying a bit of banter, just like we all used to be able to do when Britain was a free country.

Boris Johnson feels like the Restoration of Charles II after far, far too long under the grim, Christmas-banning Puritans. …

We felt this, very much, at a Libertarian Drinks we had in Worcester before Christmas …

It was an extraordinary, varied crowd which included a vicar, a gas salesman, a soldier, a philosophy professor, a graphic designer, a retired nuts and bolts manufacturer, a council’s financial officer. What we all had in common was that for years we’ve lived in trepidation of the kind of bitter, aggressive, priggish, self-righteous, bullying Social Justice Warriors

We don’t fear these people as individuals — why would you? They’re jumped up nobodies with delusions of adequacy — but we’re very much wary of the collective power they’ve accumulated in the last decade or so. They operate in a world where it is all too easy to destroy someone’s career, deprive them of their livelihood, ruin the reputation on the flimsiest of pretexts: you only have to consider, for example, how Nobel-prizewinner Tim Hunt was monstered and destroyed purely because a grievance-seeking, leftist activist had chosen to misunderstand a joke he made at a conference.

But at this years’ Libertarian Drinks there was a sense that the tide is turning, that we’re starting to get our country back from the small but highly influential minority of leftists who have held it hostage.

They called us ‘far-right’, ‘racist’, ‘alt-right’, ‘gammon’, and ‘Nazi’. They said that we’re stupid because we didn’t all read gender-studies and environmental sciences at university. They accused us of hating women, ethnic minorities, the disabled, gay people, transsexuals. They tried — and largely succeeded — to make us tread on eggshells every time we opened our mouths for fear that we might commit some microaggression that might get us cancelled.

And now it turns out that we needn’t have worried after all because we’re the normal people and they are the freaks.

How Your Phone Betrays You

How Your Phone Betrays You, by Charlie Warzel.

Any protester who brings a phone to a public demonstration is tracked and that person’s presence at the event is duly recorded in commercial datasets. …

Within minutes, with no special training and a little bit of Google searching, Times Opinion was able to single out and identify individuals at public demonstrations large and small from coast to coast.

By tracking specific devices, we followed demonstrators from the 2017 Women’s March back to their homes. We were able to identify individuals at the 2017 Inauguration Day Black Bloc protests. It was easy to follow them to their workplaces. In some instances — for example, a February clash between antifascists and far-right supporters of Milo Yiannopolous in Berkeley, Calif. — it took little effort to identify the homes of protesters and then their family members. …

Word has already spread through the more professional protester circles to leave cellphones at home, toggle them to airplane mode or simply power them off.

Mr. Tsui, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, argued that there are three current competing visions for the internet built by China, the United States and the European Union. China is moving fast and breaking things, including civil rights. The E.U., with its focus on privacy, is making a moral point around surveillance and consent. And the United States, with its powerful tech companies, is caught in the middle, trying to weigh ethical concerns while still pushing forward on innovation for fear of being left behind by China. …

Location data is already part of the 2020 race for the White House. Political action committees for Republicans and Democrats have invested in location data to target voters based on their interest. For example, companies are enlisting data brokers to help monitor the movements of churchgoers to find conservative-leaning voters and sway their votes. …

A nightmarish possibility for modern tech on the ‘net and with phones:

Public dissent could quickly become too risky a proposition, given that the record of one’s attendance at a rally could be held against them at a later date. Big Data, once the domain of marketers, could become a means to elevate dictators to power and then frustrate attempts to remove them.

It is not difficult, in other words, to imagine a system of social control arising from infrastructure built for advertising.

Enjoy your new gadgets; you won’t be getting much new in the future

Enjoy your new gadgets; you won’t be getting much new in the future. By Gerard Baker.

We like to think we live in an age of unprecedented technological innovation and variety. The consumer tech revolution is just the tip of the iceberg; the processing of data and information has been transforming business and finance for decades in ways we don’t always see but surely feel. …

And yet … our assumptions about the unrelenting pace of innovation might be seriously misplaced. In fact, one of the most striking features of the decade about to end is the relative dearth of innovation.

Of course the 2010s have produced astonishing advances in technologies ..

But the number of genuinely groundbreaking new products and services has been relatively small in the past ten years, continuing a trend of innovation slowdown that has been under way for many decades.

Innovation Is Slowing Down, by Nicholas Bloom.

Productivity growth is slowing down in the US and other developed countries. In the 1950s American productivity was rising by more than 3% a year. This period of incredible progress was driven by the rapid expansion of research universities like Harvard, MIT, and Stanford; research labs in firms like General Electric and Ford; and the commercialization of technologies developed in World War II. By the 1980s, however, productivity growth had halved to 2%. It has now fallen to just 1% per year.

In research with three fellow economists (Chad Jones and Mike Webb, Stanford; and John Van Reenen, MIT), I argue that ideas productivity — the productivity of science and discovery — has been falling for decades. Scientific discoveries and technical advances are getting harder to find, and spending on R&D has not been increasing fast enough to offset these declines in productivity. Innovation is slowing down. …

Our analysis revealed that more than 20 times as many Americans are engaged in R&D today compared to 1930, yet their average productivity has dropped by a factor of more than 40. The only way the US has been able to maintain even its current lackluster GDP growth rate has been to throw more scientists and engineers at research problems. The US economy has had to double its research efforts every 13 years just to sustain the same overall rate of economic growth. …

One explanation is that the low-hanging fruit of ideas have been plucked. But that has always seemed the case.

Another explanation is that people are getting stupider. Social policy now encourages smarter women to pursue careers rather than have kids. Governments doubles down by subsidizing less bright women to have kids. Much improved health case means the load of genetic mutations is building up. Average IQ of whites in the West is now dropping at about half an IQ point per decade.

Another factor is that the smarter people in our society are being systematically sidelined and discouraged by progressive social polices, especially diversity and affirmative action. Reward for merit has gone, reward for achievement is melting away if you have the wrong sex or skin color. So why bother? Ignored and mistreated by an increasingly hostile society, the technically gifted white males who lifted the world out of Malthusian existence in the industrial revolution are increasingly overlooked and withdrawing. Will the last to leave please turn out the lights?

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‘Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs.’ Police investigate sign in east London park.

Progress! Thank you, Tony Blair.

Pro-LGBT JK Rowling not backing down after offending trans activists

Pro-LGBT JK Rowling not backing down after offending trans activists, by Calvin Freiburger.

Maya Forstater was a visiting fellow at the London-based economic think tank Centre for Global Development (CGD), which declined to renew her contract in March over tweets in which she declared that “men cannot change into women,” and that government should not recognize self-identifications to the contrary. Her tweets were determined to contain “offensive and exclusionary language,” with an employment judge recently rejecting her appeal of the case.

See It is now illegal to say that a biological man is not a woman.

On December 19, Rowling tweeted in defense of Forstater:

Rowling was cancelled for asserting that woman are women, a simple biological truth with the age-old meaning of the word “woman.” Ironically for a fantasy writer, JK is reminded by the left that reality must bow to fantasy in the real world:

Her remarks were met with intense condemnation from the pro-LGBT lobby and its allies, from countless angry Twitter replies to condemnatory articles in major publications. …

At Vox, Aja Romano lamented that Rowling’s “transphobic BS” has “ruined Harry Potter” just in time for Christmas with her “shocking dismissal of transgender identity.” …

So far, Rowling has yet to retract or apologize for her comments. …

Despite finding herself aligned with conservatives and traditionalists on this particular issue, Rowling is a doctrinaire liberal who in the past has made clear her support for abortion and homosexuality and disapproval of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Competitive virtue signalling and the incessant movement of the goalposts — to PC fantasyland and beyond!– inevitably means that more and more or us are cast to the outside.

Will Rowling now be red-pilled by this incident? She has lost approval from the mob, so she has little more to lose by saying what she really believes. However, given her interest in book sales to both sides of the culture war, I predict she’ll just shut up — though that hasn’t stopped her offending non-PC customers before. Let’s see.

The Revolution Came For J.K. Rowling

The Revolution Came For J.K. Rowling, by Sumantra Maitra.

Our resident village gossips at Vox asked if Rowling just destroyed the legacy of Harry Potter with transphobia. Mary Sue, the feminist blog, was apparently shocked. CNN said Rowling was flat-out wrong, as she had no experience about transgenders, like the author of Harry Potter has no idea of imaginative beings. Predictably, both the New York Times and Washington Post found two transgender people to write about how Rowling hates them.

Meanwhile, the LGBT activist lobbies were not silent either. From the American Civil Liberties Union, to Amnesty, to GLAAD, to PinkNews, all the transnational LGBT activist groups were equally vocal in denouncing not just Rowling, but also other prominent women who are against this new movement, including former athletes like Martina Navratilova and Sharron Davies, as well as comedian Ricky Gervais.

Rowling and the other celebs who are slowly speaking out against the creeping trans orthodoxy are a litmus test for these groups. If they succeed, the revolt will spread, and more and more people will see the same slippery slope conservatives have been warning about: if this menace is not confronted, telling the truth about the sexes will lead to not just a loss of honor, but also to losses of jobs, and even jail. …

No defence of Rowling from the non-PC set. It’s just desserts:

I don’t feel compelled to congratulate Rowling. Why should we congratulate the same author whose work is a simplistic Manichean struggle against magic Nazis, and has repeatedly caved in to leftist demands thus far, only to see the revolution coming for her at last?

I am old enough to remember the “Dumbledore is suddenly gay” controversy, and the resistance against President Trump named (no marks for creativity) “Dumbledore’s Army.” The woke generation is a product of Rowling’s philosophy, and a bunch of people Rowling repeatedly encouraged on Twitter for every liberal cause she supported.

They are a generation of simpletons, only understanding a grand struggle between good (which means “what I feel good about”) versus evil (“anything I oppose”). … The revolution is always hungry for consuming more of its own. There’s no end to purity when everything is dependent on feelings, and all social gods eventually disappoint.

The issue is not just about transgenderism. This overwhelming woke era is essentially just silly outrages for a generation of people who are among the most privileged financially in the Western world. Like everything else, it is a ridiculous utopian fad that will die down in time, like hippies or heroin chic, leaving a trail of destruction and broken and scarred lives. It’s an effect, not the cause.

Consider the history of the late 19th-century Victorian Europe, and you’d see a bunch of wealthy people who believe in all the conventional wisdom of their times, have not seen great power wars for decades, know relative peace in a world where there ?is? enormous free movement and free trade, claim to be rational and scientific and children of the enlightenment, and yet believe in planchets, witchcraft, the healing effects of cocaine and clairvoyance, and skull shapes determining intelligence. Nothing is ever thematically new in this planet. History is cyclical. …

Trans movement ideologues are the ideological children of the same 1960s radical-feminists … who once proudly wanted to destroy the old order, the hetero-patriarchal society, by destroying its primary unit of family, in their own words, through “promoting polyamory, promiscuity, pornography and prostitution.” Now that they have turned full Cylon, it is somewhat amusing to conservatives. But hey, conservatives warned about this for decades. If only someone listened!

In Hoc Anno Domini

In Hoc Anno Domini. By the Wall Street Journal.

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.

Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so.

But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression — for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. There was the impressor to find recruits for the circuses. There were executioners to quiet those whom the Emperor proscribed. What was a man for but to serve Caesar?

There was the persecution of men who dared think differently, who heard strange voices or read strange manuscripts. There was enslavement of men whose tribes came not from Rome, disdain for those who did not have the familiar visage. And most of all, there was everywhere a contempt for human life. What, to the strong, was one man more or less in a crowded world?

Then, of a sudden, there was a light in the world, and a man from Galilee saying, Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.

And the voice from Galilee, which would defy Caesar, offered a new Kingdom in which each man could walk upright and bow to none but his God. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. And he sent this gospel of the Kingdom of Man into the uttermost ends of the earth.

So the light came into the world and the men who lived in darkness were afraid, and they tried to lower a curtain so that man would still believe salvation lay with the leaders.

But it came to pass for a while in diverse places that the truth did set man free, although the men of darkness were offended and they tried to put out the light. The voice said, Haste ye. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you, for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.