Tucker: Our leaders have sided with the agents of chaos

Our leaders have sided with the agents of chaos, by Tucker Carlson. Highly recommended.

The given reasons vary all the time, but that’s only on the surface. Race, capitalism, the Minneapolis police department — they’re all just excuses. This is another round in the ancient battle between those with a stake in society and those who don’t. Producers versus parasites. Those defending civilization versus those who want to tear it down for immediate gain.

What’s unusual about today, and what makes this so newsworthy, is that the clerisy — our ruling class — are rather supportive of the parasites. Apply the law to the looters? No thanks. Would they do this if it was right wing protesters or the tea party? Hell no, the language and response would be 180 degrees different.

Increasingly, the right wing is the home for the producers and the left the home for the parasites who live by government extortion (taxes). Those who live by private enterprise, whose services are taken up voluntarily (there’s a moral difference), are on the bad end of the trend. The left threaten to take control of everything, forever, as government grows, the media abandons a pretense of objectivity, and immigration forever changes the west to have a more third world mix. Our civilization is not, to use one of their favorite words, sustainable.

As Tucker says towards the end, “Should you keep playing along with all of that?”

UPDATE: Here’s the whole show:

UPDATE 2: Paul Joseph Watson’s take:

hat-tip Stephen Neil

When they do it, it’s speaking. No problem.

When they do it, it’s speaking. No problem.

This has happened before. This is a cultural classic. Commenting on a similar situation in the 1960s:

Back to reality. A mob in a major US city just burned down a police station. No one was arrested.

Where the Current Conventional Wisdom on Privilege Is Headed, by Steve Sailer.

Here is the direction the Conventional Wisdom is drifting at present: Due to centuries of White Privilege, blacks from now on should enjoy the privilege of resisting arrest if they really don’t feel like being arrested.

This is not to say that no black should ever be arrested, just that, in the ultimate analysis, black privilege is now more sacred than the law, so if a black really, really doesn’t want to submit to the cops, his feelings and his privileged person must override all other considerations, such as equal treatment of the laws.

Medical Examiner: George Floyd Wasn’t Asphyxiated

Medical Examiner: George Floyd Wasn’t Asphyxiated, by John Hinderaker.

Recall how in the Travyon Martin, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” and a dozen other US racial episodes, the initial picture painted by the media turned out to be completely untrue? Pretty much the reverse of what happened? But that the left continued with the initial picture, long after it was shown to be false, and in fact never acknowledged the truth? In both cases mentioned it took a few days for the truth to emerge.

Just last night Joanne and I were watching this on the news. Sure looks pretty bad for the cops — a pretty straightforward case of police brutality, we thought. But let’s wait a few days to see if something else arises.

Lo and behold:

Today we got the first information from Hennepin County’s Medical Examiner, in an attachment to the criminal complaint against officer Derek Chauvin:

“The Hennepin County Medical Examiner (ME) conducted Mr. Floyd’s autopsy on May 26, 2020. The full report of the ME is pending but the ME has made the following preliminary findings. The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

Emphasis added. Further, the complaint’s Statement of Probable Cause recites that Floyd complained of being unable to breathe well before Officer Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck:

“While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe.”

Does this mean that the officers’ handling of the situation was a model of fine police work? Of course not. And the manner in which they handled Floyd could have contributed to his death, according to the Medical Examiner. But the outrage over the Floyd case has mostly been based on the assumption that Officer Chauvin choked him to death by kneeling on his throat. If that assumption is false, the story is far more nuanced.

But as noted above, the actual incident has almost nothing to do with the ensuing violence. The latter is all about narrative and power. As for truth and facts, our postmodern ruling class pays only occasional lip service (when convenient).

The Left’s Narratives versus the Right’s Facts

The Left’s Narratives versus the Right’s Facts, by the Z-Man.

The politics of multiculturalism, if you examine the claims, is narrative driven, always around a story of group conflict. Blacks, for example, are in their present condition because of the long oppression by whites. Feminism is the story of female liberation from the patriarchy. It’s why the Left falls for rape hoaxes and noose hoaxes so easily, despite the history of these hoaxes. The hoax fits the narrative that for them, explains everything about the world and their role in it.

The naive right:

On the other hand, the politics of conventional conservatism is about facts and ideas, specifically the rejection of the narrative idea. The Right in America, the conventional Right, … have always been convinced that “their own beliefs would creep up on the ideas of the Left, slit their throats in the dark, and stage an intellectual and cultural coup d’état, after which truth would reign.” Being right is all that matters. …

Ironically, this fact versus narrative dichotomy is most popular and most well-known because of Jewish conservatives like Ben Shapiro. He is famous for saying “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” He invests a lot of time discouraging whites from embracing their own narratives to counter those on the Left. Instead, they are supposed to embrace facts, as facts are the magic that will destroy the narrative. …

Narrative versus facts suits the left, because narrative wins in the short to medium term:

The thing is though, this fact versus narrative construct is a left-wing creation, at least it serves left-wing ends. Narrative is the predicate for morality. The reason the Bible is full of stories is moral claims naturally rise from stories.

A good narrative not only encompasses the known facts, it orders them. These are the important facts of the story, while these are not essential, there for color and context. It is this ordering that reinforces and existing morality or creates a new one.

Of course, this is why the fact side of the dichotomy favors the Left. When Shapiro demands you focus on facts, it is so you do not focus on the moral framework.

This week’s death of Floyd fits a narrative the left have been painting for decades. So off they go, not waiting for the facts (which may well turn out to contradict the narrative). By the time the facts catch up, it’s too late. The violence has been done. And the media only retell the narrative, not the facts.

The non-left has to get a whole lot better at countering the left’s narratives, or they will continue to lose.

Climate change is a good example. The facts show that the carbon dioxide theory of global warming is wrong. But the narrative and media control has swept the facts off the battlefield of ideas. At this stage, would anyone even take any notice of a book that pointed out the error in the climate models? The world won’t warm as the climate scientists keep predicting — it’s even likely to cool for the next three decades — but between rigged thermometers and the dominant carbon dioxide narrative no one will know. Relax, the Earth’s not in any danger. However, the excuse of global warming will have been used by the left to derail industrial civilization and foist ever-bigger government upon us. By the time the world finds out the carbon dioxide theory was exaggerated nonsense, the damage will have been done.

European gateway Israel and Costa Rica rush to join plans for Australia-New Zealand tourism bubble

European gateway Israel and Costa Rica rush to join plans for Australia-New Zealand tourism bubble, by Clare Armstrong.

Plans have been launched for a quarantine-free gateway to Europe through Israel by December, and a long-haul flight to Costa Rica, as countries that have managed COVID-19 effectively race to join Australia and New Zealand’s tourism bubble proposal.

Israel wants to schedule a permanent flight to its economic hub of Tel Aviv from either Sydney or Melbourne to open itself up as a stepping stone to ‘safe’ European countries including Norway, Denmark, Greece and the Czech Republic.

Israel’s Ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer said the “win-win” plan would help to revive the vital tourism sector in both countries and provide airlines with a quarantine-free economically viable route. …

NZ:

Preflight health checks, strict contact tracing requirements, extra aircraft cleaning, and passenger number limits form the blueprint for reopening borders between Australia and New Zealand.

A draft proposal for a “safe travel zone” developed by a team of 40 experts making up the Trans-Tasman Safe Border Group will be handed to both governments by early June. …

There are also reports some Pacific Islands, such as Fiji, could be included in a trans-Tasman bubble.

Beijing crushes Hong Kong’s spirit under a legal jackboot

Beijing crushes Hong Kong’s spirit under a legal jackboot, by Greg Sheridan.

The Chinese Communist Party has decided now to crush the semi-independent, liberal way of life, based on the rule of law and independent institutions, that the people of Hong Kong have enjoyed since before the territory’s handover to Beijing in 1997.

The passage by Beijing’s National People’s Congress of a national security law to apply in Hong Kong makes this now stark and clear and undeniable.

Under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and Hong Kong’s Basic Law that flowed from it, Hong Kong is meant to have its own national security laws. …

Under Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong it will become a crime to spread false information, engage in acts of sedition or secession, and to conspire with foreign agents.

Beijing’s People’s Armed Police, the Ministry of State Security and other similar mainland institutions will set up in Hong Kong.

The vagueness in Chinese law of terms such as sedition and foreign agents suggests virtually anyone in Hong Kong who participated in demonstrations such as those that transfixed the world over the past 14 months, even the most peaceful demonstrations, would be liable for savage punishment.

This is a looming, terrible and perhaps irreversible tragedy for the people of Hong Kong. …

Beijing’s moves are clearly in violation of the agreement under which Hong Kong fell under Beijing’s control in 1997, which provided that the people of Hong Kong would exercise “a high degree of autonomy” and would preserve their distinctive way of life for 50 years. …

The Chinese Communist Party brings together two ideological dynamics unique in global history. The first is Marxism/Leninism. Western analysts routinely pooh-pooh Marxism/Leninism, if they’ve ever even heard of it. But one compliment analysts should pay the Chinese is to listen to what they actually say, especially to each other.

The Chinese Communist Party has fashioned its own ideological position but it has taken at least five lessons from Marxism/Leninism. …

  1. the centrality of the Communist Party to the state
  2. the dominance of the state in the economy
  3. the necessity for the party to ruthlessly maintain control over every element of state power
  4. the historical, almost metaphysical quality of the party as the vanguard of history, the animating agent of history …
  5. the notion that political life for the party and the citizenry is one of continuous struggle.

This last is a theme Xi himself has often repeated. …

The second great ideological dynamic that powers the Chinese Communist Party is the tradition of Chinese nationalism and exceptionalism.

Under Xi, Beijing has fashioned a pervasively ideological view of all history. It has determined, for instance, that the Qing Dynasty (1636 to 1912), China’s last imperial rule before the Chinese republic was established early in the 20th century, was a uniquely benign, and uniquely non-military, golden child of world history.

The Qing dynasty, like all other empires in human history, expanded in part through military conquest. But under modern Communist Party orthodoxy it is seen as having won support from the periphery of the Chinese empire, from Tibet and Xinjiang, from Taiwan and Inner Mongolia, entirely through acceptance of its superior civilisational qualities.

Sure.

UPDATE: US splits with WHO as Trump strips Hong Kong, by Daniel Sankey.

The United States will reverse Hong Kong’s special customs status and bar “certain foreign nationals from China” as President Donald Trump hit back over new security plans for Hong Kong. …

Mr Trump said China had “broken its word” on Hong Kong, with the institution of new powers to quash unrest “diminishing the city’s longstanding and very proud status.” …

“I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy that gives Hong Kong different and special treatment.

“This will affect the full range of agreements, from our extradition treaty to our export controls on dual-use technologies and more, with few exceptions.”

And WHO gets the flick:

In a press conference at the White House this morning (AEST), Mr Trump also said the US would terminate its relationship with the World Health Organisation, which he said had not made any reforms in the wake of the deadly coronavirus.

What would Hillary, Obama, or Biden have done? Probably nothing. Given WHO more money so it can do a better job next time? Given implicit acquiescence to China by “recognizing reality”, while accepting Chinese donations funneled through Chinese businessmen? Maybe the Chinese would give their children valuable “jobs”?

Trump versus Twitter

Trump versus Twitter, by Rory Cellan-Jones at the BBC.

Seeing President Trump immediately go nuclear and threatening to go so far as to shut the social media platform down, Twitter might have been tempted to go quiet for a bit.

Instead, it chose escalation.

In the early hours of Friday morning, in a tweet about the protests in Minneapolis over the death of a black man, Mr Trump warned: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts“.

Twitter’s moderation team swung into action — after consulting CEO Jack Dorsey — and obscured the tweet with a message saying that rules on glorifying violence had been broken. Users could still see the tweet by clicking through that message, but sharing it was made harder.

A few hours later, as the president woke up, the official White House account simply repeated the offending tweet. We watched with bated breath to see what would happen and, sure enough, Twitter’s moderators slapped the same warning on the tweet.

It is difficult to see either side backing down now.

Twitter now finds itself either as the world’s censor, or just an inconsistent and naked propagandist. It must choose one.

The White House is busy scouring Twitter to find examples of other world leaders who have glorified violence without any comeback. Others are finding all sorts of old Trump tweets that appear to have broken the rules by, for instance, spreading misinformation about treatments for coronavirus.

Jack Dorsey, who had appeared very reluctant to apply anything but the most light-touch regulation [?? -ed], now finds himself faced with the unappealing prospect of cracking down on world leaders far and wide. …

Facebook had started down this road earlier, but backed off:

Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear he has no intention of following Jack Dorsey’s lead when it comes to fact checking politicians. Donald Trump’s Facebook page has simply replicated the posts which fell foul of Twitter — with no sign of fact-checking or finger-wagging.

Ooh, we can see what the BBC wants. Trump uses Twitter to bypass the media to talk directly to voters and to influence the topics under public discussion. The BBC would obviously prefer he didn’t have Twitter access, so the BBC and co. could go back being the only gatekeepers between a Republican president and the public. The media sure kept George Bush semi-gagged and under their thumb.

Like the fighting couple in some dodgy romcom, Trump and Twitter need each other — though one suspects Jack Dorsey might be tempted to throw the President out and change the locks.

Ooh giggle the left, Twitter is a private company so it can do what it likes. So were the bakeries, so were the bakeries. But unlike the bakeries, Twitter is a virtual monopoly due to the networking effect, so anti-trust principles apply.

A reader comments:

This is appalling rubbish from the BBC Propaganda Service. Just awful.

For a start, Twitter has been de-platforming people left, right, and centre if they depart from the PC Left’s narrative. So “… very reluctant to apply anything but the most light-touch regulation” is a flat-out lie.

Twitter has no business “cracking down on” or regulating anybody, let alone world leaders. It is NOT a publisher and should not be exercising editorial privileges which, in the case of people who aren’t PC Left, means censorship.

Will somebody please de-fund the BBC as a matter of great urgency.

UPDATE: Twitter Censors Trump Tweet Denouncing Riots; Took No Action On Tweets Supporting Riots.

 

The ceaseless culture war against Hungary

The ceaseless culture war against Hungary, by Frank Furedi.

If you listen to the Western media, you might think that in the weeks following the outbreak of Covid-19 the government of Hungary had transformed itself into a brutal dictatorship. There was a constant stream of articles claiming that democracy had died in Hungary. Opinion pieces insisted that the Hungarian government had exploited people’s concerns about the pandemic to impose a 1930s-style authoritarian dictatorship. …

These alarmist accounts of democratic backsliding in Hungary were a key theme in these Culture Wars. On the anti-sovereigntist wing of the cultural conflict, Hungary was held up as symbolic of an ideology of evil. …

Evil dictator, or just another European leader with emergency powers in response to Covid?

The Economist responded to Hungary’s enactment of a state of emergency by claiming that Viktor Orban, the prime minister, ‘has in effect become a dictator – in the heart of Europe’. The Guardian declared that the ‘world must not let Hungary get away with this power grab’. Writing in the EUobserver, Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, claimed that Hungary was now a dictatorship and therefore the EU had ceased to be a bloc of democratic states. …

The hypocrisy:

It is worth noting that other governments that enacted emergency powers in response to the Covid pandemic were not accused of such malevolent intent.

Why was Hungary held to a different standard? The answer was devastatingly simple. ‘Orban cannot be trusted’, Western observers implied. It was really another way of saying: ‘We don’t like him.’ …

What in fact happened:

This week, the Hungarian government initiated procedures to end the state of emergency. It will end on 20 June. This means Hungary has acted more speedily than many other governments to bring to a close its Covid measures.

Will those who spread the idea that Hungary had become a dictatorship acknowledge that they were wrong? Will they apologise for their slanderous statements about Hungary? Don’t hold your breath. It really doesn’t matter what the Hungarian government does; its adversaries in the West will always portray it as a dangerous dictatorship threatening European values. …

Inconvenient truths about Hungary are always met with a wall of silence in most of the Western press. …

The role of Hungary in the culture wars:

In the current Culture Wars, Hungary has become a kind of lightning rod through which the negative sentiments of the Western cultural establishment — especially their anti-sovereigntist views — can be expressed. …

Whenever a British, German or American newspaper editor or observer denounces the ‘dictatorship’ in Hungary, they are also indirectly attacking movements and politicians in their own countries who oppose the prevailing cultural norms. That is why those of us who supported Brexit in the UK, and who call for the valuation of national sovereignty in countries around the world, have a real interest in supporting Hungary against its Western detractors.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sweden: Girl, 17, ‘beheaded by ex-boyfriend Muslim migrant who wrapped her head in aluminium foil’

Sweden: Girl, 17, ‘beheaded by ex-boyfriend Muslim migrant who wrapped her head in aluminium foil’, by Lorraine King.

Tishko Ahmed Shabaz, 23, is accused of decapitating 17-year-old Wilma Andersson in Sweden when she visited his flat to collect her belongings after ending their relationship. …

A unnamed police chief said: “The suspect has retained a body part for an unknown reason and got rid of the rest of the body.”

Prosecutors claim Wilma was subjected to ‘repeated violence’ during her death.

Wilma’s devastated mum Linda has issued an emotional appeal begging people to continue their search and help her to find the rest of her daughter’s body.

Robert Spencer:

A culture of violence, the foundational text of which commands men to beat women from whom they “fear disobedience” (Qur’an 4:34), is going to give rise to this sort of thing, just as that same foundational text’s calls for violence against unbelievers (2:191, 4:89, 9:5, 9:29, 47:4, etc.) are going to give rise to jihad violence.

This is the new Sweden. Celebrate diversity!

Our ruling class refuses to recognize the danger to the West posed by Islam, no matter how obvious it is. You will be ostracized even for broaching the topic, no matter how obliquely.

Muslims in the West overwhelmingly vote left, for more welfare. Like the left, they enjoy undermining the Christian foundations of our society. The left ban criticism of radical Islam and Muslim immigration. Coincidence? Muslim immigrants also destroy the high trust and solidarity our society used to enjoy.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Donald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’

Donald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’, by Charlie Spiering.

Donald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’ …

“They’ve had unchecked power to censor restrict, edit shape hide alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences,” Trump said.

The president criticized the growing monopoly of social media companies in America, vowing to act to change the regulatory framework for the companies.

“There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of interaction,” he said.

Trump said the increasing editorial actions by social media to control the content on their platforms endangered their liability shield under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a neutral public platform.

“The choices that Twitter makes, when it chooses to suppress, edit, blacklist, shadowban are editorial decisions, pure and simple, they are editorial decisions,” Trump said.

The president accused the companies of political activism, calling it “inappropriate.”

“What they choose to fact check and what they choose to ignore or promote is nothing more than a political activism group,” he said.

You can be a platform, in which case you are not responsible for the contents appearing on your site because you did not choose it. So you cannot be sued for defamation.

Or you can be a publisher, in which case you can choose what appears on your site but are responsible for it. So you can be sued for defamation.

Social media want to be able to choose what appears on their site, but not be responsible for it. Talk about eating your cake but still having it.

Trump, a victim of social media site Twitter a few days ago, just changed that. You have to choose, Twitter. You might not enjoy the new game.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Twitter wants to target conservatives — with none of a publisher’s responsibilities

Twitter wants to target conservatives — with none of a publisher’s responsibilities. By Sohrab Ahmari.

If Twitter is going to “fact check” the leader of the Free World, with a hard leftist as part of the team doing so, then it should be treated as the publisher that it is — with all the liabilities that entails. …

On Tuesday, Twitter appended a fact-check label to a presidential tweet about the fraud risk associated with mail-in voting. The exclamation urged users to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.”

The link took users to a CNN story with the headline: “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.” It was the kind of opinion-masquerading-as-reportage that CNN, and too many other mainstream outlets, specialize in. …

None of this comes as a surprise to conservatives on Twitter. For years, Twitter has censored conservative voices, increasingly without even bothering with the pretense of platform neutrality.

Who gets to decide what the President can say on Twitter?

And now we know why: A key actor in Twitter’s censorship operation turns out to be Yoel Roth, a fellow … blessed with a Silicon Valley sinecure (“head of site integrity”) that allows him to decisively slant the national conversation on the Web.

It was Roth who along with a co-worker introduced Twitter’s new “fact-checking” policy. …

Roth also happens to be a rabid hater of Trump and the 63 million Americans who voted for him.

“I’m just saying,” he tweeted in November 2016, “we fly over those states that voted for a racist tangerine for a reason.”

In January 2017: “ ‘Today on Meet the Press, we’re speaking with Joseph Goebbels about the first 100 days. . .’—what I hear when [Trump aide] Kellyanne [Conway] is on a news show.”

In July 2017: “How does a personality-free bag of farts like [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell actually win elections?”

An Open Letter to the D.C. Right: The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed.

An Open Letter to the D.C. Right: The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed. By Bruce Bawer.

I’ve known you for decades. You’re think-tankers, government officials, political journalists, and pundits. …

For a long while, I thought you were the good guys. You talked about individual liberty. Some of you identified as conservatives, others as libertarians, still others as classical liberals. None of you are outright leftists. …

You cheered my books on gay rights. (Many of you are gay.) But when I started writing critically about Islam, you went mum. All of you. You didn’t attack me in public, but you didn’t express support, either.

But that was OK.

Then Donald Trump came along. He spoke of liberty and of putting America First.

Your public rage at him — and his supporters — was instantaneous. It was visceral, full-throated, and constant.

I didn’t remember any of you getting that worked up about Barack Obama. Ever.

For a moment, at the very beginning, I didn’t quite get it. Then I got it. Of course. It was obvious.

Trump represented an existential threat to everything you had — your job security, your social status, your sumptuous lives in places like Chevy Chase, Falls Church, and Georgetown.

You knew — somehow all of you could tell instinctively — that when Trump talked about liberty, he meant it.

But you? However much you talked about liberty, at bottom you weren’t really about liberty at all — at least not the individual liberty of ordinary Americans.

What were you about? Well, for one thing, you were about the “liberty” of giant American corporations to move their factories abroad, even to Communist countries, without penalty.

For those of you who work at think tanks, this position was understandable: owners of giant corporations paid your hefty salaries.

Yes, over the decades, as a result of policies you advocated, countless working Americans lost their jobs to workers in other countries — some of them children, some of them literally slaves, all of them paid little or nothing.

Such losses, you asserted, were regrettable, but in the end everybody would benefit.

Well, look who’s benefited: The Chinese Communist Party. Carlos Slim. The Silicon Valley Billionaire Boys’ Club.

And, of course, you. Because nobody was exporting your jobs to China or Mexico. 

When the Democrats tried to sell the patently phony Russian-collusion narrative and impeachment case, some of you joined in the pile-on. Some didn’t: such matters weren’t in your wheelhouse. Besides, at least some of you had to have realized early on that it was all lies.

But none of you blew the whistle on it.

The Obama people were trying to overturn the 2016 election — a reprehensible betrayal of constitutional principles that put the United States through years of hell.

And what did you do? Even if you didn’t explicitly parrot Rachel Maddow, you nonetheless aided and abetted this coup attempt by staying silent about it while continuing to slam Trump over the trivial outrage du jour. …

Yes, Obama had been unmasked as a felon, a traitor. But you and your pals in the corridors of power in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles just kept on with the usual day-to-day Trump-bashing.

Proof of Obama’s crimes had been placed in front of all of you, and you all swept it aside without a moment’s hesitation. …

None of you cared that Obama and his people were crooks. You didn’t care that this was about the fundamental principles of the American constitutional republic.

You were just that cynical. …

One of you — a longtime friend of mine — even addressed Trump voters directly, telling us that we should be ashamed to have voted for him and ordering us not to do it again.

Sorry, but as a lifelong freelancer who’s never had to write a word at odds with my own conscience, I don’t like taking orders from people who’ve been paid generously to parrot their paymasters’ opinions.

The sheer refusal to engage with reality was breathtaking. …

If you can shrug off the transgressions of Obama and his courtiers so blithely, it’s because you’re all fellow members of the same establishment as Obama, Biden, Brennan, Comey, Clapper, and the Clintons, with the same values and priorities.

Guilt and innocence? Right and wrong? Right and Left? Who cares about such things? That’s for rubes in Flyover Country.

What matters is preserving your privileges as members of the patrician class.

For a long time, I didn’t realize — or couldn’t realize, or perhaps even chose not to realize — that this was what I was looking at when I looked at you.

No more. The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed.

Yep. Follow the money.

Espionage and Beijing Opera in the South China Sea

The New Cold War With China, by Dr. Edward Luttwak.

The South China Sea:

The United States under Trump has started the pushback in the South China Sea. The Chinese claim of sovereignty has been comprehensively refuted, has been ridiculed actually.

The Chinese do not have sovereignty at all. The Americans fly over them, sail in there, and other countries do too. And Japan also will have to do this. …

No practical military person would ever put valuable weapons on coral reefs in the middle of the sea where they cannot be protected by any means.

South China Sea

From a military point of view, these bases are not serious. This is theater. These are Beijing opera bases.

You don’t put a base on a coral reef because it gets blown out. If there were any kind of war, it gets blown out in the first five minutes. …

They are outposts, unprotected outposts, so they are very good for symbolic purposes. But it also means that if you fly over them and sail between them, you are negating their only value, which is symbolic.

The real nature of the confrontation:

The real action is geo-economic and technological competition. And there the coalition has further allies.

For example, in Europe, the Chinese can no longer go and acquire technology companies. Until a few years ago, maybe even a year ago, the Chinese could go and buy a German company, French, Italian, whatever, and bring the technology back to China.

They can’t anymore. There is now careful observation, they need approval to buy it, and the approval is denied. …

The race is on between research and development conducted in the West, versus Chinese research and development plus Chinese espionage.

As far as I know, Americans are not trying to steal Chinese technology. …

Attitudes must change:

As we speak, there are hundreds of Chinese citizens in Google. Then, there are much bigger numbers of American-born Chinese, many of whom have connections with China.

And we have a phenomenon like Microsoft, which has an advanced research center in Beijing. And who do you think works there? It’s not Brazilians or Portuguese. It’s Chinese citizens.

So, if this is going to be a technology race, what does it mean to operate a Microsoft advanced research center in Beijing? It means that whatever you do, you are giving to the Chinese. For free. …

What is missing is serious security, which you don’t have. We don’t have security rules; we don’t have a security mentality.

Just remember that last year, Google employees voted and pressed and lobbied and said Google should not cooperate with the Pentagon.

An American company in the United States says, “We will not cooperate with the Pentagon.” But they are cooperating with China.

A new cold war:

This is like the Cold War in 1946. In 1946, Winston Churchill went to America and said an Iron Curtain has descended in Europe and we have to oppose the Soviet Union.

Everybody shouted at Churchill that he was a warmonger and Russia is our ally, the Soviet Union was our brave ally, Stalin was our great ally.

It took several years. We are at this early stage, with lack of awareness of what the geo-technological competition means.

It means no Microsoft in Beijing and it means real security in the United States.

hat-tip David Archibald

Is this the week the magic died for Boris Johnson?

Is this the week the magic died for Boris Johnson? By Stephen Daisley.

What is really going on here? The via dolorosa Boris Johnson is trudging along is about more than Dominic Cummings’s actions and the Prime Minister’s refusal to acknowledge they were wrong, let alone ask the bloke for his ticket. The government’s Covid-19 messaging has been eviscerated, health guidance undermined, public goodwill forfeited and political capital amassed across ten months expended in a few days. The Prime Minister believes all this is worth it. …

Some believe Cummings’ talents as a strategist, proven in the EU referendum and the Red Wall-smashing 2019 election victory, have convinced the Prime Minister that he needs him. Others point to Cummings’ role in shaping Johnson’s agenda (Brexit, levelling-up) and his centrality to the day-to-day running of government. These considerations will be prominent in the Prime Minister’s thinking but perhaps foremost will be his and his adviser’s shared ambition to remake the Conservatives as a radical party. Cummings is the architect and Johnson the front man for that project, one that represents a far more daring departure than even Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson attempted with New Labour. …

Almost six-in-ten voters believe Cummings should resign, including 52 per cent of Leavers … If we think of Cummings and Johnson as populists it seems deliciously ironic, and not a little perverse, that they are making themselves very unpopular with the public by appearing to be as out-of-touch and high-handed as the elites they rail against.

But if we think of them as pragmatic disruptors, a temporary quarrel with the country is a price worth paying to triumph over what they see as the obstacles to their project: the media, the expert class, the civil service and the Tory party….

If Dominic Cummings stays, the reconstruction of the Conservative party and of government in the UK will become infinitely harder to obstruct. If he goes, it will represent an ideological defeat for the Cummings-Johnson project and leave Boris Johnson’s government adrift. The Prime Minister is putting his premiership on the line to save Dominic Cummings because he believes that, without him, he won’t have a premiership anyway.

The other diseases the coronavirus lockdown stopped in their tracks

The other diseases the coronavirus lockdown stopped in their tracks, by Stuart Layt.

Rates of influenza have been squashed flat after initially hinting at another serious year for case numbers.

The numbers went so low Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said residents of the state were more likely to get COVID-19 than a flu in 2020.

Joanne:

Obviously, quarantine has always restricted the sick and the healthy, because there has never been a way to tell who was and who wasn’t infectious in the incubation period. When whole boats were quarantined, no one knew who was healthy or sick, and mandatory quarantine applied to boats with zero known infections. In the 1300s, whole areas would be quarantined and escapees were sometimes executed.

Did you know that to bring in a healthy animal to Australia from a country where rabies is present the healthy dog has to be quarantined for six months to prove it does not have rabies?

Asymptomatic spread is relevant in Whooping Cough, Dengue, Epstein Barr, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes Simplex, HIV, Helicobacter Pylori, Legionnaires, Measles, Leprosy, TB, Meningitis, Gonorrhoea, Samonella, Norovirus, Polio, Malaria, Rabies, Rhinovirus, Lyssavirus, Typhoid, Golden Staff, Strep pneumonia, and syphillus.

On Quarantine: Typhoid Mary was healthy but quarantined for 23 years.

In 1917 30,000 female prostitutes were held in prison even after they tested negative to stop the spread of STD’s to soldiers.

In 2003 with SARS  “Canada quarantined almost 100 people for every confirmed SARS case in the country. Though Toronto only had 250 probable cases, about 30,000 people were confined in hospitals and their homes.”

Latest headlines from The People’s Cube

Latest headlines from The People’s Cube.

With America in lockdown, China offers to host Democrat primary

Bernie Sanders tests negative for President

New York Governor Cuomo shuts down all ‘non-essential’ business, surprised to find himself out of a job

Biden commits to picking a woman as running mate as long as she passes his sniff test

Joe Biden’s coronavirus prevention tips: always rub hand sanitizer on young girls before sniffing and fondling them

Russian lawmakers warned that the American Democrats are meddling to re-elect Putin

Democrats now worried they might even lose the illegal alien vote

Liz Warren harshly critical of Biden’s suggestion to coal miners that they should learn to code, offers to have them trained as romance novelists instead

Pelosi: “First we have to impeach Donald Trump before we can find out why we impeached him.”

Iran answers to new Reagan statue in Berlin by erecting Obama statue at Tehran airport where he delivered pallets of cash

California accepts award for most progressive environmental policies; further progressive developments to be announced as blackouts permit

BREAKING: Romney DNA test reveals he is 1/1024th Republican

Latest UN climate report shows this month so far has seen the scariest climate pronouncements on record

Climate science: there’s no need for climate protests in China because China is already communist

Islamic clerics split on whether Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib should be traveling around the world without an accompanying male relative

Dem candidates call for the Beatles’ song ‘Get Back’ and the ‘White Album’ to be banned; surviving two white guys of the group must pay reparations

NYT: moon landing was one small step for Man, one giant leap for White Male Supremacy

Trump politicizes the 4th of July, declares it henceforth to be called the 45th of July, or July the Trumpth

Bernie Sanders admits to being a millionaire, promises to eat himself if nominated

AOC: aborting babies helps preserve the planet for the next generation

Hollywood to America: If you’ve got a flag on the Moon, you didn’t plant that; some other country made that happen

Australia’s Energy Plan

Australia’s Energy Plan, by David Archibald.

Global warming is the new state religion and Alan Finkel is its high priest, personally selected by Turnbull because they share the same proclivities. As such he can be relied upon to ignore science in producing reports supporting endless expenditure on nonsense.

Alan Finkel, Turnbull’s priest

The fad of the moment is hydrogen. To recap, when global warming started out the villains among us realised that the easiest way to make money was to turn Australia from being a low-cost power producer to a high cost one and take a slice of the action on the way through. So the likes of AGL and Macquarie Bank concocted solar farm and wind farm schemes and sold them on to people wanting a high, government-enforced rate of return. They then used their own money to generate a yet higher return on equity by taking advantage of the inherently unstable power grid they had created. They did this by building diesel generator sets such as this one in South Australia, obviating the whole point of getting away from carbon-based fuel.

Briefly, the only reason solar and wind get a look-in is because solar panels and wind turbines are made using energy from coal at $0.04 per kWh and turn out power at $0.20 per kWh. Some mines voluntarily install solar panels to supplement the power from diesel generator sets at $0.30 per kWh.  What would happen to the cost of power if the energy used for making solar panels was $0.20 per kWh? It would be north of at least $0.80 per kWh. You can’t use solar and wind power to make solar and wind power equipment; as such they are neither renewable nor sustainable. And they certainly won’t be replacing fossil fuels when the fossil fuels run out.

Even some lefties are figuring this out and thus the documentary Planet of the Humans. So the global warming clerisy, headed by Alan Finkel in this country, needs to keep coming up with new content to satisfy their simple-minded believers.

As a fuel, hydrogen has some big shortcomings. It has low energy density, so a big, high-pressure tank of the stuff doesn’t take you far. It has an explosive range in air of 18% to 60%. It causes embrittlement of steel. There is a plot at the moment to add hydrogen to the natural gas distribution system — which then might start leaking like a sieve. It has a colourless flame, so leaks that have caught fire can’t be seen. In the days before infrared cameras, workers at a rocket fuel factory in Texas used to detect hydrogen leaks by walking with a straw broom in front of them. When the broom caught fire they had found the leak.

Why we stopped using hydrogen. On 6 May 1937, the German airship Zeppelin “Hindenburg” in New Jersey burned so hot a mushroom cloud formed.

The $300 million the Federal Government proposes to spend on hydrogen won’t add anything new to what is currently known about hydrogen. It is just a distraction to placate a religious minority — the global warming believers, in the manner of Hassidic Jews being exempt from military service in Israel.

Read it all.

Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s new press secretary, is the President’s new secret weapon

Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s new press secretary, is the President’s new secret weapon, by Miranda Devine.

The White House’s pugnacious new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is getting up the nose of Trump-haters in the media in the most satisfying way.

Her press briefings are “indefensible and grotesque”, snarled Never-Trumper Jonah Goldberg on the weekend, calling McEnany nothing more than a “Twitter troll” who just wants to impress “an audience of one” – aka the President. “It’s a sign of defining deviancy down in our politics”.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace agreed, saying he, “never saw a White House press secretary act like that”.

Well, maybe that’s because we never have seen such dishonest, corrosive media coverage of a president before.

It’s one thing to be critical and cynical about an administration – that is the proper role of a free press.

When you apply the blowtorch only to one side of politics, it’s bad enough. But with Trump, it’s beyond mere bias. This time the media is off the rails, unrepentant about its role in “Obamagate”, fomenting the Russia collusion conspiracy theory, peddling the fake Steele Dossier and other lies which crippled the administration and led to the dangerous distraction of impeachment. …

Pretending to be neutral and care about the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is … so old fashioned. PC postmodernism is the new authority:

Now that those abuses are coming to light through declassified material … there is an opportunity for those media outlets to atone, hand back their Pulitzers and report the truth.

Instead they’re doubling down, dismissing the unravelling of the Russia collusion conspiracy theory as, itself, a conspiracy theory.

As former CBS former president Van Gordon Sauter wrote in the Wall Street Journal this week, much of American journalism has become the “clarion voice of the Resistance, dedicated to ousting the president”.

“News organisations that claim to be neutral have long been creeping leftward, and their loathing of Mr. Trump has accelerated the pace. “To many journalists, objectivity, balance and fairness — once the gold standard of reporting — are not mandatory in a divided political era and in a country they believe to be severely flawed.”

They know better. So if you don’t like their propaganda, the only option left is to boycott them.

Enter McEnany, who unlike her predecessors, is willing to give the media a taste of its own medicine.

What enrages the Washington press corps is that she is smart, well-prepared, articulate, unafraid, and always looks a million bucks. Unlike her predecessors, she cannot be intimidated.

The 32-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School previously was a CNN political analyst. A devout Christian, she is married to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball star with whom she has a six-month-old baby girl. She spends most of her day with Trump and says her “mission is to bring you the mindset of the president, deliver those facts, so this President gets fair and accurate reporting and the American people get fair and accurate information.” ..

Racism and PC hypocrisy:

It should have been a big political story, for instance, when the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a disastrous interview on Friday to a radio show popular with black Millennials.

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black,” he said.

The comment was as lethal to his electoral prospects as Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” insult to half of America in 2016.

If Trump had said something so blatantly racist it would have been on high rotation all weekend. But for the Resistance Media it was a story to be downplayed.

“Joe Biden made an off-the-cuff joke”, was the oped page take of the New York Times, which ran a tiny page one pointer to page 21 on Saturday about Biden’s so-called apology. …

But OMG, look over here!

Trump played golf!

Trump didn’t wear a mask!

Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine!

Orange Man Bad!

No, we’ve never seen anything like it.

Read it all.

In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, everyone else is to blame for virus

In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, everyone else is to blame for virus, by David Biller at AP.

With Brazil emerging as one of the world’s most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media.

Some hopeful signs emerging in the last week

By contrast, he portrays himself as a clear-eyed crusader willing to defend an unpopular idea — that shutting down the economy to control COVID-19 will ultimately cause more suffering than allowing the disease to run its course. The refusal of governors to fall into line with his decree allowing gyms to open, he said, verged on authoritarianism. …

When governors defied Bolsonaro’s subsequent decree that gyms, barbershops and beauty salons be allowed to operate as essential services, he accused them of undermining the rule of law and suggested the move would invite “undesirable authoritarianism to emerge in Brazil.”

On Saturday night, Bolsonaro ventured into the capital of Brasilia to lead by example, this time eating a hot dog bought from a street vendor. Video he posted to Facebook showed supporters snapping selfies and calling him by his nickname — “Myth!” — while those in self-quarantine in overlooking apartments banged pots and pans in protest. …

In the capital on Sunday, pro-Bolsonaro supporters staged a small demonstration in front of the presidential palace, as they have for several weeks. Bolsonaro joined and once again lifted children in his arms.

He shared a video from a helicopter flyover of the demonstration that revealed a sparsely occupied plaza. There were perhaps 1,000 people in attendance, in a city of 3 million. One banner read “Lockdowns kill more than the Chinese virus!!!” …

A May 17-18 poll by XP/Ipespe found 58% of those surveyed rated Bolsonaro’s pandemic response as bad or terrible, and only 21% as good or excellent. Governors fared more than twice as well in both counts. …

Latin America’s largest nation has confirmed about 375,000 COVID-19 cases, more than any nation except the U.S., and experts say that figure is a significant undercount due to insufficient testing. The strain on Brazil’s underfunded hospitals has pushed them to the brink of collapse in multiple states and prevents some patients from getting treatment.

YouTube Cancels Michael Moore-Produced Documentary

YouTube Cancels Michael Moore-Produced Documentary, by James Delingpole.

Finally, YouTube has found the flimsy pretext it needed to cancel the controversial Michael Moore-produced eco-documentary [Planet of the Humans, 8 million views] which has been infuriating greenies with its anti-renewables message: ‘copyright infringement.’ …

This follows a copyright infringement claim to YouTube by Toby Smith, a British environmental photographer, who doesn’t like the context in which his material was used and who claims a clip of his material was run without his approval.

According to the Guardian:

Smith filed the complaint to YouTube on 23 May after discovering Planet of the Humans used several seconds of footage from his Rare Earthenware project detailing the journey of rare earth minerals from Inner Mongolia.

More naked and brazen by the day. (YouTube and the PC troops, not Michael Moore!)

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets. by Dino Hazell. First the view from AP, who represent the mainstream media.

On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” that guides users to a Twitter “moments” page with fact checks and news stories about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.

The move comes after years in which Twitter has declined to apply its community guidelines and other rules of the road to the 45th U.S. president.

In other words, until now the US President was the only person not censored by Twitter. But that era, too, has passed. Some things — some truths? — must not be uttered in a PC world. The media want to rule what you know.

Note that they say Trump’s claims about mail-in voting are “unsubstantiated”. Twitter and AP use this to imply Trump is a liar. But going to beyond-the-pale Breitbart News we find out something they omitted:

“You’ve been talking about voter fraud since the beginning of this administration and where is the evidence of it?” Acosta asked during the White House press briefing, insisting that “all the experts say voter fraud is rare.”

Trump replied, “I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some, okay?”

The president’s re-election campaign responded quickly to Acosta’s request, noting there were nine people charged in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas with “vote harvesting” and mail ballots, a political operative in New York stealing and submitting absentee ballots, and a resident in Pennsylvania receiving seven separate ballots in the mail.

The campaign also shared a Heritage Foundation document of over 1,000 proven cases of vote fraud.

“Democrats and the mainstream media always scoff at claims of voter fraud, but then completely ignore evidence from across the country,” Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “The obvious reason is that Democrats are just fine with the possibility of voter fraud. And many in the media just see the world their way.”

Twitter and AP are lying by omission. And it’s not just them:

Twitter added a link to “get the facts” about mail-in ballots after President Trump tweeted out widely-held concerns about the potential for voter fraud.

The Twitter-curated “moment” is filled with mainstream media articles from CNN, Washington Post, and other outlets calling Trump a liar.

Michael Moore in 2004

If the US President Trump and Michael Moore (see here) are now being censored or banned from the media, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Having a tiny reach and being ineffective is the only path left to not being censored by the PC troops. Viva el Wentworth Report!

What Does China Want?

What Does China Want? By John Burtkaiv.

Does China really want to dominate not only the Pacific, but the world?

One book published quietly in 2016 prior to the election sheds light on these pressing questions. Howard French’s masterful, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power, digs deep into China’s history to understand their self-conception as a people and civilization. Former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, told me that he considers it to be one of his top three China books …

The traditional Chinese worldview:

The Central Kingdom would not tolerate any peers in Asia or anywhere else in the world. How could they? China is the sun, and every other country a moon or satellite in their orbit. …

China would only tolerate vassal states as part of their tribute system. The price of admission was nothing less than “ritual submission before the Chinese emperor.” And there could only ever be one emperor under the heavens. …

One of the more colorful stories in French’s book describes an attempt by the British crown to open-up trade relations with China. King George III sent Lord Macartney to meet with Emperor Qianlong to discuss his proposal.

The Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial armour

Macartney arrived on a “sixty-four-gun man-of-war,” loading with gifts including “a room-size planetarium, giant lenses, a hot air balloon…and modern weaponry.” The British considered themselves to be a global empire at the peak of their powers. The Chinese were not impressed. To make matters worse, the British diplomat refused to “perform the ‘full’ kowtow while presenting himself before the Chinese throne…according to the standard ritualized submission demanded by Chinese protocol under tian xia.”

Such an affront to the Son of Heaven could not be tolerated. The Emperor sent a letter back with Lord Macartney regarding his decision about free trade. His message to the King was clear:

“…your Ambassador has now put forward new requests, which completely fail to recognize the Throne’s principle to…exercise a pacifying control over barbarian tribes, the world over…Nevertheless, I do not forget the lonely remoteness of your island, cut off from the world by intervening wastes of sea, nor do I overlook your excusable ignorance of the usages of our Celestial Empire.”

After carrying on with insults for a few more paragraphs, he concluded with a sober warning: “Should your vessels touch the shore, your merchants will assuredly never be permitted to land or to reside…but will be subject to instant expulsion…Tremblingly obey and show no negligence! A special mandate!”

This historic encounter is instructive as it reveals how the Middle Kingdom conducted diplomacy with the West. The principles of tian xia applied not only to tributary states in their own sphere of influence, but also to great powers on the other side of the world.

Access to Chinese markets came at a price and that price was submission. Those who were willing to bend a knee could gain access to one of the largest markets in the world. For everyone else, the financial benefit to the Middle Kingdom was not worth the humiliation of recognizing another country as a peer, especially when that country was a “lonely” island “cut off from the world…by wastes of sea.” …

And today?

There’s something that rings true today about de Tocqueville’s description of Americans even though his visit took place nearly two hundred years ago. More importantly, we should pay attention when a political leader invokes history and tradition as precedent for actions today.

When judged by that standard, Xi Jinping’s regime fits squarely within the tradition of tian xia outlined by French.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Poll: Up to 94 Percent of Americans Want Economic Nationalist Overhaul in Wake of Chinese Coronavirus Crisis

Poll: Up to 94 Percent of Americans Want Economic Nationalist Overhaul in Wake of Chinese Coronavirus Crisis, by John Binder.

About 66 percent of Americans support increasing tariffs on foreign imports while only 34 percent want more free trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries.

Likewise, 76 percent of Americans said they are willing to pay 5 percent to 100 percent more for U.S.-made products over products made overseas. Just 24 percent said they are not willing to pay more money for U.S.-made products.

The poll shows that Americans are increasingly growing tired of their goods being made in China. Today, about 4-in-10 Americans say they will not buy products imported from China. A plurality of about 34 percent of the 60 percent of Americans who said they will still buy products from China said they will do so but do not like the fact that they are made in China.

Take that, globalists!

hat-tip Stephen Neil

President Trump Suspends Travel from Brazil over Coronavirus Concerns

President Trump Suspends Travel from Brazil over Coronavirus Concerns, by Kyle Morris.

President Donald Trump suspended travel from Brazil to the United States on Sunday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in South America.

The order, which will take effect on May 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET, denies entry to “all aliens” who were in Brazil two weeks prior to their attempt to gain entry into the United States.

So, he can do it. So, the current inflow of people and virus to the US, coming in without quarantine, is Trump’s doing. What sort of “lockdown” is that?

Don’t Laugh at Stacey Abrams: Her politics are the future

Don’t Laugh at Stacey Abrams: Her politics are the future. By Matthew Boose.

Stacey Abrams predicts that she will be president of the United States by 2040. …

Abrams speaks like someone who believes she is bound for immortality — indeed, that she’s entitled to it. Her infatuated fans share this sense of historically assured victory.

The Washington Post recently published a work of widely lampooned hagiography on Abrams, depicting her as a polymath — a Prometheus of diversity handing down the fire of progress to man. It reads like the kind of flattery that despots used to make court scribes put together under threat of execution.

“Abrams is the author of eight romance novels under a pseudonym, started two small businesses, is a New York Times best-selling author under her own name and is a superfan of ‘Star Trek’ and southern hip-hop, including one of her favorite rappers, Ludacris,” records court historian Kevin Powell. “She is scholarly, but she can also wax poetic on football. She is a policy wonk, but she can effortlessly pivot to sending goofy memes to the children of good buddies.”

Can you sense it? Can you feel the ground shifting beneath you? Are you prepared for the Pax Abramsiana? …

You laugh? The entitlement to power that Abrams radiates is comical to many people, but it hardly seems unjustified. One of the most powerful newspapers in the nation is publishing degrading fan fiction about her. Why should she not feel that history is on her side?

What the Left finds appealing in Abrams is what she represents, not who she is. She is the devotee and beneficiary of America’s new creed, the religion of diversity.

Diversity turns on its head much common sense about what makes for a just and strong society.

No sensible nation would put a weak person, knowingly, in charge of government. Leaders need virtues like strength, courage, daring, and wisdom. But the triumph of diversity has replaced these virtues with their opposites. It is weakness, not strength, differences, not commonalities, that we celebrate. Rather than having to demonstrate a character fit to govern, a person is thought to be deserving of power if, and only if, they have a claim to victimhood.

The professional Left sees Abrams as the herald of a new America, one in which the weakest rule and ancient debts have finally been paid. …

Diversity is the lodestar of the professional Left: to them, Abrams is the mythic embodiment of the promise of Progress. …

While conservatives reject the rise of Abrams as the absurd product of affirmative action on a national scale, the Left calls anyone who doesn’t find her impressive a racist. But let’s have some honesty here: it is the Left, not the Right, that is fixated on Abrams’ identity. It is the primary, no, the only reason for her prominence. For the Left, Abrams’ Yale degree is an afterthought. Racial chauvinism comes first. It is the strained denial of this fact that gives life to the strange, make-pretend feeling of her celebrity. …

Demography rules:

Abrams and her allies understand her as being on the cusp of a demographic revolution that will change America forever. It’s not a secret. …

Why waste time trying to persuade white people? Persuasion is out; demographic coercion is in. …

Recently a video resurfaced of a 2014 conference called “Race Will Win the Race” (that’s a real name) for the group PowerPac+, which advocates building a nonwhite majority to secure political power. It shows Abrams baldly laying out a strategy of demographic replacement.

Abrams this month complained that not giving illegal immigrants representation results in a “whiter, and therefore more Republican” voting base. …

If these patterns hold, eventually it may not matter whether an ambitious person has the ability to govern a nation as large and complex as America. He or she could simply rise to power through the power of crude arithmetic. America would finish a decades-long breakdown from a republic where “fit characters” lead to a Balkanized democracy where representatives are no more than racial deputies.

After four years of Stacy Adams as President, perhaps some whites on the right will even be wistfully saying “Bring back Hillary!”. Too late.