Air Force General Thomas G. McInerney Exposes CIA Vote Hacking: Hammer and Scorecard.

Air Force General Thomas G. McInerney Exposes CIA Vote Hacking: Hammer and Scorecard. By United Patriot News.

The former Air Force general disclosed two software called “Hammer” and “Scorecard” used by the leftists as a superweapon in sabotaging the votes. McInerney claims the software was designed during the first term of President George W Bush.

McInerney stated, “People must understand that this software was used to overturn the 2020 election.” He said that massive amounts of cyberwarfare were used in the voting system.

He claimed that both the “Hammer” and “Scorecard” were redesigned under CIA director John Brennan and former FBI director James Comey under the Obama Administration.

According to OANN, the software is highly illegal, yet with former President Obama’s approval, the deep state operatives discredited Donald Trump and undermined the 2012 and 2016 national elections. …

He said that mainstream media such as Fox shrug-off information that taints the left and would not let people like him appear on their shows. He claims if not for fraud, the votes would have been overwhelming for President Trump.

Highly recommended. Only 4 minutes:

Enormous if true.

Naturally the left is blackening his name around the web.

hat-tip Kat. H

Reality and the Narrative

Reality and the Narrative, by Roger Kimball.

Despite the blandishments of the narrative, which seek to seduce you into acquiescence with rumors of inevitability, we really do not know how this story, which seems so familiar, will end. …

We’re all assumed to know how it ended. Joe Biden won. Any demurral on that score is put down to feigned ignorance, attempted cleverness, or petulant perversity.

After all, the Associated Press called the election for Joe Biden a couple of weeks ago. Other news agencies, from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News to CNN, the New Woke Times, and the Washington Post were right there on cue, hailing him the winner. Time, the former news weekly, devoted its cover to Joe Biden, “46th President of the United States.” Twitter was on the case, adding little warning messages to tweets about the election it didn’t like, suspending the accounts of people whose opinions it disagreed with, throttling the ability of those who dissented to broadcast their dissent. Who knows what Google and Facebook are doing with their search results. Some secrets are too deep for the light of day.

And that is my point. The strongest argument for Biden’s victory is not the vote tally. It is the monolithic narrative, pumped up like one of those inflatable play castles at a child’s birthday party. With every passing day, that narrative becomes more boisterous, more assertive, more uncompromising. It is a collective primal scream, emitted with eyes shut and ears plugged.

There is a problem for the narrative, however. Or more to the point, there are 73 million problems. A major concession in the Biden-won-give-it-up-narrative is revealed by the hawkers of the “Unity Now” meme. Let us all come together as one nation, under Joe, and reassert the American normality that has been so sorely missing under the despotic reign of Donald Trump.

No. No, that’s not going to fly, and not only because of the snarling viciousness that attended Donald Trump and his entire administration from the moment he was elected until now. Granted, Democrats are masters of hypocrisy. I will give them that. Brazenness is part of the formula. They are utterly unembarrassed by double standards. Indeed, they glory in them. …

The politically correct election result meets reality:

But glaring hypocrisy is not the only reason that the narrative’s call for unity is failing. There is also its essential fragility. It is loud. It is seamless. It is asserted by all the best and most beautiful people, the really smart ones with fancy degrees, the right attitudes, the impressive ZIP codes. But it is also like an elaborate barque in high winds and choppy seas on a leeward course off a rocky coast.

That coast is the anti-narrative, otherwise known as reality.

The really hard and jagged part of the impinging reality, the “impervious horrors of leeward shore,” is the actual vote tally in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. …

Inquiring minds want to know, how is it possible that voter turnout in just those key cities in just those key states was so high: often 90 percent or more? How is it possible that Joe Biden, who barely campaigned, garnered more votes in just those spots than even Barack Obama had done? How is it possible that, as everyone was getting tucked into bed on the night of November 3, Donald Trump had notable leads in almost all of those states and then, suddenly, all at once, in the wee hours, floods of votes poured in and — wouldn’t you know it — they were overwhelmingly, sometimes exclusively, for Biden? And what about those voting machines from Dominion: are we confident that they are secure?

Swallow this, and you will swallow anything they want, forever.

Crime Hiding Crime: A Motive for the Steal

Crime Hiding Crime: A Motive for the Steal. By Roger Kimball.

The 2020 presidential election, however it is finally decided, will be important for what does not happen as well as what does.

I have no doubt that Democrats were highly motivated in the election in order to pursue their socialist, anti-American agenda. But they were also powerfully motivated by fear.

Consider some of the things that will not happen should Joe Biden assume the presidency.

John Durham.

Remember John Durham? He’s the fellow who has spent months and months and months investigating the investigators, looking into the cesspool of corruption and partisan malfeasance that underwrote what I have called the greatest political scandal in American history.

I mean the whole Russia Collusion Delusion, featuring Robert Mueller G-man extraordinaire, and a host of supporting actors from James Comey, Christopher Steele, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, John Brennan, and James Clapper on down.

Poof. Gone. The Durham investigation would be gone. Thanks for your service, John, but it’s time to think about spending more time with your family now and, besides, we need that office space for some Title IX inquiries. Just leave your files next to the shredder on your way out.

The Clinton Foundation.

You remember the Clinton Foundation. That was the siphon through which hundreds of millions of dollars passed from influence seekers into the pockets of the Clinton family coffers. There were people in the DOJ looking into that operation, too, but you can be sure they would be furloughed before being exiled entirely should the Biden-Harris circus come to town.

Hunter Biden and his laptop from hell.

Depending on where you get your news, you may or may not have heard much about Hunter’s laptop on the run-up to the election. It was one of the stories of the season, but since it was election season, the Media Industrial Complex closed ranks and put the story in a hermetically sealed container.

Tucker Carlson and The New York Post joined The Epoch Times as rare outposts willing to bring this explosive story to the public’s attention.

Alas, telling the saga of what Rudy Giuliani rightly called the Biden Crime Family’s corrupt dealings with China, Ukraine, and elsewhere, depends on a Trump victory.

That story, already half under wraps, is destined for the oubliette should Biden become president. …

Maybe a fearful swamp precludes a free and fair election. The could and did “do whatever it took,” taking the nuclear options of all-out cheating and media coverup.

Perhaps we have just witnessed how difficult it is to assure their perpetuation in the face of concerted partisan interference.

The first U.S. presidential election was held in December, 1788. We’ve come a long way in two hundred and thirty-two years.

It was a good run, maybe the best in history. It would be sad to see it go.

They’ve done it once, why not do it at every election?

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge after judge said it had ‘likelihood to succeed’

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge after judge said it had ‘likelihood to succeed’. By Chris Enloe.

Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough issued an injunction last Wednesday after Republicans made an emergency request to stop the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results.

The central claim of the lawsuit was that Act 77, a law passed in Oct. 2019, violated the state constitution by allowing voters to obtain absentee ballots for any reason. The state constitution, on the other hand, specifies only a limited number of reasons for which an absentee ballot may be cast.

McCullough later issued an opinion on Friday explaining that the petitioners would likely win on the merits of their case.

Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because Petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment. Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const. Article VII Section 14 as the plain language of that constitutional provision is at odds with the mail-in provisions of Act 77. Since this presents an issue of law which has already been thoroughly briefed by the parties, this Court can state that Petitioners have a likelihood of success on the merits of its Pennsylvania Constitutional claim. …

But the state Supreme Court overruled her, clearing the way for the state to certify the election:

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a lawsuit late Saturday that challenged the legality of a new state law that allowed voters to obtain an absentee ballot for any reason. …

The Pennsylvania high court — which is controlled by a 5-2 Democratic majority — unanimously dismissed the lawsuit, ruling the challenge came too late for a reasonable legal remedy. …

The court explained:

The want of due diligence demonstrated in this matter is unmistakable. Petitioners filed this facial challenge to the mail-in voting statutory provisions more than one year after the enactment of Act 77. At the time this action was filed on November 21, 2020, millions of Pennsylvania voters had already expressed their will in both the June 2020 Primary Election and the November 2020 General Election and the final ballots in the 2020 General Election were being tallied, with the results becoming seemingly apparent. Nevertheless, Petitioners waited to commence this litigation until days before the county boards of election were required to certify the election results to the Secretary of the Commonwealth …

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor and Justice Sallie Mundy [the court’s two Republican justices] filed a concurring and dissenting opinion suggesting that the constitutional merits of the case — that Act 77 may violate the state constitution — could be considered by a lower court at a different time. They agreed, though, that the current petitioners acted far too late.

So the state’s constitution was violated, but that this not enough reason to invalidate those ballots. Essentially: you’re too late to complain, it’s done!

Therefore, if the swamp hustles through some fraudulent practices and wins, it’s too late to complain when you lose. Not sure this is credible. It condones cheating. The obvious problem is how to undo the effect of an unconstitutional law — what’s fair? Looks like this unconstitutional law will be in effect for exactly one Presidential election. Surprise! Cannot undo the result even though it’s wrong. So there.

Next stop? The Supreme Court of the United States.

Note however that this ruling is only about the validity of mail in votes, not whether fraud occurred. There are other cases.

hat-tip Charles

The ‘smartest man in the room’ has joined Sidney Powell’s team

The ‘smartest man in the room’ has joined Sidney Powell’s team. By Andrea Widburg.

In her Georgia complaint, Sidney Powell included the declaration of Navid Keshavarz-Nia, an expert witness who stated under oath that there was massive computer fraud in the 2020 election, all of it intended to secure a victory for Joe Biden. Dr. Kershavarz-Nia’s name may not mean a lot to you, but it’s one of the weightiest names in the world when it comes to sniffing out cyber-security problems.

We know how important Dr. Kershavarz-Nia is because, just two and a half months ago, the New York Times ran one of its Sunday long-form articles about a massive, multi-million-dollar fraud that a talented grifter ran against the American intelligence and military communities.  Dr. Kershavarz-Nia is one of the few people who comes off looking good:

Navid Keshavarz-Nia, those who worked with him said, “was always the smartest person in the room.” In doing cybersecurity and technical counterintelligence work for the C.I.A., N.S.A. and F.B.I., he had spent decades connecting top-secret dots. After several months of working with Mr. Courtney, he began connecting those dots too. He did not like where they led.

Not only does Dr. Kershavarz-Nia have an innate intelligence, but he’s also got extraordinary academic and practical skills in cyber-fraud detection and analysis.

His qualifications include a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in various areas of electrical and computer engineering. In addition, “I have advanced trained from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), DHS office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) and Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT).”

Professionally, Dr. Kershavarz-Nia has spent his career as a cyber-security engineer.  “My experience,” he attests,” spans 35 years performing technical assessment, mathematical modeling, cyber-attack pattern analysis, and security intelligence[.]”  I will not belabor the point.  Take it as given that Dr. Kershavarz-Nia may know more about cyber-security than anyone else in America.

So what does the brilliant Dr. Kershavarz-Nia have to say?  This:

  1. Hammer and Scorecard is real, not a hoax (as Democrats allege), and both are used to manipulate election outcomes.
  2. Dominion, ES&S, Scytl, and Smartmatic are all vulnerable to fraud and vote manipulation — and the mainstream media reported on these vulnerabilities in the past.
  3. Dominion has been used in other countries to “forge election results.”
  4. Dominion’s corporate structure is deliberately confusing to hide relationships with Venezuela, China, and Cuba.
  5. Dominion machines are easily hackable.
  6. Dominion memory cards with cryptographic key access to the systems were stolen in 2019.

Although he had no access to the machines, Dr. Kershavarz-Nia has looked at available data about the election and the vote results.  Based on that information, he concluded:

  1. The counts in the disputed states (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia) show electronic manipulation.
  2. The simultaneous decision in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia to pretend to halt counting votes was unprecedented and demonstrated a coordinated effort to collude toward desired results.
  3. One to two percent of votes were forged in Biden’s favor.
  4. Optical scanners were set to accept unverified, un-validated ballots.
  5. The scanners failed to keep records for audits, an outcome that must have been deliberately programmed.
  6. The stolen cryptographic key, which applied to all voting systems, was used to alter vote counts.
  7. The favorable votes pouring in after hours for Biden could not be accounted for by a Democrat preference for mailed in ballots.  They demonstrated manipulation.  For example, in Pennsylvania, it was physically impossible to feed 400,000 ballots into the machines within 2–3 hours.
  8. Dominion used Chinese parts, and there’s reason to believe that China, Venezuela, Cuba interfered in the election.
  9. There was a Hammer and Scorecard cyber-attack that altered votes in the battleground states, and then forwarded the results to Scytl servers in Frankfurt, Germany, to avoid detection.
  10. The systems failed to produce any auditable results.

Based on the above findings, Dr. Keshavarz-Nia concluded with “high confidence that the election 2020 data were altered in all battleground states resulting in a [sic] hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for President Trump to be transferred [sic] to Vice President Biden.”

This is going to be tough evidence for Democrats to counter.  … With the New York Times touting Dr. Keshavarz-Nia’s brilliance and his ability to sniff out fraud, they’ll struggle to that he’s not a reliable expert.

From Dr. Keshavarz-Nia’s declaration:

4. The USIC has developed the Hammer and Scorecard tools, which were released by Wiki Leaks and independently confirmed by Lt. Gen Thomas McInerney (USAF, retired), Kirk Wiebe, former NSA official and Dennis Montgomery, former CIA analyst).

The Hammer and Scorecard capabilities are tradecrafts used by US intelligence analysts to conduct MITM attacks on foreign voting systems, including the Dominion Voting System (DVS) Democracy Suiteand Systems and Software (ES&S) voting machines without leaving an electronic fingerprint.

As such, these tools are used by nefarious operators to influence voting systems by covertly accessing DVS and altering the results in real-time and without leaving an electronic fingerprint. The DVS Democracy Suite Election Management System (EMS) consists of a set of applications that perform pre-voting and post-voting activities. …

17. I conclude with high confidence that the election 2020 data were altered in all battleground states resulting in a hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for President Trump to be transferred to Vice President Biden. These alterations were the result of systemic and widespread exploitable vulnerabilities in DVS, Scytl/SOE Software and Smartmatic systems that enabled operators to achieve the desired results. In my view, the evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. Pursuant to 28 U.S.S. 1746, I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

If you’re interested in the details, that declaration is well worth reading.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Kat. H

Former Overstock CEO Paying ‘Team Of Hackers And Cybersleuths’ To Prove Trump Won Election

Former Overstock CEO Paying ‘Team Of Hackers And Cybersleuths’ To Prove Trump Won Election, by Tyler Durden.

Patrick Byrne, former CEO of Overstock.com, says he’s funding a group of ‘hackers, cybersleuths, and other people with odd skills’ to prove that Democrats cheated in the 2020 election, and that President Trump rightfully won. …

The 57-year-old multimillionaire [said,] “It’s really going to make a great movie someday” …

Byrne says he’s been communicating with former Trump attorney Sidney Powell for weeks … Is Byrne’s ‘army’ Sidney Powell’s research team?

Why traditional masculine attributes still matter on the battlefield

Why traditional masculine attributes still matter on the battlefield, by Michael Walsh.

Heroism — the willingness to put your life on the line for family, tribe, duty, honor, country and God in the face of the greatest possible adversity — used to be considered one of the foremost masculine virtues.

Indeed, the history of western civilization from the ancient Greeks to the recent present has been the history of heroism as well: the last stands at Thermopylae, Masada, the Swiss Guard at the Vatican in 1527, the Alamo, Khartoum, and Stalingrad are still names to conjure with, learn from, and celebrate. …

Today, however, we live in a decidedly unheroic age, one in which the traditional masculine attributes of courage, physical strength, and moral fortitude have been disparaged by feminists and soy boys nearly into oblivion.

Dismissed as outdated and derided as “toxic,” masculinity and the martial virtues so vital to the maintenance of society and social order have been stuffed into the cultural closet in favor of wishful thinking, politically correct fantasy, and dangerous good intentions. It seems we’re too rational, too sophisticated, too civilized for definitive brutality anymore.

But are we? As I argue in my new book, “Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost,” the notion that a progressive “arc of history” has somehow made war obsolete and men superfluous goes against all the evidence of history.

As my study of more than a dozen notable last stands shows, the decision to fight to the end not only affects history, it changes it. The Spartans at Thermopylae stopped the Persians and gave birth to Western civilization. The Hungarians and Croats staved off the Ottoman Turks under Suleiman the Magnificent at Szigetvar in 1566 and halted militant Islam’s incursion into Europe. The “Texians” at the Alamo helped create the modern territorial United States. In each battle, the defenders died to the last man. …

Battles are won or lost most often by which side wanted victory more, even if they had to pay the ultimate price. “The human heart,” wrote Col. Ardant du Picq in his treatise, “Battle Studies” (1880), “is then the starting point in all matters pertaining to war.”

Wonder Woman fantasies aside, that heart is usually male. Men fight for women, both to woo and win them, and to protect them. They also fight for their children, both born and yet to be born. But most of all, when everything is on the line, they selflessly fight for their comrades in arms. From this grim reality come our notions of duty, honor and country.

Societies with heroism replace societies without. It’s existential. Don’t listen to the feminists and their soy boys.

Woke version:

The era of the great white male hero, even in the mode of great white rebel against his great white father, is so over and problematic. White guys must now be “allies”, which means standing at the back of the room silently until asked to go fetch coffee.

Australian Defense: Failure of leaders in punishing many for sins of the few

Australian Defense: Failure of leaders in punishing many for sins of the few, by Luke Gosling.

Among the recommendations was one that called for all personnel who served in the Special Operations Task Group from 2007-13, more than 3000, to be stripped of the Meritorious Unit Citation.

This recommendation, I believe, punishes the wrong people …

More than 30,000 Australians have served in Afghanistan. About 3000 of those served with the SOTG at some point between 2007 and 2013. Twenty-five soldiers are accused of committing crimes, less than 1 per cent of the SOTG. …

We’re now hearing stories about children in schoolyards being mocked because they have a parent in the ADF. I’ve heard from many unhappy veterans whose mental health is now more precarious having been “triggered” by these events and I’ve heard from mental health professionals who are seeing this surge.

“There were times in Afghanistan where the Afghan army were going to execute prisoners so we took them with us instead and saved their lives,” an SOTG veteran told me. “No one is talking about all the good stuff we did.”

As many have pointed out, governments were happy to keep sending the Special Air Service Regiment on repeated deployments to Afghanistan, in part due to their skill and the belief we’d lose fewer Australian lives than if conventional forces were deployed. This played a part in setting the conditions of colossal and cumulative pressure that undoubtedly had an impact. …

It’s wrong to strip the MUC from more than 3000 Australians, the overwhelming number of whom served with distinction. It’s wrong to strip it from whistleblowers who acted with immense bravery under pressure to expose what happened. It’s devastating to strip it from those mutilated by improvised explosive devices or killed in action and had nothing to do with these crimes. Their sacrifices should not be politicised, or denigrated.

Like the haranguing of Vietnam War veterans in the 1970s and 80s, we can already see a mental health toll that will grow if our national leaders don’t handle this with care. This is an opportunity to tell our service people we respect, appreciate and value the risks and losses they experience on our behalf. Let’s not hang them all out to dry when the going gets tough.

UPDATE: In the Guardian: Australia’s entire SAS regiment must be disbanded after Brereton report, expert says. Sure, any excuse will do for the woke.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Jenna Ellis shares a huge development for the Trump legal team, the Pennsylvania state legislature

Jenna Ellis shares a huge development for the Trump legal team, the Pennsylvania state legislature.

Newsmax:

Ellis began her appearance on ”Stinchfield” by announcing that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has announced it will introduce a resolution in both houses of the state legislature to reclaim its authority to appoint electors — a revelation previewed earlier in the day by state Sen. Doug Mastriano on ”War Room,” former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s video podcast.

Next stop, Arizona:

”We’re hopeful that Arizona will follow the same path that Pennsylvania has now spearheaded by going first, and by seeing that there is substantial and more than enough evidence that this election was irredeemably compromised,” Ellis said. ”And so, in Arizona, both the mayor (Rudy Giuliani) and myself will go to this hearing where legislators in Arizona will hear from witnesses in that state talking about the election official fraud that occurred in Arizona.

Breaking: Pennsylvania Judge Halts Certification

Breaking: Pennsylvania Judge Halts Certification. By Jim Hoft.

Late Friday night, Pennsylvania  time, Pennsylvania Judge Patricia A. McCullough ruled that the Pennsylvania preliminary election certification injunction was properly issued and should be upheld.

  • Pennsylvania was barred from taking any further steps to certify the results.
  • Issues raised found to be of “statewide and National concern.”
  • “Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed.”

Ruling here.

hat-tip Chris

First Domino To Fall Will Be Wisconsin

First Domino To Fall May Be Wisconsin, by Steve Turley.

Please excuse some hyperbole and sales talk in the first two minutes, but otherwise this is quite informative about developments in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia.

You wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media, but this election is far from over. The “Biden media complex” is staying mum on the hearings in Gettysburg, simply refusing to pass along what is happening. But that is where the action is. The Republicans in the legislature look like they might be about to send Republicans to the Electoral College from Pennsylvania.

So listen here for the news:

And also from Steve Turley, 3 hours later and also on Friday:

Remember, Al Gore didn’t concede to George Bush until December 13, 2000.

Trump Now Says Biden Will Have To ‘Prove’ His 80 Million Votes Weren’t Fraudulent Before Giving Up White House

Trump Now Says Biden Will Have To ‘Prove’ His 80 Million Votes Weren’t Fraudulent Before Giving Up White House. By Tyler Durden.

In a sharp reversal of earlier comments to reporters, President Trump on Friday said that he’ll only leave the White House if Biden can prove the election wasn’t fraudulent.

“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not fraudulently or illegally obtained,” tweeted Trump, adding “When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!” …

Trump declined to say if he’d attend Biden’s inauguration, as is the custom for an outgoing president. “I’ll be honest, I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say it yet,” he said, before adding that it’s “not right” that Biden has already started picking his cabinet.

Why the Media is So Anti-Trump: It’s just business

Why the Media is So Anti-Trump: It’s just business. By Jillian Scheinfeld, a lefty who is asking such good questions she might be about to bail on the left.

I, too, have been shocked at the refusal to acknowledge Trump’s wins, many of which were actually really progressive. Thanks to his economy, the base pay of the lower 25% of wage earners rose by 4.5%, which is unprecedented in recent history (certainly, nothing like this happened under Clinton or Obama). …

The media realized in 2015 that hating on Trump was really, really good for business. TV ratings for CNN and MSNBC went through the roof. With Google Analytics and social media, you know exactly what stories are getting clicks, and the anti-Trump stuff did so well it literally saved the New York Times, which was struggling for its existence.

This is why Trump’s name appears so often in the Times — every 250 words or so, even in places like the Food section. It’s because of the Times’ digital media business model. Like Facebook, the Times is selling its readers’ emotions to advertisers — literally. Look up “Project Feels.” The more the reader feels, the more likely they are to click on an ad. And just the name Trump makes affluent liberals see red.

In other words, digital media met an affluent liberal audience desperate to be told that the people they looked down on were evil racists and that we live in a white supremacy. So the New York Times, Vox, MSNBC, and CNN gave them what they wanted. And media companies went from being broke to making bank. ..

Why the elites hate Trump:

After decades of consensus between the two parties about a free market global economy that serves the top 20%, Trump represented the return of the repressed. And there’s nothing elites hate as much as having the masses impose their will.

So much of the hatred of Trump is about class. We in the upper classes hate his infantile vocabulary, his needless lies, his gross, undignified brawling, his ignorant conspiracy theorizing. …

It was about taste. Trump is gross. That spray tan, that hair, the golden toilet, the vainglorious pettiness: He didn’t fit with the vision upper class people have of a leader. But we in the media clothed our taste-based objection to Trump, which is of course a stand in for class, in terms of values: He’s anti-truth; he’s racist; he’s a Nazi.

That’s how you end up with an MSNBC host worth $25 million looking down her nose at a person without a college degree and sneering, “You voted for Trump? You racist!” and feeling like a hero. …

Covid inequality:

There’s a huge Covid class divide. The economy has not just bounded back for upper income Americans; it’s given them higher housing values and lower interest rates. Meanwhile, 12 million service industry workers are still out of work. Small businesses are struggling. The affluent see Covid as a health problem, while for the working class it’s about economic survival. And liberals are doing the same thing they did with Trump: Clothing their class privilege as science and facts and morality.

The politicians are even worse. Instead of coming up with a clean Covid bill, Democrats are now trying to pressure Biden into student loan forgiveness. Can you believe it? What kind of society thinks it’s ok to ask 12 million people who lost their jobs to Covid to foot the bill for the student loans of the top 40% of earners? Sure, maybe it will accidentally help someone in a food line who dropped out of college. But college-educated Americans are back at work. The Covid recession is over for them.

The culture wars are mainly a distraction from the real issue that the elites are desperate to avoid mentioning: class and growing economic inequality. (Where does money come from?)

Revolution of the Self

Revolution of the Self, by Carl Trueman, in an interview with Ramona Tausz.

What is the “anticulture”?

This is Rieff’s term for the world in which we now live. Typically, cultures are in the game of transmitting values from the past to the present. We now live at a time where those who typically perform this task — teachers, politicians, artists, etc. — are actively engaged in erasing or shattering the values of the past. Such a “culture” is, in Rieff’s opinion, an anticulture because of this reversed role of the officer class. And it is inherently unstable, given that negation is part of its very essence. …

Why did our society accept transgender ideology as dogma so quickly?

Because the basic underlying elements that make it plausible were already in place in Western culture: a priority on inner feelings relative to identity; a view of the body as instrumental to that identity, not fundamentally constitutive of it; and the priority of personal freedom and happiness as supreme goods. Add to this the fact that technology makes the distinction between the sexes both less significant in the workplace (by reducing the importance of physical strength) and offers medical and surgical ways of manipulating the body, and the moral and technical plausibility of the idea is in place. All that is needed is a high-profile, sympathetic media figure: Bruce Jenner. …

If you had to wager a guess: What will be the next frontier in the sexual revolution? 

Probably incest. If the moral value of sexual acts is not intrinsic but rests simply on the matter of consent (which is essentially the current legal position and cultural attitude), then there is really no reason to forbid a consensual relationship between a parent and an adult child or between two adult siblings….

Is there a figure you wish you could have addressed in the book but had to leave out?

Oscar Wilde. I mention him briefly, but he really merits a chapter to himself. A sexual rebel, a narcissist, a man whose life was simply one long public performance, he was a great harbinger of who we are today. I am already working on a shorter, popular study of the same issues, in which I will give him his due. I’m very tempted to pay my respects to the rock band Steppenwolf in the title of that chapter, because in an era dominated by sexual adventurism and life-as-performance social media, the normative person today is indeed “Born to be Wilde.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil