The uncivil war killing liberalism in the West: Political correctness triumphing over reality

The uncivil war killing liberalism in the West: Political correctness triumphing over reality, by Paul Kelly.

Many Western democracies have succumbed to the malaise, the US most disastrously, with Australia still conspicuous as a holdout. The malaise is the erosion of the political centre — the once great middle-class suburban stability, anchor of family life, aspiration and widely shared cultural norms. …

As the PC version moves further and further away from reality, it becomes harder and harder to be both politically correct and vaguely realistic. At some point you have to either throw in your lot with today’s political narrative, or you decide you’re going to stick with reality. Increasingly you have to choose one or the other, as they become more and more incompatible.

The ethic of liberalism as an idea that both honoured individual liberty and provided principles by which human beings of all races and creeds could live, work, trade and conduct politics short of war and civil unrest is being discredited.

When the political narrative insists certain groups are favored, or unreal policy objectives be pursued at all costs, trouble looms.

… liberalism means equality before the law regardless of race, equal access to healthcare and education on the principle of universalism. …

Not any more, as Paul notes. Unequal opportunities are required to achieve equal outcomes (because — and the PC mob deny this, but it’s true — groups are not statistically identical).

The essence of liberalism has been treating people as people regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, age and ethnicity. This idea is now being dismantled in both the US and Australia under the flawed notion of progressive social justice. …

The progressive mantra is that Western liberalism is immoral with its tolerance of colonialism, invasion, racism, inequality, climate cowardice, sexism and patriarchy. While Australians are pragmatic and responsive to sensible changes in the liberal status quo, progressivism demands a new moral order that unnerves and divides the community. It is about power. It sees every issue in terms of a victim class and an oppressor class. It is more interested in power than solutions. It demands people change their values to fit its moral impositions and it is disgusted by how liberalism has tolerated so many reactionary views.

The PC mob chooses the things you must believe (but which are not true) in such a way that the PC people (especially those near the top of the political pyramid) get power, good jobs, money, status, etc. Sheer coincidence, I’m sure.

Paul apparently doesn’t see the big picture and his part in betraying the liberal ideal.

Follow the line of politically correct lies that led to the riots in the US, and which are spilling over throughout the West:

  • Blank state theory, that all large groups of people (especially races) have the same statistical properties. The PC mob insist that distributions of intelligence, footspeed, etc are the same in all such groups. Only the most obvious differences such as height or skin color are conceded, because some realities are just too obvious for the gaslighters to deny.
  • Black-white IQ differences in the US are zero on average, according to the PC crowd. In reality, as evidenced by millions of tests over a century by the US military and by mountains of academic inquiries (it is the best studied question in all of social sciences), there is a large difference in the distributions. The black bell curve averages about a standard deviation lower than the white bell curve. PC denial of this evidence (while claiming “science”!) is particularly aggressive and ridiculous.
  • Over large groups, there are strong correlations of intelligence with doing better at school, better jobs, better incomes, less criminality, better health, and more stable family formation. (Though, on an individual level, intelligence is not a particularly strong predictor.)
  • Society in the US has bent over backwards since the 1960s to see to it that blacks and whites get equal chances. Due to affirmative action, chances are generally better for blacks.
  • The black group in the US does not do as well statistically as the white group on all those outcomes above that are correlate with intelligence. That part isn’t in dispute, only the reasons for it. The PC mob attribute black under-performance to “white privilege”. This is not due to anything specific that anyone can point to, because all the specific causes of racism have been erased or even reversed over the last five decades. The PC crew blames “white racism” for the statistical disparities between whites and blacks.
  • Because the PC crew have convinced most of the US of the existence of white privilege and that it is due to white racism, they are eager to agitate by any means possible for the correction of this “obvious evil”. It’s a moral outrage, of course it needs to be corrected! Any trigger, such as an incident of police brutality towards a black person, can start a riot and upheaval. (The statistics prove that police in the US treat all races about equally, but that’s not politically correct either.)
  • But the alleged reason for the riots does not exist, in reality. It is all based on the sequence of PC lies outlined above.

It’s a shame people like Paul Kelly didn’t use their platforms over the past few decades to insist on the truth. If the lies had been tackled early, at the first two bullet points above, this PC tragedy could have been easily stopped. Once you concede that first point, the rest follow.

By letting it fester, by conceding to one lie after another in order to keep the peace and still be “friends” with the PC crowd, Kelly and co. have allowed the current monstrosities to reign. How far does he think it is from cultural genocide to actual genocide? Can you think of another solution to white privilege? (Most Jews didn’t see it coming either, in 1930s Germany.)

hat-tip Stephen Neil

An Orgy of Anti-White Hatred Erupts on Social and Mainstream Media

An Orgy of Anti-White Hatred Erupts on Social and Mainstream Media, by Danusha Goska.

Folks who rarely take to Facebook stampeded to keyboards, stood tiptoe on virtual boxes, pounded their chests, and typed in all caps. Many rich, white, liberal (RWL) posters on social media joined, in a virtual sense, in the rioting and looting.

By the “rich” in “rich, white liberal” I don’t mean Jeff-Bezos-level money. I mean people who choose to live in mostly-white, bourgeois enclaves, people who have never lived in a majority-minority inner city, who have never been left exposed and vulnerable by an absent or hamstrung local police force, who have never had to take public transportation ten miles from their home to buy groceries, because, after the riots of the 1960s, all the local grocery stores packed up and left, whose school-age children can get summer jobs, because there are still local businesses, people who don’t have to pay extortionate rates for car and homeowner insurance. These are comfortable people who own, inherit, and bequeath property, and want to retain the rights they exercise under a capitalist system protected by the police and the military. …

Celebrities are virtue-signalling big time. One of many examples:

Billie Eilish reached to the depths of her accumulated 18-year-old pop singer wisdom and posted a lengthy, all-caps, obscenity-laced, anti-white rant. Whites are as stupid as “children,” whites are “motherf—ers.” Whites “are not in need. Are not in danger.” Rather, “Black people are killed just for being black.” “Why are white people given opportunities that people of other races aren’t? Society clearly thinks black lives don’t f—ing matter!” …

The meme that Brittany Spinks and thousands of others shared made clear: every time a black person dies, whiteness is responsible. Trayvon Martin, who was killed in a fight with George Zimmerman, a man whose very features announce African and Peruvian Native American ancestry, was a victim of whiteness. Though three black officers were charged in the death of Freddie Grey, Grey was a victim of whiteness. …

The Facebook meme listing a series of names doesn’t just insist that black people who are killed are always killed because of whiteness, regardless of the identity of their killer. It also insists that all black people who are killed are engaging in obviously non-threatening behavior at the time of their deaths. …

Another feature of the social media discussion of Floyd’s death was its religious fervor. The attitude was not, “Let’s present our set of facts and discuss till we reach a consensus.” Rather, anti-white rhetoric was laid down with the emotions and fanatical intransigence of religious dogma that must be upheld at any cost. Any discussion was dismissed, not as uninformed or unsupported, but rather as leprous — both disgusting and evil — and worthy only of communal stoning.

The RWLs gesticulating histrionically in this fashion were, as I knew in some cases, atheists who had abjured all religion, and indeed mocked religion. They were also people who often mocked expertise, authority, obedience, and conformity. Suddenly they were all popes, laying down dogma, demanding and exhibiting rigid conformity and announcing themselves as absolute authorities. Clearly, being a RWL was their religion, and any lack of deference to that religion was heresy, and set the heretic up not to be politely debated, but to be anathematized, bound and burned at the stake — or at the riot.

The terms “white privilege,” “white fragility” and “white supremacy” served as a shorthand to encapsulate the unique, inherent evil of whiteness. Anyone who rejected being told he or she had “white privilege” and was a subconscious “white supremacist” was objecting because he or she suffered from “white fragility.” To be white is to be tainted. The very word “white” was used to insult, denigrate, and self-flagellate. As it happens, the term “white privilege” was invented by a very wealthy white woman, a classic rich, white liberal, who has slim to no history of doing anything for black people or for black-white relations.

Doesn’t fit the narrative? Then it didn’t happen.

There’s another problem with conflating white identity with “white privilege” and criminality, as did Charles M. Blow and Apryl Williams. In response to Blow’s piece, I submitted this comment to the New York Times.

“Four of my white acquaintances, that I know of, have been raped by black men. One was young, naive, an Ivy League grad, and thin as a rail. She was teaching, as part of a volunteer program, in a bad neighborhood. The rapist broke in at night. The administrators of the program for which she volunteered were not supportive. One was, again, young, naive, and in love with African diaspora culture. She was raped by her mentor on campus. One was a child. Her wealthy parents were activists who supported the Black Panthers. The rape happened in her childhood home. Her parents were not supportive. One was a survivor of previous sexual assault. She became morbidly obese, and was trying to get her life back together by becoming physically fit. She was raped on a jogging track early in the morning. The police never found the rapist. I knew these women over the course of decades, in different towns and cities. One thing they all had in common — they discussed their rapes rarely, briefly, and in whispers, and they expected no sympathy. They knew the stereotypes of white women as Southern Belles who make false accusations that result in a lynching. This was not they, though. None were from the South. None were belles. They were victims of racist, misogynist, violent crimes.”

The New York Times declined to publish my comment. Empowered voices like Charles M. Blow and Apryl Williams silence real suffering, and distort national conversations. Influencer Billie Eilish who has, no doubt, struggled through famines and holocausts in her 18 years, insists to her influencees that whites have not suffered and that therefore whites must be silenced. She contributes to the silent shame felt by my friends who have survived politically incorrect rapes.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Shut down all police movies and TV shows. Now.

Shut down all police movies and TV shows. Now. By Alyssa Rosenberg, in the ever-PC Washington Post.

There’s something Hollywood can do to put its money where its social media posts are: immediately halt production on cop shows and movies and rethink the stories it tells about policing in America.

For a century, Hollywood has been collaborating with police departments

The result is an addiction to stories that portray police departments as more effective than they actually are; crime as more prevalent than it actually is; and police use of force as consistently justified. There are always gaps between reality and fiction, but given what policing in America has too often become, Hollywood’s version of it looks less like fantasy and more like complicity.

The move is on to defund police. Way to solve the non-existent problem of racial disparities in police brutality! No really what it’s about. If the PC crew control the mobs, unchecked by police, they get to rule everyone. With no police, thugs rule, so whoever controls the thugs is king.

Steve Sailer:

[Hollywood depits] criminals as vastly whiter than they actually are …

Specifically, they can’t make realistic big city cop shows because nobody wants to watch 60 minutes per week of Blacks Behaving Badly. Watching black knuckleheads screw up over and over and over is boring and depressing. That’s why TV writers make up fantasies about white criminal masterminds to bring to justice.

It’s all about power, so defund the police:

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Soccer superstar stuns China with call for ouster of Communist Party

Soccer superstar stuns China with call for ouster of Communist Party, by Gerry Shih.

Chinese sports stars usually express thanks and offer platitudes about their government – if they address politics and power at all.

Not Hao Haidong.

The retired soccer forward, the Chinese national team’s all-time top goal scorer and an idol in the 1990s and early 2000s, stunned his country this week after he called for the downfall of the ruling Communist Party and the formation of a new government.

In a highly unusual YouTube appearance as part of an apparent publicity campaign by the fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui, one of the Chinese government’s most reviled opponents, Hao read an 18-point manifesto for a vision of a “New Federal State of China.” Sitting for an accompanying hour-long interview alongside his wife, the badminton champion Ye Zhaoying, Hao launched into lengthy criticisms of the government’s handling of almost every domestically sensitive subject: Hong Kong, Tibet, the covid-19 pandemic.

This Communist Party should be kicked out of humanity,” Hao declared in the videos released Thursday, on the politically sensitive anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. …

But just like the communist-leaning PC crowd in the West, he was  soon denied a platform by the communist CPP in the East. No debate, just shut up.

By Thursday afternoon, Hao’s videos had caused a sensation in China even though they appeared on YouTube, a blocked platform. They seemed to confound Internet users and authorities alike. Was the entire episode fake? Should it be condemned or ignored? …

Titan, a leading state-run sports website, quickly issued a statement that said “Hao Haidong has made speech that subverts the government and harms national sovereignty and uses the coronavirus epidemic to smear the Chinese government and spread falsehoods about Hong Kong . . . we strongly condemn this behavior.”

Shortly after, the statement was edited to replace Hao’s name, which had become sensitive, with the Roman letter “H.” Hours after that, the statement was removed outright as the government opted erase all mention of the incident on the domestic Internet as if it never happened.

Hao’s Weibo social media account, which had close to 8 million followers, vanished. Hupu, a leading online hangout for Chinese sports fans, warned users against all discussion of Hao’s “harmful remarks.”

The warning, too, disappeared.

Within 24 hours, according to the Internet monitor, Hao’s name had become the most heavily censored term on Weibo – topping even “6-4,” the perennially censored reference to the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4, 1989.

On Friday, the government addressed the videos for the first time, dismissing Hao’s video as farce. “I don’t have any interest in commenting,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

Hao will need to get a blog, or maybe write articles for Ron Unz.

Kneeling will never be enough for the mob

Kneeling will never be enough for the mob, by Tucker Carlson. Tucker has been on fire lately, with easily the best understanding of this issue of the mass media commentators that I’ve seen. Highly recommended if you want to understand the riots, and understand the nasty turn in western politics. These riots are different from the race riots that have long been a feature of the US.

See especially from 5:12 to 6:12. The mob wants the total humiliation of its enemies — white people.

Based on a set of lies made up and promoted by the left in order to grab power. Anti-white racism is taking an increasingly concrete form.

The myth of systemic police racism in US

The myth of systemic police racism in US, by Heather MacDonald.

This charge of systemic police bias was wrong during the Obama years and remains so today. However sickening the video of Floyd’s arrest, it isn’t representative of the 375 million annual contacts that US police officers have with civilians. A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behaviour, not race, determine most police actions.

Police officers fatally shot 1004 people last year, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53 per cent of known homicide offenders in the US and commit about 60 per cent of robberies, though they are 13 per cent of the population.

The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites last year, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. … By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. …

The researchers found that the more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that a member of that group will be fatally shot by a police officer. There is “no significant evidence of anti-black disparity in the likelihood of being fatally shot by police”, they concluded. …

The false narrative of systemic police bias resulted in targeted killings of officers during the Obama presidency. The pattern may be repeating itself. Officers are being assaulted and shot at while they try to arrest gun suspects or respond to the growing riots. Police precincts and courthouses have been destroyed with impunity, which will encourage more civilisation-destroying violence.

The riots are based on leftist lies. Where will such anti-white lies lead? The history of the last century, of demonization of racial or cultural groups leading to genocide, is not encouraging.

Menacing Australian ABC playing with the fires of race resentment

Menacing Australian ABC playing with the fires of race resentment, by Andrew Bolt.

Race riots are destroying the US. Yet the ABC is now trying to import the toxic race politics that inspired this mayhem into Australia. …

“Australians need to turn their outrage at police brutality in the US to action in their own backyard,” preached the ABC’s Triple J. …

The ABC’s AM program promoted Floyd-inspired protests against our own alleged police brutality, and let an activist claim — unchallenged — that Aborigines were “unsafe” and “dying at the hands of police” because of “racism”.

[ABC’s Radio National Breakfast presenter Fran] Kelly pushed the same grievance: “Those race riots over in America have helped turn attention here at home to the 440 First Nations people who’ve died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody nearly 30 years ago.

“Too many First Australians are dying in custody … some of it by police behaviour.”

But Kelly was hyping an inflammatory myth. As that royal commission concluded: “Aboriginal people in custody do not die at a greater rate than non-Aboriginal people in custody.”

What’s more: “Commissioners did not find that the deaths were the product of deliberate violence or brutality by police or prison officers.”

Yet the ABC keeps promoting the “black deaths in custody” canard — while virtually ignoring the far greater number of black-on-black killings, like that of an 18-year-old mother in the Pilbara last month whose body was dumped in a wheelie bin. …

Australia had its own George Floyd moment in 2015, says the ABC:

As Kelly sold the story: “Dunghutti man David Dungay … uttered ‘I can’t breathe’ 12 times before he died in a Sydney prison hospital in 2015 after being restrained by guards. …

“Australia had its own George Floyd moment,” lectured ABC indigenous affairs correspondent Isabella Higgins on Tuesday, complaining: “No one has ever been charged for Dungay’s death.” …

Yes, Dungay died in Long Bay jail after being restrained and crying “I can’t breathe”. …

[But] Dungay had chronic schizophrenia and was acutely psychotic. He also had diabetes and was spotted by warders eating biscuits.

They told him to stop. He was a danger to himself — tests that day had shown his blood sugar was far too high.

Dungay refused and got agitated. Warders held him down so a nurse could sedate him.

He did say he couldn’t breathe, but from the video you can hear he shouted it, not gasped it. Most of the warders thought he was foxing.

He wasn’t. Tragically, he died, but the coroner ruled no one was to blame. Not only had the warders been trying to help, but Dungay hadn’t been suffocated. His heart gave out.

The coroner blamed his cardiac arrhythmia on “longstanding, poorly controlled type I diabetes, hyperglycaemia, prescription of antipsychotic medication … elevated body mass index, a degree of likely hypoxaemia caused by prone restraint, and extreme stress and agitation as a result of the events”.

How does stirring up race resentment help the ABC and its causes? Same as it helps the left in the the USA.

Woke Gladys Broke our Coronavirus Deal

Woke Gladys Broke our Coronavirus Deal, by Tim Blair.

In order to defeat the coronavirus, the people of NSW struck a deal with the Berejiklian Coalition government. It was a straightforward arrangement.

In exchange for the government doing its very best to increase medical preparedness and to otherwise do its utmost to contain the virus, the people of NSW would for a time surrender certain rights and liberties.

We gave up, in most cases, going to work. We gave up socialising. We gave up meeting friends and family, even over the long Easter break. [Etc. etc.] …

But imaginary racism in the USA!

But now the deal is broken. Gladys Berejiklian and her government have dashed all of the state’s sacrifices aside.

Yesterday, after so many people have given up so much to avoid breaching social distancing and isolation rules, the Berejiklian government announced that those rules, in certain select cases, simply won’t apply.

Faced with the prospect of thousands gathering in Sydney this weekend for US-imitating Black Lives Matter protests, Premier Gladys Berejiklian indicated that protesters would likely not be penalised at all.

This is despite public gatherings of more than ten people being explicitly banned under current restrictions.

“Protesting is an inherent right in our democracy,” the Premier said. But so is working. And going to school. And everything else we’ve surrendered.

“When you have a gathering of a certain number of people in close proximity indoors, that is the greatest risk to spreading the virus,” the Premier continued. So why were people previously hit with such heavy fines for being outdoors? …

Heavy hypocrisy:

Asked if it was fair that protests are allowed but large weddings and funerals are banned, [Police Minister David Elliott] had this to say:

“There’s a lot that’s unfair about what we’re going through at the moment. There’s no rule book, so we’ve got to draw a line somewhere.”

But there actually is a rule book, and it has a particular rule about public gatherings. David Elliott came up with it himself.

“The rules are clear and they apply to everyone,” Elliott said in March, reinforcing social distancing regulations.

“No one is above the law. If you decide to ignore a direction, you will be caught and you may find yourself slapped with a hefty fine.”

In just 71 days, the Police Minister has shifted from “the rules are clear and apply to everyone” to “there’s no rule book”. That’s quite an effort.

Such high handed hypocrisy would become less common if the media would return to reporting, instead of campaigning.

UPDATE: PM Scott Morrison urges Black Lives Matter protesters to stay home. On health grounds. Also, he’s not woke.

He says the health risks in gatherings of such large numbers “are real” and he does not want the hard work and “great sacrifices” made to be undone.

Coivd restrictions cause immigration to Australia to collapse

Coivd restrictions cause immigration to Australia to collapse, by Judith Sloan.

The international travel restrictions imposed since the beginning of February have severely curtailed the arrival here of anyone without permanent residence.

Net overseas migration (long-term arrivals over long-term departures), which hovered about 250,000 annually for more than a decade, is estimated to have collapsed about by 85 per cent. According to Scott Morrison, “we’re looking at net overseas migration falling to 34,000-odd”.

Judged by multiple surveys — Newspoll, the Lowy Poll, the Scanlon poll, Essential Research, the Australian Population Research Institute — this fall will be one outcome of the pandemic welcomed by most of us.

Sadly, it seems the federal government, which controls the migration program, is keen to resume high levels of migration as soon as possible. Migration has been about two-thirds of population growth and we have one of the highest rates of population growth among developed economies.

Industries that depends heavily on immigration — such as building and construction, and higher education — are hurting, but the rest of us rather like the slowdown.