Who Is Freer These Days?

Who Is Freer These Days? By the Z-Man.

Those old enough to remember the Cold War will recall, perhaps with some prompting, that the fight with the Soviets was as much a moral war as a political one. …

At the time, this was not a tough case to make. Americans could speak out against the government, while Russians had to suffer in silence. The West had elections and big public spats over policy. Debate in the East was always behind the dreary walls of the communist party. Most important, the West did not have political prisoners, while the East operated camps, even small cities, for their dissidents.

A generation later and the roles are not exactly reversed, but it is now possible to argue that Russians are freer than Americans.

  • Putin has his enemies jailed, but that’s now official policy in America.
  • In the case of Putin, he does not relish in the torment of his opponents. There is some hint of shame there. In America, members of the regime take pleasure in tormenting those who speak out against them.
  • Take, for example, the case of Alexey Navalny, the CIA-sponsored critic of Putin who is now in jail. He claims poor treatment at the hands of the government, but he is able to speak to the media about it. In contrast, there are an unknown number of people in jail right now over the January protests. One was beaten by guards to the point where he lost sight in one eye.
  • Unlike with Alexey Navalny, The New York Times and The Washington Post are not demanding Ronald Sandlin be set free. The great and the good are not calling him a political prisoner, despite the fact he is literally in jail for politics. The folks who tell us “democracy dies in darkness” are happy that Ronald Sandlin now lives in darkness at the hands of the state. The political prisoners being held by the Biden regime envy Alexey Navalny.
  • Russian citizens can walk up to the Kremlin and take pictures of it and themselves in front of it without fear of being shot by the army. Americans, on the other hand, will be sent to prison for daring such a radical act.

  • People protest in Moscow all the time. As long as they are peaceful, they are left alone. Protest is banned in Washington now.
  • A generation ago, there were few topics that were banned from the public square. Despite the Cold War, communists could openly declare themselves in favor of communism. Even Nazis could get a hearing. The ACLU defended their right to march through Jewish neighborhoods.
  • A generation ago, Jared Taylor could be invited onto a television show and get a reasonably fair hearing. Sam Francis spoke at American Renaissance and his speech was carried by C-SPAN. Peter Brimelow was a regular on TV chat shows, debating immigration. Today, Taylor and Brimelow are un-persons. Not only are they banned from the public square, no one is allowed to mention them in the media.
  • It is not just people getting proscribed. Whole topics are anathematized. Tucker Carlson brought up the fact that the ruling regime is outspoken in its desire to replace white people with nonwhites from abroad. The media is now demanding he be fired. … Soviet media were never so blatant in their opposition to free speech and open debate. …

A generation ago, Americans knew they would win the Cold War, because they were right about the moral depravity of communism. Such a system could not last. The Soviet system did collapse, because devoid of moral authority, the cost of maintaining it eventually exceeded the benefits of the system. By the end, no one could think of a reason to sacrifice for the system or the people running it.

Americans are quickly approaching the same decision. As long as the material benefits are not threatened, most are happy to remain in their cells. At some point, though, the number of people no longer able to tell the good guys from the bad guys, the white hats from the black hats, will reach a critical mass. The ruling regime is burning what is left of its moral authority to fuel its hold on power. When the tank runs dry, they will join the communists in the dustbin of history.

The west’s money system is fast approaching end days. Soon this will upset people’s perception of how wealthy they are, as the material benefits mostly disappear. Watch how fast everything changes.

Father who pulled his child from NYC’s $53K-a-year Brearley School – whose pupils include Chelsea Clinton’s daughter – slams its ‘woke-weaning’ agenda and says it’s ‘teaching kids what to think’

Father who pulled his child from NYC’s $53K-a-year Brearley School – whose pupils include Chelsea Clinton’s daughter – slams its ‘woke-weaning’ agenda and says it’s ‘teaching kids what to think’. By Adam Schrader.

Andrew Gutmann, 45, had announced in an April 13 letter … that he has chosen not to reenroll his daughter in the all-girls school where tuition is $54,000 yearly. …

Gutmann, who runs his family’s chemical business, told the New York Post on Saturday that he penned the 1,700-word letter he mailed to 650 different families because ‘someone had to speak out.’ …

‘Someone had to do it. Someone had to light the match. Everyone’s so afraid of cancel culture. We’re going to destroy the city, we’re going to destroy the country.’ …

Gutmann said he he refused to sign the school’s anti-racism pledge in October.

The concerned dad claimed that the school’s ‘once-rigorous curriculum’ completely changed after administrators ‘managed to sneak’ in an increased emphasis on race during the pandemic ‘when everyone was distracted,’ the New York Post reported.

‘I don’t know who’s really driving this and nobody does,’ he told the outlet.

Gutmann said the thing he resented the most about Brearly is that the school ‘has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think.’

From his letter to the 650 families of the students:

Dear Fellow Brearley Parents,

Our family recently made the decision not to reenroll our daughter at Brearley for the 2021-22 school year. …

It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. …

I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. …

I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country, and at our school. Systemic racism, properly understood, is segregated schools and separate lunch counters. It is the interning of Japanese and the exterminating of Jews. Systemic racism is unequivocally not a small number of isolated incidences over a period of decades. Ask any girl, of any race, if they have ever experienced insults from friends, have ever felt slighted by teachers or have ever suffered the occasional injustice from a school at which they have spent up to 13 years of their life, and you are bound to hear grievances, some petty, some not. We have not had systemic racism against Blacks in this country since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, a period of more than 50 years. To state otherwise is a flat-out misrepresentation of our country’s history and adds no understanding to any of today’s societal issues. If anything, longstanding and widespread policies such as affirmative action, point in precisely the opposite direction.

I object to a definition of systemic racism, apparently supported by Brearley, that any educational, professional, or societal outcome where Blacks are underrepresented is prima facie evidence of the aforementioned systemic racism, or of white supremacy and oppression. Facile and unsupported beliefs such as these are the polar opposite to the intellectual and scientific truth for which Brearley claims to stand. Furthermore, I call bulls** on Brearley’s oft-stated assertion that the school welcomes and encourages the truly difficult and uncomfortable conversations regarding race and the roots of racial discrepancies.

I object to the idea that Blacks are unable to succeed in this country without aid from government or from whites. Brearley, by adopting critical race theory, is advocating the abhorrent viewpoint that Blacks should forever be regarded as helpless victims, and are incapable of success regardless of their skills, talents, or hard work. What Brearley is teaching our children is precisely the true and correct definition of racism. …

l object to Brearley’s advocacy for groups and movements such as Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti family, heterophobic, anti-Asian and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country, nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests. …

I object to the censorship of books that have been taught for generations because they contain dated language potentially offensive to the thin-skinned and hypersensitive (something that has already happened in my daughter’s 4th grade class). I object to the lowering of standards for the admission of students and for the hiring of teachers. I object to the erosion of rigor in classwork and the escalation of grade inflation. …

Lastly, I object, with as strong a sentiment as possible, that Brearley has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think. I object that the school is now fostering an environment where our daughters, and our daughters’ teachers, are afraid to speak their minds in class for fear of “consequences.” I object that Brearley is trying to usurp the role of parents in teaching morality, and bullying parents to adopt that false morality at home. I object that Brearley is fostering a divisive community where families of different races, which until recently were part of the same community, are now segregated into two. …

Respectfully,

Andrew Gutmann

Thank you Andrew.

Just assert, do not justify or argue or present evidence. Then withdraw your services, and — above all — do not apologize.

They have been using that unreasonable, dismissive, and patronizing style to bully their way for decades. Until we do it back to them, they will keep right on doing it.

The elite Hollywood school where parents say white children are taught they are all racists: US youngsters face identity politics, literary classics are banned and they can’t say Mum or Dad

The elite Hollywood school where parents say white children are taught they are all racists: US youngsters face identity politics, literary classics are banned and they can’t say Mum or Dad. By Caroline Graham.

Harvard-Westlake is the school of choice for the children of Hollywood’s elite.

Lily Collins, the actress daughter of Phil Collins, went there, as did Lily Sheen, the daughter of actors Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen. Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Cybill Shepherd also sent their children to ‘HW’, as the school is affectionately known.

But in recent months, the £31,000-a-year institution has become a hotbed of controversy — the centre of what one parent, the mother of a teenage boy, described as ‘wokeness gone mad’. …

“… my son came home the other day and said he was ‘bad’ because he is white and that makes him racist and an oppressor. It’s nuts. I don’t want them teaching my son he’s a racist.” … a successful executive in the entertainment industry.

Get woke or no work?

There is even a new term for what is going on in this and many other schools in liberal Hollywood: woke weaning. That is to say that children are being groomed in wokeness.

This is, after all, ‘the new world we live in, where if you can’t speak the language of ‘woke’ you won’t get into the college you want or get the job you want,’ explained the mother, who did not want to be named.

Anti-white racism abounds:

‘There is a growing group of parents who are desperately unhappy with how things are going. But we talk in secret. I’d rather be called a murderer in Hollywood than a racist. OJ Simpson got off but if I was branded a racist I’d lose everything.’ …

Scores of Californian schools have now banned traditional ‘white’ texts such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Little Women in favour of literature with titles such as Stamped, Racism, Antiracism And You, and Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass. …

Physics classes no longer refer to Newton’s laws – instead they are called ‘the three fundamental laws of physics’.

A father at Harvard-Westlake said: ‘They say it’s because there is a need to acknowledge there’s more than just Newton in physics. But where does this craziness end?’

An executive at a major Hollywood studio … “… they are being fed a diet of Left-wing nonsense which isn’t preparing them for reality. It makes me wonder why I’m spending nearly $50,000 a year to have them indoctrinated against me?” …

Our children are being fed a constant diet of ‘America is bad, capitalism is bad’ and yet the school constantly taps us up for money.

How the world’s culture leaders of tomorrow are being trained.

Hollywood used to be so different:

US Congress opens debate on bill for slavery reparations

US Congress opens debate on bill for slavery reparations. By Michael Mathes.

A US congressional committee voted on Thursday AEST to advance to the whole House of Representatives a bill on federal slavery reparation payments to African Americans. …

The bill passed the House of Representatives judiciary committee with a vote of 25 to 17 along strict party lines, with no Republicans voting to bring the bill in front of the whole lower house. …

Republicans acknowledged the evils of slavery, but they nonetheless spoke out against the legislation ,,,, “I would very much caution against going down this road,” House Republican Chip Roy told the session.

“It takes us away from the important dream of judging people by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin.”

About four million Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the original colonies and the US between 1619 and 1865, a history that some representatives described on Wednesday as “the original sin” of the US.

The US is in full self-destruct mode.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Withdrawal from Afghanistan is a turning point

Withdrawal from Afghanistan is a turning point. By Aris Roussinos.

Now that the full weight of the Taliban’s wrath is directed solely at them, the Afghan security forces are suffering an utterly unsustainable casualty rate of 3,000 personnel a month. It’s unlikely in the extreme that their hold on even the country’s largest cities can long survive the American withdrawal. The Communist Afghan government forces managed to hold Kabul for three years after their Soviet backers finally pulled out in 1989 — whether or not the current Afghan National Army (or ANA) can outlast it is an open question.

So what was it all for? It’s reasonable to assume that the withdrawal from Afghanistan will be remembered as a turning point in history — fantasies of spreading liberal democratic governance at gunpoint in countries where it has never existed will be abandoned. …

It is painful, now, to remember the fashion for counterinsurgency or “COIN” doctrine in the 2000. This doctrine held the sincere belief that political legitimacy could be “borrowed” by embattled governments like that of Kabul through infrastructure and governance projects imposed on a restive population by foreign occupiers like ourselves.

Iraq and Afghanistan were military victories by the West, but the occupations were cultural failures brought about by arrogance and political fantasies. An ignorant western political class ignored  realities such as the cultural strengths of those societies, and why they are like they are. They didn’t understand them.

The western political class has multiple blind spots due to its ideological positions and fantasies on race, sex, IQ, religion etc — and blundered badly as a result. This withdrawal won’t correct those PC fantasies of course, but hopefully they will have learned to try persuasion instead of inflicting them on nations of deplorables by force of arms.

Workers desert Australian Labor Party over party’s obsession with ‘woke ideals’

Workers desert Australian Labor Party over party’s obsession with ‘woke ideals’. By Joe Hildebrand.

Private research commissioned by the NSW Electrical Trades Union — which was itself just taken over by the Left this week — has found a quarter of union members surveyed no longer vote Labor and a further 35 per cent reported decreasing support for the party. …

Almost one in five said the Liberal party better represented working people.

The document … confirms what many in the party have been quietly warning about for years — that among blue-collar voters Labor is perceived as elitist and out of touch, pandering to inner-city interests that drive their traditional base away. …

The workers wanted Labor to fight harder for their workplace rights — better wages, job security, quality control and the right to strike — but even more so to fight for their jobs instead of arguing about climate change and other ideological preoccupations.

One participant said, “I feel betrayed or cheated by the Labor Party. They’ve made a big push for carbon neutrality, catering to leftists in inner city Melbourne or Sydney. F**k you, we’ll vote Pauline Hanson or Clive Palmer.” …

The research found Labor MPs were seen to be a different class of person to the workers interviewed. “It’s like talking to aliens,” one said. They “meet at flash inner city pubs, not in Port Kembla”, are “not from the shop floor”, are “white-collar, university-educated yuppies” and “don’t believe in the same stuff I do … they’re diametrically opposed”.

Labor was also seen as being at odds with people of faith.

“I’m a Christian … I agree with them on the working conditions stuff, but disagree with the identity politics stuff,” one participant said.

Workers also felt it was bad politics for Labor to be “dragged” into “all the culture war s**t”.

I’m wearing my not-very-surprised face. The left everywhere in the West is becoming the party of the rich and those with financial connections to big government (often the same thing). The deplorables, the poor, the realists, and the less educated are all being increasingly excluded from politics, on the  excuse that we are morally deficient for not being up on the latest woke trends in “race”, “sex”, etc.

2021: Revolutionary USA

2021: Revolutionary USA. By Glenn Reynolds. Recently many large corporations interfered in politics in the US state of Georgia, threatening the state with economic harm if it passed a voter-integrity law. Polls show Americans are more than 2-1 in favor of such laws.

A cynic would say Georgia is a crucial red state the Democrats managed — barely — to flip blue in 2020 by adopting unorthodox voting measures and the mega-corporations who’ve thrown their lot in with the Democratic Party want to make sure Democrats hold it in 2024. They’d like to ensure similar measures apply across America because they make it easier for Democratic voters — living and dead — to cast votes without identification and without even showing up at the polls, producing a structural advantage for Democrats.

As always, this is defended in the name of racial equality. But as usual, that’s just a smokescreen for power.

Don’t ask me, listen to what lefty independent journalist Glenn Greenwald has to say: Big corporations, he writes, are “now deploying woke ideology the way intelligence agencies do: as a disguise.” They run sweatshops and depend on slave labor abroad — many playing footsie with the Chinese government, which is committing genocide against its Uighur population even as many are subjected to forced labor — but they talk “social justice” at home because it helps distract people.

And their interference with politics is dangerous, Greenwald notes: “When giant corporations use their unparalleled economic power to override that process — by forcing state and local governments to rescind or reject laws they would otherwise support due to fear of corporate punishment — then the system, by definition, far more resembles an oligarchy than a democracy.”

Well, oligarchy’s their goal, pretty much. And the tech media are their handmaidens, censoring (truthful) stories from this paper on Hunter Biden’s laptop, the possible lab origins of the Wuhan coronavirus and, most recently, the multiple mansion purchases by Black Lives Matter co-founder (and avowed Marxist) Patrisse Khan-Cullors, which Facebook blocked on spurious “privacy” grounds.

With the news media having become a leftist monoculture and with tech companies censoring “hate speech” — i.e., speech that cuts against their preferred narrative — the voting booth is one of the few outlets the public has to advance its interests and beliefs. The goal of the Democratic Party, and its allied corporations, is to dilute the power of the voting booth so that it no longer poses a threat to their ambitions.

They do this, as always, by pretending the general population forms a reservoir of bigotry that must be controlled and suppressed. Thus, anything that advances their goals of suppressing the opposition is described as some form of “anti-racism.”

Yet as polls show, American voters don’t think voter ID is wrong or discriminatory. The goal of these CEOs is to make sure that what American voters think doesn’t matter. …

What can we do?

Boycotts are fine, but the people running these corporations care more about the opinion of their social peers than about the fortunes of their companies. But they do care about their own quality of life.

The left would make it personal: Go after them on social media. Write letters to the editor. Show up at shareholder meetings and make a scene. Get friendly legislators to investigate their companies’ actions. The tiniest bit of personal discomfort affects these people more than millions of dollars taken from their companies’ bottom lines.

Leftists have known this for years. Will the right take a lesson from them?

Media Commits To Creating 25% More Racism In 2021

Media Commits To Creating 25% More Racism In 2021. By the Babylon Bee.

“Racism is our lifeblood, it’s what we live to talk about every single day,” said CNN President Jeff Zucker. “We work diligently to find it everywhere we can — and when we can’t find it, we must create it. This year, we are redoubling our efforts to bathe the American public in racial resentment until everyone is living in despair and agrees how terrible our country is!”

“It’s an important service we provide for the people,” he continued.

Major media companies such as ABC, NBC, and CBS confirmed they will be cooperating to ensure every news story and piece of entertainment is selectively chosen and edited to hide the truth, skew reality, and tell a narrative of racism and discrimination.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said one NBC producer.

Sources confirmed that once racism has successfully caused the dismantling of America’s legal system, they will move on to climate change to dismantle America’s economic system.

This is their excuse for stealing your vote. They felt morally obliged to replace democracy with oligarchy. They gotta take charge because they are better than us.

Study: Regular exercise shielded COVID-19 patients from hospitalization, death

Study: Regular exercise shielded COVID-19 patients from hospitalization, death. By Paul Sisson.

Kaiser members who reported that they were regularly engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-strenuous exercise per week — essentially a brisk walk or better — when they were diagnosed with COVID-19 had significantly lower odds of hospitalization, intensive care unit admission and death than those who estimated their weekly efforts at 10 minutes or less.

Researchers found that the risk of hospitalization for those with low activity levels was more than twice as high as for those who got moving for at least 2.5 hours every week. Low activity levels also correlated with death rates that were about 2.5 times higher than they were for those with high activity levels.

Consistent physical inactivity was found to be a more severe risk factor than pre-existing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and high blood pressure among the group of patients studied. Only having had a previous organ transplant or pregnancy at the time of infection correlated with greater odds of COVID-related hospital admission. …

Exercise works, but is ignored:

“Physical activity is one of the most powerful producers of health that exists, and yet it’s basically ignored in most medical care,” [Dr. James Sallis] said.

For years the empirical evidence has been growing stronger in cancer, for example. Cancer patients with seven main types of disease have been shown to have measurably-better outcomes if they keep exercising during their course of illness. …

There is plenty of research that shows that compounds critical to immune system function, and to inflammation reduction, are produced by the body’s muscles. …

Lockdowns prevented exercise:

He said that though he and his colleagues urged that a call for maintaining as much exercise as possible be a major part of the pandemic message alongside pleas for hand washing and mask wearing, that urging generally fell upon deaf ears. …

“We feel like our concerns about physical activity were not being prioritized during the pandemic, when the message was generally to stay home,” Sallis said.