Be a Man

Be a Man, by Spencer Klavan.

In the late 500s BC, the military dictator Aristodemus took over the Greek colony of Cumae. He slaughtered his enemies en masse and undertook to ensure that no Cumaean man would ever be more than his slave.

Here is how he did it, according to the essayist Dionysius of Halicarnassus. “To ensure that no noble or manly aspiration would arise in any of the citizens, he decided to feminize every young man by means of his upbringing in the city’s schools.”

Aristodemus had the boys of Cumae wear long hair and embroidered gowns; he made them listen to soft music and keep out of the sun; he starved them of adult male guidance. This was so none of them would ever grow up strong enough to stand against him (Roman Antiquities 7.9).

Don’t want real men challenging your rule, eh global elitists?

21st century culture war:

What a paranoid and oppressive autocrat did to the sons of his subjugated people, American mental health professionals now propose we do to ourselves. …

Professional ideologues … are making their best efforts to train biological males out of their natural impulses toward strength, endurance, physical courage, and emotional self-control. …

What conservatives typically emphasize in response is that biological sex does matter, that men’s yearnings to be manly are indeed authentic and spontaneous. This is entirely true. But it misses something, something that Aristodemus knew: there is also a part of gender which is learned and taught. We experience certain natural ambitions, but then we build societies and traditions which honor and channel those ambitions. Most boys are born with an interest in fighting and competing, but no boy is born knowing how to play football or hold a gun. We school one another, generation to generation, in the ways of manhood.

Therefore if you train impressionable boys to disassociate themselves from their sex, they will indeed lose the sense of grounding and orientation that comes with proper instruction — they will indeed become “feminized” like the children of Cumae.

That is why the efforts to degender our society are often focused on children. …

There is nothing harmful in exhorting a boy to “be a man.” If he is not yet — and no boy is — he will be told by activists and perhaps his teachers that he does not need to be. But the longings of his heart will tell him that he should, that he can. It is the business of gender theory to extinguish those longings. It should be our business to defend them at all costs.

hat-tip Mark

Why are Andrew Bolt’s Antifa Attackers still Unpunished?

Why are Andrew Bolt’s Antifa Attackers still Unpunished? By Lucas Rosas.

It is now two and a half years since Australia’s most prominent conservative journalist Andrew Bolt was attacked in the street by masked Antifa thugs. Despite the entire incident being captured by two separate cameras the assailants who squirted chemicals in the elderly columnist’s eyes (before coming off second best in the ensuring brawl) remain unidentified. …

This lack of identification is despite the fact that the cameraman who (despite his denials) clearly came along with the attackers was identified shortly afterwards as Nathan Coote. Mr Coote told the Age newspaper that he had nothing to do with the “protesters” and had just magically happened to be there at the time. This is despite Mr Coote’s Instagram showing him photographing black masked anarchists and attending numerous rallies organised by the extreme left.  …

I don’t think any reasonable person can believe Coote’s protestations of innocence. I believe that Nathan Coote went along with some friends to film what they all assumed would be the public humiliation of a man for the crime of disagreeing with them politically. Yet there has been no follow up. No witch hunt. No prosecution. No arrest. It’s unclear if Mr Coote was even interviewed by police despite telling his extremely dodgy story to a major newspaper.

And of course, to state the bleeding obvious:

If noted left wing journalist David Marr had been attacked in the street by masked thugs two years ago and the police had not even made the slightest attempt to find his attackers I’m pretty certain the uproar, outrage and gnashing of teeth from the establishment would be deafening. …

Those same journalists would probably have laughed after Bolt was attacked. After all he’s not one of them. He’s not one of the special people with the correct opinions. Those outside the cathedral of the left don’t really seem human to those inside; and far left violence against almost anyone in Victoria rarely if ever gets punished. …

Contrast:

A few months after the Bolt assault in October 2015 right wing activist Blair Cottrell was a part of a peaceful political protest involving a mock beheading as part of an ongoing campaign against the proposed Bendigo mosque. The state of Victoria has spent millions of dollars prosecuting the case and during the appeals process this week assigned over half a dozen lawyers to defend the conviction. Millions of dollars of effort to defend a $2000 fine. …

It’s not a matter of resources. It’s a matter of politics.

Political thuggery by the left while the deep state looks the other way.

Everyone Is Smart, Except Donald Trump

Everyone Is Smart, Except Donald Trump, by Rabbi Dov Fischer.

Putin is a bad guy. A really bad guy. He is better than Lenin. Better than Stalin, Khrushchev, Kosygin, Brezhnev, Pol Pot, Mao. But he is a really bad guy.

Here’s the thing: Putin is a dictator. He answers to no one. He does whatever he wants. If there arises an opponent, that guy dies. Maybe the opponent gets poked with a poisoned umbrella. Maybe he gets shot on the street. … But, one way or another, the opponent dies.

Trump knows this about Putin. And here is what that means: If you insult Putin in public, like by telling the news media just before or after meeting with him that he is the Butcher of Crimea, and he messed with our elections and is an overall jerk — then you will get nothing behind closed doors from Putin. Putin will decide “To heck with you, and to heck with the relationship we just forged.” Putin will get even, will take intense personal revenge, even if it is bad for Russia — even if it is bad for Putin. Because there are no institutional reins on him.

But if you go in public and tell everyone that Putin is a nice guy (y’know, just like Kim Jong Un) and that Putin intensely maintains that he did not mess with elections — not sweet little Putey Wutey (even though he apparently did) — then you next can maintain the momentum established beforehand in the private room. You can proceed to remind Putin what you told him privately: that this garbage has to stop —or else. That if he messes in Syria, we will do “X.” If he messes with our Iran boycott, we will do “Y.” We will generate so much oil from hydraulic fracturing and from ANWR and from all our sources that we will glut the market — if not tomorrow, then a year from now. We will send even more lethal offensive military weapons to Ukraine. We can restore the promised shield to Eastern Europe that Obama withdrew. And even if we cannot mess with Russian elections (because they have no elections), they do have computers — and, so help us, we will mess with their technology in a way they cannot imagine. …

That is why Trump talks about him that way. And that is the only possible way to do it when negotiating with a tyrant who has no checks and balances on him. If you embarrass the tyrant publicly, then the tyrant never will make concessions because he will fear that people will say he was intimidated and backed down. And that he never will do. Meanwhile, Trump has expelled 60 Russians from America, reversed Obama policy and sent lethal weapons to Ukraine, and is pressing Germany severely on its pipeline project with Russia.

Trump has achieved an awful lot more than this leftist critics:

At the end of the day, Donald Trump is over seventy years old. He has made many mistakes in his life. He still makes some. He is human. But Trump likewise has spent three score and a dozen years learning. He has seen some of his businesses go bankrupt, and he has learned from those experiences to be a billionaire and not let it happen again. No doubt that he has been fooled, outsmarted in years past. And he has learned from life.

Trump is a tough and smart negotiator. He sizes up his opponent, and he knows that the approach that works best for one is not the same as for another. It does not matter what he says publicly about his negotiating opponent. What matters is what results months later.

In his first eighteen months in Washington, this man has turned around the American economy, brought us near full employment, reduced the welfare and food stamp lines, wiped out ISIS in Raqqa, moved America’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem, successfully has launched massive deregulation of the economy, has opened oil exploration in ANWR, is rebuilding the military massively, has walked out of the useless Paris Climate Accords that were negotiated by America’s amateurs who always get snookered, canned the disastrous Iran Deal, exited the bogus United Nations Human Rights Council. He convinced Canada and Mexico that he would walk out of NAFTA if they didn’t negotiate a new and fair trade agreement (they did), and he has the Europeans convinced he would walk out of NATO if they don’t stop being the cheap and lazy parasitic penny-pinchers they are

He has slashed income taxes, expanded legal protections for college students falsely accused of crimes, has taken real steps to protect religious freedoms and liberties promised in the First Amendment, boldly has taken on the Lyme-disease-quality of a legislative mess that he inherited from Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama on immigration, and has appointed a steady line of remarkably brilliant conservative federal judges to sit on the district courts, the circuit appellate courts, and the Supreme Court.

What has Anderson Cooper achieved during that period? Jim Acosta or the editorial staffs of the New York Times and Washington Post? They have not even found the courage and strength to stand up to the coworkers and celebrities within their orbits who abuse sexually or psychologically or emotionally. They have no accomplishments to compare to his. Just their effete opinions, all echoing each other, all echoing, echoing, echoing. They gave us eight years of Nobel Peace Laureate Obama negotiating with the ISIS JV team, calming the rise of the oceans, and healing the planet.

Great dose of common sense there. Read it all.

No wall though.

hat-tip Stephen Harper

Trump vs. the ‘Policy Community’

Trump vs. the ‘Policy Community’, by Andrew McCarthy.

We resolve policy disputes by elections, not impeachments.

When it comes to Russia, I am with what Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman calls the American “policy community.” Vindman, of course, is one of the House Democrats’ star impeachment witnesses. His haughtiness in proclaiming the policy community and his membership in it grates, throughout his 340-page House deposition transcript.

I couldn’t agree more, though, with our experts’ apparent consensus that Moscow is bad, should be challenged on various fronts, and would best be seen as the incorrigible rival it is, not the potential strategic partner some wish it to be — the “some” here known to include the president. Ukraine, for all its deep flaws, is valuable to us as a check on Russia’s aggression, another conclusion about which the president is skeptical.

That is, on the critical matter of America’s interests in the Russia/Ukraine dynamic, I think the policy community is right, and President Trump is wrong. …

But you see, much like the policy community, I am not president. Donald Trump is.

And that’s where the policy community and I part company. It is the president, not the bureaucracy, who was elected by the American people. That puts him — not the National Security Council, the State Department, the intelligence community, the military, and their assorted subject-matter experts — in charge of making policy. If we’re to remain a constitutional republic, that’s how it has to stay. …

By contrast, Hillary Clinton ran as the seasoned foreign-relations pro, the very embodiment of the policy community. She was going to be tough on Russia, work in unison with our European allies, and champion multilateralism. … The 2016 election presented the nation with an unusually clear choice between different directions.

And the American people chose Donald Trump. …

The government’s policy community has gotten so political, it has forgotten that its mission is to implement the president’s policies, not undermine them. … Bureaucrats are not free to substitute their judgments for the president’s. If they can’t accept that, the honorable thing is to resign, à la Bolton and Mattis. Remaining in place to countermand the elected chief executive is not an option.

We’ve moved way beyond that, though. Democrats are now scheming with fellow progressives in the policy community to achieve their three-year longing to impeach President Trump. …

Never forget: The coup is driven by policy differences.

The Left will tell you it’s not — it’s driven by lawlessness. But the Left treats all disagreement with its policy preferences as lawlessness. And when it can’t pull that off, it slanders the dissenters as outlaws. That’s how, with a Supreme Court slot on the line, a widely admired jurist with a peerless record of mentoring his law clerks, mostly women, into high professional achievements somehow becomes a serial rapist.

We don’t have to agree with the president in order to agree that he is president. We can fight against his policies when they are wrongheaded, but we can’t fight against his authority to make policy. That fight is what elections are for . . . not impeachments. Otherwise, American self-government — the accountability of the policy maker to the voters whose lives are affected — collapses.

Well said.

Israeli politics seems crazy because it is run by its deep state gone rogue

Israeli politics seems crazy because it is run by its deep state gone rogue, by John Hinderaker at a conservative conference in the US.

For me, the most eye-opening presentation was Caroline Glick’s. In recent years, I have been puzzled by Israeli politics, with its endless accusations of “corruption” and seeming inability to maintain a functioning government.

Caroline explained it all: Israel is in the hands of its own Deep State. Unelected bureaucrats, led by a rogue Supreme Court that is not restricted to deciding actual cases, as in the U.S., but can issue orders more or less willy-nilly and somehow has gotten the power to name its own successors, dominate over the country’s elected officials.

What is happening is Israel, which seemingly can be countered only by mass political action, should be a warning to Americans as well as Europeans.

How social justice killed Star Wars

How social justice killed Star Wars, by Bill Whittle

Who knew that the Achilles heel of PC fantasies was that they are just too boring? Not real, so not credible enough to be entertaining.

Amazing. Check out the story Bill tells at 21:18. Found this:

Han Solo shoots first killing Greedo Original. This is the original scene where Han Solo shoots first and Greedo doesn’t even shoot…. because he’s dead. It was meant to be the ultimate badass entrance showing Hans true character, there is several shots of him pulling out the gun meaning he was meaning to do it and it was not self defense. In the remake how does Greedo even miss from directly in front of Han anyway. Also, in the remake Han’s head jerks very quickly and impossibly to the right. This is the original, the way it should have stayed.

via Australian Skeptic

TERMINATOR: the GREAT REPLACEMENT — One More Franchise Gets Woke, Goes Broke

TERMINATOR: the GREAT REPLACEMENT — One More Franchise Gets Woke, Goes Broke. By Paul Kersey.

Producer James Cameron and director Tim Miller have, in the latest Terminator epic Terminator: Dark Fate, taken another billion dollar entertainment franchise and driven it into the ground in the name of Social Justice, Hollywood-Style. Here’s how it happened. …

The message of the first two Terminator films is in a line from Judgement Day, sequel to the 1984 original: “There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” …

Unfortunately, the latest installment of the franchise delivers a less optimistic message: You, white man, are doomed. Indeed, Terminator: Dark Fate might well be called Terminator: The Great Replacement.

The Marvel superhero films have been pushing that message as well, and now the latest Terminator adds its voice. Dark Fate, a direct sequel to James Cameron’s ground-breaking Judgement Day in 1991, literally pretends that the events in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys never occurred. What viewers get instead is a myth more in tune with our anti-white, anti-male present

That message still doesn’t work well. Empty theaters and $29 million in receipts greeted the new Terminator’s in its opening weekend. Losses for 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media might exceed $130 million …

My advice: Avoid this bomb, which one would hope kills the franchise before it gets any more preachy and ridiculous. For the record, the first two films and Rise of the Machines are an underrated trilogy. …

Replacement message: White John Connor becomes Mexican Dani Ramos; Schwarzenegger’s white T800 becomes an nearly androgynous white woman. On that note, by the way, Slate.com’s Christina Cauterucci [Tweet her] enthusiastically reported that “when photos from the set of Terminator: Dark Fate showed Mackenzie Davis sporting a fashion bowl cut, grimy tank top, and massive deltoids, lesbian Twitter lost its mind” …

“From the get-go,” one reviewer noted, “this new film is all about diversity: Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor gets to say ‘I’ll be back’; there’s a new politicized trans-human lady Terminator, plus a Latina hero and her Latino Terminator nemesis” …

If white men are responsible for all the world’s evils, John Connor certainly can’t be mankind’s hero. So Terminator Dark Fate savagely murders him.

Anyway, the message in the removal of John Connor and his replacement by a Hispanic woman isn’t what one would call subtle. We’re supposed to hear it, loud and clear. …

If you believe Miller isn’t making “any overt political stances,” I have a bridge over the Rio Grande to sell you.

More incredible (literally) PC teachy mush. Not entertaining.

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Review: Exhilarating, Touching, Only-In-America Story

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Review: Exhilarating, Touching, Only-In-America Story, by John Nolte.

After stepping out of my Charlie’s Angels (2019) screening, where I was the only person in the theater, one of the ushers asked me how I liked it. “Dreadful,” I replied, while purchasing my Ford v Ferrari admission. “Hopefully this one features men acting like men as they burn fossil fuels, throw punches, and stick it to the French.”

FVF is even better than I had hoped, better than its mostly glowing reviews. So much better.

The racing scenes are fantastic and feature almost no CGI. Matt Damon and Christian Bale are as appealing as they have been. And while the French do get it stuck to (as does Ferrari), there’s also an entertaining and important streak of anti-corporatism that drives the movie’s theme and plot. This is not so much Ford v Ferrari as much as it’s Two Individualists v Ford’s Corporate Suits. …

This is also the rare, big-budget Hollywood movie that focuses on the importance of fathers, that depicts two masculine men who are stoic rather than confessional, who prefer to communicate with a punch over a rap session, who drive fast and burn fossil fuels… Who do all this without apology, without a bossy harridan demeaning them about their “toy cars” and how it relates to penis size.

There is nothing pretentious about FVF, no buzzkills, no woke, no lectures, no puffed up sense of self-importance. Which doesn’t mean Mangold doesn’t have a message. Of course he does, and it’s a vital message told through character and theme about being your own man, about not getting chewed up in the corporate collective, about sons and fathers and husbands and wives and friends and chasing the impossible…

Real, and therefore credible. And oh so entertaining.

hat-tip Charles

How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results

How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results, by Kirsten Grind.

Every minute, an estimated 3.8 million queries are typed into Google, prompting its algorithms to spit out results for hotel rates or breast-cancer treatments or the latest news about President Trump.

They are arguably the most powerful lines of computer code in the global economy, controlling how much of the world accesses information found on the internet, and the starting point for billions of dollars of commerce.

Twenty years ago, Google founders began building a goliath on the premise that its search algorithms could do a better job combing the web for useful information than humans. Google executives have said repeatedly — in private meetings with outside groups and in congressional testimony — that the algorithms are objective and essentially autonomous, unsullied by human biases or business considerations….

Google went over to the dark side:

Over time, Google has increasingly re-engineered and interfered with search results to a far greater degree than the company and its executives have acknowledged, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

Those actions often come in response to pressure from businesses, outside interest groups and governments around the world. They have increased sharply since the 2016 election and the rise of online misinformation, the Journal found. …

Google’s evolving approach marks a shift from its founding philosophy of “organizing the world’s information,” to one that is far more active in deciding how that information should appear.

More than 100 interviews and the Journal’s own testing of Google’s search results reveal:

  • Google made algorithmic changes to its search results that favor big businesses over smaller ones
  • Google engineers regularly make behind-the-scenes adjustments to other information the company is increasingly layering on top of its basic search results. These features include auto-complete suggestions, boxes called “knowledge panels” and “featured snippets,” and news results, which aren’t subject to the same company policies limiting what engineers can remove or change.
  • Despite publicly denying doing so, Google keeps blacklists to remove certain sites or prevent others from surfacing in certain types of results. These moves are separate from those that block sites as required by U.S. or foreign law, such as those featuring child abuse or with copyright infringement, and from changes designed to demote spam sites, which attempt to game the system to appear higher in results. …
  • To evaluate its search results, Google employs thousands of low-paid contractors whose purpose the company says is to assess the quality of the algorithms’ rankings. Even so, contractors said Google gave feedback to these workers to convey what it considered to be the correct ranking of results, and they revised their assessments accordingly, according to contractors interviewed by the Journal. The contractors’ collective evaluations are then used to adjust algorithms.

Google down-ranked climate skeptics websites from about 2011. When it becomes well known that there is an error in all the climate models that was there right from their inception, that the carbon dioxide theory of global warming is a result of that error, and when the world cools again — what then Google? Google will have caused a great deal of harm to the world by shielding people from evidence that the theory was wrong, so they are culpable. The world will not be pleased at having been tricked and misled.

hat-tip Chris

PC and the Great Realignment in Australia

PC and the Great Realignment in Australia. By Paul Collits.

The new ruling class … occupy commanding heights in all the major parties in Australia and cognate jurisdictions. These are Anywheres who are globalists and who accept, indeed, champion, progressive pieties on sex, climate change, supranational governance, hyper tech-led innovation, philosophical relativism, mass migration, multiculturalism and the essential goodness of permanent social and cultural revolution. Think Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the mass media, academia….

The Somewheres are patriots who cherish virtue and tradition. Some even go to church more than twice a year. Some are white people. Some are — gasp again — men. In the US, they would be Trumpers who drove what Michael Anton has perceptively called the “Flight 93 election”, in the UK they would be “Leavers”. And to the Anywheres, they are deplorables — racists, white supremacists, xenophobes, homophobes, Islamophobes.

The Trump election and its equivalents elsewhere simply make a nonsense of the old ways of conceiving political divisions. Yet in Australia there is no natural home for Somewheres in either major party, each as it is now dominated by elitist, Anywhere thinking.

For models of the new political man, think no further than Malcolm Turnbull, Emmanuel Macron, Barack Obama or George Osborne. … They exude smugness from every pore.

The problem for the Somewheres is this thing called the Deep State, which actually runs our Western countries and has more power over us than elected politicians, and has well and truly captured the commanding heights of our elite institutions in education and the media. All of these groups form policy communities and networks and work together to keep the excluded, well, excluded.

Joblessness:

[Witness] the post 1970s phenomenon of jobless males, which has deprived a generation of men of their dignity — the dignity that comes from fulfilling and valued work. It has caused utter chaos in families and devastated communities, and can be cited plausibly as a remote cause of such pathologies as drugs, pornography addiction, domestic violence, fatherlessness, split families, suicide and much more besides. … It is a lead indicator of “kinship implosion”. …

Perhaps the crisis is “invisible” because ageing white males are now seen (certainly by Anywheres) as poor trash, a legacy category, endemically mysogynist and an international embarrassment generally in our Age of Woke. Ageing white males simply do not rate on the victim leader board.

Feminism:

The dramatic move by women into the workforce has achieved many things — increased family stress, increased family costs, increasing traffic congestion in peak hour in the cities, giving grandparents unwanted second careers and causing many of them to move house (!), the ratcheting up of the cost of housing such that now a whole generation is excluded from the property ladder, jobless men, a false sense of female achievement, the birth of a new career (child-carer), the smearing of stay-at-home mothers and their appalling treatment by policymakers, searing political correctness in the workplace …

Of all people, presidential aspirant Elizabeth Warren once wrote a book called The Two Income Trap (in 2004, with her daughter). The data-driven book argued that having two incomes, far from guaranteeing household financial security — let alone wellbeing — very nearly guaranteed the loss of financial security. Yet every family believes that, in order to survive economically, they must be two-income. This lie has been a huge and disastrous turning point in our culture. …

Mass immigration, an economic Ponzi scheme:

Australia [is utterly reliant] for economic growth on mass immigration … including the floods of student-visa holders transitioning to permanent residence as well as visa overstayers by the bucketload and “normal” migrants. The essence of the scam is that more people arriving and driving demand for goods and services (especially construction) is the only thing now sustaining demand. And the increased population of instant taxpayers (for those who get jobs or who pay student fees) provides governments with the means to fund their ever-growing and increasingly zany spending schemes. But, like any Ponzi scam, it cannot go on forever.

Bullshit jobs:

These are the jobs that can variously be defined as jobs the world would be better off without, jobs that are not really needed, and jobs that the holders themselves firmly believe don’t contribute anything either to their own organisation or to the economy as a whole. Jobs that may be thought of as pointless or pernicious. …

Some bullshit jobs are blindingly obvious – my own list would include human resources employees and consultants, university administrators, vice-chancellors, lobbyists, hotel security folks who do absolutely nothing at most pubs which remain eminently peaceful, much of corporate middle management, diversity officers, diversity consultants, local council community development employees, academics who write unsuccessful grant applications, public relations people, most marketing people, Cricket Australia’s high performance unit, and so on. …

There is, indeed, a veritable “plague of pointless work”. (Full disclosure: I have done bullshit jobs — one for 12 years, no less. I used to spend much of my time writing ministerial letters to constituents and interest groups for political masters who pretended to be interested in economic development and rural decline, and in almost every case had not read either the letters they received nor the responses I drafted).

Perhaps there might be a concentration of bullshit jobs among the Anywheres. … Graeber is especially harsh on the so-called “FIRE” sector – finance, insurance and real estate.

There are few bullshit jobs on-farm, in small business, among startups, in rural towns. Those places from which real jobs have disappeared. Now you leave small places and go to cities, to be over-educated and unleashed upon the world of bullshit jobs.

What happened:

The non-bullshit jobs — involving people “making things” — were shipped offshore from the 1980s and especially the 1990s, and this accelerated dramatically after China’s admission to the World Trade Organisation in December 2001. …

The feminisation of the workforce may have caused a decline in male, breadwinning jobs. This is difficult to establish one way or the other. We know, though, that at least a whole chunk of bullshit jobs are either done by women or are the result of women having entered the work force. Of course, other things, like societal paranoia over child sex abuse, have led to the virtual forced removal of male workers from teaching and cognate professions.

The flatlining economy, flailing productivity, the growth of useless, non-performing jobs, the runaway immigration that only adds to both the welfare bill and social discontent, the massive add-on cost for households of running the two income family, the hideous congestion of cities all feeds into declines in well-being that are real, not imagined. A Ponzi economy, indeed.

A bullshit economy, you might say. None of these things is acknowledged by our political class, the Anywheres of the parliament and their comfortable Canberra bubble-dwelling Deep State colleagues. …

Do our political leaders talk about this? Nope. Do sufficient of them even understand it? Who knows? Do they get that the old left-right political categories are now irrelevant? I don’t see it.

An aside on George Pell:

I read recently that VicPol’s Operation Tethering, which went for over three long years, employed twenty detectives full time to “get Pell”. Now there are some bullshit jobs right there.

Dow jumps more than 200 points to 28,000, a new record, posts 4-week winning streak

Dow jumps more than 200 points to 28,000, a new record, posts 4-week winning streak. Now 55% higher than when Trump was elected.

All that newly money created by the central banks to juice the economy has to go somewhere:

FLASHBACK: What Happened on Election Day, by Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist and leftist columnist for the New York Times, US presidential election night, November 2016. The Dow Jones was at 18,000 at the time.

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?

Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.

Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.

Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news. What makes it especially bad right now, however, is the fundamentally fragile state much of the world is still in, eight years after the great financial crisis.

Our ruling class is so incompetent. Self serving, articulate, and incompetent. Usually wrong, never in doubt.

How the ABC’s Get-Pell witchhunters raged at the High Court

How the ABC’s Get-Pell witchhunters raged at the High Court, by Andrew Bolt.

The ABC’s role in getting Cardinal George Pell falsely convicted of rape has been shameful. Several ABC journalists turned into prosecutors, even putting a whole program to air that raised devastating allegations so thin that they never made it to trial.

But the ABC was so locked into their witch-hunt – and into defending their leaders of it – that not one ABC presenter I know of dared to take a different line. …

This has nothing to do with real justice. It is tribal politics. …

I’m sure the High Court’s decision would surprise people who assumed Pell would and should be punished as a scapegoat. It would have been less surprising to those who still believe that justice means punishing people only for what they themselves have done, and not for what their tribe did. …

The left hates Christianity, trying to turn politics back to more like it was before Jesus:

I am convinced Pell is in part a victim of the new identity politics that is turning its back on Christian teaching and turning us back into barbarians.

Christianity stresses the dignity of each individual. It attacks tribal thinking and urges us to treat even strangers as we would have them treat us. This is the foundation belief of our justice system, much as the new anti-Christian bigots would wish to deny it.

But now the tyranny of identity politics is trying to smash all that. Identity politics insist we treat people not as individuals by as representatives of their tribe. And Christians are a tribe very hostile to all that the warriors of identity politics want.

For these identity politics tyrants, Pell is not to be treated as a man who may or may not have assaulted two boys after Mass in an open room that witnesses swore must have been busy at the time.

He is instead to be treated as one of the opposing tribe of Catholic priests, and to be jailed for the crimes ascribed to them.

His personal guilt is irrelevant. His tribe is presumed both guilty and hostile, which is why a Louise Milligan thinks it’s right to criticise the High Court judgement for bringing pain to victims of people other than Pell himself.

Steve Sailer, talking about the persecution of Stehen Miller, one of Trump’s top advisors:

The trajectory of the zeitgeist is away from thinking in terms of objective principles and instead toward thinking just about how we already know who are the Goodies and who are the Baddies, and the Baddies deserve to have their faces stamped on forever by the boot of the Goodies.

Roger Stone, confidant of Trump and WikiLeaks connection, found guilty on all seven counts

Roger Stone, confidant of Trump and WikiLeaks connection, found guilty on all seven counts, by Dartunorro Clark.

Prosecutors portrayed Stone, 67, as a serial liar who tried to bully witnesses into not cooperating with authorities. They charged Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, with making false statements, obstruction and witness tampering in a case that was an offshoot of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. …

His sentencing was set for Feb. 6, and he faces up to 20 years in prison. The jury deliberated for two days.

Trump:

In China, the system of selective enforcement is more advanced. There are so many laws, and you are bound to break at least some of them, several times each day. So if the authorities doesn’t like you, they decide to enforce the law. What complaint have you got? You are definitely guilty. So they get to “legally” imprison or fine you.

Of course the real power is with the bureaucrats who get to decide when to enforce the law. The rule of law is thus subverted and overturned, replaced by law at the whim of the bureaucrats. The old system has returned, where the leftist borg is the new king.

Currently in the USA, we can see that rule of law is breaking down because the law is not being applied evenly to all. Sure, Stone lied. But so did those others whom Trump mentions. Some, such as Clapper, lied to Congress for sure, we know now in retrospect. But they are on the PC side of politics, so they can do so with impunity.

Even Trump’s impeachment is an example of selective enforcement. Biden confessed — nay, boasted — of committing exactly the same crime as Trump is accused of (but probably didn’t commit, because the Ukrainians just ignored any implied quid pro quo). Nuh, member of the Obama administration, not charged.

Now That We’ve Incentivized Sociopaths–Guess What Happens Next

Now That We’ve Incentivized Sociopaths — Guess What Happens Next, by Charles Hugh Smith.

“Sociopath” is a word we now encounter regularly in the mainstream media, but what does it mean? Here is a list of 16 traits, many of which are visible in lionized corporate and political leaders and entrepreneurs.

One key trait is a lack of moral responsibility or conscience; the sociopath feels no remorse if he/she takes advantage of people or exploits them.

Sociopaths are masters of superficial charm, intelligence and confidence, and adept at massaging or misrepresenting reality up to and including outright lying to persuade others or get their way.

Like all psychological syndromes (manic depression, autism, bipolar disorder, etc.), there is a wide spectrum of sociopathological traits, some of which may offer some adaptive benefits (and hence their continued presence in the human genome). In other words, an individual can have a few of the traits in greater or lesser proportions. …

Steve Jobs was a sociopath:

His famous “reality distortion field,” his refusal to accept that he’d fathered a daughter, his lack of empathy, his wild emotional swings (from verbal abuse to weeping), his dietary extremes, his charm, so quickly turned on or off, his uneven parenting, and so on. His obsessive-compulsive behavior was also on full display. Yet Jobs is lauded and even worshiped as a genius and unparalleled entrepreneur. Was this the result of his sociopathological traits, or something that arose despite them?

The ledger of costs and benefits of Jobs’ output is weighted by the global benefits of the products he shepherded to market and the hundreds of billions of dollars in sales and net worth he generated for investors while the head of Apple. Though narcissistic in many ways (with the resulting negative effects on many of his intimates), Jobs was clearly focused on creating “insanely great” products that would benefit customers and users. Despite his sociopathological traits, there is no evidence he set out to deceive anyone with the objective of exploiting their good will or belief in his vision to skim billions of dollars from unwary investors.

Most other sociopaths … not so useful:

But the ledgers of others manifesting sociopathy are far less beneficial, as the billions of dollars they generated were in essence a form of fraud. …

If the system incentivizes conscience-free sociopaths more than it incentivizes those creating real value, the system will eventually fall into the equivalent of Gresham’s law (“bad money drives out good money”): the con-men and fraudsters will drive out entrepreneurs with a conscience who create real value for customers, investors and society at large.

Money created out of thin air is perfect:

This pinpoints one key source of the incentivization of sociopaths: central banks’ creation of trillions of dollars of conscience-free capital seeking a quick profit anywhere on the planet, by any means available.

Conscience-free capital is an easy mark for a conscience-free sociopath. It’s a marriage made in heaven, a perfect match.

Those with a conscience are essentially squeezed out of the system. The choice is binary: either play and lose or opt out. …

The amoral sociopath with the story attracts amoral sociopaths in venture capital, banking and politics, as these fields are all focused on short-term, outsized, quickly skimmed gains, regardless of the consequences to investors or society at large. …

As long as central banks create and distribute trillions in conscience-free credit to conscience-free financiers and corporations, the incentives for sociopathy only increase, and the incentives for everyone else to opt out increase proportionately. …

Opting out?

[Opting out] was one of the few options available to commoners in the final decline of the Western Roman Empire. If we feel we’re at a systemic disadvantage, i.e. the system is rigged against us, opting out makes much more sense than sacrificing oneself in a fruitless battle to stay alive in a system that incentivizes amoral sociopaths.

If we consider what generates outsized success in our rapidly changing economy, we find a variety of factors supporting “winner take most” asymmetric gains.

It’s unsustainable. The newly created money creates debt, which is now historically much higher than it’s ever been. It’s at least twice as high as at the start of the Great Depression (the previous high), and this time it’s global too. The debt will be inflated away, which will be painful for those without debts.

The current system of money creation for sociopaths is creating social and financial inequality, lowering living standards for all but the top 5%. Eventually it becomes authoritarian or a revolution occurs, or the society just fails.