Silicon Valley’s ‘Mission Protocol’ Revolution Is Beginning to Attain Critical Mass

Silicon Valley’s ‘Mission Protocol’ Revolution Is Beginning to Attain Critical Mass. By Peter Savodnik.

Another kind of revolution is [now] taking shape. A handful of founders and CEOs — Brian Armstrong of Coinbase, Jason Fried of Basecamp, Shopify’s Tobias Lütke, Medium’s Ev Williams — have said the unsayable.

In the face of shop-floor social-justice activism, they’ve decided, business owners should resolve to stick to business.

No hashtag coders. No message-board threads about anti-racism or neo-pronouns. No open letters meant to get someone fired for a decade-old tweet. No politics. As Armstrong put it in his famous (or infamous) September 27th, 2020 blog post, business should be “mission focused.” A software developer explained that the conciliatory approach has become too costly: “The Slack shit, the company-wide emails, it definitely spills out into real life, and it’s a huge productivity drag.”

In October, a pseudonymous group inspired by Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong came together under the banner “Mission Protocol,” with the aim of getting other companies to start “putting aside activities and conversations” outside the scope of their professional missions. …

Way to go:

Some founders, venture capitalists, and angel investors are now refusing to speak with legacy-media journalists who infuse their reporting with a social-justice slant. “What’s the point [of talking to reporters]?” a developer said. “They hate us, and we think they know nothing about the way the world works outside their woke, east-coast bubble.” …

For these CEOs, the problem isn’t just the media and external critics: The wokeness is coming from inside the building. At dinner parties, they ask each other the same question: How do we keep woke activists off the payroll? “It’s the first thing they want to talk about these days,” a vice president at a venture-capital shop told me. “It’s the crazy, activist, political stuff. I’ve not met a founder who doesn’t think it’s a problem. There’s a state of what the fuck?”

To twenty-somethings steeped in critical race theory, the idea that a business should focus solely on its core product and generating shareholder value is unacceptable. …

The purpose of business:

In 1970, the New York Times published an essay by Milton Friedman titled A Friedman doctrine — The Social Responsibility Of Business Is to Increase Its Profits. As Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote in September, on the occasion of the article’s 50th anniversary, many corporations have abandoned that view (at least for public consumption). In 2019, he noted, the Business Roundtable changed its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation: “What once had been an organizing philosophy heavily influenced by Mr. Friedman’s focus on profits for shareholders has since been replaced with one that espouses ‘a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders’ — not just shareholders but employees, suppliers, customers and affected communities. This move was seen as a tipping point for corporate governance by some observers and a cynical public relations ploy by others.” …

This shift toward a stakeholder-centric capitalism has opened the floodgates to all species of wokery in the workplace — prompting founders and CEOs to call for a return to business qua business. These entrepreneurs have always understood what so many progressives seem incapable of processing: building products that other people will buy requires not only hard work, talent, and a spirit of innovation, but also monomaniacal focus. …

Only the big near-monopolies can afford to play politics on company time:

True, wokeness has become the in-house creed at Apple and Google. But, as any number of engineers have pointed out, these are no longer run by their founders, but rather by teams of professional executives with little, if any, emotional connection to their founding corporate subcultures. Moreover, they are sitting on market positions and brand equity that allow them to placate coders who prefer consciousness raising sessions to actual coding.

These are the cozy, cash-soaked environments that journalists have come to treat as Silicon Valley’s baseline.

Serious people have no time for woke:

But the crypto space, they’ve discovered, operates on a leaner, more libertarian, and more explicitly profit-driven basis. The nature of the product, which runs up against old banking practices that have been around for centuries, ensures an anti-establishment ethos.

And many of the owners who are most inclined to speak their minds are foreign-born figures. They didn’t come to America to please reporters at the Times or get corrected on their pronoun usage by people half their age. They came to build the future and make money in the process.

Hear hear.

The Left’s long march through the institutions now through the US military

The Left’s long march through the institutions now through the US military. By Rod Dreher.

The Pentagon’s culture war has a new hero of battle: Lt. Col. Andrew “Dru” Rhodes, who describes himself as a “fervent anti-racist and anti-sexist.” He’s a white dude and a battalion commander. If this report is true, then he does not like white dudes. He reportedly told troops under his command that “white people are part of the problem.” As the reader who sent that to me said, “CRT [Critical Race Theory] will destroy our great military before China even gets the chance.” …

The Pentagon is chasing a woke demographic that doesn’t exist:

A generation raised on Howard Zinn and the 1619 Project are not going to enlist, they are ambivalent at best about whether or not the US should be defended in the first place. So that leaves you with outliers that the current leadership regards as unacceptable and déclassé.

This is the same as so much of the woke Hollywood bombs, the marketing types are convinced that there is this massive demographic of woke types just waiting to consume. They believe this in large part bc of Twitter and the results are entirely predictable, just as they are likely to find here. Name one wokeist who is more likely to join an institution they see as racist, imperialist, and warmongering just bc its leadership mouths woke platitudes.

Heck, military service is considered déclassé for all but a small sliver of the middle class for cultural reasons, what do we expect to change?

If the US military earns for itself a reputation as hostile to white males and unwoke people, why should they put their lives on the line to defend a country that considers them to be “part of the problem”?

What the Pentagon is doing here is really dangerous, and really foolish.

Maybe great empires just fall through stupidity and infighting over the spoils.

The left have already politicized the spy community (FBI, CIA), and now the spooks freely interfere in politics to help the Democrats (witness the Trump era). What will be the effect of purging the military of non-left soldiers?

Whistleblowers Explain How Biden’s Woke ‘Extremism’ Training Is Tearing the Military Apart

Whistleblowers Explain How Biden’s Woke ‘Extremism’ Training Is Tearing the Military Apart. By Tyler O’Neil.

[Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)] summarized and quoted from many whistleblower reports, some of which proved extremely shocking. The senator said that he and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) have received “severe hundred whistleblower complaints about Pentagon extremist and diversity training.”

“One Marine told us that military history training session was replaced with mandatory training on police brutality, white privilege, and systemic racism. He reported that several officers are now leaving his unit citing that training,” the senator reported.

“Another servicemember told us that their unit was required to read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo which claims, and this is a quote, ‘white people raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist world view,’” Cotton added.

“A member of the special-operations community has told us that they are being instructed ‘The U.S. Special Operations Community is racist,’” he said. “One Army officer relayed to us the words of his general officer who told him that the entire U.S. Army is racist.”

“A midshipman at the Naval Academy said that classmates are calling America a fundamentally racist place and that this sentiment is not contested by school administrators,” Cotton said. “An airman told us their unit was forced into a racist exercise called a ‘privilege walk’ where members of the wing were ordered to separate themselves by race and gender in order to stratify people based on their perceived privilege.”

White soldiers were far from alone in voicing concerns.

“One African-American officer disparagingly said, and I quote, ‘the Navy thinks my only value is as a Black woman’ and not the fact that she is a highly trained military specialist,” Cotton reported. “Soldiers have come forward to tell us that they have been forced to watch videos about systemic racism and documentaries that rewrite America’s history as a fundamentally racist and evil nation.”

“One Space Force officer told me that two guardians left his ranks in a short period of time. One was a young African American who said she never would have joined the military had she known that it was such a hot bed of racism. The other was a white airman who said he didn’t sign up to be indoctrinated and filed separation paperwork,” the senator noted.

I’m wearing my shocked face.

Chinese communists nurture BLM to destabilize America

Chinese communists nurture BLM to destabilize America. By Joseph Hippolito.

BLM knowingly plays a pivotal role in China’s quest to attain geopolitical and ideological supremacy by destabilizing the United States.

BLM’s role is so pivotal that many of the group’s leaders and affiliated bodies have relationships with organizations that are connected to China through fronts or diplomatic contacts.

“Black Lives Matter is a Communist organization 100 percent, tied to foreign Communists and directly to the Communist Party of China,” said Trevor Loudon, an author and filmmaker from New Zealand who has studied Marxist movements for more than 30 years. …

“The best way to have a revolution is to utilize racial differences. In modern America, the Maoists all say, ‘The people of color — the black, Latino, Asian-American, Native American — are being oppressed by the white, Christian, capitalist patriarchy.’

“The only way you can get rid of that oppression, get rid of that racism, is to overthrow the white, Christian, capitalist patriarchy. It’s Marxist revolution based on color, rather than class.”

Compare Loudon’s and Mao’s comments to remarks made by BLM co-founder Alicia Garza to a left-wing convention in 2015:

“It’s not possible for a world to emerge where black lives matter if it’s under capitalism, and it’s not possible to abolish capitalism without a struggle against national oppression and gender oppression.” …

Examples of ties:

The China-United States Exchange Foundation [CUSEF], founded in 2008, courts professors, students, government officials and reporters through tours, private discussions, dinners and joint research. The targets include historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and the Congressional Black Caucus.

For the past four years, CUSEF paid an American consulting firm almost $670,000 to influence black students, professors and Congressional representatives. …

The CUSEF is linked to China’s Communist Party through the United Front, a network of party organizations. The United Front works overseas “to co-opt and neutralize potential sources of opposition to the policies and authority” of the Communist Party, and encourages its targets “to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies,” stated the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review.

Or as Jamestown Foundation fellow Peter Mattis said about the Chinese, “If they cultivate enough people in the right places, they start to change the debate without having to directly inject their own voice.” …

Enter Black Lives Matter.

When a security guard killed Trayvon Martin in 2013, [Alicia] Garza joined with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tonetti to create the organization through a hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. All three belonged to Liberation Road, an ideological descendant of the Maoist New Communist Movement. Garza also belongs to Left Roots, a subsidiary of Liberation Road.

“It really was a scam from start to finish,” Loudon said. “They came up with the hashtag, put it out there and all the Liberation Road front groups and friendly media all around the country re-tweeted it, elevated it and made it into a movement. There’s nothing spontaneous about this whatsoever.”

Garza, a native of the Bay Area, also had been working with the San Francisco chapter of the Chinese Progressive Association [CPA] since 2012. The CPA provides funding for the Black Futures Lab, a BLM subsidiary that Garza created to create policies and organize blacks. BLM calls the Black Futures Lab “a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association.”

One of Garza’s close friends is Alex Tom, a fellow student activist when both attended UC San Diego. Tom not only led the Chinese Progressive Association, he organized delegations to China, “boasts of his close association with Chinese diplomats in San Francisco (and) boasts of defending China,” Loudon said.

“This is basically a Chinese operation,” Loudon called the CPA, “a Communist Chinese operation.”

So were the riots in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014 after Michael Brown’s death and in Minneapolis last year after Floyd’s death. A group called Organization for Black Struggle organized the violence in Ferguson. Leading that group was Jamala Rogers, a long-time member of Liberation Road.

“They brought 10,000 people from out of town to burn down Ferguson,” Loudon said. “They were visited by delegations of Left Roots and Liberation Road members, some of whom had just returned from a visit to Communist China, where they met with Chinese Communist Party members, by their own admission.”

Most of the businesses they destroyed were owned by African-Americans.

“The revolution doesn’t want prosperous black people,” Loudon said. “They only want oppressed, poverty-stricken, embittered black people.” …

Following Floyd’s death, a BLM affiliate called the Movement 4 Black Lives, organized the ensuing mayhem nationwide.

“These are the people who coordinated riots and demonstrations all over the country for week after week after week,” said Loudon, who identified them as “people directly affiliated to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, people who travel to China to meet with Communist Party officials.” …

An act of war:

“They are deliberately using America’s racial differences to stir Americans up, to bring about a civil war, to weaken this country and destroy President [Donald] Trump,” Loudon said about the Chinese. “This, to me, is an act of war.”

Who benefits from covid? China, principally at the expense of the USA.

Who benefits from BLM, anti-white racism, and woke? China, at the expense of the USA.

Who benefits from “climate change”? China, because it is building coal stations at a huge rate while the West decarbonizes at great cost.

How Evangelical Christians Should React to the Madness of the Left

How Evangelical Christians Should React to the Madness of the Left. By Greg Sheridan.

It is important to recognise that madness begets madness. The madness of some of the right is a long-delayed response to the growing madness on the left.

Evangelicals first decided to support Trump in 2016 because they saw their society and its politics going crazy and they wanted to oppose this. One of Trump’s attractions was that he was a fighter. But being a no-holds-barred fighter is not sufficient to be an effective political leader, much less an effective agent of cultural change, still less the kind of cultural rebuilding most Christians think is necessary.

I have often written on the growing madness on the left. The thing is you expect madness and extremism on the progressive left, increasingly unmoored from reality and common sense. You don’t expect it from Christians.

Let me offer you two examples of left madness. A psychiatrist, Aruna Khilanani, lectured recently at Yale. Her speech was a racist diatribe of hatred of white people. She said in part: “I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f…ing favour.” And: “White people are out of their minds …” Whites are, she said, “demented violent predators”. Talking to white people was a waste of time because that “assumes that white people can see and process what we are talking about”.

It took a lot of conservative agitation for institutions even to distance themselves from these remarks. Naturally their author suffered no sanction. Similarly, last year a Cambridge academic tweeted that “white lives don’t matter”. She said she was making a point about race rather than urging murder. Nor is it likely that whites will be systematically persecuted in the US or Britain.

But this kind of talk from the left, which is extremely common though seldom to such an acute degree, is hateful, foul and vile. It is designed to cause racial hostility. Even if white evangelicals do not, as frequently alleged, feel racially threatened, they certainly think the indulgence of such statements indicates a culture and a polity going mad and bad. The problem is, the best response to madness is not madness; you can’t beat madness with more and angrier madness. …

Stay the course:

Christians, in the US and the West generally, are confronted with a culture going mad and becoming more hostile to them. But they must answer the madness with calm conviction and even kindness. They need to fight some of the culture wars but should choose their battles carefully. They should be happy warriors, even kindly warriors.

There are three wrong ways for Christians to respond to a culture going mad: go to total war with it; surrender to it totally, thereby offering no ethical challenge; or retreat from it into a tight ghetto. The right path is different: continued engagement with the culture, insistence on proclaiming the truth, but taking victory and defeat both with good cheer. Politics is downstream of culture. Politics is important, but it can’t fix culture. Human example, creative institutions, sustained formation — these can change culture.

Russia Defends the West Against Insanity

Russia Defends the West Against Insanity. By Srdja Trifkovic.

Last week, [Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov] spoke eloquently about the most important issue of our time, anti-white racism in the United States and the lamentable consequences of political correctness “taken to the extreme.” …

Lavrov accused the United States of seeking to spread “a cultural revolution” across the globe. A powerful arm of the project, Hollywood, changed its rules so that everything it produces reflects the diversity of modern society, he said: “I’ve seen Black people play in Shakespeare’s comedies. Yet I don’t know when there will be a white Othello. … This is absurd.”

It is literally impossible for the foreign minister of any Western country — in North America, Western Europe, or Oceania — to make a statement of this kind. Even if he or she were to do so in a fit of suicidal madness or cathartic honesty — both well-nigh unimaginable among the Western ruling elite — a hysterical outcry on every printed page and every flickering screen would soon subject them to cancellation. The criminal would be a permanent non-person par excellence. …

Common ground (Trump was onto it):

Russia’s then-ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, charted a grand strategy of sanity for all of us over a decade ago, in an interview with the Russia Today television channel:

“There is a new civilization emerging in the Third World that thinks that the white, northern hemisphere has always oppressed it and must therefore fall at its feet now. … If the northern civilization wants to protect itself, it must be united: America, the European Union, and Russia. If they are not together, they will be defeated one by one.”

Rogozin’s ideas were based on an appreciation of the commonalities between Europeans and their overseas descendants — a diagnosis as precise as it is abhorrent to Western elites. It shows that, in all key indicators rooted in respect for conservative principles, Russia is freer than the West. Again, no American or EU diplomat could dare to make such a statement, even if he shared the sentiment, and hope to remain in his post after making it. …

Ideologues will deny it, but in the decades to come Europe, Russia, and America will be in similar mortal peril. In the end there will be no grand synthesis, no cross-fertilization, and certainly no peaceful coexistence, between the North and the Third World. There will be “kto kogo” (who will overtake whom?).

The short-term prospects for fostering a sense of unity among Europeans — Eastern, Western, and American — are grim. They will remain so as long as the regimes of all major Western states continue to be controlled by an elite class hostile to its own roots and cultural heritage, and therefore instinctively Russophobic to boot.

Russia’s position on the existential issue of our era fits what I have often cried for in these pages: a paradigm shift in the West that would pave the way for a genuine Northern Alliance of Russia, Western Europe, and North America, as all three face similar existential threats in the decades ahead. We cannot know if this alliance will materialize, but we do know that, if it doesn’t, our civilization will be in peril.

A good point. And ever so politically incorrect.

Race consciousness is now being forced upon whites, who are always the least race-conscious of the races.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Today’s revolutionaries aren’t fighting “the Man”—they are “the Man.”

Today’s revolutionaries aren’t fighting “the Man” — they are “the Man.” By Victor Davis Hanson.

Sixties protestors mainlined divorce, abortion on demand, promiscuity, drug use, and one-parent homes. But in the end, most veteran cultural revolutionaries by the late 1970s and 1980s had gotten married, were raising families, bought homes, got jobs, and made money.

But this time around, their offspring’s left-wing assault is different — and far more ominous. The woke grandchildren of the former outsiders are now more ruthless, systematic insiders. The woke and wired new establishment knows how to use their money and power to rebirth America as something the founders and most current Americans never envisioned.

Name one mainline institution that the woke Left does not now control — and warp. The media? The campuses? Silicon Valley? Professional sports? The corporate boardroom? Foundations? The K-12 educational establishment? The military hierarchy? The administrative state? The FBI top echelon?

The Left absorbed them all. But this time around it really believes that “by any means necessary” is no mere slogan. Instead, it is a model of how to disrupt or destroy 233 years of American customs, traditions, and values. …

Our 21st-century revolutionaries are multibillionaires in flip-flops, tie-dye T-shirts, and nose rings, but with the absolute power and wish to censor how half the country communicates — or cancel them entirely.

They don’t flock to campus free-speech areas; they are the campus administrators who ban free speech.

They don’t picket outside the Pentagon; they are inside the Pentagon.

They don’t chant “eat the rich”; they are the rich who eat at Napa Valley’s French Laundry.

They don’t protest “uptight” values, because they are more intolerant and puritanical than any Victorian. …

They don’t believe in racial quotas based on “proportional representation,” because they are racists who demand underrepresentation of “bad” racial groups and overrepresentation of “good” groups. The color of our skin is their gospel, not the content of our character.

They are top-down revolutionaries. None of their agendas, from open borders and changing the Constitution to critical race theory and banning clean-burning fossil fuels, ever polls 50 percent. …

Our revolutionaries hate dissent. They destroy any who question their media-spun hoaxes like Russian collusion, the bat origin of COVID-19, or the idea that Hunter Biden’s laptop was a Russian plant.

Truth is their enemy, and fear is their weapon.

Today’s left are also much less charming and funny — more downright boorish and incredibly bossy.

The Nation of Islam is quickly becoming the de facto official religion of the United States.

The Nation of Islam is quickly becoming the de facto official religion of the United States. By Robert Spencer.

Critical Race Theory is an indictment of the United States as a systemically-racist society, but it is also something worse: an all-encompassing worldview, a guiding life philosophy that purports to explain the world in a staggeringly simple manner. With racism, slavery, imperialism, colonialism, and more, white people have inflicted incalculable harm on the world, and in fact are the source of evil in the world.

The Nation of Islam has expressed this with devastating succinctness for decades, using the chillingly direct phrase, “The white man is the devil.” With officials all over the country pushing Critical Race Theory upon us in our schools and workplaces, the Nation of Islam is quickly becoming the de facto official religion of the United States. …

Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan with Barack Obama in 2005

Religious bigotry is a path to genocide:

In Christian thought, Jesus submitted to death in order to destroy it and enable human beings to enjoy eternal life; now (as Nancy Pelosi recently suggested) George Floyd submitted to racism and police brutality in order to destroy them and enable Americans to enjoy racial justice. Now what remains is to separate the white people from other people and destroy them. Then the non-white world can enter into the messianic age of redemption, with evil eradicated from the planet.

This is the kind of thinking that has led to genocide in the past. Hitler and his National Socialists taught that the Jews were the cause of all the afflictions that Germany and the world at large were suffering, and once they were eradicated, Germany and the world would enter a new age of peace and prosperity.

It’s a real possibility.

Critical Race Theory is essentially racism, circa 1850

Critical Race Theory is essentially racism, circa 1850. By John Hinderaker.

The Left controls almost all of America’s public schools, as well as its allegedly elite private schools. Leftists are moving rapidly to refashion education to inculcate our children in a bizarre revisionist history that is intended to cause them to hate their own country. This effort proceeds mostly under the banner of Critical Race Theory. It represents, I think, an existential threat to our country’s future.

Critical Race Theory is essentially racism, circa 1850. It holds that 1) the most important thing about a person is his or her skin color, 2) you have rights as a member of a racial group, not as an individual, and 3) members of the same racial group have similar personality and character traits. John C. Calhoun must be smiling, wherever he now resides. He was the intellectual leader of the Democratic Party in 1840, and he still is today.

And the CRT people call themselves “anti-racist”. What conceit. “Anti-white,” more like.

 

The Lethal Wages of Trump Derangement Madness

The Lethal Wages of Trump Derangement Madness. By Victor Davis Hanson.

For about five years, anything candidate, president-elect, and President Trump said or did, the media, the Left, and progressive popular culture opposed in Pavlovian fashion.

Anything that Trump touched was ridiculed or discredited — regardless of evidence, data, or cogency. The merits of a Trump policy, a Trump assessment, a Trump initiative were irrelevant — given the primordial hatred of the Left of all things Trump: the president, the person, the family.

Under the reductionist malady of Trump Derangement Syndrome, facts and logic did not matter. Instead, anything not said or done in opposition to Trump empowered the supposed existential Trump threat. Ironically, some of the most deductive and reductionist Trump haters were supposedly professionals, the highly educated, and the self-proclaimed devotees of the Enlightenment. And yet in their uncontrolled aversion and detestation, they suspended all the rules of empiricism, logic, and rationality — and people died as a result. …

Covid and HCQ:

Doctors in poor countries such as India were attracted to one, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an old, cheap, anti-malarial drug, generally recognized as safe and also known for its efficacy in treating inflammatory diseases such as lupus.

When stories surfaced that both American and European doctors had independently claimed clear effectiveness of the drug in treating some COVID-19 patients, Trump in reaction tweeted that it couldn’t hurt to take the drug, either as a medicine or a prophylactic. Rumors swirled that he had taken the drug himself.

Furor ensued. Outrage followed. And soon the time-tried hydroxychloroquine was considered an existential evil on par with Trump himself.

If prior to Trump, the drug had been hailed by the United Nations as an essential medicine, especially in poor countries for its dirt-cheap cost, effectiveness, and general safety, suddenly it was now considered little more than a toxic witch’s brew. Fauci’s legions demonized the drug and soon it sometimes proved illegal for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine for off-label usages.

“Double-blind” studies supposedly “proved” that the drug was useless, even though there was not comprehensive research conducted at different dosages and at different stages of the COVID-19 disease. Additional reports from India that some doctors there felt that the sudden widespread use of hydroxychloroquine and the anti-parasitical drug Ivermectin were responsible for decreases in COVID-19 lethality were likewise mocked.

Now we read this week that a new study conducted at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey, found that when the dosages of hydroxychloroquine were calibrated and adjusted by patient weight, and fortified by the antibiotic azithromycin, there was a more than 100 percent increase in survival rates among COVID-19 patients — without any correlation to heart arrhythmias.

More specifically in this context, maverick frontline doctor and infectious disease specialist Dr. Stephen Smith, of the nonprofit Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health, recently argued that perhaps 100,000 lives might have been saved had the medical guild not demonized the drug and utterly dismissed it. Note that we are learning that once-heralded, far more expensive and difficult to administer drugs, such as plasma therapy and Remdesivir, offered little efficacy in treating COVID-19. Why were the latter drugs considered legitimate experimental protocols in desperate times to treat the seemingly untreatable disease, but not hydroxychloroquine?

The answer may be that Trump advocated the latter and not the former.

The left lied, people died.

But the media pretended it didn’t happen, so it was swept under the rug along with Stalin, Mao, Che, etc, etc.

Also, Trump probably would have won the election by even more if the likely origin of covid in a Chinese bioweapons lab had been acknowledged by the media at the time.

A win for free speech and those of us who think the state should not be playing a role in endorsing the dogma of gender identity theory

A win for free speech and those of us who think the state should not be playing a role in endorsing the dogma of gender identity theory. By Joanna Williams.

Maya Forstater has won. An appeal court judge [in the UK] has today ruled that the tax consultant at a global think-tank, sacked for expressing the view that males and females are biologically distinct and have different life experiences, was wrongfully dismissed.

Judge Choudhury said that Forstater’s ‘gender-critical beliefs’ ‘were widely shared’ and ‘did not seek to destroy the rights of trans persons’. The judgement notes, ‘It is clear from Convention case law that… a person is free in a democratic society to hold any belief they wish, subject only to “some modest, objective minimum requirements”’.

Success! Rationality and common sense have won out over intolerance and censoriousness. This is absolutely worthy of celebration. But, at the same time, we need to ask why Forstater was dismissed in the first place; why an employment tribunal found against her, and why she was put through two years of legal hell for saying something so very unremarkable.
It was back in 2019 that Forstater’s employers accused her of ‘fear-mongering’ and using ‘offensive and exclusionary’ language on social media simply for saying that men and women are different. …

Not only was Forstater dismissed for stating something accepted as common sense and recognised as scientific fact, but, incredibly, an employment judge also then ruled that the company had been right to sack her.

Pushing back:

It seems that, finally, the grip of gender ideology is beginning to wane. Forstater’s victory comes just a day after Lisa Keogh, a law student at Abertay University, was cleared of misconduct for saying in a seminar that ‘women have vaginas’. It comes weeks after the University of Essex was forced to issue a public apology for bowing to protests and cancelling talks by gender-critical feminists and creating a climate where staff and students felt ‘constrained to self-censor their speech and activity’. …

But the bullies are all too effective:

What’s chilling about the cases of Forstater, Keogh and gender-critical feminists who have lost their jobs or been No Platformed from universities is the warning they send to others tempted to stick their heads above the parapet.

Say what you know to be true and you might ultimately be vindicated. But you will have to endure the gut-wrenching anguish of thinking your career is over and your livelihood wiped out, having your name and picture emblazoned across national newspapers. You will have to endure being subjected to terrible online abuse and harassment, perhaps including death threats or the targeting of close family members. And you will have to endure living with continued uncertainty as tribunals and investigations go through the slow process of adjudicating on the details of exactly what you said, when, where and to whom.

Winning takes its toll. Despite notable successes the message remains: if you want a quiet life, shut up.

Shutuppery is what it’s all about.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

il Exec Roasts Woke North Face’s Fossil Fuel Hypocrisy

Oil Exec Roasts Woke North Face’s Fossil Fuel Hypocrisy. By James Delingpole.

The woke clothing company is North Face, the mountainwear manufacturer which in December last year refused an order for 400 branded jackets with the Innovex logo. According to Adam Anderson, CEO of Houston-based Innovex Downhole Solutions, this was “because we were an oil and gas services company.”

Perhaps, it was suggested, North Face didn’t want to taint its image in the eyes of its woke target audience by being seen to big up the fossil fuel industry?

But there’s a problem here, as another industry exec has now pointed out in a brutal takedown video aimed at North Face.

1 in 3 Leftist Women Ended a Friendship Over Politics

1 in 3 Leftist Women Ended a Friendship Over Politics. By Daniel Greenfield.

Critical race theory and resistance fever, like the coronavirus, has clear infection vectors. And the infected tended to be urban and suburban leftist white women. Not everyone fits that category, but they seem to have the greatest need to join political cults.

As religiosity collapses in America, … people become more likely to join political cults to find purpose and meaning. And a sense of tribal identity. Women have a greater affinity for religion (in more secular communities, churches and temples tend to be more female than male) and more of a need for social ties. …

And that’s how you end up with the woke mean girls effect from this American Enterprise Institute survey.

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans are to report having ended a friendship over a political disagreement (20 percent vs. 10 percent). Political liberals are also far more likely than conservatives are to say they are no longer friends with someone due to political differences (28 percent vs. 10 percent, respectively). No group is more likely to end a friendship over politics than liberal women are; 33 percent say they stopped being friends with someone because of their politics.

Only 1 in 3? Well I suppose I did use to live in Canberra, where social ostracism is the main tool for achieving herd unanimity. I’ve hardly encountered it since moving to sleepy provincial Perth.

Italian Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for More Than $18,000

Italian Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for More Than $18,000. By Joshua Espinoza.

Salvatore Garau reminds us there are no rules in the art world.

The Italian artist has been making waves over the past few days with his boundary-pushing piece titled “Lo Sono (I Am),” which recently sold for more than $18,000. Though that price is relatively low in the art world, it’s pretty significant when you consider the work is an “immaterial sculpture,” meaning someone dropped thousands of dollars on an invisible piece that is literally made of nothing. …

 

 

Picture of the artwork.

 

Garau spoke to Italian outlet Diario AS about the piece, saying he likes to think of the sculpture as a “vacuum.” …

The buyer of “Lo Sono” has not been identified, but will reportedly receive a certificate of authenticity as well as a set of instructions on how to display the work. ArtNet reports the owner is encouraged to exhibit the invisible work “in a private house in a roughly five-by-five-foot space free of obstruction.”

The concept of “Lo Sono” is similar to Garua’s previous piece “Buddha in Contemplation,” another invisible sculpture that was “displayed” at the Piazza Della Scala in Milan.

Awesome. We live in a world of widely-believed political fantasies, money created out of thin air by the click of a computer key, and now art that is literally nothing. Unreal.

Of course, only in a world awash with newly manufactured money, and asset shufflers with more easy money than sense, would someone pay a third of the average yearly wage in Europe for a piece of nothing. Presumably the buyer is showing off, flaunting his wealth.