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Clintonism is about playing the "identity politics" as a bulwark against any class or populist upheaval
that might threaten neoliberalism. 

 

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Identity politics refers to attempts to split working people and middle class in such a way that it no longer represented a threat to neoliberlim in the USA or other country. It is a variant of Divide and conquer strategy

Identity politics has been co-opted by the neoliberal technocracy to divert attention from wealth inequalities, the operation of big corporations in politics and the general lack of democratic accountability in governance.

Identity politics artificially amplifies aspects of their identity  that are different then their social status.  Examples include race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language.

The term identity politics came into being during the latter part of the 20th century, during the Civil Rights Era, but the first king of identity politics and associated "bat and switch" of voters was Bill Clinton. He was followed by Barak Obma with him important "bat and switch" maneuvers (aka "change we can believe in").

While the term is popularly used when referring to national identity, Hillary Clinton was adept of playing gender to divide voters.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. discussed early attempt to use identity politics to split and marginalize working class and middle class in his book The Disuniting of America. Schlesinger, a strong supporter of liberal conceptions of civil rights, argues that a liberal democracy requires a common basis for culture and society to function.

In his view, basing politics on group marginalization fractures the civil polity. Schlesinger believes that nationalist and rasicl movements such as "movement for civil rights"  should aim "toward integration of marginalized groups into the mainstream culture, rather than...perpetuating that marginalization through affirmations of difference".[13]

Recently identity politics was aptly played in LGBT sphere. Such issues as gay marriage and bathroom access served as powerful destruction from more important social issue for almost 20 years. Brendan O'Neill has contrasted the politics of gay liberation and identity politics by saying "... [Peter] Tatchell also had, back in the day, was a commitment to the politics of liberation, which encouraged gays to come out and live and engage. Now, we have the politics of identity, which invites people to stay in, to look inward, to obsess over the body and the self, to surround themselves with a moral forcefield to protect their worldview—which has nothing to do with the world—from any questioning."[14] Left-wing author Owen Jones rightly claims that identity politics is directed mainly toward marginalization of the working class and as such represent a dirty political trick used now by neolibrals to stay in power: 

In the 1950s and 1960s, left-wing intellectuals who were both inspired and informed by a powerful labour movement wrote hundreds of books and articles on working-class issues. Such work would help shape the views of politicians at the very top of the Labour Party. Today, progressive intellectuals are far more interested in issues of identity. ... Of course, the struggles for the emancipation of women, gays, and ethnic minorities are exceptionally important causes. New Labour has co-opted them, passing genuinely progressive legislation on gay equality and women's rights, for example. But it is an agenda that has happily co-existed with the sidelining of the working class in politics, allowing New Labour to protect its radical flank while pressing ahead with Thatcherite policies.

— Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class[15]

Emphasizing and promoting groups based on shared identity, other than class (e.g., religious identity, gender, etc ), can divert energy and attention from more fundamental issues, such as class conflict in capitalist societies.

Such arguments have been expressed by a number of writers, such as Eric Hobsbawm,[16] Todd Gitlin,[17] Michael Tomasky, Richard Rorty, Sean Wilentz, Robert W. McChesney, Bart Landry, and Jim Sleeper.[18] Hobsbawm, in particular, has criticized nationalisms, and the principle of national self-determination adopted internationally after World War I, since national governments are often merely an expression of a ruling class or power, and their proliferation was a source of the wars of the 20th century. Hence Hobsbawm argues that identity politics, such as queer nationalism, Islamism, Cornish nationalism or Ulster Loyalism are just other versions of bourgeois nationalism.


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[Jul 07, 2020] Statue for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in NY state beyond repair after it was ripped down by vandals (PHOTOS) -- RT USA News

Jul 07, 2020 | www.rt.com

Statue for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in NY state beyond repair after it was ripped down by vandals (PHOTOS) 6 Jul, 2020 00:04 / Updated 14 hours ago Get short URL African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (c1818-1895) © Global Look Press 268 7 Follow RT on RT A statue for Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent civil rights advocate, has been torn down from its pedestal in Rochester, New York. The damage to the monument is reportedly too significant to repair.

The statue was vandalized over the July 4th weekend, Rochester police told local media on Sunday.

Photos from the scene show an empty spot where the statue used to stand in Maplewood Park, as well as its debris scattered in the vicinity. The statue was lying 50 feet from its pedestal when officers found it.

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The statue "had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence," police said in a statement, as cited by The Democrat and Chronicle daily.

Carvin Eison, director of the 'Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass' project, said the monument is beyond repair and will need to be replaced.

"It's particularly painful that it happened at this time," he said.

Dozens of statues have been knocked off their pedestals across the country in a monument-toppling spree championed by Black Lives Matter activists, which see it as a way of reckoning with the nation's troubling legacy of slavery and racism. While the initial targets of the protesters were Confederate generals, later vandalism, which met little resistance from law enforcement, saw the statues of Christopher Columbus and other historical figures being removed as well.

ALSO ON RT.COM Dem Sen & Biden's possible VP says she's open to removing George Washington statues, but backpedals after backlash

It's so far unclear who was behind the Douglass statue incident.

The monument, inaugurated in 2018 to mark Douglass' 200th birthday, is part of a city-wide installation consisting of 13 statues – all replicas of a larger statue of Douglass, which was unveiled in Rochester's Highland Park neighborhood in 1899. The statues were placed throughout the city in places of significance to the abolitionist's life in a bid to bolster his legacy.

In a speech in 1852, Douglass made a case against celebrating July 4th by African Americans, saying: "The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."

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It's not the first time the installation has been targeted by vandals. In December 2018, two students from Rochester's St. John Fisher College were arrested and charged with misdemeanors after they were filmed dismantling one of the statues and stealing it. The students claimed they were drunk and later apologized, calling what they had done to the statue "a terrible thing," and offered to help repair the monument.

[Jul 07, 2020] Ohio Town Proclaims Itself A Statuary Sanctuary City -- For Outcast Historical Figures

Jul 07, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Alex Nitzberg via JustTheNews.com,

As protesters target statues around the nation, one town is becoming a statue sanctuary city for monuments honoring select figures.

Newton Falls, Ohio City Manager David M. Lynch has signed a proclamation that states that the city will accept and display spurned statues of people including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and certain other prominent figures.

"A Proclamation declaring that Newton Falls is a Statuary Sanctuary City and declaring a general amnesty for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, Patrick Henry, Francis Scott Key, Theodore Roosevelt and Christopher Columbus as represented by the statues of these great leaders, and volunteering to accept these statues that have been removed throughout the USA and place them in a location of honor in our community," the proclamation says, according to a copy posted by 21-WFMJ .

"They founded our nation, they ended slavery, and established and protected our national parks," Lynch said, according to Fox 8 .

"Yes, they had warts but they laid the foundation for what we have today," he said.

Protesters in Baltimore, Maryland on July 4th toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus and dumped it into the city's Inner Harbor.


[Jul 06, 2020] Matt Taibbi slams bestseller 'White Fragility' as corporate vision on racism

Jul 06, 2020 | www.msn.com

Taibbi said in a Hill.TV this past week there is an "extraordinary irony" in white Americans elevating a white corporate consultant to the top of bestseller lists in the wake of George Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis.

In the book, which has seen a resurgence in popularity amid the nationwide reckoning on race relations, DiAngelo lays out her theory on white Americans' defensiveness when it comes to addressing racism.

"This is how they want to reinterpret their racial issues," he said. "This is the racism problem as seen through the lens of somebody who makes thousands of dollars an hour, being hired by companies."

Taibbi said that rather than confronting how they contribute to systematic racism, companies tend to force their employees into trainings with outside academics like DiAngelo.

"This is how corporate America views the race problem, it views it as an individual issue that where racism is is sort of inexorably stuck in all of us and the only way that we can combat it is through relentlessly listening to corporate consultants," Taibbi said.

[Jul 05, 2020] Political correctness madness in Twitter

Jul 05, 2020 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

PATIENT OBSERVER July 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm

They missed "short list".

Twitter's engineering team will systematically purge a list of offensive terms from its source code and internal documents in the name of political correctness. Terms like "master" and "slave" will go, as will gendered pronouns.

"We're starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favor of more inclusive language," Twitter Engineering announced on Wednesday.

Among the terms to be terminated are "whitelist" and "blacklist,""master" and "slave," which will be replaced with "allowlist" and "denylist," and "leader" and "follower" respectively. Gendered pronouns such as "guys" will be swapped for gender-neutral terms like "folks" and "y'all," while the terms "man hours" and "grandfathered" will have their patriarchal connotations expunged, and will be replaced with "person hours" and "legacy status." Even "dummy value" was deemed offensive.

https://www.rt.com/news/493764-twitter-bans-offensive-language/

MARK CHAPMAN July 3, 2020 at 7:45 pm

All the more reason Twitter can go fuck itself. I have a Twitter account, but almost never use it, and only created it so I could respond to things that really make me mad. Since then almost everyone I strongly dislike has banned me anyway, so if they want to go to Ze and Zir and Zippity Fuckin' Doo Da, it's no bother for me. But if they are really serious in their busybody political correctness, they are embarking on a path which will eventually make the English language almost unrecognizable. "Master" is a useful and common verb – I hope one day to master the knots used in rigging – as well as an adjective: he is a master of the instrument.

Sort of unsurprising for the country that claims to be the last word in free speech, though. One wonderful day the only words allowed to be used in any questionnaire sent around by your employer will be "I approve", and anything you say will be changed to that by software.

[Jul 05, 2020] Biden prannocement of "woman of color" is identity politics in action as it eliminates qualified whites from the compertition

Jul 05, 2020 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

MARK CHAPMAN July 2, 2020 at 9:57 am

I think you must mean Susan Rice – Obama's former National Security Advisor. A known Russophobe and neo-liberal Democrat warhawk. I believe Biden promised, in one of his lucid moments, to choose 'a woman of color' for his VP. This is what it has come to in the fight to capture votes; it's not enough to spend – literally – billions in campaign funds, but you also have to court as many communities as possible instead of just picking the best person for the job. I'm not suggesting it is impossible a black or brown woman could be the best person for the job, but in that case there would be no need to announce it in advance, thereby eliminating all whites and males from competition. You can blame the voters for that as much as the politicians – screwing up the job of leadership has become so commonplace that a perception has arisen that the choice should be made on the basis of 'whose turn it is'.

Susan Rice could be baited into war with Russia at the drop of a hat – she is not a diplomat, has a filthy temper and is totally committed to the ideal of the United States as a benevolent tyrant which is not afraid to make the tough decisions because it knows what's best. When it says 'do', you do. Or else. I think it is pretty plain now that the Democratic strategy is to either use Biden – if elected – as a talking head for the Clinton Machine if he is able to remain reasonably convincing, or to relieve him for health reasons if he becomes visibly incompetent. Either way, rule in that administration will not be Biden's decisions.

ET AL July 2, 2020 at 10:24 am

I should stop drinking and posting.

You are right Mark, but also wrong! I found the article:

Joe Biden's ideal VP is Condoleezza Rice
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/501685-joe-bidens-ideal-vp-is-condoleezza-rice
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It's only an opinion piece and Condo is a Republican obvs, but I did have as you say have Susan in mind.

MARK CHAPMAN July 2, 2020 at 5:45 pm

It is so much easier to get along when both can be right and wrong in the same exchange. I do not have to run to my room to bury my face in my pillow and scream, like I do when I'm wrong. Well, that's The Hill, so it's a solid recommendation and not one of those throwaway "Hey, she'd make a great president!" endorsements like the papers make whenever some new mouthpiece appears briefly on the radar (remember 'Joe the plumber'?) But Condi has been out of politics an eternity, in political time, and would have to rebuild alliances and get quickly up to speed. I frankly doubt Biden is considering her.

She would be a marginal improvement on Susan Rice, though, for the faults I have already cited.

MOSCOWEXILE July 2, 2020 at 10:46 am

During Obama's presidency, the US ambassador to the UN was a wonderfully talented brown woman. Can't remember her name now, but she liked taking names.

MOSCOWEXILE July 2, 2020 at 10:48 am

Bear in mind, at the same time the US had a couple of dumb blue-eyed blondes as spokeswomen for the Department of State.

MOSCOWEXILE July 2, 2020 at 10:49 am

Not to mention a retarded vice-admiral!

JENNIFER HOR July 2, 2020 at 12:10 pm

No, no, this was during the first couple of years of Donald Trump's Presidency: the woman's name was Nikki Haley, originally born Nimrata Randhawa and of Sikh Indian background. She liked keeping a long shit list of people and countries to nurture dreams of punishment against.

ET AL July 5, 2020 at 4:41 am

Further to recent posts about Susan Rice as a potential BiDumb running mate:

TheHill.com Susan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/505683-susan-rice-sees-stock-rise-in-biden-vp-race

Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are getting most of the buzz, but former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is also been getting a lot of attention in Joe Biden's campaign as he considers who to pick as his running mate, sources say
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I say, is that a cheeky cooking pun squeezed in to the headline? It gets a clap from me if it is intentional!


[Jul 05, 2020] Watch: Protesters Pull Down Christopher Columbus Statue In Baltimore, Dump In Harbor

Looks like the most powerful complain for re-election of Trump
Jul 05, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

The statue, dedicated in 1984, is the latest monument to be destroyed in what President Trump dubbed the "left-wing cultural revolution" by "angry mobs."

According to the Baltimore Sun , the Columbus statue has been the site of a wreath-laying ceremony right before the annual Columbus Day parade, which, in 2019 was replaced with the Italian Heritage Festival.

Republican state delegates and Italian-American activists held a press conference at the statue last month to ask Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young to preserve and protect the memorials , following activists' comments about pulling down the monuments themselves and the introduction of a City Council bill this week to rename one of them in honor of victims of police violence.

The downed statue is one of three monuments to Columbus in Baltimore. - Baltimore Sun

https://twitter.com/i/status/1279588928736104449

erhaps some thoughts by Matt Taibbi are worth repeating ( via SubStack ):

Much of America has watched in quizzical silence in recent weeks as crowds declared war on an increasingly incoherent succession of historical symbols. Maybe you nodded as Confederate general Albert Pike was toppled or even when Christopher Columbus was beheaded, but it got a little weird when George Washington was emblazoned with "Fuck Cops" and set on fire , or when they went after Ulysses S. Grant , abolitionist Colonel Hans Christian Heg , " Forward ," (a seven-foot-tall female figure meant to symbolize progress ), the Portland, Oregon " Elk statue ," or my personal favorite, the former slave Miguel de Cervantes , whose cheerful creations Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were apparently mistaken for reals and had their eyes lashed red in San Francisco.

Was a What the Fuck? too much to ask? It was! In the space of a few weeks the level of discourse in the news media dropped so low, the fear of being shamed as a deviationist so high, that most of the weirder incidents went uncovered. Leading press organs engaged in real-time Soviet-style airbrushing. Here's how the Washington Post described a movement that targeted Spanish missionary Junipero Serra , Abraham Lincoln (a " single-handed symbol of white supremacy ," according to UW-Madison students), an apple cider press sculpture , abolitionist Mathias Baldwin , and the first all-Black volunteer regiment in the Civil War , among others.


lockandload , 52 seconds ago

BLM thugs have already started going after patriots. They ambushed our governor at the small town of Ackley Iowa. They were stalking her as she visited companies providing essential services during the pandemic. Her driver refused to stop, likely saving her life. One BLM thug was hit but not seriously injured. They are not waiting to run out of statues. We ordinary Americans must be heavily armed at all times now. Midwest states are full of illegals, who serve the left as an army. Open civil war is upon us whether we would have it or not.

warsev , 3 minutes ago

What these malicious rioters don't realize is that they are handing the November election to DJT and Republicans for senate and house. Average Americans look on the footage that accompanies this article with revulsion; for the ideas and the people behind them. Trump will walk away with 2020. Just keep it up, loony lefties.

vic and blood , 4 minutes ago

We have been in a race and culture war with multiple factions for some time. The presumed winner is not overtly participating.

Most white people are oblivious, though that is changing. Too bad we are demographically doomed.

SolidGold , 1 minute ago

Divide and conquer. Who creates that genius?

NumberNone , 12 minutes ago

Was in downtown Baltimore less than 2 years ago, it felt like you were one person away from someone that wanted to rob you. The downtown had all the usual suspects of faux high end shopping but the vibe was one of John Wayne Gacy in his clown suit...it had all the look and feel that was supposed to make you happy but it was rotten to the core.

Whoa Dammit , 13 minutes ago

We can't keep coddling these stupid brats. It's time to start making their parents pay for the mess and destruction that their ill raised offspring cause.

GoldRulesPaperDrools , 17 minutes ago

Protesters == pavement apes

House of Cards , 17 minutes ago

Terrorists you mean

Watt Supremacissss , 16 minutes ago

Crybullies.

GoldRulesPaperDrools , 15 minutes ago

Redundant but accurate ... +100_000

Silver Savior , 17 minutes ago

Columbus was a dickhead anyway.

NumberNone , 9 minutes ago

So we tear apart the country for a guy that held a gun to a pregnant woman's stomach...if you're gonna pass judgement and replace other people's icons you might want to make better choices.

Blackdawg7 , 43 minutes ago

I've never been a fan of Christopher Columbus but witnessing these know-nothing sanctimonious twits destroy public property while virtue signalling makes my blood boil.

Workdove , 44 minutes ago

Not worth the 10 years in jail...

vic and blood , 50 minutes ago

History's losers are terrorizing, and soon to be tyrannizing us because Caucasians are too civilized and docile.

Every race and tribe is programmed by God to attempt to dominate.

As an adherent of the non-aggression principle, I don't care for the binary choice, but accept it.

Either dominate or be dominated. Only cucks believe in co-existence. I assure you our rivals do not believe in peaceful co-existence.

unionbroker , 1 hour ago

Christopher Columbus sails out into the unknown where no man has gone before. What the **** has BLM done. Put the statues back up and throw BLM in the water

[Jul 04, 2020] Typically monuments are only desecrated, defaced, toppled or destroyed by the enemies of those who built them like happnedwith post Soviet states; woke mob is irrational and is an exception; in no way they try demolishe neoliberlaism in the USA

They probably can pus a smartphone instead of demolished monuments. Their view of police as a brutal occupying force is naive, because police is just a muscle, and it is not "white supremacy" that is behind them. They are fighting sypmtom, not the root case.
Jul 04, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Submitted by GEFIRA,

We all remember those shots. American troops are entering Baghdad. A tank stops somewhere in the city, cautiously, in the vicinity of a Saddam Hussein monument. After a few minutes of apparent inactivity, a crowd is beginning to form around the monument. The crowd is not all that big. It rallies around the figure of Iraq's president. Soon an American soldier climbs the monument and puts an American flag on it. An Iraqi intervenes, so the flag is replaced with the Iraqi one. And then, then some individuals begin to climb the statue, a crane arrives from somewhere, a steel rope is attached to the monument and the crane drives slowly back, taunting the line and gradually slanting the president's image to its feet. Eventually the figure drops to the ground and the cheering people dance around it, deliver it kicks and carry some of the pieces that fell off in the process away.

The alien forces have conquered the capital city of the enemy and performed an age-old ritual that victors used to perform in the presence of the vanquished: Americans demolished the material symbol of the enemy's sovereignty and by doing it they also humiliated the routed nation.

In the nineties of the 20th century we could all see angry Russians in Moscow, but also angry Poles in Warsaw and equally angry residents of other European capitals tearing down monuments from the communist era, especially those of Comrade Felix Dzerzhinsky, the notorious head of the Cheka (from: Всероссийская чрезвычайная комиссия, i.e. Vserossiyskaya chrezvychaynaya komissiya = The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission).

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Since the dawn of history monuments would be put up and torn down. Either act reflected a huge political, social, religious or demographic change. Monuments are erected by common consent of the majority of a given (national, social, religious, political) community, in which case they are wanted as a tribute to or a memory of the community's most cherished heroes or values, or they are enforced by occupying forces, in which case they are hated by those against whose will they have been put up.

Monuments are only desecrated, defaced, toppled or destroyed by the enemies of those who built them. Americans in Iraq and a part of Iraqi nation was against Saddam Hussein; a rather large part of the Russian nation nurtured bitter memories concerning the henchmen of their ancestors like Felix Dzerzhinsky, so they vented their anger on his images the moment an opportunity presented itself. The divide between those who put up the monuments and those who hated the sight of them was in each case insurmountable. What was dear to the former, was abhorrent to the latter.

Recently a huge wave of monument desecration and monument removal has swept the United States and to a much lesser extent Europe. It is mostly the heroes of the American South – generals of the Army of the Confederate States – that are targeted, but not only. Also abolitionists, 1) fighters for American independence of other nationalities, 2) Christian missionaries 3) and even Jesus Christ himself. 4) John Wayne may not be spared the same fate either 5) so much so that a monument to a Portland elk – his ancestor was presumably a slave owner and the elk – a confirmed racist – fell victim to the rage of American iconoclasts. 6)

If Americans torch their national flag, then US needs no enemies.

All this is taking place amid riots caused by the death of a frequent prison inmate who was caught by the police while suspected of paying with counterfeit money. The activists of the Black Lives Matter movement, supported by Antifa 7) and heavily sponsored by the powers that be and spurned on by the democrats performed the usual acts of protest: burning cars and looting shops. This time two qualitatively new elements have been added: one is the toppling or desecration of monuments and the other is forcing the police officers to knee to the rioters. All this is happening because it is wanted by at least a significant part of the establishment, democrats in the first place, who having failed to impeach Donald Trump, having stopped America's and the world's economies due to the so called pandemic now are playing another trump card in yet another effort to thwart the president incumbent from being elected for the second term.

https://lockerdome.com/lad/13084989113709670?pubid=ld-dfp-ad-13084989113709670-0&pubo=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com&rid=www.zerohedge.com&width=890 Shamelessness as a revolutionary act ( which see )

The democrats have decided to use American blacks to create chaos and make a distressing impression on US citizens who should come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is not capable of running the country. History provides ample examples when a part of the elites willing to topple the current ruler would resort to the help of the masses in order to force the ruler's abdication or resignation. Such was the case in France in the run-up to the French Revolution, such was the case in Russia in the run-up to the Russian revolution. In France it was the so-called third class that was used for the purpose, in Russia it was the proletariat, now in the United States it is the easily excitable blacks. History teaches us that a genie let out of the bottle cannot be put back at a moment's notice. Either the democrats have not been attentive during their history classes or their hatred of Donald Trump is so intense that they don't care.

What a splendid alliance!

What is happening now in the Land of the Free makes the whole world wonder. It fits the definition of a cultural revolution – modelled on its Chinese or Bolshevik predecessors – or a colour revolution known from the streets of Belgrade, Tunis, Cairo, Tbilisi, Kiev and many other places. If the latter is the correct interpretation then the question arises whether this time the process was initiated – as usual – by the CIA or whether it is the boomerang hitting back the thrower. Be that as it may – power struggle apart – the events reveal a few important things.

[1] Americans are not a uniform, coherent nation and never will be: it is always blacks against whites, though the discrimination laws are a thing of the past, how much more slavery. Assimilation or integration – so much propagated in Europe in view of the influx of the people from the Third World – does not work in the least. The two races share the same terrain, language and religion and still remain far part.

[2] Monument desecration and removal is a fight against memory. Memoriae damnatio or the Orwellian black hole is a well-known historical phenomenon. Invaders of Egypt necessarily obliterated the images of pharaohs; Arab conquerors smashed images of ancient heroes or Christian saints; Christians would destroy pagan idols; Byzantine iconoclasts raised their hands against paintings depicting Jesus Christ and saints; protestants would do the same a couple of centuries later in northern and western Europe; French revolutionaries would even stoop down to extracting corpses of the long-dead French kings – Capetians, Valois, Bourbons – and desecrating them; Bolsheviks in Russia would do the same with the remnants of the tsarist past; even worse: factions of Bolsheviks would delete from very recent memory yesterday's comrades.

[3] The BLM movement is racist to the core. It is aimed against whites and whites alone. It is strong because it is supported by the democratic party and its adherents and a number of foundations. That it is anti-white is evident. White actors have been discouraged from impersonating or even voicing characters of colour, which, however, is not the case when it comes to black actors who are increasingly frequently cast in typically white roles. It is only and exclusively whites who are accused of being racist.

[4] Humiliation of the white population and especially of the police. The pictures of white people kneeling to blacks and of the policemen – armed to their teeth – to the rioters have been spread worldwide. It is an act of humiliation pure touted of course as an act of interracial reconciliation and mutual respect.

[5] As usual, whenever a black gets killed in a squabble or a scuffle African-Americans, Antifa and the mainstream media are quick to pass judgement without waiting for the court sentence, which runs counter to the well-established procedure that no one is deemed guilty until proven. The pressure exerted by the rioters and the media without doubt negatively affects the decision of the judges who later deal with the case.

[6] What is happening is certainly wanted by a large part of the establishment or else it wouldn't have been happening. Black rioters know that they can enjoy a lot of leeway and they act accordingly, looting and burning and showing disrespect for the law and the police. Many a mayor or police chief – usually a democrat and a black – under the pretext of deescalating the conflicts withdraws the law enforcement units from parts of the city that they are in charge of. Consider the so-called autonomous zones in Seattle and New York held for a time by rioters. The powers that be could suppress the riots within 24 hours if they only wanted to. As it is, they are using irascible black communities (agitated by Antifa activists) to create turmoil and thus to achieve political goals. Just picture to yourself a rally of genuine Nazis raising their hands in the Roman salute: how long would they hold a public space?

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Fist was the emblem of Communists , South African black fighters and the anti-Miloshevich Otpor movement in Serbia.

People occupying parts of the city called autonomous zones remind the Kiev Maidan protesters. They spend days and nights doing nothing, but somehow they do not go hungry. In both cases the police are either inactive or indolent. The Maidan riots in Kiev brought about the change of the government. The powers that be must be counting on the same in the Dis-United States of America.

How do we know that the riots are instigated, sponsored and used by the powers that be? Precisely because of the inactivity and indolence of the police, because of the inactivity and indolence of local; authorities, because of the media's condoning tone towards the events. Lastly, history teaches us that revolutions, are made by means of popular protests and these protests are paid by very rich individuals. Professional revolutionaries whose task it was to destabilize Russia at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries were in the pocket of Alexander Parvus (born: Israel Gelfand) and Jacob Schiff. Individuals that later became the driving forces of the coup d'etat – Leon Trotsky (born: Lev Bronstein), creator of the Red Army – did not have to bother about their living.

The deletion of historical memory and the renunciation of the heroes of the past paves the way for replacing the United States of America with something new. Maybe the Union of Soviet States of America? At present it is the images, effigies, and monuments that are beheaded, trampled upon, kicked and drowned. Tomorrow it may very likely be people. Such are the dynamics of any revolutionary movement.

Toppling of monuments ushers in a new era.

References:

1. Hans Christian Heg was an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .
2. Rioters vandalise statue of Polish-US hero Tadeusz Kościuszko as violent protests erupt across America, The First News .
3. Junipero Serra statue toppled in downtown L.A., Los Angeles Times .
4. Shaun King: 'STATUES of the White European They Claim Is Jesus Should Also Come Down', Black Enterprise .
5. Democrats want John Wayne Airport renamed after 'I believe in white supremacy' interview resurfaces, CNN.com .
6. Iconic Portland elk statue removed from downtown after fire set during protest, The Oregonian .
7. What's Antifa and its role in Black Lives Matter protests? TRT World .

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[Jul 03, 2020] A secularised 'illusion' is metamorphosing back into woke religion by Alastair Crooke

Jul 03, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Alastair Crooke via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Many commentators have noted the wokes' absence of vision for the future . Some describe them in highly caustic terms:

"Today, America's tumbrils are clattering about, carrying toppled statues, ruined careers, unwoke brands. Over their sides peer those deemed racist by left-wing identitarians and sentenced to cancelation, even as the evidentiary standard for that crime falls through the floor But who are these cultural revolutionaries? The conventional wisdom goes that this is the inner-cities erupting, economically disadvantaged victims of racism enraged over the murder of George Floyd. The reality is something more bourgeoisie. As Kevin Williamson observed last week, "These are the idiot children of the American ruling class, toy radicals and Champagne Bolsheviks, playing Jacobin for a while, until they go back to graduate school".

Is that so? I well recall listening in the Middle East to other angry young men who, too, wanted to 'topple the statues'; to burn down everything. 'You really believed that Washington would allow you in', they taunted and tortured their leaders: "No, we must burn it all down. Start from scratch".

Did they have a blueprint for the future? No. They simply believed that Islam would organically inflate, and expand to fill the void. It would happen by itself – of its own accord: Faith.

Professor John Gray has noted "that in The God that failed, Gide says: 'My faith in communism is like my faith in religion. It is a promise of salvation for mankind'' . "Here Gide acknowledged", Gray continues, "that communism was an atheist version of monotheism. But so is liberalism, and when Gide and others gave up faith in communism to become liberals, they were not renouncing the concepts and values that both ideologies had inherited from western religion. They continued to believe that history was a directional process in which humankind was advancing towards universal freedom ".

So too with the wokes. The emphasis is on Redemption; on a Truth catharsis; on their own Virtue as sufficient agency to stand-in for the lack of plan for the future. All are clear signals: A secularised 'illusion' is metamorphosing back into 'religion'. Not as Islam, of course, but as angry Man, burning at the deep and dark moral stain of the past. And acting now as purifying 'fire' to bring about the uplifting and shining future ahead.

Tucker Carlson, a leading American conservative commentator known for plain speaking, frames the movement a little differently:

"This is not a momentary civil disturbance. This is a serious, and highly organized political movement It is deep and profound and has vast political ambitions. It is insidious, it will grow. Its goal is to end liberal democracy and challenge western civilization itself We're too literal and good-hearted to understand what's happening We have no idea what we are up against These are not protests. This is a totalitarian political movement" .

Again, nothing needs to be done by this new generation to bring into being a new world, apart from destroying the old one. This vision is a relic – albeit secularised – of western Christianity. Apocalypse and redemption, these wokes believe, have their own path; their own internal logic.

Mill's 'ghost' is arrived at the table. And with its return, America's exceptionalism has its re-birth. Redemption for humankind's dark stains. A narrative in which the history of mankind is reduced to the history of racial struggle. Yet Americans, young or old, now lack the power to project it as a universal vision.

'Virtue', however deeply felt, on its own, is insufficient. Might President Trump try nevertheless to sustain the old illusion by hard power? The U.S. is deeply fractured and dysfunctional – but if desperate, this is possible.

The "toy radicals, and Champagne Bolsheviks" – in these terms of dripping disdain from Williamson – are very similar to those who rushed into the streets in 1917. But before dismissing them so peremptorily and lightly, recall what occurred.

Into that combustible mass of youth – so acultured by their progressive parents to see a Russian past that was imperfect and darkly stained – a Trotsky and Lenin were inserted. And Stalin ensued. No 'toy radicals'. Soft became hard totalitarianism.


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N2M , 22 minutes ago

Vision? What vision that might be?

"'Freedom' is being torn down from within"

What freedom? Could be "Freedom" they decide how, when and where you can express your thoughts? There is only one true freedom that exists and that is human free will to tell the truth.

Today vision of Freedom is a joke, this game was never about freedom for in a world of ideology, there is always lurking a deceits of lies and control.

There are 3 types of Americans.

  1. A sharp ones and well tune to what has been going on and those I had a chance to talk to and become friends when I was in U.S.A
  2. The imbeciles of totally clueless generation of people who will listen to any wave of information in propaganda as true and must be and their government is so beloved, no others can even compete and they only have good intentions /s /c
  3. And there is this group, shrewd, conniving, self-moral, warmongering, evil to a core psychopaths who only follow different orders to impose their will on other nations to makes sure they follow what? USD.

So when author speaks about vision it must separate few things!

Washington is running around imposing sanctions, destroying relationship/interest with nations, trying all this regime changes at a cost of death of millions of people and then dropping "Freedom bombs' almost every 8 to 9 minutes somewhere in this world, because these freaks vision is way different, then some regular people either be in South America or other continents that these regular people have.

Real vision is based on corporation, and U.S.A had that before, however after being hijack, now they trying to start a war of unimaginable proportions so few fat bosses in one Chamber can feel as super masters of the world and everyone as slaves.

I would like to remind some people about vision – Marx had a vision to, and rest is history.

Becklon , 1 hour ago

It's a lack of shared purpose, I think. Without a common focus, such as an external threat (as once provided by the USSR) groups tend to fracture and turn on themselves and each other.

It's got nothing to do with any one religious or political group having more power than others. It's to do with homo sapiens - and maybe entropy.


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David Wooten , 1 hour ago

Well, if all this is true, there is far, far more at stake than the US being unable to "Re-Impose Its Civilisational Worldview" (which I would be fine with).

This is about the destruction of the US itself.

[Jul 03, 2020] Tucker: Woke movement ignores the fact that Christover Columbus was not involved in detaining of Floyd

Pandemic of hysteria and other interesting thing happening in the USA
Jul 03, 2020 | www.youtube.com


Streak 264
, 17 hours ago (edited)

The world has gone batshit crazy.


Lucky Sniper
, 4 hours ago

"At any moment millions of human beings may become smitten with a new madness" - Carl Jung. Psychoanalyst


Zulu Zulu
, 5 hours ago

Cancel every holiday in America. Everyone needs to be working 24 hours a day to fix this country.

[Jul 03, 2020] Is math unjust and grounded in discrimination ? Sometimes I wonder if the world is some kind of sitcom for aliens

Notable quotes:
"... This lady is sitting there lying trying to prove a point. I have been in enough arguments to kow when someone is just arguing to keep the discussion going ..."
Jul 03, 2020 | www.youtube.com

John Smith , 7 months ago

Crazy lady: Math is discriminatory!

Mia Light , 8 months ago (edited)

Sometimes I wonder if the world is some kind of sitcom for aliens.

Johnny West , 7 months ago

Comprehending mathematics requires IQ ! Not equality. Lord, this woman lives in a rabbit hole.

Ruttigorn Logsdon , 7 months ago

And son that's how America became a third world country over night!

L0nN13 , 8 months ago

The bottom line is, they want to take away any problem solving skills that might build character, because someone might get hurt! Victimhood culture run amuck.

Sal Pacheco , 8 months ago

Mathematics is the cornerstone of all forms of trade, communications, home economics and every other aspect of life. Truth is they're dumbing everyone down to control populations!

Oprah and Michael Jordan are black billionaires , 4 days ago

As a black American, this is so ignorant and offensive to me

Jewel Heart , 7 months ago

The brilliant NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson just proves what a load of bx this latest rubbish is.

Mach 1 , 2 years ago

I have Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and I'm 62-years old. I have never once cared about the history of mathematics, other than a curiosity. Knowing the history of mathematics never helped me once to solve an ordinary second order differential equation.

Aric Lyles , 8 months ago

When a person lies while giving an interview they should be shocked or something. This lady is sitting there lying trying to prove a point. I have been in enough arguments to kow when someone is just arguing to keep the discussion going. She has already lost the argument deflected and differed responsibility when confronted with the legitimacy of the paper.

Go exercise healthy body makes a healthy mind not the other way around.

[Jul 03, 2020] Kurt Vonnegut's Literary Prophecy Coming True by Larry C Johnson

Jul 03, 2020 | turcopolier.typepad.com

HARRISON BERGERON by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal.

They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213 th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

Some things about living still weren't quite right, though. April for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron's fourteen- year-old son, Harrison, away.

It was tragic, all right, but George and Hazel couldn't think about it very hard. Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.

George and Hazel were watching television. There were tears on Hazel's cheeks, but she'd forgotten for the moment what they were about.

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div Dostoyevsky had a good definition of the woke movement of his day, from his very prescient novel "The Possessed" [by devils]. He defined it as "a combination of self righteousness, and the unwillingness to hold an independent opinion."

Dostoyevsky had a good definition of the political correctness of his day, from his very prescient novel "The Possessed" [by devils]. He defined it as "a combination of self righteousness, and the unwillingness to hold an independent opinion." (They were then as now called "liberals," the "resistance" then to Tsar Aleksandr II, who had just freed 23 million serfs, created a court system with trial by jury, and instituted elected local and regional governments. Elements of the resistance assassinated him en route to proclaim an elected national parliament, the proclamation physically on his person.)

[Jul 02, 2020] Superman actor Dean Cain takes heat for arguing cancel culture would censor truth, justice, the American way motto today

Notable quotes:
"... Speaking with Fox's Ainsley Earhard on Thursday, the conservative actor took aim at 'cancel culture,' dubbing it "like an early version of George Orwell's 1984" which would have barred the 90s-era character from uttering his iconic slogan. ..."
"... "I promise you that Superman – I wouldn't today be allowed to say: 'Truth, justice, and the American way,'" ..."
Jul 03, 2020 | www.rt.com
Actor Dean Cain, who portrayed Superman for a 1990s TV show, has set Twitter ablaze after arguing that modern 'cancel culture' would have outlawed the superhero's catchphrase – "Truth, justice and the American way."

Speaking with Fox's Ainsley Earhard on Thursday, the conservative actor took aim at 'cancel culture,' dubbing it "like an early version of George Orwell's 1984" which would have barred the 90s-era character from uttering his iconic slogan.

"I promise you that Superman – I wouldn't today be allowed to say: 'Truth, justice, and the American way,'" Cain said, responding to a recent op-ed in Time Magazine calling for a "re-examining" of how superheroes are portrayed on screen.

Also on rt.com 'You're 25 years late': Non-white Superman actor trolls site calling for 'diverse' Man of Steel

[Jul 02, 2020] Some jobs matter: Harvard grad fired by Deloitte after threatening to stab anyone who thinks 'all lives matter'

Notable quotes:
"... "I'ma stab you, and while you're struggling and bleeding out, I'ma show you my paper cut and say, 'My cut matters too,'" she declared in the TikTok clip. ..."
"... Holding back tears, Janover said she'd "worked really hard" to receive a position at the company, and complained that her contract had been terminated even though Deloitte claims to "stand against systemic racism." ..."
Jul 02, 2020 | www.rt.com

Is this a new type of female hysteria or what ?

A Harvard graduate has reportedly lost her job after posting a now-viral TikTok video in which she vowed to assault anyone who didn't support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

...

Claira Janover became an overnight sensation after several news outlets caught wind of a video in which she threatened to attack anyone "entitled" enough to believe that "all lives matter."

"I'ma stab you, and while you're struggling and bleeding out, I'ma show you my paper cut and say, 'My cut matters too,'" she declared in the TikTok clip.

...Holding back tears, Janover said she'd "worked really hard" to receive a position at the company, and complained that her contract had been terminated even though Deloitte claims to "stand against systemic racism."

..."File under Schadenfreude or Karma," noted conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin.

...Janover's firing is unusual as it marks a rare case of 'reverse' cancel culture. Social-justice activists have typically been the ones using social media to attack anyone who is suspected of holding politically incorrect views.

[Jul 01, 2020] Priyamvada Gopal is a racist.

Wikipedia: (born 1968) is a Professor in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Churchill College. Her main teaching and research interests are in colonial and postcolonial literature and theory, gender and feminism, Marxism and critical race studies.
"She's racist. I think we need to stop this dumbass spiel that minorities cannot be racist because they absolutely can. She is racist and is getting away with because she's not white. That's just the fact of the matter."
"please recognize that this is completely unacceptable and indefensible? How are her students supposed to feel safe?"
Jul 01, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

More racist tweets by Cambridge University Professor Priyamvada Gopal have been unearthed, including one in which she spoke about her urge to "kneecap white men."

Gopal caused controversy last week when she tweeted "white lives don't matter," prompting a petition demanding she be fired. However, Cambridge University responded by promoting her to a full professorship, despite the fact that the tweet was censored by Twitter for hate speech.

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The media's reaction was to portray Gopal as the victim of bullying while feigning infinitely greater outrage over a "white lives matter" banner that was flown over a soccer match in Manchester.

More hateful tweets have now been discovered, including one discussion where Gopal states, "I resist urges to kneecap white men every day. So, no **I** am the hero."

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"Can @Cambridge_Uni please recognise that this is completely unacceptable and indefensible? How are her students supposed to feel safe?" asked Emma Webb.

"She's racist. I think we need to stop this dumbass spiel that minorities cannot be racist because they absolutely can. She is racist and is getting away with because she's not white. That's just the fact of the matter," remarked Dominique Samuels.

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Maybe these messages will lead to another petition demanding Gopal's removal. The first one was deleted by Change.org after receiving over 20,000 signatures.

Cambridge University has stood by Gopal despite previously dismissing Noah Carl after 500 academics signed a letter challenging Carl's research on race and intelligence.

The institution also previously rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson after a woke mob complained about his stance on political correctness and after he appeared in a photograph with a man wearing a t-shirt that said "I'm a proud Islamophobe."

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[Jul 01, 2020] Matt Taibbi On -White Fragility- -

Jul 01, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Matt Taibbi On "White Fragility" by Tyler Durden Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:45 Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Print

Authored by Matt Taibbi,

A few thoughts on America's smash-hit #1 guide to egghead racialism...

A core principle of the academic movement that shot through elite schools in America since the early nineties was the view that individual rights, humanism, and the democratic process are all just stalking-horses for white supremacy. The concept, as articulated in books like former corporate consultant Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility (Amazon's #1 seller !) reduces everything, even the smallest and most innocent human interactions, to racial power contests.

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It's been mind-boggling to watch White Fragility celebrated in recent weeks. When it surged past a Hunger Games book on bestseller lists, USA Today cheered , "American readers are more interested in combatting racism than in literary escapism." When DiAngelo appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon gushed , "I know everyone wants to talk to you right now!" White Fragility has been pitched as an uncontroversial road-map for fighting racism, at a time when after the murder of George Floyd Americans are suddenly (and appropriately) interested in doing just that. Except this isn't a straightforward book about examining one's own prejudices. Have the people hyping this impressively crazy book actually read it?

DiAngelo isn't the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category.

If your category is "white," bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremacy ("Anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities Whiteness has always been predicated on blackness"), which naturally means "a positive white identity is an impossible goal."

DiAngelo instructs us there is nothing to be done here, except "strive to be less white." To deny this theory, or to have the effrontery to sneak away from the tedium of DiAngelo's lecturing – what she describes as "leaving the stress-inducing situation" – is to affirm her conception of white supremacy. This intellectual equivalent of the "ordeal by water" (if you float, you're a witch) is orthodoxy across much of academia.

DiAngelo's writing style is pure pain. The lexicon favored by intersectional theorists of this type is built around the same principles as Orwell's Newspeak : it banishes ambiguity, nuance, and feeling and structures itself around sterile word pairs, like racist and antiracist, platform and deplatform , center and silence, that reduce all thinking to a series of binary choices . Ironically, Donald Trump does something similar, only with words like " AMAZING !" and " SAD !" that are simultaneously more childish and livelier.

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Writers like DiAngelo like to make ugly verbs out of ugly nouns and ugly nouns out of ugly verbs (there are countless permutations on centering and privileging alone). In a world where only a few ideas are considered important, redundancy is encouraged, e.g. "To be less white is to break with white silence and white solidarity, to stop privileging the comfort of white people," or "Ruth Frankenberg, a premier white scholar in the field of whiteness, describes whiteness as multidimensional "

DiAngelo writes like a person who was put in timeout as a child for speaking clearly. "When there is disequilibrium in the habitus -- when social cues are unfamiliar and/or when they challenge our capital -- we use strategies to regain our balance," she says ("People taken out of their comfort zones find ways to deal," according to Google Translate). Ideas that go through the English-DiAngelo translator usually end up significantly altered, as in this key part of the book when she addresses Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream," speech:

One line of King's speech in particular -- that one day he might be judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin -- was seized upon by the white public because the words were seen to provide a simple and immediate solution to racial tensions: pretend that we don't see race, and racism will end. Color blindness was now promoted as the remedy for racism, with white people insisting that they didn't see race or, if they did, that it had no meaning to them.

That this speech was held up as the framework for American race relations for more than half a century precisely because people of all races understood King to be referring to a difficult and beautiful long-term goal worth pursuing is discounted, of course. White Fragility is based upon the idea that human beings are incapable of judging each other by the content of their character, and if people of different races think they are getting along or even loving one another, they probably need immediate antiracism training. This is an important passage because rejection of King's "dream" of racial harmony -- not even as a description of the obviously flawed present, but as the aspirational goal of a better future -- has become a central tenet of this brand of antiracist doctrine mainstream press outlets are rushing to embrace.

The book's most amazing passage concerns the story of Jackie Robinson:

The story of Jackie Robinson is a classic example of how whiteness obscures racism by rendering whites, white privilege, and racist institutions invisible. Robinson is often celebrated as the first African American to break the color line

While Robinson was certainly an amazing baseball player, this story line depicts him as racially special, a black man who broke the color line himself. The subtext is that Robinson finally had what it took to play with whites, as if no black athlete before him was strong enough to compete at that level. Imagine if instead, the story went something like this: "Jackie Robinson, the first black man whites allowed to play major-league baseball."

There is not a single baseball fan anywhere – literally not one, except perhaps Robin DiAngelo, I guess – who believes Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier because he "finally had what it took to play with whites." Everyone familiar with this story understands that Robinson had to be exceptional, both as a player and as a human being, to confront the racist institution known as Major League Baseball. His story has always been understood as a complex, long-developing political tale about overcoming violent systemic oppression. For DiAngelo to suggest history should re-cast Robinson as "the first black man whites allowed to play major league baseball" is grotesque and profoundly belittling.

Robinson's story moreover did not render "whites, white privilege, and racist institutions invisible." It did the opposite. Robinson uncovered a generation of job inflation for mediocre white ballplayers in a dramatic example of "privilege" that was keenly understood by baseball fans of all races fifty years before White Fragility. Baseball statistics nerds have long been arguing about whether to put asterisks next to the records of white stars who never had to pitch to Josh Gibson, or hit against prime Satchel Paige or Webster McDonald. Robinson's story, on every level, exposed and evangelized the truth about the very forces DiAngelo argues it rendered "invisible."

It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one's intended point, but this isn't uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.

Yet these ideas are taking America by storm. The movement that calls itself "antiracism" – I think it deserves that name a lot less than "pro-lifers" deserve theirs and am amazed journalists parrot it without question – is complete in its pessimism about race relations. It sees the human being as locked into one of three categories: members of oppressed groups, allies, and white oppressors.

Where we reside on the spectrum of righteousness is, they say, almost entirely determined by birth, a view probably shared by a lot of 4chan readers. With a full commitment to the program of psychological ablutions outlined in the book, one may strive for a "less white identity," but again, DiAngelo explicitly rejects the Kingian goal of just trying to love one another as impossible, for two people born with different skin colors.

This dingbat racialist cult, which has no art, music, literature, and certainly no comedy, is the vision of "progress" institutional America has chosen to endorse in the Trump era. Why? Maybe because it fits. It won't hurt the business model of the news media, which for decades now has been monetizing division and has known how to profit from moral panics and witch hunts since before Fleet street discovered the Mod/Rocker wars.

Democratic Party leaders, pioneers of the costless gesture, have already embraced this performative race politics as a useful tool for disciplining apostates like Bernie Sanders. Bernie took off in presidential politics as a hard-charging crusader against a Wall Street-fattened political establishment, and exited four years later a self-flagellating, defeated old white man who seemed to regret not apologizing more for his third house. Clad in kente cloth scarves, the Democrats who crushed him will burn up CSPAN with homilies on privilege even as they reassure donors they'll stay away from Medicare for All or the carried interest tax break.

For corporate America the calculation is simple. What's easier, giving up business models based on war, slave labor, and regulatory arbitrage, or benching Aunt Jemima? There's a deal to be made here, greased by the fact that the "antiracism" prophets promoted in books like White Fragility share corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc.

Corporate America doubtless views the current protest movement as something that can be addressed as an H.R. matter, among other things by hiring thousands of DiAngelos to institute codes for the proper mode of Black-white workplace interaction.

If you're wondering what that might look like, here's DiAngelo explaining how she handled the fallout from making a bad joke while she was "facilitating antiracism training" at the office of one of her clients.

When one employee responds negatively to the training, DiAngelo quips the person must have been put off by one of her Black female team members: "The white people," she says, "were scared by Deborah's hair." (White priests of antiracism like DiAngelo seem universally to be more awkward and clueless around minorities than your average Trump-supporting construction worker).

DiAngelo doesn't grasp the joke flopped and has to be told two days later that one of her web developer clients was offended. In despair, she writes, "I seek out a friend who is white and has a solid understanding of cross-racial dynamics."

After DiAngelo confesses her feelings of embarrassment, shame and guilt to the enlightened white cross-racial dynamics expert (everyone should have such a person on speed-dial), she approaches the offended web developer. She asks, "Would you be willing to grant me the opportunity to repair the racism I perpetrated toward you in that meeting?" At which point the web developer agrees, leading to a conversation establishing the parameters of problematic joke resolution.

This dialogue straight out of South Park – "Is it okay if I touch your penis? No, you may not touch my penis at this time!" – has a good shot of becoming standard at every transnational corporation, law firm, university, newsroom, etc.

Of course the upside such consultants can offer is an important one. Under pressure from people like this, companies might address long-overdue inequities in boardroom diversity.

The downside, which we're already seeing, is that organizations everywhere will embrace powerful new tools for solving professional disputes, through a never-ending purge. One of the central tenets of DiAngelo's book (and others like it) is that racism cannot be eradicated and can only be managed through constant, "lifelong" vigilance, much like the battle with addiction . A useful theory, if your business is selling teams of high-priced toxicity-hunters to corporations as next-generation versions of efficiency experts -- in the fight against this disease, companies will need the help forever and ever.

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Cancelations already are happening too fast to track. In a phenomenon that will be familiar to students of Russian history, accusers are beginning to appear alongside the accused. Three years ago a popular Canadian writer named Hal Niedzviecki was denounced for expressing the opinion that "anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities." He reportedly was forced out of the Writer's Union of Canada for the crime of "cultural appropriation," and denounced as a racist by many, including a poet named Gwen Benaway. The latter said Niedzviecki "doesn't see the humanity of indigenous peoples." Last week, Benaway herself was denounced on Twitter for failing to provide proof that she was Indigenous.

Michael Korenberg, the chair of the board at the University of British Columbia, was forced to resign for liking tweets by Dinesh D'Souza and Donald Trump, which you might think is fine – but what about Latino electrical worker Emmanuel Cafferty, fired after a white activist took a photo of him making an OK symbol (it was described online as a "white power" sign)? How about Sue Schafer, the heretofore unknown graphic designer the Washington Post decided to out in a 3000-word article for attending a Halloween party two years ago in blackface (a failed parody of a different blackface incident involving Megyn Kelly)? She was fired, of course. How was this news? Why was ruining this person's life necessary?

People everywhere today are being encouraged to snitch out schoolmates, parents, and colleagues for thoughtcrime. The New York Times wrote a salutary piece about high schoolers scanning social media accounts of peers for evidence of "anti-black racism" to make public, because what can go wrong with encouraging teenagers to start submarining each other's careers before they've even finished growing?

"People who go to college end up becoming racist lawyers and doctors. I don't want people like that to keep getting jobs," one 16 year-old said.

"Someone rly started a Google doc of racists and their info for us to ruin their lives I love twitter," wrote a different person, adding cheery emojis.

A bizarre echo of North Korea's " three generations of punishment " doctrine could be seen in the boycotts of Holy Land grocery , a well-known hummus maker in Minneapolis. In recent weeks it's been abandoned by clients and seen its lease pulled because of racist tweets made by the CEO's 14 year-old daughter eight years ago.

Parents calling out their kids is also in vogue. In Slate, "Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill" wrote to advice columnist Michelle Herman in a letter headlined, " I think I've screwed up the way my kids think about race ." The problem, the aggrieved parent noted, was that his/her sons had gone to a diverse school, and their "closest friends are still a mix of black, Hispanic, and white kids," which to them was natural. The parent worried when one son was asked to fill out an application for a potential college roommate and expressed annoyance at having to specify race, because "I don't care about race."

Clearly, a situation needing fixing! The parent asked if someone who didn't care about race was "just as racist as someone who only has white friends" and asked if it was "too late" to do anything. No fear, Herman wrote: it's never too late for kids like yours to educate themselves. To help, she linked to a program of materials designed for just that purpose, a " Lesson Plan for Being An Ally ," that included a month of readings of White Fragility. Hopefully that kid with the Black and Hispanic friends can be cured!

This notion that color-blindness is itself racist, one of the main themes of White Fragility , could have amazing consequences. In researching I Can't Breathe, I met civil rights activists who recounted decades of struggle to remove race from the law. I heard stories of lawyers who were physically threatened for years in places like rural Arkansas just for trying to end explicit hiring and housing discrimination and other remnants of Jim Crow. Last week, an Oregon County casually exempted "people of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling" from a Covid-19 related mask order. Who thinks creating different laws for different racial categories is going to end well? When has it ever?

At a time of catastrophe and national despair, when conservative nationalism is on the rise and violent confrontation on the streets is becoming commonplace, it's extremely suspicious that the books politicians, the press, university administrators, and corporate consultants alike are asking us to read are urging us to put race even more at the center of our identities, and fetishize the unbridgeable nature of our differences.

Meanwhile books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird, which are both beautiful and actually anti-racist, have been banned, for containing the "N-word ." ( White Fragility contains it too, by the way).

It's almost like someone thinks there's a benefit to keeping people divided.


[Jul 01, 2020] History repeats: 'White Jesus' Tried in the Court of Black Lives Matter

Jul 01, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

or about a month now, America's major cities have treated to nightly orgies of old-fashioned, rope-and-torch iconoclasm. Statues of variously "problematic" historical figures (including both Robert E. Lee and, for some reason, Ulysses S. Grant) are defaced, torn from their rivets, and set on fire.

As cooler minds have always known, it was only a matter of time before these iconoclasts moved out of the public sphere and into the private. But that day came much sooner than many of us anticipated.

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Enter Shaun King, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter and a doyen of the cultural elite. Last Monday, Mr. King issued gave his followers a rather disturbing order:

Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been. In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down.

Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.

The Christian Post identifies King as a "retired pastor," which is a pretty big stretch. In 2008, at the age of 29, Mr. King founded a church in Atlanta called "Courageous Church" -- only to step down four years later, aged 33, because his congregation didn't really like him. "I think in some ways I moved people too quickly for their comfort and it just didn't work," he explained. "Some people really loved the changes and transitions that I was proposing, but it didn't work." I guess so. In fairness, destroying statues of Jesus and the saints went out of vogue with Protestants a good four hundred years ago.

northernobserver stephen pickard a day ago

Every people are allowed to imaging Jesus in their own way.
So what's the issue exactly? That's right there is no issue. King simply wants to deprive white people of their own self respect while elevating his. He's a Satanic figure.

[Jul 01, 2020] Identity politics ironically enough gives whiteness a near-mystical power to mold and control the course of the world in such a way that "those deemed white remain this nation's primary actors." White people act, black people are acted upon. by Gregor Baszak

Jul 01, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

In a brilliant New York Times op-ed from 2017 , Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote that identity politics ironically enough gives whiteness a near-mystical power to mold and control the course of the world in such a way that "those deemed white remain this nation's primary actors." White people act, black people are acted upon. This is the way it's been and, if you ask the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, this is the way it's going to remain for a long, long time. It was unfortunate that Jones fell into the same fatalistic way of thinking.

But what felt like an argumentative misstep then is now the law of the land on the left, by which activists like the indignant white woman from the Twitter video above reveal their actual racism. It's the same sentiment informing those horrid Facebook posts by your friends.

What will be left to the wayside as a result is any meaningful attempt to tackle the issues of overly aggressive policing, unemployment, low growth, dwindling incomes, existential despair, and the skyrocketing homicide rate that's been haunting our cities since the recent riots and the subsequent retreat of police forces. Black lives are getting lost at staggering rates, and no one who holds the public microphone seems to care.

...things have degenerated toward ahistorical acts of iconoclasm against the author of the Declaration of Independence or the Union general and later president who brought the rebellion to its knees and then crushed the KKK. The target in all this is not so much some perceived historical injustice that occurred in the distant past but the belief that "whiteness" has wiggled its way through time, swallowing and destroying all that has stood in its way. It's the stony memorials to this mythic, all-pervasive whiteness that therefore need to be toppled first before anything else can change . And voila, we're way past addressing the real problems affecting our country.

(Perhaps, it's the advance guard of Joe Biden's presidency. After all, didn't he promise a room full of megarich donors that under his administration "nothing would fundamentally change"?)

...a compassionate plea to black Americans -- really, to all Americans -- not to feel like the deck is forever stacked against them. True change requires us to engage in meaningful civic activity in order to regain a sense of agency that our corporate-sponsored anti-racist figureheads insist remains confined to the hearts of entitled white progressives.

Otherwise, "we'll be back here in ten years having the same conversation."

Gregor Baszak is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a writer. His articles have appeared in The American Conservative, Los Angeles Review of Books, Platypus Review, Public Books, Spectator USA, Spiked, and elsewhere. Follow Gregor on Twitter at @gregorbas1.



The Dog Father
14 hours ago

The Clintons.... only politicians who have a type of murder named after them. Arkancide, or Arkansas Sudden Death Syndrome.

Yuri Orloff 12 hours ago

The Clinton Crime bill was not a mistake. Anyone who's ever spent any amount of time on the darker side of a major American city knows that "superpredators" are all too real. The supreme irony over all this revisionist angst is that the mass incarceration of black criminals is a massive boon to black communities, given that crime perpetrated by black men overwhelmingly harms black people.

JonF311 Yuri Orloff 10 hours ago

Superpredator? Sounds like a SciFi movie title. A swaggering, mean-talking street tough who'll steal anything not nailed down or red hot doesn't qualify as Son of Godzilla.

Yuri Orloff JonF311 8 hours ago

No, "superpredator" was a term used by Hillary Clinton in 1993 to describe the hardcore violent criminals who seemed so common at the time. Violent crime in America peaked in 1990. It was a major campaign issue beginning in 1968 and continuing through 1992, after which crime decreased rapidly.

[Jul 01, 2020] A Single-Handed Symbol Of White Supremacy-- Wisconsin Students Demand Removal Of Abraham Lincoln Statue

Jul 01, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Saying that Lincoln is the "symbol of white supremacy" has about as much foundation as saying Harvey Milk is the symbol of militant heterosexuality. Both were great leaders who were killed at the height of campaigns for equality. As I discuss below, there are aspects of Lincoln's legacy that are worthy of condemnation but even John Wilkes Booth would dispute the claim of Lincoln as the embodiment of white supremacy.

[Jul 01, 2020] Think The Cancel Mobs Can't Get Any Worse? Think Again by Harlan Hill

Jun 30, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Think The "Cancel" Mobs Can't Get Any Worse? Think Again


Authored by Harlan Hill via RealClearPolitics.com,

America is in the midst of one of the great moral panics in our nation's history. If we don't stand up for our nation's core values, the situation could get even worse – and soon. If you've spent any time on social media in the last three weeks, you've probably noticed the organized campaigns to get college and even high school students expelled or denied admission based on their political views. You've also seen gleeful mobs celebrating as Americans lose their jobs for running afoul of someone's momentary political obsessions.

In every sector of American society, people are having their careers destroyed to the pitiless baying of the "woke" masses. It's happening in business. CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman spent 20 years building the fitness brand into a multi-billion dollar company, only to be thrown out of the empire he built for declining to go along with the "racism is a public health crisis" dogma.

It's happening in journalism. New York Times editor James Bennet, a liberal, was fired for publishing an op-ed by a sitting Republican senator advocating for a military response to nationwide rioting -- a position the majority of Americans agreed with. The same fate befell Philadelphia Inquirer editor Stan Wischowski, who was terminated for approving an article that condemned looting and arson.

It's happening in entertainment , in academia , and pretty much anywhere someone can be found who is not sufficiently supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement.

It's even happening to people who didn't do anything at all. An L.A. Galaxy soccer player was forced to resign because his wife tweeted that rioters should be shot. A lawyer in San Francisco was fired because his wife was rude to a man she thought was spray-painting BLM propaganda on a building that wasn't his (it was). On Thursday, this Stasi-esque trend reached another level when a company called Equity Prime Mortgage fired the stepmother of the officer charged in the controversial shooting of drunk driver Rashad Brooks after he fought with and fired a taser at police. The stepmother was apparently fired for no reason other than family loyalty.

On Monday, the panic reached what one can only hope will be its peak when a San Diego Gas and Electric employee lost his job for "making a white supremacist hand gesture." We've long since debunked the notion that the OK sign is somehow racist -- that was just a fiction perpetrated by internet trolls -- but in this case, this man lost his livelihood despite the fact he wasn't even making an OK sign . He was apparently cracking his knuckles as he drove.

What America is going through right now is not merely another, more intense round of "cancel culture." We're now in the midst of a full-force, totalitarian remolding of our society, one that seeks to place the petty resentments of an outraged minority of leftist activists above everything else in American life.

Because of their willingness to riot, loot, and assault anyone they perceive to be insufficiently sympathetic to their cause, leftists are able to bully ordinary people into submission. As a result, television shows such as " Cops " and " Live PD ," classic films such as "Gone With the Wind," and iconic brands such as Aunt Jemima , Mrs. Buttersworth , and Uncle Ben's rice are consigned to the "dustbin of history."

I used to speak frequently to nervous conservatives who were convinced that if we only allowed the left to tear down Confederate war memorials, they would be satisfied. How quickly events have disproved that wishful thinking. From Christopher Columbus , George Washington , Thomas Jefferson , and the western pioneers , activists are now coming after cartoon sports mascots and college fight songs . Everything -- from the core of our country's history to the values and norms undergirding American culture -- must be uprooted to appease the mob.

They are tearing down dozens of statues and facing no consequences whatsoever for vandalizing our public spaces -- including memorials to our nation's greatest heroes. When private citizens try to do the job the government won't and protect our culture, our history, and our public property from destruction, local officials step in and remove the statues on behalf of the vandals, lest they injure themselves while imitating Iraqis celebrating the fall of Saddam Hussein.

These people are not seeking change at the margins. They are demanding a total cultural revolution, and cowardly public officials are giving it to them. If you look at this national outpouring of hatred and recrimination with horror verging on despair, I assure you that you are not alone. Tens of millions of Americans feel exactly the same way.

President Trump is doing exactly what an American president should do in a crisis like this. He is working to maintain law and order and prevent cowed local officials from allowing political violence to flare again. He issued an executive order to add to his legacy of reform and address legitimate concerns about law enforcement in this country. He also issued a separate executive order targeting the systemic bias in Silicon Valley's censorship offices, which has allowed our social media platforms to become echo chambers for left-wing extremism and "cancel culture."

The only thing that could make the situation worse at this moment would be handing the White House to a doddering and unprincipled establishment politician beholden to the "cancel culture" mob. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would immediately delegate de facto control over the vast justice, civil rights, and regulatory apparatus of the federal government to the loudest voices in his coalition: the woke activist class.

At this moment, there is a veritable army of lawyers and bureaucrats who have spent the last three and a half years subsisting on resentment and salivating at the prospect of regaining power. Things are bad enough now, but conditions will become much worse if the "cancel culture" born on social media is augmented with the force of law and given the full attention of Biden appointees imbued with the sweeping powers of the federal bureaucracy.

Dark forces have been unleashed in this country. Even now, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. If we don't want to find out how much damage it can inflict on the ship of state, we must prevent those forces from taking control of the federal government.

Delay , 5 minutes ago

FTA: there is a veritable army of lawyers and bureaucrats who have spent the last three and a half years subsisting on resentment and salivating at the prospect of regaining power.

They are not merely subsisting, they have paid themselves well and have accumulated substantial tangible wealth. Their homes are similar to oases in a desert of despair. The army of lawyers and bureaucrats think they have all their problems under control by giving tax money to their black servants. The fact is Latinos, Chinese, Moldovans and even their viziers say to themselves, "When you see an amazing opportunity for looting, but you are not sure you can do it, just do it."

Secret Weapon , 53 minutes ago

BLM/Antifa is a replay of Mao's Red guards. They revved up the college students and set them loose upon the countryside. It worked in China. Will it work here? Second Amendment is the wild card in the deck. Funny thing was, once Mao was done with the Red Guard, he had all of them executed. He did not trust them.

Blondefire , 1 hour ago

The cancel culture is emboldened because they are, for the most part, getting away with it. They saw Hillary's classified email debacle go unpunished, the Uranium One sale go unpunished, Fast and Furious go unpunished, Benghazi go unpunished, the attempted coup go unpunished, and they realized they can literally get away with anything. Now vandalism, theft, riot, arson and anarchy are not only unpunished but glorified in the msm while police officers are being led away in handcuffs. Tomorrow is not the day to regain control, Q isn't going to release some new documents next week and save us. We need to act today, right now, with overwhelming force, against all enemies foreign and domestic.

[Jun 29, 2020] Outrage after John Wayne's old interview resurfaces - YouTube

Jun 29, 2020 | www.youtube.com

CNN 10.1M subscribers SUBSCRIBE Ethan Wayne, son of actor John Wayne, reacts to calls to remove his father's name from John Wayne Airport after inflammatory quotes resurfaced from an interview the actor did in Playboy Magazine in 1971. #CNN #News



Marty Gray
, 3 weeks ago

When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. ~Maya Angelou


Ale D
, 6 months ago

A white man born in 1907 said something racist??? Noooooo way


Thomas Thornhill
, 2 weeks ago

I went to school in Mexico for a while and I loved it. I think that we need to invade Mexico and take the land that they are selfishly trying to keep for themselves.


buddyrichable1
, 2 weeks ago

John Wayne was a figment of America's imagination. He served in the imaginary military ( not in the real military) and countless imaginary battles from the Alamo to Viet Nam. He was nothing but a propagandist for the military and right wing conservatives. His name shouldn't be on anything but his tombstone.

John Fox , 1 week ago (edited)

How disappointing! I love Marlon Brando! Change the name to "Brando airport"

M&M , 1 day ago

I still like John Wayne's movies but I never listened to his personal speak. He tried to be political but he should have stayed out of it. He was an actor. Yes, he sounds like a racist and white supremists


Ree B
, 2 weeks ago

John didn't like Blacks or Native Americans but he married 3 latinos🤔

[Jun 29, 2020] Modern Slavery And Woke Hypocrisy by Judith Bergman

Jun 29, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

The news has been filled with reports about Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters vandalizing and tearing down statues of slave traders, slave owners, and anyone who they perceive as having been historically involved with slavery. In Bristol, England, a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the harbor. In Belgium, statues of King Leopold were defaced .

The actions have caused some local authorities to consider whether all statues perceived as offending current sensibilities should be removed. The London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a commission to examine the future of landmarks, such as statues and street names, in the UK capital.

What is not apparent is how attacking old statues of people who have been long dead is supposed to help anyone, especially millions of black and non-black people, who are still enslaved today. It would appear that the woke activists of BLM and their many kneeling supporters do not care about the plight of modern slaves, of which there are an estimated whopping 40 million today. Evidently, it is far easier, and presumably more pleasurable, to destroy Western historical monuments than to embark on the difficult work of actually abolishing modern slavery.

In the UK itself, there is a shocking range of modern slavery, something that the local wokesters are happy to ignore as they bravely attack statues of stone and metal. According to the UK government's 2019 Annual Report on Modern Slavery , there are at least 13,000 potential victims of slavery in the UK, although as that number dates back to 2014, it is questionable. According to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 136,000 people living in modern slavery just in Britain.

Slavery in the UK takes the form of forced labor, and domestic and sexual exploitation. Albanians and Vietnamese are among the groups that constitute the majority of slaves. British news outlets have run several stories about the estimated thousands of Vietnamese, half under the age of 18, who are kidnapped and trafficked to the UK where they are forced to work as slaves on cannabis farms. There, they form a small part of the "vast criminal machine that supplies Britain's £2.6bn cannabis black market". Those who are not forced to work in the cannabis industry are enslaved in "nail bars, brothels and restaurants, or kept in domestic servitude behind the doors of private residences". In January, BBC news ran a story about a Vietnamese boy named Ba, who was kidnapped by a Chinese gang and trafficked to the UK, where his Chinese boss starved him and beat him whenever one of the cannabis plants failed.

BLM may not care much about Vietnamese lives in the UK -- after all, they are all about black lives, so how about black slaves in Africa? There are currently an estimated 9.2 million men, women and children living in modern slavery in Africa, according to the Global Slavery Index, which includes forced labor, forced sexual exploitation and forced marriage.

"According to the U.N.'s International Labor Organization (ILO), there are more than three times as many people in forced servitude today as were captured and sold during the 350-year span of the transatlantic slave trade", Time Magazine reported in March 2019. According to the ILO, modern slavery has seen 25 million people in debt bondage and 15 million in forced marriage.

Modern slavery earns criminal networks an estimated $150 billion a year, just slightly less than drug smuggling and weapons trafficking. "Modern slavery is far and away more profitable now than at any point in human history," Siddharth Kara, an economist at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, told Time . According to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, "G-20 countries import some $354 billion worth of products at risk of being produced by modern slavery every year".

In 2017, shocking footage emerged from actual slave auctions in Libya: CNN documented an incident in which Arabic-speaking men sold off twelve Nigerians. In 2019, Time Magazine interviewed an African migrant , Iabarot, who had been sold into slavery on his way to Europe:

"When Iabarot reached Libya's southern border, he met a seemingly friendly taxi driver who offered to drive him to the capital city, Tripoli, for free. Instead, he was sold to a 'white Libyan,' or Arab, for $200. He was forced to work off his 'debt' on a construction site, a pattern that repeated each time he was sold and resold."

Sex trafficking forms a considerable part of modern slavery. The Nigerian mafia, for instance, according to a 2019 report by the Washington Post , is trafficking women by the tens of thousands:

"Some experts say that as many as 20,000 Nigerian women, some of them minors, arrived in Sicily between 2016 and 2018, trafficked in cooperation with Nigerians in Italy and back home."

According to a July 2017 report by the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM):

"Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria". In its report, IOM estimated that 80 per cent of girls, often minors, arriving from Nigeria -- whose numbers soared dramatically from 1,454 in 2014 to 11,009 in 2016 -- were "potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation".

In parts of the African continent, especially in the Sahel, slavery is still ingrained in traditional culture , even though, officially, slavery has been outlawed. In countries such as Mali and Mauritania, so-called descent-based slavery or "caste-based" slavery -- in which slavery is passed down from generation to generation, so that slaves are born into their predicament -- is still practiced by some.

In 2013, it was estimated that around 250,000 people were living in slave-like conditions in Mali, where slavery is not illegal . One Malian slave, Raichatou, told the Guardian in 2013 that she became a slave at the age of seven when her mother, also a slave, died. "My father could only watch on helplessly as my mother's master came to claim me and my brothers," she said. She worked as a servant for the family without pay for nearly 20 years, and was forced into a marriage with another slave whom she didn't know, so that she could supply her master with more slaves.

In Mauritania, it is estimated that up to 20% of the population is enslaved, even though slavery was officially outlawed in 1981. The slaves are mostly from the Haratine minority, who are black Africans, as opposed to the nearly half of the population who are Arabs or Berbers. According to a report by the Guardian from 2018:

"Slavery has a long history in this north African desert nation. For centuries, Arabic-speaking Moors raided African villages, resulting in a rigid caste system that still exists to this day, with darker-skinned inhabitants beholden to their lighter-skinned "masters". Slave status is passed down from mother to child, and anti-slavery activists are regularly tortured and detained . Yet the government routinely denies that slavery exists in Mauritania , instead praising itself for eradicating the practice."

The report also described a few of the horrific fates of the Haratine slaves:

"Aichetou Mint M'barack was a slave by descent in the Rosso area. Like her sister, she was taken away from her mother and then given to a member of the master's family to be a servant. She got married in the home of her masters and had eight children, two of whom were taken away from her to be slaves in other families. In 2010, Aichetou's older sister was able to free her... after she herself fled her masters when they poured hot embers over her baby, killing it."

BLM and the many corporate executives, university professors, media, sports and cultural personalities who are bending their knees to the movement seem totally unconcerned by the fates of the likes of Aichetou. More likely than not, they have never heard of her or her many fellow sufferers. They are apparently black lives that do not matter -- to anyone except the courageous people working in the local anti-slavery organizations.

Instead, BLM and its sycophants endlessly debate changing the names of streets and universities, and removing statues, all of which do not amount to anything more than infantile virtue signaling. They waste time debating whether people who were never themselves slaves, should receive reparations from people who never owned a slave.

To engage in all this posturing, while ignoring the staggering 40 million current victims of actual slavery, not only represents the immeasurable depths of woke hypocrisy, but constitutes an extreme insult to those who are suffering their slavery in silence, while slowly dying from the physical, sexual and emotional abuse that they are being forced to endure. If anything is "offensive," it is that.

[Jun 29, 2020] New Rule - White Shame - Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Highly recommended!
Jun 29, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Dennis , 8 months ago

The crowd was hesitant to cheer because they know they're the people Bill is talking about....

James Cliff , 6 days ago

I disagree with him on almost everything and I don't like him very much at all as a person, but I can stand with him on this all day 😂

Jonny , 1 month ago

I told some liberal friends to watch this. They think I'm a right wing prejudice person Now. (Btw I'm Latino) I think I need some new friends.

[Jun 28, 2020] Woke mafia puts John Wayne on the chopping block next as Cali Dems demand airport renamed

Notable quotes:
"... Statues of Confederate generals have been taken down or vandalized, and President Donald Trump has responded with an executive order promising harsh punishments for those who continue committing the acts. ..."
Jun 27, 2020 | www.rt.com

Democrats are calling for John Wayne Airport in Orange County to be renamed in protest of the long-dead actor's alleged racism, making him the latest historical figure being judged by today's cultural standards. "There have been past efforts to get this done and now we're putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change," said Ada Briceρo, chairperson of the Democratic Party of Orange County, following a resolution being passed calling for the airport to be be given the simple name: Orange County Airport.

Wayne's specific transgression are "racist and bigoted statements" made during a Playboy interview in 1971, eight years before The Duke passed away at the age of 72. The airport was named after the actor the year he died.

Woodrow Wilson faces woke revenge at Princeton University for 'racism.' Is Roosevelt next?

In the infamous interview with Playboy, Wayne made comments that have long been controversial, though admittedly harsher and more extreme than in other public conversations.

"I believe in white supremacy until the Blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people," the 'True Grit' star said at one point.

If we're looking to name airports only after people who were without sin, then we'd better drop all their names and let them be known simply by their three-letter IATA codes. John Wayne was no saint, but he still contributed in a positive way to American pop culture history. https://t.co/l5KD5kXuGg

-- Max Q (@vox_independens) June 27, 2020

The Western star also made derogatory comments about Native Americans.

"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. [O]ur so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival," he said. "There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."

The resolution from Democrats fully acknowledges the removal of Wayne's name is part of a larger effort to axe "white supremacist symbols and names [that are] reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues, and teams."

As protests against police brutality and racism rage across the nation in the wake of George Floyd's death, more and more historical figures with monuments and landmarks memorializing them have been targeted.

Statues of Confederate generals have been taken down or vandalized, and President Donald Trump has responded with an executive order promising harsh punishments for those who continue committing the acts.

As has been the case with other figures of the past being held to today's standards, some questioned the logic of targeting Wayne decades after his death.

"Of course, John Wayne was racist. By the hyper sensitive standards of today, just about every person who has ever lived was racist," conservative journalist John Hawkins tweeted .

[Jun 28, 2020] A Red, White and Blue All-American Maidan

The truth is that it is Maidan -- a legitimate protest which was turned to nefarious goals by Neoliberal Dems and financed by usual suspects (Soros, Ford Foundation and other CIA influenced outlets)
Notable quotes:
"... The idea of the protests as an "American Maidan" was reflected in the Komsomolskaya Pravda ..."
"... Several elements of the pro-Kremlin English-language ecosystem are based in the US. Fort-Russ News, another frequent contributor to the EUvsDisinfo database , is also ready to describe the protests in the US as staged by the Democratic Party: ..."
Jun 28, 2020 | euvsdisinfo.eu

South Front has a clear picture of the protests: it's a colour revolution, a fake popular uprising, set up by "Globalist Corporations" targeting Donald Trump.

The situation is such that typically, it was a standoff of US President Donald Trump and the US national industry, in a standoff against the globalist and the non-mainstream corporations.

"The American Maidan"

We can see a similar approach on Strategic Culture Foundation: the protests are the Deep State's attempt to create an "American Maidan" :

Today's fires which have spread across America in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the knee of Minnesota police officer Derick Chauvin has presented America with the chance to do some serious soul searching. It has also presented certain Deep State opportunists, color revolutionaries and anarchism-financing billionaires a chance to unleash what some are calling an "America's Maidan" in the hopes of accomplishing what four years of Russiagate failed to do.

The idea of the protests as an "American Maidan" was reflected in the Komsomolskaya Pravda , Russia's largest daily, with a circulation that puts it in top-20 in Europe. An openly racist version of the text was spread by Margarita Simonyan , the editor-in-chief of RT and Sputnik, as reported by the EUvsDisinfo . The text, endorsed by Ms. Simonyan, ends:

Send runners everywhere, call to the World. Be assured – in this very minute a slow coup d'etat is played out by the bureaucrats in the White House. If the Americans will take my advice into consideration, I hope we can see the United States becoming a real Ukraine. Good luck, friends! The entire progressive humankind is with you! Beat the whites until they turn black.

Several elements of the pro-Kremlin English-language ecosystem are based in the US. Fort-Russ News, another frequent contributor to the EUvsDisinfo database , is also ready to describe the protests in the US as staged by the Democratic Party:

This color revolution is a DNC coup against constitutional government.

A particularly special outlet is the US-based, Russian nationalist site Russia Insider. EUvsDisinfo reported on the site's decision to adopt an openly anti-Semitic editorial policy in 2018, and it is a frequent contributor to the disinformation database. The site has no visible connections to Russian state structures, but is demonstratively loyal to key Kremlin priorities. Russia Insider has gone fully racist on the protests, giving room for white supremacists:

Why is Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who is Jewish, actively encouraging the mobs burning down his police department's precinct? Why is the President of the United States reduced to impotently begging Yoel Roth to let him tweet? Why has Trump decided to let Minneapolis burn as he cowers under his desk inside the White House , all while the NYPD under "woke" Bill De Blasio viciously brutalizes people protesting for the same cause? Traditional understandings of how power is brokered and administrated do not apply.

[ -- ]

All white people are targets, no white person can expect either of the existing parties to the rescue. When November comes around, we must vote no-confidence. This is America, and its system is out to destroy you.

This is not Kremlin policy. It is impossible to claim that the Kremlin has an explicitly racist agenda, but the pro-Kremlin disinformation network reaches out to a great variety of audiences, with which it seeks to find distinct avenues of appeal. Sites affiliated with state structures share content and contributors with sites without any visible connections to the Kremlin. A Red, White and Blue All-American Maidan.

Supporting and Attacking Antifa

Creating rapport with white supremacists works just as well as reaching out to leftist, anti-capitalist groups and individuals; like here :

It is entirely believable that the current violence is largely instigated. The media obediently relayed Attorney General Barr's claim that rioting was led by the anti-fascist groups known as 'Anti-Fa', until proof was uncovered of a deliberate White House/White Nationalist plan to provoke violence by unsuspecting protesters who long ago forgot if they even knew it, that Donald Trump's most powerful backers in 2016 ranged from David Duke, the Grand Wizard (sic) of the Ku Klux Klan, to the white nationalist millionaire hedge fund owner Robert Mercer, who hand-picked several of Trump's initial cabinet.

So while one part of the pro-Kremlin network defends the Antifa movement, the above-mentioned Russia Insider vehemently attacks it :

Antifa, the extreme anarchist-communist movement, has rioting down to an art. The first broken window is the blood in the water for looters to move in. When the looting is done, those carrying flammable chemicals start fires to finish the job. Footage recorded in Minneapolis and other cities show militants dressed in black bloc -- the antifa uniform -- wielding weapons like hammers or sticks to smash windows. You see their graffiti daubed on smashed up buildings: FTP means 'Fuck the Police'; ACAB stands for 'All Cops Are Bastards'; 1312 is the numerical code for ACAB.

[Jun 28, 2020] Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence racist rhetoric when they know they're being watched

Was Floyd chokehold it staged at least partially, but then went wrong because Floyd has high level of fentanyl in his blood ? Autopsy shows George Floyd had COVID-19, meth & fentanyl in his - NBC2 News (The autopsy, which was performed the day after his death, showed 11 ng/mL of fentanyl and 19 ng/mL of methamphetamines, in addition to 86 ng/mL of morphine and other substances.)
Notable quotes:
"... It would be hard to choreograph a film scene more likely to provoke a backlash against police than the killing of George Floyd. White Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the handcuffed black man's neck for an excruciating eight minutes, all but smirking directly into the camera as if he knew it was his big moment of stardom. Ever since, public opinion of the police has been pummeled by a non-stop stream of on-camera brutality, and cries to defund police forces across the country are reaching fever pitch. ..."
"... With so much public outrage against police abuses, one might think that police departments would be hurrying to clean house and get rid of their " bad apples. " Accountability – punishing the truly bad cops in court with prison sentences rather than desk duty or dismissal from the force – would seem to be the only alternative to defunding. Incremental reforms, like the rollout of body cameras and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's move to outlaw chokeholds that were already banned by the NYPD in 1993, are clearly not having the desired effect. But police departments have resoundingly failed to hold their officers accountable, and so – with a handful of exceptions – have courts. Instead, the violence has only gotten more alarming. ..."
"... It's worth asking why these officers engage in such disturbing acts of violence, knowing they'll be on social media and probably the nightly news, providing a glowing advertisement for police abolition. Surely they aren't all the racist sociopaths Black Lives Matter has, with its " All Cops Are Bastards " slogan, dubbed them? ..."
"... cops in the past have gone to great (and possibly illegal) lengths to stop civilians from filming them in the act of abusing their authority. The man who filmed the 2014 police chokehold killing of Eric Garner even sued New York City two years later over alleged retaliation by the cops, claiming he was arrested on trumped-up charges for documenting the brutal act. ..."
"... Yet 2020's over-the-top bad cops seem unconcerned with amateur cinematographers. One might expect officers to be on their best behavior post-George Floyd, not auditioning for a spot on the now-cancelled COPS reality show. ..."
Jun 28, 2020 | www.rt.com

Over-the-top gratuitous violence against unarmed protesters, shockingly racist conversations, all of it somehow recorded for posterity (and maximum virality) – are American police TRYING to get their profession abolished? While police brutality has been an ugly reality for as long as the US has had police, the cartoonish levels of on-camera police violence circulating on social media in the last month are truly mind-boggling. Suddenly, there is no better advertisement for the police-abolition movement than the police themselves.

Defenders of the police tend to blame the " few bad apples " who shoot fleeing suspects, choke innocent men, or pepper-spray peaceful demonstrators for cops' bad reputation. But that absolves from responsibility the supposed " good apples " who have repeatedly closed ranks around those same problem officers, even as their unconscionable assaults are caught on film and broadcast to the world.

Also on rt.com 'Shoot first, think later': Obscure US law INCREASINGLY helps police officers to get away with using excessive force

It would be hard to choreograph a film scene more likely to provoke a backlash against police than the killing of George Floyd. White Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the handcuffed black man's neck for an excruciating eight minutes, all but smirking directly into the camera as if he knew it was his big moment of stardom. Ever since, public opinion of the police has been pummeled by a non-stop stream of on-camera brutality, and cries to defund police forces across the country are reaching fever pitch.

With so much public outrage against police abuses, one might think that police departments would be hurrying to clean house and get rid of their " bad apples. " Accountability – punishing the truly bad cops in court with prison sentences rather than desk duty or dismissal from the force – would seem to be the only alternative to defunding. Incremental reforms, like the rollout of body cameras and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's move to outlaw chokeholds that were already banned by the NYPD in 1993, are clearly not having the desired effect. But police departments have resoundingly failed to hold their officers accountable, and so – with a handful of exceptions – have courts. Instead, the violence has only gotten more alarming.

Read more Cop accused of racism for citing research that police are shooting African-Americans 'less than we ought to'

It's worth asking why these officers engage in such disturbing acts of violence, knowing they'll be on social media and probably the nightly news, providing a glowing advertisement for police abolition. Surely they aren't all the racist sociopaths Black Lives Matter has, with its " All Cops Are Bastards " slogan, dubbed them?

It's hard in 2020 to find a public place where there isn't at least one camera on the scene - though that didn't stop Louisville cops from shutting off their body cameras before local barbecue owner David McAtee was shot, allegedly with a National Guard bullet, earlier this month, an incident that remains under investigation. But cops in the past have gone to great (and possibly illegal) lengths to stop civilians from filming them in the act of abusing their authority. The man who filmed the 2014 police chokehold killing of Eric Garner even sued New York City two years later over alleged retaliation by the cops, claiming he was arrested on trumped-up charges for documenting the brutal act.

Yet 2020's over-the-top bad cops seem unconcerned with amateur cinematographers. One might expect officers to be on their best behavior post-George Floyd, not auditioning for a spot on the now-cancelled COPS reality show.

Even nonviolent policing incidents seem designed to incite popular outrage. The bizarre arrest of a CNN reporter covering the early unrest in Minneapolis – in which sheepish-sounding officers apologetically informed correspondent Omar Jimenez that he was under arrest while live on the air – elicited predictable cries of free speech suppression and a groveling apology from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

CNN reporter's breeze-through arrest in Minneapolis looked COMPLETELY different from my arrest covering riots for Russian media

And were the three North Carolina cops – referred to as " veteran officers " of the Wilmington Police Department and fired earlier this week after their disturbingly racist chats were recorded via " accidental activation " of a dashboard camera – really unaware those cameras could be inadvertently triggered? Why indulge in multiple in-car hatefests when you know you're under surveillance?

None of this adds up. Even as more communities seem to warm to the notion of " defunding the police ," it remains unclear what will replace them. Are we looking at a future of empowered community snitches , each snooping on the next in the hope of being rewarded by local government for catching a crime in progress? Or are the rich merely going to hire Blackwater-style mercs to guard their compounds while the poor rob and kill each other in the streets? Americans deserve some answers – preferably before our police departments are dissolved.

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[Jun 28, 2020] Donald Trump vs. the Deep State Revolution by Israel Shamir

It's all hypocracy, fakery, flim flam and bamboozle. As some old sage once said, you can fool some of the people all of the time. It's all about the money. ( It always is )
Jun 28, 2020 | www.unz.com

I'm not a conservative, no way; I am not a supporter of the current regime. I think that a revolution – even the fake one, organized by Soros out of the GayLib crowd, lightly sprinkled with Africans for colour – will do some good for America and the world. The American troops are already leaving Germany after only 75 years of occupation. There are more than 100 major bases overseas that can be evacuated if the revolution persists. Fine and dandy.

But, Mr Hopkins, do not tell Trump that he has chosen the right survival strategy. As if everyone will respect his authority if he doesn't get provoked. Let's be frank, comrade. Tell Trump: if his main consideration is first of all not to be called a 'bloody tyrant' by a liberal site, there is a place for him in hospitable Rostov, next to Yanukovych. Let him decide. He can buy a villa over there for a good price.

Alternatively, let him try to regain some ground, and if he is called Hitler by some freaks, let him answer with 'no more Mr Nice Guy', like the protagonist in Mel Brooks' film The Producers . Let him defeat the colour Revolution of Masks, before it devours him.

Our colleague Andre VItchek suggested we should not describe the process going on in the US, as a 'colour revolution'. Firstly, the protesters shouldn't be discouraged, let alone ridiculed. Secondly, all these revolutions are different, he says. These are weak arguments. First, I endeavour to understand and explain events, and I leave encouragement to others. Second, colour revolutions are revolutions made for the benefit of oligarchy. They remove the ruler who is too strong-willed or social-minded for the billionaires' liking. And they utilise legitimate grievances of the people. They ride on the people like a rider rides a horse. It means that a colour revolution can shift and turn into the real thing, like a horse can throw down the rider and gallop away, but this is not the usual turn of events.

The Mask Revolution in the US has too strong a support from corporations to be anything else but a colour revolution. "Black Lives Matter Receives $100 Million from Foundations, in addition to more than $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement from George Soros through his Open Society Foundations", says Policemag (the article was removed but can be accessed via archives.com.)

It can't be decoupled from the Covid pandemic, or rather, from the lockdowns. These unusual means of disease control are deadly for small businesses and for free-lancers. Big corporations survive and even grow fat; small ones die. Control over the population increases. Free-lancers are forced to join the regular labour force and work for a large corporation; or die. The actors of the revolution will be destroyed by the success of their enterprise. We shall know the revolution became a real one, when the revolutionaries fight the corporations. Likewise, the enemies of the colour revolution should not fight Blacks and minorities; they should fight the corporations that use the Blacks as their cannon fodder.

Because of this connection between lockdowns and the Mask Revolution, Trump should end the lockdowns. If there is one thing we have learned from first half of the year it is that lockdowns do not help. We have to live with the virus, even if it that means dying. If you have no lockdown, you'll have no second wave. The Swedes did it; everybody can do it. Those who want to lock us down would lock us down forever.

And now, another reason why I disagree with Vltchek. It is not that BLM or DNC are better or worse than Trump's warriors. DNC and BLM are close to a hegemonic power. They are loved by the media, by the Masters of Discourse. If the Democratic candidate wins the 2020 elections, the West will be united behind him. He will humiliate China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran; the Deplorable will be deplored; European nationalists will be eliminated; the New World Order will proceed at double speed. No, thank you, Andre. It is better to have America and the West divided under Trump rather than united under the DNC.


Exile , says: Show Comment June 23, 2020 at 6:30 am GMT

No matter what Trump and the Republicans do to all of these coping plan-trusters (including Shamir), they will never be held to account, never be questioned for their serial betrayals of the base, because "Democrats worse."

Foreign observers are welcome to their relatively uninformed opinions but those of us who've grown up and been forced to live under generations of kosher sandwich U.S. politics – two parties for Jews, none for us – have had enough.

Trump loses in November, bigly. The legitimacy of every American institution has been exhausted and the faith of the people in the entire American project is at a modern,if not all time low.

Even in the Civil War, patriots of both sides believed in their respective governments. A strong majority of Americans left and right have nothing left to believe in at all – except ourselves.

Let it burn. We are looking to What Comes Next.

Miro23 , says: Show Comment June 23, 2020 at 1:35 pm GMT

Trump should have listened to his own speeches from his own election campaign 2016, and follow them to the letter.

If he had done that, he could fill five stadiums and would be on the way to a big election victory. However, the reality was different. He went back on his promises and betrayed his team – so his base (what's left of it) rightly no longer trusts him. Fool me once.

Anyway, 2020 US elections will probably be an exercise in chaos, since the whole BLM, SJW, CHAZ flag burning, violence and statue toppling has moved out onto the streets.

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Anon [756] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment June 26, 2020 at 4:39 am GMT

Black Lives Matter Receives $100 Million from Foundations, in addition to more than $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement from George Soros through his Open Society Foundations

How long before they blow through all that loot? Or more likely, have it all stolen by their (((accountant)))? We all know blacks can't count, especially with so many zeros behind a number.

Father Coughlin , says: Show Comment June 22, 2020 at 9:52 pm GMT
True! Well-spoken, Israel!!

Do not bother with racism or anti-racism. It is a faux-agenda, like gay or homophobe, like fem or trans, like toilet gendering. Real people aren't interested in this sort of nonsense. Blacks are not interested in anti-racism, either. It is mainly White Wokes that are, and they will follow whatever the newspaper tells them to follow. Seattle has very few blacks but many Wokes, that's why it is the centre of the 'anti-racist' campaign. Even if Trump went around kissing the sneakers of black youngsters, he wouldn't change anything. Blacks are not hostile to him, not at all, but people who speak for them, the Dem Wokes, definitely are.

Robert Dolan , says: Show Comment June 26, 2020 at 4:41 am GMT
I gave up on trump a long time ago.

TBH, I have grown to hate the GOP even more than I hate the DNC.

The only thing on our menu is the kosher sandwich.

trump has done virtually nothing for white people. In fact I could make a good argument that things were better under Obama.

Things are so bad now I can barely go to sleep at night and I can barely get up in the morning.

The rioting and burning and looting and killing was bad enough, but the destruction of our statues is like daggers stabbing me in the back. And to think that the entire fucking GOP sits and WATCHES and does NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The United States government is no longer legitimate. They can't even protect the citizens and this is the very LEAST that we ask of those bastards. Idiots give trump a pass because it's "Democrat cities being destroyed." Well ..I live in a Democrat city and my life matters too.

Fuck trump. trump is part of the deep state. trump is a swamp creature. The idea that he would actually do something against Antifa is absurd. Antifa and BLM are shock troops for the jews.
trump WORKS for the jews, does the bidding of the jews.

Antifa attacks white men, nothing happens.

White men defend themselves against Antifa, white men go to jail.

Fuck trump.

We now live in an apartheid state where whites have no rights yet must follow the law, while non-whites can do whatever the fuck they want.

Fuck trump, and fuck the GOP.

Hiram of Tyre , says: Show Comment June 26, 2020 at 5:38 am GMT
@Israel Shamir

Another great article, merci.

I can't however decipher the following: "If the Democratic candidate wins the 2020 elections, the West will be united behind him. He will humiliate China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran; the Deplorable will be deplored; European nationalists will be eliminated; the New World Order will proceed at double speed. "

Why would the DNC puppet humiliate China when the DNC puppeteers made of China what it is today. Aside from industrializing China (while the West, especially the US, was deindustrialized) and the decade-long of technology transfer (read: theft) from the West to China, the City of London (who paradoxically also waged successive phases of opium wars on China*) has backed the Chinese Yuan since 1913 (coincidentally, the same year they created the US Fed).

"World yuan-ization thanks to the City of London"
https://www.voltairenet.org/article189193.html

"The yuan will be the third most powerful currency in the IMF basket"
https://www.voltairenet.org/article189604.html

The same goes for Iran, it would be inaccurate to think of it as a monolithic entity. Iran is divided between the Rouhani clan (who support the Muslim Brotherhood (a British intelligence creation modeled on the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry) and who hoped Hillary came to power)) and the Revolutionary Guards.

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* The British Empire's drug money launderer in Hong Kong, Jardines, still bears the opium poppy flower as its logo.
https://www.jardines.com

St-Germain , says: Show Comment June 26, 2020 at 10:07 am GMT
Very sensible stuff, Shamir. Thanks. High time we all jumped off the phony racism express. A Pew poll shows 46% of the BLM/Antifa mob are White, fewer than 20% Black. Who are those anti-White, anti-Tradition Whites? Could they be exactly what they look like -- affluent anti-Trump suburbanites fanning arson and riots with copious financing from Soros and the various other oligarchic foundations built by stateless corporate interests? I sure do agree with you that this is a fresh attempt to putsch Trump out of office and get his deplorables back under lock, key and mask.

And, yes, the problem with Trump is that he's all bark and no bite. He was elected because his bark resonated with the concerns of millions of sane, normal Americans who have had a snootful of globalism, deindustrialization, open borders and forever wars. Then he packed his government with their enemies and got a knife in the back from each one of them. Trump framed the issues but forgot to lead.

A quick look at the economic desolation left by the lockdown hoax and the physical chaos left by the racism hoax is now persuading even Black leaders to wash their hands of this nonsense. Thousands of Black soldiers and cops would gladly join them. They are the natural allies of the Deplorables against the wealthy interests tearing the country apart. But who is going to lead them? Our welfare-warfare regime leaves no alternative to Trump's bark. But when is he going to bite?

sally , says: Show Comment June 26, 2020 at 10:19 am GMT
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/06/26/censored-suppressed-zelinsky-testimony-on-barrs-obstruction-and-complicity-in-crimes/

for your consumption.

Sick of Orcs , says: Show Comment June 26, 2020 at 11:14 am GMT

Trump is a minion of the Deep State something the author and many other Trump apologists fail to understand.

Even this is giving Orange Buffoon too much credit. I never sensed guile, just a man with no real plan. That the atrocious kushner continues to infest the WH is proof-positive Trump can't separate family from the aloneness required for leadership.

[Jun 26, 2020] The demand to have statues paintings of 'White Jesus' torn down has made BLM an Iconoclast movement, not just a Marxist one by Guy Birchall

BLM are not Marxists. they are Maoists and toppling statues is a natural thing for them, much like it was for "Red Guards" during China "cultural revolution"
Notable quotes:
"... "gross form of White Supremacy." ..."
"... The Last Supper ..."
"... "No one would seriously argue that the Pieta or the Last Supper should be torn down or painted over," ..."
"... "Shaun King is just being ridiculous and provocative, and writing an article about his mad claims is just legitimising them," ..."
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Guy Birchall, British journalist covering current affairs, politics and free speech issues. Recently published in The Sun and Spiked Online. Follow him on Twitter @guybirchall Guy Birchall, British journalist covering current affairs, politics and free speech issues. Recently published in The Sun and Spiked Online. Follow him on Twitter @guybirchall 24 Jun, 2020 07:35 Get short URL A leading activist's remarks that all "statues, murals, and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother" represent "gross white supremacy" shows that radical, racialised politics has no limit to its targets. The problematic statues row has now taken a turn from political iconoclasm to literal iconoclasm with depictions of "white Jesus" next on the hit list for some of Black Lives Matter's more hardcore proponents.

Activist Shaun King has called for all the statues, murals, stained glass windows and paintings depicting the Messiah as having European features to come down because they are a "gross form of White Supremacy." To illustrate his point, King makes the perceptive observation that when Jesus, Mary and Joseph went into hiding while Herod engaged in a spot of infanticide in 1 AD Judea, the family hid in Egypt, not Denmark, so they would " blend in. "

This is exactly the sort of mission creep many people worried about when the whole statues issue started to pick up steam last month. It began with slave owners, and one can see the argument there for taking them down, but it is worth noting that the statues themselves were not erected for their services to the Transatlantic slave trade.

Then in America, they moved onto their national heroes, like Washington and Jefferson, again because they owned slaves. Again, one can understand the argument that they shouldn't be venerated because of this fact, but they aren't praised for being slave owners but for founding the United States of America.

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Before we knew it, we were at Ulysses Grant, who lead the Union Armies in the Civil War to end slavery, but because he married into a slave owning family, he too must be torn down. Defeating the Confederacy wasn't enough to save him. Then Theodore Roosevelt was next on the list because of white supremacy, (although he wasn't the Roosevelt who actually interred Americans in camps based on their race in World War II, that was FDR).

But even with the pace with which this movement has declared former icons persona non-grata, to jump from Teddy Roosevelt to Jesus is extraordinary. Were Mr. King's demands to be met, and "all statues of the White European they claim to be Jesus" to come down, that would amount to the destruction of some of the finest works of art in existence.

Michelangelo's Pieta, gone, Da Vinci's Last Supper, erased, Raphael's Transfiguration, wiped, Donatello's Crucifix, torn down, and that would be just if we targeted artists who share their names with turtles who know karate. And the Sistine Chapel? Razed to the ground, along with the smashing of the stained-glass windows of virtually every church and cathedral in Europe.

This erasure of history would make the destruction of the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries in 16th-century England look like child's play.

The simple fact of the matter is that Jesus has, throughout history, been portrayed as looking like any number of races, and those usually reflect the race of the artist. Black artists have portrayed him as having African features, Asian artists have done something in their image, and so European artists obviously portrayed him as looking European. Which is kind of the point of Jesus: all his followers are supposed to be able to see themselves in him. As a result of living in the Western world, that means, to Western eyes, he has more often been portrayed as looking like a white European.

Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been. In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?EGYPT!Not Denmark.Tear them down.

-- Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.

-- Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

There is also the fact that for a large chunk of history, Europe is where Christianity blossomed. In the Middle East, where yes, Jesus was born, a very different religion, with a very different view on depicting religious figures arose, which perhaps goes some way to explaining the paucity of paintings of Christ in this part of the world. The fact that Jesus plays second fiddle to Mohammed in Islam and is regarded as a false prophet in Judaism, might explain why there are fewer depictions of him in the immediate vicinity of the Sea of Galilee.

One also has to have quite a conspiratorial mind to conclude that 'white supremacy' was top of the agenda for the likes of Da Vinci and Raphael. Couldn't they just be artists painting and sculpting their interpretation of what Christ looked like? Could the depictions of him as looking more European not just be down to those being the kind of people they hung around with?

I mean, if we're getting into the weeds about this, it's probably quite unlikely that the historical Jesus had a rippling six pack and sinewy biceps as he is so often shown as having. Can art not just be appreciated as art without having the artist's motivation impugned four, five or six centuries after the fact? Given that the Transatlantic slave trade didn't begin until the 17th century, it seems baffling to tear down art made in the centuries before.

It also raises the question of how exactly is it acceptable to depict Jesus from now on then? Given that he was a Palestinian Jew, it seems equally unlikely that he looked like the African man he was portrayed as in Madonna's Like a Prayer video, as he would look like the dirty blonde haired European in Da Vinci's The Last Supper . (Gosh, it's painful equating these two very different pieces of culture in the same sentence).

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This may seem like a fringe issue that is never going to happen, and it could easily be dismissed as the ramblings of someone on the extreme left. "No one would seriously argue that the Pieta or the Last Supper should be torn down or painted over," some might say. "Shaun King is just being ridiculous and provocative, and writing an article about his mad claims is just legitimising them," they may add.

This may be true, but ask yourself – in 2010, how much money would you have put on statues of Washington and Jefferson being torn down in America? What odds would you have got on the bookies of Churchill's statue having to be boarded up in London? I don't think you'd have even put a quid on it.

There has to come a point where a civilisation just says "enough, stop," otherwise these movements pick up steam. Several American states have shown themselves incapable of defending their founding fathers. With Christianity dwindling year by year in the West, how long will we be able to make a defence for these priceless works of art if they too are decided to be contrary to the prevailing ideology of the day?

Ugly civilisations torch their history, others learn from them. Let us not become the former, just because the other side is shouting louder than we are.

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[Jun 26, 2020] A Country Not Salvageable by Fred Reed

Jun 26, 2020 | www.unz.com

What fun, what entertainment. And rare: One seldom sees the collapse of a landmark society in a rush of wondrous idiocy. Would I could sell tickets. Don't look at it as a loss, but as a show, an unwanted but grand amusement.

The coup de grace in our ripening decadence is the current uprising purportedly, though implausibly, over racism. But never mind. The causes don't matter. The deal is done.

Still, it is interesting to recognize that the protesters are, perhaps deliberately, confusing the incapacity of blacks with systemic racism. In truth, America has made the greatest effort ever essayed by one race to uplift another. Reflect: In 1954 an entirely white Supreme Court unanimously ended segregation. Later it found the use of IQ tests by employers illegal because blacks scored poorly, then found "affirmative action," racial discrimination against whites, legal (hardly oppression of blacks, this). An overwhelmingly white Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the Voting Rights Act the next year. A white President sent troops to Little Rock to enforce desegregation. There has been an enormous flow of charity to blacks: Section Eight Housing, AFDC, Head Start, hiring quotas, set-asides, sharply lowered standards in police and fire departments. We now have free breakfasts for black children, then free lunches, in addition to outright welfare. In aggregate they resemble a distributed guaranteed basic income. Which is interesting.

These measures sprang from the best of intentions. Most I think should continue. I for one do not want to evict blacks from public housing or have their children go hungry. Yet none of these programs has had its desired effect. The crucial academic gap has not closed, crime remains horribly high, illegitimacy verges on universal. This is a great shame. Blacks are decent enough people, likable if they don't hate you, and phenomenally talented. But it hasn't worked.

Nothing has worked. There is no indication that anything will. The great black cities are in something approaching custodial care.

You cannot solve a problem without knowing what it is. This we dare not know. Democracies, however approximate, cannot deal with chronically underperforming minorities.

They cannot even try. Anything that might help is politically impossible, and anything politically possible won't help.

So, after the riots:

Social division will worsen after the riots. Racial hostility from blacks will not decrease because their conditions will not change. The rioters are getting their way now, and rule, but at the price of sowing hatred. At best we will have many decades of ugly rancor. At worst, we are winding the spring for another outburst.

Multiculturalism has not worked, quite apart from race, and will not. White Americans are not one people. The poor communications and bad roads that once allowed them to live almost separately no longer exist. In its writ-large form, trying to force West Virginia to accept the culture of Massachusetts will produce only anger.

The likelihood of amity between races is proportional to their agreement on values important to them. For example, the Chinese share (what once were) the white values of study, work, courtesy, and obedience to the law. That they eat with chopsticks and celebrate New Year on the wrong day doesn't matter.

However, again for example, a culture that believes in female genital mutilation and utter subjection of women cannot live amicably with a culture that abhors these things. Black ghetto culture and white are immiscible in so many fundamental values that they will not live well together.

Some cultures can assimilate, for example East Asian and American white, Latino and American white. But, in addition to sharply different cultures, too many blacks live in sprawling, racially isolated urban centers with almost no contact with the outside world other than television.

Censorship will intensify, not just of communications and office chitchat but of books. Tom Sawyer will be pulled from bookshelves or -- Amazon being the continental shelf -- or bowderlized to remove the Nigger Jim and Injun Joe The Nigger of the Narcissus may survive because none of the blacks and few of the whites will ever have heard of Conrad. At least for the foreseeable future, firings for anything imaginably redolent of racism–saying "All lives matter," for example–will be snatched at in a mixture of passive aggression and schadenfreude to result in firings. This is unlikely to have a happy ending.

Schooling : Watching great universities become sandboxes for unpleasantly righteous dimwitted brats galls, or does if one lets it. I don't. Most of the protesters seem recently to have erupted from the drains of an educational system that has been in sharp decline for decades They, including the intelligent among them, appear historically not just ignorant but carefully misinformed, culturally pathetic, and intellectually laughable. (For example, a protestress interviewed by a British reporter as to what she thought of Churchill said she couldn't really say because she hadn't met him. How many in BLM can spell "Confederacy"? A statue of Ulysses Grant was pulled down in the belief that he was a Confederate general. May God preserve us.)

The, uh, redaction of culture will not stop with books. Classical music is too white, the sciences too white, mathematics a tool of oppression (meaning that blacks cannot understand it) and so on. We have created a nation of pampered and imbecile peasants.

Schooling will continue its plummet. Science departments probably will not be abolished. However, because they are too white, schools will recruit hopelessly unqualified black students and professors, standards will fall yet more, and mathematics will be played down even in astrophysics (this is being done). Extirpating racism will replace scholarship, already degraded by the retirement or death of those professors who knew what education meant. This will inevitably result in lowered American technological competitiveness and prosperity. There is no hope of preventing this.

The replacement of learned professors by aging detritus from the Sixties antagonistic to scholarship is not surprising. America has had strong anti-intellectual undercurrent since its inception. The degradation will not be noticed by the young as they have never lived in a world different from their own, with Harry Potter and Toni Morrison thought to be literature. A liberal education was once the mark of the cultivated, being deep in languages, literature, philosophy, the sciences, history, mathematics,. Universities once had, at least among the better students, a love of open minded curiosity, thought, and debate. No more. Future historians will notice the shift, but those within it will not. We are left with a nation of morons who will not know they are morons.

This too cannot be prevented. Jejune herdthink is now warmly espoused throughout the academy with children in grade school being primed for it.

The most -- I dare not say "entertaining" for fear of lynching, but, well, perhaps "interesting" reforms will be those of the police, whether abolition, defunding to shift money to youth outreach and rehab (which don't work) or replacement of police by warm and caring adults, will result in increased crime. We need not concern ourselves with whether and to what extent the police have been culpable in which cases. The changes will come anyway.

An intriguing question is what the nonviolent, non-racist, warm and fuzzy pseudopolice will do when they encounter violent criminals. Counsel them on social justice? I would love to watch.

Our system of governments has proved itself weak, feckless, and unable to govern. The chaotic response to the coronavirus is a prime example, there being no national policy and the states being told to do as they see fit. The other major example was the inability or unwillingness to prevent looting and arson.The widespread destruction was unopposed, protected by the media, and celebrated by the many corporations that have fallen over themselves to truckle to the unwashed and to give them money. If our rampaging anthropoids can loot once, there is no reason to think they cannot do it again.

Many cities are routinely out of control, with seven hundred homicides in Chicago and three hundred in Baltimore every year. Increasingly criminals are released without bail and small crimes, such as evading subway fares, are ignored when committed by minorities. The hordes of derelicts grow, the New York subways become a homeless shelter. These are not problems seen in civilized countries. Which America no longer is, to the astonishment and amusement of the world.

Perhaps this was to be expected. The American practice of choosing its leaders every two, four, or six years by popularity contest worked, after a fashion anyway, in a sprawling continental country in which government had very little local influence. In a world far more complex, with little ability to plan when those in charge change with paralyzing rapidity, and everything intensely regulated by people unfamiliar with problems, results are poor. America's competition with large countries having intelligently authoritarian and stable governance will prove a losing proposition proposition. The inevitable decline in standard of living, already well underwater, will promote unrest. Here we go again.

We have done what Marx couldn't: Achieved communism, a true dictatorship of the proletariat, of a rabble jacquerie of much noise and no wit, the rule of the unfit. It is a rule only of the culture. The moneyed would not grant it power over anything else. Yet rule it is. We shall hear much of the authenticity of the illiterate, the purity of ghetto urges, the wisdom of the people, the need to lay low the pretensions of the mansion.

Yet the catastrophe has its consolations. It is amusing for those amused by the end of empires. The Soviet Union spoke of the dictatorship of the proletariat, but lived under the dictatorship of a gray aristocracy. America speaks of the rule of the people, a horrible idea, and seems to be getting there.

Think of it as the Cultural Revolution by suburban hobbyists. There are the same raging untermenschen, the same desire to destroy anything they do not know, or cannot understand, or be bothered to learn.

As a philosophic emollient one may reflect that all empires and civilizations must end, and ours is. America will remain as a place, a military bastion, a large if declining economic force. It will never again be, even by the low standards of humanity in such things, a relatively free and vigorous society. The world will not again credit its charades of moral leadership. The rot, the tens of thousands of derelict people living on the sidewalks, the looting and fire setting, the censorship, are now visible to the entire earth. Oh well. It was a good thing while it lasted.

Write Fred at jet.possum@gmail.com Put the letters pdq anywhere in the subject line to avoid autodeletion. All read, not always answered due to volume.

Nekkid in Austin

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james wilson , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 5:43 pm GMT

The American system worked decently enough when, and only when, a quarter of the adult population was eligible to vote. That was when democracy was a thing and not "our" thing.
john cronk , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 5:57 pm GMT
Well said. The only thing I disagree with is your opinion that handouts and special favors should continue.
Gordon K. Shumway , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 6:14 pm GMT
I'm glad to have spent my youth and middle age in a mostly sane America. I do not look forward to what's coming at me in my dotage.
SteveK9 , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 6:17 pm GMT
'America's competition with large countries having intelligently authoritarian and stable governance will prove a losing proposition proposition.'

I might still generally agree with this, but our insane 'lockdown' policy in response to an epidemic that posed no real serious threat was copied from the Chinese!!

botazefa , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 6:47 pm GMT
Thank you so much for checking in Fred.

You made our horrible times sound not so bad.

As a result I felt upbeat enough to feel like ordering your 'Nekkid in Austin' paperback from Amazon. $20 and change with tax. Hopefully at least some of that makes it into your pocket.

ASimpleHistory , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 7:45 pm GMT
Re: "In truth, America has made the greatest effort ever essayed by one race to uplift another."

You say nothing about any other country on the planet. What the US has done without the context of the rest of the world is somewhat empty. What about Canada? What about the UK? There are countries outside of the US.

I see no mention of the black history of June Nineteenth or of Tulsa Black Wall Street. Is that not consequential? It's a silent form of discrimination.

How many blacks can spell "confederacy." There is some implicit bias there. Did you think about mentioning the lead content of public water in some inner cities and what affect that might have on development of black children?

I'm not ever sure you fully understand the history of Ulysses S. Grant. You may not have seen this earlier piece written from the UK.

It wasn't a mistake to pull down the statue of Ulysses S Grant
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ulysses-s-grant-statue-san-francisco-soldier-politician-a9580091.html

They thought it was relevant because for those following the Black Lives Matter movement, it's more than just about Black lives. There is an acronym floating around you also may not be aware of. Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). For further information see: https://www.nytimes.com/article/what-is-bipoc.html

Is it hopeless? Perhaps.

Regards,
ASimpleHistory

Oliver Elkington , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 7:45 pm GMT
Sad to see America and the west in general turning out like this, what frustrates me is how hard it is to get normal based white people to organize, the left can get nearly 100,000 people in several cities across America and Europe tearing down statues, shouting abuse at western European culture and it's defenders and the right barely manages to get a couple of thousand people to gather in central London while thousands of left anarchists were scrawling graffiti on Churchill and other monuments. I know left wingers have the advantage of living IN the major cities but most are still surrounded by millions of ordinary middle class people who i am sure are aghast at what is happening. The fact that it is so hard for them to get of their asses and drive 100-200km to meet one another is depressing.
Bragadocious , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 7:59 pm GMT
Only Fred Reed could opine that the biggest threat facing higher ed is the dumbing down of curricula.

There's a little flu going around that's going to remake all of higher ed, with the prospect of hundreds of schools filing for bankruptcy or eliminating whole departments now very real.

Reed's so out of touch with America that it's just laughable. But I can see why he doesn't mention Covid, since Mexico is now in a full-blown pandemic, just as I predicted 2 months ago. (How'd the "siesta and a cerveza" policy from AMLO work out?) The deaths are increasing, curves aren't being flattened and the sick little buggers are scurrying like rats across the border to get hooked up to gringo ventilators at our expense.

Evidence continues to mount that spikes in Covid cases in U.S. border states are due to successive waves of infected people fleeing Mexico's dysfunctional and overwhelmed hospitals to get American medical care. https://t.co/aifN8575IW

-- Center for Immigration Studies (@CIS_org) June 24, 2020

Yep, Mexicans seem to be causing the new wave of infections in Southwest border states.

ruralguy , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm GMT
A two minute conversation with a typical American will quickly show you that their thoughts never dwell on anything noble. Rather, their thoughts are adrift in emotional nonsense. We have a vast underclass of 160 million immigrants from failed-3rd world countries and their US born children, since 1965. The new Americans and our black underclass don't like white people and the old America. We are now a nation of George Floyds, Homer Simpsons, and an obese Walmart shoppers. There is nothing noble in America. It's not a pretty picture. Who cares if it fails? There isn't anything worth saving.
Charlemagne , says: Website Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 8:27 pm GMT
Fred,
Brilliant. Many thanks.
Charlemagne , says: Website Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 8:28 pm GMT
@james wilson James,
Universal suffrage is the death of a republic.
Ann Nonny Mouse , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 9:05 pm GMT
This is funny. We are looking at what a deeply corrupt, predatory system of government (look at the Dem-Woke-Rats) has achieved, the rule of the super-rich, which has achieved huge levels of homelessness, a country that has zero hospitals, zero medics, except for the rich, that is unique in that, and no education except for the rich, saddling the rest with deep debts, this mad rule of the rich waging economic war against countries that outstandingly look after their people, such as Cuba, a system wholly about predation and so with astronomical military expenditure but that forcing the poor to pay for it -- and here we have an article about the resulting anarchy, prattling on about side effects but ignoring the cause.

And comments on the rule of the people versus the dictatorship of the proletariat! When there is no such thing as a Congress critter who is not a millionaire but still must pander to supermillionaires.

A joke. A very nasty joke.

follyofwar , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 9:21 pm GMT
@Charlemagne Is democracy even a good thing? Last summer I read "The End of Democracy" by a Belgian named Christophe Buffin de Chosal, and I'm now convinced that it is not.
Chris Mallory , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 9:35 pm GMT
@ASimpleHistory

What about Canada? What about the UK?

Both of which have black populations at right about 3% of their populations. Not the 13% the US is burdened with.

I see no mention of the black history of June Nineteenth or of Tulsa Black Wall Street. Is that not consequential?

Neither are very consequential. The freeing of the slaves was worse for whites than it was good for blacks.

I'm not ever sure you fully understand the history of Ulysses S. Grant. You may not have seen this earlier piece written from the UK.

Yes, an essay written by a leftwing Jew. I am sure it is fair and balanced.

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)

Three groups that are little better than stone age savages without the blessings of White civilization bestowed upon them.

neutral , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 9:43 pm GMT
When the Soviet Union ended it could fall back into various nation states, America has no such thing. This makes its collapse incredibly more dangerous, all those nuclear weapons it has, what is going to happen to them?
EliteCommInc. , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 10:23 pm GMT
"Reflect: In 1954 an entirely white Supreme Court unanimously ended segregation. Later it found the use of IQ tests by employers illegal because blacks scored poorly, then found "affirmative action," racial discrimination against whites, legal (hardly oppression of blacks, this). An overwhelmingly white Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the Voting Rights Act the next year. "

Except that did not end segregation nor did it shift the imbalance of educational resources as whites have been the most benefited population from these supposed investments. There isn't a measure that whites have not managed to accrue the major benefits from.

And I think, I could down your list and demonstrate just how failed those supposed remedies ave been applied to the black population of US citizens, if not for the redundancy of effort.

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I am not sure how to respond to nonsense such as Section * housing as if section * housing was a program unique to blacks. I would love o bemoan the ignorance of anyone who dis not know General/President Grant was a Union officer and a intense advocate for equity, at least for a while, when the person decrying their ignorance thinks that the Civil Rights era was unique for black citizens.

One might expect some level of ignorance for Pres. Grant by the uneducated, but the level of ignorance on display by the educated is only compounded by the fact that same individual making the complaint wants to continue more immigrants, who are the second largest winners of the civil rights changes but have managed o to convince people like Mr. Reed that

Cinco De Mayo should be celebrated as a US Holiday.

follyofwar , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 10:39 pm GMT
When Fred wades into Multiculturalism he speaks of FGM being incompatible with our values. But, as most Americans do, he neglects the other half of the story. MGM, aka circumcision, sanctioned by our backward society, is an equally barbaric crime.
Beb , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 10:51 pm GMT
Yes, Fred. It was a good thing, while it lasted.
Gordon K. Shumway , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 11:14 pm GMT
@follyofwar Not even close. Unlike victims of FGM, circumcised males can still enjoy sex.
Freda Lipshitz , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 11:51 pm GMT
Recently, I briefly touched on why I think the United States of America is done and dusted after almost 244 years of existence. Fred Reed, who is so much more eloquent with words than I, thinks so as well in A Country Not Salvageable!

IT IS INTERESTING AT THE OUTSET TO OBSERVE THAT THE MAIN REASON THE UNITED STATES FINDS ITSELF IN AN IRREDEEMABLE DIVE IS BECAUSE IT IS IN THE DNA OF THEIR CITIZENS. YEP – THAT'S RIGHT – THEIR DNA!

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FOR MANY DECADES, IF NOT ALMOST 2 1/2 CENTURIES, THEY HAVE INCORPORATED RACISM, SEXISM, BULLYING, WAR MONGERING AND THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN THEIR DNA TO MENTION BUT A FEW. THE ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS PROBLEM IS AS FOLLOWS:

After almost 244 years in existence, 221 of which have been spent at war, the United States of America can no longer find a way to extricate itself from a situation which has been many decades in the making. It has become painfully clear that the 3 branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) so proudly exhibited as effective and meaningful checks and balances no longer works. The military/industrial complex, now joined by the political/media complex, has made it impossible for anyone to Make America Great Again!

No one can see the United States extricating themselves from this unbelievable mess without dropping nuclear bombs on themselves and other nations around the world. Cutting off one's nose to spite one's face is not a solution as they have discovered on many, many occasions throughout their history. But there is one solution, and probably only one, which could work given help from other nations.

As everyone knows, everywhere one looks and everything one looks at in America is in serious difficulty – most of which will never be corrected without major and prolonged surgery. Take a few examples only such as debt, education, infrastructure, immigration, constant war mongering, racism, irreparable political divisions, a disappearing middle class, sexism, wealth in fewer and fewer hands, debilitating unemployment, a dismal trade imbalance, gun control along with associated deaths and injuries, a non performing and dishonest judiciary, catering to one country in the Middle East, lobbying, a weakened electorate, an out of control media, a dangerous religious fervor, a bullying approach to everything, prison incarceration rates, non stop political campaigning, a rapidly falling life expectancy, obesity due to fast foods along with a couch potato syndrome and a constant interference in the affairs of other sovereign nations, little or no respect for the ravages of climate change and dropping out of signed agreements and treaties. And this is to only name a very few issues as they now have managed in addition to become the absolute laughingstock of the world. A very dangerous and emotional one to be sure – but a laughingstock nevertheless for which a few people now feel pity.

So let's cut to the chase even if it brings on yet another civil war. And this is where the help of other nations will be most critical. It is time to employ some 'outside the box' thinking which could bring benefit to the entire North American continent, let alone the world. The citizens of the United States of America and the world have become frustrated at the lack of progress on any and all of the issues in play – and there are a whack of them.

Guess what? The reasons for the American Civil War (1861-1865) point the way to the solution and eventual benefits to everyone concerned. As you undoubtedly recall, the reason for the Civil War in the first place was the South's insistence on the continuation of slavery with secession from the Union. That's right – the USA needs to be divided along roughly the same lines demanded by the secessionists some 150 years ago! In other words, the North made a serious error in not letting them secede and the entire country has been paying for it ever since.

The proposal is a very simple one in reality. Take all of the what we will call the RED states, which are really the most southerly ones, and give them to Mexico. The country could be renamed RED-NEXICO as in rednecks and Mexico. Into this melting pot of death, destruction, convoluted thinking, religious fervor, gun addicts, right wing societies (NRA, Born Again Morons, white nationalists, etc.) pro-life ning nangs, Nascar addicted, arrogant, stupid and the hopeless people of America, most of the unemployable, poorly educated folks, rapists, paedophiles, violent criminals, most rednecks and other ne'er-do-wells will number about 300 million people when all is said and done. It is a perfect fit if one looks at what constitutes the current country of Mexico (that is, soon-to-be RED-NEXICO) because they will get back all of the territory they claimed was stolen by the U.S. from them and then some. Almost all illegal immigrants speak Spanish as do the folks in the U.S. south and the Mexicans. Throw in California which will soon fall into the Pacific Ocean in any event and we have a us a convoy!

Now what should be done about the remaining northern states or what we will refer to the green states? Quite simple really. Give them all to Canada and rename the country CAN-AMERICA. With them go the wealthier states with better employment figures and opportunities along with most of the top class universities which will go undergo a seismic change over the next quarter century, no world wide income tax, a corporate tax on profitability or flat tax which must be paid, no lobbyists, severe penalties for moving manufacturing offshore, lower teen pregnancies, racism and sexism to be dealt with severely, no sub prime mortgages, most of the fresh water, an abundance of hydro electric power, sufficient oil and gas reserves to last well into the next century, minerals galore, oodles of room, strict and honest banking regulations, bilingualism, much less violence, severe firearm controls, more attention to global climate change and other similar world problems, no Nascar, lower divorce rates, domestic violence and so on. Think about it for a moment. The list of benefits are inexhaustible.

It is a win/win for both sides of the equation except for one vital but missing ingredient. With it comes the most important caveat – all citizens in CAN-AMERICA will have the right to vote in person or by post/internet in a national referendum which could affect them. The political power will rest with the people and not the politicians, one of the clearest failings of the United States form of republic.These referendum issues could include, but are not necessarily limited to, a declaration of war, debt, immigration, expulsion of criminals, complete gun control, mosques, military, industrial, political and media complexes, trade, currency, prisons, joining and contributing to stem winding world organizations, infrastructure repairs, a mandatory health system at lower cost and effectiveness, reducing military expenditures by 90%, etc. etc. This will blunt political power and politicians at every turn when they try to do anything – and they always will – which is not in the best interests of the new country.

CAN-AMERICA can really make an impression on the rest of the world with +/- 250 million people by taking a much more critical view of whether to belong to various groups or organizations which have clearly outlived their usefulness. NATO, the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund immediately come to mind but there are many, many others which increase the income tax burdens of people unnecessarily.

Many naysayers will insist that such a geographical and political division in North America will not work but Europe is a showcase of how it does. In fact, many could foresee the eventual fusion of CAN-AMERICA into a worldwide economic trading block of which it would be a dominating member along with China, Russia, India, etc. On the political side, it will see the demise of the two party system along with the republicans and democrats under their new regimes.

Now for the clincher which is an updated version of the current U.S. president's call for a wall dividing countries both south and north of the U.S. border. There will be a strip of land measuring 100 kilometres wide separating RED-NEXICO and CAN-AMERICA. It will be electric fenced to 10 metres on all sides and be patrolled electronically 24/7 and by drones. Dense forests will be planted which, with proper husbandry, will flourish eventually to the benefit of both countries. Anyone entering or caught within these 100 kms will be eliminated immediately whether they come from CAN-AMERICA or RED-NEXICO. The cost of building, maintaining and patrolling no woman or no man's land will be shared equally between the the two countries. Any immigration from one country to another will have to go through official channels as there will be no borders to cross except for the 100 kms which means no one would make it. It would kill tourism between the new countries for many years but who really wants to travel to RED-NEXICO in particular!

Unknown to many Americans who are living in the U.S. at the moment is the fact that many of their fellow citizens are surrendering their American nationality in disgust. It has moved from a trickle 25 years ago to where it has become a flood today. Most embassies are inundated with requests – so much so that waiting periods of up to 2 years are not uncommon and growing more expensive every year. Of course, anyone wanting to do so must have another passport to fall back on as well.
This is a very abridged version of a much more detailed proposal but the drift is clear – the United States is slipping quickly and inexorably into third world country and 'shit hole' country status to utilize the current president's description. In many opinions, it is already there! Let's all jettison this cancer in the world so the rest of us can get on with our lives!

EVEN IF THIS SEPARATION/SECESSION SHOULD BE ACCEPTED (AS IN FORCED DOWN THEIR THROATS), THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN BE SAVED IN THE PROPOSED FORMAT GIVEN THE LIST OF ISSUES WHICH HAVE ACCUMULATED SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II 75 YEARS AGO!!!

P.S. Any input which will enhance any aspect of this proposal which is more than a matter of detail is sorely welcomed as implementation will be something requiring great skill! Criticisms are also warmly encouraged as long as they are not simply more bleating about how unfair it would be, how civil war will break out, how the 300 million guns will be used to shoot their way out of this, how the political slop will stop it and so on. America is doomed as it is now and saving the best parts is paramount.

IN THE WELL KNOWN LYRICS OF THE SCAR STRANGLED BANNER, IT USED TO BE KNOWN AS "THE LAND OF THE BRAVE AND THE HOME OF THE FREE!" NOW IT IS KNOWN AS "THE LAND OF THE FAT AND THE HOME OF THE FEARFUL!"

BORDERING ON STUPIDITY

MEXICO & CANADA

Freda Lipshitz , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 11:54 pm GMT
Recently, I briefly touched on why I think the United States of America is done and dusted after almost 244 years of existence. Fred Reed, who is so much more eloquent with words than I thinks so as well in A Country Not Salvageable!

IT IS INTERESTING AT THE OUTSET TO OBSERVE THAT THE MAIN REASON THE UNITED STATES FINDS ITSELF IN AN IRREDEEMABLE DIVE IS BECAUSE IT IS IN THE DNA OF THEIR CITIZENS. YEP – THAT'S RIGHT – THEIR DNA!

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FOR MANY DECADES, IF NOT ALMOST 2 1/2 CENTURIES, THEY HAVE INCORPORATED RACISM, SEXISM, BULLYING, WAR MONGERING AND THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN THEIR DNA TO MENTION BUT A FEW. THE ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS PROBLEM IS AS FOLLOWS:

After almost 244 years in existence, 221 of which have been spent at war, the United States of America can no longer find a way to extricate itself from a situation which has been many decades in the making. It has become painfully clear that the 3 branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) so proudly exhibited as effective and meaningful checks and balances no longer works. The military/industrial complex, now joined by the political/media complex, has made it impossible for anyone to Make America Great Again!

No one can see the United States extricating themselves from this unbelievable mess without dropping nuclear bombs on themselves and other nations around the world. Cutting off one's nose to spite one's face is not a solution as they have discovered on many, many occasions throughout their history. But there is one solution, and probably only one, which could work given help from other nations.

As everyone knows, everywhere one looks and everything one looks at in America is in serious difficulty – most of which will never be corrected without major and prolonged surgery. Take a few examples only such as debt, education, infrastructure, immigration, constant war mongering, racism, irreparable political divisions, a disappearing middle class, sexism, wealth in fewer and fewer hands, debilitating unemployment, a dismal trade imbalance, gun control along with associated deaths and injuries, a non performing and dishonest judiciary, catering to one country in the Middle East, lobbying, a weakened electorate, an out of control media, a dangerous religious fervor, a bullying approach to everything, prison incarceration rates, non stop political campaigning, a rapidly falling life expectancy, obesity due to fast foods along with a couch potato syndrome and a constant interference in the affairs of other sovereign nations, little or no respect for the ravages of climate change and dropping out of signed agreements and treaties. And this is to only name a very few issues as they now have managed in addition to become the absolute laughingstock of the world. A very dangerous and emotional one to be sure – but a laughingstock nevertheless for which a few people now feel pity.

So let's cut to the chase even if it brings on yet another civil war. And this is where the help of other nations will be most critical. It is time to employ some 'outside the box' thinking which could bring benefit to the entire North American continent, let alone the world. The citizens of the United States of America and the world have become frustrated at the lack of progress on any and all of the issues in play – and there are a whack of them.

Guess what? The reasons for the American Civil War (1861-1865) point the way to the solution and eventual benefits to everyone concerned. As you undoubtedly recall, the reason for the Civil War in the first place was the South's insistence on the continuation of slavery with secession from the Union. That's right – the USA needs to be divided along roughly the same lines demanded by the secessionists some 150 years ago! In other words, the North made a serious error in not letting them secede and the entire country has been paying for it ever since.

The proposal is a very simple one in reality. Take all of the what we will call the RED states, which are really the most southerly ones, and give them to Mexico. The country could be renamed RED-NEXICO as in rednecks and Mexico. Into this melting pot of death, destruction, convoluted thinking, religious fervor, gun addicts, right wing societies (NRA, Born Again Morons, white nationalists, etc.) pro-life ning nangs, Nascar addicted, arrogant, stupid and the hopeless people of America, most of the unemployable, poorly educated folks, rapists, paedophiles, violent criminals, most rednecks and other ne'er-do-wells will number about 300 million people when all is said and done. It is a perfect fit if one looks at what constitutes the current country of Mexico (that is, soon-to-be RED-NEXICO) because they will get back all of the territory they claimed was stolen by the U.S. from them and then some. Almost all illegal immigrants speak Spanish as do the folks in the U.S. south and the Mexicans. Throw in California which will soon fall into the Pacific Ocean in any event and we have a us a convoy!

Now what should be done about the remaining northern states or what we will refer to the green states? Quite simple really. Give them all to Canada and rename the country CAN-AMERICA. With them go the wealthier states with better employment figures and opportunities along with most of the top class universities which will go undergo a seismic change over the next quarter century, no world wide income tax, a corporate tax on profitability or flat tax which must be paid, no lobbyists, severe penalties for moving manufacturing offshore, lower teen pregnancies, racism and sexism to be dealt with severely, no sub prime mortgages, most of the fresh water, an abundance of hydro electric power, sufficient oil and gas reserves to last well into the next century, minerals galore, oodles of room, strict and honest banking regulations, bilingualism, much less violence, severe firearm controls, more attention to global climate change and other similar world problems, no Nascar, lower divorce rates, domestic violence and so on. Think about it for a moment. The list of benefits are inexhaustible.

It is a win/win for both sides of the equation except for one vital but missing ingredient. With it comes the most important caveat – all citizens in CAN-AMERICA will have the right to vote in person or by post/internet in a national referendum which could affect them. The political power will rest with the people and not the politicians, one of the clearest failings of the United States form of republic.These referendum issues could include, but are not necessarily limited to, a declaration of war, debt, immigration, expulsion of criminals, complete gun control, mosques, military, industrial, political and media complexes, trade, currency, prisons, joining and contributing to stem winding world organizations, infrastructure repairs, a mandatory health system at lower cost and effectiveness, reducing military expenditures by 90%, etc. etc. This will blunt political power and politicians at every turn when they try to do anything – and they always will – which is not in the best interests of the new country.

CAN-AMERICA can really make an impression on the rest of the world with +/- 250 million people by taking a much more critical view of whether to belong to various groups or organizations which have clearly outlived their usefulness. NATO, the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund immediately come to mind but there are many, many others which increase the income tax burdens of people unnecessarily.

Many naysayers will insist that such a geographical and political division in North America will not work but Europe is a showcase of how it does. In fact, many could foresee the eventual fusion of CAN-AMERICA into a worldwide economic trading block of which it would be a dominating member along with China, Russia, India, etc. On the political side, it will see the demise of the two party system along with the republicans and democrats under their new regimes.

Now for the clincher which is an updated version of the current U.S. president's call for a wall dividing countries both south and north of the U.S. border. There will be a strip of land measuring 100 kilometres wide separating RED-NEXICO and CAN-AMERICA. It will be electric fenced to 10 metres on all sides and be patrolled electronically 24/7 and by drones. Dense forests will be planted which, with proper husbandry, will flourish eventually to the benefit of both countries. Anyone entering or caught within these 100 kms will be eliminated immediately whether they come from CAN-AMERICA or RED-NEXICO. The cost of building, maintaining and patrolling no woman or no man's land will be shared equally between the the two countries. Any immigration from one country to another will have to go through official channels as there will be no borders to cross except for the 100 kms which means no one would make it. It would kill tourism between the new countries for many years but who really wants to travel to RED-NEXICO in particular!

Unknown to many Americans who are living in the U.S. at the moment is the fact that many of their fellow citizens are surrendering their American nationality in disgust. It has moved from a trickle 25 years ago to where it has become a flood today. Most embassies are inundated with requests – so much so that waiting periods of up to 2 years are not uncommon and growing more expensive every year. Of course, anyone wanting to do so must have another passport to fall back on as well.
This is a very abridged version of a much more detailed proposal but the drift is clear – the United States is slipping quickly and inexorably into third world country and 'shit hole' country status to utilize the current president's description. In many opinions, it is already there! Let's all jettison this cancer in the world so the rest of us can get on with our lives!

EVEN IF THIS SEPARATION/SECESSION SHOULD BE ACCEPTED (AS IN FORCED DOWN THEIR THROATS), THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN BE SAVED IN THE PROPOSED FORMAT GIVEN THE LIST OF ISSUES WHICH HAVE ACCUMULATED SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II 75 YEARS AGO!!!

P.S. Any input which will enhance any aspect of this proposal which is more than a matter of detail is sorely welcomed as implementation will be something requiring great skill! Criticisms are also warmly encouraged as long as they are not simply more bleating about how unfair it would be, how civil war will break out, how the 300 million guns will be used to shoot their way out of this, how the political slop will stop it and so on. America is doomed as it is now and saving the best parts is paramount.

IN THE WELL KNOWN LYRICS OF THE SCAR STRANGLED BANNER, IT USED TO BE KNOWN AS "THE LAND OF THE BRAVE AND THE HOME OF THE FREE!" NOW IT IS KNOWN AS "THE LAND OF THE FAT AND THE HOME OF THE FEARFUL!"

BORDERING ON STUPIDITY

MEXICO & CANADA

IvyMike , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:10 am GMT
Fred used to sharp, funny, and very politically incorrect, now he is a bitter old racist, the perfect mascot for the continuing descent of Unz Review.
Daemon , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:57 am GMT
@Gordon K. Shumway Spoken like a true foreskin-donor.

I'd suggest educating yourself on the subject.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FCuy163srRc?feature=oembed

Red Pill Angel , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 1:03 am GMT
@john cronk Fred's right, it's too late, but two things spelled our country's doom: colleges became factories for feminist propaganda which discouraging bright women from marrying and having children while they were young and fertile; then welfare was used as a tool to outsource childbearing and rearing to the poor. What could go wrong? Stir the pot for 75 years, voila! the evening news.
bluedog , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 1:11 am GMT
@ASimpleHistory Of course its hopeless just read what you posted that's the drivile that got us where we are,Canada's history with the Native Tribe are worse then worse, as the schools use the young native girls for their own pleasure.If blacks can't spell simple words then they are only to blame for they don't want to learn, for they learned how to play the blame game and the rest is history .
haha , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 1:31 am GMT
@Gordon K. Shumway Maybe, but why is little Willie tampered with for no reason. And without the owner's consent. Now don't come back with penile hygiene, penile cancer and other yesterday arguments. Countries with soap and water can keep little Willie clean and cancer free without chopping off its skin. Circumcision is an American tradition just as FMG is of others. Let us call a spade a spade.
LCBozo , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 1:41 am GMT
@Daemon Be kinder to our women. Circumcision is not on the level of female genital mutilation. Losing some skin is not comparable to losing the sexual sense organ. Just another SJW trying to impose their values on others.

https://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/news/20110106/male-circumcision-cuts-womens-cervical-cancer-risk

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/circumcision/about/pac-20393550

Charles , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 2:06 am GMT
It is also true that the things we take completely for granted – harnessed electricity, clean potable running water, OTC medicines (to name a few) – will become less common, then rare, then un-heard-of. The people we see rioting cannot build, create, or maintain, they can only destroy. But we cannot KNOW the future. As absurd as it may seem (and its very absurdity makes me think it's possible), what if the Old World comes to the rescue, so to speak, of the New? Yeah I know, we're much more likely to be colonized by China, but still
Awash , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 2:23 am GMT
@Gordon K. Shumway I am against FGM, but how do you know African women don't enjoy sex? I read few days ago in the Cosmopolitan magazine that the g-spot doesn't exist. It concludes that intimacy is what makes women happy. Also it's not clear who enjoys sex more: the circumsized man or the uncircumcised.
Barb Dwyer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 2:29 am GMT
@Gordon K. Shumway ALF!
R.C. , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 2:36 am GMT
@Gordon K. Shumway

"I'm glad to have spent my youth and middle age in a mostly sane America. I do not look forward to what's coming at me in my dotage."

Exactly!
Also, excellently witty, informed and entertaining article.
R.C.

Daemon , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 2:41 am GMT
@LCBozo Being against circumcision doesn't mean I'm automatically for FGM, you know. And no, considering 90% of the nerve endings are "inside" the part of the foreskin removed (and removed for the EXPLICIT purpose of denying pleasure from intercourse) – it is exactly the same as FGM.

And watch the video, the host debunks the supposed "health benefits" of cutting off a natural piece of your body. It's literally bronze age blood sacrifice for the modern era.

Anonymous [234] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 2:41 am GMT
Want to see the Sissy!Cops meet a violent offender? Go rent DEMOLITION MAN.
Priss Factor , says: Website Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 3:05 am GMT
I wonder .

if these people are so hostile to supremacism, why aren't they attacking Israeli consulates, protesting ADL & AIPAC, burning Israeli flags, and denouncing the Zionist 'genocide' of Palestinians?
Why aren't they denouncing Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, and others for their support of supremacist state of Israel?

I hear that this is an attack by the 'left'. If so, why is this 'left' so silent about the plight of Palestinians and other victims of US imperialism that is directed by Jews?

It's not about the Left. It's about punks and hoodlums serving as Janissary to Jewish Supremacist Power.

Ann Nonny Mouse , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 3:34 am GMT
@follyofwar It's mad, totally mad, to call the American system of government a democracy. The rule of the super-rich is not the rule of the people, only the rule over the people.
Lee Lepanto , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 3:48 am GMT
Pretty good piece.

Deduct points for the umpteenth "Marry Latinas, White men. Some are pretty and their smartphones are set to English."

bruce county , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:13 am GMT
@neutral Negros with Nukes. What a comforting thought.
Mefobills , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:20 am GMT
Farrakhan and Nathanael have come up with a solution:

Segregation on Steroids:

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=209240

usNthem , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:20 am GMT
Phenomenally talented at what? A few sports and some entertainment. Oh, and they do hate us, Fred. Rest assured of that.
Escher , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:21 am GMT
@Ann Nonny Mouse Few democracies actually reflect the will of the voting public in the way they they are administered. The power elite runs the show.
Human society is inherently hierarchical, unless we revert to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
Reg Cæsar , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:30 am GMT

and phenomenally talented.

That's not the same as employable.

Nothing has worked.

Nor have they. For 400 years. That's a helluva long time for a subsidy.

Roppenheimer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:33 am GMT
@neutral Not to worry. Most likely, very few of the US nukes are still operational. However, we lack the testing capacity to determine which are still functional and which are duds. Deterrence is based on fear, uncertainty and doubt.
Mefobills , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:35 am GMT
@Charlemagne Agree that universal suffrage voting is crazy-town. Women, on average, are not evolved for protecting the frontiers, and vote with emotion. There are always exceptions of course. Minority races tend to vote as a block.

Mosley seems to have come up with a solution that is lost to history:

Basically, voters vote on subjects they are qualified for. Corporate state does not mean corporatocracy, which is what we have now in the U.S.

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https://www.oswaldmosley.com/the-corporate-state/

Governments are elected on the strength of their appeal to passion or to sentiment. Once in office they promptly resign their effective power in favour of the great interests within the State, but yet superior to the State, who exercise their power in secret. The increasingly technical nature of all problems in an economic age has made it difficult or impossible to explain the real issues to the electorate as a whole. The division between daily politics and the reality of Government has become ever greater.

The technician has become ever more enchained by the passion, the prejudice and the folly of uninstructed politics. By such a system as we advocate, the technician, who is the architect of our industrial future, is freed for his task. He is given the mandate for that task by the informed franchise of his colleagues in his own industry. A vote so cast will be the result of experience and information. Is not this in fact rationalised democracy? Is not this system preferable to the solemn humbug of present elections, which assumes that the most technical problems of modern government, ranging from currency management to the evolution of a scientific protective system, can be settled by a few days' loose discussion in the turmoil of a General Election?

The ordinary man would greatly resent such treatment of the facts of his daily industry and life. If someone strolled into an engineering shop and, after five minutes' cursory examination of an intricate process which the engineer had studied all his life, proceeded to tell him how to do it, the engineer would quickly tell the intruder he was a presumptuous ass . Yet these are the methods which our present electoral system applies to that most intricate and technical of processes, the government of a civilised State.

Rationalised democracy, as well as rationalised industry, has become an imperative necessity. The Corporate State provides the only known solution to the problem. Our electoral system has become a farce, worse even than in the days of bribed elections and pocket boroughs. As it is organised at present, our system of government lacks the calibre to carry us out of trade depression and set Britain again on top of the world.

Reg Cæsar , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:42 am GMT
@Freda Lipshitz

10 metres

Get real. Even Canucks only use "metres" when they have to.

reducing military expenditures by 90%, etc. etc.

We did the opposite in 1917 and 1942. Stupid us

gun control along with associated deaths and injuries

Well, you've got that right.

Eric Novak , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:43 am GMT
@follyofwar Infectious dick cheese is barbaric, not its prophylaxis.
Reg Cæsar , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:45 am GMT

In its writ-large form, trying to force West Virginia to accept the culture of Massachusetts will produce only anger.

Who the hell is suggesting that? A tour of the radio dial would show that the influence goes the other way. Where are the Arthur Fiedlers and Leroy Andersons when we need them?

Eric Novak , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:47 am GMT
@Daemon It's literally as much bullshit as a video about the benefits of eating an all vegan diet of lawn trimmings.
Zarathustra , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:53 am GMT
It is always immense pleasure to read Fred Reed.

Here is his statement of century.

We can't solve the problem if we don't know what it is.

northeast , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 4:58 am GMT
Good column Fred, but blacks are "phenomenally talented" is an interesting statement. Aside from some basic talent with song & dance and athletics blacks are in general dismal.

I'll give them this: they know suffering mostly self-inflicted. It's a tragic situation for them and us.

Rahan , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:18 am GMT
@SteveK9
I must disagree with the concept that the US lockdown was "copied from the Chinese".

While in no way do I support the current thoughts gaining popularity that "democracy doesn't work" (works well enough in sane places like Japan, Korea, Slovakia, and such), this precise example–the handling of the novel coronavirus–showed Beijing in a quite OK light.

(The complaints how "they should have sounded the alarm half an hour earlier this would have changed everything are only voiced by place that were too moronic to react properly in time, unlike all of East Asia, which did)

What China did is lockdown ONE city (Wuhan), and sever connections between various other cities and counties, in order to check the spread. And thus, they checked the spread. In 90% places there was even never no "mandatory social distancing" or "mandatory mask wearing", what people did they did because they felt they should, through grassroot peer pressure.

The whole Eastern Asian approach, China included, was:
1) Clamp down instantly on hot spots
2) Sever connections between suspect counties
3) After 1-2 viral cycles open up again

What the US and UK did was first go with the "nothing to see here" model, and then go into "incompetent overreacting mode" when it was already far too late. This is NOT "the Chinese model" that we saw.

RichardTaylor , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:19 am GMT
But we're importing all the spiffy Latinos that Fred loves so much. We should be getting better!

These headlines are hyperbole. America isn't going to "collapse". It still has far more power than any other country. I don't know what will happen in the future and the state of White Americans is a problem. But the country isn't going anywhere.

Hang All Text Drivers , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:29 am GMT
""""A statue of Ulysses Grant was pulled down in the belief that he was a Confederate general."""

Most sources agree grant owned a single slave during the CW. His wife had a bunch of them.

Many UNION generals were slaveowners during the war. Which show how dishonest it is to say the war was fought to free the slaves.

Hang All Text Drivers , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:33 am GMT
"""Our system of governments has proved itself weak, feckless, and unable to govern. The chaotic response to the coronavirus is a prime example, there being no national policy and the states being told to do as they see fit. """"

What's wrong with that? The FF took states rights for granted. That's why they wrote the tenth amendment and that's why the federal constitution says the federal govt cannot by itself amend its constitution. Only the states can.

Hang All Text Drivers , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:40 am GMT
@Ann Nonny Mouse ""It's mad, totally mad, to call the American system of government a democracy. The rule of the super-rich is not the rule of the people, only the rule over the people.""

Democracy is dead not because of the rich but because of the Supreme Court. Those 9 unelected old goats appointed for life have granted themselves final say on every issue in america. They write the laws even though the constitution says "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the united states."

Miro23 , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:45 am GMT

The world will not again credit its charades of moral leadership. The rot, the tens of thousands of derelict people living on the sidewalks, the looting and fire setting, the censorship, are now visible to the entire earth. Oh well. It was a good thing while it lasted.

The biggest contrast between the US and successful societies seems to involve the concept of citizens rights and obligations.

If Americans had a strong concept of citizenship it could guide them through many difficult issues. For example the world's longest running democracy (Switzerland) puts a heavy list obligations on its citizens, such as military service, active regular participation in local meetings/ issue based elections, and makes it clear to them that they are a part of a historical society with no opt outs.

Americans have few or no obligations towards their founding history. They aren't required to study it, respect it, or see themselves as part of it – in fact, to contribute in any way at all. Rather, the Jewish media encourages them to demean it, and they are defined as "consumers" (something that feeds and shops) rather than citizens.

Agreed that the US continues on its fast downward track, and it will involve more serious financial and social crises.

On a basic level, US society is hopelessly uncompetitive with places like modern China (great unified national projects in education, industry, infrastructure and national development) while it papers over the cracks with debt, and pushes its ZioGlob SJW agenda.

Just another serf , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:45 am GMT
Yes, there may be no future for this society in white European terms. But it can still be a magnificent place for people of color. The African population is expected to swell to more than 45 billion in the coming years. Why not open up this unoccupied land and these existent cities to these populations? There is a similar population spike ahead in Mexico and areas of central and South America. These individuals are skilled farmers and they can make the U.S. flourish with new crops.

If these new immigrants can build on the wonderful democratic ideals of the disappearing white population, we may see a terrific future for mankind, also womankind.

jack daniels , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 5:49 am GMT
The author seems to think the actions of rabble arise spontaneously. But they are just chess pieces in a campaign to destroy the traditional Christian America. Money c0ntrols our politics by owning the media and in effect the political parties and academe. The flow and flux of opinions is in the hands of very bright people who unfortunately hate us.
Wood Stove , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:02 am GMT

What fun, what entertainment. And rare: One seldom sees the collapse of a landmark society

Imagine thinking you're not standing in line to the slaughter.

I wonder if you'll still be thinking this once BLM militarizes. And they will, just look at the sort of "donations" they are getting from the fortune 500. BLM is bigger than both parties, and they are gearing up for a 1917. That means red terrors, the abolished police replaced by NKVD style outfits that will abduct, torture, and murder the people you love, it means mass executions,

The writing's on the wall; the anti-white hate speech, 1619, the statues being toppled, the kneeling and appeasing, the more demands, the more fanaticism, the more hatred in this racial rendition of marxism the proletariat are non-whites and the bourgeoisie are whites. Watch out. There will be ZERO mercy if you're white. No matter how much you kneel, it will never be enough.

It's not hard to imagine; a second wave of clownvirus to scare white people into lockdowns, a chinese cyber attack to black out everything, then suddenly a red terror of crazed and armed BLM mobs universally activated to slaughter the white sitting ducks in an Esther style genocide which the jewish media will absolutely love. Interestingly this covid hoax was launched around Purim.

Be very afraid.

The Germ Theory of Disease , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:03 am GMT
@Freda Lipshitz Have you found the Yellow Sign?
Anonymous [237] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:11 am GMT
https://www.unz.com/freed/a-country-not-salvageable/#respond

"America speaks of the rule of the people, a horrible idea, and seems to be getting there."

Do not think anyone can know

Their speech is restricted so we cannot know what they think

Their freedom to associate is restricted so they cannot organize with those of a like mind

Their freedom to live as they will is restricted by federal legislation and nine judges

They are forced to pay for others bad decisions and to bail them out

They are robbed of their money to be told how they can spend it and with whom

The rule of a free people would cause others to rise to the level of those who do best to out do them if they were free to do so. It is the lack of freedom to do so, not that a people being free does not make the best rule

Anon [383] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:31 am GMT
Worldwide the depths of ignorance amongst the dark races is mind blowing. In South Africa after 25 years of black rule which includes the control of state run schools and their curricula, an acceptable pass rate is now 30%! Knowing 3 out of every 10 things is acceptable. I mentioned to one of the anthropoids the other day about the excesses of the Ottoman empire in Eastern Europe and Greece to be told "I don't care what Otto did", there is literally no hope. The barbarians are in the city.
Richard B , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:36 am GMT
@Ann Nonny Mouse

countries that outstandingly look after their people, such as Cuba

I can say from extensive first hand experience and the testimonials of family, friends, etc. that not one country in Latin America looks after its people.

And that most definitely includes Cuba.

But keep dreaming.

Anonymous [291] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:38 am GMT
@Daemon Well, you still replied to a comment opening, in our time of violently, unworthily, cultural legal and social female privilege, with "Be kinder to our women."
Astuteobservor II , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:40 am GMT
@SteveK9 Maybe you can stop hating the Chinese and read the guidelines on how to deal with pandemics.

Maybe, just maybe you will learn something.

Richard B , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:40 am GMT
@follyofwar

Last summer I read "The End of Democracy" by a Belgian named Christophe Buffin de Chosal, and I'm now convinced that it is not.

Just curious. Did the author offer a definition of Democracy?

If so, could you share it here?

Thanks.

Astuteobservor II , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 6:48 am GMT
Putting the foot down would work. I think the hand outs are at least partly responsible for the uselessness of the blacks. Enabling is a pretty dangerous thing when done over 8 decades.

Take away the gravy train, it just might force them out of their stupor.

But who knows. It might also push all blacks into open revolt.

So, take your pick

Biff , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 7:16 am GMT

Schooling will continue its plummet.

I think George Carlin described this the best "the owners aren't interested in people capable of critical thinking – it's not in their interest. They only want obedient workers "

Dumbo , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 7:19 am GMT
The problem in America is not black people, it's white people. Take a look at current pop culture which is basically homos and race-mixing 24/7. Take a look at the issues that worry Americans (nooses and bathrooms for transexuals). Look at American celebrities, the Kartrashians. Look at whom they want to vote, Senile Joe Biden or Trashy Trump (which is the less bad alternative). Look at all the morbidly obese people moving around in scooters to buy even more sodas and fast food.

It's too far gone.

obwandiyag , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 7:31 am GMT
You fucking asshole. You think A. blacks are rich because they get welfare, and B. only blacks get welfare.

You are a fucking idiot asshole. And, oh, by the way, wrong. Dead wrong.

Pat Kittle , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 7:39 am GMT
@Priss Factor

It's not about the Left. It's about punks and hoodlums serving as Janissary to Jewish Supremacist Power.

Exactly!

And Fearless Freddie knows it. Of course when Fred sees this pointed out to him he pretends not to notice -- like with so many others, it's much safer for him to go after the puppets, not the (((puppet-masters))).

(Although Janissaries were highly respected elite troops -- not exactly what we see here.)

Jiminy , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 8:00 am GMT
I keep thinking of an old cartoon by Leunig showing a family visiting the museum of lost manners. The boy is interested in a diorama of a man giving up his chair for a lady. I feel the same could happen to all of the toppled statues, the only difference is that they will end up in a museum for lost causes. Every weekend families will visit and sadly reminisce of a past lost.
Ann Nonny Mouse , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 8:17 am GMT
@Charlemagne Universal suffrage is a problem, turning into a popularity contest where only the rich can compete, but it's that, that it's so easily corrupted, and is, that's the problem.

With election by lot there would have been no world wars.

Felix Keverich , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 8:20 am GMT
@neutral

When the Soviet Union ended it could fall back into various nation states

Soviet Union did not "fall back into nation states", because no such states even existed before USSR. Soviet Union disintegrated in line with its administrative division, the equivalent would be America's 50 states going their separate way.

Stephen Allen , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 9:26 am GMT
The author forgot about Flynt and other such cities. Also, is it the dictatorship of the proletariat bombing other nations, notably Arab nations, not quite black, yet close, into oblivion.
Stephen Allen , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 9:32 am GMT
@Chris Mallory Nazis roaming the Web.
Emily , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 9:46 am GMT
Very interesting article, thanks.
However it has one great deceit aand deficit.
quote
'The Soviet Union spoke of the dictatorship of the proletariat, but lived under the dictatorship of a gray aristocracy.'
No Fred.
It was not a 'gray' aristocracy.
It was a Jewish one.
The jews created and controlled the USSR for years.
Murdering millions of actual Russians.
Read Solzhenitsyn .
Imprisoning them, torturing them and enslaving them.
The falling of the Berlin wall freed the Russian people more than anyone else, it can be argued.
It kept the Russians IN – in one almighty Jewish controlled prison.
But even then – a druncken corrupt Yeltsin was placed in charge – a USA/Jewish puppet.
And the takaway plunder of Russia and its people began – obscene plunder which Putin is reclaiming as he can.
Many jews then fled.
Not only Fred, did you miss the Jewish connection with Russia – you have managed to ignore the Jewish connections with BLM and the current racial turmoil.
You seem to have a poor opinion of minorities fair enough – most of us would agree with what you write.
But you are very coy about the minority with all its financial power and dual citizenships behind the USSR, and the corruption and breaking of western nations today.
Why?
Um!
animalogic , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:11 am GMT
Excuse me, I feel the need for a quibble:
" a true dictatorship of the proletariat,". The rioters etc are not the "proletariat", they are the "Lumpen-proletariat". The Proletariat are working people. They usually have families, mortgages, car payments. They struggle with health insurance. They may even dream of their kids going to college. The ultimate challenge with these people is to encourage them towards class consciousness -- which means roughly, a consciousness of their own interests as a group.
The "Lumpen-proletariat" are basically social riff-raff. They are the odds & sods. They tend to live outside or unevenly connected to the "everyday" world. They may not be "bad" people. Indeed, they may be "respectable". However, they will rarely have a consciousness of social & political realities, even as they apply to themselves.
ShogunMike , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:23 am GMT
@Oliver Elkington We cannot organize as every time we do the SPLC labels anything white as racist and in comes the corrupt federally bums of in cognition to throw whites in prison. The writer is correct, We Are Doomed.
Pat Kittle , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:25 am GMT
@Emily

But you are very coy about the minority with all its financial power and dual citizenships behind the USSR, and the corruption and breaking of western nations today.
Why?

Because behind Fred's leather-jacket-Brando-Wild-One alter-ego, he's just plain scared.

Scared of Jews -- just like Brando was.

Pathetic, but he's got lots of company.

orionyx , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:29 am GMT
@SteveK9 The Chinese response toCovidwas not insane, it was rational.

Having experienced several suspicious plagues among their food animals in recent months, the Chinese feared they were facing bio-warfare, and made the only rational response. With recent flareups, they probably fear they're facing phase 2 – and they probably are.

America, on the other hand, destroyed its economy to preserve the banks – setting fire to the house to keep the furniture warm. And now the rabble, fantastically talented at burning things, are burning the furniture.

Goodbye America.

Thomasina , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:31 am GMT
@bluedog Canada is gone. No glue. Started downhill about the same time as the U.S. – in the 70's/80's. Yes, they treated the natives terribly, but from what I read at Unz and elsewhere, the natives did their fair share of raiding and slaving. Such is man, unfortunately.
Moi , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:40 am GMT
@Gordon K. Shumway Unfortunately, the American people are the only people so stupid as to have opened their doors wide to an influx of immigrants to the point they'll soon become a minority in their own country. What used to be our core culture is fast disappearing. English is no longer the lingua franca, but we are now a bi-lingual English and Spanish speaking country. Say bye-bye America and go back to sleep. It's over, thanks to our "leaders'–an unbroken line of dumbshit, sellouts!
neutral , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:43 am GMT
@Felix Keverich Russia and the Baltic states existed before, the stans had some clearly identifiable ethnic groups they belonged to. I don't want to go into the usual impenetrable and pointless debates about Belarus and Ukraine, but for most part the states that came out of the Soviet Union were more natural nation states that came out of the Africa post colonialism, the US states are not close to anything like nation states from the USSR.
Hartnell , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:44 am GMT
@Oliver Elkington I think it is simply all down to levels of comfort on both sides. For the left, they are protesting and rioting because the state supports them. There will be no consequences and ultimately they can return back to their lives as the smoke clears problem free. For the right, they too are also comfortable and do not want to lose this comfort over fighting back for what is right. Instead they'd rather 'protest' on the internet. It will take dwindling levels of comfort to get the right to truly start organising.
Moi , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:44 am GMT
@obwandiyag Blacks suffer from post-slavery PTSD–many minorities don't see racism everywhere or blame their problems to racism.
gotmituns , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 10:52 am GMT
@IvyMike Reed is not a "racist," he's a racial realist like me – there's a difference.
Anonymous [661] Disclaimer , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:07 am GMT
@Oliver Elkington A few years ago some locals in my community had organized a family picnic for residents to come and celebrate a day of European heritage. All were invited to celebrate, there were certainly no color restrictions or anything of the sort. This area is heavily Italian, Polish, Irish and Welsh, all descendants of immigrants who came over to work in the coal mines. We're talking a day of middle-aged people enjoying ethnic European foods and games for the kids, tomato casseroles, pierogis and kielbasa.

Then all the Jewish gestapo groups suddenly appeared, denounced it as a day of white supremacy, SPLC of course weighed in against it, the local politicians caved to the pressure and finally saw that the park permit for the picnic was pulled. At the time, I found all the negative reactions to this picnic hard to believe.

But here we are now, denied the right to peaceful assembly while anti-white forces have full freedom to promote hatred, physical violence, looting and arson.

The Alarmist , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:08 am GMT
Here's your happy ending:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/r8fkrPP_0qA?feature=oembed

Whitewolf , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:19 am GMT
@RichardTaylor

I don't know what will happen in the future and the state of White Americans is a problem. But the country isn't going anywhere.

The US is circling the drain. The last I heard over a billion dollars was donated openly to BLM by big corporations as a reward for instigating riots and looting across the country. The rulers aren't even bothering to pretend to care about the future of the US.

Whitewolf , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:24 am GMT
@Hartnell The two sides aren't left and right. They are the oligarchs who run the country vs everyone else.
Ann Nonny Mouse , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:32 am GMT
@Freda Lipshitz Brilliant, Freda! I found myself laughing out loud on reading your Red-Nexico.

You are right. Good idea. Let the South secede.

Except, why shoul they fuse with Mexico? They could be independent of both.

The basic American problem is the rule of the rich, which is predatory rule, and the gift America gives them, a tiny few, is vast wealth all in one country. If that wealth was divided up, part in the Confederacy as an independent country, part in New England as an independent country, part CA and a few of the nearby states ditto, part WA ditto ditto, Hawaii shunted off, independent, flyover states picking the nearest of those others to join, the rule of the rich would be over! Prey on what?

Think. The rule of the super-rich over Cuba? It that why Cuba has free health care? Free education? No-one in debt? Though under beastly US sanctions for decades?

Split the US up into a few medium-sized countries and SO many problems would be solved.

Smithsonian_2 , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:35 am GMT
@follyofwar

Is democracy even a good thing? Last summer I read "The End of Democracy" by a Belgian named Christophe Buffin de Chosal, and I'm now convinced that it is not.

You need *some* method to get rid of failed politicians that doesn't involve large amounts of physical destruction.

Achmed E. Newman , says: Website Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:40 am GMT
@IvyMike Racism is not the problem, Mike. I always appreciate a writer that states the truth, and Mr. Reed has done a bang-up job in stating the truth about the situation here. (It's the other 95% of his columns in which he has lots of truth but always some piece of his stupidity thrown in, that make me comment so much in the threads thereunder.)

About the only minor detail I disagree with in this one is that, even though it's true that having a complete democracy* with anyone being able to vote HAS been a bad thing, that's not the Communism. The proto-Commies are the antifa idiots pulling down the statues. The world has seen this before just over a century ago in Russia, over 70 years ago in China, etc. Many of us either don't know any history or don't want to open our eyes to recognize this.

No, they haven't read Marx and Engles, and no, they don't have Mao's little red books. Just the same, it's the exact same mentality of wanting to tear down traditional society completely that makes these antifa the modern Commies. Don't get me wrong, they'll be bulldozed into ditches later by the ones in charge just the same, if this effort is completed in America, but they don't know that yet. Useful idiots abound right now.

.

* The country was originally organized as a Constitutional Republic, NOT a democracy.

GMC , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:42 am GMT
The Zionist Plan or Deep State Plan or NWO Plan { take your pick } is working 100%. The populace is confused and programmed, and the "NWO Plan " has gotten filthy filthy Rich , while leaving the people so dumbed down – that they are blaming one another or some puppet government people for all the shit going down. The Plan started over 100 yrs ago and we can look back and see it – 1913 Federal Reserve, Politicians in their back pocket, WWI , WW II, CIA founded, 1965 Open and Unlimited immigration , JFK and others assassinated, the Wars, 9/11, . We know who is even doing it – but Nobody is left to Stop Them. The Top people in the Federal Gov. and the State Govs. are mostly – all in – it can only runs its course – now. Just like a Virus,
Achmed E. Newman , says: Website Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:42 am GMT
@Red Pill Angel True, RPA, and what Fred somewhat described, but with not much detail, is that this is part of the Long March through the institutions that has been going on since the middle 1960s. The marchers reached their destination, total control, probably 10 years ago.
sonofman , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:55 am GMT
The European-American is still the majority, so if America falls, whose fault is it?
European-Americans are the majority in a government whose top priorities are themselves, corporations and a foreign apartheid government. European-Americans have the majority vote and continually vote for parties and representatives who seem to have little interest in American prosperity.
European-Americans are the ones who idly stood by in silence within the herd and watched as their government facilitated Jim Crow, welfare and targeted mass incarceration against the Black African-American community, and then not understand why there is inequality
Apparently, too many European-Americans don't read history or are not interested in American heritage, because they don't seem to understand the importance of the first and second amendments, and that whosoever targets to eliminate these rights is an enemy.
Talk about IQ. Many European-Americans actually believe the propaganda of the Covid-19 hoax or that erasing one of the most important events in American history will resolve the media hyped racial tension.
And there are many European-Americans who do not seem to understand that the medical response to the "epidemic", and the policing against rioting is the responsibility of the State, not the federal government.
Why is it, that so many European-Americans do not understand that the United States is a democracy based upon freedom, moral principles and common sense, not a Marxist communist ideology.
If America fails, it is because too many Europeans don't think and act like they're Americans.
Ace , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 11:57 am GMT
@ASimpleHistory Those water systems that only send the lead contamination to our helpless black wards? Must be in the hundreds. Special valves and pipes yo!

Examples please.

Fred supplies examples of a flood of good will and mawkish stupidity showered on the diversity and you counter with some penny ante hiccup in the scheme of things to sustain the fantasy of "In it `Orrid?"

American Africans butt crackers and our precious progressive pansies will soon enough sift through the rubble and garbage of an amazing experiment and never understand the truth of the saying that the best is the enemy of the good. Or that a bird in hand is worth two in the Bush. Thinking white!

Grahamsno(G64) , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm GMT

and mathematics will be played down even in astrophysics (this is being done)

Wow is that true any sources for this vandalism?

Ace , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:05 pm GMT
@Bragadocious Sure. If not for the virus (higher) education would be achieving new heights of excellence.

Ol' Fred. So out of touch. It's sad.

EliteCommInc. , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:07 pm GMT
"Here's your happy ending:"

Laughing.

VinnyVette , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:11 pm GMT
Fred you're back in rare form! The irony that the country that has done the most to uplift the white mans burden, is also the most racist seems well Words can't describe.
The more blacks get, the more racist we are. Time to toss em off the gravy train. Then at least if we are to be called racist, we are'nt pissing dollar after dollar down the river!
How bout we try leaving then to their own devices, since you know, blacks are the greatest builders of civilizations in the history of man kind.
Fred you have accurately and succinctly put into words what pisses sane whites off the most, the more we give, the bigger the black middle finger at us gets.
Ace , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:13 pm GMT
@Ann Nonny Mouse Yes. Cuba, the gold standard. And care to take a guess at the proportion of state budgets that goes to Medicaid?

Ever hear of state and community colleges? Astronomical debt for junk degrees is for flower children.

Stay focused.

Truth , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:14 pm GMT
@Priss Factor Why aren't you?
VinnyVette , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm GMT
@RichardTaylor Fred didn't say or imply the government would collapse. He's talking about civil society. Cultural collapse.
RoatanBill , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm GMT
@Bragadocious If someone is sick with Covid, that usually entails a breathing problem. I don't see how people with breathing difficulties are going to march through the desert for days to show up at a US emergency room.

Not plausible.

RT Rider , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm GMT
There are still plenty of nice peaceful places to live in America. Most of the idiocy we're witnessing is in the the large urban areas. We lose sight of the geographical immensity of the US. Even in Southern California, where I live, there are huge sparsely populated areas, and even more in the north. The first amendment was supposed to allow for freedom of association, (as interpreted by the Supreme Court) and that includes who we live with and amongst, in private life. So much for that.

I see the problem more as a political organization issue. The U.S. moved away from a republic to an empire, and bled the country of resources to maintain that empire to enormously enrich the few. When the ability to plunder resources diminished, the ruling class switched to counterfeiting money on a grand scale to steal the wages of labor of the poor here, and abroad.

So it's a twofold problem. One is the collapse of the global empire, both by resistance of others (namely China and Russia), overreach, unaffordability, and incompetence. The other is the social, economic, and cultural collapse at home, caused by years of political, economic and social engineering, and outright theft by the ruling class.

In the real world (nature) entropy is a bitch. The reality is all our terms for society are the humanities terms for thermodynamics. Complex systems require a lot of energy and design to keep intact, let lone expand. The bigger the system the more required, and the more fragile it gets – particularly when run exclusively from the center. Running an empire from Washington in the modern world is about as complex as can be imagined. Far more than Rome had to deal with, and look what happened there.

To me the solution, is a redesign of America's political organization. Forget the empire and Republic, they're done. Design an organization similar to Switzerland, which is probably the only true confederation on the planet. Let's return political power back to the states, eliminate or drastically reduce the powers of the center (ie. Washington), and let the people in each state decide how they wish to be governed there, and not by Washington. We might find that there are states that don't want to belong to any larger political unit. Fine. Smaller is better anyway. Let the pieces fall and let's see what combinations come out of it.

Emily , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm GMT
@Grahamsno(G64) Proof?.
Claiming they went to the moon fifty years ago .
And now they have to buy tickets on Russian rockets .
Something has seriously deteriorated in the US space race.
Of course – a 'claim' is meaningless when you have Kubrick standing by.
Look what can be done with a few sets of boxcutters LOL
daniel le mouche , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm GMT
" In truth, America has made the greatest effort ever essayed by one race to uplift another. Reflect: In 1954 an entirely white Supreme Court unanimously ended segregation. Later it found the use of IQ tests by employers illegal because blacks scored poorly, then found "affirmative action," racial discrimination against whites, legal (hardly oppression of blacks, this). An overwhelmingly white Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the Voting Rights Act the next year." etc etc

Fred, has it ever occurred to you that this was all PLANNED, that it was all ON PURPOSE? Who in their right mind would sign a mass immigration bill? US, or World, Government would. Why? Social unrest. Cultural genocide. Divide and conquer. Chaos amongst the rabble.
And the rabble, as we clearly can see now, truly are rabble–unintelligent, thuggish, and all that. Many of their grandparents, if not all, were measured in speech and action, humble and perhaps even quite intelligent. No more. Now a great indicator of lack of if not intelligence then common sense–and true intelligence embraces common sense–is the modern university graduate.
As I've said for years, Beware the white female masters or doctorate holder!
But Fred, surely you can figure out that all these things don't just happen. Lay your cards on the table, dude.

RoatanBill , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:37 pm GMT
@Ann Nonny Mouse Gov't shouldn't even attempt to look after its citizens.

It's when gov't becomes a social welfare scheme that things go awry. The average citizen is supposed to be able to stand on his own two feet and compete in a free market. Gov't is supposed to protect that free market from interference. What we have today is gov't suffocating the free market and fostering dependency by the millions of stupid voters they pander after.

Cut off the welfare, 'free stuff' social programs, and get back to basics to change course, but at this stage that's impossible. The solution is to get rid of the entire Fed Gov to make the real cancers in the society evaporate. Get rid of the Pelosi's, Schumer's, Trump's, the Federal Reserve, laws that actually cause discrimination, etc, etc,etc.

Allow the states to become countries and start 50 experiments on how to govern. I predict that the conservative entities will rapidly fare best and the liberal holes will depopulate via voting with their feet. Within 2 years, some areas will be humming along nicely while the rest will have to reexamine their ridiculous policies when infinite funny money is no longer available to create the fantasy world they wanted to live within.

RoatanBill , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:42 pm GMT
@Smithsonian_2 "The way to get rid of corruption in high places is to get rid of high places." – Frank Chodorov

As long as there's some asshat 'ruler' there will be corruption and eventual total decay as the US is now experiencing. I, for one, need no 'leader'. Anarchism!

Ayatollah Smith , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:45 pm GMT
Fred, what is it about you? You write an article about the decline of America but the Americans posting comments on your article are talking about circumcision, foreskin donors and 'Willie-tampering'. That has to be your fault, something you are doing. It cannot be attributed to the pathetic imbecility of most Americans even though you point out that the dumbing-down of education will result in the pathetic imbecility of most Americans, so that means . . . Oh, forget it. You win, I lose.

This is an aside but, if I may masquerade for a moment as a pathetically-imbecilic American, I would note that god (or even, God) made an agreement with some of my people that in return for unlimited but undefined blessings (other than a glass of milk and honey which tastes like hell if you want to know the truth) they would circumcise all the males so he could recognise his "children". This 'raises' questions. I would have thought even a minor god (much less a God) could recognise his children without earthly assistance, especially that kind of assistance and, unless the people are all naked, how would he know? Would he say, "Unzip your pants so I can assess your degree of faithfulness?" I once had a girlfriend who was so inclined, but never a god (much less a God).

I know I risk divine retribution for daring to ask, but what the hell would a god have in his mind that he would choose THIS method of identifying his faithful? If I were a god (forget about God here), and wanted a way to recognise my followers, I'm not sure that 'Willie-tampering' would be my ID of choice. A tramp stamp might be okay for the girls, but for boys I think I might suggest something simple and more publicly-entertaining like castration with piano-wire and a runaway horse. But let's not lose the main point which is that any god who chooses to identify his (American and other) faithful by the contents of their pants, is somebody I want to stay far away from. As with Hillary Clinton, and for much the same reasons.

John Q Duped , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:47 pm GMT
If America does fall who is gonna be Israel's henchman? Who's gonna keep stirring the Mid East pot and the world with wars? And who's gonna protect poor Israel from their proclaimed "nemesis" Iran?
I can't believe they would let the US self-destruct (actually cause the US to collapse) because that would leave Israel all alone to defend itself.
Jeff Stryker , says: Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm GMT
@ASimpleHistory Because middle-Americans don't travel and regard a country on the border of Michigan as a foreign country, many posters have no clue about Canada. I grew up 40 miles from Ontario and know it well.

Natives in Northern Canada are so dangerous that you would not want to walk around a small Northern Ontario town. Going into a bar would be like going into a South Chicago project. Natives in Canada don't have access to firearms or you would have 700 shootings a year. The Canadian bush is actually more dangerous than Canadian cities. They're no different than Aztecs in Phoenix, really.

Canada also has underclasses the US doesn't have. The idea of being mugged by an East Indian in America would seem absurd. In Brampton it is not uncommon.

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Worse yet, Canadian syndicates-like the IRA once was-are linked to political terrorism. Tamil Tigers and Sikh Separatists flooded Canada in the seventies and eighties and used drug dealing to fund their movements back home-which created a horrendous problem with middleman money laundering.

Chinese have assumed control of Vancouver. They've flooded the streets with heroin from China and East Vancouver has the highest rate of AIDS in North America.

Because most Americans don't travel to UK I'll run down the situation there. Pakistanis are ruthless and their gangs as bad as Bloods or Crips. Guns and grenade launchers and M-14's are common in UK and unlike the US, British criminals are more likely to shoot a police officer.

The idea that there are no guns in Canada or UK is a joke. The cities of Toronto and London are full of gun-toting ethnic cartels. Albanians and Russian pimping syndicates are armed to the teeth in UK with firearms which would make a Crip green with envy.

Crime in London and Canada is more multicultural. In the US, blacks and Mexicans rule the streets. No other gang can get into street level crime. In Canada and UK there are dozens of street-level gangs of thugs battling it out for drug sales territory, while the Albanians handle the high-class pimping.

I don't know why, but Pakistanis in America just cannot get into the grooming game. Maybe its police response time. Tahir hangs around a middle school in the US and the cops are there in 30 seconds. Or possibly little white girls in the US are culturally programmed to like the black Alpha pimp-stud and some greasy Pakistani doesn't appeal.

Similarly, gypsies in the US go straight because on the street the blacks would simply rape the begging little gypsy girls downtown to death. Or they would be shot.

Another aspect is prison. US prisons are so appalling that about 30 years ago the classic white offenders-cat burglars, chop shop operators, bank robbers-simply stopped committing crime because of the sexual torture by blacks in prison. Any probation officer will tell you this.

In Australia, the Italian syndicates in Melbourne are actually more violent and brazen than in New Jersey. In the US, the Italians are no longer really into violent crime. They're into white-collar crime. Down Under, some of the Italians still are.

But the bottom-line is that UK blacks are Afro-Caribbean and West African. While it has been noted that many of the Jamaicans are bad and riots have occurred, there is not the density of black crime of the US inner-cities in UK. Its bad, of course, but mostly in London.

Its been theorized that US blacks interactions with macho Irish and Scottish sheepherders in the US South somehow made them more culturally worse than Africans, but this is only a theory.

Similarly, Canada has also always had Afro-Caribbean crime. Haitians and Jamaicans brought pimping and AIDS to Canada.

It was not actually the small number of US blacks who immigrated to Canada who brought the scourges of pimping and crime but actually the Afro-Caribbeans.

Stryker knows the streets of the world. I've been on all of them.

Interestingly, Spain is a nice country. Much is made of its purported Arab influence, but it seemed like France to me. Nothing like the Cholos of Phoenix.

Anyhow, for American posters who are so unworldly that they have not been to Canada that is the rundown.

Larry Romanoff , says: Website Show Comment June 25, 2020 at 12:54 pm GMT
15.neutral says:

"When the Soviet Union ended it could fall back into various nation states, America has no such thing. This makes its collapse incredibly more dangerous . . ."

Yes, although not primarily due to the left-over nuclear missiles. There is something much more fundamental here. You touched on it, but I'm not sure how well you appreciate your insight.

The issue is this: If France dissolves, the French people are still French. If America dissolves, Americans are nothing.

[Jun 26, 2020] 'Black people don't give a damn about statues' BET founder mocks woke whites toppling monuments to assuage racial guilt

So why saying generally right things about toppling of statures this billionaire wants reparations. As any billionaire is a potential criminal who obtained his wealth at the expense of common people what share of his wealth he will contribute?
And slavery in the USA was not the unique exception in the world in XIX century. Arab countries get rid of slavery only in XX century and no completely. It was reinstalled in Libya recently thanks to the USA topping of the regime of Colonel Gaddafi .
Jun 26, 2020 | www.rt.com
It's not going to give a kid whose parents can't afford college, money to go to college. It's not going to close the labor gap and it's not going to take people off welfare or food stamps ."

It's tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on a racial Titanic. It absolutely means nothing.

Also on rt.com If black lives matter, then why are African leaders with a different take on Covid-19 being taunted?

Johnson took a similarly dim view of removing shows like " The Dukes of Hazzard " or films like " Gone with the Wind " from circulation and firing professors for saying " all lives matter " instead of " black lives matter ," suggesting these moves are " an attempt by white Americans to assuage guilt by doing things that make them feel good " and don't help black people at all.

" Black people laugh at white people who do this ," the BET founder said, pointing out that black viewers likely made up a significant portion of the viewing audiences of the canceled shows because " they watch more TV ."

Calling performative apologetics from white celebrities on social media " the silliest expression of white privilege that exists in this country ," Johnson suggested privileged white people instead ask black people what they want and listen to their responses. " Embrace being white and do the right thing, and then you don't have to worry about being sad because you're white! "

" White Americans seem to think that if they just do sort of emotionally or drastic things that black people are going to say 'Oh my god, white people love us because they took down a statue of Stonewall Jackson' ," Johnson said before repurposing a famous quote from the now-verboten Gone with the Wind: " Frankly, black people don't give a damn. "

Also on rt.com Call for $14 trillion in slavery reparations while riots rage in US is extortion, not justice

Johnson, who became America's first black billionaire in 2001, has plenty of ideas about what black people want. He recently called for a $14 trillion reparations package for descendants of slaves, which works out to about $358,000 for every black American, and believes such a massive financial boost – not self-flagellating demonstrations from privileged white people – is what most black people would like to see emerge from the current climate of racial reckoning.

" Now is the time to go big ," he declared earlier this month, floating the massive number as protests and riots raged across the US following the police killing of George Floyd. But while a few of the Democratic presidential candidates had paid lip service to making reparations part of their platforms early in the race, presumptive nominee Joe Biden has not climbed aboard that bandwagon – yet.

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[Jun 26, 2020] Every record has been destroyed, every book rewritten, every statue and street building has been renamed... nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right... by Giulio Meotti

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Antiracism has been transformed... At the time of the great migration, it is no longer a question of welcoming newcomers by integrating them into European civilization, but exposing the faults of this civilization ..."
"... He referred to "self-racism" as "the most dismaying and grotesque pathology of our time". Its capital is London. ..."
"... Vandalism and self-hatred are quickly gaining ground. The epic of great discoveries associated with British Empire has become shameful. The protests are not about slavery. No one in the UK today would cheer that period. It is rather a call for cultural cleansing of all the works contradicting the new mantra: "diversity". ..."
"... "A new form of Taliban was born in the UK today" , wrote Nigel Farage, referring to two giant ancient Buddha statue that were blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. ..."
"... This movement of hating the West -- which has, as all of us do, an imperfect history -- seems to have begun in British universities. In Cambridge, professors of literature asked to replace white authors with representatives from minorities to "decolonize" the curriculum. The student union of London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) asked to remove Plato, Kant, Descartes, Hegel and others from the curriculum, because they were "all white" -- as if the color of our skin should be the sole determinant of our thoughts. In Manchester, students painted over a mural based on Kipling's poem "If". ..."
"... A scholar of colonialism, Nigel Biggar, said that a "climate of fear" has returned to British universities. The University of Liverpool recently agreed to rename a building honoring former prime minister William Gladstone. At Oxford, meanwhile, the statue of Cecil Rhodes, philanthropist and founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), risks being the next to go. ..."
Jun 23, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

"Every record has been destroyed , every book rewritten , every statue and street building has been renamed ... nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right ..." - George Orwell, 1984.

Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

"Antiracism is no longer the defense of the equal dignity of people, but an ideology, a vision of the world," said the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, son of Holocaust survivors.

"Antiracism has been transformed... At the time of the great migration, it is no longer a question of welcoming newcomers by integrating them into European civilization, but exposing the faults of this civilization".

He referred to "self-racism" as "the most dismaying and grotesque pathology of our time". Its capital is London.

" Topple the racists " consists of a map with 60 statues in 30 British cities. The removal of the statues is being requested to support a movement born in the United States after a white policeman, Derek Chauvin, killed a black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck.

In Bristol, a crowd pushed the statue of philanthropist and slave-owner Edward Colston into the harbor. The act was followed in London by protests vandalizing statues of Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln. London's Mayor Sadiq Khan, after removing the monument to Robert Milligan, a Scottish slave trader, from outside the Museum of London Docklands, announced the creation of commission to review tearing down statues that do not reflect "the city's diversity". Two more statues were ordered to be removed from two London hospitals.

Vandalism and self-hatred are quickly gaining ground. The epic of great discoveries associated with British Empire has become shameful. The protests are not about slavery. No one in the UK today would cheer that period. It is rather a call for cultural cleansing of all the works contradicting the new mantra: "diversity".

"A new form of Taliban was born in the UK today" , wrote Nigel Farage, referring to two giant ancient Buddha statue that were blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.

"Unless we get moral leadership quickly our cities won't be worth living in".

The list of statues to be removed includes the names of Oliver Cromwell and Horatio Nelson, two major figures in British history, as well as Nancy Astor, the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament and take a seat in 1919. Also on the list were the names of Sir Francis Drake, Christopher Columbus and Charles Gray (the prime minister whose government supervised the abolition of slavery in 1833).

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, expressing opposition to the removal campaign, said :

" We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history. The statues in our cities and towns were put up by previous generations. They had different perspectives, different understandings of right and wrong. But those statues teach us about our past, with all its faults. To tear them down would be to lie about our history, and impoverish the education of generations to come."

British post-colonial guilt is, however, having repercussions far larger than statues. There is, for instance, still total silence about persecuted Christians, according to a UK bishop leading a government review into their suffering. There is also, notably, a retreat from the world's stage.

"When the West loses confidence in itself, because of excessive or misplaced guilt over colonialism, it turns to isolationism", noted Bruce Gilley, a professor of political science.

"We are afraid that anything we do is colonial. There's plenty of countries willing to step into that global governance gap: China, Iran, Russia, Turkey".

Post-colonial guilt is also suffocating freedom of speech in the UK. The former British "equality watchdog" chief, Trevor Phillips, was suspended from the Labour Party after allegations of "Islamophobia". Phillips' guilt? Being critical of multiculturalism. According to Phillips:

"In my view, squeamishness about addressing diversity and its discontents risks allowing our country to sleepwalk to a catastrophe that will set community against community, endorse sexist aggression, suppress freedom of expression, reverse hard-won civil liberties, and undermine the liberal democracy that has served this country so well for so long."

Phillips also claimed that British politicians and journalists are "terrified" of discussing race, thereby leaving multiculturalism to become a " racket " exploited by some to entrench segregation. A man of Guyanese origin , a Labour Party veteran and an equality commissioner spoke the truth to the multiculturalists.

The activists who campaign to remove the statues want radically to change the look of the British capital. The clash seems to consist of, on one side, violent censors who bully everyone, and on the other side, cowardly, appeasing politicians, who are afraid and bow to the vandals. Monuments are a vital and visible part of a global city; they embody their place in the history of a city, otherwise only bus stops and Burger Kings would remain there. These protestors appear to wish for a revised, sanitized history. If we do not quickly understand that, if we erase our past, as the former Soviet Union tried to do, it will be easier for people to create their vision of our future with no rudder to anchor us or our values. We will be left with nothing in our hands but shattered pieces of our history and culture.

This movement of hating the West -- which has, as all of us do, an imperfect history -- seems to have begun in British universities. In Cambridge, professors of literature asked to replace white authors with representatives from minorities to "decolonize" the curriculum. The student union of London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) asked to remove Plato, Kant, Descartes, Hegel and others from the curriculum, because they were "all white" -- as if the color of our skin should be the sole determinant of our thoughts. In Manchester, students painted over a mural based on Kipling's poem "If".

A scholar of colonialism, Nigel Biggar, said that a "climate of fear" has returned to British universities. The University of Liverpool recently agreed to rename a building honoring former prime minister William Gladstone. At Oxford, meanwhile, the statue of Cecil Rhodes, philanthropist and founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), risks being the next to go.

"There is a bit of hypocrisy," Lord Patten, the chancellor of Oxford, commented , "in Oxford taking money for 100 scholars a year, about a fifth of them from Africa, to come to Oxford, and then saying we want to throw the Rhodes statue... in the Thames" .

He said that his own view remained the same as one "expressed by Nelson Mandela at a celebration of the Rhodes Trust in 2003": that despite the "problems associated with Cecil Rhodes in history, if it was alright for Mandela, then I have to say it's pretty well alright for me". But not for the revisionists.

Western history is seemingly being remade to portray all of Western civilization as just one big apartheid . It is as if we should not only pull down statues but also pull down ourselves. But a successful democracy, cannot be built on just erasing the past.

The statue in London of Churchill -- who stood against the Nazis during the Second World War and saved Europe from barbarism -- was covered up by the city authorities during recent protests. Its visual erasure reminds one of the nude statues in Rome covered up by authorities to please Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, or the "disappearance" of portraits in the former Soviet Union, of people whom the Politburo decided had fallen out of favor. There is a falsity in erasing one's history. One may not have a perfect history, but it is one's history, nevertheless. As the historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote , a country "does not have to be perfect to be good." Excising the distasteful parts does not change what happened; they may even be replaced with parts that are more distasteful.

Some London museums already adopted this covering-up and self-censorship a while ago. The Tate Gallery in London banned a work by John Latham that displayed a Koran embedded in glass. The Victoria and Albert Museum showed, then withdrew, a devotional art image of Muhammad. The Saatchi Gallery featured two works of nudes overlaid with Arabic script, which prompted complaints from Muslim visitors; the museum covered the works. The Whitechapel Art Gallery purged an exhibit containing nude dolls.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary just revised the definition of "racism" to include "systemic racism", presumably meaning that the entire society is guilty and unjust.

The censors seem to want to control our mental universe, as in George Orwell's novel, 1984 :

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right".

This process of Western self-abasement began long ago. The Labour Party councils in the UK, for example, began to examine all the statues under their jurisdiction. The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, instead of defending the rule of law, called the violent removal of the statue of Colston an act of " historical poetry ". When vandals started to destroy statues, many applauded. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it " politically correct iconoclasm ".

A week before the statues row, people in the UK knelt in the name of George Floyd. It was as if there was a collective claim that Western society as a whole had to repent. It seemed a form of ideological hysteria, not so distant from that of the Inquisition or the Salem Witch Trials: those who knelt were presumably supposed appear as if they were more moral, on the "right side" of justice. There were even British policemen kneeling, as, in the US, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats knelt to their overlords. Both were acts of irresponsibility and capitulation. A few days later, the British establishment kowtowed to the new Taliban.

What is this macabre ideological game aimed at accomplishing? Not taking down monuments as such, like the statues of Christopher Columbus which have been torn down or beheaded . It is more than that. It is a power-grab to create a cultural revolution, to prevent anyone from saying that cultures are not all the same; to put Europe's past on trial; to instill perennial remorse into consciences, and to spread intellectual terror to advance multiculturalism.

How many people will refuse to go along with this coerced suppression of history? If many kneel to this new totalitarianism, who will have the courage to stand up for Western history and culture?

[Jun 26, 2020] An upstate woman and two Brooklyn lawyers were indicted Friday on federal explosives and arson charges for allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles during George Floyd protests in New York City.

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Three indicted for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles, face life in prison. [nypost.com]

An upstate woman and two Brooklyn lawyers were indicted Friday on federal explosives and arson charges for allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles during George Floyd protests in New York City.

Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, is accused of hurling the makeshift explosive at an NYPD vehicle occupied by four police officers on early Saturday morning, May 30.

Prosecutors allege Shader bit one of the officer's legs when she was being taken into custody.

Around the same time, Brooklyn lawyers Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, were accused of tossing their own Molotov cocktail at an unoccupied police vehicle in Brooklyn during a separate attack.

Throw the book at them. This was premeditated, murderous, and seditious.

[Jun 26, 2020] Agents provocateurs, free the embassy protectors, the antifa-ban

Jun 20, 2020 | www.rt.com
An agent provocateur is an undercover agent, sometimes a police officer, who's deployed to join a protest to provoke protesters into illegal acts or violence so the protest can be discredited and those protesting are liable for prosecution. It's a classic strategy, and Anders Lee explores its place in history, both in the recent George Floyd uprisings, and in many instances of domestic terrorism in the US.

The Venezuelan Embassy protectors have had their felony charges dropped over their protests defending the international diplomatic order, US law enforcement has targeted journalists covering the George Floyd uprising, the Biden campaign continues to become more of a carnival as it lets the Democratic National Committee's candidate continue to talk in public, and more.

Natalie McGill reports on where the bailout money aimed at hospitals went. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that already wealthy, predatory metropolitan institutions scooped more funding than struggling rural hospitals, and McGill wants to know how we can get that money back. Anders Lee sits down with Lee Camp to talk about Trump's move to criminalize Antifa, the case of an assassinated former Swedish president that's not only been reopened but potentially also solved, and more. YOUTUBE Channel Redacted Tonight

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[Jun 26, 2020] Do not defund police, debund the Pentagon by Andrew Bacevich and Tom Engelhardt

Jun 24, 2020 | original.antiwar.com
Originally posted at TomDispatch .

Today, in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests, TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich considers the all-American version of "extreme materialism" that Martin Luther King called out more than half a century ago. And when it comes to the overwhelming urge to get one's hands on the goods, among the looters of this moment two groups are almost never mentioned: the Pentagon and the police.

Yet, in 1997, the Department of Defense set up the 1033 program as part of the National Defense Authorization Act to provide thousands of domestic police forces with "surplus" equipment of almost every imaginable militarized kind. Since then, thanks to your tax dollars, it has given away $7.4 billion of such equipment, some of it directly off the battlefields of this country's forlorn "forever wars." For items like grenade launchers, mine-resistant armored vehicles, military rifles, bayonets, body armor, night-vision goggles, and helicopters , all that police departments have to fork over is the price of delivery. The Pentagon has, in fact, been so eager to become the Macy's of militarized hardware that, in 2017, it was even willing to "give $1.2 million worth of rifles, pipe bombs, and night vision goggles to a fake police department," no questions asked. That "department" proved to be part of a sting operation run by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). "It was like getting stuff off of eBay," a GAO official would say . Only, of course, for free.

The militarization (or, thought of another way, the commercialization) of the police has been remarkably on pace these last 23 years, while the Pentagon's ever-soaring budgets for its ever-sinking wars could be thought of as the great American commercial success story of this century. With more and more taxpayer dollars in its wallet, it's been on a remarkable looting spree. Ask yourself: has there been a weapons system it couldn't have, a military base it couldn't establish, a war expense Congress wouldn't fund even while cutting back on crucial aspects of the domestic budget like infrastructure programs or disease-prevention spending ? No wonder the Pentagon could supply all those police departments with a cornucopia of goods with which to turn themselves into over-armed occupying forces in this country.

It's never thought of that way, but the Pentagon and the police have essentially been looting the coffers of the American taxpayer for a long time now and, in the Trump era, the process has only intensified . Nonetheless, as Bacevich points out, even with protests over racism filling the streets of America, protests over defunding the Pentagon have yet to surface in any significant way. Perhaps it's finally time. ~ Tom


Martin Luther King's Giant Triplets

By Andrew Bacevich

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally – or is it once again? – confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life. Something fundamental just might be happening.

Yet to state the obvious, we've been here before. Mass protests in response to racial inequality and discrimination, including police brutality, have been anything but unknown in the United States. Much the same can be said of riots targeting black Americans, fomented and exploited by white racists, often actively or passively abetted by local law enforcement officials. If Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, was correct in calling violence "as American as cherry pie," then race-related urban unrest is the apple-filled equivalent.

The optimists among us believe that "this time is different." I hope events will prove them right. Yet recalling expectations that Barack Obama's election in 2008 signaled the dawn of a " post-racial America ," I see no reason to expect it to be so. A yawning gap, I fear, separates hope from reality.

Let me suggest, however, that the nation's current preoccupation with race, as honorable and necessary as it may be, falls well short of adequately responding to the situation confronting Americans as they enter the third decade of the twenty-first century. Racism is a massive problem, but hardly our only one. Indeed, as Martin Luther King sought to remind us many years ago, there are at least two others of comparable magnitude.

MLK Defines the Problem

In April 1967, at New York City's Riverside Church, Dr. King delivered a sermon that offered a profound diagnosis of the illnesses afflicting the nation. His analysis remains as timely today as it was then, perhaps more so.

Americans remember King primarily as a great civil rights leader and indeed he was that. In his Riverside Church address, however, he turned to matters that went far beyond race. In an immediate sense, his focus was the ongoing Vietnam War, which he denounced as "madness" that "must cease." Yet King also used the occasion to summon the nation to "undergo a radical revolution of values" that would transform the United States "from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society." Only through such a revolution, he declared, would we be able to overcome "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism."

The challenge confronting Americans was to dismantle what King referred to as the "edifice" that produced and sustained each of those giant triplets. Today's protesters, crusading journalists, and engaged intellectuals make no bones about their determination to eliminate the first of those giant triplets. Yet they generally treat the other two as, at best, mere afterthoughts, while the edifice itself, resting on a perverse understanding of freedom, goes almost entirely ignored.

I'm not suggesting that members of the grand coalition of Americans today fervently campaigning against racism favor extreme materialism. Many of them merely accept its reality and move on. Nor am I suggesting that they consciously endorse militarism, although in confusing "support" for the troops with genuine patriotism some of them do so implicitly. What I am suggesting is that those calling for fundamental change will go badly astray if they ignore Dr. King's insistence that each of the giant triplets is intimately tied to the other two.

Defund the Pentagon?

The protests triggered by the recent murders of George Floyd and other black Americans have produced widespread demands to "defund the police." Those demands don't come out of nowhere. While "reform" programs undertaken in innumerable American cities over the course of many years have demonstrably enhanced police firepower , they have done little, if anything, to repair relations between police departments and communities of color.

As an aging middle-class white male, I don't fear cops. I respect the fact that theirs is a tough job, which I would not want. Yet I realize that my attitude is one more expression of white privilege, which black men, regardless of their age and economic status, can ill afford to indulge. So I fully accept the need for radical changes in policing – that's what "defund" appears to imply – if American cities are ever to have law enforcement agencies that are effective, humane, and themselves law-abiding.

What I can't fathom is why a similar logic doesn't apply to the armed forces that we employ to police huge chunks of the world beyond our borders. If Americans have reason to question the nation's increasingly militarized approach to law enforcement, then shouldn't they have equal reason to question this country's thoroughly militarized approach to statecraft?

Consider this: on an annual basis, police officers in the United States kill approximately 1,000 Americans , with blacks two-and-a-half times more likely than whites to be victimized. Those are appalling figures, indicative of basic policy gone fundamentally awry. So the outpouring of protest over the police and demands for change are understandable and justified.

Still, the question must be asked: Why have the nation's post-9/11 wars not prompted similar expressions of outrage? The unjustified killing of black Americans rightly finds thousands upon thousands of protesters flooding the streets of major cities. Yet the loss of thousands of American soldiers and the physical and psychological wounds sustained by tens of thousands more in foolhardy wars elicits, at best, shrugs. Throw in the hundreds of thousands of non-American lives taken in those military campaigns and the trillions of taxpayer dollars they have consumed and you have a catastrophe that easily exceeds in scale the myriad race-related protests and riots that have roiled American cities in the recent past.

With their eyes fixed on elections that are now just months away, politicians of all stripes spare no effort to show that they "get it" on the issue of race and policing. Race may well play a large role in determining who wins the White House this November and which party controls Congress. It should. Yet while the election's final outcome may be uncertain, this much is not: neither the American propensity for war, nor the bloated size of the Pentagon budget, nor the dubious habit of maintaining a sprawling network of military bases across much of the planet will receive serious scrutiny during the political season now underway. Militarism will escape unscathed.

At Riverside Church, King described the U.S. government as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." So it unquestionably remains, perpetrating immeasurably more violence than any other great power and with remarkably little to show in return. Why, then, except on the easily ignored fringes of American politics, are there no demands to "defund" the Pentagon?

King considered the Vietnam War an abomination. At that time, more than a few Americans agreed with him and vigorously demonstrated against the conflict's continuation. That today's demonstrators have seemingly chosen to file away our post-9/11 military misadventures under the heading of regrettable but forgettable is itself an abomination. While their sensitivity to racism is admirable, their indifference to war is nothing short of disheartening.

In 1967, Dr. King warned that "a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." During the intervening decades, his charge has lost none of its sting or aptness.

America's National Signature

Given their size and duration, the protests occurring in the wake of the murder of George Floyd have been remarkably peaceful. That said, some of them did, early on, include rioters who resorted to looting. Smashing windows and ransacking stores, they walked off not with milk and bread for the hungry, but with shopping bags filled with high-end swag – designer shoes and sneakers, purses, clothing, and jewelry lifted from stores like Prada and Alexander McQueen. Also stolen were smart phones, handguns , even automobiles . In-store surveillance systems recorded scenes reminiscent of Black Friday doorbuster sales, though without anyone bothering to pass through a checkout counter. Some looters quickly attempted to monetize their hauls by offering to sell purloined items online.

Certain right-wing commentators wasted no time in using the looting to tar the protest movement as little more than an expression of nihilism. Tucker Carlson of Fox News was particularly emphatic on this point. Americans taking to the streets in response to George Floyd's murder, he said, "reject society itself."

"Reason and process and precedent mean nothing to them. They use violence to get what they want immediately. People like this don't bother to work. They don't volunteer or pay taxes to help other people. They live for themselves. They do exactly what they feel like doing On television, hour by hour, we watch these people – criminal mobs – destroy what the rest of us have built "

To explain such selfish and destructive misconduct, Carlson had an answer readily at hand:

"The ideologues will tell you that the problem is race relations, or capitalism, or police brutality, or global warming. But only on the surface. The real cause is deeper than that and it's far darker. What you're watching is the ancient battle between those who have a stake in society, and would like to preserve it, and those who don't, and seek to destroy it.

This is vile, hateful stuff, and entirely wrong – except perhaps on one point. In attributing the looting to a deeper cause, Carlson was onto something, even if his effort to pinpoint that cause was wildly off the mark.

I won't try to unravel the specific motives of those who saw an opportunity in the protests against racism to help themselves to goods that were not theirs. How much was righteous anger turned to rage and how much cynical opportunism is beyond my ability to know.

This much, however, can be said for certain: the grab-all-you-can-get impulse so vividly on display was as all-American as fireworks on the Fourth of July. Those looters, after all, merely wanted more stuff. What could be more American than that? In this country, after all, stuff carries with it the possibility of personal fulfillment, of achieving some version of happiness or status.

The looters that Tucker Carlson targeted with his ire were doing anything but "rejecting society itself." They were merely helping themselves to what this society today has on offer for those with sufficient cash and credit cards in their wallets. In a sense, they were treating themselves to a tiny sip of what passes these days for the American Dream.

With the exception of cloistered nuns, hippies, and other vanishing breeds, virtually all Americans have been conditioned to buy into the proposition that stuff correlates with the good life. Unconvinced? Check out the videos from last year's Black Friday and then consider the intense, if unsurprising, interest of economists and journalists in tracking the latest consumer spending trends . At least until Covid-19 came along, consumer spending served as the authoritative measure of the nation's overall health.

The primary civic obligation of US citizens today is not to vote or pay taxes. And it's certainly not to defend the country, a task offloaded onto those who can be enticed to enlist (with minorities vastly overrepresented ) in the so-called All-Volunteer Military. No, the primary obligation of citizenship is to spend.

Ours is not a nation of mystics, philosophers, poets, artisans, or Thomas Jefferson's yeomen farmers. We are now a nation of citizen-consumers, held in thrall to the extreme materialism that Dr. King decried. This, not a commitment to liberty or democracy, has become our true national signature and our chief contribution to late modernity.

Tearing Down the Edifice

At Riverside Church, King reminded his listeners that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which he had helped to found a decade earlier, had chosen this as its motto: "To save the soul of America." The soul of a nation corrupted by racism, militarism, and extreme materialism represented King's ultimate concern. Vietnam, he said, was "but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit."

In a tone-deaf editorial criticizing his Riverside Church sermon, the New York Times chastised King for "fusing two public problems" – racism and the Vietnam War – "that are distinct and separate." Yet part of King's genius lay in his ability to recognize the interconnectedness of matters that Times editors, as oblivious to deeper maladies then as they are today, wish to keep separate. King sought to tear down the edifice that sustained all three of those giant triplets. Indeed, it is all but certain that, were he alive now, he would call similar attention to a fourth related factor: climate change denial. The refusal to treat seriously the threat posed by climate change underwrites the persistence of racism, militarism, and extreme materialism.

During the course of his sermon, King quoted this sentence from the statement of a group that called itself the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." Regarding race, it appears that the great majority of Americans have now rejected such silence. This is good. It remains an open question, however, when their silent acceptance of militarism, materialism, and the abuse of Planet Earth will end.

Andrew Bacevich, a TomDispatch regular , is president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft . His new book is The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory .

Follow TomDispatch on Twitter and join us on Facebook . Check out the newest Dispatch Books, John Feffer's new dystopian novel (the second in the Splinterlands series) Frostlands , Beverly Gologorsky's novel Every Body Has a Story , and Tom Engelhardt's A Nation Unmade by War , as well as Alfred McCoy's In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power and John Dower's The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II .

Copyright 2020 Andrew Bacevich

[Jun 25, 2020] The anti-rascist identity of the recent protests rests on a much larger base of class warfare waged over the past 40 years against the entire population led by a determined oligarchy and enforced by their political, media and militarized police retainers. But it distorts it heling the oligarchy by concentration on the police killing of blacks and putting wedge in cooperation of all workers against financial oligarchy

Highly recommended!
Jun 25, 2020 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

cripes , June 19, 2020 at 3:35 am

The anti-rascist identity of the recent protests rests on a much larger base of class warfare waged over the past 40 years against the entire population led by a determined oligarchy and enforced by their political, media and militarized police retainers. This same oligarchy, with a despicable zeal and revolting media-orchestrated campaign–co-branding the movement with it's usual corporate perpetrators– distorts escalating carceral and economic violence solely through a lens of racial conflict and their time-tested toothless reforms. A few unlucky "peace officers" may have to TOFTT until the furor recedes, can't be helped.

Crowding out debt relief, single payer health, living wages, affordable housing and actual justice reform from the debate that would benefit African Americans more than any other demographic is the goal.

The handful of Emperors far prefer kabuki theater and random ritual Seppuku than facing the rage of millions of staring down the barrel of zero income, debt, bankruptcy, evictions and dispossession. The Praetorians will follow the money as always.

I suppose we'll get some boulevards re-named and a paid Juneteenth holiday to compensate for the destruction 100+ years of labor rights struggle, so there's that..

[Jun 25, 2020] Only one in six BLM Protesters Are Black: BET Founder Robert Johnson noted that most black Americans "laugh" at white people attempting to bring down monuments

Jun 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

Analysis carried out by the Pew Research Center has revealed that just one in six protesters turning out at BLM demonstrations in the US are actually black. The research notes that the plurality of those present at the gatherings have been white people.

The full breakdown reveals that just 17 percent of protesters were black, while 46 percent were white.

A further 22 percent were Hispanic, with eight percent being Asian, the analysis highlights. Perhaps even more telling is the demographic breakdown in terms of political affiliation.

Almost four out of every five "protesters" identified as Democrats or Democrat-leaning, with fewer than 17 percent identifying as Republicans.

The findings dovetail with comments made by BET Founder Robert Johnson yesterday, who noted that most black Americans "laugh" at white people attempting to bring down monuments and cancel everything they deem to be "racist". Johnson said that white people "have the mistaken assumption that black people are sitting around cheering for them saying 'Oh, my God, look at these white people. They're doing something so important to us. They're taking down the statue of a Civil War general who fought for the South."

"You know, black people, in my opinion, black people laugh at white people who do this the same way we laugh at white people who say we got to take off the TV shows." Johnson said in an interview with Fox News.

"Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues, trying to make a statement are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it," he continued, adding "They really have no agenda other than the idea we're going to topple a statue."

"It's not going to give a kid whose parents can't afford college money to go to college. It's not going to close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid. And it's not going to take people off welfare or food stamps." Johnson urged.

"It's "tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on a racial titanic. It absolutely means nothing." Johnson asserted.

[Jun 25, 2020] Smashing Culture by Linh Dinh

Jun 25, 2020 | www.unz.com

At the start of French Revolution, Bertrand Barère declared, "The revolutions of a barbarous people destroy all monuments, and the very trace of the arts seems to be effaced. The revolutions of an enlightened people conserve the fine arts, and embellish them [ ]"

Soon after, though, thousands of French statues were wrecked, and many heads tumbled into baskets. Barère, "The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants." The Anacreon of the Guillotine was lucky to escape with his own noggin.

Again, the defeated must watch impotently as their heroes are decapitated or come crashing down. At least they still have their own necks, for the moment, at least.

Washington, Jefferson, Grant and Francis Scott Key have been toppled, and even a likeness of Cervantes had red paint splashed on its eyes. "BASTARD" was scrawled on its pedestal. The woke vandal didn't know that here was no conquistador or slave owner, but a slave of five years, not to mention a seminal writer in the Western canon.

Ah, but "seminal," "Western" and "canon" are evil words now, you see, so maybe he did know, for this is, at bottom, an assault on every pillar, brick, cornice and baseboard of Western civilization. Burn it all down, for it is uniquely racist, sexist, genocidal and transphobic. I mean, for thousands of years, evil whites absolutely resisted the installation of all-gender shit holes.

Shut up already, and listen to Susan Sontag, "If America is the culmination of Western white civilization, as everyone from the Left to the Right declares, then there must be something terribly wrong with Western white civilization. This is a painful truth; few of us want to go that far . The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al, don't redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it alone -- its ideologies and inventions -- which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself."

Later, Sontag regretted offending cancer patients with her poor choice of metaphor.

It's essential that we be exorcised from "dead white men." I remember when this idiotic term started to circulate. I had just dropped out of art school. While drinking Rolling Rock in smoky McGlinchey's in Philadelphia, I told another art fag that he should know his art history, for how can you do anything if you have no idea what's been achieved? Leering, this cipher smugly growled, "They're just dead white men, man!"

In 2015, I taught for a semester at Leipzig University, so nearly each day, I'd walk by a hideous building that crudely approximated the destroyed Paulinerkirche. Built in 1231, this church survived all the vicissitudes, upheavals and wars down the centuries, only to be dynamited by Communists in 1968. So what if Martin Luther had officiated there, and Bach was a musical director? Of course, its rich history only made it more delicious to blow up, for iconoclasm is the orgasm of "progressives," and that's why I've never identified as one.

There's one Leipzig neighborhood, Connewitz, that's famous across Germany as the center of progressive politics, most notably the antifa movement, and guess what? It is thoroughly defaced with graffiti that are often anti-cop or anti-Germany . During clashes with police that Connewitzers instigate, shop windows are gleefully broken not just at multinationals, but mom-and-pops, because, you know, once you go berserk, it's hard to stop. Reflecting on this in 2015, I knew it would only escalate and spread beyond Germany, and it has. Seeing photos of Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, I immediately thought of Connewitz .

When I wrote recently about the need for liberated zones, I meant, first of, the defense of your own communities, as happened in Philadelphia's Fishtown and Italian Market, where locals banded together to block an invasion of vandals and looters.

Here in South Korea, local monuments and mores are safe. Here in Busan, there's a huge statue honoring General Jeong Bal, who was killed by Japanese invaders in 1592. Losing with dignity is worthy of remembrance, though some contend he actually ran away. Historical debates are healthy.

More interesting to me are five sculptures of war refugees by Lee Hyun-woo, near the 40-Step Stairway. It was a shanty town during the Korean War, when Busan was a temporary capital after Seoul was overrun by Chinese and North Korean troops.

Depicted without hokiness, these are admirably realistic figures of a mother breastfeeding her baby while her naked son stood by, crying; two girls carrying water , one with a shoulder pole and the other with a jar on her head; two boys covering their ears as a man makes popcorn with a bomb-like contraption; a fedora-wearing accordionist , sitting on a bench; and two exhausted porters at rest . As public sculptures, they're perfect, for they're gracefully inserted into the environment as they dignify local history. Informative and fortifying, these bronze ghosts mingle with contemporary Koreans.

Across a Japanese-built bridge not far away, there's a statue of Hyeon In . You can sit on a stone bench next to the smiling, suited singer, and hear his songs eternally broadcast from a bible-sized speaker.

In 1949, he made every man, woman, child and dog sob with his rendition of "Seoul's Night Music." "Walking through Chungmuro under a spring rain / Tears flowing down the window panes." Oh, stop, stop! You're murdering me! I can't take it! A true legend.

As a refugee in Busan, Hyeon In wrote "Be Strong, Guem-soon." It's a message to his sister to stay strong until they meet again.

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There is a street dedicated to the painter Lee Jung-soeb . He's known for gestural paintings of bulls, and playful drawings of boys hugging fish and crabs pinching penises . Educated in Tokyo, his brief career started just after World War II and lasted through the Korean War.

Living all over, he starved, suffered from schizophrenia, drank too much and died in 1956 of hepatitis, at age 40 and alone, in a Red Cross Hospital. His wife and kids had been sent to Tokyo to escape the fighting. Although peripheral to art history, Jung-soeb matters to Koreans, and that's enough. Meaning is local , above all.

Honoring their own culture and history, South Koreans also appreciate the finest from elsewhere. There are upcoming concerts of Saint Saen , Brahms, Beethoven and Vaughan Williams .

Rather bizarrely, Jin Ramen has a Joan Miro edition, and this made no sense to me until I noticed the Miroesque zigzags, wiggly lines and goofy shapes floating on its bright yellow packaging .

At Seomyeon Subway Station, there are reproductions of Ingres , Picasso , Modigliani , Manet , Caravaggio , Renoir , Turner, van Gogh, Monet, Canaletto and Goya . On an outside wall of a press die factory in Gamjeon-dong, a rather dreary neighborhood, there are reproductions of van Gogh , Magritte , Picasso , Mondrian and Lee Jung-seob , complete with labels to educate viewers.

The objective is not to present convincing facsimiles of great paintings, but merely to pique interest for further investigation. It's similar to a street being named after a writer, painter, composer or scientist, as happens quite routinely in Paris, for example, but almost never seen in America, a country with a long, aggressive streak of anti-intellectualism.

We're no longer talking about joe sixpacks sneering at pretentious bullshit, however. Thanks to Howard Stern, Jerry Springer, Rush Limbaugh, Honey Boo Boo, gangsta rap and antifa, etc., there is now a pandemic of cocksure loutishness, with frequent eruptions into violent barbarism. Ironically, the most militant driver of American anti-intellectualism is the academy, for nowhere else has thinking ceased more completely.

If we're in a revolution, it's one of enlightened barbarism, or woke savagery, carefully engineered down the decades. Yo massas enjoy the spectacle of y'all clawing at each other.

At Unz, there is a recent article by the Nation of Islam Research Group, "How Farrakhan Solved the Crime and Drug Problem And How the Jews Attacked Him ." Whatever its flaws or biases, it is a fascinating expose of how Jews sabotaged an effort of blacks to help themselves. Immediately, I thought of the Jewish campaign against Craig Nelse n, who, against all odds, is desperately trying to save the most troubled, and even suicidal, white youths.

Connect the dots, people, before it's too late.

Linh Dinh's latest book is Postcards from the End of America . He maintains a regularly updated photo blog .

ruralguy , says: Show Comment June 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm GMT

Ordinary people don't have any extraordinary vision, yet they shape the nation with their votes. They see the world with a jumble of inane emotional thought. The arts, sciences and philosophy mean nothing to them. Their thoughts are adrift in emotional nonsense, like our nation.

[Jun 25, 2020] BET Founder Says Black People Laugh At White People Toppling Statues

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... He pointed out that knocking over a statue will not "close the wealth gap," "give a kid whose parent's can't afford a college money to go to college," "close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid" or "take people off welfare or food stamps." ..."
"... Johnson said that whites who seek to "assuage guilt by doing things that make them feel good" would be much more reluctant to support payments for blacks. ..."
"... Referring to actions such as "changing names, toppling statues, [and] firing professors because they said all lives matter," Johnson explained that "it just shows to me that white America is continually ... incapable of recognizing that black people have their own ideas and thought about what's in their best interests." ..."
"... "Give us the belief that you respect our opinion. You go out and do something and destroy something, fire somebody because you think it hurts us. Why don't you ask us first if it hurts us before you go and say 'Oh, I gotta do something for the negroes to make them feel better.' Well ask us if we want you to do that to make us feel better," he said. ..."
"... Johnson likened white people's actions attempting to make black people "feel good" to "rearranging the deck chairs on a racial Titanic. It absolutely means nothing," he said. ..."
Jun 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored by Alex Nitzberg via JustTheNews.com,

BET founder Robert Johnson during a Wednesday interview with Fox News described people toppling statues as "borderline anarchists" and pushed back against the idea that black people support such behavior, suggesting instead that they "laugh" at those who knock down the statues.

"You know black people, in my opinion, black people laugh at white people who do this, the same way we laugh at white people who say we got to take off the TV shows," he said mentioning the "Dukes of Hazard," a decades-old television program that has come under fire for featuring a car emblazoned with a Confederate flag graphic.

He pointed out that knocking over a statue will not "close the wealth gap," "give a kid whose parent's can't afford a college money to go to college," "close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid" or "take people off welfare or food stamps."

Johnson said that whites who seek to "assuage guilt by doing things that make them feel good" would be much more reluctant to support payments for blacks.

Referring to actions such as "changing names, toppling statues, [and] firing professors because they said all lives matter," Johnson explained that "it just shows to me that white America is continually ... incapable of recognizing that black people have their own ideas and thought about what's in their best interests."

https://video.foxnews.com/v/video-embed.html?video_id=6167003994001

He suggested that black people should be consulted before people take actions like tearing down statues or firing someone for a comment they have made.

"Give us the belief that you respect our opinion. You go out and do something and destroy something, fire somebody because you think it hurts us. Why don't you ask us first if it hurts us before you go and say 'Oh, I gotta do something for the negroes to make them feel better.' Well ask us if we want you to do that to make us feel better," he said.

Johnson likened white people's actions attempting to make black people "feel good" to "rearranging the deck chairs on a racial Titanic. It absolutely means nothing," he said.

Johnson's comments come as debates rage across the country in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd -- in some cases protestors have defaced and toppled statues. President Trump has come out against changing the names of military installations named after Confederate leaders.

[Jun 25, 2020] Maidanization of protests

Jun 25, 2020 | conservativefiringline.com

Another is the continuation of the CHOP or CHAZ in Seattle, which, I gather, will be ended fairly soon one way or another. Initially sort of interesting, the area has been hit with shootings over the last four nights, with one over the weekend killing 19-year old Lorenzo Anderson.

These are apparently not the result of outside white boogaloo racists attacking them but coming from inside this area.

There so far has been zero investigation of or effort to find Anderson's murderer and arrest him. The only report I have seen is that Anderson was advocating people not to set off fireworks due to a possible fire hazard. This appears to have what got him killed, although so far there is little solid information. But, sorry, this experiment should not end and not be repeated anywhere else.

[Jun 23, 2020] Identity politics is, first and foremost, a dirty and shrewd political strategy developed by the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party ( soft neoliberals ) to counter the defection of trade union members from the party

Highly recommended!
divide and conquer 1. To gain or maintain power by generating tension among others, especially those less powerful, so that they cannot unite in opposition.
Notable quotes:
"... In its most general form, identity politics involves (i) a claim that a particular group is not being treated fairly and (ii) a claim that members of that group should place political priority on the demand for fairer treatment. But "fairer" can mean lots of different things. I'm trying to think about this using contrasts between the set of terms in the post title. A lot of this is unoriginal, but I'm hoping I can say something new. ..."
"... The second problem is that neoliberals on right and left sometimes use identity as a shield to protect neoliberal policies. As one commentator has argued, "Without the bedrock of class politics, identity politics has become an agenda of inclusionary neoliberalism in which individuals can be accommodated but addressing structural inequalities cannot." What this means is that some neoliberals hold high the banner of inclusiveness on gender and race and thus claim to be progressive reformers, but they then turn a blind eye to systemic changes in politics and the economy. ..."
"... Critics argue that this is "neoliberal identity politics," and it gives its proponents the space to perpetuate the policies of deregulation, privatization, liberalization, and austerity. ..."
"... If we assume that identity politics is, first and foremost, a dirty and shrewd political strategy developed by the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party ("soft neoliberals") many things became much more clear. Along with Neo-McCarthyism it represents a mechanism to compensate for the loss of their primary voting block: trade union members, who in 2016 "en mass" defected to Trump. ..."
Dec 28, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

likbez 12.27.19 at 10:21 pm

John,

I've been thinking about the various versions of and critiques of identity politics that are around at the moment. In its most general form, identity politics involves (i) a claim that a particular group is not being treated fairly and (ii) a claim that members of that group should place political priority on the demand for fairer treatment. But "fairer" can mean lots of different things. I'm trying to think about this using contrasts between the set of terms in the post title. A lot of this is unoriginal, but I'm hoping I can say something new.

You missed one important line of critique -- identity politics as a dirty political strategy of soft neoliberals.

See discussion of this issue by Professor Ganesh Sitaraman in his recent article (based on his excellent book The Great Democracy ) https://newrepublic.com/article/155970/collapse-neoliberalism

To be sure, race, gender, culture, and other aspects of social life have always been important to politics. But neoliberalism's radical individualism has increasingly raised two interlocking problems. First, when taken to an extreme, social fracturing into identity groups can be used to divide people and prevent the creation of a shared civic identity. Self-government requires uniting through our commonalities and aspiring to achieve a shared future.

When individuals fall back onto clans, tribes, and us-versus-them identities, the political community gets fragmented. It becomes harder for people to see each other as part of that same shared future.

Demagogues [more correctly neoliberals -- likbez] rely on this fracturing to inflame racial, nationalist, and religious antagonism, which only further fuels the divisions within society. Neoliberalism's war on "society," by pushing toward the privatization and marketization of everything, thus indirectly facilitates a retreat into tribalism that further undermines the preconditions for a free and democratic society.

The second problem is that neoliberals on right and left sometimes use identity as a shield to protect neoliberal policies. As one commentator has argued, "Without the bedrock of class politics, identity politics has become an agenda of inclusionary neoliberalism in which individuals can be accommodated but addressing structural inequalities cannot." What this means is that some neoliberals hold high the banner of inclusiveness on gender and race and thus claim to be progressive reformers, but they then turn a blind eye to systemic changes in politics and the economy.

Critics argue that this is "neoliberal identity politics," and it gives its proponents the space to perpetuate the policies of deregulation, privatization, liberalization, and austerity.

Of course, the result is to leave in place political and economic structures that harm the very groups that inclusionary neoliberals claim to support. The foreign policy adventures of the neoconservatives and liberal internationalists haven't fared much better than economic policy or cultural politics. The U.S. and its coalition partners have been bogged down in the war in Afghanistan for 18 years and counting. Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq is a liberal democracy, nor did the attempt to establish democracy in Iraq lead to a domino effect that swept the Middle East and reformed its governments for the better. Instead, power in Iraq has shifted from American occupiers to sectarian militias, to the Iraqi government, to Islamic State terrorists, and back to the Iraqi government -- and more than 100,000 Iraqis are dead.

Or take the liberal internationalist 2011 intervention in Libya. The result was not a peaceful transition to stable democracy but instead civil war and instability, with thousands dead as the country splintered and portions were overrun by terrorist groups. On the grounds of democracy promotion, it is hard to say these interventions were a success. And for those motivated to expand human rights around the world, it is hard to justify these wars as humanitarian victories -- on the civilian death count alone.

Indeed, the central anchoring assumptions of the American foreign policy establishment have been proven wrong. Foreign policymakers largely assumed that all good things would go together -- democracy, markets, and human rights -- and so they thought opening China to trade would inexorably lead to it becoming a liberal democracy. They were wrong. They thought Russia would become liberal through swift democratization and privatization. They were wrong.

They thought globalization was inevitable and that ever-expanding trade liberalization was desirable even if the political system never corrected for trade's winners and losers. They were wrong. These aren't minor mistakes. And to be clear, Donald Trump had nothing to do with them. All of these failures were evident prior to the 2016 election.

If we assume that identity politics is, first and foremost, a dirty and shrewd political strategy developed by the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party ("soft neoliberals") many things became much more clear. Along with Neo-McCarthyism it represents a mechanism to compensate for the loss of their primary voting block: trade union members, who in 2016 "en mass" defected to Trump.

Initially Clinton calculation was that trade union voters has nowhere to go anyways, and it was correct for first decade or so of his betrayal. But gradually trade union members and lower middle class started to leave Dems in droves (Demexit, compare with Brexit) and that where identity politics was invented to compensate for this loss.

So in addition to issues that you mention we also need to view the role of identity politics as the political strategy of the "soft neoliberals " directed at discrediting and the suppression of nationalism.

The resurgence of nationalism is the inevitable byproduct of the dominance of neoliberalism, resurgence which I think is capable to bury neoliberalism as it lost popular support (which now is limited to financial oligarchy and high income professional groups, such as we can find in corporate and military brass, (shrinking) IT sector, upper strata of academy, upper strata of medical professionals, etc)

That means that the structure of the current system isn't just flawed which imply that most problems are relatively minor and can be fixed by making some tweaks. It is unfixable, because the "Identity wars" reflect a deep moral contradictions within neoliberal ideology. And they can't be solved within this framework.

[Jun 23, 2020] Monumental Error Washington DC Mob Attacks Andrew Jackson by Jacob Heilbrunn

Jun 23, 2020 | nationalinterest.org

The police may manage to keep Jackson intact for now, but Lafayette Park and its immediate environs are in the hands of the protesters.

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[Jun 23, 2020] Iconoclasm and Race Wars by Micah Mattix

Actually both nationalists and BLM are noted fighters with icons of the past. Especially during "color revolutions"
They want their own version of history and can't accept any alternatives. That confirm the saying that that history is the future overturned into the past.
Notable quotes:
"... And all over Britain, statues of forgotten politicians, merchants, generals, and admirals (and now the blue plaques that commemorate them) are being investigated, to see if they in some way celebrate a wicked past. Even the looming sculpture of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square has been first scrawled on by protestors (who also defaced a nearby monument to Abraham Lincoln) and then hidden in a box by Greater London's feeble authorities ..."
"... This is a good indication of the state of modern Britain, teetering on the edge of a cultural revolution so severe that its greatest modern figure has lost his power as a unifying force and memory ..."
"... IdPol is tolerated and even promoted because it does not make any substantive changes. It does not affect economic relations, much less take money out of rich people's pockets. ..."
Jun 19, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Pulling statues down or calling for the removal of "problematic" portraits isn't motivated by a desire to forget the past, Michel Foucault argued. It is a way of returning to it and reigniting its conflicts . Blake Smith in The Washington Examiner : "

What we are in the habit of calling 'identity politics,' and particularly political movements based on (somewhat contradictory) appeals to racial solidarity and anti-racism, depend on a 'certain way of making historical knowledge work within political struggle.' So argued Foucault in Society Must Be Defended , a 1976 book based on a lecture series about 'political historicism.'

Many on the American Right hold Foucault, along with his French postmodernist contemporaries, partly responsible for the emergence of identity politics. It would be more accurate to say that Foucault was one of the first, and sharpest, analysts of the way identity-based political movements appeal to history and ignite what he called 'race war.' . . .

Hiding their crimes with myths, the oppressors have made the oppressed forget who they are and what they have suffered. But the signs of that historical violence are all around us -- in statues, place names, and everyday language. Purging the culture of these signs is not so much an ethical demand that the past conform to present values as it is a way of plunging the present back into past conflicts, which the oppressed now stand a chance of winning."

Peter Hitchens makes a similar point in a short piece on iconoclasm in England in First Things :

"It is the Rhodes statue that is controversial. But this is no longer really about Rhodes. In the last few days it has been under police guard. Not long ago a large demonstration, wholly ignoring supposed rules about avoiding viral infection, gathered beneath it while shouting about decolonization, as if Britain still had an empire. Perhaps they wish it was so. People need enemies, and dismantled empires are nothing like as good for this purpose as living, breathing ones . . .

And all over Britain, statues of forgotten politicians, merchants, generals, and admirals (and now the blue plaques that commemorate them) are being investigated, to see if they in some way celebrate a wicked past. Even the looming sculpture of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square has been first scrawled on by protestors (who also defaced a nearby monument to Abraham Lincoln) and then hidden in a box by Greater London's feeble authorities .

This is a good indication of the state of modern Britain, teetering on the edge of a cultural revolution so severe that its greatest modern figure has lost his power as a unifying force and memory ."


joeo 4 days ago

I assume Napoleon is still safe? The French seem to be able to hold it togeather.
York joeo 4 days ago
I don't know about France, but here it seems to be about normalizing a new process. Gangs of thugs are being allowed and even encouraged to go into certain neighborhoods to intimidate and attack those who live there, to break, burn, and deface other people's property with impunity.

It combines Orwell's "two minute hate" with the kind of behavior we condemned when it was done by the Ku Klux Klan.

Feral Finster 4 days ago • edited
If renaming parks and boulevards and appointing blue ribbon commissions were enough to fix anything, you'd think that everything would be fixed by now.

IdPol is tolerated and even promoted because it does not make any substantive changes. It does not affect economic relations, much less take money out of rich people's pockets.

cka2nd Feral Finster 4 days ago
So many movements get sidetracked by purely symbolic actions on the one hand - "Let's rename every avenue in Harlem, and 125th Street, too!" (the black New York city councilman behind those resolutions was a joke in the local black activist community) - and corporate and elite funding whitewashed through foundations and NGO's on the other. In the 70's, affirmative action was used to build up and buy off the black middle class while working class jobs for blacks were gradually disappearing, and today it's Diversity, Inc. jobs.
Feral Finster cka2nd 4 days ago
From something that I wrote elsewhere:

The Establishment is very good at buying off some, co-opting others, assassinating a few, and marginalizing the rest, or at least waiting for them to get tired of kicking against the pricks. Judging from its track record at surviving this long, the Establishment also is very good at figuring out who gets which treatment.

Its how the activists of the Civil Rights Movement, many of whom once did genuinely brave, even heroic things, were gradually co-opted into corrupt operators of political machines. It's how fire-eating campus radicals were neutered into tenure-seekers and meek supporters of "changing the system from within".

For that matter, the history of the Tea Party is also instructive.

Connecticut

Connecticut Farmer Feral Finster 3 days ago • edited

Hey, this is America. Not Europe. In Europe at least it's about "ideas". In America it's about------------MONEY!! And celebrity.

Only in America can a race hustler/shakedown artist (and part time FBI informant) like Al Sharpton get a permanent gig on a major so-called "news network?" Only in America can a real estate developer and "reality TV host" become president. Not that the office means anything anymore (except to the Chattering Class) but, that's another story.

=marco01= Connecticut Farmer 2 days ago
Oh right, Sharpton and nearly all black people are 'race hustling' when they talk about the racial injustice they suffer.

I'm sure you would know, being a white guy and all.

Rob G =marco01= 2 days ago
Probably not a great idea to have "Sharpton" and "nearly all black people" as the compound subject in a sentence.
Rkramden66 Connecticut Farmer 2 days ago
Sharpton?! LOL. I thought you were talking about Trump!
Adriana Pena 4 days ago
HE explained it better. And was funnier Play Hide
Spacious Skies =marco01= a day ago
"Do Germans honor their ancestors who fought for the cause of the Nazis. No, they do not."

Where do you get "Nazis" from? Confederates weren't "Nazis".

Most of these statues are of Americans who saw more service in the US Army than the Confederate one. Most weren't fighting to preserve slavery. The typical southern soldier didn't even own any slaves. They were fighting an invasion, they did it bravely and honorably. We're proud of them, and we built statues to their memories, in part as proxies for the hundreds of thousands of southern soldiers and others who died during the worst war in our history.

Rod Dreher Moderator Spacious Skies a day ago
Every Christmas Eve, I light a candle on the grave of my grandmother's grandfather, who fought for the Confederacy in the Battle of Port Hudson, and elsewhere. He owned no slaves. He was fighting an invasion, as you say. I am glad that the South lost, because their cause was unjust. But I honor the bravery of my ancestor.
Victor_the_thinker Rod Dreher 18 hours ago
What you do on Christmas Eve is your own business. That’s not the same as a monument to stonewall Jackson erected in 1921 during the raise of the KKK or monuments erected in the 50’s. Clearly lots of people who are southerners don’t like those statues, particularly all those black people. They never liked them and wouldn’t have agreed to erecting them if they had a say at the time of construction. Many of these statues are now in majority black cities like the ones taken down in New Orleans. Those black people are under no obligation to honor any confederate in the public spaces they occupy. From what I’ve read, it sound like they always viewed it as a slap in the face.
PeteZilla Rod Dreher 12 hours ago
That’s fine to do so personally. But these objects in public and in government institutions is not necessary or something we should inspire.
Allington 2 days ago
"Race war" is a misnomer. Yes, there are plenty of black people in some of the mobs, but regarding "iconoclasm", the videos of the monument vandals show mostly what look like rich, overweight white kids from Scarsdale or the Upper West Side, probably using mommy's credit card to fund their window-smashing, statue-toppling, and building-burning expeditions. The toll of their destruction and violence is terrible, but I can't believe it's really that hard to catch and imprison them.

Why are they still running amok? When will the authorities act to protect and defend the people and property of their cities and states?

hooly a day ago
The people who are angry about the pulling down and desecration of Confederate statues are the same people who cheered when statues of Lenin and other Soviet dignitaries were pulled down and desecrated when the USSR fell or when statues of Saddam Hussein fell during the Iraq War II. Hypocritical much??

[Jun 22, 2020] Murders, violence on the rise in NYC as footage shows man killed washing his car, 92yo woman randomly assaulted (VIDEOS)

Maidan effects?
Jun 22, 2020 | www.rt.com
"Earlier today, police officers from the 75th Precinct responded to a call of a male shot in front of 334 Milford Street. When they arrived, they discovered a 35-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the neck," the NYPD's Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted , along with video of the disturbing incident.

Earlier today, police officers from the 75th Precinct responded to a call of a male shot in front of 334 Milford Street. When they arrived, they discovered a 35-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the neck. pic.twitter.com/wkkzIiAdzu

-- Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) June 20, 2020

The footage shows a man wiping down the tire of his car when a passerby stops and fires a shot into the back of his neck. The man washing his car falls, and the shooter proceeds to continue his walk down the street. There is no known motive for the crime, and the killer is at large.

It's not the only violent video coming out of the city to have received serious attention online, as a clip of a seemingly random attack on an elderly woman has also gone viral.

The clip shows a young black man passing an older woman on the street when he turns and pushes her. Her head narrowly misses a fire hydrant as she falls, and the attacker simply continues his stroll down Third Avenue.

Young man pushes over 92-year-old woman in NYC attack https://t.co/X8OtwfCxr1 pic.twitter.com/XY072I6Sqe

Rashid Brimmage, a 31-year-old sex offender, was identified by police as the man in the video and was apprehended. He has been arrested over 100 times in the past.

The crimes are part of a larger trend in New York City, which has seen an increase in the most violent crimes.

The crimes are part of a larger trend in New York City, which has seen an increase in the most violent crimes.

Homicides for the month of May were up by a whopping 79.1 percent from the same time last year. Shootings, meanwhile, increased over 60 percent. Auto theft and burglaries also went up.

[Jun 21, 2020] The man who asked 'What's the Matter with Kansas' now wonders what's the matter with Democrats - The Washington Post

Jun 21, 2020 | www.washingtonpost.com

The man who asked 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' now wonders what's the matter with Democrats - The Washington Post

In 2004, Thomas Frank published "What's The Matter with Kansas," a book asking why so many working-class and poor white Americans in the heartland had taken to voting for a party that in both word and deed advanced policies of great value to the rich. In short, the question was: Why were these folks Republicans when Republicans weren't with them?

Frank's book became a kind of cultural touchstone, or at least a shorthand reference for what lots of political analysts, consultants and certainly Democratic politicians and their staffers had talked out behind closed doors for years. "What's The Matter with Kansas" didn't delve deeply into the white-identity politics, race-based sense of economic entitlement, anxiety and resentment that seem to play such a prominent role in the 2016 campaign, but it certainly gave a lot of people a lot to think about.

Now, Frank is out with a book called "Listen, Liberal" that seems about as confrontational as that title sounds. This time, people on the other side of the political aisle -- Democrats and self-described progressives -- face Frank's frank assessment.

Since the 1970s and even more markedly during President Bill Clinton's tenure in the 1990s, Democrats have played a central role in trade deals that sped up the departure of manufacturing jobs from the United States and also in rolling back the social safety net. Clinton proudly signed the biggest welfare reform package in decades, all based on the idea that those on welfare, not that the program itself, was in dire need of reform.

Today, the share of people receiving cash welfare assistance has dropped precipitously, even during the worst of the Great Recession. In other words, that's not because people's incomes otherwise grew or they didn't need the help.


It's mostly because states have made it increasingly difficult to access cash assistance, freeing state lawmakers to redirect the federal block grants dispatched to cover these benefits to finance other state needs, according to a 2015 analysis released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities . In 2014, the report found, states spent more of their federal welfare block grants on these other programs and costs -- often meaning they plugged various state budget gaps -- than they did basic cash welfare assistance.

And those who are receiving cash aid are getting a lot less. After accounting for inflation, cash welfare benefits slid 35 percent between 1990 and 2015 . And most year-to-year increases in welfare benefits paid to families are so small it's hard to imagine the mathematical basis on which they were set. For instance, in 2014 in South Carolina, a poor family of three that met all program guidelines could receive up to $277 a month. In 2015, that figure climbed all of $3 to $280.

That may sound like good news to those who want to shrink public budgets no matter the cost, or philosophically object to the very existence of cash public assistance. But, in the past, that did not include the bulk of Democrats, Frank argues. Democrats used to be the party that defended the social safety net so that it might help those in need climb back toward independence and solvency but also aggressively championed a wider array of policies protecting American jobs, worker safety, wages and the like. That made unions a natural and central part of Democratic coalition.

Democrats used to battle the primary drivers of economic inequality, Frank argues. Now sometimes, they advance them.

In a Q&A with In These Times' Tobita Chow published this week, Frank goes even further in pinning the blame on Democrats who followed Clinton in the 1990s. Frank's is a critique that certainly includes -- no, calls out -- the Obama administration, too. The Obama White House would almost certainly counter that things like the recent reform in overtime pay rules and the Affordable Care Act have been of great benefit to the middle and working classes as well as the poor.

But Frank has some other complaints. Here's a sample from the worthwhile Q&A:

Q: The book is about how the Democratic Party turned its back on working people and now pursues policies that actually increase inequality. What are the policies or ideological commitments in the Democratic Party that make you think this?

A: The first piece of evidence is what's happened since the financial crisis. This is the great story of our time. Inequality has actually gotten worse since then, which is a remarkable thing. This is under a Democratic president who we were assured (or warned) was the most liberal or radical president we would ever see. Yet inequality has gotten worse, and the gains since the financial crisis, since the recovery began, have gone entirely to the top 10 percent of the income distribution.

This is not only because of those evil Republicans, but because Obama played it the way he wanted to. Even when he had a majority in both houses of Congress and could choose whoever he wanted to be in his administration, he consistently made policies that favored the top 10 percent over everybody else. He helped out Wall Street in an enormous way when they were entirely at his mercy.

He could have done anything he wanted with them, in the way that Franklin Roosevelt did in the '30s. But he chose not to....

There's so much interesting stuff in this Q&A, we are going to strongly suggest you give it a read. Just click here . Nina 1 5/25/2016 8:59 PM EDT [Edited]

Well, yes. The Democratic party and its representatives turned its back on working class America and it was the bigger betrayal because working class America thought the Democrats were better than that. Not too many people think income inequality just "happened" despite the liberal government in power: there is no way it could have happened without the collusion and cooperation of the government. The government, with big business, created this by singular lack of policy to address it. And that is how you end up with Donald Trump. The reasoning is, "How much worse could he be?"

[Jun 21, 2020] America's Own Color Revolution - Global ResearchGlobal Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Color Revolution is the term used to describe a series of remarkably effective CIA-led regime change operations using techniques developed by the RAND Corporation, "democracy" NGOs and other groups since the 1980's. They were used in crude form to bring down the Polish communist regime in the late 1980s. From there the techniques were refined and used, along with heavy bribes, to topple the Gorbachev regime in the Soviet Union. For anyone who has studied those models closely, it is clear that the protests against police violence led by amorphous organizations with names like Black Lives Matter or Antifa are more than purely spontaneous moral outrage. Hundreds of thousands of young Americans are being used as a battering ram to not only topple a US President, but in the process, the very structures of the US Constitutional order. ..."
"... F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine "New Eastern Outlook" where this article was originally published. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. ..."
Jun 21, 2020 | www.globalresearch.ca

America's Own Color Revolution By F. William Engdahl Global Research, June 17, 2020 Region: Europe , USA Theme: History , Intelligence , Police State & Civil Rights

Color Revolution is the term used to describe a series of remarkably effective CIA-led regime change operations using techniques developed by the RAND Corporation, "democracy" NGOs and other groups since the 1980's. They were used in crude form to bring down the Polish communist regime in the late 1980s. From there the techniques were refined and used, along with heavy bribes, to topple the Gorbachev regime in the Soviet Union. For anyone who has studied those models closely, it is clear that the protests against police violence led by amorphous organizations with names like Black Lives Matter or Antifa are more than purely spontaneous moral outrage. Hundreds of thousands of young Americans are being used as a battering ram to not only topple a US President, but in the process, the very structures of the US Constitutional order.

If we step back from the immediate issue of videos showing a white Minneapolis policeman pressing his knee on the neck of a black man, George Floyd , and look at what has taken place across the nation since then, it is clear that certain organizations or groups were well-prepared to instrumentalize the horrific event for their own agenda.

The protests since May 25 have often begun peacefully only to be taken over by well-trained violent actors. Two organizations have appeared regularly in connection with the violent protests -- Black Lives Matter and Antifa (USA). Videos show well-equipped protesters dressed uniformly in black and masked (not for coronavirus to be sure), vandalizing police cars, burning police stations, smashing store windows with pipes or baseball bats. Use of Twitter and other social media to coordinate "hit-and-run" swarming strikes of protest mobs is evident.

What has unfolded since the Minneapolis trigger event has been compared to the wave of primarily black ghetto protest riots in 1968. I lived through those events in 1968 and what is unfolding today is far different. It is better likened to the Yugoslav color revolution that toppled Milosevic in 2000.

Gene Sharp: Template for Regime Overthrow

In the year 2000 the US State Department, aided by its National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and select CIA operatives, began secretly training a group of Belgrade university students led by a student group that was called Otpor! (Resistance!). The NED and its various offshoots was created in the 1980's by CIA head Bill Casey as a covert CIA tool to overthrow specific regimes around the world under the cover of a human rights NGO. In fact, they get their money from Congress and from USAID.

In the Serb Otpor! destabilization of 2000, the NED and US Ambassador Richard Miles in Belgrade selected and trained a group of several dozen students, led by Srđa Popović, using the handbook, From Dictatorship to Democracy, translated to Serbian, of the late Gene Sharp and his Albert Einstein Institution. In a post mortem on the Serb events, the Washington Post wrote, "US-funded consultants played a crucial role behind the scenes in virtually every facet of the anti-drive, running tracking polls, training thousands of opposition activists and helping to organize a vitally important parallel vote count. US taxpayers paid for 5,000 cans of spray paint used by student activists to scrawl anti-Milošević graffiti on walls across Serbia."

Trained squads of activists were deployed in protests to take over city blocks with the aid of 'intelligence helmet' video screens that give them an instantaneous overview of their environment. Bands of youth converging on targeted intersections in constant dialogue on cell phones, would then overwhelm police. The US government spent some $41 million on the operation. Student groups were secretly trained in the Sharp handbook techniques of staging protests that mocked the authority of the ruling police, showing them to be clumsy and impotent against the youthful protesters. Professionals from the CIA and US State Department guided them behind the scenes.

The Color Revolution Otpor! model was refined and deployed in 2004 as the Ukraine Orange Revolution with logo and color theme scarves, and in 2003 in Georgia as the Rose Revolution. Later Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used the template to launch the Arab Spring. In all cases the NED was involved with other NGOs including the Soros Foundations.

After defeating Milosevic, Popovic went on to establish a global color revolution training center, CANVAS, a kind of for-profit business consultancy for revolution, and was personally present in New York working reportedly with Antifa during the Occupy Wall Street where also Soros money was reported.

Antifa and BLM

The protests, riots, violent and non-violent actions sweeping across the United States since May 25, including an assault on the gates of the White House, begin to make sense when we understand the CIA's Color Revolution playbook.

The impact of the protests would not be possible were it not for a network of local and state political officials inside the Democratic Party lending support to the protesters, even to the point the Democrat Mayor of Seattle ordered police to abandon several blocks in the heart of downtown to occupation by protesters.

In recent years major portions of the Democratic Party across the US have been quietly taken over by what one could call radical left candidates. Often they win with active backing of organizations such as Democratic Socialists of America or Freedom Road Socialist Organizations. In the US House of Representatives the vocal quarter of new representatives around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib and Minneapolis Representative Ilhan Omar are all members or close to Democratic Socialists of America. Clearly without sympathetic Democrat local officials in key cities, the street protests of organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa would not have such a dramatic impact.

To get a better grasp how serious the present protest movement is we should look at who has been pouring millions into BLM. The Antifa is more difficult owing to its explicit anonymous organization form. However, their online Handbook openly recommends that local Antifa "cells" join up with BLM chapters.

FRSO: Follow the Money

BLM began in 2013 when three activist friends created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to protest the allegations of shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin by a white Hispanic block watchman, George Zimmermann. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi were all were connected with and financed by front groups tied to something called Freedom Road Socialist Organization, one of the four largest radical left organizations in the United States formed out of something called New Communist Movement that dissolved in the 1980s.

On June 12, 2020 the Freedom Road Socialist Organization webpage states, "The time is now to join a revolutionary organization! Join Freedom Road Socialist Organization If you have been out in the streets this past few weeks, the odds are good that you've been thinking about the difference between the kind of change this system has to offer, and the kind of change this country needs. Capitalism is a failed system that thrives on exploitation, inequality and oppression. The reactionary and racist Trump administration has made the pandemic worse. The unfolding economic crisis we are experiencing is the worst since the 1930s. Monopoly capitalism is a dying system and we need to help finish it off. And that is exactly what Freedom Road Socialist Organization is working for ."

In short the protests over the alleged police killing of a black man in Minnesota are now being used to call for a revolution against capitalism. FRSO is an umbrella for dozens of amorphous groups including Black Lives Matter or BLM. What is interesting about the self-described Marxist-Leninist roots of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is not so much their left politics as much as their very establishment funding by a group of well-endowed tax-exempt foundations.

Alicia Garza of BLM is also a board member or executive of five different Freedom Road front groups including 2011 Board chair of Right to the City Alliance, Board member of School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), Forward Together and Special Projects director of National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The Right to the City Alliance got $6.5 million between 2011 and 2014 from a number of very established tax-exempt foundations including the Ford Foundation ($1.9 million), from both of George Soros's major tax-exempts–Open Society Foundations, and the Foundation to Promote Open Society for $1.3 million. Also the cornflake-tied Kellogg Foundation $250,000, and curiously , Ben & Jerry's Foundation (ice cream) for $30,000.

Garza also got major foundation money as Executive Director of the FRSO front, POWER, where Obama former "green jobs czar" Van Jones, a self-described "communist" and "rowdy black nationalist," now with CNN, was on the board. Alicia Garza also chaired the Right to the City Alliance, a network of activist groups opposing urban gentrification. That front since 2009 received $1.3 million from the Ford Foundation, as well as $600,000 from the Soros foundations and again, Ben & Jerry's ($50,000). And Garza's SOUL, which claimed to have trained 712 "organizers" in 2014, when she co-founded Black Lives Matter, got $210,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation and another $255,000 from the Heinz Foundation (ketchup and John Kerry family) among others. With the Forward Together of FRSO, Garza sat on the board of a "multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change." It officially got $4 million in 2014 revenues and from 2012 and 2014, the organization received a total of $2.9 million from Ford Foundation ($655,000) and other major foundations .

Nigeria-born BLM co-founder Opal Tometi likewise comes from the network of FRSO. Tometi headed the FRSO's Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Curiously with a "staff" of two it got money from major foundations including the Kellogg Foundation for $75,000 and Soros foundations for $100,000, and, again, Ben & Jerry's ($10,000). Tometi got $60,000 in 2014 to direct the group .

The Freedom Road Socialist Organization that is now openly calling for a revolution against capitalism in the wake of the Floyd George killing has another arm, The Advancement Project, which describes itself as "a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization." Its board includes a former Obama US Department of Education Director of Community Outreach and a former Bill Clinton Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. The FRSO Advancement Project in 2013 got millions from major US tax-exempt foundations including Ford ($8.5 million), Kellogg ($3 million), Hewlett Foundation of HP defense industry founder ($2.5 million), Rockefeller Foundation ($2.5 million), and Soros foundations ($8.6 million).

Major Money and ActBlue

By 2016, the presidential election year where Hillary Clinton was challenging Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter had established itself as a well-organized network. That year the Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy announced the formation of the Black-Led Movement Fund (BLMF), "a six-year pooled donor campaign aimed at raising $100 million for the Movement for Black Lives coalition" in which BLM was a central part. By then Soros foundations had already given some $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement . This was serious foundation money.

The BLMF identified itself as being created by top foundations including in addition to the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and the Soros Open Society Foundations. They described their role: "The BLMF provides grants, movement building resources, and technical assistance to organizations working advance the leadership and vision of young, Black, queer, feminists and immigrant leaders who are shaping and leading a national conversation about criminalization, policing and race in America."

The Movement for Black Lives Coalition (M4BL) which includes Black Lives Matter, already in 2016 called for "defunding police departments, race-based reparations, voting rights for illegal immigrants, fossil-fuel divestment, an end to private education and charter schools, a universal basic income, and free college for blacks ."

Notably, when we click on the website of M4BL, under their donate button we learn that the donations will go to something called ActBlue Charities. ActBlue facilitates donations to "democrats and progressives." As of May 21, ActBlue had given $119 million to the campaign of Joe Biden.

That was before the May 25 BLM worldwide protests. Now major corporations such as Apple, Disney, Nike and hundreds others may be pouring untold and unaccounted millions into ActBlue under the name of Black Lives Matter, funds that in fact can go to fund the election of a Democrat President Biden. Perhaps this is the real reason the Biden campaign has been so confident of support from black voters. What is clear from only this account of the crucial role of big money foundations behind protest groups such as Black lives Matter is that there is a far more complex agenda driving the protests now destabilizing cities across America. The role of tax-exempt foundations tied to the fortunes of the greatest industrial and financial companies such as Rockefeller, Ford, Kellogg, Hewlett and Soros says that there is a far deeper and far more sinister agenda to current disturbances than spontaneous outrage would suggest.

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[Jun 21, 2020] 'Cancel culture despises diversity of opinion': Publisher says Amazon suspended paid ads for new book on 'transgender craze'

Actually the book is available for pre-order on Amazon: Irreversible Damage The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters Shrier, Abigail 9781684510313 Amazon.com Books
Jun 21, 2020 | www.rt.com
The burgeoning 'cancel culture' has forced Amazon to ax an ad campaign for a book by a Wall Street Journal author which is critical of liberal views on transgender identity, its publishing company has said.

[Jun 21, 2020] Eliminating Talent By Force by Rod Dreher

Highly recommended!
De Blasio policies are directed against middle class. Upper class uses private schools anyway and as such is exempt from his experiments.
Notable quotes:
"... there's an essay on socialism by Igor Shafarevich. In it, he quotes Marx saying that communism aims to "eliminate talent by force." Equality must be achieved above all things. ..."
"... Mayor Bill de Blasio's School Diversity Advisory Group has recommended that the city eliminated gifted and talented programs for elementary schools, and stop using academic criteria for admission to middle schools. Why? Diversity, of course. ..."
"... You can have excellence, or you can have equality, but you can't have both. ..."
"... This criterion for racism is non-sensical...admission based on merit cannot be racist, because it is based on merit and not race! Need I say that if based on the latter, then it would be some form of racism.... ..."
"... The opposite of "equality" isn't inequality, but difference. And everyone really knows there is no blank slate. Children have a genetic heritage which combines with environment factors in creating intelligence and success. ..."
"... Acknowledging "difference" is true celebration of life and its varieties. And some people are smarter than others. ..."
Aug 28, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
The Equalizer: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio ( Morning Joe screenshot ) In that same book I quoted in an earlier post , From Under The Rubble (which you can read online for free by following the link), there's an essay on socialism by Igor Shafarevich. In it, he quotes Marx saying that communism aims to "eliminate talent by force." Equality must be achieved above all things.

Reading the Shafarevich, I thought of the removal and/or relocation of photographs of white males from medical schools, on ideological grounds ( I wrote about it here on Monday. ) It won't stop there. That's just the first step. They begin by removing the images of certain figures, and will eventually get around to removing people like them from the schools, all in the name of equality.

Something like this might be about to happen in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio's School Diversity Advisory Group has recommended that the city eliminated gifted and talented programs for elementary schools, and stop using academic criteria for admission to middle schools. Why? Diversity, of course. Too many of the kids who get into the better schools and programs are white and Asian, not enough are black and Hispanic, according to progressive dogma. Christine Rosen writes:

All the city's selective schools are already open to anyone regardless of race. But because the majority of students who gain admission to schools that screen applicants are white and Asian, the panel reasoned, merit-based admissions procedures must be racist. Indeed, the advisory panel describes merit-based testing and other screening procedures used in New York City's public schools as "exclusionary admissions practices," not because they found any evidence of racial bias in the screening procedures but simply because the outcome of screening does not perfectly reflect the demographic make-up of the city. According to the New York Times , the panel argued that a screening system based on academic ability "is not equitable, even if it is effective for some."

The Progressive Caucus of the city council agrees. In a letter to the diversity panel, it urged "caps on the allowable concentrations of high-achieving and low-achieving students in the same schools." New York City schools chancellor Richard Carranza, who would implement the panel's recommendations if the mayor approves them, already thinks too many students are labeled "gifted."

In other words, the progressives' answer to the problem of racial gaps in educational achievement is a Harrison Bergeron-like downward social leveling that would ensure that excellence and competition are eliminated in favor of mediocrity and "diversity." Since more than half of the city's public school students can't pass the state math and English exams, and only 28 percent of the city's black students passed the math exam (compared to 67 percent of white students and 74 percent of Asian-American students), the leveling effect will likely be significant.

Punishing excellence by demanding that everyone conform to the lowest common denominator is a recipe for educational failure and societal stagnation. By this logic, schools will eventually have to eliminate grades and other forms of ranking, since outcomes will never match progressives' diversity requirements.

This is identity politics in action. It will punish, or eliminate, talent by force. It's the old socialist claim -- that hierarchy is always and everywhere the result of injustice -- applied to racial politics.

Here's how The New York Times describes the situation:

For years, New York City has essentially maintained two parallel public school systems.

A group of selective schools and programs geared to students labeled gifted and talented is filled mostly with white and Asian children. The rest of the system is open to all students and is predominantly black and Hispanic.

Now, a high-level panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio is recommending that the city do away with most of these selective programs in an effort to desegregate the system, which has 1.1 million students and is by far the largest in the country.

More:

The panel's report, obtained by The New York Times, amounts to a repudiation of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's education agenda, which reoriented the system toward school choice for families, including more gifted and screened schools, to combat decades of low performance.

Some of those policies deepened inequality even as student achievement rose . Mr. de Blasio has been sharply critical of his predecessor's philosophy on education, but must now decide whether to dismantle some of the structures that Mr. Bloomberg helped to build.

You can have excellence, or you can have equality, but you can't have both. De Blasio seems to be aiming for equality by denying the concept of "good schools":

Though Mr. de Blasio has vowed to create a school system where the idea of "good schools" and "bad schools" becomes obsolete, dozens of schools are extremely low-performing, and many more are struggling.

As the city has tried for decades to improve its underperforming schools, it has long relied on accelerated academic offerings and screened schools, including the specialized high schools, to entice white families to stay in public schools.

But at the same time, white, Asian and middle-class families have sometimes exacerbated segregation by avoiding neighborhood schools , and instead choosing gifted programs or other selective schools. In gentrifying neighborhoods, some white parents have rallied for more gifted classes, which has in some cases led to segregated classrooms within diverse schools .

Progressives don't allow one to ask why white, Asian, and middle-class families are avoiding those schools, or that gifted classes lead to segregated classrooms within diverse schools. The progressive mind can only imagine that these outcomes are racist, and therefore must be eliminated so New York City can build a pedagogical heaven on earth.

One more note:

Still, the so-called School Diversity Advisory Group acknowledged that the city would have to take pains to prevent middle-class families from fleeing the system.

If those students decamp to private schools or to the suburbs, "it will become even more difficult to create high-quality integrated schools," in New York, the report said. The panel wrote that "high-achievement students deserve to be challenged," but in different ways.

Right. Here's a link to the full School Diversity Advisory Group report.

The panel blamed the failure of G&T programs in schools serving poor neighborhoods on economic privilege:

The reforms of the early 2000s brought over 20 new G&T programs meant to cater to underserved communities, in further hopes of expanded enrichment opportunities for a more diverse group of children. Three years later, most of these new programs were unable to fill a single spot in their incoming classes, because the majority of students in these neighborhoods and districts were low-income and not able to invest in equitable test-prep resources. Since the mid-2000s the number of G&T programs has nearly halved, with most surviving offerings operating in affluent white neighborhoods.

There's no doubt that well-off parents have the resources to help their children prepare for tests. But the panel does not consider the role of culture -- within the family, and the students' communities -- in affecting the outcomes. It's widely known that Asian families put a premium on education, and that that means Asian kids generally study more and work harder to achieve. Why should they be punished for that?

NYC is a left-wing town, as we all know, but it's also the case that middle-class progressives get real protective of their own children, and may find some rationale to fight this proposal, at the expense of their own stated principles. But perhaps not. Because left-wing identity politics demonizes achievement by people of the "wrong" ethnicity, it might not be possible to fight this -- not if the price of resisting it is bearing the cost of being publicly condemned as racist.

It's down to the Asians to lead the resistance, if there is any resistance at all.

UPDATE: Reader Another Dave comments:

I live in NYC and have kids in the public school system. Asians are already pushing back hard, and have attended several public forums en masse to jeer at and heckle Carranza, and openly call him a bigot, which he clearly is.

Both DiBlasio and Carranza are loathsome midwits, and deserve whatever vitriol is directed at them.

The NYPost has covered most of this in detail, but a number of Asian community groups have formed activist committees, and are making as much noise as humanly possible, and then some.

I could go into much greater detail about my own experiences with the public school system here on the UES, but it would take up too much space and potentially bore everyone.

I socialize with several people, all of the black and Latin, who have worked in education in NYC for decades, and have had whatever remained of their progressive rose colored glasses shattered by dealing directly with poor black and Hispanic communities. Suffice it to say, poor black and Hispanic communities, outside of some individual exceptions, simply don't place a premium on scholastic excellence and academic rigor.

Again, there are exceptions, and there are certainly students with parents from Africa or the Caribbean who do not fit into this category, but generally speaking, no matter what the racial ideologues and the woke activists say, poor and working class blacks and Hispanics just don't have the same regard for academic achievement. The parents will tell you to your face that they do, and then you see how they raise their kids and how they approach homework and test prep, and it just doesn't compare to what Asian and white parents do with and for their kids. It's two different worlds.

Black and Hispanic parents obviously love their kids, and do what they think is right, but they simply lack the same degree of focus and stick-to-it-iveness, and yes, even intellectual horsepower, that Asian and white parents have.

This is an important story, because it reveals just how far racial activists intend on going to achieve parity. They will detonate the entire system to do so, and this doesn't really bother them in the least. To them, the disparities prove the system is not just broken, but evil, and must be overturned. Asian and white excellence is a continual slap in the face, and it cannot be allowed to stand, no matter the consequences.

The mayor, his attack dog Carranza, and all of the racist black and Hispanic activists have a deep, emotional commitment to their utopian vision, and reason will not be allowed to prevail, up to and including chasing the highest performing whites and Asians right out of the entire system and into private education.

This is a microcosm of a larger societal drama, and all of Rod's self deceptive liberal commenters would do well to acquaint themselves with the details, because this is where our entire society is headed if we don't put the brakes on.


David J. White • 2 hours ago

I suspect that more and more wealthy parents of high-achieving students will simply move out of New York, unless their brains have been rotted by Wokeness.
Rod Dreher Moderator Matt in VA • 2 hours ago
I'm talking about only in NYC will the Asians be able to effectively lead the resistance, because they can't be accused of racism. If you read the links I posted, you'll find that 70 percent of the population of NYC schools are black and Hispanic. White people can (and should) fight to preserve the schools where their kids attend, but political reality on the ground in NYC indicates that the resistance will have a better chance of resisting if it is led by Asians, given their immunity to the usual progressive racial demagoguery. Mind you, I know some Asians buy into this demagoguery, but I'm betting most ordinary ones in NYC don't. I could be wrong.
Matthew Rod Dreher • an hour ago
Essentially the Asian community will be fighting the same battle as those now fighting to see just how explicitly Harvard discriminates against Asians when it comes to their admissions policy. And in that case it certainly is not a unified front. Many of those Asian students have no desire to be put front and center in this ideological battle. There have been a few different essays about the Harvard admissions challenge that specifically quoted Asian students as not wanting to wade into the political mess, or they simply agreed with and supported Harvards P.C. admissions policy. It is a lot easier to just accept your admission into top tier school 2 or 3 on your list and move on.
Sheldon2 • an hour ago • edited
Well-to-do white families will opt for private school. The ones who will suffer under the new arrangement will be those who can't afford private school or a move to the suburbs: middle- and lower-class white families with bright kids who will now get a lowest-common-denominator education.

No one would argue with efforts to address the inequality in resources devoted to poorer kids and neighborhoods, and to provide struggling families with additional support. But attempting to overcome inequality by eliminating gifted and talented programs is a deeply stupid, immoral, counterproductive, and ultimately fanatical form of social engineering. As an aside, good luck trying to win re-election, Mr. de Blasio.

Manualman • an hour ago
If I read correctly on this elsewhere, the mayor doesn't control the high schools so can't implement this there. But the logic would apply. Consider these as predictions of where this is going:
1. Honors and AP classes have been found to be excessively populated by white and Asian kids, so we are going to discontinue them and place kids in classes randomly from now on to assure diversity and prevent racism.
2. An extensive evaluation of the graduates of Columbia University has shown that the upper 10% of every graduating class remains consistently over-represented in white and Asian populations. In spite of repeated warnings, the university has failed to end it's clearly racist policies, so will be shut down immediately. We have a variety of very good community colleges whose diversity scores are better, so they are obviously better schools anyways.
You get the idea. If we can contain this madness to enclaves like New York, they will destroy themselves in a generation or two and sane people can move in and take over. Anybody who has ever spent time in a classroom knows that the worst kid sets the tone and culture for the rest. The only way to let the best kids flourish is to protect them from the kids who want only to tear down and destroy. Race has nothing to do with that, but culture sure does.
Mike • an hour ago
As a kid who loved his gifted/talented classes,I believe in their worthiness. For me there was nothing worse than being in a class bored silly and one should be challenged in school, otherwise what's the point? Rather than drastically change the standards, why not invest in resources for the test prep? Would that not increase the number of minority students qualifying?
ludwig • an hour ago • edited
"majority of students who gain admission to schools that screen applicants are white and Asian, the panel reasoned, merit-based admissions procedures must be racist"

This criterion for racism is non-sensical...admission based on merit cannot be racist, because it is based on merit and not race! Need I say that if based on the latter, then it would be some form of racism....

next, from rod, "In it, he quotes Marx saying that communism aims to "eliminate talent by force." Equality must be achieved above all things."

but what about the oft-quoted and here-paraphrased marxian quote, "each to his ability, each to his interest". seems to contradict 'eliminating talent by force'?

Gaius1Gracchus • 44 minutes ago
The opposite of "equality" isn't inequality, but difference. And everyone really knows there is no blank slate. Children have a genetic heritage which combines with environment factors in creating intelligence and success.

Not everyone can be a great artist. Even with all the resources in the world, an untalented would be artist (myself, for example) will never be good.

Likewise most all the best long distance runners are from a single tribe in Kenya.

Acknowledging "difference" is true celebration of life and its varieties. And some people are smarter than others.

The smartest boy in my elementary school class stopped taking difficult classes in middle school. He didn't take a single honors or AP class. He still got a high SAT score and went to a University of California school (I can't remember if it was Berkeley or another one) and failed out after one year. He moved home and has been a pothead bum for 30 years.

Talent gurantees nothing, but gives opportunities. Social status and such also give opportunities.

It almost seems like the attempt to close the NYC elite public schools is really an effort to shut down a way up for lower and middle class families. The rich largely skip the elite schools because there is too much competition and their kids will not succeed. They want to limit real meritocracy and really just want their credentialism to continue.

This is just more class warfare by the rich against those beneath them.

Another Dave • 38 minutes ago
I live in NYC and have kids in the public school system. Asians are already pushing back hard, and have attended several public forums en masse to jeer at and heckle Carranza, and openly call him a bigot, which he clearly is.

Both DiBlasio and Carranza are loathsome midwits, and deserve whatever vitriol is directed at them. The NYPost has covered most of this in detail, but a number of Asian community groups have formed activist committees, and are making as much noise as humanly possible, and then some.

I could go into much greater detail about my own experiences with the public school system here on the UES, but it would take up too much space and potentially bore everyone.

I socialize with several people, all of the black and Latin, who have worked in education in NYC for decades, and have had whatever remained of their progressive rose colored glasses shattered by dealing directly with poor black and Hispanic communities. Suffice it to say, poor black and Hispanic communities, outside of some individual exceptions, simply don't place a premium on scholastic excellence and academic rigor.

Again, there are exceptions, and there are certainly students with parents from Africa or the Caribbean who do not fit into this category, but generally speaking, no matter what the racial ideologues and the woke activists say, poor and working class blacks and Hispanics just don't have the same regard for academic achievement. The parents will tell you to your face that they do, and then you see how they raise their kids and how they approach homework and test prep, and it just doesn't compare to what Asian and white parents do with and for their kids. It's two different worlds.

Black and Hispanic parents obviously love their kids, and do what they think is right, but they simply lack the same degree of focus and stick-to-it-iveness, and yes, even intellectual horsepower, that Asian and white parents have.

This is an important story, because it reveals just how far racial activists intend on going to achieve parity. They will detonate the entire system to do so, and this doesn't really bother them in the least. To them, the disparities prove the system is not just broken, but evil, and must be overturned. Asian and white excellence is a continual slap in the face, and it cannot be allowed to stand, no matter the consequences.

The mayor, his attack dog Carranza, and all of the racist black and Hispanic activists have a deep, emotional commitment to their utopian vision, and reason will not be allowed to prevail, up to and including chasing the highest performing whites and Asians right out of the entire system and into private education.

This is a microcosm of a larger societal drama, and all of Rod's self deceptive liberal commenters would do well to acquaint themselves with the details, because this is where our entire society is headed if we don't put the brakes on.

William harrington • 28 minutes ago
Well, progressives have used antiquated ideologies for over a century to try to solve the social problems they see. Can't figure out how to improve failing schools/ Scream racism and eliminate schools that aren't failing. Then the problem disappears from view. This is the same thing we see with gun control; can't figure out why more and more people are choosing to commit mass murder? Blame the tool, not the tool user. This way the tools passing laws can get votes and look like they are doing something, but we haven't solved the underlying problem, why do more and more people want to commit mass murder. I suppose the problem is that progressiveness has become a religion with an inferior anthropology that has little to offer in the way of guidance for self examination or examination of society.

Identitarianism is a dualistic system of understanding the world that has no capacity to analyze the actual complexities of human individuals or society. Progressive identitarians have no choice but to seek simplistic solutions that will exacerbate the actual problems because their system is unable to express the actual problems.

[Jun 20, 2020] Elites who appease the baying mob s apology addiction have stripped apology of all meaning by Frank Furedi

Jun 19, 2020 | www.rt.com
Get short URL No sooner did Jacob Frey, the Mayor of Minneapolis, apologize to the black community for the killing of George Floyd than everyone felt they had to say sorry for the sins of their fathers, erasing the meaning of sincere apology. I've stopped counting the number of apologies issued by public figures, business institutions and celebrities in recent weeks. It's sometimes difficult to avoid the conclusion that a public apology has become a public-relations exercise. Why else would the Greene King pub chain and Lloyd's of London apologize for the links to the slave trade – a historical event that occurred centuries ago? Moral cowardice and the easy way out

Moral cowardice is another of the driving forces fueling the proliferation of public apologies. Apology has become weaponized to the point that very few politicians possess the strength of character to stand by their words. I remember when, last November, the Mayor of Middlesbrough, Andy Preston, apologized 'unreservedly' to the mental-health charity Mind for calling a Facebook commenter a ' nutter '. There's something truly scary about a world in which people wish to censor others for using a word the vast majority of human beings find unobjectionable. But what is even more chilling is that the mayor felt obliged to grovel and apologize.

Read more UK Foreign Sec Raab sparks further questions after grovelling apology over 'Game of Thrones' knee gaffe

The elites' addiction to apology has been evident since the 1990s. During that decade, the then US president, Bill Clinton, publicly apologized to his nation's black community for slavery. Meanwhile, the former British prime minister Tony Blair turned public apology into a veritable art form. He took it upon himself to apologize for Britain's role in the slave trade. He also issued an apology in 1997 for his nation's responsibility for the Irish potato famine of the 19th century . It is evident that Western political elites are far better at apologizing for the 'bad old days' than inspiring the public about their nation's past – or even present.

Knee-jerk knee-bending

Since the outbreak of the present wave of Black Lives Matter protests, the issuing of a public apology has become almost a routine response to the mere hint that you should take the knee and grovel.

Typically, whenever an individual is called out and denounced for their language, an apology swiftly follows. But in the current climate, there can be no 'mistakes', because your words will come back to bite you. Just about any gesture or statement can be branded as not just insensitive but racist. Poor Karol G, the Colombian reggaeton singer, who, in response to the protest following George Floyd's death, tweeted a now-deleted picture of her black-and-white coated dog with the caption 'The perfect example that Black and White TOGETHER look beautiful', along with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. After she was denounced and ridiculed, she issued an immediate statement of apology. "I want to make clear that my intentions were right in the photo I posted earlier. I meant to say that racism is terrible and that I cannot begin to understand it," she pleaded .

As Rachel Yang wrote recently on the arts website Entertainment Weekly, '2020 has turned out to be an unpredictable year, to say the least, but one thing we can always count on is celebrities needing to issue apologies for their behavior '.

Never enough

Experience shows that often an apology is not enough, as if those who demand them get ever more high in their addiction to humiliation and, enjoying it, seek to up the dose. Take the case of LA Galaxy football player Aleksandar Katai. His club forced him to issue an apology, not for anything that he did, but because his wife Tea posted a statement calling protestors " disgusting cattle " ! Poor Katai took the knee and pledged that both he and his family would "take the necessary actions to learn, understand, listen, and support the black community." However, not even this act of self-abasement helped him. He was dropped from the squad because of a statement made by his wife.

Western society's addiction to public apology is a reflection of the fact that its political and cultural elite does not believe in itself – or at least it has no idea what to believe in. The speed with which individuals apologize for a statement they made a few hours before exposes both their lack of firm conviction and their moral cowardice. When an apology is a response to a very public ultimatum, it's almost never a genuine act of reflection and contrition. Rather, it has become an empty ritual that denudes their apology of meaning.

As I write these lines, the UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is facing calls to apologize for stating that taking the knee is a gesture copied from the TV drama 'Game of Thrones'. He added that he would take the knee for only two people: 'the Queen and the Mrs, when I asked her to marry me '. After an outburst of criticism, Raab tried to soothe the mob baying for his blood by indicating that he has "full respect for BLM campaigners," but didn't issue the now-mandatory apology.

It took just a few minutes for the all too readily offended Twitterati to pile in to demand an apology. The acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, led the way with a post on Twitter demanding that Raab issue a ' fulsome apology '.

Davey knows a thing or two about the meaningless issuing of an apology. Last June, he apologized for writing that his electoral strategy was to "decapitate that blond head," referring to PM Boris Johnson.

Back in 1976, Elton John released a song titled 'Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word'. A song titled 'The Hardest Word Not to Say is Sorry' would be altogether more fitting for the 2020s.

Frank Furedi is an author and social commentator. He is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Author of How Fear Works : The Culture of Fear in the 21st Century. Follow him on Twitter @Furedibyte

[Jun 20, 2020] These ideologues are the Red Guard of a new Cultural Revolution. Their goal is power and their method is leveraging progressive guilt

Matt Taibbi whose recent book Hate Inc. is worth reading, has written a J’accuse essay arguing that “the American left has lost its mind.”
Notable quotes:
"... I think they are far, far more dangerous than Donald Trump or anything going on with the right. Thank you Matt for writing about this! ..."
"... It's due to the PRESS. They have lost all credibility before Trump got in with The Collusion, The Ukraine thing, all the hyping the Golden Shower. They are stoking the fire Big Time! ..."
"... Not so shocking if you understand how revolutions have always worked. It's never the poor... they have the most to lose if the cart turns over. It's the idle "just below wealthy" crowd. There are so many people out here with degrees and no careers or jobs for those particular degrees.... ..."
"... "the hippies all went off to get law or finance degrees. Then, they became the greedy rats." ..."
"... That's who is behind Antifa, BTW... idle and bored upper to upper-middle class kids who like the rotten offspring of nobility in the past have no future to hope for and so they tear the temple down. ..."
"... It's always been this way - the ruling class is ALWAYS anarchistic. THEY'RE the ones with a precarious perch... and they are the ones who hate the order and the law because it hampers their mobility. ..."
"... Why are most of the #resistance participants mostly white, mostly upper-middle to upper class and mostly centered around Ivy League and prestigious, (read as: EXPENSIVE,) colleges? ..."
"... Incredibly, many High Church Democratic Party Partisans justify that abandonment of integrity with Whataboutism. Thereby passing on yet another opportunity to distinguish themselves from the Republican Party skunk-works politics, in favor of doing a half-hearted imitation of it. (Because once fairness- integrity- is discarded, any ad man can lick any college professor.) ..."
"... To promulgate a Red Guard - Cultural Revolution policy without physical power is like tapping a rattlesnake with a stick ..."
"... What we need is fewer journalists and more old fashioned reporters. ..."
"... But your state IS breaking federal law. They have allowed Marxist anarchists to carve out a six-block Caliphate in the middle of Seattle. Under Federal Law, that is insurrection. ..."
"... You're prioritizing agitprop, advocacy, and activism, over the neutral reporting of reality. Ideas like yours are helping turn the entire political conversation into a two-team football match where no tactic is concerned below the belt. ..."
"... How many times have i heard "Silence is Violence." So no one can say anything that is counter to the talking points of #BLM or any one of it's sycophantic zombie parrots AND if one says nothing at all or doesn't take a knee to beg forgiveness for not letting someone get in front of them in a lunch line, that person is either a) most definitely RACIST or A Tom. I cant think of more effective ways to silence people short of cutting out their tongues. ..."
"... I'm sympathetic to your position re: social media regulation, but ultimately I think that it would be inappropriate for the owners / shareholders of user-content platforms like Twitter or Facebook to institute their own censorship policies. As Taibbi has documented in the past, it frequently becomes an unaccountable secret censorship board that scoops up all sorts of legitimate coverage and activism. ..."
"... It was the right that eliminated the "fairness doctrine" under Saint Ronald Reagan. It was OK as long as their allies owned the bullhorn. I feel their pain, but only up to a point. ..."
"... You say that the witch-burning zealotry of progressive thought is not a sign of progressives' inability to recognize the fundamental right of people to hold non-dogmatic views, even though that's exactly what it looks like, and that's exactly what progressives keep telling us they believe. No matter. As long as wrong-thinking people never state their views, and as long as they publicly pledge allegiance to whatever liberal groupthink is then in fashion, then they will be treated as having basic human dignity. ..."
"... You explain away the totalitarianism of this solution by claiming the clones always had a choice. But you are really just making the right of others to think for themselves contingent upon their willingness to have you do it for them. Human dignity is just a tool for extending your will. ..."
"... I don't know the work of Lee Fang. I think is it generally unwise to bully a journalist to self-censor. I understand the general criticism of the black-on-black crime... ..."
"... Upper class bourgeois cunts once again trying to flip the cart over because they think they know better than the "commoners"? These New Victorians are shit. ..."
"... We are constantly being told we need to engage in a "dialogue" about race. But you can't have a dialogue in a minefield where the slightest misstep sets off a Twitter explosion. ..."
"... Politics are fine in the larger discussion of finding ways to solve social problems. It's how we hash ideas out and improve society. But the trends I am seeing now, and of which you report on here, are more reminiscent of the Soviet-era Pravda. The truth is whatever the State says it is, and even the slightest dissent will be met with ruthless personal destruction and ostracism. I grew up reading William L. Shirer, John Hersey, Peter Maas, Robin Moore, Woodward and Bernstein and many more like them. ..."
"... 1984 -- The writer of Truth rewrites history to fit whatever they want. Read the book. That's the news media today. A warning leftists: Stalin and Hitler controlled the media. It's not TRUMP controlling the media. Or ignoring the truth. And it should scare the hell out of every American. ..."
"... Mr. Taibbi fires a warning shot to alert us that the "instinct (in the American media) to shield audiences from views or facts deemed politically uncomfortable ..."
"... I'm thankful that there's more to the Internet news media than Facebook, and more to Internet discourse than Twitter. I participate in neither one. And frankly, their management decisions don't worry me overly much. ..."
"... You say: "Lacy to her credit publicly thanked Fang for his statement and expressed willingness to have a conversation; unfortunately, the throng of Intercept co-workers who piled on her initial accusation did not join her in this." ..."
"... To her credit? Matt, why so generous? You are rewarding Lacy for doing a horrible thing. This is like the irritating cherry on top of a pile of poisoned shit. She chose to first light the match and throw it onto what she surely knew was a pile of gas-soaked kindling. Fang gets torched by the mob-inferno she incited, then SHE gets an apology from Fang???!!! THEN she says she's willing to have a conversation, ie, the petty princess deigns... while watching her colleague get his job threatened for .... doing his job well? Well, well... hell. This is hell. ..."
"... I am an immigrant from a communist country and I believe that Soviet style communism was worse it terms of its brutality, but not as morally damaging as this voluntary march to serfdom that I see in modern America. ..."
Jun 20, 2020 | taibbi.substack.com

Matt Taibbi Jun 12 1,191 493 A flurry of newsroom revolts has transformed the American press Read →


Sean Carson Jun 12

This is such an IMPORTANT story. But it's not just happening in newsrooms, it's happening everywhere: college campuses, corporations and the workplace, social media platforms, politics, you name it. These ideologues are the Red Guard of a new Cultural Revolution. Their goal is power and their method is leveraging progressive guilt. I think they are far, far more dangerous than Donald Trump or anything going on with the right. Thank you Matt for writing about this!

Lawcat Jun 15

The hijacking of the media by progressives and those to the left of them has a real potential to kill America. We need voices like Matt's to make ordinary Americans hear how real this danger is. The Constitution cannot take much more abuse.

Substack Commenter 34 Jun 13

It's our modern Terror, and everyone on Twitter is our Robespierre. Right down to often having the mob turn on the accusers eventually as well. The main difference is that it's your career and reputation that get the guillotine these days.

Scott Jun 15

IDK... human history reminds us that both extremes have been fighting it out since, well since the dawn of man.

In the political climate leading up to WWII, there were plenty of communist factions running alongside national socialist fascism. Both were authoritarian and both totalitarian.

One side won out over the other eventually, and the US/GB/FR alliance's own brand of nationalism/globalism won out when the Soviet Union collapsed.

The parallels are striking, though "things are different now". PEOPLE aren't different now.

They STILL don't seem able to remember the Armenian genocide during WWI, and the cycles go on.

We'll either end up with nationalism or we'll end up with another Stalinesque era.

Dazed and Confused Jun 13

Bravo for writing this Matt. You could, of course, have written it without first establishing your bona fides as a trump detractor. The problem you address has nothing to do with trump and would exist regardless of who was in the white house. This doesn't mean there are no problems with trump, or that he hasn't made a bad situation worse. But that is where we are today. Before anyone can criticize the obviously insane ideological absurdities within the liberal/left wing press they must first take a swing at trump in case anyone thinks criticism of the press is the same thing as supporting trump. How sad.

Sherry Jun 13

It's exactly the same kind of constraint that anyone who might dare oppose defunding the police now how to include paragraphs about how saintly George Floyd was and on and on. The poor man died a horrific death, and the cop who did it should face justice. But that doesn't mean that George Floyd himself is ready for sainthood.

Substack Commenter 34 Jun 14

To be clear, Matt has a strong track record of anti-Trump writing. You are correct that his election to put those words into the article is to establish some credibility with that audience... but his bone fides are only questioned by those who are too blinded by Trump hate to see the dangers from his enemies. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is not the best path when in that way Comey becomes your buddy (despite the totality of his actions including destroying HRC's election chances). I try to hate the bad actors on both sides equally and lament the weakness of the center.

Lekimball Jun 14

I'm sure he does have a history of it, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't remind folks. Or shouldn't. It's a good strategy of persuasion. I'm not sure I'm following the rest of your point. WHOSE enemies? Trump's or Matt's?

Scott Frasier Jun 12

Liberalism has been tamed by the illiberal elements on the right for quite some time. The "fairness" and "both sides" argument has been wielded like a weapon to undermine what many liberals believe should be a liberal society.

What you are seeing is a reaction by the formerly liberal to the continued erosion of our society and its norms. Donald Trump's election has accelerated this erosion to the point that those who feel justifiably threatened by him and his supporters are no longer going to be "fair". Only suckers are fair with this crowd.

I don't disagree that something has changed in the media, although I don't think it is a drastic as this article suggests. The New York Times doesn't accept any opinion that is submitted. They won't publish one that calls for the destruction of Israel, for example.

In the context of Donald Trump threatening time deploy the military to states - blue ones, if we are going to be honest about it - the Cotton opinion was viewed as a dangerous provocation by many. It wasn't merely an academic argument for public policy nerds. In another time, such an opinion might just be ignored, but this is a time where many anti-Trump voters have a palpable fear that he knows no limits and that their concept of America is being lost through inattention by fair-minded liberals.

You are watching the country go on civil war footing. The differences are becoming more sharply drawn and liberals are finally going to draw those lines for themselves. I agree it is not a pretty picture, but it is entirely understandable considering the political instability that three and a half years of Trumpism has brought us.

Sean Carson Jun 12

The toxicity that Matt writes about isn't just due to Trump - it's due to the left abandoning traditional liberal values in favor of political correctness and identity politics. This new Red Guard of ideological purity is the natural - shocking - evolution of that....

Postipressionist Jun 13

It's due to the PRESS. They have lost all credibility before Trump got in with The Collusion, The Ukraine thing, all the hyping the Golden Shower. They are stoking the fire Big Time!

Trump managed to keep US out of any new wars and he's bringing back troops. He brokered peace between, the Koreas, also brokered a ceasefire in the middle of the Syrian war which lead to more peace there and removing our troops.

The economy was getting back on track. He flunked in Education, infrastructure, and a bunch of other stuff. What he did for immigration was great. We are not a dumpster for the world. We need to feed, house and employ the people already here.

Granted he's a jerk but he is the most transparent president we ever had. You can know what he's thinking because his subconscious is hooked up to twitter.

Traditional Liberal Values? They're screaming, he's going to push the Red Button, He's going to get US into war. He insulted all our foreign friends (who were NEVER our friends.) He's pulling 9,000 troops from Germany and Korea's next with 20,000 troops there. Look at Pelosi? Statues? Really? our educational system has crashed, 60% of our households are dependent on the other 40% for subsidy. Make raising the wage a priority.

It's too late for education - California is spending $13,000,000,000 on Special Ed. and has nothing to show for it.

I'm sorry. I'll shut up!

LorriAnn Jun 15

No dont shut up! Say it. Too many people (myself included) are so fatigued by this nonsense that we either check out from all of it which is a great strategy by the liberal fascists or we watch and listen frightened by what we see, hear and experience but we're so tired of being bullied and shamed for dissent that we just go back to Amazon or Netflix to find that big black box staring us in the face and the new carefully curated featured content to remind us of just how shitty we are for trying to get away from it for an hour or two. Im exhausted by the energy it takes to stop myself from introducing most every sentence w: of course George Floyd was murdered and murder is murder. Or...i resent that you assume Im a racist- trying to defend something about to come out of my mouth when no defense is necessary. Honestly this the most intelligent informed discourse and mostly rational well-formed arguments Ive seen in...well ever. Now what can we do?? What actions can we take? I am seriously interested in ideas because im tired of being held hostage. Thanks Matt for your work. You attract the kind of readers capable of this sort of grown up discussion

Mascot Jun 17

"60% of our households are dependent on the other 40% for subsidy."

That's a terribly unclear statistic. But the inference I draw from it is that most people aren't getting paid enough money, and their rent is too damn high.

Granted, that opinion is drawn from analyses that rely on more than just one statistic.

https://whorulesamerica.ucsc.edu/power/wealth.html

Also, two award-winning reporters whose work has largely been ignored by the "liberal press" and television for the last 25 years http://barlettandsteele.com/

(Maybe it's because they criticized some congressional Democrats, back in the 1980s. I don't know. But for whatever reason, the work of Donald Barlett and James B. Steele is relegated to the margins in the pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post. Their bio blurb states that they've had stories published in both of those papers of note, but I've never once seen their byline on a story published by either outlet. I've never once seen either of them interviewed on a TV news program, either. They ought to be running an entire network, considering that their reportage covers more substantive content than CNN, FOX, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC combined.)

I never see this former Nixon campaign strategist in the newspapers or on TV, either https://www.amazon.com/Politics-Rich-Poor-Electorate-Aftermath/dp/006097396X

Postipressionist Jun 18

60% of Households Now Receive More in Subsidized Income Than they Pay in Taxes -

https://taxfoundation.org/60-percent-households-now-receive-more-transfer-income-they-pay-taxes/

Scott Frasier Jun 17

He used to show up a lot in the 80's and early 90's. After the Clinton era, everyone in the media lost interest in class.

The demise of the beat reporter in America and the dominance of news "stars" removed any remaining class connection between those who report the so-called news and those who consume it.

Scott Jun 15

Not so shocking if you understand how revolutions have always worked. It's never the poor... they have the most to lose if the cart turns over. It's the idle "just below wealthy" crowd. There are so many people out here with degrees and no careers or jobs for those particular degrees....

So they turn on everyone: their parents, the "system".

Read up on as many "revolutions" as you can and you'll see that the drivers are mostly white, mostly wealthy, (compared to the majority,) and always angry.

The 1960s saw HUGE cultural changes... led by drugged out trust-fund babies who could afford to sit around getting high all day espousing the tenets of some "exotic" ideology. The working class either went off to die in a rice paddy or they worked for a living and didn't have the time to march/sit in/revolt all week.

The movement was a real thing, based in honorable intentions... but it got hijacked and then commercialized - the Achilles' heel. Once Sears started selling ponchos, the game was over. It just spiraled into the decadence of the 1970s and the hippies all went off to get law or finance degrees.

Then, they became the greedy rats.

Lekimball Jun 15

Ha. This is very astute and so true. My husband and I always talk about this! The same thing is happening now. It isn't even about Floyd anymore.

Scott Jun 15

Sadly, they're hijacking the movement because THEIR stupid movement isn't a movement at all - it's just more regurgitated Marxism. Somehow their totalitarian Marxism is going to be better than all other iterations that came before -at the cost of around 200 million lives so far.

We should be having a discussion on how best to change the entire criminal justice system -not trying to occupy city neighborhoods and declare a new shit-country like CHAZistan.

CHAZ is like the "Summer of Love" movement; only with a LOT less love.

I'm sure the real estate market in Seattle is going to suffer. As if homeless junkies shitting on the streets and the massive upsurge in theft wasn't bad enough. Now Seattle has LARPers pretending openly that they have started a new country. HAHAHAH

The not so funny side of this is that the black and minority populations STILL won't catch a goddamned break here.

Well, hopefully we can all work toward a better future before the Bolsheviks and Nazis get on to and start the next big extermination.

Mascot Jun 16

"the hippies all went off to get law or finance degrees. Then, they became the greedy rats."

A canard if ever I heard one. Outliers notwithstanding, the lawyers and bankers of America are not a cohort that has an origin story in the "hippie movement" (such as it was.) Or to "the American Left", either. (It's necessary to point out that the inchoate psychedelic idealism of American hippies and the ideology-driven (but callow) American Left are two very different features of the 1960s-early 1970s Zeitgeist. There was some overlap, but a lot less than is often portrayed.)

I mean, come on, think. For more than a minute. That's some Time magazine c.1981 shit.

Scott Frasier Jun 16

But it's considerably easier to hurl insults and invective than it is to actually address another's argument.

And, what if some did get law and finance degrees? What does that prove?

For all the carping about "snowflakes" and safe spaces, some of it legitimate, the flip side is the incessant name-calling, online threats, and paranoia that passes for debate.

The first instinct for many now is the argumentation fallacy of ad hominem, including by those who claim to decry it.

Substack Commenter 34 Jun 15

I generally agree to you but one thing to take into consideration is that we have a much larger group of professional activists who got college loans and a degree in something that would not have been considered pragmatic before government guaranteed loan money was pushed as a way to expand the ranks of the college educated.

Scott Frasier Jun 13

I'm not the one who proposes to invade states with the US military, nor did I raise an I identified police force that assaulted peaceful protesters for a bible photo op.

I'm merely defending the right of a private media company to operate the way they choose. Read the 1st Amendment sometime. It limits government powers. I never said I was a liberal by your definition, which apparently includes advocating for a police state.

Scott Jun 13

I never defined what a liberal is but I did suggest that you might be an authoritarian with moral flexibility. You drew up the correlation between a liberal and an authoritarian all on your own. Space in your head is rent free and it includes a continental breakfast.

Scott Frasier Jun 13

You seem to have this backward. You are advocating that I allow these opinions to exist "rent free" in my paid media sources. I'm arguing that I won't subsidize their crap with my subscription. Why my marketplace choices equate to authoritarianism is mystifying.

I respect Matt's opinion, but choice in what a particular publication publishes has always been within limits. Carping about the internal workings about the NYT, and throwing around words like authoritarian , when we have a regime in Washington that actually wants to deploy the Army on the street of those who didn't vote for them, is a bit off the mark.

Maybe what you are observing is that "liberals" are tired of being tolerant of right wing extremists and their threats and guns and misogyny and racism and are fighting back. It's about time!

Lekimball Jun 13

Oh bull. The secret service said they were throwing rocks. When they are told to MOVE BACK because the president is arriving there, you MOVE BACK. Peaceful or not. If it had been Obama, they would have been MOVED BACK. That is just leftist spin.

LorriAnn Jun 15

Moved back, done a twirl and fallen to their knees. I saw one of those cops take LITERALLY 45min of verbal abuse physical threats and invitations to assault and did not flinch other than to stand his ground when the group advanced. Say what you want about cops but even with the best training available i doubt few if any of those "humans" could withstand That.

Seth Jun 16

Why why why was it necessary for Trump to take that walk in the first place? It was a stunt. It was idiotic. And it endangered people who were protesting legally.

Jen Jun 16

It was an Op Ed, about a very real discussion that was being played out in tweets and sound bites that week anyway.

A Rep. senator and a Dem. senator piece should appear every week. With rational discussion via comments able to challenge or dig deep into what complications it may cause, how the constitution stacks up and any implementations for afterwards.

Same goes for left Op-Edd

Senators more than ever hide behind the party and seeing what they stand for helps with future voting and in some cases (not a great example) can seperate the individuals from the cocoon of the party.

Ive always been left leaning. The current government we have in Australia is Centre/Right wing. It's not quite as polarising here (yet) and things like unfair dismissal based on Age, sexual orientation, etc are just normal things here. As is Medicare and abortion is legal. Those things across the board for everyone make it a firm ground for us to look further and see what the issues and thoughts of our elected officials are, regardless of the are insane.

I cringe at a lot of what the left is lately...the forever offended being aggressive in your compliance with their movement. I agree with some commentary I see from the right skewed media.

These shades of grey are dying - and not hearing from those in office, despite the opposition to the view, is detrimental for all of us

Scott Frasier Jun 16

No such context was provided, nor was an opposing argument provided as a counterpoint. Thus used to occur in the NYT. Now, they provide anger to get ad clicks.

The problem I have with your criticism is that these are not "normal" times and it wasn't a debate between senators. What Sen. Cotton was proposing was being actively threatened by a president who has, for the past three and a half years used/abused his power and mostly against states that didn't vote for him. Those are facts. Trump was in the act of deploying troops at the time of that op-ed and was marching around with his top general wearing combat clothing.

It is quite reasonable for people to take such a situation as an imminent threat and to react to it. Would you have an armchair debate about whether crime pays with someone who had a gun to your head, or would be more concerned with the threat itself?

The NYT should have been more responsible given the political context. Once an illegal invasion of a state is allowed to occur through complacency, it the damage to the country and the military will be permanent.

Holdfast Jun 12

"Liberalism has been tamed by the illiberal elements on the right for quite some time. The "fairness" and "both sides" argument has been wielded like a weapon to undermine what many liberals believe should be a liberal society."

He's saying that what you're seeing with the press is exactly the opposite of liberalism.

Scott Jun 15

The "left" is far more "right" than the "right" has been lately.

I mean ideologically... they are right wing.

Wow, this reads like a bourgeois manifesto. That's who is behind Antifa, BTW... idle and bored upper to upper-middle class kids who like the rotten offspring of nobility in the past have no future to hope for and so they tear the temple down.

It's always been this way - the ruling class is ALWAYS anarchistic. THEY'RE the ones with a precarious perch... and they are the ones who hate the order and the law because it hampers their mobility.

Why are most of the #resistance participants mostly white, mostly upper-middle to upper class and mostly centered around Ivy League and prestigious, (read as: EXPENSIVE,) colleges?

You and I both know the answer to that question.

These cycles go on and on.

LorriAnn Jun 15

This goes to your earlier point (which i loved) re: academia and the cancer that gets spread there. I read some statistic lately about the racial demographics of students at ivy league schools and was SHOCKED to find Asians make up just 6% (please fact check me on that if you like). The thesis is that because these students tend to be more conservative and generally have more traditional values they are essentially harder to indoctrinate. Also self-described slight right or conservative academics are almost non-existent at most colleges. They just cant get hired.

Mascot Jun 17

"I read some statistic lately about the racial demographics of students at ivy league schools and was SHOCKED to find Asians make up just 6% (please fact check me on that if you like)."

Sure, I'll fact-check that. Why, doing other people's legwork is practically an avocation for me. Students of Asian ethnicity in Ivy League universities:

https://blog.collegevine.com/the-demographics-of-the-ivy-league/

One day, when it becomes a thing for people to start demanding references for every fact claim of political significance made on the Internet, you may have to worry about your credibility, LoriAnn. But for now- party on!

Scott Frasier Jun 17

You have more patience than I do, or more spare time. I usually just ask if someone could dish me something resembling a fact to support what they "have heard".

Not to be to unkind about it, but there may be some correlation between the anger and paranoia online (and lack of economic success perhaps) and the lack of energy devoted to running rumors to ground.

Mascot Jun 13

"The "fairness" and "both sides" argument has been wielded like a weapon to undermine what many liberals believe should be a liberal society."

"Donald Trump's election has accelerated this erosion to the point that those who feel justifiably threatened by him and his supporters are no longer going to be "fair". Only suckers are fair with this crowd."

Fairness is a Principle. Not some political tactic to be jettisoned by high-strung political hacks who imagine that it impairs their effectiveness (as of the most recent poll trend), in favor of "fighting fire with fire." And taking the low road bears no conceptual resemblance to that firefighting tactic. Neither does censorship.

Incredibly, many High Church Democratic Party Partisans justify that abandonment of integrity with Whataboutism. Thereby passing on yet another opportunity to distinguish themselves from the Republican Party skunk-works politics, in favor of doing a half-hearted imitation of it. (Because once fairness- integrity- is discarded, any ad man can lick any college professor.)

Most Americans have been terribly miseducated in this society in regard to both the importance and definition of "debate", as a discipline that rewards knowledge and clear thinking, and exposes ignorance, sloppy thinking, bad logic, mendacity, and manipulation.

But that fact doesn't call for the abandonment of fairness and open discussion, which merely results in allowing everyone to wallow in their double-mindedness and inability to question their own thinking, justified with a pose of moral superiority. No one with a sincere interest in learning to think for themselves can duck out on the responsibility to ask the hard questions, and to do their own self-criticism.

The self-criticism I'm talking about has nothing to do with posturing, public shaming sessions, or group thought control. I'm talking about the real thing.

tom mitchell Jun 13

"Civil War" footing usually is reached by assembling firepower and the skill to use it. Provocation without firepower is short-sighted, at best. To promulgate a Red Guard - Cultural Revolution policy without physical power is like tapping a rattlesnake with a stick. First get the necessary tools, then try to dictate. Get the sequence right.

William R Jun 12

I don't agree with this take, but I admit that I also haven't yet gotten around to reading Taibbi's recent book, which is clearly related.

To use the prominent _Times_ example, I think it's good that employees have more influence in the positions promoted by their paper. I'm surprised that Taibbi would be opposed to democratizing the industry in this way. There will always be perspectives and stories implicitly censored by editing and publishing decisions, as Taibbi and Chomsky have often discussed - why not let the regular employees have a say? Kingsbury didn't even say she would halt a story if someone found it offensive - just that she wanted there to be a discussion.

I also don't think that if an opinion or a belief about a topic is widespread, it should necessarily be covered as news or in editorials. Ironically, I'll probably be condemned and dismissed as a lefty critiquing 'both sides-ism', since Taibbi and his fanbase so often disparage the idea. But I don't see any merit to letting a lead creationist or climate science denier write editorials or push their perspective, even if huge swaths of the population agree with them. Such writers are often willfully trying to manipulate public opinion or sow confusion, and it can do a lot of real damage to magnify their voices. I don't think their posts should be deleted from Twitter and Facebook, but I don't see any value to elevating them to fairly exclusive platforms like major newspapers, with captive audiences and 'reputations'.

There are, of course, times when the 'censorship culture' goes too far. There are cases where bad faith actors try to 'cancel' someone, or good faith actors overreact and do more damage than good. I think I'd agree that Lee Fang falls into that category. But on the whole, it's a good thing that people are trying to hold journalists accountable for their coverage and bias, and it certainly looks to me like there are far more false negatives than false positives in the current reckoning.

No one is advocating silencing all voices that we disagree with. I don't agree with this analysis, but I'm of course not going to rage-cancel my Taibbi sub. But, if most of Taibbi's pieces start to become about how it's okay to shift the dialogue from progressive reform to property damage, because people are worried about property damage, I'd probably cancel eventually. Not because it's an unpleasant opinion, but because I don't think that it's adding usefully to the dialogue. This isn't some kind of threat, and I'm sure that Taibbi wouldn't even notice if I dropped him. But I think that the best thing about newer media models, like SubStack, is that writers are held accountable by the democratic bulk of their readers, rather than editors or business executives. We can each support the reporters, journalists, and writers that we feel are contributing usefully and amplifying important unheard perspectives. I think that's wonderful, and I also think that it's very different than 'censorship'.

Substack Commenter 34 Jun 13

You can pay for whatever media you wan't you just can't call it journalism. You're not paying for journalism, you're paying to have your views reinforced. And, frankly, you're actually paying to have your views weakened by having sweet nothings spoken into your ear. Because what reinforces my opinions about climate change and creationism is that i have the knowledge of what the other side is saying so that i can refute it.

Kate Jun 14

What we need is fewer journalists and more old fashioned reporters.

TheMadKing59 Jun 13

"I don't pay for media that advocates military invasion of my state against my state government wishes when my state is breaking no federal laws, which is the ONLY time it's legal to impose troops that way."

But your state IS breaking federal law. They have allowed Marxist anarchists to carve out a six-block Caliphate in the middle of Seattle. Under Federal Law, that is insurrection. You WILL see that act implemented by Trump if Mayor Durken and Gov, Inslee refuse to act. These Seattle Snowflakes have NO idea what's coming!

M of the L Jun 14

"This isn't just a Columbia Journalism class. I'm NOT a neutral observer. I don't pay for media that advocates military invasion of my state against my state government wishes when my state is breaking no federal laws, which is the ONLY time it's legal to impose troops that way."

Scott, that's journalistic nihilism if I ever saw it. As if reporting on current events, especially by a self-styled Newspaper of Record, something people go back and research decades from now, should be subservient to the demands of one advocacy v. advocacy of a different set of ideals. As far as you're concerned, the publishing of Cotton's piece demonstrates advocacy by the paper, and that's offensive to you. It is their duty, you believe, to avoid actually reporting what an elected official currently in power believes. Instead, it is to write things that act in the interest of what you believe to be the correct moral path forward.

There are many ways to demonstrate how harmful a mindset this is. But maybe if pointed out that the dreaded Fox News takes a similar approach, again relying on paid sponsorship and outrageous divisiveness, I could appeal to your empathy.

You're prioritizing agitprop, advocacy, and activism, over the neutral reporting of reality. Ideas like yours are helping turn the entire political conversation into a two-team football match where no tactic is concerned below the belt.

Scott Jun 15

Let me ask you this: if the KKK somehow rose to power in YOUR city.... and your governor and mayor sat back and pretended "this is fine." you'd be yelling for you party's president to send in the troops and clear them out.

You'd probably even quote Churchill.

You frame every argument in a "this isn't what anyone PAYS for" and don't even realize that the "news" isn't really supposed to be a product you can consume like Coke or Pepsi.

It's the wrong framework.

LorriAnn Jun 14

How many times have i heard "Silence is Violence." So no one can say anything that is counter to the talking points of #BLM or any one of it's sycophantic zombie parrots AND if one says nothing at all or doesn't take a knee to beg forgiveness for not letting someone get in front of them in a lunch line, that person is either a) most definitely RACIST or A Tom. I cant think of more effective ways to silence people short of cutting out their tongues. But then paper and pencils are a possibility unless you cut off their hands and feet but maybe they could use their nose unless you cut that off...

Kate Jun 14

How closed minded you are. You must be very well educated.

Holdfast Jun 12

"No one is advocating silencing all voices that we disagree with." You sure about that?

Postipressionist Jun 13

They are doing it WITHOUT advocating. That's a sign of Fascism squelching any opposing views. This is how it starts.

Chris Sanders Jun 13

William R - to this comment: " I don't think their posts should be deleted from Twitter and Facebook, but I don't see any value to elevating them to fairly exclusive platforms like major newspapers, with captive audiences and 'reputations'." I say, you have not checked the valuations of NYT, Dow/WSJ and other similar publications and news orgs compared the FB, Twitter, et al?There may be an elite few who regard these as our last bastions of Edward R Morrow-esque-public news but they are not. And as Matt points out they are indeed a "captive audiences" but not in the way you might revere. Captivated by a need for information that fits a captive world view (or one that seems ever-shifting to the mood of the loudest crowd). For better or worse leaving the "climate deniers" and "manipulators" on social media is far, far more powerful than censoring them from NYT. At least on NYT, they can be curated, a contrary piece can run along side it, other commentary available. In social media where billions vs millions will see it, a piece will do far, far more toward mis-information and legitimization.

Check Jun 13

"If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants."

Edward R. Murrow

BBB Jun 13

Mob rule seems to be what your advocating to replace a mechanism that was instituted to report the facts and opinions of the day.

William R Jun 13

I'm sympathetic to your position re: social media regulation, but ultimately I think that it would be inappropriate for the owners / shareholders of user-content platforms like Twitter or Facebook to institute their own censorship policies. As Taibbi has documented in the past, it frequently becomes an unaccountable secret censorship board that scoops up all sorts of legitimate coverage and activism.

The NYT, etc, are inherently curated platforms, but uncurated platforms like Twitter should give everyone an opportunity to engage, without needing to already have power, fame, money, or influence. This seems valuable to me - I don't want a full censorship regime of all social media, where thoughtcrime is suppressed, even if they start by going after people that I consider awful.

Scott Frasier Jun 13

I happen to be an owner of Twitter, although a small one. I have listened to Dorsey explain to shareholders what his goals are for Twitter, and am generally supportive. He is concerned that social media has become more and more anti-social due to the actions of a few who threaten other posters or, in the case of government officials, threaten to violate certain constitutional rights of their constituents.

There is no right to threaten others, on or off a social media platform, and no business such as a Twitter is required to allow such threats to be posted on their platforms. In fact, no law prohibits even stricter filtering of posts, although Dorsey to his credit had limited his intervention much more strictly.

Beyond that, it is my right as a shareholder to have my property managed the way I and other owners choose. If we wish to "clean up" the platform to attract a less strident stream of posters, that is our right. If Facebook (or the FOX commentary shows) chooses to monetize anger at "the Caliphate" or "the War on Christmas" or whatever other right wing nonsense they find profitable, that is their choice.

William R Jun 13

If it was addressed to me, then I hear what you are saying. I used to be very worried about mob rule and tyranny of the majority. But I was convinced otherwise by the writing of authors like Graeber, Chomsky, etc. Opponents of democracy have always used this attack on it, but usually it ends up being about protecting property rights rather than people's civil rights (ex., Madison's opulent minority). Between relying on the mob and relying on a benevolent editor, I favor the former.

David Peers Jun 13

Sounds like you only want to read things you agree with.

William R Jun 13

People keep accusing opponents of the publishing of Cotton's piece of being unwilling to read things that they disagree with. This is an absurd straw man. I don't know about anyone else, but it seems to me that I'm almost constantly reading things that I disagree with. If I stopped reading every outlet, or even every writer, when they published something that I disagreed with, I'd have to give up reading altogether. I've even written things that I later disagreed with!

But everyone has limits about what's acceptable, and they always have. Our own personal 'overton windows', if you like. The only thing that's new about the current uproar is that the censorship is coming from the interns and subscribers rather than the editors and the executives, and I have trouble seeing this as a bad thing.

Scott Frasier Jun 13

Beyond that, William, another thing that is new is that in the past right wing ideology as bound up with ownership of the media. Things are a bit better balanced now and liberals and the so-called Left have more economic and decision making power over how media properties are managed.

In the past, it was the left that complained that they didn't have enough of a voice due to media censorship by corporate owners. Now it is the right that is unhappy. It was the right that eliminated the "fairness doctrine" under Saint Ronald Reagan. It was OK as long as their allies owned the bullhorn. I feel their pain, but only up to a point.

I agree that a subscribe-based discipline is much better than one based on editor opinion. The old cable model required me to pay FOX or MSNBC or CNN whether I wanted to or not. What they pump out is a consumer product as much as a fridge or a car, so I should have a choice about paying them or not.

Unlessround Isfunny Jun 14

Ok, now imagine someone from work read your post, took some personal offense to it, ginned up a mob, got you fired, and then come back and explain again how reasonable this is. I'll wait.

You say that the witch-burning zealotry of progressive thought is not a sign of progressives' inability to recognize the fundamental right of people to hold non-dogmatic views, even though that's exactly what it looks like, and that's exactly what progressives keep telling us they believe. No matter. As long as wrong-thinking people never state their views, and as long as they publicly pledge allegiance to whatever liberal groupthink is then in fashion, then they will be treated as having basic human dignity. It's only when they fail to tow the party line hard enough, or (God forbid) take a contrary position that lose even the most basic common courtesy. And they all know the terms of this Faustian bargain, so the persecution they suffer by breaking it is really their own fault. Rationalize it all you want, but that doesn't me you are giving them a choice. You are giving them the illusion of one so you can blame them for all the misery you made the choice to inflict.

Variations in thought are the natural and necessary result of the human condition, comprised as it is by individuals and not mindless clones. But acknowledging this ambiguity would preempt the self-righteous certainty of conviction so in vogue these days, which is treated as proof of the validity of the same conviction. After all, people wouldn't feel so strongly about their opinions if they weren't so, so right. Rather than give this up and be forced to continually validate what they believe, they've decided to just force everyone else to become one of their clones. Problem solved.

You explain away the totalitarianism of this solution by claiming the clones always had a choice. But you are really just making the right of others to think for themselves contingent upon their willingness to have you do it for them. Human dignity is just a tool for extending your will.

You shouldn't need to see yourself in people in order for them be people. This is the same wrong-headed and offensive view that led to "don't ask, don't tell," but even that gave people the option of just keeping their mouths shut. The "don't tell, even if asked" premise of your approach is something worse.

That said, I'd still work with you, let your kids play with my kids, and let you eat in public without having throngs of idiots scream at your family. Because I believe you can think the wrong thing and still be a person. A good person, even. ;)

Scott Frasier Jun 12

I pretty much agree with this comment. Every "news" source is curated to some extent, and liberals or the so-called Left should be under no special obligation to allow "all" opinions to be published in their publications. The 1st Amendment doesn't require that any private publication publish anything.

I don't know the work of Lee Fang. I think is it generally unwise to bully a journalist to self-censor. I understand the general criticism of the black-on-black crime...

Scott Jun 15

Wall of text to justify what exactly? Upper class bourgeois cunts once again trying to flip the cart over because they think they know better than the "commoners"? These New Victorians are shit.

NanC Jun 12

We are constantly being told we need to engage in a "dialogue" about race. But you can't have a dialogue in a minefield where the slightest misstep sets off a Twitter explosion. This, of course, ends up ticking off the white working class, falling right into the hands of the ruling elites -- both liberal and conservative -- whose greatest fear is that poor whites, blacks and Native Americans will one day discover there Is more that unites than divides them.

Sean McT Jun 12

Thank you for defending Lee and providing greater clarity about what happened. I shared a few classes with Lee in college since we had the same major and distinctly remember him as one of the few people in lecture that actually gave a shit and asked probing questions (many of the other smart students were just gunning for the foreign service and basically took whatever was taught at face value). I'm still a big fan of The Intercept's reporting, but I was disappointed how his colleagues failed to publicly defend him from such a serious and spurious charge.

Rory Jun 12

"Today no one with a salary will stand up for colleagues like Lee Fang." And that's why I just subscribed to your substack, thanks for your indispensable work Matt!

TheMadKing59 Jun 13

Matt, I am an Independent right-leaning voter who often disagrees with your political take on things. Like Glenn Greenwald or Bill Maher, you have been to me like a broken clock that's right twice a day. But I just subscribed to you because this post hits every nail on the head with fearless disregard for the cultural firebombers. And they will come.

But I say to you today the problem is far more widespread than just our Fourth Estate. Actor Hartley Sawyer, aka The Flash (ex-Flash now) has been incinerated on social media and unpersoned over uncharitable texts in his youth about Rev. Al Sharpton and homeless women's breasts. The latter was no doubt a puerile attempt to one-up his similarly immature social media peers. No trial. No appeal. Just burned to the ground like Minneapolis on social media, along with his hit show. Think about that. The CW canceled a hit show out of fear of the SJW mob.

The Terror is back in Hollywood, and no one is safe this time. You don't even get a show trial before the American people. Even worse, our enlightened Culture Police are now in Hollywood editing rooms (HBO in this case) adding mandatory SJW commentary to Gone With The Wind. GWTW has shot up to #1 on Amazon and Blazing Saddles is climbing the ladder. That tells me ordinary Americans don't trust Hollywood to protect our treasured film heritage. How sad and pathetic a statement is that?

Politics are fine in the larger discussion of finding ways to solve social problems. It's how we hash ideas out and improve society. But the trends I am seeing now, and of which you report on here, are more reminiscent of the Soviet-era Pravda. The truth is whatever the State says it is, and even the slightest dissent will be met with ruthless personal destruction and ostracism. I grew up reading William L. Shirer, John Hersey, Peter Maas, Robin Moore, Woodward and Bernstein and many more like them.

They are what real investigative journalists aspire to: following the truth and the story no matter to whom and where it leads, and regardless of politics. Now the political cart leads the journalism horse, and woe betide anyone who says the horse should be in front. I may not always agree with you, Matt, but you've always aspired to teh truth of the matter in all your reporting, and that is enough for me. Keep up the great work!

Sherry Jun 13

The twitter lynch mobs have a great deal to answer for, except they never do answer for it.

TheMadKing59 Jun 13

Crazy times indeed. It is reminiscent of the Hollywood Terror. A tipping point will come when enough people are sickened of their arbitrary and capricious cultural fascism.

Mascot Jun 15

In the meantime, the faux-mo madness rages on https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/olivia-benson-svu-mariska-hargitay-canceled-cops-1014181/

Lekimball Jun 13

1984 -- The writer of Truth rewrites history to fit whatever they want. Read the book. That's the news media today. A warning leftists: Stalin and Hitler controlled the media. It's not TRUMP controlling the media. Or ignoring the truth. And it should scare the hell out of every American.

Tommy Jun 13

Damn man. This was what I (and I imagine many others) need to read right now. I thank you for finally not tiptoeing around the thing I've had to come to grips with myself - that the left has completely lost all credibility and sanity. I only hope others can see through the corporate pandering and corruption that is the DNC in 2020.

John B Jun 12

An excellent piece! Thank you for speaking out against the insanity currently infesting left-wing American newsrooms. Sometimes it feels like the world would be a much better place without Twitter.

Scott Jun 13

The biggest indictment of the press is the fact that I'm reading this on SubStack instead of the NYT.

Horatio Flemm Jun 13

Mr. Taibbi fires a warning shot to alert us that the "instinct (in the American media) to shield audiences from views or facts deemed politically uncomfortable has been in evidence since Trump became a national phenomenon." I would say not "since" -- that vile instinct has merely been more in evidence. The media's fear and hatred for diversity of opinion, for the freedom of speech, has doubtless worsened since President Tweet was heaved onto the throne. But the hatred and fear of free speech have been lovingly cultivated for years; they are now blossoming.

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Mascot Jun 15

I'm thankful that there's more to the Internet news media than Facebook, and more to Internet discourse than Twitter. I participate in neither one. And frankly, their management decisions don't worry me overly much.

It was always clear to me that the Facebook news feed works as a reducing valve that's engineered to tell people only what they want to hear, as if they were monarchs pampered by a retinue of sycophantic courtiers. I could never quite get to do that.

And even with the character count doubled from 140 to 280 characters, Twitter is like something for fifth-graders. Yet the users continue to express bewilderment when their pithy three-sentence observations are misinterpreted or misunderstood, sometimes spiraling into acrimonious exchanges for pages on end...

Todd Waterman Jun 12

Another tremendous piece. Lee Fang has done excellent work and it sickens me that he is forced to submit to the Orwellian mob that is destroying our country. Keep up the great work Matt and do not let them silence you. I am afraid they'll come for you soon...

J JVS Jun 12

At the risk of sounding melodramatic this article singlehandedly saved me from totally giving up on the media. Taibbi, Greenwald, Andrew Sullivan, etc. are the last stand for the proud classical liberal tradition.

Sean Carson Jun 13

Chris Hedges, too....

Adele 18 hr

You say: "Lacy to her credit publicly thanked Fang for his statement and expressed willingness to have a conversation; unfortunately, the throng of Intercept co-workers who piled on her initial accusation did not join her in this."

To her credit? Matt, why so generous? You are rewarding Lacy for doing a horrible thing. This is like the irritating cherry on top of a pile of poisoned shit. She chose to first light the match and throw it onto what she surely knew was a pile of gas-soaked kindling. Fang gets torched by the mob-inferno she incited, then SHE gets an apology from Fang???!!! THEN she says she's willing to have a conversation, ie, the petty princess deigns... while watching her colleague get his job threatened for .... doing his job well? Well, well... hell. This is hell.

I didnt know of him or her till I saw this, but I'm afraid he can never really write (well) again unless he disavows his apology, speaks out against the wrong committed against him, and leaves the Intercept. Of course. They, the mob around and at the Intercept, have publicly and privately bullied and humiliated him for doing a very good job, for succeeding where they fail! And then they put him on notice that any further success of this sort (truth in reporting, meaningful truth, that offends their sacred fictitious narrative) will not be tolerated. All because a spoiled brat black person flings "racist" at him. What incredibly toxic power for a word that is increasingly losing its meaning. What a sad, sad, terribly sad story. Sad ending.

Guys, roll this one out and hitch it onto the rest. Another one for the chain. Next?

Jack Clancy Jun 12

Clarity, thoroughness, balance and reason. This is what I have grown to expect from you and you deliver it every time. In the darkest hours before dawn it is most difficult to imagine that journalism will one day have a rebirth. You give us a small measure of hope.

noname Jun 13 Liked by Matt Taibbi

I signed up For you, because of this piece. It's extraordinary. Please keep writing about this. What's appropriate is that you can't be cancelled Because of the way substack works. So this is the perfect place for you to do it (and i say this as a former journalist).

JPZenger Jun 13

This piece prompted me to subscribe too. I've followed Matt's work for a couple of years. In a world where the NYT wins Pulitzers by being loudly and consistently wrong on the biggest stories of our time, it's good to know there are still a few actual journalists out there.

Bea South Jun 12

The American press used to be a fearless bulwark against tyrants; now it imposes tyranny. The American left used to ensure liberal ideals and free expression of thought; now it's the second coming of the Jacobin Club. The only institution with any credibility is the military and that is very worrisome

Check Jun 13

Matt, I doubt you and I will ever agree politically. But your writing is great and needed. I look forward for the day that this column becomes the new New York Times. The only major news outlet that I'm aware of that is still remotely objective is the Wall Street Journal.

So there is a need for real reporting. Without the threat of being fired if you annoy or insult someone.

Big Wally Jun 14

Hey Matt- I know you have to write what you feel you need to write but I would think the reaction to this piece ought to be eye opening. You have hit a major artery here. So many intelligent and reasonable people who have felt silenced by the crushing conformity of liberals feel like we've heard a voice in the wilderness. I don't subscribe to anything but I subscribed to this. Please understand that there is a sizable portion of the population who are fucking sick of being insulted by today's dogshit media.

Lekimball Jun 13

That's bologne. Cotton is not a psychopath and he didn't advocate using the military against peaceful protestors like they lied about -- he suggested it should be done if these governors couldn't stop the killing, looting, and violence. It should be a last resort. But it should be a threat if they don't stop doing it.

All the American people were for prosecuting Chauvin--and they are. So the rest of this has nothing to do with Floyd and it shouldn't be tolerated. It isn't about "buildings"--it's about LIVES. People's lives and livelihoods. And it's about black police chiefs who have a right to live just like Floyd does. No outrage about that. That is what Cotton is talking about.

Takes4Dayz Jun 13

Read Manufacturing Consent and get back to me on if the NYT are good framers of the discourse...

LorriAnn Jun 16

Take a look at what's happening in the Merry Ole Land of CHAZ. Its a mob shake down complete with the worst of everything that last week its citizens decried. Armed enforcers, stop and frisk-like policies and this is def not anything at all like the brutal "terrorist" Seattle PD slaughtering black children in the schools (thanks Ilhan Omar)

Scott Jun 15

I love how Bill and Hillary Clinton garnered support for and implemented one of the absolute worst crime bills in US history but somehow 2016 was HER turn.

Fucken nightmare land

Andre Jun 13

I have been reading your work for almost a year but subscribed right away after reading this articele.

What is frightening to me is that people who are supposed to be a smart do not understand that they are not only destroying the press, they are destroying the country. What is even more frightening is that their hate of Trump makes them blind to anything else. He will be gone on less then one year, OK maybe in 5 years but the destruction of federal institutions, and the death of credible media will define America.

I am an immigrant from a communist country and I believe that Soviet style communism was worse it terms of its brutality, but not as morally damaging as this voluntary march to serfdom that I see in modern America.

And the enablers, like Jeff Bezos for example, who thinks that if he get to his knees fast enough nobody will ask him about the work conditions in Amazon warehouses, these people make me really sick.

Scott Jun 15

It's yet ANOTHER bourgeois "rebellion". Here again to tear shit down and become the assholes they hate.

Starry Gordon Jun 12

I agree with most of what you have written here, but it's sort of like having a food fight on the upper decks of the Titanic. The American ruling class has deteriorated to the point where it cannot keep itself afloat, and is thrashing around as it sinks, while other actors are maneuvering to take its place. The Cotton thing -- which I have read was solicited by the _Times_ -- regardless of what it literally said, was certain to be read as a call for the military to attack people exercising their rights of assembly and expression, and could have been reasonably interpreted as fighting words, except I guess hardly anyone reads any more.

Scott Jun 12

The Cotton Op-Ed was solicited by the NYT and it went through several iterations as a part of the editorial process. It is also worth noting that Cotton did not write the headline.

jbmoore61 Jun 12

I was surprised Lee Fang was in trouble for doing his job because a colleague was uncomfortable. Guess he'll be finding other employment. This is all so sad. We need good journalism now. It's an election year, there's a pandemic, and an economic depression happening all at once. But, we won't get any issues, or data, or anything. It'll be doublespeak, political correctness, mob chanting, and God knows what. There's no air travel, so there's no quick escape from this bullshit and madness.

Joshua Reaser Jun 12

What a wild situation! It seems like no one cares. That last bit about reporters being too scared to talk about the fear in their own news room! Wow!

next.20.yrs@gmail.com Jun 12

Hope this is incorrect, but I deduce that Glenn Greenwald did not speak up for Fang. That is disappointing.

Mascot Jun 14

A while ago, I decided to stop indulging in judging people based on nothing more than what they haven't said, or haven't done. There's a latent totalitarianism in implicitly demanding that everyone make a public statement to take a side about everything. Especially, like, five minutes after some event happens.

next.20.yrs@gmail.com Jun 14

Personally, if I were attacked in the way Fang was by many of his co-workers and others ("get him"), I would not be so generous with a colleague I knew disagreed with the bullying but stood silent. I have no idea what was going on in GG's life at the time and make no accusations (or judgments) that he stood by silently (but would be quite disappointed if he did so for lack of bravery). While so many were able to pile on Fang, there was time to know what was happening and time to defend him. Why was he left blowing in the wind by everyone? Too many, those who are well-known and those we never hear about, are being attacked by the mob while those who could defend them don't. Silence can indeed be violence.

Mascot Jun 14

It's been ten days. Arguably, that doesn't even qualify as enough time to refer to the incident in the past tense.

Also, if you've ever waded into these disputes, you know how exhausting they can be: the sheer imperious pettiness and pique of the most vehement Cancel Culture advocates, cloaked in self-ordained moral superiority. Their use of baiting comments, sarcasm, imputations of motive, tacit assumptions offered with no support (other than an isolated data point of two). The micro-scrutiny of every last verbal construction found in a dissenting response, in order to find language that they can exploit with interpretations contrived to support their position and make the opposition wrong. The demand for "dialogue", coupled with an insistence on unconditional agreement on practically every point of their personal views. The incomprehension of the possibility that a movement claiming to champion democratic values, civil liberties, and justice makes a mockery of its own credibility when so much of its Internet discourse resembles a Maoist self-criticism session directed by whoever hurls the most vitriolic rhetoric for the purpose of mandating conformity with their capricious whims.

The main result of these purges and attempts at intimidation within the ranks is the increased marginalization of the political movements who engage in them. Any potential "ally" who notices what they're in for if they offer any deviationist views or observations- or even casually phrased language that might possibly be interpreted contain some latent "insensitivity"- as a member of the movement quickly realizes that they're better off declining to participate. I don't know how many otherwise sympathetic people the coercive justice warriors are losing with their high-handed attitudes, but it's a non-trivial number.

As for the mockers on the right- who hand-wave away the very idea of the continued existence of of antiblack racism- they get to have a field day in their reportage on these fiascos. Especially the more they're protracted.

I don't blame Glenn for laying out, at least until the media teapot tempest dies down and matters can be better sorted out.

next.20.yrs@gmail.com Jun 14

If the mob comes for me, I hope I have allies who will bravely and forcefully defend me in the moment, rather than wait until things are "sorted out." The Lee Fang incident, as far as I can tell, was a very clear cut instance of gratuitous bullying and he had no one who came to his defense. I do not understand why and maybe there is a very good reason but I do wish Glenn would address this.

Skeptic Jun 14

As a general proposition, yes, but The Intercept is GG's baby.

Mascot Jun 14

My impression is that the editorial functions of the Intercept are carried out with a lot less rigor and control than those of the NY Times. And while Glenn is on the masthead as one of the editors there, I don't think he takes an especially active role in that regard. For that matter, much of The Intercept reads more like the blogs on Huffpost than, say, Mother Jones magazine.

Scott Jun 15

Bourgeois virtue signalling.

LorriAnn Jun 15

Its when i abandoned Greenwald

Substack Commenter 34 Jun 13

Yes what's up with that. Although Greenwald's life has to be sickening right now given what he and his family have faced from Bolsonaro.

Donald Twain Jun 13

Is that indeed true? Wow

Kate S Jun 14

Thank you, thank you so much. I've feel as though I've been pulling out my hair for weeks attempting to articulate to friends and peers what you've thoughtfully laid out. You're certainly not alone in the realization. Long time reader/listener but the stones it takes to call this one like it is just forced me to sub in support.

Science Does Not Care Jun 13

Ideologues have always been dangerous, always delusional, and always present in media, even esteemed publications. But the modern media insanity, which started before 2016, perhaps derives from a different trend: the 21st century safety culture.

To borrow from Lukianoff and Haidt, I suggest we are seeing the result of social and institutional coddling over the past few decades. The voices who now express pain and anguish over disagreeable opinions, and demand not just ideological conformity but personal safety, are the same ones who also demanded safe spaces and just plain non-challenging experiences as they came of age (?) in US colleges. Their core values and criteria are much more about perceived risk and discomfort than about free speech and challenging thought (or even about straight-up propaganda--these sensitive souls really do fear some words and ideas).

And where do many of the strident young press corps come from? Perhaps these same coddling institutions, with newly minted degrees in humanities, social science, and politics (the ideological biases there are another topic). Of course they demand to silence uncomfortable voices; they have learned that ethic since they could read.

TheMadKing59 Jun 13

It's all about ideology. You saw the same trends in Communist revolutions. Students turning in their teachers, even their parents, for ideological blasphemy and nonconformity. Not the road I hoped American would be taking in the 21st Century.

Mascot Jun 13

Let's be clear: the terms "ideology" and "ideologue" refer to all ideologies and ideologues, not just those identified with the Left.

Scott Jun 15

...and yet, here we are.

Scott Jun 15

Pfff. nothing new under the sun....

The bourgeois have been ruining everyone's lives since the middle ages. They have no future, no jobs and all those degrees... What ELSE could they do?

"Giacomo" Jim Frimmel Jun 13

Matt, in the value-for-value spirit of the No Agenda podcast, I dropped cash for the subscription. This article alone is worth it. Thank you.

I find myself deleting whole drafts of emails and tweets out of fear. I yearn for some end-time prophet who might fearlessly speak truth for us. Then I realize folks like you are all we've got. And I sigh, "It would have been enough" ... still early days I suppose.

Postipressionist Jun 12

Matt, I'm so glad you've gone journalistically independent. You're free, and FEARLESS.

Bruce Lesnick Jun 13

Excellent, much needed article. But one elephant in the room isn't mentioned at all: trans rights activists and their allies in the media who seek to silence anyone who believes in biology and that biological sex is real and meaningful. It goes way beyond J K Rowling. See https://off-guardian.org/2020/02/12/are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been-a-believer-in-biological-sex/

Cara MariAnna Jun 13

Thank you for adding Patrick Lawrence in your paragraph about the despicable shenanigans at The Nation - a once venerable magazine. His report published Aug, 9 2017 - https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/ - was met with immediate hostility and concerted attacks by the DNC and their surrogates working at The Nation. Within months Lawrence, a veteran reporter was gone. That his reporting proved to be true and accurate matters not. I've long marveled at the silence surrounding this incident.

Donald Twain Jun 13

I'm now a subscriber. Beautifully expressed and argued, a balm to this fellow Gen X-er's mind.

AHamilton Jun 15

Keep going Matt. Each one of your pieces is making history. Thank God there are still a few good journalists out there. Just none at the NY Times.

Scott Jun 16

lol When the power goes out for good, all of this will vanish.

We'd better get this down on parchment or STONE.

Z. E. Jun 13

I don't know under which rock I was living but I'm glad to have discovered your writing, Matt. This is such a refreshing perspective.

don lovell Jun 13

The media / press has long been nonobjective. It hides (doesn't report) what it doesn't want people to see, and pushes the progressive agenda like good little lap dogs. It's not journalism it's democrat propaganda.

Ann Jun 12

This is one of your best pieces; it's right up there with the Vampire Squid. Thanks for writing it.

todd smith Jun 12

Well said! All of this policing of opinion has gotten out of hand, which goes hand-in-hand with the de-platforming phenomenon on the Net. Really, it's like the latest brand of censorship, and censorship is trending pretty hard these days. The irony seems to be that for all the finger-pointing pontifications out there about Racism and racists, Racism appears to be alive and sickeningly well. What's up with that? I get tearing down offensive statues, for example, but the thing that those statues represent does not thereby vanish; in fact, it may become even more insidiously powerful by being rendered "invisible," like a virus. It seems that the Racial Virus has mutated, and "cancel culture" may be an effect of this mutation...

Cara MariAnna Jun 12

Thanks for this. You just got a new subscriber.

Skeptic Jun 14

I'm hoping there will be a preference cascade of people switching their subscriptions from NYT and WaPo to Matt. He's taking risks, and he deserves the rewards.

Alden Jun 13

Matt, thank you once again for opening the windows and blowing the stink out of the room. You are a light in a dark and depraved world. I live in Appalachia, right on the Tennesssee/NC border. We have an underground railroad here of northerners running the hell away from the craziness.

I actually make my 15 year old read your stuff, and Michael Goodwin, Maureen Dowd, Ben Shapiro, to name a few others. It was important to me to show him that you, as a progressive or whatever you classification you fit, are able to be honest, insightful, unafraid, and WILLING to stand up against an army of swords with just your pen and intellect. Anyway, I told my teenager that you and I don't see things (in some cases) the same way, BUT, the mere fact you present your reporting with such ferocity towards the truth, it must be considered, sifted through, and respected. It's inspiring!

By the way, get your ass back on Rogan's podcast dude. We need to hear from you again in that forum!

Ilja B Jun 13

Excellent article!

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is an important principle is all but lost today.

As for NYT and most of the media publications, probably a good slogan is "All the News That's Fit the Narrative".

TheMadKing59 Jun 13

All of the News To Print That Fits.

KC Jun 13

thank you thank you thank you. I've sent this to everyone I know who I feel might be ready for some journalism. Also I subscribed.

J JVS Jun 12

Thank you Matt...you are doing a huge service to the country and free thinkers left or right. As Orwell said, "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

Ben Jun 12

Subscribed. $40/year is a bargain. Paying nyt customer since 2002. Had enough. Thank you Matt. Please let us know how we can continue to support.

ROBERT BEERBOHM Jun 18

I just took out a subscription here at substack. I long had one at Rolling Stone mainly just to read your articles, Matt. Some years ago I sat next to your father Mike on an airplane going from point A to point B. (Chicago to LA?) I'm 68 as of yesterday. This was when you were first beginning RS. I had bought an ish with a Semi-cover feature mention of you in a Hudson News. I picked it up, looked at the article, said, "yep," made my plane ride read purchase, got on the plane, but then Mike mentioned that I was reading his son's work. And what did I think?

Needless to say I have been a huge fan of your pop's for decades. Murrow Awards mean a lot in my world view of journalism. We talked of Tuskegee Airmen for a bit. We delved into (re)discussing the Pentagon Papers made public by Daniel Ellsberg (as we discussed the protests in the streets of America in the 60s). It was a hard pill for me to swallow back then every Prez since Truman on up was a Liar about Viet Nam.

By Aug 1972 being all of 20 years old with a couple like age friends we opened one of the very first comic book stores in the world at 2512 Telegraph Ave near UC-Berkeley campus. People's Park was across the street around the corner. Many homeless messed up Viet Vets were trying to re-assimilate to life back in the States. Similar to the Mid East Vets who are committing suicide at record numbers once again.

It is and always has been the 1% vs the rest of us. I see it as the .1 of 1% controls the 1% who controls the upper 10% who control the rest of us. That seems to be history's game plan for those who harbor superiority narcissistic tendencies

All these labels on people being tossed around these days describing this or that person as being a so & so this or that has been getting a mite confusing of late. Not just in levels of who we think we are, but where we think we came from. And where we as a nation might be going.

Similar to your father's background, at one point I was married to a half Japanese half black women born in Tokyo in the late 1950s. We lived in Oakland Calif. We have two kids who are all three major "races" inside what I used to describe as a mini United Nations. My 2nd wife had an earlier daughter whose father was black who came out darker. My two have skin tone of President Obama. I had earlier married a white lady so my oldest daughter fits that category.

My oldest daughter soon saw and experienced when they all went into stores together that she was being treated 'differently' than her siblings. And she came to a juncture in her figuring life out to me asking "why" do the store owners follow her sisters but not her?

That all said, it comes back to the 1% who seek to divide, wedge to conquer.

Matt, for what it is worth, I have long seen you as a "leader" in the journalism world. Seeking Truth and Speaking to Power.

I do not "see" much of anything changed in the media of the past half century (and my history studied tell me such propaganda has existed for eons, actually. The tech delivery systems change and evolve is all.

The 1% "own" most of the media. The internet profusion of Bots is real. During 2016 I must have blocked over 100 Rooskie Bots on my FB page which I have wide open as I conduct historical research into the origins of what we have come to call comic strip books.

And politics in the first century beginning Sept 14 1842 thru till the USA advent of World War Two 1941 saw all sorts of politics, racial slurs and depictions, aimed at damn near every group possible. Then the WW2 comic books began to portray all Japanese and German Italians as the most evil lost souls on the planet.

This is part of my book am finishing I call Comic Book Store Wars. My long time friend Art Spiegelman (Maus Pulitzer) agreed to write one of the Introductions. I well remember when the first 3 pages of MAUS were published in Funny Aminals #1 in 1972. It came out just a few months before we opened that first Comics & Comix store. I watched my friend delve into his passions of telling Truth.

I am in full agreement with Max that black on black murder is more numerically than cops killing black people. Then again, so far (still) by sheer force of numbers whites killing whites is also up there as high - more so even.

I have studied the 1800s extensively as I work on this 175+ year history of the business of comics, comic strips, comic books in America. Also the 1700s in America as there were broadsides published with comic strips. One huge sheet of paper. The racist images I have absorbed became down right depressing.

Also, even much more so (because it is simply easier) the 20th century. I was especially blown away as I discovered the concept of Eugenics originates more so in America. That AH guy in Nazi Germany said many times his ideas for a "master" race came from America.

Oliver Stone bought comic books from me out of my Haight Ashbury store. His book and 12 episode Untold History of the United States is must viewing for every one. His is just one of at this point a ga-zillion documentaries teaching what came before we were born.

Bringing up Max's thoughts expressed by Mr Fang, yes, there is a whole lot of blood letting going on. I also have a son who I am terrified is going to be shot by "peace" officers for walking while black. I witness that in Oakland more than once. I wish I had not.

To me, it wasn't so much that white cop killed George Floyd - and I hasten to emphasize how horrific that was to watch for 8:46 minutes.

It was the f*ucked look in that cop's eyes. He murdered with impunity. He looked directly into that 17 year old woman's camera phone. Made eye contact. That POS knew exactly what he was doing. It was a public lynching with out the rope. Cold Blooded.

THAT is why the outrage has finally taken to the streets. Me, personally, I subscribe to Ghandi and MLK lines of thought. And we need to teach the children better. Or, maybe they are teaching older lost souls it is over due time to change.

I ask you and every other reporter journalist out there maybe it is time to teach the tenets of this timeless song. My favorite version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5AuFDHdrrg

JPZenger Jun 13

Brilliant piece! The press has become essentially a secular Church Lady. And, like the Moral Majority before them, their influence will wane as they become more stridently narrow-minded.

Scott Jun 15

Populism is the new punk

HobbesForPrez Jun 13

While I disagree with Matt on politics, in this we are in full agreement. We are supposed to be able to agree to disagree, but that seems long gone. I pay $5 a month to Matt in the hopes that Substack will grow and displace traditional media, where brave journalists like Matt will continue to write what they think without fear of the Thought Police.

PRZ Jun 13

Thanks Matt. I stay out of most social media and have avoided making comments but had to say I am happy to see that your approach (like Joe Rogan) is working out (I hope). Anyway, I'm a subscriber and appreciate your efforts.

David Eason Jun 12

Who fights for truth and resists power must be willing to sacrifice all. Otherwise, you will not only say 2 + 2 = 5, you will believe it.

Big Wally Jun 14

Wow! A "journalist" with the balls to call out what passes for media these days. The ones that have abdicated any sense of integrity in favor of pushing a narrative and condemning anyone who dissents. It is the most dangerous development in the history of this country and is frightening to contemplate where this is headed.

I remember my high school civics teacher saying "Though I may disagree completely with what someone says, I will defend to my death the right for them to say it." Gee, how quaint huh?

I also remember Eisenhower saying to beware of the Military-Industrial Complex, which he was right about but today the bigger threat is the Education-Media-Political Complex where students are indoctrinated and not educated and they pass into media jobs who are conveniently exploited by liberal politicians. Works like a charm to create an echo chamber.

Caek Islove Jun 18

Just subbed due to this piece. Keep on telling the truth!

Mike Jun 13

Failure of the press has literally killed thousands of people in the last few months. It is the presses obligation to inform the public of the most important news of the day. The various organs of the media keep bureaus or at least agents in the important centers of the world. And where there is real and obvious danger, it is there job and obligation to bring this to the public's attention. One would expect them to find and present voices which can inform and shape responses to that danger. Now if the press had been willing to report on what was happening in Wuhan Before the 5th of February with the emphasis on the real events occurring there during January it would have been more than obvious that we had a potentially world wide crises rapidly developing. Had that been done the American public, even the world's public, might have insisted that their Congress and Executive branch act on this with the seriousness it deserved. Why did they fail. Maybe because there was only one story fit to print, the Impeachment of Donald Trump. However, at least some reporters and editors must have been informed of those events. Were those papers so enthralled with the impeachment story that their attention could not be spared. Perhaps, there was concern that it might draw attention away from this most important, though preordained failed, event, which was central to the very popular and enthralling narrative of the malfeasance and failure of DJT. Or even perhaps, impeachment was drawing so many clicks and hence advertising dollars, that it would have been financially imprudent to turn the reportage to a story developing in a distant land, no matter how potentially devastating. Interestingly, it reminds me of the War Bond rallies during the Spanish Flu. The pursuit and marshaling of support for WWI was considered to be far more important than the threat of a pandemic which ultimately killed far more than the war.

Scott Frasier Jun 14

It's a bit off base to blame the media for not emphasizing Covid 19 in January and early February. The media usually follows the lead of the federal government on important matters, or at least matters important to the government. They followed impeachment because the Congress was tied up with it, and to a lesser extent Trump.

The real question you should ask is: where was the government itself on Covid 19 at the time. All the principal actors in the government had been briefed by late January about the seriousness of the epidemic. Many of the public health agencies were raising alarms about countermeasures and PPE and other supply issues.

Trump and his son-in-law apparently didn't want to believe the experts. Members of Congress of both parties stayed silent about what they knew and some seemed more interested in reallocating their portfolios than in alerting their constituents, with the exception of large donors in private meetings. Where was the press conference featuring Pelosi or Schumer or Burr or McConnell raising the issue?

The news media doesn't do investigations anymore, if they ever did. They follow the urgency of government. They started paying attention when the market started crashing and the state governors became concerned. You may wish the press was more proactive, but that is almost never the case.

Mike Jun 15

"The media usually follows the lead of the federal government on important matters, or at least matters important to the government. " Yes. just like WMDs. Glad you think the 4th estate's job is to focus on the government's interests. Obviously, you have read Taibbi's work "Hate, Inc." As he noted, the 4th estate is objective and apolitical and with their world wide network of bureaus and stringers exist only to discuss the news that the political parties, I mean corporate owners, oops, sorry the US gov. promotes. What is most encouraging is that the media has explained to me, that if we only get rid of Trump, the world will be a place of beauty and light. Look over there, it is that nefarious DJT!, ignore the fellow behind the curtain. I am so grateful to have Pelosi and Schumer as alternatives, who are providing support to the workers who have lost their livelihood, and the small closed business which are unlikely to come back. I think their taking advantage of this crisis to ram thru, at least temporarily, Medicare for all and a Universal Basic Income shows their level of concern. They understood that the waitress's rent would be due immediately, and feeding her children could not wait. Their rush to pass the HEROES act would take care of all the desperate problems of the unemployed, not to speak of those poor lobbyists and land lords whose income is drastically reduced. They had learned, after 2008 that in the heat of the panicked moment, a rush to pass a midnight bill, unread by anyone might result in a lot of money thrown fruitlessly at the wrong people. Of course large corporations, financial institutions and banks are also heavily impacted. But, Pelosi, as one of the richest women in America, is particularly situated to realize that a few months wait would not be disastrous to those in that strata. She understood, that, unlike the newly unemployed, the 1% of the 1% have the financial resources to allow time to carefully craft a plan that would not be frivolous or misguided. .

Scott Frasier Jun 15

" Glad you think the 4th estate's job is to focus on the government's interests. "

Instead of having a knee-jerk reaction to something I wrote, you might have tried to digest what was actually written. I was stating a sad fact about the "news media", NOT my wishes.

I don't disagree with most of what you have written. The elites have utterly failed to look out for the populace. They have stuffed gobs of money into the financial system to bail out bad corporate debt, and made the rest of the population beg for crumbs. I happen to have been a big beneficiary of this largess to stockholders, but I recognize it for what it is: looting.

I don't know your politics, but it seems like it is somewhat progressive. We have bad choices right now. A crackpot populist who won't even deliver on some of the legitimate concerns he exploits, and a member of the same neoliberal gang that will not change.

All I was pointing out is that the so-called 4th Estate is a business, and has always been one. If all you do as a citizen is consume their product and watch their paid ads to determine who to vote for, you won't get anywhere. You need to understand the issues and the candidates for what and who they really are.

I'm old enough to have become disillusioned about democratic change with an ignorant population that watches TV and has a Facebook account. I lose most elections. Instead, I work the system as it is and make my life. I didn't invent or vote for neoliberal financial capitalism, but it has been with me all my life, so I take my share because otherwise I leave it on the table for the same rich guys who own the rest of it.

Rich McConville Jun 13

I confess that I was wondering what you were up to. I am pleased that you were working on this story. It needs to be told. You da man!

Brian Lund Jun 12

🔥 🔥 🔥

You just got a new subscriber from a fellow Substack author.

Thanks for writing this Matt.

Alex Kline Jun 12

Thanks Matt. I suspected exactly these ridiculous shenanigans when I read about Bennet's firing.

Mitchy Jun 12

thank you again

Anthony Jun 15

Sad to see the Intercept capitulate to cancel culture and for throwing him under. They have been getting a little ridiculous in force feeding narratives and not allowing you to critically think

Jen Jun 14

Great article. So miffed at the negative responses around, many proving the case in what you wrote about.

As an Australian following from afar the last few years, it's quite remarkable to see discourse plays out in the US...every opinion or side of even the most frivolous issues instantly boxes you in to red or blue.

I've found it quite amusing to be called both a Republican Trumper and Snowflake Liberal in response to a comment or question I might post on an issue. There seems to be no middle ground, no conversation and a collectivism approach to judging someone's stance.

I've seen some commentary trying to box you in as a 'contrarian' now. The landscape surely is flipped on its head.

As a parent, it's horrifying to think rational discussion is critically endangered.

I had seen you on Joe Rogan over the years and found your observations pretty sound. Perhaps not having the filters of a political dogma provides readers like me an easier path in appreciating them.

Thankyou and happy to be a new subscriber.

Lekimball Jun 13

I don't agree with everything Matt says because despite Donald Trump's moments of insanity, I'm not sure he isn't all that stands between us and fascism,--the Republicans usually roll over and won't stand up to these people -- but I have to applaud Matt's courage because what I am most upset about is the lack of media integrity and they're refusing to tell the truth. The media is just the arm of the progressive Marxist left as Matt says. The Obama administration weaponized our justice department and none of the media would report it, as Matt says. They irresponsibly went after Kavanaugh as Matt says. They publish Vladimir Putin and terrorists but not a US senator with a valid point of view supported by a huge majority of the American people (AND they lie later about what Cotton said). Any means justify their ends of getting rid of Trump and it does not. Their cancel culture and censorship and omission of the truth is more dangerous than any one president could ever be. The only thing that I hold out hope for is that Matt is right and all this backfires and re-elects Trump--we have no choice. Matt understands what's at stake here even if he's no Trump fan, so I just spent money to support the first Democrat reporter in my lifetime who dared to tell t he truth. Good for you, Matt.

Mascot Jun 14

" The media is just the arm of the progressive Marxist left'

utterly incoherent. And emblematic of the muddled bilateral cognitive paralysis that passes for your political point of view, unfortunately.

Alden Jun 13

Great post!

Skeptic Jun 13

Matt, I just subscribed. I've been following your work since Moscow days. You're doing a great service to our country, and you're one of the few writers reaffirming a common ground that both left and right in this country should be able to accept. God help us if they don't.

tom mitchell Jun 13

OK, folks: Dwight Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to usher 9 students into a local high school in 1957. Tell me why he would have been wrong to do that in your state under the same circumstances.

Scott Frasier Jun 13

He wouldn't be wrong today to do the same thing. However, he did it because the government of Arkansas was explicitly refusing to obey federal law established by a unanimous SCOTUS ruling.

Where is that federal law or Supreme Court ruling that state governors are violating in this situation? Only in the imagination of Donald Trump.

tom mitchell Jun 13

One factor that links all the "Weird" phenomena -- a tidal rise in Careerism. Stick with me on this: Millennials now range in age from 24 to 40. The "best and brightest" of them graduated college into a nasty jobs market. Except for a few brief periods here and there, the markets for smart, young college graduates have been miserable since 2007, and they are even much worse in 2020. Of all the social upheavals in history, GENERATIONAL and CAREER stimuli have played a major part. Think 1848 in Europe or 1968 around the world. The Russian Revolution would have been impossible without Trotsky's speeches in 1905 and 1917-18, yet the final winner was the committed careerist Stalin. Examine the Arab Spring or Prague 1968 and Poland 1980. Major forces in every case were rising generations of smart, educated young people who could not find jobs that gave them enough power and/or financial freedom. In the face of these forces, Matt, I'd argue that anything that resembles traditional values or principles simply becomes irrelevant to the privileged mobs -- because they are "window-dressing"in contrast to the powerful urges of individual ambitions and desires -- or hopes and dreams , or wishes and hungers. The RAW NEED of the rising generation makes all arguments pointless. Give them the power and money and go away. Their own moral artifices are just to caver their naked Neediness. Which they genuinely feel.

J JVS Jun 13

Joel Kotkin has a good book on this

Jamie Thomson Jun 13

As a journalist of 25 years, I wasn't in any way shocked that Bennett was sacked. He didn't even read the op-ed. Total dereliction of duty for something that was always going to be contentious (which they knew, otherwise why would they have solicited a piece from Cotton?) It's the 21st century - it's not like they had to courier over proofs to his beach house while the back bench were sat around the phone, drumming their fingers as the first edition deadline loomed ever closer.

Ditto Stan Wischowski. Strip away all the windy, self-serving tenets about speaking truth to power and providing a dispassionate window onto the world that journalists like to bandy about, and you are left with one golden rule (mostly thanks to Rupert Murdoch): Know what the punter wants. 'Buildings matter, too' is such a tone-deaf glob of reactionary horseshit (regardless of what polls say. Since when have they become a fait accompli, Matt?) I can only imagine the reactions of the rest of Wischowski's staff when he said that, no, despite all their protestations, this was definitely what they should go with. Print and be damned! (In fact, I've seen with my own eyes editors railroading through terrible ideas like this, and then some lowly copy editor being forced to carry the can for it because they're the one that sent the page, so - if anything – in the case of the Inquirer, it was quite refreshing to see a higher-up actually get the boot for once.)

The Lee Fang case is absurd though. The only thing more ridiculous than the liberal left's reflexive rejection of black-on-black crime as a talking point is Fox News et al's adoption of it as a whataboutery tactic to counter charges of systemic racism in policing. Aside from the many times police have actually murdered black people, I can't think of a better example to highlight institutional racism than law enforcement's complete abandonment of effective policing in black communities, and replacing it with continual harassment and some low-level drug arrests when the quotas demand it. (The early chapters in Jill Leovy's Ghettoside lay this out perfectly. LAPD officers had a habit of recording black-on-black violent crimes under the acronym NHI - 'No Human Involved'. Nice, eh?)

That the left has allowed the braying quislings of Fox etc to hijack this travesty for their own ends, and then be dragged into pointless naysaying as a result, is a searing indictment of their own impotence.

Mattykelly Jun 13

Years ago I found this quote on a game box.

"When the effort to follow the rules exceeds the benefits of playing, people start to look for a different game"

There is just so much bullshit a person can take. Senator McCarthy, do have no dignity.

Will Van Allen Jun 12

Great article, Matt. You captured a lot of my own frustrations with the left, the media and the strange zeitgeist of cancel culture we find ourselves in. The only winners here are those who exploit fear, and one of the best of all time is currently in the Oval, and, despite my liberal friends vehement denouncement to the contrary (and shunning/shouting me down for having escaped the cult) I do fear he may retain his crown another term.

Keep up the great work, it is vital and tremendously appreciated.

J JVS Jun 12

My guess is Matt left Rolling Stone because he was enough of a gentleman to know that they'd be unable/unwilling to support him.

Dennis Rosenberg Jun 12

New subscriber, I appreciate the opportunity to support your unfettered voice, more important than ever as typified by your latest piece.

Scott Duncan Jun 12

Bravo

Antipodean Jun 12

This India based writer talks about "Post Truth Analysis"...if it has infected US media outlets too, we are headed for a rough ride!!

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"...One of the topics that I was mostly reading of late was about 'Post truth analysis'. It is a situation in which people are more likely to accept an argument based on their emotions and beliefs, rather than one based on facts.

...

Now, the online mobs are proliferating day by day. Lynching in social media platforms has become common in India.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, women, Muslims, migrants and other marginalized communities are their favorite targets.The paid political pawns, cyber guardians, cyber bullies are all the poisons that blind you and open your eyes. The society itself lacks objective reality. When it itself turns nonsensical, the social norms, political system, nation states, nationality becomes meaningless. Once it stands, the associated norms also becomes reality.

Some of these norms are acceptable to us while others do not and the struggle for recognition crops up. Societal norms themselves are lacking objective reality. There are no rules but driven by basic instincts. The numerical strength and its predominant anonymity in social media can lead to instinctual behaviors..."

Source: https://countercurrents.org/2020/06/echo-chambers-post-truth-era-and-the-fear-of-missing-out-a-millennials-tale/

Jonathan Jun 14

Once upon a time, I took quality journalism for granted. No more. I may not often agree with Matt's politics, but going forward I'll read whatever is published here, and cherish the opportunity. Subscribed!

Malphius Jun 14

Just subbed for this piece. I agree that Lee Fang at least seems like a good dude and the press and media to need to stand up for themselves. This has been happening to ordinary people for the past 8 years though. Really things noticeably started going off the rails in progressive circles around 2012 and the doxing and cancel culture started shortly after. This has been organized.

Moviedad Jun 14

Another great article. Thank you for your continued authenticity in writing about our, "Interesting Times."

Have none of Mr. Fang's colleagues heard of Voltaire?

Scott Jun 15

They are Voltaire's BASTARDS... Why would they care?

J JVS Jun 13

Pol Pot has been hired as news analyst on CNN

Mascot Jun 13

If anyone wants to understand why so many Americans are inclined to reject American-style Left politics, a lot of it has to do with the fact that the Left has seldom held any actual power- so thoughtful Americans who might be open to other paradigms have to make inferences about whether the Left can be trusted with power on the basis of the behavior of the American Left. Loudmouth "Woke Left" Twitter lynch mobs don't provide for a lot of reassurance in that regard.

The prevailing attitude toward the principle of Due Process combines the worst aspects of blithe ignorance and mocking disdain for the very idea. The Inquisition deals with dissent by viewing anyone voicing disagreement on a single point as an Enemy Combatant, often with explicit attributions of evil intention and motive. Accusations are hurled on the basis of the most threadbare and contestable traces of evidence, which frequently proves sufficient to convict the accused. The policy is "one strike and you're out." No warning, no probation. Often, no "statute of limitations." Trail in the press, often with no defense permitted, or regard for the context provided by the factual record of their other writings or statements. There's an insistence on racializing every issue, at every turn, as a zero-sum game- especially if it can be used as a tactic to hoard power, to ,silence, to shut down discussion of dissenting views, and to dehumanize people into easily pigeonholed roles on the basis of one or two characteristics.

Cue the 'Redpilled' Trump-Wing Right', applauding what I just said- and the Woke Vanguardist Left, insisting that I must be talking about the way the Neo-Confederate Right handled their business in the Jim Crow era.

No, this is both of you. Both extremes have that double-mindedness in common. You're both really that bad.

Scott Frasier Jun 13

In a vague sense, I agree with you, but what you are saying is pretty detached from actual examples. I'm leery of labels such as "woke" or "snowflake" or "racist". It is just too easy to hurl stuff around.

My days as an ideologue were pretty short and ended decades ago. My own experience with ideologues I knew in college is that they had sexual inadequacy fears and the attendant problems getting a genuine date.

I have my moral compass, but facts can't be ignored. I don't typically rely on opinion or journalists to provide me with facts because it's just too easy to be sloppy or to lie. I gather data from many sources and try to form a consensus on what is "probably" true. It's my profession.

I also can't ignore the history of the political actors on the scene, so I'm justifiably skeptical of people like Sen. Cotton. He could prove me wrong, but so far he's fit the mold of a white Southerner resentful of civil rights.

Trump, by most accounts, appears to lie with utter abandon. Most of those statements I can't actually assert are lies. However, there are subjects about which I know a lot and on many of those he's a total liar or is seriously in error, to put it mildly. I just have to use that information to form my best assessment of him or anyone else.

How do you go about sifting out fact from comfortable ideology? In politics, it is cost free to ignore facts. In serious matters of health, finance or other real life concerns, the consequences of self-delusion are usually not good.

Mascot Jun 14

"I'm leery of labels such as "woke" or "snowflake" or "racist"."

I'm wary of labels like those, too. But I don't hesitate to use them for group identification when they're embraced by the people I'm criticizing. Or if the labels were originally embraced by many of the people indulging in the slipshod ethics that I'm criticizing, anyway. Political labels nearly always carry a high quotient of semantic unclarity, but they're sometimes necessary as an alternative to lengthy digressions.

The usual climb-down in response to my criticisms of cancel culture and related intolerance for dissenting views or discomforting factual observations is that what I'm referring to isn't really happening, or that the excesses are few and far between, or of little consequence. If only that were the case. Then Matt wouldn't have had to write a column like this one.

That said, I've also recent detected some signs of honest examination and reflection within the "Woke Left" community, where formerly the criticisms were simply hand-waved, or met with reflexive hostility.

It's easy to sift out fact from ideology, once one dispenses with the embrace of a single ideology to the exclusion of all others. That embrace is practically always a matter of personal egotism. The key to being an impeccably clear thinker is to recognize the folly of investing ones personal ego in being right on a question. When logical errors are pointed out or facts hitherto unknown emerge to provide a more complete picture showing that a given position is mistaken, it is not a sign of weakness to change ones mind. It's a sign of mental strength.

" In politics, it is cost free to ignore facts."

That's just plain wrong. I'd argue that one of the most effective tactics in a political struggle is to expose the opposition whenever they attempt that sort of indulgence. But that tactic only has sustaining worth for political movements- and politically minded individuals- who aren't indulging in their own wholesale denials of factual reality. That happens to be a critical problem that isn't just afflicting the two major political parties in this country, but the Socialists, the Greens, and the Libertarians, as well. In different ways, but with consequences that are terribly severe in each case.

Ideological rigidity is a syndrome that leads to Cognitive Dissonance, a degenerative disease. There are no exceptions. Ideological allegiance not to be confused with a quest to adhere to a single standard of moral and ethical principles. In practice, rigid ideological loyalty inevitably tramples those principles. And partisan political loyalty is even worse in that regard. The double-mindedness is frequently astounding.

Those problems should be easy for anyone to recognize and identify- if it weren't for the Cognitive Dissonance thing. One of the hallmarks of the affliction is that lack of even-handed reality testing and assessment- a lack of reflective processing which can reach levels so blatant that it practically qualifies as a type of somnambulism. Late-stage consequences of such chronic self-deception include delusions, paranoia, solipsism, impulsive violence, depression, anxiety, despair...

The cure is simple. Just uncouple the personal ego from allegiance to any one ideological template. They're designing tools, not gateways to ultimate truth. Different ones work better to solve different problems. Practically all of their uses benefit from being buffered or modified to some extent, sometimes by the valid points found in other ideologies that are (ostensibly) antithetical.

As for partisan political loyalty- what's the payoff, over maintaining independence? We need ranked-choice voting, which undercuts the entire con game of partisanship. I want political candidates and parties to work for my vote, instead of devoting their efforts to cornering me into voting for the least worst of the two choices that show up over and over as the default, for no reason other than inertia.

Scott Frasier Jun 14

When I said that in politics, ignoring facts is cost free, you disagreed but then confirmed what I said for a large portion of the political actors, including elected representatives and the party apparatuses that surround them and sustain them.

Sure, it would be nice if pointing out the facts would chip away the ice, but they just deny that the facts are true and cite "alternative facts" which are provably bogus but which support their viewpoint or self-interest.

In a vague rhetorical way, we have the same gripe. But what if we test that with an example. I don't know your views on any issues because you have only discussed process.

So, take climate change for example. Are you willing to go with scientific fact or does it conflict with your self-interest and cause you to deny it?

Do you think the military should invade cities against their state government wishes? It happens to be unconstitutional and illegal in all but the most dire circumstances.

My point is that on the ground, it isn't just the "woke left" or "right wingers" who get off for ignoring facts. The whole political discourse that matters surrounds politicians promising that reality doesn't matter because it gets votes. I think it comes from too much exposure to commercial-speak. "Get a $50 value for only $9.95 + shipping". Don't ask how that's possible because you really want it to be true.

Mascot Jun 14

Thanks for your clarifying remarks. There's a lot of insight there.

I do get that "political reality" is a dimension of human existence that can't be ignored, even though it shares few characteristics with "physical reality", which is more foundational and governed by natural laws rather than human design. You can't fool Mother Nature; physical/material reality has to be considered on its own terms. Political reality is much more mutable, and contains a lot more latitude for modifications. The corollary to that is that it's possible to cheat in order to gain advantage, which is something that can't be done with physical reality.

There's a lot of play in the realm of political reality. This is a good thing, because it allows ideological flexibility; it's possible to draw on the insights of more than one paradigm in order to construct a workable system of governance. But it's also a bad thing, because there it's possible to cheat. There isn't any God-given enforcement mechanism, so to speak. Political reality is a function of human Power. Including in constitutional democratic republics whose precepts and ideals seek to distribute a large share of that power to the people in common, and the public commons. That system is intended to foreclose autocratic rule- unless the people can be tricked into assenting to it, of course. It's also intended to provide accountable, transparent government responsive to the prevailing will of the common people, the electorate- unless the voting population can be tricked by demagoguery, temporizing, kicking the can down the road, etc. Because political reality is so mutable, it's possible to undermine the spirit of the law and its intentions- sometimes to such an extent that bugs are viewed as features. A situation that indicates real trouble. But the saving grace of political reality is that no situation is inherently intractable. Viewing a pervasively corrupt or unjust system as if it were as impossible to change as the law of gravity is simply a lazy, cowardly cop-out.

Notwithstanding the fact that political reality (which includes conventions like monetary systems) is malleable, when it tries to cheat the constraints of physical reality, it always loses. As with this question:

"take climate change for example. Are you willing to go with scientific fact or does it conflict with your self-interest and cause you to deny it?"

Of course the physical reality of climate change conflicts with my "self-interest." Imagine (the realm of political reality!) how much easier and less worrisome our existence would be if there was no such thing as anthropogenic climate change impacts from fossil fuels use to contend with. But you can't bullshit the ocean. It isn't listening. All the denial in the world doesn't shift the carbonic acid content of the oceans one iota. So all that attempts to cheat physical reality with political reality do in the long run is to escalate the consequences of inaction, due to prioritizing political reality over physical reality.

That's an example of the Cognitive Dissonance I spoke of, at its worst. You know, it may underpin a carefree consumer attitude that works to rationalize heedlessness- for a while. It may help shore up a stock portfolio- for a while. It may ensure a re-election or three, to aid in the process of accumulating more Power to manipulate political reality. But meanwhile, physical reality is on its own clock. Imagining (that word again!) that it's possible to view physical reality as dispensable, expendable, or otherwise subordinate to political reality is inevitably a fatal mistake. The people in charge of Sumerian civilization made the choice to keep irrigating crops on the same ground, even as the salinity built up in the soil. The passenger pigeon was once the most common bird on the planet. According to Marc Reisner, it was something like the canned tuna of the 19th century. And the harvests from market hunters grew ever larger. Until, over the course of a single century the bid went extinct- first commercially, then entirely.

Political reality could have changed that physical reality. But that would have entailed a regulatory regime to constrain the marketplace, which is otherwise governed only by the law of inertia. So-called "free marketers" speak of "laws of the marketplace"- with no regulation, that's what you're left with. The law of inertia. Every resource, talent, mental and physical human endeavor in the world fed into the same machine, that makes an inedible sausage called "money." To accumulate and spend on the planet ever more impoverished and desertified by that inertia.

Scott Jun 15

Jesus Fraiser... Give it a fucking rest

M of the L Jun 14

Thanks for writing this piece, as it is well thought-out, time was spent gathering the examples and research, and most importantly it's brave. And kudos for "Twitter Robespierres"; I have a suspicion that unfortunately, many of the agitators have no idea who that was, yet it's a superb phrase I plan to steal.

While this piece resonated with me, this morning I canceled my NYT subscription for other reasons. Namely, its burying of the negative nature of some of the recent strife. When Manhattan was sacked one Sunday and one Monday of a couple of weeks ago, hundreds of stores were smashed and looted in Soho. The next day in midtown Manhattan, the NYT ran cover stories on Trump. The top headline on the front page was Trump's clearing of the protestors for his photo op - a reprehensible action that he committed worthy of critique, no doubt - and the sides of the page were all links to commentaries about those acts, and a few of the usual social justice headlines on miscellaneous topics focused on gender and race issues.

Somehow, opinion pieces took higher precedence over reporting facts that could potentially dangerously sway debate. It's not every day that midtown Manhattan and luxury stores in Soho are looted. But don't mention it, please. Don't you support #BLM?

This morning I saw the front page. "Protests about police killing in Atlanta." No mention of the torching of the Wendy's. Bloomberg, Reuters, and the mainstream press all showed pictures of a torched Wendy's next to mentions of the killing and response. Not the NYT. Also available that day, a headline opinion piece from Kristof that asks (or perhaps states), "What the Pandemic Reveals About the Male Ego: Why are the rates of coronavirus deaths far lower in many female-led countries?"

Suddenly, I felt dirty paying the NYT $5 a month for a subscription. It felt wrong, even though the money amount is so small. It didn't feel morally correct to pay for a left-wing version of Fox News. And it's not even very left-wing, it simply is obsessed with a Postmodernist manichean view of gender and racial minorities v. the dominant oppressive hierarchy.

I patiently waited the 30 minutes to get in touch with representative so I cease supporting this new left-wing Fox News competitor. A small symbolic gesture.

mrm Jun 14

Привет Матт,

Неплохая статья. Меня здорово удивляет, что такой левак как ты действительно понимает, что происходит с прессой. Таких как ты немного.

В реальности это не новый процесс. Мы наблюдаем как SJWs превращаются в большевиков. Россия прошла этот этап ~120 лет назад. Судя по твоей биографии, ты должен был узнать об этом когда жил в колыбели революции.

Я небольшой фанат Трампа (его яйца больше, чем его мозги). Однако, только такой человек способен противостоять этому процессу, все остальные просто ссут от страха. Я боюсь, он долго не продержится.

William R Jun 13

How's this for an Onion-style headline: Prominent gonzo journalist writes polemic in favor of journalists reporting "what we see, not what we think"

But really, I love your writing, Matt. I'm going to stop swimming around in this comment-swamp for now.

Jack C Jun 13

We should also remember that journalism has been in a one-industry depression for 15 years. Newspapers employ half of the people they did in 2006 at their peak. Newspaper journalists do the yeoman's work of journalism.

Since employment as a journalist is so dear, the median journalist is very sensitive to career threats. It is a shame that journalists have used that power against their colleagues, rather than show solidarity.

I have no idea how journalism recovers; the public has grown accustomed to free information of whatever quality. I subscribed today to try to be part of the solution.

Mike Jun 13

Sounds like you need to shave out the back of your neck and put on a nice loose-collared shirt today, Matt.

A Glasser Jun 13

Thank you for this and other realistic reporting you have done. It feels like reading Zamizdat! The real deplorables are the PC loyalists on the right and left who can't deal with any reality that questions the orthodoxy. Like another reader said, we don't need to pay the WP, NYT, or watch CNN or FOX. If we want BS there's plenty of "Free Press."

xRayd Jun 13

Have been a fan of your columns since ~2007ish in RS describing what makes Putin tick. Have definitely been hit or miss since then, but as an independent Iowan, seeing more hit than miss. In this current story I'm trying to decide if you are hoping to win back liberals, or truly trying to be a free-thinking journalist. You've got me for now. Convince me that you can think for your self, and are not just trying to remake what you remember of the party you grew up with.

J N Jun 12

Too much about Fang. Article too long. Sorry, I enjoy just about all of Matt's work. So much to read these days.....

Bill*B Jun 12

Matt, you are a good man. I wish I could ease your angst. The simple fact is, the U.S. left betrayed you, sold out to big $$ donors, and now gives a happy damn about the causes you espoused and thought that mattered to them. They care only about their own power.

Antipodean Jun 16

Even Peter Hitchens (brother of the late "Hitch") over in the UK must have read Matt's article ;-) Here he is just yesterday discussing the Tom Cotton events and self-censorship.

I've transcribed from about 11 minutes in:

"...I do think ultimately there is a benevolent impulse in all of this. A lot of people who take up these positions do so because they think they are doing good, they think that they can actually make society kinder, nicer and gentler. That's the problem, that's why it's so hard to fight.

And in some cases, of course, it's true, a lot of the precepts of political correctness are basically just good manners. The problem is, the extra 15%, which is not good manners but actually self-censorship and indeed the creation of a "new-speak" in which thoughts aren't allowed to be done.

Any cult in which the cultists believe they are benevolent is extraordinarily hard to fight. They think they are good and they don't think you are wrong, they think you are bad..."

Source: https://youtu.be/rPLR9JNktXU?t=469 (where the NY times Tom Cotton debacle is discussed)

Big Wally Jun 15

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yes, dope has always been around and will always be around to some degree. So no one should bother to limit the flow and availability? Let's use the Covid-19 mentality- everyone lock down because every life matters. The number of people dying from drug overdoses is almost on that scale but we just throw up our hands and say fuck it?

I grew up in the '60's that saw the rise of the drug culture. That was bad enough but all you need to do is go to any major city like San Francisco or Los Angeles and see the massive amount of human wreckage piling up from hard drug addiction-and those are the ones still alive! It is much worse than ever.

There are countries that are effective in limiting drug availability and yes, that would be more difficult here in the US, but we should not be literally aiding and abetting it by allowing millions of undocumented immigrants into the country, many whose sole purpose is to sell dope.

Mascot Jun 15

Typical reactionary thinking, reacting only to the last thing that happened. Taken by surprise. Annoyed at being roused out of slumber by an alarming situation that anyone already awake could see coming years in advance. Decades in advance, in my case. Since I've made it a particular focus of my attention.

Who made the rules? Right-wing authoritarians, and their ninny-state limousine liberal enablers.

Big Wally Jun 15

And the other, possibly more important question is why? Why are people more susceptible to dope now than ever before if it's always been available? Why, on a massive scale is the populous so willing to ingest these powerful substances knowing full well they will become addicted. It's like pregnancy- everyone knows how you get pregnant and everyone knows how you get addicted.

What in the collective mind of the citizenry causes this self destructive behavior?

Mascot Jun 15

You're giving our forebears too much credit. They simply drank more booze. And opioids were consumed in the form of patent medicines. They were part of every pharmacy inventory, on land or sea. Read accounts of the Lewis and Clark expedition to learn how important it was.

Anybody, this history book will blow your mind: https://www.amazon.com/Opium-Realitys-Dream-Thomas-Dormandy/dp/0300175329 Just- don't let it give you any reckless ideas, okay? Just because ____ jumped off a cliff, that doesn't mean that you should do it, too.

There's also the fact that the more powerful purified drugs weren't invented until the mid-19th century, and the most popular mind and mood altering pharmaceutical pills weren't invented until the mid-20th century. Don't kid yourself, as soon as they were invented, they became popular. The first wave of morphine addiction in the US happened after the Civil War, when it was called "the soldier's disease." And over in Europe, the Crimean War. Florence Nightengale.

I'm old enough (uh, 64) to remember when alcohol and tobacco weren't even thought of as "drugs." Very few people referred to alcohol or tobacco as addictive substances. No one in my parents generation thought of any prescription pill as "dope" when it was prescribed to them, either. There was a massive drug culture among the over-30s in the 1960s. But they were so unreflective about their own drug use that they didn't even realize it. I'm not making this up, the annual prescription and manufacturing statistics are all on the books. And in the books.

The real story is what happened when the illicit drug markets began showing up in the high schools on the coasts in the late 1960s, making their way inland by the 1970s. The "teenybopper" market. There's no way to blame legalization for that, either. Exactly the opposite. Teenagers weren't only taking the drugs, there were making good money as retailers, selling to their peers. For part-time work in a party environment. Money for nothing... How is that not going to catch on, in the land of opportunity?

In a more rational world, I wouldn't have to underscore the point that the juvenile criminal retail dope dealers in the schools at that point were overwhelmingly whiteys. As were most of the users...when I was in high school, most of the black kids were abstainers or late adopters. Drug dealers were widely considered the dregs of the black community. And then the white kids started going in for it...and illegal drugs started turning into big business...the next thing you know, Superfly is a folk hero. As is Zachary Swan, in the novel Snowblind...now there's a film adaptation that has yet to be made. Although George Jung in the memoir/movie "Blow" was pretty much the real-life version of Swan, except that Jung did time for pot dealing early on, which is how he got his connections to go way beyond Zachary Swan's level. (Nothing beats illegal dope as a multilevel marketing opportunity.)

The teen years are the wrong time to begin experimenting with drugs. And the riskier the drugs being used by a teenager, the more problems later on. But they've served as an informal, unsupervised rite of passage for a large percentage of American youth for the past 50 years or so. And a multibillion dollar youth market.

(Readers, please excuse my digression, in to a digression.)

Scott Jun 15

It's got to be programmed in at a genetic level.

Some Bro Jun 14

Madness. Reading that physically hurt.

Seemingly we're not able to have discussions with anyone who doesn't have a completely identical point of view with our own. This seems to be a wonderful display of a divide and conquer strategy. The manufacture of consent alongside the manufacturer and complete disarray of decent. All against all.

If this is some sort of psy ops, fair play good sirs, fair play. Until it turns into an orgy of violence, but that's probably a win too as the segments of society deemed as superfluous can kill each other off, simultaneously allowing for more draconian laws and erosion of freedoms as justification for 'keeping the peace' or 'protecting freedom' etc GG

Scott Jun 15

You can take comfort in knowing that IF it's a giant psy-op... the ruling class will only let it go on long enough before it shuts this shit down entirely and rebuilds -in its own image.

Jacob Glazebnik Jun 14

Thank you, Matt.

Chris McCaffrey Jun 14

That was great! Best analysis of the current situation.....

Larry Jun 14

A passionate cri de coeur that really resonated with me, Matt. Thanks. And thank you for your defense of the great Lee Fang. Sadly, I also detect a clear, horrified anticipation that a corporate media which previously, not unproblematically, of course, was once capable of providing worthwhile products, is now, like so much else in our society, simply hell-bent on consigning itself to an absurd impotence, even as events acquire a obvious grotesqueness that one would desperately hope would consign all the virtue signaling to its often childishly self-indulgent preposterousness. I am sorry for this wordiness, but I am having trouble expressing the extent of my own befuddlement and anguish at this terrible situation. One thing I would put forward for consideration: to adopt the posture of an armchair sociologist, some fifteen years ago, I privately put forward the notion, to borrow Benedict Anderson's excellent phrase "long-distance nationalism, of "long-distance morality"; in doing so I wanted to express the notion that people, particularly in the US, were aligning their moral compass not so much within a shrinking sphere of direct, personal relations, but evaluating their own moral integrity more and more in terms of positions they held concerning people they almost never came in contact with, and that political and religiously defined groups tended to up a huge share of this. When you speak of "moral manias", this is precisely the sort of thing I see increasingly occupying consciousness, even at the expense of parts of life that heretofore were considered the proper moral realm, but have become less relevant sites of interaction in our society as we b come more atomized in our action and segregated in our public spheres. And here I think of your interesting ideas in Hate, Inc., especially about how social media are provided with otherworldly incentives to become addicted to hating each other with a decidedly moral vengeance. Such things also suggest to me a kind of specifically moral manifestation of the morbid symptoms Gramsci referred to. Are we passing an important milestone on our ideological journey that will turn a traditional, if corruptible and problematic source that at least tended to turn attention to the situation of others, back in on itself, in ways that can only become manifest in automatically ratified absurdities? Again, sorry for the wordiness folks, but I remain at a loss.

Scott Jun 15

lol: "childishly self-indulgent preposterousness."

Look no further than the bourgeois douchebags pushing this hard line everywhere.

When an advanced degree in underwater basketweaving doesn't provide you with a solid career you can feel "fulfilled" in, there is no choice but to throw a giant fucking tantrum. Hey, it worked against their worthless parents... why shouldn't it work against the nanny state?

Big Wally Jun 14

Gee, with stories about censorship on this blog, my comment got censored. Hmmmmm

Boatguy Jun 17

People depend on us to tell them what we see, not what we think. What good are we if we're afraid to do it?

Johnny Maudlin Jun 14

Matt! Thanks. I think you should triple your subscription price. I'm happy to pay for this work. I sense you are genuinely distressed and wonder how it might feel to be working in a field where one's best efforts to improve the field itself (journalism) are met with mistrust and outright hostility. It must feel shitty. Write books. Or maybe spend less money ;-)

Eat less. Lower your overhead.

Whatever allows you to keep standing and keep fighting an important fight. History will show that even the most basic tenets and principles and values are subject to change. We are living through a real spasm. Best of luck.

Alden Jun 14

"Matt! Thanks. I think you should triple your subscription price."

Let's keep it at $5. He's no Josephus, but close

J JVS Jun 13

Walter Cronkite, James Reston and Ben Bradlee would be proud of you.

Substack Commenter 34 Jun 13

For your consideration as to contributing causes to changes in attitudes about policing: a large swath of people born after 1990 may have less of a sense of what it means to be worried about being mugged. I don't have a strong position here, but rather am seeking answers, and I realized that the 5x increase in incarceration rate from 1975 to 2000 was essentially in full effect for their entire adult lives, so they don't have the same sense of the pros, and they see the cons (which are ample). Again, I'm not taking a position here on which perspective is "better", just pointing out the differences in perspective.

Tony Papert Jun 13

I'm so happy you came out with this. You will be attacked, but you're rightly a moral authority in this country, and youre voice is so much needed just now.

--Tony Papert

Karen Jun 13

Matt, This article was illuminating. I don't think opinion "polls" should have ANY bearing on reporting, however as you seem to suggest. It seems that would be flagrant reporting bias. Maybe I missed something. Would appreciate clarification on your thoughts. Thank you.

Paul Rubin Jun 16

As usual, well and deeply thought out and well written. The wave polarization that has been swelling for decades may be cresting sweeping away no only the press but changing simple actions in public life, too. Who feels safe wearing a MAGA hat in San Francisco or a Bernie 2020 hat in any number of other places? Who dares now to point out the egregious bullying, fear mongering, pro-fossil fuel attitudes and actions in Joe Biden's record in the company of upper-middle class liberals who are doing just fine thank you? Who dare question the wisdom of inflammatory and self-defeating sloganeering in favor of going deeper into a social ill?

And, yes, without a press free to question and one too afraid of the power of the truth to print an unpopular point of view we are in peril.

How to get through this in a system in decline?

Eric Jun 16

Amen, Mr. Taibbi. Amen. You are one of the very, very few voices of reason still on the scene. I think you should start your own media channel/business/publication/site. It could well be the only source of actual reporting out there if you did.

Simon Jun 16

This is hack level left bashing (or is it liberals?) msnbc, ny times, colleges campus's etc. etc. basically maoist comrades now. I fucking wish.

Big Wally Jun 15

No doubt the medical profession is addicted to giving out prescriptions of all kinds although there has been a major clamp down on narcotics.

Big Wally Jun 15

Read carefully- I said if there was no dope to buy then no one would buy dope. How is that not true? Why must I be in a "fantasyland?" It is just a simple statement that is an absolute. I never said it was anything else.

Tony Jun 15

Thanks Matt. Keep up the good work.

AllObamasfault Jun 15

Pelosi/Schumer are clearly worthless fraudulent whichever way the wind blows self-absorbed hacks but are they too old to be snowflakes?

Tom Sullivan Jun 13

And I thought the 60'S were wild and crazy times. Chicago my home town, step back in time-1968 Michigan Ave. Dem. national convention, cops ver. everyone else, A giant street brawl.

Scott Jun 15

The bourgeois shits are at it again.

Rich McConville Jun 15

Leaving military equipment behind never works well. Even if it doesn't get used against us later. The Great Barrier Reef was made larger by the dumping of military equipment into the ocean at the end of WWII. Fine don't give the leftover ordinance to the local police, but don't pretend that it represents value that could be converted to other uses either. This is beyond naive.

Scott Jun 15

Give it to ME!!!

I want a SWAT personnel carrier to play around with!

LorriAnn Jun 14

Hey Matt, Completely off topic - i just spent 20min crafting an exquisite (if excruciatingly long) salient and life altering comment. After sending was re-directed to login again and it was gone. Im over 40 and too tired to re-write so you'll have to wait for my next flash of brilliance. Prob next year.

In the meantime...Would you mind giving your take on the current social climate in comparison/contrast to the "warnings" given in the mid 1980s by Russian defector Yuri Besmenov? What do you know about him? Do you consider him and his explanations/methods for de-stabilizing A society to be credible? Thanks!

Skeptic Jun 14

Matt, back in your Moscow days, as Russia came close to disintegration in the 90s, you favored mildly nationalist, populist, dissenting politicians like Aleksandr Lebed and Yevgeny Primakov (and provided a platform for the decidedly un-mild but entertaining Limonov). As I recall, your reasoning was that these guys may be a little crude and unpleasant, but at least they might not steal the Russian people blind and sell out the country, as the prevailing powers were doing. Do you think a similar logic might apply in the US? I think you know what I mean. Thanks for all your great writing and courage. --a longtime reader but brand new subscriber

Kyle Thiermann Jun 14

Thank you Matt.

Pangolin69 Jun 13

Collective historical guilt meets identity politics. Hilarity ensues.

Alden Jun 13

"If there's an edge to Fang at all, it seems geared toward people in our business who grew up in affluent circumstances and might intellectualize topics that have personal meaning for him."

--Matt, please stand up for Andy Ngo. You just described Andy dear Sir!!!!!!

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[Jun 19, 2020] A discriminatory informal caste system that racism create was used by neoliberals for supression of white working poor protest against deteriorating standard of living and cooping them to support economic policies of redistribution of wealth up, directly against them

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... While not as overt in the 20th century, the distinction of black slave versus poor white man has kept the class system alive and well in the US in the development of a discriminatory informal caste system. ..."
"... a class level lower than the poorest of the white has kept them from concentrating on the disproportionate, and growing, distribution of wealth and income in the US. ..."
"... It was not the status or material wealth causing the harsh feelings; but, the feeling of being treated less than equal, having little status, and the resulting shame. ..."
"... In other words, by providing poor whites with a stratum of the population that has even lower social status, neoliberals manage to co-opt them to support the policies which economically ate detrimental to their standard of living as well as to suppress the protest against the redistribution of wealth up and dismantling of the New Deal capitalist social protection network. ..."
"... This is a pretty sophisticated, pretty evil scheme if you ask me. In a way, “Floydgate” can be viewed as a variation on the same theme. A very dirty game indeed, when the issue of provision of meaningful jobs for working poor, social equality, and social protection for low-income workers of any color is replaced with a real but of secondary importance issue of police violence against blacks. ..."
Jun 19, 2020 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

run75441 June 19, 2020 at 8:23 am

...A while back, I was researching the issues you state in your last paragraph. Was about ten pages into it and had to stop as I was drawn out of state and country.

From my research.

While not as overt in the 20th century, the distinction of black slave versus poor white man has kept the class system alive and well in the US in the development of a discriminatory informal caste system.

This distraction of a class level lower than the poorest of the white has kept them from concentrating on the disproportionate, and growing, distribution of wealth and income in the US.

For the lower class, an allowed luxury, a place in the hierarchy and a sure form of self esteem insurance.

Sennett and Cobb (1972) observed that class distinction sets up a contest between upper and lower class with the lower social class always losing and promulgating a perception amongst themselves the educated and upper classes are in a position to judge and draw a conclusion of them being less than equal.

The hidden injury is in the regard to the person perceiving himself as a piece of the woodwork or seen as a function such as "George the Porter."

It was not the status or material wealth causing the harsh feelings; but, the feeling of being treated less than equal, having little status, and the resulting shame.

The answer for many was violence.

James Gilligan wrote "Violence; Reflections on A National Epidemic." He worked as a prison psychiatrist and talked with many of the inmates of the issues of inequality and feeling less than those around them. His finding are in his book which is not a long read and adds to the discussion.

A little John Adams for you.

"The poor man's conscience is clear . . . he does not feel guilty and has no reason to . . . yet, he is ashamed. Mankind takes no notice of him. He rambles unheeded.

In the midst of a crowd; at a church; in the market . . . he is in as much obscurity as he would be in a garret or a cellar.

He is not disapproved, censured, or reproached; he is not seen . . . To be wholly overlooked, and to know it, are intolerable."

likbez June 19, 2020 1:25 pm
That’s a very important observation. Racism, especially directed toward blacks, along with “identity wedge,” is a perfect tool for disarming poor white, and suppressing their struggle for a better standard of living, which considerably dropped under neoliberalism.

In other words, by providing poor whites with a stratum of the population that has even lower social status, neoliberals manage to co-opt them to support the policies which economically ate detrimental to their standard of living as well as to suppress the protest against the redistribution of wealth up and dismantling of the New Deal capitalist social protection network.

This is a pretty sophisticated, pretty evil scheme if you ask me. In a way, “Floydgate” can be viewed as a variation on the same theme. A very dirty game indeed, when the issue of provision of meaningful jobs for working poor, social equality, and social protection for low-income workers of any color is replaced with a real but of secondary importance issue of police violence against blacks.

This is another way to explain “What’s the matter with Kansas” effect.

[Jun 18, 2020] 'Don't open, racist inside' Doctored photo of boarded-up Churchill statue shocks users online as outrage over vandalism grows

Notable quotes:
"... Some argued that complex historical figures require an honest judgment. "History is grey and while we should be thankful for Churchill's leadership during WW2 – he was far from perfect, and to many downright awful," ..."
Jun 18, 2020 | www.rt.com

People were left "speechless" after a photoshopped image of a statue of British wartime leader Winston Churchill emerged online. The monument was vandalized during protests against racism and police brutality last week. The statue outside the British Parliament building was boarded up for protection against vandalism. Now an image has been circulating on social media showing the words "Don't open, racist inside" written on the boards covering the monument.

Churchill's statue today in London. I'm speechless. pic.twitter.com/sw49kUFjsh

-- You're not meant to think the statue thing is real (@rdouglasjohnson) June 12, 2020

While commenters online were quick to point out that the phrase was digitally added to the original photo, there has been growing outrage over the treatment of the statue by protesters. While some view Churchill as a symbol of colonialism, many regard him as one of the greatest British statesmen, who led the nation to victory in WWII. "I'm speechless," one Twitter user said, commenting on the photoshopped image. "This man is one of the reasons Britain and most of Europe didn't end up under Nazi control, and this is how y'all thank him," another wrote .

Some argued that complex historical figures require an honest judgment. "History is grey and while we should be thankful for Churchill's leadership during WW2 – he was far from perfect, and to many downright awful," a person wrote online.

Officials also defended the statue. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that boarding it up was "absurd and shameful," while Home Secretary Priti Patel called for the coverings to be removed. "We should free Churchill, a hero of our nation, who fought against fascism and racism in this country and Europe," she said.

...

[Jun 18, 2020] On virtual lynching of Lee Fang at the intercept for politically incorrect mentioning Black on Black crime problem

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Dante was wrong...the seventh circle of hell is Twitter ..."
Jun 16, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Concan77 , 1 day ago

Dante was wrong...the seventh circle of hell is Twitter

[Jun 18, 2020] This is clearly Catch-22 situation as the global crisis of neoliberalism and neoliberal globalization is overlaid on the current racial riots and COVID-19 level of unemployment

Highly recommended!
Jun 18, 2020 | angrybearblog.com

likbez , June 17, 2020 11:11 pm

@Ron (RC) Weakley (a.k.a., Darryl for a while at EV) June 16, 2020 4:00 pm

> the Democratic Party depends upon the problems of racial discrimination to win elections. It is a Catch-22 dilemma.

Yes. Thanks you. This is clearly Catch-22 situation as the global crisis of neoliberalism and neoliberal globalization is overlaid on the current racial riots and COVID-19 level of unemployment.

I do not pretend that I see it right. Only time will tell. But here is my view:

IMHO the developments of neoliberalism in the US generated a social system radically different from the neoliberal utopia of the benign rule of the financial oligarchy over politically neutered by free-market ideology and brainwashed "homo homini lupus est" neoliberal rationality population. Which should passively submit to the "depoliticized" version of the National Security State and act strictly as a consumer and passive voter.

Kind of replay of the political reality of Stalinism (with the neoliberal deification of "free market" and competition as the replacement of Marxism; in both case playing the role of state-enforced secular religion questioning of which is a punishable heresy )

Unlike Stalinism, Neoliberalism enforces its secular-religious doctrine on a new "inverted totalitarianism" level with minimal physical repression of dissidents. MSM brainwashing, defunding, ostracism and shunning are the main tools.

The use of external enemy as the scapegoat is the same under both Stalinism and late neoliberalism with the accusation of being a "foreign agent" as a natural part of the dirty fight of various factions of oligarchy for power.

But generally, this is more of the "Brave New World" model than the "1984" model. See https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/books/review/which-dystopian-novel-got-it-right-orwells-1984-or-huxleys-brave-new-world.html

Despite Hayek's hope about politically neutered population ruled by financial oligarchy neoliberalism intensified the rancorous resentment already present in modern culture.

Now we see a kind of return of the repressed under neoliberalism violent social protests that the neoliberals always opposed, and which they deformed with the injection of a heavy doze of identity politics.

As a result, we now have clear resurgence of the far-right nationalism and simultaneously the rise of "woke" far left with its radical feminism, anarchism, LGBT, and a one-dimensional "anti-racism" (strictly white vs black as it if is the only one in existence and black racism a la South Africa or Rhodesia does not exists ).

In a way, this is a return to the very dangerous and unpredictable social situation that existed in late 1920th on a new level, but without Marxists as a political player. A very dangerous level with elements of Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451.": Toppling of statues is not that different from book burning.

Pelosi wearing an African scarf looks like a failed attempt of neoliberal Dems to get it under control of a monster that they created via identity politics.

Neoliberal political culture and systemic impoverishment of the lower 80% of the population create the economic conditions for enduring racism and glaring economic inequality.

Add to this identity politics, used as the "divide and conquer" strategy for the political isolation and partial cooptation (despite clear oppression on the part of neoliberals) of the white working-class ("What's the matter with Kansas" effect ) and the mixture becomes clearly explosive.

Identity wedge worked beautifully for several decades, but now it looks like it got out of control and provoke a clash of far-left with far-right nationalists in a real 1920th fashion. https://www.gopusa.com/man-shot-in-albuquerque-as-armed-citizens-try-to-defend-conquistador-statue-from-rioters/

The US financial oligarchy is no less evil than either Italian or Kosher-Nostra mafia. They are completely ruthless. And that means that they still might be able to swipe this under the rug: one way, or another. Racial protests, or coming to power of radical far-right does not threaten their power, but possible disintegration of the state in Ukrainian Maidan fashion clearly does.

So how events will unfold in completely unclear. I just try to provide my 2c within the adopted framework of analysis.

[Jun 18, 2020] Cornell Law Prof Says There's a Coordinated Effort To Have Him Fired After He Criticized Black Lives Matter

Highly recommended!
This is a typical hunt on dissidents
Jun 12, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Recall, it was just days ago that we pointed out Cornell professor and friend of Zero Hedge Dave Collum was publicly shamed by Cornell for daring to express the "wrong" opinion about current events on social media. Now, there's a second Cornell professor coming under fire for his critique of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson has challenged any student or faculty member to a public debate about the Black Lives Matter movement after he says liberals on campus have launched a "coordinated effort" to have him fired from his job. At least 15 emails from alumni have been sent to the dean, demanding that action be taken, according to Fox News .

"There is an effort underway to get me fired at Cornell Law School, where I've worked since November 2007, or if not fired, at least denounced publicly by the school," Jacobson wrote on Thursday . "I condemn in the strongest terms any insinuation that I am racist."

Jacobson founded the website Legal Insurrection and says he's had an "awkward relationship" with the university for years as a result. The recent outrage comes as a result of two posts he recently made on his site:

"Those posts accurately detail the history of how the Black Lives Matters Movement started, and the agenda of the founders which is playing out in the cultural purge and rioting taking place now," Jacobson said.

Jacobson (Source: Jacobson's Blog, Legal Insurrection )

He recently wrote on his blog: "Living as a conservative on a liberal campus is like being the mouse waiting for the cat to pounce. For over 12 years, the Cornell cat did not pounce. Though there were frequent and aggressive attempts by outsiders to get me fired, including threats and harassment, it always came from off campus."

"Not until now, to the best of my knowledge, has there been an effort from inside the Cornell community to get me fired," he says.

"The effort appears coordinated, as some of the emails were in a template form. All of the emails as of Monday were from graduates within the past 10 years," he continued. Jacobson's "clinical faculty colleagues, apparently in consultation with the Black Law Students Association" drafted and published a letter denouncing 'commentators, some of them attached to Ivy League Institutions, who are leading a smear campaign against Black Lives Matter.'"

Cornell responded , backhandedly defending the Professor's right to his own opinion:

"...the Law School's commitment to academic freedom does not constitute endorsement or approval of individual faculty speech. But to take disciplinary action against him for the views he has expressed would fatally pit our values against one another in ways that would corrode our ability to operate as an academic institution."

"This is not just about me. It's about the intellectual freedom and vibrancy of Cornell and other higher education institutions, and the society at large. Open inquiry and debate are core features of a vibrant intellectual community," he stated.

"I challenge a representative of those student groups and a faculty member of their choosing to a public debate at the law school regarding the Black Lives Matter Movement, so that I can present my argument and confront the false allegations in real-time rather than having to respond to baseless community email blasts."

"I condemn in the strongest terms any insinuation that I am racist, and I greatly resent any attempt to leverage meritless accusations in hopes of causing me reputational harm. While such efforts might succeed in scaring others in a similar position, I will not be intimidated," Jacobson concluded.

[Jun 17, 2020] What kind of popular revolution is this! by The Saker

Jun 17, 2020 | www.unz.com

So let's go back to the basics: corporations are about money, that is a truism. Yes, sometimes corporations try to present a "human face", but this is nothing more than a marketing trick destined to create consumer loyalty. Now I don't believe for one second that the mega-corporations listed above expect to make much money from supporting the riots, at least not in a direct way. Nor do I believe that these corporations are trying to impersonate a conscience because they fear a Black consumer boycott (what was true in Tuskegee in the late 1950s is not true today, if only because of the completely different scale of the protests).

So if not money – what is at stake here?

Power.

Specifically, the US deep state – at a major faction within that deep state – is clearly desperate to get rid of Trump (and not for the right reasons, of which there are plenty).

Another victory of the "coalition of minorities" and another defeat for Trump

There are plenty of signs that illustrate that Trump is even losing control of the Executive, including Secretary Esper contradicting Trump on what is a key issue – restoring law and order – or the US Ambassador to South Korea voicing support for BLM (I consider that these actions by top officials against their own Commander in Chief border on treason). Needless to say, the pro-Dems neo-libs at Slate immediately began dreaming about, and calling for, a military revolt against Trump.

Last but not least, we now have a "free zone" in Seattle, the notorious Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, "CHAZ" aka "CHOP" where, among other "curiosities", Whites are told to give 10 bucks to a Black person . This means that until law and order are restored to what is now the CHAZ, the United States has lost its sovereignty over a part of one of its cities. That is a "black eye" for any US President who, after all, is the leader of the Executive branch of government and the Commander in Chief of a military supposed (in theory only, of course) to defend the United States against all enemies.

What do all of these developments have in common?

They are designed to show that Trump has lost control of the country and that all good and decent people now stand united against him.

There are several major problems with this plan.

For one thing, this is all completely illegal. What began as a typical race riot is now openly turning into sedition.

The second major problem of this plan is that it relies on what I call a "coalition of minorities" to achieve its goal, it is therefore ignoring the will of the majority of the people. This can backfire, especially if the chaos and violence continue to spread.

Next, there is the "Golem/Frankenstein" issue: it is much easier to launch a wildfire than to contain or suppress it. Nancy Pelosi might be dumb enough to think that she and her gang can control the likes of Raz Simone , but history shows that when the state abdicates its monopoly on violence, anarchy ensues.

By the way, it is important to note here that Trump, at least so far, has not taken the bait and has not used federal forces to reimpose law and order in Seattle, Atlanta or elsewhere.

He must realize that liberating the so-called CHAZ might result in a bloodbath (there appear to be plenty of weapons inside the CHAZ) and that the Democrats are dreaming about blaming him for a bloodbath. Trump's strategy, at least so far, appears to let the lawlessness continue and blame the Democrats for it.

ORDER IT NOW

While Trump's strategy makes sense, it also is inherently very dangerous because if the state cannot reimpose law and order, then all sorts of "volunteers" might decide to give it a shot (literally). Check out this headline " Bikers For Trump Organizing to Retake Seattle On July 4th ". Whether these bikers will actually try to take over the CHAZ or not, even the fact that they are preparing to do so shows, yet again, that the state has lost its monopoly on violence.

[Jun 17, 2020] We're in a sinister new era of totalitarianism, where PC combat units use social media to destroy anyone who disagrees with them by Konstantin Bogomolov

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... These mobs of hating, condemning, moralizing, groupthink hypocrites are modern-day Nazis. They don't wear uniforms or have guns, but their weapon of online psychological abuse is proving frighteningly effective. ..."
"... Psychological abuse is one of their classic methods, as they exploit a person's fear of ending up alone against a crowd. Instead of a prison cell or a concentration camp, they put people in social isolation. They can even prevent the victim from being employed – classic state repression of an individual. ..."
"... Without work, the geniuses will fade into obscurity, and the new PC brigade will make them kneel in solidarity. Individually, members of these combat units of political correctness are often smart and sophisticated people, but when they close ranks in the fight for or against something, they turn into an ignorant and aggressive mob. ..."
"... China has been testing a new system in several provinces via which the citizens and their community are encouraged to assess the social behavior of individuals by assigning scores for respecting the rules and values practiced in this society. If you don't achieve a high score, your ranking is low and your prospects are limited. Isn't this just perfect for the new stormtroopers?! It's a modern reincarnation of the Munich gang, when a mediocre, covetous burgher pretends to be a civilized, progressive thinker. ..."
"... They put labels on everyone who disagrees. They love drama and straightforwardness. But they are incapable of engaging in rational argument. It's only natural that they began with declaring lofty values and ended with riots. They have started fires and justified arson. But you can't rein in the freedom to love or hate using a set of rules established by the new ethics committee. Today, being free means being outside this mob of attacking, hating, condemning, moralizing, angry hypocrites. ..."
Jun 17, 2020 | www.rt.com

These mobs of hating, condemning, moralizing, groupthink hypocrites are modern-day Nazis. They don't wear uniforms or have guns, but their weapon of online psychological abuse is proving frighteningly effective.

Totalitarianism didn't disappear when the Nazis were defeated. It hid, stealthily, only to come back later. The US and Europe intuitively built a new elaborate type of dictatorship. The state delegated the functions of surveillance, persecution, isolation and judgment to society. Initially, it looked very innocent: fighting against intolerance, defending the mistreated and the oppressed. Noble goals.

But with time, these values turned into idols, while intolerance of evil transformed into intolerance of a different opinion. And social media is making things worse. Public opinion is now a repressive machine that gangs up on people, booing and destroying anyone who dares to challenge its value system and moral compass.

The staff members of this repressive machine do not wear uniforms, they don't carry batons or tasers, but they have other weapons, such as herd instinct and groupthink, as well as deep insecurities and a desire to dominate – at least intellectually.

Psychological abuse is one of their classic methods, as they exploit a person's fear of ending up alone against a crowd. Instead of a prison cell or a concentration camp, they put people in social isolation. They can even prevent the victim from being employed – classic state repression of an individual.

In a Nazi state, a creative type such as Lars von Trier could lose his job and life over his "degenerate art." In the beautiful modern state that people with beautiful faces are building, a Lars von Trier could lose his job, because he can be a politically incorrect troll who sometimes supports the wrong value system. And a Robert Lepage won't get funding for his new theatrical production, because all the parts in the previous one were played by white actors.

You no longer need to take their lives. Without work, the geniuses will fade into obscurity, and the new PC brigade will make them kneel in solidarity. Individually, members of these combat units of political correctness are often smart and sophisticated people, but when they close ranks in the fight for or against something, they turn into an ignorant and aggressive mob.

And there's no point arguing with them. They have only one criterion: are you with us or not? That's an ideal tool for the new way of abusing individuals – it's not physical, it's psychological.

China has been testing a new system in several provinces via which the citizens and their community are encouraged to assess the social behavior of individuals by assigning scores for respecting the rules and values practiced in this society. If you don't achieve a high score, your ranking is low and your prospects are limited. Isn't this just perfect for the new stormtroopers?! It's a modern reincarnation of the Munich gang, when a mediocre, covetous burgher pretends to be a civilized, progressive thinker.

They put labels on everyone who disagrees. They love drama and straightforwardness. But they are incapable of engaging in rational argument. It's only natural that they began with declaring lofty values and ended with riots. They have started fires and justified arson. But you can't rein in the freedom to love or hate using a set of rules established by the new ethics committee. Today, being free means being outside this mob of attacking, hating, condemning, moralizing, angry hypocrites.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Konstantin Bogomolov is an award-winning Russian theater director, actor, author and poet.

[Jun 17, 2020] Mark Steyn slams corporations abolishing culture after making millions on it - YouTube

Notable quotes:
"... A little Fahrenheit 451 anyone? Oh, I forgot, these people are against books. ..."
Jun 17, 2020 | www.youtube.com

Douglas waterman , 6 days ago

All this does is push me further to the Right.

sudilos117 , 5 days ago

Did you notice that they want to erase American History and Culture , and replace it with their own pure madeup trash

James Hetfield , 5 days ago

The hatred against anything w hite is all prevalent and only getting worse. It will only lead to more anti w hite violence. To look at your future, look at South Africa.


Eric Wedin
, 5 days ago

My list of "woke idiot wimp companies that I will never spend a cent on in the future" is growing fast.

Rowdy Ways , 4 days ago (edited)

HBO didn't even have Gone With The Wind playing for years. They are just saying this to be popular

Frank , 6 days ago

They should review rap music and ban anything they find of racist tone.

Kernow Forester , 5 days ago

This woke nonsense dates back to the times when 'burn the witch' and 'burn the heretic' was common from the mob. Times have NOT changed.

Scott Day , 5 days ago

All pop rap hip hop music, I find racist and belittling to black people. I think all that music should be taken down immediately

The Official Andy Saenz , 5 days ago

"This movie offends me, let's ban it! That statue offends me, remove it."

Cole B , 6 days ago

If we erase the history of slavery, how can people claim to be a victim of something that didn't exist?



Trump 4USA
, 4 days ago

The only thing needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.

Jamie Paolinetti Writer/Director , 5 days ago

A little Fahrenheit 451 anyone? Oh, I forgot, these people are against books.


Chris Moore
, 5 days ago

People need to stop censoring and editing history. It is just wrong.