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Identity politics as neoliberal diversion of attention from Class Consciousness of the working class and rising inequality

A new flavor of "divide and conquer strategy"  practiced by soft neoliberals of the Democratic Party

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“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” ― George Orwell, 1984

One the most questionable "achievements" of neoliberalism is that along a theoretical reaction in economics (enforcing on universities neoclassical economic junk) and a strategic reaction in policy (the return to political power of financial oligarchy, the power of which was undermined by the New DealCapitalism)  if creates new, more sophisticated forms of divide and conquer policy.

However, the forms, the objectives, the dynamics of social conflict are linked in turn to the ways people relate to each other/ For example, one thousand workers disposed along an assembly line and confined within the walls of a single large factory relate to each other and develop forms of organization and class solidarity that are different from, say, 10 workers behind computer screens in 100 factories spread over a large geographic area. One of the main targets of capital's strategies to deal with working-class struggles is therefore to disrupt the emergence of "Class Consciousness" among  workers,  that constituted the material basis upon which workers' struggles and workers' organizations were founded. Wikipedia

In political theory and particularly Marxism, class consciousness is the set of beliefs that a person holds regarding their social class or economic rank in society, the structure of their class, and their class interests

These strategies, also commonly known by the term of "wedge strategies" occurred in  many form with identity wedge as one of the most  sophisticated way to disrupt workers solidarities along  ethnic lines.

The term "neoliberal identity politics" can also be used in a neutral, non-pejorative sense to encompass ‘feminism, black liberation, gay rights, minorities right, nationalism, etc …’

Neoliberal Democrats try to substitute and disrupt  "class warfare" with "identity politics". A Blairite would say: "we wanted to be a party of power". Which in the USA led to Dem sellout to Wall Street and adoption of wedge issues. Identity politics led to "unilateral representation of ethnic minorities", that is a politic decision based on race, a form of racism.

Identity politics has been co-opted by the neoliberal technocracy to divert attention from wealth inequalities, the dominance of big corporations and financial oligarchy in politics, and the complete lack of democratic accountability of elected officials.

This is why African Americans voters which have been just as let down and sold to Wall Street by neoliberal politics by Bill Clinton and Obama  voted overwhelmingly for Bill Clinton, Obama and Hillary Clinton. Such a nice politico-technological trick did them in.

But the neoliberal Dems election time identity wedge did not work all the time. One resent and spectacular failure was Presidential elections of 2016.  Neoliberal establishment candidate -- a staunch neocon and warmonger Hillary  Clinton with all her identity politics tricks lost the election to Donald Trump who positioned himself as an independent candidate not controlled by financial oligarchy:

Minorityreported 10 Nov 2016 12:19
For the last thirty years, there has been no left or right wing governments - not economically or fiscally. Third way centrism (liberal progressiveness) embraced the primacy of unfettered market capitalism and corporate globalism, and focused exclusively on using political power as a tool to win the culture war instead.

That's fine if you've done materially very well out of unfettered market capitalism and corporate globalism, and all that therefore matters to you is social justice issues.

But if you were once in a secure job with a decent income and decent prospects for your children, and all of that has been ripped away from you by unfettered market capitalism and corporate globalism, and the people responsible for preventing that - or at least fixing it when it happens - are more concerned with policing the language you use to express your fears and pain, and demonstrating their compassion by trying to improve the life chances of people on other continents, then social justice issues become a source of burning resentment, not enlightenment.

There has been a crushing rejection of globalism and corporate plutocracy by Western electorates. The Western progressive left will only survive if it has the courage to recognise that, and prioritises the fight for economic and fiscal policies that promote the interests and prospects of its own poor and middle class, over and above the cultural issues that have defined it for a quarter of a century.

We should always remain vigilant, but the truth is that the culture war is won. It would be tragic beyond words if that victory was reversed by an explosion of resentment caused by the left's determination to guard old battle fields, while ignoring the reality that its thinkers and activists are needed to right new injustices. Trump's success doesn't represent the victory of hate over hope, it just represents the loss of hope. The left has to see that or its finished.

confluence50,
The left pandered to the margins. It is more important for them to impose a transsexual using a rest room with my daughter in school than it is to just keep the boys with boys and girls with girls.

One example, but my point is that this kind of policy alienates and offends more people than it seeks to serve. The dems let us down by pandering to the margins of our society along with prioritizing all sorts of things that simply just don't matter to the rank and file American.

dusktildawn,

I agree. I think looking at this through the prism of race and gender is a massive red herring. Race and gender bias are symptoms of insecurity, not causes of it. The insecurity in this case is the feeling that the country - economically, politically and culturally - has been stolen by elites who care naught about ordinary, less privileged folk.

On another thread I also mentioned another issue which is how fractured society has become in the West, how disconnected its different parts, a process which technology has fuelled. You can get through your life today without dealing in any significant way with anyone who disagrees with you, which is actually very, very dangerous.

Potyka Kalman,
They given up "class warfare" for "identity politics". A Blairite would say: "we wanted to be a party of power" => money. Identity politics led to "unilateral representation of ethnic minorities", that is a politic decision based on race.

Yeah, Democrats has a lot to account for. They are guilty.

lotusblue,
The working classes have been stripped of their dignity, whole communities have become wastelands and virtual ghettos. The working class don't trust the left to sort things out for them and that is why and how a figure like Trump can come along and say 'I will save you all' and become President.

Meanwhile, the socialist left sit around scratching their heads, unable to work out what has happened and squabble about the spirit of socialism and ideology that in all honesty, most working class people don't give a toss about. They just want jobs that pay a decent wage, a nice house to own, nice food on the table, two cars and nice holidays. They want to be middle class in other words.

marjane52 lotusblue, 
But democrats are not left. They right wing too. If Americans think that Democrats are left, they don´t know what left is at all. And what socialist government has USA had. I see Americans saying that Democrats are socialists, really? Hillary left and socialist?. Trump and Hillary are both right wing, only that Trump is more extreme.
muttley79,  
Guardian columnists such as Hadley Freeman, Lucia Graves, Wolff, Abramson, Freedland and company should be forced to read this article. These columnists very rarely if ever talk about the Gilded Age style inequality levels in the West, and the USA in particular. Instead it is all about identity politics for them. Can these individuals start writing about the disastrous chasm between the very rich and the rest please?

hexotic -> muttley79,

Definitely. Identity politics has been coopted 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.



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[Jul 29, 2021] Gaslighting for critical race theory by Hugo Gurdon

I am just wondering why the US neoliberal elite finances movement that can lead to repeating by the USA the path of South Africa...
Jul 29, 2021 | www.washingtonexaminer.com

The conclusion of George Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language" includes these two sentences: "Stuart Chase and others have come near to claiming that all abstract words are meaningless, and have used this as a pretext for advocating a kind of political quietism. Since you don't know what fascism is, how can you struggle against fascism?"

Doesn't this remind you of attempts today to deflect attacks on critical race theory? A parental and governmental counterrevolution against CRT has exploded into life, and one of the ways defenders try to protect it is to advocate a kind of political quietism -- since you don't know what CRT is, how can you struggle against it?

Slate, a left-wing magazine, for example, tweeted last month, "Conservatives want to cancel critical race theory. But they don't know what it is." This is gaslighting to make CRT's opponents question their understanding and doubt the evidence of their own ears and eyes.

It fits the progressive trope that conservatives are ignorant and stupid. Such contempt (which is reciprocated) led, among other things, to Donald Trump's victory in 2016. And just as it failed five years ago, it is failing again now. Which prompts the thought, if Left-liberals are so smart, why can't they think of a new line of attack and stop repeating what is so ineffectual?

Conservatives know very well what CRT is. It's not really a theory; it's the unfalsifiable assertion of racial essentialism, stigmatizing white people as irredeemably racist and privileged, and black people as systematically repressed. It is used to poison the minds of children down to the elementary school level. Public and parental understanding of CRT comes despite its advocates' efforts to obscure its meaning (which makes the Left's charges of ignorance grimly ironic).

And this brings us back to Orwell's essay. His overarching argument was for clarity of language in political debate. He demanded then, as we should demand at least as urgently today, that language be used not to conceal meaning but to convey it.

Political argument is conducted as dishonestly in 2021 as it has been within living memory. In a TV discussion a few weeks ago, I was confronted by Kristal Knight, former political director of Priorities USA, a left-wing activist organization, who defined CRT as a theory that "racism undergirds all the systems of this country, how racism exists in our structure, and how racism was one of the foundations when our founding fathers created the Constitution." Amazingly, this was intended as a defense.

She asserted that CRT is "not taught in K-12 education." Perhaps she should be introduced to Bryan Lindstrom, a history teacher and union organizer in Colorado, who declared on Twitter that "critical race theory is a component of everything I do." Many of this ilk are fully aware that those who pretend CRT is an obscure academic discipline don't know or don't care about the truth.

"In our time," wrote Orwell, "political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible." That's certainly true of advocacy of CRT.

[Jul 24, 2021] Montana Attorney General Provides Legal Basis For Rejecting Critical Race Theory- Activists - ZeroHedge

Jul 24, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Their comments came after Austin Knudsen, Republican attorney general of Montana, wrote a legal opinion about whether Marxist-invented critical race theory (CRT) violated the U.S. and Montana constitutions as well as various federal civil rights laws. He was responding to an inquiry by Elsie Arntzen, Montana's superintendent of public instruction, also a Republican.

The opinion came as public resistance to CRT grows and intensifies among parents in communities across the country who are fighting back by protesting and taking over local school boards. In 26 state legislatures bills have been introduced or other steps have been taken to prevent CRT from being taught , according to Education Week .

But those measures have rarely offered a comprehensive rationale for banning CRT, which is something Knudsen's legal opinion provides, sources consulted for this article told The Epoch Times. Without tying objections to CRT to the Constitution or state constitutions, CRT opponents had left their laws more susceptible to being overturned.

Acknowledging resistance to CRT in education is "absolutely grassroots" and led by parents at the local level, Ian Prior, a parent who helped to found and is executive director of Virginia-based Fight for Schools , said Knudsen did the right thing.

" Whenever one is taking action against policies being pushed downstream from the highest levels of government authority, having a rock-solid legal basis for those actions is absolutely necessary to accomplish required change and do so in a way that will not fluctuate with changes in political powe r," Prior said.

David Randall, director of research at the National Association of Scholars, told The Epoch Times that in his view "there has been a sudden spike of outrage by ordinary people, that the professional political class has been caught off-guard by it, and that they are struggling to catch up with popular outrage rather than fanning it."

Although legal opinions like Knudsen's are needed, much more is required for the fight, he said.

"Our elite institutions have practiced unconstitutional race discrimination for decades, regardless of the Constitution and the law. They will continue to do so until the people reassert control over their authoritarian elites. The solution must be political as well as legal. We need Knudsen, but we also need an effective political movement to remove all the elite discriminators from the chokepoints of power."

Adam Waldeck, founder of 1776 Action, a nonprofit group, said " the tighter and more grounded these anti-CRT laws are the better, and there are no doubt preexisting laws on the books against discrimination that CRT opponents should look to as well. "

"That said, the opposition to CRT started at the local grassroots level and that must continue, particularly in regards to school boards. It's up to voters to make sure that their officials (and relevant candidates) state exactly what they believe and support, which is exactly why we created The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools. "

In his legal opinion , Knudsen wrote that in many instances the use of CRT and so-called antiracism programming does discriminate "on the basis of race, color, or national origin in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Article II, Section 4 of the Montana Constitution, and the Montana Human Rights Act."

CRT, he noted, calls for teaching students how white people are supposedly by their nature racist and for engaging in racial discrimination in the name of combating it.

What Is Critical Race Theory?

" The driving force behind CRT and antiracism is the complete and total acceptance of a specific worldview -- one that encompasses very specific notions about history, philosophy, sociology, and public policy. Being a so-called 'antiracist' requires individuals to accept these premises and advocate for specific policy proposals. Individuals who do not comply cannot truly be 'antiracist,' and are, therefore, considered racist," Knudsen wrote.

" By its own terms, antiracism excludes individuals who merely advocate for the neutral legal principles of the Constitution , or who deny or question the extent to which white supremacy continues to shape our institutions," he wrote. "To that end, no one can be antiracist who does not act to eliminate the vestiges of white supremacy, i.e., embrace the specific public policy proposals of CRT and antiracism."

"For example, critics have suggested that there is one, and only one, correct stance on standardized testing, drug legalization, Medicare for All, and even the capital gains tax rate. This paradigm is conveniently constructed 'like a mousetrap,'" Knudsen wrote, quoting Christopher Rufo.

"Disagreement with any aspect becomes irrefutable evidence of its premises of systemic racism, bias, fragility, or white supremacy. CRT and antiracism are not merely academic ideas confined to university critical studies courses. These ideologies have begun to infiltrate mainstream American dialogue and permeate our institutions ."

Compelled Speech

Knudsen argues that, "Trainings, exercises, or assignments which force students or employees to admit, accept, affirm, or support controversial concepts such as privilege, culpability, identity, or status, constitute compelled speech," which is something the First Amendment forbids the government from forcing people to do.

"It is obvious that CRT and antiracism programming take strident positions on some of the most controversial political, societal, and philosophical issues of our time. Compelling students, trainees, or anyone else to mouth support for those same positions not only assaults individual dignity, it undermines the search for truth, our institutions, and our democratic system. "

Some schools have proposed separate housing and advisors based on race, as well as separate professional development training , he wrote. Some universities have been sued for diversity programs in which "they make people get down on the floor and apologize for being white."

Key elements of CRT and antiracism education and training, when used to classify students or other Montanans by race, run afoul of the U.S. Constitution and federal and state civil rights laws, Knudsen wrote.

"The term 'antiracism' appears reasonable and innocuous on its face. After all, our Constitution, our laws, and nearly all our citizens are 'antiracism,'" he wrote. But "antiracism," when used to describe radical activists' worldview, is " an Orwellian rhetorical weapon."

Knudsen added that the National Museum of African American History and Culture's website had a page dealing with "Whiteness," that bizarrely claimed traits such as "individualism," "hard work," "objectivity," "progress," "politeness," "decision-making," and "delayed gratification" were hallmarks of "white culture."

Teaching CRT

CRT supporters have lashed out at critics. Michelle Leete, Vice President of Training at the Virginia PTA (Parent Teacher Association) wished death on CRT opponents at a public event on July 15. Two days later Leete, who is also a vice president of the NAACP's chapter in Fairfax County, Virginia, was forced to resign her PTA post. The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association have vowed to defend their members who teach CRT.

After he was inaugurated, President Joe Biden promptly rescinded former President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13950, which banned teaching CRT to government contractors. Trump said the ideology was "divisive and harmful" and "like a cancer."

Critical race theory -- whose proponents frequently denounce American culture and history as "Eurocentrism" and "whiteness" -- is "a variation of critical theory applied to the American context that stresses racial divisions and sees society in terms of minority racial groups oppressed by the white majority, " according to the report of the 1776 Commission, an advisory body created by Trump, which sought to move U.S. education away from a radical curriculum that unduly emphasized race-related injustices of the past.

"Equally significant to its intellectual content is the role Critical Race Theory plays in promoting fundamental social transformation," the report states, "to impart an oppressor-victim narrative upon generations of Americans. This work of cultural revolution has been going on for decades, and its first political reverberations can be seen in 1960s America."

Trump unveiled the commission last year as the New York Times-promoted 1619 Project gained widespread acceptance among elites as it rode a wave of national revulsion over the death in Minneapolis police custody last year of black suspect George Floyd which was popularly blamed on anti-black racism by police.

The 1619 Project claims real American history began when the first African slaves arrived in colonial America in 1619, and not on July 4, 1776 , when the colonists declared independence from the United Kingdom. Educators helped to lay the foundation for the revisionist history project years ago by teaching the ahistorical "A People's History of the United States," by academic Howard Zinn, who was a member of the Communist Party USA. Millions of copies of the book have been sold.

Leftists claim CRT promotes racial equality by highlighting the supposed damage that white people have done to others in society. Left-wing sociology professor Robyn Autry of Wesleyan University, praised Biden for killing the commission, falsely claiming it promoted a "dangerous alternative history," instead of seeking a return to the traditional way the country's history has been taught.

Subversion

But critical race theory "is designed to subvert our system of government," Mary Grabar, resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization told The Epoch Times.

"Distorted history, such as The 1619 Project, is used to make CRT seem plausible. CRT is inherently anti-Constitutional and cannot be justified at the K-12 and even undergraduate levels because students are still learning history in terms of fundamentals and facts. They cannot perceive its Marxist underpinnings."

Grabar's new book , "Debunking the 1619 Project," will be published by Regnery on Sept. 7. She is also author of "Debunking Howard Zinn," published in 2019.


bikepath999 6 hours ago

that bizarrely claimed traits such as "individualism," "hard work," "objectivity," "progress," "politeness," "decision-making," and "delayed gratification" were hallmarks of "white culture." -- they are, what of it? These are excellent traits that are shared by successful people

Zero-Hegemon 5 hours ago

By CRT logic it makes Asians "white" also

MaxMax 5 hours ago (Edited)

Universities now have black only fraternities and sororities, social clubs and sometimes even buildings. Now imagine if some white students said they wanted some white only of the same thing.

I run a business; I will hire the best qualified, lowest cost, hardest working person out there. I don't care what color you are. I am here to make money and make the best product possible.

Utopia Planitia 6 hours ago

CRT is a bolshevik tactic. That's it. It is a made-up story with the purpose of dividing people. Just like the bolsheviks did in Russia during the first communist revolution.

Farmer Dave 6 hours ago remove link

My daughter is in med school at Tulane and they teach this crap all day long. She is definitely my daughter and doesn't hold her tongue. So far she's doing well but only time will tell if they try to cancel her. Then, they'll have me to deal with.

Stack Trace 6 hours ago remove link

Let's all focus on CRT instead of the a-holes strip mining the wealth of our communities. A distraction that fuels the fake red-blue divide. Folks, it's a show it's not real. This is a repeat of the same tactics as other "fake" social division issues. Lots of bogeyman manufactured to keep the sheep off balance instead of focusing on the real enemy: The Fed and the institutions and individuals it enriches

Without sound money there is no fuel to support movements that can affect real and enduring change because the communities are starved of resources to support it. The only communities that get some support the 0.001 percent and the thin sliver of the those that serve them directly.

Epoch times strikes me as controlled opposition. I could be very wrong but I don't buy their messaging.

ThaBigPerm 6 hours ago

CRT = National Socialism. Reheated Kaiser Wilhelm Institute leftovers. Just swap out the "most chosen" and "least chosen" races.

ThaBigPerm 5 hours ago (Edited)

Classical Socialism (aka International Socialism/Communism), according to its authors, is a framework that declares history is a struggle between oppressor classes and oppressed classes, and provides that the government should be given plenary power to enact remediation (dictatorship of the proletariat). If you scratch out "class" from the framework and replace it with "race", you've got National Socialism. If you then rebrand that as Critical Race Theory, then you have Critical Race Theory.

Greater Fool Theory PREMIUM 4 hours ago

Did you read the article? The main point is that conversation is not allowed. You agree completely or you are a racist white supremacist.

Pdunne 5 hours ago

This is total nonsense scholastically but if shaping a "Race Relations" narrative for use in a Political Campaign then it is useful.

BLM = CRT = BAD

Keep it simple keep it on a bumper sticker.

scraping_by 5 hours ago

One interesting admission here is that CRT is justification for Affirmative Action. Affirmative Action was Nixon's way of continuing race divisions, and generally causing hatred and discontent among the American people. Make getting a job a zero-sum game to keep working people at each others throats.

Trying to keep conflicts away from economics, war and peace, and other things that really matter since the late 1960s.

UpTo11 5 hours ago

Thank the dems for attempting to only pay farmers of color.
struck down by SC setting precedence

keep pushing back 'merica!!

4medicinalpurposesonly 6 hours ago

Nothing but deflecting blame for the outcomes their policies created

[Jul 24, 2021] An Advocacy Group Spins Diversity as Evidence of Segregation

Notable quotes:
"... American universities are busy establishing black only dorms and black only graduation ceremonies. I really don't care if that's what blacks want, I'm all for freedom of association. But please stop ascribing segregation to white racism. ..."
Jul 03, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Adam Hendricks 15 minutes ago

Things I like in a neighborhood:

1. Civic Pride: No littering. Nice parks. Nice walking areas.

2. Honest elections.

3. Quiet evenings.

4. Good policing. Low crime.

5. Good schools and stores.

6. Respectful neighbors.

7. A cultural norm that demands that violence be a rare and last resort for everyday disputes; not the normal first resort for any dispute.

The fact that when I have the resources to live where I want, the population just happens to be higher than average Asian population and lower than average Black population is a result of following criteria that has nothing to do with race... but, indirectly, does due to cultural differences we're supposed to pretend don't exist.

Joseph Katz 30 minutes ago
If people choose to live near others with whom they feel they have something in common, it is no one else's business. New York has characteristically Italian, Irish, Chinese, Jewish, etc. neighborhoods. There is nothing wrong with that.
Robert LaPorta 52 minutes ago (Edited)
As Mark Twain is purported to have said. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." and "Statistics is the art of never having to say you're wrong."
Igor Liokumovich 53 minutes ago
American universities are busy establishing black only dorms and black only graduation ceremonies. I really don't care if that's what blacks want, I'm all for freedom of association. But please stop ascribing segregation to white racism.
Ernest Montague 57 minutes ago
I live in a city, Oakland, with a large black community. My neighborhood is quite integrated. One of the things that we see here is that many times black people enjoy living in a community where their culture is predominant and where they feel comfortable. There are large, middle class black neighborhoods here where the resident could easily sell and move to more diverse areas. They don't.
Bruce Lyon 1 hour ago
Am I the only person who questions why we have all of this racial scorekeeping to begin with? The nation's GDP would go up a few points if all of these race-obsessed bureaucrats, analysts, academics, advocates, et al were actually engaged in productive activity.
Mark A. Rosasco 1 hour ago
I don't doubt our cities are becoming more segregated, they are mostly run by democrats, horribly mismanaged, and crime is reaching very high levels.

People who can get out are leaving and in many cases only people who are too poor to leave are trapped there and a large majority of them are African American.

Many cities are in a serious downward spiral and are in desperate need of better policing.

The defund the police movement is the exact opposite of what is needed.

Better relations between the law abiding citizens and the police is badly needed and better training of police officers so less people get killed.

Community leaders should be doing everything they can to stop people from resisting arrest, you don't hear much about that issue.

Obviously none this happens by reducing or eliminating police funding.

The exact opposite is needed, increase funding.

What a leadership vacuum.

BRUCE MONTGOMERY 1 hour ago
Highly recommended that Berkeley eliminate the "Belonging Center" and fund the Woodson Center instead.

The Woodson Center does the hard work in the streets.

Yuri Vizitei 1 hour ago
I am encouraged, relieved even, that the commentators are just worked up and outraged about progressive's statistical shenanigans'.

These days of insurrections and such, since some folks want to go back when things were great (again), say 1955? I was fully expecting to see some expressing nostalgia for those good old segregated days.

But I suppose we haven't quite gotten back there yet.

Robert D 1 hour ago
The left lies. They need to make up fake statistics to even debate a topic. These are the same people say Republicans were the ones defunding the Police!
James Rodden 1 hour ago
It's so easy to make up any "index" which shows whatever it is you want to show. This "index" will be taken as gospel by our wonderfully "unbiased" press and then followed by all the liberal politicians who will spout it as fact"¦.
BRUCE MONTGOMERY 1 hour ago
Why is Univ. of Calif - Berkeley allowing an advocacy center to set up shop on its campus?

Academic research is supposed to aim for objective, dispassionate findings, not ideological advocacy.

Such a center only stains the university's reputation and credibility.

carl sanders 2 hours ago
Meanwhile, China must be laughing at how the Left in this country loves to trash our country.
China is focused on domination in all areas--which means talent over feelings.

We are becoming a Nation of weak minded people who look to the Government to run their lives.

Gregory Dolinajec 2 hours ago
As a graduate of UC Berkeley I can honestly say I am amused ( and saddened) by its loss of purpose. I routinely get emails from the Chancellor which border on comedic. This study follows her lead. Diversity trumps academic rigor. Safe spaces trump the intellectually demanding class. Drivel, clear thought. and so on.
J Seders 2 hours ago
Just like inflation. When the outcome doesn't fit your narrative, change the metric. Then feign moral superiority
Jack Johnson 2 hours ago
Thomas Sowell wrote dozens of articles and books that completely destroy this "study."
Carlos Lumpuy 2 hours ago
College graduates separated by race and ethnicity, so they graduate with others who look like themselves.
How disgusting is that?
Where is the outrage?
What on earth are we doing to our young?
People live where they can afford to live more than any diversity.
The real American Dream is not achieved through meritless affirmative action at work or in school but through providing all people with the opportunity to better themselves through individual effort and skill, not by specially created classes.
These false collectivist narrative constructs are not the fulfillment of the American dream but its very debasement.
We are all Americans, human beings;
But until we stop looking at each other with this prejudice, I describe,
We will never be united, colorblind, and free.
Only the truly educated are free.
Woke yet?
BRUCE MONTGOMERY 2 hours ago
Can't trust any research study coming out of academia; contaminated by ideology and identity politics.

Academic researchers will twist and contort data into pretzels to produce their ideological outcomes.

They've nearly lost all credibility.

Martin Schneider 1 hour ago
Bruce; I have thought that was true for a long time but recently I have looked up things on critical race theory and the "facts" they bring up defy the imagination. That race is only a social construct is one of the most absurd. It completely flies in the face of common sense
ALAN T 3 hours ago
I'm am so tired and confused. Isn't African American now that are insisting on sperate but equal? I mean we have at their insistence separate living quarters, separate graduation ceremonies, white free days on campus ..... I mean you really can't win can you. No matter how you attempt to accommodate their demands every action is racist.

[Jul 15, 2021] How Adherents See " Critical Race Theory' by William A. Galston

Jul 13, 2021 | www.wsj.com

At its recent annual meeting, the National Education Association adopted an agenda item stating, "It is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory."

Becky Pringle, the teachers union's president, declared that "if this grand experiment in democracy is to succeed," then "we must continuously do the work to challenge ourselves and others to dismantle the racist interconnected systems and the economic injustices that have perpetuated systemic inequities."

Asked about the NEA's decision, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Biden believes "children should learn about our history," including the view that "there is systemic racism that is still impacting society today."

With this statement, Mr. Biden has plunged headlong into a roiling national debate about critical race theory, and it isn't clear he can win it. The issue has become central to the cultural agenda that Republicans hope to ride to victory in the midterm elections. The share of Americans who believe its impact on our society will be negative is twice as large as those with a positive assessment. Only 16% strongly support teaching critical race theory in public schools, compared with 29% who strongly oppose it.

Between Feb. 1 and June 13, Fox News mentioned critical race theory more than 1,300 times. Christopher Rufo, a young conservative activist who was instrumental in persuading President Trump to issue an executive order restricting diversity training throughout the executive branch, has a remarkably effective strategy. It's no secret: In a well-known tweet, he described his plan for turning critical race theory "toxic" by putting "all of the various cultural insanities under that brand category."

[Jul 09, 2021] New government program helps you snitch on your family members

Jul 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

By Simon Black via Sovereign Man

Elizabeth Packard disagreed with her husband on religion.

While this might not seem like a big deal today, when you were a woman married to a preacher in the mid-1800s, it was a HUGE deal.

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Elizabeth became increasing bold in stating her religious opinions openly -- as well as her anti-slavery views and support for abolitionist John Brown.

So in 1860 her husband exercised his legal right to have her committed to an insane asylum.

Elizabeth spent three years in the asylum before being deemed incurable. She was released back to the custody of her husband, who locked her in a room and nailed the windows shut.

But with the help of a friend, Elizabeth managed to take her husband to court over the confinement. A jury took only seven minutes to decide that she was healthy, sane, and deserved her freedom.

Sadly, her case was not unique.

The records from one mental asylum from the era still survive, and they show vast amounts of cases in which women were diagnosed as insane because they did not accept the prevailing views of society, or of their husbands.

A common diagnosis was to rule a woman "insane by religious fantasy." In other words, she did not believe in the exact same religious principles as her neighbors and family members.

Behaving and thinking independently was more than enough to deem a woman crazy and totally ruin her life.

And everyone in her social circle -- friends, neighbors, family members, and even her own husband -- was able to rat them out to the authorities for their dangerous, aberrant behavior.

You'd think this sort of custom would have gone out of style long ago.

But thanks to a new program being developed by the White House, you too can soon report your 'insane' friends and family members who don't express approved social views.

Recently a senior White House official announced a "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism".

And this new strategy includes programs for people to "seek help" from the government on behalf of anyone they "perceive to be radicalizing".

Their objective here is to prevent violence and domestic terrorism. That sounds noble enough.

But even basic truths about violence are completely tainted by ideology and politics.

Angry, menacing rioters rampaging through the streets, torching cars, looting stores, and destroying property? They're "mostly peaceful", hence this White House program doesn't apply to them.

But the man who grabs a weapon to defend his family against those angry, menacing rioters? He's a violent radical who should be reported.

Then there's Dr. Aruna Khilanani, who earlier this month lectured at Yale University about her fantasies of killing white people.

Again, though, she's neither considered radical nor potentially violent so she doesn't fit into this new White House program.

Saying, however, that "a man cannot get pregnant," which was enough for Twitter to ban a Spanish politician recently, is absolutely considered radical.

The rules are terribly confusing. Fortunately the US government will be bringing in the Big Tech companies to monitor our behavior and keep us all in check.

It's also notable that the federal government is spending boatloads of taxpayer dollars teaching US government employees about Critical Race Theory, which asserts that everyone is racist and that you are either a victim or an oppressor based on your skin color.

I say this is notable because they don't spend those same taxpayer dollars on the principles taught by Martin Luther King, i.e. that we should strive for a society where people are judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.

But MLK's view is now considered outdated by the woke progressives in charge.

And they even have 'science' to back up their assertions.

For example, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association published an article last month explaining that whiteness is "a malignant, parasitic-like condition".

And as we've all been told, you gotta trust the science!

This is rapidly becoming the accepted social view, and any departure from this thesis is considered 'radical'.

It's ironic that most of the bureaucrats and politicians mandating this training don't have the first clue what they're talking about.

Recently General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that teaching Critical Race Theory and "white rage" to military cadets at West Point (my alma mater) was important.

Yet he simultaneously acknowledged that he doesn't know the first thing about Critical Race Theory, referring to it as "whatever the theory is. . ."

And that pretty much sums up institutional leadership these days in the Land of the Free.

Politicians in government, business executives, and now even military generals, are only concerned about appearances, not substance.

They know nothing about Critical Race Theory. They just want to give the appearance that they're doing something especially when everyone else is doing the same thing.

Just about every big company and organization, from Coca Cola to Disney to Major League Baseball to the Central Intelligence Agency, has jumped on board the Woke train and embraced these idiotic principles.

Hardly a single so-called 'leader' has stood up to say 'I agree there are problems to solve, but this approach is totally absurd and I'm not going along with it.'

These executives have too much to lose -- power, prestige, paychecks so they fall in line and do what everyone else is doing.

Standing apart from the crowd, risking your reputation, and raising a voice of dissent takes courage -- something that is sorely lacking in political and corporate leadership.

This weak, pitiful leadership is the reason why the entire woke movement has snowballed out of control: no one with any real power is willing to stand against it anymore.

It's also the reason why looting Nike stores and rioting in the streets is seen as 'mostly peaceful'.

Yet anyone with conservative views is considered "radical", worthy of being committed to modern-day digital insane asylum (i.e. censored by the Big Tech platforms).

Frankly, if history is any guide, this trend is most likely going to become much worse. But one day it will subside.

It may take years. But the woke Twitter mob will eventually run out of people to hate and start feeding on its own fanatics. It's like the Soviet Union: sooner or later the entire idiotic ideology will collapse on itself.

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Greed is King 18 hours ago

The Hitler Youth were encouraged to "snitch", and they did, on their parents, their teachers, everybody. The NAZI Concentration Camps killed Aryans as well as ****.

Welcome to the Elite`s brave new world.

_Conax_ 15 hours ago

Insane, huh.

The soviet communist party used their mental hospitals to silence and punish their critics. I never trusted shrinks because their profession is based on the hack theories of bearded hare brains. Everyone either hates their father or want to boink their moms according to those quacks.

The treatment involves zombie pills.

Are our leftists so weak they can't face the free thinking in the war of ideas?

Umh 18 hours ago

It could have been worse.

https://allthatsinteresting.com/rosemary-kennedy-lobotomy

steve2241 15 hours ago

Absolutely horrifying. And that was in the 20th century, not the 15th!

indus creed 14 hours ago (Edited)

One NY judge tried to commit Dinesh D'Souza to a mental hospital during his campaign finance hearing. They are gonna declare all old school thinking as insane.

jakevee 18 hours ago

Sounds like North Korea.

Dr Phuckit 12 hours ago

Snitching was a major part of 1984, you got rewarded with a few bread crumbs.

Baby steps until one day you realize ....

Obamanism666 7 hours ago

Bring me the person, we will find a crime

JustSayNo 5 hours ago (Edited)

Sometime this weekend, I'm going to have to find the time to post a little write up I'd found on the persecution of the Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland in the late 1600's- early 1700's. This included crucifixion of their Presbyterian ministers, tossing their babies alive into pots of boiling water, hunting the men down and murdering as in the style of an English fox hunt. This occurred at the hands of the English, and though just one example of the atrocities spurred by the English aristocracy and bankers of the times, the fate of the Ulster Scots was probably the worst of it. The Ulster Scots migrated to the US in droves at the time. They tended to push out into the American wilderness, getting as far away from the systems of English rule and governance in the American cities as possible. Justifiably, they hated the English. It seems, that the English aristocracy and bankers are still after the descendants of the Ulster Scots today- labeling them "domestic terrorists", blaming them for slavery (which was really to the profit of the English banking system and investors in trade of the times, and was not of benefit to the average American ). To the Ulster Scots and others who had suffered in Europe, and some other parts of the world, at the hands of the English, slavery probably seemed rather tame, and pushing out to the wilderness and frontiers the way that the Scots did, slavery of Africans was likely not much a part of their universe . What the Ulster Scots cared about, was freedom from the rule and governance of the despicable English aristocracy. And with good reason. They also tended not to talk about what had happened to them, as our Irish-American ancestors tended not to talk about what had really happened at the hands of the English. Its time to start talking about the Ulster Scots. Much of the our ideas about freedom, about our relationship to government, property. about the second amendment and the importance an ability of the people to protect itself from government, come from the Scots. We need a reminder as to why the Scots felt this way, based on experiences. Their experience of exactly what government will do to a people when that people is unable to defend itself, and that government is controlled by Khazarian and other bankers.

ebear 8 hours ago

"It's like the Soviet Union: sooner or later the entire idiotic ideology will collapse on itself."

Ozarkian 2 hours ago

The media narratives no longer work. The movers and shakers are losing control and it should scare the hell out of them. They might actually have to work for a living.

Aireannpure 14 hours ago

Do not comment on social dogma, rhetoric and platitudes dudes.

[Jul 04, 2021] The most bitterly funny story of the week is that a defector from North Korea thinks that even her homeland is 'not as nuts' as the indoctrination now forced on Western students

Jul 04, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com


As Peter Hitchens noted recently "the most bitterly funny story of the week is that a defector from North Korea thinks that even her homeland is 'not as nuts' as the indoctrination now forced on Western students."

One of Yeonmi Park's initial shocks upon starting classes at Colombia University was to be met with a frown after revealing to a staff member that she enjoyed reading Jane Austen. "Did you know," Ms. Park was sternly admonished, "that those writers had a colonial mind-set? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you."

But after encountering the new requirement for the use of gender-neutral pronouns, Yeonmi concluded: "Even North Korea is not this nuts North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy." Devastatingly honest, but not exactly a compliment to what once might have been the land of her dreams.

Sadly, Hitchens reports that her previous experience served Yeonmi well to adapt to her new situation: "She came to fear that making a fuss would affect her grades and her degree. Eventually, she learned to keep quiet, as people do when they try to live under intolerant regimes, and let the drivel wash over her."

Eastern European readers will unfailingly understand what it is that Hitchens meant to say.

[Jul 03, 2021] Neoliberal game with "Oppressive Language" is a pure Orwellian linguistic madness

You need to drink a lot of "woke coke" and wearing exclusively "woke Nike" to digest those recommendations without laughing.
History repeats, first as tragedy, second as farce. White Guard rebels during Russian civil War called Bolsheviks "Tovatitcshi"(Comrades) as they prohibited to say Sir to the officers.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
Jul 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

As George Orwell has taught us, language manipulation is at the frontline (yes, I have just broken one of the cardinal rules of his " Politics and the English Language ," but not his final injunction to "break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous") of politicised mind-bending. The sort of language we are permitted to use circumscribes the thinking that we shall be allowed to engage in. The assault on language is, therefore, an integral component of the unrelenting warfare being waged for the conquest and control of the mind. Word elimination and reassignment of meaning, as Orwell also presciently noted, are essential elements of the campaign to reformat the mind and eventually to subjugate it.

A breath-taking example of how this process works was recently unveiled by the thoroughly brain-washed students of the once prestigious Brandeis University who, this time without prompting from their faculty elders and betters, voted to ban from their campus such odious words and phrases as "picnic" and "you guys," for being "oppressive". "Picnic" is prohibited because it allegedly evokes the lynching of Blacks.

The precocious young intellectuals took pains to produce an entire list of objectionable words and phrases, shocking award-winning novelist Joyce Carol Oates who tweeted in bewilderment: "What sort of punishment is doled out for a faculty member who utters the word 'picnic' at Brandeis? Or the phrase [also proscribed – S.K.] 'trigger warning'? Loss of tenure, public flogging, self-flagellation?"

Oppressive Language Possible Alternatives Explanation
Killing it Great job! If someone is doing well, we
don't need to equate that to
Awesome! murder!
Take a shot at Give it a go These expressions needlessly use
imagery of hurting someone or
Take a stab at Try something.
Trigger warning Content note The word "trigger" has
connections to guns for many
Drop-in people; we can give the same
head's up using language less
connected to violence.
Rule of thumb General rule This expression comes from an
old British law allowing men to
beat their wives with sticks no
wider than their thumb.
Pknk Outdoor eating Tlie term picnic is often
associated with lynchings of
Black people in the United
States, during which white
spectators were said to have
watched while eating, referring
to them as picnics or other terms
involving racial slurs against
Black people.
Go off tlte reservation Disagree with tlie group, defect This phrase has a harmful
from the group history rooted in the violent
removal of indigenous people
from their land and the Itorrible
consequences for someone that
left the reservation.
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Not Your Father's ZH 8 hours ago (Edited)

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. " ― George Orwell

Not Your Father's ZH 8 hours ago (Edited)

Like Water for Coca-Cola by Theodore Dalrymple . . . Google, the 21st Century Oracle at Delphi.

I Consume, Ergo Sum.

"Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." ― Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

Read more quotes from Thomas Sowell Happy 91st Birthday to Thomas Sowell

Lordflin 10 hours ago

The constant reconstruction of language is a highly effective tool when employed against weak minds... as most folks have only a loose association with the words in their heads...

As meanings of words are changed the ideas associated with those words change... consequently a society can be transformed into a different society without ever answering a single argument...

Not Your Father's ZH 8 hours ago (Edited)

"I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time . . . My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups." ~ War Is A Racket, by Major General Smedley Butler, 1935

A_Huxley 7 hours ago

Maoism.

zorrosgato 10 hours ago

picnic (n.)

1748 (in Chesterfield's "Letters"), but the thing itself apparently was rare before c. 1800 as an English institution [OED]; it originally meant "a fashionable social affair (not necessarily out of doors) in which every partaker contributed something to the general table;" from French piquenique (1690s), perhaps a reduplication of piquer "to pick, peck," from Old French (see pike (n.1)), or the second element may be nique "worthless thing," from a Germanic source.

As in many other riming names, the elements are used without precision, but the lit. sense is appar. 'a picking or nibbling of bits,' a snatch, snack .... [Century Dictionary]

The word also turns up 18c. in German, Danish, Swedish. Later "pleasure party the members of which carry provisions with them on an excursion, as to some place in the country." Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1886. Picnic basket is by 1857. Picnic table is by 1858, originally a folding table used for outdoor dining.

https://www.etymonline.com/word/picnic

MoonWatcher 5 hours ago

Meanwhile the top Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Indian etc. schools concentrating on STEM are laughing their asses off.

John Grady 6 hours ago

Activism is now a career path so to differentiate yourself as an activist you have to have an angle so you look busy. Endless bickering about minutia makes it look like they're doing something.

amerikan 6 hours ago

"Mission Creep" for creeps

[Jul 03, 2021] The Descent Into (Utter) Orwellian Madness

Jul 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Stephen Karganovic via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Little wonder that here and there sanity nostalgia is gripping the Western world, at least those isolated portions of it that are not internalising the sinister "new normal." But it is seemingly to no avail. All commanding positions are firmly in the hands of lunatics, who are determined to turn a once great and exemplary civilisation into an asylum.

As George Orwell has taught us, language manipulation is at the frontline (yes, I have just broken one of the cardinal rules of his " Politics and the English Language ," but not his final injunction to "break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous") of politicised mind-bending. The sort of language we are permitted to use circumscribes the thinking that we shall be allowed to engage in. The assault on language is, therefore, an integral component of the unrelenting warfare being waged for the conquest and control of the mind. Word elimination and reassignment of meaning, as Orwell also presciently noted, are essential elements of the campaign to reformat the mind and eventually to subjugate it.

A breath-taking example of how this process works was recently unveiled by the thoroughly brain-washed students of the once prestigious Brandeis University who, this time without prompting from their faculty elders and betters, voted to ban from their campus such odious words and phrases as "picnic" and "you guys," for being "oppressive". "Picnic" is prohibited because it allegedly evokes the lynching of Blacks.

The precocious young intellectuals took pains to produce an entire list of objectionable words and phrases, shocking award-winning novelist Joyce Carol Oates who tweeted in bewilderment: "What sort of punishment is doled out for a faculty member who utters the word 'picnic' at Brandeis? Or the phrase [also proscribed – S.K.] 'trigger warning'? Loss of tenure, public flogging, self-flagellation?"

All three punishments will probably be applied to reactionary professors who go afoul of the list's rigorous linguistic requirements.

Not to be outdone by the progressive kids on the East Coast, avant-garde California legislators have passed a law to remove the pronoun "he" from state legal texts. The momentous reform was initiated by California's new attorney general, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, who after looking up the job requirements made the shocking discovery that the law assumed that the attorney general would be a man.

Upon review, it turned out that the state code and other legal documents were enabling unacceptable concepts by using pronouns "he," "him" and "his" when referring to the attorney general and other state-wide elected officials. Appalled, Ms. Bauer-Kahan denounced these linguistic lapses for not representing "where California is and where California is going." She inarguably was right on that score at least, which has perhaps also something to do with the massive exodus of California residents to less complicated parts of the country.

When lawmakers of a state which is rapidly turning into a North American Calcutta have no concerns more pressing than to revise the use of pronouns in official documents, that sends a clear message where that state is going, exactly as the smart and thoroughly up-to-date woman said.

But as a Pakistani immigrant father in Seattle, state of Washington, discovered to his chagrin, the linguistic clowning can have very serious personal and political consequences. After checking in his 16-year-old autistic son for treatment in what he thought was a medical facility, Ahmed was shocked to receive a telephone call where a social worker explained to him that the child he had originally entrusted to the medical authorities as a son was actually transgender and must henceforth, under legal penalty of removal, be referred to and treated as a "daughter."

Coming from a traditional society still governed by tyrannical precepts of common sense and not accustomed to the ways of the asylum where in search of a better life he and his family inadvertently ended up, the father (a title that like mother, now officially "number one parent," is also on the way out ) was able to conceive his tragic predicament only by weaving a complex conspiracy theory:

"They were trying to create a customer for their gender clinic . . . and they seemed to absolutely want to push us in that direction. We had calls with counsellors and therapists in the establishment, telling us how important it is for him to change his gender, because that's the only way he's going to be better out of this suicidal depressive state."

Since in the equally looney state of Washington the age when minors can request a gender-change surgery without parental consent is 13, the Pakistani parents saw clearly the writing on the wall and, bless them, they came up with a clever stratagem to outwit their callous ideological tormentors. Ahmed "assured Seattle Children's Hospital that he would take his son to a gender clinic and commence his son's transition. Instead, he collected his son, quit his job, and moved his family of four out of Washington."

Perhaps feeling the heat from the linguistic Gestapo even in his celebrity kitchen, iconic chef Jamie Oliver has come on board. Absurdly, Jamie vowed fealty to the ascendant normal by dropping the term "Kaffir lime leaves" from his recipes , in fear that the alleged "historically racist slur" would offend South Africans. No evidence at all has been furnished or demanded of complaints from South Africa in that regard. But it speaks volumes that someone of Jamie's influence and visibility should nevertheless deem it prudent to anticipate such criticism even though, should it have materialised, it of course would not originate from South Africa but from white Western political correctness commissars.

Jamie is now busy, but not just cooking. He is going over his previously published recipes in order to expunge all offensive references to kefir leaves. Orwell aficionados will recall this precious passage from 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 now every recipe as well. The dystopia fits, does it not, to a tee even something as seemingly trivial as a cooking show?

But it is not just recipes. Children's fairy tales are also fair game for 1984 revision. Hollywood actress Natalie Portman ( Star Wars , The Professional , Thor ), inspired apparently by the new cultural normal, has taken it upon herself not to write, but to re-write, several classic fairy tales to make them "gender-neutral," so "children can defy gender stereotypes." Predictably, pronouns were again a major target:

"I found myself changing the pronouns in many of their books because so many of them had overwhelmingly male characters, disproportionate to reality," quoth Natalie as she put her linguistic scalpel to such old favourites as The Tortoise and the Hare , Country Mouse and City Mouse and The Three Little Pigs .

Need we go on, or does the sharp reader already get the general drift? How about State University of New York student Owen Stevens , who was suspended and censured for pointing out on his Instagram the ascertainable biological fact that "A man is a man, a woman is a woman. A man is not a woman and a woman is not a man." (Owen was snitched on by fellow students, readers from the former Eastern bloc will be amused to learn.) Or the Nebraska university basketball coach who was suspended for using in a motivational speech the mysteriously offensive word "plantation"? Or the hip $57,000-a-year NYC school that banned students from saying "mom" and "dad" , from asking where classmates went on vacation or wishing anyone "Merry Christmas" or even "Happy Holidays"? Or female university student Lisa Keogh in Scotland who said in class "women have vaginas" (who would be better informed than she on that subject?) and are "not as strong as men", who is facing disciplinary action by the university after fellow classmates complained about her "offensive and discriminatory" comments? Or Spanish politician Francisco José Contreras whose Twitter account was blocked as a warning for 12 hours after he tweeted what some would regard as the self-evident truth that "men cannot get pregnant" because they have "no uterus or eggs"?

As Peter Hitchens noted recently "the most bitterly funny story of the week is that a defector from North Korea thinks that even her homeland is 'not as nuts' as the indoctrination now forced on Western students."

One of Yeonmi Park's initial shocks upon starting classes at Colombia University was to be met with a frown after revealing to a staff member that she enjoyed reading Jane Austen. "Did you know," Ms. Park was sternly admonished, "that those writers had a colonial mind-set? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you."

But after encountering the new requirement for the use of gender-neutral pronouns, Yeonmi concluded: "Even North Korea is not this nuts North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy." Devastatingly honest, but not exactly a compliment to what once might have been the land of her dreams.

Sadly, Hitchens reports that her previous experience served Yeonmi well to adapt to her new situation: "She came to fear that making a fuss would affect her grades and her degree. Eventually, she learned to keep quiet, as people do when they try to live under intolerant regimes, and let the drivel wash over her."

Eastern European readers will unfailingly understand what it is that Hitchens meant to say.

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Plus Size Model 9 hours ago

No worries! We're talking about two different things. You explicitly mentioned meanings of words in your initial post. Now you're also alluding to what a psyop officer would describe as manipulating the cognitive environment of a target group. Cognitive manipulation is a much larger toolbox and involves things like perception management, information management, memory retrieval, what old timers refer to as symbol manipulation, etc.

In psychological warfare literature, symbols are somewhat of a mental bookmark. You can really mess people up by altering the bookmarks slightly or changing around the files they reference in a prolonged campaign.

The Nazi swastika is probably the most successful symbol manipulation campaign ever. It means different things to different people and these meanings have evolved substantially over time. Each new generation and is indoctrinated with different presentations of the swastika. The wide latitude of interpretation and extreme views associated with it have consistently created huge social flash points over the past 90 years.

Lorenz Feedback 9 hours ago

I think somethings are being overlooked on this point, Semantic prosody concerns itself with the way unusual combinations of words can create intertextual 'resonance' and can suggest speaker/writer attitude and opinion. Consider the difference with using very powerful versus utterly compelling when presenting an argument. Some words shape narratives better than others and trigger a response well known to advertisers and propagandists...and help shape public opinion.

https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/55272357.pdf

Lordflin 9 hours ago

Yes... changing the context of words has a huge impact...

ie the word white is now seen in the context of numerous pejoratives...

Cautiously Pessimistic 10 hours ago

I fit in here in America less and less with each passing year. I feel like a stranger in my own country at times. I am sure that is by design.

Max Power 9 hours ago

On the other hand, as soon as people encounter real problems like hunger, bankruptcy, or homelessness, all this ivy league brainwashing evaporates in an instance. Just a stupid game played by wealthy white libtards believing in fairytales.

[Jul 03, 2021] The Godfather of Critical Race Theory

So even in 1971 corporate American understood usefulness of critical race theory and "black bolshevism" for their needs. Otherwise Bell would never get a tenure in Harvard -- the bastion of neoliberalism and corporatism.
As the theory is a typical pseudoscience in the best style of Academician Lysenko, it is natural that " Far more Americans have learned about critical race theory from its opponents than from the theorists themselves."
The idea that "struggle for racial equality is worthwhile even though it will never succeed." remiinds me Eduard Bernstein's "movement toward goal is everything; goal is nothing" see Eduard Bernstein's Revisionist Critique of Marxist Theory and Practice Bernstein was a member of the German Social Democratic party which was a particularly strong and important member of the Second International conference. Bernstein's thoughts are encapsulated in his book, Evolutionary Socialism, published in 1899.
Notable quotes:
"... ...Far more Americans have learned about critical race theory from its opponents than from the theorists themselves. ..."
"... The political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr., whose work focuses on race and inequality, wrote about a conference he attended at Harvard Law School in 1991, where "I heard the late, esteemed legal theorist, Derrick Bell, declare on a panel that blacks had made no progress since 1865. I was startled not least because Bell's own life, as well as the fact that Harvard's black law students' organization put on the conference, so emphatically belied his claim." Mr. Reed dismissed the idea as "more a jeremiad than an analysis." ..."
"... Like the French existentialist Albert Camus, who saw Sisyphus's eternal effort to roll a boulder uphill as a symbol of human endurance in an absurd world, Bell demands "recognition of the futility of action" while insisting "that action must be taken." ..."
"... To the journalist and historian James Traub, who profiled Bell for the New Republic magazine in 1993, this amounted to a recipe for paralysis: "If you convince whites that their racism is ineradicable, what are they supposed to do? And what are blacks to do with their hard-won victim status?" ..."
Jul 03, 2021 | www.wsj.com

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In their book "Critical Race Theory: An Introduction," Mr. Delgado and Jean Stefancic list several of its core premises, including the view that "racism is ordinary, not aberrational," and that it "serves important purposes, both psychic and material, for the dominant group," that is, for white people. In recent years, these ideas have entered the mainstream thanks to the advocacy of the Black Lives Matter movement, which was catalyzed by several high-profile cases of police violence against Black people, as well as the New York Times's 1619 Project and bestselling books like Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" and Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist." Critical race theory also informs instruction at some schools and other institutions.

...Far more Americans have learned about critical race theory from its opponents than from the theorists themselves. That may be inevitable, since their writing was mostly aimed at other scholars. But at least one major work is more accessible: "Faces at the Bottom of the Well," the 1992 book by Derrick Bell, who is often described as the founder or godfather of critical race theory.

Bell died in 2011, but the response to his work foreshadows today's controversies. In "Faces," he blends the genres of fiction and essay to communicate his powerfully pessimistic sense of "the permanence of racism" -- the book's subtitle. Bell's thought has been an important influence on some of today's most influential writers on race, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander.

Derrick Bell was born in Pittsburgh in 1930, and after serving in the Air Force he went to work as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Eisenhower Justice Department. He left the job in 1959 after being told that he had to resign his membership in the NAACP to avoid compromising his objectivity. That experience reflects a major theme in Bell's work: Can traditional legal standards of objectivity and neutrality lead to justice for Black Americans, or does fighting racism require a more politically engaged, results-oriented approach to the law?

In 1971, Bell became the first Black professor to receive tenure at Harvard Law School. As he writes in "Faces," "When I agreed to become Harvard's first black faculty member I did so on the express commitment that I was to be the first, but not the last, black hired. I was to be the pioneer, the trailblazer." But the school was slow to hire more Black faculty, leading Bell to leave in protest in 1990. He ended up spending the last part of his career at NYU Law School.

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The political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr., whose work focuses on race and inequality, wrote about a conference he attended at Harvard Law School in 1991, where "I heard the late, esteemed legal theorist, Derrick Bell, declare on a panel that blacks had made no progress since 1865. I was startled not least because Bell's own life, as well as the fact that Harvard's black law students' organization put on the conference, so emphatically belied his claim." Mr. Reed dismissed the idea as "more a jeremiad than an analysis."

In the conclusion to "Faces," Bell argues that the struggle for racial equality is worthwhile even though it will never succeed. Like the French existentialist Albert Camus, who saw Sisyphus's eternal effort to roll a boulder uphill as a symbol of human endurance in an absurd world, Bell demands "recognition of the futility of action" while insisting "that action must be taken."

To the journalist and historian James Traub, who profiled Bell for the New Republic magazine in 1993, this amounted to a recipe for paralysis: "If you convince whites that their racism is ineradicable, what are they supposed to do? And what are blacks to do with their hard-won victim status?"

... ... ...

These experiences inform "Faces at the Bottom of the Well," which is made up of nine fables, some with a science-fiction twist. In one story, a new continent emerges in the Atlantic Ocean, with an atmosphere that only African-Americans can breathe. In another, the U.S. institutes a system where whites can pay for permission to discriminate against Blacks -- a kind of cap-and-trade scheme for bigotry.

[Jul 01, 2021] The Tyranny Of The Minority Is Just As Dangerous As The Tyranny Of The Majority

Jul 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

The question implies that state actors are specially qualified or motivated to subsidize minority opinion in order to rectify the unfair treatment of minorities -- that the state is the most qualified entity for intervening in opinion to favor minorities. But it is easily demonstrated that the market provides more incentives to advocate for the fair treatment of minorities than does the state. Markets encourage legal equality among buyers and sellers. The state, meanwhile, has no monopoly on equal treatment -- to say the least. Quite to the contrary, states have more incentives to discriminate against particular groups, as state prerogatives often depend on discrimination. Consider the treatment of the Japanese and Germans in America during World War II, or the treatment of Middle Easterners after 9/11. (Notice how discrimination against Middle Easterners morphed into the consternation about "Islamophobia" when the prerogatives of the state shifted from "the war on terror" under George W. Bush to the incorporation of Islamic immigrants into the electorate under Barack Obama.)

Thus, we should be quite skeptical when states impose the opinion of minorities on the majority through special programs in schools and elsewhere. Such programs likely involve "positive discrimination" against particular groups, consistent with state objectives.

In fact, discrimination is precisely what is involved in the teaching of critical race theory in schools, the military, the intelligence agencies, and in other government agencies today. Critical race theory is a minority opinion that even most blacks do not agree with. It is being foisted on the majority to establish discrimination against "whites," in order to destroy a political contingent deemed inimical to the Democratic Party–run state. It is a means for marginalizing oppositional elements and driving others into the voting ranks of the Democratic Party by means of ideology. The state imposition of minority opinion does not serve minorities.

[Jun 26, 2021] The Racism Of Low Expectations

Sounds like a great book for Tucker to recommend to that Army Chief of Staff!
Notable quotes:
"... I call it ROLE -- The Racism Of Low Expectations. This phenomenon has done ten times more to damage Black lives than can be attributed to CRT or institutionalized racism. ..."
"... A subset of ROLE is MVT. This is Manufactured Victimhood Theory. This comes about from influential Black "leaders" who, instead of teaching Blacks the truth about how to live good lives (work hard, develop skills, etc.), they told them to apply as their life strategy "say you are a victim." ..."
Jun 26, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Cindy Fryman 4 hours ago

Recently the Joint Chiefs of Staff remarked that the US military should teach CTR to our military essentially because they shoild teach all theories.

That doesn't make sense to me but I would like to put another theory into the public sphere. I call it ROLE -- The Racism Of Low Expectations. This phenomenon has done ten times more to damage Black lives than can be attributed to CRT or institutionalized racism.

A subset of ROLE is MVT. This is Manufactured Victimhood Theory. This comes about from influential Black "leaders" who, instead of teaching Blacks the truth about how to live good lives (work hard, develop skills, etc.), they told them to apply as their life strategy "say you are a victim."

I am hoping that ROLE and MVT will become part of all aspects of American life -- all levels of education, the military, businesses, the media, etc.

If the goal really is to improve Black lives, ROLE and MVT should be the rage over the next few years.

Tom F

John Callahan 4 hours ago
Corporate America 'makes money critiquing itself.' The rest of us pay the price in diminished freedom.
Wokeism is fascism dressed up in new clothes- the censorship, demonization of groups and individuals and the physical violence against people and property remain the same. Corporate America has one overriding interest- making money. Paying the left (and yes, fascism is of the left) through critiquing itself and token monetary donations is a get out of jail free card for Corporate America.

"Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it."
- Thomas Sowell

Dom Fried 4 hours ago
It will end the same. Almost, because there will be nobody to stop it.
Ed Baron 3 hours ago
Very well said, John. Fascism is a fundamental element or subset of Leftist or Marxist thought. It demands conformity of the individual to the new "woke" state and it punishes any who dissent. It's not incidental that American Leftists, including FDR, loved Mussolini prior to WWII. That bromance has been washed clean, and attributed instead to the Right. Such a typical transference technique used by Marxist.
Alex Guiness
I interpret your supposition 'White male global warming', as meaning White Males are particularly flatulent hence are producing Green House Gases with their diets of greasy meats (some on sticks), carnival funnel cakes, corn dogs, Philly cheese-steaks, Popeyes fried chicken, all washed down with Bud Light. Would it kill them to have a salad now and then? How can their spouses stand to be around them unless they are also consuming the same foods. Imagine what it must be like at a sermon in a Lutheran Church, the whitest church of all. They leave the doors open else a spark could set the whole place ablaze.
carol Perry
Thanks for today's chuckle Alex.
Alex Guiness
read my smurfs comment. i just posted it
Lynn Silton
Mr. Ramaswamy is right in every way! I don't belong to the Woke Church. I'll never join. America is an inspirational country as is all it's written declarations. We, the people rule. No religion can overrule it. We will not allow religious 'honor killings.' They are murder here. We will not allow Wokism here it is the murder of our hopes and dreams which belong to everybody regardless of appearance. I don't even know how appearance (of all things) became a religion. The whole thing is so sick, people of all shades are speaking out and we will put this crazy idea down. Here, we marry across all appearances. New people are often different in appearance than parents. Woke will die of that alone. That's why we have an immigration 'problem' . People love our constitution and Declaration of Independence. People love that they rule here, not the government. That's our creed and promise. Help protect it!!

[Jun 26, 2021] Top General Defends Studying Critical Race Theory In The Military

Jun 23, 2021 | www.npr.org

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, responded sharply to questions from Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Wednesday about the examination of critical race theory in the U.S. military.

"I've read Mao Zedong. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding" having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?" Milley said.

He continued brusquely: "And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers of being, quote, 'woke' or something else, because we're studying some theories that are out there."

C-SPAN captured Gaetz shaking his head while the Joint Chiefs chairman spoke.

The exchange came at a House Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss the 2022 Defense Department budget.

Until recently, critical race theory was anything but a household phrase. Rather, it was used to describe an approach to studying institutional racism, as NPR's Barbara Sprunt has reported . But it has become a culture war issue, and the phrase has been stretched well beyond its initial meaning, as conservatives in particular have used the phrase to raise concerns about race in venues including state legislatures and local school boards.

[Jun 26, 2021] Can Vivek Ramaswamy Put Wokeism Out of Business

Highly recommended!
The book that is discussed is Woke, Inc.- Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam- Ramaswamy, Vivek
Notable quotes:
"... He defines "wokeism" as a creed that has arisen in America in response to the "moral vacuum" created by the ebbing from public life of faith, patriotism and "the identity we derived from hard work." He argues that notions like "diversity," "equity," "inclusion" and "sustainability" have come to take their place. ..."
"... "Our collective moral insecurities," Mr. Ramaswamy says, "have left us vulnerable" to the blandishments and propaganda of the new political and corporate elites, who are now locked in a cynical "arranged marriage, where each partner has contempt for the other." Each side is getting out of the "trade" something it "could not have gotten alone." ..."
"... Wokeness entered its union with capitalism in the years following the 2008 financial panic and recession. Mr. Ramaswamy believes that conditions were perfect for the match. "We were -- and are -- in the midst of the biggest intergenerational wealth transfer in history," he says. Barack Obama had just been elected the first black president. By the end of the crisis, Americans "were actually pretty jaded with respect to capitalism. Corporations were the bad guys. The old left wanted to take money from corporations and give it to poor people." ..."
"... The birth of wokeism was a godsend to corporations, Mr. Ramaswamy says. It helped defang the left. "Wokeism lent a lifeline to the people who were in charge of the big banks. They thought, 'This stuff is easy!' " They applauded diversity and inclusion, appointed token female and minority directors, and "mused about the racially disparate impact of climate change." So, in Mr. Ramaswamy's narrative, "a bunch of big banks got together with a bunch of millennials, birthed woke capitalism, and then put Occupy Wall Street up for adoption." Now, in Mr. Ramaswamy's tart verdict, "big business makes money by critiquing itself." ..."
"... Davos is "the Woke Vatican," Mr. Ramaswamy says; Al Gore and Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock , are "its archbishops." CEOs "further down the chain" -- he mentions James Quincey of Coca-Cola , Ed Bastian of Delta , Marc Benioff of Salesforce , John Donahoe of Nike and Alan Jope of Unilever -- are its "cardinals." ..."
"... He describes this sort of corporate imposition -- "a market force supplanting open political debate to settle the essence of political questions" -- as one of the "defining challenges" America faces today. "If democracy means anything," he adds, "it means living in a one-person-one-vote system, not a one-dollar-one-vote system." Voters' voices "are unadjusted by the number of dollars we wield in the marketplace." Open debate in the public square is "our uniquely American mechanism" of settling political questions. He likens the woke-corporate silencing of debate as akin to the "old-world European model, where a small group of elites gets in a room and decides what's good for everyone else." ..."
"... The wokeism-capitalism embrace, Mr. Ramaswamy says, was replicated in Silicon Valley. Over the past few years, "Big Tech effectively agreed to censor -- or 'moderate' -- content that the woke movement didn't like. But they didn't do it for free." In return, the left "agreed to look the other way when it comes to leaving Silicon Valley's monopoly power intact." This arrangement is "working out masterfully" for both sides. ..."
"... Coca-Cola follows the same playbook, he says: "It's easier for them to issue statements about voting laws in Georgia, or to train their employees on how to 'be less white,' than it is to publicly reckon with its role in fueling a nationwide epidemic of diabetes and obesity -- including in the black communities they profess to care about so much." (In a statement, Coca-Cola apologized for the "be less white" admonition and said that while it was "accessible through our company training platform," it "was not a part of our training curriculum.") ..."
"... Nike finds it much easier to write checks to Black Lives Matter and condemn America's history of slavery, Mr. Ramaswamy says, even as it relies on "slave labor" today to sell "$250 sneakers to black kids in the inner city who can't afford to buy books for school." All the while, Black Lives Matter "neuters the police in a way that sacrifices even more black lives." (Nike has said in a statement that its code of conduct prohibits any use of forced labor and "we have been engaging with multi-stakeholder working groups to assess collective solutions that will help preserve the integrity of our global supply chains.") ..."
"... Mr. Varadarajan, a Journal contributor, is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and at New York University Law School's Classical Liberal Institute. ..."
"... Seems to me in a nutshell he is saying that these woke corporations are all hypocrites. No surprise there hypocrisy is a defining characteristic of the woke left and you need to assume that characteristic yourself to be able to work within their bounds. ..."
"... Wokeists argue that theirs is not a religion because it doesn't center on a transcendent being. I see Wokeism as a religion that gathers multiple Secularist sects into a big tent. These sects include Environmentalism, Genderism, Anti-Racism, and more. ..."
"... One thing all religions share in common is the elevation of questionable premises to unassailable truths which they defend with religious zeal. Some questionable premises elevated to unassailable truths by Wokeism are that humans are making the Earth uninhabitable, gender is an individual choice, and race is the most important human characteristic. There are more. ..."
Jun 26, 2021 | www.wsj.com

A self-made multimillionaire who founded a biotech company at 28, Vivek Ramaswamy is every inch the precocious overachiever. He tells me he attended law school while he was in sixth grade. He's joking, in his own earnest manner. His father, an aircraft engineer at General Electric, had decided to get a law degree at night school. Vivek sat in on the classes with him, so he could keep his dad company on the long car rides to campus and back -- a very Indian filial act.

"I was probably the only person my age who'd heard of Antonin Scalia, " Mr. Ramaswamy, 35, says in a Zoom call from his home in West Chester, Ohio. His father, a political liberal, would often rage on the way home from class about "some Scalia opinion." Mr. Ramaswamy reckons that this was when he began to form his own political ideas. A libertarian in high school, he switched to being conservative at Harvard in "an act of rebellion" against the politics he found there. That conservatism drove him to step down in January as CEO at Roivant Sciences -- the drug-development company that made him rich -- and write "Woke, Inc," a book that takes a scathing look at "corporate America's social-justice scam." (It will be published in August.)

Mr. Ramaswamy recently watched the movie "Spotlight," which tells the story of how reporters at the Boston Globe exposed misconduct (specifically, sexual abuse) by Catholic priests in the early 2000s. "My goal in 'Woke, Inc.' is to do the same thing with respect to the Church of Wokeism." He defines "wokeism" as a creed that has arisen in America in response to the "moral vacuum" created by the ebbing from public life of faith, patriotism and "the identity we derived from hard work." He argues that notions like "diversity," "equity," "inclusion" and "sustainability" have come to take their place.

"Our collective moral insecurities," Mr. Ramaswamy says, "have left us vulnerable" to the blandishments and propaganda of the new political and corporate elites, who are now locked in a cynical "arranged marriage, where each partner has contempt for the other." Each side is getting out of the "trade" something it "could not have gotten alone."

Wokeness entered its union with capitalism in the years following the 2008 financial panic and recession. Mr. Ramaswamy believes that conditions were perfect for the match. "We were -- and are -- in the midst of the biggest intergenerational wealth transfer in history," he says. Barack Obama had just been elected the first black president. By the end of the crisis, Americans "were actually pretty jaded with respect to capitalism. Corporations were the bad guys. The old left wanted to take money from corporations and give it to poor people."

The birth of wokeism was a godsend to corporations, Mr. Ramaswamy says. It helped defang the left. "Wokeism lent a lifeline to the people who were in charge of the big banks. They thought, 'This stuff is easy!' " They applauded diversity and inclusion, appointed token female and minority directors, and "mused about the racially disparate impact of climate change." So, in Mr. Ramaswamy's narrative, "a bunch of big banks got together with a bunch of millennials, birthed woke capitalism, and then put Occupy Wall Street up for adoption." Now, in Mr. Ramaswamy's tart verdict, "big business makes money by critiquing itself."

Mr. Ramaswamy regards Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the "patron saint of wokeism" for his relentless propagation of "stakeholder capitalism" -- the view that the unspoken bargain in the grant to corporations of limited liability is that they "must do social good on the side."

Davos is "the Woke Vatican," Mr. Ramaswamy says; Al Gore and Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock , are "its archbishops." CEOs "further down the chain" -- he mentions James Quincey of Coca-Cola , Ed Bastian of Delta , Marc Benioff of Salesforce , John Donahoe of Nike and Alan Jope of Unilever -- are its "cardinals."

Mr. Ramaswamy says that "unlike the investigative 'Spotlight' team at the Boston Globe, I'm a whistleblower, not a journalist. But the church analogy holds strong." He paraphrases a line in the movie: "It takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a village to abuse one. In the case of my book, the child I'm concerned about is American democracy."

In league with the woke left, corporate America "uses force" as a substitute for open deliberation and debate, Mr. Ramaswamy says. "There's the sustainability accounting standards board of BlackRock, which effectively demands that in order to win an investment from BlackRock, the largest asset-manager in the world, you must abide by the standards of that board."

Was the board put in place by the owners of the trillions of dollars of capital that Mr. Fink manages? Of course not, Mr. Ramaswamy says. "And yet he's actually using his seat of corporate power to sidestep debate about questions like environmentalism or diversity on boards."

The irrepressible Mr. Ramaswamy presses on with another example. Goldman Sachs , he says with obvious relish, "is a very Davos-fitting example." At the 2020 World Economic Forum, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon "issued an edict from the mountaintops of Davos." Mr. Solomon announced his company would refuse to take a company public if its board wasn't sufficiently diverse. "So Goldman gets to define what counts as 'diverse,' " Mr. Ramaswamy says. "No doubt, they're referring to skin-deep, genetically inherited attributes."

He describes this sort of corporate imposition -- "a market force supplanting open political debate to settle the essence of political questions" -- as one of the "defining challenges" America faces today. "If democracy means anything," he adds, "it means living in a one-person-one-vote system, not a one-dollar-one-vote system." Voters' voices "are unadjusted by the number of dollars we wield in the marketplace." Open debate in the public square is "our uniquely American mechanism" of settling political questions. He likens the woke-corporate silencing of debate as akin to the "old-world European model, where a small group of elites gets in a room and decides what's good for everyone else."

The wokeism-capitalism embrace, Mr. Ramaswamy says, was replicated in Silicon Valley. Over the past few years, "Big Tech effectively agreed to censor -- or 'moderate' -- content that the woke movement didn't like. But they didn't do it for free." In return, the left "agreed to look the other way when it comes to leaving Silicon Valley's monopoly power intact." This arrangement is "working out masterfully" for both sides.

The rest of corporate America appears to be following suit. "There's a Big Pharma version, too," Mr. Ramaswamy says. "Big Pharma had an epiphany in dealing with the left." It couldn't beat them, so it joined them. "Rather than win the debate on drug pricing, they decided to just change the subject instead. Who needs to win a debate if you can just avoid having it?" So we see "big-time pharma CEOs musing about topics like racial justice and environmentalism, and writing multibillion-dollar checks to fight climate change, while taking price hikes that they'd previously paused when the public was angry about drug pricing."

Coca-Cola follows the same playbook, he says: "It's easier for them to issue statements about voting laws in Georgia, or to train their employees on how to 'be less white,' than it is to publicly reckon with its role in fueling a nationwide epidemic of diabetes and obesity -- including in the black communities they profess to care about so much." (In a statement, Coca-Cola apologized for the "be less white" admonition and said that while it was "accessible through our company training platform," it "was not a part of our training curriculum.")

Nike finds it much easier to write checks to Black Lives Matter and condemn America's history of slavery, Mr. Ramaswamy says, even as it relies on "slave labor" today to sell "$250 sneakers to black kids in the inner city who can't afford to buy books for school." All the while, Black Lives Matter "neuters the police in a way that sacrifices even more black lives." (Nike has said in a statement that its code of conduct prohibits any use of forced labor and "we have been engaging with multi-stakeholder working groups to assess collective solutions that will help preserve the integrity of our global supply chains.")

... ... ...

Mr. Varadarajan, a Journal contributor, is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and at New York University Law School's Classical Liberal Institute.


Rod Drake 53 minutes ago

Seems to me in a nutshell he is saying that these woke corporations are all hypocrites. No surprise there hypocrisy is a defining characteristic of the woke left and you need to assume that characteristic yourself to be able to work within their bounds.

In addition, I have been saying for some time discrimination based on political belief desperately needs to be included as a prohibited basis. Where are the Republicans, while the greatest civil rights violation of our time is going on right under their noses?

Terry Overbey 1 hour ago
I love reading stories about people who are willing to take on the woke political class. For most people, even if they strongly disagree, their only option is to bite their tongue and go along. People aren't stupid. If you buck the system, you don't get promoted, you don't get good grades, you don't get into elite schools, you don't get the government job.

Thank you Mr Ramaswany.

James Ransom 1 hour ago
Well. If nothing else, he just sold me a book. I think we should say that "Wokeism" tries to "Act Like" a religion, not that it is one. Because of this fakery, we do not need to give it "freedom" in the sense that we have "Freedom of Religion."
These misguided Americans perhaps need to be exposed to a real religion. Christianity and Buddhism would be good choices; I don't know about Hinduism, but my point is that "Wokeism" is more like a mental disorder. We should feel sorry for its victims, offer them treatment, but not let them run anything.
marc goodman 1 hour ago
Wokeists argue that theirs is not a religion because it doesn't center on a transcendent being. I see Wokeism as a religion that gathers multiple Secularist sects into a big tent. These sects include Environmentalism, Genderism, Anti-Racism, and more.

One thing all religions share in common is the elevation of questionable premises to unassailable truths which they defend with religious zeal. Some questionable premises elevated to unassailable truths by Wokeism are that humans are making the Earth uninhabitable, gender is an individual choice, and race is the most important human characteristic. There are more.

Humans need to believe in something greater than themselves. We fulfill this need with religion, and historically, the "greater something" has been a transcendent being. Wokeism fulfills this need for its adherents but without a transcendent being. Ultimately, Wokeism will fail as a religion because it can't nourish the soul like the belief in a transcendent being does.

Grodney Ross 2 hours ago (Edited)
Judgement will be passed in November of 2022. I don't see this as a Democrat vs Republican issue. I think it's a matter of who is paying attention vs. those who are not. We live in a society where, generally, the most strident voices are on the left, along with the most judgmental voices. When the "wokeless" engage in a manner that conflicts with views of the woke, they are attacked, be you from the left or the right, so you keep your mouth shut and go about your day.

I believe that this coming election will give voice to those who are fatigued and fed up with the progressive lefts venom and vitriol. If not, we will survive, but without a meaningful first amendment,14th amendment, or 2nd amendment.

Barbara Helton 2 hours ago (Edited)
Being woke, when practiced by the wealthy and influential, can be extremely similar to bullying.

[Jun 26, 2021] Take your communion with woke coke: The birth of wokeism cult was a godsend to corporations

Notable quotes:
"... It helped defang the left. "Wokeism lent a lifeline to the people who were in charge of the big banks. They thought, 'This stuff is easy!' " They applauded diversity and inclusion, appointed token female and minority directors, and "mused about the racially disparate impact of climate change." So, in Mr. Ramaswamy's narrative, "a bunch of big banks got together with a bunch of millennials, birthed woke capitalism, and then put Occupy Wall Street up for adoption." Now, in Mr. Ramaswamy's tart verdict, "big business makes money by critiquing itself." ..."
"... Davos is "the Woke Vatican," Mr. Ramaswamy says; Al Gore and Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock , are "its archbishops." CEOs "further down the chain" -- he mentions James Quincey of Coca-Cola , Ed Bastian of Delta , Marc Benioff of Salesforce , John Donahoe of Nike and Alan Jope of Unilever -- are its "cardinals." ..."
Jun 26, 2021 | www.wsj.com

It helped defang the left. "Wokeism lent a lifeline to the people who were in charge of the big banks. They thought, 'This stuff is easy!' " They applauded diversity and inclusion, appointed token female and minority directors, and "mused about the racially disparate impact of climate change." So, in Mr. Ramaswamy's narrative, "a bunch of big banks got together with a bunch of millennials, birthed woke capitalism, and then put Occupy Wall Street up for adoption." Now, in Mr. Ramaswamy's tart verdict, "big business makes money by critiquing itself."

Mr. Ramaswamy regards Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the "patron saint of wokeism" for his relentless propagation of "stakeholder capitalism" -- the view that the unspoken bargain in the grant to corporations of limited liability is that they "must do social good on the side."

Davos is "the Woke Vatican," Mr. Ramaswamy says; Al Gore and Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock , are "its archbishops." CEOs "further down the chain" -- he mentions James Quincey of Coca-Cola , Ed Bastian of Delta , Marc Benioff of Salesforce , John Donahoe of Nike and Alan Jope of Unilever -- are its "cardinals."

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Ed Baron

That Leftist "wokeism" is the brainchild of a religious cult should've been obvious decades ago. The purely religious belief in anthropogenic global warming, for example, which closely mimics the spiritual rituals of ancient cultures by worshiping nature over man. The hierarchy of color and gender as fetishes through which human relative value can be determined also mimics the hierarchy of priests or shamans in other religions. Thus, a fairly vapid group like BLM is exalted based purely on the melanin content of their skin, even though their claims are ridiculously flawed (They "care" about the lives of 90 or so armed felons killed by police, but call the 7,000+ black people killed by Blacks a "distraction"). Like many religions that plagued humanity throughout history, they will torment and punish all "deniers." Four years of the Trump Presidency made this clear. He faced the Grand Inquisition because he refused to kneel.
John Harris

[Jun 26, 2021] The Systemic Con Behind Wokeism by Victor Davis Hanson

Highly recommended!
Wokism is an attempt on financial elite to distract and divide and distruct people from the crisi of neoliberalism in the USA. This is a pretty dirty game.
Jun 24, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via AmGreatness.com,

There are lots of reasons why wokeism spread like wildfire once America lost its collective mind during the pandemic, quarantine, self-induced recession, and rioting of 2020.

Wokeism was never really about racism, sexism, or other -isms. Instead, for some, it illustrated a psychological pathology of projection: fobbing one's own concrete prejudices onto others in order to alleviate or mask them.

So should we laugh or cry that Black Lives Matter's self-described Marxist co-founder turns out to be a corporate grifter?

Patrisse Cullors has accumulated several upscale homes and is under investigation by the IRS for allegations of the misuse of funds from one of her foundations.

Is it the case that the more Cullors professes Marxist ideology and damns toxic whiteness, so all the more she feels at home living in a $1.4 million Topanga Canyon home, in an almost exclusively ritzy white neighborhood?

Consider outspoken liberal icon Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). He's one of the Senate's most woke. Yet Whitehouse turns out to be a mostly unapologetic member of a de facto all-white prestigious "beach club" of elites in Newport, Rhode Island. Is Whitehouse committed in the abstract to rooting out white privilege so he can concretely relax amid it with fellow bluebloods?

Barack and Michelle Obama occasionally venture out of either their multimillion-dollar Washington, D.C. mansion or their Martha's Vineyard estate to lecture the country on its systemic racism. They express worry over the dangers that apparently white people pose to the very safety of their own daughters.

Does such sermonizing square the circle that the Obamas have no desire to return to their Chicago home""a city where nearly 700 African-American males were murdered in 2020, the vast majority by other black men? So far, Chicago in 2021 is on a trajectory to suffer over 30 percent more murder victims than last year.

Joe Biden about every two weeks lectures America on its racism. And he unleashed the bureaucracies of the federal government to root out mythical white supremacist conspiracies.

Does Medieval penance explain Biden's fixation on systemic racism? After all, when he condemns anonymous white racists, does his outrage mitigate his son Hunter's habitual use of the N-word and anti-Asian riffs?

No Washington politico has compiled a longer record of racialist put downs than Joe Biden. So apparently, the more Biden hunts for a white racist under every bed, the less necessary it becomes to look in the mirror or at least to beg his son Hunter to knock off his racist slurs.

The second catalyst of wokeism is the distraction it provides from scary problems that threaten the very existence of American civilization. While the country consumes itself in demanding more than 12 percent representation of black actors in television commercials, it is nearing $30 trillion in national debt. Eventually, the astounding red ink will require recessionary belt-tightening, more inflationary money printing, or both.

The woke Biden Administration cannot stop 2 million immigrants this year from crossing illegally and with exemption into the United States. Almost all are in need of free American health care, housing, food, and legal subsidies. Violent crime is spiking at an astonishing rate. Yet few dare say why that is""or how to stop it.

America also cannot face the likely truth that Chinese researchers engineered a gain-of-function virus""with oversight from the Communist Chinese military, and subsidies from Drs. Anthony Fauci and Peter Daszak.

So instead of offering real solutions to these crises, we war with each other whether the deceased children's book author Dr. Seuss or the plastic toy Mr. Potato Head was racist or otherwise exclusionary.

When our elites are clueless about national debt, inflation, illegal immigration, crime, soaring gas prices, and a global pandemic, they reassure themselves that at least they can cancel out Father Junípero Serra or knock down another statue of Robert E. Lee.

Finally, the hysterias of wokism are being channeled for profit""if they do not already reflect the reality of many of our most woke being the richest among us.

One reason why Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle, and LeBron James hype charges of white racism is that their oppression reminds America that one can become rich as Croesus yet remain sympathetic victims.

For next-generation grifters, like Ibram Xolani Kendi (a.k.a. Ibram Henry Rogers) and Robin DiAngelo, to claim that America was, is, and always will be racist, means more than just speaking gigs and book sales.

The solutions for the pseudo-crises they invent are mass reeducation of self-confessional whites""with lucrative consulting fees for both, and tens of thousands of others.

America is systematically being conned by those who disguise their hypocrisy, who manipulate the guilt-ridden, who have no interest in solving America's most dangerous problems, and who get or stay richer by hyping an America in need of massive rebooting - and with it their own careerist remedies.

[Jun 19, 2021] Churchill and 'Woke Totalitarianism' by James Freeman

Notable quotes:
"... James Freeman is the co-author of "The Cost: Trump, China and American Revival." ..."
Jun 18, 2021 | www.wsj.com
Another statue is vandalized.

It seems that the wokesters who claim that they are "anti-racists" still can't tolerate the memory of a man who defeated history's most murderous racist. The Thursday defacing of a statue in Canada is the latest effort to cancel Hitler's implacable foe.

Jeff Labine reports in the Edmonton Journal:

A Downtown statue of Sir Winston Churchill has been vandalized after someone dumped red paint all across the replica of the former British prime minister...
Churchill, who served as prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, is seen as a national hero for his leadership during the Second World War but held many views that would be deemed racist.

Perhaps the 20th century's greatest adversary of communist and fascist dictatorships, Churchill has of course been found wanting by today's dictators of political fashion. This week's vandalism follows several such instances over the last year involving a U.K. statue of Churchill in London's Parliament Square. In Canada, Mr. Labine reports:

Elisebeth Checkel, the president of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton, said this is the first instance of the statue being vandalized that she's heard of and was disappointed to see it happen.
She said Churchill has a complicated legacy and believes it is important to look at him in a balanced way.
"If we look at any historical figure, we will find the same thing," Checkel said. "If we look at almost any person from the 1880s, we would find their views were if not repugnant to us nowadays, we would find they were disagreeable for sure. If you look at Churchill's later actions and life as he grew, as we all hope to do, his views did change. The balance should be celebrated because without Churchill we would not even have the right to protest in this country."

Licia Corbella writes in the Calgary Herald that this week's vandalism of the statue is "another act of woke totalitarianism." She adds:

Mark Milke, president of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Calgary, says it's chilling to contemplate what the world would be like now had Churchill not been there.
"Imagine if Churchill hadn't been there and the United Kingdom either did a peace treaty with Hitler or fell during an invasion," said Milke...
"Nazi Germany would have controlled much of Europe... with the Soviet Union controlling the other half and Imperial Japan raping Asia. Canada and the U.S. would have been pretty much alone in the world..."
"Churchill is not a Civil War general from the South fighting to protect slavery. He's not Joseph Stalin or Chairman Mao or Adolf Hitler," continued Milke.

No he's not. In fact Churchill was a stalwart opponent of the ideologies promoted by all three of the 20th century's most infamous mass murderers. "For the historically illiterate who like to throw paint on statues," Ms. Corbella notes the bloody legacy of Churchill's enemies and adds:

What never seems to get mentioned is these statues are works of art. This destruction is not unlike the Taliban destroying the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001. These woke folk are Talibanesque.

As for Churchill, Ms. Corbella asks: "If we allow his legacy to be torn down, whose, pray tell, can stand?"

Fortunately Ms. Corbella is not standing alone. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney tweets :

People should continue to debate Churchill's complex legacy & record, but vandalizing public property like this is shameful.
No member of the greatest generation can meet the standards of contemporary wokeness. But we should still honour those who secured our peace and freedom.

Canadian Parliament member Pierre Poilievre adds :

Don't schools teach history anymore?
Now the woke warriors attack the statue of Winston Churchill--the greatest anti-fascist of all time. He beat Hitler and Mussolini for crying out loud.
Do these vandals wish he had lost?

Coincidentally it was on this day 81 years ago when Churchill addressed the British House of Commons after the German army had overrun France. Said Churchill:

I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."

If wokesterism could last for a thousand years, would it ever result in a great civilization?

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[Jun 07, 2021] You're Emotionally And Mentally Abusing Children-- Mom Goes Nuclear On School Board Over CRT, BLM 'Indoctrination' - ZeroHed

Jun 07, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

"Stop indoctrinating our children. Stop teaching our children to hate the police. Stop teaching our children that if they don't agree with the LGBT community that they're homophobic. You have no idea each child's life," she said, adding "You don't know what their family lifestyle consists of, you don't know the makeup of their life."

https://youtu.be/zxu3wdiXRF0

Ibrahim shut down school board members' objections several times - in between calling out two teachers for posting their political beliefs online. When board members told her she wasn't allowed to reference people by name, Ibrahim claimed those teachers called "for the death of a former president," and that students who don't support Black Lives Matter should be "canceled out."

"Why are we not allowed to say names? Why am I not allowed when they purposefully expose themselves on social media, talking about calling for the death of a former president, or saying that any child who doesn't believe in Black Lives Matter should be canceled out. Is this what my tax dollars are paying for?" she asked.

"You're emotionally abusing our children and mentally abusing them," Ibrahim continued


RDinSC 1 hour ago

Never vote for anyone at any level of political office who does not openly and sincerely oppose CRT and any and all woke indoctrination.

RedDog1 1 hour ago

I'm a super anti-racist. I'm especially against woke neo-racism.

BLOTTO 52 minutes ago (Edited)

Wait until she finds out that Drag Queen Roxy is reading 'The Hips on the DQ go swish swish swish' to the kids at the local library.

Pooper Popper 1 hour ago

She Rocks!!!!!

Bang!!

high5mail 36 minutes ago

When I listen to this woman and look around me at all the fools who buy into the "system" as it is, too scared to do what she is doing, it saddens me at the apathy and cowardice of the general public which will sell their souls for protection on a non deadly virus and take an unproved vaccine to virtue signal.

She is a modern day Joan of Arc. I would stand beside her in an instant. How many others would do that or demand the same things she is demanding? Most are too busy trying to figure out what gender they think they should be or trying on racist social agendas in the "woke" category.

She is a model for the rest of us....

[Jun 06, 2021] Malicious Communications -- Scottish Feminist Criminally Charged For Tweets Opposing Gender Self-Identification

Jun 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
gregga777 2 hours ago (Edited)

Some quotes by notable feminists, not all of whom are women:

https://thoughtcatalog.com/jake-fillis/2014/05/23-quotes-from-feminists-that-will-make-you-rethink-feminism/

[May 31, 2021] We Are Going To Expose You -- Crenshaw, Cotton Create Military Whistleblower Site To Combat 'Woke Ideology' - ZeroHedge

May 31, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times,

Two GOP lawmakers this week launched a campaign calling on whistleblowers in the military to come forward with their experiences in training programs that promote critical race theory or "diversity, equity, and inclusion."

"We won't let our military fall to woke ideology," Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL, wrote in a tweet on Friday while linking to a website where informants can submit their accounts.

"With written permission, we will anonymously publish egregious complaints on social media and tell the country what's happening in our military."

"For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots for our warfighters," said Crenshaw about the web page posted in conjunction with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a former Army captain.

House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) speaks during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 17, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

They hope that service members "will anonymously publish egregious complaints on social media" in order to "tell the country what's happening in our military," according to Crenshaw.

"Progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots for our warfighters," the lawmaker added, "and spineless military commanders have let it happen. Now we are going to expose you."

Earlier this month, the U.S. Space Force confirmed it relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of his duties after he alleged that Marxism and critical race theory -- which draws heavy inspiration from Marxist critical theory -- are both being spread in the military via training courses that are required by Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other high-level officials.

"Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead," the Space Force said in mid-May, adding that Lohmeier's remarks in a podcast and in his self-published book "constituted prohibited partisan political activity." The Space Force's statement didn't provide an example.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaks during a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 25, 2021. (Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

Last week, Lohmeier met with Cotton, who tweeted after their meeting that he's concerned "by what I heard" and promised to press "senior military leaders for answers."

Critical race theory denounces U.S. and Western culture as a systematic form of oppression that negatively impacts minority groups. Critics of the ideology -- which is sometimes referred to as being "woke" -- have said its proponents apply the Marxist tactic of "class struggle" to divide people along lines of race, gender, and ethnicity to label them "oppressors" and the "oppressed."

At the state level, legislatures and governors have taken action against critical race theory as well as The New York Times' "1619 Project," by barring them from being promoted in schools and in government institutions.

The governors of Tennessee, Idaho, Arkansas, and Oklahoma have already signed anti-critical race theory bills. In Texas, Arizona, and Iowa, similar measures have been proposed, according to an analysis .


DonGenaro PREMIUM 2 hours ago

Crenshaw is a neocon *****.
I have more respect for Leftists - at least one knows where they stand.

Rid'n Dirty 2 hours ago

I'm glad to get help from anywhere it comes from but Cotton is a tool of Paul Singer the greatest vulture capitalist in America. Singer destroyed Cabelas and their employees of 40 years to force a buyout by BassPro. Singer walked off with over $100 million for doing nothing.

Cotton never saw any part of the illegal surveillance state that he wouldn't vote for, eagerly. The guy with the eye patch is controlled by the same NeoCons. Who represents us?

Giant Meteor 2 hours ago

Generally speaking this is called controlled opposition, or as I like to call it, really fake **** ...

Rashomon 2 hours ago (Edited)

The level of absurdity here is astounding. The fact that so called representatives are having to ask military personnel to snitch on "wokeness" is proof in and of itself that we are in clown world. Nevermind that wokeness is even a thing.

vasilievich 1 hour ago (Edited)

BTW, not all Catholics are monsters out of the Inquisition. My wife and I are regular attenders at Mass, readers at morning Mass a day every other week. One of our relatives has been a missionary priest in Brazil for a missionary order. I have no reason to believe that they're not very good and self-giving people. We know the faults of some members of the Church, including priests. We don't worship them, idealize them. We should pray for their reform, as I was just reading last night in Matthew, and we won't leave God in His Sacraments because of them.

Krink26 2 hours ago

Obama more than decimated the flag officer ranks and replaced them with his yes men. It has come home to roost. This isn't something that just appeared with the new admin, it's just gone hypersonic. One of my closest friends retired about three years ago a highly decorated Navy pilot in JSOC. I clearly remember him talk a lot about this in 2013-14 - the start of Obama's second term. (The same time I witnessed my corporate environment become a woke hell) I stayed with him earlier in the month and he told me that he knew two seals that are leaving because of this crap. One with 14 years and the other with 17 years in. That's talent, grit and experience you don't want to lose because of inclusivity.

PhilLeotardo 1 hour ago

Crenshaw carries water for Israel. That's all you need to know about this clown.

taglady 2 hours ago

Crenshaw pushed red flag laws and censoring of college students on the Israel issue.

[May 31, 2021] Still More Disturbing Evidence that Black Lives Don't Matter to BLM

Notable quotes:
"... The Black Liberation Movement has made millionaires out of their grifter leaders and enabled the left to remain in power in every city in which rioting occurred. Their local opposition has been cleansed or cowed into submission. The movement continues its success as seen by its adoption by corporations seeking to reduce the power and influence of middle class Americans and by politicians seeking to entrence their power electorally. ..."
May 31, 2021 | turcopolier.com


Posted on May 25, 2021 by Larry Johnson

The continuing hypocrisy of Black Lives Matter was displayed vividly over the past weekend– BLM declared solidarity with Hamas but said nothing about a slew of murders and shootings targeting black communities .

There were at least 11 mass shootings in the country over the weekend that combined left at least 17 people dead and 35 more wounded, according to CNN reporting and an analysis of data from Gun Violence Archive (GVA), local media and police reports.

I found it curious that none of the reporting made any mention about the race of the victims or the perpetrators. Left me wondering so I did some digging. It appears that the majority of these mass shootings involved black Americans as perpetrators or victims.

Chicago, Illinois :

At least 55 people were shot across Chicago over the weekend, 12 of them fatally, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head on the front porch of a home in Lawndale, and three double homicides.

These shootings took place in predominantly black neighborhoods.

  1. A.Pols says: May 26, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Of course. Much political and social capital has been squandered in recent years, all in an attempt to adumbrate the singular reality that the deeply engrained social pathologies in the "black community" have more to do with their failure to thrive than white systemic racism does. We, meaning white America, cannot help them with this no matter how much self abnegation we indulge in. Black America needs to adopt standards of belief and behavior that are socially, culturally, and economically functional and they need to teach their children those values. I have seen this happen with a certain fragment of that demographic, but it needs to happen more widely. This may be offensive to some readers, but there is truth in it. Reply

  2. Deap says: May 26, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Do blacks themselves need to be uniquely empowered (and protected) to speak up against black on black violence? What has prevented the peace-seeking black community members from taking charge of their own neighborhoods.

    What Reign of Terror are they living under that those of us outside these communities do not understand.

    Latino gangs terrorize latino communities as well. The violent tyranny of the few against the decent lives of the many is very, very wrong and should not exist in our country. But it is a daily reality in our rapidly devolving inner city neighborhoods. Reply

    • TV says: May 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      These minority neighborhoods can't have it both ways:
      They can't object to successful methods like stop and frisk and then complain
      about crime. "Snitches get stiches" is another "cute" saying encouraging crime.
      After a time trying to help people who won't help themselves and are often openly hostile, the cops grow cynical and less proactive; can you blame them?
      Because it's "racist" to criticize any form of minority behavior, there can not be an honest discussion about solutions to this problem and the beat goes on.
      People (including the self-hating, phony "guilty" white liberals, BTW) who can live in segregated neighborhoods continue to live in segregated neighborhoods.
      I used to live in CT – very liberal blue state – totally segregated; BLM signs on the "right" lawns. Reply

      • Steve+G says: May 26, 2021 at 4:07 pm

        TV
        Yes here in Mpls the same blue haired tattooed
        Nose ring wokes make up a large majority of
        The BLM protests. The obligatory signs festoon
        Whole neighborhoods. Do they march or picket
        The areas where the majority of the shootings occur
        And whose victims are all black? Ha! Too dangerous.
        The near North side aka Nomi has had continuous
        Gunfire for near 1200 days. Now they have running
        Gun battles with "Ak" type fully automatic weapons.
        It's become a tragedy writ large. Not a virtue
        Signal to be seen. Reply

  3. akaPatience says: May 26, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, it's hard to believe that so many are taken in by the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter when there's evidence on a near-daily basis of black-on-black violence and murder. It's truly a crime that so-called leaders don't decry it and demand a call to action for it to stop, a crime that there's so little public discourse about underclass blacks basically exterminating each other with impunity. It's a taboo subject, and can't be broached without accusations of racism. We only hear righteous outrage when a member of the black underclass is killed by a cop. Reply

  4. Deap says: May 26, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Why does the charge of "racism" cause so many to immediately recoil and retreat? It is just a word, yet it has risen to weaponized effectiveness.

    What does this word trigger in so many people who will immediately back down and retreat. Pretty powerful tool -until more don't blink and don't stand down at its mere mention.

    Always felt there was an implied threat of "black violence' that accompanied every one of Obama's political moves. We need to cleanse that threat out of our own psyches or else this nation will be held hostage by a mere word. Reply

    • Deap says: May 26, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      Isn't this an interesting bit of Democrat deja vu, including charges of rigged voting machines in 2008 the GOP would use to prevent Obama from winning and thereby triggering a Second Civil War -- "the streets will run with blood .if Obama loses .."

      Thanks to two great political pundits – Erica Jong and Jane Fonda. They did capture the zeitgeist of the times however, and continue to do so. The threat of black violence, if you don't do what we went.

      https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2008/11/01/erica-jong-obama-defeat-will-bring-civil-war-n158365

      Fast forward to 2020 – and the world yet again feared "the streets would run with blood", but this if Trump won re-election and Democrat Biden did not win.

      But this time it bloody well appears it was the Democrats who rigged the voting processes. Yet again it appears it is the Democrats accusing the GOP of what they were already doing themselves. Reply

  5. Fred says: May 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    The Black Liberation Movement has made millionaires out of their grifter leaders and enabled the left to remain in power in every city in which rioting occurred. Their local opposition has been cleansed or cowed into submission. The movement continues its success as seen by its adoption by corporations seeking to reduce the power and influence of middle class Americans and by politicians seeking to entrence their power electorally.

    Some people who were black were shot by others who were black? Quit saying that, you, you, what's the word: racist!; as none of that has been proved in court. Did any of these 'leaders' care about all those shootings in the Sanctuary City of Chicago when President Hope and Change was in charge? (2016)
    Total shootings 4379 Shot and wounded 3664 Shot and killed: 715
    Assailant race by percentage

    Black 12.6% White 1% Other 6.1% "Unknown" 80.3%

    https://turcopolier.com/obama-a-legacy-of-hope-and-change-part-1-sanctuary-cityby-fred/
    On a bright note Chicago is now run by a Black Lesbian married to a white Woman, who has her own job in the city. Take that Monty Hall, I mean Tamany Hall.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/6/13/18678185/amy-eshleman-mayor-lightfoot-wife-youth-programs-maggie-daley Reply

  6. Le Comte says: May 26, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-future-of-floydism/ Reply

  7. Some Dude says: May 26, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Whoa: you're saying the left behaves hypocritically and is willing to take losses in order to get what they want?

    Such insight!

    Ethnic hypocrisy is the ancient problem here, but this focus on contemporary black antics obscures the issue and is simply another avoidance strategy.

    The recent missile duel in the eastern Mediterranean has shown that white conservatives are more willing to stand up for the safety of non- or dual-citizens overseas than they are for safety of their own white constituents, whom they refuse even to name.

    Why do you think that is? Reply

  8. blue peacock says: May 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    BLM is a private organization. Why is the State Dept flying their flag at US embassies/consulates?

    Is BLM using their new found prominence to self-aggrandize?

    https://www.blackenterprise.com/blm-co-founder-patrisse-khan-cullors-under-fire-for-purchasing-million-dollar-homes/

    How much have black leaders feathered their own nest while using "racism" as a cudgel to further their political ambitions?

    https://www.businessinsider.com/obamas-buy-home-on-marthas-vineyard-report-photos-2019-12?op=1

    There is nothing wrong with Obama with his financial success to buy in predominantly white Martha's Vineyard. The question that blacks should ask however is are those leaders who use racism and race to gain political power doing much to alleviate the social and economic issues they face?

    There are many successful blacks in all walks of life. Why aren't they celebrated and used as role models instead of someone like George Floyd? Reply

    • Deap says: May 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      When you first went on the "BLM website" you immediately were linked to ActBlue – a fund-raising arm of the Democrat party. There was no independent or "private" donation link for BLM. Calling BLM "private" in this case would be a stretch for me after that initial experience with BLM.

      So the bigger question is, why is the State Dept etc pushing an arm of the Democrat Party fund-raising machine within government operations? Did BLM formally dissociate completely with ActBlue? Reply

      • TV says: May 26, 2021 at 9:33 pm

        Because the State Dept., like the rest of the Democrat party, has accelerated faster and faster to the left.
        They've been selling out America for decades and now, like the rest of the Democrat party, the last mask has dropped. Reply

  9. Alex says: May 27, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Having grown up in Chicago and still living nearby I would say "predominantly black" neighborhoods is a media fiction, part of the narrative to displace the blame onto others than black. I assure you these are black neighborhoods, once white now ruined for generations. I have sympathy for blacks, so much so that I suggest we organize to supply as much ammo as possible to help them rid the hood of evil doers. Mostly 9mm, drop off crates in front of playgrounds and street corners so they can be easily found. Reply

  10. optimax says: May 27, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Larry's point that BLM doesn't care about Black lives is graphically shown and described by this Officer Tatum podcast (it's short) of local newscasts, not shown by national news, of Black children murdered by Blacks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxZA1Xau5Ao Reply

    • Bill H. says: May 27, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      Not news, really. I've heard and read it many times. But this man is powerful, and he expresses himself in a very moving way. Thanks for the link.

[May 28, 2021] Joe Rogan Warns It keeps going. It keeps going further and further and further down the line and if might get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all these demands

May 19, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

"You can never be woke enough, that's the problem," Rogan stated in a recent conversation with stand-up comedian Joe List about the effect cancel culture is having on comedy.

"It keeps going. It keeps going further and further and further down the line, and if you get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all these demands, it'll eventually get to straight white men are not allowed to talk ," he added.

"Because it's your privilege to express yourself when other people of colour have been silenced throughout history," Rogan continued, emphasising the justification of woke proponents.

"It will be, you're not allowed to go outside. Because so many people were imprisoned," Rogan continued, adding "I'm not joking, it really will get there. It's that crazy."

Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/hqfv4gDrP2U

Rogan concluded :

"We just gotta be nice to each other, man. And there's a lot of people that are taking advantage of this weirdness in our culture, and then that becomes their thing. Their thing is calling people out for their privilege, calling people out for their position. You know, so, it's f***ing crazy times."

The topic is a continuation of a conversation Rogan had last week with Dave Chappelle , who said he hopes 'we all survive' cancel culture.

The host was immediately proven on point by the woke mob on Twitter who took issue with Rogan believing it's a bad thing that straight white men are being silenced, and some failing to be able to hold more than one thought in their head at once:

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[May 28, 2021] Woke insanity -- why is there so little pushback-! by The Saker

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The Biden Administration has gone out of its way to show itself as absolutely "woke-compatible" and even as a champion of "wokeness" (Foggy Bottom has just allowed US embassies and consulates to fly the "gay pride" flag next to the Stars and Stripes. I bet you they won't do that in Riyadh!). According to the hyper-politically correct Wikipedia , "woke" refers to the " awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice ". This definition is, however, misleading because, for example, it clearly is not intended to cover, say, social injustice meted out to poor whites. In other words, wokeness is a one way street. What wokeness does mandate is for my son (who is studying biology) to be told in his class that he is the carrier of "white guilt" even though his ancestors never interacted with blacks, let alone blacks in the USA.

As I have mentioned in the past, I do not consider categories such as "black" or "white" as analytically helpful since they are not properly defined. That, however, does not mean that I am not willing to use them in a specific context where the parties to an ideological dispute refer to themselves, or to others, as black or white. By the way, "Asian" is another useless category as, depending on whom you ask, it would include Pakistanis (who sure ain't yellow) and lump them together with (brown) Indonesians and (yellow) Japanese people. The fact that these categories are used in the western political discourse means that I cannot ignore them solely because I find them ambiguous and misleading. Furthermore, the category "African" whether used with "American" or not, is not helpful either since it would include people otherwise considered white; say Elon Musk, even though nobody thinks of Musk as African-American. Finally, the category black might include Tamils or Australian aborigines, but it is rarely, if ever, used in that sense. Thus, when I will use the words black or white below, it will be in the largely accepted US meaning of "descendants of African slaves" and "descendents of white colonists" even though I am acutely aware of the reality of interbreeding (by rape or by mutual consent) between these two groups and even though the woke ideology blames *all* so-called "whites" for their putative racism and their supposedly "privileged" position in the US society due to its alleged "systemic racism", even when they are new immigrants to the USA.

I don't think that I have tackled the issues of race or racism before, mostly because I am horrified by all the nonsense one can hear as soon as these topics are mentioned. It is, however, indisputable that the woke ideology is the main ideology of the Biden Administration and this is why it cannot simply be ignored. Of course, other ideological trends of the US ruling class (messianism, imperialism, self-worship, capitalism, etc.) have not been abandoned; instead, they have been "wokified" in the sense that the woke ideology is now used to give these traditional US ideologies some kind of politically-correct imprimatur , a kind of "when we do that in the name of wokeness we are doing something morally right" label placed on an otherwise deeply discredited set of "western values".

Of course, there is an apparent paradox here: how can the woke ideology be used to try to give a semblance of respectability to a set of western ideologies when the woke ideology is also rabidly anti-western?! The woke ideology is most definitely anti-western, and not in the sense of condemning the West's thousand years of bloody wars and imperialism, that would at least make some sense, but it is anti-western in the sense that it places an equal sign between, say, J.S. Bach and the rapper "Ice Cube" with a "logic" along the following line: " hey, who are you to say that Bach was more talented than the rapper Ice Cube ?! That is racist!!! " Even mathematics are now considered "racist "! And anybody disputing that is, of course, a racist.

What is missing here is the element of proof. Some kind of rules of evidence which could be appealed to; let's use the modern term to "˜fact check' most of the assumptions made by the supporters of the woke ideology.

For example, in my Swiss high school we had a huge mural declaring that "all races are equal". No evidence for that statement was ever given. In fact, during my entire academic life (1 undergrad and 2 graduate degrees) I have never seen any real evidence for this thesis. (I have seen plenty of evidence disputing this, beginning with US Army IQ tests). By the way, that does not at all mean that I affirm the opposite (that races are somehow unequal), only that in a dogmatic statement like "all races are equal" even the term "equal" is extremely ambiguous and, frankly, meaningless. Let's compare this statement to another famous one by Saint Paul (Galatian 3:26-28 KJV):

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus . For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ . There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus . And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise .".

Unlike the vapid "all races are equal", Saint Paul clearly states that all humans are " children of God " and he further explains how this happens when he says " by faith in Christ Jesus ". He then clarifies that " all are one in Christ Jesus " (being " one " in Christ is unambiguous, unlike being " equal "). And Saint Paul concludes by explaining that through Christ there is a new generation of mankind " ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise ". Unlike the woke ideology, Christianity does truly unite all human beings, and Christianity does so without ever denying or obfuscating the very real differences which makes all humans very much un equal to each other, including a total equality in rights and privileges inside the Christian religion. First, Saint Paul mentions our common filiation as children of God through Adam, to which he immediately adds a further common filiation of those who have "put on Christ" by means of baptism. The evidence here, the proof of the statement, is clear: baptism. One can, of course, disagree with Saint Paul, but not accuse him of ambiguity (especially in the light of all the other Apostolic and Patristic statements providing contextual support for this!).

Compare that with the woke ideology which categorically splits mankind into two groups: the oppressed "minorities" and the (always) "white" oppressors, which even contradicts the actual history of Africa which was invaded and colonized by (non-White) Arabs before the Europeans got involved (something which the US blacks who take on Islamic names either don't know or try hard to ignore).

The woke ideology also completely ignores racism internal to the so-called "Blacks". A good friend of mine is a (very dark skinned) lady from Mali who traveled all over our planet and told me one day that the worst anti-African racism she was ever subjected to was in Ethiopia (whose population is just as dark skinned as my lady friend). I also knew a medical doctor from Soweto who told me that there was plenty of hatred between South African blacks which he called "racist hate". Of course, most US blacks know close to nothing about the history of Africa, past or current (Arabs and black Africans still fight each other in many regions of Africa!) and yet they think of themselves as "Africans" which makes absolutely no sense (especially from the point of view of actual Africans, Arab, black or white).

I just used one example (racial equality), but the woke ideology has failed to prove pretty much every one of its key dogmas. "Systemic racism" is another good one which appears to be proven by none, accepted by (almost?) all.

Of course, none of the above proves any single aspect of the woke ideology wrong, but I hasten to add that the burden of proof is upon the party proclaiming a thesis, and not upon those this thesis is being forced upon. Likewise, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of racism in the United States (including numerous cases of black on white and black on Asian racial violence!), but irrespective of the actual figure of such incidents, the sum of these incidents, however large, does not somehow automatically become evidence of things like "systemic racism" or "white supremacy" (correlation does not imply causation).

Yet, somehow, the proponents of wokeness immediately get offended when their beliefs are challenged and simply accuse any naysayers of "racism". One example: in the new woke-reality, " twerking " is a delightful form of "culture" which cannot be criticized, especially so by whites. To call it a vulgar display of objectified women accompanied by noise which does not rise to any imaginable definition of "music" is, of course, totally crimethink!

Apparently, for the woke-freaks, "diversity" does not include diversity of ideas, of opinions. As Orwell astutely noticed, "some are more equal than others". Wokeness does not even deny that! Hence its "Cancel culture" aspect, along with the violence of the BLM/Antifa mobs.

For some, this is just a big money-making scheme for corporate "America" which is now flooding all its advertisements with the "correct" races in total disregard to that race's real percentage of the population and small money-making scheme for those who hope to get their hands on some free money. As for the US homo-lobby, this is a surefire way to achieve power and influence which they could not otherwise even dream about. In other words, Wokism is about money and power, not justice.

Some might think that this is no big deal, that anti-racism is by definition good, as is the notion that homosexuals should not be deprived of their civil rights on account of their sexual dysfunction. But wokeness has already gone way further than these initial demands and it has now turned into an obligatory form of virtue signaling !

By now most of us have seen new woke-compatible CIA recruitment ads. Frankly, when I saw it I sincerely rejoiced, as a woke-CIA will be far less effective than the one which considered homosexuality a major security risk (blackmail and comorbid psychopathology). But wokeness submission is not just a CIA thing, check out this comparison of recruiting videos (thanks to American Kulak for sending me all the videos below!!!):

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JUijh-phNJY?feature=oembed

And, just for comparison sake, here are a Chinese and a Russian recruitment videos:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/l_qr-4AKM18?feature=oembed

https://www.youtube.com/embed/aqek78JXckw?feature=oembed

Truth be told, I am not exactly heartbroken about the condition of the US armed forces as such, but when I think of the many decent and honorable US officers I had the chance to meet in my life, I do feel sorry for them as I can, I think, imagine their sadness and disgust.

Finally, I have to admit, to my great sadness, that this does not affect only the USA. Pretty much the same form of collective insanity has clearly taken over the EU (with a few countries still trying to resist). Wokism has become a global phenomenon.

Yes, the West went from the genius of Baroque to the insipid vulgarity of YouTube.

And so here is my question: why is there so little pushback?!

Yes, there is the accusation of racism. I get it. But the more people this accusation is applied to, the more meaningless it becomes (the same goes for that old "anti-Semitism" canard!). And, besides, nobody can live an honorable life without ever becoming the target of a false and ugly accusation. All we can do is 1) ignore it 2) flush our mental toilet and 3) resume the struggle.

I also understand that woke-compatibility is a "must" for new hires (you gotta love that "corporate America"!). But what about all those of us who already have a career and who won't be fired just because we push back against an ideology which not only is based on absolutely nothing (it has zero empirical evidence to back its key tenets) but which destroys competence (the famous US meritocracy) and replaces it with what I can only call an extremely intolerant pseudo-diversity which is every bit as intolerant as the major totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century! Why are we silent?

Most of us know about the hidden scandal of the (apparently, neverending) lowering of competency criteria in many professions (ask a firefighter!). But this is now even affecting airlines ! I dread the day when a "diverse" crew will smash an airliner into the ground because "mathematics is racist!". I am sure the skies will still be friendly, but will they be safe?!

I wonder what it would take to finally get some serious reaction to this collective insanity.

So what can we do? I submit that Alexander Solzhenitsyn's advice to the Russian people living under the Soviet system could also be taken as a model by those in the West who don't want their countries to be turned into some wannabe Wakanda:

When violence bursts onto the peaceful human condition, its face is flush with self-assurance, it displays on its banner and proclaims: "I am Violence! Make way, step aside, I will crush you!" But violence ages swiftly, a few years pass""and it is no longer sure of itself. To prop itself up, to appear decent, it will without fail call forth its ally""Lies. For violence has nothing to cover itself with but lies, and lies can only persist through violence. And it is not every day and not on every shoulder that violence brings down its heavy hand: It demands of us only a submission to lies, a daily participation in deceit""and this suffices as our fealty.

And therein we find, neglected by us, the simplest, the most accessible key to our liberation: a personal nonparticipation in lies! Even if all is covered by lies, even if all is under their rule, let us resist in the smallest way: Let their rule hold not through me!

And this is the way to break out of the imaginary encirclement of our inertness, the easiest way for us and the most devastating for the lies. For when people renounce lies, lies simply cease to exist. Like parasites, they can only survive when attached to a person.

We are not called upon to step out onto the square and shout out the truth, to say out loud what we think""this is scary, we are not ready. But let us at least refuse to say what we do not think! ("¦) Our way must be: Never knowingly support lies! Having understood where the lies begin (and many see this line differently)""step back from that gangrenous edge! Let us not glue back the flaking scales of the Ideology, not gather back its crumbling bones, nor patch together its decomposing garb, and we will be amazed how swiftly and helplessly the lies will fall away, and that which is destined to be naked will be exposed as such to the world.

This method of not allowing lies to survive through oneself is absolutely legal, non-violent and does not require any organization or money. Most importantly, this method does not require any unifying ideology. In other words, this method is a moral/ethical defense against any totalitarian ideology. Best of all, it requires no money or power, and it is immediately liberating to anybody using it. It is even compatible with the modern idea of "be the change you want to see in the world".

The alternative is much scarier. As with any totalitarian ideology Wokism can also trigger a strong blowback reaction and there is a very real risk of such a pushback reaction that it could result in the birth of a new form of Fascism which could be even worse than Wokism. And this is why I think that doing nothing and hoping that this will all somehow magically go away is dangerously delusional.

Totalitarian ideologies must be confronted openly and frontally. Nothing else will do and everything else is nothing but surrender.


anonymous [248] " Disclaimer , says: May 14, 2021 at 1:01 am GMT " 6.1 days ago

I'm going to play devil's advocate here. If the entire US military is moving toward robotics and missiles, what difference does it make that the operator is a trans-gender mental lunatic? In fact, some of these depraved folks may perfectly fit the bill for committing massive war crimes. There is no conscience in their mental depravity to begin with.

Alt Right Moderate , says: May 14, 2021 at 7:12 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

Because woke culture warriors are no threat to men with money. Men with money fear macho economic socialists in the Joe Stalin mode, and these people no longer exist. This is what so many people on the conservative/nationalist right don't get. There is no push back because rich whites have nothing to fear from theatrical woke BS.

The only victims are working and lower middle whites, who have no awareness of class politics, are more interested in fixing their cars or riding around on dirt bikes..

Franz , says: May 14, 2021 at 2:59 am GMT " 6.0 days ago

And so here is my question: why is there so little pushback?!

American, like most humans, have to eat. Keep a roof over their heads. Etc.

As far back is the 1950s Europeans considered Americans deeply conformist. Even when they went into non-conforming mode (eg, the beatniks in that decade) they all conformed to the pack.

But now is not then: Jobs for mavericks are now scarce. Lighthouses are automated, no need for lighthouse keepers. The old merchant ships have been replaced by container ships that need few hands on deck or anywhere else. Have a good job, you also have to keep it. And it often takes effort.

All the people from Jimmy the Greek in the last century on are rarely prosecuted. They are almost always fired or forced to resign. Individual economics warns against being the nail that sticks out.

This MIGHT be why Antifa, BLM etc has no problem getting a mob together: Torching a few buildings, blocking traffic, getting white cops fired, is a great way to relieve stress and burn off frustration.

BUT that only works for one side. Others must tread carefully and not push if they can't afford to fall.

War for Blair Mountain , says: May 14, 2021 at 3:05 am GMT " 6.0 days ago
@anonymous serve openly in the US Military"¦.And you can thank Admiral Mike Mullins for this. Mullins knew exactly what he was doing:social engineering the larger American Society-and he enjoyed being interviewed in his US Navy Uniform on the front covers of magazines that serve the interests of the homosexual community. Yes, I am very suspicious that Admiral Mike Mullins is a homosexual who has no problem with Public Libraries allowing Satanic looking Tranny Freaks reading children's books to very young children. This is what Admiral Mike Mullins has unleashed upon American Society. Admiral Mike Mullins would tell Conservative Christian Chaplains who had issues with homosexuals serving openly in the US Military:""˜YOU NEED TO PURSUE ANOTHER CAREER PATH""¦..
Priss Factor , says: " Website May 14, 2021 at 5:01 am GMT " 5.9 days ago

What happens when Jews control the gods.

https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-2&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3R3ZWV0X2VtYmVkX2NsaWNrYWJpbGl0eV8xMjEwMiI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJjb250cm9sIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1392897711955972105&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unz.com%2Ftsaker%2Fwoke-insanity-why-is-there-so-little-pushback%2F&sessionId=24cd0aff0dd5dc140c6801959773ea0628f53953&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=500px

Mustapha Mond , says: May 14, 2021 at 5:06 am GMT " 5.9 days ago

"Woke Insanity: Why Is There So Little Pushback?!"

The pushback is slowly coming:

https://www.sott.net/article/452694-120-retired-US-generals-sign-letter-questioning-Bidens-mental-health-2020-election-result-warn-of-tyrannical-govt

Just another serf , says: May 14, 2021 at 5:36 am GMT " 5.9 days ago

I've observed these white people, overwhelmingly female, display an incomprehensibly religious fervor for BLM. I've never seen anything like this in my long lifetime.

These people are worshipping negroes, while at the same time, negroes are slaughtering them.

Something uniquely horrible is unfolding here.

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: May 14, 2021 at 5:55 am GMT " 5.9 days ago

After c.1980, the West, already showing the signs of crumbling due to economic implosion and social, moral and intellectual decay, was led up two garden paths to the certain end about to engulf it.
One was neo-conservatism, a project of formerly Trotsykite Judeofascist supremacists, many former acolytes of the sinister Leo Strauss, who saw the USA as a puppet to destroy their enemies, ie the Soviet, the Arab world and, as Jabotinsky said, "˜"¦anyone who gets in our way'. This was the PNAC crowd who predicted the "˜New Pearl Harbor' of 9/11 because their friends in MOSSAD no doubt told them it was finally in the works, after years of planning and "˜predictive programing' of the US public.This mob thought that the world was theirs to do with as they pleased, after Gorbachev and Yeltsin, but they had not bargained on Putin and on China's meteoric rise, hence their psychopathic loathing of both.
The other dead end was neo-liberal capitalism, another predominately Jewish enterprise, from the University of Chicago yeshiva and Milton Friedman et al. That created the great upward transfer of wealth to the elites, in which Jews were and are massively over-represented, and the steady immiseration of the vast bulk of US citizens, and those in puppet regimes in the UK, the EU and other countries subjected to the economic shock therapy of the economic hit-men of the "˜Washington Consensus'.
After forty years of these twin terrors the USA and much of the West are more unequal than ever, more heavily indebted than ever, their industries defunct and economic activity concentrated on the FIRE parasite rackets, and other forms of rentier extraction, millennial pursuits of various Jewish elites. Israel itself is terminally belligerent and insatiably cruel, and riven by inequality and political and religious fanaticism, but at least they can be united by hatred and blood-lust, as we see today. The USA, in contrast, must rely on "˜Divide and Rule' tactics, of which the deranged wokeism is the latest manifestation, growing out of that other divisive strategy, Identity Politics. Wokeism simply pits the downtrodden against other downtrodden, to the elites' delight. One faction, the Demoncrazy Deep Statists, pits the wokebots against the Reptilian MAGAbots, while both are excited to a racist frenzy by the prospect of annihilation in the Great Clash of Civilizations war with Russia and/or China. All so the plutocrats can keep piling up their loot ad astra.

nokangaroos , says: May 14, 2021 at 6:49 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

Foggy Bottom has just allowed US embassies and consulates to fly the "gay pride" flag next to the stars and stripes. I bet you they won´t do that in Riyadh!

Au contraire

It is precisely intended to be flown in Riyadh, Warszaw, Moscow and Urumqi;
no different from siccing dogs and activist womxyn on the Muzzie helots,
sending incompetent Jews as ambassadors to Germany and Austria
or corporate heavyweights to South America.
The parallels to wokism and Orwell are obvious ""
the more shameless, stupid and obvious the lies they force us to repeat ("2+2=5"),
the better to break our will with.

"" Sending the Soros Barbie to harangue Erdogan was in the same vein,
and it backfired gloriously (I´m a bit conflicted re: Recep Tayyip´s
passive-aggressiveness, but it has something deeply satisfying;
clearly that´s the way to go "¦ it is not coincidence Charles Boycott was
a rent enforcer in Ireland "" maybe we cannot fight, but we can refuse to cooperate.
Tell them what you think of them "" so what if it makes their hair fall out ).

Ukraine Tiger , says: May 14, 2021 at 7:09 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

Stick to talking about the political situation in Ukraine/Russia Saker

eah , says: May 14, 2021 at 7:09 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

>Why Is There So Little Pushback?!

What kind of "˜pushback' do you expect when it's the political and mainstream media establishments doing the "˜pushing'?

There is "˜pushback' by groups and individuals, as well as in alternative media, but this is subject to censorship due to arbitrary ToS (e.g. no "˜misgendering' on Twitter) and by platform providers (with no warning or justification, WordPress deleted the very popular "˜Chateau Heartiste'; he can now be found on Gab ).

When you can lose your job by saying "˜White lives matter', or even "˜All lives matter', people notice.

Wally , says: May 14, 2021 at 7:47 am GMT " 5.8 days ago
@Anonymous

A statistical fact:

On average, blacks murder 500 whites every year .

More facts and statistics:

The Color of Crime : https://www.amren.com/the-color-of-crime/

The Soft Parade , says: May 14, 2021 at 7:51 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

Because deep down inside everybody is some kind of cop, and we're scared.

We're scared of the bigger cop: The fed, the judge, death comes from above, the media, our boss, our marriage, or getting disappeared""and for WHAT? Some clueless idiot who thinks freedom is free?? Poor-bastard real life cops have to get up on stage and show how scared they really are when it comes to doing what is right. Like walking around naked in public with a target on their back. That's why the cops get crazy when you suggest they could do a better job of the scam known as no good deed goes unpunished. Sanity? Got it. The woke public "education systems" are full of queers and demons having rights to your children 8 hours a day enforced by the fed and the judge and the media, and who at the least successfully indoctrinate your child with hopelessness. The chaos is ascendant, overwhelming and despressing in nature Okay people! Everybody on 3 push back "¦one "¦ two. Hello "¦can you hear me in the back ?

The liberals are crazy with unworldy power""shock and awe crazy""but the right wing is crazier to believe that the left wokeness can be overcome on worldy terms. The right wants to think they can pushback, but they are scared because deep down inside, they know the liberals are driven and enforced by powers much bigger than any earthly principal. A dark battlefield saying used to go, "If they've got thermal, we're fucked." Indeed, the liberal left and their enforcers can now see you wherever and whoever you are, and what's worse, you know it. Oh, but let's go out and die. Mission? Sanity? For what?

That's why all the erstwhile tough guys don't push back, and the ones who do, get hated on "¦ "stop it man, you're causing trouble." As for the rest of the poseurs, they have it easy. Without having to actually walk the walk, they get to sit around and criticize the ones who could , but won't push back.

Alt Right Moderate , says: May 14, 2021 at 7:55 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

On the plus side, explicitly left wing governments tend to have a short shelf life. Probably the worst kind of left wing governments are those which are kinda right wing.

Tony Blair got Britain into a pointless war in Iraq and bought in massive numbers of economic migrants. Bill Clinton pushed NAFTA which resulted in a huge surge of Hispanic immigration. However, conservative voters didn't even notice what was happening because they assumed these guys were sensible middle-of the-road politicians. In contrast Biden's and company's in your face woke politics will galvanize the American right and probably achieve little of long term consequence.

Grahamsno(G64) , says: May 14, 2021 at 8:03 am GMT " 5.8 days ago
@Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

The best joke is that these racists seem to be deeply upset at India for its caste system LOL. See the latest Steve thread.

https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-new-america/#new_comments

Smith , says: May 14, 2021 at 8:09 am GMT " 5.8 days ago

This woke nonsense is only in US and its vassal states (Western Europe, Japan).

It's a non-issue in the rest of the world.

Random Anon , says: May 14, 2021 at 8:11 am GMT " 5.8 days ago
@Anonymous ollective guilt for all the world's problems and no right to self determination.

An absurd, barbaric standard which is never applied to any other group.

Little Victoria Rose Smith was beaten and tortured to death by a fat racist black woman spewing BLM propaganda on Twitter. Cannon Hinnant was executed while riding his bicycle in his front yard.

But of course vermin like you don't care about the innocent victims.

You will just dismiss it or pretend it's not happening while venerating slime like the rapist Jacob Blake or home invader George Floyd.

How about this?

I spit on you and everyone like you.

You are the scum of the Earth.

Jeff Stryker , says: May 14, 2021 at 8:18 am GMT " 5.8 days ago
@anonymous

My entire lifetime the USA has thought that it would win wars with military technology"¦and then subsequently was dragged into 20 year long savage guerilla warfare.

"We can just airstrike them" was a common refrain when the Afghanistan war was announced in 2001.

Twenty years later, Biden pulls the last troops out.

"I cannot shoot him"¦he's too gorgeous"

For that matter the thugs that took over USA cities have an IQ of 90 & have zero education. But they have more primitive moral courage.

Technology is far more advanced now than 1992 during the LA Riots"¦and yet the riots were worse.

Hartnell , says: May 14, 2021 at 10:54 am GMT " 5.7 days ago
@Anonymous I only partially agree. White people in general do not personally hate other races. However, they do like to self segregate into their own white communities as you yourself have just pointed out.

In my native UK, you have a lot of "secret segregation" whereby native white Brits live in their own towns and villages away from the ever growing multi-kulti cities. Its quite amazing to actually leave a white British town or village and venture into the cities. It basically feels like living on an Indian reservation in America!

Dont get me started on how segregated all the various groups are in the cities too!

So whilst white people pay lip service to the cult of diversity, they very rarely actually practice it.

Observator , says: May 14, 2021 at 11:47 am GMT " 5.6 days ago

Machiavelli explained how wokeist phenomena can serve the powerful in 1513, "One of the great secrets of the day is to know how to take possession of popular prejudices and passions, in such a way as to introduce a confusion of principles which makes impossible all understanding between those who speak the same language and have the same interests."

What we are seeing today is the latest installment of the never-ending story called "divide and conquer." The traditional goals of progressives are ending militarism, empowering working people, providing a decent social safety net, and most of all, building a functional, genuinely democratic government committed to limiting the corrupting power of great wealth. These goals are race and gender neutral; they are basic human rights for all. They are passionately opposed by society's worst predators, always have been, always will be, until the influence of the predator class has been neutralized, and they are called to account for their crimes.

Today's campaigns of moral absolutism widen the gaps among America's diverse peoples and classes because such division is crucial to maintaining the power of the elites by deflecting attention from their far more dangerous, institutionalized abuses of power. Boutique activism converts ordinary people into partners in advancing those interests, in a dangerous form of psychologically manipulative narrative control.

But "woke", not being based in objective reality, has no legs and will not endure. Universities and other organizations are making a good faith effort to conform, the same way they once excluded women and blacks when discrimination was fashionable. Ultimately the demands of their donors and consumers will prevail, and change, and change again.

nosquat loquat , says: May 14, 2021 at 1:22 pm GMT " 5.6 days ago
@Trinity sianic militarism. When, especially during the Occupy movement, I saw that there were young libertarians who seemed to share many of the same concerns and join in with the lefty Occupiers, it seemed like a positive development that promised a unification, beyond ideology, of intelligent concerned citizens who wanted to clear the air of the rampant criminality of officialdom.

And then, all of a sudden, the SJW phenomenon burst on the scene and it all became about Blacks and trannies and women. What happened?

It has been my feeling all along that the term "woke" was hijacked and applied to these clueless narcissistic Gen-Z-types, who themselves had been infiltrated and manipulated. Who did this? It smells like a psy-op to me.

MLK , says: May 14, 2021 at 1:28 pm GMT " 5.6 days ago

It's a fool's errand trying to make sense of Applied Woke. Most Americans are ill-equipped to do so because we grew up schooled in American common sense.

Say what you will, until recently the US of A got decent grades, impressive ones if grading on a curve, for avoiding last century's bright ideas (e.g. communism; fascism).

That filtered down to the family and individual level, even for immigrants, under the rubric of Assimilation.

Yet as the American Republic (and empire) has hit some rough sledding, coincident unfortunately with the rise of CCP China, there's some bad modeling going on at the moment.

The American ruling, governing and business classes like China's secret sauce. What's not to like as long as you're sitting in the right place or willing to do or say anything to put yourself and your family there.

This author is right to bring up Russia and Christianity. Though, as I've mentioned before, I simply don't understand why those in the best position to inform about the lessons we should be learning from post-Soviet Union Russia don't do so even though the rhythming is so glaringly obvious it's almost a joke at this point.

At best "Biden" is a Yeltsin 1996-99. In other words, as if that isn't bad enough, it doesn't account for his double and technical sleights of hand in the show. What you characterize as "woke-compatible" is Antifa/BLM Brown Shirts integrated into the Democrat/Deep State mix.

The salient struggle at the moment is taking place within these factions over whether, after having succeeded in a monumental election steal, to govern as if 2020 was a "˜One and Done' or that they will have to compete to win in 2022 and 2024.

Official, government and corporate, handling and messaging concerning Woke ideology and the freaks themselves is one of the better indicators because there is simply no way a party competing to win the consent of the governed can engage in a loud and proud endorsement or even acquiescence to their madness.

gent , says: May 14, 2021 at 2:04 pm GMT " 5.5 days ago
@Franz

This MIGHT be why Antifa, BLM etc has no problem getting a mob together: Torching a few buildings, blocking traffic, getting white cops fired, is a great way to relieve stress and burn off frustration.

That may explain the mass protest movements, but the police records out of Portland show Antifa as a roughly even mix of children of the upper class, low level DNC wonks and drug addicts. The three categories often overlap, of course.

[May 28, 2021] DeSantis On Critical Race Theory- -Offensive- To Expect Taxpayers To Pay To Teach Kids To -Hate Their Country

May 23, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times,

Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that he opposes teaching critical race theory in the state's public schools, calling the ideas pushed by its advocates as "based on false history" and "teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other."


DeSantis made the remarks at a Friday press conference in Pensacola, where he announced the signing of a bill temporarily establishing several statewide tax-free periods on items like storm supplies and back-to-school products.

"It's offensive to the taxpayer that they would be asked to fund critical race theory, that they would be asked to fund teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other," DeSantis said.

Floridа Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a meeting at the governor's office in Tallahassee, Fla., on April 1, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

In a recent interview on NTD's "Focus Talk," Yiatin Chu, an Asian mother of two and co-chair of the New York chapter of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), described critical race theory as pushing the idea that disparate outcomes, such as academic competency scores, can be reduced to a single variable""race.

Advocates of the theory, which she said is increasingly being taught at pre-college levels, push the socialist notion of equality of outcome, and blame differences in outcomes on entrenched privilege while dividing people into "oppressors" and their victims, the "oppressed."

Republicans across the nation are trying to prevent the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms.

Recently, South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem took aim at both the "1619 Project" and critical race theory and, like DeSantis, voiced opposition to their incorporation in school curriculums.

"The 1619 Project relies upon the concept of Critical Race Theory to further divide students based on the color of their skin," Noem wrote in a series of tweets Friday.

"This is inappropriate and un-American. It has no place in South Dakota, and it certainly has no place in South Dakota classrooms."

In this screenshot from the RNC's livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the virtual convention on Aug. 26, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

The "1619 Project," inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, attempts to cast the Atlantic slave trade as the dominant factor in the founding of America instead of ideals such as individual liberty and natural rights. The initiative has been widely panned by historians and political scientists, with some critics calling it a bid to rewrite U.S. history through a left-wing lens.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project, responded to the GOP criticism of the project during an interview with MSNBC on May 3, saying the 1619 curriculum being allowed in schools is a matter of free speech.

"This isn't a project about trying to teach children that our country is evil, but it is a project trying to teach children the truth about what our country was based upon, and it's only in really confronting that truth""slavery was foundational to the United States, we, after the slavery, experienced 100 years of legalized discrimination against black Americans," said Hannah-Jones.

"Mitch McConnell and others like him want for our children to get a propagandistic, nationalistic understanding of history that is not about facts, but it is about how they would want to pretend that our country is."

Proponents of critical race theory have argued that it's needed to demonstrate what they say is "pervasive systemic racism" and facilitate rooting it out.

Critics draw parallels between critical race theory and Marxism, arguing that the concept advocates for the destruction of institutions, such as the Western justice system, free-market economy, and orthodox religions, while demanding that they be replaced with institutions compliant with the critical race theory ideology.

[May 28, 2021] Criminals Who Targeted Auto Shop With White Supremacist Graffiti Turn Out To Be Two Black Men - ZeroHedge

May 27, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Criminals Who Targeted Auto Shop With White Supremacist Graffiti Turn Out To Be Two Black Men BY TYLER DURDEN THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021 - 02:01 PM

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Criminals who repeatedly targeted an auto shop in Spring Lake, North Carolina by leaving racist graffiti referencing the KKK and Nazis turned out to be two African-American men after the owner caught them on camera.

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Business owner Dwyane Haynesworth (who is black) took action after having a car stole off his lot and then discovering the racist graffiti, which included a drawing of a swastika.

After setting up the security cameras, that same night the criminals returned and broke into more vehicles before smashing windows and attempting to hot wire one of the cars.

The footage revealed the culprits to be two black men.

https://www.wral.com/vandals-captured-on-security-camera-at-spring-lake-auto-shop/19695359/?version=embedded_v2&player_options=%257B%2522embedded_autoplay_next%2522%253Atrue%257D

"By now, police must know to narrow down their list of suspects whenever racist graffiti is left at the scene of a crime. That doesn't fit the modus operandi of Caucasians," writes Dave Blount .

"Leftists who demonize and attempt to defund or otherwise hamstring the police are not siding against whites in favor of blacks, despite the way the liberal establishment frames it. They are siding against Dwyane Haynesworth in favor of punks who pointlessly destroy other people's property."

While the criminals in this instance clearly weaponized the racist graffiti in a bid to deceive authorities, fake hate crimes have become an all too common occurrence in America over the last five years.

Back in 2019, we highlighted the case of Amari Allen, a 12-year-old African-American girl who claimed a group of white boys cutting off her dreadlocks.

The entirety of the mainstream media, as well as lawmakers like Rashida Tlaib, fell for and amplified the story before Allen admitted she made it all up.

The gunman in Boulder who killed 10 people at a supermarket back in March also routinely threatened his classmates with threats of filing fake hate crime charges after violently attacking them, eyewitnesses told the media.

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[May 28, 2021] Signs of Change by Gregory Hood

Notable quotes:
"... If you find it useful that some counties are leaving Oregon and joining Idaho, or the conflict between the left and the right, democrats vs republicans, or whites vs blacks, or whites vs muslims, or vs lations is meaningful, you are simply doing the bidding of the masters, who thrive on pitting communites against each other, and are responsible for destroying the whole country. The easiest and the most fruitful way to bring about a real, benficial change to America would require bringing the American people, regardless of their color or creed together, to easily get rid of their overbearing masters. Regardless of what you claim to be, the fact that you embrace and advance the destructive strategy of pitting the American people agianst one another, and also spew so much hatred of Muslims, exposes your real agenda! ..."
"... The United States doesn't have "rulers" in as much as it has "owners". Consider ..."
May 24, 2021 | www.unz.com

One of the most promising movements, " Greater Idaho ," just won a huge victory. Five counties voted to leave Oregon and join Idaho. More counties in eastern Oregon may join . Idaho Governor Brad Little admits creating a new state may be difficult but says , "They're looking at Idaho fondly because of our regulatory atmosphere, our values. That doesn't surprise me one bit."

March 7, 2020, Roseburg, Oregon: Mike McCarter, the founder of the Move Oregon's Border and the Greater Idaho Movement, speaks during a rally with about 600 people in a building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg. The conservative movement is attempting to expand the borders of Idaho to include the rural eastern and southern areas of Oregon. The map shows the prospective new border. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak / ZUMA Wire)

This should be just the beginning. Frederick County in western Virginia could join West Virginia. West Virginia State Senator Charles Trump supports the idea. It could also be a compromise to the DC statehood question. Northern Virginia is a cancerous outgrowth of federal employees. Booting it out of real Virginia and tying it to a DC state would mean greater self-government for both regions.

... ... ...

Existing institutions can be the basis for reform and revolution. From the Parliament that challenged the king in the English Civil War, the Continental Congress that made the American Revolution, and the state legislatures that voted for secession, we see a clear pattern in the way we Anglos operate. We are legalistic, even when it comes to revolution. We don't have the French tradition of mass protests to topple governments. Our revolutions are according to Robert's Rules of Order. Even the January 6 protesters who marched into the Capitol did so because they thought they were saving democracy.


BlackFlag , says: May 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm GMT "¢ 3.2 days ago

It's a clever idea but when have these referendums gone anywhere?

"the Oregon and Idaho legislatures and the U.S. Congress would need to sign off."

Good luck.

anonymouseperson , says: May 21, 2021 at 4:39 am GMT "¢ 2.9 days ago

My advice to any white American is to NOT join the military. Do not serve the empire.

Priss Factor , says: "¢ Website May 21, 2021 at 4:44 am GMT "¢ 2.9 days ago

I can understand the frustrations and rage of certain folks.

If you're a worker on an oil rig, a truck driver, a policeman, or some such jobs, there's bound to be moments when you're angry as hell. So, even though such people say crazy things once a while, I can understand where they're coming from. They need to blow off steam.

But the professor class? These lowlife parasites sit on their asses and talk shi*. They produce nothing and make a living by spreading nonsense. And yet, they act like they are soooooooooo angry with the way of the world. If they really care about the world, why hide in their academic enclaves?
Academia needs a cultural revolution, a real kind, not the bogus "˜woke' kind made up of teachers' pets.

Boomthorkell , says: May 21, 2021 at 6:58 am GMT "¢ 2.8 days ago

Death to the Empire and Freedom for the World.

Hopefully we can reform into a nice looking North American Federation once this mess hits a bloody climax of some sort or another. Greater Idaho sounds wildly fun. I still wish we formed the States Cascadia and Arcadia, personally.

black dog , says: May 21, 2021 at 8:57 am GMT "¢ 2.8 days ago

The empire WILL become weaker if it promotes incompetents to positions of high responsibility and authority and enlists women into the armed forces. An empire cannot sustain itself with sub standard soldiers, administrators, leaders and law makers. This woke crap will destroy itself. Historians in the future will look back and say "what the hell were they thinking?".

Realist , says: May 21, 2021 at 12:42 pm GMT "¢ 2.6 days ago
@BlackFlag

"the Oregon and Idaho legislatures and the U.S. Congress would need to sign off."

Exactly"¦not going to happen.

anonymous [400] "¢ Disclaimer , says: May 21, 2021 at 1:20 pm GMT "¢ 2.6 days ago

If the IQ of officer candidates drops below 110 (it's 120 on average currently for the Marine Corps and has been declining for 40 years) then the positions will be left vacant. Dumb people can't do the job.

Alden , says: May 23, 2021 at 5:09 am GMT "¢ 22.1 hours ago
@E_Perez

Since Cromwell and even more so the overthrow of James 2 by the invader Dutch William 3 the Amsterdam Jew banker puppet Britain has been nothing more than a Jewish banking headquarters.

A.K.Patal , says: May 23, 2021 at 8:57 am GMT "¢ 18.3 hours ago

If you find it useful that some counties are leaving Oregon and joining Idaho, or the conflict between the left and the right, democrats vs republicans, or whites vs blacks, or whites vs muslims, or vs lations is meaningful, you are simply doing the bidding of the masters, who thrive on pitting communites against each other, and are responsible for destroying the whole country. The easiest and the most fruitful way to bring about a real, benficial change to America would require bringing the American people, regardless of their color or creed together, to easily get rid of their overbearing masters. Regardless of what you claim to be, the fact that you embrace and advance the destructive strategy of pitting the American people agianst one another, and also spew so much hatred of Muslims, exposes your real agenda!

Hans Vogel , says: May 23, 2021 at 9:51 am GMT "¢ 17.4 hours ago

Dear Mr. Hood, anything undertaken to change a nation's political organization will always lead to violence. If there is one thing history shows, it is precisely that. If you are trying to change Idaho's state borders, that qualifies as a drastic change in the US political organization, if only because if successful, it would set an example that would find many, many followers, as you are implying yourself.

What the US promotes and condones abroad (secession of Panama from Colombia in 1903, occupation of Cyprus by Turkey in 1980, occupation of the Western Sahara by Morocco in 1976, secession of Kosovo, creation of Southern Sudan, etc., etc.) it does not want to see at home. Of course you are also aware that in the 1860s, Secession has been met with brutal violence.

In this respect, it comes as a relief lo learn that the Deep State is busy trying to turn the US Army and the CIA into open psychiatry wards.

Very interesting that video ad on the girl "raised by two moms." Poor thing: knowing only two dykes (her father must certainly be Hans Brinker), all her life she has been yearning to meet real men. Apparently, she did not find them in college, where the boys are being terrorized by feminists and forced to become faggots. Thus only the army remains as a place where one might still find a few real men, the kind that one sees so finely portrayed in the Russian army ad.

(Come to think of it, that US army ad may also be an attempt at subversion of prevailing policy!)

Biff , says: May 23, 2021 at 9:53 am GMT "¢ 17.3 hours ago

America is in danger, not because of some external threat, but because our rulers are the Republic's greatest enemies.

The United States doesn't have "rulers" in as much as it has "owners". Consider it private property to put things in proper perspective "" then! Stake your claim. Forget the law(they own that too) and the idea of a republic "" owners don't like to share. The banking, tax code, and debt have got you by the balls, and they'll always keep you thumbed under.

Bert , says: May 23, 2021 at 11:02 am GMT "¢ 16.2 hours ago
@follyofwar

As for Greater Idaho or Greater West Virginia, what difference would it make?

You miss the point. These are bubbles rising to the surface. They constitute the first sign of water about to boil.

MG3 , says: May 23, 2021 at 1:26 pm GMT "¢ 13.8 hours ago

No one is in control: The USG is (quite literally) being controlled by whoever wrote the last/biggest check.

[May 28, 2021] Psaki new definition for the term "responsible"

Psaki was always a walking joke, the spokeswoman with the hidden goal to discredit any administration she serves. Gaffes are her trademark: "Psaki is the only person on the face of the earth that makes Biden look intelligent." Logically after her statement Psaki should resign to make way for a minority candidate, preferably to certified descendant of a former slave. Anything less is merely virtue signaling.
Like is the case with pornography normal person sense racism when he sees it. 1619 project does not pass this test. It looks more like "political gangsterism" of some clique, quite similar to Mao's "cultural revolution"
It is interesting to read the list of corporations which finance this "Cultural revolution 2.0" in the USA as an attempt to save neoliberalism and political power of financial oligarchy.
Notable quotes:
"... It's actually a brilliant strategy. They have their own voters completely ignoring everything you mentioned, and they have divided the country over these other problems that are created out of thin air. The two Teams want everyone focused on climate change and racism while they loot the country ... ..."
"... 1619 drivel has one purpose--to divide and sow discord. ..."
"... The Spanish were pouring slaves into the Americas a hundred-plus years - before 1619. And, the United States wasn't even a country until 1789. ..."
May 15, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Psaki- Teaching -1619 Project- Critical Race Theory In College Is -Responsible- - ZeroHedge

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said it is responsible for colleges to teach the idea that racism is embedded in the American system, dismissing criticism that such teaching aims at indoctrinating American youth.

In a White House press briefing , Psaki was asked about a proposed legislation by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would place an one percent tax on the value of the endowments of the country's wealthiest private colleges, and use that money to support vocational education and training.

The reporter noted that Cotton's proposal would affect institutions that teach "un-American ideas" such as those of critical race theory and the New York Times's "1619 Project," which argue the United States was founded as, and remains, a racist nation.

An outspoken critic of the 1619 Project, Cotton last year introduced the "Saving American History Act of 2020" that would reduce federal funding to public schools where the highly controversial narrative is taught as actual U.S. history. The bill is currently in consideration in the Senate Education and Labor Committee.


Kreditanstalt 4 hours ago (Edited)

I've never understood why, faced with military aggression, raging income inequality, asset-price manipulation, rigged "markets", rigged wages, rigged prices, soaring price inflation, falling living standards, massive debts, public & private...in the last few years the pseudo-non-issues of "man-made climate change" and "racism" have suddenly been pushed and pushed...

It beggars belief.

Pdunne 2 hours ago remove link

1619 certainly presents a different perspective. I suspect some of it is incorrect but that is why people should review it and understand at least the basics of this in American History.

Bringing Africans to American fundamentally changed the country, that is something to be understood.

StephenHopkins 2 hours ago

Irish were slaves, **** were slaves there are slaves for sale right now in Libya. Do something.

Politinaut 2 hours ago

Fundamentally changed? You mean destroyed it. Complete cancer. Our ancestors screwed up, then paid the toll of correction with 650k soldiers and untold white civilian lives lost. One dead white man or woman for every 3 slaves to right our ship.

And yet, the retards on the left want to egg this dead conflict on to line their pockets and destroy the system. I think not.

LetThemEatRand 4 hours ago

It's actually a brilliant strategy. They have their own voters completely ignoring everything you mentioned, and they have divided the country over these other problems that are created out of thin air. The two Teams want everyone focused on climate change and racism while they loot the country ...

TightLiner 3 hours ago

I doubt this woman has ever driven down an MLK Blvd.

GreatUncle 2 hours ago

The woman is a f^7king twat ... critical race theory in itself is indoctrination let alone all the other stuff.

Plus Size Model 3 hours ago

An important part of indoctrination is rewriting the past. Most people just don't know how pervasive slavery has been throughout history. First off, it's not easy to define and life was very very rough up until about the 20th century. Indentured servitude also comes to mind, child labor is terrible and was also prevalent until the 20th century, primitive factory work as well as mining was dangerous and lots were permanently injured or killed, there were press gangs for war, etc.

Completely overlooking antiquity and the east, slavery was ubiquitous almost everywhere up until the 19th century . THIS INCLUDES ALL RACES, NATIONALITIES AND CREEDS .

Here's just a few instances of slavery that have been written out of the history books most here are familiar with.

The Barbary slave trade refers to slave markets on the Barbary Coast of North Africa, which included the Ottoman provinces of Algeria, Tunisia and Tripolitania and the independent sultanate of Morocco, between the 16th and middle of the 18th century. The Ottoman provinces in North Africa were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty, but in reality they were mostly autonomous.

European slaves were acquired by Barbary pirates in slave raids on ships and by raids on coastal towns from Italy to the Netherlands, Ireland and the southwest of Britain, as far north as Iceland and into the eastern Mediterranean.

The Ottoman eastern Mediterranean was the scene of intense piracy. As late as the 18th century, piracy continued to be a "consistent threat to maritime traffic in the Aegean."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_slave_trade

For over three centuries, the military of the Crimean Khanate and the Nogai Horde conducted slave raids primarily in lands controlled by Russia and Poland-Lithuania as well as other territories.

Their main purpose was the capture of slaves, most of whom were exported to the Ottoman slave markets in Constantinople or elsewhere in the Middle East. Genoese and Venetians merchants controlled the slave trade from Crimea to Western Europe. The raids were a drain of the human and economic resources of eastern Europe . They largely inhabited the "Wild Fields" "" the steppe and forest-steppe land which extends from a hundred or so miles south of Moscow to the Black Sea and which now contains most of the Russian and Ukrainian population . The campaigns also played an important role in the development of the Cossacks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean%E2%80%93Nogai_slave_raids_in_Eastern_Europe

Here's a video of British miners from 1901. Tell me they don't look like slaves. Lots of them won't even make it to middle age. I'd argue that the majority of them have lung disease. You can see some men are obviously malnourished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwBuJTMrUNo

CharlesFilson 4 hours ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JX4bsrj178

ebworthen 4 hours ago

Exactly.

If you are against racism don't build your self-esteem based on your race; be an individual.

AlfieDolittle 3 hours ago

It's utter garbage anyway, the Africans who arrived in 1619 weren't slaves, they were indentured labourers who signed up for 7 years after which they were given a plot of land. This was a common way of working at the time, even for whites.

It was one of their fellow blacks, Anthony Johnson, who challenged indenture in the courts as he wanted to hold on to them for life..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Johnson_(colonist)

Bubette Salam 3 hours ago (Edited)

1619?

Shouldn't it be the previous year, 1618? Namely when Africans captured and sold their fellow blacks for dirty lucre and a bottle of wine?

Giant Meteor 3 hours ago

Politicians white and black have successfully used all this race baiting to deflect attention away from their own grifting, and glaring failures, of the people they claimed they were helping, for the last 50 plus years.. Today we see the resulting train wreck, and of course the doubling down on the latest insanity ....

On the other hand there is Jen, and her ilk .. the new breed. They are so dumb, they don't even know they're dumb .. This is the promise and legacy of "public education."
The film "Idiocracy" .. was not suppose to be a documentary ..

Giant Meteor 3 hours ago (Edited)

During an interview with conservative Mark Levin, Robert L. Woodson Sr., president and founder of the Woodson Center, said that what is happening today is a "perversion of the civil rights movement," and that claims of "institutional racism" are a "ruse," a "lie" to deflect attention from certain black leaders who have failed to help their communities because they pushed policies that do not work.

Woodson, whose organization works directly with people and groups in neighborhoods nationwide, also denounced the idea that the "legacy of slavery and discrimination" is responsible for problems in some black communities, such as unemployment, crime, and out-of-wedlock births. "That's another lie," he said.

"I don't know what systemic racism is. Maybe someone can explain what that means," Robert Woodson

Woodson, who left the civil rights movement goes on to state ..

"In the past 50 years, $22 trillion has been spent on poverty programs. Seventy percent goes not to the poor but those who serve poor people," he said.

"So many of those people taking office use this money to create a class of people who are running these cities, and now after 50 years of liberal Democrats running the inner cities, where we have all of these inequities that we have, race is being used as a ruse, as a means of deflecting attention away from critical questions such as why are poor blacks failing in systems run by their own people?"

https://thespectator.info/2020/06/10/woodson-to-levin-institutional-racism-is-a-ruse-a-lie-to-deflect-attention/

Robert L. Woodson, Sr. founded the Woodson Center in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. A former civil rights activist, he has headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice, and has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Foundation for Public Policy Research. Referred to by many as "godfather" of the neighborhood empowerment movement, for more than four decades, Woodson has had a special concern for the problems of youth. In response to an epidemic of youth violence that has afflicted urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods alike, Woodson has focused much of the Woodson Center's activities on an initiative to establish Violence-Free Zones in troubled schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation. He is an early MacArthur "genius" awardee and the recipient of the 2008 Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award, and a 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute.

Teach that ...

wellwaddyaknow 3 hours ago remove link

1619 drivel has one purpose--to divide and sow discord.

steamcrane42@netscape.net PREMIUM 1 hour ago remove link

2021: Current Secret "Buzz" words. Remember "multi-culturalism"? This dangerous thinking has mutated to "critical race theory"

mabuhay1 3 hours ago

1619 is a hoax and a sham and needs to be banned from ANY level of education, except as an example of just how far stupid people will attempt to fool others and push their ideology.

Brazillionaire 2 hours ago

Hoax and sham yes. They are not stupid. They're evil.

nsurf9 4 hours ago (Edited)

The Spanish were pouring slaves into the Americas a hundred-plus years - before 1619. And, the United States wasn't even a country until 1789. And, before that, North America was occupied as Spanish, French and British colonies - with a lot of Native Indians.

END 60+ YEARS OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION - NOW !!!!

WorkingClassMan 2 hours ago remove link

EVERY country that was ever founded was built on or with "racism," in mind. That is one of the benefits of a monoracial society--you don't have competing racial factions tearing the unity of a nation apart.

That said, the 13% are really narcissists to think they are important enough to have fought at least two wars over. Overpriced farm equipment that should have been RTS'd from the get-go.

Nik-ole Hanna (or is it Jones?) is an overpaid antiwhite who doesn't know how to check her black privilege. In her paradise of Africa, a country--for example--named Rwanda had two BLACK ethnic groups. To outsiders they just looked the same--black.

But to each other, they were VERY different. And, a few years ago, the Hutus (or is it the Tutsis? I don't care) decided to slaughter the other group. Hundreds of thousands died officially, likely many more. And they had NO racist crackas to get involved.

She should go to Rwanda or Liberia or Somalia or Sudan where slavery still exists! No racist crackas.

[May 28, 2021] Justice and woke bolsheviks by Gerard Baker

Apr 19, 2021 | www.wsj.com

The Chauvin Trial and the Chelsea Handler Standard of Justice - WSJ

Rep. Maxine Waters of California, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, joined demonstrations this weekend in Minnesota. She told supporters that if the Chauvin trial verdict goes the wrong way, "we've got to not only stay in the street but we've got to fight for justice."

You may recall a president got pilloried a while ago for urging his supporters to "fight" for their desired outcome. It was noted then that the term is a well-worn rhetorical phrase that doesn't necessarily amount to a literal incitement to violence. But there can't be much doubt about the import of what Ms. Waters said. She made her remarks in Brooklyn Center, a few miles from the barricaded Minneapolis courthouse where the Chauvin trial is taking place and the site of the killing last weekend of a black man by a police officer. The place has been aflame for the past week in an orgy of rioting.

The Handler standard, or the Maxine maxim "the idea that we don't really need a trial to know whether someone is guilty of a heinous crime" has always had its adherents. There have surely been miscarriages of justice "acquittals of guilty people and convictions of innocent ones" throughout history. The jury system is never perfect.

But what's frighteningly new about our current climate is that the rejection of apparently unwelcome trial outcomes is now part of the dominant progressive critique of our longstanding political and civic order. If U.S. institutions are the product of white-supremacist exploitation "as is essentially the consensus of the people who run the government, most corporations, and leading cultural institutions" then the judicial system itself is inherently and systemically unjust. If the principle of equality before the law is to be supplanted by the objective of "equity" in outcome, then only outcomes that serve the higher objective of collective racial justice can be considered legitimate.

So trials that produce the "wrong" verdict are not just miscarriages of justice. They are an indictment of the entire system.

The ascendancy of this new progressive radicalism adds a frightening element to the unease the nation feels this week as the jury deliberates in Minneapolis. By all accounts the trial of Mr. Chauvin has been rigorous, methodical and fair. The prosecution seemed to make a strong case that Mr. Floyd died at least in part as a result of the officer's actions. The defense may have sowed some doubts about whether Mr. Chavin's intent rose to the level of culpability required of the most serious charges.

But under our new rules, the jury's verdict will be tolerated only if it goes the "right" way.

This rejection of the legitimacy of the judicial process is rooted in the same neo-Marxist ideology""a race- and identity-based interpretation of structuralism""that holds sway over the minds of much of our ruling class.

To the old Marxists, the capitalists were the exploiters. In "The ABC of Communism," published in 1920, Bolshevik leaders Nikolai Bukharin and Yevgeni Preobrazhensky used language that sounds strikingly familiar today. They denounced the courts as instruments of "bourgeois justice," which was "carried on under the guidance of laws passed in the interests of the exploiting class," and recommended instead the establishment of "proletarian courts."

In one of the more savage ironies of history, some two decades later the authors themselves were tried by such courts under Josef Stalin and sentenced to death.

Yet even Stalin thought some kind of judicial proceeding was necessary. Our modern revolutionaries would dispense even with show trials.
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Eli Hauser SUBSCRIBER 2 weeks ago (Edited)

Red Queen Rules. Sentence. Verdict. Accusation. Admission of Guilt.
Mark Robbins SUBSCRIBER 2 weeks ago
Liberals have no need for trials with an assumption of innocence. At all times, they KNOW what is right.
Chris Madison SUBSCRIBER 2 weeks ago
We are living through a "throw the baby out with the bath" moment. Extremists are labeling anything which doesn't go their way as "systemically racist." If there is no jurisprudence and due process, no system of laws addressing a variety of crimes, but only the cry for "justice now" without defining what justice looks like according to law, then anarchy has taken the place of justice. Ms. Handler is entitled to her opinion. I am glad she is not in a position of leadership. Congresswoman Maxine Waters likes to make statements which "stir the pot," potentially raising the "rage level" across our nation. She should know better, but doesn't. Our nation is on the cusp of a moment when we must intentionally decide who we are legally, morally, and Constitutionally. Emotions are insufficient for this moment.
Christopher Jones SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
This essay would have tremendous weight if there was not a video of the murder. Absent that it is stupefyingly ignorant. "The prosecution seemed to make a strong case that Mr. Floyd died at least in part as a result of the officer's actions." Really, sir? A video literally showing the officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd's neck until he passed out and later died. Are you suggesting that he would have died on his own had the officer not done this?

You are attempting to seem reasonable with your pleas for due process, but you just come across as obtuse. A video of a man murdering another man and your like, no I don't believe it. There has to be another explanation.

Tad Story SUBSCRIBER 2 weeks ago
So your saying Mr. Floyd's use of a Highly addictive and equally deadly narcotic on top of already severe heart condition to which your camera did not display played no role as to the outcome? Considering the use of Fentanyl is 900 times more deadly than crack-cocaine I feel it needed to be discussed and weighed, to which it was but the mob had their torches ready and that carried as much or even more weight, Maxine made sure of that..
beryl silver SUBSCRIBER 2 weeks ago (Edited)
The article failed to mention the words protesters need "to get more confrontational" Maxine Waters used.
Michael Lapolla SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
It has been obvious to us that the state of Minnesota offered Derek Chauvin as a sacrifice on the altar of expediency. Witness the immediate and joyous victory laps by the state AG. It just took a while and a show trial. It is obvious that the jury had no stomach for another outcome. This is what you vote for - this is what you get.

And we have a Capitol police person murdering an unarmed trespasser, but our DOJ sees and hears no evil and utters not a word.

What a national embarrassment. Go back to sleep Minnesota.

FRANK HERMAN SUBSCRIBER 2 weeks ago
He wasn't on his neck. Even the prosecution witness admitted, that when looked at from other angles, that the cop was on his shoulder blade.
Tim Taylor SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
Something to think about in the current culture of policing:

Most dangerous jobs in U.S. 1. Logging 2. Aircraft pilots/flight engineers 3. Derrick operators 4. Roofers 5. Garbage collectors 6. Iron workers. 7. Delivery drivers 8. Farmers. 9. Firefighting supervisors 10. Power linemen 11. Agricultural workers 12. Crossing guards 13. Crane operators 14. Construction helpers. 15. Landscaping supervisors 16. Highway maintenance workers. 17. Cement masons 18. Small engine mechanics. 19. Supervisors of mechanics 20. Heavy equipment mechanics. 21. Grounds maintenance workers 22. Police Officers.

Reference: https://www.ishn.com/articles/112748-top-25-most-dangerous-jobs-in-the-united-states

William Coburn SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
What Maxine does not seem to understand is that demonizing the police works against gun control efforts.

The more that the citizenry believes the police cannot be trusted to protect them, the more citizens will seek to protect themselves, including purchasing and carrying firearms.

Kenneth Gimbel SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
Whew. I guess Minneapolis won't be torched tonight. Or, maybe, just a little bit to satisfy the mob.
Verne Thibodeaux SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago (Edited)
There are a lot of "undocumented shoppers" who are very disappointed today.
Michael Havey SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
As I've been saying since the first day of the trial, only the dumbest, most gullible, least informed Americans believed that Derek Chauvin was innocent.
DK Brand SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago (Edited)
All that without due process being applied? See, you are the problem when the vast majority of people who saw the video were horrified and felt the officer was guilty of his death. But we have a system of laws and due process protects everyone, even the seemingly obviously guilty. There are people who are caught red handed every day who receive the same due process. So stop crowing about your imaginary opponents and accept that our system has worked as designed.
William Coburn SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago (Edited)
innocent

He did not need to be found innocent, just not guilty.

Nidge M SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago (Edited)
Talk about dark comedy ........

IF Chauvin is convicted the seemingly not very legally au fait Maxine Waters just handed his team perfect grounds to appeal against any conviction.

The whole situation is peturbing at a frightening number of levels 'though.

What will US cities do if 10%, 20% even 70% their Cops quit?
What will they do even if they don't quit but 'work to the letter of the rules' and slow all action to a crawl?

Its not too unthinkable given the record of violence the very large man Chauvin was kneeling on in the course of the arrest.

And add to that the somewhat inept but from the video plausible Police woman now incacerated for shooting instead of tasering another career criminal .......... Which from this distance appears to be a based on political rather than legal considerations.
Would you be a cop?

Meanwhile politicians from both main US parties appear to be giving their blessing to those who wish to userp the rule of law .......... That's viable is it?

Nidge M SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago (Edited)
No, Floyd was not resisting arrest actively & constantly for 9 minutes.
But
Floyd was a very large male with a record of extream violence, drug abuse and unpredictability.
Its hardly novel for an aprehended person to fake placidity, then when their restrainers relax to explode into extream violence.

I am not asserting what Chauvin did was right or wrong ........ But I do think its a reaction which anyone who has had to deal with violent offenders would regard as a pretty understandable reaction.

I also wonder might those who are so ready to jump on the bandwagon, grandstanding & howling in condemnation precipitate something far beyond their expectations.

I wonder too what would happen if the majority of those so quick to condemn were handed responsibility for doing the policing job people like Chauvin have to do.

How would you do it?

Lori Crossley SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
I don't think anyone wants policing like Chauvin did it. It led to the death of a man. There were a lot of potential outcomes to this arrest. I would not blame any officer for being overly cautious based on Floyd's arrest record - and yes, it does count.

But Chauvin was not alone in making this arrest. He had assistance which was not utilized. Do people fake injury to get away from police officers? I am sure they do.

But there were 9 long minutes when that was not happening. There are thousands of police officers who leave their homes each day to walk into potentially violent situations. And they do their job and go home at night (with little thanks) and did not make the same choice Chauvin did. His trial was fair and the verdict is in. The process worked for Chauvin - not so much for Floyd.

Mark Allen SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
I grew up on the block where the police station is located, in an apartment often captured in the footage of the rioting. And while it did make the local papers, the national news has failed to report that the folks living in those apartments cannot sleep (due to the rioters) and have to put wet towels over their windows to keep out the teargas (due to the police). And the irony in this is that the overwhelming majority of those apartment dwellers are working-poor, persons of color.

Let that sink in.

Scott Mote SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
For the regressives and BLMers, those apartment dwellers are just collateral damage. Maybe BLM will move them into a BLM mansion.
John Smith SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
Great insights Mr. Baker.

Strange how video evidence clearly convicts the subject in the minds of leftists. They appear to be able to assign motive and punishment based on their emotional appraisal. We have a sitting California Congresswoman stating this on video tape.

Well, we are not to believe every video tape. Remember Jussie Smollett? They did the same to the unnamed racists, who assaulted Mr. Smollett - according to his version of events. All muscular non black males were guilty, until individually cleared. The usual leftists in politics, media, and entertainment joined Jussie.

Unfortunately, Jussie's version of events was false. He hired two black men to "assault" him, then put together his soap opera version of the script. Since both stories could not be true, no one went to jail. This is what politicians with law degrees have contributed to our Republic.

Yes, he still faces felony charges. But it is more than two years hence. Speedy trial?

Paul Stroud SUBSCRIBER 3 weeks ago
For all of most of our lives we've been able to rely on a civil society that recognized its' faults, if even after a period of time, and took hard steps to correct them. This is now at risk as acceptable "civil disobedience" becomes "violent disobedience". We can no longer look at other parts of the world that are continually wrenched apart by violent, factional conflict and destruction and think, "oh, at least it can't happen here". It is happening here, and it is escalating. I hope I am wrong, but I fear for our children and grandchildren.

[May 28, 2021] The Global Financial Syndicate will use all kind of distractions to mask the MONETARY power and divide the populace

Notable quotes:
"... The Global Financial Syndicate will use all kind of distractions to mask the MONETARY power and divide the populace to continue its control & dominance through monetary imperialism. The world is a playground for "evil spirits." ..."
May 17, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Max , May 16 2021 15:56 utc | 21

One need to understand the STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT correctly, clearly, and comprehensively to live & light our world. What is your strategic construct of the national and international control system?

The Global Financial Syndicate will use all kind of distractions to mask the MONETARY power and divide the populace to continue its control & dominance through monetary imperialism. The world is a playground for "evil spirits."

How does the Financial Empire increase its control & POWER over a region? It likes turning each region into its suzerainty and an Animal Farm (Top-Down Control Structure - Democracy/Republic/...) internally by controlling its money supply through the central-private banking system.

Global Financial Empire's strategy:

Monetary Power = Lands x Lives x Loans. The key CONTROL elements of the Financial Empire within a suzerainty are:

When it comes to the international realm it seeks following freedoms:

The Global Financial Syndicate controls, finances and corrupts policies such as those in the U$A administration by its financing the substitution of national leaders with employees of the Financial Syndicate, such as Biden, Draghi, Yellen, Juncker, Macron,... Globalization is meant to establish the global financial syndicate's rule everywhere, hierarchically from top to bottom, in contrast to the democratic right of citizens to self-determination and the responsibility of governments towards their citizens.

Who wants to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals, slaves to debt?

Monetary Imperialism – What Next?

[May 28, 2021] Demexit continues: despite all woke hypocrisy Dem Party remains the party of Wall Street and tech oligarchs, not the party of working families

Notable quotes:
"... My life story is very similar to yours -- blue collar upbringing, worked graveyard shift in factories during college, made it all the way to Wall Street --- and I completely agree with you. The Democratic Party might have been the party of the working-class families many years ago, but it's absolutely not that now. ..."
"... The most interesting aspect of party realignment in almost every country is the movement of the Anglo-Saxon elites to the parties of leftist authoritarianism, whether in the UK, US, or Canada. Since elites have always had “fluid” political values, one can only assume that they see tyranny as our destiny. ..."
May 11, 2021 | www.wsj.com

GARY BEAUCHAMP SUBSCRIBER 6 hours ago (Edited)

I am a retired attorney but was reared in a blue collar home. I have not lost the values I learned where my father returned home from work six days a week as a railroad brakeman. Thanks to my pre-law curriculum I am well read in history and literature. My undergrad major was history and my minor literature.

Having acquired a love for reading in college I have read both all my life but it has not changed me from the son my father reared. I worked construction and general labor jobs to help pay for college and law school and am very aware of how hard those jobs are and I have a healthy respect for the men and women who provide us with the essential goods and services we all need.

I therefore have no use for attitude of most on the left and some on the right who have no respect for average working people and small business.

It seems many in Britain have the same outlook. My Dad was very proud I became a lawyer but I am just as proud of the job he performed to give me that chance.

SUBSCRIBER 5 hours ago

I therefore have no use for attitude of most on the left and some on the right who have no respect for average working people and small business. It seems many in Britain have the same outlook.

My life story is very similar to yours -- blue collar upbringing, worked graveyard shift in factories during college, made it all the way to Wall Street --- and I completely agree with you. The Democratic Party might have been the party of the working-class families many years ago, but it's absolutely not that now.

SUBSCRIBER 4 hours ago

Most democrat leaders are career politicians like Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Schumer. They never had a real job and paid any taxes. They love raising taxes for big government and dole out. Can’t wait for midterm election and take back the congress. R

SUBSCRIBER 14 hours ago

The most interesting aspect of party realignment in almost every country is the movement of the Anglo-Saxon elites to the parties of leftist authoritarianism, whether in the UK, US, or Canada. Since elites have always had “fluid” political values, one can only assume that they see tyranny as our destiny.

I hope that they are wrong.

[May 16, 2021] Space Force Commander Demoted Over Book Claiming 'Neo-Marxist Agenda' And Critical Race Theory Infiltrating Military

May 16, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

A US Space Force commander was reportedly relieved as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron "due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead," after he appeared on a podcast to promote his book which claims that the US military has been infiltrated by a neo-Marxist agenda which is transforming military culture and policy.

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier

"Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead," the Space Force told the Washington Examiner in a statement.

"This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."

Lohmeier self-published Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military this week. The book, according to the description, explores the "impact of a neo-Marxist agenda" and the manner in which the " Black Lives Matter movement, anti-racism, postmodernism, [and] political correctness" affect the national security of the United States.

Lohmeier said that he had informed his superiors, public affairs staff, and lawyers for the military about the book prior to publication , but it was not subject to a pre-publication review.

Department of Defense Directive 1344.10 prohibits active-duty personnel from engaging in "partisan political activities." Service members are, however, permitted to express their personal opinions on political candidates and issues in their personal capacity and when not in uniform . Lohmeier denied intending to participate in partisan politics. -Washington Examiner

"My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics. I have written a book about a particular political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically nonpartisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history," Lohmeier, and Air Force Academy graduate, told Military.com .

The demotion comes after Lohmeier criticized Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's diversity and inclusion "agenda."

"I don't demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this agenda -- it will divide us. It will not unify us," he said, after Austin imposed a 60-day force-wide extremism " stand-down " to determine how to rid the military of extremism following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Lohmeier says he was asked to give his troops extremism training and was given a "70-page" booklet of "talking points." The booklet reportedly began with an overview of the Capitol riot, and included examples of "white nationalists that have been caught at some point in the last decade and punished for it and kicked out of the military, or a radical Islamic terrorist."

"The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military ... is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism," said Lohmeier, who also knocked the Defense Department for saying that the military has "too many white pilots" during a pilot shortage.

Citing a diversity initiative in which service members read So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, in which the U.S. is referred to as a "white supremacist nation," Lohmeier told the Information Operation podcast that the young service members are inundated by a "hyperpoliticized work environment where diversity and inclusion initiatives are being pushed constantly."

Lohmeier added that conservatives in the military who are willing to voice their opinions are painted as "extremists." -Washington Examiner

"What you see happening in the U.S. military at the moment is that if you're a conservative, then you're lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists, if you're willing to voice your views. And if you're aligned with the Left, then it's OK to be an activist online because no one's gonna hold you accountable ," he added.

According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, "There were members, sadly, of the active-duty force participating and espousing these radical beliefs," adding "We don't know the full breadth and depth of it."

Of note, Lohmeier's book is currently the #1 seller in Amazon's Military Policy, as well as Communism & Socialism sections .


BarnacleBill 1 hour ago

Yes. America's state of permanent warfare pits its weapons against the dwellers in mud huts everywhere. While the generals and colonels pretend to prepare to defend the country against the latest bogeyman (Russia, the Taliban, North Korea), the lower ranks are ordered to kill hut-dwellers wherever they can find them. Increasingly, this has meant a war against women and children - as practised by Israel this past week, as we see. I noted this new (and safe) war in my personal online journal nearly ten years ago. It's not Pulitzer Prize stuff, but it reports the situation very fairly. Hit the link for the whole two-minute read. I wrote there about today's "grunts", They are sociopaths, pretty much by definition, and we should be very afraid of them. They will be our children's and grandchildren's guardians and torturers .
https://barlowscayman.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-war-against-women.html

techengineer 7 minutes ago

Lohmeier is exactly right.. The are pushing the liberal/marxist dog**** on everyone and the young men and women are eating it up.. And the managers are although don't believe the liberal dog**** don't want to lose their jobs so they play along..

It's disgusting!

GunnerySgtHartman 2 hours ago remove link

This is Obama's politicization of the military bearing fruit. The military appointments made by Obama were purely on ideological grounds; those appointments are now in positions of authority in the Pentagon and are now spreading their evil gospel.

Virgil Krenshaw PREMIUM 2 hours ago

That's why coups (or, in this case, counter coups) are typically executed by colonels not generals.

RedDog1 2 hours ago

The Obama regime finished what the Clinton regime began.

Virgil Krenshaw PREMIUM 2 hours ago (Edited)

When you're criticizing wokism, you're engaging in partisan politics. When you're promoting wokism, you're not being partisan at all.

This is where we are. Horrifying.

Abundance of Caution 2 hours ago

"Interesting times"

Mr. Bones 2 hours ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Critique_of_Pure_Tolerance

Marcuse argues that "the realization of the objective of tolerance" requires "intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed." He makes the case for "liberating tolerance", which would consist of intolerance to right-wing movements and toleration of left-wing movements. [5]

​​​​Marxists have been working towards this for decades

American Dissident 2 hours ago remove link

Fun Fact: He knew The System would destroy his career for dissent, but he spoke up anyway. It will take men like this for us to win. Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier deserves to be honored.

overbet 2 hours ago (Edited)

Buying his book is a good start. Support him and encourage others. Gift it to a liberal.

[May 16, 2021] Irresistible Revolution- Marxism's Goal of Conquest the Unmaking of the American Military- Lohmeier, Matthew- 9781737067320

May 16, 2021 | www.amazon.com

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Jack Stuart

An Outstanding Rebuttal to CRT from a Frontline U.S. Military Officer

5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Rebuttal to CRT from a Frontline U.S. Military Officer Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2021 Verified Purchase Critical Race Theory (CRT), the fraudulent spawn of another failed ideology – Marxism – is a mind-cancer invading American society. It has metastasized to the point it is now being taught in the nation's military academies, effectively a "new gospel" of how the world should work. At base, however, it is simply the latest spin on an utterly-failed theory under which over 100 million people – as a conservative estimate – were slaughtered trying to make Marxism "work". And that's in the 20th century, alone. Our children don't know this because our schools don't teach this.

Lt Col Lohmeier demonstrates he, at least, is well aware of Marxism's dangers, no matter how they are disguised and re-gift-wrapped. A clear scholar of Marxism's history and failures, in his outstanding work Lt Col Matthew Lohmeier exposés this "new" ideology, CRT, a mind-virus of the type evolutionary psychologist Gad Saad refers to as "The Parasitic Mind", in the psychologist's book of the same title. Lohmeier recounts how Marxism has morphed from a class-warfare "struggle" – really, a man-made conflict set up to cause differing societal classes to wage war on one another – into the race-based "struggle", CRT. This "new" ideology comes complete with its "intersectionalism" add-on, just to make sure everyone is covered by *some* "oppressed" "group" of one flavor or another. So the Boogey Man is everywhere. Racism is everywhere. Just because you can't see it directly, you know it's there: It's "institutional racism", after all.

Lt Col Lohmeier analyzes such false claims under the searing light of the truth, showing the actual damage caused to today's military and the potential for far worse damages to both our military and our society, if this movement is not stopped dead in its tracks. And Lohmeier has the credibility and facts to back up his analysis: A highly-decorated, current-active-duty, "fast-burner" (early selection to ranks) squadron commander who commands a premier, frontline U.S. Space Force squadron, Lt Col Lohmeier provides a "boots-on-the-ground" look at what's happening to the U.S. military as a result of CRT's brainwashing agenda.

Lt Col Lohmeier has taken the extraordinary step of publishing the book while on active duty, fully aware of the risks such publication might raise. But the message is too critical to wait. Lohmeier "gets" that, knowing the stakes nonetheless.

This book is a wakeup call. Every American should read it – certainly every U.S. military servicemember, at the very least: Forewarned is forearmed. Get this book. Read it. And learn about the fight to come: the fight to save our nation from this Marxist cancer. >


Louis
I lived in the USSR

5.0 out of 5 stars I lived in the USSR Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021 Verified Purchase WAKE UP!!! I lived in the USSR. What is taking place in the United States RIGHT NOW is textbook Marxist/communism. The history explained by the author in this book is unimpeachable and accurate. This book will help anyone who reads it quickly and easily gain a clear understanding of what is currently happening in America; and why.
The warning at the end of the book is chilling and true to history.

[May 15, 2021] On The Hypocrites At Apple Who Fired 'Chaos Monkeys' Author by Matt Taibbi

At lease Garicia Martinez got a huge advertizemnt for his book Chaos Monkeys- Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
As for Apple, let's start with the statement that most Apple product are overrated and overpriced. Despite price, they are more of a fashion statement then technology marvels. Owning Apple is a lot like using Chanel por Dolche and Gabbana perfume. This is a statement that you are special.
Now by adopting "woke bolshevism" Apple will inevitably slide deeper into mediocrity.
May 15, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Matt Taibbi via TK News ,

I'm biased, because I know Antonio Garcia-Martinez and something like the same thing once happened to me, but the decision by Apple to bend to a posse of internal complainers and fire him over a passage in a five-year-old book is ridiculous hypocrisy. Hypocrisy by the complainers, and defamatory cowardice by the bosses -- about right for the Invasion of the Body Snatchers -style era of timorous conformity and duncecap monoculture the woke mobs at these places are trying to build as their new Jerusalem.

Anti-tax-avoidance protesters in France.

Garcia-Martinez is a brilliant, funny, multi-talented Cuban-American whose confessional memoir Chaos Monkeys is to big tech what Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker was to finance. A onetime high-level Facebook executive -- he ran Facebook Ads -- Antonio's book shows the House of Zuckerberg to be a cult full of on-the-spectrum zealots who talked like justice activists while possessing the business ethics of Vlad the Impaler:

Facebook is full of true believers who really, really, really are not doing it for the money, and really, really will not stop until every man, woman, and child on earth is staring into a blue-framed window with a Facebook logo.

When I read Chaos Monkeys the first time I was annoyed, because this was Antonio's third career at least -- he'd also worked at Goldman, Sachs -- and he tossed off a memorable bestseller like it was nothing. Nearly all autobiographies fail because the genre requires total honesty, and not only do few writers have the stomach for turning the razor on themselves, most still have one eye on future job offers or circles of friends, and so keep the bulk of their interesting thoughts sidelined -- you're usually reading a résumé, not a book .

Chaos Monkeys is not that. Garcia-Martinez is an immediately relatable narrator because in one breath he tells you exactly what he thinks of former colleagues ("A week before my last day, I had lunch with the only senior person at Goldman Sachs who was not an inveterate asshole") and in the next explains, but does not excuse, the psychic quirks that have him chasing rings in some of the world's most rapacious corporations. "Whenever membership in some exclusive club is up for grabs, I viciously fight to win it, even if only to reject membership when offered," he wrote. "After all, echoing the eminent philosopher G. Marx: How good can a club be if it's willing to have lowly me as a member?"

... ... ...

At one point, as a means of comparing the broad-shouldered British DIY expert favorably to other women he'd known, he wrote this:

Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit. They have their self-regarding entitlement feminism, and ceaselessly vaunt their independence, but the reality is, come the epidemic plague or foreign invasion, they'd become precisely the sort of useless baggage you'd trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.

Out of context, you could, I guess, read this as bloviating from a would-be macho man beating his chest about how modern "entitlement feminism" would be unmasked as a chattering fraud in a Mad Max scenario. In context, he's obviously not much of a shotgun-wielder himself and is actually explaining why he fell for a strong woman, as the next passage reveals:

British Trader, on the other hand, was the sort of woman who would end up a useful ally in that postapocalypse, doing whatever work -- be it carpentry, animal husbandry, or a shotgun blast to someone's back -- required doing.

Again, this is not a passage about women working in tech. It's a throwaway line in a comedic recount of a romance that juxtaposes the woman he loves with the inadequate set of all others, a literary convention as old as writing itself. The only way to turn this into a commentary on the ability of women to work in Silicon Valley is if you do what Twitter naturally does and did, i.e. isolate the quote and surround it with mounds of James Damore references. More on this in a moment.

After trying the writer's life, Antonio went back to work for Apple. When he entered the change on his LinkedIn page, Business Insider did a short, uncontroversial writeup . Then a little site called 9to5Mac picked up on the story and did the kind of thing that passes for journalism these days, poring through someone's life in search of objectionable passages and calling for immediate disappearance of said person down a cultural salt mine. Writer Zac Hall quoted from Apple's Inclusion and Diversity page:

Across Apple, we've strengthened our long-standing commitment to making our company more inclusive and the world more just. Where every great idea can be heard. And everybody belongs.

Hall then added, plaintively, "This isn't just PR speak for Apple. The company releases annual updates on its efforts to hire diversely, and it puts its money where its mouth is with programs intended to give voice to women and people of color in technology. So why is Apple giving Garcia Martinez a great big pass?"

From there the usual press pile-on took place, with heroes at places like The Verge sticking to the playbook. "Silicon Valley has consistently had a white, male workforce," they wrote, apparently not bothered by Antonio's not-whiteness. "There are some in the Valley, such as notorious ex-Googler James Damore, who suggest this is because women and people of color lack the innate qualities needed to succeed in tech ."

Needless to say, Antonio never wrote anything like that, but the next step in the drama was similarly predictable: a group letter by Apple employees claiming, in seriousness, to fear for their safety. "Given Mr. García Martínez's history of publishing overtly racist and sexist remarks," the letter read, "we are concerned that his presence at Apple will contribute to an unsafe working environment for our colleagues who are at risk of public harassment and private bullying." All of this without even a hint that there's ever been anything like such a problem at any of his workplaces.

Within about a nanosecond, the same people at Apple who hired Antonio, clearly having read his book, now fired him, issuing the following statement:

At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here.

The Verge triumphantly reported on Apple's move using the headline , "'Misogynistic' Apple hire is out hours after employees call for investigation." Other companies followed suit with the same formulation. CNN : "Apple parts ways with newly hired ex-Facebook employee after workers cite 'misogynistic' writing." CNET : "Apple reportedly cuts ties with employee amid uproar over misogynistic writing."

Apple by this point not only issued a statement declaring that Antonio's "behavior" was demeaning and discriminatory, but by essentially endorsing the complaints of their letter-writing employees, poured jet fuel on headline descriptions of him as a misogynist. It's cowardly, defamatory, and probably renders him unhirable in the industry, but this is far from the most absurd aspect of the story.

I'm a fan of Dr. Dre's music and have been since the N.W.A. days. It's not any of my business if he wants to make $3 billion selling Beats by Dre to Apple , earning himself a place on the board in the process. But if 2,000 Apple employees are going to insist that they feel literally unsafe working alongside a man who wrote a love letter to a woman who towers over him in heels, I'd like to hear their take on serving under, and massively profiting from, partnership with the author of such classics as "Bitches Ain't Shit" and "Lyrical Gangbang," who is also the subject of such articles as "Here's What's Missing from Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up."

It's easy to get someone like Antonio Garcia Martinez fired. Going after a board member who's reportedly sitting on hundreds of millions in Apple stock is a different matter. A letter making such a demand is likely to be returned to sender, and the writer of it will likely spend every evaluation period looking over his or her shoulder. Why? Because going after Dre would mean forcing the company to denounce one of its more profitable investments -- Beats and Beats Music were big factors in helping Apple turn music streaming into a major profit center . The firm made $4.1 billion in that area last year alone.

Speaking of profits: selling iPhones is a pretty good business. It made Apple $47.9 billion last year, good for 53% of the company's total revenue. Part of what makes the iPhone such a delightfully profitable product is its low production cost, which reportedly comes from Apple's use of a smorgasbord of suppliers with a penchant for forced labor -- Uighurs said to be shipped in by the thousand to help make iPhone glass (Apple denies this), temporary "dispatch workers" sent in above legal limits , workers in "iPhone city" clocking excessive overtime to meet launch dates, etc. Apple also has a storied history of tax avoidance, offshoring over a hundred billion in revenues, using Ireland as a corporate address despite no physical presence there, and so on.

Maybe the signatories to the Apple letter can have a Chaos Monkeys book-burning outside the Chinese facility where iPhone glass is made -- keep those Uighur workers warm! Or they can have one in Dublin, to celebrate the €13bn tax bill a court recently ruled Apple didn't have to pay.

It's all a sham. The would-be progressives denouncing Garcia-Martinez don't seem to mind working for a company that a Democrat-led congressional committee ripped for using " monopoly power " to extract rents via a host of atrocious anti-competitive practices. Whacking an author is just a form of performative "activism" that doesn't hurt their bottom lines or their careers.

Meanwhile, the bosses who give in to their demands are all too happy to look like they're steeped in social concern, especially if they can con some virtue-signaling dink at a trade website into saying Apple's mechanically platitudinous "Shared Values" page "isn't just PR speak." You'd fire a couple of valuable employees to get that sort of P.R.

When I was caught up in my own cancelation episode, I was devastated, above all to see the effect it had on my family. Unlike Garcia-Martinez, I had past writings genuinely worth being embarrassed by, and I felt that it was important, morally and for my own mental health, to apologize in public. I didn't fight for my career and reputation, and threw myself on the mercy of the court of public opinion.

I now know this is a mistake. The people who launch campaigns like this don't believe in concepts like redemption or growth. An apology is just another thing they'd like to get, like the removal of competition for advancement. These people aren't idealists. They're just ordinary greedy Americans trying to get ahead, using the tactics available to them, and it's time to stop thinking of stories like this through any other lens.


nobaloney 4 hours ago

[neo]Liberal white women are the worst. The death of America.

Nicholi_Hel 2 hours ago remove link

The main thing that " is on it's way out" are all of your "smart" schizophrenic liberal hags. They are fleeing the big cities (especially CA) in droves because their psychopathic politics turned their states into crime ridden, dangerous ****holes with costs of living they can no longer afford.

Unfortunately they are flooding into red states like Texas bringing with them stale Marxism, tired feminism, couched slogans, sad cliches and of course their anti depressants and genital herpes.

gregga777 4 hours ago

Au contraire, mon ami! Look at how wondrously successful they've made US corporations like General Motors and The Boeing Company! /obviously sarcasm

SummerSausage PREMIUM 3 hours ago

Let's not forget the wonderous leadership of Carly Fiorina (HP), Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos) and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo)

McGantic 4 hours ago (Edited)

I completely disagree.

I find liberal women of certain other races to be far more offensive.

Nothing is worse than loud, uncouth jogger women with their in-your-face screaming and howling.

The definition of unsophisticated and to be avoided at all costs.

These liberal white women at least have some semblance of manners and intelligence.

espirit 3 hours ago

Just different tribes of howler monkeys...

rawhedgehog 4 hours ago

precisely the sort of useless baggage you'd trade for a box of shotgun shells

I think that covers about 90% of the surface population currently, not just Bay Area fems.

Agent Smith 3 hours ago

Not sure how many you'd get in exchange for an obese whining vaccine damaged genetic mutant. Maybe you could tout them as self propelled food?

Fool's Gold 3 hours ago

Made me laugh 😅

Notenoughtoys 4 hours ago

Matt Taibbi is brilliant - Wish all the ZH articles were as well written as this !

Seriously_confused 3 hours ago

Taibbi is half and half. He wants to tell the truth, but he wants to keep his woke friends so he often whimps and whiffs. He can write, but he has his head up his behind in much of his thinking. Every once in a while he comes up for air and writes something like this. The rest is wankerific

rawhedgehog 4 hours ago (Edited)

The company releases annual updates on its efforts to hire diversely

Yet where is their annual report on their use of slave labor in China and how that makes for a more inclusive and bright world. **** THIS CULTURE OF MORONS AND THOUGHT PUPPETS!

Matt, I enjoyed this article of yours but you need to make more noise exposing how slavery and the commoditization of human lives is the bedrock of modern tech.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/11/apple-continues-use-china-slave-labor-report-shows/

M.C. 1215 4 hours ago

"They're just ordinary greedy Americans trying to get ahead, using the tactics available to them, and it's time to stop thinking of stories like these through any other lens."

That about sums it up.

Calculus99 3 hours ago

What a miserable place Apple must be to work in, always having to watch yourself for fear of the mob (even if you're part of that mob).

The internal moral in these giant corps must be shot to pieces.

skippy dinner 2 hours ago

Lots of other corporations sell cool gear. There is no need to buy Apple stuff.

It's only because of conformist acquiescence to peer-group pressures that people buy it.

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mendigo 3 hours ago (Edited)

No, the problem is not the employees at Apple.

The problem is the ahoLes who buy sht from that fing company - AppleFaceBookGoogle.

It is so easy to dump thEm - it is literally no effort.

Problems is there are a lot of people who dont care - about anything.

Nicholi_Hel 3 hours ago

I have no sympathy for the peter puffers that worked or work for Goldman Sachs, Facebook and or Apple.

This pickle smoocher worked for all three, now we are supposed to break out the tissues and violins because a group of vicious, screeching Bolsheviks ankle bit one of their own.

Boo hoo.

[May 12, 2021] Cadillac Marxists: woke perversion of Marxism can be very lucrative

Apr 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

thinking1234 31 minutes ago

I don't know if anyone read about this?

"Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors' million-dollar real-estate buying binge. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors has gone on a real-estate buying binge in recent years, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records.":

https://nypost.com/2021/04/10/inside-blm-co-founder-patrisse-khan-cullors-real-estate-buying-binge/

[May 12, 2021] Roger Daltrey - The 'Woke' Generation is Creating a Miserable World

Actor and Grammy Award winning musician Donald Glover says that television shows and movies are becoming increasingly boring because "people are afraid of getting cancelled." ZeroHedge
May 12, 2021 | summit.news

The Who legend Roger Daltrey says the 'woke' generation is creating a miserable world that serves to stifle the kind of creative freedom he enjoyed in the 60s.

The iconic frontman made the comments during a recent appearance on Zane Lowe's Apple Music 1 podcast.

"I don't know, we might get somewhere because it's becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation," said Daltrey.

"It's terrifying, the miserable world they're going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who's lived a life and you see what they're doing, you just know that it's a route to nowhere," he added.

The singer noted how he was lucky to have lived through an era where freedom of speech was encouraged, not silenced.

"Especially when you've lived through the periods of a life that we've had the privilege to. I mean, we've had the golden era. There's no doubt about that," he said.

[May 12, 2021] No doubt the US/UK deep state, now more than ever, are busy trying to sow conflict and division in Eurasia

May 12, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Canadian Cents , May 13 2021 0:38 utc | 76

An interesting read from Pepe Escobar at Saker's site, related to the comments by Max @24 and JB @25:
https://thesaker.is/insider-view-the-tragedy-of-the-us-deep-state/

No doubt the US/UK deep state, now more than ever, are busy trying to sow conflict and division in Eurasia, to divide-and-rule Mackinder's "World Island" and hence the world.

[May 11, 2021] I Hope We All Survive It -- Dave Chappelle Warns About Cancel Culture

Highly recommended!
May 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

The phenomenon of "cancel culture" is a toxic one metastasizing into a woke revolution war empowered by Big Tech and Big Business. Those unfamiliar with being canceled involve publicly shaming others and boycotting celebrities and companies. However, the art of canceling has progressed well beyond canceling public figures and is now used to garget average folks. The result can be devastating for ordinary people who may face the consequences of losing their jobs, losing friends and family, or having their social media accounts terminated.

Comedian Dave Chappelle partook in a video interview with Joe Rogan on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast about cancel culture. He told Rogan that he recognizes the change people are attempting to bring through activism and accountability for prominent folks but denounced cancel culture:

"I'm very lucky to be able to see people who are great at things up close," Chappelle said. "Even on this podcast ... it's one of the joys of my life getting to know these people and knowing and seeing them be human."

Chappelle said, "I hope we all survive it," while referring to the cancel culture storm gripping society. "That's why that cancel culture shit bothers me. I'm not even opposed to the ideas behind some of these cancelations. I get it."

Rogan said, "the inclination, all of it, is to make the world a better place." He said social media and public shaming have "gotten abused and misused by the wrong people and bad actors, but at the end of the day, the thing they think they're trying to do is eliminate bad aspects of our culture."

Last year, Chappelle criticized cancel culture, saying audiences have become "too brittle," adding that "everything you say upsets somebody."

Chappelle hasn't been the only well-known person to speak out against cancel culture, Curtis Jackson, known as "50 Cent," recently said cancel culture is " unfair " and "targeting straight men" who "don't have any organizations to back them up."

Jackson said he wouldn't get canceled because "hip-hop culture loves things that are damaged. It loves people who are already broken from experience."

A study by a top education think tank, Civitas, found that free speech at the world's leading universities is being eroded at a rapid rate due to "cancel culture."

Cancel culture may have had good intentions to hold people accountable for things they did or say. Instead, it has backfired and produced a toxic environment that limits freedom of speech and alienates anyone with opposing views. Society can't move forward if liberals cancel anyone they don't like - there needs to be an open forum where all voices are heard.

[May 10, 2021] Tim Swain on Twitter- - BREAKING Rep. Mark Green @RepMarkGreen to introduce a bill banning Critical Race Theory from all United States military service academies

May 10, 2021 | twitter.com

Tim Swain @SwainForSenate BREAKING Rep. Mark Green @RepMarkGreen to introduce a bill banning Critical Race Theory from all United States military service academies.
Tim Swain @SwainForSenate · 23h CRT is fighting racism with more racism. We must ban it from every institution in America. Follow me! I'll keep you updated on the fight against CRT! 7 66 426 Americae est magna. @usamagna · 20h Replying to @SwainForSenate and @RepMarkGreen Sadly it will never pass in the dem controlled house.

[May 09, 2021] Wokism and Russiagate

Notable quotes:
"... No, people get their belief systems (religious, political, economic, cultural) from their identity groups. **Then** (if called upon) they apply the intellect to rationalize the beliefs that they **already** hold. ..."
"... Rationalizing the Russiagate nonsense was seemingly inevitable with the 24/7 help of the MSM, and the continuous chirping of Democrat politicians. The intellect was not a lighthouse beacon that led intelligent Democrats through the fog of 24/7/52 issued propaganda, rather; the intellect was the tool that solidified vaporous forms into false-reality. ..."
May 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

librul , May 5 2021 18:00 utc | 61

re: Wokism

My two cents. People are mimics. It is fascinating when you realize this.

People don't muse, contemplate and chew over the circumstances and issues in their environment and then resolve - "aha! I have got it." That is not where people get their belief systems. For example, a million and more people didn't all independently study the Bible and then realize that their interpretation was fully consistent with those of the Roman Catholics and therefore they should go join the Catholic Church.

No, people get their belief systems (religious, political, economic, cultural) from their identity groups. **Then** (if called upon) they apply the intellect to rationalize the beliefs that they **already** hold.

The epiphany came to me when I observed intelligent people falling for Russiagate. WTF !! I thought intelligent people would get it. Russiagate would be a flash-in-the-pan that would disappear in a few days (or less!). Boy was I wrong. The intellect does not rule, group identity does. Those that identified Democrat (generalizing here, of course) fell in step with the beliefs common to Democrats, including Russiagate.

Rationalizing the Russiagate nonsense was seemingly inevitable with the 24/7 help of the MSM, and the continuous chirping of Democrat politicians. The intellect was not a lighthouse beacon that led intelligent Democrats through the fog of 24/7/52 issued propaganda, rather; the intellect was the tool that solidified vaporous forms into false-reality.

To find one's identity in groups is deeply human. People are dominated by their need to be group-accepted. It is unsurprising that group acceptance and group identity produce what we call fashion - fashion in style, fashion in vocabulary, fashion in beliefs. This applies to Wokism. People are mimics.

You can even get them to wear Pussy Hats.

[May 09, 2021] -You'll Never Be White- - Black Teacher's Racist Rant Highlights Need To Equip All Officers With Body Cameras - ZeroHedge

May 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

For years, I and others have argued for body camera (and police interrogation cameras) to be used in every jurisdiction. Despite the obvious value of such cameras, jurisdictions like Los Angeles County have resisted and still do not have this basic protection for both officers and citizens alike. Likewise, prosecutors in cities like Chicago long opposed the filming of officers by citizens .

The recent controversy over a traffic stop in L.A. shows the importance of such body cameras. In the video, an officer pulls over a self-described teacher for using her cellphone while driving and is met with a barrage of racist slurs. The officer was only able to show his side in the encounter because he paid for his own camera. It is absurd that Los Angeles County forces officers to pay for their own cameras to guarantee a record of such encounters. In LA County, it is bring your own camera (BYOC) or engage in policing at your own risk.

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The African-American teacher is shown in the video immediately attacking the hispanic officer with a litany of racist slurs and insults from repeatedly calling him a “murdererâ€...

"Yes, I started to record because you're a murderer," she says.

"You're threatening to kill me and my son," she says at one point in the encounter.

...and then it escalated as the woman is heard telling the deputy,

"You're always going to be a Mexican. You'll never be white, you know that, right?"

"You'll never be white, which is what you really want to be," she says after signing a citation. "You want to be white."

Police say the woman is well known for bringing baseless charges against officers.

Here is the body cam video of the April 23 incident in San Dimas:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jwy9lB2q8YE

The officer remains calm despite the litany of insults.

My anger at the video was not just over the racist slurs but the fact that this officer had to equip himself in Los Angeles.

As many of us have argued for 20 years, these cameras protect officers and the public alike . If this officer did not have this videotape, this could have been an incident where there are two wildly different accounts between the driver and the officer. If a harassment claim is filed, the matter would likely be treated as unproven rather than untrue. It would remain on the officer’s record that he was accused for racism and harassment.

Yet, there is no anger at the political leaders in Los Angeles County for the failure to supply this basic piece of equipment. Last year was the first deployment of body cameras in the city for LA sheriffs. Los Angeles police officers began using body cameras in 2015 .

While many politicians are now calling for body cams, it was not long ago that they remained silent on the issue or failed to object (or joined ) as police departments demanded delays in the release of such records. In April 2018, the LAPD began releasing body cam footage to the public from officer-involved shootings.

One of the issues delaying such deployment has been the insistence of officers to have greater control in turning on and off cameras. There should be no such debate in terms of the cameras operating as all times in public movements and encounters

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GeneKelly 2 hours ago

She does NOT have the right to say : "You're threatening to kill me and my son," except to the extent that she is prepared to face civil and criminal penalties for slander and false accusations.

Unknown 5 hours ago

The Neoliberal brainwashing worked as planned to divide Americans.

[May 09, 2021] Wokism and black and white mentality of new cultural revolution

Highly recommended!
This one-to-one replay of Red Guards - Wikipedia but with quite different sponsors ;-) "Hóng Wèibīng was a mass student-led paramilitary social movement mobilized and guided by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1966 through 1967, during the first phase of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Notable quotes:
"... there is an on-going effort to create fads/movements in which the public becomes caught-up and distracts the from reality. ..."
"... The more binary and controversial the better. Red/Blue. I used to be a big fan of sports but have the opinion it is a pointless waste of time and my life is better for that realization. ..."
"... Characteristics of the Woke: They always attack, especially with insults, like "paranoia nonsense". They never address the actual point made, instead they reinterpret the point to make it appear pure evil. Which allows them to attribute the worst possible motivations on the person they are attacking. Naturally they invent things the other person hadn't even mentioned, like climate change. ..."
"... Again the whole woke 'identity' culture that cancels dissent and promotes 'minorities' in positions of power is simply woke fascism. Just as military recruitment is about turning violent video games real for young men, so too is CIA recruitment about inviting the 'woke' for murder and mayhem in the name 'freedom' without which the woke could not wake. ..."
May 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

jared , May 5 2021 16:50 utc | 49

I think that there is an on-going effort to create fads/movements in which the public becomes caught-up and distracts the from reality.

The more binary and controversial the better. Red/Blue. I used to be a big fan of sports but have the opinion it is a pointless waste of time and my life is better for that realization.

Additionally/tangentially, I feel there is a habit in the English language in particular to create new words to describe things these words are not well define and generate a lot of discussion and heat about things that nobody knows what they are actually talking about and end up arguing the meaning of the words.

People who don't know the new words must try to catch up or be left out of the discussion. I don't direct this at your discussion. I just wonder how we might see things if we were constrained to a limited vocabulary - as I am as a programmer of sorts.

EoinW , May 5 2021 16:57 utc | 52

NonPartisanRinsed | May 5 2021 16:03 utc | 30

Characteristics of the Woke: They always attack, especially with insults, like "paranoia nonsense". They never address the actual point made, instead they reinterpret the point to make it appear pure evil. Which allows them to attribute the worst possible motivations on the person they are attacking. Naturally they invent things the other person hadn't even mentioned, like climate change.

gottlieb , May 5 2021 17:06 utc | 54

Again the whole woke 'identity' culture that cancels dissent and promotes 'minorities' in positions of power is simply woke fascism. Just as military recruitment is about turning violent video games real for young men, so too is CIA recruitment about inviting the 'woke' for murder and mayhem in the name 'freedom' without which the woke could not wake.

psychohistorian , May 5 2021 17:17 utc | 55

I will believe that any of this is worth a shit when Snowden wades in with his opinion...until then its just another distraction

The CIA is why we can't have "wokeism" about the right issue like global private/public finance.....where is Occupy 2.0?

The current wokeism is like the pet rocks of old days.....would want folks to focus that woke on the inherited class structure of the private property West, would we?

[May 09, 2021] I've formed the opinion that the BIC (the Billionaires In Charge) want societies atomised to reduce the likelihood of an anti-neoliberal revolution involving rope, and nooses

Notable quotes:
"... you make the best point: you have to have something seriously "wrong" with your mind to want a job with these spooks in the first place. you can't spell "sociopath" without "c-i-a". ..."
May 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hoarsewhisperer , May 5 2021 16:15 utc | 38

I asked Google (and thus Wikipedia) what cisgender means?

cisgender /sɪsˈdʒɛndə/ adjective

Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.
"this new-found attention to the plight of black trans folks by primarily cisgender allies is timely and necessary"

On the same page as the search result is a teaser headline: "How An (the) Ad About Cisgender Backfired Spectacularly"

I've formed the opinion that the BIC (the Billionaires In Charge) want societies atomised to reduce the likelihood of a revolution involving rope, and nooses. So guess how surprised I'm not that the BIC's loyal servants/savants, the CIA, are attempting to popularise such vacuous tosh as yet another addition to the LBGTQUERTY "landscape?"

the pair , May 5 2021 16:25 utc | 42

you make the best point: you have to have something seriously "wrong" with your mind to want a job with these spooks in the first place. you can't spell "sociopath" without "c-i-a".

both the bold - and to a lesser extent the italics - are terms people use to sound interesting when they're not. especially the tendency toward self-diagnosis that westerners have; "i'm not dumb with no attention span ...i have " ADHD " or "i don't have low self esteem or work-related anxiety based on the inner knowldge of how inept i am...i have " imposter syndrome ".

the woke types tend to be this kind of malleable and empty vessel...which is what the "company" wants.

karlof1 , May 5 2021 16:25 utc | 43

Thanks for bringing this issue to the main page in a brief article, b. I linked to this article, "CIA & The Woke Totalitarian Generation" , on the Week in Review thread, but it generated no additional comment despite its being one of several recent essays on the issue of the contrived Wokeism "culture" that Alastair Crooke's written about on several occasions over the past months and Pepe Escobar made the focus of his most recent essay.

Crooke argues that Wokeism is the peculiar and singular outcome of the American Malaise prominently exposed by Christopher Lasch in his 1994 Revolt of the Elites , which we've seen in the trenches as the war being waged against the State and citizenry by the Neoliberal Rentier Class that was explained well in this Renegade Inc interview from last year .

The Outlaw US Empire is clearly trying hard to get its Neoliberal vassals to adopt the Woke insanity, which proves beyond doubt Putin's assertion that the Liberalism of the West has died or worse evolved into something profane and loathsome.

[May 07, 2021] New Jersey Police Officer Fired For Calling BLM Protesters -Terrorists- - ZeroHedge

May 07, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

"...they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don't care if I die ..."

We have been discussing the termination of public employees and others for their postings on social media or public displays. The latest case is out of New Jersey where former Hopewell Township police officer Sara Erwin was fired recent over a June 2020 posting on Facebook in which she referred to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters as "terrorists."

There remains an uncertain line of what political or social views are tolerated and what are barred on social media. Indeed, Sgt. Mandy Gray was suspended and demoted for simply liking the June 2020 post.


Gray was the first female officer hired in Hopewell Township and became the first female sergeant in 2019, according to NJ.com.

Erwin insists that she posted the statement after she and her colleagues were faced with violent protests and family members who were traumatized by images on television of officers being attacked. Erwin reportedly wrote i:

" Last night as I left for work I had my two kids crying for me not to go to work. I don't think I've ever felt the way I did last night. And then I watched people I know and others I care about going into harms way. I love my police family like my own. So when you share posts and things on Facebook I'd really appreciate if you'd THINK before doing so. I've seen so many black lives matter [sic] hashtags in these posts. Just to let you know -- they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don't care if I die. "

Hopewell Township Mayor Julie Blake and the town's council made the decision to fire her in an unanimous vote to accept the recommendations of a hearing officer.

As will come as little surprise to many on this blog, my default is in favor of free speech.

My concern is the lack of a consistent rule. For example, would the town have fired Erwin if she said the same thing about another group like the Proud Boys or the NRA?

I can understand the objection to the posting. BLM is a group committed to fighting police abuse and regularly engages in protests. For an officer to express such bias against BLM can exacerbate tensions in such protests. However, officers also have a right to be able to express themselves . The balance of those interests should, at a minimum, have favored a reprimand rather than a termination for Erwin. If not, the town should establish a clear standard as to what public employees are allowed to express on political and social issues. This includes whether certain groups can be criticized but not others.

Twitter recently censored criticism of a BLM founder and we have been discussing the targeting of professors who voice dissenting opinions about the Black Lives Matter movement, police shootings, or aspects of the protests around the country from the University of Chicago to Cornell to Harvard to other schools. Students have also been sanctioned for criticism BLM and anti-police views at various colleges . Even a high school principal was fired for stating that "all lives matter. " Each of these controversies raise concerns over the countervailing statements against police or Republicans or other groups .

The action taken by Hopewell Township raises more questions than answers on where this line is drawn in terms of free speech.

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Billy the Poet 1 hour ago

I can understand the objection to the posting. BLM is a group committed to fighting police abuse and regularly engages in protests. For an officer to express such bias against BLM can exacerbate tensions in such protests. However, officers also have a right to be able to express themselves. The balance of those interests should, at a minimum, have favored a reprimand rather than a termination for Erwin. If not, the town should establish a clear standard as to what public employees are allowed to express on political and social issues. This includes whether certain groups can be criticized but not others.

Turley reminds us that rules must be followed consistently if they are to have validity but I think the larger point is that there are no rules anymore. The former rule book is now used exclusively as a bludgeon by entitled parties.

[May 06, 2021] Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

May 06, 2021 | summit.news

'The Who' legend Roger Daltrey says the 'woke' generation is creating a miserable world that serves to stifle the kind of creative freedom he enjoyed in the 60s.

The iconic frontman made the comments during a recent appearance on Zane Lowe's Apple Music 1 podcast.

"I don't know, we might get somewhere because it's becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation, " said Daltrey.

" It's terrifying, the miserable world they're going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who's lived a life and you see what they're doing, you just know that it's a route to nowhere, " he added.

The singer noted how he was lucky to have lived through an era where freedom of speech was encouraged, not silenced.

"Especially when you've lived through the periods of a life that we've had the privilege to. I mean, we've had the golden era. There's no doubt about that," he said.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q-ONJ8UuvhU

Daltrey also slammed the negative impact that social media has had on the world, saying it has undermined truth.

"It's just getting harder to disseminate the truth. It's almost like, now we should turn the whole thing off. Go back to newsprint, go back to word of mouth and start to read books again," he said.

While Daltrey's comments may not be mind-blowing, any celebrity speaking out against the mob that has cannibalized culture is something to be applauded.

Once again, this only tends to happen with older celebrities who have already passed their peak of fame and entered icon status. They are beyond cancellation.

For any up and coming celebrity, or even one who is at the top of their game, to question 'generation woke' is career suicide.

Which makes it all the more ludicrous to continue to see identitarians, notably the LGBT movement, continue to claim they are 'fighting oppression' when their mantras are echoed by every cultural institution, media outlet and corporate entity in the west, while anyone who utters a whimper of dissent is swiftly cancelled.

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[May 06, 2021] What Happens When Governments Force Corporate Boards To Appoint More Women

May 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Lipton Matthews via The Mises Institute,

A controversial new law in California requires publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to include at least one woman on their board of directors. Supporters of those types of laws even contend that gender quotas could boost firm profitability. However, the literature indicates that gender quotas are unlikely to enhance firm performance. What is also shocking is that research argues that quotas may actually be damaging to the presumed goal of increasing the role of women on corporate boards.

No Help for Corporate Profits

According to a 2014 study titled " Women on Boards and Firm Financial Performance: A Meta-analysis " published in the Academy of Management Journal the relationship between female board representation and market performance is nearly zero. Similarly, a later study featured in the journal PLOS One complements the previous conclusion by submitting that a "higher representation of females on corporate boards is neither related to a decrease, nor to an increase in financial performance, confirming findings from a similar meta-analysis on this topic."

Moreover, using a quota system to elevate women, unfortunately, fuels perceptions of tokenism. "Such females might be perceived as "tokens'' to meet society's expectations or those of important stakeholders, and could therefore be marginalized and not be taken seriously on the board, which might subsequently hinder their and the entire board's performance, '' the authors note. Further, Noland, Moran, and Kotschwar (2016) in a shrewd assessment of gender quotas conclude that the "results find no impact of board quotas on firm performance, but they suggest that the payoffs of policies that facilitate women rising through the corporate ranks more broadly could be significant."

The effects of gender quotas appear to be nugatory and, in some cases, expensive. Economic research reveals that in Norway , gender quotas reduced firm performance because female directors were on average younger and less experienced. Although some studies link stronger firm performance to female management, deeper analyses show that these results are driven by the propensity of high-quality firms to appoint competent women.

Furthermore, because gender quotas are often instituted as a response to demands for diversity, after complying, companies lose interest in pursuing initiatives to cultivate a nurturing environment for women. As Kathleen A. Farrel and Philip L. Hersch (2005) observe ," Rather than the demand for women directors being performance-based, our results suggest corporations responding to either internal or external calls for diversity . Consequently, as firms satisfied minimal expectations, they no longer actively sought greater diversity . We fail to find convincing evidence that gender diversity in the corporate boardroom, on average, is a value enhancing strategy."

No Help for Junior-Level Employees

In fact, though elites advocate gender quotas, the literature implicates them for failing to uplift low-level female employees. Discussing the inability of gender quotas to improve prospects for junior staff, the Economist writes: "Perhaps the most puzzling shortcoming of the quotas is that they have had no discernible beneficial effect on women at lower levels of the corporate hierarchy." Neither do quotas increase the representation of women in senior management in firms where the policy is standard practice.

Another strike against gender quotas is that the evidence refutes the assumption that quotas are beneficial since women bosses are likely to invest in female employees. The truth is that women are not more likely to promote other women, hence expecting gender quotas to induce favorable outcomes for female employees is questionable. In the research article " Meet the New Boss Same as the Old Boss? Female Supervisors and Subordinate Career Prospects ," David J. Maume demonstrates the futility of expecting female bosses to make a difference. If an organization selects for people with masculine traits, then the women who are promoted will perpetuate the existing culture. "The cog in the machine perspective emphasizes that organizational structures, cultures, and policies remain pervasively male-oriented, and that careerist female managers will have to conform to organizational preferences to promote the careers of male subordinates . The results are consistent with the notion that female managers are cogs in the machine, in that female supervisors have little or no effect on the career prospects of female subordinates, and instead foster men's career prospects," Maume explains.

Interestingly, research duly informs us that gender quotas can erect barriers to female employment. Research led by Pierre Deschamps illuminates the unintended consequences of institutionalizing quotas. According to Deschamps, hiring committees affected by quotas are considerably less likely to employ women. Deschamps asserts that quotas may have reduced the incentive to recruit women by fostering a false semblance of gender equity.

Legislation like California's board mandates for female board members is being pushed on the grounds that it fundamentally shifts the balance in corporate America in favor of female employees and managers. Moreover, many even justified the change on the grounds these laws would improve corporate governance and profitability. Yet, there is no evidence such legal changes have accomplished any of these goals. Rather, new mandates only serve to further politicize the selection of board members while doing nothing to enrich these firms' customers or employees.
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Macho Latte 3 hours ago (Edited)

My comment about the 1964 Civil Rights Act not applying to white men was deleted because I used a quote from LBJ that included the slang for the Spanish word for black. I guess some snowflake or Karen was triggered.

"I'll have them n------s voting DemonRat for the next 200 years"

B52Minot 5 hours ago

And then the next demanded disclosure is what everyone is paid to be on the Board and why are the "women" not getting the same pay?? No doubt the Board will increase their male members by one to off-set this woman's vote if deemed by "management" to be the wrong decision....

ted41776 4 hours ago

don't get me wrong, i have worked with many incredible and very talented people... women, men, all different races and ethnicities, straight, gay, trans, etc etc. but unless you come to an interview with as much if not more talent than every other candidate, you need to just stay home

my point is, hiring should be based purely on talent. the very moment you introduce other factors, it actually begins to harm people. as an organization, purely driven by profit, are you better off hiring someone who is 80% talent and 20% "other" attributes or someone who is 100% talent which brings in revenue and leads to success? if any other company out there is looking for 100% talent, yours is pretty much guaranteed to be out of business unless you play some corrupt political games and keep a thumb on the competition

and as an individual, imagine being the person knowing full well that a more talented person didn't get the job and you did because of your "other" attributes. if that were me, it would make me not want the job and make me feel like a worthless pos. but that's just me

Boondocker 4 hours ago

funny, used to be you couldn't get a security clearance with you were a trans, now the CIA is recruiting them (of course, our enemies are licking their chops over the number of easily compromised individuals). Mental health thing.....

Fat Beaver 4 hours ago (Edited)

Whenever i see a woman ceo or a woman at the helm of anything, i know for certain that company or country is on it's last legs...women are good at a lot of things but administering leadership is definitely not one of them...and naturally should not be...

They make great dr's, nurses...even surgeons...but if they run the hospital...say goodbye to the hospital...likewise for most industries and the government...

Drink Feck Arse Girls @ edifice 4 hours ago

Yes, I can confirm this. Spent nearly 20 years in healthcare business and IT. Wherever women ran things, it was a mess. I can't even count how many times consultants were brought in to clean up after them.

natashav 4 hours ago

I totally agree and I am a woman.

Maybe there is a woman out there who did a good job, but I can't think of any off the top of my head? Queen Elizabeth? She never seemed like a whiny bit-ch.

Huxley's Ghost 3 hours ago

Agreed but female doctors/clinicians in my experience were ok until you challenge or question them, especially if you are another woman. Insecurity runs deep.

Zorch 3 hours ago

I had as a surgeon the female chief resident at a first class teaching hospital. She was stellar in all respects including management of her team.

But I'd guess she was an exception. It was an exceptional institution.

Jack Offelday 5 hours ago

Women and minorities should be deeply offended. Lowering the bar to meet "quotas" is the definition of discrimination.

ThenegativeSpeculator 4 hours ago

It also means that once the quota is filled. There will NEVER be another one added.

TacoNasty 4 hours ago

US Military had to dramatically lower the bar to allow women to pass combat fitness tests.

I kind of wish the US would get in a difficult dismounted-combat war, draft women, and have millions of women KIA.

That would stop all this equality BS and women thinking they are equal faster than a finger snap.

Zorch 3 hours ago

I don't think we have to worry about getting in a nasty dismounted-combat war. What we should hope for is that it happens soon, while we still have people who can diagnose the stupidity and lead the rebuilding.

TaiwanRealChina 4 hours ago (Edited)

The solution is easy: men on the board should just put on wigs, claim they're women, and go about their day. If they say otherwise, call them transphobic.

One day I'm going to do this with a SBA woman owned license.

phillyla 4 hours ago

^^THIS^^ Do it!!!

I interviewed for a SBA woman owned business back in 2003. The 'owners' weren't involved in the business at all. Two guys ran the business their wives were the owners. they were also capitalizing on locating their business in an economic development zone and they wanted to hire me because I lived in an economic development zone *** code so they would get extra government funding.

Unfortunately my husband had a massive stroke and I was unable to work so I don't know how it turned out.

TacoNasty 4 hours ago

I used to work for a defense contracting company that did this. US gov't decided they would only hire businesses owned by women. So, the guy that built and ran the business appointed his wife CEO and "sold" her the company.

It worked like gangbusters for years. Everyone was so impressed with a "woman owned" business being competent for a change. Then she divorced him and screwed him over on the business because she had ownership and a "paper trail". He lost everything and she became suddenly rich. Then, with in a year, it was bankrupt and she lost everything. US Gov't tried to go after her for incompetence/criminal negligence she screwed up some of the contracts so bad after she forced him out.

Mile High Perv 41 minutes ago

Excellent example of the Cobra effect

high5mail 5 hours ago

Simple. Just identify as a female on the job application. That is all that is required.

B52Minot 5 hours ago

And show up either wearing a pants suit or dress....and there you have it ...you are a woman even if you have a beard....but do not tell anyone you really are a man off duty....just call me Mrs.....and then wonder who my partner is?

fauxhammer 4 hours ago

Far fewer board meetings is what happens.

Miniminer1 4 hours ago

The boards will hire the quietest or the best looking woman. A yes sir girl and they'll keep her out of decisions, an 'expense' for the board .

Riprake 4 hours ago

Yep; you don't even have to look like a woman, wear a woman's clothes, or have a feminine-sounding name. Just identify as one, and according to the tranny panderers' rules, no one is allowed to question your identity .

Budnacho 4 hours ago

10 years from now you will see most women back at home raising kids and out of the workforce. The last 100 year experiment has failed....and it's becoming quite obvious to those with eyes.

natashav 4 hours ago

AGREE.

I am a woman and you are spot on.

My life was stunted because of the CIA and their f-cking feminist revolution.

My life is halfway over so hope the next generation has a better quality of life.

TacoNasty 4 hours ago

The only people that will do in the coming social collapse are going to be people that stuck with the old ways... like the Amish and other religious "fanatics".

A farm, a wife, and a healthy son, and you can survive anything.

Single and renting a (((tribe))) owned apartment while you fall into debt in a diverse city with no land to grow anything, no where to fish, no where to hunt, and no family or gun? You're done for when the SHTF.

Eventually, all of America will look like Bosnia during its collapse. The only question is when.

Huxley's Ghost 3 hours ago

Budnacho--Yup, it's shocking how many YOUNG guys are forgoing the harpies fembots; guys in general shutting down long term (30+yrs) marriages with wives who abandoned them after she got the kids, houses and toys--spending hubbies money like water but treating them like whipped dogs.

Mile High Perv 36 minutes ago

The silver lining of the economic implosion caused by the stupid lockdowns in response to a fake virus by the incompetent people in charge.

Most 'soft' jobs will be gone and likely replaced by automation. Women employment will take a disproportionate hit.

krda 20 minutes ago

Trudeau has apparently been complaining that the Covid recession has hit women hardest because most of their jobs are non-essential.

Odin McHaggis 5 hours ago

What happens is the work place turns into a hen house and nobody focuses on the task at hand.

Walter Melon 5 hours ago

It will look a lot like America in 2021

MattyIce 4 hours ago

Most elementary schools are like this

TacoNasty 4 hours ago

This happened where I work... all women all the way to the top.

They focus on stuff like Social Justice and "checks in" zoom calls to see how everyone is feeling. First thing that happened was all the women stopped doing real work. Next thing that happened was all the competent men stopped doing work.. because why should they carry unproductive employees?

liberty_mind 5 hours ago

Diversity quota results in more qualified candidates being rejected just to meet the numbers

eatapeach 5 hours ago (Edited)

More noise and less good jokes at the meetings!

2banana 4 hours ago

What happens when you don't hire the best?

It should be law that democrats are forced to use affirmation action doctors and lawyers and pilots...

NotaSheep 5 hours ago

Moreover, using a quota system to elevate women, unfortunately, fuels perceptions of tokenism.

That would be because it IS tokenism. 100%.

radical-extremist 4 hours ago

Carly Fiorina single handedly destroyed Hewlett-Packard, to the point it barely survived the acquisition of Compaq Computer. She thought buying a PC company in 2002 would be her legacy...LOL. HP's daughters on the BOD really pushed for a female CEO at the time. Woke before woke was a thing.

espirit 4 hours ago

Thank God GM has Mary Barra...

/s

Taffer 4 hours ago

Imagine being stupid enough to be a white man in the military right now helping to keep this anti-white man crap going?

TheAntiGov 4 hours ago

After serving an illegal gets more benefits.

natashav 4 hours ago

Young men must shift focus to building their families and communities.

Create local defensive units. Train.

Create new supply chains and barter clubs.

Everything is local now.

Back to basics.

Back to focusing on destroying Agenda 2030.

The focus is on destroying companies like Monsanto, Amazon, and Pfizer.

Destroy the EPA. Cripple them.

These are the real enemies of humanity.

Ratch 5 hours ago

"Although some studies link stronger firm performance to female management, deeper analyses show that these results are driven by the propensity of high-quality firms to appoint competent women"

This is the key point for all those people who say diversity makes a company more successful. Diversity does not drive success, these companies are already successful enough that they can afford Diversity, and they only hire diversity because it will make them look good. They know full well the people they are bringing on are deadwight.

CovidFloozy 5 hours ago

Go look at the C-Suites of all of these so-called "progressive" companies and then tell me how much they care about "diversity".

natashav 4 hours ago

I am a woman and I HATE working with other women.

There was only one woman I adored working for back when I was a teenager and interned at a police department. She was one of the guys. I suppose that's why I liked her so much.

She treated me so well.

Haven't had that experience since.

There are a few of us out here who aren't obsessive nasty c-nts,

so don't write all of us off.

radical-extremist 4 hours ago

I found if you disagree with a decision a woman makes, they take it personally as "mansplaining" and get very nasty.

espirit 4 hours ago

Only if you're a man.

Otherwise it's wo-mansplaining.

...or bi-splaining, etc...

Pernicious Gold Phallusy 4 hours ago

For years I've been asking women in the workplace whether they would prefer working in an office where they were the only woman among men, or in a mixed-sex office. So far the answers are 100% what you would expect.

Mile High Perv 33 minutes ago

Hey .... that resembles my wife

krda 1 hour ago

Pretty much every woman I know hates working for female managers.

So does the business, which rapidly goes downhill when females are made managers.

Von Hayek 5 hours ago

A controversial new law in California requires publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to include at least one woman on their board of directors.


Most corps are headquartered in Delaware, Nevada for non-vaginal reasons.

And now, for vaginal and other reasons, all corps will be headquartered in Delaware or Nevada.

A very simple fix.

Chairman Xi the Pooh 5 hours ago

Find the hottest one possible if your being forced to hire a woman.

Postal PREMIUM 4 hours ago

So she can clean you out with claims of sexual harassment? No thanks. Hire a middle-aged, slightly overweight MILF: Not butt ugly, but not likey to attract attention, either.

cuomostouch 3 hours ago

It's funny how that backfires on feminists. Now when you see a woman in a higher position, you will think the same thing as when you see a black or some minority: that they didn't earn it, they're just a quota hire.

chiquita 3 hours ago

The bigger backfire there is right in the article--the assumption that women at higher management levels will give women at lower levels more opportunities, but the data shows they don't. There are a lot of reasons for that, including the fear of not being the only one at the top, which is a pretty powerful feeling and that pesky imposter syndrome, which must be pretty overwhelming for anyone who is placed in a position that isn't earned.

krda 1 hour ago

Women hate other women, because they treat life as a zero-sum game. If they can't have the alpha, at least they can do their best to ensure no-one else does.

chiquita 3 hours ago

In a conversation between two former NFL players about transgenders in women's sports, they digressed into how in the NFL if you couldn't keep up or run fast enough, you were out. Period. There was a line of guys who were good enough waiting to take your spot. This appears to be true in all of professional sports, no? This is the way all jobs should be--no quotas, no affirmative action, no nepotism (well okay, in family owned/family run private businesses, the family gets to work there), no good old boys/school ties--the best, brightest, most qualified should get the jobs. If they can't keep up, the next in line comes in. Private industry shouldn't have to put up with mandates about who they hire into what jobs.

yerfej 4 hours ago

How about an easier fix. Why don't women start women's companies and only hire women and pack the board with women nad celebrate women by being effective women.

Yippie21 4 hours ago

Like why isn't Mary Kay Cosmetics brought up more often? Pink Caddies for everyone!

Pausebreak 2 hours ago

It works well for Avon now.../s

Kim Jong Un IV 2 hours ago

There was an all women company in Florida that built bridges / overpasses.

krda 1 hour ago (Edited)

I forget the details, but some chick tried that with an all-female software company some years ago. When it all collapsed, she was on the Internet talking about how she'd never hire another woman.

ThenegativeSpeculator 4 hours ago

I used to believe that people could make it to the top on their merits. Now unfortunately, every singe woman or minority I see in a management position or position of authority is viewed as an incompetent diversity hire.

I hate it, but it is how it is now. Think black female police chief.

milo_hoffman212 4 hours ago

That is because 99.999% of the time they would NEVER get to where they are if they did not help push up the fake diversity numbers for the company. I have known far more who were incompetent and obviously got massive diversity 'benefits', than ones who were actually equal in ability to others in the same position.

krda 1 hour ago

I love it when they whine about their 'imposter syndrome', believing that they're not really good enough for the job.

Well, duh. That's because they weren't hired for competence.

Stuck on Zero 5 hours ago

I want Elizabeth Holmes on my board.

leefool 4 hours ago

you call it a board?

Savvy 4 hours ago

Now that's funny. LOL

Frank Booth 4 hours ago

ill take marissa mayer

TacoNasty 4 hours ago

She was super hot when she was young. But, dude, she's like 70 now.

mtl4 5 hours ago

If you want to compete in men's sports you need to up your game not slow it down to empty the bench.

Nimby 4 hours ago

Fortunately, Bob from accounting identifies as a woman, so we're good.

Educated_Redneck 4 hours ago

The board can identify as women. Problem solved. If the CA government does not like that, then sue for transgender discrimination. Even better!

TrustbutVerify 3 hours ago

Yes, with an all male board the board members could just identity as female 3 days a week! Problem solved.

hanekhw 5 hours ago

Easy. Select Caitlin Jenner.

One Moment Please 4 hours ago

Nikki Haley is on the Board of Directors of the Boeing Corporation.

That's all you need to know.

And she knows phucqueall about airplanes besides flying First Class.

Obamaroid Ointment 4 hours ago

I'm no fan of Nikki but she did resign from the Boeing board when they went begging to government for ChinaFlu-19 handouts.

One Moment Please 4 hours ago

Thank you.

I may have painted too harsh a picture of the lady.

Obamaroid Ointment 3 hours ago

Your intincts are correct, Nikki is a backstabbing GOPe Swamp RINO not to be trusted and should only be seen in a harshest of light. But on the topic Boeing she deserves a little credit and no blame. Although she was SC governor at the time it was the SC Boeing workers kicking out the union who deserve all the kudos for bringing the 787 Dreamliner production from the Seattle ****hole to North Charleston.

B52Minot 4 hours ago remove link

Sooner or later....likely very much later unfortunately...women will realize all this "liberal"...??Progressive?? approach and diatribe supporting "women's rights" is a fraud/sham..nothing but a convenient method to look pro-women to the gullible but in reality the Dems/"radicals" are just providing a false-front of "support" to women which does exactly the opposite for their true needs/desires for more independence/freedoms/rights/equality. Too bad so many women are going to find out the hard way when they are 40-50 that what the Dems "plans" for their rights/equality are the scam that keep the Dem radical in position and they are on the outside looking in...without anything to support them but social security into the future.......

milo_hoffman212 4 hours ago (Edited)

>What happens?

Easy, all men in the company should file a complaint with the US Federal EEOC, and charge the company with violating -- 42 U.S.C. §§2000e-2 Title IV.

EC. 2000e-2. [Section 703]

(a) Employer practices

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer -

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or

(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

https://www.eeoc.gov/statutes/title-vii-civil-rights-act-1964

Time for white men to start filling legal complaints for violation of sex and racial discrimination, and stop pretending like it is not happening. Either the law applies to all, or it is no law.

Cardinal Fang 4 hours ago remove link

It's funny that the fact that women can be just as incompetent as men had been completely left out of the equation.

As always, it's just a numbers game.

Yippie21 4 hours ago remove link

Why isn't there a city anywhere with a all-female fire department? Why not for justice??!! How about 50% garbage truck drivers? Why isn't that the goal? How about all-female Police department? What electricity company is being forced to hire 50% female line-persons?

Ok, how about the cities streets departments that are 50% female for fixing potholes and streets? How about the 50% females mandated for the IT department? Security guards? Landscaper crews? Tree trimmers? How about linking farm subsidies for corporate farms to 50% farm-hands being female?

Women and their beta enablers only want avenues and mandates for the top jobs... when they'll poo-poo the menial or men-dominated jobs that women want nothing to do with and no one will ever demand they help even out the diversity. Nope. They just want the top tier stuff and will laugh in your face for what I just laid out above.

BagOfChips 4 hours ago

At present, I report to a woman, to another woman, to a diverse woman, to a diverse man to the CEO. Not one level is adequately qualified for their role until you get to the CEO, and his abilities are questionable given the team he has underneath him.

Yippie21 4 hours ago

That reflects my entire career working for the Government, except after about 1990, every top manager was Female/Diversity. Every spot beneath where a white male was, was always filled with a diversity after that person retired.

HowardBeale 4 hours ago

"What Happens When Governments Force Corporate Boards To Appoint More Women?"

More blowjobs?

Drink Feck Arse Girls @ edifice 4 hours ago

I've slept with a couple of my female bosses. Don't recommend. I was on my out of the company anyways. My recommendation would be to not talk to anyone at work unless it is strictly business related. And even then, use non gendered words and keep it as generic and simple as possible.

TacoNasty 4 hours ago

A lot of people don't realize that situations like that can be a civil count matter in the US.

So, you don't get a pass just by getting fired or quitting your job. She can come back decades later (even if she instigated or asked for the relationship) and sue you for everything you have.

She can even claim it was "rape" and get a criminal case brought against you.

Drink Feck Arse Girls @ edifice 3 hours ago remove link

Yes, I regret doing it. I'd kick myself in the balls if I could go back in time. And tell myself to invest in AAPL.

krda 1 hour ago remove link

One company I was interviewed for the female boss wanted to hire me because she thought I was hot. I ended up taking a job somewhere else, but I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if I'd gone for that one.

Detective Miller 4 hours ago remove link

What always happens when you FORCE people to do things to satisfy a sick, degenerate ideology? That's what happens with this.

Yippie21 4 hours ago remove link

Huh. Nothing in the article about the effect on men. You know, who by merit, may just have landed those jobs but are held down or not hired? Talk about a purposely toxic environment that institutionalizes women-hate and actual anger.

[May 06, 2021] Diversity hires can backfire

The USA invented a new variation of Peter principle
May 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Promethus 16 minutes ago

This is good news for corporate leaders. Now they can hire their moms, daughters, girl friends, strippers, and any other hot chick that strikes their fancy and not be bothered with ****ling questions about qualifications and competence.

Pausebreak 3 hours ago

Niki Haley was on the board at Boeing and look how well that turned out.

HabitualLineStepper 9 minutes ago

Same for HP and Yahoo.

Vizzini 4 hours ago

Same thing that always happens. Every quota beneficiary will be assumed to be an incompetent quota-filler. That assumption will be mostly correct.

Nelbev 5 hours ago

California should force corporations to appoint blacks and other ethnicities proportionately, same by religion, then LBGT, then mentally disabled people to boards so there is more equity. It is woke. It is fair. Do same with police, state legislatures, all jobs. What could go wrong?

Serapis 4 hours ago

Powerful and self-respecting people tend to react better to persuasion than coercion.

The heavy hand of state coercion almost always creates resistance even where people would otherwise be sympathetic to the cause.

People don't like to be told what to do any more than my dog likes being scolded for his canine treacheries.

NoPasaran 4 hours ago

"In fact, though elites advocate gender quotas, the literature implicates them for failing to uplift low-level female employees." - that is EXACTLY how it is in financial industry!

Catullus 4 hours ago (Edited)

I work with and for extremely successful women in a sales role, and my wife is a VP at a hospital. To a person, what they've said to me when I ask them why they don't want a higher title and pay is that they don't want that. There is a huge fear that the trade-off for those jobs is your personal time and relationships with your family. And so what you attract are people in those roles that weighed it and chose the title and pay.

radical-extremist 4 hours ago

BOD's don't run companies. Aside from maybe one or two members they have very little power to do anything. Which goes to show how ignorant and naive feminists are to begin with regarding how corporations actually work.

I worked at a large company that hired a young attractive, sharp-dressed woman and put her in a fancy corner office visible from the lobby. After a few weeks she started venturing out and talking to people. We asked her what she was supposed to be doing and she said she didn't know, no one had told her yet. Eventually she bought several large plants to put in front of the window. Within 4 months she quit out of frustration and boredom. We used to call these tokens "Director of Special Projects".

[May 06, 2021] Merit and character should be the only factors in leadership roles

Many promoted women are female sociopaths
May 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

bgundr 4 hours ago 4 hours ago

Merit and character should be the only factors in leadership roles. Fvck diversity.

It's not anyone's fault that men, probably 95+% of the time are better leaders. Women have their own talents that they are better at than men (not trying to make misogynist jokes here.....yet).

This "i need to prove how good of a man I can be, even though I'm a woman, so that my daddy who worked too much will show me attention" ideology needs to end. Girls need to stop being raised to think that being a shiity man is what they are supposed to do. Double down on the things you're good at, stop trying to fix what you're not good at.

Yippie21 4 hours ago

A lot of women I used to work with HATED working for other women. The chance for the workplace to go toxic is incredibly high when the women start fighting with one another ... and they don't let grudges go.

fleur de lis 3 hours ago remove link

Absolutely correct.

Estrogen poisoning starts cat fights that never end.

[May 05, 2021] The people tearing down statues and being "woke" at every little thing seem to wander about and flop around in a state of perpetual confusion. They have no guiding principles or the hand of righteousness to steady them. They are hollow !

May 05, 2021 | www.unz.com

Marckus , says: May 5, 2021 at 1:38 pm GMT • 4.9 hours ago

The people tearing down statues and being "woke" at every little thing seem to wander about and flop around in a state of perpetual confusion. They have no guiding principles or the hand of righteousness to steady them. They are hollow ! Every waking hour of their lives is consumed with all this nonsense.

They want to smash everything without really knowing why. They are happiest when all is ruin and then look around in dismay at what they have done and what they will now have to live with. This fills their emptiness because there is nothing else to do so. Folks like this burn out either destroyed by others, frequently destroying themselves, first the soul, then the body. What kind of a jackass torches his own neighbourhood, in effect shits in his soup bowl ?

The woke and cancel culture do ! It must be fun for them but after the laughter comes those tears.

Zarathustra , says: May 5, 2021 at 4:58 pm GMT • 1.5 hours ago

Cancel culture? What is cancel culture?
Cancel culture is only another stupid new name for dictatorship.

[May 05, 2021] Brave New Cancel Culture World by Pepe Escobar

May 05, 2021 | www.unz.com
Brave New Cancel Culture World PEPE ESCOBAR MAY 2, 2021 1,500 WORDS 59 COMMENTS REPLY Tweet Reddit Share Share Email Print More Share to Gab

In 2020, we saw the enshrinement of techno-feudalism – one of the overarching themes of my latest book, Raging Twenties .

In lightning speed, the techno-feudalism virus is metastasizing into an even more lethal, wilderness of mirrors variant, where cancel culture is enforced by Big Tech all across the spectrum, science is routinely debased as fake news in social media, and the average citizen is discombobulated to the point of lobotomy.

Giorgio Agamben has defined it as a new totalitarianism .

Top political analyst Alastair Crooke has attempted a sharp breakdown of the broader configuration.

Geopoliticallly, the Hegemon would even resort to 5G war to maintain its primacy, while seeking moral legitimization via the woke revolution, duly exported to its Western satrapies.

The woke revolution is a culture war – in symbiosis with Big Tech and Big Business – that has smashed the real thing: class war. The atomized working classes, struggling to barely survive, have been left to wallow in anomie.

The great panacea, actually the ultimate "opportunity" offered by Covid-19, is the Great Reset advanced by Herr Schwab of Davos: essentially the replacement of a dwindling manufacturing base by automation, in tandem with a reset of the financial system .

The concomitant wishful thinking envisages a world economy that will "move closer to a cleaner capitalist model". One of its features is a delightfully benign Council for Inclusive Capitalism in partnership with the Catholic Church.

As much as the pandemic – the "opportunity" for the Reset – was somewhat rehearsed by Event 201 in October 2019, additional strategies are already in place for the next steps, such as Cyber Polygon , which warns against the "key risks of digitalization". Don't miss their "technical exercise" on July 9 th , when "participants will hone their practical skills in mitigating a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real time."

A New Concert of Powers?

Sovereignty is a lethal threat to the ongoing cultural revolution. That concerns the role of the European Union institutions – especially the European Commission – going no holds barred to dissolve the national interests of nation states. And that largely explains the weaponizing, in varying degrees, of Russophobia, Sinophobia and Iranophobia.

The anchoring essay in Raging Twenties analyzes the stakes in Eurasia exactly in terms of the Hegemon pitted against the Three Sovereigns – which are Russia, China and Iran.

It's under this framework, for instance, that a massive, 270-plus page bill, the Strategic Competition Act , has been recently passed at the US Senate. That goes way beyond geopolitical competition, charting a road map to fight China across the full spectrum. It's bound to become law, as Sinophobia is a bipartisan sport in D.C.

Hegemon oracles such as the perennial Henry Kissinger at least are taking a pause from their customary Divide and Rule shenanigans to warn that the escalation of "endless" competition may derail into hot war – especially considering AI and the latest generations of smart weapons.

On the incandescent US-Russia front, where Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sees the lack of mutual trust, no to mention respect, as much worse than during the Cold War, analyst Glenn Diesen notes how the Hegemon "strives to convert the security dependence of the Europeans into geoeconomic loyalty".

That's at the heart of a make-or-break saga: Nord Stream 2. The Hegemon uses every weapon – including cultural war, where convicted crook Navalny is a major pawn – to derail an energy deal that is essential for Germany's industrial interests. Simultaneously, pressure increases against Europe buying Chinese technology.

Meanwhile, NATO – which lords over the EU – keeps being built up as a global Robocop, via the NATO 2030 project – even after turning Libya into a militia-ridden wasteland and having its collective behind humiliatingly spanked in Afghanistan.

For all the sound and fury of sanction hysteria and declinations of cultural war, the Hegemon establishment is not exactly blind to the West "losing not only its material dominance but also its ideological sway".

So the Council on Foreign Relations – in a sort of Bismarckian hangover – is now proposing a New Concert of Powers to deal with "angry populism" and "illiberal temptations", conducted of course by those malign actors such as "pugnacious Russia" who dare to "challenge the West's authority".

As much as this geopolitical proposal may be couched in benign rhetoric, the endgame remains the same: to "restore US leadership", under US terms. Damn those "illiberals" Russia, China and Iran.

Crooke evokes exactly a Russian and a Chinese example to illustrate where the woke cultural revolution may lead to.

In the case of the Chinese cultural revolution, the end result was chaos, fomented by the Red Guards, which started to wreak their own particular havoc independent of the Communist Party leadership.

And then there's Dostoevsky in The Possessed , which showed how the secular Russian liberals of the 1840s created the conditions for the emergence of the 1860s generation: ideological radicals bent on burning down the house.

No question: "revolutions" always eat their children. It usually starts with a ruling elite imposing their newfound Platonic Forms on others. Remember Robespierre. He formulated his politics in a very Platonic way – "the peaceful enjoyment of liberty and equality, the reign of eternal justice" with laws "engraved in the hearts of all men".

Well, when others disagreed with Robespierre's vision of Virtue, we all know what happened: the Terror. Just like Plato, incidentally, recommended in Laws. So it's fair to expect that the children of the woke revolution will eventually be eaten alive by their zeal.

Canceling freedom of speech

As it stands, it's fair to argue when the "West" started to go seriously wrong – in a cancel culture sense. Allow me to offer the Cynic/Stoic point of view of a 21st century global nomad.

If we need a date, let's start with Rome – the epitome of the West – in the early 5th century. Follow the money. That's the time when income from properties owned by temples were transferred to the Catholic Church – thus boosting its economic power. By the end of the century, even gifts to temples were forbidden.

In parallel, a destruction overdrive was in progress – fueled by Christian iconoclasm, ranging from crosses carved in pagan statues to bathhouses converted into churches. Bathing naked? Quelle horreur!

The devastation was quite something. One of the very few survivors was the fabulous bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback, in the Campidoglio/ Capitoline Hill (today it's housed in the museum). The statue survived only because the pious mobs thought the emperor was Constantine.

The very urban fabric of Rome was destroyed: rituals, the sense of community, singin' and dancin'. We should remember that people still lower their voices when entering a church.

For centuries we did not hear the voices of the dispossessed. A glaring exception is to be found in an early 6th century text by an Athenian philosopher, quoted by Ramsay MacMullen in Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eight Centuries .

The Greek philosopher wrote that Christians are "a race dissolved in every passion, destroyed by controlled self-indulgence, cringing and womanish in its thinking, close to cowardice, wallowing in all swinishness, debased, content with servitude in security."

If that sounds like a proto-definition of 21st century Western cancel culture, that's because it is.

Things were also pretty bad in Alexandria. A Christian mob killed and dismembered the alluring Hypatia, mathematician and philosopher. That de facto ended the era of great Greek mathematics. No wonder Gibbon turned the assassination of Hypatia into a remarkable set piece in Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ("In the bloom of beauty, and in the maturity of wisdom, the modest maid refused her lovers and instructed her disciples; the persons most illustrious for their rank or merit were impatient to visit the female philosopher").

Under Justinian – emperor from 527 to 565 – cancel culture went after paganism no holds barred. One of his laws ended imperial toleration of all religions, which was in effect since Constantine in 313.

If you were a pagan, you'd better get ready for the death penalty. Pagan teachers – especially philosophers – were banned. They lost their parrhesia : their license to teach ( here is Foucault's brilliant analysis).

Parrhesia – loosely translated as "frank criticism" – is a tremendously serious issue: for no less than a thousand years, this was the definition of freedom of speech (italics mine).

There you go: first half of the 6th century. This was when freedom of speech was canceled in the West.

The last Egyptian temple – to Isis, in an island in southern Egypt – was shut down in 526. The legendary Plato's Academy – with no less than 900 years of teaching in its curriculum – was shut down in Athens in 529.

Guess where the Greek philosophers chose to go into exile: Persia.

Those were the days – in the early 2nd century – when the greatest Stoic, Epictetus, a freed slave from Phrygia, admirer of both Socrates and Diogenes, was consulted by an emperor, Hadrian; and became the role model of another emperor, Marcus Aurelius.

History tells us that the Greek intellectual tradition simply did not fade away in the West. It was a target of cancel culture.


Realist , says: May 3, 2021 at 3:01 pm GMT • 2.1 days ago

In lightning speed, the techno-feudalism virus is metastasizing into an even more lethal, wilderness of mirrors variant, where cancel culture is enforced by Big Tech all across the spectrum, science is routinely debased as fake news in social media, and the average citizen is discombobulated to the point of lobotomy.

Those that can think for themselves are ahead of the curve.

Excellent points made in this article.

Thomasina , says: May 3, 2021 at 6:59 pm GMT • 2.0 days ago

"If we need a date, let's start with Rome – the epitome of the West – in the early 5th century. Follow the money. That's the time when income from properties owned by temples were transferred to the Catholic Church – thus boosting its economic power."

Yes, then, as now, follow the money.

The current "woke" culture didn't naturally well-up from within the population.

This "thing" has been artificially engineered, manufactured and steered in the direction "the money" forces want it to go.

From Covid to the French Revolution to Rome – all made to LOOK natural, as if they just appeared out of the blue or were a natural progression that couldn't be stopped, but when you pull back the curtain you see the hands of "the money" firmly on the steering wheel.

Some people say the Bible was invented during this time in order to bring down Rome. They're probably right.

Who is "the money"?

anon [907] Disclaimer , says: May 3, 2021 at 11:44 pm GMT • 1.8 days ago

Doesn't the destruction of Carthage count as a "cancellation"?

Franz , says: May 4, 2021 at 12:13 am GMT • 1.8 days ago

History tells us that the Greek intellectual tradition simply did not fade away in the West. It was a target of cancel culture.

Killed then misrepresented: In The Darkening Age , Catherine Nixey rolls out all the details. Christianity's greatest crime was the rise of a level of superstition and fear never before witnessed. Even stone atheists will cringe at the lies -- propagated at the top -- that Church leaders pushed on their victims. It was worse than some of us suspected. Nixey's book is not a fun read.

The Greek philosopher was spot on with his observation:

"a race dissolved in every passion cringing and womanish in its thinking, close to cowardice, wallowing in all swinishness "

If by "womanish in its thinking" he was referring to nothing but emotional (and being Greek it's likely) he was right on the money, then and now. From BLM to the selling of the Covid death vaccinations, emotion has become the West's preferred form of discourse. What killed the Elder Culture now destroys their late-era survivors with a mass nervous breakdown.

MarkU , says: May 4, 2021 at 2:23 am GMT • 1.7 days ago
@UR2

Hey Pepe, study the Punic Wars and try to understand what Rome had against Carthage.

Because the Romans would never demonise their enemies would they? I mean who could imagine that? The Romans were lovely people and would never do anything perverse or barbaric, no honestly.

Meena , says: May 4, 2021 at 2:59 am GMT • 1.6 days ago

Repressive and non-repressive governments ,democratically elected governments and those governments imposed from outside ,all have been cancelling messages that they do not like

animalogic , says: May 4, 2021 at 9:42 am GMT • 1.4 days ago
@Thomasina

"Who is "the money"?"
Pepe gives us the answer --
"The woke revolution is a culture war – in symbiosis with Big Tech and Big Business – that has smashed the real thing: class war. The atomized working classes, struggling to barely survive, have been left to wallow in anomie."
The "woke" are tools to fracture nations, a people, patriotism, social norms, families, morality, the future & anything which could possibly hinder the progress of the 600 odd (multi-billionaire) families who RULE this planet.

anon [307] Disclaimer , says: May 5, 2021 at 5:20 am GMT • 13.2 hours ago

The woke revolution is a culture war – in symbiosis with Big Tech and Big Business – that has smashed the real thing: class war.

this is why it's very important to be deliberately offensive. saying "nigger" is a revolutionary act. but in the age of the beta male, revolutionaries are too few to succeed and are punished.

[May 04, 2021] Rand Paul calls for Republicans to boycott Coca-Cola

May 04, 2021 | www.msn.com

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is calling on Republicans to boycott Coca-Cola after the company stated its disapproval for a new voting law in Georgia.

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"If they want to boycott us why don't we boycott them," Paul said during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday. "This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson. If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and have only Democrats drink them, God love 'em. We'll see how well they do when half the country quits drinking Coca-Cola."

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After the controversial bill was passed by Republicans in Georgia late last month, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called the measure "unacceptable."

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"Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia, around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity, and this is frankly just a step backwards," Quincey said.

A slew of other companies followed, including Delta Air Lines, JP Morgan Chase and Major League Baseball, which pulled its annual All-Star Game out of Atlanta over the bill's passage.

Democrats have argued the bill makes it harder for many people, particularly minorities, to vote. Republicans say the bill is needed to beef up election security amid a growing distrust among conservatives with the electoral process following the 2020 elections.

Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta.

Former President Trump last week called on his supporters not to support Coca-Cola and other companies that have voiced opposition to the Georgia elections bill and similar measures being proposed by Republicans around the country.

"For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them. Now they are going big time with the WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections," Trump said in a statement over the weekend. "It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back- we have more people than they do- by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don't go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them."

A group of GOP state lawmakers in Georgia wrote a letter to the CEO of the Georgia Beverage Association asking their office no longer be stocked with Coca-Cola products.

"Given Coke's choice to cave to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately," the letter reads . "Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship."

[May 04, 2021] Coca-Cola Under Fire for Legally Questionable Racial Quota System - Washington Free Beacon

May 04, 2021 | freebeacon.com

An anti-discrimination group is challenging Coca-Cola's attempt to impose racial quotas on outside counsel.

Writing on behalf of the Project on Fair Representation, D.C. attorney Boyden Gray accused Coca-Cola of violating the Civil Rights Act with a new rule, which would punish contracted law firms unless a certain percentage of their billed associates are "diverse attorneys."

In the letter , a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon , Gray argues that policy violates federal law, which "prohibit[s] all forms of racial discrimination in private contracting." Coca-Cola "appears to be following the view of 'antiracist' activist Ibram X. Kendi," with their new requirement, Gray writes.

Former Coca-Cola counsel Bradley Gayton, who last week was appointed to serve as a strategic consultant to the company's CEO, announced in January that law firms partnering with Coca-Cola would face a 30 percent reduction in payment unless 30 percent of the firm's billed associates and partners came from diverse backgrounds. Half of those associates must also be black.

While the practice may have been implemented with good intentions, quotas "perpetuate" racial categorization, Gray told the Free Beacon.

"Coke's outside counsel policy may be well-intentioned, but racial quotas and the notion of group rights perpetuate pernicious racial categories and rest on a false, offensive, and racist notion that blacks and other racial minorities cannot compete," Gray said. "Federal law prohibits this kind of racially discriminatory balancing. It is not enough for Coke to pause this policy; it needs to publicly revoke it. Coke should disavow race-based contracting, period."

Gray is acting on behalf of the Project on Fair Representation, a nonprofit legal group that fights racial and ethnic discrimination. The group's president, Edward Blum, told the Free Beacon he believes the company must withdraw the rule immediately.

"It is obvious to all observers that Coca-Cola's recently enacted law firm contracting policies are illegal. The company should publicly withdraw these racial quota requirements immediately."

Blum helped organize Students for Fair Admissions' lawsuit against Harvard, which claims the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The group recently petitioned the Supreme Court to take up their case. Blum is also the architect of Fisher v. University of Texas , the last case that mounted a frontal attack on affirmative action before the High Court.

Federal law bans race discrimination in private contracting, as Gray's letter notes. Lawsuits regarding contract discrimination go straight to federal court, unlike others that first must go through a years-long agency process. And unlike other anti-discrimination laws, there's no cap on monetary damages under the fair contracting. Coca-Cola could be on the hook for a hefty financial penalty.

The soda company landed in hot water in February after leaked documents from an internal diversity and inclusion training session asked workers to "be less white." Coca-Cola did not respond to the Free Beacon 's request for comment in time for publication.

Kevin Daley contributed to this report.

[May 04, 2021] Woke Vs. Racist -- What's the Difference, by Derek Hunter

Neoliberals policies for minority students in education can be called "the soft bigotry of low expectations."
May 04, 2021 | townhall.com

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The idea that someone can't succeed in America because of their skin color, gender, whatever, is as stupid as it is bigoted. Weirdly, it seems to always be espoused by people who've "somehow" beaten the odds. How many times have you seen a black Ivy League professor on TV talking about "systemic racism"? How'd they get a tenured, high six-figure gig, book deals, speaking engagements, and a cable news contributor contract in such a rigged system?

They never answer that question because the only people who'd ask it of them are their colleagues on TV and they're on the same team. But the answer is obvious: they worked for it; they earned it.

The woke crowd doesn't want minorities to realize that, and neither do racists. Both want to keep people down because it serves their needs.

Racists want segregation; wokesters want segregation too. One in the name of bigotry, one in the name of "tolerance." Does the motive really matter if the outcome is the same?

In fact, to listen to the demands of the leftists in the streets, you'd think they were the Klan.

"Black people can't succeed without government help," "They can't get ahead without a government program," "They'll only end up in jail if they don't get handouts." Again, seemingly different motivations, but all those statements could've been uttered by either group.

The infantilizing of black people by the progressive left is actually worse than anything the Klan is doing because the KKK is a non-entity in American life in the 21st century. In my book, I wrote about the size of the KKK. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates there are between 5,000-8,000 members of the KKK in 2016, down from about 4 million a century earlier. That's a huge drop – to go from millions to a rounding error smaller than the average attendance of a WNBA game as the population tripled should be cause for celebration. But leftists will tell you racists are everywhere and running the show.

[May 03, 2021] Boycott Nike -- 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

May 03, 2021 | heavy.com

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On Monday, Nike rolled out a new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who gained national attention when he began taking the knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Nike’s new ad features a black and white photo of an unsmiling Kaepernick. The words written across his face read “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.â€

Kaepernick hasn’t played for the NFL since he became a free agent in 2017, but he continues to be in the public eye. Just last week, a judge ruled that Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL for alleged collusion can go forward. Nike’s new ad campaign has garnered a lot of attention, with people on both sides of the issue reacting intensely. Serena Williams, who also is a Nike spokesperson, tweeted that she is now “prouder than ever†to be part of the “Nike family.â€

At the same time, many people, angry at what they see as Colin Kaepernick’s unpatriotic politics, have announced that they will boycott Nike.

[May 03, 2021] Will Whites Support A Globalist American Empire That Picks Fights Abroad And Wars Against Them At Home by James Kirkpatrick

Looks like an attempt to redirect anger against neolibel elite into racial antimosity does nto work well. A least for this UNZ commentariant. They are not folled by woke nonsense.
In any case it looks like the USA is a divided country.
May 03, 2021 | www.unz.com

Chris Moore , says: Website April 28, 2021 at 1:15 am GMT • 3.1 days ago

Never underestimate the insanity of Zionists, be they full Jews, half-Jews, or soulless Jew-wannabes like Joe "I am a Zionist" Biden. We're in unprecedented territory -- an empire run by Zoglodytes. They'll run it into the ground sooner or later, but just how quickly and at what cost to the humanity is anyone's guess.

Of course, none of it would be possible but for the Anglo-elites doing deals with ((bankers)) in search of post-Imperial easy-living. In fact, that's probably what caused WW2.

Today, gangsters from every creed, race and religion want in on the Zionist action, and happily signal to their criminal lodestar that they're "all in" with virtually unlimited aid, wars and diplomatic support in Congress for the Jewish state.

The New World Order. How do you like it, whitey? You just had to listen to the gold-plated promises of the Jew confidence man. The streets will be paved with gold, right?

White Elephant , says: April 28, 2021 at 8:54 am GMT • 2.8 days ago

Bottom line?

If you're white and in the armed forces/police, you're a moron.

The fact is Americans are nothing but the Jew's bitch, killing for them. There isn't one American, who's defended their country, well, you'll have to go back to the war of independence for that. Every, serving member of the armed forces is a mercenary, paid by the US taxpayer, to kill fire Israel as they establish greater Israel.

So STOP looking at your armed forces as heroes. They aren't, not one, single one! See them for what they are, braindead, brainwashed, fighting machines, WHO DON'T FIGHT FOR YOU! And that's what's worrying. Throughout history every armed force has been turned against its own nation and its just a matter of time with the US. THEY WILL use them against you, to push nationwide vaccination.

The armed forces, like the police, are your enemy and I strongly suggest that if you know anyone in them, or a friend whose family members are in them, tell them to leave ASAP before they institute martial law. Remember, the armed forces don't serve you, so leaving them is doing the people good while staying within is causing them harm.

KenH , says: April 28, 2021 at 4:22 pm GMT • 2.5 days ago

I'm suspicious of Biden's planned withdrawal from Afghanistan. The troops will probably get reassigned to the Middle East or the Polish Border. Trump's "withdrawal" from Syria just amounted to shipping those troops to Iraq.

The Biden administration is a revolutionary one. It is not American and doesn't pretend to be. Like Lenin's early revolutionary Bolshevik government it is comprised of mostly Jews and racial/ethnic minorities who are antagonistic towards the majority population and its history and traditions.

I believe that the Jews, radical blacks and others who are really in charge of the Biden administration have no plans to relinquish power in 2024 even if they lose the election. Since the courts refused to provide a legal remedy for battleground states breaking their own elections laws to massively increase Democrat mail-in ballots then they will just do it again unless Republicans can win the gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. But that might not be possible with mail-in ballot schemes that were illegally put in place.

beavertales , says: April 28, 2021 at 6:45 pm GMT • 2.4 days ago

Will whites support a globalist regime that picks fights abroad and wars against them at home? The mood of the country is comparable to East German during the 1980's. Resignation and apathy. The last election was a fraud, the media are liars, the courts are political, privacy and free speech aren't being protected, and half the country declares it hates the other half.

Go ahead, try to conjure a false flag to rally Team America

Stan , says: April 28, 2021 at 7:34 pm GMT • 2.3 days ago

There are no signs whites are about to repudiate the Evil Empire. Trace Adkins, Gerald McRaney are on tv advertisements imploring whites to provide financial support to the fools who came back crippled from fighting in Israel's wars.

Nostradamus , says: April 29, 2021 at 2:51 am GMT • 2.0 days ago

"Will Whites Support A Globalist American Empire That Picks Fights Abroad and Wars Against Them At Home?"

The answer is YES, they will.

Why?

Because they've been zombified by 150 years of corporate media whose only purpose is to use subliminal messages 24/7 to control them. Worse of all, they pay monthly fees in order to be zombified!

Wait for the next false flag attack against the US "Interests" at home or abroad and you'll see how the zombies behave.

TG , says: April 30, 2021 at 4:09 am GMT • 23.3 hours ago
@antibeast

Yes, but I would not call the elites "Yanks".

Elites, oligarchs, plutocrats, super-rich, whatever, but don't slime the Yankees.

And while I agree with much of this, don't forget that in the late 1960's the elites imported Mexicans to specifically replace blacks. And then cried a river of tears at how blacks were mysteriously losing ground!!!!

Oh and also: nobody NEEDS cheap labor to run factories. History has shown that without cheap labor factories run perfectly well. It's just that the elites need cheap labor to stay elite

slorter , says: April 30, 2021 at 5:49 am GMT • 21.6 hours ago

The real enemy of the American working class and middle class all of them is neoliberalism ! Coupled with a two party plutocracy that disenfranchises the same Americans who desperately need a more equitable society! Nothing to do with Russia or China we caused it all by ourselves!

Anonymous [397] Disclaimer , says: April 30, 2021 at 6:15 am GMT • 21.2 hours ago

Whites will support a globalist empire. They will also support overseas wars and wars against them at home.

Priss Factor , says: Website April 30, 2021 at 7:09 am GMT • 20.3 hours ago

This is why there needs to be White Liberation from Jewish Supremacism. But Jewish Power tries to preempt this by making a big stink about 'white supremacism'.

No more white support for Jewish supremacist tyranny over Palestinians and mass murder of Arabs/Muslims. If, after 2020, any white person still harbors sentimentality about Jewish Power, he or she is cuck-roach. Useless and worthless.

Ray Caruso , says: April 30, 2021 at 8:19 am GMT • 19.1 hours ago

Currently, an indebted, belligerent, imperialist U.S. is being propped up by naïve, well-meaning whites.

These "well-meaning whites" are the enemy. "Well-meaning whites" have always been the greatest enemy of Whites. A lot of people here consider Jews to be our greatest enemies. But why are they here in such huge numbers and why are they in control? It started with the Powdered-Wig Gang (a.k.a. the Founding Fathers) giving them citizenship on the basis of their shit "Enlightenment" ideology, which held that religion was merely a private matter and of no importance. No country at the time gave Jews citizenship save Poland, which had fallen under their sway and paid an exceedingly high price for it. Then France followed the American example when they had their own powdered-wig revolution.

The tragedy of the US is that nearly every fair-skinned, non-Jewish individual who has any influence here is a "well-meaning White". Generations of brainwashing have done that. Their latest bit of tomfoolery is the belief "Uncle Tim" Scott, a dim, charmless, venal, ugly black mediocrity, will be their savior. By the way, the first time I laid eyes on Uncle Tim, I said myself, "They're going to want to make that fellow president." That's no reason to brag, however, because "well-meaning whites" are nothing if not predictable.

"Well-meaning whites" have no common sense and can't learn from experience. They could not conceive the idea "diversity" is the problem. "Diversity" elected Joe Biden, through bloc-voting by non-Whites and by she-boons in black-dominated counties bringing in suitcases of fake ballots, but guess what: as far as "well-meaning Whites" are concerned, "diversity" in the form of "Uncle Tim" Scott is the solution.

What it comes down to is that if Whites want the White race to survive, then "well-meaning whites", who can accurately be called "liberals", have to go. Whites cannot afford to be sentimental about "well-meaning whites".

animalogic , says: April 30, 2021 at 8:39 am GMT • 18.8 hours ago
@xyzxy the Zio-western imperialists decided ( ie "backed down") not to risk crossing them.
Incidentally JK I don't disagree with this position --
"Rather than feeling anger or shame at this national humiliation, instead I feel something like schadenfreude against them -- along with righteous indignation on behalf of the countless patriots used up and spat out by a System unworthy of their sacrifice."
But perhaps you could spare a few words & emotions for the poor bloody average Afghans who have died in their 100's of 1000's in this vicious, stupid war.
A lack of sympathy for & indeed basic knowledge of, other peoples is part of the reason the US constantly gets stuck in these ridiculous wars. (Had they the "leaders" we have now , the Vietnam War would probably have limped to a halt sometime in the late 80's).
jsigur , says: April 30, 2021 at 8:43 am GMT • 18.7 hours ago

Hmm. Kirkpatrick doesn't seem to realize that 911 was sort of an official beginning to the elites domestic threat problem? There was never a reason to enter Afghanistan because Afghanistan never attacked us and nor did Osama Bin Laden.
As long as ppl believe the official story there will always be a reason the American citizen can support for invading middle east countries
Like the holocaust, it is a lynch pin lie that is the pre-requisite for all sorts claims and behaviors that without them would otherwise not give validation

Paul Greenwood , says: April 30, 2021 at 10:52 am GMT • 16.6 hours ago

I doubt Russia has any regard for Turkey – it has a very long history of wars against them and knows just how treacherous they are.

Russia alone is powerful enough to end life in USA

USA has lost Europe already- Merkel is aligning with China

Americans think Russian gas binds Germany rather than export markets like China and the fact EU needs semiconductors and Asia is where they are produced

No one takes USA seriously any more it is peripheral as in 19th century. You forget Europeans cannot travel to US and frankly fear to do so anyway

USA is disintegrating and is in run-off

Jimmy le Blanc , says: April 30, 2021 at 11:16 am GMT • 16.2 hours ago
@KenH

Biden is just privatizing the war. The mercenary companies and NGOs are writing up their contracts right now.

Jake , says: April 30, 2021 at 11:29 am GMT • 16.0 hours ago
@antibeast

This cannot be said nearly enough. WASP culture is WASP elites hating all 'other' whites and pretending not to hate a few non-WASP white groups when they (the WASPs) can use them against the whites they most hate or fear at the moment. WASPs discard all groups they use as soon as they no longer need them to wage some type war against still other whites.

The Scotch-Irish are probably the best example of what WASPs think of even those who serve them most ruthlessly.

Miro23 , says: April 30, 2021 at 11:44 am GMT • 15.7 hours ago

The mood of the country is comparable to East German during the 1980's. Resignation and apathy.

The last election was a fraud, the media are liars, the courts are political, privacy and free speech aren't being protected, and half the country declares it hates the other half.

Go ahead, try to conjure a false flag to rally Team America.

It does look like resignation and apathy – which is sort of logical – given that all centers of power are in the hands of the totalitarians (same as in the old East Germany).

The totalitarian Communist East German regime actually collapsed when it became caught up in the mass demonstrations of neighbouring countries (Poland Feb. 1989 and Hungary the following month). The Communists didn't have the political will/ability to suppress demonstrations on this scale and ceded power. Two points here are 1) that the public in each country overwhelmingly opposed the government 2) each country was ethnically united (Poles in Poland, Hungarians in Hungary and Germans in East Germany) and viewed their oppression as sourced externally (the Soviet Union).

The US looks different, since the population is split both politically and ethnically. So if anything is going to happen (unlikely) then it's either a civil war, a military coup or a world war (nuclear) removing most major American cities + Israel.

anonymous [349] Disclaimer , says: April 30, 2021 at 12:22 pm GMT • 15.1 hours ago
@anonymouseperson c accountants uncovering the depths of Israel and its fifth column's theft of many tens of billions of our war matériel and of our most guarded military secrets, which were then sold to China in concert with the Greenspan/Goldman Sachs plan to transfer of our industrial intellectual assets and over 50,000 factories to China in preparation for a new order based on joint Israeli-Chinese technocratic hegemony.

My point is that the uninterrupted, elaborate efforts at 9/11 concealment legally constitute, by themselves, sufficient proof of the Pentagon's complicity and guilt in 9/11 and, therefore, make it an alien occupation force that serves Israel, its fifth column, and no other. A war completing the "Bolsheviks" effective extermination of white Christian Russia at the same time as exterminating white Christian America appears to be the objective of International Jewry, whom alone Joe Biden and his Pentagon answer to.

Rich , says: April 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm GMT • 14.2 hours ago
@anonymouseperson

When I was in the US Army, I never met anyone who signed up to 'fight for the Anglo-Zionist empire'. We were there for a variety of reasons, no job, to get training, money for college, adventure or maybe running away from a crazy girlfriend. As the grandson of immigrants, I was probably the most patriotic, the rest of the guys, not so much. Young men will always join the military, whether the military oppresses its people or not. How many Irishmen served in the British military when they had few civil rights back home? In the military, a young White man can learn a trade, learn military tactics, earn money for college and become a real asset to his community. You can also get killed or maimed, but at 18 or 19, we didn't think about that.

lavoisier , says: Website April 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm GMT • 11.2 hours ago

Will Whites Support A Globalist American Empire That Picks Fights Abroad and Wars Against Them At Home?

If they are members of Congress, the military leadership, the police, the FBI, the NSA, the CIA, the MSM, or the leadership of either political party the answer is clearly a resounding YES!!

Brooklyn Dave , says: April 30, 2021 at 5:23 pm GMT • 10.1 hours ago

I believe a large percentage of whites in America have a Stockholm syndrome of some kind going on. The title of the article has rolled two very separate issues into one. As far as continuing to support wars abroad that aren't benefiting the average person of whatever color is not an issue that can be specifically directed at Marxist oriented regimes such as that of Obama/Hillary and now Sleepy Joe & Camel Toe. One can never forget the years of the faux conservative Bushlet regime. Whites as a group more overtly support the military than do other racial groups (even though blacks and Hispanics make up a large percentage of our military). They are very reluctant to criticize American foreign policy as unpatriotic and somehow react to military interventions as if they were a sporting event.

Their concept of patriotism is very puerile. Many never ask the question of who benefits? (bankers, weapons manufacturers and Zionists). As far as the war on whites is concerned, here is where the Stockholm syndrome comes more into play. Our people have been psychologically beaten into submission by accepting whatever the Marxist intelligentsia throws at them.But there is also a cultural flaw primarily among Northern European Protestant whites which consists of being perceived as NICE. Stop being NICE, especially to people who wish you dead. Is this some sort of perversion of Christianity? Maybe. Rather than throwing the whole Gospel message out the window, a recalibration of one's Christianity needs to happen as well. The churches have not been our friend either.

[May 03, 2021] Your Woke Money Is No Good Here by Ted Cruz

Notable quotes:
"... Mr. Cruz, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Texas. ..."
Apr 28, 2021 | www.wsj.com
Corporations have taken advantage of Republicans for too long. I won’t take their PAC dollars anymore.

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In my nine years in the Senate, I’ve received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees. Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.

For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response. We’ve allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies. We’ve let them smear Republicans without paying any price.

As America’s greatest basketball player observed years ago, Republicans buy sneakers, too. We cast votes, too. And we pay attention when CEOs come after our own just so they can look good for a few editorial pages and radical activists.

To them I say: When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won’t take your money either.

Mr. Cruz, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Texas.

[May 03, 2021] The people that once boldly threw off the tyranny of a distant monarch now seem to be meekly submitting to the diktats of ideology that tolerate less independence of thought and action than King George III did The people that once boldly threw off the tyranny of a distant monarch now seem to be meekly submitting to the diktats of ideology that tolerate less independence of thought and action than King George III did

May 03, 2021 | www.wsj.com

The ambassador rose to give the not-so-loyal toast.

He began with the inevitable nod to the two nations' divergent histories, noting that some time earlier, in their great wisdom, his compatriots had decided to go it alone.

"Oh yes!" cried the prince from a sedentary position, fortified, no doubt, by a couple of glasses of the embassy's very good wine. "And how's that working out for you?"

It was a good question then, and it's more apt than ever now given America's current predicament. The people that once boldly threw off the tyranny of a distant monarch now seem to be meekly submitting to the diktats of a regnant class and ideology that tolerate less independence of thought and action than King George III did

[May 03, 2021] Wokeness As Bourgeois Bolshevism, by Rod Dreher

... Today the woke movement questions the very idea of truth. Intermixed with millenarian frenzy and American Puritanism, Maoist mob rule and hyper-liberal culture war, there is a strand that echoes Duranty's crypto-Nietzschean philosophy.
Notable quotes:
"... Live Not By Lies ..."
"... "You have to suffer for the truth because that's what makes you authentic. That's what makes that truth credible. If I'm not willing to suffer, my truth might as well be nothing more than an ideology," she tells me. ..."
"... Suffering is a part of every human's life. We don't know why we suffer. But your suffering is like a seal. If you put that seal on your actions, interestingly enough, people start to wonder about your truth -- that maybe you are right about God. In one sense, it's a mystery, because the Evil One wants to persuade us that there is a life without suffering. First you have to live through it, and then you try to pass on the value of suffering, because suffering has a value. ..."
May 03, 2021 | www.theamericanconservative.com

It is for the cause of helping good and decent people to endure this coming destruction, and to suffer for truth, no matter what the totalitarians throw at them, that I have written Live Not By Lies . A passage that you have not yet seen:

Mária Komáromi teaches in a Catholic school in Budapest. She and her late husband, János, were religious dissidents under the communist regime, and bore many burdens to keep the faith alive.

"You have to suffer for the truth because that's what makes you authentic. That's what makes that truth credible. If I'm not willing to suffer, my truth might as well be nothing more than an ideology," she tells me.

Komáromi elaborates further:

Suffering is a part of every human's life. We don't know why we suffer. But your suffering is like a seal. If you put that seal on your actions, interestingly enough, people start to wonder about your truth -- that maybe you are right about God. In one sense, it's a mystery, because the Evil One wants to persuade us that there is a life without suffering. First you have to live through it, and then you try to pass on the value of suffering, because suffering has a value.

...Suffering for truth has dignity and weight; accepting lies because they make you more comfortable is contemptible. The fact that public intellectuals like Fran Maier and John Gray recognize the totalitarianism within wokeness, and how wokeness in power compels everyone to affirm lies, tells me that neither I, nor the survivors of Soviet communism who talked to me for the book, are being alarmist.

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It's hard to see such famines, albeit politically determined ones, occurring in the US or Western Europe, considering the way developed economies function today: based on consumption, not national production (largely outside of the agricultural, financial products, service sector, etc, arms industry). What not only USSR and Maoist China, but also British Imperial Ireland and India, had in common was a situation of both extreme poverty and imperial despotism.

So yes Stalin and Mao were horrible, but, honestly, considering what neoliberalism/neoconservatism has done to the world since 9/11, I think most of the world perceives the US to be the greatest aggressor of post Cold War times (and it has nothing to do with Wokism, though Wokism might be a reaction to it).

P.S. I would add, only have facetiously, it's not a good idea to be around when empires implode, whether it be the Russian, Chinese, French (Algeria, Indochina), German, or even the British (certainly in the context of Indian partition).

[May 03, 2021] The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media... Now The CIA Is The Media by Caitlin Johnstone,

Apr 16, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone,

Back in the good old days, when things were more innocent and simple, the psychopathic Central Intelligence Agency had to covertly infiltrate the news media to manipulate the information Americans were consuming about their nation and the world. Nowadays, there is no meaningful separation between the news media and the CIA at all.

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Analysis: US blinks first on Russia-Ukraine tensions

Journalist Glenn Greenwald just highlighted an interesting point about the reporting by The New York Times on the so-called “Bountygate†story the outlet broke in June of last year about the Russian government trying to pay Taliban-linked fighters to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan.

“One of the NYT reporters who originally broke the Russia bounty story (originally attributed to unnamed ‘intelligence officials’) say today that it was a CIA claim,†Greenwald tweeted .

“So media outlets - again - repeated CIA stories with no questioning: congrats to all.â€

Indeed, NYT’s original story made no mention of CIA involvement in the narrative, citing only “officials,†yet this latest article speaks as though it had been informing its readers of the story’s roots in the lying, torturing , drug-running , warmongering Central Intelligence Agency from the very beginning. The author even writes “The New York Times first reported last summer the existence of the C.I.A.’s assessment,†with the hyperlink leading to the initial article which made no mention of the CIA. It wasn’t until later that The New York Times began reporting that the CIA was looking into the Russian bounties allegations at all.

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This would be the same “Russian bounties†narrative which was discredited all the way back in September when the top US military official in Afghanistan said no satisfactory evidence had surfaced for the allegations, which was further discredited today with a new article by The Daily Beast titled “ U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops â€.

The Daily Beast , which has itself uncritically published many articles promoting the CIA “Bountygate†narrative, reports the following:

It was a blockbuster story about Russia’s return to the imperial “Great Game†in Afghanistan. The Kremlin had spread money around the longtime central Asian battlefield for militants to kill remaining U.S. forces. It sparked a massive outcry from Democrats and their #resistance amplifiers about the treasonous Russian puppet in the White House whose admiration for Vladimir Putin had endangered American troops.

But on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate†confidence in the story after all. Translated from the jargon of spyworld, that means the intelligence agencies have found the story is, at best, unproven â€" and possibly untrue.

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So the mass media aggressively promoted a CIA narrative that none of them ever saw proof of, because there was no proof, because it was an entirely unfounded claim from the very beginning. They quite literally ran a CIA press release and disguised it as a news story.

This allowed the CIA to throw shade and inertia on Trump’s proposed troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Germany, and to continue ramping up anti-Russia sentiments on the world stage , and may well have contributed to the fact that the agency will officially be among those who are exempt from Biden’s performative Afghanistan “withdrawal†.

In totalitarian dictatorships, the government spy agency tells the news media what stories to run, and the news media unquestioningly publish it. In free democracies, the government spy agency says “Hoo buddy, have I got a scoop for you!†and the news media unquestioningly publish it.

In 1977 Carl Bernstein published an article titled “ The CIA and the Media †reporting that the CIA had covertly infiltrated America’s most influential news outlets and had over 400 reporters who it considered assets in a program known as Operation Mockingbird . It was a major scandal, and rightly so. The news media is meant to report truthfully about what happens in the world, not manipulate public perception to suit the agendas of spooks and warmongers.

Nowadays the CIA collaboration happens right out in the open, and people are too propagandized to even recognize this as scandalous. Immensely influential outlets like The New York Times uncritically pass on CIA disinfo which is then spun as fact by cable news pundits . The sole owner of The Washington Post is a CIA contractor , and WaPo has never once disclosed this conflict of interest when reporting on US intelligence agencies per standard journalistic protocol. Mass media outlets now openly employ intelligence agency veterans like John Brennan, James Clapper, Chuck Rosenberg, Michael Hayden, Frank Figliuzzi, Fran Townsend, Stephen Hall, Samantha Vinograd, Andrew McCabe, Josh Campbell, Asha Rangappa, Phil Mudd, James Gagliano, Jeremy Bash, Susan Hennessey, Ned Price and Rick Francona, as are known CIA assets like NBC’s Ken Dilanian, as are CIA interns like Anderson Cooper and CIA applicants like Tucker Carlson.

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This isn’t Operation Mockingbird. It’s so much worse. Operation Mockingbird was the CIA doing something to the media. What we are seeing now is the CIA openly acting as the media. Any separation between the CIA and the news media, indeed even any pretence of separation, has been dropped.

This is bad. This is very, very bad. Democracy has no meaningful existence if people’s votes aren’t being cast with a clear understanding of what’s happening in their nation and their world, and if their understanding is being shaped to suit the agendas of the very government they’re meant to be influencing with their votes, what you have is the most powerful military and economic force in the history of civilization with no accountability to the electorate whatsoever. It’s just an immense globe-spanning power structure, doing whatever it wants to whoever it wants. A totalitarian dictatorship in disguise.

And the CIA is the very worst institution that could possibly be spearheading the movements of that dictatorship. A little research into the many, many horrific things the CIA has done over the years will quickly show you that this is true; hell, just a glance at what the CIA was up to with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam will.

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There’s a common delusion in our society that depraved government agencies who are known to have done evil things in the past have simply stopped doing evil things for some reason. This belief is backed by zero evidence, and is contradicted by mountains of evidence to the contrary. It’s believed because it is comfortable, and for literally no other reason.

The CIA should not exist at all, let alone control the news media, much less the movements of the US empire. May we one day know a humanity that is entirely free from the rule of psychopaths, from our total planetary behavior as a collective, all the way down to the thoughts we think in our own heads.

May we extract their horrible fingers from every aspect of our being.

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[May 03, 2021] Politics Is Risky Business for CEOs by Harvey Golub

Notable quotes:
"... Mr. Golub was CEO of American Express, 1993-2001. ..."
Apr 12, 2021 | www.wsj.com

It's imprudent to weigh in on issues that don't directly affect the company.

A few CEOs have expressed their point of view about the new Georgia voting law. They have issued statements indicating their opposition on the basis that the law will suppress voting. Other senior executives, retired and active, have joined them. I know most of them by reputation and some personally. They are people of goodwill, who sincerely care about the nation, their companies and their employees and customers. Most have done excellent work as leaders of their companies. All have my respect and I believe have earned the respect of the public. But I believe they are wrong to take public positions on this law.

I believe both that voting ought to be relatively simple for citizens and that verification of eligibility to vote should be strict as a matter of principle. It is clear that any verification of ballot integrity will increase difficulty. In my view, the Georgia law reaches a reasonable trade-off between those two objectives.

But the reason I think CEOs should be silent on this issue isn't because I disagree with their judgment on the merits. It's because I think it is wrong for executives to take a company position on public-policy questions that don't directly affect their business, for four reasons.

First, while these CEOs have the right to their own opinions, they can never speak merely as individuals; they always speak for and represent the companies they head. As CEOs they have the right, and perhaps the obligation, to speak out on matters affecting their organizations, but unless they have asked their boards for approval before speaking, they don't have that right on unrelated matters.

Second, inevitably their announcements on purely political issues will alienate many of their employees and customers. Those positions will always lead to unintended consequences. In the Georgia situation, it immediately prompted Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game to Denver, which then brought on charges of hypocrisy because of baseball's close ties to two dictatorships -- Cuba and China. It also generated calls to boycott two major Atlanta-based companies. This won't be the end of the backlash.

Third, these and other executives will be pressured in the future to comment, pro or con, on other states' voting laws. That will lead to further charges of hypocrisy, more boycotts, more publicity, more ill will. At the end of the day corporations and the idea of capitalism will be in lower repute.

Fourth, and perhaps most important, there is no limiting principle to this problem. If business heads can be pressured to comment on issues unrelated to their businesses, they will be compelled to weigh in on more current events and issues and will have no basis for refusing to respond. What do you think of catch and release at the border, what do you think of no-bail laws in New York? It will go on and on.

Mr. Golub was CEO of American Express, 1993-2001.

[May 03, 2021] Boycott Nike -- 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

May 03, 2021 | heavy.com

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On Monday, Nike rolled out a new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who gained national attention when he began taking the knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Nike’s new ad features a black and white photo of an unsmiling Kaepernick. The words written across his face read “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.â€

Kaepernick hasn’t played for the NFL since he became a free agent in 2017, but he continues to be in the public eye. Just last week, a judge ruled that Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL for alleged collusion can go forward. Nike’s new ad campaign has garnered a lot of attention, with people on both sides of the issue reacting intensely. Serena Williams, who also is a Nike spokesperson, tweeted that she is now “prouder than ever†to be part of the “Nike family.â€

At the same time, many people, angry at what they see as Colin Kaepernick’s unpatriotic politics, have announced that they will boycott Nike.

[May 03, 2021] The parody on Bolshevism is here: higher education now means subsidizing the political activists who have hijacked it by John Ellis

May 02, 2021 | www.wsj.com

An advanced society functions by creating a series of institutions, telling them what it wants them to do, and funding them to do it. Institutions like the police, fire departments, courts and schools do the jobs society creates them to do. But one American institution -- higher education -- has decided to repurpose itself. It has set aside the job given to it by society and substituted a different one.

Higher education had a cluster of related purposes in society. Everyone benefited from the new knowledge it developed and the well-informed, thoughtful citizenry it produced. Individual students benefited from the preparation they received for careers in a developed economy. Yet these days, academia has decided that its primary purpose is the promotion of a radical political ideology, to which it gives the sunny label "social justice."

That's an enormous detour from the institutional mission granted to higher education by society -- and a problem of grave consequence. For the purpose that academia has now given itself happens to be the only one that the founding documents of virtually all colleges and universities take care to forbid pre-emptively. The framers of those documents understood that using the campuses to promote political ideologies would destroy their institutions, because ideologies would always be rigid enough to prevent the exploration of new ideas and the free exercise of thought. They knew that the two purposes -- academic and political -- aren't simply different, but polar opposites. They can't coexist because the one erases the other.

The current political uniformity of college faculty illustrates the point. It meets the needs of the substitute purpose very well, but only by annihilating the authorized one. Analytical thinking requires exploring a range of alternatives, but political crusades require the opposite: exclusive belief and commitment. That's how far off course academia has gone in its capricious self-repurposing.

Though most Americans aren't happy about this, academia has no qualms. No matter how many times the lack of intellectual diversity on politicized, one-party campuses is decried as unhealthy and educationally ruinous, the campuses won't listen. There was once internal debate about higher education's direction between traditional academic scholars and radical political activists, but that debate is long over. The activists, now firmly in control, have no interest in what the dwindling ranks of scholars have to say.

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[Apr 28, 2021] Biden Administration To Ban Menthol Cigarettes... Because They're 'Racist'- - ZeroHedge

Creepy Uncle Joe claims that regular flavored cigarettes don't kill as many black people as menthol cigarettes and will henceforth be canceled...
Apr 28, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Menthol cigarettes are racist. Regular flavored cigarettes don't kill as many black people as menthol cigarettes and will henceforth be canceled. Because black people will ever only smoke menthol cigarettes and never smoke regular flavored cigarettes, right?

Washington Post:

On menthol, African American health groups and researchers say it is clear that Blacks have been disproportionately hurt by the cigarettes, which studies show are more addictive and harder to stop using than non-menthol cigarettes.

In the 1950s, only about 10 percent of Black smokers used menthol cigarettes. Today, that proportion is more than 85 percent, three times the rate for White smokers . African Americans die of tobacco-related illnesses, including cancer and heart disease, at higher rates than other groups, according to studies.

I smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day most of my adult life and I can tell you without hesitation or qualification that anyone who believes canceling one kind of cigarettes will get people to stop smoking should be fired for rank stupidity.


GodEmperor0fMankind 1 hour ago

He cant even get his son to stop smokin crack

ted41776 47 minutes ago

while naked in bed with underage relatives? allegedly

Hedgehog77 1 hour ago

But smoking meth and ****ting on the sidewalk is just fine.

onasip123 1 hour ago

When Menthol cigarettes are outlawed, only outlaws will have Menthol cigarettes.

dukeofthefoothills 1 hour ago

Biden: "If you smoke regular cigarettes, you're not Black, man."

Nature_Boy_Wooooo 1 hour ago

This is so awesome.

awake283 1 hour ago

When I smoked, I really only smoked menthols. Does that mean I was appropriating black culture?

-- ALIEN -- 1 hour ago

Reparations need to be made!

Gentleman Bastard 1 hour ago

Looks like a black market opportunity for menthol cigarettes just opened up.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 1 hour ago

Yep great minds think alike.

Lord Raglan 39 minutes ago (Edited)

Oregon legalized cocaine but they've outlawed straws.

Must be frustrating.

There's classic liberal logic for you.

holmes 1 hour ago

Blacks like menthol cigs better. So these cigs are racist. So does that make fried chicken racist also?

the6thBook PREMIUM 1 hour ago

Shouldn't blacks be upset that they are banning their cigarettes? Trying to make blacks smoke white cigarettes?

cowdiddly 37 minutes ago

Well, Obama did warn you that this Dotard was dumb as a rock.

I Believed him.

[Apr 27, 2021] Maxine Waters Incites Riots on Minneapolis Streets and Torches Rule of Law

Apr 20, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

by Ben Bartee via The Daily Bell

A federal politician travels to the scene of a controversial trial to threaten a riot if the jury doesn’t deliver the “correct†verdict. Rule of law is such an antiquated idea.

In front of God and country (and journalists with cameras) Rep. Maxine Waters â€" from behind a face mask/face shield combo for COVID safety, of course â€" declared:

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“We’re looking for a guilty verdict… If nothing does not happen [sic], then we know that we have got to… stay in the streets…I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty… And if we don’t, we cannot go away.â€

When asked what she thinks protesters should do, Waters explicitly told them to “get more activeâ€:

"We’ve got to stay on the street. We get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational . We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.â€

The subtext, of course, is that previous protests were not confrontational or “active†enough. What exactly would a “more active†Minneapolis riot round #2 look like?

Maxine Waters, incidentally, theoretically represents LA â€" quite a long drive from Minneapolis or, for that matter, Washington, D.C. Waters most likely flew in on a chartered jet, though, and left the driving to the proletariat.

The judge in the case, Peter Cahill, replied to Chauvin’s lawyers’ motion that he declare a mistrial due to Maxine Waters’ threatening rhetoric on the streets of Minneapolis:

“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that’s disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function… I’m aware the Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial… if (representatives) want to give their opinions, they should do so in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect the co-equal branch of government… Their failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent .â€

This is practical proof that the trustees of the fictitious democracy fantasy we are all forced to accept don’t believe in the legal process or rule of law â€" as if Americans required more evidence of their Congressional representatives’ failings, over and over and over.

Outside of rule of law, the federal government and the corporations that functionally own it treat the American citizenry to a host of abuses:

(just a light sampling; an hors d’oeuvre in the feast of new-age totalitarianism free of legal constraints)

The Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution reads:

‘In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State.â€

Imagine, for a moment, the mental process of a juror in the Floyd case, a resident of Minneapolis â€" the same city in which Maxine Waters threatened mass violence if the jury you belong to fails to render a “guilty†verdict. Perhaps you live in one of the same neighborhoods that was essentially leveled in the riots of June 2020.

Maybe, for some masochistic reason, you enjoyed shopping at your local Target before “protesters†pillaged it and you couldn’t buy waffle batter and Korean electronics or whatever.

Or, maybe you really liked the guys at the local AutoZone who helped you out with sourcing car parts â€" the ones who don’t have a job anymore because they don’t have a building to work in after protestors torched it .

Yes, you have been instructed not to view news surrounding the trial as all jurors are. But now, after coming home from a long day at court, Waters’ tirade is all over your social media as you scroll through your newsfeed.

How could it not be? A sitting member of Congress not only sanctioned but encouraged riots in the same case that you, again, are charged with rendering an impartial verdict in.

Even if you wanted to ignore Waters’ threats to remain in good faith as a juror and try your best to deliver justice, you couldn’t. Humans, however Stoic, are not robots.

What are you going to do? Is impartiality possible in such circumstances when it’s your own city, maybe even your own neighborhood, on the chopping block at the whim of a faceless, nameless mob?

Or are you going to bow to the pressure and give the mob the verdict it wants â€" and hope and pray that’s enough to satisfy them and prevent more lootings and burnings (though that’s certainly no guarantee).

If Waters believed in rule of law, a basic Constitutional function of the government, why would she not let the process finish?

In the weeks leading up to her calls for riots on the streets in the event of an acquittal, every legal analyst worth his or her salt predicted a guilty verdict on all counts.

So, why would you disrupt the process days before the guilty verdict demanded by the mob, tainting the jury pool potentially and, as a result, nullifying the entire court proceedings and mandating a retrial?

The judge overseeing the case outright declared to accused police officer Chauvin’s attorney :

“Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.â€

Of course she gave cause for appeal, by any rational standard or analysis. A sitting member of Congress traveling to the scene of active protests to fan the flames of rage and threaten riots on camera that almost literally everyone â€" including the jurors in the case â€" have seen.

This is not a mere case of Congressional misconduct â€" those happen every day. This is the instantiation of mob rule as a substitute for law. Justice is now dispensed at the whim of popular opinion, which is not gauged by any scientific means like polling but rather through raw expression of power on the streets.

Where this ends is anyone’s guess, but it’s not likely to be anywhere decent. Some more multinational corporations that worship at the altar of neoliberalism might get their Minneapolis stores torched along with rule of law, at least, and no one will mourn the loss.

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PumpkinEater 7 hours ago

This stupid woman is doing nothing but foment increased racial tension and disgust for black culture. Black leadership of the likes of Sharpton, Jackson and this evil brain dead congresswoman is disgraceful and self serving. Their idiotic messages are never about self-reliance, living by acceptable moral standards, abiding by the law, valuing education, valuing family, treating others with respect, etc.........but rather always hate filled, victimhood mentality, and that someone else is responsible for keeping you down. Why on earth are these self serving pieces of shyte leaders not seen for who they are (race baiting, hustlers with no real agenda for improving race relations) by their black constituents?

Bioweapon 6 hours ago remove link

Why isn't she arrested for inciting violence? You know it's all aimed at White people and their businesses and homes of which the remain the vast majority across the state.

left blank 8 hours ago (Edited)

maxine waters refuses to live in Compton neighborhood she represents.

just like the others' in a long list of California politicians who take orders from the annual bohemian grove meeting of corporations , who then use taxpayer funded govt agencies to impose their list of 25 rules - to overthrow and topple the usa

to protect their tax exempt monopolies

say hello to the bribed politicians owned by these corporations

PGR88 25 minutes ago

In China’s Cultural Revolution, Mao and his extreme leftists sought to grab power and keep their opposition and public in a state of confusion by extremist political sloganeering, creating constant chaos, and attacking tradition and rule of law. They do it without fear of retribution because they cover themselves in sanctimony and victimhood.

Waters isn’t very smart, but she knows what she’s doing here.

optimator 6 hours ago (Edited)

a dedicated ruthless 10% of the population that means business is usually enough to grab control of the government. Russia 1918, American Revolution, etc.

[Apr 27, 2021] The Problem Is That Your Ideas Are Stupid -- Bill Maher Blasts Gullible Woke Millennials

Apr 25, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Something strange is occurring in the gutter of "liberal comedy"... After four years of constant attacks on anything 'Trumpian' and constant ignorance of anything 'Left', one man has begun to realize that there is plenty of farce on both sides of the aisle and virtue-signaling to your cocktail party co-conspirators just doesn't pay the bills anymore ( cough CNN cough ).

Last week, Comedian Bill Maher used his HBO show to highlight some awkward 'facts' and ask some uncomfortable questions about media and politicians approach to COVID .

This week, he has taken aim at the heart of the problem - American Millennials and Gen Z and their total ignorance of history.

"In India, young people touch old people's feet to show reverence. In Japan, there's a national 'respect for the aged' day.

You know the reason why advertisers in this country love the 18-34 demographic... because it's the most gullible .

A third of people under 35 say they're in favor of abolishing the police ...not defunding, but doing away with a police force altogether... which is less of a policy position and more of a leg tattoo.

36% of Millennials think it might be a good idea to try Communism... but much of the world did try it... I know most of Millennials think that doesn't count because they weren't alive when it happened... but it did happen, and there are people around who remember it. Pining for communism is like pining for BetaMax or MySpace.

So when you say 'you're old, you don't get it', get what? Abolish the police? ...and the Border Patrol? ... and Capitalism? ... and cancel Lincoln?

No, "I get it"... the problem isn't that I don't get what you're saying or that I'm old. The problem is that your ideas are stupid .

If you say "let's eat in the bathroom and shit in the kitchen" , yeah, that's a new idea, but I wouldn't call it interior design.

You think someone 80 is hopeless because they can’t use an iPhone? Maybe the one who is hopeless is the one who can’t stop using it .

You think I'm out of it because I'm not on Twitch? Well maybe I 'get Twitch' but I just think people watching other people play video games is a waste of fucking time .

20% of Gen Z agree with the statement that "society would be better off if all property was owned by the public and managed by the government" and another 29% say 'they don't know if that's a good idea'...

Here's who does know... anyone who wasn't born yesterday!"

Watch the full monologues here (timestamped to begin at 5:13)


Manthong 8 hours ago (Edited)

You know when Bill Maher is right...

I hate when that happens.

But if you listen to the whole piece, he is shilling for a fool who is wholly owned and he is wrapping truth around deception and falsity... very crafty.

But that's what they do.

various2 5 hours ago

Billionaires do not allow their direct peasants millionaires to deviate from left-right allocation. If he utters a word of nationalism, he would be canceled fast.

Billionaires destroy America, and need firmly control over common peasants.

Money printing billionaires bought out all big tech and big media as fast as they become public.

Only Trump was allowed to speak certain limited truths like “China - enemy globalist proxyâ€, “Russia is America’s only ally on a planetâ€.

But that was an experiment in compromise that billionaires failed.

Macho Latte 4 hours ago (Edited)

Maher is part of the problem, not part of the solution. His salary depends on that. The only reason he has "changed" his tune is because he got permission to do it or he was told to do it.

DemonRats: The EVIL that lives among us.

Max Hunter 3 hours ago

He didn't change his tune that much, if you watch the first 5 minutes he is drooling all over Biden and shilling the orangeman bad mantra.

[Apr 27, 2021] ACLU Again Cowardly Abstains From Online Censorship Controversy- This Time Over BLM - ZeroHedge

Apr 27, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com

Enormous sums of money have poured into racial justice groups since the May, 2020 murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department. "The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year," according to a February Associated Press review , while at least $5 billion was raised by groups associated with that cause in the first two months alone following Floyd's death.

Two weeks after the Floyd killing, The New York Times said that the "money has come in so fast and so unexpectedly that some groups even began to turn away and redirect donors elsewhere," while "others said they still could not yet account for how much had arrived." Propelled by the emotions and nationwide protest movements that emerged last summer, corporations, oligarchs, celebrities and the general public opened their wallets and began pouring money into BLM coffers and have not stopped doing so.

Where that money has gone has been the topic of numerous media investigations as well as concerns expressed by racial justice advocates. AP noted that BLM's sharing of financial data in February "marks the first time in the movement's nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances." That newfound transparency was prompted by what AP called "longstanding tensions boil[ing] over between some of the movement's grassroots organizers and national leaders -- the former went public last fall with grievances about financial transparency, decision-making and accountability."

In December, ten local BLM chapters severed ties with the national group amidst questions and suspicions over the handling of activities and finances by one of its co-founders, Patrisse Cullors, who had assumed the title of Executive Director. On April 10, The New York Post published an exposé on what it called Cullors' "million-dollar real estate buying binge." The paper noted that as protests were unfolding around the country, the BLM official was "snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records," including a California property valued at $1.4 million. The article also revealed that the self-described Marxist and her partner "were spotted in the Bahamas looking for a unit at the Albany," an "elite enclave laid out on 600 oceanside acres," which "features a private marina and designer golf course." The Post included photos of several of the properties obtained from public real estate listings.

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How is it possible that the ACLU is all but invisible on one of the central free speech debates of our time: namely, how much censorship should Silicon Valley tech monopolists be imposing on our political speech? As someone who intensively reports on these controversies, I can barely remember any time when the ACLU spoke up loudly on any of these censorship debates, let alone assumed the central role that any civil liberties group with any integrity would, by definition, assume on this growing controversy.

In lieu of the traditional, iconic and organization-defining willingness -- eagerness -- of the ACLU to defend free speech precisely when it has been most controversial and upsetting to liberals , what we now get instead are cowardly, P.R.-consultant-scripted excuses for staying as far away as possible: "We don't have anyone who is closely plugged into that situation right now so we don't have anything to say at this point in time." That sounds like something Marco Rubio's office says when asked about a Trump tweet or that a corporate headquarters would say to avoid an inflammatory controversy, not the reaction of a stalwart civil liberties group to a publicly debated act of political censorship.

In this particular case, it is not difficult to understand the cause of the ACLU's silence. They obviously cannot defend Facebook's censorship -- affirmatively defending the stifling of political speech is, at least for now, still a bridge too far for the group -- but they are petrified of saying anything that might seem even remotely critical of, let alone adversarial to, BLM activists and organizations. That is because BLM is one of the most cherished left-liberal causes, and the ACLU now relies almost entirely on donations and grants from those who have standard left-liberal politics and want and expect the ACLU to advance that ideological and partisan agenda above its nonpartisan civil liberties principles. Criticizing BLM is a third rail in left-liberal political circles, which is where the ACLU now resides almost entirely, and thus it again cowers in silence as another online act of censorship which advances political liberalism emerges. Indeed, BLM is an organization which the ACLU frequently champions:

https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1345883403128856576&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fpolitical%2Faclu-again-cowardly-abstains-online-censorship-controversy-time-over-blm&sessionId=d93f8c4274ab59525c7fefb779e3f7824faf4be4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ff2e7cf%3A1618526400629&width=550px

Like so many liberal-left media outlets and advocacy groups, the ACLU was suffering financially before they were saved and then enriched beyond their wildest dreams by Donald Trump and the #Resistance movement he spawned. "The American Civil Liberties Union this week laid off 23 employees, about 7 percent of the organization's national staff," announced The Washington Post in April, 2015. But in the Trump era, the money flowed in almost as quickly and furiously as post-Floyd money to BLM. In February, 2017, said AP , the group "is suddenly awash in donations and new members as it does battle with President Donald Trump over the extent of his constitutional authority, with nearly $80 million in online contributions alone pouring in since the election." So that is the donor base it now serves.

The ACLU's we-know-nothing routine for abstaining from commenting on Facebook's censorship of the BLM article is, for so many reasons, preposterous. The group funds what it calls its Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and some of its best lawyers oversee it. Clearly they focus on these issues. And the ACLU in general has taken a firm and borderline-absolutist position against online censorship by Silicon Valley monopolies: principles whose application to this particular case would be easy and obvious. The ACLU has a section of its website devoted to "Internet Speech," and its position on such matters is stated explicitly :

The ACLU believes in an uncensored Internet, a vast free-speech zone deserving at least as much First Amendment protection as that afforded to traditional media such as books, newspapers, and magazines .The ACLU has been at the forefront of protecting online freedom of expression in its myriad forms. We brought the first case in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared speech on the Internet equally worthy of the First Amendment's historical protections.

In a July, 2018 article published on the group's site entitled "Facebook Shouldn't Censor Offensive Speech," the group praised Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's controversial pledge "to keep Facebook from diving deeper into the business of censorship" as "the right call."

Unlike in response to the BLM controversy, the ACLU had no trouble back then recognizing that "what's at stake here is the ability of one platform that serves as a forum for the speech of billions of people to use its enormous power to censor speech on the basis of its own determinations of what is true, what is hateful, and what is offensive." The ACLU's stated policy on these controversies could not have been clearer: "given Facebook's nearly unparalleled status as a forum for political speech and debate, it should not take down anything but unlawful speech, like incitement to violence. " In light of that principle, how is it remotely hard to denounce Facebook's censorship of the Post 's article given that it does not even arguably fall within the scope of those narrow exceptions?

Because the ACLU still employs a few old-school civil libertarians among its hundreds of lawyers and staff, those employees manage to do work and express views that are consistent with the ACLU's old-school civil liberties agenda even when contrary to the interests of liberal politics. But the tactics used by the ACLU in those cases to downplay or hide those aberrations are as transparent as they are craven.

When three Silicon Valley monopolies united to remove the social media app Parler from the internet in January, 2021 after influential Democratic lawmakers demanded it -- one of the most brute acts of monopolistic censorship yet -- an ACLU lawyer, Ben Wizner, was cited in The New York Times as labelling Parler's destruction "troubling," telling the paper: "I think we should recognize the importance of neutrality when we're talking about the infrastructure of the internet." But on the ACLU's highly active and influential Twitter account -- the group's primary platform for promoting its work, expressing its views, and soliciting donations, where it has two million followers and often tweets up to fifty times a day -- the group said absolutely nothing about the removal of an entire social media app from the internet:

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4 hours ago

The ACLU was founded in the 1920's by a group of leftist lawyers for the purpose of providing legal support for Communists. That is all one needs to know to understand what they are all about. play_arrow 27 play_arrow


MRob 2 hours ago

Listen to the interview of Ira Glasser with Rogan, he's the former head of the ACLU and guy who really transformed it from a small enterprise to an household name. Listen and it becomes clear he's a frothing at the mouth left wing ideologue, and a fcking hypocrite at that. He entire argument about not enacting laws to ban free speech, is that if you do, you opponents (on the right) will be able to use those laws against you. Which leads to the obvious conclusion - it is OK to restrict your opponents free speech, if they cannot do the same to yours, so the goal is to manoeuvre yourself into that position. As the left has done today. He didnt mention that it was morally unacceptable to ban free speech, and that it leads to totalitarian evils. The concept of a free market of ideas, wasnt discussed once.

At another point in the discussion, he said that everything in politics could be interpreted in multiple ways, that there is never an absolute "correct" everyone will agree on. And then later he said that it was a fact that a vote for Trump was a vote for racism, white supremacism, bigotry etc. An absolute fact, that you just couldnt argue with. WTF. I stopped listening at that point. I was interested to begin with, but by the end, and on further reflection of the discussion, I despise the man with a passion.

Ms. Erable 4 hours ago (Edited) remove link

'Stalwart civil liberties group'?

Back away from the crack pipe, dude. The (((ACLU))) has never been about civil liberties. play_arrow

hegger 3 hours ago (Edited)

So much LGBTQ+ symbolism.

These people create both an individual and a collective identity based solely on what they do with their d1cks/vag1nas in their free time.

That's it. Lizard brain stuff. No greater ideals, no thousand-year philosophy, no plans for the future, no interest in science or the arts.


[Apr 26, 2021] The United States of 2 Americas

Apr 26, 2021 | turcopolier.com

If you haven't noticed, the United States is reorganizing itself into two Americas -- blue and red. Although there is a president of the United States, state governors are in many ways now driving the national narrative in this new America.

The president and the vice president are who they are now because six Republican-controlled states forwarded questionable electoral votes, and Vice President Mike Pence missed a historic opportunity to challenge those votes. The current president and vice president seem trapped in foggy and abstract ideological slogans rather than providing executive leadership. Vague generalities and virtue signaling aren't replacements for executive leadership.

And who are the true executive leaders of the two Americas? Florida and Texas on one side, California and New York on the other side. Their governors essentially dominate the bully pulpit formerly occupied by a sitting president. Many of the rest of the American states have aligned with one side or the other.

The American political conversation has become a modern Dr. Seuss's "Sneetches With Stars" on steroids as Americans are now beginning to group, assemble, and march separately according to our ideologies. Both sides have equal ownership of this behavior -- neither side should be excused or let off the hook on this matter.

Two Americas/Two Systems

A part of this blue/red separation is the manifest " Digital Apartheid " that is being applied by the blue side to the red side to create two social media systems. This Digital Apartheid is pervasive and driven by the new, vicious, lockstep, "social justice" mantra that has taken over the automatons who lead U.S. social media.

We are experiencing an unprecedented shakedown by groups such as Black Lives Matter ( BLM ) and Antifa who broadcast through their relentless bullhorn of social media and old media.

There are now two business systems in America -- blue and red. Many of the businesses that lead major market sectors have now revealed themselves to be de-facto thought police to enforce Social Justice.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is the poster child of this, as he has been targeted for elimination by the self-appointed high priests of "wokism."

We're also finding out there are two financial systems in America, as those with capital now act as the gatekeepers of who receives capital and who is excluded. Bank of America has become "Bank of who I decide to allow access to the capital system." That's a far cry from the intent of its founder, who wanted to make sure all had access. The modern bank staff has now become an appendage of the virtue-signaling synchronized chorus.

There are now two media systems in America. The Hollywood award shows are now a Roman circus of self-loathing, lecturing, and virtue signaling. Few are watching these award shows -- in fact, few are watching legacy media as ratings collapse.

It's curious from an agnostic business perspective how CNN even survives at this point in time. Somehow the citizen's pocketbook is being fleeced by corporations and advertisers who recycle ad revenue through "woke" media to keep them alive when it's patently obvious the viewership has imploded -- but that's the beauty of the new era of crony capitalism (which is a transition phase to socialism).

The citizens of our nation have consciously or unconsciously chosen sides. If you're angry at yourself for not being woke enough and have righteous virtue-signal signs in your yard lauding BLM, you're likely on the blue side. If the drivel of virtue signaling makes no sense to you, you're probably on the red side.

  1. Fred says: April 25, 2021 at 11:07 am

    The author of the article you link too is a bit late to his wokening. It is a digital iron curtain; I commented on that here almost a year ago. His initial comments on " trapped in foggy and abstract ideological slogans rather than providing executive leadership." are off. They are imposing by executive action precisely the cultural transformations their ideology demands.

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    • Pat Lang Pat Lang says: April 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      fred "They are imposing by executive action precisely the cultural transformations their ideology demands." Totally

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      • Avatar PRC90 says: April 26, 2021 at 3:33 am

        It would be interesting to further divide these transformations into those sourced from their own ideology and those derived from the corporate sponsors behind their PAC oxygen supply. Both subsets would contain interesting lists of names and connections.

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        • Avatar Carey says: April 26, 2021 at 1:35 pm

          > and those derived from the corporate sponsors behind their PAC oxygen supply. <

          There you go. Woke-ism is an *Elite* project; one of the many, many tentacles of Divide and Rule.

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  2. Avatar EEngineer says: April 25, 2021 at 11:10 am

    We already have the command economy, and command media, of a socialist state. The mechanism just has a stage of indirection, to borrow a term from the software world. If you're a money losing business of any kind you can always raise money by floating shares or issuing bonds that are miraculously bought by "the market", ahem, Blackrock. That they get to skim their vig in the process is a "feature not a bug". Business then devolves into a contest to see who can be most craven to the official party narrative. With the Fed printing money in the form of zero interest "loans" to insider controlled hedge funds and investment banks like it was going out of style, this can continue until the dollar inflates away or the Fed, through the banks, owns just about everything. Market Socialism!

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  3. Avatar Steve+G says: April 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Excellent analysis of the current state of the Red vs Blue situation. I live in the epicenter of The ongoing SJW disaster , Minneapolis. The Downtown, which was once lauded as " the Minny Apple", is no more. Between the Covid and Chauvin trial it is an ongoing disaster.

    I walk the skyway system twice a week yearly and Have done so for 50 years. Approximately 150k People used to work there with all the attendant Amenities. Stores restaurants bars etc. were the Lifeblood of the ever growing and liveable space. On a 2 to 3 mile walk through the 8 plus mile Labyrinth I might encounter 50 to 100'people if That. Noon hour used to be in the thousands.

    Two retail stores, Target and Walgreens, the only Two open. Fights and assaults common near those Stores. The defund clowncil rescinded the no Loitering ordinance. This is the result.

    All major store fronts have been boarded Up and the world has seen the fencing and Barricades everywhere. The future here is bleak Indeed. The Mayoral and council are up for Re-election this November. If no changes the U-haul caravans and for sale signs will sprout Like the proverbial mushrooms. It was a nice Run despite the climate.

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    • Avatar Deap says: April 25, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      That is such a sad report. On a visit to Minneapolis a few years back staying at a downtown hotel (the converted bank hotel) We hit the streets the next morning looking for breakfast, only to find almost no street life in this major city. How strange we thought, for such a major and apparently healthy looking city.

      It was only later in the day we learned street life was all going on inside the remarkable Skyway – what a magical world that was, and what a perfect way to create year round community vitality.

      You can join the rapid decline of California city street life too – taken over by vagrants, closed shops and sad out door dining operations. And a recent rash of crazy people with guns, knives, obscene conduct in public, gang fights and out of control vehicles jumping curbs and running into flimsy restaurant parklets..

      Something has clearly gone very wrong in pubic decorum and decency expectations. But we do have docks for electric bicycles. So you can at least try to get away faster than if by toot.

  4. Avatar Eric Newhill says: April 25, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    IMO, the article glossed over the risk posed by big corporations moving from storing their data on "the cloud/AWS" in today's revolutionary political alliance with big biz, especially the tech biz and even more especially tech biz owned by "socially active" megalomaniacs like Bezos.

    I've recently been involved in some related corporate discussions. The lure of cost savings and scalability represented by the cloud is swaying decision making in its favor. No one seems to be seriously looking at the downside. Once the data and extract/reporting processes are out on AWS, if the political activist powers that be decide they don't like a corporation for whatever reason, they have that corporation's ability to access the data and do business held hostage. That would be a nuclear sized disaster in an industry sector like insurance, but is, really, pretty damaging to any industry since everything about business is now highly data driven. If Bezos decides to shut you out, you're done for. You would not be able to re-build internal infrastructure in time to save your operation.

    Would a Bezos pull that trigger? I think so, when the time is "right".

    Look at how companies like Nike are willing to alienate 50% of their potential customer base. Ditto Facebook, professional sports The list of woke kamikaze corporations is growing longer every day. They appear willing to take the losses if it beats their enemy ("deplorables" like you and me) into compliance in the long run.

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    • Avatar Deap says: April 25, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      At one time, Dutch corporations ruled the globe too. Look what happened to them, and they invented the darn things.

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  5. Avatar John+Merryman says: April 25, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    While I agree woksterdom is a mile wide and an inch deep, the other side of the coin is that we are not going back to some proverbial happy place. American culture(why is the United States the only country in the world without a term specifying the citizen? No United Statian.) is built on several centuries of geographic, economic, industrial and technological growth, topped off with 40 years of exponential debt to keep the party going. What happens when we try looking inward?

    We are not the Old World, with millennia of cultural history to fall back on, when he current civil structures implode. Contrary to Dick Cheney, debt doesn't matter, until it does. We are determined to max out the national credit card and the most everyone seems to do, is point to the other guy wasting it, not looking in the mirror.

    I've been saying for over a decade, our kids are not going to be wondering what side of whichever Middle Eastern conflict we will be pouring money and material, but how many countries the US break into. Now it is happening. As for a deeper observation, logically a spiritual absolute would be the essence of sentience, from which we rise, not an ideal of wisdom and judgement, from which we fell. The fact we are aware, than the details of which we are aware. The Ancients were not ignorant of monotheism, but as there was no division between culture and civics, it equated with monoculture. One people, one rule, one god. Democracy and republicanism originated in pantheistic cultures, as that was how they modeled multicultural societies, with many aspects and distinctions, from two sexes to the regeneration of the population. The Romans adopted Christianity as the Empire solidified and any remnants of the Republic were shed. Though the Trinity was a nod to the Greek year gods. Father, son, mother. Consequently the default political model for the West, for the next 1500 years, was feudalism and monarchy, all about the Big Guy at the top. When the West went back to more populist forms of government, it required the separation of church and state, culture and civics. The problem with confusing the ideal with the absolute, is that it creates the belief one's aspirations should be universal and beyond question. An ideological basis for both the current left and right. Though the pendulum swings back and forth, depending on the momentum. Where are we today? Is anyone about to seriously question their cultural assumptions, or just keep blaming the other side?

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    • Avatar Eric Newhill says: April 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      John, It's an old Cosa Nostra trick. Get them in debt to you and then pull the plug. When they can't pay, ruthlessly take control of the business.

      Speaking of La Cosa Nostra, something that impressed me, negatively, about Italy, especially the South, is how there isn't even sufficient electrical power for people to properly bath or wash their clothes. So much for the strength of ancient cultures. People in the US take way too much for granted. We suffer from something like "Affluenza" and are committing cultural suicide nit picking our collective conscience because we don't realize that we have already pretty much achieved relatively as close as humans can get to utopia.

      1929 isn't ancient history, unimageable today. It is only an idiotic decision or two away, and idiotic decisions are now the norm because an exceedingly ideological government is trusted by 50% and seizing control anyhow.

      Totally agree that the current economic policy is not sustainable. Only wise and cautious leadership could steer us back to a sustainable path. We don't have any of that.

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  6. Avatar Sam says: April 25, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    IMO, we don't have socialism. What we have seen over the past 50 years is a steady evolution to classic fascism. The merging of Big Business and Big Government. The merging of the National Security State and Big Corporate & Financial Interests.

    The pandemic response exemplifies it best. The government through edict shut down and bankrupted small businesses while they allowed big business and big finance to further consolidate their market power. We now have the most concentrated market power in American history. Even greater than a century ago which led to the reforms like anti-trust and Glass-Steagall, which have all been successfully eroded. We now have the greatest wealth inequality and concentration of economic and political power.

    The 2 Americas is the tale and theater designed to further entrench power. The bottom 90% in both blue & red America have allowed themselves to be enslaved, precisely because of their infatuation with narrow cultural identities and the faux culture wars.

    The behind-the-scenes puppeteers of both blue & red America are the same. Obama used the race and BLM canard to political gain. His personal social network however are the Richard Branson's and David Geffen's. His own $12 million home is on "white supremacist" Martha's Vineyard. Trump sold the Deplorables on Draining the Swamp and then proceeded to hire the Swamp to run his administration. Mitch McConnell epitomizes the duplicity.

    The left/right, Red/Blue, Liberal/Conservative faux battles are precisely the entertainment that the "owners" as George Carlin labeled them want, to keep the bottom 90% distracted & divided. What has changed from the Roman "bread & circuses"?

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    • Avatar Carey says: April 26, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      >IMO, we don't have socialism. What we have seen over the past 50 years is a steady evolution to classic fascism. The merging of Big Business and Big Government. The merging of the National Security State and Big Corporate & Financial Interests.<

      Agree. This isn't socialism at all; it's capital- F Fascism.

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    • Avatar Eric Newhill says: April 25, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      Andrei, Never under-estimate the stupidity of the typical American.

      My grandfather barely survived the Armenian genocide, made his way to America, joined the Army, was so strac he was promoted directly from private to sergeant in WW1. After service, he organized Armenian business owners in Detroit to arm themselves and successfully fight off the Purple Gang (a Jewish mafia, predecessors of the Italian mafia in Detroit). He made actually money during the depression. Real tough guy.

      He was offered an opportunity to invest in Disney Land (world?) on initial offering. He laughed it off as a con. Who would pay good money to travel across the country to spend time with unskilled actors in stupid cartoon mouse costumes? My father, another street wise tough guy, WW2 vet, and by that time, an attorney and advisor to the family, agreed. Idiotic concept.

      When I was a young man my father and I sat down and did a ballpark calculation of what that offering would have been worth, at present, had my grandfather gone for it. It was a staggering amount. It was a lesson the old man wanted me to learn.

      I understand what you are saying about "big tech" versus the real thing. However, the so called big tech people don't need to be very real or stellar to be highly influential. True quality has always been, and only can be, appreciated by a small few. The masses are always appeased by shallow, crude, garbage. It's a sad truth that the few tend to overlook, because it's offensive to them. Cynics exploit it.

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  8. Avatar J says: April 26, 2021 at 6:53 am

    If the Nation has were to fracture into a United States Red, and a United States Blue. Who gets the Pentagon? Or would they even want it?

[Apr 24, 2021] Stockman- Triumph Of The Woke Mob Led By Two Doddering Old Fools - ZeroHedge

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Stockman: Triumph Of The Woke Mob Led By Two Doddering Old Fools BY TYLER DURDEN THURSDAY, APR 22, 2021 - 06:25 PM

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

Events of the last few days have made one thing crystal clear: The Democratic Party (and therefore the nation) is being led by two doddering old fools who should be domiciled in a rest home, not the Oval Office and the Speaker's Chamber.

How that baleful reality coexists with Wall Street's expectation of an awesome economic future and stock prices which never stop rising to the sky is one of the great enigmas of our times. Or maybe it's just because $10 trillion of fiscal and monetary "stimulus" in the past year can turn the proverbial sow's ear into a silk purse. For a time.

By now, of course, we expect idiocy from Sleepy Joe, especially on the economic front.

Accordingly, at his virtual global summit he will be reading-out from the White House teleprompter the demented agenda of the Climate Change Howlers. Therein he will promise to cut greenhouse gases by 50% by the end of this decade, which calamity we can also promise would cut America's debt-entombed economy to its knees.

That comes after Tuesday's White House contretemps when he first prayed for a guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial even as the jury was sitting in its deliberations, and then, afterwards, made the risible claim that this tragedy was the spawn of systemic racism.

In fact, Nanny State over-reach was the underlying cause of George Floyd's arrest and unjust death -- just as it is the source of most of America's unfortunate violence between police and unarmed citizens, back, white and otherwise.

In both cases, of course, we find Sleepy Joe fronting for the hideous core agenda -- race baiting and climate hysteria -- of a Democratic Party which has lost its way and has been taken over by a camarilla of woke zealots.

Indeed, if there were any doubt about the latter, Nancy Pelosi's truly venal deification of George Floyd should remove it once and for all.

Yes, the man was a victim, but he was also a drug-addicted criminal lout and grifter, who deserves no place of honor anywhere; and who's estranged family deserves sympathy and support, but not a $27 million gift of blood money from a woke city council that takes Minneapolis one step closer to its demise every time it meets.

"And thank God, the jury validated what we saw, what we saw," Pelosi said in front of the U.S. Capitol Building as she delivered remarks with the Congressional Black Caucus. "So, again, thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom. How heart-breaking was that? To call out to your mom, 'I can't breathe.' But because of you – and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice – your name will always be synonymous with justice."

For crying out loud. George Floyd didn't sacrifice himself in the cause of justice. He got hopped up on a lethal dose of fentanyl and then foolishly resisted arrest when the original officers on the scene attempted to place him in the backseat of a squad car.

That is to say, the entire narrative culminating in Nancy Pelosi's hideous idolization of George Floyd has been blatantly wrong from the get go. This case is not about racial justice at all, to say nothing of striking a blow against so called "white privilege".

For want of doubt, we need to repeat the facts. That's because they show that episodes like the George Floyd case do not fit the stereotypes of either the BLM and its race-card playing progressive/Dem allies or, for that matter, the Foxified Right's knee-jerk defense of the nation's over-empowered, over-budgeted, over-militarized police.

Needless to say, the George Floyd case was not an aberration. During the recent past there were 38 such police killings of unarmed black citizens in 2015, and then 19, 21, 17 and 9 during 2016 through 2019, respectively. That's 104 black lives lost to the ultimate abuse of police powers.

Of course, the number should be zero police killings of unarmed citizens. There is no conceivable excuse for heavily armed cops -- -usually working in pairs or groups -- to cause the death of lone, unarmed civilians, regardless of race or anything else.

And in this case that was especially so, and not withstanding several mitigating factors.

For instance, the Minneapolis police officers originally attempted to put George Floyd safely in the back seat of a squad car after his arrest for the petty crime of attempting to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, but he resisted them intensely for up to five minutes. That's plain as day in the other videos -- those from the cops' body-cams.

The trial evidence from these body-cams also showed that during this struggle around the squad car Floyd said he couldn't breath six times owing to a severe medical reaction to the fatal level of fentanyl in his blood and the methamphetamines that he had ingested shortly before the incident. These reactions were surely compounded by the man's "severe" and "multifocal" arteriosclerotic heart disease and clinical history of hypertension, which the Minneapolis medical examiner said was the underlying cause of his death.

Yet after Floyd was cuffed and placed prone on the street, as he himself had requested, and the officers had called for an ambulance owing to his obvious medical distress, the arrest went haywire and Chauvin exposed himself to Manslaughter 2, at least, for no plausible or justifiable reason.

That's because Floyd had been unarmed throughout the incident, was hand-cuffed and incapable of flight or harming others and was surrounded by four armed officers. Accordingly, he was no threat to them, nor anyone else, and he therefore presented no policing reason for the extended knee-hold on the back of his neck -- especially after the surrounding crowd had warned the police that Floyd was in self-evident dire distress.

So as we see it, Chauvin's conviction on second degree manslaughter does indeed comport with the Minnesota statute, which reads as follows:

..by the person's culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk , and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another;

But here's also where the Woke/Progressive Left narrative goes even more haywire. Floyd's death was due to an arrest which shouldn't have happened and bad police behavior that has nothing to do with race .

As to the former point, what should have been on trial in this case was not "systemic racism", but the Nanny State for grotesquely excessive use of force to enforce a petty counterfeiting complaint that should not be police business in the first place. It's the job of retail store owners to handle petty counterfeiters or people who unknowingly pass bad greenbacks and to absorb the cost of self-protection just like they do in the case of refusing charges on bad credit cards.

So there is zero reason why George Floyd should ever have been arrested.

As to bad police behavior, you do not have to look too hard to see that it's essentially color-blind and that being non-black is no guarantee against the same unjust fate.

During the same five-year period in which 104 black lives were lost, a total of 127 unarmed white lives were wasted by the police, as well. That included 32 white killings in 2015 followed by 22, 31, 23 and 19 in 2016 through 2019, respectively.

Overall, 302 unarmed citizens were killed by the police during those five years, with the balance accounted for by 71 deaths among Hispanic and other victims. That is, the real issue is illegal and excessive police violence, not racial victimization.

Indeed, the fact that 34% of these police killings involved black citizens compared to their 13% share of the population is not primarily a sign of racism among police forces, although it is continuously construed to be.

It's actually evidence that the Nanny State, and especially the misbegotten War on Drugs, is designed to unnecessarily ensnare a distinct demographic -- young, poor, often unemployed urban citizens -- in confrontations with the cops, too many of which become fatal.

Alas, young black males are disproportionately represented among this particular inharms'-way demographic, and that's the reason they are "disproportionately" represented in the 302 cases cited above.

Stated differently, the Nanny State results in too many black victims of plain old injustice, even if that is not necessarily the intent of the crusaders and zealots who have launched the state into anti-liberty wars on drugs, vice and victimless iniquities and peccadillos.

That is to say, statism in the sphere of law and order is every bit as dysfunctional as it is in the realm of economics, yet neither conservatives nor progressives recognize it.

Conservatives want way too much law and police empowerment in the service of cultural norms that are none of the state's damn business in the first place; and progressives confuse the often brutal and unjust over-reach of law enforcement agencies as a manifestation of racism, when it is actually just policing expectorations in behalf of inappropriate missions such as the enforcement of drug laws.

Indeed, the main trouble in America today is not overt racism or even simmering racial animosity. The real evil is the relentless aggrandizement of state power in the form of the Nanny State -- a conflation of too many laws, crimes, cops, arrests and thereby opportunities for frictions between the state and its citizenry and for abuse by the gendarmes vested with legal use of violence.

In a word, some citizens sometimes can't breathe their last breath because in far too many instances liberty can't breathe in today's unhinged Nanny State, either.

Among the most recent notorious cases, of course, are George Floyd's fatal arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill; Eric Garner (NYC 2014), subdual for selling untaxed cigarettes; Rayshard Brooks for falling asleep drunk in his car at a subsequently incinerated Wendy's in Atlanta; and Breonna Taylor of Louisville for being awake in her own apartment at 1:30 AM when police barged in with guns blaring in a drug enforcement raid.

These are anecdotal cases, of course, but the big picture statistics tell the same story. In the most recent year of complete data (2018), there were 9.3 million arrests in the US excluding traffic enforcement charges of DUI. Yet among this massive number of arrests, those involving serious crimes against persons and property accounted for just 521,000 or 5.6%. These included:

That's it. That's the contribution to core public safety delivered by the 850,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the USA -- about 0.6 arrests per year for serious crimes per law enforcement officer.

As for what they were doing the rest of the time and the other 8,777,000 arrests that occurred in 2018, we can say this: They clearly provided more occasion for conflict between citizens and the gendarmes and for policing actions to go haywire, as in the George Floyd case, than any additional increments of public safety.

After all, the single largest category of arrests in 2018 was for drug abuse violations, which totaled 1,654,282.

In fact, while total arrests for all crimes in 2018 were no higher than they were in 1977 despite a 100 million/50% growth in the US population, and had actually dropped from a peak of nearly 13 million in 2006, the opposite trend was extant in the case of the nation's misbegotten War on Drugs arrests.

As shown by the chart below, drug arrests in 2018 were nearly at peak levels and were up by more than 171% since 1977 -- the vast majority of which are made for drug possession generally, and marijuana possession most often.

War on Drugs Arrests, 1980-2016

Not surprisingly, the next largest arrest category after drugs is one called "other assaults" for which 1,063,535 arrests were made in 2018. Yet the FBI's own definitions raise considerable doubts as to why these are even a proper matter for law enforcement by the state:

Other assaults (simple) - Assaults and attempted assaults where no weapon was used or no serious or aggravated injury resulted to the victim. Stalking, intimidation, coercion, and hazing are included.

Then, of course, we have all the victimless and vice crimes, including the following number of arrests:

The latter huge number tells you all you need to know. The UCR lists 27 enumerated categories of crime including all of those itemized above–plus the usual suspects like fraud and embezzlement for which there were about 135,000 arrests in 2018. Yet when the whole lists is exhausted, 32% of arrests occurred for crimes that are so minor even the FBI is embarrassed to enumerate them!

So, yes, we do think there are way, way too many crimes and cops, and that decriminalizing and de-funding law enforcement are the only route to reducing police violence.

But by the same token, the unwarranted and often mendacious racializing of police malfeasance, which the George Floyd case has brought to a fever pitch, will only insure retrogression. That is, it will unleash a blind rallying to the defense of law enforcement by conservative Republicans, blue collar whites and the Foxified Right, thereby insuring a continuing failure to attack and drastically curtail the Nanny State regime, which is the real source of policing injustice.

Of course, don't expect Nancy Pelosi or Sleepy Joe to be any more enlightened on the matter than Sean Hannity. These doddering old fools are now enthrall to the wokedom of the progressive-Left; and, as Maxine Water's blatant performance as agent provocateur in Minneapolis the night before the verdict makes clear, these people want the problem to fester and metastasize, not be alleviated.

Indeed, it is probably not too far fetched to say that Congresswoman Waters' call for a guilty verdict or else a new round of violent uprisings amounted to an insurance policy. Three guilty verdicts could not trigger the latter, but a judicial appeal resulting in a mistrial order surely would.

In other words, the Democratic Party has fallen into the grip of vicious leftist zealots and power-hungry authoritarians. And the events of the last two days suggest that two dangerously wrong-headed and ugly narratives -- -race-baiting and climate hysteria -- now stand at the center of the Dem agenda because the party's two supreme leaders are too weak and too senile to resist the mob.

So we'd say to the feverish punters of Wall Street, yes, embrace the putative Economic Boom impending and buy the Greatest Financial Bubble in history, if you must.

But, really, if the events which culminated in Tuesday's triumph of mob justice do not scare the living bejesus out of you, then, well, you probably deserve to suffer the thundering financial gotterdammerung which is surely coming your way. 60,006 194 NEVER MISS THE NEWS THAT MATT

[Apr 22, 2021] What Do -Woke- Anti-Racists Believe- Here's Three Things You Need To Remember - The National Interest

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What Do "Woke" Anti-Racists Believe? Here's Three Things You Need To Remember

"If we truly believe that all humans are equal, then disparity in condition can only be the result of systemic discrimination."

by Jarrett Stepman

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In our summer of discontent, of protests and then riots in what many view as a racial reckoning following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, we've seen previously radical ideas such as defunding the police become the norm.

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Not only that, we've seen liberal institutions such as The New York Times bow before "woke" mobs and cancel all who don't conform to the whims of the radical left.

And we've seen corporate America almost universally endorse Black Lives Matter, a radical organization with Marxist roots.

But why?

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These trends haven't happened in a bubble.

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Two writers in particular have risen in popularity on the left, dominating national bestseller lists while gathering increased media attention: Robin DiAngelo, a lecturer and author of " White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism ," and Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University and author of " How to Be an Antiracist ."

Although their works are distinct, both writers promote an ideology they call "anti-racism."

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These two authors are shaping the modern discussion over "wokeness" and the ideas that are becoming politically mainstream in America, at least on the American left.

It's critical to have an understanding of what they believe.

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For instance, why would a mob opposed to white supremacy attack statues of both a slaveholder and an abolitionist?

Is this an example of mindless, wanton destruction? Or perhaps the rioters are embracing a larger set of ideas that creates a ruthless dichotomy between racists and anti-racists?

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Here are three key concepts to which the anti-racists have attached themselves.

1. Racism Redefined

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According to both DiAngelo and Kendi, there really are only two paths any person may take: racism or anti-racism. Being "not racist," as Kendi writes, is not good enough, nor does it mean one isn't a racist.

DiAngelo defines "white fragility," the topic of her book, as a process whereby white people return to "our racial comfort, and maintain our dominance within the racial hierarchy."

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"Though white fragility is triggered by discomfort and anxiety, it is born of superiority and entitlement," DiAngelo writes. "White fragility is not weakness per se. In fact, it is a powerful means of white racial control and the protection of white advantage."

Essentially, if a white person is uncomfortable talking about race or denies his fundamental whiteness, as well as his racism, he is guilty of white fragility.

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In fact, according to the arguments of both DiAngelo and Kendi, even a denial of racism can be construed as evidence of racism.

As several other writers, including Mark Hemingway at The Federalist , have noted, this is what's called a Kafka trap, a rhetorical device "where the more you deny something, the more it's proof of your guilt."

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DiAngelo and Kendi promote a racial variation of common oppressor versus oppressed narratives, seen in many traditional left-wing ideologies . Marxist economic ideology revolving around class is more or less replaced by race in a scenario where there are only winners and losers.

Kendi and DiAngelo argue that racism is not just an individual act of discrimination or prejudice toward a person or a people based on their race.

Instead, racism is redefined as a collective condition leading to inequities in society.

Kendi argues that those whom many Americans see as actual racists are far less dangerous than the real threat of widespread acceptance of color blindness. He writes:

The most threatening racist movement is not the alt right's unlikely drive for a White ethnostate but the regular American's drive for a 'race-neutral' one. The construct of race neutrality actually feeds White nationalist victimhood by positing the notion that any policy protecting or advancing non-white Americans toward equity is 'reverse discrimination.'

Kendi decries "assimilationists" as being essentially as bad as "segregationists."

Assimilation is the process by which group differences are reduced or eliminated within a society to form a common culture.

Kendi opposes the assimilationists, as he defines them, because he says they attribute behavior to the unequal outcomes for different races.

In fact, even asking the question of why different groups of people have statistically differing outcomes in a society may be construed as racist.

DiAngelo adopts Kendi's construction of racism, writing that "if we truly believe that all humans are equal, then disparity in condition can only be the result of systemic discrimination."

The argument essentially is that any racial discrepancies in society are examples of racism.

So, if a society has a disproportionate number of rich white people compared to rich black people, that is racism. If one race has a higher mortality rate from a disease than another, again the culprit is racism.

Kendi is, of course, highly selective in the statistics he cites to demonstrate that "there may be no more consequential White privilege than life itself."

As Coleman Hughes wrote for City Journal : "By selectively citing data that show blacks suffering more than whites, Kendi turns what should be a unifying, race-neutral battle ground -- namely, humanity's fight against deadly diseases -- into another proxy battle in the War on Racism."

Hughes, like Kendi, is black.

2. Colorblindness Is the Problem, and Racist

The concept of equal opportunity is fundamentally rejected by the doctrines of DiAngelo and Kendi. They argue that in a deeply racist society conditioned to white supremacy, equal opportunity under the law perpetuates only more inequality.

Both DiAngelo and Kendi rebuke the idea of colorblindness in how we treat race. DiAngelo does so more in a cultural sense. She argues that colorblindness is essentially a sign of white privilege, a manipulation of the message of Martin Luther King Jr. to perpetuate more racism.

"Color-blind ideology makes it difficult for us to address these unconscious beliefs," DiAngelo writes. "While the idea of color blindness may have started out as a well-intentioned strategy for interrupting racism, in practice it has served to deny the reality of racism and thus hold it in place."

White people must build their racial "stamina," DiAngelo argues, to overcome their white fragility.

The way for white people to do this is by recognizing, embracing, and critically examining collective "white identity" as an antidote to white fragility. DiAngelo writes that "as an insider," she can speak for the white experience, but that she uses her white identity as a way to "challenge racism."

DiAngelo lays on white people the responsibility -- the burden, one might say -- of attacking and defeating racism and "whiteness."

3. Racism Is Solved Through Discrimination

Kendi leans more strongly into creating laws that specifically promote anti-racism. To be effective, he says, they must be discriminatory.

Discriminatory laws, Kendi argues, can be desirable and in fact necessary as a way to promote equity:

If discrimination is creating equity, then it is anti-racist. If discrimination is creating inequity, then it is racist. Someone reproducing inequity through permanently assisting an overrepresented racial group into wealth and power is entirely different than someone challenging that inequity by temporarily assisting an underrepresented racial group into relative wealth and power until equity is reached. The only remedy to racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.

As long as the discriminatory finger is on the button of "equity," however Kendi and the anti-racists define it, it is good.

Christopher Caldwell, author of " The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties ," wrote for National Review that Kendi rejects the notion -- stemming from many civil rights advocates -- "that everything will be well as long as we treat people with equality, neutrality, and respect."

"It is illegitimate. It is a 'racist' obstruction," Caldwell added.

Kendi proposes an anti-racist amendment to the Constitution, which he wrote about in a short piece in Politico. It's worth quoting in full:

To fix the original sin of racism, Americans should pass an anti-racist amendment to the U.S. Constitution that enshrines two guiding anti-racist principals [sic]: Racial inequity is evidence of racist policy and the different racial groups are equals.

The amendment would make unconstitutional racial inequity over a certain threshold, as well as racist ideas by public officials (with 'racist ideas' and 'public official' clearly defined). It would establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees.

The DOA would be responsible for preclearing all local, state, and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

This proposal by Kendi effectively would end self-government and nullify the Bill of Rights. A cadre of intellectuals ensconced in the Department of Anti-racism would have the power to decide who can and can't run for office, and which laws can or can't be passed based on their interpretation of what is racist.

Again, racist being defined by Kendi as "one who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea."

Which policies fall under the rubric of being racist or anti-racist?

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All of them.

"Every policy in every institution in every community in every nation is producing or sustaining either racial inequity or equity," Kendi writes.

For those who believe they can escape the ugly culture war implications of these ideas and focus on economic or fiscal policies, it's worth noting that embracing socialism and fighting capitalism is a critical element in promoting anti-racism.

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An example of racist policy, Kendi writes, is lowering capital gains taxes .

Therefore, a supporter of lower capital gains taxes -- or even someone who isn't actively opposing lower capital gains taxes -- may be barred from running for or serving in office by a team of unaccountable bureaucrats in a permanently funded federal agency.

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On top of that, this agency would have the power to void passage of a lower capital gains tax in Congress.

Gone are notions of individual rights or limited self-government. Gone are constitutional protections of freedom of speech and association.

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[Apr 22, 2021] Pastors as black Bolsheviks: some black churches try to hold Home Depot hostage

"History Does Not Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes" -- Mark Twain (attributed). This is a naked fight for political power using very questionable means.
Marxist ideology revolving around class and special role of "proletariat" as the oppressed class which strives for liberation and overthow "oppressors" in order to build more a just society, is more or less replaced by race. In woke movement, blacks are the new proletariat.
Apr 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Corporations, especially those headquartered in Georgia, have come out against the legislation signed by Governor Kemp. Republicans describe the bill as one that addresses election integrity while Democrats call it a voter suppression law – "Jim Crow 2.0". Coca-Cola and Delta were among the first to make a point to virtue-signal after the governor signed the bill, only to be exposed as taking part in the process and giving input into the legislation. Both were fine with the law until the governor signed it and grievance activists did their thing. Coke soon discovered that not all of its consumers think that companies should be making policy – that 's the job of lawmakers- and now it is trying to clean up the mess it made for itself.

Churches have increasingly played a part in American politics and this is an escalation of that trend. Evangelical churches have shown support for conservative and Republican candidates while black churches get out the vote for Democrats. This threat of bringing a large-scale boycott over state legislation is a hostile action against the corporation. It's political theatre. Groups like Black Voters Matter, the New Georgia Project Action Fund (Stacey Abrams), and the Georgia NAACP are pressuring companies to publicly voice their opposition and the religious leaders are doing the bidding of these politically active groups.

When SB 241 and HB 531 were working through the legislative process, the groups put pressure on Republican lawmakers and the governor to abandon the voting reform legislation. They also demanded that donations to any lawmakers supporting the legislation be stopped. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce tried to remain bipartisan while still voicing support for voting rights but then caved and expressed "concern and opposition" to some provisions . At the time, several large Georgia companies were targeted by activists, including Aflac, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, Southern Company and UPS.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce previously reiterated the importance of voting rights without voicing opposition against any specific legislation. In a new statement to CNBC, the Georgia Chamber said it has "expressed concern and opposition to provisions found in both HB 531 and SB 241 that restrict or diminish voter access" and "continues to engage in a bipartisan manner with leaders of the General Assembly on bills that would impact voting rights in our state."

Office Depot came out at the time and supported the Chamber's statement. The Election Integrity Act of 2021, originally known as Georgia Senate Bill 202, is a Georgia law overhauling elections in the state that was signed into effect by the governor and we know what happened. Office Depot has not delivered for the activists as they demand so now the company faces boycott drama. The religious leaders are taking up where the activist groups left off.

African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Reginald Jackson said the company has remained "silent and indifferent" to his efforts to rally opposition to the new state law pushed by Republicans, as well as to similar efforts elsewhere.

" We just don't think we ought to let their indifference stand ," Jackson said.

The leader of all his denomination's churches in Georgia, Jackson had a meeting last week with other Georgia-based executives to urge them to oppose the voting law, but said he's had no contact with Home Depot, despite repeated efforts to reach the company.

Faith leaders at first were hesitant to jump into the boycott game. Now the political atmosphere has changed and they are being vocal. Jackson focused on pressuring Coca-Cola first. After that company went along to get along, before it realized its error, Jackson moved his focus onto other companies.

"We believe that corporations have a corporate responsibility to their customers, who are Black, white and brown, on the issue of voting ," Jackson said. "It doesn't make any sense at all to keep giving dollars and buying products from people that do not support you."

He said faith leaders may call for boycotts of other companies in the future.

So, here we are with Home Depot in the spotlight. There are four specific demands leveled at Home Depot in order to avoid further action from the activists.

Rev. Lee May, the lead pastor of Transforming Faith Church, said the coalition is "fluid in this boycott" but has four specifics requests of Home Depot: To speak out publicly and specifically against SB 202; to speak out against any other restrictive voting provisions under consideration in other states; to support federal legislation that expands voter access and "also restricts the ability to suppress the vote;" and to support any efforts, including investing in litigation, to stop SB 202 and other bills like it.

" Home Depot, we're calling on you. I'm speaking to you right now. We're ready to have a conversation with you. You haven't been ready up to now, but our arms are wide open. We are people of faith. People of grace, and we're ready to have this conversation, but we're very clear those four things that we want to see accomplished ," May said.

The Rev. Timothy McDonald III, senior pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church, warned this was just the beginning.

"It's up to you whether or not, Home Depot, this boycott escalates to phase two, phase three, phase four," McDonald said. "We're not on your property -- today. We're not blocking your driveways -- today. We're not inside your store protesting -- today. This is just phase one."

That sounds a lot like incitement, doesn't it? Governor Kemp is speaking out, he has had enough. He held a press conference to deliver his comments.

"First, the left came for baseball, and now they are coming for Georgia jobs," Kemp said, referring to MLB's decision to move this year's All-Star Game from Atlanta over the new laws. "This boycott of Home Depot – one of Georgia's largest employers – puts partisan politics ahead of people's paychecks."

"The Georgians hardest hit by this destructive decision are the hourly workers just trying to make ends meet during a global pandemic. I stand with Home Depot, and I stand with nearly 30,000 Georgians who work at the 90 Home Depot stores and 15 distribution centers across the Peach State. I will not apologize for supporting both Georgia jobs and election integrity," he added.

"This insanity needs to stop. The people that are pushing this, that are profiting off of it, like Stacey Abrams and others, are now trying to have it both ways," Kemp said. "There is a political agenda here, and it all leads back to Washington, D.C."

The governor is right. The activists are in it to federalize elections, not to look out for Georgians, who will lose jobs over these partisan actions. The law signed by Kemp increases voting rights, it doesn't limit them .

[Apr 20, 2021] Chauvin Judge Blasts -Abhorrent- Maxine Waters' Words; Says May -Result In This Whole Trial Being Overturned- - ZeroHedge

Apr 20, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

As Townhall.com's Spencer Brown details , Chauvin's lawyers pointed out that jurors were not sequestered during the case and therefore may not be free from outside influence in the form of news updates they may have inadvertently or purposefully seen along with ongoing violence in the community surrounding the Chauvin trial and approaching verdict.

Among their concerns, Chauvin's defense team pointed to Waters and her appearance with demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the weekend.

Even though the judge denied the defense's motion for mistrial, he highlighted the damage her rhetoric may have done, saying "Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned."

[Apr 19, 2021] Perhaps the Biden presidency is the first woke/cancel culture one in history.

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Stonebird , Apr 19 2021 20:33 utc | 36

Perhaps the Biden presidency is the first woke/cancel culture one in history. Not ( necessarily ) for the sexual part, but because wokism is emotional not rational. What is happening in the deep recesses of the Blinken or Biden mind is based on absolute certainty and emotionally ingested tripe.

The original Deep State and democratic manipulation was to give the population a binary "choice" between Trump-bad and Putin-Bad. Any third possibility, that neither were as " bad as all that " was not spoken of in the MSM. For four years, both "choices" were hammered by the Democrats into the supine brains of the US masses. which has given rise to "automatic" and forceful unthinking attitudes. ( All bad because I say so and I am right, and I know I am right because I say so ). It is the basis of our censorship culture. Over four years they have brainwashed themselves as much as the "plebs" .

Then the Democrats "won" the election with a bit of help from the deep state, and found themselves in power.

When Blinken was anchoraged , he expected to tell the Chinese what to do, think and he possibly even expected the Chinese to take a knee to honour the "self-evidence" of his wisdom . He probably got into a hussy fit when they didn't agree with he knew emotionallly or had been told by the CIA, Bowder or Bidens favourite sweet-smellin' lobbyist. What Politicians now do is ; when in a stresssful position they revert to emotional dominated reactions and do not follow orders from the deep state, oligarchs or lobbies.

Now we come to Ukraine and Taiwan. For the center of the democratic party, Biden Pelosi, Blinken, what they "know" is all there is to know . So they don't listen to anyone .

The lobbies, military profit-makers and the Deep State are equally sure they know but they cannot change the brainwashing that they helped install in others.
Washington is emotional and the Intelligence/Military are the cold-killers. Whatever one says the other will contradict it. So we have a forked tongue "Adminstration".

What has happened and one of the aims of both Putin and Xi, is to move a "woke" adminstration out of it's comfort zone. Outside it's usual certitudes. The pressure will now be coming from East Eurasia. In many fields -
ie. Even the Czechs are already walking back their expulsion of Russian Diplomats as they hadn't expected a strong "retaliation". Tough for the five Czechs left in Moscow. All part of the plan to drive home that actions will have repercussions.

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Donbas? More shelling than ever before but the Russian red line is known. No Children or other civilians to be killed. There is a tweet available, with sounds of shelling in the background and children playing in the street ........ The Ukes have woken up to the fact that a sea "invasion" is possible and now are sending (fast !) tank loaded trains back towards Odessa.

[Apr 19, 2021] Jury in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Hears Closing Arguments

Notable quotes:
"... The guy with the badge didn't kill Floyd, he committed suicide by ingesting an overdose of Fentanyl. The Autopsy showed he had a level of 11ng/ml and 3 ng/ml is a Lethal Level. I don't see how the Medical Examiner didn't rule cause of death was Fentanyl. ..."
Apr 19, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Looks like a country is in deep, deep crisis. with various ethnic group incited against each other by reckless politicians.

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EDWARD HINES SUBSCRIBER 18 minutes ago (Edited)

Didn't the life of the 7 year old Chicago girl shot in the head while in line at a McDonalds by a gang member "matter"?
Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 14 minutes ago
Unfortunately not

If she had been shot by a Caucasian cop than it would matter

Yes I am sure - is shot or Caucasian the offending word of the day

EDWARD HINES SUBSCRIBER 6 minutes ago
Exploitation value is all that "matters" to these people.
Chloe Kelley SUBSCRIBER 10 minutes ago
Will that gang member go to jail? Will hundreds of people try to justify the murder as just. Was the little girl somewhere she shouldn't have been? Was she breaking the law? Was it past curfew?

These are questions no one asks when a little girl gets shot. Its obvious that murder is wrong. Her killer is caught and tried and goes to jail.

When I cop kills someone in cold blood in front of your eyes, you are still willing to and actually search for reasons other than the obvious. It isn't the murder but the reaction to it that people protest.

Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 5 minutes ago (Edited)
so its less new worthy and therefore better for a gang member to shoot a little girl than for a felon to die while resisting arrest

Interesting way to view things

Andrew T SUBSCRIBER 16 minutes ago (Edited)
Get ready for more Democrat riots. Remember Maxine Waters' "get more confrontational" call to protesters.
Jerome Ogden SUBSCRIBER 17 minutes ago
The daily threats and attacks on Chauvin defenders must be having a deep psychological impact on the unsequestered jury.

A guilty verdict for even the least serious charge of manslaughter will surely trigger an appeal of the decision not to allow a change of venue. And I believe it will have a good chance of success. Here's why:

Jack Ruby's conviction by a Dallas jury in 1964 for killing Oswald was overturned on appeal because Ruby's motion for a change of venue was denied. The appeals court judges recognized that holding the trial in Dallas denied Ruby an impartial jury, because jurors residing in that city would feel a unique duty to remove the stain that the Kennedy and Oswald assassinations had left on their city. (google)

Jurors residing in Minneapolis are human. They cannot be impartial under constant mob intimidation.

I'm betting the appeals court will grant Chauvin a new trial if found guity.

Anything less would mean our judicial system itself is bowing to mob rule.

RICHARD MARTIN SUBSCRIBER 21 minutes ago
"Beyond a reasonable doubt," is the legal bench mark, and it hasn't been met no matter how frustrated you are about the restraint technique used the police in this instance. Mr. Floyd's drug use was a contributing factor to his death whether Maxine Waters thinks so or not.
A. James Tagg SUBSCRIBER 22 minutes ago
Watching politicians gas light minorities is so funny to watch, just wait to see the results of the power vacuum created by the lack of a police presence in these communities. The result..... one of the worst crime waves that is just gonna SHRED they're community for years.
Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 16 minutes ago
crime in Minneapolis has been on the rise all year. At one point I remember an article in which the MInneapolis police chief asked for assistance from other law enforcement agencies because of all the retirements and lack of funding did not have enough cops to handle the crime ridden city
Jerome Abernathy SUBSCRIBER 29 minutes ago
At the point Floyd lost consciousness, Chauvin's partner checked Floyd and said he couldn't find a pulse, yet Chauvin stayed on his neck for over 3 minutes more. He knew Floyd was unconscious, he knew he had no pulse, yet he stayed on his neck. He didn't administer aid, he continued grind his neck into his neck. None of the other evidence matters for 2nd degree murder.
Violet Liskey SUBSCRIBER 25 minutes ago
Sufficient in my mind for a second degree manslaughter conviction.
Mac Moore SUBSCRIBER 23 minutes ago
Abernathy writes, "At the point Floyd lost consciousness, Chauvin's partner checked Floyd and said he couldn't find a pulse, yet Chauvin stayed on his neck for over 3 minutes more."

So, what? Are you looking for evidence to support your hate? How is that helpful? They jury has all of the facts. The Prosecutors and Defense delivered excellent arguments and supported them with facts. It seems all of your evidence is of only one perspective. The Jury has both. I will await their decision, not yours.

Rick Krieger SUBSCRIBER 23 minutes ago
And the Floyd family will skip town with $27 million from the citizens of Minnesota.
Bruce Rado SUBSCRIBER 11 minutes ago
Thank Chauvin for that. The city settled because the bar for a civil award is only "the preponderance of evidence," and anyone with two functioning eyes could see that Floyd's death was "wrongful," and that Chauvin's actions were the proximate cause of Floyd's death.
Ellyn Oys SUBSCRIBER 2 minutes ago (Edited)
That is the fascinating part. I awaiting news as to how they spend it. Will they start with a row of pink Cadillacs?
D REYNOLDS SUBSCRIBER 19 minutes ago
People who don't make a habit of getting high, committing crimes, then resisting arrest have nothing to worry about.
John Bartlett SUBSCRIBER 9 minutes ago
Especially after ingesting a lethal dose of Fentanyl, Floyd's blood showed 11 ng/ml and 3ng/ml is considered a lethal level.
BRUCE MONTGOMERY SUBSCRIBER 32 minutes ago
Interesting final arguments by the prosecution which just wrapped up.

Next up, the Defense, then rebuttal by the State before the case concludes and jury begins its deliberations.

The prosecution highlighted the pain suffered by Floyd under Chauvin's knee. Floyd complained that he couldn't breath and about the pain in his stomach and neck.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, symptoms relating to an "enlarged heart," often include shortness of breath and may also include chest pain, discomfort in other areas of the upper body (one or both arms, neck, back, stomach and severe shortness of breath which may indicate a heart attack), and fainting.

It is inexplicable, however, why Chauvin did not take his knee off Floyd when he had no pulse. . .

EDWARD HINES SUBSCRIBER 44 minutes ago
National Guard in DC are playing video games on their phones.

As Minneapolis is largely unprotected, sacrificed for a political agenda.

Violet Liskey SUBSCRIBER 45 minutes ago
Bad closing prosecutor argument is going to justify a stronger reaction if the decision does not go in the direction of the mob - we needed Steve to do a better job for all concerned
ted williams SUBSCRIBER 41 minutes ago
Which mob? The Jan 6 mob?? I'm confused
Kevin Burke SUBSCRIBER 37 minutes ago
The summer of love mob.
Richard Acuti SUBSCRIBER 52 minutes ago
The verdict and the sentence are irrelevant.
More rioting and violence will occur no matter the output of the trial.

This is a tragic tale of a lousy human being being killed by another lousy human being with a badge. Neither of these guys are any good.

John Bartlett SUBSCRIBER 45 minutes ago
The guy with the badge didn't kill Floyd, he committed suicide by ingesting an overdose of Fentanyl. The Autopsy showed he had a level of 11ng/ml and 3 ng/ml is a Lethal Level. I don't see how the Medical Examiner didn't rule cause of death was Fentanyl.
John Bartlett SUBSCRIBER 9 minutes ago
The Medical Examiner is at fault for not listing Fentanyl as the cause of death, Floyd's Autopsy showed he had 11 ng/ml and 3 is considered Lethal. An overdose of Fentanyl causes the persons respiration to slow and even stop and that's what happened to Floyd.
Jerome Abernathy SUBSCRIBER 28 minutes ago
"This is a tragic tale of a lousy human being being killed by another lousy human being with a badge."

Floyd was addicted to opioids like millions of other Americans. That didn't make him a lousy human. But, I do question what type of person would accuse him of such.

Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 26 minutes ago
he was also a felon who was in the process of committing a crime -

does that qualify as a lousy human?

Maria Thompson SUBSCRIBER 20 minutes ago
... Conviction for first degree home-invasion robbery where he pointed a gun at a pregnant woman's abdomen
the Media doesn't mention it much
EDWARD HINES SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Looting And burning Footlocker basketball shoe stores will make everything better.
paul grunder SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Maxine Waters was despicable in what she did by encouraging rioters. Then I also think Chris Cuomo of CNN should be fired for basically saying, unless white children are shot there will be no justice Why would anyone encourage the deaths of any children? We have a sicko nation. p's wife
Albert Griffith SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
The prosecution's closing argument is way too long. He's playing to the cameras.
EDWARD HINES SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
He wants a CNN show when this is all over.
mitch wilkerson SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
how much pressure was the knee on his back? That's the 64 dollar question. I see not enough to kill him but merely to restrain as he was high
Violet Liskey SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
I don't think there is any way to know - only the best guess of experts who may nor may not be influenced by other factors
Keith Dowling SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
I wonder, did the defense point out that G. Floyd said he couldn't breath before he was put on the ground? That seems to be proof that the restraining hold had nothing to do with his breathing issues.

The other factor is, what impact did the crowd have on delaying the paramedics in accessing and treating Mr. Floyd? They said they did a "load and scoot" due to the unruly crowd.

Mac Moore SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Dowling writes, "I wonder, did the defense point out that G. Floyd said he couldn't breath before he was put on the ground?"

Yes. The Defense has been excellent. Both desks, Defense / Prosecutors, presented their positions very well. The Jury has a good balance of facts and arguments to work with. I don't know how they will find, but my guess is that at least one or more jurors will not be able to conclude murder / manslaughter by the police.

EDWARD HINES SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
A 7 year girl in Chicagoland was shot in the head yesterday by a gang member and killed.

She was not fighting with police or under the influence of fentanyl.

Was in line at a McDonalds.

No media coverage.

D REYNOLDS SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
I read about it on Fox News. Didn't see it mentioned on CNN however.
karen graham SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
It's on CNN.
Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
so where are the "peaceful protests"
Thomas Fowler SUBSCRIBER 46 minutes ago

There won't be any because if a black is killed by another black, there's no political gain to be had. This just proves that black lives don't matter unless a white (or maybe Asian) is involved.
Gregory Weinman SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Based on the evidence I would acquit murder charges. Murder requires an intent the prosecution has not proven. Involuntary manslaughter in Minnesota is called manslaughter in the second degree. That seems the appropriate charge. Based on Officer Chauvin's negligence in the death of Mr Floyd I would convict.
Representative Waters was filmed inciting riot if the jury acquits on murder. She did this in Brooklyn Center MN, a city already in flames If Minneapolis erupts in riot will she face sanction or dismissal? I wouldn't bet on it.
Jerome Feldman SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago (Edited)
Is anything going to be done to protect the anonymity of the jurors...as is done in mob trials?
Not that anything can be done in this day and age. It is likely that the identity of each juror is already public knowledge.
(Mrs. JF)
M Ruri SUBSCRIBER 47 minutes ago
That is a major issue as to an appeal of the verdict I believe.... because many selected jurors did say they were worried about their safety in being selected.
John Harris SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Q: Why were those "9 minutes" necessary?
A: Because he had been successful in forcibly resisting arrest (involving the entire police force available) during the earlier 20 minutes ... just BEFORE!
...... Summary: It's that SIMPLE!
Violet Liskey SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago (Edited)
I think Floyd passed out at 20:24-5 and was not resisting for the last 3 mins of the 9 mins. And that is the best prosecutors case for at least second degree manslaughter.
Violet Liskey SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
So far prosecutor's closing argument has been disappointing - playing the jury -- by misleading claims 9:24, 9:24, 9: 24 or superhumans do not exist in real life or (I know, not the defense, what Chauvin knows) he knew, he knew, he knew, mock, mock, mock -- guess Steve figures the jury has the intelligence of 8 year-olds and he is willing to yank their strings .. although not saying he is wrong
Joseph Areeda SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
I can't help but think the reaction of the mob will hang over jury deliberations.

Imagine the press reaction if Trump had used language similar to Maxine Water's on Jan 5

We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business.
I pray Mr. Chauvin gets a fair verdict than depends on his actions and the law not on expected mob reactions, but I don't see how that's possible.
Girish Kotwal SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Will police officer Derek Chauvin get proper justice from a jury that is being ferociously intimidated to give a guilty verdict by an organized mob and filthy politicians like Maxine Watters? It will be the responsibility of the judge and the justice department to assure that the intimidation should have no influence on the verdict and the jury will be protected from any repercussions of their verdict no matter what it is. Jury protection measures should be in place until the mob calms down. I don't think that some of the organizations that were rioting which are the poodles of the Dems are going to be rioting no matter what the decision is because after the summer riots they got what they wanted which is the installation of Biden in the white house. So now they have their puppy in the white house and he is doing exactly what they want him to do.

The Dems have sowed the seeds of race wars and mass shootings that they cannot blame Trump. Crime is a crime and deserves to be punished.

karen graham SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago (Edited)
Do you know who the jurors are? This is obviously a high profile case, but who do you think is intimidating them?

And how did you get Trump into this?

D REYNOLDS SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Perhaps the mob gathering outside the courthouse?
Randall Digby SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
and a US Representative from the state of California that the moderators will not allow to be named.
Alan Pronesti SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago (Edited)
A couple of years ago I watched a documentary on PBS on African American voters, and it said that if Black participation rates in elections drops just a tiny % (don't remember the number) Democrats would get killed in elections. If it wasn't for that we wouldn't know who George Floyd is.

Once that changes the Democrats, Media, and Liberals will throw African Americans under the bus.

This is not about race it's all about elections for Democrats.

Michael Dulaney SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
No. It was if the death of Floyd was caused only by the action of the police officer or if there were other factors that, had they not existed, would not have resulted in death. Floyd's body was full of drugs.

We will see if, in the United States today, Justice is Blind or Justice is now Mob Rule.

Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
Let the

"peaceful protests" begin

ALAN SEWELL SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
They already have. Somebody left a severed head of a porcine animal in the driveway of a defense witness last night.
Scott Manson CPA JD SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
did it have an apple in its mouth?
Michael Dulaney SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Our democratic cousins.
Jason Miller SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
Chauvin was already convicted in the media before stepping into court. The majority of the public also convicted him before knowing all of the facts. So I hope the jury is doing their job, not judging him from a biased media perspective that has plagued our nation for years. Either way, there will be riots, whether he's found guilty or not guilty.
Michael Dulaney SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Retail outlets need to board up before "shopping" begins when the verdict is read.
Michael Schmitt SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago (Edited)
Chicago stores (in all neighborhoods) started boarding up last week. Who wants to go shopping in person any more? Between rioting, carjackings, personal attacks, homeless on every corner, it's dangerous and not pleasant. Online shopping will take over. Retail, real estate and insurance industries need to step up and call out this destruction.
K R HANINGTON SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
I would hope that everyone would be willing to accept the verdict of the jury, no matter what the outcome.
This is foundational for our justice system and indeed for our country.
People who have not you been in the courtroom to hear all the testimony, to see all the evidence should accept the Judgment of the jury. You don't have to be happy with it but you should accept it.
Outside agitators, such as Representative Maxine Waters, should be held in contempt.
Michael Dulaney SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Maxine Waters is calling for protests against the government. Don't know about Minneapolis, but in Washington DC she called this an "insurrection".

Maybe she should be tried for treason.

Rachel Glyn SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
I'm not sure whether anybody can be unbiased enough to judge to what extent Chauvin, as opposed to George Floyd's drug use and heart condition, caused Mr Floyd's death. Radical supporters of BLM are convinced that Chauvin murdered Floyd and it was racially motivated. Some on the Right discount any involvement from Chauvin and blame it all on Mr Floyd. Even if I were on the jury to hear all the scientific evidence, I might not feel qualified to decide.
I also am unsure whether any jurors can really make an unbiased decision. Even in a worst case scenario, if Chauvin is racist and evil and deliberately cause Mr Floyd's death, the jury should decide based on evidence and not mob threats. I'd like to know if the jurors have heard outside news and if they fear for their own safety.
karen graham SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
Jurors are instructed not to listen to outside news. Juries tend to take their responsibilities very seriously.
AM Losee SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
I think a lot of people are convinced this was murder. People were screaming at Chauvin to get his knee off his neck. How much more blatant can it get?

Because you and other right wingers hate Floyd, you are making excuses for a bad cop, a really bad cop, who already had 17 marks against his record, some for excessive punishment.

The guy should have been thrown off the force.

Mac Moore SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Losee writes, "I think a lot of people are convinced this was murder."

That is the sad truth. When your lens is blinded by hate, one has difficulty seeing it any other way.

Michael Dulaney SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
The broad generalization you make against "right wingers"...."hating Floyd" shows that racism is indeed alive and well in your neck of the woods.
Bruce Anderson SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
AM - how do you know who hates Floyd?
you are a mind reader with a crystal ball?
what a dum statement.
no one heard of Floyd before and now they hate him ?
Charles McGill SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
yes AM and leftists are mind readers and not only that but are righteous, always correct, and think all sheep should stand quietly and get fleeced.
Joseph Rosenberger SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
What a sad mess.
Mac Moore SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
The flame throwers, Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, James, BLM, and, their enablers in the MSM .... have poisoned the waters of rational thought in America. They have far too many citizens viewing this event through a racist lens that they created for political malfeasance to gain power. It is sick.

Floyd was there as a culminations of hundreds, if not thousands, of bad choices of his own making. The police were there as a request. If Floyd had chosen to comply with the police, the outcome would have been completely different. How the police acted to gain submission is in question, but it is political theatrics to call it murder.

[Apr 19, 2021] Why Chauvin trial's verdict may hinge on Judge Cahill's jury instructions

Apr 19, 2021 | www.msnbc.com

For an acquittal, the defense must similarly convince all 12 jurors that the prosecution failed to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. But it takes only one juror to "hang" the jury. That means that if 11 jurors want to vote to convict on at least one of the charges against Chauvin, but one juror doesn't believe the government has met its burden of proof, there won't be a verdict. Instead, there will be a mistrial, and although the government can retry the case down the road, a hung jury involves delay and the risk that as the evidence ages, the prosecution's case may become weaker.

[Apr 19, 2021] BLM co-founder labeled a 'fraud' after buying luxury homes

Fake leader of artificially created movement
Apr 19, 2021 | www.youtube.com

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, is under fire for purchasing multi-million dollar homes while calling herself a 'Marxist.'


IMCE , 3 days ago

The amount of times I got flamed by my black friends for saying this movement was toxic was unbelievable. I hope they see this!


LADETROIT
, 3 days ago

"Marxists have a way of enriching themselves when they are at the top"


nicole anthoine
, 6 days ago

The irony is she don't even want to live by the very people she rallied for. Typical Democrats smh

Bitchslapped , 2 days ago

Fact-checkers be like: mostly false, it's not a mansion, it's just a big house... a couple big houses.

CVT , 6 days ago

The BLM should have a mostly peaceful protest at this woman's home.

[Apr 19, 2021] Black Guns Matter founder- Most Americans see the 'fake media' CNN

Apr 19, 2021 | www.youtube.com


Scrapcash2 , 3 days ago

OMG. I just watched 2 strong young black men have a conversation without screaming RACISM. All they talked about was our freedoms and our rights. I love watching Lawrence, he is a breath of fresh air in the media. We need more people like these 2 men to keep the conversation going about protecting everyone's rights.

Wallace TheGreat , 1 day ago

we need more people like these fantastic men. makes me proud to still see Americans with some sense about their life, liberty and constitution.

Brent Marshall , 1 day ago

Someone give this fine American man a medal. Great work sir!

Gee Wiz , 1 day ago

This man neeeds to be raised up by all groups!!! Actions speak so many more volumes above words!!

[Apr 19, 2021] Candace Owens on BLM co-founder's million-dollar home-buying spree - YouTube

Apr 19, 2021 | www.youtube.com


Francisco Sandiego , 5 days ago

She bought a house in a white neighborhood, with no BLM protesters in sight.

Orlando Gonzalez , 1 day ago

"She fears white people so much she immediately moves into an all white neighborhood" .... ROTFL

Carlitos miranda , 2 days ago

It's sad that money was used to help people not for her to buy four houses I don't understand I work in Brooklyn a lot of people would need those donations. Sad 🥺

[Apr 14, 2021] Woke-ism is an *elite project*, serving primarily to get the little people to fight each other, rather than the vastly-wealthy Very Few..

Essentially wokism is the method of fighting populism invented by the US neoliberal elite
Apr 14, 2021 | turcopolier.com
Sam says: April 10, 2021 at 11:20 am

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Receives Backlash for Buying a $1.5 Million House in a Predominately White Neighborhood

https://twitter.com/breaking911/status/1380707163790774273?s=21

The whole BLM/Metoo movement is "political" and primarily driven by media/academia/think-tank elites. Yes, mostly white males and females along with the token members of the "aggrieved" class. I don't get the psychology but denouncing their own race/ethnicity/gender/identity through virtue signaling to achieve political ends is the game. Cancellation and destruction of careers are all part and parcel of techniques to suppress dissent and breed compliance to the overlords.

This trend has not occurred overnight. It is many decades in the making with creeping fascism – the melding of Big Business and Big Authoritarian Government. This is not just Democrats but Republicans too. The division and fracturing of society on the basis of identity is deliberate. Gullibility is no excuse. The vast majority of Americans have fallen for identity politics across many generations. Reply

bwilli123 says: April 11, 2021 at 1:16 am

If the 'woke' movement were actually a revolution that threatened 'the powers that be,' it would never have been allowed to get this far. Reply

  1. Erich Newhill says: April 10, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Walrus,
    I don't know about all of that. As much as I despise "woke" culture, I think these concerns are little overblown; or at least they are in *my* experience as a corporate manager for a major US company. A caveat being the since the Covid panic/woke control of the world, we've all been working virtually and all business trips are cancelled. So there is little to no opportunity for situations to arise.

    I have a couple of relevant rules from which I never deviate; 1. Never discuss politics at work unless it is in a purely analytical way that is related to impact on our business. 2. Do not meet with female employees – whether they be higher-ups, peers or staff – one on one, outside of the office (e.g. not at a happy hour). The former I implemented from day 1 in my corporate career and the latter I developed based on early experience, but not the experience you may think.

    I entered the corporate world in my late 30s and well into my 40s I was a very fit handsome devil (I'm getting fairly long in tooth now, in my late 50s). I have been told by my superiors that I exude a quiet, calm confidence and it seems that people perceive me as being intelligent and polite. Apparently women find that mix attractive. As recently as ten years ago, I had all kinds of women, from work, coming onto me. I know the difference between some harmless flirting and the real thing, though, IMO, as inevitable as it may be, even the harmless flirting should stay out of the work place. An attractive female employee is in a boring meeting with me, I catch her looking at me, she smile coyly, bats her eyes, flips her hair back a little and looks at me again with a sultry smile. That's harmless flirting. Used to happen all of the time. Debriefing over a cocktail on a business trip with a female employee, in the hotel bar, and she starts running her foot up my leg, that's crossing the line. That kind of scenario used to happen frequently too. Married women, single, older, younger, peers, bosses, staff – and, especially, when they were engaged to be married. Are they going to be ticked off and vengeful if I turn them down? Would they destroy me later if I take them up on their offer? I didn't want to find out. Best to avoid the situation.

    Anyhow, it seems to me that hiring high quality people in the first place diminishes the risk significantly. No one with talent and ambition wants to sacrifice a rewarding corporate career by starting trouble over "me too" nonsense. That goes for both the alleged perpetrator and the alleged victim in scenario. So far, I haven't become aware of any accusations or legal issues at work.

    As for the grandfather/woke grand daughter thing, I hadn't thought about that, but, sadly, you have a good point there. Idiot school counselors and poorly raised scatter brained friends can sway a forming young mind to say all kinds of damaging things. Reply

  2. Avatar Peter Moritz says: April 10, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Pray tell – what is wrong with single sex schools? I grew up in Germany when all schools were either for male or female students, and I maintain I had a more respectful attitude towards females because of that.

    But I forget – sex does not mean anything, as anyone can freely choose Zir, Hir, Eir, Vis, Tem, Eir preferred possessive pronoun for Zir, Hir, Eir, Vis, Tem, Eir preferred gender..which makes establishing schools for about 63 genders ( http://www.hoschl.cz/files/6035_cz_Genders.pdf ) rather improbable . Reply

  3. Avatar Deap says: April 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Time to explore the prevailing wisdom that led to some of those "stuffy, old-fashioned codes of conduct" that maybe were not to silly after all.

    Perhaps they offered more freedom, than our modern version of freedom has afforded.

    Freedom from STDs; freedom from false accusations; freedom of movement in public settings; freedom from drunken harassment and freedom morning after remorse; freedom from solo parent impoverishment -- though the story of the "plucky orphan" was long fodder for coming of age literature classics .

    Just re-watched the Shirley Temple "Heidi" – plucky orphan on steroids, matched only by Anne of Green Gables as female empowerment role models who did thrive in a world of code of conduct restrictions.. Reply

  4. Avatar Jose says: April 10, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Walrus, unfortunately I have to agree with you. We are approaching the point where husband and wife need to sign a consent agreement to have sex. Young adults' are simply avoiding the subject due to social pressures.

    Our experts are deflecting "Liberal" ideas with other factors:

    https://www.healthline.com/health-news/young-adults-especially-men-having-sex-less-frequently Reply

  1. Keith Harbaugh says: April 10, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Regarding "the demonisation of White heterosexual Males in all its forms",
    I would like to add some evidence, and some historical background.
    The two links below, of articles written by an anonymous American professor, give some vivid evidence.
    Each link is followed by a quote from the linked page.

    https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2020/12/13/academic-hysteria-part-i/

    "In the midst of all of this "inclusion," one can look in vain for anything positive for Whites, Europeans, etc.
    The only mention of Whites, as a group, is always in a purely negative sense."

    https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2021/04/02/academic-hysteria-part-ii/

    "The curriculum of my institution is to be changed to prioritize "social justice" over all else; indeed, we have been told that we need to de-emphasize actual scholarship, the teaching of objective facts, and providing a truly enlightened liberal arts education in favor of politicized far-left talking points. The entire curriculum is to be subordinated to radical anti-White propaganda. Please note that this trend in American academia is not restricted only to undergraduate education, but also extends into post-graduate education of all sorts: graduate school, law school, medical school, etc. With respect to the latter, the scientifically illiterate and hyper-politicized hysterics of the AMA are used to justify curriculum changes at the level of medical education; one set of political hacks justifies the lies and distortions of another group, and vice versa. All of these academic and professional organizations are completely dominated by the Left."

    I first encountered the demonization of my value system during my stint at Brandeis Univ. from 1967 to 1973.
    There, much to my amazement and shock,
    the soldiers of the U.S. Army were called "babykillers".
    Of course, there may have been isolated instances where Vietnamese children were wrongly killed,
    but it was commonplace to generalize this to the whole U.S. Army in VN.
    Likewise, police were called, for no evident reason, "pigs".

    It wasn't just the U.S. Army and the police that were trashed.
    "Smash the establishment" (sometimes more specifically "Smash the WASP establishment")
    was a commonly expressed demand.
    Also, "the bourgeoisie", or "bourgeoisie values", were to be despised and scorned.
    I am sure there were many at Brandeis who did not support such radical ideas, but they were certainly more common there than in my previous environments.

    As to hatred of whites and the then-mainstream white culture, there were three prominent (non-Brandeis) examples;
    1. Susan Sontag: "The white race is the cancer of human history"
    2. (Somewhat later) Tim Wise
    3. Weatherman John Jacobs, quoted in Mark Rudd's Underground : "We're against everything that's good and decent in honky America. We will burn and loot and destroy. We are the incubation of your mother's nightmare."

    For further documentation, see the excellent article:
    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2020/06/white-self-hatred-and-the-cancel-culture/ Reply

    • Avatar Keith Harbaugh says: April 12, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      The claims and asserted experiences of the anonymous American academic cited above are seconded by a named American academic, Lama Abu-Odeh, here:

      National Review: Georgetown Law Professor Decries 'Maoist Takeover' of Academia.
      https://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/georgetown-law-professor-decries-maoist-takeover-of-academia/

      "Terror and dread fill academic workers, professors and staff alike, and it is everywhere.

      A new ruling elite has taken over academic institutions, and it is using its 'minority status' to exercise a 'soft coup'
      "

      She goes on to talk about what she calls
      "the all-powerful members of the victim minority faculty"
      (her words!). Reply

  2. Avatar irf520 says: April 10, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    There's another possible outcome. That is one where the bottom 80% of men (the ones that the average woman thinks are 'below average' in attractiveness) can't get a middle-class job at all. They are limited to jobs which are dangerous (e.g. police officer, firefighter, construction), dirty (refuse collector, sewage worker) or unglamorous (e.g. bicycle-based delivery operative – jobs which the women don't want. The 'top jobs' are all held by women and the small number of men they are interested in. Reply

Fred says: April 11, 2021 at 1:00 am

Walrus,

You left out race. Having had to fire a couple of protected class employees over the years was only marginally better- in regards to the negative blowback on the manager – than the problems you describe. In addition to the grandfathers you should realize father's have faced such false allegations since at least the '80s. Try giving your 2 year old a bath today and see what accusation you might have to defend yourself from in a decade. Thank feminists and the lgbt+ movements for that. walrus says: April 11, 2021 at 9:09 am

Fred, I've never fired a member of a minority. What works better is to declare them "redundant' (ie: their job just disappeared) so its no fault and a tax free $30k – $50k compensation payment on top of their legal entitlements to make it a little sweeter. Fred says: April 11, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Walrus,

These employees committed theft. The last one pre-commited company funds then provided false documentation multiple times to the general auditors office. I didn't fire that one, I had to do the retraining route. He decided to leave on his own accord . Reply

  1. PRC90 says: April 12, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Do these things happen by mass hysteria, or by intent ? The former tends to burn itself out when the promised rewards do not arrive. It would be interesting to work up the chain to the source of the money and intellectual force required to power all this and to co-opt government acquiescence.

    Walrus, may I add two more:

    5. An attempted capture of the new power center, that being instant access to the minds of the public, created by social media in the last fifteen years, in a way proven successful by the lodgement of 'progressive' forces within education systems decades earlier. Nature, and 'progressives' abhor a vacuum, and it's well underway now.
    Nothing decisive would result, merely the capture of newly available ground. Note that existing ground held by established powers are left untouched.

    6. In the US, a division between 'woke' States and the deplorable States, characterized by deliberate legislative differences and measured by the movement of people to States that reflect their ideological preferences. Will the 'woke' States offer full employment economies, and would that even matter to the woke refugees ?
    The key word of point 6. is 'division', and the US cannot maintain it's place in the world in that condition. All of this will not be reversed except by force and with the backing of the majority, even a bare one, of the US population. That force will need to be headed by a non-conforming leader with the credibility to muster it and to administer what comes after, and that ain't Karmala. Reply

  2. Avatar optimax says: April 12, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    A friend of mine's sister went to a therapist who convinced the sister her parents had messed with her mind by performing satanic rituals on her when she was young and and had suppressed the memories. Supposedly, the therapist had helped her recover these traumatic events when, in fact, the therapist had implanted them. This took place in the 80s when many innocent people were accused of performing satanist rituals, sometimes including human sacrifice. There were some real devil worshiping killings but it turned into an out of control witch hunt.

    The sister eventually recovered her sanity after tormenting her family for a couple of years and made up with her parents. Therapists track most of their patients problems back to the parents, based on Freudian theory, even when the problem is drug and alcohol abuse, as it was with this woman. The father was a Methodist minister.

    Today sexism and racism are as over blown as satanism was in the 80s. I wonder what the next media implanted Big Trauma will be? Reply

    • Avatar Sam says: April 13, 2021 at 11:15 am

      I'm not sure how widespread therapeutic malpractice is but at times I wonder how rigorous is the field of psychology? I think it is important to study human behavior but I question if it can be generalized and whether it is capable of capturing nuance. The one problem that I have with the practice is the incentive structure. It is $/billable hour not $/outcome. The incentive is clearly to increase billable hours.

      In any case I recall well the McMartin case and the surrounding media hysteria and witch-hunts. Reminiscent of the current woke and cancel culture hysteria.

      https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-ol-patt-morrison-richard-beck-child-abuse-pizzagate-20190220-htmlstory.html Reply

    • Avatar Carey says: April 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      > Today sexism and racism are as over blown as satanism was in the 80s. I wonder what the next media implanted Big Trauma will be? <

      So does this mean I'm not the only one who remembers the McMartin mcScandal?

      It's disappointing but not really surprising to see how easily swayed and led
      the Polity can be.. those very few who rule us depend on that. Reply

[Apr 14, 2021] Outcomes of #Metoo - BLM - Antifa - Cancel Culture by Walrus

Apr 14, 2021 | turcopolier.com

I wrote a post on the above-mentioned subject but I deleted it. I will not discuss the demonisation of White heterosexual Males in all its forms for fear of cancellation. I will instead leave you with my conclusions – which are consistent with The Walrus Law; Governments achieve the reverse of their stated objectives.

Conclusion 1. No white male corporate manager is going to risk their career by engaging in any of the following actions:

– Mentoring female subordinates.
– Taking one on one meetings with any female.
– Participating in any but the most innocuous social functions with female subordinates and certainly not where alcohol is present.
– In fact avoiding any one on one situation with a female.
– It also stands to reason that women will not be employed or promoted if sufficient excuse can be found. There wasn't a glass ceiling. There is now.

Why? Because a female subordinate can now permanently end a males career in a microsecond by the act of alleging any impropriety thanks to #metoo. No proof is required.

Conclusion 2. The British/ European/ American class system is coming back with a vengeance. Young men and their parents will confine their search for partners and social interactions, to females of the same social strata, values, financial resources and background as their own. This is not a guarantee of marital harmony, It does however decrease the likelihood of a male being accused of relationship and career destroying improprieties twenty years after the alleged event. You can forget marrying 'for love' outside your social class.

Conclusion 3. Male behaviour in the upper and middle classes is indeed going to change. We will witness the return of the Chaperone for males. We will witness the end of many mixed sex parties and entertainments because of the ever present threat of denouncement. Expect single sex private schools to flourish. Co -education is an invitation for a young males career to be finished before it even starts – all it takes these days is an allegation made perhaps years and years after the alleged "event". The first a young male will know about it is when he is arrested and handcuffed.

Conclusion 4. The nature of families is going to change. We are going to see the return of stereotyped roles. Case in point? As a Grandfather I have decided I will have nothing more to do with the informal upbringing of grand daughters – there is too much risk that if they go off the rails in puberty or get involved in drugs, mental illness, etc. they will conveniently blame sexual abuse by a relative as the cause. That means I will never allow myself to be alone with them or be responsible for them ever and the rest of the family know it. Period. The personal risk is just too great

I have examples to back up each conclusion but I will not share them with you.

I have not addressed the American race and firearm based issues but I would expect that changes to firearm laws and characterisation of various behaviors as "extremist' will also have the same opposite effect from what Government intended.

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  1. Bill H. says: April 10, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Indeed. I suspect that if I were of dating age (and single) today I would go on to die celibate. A minority of women have made engaging with the entire gender entirely too dangerous. Reply

  2. Avatar Oilman2 says: April 10, 2021 at 11:14 am

    I brought this up on another blog I read.

    The law of unintended consequences

    We are an adaptive bunch; witness how successful Prohibition was, or the alleged 'War on Drugs'. Look at how Trumps border wall was rapidly shot to hell with a few acetylene torches and some hinges – making really nice gates for the coyotes to run people through.

    It's interesting that there is no actual, physical way that the number of guns out here 'in the wild' is even known, much less can be seized. Guns can be seized by the ATF/FBI/etc. making a huge raid on a single family and killing them all as examples – but once that card is played, the ante will be upped and things will not be as easy for them. The gun grabbers are literally about 200 years too late, as the gun cow is long out of the barn.

    The Covidian Cult is waning finally – in spite of the push by the globalist CDC, WHO, Big Pharma, MSM and many others. It's hard to push fear of dying when there is nothing to base it on any longer.

    So now we are back to Ukraine, where Biden is both well known and well connected. Russia will swat anything approaching her borders, and may swat hard. I would not be surprised to see our puny couple of ships in their sea crippled electronically, again. But Russia doesn't want what NATO and Biden are serving for dinner.

    It's the same old SSDD of world ending disasters to keep everyone afraid of everyone else while the big wheels in government are sending contracts out to their family members and their various foundations using money leveraged against our grandkids.

    57 genders; women cannot be approached without opening yourself to legal actions and yet they are all in the military and government positions in far larger percentages than people realize. Our local school principal was recently accused of "inappropriate conduct" with a female teacher who is so obese she requires an electric scooter to move her bulk about. Having actually seen this female, it was obvious to me, as a man with normal appetites, that approaching her would have resulted in disgorgement of the previous meal and not engorgement of anything.

    It's human nature that when you forbid something unilaterally, it becomes more attractive to many, just for the sake of flouting convention. Perhaps that is what the morbidly obese teacher is striving for?

    We are entering the Land of Unintended Consequences, and there is no way but through.

[Apr 11, 2021] Target Sells Woke Prayer Book- -Dear God, Please Help Me Hate White People

Woke bolshevism is perverted ideology that equals black with Proletariat and white with Bourgeoisie using classic Marxist terminology. See Explaining Marxism- The Bourgeoisie and Proletariat - Shortform Books .
The replace class conflict with race conflict. What can go wrong ?
Professional woke revolutionaries like Chanequa Walker-Barnes who is the author is racial hate prayer (is not this a hate crime?) are similar to Russian Commissars. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Apr 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

A prayer book called "A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal," is a number one bestseller on Amazon in the category "meditation".

One prayer, called "Prayer of a Weary Black Woman," by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, a theology professor at Mercer University, starts:

"Dear God, Please help me to hate White people. Or at least to want to hate them I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist."

The "prayer" then describes the type of White person they want to hate -- not the actual blatantly racist ones, but the "wolves in sheep's clothing" who "don't see color", are friendly and accepting on the surface.

" Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better. Let me imagine them instead as white-hooded robes standing in front of burning crosses. Let me see them as hopelessly unrepentant, reprobate bigots who have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and who need to be handed over to the evil one."

"Grant me a Get Out of Judgment Free Card if I make White people the exception to your commandment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves."

This is a sick, insane, religious cult of hateful people. But institutions like churches, schools, and corporations are pushing this blatant racism mainstream.

The book is also available at Target -- a store which banned a book that gave voice to transgender people who regretted their decisions to transition.

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hmmmm 35 minutes ago

Maybe include a prayer in your book... "Dear God, Please help me to hate black people. Or at least to want to hate them I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist."

Md4 57 minutes ago

"" Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better."

Instead of whining...why not just leave?

America isn't the right place for a lot of people anymore...

...so just go.

You'll be happier.

And we'll be happier.

You'll see...

Meatier Shower 1 hour ago

" It was not part of their blood, it came to them very late, with long arrears to make good, when the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved, they were icy – willing to wait til every count should be proved, ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low. Their eyes were level and straight. There was neither sign nor show, when the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd. It was not taught by the state. No man spoke it aloud when the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred. It will not swiftly abate. Through the chilled years ahead, when time shall count from the date that the Saxon began to hate."

- Rudyard Kipling

Sol Invictvs 2 hours ago (Edited)

They're worshiping the devil. There's no room for racial hate if you believe in God.

Kanzen Saimin 1 hour ago remove link

"If you or anyone in your household identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), including anyone with Abenaki or other First Nations heritage, all household members who are 16 years or older can sign up to get a vaccine."

Health Vermont does not explain why there is a racially segregated line for the Covid vaccine -- apparently it's just the woke thing to do these days

Health Vermont does not admit eugenics is in play.

12Doberman 1 hour ago

They've become what they supposedly despise. They clearly have believed their own propaganda. Makes you wonder what's coming next...white's to be deprived of their property?

homeskillet 1 hour ago (Edited)

This is beyond the pale, the elites are pushing for a race ware - chaos and violence. They are the entities that should be destroyed.

jonesbeach 1 hour ago

Progressivism is not a religion of peace.

HonorSeeker 1 hour ago (Edited)

It's more like a cult. Its members are recruited for their vulnerability, for their desperation, and for their willingness to blame others for their failings. The members are groomed, brain-washed and then released upon the nation they are to act like parasites against by sapping the nation's spirit and sowing discord.

Liesel 1 hour ago remove link

I just saw the book on Amazon. Interesting enough, there were "666" reviews. You just can't make this stuff up.

secretspaniel 1 hour ago remove link

Blacks are not behind this, this whole issue is being weaponised to foment a race war to destroy us

JohnGaltsChild 1 hour ago

I refused to go into a Target the moment they started blended gender toy departments.

They're sick.

A Girl In Flyover Country 1 hour ago

There is no stopping the decline of the American empire. I wish I was wrong.

Macho Latte 1 hour ago (Edited)

WOKE HATE IS JUST GETTING STARTED

GET YOUR CHILDREN AS FAR AWAY FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL AS YOU CAN

11. The Public Schools - will ramp up their level of political indoctrination including severe anti-family, anti-white rhetoric and Woke Hate. History will be re-written destroying every level of pride in America. Prepubescent children will be made to question their gender. Heterosexual white boys will be emasculated and demonized. Interracial sex for white girls will be encouraged. The destruction of childhood will be the most horrible consequence of Woke Hate which will be administered mostly by hateful, indoctrinated, white women with children (mothers). The incalculable psychological damage to our youth will last generations. Demoralized, many will become addicted to prescription drugs. Many will commit suicide.

Neo2021 1 hour ago

I guess that's not racist. I stopped reading after learning the author's name; Dr. Chaneqa Walker. I was laughing too hard. Where is the outrage?

Ms No PREMIUM 1 hour ago remove link

People should buy a copy of that. It will be worth money as a Bolshevik relic. This won't last for ever but it's most insane displays will have shock value forever.

NewMouldy 1 hour ago remove link

Like rap music. I remember saying in the 80's "this will only be a fad" (sigh)

secretspaniel 1 hour ago

The elite are really pushing for a race war that they know will cause minorities to suffer most of all - they are literal Nazis and the real racists. Let's not forget that the people pushing this only consider themselves white when it suits their purposes. They hate black and white equally and are total extremists.

Xena fobe 1 hour ago (Edited)

Chanequa has some kind of mental health disorder.

Paranoid or schizophrenic.

Hyper Entropy 2 hours ago

How come no Targets got burned down during the riots?

Huckleberry Pie 1 hour ago

Because the looters were trying to get home with all their 'reparations'. Hard to start a fire, when your arms are full of stolen $hit.

Miler52 1 hour ago

This absurdity needs to stop. Keep stirring the pot with this divisional crap and all hell well erupt eventually. Not all 12.6% of America which is the black population support this stupidity and those that do are imbeciles and incapable of making a difference anyway. Some people are itching for a racial explosion and a completely unsafe America. They will find it very regrettable supporting such a toxic ideology.

5G-Powered Nanobots 1 hour ago

I would bet 90% of blacks in America don't support this nonsense.

mike6972 1 hour ago

It may not be 90%. But it's probably at least 75%.

Miler52 1 hour ago

Whatever the percentage actually is, the majority of Americans of any ethnicity do not support this ongoing assault on Americas ability to respect one another. And the majority of Americans are angry about the open border, the massive, abusive spend, raising taxes, the misleading HR1, packing the Supreme Court, the arrack on the 2nd Amendment, etc. This is all being done by a minority of people to collapse America.

Sol Invictvs 1 hour ago

All race hustlers need rope or lead.

For the sake of humanity.

Kanzen Saimin 1 hour ago remove link

If you've never seen the movie 'Crash', I would highly recommend it. This "Chanequa" reminds me of the character (wait for it...) Shaniqua.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uAHRs3XBt_s

Ms No PREMIUM 2 hours ago remove link

Here we go again. Constant fake hate crime.

Narrative shattered: 'KKK,' 'White power' graffiti on campus written by Black student

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=17213

Archimedes bathwater PREMIUM 2 hours ago

That is a FAVE shock fake event. Write a racial slur on the wall somewhere (with a member of the victim class doing the writing), then send a letter to all the alumni from the college president decrying the episode whilst beating the drum for more indoctrination/re-education. When my college did this to me as an alumnus, and I couldnt respond to the college president's email (bounceback), I called the alumni office and cancelled all further contact with the school.

Ms No PREMIUM 2 hours ago

It's a favorite tactic lately.

"The suspect who allegedly vandalized four synagogues in Brooklyn with anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend has been identified as 39-year-old Emil Benjamin, who is a Jewish man from Brooklyn."

"The person arrested for a spate of anti-Semitic graffiti in New York is apparently just mad about a business dispute and not on a hate campaign against ****; in fact, he's Jewish." (Really, they accepted that excuse? That wouldn't work for us)

"An alleged anti-Semitic attack on a kosher-style café in Winnipeg, Canada was staged by the owners of the restaurant, police now say."

http://www.renegadetribune.com/jewish-man-arrested-for-scrawling-anti-semitic-graffiti-on-brooklyn-synagogues-in-hate-crime/

https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/01/suspect-behind-new-yorks-rash-swastika-graffiti-jewish/333028/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/canadian-police-say-anti-semitic-attack-on-cafe-was-staged/

[Apr 09, 2021] Rob Manfred's All-Star Error - WSJ Major League Baseball decided last week to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after the Georgia Legislature passed changes to the state's voting laws that many, including President Biden, called racist. Activists urged Commissioner Robert Manfred to punish Georgia. By rushing to do so without first protesting the substance of the law, Mr. Manfred made a serious mistake. The use of "muscle" or financial power to influence policy is an ancient tactic. The term "boycott" has its roots in 19th-century Ireland, where the nationalist politician Charles Stewart Parnell urged his followers not to deal with Charles Cunningham Boycott, a highly unpopular British land agent. A boycott is generally an act of desperation, and the original one was largely unsuccessful. Major League Baseball decided last week to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after the Georgia Legislature passed changes to the state's voting laws that many, including President Biden, called racist. Activists urged Commissioner Robert Manfred to punish Georgia. By rushing to do so without first protesting the substance of the law, Mr. Manfred made a serious mistake. The use of "muscle" or financial power to influence policy is an ancient tactic. The term "boycott" has its roots in 19th-century Ireland, where the nationalist politician Charles Stewart Parnell urged his followers not to deal with Charles Cunningham Boycott, a highly unpopular British land agent. A boycott is generally an act of desperation, and the original one was largely unsuccessful. The use of "muscle" or financial power to influence policy is an ancient tactic. The term "boycott" has its roots in 19th-century Ireland, where the nationalist politician Charles Stewart Parnell urged his followers not to deal with Charles Cunningham Boycott, a highly unpopular British land agent. A boycott is generally an act of desperation, and the original one was largely unsuccessful. The use of "muscle" or financial power to influence policy is an ancient tactic. The term "boycott" has its roots in 19th-century Ireland, where the nationalist politician Charles Stewart Parnell urged his followers not to deal with Charles Cunningham Boycott, a highly unpopular British land agent. A boycott is generally an act of desperation, and the original one was largely unsuccessful. OPINION: POTOMAC WATCH CEOs vs. Georgia / The Economic Climb by Mr. Manfred's decision will be Atlanta's stadium workers and local vendors. The midsummer All-Star Game is an exhibition that benefits only the city where it's played. It was reported Tuesday morning that Denver will be the new host. The players will get paid no matter where the game takes place. MLB will get the same television revenue. The only people hurt by Mr. Manfred's decision will be Atlanta's stadium workers and local vendors. The midsummer All-Star Game is an exhibition that benefits only the city where it's played. It was reported Tuesday morning that Denver will be the new host. The players will get paid no matter where the game takes place. MLB will get the same television revenue. The only people hurt by Mr. Manfred's decision will be Atlanta's stadium workers and local vendors.
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The talk shows and editorial pages are full of questions. What is the basis for acting so forcefully against Georgia? If Georgia is racist, how can baseball talk of doing business with China? Mr. Manfred failed to spell out specific criticisms of Georgia's voting law. Now he's put himself in the awkward position of having to defend Colorado's voting laws.

During my time as commissioner, I learned that the American people view baseball as a public trust. They want the game to stand for the best and noblest of our national virtues. They see baseball as the repository of their dreams, even as they root for their favorite teams. They don't want, and won't accept, anything that separates them from the game's history and leadership.

Major League Baseball can't become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage for one political party or ideology. It can't be only for the rich or the poor, nor can it only be for one race, as it was until 1947. Baseball must always stand above politics and its dark elements of corruption, greed and sordid selfishness. It can't go wrong by standing for national greatness.

The situation calls to mind the 2006 Duke lacrosse case, when many erred -- like Mr. Manfred has here -- by leaping to a conclusion based on assumptions rather than carefully considered facts. I've done the same thing, to my regret. Much rides on Mr. Manfred's shoulders so he must be prudent. Perhaps he now sees how complicated these issues can become. I wish him well.

Mr. Vincent was commissioner of baseball, 1989-92.

[Apr 08, 2021] Corporations 'increased' interest in hiring diverse candidates after killing of George Floyd: Year Up CEO

Apr 08, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

Truth SQ 1 hour ago Here's a crazy idea - how about hire the best person for the job? Reply 4 JBer 46 minutes ago The interest might be there, the candidates probably aren't. Reply 2 Jones 44 minutes ago These statements are just game plays to project an image as being a good company. At the end of the day the higher ups / managers have their own buddies / crownies / clowns that they keep promoting. Reply 2 Yo 15 minutes ago Companies are making public statements because they fear being canceled more than they fear losing money on bad decisions. It is the old Pleasure Pain equation. When the pleasure derived from taking an specific action exceeds the pain involved by taking the action, you are more likely to take the action. When the pleasure derived from taking a specific action is exceeded by the pain of taking the action, you are more likely to not take the action. Corporations are making these judgement calls on everything from social justice, climate change, and the woke religion. Corporations are interested in one thing... how to separate you from your hard earned money. When "wokism" no longer pays, corporations will stop the insanity. Rational people need to start making corporations pay for choosing wokism over rational thought.
Anthony 16 minutes ago The race card over and over. Hire qualified and be open minded and then satisfaction will follow.
eric 1 hour ago Oh good, hiring based on race. What is the worst that could happen?

[Apr 05, 2021] McConnell Slams Outrage Industrial Complex As Corporations Behave Like Woke Parallel Government

This is a classic "divide and conquer" strategy for corporation, which distract population from neoliberal abuses of Wall Street banksters and financialization of the economy. It also helps to suppress the wave of populism, heat from which corporation felt very well. Paradoxically the leaden of the most pro-corporations Party voiced his objections against such behaviour of major corporatins.
Mr. McConnell accused Democrats of spreading misinformation about the Georgia legislation to justify their plans to ram throuth Senate For the People Act , which facilitated voting fraud. The bill passed the House, 220-210. No Republicans voted for it.
"This power grab is impossible to defend, so the left wants to deflect. Instead of winning the debate, they want to silence debate by bullying citizens and entire states into submission," Mr. McConnell said.
Apr 05, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday warned of "serious consequences" if corporations continue to use their economic power to support 'far-left causes,' the latest being a lemming response to the new voting law in Georgia, according to Bloomberg .

"From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government, " he said, adding "Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order."

McConnell's rebuke comes as a number of corporations, including Delta Air Lines Inc. and the Coca-Cola Co., have criticized Georgia's new election law. Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from Atlanta, a move endorsed by President Joe Biden .

McConnell dismissed comparisons of Georgia's new voting laws, passed by Republicans, to the Jim Crow voting restrictions for African-Americans. He said many states run by Democrats, including New York, have fewer days of early voting than Georgia's new law requires, and he cited polling showing most Americans favor voter ID requirements . -Bloomberg

"Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation," said McConnell - mocking Democrats for their dramatic Jim Crow analogy.

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"Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex," McConnell added. " Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling ."


JimmyJones 2 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Eat a Big "icecream cone" McConnel, you POS. You knew that last election was a complete fraud and you did nothing even worse actively worked against the uncovering and exposing of that fraud. As if we don't see through your fake outrage. I hope you are primaried and replaced.

McConnel you are a Traitor, we all know.

znilboy 2 hours ago

Guess he thinks enough time has passed and we forgot already..

Ghost of Porky 1 hour ago

Nearly 50 years as a conservative in public office.

Hasn't conserved a damn thing.

Buzz-Kill 19 minutes ago (Edited) remove link

Mitch's public service, for the people, has made him very wealthy.

How did that happen? Term Limits PLEASE!!!

Kayman 1 hour ago remove link

Despite McConnell doing nothing about clipping the wings of this Woke Corporatism, at least he is mouthing the words,

[Apr 04, 2021] Russia's Lavrov Warns Of Surging Anti-White Racism In US - ZeroHedge

Apr 04, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is surging "aggression against white people" in the United States and that it is harming efforts to fight racism.

Lavrov made the comments during an interview with political scientists that was broadcast on national television.

"We were pioneers of the movement promoting equal rights of people of any skin color," said Lavrov, adding that "everyone wants to get rid of racism."

However, he emphasized how it was important "not to switch to the other extreme which we saw during the 'BLM' (Black Lives Matter) events and the aggression against white people, white U.S. citizens."

Lavrov also insisted that forces within the U.S. were trying to spread a "cultural revolution" around the world by forcing "diversity" down everyone's throats.

"Hollywood is now also changing its rules so that everything reflects the diversity of modern society," he said, labeling it "a form of censorship."

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"I've seen Black people play in Shakespeare's comedies. Only I don't know when there will be a white Othello," Lavrov said.

"You see this is absurd. Political correctness taken to the point of absurdity will not end well," he concluded.

As we previously highlighted , after every mass shooting, journalists and leftists rush to blame white people even before the perpetrator has been identified.

In the case of the Boulder supermarket shooting, this backfired massively after it was revealed that the gunman was an Islamist immigrant from the Middle East.

After the Atlanta shooting attack which targeted massage parlors, the media once again whipped up hysteria over "white supremacy," despite the fact that authorities found absolutely zero evidence the assault was motivated by race.

This led New York Times contributor Damon Young to assert that "whiteness is a pandemic" and "the only way to stop it is to locate it, isolate it, extract it, and kill it."

"He was not fired from his job at The Root and the New York Times refused to condemn him -- such proclamations are what they pay him for!" writes Chris Menahan .

This narrative, in addition to Critical Race Theory, which teaches that all the United States' problems are the fault of white people, has clearly created an atmosphere where race hate directed towards white people is not only tolerated, it is openly encouraged.


Lordflin 6 hours ago (Edited)

I feel as though I have woken up on the other side of the looking glass...

We are the ones on the 'other side of the iron curtain' my friends...

Something of a surreal experience, wouldn't you say...?

r0mulus 5 hours ago (Edited)

It's a convenient scapegoat the hegemons are hoping to hide themselves in while the USA wanes and the USD/American dream slowly melts into a supranational corporate, fascist dystopia. We're a good way on our journey, not too much further to go now. Writing is and has been on the wall.

r0mulus 5 hours ago

I honestly don't know enough about the upper reaches of the "deep state" power structure to be able to say for sure, but I do know that they are interested in dominating everything forever in a self-perpetuating rentier and seignorage friendly autocracy, and that as subjects to their power, we've no rights to fair markets, no rights to fair legal systems, and even increasingly no rights to fair scientific/empirical systems (definition of reality). How could one living with an honest understanding of that situation ever want to support such a society?

Misesmissesme 6 hours ago

South Africa part deux

DPLETTENBERG 6 hours ago

Similar but not quite like South Africa. Here a small minority (16%) of the population is somehow given power and control over the majority.

Christian whites have been ingrained with the idea of forgiveness and turning the other cheek. This belief may well cause our destruction. It's time to value truth over turning the other cheek.

r0mulus 5 hours ago

Well said- I've been curious as to what the thoughts of non-"black" Afrikaaners have been about their society...

two hoots 6 hours ago (Edited)

Life is like the yellow brick road, as you approach the end you discover the many perceptions and beliefs that provided your support along the way are mostly fallacies, manipulations and deceptions. Once there, don't linger on it, accept it and find your peace. Life is.

eatthebanksters 5 hours ago

Except the percentage of the population who are white and who agree the left is nuts is far larger than in South Africa. South Africa didn't need to cheat to win an election.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 6 hours ago

As someone who served in the former West Germany during the Cold War, yes, it is a very strange time.

Sir Edge 6 hours ago

Russia's Lavrov Warns Of Surging Anti-White Racism In US

Wow... There goes Russia again meddling in USA affairs by telling the truth ...

chunga 6 hours ago

This Lavrov is an impressive individual. I don't think we have anything like him in the US.

Ignatius 6 hours ago (Edited)

My concern is that Lavrov's statements -- which, in isolation, I agree with -- feeds the narrative that if one is against CRT then one is obviously a Russian agent (aka, more "Russian collusion" BS).

Our current overlords are a clever, though evil lot. Don't underestimate them.

chunga 6 hours ago

The fake news experts will say that. Who cares.

I remember a few years ago there was a fake news conference of some sort and a bunch of the talkers were shouting questions at Lavrov like maniacs and Lavrov just laughed at them, completely un-phased and said "where are your manners?" The guy is clearly cut from a different cloth.

Biff M 6 hours ago

...white people and males. [there. I fixed it for ya]

enjoy your S Africa experience.

SQRT 69 6 hours ago remove link

Big difference in S. Africa where whites were an overwhelming minority to blacks. Here in the US whites are still the majority while blacks are roughly 13%. The intelligent ones know that this is a setup by the ruling class (Anglo Zionist Cabal) to create a polarized society that doesn't notice the show going on right before their eyes, i.e. the Cabal looting the nation and leaving behind a hollowed out corpse.

harvester0fsorrow 6 hours ago

Russian leaders are far more intelligent and honest than ours. Sad that the once free-est nation in the world is now turnimg quickly fascist. no...it cannot end well

WorkingClassMan 6 hours ago

Turning quickly maoist. This is almost the exact same playbook, complete with Red Guard mobs.

TBT or not TBT 6 hours ago

And the Marxist struggle sessions. It's amazing to see my wife's zoom style meetings during the faux plague spending time on trading confessions of guilt for all imaginable bias and insensitivity.

Portal 6 hours ago remove link

It's not entirely about racism.

Democrats want to deconstruct America.

Destroy small businesses, the bastion of free market capitalism. Destroy traditions. Destroy cultural sports. Destroy the military. Destroy the Constitution. Destroy elections. The list goes on...

cforeman44z 6 hours ago remove link

WHO owns the media? If you know, then you will know WHO is behind this cultural revolution and WHO the TRUE ENEMY is.

LeadPipeDreams 6 hours ago

... forces within the U.S. were trying to spread a "cultural revolution" around the world by forcing "diversity" down everyone's throats.

Uh...these (((forces))) within the U.S. have been trying to spread a "cultural revolution" in every country for millenia. The U.S. is simply (((their))) primary target at the moment.

Iron Noob 4 hours ago remove link

Russia wants sanity to prevail so that it can avoid a nuclear exchange with the US. That is why it is trying to make common cause with the sane people in the US.

[Apr 02, 2021] Corporate America's 'Big Lie' - WSJ by Kmberley A. Strassel

So, "black bolshevism" is onthe upswing. "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."
And those executives who signed the letter actually are trying to prolong the rule of neoliberalism in the USA, the rule that hurts black population equally or more than white population outside of top 10%.
Apr 02, 2021 | www.wsj.com
ID requirements are no more racist at the ballot box than they are on a Delta flight.

Corporate chieftains last year criticized Donald Trump for denying his re-election defeat. So it's quite a spectacle to see them actively spreading the left's own big lie about elections.

According to Delta CEO Ed Bastian, there is only one reason Georgia passed a voting reform: to suppress the votes of black Americans and other minorities. Georgia's Republican Legislature used the "excuse" of voter fraud to "make it harder for many underrepresented voters" to "exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives," Mr. Bastian wrote this week in a memo to employees.

Mr. Bastian has plenty of company in the C-suites. Some 72 black executives, including the CEO of Merck and a former CEO of American Express, signed an open letter calling on corporate colleagues to fight "undemocratic" and "un-American" GOP efforts across the states to "assault" the "fundamental tenets of our democracy." Coca-Cola , Microsoft and Apple chimed in, and dozens more are readying outraged press releases.

Nancy Pelosi couldn't be more thrilled. Democrats and the activist left have long honed their techniques for intimidating corporations. They successfully pressured companies into withdrawing contributions from free-market groups, into embracing a climate-change agenda, into refraining from political contributions, into adopting new "social" investment criteria.

Enlisting corporate America to help peddle a patently false narrative is their biggest success by far. The left spent last year using litigation and political pressure to alter and weaken election standards across the country. Democratic lawmakers and the Biden administration moved swiftly to cement this effort with a federal takeover of state election law, the bill known as H.R.1.

Its enactment is still no sure thing, so the left is trying to block election-reform efforts at the state level. Central to this campaign is the dishonest claim that Republicans are launching these efforts only because they lost the White House and because they want to cripple the minority vote. Activists have spent weeks threatening companies that didn't join them with boycotts, protests and the label of "Jim Crow racists," and companies have complied.

Thus the sight of the nation's top business leaders monotonously reciting a fact-free narrative. As they know, state legislatures are moving to reaffirm longstanding rules and restore confidence in electoral systems that were arbitrarily remade during Covid. ID requirements are no more racist at the ballot box than on a Delta flight. Some 36 states have them, and they've been upheld by the Supreme Court. It isn't Jim Crow to codify the use of the ad hoc drop boxes that sprung up last year. It isn't voter suppression to reaffirm that activists aren't allowed to approach voters in line, especially to solicit votes with gifts (contrary to urban legend, the Georgia law allows poll workers to provide water). The Georgia law expands voting, adding early voting on more weekends and providing additional equipment and poll workers in larger precincts.

Mr. Bastian's moralizing memo fails to cite a single one of the supposedly "egregious measures" in the bill that will suppress the vote, although he does stress he hears his employees' "pain."

The letter from the 72 executives misstates the Georgia rules, suggesting the only way to satisfy the ID requirement is with a driver's license, even though "200,000 Georgians lack a license." In fact, voters can also use a free, state-issued nondriver ID, and those who lack one can fulfill the requirement with a Social Security number or even a copy of a "current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck." The letter suggests the Georgia "playbook" -- enacting rules less onerous than those in many blue states, as Karl Rove has noted in these pages -- is of a piece with "police dogs, poll taxes, literacy taxes." One can only hope Merck is more rigorous when conducting pharmaceutical trials.

Corporate CEOs may think this virtue signaling will spare them the left's boycotts or Democrats' punitive legislative measures. That's a sucker's bet given this week's Democratic plan to siphon $2.3 trillion from corporations to fund new spending. Meanwhile, longtime Republican defenders of corporate activity are rapidly losing interest in aiding CEOs who promote partisan conspiracy theories. Witness Sen. Marco Rubio's fuming tweet on Thursday calling Delta a "woke corporate hypocrite," noting that the company is "business partners with the Chinese Communist Party," raking in "billions of dollars in a country that doesn't even have elections."

Smart executives have long understood the value of political neutrality. Corporate America is now throwing its lot in with one of the most partisan, brass-knuckle, dishonest campaigns in recent political history. It will be a long time mending fences with Republicans -- if that's even possible.

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[Mar 28, 2021] The problem of black underclass in the USA

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Thomas , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm GMT • 2.8 days ago

@Jack D est," in the words of Jeremy Bentham.

The Great Commission to Uplift the American Negro is a long-running national project that goes back at least to the 1850s. It's recurred in cycles that always eventually founder, creating at best a "talented tenth"-type elite and leaving the great mass of the black underclass where they are or worse.

It can only continue to the extent that it does because of willful ahistoriocity on the part of its adherents, at least with respect to past cycles.

As our esteemed host has pointed out time and again, liberals are forbidden to know of any history relevant to blacks prior to the 21st century other than slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and Emmett Till.

[Mar 28, 2021] The George Floyd incident is illustrative. Police were not being brutal or confrontational when they approached Floyd. Floyd escalated the situation by refusing to comply with simple instructions. This is at the root of almost all police/public confrontations.

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Known Fact , says: March 25, 2021 at 1:56 pm GMT • 3.1 days ago

Why crime rises and falls is a devilishly complicated question.

In journalism, always a blaring alarm that a thumb-sucking pile of BS is about to follow. In fact, insert anything you want in front of "is a complicated question." But crime in particular is not complicated to explain. It's just unpleasant and embarrassing to face up to.

unit472 , says: March 25, 2021 at 2:05 pm GMT • 3.1 days ago

The George Floyd incident is illustrative. Police were not being brutal or confrontational when they approached Floyd. Floyd escalated the situation by refusing to comply with simple instructions. This is at the root of almost all police/public confrontations.

Police are required to investigate a violation of the law. If you hinder that investigation, physically resist or flee things go south. They can't just let you go if they believe you did something illegal. Had Floyd cooperated he would have likely ended up with a misdemeanor charge of passing a counterfeit bill,booked at the jail and bonded out in a couple of hours.

Underclass negroes simply refuse to take the easy way out believing they can talk ( lie ) their way out of a situation of their own making or, failing that, flee and everybody will just forget about it.

[Mar 28, 2021] If you're looking for a sinister oligarch angle which explains people like Warren Buffett* supporting BLM, perhaps the idea is to tank the values of gentrified urban property again in order to make money by chopping up exurban/suburban farms into tract housing and selling it to the urban refugees for the next 30-40 years.

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Alec Leamas (hard at work) , says: March 25, 2021 at 2:22 pm GMT • 3.1 days ago

If you lived in an urban area through the 60s-90s urban crime wave, you could have predicted this with more precision than Mr. Sharkey.

If you're looking for a sinister oligarch angle which explains people like Warren Buffett* supporting BLM, perhaps the idea is to tank the values of gentrified urban property again in order to make money by chopping up exurban/suburban farms into tract housing and selling it to the urban refugees for the next 30-40 years. Then you scoop up the low value urban property anticipating that the normies will actually demand policing again like they did in 1994 they can sell "redeveloped" real estate in cities to the kids who grew up in boring suburbs again. Population churn yielding increased profits for eternity . . .

* a few years ago Buffett got into the realty brokerage business for some reason.

[Mar 28, 2021] Atlantic: Yes, the Racial Reckoning Unleashed Mayhem...But That's a Good Thing!

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

STEVE SAILER MARCH 25, 2021

Americans are experiencing a crime wave unlike anything we've seen this century. After decades of decline, shootings have surged in the past few years. In 2020, gun deaths reached their highest point in U.S. history in the midst of a pandemic. In 2021, although researchers can't yet say anything definite about overall crime, shooting incidents appear to be on the rise in many places.

... Sharkey anticipated both the summer of anti-police protests and the possibility that souring police-civilian relations would contribute to an increase in violent crime.

Thompson: The subtitle of your book Uneasy Peace is The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence . Is it safe to say that the "great crime decline" has come to an end?

Sharkey: I would say it is very clearly paused. What remains to be seen is just how anomalous last year was. There's a possibility that this was just a year when social life was completely destabilized in so many ways, and that resulted in a huge surge of violence that was temporary. That's the hope.

Their public spaces have not been maintained. Their schools are underfunded.

"Underfunded" is a euphemism for "have students with low test scores." E.g., "Washington D.C.'s underfunded schools." Presumably, it means "underfunded relative to some theoretical amount of money, such as a gajillion dollars, that would be sufficient to raise these students' test scores to average."

Unlike The Atlantic , I came up with 274 more murders in Chicago in 2020 and in 103 other cities back on January 6 in Taki's Magazine , which has no paywall.

Since the Racial Reckoning was declared, blacks have been shooting people, mostly other blacks, at a high rate.

Sharkey: My work looks most closely at where crime is happening, not at individual victims. But there are some things we think we know. Intimate-partner violence increased in 2020. So did hate crimes against Asians. But the overall demographics of victims is incredibly consistent over time. It's young people of color, particularly young men of color. I don't see anything yet to indicate that's changed dramatically.

It's all those dark-skinned Tamil Brahmin young men of color shooting each other in suburban New Jersey.


Polistra , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:28 am GMT • 3.3 days ago

"the overall demographics of victims is incredibly consistent over time. It's young people of color, particularly young men of color."

That's it for the victims all right. Tragic for sure. But let's focus on the perpetrators for once, shall we? The perpetrators are bullets , and shots which ring out . These things come from guns .

These things happen all by themselves, of course, so the solution is to make sure that law-abiding people are never in control of these things, which happen. Have I got this right now?

william munny , says: March 25, 2021 at 10:09 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

Sharkey is trying to take a victory lap. As a sociologist in his 30s, he "predicted" that historically low crime rates would not stay historically low, confident he would be proven prescient. He blamed it on not giving enough to blacks, which is catnip to sociologists, the NPR crowd, and the media. His profession and clowns like Coates make him famous in his field because he is available for soundbites suggesting that reparations are necessary. A few years later, when the crime rate inevitably rises, he can say I told you so. He thought it might take many years, but it was only about 6.

On a related note, I am beginning my book on how the introduction of criti