William Voegeli has an article at Claremont Review of Books titled RACISM, REVISED.
In it he reviews the New York Times (NYT) differeing stance on racism committed by white people and non-white people. The case in point is their employee Sarah Jeong. She has a Twitter history that is littered with the most egregious anti-white bias imaginable. But the NYT waived their hands at this and said it was those evil white trolls that made her do it. But when an equivalent bias was shown by a white person, off with his head. Very interesting read.
Reading this article was a guilty pleasure. Brandon Weichert’s thesis is that as bleak as the fight often seems, the battle is worth the fight and winning is possible. And going down swinging is the way to go. He even quotes Horatius at the Bridge. I mean, that’s catnip for me. Read it if you need a shot in the arm.
Don’t Listen to Conservative Quitters
Dinesh D’Souza nails this one and juxtaposing Bill Kristol’s rejoinder is all that’s needed to freeze in time the current state of Conservative Inc.
Let’s hope it’s a “teachable moment” for all involved, including me. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
Not only the France but other lefty jurisdictions like Washington state and Ontario have rejected carbon taxes that punish people for having cars. Time seems to be running out on the global warming scam.
VDH delves into history to find examples of leaders restoring greatness to a declining civilization. The primary example he picks is Eastern Roman emperor Justinian the Great turning around the military, cultural and religious decay of sixth century Byzantium and thereby providing the foundation for a civilization that saved Eastern and possibly all Europe from Islam. Interesting read.
Does ‘Make X Great Again’ Ever Happen in History?
A coalition of outraged Frenchmen from the Right and Left called the Yellow Vests have burned downtown Paris to protest government taxes on fuel prices. In the last week the price of gasoline went down five cents in my neighborhood. I’m guessing the fuel price increases must at least partly be part of EU initiatives to discourage CO2 emissions. Wouldn’t it be funny if the EU has to back off the carbon footprint measures to prevent being dragged off to the guillotine.
Hannity, Solomon and Carter Preview the Penultimate Tick-Tock…
And POTUS tweeted to have folks check it out. Does he ever fool us about this stuff? I’m not on Twitter so I don’t know.
Jesse Kelly is a contributor to The Federalist. He has been very critical of the way social media sites have been silencing conservatives. So, it probably wasn’t shocking when Twitter permanently shut down his account. Apparently, something made them change their minds and reinstate him.
The incoming freshman senator for Missouri has said he wants Twitter investigated for the way they single out conservatives for silencing without any explanation or recourse. And a senate committee is interested in doing just that. Could this be why Kelly was reinstated? Too soon to tell but if other conservatives also get reinstated it’ll be a trend that bears watching. Maybe President Trump is starting to worry Silicon Valley and that would suit me to a tee.
One of the news sites I look at each day is realclearpolitics.com. They often have dueling headlines on a topic from the Left and the Right. Today featured the New York Times article “My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy” by someone now called Andrea Long Chu, and an article by the American Conservative called “Andrea Long Chu’s Fake Vagina” by Rod Dreher. The New York Times article is liberally quoted in the Dreher article so if like me you don’t traffic on the New York Times, at least you’ll know what Dreher is referencing. I read Dreher’s article and honestly, I’m still shaking my head. The level of masochism and self-delusion necessary to allow anyone to get involved in the surgical and medical madness described in the article is stunning. I’ve felt that reporting on the unhealthy practices occurring on the Left is important to warn people (especially the young) of the dangers lurking nearby these troubled groups. And I still feel that way. The fact that there are physicians and social workers who advocate to allow these dangerous practices and medical procedures to be performed on young people is alarming and should be highlighted as further proof that our society is now a menace to our children and not to be trusted.
But it’s too much. I can’t stomach the nausea of even thinking about these things at this time of the year.
I’m off from work for a few days this week and I’ve been visiting with family during this holiday weekend. And even writing on this nightmarish article is too depressing to consider. So, adios Andrea Long Chu and all his pseudo-gynecological considerations. Unless there is an eruption on the Mueller front or the Mexican Caravan manages to reach southern New England, I propose to address the positive aspects of the news. And if there are absolutely no positive news items (which is quite possible) I’ll concentrate my time on cultural concerns that are of a positive nature. Probably this will entail music, book and movie reviews that I think will bring a pleasant moment to the readers. I have some macrophotography files I’ve been working on. I’d prefer to subject my readers to the terrors of magnified beetles and moths and thorny plants than dwell on these other horror stories for the next few days. I’ll regale you with my delusional theories for restoring pulp science fiction to its rightful primacy on book shelves (or at least the first page of the browser search results). I’ll tout my obscure non-commercial choices for country music. And when I run out of real subjects to bloviate on, I’ll fabricate a story involving my alt-reality President Trump and his equally fictitious minions as they face off against zombie civil servants, undead Clinton opponents and the truly nefarious forces of the main stream media. In other words, I’ll do all the things I usually do except with 30% less outrage.
Meeting with family, especially the grandsons was extremely enjoyable, almost inspirational. We played cards, talked about what they wanted for Christmas, ate grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers, watched some old movies together and talked about artificial intelligence. So, for the next few days, I’ll try to stay on the lighter side of things. Please bear with me. I promise to try and be extra specially outraged by Saturday.
Much digital ink has been spent burying the spectre of the Alt-Right. Probably most of this is butt-covering going on trying to assure the powers that be that the individual in question is NOT of the Alt-Right and therefore not deserving of de-platforming.
Along with this interment is the surprising fact that most people (including myself) are not entirely sure what the definition and origins of the Alt-Right precisely are. I know that depending on the exact capitalization and hyphenation of the name it can be the Richard Spencer coined term for the white identitarian group that he belongs to. Other versions of this and similar expressions like Dissident Right have different emphases and appeal to different points of view.
But whatever names and whatever divisions these groups make between each other (and they certainly do that), one thing is undeniable. These were the groups that identified the real problems afflicting the United States and they were the ones who backed Donald Trump before anyone else even thought he was serious. Whatever else they are wrong about they were right about those things. To deny that is to deny the truth.
And the other thing that needs to be said and that is the central point of this post is that they along with President Trump are responsible for moving the Overton Window to the point where even the normies like me have heard the details of what the Alt-Right knew and have incorporated it into our world view. No one bothers to even dispute the platitudes of the Establishment GOP when they’re mouthed. We might give a sarcastic snort and then close the link and go to some useful website where actual thinking is going on. The Alt-Right and Donald Trump truly revealed why the right always lost. It was because our supposed leaders didn’t want to win. They just wanted the job of losing.
Now, all of this is old hat. We all know all of this. But it was hammered home to me when I was perusing an article in American Greatness by Christopher Roach entitled “The Radicalism of Conservatism, Inc.” Now it’s a very good article and it delves into the history of how the establishment right became so wrong on how to win. But reading the description of how Trump deconstructed the “illegal immigration is an act of love,” and describing establishment conservatives by saying, “that they function chiefly as the palace guard for yesterday’s liberalism” could have come directly out of a ZMan post from a year ago. What that tells me is the knowledge that the Alt-Right pioneered has been successfully dispersed into the bloodstream of the conservative body politic (if I may mangle a metaphor that far).
Whatever agreements or disagreements we may have with either the tactics or the substance of what the Alt-Right believes we have to acknowledge that they have red-pilled a significant part of the normie right. And that is without a doubt an enormous achievement. Without them maybe Clinton beats Trump and with a solid liberal majority on the Supreme Court we might now be watching as the First and Second Amendments were being effectively chloroformed.