Thursday, June 30, 2016


Ever since the Civil War, some White people have devoted themselves to uplifting the Black race in America. Sometimes it's official government policy, as it was during Reconstruction, on and off later, until the Sixties, when it became permanent government policy. And during all this, even before the Civil War, White individuals and organizations have worked feverishly to uplift Blacks in every way conceivable. All this uplifting consisted of education, especially literacy education, the inculcation of moral codes intended to lead to prosperity and stability, and just about anything any White person ever thought would be good for Blacks. Another technique has been to give things to Blacks that they can't earn for themselves, in hopes that such awards would kick-start their own ambition and determination to one day be able to earn such things for themselves, without the necessity of handouts. A more subtle form of this, called "Affirmative Action," wherein Blacks are given "extra points" for being Black, in order to qualify for admission to educational institutions, grants, and jobs they wouldn't qualify for otherwise.

Unfortunately, all that doesn't seem to have been enough. American Blacks may well be less literate on average now than they were in 1865.

In the following guest post, Armin Hale discusses the idea of uplifting others, and how best to do it:
There is no inherent problem in talking about uplifting others. And if they *genuinely* can be uplifted this will probably be worth doing. As I pointed out in a previous post, even though it would necessarily reduce the *relative* status of the dominant group (in this case white males) it may be worth it if it reduces envy, tension, conflict, and strife.

But the social justice version of this is parasitic and unsustainable.

They start by PRESUMING that all people are actually equal (which is a lie.)

Then they PRESUME (that every example of inequality is explicable by "oppression" (which is also a lie.)

Then they presume that by badgering, shaming, and bullying, they can induce whites, or males, to transfer wealth, privilege, and power to underperforming groups in exchange for nothing.

But these transfers will be required forever to maintain the charade, because people actually are not equal. And these transfers will have to increase in scale and expense, because when the weak and inferior are allowed to feast on the plundered booty of their bettors, over time, you get fewer of the latter, and more of the former.

The narrative on this is exactly backwards. In the mid 20th century, which I think we can all agree was way more racist than now, the USA was almost 90% white, less than 10% black. The narrative which basically posits that those 90% were living high and living easy on the backs of those 10% is laughable. The math just doesn't work out. White privilege isn't built on the blood, sweat, and tears, of exploited blacks. They largely do have to be excluded, but that is for the simple reason that TOO MANY OF THEM ABUSE THE PRIVILEGE. If you take a fragile, advanced, civilization and just let what in many cases amount to little more than jungle savages run amok, they break things. And you only have to look at Detroit, Newark, Gary, Atlanta, or any number of other places to see that this is the case. Racism is not what produces white privilege. We produce privilege ourselves. Racism is just a defense mechanism.

Now, Europeans weren't always civilized. So it's possible that by similar means, Africans could be too. And those means are principally, eugenic reproductive practices (for example, the nuclear family once imposed the restrain of financial independence prior to reproduction) and aggressive suppression of the criminal classes (in medieval Europe, something like 1-2% of the population was hung, beheaded, burned, or otherwise executed each year.)

So yeah, perhaps they can be uplifted, and this may be worth doing, but it's not going to be easy, and it's not going to be quick (in our case it took hundreds if not thousands of years.)

What the SJWs do is try to lie their way to a shortcut, but that only moves us in the opposite direction, and that only makes what is necessary all the more severe. People are getting wise to the lies, and the reaction is brewing.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Immigrants or Invaders?

Okay, friends, let's put it this way. Never mind the expense of taking immigrants in or even their tendency to misbehave or anything else. Surely we can agree that we should want only those immigrants who

1. intend to assimilate.

2. are capable of assimilation.

Now, by assimilation, I don't just mean learning to fit in, speak English, and that sort of thing, although they are essential also. Spies do all that, routinely. I also mean becoming American. That includes renouncing all allegiance you might have to your home country, or its institutions. It includes becoming patriotic about being American. And if you have a creed or belief that is incompatible with being a patriotic American, you have to abandon such creeds or beliefs. And yes, I'm including most Islam as I know it, because it includes lots of beliefs, evidently fundamental to the faith, that require opposition to American values. If I'm wrong about that somehow, please explain why and how I'm wrong, don't just screech about the First Amendment. And, no matter what a prospective Muslim immigrant might want to do to assimilate, can he just decide he doesn't believe those things any more? Or is he not capable of assimilation in this sense?

Here's a little video that I've put up before, that shows just how being overtolerant of immigration can bollix a nation up. Now and then, though, somebody caterwauls about its political incorrectness and YouTube or whatever takes it down, so here it is again. It's truly grotesque, but rightly so, and puts the left and all its blather in perspective:

Quibcag: That's Lum, of Urusei Yatsura (うる星やつら). and she knows all about alien invasion, being an alien invader herself.

Liberty and Nationalism

The entire quote is:

Nationalism is not a sufficient condition for liberty, but it is a necessary one. Most nations do not have, do not value, and do not demand liberty. So if you want liberty you have to keep them out. Furthermore, diversity and multiculturalism breed friction, tension, and ethnic strife, which increase demand for authority. If you want to employ other means than authority, of adjudicating disputes, or managing commons, the more homogeneity - normative, cultural, religious, or ethnic - the better. — Eli Harman

That's hard to argue with. But many, especially libertarians, will argue long and loud. Some have told me that nationalism is the problem. This while globalism is ripping traditional nations to pieces and removing what institutions we have left to protect us against things that transcend the nation, like Islam, which certainly knows no borders, and the likes of George Soros. 

A post or two back, John Derbyshire explained at least one reason why nationalism is held in low regard [link], and I might as well reprint his quibcag quote here while I'm at it.  Of course, the MAG (Media, Academia, Government) is always eager to assist in breaking down the nation-state, because it gets in the way of their big plans to dominate humanity with multinational corporations, a much more effective method than the feeble communist plan, and to cram ethnic groups together when they don't belong together and make them fight. If each group had its own nation, they might cooperate against the globalists, heaven forbid, instead of fighting one another within states.

Just imagine it. A world of great and small nation-states, each contributing to the beauty and creative urge of mankind. Enlightened nation-states, matured beyond the need to fight one another, but ready to cooperate against international destructive ideologies, like Islamism, communism, and globalism.

And, as Eli suggests, the freedom ethic that reaches its peak in the United States, but which is also valued in Britain somewhat less so (maybe), and in a slightly different way in France (hence the illustrations on the top quibcag), and to some extent throughout Europe and Russia and all Euro-derivitive nations, like Australia, Canada, Argentina, etc., is not a viable system outside the protection of a nation, hence the incontrovertible fact that a nation, therefore nationalism, is essential for the protection and propagation of freedom.

Now, I've been using "nation" here as synonymous with "nation-state," which may be somewhat confusing. A nation is a group of people that share ancestry, religion, culture, history, etc. A state is a group of people who share a government. The ideal is the nation-state, where an entire nations has a shared government, and that government governs only that nation. Obviously, it's an ideal that can only be approached. because there are little nations that find themselves under the jurisdiction of the government of a big nation. Both the US and Canada, for example, contain dozens of American Indian nations. France and Spain contain parts of the Basque nation. India, depending on how you look at it, contains a number of nations, none really dominant. Nation-states that come close to including only one nation, like Japan, are rare.

Well, I've gotten off-message here, as I often do. The most important thing to take away from this post is Eli's quote.
Quibcags: The first is illustrated by the Hetalia mascots for the US, France, and the UK, the three countries that, more than any other, include a freedom ethic in their self-image. The second is an illustration I found at

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kings and Queens, no Cabbages this time

There's definitely a late Roman sensibility to the coming election. What Spengler would call "Caesarism" is ascendent. The Hillary thing is indeed mind-boggling. It seems to have nothing to do with anything except sex and personality. Her own hammering away at the notion that electing a female president would be some kind of great accomplishment in itself is symbolic of the mentality of her supporters, who behave more like fanboys and fangirls than adherents of a political position. Really, suppose, say, it was Joe Biden running, and he based his campaign on the fact that it's about time we had a President from Delaware?  That would be idiotic if he took it further than a joke. The female thing is idiotic also, no matter how you look at it. However, the press has decided to treat that nonsense seriously, and avoid pointing out that it's idiotic. After all, we've had women running countries for quite a long time, since Hatshepsut, at least. But she goes beyond silliness to a downright cultish thing. Here candidacy does resemble celebrity adulation more than it does a political movement. Her supporters have the same air about them than fans of Cher and Judy Garland have, make what you will of that.

And Trump is definitely king material, but it's more accurate to compare him directly to Caesar than to invoke Caesarism. He's coming along at a time very similar to Caesar's time, when the Republic has lost its legitimacy and the support of the lower and middle classes. Like Caesar, he's not of them but he's for them, and Americans who don't belong to the elite have a gut knowledge of that. They know that Trump is their bast chance to overthrow the elite. That said, sure, as Bob Wallace says, Trump wants to be king. And considering the Presidents we've had lately, a king just might be an improvement.

Or an emperor. This is from Bob's site [link]:

The Emperor Trump

Mythologically a king can be good or bad, a prince can be good or bad, a princess is always good, and a queen is always evil - unless she's kept under control by the king. And, not surprisingly, the queen sometimes tries to kill the king so she can rule - cruelly and sadistically, of course.

Think of the political mess in "Game of Thrones."

I sometimes think of chess - the purpose is to kill the king. And what is the second most powerful piece? The queen.

Trump clearly has the attitude he should be King. And clearly Hillary has the attitude of an Evil Queen who should rule all her peons, and their purpose is to serve her, including, if necessary, with their lives.

The coming election is the most bizarre I have ever seen. A man who thinks he should be King, and an utterly corrupt drunken lesbian who thinks she should be Queen.

Look at the way people went crazy over Princess Diana - even Americans! I remember I was in college and all the girls in the house watched her wedding. I didn't bother to tell them there's no such thing as royalty - because it wouldn't have dented their adulation of her.

There is something in people that wants a King and Queen. I was a little kid, but I remember how John and Jackie Kennedy were portrayed as American royalty - Camelot.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn has argued the best political arraignment is a constitutional monarchy. I have been inclined for years to think he's right.

That means a King first - not a Queen.

Derbyshire on Brexit and its implications for the Trumpening

Brexit keeps echoing. Despite efforts to separate Brexit from the American election, it's clearly true that the motivation of Brits to vote Brexit is very much like the motivation of Americans to support Trump. And nationalism is at the core of it.

Speaking of nationalism, I've been trying very hard on this blog to explain that, given the alternatives to it, nationalism is a good thing. That is, if you don't have a nation to be a part of, you end up being the subject of an empire, or, worse, some kind of globalist world government. But that's too abstract. John Derbyshire gets it exactly right, by contrasting nationalism with despotic nationalism. He goes further than what's on the quibcag, but there wasn't room for it all. It's all in his essay below. Speaking of the despotic nationalism of the WW II era, it's also important to remember that the oppostion to the despotic nationalism of the Axis was itself pure nationalism — the nationalism of the United States, Britain, France, and many others, including the Soviet Union, which turned to Russian nationalism to inspire itself for the fight. So I'm using the term "nationalism" as it ought to be used, to signify the idea that a nation — a group of people related by blood who share a culture, language, history, ethnicity, etc. — should have a common government and sovereignty, and is a good and proper way to sort people out. Without the nation, there is no reasonable category for an individual to belong to greater than the family, and the family is too small and powerless to defend the individual from imperialism or globalism. And when you fully comprehend the shared blood, culture, history, etc. definition of nation, it leads you to think about immigration in a different way, and to have a different idea about the characteristics that an immigrant should have.

Enough from me. Here's John Derbyshire's piece, which you can find in its entirety at the Unz Review [link] or VDare [link]:

Rule Britannia! On Brexit, the Immigrant and Geezer Votes, and…Donald J. Trump

Monday, June 27, 2016

John Craig Puts the West on the Couch

It's healthy for a person, or a country, or a culture, to be self-critical. If you're not self-critical, how can you ever improve? If you don't recognize your flaws, you can't compensate for them. You know people who can't entertain the notion that they need improvement. Not the best people to deal with. On the other hand, there has to be a limit on this kind of thinking. There are people who overdo it, and magnify their flaws in their mind, and drown in guilt and a weird sort of self-pity. They see their own flaws as worse than the same flaws in other people. They're probably more annoying to deal with than the other group.

What applies to human beings generally applies, and certainly does in this case, to human groups — countries and cultures. On that scale, an example of that first type, the type incapable of noticing his own flaws, might be China. Yes, China went through a period of self-criticism in the Great Cultural Revolution, with mixed results, but that's all over now, and it's hard to imagine China thinking of itself as inferior in any way to other countries or cultures. It could probably benefit from a little self-criticism now, but it's a far healthier attitude to minimize one's own flaws than it is to blow them out of proportion.

And that's what the West has been doing for a long time now, both Western Culture as a whole and the countries that make it up. Self-criticism has reached ridiculous proportions. One enormous, pungent example of this is the constant harping on slavery, from remakes of Roots, to dozens of books, college courses, etc., excoriating Western Culture for its slavery period. We teach our kids in school and elsewhere that they, as Whites and Westerners, should feel perpetually guilty about the fact that the Western Culture had the institution of slavery for a couple of centuries about a century and a half ago. The fact that the West eliminated and outlawed slavery is ignored. The fact that other cultures — Islamic, Indic, Chinese, etc. — also had slavery, had it worse and longer, and didn't eliminate it until the West made them do it is also underplayed. As is the fact that slavery still exists in much of Africa and the Islamic world.

That's just one example. John Craig thinks the West needs therapy. Years of therapy.  This is from Just Not Said [link]:

If the West were a person…..

….how would it be analyzed? What is its syndrome? What would be the diagnosis?

To listen to the Left, you'd think the West was still just one big rampaging sociopath, the way it was up to the 19th century, going around conquering, killing, raping, and stealing from darker skinned peoples, while constantly scheming for world domination.

(Of course, other ethnic groups wanted to do those same things, they simply weren't as successful at accomplishing them as the West.)

But the West is no longer that way; it has become much weaker and much more guilt-ridden. A few hundred years later, and the West is the opposite. Not only does it no longer conquer, it actively seeks its own destruction. In fact, white people go around castigating themselves for being white and trying to out virtue-signal each other by talking about white privilege and desperately trying to show how anti-racist they are. They even encourage people bent on the West's destruction to immigrate to the West.

Now, just for a moment, suppose that this were just a single person exhibiting these qualities, and not an entire civilization. And let's assume, for argument's sake, that everyone else was sane (i.e., had a healthy ego and no overwhelming need for self-abasement and self-destruction).

How would this one sick individual be diagnosed?

It would be pretty obvious that he was suffering from some sort of neurosis. But which one? Learned helplessness? Was this person brought up by parents who insisted he never fend for himself, and thereby effectively turned him into a perpetual infant?

Is it depression? Why else would it be so suicidal?

Could it be that modern technology and media have given the west a case of ADD? How can anyone focus their mind on a threat when there are so many easily available distractions?

You could say the West has PTSD, from the all the recent wars it's fought, most of which -- ever since Viet Nam, at least -- have eventually had bad outcomes.

Is the West psychotic? You'd have to be delusional to think that importing people who hate us is a good idea.

Or maybe the West has Aspergers. Our inability to see that others hate us seems downright autistic at times.

If the West were looked at in sexual terms, it would definitely be a masochist. ("Whip me! Make me suffer! I'm no good!")

The best analogy I can come up with is Stockholm Syndrome.

Wikipedia describes it as:

a psychological phenomenon described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.

Is that not a perfect description of the West as it now is?

For the past fifty or so years, we have been held captive by a hostile media, which enforces a politically correct mindset of various Leftist doctrines which have turned the West into a helpless giant.

The pathetic thing is, this transformation was wrought without a single shot being fired, or any actual hostage-taking haven taken place. And much of the population has succumbed to this constant barrage of brainwashing.

Is the population of the West really that weak-minded and susceptible?

If so, maybe they deserve their fate.
Quibcags: This first illustrated by Kasumi of Ranma ½ (らんま½)  , the second by Urabe of Mysterious Girlfriend X (謎の彼女X. Nazo no Kanojo Ekkusu)..

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Matt Bailey on Free Trade

I used to believe in free trade. The economists make very good arguments for it. It's so smooth and simple to have no restrictions. It appealed to me on an esthetic level because of its simplicity, like Esperanto or the metric system. 

But that was before I came to realize how outrageously, mind-bogglingly different countries are from each other. The have different standards, and by our standards, some don't seem to have any standards at all. Yeah, that's the real diversity.

Let's make up some examples: Slobbovia produces very good, very cheap furniture. This isn't because they're all that good at it in the way that American furniture manufacturers are. It's because they use literal slave labor. Three-fourths of Slobbovians are slaves, the descendants of prisoners of war from the 19th Century. But, boy, their furniture is cheap, and Americans of course buy it instead of the more expensive American-made furniture. American furniture factories are going out of business, but Dad really likes his new recliner that cost twenty bucks less than the American kind.

San Lorenzo, in the Caribbean, produces remarkably cheap vegetables, and Americans of course buy them instead of their American-grown equivalents. This unfortunately puts American farms out of business, but, hey, a dime cheaper head of lettuce is a dime cheaper. The veggies are cheaper because San Lorenzan farm workers make about a quarter a day, and they save money on fertilizer by using the vegetable gardens as bathrooms. It's cheaper and more efficient. And if we refused to accept bathroomish veggies, it wouldn't be free trade, would it?

Yinyangguo manufactures really, really cheap electronic goods, so cheap that Americans buy them exclusively, and the American government can't resist those great prices either, so a remarkably large percentage of the electronics used by our armed forces are Yinyangguo-made. As a result, our domestic electronics industry is about gone. Some alarmists have pointed out that in case of war with Yinyangguo, we'd have a sudden electronics shortage that might hurt our ability to fight. Other, really crazy alarmists have said that the electronics we've bought for our armed forces just might have sleeper bugs embedded in them that would render them useless or actually dangerous at the push of a button in Yinyangguojing. But that's too science-fictiony to be true, right?

That's my take on pure, ideological free trade, so beloved of libertarians, neocons, and neoliberals. Here's some more sobering facts on the subject from Matt Bailey:


by Matt Bailey

"Free trade" between countries with vastly different standards of living is always a bad idea that functions as a tragedy-of-the-commons. The stages of free trade malaise run thusly:

1. In the first stage, a relatively prosperous working class which can still find employment in manufacturing has, from their point of view, no *incentive* to use up more of their income choosing more expensive domestic products over foreign ones, whose absurdly low labor costs ensure that domestic products can never compete on price. No, patriotic feelings and slogans in the absence of tariffs and trade barriers are NOT enough to trump individual economic self-interest.

2. In the second stage, the one of the decayed working class, people who no longer have a manufacturing base uplifting their prosperity and who now mostly "work at Wal-Mart" figuratively have no money to buy domestic products if they wanted them, and many if not most items are ONLY imported.

3. In the third stage standards of living have to collapse completely as the nation more or less voluntarily accepts Third World status, becoming producers only of agricultural goods. Only the situation is worse than that of Third World countries, because the former industrial nations have a higher population that is less skilled at scraping by/living off the land/etc.

The United States is somewhere between the Second and Third stage. The only leader who seems to know about these facts and care to avert Third Stage collapse is Donald Trump.
Quibcags: The first features Recette Lemongrass, who is a character in a role-playing game, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale (RECETTEAR~アイテム屋さんのはじめ方~ Rusettia – Aitemu-ya-san no Hajimekata?, Recettear: How to Start an Item Shop), chosen because she has a habit of periodically shouting "Capitalism, Ho!" I have no idea why, because I haven't gone near a role-playing game in decades, not that there's anything wrong with that. The second is illustrated by Yukko of Nichijou (日常), who evidently has seen something upsetting in the market, there.

Trump, Brexit, Nation-States, Cabbages, and Kings

Guest post by Donald J. Trump:

The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy….Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people.

The quote is from Takimag [link]

My little afterword:

The chattering class has done it again. I have actually heard some idiots say, in their patronizing way, that "Trump has really screwed up this time." First, they say, his very presence in Scotland during this vote was a mistake. Exactly how and why it was a mistake they don't say. Then others say that his commentary, above, was a terrible mistake which will lose him a lot of votes. How that would work is not specified. Takimag, at the link above, commented:

Obviously one would have to be an entitled bigoted bully to pick on an oppressed minority such as “the global elite.”

Tongue in cheek, obviously. The chattering classes make one big mistake: They think everybody, down deep inside, thinks just like they do, except of course for the "badwhites," the Archie Bunkers, the mouth-breathing hicks, the gun-toting rednecks, the bigoted Bible-thumpers, etc. The real enemy is just this little group of White people, mostly American, who are opposed to wonderful things like the leviathan superbureaucratic EU, gun control, crossdresser bathrooms, and all the other cool trendy stuff. Everybody else, to include goodwhites, like the chattering classes themselves, all nonWhites, all nonChristians, especially Muslims, all sexual deviants, women, of course, and other groups I'm forgetting to include, they're all good guys who agree about everything, really, or will, once the chatterers explain it all. They may seem to be in conflict now and then, when a Muslim murders a building full of homosexuals, or Blacks beat up and kill crossdressers, or "minorities" in general rape and murder a bunch of womn, but they're all on the same side when it comes to the real enemy — the badwhites mentioned above.

Steve Sailer calls it "The Coalition of the Fringes," and says that this hatred of badwhites is the KKKrazy glue that holds it all together. Steve knows how to coin phrases.

Well, all that is why the Chattering class thinks Trump screwed up. In fact, though, he won again, comparing the UK's decision to assert itself as a free people to our upcoming election, and of course he's completely correct to do so.

The Brits, despite many years of propaganda intended to turn them into malleable sheep, have decided that Trump was right when he said:

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony.

Which I have made into the quibcag above for you to pass around. And he's right, and the British electorate is right. The EU is no such foundation, nor is the UN, nor is any big globalist project. Now, the US is a special case. In one way of looking at it, we're analogous to the EU. We're a union of fifty states, and sometimes we seem too big to function properly, with too much centralized authority. In my opinion, the solution to that is to decentralize some of that authority, and give more sovereignty back to the states, the way the Founders intended. On the other hand, the US, at least the White part, is far more homogenous than Europe, because culturally, we're all basically derived from Britain, speak English, have English law as a tradition, are overwhelmingly Christian, etc.

So the US, I believe, should remain one country, because we are one nation — we're on the edge of being more than one, true, and some people have elaborated on that idea, thus:

This is from here [link], and it's fun to think about. Me, I'm a Greater Appalachian (Redneck), though I live in Farwest. When I get around to reading that book [link], I may say more about this.  But for now, lest everybody panic that we may fall apart into eleven countries, you could probably make a case for just about ever nation (in the ethic sense) being divisible into smaller nations. Spain, certainly, could be Castille and Catalonia and a few other nations. Germany was once 500 nations and could probably be again. Italy? At least half a dozen nations. About the only big country I can think of that couldn't be logically more than one nation is Japan. You could probably make a case for East Iceland and West Iceland.

Every case is different, of course, and the US should be one nation, but a more decentralized one, with more power given the states. That's a real possibility with Trump, who is refreshingly pragmatic as opposed to ideological. Europe should give up on its EU, and instead work on treaties and agreements designed to effectuate peace and trade between sovereign nations, and for God's sake keep "refugees" from flooding Europe. Obviously the EU can't do that at all.
Quibcags: The first is illustrated by the Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア)  personifications of Britain and the United States, who are both cute and appropriate. And then I remembered and dug up the quote by Marine Le Pen (La Trump de la France) illustrated by the Hetalia personification of France. The third, of course, is one of those anime Trump girls who are all over the net, to the consternation of the MAG.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nationalism: Not a Granfaloon at all

A lot of people like to distinguish nationalism from patriotism, calling the former a bad thing and the latter a good thing. I don't like that. To me, they're pretty much the same thing, except that "nationalism" also has the technical meaning of accepting or regarding the nation as a significant and proper organizational principle for mankind. If you're not a nationalist in that sense, you leave nothing to defend the interests of human beings between the neighborhood and an indifferent empire, culminating in a one-world government of some sort, because only nationalism is a powerful enough force to prevent the formation of the latter.

A huge resurgence of nationalism just manifested in the Brexit vote. For an explanation of that, we have a guest post by Michon James:

You wanna understand Brexit? Cool. Lemme explain.

Remember in 1984, where it's explained that there is no way to translate the declaration of independence into Newspeak? All you could output would be the word "wrongthink."

So. Take this familar speech and restate it as a typical, globalist, we are the world, everyone is brothers and sisters, speech. Obama, Bush, Cameron, Merkel, they've all made one.

"This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot , this earth, this realm, this England"

There is no way for Jeremy Corbyn to give that speech. Or Obama. Or Merkel.

It has no MEANING in a globalist context. How is England a "blessed plot"? What is better about English dirt than Danish or Indian or Nigerian dirt? What about all the problems England has? Surely Swiss dirt is MORE blessed than English.

The "envy" of less happy nations? Envying what? Higher standard of living?

And so on.

In a globalist world....this is all meaningless. It cannot be translated.

And that is sad.

"The tabloids lied to them"? This is just an excuse: "it was the tabloids wut dun it!"

The same level of shrieking hysteria was present in the "remain" papers- all those fancy old names. A bit less dramatic, but equally foaming at the mouth.

People dont like being replaced in their own nation. Until you come to grips with that, you're going to continue to lose. Poles or Muslims. The traditional population of a nation wants to remain that way, with their traditional governments and traditional traditions.

"The false song of globalism" has failed. The left f*cked the working class to cater to identity politics....and now the working class realizes it traded its identity for a promise of money....and now it has neither.

So it might as well get the identity.

You genuinely don't understand national pride, do you? Not in a world cup way, or a "yahhh the French" way.

These are our PEOPLE. The people of my own Carolina have their problems-but black and white, they are my tribe. As no Mexer or Muzzie ever will be.

My blood.

That's in a land with 200 years of history. Imagine what its like in a land with a thousand.

You f*cked with the TRIBE — do you people on the globalist left not understand that our tribes, our ways, our BLOOD are worth more than cash money?

People don't like the Daily Mail because its classy or smart or they even enjoy it. Its because the Times of london cares more about refugees than desperate yorkshiremen, as the Times of New york cares more about illegal immigrants than the desperate folks of appalachia.

You ever see that experiment, where the monkey denied physical touch would cling to a monkey model made of soft cloth rather than the one with food?

Thats what you did-your side. All those tabloids did was give a tenth of a sh*t about the ENGLISH PEOPLE.

That's all you ever had to do. Care for your own people just a little. Not as interchangeable figures on the dole, where a man whose ancestors marched with Henry is the same as Reza Khan-off-the-boat.

As a people.

Hell. Why do you think they love the queen?

Ex-Army here: I've pointed out the utility of nationalism and the naturalness of it, but the above points out something deeper, something cthonic about it. One of the most important things to a human being, any human being, is his nation, and don't confuse that with the state. Contrary to what the sleazeball Slick Willy said many years ago, you damn well can love your country and hate your government. No, your nation isn't a government. Your nation is a blood thing, also a thing of shared history, tradition, religion, mindset, and Weltanshauung. As Michon James reminds us, your nation is a poetic reality as well as a social one and an emotional reality as well as an intellectual one. It's:

In Dixieland where I was born in

Deutschland über alles

Allons, enfants de la patrie

Россия – священная наша держава

Columbia the gem of the ocean

君が代は 千代に八千代に

Advance Australia Fair

Ciña ¡oh Patria!

ارضِ پاکستان!‏

Get the picture? Patriotism. Love of country. One of the basic ways we sort ourselves out. I see it as:
individual, family, neighborhood, nation, mankind. Leave out the "nation" level and you've either got chaos or Oligarchical Collectivism [link]. The UK seems to have narrowly escaped the latter. With Trump, we've got our chance coming up.
Quibcags: The first is illustrated by the Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア) girls. Ain't they cute? And I found the working-class girl urging "STOP!" on Pinterest.

"Abusing Refugees" can be read two ways. Think about it.

To clarify, you can read "abusing refugees" as a gerund plus an object, as in "Joe is abusing refugees," or as an adjective and a noun, as in "Abusing refugees aren't the kind of immigrants we want, are they?

The fact that only ten percent of the dogs running loose in your neighborhood are rabid is no reason to sneer at people who are concerned about rabid dogs.

The fact that most of your neighbors aren't burglars isn't a reason to stop locking your door.

Get the picture?

One of my net friends recently said to me:

I figured you might be interested in knowing that while you're worried about "white christian civilization" or whatever picking up some slight tarnish from refugees, the refugees themselves have far bigger problems to worry about. I'm not saying that we should be spending tax dollars on supporting these people, but their reasons for wanting to come here are almost definitely not of the "durk durk Allah, Mohammed jihad" variety.
And gave me this

CHP’s refugee report reveals widespread child abuse, child labor in Turkey

A report prepared by the main opposition Republic People’s Party (CHP) has shone a light on bitter truths about the conditions of Syrians in Turkey, with children particularly vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse and hunger. 

The age of many children forced into prostitution by gangs starts at 12 or 13, according to the report prepared under CHP Deputy Chair Veli Ağababa and also printed as a book.

The project was initiated after the photo showing the body of Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy who washed ashore in the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Sept. 2 last year, shaking the world.

Launching the report on June 20, Ağbaba said it was the result of a 10-month study.

“The [Justice and Development Party] AKP’s approach is not a contemporary one based on human rights. Refugees in our country face vast human rights abuses and are used as a bargaining tool for the AKP to reach its political goals,” he added.

The report says that the state fails to prevent gangs in Turkey from exploiting the helplessness of Syrian women, while it quotes witnesses as saying that Christian Syrians in Turkey are “in fear” due to the activities of some Islamist groups in the country. 
Read the rest here: 

But then I come across this, from Vulture of Critique [link]:

unnatural vice in Idaho


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An alleged sexual assault on a five-year-old special needs girl has put a small Idaho city at the center of the debate over the Obama administration’s move to take in hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Much of what occurred in the June 2 incident is unclear, clouded by emotion and rumor and sealed from public record due to the suspects’ ages. At a raucous public meeting Monday, dozens of residents of the city of 44,000 voiced their concerns after word had spread that young Syrian refugees had gang-raped a little girl at knifepoint, defiling her in unspeakable ways.
Some of what they had heard was true, some was not and still more remains unconfirmed speculation. But authorities believe something terrible occurred. Two young boys were arrested Friday and remain in custody.
“This is a serious crime and we are handling it the way we handle all such crimes,” Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs told “We’re still in the fairly early stages of investigating this.”
Despite the hot-button issue of refugee resettlement, the story has gained little traction with the national media, and Internet fact-check site has labeled the information circulating on the web as “mostly false.” According to Loebs, the three assailants, ages 7, 10 and 14, are not Syrian, but may be refugees. The girl was not raped, but is believed to have been sexually assaulted, he said.
The day after the arrests, local residents formed the Facebook community “Justice for Our Children” in support of the young victim and her family that has more than 9,000 members. A petition was circulated, attracting more than 2,500 signatures in less than three days.
Loebs, (r.), says his office will get to the bottom of what happened June 2 at the Twin Falls apartment complex.
“Many people in this community are in awe, and outraged that no consequences are being served to these boys nor their parents for this vile incident,” reads the petition letter dated Jun 18. “We feel there is an incredible lack of justice being served. We are not targeting due to racism. We are targeting these individuals because of their horrific acts. No one should go without consequences for actions like these no matter the age or language barrier.”
Davis Odell, a community resident who has been in close contact with the victim’s family said the boys dragged the unnamed girl into a utility room in the Fawnbrook Apartments, a low-income, subsidized housing complex in Twin Falls, and assaulted her in an attack that ended when a neighbor happened upon the scene and called police
Read the rest of this here:
Now, then. Putting these two stories together, I have to conclude that no matter how unfortunate the conditions are for Syrian refugees in Turkey, they don't add up to justification for putting American five-year-old girls at risk for that sort of thing. Atrocities of that kind are more than "slight tarnish," and I'd say that "reasons for coming here" aren't relevant to this case. What we've done is welcome savages, subsidize them in every way, and then allow them to do horrible things to our children.

The reason for not accepting such refugees is that they are harmful to us. Pointing out that in the case of the abuse above, the refugees didn't behave according to some jihadi plan is simply ridiculous. They behaved the way such people tend to behave, and the people who are supposed to protect us from such things didn't bother to determine just what kind of people they were welcoming in, either because of incompetence or indifference.

So while it might be interesting and even helpful to determine refugees' reasons for coming here, the important thing for authorities to determine is how they're likely to behave when they get here. And they seem not to be interested in doing so, but instead use all their energy to jolly us into putting up with refugees, and making sure we don't learn about the things the refugees do when they get here.

Why isn't the Idaho story being told by the big news outlets? Why are they treating us to stories about how much help the refugees need instead, and shaming us into welcoming them in?
Quibcag: Interestingly, I found the quote in a column denouncing the anti-refugee position, listed as one of "the worst quotes about refugees," but read in tandem with the Idaho story it doesn't seem all that bad, does it? I found the national guard girl on Pinterest.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Trump Banzai! トランプ 万歳!

My first knee-jerk reaction to this was, am I somehow responsible for this anime-rightwing-Trump phenomenon? I'm not, of course. Stepping out from behind the curtain, "I" am two people, who are very much alike. One is Ex-Army, who chooses to remain anonymous, a retired government bureaucrat, and the other is Baloo the cartoonist. We met in the Army, and kept in touch, and now we do this blog together. Now, do we fit that snarky stereotype of the Trump supporter?

“childless single men who masturbate to anime.”

Well, no. Both of us are married with more than one kid. Both of us are into anime, obviously, especially Baloo, who puts the quibcags together, but it's not a fetish for either of us. Our tastes overlap, but Baloo tends to like the cuter sort of anime, like Ranma ½ (らんま½)  and Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3" (特例措置団体ステラ女学院高等科C3, while I tend more towards adventure stuff like Detective Conan, AKA Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン) and  Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. "Silver Soul"). I'll leave you to decide which of us is the more "fetishy."

And, no, "I" am not responsible for the Trump-Anime thing, though I certainly get a kick out of it. I don't know who first decided to put Trump hats on Anime girls, but it was a great idea. Below we have  a piece analyzing all this, but I'll put my two cents worth in first.

The MAG (Media, Academia, Government), not to be confused with MAGA (Make America Great Again) because they're basically completely opposite, hates anything it doesn't control. It doesn't mind opposition, as long as it's controlled opposition. Past Presidents the MAG feared that it couldn't control include Nixon, Carter, and Bush the First. All three were brought down. And candidates like Goldwater, Wallace, and Buchanan never got anywhere largely because they were perceived as uncontrollable. And right now Mr. Uncontrollable is Trump, who is saying all sorts of taboo things that the MAG really hates, like not intervening in the Middle East, not bringing in millions more immigrants, working together with Putin instead of trying to pick a fight, and eschewing political correctness AKA cultural Marxism.

This is why both branches of the MAG, the Establishment Democrats and the Establishment Republicans oppose Trump and want Hillary elected, though the Republicans have to be a little subtle about that lest the Republican voters catch on. Trump is probably the least controllable candidate in my lifetime. And, for that matter, being produced in mysterious Japan, Anime is uncontrollable and downright incomprehensible. 

So the combination of Trump and Anime is especially unnerving to the MAG. At the Right Stuff [link], Lawrence Murray has this to say about it all:

Make Anime Great Again

An article this month in the Jewish Daily Forward entitled “The Origins of Anti-Semitic Anime Inspired by Donald Trump” attempts to trace the relationship between Making America Great Again, Chinese cartoons, and the alt-right. The Forward first encountered this meme mutation when one of their writers had his Twitter account saturated with pictures of Neon Genesis Evangelion character Asuka wearing a Trump hat. The culprit was the alt-right’s department of electronic defense, who were also pointing out coincidences about his ancestry and religion.
That digitally battered author wrote a response, which was summarized in the article I linked: 
In his piece, Michaelson drew anti-Semitic context from the anime series itself. According to Michaelson, Asuka, within the context of the larger narrative of Neon Genesis Evangelion, symbolized a “warrior” against an insidious “global Jewish conspiracy,” epitomized in the series as the evil organization SEELE. Michaelson concluded that anti-Semitic themes apparent in Neon Genesis Evangelion draw from a wider phenomenon of Japanese anti-Semitism (or philo-Semitism, depending on your point of view.)
Weirdly perceiving references to the Torah and Jewish mysticism (as well as Christianity) to be anti-semitic, the author grossly misinterprets NGE (which, to be fair, is rather common) to be about Asuka fighting against the Elders of Zion. While I don’t expect the average journalist to be familiar with anime, it would not have been hard for him to find a decent synopsis of the series and its symbolism. In all likelihood, Hideaki Anno, the director of NGE, likely went with all of the Abrahamic religious symbolism in the anime because he thought it was neat, in the same way that SWPLs practice bastardized versions of Dharmic religions because it’s different. The anime was not anti-semitic, unless you are a neurotic kayak looking for anti-semitism under every rock. (Hey if you think a shadowy organization trying to transform the world is metaphor for ZOG, that’s on you). In addition, Asuka isn't even the main character of the series, but instead represents an emotional obstacle for the teenage protagonist, Shinji, who is a socially awkward and dependent self-insert character for anime fans. The (((Judaeo-Christian))) symbolism and robot fights are only the aesthetics of the series, not its meaning. The Forward author didn’t even try when he wrote this joke—he didn't even notice that Asuka hails from the evil country of Germany, which would have lent possible credibility to his thesis. I mean, how do you miss that if your narrative that Jews are under siege by evil goyim infected with the virus of anti-semitism?
So the first Forward writer to tackle this issue really didn’t get it. The second, however, does correctly point out that what mainstreamed the connection between anime, Trump, and the alt-right was Rick Wilson’s cucked mewling, way back in primary season: 
It all started last January, when a disgruntled Republican political consultant, Rick Wilson appeared on MSNBC’s “All In” to give his two cents on the rise of Donald Trump and his anti-Semitic, alt-right supporters. Since Trump’s rise as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Wilson been a fierce critic of Trump and a prominent leader of the #NeverTrump movement within the GOP. When Wilson was asked about Trump’s supporters on “All In,” Wilson explicitly expressed his disgust when he said that most of Trump’s supporters were “childless single men who masturbate to anime.”
In claiming that things started with Wilson, the author is only scratching the surface. Inherently, Wilson is referencing a pre-existing association between online Trump supporters and anime, and we’ve been trolling people on Twitter much longer than that. He then tries to explain that “white supremacists” like anime because they think it depicts Whiteness, and essentially ends up doing what a long line of journalists before him have done—he quotes an ironic meme in its entirety as truth: 
According to chat boards on Stormfront, a “white nationalist, white supremacist” internet forum, anti-Semites have an unusual affinity for Japanese anime, because, as one user puts it, “Japanese cartoons mostly celebrate the white race and our mythology. They have a weird fascination with us like some whites have for the red man. They are also 100% Talmud free content. They glorify us.”
While I don’t doubt that a minority in the alt-right sphere genuinely believe this as a kind of ex post facto rationalization for liking anime, for most people this is just a hilarious in-joke. And funnier still is seeing it quoted in the Jewish Daily Forward, another striking victory for the meme war. The author also cites Japanese language posts that went viral and “raised considerable debate about the white-centric standards of beauty that were perpetuated by anime.” But these only went viral because they were outrageously stupid. There are a huge variety of animation styles used in anime, some of which look more Asian and some more European, but by and large anime characters are more humanoid than human, period. Do Europeans have giant eyes, oversized heads, and unnatural hair colors?

As I see it, the meme of anime girls in Trump hats is cut from the same cloth as the controversy over Microsoft’s now-terminated Twitter chatbot, Tay AI. Within days of going up, the bot developed a politically incorrect and inegalitarian personality from being exposed to a subset of pseudonymous millennial internet users, the same cohort that produced chan culture. And that’s the actual origin of the meme mutation stumbled upon by Forward. Anime girls in Trump hats are a cross-pollination of /pol/ and /a/, 4chan’s “Politically Incorrect” and “Anime & Manga” boards respectively. But in recent years, their ethos has long outgrown their parent site and spread into other social networks like Twitter.
The anime-fan–right-winger merger is not surprising to anyone under 30. 4chan was founded as a discussion board for Japanese media over a decade ago, but for much of its history was also a very unregulated speech platform. Such safe spaces provide right-wing crimethink with fertile ground, but also led to ideological and aesthetic amalgamation. And Trump, taking up the mantle of anti-establishment and anti-PC politics, has enriched the soil further for the digitally-driven alt-right and our memes. Trump is the patron god of political incorrectness—he calls it common sense—and so what if his 2D Vestal Virgins don’t meet your 3DPD standards of beauty? Cry some more, kayak.
To recap, why are anime girls wearing Trump hats and why will they continue to do so? First of all, it’s funny, so there’s that. And secondly, there is an overlap between internet Trump supporters and internet anime fans.As for these memes being anti-semitic, that’s just plainly offensive to a man with Jewish grandchildren and to 2D schoolgirls everywhere who want to Make America Great Again. But if the alt-right can get Jews to think anime is anti-semitic, that’s one small step for memes and one giant leap for gaslighting.