Randoms of the past several days

I hope you didn’t miss the tournament challenge at People of Walmart. It’s like the NCAA tournament except everyone loses.

Bruce Charlton:

We cannot have freedom, growth, capability, comfort etc…. minus PC.

And of course we cannot have freedom, growth, capability, comfort etc with PC; because PC is actively destroying all of these.

We are going to lose modern society whatever happens – whether PC continues, or whether PC is destroyed and replaced.

Modernity is doomed: suck it up!

Marc Faber:

Unfortunately, I believe that the ongoing moral decay among US politicians and the business elite, the irresponsible fiscal and monetary policies, the decline in educational standards and infrastructure, the trade and current account deficit, the weak US dollar, and the heavy- handed and ambiguous meddling in foreign affairs by US officials, are all pieces in a puzzle, which when assembled reads: Failed State.


American minorities don’t need money, pity, or special rights, they need temperance, diligence, thrift and other bourgeois virtues, exactly what their community leaders are telling them are orthogonal to their position. The last thing you should tell someone in really bad straights is that his problem is the indifference, if not cruelty, of others, because it doesn’t help him.

Best blog post title I’ve read in a while.

Ouch: "28 percent of all U.S. women with two or more children have children by more than one man — and it is frequently tied to marriage and divorce rather than just single parenthood."

Tino on wealth and IQ.

These comments from Oriental Right apply almost as well to DC as they do to Baltimore.

Dennis Mangan has some thoughts on sleep. Personally, I don’t understand why people want to sleep less. Sleeping is wonderful.

Steve Sailer on the deserving dumb.

John Derbyshire on demographics: "Liverpool is our future"

Democracy and growth.

The rules of propaganda.


10 Responses to Randoms of the past several days

  1. sardonic_sob says:

    The great enemy of any religion is not the heathen or the unbeliever: it is the heretic.

    Political Correctness is merely the Manichean Heresy in modern garb. Any religion which fails to see through its disguise is doomed. At this time this appears to include all major religions except conservative Islam and a few backwater Christian churches.

  2. Tschafer says:

    “We cannot have freedom, growth, capability, comfort etc…. minus PC.”

    But we had all of these things without PC, prior to the 1960’s. I understand Charleton’s argument, but hey, before we throw in the towel on the modern world, lets try getting rid of PC, and lets just see if, maybe, we can actually have these things. I mean, if it doesn’t work out, there’s always time to give up, right?

    As much as I respect BC, it sometimes seems as if he hates the modern world so much, he’s constantly looking for reasons to give up on it. Sort of like Moldbug and democracy. Both attitudes are understandable, but not really helpful as guides to future action.

  3. dearieme says:

    “With its intricate mysteries of quadratics, logarithms and imaginary numbers, Algebra II …”: dear God, if quadratics are in Algebra II, what can be in Algebra I? Pulling your finger out?

    On the other hand, what sort of muttonhead would think that mastery of imaginary numbers is a sine qua non of a decent secondary schooling?

  4. Tschafer – of course I may be wrong about the future (!), but I don’t hate the modern world as such. For example I’m addicted to comfort and convenience and dependant on modern medicine to stay functional. But my feelings don’t make any difference to whether or not I can keep it.

    We had PC in the 1960s, but it was not dominant.

    And who, exactly, is going to fight PC? – and with what weapons? All powerful Western institutions are deeply complicit.

  5. Handle says:

    The best thing in Sailer’s post was this:

    One thing that could be done is to make clear to high school students that they can’t begin taking community college classes for credit if they get stuck in remedial courses, so expose them to the JC’s test that gets you past remedial math and into the real stuff. That might encourage some to study harder in high school and discourage others from bothering with community college

    What the so-called “guidance counselor” at a high school is supposed to be doing is to encourage a student to work hard at the achieving the best feasible life-path with regards to education and employment, according to the child’s demonstrated character and talents.

    What they instead tend to do is fill their heads with unrealistic fantasies of academics and college life which set these poor kids up for devastating and humiliating failure instead of any kind of feeling of dignity in the professions at which they can prosper. Read Charles Murray’s “Real Education” and you’ll get a flavor for the completely avoidable tragedy.

    P.S. I tried to send you an email a few days ago, but no reply. Should I try a different address?

  6. Tschafer says:

    Mr. Charleton,
    Sorry if I imputed feelings to you that you don’t actually have about the modern world. You certainly seem fed up with the modern world, at any rate, and that’s wholly understandable. I’m just not ready to admit that modernity is doomed, no matter what we do. Maybe I’m just a pollyanna, or that “can-do” American attitude, but I’m not done fighting yet. Despair is a sin, and besides, the PC order isn’t nearly as strong as it looks, at least in the U.S.

    Anyway, I always enjoy your thoughts, even when, as now, I disagree…

  7. icr says:

    KMAC describing the emergence of an early form of PC:

    Part of this sense of losing control came from changes in the media. It is remarkable that people like Lothrop Stoddard and Charles Lindbergh wrote numerous articles for the popular media, including Collier’s, the Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest between World War I and World War II (p. 23). In 1920‑1921, the Saturday Evening Post ran a series of 19 articles on Eastern European immigration emphasizing Jewish unassimilability and the Jewish association with Bolshevism. At the time, the Post was the most widely read magazine in the U.S., with a weekly readership of 2,000,000.

    The tide against the world view of the officers turned with the election of Roosevelt. ” Jews served prominently in his administration,” (p. 244) including Felix Frankfurter who had long been under scrutiny by MID as a “dangerous Jewish radical” (p. 244). Jews had also won the intellectual debate: “Nazi racial ideology was under attack in the press as pseudo‑science and fanatical bigotry.” (p. 244) Jews also had a powerful position in the media, including ownership of several large, influential newspapers (New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record and Pittsburgh Post‑Gazette), radio networks (CBS, the dominant radio network, and NBC, headed by David Sarnoff), and all of the major Hollywood movie studios (see MacDonald 1998/2001).

    It is remarkable that the word ‘Nordic’ disappeared by the 1930s although the restrictionists still had racialist views of Jews and themselves (p. 245). By 1938 eugenics was “shunned in public discourse of the day.” (p. 250) Whereas such ideas were commonplace in the mainstream media in the 1920s, General George van Horn Moseley’s 1938 talk on eugenics and its implications for immigration policy caused a furor when it was reported in the newspapers. Moseley was charged with anti‑Semitism although he denied referring to Jews in his talk. The incident blew over, but “henceforth, the military determined to protect itself against charges of anti‑Semitism that might sully its reputation or cause it political problems …. The army projected itself as an institution that would tolerate neither racism nor anti-Semitism” (p. 252‑253).

    This at a time when the US military was rigidly segregated by race!

    From Bendersky’s perspective, these changes are due largely to the triumph of science: “Not only was Stoddard’s racial science erroneous, it was —— despite his assertions to the contrary —— out of step with the major trends in science and scholarship” (p. 262). What Bendersky does not note is that the “scienitific” refutation of the ideas of Stoddard and the other Darwinian theorists was entirely due to a political campaign waged in academic social science departments by Franz Boas and his students and sympathizers. The political nature of this shift in intellectual stance and its linkage to Jewish academic ethnic activists has long been apparent to scholars. (Degler, 1991; Frank, 1997; MacDonald 1998/2001; Stocking 1968, 1989.)


    • Tschafer says:

      Yes, the roots of PC run pretty deep, but, as noted, it was only embryonic in the 1930’s, and certainly not dominant until the late 1960’s – early 1970’s. I’m not a big KMAC fan, but he’s quite correct to emphasize the importance of Nazism in the rise of PC. Yes, the roots of PC lie in the Roosevelt Administration era in the 1930’s, and the reasons for the adoption of proto-PC in the 1930’s lies in the repugnance that most people in the West felt towards the Nazi regime (and rightly so), and since the rise of the Nazis was a contingent circumstance, not inevitable, the rise of PC is at least partially contingent, and not inherent in Western Civ. There’s still hope, in my opinion. The answer is always to keep fighting. The enemy is getting tired, too…

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