"Well, ackshull-eee…"

Pat Buchanan, in cataloging the vortex of demagogy that is the still-young 2020 Democratic campaign for the presidency: At the end of a week where he withdrew his nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement and saw the departure of his Secretary of Homeland Security, Trump, referring to the 175,000 migrants apprehended crossing the U.S. borderContinue reading “"Well, ackshull-eee…"”

Portrait of the Current Year

This photograph is the Democrats’ dilemma, distilled. At twenty percent of Democrats blacks punch above their weight. But they’ve earned their group privilege by way of, to put it nicely, screwing up. Black dysfunction–crime, professional mediocrity, poverty–is converted into political power by demagogy aided by the religious commandment that black problems all result from whiteContinue reading “Portrait of the Current Year”

Incuriouser and Incuriouser

Several community leaders of the Ferguson BLM riots are dead, and so is journalism, as this report evidences: Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose.  Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drewContinue reading “Incuriouser and Incuriouser”

Plundering for Justice

We’re in the redress and appropriation phase of the civil rights movement, wherein the wealth and culture created by history’s putative monsters, white Americans, is being redistributed among non-whites. The tenets of the post-religious dispensation are Equality and Diversity. Together they posit a natural order, lost to white supremacy, wherein material wealth and power areContinue reading “Plundering for Justice”

Suicide Watch

The old joke Washington Post headline, “Meteor to Obliterate Earth, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit” works because it’s a fair description of a well worn media template, getting more worn by the day in our Current Year of Salon-Vox-Slate thumb-suckers: “social effect x occurs, protected class(es) disproportionately affected”. There’s always been an unacknowledged concomitant toContinue reading “Suicide Watch”

Scratch an SJW…

It played out like countless controversies: offense is taken, racism is charged, social media is mobilized, capitulation is achieved. Only this one played out in China: Dolce Gabbana has postponed a catwalk show in Shanghai after an outcry over racially offensive posts on its Instagram account that the fashion brand has claimed were written by hackers. Continue reading “Scratch an SJW…”

Mind the Gapped

The nation is so cowed by political correctness controversy isn’t what it used to be.When I heard a city councilman somewhere had used the phrase “master race” my morbid self rose to the clickbait, expecting to learn some poor soul went off-matrix and starting ranting about race and all that entails. But no, it turns out “masterContinue reading “Mind the Gapped”

Hegemony and Harmony

Jack Beatty writes in Age of Betrayal: …capitalism was up for debate in Gilded Age America; it had not achieved “cultural hegemony,” a concept introduced by the Italian Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci to elucidate how regimes rule without force. Hegemony, for Gramsci, is “the ‘spontaneous’ consent given by the great masses of the  population toContinue reading “Hegemony and Harmony”

Fake Views

Comes now the New York Times weighing in on Trump’s South Africa tweet Mr. Trump’s comment came after the Fox News host Tucker Carlson presented a late-night program on South Africa, including land seizures and homicides, and described President Cyril Ramaphosa as “a racist.”The tweet gives prominence to a false narrative pushed by some right-wing groupsContinue reading “Fake Views”