Their Summer Of Discontent

One of the stranger parts of the summer of left-wing violence is that no one has bothered to think too much about why the people are rioting. Sure, the official Left says it is an organic uprising over something or other. The official Right says these people are communists doing communisms. That’s the same old tired sloganeering we hear from the political class all the time. Neither claim gets to the question of why these people are out in the streets every night in certain cities.

Initially, the Black Lives Matter stuff was just the semi-organized Democratic Party street activism we have come to expect before an election. BLM was organized by the Obama administration on the college campuses. Then it bled into the legacy racial grievance rackets. The statue toppling after George Floyd overdosed in police custody was mostly paid for by the party trying to whip up black support. Then it gave way to the anarchy we are seeing in places like Seattle and Portland.

That’s an aspect that gets very little attention. The violence we are seeing is in mostly white cities by mostly white people. Minneapolis is 19% black. Seattle is 7% black and Portland is 6% black. Kenosha is 10% black and close to 80% white! Note that super-black cities like Baltimore, St. Louis and Detroit have had no riots. Los Angeles, which just had a police shooting, could not get a decent riot going. They tried, but they lack the white kids with back packs needed to do it.

The truth behind these riots is that they have nothing to do with local issues or legitimate grievances. They are simply a happening that is drawing in the disaffected white youth that provides bodies for Antifa. Get up close to an Antifa crowd and what is striking is how unimpressive they are individually. The males are skinny and awkward, while the females are loud and ridiculous. These are young whites who have no place in the neo-liberal order, so they end up in Antifa.

What being in the anarchist underground gives them is the same thing you see in other types of anti-social subcultures. They get a sense of purpose, but also a community in which they have a clearly understood place. They go out and protests or riot with their mates and then have that to bond over afterward. It is not all that different from the hooliganism you see around European soccer. The difference is the Antifa kids come from the middle-class, rather than the working class.

Now, calling them kids is not entirely accurate. The guy who murdered the Trump fan in Portland is a middle-aged man. Still, he is a good example of a larger phenomenon that is fueling anarchism and also fueled the alt-right to some degree. This is a guy who has no place to go in life. There’s no role for a low-normal intelligence white guy with a taste for action. He’s probably too dumb for the military and there is no working-class community for him, so he drifted into anarchism.

The cities that are experiencing the anarchist unrest should be models for the modern liberal democratic order. They have very low crime. They are prosperous, bourgeois urban areas based on the new economy. The young people have access to college and jobs, while living in carefully curated hipster areas. Portland is what east coast cities aspire to, in terms of demographics and urban renewal. The whole point of gentrification has been to look more like Seattle than The Bronx.

The problem is these cities are entirely synthetic. Walk around hipster parts of these model cities and they seem very nice, but they also feel like the suburban town centers developers create for their housing developments. You can’t put your finger on it, but something is missing. Granted, visitors can’t truly judge these things, but the constant civil unrest by the younger people suggests they are not happy with the paradise in the wilderness either. Progressive Whitopia is not working.

Related is the flight out of places like San Francisco and New York. The plague is being blamed for it. The man-made panic shutting down these cities is forcing people to find greener pastures. Note, however, that the people who flocked to these urban oases for the culture, lifestyle and urban living are unwilling to fight for it. Instead of taking to the streets demanding more from their mayors, they are just packing the Subaru and heading for the suburbs. It was all fake and temporary for them.

What we may be seeing this summer has nothing to do with the tired clichés from the worn-out political establishment. Instead it is one of the consequences of trying to turn America into a Potemkin village. Replacing social capital with likes on social media and pointless employment in the new economy is not working. The generation that created it is committing suicide at record numbers. The generation that is faced with living it would rather watch it all burn than participate in it.

A truth of the human condition is men need purpose and fraternity. Maybe it is the military and family life. Maybe it is a frat at college and then a career. Maybe it is the job site and the local pub. Women need community and companionship. The nuclear family was created for them. The liberal democratic world order does none of these things for people. Living atomized, pointless lives among constantly shifting groups of strangers is a recipe for disaster, not paradise.

What’s now happening on the Left is a reflection of what has been happening in the white working and middle-classes. Progressive politicians cheer it on, because at some level, they wish they could be in the streets too. The mayor of Portland is living a pointless existence and he knows it. The difference is these anarchists get to express their unhappiness outside. Working class whites are ignored and the white middle class is threatened into remaining quiet.

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Dinothedoxie
Dinothedoxie
15 days ago

Another factor in the riots is that massive numbers of criminals were released from prison early as part of the governments idiotic Covid hysteria. To communities that were already dealing with massive underemployment from the lockdowns.

A lot of the rioters are such criminals – as seen in the Rittenhouse Incident.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
15 days ago

Yep. When Kyle cut loose with his AR15, hits three people and they’re all criminals… I’d be leery of saying these are all spoiled rich kids. There’s plenty of druggies and street trash in their numbers. The societal disenfranchisement definitely is a part of it… but far more concerning (to me at least) is the skill with which these kids are being organized and played. The lefty mayors seem to be hapless idiots being dragged along in the wake. When the revolution comes, we need to ID the puppet masters and take them out first. We can mop up the… Read more »

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

That’s part of the alluring danger for the young white losers. Now they can brag about how they teamed up with felons and badasses to fight the power.

BTP
Member
Reply to  Drake
15 days ago

Everyone has to be able to answer the question: How do I know I’m alive?
“I build PowerPoint decks evaluating the latest marketing initiative for the southeast region,” is not, it turns out, an answer to that question.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

Spot on. Hard to believe, but in my lifetime we’ve gone from JFK—who challenged us to go to the moon, to Trump/Biden.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

Neither is slinging fair-trade, organic yirga cheffe soy-milk macchiato down at the local Bongo Brothers Coffee Bar.

diconez
diconez
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
15 days ago

indeed. without faith, all works are dead.

diconez
diconez
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

1000%

Rich
Member
Reply to  Drake
15 days ago

A feeling of importance and a sense that they are making history.

Educated.redneck
Educated.redneck
Reply to  Drake
15 days ago

Its the green-yellow-red makeup and strategy of Antifa. Yellows are who Z is saying are rich middle class kids exercising their bored ids. The reds are the muscle, the ones bringing and using guns and molotovs, and they are quite likely to have priors, like the three who FAFO’D at Kenosha.

diconez
diconez
Reply to  Educated.redneck
15 days ago

erm well those three aren’t really white, unless ashkenazis are white. but yeah, you do need a lot of disaffected white obama lovers to staff antifa, otherwise you’d just have looters jogging around. also, big black cities already had their riots years and decades ago, after achieving white retreat they don’t need to destroy so much. nor do their big black city police departments need to be defunded and stop shooting criminals, they already have done that. still, they have their minor permanent hell, for example they are trying to take down Saint Louis of France’s awesome equestrian statue in… Read more »

Educated.redneck
Educated.redneck
Reply to  diconez
14 days ago

Didn’t say white, i said rich middle class kids. I know they aint all white. But the dudes with the baseball bats and glocks are pretty much all white. And i heard only one of the three (not the guy with the gat) was a hebrew homie.

dana
Reply to  diconez
14 days ago

no one with -kreutz in their last name is jewish. i know you morons have been DYING to find a jewish angle in this SUPERE white bread crypto christian ultracalvinist mess, but it aint there dude. this is what it looks liek when theres a movement WITHOUT jews at the helm

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Drake
14 days ago

The “Fight the power” punk ethos has been an infection for decades.
I play tabletop roleplaying games from time to time and everywhere I turn its punk this, punk that. Diesel Punk,. Jade Punk, Bronzepunk, Steam Punk (500 variations) Dungeon Punk . On and On. I’ll give a pass on Cyberpunk as it was created in the 80’s but the rest of this drek can crawl back he in the slimely hole it came out of.
I’m about ready for Righteous Authority where the PC’s job is to follow orders from good leaders,

Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg
Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg
Reply to  abprosper
11 days ago

hence the continued popularity of Tolkien who was trad-catholic. I suppose there’s a conspiracy theory making him out to be an agent of the Saturnian Jesuit Order or some crazy shit.

Mostly Peaceful
Mostly Peaceful
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

This was the revolution.

Its over.

The Left won by forfeit.

Go polish your AR.

Frankly, there’s no reason to take away the AR with ammo, even in the Tumbrels you will never shoot it.

Goodbye, Patriots.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Mostly Peaceful
15 days ago

Get outta here, weakling.

Peter Parker
Peter Parker
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
14 days ago

Are you mad bro? Because it’s the truth. The Left won because the Right didn’t fight back and you know it.

What really stings is how absolutely pathetic individuals on the Left are. Barely able to hide their lack of grasp of reality, unfit, unhealthy, utterly depraved. Yet here we are, California is about to decriminalise homosexual pedophilia and NOBODY is doing a DAMN thing because cowardice.

Ludvig Von Bach
Ludvig Von Bach
Reply to  Peter Parker
11 days ago

Not cowardice. Tactics. There’s still room to retreat. Pull your kids from school, leave the state, etc. Obviously its sick to pass such a law but what should we do? Burn the courthouse down? Then we will be as big a bunch of clowns as the current crop. also with the legal system still in place we will be sued arrested etc… No. We must wait until a war can actually get kicked off and all such legalities are put to the side. When we take to the streets it will be for all the marbles. We know that violence… Read more »

diconez
diconez
Reply to  Mostly Peaceful
15 days ago

yes, we could be “mostly peaceful” too, but not yet. gotta build the momentum, with legit peaceful demonstration and community, legit propaganda and humor, legit art and aesthetics, legit faith and philosophy, and legit martyrdom if called for occasionally. i agree, polishing the ar while blogging will stop someday. but can’t waste ammo senselessly until then either.

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Educated.redneck
Educated.redneck
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

Glenfilthie, the most spoiled, richest trustfund brats I have known were druggie street trash. On the Left Coast, the white rasta wearing rags and sleeping off his shrooms trip on a bus stop bench has a 25% chance of having a 7 figure trust fund, and a 75% chance his mother’s husband makes 6+ figures a year. And they have the criminal records as well.

Member
Reply to  Educated.redneck
15 days ago

The impression I get is that there’s a sort of “tiered” lifeplan for trustafarians. The smartest ones get money from Daddy to start real businesses, or careers in politics or corporate management. Then you have much larger groups who live on allowances while playing at various things. Their “job titles” are things like blogger, artist, writer, musician, “activist” (my personal favorite), and who could forget “community organizer”. What they really do is drink and take a lot of drugs, collect STDs, occasionally produce bad art or music, and commit low level crimes which the DAs in their Blue hive cities… Read more »

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William Williams
William Williams
Reply to  pozymandias
14 days ago

Au contraire, whenever a Californian moves to Washington, the average IQ in both states falls.

willem
willem
Reply to  William Williams
11 days ago

Think you may have that backwards. I’d say it RISES in both places…

Nancy Sparks
Nancy Sparks
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

I think that many of them are paid….not rich at all. Somebody pays for their transportation.

diconez
diconez
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

the vanguard is genteel, the shock troops not so much. yes, it’s communists doing communisms as usual. good thing is, the snake is killed by crushing the head.

Vince Wilson
Vince Wilson
Reply to  Glenfilthie
14 days ago

Many of them are paid professionals and they travel all over the country to riot and murder. They are a criminal class.

Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg
Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg
Reply to  Glenfilthie
11 days ago

Ted Wheeler, mayor or Portland is most definitely an exemplar of America’s moneyed aristocracy. His family has a whole town named after them on the Oregon Coast. He joined the financial class and serves their interests to the hilt.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
15 days ago

Good point. Beyond the shrieking, cock-starved White Millennial women psychopaths, there is a huge feral, criminal and violent contingent.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

Presumably, the cock-starved bints get a good seeing to from the feral thugs, thus annoying thirsty male feminists therefore perpetuating further anger and resentment.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

There are some things a feral pedophile won’t even do.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Bint is a word sorely lacking in American English.

King Tut
King Tut
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
14 days ago

I believe that “bint” is an Arabic word that came back to Britain with soldiers who had served in Egypt. I think it refers to a female camel.

Gravity Denier
Gravity Denier
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

NASCWMWPALT.

Not all shrieking, cock-starved White Millennial women psychopaths are like that.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Gravity Denier
15 days ago

Ha ha. Way to take the piss out.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
15 days ago

The criminals were not released because of hysteria. They were released deliberately. Same thing was done in post-Communist countries early after their revolutions. The goal is to create chaos and something for regular people to focus on, while the “elites” and various well connected assholes loot the country and solidify power. So far it’s working quite well.

BTP
Member
Reply to  Hun
15 days ago

Hillare Belloc noted that the elites like chaos because they do well in chaotic situations – chaos serves their interests.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

Elites can encourage and profit from the chaos when they have divorced themselves from the rest of us. A very good reason why not to let an elite class develop.

Anonymousse
Anonymousse
Reply to  Dutch
15 days ago

What on earth can you mean? An elite class inevitably develops from the mere fact that one man is six foot tall and another five.

Tom K
Tom K
Reply to  Anonymousse
15 days ago

Michel’s iron law of oligarchy

S. Bishop
S. Bishop
Member
Reply to  Anonymousse
15 days ago

Putin is kinda short…

Exile
Exile
Reply to  Dutch
15 days ago

Every society has an elite. Even one-man-one-vote democracies have influencers and demagogues.

A healthy society has a healthy elite with a concept of noblesse oblige and a selection and/or weeding process that makes continuing membership meritocratic.

We have a degenerate elite that needs replacement.

A majority in every society simply will not willfully and consistently engage in the detailed wonkery of true self-government. You can argue whether it’s a good thing or bad, but you can only lead the horses to water, not make them drink.

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StanP
StanP
Reply to  Hun
15 days ago

Exactly, the whole point is distraction. That is why there is now discussion around the 32 flavors of gender, and other equally inane subjects. It is Wiemar redux, same garbage 100 years later.

Wiemar problems require Wiemar solutions

Herzog
Herzog
Reply to  StanP
15 days ago

Ain’t it Weimar? Then again, maybe Wiemar solutions can be a tad gentler than Weimar solutions.

Frank Tucker
Frank Tucker
Reply to  StanP
14 days ago

Antifa is financed by rich jews and that is why Barr refuses to go after them.

Tim from Nashua
Tim from Nashua
Reply to  Hun
15 days ago

Castro let out the dregs of his society during the Mariel boatlift. “You want Cubans, you got’em, good and hard.”
The communist DemocRats in power of the Super-Blue states are doing the same thing, with Covid as an excuse.

S. Bishop
S. Bishop
Member
Reply to  Hun
15 days ago

Ah, but I do seem to recall Castro draining his Cuban prison swamp of criminals via the Mariel boatlift to Florida. Seems like a pattern, but what do I know.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
15 days ago

Seem to be two elements. You have your criminals–the fact that Rittenhouse bagged one child rapist, a violent domestic felon and a run-of-mill thief in his “Kenosha Hat Trick” proves that half of the demographic. But if you look at the profiles Andy Ngo publishes every day, you’ve got a big cohort of middle class children who have suddenly found out that crappy “studies” degrees and a lifetime of participation trophies doesn’t translate into the lifestyle they aspire to. Suddenly you are 30, stuck at Starbucks and still living with four other people. And you’ve never been told that YOU… Read more »

b123
b123
Reply to  SamlAdams
15 days ago

Yep, umc millenial here. Basically watched all my white high school friends piss away thousands of dollars on arts degrees – then travel around Europe to “find themselves”.

The asian/indian strivers are absolutely taking over middle class grind. And honestly alot of it Is white unforced errors/parenting.

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Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  b123
15 days ago

Not to excuse the uber-slacker mentality, but it’s as much society getting what it’s willing to pay for as anything else. There’s a lot of millennial fruit been left to rot on the vine.

Anonymousse
Anonymousse
Reply to  Paintersforms
15 days ago

Our youth has been told there’s really nothing to believe in so they really believe in nothing. We’ve transmitted our philosophical and spiritual dead end to young people who are prepared to actually live it out. They say Schopenhauer would extol the virtues of suicide before enjoying a luxurious meal. But young people don’t have the prior generation’s vestigial morality and sense of meaning to counterbalance… they’re actually enacting the nihilism we’ve offered them. Mom said sexual inhibitions were silly and old fashioned but was faithful to her husband and happily married… daughter is camwhoring on onlyfans. Dad said life… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Anonymousse
15 days ago

That happened and it was terrible, but knowing better we now have to do better. Which is a tall task, but we have the chance to re-found what was destroyed, so there’s a silver lining.

The Booby
Reply to  b123
15 days ago

b123 you are spot-on. The 800 lb gorilla in the room is growing uselessness of post-WWII white brats. Yes, yes, the Booby knows there are exceptions, so save him your objections. But anyone who’s been in a position of hiring or being served knows the uncomfortable reality. Frankly, when the Booby needs a dentist or an optometrist he looks for a Dr. Wong, Dr. Singh, or Dr. Kim. The Booby wants the Asian brown girl serving him at the drive thru, not the white pampered princess who thinks she’s too intellectual and creative to lower herself to serving the public.… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  The Booby
15 days ago

Stop being shitty parents. Things will start getting better before you know it, but yeah we’re in for a rough ride for a while as things work themselves out.

Educated.redneck
Educated.redneck
Reply to  The Booby
15 days ago

Disagree with BfB. The Chic-fil-a employment model is a wonderful thing, especially outside of vibrant environs.
And if some sawbones is going to cut on me, he better be 45+, white, and have a well-worn gold wedding band.
Move to where your people are to rediscover what your people are actually like, rather than those urbanite bugmen uncomfortably wearing a White skinsuit.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  The Booby
15 days ago

Who programs the minds of the “growing uselessness of post-WWII white brats?”

Suburban_elk
Reply to  The Booby
15 days ago

You will get more likes w/o “the Booby”.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  The Booby
14 days ago

People who prefer immigrant labor to Americans are part of the problem. You don’t get to expect much from Whites on the cheap and that $10-15 you are paying isn’t jack all in ost of the country. You are right to expect a full days work from those you hire but if wages can’t even pay for 4x an efficiency apartment and it an adult, they aren’t enough. Nothing wrong with the Mommy and Daddy subsidy for the teens or even the college boy pick up money job but if you want independent adults, its going to make goods cost… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  SamlAdams
15 days ago

The middle class loser kids are largely satisfied to be simply participating in the whole thing. The free t-shirt and their on-site selfies are a big deal for them. But they are more likely to hold back. The losers with no self-control or rational thinking are the ones who go all “hold my beer, watch this”, in the midst of the chaos.

Ludvig Von Bach
Ludvig Von Bach
Reply to  SamlAdams
11 days ago

Spot on take! You get it. But truly truly truly. None of this is organic. None of it. The media doesn’t cover trends. It creates them. It made these kids disaffected. As it is now attempting to make all of us nuts with the Pandemic hoax as well as commercials and television shows that make zero sense. Bill Gates and his buddies want what? All of us useless eaters dead. How will he do it? Through bribing the medical establishment media and political class to force inoculations on the population as well as driving folks to suicide through lockdowns and… Read more »

David Wright
Member
15 days ago

Yeah, universal basic income will surely fix all of this.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  David Wright
15 days ago

Defunding the police will be a vast improvement too…😆👍

Bill Mullins
Member
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

Is there any place where that actually happened? I recall reading about places where they were considering/talking about/agitating for defunding the local police force but did any city actually DO it? Just curious if it actually happened anywhere.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Bill Mullins
15 days ago

Here, it did not happen—even though I suspect we talked about it as much as anywhere else, had the prerequisite improperly shot felons and riot, and the town government is Leftist. Indeed, the police’ renewed recent budget is $2M more than last year’s. Not nearly enough to correct current staffing shortages, but not the defunding spoken about.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Bill Mullins
15 days ago

Not absolute defunding, but certainly a drastic reduction in funding. I know that happened in Austin, pretty sure in Minny and Seattle, too.

S. Bishop
S. Bishop
Member
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

Those damned Southern Democrats ruined the optics of using fire hoses and water cannons to quell unrest.

Member
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

When I’m feeling especially bitter, angry, and cynical (like now) I sometimes think that maybe I should support most of the Left’s agenda after all. It’ll be a huge disaster of course but should also lead to the Great Purge of a lot of useless carbon blobs.

William Williams
William Williams
Reply to  pozymandias
14 days ago

I prefer to think of them as”unwanted tissue masses”.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  David Wright
15 days ago

UBI is inevitable. Now that it has been demonstrated that massive government spending won’t cause hyperinflation, it’s not not going to happen.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

The US is able to get away with this only as long as it possesses the world’s reserve currency.

David Wright
Member
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
15 days ago

Of course, and the biggest swinging dick on the planet. You just never know when all that ends. The government is not planning accordingly to help us, so we should.

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The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  David Wright
15 days ago

Judging by recent events at Sandia National Labs we may be writing off the US’ nuclear arsenal sooner rather than later.

Bill Mullins
Member
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
15 days ago

Satisfy a curious old man. What exactly are you referring to? I did a quick search for news about Sandia Labs and couldn’t find anything more sinister than blatantly anti-white classes being held. Shite like that is almost de riguer these days.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
14 days ago

There is also the tritium issue,
We can no longer make tritium for triggers and while we can salvage the existing supply, the half life is 12 years.
Within 40 years or so (as of 2017) we will also no longer have nuclear fuel for ships.
The US is simply not going to recover from this mess without an extraordinarily strong leader and while I do think President Trump is good, AFAICT he is not “that guy”

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  David Wright
15 days ago

Dupe deleted.

MWV-

Yes, I agree that something would have to replace the USD as the reserve currency and there really isn’t a viable candidate at this time, thankfully for us.

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MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
15 days ago

For the dollar not to be the reserve currency, something has to come along to replace it…

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

Correct. We probably are a generation or so before the dollar no longer is the reserve currency. In the meantime, army ants gotta eat.

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

The dollar remains the reserve currency as long as you can enforce a dollar monopoly on oil trade.

Even if nuclear gets serious, oil will still be one of the most valuable commodities in the world, it can be used for an almost unlimited number of borderline miraculous purposes.

As Ahmejinedad wisely noted: “Oil is too precious a substance to be burned for its mere energy content.”

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  Felix Krull
15 days ago

The right way to look at the dollar is not as a fiat currency, but specie money based in oil.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Felix Krull
15 days ago

Smart points.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Felix Krull
15 days ago

For sure.

Oil has incalculable value as an ingredient in the production of just about every modern product you can think of.

I don’t think the Greenies realized how much of their Prius, solar cells, and wind farms require oil.

Peter Parker
Peter Parker
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
14 days ago

Oil is easy to calculate how much it’s worth. Put a gallon of fuel in a car, drive it until it runs out, then push it back to the starting point. All of a sudden you’re willing to pay a lot more for a gallon of gas 🙂

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

Social Credit Score.

Sandmich
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

A collapse in global trade could cause that too. This could be a chicken or an egg (global trade collapses due to outside events, war, synchronous economic crashes (which has happened before in regions), etc OR, trade collapses because people will no longer accept dollars).

Bill Mullins
Member
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

Yeah! Like the Ruble. Or the Yuan. Or how about the Euro or Pound? They’re both trading above unity to the U.S. Dollar.

Peter Parker
Peter Parker
Reply to  Bill Mullins
14 days ago

Want to know what the Chinese are going to replace the Yuan with…….

the Two

I’ll see myself out

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

Not necessarily true. The existing system could collapse into something more primitive. I’m not hoping for that, just saying it’s possible. I guess you could argue that gold and silver or trade goods could become the new “currency.” It wouldn’t be the first time in history, far from it. Credit cards, mortgages and international funds transfers and all this other financial wizardry are wonderful, but there is no law that they must exist in the future.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
15 days ago

True. Zimbabwe is a good example. What, you think folk there were trading in trillion dollar Zimbabwe notes? They now transact in Euro’s, Rand, and US currency. (Can’t say how their new issued money is doing. It’s been awhile)

Bill Mullins
Member
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
15 days ago

I thought some place in Europe – Sweden?? – implemented what amounts to a UBI. Am I totally mistaken?

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Bill Mullins
15 days ago

Finland tried it experimentally and stopped it. Their UBI was given in exchange for all other welfare. That is how most UBI proposed plans used to be. Not sure any longer. One can google on the Finland experiment for the pro’s and con’s.

Educated.redneck
Educated.redneck
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
15 days ago

Nope. Not how MMT works. The seller is the buyer of our debt, so good luck waiting for that to fail because “muh irresponsible debt load.” If I continue to be paid $1 million a day for shaking my left hand with my right hand, when do you think “reality” stops me?

Exile
Exile
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
15 days ago

MMT is psychology-first market economics. Soros in his economic writing calls this “reflexivity.” Dig down and it essentially means they can keep the market going until enough of the public panics, confidence collapses and people start running on the banks to have shekels to hold rather than letting them float in the fantasy-cloud. They realized the mistake with the Big Short crash was letting Lehman fail and panicking everyone with Realtalk about the economy. Now they just give us the QE hopium drip and have guys like Mnuchin & Trump sing us back to sleep crooning over muh Big Line… Read more »

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Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

The fed recently announced they’re going to pursue a policy of inflation because they say there’s not enough of it!

Translation: we know what’s coming, and we’re going to own it and try to manage it so people don’t realize we’re losing control.

I’m sure it’ll end well.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2020/08/27/the-fed-just-announced-a-major-inflation-policy-change-heres-why-that-matters/

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Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Paintersforms
15 days ago

Perhaps even more important, the a Fed Res said they were modifying/abandoning the employment aims for their policy. Whether this ups the unemployment number or not we will see.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Paintersforms
14 days ago

The Fed guys seem to be stuck on Keynes which no longer works which is Conquests First Law in action or maybe its Sinclair, you can’t teach someone something his job requires he not know. They are going to have a great deal of difficulty making serious inflation outside of food and ammo. The US system concentrates money in a very few hands and thus kills the velocity of money. The usual solutions are null and void to do debt, unemployment, lack of retail and low fertility/population aging. Also expecting people to borrow is stupid. There is no demand for… Read more »

Student
Student
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

There is hyperinflation already. Its just in the asset market rather than everyday things like food. Have you seen what equities are doing lately?

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

I fear the only thing UBI will do is support those disenchanted rioters between riots.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Compsci
14 days ago

You could remove UBI from anyone convicted of an offense as was suggested recently for welfare.

Judge Smails
Judge Smails
Reply to  David Wright
15 days ago

The Yang Gang will ride to the rescue just like the Magnificent Seven.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  David Wright
14 days ago

UBI is a terrible idea but sooner or later its going to come to civil collapse, economic control or UBI?

Pick your poison.

Member
15 days ago

I think that living “atomized, pointless lives” is a good description of where a solely materialistic society leads. Perhaps Alexandr Solzhenitsyn was on to something important in 1978
https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/alexandersolzhenitsynharvard.htm

usNthem
usNthem
Reply to  Raymond R
15 days ago

Now throw in coronatard, masks and social distancing and the atomization is exponentially increased.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  usNthem
15 days ago

Remember the old days? Movie and a meal? Face to face in the midst of a bunch of other people, no masks, no phones, and polite, courteous, civil behavior? Me, too. Not coming back soon, I’m afraid.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
15 days ago

Anyone else remember how there was always that one kid that wanted to do bad stuff? And how others would join in when they noticed the first kid could get away with it?

That’s where we are now. The teacher could stop the bad kid at any time, but she doesn’t want to.

FrenchRoyalist
FrenchRoyalist
15 days ago

I never saw the tv-serie (from the 2000′, I think) called “Portlandia” (because I didn’t found subtitles).
But it would be interesting, I guess, if some fellows which comment here could analyse this show (which predent Portland as an utopia), compare to 2020’s real Portland.

Sandmich
Reply to  FrenchRoyalist
15 days ago

I only saw the first couple episodes, kind of the same thing over and over, but it was still amusing to see leftists poke fun at west coast leftist “beliefs”. To echo ‘Z’, stuff like Portlandia gave locals the impression that they had a cohesive culture, but what they’re discovering now is that it’s impossible to build a defensible society based around body piercings and food trucks.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  FrenchRoyalist
15 days ago

It was pretty amusing. What made it so was that it hit a vein of truth about the vapidity of the “hipster” culture epitomized in cities like Portland and Seattle. The show does compare pretty well with “predicting” the current cluelessness of Portlanders, but just minus the violence.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  c matt
15 days ago

You know, maybe a good solution, if our side gains control, will be to relocate “hipsters” into the many decayed urban enclaves of the Melanic Hominids™. These, of course, would be walled-off homelands or prisons, like in “Escape from New York.” Rather than let them starve, I would supply them with food, water, basic necessities and plenty of Starbucks coffee and marijuana. Let the residents sort things out for themselves.
Think of it as proactive gentrification 🙂

Dinothedoxie
Dinothedoxie
Reply to  FrenchRoyalist
15 days ago

This is good summation of it and Portland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZt-pOc3moc

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  FrenchRoyalist
15 days ago

Portland: where people in their 20’s go to retire. Portlandia was herperbole of the paradoxical lives of millennials as they “struggle” through peak decadence and safety while avoiding anything uncomfortable or “boring”. Living lives of extreme material comforts but devoid of anything meaningful, ignorant to how one erodes the other. The result of this ignorance is copious amounts of existential angst which must be expressed! The expressions of which lead only to more ennui, which then must also be expressed. So vignettes of these banal encounters of the urban hipsters posturing around the ever-shifting moral ground that defines the authentic… Read more »

Sandmich
Reply to  Screwtape
15 days ago

Working hard to avoid work.

Saw this in Colorado/Bolder: “kids” in their twenties moving into some shared space with four or five other hipsters just so they could live around other hipsters. Ten years on they’re finding that same ethos isn’t quite as grand when they’re in their 30s and 40s, so out to the street riots they go.

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  Sandmich
15 days ago

An acquaintance from college still holds onto that dream. The “business plan” he has me periodically hammer with reality is what amounts to a commune. Now we can call it a “community-based co-working and sustainable growth incubator” but we know what its all about. He has been courting (and sometimes copulating) with wealthy Boulder divorcees, trustafarians, and mushroom enthusiast “business leaders” for a decade to finance his bohemian lifestyle of fair-trade gluttony. If he wasn’t such a pot-head perhaps he would be motivated enough to go burn something down. Western slope CO is full of this insanity. And thats not… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Sandmich
13 days ago

They’re living an episode of ‘Friends’.

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
15 days ago

Fight Club!

there are a very high percentage of ANTIFA that is one or more of:

  1. criminal
  2. sex pervert
  3. tranny
  4. psychotic
  5. neurotic
  6. ugly
  7. weird DNA
  8. depressed

this is ecstatic frenzy of the faithful, as they worship.

they are all failures, and can;t even get govt jobs. would bet a lot of these people have genetic abnormalities. true cannon fodder.

so why are they all coming out now? china is in a panic about trump. these are their cadres. and they are being burned. put them into agricultural prison camps, replacing mexican crop pickers. plenty of precedent for it…

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

Weird DNA?

Nunnya Bidnez, jr
Nunnya Bidnez, jr
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

auties, aspies, paranoids, schizos, low IQ;
all DNA related neurological impairments.

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  Nunnya Bidnez, jr
15 days ago

plus “broken Y” syndrome or whatever it is called

Nunnya Bidnez, jr
Nunnya Bidnez, jr
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

“fragile X” syndrome

Member
Reply to  Nunnya Bidnez, jr
15 days ago

I get to visit a certain factory that I can’t name quite regularly. The bizarre thing about the place is how many obviously autistic young white men there are. These are mixed in with Mexicans and a few (very few now) of the old redneck blue collar types. It’s a VERY strange mixture. I suspect that most of the “Trekkies” as I call them, are the products of Gen-X slutmoms who had kids too late. The rates of gene abnormalities alone though can’t explain it all. There absolutely must be environmental factors adding to the problems, perhaps even causing most… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

“Spiteful Mutants”. Micheal Woodley

Major Hoople
Major Hoople
Member
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

Ed Dutton nailed it with “spiteful mutants.”

sentry
sentry
Reply to  Major Hoople
15 days ago

or morlocks
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Member
Reply to  sentry
15 days ago

Your image link is busted.

Exile
Exile
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

They are coming out now because 1) they are being funded by Soros and similar backers and 2) because they know they have institutional cover from DA’s, mayors, governors and media to wreak havoc and be treated as heroes in the bargain. These guys are always nibbling away on the fringes but someone held the door open for them and ushered them onstage once the Groyd Riots kicked off. Look at the Dayton shooting from last year with Connor Betts, antifa in good standing and supporter of the “Socialist Rifle Association.” https://nypost.com/2019/08/06/dayton-shooter-may-be-antifas-first-mass-killer/ That kid was another real treasure on par… Read more »

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Vegetius
Vegetius
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

For political purposes they are all Marxists. But I think it really is just a nihilistic howl of despair and rage now that rage against the machine has become the machine. Which is another way of saying that it’s just the death rattle of the failed Keep Portland Weird campaign. The point of Portland after Drugstore Cowboy and grunge was to serve as a magnet for weirdness. Sanctuary for refugees from Seattle when it became too expensive. But then the Californians began moving in in the late 90s. Same thing happened in Austin, now home to Spotify’s new bitch, Joe… Read more »

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Vegetius
15 days ago

If you call them “Marxist” then you miss the point. Economics and class have almost nothing to do with this.

They are anti-white, even if they are of European descent, inflamed by those who control the media and culture.

Of course, a high percentage are chosen.

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Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  LineInTheSand
15 days ago

Yes, they are anti-white. Virulently so. But the theoretical underpinning of their AWR traces to Frankfurt School Marxism and the poststructuralism that succeeded it. Chances are few of the rioters have ever heard of Adorno or Barthes but they follow in their footsteps all the same.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
15 days ago

All that is going on today could be explained with no reference to Cultural Marxism. People who cling to Marxist explanations are just turning away from the primal anti-white fervor that wells within the souls of non-whites.

They are desperately trying to fit anti-white animus into a spurious Cold War narrative.

Explanations that are based on Marxism or Cultural Marxism are literally irrelevant.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  LineInTheSand
15 days ago

But we’re obviously not talking just or maybe even primarily about non-whites. Clearly, the Hutus don’t need ideological justification for their hatred of whites; they can look to history for that. For everybody else, including whites, however, anti-white animus must be implanted in their minds and psyches, and 50-plus years of Cult-Marx indoctrination has done precisely that.

Frank Tucker
Frank Tucker
Reply to  LineInTheSand
14 days ago

Uh, no. You could not be more wrong. Today’s Antifa is the same small hat brigade the Germans had to deal with 80 years ago.

Dennis Roe
Dennis Roe
Reply to  LineInTheSand
15 days ago

Listening to all that shitty rap ,geared for mongoloids….turned them into mongoloids.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

I doubt it’d be possible to get much labor out of them (or me, for the matter 😀 ) Forced servitude doesn’t work very well, never did, never will. If it had, it would’ve been more widely used in world history. But slightly less enslaved forms of servitude worked better: serfdom, rigid caste systems, or its modern equivalent the highly taxed worker. Probably the best use and disposition of the useless will be as fertilizer.

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
15 days ago

they would love being government serfs! now as to whether they would ever be a net plus to society? eh, it’s worth a certain amount to avoid the necessity of widespread euthanasia.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

Big government has nothing to do with this.

Vizzini
Vizzini
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
15 days ago

Forced servitude doesn’t work very well, never did, never will. If it had, it would’ve been more widely used in world history.

Forced servitude was used more or less globally throughout all of history. The steam engine is what killed forced servitude. Boilers, gears, pistons and piles of coal are easier to deal with.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

You left out “small hat” lineage.

AnotherAnon
AnotherAnon
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

The “kids” are, to a one, the end-product detritus of Progressivism. No one out there throwing Molotov cocktails and braying for the end of capitalism is from a stable nuclear family.
Without their gender confusion, they would have nothing, save for the overwrought ideals of a bygone era whose objectives were already met.

Royaliste
Royaliste
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

You forgot demonically possessed

Hennesey
Hennesey
15 days ago

Why haven’t Gaige Grosskreutz or Michael Reinoehl been arrested yet? Even if they are ever arrested, will they just be let go with a wink and a nod like John Weed’s killers were?

It’s impossible to overstate how despicably evil our law enforcement and courts are at every level—local, state, federal. Honestly, were the Stasi, Securitate or Savak any worse?

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Hennesey
15 days ago

Barr’s defenders are quickly running out of excuses

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

It is patently obvious our mentally retarded KGB are grifters and Barr couldn’t do a damned thing if he wanted. Hell, the kompromat on him must be off the charts. Here’s how to tell when things get real: you start to learn Cloud People are turning up dead. I’ll celebrate with the feral hipsters when that happens.

Exile
Exile
Reply to  MemeWarVet
15 days ago

Converso Bill is just there to keep the Q-tier MAGApedes hitting their hopium pipes.

His DOJ just put “antifa-hunter” – our most notable counter-doxxer, in jail for “cyber-stalking” the poor little anarchist murder-trolls.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/31/florida-man-known-as-antifa-hunter-gets-prison-over-racist-threats/

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Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

Judeo-Bolshevik Barr has outed himself and his grubby, retarded (((KGB))) with his reactions to the domestic terrorism. It is likely his ((((Dad’s))) bestie, (((Jeff Epstein))), got quite a few shots of that tub of lard rawdogging teenie boppers of various genders. Damn shame what happened to him in a federal prison, though.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

Would any of this have been fundamentally different if, say, Jeb Bush were president right now, or Hillary? Will it be much different if Biden wins instead of Trump? It appears that this situation has been decades in coming, and no mere political posturing would have changed it much, one way or the other. Let me know when it is Pinochet time, otherwise we will just keep riding that freight train to hell.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Dutch
15 days ago

I think, for whatever reason, the unexpected election of Trump forced the Retard KGB to have to reveal its hand and grotesque face. The only reason I’m voting for Trump this time is to further force their hand. I have thought at various points he would lose and/or his election will not be recognized. Now I think he probably will win and the margin could be large enough to make a steal impossible. The State still will have to do something; assassination is possible if they feel D.C. will not be reduced to rubble. I write this a lot but… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

IMO Trump is now controlled opposition. No matter what Biden, Harris, Obama, and Hillary think (the first two want the gig and its bennies, the second two want personal and public revenge), TPTB can use Trump as the focus of, and as their sparring partner for, all the issues and chaos they are stirring up. Trump makes their fomenting a class war much easier, and the Uniparty, the deep state, and the fourth branch of the gov’t have effectively ring-fenced him. But I, too like their hand to be forced in a public fashion.

FrenchRoyalist
FrenchRoyalist
Reply to  Hennesey
15 days ago

How could it possible in a DR comment section to find someone which dare compare Savak to STASI???
Savak persecuted evil ISIS-like, and communists (and consequently, ANTIFA).
It’s like comparing poison and medecine.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  FrenchRoyalist
15 days ago

In Ryszard Kapuscinki’s Shah of Shahs, I recall that a method of torture allegedly used by Savak was to put people in bags filled with starving cats.

Exile
Exile
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

That’s on par with electric floors & masturbation machines – or Iraqis pulling babies in Kuwait out of incubators. Both Judaism and Islam place great store in the power of the word and storytelling. They come from fabulist traditions and have always made great war propaganda – see the Old Testament as well re: Amalekites and other unfortunates. Take these kind of stories with much skepticism. I suspect Savak’s awful reputation is half-deserved but half fanatastic.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

I had a Prof who was a dissident in the Shah’s Iran…He had a TON of Savak stories but this is a new one on me.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Oh please. And they put bags over their heads with starving rats in them! And Iraqi troops took babies out of incubators and threw them aside! She saw it with her own eyes! (This reminds me of the Corvette I almost bought when I was a teenager; someone had died and rotted in it, but I didn’t care!)

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Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Jim Smith
15 days ago

Is there any doubt, based on what we know, that Daddy Bush and his Man-Wife were pedos and being blackmailed?

Sandmich
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

I dunno, the “Israel is our greatest ally” crew is closing in on joke status today, but back in the early 90s they were the 51st state.

Fabian Forge
Member
Reply to  Sandmich
15 days ago

A joke back then was that Israel didn’t want to be the 51st state because then they’d be down to just 2 Senators….

TomA
TomA
Reply to  Hennesey
15 days ago

The DAs in Progressive cities are chomping at the bit for the opportunity to prosecute any do-gooder that has the audacity to intercede and take out these vermin. You will be featured on the front page of the NY Times and Washington Post, and made a poster boy of the Right. There is nothing lower than a dirty DA, and yet that has now become commonplace. The inmates are running the asylum.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  TomA
15 days ago

If someone is hellbent on going full Bladeruner, they should skip the rest of the trash and go for those at the top of the heap like these left-wing DA’s and, even better if opportunity presents, their funders.

DLS
DLS
Reply to  TomA
15 days ago

This is worse than being in a war, where prisoners are held until the war is over and then returned. There is no Geneva Convention protecting us from liberal DAs.

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3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Hennesey
15 days ago

The only thing the Enforcement squad protects is each other, and the only thing it defends is its pension money.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Hennesey
15 days ago

The Kenosha DA needs to go down hard. And if his successor sustains the charges against Rittenhouse, he needs to go down, too. When the so-called “forces of law and order” are actively on the side of villains against the lawful, they are evil and deserve no mercy. The social contract has been irrevocably broken.

Frank Tucker
Frank Tucker
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
14 days ago

Kyle should be okay, has big guns on his side. But James Fields will rot in jail forever.

Jail the Bastards
Jail the Bastards
Reply to  Hennesey
15 days ago

Another day has come and gone and Grosskreutz and Reinoehl are still free.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Jail the Bastards
15 days ago

This would all be different if we had a Republican President…

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
15 days ago

BRILLIANT. It is degeneracy punching upwards. The riots are, in fact, the equivalent of a lethal dose synthetic heroin downed with a fifth of Jack. One other element: people need religion, some sort of spiritual connection to the larger world. These riots are nothing short of an old-time tent revival on the Kansas prairie. My guess is the working class and middle class endure long past these upper middle class whites who are throwing themselves into the volcano at breathtaking speed. In fact, the Portlanders and Brooklynites are the Nuevo White Trash hellbent on being found dead in their rectangular… Read more »

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Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

I’ve long been aware of an odd local (Portland) type. This is the trashy, ill educated, tatted-up Leftoid living on Oregon’s generous welfare benefits and the wages from a shitty job serving coffee. They are basically the Left’s answer to trailer trash except they do things opposite-style. Instead of meth, it’s weed, often augmented with heroin. Instead of carrying a rusty revolver they’ve got a bunch of melee weapons they, thankfully, don’t really know how to use. Country music? Nope, it’s whatever shit their hipster friend’s band recorded (on cassette tape). Pickup truck? No, it’s a $35 ’91 Ford Escort… Read more »

WLM
WLM
15 days ago

Placebos work. The theology may be suspect, but join a church anyway. Organized religion serve a valuable purpose – community, companionship, friendship, support – all necessary for healthy flourishing – and sure beats going it alone. Atoms like to form molecules, like to for organs, like to form organisms.

Sandmich
Reply to  WLM
15 days ago

Pozville. Yeah I could probably wander the city and maybe find a place that isn’t completely divorced from reality, but the instant some AWFL shows up and starts crying about kids in cages it’s all over; it’s not church anymore, it’s live-action Facebook.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  WLM
15 days ago

Placebos works sometimes.

If you’re going to take a placebo, take a good one. The fact is that most churches are completely pozzed or compromised. I will never push my faith at anyone… but if you are going to go to church for a good time…? I think you’re missing the point and wasting your time.

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

lot of chicks there.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  Karl McHungus
15 days ago

There are a few wretches trying to redeem themselves that you might score with, Karl. But as it is elsewhere, the best women are not on the market – they are already happily married to men of worth.
You’d probably be better of poaching and pooching elsewhere. 😉

Jim Haples
Jim Haples
Reply to  Glenfilthie
15 days ago

“If you’re going to take a placebo, take a good one.” nice

Tim from Nashua
Tim from Nashua
Reply to  WLM
15 days ago

It seems to work for the Unitarian Universalists. 🙂

TomA
TomA
15 days ago

No one wants to become a parasite. Like meth addiction, it’s an acquired habit, and more often than not, there’s usually a nefarious origin via seduction by a truly horrendous predator. Blaming the parasite victim is pointless. Better to eliminate the predator and make a real dent in the root problem.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  TomA
15 days ago

No one wants to become a parasite. Au contraire. Reality contradicts your assertion.

TomA
TomA
Reply to  3g4me
15 days ago

The indoctrination to become a parasite begins, for many, in the toddler years. You can’t blame a child for this abuse. Bring back real hardship (think growing up on a working farm and doing chores at dawn), and you cannot turn any child into a parasite. A helicopter mom that shields their children from every single life challenge is killing off self-reliance and crippling them. For the latter, the road to parasitism is an easy hike.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  TomA
14 days ago

Only 3% of people are working in agriculture, Are you OK with forcing a less complex system into play? Its the only way you are going to change that, And while I quite agree that hard work builds better people, there isn’t that much work to be done. We do not need the labor force we have now as machines do so much of it. Its like the old saw about shovel ready jobs , no such thing dude, Its not a gang of men with shovels. Its one guy on a backhoe.. You accountant ? Replaced by software. Travel… Read more »

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  3g4me
14 days ago

Normal humans that is the bulk of people in the hundreds of millennium before agriculture worked very few hours, more in the north , less in the South. mostly hunting and gathering for theier own people
Assuming people should want to go against their human nature to bust their ass to prop up the technology and social index you want is ridiculous.
They aren’t lazy. We just don’t have any need for everyone to work 40 hours and won’t change since the cost per hour of the labor we do need goes up.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
15 days ago

You can’t put your finger on it, but something is missing. You may have answered you own question: the people who flocked to these urban oases for the culture, lifestyle and urban living are unwilling to fight for it. During my many walks around London, I have visited all sorts of places at all sorts of times. In the most affluent areas, I would pop in to investigate a coffee shop and read my book. Upon looking round I could see many groups of people together and the most obvious phenomenon was that most of the group were on their… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Yes, the problem is their community is virtual and ephemeral. Digital locusts, more or less.

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

Back in the nineties I told an intelligent acquaintance that I feared the new internet technology would merely be the highway to a Digital Dark Age. We’ve arrived. There are pockets of civilization here and there, but not the kind of cohesive civilized communities we once took for granted. “Atomized” is a good description.

Lucius Sulla
Lucius Sulla
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

I think this has something to do with birth rates and childlessness. Most of these people in urban enclaves are childless, single folks, and thereby have less incentive or need to live in and maintain a community. In my 20s I was one of the types living on the North Side in Chicago, married, but enjoying the care free life. Friends from the local pub were a sort of community, but were overwhelmingly transient and selfish. Many single 30 or 40 somethings who have no purpose other than to drink a the pub after work, and of course take care… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Lucius Sulla
15 days ago

A heart-warming response. Unfortunately, the Bishops and Pastors are experiencing the same problems that one sees in any highly scaled organization; namely, at some point one rises too high to be kissing the ass of the community and must start kissing the ass of the higher tier movers and shakers. Avoiding this problem of scale is something every community has to do, but rarely does. Keep it local, keep it loyal.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Lucius Sulla
15 days ago

Bishops are very much like DC politicians. They are so far removed from their “flock” they have no clue, and live in their own little bubble.

BTP
Member
Reply to  Lucius Sulla
15 days ago

Yeah – the bishops are not from their towns. They are transplanted from Buffalo to South Carolina to Wisconsin to New York. The priests aren’t from the local city and don’t have family in the next town over. And even if they did, they are only going to be in a parish for a few years, so…

Again, the idea is that loyalty is attacked on the local level and reinforced at the top, trans-national level.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

In a time of economic astringency, as we are in right now, people with profitable and steady jobs will often sell out their souls to maintain that gig, more so than usual.

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

The phone-hand was one of the most obvious drivers of social decay that I noticed years ago. Having been a single man in the era of peak Tinder/bumble, while also being totally offline, I can say that the collapse was pretty easy to see coming. Like trying to start a business with a heroin addict. Dehumanization passed off as “experience” – and that being the dragon to be chased, while simulcasted into the feelz borg, has fundamentally altered the most basic of human interactions. ¡Science! Has already well established that a phone merely being present on the table results in… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Screwtape
15 days ago

The conviction you speak of is not just to a place but to a people.The first 50 years of progress was to destroy the idea of the “our people”. This is entirely true. This is also why I read the history of my country, even though now I rarely argue about it. The scholarship surrounding the history of The English is large enough and diverse enough to allow us to infer certain things about what our people were and what they were not. Having such a sense of one’s own history is a very strong antidote to modern dogmas, I… Read more »

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Very true. We have a duty to know who we are, from where we came. The native tribes were broken not just because the land beneath them changed but because the things that carried their most basic bonds were broken – language, rituals, ceremony, rites, and traditions. Thus their stories were lost to the wind. We all need to become familiar with our roots once again. And then practice those things that carry them. Storytelling on its own accord is a skill that has atrophied in our people. All this talk of narratives, yet it is rarely about ours. We… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Screwtape
15 days ago

Our narratives became like water to the fish, just there and all around us. Now we need to actively latch on to them, conserve them, and share them with our own.

Exile
Exile
Reply to  Screwtape
15 days ago

Chicken-egg. I see it as a feedback loop. People retreat into online and phone-social interaction because their IRL neighbors and interactions are lame, shallow or hostile. Which makes everyone even more shallow, disconnected and anti-social. Repeat until atomized. Reconnecting people is the remedy – work both sides of that solution. Get them off their phones and give them good neighbors to live real meatspace lives with. I’ll cite NAJALT’s Haidt and Kuntsler alike on this – live around people with the same “moral tastes” you have and live in pro-social spaces that encourage community interaction and shared space with other… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

People don’t believe in their own agency. Don’t go searching for the right community for you, create the one you want, right where you are. Most of your life is lived in your own head, so get your head to a place that is meaningful and fulfilling, be it in worship, community, or both. It will not be laid on your doorstep or found in a catalog or internet search, it will be built by you. You can do it.

Yman
Yman
Reply to  OrangeFrog
14 days ago

Christianity also responsible for the destruction of Ancient Greece/Egypt knowledge
Theodosius declared no other rituals and customs allowed except desert chosen people theory
Justinian just stops funding Plato Academy for not being Abrahamic

Renaissance and industrial revolution base on Plato not a Jesus
But even today white people believing Jesus as much voting
Future historians will record how superior race become inferior and destroyed by the enemy because they read the bible instead of Plato

DonDon
DonDon
15 days ago

“The violence we are seeing is in mostly white cities by mostly white people.”
Even in cities that saw black looting, like Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago—they had to raise their drawbridges to their Loop Castle twice—it seems like the blacks only opportunistically followed in the footsteps of Whites/Jews.

It takes a critical mass of Whites/Jews working in the local NGOs, nonprofits, lawyers guilds, and other parasitic organizations to get a city roiling. But Kenosha shows that if this critical mass of White/Jewish parasites isn’t locally present, they’re now willing to bus them in—they’re evolving.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  DonDon
15 days ago

Yes, people have to realize what they espouse routinely is actually true: blacks are low IQ and really have to have the ground prepared to do their dance routines. Burning buses is the key to pacification.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

Nobody prepared the ground in Minneapolis, which is what ignited everything else.

Exile
Exile
Reply to  DonDon
15 days ago

Exactly. The violence is led by Fellow White people.

Kyle shot 3 people and 2 were Fellow Whites – according to Jews themselves, at least. Some are of course trying to obfuscate this.

Jews are about 3% of the U.S. population.

Cohencidence?

Does “high IQ and urbanity” explain this, ala Nathan Cofnas?

Or is Dr. MacDonald onto something with the culture of critique and divide-and-conquer the host population theory?

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

I vote for “divide and conquer”. It’s as old as Sun Tzu.

Frank Tucker
Frank Tucker
Reply to  Exile
14 days ago

If your friend got kicked out of a bar 109 times, what would you think?

Lucius Sulla
Lucius Sulla
Reply to  DonDon
15 days ago

Chicagoland is a nice case study in how this is perpetuated and funded. Recall in June BLM openly threatened and then rioted in the suburbs. But of course they went to the nice, upper-middle class west suburbs (Downers Grove, Naperville, Aurora (sort of), etc). They sure as hell did not go to the uber-wealthy (((North Shore))) suburbs like Highland Park, Deerfield, Winnetka, etc. Likely because the “protesters” were either from there, or being funded by the (((limousine liberals))) from there.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Lucius Sulla
15 days ago

Notice, also, they are burning down Christian churches but studiously avoiding the Satanic temples. Barr does nothing to the perps because he and his KGB of the mentally retarded support the terror.

Dennis Roe
Dennis Roe
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

Just ask Epstein, no wait, he hung himself when the cameras shut off….from his bed, 2 ft off the ground.

Exile
Exile
15 days ago

Shooter Michael Reinoehl is definitely a spiteful mutant outsider. https://www.bakercityherald.com/news/local/father-son-charged-after-allegedly-racing-at-111-mph-on-interstate-84/article_d4ce15e0-aa5c-11ea-b7be-e72ba4f60fa1.html The real kicker here is that guys like this are being supported by the law – not directly by the cops but by the suits above them, particularly prosecutors and mayors. Reinoehl should have been locked up at the time he assassinated Danielson. https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/08/man-under-investigation-in-fatal-shooting-after-pro-trump-rally-allegedly-took-loaded-gun-to-earlier-portland-protest.html “Reinoehl’s posts indicate he attended many protests in Portland that began three months ago after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis under the knee of a police officer. On July 5 at one of the demonstrations, Reinoehl was cited at 2:10 a.m. in the 700… Read more »

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MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

But, but, LAW AND ORDER!

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

he’ll be burned, soon. no one is going to step up and help this psycho. from looking at his orc like visage, i would bet money he has aryan brotherhood like past history.

Member
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

One thing I’ve learned in all this is that literally ALL the chaos came down to having a completely Leftist dominated local political infrastructure. The mayors and governors call off the cops, the DAs won’t prosecute the thugs, and then if they do the courts won’t convict them. At the same time they aggressively prosecute people like Rittenhouse or the McCloskeys who try to defend themselves. I feel bad for having ignored all those local elections for offices I never thought about and ballot measures hardly anyone voted on one way or another. People blaming Trump for doing nothing often… Read more »

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  pozymandias
15 days ago

Some of us are old enough to remember when Bush the Elder put the Rodney King cops under double jeopardy because they didn’t get the verdict they wanted the first time.

Do you honestly believe Obama wouldn’t have found a federal charge to ring up a right winger under?

Milestone D
Milestone D
15 days ago

Greetings from Inside the Beltway! Living here, I’ve noticed how pathetic most of the kids living here are, especially the boys. My take on it was that they are desperate for guidance and a sense of purpose. Occasionally these kids would show up at our house to hang out with the step-daughter and a few minutes of expressed interest in them (for example, why I have a record player instead of just digital audio) would produce the same basic result as reading a storybooks does with a group of 3 year olds. That is, it was obvious that none of… Read more »

Exile
Exile
Reply to  Milestone D
15 days ago

Good call. Community starts with family – you’re not going to have a good community if it’s full of bad or indifferent parents. Society is a fractal thing – as the family goes, so goes the larger whole. One of the hardest things for the dissident Right is having to essentially parent a lot of the young guys who didn’t have this growing up. I’ve had some discussion with James LaFond on this and he’s right in noting that it’s tough forming a tribe with broken individuals. But it’s up to us to help those damaged brothers and sisters get… Read more »

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  Exile
15 days ago

And in that effort to build each other up we find the meaning and purpose to fill our own voids. The hyper individualism and insta-consumption orientation of modern culture has memory-holed the ancient (and biblical) wisdom that our own satisfaction in life is largely a function of turning our focus away from our own problems to those of others. This is the basis for the feedback loop. And also why it holds infinite resources. One of the essential functions of a community of people focused on the needs of other members of the community was to prevent the trappings of… Read more »

Exile
Exile
Reply to  Screwtape
15 days ago

That’s one thing I like about Normapollo’s stuff on YouTube. He’s really emphasized the idea that people develop, orient and reinforce their sense of sanity and normalcy by observing the group around them – we are profoundly social.

Contra Rand & the libertarians, disconnected individualism is an emergency/temporary mode for humans, basically Yellow-to-Red Alert status.

Green default mode status is when you’re plugged into a group, they have your back and you know your role.

Here’s a good start on NA’s stuff – check out his whole channel (our site guys have already heard me shill this dude):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICyt8y09wOo&t=1s

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Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Milestone D
15 days ago

Greetings Milestone D, from one who grew up just outside the Beltway. Your description of a kid’s life echos strongly with me. I’d argue that things weren’t much better even five decades back! I felt that sense of alienation or exclusion you speak of. Perhaps I’m not typical, but even as a teen, I got the feeling that the Washington area was populated by counterfeit people. Even back then, it was a highly mobile community and it was unusual to have neighbors for more than a few years before they moved away.

whitney
Member
15 days ago

Everyone should see this. They’re arresting pregnant women in Australia for Facebook post while nobody rioting gets arrested

https://www.sausageroll.com.au/lifestyle/travel/pregnant-woman-arrested-and-house-raided-for-facebook-post/

b123
b123
15 days ago

Modern city life is meaningless. Most of the white people there have a highly inflated and arrogant view of themselves. Big city man looking down on the plebs. But their life is the same shit as everyone elses’: Netflix, tinder, doordash, etc. Alot of the previous attraction of big city living is gone – clubs are closing down, rent is astronomical, Chinese/groids taking over large chunks. I guess muh ethnic food is about it. This trend was happening before covid/fentanyl floyd. Not that rural areas don’t have their own problems, though. As a society we are all kinds of fucked… Read more »

DLS
DLS
Reply to  b123
15 days ago

I spent several months in NYC for a company project. I totally did not get the charm. Yeah, they have a pizza place and Irish pub on every corner, but they are all the same. No different than my small city, but just more locations. And I would watch with amazement as people in high rises would ride with their dogs down the elevator, through the lobby, and out to the one tree in the middle of the sidewalk, and then make the return trip back to their tiny apartment. A 30 minute ordeal so their dog could take a… Read more »

KunioKun
KunioKun
15 days ago

Instead of talking about football young people now talk about riots and racial progress. Antifa groups around the country should adopt mascots and setup some kind of scoring structure to keep track of each group’s accomplishments so different regional fans can root for their favorite team.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  KunioKun
15 days ago

Your argument is not as facetious as it might seem. Team sports are a form of ritualized combat, and in fact probably serve some psychological ends as such. In some ancient civilizations, a symbolic match was sometimes used to settle a dispute between two groups. Both sides had the honor to abide by the outcome, and it was recognized that a compromise was a better solution than a bloody fight to the death between the two bands.

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
15 days ago

Searching for answers as to why these misfit, ugly, weirdos are destroying cities is one thing, but more frightening to me is why the institutions and corporations are fully on board with the radical BLM-critical race theory program. The recent story about Sandia Corporation and their dissident employee Casey Peterson is a glimpse into what’s probably coming for everyone who works for a large corporation.

BTP
Member
Reply to  Wolf Barney
15 days ago

Chaos helps the ruling class. Observe the financial performance of Amazon during all this with the financial performance of your local pub. If you’re Walmart, chaos has been excellent.

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

uh, no, they like stability. that is why their use of chaos is so interesting; it is actually hurting them badly.

greyenlightenment
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

that was cause of mandatory covid lock-downs that at one point shutdown 1/2=1/4 of all small businesses.. These protests, as bad as they are, do not have even a fraction of the impact as those lock-downs.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

More than chaos, what we’re seeing is the extirpation of small business for the benefit of corporations, which engross the market share formerly possessed by small business.

DLS
DLS
Reply to  Wolf Barney
15 days ago

The corporate behavior is completely rational. They side with the radical left because that is where the threats come from. Even though they are openly siding with their enemies, the civnat chamber of commerce, normie republicans will blindly defend them on libertarian impulses. For the first time ever, corporations have neutralized all their critics.

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  DLS
15 days ago

no, 100% wrong. they side with the hard left because they share the same world view.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Wolf Barney
15 days ago

Corporations will blindly ride the strongest horse, and justify it with whatever words are needed to paint a rosy picture around it. The job of the corporation is survival and prosperity of the corporation.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Wolf Barney
15 days ago

They are on board because America is a Frankenfascist state. The Frankfurters and their epigoni (largely French) provided the theoretical basis for multiculti and anti-white racism. This ideology was transported to the US and came to fruition as the New Left in the 60s. In time, the ideology became the master narrative of the government, corporations and institutions, which now reinforce one another in the service of anti-white racism. The elite grow stronger and their white targets become more vulnerable.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
15 days ago

A lot of the hispter ambience is just a shallow attempt to copy the cohesive working-class ethnic neighborhoods with small houses, local businesses, and old, but functional, buildings.
What’s missing are the children, the local church, and people who actually know everyone on their block.
The specialty cheese shop is a poor substitute for Mario’s convenience store, with Mario being the guy who helped replace your roof.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Chet Rollins
15 days ago

One of the things about these hipster businesses is that, to be frank, they are just so ghey.
East London ‘Cereal Cafe’:
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Victorian butchers:
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Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Ghey and infantile. When I was a child I could not wait to be a “grown up”. It seems now that much of progress in all its hipness is to either prevent growing up altogether or to ease the pain of responsible adulthood with all matters of perpetuating adolescence. From adult jammies to adult coloring books at adult summer camps; “mental health” days and “self-care; finger foods and cartoons. Childhood is something that can be consumed well past the point where 20 years ago such things would have one labeled retarded, err “special”. Everyone is special needs now, the wheels… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Screwtape
15 days ago

People aren’t taught how to be adults anymore, and figuring it out on your own is painful and time-consuming, so many stay stuck in childhood.

james wilson
james wilson
Reply to  Paintersforms
15 days ago

People were not taught how to be adult, they witnessed it in their parents, or when necessary, with others. There were at one time serious consecquences for not being adult.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  james wilson
15 days ago

We agree but say it differently.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Paintersforms
15 days ago

Thanks Family Courts!!!

Chief
Chief
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Fruit loops selling Fruit Loops.

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Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

Gotta love the smug, cocked-head expressions: “Is your mind blown by our creativity? Yes, we thought so.”

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Paintersforms
15 days ago

I hear they split up and the other one opened a “Scotch Tape Store”.

Nadda Boomer
Nadda Boomer
Reply to  Compsci
15 days ago

You stole that from an original SNL skit. Now go back to your Bass-O-Matic and enjoy a glass of churned bass while your grandkids play with a bag of broken glass from E. Buzz Miller.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Nadda Boomer
15 days ago

That’s when SNL was funny. Good days. 😉

370H55V
370H55V
Reply to  Nadda Boomer
14 days ago

Took me half hour to stop laughing (I’m old enough to remember all those). Don’t do that again!

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

double-ended strap-on couple.

Valley Lurker
Reply to  OrangeFrog
15 days ago

They have misunderstood that artisanal does not equal kitsch. Their entire hipster culture is kitsch.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Chet Rollins
15 days ago

The nostalgic city community you describe has been very hard to find since: Shelley v. Kraemer (1948), Brown vs. Board of Education (1954), Civil Rights Act (1964), Fair Housing Act (1968) and many other laws/decisions I’m not aware of. 🙁 While I like Starbucks, it is a relevant case of the commoditization of our society you cite. Coffee shops were not new, but what Starbucks did was to bring a (generic) version of the Old World cafe to America. It was quite successful, to say the least. But what was missing? Every Starbucks is the same, worldwide. But Klaus’s Kaffee… Read more »

BTP
Member
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
15 days ago

It’s something I don’t get. Why in hell does it seem to be the case that the suburbs cannot build and sustain good restaurants? Why so many chains? A place like Brio or something is fine, I guess, but how can it be that nobody wants to put a good, one-off Italian restaurant in the ‘burbs? What magic is associated with Buffalo Wild Wings that nobody else can crack the mysterious code of lots of TVs showing sportsball, serving burgers and beer?

Sandmich
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

I live in an area with several great locally owned Italian restaurants (one of which is owned by a German, but I digress), but the Olive Gardens are always PACKED (or at least “were” pre-WuFlu) which I’ve always find puzzling. Actually now that I think of it one of the most well known Italian restaurants in the area closed up last year when the owner retired since I suppose he couldn’t find a buyer.
Anyway, if I had to guess it’s the culmination of a lot of ill tides.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

Predictability. Joe’s sorts bar might be really good or really bad. It might have too few TVs or gross wings or stale beer. BWW has slightly above average consistency, making the experience of it consistent and predictable. Thus, the paradox of a transient society: as people become more transient, stores and service become more homogenous. People need stability, so if they aren’t stable and rooted in their own life, then corporations have to be stable for them.

Dennis Roe
Dennis Roe
Reply to  BTP
15 days ago

The corporate lawyers can navigate the the building, zoning, and code enforcement shitheads. Mom and Pop can’t, they’d be broke before they opened up.

G Lordon Giddy
G Lordon Giddy
15 days ago

Growing up in a rural area and near nature helps create a sense of purpose. Assuming that technology has not separated us from the necessities of chores and meaningful work. There is something about growing food or tending to animals that create a sense of what man is supposed to be. Places like Portland or New York rob us of that sense of purpose, as does modern technology. A friend of mine raised by a old German farmer said to me. “ My father could fix anything on the farm because he had too, I can fix some things on… Read more »

DLS
DLS
Reply to  G Lordon Giddy
15 days ago

I work in finance, so my life is in front of a computer. But I get much more satisfaction taking care of my lawn. Same as your point, but on a small suburban scale.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  G Lordon Giddy
15 days ago

Although I never lived on it, the “family farm” a few generations back in my ancestry was, at last report (1980s) not growing a thing, so was presumably in the crop program where the government pays them to grow nothing. Very likely, those who still live on the farm don’t know how to fix (or do) a single thing any more 🙁

Barnard
Barnard
15 days ago

Ted Wheeler grew up upper middle class at least, went to Stanford and then Ivy League schools post grad and has worked Fortune 500 jobs before going into politics. In addition to having the people he is pandering to hate him, he and his wife are in the middle of a divorce and his mother died in June. If he is remembered historically, it will be as a total failure and laughingstock. Is the only thing keeping him from resigning is that his life will become completely pointless and without meaning?

Barnard
Barnard
Reply to  thezman
15 days ago

What kind of job will he be able to get when his current term ends? Based on their current trajectory, the woke workforce of the average globohomo corporation won’t want anything to do with him. Maybe he can work at a hedge fund.

Dirtnapninja
Dirtnapninja
Reply to  Barnard
15 days ago

He’ll find employment in the Social Justice Clergy, working for some NGO. The Rads dont like him, but SWPL wokeness will accept him.

Tim from Nashua
Tim from Nashua
Reply to  Dirtnapninja
15 days ago

Gobble Gobble One of Us We Accept You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C4uTEEJIM

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Barnard
15 days ago

He doesn’t need a job, the family money will take care of him. He’ll write a book about how wise he is, and how if people paid more attention to him, everything would be ducky.

Barnard
Barnard
Reply to  Dutch
15 days ago

Who knows what the truth really is, but this campaign profile from when he first ran makes it sound like Ted’s father gave a lot more money away than he gave to his heirs. If he only inherited just over a million and is getting hammered in a divorce, he might not have enough to live the kind of lifestyle he wants without getting another job after he leaves office.
https://www.wweek.com/news/2016/03/30/the-wheeler-inheritance-riches-and-recovery/

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Member
Reply to  Barnard
15 days ago

and now, ladies, gentlemen, and those of you who are confused… I now present President-elect for 2028 of the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Color* Tedrietty** “Wheels and Heels” Wheeler!

* “America” was racist of course
** Please use xir post-op name only, thank you.

Peabody
Peabody
Reply to  thezman
15 days ago

He came knocking on my door years back when he first campaigned, unsuccessfully, for the mayor’s job. He asked if I would put a sign on my lawn with him on a bike (wheeler – get it?). I found him goofy and unimpressive so it’s no surprise to me he’s presiding over the destruction of a once good city.

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
Reply to  Peabody
15 days ago

Goofy men are usually obnoxious twats in private.

Valley Lurker
Reply to  Peabody
15 days ago

Most politicians are goofy and unimpressive at the local level in my experience. If you knew any of these people in high school or college, who were vocal about getting into politics, you know what I’m talking about. And once you’ve met them as youth, nothing surprises you about them when they can’t do anything substantive (other than F something up or progressive nonsense) during their time in office. Or they wind up a hack consultant who really gets off on cocktail parties. They’re all very close to the bad television show caricatures of politicians for very real reasons.

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Member
Reply to  thezman
15 days ago

and then hopefully being tarred with ballpark ketchup and mustard, covered in chicken feathers and beaten with bats by the whole team.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Barnard
15 days ago

Wheeler probably knows his snuffability will increase if out of office.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Jack Dobson
15 days ago

I know nothing about Wheeler, but as to political and big name figures in my area—they all land on their feet if they toe the line. Yes, it is often hard to tell what if any skills they possess outside their current (usually) political office. But it is a consistent observation of mine, that if for some reason, they wind up out of office, some sinecure somewhere opens up to employ them. Only exception is if they are on the tail end of life and are truly retiring. I’ve not seen a downside for these sycophants in playing the game.

Sandmich
Reply to  Barnard
15 days ago

Did you see the crank that might replace him? One look and it’s to make you consider switching “Back Of The Hand” to “Front Of The Knuckles”: https://dailycaller.com/2020/09/01/sarah-iannarone-portland-antifa-ted-wheeler/

Frank Tucker
Frank Tucker
Reply to  Barnard
14 days ago

I thought he was a fag. For sure.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
15 days ago

One of the stranger parts of the summer of left-wing violence is that no one has bothered to think too much about why the people are rioting.” Without downplaying Zman’s explanation, another part of the answer is, it’s exciting and it’s fun. There are also lots of chicks, so being out there might get you laid. Like war, rioting is primarily a young man’s game but sans the risk. Especially where police and other authorities don’t interfere (you have to be a colossal asshole to get yourself seriously hurt or killed while participating in these riots).

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Member
Reply to  Jim Smith
15 days ago

If you need some comic relief look up videos on Bitchute and YT of these idiots setting themselves on fire with their molotovs.

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