I Have Questions

Over the last five years I have kept circling back to something the neoliberal pundit Mickey Kaus observed during the 2016 GOP primary. He said they could easily have co-opted much of the Trump vote if the candidates had moved just a little bit in his direction on immigration and trade. Instead, their reaction to his rather mild observations and proposals was to race in the other direction. It made the gap between Trump and the rest of the field much more obvious to the voters.

The question he had then, one that still resonates today, is why did they do the exact opposite of what politics demands? The spergs come in at this point and provide charts and graphs on the cheap labor lobbies or how immigrants are turning states like Texas into California. There’s that old right-wing need to believe that all people are rational, so there must be a practical explanation for all behavior. In the case of the 2016 primary, it means the donors made the candidates go the wrong way.

That’s just wishful thinking. A defect of the conventional Right is that is deeply believes they will one day find the combination of words that unlocks the secret of the Progressive mind, making it amenable to reason. One day, some bright conservative will say something so profound that the Left will stop, throw down their weapons and twirl their mustaches in astonishment. Then they will embrace their conservative brothers in a fellowship of reason and republican virtue.

The current year should put that to rest. Look around and it is hard to find any evidence of rational self-interest at work. We have a legitimate drug crisis in America and the people in charge refuse to even discuss it. It’s not because they have good reason to ignore it or they are afraid to address it. Trump mentioned the subject and they began to hiss like demons being shown a crucifix. It was if he violated some sacred taboo by pointing out the very obvious problems we have with drugs.

It is not just the drug issue, which certainly has some uncomfortable facets to it for a society steeped in multicultural oogily-boogily. Free speech used to be one issue that all sides of the political debate would defend unconditionally. Even those who thought adult material should be restricted to adults opposed bans on speech. Today, it is hard to find anyone in any corner of the political debate defending speech. The free-speech champions are the people called Nazis by the beautiful people.

You can go around the wheel of practical politics and issue after issue reveals that our ruling class and a big chunk the public has gone insane. The Biden scandal is a great example of the lunacy. Major news outlets are now weaving conspiracy theories in which Russians are behind this laptop. Within living memory the defense would have been, “What can you do? His kid turned out to be a loser.” Today, the defense is a bizarre conspiracy that reads like a movie script.

It is possible that this is just what societal breakdown looks like from the inside when you are experiencing in real-time. Maybe Russians looked around at each other at the end, wondering if their rulers had lost their minds. Maybe French peasants begin to wonder if their lord was possessed by the devil. No one records the thoughts and ruminations of the Dirt People. History is the story of Cloud People. This could just be what it is like to be a peasant at the end of days.

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  • 00:00: Opening
  • 02:00: What About The Opioid Crisis?
  • 17:00: Why Do We Need Immigrants?
  • 32:00: What’s Wrong With The Left
  • 47:00: What In The Hell Happened?
  • 57:00: Closing (Link)

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Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

Saw the cover page of today’s NY Daily News and it’s accusing Mayor Giuliani of being Putin’s puppet. Literally.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

Would the situation be worse if the headline was correct?

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

One of the other commentators said best the other day when he said that there are no real surprises here. All this hoopla does is confirm what we already know. But, we have to be careful and go through the motions and do our due diligence. It is entirely possible to fake something like this, given enough money, time and talent. We need to go over it with a fine tooth comb too. And – once we’ve done so, we can at least say, “There you go, Leftie. We gave you the benefit of a doubt that you would never… Read more »

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 month ago

Biden will not be locked up as any number of the cloud people are never locked up—professional courtesy.

Spin geraht
Spin geraht
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

Agree, they will have to be destroyed the old fashioned way.

TomA
TomA
Reply to  Spin geraht
1 month ago

And there is an intelligent way to go about that.

TYTYYT
TYTYYT
Reply to  TomA
1 month ago

Intelligence is their game.
No contrary minded foxes need apply.

To think otherwise is Chickening out.

TomA
TomA
Reply to  TYTYYT
1 month ago

All throughout our evolutionary history, high intelligence has proven to be an asset. And yes, eventually it becomes a survival of the fittest contest. But that’s not the point. WWII was largely won by NCOs. You don’t have to be genius to be effective. Numbers matter too.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

I’m eagerly awaiting the Daily News pix of Bat Boy.

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1 month ago

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Drew
Drew
1 month ago

“We have a legitimate drug crisis in America and the people in charge refuse to even discuss it.” This reminds me of my brother, back when he worked for me. I’d tell him about a problem with his work and his response was either excuses or denial. Not once did he acknowledge that there was a problem and that he would take responsibility for fixing it. It later occurred to me that the reason he never offered to fix his mistakes is because he didn’t know how, and he was deeply embarrassed by his inabilities. I suspect the same dynamic… Read more »

Horace
Horace
Reply to  Drew
1 month ago

Part of the lack of ability to focus on solving problems is diversity. We have many different national and tribal peoples living inside what used to be our country. Different peoples have different preferences for how to socially, economically, and politically organize themselves and these preferences are deeply rooted in biology. Not only is there no consensus among our multicultural post-WASP elites on how to solve problems, there is no consensus on what constitutes a problem. Our biggest drug problem is opiate use among the (pre-Trump ignored) working class whites who were the first victims of globalism. Only a thin… Read more »

Toriador
Toriador
Reply to  Horace
1 month ago

They’ll pay the price for their hatred of and neglect towards American Whites when China blows past the United States and establishes an enduring, unbeatable empire. For fun, I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation last night trying to answer the following question, “is it possible to immigrate enough people to the United States to compete cognitively with a future developed China?” TL;DR: Nope. Here’s my rough draft answer. Keep in might that it’s only a broad answer. Unless I made a mistake in the math, this is a scary result —> China Population: 1.1 billion Han Chinese (no effort made to… Read more »

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

To be honest, I’m not all that convinced China is as solid as people believe. There has yet to be an East Asian country that didn’t nearly suffer economic collapse when all the skeletons finally started bursting out. The Chinese outright lie, cheat, steal, and occasionally murder to get ahead. Given history, there is no reason to believe the country’s projected image of immense stability.

Soul Finder
Soul Finder
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

China’s demographic problem likely isn’t as severe as America’s. First, the available talent pool in China greatly exceeds the entire talent pool of much of the rest of the world combined. Second, despite the popular misconception, China’s mean age is actually younger than America’s currently. Meanwhile, America’s valuable White demographic is aging rapidly, even shrinking in some states while its White TFR is converging to European levels. As was pointed out above, the quality of Hispanic immigrants is very low, so having young brown people come in from Central and South America won’t allow the United States to compete globally… Read more »

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  Soul Finder
1 month ago

you’d make a good parrot. learn some mandarin too.

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

Demographics parts is what scares me. Japan has an dying population and is the go-to example, but that problem is at least approachable. But for the Chinese mainland population, a young minority of pissed off Han boggles my mind.

My Comment
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

There is a triple whammy with the consequences of china’s one child policy besides frustrated men who can create an unstable society: 1. Now that Chinese are living longer a family may well end up supporting and taking care of 2 sets of parents and grandparents. In most families children are the retirement plan 2. Children often live a long way from their parents unless the parents live in major job centers. 3. Then of course there is the staggering percent of the population who will be out of the main workforce and both draining tax dollars and reducing taxes… Read more »

Hun
Hun
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

It’s good to remind oneself that China was supposed to collapse every year at least since the end of the 1990s.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

It’s also good to remind oneself that it’s easy to get the timing wrong but still nail the trend.

ExPraliteMonk
ExPraliteMonk
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Something that can’t go on forever, won’t. Promises that can’t be kept will be broken. Debt that can’t be repaid, won’t be. Plan accordingly. – Glen Reynolds

Last edited 1 month ago by ExPraliteMonk
abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

China is also one or two good rain storms away from no longer being a super power. The Three Gorges Dam story is not be covered much but its barely holding and if it goes, 10 million dead and vast property destruction almost entirely in China’s industrial heartland. Also China is on the verge of a famine right at a time when they are low on US dollars and other non Yuan currency. They probably can get through the famine but the mandate of leadership and China’s growth are tied to a rising standard of living which is in great… Read more »

KeepTheChange
KeepTheChange
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

There is a lot of corruption … things like having to bribe doctors because they are paid so little … but they are racially homogeneous and fiercely nationalistic, plus hard-working. Also, as someone pointed out, our White demographic is older than our national demographic, which doesn’t bode well. China will catch us.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

Sometimes I think the best analog for china is new spain in the late 18th century. Once the spanish empire went down the tunes, new spain became independent south america. Relative wealth increased, but absolute wealth never really recovered.

TYTYYT
TYTYYT
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

China is interested in China.
The notion of China warring farther than her near abroad is ahistorical, and absurd. They’ll compete small scale ops perhaps in Africa, which they are wisely buying Africa, good thing for us too. They would probably fight for access to markets and raw materials, but that’s at worst a problem for the near abroad, and those on the sea lanes. In any case they’d rather buy it and its for sale.

China may be great again, but it will look like the past great Empires of China, not America or Europe.

KeepTheChange
KeepTheChange
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

Just to double-down on my previous post … according to polls, we’re about to elect a near-term dementia patient for President. Say what you will about polls, but this country is in serious decline if we’re even considering Biden for prez. China will be eating our lunch and popping the bag in 30 years.

Soul Trader
Soul Trader
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

China’s economic and technological advancement since the 1990s has been beyond anything the world has ever seen previously, even during the Industrial Revolution. They already have the world’s most sophisticated telecommunications company, Huawei. They went from less than 1% of global smart phone sales to being on the cusp of overtaking both Apple and Samsung before Trump banned chip export to them; Apple struggled to get a non-Chinese 5G chip into their last phone. I could cite many other examples, such as China having most of the world’s best high-speed rail tech. Categorizing workers as either high- or low-skill has… Read more »

sentry
sentry
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

to be fair to him, he did not compare usa to china, probably most would agree usa is in a very low point right now
i’m curious why anyone would prefer apple over huawei at this point?

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

When America transfers its capital, manufacturing capacity, and IP to China, when America trains a generation of Chinese scientists and engineers… I guess you could call that advancement. Either that or affirmative action.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame China for taking that deal, and I know the Chinese are capable people, but I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s been a long time since the invention of gunpowder and fireworks.

Soul Trader
Soul Trader
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

A lot of America’s problems are self-inflicted. It might have been possible to contain China effectively if we had started on this decades ago. I remember back in the 1990s globalists telling me how outsourcing to China was great and how even talking about Chinese competition was fear mongering: “they said the same thing about Japan and they were wrong.” What got me is how I could point out how China had many times the population of Japan but this never changed their minds. America’s ruling class is dangerously myopic. Sad. After the Cold War ended, we could have brain… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

Yep, it looks dire. And the thing is it was according to plan from what I gather. Seems like somebody thought to use the spirit of the Marshall Plan to dominate the world, i.e., sacrificing American strength to create globalist economic zones.

Then again, I think if America’s nationalist turn goes permanent, and if we stop weighing ourselves down with diversity and social engineering, we could turn the tide sooner than anyone expects.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

China and Russia are well ahead of the US in key areas like integrated air defense and hypersonic missiles.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Which is stupid. How is that allowed to happen? Elon Musk has rockets that land themselves. Hypersonic missiles should be a cakewalk.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Hypersonic missiles should be a cakewalk.

Professionally, I’ve dealt with a team working on one of US’ projects.

They were nowhere close to the caliber of folks who designed the SR-71 or Saturn V.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

May I ask: Was diversity involved? Or were these chaps just not up to past standards regardless?

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

OrangeFrog-

There was a mixture of both your points topped off by a mechanical engineer leading a project that was largely electrical in nature.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Not in my esteemed fellow poster TWGH’s position but my understanding is that in addition to all those issues the knowledge chain that makes for excellent engineering was broken over the last few decades. A lot of people who wold l normally peruse a career in engineering looked at the poor prospects for a good job and went into software or finance. Worse the mentorship that helps make for great engineers wasn’t there do to so many layoffs and outsourcing in the 80’s and 90’s and a realization that if you train up the guy below you, you’ll be fired… Read more »

Soul Trader
Soul Trader
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

COIN. We wasted the 00s droning brown guys in bedsheets while our competition pooled all their resources into certain key technologies. Now, we have to race to keep up. We were so busy fighting the last war our leaders didn’t stop to consider the next one.This is a common theme across much of the military these days. Russia and China have also raced head with long range anti-ship missiles while we were building the trash LCS, which in its first iteration is basically unsurvivable in a modern naval clash.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

I groan whenever I hear “high speed rail.” Have you ever read an account of a “normal” railroad derailment? Are you aware that a rail bed is easily sabotaged? The New York subway provided a recent example. Now, just imagine that if a homeless lunatic can throw debris onto a track causing close to a million dollars in damage, what could a determined vandal do to a track that hosts a train going 200 or 300 MPH? There’s probably a name for these general vulnerabilities. There are many such examples of ideas that sound good in principle, but alas are… Read more »

Soul Trader
Soul Trader
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

High speed rail already works quite well in most of the advanced Asian countries like Japan and China, so I fail to see how anything you wrote matters. We are not talking a hypothetical technology, but one that already exists in Asia.

Example: “are you aware that a rail bed is easily sabotaged?”

So what? Are they? Very rarely. The same criticism could be made of American oil pipelines.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

The US is not Asia and no one in the US other than Leftist Centralizers even wants this tech. Its entirely stupid and wasteful to build technology that no one wants and than try to coerce people to use it. There will be bad consequences. Eventually we may need it or want it when oil runs out or becomes too expensive but at the risk of excess pessimism, our diversity and corruption will probably end this society long before that. The various nations of future USA if wise will be disconnection from other nations as even a absic low speed… Read more »

Soul Trader
Soul Trader
Reply to  abprosper
1 month ago

Its entirely stupid and wasteful to build technology that no one wants

That’s a deflection. I never said we should, so you’re putting words into my mouth. The US couldn’t build affordable high speed rail here even if we wanted to, which was the point.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

They have rail, we have airplanes. That’s the comparison.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

The biggest issue is economics. There’s just very little market for high speed rail, because the population density just isn’t there to support it.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Have you ever read an account of a “normal” railroad derailment? Are you aware that a rail bed is easily sabotaged? The New York subway provided a recent example. Now, just imagine that if a homeless lunatic can throw debris onto a track causing close to a million dollars in damage, what could a determined vandal do to a track that hosts a train going 200 or 300 MPH?

These are third world problems. Is the US that bad already? In normal countries, these kind problems are extremely rare.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Its not a severe issue yet but in a few decades at current rates, much our infrastructure will be too eroded to work.
We are becoming less developed by the day and any projects that are meant for highly developed nations ought not be considered. C.F California’s failed high speed rail and routine power outages
We can barely tech people to read there days

Penitent Man
Penitent Man
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Have to agree with Ben, sabotage is a concern. Japan has a homogeneous society where lawlessness is nearly unheard of and China keeps their more violent ethnic minorities ruthlessly suppressed and isolated. High speed rail in the U.S. would be highly vulnerable. Aircraft are relatively well protected post 9/11 and are contained in hubs. Rail lines will be almost impossible to protect as they will stretch thousands of miles. With so many hostile groups and ethnicities imported to our shores post 9/11, an increasingly politically polarized society, an enormous number of mentally ill citizens, and a communist cold insurgency that… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

I think our freight rail is pretty good, but passenger rail hasn’t been a thing here since air travel became affordable and interstate highways were built. Amtrak only exists because Dems are romantic about it.

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Soul Trader
1 month ago

Largely agree.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

I have the same reservations regarding the Chinese, particularly militarily. Someone mentioned on here the other day Chinese military strength, causing me to look at their Aircraft carrier fleet… The fleet appeared to consist of one old Russian carrier whose journey over to China in the first place was haphazard and hamstrung. It was then refitted. They appear to have built a carrier themselves after extensive research of existing ones to compete with the west. Meanwhile, even the crummy former empire of the UK has The Queen Elizabeth class carriers and the States I believe has a program for Gerald… Read more »

Soul Finder
Soul Finder
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

causing me to look at their Aircraft carrier fleet That’s a pretty poor way to look at things. China has just started to field aircraft carries, and it’s not clear if those ships won’t be obsolete by the time the next war gets here. Further, they are building them at a rate to match the United States sometime before 2045. Technologically, China is rapidly closing the gap, as US defense analysts have already admitted. China has a deep ability to manufacture ships, an enormous number of sophisticated missiles, and a huge airforce that’s rapidly closing the gap with their American… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Soul Finder
1 month ago

Informative answer, thanks for that.

Do you suspect that, if India are also up and coming, then China’s dominance in that region, and the world, could be checked?

I recall reading a book called Prisoners of Geography, in which the author identified numerous future flashpoints between countries. And he had rather a lot to say about Chinese/Indian relations. Of course, you’ve then got Russia thrown into the mix – although I am not sure how much of a game changer that’ll be.

Soul Finder
Soul Finder
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

India can’t oppose China alone. The PLA, in terms of relative military strength, is about three times as powerful as India.To put that into perspective, that’s nearly the same gulf between India and Pakistan currently. China would probably now mop the floor with India in a conventional conflict. Although, not without significant casualties if India tries to counter in the one area they might be able to compete: ground forces. That would be a huge disaster on all sides. India might attempt an invasion of China thinking the Chinese don’t have enough stuff to shoot them with as long as… Read more »

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  Soul Finder
1 month ago

I think COVID-19 has demonstrated just how easy it is to beach a US Carrier task force non-kinetically.

Last edited 1 month ago by ProZNoV
The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

Carriers are overrated.

Fleet air defenses are easily overwhelmed by drone or missile swarms.

China and Russia both have extremely quiet subs that can penetrate the fleet ASW defenses and killshot a carrier.

If China or Russia have developed any sorts of underwater kamikaze drones, entire battlegroups would be at risk.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

A self piloted plastic stealth sub loaded with tsunami bomb a munition the Russians claim to have is a fleet or city killer.
That said the US won’t be going to war with peer powers. Our military hits harder but cannot be replenished as we lack shipyards among other things.
Also our human capital is terrible. Most people lack the ability to qualify, many other won’t serve and the US lacks the legitimacy for conscription.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

The Chinese have some pretty unsinkable carriers—known as islands—in the South China Sea. Aside from that, they don’t need them if they don’t intend to build and maintain empire across the world. That’s an American thing.

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

And we are told by our leaders that the US’s unsinkable carrier in the region, Guam, is liable to tip over if it’s overloaded.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hank-johnson-thinks-guam_n_521541

ronehjr
ronehjr
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

China also has very few few mounted archers. They are definitely in trouble in the next war.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

Street crime is non-existent in Chinese neighborhoods, but they are very corrupt.
https://www.amren.com/news/2013/06/riot-after-chinese-teachers-try-to-stop-pupils-cheating/

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

The Chinese also like to spit in elevators

Sandmich
Reply to  MemeWarVet
1 month ago

And, everyplace else. One memory that stuck with me from a visit was walking through the palace that is the Beijing airport and having Chinese gurgle their throat to spit an extra sticky one into the corner of a walkway. From what I’ve heard though it’s not nearly as bad as it once was, but still.

Penitent Man
Penitent Man
Reply to  Sandmich
1 month ago

In China? Have you been to any of the numerous Chinatowns in the U.S.? Hawking phlegm onto public walkways is alive and well here.

Rashomoan
Rashomoan
Reply to  MemeWarVet
1 month ago

There is an interesting story behind the Chinese habit of hocking up and spitting lungers with abandon. It has to do with their history of coexistence with the giant roundworm (Ascaris Lumbricoides). A giant roundworm ensconced in a human small intestine will lay up to 200,000 eggs in a day. These pass through the remainder of the digestive tract and, after evacuation, depending on the hygiene of the Next individual to come in contact with them, may be ingested by that individual. Upon ingestion, the roundworm egg passes through the esophagus and stomach into the small intestine. Acid in the… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

That’s the odd difference. The Asians stay in place, get crowded, and have a mass paroxysm of either plague or murder, as if Nature’s purge.

Whites leave. We spread all over the world to reach similar population numbers. That’s some pretty epic numbers right there, Toriador.

David
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

Yeah China’s success is 100% contingent upon our US navy protecting the international supply chains and oil tanker deliveries. Once we stop that, all of china’s enemies will choke them out. Geography is a bitch.

Judge Smails
Judge Smails
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

America has one “very stable genius ” and that is all we need.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

You are overly generous with the iq levels of third world peoples. Africans average around 70. By White standards, that’s retarded. Many Indians in the US are medical professionals, but the average iq in India is 82. Perhaps they would score higher if they ate a steak occasionally.

Toriador
Toriador
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

Yes, that’s what makes it scary. I did that deliberately under the assumption that those scores were max values under perfect conditions. Even under the best of circumstances, the most optimistic, it’s not possible to do what guys like Matt Ysglesias imagine.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

I actually managed to convince one Hindu gal to start enjoying beef.

BTP
Member
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

The joke writes itself, no?

Mis(ter)Anthrope
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Very nicely done!

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Mis(ter)Anthrope
1 month ago

I’m pleased to report that she also enjoys nice, juicy hamburgers on occasion!

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
1 month ago

The high IQ caste in India, the Brahmin, are what many of us here encounter. They are somewhat less than 5% of the population. They have often been called the “Jews of India”. If not for them, India would be toward the bottom of the barrel technologically.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

IQ is very important but when you’re talking about innovation it’s obviously not the deciding factor. If it was, Asia would’ve blown past the rest of the world and never looked back.

It takes imagination and freedom to make the most of intelligence, neither of which are fostered by rigidly bureaucratic and hierarchical societies.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Intelligence is composed of what I call the Four Cs of Intelligence: Creativity, Computation, Capacity and Curiosity. The extent to which all four of these characteristics manifest in IQ scores is somewhat unknown. Creativity, in particular, may or may not boost the score. Presumably though, those who are creative will have greater intelligence than those who are not, and this theoretically should be reflected in IQ scores.

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Member
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

This is why I remain skeptical of China. Toriador’s calculations are probably roughly correct but fail to take into account the huge handicap imposed by lack of freedom and just crowding. It’s hard to start an innovative company tinkering in your garage when you don’t have a garage and the government sends agents around because they don’t like that you just bought a welding rig or lathe. An innovative society needs broad creativity and freedom. China has neither. Meanwhile, our own elite, in destroying small business with lockdowns, is trying (perhaps inadvertently) to create a society where everyone is forced… Read more »

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

You’re touching upon the problem in your concept—what is the correlation between your four C’s? Not that I don’t like the conceptualization. But it seems we often break aspects/measures of “intelligence” falsely apart when all are related aspects of “g”.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

Do you mean, how do the four Cs relate to one another, or how do they relate to overall IQ score?

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

It should not matter, but I am referring to how they (4-C’s) intercorrelate with each other. You have defined them as components of intelligence, typically termed “g”. The IQ score is not directly what I refer to as it is only considered a representative measure/approximation of the concept—“g”. That concept, “g”, was used to explain all the intercorrelations between measures/definitions of intelligence previously proposed, which I associate with your proposed “4 -C’s”. If your 4 C’s are not intercorrelated, then what you’ve produced/proposed is a definition of intelligence which breaks it down into separable and distinct pieces. And of course,… Read more »

Q-ship
Q-ship
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

The 85 IQ for Sub Saharan Africa is probably high. American blacks, most of whom have some European admixture, have an average IQ of 85. The average for SSA is closer to 70.

I thought the average IQ for Han Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese was 105.

Good post. To maintain an advanced society, you also need an average IQ above 90-95. If you factor in all of the low IQ illegal aliens, we are probably closer to 95 than 100. This will be another factor in the inevitable collapse of the US.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

I stopped reading at “China Mean IQ 100”. There is no mainstream HBD researcher who has ever stated this number. Lowest I’ve seen is 105 for China as a whole. Also (minor quibble), 1B Chinese are basically peasants. Whether the genius IQ ability of a peasant is recognized and brought into use is not established in my mind—but I know zero about their educational process.

Sandmich
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

The other thing is what does their IQ get used for. Both Thomas Sowell and Steve Sailer have alluded to the fact that their IQ is higher since the facets of their society demand it. IOW, by the time they use their mental acuity to figure out their written language, the arcane rules for their daily societal interactions where everyone is trying to scam each other, etc. what’s left in the tank can barely be used to interpret the rules of professional basketball.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Sandmich
1 month ago

Damn, another concept/idea I’ve failed to come across—and I’m a Sowell fan. Appreciated, thanks.

Toriador
Toriador
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

Lowest I’ve seen is 105 for China as a whole

That’s nonsense. 105 is Japan’s score and China’s mean is clearly less than that. You can only get higher in China if you’re considering individual, high-scoring cities, which isn’t the correct way to look at it. ~100 +/- 1 is the accepted mean value for China as of five years ago or so. Please don’t pretend to be an expert when it’s clear you don’t know what you’re talking about. 105 as the lowest mean value for the whole country? I’m laughing.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

Laugh all you want, but when you finish, take time to educate yourself. Never hurts. Try and read, “The Intelligence of Nations”, by Lynn & Becker. Lot’s of ref’s to prior work as well. Tatu Vanhanen is another good author who has worked with Lynn in prior ground breaking work. A table in Lynn’s older work, “Race Differences in Intelligence”, pg 82, table 10.1, cites numerous studies of IQ in China and Hong Kong by Lynn and others. Low IQ measure I see is 103, high 107. Now of course, you are welcome to present your own citations and authorities,… Read more »

Alfred Doolittle
Alfred Doolittle
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

Nice post. I like to do these kind of analyses too. A couple thoughts(Forgive me if anyone beat me to the punch, I haven’t refreshed page in a while) : These are quantitative points, not qualitative. An admittedly cursory inspection shows similar disproportionate Chinese to European populations in past centuries, but recent history tells us who lead in productivity, creative genius and certain standards of social well being/civic culture, despite being vastly outnumbered. Which begets the next point… The difference between Asians/Chinese and White’s isn’t merely one of IQ, it’s styles of civilization that create different per capita creative genius… Read more »

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CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Alfred Doolittle
1 month ago

I’m being lazy here, so I leave you to look up the specific books/studies by Richard Lynn. He and a Finish coauthor have been measuring and publishing the average IQ’s nations for some time now. Yes, some measures are pretty much guesstimates or subject to sampling problems. But in 1st world nations they seem pretty solid.

Alfred Doolittle
Alfred Doolittle
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

Yes, 1st world nations. Aren’t most of the data on Chinese IQ derived from immigrants and not natives? Are proportionate rural populations measured in Lynn’s studies and do they come from the CCP or were they done by Westerners? Don’t get me wrong, I suspect just by virtue of the Chinese language, with dozens of thousands of just characters alone(even if the average rural type only knows a fraction of them), a literate person will probably have to have a reasonably high IQ by African standards, and supposedly the literacy rate is developed nation high there, according to the CCP… Read more »

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Alfred Doolittle
1 month ago

Al, the answer is, I don’t know. Those are reasonable concerns, but there seem to be many cited studies ref’d by Lynn and he is not a devious person to my understanding. Nor have I seen even one study estimating typical Chinese IQ as average, or below average.

I suspect Lynn’s national estimate will hold up, however I’m not going to review 20+ citations and analyze each and every one for selection bias. But if you’ve a citation for such a review, I’ll look it over.

TYTYYT
TYTYYT
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

All our problems stem from High IQ people in the New Deal and the Best and The Brightest in the 1960s. Why still the worship of intelligence? The Greeks were more “intelligent” than the Romans. They were the Top Slaves. our problem isn’t too little brainpower, its no Balls. Cowardice, psychosis, psychopathy, sociopathy all correlate directly with intelligence. Its really only the cowardice I can’t stand. Want to know who’s smart? The COVID laid off teacher and Barber I met at PMC school. We’re restructuring ourselves for the new economy. If your’re lucky people like us are the replacements for… Read more »

Karl McHungus
Karl McHungus
Reply to  Toriador
1 month ago

why don’t you move to china then?

B124
B124
Reply to  Horace
1 month ago

That’s the thing – the victims are white, so the elites ignore it, or even endorse it. Essentially opioids are a quiet and peaceful way for “obsolete” (from an elite perspective) whites to kill themselves and not cause too many problems. We also have alot of class stratification. I’m upper middle class; I literally do not know one person with an opioid addiction. My peers got hooked on coke or booze in college, then sobered up and joined their dad’s firm. Even for a sympathetic person like me, there’s nothing I can do because i just don’t come into contact… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  B124
1 month ago

The inhumane part- well, everything progressives achieve is inhumane, but- the inhumane part is that legitimate chronic pain sufferers are the ones being punished.

The deaths are from illegal production.

Even having met or known a lot of junkies, still, their network is a deep dive. How the heck these people connect is a mystery, even to me.

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Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  B124
1 month ago

The sad truth is that it is very difficult to quit an opioid habit. It may seem unfair to those unfamiliar with hard drug addiction, but it is for good reason that serious drug habits are grounds for losing security clearances, jobs, trust, etc. This is especially difficult counsel when the addict is friend or family: there is very little you can do to help the addict. While he’s active, at best you are going to protect your property from being stolen or the smaller chance of assault, at worst you will be enabling his self-destructive behavior if you provide… Read more »

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CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Ben, harsh, but more correct than wrong.

Most sad thing is that all over they country, and here in my State as well, we are joining the chorus of liberalizing drug laws. More low IQ people move in, more drug use exasperates the problem, and the downward spiral continues.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

I suspect there is a genetic predisposition. Just as ther is for alcohol abuse, etc.

Yak-15
Yak-15
Reply to  B124
1 month ago

You must be old. I grew up in a very upper class community. We had three deaths just in my mid 2000s class in the probably one of the top ten wealthiest towns in the US. One of them was a kid from another wealthy suburb who brought his habits he learned there. I have a few former friends seriously hooked on opioids whose lives are ruined. It’s bad. The pills are everywhere.

Au Jus
Au Jus
Member
Reply to  Drew
1 month ago

Our leaders embarrassed by something? They have no shame and hate us. They probably hope the opioid crisis takes us all out.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Au Jus
1 month ago

No, they don’t. Political power is defined largely by the quantity and quality of people you can reasonably expect to follow your orders. Killing your subordinates weakens, not strengthens you. Inspiring disloyalty is also a problem, in that you put yourself in a position to be completely without followers. This may come as a shock to you, but you are not important to anyone, which means our political leaders aren’t out to get you, and don’t wish the opioid crisis on anyone. Analyzing political leaders is really easy if you remember two things: 1) you are not the center of… Read more »

Tom K
Tom K
Reply to  Drew
1 month ago

>>This reminds me of my brother, back when he worked for me.<<

This brother, was he an older brother by any chance?

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

No.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

the combination of words that unlocks the secret of the Progressive mind

Vox Day, for all his issues, has helpfully pointed out that Progs are never affected by dialectic, only rhetoric.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

I went to his site yesterday for the first time in ages to see if he was still pushing #Trumpslide.

Answer was yes.

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
Reply to  MemeWarVet
1 month ago

And he still calls Trump “the God-Emperor.”

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  Wolf Barney
1 month ago

Ugh. How embarrassing.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Pretty sure that the US special forces are in Chad supporting the French-led Operation Barkhane.

I think the US is also providing transport and signals intelligence to support that operation as well.

ttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Barkhane

Sandmich
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Gotta love those pictures, it’s like some real-live, deadly video game where two teams are fighting over some desolate Martian crater.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

TWGH, It would only surprise me if they weren’t. https://tinyurl.com/uzzp5zc https://tinyurl.com/yybvm2cp Does the media ever report on this? Does congress ever vote on it? Or does this whole system run on autopilot now?

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
1 month ago

Drugs: why are these questions not being asked? Because the deep state is part of the trade, duh! The spice must flow! Just like controlling our borders, there is no will to do it.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/rumors-persist-that-the-cia-helps-export-opium-from-afghanistan/209687/
https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/03/31/u-s-embassy-opium-rich-afghanistan-fires-6-allegedly-using-dealing-drugs/

sentry
sentry
Reply to  Captain Obvious
1 month ago

cia agents getting rich from drug trade

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bob sykes
bob sykes
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

Began in ‘Nam. Air America and all that. Continued in Columbia. Mena, Arkansas, guns for drugs. Now in Afghanistan. Nice work. Nice profits.

Soul Finder
Soul Finder
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

“In August 1996, when the San Jose Mercury News published an in-depth series about the CIA-contra crack shipments that were flooding East Los Angeles, the major media held true to form and suppressed the story. But after the series was circulated around the world on the Web, the story became too difficult to ignore, and the media began its assault. Articles in the Washington Post and The New York Times and reports on network television and PBS announced that there was “no evidence” of CIA involvement, that the Mercury News series was “bad journalism,” and that the public’s interest in… Read more »

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Soul Finder
1 month ago

If I recall corerectly, the Author Gary Webb committed suicide bt shooting himself in the gead, Twice.

Vegetius
Vegetius
Reply to  Soul Finder
1 month ago

Dark Alliance / Kill the Messenger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJkNEtgMulw

WJ0216
WJ0216
Reply to  Soul Finder
1 month ago

BS to the CIA selling drugs in the USA. Dont get me wrong – the CIA is a pos that has committed atrocities all over the world but the “crack in S Central LA” fantasy is something cooked up by the crazed minds of the black leadership , Sharpton, Farrakan,etc. The same people that think the CIA invented AIDS to kill black people also believe this drug fantasy.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Captain Obvious
1 month ago

‘Spengler’ (David Goldman) had a classic piece in Asia Times about how the ‘spice’ trade fueled some 400 years of naval exploration and commercial wars between the empires.

The CIA and MI6 are East India Companies. Same owners, same trades- ‘spices’, weapons, and human trafficking (slaves). An old, established merchant tradition.

Edit: Dang, forgot the oil. A whole ‘nuther kind of spice. It must flow!

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jeez
jeez
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

No mention of the Dutch,french ,Venetians,Portuguese,Spanish etc.
Are you some sort of continental European?
Blame Les Anglo-Saxons.

Joey Jünger
Joey Jünger
1 month ago

The smart/not-insane response by the Biden people would have been to keep going with the “Hunter, like many Americans, is struggling with addiction issues.” It’s the politer variant of “My kid’s a screwup.” That would not only have not hurt Biden but maybe helped him. Blacks who remember the crack wave of the 80s would have sympathized, as would have Boomers who gave their kids their hedonistic hippie outlook without the affluence to go with it (Taking LSD in an alpine retreat on doctoral sabbatical’s a bit different than dropping it while living with your mom in a shabby apartment… Read more »

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 month ago

I think that would have worked to a point. Carter pretty much got a bye on Billy, who was acknowledged to be an alcoholic. Problem with Hunter is it’s increasingly clear that Sr. needed him as the family bag man to keep the cash flowing in and actively enabled the behavior. Carter let Billy have a beer brand and promote Subaru vehicles…but he didn’t let him run his own foreign policy.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  SamlAdams
1 month ago

A Biden win also means nobody goes to jail. As long as der Trumpenfuhrer reigns, there’s still a chance.

Major Hoople
Major Hoople
Member
Reply to  SamlAdams
1 month ago

Hunter was the family bagman but I’ve begun to wonder if he was being directed towards the opportunities. People have tried to give Biden Sr. A pass on Hunters corruption, but what if the dad was pointing the kid in the direction of where to get the money?

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Major Hoople
1 month ago

Apparently one of Hunter’s former partners, currently in jail for that Indian bond scheme has flipped over and turned his Gmail account info over to a couple journalists. If true should be interesting.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  SamlAdams
1 month ago

Well, that depends upon the “journalists” he turned it over to.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 month ago

Rumor has it Hunter’s got bigger problems than drug use…

Dinothedoxie
Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

It seams to me that some combination of environmental factors are causing insanity on a massive scale.

Plastics? Hormonal birth control? Pharmaceuticals? Social Media? Perhaps a combination of all and more.

There’s definitely something beyond ideology happening here.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

Don’t forget the now omnipresent electromagnetic radiation from cellphone towers, Wi-Fi routers, and all the devices attached to them.

None of that existed prior to the mid-to-late 80s.

Now, even people in small cities and towns are continuously awash in high frequency electromagnetic radiation.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Oh man. Good catch.

CAPT S
CAPT S
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

No doubt that environmental factors influence mental health and cognition. But don’t discount the massive influence of ideology. I used to wonder why my math students were so dense, with the attention span of a fruit fly. Then, open-house – i.e. I got to meet the parents. To categorize their ideology, I would have to call it the “doctrine of amusement.” If they didn’t have to think – it was good; if they had to apply cognitive powers – it was troubling. The ideology of ease & comfort is so pervasive and ubiquitous across social classes and geography that it… Read more »

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  CAPT S
1 month ago

Yeah Capt, this is what I see as well. “I learned it by watching you, mom”. Facebook wine moms on fones with instawhore daughters on xanny in tow. Gelded dads on sportsball and booze with basement boys on warcraft and pot. The combo I see is this: the almost complete decoupling of biology from truth followed by the propagation of avoidance of discomfort at all costs. The first ensures that the negative feedback loops that reinforce biological reality are buffered and redirected into pozzitive feedback loops. The second ensures that the natural signaling of the dangers of those pozz loops… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Screwtape
1 month ago

Something like 1/4 to 1/3 of our population is on some sort of mind-altering drug prescription. Zoloft alone (a dangerous drug treating dangerous behaviors) is prescribed to 37 million people, and it is just one of many. Chicken and egg as to the needs and the prescriptions, but here we are. Is it any surprise that our culture appears largely immune to rational thinking and reasonable behavior?

Sandmich
Reply to  Dutch
1 month ago

Chicken and egg indeed, I have a friend who has to keep their border collie on metal meds because they don’t have a pasture for him to run around in, i.e., he is in an unnatural state and is ill-equipped to mentally deal with, what is basically, torture.

Valley Lurker
Reply to  Sandmich
1 month ago

I am not the first to suggest this, but I definitely think this applies to a significant portion of humans on mental medication as well. We’re mostly in unnatural states in some way, shape or form, either professionally or in our home life.

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Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  CAPT S
1 month ago

It’s not an ideology, it’s a disability.
I have a severe allergy to work.

(That, or a phobia.)

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  CAPT S
1 month ago

You’re on to something. I’m pretty sure if I was born a generation or so later, I’d be living in a trailer park somewhere. Even at my age, I suffer from much of the “social media disease” you elaborate upon.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

No” to both Dino above and Wild in this thread. Every advanced civilization since the emergence of homo sapiens sapiens has catastrophically collapsed. Every. Single. One. There’s no reason to suspect that the process we’re experiencing now is the result of something-new-under-the-sun. There appears to be some kind of fundamental defect in the species. More’s the pity.

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Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

All of ’em. We’re fouling the nest.

Overpopulation does that.

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Drew
Drew
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

The two most obvious causes of the current insanity are industrial production and democracy. With the former, you have a lot of people who can eat and receive medical care while remaining completely ignorant of the factors that make such a thing possible. With the latter, you get a bunch of people who believe their thoughts and opinions are useful and important, and thus become quite narcissistic. Thus, we have a society that is literally hell-bent on indulging every person’s tendencies towards ignorance and self-importance, which a recipe for social insanity and the collapse of public trust.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Dinothedoxie
1 month ago

The number of children has been in a slow decline for a couple of centuries mainly do to lower infant mortality and societies becoming increasingly urban. The US went below replacement for about a decade during the depression and an argument could be made that this was the new normal and that the baby boom was an anomaly caused by a sudden vast increase in personal wealth along with remaining social and religious capital. That capital has been pretty well exhausted for at least a decade, maybe a bit more as even the Evangelicals can’t maintain high fertility. These days… Read more »

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
1 month ago

One explanation I’ve settled on to explain to others goes thus: Historically, societal consensus has occurred where the competing spheres of government, economy and religion/moral systems intersect. Think a Venn chart. Each might have more or less sway at a particular moment, but there is some degree of long term equilibrium and balance as each system competes and checks the others. Leftism is a closed system that combines all three in one package. So you end up with feedback loops that amplify each other. Thus, as Z has pointed out, it has no limiting factor built in and you see… Read more »

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
1 month ago

Laptop and no encryption. Tisk-tisk.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

I’ll admit I haven’t read the articles, but they’re all lies anyway 🙂 Actually that is what I’m commenting upon: the laptop just seems to pop up at a convenient time. We learn that the FBI got a copy of the files back in December. So how long has somebody been sitting on this data? Not saying the laptop and its incriminating data isn’t authentic. But things like this can be faked. More relevant, though: I haven’t seen any claims (yet) the data have been faked.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

It’s called the “October surprise” and it’s not just a Democrat thing. I used to get upset at this tactic, now I am happy “we” are using it.

(I apologize for the term “we”. Just can’t think of a better phrasing at the moment. DR folk here are anything but to be described as Rep’s or Dem’s.)

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

The President isn’t “one of us” but he is a friendly and so “we” is fine.

Federalist
Federalist
1 month ago

Z, Is there a way to listen to a replay of your Killstream appearance? On DLive, it just says it is offline.

JeepEr
JeepEr
Reply to  Federalist
1 month ago

There’s a link in yesterday’s comments.

sentry
sentry
1 month ago

who asked for immigration?
putin of course

nailheadtom
1 month ago

“The Biden scandal is a great example of the lunacy.” Politicians wallowing in corruption is the norm. The lunacy is that a dementia sufferer is considered by a large part of the population as a legitimate choice to become the titular ruler of the most important country on earth. The Preatorian Guards’ selection of Caligula and Caracalla as emperors couldn’t be any more ridiculous than the US elites’ choice of Biden as interim head of state. When Rome finally became irrelevant western civilization hibernated within the other major institution, the Catholic church. As the US culture, based on the phony… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  nailheadtom
1 month ago

The Preatorian Guards’ selection of Caligula and Caracalla as emperors couldn’t be any more ridiculous than the US elites’ choice of Biden as interim head of state.

South Asian tech CEOs paid the DNC-CCP-media a lot of money to install Harris in the WH.

That’s 1*10^-8 % of the population.

If the rest of the populace allows this installation, we didn’t deserve to keep the country.

Grill n’ chill, it’ll come back, it always does…

ChicagoRodent
ChicagoRodent
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

You raise an excellent point tha tis commonly neglected except for the small hats element. Namely, the effects of overwhelming foreign influence in the matters of America. I interact frequently with European executives. To a one they express belief that America is too important to be left to the governance of the American people. It’s no wonder they literally buy our politicians and prearrange our executive suites and second-career defense industry leadership through stock and other fundings. America ain’t been American at the top for decades.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  ChicagoRodent
1 month ago

Namely, the effects of overwhelming foreign influence in the matters of America.

I’ve thought the river of foreign money flowing into DC via K-street lobbyists is one of America’s most critical problems for quite a while.

It’s sickening to realize that almost all foreign governments have more, ‘representation,’ in DC than Joe and Jane Average.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

At least the K-street lobbyists have to register as agents of foreign interests.

CAPT S
CAPT S
1 month ago

“No one records the thoughts and ruminations of the Dirt People.”

But that’s an effort you’re helping to correct Z-man. Thanks for the daily posts, and keep compiling that book!

Apex Predator
Apex Predator
1 month ago

Half a dozen explanations from other commenters and many of them are still, in some way, doing what Z is talking about above. They are going into paragraph long ‘deep-thinker’ explanations attempting to unravel the Gordian Knot of the Insanity of the Masses. Let’s review- “Can’t take responsibility”, “Environmental Factors”, “Deep State”, “Big Pharma”, “Only Rhetoric”, etc. So still lots of complex theorizing and hand-wringing. There may even be some truth to some of it but it is only tangentially relevant. Allow me to play Alexander in front of this Gordian Knot that people are, once again, attempting to think… Read more »

NJ Person
NJ Person
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

Apex:
All true, but you might want to add another item to your list. It is something that Jared Taylor and Paul Kersey recently noted about 2nd generation Asians. Their parents were against affirmative action but their children support it, even though it may superficially work against them. The crux of the matter is that supporting BLM and the like helps one enter upper class society. Wokeness is the new luxury good, just like fancy cars and exotic vacations were. Being Woke shows that one is hip and “with it”. I hate to say it, but upper-class white people may be the big problem here.

Deondre
Deondre
Member
Reply to  NJ Person
1 month ago

Upper class white MEN

B124
B124
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

I see what you’re saying.

However, I find it impressive that white people are still standing after such historic brainwashing measures. No other people would last this long. South Korea has succumbed to Globohomo in 10 years.

The death cult is real, though. Many white people want to die, and bring everyone else down with them. A common theme for leftists is hatred of themselves, and by extension a hatred of white people and our societies.

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CAPT S
CAPT S
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

If we crack open metaphysical possibilities it’s worth considering that mankind simply falls far short of Divine perfection. Not trying to proselytize but it seems Calvin sliced through this Gordian knot a few centuries back. Humans are selfish, lazy, and prideful. (Don’t agree? Have children.)
Usually most of these conversations get back to one’s metaphysical view of man – is he inherently good and perfectible or inherently flawed? The Gordian knot is secure until that question is addressed.

B124
B124
Reply to  CAPT S
1 month ago

I mean, according to the Bible, we are sinners since Eve ate the fruit.

Deondre
Deondre
Member
Reply to  B124
1 month ago

This seems to be. The only part of the convo I can intelligently comment on! Eve eating the fruit was only consequential for her personally. Since Adam was the father of mankind, it was his disobedience that created the fall of all man, the inheritance of this moral/spiritual disease.

Mankind could have been fine if only eve at of the fruit.

Which is interesting because I blame white men for our problems. WE gave women the powers they have

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Deondre
1 month ago

Eve was also ashamed of her nakedness, which is to say she too lost her innocence and knew of good and evil.

So yes absolutely blame men for letting women tempt them, but also blame women for listening to the serpent.

(Eve wanted knowledge and Adam couldn’t resist her. There’s a thought!)

Deondre
Deondre
Member
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Believe me I’m not letting women off the hook, I’m just saying Eves fall did not sink man into inherited original sin and death, the father of mankind, Adam, and his fall did that.

At least that’s Catholic teaching. Protestants make up whatever they want

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Adam was the first “cuck”?

Kentucky Headhunter
Kentucky Headhunter
1 month ago

I think Zman sometimes forgets that normies don’t know even a 10th of what he knows about what’s going on, so they can’t ask those questions. They get their info from FB, Twitter and the MSM, and all those topics are verboten.

The story isn’t that Biden (or say, McConnell, as the case may be) is corrupt, even the normies know that, but those normies could never guess just how insanely corrupt all of Washington is if the MSM says Putin is the source of all evil and its just his agents in Washington that are the problem.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Kentucky Headhunter
1 month ago

The AWR hatred of Russia is fascinating. Prior to the collapse of the USSR, Leftists were, at most, ambivalent about Russia, and many not so secretly cheered for it. (I knew an AWR who cheered for the USSR in the Olympics in ’84, especially when it competed against the US.) After the Soviet Union imploded, Leftists basically ignored Russia until Putin took over, at which point it became the global archvillain. It has gotten so bad that Russian historians in the West now deny that Russia suffered under a “Tatar Yoke.” When I completed grad school in 2005, nobody in… Read more »

Dennis Roe
Dennis Roe
Reply to  Kentucky Headhunter
1 month ago

Wait till they find out they’re killing kids and drinking the blood.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
1 month ago

Progressivism is a fundamentalist religion.

That’s why I’m wondering if the original videos from Wuhan- people tottering, then dropping dead in the street, surrounded by corpses like a scene from “The Stand”- wasn’t a big holocaust production, the entry ticket into the Great Reset club.

Climate change theology just didn’t grab ’em by the nads. NY, LA, and Honolulu were supposed to be gone by… 2002… so no immanentization.

We’re getting skewed messages from above because an entirely different ecology and economy is at work above borders. Modernity, fueled mechanization, is moving a little bit too fast, confusing the monkeys.

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MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

>>That’s why I’m wondering if the original videos from Wuhan- people tottering, then dropping dead in the street, surrounded by corpses like a scene from “The Stand”- wasn’t a big holocaust production, the entry ticket into the Great Reset club.<<

I’m of the opinion that it was a Chinese PsyOp; propaganda designed to create a Western overreaction.

If so, it’s the single most successful piece of psychological warfare in human history.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  MemeWarVet
1 month ago

I’m of the opinion that it was a Chinese PsyOp; propaganda designed to create a Western overreaction. so you think gates, obama and fauci are chinese agents?(they are in wuhan here) But just last year, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization led by Dr. Fauci, funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses. In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year… Read more »

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MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

“Willful dupe” is not the same as “actively working for.”

The whole history of the American Left during the Cold War is a great example.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  MemeWarVet
1 month ago

so fauci and gates fearing for our well being closed the businesses because commies tricked them?
basically the commies devised a plan that took into consideration the love and care the western elites had for their own people, chinese generals visualized fauci not sleeping at night thinking how he can remedy the health crisis, they planned ahead knowing usa will cripple its own economy.
Makes perfect sense, such evil masterminds they are.

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The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

so you think gates, obama and fauci are chinese agents?

They may not be Chinese spies, but I bet they stand to make millions, possibly billions on vaccine patents and pharmaceutical equity investments they hold.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

did you know there was an article in a kennedy magazine(1997) claiming there will be a problematic airborne virus in 2020 affecting mostly old people. Gates gave an interview in that issue as well, coincidentally.
Apparently those writers were able to decipher the communist intention of the future chinese elites.

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Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

The pre-pandemic funding and collaborations are not secret at all. What’s more interesting is to speculate whether and to what degree these people are aligned with the Chinese or with various “plots” or organizations with one goal or another. I still hold to the opinion that the virus accidentally got out of a lab, probably WIV. Of course, more nefarious conjectures are also possible.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

The other party is clearly not arguing in good faith and I’d suggest ignoring him

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  MemeWarVet
1 month ago

I’m of the opinion that it was a Chinese PsyOp

Totally agree.

It was a very low-risk, high-potential reward op.

If it didn’t work, just play it off as an overreaction, sweep it under the rug, wait a few years for people to forget, then try again.

It did work, spectacularly, so here we are.

Also note life in Wuhan has been back to normal for months.

Interesting Western media does not report that fact at all.

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Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

“Also note life in Wuhan has been back to normal for months.”

yes! Thanks, that’s what I was thinking.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

I guess the underlying idea is that big religions are based on a framework of political fraud.

The old polytheists must’ve looked at the monotheist supremacists and said, “who da f*** you think you are?!!”

Well, heck, anybody would say that to any invading army. The invaders, without doubt, would have whatever vindication at hand.

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The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

people tottering, then dropping dead in the street,

I believe many of those are fakes.

To me, the dead giveaway are the drop-dead videos where the hazmat suit guys immediately appear.

If the person who dropped dead simply had minor cold symptoms, how did hazmat suits know they should have been near that person at that precise moment?

Even better are the ones where they are equipped with stretchers and ambulances.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

The Bat-Eaters knew Western Karens would buy it, and that’s what matters

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

Yes, the religious element is the main element of progressivism. Antiracism now fills the void left by Global Warming/Climate Change. The big difference between now and twenty years ago was the upper class/elite cynically knew what a fraud these things were and cynically used them to manipulate the Left. As it now stands, not a small number–perhaps a majority–of the elite worship the gods they promote right along with the hoi polloi. It actually is the scariest part of contemporary America, the rise of Social Justice Warriorism among the upper classes, who used to know it was all bullshit.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Thanks, I blundered off a bit, but that was the idea: they come to believe their own bullskype.

For their kids, acting if it’s true faith becomes the kids’ ticket up, their foot on the ladder, their internship.

The kids don’t know the backstory, the deal behind the curtain- it doesn’t matter that their parents were lying. Only results matter.

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Brother John
Member
1 month ago

The thing about Kaus’ observation on 2016 politics is that he was at least one, probably three election cycles out of date. Had someone risen to challenge McCain in 2008, or Bush II four years prior, they would, and in fact were, easily co-opted by the GOP power center. That’s precisely what happened to the Tea Party. But Trump had a base because those who formed it understood that that particular ship had long sailed. The GOP had lied and would continue to lie on immigration, and because Trump was utterly unique in his utterances on that topic that year,… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
1 month ago

I will listen to the podcast over lunch, but, wow, very thought-provoking introduction. I never considered the role hubris played in the Buckleyites’ belief they could change left-wing minds. You made particularly good observations about mass migration and drug abuse.

So ‘grats. Very seldom do I read pieces that change how I think about an issue. This one did on several points. Look forward to the podcast.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Another corollary to his observation about Buckleyites is that when people do change their minds about something, they don’t tend to make a public proclamation about it, or even confess it to the first that pointed out flaws in their thinking, which makes the Buckley dream even more laughable.

Judge Smails
Judge Smails
1 month ago

Joe Biden’s Greatest Hits! Order while supplies last
https://twitter.com/realPowerTie/status/1313983383198863360

Joey Jünger
Joey Jünger
1 month ago

Re: Your question if there is anyone in the media who has figured out it might not be advisable to endlessly court the hatred, rage, and distrust of the public: there is an interesting interview making the rounds in mainstream conservative circles wherein Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Pelosi that’s worth a look. Pelosi is wide-eyed and out of her mind, looking like Mommy Dearest when she had her breakdown about wire hangers, and though Blitzer keeps a poker face, you can tell it’s dawning on him that these people he’s been running interference for are basically psychotic, stupid, and corrupt… Read more »

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 month ago

That was an eye-opener. She went berserk rather than answering softball questions from an ally.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 month ago

Yes as for vestigial humanity in Wolf Blitzer, no as to Chris Matthews; he’s just too much of an asshole. Always has been.

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Drake
Drake
Reply to  Jim Smith
1 month ago

He is an asshole but self-aware enough to recognize that he used to be a normal working-class, Irish-Catholic kid from Holy Cross, middle-of-the road JFK worshiping moderate Democrat. He must look around once in a while and wonder what the hell happened.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

What happened is that he sold his soul for fame and lots of money.

B124
B124
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 month ago

Some are corrupt, some are true believes.

Anglo-Saxon / heritage Americans are just corrupt and self serving. Jewish, Indian and other anchors actually hate us.

BTP
Member
1 month ago

I tell people, “If you had lost as much money over the course of your career to the H1B program as I have, you’d be hunting Indians with dogs.”

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  BTP
1 month ago

I’ve noticed the vast majority of normies simply seem to perceive Indians who speak fluent English and have decent hygiene as fellow whites who happen to be brown.

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Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Well, if they have high IQ’s and have assimilated, is that so bad? There are many good Jews, and despite them being semitic people, many (including Jared Taylor) see them as “white”.

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Sandmich
Reply to  Jim Smith
1 month ago

Jared Taylor also says that they’re not *us*.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  Sandmich
1 month ago

True Sandmich, but they’re also not consumed with burning hatred toward whites, combined with ever-expanding demands for entitlements, “reparations” and free shit in general. Nor do they commit crime out of all proportion to their percentage in the population. Nor are they aggressive. They work. They learn. They self-support. They maintain familial structures. They are not us. But they’re not consumed with hatred toward us either.

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  Jim Smith
1 month ago

Jared Taylor like Rush Limbaugh is very intelligent and has devoted his life to making sense of American society and decline — yet neither can see how the JJJs factor into it?

I find a hard to believe tbh

You can’t be that intelligent and not connect the dots

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Falcone
1 month ago

Limbaugh is somewhat a grifter. Taylor is an exceptional person. Just to hazard a guess, Taylor has seen the OTT antics of anti-Semites and bent over backwards, too far in my estimation, to forgive the Tribe of its many sins. I once was closer to Z and Taylor in my feelings about Jews. While nowhere near as anti-Semitic/Jew Aware as many others here, the obvious complicity of Jews in mass migration and the Anti-Racism cult has become so blatant that intellectual honesty has forced me to become more and more jaded about the Tribe and hostile to many if not… Read more »

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  Jim Smith
1 month ago

I’m interested in your definition of “assimilated.” Do tell. Be sure to cover marriage patterns and remittances.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  RoBG
1 month ago

Well, Jews do out-marry at a very high rate. That in itself suggests a good deal of assimilation, although I would argue that Jews are already so similar to whites in terms of culture that they don’t even really need to assimilate. Assimilate to what?

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Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Reply to  RoBG
1 month ago

At the risk of becoming a civnat, I’d say “assimilated” means learning English, obeying the law, supporting oneself and one’s family, paying taxes, upholding and revering the U.S. Constitution, being socially cooperative, getting along with others, no lying-cheating-scamming. Hmmm. I’m not sounding very DR here, am I. Recalling the solution of Zman, a passive ethno-nationalism organized around group identity and rights, I guess it boils down to how expansive the “group” in “group identity” can or should be.

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B124
B124
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Thete is a certain energy and understanding between south asian and European people. Maybe our common Aryan ancestors.

I generally have had good relations with Indians. In fact I have no problem with them on the individual level.

On the societal level though they will destroy us.

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  B124
1 month ago

Confucius say man who can’t clean Slurpee machine can’t run a society

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  B124
1 month ago

I generally have had good relations with Indians

Stapling young brown Hindoo ladies to the matress is most certainly one of life’s great pleasures.

B124
B124
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Lol, I have done some of that myself. Brown girls are very nice, if I were brown I’d happy marry one.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Of all the PoC, I’m convinced Indians are far and away the most similar to whites. Hell, the northern Indians have significant quantities of Indo-European genetic material.

B124
B124
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Idk about the USA, but in Canada whites and Indians (and Asians) are getting screwed over by black affirmative action hires, and Karen white middle managers. I don’t know since when we have so many blacks here.

StanP
StanP
1 month ago

Immigration – Who asked for it. Perhaps the very definition of a rhetorical question FFS. Better phrased who demanded and orchestrated the invasion of ALL white countries.
I could litter the comments with a dozen clips of various chosenites telling us why white nations cannot remain white. While there are certainly many traitors among our own people (cheap labor exploiters), this video exemplifies the primary drivers of importing low IQ, violent, culturally hostile third world garbage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2oKhAb1BxI.

Politicians and the two parties are completely controlled by these parasites.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  StanP
1 month ago

that’s a low iq nazi conspiracy theory, the truth is obvious, white people begged non-whites to come cause young whites are too lazy

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

Not completely true, only partial. Lazy in the sense that young Whites want it all now without the work involved to obtain the mastery of study to enable the high wages they require. Hence we saw a dearth of STEM majors and a great influx of business majors. However, businesses, particularly high tech, were happy to hire on Asians for 1/3 the wages needed to hire an American technician. Hell, at that rate they could hire two and come out ahead (as they saw it). And finally, all this could not be accomplished without the connivance of the Federal government… Read more »

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

Lazy or just realizing that working 24/7 is not how life is supposed to be despite the country pushing that idea on us and demonizing us if we disagree

Work is only meant to be a facet of life. The country wants it to be everything, and if we dare challenge them they simply replace you

We are treated worse than zoo animals. Think about it. If a zookeeper treated animals like the government treats us he’d be in jail.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  Falcone
1 month ago

i was just being sarcastic

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

I know 😉

But I wanted to riff off it anyway

Member
Reply to  Falcone
1 month ago

I think there’s also an awareness of the fact that if the society is telling you to study something difficult and possibly go into debt doing it there’s also a high likelihood that it will soon be doing all it can to import a billion foreigners to do that same thing for shit wages. This happened to computer science recently enough that people see the game for what it is. It’s become obvious that the real road to wealth is connections and crooked deals that are only available to the insiders. Biden and his crackhead son are exemplars of this… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  sentry
1 month ago

Hahaha good one

We only had 3 jobs, they get 4!

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Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
1 month ago

The answers to these questions are basically NRx 101. Briefly stated, the loons are in charge of the asylum. Their ‘purity spiral’ covers most of it. Jews figure prominently. At first I wanted to take exception to our esteemed blog host; in my days of dwelling within The Hive, asking Normie and Leftie these questions invariably produced anger and cognitive dissonance. Scoff as you will: I personally see a slow tectonic shift in public perception and awareness. I remember when you didn’t talk about this stuff unless you wanted a fight. My family fell apart 6 or 7 years ago… Read more »

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

I’ve never heard a coherent argument for why it helps matters to burden a drug addict with not only a horrible addiction, which he already has, but also with the risk of multiple years in prison. Simiarly, you never hear discussed how draconian drug laws impede the legal users of these drugs. I hope you never have need of a powerful opioid. The drugs are so demonized that many doctors will rightly be leery of prescibing them, even if their use were clinically indicated. It’s not only “addicts” at risk of civil and criminal penalties. I hope you never have… Read more »

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Drake
Drake
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

There is a lot going on and I’m not the one to unpack it all. There is a big pharma side of it – they gladly push narcotic pain killers and mood-altering happy pills – which often become addictive and are a gateway to heroin. Most the state mental hospitals have been closed, so crazy people are on the street or at home medicating themselves. And now rehab and drug testing labs have become yet another industry that profits off of the “opioid crisis”. Bottom line – lots of people make money on it and don’t really want it to… Read more »

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

My brother in law had an addiction problem. There is an entire cottage industry built around it. And these recovery centers are tied in with the government so it means guaranteed money for them when the court forces you to go. And they don’t cure the person, and they know their practices can’t cure the person, but if you listen to the government and the media, the rehab center is like magic and the answer to all that ails

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Portugal wound up legalizing everything and emphasizing education and rehab.

It’s worked out pretty well for them. I think removing the taboo aspect shuts down a lot of interest in and demand for the harder drugs.

I don’t think you could mimic that in the US because Portugal is a geographically tiny country with a small, fairly homogeneous population.

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

I would look closer to home

In Los Angeles, drugs are all pretty much legal. Cocaine is just a misdemeanor. I think heroin is too (in small amounts).Pot is totally legal.

And I can tell you, I am not seeing my life improve. There are drug addicts everywhere like zombies. It was better before when there were tough restrictions. What apparently works in Portugal does not work here.

Guest
Guest
Reply to  Falcone
1 month ago

Ditto in Colorado. Legalizing MJ in Colorado resulted in a massive increase in the use of other drugs and a correspondingly massive increase in the homeless population. There’s now at least one homeless junkie panhandling at every major intersection in the Denver metro area, including most of the suburbs. Downtown Denver smells like one giant urinal.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Guest
1 month ago

Ah. Smells like San FranCrisco, then.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

The problem may be (IMO, but from some readings) that perhaps the addict has fundamentally damaged his brain via the prolonged use of some or our serious, new, and heavy duty drugs. This damage is irreparable. Therefore, we are faced with some terrible options. One of course, is to leave the addict roam the streets, stealing, robbing, or in the case of many—degrading oneself sexually and morally. Or two, imprisonment (confinement) in an institution for longer and longer periods of time until the problem “sorts itself out”. Due to our own morale debasement, we as a society basically choose the… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Keep it simple. Incarceration costs < medical costs. It really is surprising Narcam hasn’t been outlawed just yet.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
1 month ago

Perhaps part of the answer is what seems to be a shift away from preserving your national heritage. By that I mean we used to plant trees so our grandchildren would have shade. Today’s generation plants trees to virtue signal how much they care about the earth mother. Generations in the not so distance past accepted that life was both hard and difficult. Their sacrifices, doing without and only spending what they earned, were to ensure a future that would be better, safer, and hopefully more comfortable for their children. American politics might have been about what was best for… Read more »

Peabody
Peabody
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 month ago

Voting for the “cool” candidate started with Clinton and his saxophone. That family has been a scourge in this country more ways that can be calculated. Kind of like the body count that mysteriously follows in their wake.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  Peabody
1 month ago

Surely it began with JFK and “Camelot?”

Peabody
Peabody
Reply to  RoBG
1 month ago

I thought about that but then look who followed in their wake – nobody was less cool than Nixon, Ford, and the Peanut farmer. Reagan was only cool to people who watched the Dean Martin Variety Hour. Pappy Bush was the opposite of cool. People hadn’t yet been consumed by the vulgar pop culture mentality that thinks a former bartender cavorting on a rooftop in a tight shirt is good strategy for high office attention seeking.

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  RoBG
1 month ago

JFK was the last president to challenge us ala “…ask what you can do for your country.” Well, they shot him.
We then went full throttle into foreign wars and empire and finished this evil cocktail with a full plunge into the “civil rights” mire—which eventually turned into a “right” for every delusional lunatic to come out of the closet.

I could go on, but the story is all too familiar to anyone born in the 50’s.

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Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 month ago

Probably why the government keeps pushing “mobility” as some civic virtue. And they make it almost impossible for someone to stay in the same town or place for more than a generation. They will flip the city over with immigrants just when you are starting to get comfortable — or something with similar effect — to make you so uncomfortable you have to leave. I also think Social Security has been a major factor in fraying the social fabric. Grandma gets sent off, SS will pay for it, she doesn’t need her children. She’s the government’s problem now. Families break… Read more »

Stubby Pringles Christmas
Stubby Pringles Christmas
1 month ago

Here’s a thought, would China as it is today, exist at all if America had not been available to steal ideas from or to be competed with as a source of shaming China for being so backward?

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Stubby Pringles Christmas
1 month ago

If not for the U.S., I assume China would still be a Japanese colony.

The Right Doctor
The Right Doctor
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

Precisely. The Japanese army had more than a million soldiers on the ground in China when the war ended – they couldn’t bring them home by ship to defend the place because we’d sunk everything that floated. China was firmly in their grasp, even at the end.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  The Right Doctor
1 month ago

Stalin’s bosses were also Mao’s bosses. The War was fought to save those bosses.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  Stubby Pringles Christmas
1 month ago

It’s the “Needham Question” https://tinyurl.com/y5o65oz7.

Hoagie
Hoagie
1 month ago

That’s exactly how I feel…liker a peasant in the end of days.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
1 month ago

There’s that old right-wing need to believe that all people are rational, so there must be a practical explanation for all behavior.” Yes; there is no rational explanation. Libertarians take this foolish false assumption and put it on steroids. Still foolish. Still false. Something else is at work. My guess: There’s a defect in human beings at the biological level. Everything else defaults to biology, right? Why not this type of punctuated, wheel-like, ever-repeating historical insanity?

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c matt
c matt
1 month ago

No one records the thoughts and ruminations of the Dirt People.

Good news – the internet may have changed that. Bad news – have you seen the thoughts of some of the Dirt People?

tarstarkas
tarstarkas
1 month ago

Why is Fentanyl production not on the table in China? Fair question, OK, but why are the makers of Oxycontin and Roxycontin not sitting in prison? If Mexicans and Afghanis should be on the table, why not Americans? There is a huge section of my city where heroin and Fentanyl are easier to get than a soda. They give out free samples of the crap! There are El stops you can go to where the steps and the streets around the steps are loaded with empty wax paper baggies about a 1/2 square. I know 3 guys that didn’t see… Read more »

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  tarstarkas
1 month ago

That’s of course tragic. But there is another side as has been mentioned, legitimate use restriction culminating in pain, suffering, and disability. Here’s my anecdote: Years ago, I used to shoot at the range with a fellow with degenerative back disease. Could not walk without a cane, and without OxyContin, could not walk at all—nor sit, nor lie down, nor do anything but writher in agony (this I was told, but observed most of the rest myself). At any particular shooting session, he was pretty sharp and articulate as near as I could observe, but boy he was chewing those… Read more »

tarstarkas
tarstarkas
Reply to  CompscI
1 month ago

Purdu was pushing the drug as non-addictive and absolutely flooded the market with these drugs. There are only so many people with debilitating pain. Remember that there have been other highly potent painkillers on the market for decades that never became a public problem the way oxy did. A lot of the people who need it can’t work and so they sell it. Who do they sell it to? Their friends. There is basically no upper limit to how much a pain patient or an addict can take with opiates. A dose that might kill you or I might not… Read more »

CompscI
CompscI
Reply to  tarstarkas
1 month ago

No argument here. My point was to differentiate between drug use for pleasure vs *real* pain. You can tell me 80% of use is for pleasure, or now just addiction, I won’t argue. But I’ve seen the effect the new crack downs are having on decent doctors’ attempts to treat pain. My doctor for example, will not write any prescriptions for such class pain med’s, nor will he prescribe any psychotropics for depression, anxiety, and what have you. He’s been scared out of the business by the Fed’s. That was fine with me, I don’t use the stuff, nor do… Read more »

G Lordon Giddy
G Lordon Giddy
1 month ago

When our media elites set up a question from a woman last night on ABC to a man running for President, Mr Joe Biden and the woman asks him about eight year old rights to be a transgender and the candidate for the Presidency supports the eight year old and his transgender transition.
We have lost it. Western Civilization in the United States, its gone.
Only a matter of either floating bodies down the Potomac to change this or waiting for an internal collapse.

Drake
Drake
Reply to  G Lordon Giddy
1 month ago

It probably won’t be long wait. Look at ammo supply and prices to see that many other people agree.

ChicagoRodent
ChicagoRodent
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

I’m actually now finding the exact ammo in large quantities (thousands) that I seek. Northwestern Indiana. It’s rather nice spending time there, too.

The rounds I’ve sought are soft-nosed rifle and “law enforcement-tactical” pistol ones, e.g., 147 +p Federal HST blah blah, are now abundant apparently.

Plenty of AR-pattern rifle kits available. Get outside the metro areas and I believe you can find your product. Good luck.

edited to add: prices in N’west Indiana, pre-tax and post-tax, are back to normal unless you are seeking specialty/low demand items such as blackout, glaser etc.

Last edited 1 month ago by ChicagoRodent
Ostei Kozelskii
Member
1 month ago

Excellent column. “Twirling their mustaches”–ROFL. Regarding irrationality, it seems the postmodernists have gotten their wish. They–with Foucault in the van–have long argued that the rational subject (the ego) is innately authoritarian and oppressive. The id, on the other hand, is the ego’s irrational and good Other. Therefore, irrational acts and perversion are benevolent transgressions against hegemonic rationality. Those on the right who cavalierly dismiss the intentional madness of the postmodernists are overlooking a primary key to the destruction of the West. The Intellectuals of Insanity took over the humanities/social sciences some time in the 80s, and their deranged views are… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

When one combines an elite/political/media operation to incessantly implant certain deviant attitudes and behaviors into the population, along with a population who has been intellectually put to sleep by the current zeitgeist, pharmacological, and environmental inputs, along with a breakdown and destruction of all of the historical and cultural tethers, is it any wonder that the wheels are coming off? I’m surprised it isn’t worse than it is, though we are getting worse quickly now.

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Vegetius
Vegetius
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

That public men publish falsehoods Is nothing new. That America must accept Like the historical republics corruption and empire Has been known for years. Be angry at the sun for setting If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn, They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors. This republic, Europe, Asia. Observe them gesticulating, Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth Hunts in no pack. You are not Catullus, you know, To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far From… Read more »

Barn Jollycorn
Barn Jollycorn
Reply to  Vegetius
1 month ago

Robinson Jeffers, writing from the stone house he built on the bluff overlooking Carmel, was the true American prophet. Thanks for that. I think I was first exposed to Jeffers by Chronicles magazine, or maybe one of Chilton Williamson’s final pieces for National Review, when he was still book editor. ———————— excerpts from Shine, Perishing Republic. While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity,     heavily thickening to empire, And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops     and sighs out, and the mass hardens, … But for my children, I would have them keep their distance from… Read more »

Vizzini
Vizzini
1 month ago

“We live in the world where robots are taking over labor.”

Yeah, in some areas, sure. But in other areas, robots just aren’t flexible enough. AI is this generations “flying cars”: always just around the corner.

S18-1000
S18-1000
1 month ago

Regarding the poppy production in Afghanistan, the explanation I have heard for its continued operation is two-fold: A. Fairly innocuous, that the Afghan farmers scratching a living will make several times more in profit growing poppies than they will growing something like wheat, rice or nuts. Plus the climate of Afghanistan is perfect for growing poppies, which cannot be grown just anywhere with dirt. They don’t call Afghanistan the “Golden Crescent” for nothing. B. More sinister, the rumor goes that the CIA (and other such organizations) runs the poppy plantations and makes a killing in untraceable cash profits to the… Read more »

Nasty Bits
Nasty Bits
Reply to  S18-1000
1 month ago

FWIW I used to skydive. My first dz was run by “Wild Bill” Hasenfus, who was a former CIA pilot during the Vietnam war. Bill got his brother Eugene a job as a CIA aerial cargo handler ostensibly running guns to Nicaraguan “contras.” Eugen was shot down by the sandanistas but survived – I’ve stood on the CIA-financed airstrip in Costa Rica where Eugene’s aircraft took off and was supposed to land and I’ve also hiked the crash site in Nicaragua. According to Bill, the gun running was pretext and the true purpose of the CIA aircraft there was flying… Read more »

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Nasty Bits
1 month ago

Agree.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  S18-1000
1 month ago

I garden. Poppies can be grown anywhere with dirt, full-sun, and drainage. You can’t grow them in the shade or in bogs. That’s about it.

S18-1000
S18-1000
Reply to  RoBG
1 month ago

I didn’t know that, I was under the impression they had to be grown at high altitudes; way high up in the mountains. Learn something new every day.

LibDis
LibDis
1 month ago

There is a strong reason why Congress could give a shit about their 17% approval rating. If you look up the approval rating of each individual congressman, for the most part the constituency loves them, hence they are reelected over, and over and over.
The congress everyone hates is the OTHER persons congressman.
The fact of the matter is the average America is as dumb as shit, dumber than shit, when it comes to politics, and the rulers know it.

Last edited 1 month ago by LibDis
Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  LibDis
1 month ago

in similar vein, I think their hatred is borne of contempt and complete lack of respect

If you lied to a person all the time, make him all kinds of promises, never keep to your word, and yet that person always keeps coming back for more and keeps voting for you, are you going to respect him?

It’s human nature. In our lives, if someone treated you like shit day in and day out but you keep coming back, will that person respect you?