Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

On Starbucks’s “Race Together”

March 19, 2015

With apologies to Yakov Smirnoff:

In Soviet America, coffee shop patronizes customers.

Some links (and quotes) for the 4th of July

July 4, 2014

•”Strictures Upon the Declaration of the Congress at Philadelphia.
Thomas Hutchinson’s anonymously published rebuttal to the Declaration of Independence (and fisking of its charges against George III).

Related, with quotes from the above, is this Radish article; also, Part 2 of Moldbug’s A gentle introduction to Unqualified Reservations.

William Bernstein on the Boston Tea Party in this EconTalk podcast (circa 25 minutes in). The takeaway: it was essentially the “first anti-globalization riot”, with smugglers like Samuel Adams protesting a reduction in taxes that was undercutting their business.

Related: Historynet’s Debunking Boston Tea Party Myths
An exerpt:

Resistance leaders also launched a new wave of negative propaganda that played to anti-foreign sentiments: Tea from the East India Company was packed tightly in chests by the stomping of barefoot Chinese and was infested with Chinese fleas. In turn, a vast number of colonists vowed to protect American business from foreign competition, even if that business was smuggling. Beware of products from China, buy America, wage war on drugs, down with corporations—all these messages, as well as their better-known cousin, no taxation without representation—amplified the response to Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773.

•”American Loyalists“: Buried History of the American Revolution.

•Handle: “Suppressing Tories

•A quote:

Sir, As the Committee of Safety is not sitting, I take the Liberty to enclose you a Copy of the Proclamation issued by Lord Dunmore; the Design and Tendency of which you will observe, is fatal to the publick Safety. An early and unremitting Attention to the Government of the SLAVES may, I hope, counteract this dangerous Attempt. Constant, and well directed Patrols, seem indispensably necessary.

Patrick Henry, in a pamphlet written to county lieutenants throughout Virginia concerning the Earl of Dunmore’s proclamation offering emancipation to slaves of Patriots who escaped and joined the Royal forces. (See also Lord Dunmore’s Ethiopian Regiment).

Somerset v. Stewart — 3.5: Thirteen Colonies and United States.

•Tangentially related, particularly the comments threads: The EconomistWhy the first world war wasn’t really” on the Seven Years’ War — and its American theater, the “French and Indian War“/”La guerre de la Conquête” — as the actual first world war. (See also the Battle of Jumonville Glen.)

Update: Nick B. Steves has created a permanent page for “Strictures upon the Declaration of Independence” over at The Reactivity Place.

US Supreme Court calls almost one quarter of blacks retards

June 12, 2014

In the recent Hall v. Florida decision, the US Supreme Court (besides demonstrating a limited understanding of statistics; but what do you expect, they went to law school) has effectively raised the IQ threshold with regards to the level of mental handicap to bar execution to 75. However, when one consideres that the median black American IQ is 85, with standard deviation 13.5 (here), this cutoff has a z-score of (75-85)/13.5≈0.74, which corresponds to a percentile of 23%. Thus, SCOTUS has effectively called almost a quarter of American blacks retarded.

Another thought-provoker suitable for a t-shirt

June 7, 2014

The opposite of “discriminate” is “indiscriminate”.

A thought to ponder…

May 27, 2014

Karl Marx is a dead white male.

I’d love a t-shirt with this article’s title on it…

May 13, 2014

…the article being Kurt Schlichter’s “I Checked My Privilege, And It’s Doing Just Fine“.

Salem Witch-Hunts, Then and Now

May 13, 2014

I recall having to read in school (I think it was seventh or eighth grade) Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, with clear emphasis on how its depiction of the Salem witch trials as the senseless tormenting and destruction of innocents by an evil authority in a moral panic over a nonexistent threat was a clear and obvious metaphor for “McCarthyism” (nonwithstanding that McCarthy was right, and further, was not even responsible for most of that for which the Left uses him as a symbol). However, cut to today, when the Left is now the one doing the witch-hunting and blacklisting (I don’t think that “McCarthyism” ever went as far as this). And what should Chicago-based WGN_America be pushing as their “must-see” new show? A supernatural/historical drama whose central premise appears to be “what if evil witches really were terrorizing Salem with their Satanic powers?” It seems to me that it makes an interesting contrast. Remember, as Lenin said: “кто кого?”

A Quote…

March 15, 2014

From Book V of Aristotle’s Politics:

Again, the evil practices of the last and worst form of democracy are all found in tyrannies. Such are the power given to women in their families in the hope that they will inform against their husbands, and the license which is allowed to slaves in order that they may betray their masters; for slaves and women do not conspire against tyrants; and they are of course friendly to tyrannies and also to democracies, since under them they have a good time.

Some insight from Walter Russell Mead

March 2, 2014

Several choice quotes from Mr. Mead’s recent post “Putin Smashes Washington’s Cocoon” about our leftist elites:

Well educated, successful and reasonably liberal minded Americans find it very hard to believe that other people actually see the world in different ways. They can see that Vladimir Putin is not a stupid man and that many of his Russian officials are sophisticated and seasoned observers of the world scene. American experts and academics assume that smart people everywhere must want the same things and reach the same conclusions about the way the world works.

Liberal “diversity” is only skin-deep:

We blame this in part on the absence of true intellectual and ideological diversity in so much of the academy, the policy world and the mainstream media. Most college kids at good schools today know many more people from different races and cultural groups than their grandparents did, but they are much less exposed to people who think outside the left-liberal box.

(Note how Mead speaks of “the academy, the policy world and the mainstream media” as an ideological (and left-liberal) unit, this triad being, essentially, the core of Moldbug’s Cathedral).

And more:

As far as we can tell, the default assumption guiding our political leadership these days is that the people on the other side of the bargaining table (unless they are mindless Tea Party Republicans) are fundamentally reasonable people who see the world as we do, and are motivated by the same things that motivate us.

Too much of the Washington policy establishment looks around the world and sees only reflections of its own enlightened self.

Read the whole thing.

A Quote

January 17, 2014

“Darwin himself was a liberal, but his theories had consequences in some degree inimical to traditional liberalism. The doctrine that all men are born equal, and that the differences between adults are due wholly to education, was incompatible with his emphasis on congenital differences between members of the same species. If, as Lamarck held, and as Darwin himself was willing to concede up to a point, acquired characteristics were inherited, this opposition to such views as those of Helvetius could have been somewhat softened; but it has appeared that only congenital characteristics are inherited, apart from certain not very important exceptions. Thus the congenital differences between men aquire fundamental importance.

“There is a further consequence of the theory of evolution, which is independent of the particular mechanism suggested by Darwin. If men and animals have a common ancestry, and if men developed by such slow stages that there were creatures which we should not know whether to classify as human or not, the question arises: at what stage in evolution did men, or their semi-human ancestors, begin to be all equal? Would Pithecanthropus erectus, if he had been properly educated, have done work as good as Newton’s? Would the Piltdown Man have written Shakespeare’s poetry if there had been anybody to convict him of poaching? A resolute egalitarian who answers these questions in the affirmative will find himself forced to regard apes as the equals of human beings. And why stop with apes? I do not see how he is to resist an argument in favour of Votes for Oysters. An adherent of evolution should maintain that not only the doctrine of the equality of all men, but also that of the rights of man, must be condemned as unbiological, since it makes too emphatic a distinction between men and other animals.”

–from A History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell