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A story in the Spectator on how New Zealand liberals have responded to the attack on mosques by basic appeasement in hopes of escaping retribution.

When New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern observed Friday prayers in the park outside the mosque, she and many other non-Muslim women wore a hijab. They were not in the gender-segregated prayer area reserved for women, where covering their hair would have been politely insisted upon, and courtesy would have required compliance. They did this voluntarily — to express fellow feeling, rather than to avoid arousing Muslim men.

Ardern’s choice of headwear was a political statement. So was broadcasting the call to prayer over state television and radio. So was the unfounded claim from Gamal Fouda, imam of the Al Noor mosque, that the massacre was ‘the result of the anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim rhetoric by some political leaders, some media agencies, and others’. So was the foolishly repressive banning of the shooter’s ‘manifesto’ by the New Zealand censor, presumably under pressure from Ardern’s Labour party. So was the downright ridiculous response of Whitcoull’s, a New Zealand bookstore chain, to ban Jordan Peterson’s self-help manuals. These are not the reactions of thoughtful leaders. They are panic reactions, seeking political gain or shelter from as-yet hypothetical consequences.

https://spectator.us/jacinda-ardern-hijab-muslims/

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Not much in the way of law and order in the Chicago projects. Not since everyone has a gun - and a camera - and cops are terrified of either being shot or being arrested.

Authorities confirmed that two police officers — TAC cops, not rookies — were making a drug arrest shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday.

A mob appeared, threatening the officers, surrounding them, threatening to reach for their own weapons to shoot them dead, and the cops let the suspect go.

What is learned here? The street is officially no longer afraid of the Chicago police.

 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-john-kass-chicago-policing-20190321-story.html

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What's the world look like when you live in a very progressive city in the United States?

Well, it's not all peaches and cream. 

In this article, the reporter details the anti-white behaviour of the social justice mob in Portland, where people and businesses can be attacked for the slightest reason by social media mobs, as well as left wing media who are, in most cases, blatantly and defiantly racist.

https://quillette.com/2018/11/04/a-racial-shakedown-in-portland/

In this article, the author investigates the number of alleged hate crimes being committed against the city's large gay, lesbian and transgender community and finds them suspiciously impossible to validate or verify, the alleged victims refusing to talk, and those who do talk having no actual personal knowledge even as they vilify those they suspect are responsible.

https://nypost.com/2019/03/30/inside-the-suspicious-rise-of-gay-hate-crimes-in-portland/

And then there's Seattle, from local news station KOMO, titled Seattle is dying. What we see are masses of homeless street people, most of them addicts, living in tent cities, many repeatedly arrested for crimes which the city won't prosecute, just like the city won't enforce its other laws against them, such as living in tents on the sidewalks. The city has spent over a billion dollars trying to help the homeless to no identifiable progress. 

It's hard not to come to the conclusion that the last place you want to live in America is in a city run by progressives.

 

 

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Argentina used to be wealthier than some European countries, with a higher standard of living. Now, according to this article, uncontrolled migration has sent it into a deteriorating spiral of violence and poverty.

Argentina is a distant mirror that reflects what may be North America’s future. My country is a small-scale laboratory of the effects of migration: A suitable migration policy can transform a nation for the good; a wrong one spoils it.

https://www.outline.com/T7EJvG

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Ewan Morrison talks about how so many have forgotten all about what Communism did, and the millions upon millions of deaths it caused, and references Milan Kundera's ideas on "the power of forgetting'

Fast forward 20 years and never again has been forgotten. The Wall Street Journal in 2016 asked: “Is Communism Cool? Ask a Millennial.” Last year MIT Press published Communism for Kids and Teen Vogue ran an excited apologia for Communism. Tablet announced, with some concern, a “Cool Kid Communist Comeback.” On Twitter, there is a new trend of people giving themselves communist-themed names: “Gothicommunist,” “Trans-Communist,” “Commie-Bitch,” “Eco-Communist.” The hammer and sickle flag has been re-appearing on campuses, at protests and on social media.

How could we have forgotten?

A poll in the UK by The New Culture Forum from 2015 showed that 70 percent of British people under the age of 24 had never heard of Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung, while out of the 30 percent who had heard of him, 10 percent did not associate him with crimes against humanity. Chairman Mao’s communist regime was responsible for the deaths of between 30 to 70 million Chinese, making him the biggest genocidal killer of the 20th century, above Stalin and Hitler.

https://quillette.com/2019/03/31/historical-amnesia-and-kunderas-resistance/

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Related to the story above, and in the same edition of Quillette, Dr. Kristian Niemietz talks about the way Socialists always say, and think, that 'this time it will be different', but are betrayed by the nature of Socialism and government.

But the truth is that mass participation and radical democratization always had been idealized by socialists, including by socialist leaders who led successful national movements. But these dreams never survived, because it simply isn’t feasible to run a large society and a complex economy in this kind of participatory way. Democratic socialism works perfectly fine in small, self-selecting and homogenous high-trust communities with relatively simple economies, the prime example being the Israeli Kibbutz. But that model is not scalable (and hasn’t even aged particularly well in Israel itself). There is a reason that, even at the height of the Kibbutz movement, Kibbutzim never grew beyond a certain size. There seems to be an upper limit of around 1,500 people, and even that is rare: Most Kibbutzim have fewer than 500 members.

Regardless of what socialists say they want to build, socialism can only mean a society run by large, hierarchical government bureaucracies. It can only mean a command-and-control economy directed by a distant, technocratic elite. The reason it always turns out that way isn’t because revolutions are “betrayed” by selfish or undisciplined actors, but because no other path is possible. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that every generation needs to learn for itself—which is why each cohort is sneered at by its younger counterparts.

https://quillette.com/2019/03/30/socialisms-endless-refrain-this-time-things-will-be-different/

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Dr Johan Wennström talks about the intransigence of the liberal elites and their bafflement at finding not everyone agrees with their sense of moral importance in the world. And so, instead of listening to the voices of dissent they want to shut them down.

For example, in an op-ed published in multiple European newspapers, French president Emmanuel Macron, also invoking the war,  recently proposed that to protect Europeans from the emotional appeals and manipulations of “nationalists” (increasingly a synonym for “authoritarians”), the European Union should impose “rules banishing incitement to hatred and violence from the internet,” enforce a single asylum policy with common acceptance rules, and introduce common social rights and wages for low-skilled workers across the continent. Such policies, he argued, were essential to European “renewal.”

Never do liberal intellectuals and establishment politicians like Kagan and Macron—whether on the left or the right—seem to entertain the possibility, as suggested by political theorist Yoram Hazony in the Wall Street Journal, that people may be “much less interested in becoming liberals than liberals had supposed” and that no amount of persuasion, arm-twisting, or economic incentives will sway voters toward their agenda. It also never seems to occur to them to try to understand what the discontented citizens of Europe who voted for Brexit or the AfD are actually saying, or to be open to changing their own minds about, for example, the principle of “an ever-closer” European Union or the merits of an open-borders immigration policy.

Their closed mentality was encapsulated by Martin Schulz, the former leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, when in the 2018 coalition negotiations he insisted on receiving more refugees. According to the Financial Times, Schulz put the matter this way: “Germany must comply with international law, regardless of the mood in the country.” In other words: when the people vote wrongly, when their emotions lead them astray, fire the voters.

https://quillette.com/2019/03/27/the-exhaustion-of-hedgehog-morality/

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5 hours ago, Argus said:

1. "not everyone agrees with their sense of moral importance in the world. "   

2. Never do liberal intellectuals and establishment politicians like Kagan and Macron—whether on the left or the right—seem to entertain the possibility, as suggested by political theorist Yoram Hazony in the Wall Street Journal, that people may be “much less interested in becoming liberals than liberals had supposed”

1. That's a pretty ambiguous phrase, or at least it begs clarification.  "Sense of moral importance" meaning having the same moral orientation ?  Or placing the same importance on morality ?

2. Sorry but I can't really connect the dots between "banning hate on the internet" and "becoming liberal".  It's ridiculous scare mongering to suggest they are the same thing, and it lops a good 1/3 out of the political spectrum.

 

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48 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

1. That's a pretty ambiguous phrase, or at least it begs clarification.  "Sense of moral importance" meaning having the same moral orientation ?  Or placing the same importance on morality ?

It seems fairly clear to me. The liberal elites (as per macron) have a moral outlook as described by Haidt. That moral outlook ignores the sort of values that less liberal people hold. They are 'hedgehogs' as the author puts it, narrow focused on one aspect of morality. Trudeau is of this mentality, as well. They can hardly even understand that while others care for the same things, those others ALSO care for other values which the liberals are completely ignoring. And rather than listening to them and considering compromise, they simply dismiss such concerns as irrelevant and unimportant.

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2. Sorry but I can't really connect the dots between "banning hate on the internet" and "becoming liberal".  It's ridiculous scare mongering to suggest they are the same thing, and it lops a good 1/3 out of the political spectrum.

Haidt, in another piece I saw, speaks about how we are all tribal in our instincts. What we have done, for tens and hundreds of thousands of years, is build up our tribes by, among other things, setting some thing or value up as our center of morality, as our 'holy object', to help build solidarity. Haidt says that to modern liberals, who he describes as illiberal, that sacred, holy thing is inclusiveness and diversity. And because they venerate it, having made it, so to speak, like a religion, anyone who disagrees is guilty of blaspheme and must be silenced.

What those calling for a ban on 'hate speech' are really doing is calling for blasphemy laws to punish heretics.  Heretics, after all, have nothing of value to add, and they are dangerous to the moral values of the faithful.

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1 hour ago, Argus said:

What those calling for a ban on 'hate speech' are really doing is calling for blasphemy laws to punish heretics.  Heretics, after all, have nothing of value to add, and they are dangerous to the moral values of the faithful.

No, I think they're calling for a ban on hate speech.  Do all conservatives favour hate speech then ?  It seems weird to assert that.  Do you think Facebook, a private entity, has to allow hate speech ?  These things don't seem conservative at all.

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36 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

No, I think they're calling for a ban on hate speech.  Do all conservatives favour hate speech then ?  It seems weird to assert that.  Do you think Facebook, a private entity, has to allow hate speech ?  These things don't seem conservative at all.

Maybe you should call for a ban on conservatives, then. It's heresy against the orthodoxy of your religious beliefs and, after all.

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29 minutes ago, Argus said:

Maybe you should call for a ban on conservatives, then. It's heresy against the orthodoxy of your religious beliefs and, after all.

You keep saying that over and over again even though I have repeatedly said it's not so.  If you have some evidence that I'm lying please present it forthwith.

Otherwise, I will assume that this is part of your campaign to market your mock-kangaroo frozen pizza product, that has already been banned on 6 continents.

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If you ever wanted to see what the downfall of western society looks like you need only examine the people we've tasked to teach our children, and how they're increasingly being focused on ideological zealotry instead of education.

This weekend, more than 14,000 academics will gather in Toronto to share their research for the American Education Research Association’s annual conference. In past years, I’ve documented the focus of AERA academics on matters that seem only obliquely connected to curriculum, instruction, and policy. It looks like more of the same this year, from the symposium on “Liberating Oppressed Ontologies and Cosmologies for Transformational Praxis” to the paper “Queer Evolution: (Re)invigorating Environmental Education through Queer Interpretations of Evolutionary Onto-Epistemological Choreography.” But this year’s conference has especially lofty ambitions. Under the title Leveraging Education Research in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence, the event’s promotional poster features a lighthouse inscribed with the words “Trust, Integrity, Methodology, and Reliability,” which looks out over a sea of “Post-Truth, Propaganda, and Fabrication.”

Unfortunately, rather than a renewed commitment to methodologically sound research into education policy and practice, the conference program demonstrates a preoccupation with promoting a virulent new brand of racism. A keyword search of the conference program reveals 422 hits for whiteness—more than for “personalized learning” (16), “school boards” (19), “standardized testing” (20), “high school graduation” (23) “reading achievement” (24), “digital learning” (25), “policy analysis” (31), “early education” (38), “teacher evaluation” (41) “literacy instruction” (42), “bilingual education” (48), and “achievement gap” (75) combined.

https://www.outline.com/jsW6Ju

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Ever wonder how it is society is becoming obsessed with the 'alt-right' or how it is the alt-right appears to be growing and omnipresent? Well, it's likely due to the habit of academics and progressives to continually stretch the term to encompass just about anyone who isn't them.

So: We have here a benign-sounding, if somewhat obscure, research institute casually accusing various popular, mainstream public figures of being gateway agents to an ideology commonly associated with genocide and slavery. How can this be? Are we so blind, we subscribers to Netflix, we habitués of Barnes & Noble? Are we akin to the Germans of the 1930s who ignored the warning signs? Has our society become so degraded that cultural staples such as Penguin Random House, Comedy Central and Netflix are now helping to spread dangerous ideas, like a contagion infused into a defenseless host society?

While this exercise in social panic may appear bizarre to ordinary readers, it will not appear especially unusual to anyone who spends any time at all in a Communications department at certain universities, or in certain areas of Twitter, where the portrayal of such pundits as agents of alt-right evil is a matter of casual consensus. If anything, in fact, Lewis cast her net too narrowly for this crowd, which often will throw in everyone from Harvard University professor Steven Pinker to Quillette’s own editors and writers, myself included. (Not so narrow, mind you, that she didn’t manage to include a few Jews—including James Damore, Sam Harris and Ben Shapiro. Lewis appears okay with the cognitive dissonance required to accuse Jews of flirting with white supremacy.)

https://quillette.com/2019/04/07/in-the-culture-wars-be-a-sancho-panza-not-a-don-quixote/

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This relates to the item two places up. You might wonder how it is teachers became so politicized. Well, the indoctrination starts in places like the University of Washington, where they allegedly train teachers - although really it seems more like indoctrination. 

Organized according to the standard tenets of social justice theory, anyone in the graduate school class who does not identify as a straight white male is encouraged from the outset to present themselves as a victim of oppression in the social hierarchy of the United States. And so a culture emerges rapidly in the 60-student cohort in which words and phrases fall under constant scrutiny, and ideas thought to be inimical to social justice are pounced on as oppressive. Moreover, instead of imparting knowledge about the rudiments of pedagogy or how to develop curriculum content and plan for high school classes, the faculty and leadership declare that their essential mission is to combat the colonialism, misogyny and homophobia that is endemic in American society. The logic here is that if teachers are immersed in social justice ideology they will then impart these ideas to young people at all levels of K-12 and post-secondary education. This lofty aim explains why the program focuses so heavily on training students in the discourse of far-left identity politics and why it demands total intellectual acquiescence. When you consider that STEP’s ostensible purpose is to prepare graduates to become novice high school teachers, this approach in a public university is difficult to justify.

“In one session, the instructor rejected all gender pronouns and required that we dance to Beyoncé songs while discussing instances of heteronormative behavior and homophobia.”

https://quillette.com/2019/04/05/what-they-dont-teach-you-at-the-university-of-washingtons-ed-school/

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This is how we're all going to die. Maybe not from this particular bug, but another one. Probably while we're furiously debating whether women with penises are really women.

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - In May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was mysterious. Doctors swiftly isolated him in the intensive care unit.

The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe.

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/no-need-to-tell-the-public-super-fungus-that-kills-nearly-half-of-its-victims-in

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I don't normally read The Dailywire, but this popped up in my reddit feed and I have to admit - he has a point.

WALSH: The LGBT Lobby Has Been Trying To Exact Revenge On A Chicken Restaurant For Seven Years. This Is Not Normal.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/45915/walsh-lgbt-lobby-has-been-trying-exact-revenge-matt-walsh

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There is almost always something thoughtful in Quillette. This is on the fashionable nonsense of gender identity, and the demand that all give 'respect' to it or be accused of 'hate'.

Ever since he was awarded a knighthood in the 2001 honours list, the British actor Ben Kingsley, probably most famous for his eponymous role in the film Gandhi, has apparently insisted on being referred to as “Sir Ben Kingsley.” This is his right and he is, by all accounts, quite offended if the honorific is overlooked. Not all recipients of such honours are quite as sensitive to the careful observation of such proprieties. Nevertheless, although it is his right, we are not obliged to comply with his wishes. There is no law that requires us to do so besides the conventions of a polite society, regardless of any damage inflicted on his self-esteem.

I have nothing against Sir Ben. I have used him merely as an illustration of the principle that the right to receive a particular good, service, or respect does not automatically oblige other members of society to fulfil that right to the holder’s affective satisfaction. If I have bought a lottery ticket, I have a right to participate in the lottery, but not a right to win. If I have paid for some goods, I have the right to receive them in good condition, but not to be perfectly satisfied by them. In a court of law, I have a right to hear my case heard, but not the right to receive the verdict I want. And so on.

 

Quillette

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Chicago is a very race conscious city, but they go color blind at times. Like when hundreds of black teenagers swarm downtown attacking people, smashing windows, stealing and fighting. That not a single media outlet would even say so is one of the reasons a lot of people are losing faith in the mainstream media to actually tell them the truth.

Chicago picked a strange time to go all colorblind on us. The occasion was the occasional riot in one of America’s premier high-end shopping districts: the Magnificent Mile. 

Wednesday night, 500 people rampaged through downtown looting, destroying property, attacking white people, defying police, stopping traffic, threatening tourists, and created lots of mayhem and chaos. If local media is to be believed, race had nothing to do with the fact that every single one of the rioters was black. 
 

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/04/outbreak_of_color_blindness_strikes_chicago_reporters.html

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How easy it is to cry racism in this day and age, and exempt yourself from the normal punishment due someone acting like an asshole.

On Thursday 11 April, shortly after 11pm, a black Columbia student named Alexander McNab walked through the gates of Barnard college—the undergraduate all-women’s school at Columbia University—after ignoring a security guard’s request to show his student ID. In search of a midnight snack, McNab got all the way to the library canteen before a public safety officer confronted him and asked for his ID a second time, a request McNab once again refused.

https://quillette.com/2019/04/19/cowardice-at-columbia/

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British police are arresting 9 people a day for offensive speech (MH's dream country) and begging people to inform them if they see or hear anything said or written which is 'offensive'. Not illegal, but merely 'offensive'.

Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?

North Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?

It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. Where, in April this year, a 19-year-old woman was convicted of sending a "grossly offensive" message after she posted rap lyrics that included the N-word on her Instagram page. Where, also in April, a Scottish shitposter was found guilty of a hate crime for teaching a pug to do a Nazi salute and posting the footage on YouTube. Where in recent years individuals have been arrested and in some cases imprisoned for making racist comments or just cracking tasteless jokes on Twitter.

 

https://reason.com/2018/09/15/britain-turns-offensive-speech-into-a-po

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3 hours ago, Argus said:

British police are arresting 9 people a day for offensive speech (MH's dream country) and begging people to inform them if they see or hear anything said or written which is 'offensive'. Not illegal, but merely 'offensive'.

Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?

North Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?

It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. Where, in April this year, a 19-year-old woman was convicted of sending a "grossly offensive" message after she posted rap lyrics that included the N-word on her Instagram page. Where, also in April, a Scottish shitposter was found guilty of a hate crime for teaching a pug to do a Nazi salute and posting the footage on YouTube. Where in recent years individuals have been arrested and in some cases imprisoned for making racist comments or just cracking tasteless jokes on Twitter.

 

https://reason.com/2018/09/15/britain-turns-offensive-speech-into-a-po

Yeah, I'm embarrassed for my homeland...

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An Ode to Tax

renderTimingPixel.pngTax his land, tax his wage,
Tax the bed on which he lays.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes are the rule.
 
Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirts,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.
 
Tax his chew, tax his smoke,
Teach him taxes are no joke.
Tax his car, tax his gas,
Tax the roads and tax his ass.
 
Tax his food, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his weed, tax his beers,
If he cries, tax his tears.
 
Tax his bills, tax his grass,
Tax his notes, tax his cash.
Tax him good and make him know,
That after taxes he'll have no dough
 
If he hollers, tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.
Tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
 
With the inscription upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom!"
But for taxes, there is no rest,
We will now tax the inheritance.

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