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I think this is an excellent example of giving a snapshot of the kind of place where Trump still gets support, mostly rural, with hard-working people who simply don't follow the news very much because they're busy with their own lives.

According to a recent Ipsos poll, 36% of Americans didn't know what to think about the Syrian situation. An earlier YouGov poll had the number at 41%. Conversations with attendees at the Circleville Pumpkin Show the day after the Democratic debate bore these numbers out.

College student Sierra Arrar said she doesn't follow the news. Lauren Esteph, who works for a local "good news" newsletter called the Dimple Times, said she tries to stay unplugged from negative things.

Retired schoolteacher Spiro Spantithos said he was following the story and that he thinks the US should have kept troops in the area to ensure stability.

"I don't believe in deploying troops that are helter-skelter," he said, "but when it comes to having security so that we're not worrying about somebody doing something crazy, we have to have something like that."

Spantithos was the exception, however. Most at the Pumpkin Show were like Danny Evans, a construction labourer, who said he was too busy with work.

"I leave at 4:30 in the morning, and I get home at 6:30 or 7:00 at night. I eat dinner with my kids, and I go to bed, and get up and go again."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50100808

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This article basically blows gaping holes in the whole 'white privilege' bullshit that the woke Left likes to blather on about. It demonstrates that the biggest correlation to poverty in America is not race, but marriage. Poor black people who married before having children had the same rate of poverty as poor whites who married. And the biggest certainty for getting and staying out of poverty was to finish high school, get a job and get married before having kids.

https://quillette.com/2019/10/16/why-white-privilege-is-wrong-part-2/

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As usual with this sort of thing, the British take their determination to protect everyone in an identity group from suffering offense of any kind to extremes. And of course, all this does it make the members of those identity groups ever more hyper-aware of anything which might cause offense, and to take offense much more readily, and more dramatically. The government is, after all, ensuring they know how horrifically important such things are.

The fate of Jamie Griffiths is now known: he’s the teenager who touched – not groped – a girl he liked on two separate occasions last November on the arm and hip. The teenager was charged with sexual assault and now he’s been found guilty at Manchester and Salford magistrates’ court; he’s on the sex offenders register for the next five years, he has to pay her £250 and do 200 hours of unpaid community work. Of course, with only a few newspaper reports to go on we can’t be sure we know all the facts of the case, but it seems this is now the price you pay for an unwanted advance to a member of the opposite sex.

He was, he said, a ‘shy, awkward and anxious’ teenager who approached the girl to make a friend ‘but the words didn’t come out’. He had previously Googled, ‘how to make a friend’. Now his face is all over the papers – which must do him no end of good given he’s a first year undergraduate student now. He’s probably being talked about by everyone who knows him, the latest young face of the #MeToo crusade, or rather, the latest scalp. Meanwhile, the girl he made the mistake of approaching said that she was so traumatised by the whole thing that she was quite put off her revision for exams – she was hoping to apply to Oxford – and said every time she thought about the unwanted touching (she feared he might touch her breast) she started to cry. She, of course, preserves her anonymity; her fragile mental state will be unaffected by publicity.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/the-devastating-price-of-a-teenage-boys-unwanted-advance/

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The latest brainless insanity from the educational Marxists looks to be taking flight down south. No doubt the fellow travelers in Canada will be eager to implement it here too as soon as there are fewer Conservative provincial governments. I doubt it will happen anywhere other than BC until then.

By now one starts to get the sense that any points of intersection between this and hardcore book learning are pure happenstance. Similarly, browse the more expansive list of 15 SEL goals in this piece and you’ll be struck by the preponderance of the social and the relative absence of the learning. Not surprising, inasmuch as another popular SEL tip sheet deems it advisable “to incorporate SEL skill-building into academic instruction whenever possible.” As we move along, you’ll also notice how many of the phenomenon’s goals seem rooted in today’s social justice pieties.

In any case, it should be apparent that implementing all this necessarily presupposes some dilution of the traditional nuts-and-bolts curriculum—the diversion of finite class time to topics and methodologies that have nothing to do with mastering, say, long division. The gurus of SEL make no apologies for this. Rather, as de Blasio insists in his Fortune piece, “these are hard skills….just like reading and math, that must be taught, practiced, and strengthened over time.”

SEL’s unflinching emphasis on the so-called “non-cognitive factors” in cognition is bad news for all supporters of no-nonsense education—that is, the kind that doesn’t encourage students to devote class time to communicating their current emotional status to their peers via emojis, as has happened in some SEL implementations. For while New York’s mayor frames this as a watershed moment in education, we already have a compelling case history in what happens when education is reconfigured around factors extrinsic to schooling’s basic mission. The notion that an emotionally nourished “whole child” should be better at math than his less contented counterpart rests on the same spurious assumptions as self-esteem-based education, which proved such an unmitigated disaster in terms of measurable outcomes that by the turn of the millennium it was repudiated by even some of its loudest early voices.

 

https://quillette.com/2019/10/25/mediocrity-for-all/

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A worthwhile addition to the exploration of the subject "Why the fuck do people support Donald Trump?"

Look closely. Those are evangelical leaders and pastors – people who represent America's various streams of fundamentalist Christianity – venerating a president who, I think it's safe to say, reflects none of the qualities Jesus is believed to have embodied.

It has become almost banal to recite Trump's ugly, vulgar, misogynist, racist mendacity, and yet here he is in an official White House photo, an image clearly meant to invoke the Last Supper, in the midst of an ecstatic laying on of hands.

It is no exaggeration to say many evangelicals consider Trump an anointed figure; a clearly venal man somehow chosen by their God to rescue America from venality. Eighty one per cent of white evangelicals voted for him in 2016 (notice the "white" caveat there – more on that in a moment).

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-neil-macdonald-trump-white-evangelicals-1.5346659

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How long have I been saying that the Democrats are going to shoot themselves in the foot with all their identity politics and progressive views? They're vying for the support of the progressives of big cities like New York and Chicago and Los Angeles, but that's not where the election will be decided. The people they need to convince are the people in the swing states of middle America swing states, where those views simply do not go down well. A recent poll shows as much. In the six swing states Trump trails Biden only slightly, and is ahead of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

In 2018, Democratic candidates waded into hostile territory and flipped 40 House districts, many of them moderate or conservative in their makeup. In almost every instance, their formula centered on narrowing their target profile by avoiding controversial positions, and focusing obsessively on Republican weaknesses, primarily Donald Trump’s abuses of power and attempts to eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans.

The Democratic presidential field has largely abandoned that model. Working from the premise that the country largely agrees with them on everything, or that agreeing with the majority of voters on issues is not necessary to win, the campaign has proceeded in blissful unawareness of the extremely high chance that Trump will win again.

A new batch of swing state polls from the New York Times ought to deliver a bracing shock to Democrats. The polls find that, in six swing states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona — Trump is highly competitive. He trails Joe Biden there by the narrowest of margins, and leads Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

 

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/poll-trump-beats-democrats-swing-state-biden-warren-sanders.html

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The unappetizing title of this piece is: Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class—A Status Update

I read it despite that. It was kind of interesting in depicting how the wealthy latch onto ideas and ideals out of a desire to display and enhance their status, and how these beliefs, often patently unrealistic and even damaging, then seep down to the lower classes, where they are adopted to much more harm while the 'luxury class' moves on to something else.

I was bewildered when I encountered a new social class at Yale four years ago: the luxury belief class. My confusion wasn’t surprising given my unusual background. When I was two years old, my mother was addicted to drugs and my father abandoned us. I grew up in multiple foster homes, was then adopted into a series of broken homes, and then experienced a series of family tragedies. Later, after a few years in the military, I went to Yale on the GI Bill. On campus, I realized that luxury beliefs have become fashionable status symbols. Luxury beliefs are ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.

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Unfortunately, the luxury beliefs of the upper class often trickle down and are adopted by people lower down the food chain, which means many of these beliefs end up causing social harm. Take polyamory. I had a revealing conversation recently with a student at an elite university. He said that when he sets his Tinder radius to five miles, about half of the women, mostly other students, said they were “polyamorous” in their bios. Then, when he extended the radius to 15 miles to include the rest of the city and its outskirts, about half of the women were single mothers. The costs created by the luxury beliefs of the former are borne by the latter. Polyamory is the latest expression of sexual freedom championed by the affluent. They are in a better position to manage the complications of novel relationship arrangements. And if these relationships don’t work out, they can recover thanks to their financial capability and social capital. The less fortunate suffer by adopting the beliefs of the upper class.

This is well-illustrated by the finding that in 1960 the percentage of American children living with both biological parents was identical for affluent and working-class families—95%. By 2005, 85% of affluent families were still intact, but for working-class families the figure had plummeted to 30%.

https://quillette.com/2019/11/16/thorstein-veblens-theory-of-the-leisure-class-a-status-update/

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Are Sweden's racial problems spreading to Norway? That seems to be the case, as mainly Muslim immigrants  make it clear they're not much into integration, and second generation Muslims take to crime in a big way.

Over the last month, however, Oslo’s city centre has witnessed an eruption of unprovoked attacks on random victims—most of them ethnic Norwegian men—by what police have described as youth gangs, each consisting of five to 10 young immigrants. The attacks typically take place on weekends. On Saturday, October 19, as many as 20 such attacks were recorded, with victims suffered varying degrees of injuries.

One of the incidents involved a group of young men, originally from the Middle East, detained for attacking a man in his twenties in the affluent west end. According to police, the victim had been kicked repeatedly in the head while lying on the ground, in what appeared to be a random, unprovoked beating. Another victim that weekend was the uncle of Justice Minister Jøran Kallmyr, who suffered several broken ribs after being mobbed at the Romsås subway station.

The following weekend in Oslo, Kurds and Turks clashed over recent developments in Turkey, and ended up looting a branch of the Body Shop on Karl Johan gate, as well as destroying several cars. Car fires also have been on the rise, though the problem has been around for years. (Even in 2013, cars were set alight in Oslo at the rate of about one per week, mostly in the city’s poorer east end.) Overall, crime rates are still low by the standards of other cities, but the recent rise in youth crime suggests that may be changing. “We see more blind violence where people are attacked, ambushed and beaten up,” said Labour Party politician Jan Bøhler to the media last month. “This is terrorising our community.” While such observations are widely shared, Bøhler is notable for being one of the few politicians on the left who’s raised his voice about rising crime among young immigrants.

 

https://quillette.com/2019/11/21/fearful-norwegians-wonder-are-swedish-conditions-coming-to-the-streets-of-oslo/

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Rumy Hasan talks about the 'white man's burden' and whether it's the responsibility of the western (white) countries to accept any number of wretched refuse from the teeming shores of third world countries ruled by incompetents, thieves and despots.

 

In recent years, we have seen graphic and disturbing scenes of migrants attempting to cross into Europe as they flee the developing world. Especially poignant are the pictures of young, sub-Saharan African men scaling the barrier fences that surround the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco:

Leaving aside whether Spain should return these enclaves to Morocco, the determination of migrants bound for Europe is striking. They have illegally entered Morocco and, from there, are allowed to enter another country illegally—almost certainly with the tacit approval of the Moroccan authorities. Also striking is the sight of the young men crying “freedom” and wrapping themselves in the EU flag upon their arrival in these enclaves. In reality, they are anything but free, as it is highly unlikely that the Spanish authorities will grant them asylum and the right of abode. If it is determined that they are illegal economic migrants, they will be removed in due course. Even so, this is not a remotely sufficient deterrent.

We are often told that such images are an indictment of European heartlessness. It is less often pointed out that they are an indictment of those now ruling Europe’s former colonies more than half a century after independence. Almost without exception, post-colonial governance has been a disastrous failure. Some naively claim that the migrant crisis of recent years is the consequence of Western intervention in the countries from which so many are fleeing. But, for the most part, this is false. While it is true that significant numbers of migrants are from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, the largest number since 2013 have been fleeing Syria’s civil war where Western military intervention has been minimal.

 

https://quillette.com/2019/12/05/the-new-white-mans-burden/

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This is an interesting writeup from Quilette on the British election. It references something happening throughout the west in how formerly left wing parties are losing support among working class voters as they instead embrace 'woke culture' and policies desired by young urban college graduates. We see the same thing among Canada's Liberals and NDP and among the Democrats in the US.

Plenty of better writers than me—Douglas Murray, John Gray—have debunked the notion that the only reason low-income voters embrace right-wing politics is because they’re drunk on a cocktail of ethno-nationalism and false hope (with Rupert Murdoch and Vladimir Putin taking turns as mixologists). It surely has more to do with the Left’s sneering contempt for the “deplorables” in the flyover states as they shuttle back and forth between their walled, cosmopolitan strongholds. As Corbyn’s policy platform in Britain’s election showed, left-wing parties now have little to offer indigenous, working class people outside the big cities—and their activists often add insult to injury by describing these left-behind voters as “privileged” because they’re white or cis-gendered or whatever. So long as parties like Labour pander to their middle-class, identitarian activists and ignore the interests of the genuinely disadvantaged, they’ll continue to rack up loss after loss. Get woke, go broke.

https://quillette.com/2019/12/13/britains-labour-party-got-woke-and-now-its-broke/

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This is an interesting addition to the question of what's going on with populism in the West, particularly far right populism leading to racism, and what racism even means in this context.

Anyone who wants to explain what’s happening in the West needs to answer two simple questions. First, why are right-wing populists doing better than left-wing ones? Second, why did the migration crisis boost populist-right numbers sharply while the economic crisis had no overall effect? If we stick to data, the answer is crystal clear. Demography and culture, not economic and political developments, hold the key to understanding the populist moment.
~Eric Kaufmann

The Overton Window that admits acceptable discourse on increasingly taboo subjects has been narrowing. Racism has concept crept to include moderate voices while the cultural Left, which privileges issues of identity over inequalities of class, now dominates a number of important and influential mainstream institutions, including academia, the media, and parts of the corporate world. The twentieth century shift from monoculturalism to multiculturalism is now often understood in quasi-religious terms, as if this development constitutes a unidirectional movement from darkness to enlightenment. However, the speed of this transition and the vertigo it can induce, especially among people with naturally conservative temperaments, has opened a black market for far-right figures to stoke resentment against the conjoined forces of post-civil rights liberalism, cosmopolitan universalism, and internationalist globalisation.

 

https://quillette.com/2019/12/18/arresting-the-white-backlash/

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This seems to be a relatively unbiased description of the causes of the fires in Australia, as well as the way climate change actions have been politicized by both sides to the point nothing is being accomplished.

At least 24 lives have been lost, and many others are missing. Hundreds of homes and businesses have been incinerated, as have more than 60,000 square kilometres of bushland. The Premier of my home state of New South Wales, the region that’s been worst affected, describes the crisis as “uncharted territory,” with some towns at risk of being completely wiped out. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who took a brief holiday at the start of the crisis, has been accused of poor leadership. And critics have taken the opportunity to demand that Australia’s climate policy be immediately overhauled to reflect this national disaster.

But what exactly is causing this year’s extreme fire season? Climate change? Arson? Drought? In fact, it’s all of the above.

https://quillette.com/2020/01/08/lessons-from-australias-bushfires-we-need-more-science-less-rhetoric/

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Aytaan Hirsi Ali warns about the determination and viciousness of Muslim antisemitism.

Islamic anti-Semitism is of a “scale and scope” that most people in the West do not understand and is therefore all the more insidious, the controversial critic of the Muslim religion, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, told a capacity audience at the Jewish Public Library (JPL) in Montreal on May 13.

The Somali-born Ali, 49, grew up being told that Jews were evil and reflexively hated them, even though she had never met one. In her teens, she joined the Muslim Brotherhood, in which she was indoctrinated to believe that Jews were a sub-human enemy and that their state occupies Muslim lands and must be destroyed.

Islamist anti-Semitism, despite its violent nature, is “couched in the social justice narrative” that appeals to people in the West, she said. Islamists are adept at using marketing techniques that play on the “oppressor versus oppressed story.”

Islamists know how to use the “woke” concept that’s prevalent on campuses today, which she termed, “The newest insanity … that everyone is oppressed except white men.”

https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/ayaan-hirsi-ali-warns-of-islamic-anti-semitism

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What is the middle class? This is an interesting article which cuts the middle class in two. On one side are the 'clerisy' the institutional bureacrats who operate from a sense of presumed moral superiority and whose self-appointed task is to tell everyone else how to live their lives in order to improve society. On the other are the 'yeomen', ordinary workers, small business owners, professionals and entrepeneurs. And the backdrop is the increasing centralization of power and wealth among oligarchs.

 

Politicians across the Western world like to speak fondly of the “middle class” as if it is one large constituency with common interests and aspirations. But, as Karl Marx observed, the middle class has always been divided by sources of wealth and worldview. Today, it is split into two distinct, and often opposing, middle classes. First there is the yeomanry or the traditional middle class, which consists of small business owners, minor landowners, craftspeople, and artisans, or what we would define historically as the bourgeoisie, or the old French Third Estate, deeply embedded in the private economy. The other middle class, now in ascendency, is the clerisy, a group that makes its living largely in quasi-public institutions, notably universities, media, the non-profit world, and the upper bureaucracy.

Standing between the oligarchs, who now own as much as 50 percent of the world’s assets, and the growing population of propertyless serfs, the traditional middle class increasingly struggles for survival against those with the greatest access to capital and political power. The power of this modern-day equivalent of the Medieval aristocracy, what the French referred to as the Second Estate, seems likely to grow; a recent British parliamentary study projects that, by 2030, the top one percent will expand their share to two-thirds of the world’s wealth, with the biggest gains overwhelmingly concentrated in the top .01 percent. One of the upshots of this concentration of economic power is that entrepreneurship is now declining even in the capitalist hotbed of America.

In contrast, the clerisy has a far less adversarial relationship with the uber-rich, since they operate in large part outside the market system. Like the Catholic Church in Medieval times, this part of the middle class enjoys something of a symbiosis with the oligarchal elites, the main financiers of NGOs, and the universities, and dominates the media and culture industries that employ so many of them. They are often also beneficiaries of the regulatory state, either directly as high-level government employees, or as consultants, attorneys, or through non-profits.

https://quillette.com/2020/02/27/the-two-middle-classes/

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This article in Quilette is about the lawsuit launched by a pair of engineers at Google who were fired for expressing views which the woke left found blasphemous. It contains a number of examples of just how vicious, intolerant, racist and sexist the Left is when it gains control of an organization.

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired last summer after authoring a document questioning the company’s diversity policies, has filed a lawsuit against the company. In a 161-page complaint, he does far more than challenge his firing and accuses Google of systemic discrimination against and harassment of white and male employees, as well as of violating a California state law that prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of an employee’s political persuasion. He has joined together with another engineer by the name of David Gudeman who was also fired after he expressed politically incorrect views. Together, the two of them are requesting that their case be treated as a class action on behalf of all employees who have faced similar treatment at the hands of the Internet giant. The charges that they make are broad and far-reaching, but they are not asking that their claims be taken on faith alone. More than half of the complaint is taken up by an 87-page-long exhibit consisting of screenshots from internal systems used by Google employees to communicate. These screenshots present a stunning display of unprofessional behavior not just by rank-and-file employees but managers and even a senior vice president, including overt discrimination, prejudice on the basis of race and gender, conflation of dissenting political views with racism and sexism, punishment of those who asked questions about what behavior was permitted, endorsement of politically motivated violence, and even an attack on the very notion of truth itself.

https://quillette.com/2018/02/01/lawsuit-exposes-internet-giants-internal-culture-intolerance/

 

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Brian Stewart talks about Bernie Sanders isolationist foreign policy, which bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump's America First. But more importantly he talks about that moment when America realized that promoting and defending western ideals, security and interests abroad was a necessary thing to avoid the world's strongmen taking over - and when it forgot or told itself this was not necessary.

The searing experience of World War Two—and of the low, dishonest decade of national weakness and appeasement that preceded it—instructed mainstream liberals of the day that the cause of liberty needed to be defended abroad if it was to prevail at home, and that this could only be achieved with American engagement and, in the final analysis, American power. Human nature and the international system needed to be understood plainly and stoically, and this meant disposing of utopian fantasies about the end of conflict that had disfigured the liberal creed during the interwar years. The architects of American strategy in this period took responsibility for upholding the world order, lest American retrenchment invite further aggression from authoritarians bent on conquest and plunder. Whatever the cost of America’s worldwide imperium, it would pale beside the price tag imposed if the world slipped into another devastating conflict.

To discharge this solemn responsibility, American leaders kept their nation’s military might beyond challenge, and wielded it with confidence. They garrisoned hundreds of thousands of troops overseas, especially in Europe and along the Pacific Rim where the pillars of world order seemed to be the most crucial but also fragile. They fought wars in distant lands unknown to most Americans but vital to maintaining what Truman’s Secretary of State Dean Acheson called an “environment of freedom” in the world. They assured the rights of international trade in the global commons. They amassed arsenals of frighteningly destructive weapons to deter threats to American primacy.

But at some point during the course of the Vietnam War, this armed liberalism gave way to a more insular and reactionary strand of progressive thought: anti-imperialism or even anti-Americanism. It was not merely disarmed of the belief in power, it also often seemed to abandon faith in liberalism itself. In Walzer’s estimation, the modern reluctance to take sides in ideological or martial struggles for power has been a “highly principled failure.” The aversion to forceful action on the world stage is essentially a negative posture. It is often “lazily adopted and rigidly held,” and agitates to “bear witness” (in Obama’s preferred formulation) to the abuse of human rights while resisting the deployment of military power that might prevent the abuse of human rights. This passive view rests on the assumptions that little good can be found in foreign adventures, and that the improvement of humanity begins at home.

Sanders' Indifferent City on a Hill

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Another story from Quillette, this on how racist leftist social justice has invaded medical schools and caused the downfall of standards both in accepting new students and in grading the students they have. The most important factor in acceptance is now skin colour, not intelligence or aptitude. Maybe that video that went viral last year of a woman demanding a white doctor was not merely indicative of racism but simply a desire for a good doctor, not one pushed through the system for 'diversity'.

In the beginning were the Medical College Admission Tests, or MCATs, a time-honored means of ascertaining worthiness for medical school. Formulated by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the MCATs assessed an applicant’s cognitive heft and baseline acumen in such no-nonsense disciplines as anatomy, biology, kinesiology, chemistry, and other precincts of hard biophysical science.

Then, around the turn of the millennium, early social-equity advocates began insisting, in essence, that the MCATs unfairly limited med school to people who showed significant potential as doctors. Specifically, the pool of physicians being churned out each year was judged insufficiently diverse.

https://quillette.com/2020/04/11/declining-med-school-standards-in-a-time-of-pandemic/

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Dave Rubin outlines the classical liberal view on freedom. In his belief, he has a perfect right to marry another man, and anyone else has a perfect right to disagree.

It goes a little something like this: if you believe in individual rights — meaning that every citizen of a country should expect the same legal privileges and protections, whether or not you agree with their choices — then, great stuff, you’re on the right path.

But before you join that conga line in celebration, there’s a catch: all of this means absolutely nothing unless you’re willing to tolerate somebody else’s personal opposition to it.

No, I’m not kidding and, no, this isn’t a device to test your concentration levels. It’s something called a consistent principle and is frequently the undoing of well-meaning (but ultimately misguided) progressives, who falter and then fall into authoritarianism.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/dave-rubin-the-case-for-gay-marriage-and-opposition-to-it?video_autoplay=true

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Came across this interesting little (well, not so little) piece about the decay of the Left. It's written by a Swedish leftist and goes over the situation in Sweden, the UK and the US with regard to the working class turning away from the Left. Because, he says, the Left doesn't represent them anyway. The Left is made up of middle-class people with middle class interests, and however much they pretend otherwise they will always campaign for what the middle class wants, not the working class.Canada wasn't mentioned, but it's certainly true here that the NDP, our leftist party, is primarily concerned with the interest of public service unions and workers, not the poor and downtrodden.

Workers aren’t stupid. They’re not evil. They haven’t been ”tricked by the media”. They need no false shepherds to guide them, no well-paid moral commissars to teach them to not randomly slaughter their neighbors because of muh racism. They have abandoned the left parties because the left parties have abandoned them, not ”culturally” as some proponents of identity politics would like you to think, but materially. They know their own class interests, and they know that the left is inimical to those interests. This is good news, at least for those of us with the courage and political will needed to help them free themselves from their so-called ”betters”. Let the Labour activists of London lament over how ”disappointed” they are that the working class has stopped following orders. We will not be like you. We will not promise new masters and new yokes to live under, new aristocracies and ”vanguards” to subsidize, new cadres of people selling them moral sermons and sensitivity courses. We will promise them a chance at revenge.

 

https://tinkzorg.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/on-strasserism-and-the-decay-of-the-left/

 

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Joe Biden's accuser is apparently a wack job who has changed her name, her story and love/hate for Russia multiple times.

In an article Reade wrote in 2009, she claimed to have left Washington DC for the midwest because her husband Tate, at the time, had received a job offer for a Congressman. She claims to have also received a job offer to work for a Governor’s race in California around the same time period.

Soon I received an offer to work on a Governor’s race in California and I almost accepted. Tate kept me up that night, pleading with me to go with him while he managed the Congressman’s campaign. I agreed and we moved to the frozen tundra of the Midwest. I would not even last a full winter.

However, in the article “Bring on the Light,” which Reade wrote in December of 2018, and has since deleted, she stated that she left politics and Washington DC because she was sick of American imperialism and because she “love[d] Russia with all her heart.”

Then in her article for The Union in April of 2019, her story changed yet again, blaming her move on Joe Biden essentially having her blacklisted.

Also in an article she wrote on April 6, 2019, Reade claimed that she didn’t even know if Biden knows why she left working for him:

I wish I could say there was a happy ending, that Senator Biden apologized or that he helped make amends, he did not. I do not even know if he realized why I left.

But then in March of 2020, Reade says that Biden fired her:

Only one story can be correct.

https://medium.com/@eddiekrassenstein/evidence-casts-doubt-on-tara-reades-sexual-assault-allegations-of-joe-biden-e4cb3ee38460

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Douglas Murray is one of my favorite columnists - and speakers. In this week's column he points out that having China as a trading partner is the epitome of an abusive relationship, and anyone involved will be under constant threat that the Chinese will turn around and wack them if they find themselves irritated.

Whether Cameron and Clegg knew what they were getting into wasn’t clear. The pair had a short meeting with the Lama at St Paul’s Cathedral — or at least in one of those bland conference ante-rooms English cathedrals constructed in the last century to atone for the splendours next door. Looking like a couple of travelling salesmen trying to flog the Dalai Lama a timeshare, Cameron and Clegg had the meeting and moved on.

Not so Beijing. The British ambassador was immediately called in and given the traditional post-Lama telling off. In the wake of the meeting the Chinese Communist party announced relations with Britain had been damaged. Sure enough, Chinese investment into the UK went on hold. A trip to the UK by Chairman Wu Bangguo was called off. And the CCP talked about how ‘hurt’ the Chinese people had been by the meeting.

You can do that sort of thing if you are a dictatorship: pretend to act as the mouthpiece of more than a billion people, not one of whom can hold you to account. But Cameron got understandably spooked and — proving himself years ahead of the game — announced plans to socially distance himself from the Dalai Lama. Indeed soon he was declaring that he saw no need ever to meet him again. The British government issued an apology to the Chinese authorities for all the offence caused and normal trade relations were eventually restored.

It was the account of the first meeting between British and Chinese officials after this affair that was so memorable. I was told that before the meeting could get under way, the CCP officials attended to a bit of old business. A copy of the British apology was pushed across the table towards the British officials, who were then asked to stand up and read it out loud, which they duly did. Sitting down afterwards, the lead Chinese official apparently smiled and said: ‘We just wanted to know you meant it.’
 
I doubt there is a British subject whose skin doesn’t crawl at the thought of someone being so abject on our behalf. But there it is. A nadir of the conundrum that Britain — and the wider world — has long known ourselves to be in.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/hugging-china-hasnt-done-us-any-favours

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Robert Lyman trashes Elizabeth May and her belief oil is dead.

According to the Canadian Energy Centre, an Alberta crown corporation, between 2000 and 2018 Canada’s oil and gas production industry directly paid almost $240 billion to provincial governments and $66 billion to Ottawa. In addition, its employees paid another nearly $54 billion in federal and provincial taxes. According to Statistics Canada, from 2000 to 2018, the energy industries provided $65.9 billion in federal corporate taxes alone, more than banking ($60.9 billion), construction ($44.7 billion) and real estate ($44.6 billion).

Activists contend that renewables offer the prospect of higher employment. But studies in the U.K., Germany and Spain show that, for every job created in the renewables industry, two to three are lost in other industries because of higher energy costs. Moreover, the manufacture of wind and solar equipment takes place in China and a few European countries, not Canada.

https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/elizabeth-may-is-wrong-about-oil-and-gas

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What is fascism? what was fascism? And why do we continually hear about it? The term has mutated and is now being spread around as a sort of catch-all insult.

Some historical movements fade into oblivion. (Meet any physiocrats lately?) But not fascism. Despite the fiery demise of the Nazi regime 75 years ago this month, the idea of fascism has retained its power to arouse fear and contempt—even in countries where it poses no realistic threat to the prevailing liberal democratic order. In the realm of US politics, the term has become common currency among detractors of Donald Trump—while on the other side of the spectrum, conservatives use it as a casual slur to attack COVID-19 lockdown policies they deem misguided. When protestors used the f-word to describe New Jersey’s pandemic response (on Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, no less), state governor Phil Murphy properly replied that the malapropism created “a disgusting false equivalence.”

Although Gottfried believes the term is now abused more by the Left than the Right, historical accuracy and scholarly integrity often fall to the wayside on both sides of the political spectrum. “As a historic phenomenon,” he wrote in Career of a Concept, “fascism has nothing to do with advocating an isolationist foreign policy, trying to restrict Third World immigration, or favoring significant income redistribution in order to achieve greater social equality.” Like most of us, he wants the term retired, at least as a shorthand slur “hurled at anyone who holds what are now unpopular opinions.”

Even in the 1940s, at a time when genuinely fascist dictatorships threatened to extinguish freedom over much of the world’s surface, George Orwell noted that misuse of the term had rendered it “entirely meaningless.” Decades later, American journalist Tom Wolfe would note the “morbid tendency” of his colleagues to apply the word to everything from Christian revivalist movements to hippies.

https://quillette.com/2020/05/22/dumbing-fascism-down-then-and-now/

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