I guess one person can make a difference. But most of the time, they probably shouldn’t.
Malcolm posts a warning on the Green New Deal (GND). It is a plan to
dekulak the country get the US off fossil fuels and nuclear in ten years, by directing 40%-50% of GNP to a variety of green-clean energy initiatives. All to prevent Climate ChangeTM, and end racism, sexism and poverty.
It is madness. It’s New Deal Redux, with language Lenin would have loved. I seem to remember Moldbug saying something about the New Deal being the start of America’s brand of Communism.
Well, look at it this way, the New Deal ran for many years before World War II actually mobilized the nation under a common cause, so maybe the GND will have a similar end. Or, just as likely, it could push the US closer to parity…with Venezuela. Tucker Carlson has some fun with an AOC advisor on the matter…
NR takes several shots in Sandy’s War here. It closes with:
And so we have the grand game of make-believe and moral dress-up, in which Field Marshal Sandy rallies her troops on Twitter in the service of a half-organized bouquet of slogans and prejudices that no mentally normal adult — and there are still a few of those around — takes quite seriously. The purported goal of the great national deployment isn’t the point — the deployment itself is. It is an excuse for a great deal of noise and running in circles and excitation and displays of Very High Moral Seriousness that is its own reason for being. Sandy’s war is not a struggle over the future of Earth — it is only a struggle over the future of Sandy, and all the other Sandys out there in the great vast wilds of America, waiting tables at TGI Friday’s or grinding away in the obscurity of some master’s program in women’s studies, sure that however things were supposed to turn out, they weren’t supposed to turn out like this, a mess of loneliness and pointlessness, all dressed up for battle with nowhere to go and no comfort but Netflix and Facebook and Twitter, little fixes of dopamine just strong enough and frequent enough to keep the addicts upright and sedated enough that they do not begin asking the really difficult questions and demanding answers.
And onto what caught my eye
The NeoCiceronian Times on the inevitable tragedy of treating people as common property.
Alf on Satan as a troll. A sample:
This leads us to conclude that those who do say we are evil, you know, the type of people who constantly drone on about ‘uhhh we’re destroying the planet ohmygod we are a virus on mother nature when will our tyranny end’ are themselves evil. They deny us our purpose and they lie to us that we are evil for being who we are. Nonsense. If you believe we are evil just for who we are, be consistent and commit suicide.
Audacious Epigpone on the willingness to use violence to achieve political ends. You’ll never guess who finds it more acceptable.
It is always utterly impossible to build an aggressive Power with aristocrats. Care for family interests, class solidarity, educational influences, all combine to dissuade them from handing over to the state the independence and fortunes of their fellows.
Resistance is, therefore, the business of aristocracies.
Palladium talks about the political problems of centralized social media, with a nod to Urbit, the other work by Mencius Moldbug.
Discovered a new blog this week: Clarissa’s Blog. She has some concerning statistics about teenagers today. It seems they are no longer doing any of the teen activities that prepared my generation (“X”) for leaping into adulthood. No dances or dates, no athletics for fun, no clubs, no hanging out at the mall, no movies, not even the nerdy / geeky / bookwormy but nonetheless social stuff I did. Rather, they are stuck in orbit around their social media and their parents. Her posts are short: see one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.
The Orthosphere with a few articles applying Confucius’ first step to wisdom: How enriching is the progressive experiment?; plus, thoughts on bromides and the origin of ‘bunkum’. Further, why is red-baiting verboten?
Evolutionist X had a good week. She discusses infanticide and cannibalism in E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology. Also, a quick refutation of the misleading use of GDP, in Deutschland and generally. Also her comments on a quirky paper about human sacrifice as a way to protect property rights.
Mr. Briggs with the good news: You are not an illusion. A frank discussion about what transgenderism really means. His weekly Summary Against Modern Thought. A review of the Death of New Atheism. Also…horrorterror!!! Physics is the least diverse science! (But please, do note Ken’s comment to this article, as he comments after reading the impugned study.) Plus, The Week in Doom – Opioid Marketing Edition.
Aidan MacLear on the need for patriarchy.
Esquire magazine ran an article on the life of a white teenage cis-gendered male…to show how privileged he is, of course. I did not read (because I’m sick of the perpetual disguise of understanding and tolerance), but I note this commentary by ramzpaul. Esquire’s tagline is “Build a Life That Matters”, but their articles in the subheadings are all salacious gossip. I wonder if the editors feel any dissonance.
PA with an example of why there is no magic dirt anywhere.
A particularly good podcast on Hindu Nationalism, by the BrownPundits.
Finally, in Canuckistan, a controversy exploded over SNC Lavalin and their request to pay a voluntary fine instead of being criminally prosecuted for having allegedly paid bribes to do business in Libya. The option to do so was enacted into Canada’s Criminal Code, buried in over 500 pages of a budget bill, by the Liberals last year. Allegedly, SNC bribed Libyan officials, but I suspect it was baksheesh, which from what folks who have done business in Libya tell me was a normal part of business, and maybe not a bribe.
The Prime Minister’s office allegedly pressed the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould (a lady and First Nation member) to accept SNC’s offer for a remediation deal instead of a criminal prosecution. She allegedly refused, which resulted in her demotion to Minister of Veteran Affairs, and after Trudeau shockingly tried to mansplain the situation, she resigned from cabinet. The different viewpoints on the morass are best summarized by Newfoundland’s Rex Murphy, and Lord Black of Crossharbour. Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing, and Wilson-Raybould has said nothing, as she is very likely bound by Solicitor-Client privilege (which our petit Dauphin could waive, to let the truth out, but he knows he gains nothing by doing so.)
Justin Trudeau has typically been able to charm the media, but with this scandal (which is nominal at best), the Canadian MSM seems to be out for his blood. Mr. Murphy’s article points to the cause: the facade of being the champion of First Nations and women’s rights was shown to be false, if not deceitful, and only for the purposes of political advancement.
Why this is news is beyond me. Since [the current year] he has done nothing to improve the lives of women or First Nations, and he has been revealed as a cynic who used the Cathedral’s OrthodoxyTM to win himself political power. This may be a turning point, as the MSM is now making more money as his detractor than his cheerleader.
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