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08 July 2020

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Bill Tozer

Interesting theory presented by Matt Taibbi. Why all the unhinged media, entertainment, and political world is operating at maximum-level emergency to explain and atone to the world for the election of Donald J. Trump.

‘Year Zero’

“As journalism, 1619 read almost exactly like the paper’s post-mortems on the 2016 election – probably not an accident, since Baquet told us it was conceived identically as an effort to “understand the forces that led to the election of Donald Trump.” In both cases history was reduced to a simplistic showdown between evil racists and oppressed peoples.

The best explanation for these sudden reversals in rhetoric is that Trump broke the brains of America’s educated classes. Like Russian aristocrats who spent the last days of the Tsarist empire flocking to fortune-tellers and mystics, upscale blue-staters have lost themselves lately in quasi-religious tracts like White Fragility, and are lining up to flog themselves for personal and historical sins.

In desperation to help the country atone for their idea of why Trump happened, they’ve engaged in a sort of moon landing of anti-intellectual endeavors, committing a generation of minds to finding a solution to the one thing no thinking person ever considered a problem, i.e. the Enlightenment ideas that led to the American Revolution.

The same pols and pundits who not long ago were waving the flag for wars and insisting that American-style democracy was so perfectly realized that it made sense to bring it to all the peoples of the world, by force if needed (think Friedman’s hypothesis of a borderless utopia of forced wealth creation called the Golden Straitjacket), have now reversed course to tell us our entire history needs to be wiped clean.

Everything is a lie now. CNN even put “Independence” in quotes when describing the holiday today (i.e. “Reexamining ‘Independence’ Day”). This revolution will end with Wolf Blitzer pulling a switch to dynamite the Statue of Liberty. Even if America is an idea whose time is past, I doubt it deserves an ending this ridiculous.”

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/year-zero


scenes

re: BillT@12:59AM July 16, Year Zero.

That was a good article and led me to this:

"For corporate America the calculation is simple. What’s easier, giving up business models based on war, slave labor, and regulatory arbitrage, or benching Aunt Jemima? There’s a deal to be made here, greased by the fact that the “antiracism” prophets promoted in books like White Fragility share corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc."

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/on-white-fragility

George Rebane

scenes 904am - Is not "... corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc." too broad of a brush for painting all of America's businesses? One can easily make that assertion about corporatist America. But the overwhelming share of our enterprises, those that don't require government to manage their competition, depend on a diverse and eclectic economy with consumers who value 'privacy, individual rights, ...' to be their willing customers free to choose. Thoughts?

scenes

It's obvious what Taibbi means by 'corporate', but I admit that it's not the strict meaning of the word. I don't believe he's referring to corporations generally, which often have one person in them (and provide surprisingly little value to an individual), but to companies which steer both government and the economy.

To steer it back, what it the most reasonable way to limit the legislative and economic power of companies (or even individuals)? It's especially dangerous when people simply can't see the issues that go along with single sourcing, regardless of how cheap it is, or lack of privacy. The laughable part is that liberals believe that it would be straightforward to merely grow government and increasingly control 'private' enterprises over time...the government itself is simply the largest instantiation of a corporation.

Bill Tozer

Now, gentlemen of high esteem, i. e., Dr. Rebane and Scenes, let’s not miss the forest from the trees here. Scenes from Year Zero’s 9:04 am link is an excellent book review of White Fragility and is an informative a nice deep dive into the debts of the twisted minds of ...er....how others see things, especially race. (The Redskins should just go back having the big R on their helmets. R mean Race and it’s all about race..) Good article lays out White Fragiliy and it’s author.

Book Review:

“It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one’s intended point, but this isn’t uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.”

“Yet these ideas are taking America by storm. The movement that calls itself “antiracism” – I think it deserves that name a lot less than “pro-lifers” deserve theirs and am amazed journalists parrot it without question – is complete in its pessimism about race relations. It sees the human being as locked into one of three categories: members of oppressed groups, allies, and white oppressors.”

Don Bessee

Now you cant even honor LE, wrongthink and snowflakes don't ya know -

In a statement published on the university website, Chief Chedester said that the “blue stripe” flag represented his commitment to his work as a police officer. However, he went on to say that he recently learned that the flag is a “traumatic” symbol to some students at West Virginia University.

Breitbart News reported this week that students called for the termination of Marymount Manhattan College Professor Patricia Simon after she reportedly fell asleep during a video conference on “anti-racism.” Simon claims that she did not fall asleep and that she was merely adjusting her trifocal glasses.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/07/16/west-virginia-u-police-chief-faces-calls-for-firing-over-pro-police-flag-in-home/

;-)


scenes

I was poking through twitter streams to get some flavor of the crazy, and ran into this one:

https://twitter.com/gwensnyderPHL/status/1283784699278761989

It's like some sort of mirror-image Alex Jones minus the ativan, but I did like this subsidiary tweet...


"WHITE SUPREMACISTS TRY TAKING OVER DEMOCRATIC CITIES: IF TRUMP IS NOT RESTRAINED, WE WILL LOSE OUR DEMOCRACY.Portland has joined Berkeley, New York, Charlottesville, and Seattle as liberal cities that have become flash points for far-right violence since Donald Trump took office."
https://twitter.com/marygribbin809/status/1284208961210781698

lmwao. You know, there really is no arguing with The Mob.

Bill Tozer

And Trump responds: Worse than Afghanistan.

https://www.facebook.com/95475020353/posts/10165772041085354/

scenes

A bit of that 'a little graffiti' action

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1285554323187879937

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1285489684752199680

scenes

Collateral damage to the Mob of Peace.

https://kvia.com/news/us-world/2020/07/21/body-found-in-minneapolis-building-burned-during-george-floyd-protests/

scenes

It's hard to beat this kind of coverage for an overview. Skip to about 2:00:00 for a general idea of goings on. (Portland federal courthouse).

https://youtu.be/MQilNP9rmVQ

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