Wednesday, January 17, 2018

No Shit

Frenemies on the Right
The tenets of National Socialism and the role of the word “nahtsee” in your rhetorical strategy are two distinctly different things. (This, by the way, is a Moldbuggian axiom: an ideology’s label and its structure must be treated separately.) Even if you don’t want a NatSoc metapolitical strategy or social policy, nothing is forcing you to go out there and nazi-bash, disavow, distance, or otherwise punch the people leftists identify as being to the right of you, politically.
If the right opened a restaurant, the left might say everything tasted like shit. They might say it was actual shit. If someone on the right proposed to serve actual shit, then it doesn't surprise that others said, "Get that shit out of here." Not because they give a shit what leftists think, but because they don't like shit.

Related update: Retconning History
As I mentioned below, there’s a growing myth in 21st Century America that white Southerners sympathized with Hitler. In reality, the South was most anti-Nazi part of the country.

Southerners were the most pro-England / anti-Germany with 76% agreeing that helping England win was more important than staying out of the war, while only 55% of Midwesterners prioritized England winning.

Another update:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Christian Persecution in USA

Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom
A student member of Business Leaders in Christ, Marcus Miller, filed a complaint with the university last February after the group denied his request to serve as its vice president. Miller's request was rejected after he disclosed he was gay.

The group says it denied Miller's request because he rejected its religious beliefs and would not follow them.

Miller did not respond to messages seeking comment about the lawsuit. He has since started his own university-recognized, Jesus-centered student organization, Love Works, to advocate for justice on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues.
As predicted by Pope Benedict XVI, the Church will become smaller and more fundamentalist. This is how it happens.
The group's loss of registration as an on-campus student organization means it can no longer reserve campus meeting space, participate in student recruitment fairs, access funds from student activity fees or use university-wide communication services.
If they were future business leaders, they'd market themselves as "the only real Christian group at the University of Iowa."

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

David Brooks Is Learning

If you wonder why I so often post David Brooks opinion pieces, it's because I expected something like this would eventually show up.

The Decline of Anti-Trumpism
It’s almost as if there are two White Houses. There’s the Potemkin White House, which we tend to focus on: Trump berserk in front of the TV, the lawyers working the Russian investigation and the press operation. Then there is the Invisible White House that you never hear about, which is getting more effective at managing around the distracted boss.

I sometimes wonder if the Invisible White House has learned to use the Potemkin White House to deke us while it changes the country.

I mention these inconvenient observations because the anti-Trump movement, of which I’m a proud member, seems to be getting dumber.
I think this is what everyone on the dissident Right has believed since Trump assumed office. There's a dog and pony show for the media. Everything important end up on page B27 instead of A1. When you have an extreme opposition bent on #Resistance, creating a false Narrative is very useful. Being helpful, the Cathedral created the false Narrative for free.
Wolff doesn’t pretend to adhere to normal journalistic standards. He happily admits that he’s just tossing out rumors that are too good to check. As Charlie Warzel wrote on BuzzFeed, “For Wolff’s book, the truth seems almost a secondary concern to what really matters: engagement.”

The ultimate test of the lowbrow is not whether it challenges you, teaches you or captures the contours of reality; it’s whether you feel an urge to share it on social media.

In every war, nations come to resemble their enemies, so I suppose it’s normal that the anti-Trump movement would come to resemble the pro-Trump movement. But it’s not good. I’ve noticed a lot of young people look at the monotonous daily hysteria of we anti-Trumpers and they find it silly.
The difference being the pro-Trump movement is self aware and laughing its ass off. The anti-Trump movement is tilting at windmills.

The next step will be for David Brooks to realize that everything he hates about Trump and the pro-Trump movement was created as a response to "low brow" leftism and that the demographic trends he cheers on accelerates the process. The Idiocracy arrives through the Democrat party and the Left in modern America, not the Right. It only appears the opposite because the intellectual Right held out against "low brow" politics for 40 years. Brooks is mad/sad that the Right ditched "high brow" for victory. He still doesn't acknowledge why that was necessary. He'll never acknowledge that the paper he writes for is the engine of "low brow" leftism, the core of the increasingly "low brow" Cathedral. That's too much of a black pill. But one day he might wade into the comment section and decide the Times' audience "has changed" too.

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