Monday, November 23, 2015

- Why Should Anyone Face Reality

It’s my birthday this week. And I have to confess, for the first time in decades I’m afraid. Not for myself. My life means very little to me in the grand scheme, and if a lightning bolt were to finally exact divine justice for a life filled from end to end with lamentable acts, my only concern would be for the people who may feel some tiny loss at my passing. I consider myself quite lucky that at this point in my life, there are probably a few more people who will cry at my funeral than will dance at it… probably.

In fact it’s one of them I’m actually afraid for. It’s my daughter, who has made a casual appearance in this blog over the years. She’s 15 now. A tough age for a girl. And she’s being raised at a time when America is a dangerous place to be 15. Like all girls her age, she’s at the point where she’s almost an adult. She’s trying to understand the broader world and her smaller place in it. She’s looking for that image of herself – of who she’ll finally be, and trying to get an idea of what’s possible for her to accomplish in a big and often confusing world. Tragically, in the name of equality, we’re denying her the very tools she needs to understand the real answers to those questions.

The right has long described leftism as a sort of mass psychosis. A view of the world as a child’s fairy tale where the unicorns and rainbows of eternal bliss for all can be easily delivered on earth. Gone are the hard choices that life imposes or any compromises between cost and benefit. In the ideology of the left there are only victims, villains, and the heroes who would save them. And all you have to do to live in the fantasy world forever, is to surrender your grip on objective reality.

This is the world that my brilliant, impressionable, sensitive daughter is being raised in. A world where the only culture she knows, honestly believes that what is both demonstrably and visibly untrue, ‘can be true’ if you want it bad enough. All you have to do is place your feelings and your purely subjective experience above every other objective metric of measurement.

That’s what the left has done. They’ve finally stolen the idea of objective measurement. Gone also are the ideas of good and bad, right and wrong, and even better or worse. They got tired of their perspectives and 'solutions' always coming up short. So instead of changing their minds, they stole the measuring stick. Now everyone gets their own metric against which to view themselves. And no matter how foolish, or insipid, or demonstrably false their view is, they all get to declare themselves heroes on the "villain, victim, savior" scale of the global left. So long as they feel strongly enough about their view, they get to impose it upon others as well.

Bruce Jenner gets a measuring stick where s/he’s a beautiful woman instead of an aging man with a mental disorder. Lena Dunham gets one just like it, where she’s also an insightful thinker instead of a spoiled angry shrew. Michael Moore gets one where he’s a fit and handsome champion of the downtrodden instead of a bloated illiterate with a camera. And Barak Obama and John Kerry get one where they are the moral compass of the western world and brave leaders of men, instead of feckless and insecure cowards. But even worse, there is only one villain anymore. And that’s anyone who dares hold up the old objective measure.

I think about what Milton Friedman used to say about how the direction academics take can throw off an entire culture. Japan was exposed to idea of economic liberty when it came in contact with the west and it embraced that idea prospered, while India did the same with socialism, and choked under a generation of hyperbolic top down control instead.

Well in the immortal words of Peter O’Toole in the classic film Lawrence of Arabia, “What are we teaching our kids today?” We’re teaching them that facing reality is a bad idea. That’s its optional. That it’s the kind of thing that only bad people do and that only the worst monsters make other do. We’re teaching them that they can have it all and there will never, ever, be any price to pay so long as the right people get to make their decisions for them. We’re teaching them that only the power of hope, and the belief in feelings can ever make the world a better place. Anyone who says otherwise is nothing more than an exploiter, a racist, a misogynist hater.

They don’t realize that the people who market this view are much more likely to be mentally ill themselves. Our children have stumbled into the insane asylum of the west, and are being convinced that the patients are the doctors and the doctors are really the ones who are being driven mad with hate. The inmates never had to take over the asylum entirely, they’ve just convinced a generation or two of American kids to discard the ideas of sane and insane.

We can tell them the truth all we want. We can say that institutional racism hasn’t been a problem for decades. That sane heterosexual men don’t feel anything like misogyny as a motivating force. That “white privilege” is just a resentment driven fantasy, and that their college campuses are nothing like the hotbed of racism and hate that they imagine them to be. But they don’t care. They can’t. They’ve all already drunk the Kool aid. And to them it tastes wonderful.

I hope I’m wrong. I hope my own battle with my ex-wife’s rather severe (and clinically diagnosed) mental illness has made me jaded and with the cost it’s already exacted from my life. But things like this make me think that isn’t the case. I think leftism really is contagious. And it’s already gotten to all the weak minded adults and all of our our children. I hope there’s a cure, and that over time our kids will come to see that accepting reality gives as much benefit to them as it exacts as costs. And while I think that will be true eventually for someone who has as much going for her as my daughter, (who is not only quick witted and brilliant, but is also talented, beautiful and clever as hell). But for someone like Lena Dunham who is none of those things, what reason will she ever have to embrace reality when all it will ever promise her is the truth about herself?

Even worse, there are an awful lot more people like Lena Dunham in America today than there are like my daughter. Against an objective measure, not everyone can be a winner. So where does our culture go when people like her have the reigns? In a world where losing is idealized as a moral good in the form of victimhood, and achievement is vilified as being a product of exploitation and hate, who will want to choose that world over the morally approved mass delusion? Or maybe we know the answer to that question because they already control our culture utterly. And the real challenge for us now, is to find a way to take it back from them using something short of violence.

Feminism Delenda Est

Monday, November 16, 2015

- How Will Obama Handle The Paris Attack?

He's the most powerful man in the free world. so how will he respond to the Paris attacks by ISIS? Here's my prediction, from August of 2010.


Mother Jones quoting our first female president:

President Obama said on Monday morning that the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people on Friday should not affect the small intake of Syrian refugees into the United States. "Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values," he said during remarks at the G20 economic summit in Antalya, Turkey.

As opposed to embracing our values by allowing ISIS to murder a hundred or so people in New York, or Washington, or Chicago or LA, like they just did in Paris. This is a quote from AFTER the Paris attacks. This (wo)man who is perfectly willing to put your life at risk to achieve his/her delusional goals. The reason the Arab world thinks of us as frivolous and weak is because of insulting nonsense like this.

Feminism Delenda Est.

(My history is fine, it's my Latin that's shaky.)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

- Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

We have 11 million people in the US who have entered the country illegally with no official documentation, let alone a legal right to the free government services they consume. The image above from the Bataclan theatre in Paris was created by just 3 people of a total group of 8 - at least one of whom entered France exactly the same way.

I wonder how the men who did this feel about racism, and misogyny, and safe spaces? I wonder how they feel about the the difference between rich and poor or "free" medical care for everyone? I wonder how they feel about global warming or punishing derivatives traders and corporate fat cats? I wonder what their position is on the heroic bravery of Caitlyn Jenner and the right of Transexuals to use whatever public bathroom they like, or the necessity of compelling religious private citizens to endorse same sex weddings?

Actually I know what they think. They think we're a weak, immoral, decadent people incapable of putting up a fight against them. And if you're a subscriber to the vision of the left, they're right... at least they are about you.

Take a good long careful look at the picture above snowflake. The world is and always has been, a violent place filled to the brim with barbarous people. And unless you are personally prepared to do something about it, you had better get the hell out of the way, and let those of us who are get in their and do something about it in your place.

The simple fact of the world is, some people can do things and some people can't. And you people aren't even remotely qualified to lead a parade let a lone a nation. When you're given the reigns you turn the west into exactly what these people despise most. We have become a silly, insubstantial, ego driven self indulgent mess of depravity. And that's all your fault. It's more than your fault. It's the goal you were striving for. The picture above is the endpoint of western liberal thinking. A room full of innocents slaughtered at the hands of barbarians they were unable to defend themselves against.

You haven't failed because of 'white privilege' or the patriarchy, or whatever other psycho-babble you've invented this week to explain away your continual failure. You failed because you deserved to. And now it's time for you to shut up, get out of the way, and let some of the people who can actually achieve a few things come in and sweep up your bloody mess.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

- A Soldier Speaks

This is the perfect offset to my last post.

In the aftermath of the Derb's defenestration from National Review, I ran into Jay Nordlinger at a book release party. I had known for a while that he and the Derb were also friends.

Jay still works at National Review and I don't want to throw him under the bus, so I won't offer specifics of our discussion. But I will say that we spent the better part of an hour talking about how we felt our common friend had been treated. We had met before, but it was the first time we had talked about anything so personal to us both. And I came away with the impression that Jay Nordlinger is by a long long way, one of the nicest, kindest, most generous hearted men in journalism, on either side of the political fence.

Since that evening, I have always made it a point to read every word he writes. and I have never been so pleased to do so as I was today. Here's Jay:

This morning, I wrote a post headed “On ‘Liking’ War.” It was about the charge against people like me — who favor an unblinking and unstinting response to the Jihad — that we get a kick out of war. An American soldier sent me a note, which I’d like to share:

Mr. Nordlinger,

Your post made me uncomfortable — in a good way, I think … I’m a soldier.

My family and friends, at gatherings, often tell me that they hope I don’t have to deploy, hope I get to stay home, etc. I never know what to reply.

I love doing my job. There are evil, terrible, awful people out there. People who want you and everybody you love dead, people who wouldn’t just kill you but would do unspeakable things to you before you died. Many of these bad guys don’t want you dead for any particular political or economic reason. It’s simply because they’re terrible people. Somebody has to go outside the walls and take the fight to these people. That’s a necessary job and I don’t want others to have to do it. I don’t want it to be my friends. I don’t want it to be my family. Now that I have sons — Jesus, I don’t want it to have to be them to go outside the walls. I want to do that.

I won't do Jay the disservice of quoting the whole thing, go read his post at the link for that. But there was one passage that made me tear up with pride, so naturally, I have to rip it off:

I like protecting my sons. So by extension, I guess I do, indeed, like war. I might burn in hell for saying it, but if it keeps my boys safe, I’ll gladly pay that price. Better I burn and they get to live in safety and peace than I get to live smug and satisfied while they live under the sword.

That's a man speaking there. A brave man. A man I can admire. Apparently we have at least a few of them left in America. Compare him to the Social Justice Warriors complaining about their hurt feelings, their lack of safe spaces, and calling everyone who puts cream in their coffee a racist. Whose country do you want to live in?

Feminism Delenda Est.

- A Word On The Paris Attacks

At the time of this writing, 158 Frenchmen and women are confirmed dead. The borders of the Republic of France are closed, and when the French police and intelligence services have to try to weed through the potential architects of this tragedy to bring these murderers to justice, they will have 60,000 brand new, totally undocumented candidates to choose from.

There will be much talk of blame. The killers themselves of course are the ones responsible. They are accountable individually and it’s my sincere hope that France revives the tradition of public execution by head severing when they finally are. But here in the west, there is a ton of complicity.

The leaders of Europe are complicit, but they deserve no blame. Because like most of the west, they are more or less democratically elected, and are in positions of power because this is what the people of France and the west wanted. For a generation they have been telling us that ‘diversity is strength’ not because they are great trans-formative thinkers, but because it’s what the idiot west wanted to hear.

This is what it looks like when a culture collapses. This is what it looks like when you’re public policy debates center around safe spaces and trans-phobic misogynist racist nonsense. This is what it looks like when you punish the strong and successful and give benefit to the weak, the strange, and the incapable. This is what it looks like when your public policy is designed to make winners suffer, and losers benefit. This is what it looks like when your world is dominated by the views of women.

Conservatives think the campus meltdown in America is funny. It isn’t. It’s the direction of our culture. And when our culture takes this direction, the events last night in Paris are how other cultures react to it. It will happen again of course. There are now probably over a million “refugees” in Europe (and 11 million here in the US) and though it’s a mistake to assume they are all terrorists and willing to murder for their beliefs, it’s spectacularly stupid not to treat them that way. And it’s all but certain that a great many of them feel exactly like the people who launched these murderous attacks.

But we won’t expel them. Women don’t have the courage for that kind of thing. And in terms of our culture and public policy, we are all women these days. Thinking and acting like a man is as vilified in France as it is on the campus of Yale or a Hollywood movie set. Acting like a man is considered a great sin in popular western culture. It’s the kind of thing that President “Bike helmet” Obama would be deeply embarrassed about. But it isn’t our leaders fault, or the fault of American academia, or Hollywood. The fault is ours. We have in essence, become too liberal to survive as a culture.

For this, women have the perfect excuse. They’re women. But the smartest among them should read the writing on the wall and start looking for the few remaining men in the west and beg for protection when the savages arrive. But if you have the genitals of a man and you consider yourself a feminist, then you should look carefully in the mirror.

Do you imagine that ISIS has some great problem with that evangelical former marine who is married to his high school sweetheart and working in a refinery in Lafayette Louisiana? That guy that you’ve been vilifying at the student center for what you call his homophobic racist, misogynist opinions? The guy you’ve been calling ‘the problem with America’ for the last 50 years?

Do you imagine he has a big problem with me? Or my brother? Conservative, Catholic, Republican voting NRA members trained since childhood not to be afraid of violence, and to use it with discretion to protect the people we care about? He doesn’t. He doesn’t dare. Because he knows that if he hits us, we will hit back. And he knows we have more resources to hit back with than he ever will. the jackals never attack the leaders of the herd, they go for the weak and the lame. No. He won't be coming here to attack us and our vilified misogyny, racism and trans-phobism. The person that the man from ISIS thinks is the problem in the west, and the person he’s coming to subjugate or kill, is you.

I went to a movie last night in Union Square. As I stood outside the theater waiting for my date, a man walked by dressed like Norma Desmond on a night out. Garish makeup covered his unshaven face, his fake fur stole wrapped around broad shoulders, and his hair covered legs ran down from under a tight black skirt and ended in a pair of pink stiletto heels. And let me tell you something Mr. Feminist. ISIS isn’t coming here to hurt someone like me, because they rightly fear me. They’re coming here for him… and you.

Friday, November 13, 2015

- The Tryanny Of Social Justice

This is a video of the actual event which set off the resignation of the UM president.

Behold the triumph of Social Justice. Coming soon to a workplace near you.

Meanwhile in the real world, "Social Justice" remains an Oxymoron.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015