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    From the New York Times: New York Times subscribers shakes head in disgust at another Trumpist running amok with Hate, turns page. By the way, how come it's not a Trope that the election of Donald Trump unleashed an Epidemic of Hate Crimes by his supporters? In more MAGA Land news: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –...
  • thanks one hell of a lot, Mr. Sailer. I showed the mall-brawl video to the woman I live with and she said, well, your country is a racist country. Case closed!

  • These days, white people enjoy so much White Privilege that Arab-Americans are plotting how to renounce their whiteness. From LAist: 'Are We White?': SoCal's Arab-Americans Debate Which Box To Check On The Census BY LESLIE BERESTEIN ROJAS IN NEWS ON FEBRUARY 25, 2019 10:22 AM Until about a year ago, plans were moving forward to...
  • Rania’s remarks resemble those of many young French citizens of North African origin. Their parents, too, were seen as content to work and fit in. The children, at least according to the commonplace view, don’t feel accepted as equals and are thus attracted to radical Islam as a way to reconnect with what their parents left behind (or to atone for their parents’ faithlessness).

  • From NBC Sports: In other words, in the Current Year, this is the state of news coverage from the main wire service: Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when...
  • “I wonder why.” LOL. My morning’s droll delight. Anyway, I fear for the ladies when Mike Tyson decides to transition and get back in the ring. But, of course, I’m a sexist and it’s normal I’d feel that way.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdrMwKnQRjc
  • Here's my first 4,000 word column in Taki's Magazine. I went into detail because I've finally devised a reasonably objective methodology for answering February's important national question: Are hate crime stories in the national press more likely to be Fair or Fake? The 21 Club by Steve Sailer February 27, 2019 When the national press...
  • I appreciate all the work, Mr. Sailer. Another point should be made, if I might: Many of these incidents involve graffiti. How many incidents of graffiti are there in the U.S. every day (or week or month)? Who does most of this graffiti? Of all the words and messages written on public walls, how many of them, what percentage of them, involve “hate” as defined by the SPLC and NYT? Is it really believable that in the periods covered by the NYT’s hate feature, there were no anti-white words or messages scrawled on public walls in all of the United States? Is it at all conceivable that no graffiti “artist” wrote “Fuck Trump” somewhere or other? I will sympathize with anyone who is terrorized by a true threat, but otherwise every effort must be made to show the NYT’s propaganda for what it is.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Tono, My wife and I are often stuck at a local RR crossing. Who does all the graffiti that adorns the sides of the rail cars? I am talking about box car length murals.
    , @Anonymous
    https://i.imgur.com/5mezlFl.jpg
  • Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, availableexclusively on VDARE.com Sub-Saharan Africans, and their descendants in the New World, are a local variety of our species homo sapiens. That they present their own particular statistical profile on heritable characteristics—which includes traits of behavior, intelligence, and personality—is deeply unsurprising. So do dog breeds; and what artificial selection...
  • Not only do most people not understand tails of distributions, but the average person is really quite resistant to the idea that different groups might have different distributions, different averages and so forth. But if you stop even for a second to think about it, it would be quite amazing if different groups of people had the same distribution of characteristics and the same averages. If individual people differ, then why should any two groups of people be the same? It would be extraordinary if they were.

  • The French Jewish intellectual Alain Finkielkraut was recently profusely insulted by yellow-vests on the margins of a demonstration. This attack has been widely-portrayed as anti-Semitic, even though the yellow-vests in question explicitly attacked Finkielkraut as a Zionist. As Damien Viguier, the anti-Zionist intellectual Alain Soral’s lawyer, observed: It is true that “Zionist” is often used...
  • @Bardon Kaldian
    Well, in this case I am openly partial. Being a Croat, I will never forget that Finkielkraut was the only European intellectual who was on our side in 1991., against Serbian "Yugo" aggression- along with a few Austrian & German journalists & Mrs. Thatcher.

    That said, I am aware that Finkielkraut had been changing positions over time (and I disagree with some of them), but the net effect remains: Finkielkraut is, in France, a force for good. For France.

    So is Eric Zemmour, another French Jew.

    On the other hand, Alain Soral is a sociopathic exhibitionist (not that is anything wrong with that), along with his pal Dieudonné M'bala M'bala. I am not a Frenchman, so I won't pontificate on what's the best for your country. But, from my outsider's point of view, I would always choose Finkielkrat & Zemmour over Soral & M'bala.

    That's said, I am against all speech censorship.

    Well put, Bardon Kaldian. I agree with you about just about everything. But there is one thing that Soral has said that I thought worth considering, that is, that a civil war between Muslims and non-Muslims is not something to be encouraged. But I read his book (Comprendre l’empire) and it was worthless.

  • I think Mr. Durocher doesn’t give Mr. Finkielkraut sufficient credit; his Saturday-morning radio show offers very often a worthwhile discussion of current events or history or literature. But Mr. Durocher is certainly right that the video of Mr. Finkielkraut’s abuse triggered “a veritable pro-Semitic moral panic across the entire politico-media class.” I don’t blame Jews for being appalled when they hear of such abuse. But my sympathy struggles to survive as I see and hear so much discussion and lamentation on the radio and TV about antisemitism. Supposedly the Jews have no particular influence, they’re just like everyone else, but somehow once they’re insulted the president is rushing off to console them and the news shows seem to be talking of nothing else.

    • Replies: @Guillaume Durocher
    Noted. Thanks for the comment!
  • Jussie Smollett's Fake Noose hate hoax probably helped get passed in the U.S. Senate last week a bill on the burning issue of making lynching a federal crime that was sponsored by Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott. Photos of Jussie and Kamala standing together at rallies suggest that Kamala clearly knew Jussie,...
  • @PiltdownMan

    … The Smolletts ...were raised in the orbit of the Black Panthers and, lately, have lent their voices to the Black Lives Matter ...
     
    Here's what an actual Black Panther, Bobby Rush, who is these days a Congressman from Illinois, said, after initially having bought into the story. He gets the tone right.

    “I am beyond disappointed and extremely infuriated at Smollett’s brazen, devious, and disgraceful behavior,” Rush said in a statement. “I am outraged that he orchestrated an inflammatory story, which he knew would further divide this nation. He was aware that hate crimes are on the rise and — in an act of self-centered desperation and stupidity — he tried to inject himself into the center of a narrative that is rightfully focused on actual victims.”

    Rush praised the Chicago police for their “relentless” investigation of the case and said that Smollett should be held “fully accountable for his disgusting, deplorable, and despicable actions.”
     
    By contrast, Kamala Harris led with

    Like most of you, I've seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I'm sad, frustrated, and disappointed...
     

    No, what all those people should be saying is, “We are sorry that we were so quick to believe evil about MAGA-hat-wearing people. Smollett tried to frame them, and we bought into it. Although we are appalled at the duplicity and stupidity that Smollett showed, we are glad to realize that America isn’t really as hostile a place for black people as our campaigns will be working so hard to demonstrate.”

  • Gray Journalism is the converse of Yellow Journalism: it's intentionally making intrinsically interesting stories boring and hazy to discourage reader attention. The chief proponent of Gray Journalism is The Gray Lady, the New York Times. Here's a classic example as a seemingly interesting topic -- a surge in anti-Semitic crime, including random attacks on Jews...
  • Also in today’s NY Times, an op-ed by Noah Rothman about hate hoaxes (the term is not used). Interestingly, he finds that “The real tragedy in all of this is that hate crimes are, in fact, on the rise in the Trump era, particularly against Jews and Muslims.” Oddly, he makes no mention of Mr. Sailer’s favorite perpetrator, Michael Ron David Kadar, a dual American and Israeli citizen, who was convicted in Israel of threatening “thousands”. The Times, in reporting on Kadar’s conviction, said, “The threats raised fears of growing anti-Semitism in the United States.” Apparently, once raised, those fears are hard to bring down.

  • From CBS News in Chicago: A question: What is the point of going to all the trouble of staging a false flag attack if you don't get video of it? Did Jussie assu
  • Mr. Sailer, my compliments. It was audacious to suggest right from the start that Smollett was putting us on. Now you may come down off that limb and enjoy a celebratory glass of Champagne.

    • Replies: @Danindc
    Disagree. Steve’s the best but he was too cautious with this one.
  • With the Establishment media up in arms over Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar referencing the forbidden fact of Jewish wealth, it's worth reading this old article in the Jewish News of Northern California: Jews and money: The stereotype, the history, the reality BY DAN PINE | APRIL 12, 2013 All Jews are rich. They’re really good...
  • I was at lunch recently with some friends, and as we complained about the NY Times I recommended Steve Sailer as an antidote. One of my friends said that he remembered my having mentioned Sailer before and that he’d looked him up and discovered he was antisemitic. I didn’t argue the point, but I believe that it is simply not legitimate to label everyone as antisemitic who dares to point out certain things about Jews. All I want is a freedom to speak about Jews, favorably or not, equivalent to that with which so many Jews and Jewish organizations and largely Jewish media operations speak about “white people”. As Sailer has often said, there are certain truths about Jews that one is punished for merely noticing and remarking on in a public forum. The case that stands out in my mind is that of the Irish pundit Kevin Myers who lost his gig with the Irish Times for making a perfectly innocuous remark about Jews’ not being known for selling their talents short. It is instructive to listen to him being admonished by a Jewish BBC interviewer, Emma Barrett; the interview is on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xo6QIAASZw). At one point she tells him that the notion that Jews have a lot of money is a despicable old “trope” and that there are lots of desperately poor Jews. To sum up: Lots of what some strong critics of Jews say seems to me extravagant, but I’ll be damned if anybody is going to tell me that my honest pursuit of the truth about them (or anyone else) is unacceptable.

  • The recent spate of blackface outings seems to have started with the Megyn Kelly debacle a few months ago. She didn’t actually wear blackface—she just wasn’t sufficiently disgusted by it, and though she apologized for the gaff the harsh reaction quickly unemployed her. Now, Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring have been...
  • Maybe, maybe, maybe … but I like it when people making strong arguments acknowledge facts that might be seen as going against their case. Such as, that the Jolson character in The Jazz Singer wants to be a jazz singer, that is, he wants to sing the music of African-Americans. Usually imitation is seen as a form of flattery, no?

  • From the Washington Post: Va. Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants to focus rest of his term on racial equity Northam vows to finish out term, explore 'white privilege' By Gregory S. Schneider February 9 at 3:17 PM RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam, in his first interview since a racist photo from his medical school...
  • He said he learned about the history of minstrel shows, where white people mocked black people “and exaggerated their characteristics and mannerisms.”

    As opposed to rap music, in which blacks quietly discuss their love of homework and other non-stereotypical subjects.

    This is why I love this site.

    • Agree: Toño Bungay, Kylie
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I am really baffled by the ritual re-education thing. It's from the same lefty line of thinking where verbally hectoring male students in a mandatory lecture will end rape. Racists are the most evil thing ever but talking at them for five minutes will fix it all? This is the admission of snake oil.
    , @Bubba
    You got that right! Steve hits grand slams with his posts!
  • Babe Ruth was baseball's most important revolutionary -- he went against all the conventional wisdom of his day -- that the best hitter put his bat squarely on the ball the most, hitting the most line drives to strikeouts. Ruth chose instead to up his chance of striking out considerably to increase his chance of...
  • is there a “not” missing here: ” … and Johnston found that he could ???shoot unblocked sidearm hookshots over Bill Russell.”

  • From a Sapir-Whorf standpoint, "Covington" is easy to spell and easy to pronounce.
  • The most important lesson here, of course, is not that so many journalists were too quick to jump to conclusions, but that they were ready to jump in one particular direction, that is, to vilifying white people. Three distinct groups played a role in this event, a very small bunch of foul-mouthed black nutcases, a loony and lying group of self-described Native American activists and a large group of normal, well-behaved white teenagers. The media, as soon as it had the slight excuse it had, jumped where it was itching to go anyway.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Tono, This is weekly . First the little girl killed by the white guy who shot up her mother's van, then the Native American "Elder" disrespected by the smirking white boys and most recently the black gay actor beaten by white supremacist.
  • From the San Francisco Weekly 16 years ago: Willie is still alive and enjoying himself immensely as a sort of Uncrowned King of San Francisco Emeritus. She acknowledges that Brown is an “albatross hanging around my neck” and fears that voters who dislike him will ignore her candidacy — even as she dismisses such an...
  • Here it seems to me that Sailer is just throwing bones to his hungriest fans. I don’t see anything wrong with sleeping with whomever you please; the blackface and KKK get-up is at least arguably offensive. I’m in general agreement with Sailer on these things, but I sense that he’s getting fat and a wee bit lazy.

  • https://adevarul.ro/assets/adevarul.ro/MRImage/2014/04/08/5343c9800d133766a899ac96/646x404.jpg Emil Cioran, De l’inconvénient d’être né (Paris: Gallimard, 1973). Growing up in France, I was never attracted to Emil Cioran’s nihilist and pessimistic aesthetic as a writer. Cioran was sometimes presented to us as unflinchingly realistic, as expressing something very deep and true, but too dark to be comfortable with. I recently had the...
  • I went through a Cioran phase and found some of his aphorisms marvelous. But I agree with G.D. that ultimately they aren’t worth the time. Partly, you have to be suspicious of someone who tells you that things are so bad but nevertheless both doesn’t kill himself and continues to labor on his little works. I probably shouldn’t mention the two together, but I feel the same way about Oscar Wilde’s witticisms; they charm me at first but soon seem empty and pointless (although I don’t feel the same about The Portrait of Dorian Gray).

    • Replies: @Guillaume Durocher
    Thanks for the comment!
  • Zach Goldberg offers useful charts. First among white men, in answer to the question "In general, would you describe yourself as …" Then among white women:
  • IT ISN’T CLEAR WHAT IS BEING MEASURED. SAILER HAS LEFT OFF THE QUESTION. ON ZACH GOLDBERG’S SITE, IT READS: “In general, would you describe yourself as … “

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Good point there, Mr. Bungay (really?) about exactly how the numbers are obtained and exactly how questions in the survey are worded. One can make a survey to prove anything, if one is good at making multiple choice questions.
    , @Old fogey
    Many thanks. Now I understand what the numbers represent.
    , @J.Ross
    That's pretty much what I assumed the prompt was given the criteria. Also, your caps lock is on.
  • From the NYT Opinion page: Jamelle is a higher IQ version of Ta-Nehisi Coates. ... But the paramount reason for resisting this deal, and any other, is what it would mean symbolically to erect the wall or any portion of it. Like Trump himself, it would represent a repudiation of the pluralism and inclusivity that...
  • @Moses
    The fact that Democrats openly are opposed to any control whatsoever over what people enter the USA shows me that we're past the event horizon.

    Borders are to nations what cell membranes are to cells. When the cell membrane dissolves the cell dies.

    When the border dissolves the nation dies.

    That's where we're headed, and fast.

    Likening the wall to a cell membrane is an excellent simile. Have you noticed that people on the borders tend to be rougher and tougher (e.g., the Serbs) than folks from the interior? Anyway, a wall won’t save anyone unless the osmotic pressure inside the cell can be increased.

    • Replies: @David

    Anyway, a wall won’t save anyone unless the osmotic pressure inside the cell can be increased.
     
    This is an important point. Quips like, "show me a 20' wall and I'll show you a 21' ladder," are taken as real arguments. But walls have always depended on defenders to make them effective.

    The Latin word limes from which we get "limit" originally referred to the service road that ran inside defensive walls. Just like the Mexican border has a road along it for control officers to patrol. So the defensive provision for the wall was so integral to the complex that it became the word for it.

    Gibbon wrote, “The strength of the frontiers, which had always consisted in arms rather than fortifications, was insensibly undermined; and the fairest provinces were left exposed to the rapaciousness or ambition of the barbarians, who soon discovered the decline of the Roman empire.”

    And John Keegan wrote, "'They labor in vain who build' defenses that are expected to stand by themselves."
  • Joe Biden is so old and uncool he doesn't know he's supposed to be denouncing "systemic racism" at Al Sharpton's MLK breakfast, so he keeps denouncing "systematic racism," which is the opposite. Jim Crow was "systematic racism," but that's not around anymore, while blacks doing worse on average on the SAT is supposed to be...
  • The slogan he wants is “Biden: His Time!”

    • LOL: Cortes
  • This has been the week of the weasels—unpleasant little rodents. cowardly when cornered but viciously vindictive when they think they have the advantage. Most recent victims: Nobel Laureate James Watson and immigration patriot Congressman Steve King (R.-IA). Plus, of course, truth, justice and the American Way. First Weasel Atrocity: Cold Spring Harbor Lab stripping James...
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    Great post there. There's not much to disagree with but this one thing near the end. How in the world could you not like Le Camp des Saints*? I didn't think you know French well enough, so I assume you wrote the same English translation that I did.

    To put it as a real reviewer would, the book was gripping and engaging. The translator, one Norman Shapiro, deserves a lot of credit too, as this was not an action novel. He did an excellent job of conveying the feelings and attitudes of the French people, who, just like real-life Westerners today, didn't have the moral courage to stop the deluge.

    The Camp of the Saints is a truly prophetic book. I recommend it highly and wish Mr. Derbyshire would finish it. Were you not in suspense, or did you quit reading out of disgust for the way you knew the ending would turn out for France?


    .

    * See Peak Stupidity's >review of a review and comparison to the "caravans".

    I’d say Derbyshire was right: the novel’s characterizations are grossly overdone, the author is too obviously on the side of the violent patriots, and there is really no suspense or doubt about the ending. BUT it is a marvelous foretelling of the present-day plight of Europe.

  • I absolutely love it when someone expresses my own opinions so marvelously! Now, if I could only begin to understand the Riemann hypothesis.

  • Around 1990-91 I started writing op-eds for newspapers as a hobby. The pay wasn't much $75 to $150 per 750 word essay, but it was fun to get paid. But that brought up the question of whether I should use my real name or pick a pseudonym. Going with a realistic sounding pseudonym (e.g., Mark...
  • Very tricky these days when (1) the publications will insist on having your SS number so your income is reported to the IRS and (2) most publications won’t want to pay you at all.

    • Replies: @Lot
    "most publications won’t want to pay you at all."

    Yeah that's the big issue.

    And readers are more willing to pay someone who isn't anonymous as well.
  • At West Hunter, Greg Cochran unloads on the New York Times: Primitive tribesmen complain about technologically superior invaders Posted on January 18, 2019 by gcochran9 There is a new article in the New York Times Magazine (Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?) , in which some pinhead repeats...
  • A tad oversimple, no? The archaeologists cooperated with Reich but dispute his extrapolations from the very few samples he used. Are they really just guarding their comfy notions? Time will tell.

    • Replies: @gcochran
    A single genome tells you a lot about the whole population it comes from. It's not like finding one more arrowhead. And there have been more sequenced: they confirm the original results.

    Reporters don't know much.
    , @utu
    "dispute his extrapolations" - Absolutely. This is a new field. The methodologies Reich and others use did not undergo independent scrutiny. There is a lot of ambiguity sand uncertainties that they circumnavigate by making ad hoc assumptions that can't be validated. Unfortunately archeologists are not in a position to challenge them. The community to which Reich belongs is so strongly incestuous (three labs spawned by one researcher) that it is unlikely that they can police themselves. And if the cowboy demeanor of Greg Cochran is an indication of their attitude we may wait a long time before we will hear about what really is going on. They are in the hype phase now. The cold shower will come if a truly independent research is done.
  • New York Times Opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo offers the umpty-umpth NYT Op-Ed that summarizes as: You stupid Americans let my nuclear family in, so now I'm going to hector you until you let my entire extended family in, and then they are going to hector you until you let their extended families in. And so...
  • What strikes me as odd is that the people who promote open borders are generally the same as the ones who are constantly scolding us for “racism” or reminding us to “never forget” the Holocaust. Yet the Nazi genocide was a response to a huge influx of Jews from Eastern Europe, was it not? Wouldn’t just a wee bit of prudence suggest that welcoming the world to the U.S. would be a very dangerous idea for the newcomers? (Of course I understand that the natives’ lot is not of any interest to anyone.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Getting the Jews out of Germany was one thing, killing all the Jews in Europe was another matter.

    (One of the odd circumstances of the war was that the German-Jewish community mostly survived the war. It was the Ostjuden who felt the full wrath of the Nazis.)
  • From the Washington Post opinion section: King says, plausibly, that he was libeled via mispunctuation. He says the dash should come before "Western civilization:" he was complaining that "Western civilization" is now treated as same as "White nationalist, white supremacist." The Washington Post authors explain that, yes, they are calling "Western civilization" "white nationalist, white...
  • Steve King said that Americans “can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” I was tempted to believe him right, since it seemed well, duh, obvious. But then I read the many objections in the mainstream press and, finally, bingo!, I realized how wrong he was. The apotheosis of human life is the sterile pursuit of personal happiness; child-bearing is an outrageous drag on that process. Thus unlimited immigration, pace King and his ilk, is the only true libertarian solution to the eternal question of human happiness: Americans (white) pursue their little hobbies without reproducing while enjoying the services provided by immigrants. Meanwhile, the immigrants gradually replace the white Americans. It’s a win-win situation here, and I wish the Unz commentators would wise up to it, relax and enjoy the ride!

  • Gillette has been a marketing powerhouse for generations. Whether this is another genius Gillette move to get you to spend more is an interesting question. Uh ... "White Man Bad" is usually a good guess at what the message is. Corporate Wokeness usually is not much more intellectually sophisticated than that. Speaking of Gillette, Mickey...
  • @Whiskey
    A cheap and easy way to boycott Gillette and all razor companies.

    A. Buy a safety razor off Amazon. I like the Edwin Jaeger but the Merkur line has some cheap ones at around $25.
    B. Get some cheap shaving soap at Stater Brothers or Amazon. Around $1.50 at Staters
    C. Get a badger brush at around $35 or so.
    D. Get a sampler pack of razor blades, double edged. I like the Astra Platinum or Steel -- good for about 4 shaves each.

    The secret to a good shave is a simple double edged razor, changing the blade -- a pack of 100 razor blades at Amazon can run you -- $10. And proper technique -- three pass system. Once down, once across, once up. Then touch up by feel on spots you missed or need addressing. You'll get a super close shave and avoid the consumer product companies.

    Pretty much all consumer product companies HATE HATE HATE White men. The ad above has it all -- all WHITE men are icky or sexist or bullies, the Black men and boys are saints, Black men "checking" the White dude from checking out some White chick on the street (that girl belong to him!) and all that. Big surprise the ad was directed by a White woman and approved by an Indian (dot not feather) united in their hatred and loathing of White men.

    To me, the message to White men is clear. White men either put the boot in on women and non-Whites or they will get the boot put into them by White women and non-Whites. There are no other choices. As a White man I completely prefer the former to the latter.

    While I’m generally all for low-cost solutions, all I can say is that if you really think the safety razor is anywhere near as good as even Gillette’s basic Sensor (hardly the top of the line), then you must have a very pleasantly smooth convex face.

    • Replies: @psmith
    I don't know how much time you've spent with safety razors, but the technique is quite different. For what it's worth, my experience has been that cartridge razors leave me with a lot of razor burn and stubble, whereas a well-handled safety razor does not--though there is increased potential for cuts if I get sloppy.
  • Back in November I published a long column discussing the results of the 2018 midterm elections and then a couple of weeks ago I also released a private letter I'd distributed to prominent figures in the Alt-Right movement back in 2017, suggesting some of the ways that their public positions had severely damaged their credibility...
  • As someone who has frequently denounced the 1965 act for exactly the things Mr. Unz says it doesn’t do, I thank him for correcting me. I would have appreciated some citations from the act itself, however; given the importance of his point, it would be good to have more than his mere statement of the case.

    • Replies: @mr meener
    remember before the immigration reform act the country was 91% white. the IRA denied entrance to whites and 95% of those let in had to be from 4th world countries. BUT the IRA had absolutely nothing to day with the influx of 130 million nonwhites. remember that. also ted kennedy made a speech saying the IRA will NOT change the racial makeup of the country flood the cities change English as the main language not drive down wages. we are supposed to believe that the IRA which was predicted to do everything kennedy denied it would do had nothing to do with it. then we have to accept the fact that if we have say ten million white criminals we have to ADD 10 million latrino criminals to show they are just like us. so we are told that we do not have enough criminals in the US we have to add to them. I have now been enlightened
  • From the NYT: For Bernie Sanders, Claims of Sexism in 2016 Campaign Hang Over 2020 Bid As Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont considers another run for president, former staffers said he had failed to address the harassment and sexism they faced while working on his 2016 campaign. By Sydney Ember and Katie Benner Jan. 2,...
  • I think what you wanted is “minutiae,” the plural.

  • Meet the new year, same as the old year ... From the New York Times' news (not opinion) section: Watson was likely referring to a major effort he had made to employ blacks from the slums as lab techs and the like. Dr. Watson’s comments reverberated around the world, and he was forced to retire...
  • @Hail

    By Amy Harmon
     
    Amy Harmon bio
    - 1968: Born in New York City
    - 1990: Graduated from Michigan (BA, American Studies)
    - ca. 1990-91: Reporter for Los Angeles Times covering the Detroit auto industry
    - ca. early 1990s: "moved to Los Angeles and started writing mainly about digital technology and science."
    - 1997: Joined the New York Times staff
    - June 2000: Published "A Limited Partnership: The Black Internet Entrepreneur Had the Idea; The White One Became the Venture's Public Face," for which she won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize (article available in full for free at Pulitzer.org; scroll down to June 11, 2000)
    - ca. 2004: Daughter Sasha Matthews is born. (In the present-day, Amy Harmon promotes her daughter's Twitter account @rumblecomics in her own Twitter profile.) "Sasha," as a given name in the U.S., points to a Jewish origin possibility; Harmon/Harman is likewise a possible Jewish surname. Amy's partner and father of Sasha (the two are seemingly not together now; either never married or divorced) has a gentile-sounding name -- Scott Matthews -- but is more Jewish looking than Harmon (see below):

    http://turnstyle.com/project-history/photography/DSC08582.jpg

    - 2008: Amy Harmon wins second Pulitzer in category "Explanatory Reporting" for series of ten articles published in 2007 called "The DNA Age."
    - 2013: Publishes first book, "Asperger Love: Searching for Romance When You're Not Wired to Connect."
    - Summer 2018: Harmon's parents both publicize their child (then between eighth and ninth grades)'s far-left and vulgar political cartooning:

    https://twitter.com/RumbleComics/status/1011631887733985280

    _________________

    Q. What does Amy Harmon look like?

    There are a lot of Amy Harmons, so searcher beware. One is a fiction author who looks like this:

    https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1341709289p5/5829056.jpg

    https://www.authoramyharmon.com/uploads/4/6/3/2/46322333/7363153.png

    This is not the New York Times article-writer.

    Below is the Times staffperson Amy Harmon from whom we get the latest broadside against Dr. Watson:

    http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/medium/public/201611/111716_KM_slotaamyharmon.JPG

    Q. Do any of Sailer's Laws of Female Journalism apply? Blogger "PA World and Times" last year proposed a Third Law that may bear consulting here.

    It’s always a sad moment when someone who looks so nice writes so stupidly (I’ll charitably assume not deliberately falsely). Someday Ms. Harmon should ask herself, (1) If there are obvious physical differences between races, how can you exclude a priori differences in nonphysical traits? (2) Since we know already that there are some nonphysical differences, such as those that alter disposition to certain diseases, how can you know a priori that there aren’t others? (3) If any two people of the same race can have different intelligence, how on earth can you insist a priori that any two very large groups of people must have the same average intelligence? The thing that is hard to forgive on her part is her willingness to act as an enforcer of orthodoxy toward a man who towers above her intellectually. But the Times is very good at helping its writers surmount that hurdle.

  • For many years I have collected snippets of conversation accidentally overheard or one side of a phone call that sounded comic, menacing or just plain mysterious. My collection is small because most of what is garnered through unintentional eavesdropping is dull and long-winded, but I occasionally hear something which is rivetingly interesting or bizarre. I...
  • The Village Voice, I believe, used to run a comic strip that purported to be entirely of overheard remarks. Anyone remember its name?

  • I was recently struck by a video by the French civic nationalist and anti-Zionist Alain Soral. I have to personally credit Soral’s videos, among other things, for breaking the mainstream conditioning which had prevented me from thinking outside of the liberal-egalitarian sandbox, so to speak. Hence, while I am quite critical of important parts of...
  • I gave Alain Soral a fair chance. He is amazingly articulate and capable of bringing into his talks a wide variety of references. He is also quite able to make startling observations. But you don’t have to listen to him long before you notice that he thinks he is the greatest thinker the world has ever seen and he is always willing to talk on and on and on to demonstrate it. He always seems to have a chip on his shoulder, and his tendency to insult those he disagrees with is irresistible for him. I went so far once as to buy his book “Comprendre l’empire,” in which he explains everything about the world and politics. A sophomoric, trivial, useless book.

  • Woke Twitter's leading avenger, Titania McGrath, is no more.
  • @Cagey Beast
    OT: Bernard Henri-Levy's website calls the Yellow Vests "white trash". Run it through the translator of your choice:

    Gilets Jaunes : Bienvenue dans la France White Trash !
    https://laregledujeu.org/2018/12/04/34628/gilets-jaunes-bienvenue-dans-la-france-white-trash/

    Wrong link? Don’t see BHL there.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    It's BHL's publication.
  • From the Los Angeles Times: What about "Hispanx?" Corporations should sponsor these new words. The Spanx brand would likely pony up some serious cash to make "HiSpanx" the mandatory word for Latinas at colleges across America. Heterosexual African American men could be renamed Under Armour-Americans in return for a hefty annual retainer.
  • I dare not imagine that Chinese are to be called Chinx now.

  • As many readers may already be aware, I originally launched this small webzine five years ago in the wake of my sudden and unexpected purge after eight years as publisher of The American Conservative: Since TAC had been the primary venue for my own writings, I was faced with a major challenge, but a sudden...
  • As long as certain ideas and remarks are more or less prohibited in newspapers and magazines, the mainstream ideas and remarks that are allowed will be regarded with suspicion by any self-respecting man or woman. The great gift of this website is that it allows those who have been cast out to speak again and be read; ultimately, it should allow thinking people fuller means for making judgments about politics.

  • When a majority of the British people voted to leave the EU in 2016, I was struck by the similarity between the Brexiteers’ plans for their perilous voyage and those of Edward Lear’s characters in The Jumblies as they set to sea in their sieve. The analogy became more apt as the proponents of Brexit...
  • @TheJester
    The EU as it has evolved is the same as if someone retconned history: Germany defeated Great Britain, won WWII, and dominates the European continent.

    The facts on the ground point to that having happened. The Euro is another name for the "New Deutschmark". And the EU reflects Hitler's plan for a pan-European customs union ... if Germany won had WWII, of course.

    The current power of Germany over EU-member nations, including Great Britain, is reflected in the German Chancellor, Frau Merkel, unilaterally waving EU laws and regulations in 2015 by opening EU borders to an invasion of military age Muslims from the Middle East and Asia ... and then trying to force other EU countries to follow suit. No other EU country had the ability to attempt much less exercise such brazen power. No other country dared confront Germany on the brazen power play.

    That power was also reflected in Germany launching an economic Kesselschlacht (cauldron battle) against helpless Greece when it got out of line. An economic occupation followed. Greece now no longer meets the essential criteria to be called a "sovereign nation". This serves as an example to other Southern European countries that might otherwise dare confront Germany's economic and cultural domination of the European continent.

    Britain is retreating from the EU just in time to save itself from a demographic invasion of Eastern Europeans and Asians as the outcome of yet another German move to the "East" ... as Germany formally incorporates Eastern Europe into its pan-European customs union. Germany's next target is Ukraine, its third attempt since 1914 to incorporate Ukraine into its economic and political orbit.

    If one wants to know the situation on the ground in Great Britain driving BRITEX, the book, "This is London," by Ben Judah is a good read. An alternative title of the book might have been, "Londonistan".

    I’m not saying you’re wrong about Germany’s intentions, but I find it hard to believe that the UK, which seems to have an endless appetite for Pakistanis and Indians, is acting to block Asians from overrunning it. But to whatever extent Brexit is about keeping Britain British, I’m all for it.

  • An op-ed in the New York Times: The American military should only be used to protect vital American interests, such as those found in the Sahara and the Hindu Kush, rather than to protect trivial objectives like preventing a column of young foreigners from marching across the United States border. Moreover, it's inhuman to force...
  • @prime noticer
    it's one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can't see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he's gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn't defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it's 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it's probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz - vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    Did you read McMasters’ book on decision-making on Vietnam? A “slug brain”? If so, not obvious to me.

    • Replies: @notanon
    most high ranking military people grew up in all-white environments before the education system was fully pozzed followed by living in secluded military colonies being drip-fed fluoridated news from the corrupt media - they have no clue what is happening.

    if they had any sense they'd realize military power is built on a strong domestic economy, that the last 40 years of full on banking mafia economic policy has been wrecking that and they need to reverse it by halting immigration and on-shoring.

    if they had any sense.
  • @Achmed E. Newman

    Moreover, it’s inhuman to force American troops to sit around in America merely to deter border incursions of their homeland when everybody knows they are dying for some of that downhome Libyan cooking after a hard day fighting tribesmen they were on the same side as as recently as last month.
     
    Snark to the nth power. That's why I read these things!

    But you’re a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence. Let’s leave the big ol’ USA aside; how can little countries, Denmark or Hungary, say, maintain their language and culture if they observe libertarian ethics? Strict enforcement of property rights? Will that really do the trick? Must we all really consent to one homogenized world?

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
    I personally have become a Hoppean libertarian. Illegal immigrants are trespassers.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    But you’re a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence.
     
    So are anti-discrimination laws. Those are less defensible in a libertarian society than are the borders. (Except when applied to the state itself.)

    It was this argument that caused the whole kerfuffle when Ron Paul's thirty-year-old newsletters were exhumed, wasn't it?

    The unpleasant immigrant might get into the country, but he'll be facing a whole lot more gates to crash. Unless his employer puts him up. Fat chance of that.
  • From the London Review of Books: In contrast, I gave Carl's big book a less credulous review in Taki's Magazine. ... We tend to think of heredity as having something to do with traits that are passed from generation to generation, but in many ancient societies, the words for ‘kin’ and ‘kinship’ often denoted connections...
  • As Sailer makes clear, this reviewer’s main point is fallacious; like many others, she shows that some relation is not perfect and then she wants us thus to think that it doesn’t exist at all.

    What continues to amaze me is the eagerness of mediocre journalists to demonstrate their conformity to popular orthodoxy.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    What continues to amaze me is the eagerness of mediocre journalists to demonstrate their conformity to popular orthodoxy.
     
    What’s amazing about it? Were you under the impression that the mediocre have better options?
    , @J.Ross
    There's two bases to media: the "build a better mousetrap" idea applied to writing, talent vindicated by the market, and then there's Madison Avenue pretending to be disinterested researchers, and who pays the piper calls the tune.
    It's inevitable that any journalist, who isn't in the ballpark of Steve or John McPhee or Jonathan Rausch or that guy that founded Salon, is a hack who is terrified of saying the wrong thing and happy to get paid.
  • Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is being used to justify new infringements on liberty. Of course, opponents of gun rights are claiming this shooting proves America needs more gun control. Even some who normally oppose gun control say the government needs to do more to...
  • I have a lot of respect for Ron Paul, but I can’t follow the libertarian ethic when it comes to immigration. Libertarianism essentially states that the ends don’t justify the means, that coercion and violence are wrong no matter who employs them, including any state. But how can a people like the Danes or the Hungarians protect themselves without borders? By a strict enforcement of property rights, as the libertarians might say? Is that realistic? I agree that too many people believe that somehow the state will one day magically turn into their protector when it is often their exploiter. But if Orban, about whom I have no other thing to say, had not blocked immigration, would all those aliens really have been ready to learn Hungarian (rather than English) and adopt Hungarian ways? I welcome any attempt by Mr. Newman or anyone else to help me understand, but for the moment it seems to me that the libertarians are simply indifferent to results and willing to see many cultures die.

  • I wrote two pieces about my time canvassing for Republican Brian Kemp’s gubernatorial candidacy in Georgia. (See Red, Blue, and (Ultimately) White: What I Found When Canvassing For Brian Kemp In Atlanta and The Canvasser’s Tale: Kavanaugh May Be Helping GOP.) The CultMarx vigilante group Media Matters point-and-spluttered about the fact that a real racist...
  • ” the French anti-immigration party National Front received a mere 4.3 percent of the Jewish vote. Seven years later, that support had jumped to 13.5 percent. That represents a more than fourfold jump in Jewish support.” I was thinking the writer was making some good points — and I’m still thinking that — but his math is so bad that now I’m not so sure.

  • I caught polio at the age of six in an epidemic in Cork in 1956 and was taken to St Finbarr’s hospital in the city where I was well treated by the doctors and nurses. The fever passed but the virus had crippled the muscles of my back and legs so I was moved to...
  • It is good to see a look at this problem from the supply side. I assume the situation isn’t much different in other European countries and in the United States. Are the native doctors lobbying to keep their numbers down or is the cost of education the principal cause? In any case, it is outrageous that modern Western countries cannot or will not pay for the schools to supply themselves with the doctors they need.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    It has to do with the way doctors are trained in the US. There are not enough slots in either medical schools or for residency at hospitals that train the doctors.
    , @anon

    Are the native doctors lobbying to keep their numbers down or is the cost of education the principal cause? In any case, it is outrageous that modern Western countries cannot or will not pay for the schools to supply themselves with the doctors they need.
     
    its a created shortage, probably so they have an excuse to bring in foreign "doctors"
  • French Professor Robert Faurisson died of heart failure at his longtime home in Vichy, France on October 21. His life was like something out of Alfred Jarry by way of André Breton, a surreal circus in which clowns and stage magicians, barkers, burlesquers and fire-eaters, incessantly circled and mobbed the one sane person under the...
  • @anon
    why, has he passed too?

    No, he is alive and apparently living in exile in the U.K.

  • Odd that Hoffman makes no mention of Vincent Reynouard, perhaps the most prominent of Faurisson’s successors.

    • Replies: @anon
    why, has he passed too?
    , @jilles dykstra
    Reynouard debunked the Oradour sur Glane massacre, for which German troops were blamed, but what was caused by stupidity of De Gaulle's Free French
    Vincent Reynouard, ‘Die Wahrheit über Oradour, Rekonstruktion und Forschungsbericht eines Franzosen, Was geschah am 10. Juni 1944 wirklich ?’, Stegen am Ammersee, 2005 (Le Massacre d’Oradour, Antwerpen 1997)
    Otto Weidinger, ´Kameraden bis zum Ende, Das SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 „Der Führer“, 1978, 2007, Dresden
    Reynouard was sentenced to two years prison.
    The Oradour persecution records are not accessible until 2053.
  • In Jean Raspail's 1973 dystopian novel, "The Camp of the Saints," about 1 million poor folks from India make their way on hundreds of ships around the southern tip of Africa and up to the French Riviera. The international media use helicopters to follow the flotilla, and the news of the flotilla's movements dominates the...
  • @anonymous
    Thanks for an insightful, honest comment.

    Would you agree that “team sports, TV shows and flag-waving” are spackling the voids in what is otherwise an absence of culture in those who partake? Many people seem to be blank slate sheep.

    There is nothing wrong with team sports or TV per se, but it seems to me that when people of every sort are thrown together, they must communicate on a least-common-denominator level. Even among people of my (1950s) generation, often the only things we have in common are TV show theme songs and pop hits. There are pleasures that come in a stable culture when one can make reference to history, art or literature without effort. However interesting it might be to meet people from all over the world, it is ultimately frustrating to have to confine one’s speech to the most literal expressions and abstain from normal cultural alllusions. I think there is an overall destabilizing effect from immigration that helps in the infantilization of the populace.

  • Although I have come to reject the libertarian position on immigration, it has some merit that should be debated more carefully. Rejecting a desperate poor man or woman fleeing from a hellhole (or “shithole country,” if you prefer) is a lot easier from afar; I imagine that it would be humanly rather difficult if we all had to do it face to face (rather like slaughtering our own animals for meat). Still, I reject the libertarian, as well as the liberal, campaign for free immigration because I am sick of the social chaos it engenders, along with the simultaneous erosion of culture. The mainstream media, always ready to lambaste anti-immigrationists as “racist” or “xenophobic” or “hate-filled,” never even acknowledge this as an issue. Furthermore, it is hard work to raise and educate and civilize children; when you add to that the burden of acculturating thousands or millions of newcomers, the results are unpleasant to see. In any case, in all the libertarians’ vaunting of freedom, why do people like Napolitano never talk about the freedom to discriminate, to reject, to make distinctions between people, to prefer some to others? Why do they never notice how debased our culture is, with few things shared except team sports, TV shows and flag-waving? Our policy should be First things first, that is, save ourselves and then see what we can do for others.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    Thanks for an insightful, honest comment.

    Would you agree that “team sports, TV shows and flag-waving” are spackling the voids in what is otherwise an absence of culture in those who partake? Many people seem to be blank slate sheep.

  • Pnin is calculating that if Harvard simply selected admittees randomly among the top 10% of its applicants (as measured on test scores and high school GPA) then - the Asian share at Harvard would rise from 24.9% to 51.7%, - the white share would drop slightly from 37.6% to 35.5%, - the Hispanic share would...
  • Asian-American? The sooner we dump this term, the better. Asia is a big place, and the people we are talking about are almost never Filipinos, afghans, Pakistanis, and so forth.

  • There was a fun controversial play in last night's baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros in the American League championship series involving two of the best and shortest players in baseball. The Astros' Jose Altuve, last year's MVP, hit a long flyball that was coming down in the stands. The...
  • No, no, no! No, no, no!. You cannot say both that the ourfielder’s glove was hit by the fans’ hands and that there was no interference. Hardball or not, the fans have an obligation to let the play go naturally. The call was exactly right.

    • Replies: @Danindc
    Does that include leaving their seat so Mookie is unhindered?
  • From the Washington Post opinion section: Grinnell College in rural Iowa is one of the highest paying liberal arts colleges in the world (especially when adjusted for the low cost of living) due to Grinnell's endowment benefiting from some good investment advice from Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel, and Warren Buffett. Professor Bissell Brown is...
  • @anonguy
    You guys are making the mistake of arguing with an idiot.

    First of all, is you accept her premise that her outburst is in some way representative of some women rather than she is just a random individual who seems rather unpleasant and abusive to her partner.

    There are plenty of people of both sexes like that but you guys just feed the troll by then unleashing all your hostility to women, all the generalizing here.

    FWIW, people have a tendency to segue into these codependent schemes, she probably didn't unleash like that on first date.

    Anyhow, it isn't a male/female thing, just a hinged/unhinged people thing.

    As to the point, people live up to your expectations, if you tolerate bad behavior, you get more of it, it is all revealed preference. The fact that she and her husband have managed 50 years, phd, nice life, grandchildren, etc, indicates that the relationship is likely what both have wanted in life.

    Wouldn't be my ideal, but different strokes for every kind of bird in the forest.

    The real mystery to me is how she can be so petulant and lacking in self control at age 70, male or female. Plenty of guys with similar problems, not a gender-specific trait.

    You guys discredit yourselves when you engage in the reflexive misogyny grossly on display in this thread.

    Try to keep it classy, ok? I thought another gripe of the commenters here was the increasing coarseness of American discourse, but right away, you guys go full invective in a manner no different in intensity and disconnection from reality than your opponents.

    Two sides of the same coin, IMO.

    It seems to me that the real issue here is not that there is one crazy or extremely unpleasant and self-indulgent woman writing nonsense, but that one of the most-respected newspapers in the country finds her outburst worth publishing. That is, her venomous discharge is very much in keeping with the spirit of the times, and that fact is, alas, significant and even alarming.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    It seems to me that the real issue here is not that there is one crazy or extremely unpleasant and self-indulgent woman writing nonsense, but that one of the most-respected newspapers in the country finds her outburst worth publishing. That is, her venomous discharge is very much in keeping with the spirit of the times, and that fact is, alas, significant and even alarming.
     
    That is a more interesting interpretation, but I guess it doesn't get as many comments/clicks as the same old misogynistic snark. Disappointingly often, but certainly not always, iSteve is like a hack comic in the Catskills, pushing the same unoriginal, overused material over and over, keep you guys going until the next fundraiser.

    You gotta understand, he's farming you guys.

    And soylent green is people.....

  • From the NYT: I'm guessing she doesn't want to stumble in to perjury charges, so let the FBI figure out what really happened, and then she'll testify to that. Democratic leaders quickly endorsed Dr. Blasey’s position, but her resistance to coming to the committee on Monday seemed to harden the resolve of Republicans who said...
  • I do not understand Sailer’s point about perjury. Lying to the FBI is a crime in itself, so what does she have to gain, if she is lying, by being charged with lying to the FBI rather than perjury?

  • Alert iSteve reader iSteve_reader notes that Professor Salamishah Tillett, author of that New York Times op-ed about how Serena Williams's Tennis Temper Tantrum has liberated the many black women who are angry that they have been stereotyped as angry black women to finally act out on their anger against other people noticing they are angry,...
  • People who mock others’ proofreading, Mr. Sailer, should not misspell the subject’s name twice in the lede of their blog posting.

  • From Yahoo: When two Women of Color play, it's only fair that the White Man loses. All that Emotional Labor ... ... As she continued to dominate the sport, she has been subjected to unwarranted drug testing. ... And what could only be viewed as the peak of sexism, Williams returned to the game only...
  • Meanwhile, the NYT has been all over the court on this affair, including at least three pieces today. Among which I call your attention to the one by Salamislah Tillet: “Serena Williams’s Gift to Naomi Osaka, and Women, at the U.S. Open: Rather than remain silent, she insisted on being heard. Rather than contain herself, she used her rage for the countless women silenced by sexism and racism.”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Thanks.
  • From the Columbia Journalism Review: The mystery of Tucker Carlson By Lyz Lenz SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 7210 WORDS ... I’m a single mom, a freelance writer with two kids, swiftly facing a future with no healthcare. I’m cobbling together ghostwriting jobs, but it’s not enough. ... Despite his pedigree, or more likely because of it,...
  • Delightful work, Mr. Sailer, although I don’t think Carlson is as good as you seem to.

  • From Yahoo News:
  • @slumber_j
    Malcolm Gladwell got started writing for The American Spectator back in I guess the early 90s, with people like Chris Caldwell. This isn't much remembered now: an inconvenient fact for him, I suppose.

    And before that, if I’m not mistaken, he was writing for a Moonie publication. But I don’t think that either your fact or mine is really any inconvenience.

  • Referring to Israel during an interview in August 1983, U.S. Navy Admiral and former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Thomas Moorer said "I've never seen a President — I don't care who he is — stand up to them. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know...
  • The description that Mr. Giraldi makes of the OTFI reminds me of a very recent case involving different affairs and a different branch of the U.S. government. A 95-year-old Pole, Jakiw Palij, was deported to Germany, even though “Jens Rommel, who heads the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg, said there was not enough evidence to prosecute Jakiw Palij, whom US authorities accuse of involvement in war crimes.” The U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations maintained that, although there was no evidence of Palij’s participating otherwise in any crimes, “[b]y helping to prevent the escape of these prisoners during his service at Trawniki, Palij played an indispensable role in ensuring that they later met their tragic fate at the hands of the Nazis.” The department’s press release added: “The case was investigated, litigated and supervised over the years by a host of attorneys and historians in OSI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, and HRSP, including Director Eli M. Rosenbaum, Senior Trial Attorney Susan L. Siegal and Chief Historian Dr. Jeffrey Richter, all of whom have served with HRSP since its 2010 creation.” Now, I am thoroughly opposed to murder and in favor of punishing murderers; I don’t want to seem like a sentimental pushover just because this man is 95 years old. But while the U.S. is exulting over this as a long-awaited triumph of justice, I have to say it doesn’t feel at all right to me.

  • From Yahoo News:
  • What appalls me here is that the New Yorker should cancel a debate about serious issues because of the objections of entertainers such as Apatow and Mulaney. I’m missing something, perhaps, but I don’t understand how these two have the standing to weigh in.

  • The murder of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa is an unusually comprehensive story, in that it puts on display a remarkably large number of the components of our immigration-policy lunacy. Ms Tibbetts, just to remind you, was a 20-year-old white girl, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, majoring in psychology. She went jogging on July...
  • In a fine old European country with which I’m familiar, there are lots of black Africans and Arabs, about which at least some natives will complain privately. There are also lots of Chinese, about whom the natives tend to say that they’re no problem. But this fine old country is looking less and less like it used to, and more and more like any big city in the West. It’s great that the Chinese generally have solid families and commit little crime and that they aren’t looking for jihad, but the capital has so many of them now that I see them too as sign of the loss of this country’s identity. The natives are in general still in fight-racism mode. I am not hopeful, but despair is a shameful thing I will fight against.

  • Warning: This is not a good song. From Wikipedia: Solange is Beyonce's little sister, so you can tell she doesn't have any Privilege. It only took two guys to write "Ol' Man River" 90 years ago, but now it takes five to write "Don't Touch My Hair." Explain. ... During the writing of "Don't Touch...
  • It’s interesting to see what crazy, self-handicapping things women will do to be pretty. For my money, letting your hair get real long and filling it with beads ranks high on the list.

  • If you are a mid-Baby Boomer born in the late 1950s, you probably have a memory of the mid-1960s as a Golden Era of live-action sitcoms for six-year olds, such as Gilligan's Island, Get Smart, Adams Family, Munsters, Green Acres, I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched. It's not clear if it really was a halcyon...
  • Born in the early 1950s, I remember all these shows fondly. But I wonder sometimes if they weren’t part of what made my generation what it was, that is, spoiled beyond measure and not terribly fecund. In any case, in adult life, it has often seemed that sitcom theme songs and cartoons are, with teen pop music, the one thing that members of my generation have in common. We can all sing the theme songs to The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Flipper, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies, but I find it hard to think that that’s as good as it could have been.

  • As a statesman, John McCain served America well in playing a key role in building peaceful relations with Vietnam around 1990. John McCain never won the Presidency, but he tended to be on the winning side of the major foreign policy (intervention) and domestic policy (immigration) issues of his latter decades. The problem with winning,...
  • @Anonymous

    " since roughly 1989"

    Perhaps an early symptom of McCain’s brain tumor.
     
    Absolutely no. He died from glioblastoma - a cancer that affects mostly elderly and progresses very quickly.

    I could be wrong, and I don’t say this to contradict you (since you say “mostly”), but I think I first encountered this word in my sixth-grade book club when we read “Death Be Not Proud”.

  • Here's a long, colorful human interest story in the NYT that actually mentions a deplorably stereotypical but highly relevant ethnic fact fairly early on in the story: A New Wife, a Secret Past and a Trail of Loss and Blood A widower met a younger woman on the street in 2013. They married soon after....
  • I’m showing a teenage American boy Paris for the first time. When I warn him about gypsies and their scams and theft, I can tell that I’m speaking a rather offputting heresy to someone steeped in propaganda that tells him all “stereotypes” are bad.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    I’m showing a teenage American boy Paris for the first time. When I warn him about gypsies and their scams and theft, I can tell that I’m speaking a rather offputting heresy to someone steeped in propaganda that tells him all “stereotypes” are bad.
     
    One stereotype is good: white males are bad. He'll learn.

    PS: Stay out of Italy, it's been trashed by Africans.
    , @Ed
    I wonder how much diversity cultism has dulled the survival instincts and street smarts of you people? The Mollie girl killed in Iowa seemed to be all in with SJW politics going so far as to say she hated white people because of their support of Roy Moore. She also was pro-immigrant. When confronted by her killer she told him she was going to call the police which enraged him.
  • From The Atlantic, which was founded in 1857 by Francis H. Underwood, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Greenleaf Whittier, and James Russell Lowell: Black women used to be enterprising about their hair. The first black millionaire in America, male or female, was Madame CJ Walker, who...
  • I see lots of young black women with lots of beads fixed somehow to their braided hair. It must be really annoying to have them banging around your head, but that’s not my affair. What does seem pertinent though is the question of how those voluminous braids and beads could fit into a swim cap.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    I'm sure there are some ideas in here, in the first image:

    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/37586/37586-h/37586-h.htm


    WOMEN’S BATHING AND SWIMMING COSTUME IN THE UNITED STATES
    Claudia B. Kidwell
    1969; 50 cents.

    The evolution of the modern swim suit from an unflattering, restrictive bathing dress into an attractive, functional costume is traced from colonial times to the present. This evolution in style reflects not only the increasing involvement of women in aquatic activities but also the changing motivations for feminine participation. The nature of the style changes in aquatic dress were influenced by the fashions of the period, while functional improvements were limited by prevailing standards of modesty. This mutation of the bathing dress to the swim suit demonstrates the changing attitudes and status of women in the United States, from the traditional image of the subordinate “weaker sex” to an equal and active member of the society.
     

    , @S. Anonyia
    Those beaded, braided weaves are also really heavy and give them headaches for a few days until they get used to the weight.
  • In case you were wondering whether the tyrannical Trump Administration has yet managed to deport mortgage fraud felon Ravi Ragbir (convicted of 7 counts of wire fraud in 2000 and his appeal was shot down by Judge Maryanne Trump Barry 16 years ago) back to Trinidad, from the Washington Post today: Uh ... His appeal...
  • The same Amy Gottlieb with the same complaint was also published on the op-ed page of the New York Times in January. And by the Guardian in June. Those who think Unz readers are paranoid about the biases of the “mainstream” news media might want to reflect on how rare is the privilege of having your opinions posted on these papers’ op-ed pages.

  • From MetroTimes in Detroit: It's important to be sensitive to the gender of your racial slurs and "the ching-chong" to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday's election. She's also said to have called one of Chang's campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”...
  • the writer calls the remarks “off-color”, which strikes me as delightful if intentional.

  • @Clifford Brown
    DC this past weekend.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX8HOujXSyo

    I read the Washington Post’s account of the “alt-right” rally. The paper also had a three-minute video, in which you could hear Antifa chanting “punch a Nazi” and you could see a big banner promising a bullet for fascists. I didn’t see mention of either in the article.

  • From The Daily Beast: Who knew 7000 BC was the Middle Ages? “It's rather difficult to find a ‘pure white’ utopia anytime in the pre-modern, let alone ancient historical records,” she said.
  • @J1234

    square dances are the next logical step.
     
    I really hope the Nazis make a move on Morris dancing, too. My wife joined one of those groups in grad school, and it seemed to be how many aloof academics at her university socialized. My god, those gatherings were awful.

    I thoroughly disagree. Dances with loudly blasting rock music have been the bane of my (baby-boom) generation. The end of conversation, the end of civilization. When I was young, I imagined that we’d all return to humane music when we became adults. But no, everything is worse and worse, louder and louder, more and more vulgar. And the people themselves are too stupid to do anything about it. Just heard another tale about a wedding where the DJ played so loudly that no one could converse at the dinner tables. This is a pretaste of hell. Square dances, contradances, Morris dances — real people dancing with one another, not each alone in a delusion of “cool”.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @J1234
    I agree with your sentiment. It wasn't the Morris dancing I disliked, it was the people who joined the groups. Obviously with some exceptions, like my wife, and a couple of teams were very nice.

    I get the impression that over in England (where it started), Morris appeals to more ordinary and culturally centered people. Here in the US, however, it's much more about cultural affectation - putting on an identity by putting on a costume. Many college professors are very much on board with that.

  • From the NYT Opinion page: This would have been a cutting edge column in 1978. In 2018, it's awfully ho-hum. In the 21st Century, Denmark has taken the lead in preserving its welfare state by resisting demographic inundation from the Third World. Yet, I don't see the text string "migra" anywhere in Dr. Krugman's column,...
  • @AnotherDad

    Denmark is the only country in the Western world that has banned non-European immigration. This doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
     
    This will no doubt come as a shock to the Danes.

    There's no doubt--at least from everything i've read--that the national mood there has become much more restrictive. But that's not because Danes aren't naturally (foolish) good thought thinkers. It's because ... experience.

    Doing a cursory wikipedia check, it looks like there are about half a million non-westerners in Denmark which is around a tenth of the population. (And a few hundred thousand non-Danish whites.) And essentially all the population growth has come from immigration.

    Denmark is essentially a nation that has wised up that there is a problem. It seems to have stopped it from getting worse *faster*--2nd derivative. It hasn't even stopped it from getting worse--1st derivative. Much less turned it around and started sending foreigners home.

    I fear that you are right (and it’s nice to see a use of elementary calculus in print). Someone needs to publish a book titled “Expulsion: Europe’s Only Hope” and fast. In the news from Scandinavia these days: Denmark has started fining women who wear a face-covering veil, while Sweden has just awarded compensation to a Muslim woman who exercised her religious right to not shake hands with men and sued after she was refused a job for doing so. I don’t know how non-hand-shakers fare in Denmark.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Pericles

    Denmark has started fining women who wear a face-covering veil, while Sweden has just awarded compensation to a Muslim woman who exercised her religious right to not shake hands with men and sued after she was refused a job for doing so. I don’t know how non-hand-shakers fare in Denmark.

     

    During WW2, the Danes sent their Jews to Sweden. Look how things turned out.
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine, my review of Spike Lee's acclaimed film BlacKkKlansman: Read the whole thing there. For compare and contrast purposes, here is the trailer for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman: And here is the trailer for Malcolm D. Lee's Undercover Brother
  • @Anon
    BlacKkKlansman is a perfect title for a biography of Lee.

    JF Gariepy interviews DD.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9OSvEuAQGM

    Aww, man, that Duke interview is 3 hours. Anyone want to summarize for those of us with no such time on our hands?

    • Agree: bomag, Tono Bungay
    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    Eat more meat, less sugar.

    Mostly a summary of a lot of what is discussed here and on other like sites. Reveals that Duke is not a dupe, dope, dink or devil. He is amenable (to reason), agreeable, affable and able.

    , @ThreeCranes
    Actually, it's Duke's take on the Spike Lee movie Steve is reviewing here. He claims that the movie is a complete inversion of the truth in its depiction of him, the Klan and his involvement with the Klan. He claims the Jewish writers introduce antisemitic themes into the movie that were not present in the book upon which the movie was based. He talked to the author on the phone who confirmed that he had, indeed, not included any reference to semitic themes in the original book.

    So, ironically, concludes Duke, it is the Jewish authors who are racist, having distorted the entire plot of the book so as to make the white ethnonationalists appear as antisemites.

    There's more but I didn't see the movie so I'm not qualified to speak about it. I think, but am not sure, that Duke says that in the book it wasn't a black guy infiltrating the Klan, but a white one. But Hollywood being what it is, had to spike the punch and introduce darkies and all, so the more or less inevitable plot follows.

  • @Steve Sailer
    Which links are bad?

    On the Taki’s site, the link to the NYT story about his anti-semitism is actually to his reply; so there are two links to the same thing. Incidentally, his retort to the anti-semitism charge is very nicely done, I think.

  • From the New York Times Magazine: Let me guess ... For example, here's a "perfectly rational" mob: As the revolutionary Trotsky said in demanding the socialization of agriculture, a policy the revolutionary Stalin later adopted with, shall we say, revolutionary results: Hess goes on to explain that there are good revolutionary mobs and bad far...
  • I would have thought — another reason why I’m not writing op-eds for a big metropolitan newspaper — that logically if it is immoral for a non-trans such as Johansson to play a trans, then it is immoral for a trans to play a non-trans. What am I missing?

    • Replies: @MEH 0910

    What am I missing?
     
    Punching down vs. punching up.
    , @res
    You are a year early? As the Current Year norms ratchet endlessly.
  • As I've mentioned before, Boyle Heights is a Los Angeles neighborhood conveniently located just east of booming downtown LA. It's not extremely crime-ridden, just a dumpy Mexican neighborhood. The usual gentrification process is for artists and then art galleries to take the lead. But in Boyle Heights, anti-white intimidation has reversed that process. Is it...
  • I just read the Washington Post’s account of Sunday’s white people’s gathering in Washington. The paper has a short video with the article in which I heard Antifa chanting something ending with “punch a Nazi” and in which I saw a big banner promising “a bullet for a fash”. The paper’s article was all about the threat of violence on the part of the white marchers. Unlike the “implicit threats of violence” that Steve Sailer speaks of, these strike me as relatively explicit, but the paper’s reporters see it differently. Violence in the suppression of extremism is no vice, I guess.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    The media is already reaping the bad karma it has sown. An NBC reporter was attacked by antifa yesterday. Remember, the media and establishment politicians have spent the last year telling us that there is no equivalence between "those who hate" (law-abiding pro-white activists) and "those who stand up against hate" (violent leftists).
  • From National Review: Sarah Jeong Is a Boring, Typical Product of the American Academy By HEATHER MAC DONALD August 8, 2018 3:32 PM To decry her anti-white ‘racism’ gives her too much credit for originality. The most significant feature of Sarah Jeong, the New York Times’ embattled new editorial board member, is not that she...
  • Steve Sailer wonders “what set off the sizable public reaction”? As I see, the NYT and similar organs frequently treat white people badly, but they’ve sort of got you blocked if you try to demonstrate it. For example, their article on how bad it is to work in Hollywood “if you’re not a straight white male” never mentions Jews, but you’d be antisemitic to point that out and even if you did, they could reply that Jews are included in the “white”. Or if you say, okay, NYT, you’ve run a gazillion pieces by black people complaining about white racism, how about balancing things a bit with a few articles about blacks’ faults? Ah, but if you did that, you’d just be showing how racist you are, how unfeeling and depravedly indifferent to centuries of oppression. But then here comes little Miss Jeong, blasting out her tweets without regard as to the niceties of the game. F*** white people, more or less verbatim. Well, by what we all thought were the rules of the game, that should disqualify her. But no, the NYT (and plenty of its pals) say, hey, her heart’s in the right place, she’s fighting for our side, she stays. At which point a lot of white people who honestly thought the other side was playing fair might start to realize that it ain’t so.

  • Ezra Klein writes at his Vox: Feminist Twitter's motto ought to be: "Men! Can't live with 'em, can't live without their money and technology." Of course "#CancelWhitePeople" doesn't mean murder all white people. Who would pay for all the Diversity Racket makework jobs to which everybody on Antiwhite Twitter aspires? The hashtag merely means: -...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I feel like the best recent year for movies for men was the year they came out with No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood.

    Career peaks for two major American directors/directing teams in the same year. And both filmed in almost the same remote location at almost the same time, so they fit together in the memory well as competing and complementing each other.

    Ten years from now, we might say that both Christopher Nolan and Benicio Del Toro peaked in 2017. But Dunkirk and the frog miscegenation movie are so different that they don't form a natural pair the way No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood do.

    Strongly disliked both of those movies. Each, however skilfully made, was a waste of time. Odd that I’m almost always in agreement with you on politics and very seldom on film.

  • From the New York Times Opinion Page: One difference between a Chicago freelance writer and a Chicago hitman is that freelance writers are "Chicago-based" while hitmen are "based out of Chicago." One major cause is pretty obvious: liberals stopped being in charge of criminal justice. Actually, as I pointed out in
  • So what’s the explanation for the 15.6 % drop from 2016 to 2017?

  • My new Taki's Magazine column, The Emmett Till Effect, explains how to quantify how The Megaphone transmits The Narrative: track year by year how certain text strings in the New York Times have waxed (such as "Emmett Till" and "white privilege") while others have waned (e.g., "Tawana Brawley" and "Great White Defendant"). Above is a...
  • One other thing: Does anyone know why Taki’s eliminated the comments? Was it just too much work to weed out the imbeciles (of which there were many)?

  • @Jack D
    Due to the 1st Amendment, Holocaust denial and espousal of Nazi ideology cannot be made a crime in the US. Germany has no exact equivalent of the 1st Amendment and, for obvious reasons, believes that it is important to prevent a revival of Nazism which not only destroyed European Jewry but also caused immeasurable damage to Germany itself. America has a long history of protection of free speech (and no history of starting world wars) so it strikes the balance in a different way. I'd say that both countries got it right for their own conditions.

    What you say sounds reasonable, but in fact everyone knows that Jewish organizations are pressing for more and more restrictions throughout Europe and in the US. It is political stupidity of the worst sort, because ultimately resentment over those restrictions will be targeted at those who have done the most to get them made into law.

  • Around 35 years ago, I was sitting in my college dorm-room closely reading the New York Times as I did each and every morning when I noticed an astonishing article about the controversial new Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir. Back in those long-gone days, the Gray Lady was strictly a black-and-white print publication, lacking the...
  • When an orthodoxy is so rigidly enforced that dissenters must huddle and hide in corners, it is only natural that their opposition becomes exaggerated, excessive, violent. Here at least is one spot in America where the forbidden can be spoken aloud, discussed and debated. Mr. Unz is doing an immense service, not merely to people interested in history, but in particular to the Jewish people, whose organizations, spokesmen and media participants seem determined to punish dissent and provoke hostility.

  •  
  • This is a blog item that I wish SS had not written. Leave her personal life out of this. Will you really be happy if enterprising people uncover all sorts of embarrassing things about what she did on dates and so forth? Or what he did? The real issue, which I think he has very well focused on previously, is that what is arguably the most influential newspaper in the country is leading a movement of anti-(non-Jewish)white sentiment whose egregiousness grows more egregious every day.

  • From the New York Times today: Uh, here's a defender of Jeong providing the "context," which d
  • @anon
    I think it's funny how the New York Times does this, and then still pretends that Trump voters are crazy for thinking that the media is their enemy.

    When they hire someone who explicitly says that they're the enemy, it's hard to believe that they're genuinely mystified when people believe them.

    Agreed. It’s as if the NYT is determined to make Trump voters out of millions of people.

  • From The Tablet: THE AMERICAN JEWISH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ABOUT-FACE Why major Jewish organizations switched sides in the affirmative action debate By Jacob Scheer July 31, 2018 • 9:30 PM Affirmative action in higher education is arguably the most contentious political and social issue of the last half-century. ... In recent Supreme Court cases such as...
  • @Thulean Friend
    Here's the newest member of the NYT editorial board.

    https://i.imgur.com/JfQFrvV.png

    Needless to say, this is as good a reason as any why we need explicitly white organisations. It's also a strong reminder that hatred against whites is normalised in US discourse. Would anyone seriously think that a jewish-owned newspaper like the NYT would accept someone who spoke like this about jews? Or even a non-jewish owned newspaper like WaPo?


    Remember, jews are supposedly white in the US census but their primary identity is not white, so they don't care about this rhetoric. It doesn't concern them. That's why they will hire virulent bigots like her.

    If these tweets are real, and are really by her, then I think the NYT can be shamed into cancelling her hiring. They are so blatant. I tried looking them up on her Twitter page, but I don’t know how to search for a specific tweet way back in 2014.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Try the Advanced Twitter Search page: https://twitter.com/search-advanced

    To pick a date in 2014, click on one of the boxes on the "Dates" line, then click on the month and year listed at the top of the pop-up box. That will let you jump back by year, rather than just by month.
  • I was trying to look up the bio of New York Times reporter Katharine Q. Seelye, author of "New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?" I found on Wikipedia: So Kate Seelye is a purebred High WASP Arabist, the Protestant missionary caste who founded the American Un
  • Of course, as SS points out so often and so well, the New York Times is one of the principal purveyors of the notion of whiteness as malady. But this article about New Hampshire was not made out of whole cloth: “100 business leaders, government officials and members of nonprofit organizations [were] to meet Thursday to search for ways that New Hampshire — which is 94 percent white — might lure other racial and ethnic groups.” It is Will Arvelo, New Hampshire’s director of economic development, and not the NYT, who is leading “the first broad-based effort in New England, if not the country, to focus on how to diversify an entire state.” It was Governor Chris Sununu who established last December an “Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.” Now, I personally would support any action by the state to ensure that basic laws are being obeyed and that no class of person is unprotected by those laws. But a wholesale effort to attract a racially “diverse” bunch of newcomers, in order to correct a supposed problem due to too many white people, is masochistic and idiotic, especially in light of facts like those SS called attention to in one of his previous posts, such as NH’s extremely low murder rate, high scholastic achievement and so forth. Seelye may be a cheerleader for such perversity, but it is the state’s elected leaders and their appointees who are working to realize it.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Brutusale
    It'll be interesting to observe the coexistence of former diversity Massholes become Pine Cones with these guys.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_State_Project

    I met a couple of Free Staters who'd actually moved to NH from PA. They have an interesting agenda, but it's too late. They might have had a chance back when welfare in NH was a bus ticket to Boston, but not now.
  • I recently published a couple of long essays, and although they primarily focused on other matters, the subject of anti-Semitism was a strong secondary theme. In that regard, I mentioned my shock at discovering a dozen or more years ago that several of the most self-evidently absurd elements of anti-Semitic lunacy, which I had always...
  • Many thanks for this, Ron Unz. One of the hardest things in the world is trying to focus on what is true when you know that those on one side of the argument are ready to clobber you if you veer onto the other side.

  • From the Toronto Globe & Mail: Think of your genetic inheritance as two huge decks of playing cards from two different solitaire games being shuffled ineptly by a child with clumps of cards remaining unshuffled. Because the shuffling is imperfect, you might get sequences of cards that showed up in a previous game. But after,...
  • Sinceyou mentioned inbreeding, I recall reading Anthony M. Ludovici’s praise of it in ancient Egypt. He said that it served the pharaohs well for thousands of years. The point was, I think, that if you eliminate the people born with the defects, the rest can be remarkably fit. I wonder if this makes sense to anyone familiar with modern genetics.

  • Back in Junior High School I became an avid war-gamer, and was fascinated by the military history of the past, especially World War II, the most titanic conflict ever recorded. However, although I much enjoyed reading the detailed accounts of the battles of that war, especially on the Eastern Front that largely determined its outcome,...
  • @Ron Unz

    In general, I would think that time should improve historians’ ability to determine such facts as the number of people killed during a particular period, so I am not particularly disturbed by the idea that a contemporaneous account might need severe adjustment later.
     
    Well, that's certainly possible. On the other hand, it's also much easier for ideologically-driven historians living several decades later on the other side of the Atlantic to make unpleasant historical realities go away with just a few strokes of their pen.

    My strong impression is that every political authority at the time believed that there had been over 100,000 killings during Liberation, and apparently no one much challenged that figure for decades afterward. If 40 years later, Paxton somehow cut the total by 90%, I'd be very curious to know how he managed to do so. Did he spend years of painstaking research consulting the archival death-records of every one of France's hundreds of arrondissements and adding up the total? Or did he just quote some Communist leader somewhere who claimed that the official figures were wildly exaggerated?

    It has been years since I read the books and I no longer have them by me, but certainly Paxton did more than “just quote some Communist leader somewhere”; several other respected historians give similarly low numbers. (Wikipedia cites Henry Amouroux and Robert Aron, neither of whom were communist apologists.) I can’t resolve this so I’ll pass on to another point that I find interesting: Lots of French nationalists hold De Gaulle responsible for demonizing Vichy and its collaborators, because they believe that he could have fought the fight against Germany without accentuating the political divisions within France. Thus, they hold him, along with the communists, largely responsible for the violence of the purification.

    • Replies: @James Brown
    I don't think that people who are interested in the truth should believe that Wikipedia is a trustworthy source. If people knew who Jimmy Wales is, and what his agenda is, they wouldn't be quoting so much from Wikipedia. Have you ever heard about The Philip Cross Affair ?

    If you are interested in knowing what is Wikipedia and what the founder of Wikipedia (Jimmy Wales) is doing, try to read an honest man and a good writer, Craig Murray.

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-post-war-france-and-post-war-germany/#comment-2410945

    "Lots of French nationalists hold De Gaulle responsible for demonizing Vichy and its collaborators"

    As far as I Know, even today The French -right wing, left wing, extreme left/right, Catholics, Atheists etc...- consider that De Gaulle is almost a saint.Like Americans with George Washington.

    I am very surprised with that remark. Would you please give a source ? Not Wipikipedia, please.

  • The inspiration for this article is a piece on the politico.eu website, which I assume is the European version of our own center-left Politico.com: The subhead to the article is: "Fortress Europe hardens its heart." The body of the article is a breathless argument from the bleeding-heart Left that Europe's leaders are abandoning their Open-Borders...
  • Maybe it’s time to abandon the Stop Immigration gear and shift into the Start Expulsion gear. Is it unimaginable for the US or a European country to announce something like this: For many decades we handed out citizenship in a reckless, irresponsible way. We had a lot of good intentions, but the clear evidence now shows that we’re headed for big, big trouble unless we turn around. We hate to renege, but the alternative is civil war, in one form or another. Therefore, now that we’ve expelled all illegal immigrants, we are annulling all nationalizations made over the past five (or ten or twenty) years. We recognize that this will mean hardship for many individuals and families. But we flatter ourselves that when you return to your home country you will bring the benefits of your experience here. You will be the seed corn for better relations between our countries. America: Love It and Leave It.

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
    Absolutely! It was nothing more than crude imperialism for the West to siphon off the best and the brightest from the Third World and use them to enrich our soulless, non-productive societies. The sooner these paragons of excellence return to their point of origin, the sooner they can make their glorious homelands bloom like a rose.

    Just like Liberia.
    , @Wizard of Oz
    My guess is that the American Constitution wouldn't allow it even if it were politically possible. Does anyone know the case law (if there is any) on depriving people of citizenship? My (more confident) guess is that citizens by naturalization could be deprived of citizenship if and only if they had achieved citizenship by fraud at some stage of the process which would include those who lied about their membership of the SS in order to get a US Visa.
    , @X-Atlanticus
    'Maybe it’s time to abandon the Stop Immigration gear and shift into the Start Expulsion gear.'

    Already happening in a lot of Europe, and in most unexpected of places. The EU and national leaders are sufficiently dry and bureaucratic about it to go try and minimize the headlines but it's 100% in gear, in fact more by self-deportation than direct deportation as the gravy-train shuts down and the bureaucratic walls go up. Germany has completely changed it's ways after Merkel's electoral disaster last September, the AFD took a wrecking ball to Merkel's delusions and cost them so many seats that, Germany didn't have a government at all for almost 6 months. And both the SPD and CDU had their worst result in over 50 yrs, the SPD already circling the drain as the AFD now becomes the opposition and even gains on the tottering CDU. The deadlock broke only when Merkel surrendered in February to just nearly everything the immigration opponents demanded, including putting Horst Seehoffer of the CSU in as Interior minister, and he's the anti-Merkel. The SPD was brought in as part of a grand coalition but only for the finance ministries, the hardliners now fully control the immigration side of things and they've gotten all they demanded. The Syrians all denied family reunification while the Iraqis and Afghans (except for a few Christian converts) have to leave, no welfare, expulsion for even minor violations, forbidden to practice Islam publicly, dress codes (no burkas and veils can lead to asylum disontinuance).

    And, a lot of other subtle but effective moves. Since most of the Syrian "refugees" were really just welfare-shopping econ migrants (otherwise why didn't they stop in their first safe country, like Turkey before going to Europe), almost none have bothered to do things like actually work, learn the language or start a business, and many are still using stolen passports, and with Seehoffer, all of these are justifications for asylum denial or denial of benefits. As they realize the bureaucracy and officials have turned against them, and there's no longer a free money gravy-train to abuse, large majority of the Syrians and other migrants are just leaving on their own to join family back home. It's gotten so harsh for them that by some accounts, thousands of Syrians are leaving each day from Germany, Sweden and Holland (similar policies) and using smugglers to go the other way--back into Turkey, Sudan or Lebanon, where some stay and others go back to Syria, where after all, the war is basically over.
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/945324/germany-news-syria-migration-crisis-immigration-refugees-turkey

    Angela Merkel unsurprising is crying about this and the nasties like Seehoffer who won't indulge her One World fantasies, but the up-shot is Seehoffer has her stuck in a vice-grip. If she ever opposes his demands which get always more tough and strident, then the CSU pulls out and collapses her government, with the AFD gaining more and more seats with every election. So she's stuck and has no choice except just more surrender now.

    Same in France. Emmanuel Macron is nothing if not a chameleon, the stupid MSM types in the Anglo press at least thought he was going to be the leftist antidote to the populists when in reality Macron has enacted their agenda, just in a smarter and more effective way than the Front Nationale could. Not to mention Marine Le Pen kept babbling on that dumb idea of "Frexit" which would accomplish nothing other then making France more dependent on migrants from it's ex-colonies- at least in the EU, France now gets most of it's immigration from south and east Europe instead, which is the one ting the European Union is most good for. (Sadly this is what's happened to UK due to Brexit, the Estonians and Bulgarians aren't going their anymore, now British "labor needs" are being filled by Nigerians and Ugandans instead, prob not what Brexiteers had in mind for Britain..) And credit where due, Nicholas Sarkozy did turn France very hard immigration restrictionist in 2006 and -7 with laws that aren't much far off from Japan's. Laws that cut French immigration down to the lowest levels in Europe relative to country's size, so the EU migration to France, plus a healthy dose of Russians, Ukraineans, Brasilians, Canadians and Americans is more than enough to fill French labor needs. And now Macron has made the move, like you wisely advocate, to active deportation. In addition to telling Africans straight-off to reduce their childbearing and stay in Africa, he's been busy deporting and expelling more Muslims and the African population than anyone.

    Like in Germany the reasons for deportations from France are quietly bureaucratic, little visa violations or petty crimes, lack of status adjustment, or violation of security laws France can now deport even African and Muslim full citizens if they preach in a radical mosque, loosely interpreted and kicking out their families and associates too, and they do. This is a subtle reasons for all the mosque closures. But also like in Germany, it's mostly self-deportation. The French " lois de sécurité" and dress code laws are the harshest in Europe (except for maybe Belgium's now) and it's an open-secret they're designed to make things miserable for the Muslim and African population there. If you can read French,
    https://www.yabiladi.com/forum/pourquoi-faut-quitter-france-1-6131178.html

    Unlike England or Canada, where a white person there gets tossed in prison for even softly saying something critical of Islam, in France even the authorities are totally up with it. As is the public- one thing that amazes me about France, is how they don't pull punches when criticizing Islam or the African population, they're even more un-PC about it than Russians as far as I've seen. Even over the past month, while US media were bleating on about France's "rainbow" soccer team, the French themselves were openly celebrating how finally, in Antoine Griezmann, they have a sports hero who (unlike Henry, Noah or Zidane) is a100% (read: white) Frenchman, "un vari francais". They have an ambivalent attitude about Zidane since he not only passes for white French but constantly goes on about how he and other Berbers really are white-- the "true Berbers" (Amizigh) in N. Africa hate the Arabs and constantly point out how they're as white as Europeans are, but that's a curiosity for another article..

    Point is in France, like in Germany even though there's official deportation, it's mostly self-deportation back to North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Turkey, where many economies are also doing at least OK, that's leading to the result you've brought up. Italy, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Denmark- same thing. The Start Expulsion has already started, at least in Europe. It's just that it's not much on the radar of media.
  • Back in Junior High School I became an avid war-gamer, and was fascinated by the military history of the past, especially World War II, the most titanic conflict ever recorded. However, although I much enjoyed reading the detailed accounts of the battles of that war, especially on the Eastern Front that largely determined its outcome,...
  • @OilcanFloyd
    Youtube is full of old War Department propaganda videos about the occupation of Germany, as well alternative views. Together, it's easy to question the official narrative, and to believe that Germans were deliberately killed in large numbers. A quick search gave the following examples.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wBvCIGq44eY
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x8XG-nbM3BE
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o7GpodZy0Wo
    http://www.renegadetribune.com/eisenhowers-evil-deception-exterminating-german-pows-abroad-portraying-pows-u-s-soil-pampered/?doing_wp_cron=1512832636.0193889141082763671875

    I don’t know about anybody else, but even before I know what this first film wants to tell me, I find myself squirming away from it. It reeks of propaganda right from the start. It may be full of nothing but truth, but its tone and manner are hideous.

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
    The first two films are propaganda pieces put out by the U.S. and British governments right after the war. The first film is produced by the U.S. War Department for occupying soldiers, and the second is by the British government for the British public, I guess. Granted, the films were made after a long and bloody war, but the makers of the films did everything but portray Germans as rats running from the sewers. The mood of the films is ugly, and likely would have only made a bad situation on the ground worse. Judging by those two films, I can accept that there would have been an atmosphere in which atrocities were committed and accepted.
  • @Ron Unz

    Robert Paxton is largely credited with damaging the position of the postwar defenders of Vichy; I believe he gives a figure for the victims of the postwar purges at around 10,000, that is, considerably lower than the ones you credit.
     
    I must reemphasize my complete lack of personal expertise in the post-war history of France, and I certainly haven't read the Paxton book you cite. However, here's my perspective...

    Unless you believe that Huddleston is flat-out lying, the Socialist Minister of the Interior in March 1945, who controlled France's national police force and had best access to the data, informed the De Gaulle people that there had been approximately 105,000 "summary executions" during the previous six months, and the American authorities had estimated 80,000 political killings during the first part of that period. These figures were widely circulated and accepted as correct at the time. Communists and other leftwing groups were apparently responsible for the overwhelming majority of these killings, which targeted conservatives and right-wingers.

    Then, thirty years later, Robert Paxton, apparently a somewhat fervent "anti-Fascist" historian based in the U.S., published a book claiming that there had actually only been 10,000 killings. Offhand, it's not clear to me how Paxton in 1972 would have such better information than France's own Interior Minister in 1945. It's certainly possible, but I think it far more likely that he merely rewrote history for ideological reasons, and Wikipedia and others just repeated it for the same sorts of reasons. This does occasionally happen you know...

    Thanks for the reply. I don’t consider myself capable of sorting the matter out. Paxton is detested by many French nationalists for his manifold attack on Vichy; which is also likely why he is, I would imagine, the authority most often quoted on the subject. In general, I would think that time should improve historians’ ability to determine such facts as the number of people killed during a particular period, so I am not particularly disturbed by the idea that a contemporaneous account might need severe adjustment later. On the other hand, Paxton’s criticisms of Vichy, especially of the notion that Vichy did its best under horrible circumstances, might be said to fail to account for the high number of French Jews who survived the war. My main point is that one or two books, no matter how persuasive, can’t be taken as true without the benefit of reflection, criticism, argument and so forth. I have no doubt that we’re in agreement on this.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    In general, I would think that time should improve historians’ ability to determine such facts as the number of people killed during a particular period, so I am not particularly disturbed by the idea that a contemporaneous account might need severe adjustment later.
     
    Well, that's certainly possible. On the other hand, it's also much easier for ideologically-driven historians living several decades later on the other side of the Atlantic to make unpleasant historical realities go away with just a few strokes of their pen.

    My strong impression is that every political authority at the time believed that there had been over 100,000 killings during Liberation, and apparently no one much challenged that figure for decades afterward. If 40 years later, Paxton somehow cut the total by 90%, I'd be very curious to know how he managed to do so. Did he spend years of painstaking research consulting the archival death-records of every one of France's hundreds of arrondissements and adding up the total? Or did he just quote some Communist leader somewhere who claimed that the official figures were wildly exaggerated?
    , @Fluesterwitz
    One way to look at the cooperation of the Vichy government is as a hard-nosed attempt, only partially successful, to sacrifice foreign Jews in France in order to save Jewish French citizens. I am not sure if I buy it, but it is at least a plausible explanation.
  • I appreciate your work in presenting these books for our inspection. I don’t expect ever to reach conclusions about any historical events; they’re all too complicated for me. But I’d like to make a few little points: (1) Laval was widely regarded during the Occupation as very pro-German; he was dismissed by Petain at one point but reinstated at the Germans’ insistence. Nonetheless, formal communications between German officers and administrators during this period express frustration with what they saw as Laval’s reluctance and slowness in regard to measures like turning over Jews or supplying French laborers. (2) I have read detailed accounts of many of the principal trials of Vichy officials (Pucheu, Laval, Petain, Vallat) as well as of the writers Robert Brasillach and Charles Maurras. Almost all of them are fraught with obvious bias. The trial of Laval in particular has many egregious aspects, from the composition of the jury to the jury members’ open insults in court of him. (3) Robert Paxton is largely credited with damaging the position of the postwar defenders of Vichy; I believe he gives a figure for the victims of the postwar purges at around 10,000, that is, considerably lower than the ones you credit. He is detested by many on the French right, but if you want to be taken seriously on this you can’t honestly avoid engaging with his arguments. (4) Petain was certainly very old (84) in 1940, but you are wrong to say that he was then in his “dotage”; he was very fit both physically and mentally when he became chief of state. (5) When you write that your “understanding of the post-war history of France was entirely wrong,” it seems to me that you are leaping far too quickly. Just because a few books contradict orthodoxy doesn’t mean the orthodoxy is largely wrong.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Robert Paxton is largely credited with damaging the position of the postwar defenders of Vichy; I believe he gives a figure for the victims of the postwar purges at around 10,000, that is, considerably lower than the ones you credit.
     
    I must reemphasize my complete lack of personal expertise in the post-war history of France, and I certainly haven't read the Paxton book you cite. However, here's my perspective...

    Unless you believe that Huddleston is flat-out lying, the Socialist Minister of the Interior in March 1945, who controlled France's national police force and had best access to the data, informed the De Gaulle people that there had been approximately 105,000 "summary executions" during the previous six months, and the American authorities had estimated 80,000 political killings during the first part of that period. These figures were widely circulated and accepted as correct at the time. Communists and other leftwing groups were apparently responsible for the overwhelming majority of these killings, which targeted conservatives and right-wingers.

    Then, thirty years later, Robert Paxton, apparently a somewhat fervent "anti-Fascist" historian based in the U.S., published a book claiming that there had actually only been 10,000 killings. Offhand, it's not clear to me how Paxton in 1972 would have such better information than France's own Interior Minister in 1945. It's certainly possible, but I think it far more likely that he merely rewrote history for ideological reasons, and Wikipedia and others just repeated it for the same sorts of reasons. This does occasionally happen you know...
    , @Anon
    The 10,000 killed figure comes from just one part of the war between the communists and Guallists. That was summer of 1944 souther France where the communist Franc Tieurs free shooters were very strong and planned , with the assistance of Russians of course to take over France after the war as the native communists and Russians took over Poland and the rest of E Europe after the war.

    These mini civil wars between communists and Catholic/Gaullists went on all over France 1944 45. 10,000 here, 12,000 there it could be 80,000. And the Gaullists won unlike E Europe where the native communists gave lists of non communist leaders to the Russian troops as they arrived.

  • We're often prodded to assume that the Latin American influx is an exciting social experiment with who knows what spicy, perhaps magical, outcomes in store for us. From the Washington Post: But, in reality, we actually have long-existing examples of our upcoming Brave New America. It's just that nobody pays attention to them because they...
  • @AnotherDad

    Subtle, elegant, and pierces straight to the heart of the hypocrisy. a one-sentence masterpiece.
     

    And a lot of other gems in the past few days. Are you taking some sort of pills?
     
    Agree and agree. Steve is hitting it.

    Though--and in no way to diminish his achievement--these folks are pitching, slow and belt high across the plate.

    I agree with both of you. As I see it, Sailer’s huge achievement is to simultaneously rebut the nonsensical orthodoxy of the mainstream media and demonstrate that he is not the racist, antisemitic ogre that that media would like to depict him as. The media have established the usually implicit understanding that only hate-filled extremists could disagree with them. Sailer calmly and wittily points up their errors, their fibs and their lies without seeming like a hate-filled extremist, except to someone like John Podhoretz, whose criticism of Sailer seems parodic, almost as if Podhoretz wants to confirm every latent antisemite’s suspicion that Jews not only run the media but will crush anyone who opposes them.

  • @allahu akbar
    Their "way of life" is the problem itself.

    If they just want to live like mexicans, why didn't they stay in mexico?

    Honest question.

    My working hypothesis is that some countries have many really nice people who lack the ability to organize a political system that works well. Lots of Mexicans are attractive human beings, in all the senses of the word. And it’s only natural that they should want the benefits (assuming my hypothesis is correct) of another country’s organization but be reluctant to relinquish aspects of their lives that please them. The underlying question for natives of the invaded country, though, is at what percentage of the population do these invaders begin to threaten the normal functioning of the political system? I think there might be a chemical analogy to this, relating to how impurities in a liquid, say, might affect its freezing point, but that’s not important. The more common reference to spice in the soup works just as well.

  • With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pelosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated. The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and John McCain, is history. It's not coming back. Unlike the Bourbons after the Revolution and the Terror, after...
  • @Mr. Anon

    If Mr. Buchanan disagrees, then he should explain why.
     
    Mr. Buchanan does not disagree. That's why his columns appear on unz.com, rather than the Wall Street Journal or National Review.

    Buchanan would do us all a favor if just once before he departs this vale of tears he would plainly state his views on Jews and on Israel. We all know how he was painted as an antisemite when he ran for president and when he published his books on the origins of World War 2 and on the decline of the West. Lots of people who write columns and comments for this site blame the Jews and Israel for all sorts of things. Buchanan occasionally says or writes things that lead them to think he’s on their side, but he never really lays out his views clearly and completely. It would be a shame if he were to go to his grave still hiding in tactical ambiguity.

  • A strong dam may hold back an immense quantity of water, but once it breaks the resulting flood may sweep aside everything in its path. I had spent nearly my entire life never doubting that a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy nor that a different lone gunman took the...
  • @lysias
    Since there has been repeated mention of the medical handling of JFK' s body and the one or more autopsies, I should mention that the work to read, although it is very long, is Douglas Horne' s five-volume "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board". That board, established by Act of Congress with power of subpoena as a reaction to Oliver Stone's movie, operated in the 1990s and caused the release of a lot of new evidence. Horne, a retired naval officer, was the board's chief analyst of military records. He took part in interviews of a lot of survivors of the handling of JFK' s body at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

    Well, since most of us won’t have the time to read these five volumes, can you summarize what they say or suggest about the present case?

    • Replies: @lysias
    Horne' s five volumes make very clear what a fraud the Bethesda autopsy was, meant above all to conceal the fact that JFK was shot from the front.
  • From the NYT Opinion Section: THE STONE The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience By Bryan W. Van Norden Mr. Van Norden is a professor of philosophy. June 25, 2018 On June 17, the political commentator Ann Coulter, appearing as a guest on Fox News, asserted that crying migrant children separated from...
  • @J1234
    Oh, and he loves Marcuse, too, the Repressive Tolerance guy who said the left should have far more freedom of expression than the right (Marcuse was a cultural marxist's cultural marxist.) So this columnist is really seeing things more clearly than the rest of us.

    What's the difference between the NYT and a college newspaper again? This kind of stuff only drives millions of people farther to the right. (Or is that the intent?)

    The difference is not observable in every article or column, certainly, but the NYT still does some real reporting. Look at the 11-minute presentation of the evidence for Syrian state responsibility in a recent chemical-gas attack, for example. Otherwise, I agree with Bryan W. Van Norden on the basic point: I would say that every private university has the right to invite or not invite whomever it pleases; it has no obligation (or should not be held legally to have any obligation) to welcome all comers. As for the names he uses, though, on this I’m in complete agreement with you, J1234.

    • Replies: @J1234

    Otherwise, I agree with Bryan W. Van Norden on the basic point: I would say that every private university has the right to invite or not invite whomever it pleases; it has no obligation (or should not be held legally to have any obligation) to welcome all comers.
     
    Is that his "basic point"? Is his doctrine limited to universities, private or otherwise? If that was the case, I would agree with you. But if that was the case, he wouldn't have said:

    MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” set a good precedent for just access by banning from the show Kellyanne Conway for casually spouting “alternative facts.”
     
    Or broadly titled his piece "The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience" with no reference to university settings. The universalism of the left will never allow them to let context to limit the application of their doctrine to certain settings. As I read it, the basic point of the article is that the leftist secular god is a very jealous god, and wants no competition.
    , @Svigor

    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
     
    Ergo, laws giving money to institutions that abridge freedom of speech are unconstitutional; they are gov't abridgment of the First Amendment by way of proxy.

    AFAIK, the vast majority of private universities receive gov't funds.

  • From The Atlantic: A suggestion for The Atlantic's editor Jeffrey Goldberg: You got your hands on a grand old brand name -- the founders of The Atlantic Monthly included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Greenlea
  • @Anonymous
    When feminist agenda is pushed, there's no differences

    When transgender agenda is pushed, turns out that Trans women were born with female brain

    Well spotted, Anonymous!

  • A strong dam may hold back an immense quantity of water, but once it breaks the resulting flood may sweep aside everything in its path. I had spent nearly my entire life never doubting that a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy nor that a different lone gunman took the...
  • @jdf
    Nice summary of the salient points of the assassinations. A couple of things that did not get mentioned:
    The "wink" as LBJ was being sworn in. It clinches it.
    Marion Brown's statement that LBJ, her lover, told her well in advance that JFK was going to be killed.
    Peter Dale Scott stated: The door to the assassination is through Jack Ruby.
    Ruby's phone calls were looked at by the FBI and Justice Dept., and catalogued. Almost all were to Jewish mafia figures--not Italians. When the House Assassinations Committee asked for these transcripts, they were told they no longer existed! But old copies were eventually found. Someone in DOJ tried to scrub them from the records.
    One of the best books on the assassination IMHO is Gaeton Fonzi's "The Last Investigation."
    Piper's book is essential reading, but he focuses only on Israel and the Jewish connections. Because of its lack of "balance", it should not be read as a stand-alone treatise on the JFK assassination.
    Among my top ten books are--admittedly a list long out of date:
    On the Trail of the Assassins
    The Last Investigation
    Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
    JFK and the Unspeakable
    Final Judgment (with above reservations)

    Probably more important would be a list of books absolutely NOT to be read--among them Gerald Posner's "Case Closed."

    As a general rule, you can consider ANYONE arguing that Unz is full of s$#t and Oswald did it as a crazed lone assassin, is a paid TROLL. The assassinations are grounded in solid research that has been going on since the 1970s, when I attended a four-hour lecture by David Lifton at SUNY Stony Brook--an event that literally toppled my world. It has never recovered.

    Anyone who can write that a “wink” “clinches it” without joking is beyond help.

    • Replies: @Anon
    What about the ridiculous claim that the expressions on the faces of the police officers around Oswald when Ruby shot him prove they were co conspirators.?
    Iris even claimed that officer Levealle wore a white suit so as to signal Ruby from a window in police headquarters.
  • From The New Yorker: Our Columnists Trump’s Opponents Aren’t Arguing for “Open Borders”—But Maybe They Should By Masha Gessen June 22, 2018 ... During the weeks of controversy surrounding the policy of separating families at the border, the Trump Administration has succeeded in framing the debate as one between supporters of enforcing immigration law and...
  • @Rosie

    Of course, letting anybody from anywhere move to America anytime they feel like it is hardly the end of our obligations to the other seven billion people on Earth. Once they get here, they will need elaborate government programs, special privileges, and veto powers over American culture to feel at home.
     
    The language of rights (libertarianism) is used to justify mass immigration. Border enforcement is coercive, and therefore violates the NAP or whatever. Then, the language of duty is used to demand further concessions from the native population. Coercive silencing and taxation of the public to support their replacements is self-evidently moral and only a racist nazi bigot would object.

    It is worthwhile to distinguish the true libertarian position from that of people like Gessen. Libertarians of course deny the legitimacy of the state in all things, including the creation and enforcement of borders. On the other hand, they also reject every sort of government-imposed welfare system and every sort of anti-discrimination law. They also suppport property rights, including the right to exclude and expel, as well as gun rights. Liberals like Gessen, on the other hand, seem to want everyone to be allowed in AND to be covered by all sorts of governmental protections. In my view, the libertarians are at least coherent, even if wacky and utopian and dangerous, whereas the liberal position is patently incoherent. What most annoys me about the liberal position is that they never view a nation’s culture as an accomplishment that is vulnerable to dissolution, that requires continual sustaining through time and generations; they seem to regard it as a wonderful freak of nature that the whole world has an immediate right to enjoy.

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    In my view, the libertarians are at least coherent,
     
    No. Talk to a Libertarian that the first thing they says is "well, I don't support that, but the government should not..."

    Libertarians are asperby realitarians. They know liberalism is a train wreck, but their focus is primarily navel gazing with occasional interruptions from reality.
    , @CCZ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pjs7uoOkag
    , @Rosie

    In my view, the libertarians are at least coherent, even if wacky and utopian and dangerous, whereas the liberal position is patently incoherent.
     
    It's not incoherent at all. Greedy employers want libertarianism at the border and socialism in the interior of the country, because then they get to pay below substitence wages and externalize the cost of their maintenance to the taxpayer. You're certainly right that the left-liberal position is philosophically incoherent, but that doesn't matter when you control the media and can't be taken to task for it.
  • @Wilkey
    It's weird. Open borders is like an open conspiracy of tens of millions of people, including every last damn politician in the Democratic Party, who somehow manage to hide from the larger public the fact that they will never, never ever support any policy whatsoever that would help secure our borders.

    Most of them will lie straight to your face and say that "of course" they support border security, but will vehemently object to anything that would actually do that. Those who do admit that they favor open borders will claim that if we did have open borders there is no way we would ever get anything more than a trickle of immigrants as a result, notwithstanding what we have already seen happen in Europe.

    You summarize quite well my impression of the New York Times’s editorial stance on the question. If any reader can name an instance in which the Times argued for enforcement of the border or for the expulsion of illegal entrants, I am willing to re-evaluate my impression.

  • From the NYT Opinion page: Obviously, all those potential immigrants out there around the world are just itching to move to the middle of nowhere rather than, say, the Los Angeles Megaloplex. After all, immigrants to Australia always pass up expensive Sydney for the elbow room of Alice Springs. And whoever heard of an immigrant...
  • @Gunnar von Cowtown

    … If anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools...
     
    I swear, man.... The triumvirate of Stephens, Brooks and Boot have probably created more anti-Semites in recent years than David Duke has in his entire career.

    Although I don’t consider myself an anti-semite, I have to agree with you, Gunnar, to some extent: that is, throughout my life I have had many excellent relationships, educational, professional and amorous, with Jews and never felt the slightest reason to start generalizing negatively about them. (I would go further perhaps, but Bret Stephens has already, in a previous column, made clear his contempt for non-Jews who say that some of their best friends are Jews.) But since I started paying attention to the major newspapers and magazines, I have had for the sake of my intellectual integrity to read as much as I could about Jews and anti-semitism, because for the life of me I can’t see why so many of them insist on being so insulting to non-Jewish white people.

    • Replies: @Dr. X

    ...for the life of me I can’t see why so many of them insist on being so insulting to non-Jewish white people.
     
    Because they're the "Chosen People of God," and the goyim aren't.
  • When I was in Congress and had to regularly fly between DC and Texas, I was routinely subjected to invasive “pat-downs” (physical assaults) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). One time, exasperated with the constant insults to my privacy and dignity, I asked a TSA agent if he was proud to assault innocent Americans for...
  • Much as I love Ron Paul, I must ask if it is really not relevant that there hasn’t been another plane smashed into a building since Sept. 11, 2001.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    The era of suicide hijackings with simple weapons ended on 9/11 on Flight 93.

    Anyone who stands up in the middle of a flight and shouts Allah Snackbar is getting the beatdown of a lifetime, no matter how he is armed. The cockpit doors are reinforced and everyone on the plane knows that it's fight or die.

    Airline security has failed to stop people with bombs (Shoe bomber, underwear bomber), guns & knives (fortunately in the hands of people who didn't mean any harm)

    The underwear and shoe bombers were stopped by passengers, not professional security personnel.

    The TSA is useless.
  • There has been a big campaign in recent decades to promote cycling on city streets, which is a little odd because there haven't been many improvements in bicycle safety since I got flattened by a car while riding home from school in 1972. A modern car might have 100 safety improvements over the car that...
  • Sailer’s point is valid, but it would have been nice if he’d acknowledged that drivers and their cars have been the law’s fair-haired boys for a century.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Well, that's true. Presumably you are thinking of the disproportionate sums that the US federal and other governments have spent on highways relative to the inadequate amount they have spent on mass transit.