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The most influential intellectual of the current era, Ta-Nehisi Coates, is striking for his inability to remember much of what has happened during his own lifetime (1975-2019), which leads him to focus on more remote ages, such as the New Deal and its redlining.

For those decreasing numbers of pundits who can remember the recent past, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of an extraordinary number of triumphant (yet still resentful) social movements. Here in 2019, we are now 50 years into the ages of:

  • Women’s Lib
  • Gay Lib
  • Environmentalism
  • Affirmative Action

In other words, all those movements are now entering their second half century, even if 24-year-old interns at The Atlantic assume they must have only started in 2013.

 
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  1. midtown says:

    And, as it happens, we’ve been declining for those same fifty years.

    • Agree: The Alarmist, Realist
  2. The most influential intellectual of the current era, Ta-Nehisi Coates

    In an article for the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi described Melissa Harris-Perry as “America’s most foremost public intellectual,” so he should probably be described as our “most foremost influential intellectual” to distinguish him.

  3. @Harry Baldwin

    “most foremost influential intellectual”

    How about “effluential intellectual”?

    • LOL: TomSchmidt
    • Replies: @ic1000
    , @tyrone
  4. @Harry Baldwin

    TNC is our most foremost public intellectual.

  5. Bingo! I really believe this gets at the Big Question: who has been in charge for the last fifty years? It’s such a vast question that it comes with subsidiary and tangential questions:

    – Who is our ruling class?
    – Do we even have one?
    – Does it understand that it’s the ruling class or does it think someone “out there” must be in charge?
    – What has really been the ruling ideology over the last five decades?

    Until Trump’s win and what they call “populism” came along, the people with power acted like they were the fresh-faced reformers. We have a ruling ideology but its vanguard rules by pretending not to be in charge or to have only got into power a few years ago, at most.

    To paraphrase that line from The Usual Suspects: the greatest trick the ruling class ever pulled was convincing the world it didn’t exist. The post ’68 crowd pretend that, because they’re not stuffy old capitalists, professors or clergy, they’re not really in charge. In many ways, I think they even fooled themselves. That’s one reason they’re so flippant and resentful, even though they’ve had their way and been in charge for decades.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
    , @Jake
  6. Jake says:

    If only the Elites had banished, or exterminated, all the white trash of Middle America in 1969, the USA today would be a true Paradise.

  7. clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer

    TNC is our most foremost public intellectual.

    He was too precious for The Atlantic so he abdicated. Do you think he is still getting the same for a college lecture? Wasn’t it around $30,000 plus expenses? He can do 10 a year and be all set. Look at Spike Lee, another foremost black philosophizer. He was selling his swanky NYC home for 33 million.

    Spike Lee lists historic NYC Townhouse for $32 million …
    https://pursuitist.com/spike-lee-lists-historic-nyc-townhouse-32…
    Spike Lee lists historic NYC Townhouse for $32 million Director Spike Lee has placed his historic Manhattan townhouse on the market for a whopping $32 million. Lee paid $16.6 million for the property

    • Replies: @gunhilltrain
  8. 24 and three quarters, sir.

  9. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Can anyone think of two English words that, merely used together, sound more ignorant than “most foremost”?

    That this survived editorial review at a prominent American publication may be due not only to the cowardice of Goodthink, but also to verbal hyperinflation. The country has reached a point where a young clerk helping you to choose between the “awesome” and “amazing” brands of widget stifles a yawn.

    When everything resets, people can stop lying in this way, too.

  10. slumber_j says:

    It should be pointed out that in the earliest and most triumphant period for these movements, the US was a much whiter country than it is now. It almost seems as though our burgeoning gaggle of ethnicities tends to bog things down. Whether or not you want them bogged down is of course a separate question.

    • Replies: @Stick
    , @stillCARealist
  11. That’s the same period of time as from the Wright Brothers’ first controlled airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, NC to the first flight of the 8 turbo-jet engined Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. I’d have expected some improvements on that scale. Where’s my monkey man Great Society?!

  12. @Steve Sailer

    TNC is our most foremost public intellectual.

    You’re too modest, Steve.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  13. Andrew M says:

    Environmentalism has fizzled away. SlateStarCodex explains it nicely: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/01/01/what-happened-to-90s-environmentalism/

    I’d suggest that it died on 9/11, when terrorism took over as the main bogeyman. I still like to raise environmental concerns as a prime reason not to have more immigration. Every migrant from a poor country to a rich one starts consuming more resources and emitting more CO2; especially if they move from a warm country to a cold place like Sweden or Minnesota. But the rules of intersectionality poker mean that migrants trump the environment.

  14. dearieme says:

    Why was women’s lib so late in the US?

    For example, why did women enter Harvard about a century after they entered Oxford?

    Why did the US not have an early equivalent, for instance, to the British “Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act” of 1919?

    Why not like New Zealand, France, Germany, … blah, blah, blah?

    Is there any explanation beyond “because”?

    • Replies: @Answer
    , @Art Deco
    , @Kibernetika
  15. Lurker says:

    TNC is the Dear Public Intellectual. MHP is the Beloved Public Intellectual. Or is it the other way around?

  16. 50 Years indeed. That’s got to be the rule of thumb now: Half-a-century of “progressivism” or “social change” or “rebellion against… against Who We Really Are. Against America and Americans. It ripped apart fathers and sons and men and women. It has made us What We Are Now = turds going down the toilet.

    50 Years since we landed on the Moon and the Mets won the World Series. It was a time of miracles. Now people write about how amazing it is the that the Chinese, whom we bankrolled, have landed a little fucking machine on, ooh!, the far side of the Moon. Wow. Our men looked down on that very land 50 frick’n years ago from orbit and went around to walk, fart and drive electric cars on the near side. 50 years ago. It’s all been down hill since, thanks to “progress.”

    And the same complaints and issues are new again, as Steve rightly points out. Geniuses write that it’s all new. Or that there never was any progress. Or that the past 50 years never happened.

    Young people think that its all new. Nobody teaches them that it’s all already happened. Nobody knows anything anymore. As I’ve pointed out before, every stinking social issue today was already solved back in ancient times.

    The children who get elected to Congress now, the Ocasio-Cortezes (I’m not looking up the spelling) all sound like children. Seriously, I was in the other room, and she was on the boob screen, and she sounded exactly like a school girl. That’s who we are now.

    • Agree: Stan d Mute
  17. @Buzz Mohawk

    And as an OCD sufferer, I must clarify this:

    As I’ve pointed out before, every stinking social issue today was already solved back in ancient times.

    That means that by the time I was in college, back in ancient times (early 1980s) absolutely every single “social justice” problem was already solved. There was total equality and freedom to be whatever kind of freak you wanted to be. And every non-white person of any sex had all the doors open. Gay? Lesbian? They walked around openly and got hired. No problem. Anybody since who is still in the closet is a coward.

    There is a black guy I went to college with who became… I’ll just say I see him nearly every day on a major TV news network doing his schtick. He was an affirmative action beneficiary, and I don’t blame him for taking advantage of it. He was a nice guy whose only vice was playing loud music all the time. I know a million stories like his. As I say, all the social issues today are fake. The Boomers, if you will, and their New York intellectual critics of culture, pushed through all the changes the new idiots are pushing for now.

    There literally is no social justice work left to be done. It is all being rehashed for political purposes.

  18. ic1000 says:
    @International Jew

    IJ, I see that you have mastered time travel. At least in your role as an unz.com commenter. Will you, too, be picking up some c. 1986 MSFT at $0.10/share (adjusted for splits)?

    • Replies: @International Jew
  19. Thea says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Isaiah 3:12
    [12] As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

    Turning away from Jesus Christ in pursuit of materialism has doomed the US.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  20. Leonard Pitts of TD worship, is older than TNC, and just as bad since Trump won.

  21. It’s worth noting that over in France it’s widely understood that the Yellow Vest movement marks the end of the era that began with the events of May ’68. At least over there, people are saying “we’ve tried things your way for fifty years and what have we got?”.

  22. Stick says:
    @slumber_j

    It almost seems as though our burgeoning gaggle of ethnicities tends to bog things down.

    What better way to tie Gulliver down?

  23. Hail says: • Website
    @Buzz Mohawk

    50 Years since we landed on the Moon

    Due to other priorities, haven’t been back to the Moon since that era. People in 1969 must have believed that by 2019 the U.S. flag would be flying over at least one and probably multiple Moon bases.

    Tradeoff: #InvadeTheWorldInviteTheWorld, In; Space, Out.

    • Replies: @Corn
  24. @Buzz Mohawk

    There literally is no social justice work left to be done. It is all being rehashed for political purposes.

    That’s where you’re oh-so-wrong, my friend! There are all sorts of new identities just waiting to be invented, so that they can ‘liberated’. Soon enough, we’ll have a million and one new ‘genders’, all needing their own bathrooms. And just wait until gene-splicing gets underway and the trans-species movement hits.

    The revolution continues!

  25. The most important social movement of the 60s was the change from front engine to mid engine cars at the Indy 500. This has been a permanent change, unlike those other movements. This makes Dam Gurney the greatest man in the 60s.

    • Replies: @captflee
  26. As a friend, a physicist, pointed out to me at a New Year’s Eve party, 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of our first lunar landing … and also the 44th anniversary of our last.

    But good ole China just keeps on keepin’ on …

  27. In other words, all those movements are now entering their second half century, even if 24-year-old interns at The Atlantic assume they must have only started in 2013.

    When I was a youngster, at the inception of all this, kids rebelled against authority. What happened?

  28. @slumber_j

    No, it means white people dreamed up, voted for, and implemented all this crap. Lots of it was imposed by white judges and executives too. If we’re going for a color culprit, it’s white.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    , @dfordoom
  29. @Buzz Mohawk

    That means that by the time I was in college, back in ancient times (early 1980s) absolutely every single “social justice” problem was already solved.

    That’s about when full blown negro worship began in earnest isn’t it. Shortly thereafter Slick Willie was proclaimed “the first black President”. In the 90’s thru today, it’s all negroes all the time with illiterate sportsballers made our national heroes and culminating in an unaccomplished nobody mulatto crowned President (with many clamoring for him to be King).

    Negroes, for those only incidentally familiar with them, are just like children. Like children, nothing is ever their fault, somebody else did it, everything must be done for them and given to them, and they’ll nag incessantly until they get what they want. Sadly, a great number of white and asian women are essentially the same as well as far too many (more every day it seems) white and asian men. Negro worship has absolved adults of personal responsibility. We live with the results.

  30. Art Deco says:

    Women’s Lib, Gay Lib, Environmentalism, Affirmative Action

    One of these is not like the other. Externalities and the degradation of common property resources are real problems (responsive to real solutions). It’s only to be expected when people are sated with lower-order goods and services that their attention turns to the quality of life injuries which arise from various sorts of effluvia. “Affirmative action”, on the other hand, was a blatant exercise in conscripting agencies enterprises which had a proper set of goals to engage in social work projects on behalf of clients of the public interest bar. It was also a conduit for creatures such as Joseph Rauh (w/ collaborators on the bench) to engage in ever-more officious interference in other people’s business. Lawyers uber alles.

    “Women’s Lib” was a series of rhetorical exercises peddled by women who had no experience negotiating domestic life (e.g. Gloria Steinem) and women who had ruined their domestic life (e.g. Betty Friedan). They had more competent women as collaborators, but all the competent sorts were producing verbiage in lieu of doing what competent women outside of the feminist conventicle were doing, which was producing salable goods and services (while taking care of their families as well). What it amounted to brass tacks was legitimation of abortion-on-demand, legitimation of unilateral-divorce-on-demand, and chronic gamesmanship in service to the object of never holding women accountable for anything. It was purely bad.

    “Gay Lib” may have had half a point to begin with (that public order-maintenance did not require police officers to be staging raids on establishments without probable cause and did not require planting agents provacateurs and did not require that public employees be fired from their jobs for their hobbies). After that it was just one long, exhibitionistic series of harassment gestures against ordinary people and one long whine that weren’t provided the applause they craved by individuals and institutions going on about their legitimate business.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  31. Corn says:
    @Hail

    “People in 1969 must have believed that by 2019 the U.S. flag would be flying over at least one and probably multiple Moon bases.”

    When I was a grade school boy in the 80s we thought by now we’d have Moon colonies and a few missions to Mars under our belts.

    I see no signs of that happening. And if it did start to come together Democrats would probably scuttle the colonies if the bathroons aren’t trans-inclusive.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  32. @Buzz Mohawk

    I agree , but the wacky leftists will still see 1991 as a dark time because gays could not get married nor serve in the military…

  33. lysias says:

    Coates insists on his name being pronounced in a way inconsistent with the name’s spelling. If he wants his name pronounced that way, why can’t he petition a court to change the spelling of his name?

  34. Ben Rhodes was BHO’s National Security Adviser. He said this about reporters, but it applies to people like TNC as well.

    “All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  35. @Steve Sailer

    TNC is our most foremost public intellectual.

    How about “sophisticated intellectual”? That way you can get two one-time insults posing as compliments for the price of one.

    I don’t know if he’s a gentleman or not, but I wouldn’t call him a scholar. Not even the ten o’clock kind.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  36. @anonymous

    verbal hyperinflation

    Silver lining: When somebody says: “Unbelievable!”, meaning “impressive”, just take the word “Unbelievable” literally and don’t believe it. Saves considerable time.

    Counterinsurgency

  37. @Buzz Mohawk

    O-C was tending bar a little over a year ago. Now she is in Congress. This is redolent of the Obama Phenomenon, so I wonder who’s providing the “muscle” behind her sudden rise to prominence.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  38. Answer says:
    @dearieme

    Radcliffe College was founded in 1879 “next door” to Harvard College as Harvard’s “sister” college—originally with faculty drawn entirely from Harvard itself. By 1900 or thereabouts, Radcliffe degrees were essentially indistinguishable from Harvard degrees.

    The American situation was really the same as that in Britain. Women first entered Oxford in their own, newly built colleges.

    So there is nothing to explain. At least concerning college admissions.

  39. 1969:

    We reached the moon.

    Long Island’s football and baseball teams, neither of whom existed in 1959, won championships, against “unbeatable” Baltimore teams.

    New York City was home to bubble gum and blue-eyed soul.

    The most radical acts in the Top 20 for the year were the Rolling Stones and CCR. The other white acts were the Archies, Tommy Roe, Tom Jones, Tommy James and the Shondells (2– big year for Toms!), the Cowsills, Three Dog Night, the Youngbloods, Elvis, and Henry Mancini.

    Black acts dominated statistically, though. The Fifth Dimension, the Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone (2), Marvin Gaye, the Friends of Distinction, Jr Walker and the All Stars. Only one died violently.

    Multiculturalism? London’s Foundations represented the Empire with “Build Me Up, Buttercup”. Written by a flaxen blond of Swedo-Finnish descent with an apostrophe in his name. Who’d sung “Doo Wah Diddy” a few years earlier.

    https://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1969.htm

    Oh, and imagine this (#65) on today’s charts of color:

    It’s about a stepfather. One question, though– why is a father of seven getting “killed in the war”?

  40. Art Deco says:
    @dearieme

    For example, why did women enter Harvard about a century after they entered Oxford?

    http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/oxford-people/women-at-oxford

    FWIW, Radcliffe College was founded the same year (1879) as these women’s colleges at Oxford. No clue why you thought they were founded a century apart.

  41. Marty says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Just after Christmas Bay Area radio started airing a PSA claiming that in 31 states people can still be fired for their sexuality. I know it has to be a lie but I’m too lazy to look it up.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  42. Trump needs to do a Manned Mars Mission speech to kick start a renewed space program.

    The fact that The Great and Powerful Obama ended our manned space program is testament to how little Black people ever cared about the US space program.

    America has failed to give it’s young people something to aspire to.

  43. @ic1000

    I don’t know what you mean about time travel. Does my comment have a strage time stamp? Or something I said?

    Anyway, if I mastered time travel the first thing I’d do is give myself a do-over with some of the girls I’ve known. The financial stuff would come later.

    • Replies: @Pheasant
    , @ic1000
    , @Kaganovitch
  44. @anonymous

    Can anyone think of two English words that, merely used together, sound more ignorant than “most foremost”?

    What’s even more worser, is that when TNC wrote that he was not being tongue-in-cheek.

    Malcolm Gladwell was always my foremost example of the shallowness of the US ‘public intellectual’ pond – but TNC is an even more foremoster example; he may well be the foremostest.

    The only US ‘intellectual’ genuinely worth that title is Chomsky – even though he’s grasped the wrong end of the stick with his left-anarchism. There are very few others I that spring to mind, many of whom are now dead (Gore Vidal and Howard Zinn for example), and it’s an inordinately long time since the US produced the likes of Thoreau, Nock, Spooner, Mencken or Ingersoll (and I doubt that any of those guys would have self-identified as an ‘intellectual’).

    It really says something about the recent ‘intellectual’ output of the US, when it’s almost impossible to name more than one or two. That’s as bad as France, where charlatans like Bernard Henri Levy are considered ‘intellectuals.

  45. @Andrew M

    Every migrant from a poor country to a rich one starts consuming more resources and emitting more CO2; especially if they move from a warm country to a cold place like Sweden or Minnesota.

    Yeah, best not to go with retarded Neo-Mathusian theology as an anti-immigration argument.

    My preferred solution to CO2 emissions is that anyone who believes that they are ‘bad’, stops breathing immediately.

    By the second half of this century atmospheric CO2 will be an industrial input and we will be extracting it from the air as fast as is profitable… at which point Chicken Little types (and charlatans who profit from them) will be clamouring for that to stop, too.

    By and large, the Cult of Thermageddon is made up almost entirely of people who don’t like economic development – but they know if they come straight out and say that, they will be hung by their ankles in the public square. The main ramification of their theology is to prevent economic development for the Bottom Billion, consigning them to continued want and early death, which is a cunty thing to do.

    inb4 “IPCC forecasts”: unless you know as much as I do about model-based forecasting, back away from the keyboard. (My PhD was specifically about probabilitstic forecasting in a ~30-million equation dynamic model – at a time when my PC was a 486 dx2-66 with 4MB of RAM).

  46. @Reg Cæsar

    Written by a flaxen blond of Swedo-Finnish descent with an apostrophe in his name. Who’d sung “Doo Wah Diddy” a few years earlier.

    You refer, I think, to Mike d’Abo, but Paul Jones actually sang the hit recording of “Do Wah Diddy”. d’Abo was the singer for Manfred Mann Chapter Two (1966-1969), as you might call it (Klaus Voormann, who drew the album cover illustration for the Beatles Revolver, was the bass player for that iteration of MM).

    Manfred Mann Chapter Three (the album, released in 1969, after d’Abo) is one of my all-time favorite albums.

  47. Kyle says:

    She’s only 29 yet she already has “meth teeth,” and terrible skin.
    This is the face of the drug problem in america.

    • Replies: @Hail
  48. @Andrew M

    ‘…I still like to raise environmental concerns as a prime reason not to have more immigration. Every migrant from a poor country to a rich one starts consuming more resources and emitting more CO2; especially if they move from a warm country to a cold place like Sweden or Minnesota…’

    Hadn’t thought of that; excellent point, sir!

  49. captflee says:
    @flyingtiger

    Geez, flyingtiger, I thought that I paid a bit too much attention to motorsports! As an F1 fan since the days of Stewart and Fittipaldi, I might propose Grime Heel, what with wins at Indy, Le Mans, and Monaco, a feat no one else has been able to duplicate. Yet. Fernando Alonso needs to win “only” the Indy 500 to join him on the podium in the empyrean, and he has a season or two in Indycar ahead of him to give that a whack.

    Relevant to 50 years of “progress”, I was not an hour ago discussing with my 21 year old son what a bland automotive design age he has grown up in. Recent cars are great in so many ways, with econoboxes wielding more horsepower than most 70s supercars, needing a first tuneup at about the mileage a 70s four cylinder would need an engine overhaul, etc., but CAFE and rollover standards impose some apparently constrictive limits to the shape, so much so that I can only identify most newer vehicles by badges. That was, say what you will, assuredly not the case in 1969, when the thoughts of a young man nearing driving age turned to cars.

  50. @Marty

    All 50 states, probably, if someone tells HR you made them feel “uncomfortable”

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  51. slumber_j says:
    @stillCARealist

    I never meant to imply otherwise.

  52. @Prester John

    …I wonder who’s providing the “muscle” behind her sudden rise to prominence.

    I wonder the same thing. We’ve seen this phenomenon again and again, but she is a particularly blatant case of it. “Beto” is another one that gives me the feeling of “who the hell is this guy and why is he all over my TV suddenly?”

    MSM pushes these people on us, and somebody bankrolls and manages them and strategizes for them.

    Trump is almost unique in the fact that there was nobody behind him. The muscles want him out because they can’t manage him.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @slumber_j
    , @Corn
    , @Thea
  53. J.Ross says: • Website

    We will not improve upon Orwell showing that honesty and therefore intellectual work depends on phrasing clarity in Politics and the English Language. Maybe update the examples. All you need to do to protect yourself from these creeps is become sensitive to conveniently sloppy wording. At NPR, this tendency has moved beyond the lawyer’s summing-up-speech trick of taking liberties with the boundaries of a concept (which was always accepted by journalists of every ideology), and careened into the self-defeating territory of embracing simple errors because you know no editor will correct them. Scott Adam’s Dual PowerPoints move further apart because one was clearly not proofread.

  54. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jim Don Bob

    Nobody should be allowed to be a lawyer or a journalist straight out of school. It used to be that this wasn’t as much of a problem because of economic pressure, availability of work, and the desire of aspiring authors to garner experiences. There were literal “journalists straight out of school,” but they had gotten varied life experience beforehand. That nightmare quote represents a worst-case scenario. Democracy dies in darkness, indeed.

  55. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Reg Cæsar

    How about this guy and millions more would never have been a problem if our education system worked and employers controlled their own hiring?

  56. TNC is pretty close to TNB. which is all you get from these guys.

    surprised he didn’t write about NFL black monday this year, which truly was black monday this time.

  57. “Can anyone think of two English words that, merely used together, sound more ignorant than “most foremost”?”

    military intelligence.

    that used to be a joke, but now it’s real. some of america’s most mediocre people are running the pentagon. the current crop of generals and admirals are perhaps the worst ever.

    today the pentagon said, it’s not ready to fight russia or china. excuse me, did they not just get a raise to 750 billion? 20 years ago the defense budget was 250 billion and the cold war had been over for 5 years. i know they’re just asking for more money in a bureaucratic way, but at this point, somebody simply needs to tell them to STFU. before they were only annoying. now they’re getting offensive.

    can’t defend the border, but 750 billion a year we got 2 months ago is not enough to fight russia or china. GTFO, military men. my respect has dropped to zero. GFY.

  58. “In other words, all those movements are now entering their second half century, even if 24-year-old interns at The Atlantic assume they must have only started in 2013.”

    this is a really big problem, and what the left is counting on. once all the old people retire and are gone, they’ll mostly be replaced by people who are 30 and never spent one day outside the total brainwash chamber that is the public schools and television media.

    a lot of these people literally believe what the leftists have been telling them for decades. and since none of the older people will be around to give any other perspective or opinion, that’s how they’ll think things actually were in the past. that’s probably why current college students are so violently leftist on average. they’ve never heard any other perspective – most authority figures in their entire life have told them all day every day that america is terrible, sucks, was always terrible, always sucked, and should be destroyed. only some of them will reject the constant conditioning. a lot of them absorb it.

    we are in deep trouble.

  59. @Achmed E. Newman

    You’re too modest, Steve.

    Does Ta’Neezy even have an epigone, audacious or otherwise?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  60. Sean says:
    @anonymous

    Fore-erst with the mostest.

  61. @Steve Sailer

    I was highly amused when in ‘The Equalizer 2″ Denzel Washington whips out a TNC book and tells a Black ute he should be reading stuff like that.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  62. Hail says: • Website
    @Corn

    I see no signs of that happening

    Correction: “happening under the U.S. flag.”

    What do the betting markets have for the over/under year on “the first planting by human hand of the Red Chinese flag on the Moon”?

    As for the USA, [1] a few InvadeTheWorlds left on the table, and [2] more heaping servings of InviteTheWorld demand that money / civilizational effort.

    (If U.S. dissolution occurs on a timescale faster than anyone is now anticipating, one of the U.S. successor states might still do it, but it seems impossible for the U.S. as presently constituted/ruled.)

  63. @Thea

    What would it take for people to turn back to Jesus Christ?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Thea
  64. @Stan d Mute

    Honestly, though I like the guy and his writing, I never bothered to check what an epigone is. Maybe Tennessee Jed Coates would know. If I only knew how to tweet him ….

  65. @dearieme

    For further background, check out the so-called Seven Sisters colleges: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Sisters_%28colleges%29

  66. @Corn

    Ironically(?), Corn, Moon and Mars colonies would probably be the place for the all-inclusive bathrooms. It takes a lot of energy to get stuff up there. I can’t see bringing any extra of those $600 toilet seats.

    Yeah, genderbenders, so let’s go to Mars.

  67. @Kratoklastes

    What’s even more worser, is that when TNC wrote that he was not being tongue-in-cheek.

    Hey, serendipity here. Why don’t we dub this guy Tongue N Cheek? I guess it’s not really insulting enough for my tastes …

  68. “There literally is no social justice work left to be done.”
    europeans still exist. so the greatest project of all, replacing them, has a ways to go.

    “The fact that The Great and Powerful Obama ended our manned space program is testament to how little Black people ever cared about the US space program.”
    not only did they not ever care about it, they openly hated it. every dollar spent on outer space was a dollar that could have been used for useless africans and their never ending requirements of food, water, medicine, housing, education, and AA jobs. that’s the bottom line for them. in the 60s they would actually go to the NASA facility and protest it.

    “And if it did start to come together Democrats would probably scuttle the colonies if the bathroons aren’t trans-inclusive.”
    i wonder how vicious the battle will be about who gets to step that first boot on mars. i’m not sure the serious guys will automatically win that one. the crazy people might actually have a say in that decision by the time it comes around, 2020s or 2030s time period.

    go back and read some of the vdare reporting on the apollo missions. kennedy deliberately put an african in the astronaut pool, trying to force there to be an african on those missions. he was a good guy who tried his best, but he always performed the worst in all the tests. then once kennedy was killed, that guy was dropped from the program immediately. probably literally the next week.

    i guess one thing that hasn’t changed is that democrat presidents can force almost anything to happen, and it happens as long as they want it to. already in 1961, a democrat president was forcing the, still then very serious, airforce and NASA, to take some guy they didn’t want and who shouldn’t have been there. but a republican president can barely get basic national issue stuff done, if there’s enough bureaucratic resistance.

    “Will you, too, be picking up some c. 1986 MSFT at $0.10/share”
    if you do the math, the amazon IPO was actually the best stock bet of all time. pays out even more than MSFT, much faster. 5 stock splits in 3 years or so, then the price skyrockets. so you only have to go back to 1997 in your time machine.

    although if you have to do it the back to the future way, you should buy as much microsoft as you can in 1986, continue buying until 1996, then sell it all in 1997 and buy the amazon IPO. if you do some math on that, you’ll see you can easily become a billionaire in like 15 years with less than a million invested.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
  69. dfordoom says: • Website

    1969 was also approximately the time when left-wing political parties (in the Anglosphere at least) started to quietly drop all their actual left-wing policies. They also started to quietly drop their nationalist policies. Prior to this time leftists were often fiercely nationalistic.

    But in 1969 fighting racism suddenly became more urgent than confronting the power of international bankers. Fighting sexist language became more important that worrying about the future of manufacturing industry. Celebrating sexual deviancy suddenly became more important than worrying about whether ordinary people would be able to afford to buy a house in which to raise their kids.

    1969 was the time when the Left started transforming itself into a more touchy-feely version of the Right.

  70. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Cagey Beast

    – Who is our ruling class?

    The same as always. The people with the money.

    – Do we even have one?

    There’s always a ruling class. The more claims you hear that class doesn’t really exist or doesn’t really the more certain you can be that you have a ruling class.

    – Does it understand that it’s the ruling class or does it think someone “out there” must be in charge?

    I think we can be pretty sure that they are very very aware that they are the ruling class.

    – What has really been the ruling ideology over the last five decades?

    The ruling class doesn’t have an ideology, other than protecting its class interests. That hasn’t changed in 500 years.

    Ideologies are for people who don’t have power but would like to.

    The post ’68 crowd pretend that, because they’re not stuffy old capitalists, professors or clergy, they’re not really in charge

    Say hello to the new boss. He’s the same as the old boss.

  71. dfordoom says: • Website
    @stillCARealist

    No, it means white people dreamed up, voted for, and implemented all this crap. Lots of it was imposed by white judges and executives too. If we’re going for a color culprit, it’s white.

    Yep.

    But why? Mostly it was done as a smokescreen. The ruling class was consolidating its position after the various traumatic events of the 20th century (the Great Depression the two World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, etc). They wanted to make sure that never again would a member of the ruling class have to fear being lined up against a wall and shot. They wanted to make sure that the non-elites would never again be able to offer any kind of political challenge to the ruling class.

    How to do this? The same way any good stage magician does his tricks. Misdirection. Make sure the people are busy watching what you want them to watch so they don’t see what you’re really doing.

    You don’t want people to think in class terms, because they might figure out that they’re getting shafted, so you persuade them to think in terms of sex and sexual orientation and race by making a huge song and dance about these things.

    You don’t want people to notice that freedom and democracy have been quietly eliminated so you get them all excited about the fact that women how have the freedom to be sluts, and everyone has the freedom to indulge in any kind of sexual degeneracy they might choose. That’s much more fun that boring stuff like political freedom.

    Social justice is a smokescreen so we don’t notice that we’re not going to get economic justice or political justice.

  72. @Kratoklastes

    Are Steyn, Peterson, and Molyneux intellectuals? They seem worthier (especially the first two) of the title than any living American; except, of course, perhaps Tom Selleck and (((Henry Winkler))), notable for their contributions to what everyone writing here agrees is The Most Important Topic Ever.

    Derbyshire? (I expect he wouldn’t run if nominated not serve if selected to be an intellectual; besides, he’s of controversial vintage; if he were, so would Steyn be an American intellectual.) Paglia…? Pinker and Chomsky are hacks. They are intellectuals like Joel Olsteen is a theologian or Danielle Steele a novelist.

  73. Jake says:
    @Cagey Beast

    None of that is new. Oliver Cromwell refused to take a crown, but he ruled with more iron power and wielded it more directly over the lives of people than any monarch in the history of the British Isles. He didn’t even really pretend to be ruling with Parliament, which he truncated first into the Rump Parliament and then the Bare Bones Parliament.n If you agreed with Cromwell, your voice could be heard. If you disagreed with Cromwell, your voice was silenced, by death if necessary.

    And Cromwell and his closest Puritan allies most definitely did not allow anyone to speak of them as an Elite class. They ended Elitism.

    Also of note is that Cromwell saw his Bare Bones Parliament as modeled on the Sanhedrin.

    Anglo-Saxon Puritanism was a Judaizing heresy.

  74. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer

  75. Dtbb says:

    Kinda old but was brought to my attention just today.
    https://www.roadandtravel.com/earthtones/2014/recycling-back-then.html

    • Replies: @riches
  76. Pheasant says:
    @International Jew

    ‘if I mastered time travel the first thing I’d do is give myself a do-over with some of the girls I’ve known. The financial stuff would come later.’

    Wait a minuite…Youre not an international jew at all!

    • Replies: @International Jew
  77. @Joe Stalin

    I was higly un-amused when I saw that. In fact, I wrote one of my correspondents the following on 11/21 after paying a bit extra to Amazon Prime to watch Equalizer2 early:

    In Equalizer2 there is only one false note.

    In Equalizer, Denzel explains that his wife died but that she had had a campaign to read the masters of literature and that, after she had died, Denzel had decided to read all of the greatest books that his late wife had done.

    This is a plot device that is constantly referenced in the first and the latest the 2nd Equalizer. There is a scene were Denzel goes to one of the few physical bookstores that still exist in Boston and picks up a special order book of Proust. Later at the end of the film, we see that that book is sitting on a table in Denzel’s 2nd home on the Massachusetts coast.

    But when the young black guy that Denzel is mentoring sits with Denzel in the hidden coastal home, Denzel gives him Ta-Neishe Coates racist novel of stupidity.

    So, Denzel was reading the classics of Western Civilization because his dead wife had decided that that was the best education a person could get. But even though Equalizer2 has Denzel reading the last volume of his dead wife’s program, he suddenly gives the kid that he is mentoring a Ta-Neishi Coates piece of shit???

    Why? What about the classics that are central to both films? What about his dead wife’s practices that Washington is honoring in scene after scene after scene in both films?

    The scenes with the young black boy don’t really make any sense. He is an artist, but some studs come and take him to their crib and tell him to start shooting people? Ok, so how does that make for a good thing you want to promote?

    The boy seems stupid and weak. I just saw that Keanu Reeves thing with the aliens landing and the big robot called Gort? It is a remake of the 1950s film and it was done in 2008.

    So Jaden Smith, son of Jada Pinkett and Will Smith portrays Jennifer Connely’s black kid. And the kid is just a total asshole. It’s like why has someone not done something that would pull this anti-social bullshit down?

    Now I see that, 10 years later, the 20-something Jaden is as stupid as when he was a kid.

    Anyway, there is a tendency from black film directors like Antoine Fuqua to let in this black racist nonsense.

    The plot was to go with the classics of Western Civilization. Why, after the entire thing with Denzel’s character of reading from A to Z all of the classics, would he not want to pass that on to a younger black male. And even more to give him Ta-Neichi Coates to read???????

    Major fail. And makes it clear that black people don’t care about what’s real. They only care about black. I was shocked to see this in an otherwise great film.

    Sign o the times?

    Probably.

    And that means…..wait for it…….we are so fucked.

  78. Hail says: • Website

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, is striking for his inability to remember much of what has happened during his own lifetime (1975-2019)

    Upon first reading, I thought this meant to imply that Mr. Coates had recently died.

  79. @Simply Simon

    What would it take for people to turn back to Jesus Christ?

    On the Sunday after 11 September 2001, my wife and I went to the nearest church. It was standing room only.

    • Replies: @Thea
    , @Simply Simon
  80. Hail says: • Website
    @Buzz Mohawk

    The curious case of the biographically fraudulent Puerto Rican is that Fox News is in on it, too. Constant promotion. Why? Apparently Richard Spencer has also praised her.

  81. @Pheasant

    Au contraire. (Know your antisemitic stereotypes.)

    https://tinyurl.com/y7kjhouc

  82. ic1000 says:
    @International Jew

    Re: mastering time travel — Your reply to Harry Baldwin’s comment was itself the first comment on this thread when I read it. But Ron Unz has since revoked your privileges, see his software upgrade article.

  83. slumber_j says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I’ve likewise wondered about both–although in Beto’s case the answer is at least somewhat clear: the many Kennedys have whipped their many, many friends into a frenzy, and that pretty much locks up the mainstream media.

  84. Corn says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Granted I’m not from Texas, but I don’t see the appeal of Beto O’Rourke.

    He’s reasonably good looking and makes flaky women swoon?

    Idk

  85. Thea says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    We had a unity then briefly. Some renewed abisaya. From for a moment we had chance to reclaim our country as a people as united Americans with good reason to close the border free for all.

    The neocons robbed us of that in pursuit of profits.

  86. Thea says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I’ve come to think tptb want Trump there for the ‘Look at the monkey’ factor. While people bicker on Twitter about whether he is a NAZI our wars continue and working class declines further. Assange said that whoever becomes president won’t matter much because they will have their hands tied by the bureaucracy. While it matters somewhat culturally, even a great president can’t fix this mess.

    It will take a lot more Americans waking up to what a disaster our country is. When the Wehrmacht invaded the USSR, Stalin was in denial for a while. He told the Red Army to stand down as Hitler took thousands of miles of territory. But then he stood up and chased them to Berlin.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  87. Thea says:
    @Simply Simon

    Wish I knew. Only American men are capable of pulling off another great awakening.

    I’m quite a fan of American men and won’t count them out yet.

  88. @clyde

    Spike moved to that block to have easy access to the N and the R subway trains. Samuel Jackson also lived on 63rd for the same reason.

  89. tyrone says:
    @International Jew

    ‘effluential” intellectual, is this similar to a brown floaty? ta-nehisi floaty……..sorry I can’t help myself.

  90. Bu-bu-but … The job of liberatin’ and equalizin’ is never done! So long as one single rude word is uttered the crusade must continue!!!

    Straight face back on: Steve isn’t kidding about the youth of the people who are reporting and opinionating these days. It’s a factor that hasn’t gotten enough attention, IMHO. Because of tighter budgets and competition from the web (but I repeat myself), MANY media outlets have thrown a little money at their senior employees to retire. (I’m one of those MSM oldies who was offered a little money to take a hike. Enjoying retirement a lot, thank you very much.) The editors, producers and bosses at name outlets are now often a few leftover Boomers, while the newsrooms are full of ambitious, wet-behind-their-ears kids in their 20s with degrees in Grievance Studies who arrive in the field convinced that journalism *should* be advocacy, and for whom everything (because of their youth and brainwashings) is always new. The old Establishment media world with its absurd devotion to “objectivity” had its downsides but this new one may be worse. It’s certainly less worldly and infinitely shallower. I often look at an article these days and can’t believe how credulous towards the authorities it is, and how inadequately it’s been reported, thought through and fact-checked. “In the old days we’d never have published that,” I’ll think.

    If you feel like you’re being lectured by kids these days when you turn on the TV or look at a newspaper, it’s because you are.

  91. Dumb young hounding dumb old. Great.

  92. @Reg Cæsar

    You are right on the money and myself I am a fervent Temptations fan, their “Law of the land” cut being the epitome of all of “Soul” music.
    Plus Junior Walker was great, his sax playing was up there with the best jazz players.

    AJM “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz musician, last gig tuesday past.

    PS being a native Detroiter I am quite biased towards the motown sound.

  93. Just the mention of this nitwit T coates, and I am immediatly clobbered with a mass headache and stomach pain.

    This fucking anti-intellectual moron is the most perfect example of a specimen of that which is destroying the US as of today.

    And he is worshiped in Europe by the insane leftist ruling class such as a re-appearance of BO

    AJM

  94. @Thea

    ” He stood up and chased them to Berlin”

    He, Stalin, wouldn’t have chased them anywhere if it had not been for the millions of tons of US military equipment and food stuffs the reds received in warttime assistance.

    AJM

  95. riches says:
    @Dtbb

    Not impressed.

    The writer at the link provided is so-o-o cleverly righteous about concerns over modern conveniences and their environmental consequences, but doesn’t have the fortitude to list using millions of school buses for social engineering, nor allowing 20 million+ peasants to access our environment-destroying technology.

  96. @Buzz Mohawk

    In lieu of another 9/11 perhaps a loud voice from the clouds announcing “the world will end in three days” might work.

  97. Hail says: • Website
    @Kyle

    Some of what you are seeing may be her chaotic racial ancestry not meshing well together.

  98. martin2 says:

    Thinking something is new and cutting edge when it’s really been going on for a long time is not restricted to women’s lib etc. My mother used to say that the younger generation think they have invented sex.

    I remember in the early 1970’s when I was teenager being asked “What pop music do you like?” I indignantly replied. “I don’t listen to POP, I listen to Rock!” Forty odd years later I said to a young woman “What pop music do you like?” and she indignantly replied, I don’t listen to POP, I listen to ROCK!” .

  99. @prime noticer

    It was Johnson’s idea, and the only reason he was dropped was because Chuck Yeager threatened to quit after one too many instances of putting the thumb on the scale for the AA hire.

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