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Commenter Almost Missouri writes:

Almost Missouri says:
October 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm GMT • 400 Words(Edit-2601497)
I’m on board with almost all Sailerisms:

Invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world.
Who–Whom
Strange New Respect (haven’t heard that one lately)
First Law of Female Journalism
Merkel’s Mistake/Boner
Rape of Russia
Victory Riot, etc.

But I’ve always been skeptical of “leapfrogging loyalties”.

Not that it doesn’t address a real and important thing. It does. My objection is that it implicitly accepts part of the enemy’s frame: that the leapfroggers actually have some loyalty to those to whom they leapfrog. They do not.

In reality, what appears to be leapfrogging loyalties is just an optical illusion caused by the one-upmanship virtue signalling spirals of our mentally and morally debased elites. It leads to an unintentional game of brinkmanship where someone occasionally goes and actually does the stupid thing that everyone else was just using as a phony prop to signal with. Then something fatal happens, like hitchhiking through the Middle East in a wedding dress, or letting a couple of million hostile foreigners into your country.

As best as I can tell, Angela Merkel was not part of a sinister plot to end Europe. Remember, she had already declared multiculturalism to be a “failed policy” back in about 2012. When the first invader columns (which the media were spinning as “asylum seekers”) showed up at the borders, she had no clear plan of action. Instead, her latent cat lady id got snagged up into a virtue spiral by the fear of negative media coverage/prospect of positive media coverage. And so in a series of rash ad hoc acts, she sold her country down the river in exchange for ephemeral media plaudits.

Anyway, do I have a better term for “leapfrogging loyalties”?

Not a catchier one. “Virtue signalling overreach”? “Moral brinkmanship fails”? “Virtue auction winner’s curse“?

These lack “leapfrogging loyalties” fun alliteration, unfortunately. But I think they are more accurate.

Commenter The Last Real Calvinist replies:

I agree that ‘leapfrogging loyalties’ is not quite what’s happening. Western virtue-signalers don’t really feel ‘loyal’ to the recipients of their dubious largesse.

The Holy Other is mostly an abstraction; it’s more ‘peoples’ than actual people, i.e. individuals. That’s why it’s so natural for Our Betters to assert that there can’t be criminals or cheaters or scam artists in the caravan. The Caravan is Good, so its constituent elements — i.e. real individuals, all of them human, all of them sinners, some of them no doubt evil actors indeed — don’t really exist.

The cultural elites who buy into this worldview — i.e. ‘privileged’ westerners rescuing and redeeming the oppressed — suffer from I’ve been calling ‘Substitute Savior Syndrome’. They’re so engorged with pride in their own virtue and importance that they believe they can do the job of the real Savior.

But this is also why they pointedly don’t follow Jesus’ admonition to love their neighbors: their neighbors are real people. Skyler down the street’s got a drug problem; that’s messy and hopeless. Olivia in the next apartment dates losers and now is getting knocked around by one of them; at this point, she’s a lost cause. The boss is a white man who voted for Trump and made me work overtime; he’s literally Hitler. They’re all too difficult to love, much less save.

But as for the nice smooth uniform masses of the victims of US imperialism, globalization, racism, etc. — hey, I can cast a nice clean easy vote for open borders, make a nice clean easy donation to an NGO that does advocacy for asylum seekers, maybe even march in a nice clean easy demonstration where everybody thinks like me and pats me on the back. That’s some simple, straightforward saving that makes me feel good, but costs me little to nothing.

But don’t expect me to really get to know the victims I’m ‘saving’, and be ‘loyal’ to them. Once they’re really my neighbors — like in Rotherham, Cologne, and so many other places — well, I’ll just close my eyes, put my fingers in my ears, and hum a happy hymn of self-regard that blocks out the ugly reality. Oh, and project all my barely-suppressed fear and hate onto my real neighbors who don’t appreciate the great work I’ve done.

 
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  1. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT The Chinese man, put in charge of detecting white racism by Australia, has succeeded, against all odds, in detecting white racism. But that Neil Armstrong guy gets a Ryan Gosling vehicle. Pshaw.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/01/new-race-discrimination-commissioner-says-there-is-a-resurgence-of-extremism-in-australia

  2. These lack “leapfrogging loyalties” fun alliteration, unfortunately. But I think they are more accurate.

    “Pyrrhic philanthropy”?

    • Agree: pyrrhus
    • LOL: silviosilver
  3. Two excellent comments and a good discussion.

    In the scenario as described by Almost Missouri, the virtue signalers have no connection to the second layer out, so they can’t have any Gemeinschaft ties with them. They are only concerned with them in an abstract way as part of the larger society, Gesellschaft. If I remember these terms correctly, this is common in a modern, industrialized society.

    In the scenario as described by The Last Real Calvinist, the virtue signalers are ignoring the real connection they have to their neighbors, in the place where those Gemeinschaft relationships work. This too is a problem that is too common today. We and our neighbors don’t bother to get to know each other, because we don’t depend on each other. The modern world, the Gesellschaft society if you will, has been so successful at protecting us and providing for our needs, that we all can just commute home from our work and stay in our houses, never walking next door, and maybe not even knowing who lives there.

    (Please forgive me if my attempt at using remembered Poli Sci material is off the mark.)

    • Replies: @Altai
    , @Forbes
  4. …her latent cat lady id…

    a series of rash ad hoc acts…

    Hmm, how would our German readers express these terms in their language?

    Sein Katzenfrauenesstruktur?

    Eine unüberlegte Hierfürtatenreihe?

    Skyler down the street’s got a drug problem; that’s messy and hopeless.

    Anyone named “Skyler”, or “Skylar”, has a parental problem that is messy and hopeless. Why would anyone name a child after a 19th-century Vice President, and then spell it wrong?

  5. notanon says:

    As best as I can tell, Angela Merkel was not part of a sinister plot to end Europe.

    Clinton’s private speeches to the banks showed they want open borders across all of the Americas and they fund politicians to give them what they want – they want the same thing in Europe, open borders between Europe and at least north Africa.

    Remember, she had already declared multiculturalism to be a “failed policy” back in about 2012.

    Cameron and Sarkozy said similar things around the same time but i think people misunderstood what they meant – they didn’t mean pressurize immigrants to integrate with Europe they meant forcing Europeans to integrate with immigrants.

  6. Anon[321] • Disclaimer says:

    Funny how the leapfrogging always fails to land on Palestinians, Iranians, Syrians, and Russians. Or American Indians. Who speaks for defending Native American land from further invasion?

  7. njguy73 says:

    But as for the nice smooth uniform masses of the victims of US imperialism, globalization, racism, etc. — hey, I can cast a nice clean easy vote for open borders, make a nice clean easy donation to an NGO that does advocacy for asylum seekers, maybe even march in a nice clean easy demonstration where everybody thinks like me and pats me on the back. That’s some simple, straightforward saving that makes me feel good, but costs me little to nothing.

    “Nice clean easy”

    FTW

  8. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    The Last Real Calvinist nails it. “Leapfrogging Loyalties” is accurate, but the loyalties are to abstractions, Platonic forms of “refugee” and “immigrant” that don’t differentiate between the wide range of individuals those terms encompass.

    This is exemplified by, among others, the refugee aid org the Pittsburgh mass murderer cited. Formed as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS seems to now go solely by its acronym, like KFC. “Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.” is its motto. Which refugee? Albert Einstein? Hans Bethe? Some Somali married to her brother? There’s no distinction made.

  9. Anon[321] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    commissioner-says-there-is-a-resurgence-of-extremism-in-australia

    In Tibet too. I wonder why.

  10. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Reg Cæsar

    Anyone named “Skyler”, or “Skylar”, has a parental problem that is messy and hopeless. Why would anyone name a child after a 19th-century Vice President, and then spell it wrong?

    I knew a Skylar (I forget her exact spelling) who was married, in a high level corporate job for her age (late 20s) and lived in the Mountain West. Doubt she had any parental problems. Most likely, the name started by WASPs giving on old family name from their ancestry as a given name. There is probably more than one “correct” spelling.

  11. “Frisson of irony” captures the essence of thing quite nicely. It’s not alliterative, but it’s just erudite enough that it could serve as the name of a prog-rock album or an alien mothership.

    On a more serious note, the whole concept of using “the other” as an ace of trumps has always been one of the shortest and easiest paths to unearned feelings of self-satisfaction, which is all that the natural man ever pursues. The more familiar you become with the depraved mechanics of human psychology, the more you realize how inevitable this is, that it simply cannot be any other way.

    But the actual and lawful loyalties to which man is called do not flow invariably from his own natural affections. God would not have commanded children to be loyal to parents, spouses to each other, servants to masters, etc.—and stipulated that such behavior is necessary to qualify one for citizenship in a higher kingdom—if all this could be had without effort, simply by following one’s ungoverned inclinations. It takes real acts of will and sacrifice to produce any loyalty worthy of commendation. It takes mortification of the flesh, a going against the grain of oneself, for the natural state of man is to be faithless, foolish, and self-interested.

    What the leapfroggers demonstrate is really just their all-too-human concupiscence. Watching them is like watching some hapless animal nose its way into a well baited trap. It causes me to feel embarrassment, pity, and disgust (and a constant undercurrent of desperation as I try to protect the good things they’re witlessly destroying), but no great shock of betrayal. They are no brothers of mine.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    , @TTSSYF
  12. Most likely, the name started by WASPs giving on old family name from their ancestry as a given name.

    In that case, it would be Schuyler. It’s Dutch for “scholar”, and cognate with the German Schuler.

    But “Skyler/Skylar” belongs with “Shavonne” (Siobhan) and “Menyon” (Mignon). But in this case, it’s whites, not blacks, who are saddling their kids with it.

    I’m surprised our Dutch-American Real Calvinist spelled it that way. If they can’t even spell it in northwest Iowa…

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @Mr. Anon
  13. “Once they’re my neighbors…” they won’t be my neighbors very long. These sort of folks tend to move into gentrifying neighborhoods where the diverse are on their way out, or gentrified neighborhoods where they are all long gone.

  14. @Reg Cæsar

    Didn’t you read Freakonomics? The chapter on names is interesting, if you haven’t.

  15. Anonymous[309] • Disclaimer says:

    I always think of the great Hans Christian Andersen fable of ‘the Emperor’s new clothes’.

    The weavers and con men being The Economist, the pompous gullible fools the western political class.

  16. Not a term, but often the term “scatterbrained” describes the people we are talking about.

  17. I’m surprised our Dutch-American Real Calvinist spelled it that way. If they can’t even spell it in northwest Iowa…

    I spelled it that way on purpose — God made and loves the Schuylers, but just as much so the Skylers. And it’s the Skylers that the Great and Good want nothing to do with — except to look down on.

  18. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Jim Goad can tell you about how nutty anyone calling themselves Skyler can be.

  19. anon[133] • Disclaimer says:

    So it’s just Holier-than-thou-ism run amok?

    • Replies: @Samuel Skinner
    , @notanon
  20. Wilkey says:

    Yeah, “leapfrogging loyalties” is one term of yours that’s never quite caught on with me. It does describe what is happening (in some cases), but it doesn’t describe why, and the fact is that there are several different whys to explain it. For a very great many people its just simple naivete. They have no fricking clue what the consequences of open borders will be, they just dont want to be “selfish” in how they treat the “oppressed.” The ability to be “compassionate” while not caring about the consequences of your compassion is probably quite liberating, and I’m actually envious of those people in some ways.

    For some hard-left liberals support for open bordsrs i’s just about raw political power. For businessmen it’s simply about cheap labor. And, for the real weakness in the term, there is the fact that for a very large number of people it’s *not* leapfrogging loyalties – the are being loyal to the groups they consider to be closest to them. They just don’t consider white, gentile Americans to be that group.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @notanon
  21. bonnyblue says: • Website

    Angela Merkel’s statement (in 2010 I think) was almost word-for-word the same statement issued by other Western heads of state at the time: that ‘multiculturalism is a failure’. Very similar words were delivered in speeches by David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, and later I think Howard of Australia. Was that coincidence? I always thought it was intended to deceive or lull their constituents, who were in some cases having misgivings about the events in their countries.

    It’s odd that so few people then took notice of these orchestrated statements, taking the words as being sincere. Maybe I’ve become too cynical but even then I said it was all for show.

    Now almost no one seems to remember the curious coincidence of those politicians just happening to use almost the same verbiage within a short time period.

    And it wasn’t for nothing that Merkel was a Charlemagne Prize (think ‘Kalergi prize’) winner a year or so ago.

  22. Dissident says:

    Astute observations.

    What was that term Ann Coulter, I believe, had used some time back to refer-to an American Christian pastor who brought an infectious disease back to the U.S. with him after volunteering in the third-world, thereby subjecting his own family and community to that risk? The point made was that there were plenty of opportunities here at home for voluntary humanitarian service and by choosing instead to travel to a third-world outhouse*, this individual basically chose selfishly vain virtue-signaling.

    *To use John Derbyshire’s euphemism for a certain indelicate term used by our President.

    To all those promoting continued third-world immigration into the West and asylum and amnesty for those already here, I would offer the following message:

    If you truly feel called to help the masses of the third-world, there are plenty of other, far better channels that you could direct your energies and efforts into. How about working against invade the world foreign policy, for example? Less interventionism and bellicosity in our foreign policy would greatly benefit not only third-world populations but also your fellow citizens here at home.

    And if, as is unfortunately statistically highly probable, you, like myself, are Jewish, I would add: Opposing or even merely refraining from supporting or promoting both Invade the World as well as Invite the World (and In-Hock to the World too) policies would go much further toward helping to ensure the safety of Jews (in the U.S. and everywhere) than any and all of the preening, sanctimonious SJWesque shtik we’ve been seeing from the usual suspects. The latter, if anything, make us more hated and less safe. (G-d help us.)

    Promoting displacement immigration, warmongering, cultural degeneracy, and hostility toward white gentiles (esp. non-cosmopolitan, traditionalist and heterosexual male white gentiles) is no way to repay the extraordinary, unprecedented tolerance, kindness and hospitality that a mostly white, mostly Christian nation has shown us.

    And if you absolutely must persist in your SJWesque, Cultural Marxist ways, could you at least refrain from invoking your Jewish identity, let alone Judaism, when you do? For the truth is that at least much of what progressive Jews call tikkun olam (repairing or perfecting the world) would, from an authentic Judaic perspective, much more aptly be called khurban olam (destroying or ruining the world).

    Thanks.

  23. Anonymous[138] • Disclaimer says:

    Meh. People like Merkel basically have the same beliefs as Neon Nazis, they just don’t frame it the same way. All of the so-called wisdom of diversity and taking money/safety from whites to give to nonwhites is received wisdom from people with more power than themselves. Neon Nazis name this group with more power. Merkel, Juencker, and all the rest of the blue checkmark class do not name this powerful group. Not saying the nazis are correct, either. It’s not an entire race doing this, it is basically a powerful mafia of billionaires and their ngo fronts, though most of these rich men are not “white.” Hence their win-win strategy of demonizing whites while taking a commission on the greatest theft/ wealth transfer in history. Literally everyone else outside of this small powerful clique is just following the leader.

    Merkel knows The Cabal is real, and Merkel cares about being in its good graces. Her main personality trait is cowardice, same for all the other whites who collaborate with anti-white ideology. The white guilt stuff is just lies they choose to believe to justify following the anti-white cult, but those lies are post hoc rationalizations and do not play a role in motivating them.

  24. Stopped reading when Magic Zombie Rabbi’s name came up. Yawn.

  25. It is not so much leapfrogging loyalties, but outright hostility to their own people that is at work.

    Immigration is not so much altruism, but a strategic technique to import a new population in order to dominate those who resist your rule. It is the standard divide and conquer strategy applied to electoral politics. Critically, the immigrants tend to have limited political initiative and ability to challenge the political and financial elites.

    Imagine being an American politician visiting Saudi Arabia and seeing the immense wealth and power of the House of Saud. A power that goes largely unchallenged from the Saudi populace. Why would you not want that same level of power and wealth for yourself? Of course you would.

    By importing Latinos, the American elite is orchestrating a more unequal society which makes them wealthier relative to the rest of the population. The new population will not only be incapable of organizing any resistance due to diversity, but many will lack the ability or will to challenge their betters.

    Our Elites are importing a better class of Serf.

  26. @J.Ross

    As a successful multicultural society,

    Oh. Well. That’s settled then. “Phew,” as they say. Someone needs to tell all these Strayan extremists that their society is, um, succeeding!

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  27. It’s hard to coin a catchy phrase whose meaning is immediately clear to anyone who hears it the first time. And it’s easy to nit-pick it, pointing out that it doesn’t convey the precise inference that the critic would like to see. The critic proceeds to suggest a few new versions, none of which is as catchy or communicates the idea any better. It’s possible that someone could do so, and perhaps there are examples of someone doing so, but none comes to my mind at the moment. I’ve seen a lot of kvetching about Derbyshire’s expression “white ethnographic-masochism,” but I think people immediately know to what he is referring. The critics will point out that it’s not masochism we’re talking about, it’s hatred of other whites, etc, and they have a point, but they haven’t come up with a better replacement.

    “Leapfrogging loyalties” works for me until I hear something clearly better.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  28. Gordo says:

    “This is exemplified by, among others, the refugee aid org the Pittsburgh mass murderer cited. Formed as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS seems to now go solely by its acronym, like KFC. “Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.” is its motto. Which refugee? Albert Einstein? Hans Bethe? Some Somali married to her brother? There’s no distinction made.”

    Nah, HIAS would welcome Einstein or Bethe to Israel, not the Somali, the Somali they would only welcome to America which they wish to destroy.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    , @Jack D
  29. Pericles says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Isn’t the way to separate German immigrants from Jews whether their names are properly spelled German or not?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  30. Lurker says:
    @eah

    “Shut up!” Twitter explained.

  31. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Gordo

    HIAS wants Israel to accept African migrants too.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  32. @bonnyblue

    Very similar words were delivered in speeches by David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, and later I think Howard of Australia. .

    Howard made statements like that years earlier than the rest of that crowd, although his criticism was pretty mild, simply calling multiculturalism an “aimless, divisive policy.” In his first run for Prime Minister in 1987 he said something about the electorate being nervous about the rate of Asian immigration, and the reigning Labor Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, (among others) tore into him so savagely that he never really criticized immigration again.

    Was that coincidence? I always thought it was intended to deceive or lull their constituents, who were in some cases having misgivings about the events in their countries.

    Other (mainstream) Australian politicians have tried talking tough about Muslims. Howard’s treasurer Peter Costello once said something like, if they don’t respect our values, they can “clear out.” But because there’s never any follow-up – mainstream politicos are constitutionally incapable of it – it’s easy to conclude that it’s all just empty talk.

    At best you can regard these statements as trial balloons. But if that’s the case, then it mystifies me why they’re solely concerned about the media reaction (sternly negative), rather than the people’s reaction (hugely positive).

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  33. Tyrion 2 says:
    @bonnyblue

    Now almost no one seems to remember the curious coincidence of those politicians just happening to use almost the same verbiage within a short time period

    I don’t think anyone should be surpised that the European leaders speak to each other…

  34. @Dave Pinsen

    I’m not necessarily calling them insincere, but if they are, it’s because they have the luxury of knowing that that’s never going to happen. And it’s a pretty handy way of fending off accusations about Jewish double standards on immigration.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @academic gossip
  35. Coemgen says:

    “Leapfrogging loyalties” is a more polite way to say “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

    Who are the enemies? They are anyone who stands in the way of Globalism Uber Alles (dare we call it imperialism?). That is anyone who stands in the way of the Globalist plan to divide and conquer the U.S. (with its world-wide military presence).

    How do “those who can be fooled all-of-the-time” know who the enemies are? Well, that’s what CNN et al. and their streams of hate are for.

    Aside: Can it be proven that the LARP bomber and the synagogue mass murderer were not triggered by CNN’s steady stream of hate? That is, are the LARPer and the bomber eddies of the CNN et al. stream of hate?

    • Replies: @Coemgen
  36. Ed says:

    Both comments are really great takes but I think Real Calvinist has it right. I’d just add that Jesus’s parable about the difficulty for a rich man to enter Heaven is also instructive here.

    I was at breakfast the other day and over heard a 40 something lady loudly berating her male partner. He had a newspaper in his hand and the caravan was on the front page. He thought they should be stopped and he also let out he didn’t plan on voting. This drive her into a mild rage. She loudly said the refugees had every right to come here and insisted the guy voted. He did the thing guys do to get angry woman in public to shut up, he meekly said he’d think about it.

    This occurred in a place where 2 eggs and some bacon & coffee cost $25 with tax.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  37. Altai says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Exactly. All strangers in a real ethnicity have some kind of connection, kinship or sense of social contract. Conversely, even if your daughter marries a Brazilian, you really only have a kinship with that Brazilian guy, not Brazilians as a whole.

    Thus filling a city with foreigners is extremely psychologically stressful for natives as they are a kind of double stranger.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  38. I do no think, that leftists are really loyal to any of the groups they claim to protect. In my opinion, at least the upper echelons see them as a means to destroy traditional Western society, and the more destructive members of a group are to traditional Western society, the more they are protected by leftists.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  39. anon[133] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Interestingly, all those are peoples who seemed keen to defend themselves.

  40. anon[133] • Disclaimer says:
    @bonnyblue

    It needn’t be coordinated. They’re all facing the same problem – restless natives unhappy at being replaced – and if one of them throws the natives a bone and doesn’t get too beat up by the press for it, others might think it worth doing.

  41. @anon

    Yep. Jim put it best- people respond to incentives and when you give out rewards for holiness, people compete to be holier then each other to get them. When combined with a state religion, this results in society being consumed- leftists proceed to up the required holiness and then torture everyone/each other for insufficient holiness.

  42. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    This person J. Ross seems to have a fetish for “OT” comments early in threads.

    Why is this condoned by Mr. Sailer?

    • Agree: TTSSYF
    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @J.Ross
    , @Hibernian
  43. eah says:

    Nothing says America like birth tourism and anchor babies.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  44. @Dissident

    If you truly feel called to help the masses of the third-world, there are plenty of other, far better channels that you could direct your energies and efforts into. How about working against invade the world foreign policy, for example? Less interventionism and bellicosity in our foreign policy would greatly benefit not only third-world populations but also your fellow citizens here at home.

    Could not agree more. Fewer ‘humanitarian wars’ would mean fewer refugees as well. Unfortunately, today’s liberal seems (at best) indifferent to the multiple wars being waged by Washington. No draft, no worries!

  45. @Clifford Brown

    That’s the sad, sad irony of the situation here: liberals are now effectively cheer-leading the reintroduction of slavery into American society–that old custom that took a civil war to abolish.

    Those who first established slavery in the western hemisphere were probably just as clueless. ‘Oh, I’m helping those poor, backward negroes by introducing them to the light of Christ as well as the benefits of civilization. And I now have someone to pick all that cotton, too. Bonus!’ You know: work that white indentured servants just wouldn’t do.

    Here we go again …

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Buck
  46. @Intelligent Dasein

    Yeah – its always possible to see the world in tragic terms. But then: They say the darkest hour – is right before the dawn (I hear Dylan in Blood on The Tracks – the way he phrases they say and especially right in this sentence – – – that will be studied & taught a hundred years from now).

    I at times love to turn this same thing (=thought) a little bit around and then get at: Ok: God never laughs – that’s because he is almighty. But we aren’t – see?

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  47. @Dave Pinsen

    I don’t comment often enough to warrant access to the agree/disagree button, but that’s because all my gold box commenters (that includes you Dave P.) already state the gist of my thought on the subject. Anyway, agree.

  48. TTSSYF says:

    The wife of one of my family members walked out on him one day, leaving her ten-year-old daughter for him to raise and never looking back. A few years later, I received a call from a bone marrow donor association, saying that there was a person needing a bone marrow transplant and that this ex-family member appeared to be a good match. I was able to contact her, and she was thrilled at hearing about it and couldn’t wait to get in touch with the association. But when I politely mentioned that it puzzled me that she was so eager to help a stranger but wasn’t interested in having anything to do with her own daughter, she abruptly hung up on me. A good example of LL or, as I’ve heard it said, “I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand.”

  49. Anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Westerners fail to be obsessed with Palestinians? What planet are you on?

    On your planet there is a Uighur Solidarity Campaign on every college campus, and leftist students are constantly demonstrating against China?

  50. Murdock says:

    I think last real Calvinist is on the edge of it. These people hate their real neighbors and their real families. But you can only hate everybody else so long before you start to feel bad about yourself and begin to wonder if it might be you that there is something wrong with. To square that circle and to covince themselves of their own rightesousness, they champion distant people and pretend to care about them, but at almost zero cost to themselves. It is low cost good feeling to sooth the hate they feel for real people and is tearing them up inside.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Futurethirdworlder
  51. The pattern that LRC describes also explains the environmental movement’s focus on global climate change. Cleaning up McElligot’s pool in your own neighborhood is hard, dirty work. You can save the world from the perils of 2100 by flying business class to an IPCC conference in Paris.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @OFWHAP
    , @stillCARealist
  52. TTSSYF says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Maybe we should refer to it as leapfrogging “loyalties”, since the leapfrogging part is not in question.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  53. I think that the concept of leapfrogging loyalties actually operates quite well as a particular de facto expression (a phenotype, if you will) of a certain type of elite mindset within the prevailing cultural environment – so long as one understands that neither the abandonment of concentricism (“leapfrogging”) nor the assertion or assumption of a particular loyalty (“loyalties”) is intrinsic to it. Rather, leapfrogging loyalties represent a particular memetic manifestation of the underlying phenomenon which can and will express itself differently when exposed to a new political or cultural environment. This requires us to ask:

    (a) what the underlying phenomenon is;

    (b) how it is currently manifesting itself; and

    (c) where it will ultimately go.

    On each of these questions, reasonable people may disagree, but here is my stab.

    (a) The Effect Itself:

    I call this the “Shawshank Complex” – inspired by an article I read in which Shawshank Redemption was the movie most frequently cited by powerful and influential people as a viewing favourite. This struck me instinctively as being axiomatic. But why?

    The answer I reached is that the movie depicts society’s sordid underbelly (in this case, a prison) through the eyes of a member of the elite (Andy Dufresne, a president of a bank) who finds himself cast into its midst by virtue of a miscarriage of justice – of the kind that more frequently befalls members of the underclass.

    With a few notable exceptions, the (underclass) prisoners are depicted as kind and decent people who are as much victims of society as perpetrators of crimes. The protagonist (Andy) presents the elite viewer with his own self-image of choice (introducing the underclass prisoners to books and opera music and teaching them to read and write). Meanwhile, the villains of the movie are the lower middle class characters like Warden Norton (a corrupt murderer who conceals his psychopathy behind the facade of a Bible-quoting Christian) and Byron Hadley (a sadistic chief prison officer who threatens prisoners with death and oral rape for talking impertinently to him).

    In the prisoners (Red, Haywood, Brooks), we can see the faces of innocent black shooting victims and hapless “refugees”; in the prison authorities, we see the deplorables who hate them; and in Andy, we see the elite vanguard which can save the underclass if and when it’s let. This underlies that key Sailer theme an elite which has romanticised the underclass and the social fringes and demonised the middle.

    (b) The Resulting Political Coalition:

    I call this the “Dunning Kruger Coalition” – a coalition of the elites and the fringes. The elites and the fringes were not natural allies but they converged over the last twenty years and the Dunning Kruger Effect – the phenomenon whereby people who are less talented/well-endowed in a
    particular domain routinely overestimate their talent/endowment whilst the more talented and better endowed do the opposite – seems to form part of the explanation.

    At the level of the fringes, the effect is obvious. Western society is awash with anthropology graduates waiting tables, English literature grads working in college administration, resentful gays and gender benders who hate the higher esteem in which their parents hold their married siblings and their children and (of course) members of the underclass. These people can very easily be convinced that their lack of success and social status is a function of discrimination and not their own innate qualities. A good illustration of this is the recent survey cited on this blog in which 62% of black women appraise themselves as “very intelligent” and 34% as “very good looking”.

    At the elite level, meanwhile, systemic dysfunctionality has set in. Financialisation (Wall Street) and the growth of the administrative state (K Street) of has made economists and lawyers into the most powerful people in business – and lawyers and economists make lousy businessmen. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s invention of “disparate impact” has made social scientists into the go-to “experts” in issues of pay and employment policy, making them de facto economists – problematically though, few of them have the slightest understanding of such basic economic concepts as supply and demand. Meanwhile, the advent of environmentalism has made scientists and engineers into policy-makers – and again, their training and expertise do not render them particularly suitable for this role. Hence we have an elite that is singularly incompetent at performing roles that have been misallocated to it and which, simultaneously, has a grossly inflated view of its own ability to discharge them.

    In the last decade or so, the elite’s romantic fantasies about the fringes made them so obsequious towards them that the fringes responded by (partially) reciprocating the love and turning their ire on the perfidious middle instead.

    (c) Where is this going?

    The Hillary Clinton campaign was supposed to be the Dunning Kruger coalition’s victory lap. The Republicans were supposed to pick a candidate from their “Washington Generals” roster (to use Michael Anton’s phrase) and lose honourably – when Trump messed with that script by winning the nomination, they convinced themselves that they were going to win even more spectacularly but they miscalculated fatally and found themselves defeated in spite of starting out with a gargantuan structural advantage.

    Since 2016, the crazy incoherent fringes have started to fall out of love with the elite and have convinced themselves that with more BLM/BDS/LGBTQWERTYUIOP and less Goldman Sachs, they’d have won in 2016. Now the elite portion of the coalition is being forced to make more and more humiliating concessions to keep the coalition together.

    What I think is coming is what I call the “Bolsonaro breakdown“. The PT that has governed Brazil for the last 16 years is a lot like what the currently exiled Democratic Party resembles today (an uneasy coalition of Clinton/Obama types and Ocasio-Cortes/Keith Ellison types running it). What was the result? Well firstly, they precipitated the rise of Jair Bolsonaro (who actually closely resembles the most deranged left wing caricatures of Trump). Secondly, more than 85% of Brazil’s white voters (48% of the population) supported Bolsonaro. Thirdly, the business and professional elites of the kind who vilified Trump in 2016 and largely continue to do so quietly and unceremoniously supported Bolsonaro (unlike the Dow etc in 2016, the Brazilian BOVESPA Index responded to Bolsonaro’s victory by immediately surging). Fourthly, the results delivered by the PT regime have been so chaotic and dysfunctional that 30% of the population (disproportionately coloured and Indio) spoiled their votes in despair (Brazil has mandatory voting so this is the local equivalent of not turning up).

    The question for America is, whether, like Brazil, it will have to actually be governed by the new Democratic Party before having a Bolsonaro breakdown of its own.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @njguy73
    , @Forbes
  54. Stogumber says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    For a German, “ad hoc acts” is no problem, as we use “ad hoc” just as you. I had a problem with “cat lady”. Even if I agree with Almost Missouri about the facts – Merkel had been under the MSM flak before because of refugee matters and looked above all for being liked by the media – I don’t understand the reference to cats.
    As for “leapfrogging loyalties”: the Real Calvinist is of course right that those loyalties are oriented to abstract humans, not individuals. Nevertheless, they often are heartfelt and honest/authentical. Not with the politicians, but take for example a young Mennonite girl who goes to Honduras in order to help the poor Hondurans.

  55. TTSSYF says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    I can’t share your feelings of embarrassment or pity, because most of them are intelligent enough to know exactly what they are doing; i.e., they are destroying a lot of good things, not witlessly, but knowingly (unless, by witlessly, you mean unintended consequences that they, in their concupiscence, cannot foresee and that force them to make several unpleasant hops).

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  56. midtown says:

    This somewhat hearkens back to that old saying: a liberal is someone who loves humanity but hates people.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  57. iffen says:

    They’re so engorged with pride in their own virtue and importance that they believe they can do the job of the real Savior.

    It’s nothing more than the White Man’s Burden in disguise. Forceful corrections are frowned upon and prohibited. They are allowed to immigrate so that they will adopt the “correct” culture by osmosis. Kind of like how lower class blacks are dispersed into white areas and schools in order to pick up correct social behaviors. You can’t just up and say that you are trying to get them to act white; just like you can’t up and say that you are for immigration so the natives can pick up civilization.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  58. @bonnyblue

    I think around 2010 the BNP was still getting a lot of votes – in the 2009 Euro elections they got 2 seats and nearly 700,000 votes. That’s probably why Cameron said what he did.

    We share your concerns, too!

    My favourite Cameron quote is his reiterated statement that “our best days lie ahead of us“. He’s either a liar or an idiot – or possibly, like Tony Blair, a con-man who believes his own spiel.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Harry Baldwin
  59. @eah

    Consider the (((source))).

  60. ic1000 says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    > Some Somali married to her brother?

    Hey, watch what you write. That kind of slander could get you cited for Contempt of Congress, next week.

  61. @Matthew Kelly

    Ah yes, or Dickens’s “Telescopic Philanthropy”. As a bonus it invokes the portrayal of an English family ruined by the matriarch’s obsessing with faraway Bungabora or whatever it was called at the expense of her own home.

    Still doesn’t alliterate though.

    Also, for the 99% of the population who never read Bleak House, it sounds much more innocuous than it really is.

  62. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    Good grief, they even swarm to each others’ defense. As an initial step, perhaps the “OT” boys could be required to turn in their “Troll” buttons.

    To J. Ross, YetAnotherAnon, et al:

    You may think you’re part of the show, but is “Steve’s” blog, not yours. When you attend a party, do you head for the piano or break into song? Please control yourselves.

    To Mr. Sailer:

    You and your largely respectful readership shouldn’t put up with this. Whimming these people may cost you a FanBoy or two, but your work and the comments about it will be seen in a much better light.

  63. Wait, got another one:

    “Love globally; hate locally.”

    You’re welcome.

    • Replies: @midtown
  64. Bitfu says:

    Oikophobia. Essentially an inversion of Xenophobia. Looked at from a slightly different angle, and one gets quite close to the matter of leapfrogging loyalties (or whatever).

    James Taranto used this term quite effectively.

    By JAMES TARANTO
    The Wall Street Journal
    Friday, August 27, 2010

    The Ground Zero mosque is an affront to the sensibilities of ordinary Americans. … That Americans would find this offensive is a matter of simple common sense. The liberal elites cannot comprehend common sense, and, incredibly, they think that’s a virtue. After all, common sense is so common.

    The British philosopher Roger Scruton has coined a term to describe this attitude: oikophobia. Xenophobia is fear of the alien; oikophobia is fear of the familiar: “the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours.’ ” …

    Scruton was writing in 2004, and his focus was on Britain and Europe, not America. But his warning about the danger of oikophobes–whom he amusingly dubs “oiks”–is very pertinent on this side of the Atlantic today …:

    [quote]The oik repudiates national loyalties and defines his goals and ideals against the nation, promoting transnational institutions over national governments, accepting and endorsing laws that are imposed on us from on high by the EU or the UN … and defining his political vision in terms of universal values that have been purified of all reference to the particular attachments of a real historical community.

    The oik is, in his own eyes, a defender of enlightened universalism against local chauvinism. And it is the rise of the oik that has led to the growing crisis of legitimacy in the nation states of Europe.
    [/quote]
    A look at liberals’ national self-hatred.

    And, from Wikipedia:

    In psychiatry, oikophobia (synonymous with domatophobia and ecophobia)[1] is an aversion to home surroundings. It can also be used more generally to mean an abnormal fear (a phobia) of the home, or of the contents of a house (“fear of household appliances, equipment, bathtubs, household chemicals, and other common objects in the home”).[2] The term derives from the Greek words oikos, meaning household, house, or family, and phobia, meaning “fear”.

    In 1808 the poet and essayist Robert Southey used the word to describe a desire (particularly by the English) to leave home and travel.[3] Southey’s usage as a synonym for wanderlust was picked up by other nineteenth century writers.

    The term has also been used in political contexts to refer critically to political ideologies that repudiate one’s own culture and laud others. The first such usage was by Roger Scruton in a 2004 book.

  65. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Irish Paleo

    Thank you for adding so well to this discussion.

    These mindsets (which each of us is “guilty” of, to some extent) may explain much of what afflicts us. And they are understood and exploited all too well by many of those who acquire governmental and other institutional authority.

  66. Anonymous[168] • Disclaimer says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    There’s no doubt that Cameron was playing a double game on immigration.

    His close associate and No 2, George Osborne – The Economist’s man at Westminster, recently spilled the beans declaring that ‘not explaining the benefit of immigration to the UK electorate’ was his biggest political regret.

  67. @iffen

    It’s nothing more than the White Man’s Burden in disguise.

    That’s one way of looking at it, yes. Ultimately the current Substitute Savior Syndrome is a debased, lazy, Amazonification of the WMB, which in turn is a debased, humanized politicization of the Great Commission from Matthew 28.

    Missionaries –> Colonizers –> Today’s ‘world-changers’

  68. @Stogumber

    Cat lady – the old usage meant an elderly lady, never-married or widowed, whose pet cats were her substitute family. The classic old-usage cat lady was the delightful Minnie Caldwell in the UK soap opera Coronation Street.

    The more modern usage denotes a post(or even pre)-menopausal, mentally fragile, childless Social Justice Warrior whose cats are her substitute family and may be the subject (along with lack of provision of mental healthcare and boilerplate misandry) of her frequent Twitter posts.

  69. @silviosilver

    But because there’s never any follow-up – mainstream politicos are constitutionally incapable of it – it’s easy to conclude that it’s all just empty talk.

    Yes, just as after every act of Islamic terrorism, Obama would give a speech excusing the Religion of Peace, but insist that Muslims must do more to reduce extremism within their community.

    “Or else, what?” we wondered. What if Muslims aren’t interested in reducing extremism within their community? Apparently there are to be no repercussions for their failure to do so. It was just a suggestion. No offense intended.

    Dubya followed the same playbook, of course.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  70. @Dieter Kief

    I recall once seeing an atheist and a Christian debating. The atheist asked the question if God had a sense of humor. Christian answered: of course God has a sense of humor. Because man is made in the image of God, and man has a sense of humor.

    I thought the answer was both funny and a deft disarming of the atheist. But it made the point that the two people were speaking different languages and using different systems.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  71. iffen says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Great Commission from Matthew 28.

    Missionaries –> Colonizers –> Today’s ‘world-changers’

    I see and know plenty of people who struggle (and some who are failing) to survive in today’s economy, yet fritter away valuable dollars on druggies and alkies at the interstate exit ramps. These are the same people who are all in with “saving” the refugees and immigrants.

  72. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    Oh, no, there is no leftist sympathy for Palestinians, none. No BDS movement.

    And the people who Merkel let in were mostly Syrians (or at least were supposed to be).

    Iranians are a major presence in the “refugee”/ boat people racket. Iran has a lot of educated people with very dim economic prospects back home. They know that if they can make it to the West they can increase their incomes tenfold so it is worth paying a smuggler to get them into Europe. They are poor but not so poor that they can’t pay a smuggler, unlike say a villager in Afghanistan or Congo who is really, really poor.

    So I don’t know what planet you are living on.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  73. Jack D says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    This is slander. Somalis don’t marry their brothers, they marry their uncles and 1st cousins.

    Non-profits never put themselves out of business with “Mission Accomplished” signs. When the March of Dimes cured polio they found some other disease to fight. “Non-profits” are very profitable for the people who work there and who naturally don’t want to be unemployed. No more Hebrew immigrants left to aid – no problem, we’ll aid Muslims, Hispanics, whomever. We’ll even rationalize this as being a “Jewish” thing to do.

  74. @Almost Missouri

    Snobbery is nicely alliterative. Each word begins with S.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  75. @eah

    The Mueller investigation (sic) can be seen as cover for the deep state to roll up WikiLeaks et. al.

    The usual suspects who’d complain are on Mueller’s team.

  76. Leapfrogging sympathies is more precise.

  77. Jack D says:
    @Dissident

    This is the problem – anti-Semites are always getting Cultural (and plain old) Marxists mixed up with Jews because so many Cultural Marxists ARE of Jewish origin. But one of the last places you are going to find Cultural Marxists is at Saturday services in a Conservative synagogue. Hitler aims for Trotsky but he kills my pious grandfather instead.

  78. @TTSSYF

    The leapfroggers find the very idea of loyalty intensely problematic.

    One of the earliest triggers of Trump derangement.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  79. @The Last Real Calvinist

    humanized

    Matthew 28 is neither inhuman nor inhumane.

    Otherwise good work.

  80. @Almost Missouri

    Still doesn’t alliterate though.

    So you say! (h/t Johnnie Cochran) I [internally] mispronounced “Pyrrhic” as “Phyric” when I first came across the word in some miscellaneous high school reading assignment way back when, and I’ve long since decided to stick with it, pedants and other non-ignorant types be damned. In other words, it’s alliterative in my mind!

  81. @Desiderius

    You’re too right. I meant ‘secularized’.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  82. @YetAnotherAnon

    My favourite Cameron quote is his reiterated statement that “our best days lie ahead of us“. He’s either a liar or an idiot.

    Marco Rubio always said much the same during his failed presidential campaign: “Our greatest days lie ahead.”

    “But why would that be?” people like me wondered. We see unacknowledged problems all around us and don’t want a continuation of the policies that have led us downhill for decades. Donald Trump’s alarmist warnings about America’s future were more honest and persuasive than the usual GOPe dopey optimism.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
  83. Jack D says:
    @Gordo

    As Dave pointed out, you are totally wrong about this. HIAS sincerely sees immigration as an unalloyed good which they would wish on EVERYONE, including Israel.

    Of course it helps that their bread is buttered with immigration but that’s how it usually works – people who sell butter think that everyone should eat more butter. As far as they are concerned, the people who say that it clogs your arteries are wrong. They want to feed it to their family just as much as they want to feed it to yours.

    Thankfully, the Leftists are not in charge in Israel (anymore), but if they were they would be the same as Leftists here. The ones that they have there make the same stupid noises but thankfully there are not enough of them to control policy. Israel started out Leftist with a Permit Raj economy that sucked and that made a lot of Israelis sour on Leftism. Then millions of ex-Soviets came with experience with hard Leftism and those people are REALLY allergic to Leftism. And Israelis from Muslim lands have no delusions about what their Arab “brothers” really want for them. And religious Israelis (whose relative numbers are increasing due to their high birth rates vs. the low birth rate of Leftist cat ladies) are not interested in Leftism because Leftism is atheist and incompatible with traditional Judaism. So Israeli Leftists ended up as a minority in Israel and not in charge of anything, thank God.

  84. @Jack D

    Jewish support of Muslim immigration into the United States and Europe is by far the best counter to any conspiracy theory of an integrated plan by Jews to destroy the West.

    Don’t get me wrong. I do believe many individual and very powerful Jews favor and have worked hard to change the demographics of the West to weaken gentile White control over those societies. And, often, those efforts can look coordinated simply because you have a number of people individually but independently working toward the same goal.

    That said, no organized Jewish cabal would recommend bringing in Muslims to alter the West’s demographics, not if they wanted Jews to continue living in the West. Mexicans, South Americans, Asians, Indians, sure. But Muslims, no.

    • Replies: @notanon
    , @silviosilver
  85. ic1000 says:

    Sailerisms help by adding clarity to ‘our’ mental framework, Sapir-Whorf as he points out.

    At a more basic level, for the 90+% of Americans who rely on legacy and social media for their news, Sailerisms offer a way to connect current trends to common sense. Every time another American is prompted to think about the Narrative and the mainstream’s narrow Overton Window, it’s a win for citizenism (and a loss for the globalists).

    In that regard, “Leapfrogging Loyalties” is fine, as it gives an alliterative name to a common and important phenomenon — one that’s invisible to most people.

    Last Real Calvinist’s catchy “Substitute Savior Syndrome” is more accurate at capturing what drives this SWPL/SJW impulse. I like “Savior Syndrome” even better; it’s punchier and more ecumenical. One doesn’t need to be religious to wonder about the post-Christian preference for “saving the distant heathen” over “charity begins at home.”

    • Replies: @Lurker
  86. @Jack D

    I once knew a young lady who volunteered to help Hispanic and African immigrants. She’d help them learn English, how to fill out forms, how to read a bus schedule, etc. She did that for about a year but became frustrated by their lack of progress and that they kept asking her for rides and additional help.

    She switched to helping cats and dogs and seemed much happier.

  87. @The Last Real Calvinist

    This is our Father’s world. The saecular is the fruit of the sacred. If you mean to describe loss, use a word with an unmistakably pejorative connotation.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  88. @The Last Real Calvinist

    You’ve expanded on the quip that conservatives love humans and hate humanity, and liberals love humanity but hate humans. Of course, as we see, this cuts across political lines. You’ve got conservatives who believe in Magic Dirt Theory, and sharp lefties who will actually engage you over the gritty details of policy.

    I’ve observed arguments over years, and it’s as if a lot of people are incapable of constructing syllogisms. They can’t categorize or make fine-grained distinctions. Trump is literally Hitler because anything in opposition is just Hitlers all the way down. Or conservative universalists who are surprised fo find out representative democracy doesn’t work very well in Iraq.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  89. Jack D says:
    @Stogumber

    I don’t understand the reference to cats.

    In American parlance, a “cat lady” is a childless woman, either never married or divorced, who lives alone with her cats as her only companions/child substitutes. These women also tend to have left liberal sympathies. No having families of their own but with normal human female maternal instincts, these instincts get rechanneled towards their cats, refugee children, etc. There are enough of these women to form a recognizable type, for which “cat lady” is the shorthand.

  90. Sammler says: • Website

    Based on Mr Calvinist’s great description, I suggest “armchair Christianity”.

    • Replies: @Sammler
  91. ic1000 says:
    @Jack D

    > Somalis don’t marry their brothers, they marry their uncles and 1st cousins.

    Some Somalis marry their brothers. A Minnesota politician about to be elected to Congress in particular, if you believe fake journalists on bigoted blogs. On the other hand, if you get your news from the mainstream Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it takes until paragraph ten to get a hint on what the fuss might be about. The charge is sketched out in paragraphs 19 and 20 so that Omar and the reporter can rebut them in paras 21 and 22. Then on to more important issues (Israel tweets and rising-star celebrity) for the remaining nine paragraphs.

    Marriage diversity is good, of course, but that doesn’t mean that our paper has to cover it.

    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
    • Replies: @Jack D
  92. Mr. Anon says:

    Anyway, do I have a better term for “leapfrogging loyalties”?

    How about “disloyalty”.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  93. Lurker says:
    @ic1000

    the mainstream’s narrow Overton Window

    It’s more of an Overton Spyhole or Overton Arrow Slit.

    • LOL: res, Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Mark P Miller
    , @NickG
  94. Mr. Anon says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    But “Skyler/Skylar” belongs with “Shavonne” (Siobhan) and “Menyon” (Mignon). But in this case, it’s whites, not blacks, who are saddling their kids with it.

    White people have gotten as almost as bad as black people in choosing stupid names for their kids. Actually, their naming habits are less excusable. Blacks at least have an excuse, in that they were cut off from a lot of their history and traditions as they were cut off from their native languages. Whites just decided they wanted to be different and special. Braden?

  95. Jack D says:
    @ic1000

    Well, inventing a fake marriage on documents that you give to the kufrs in order to get your brother into the country is a whole different thing than ACTUALLY having an incestous relationship with your brother. What kind of people do you take Somalis for?

    • Agree: ic1000
  96. Lot says:
    @Stogumber

    Don’t know about Honduras, but Mexico has a fair number of native-born Germanic Mennonites. They look straight out of Pennsylvania Amish country. I’ve seen them in person many times.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  97. Buck says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    Slavery was an uneconomic system which was doomed to die in the new United States. It was good-hearted Yankee Eli Whitney who saved it with the cotton gin. Those poor negroes on Miss Greene’s plantation had a terrible time picking seeds from the cotton bolls until Mr. Whitney alleviated their drudgery with his 1793 invention.

    Overnight, upland cotton farming and slavery became economic and entrenched until a half-million white men died ending it 70 years later. Now American blacks have assumed the role of “obsolete farm equipment” with perennial high unemployment/underemployment, generational welfare and high crime rates. The cost/benefit analysis of having 50 millions blacks in America is negative.

    It’s the same here today. Third world immigration is hailed as a demographic savior of the low birthrate West. Except we are also the post-industrial, knowledge economy West on the cusp of AI disruption of the labor market. In this scenario, inviting illiterate immigration is about as bad as economic policy gets.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Digital Samizdat
  98. When asked how the British were able to conquer India despite being vastly outnumbered, Indians responded by saying the Brits were able to pit one faction against another. There were many Indians who had such hatred for another faction they would rather be ruled by the British.

    White liberals have such hatred for white conservatives they would rather see the country ruled by Blacks, Hispanics, and Moslems who are far more conservative that White Conservatives. White liberals crave affirmation and validation by other whites. Liberalism by Blacks and other people of color is meaningless to them. Any Black who espouses conservative values is looked at with pity for being so naive while destroying a white conservative builds up their imagined self worth.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  99. @Desiderius

    Dispirited works.

    His burden is light, unlike the white man’s.

  100. Hawk says:

    Leapfrogging loyalties is inconsistent with the aspects of human nature that the leftist establishment and their useful idiots are exhibiting.

    They are not PRO fill in the blank but rather ANTI Western Civilization ie. European countries/ethnicities, Christianity, Greco Roman legacy etc.

    They are a cult and must demonstrate their faith in the always morphing morality to rise or maintain their social status by always attacking all things Western.

    This is best thought of as: Weaponized Morality.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  101. Jack D says:
    @Lot

    Germanic but not German. More Swiss than German. In Mexico any dish that has dairy products in it is described as “Suiza” (Swiss) because Swiss Mennonites pioneered the marketing of dairy products (sour cream, cheese, etc.) in Mexico.

    • Replies: @OFWHAP
  102. Jack D says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    In the modern world, political themes or memes, like new products, are very quickly dispersed to other countries. If consumers in America like iPhones, so will German consumers and the same with political ideas.

    This has been going on for a long time – remember when Biden got into big trouble for plagiarizing a speech by a British Labour Party guy – this killed his ’88 political campaign.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  103. Jack D says:
    @Jack D

    BTW, the lesson to be drawn from this is that if you are going to Elect a New People, at least elect the right ones. The default alt-right position is that “they all have to go back”. Close the doors. Israel has experienced immigration on a scale far greater than the US but it didn’t result in the permanent enshrinement of their equivalent of the Democrat Party (in fact quite the opposite).

    Democrats have been gaming the system to elect a new people whom they see (with fairly good reason) as being potential loyal Democrat voters for generations to come. Would it be possible for TWO to play at this game? If we are going to have immigration anyway (and except in alt-right pipe dreams there is always going to be some) would it be possible to shape immigration in a way that would result in a long term shift to the right such as Israel has experienced, and if so, what would this consist of? Such a policy would also disarm the left because the right could say, “we love immigration to0 – we just want to pack the voter rolls with our voters instead of yours.” (The obvious solution of allowing more Western European immigration is out because they are running out of wipipo themselves).

  104. @Jack D

    Would it be possible for TWO to play at this game?

    Where would you get the white people from? (To make it analogous to Israel.)

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  105. njguy73 says:
    @Anon

    As an old Bedouin proverb goes, “Me against my brother, my brother and I against my cousin, and all of us against the stranger.” ­

    https://www.newsweek.com/photos-me-against-my-brother-274000

  106. njguy73 says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    John Derbyshire wrote in 2009:

    I grew up listening to my dad rhapsodize about New Zealand, where he had spent the happiest days of his life. Thus enthused, after graduating college and working a couple of years, I decided to give New Zealand a try. I went to New Zealand House in London. There was a guy at a desk in the lobby. I approached him and stated my purpose. He pushed a printed sheet of paper at me. It was a list of occupations, most of them skilled manual trades — carpenters, electricians, and an astonishing number of things to do with sheep. “You in any of those occupations?” asked the Kiwi. Me: “No. I’m a computer programmer.” He took back the sheet and scrutinized it. “Nope. Don’t see it. I guess we’ve got all we need. Sorry!”

    I never did get to see New Zealand. I did, though, walk out of New Zealand House with a grudging respect for the clarity and rationality of their immigration procedures.

    https://johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/NationalQuestion/moratorium.html

  107. njguy73 says:
    @Irish Paleo

    The answer I reached is that the movie depicts society’s sordid underbelly (in this case, a prison) through the eyes of a member of the elite (Andy Dufresne, a president of a bank) who finds himself cast into its midst by virtue of a miscarriage of justice – of the kind that more frequently befalls members of the underclass.

    The Stephen King novella depicts society’s sordid underbelly through the eyes of Red (he had no given name in the book.) Red is depicted as someone who did something bad, but is aware of it and is a bit more articulate than your typical prisoner. Not like a character on The Wire, but someone to whom the elite could relate.

    And Red’s no bleeding-heart. At one point he admits that most cons are “no good to themselves or anyone else,” and that their worst luck was that “their mothers carried them to term.”

  108. @Anon

    If the technological advantage that Europeans enjoyed in the conquest of the New World fell to one of the myriad competing Amerindian tribes, there would be none left to complain about it.

    They should be grateful for what they have, a thinly regulated casino industry and righteous virtue signaling in perpetuity.

    The less known corollary to “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is that “if the squeaky wheel keeps squeaking, it gets replaced”.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Jew
  109. OFWHAP says:
    @Eric Liddell

    Listen here, meanies of @BokoHaram! #BringOurGirlsHome

  110. @Jack D

    (The obvious solution of allowing more Western European immigration is out because they are running out of wipipo themselves).

    Not to mention that almost all of them are steeped in socialism and hostile to actual freedom.  Arguably, it was past post-independence waves of European immigration which put us where we are today.  Taking from today’s crop would make the problem worse.

    If you want to hit the left in its ideology, going Green might work.  Declare that all the immivaders coming here for “a better life” just want to burn more fossil fuels and pollute more than they would at home (which they do and would), which is why they have to go back:  we can’t make the USA better when they’re flooding here to make it worse.

    Did anyone shoot video of California’s freeways on the “Day Without A Mexican”?  I can hear the voiceover now:  “This was rush hour on the Day Without A Mexican.  Imagine if this was every day.”  You’d be able to hear the REEEEEs from Pluto.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  111. Sammler says: • Website
    @Sammler

    Actually “armchair saviors” is better. Jon Kasich is auditioning for Armchair Jesus.

  112. @Jack D

    From Neil Kinnock of all people – Thatcher’s whipping boy.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  113. @Jack D

    This has already been going on with the flood of erstwhile Aryans/Indo-Europeans from the subcontinent. They haven’t voted the way they were supposed to, or rather in the meantime those who are bringing them in switched sides.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  114. @Jack D

    If the refugees coming to Germany are educated Iranians, is that a problem?

    How bad do the native Germans then have it, if their future is West Los Angeles?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  115. NickG says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    “Pyrrhic philanthropy”?

    That’s bloody good; Steve should standardise on it.

  116. NickG says:
    @Lurker

    Not so much an Overton window as an Overton Glory hole.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  117. notanon says:
    @anon

    So it’s just Holier-than-thou-ism run amok?

    yes but mostly not run amok – the personality trait exists and so the media directs it in ways that suit the media’s owners.

  118. OFWHAP says:
    @Jack D

    Interesting. I had always wondered why this one Mexican restaurant near me refers to their quesadillas as “suiza quesadillas.”

  119. The Holy Other is mostly an abstraction; it’s more ‘peoples’ than actual people, i.e. individuals.

    I can’t find the exact quote right now, but Solzhenitsyn records, somewhere or other, a leftist of yesteryear coming to his senses and realizing this, saying something along the lines of: “It’s not enough just to care about Mankind, you have to be able to stand people, too.”

  120. notanon says:
    @Wilkey

    yes – a lot of the groups involved in the left-liberal coalition are operating on the basis of a clear cut self interest.

    it’s the white liberals acting against their own interest who need explaining and that’s easy – they have an innate desire to virtue signal which is being manipulated by a media, academia and corrupted politicians who lie about everything.

  121. Lot says:
    @Jack D

    Not many right wing GOP voting immigrant groups.

    Russians, NE Asian and Vietnamese Christians, and the poorer Warsaw Pact countries could work.

  122. @Eric Liddell

    This can’t be overstated. I’m sick of hearing people go on and on about global warming or climate change and do absolutely nothing about the trash and crap and weeds in their own city.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  123. @Jack D

    Democrats have been gaming the system to elect a new people whom they see (with fairly good reason) as being potential loyal Democrat voters for generations to come.

    They’re certainly counting future (and perhaps current) votes.

    But it’s more sinister than this. They want more numerous, pliant clients for their welfare State schemes.

  124. @Stogumber

    “I don’t understand the reference to cats”

  125. @The Last Real Calvinist

    well then how should missionaries act? Should they only start churches and preach, or should they engage in humanitarian projects, or should they go for full-blown cultural imperialism?

    I think this has been an unanswered question for the last 200 years.

  126. MarcB. says:

    It boils down to acting on loyalty to one’s people or siding the usurpers. While there is a general understanding that women possess the inborn survival trait to side with the enemy in an effort to live after their village gets pillaged, among males an unwillingness to defend their land is universally considered cowardly.

  127. @Harry Baldwin

    “but insist that Muslims must do more to reduce extremism within their community.”

    Huh? I don’t remember much of that. Got any cites?

    I do remember a lot of warning the rest of us that there must be no backlash against the community that hosted the monsters though.

  128. @Desiderius

    Yeah, I like Calvinist‘s “Substitute Savior Syndrome”.

    Is that what you were referring to?

  129. @MalePaleStale

    In defense of the Indians, I would rather be ruled by the British Raj than most Indian factions too.

    Fortunately, I don’t have to choose

    … yet.

    • Replies: @Khemkharan
  130. @Hawk

    “best thought of as: Weaponized Morality”

    How about “Fake Ethics”?

    • Replies: @Hawk
  131. Lurker says:
    @Mark P Miller

    How about “Overton Pinhole”?

  132. Jack D says:
    @Buck

    This is the problem – obsolete farm equipment can be melted down for scrap, but obsolete human populations are virtually permanent. You bring in a slave or a migrant worker to pick crops for one season and two centuries later his descendants are still here and have multiplied exponentially. The entire Caribbean could be a vacation paradise but slavery turned it into an extension of Africa with African crime rates and it is going to be that way forever.

  133. Lurker says:
    @Desiderius

    I once sat through a speech by Neil Kinnock.

    Norman Tebbit had been up first and as a good little leftie I had been primed by the media to know that Norman was a boring, out of touch old Tory while Neil was an articulate firebrand.

    The realty was almost 180. Norman was funny and on-point. Neil was boring and long winded. It was really the first time I had an inkling that the media might not be playing fair in it’s representation of politicians.

  134. @Mr. Rational

    If you want to hit the left in its ideology, going Green might work.

    That is a legitimate argument against irresponsible immigration practices. Unfortunately our betters, like Rob Reiner, live in beautiful reserves of protected space and are too innumerate to realize the overall effect of numbers on the country that provides their luxurious lifestyle.

    America has all the resources, human and natural, that it needs to be virtually self-sufficient. We don’t need to be engaged with the rest of the world at all if we don’t want to be, but the public is not allowed to know that.

    We also have the most advantageous strategic location on the planet for self-defense, so we don’t need to send our military anywhere, but we are not encouraged to contemplate that fact either.

    From an aesthetic standpoint, what is happening to our living space is a tragedy. An environmental argument to cut way back on immigration of all kinds ranks right up near the top in quality and relevance — and this doesn’t mean a tree-hugging, SJW naive version of “environmentalism,” but rather a quality-of-life argument for ourselves and our Posterity.

    We have a good thing here, and we are fucking it up, permanently.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  135. @Jack D

    Roof Koreans.

    Or generally Koreans not named Jeong.

    As Lot says, there are not too many groups to choose from here, especially in the kind of numbers that can move the electoral needle in the USA.

    I actually think the best way to make immigration work for the right is …

    …massively to tilt immigration in favor of young unmarried women with no dependents. The would have an immediate salutary effect on the American mating market and all that flows from that. As Chateau Heartiste says, the political market is downstream from the sexual market.

    It improves Affordable Family Formation (another great, accurate Sailerism!), and generally spruces up the place.

    Worst case scenario is native female voters shut immigration down, which is still a win. So this is like win-win-win.

    Obviously, the policy needs some political packaging. Call it “Opportunities for WorldWide Women” (OW3).

    We want young immigrants because energy and enthusiasm!

    We want no dependents immigration because anchor-baby-ism and welfare arbitrage is bad!

    We want women because women!

    OW3: the future is female!

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @ChrisZ
  136. ATBOTL says:

    “As best as I can tell, Angela Merkel was not part of a sinister plot to end Europe. Remember, she had already declared multiculturalism to be a “failed policy” back in about 2012. When the first invader columns (which the media were spinning as “asylum seekers”) showed up at the borders, she had no clear plan of action. Instead, her latent cat lady id got snagged up into a virtue spiral by the fear of negative media coverage/prospect of positive media coverage. And so in a series of rash ad hoc acts, she sold her country down the river in exchange for ephemeral media plaudits.”

    I don’t buy this story. Around 10-15 years ago, I regularly read articles and editorials in The Economist, WSJ, BBC, German media etc. stating that Europe needed a massive increase in immigration. The number being thrown around, IIRC, was something like 20 or 30 million new migrants by 2030. The Establishment spent a few years setting up all these mis-labeled “NGOs” that give out supplies to the migrants. They prepared the media landscape with increasing stories about refugees and the heroic heroes who help them. There was a large element of planning and preparation in the migrant crisis. Keep in mind that border infiltration style illegal immigration has been going on in Europe for decades.

  137. @silviosilver

    That IS the problem, isn’t it?

    If the West still had the cultural confidence to expand, it’s doubtful that colonialism would have ended.  With enough numbers, South Africa and Rhodesia would be White countries today; there would have been neither jobs nor room for the Xhosa.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  138. @stillCARealist

    The problem is that complaining about the trash and blight in your own city is rayciss.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  139. Coemgen says:
    @Coemgen

    “the bomber” should be “the murderer”

  140. Jack D says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    No the problem is that the selection is done by whoever can make it over on the raft alive. This is a lousy way to select immigrants. The smarter fraction of Iranians (ditto Turks) are OK people and not incompatible with a Western lifestyle. The problem that they had/have is that they were overwhelmed demographically by peasants from the countryside.

  141. @bonnyblue

    These statements were made after a string of terrorist attacks and a rise in support of more right wing parties. They were made in an attempt to pacify the populace and cut the support for these parties off at the knees. It worked and then they kept on doing what they were doing.

  142. Jack D says:
    @ATBOTL

    The problem with all the planning is that it didn’t include the migrants themselves. They forgot to tell them “ix-nay on the raping and pillaging once you get to the West”. They were just doing their migrant thing – back home any woman out in public alone without a male relative and not dressed in a hijab is a prostitute. They must have been shocked at the # of prostitutes in the West – almost the entire female population. They knew that morality was bad in the West but not THIS bad.

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
  143. J.Ross says: • Website
    @ATBOTL

    I remember the “good globalism” propaganda of the mid nineties. It was very optimistic and assured us that Somalis are a plane ticket away from being Oxford dons and Johns Hopkins surgeons.

  144. Jack D says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I don’t know whether that in particular would work but that’s exactly the kind of thing that I was looking for. The alt-right needs to think outside the box a little so that its public face is not some grumpy old white guy like Bowers screaming “Hey Jews, get off of my lawn!”. And not self-delusional “Hispanics are natural conservatives” thinking but something that would really work.

  145. Forbes says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In the scenario as described by The Last Real Calvinist, the virtue signalers are ignoring the real connection they have to their neighbors, in the place where those Gemeinschaft relationships work.

    Mine is a lost cause, but the term, accurately, would be vanity-signaling, as no virtue is on display. What is signaled by one’s words is an affinity with a group of shared opinions, policies, behavior–the vanity to signal to others “I’m down with the program.” The superficial (vanity) appears to be the only community these signalers are capable.

    If the behavior was virtuous, the signalers would be making a real connection with their “lost” neighbors, trying to lend a helpful hand in some way, i.e. virtue being an act, not an abstraction.

  146. @Murdock

    That and these people have been raised in an environment that teaches them that whites are bad and earned everything we have by persecuting all the brown people of the world. This coupled with never knowing want and being unable to conceive of ever wanting, leads to alot of boneheaded thinking.
    For example: Bad whites in this country wont allow us to have quite the Democratic socialist/welfare governments good whites in western Europe have. Solution: import enough brown people to out vote the bad whites. It doesn’t occur to them that this might result in a country more resembling Venezuela than Sweden.

  147. Gracebear says:
    @Dissident

    What a wonderful piece. Thank you, thank you.

  148. notanon says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Jewish support of Muslim immigration into the United States and Europe is by far the best counter to any conspiracy theory of an integrated plan by Jews to destroy the West.

    there are 100s of articles like this

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-muslim-ban-jewish-rabbis-rabbinical-students-arrested-trump-tower-protest-new-york-5th-a7566366.html

    it might be dumb but some of them believe an Islamized West will be like Moorish Spain.

    (i agree it runs counter to the idea of an integrated plan as there’s others saying the opposite)

  149. @Mark P Miller

    As I often tell libtards: the Bantus/Austronesians/et al wiped out and replaced indigenous hunter gatherers, and what did they give the world? The Anglos did the same thing, but they also gave us the World’s first modern democracy, the Industrial Revolution, individual rights, central heating, cell phones, gay marriage, etc. Or, as liberal rock star Jewish Harvard professor Pinker puts it, the idea that any of these ideas came from the native savages is “1960s granola.”

    The Indians were damn lucky they were colonized by the West and not by Orientals. If it was the latter, there wouldn’t be any of them left and we still probably wouldn’t have individual rights.

    Not to nitpick, but disease killed off the first 90-95% of the Indians because they didn’t have resistance to Eurasian diseases. When they were finally able to mount any kind of resistance, it was only after acquiring Western horses, guns and some additional disease resistance. IIRC, to this day Amerindians are still more susceptible to certain diseases and defects compared to Eurasians. Though Mestizos in the US – being half Mongol – appear to have slightly greater longevity compared to Caucasians.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  150. I’ve read Haidt, but the simplest way to understand the Liberal moral order is by dividing the world into “Oppressors” and “Oppressed”. This is Haidt’s harm/care foundation and a direct result of “WEIRD” societies (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic). As others have noted, it’s as if the West has a built in self-destruct mechanism. I believe this is it. The only thing Haidt can’t explain is why WEIRD societies lead to a one-dimensional moral foundation based almost exclusively on harm/care.

    So: WEIRD > seeing morality as Oppressors v. Oppressed + Religion of Equality (all races have equal potential) > Blacks and Browns underperform because of racism > White establishment is Oppressor > Oppressed people are sacred (religious nature of the human brain) > can’t think rationally about something when you make it sacred (a great point also made by Haidt) > Western masochism > migrant crisis > death of the West.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @notanon
  151. @Buck

    Slavery was immensely profitable for a time, but all the profit went to the top 1% or so of society, while the rest of the country collectively got stuck with the bill. Same is happening with illegal immigration: it’s a real boon for the chicken processing plants as well as for those people who need cheap maids and gardeners, but it’s a burden for the rest of us. Plus ça change …

  152. @TomSchmidt

    Uh – I made an philologically correct remark: God does not laugh – nowhere in the Holy Bible, that is.

    (And I made this remark with an anthropological thought in mind – Arnold Gehlen muses about the human laughter and while doing so speaks of the bodily side of humor – and therewith about the fact, that we at times have to laugh – whether we like it or not. And that especially – this bodily quality of our laughter could be a hint at God: Since God is thought of as being almighty, it makes good sense to see him as a being that simply does not laugh, because if he did, he too would be determined by a body. But being almighty just does not allow for being determined so – – it’s more plausible than not, that the Christian God indeed does not laugh).

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  153. Signaling Snafus. Catlady Cascades. Virtue Vaulting.

    performed by: Daughter Teresas. Horde Hosts. Serial Wishers. The Goodness Gang bringing Goodness with a Bang.

    who welcome: Fatal Friends. Infinite Guest. Noble Ravages. The Holy Horde.

  154. ChrisZ says:
    @Almost Missouri

    You’re some kind of genius, AM.

  155. Hawk says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I like it.

    Fake Faithfulness is good.

    Punitive Piety also works.

  156. Forbes says:
    @Irish Paleo

    As much as your analysis/critique is provocative/insightful–one agreeable to my sensibilities–an historical correction is necessary before leaping to conclusions.

    unlike the Dow etc in 2016, the Brazilian BOVESPA Index responded to Bolsonaro’s victory by immediately surging

    The Dow’s near-term bottom, prior to the 2016 election was on November 4th, at 17,888. It then rocketed 2,000 points in two months, to December 13th, closing at 19,911. Up 11.3%.

    BOVESPA was at 83,321 on October 5, before the election, closing at 88,420 on November 1. Up 6.1%. Inasmuch as it’s only a month since Brazil’s vote, versus my two month Dow extraction, the results appear more similar than an “unlike the Dow” observation warrants.

    In fairness, the BOVESPA has been rising since mid-September. Possibly the results–unlike the US outcome in 2016–was anticipated, and not a surprise. Prior to the US election, the Dow traded sideways from March (~17.100-17,600, excepting the hiccup around BREXIT).

    I don’t think this point detracts from your overall analysis.

  157. @Ed

    He did the thing guys do to get angry woman in public to shut up, he meekly said he’d think about it.

    This is why millions of young men are heading toward our border. They can smell the weakness from there.

  158. @academic gossip

    The Infinite Guest! – Thanks.

    (cf. Max Frisch – Biedermann und die Brandstifter…)

  159. @Dieter Kief

    I wasn’t sure of your point. I understand it now.

    Some laughter theorists posit that laughter is always at death, as another philologist might say, what doesn’t kill you makes you laugh. One doubts God needing to laugh at Death. Maybe at Lucifer, but most likely that situation would be cause for grief.

    Thanks for taking the time to explain.

  160. @Mr. Anon

    White people have gotten as almost as bad as black people in choosing stupid names for their kids.

    My Nice White Lady neighbor is somewhat distressed that her grand daughter and husband named their new baby “Jett”. The baby is a boy.

    Not one of the kids who came trick or treating last night was named Tom or John or Mary or Sue. It was all Cooper and Brandon and Megan. Thank God the Caitlyn fever has worn itself out.

  161. @academic gossip

    Great stuff — I love ‘Infinite Guest’.

    • Replies: @academic gossip
  162. Anonymous[284] • Disclaimer says:

    Norman Tebbit was a commercial airline pilot before he got into politics.

    Kinocchio only managed to get through college through the hands-on help and management provided by his wife Gladys.

    One of Kinocchio’s sons is gay and is in a marriage of convenience with the (female) former prime minister of Denmark.

  163. What about “noticing”?

  164. @Pericles

    Isn’t the way to separate German immigrants from Jews whether their names are properly spelled German or not?

    No. Germans in colonial America had their names spelled to fit the locals– Hoover, Eisenhower, Earnhardt, Cline, Pershing.

    Those who came after the Civil War, like my mother’s family, usually kept the proper German spelling, though there are exceptions, eg, Drumpf to Trump.

    Jews often simplified their names over here, but many times, the spelling was changed in Russia or Poland, and is correct in those languages.

    Tad Szulc, though not Jewish (as far as I know) was a good example of this. That’s simply Schulz spelled in phonetic Polish. I had a neighbor from Russia named Vaynberg. That’s obviously Weinberg put through the Cyrillic wringer, and back again.

  165. @Stogumber

    “Cat lady” often refers to ailuromania. A woman– almost always a woman– slowly loses touch with the outside world, and starts with one or two cats. Then she picks up strays, of which there are many in the US. Within a few years, she is discovered by neighbors or delivery drivers or health care workers or the police. The house is full of messy and underfed cats, and otherwise unkempt and unsanitary.

    In other words, it’s a mental illness.

    And that’s what Frau Merkel looked like to us.

    Also, in English such a spinster would remain “Miss” all her life, whereas beyond a certain age all German women are “Frau”. So her singleness is even more obvious.


    Now why would a German name himself after a minuscule village in Somerset?

  166. @Mr. Anon

    Whites just decided they wanted to be different and special. Braden?

    To paraphrase Moon Unit Zappa’s brother Dweezil (Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa) when asked about how he felt about his name Dweezil, and its affect on him, he replied, “well, I suppose I could have had a normal name like ‘Peter’ or ‘Dick’ I guess. But I like my name better.”

    Were you ever in a class with three other students named Charles? Did you get called Chuck? Or have your ‘name’ put in a rhyme? No?

    Try doing that with Skyler or Schuyler.

    Skyler or Schuyler or Skylar or Skylor or Skylir or Skylur are all damned fine names.

  167. @Jack D

    Maybe a way to discourage that is to ridicule it as a lived-out stereotype, e.g.,

    “Dude, are you seriously going to be the millionth guy to try the leftist Jew schtick? Saturated market. It was old in my grandfather’s time. And girls want to see something more original.”

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  168. @Jim Don Bob

    Yes, that’s what I’ve been complaining about for 5 years now – the lastname firstnames. (OK, not Megan, and if she does spell it Megan and not some kind of dicked-up ethnic Meighan or what-have-you, more power to her*).

    * Though, according to Truth, she is probably a man.

    • Replies: @BB753
  169. @Almost Missouri

    I don’t want to bother looking up cites for you, but before I posted I searched couple of Obama speeches following Muslim terrorist acts and he generally had some comments to that effect.

  170. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Unfortunately, these things write themselves. Too much material.

    the inviters: R2-MeToos. Radical Left of the Bell Curve.

    the invitees:

    Friends With Welfare Benefits. The Gift That Keeps On Taking. The Ennobled Savage.

    Perpetual Motion North. The Hispanish Armada. Sendin’istas.
    BRIC Layers. Bering Freight.

    Hospital Helper. Wage Erasers. Helot Hotel. Neighhhh-bors!!!!

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  171. @Almost Missouri

    Wait a sec, I did a 10 second Google search and found the cites you require.

    Here are half a dozen times he’s done so in his presidency, including five times since Sept. 2014 (bolding is ours):

    1. Dec. 6, 2015 — Oval Office Address following San Bernardino shootings

    “… That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. This is a real problem that Muslims must confront, without excuse. Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL and al Qaeda promote; to speak out against not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.”
    2. Nov. 16, 2015 — News conference following the Paris attacks in Antalya, Turkey

    “And so I think, on the one hand, non-Muslims cannot stereotype, but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being infected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people and that that is justified by religion. And to some degree, that is something that has to come from within the Muslim community itself. And I think there have been times where there has not been enough pushback against extremism.”

    3. Sept. 28, 2015 — Address to U.N. General Assembly

    “…Part of our job, together, is to work to reject such extremism that infects too many of our young people. Part of that effort must a continued rejection by Muslims of those who distort Islam to preach intolerance and promote violence, and it must also a rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terror.”

    4. Feb. 18, 2015 — White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

    “…Now, just as those of us outside Muslim communities need to reject the terrorist narrative that the West and Islam are in conflict, or modern life and Islam are in conflict, I also believe that Muslim communities have a responsibility as well. Al Qaeda and ISIL do draw, selectively, from the Islamic texts. They do depend upon the misperception around the world that they speak in some fashion for people of the Muslim faith, that Islam is somehow inherently violent, that there is some sort of clash of civilizations….If we are going to effectively isolate terrorists, if we’re going to address the challenge of their efforts to recruit our young people, if we’re going to lift up the voices of intolerance and pluralism within the Muslim community, then we’ve got to acknowledge that their job is made harder by a broader narrative that does exist in many Muslim communities around the world that suggests the West is at odds with Islam in some fashion…So just as leaders like myself reject the notion that terrorists like ISIL genuinely represent Islam, Muslim leaders need to do more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam, that there’s an inherent clash in civilizations. Everybody has to speak up very clearly that no matter what the grievance, violence against innocents doesn’t defend Islam or Muslims, it damages Islam and Muslims.”

    5. Sept 24, 2014 — Address to the U.N. General Assembly

    “…It is time for the world — especially Muslim communities — to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of organizations like al Qaeda and ISIL. It is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world. No children are born hating, and no children –anywhere–should be educated to hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they’re Jewish, or because they’re Christian, or because they’re Muslim. It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source, and that is the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.
    “…The countries of the Arab and Muslim world must focus on the extraordinary potential of their people — especially the youth. And here I’d like to speak directly to young people across the Muslim world. You come from a great tradition that stands for education, not ignorance; innovation, not destruction; the dignity of life, not murder. Those who call you away from this path are betraying this tradition, not defending it.
    “…Now, ultimately, the task of rejecting sectarianism and rejecting extremism is a generational task –and a task for the people of the Middle East themselves.”

    6. June 4, 2009 — Cairo speech

    Even going back to 2009 in Obama’s big Cairo speech, meant as something of an olive branch to Muslim-majority countries after the George W. Bush presidency, Obama said this:

    “…So America will defend itself, respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer.”

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    , @Almost Missouri
  172. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Not one of the kids who came trick or treating last night was named Tom or John or Mary or Sue. It was all Cooper and Brandon and Megan. Thank God the Caitlyn fever has worn itself out.

    You have to wonder – don’t these people have parents and grandparents whom they wish to honor by naming their children after them?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  173. @silviosilver

    One of the Israeli posters here said that getting to the point of physically removing the migrants is difficult, and was not really guaranteed at the time of his comment, as there are Soros-financed groups, lawfare NGOs, and leftist judges obstructing things. You “know” that taking in more Africans will never happen but he did not seem so confident even about removing the existing ones.

    The deportations are a battle between North Tel Aviv liberal elites who want cheap labor and virtue signalling, and South Tel Aviv deplorables who have to live near the migrants. Similar to the USA except deplorables are demographically stronger in Israel so the government is further to the right. Another similarity is that the deep state is against Netanyahu and he has been under a permanent version of the Mueller investigation that is always supposed to be on the verge of taking him down. He has survived so far but who knows. If the government changes, migrants may be allowed in again.

    The secular/Reform Jewish left in America faces no consequences of migration into Israel and has mostly drunk its own kool aid on these questions. Apart from your Kmac-level paranoia about Jews (I love the idea that advocating suicidal policy for Israel is really double-backflip crypto concealment), I think you are making a mistake in thinking of the American Jewish left as being functionally Jewish. They are as Jewish as white secular ancestrally Christian leftists in the US are Christian, i.e., generally not at all, in any meaningful sense.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  174. Dissident says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Not one of the kids who came trick or treating last night was named Tom or John or Mary or Sue. It was all Cooper and Brandon and Megan.

    Were all of the Coopers and Brandons at least unambiguously male, and the Megans female?

    Thank God the Caitlyn fever has worn itself out.

    Was that inspired by “Caitlyn” (Bruce) Jenner? Or was it the other way around, i.e., “she” took that name because it was one of the most popular female names at the time?

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  175. Dissident says:
    @Jack D

    This is the problem – anti-Semites are always getting Cultural (and plain old) Marxists mixed up with Jews because so many Cultural Marxists ARE of Jewish origin. But one of the last places you are going to find Cultural Marxists is at Saturday services in a Conservative synagogue. Hitler aims for Trotsky but he kills my pious grandfather instead.

    I recall reading that a pious Jew once, in an encounter with Trotsky, told him something to the effect of: You stir things-up and then we pay the price.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  176. Dissident says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    An environmental argument to cut way back on immigration of all kinds

    It has been noted, I believe in comments to this very blog, that the Sierra Club had at one time taken just the position that you describe.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  177. Anonymous[423] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t have a suggestion for the right term to describe the new Ms. Jellbys of the current year, though I think it’s true in all spheres, right/left, in a media-steroids atmosphere that people tend to get caught up in their own B.S. When Robert Conquest was asked about the Iraq War (second one) he replied that, while he did have an opinion about it, he didn’t consider himself expert enough for whatever it was to be published just then. A lot of our elites’ mental breakdown has to do with having left no possibility of face-saving for all the pompous pronouncements in 2015/2016 made re: Trump. For which they were brutally mercilessly shown up a couple months later.

    One of my favorite journalist cliches of the 90s was “[x] is not a suicide pact.” It’s too bad that came & went early for the meme era– to slag on NPC leapfrogging it’d be fun to see a liberal tell another liberal again: “P.C./SWPL preening is not a suicide pact.” Believe it or not, pre-Twitter-Facebook liberals actually used to criticize each other’s sillier excesses once in a while …

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  178. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Jewish support of Muslim immigration into the United States and Europe is by far the best counter to any conspiracy theory of an integrated plan by Jews to destroy the West.

    Well, hang on a second.

    What we have are groupings of like-minded Jewish individuals advocating what they figure is best for Jews. Some are more influential than others. Sometimes their advocacy converges, other times it doesn’t.

    If you can accept that, then why are you so offended that some people (eg myself) might consider it worthwhile to investigate all possible angles? Might there exist, for instance, a certain rationale behind promoting Islamic immigration? It shouldn’t be offensive to ponder it.

    I would suggest there is such a rationale. If I’m an Israeli patriot and I want to pack as many Jews as possible into Israel, I will support the factors that contribute to Aliyah. If Muslim agitation against Jews in the west helps motivate those Jews to come to Israel, then I might consider Islamic immigration into the west worthwhile. If some innocent Jews are harmed, well so be it.

    Furthermore – and this is what would really excite me, as an Israeli patriot – when Muslims in the west get up to their usual antics, Israelis can cry “See? You see what they’re like? Can you see what we’re dealing with now?” It’s no secret that a large segment of the Israeli rightwing wants Palestinians out, both from Israel proper and the West Bank. If the Israeli right make their move in an atmosphere of total western disgust for Muslims, there will be relatively far fewer people who protest it. And in the unlikely scenario that western countries, too, decide some “kebab removal” is order, even better for Israel.

    How widespread might such thinking be among Jews? I have no way of knowing. And it would be ridiculous to go about accusing Jews of thinking in these terms. But surely the case I’ve made here is at least plausible.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Anonymous
  179. @Mr. Anon

    Whites just decided they wanted to be different and special. Braden?

    I wonder if all this curmudgeonry is good for your health, lol.

    But baby names have always changed with the times. In the 19th century it became popular to choose historical Anglo-Saxon names. You have to pity the poor kid who got stuck with one of those towards the end of the trend.

    If you ask me, Braden sounds a lot nicer than Cuthbert.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  180. @silviosilver

    My impression is that white people in the U.S. are pretty reasonable and responsible about choosing their kids’ names. They don’t go instantaneously for the names of celebrities, but instead wait a considerable amount of time: e.g., “Dylan” became a popular given name in the 1980s, not in the 1960s. Typically, they follow long trends in terms of what kind of sounds are considered good-sounding, and make minor variations on existing names.

  181. @Mr. Rational

    If the West still had the cultural confidence to expand, it’s doubtful that colonialism would have ended. With enough numbers, South Africa and Rhodesia would be White countries today; there would have been neither jobs nor room for the Xhosa.

    If only Hitler had set his sights on expansion into Africa (or South America) rather than into Russia. War would most likely have been avoided (or at least restricted to Africa) and there would have been land aplenty. In fact, pretty much everything would have been better for your average poster here if that had happened, even for the Jewish posters. Okay, any new German lands would have likely been off-limits to them (to me, too, fwiw), but the rest of the west never had such ludicrously harsh anti-Jewish attitudes. Hell, the Jews could have had Israel and Madagascar. (Would have come in handy when as a place to store their burgeoning but basically useless Haredi population.)

  182. @academic gossip

    performed by: Daughter Teresas. Horde Hosts. Serial Wishers. The Goodness Gang bringing Goodness with a Bang.

    Enforced by: Sorosjugend.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  183. @Forbes

    As others have remarked, “vanity signaling” doesn’t make sense, and is on its face redundant (vanity can be private, but the epithet “vain” is usually is lobbed at someone who is outwardly so).

    If “virtue signaling” doesn’t do it for you, use “virtue preening”, which more explicitly includes vanity in its meaning, yet doesn’t leaving out what kind of vanity we’re talking about, which centers around perceptions of virtue or ‘wokeness’.

    My past comment about “virtue signaling”:

    The term is obviously sarcastic, hence its sting as an insult. It concisely outs the “signalers” (signals can be true or false) as shallow and showy, and warns that their ‘virtue’ is really vanity, or worse—evil deception.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  184. @academic gossip

    You “know” that taking in more Africans will never happen but he did not seem so confident even about removing the existing ones.

    Ah, I am so busted. I have to give it you, AG, you are one sharp cookie. I confess: I don’t know with anything approaching total certainty it’ll never happen.

    On the other hand, am I at least permitted to notice that Israel is light years ahead of Europe and America when it comes to preparations to halt and turn back ‘refugee’ flows?

    Am I permitted to notice that often (but no, not always – keep your hair on) the very same Jewish journalists who rend their garments at the plight of ‘refugees’ into Europe are awfully silent about the plight of ‘illegal infiltrators’ into Israel?

    But look, as much as I’d like to see vanquished the moral blot on the western conscience that is the criminal state of Israel, “negrify thy neighbor” is a game we’re all going to lose. So I wish Israel well on their deportations.

    I think you are making a mistake in thinking of the American Jewish left as being functionally Jewish.

    I don’t think much about the American Jewish left, actually. I think about a generic left. And I think about organized Jewry. There’s considerable overlap, of course, but when I criticize Jews it’s the latter I’m thinking of. It’s a cinch to demonstrate that the latter brim with double standards on immigration.

    As for the double-back-flip concealment strategy, well, I ask myself, how would it look if I had set myself up as a refugee advocacy org and I was all for aiding refugees in America and yet I strangely refused to aid them in Israel? Answer: it would not look good at all. So if I really didn’t want to aid refugees in Israel, but I definitely did want to aid them in America, what should I do? I could close up shop and advocate for refugees in neither land, or I could make a pretense of advocating for refugees in Israel, while concentrating all my firepower on aiding refugees in America. That people have preferences and devise strategies to satisfy them is hardly news. So analyzing those preferences and strategies hardly requires “conspiracy theories.”

    • Replies: @academic gossip
  185. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonymous Jew

    As a historian (whose name escapes me) pointed out, the Indians held the balance of power in North America from discovery until the early 19th Century. In the end, they lost, but so did the British, the French, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Swedes, etc.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  186. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Oops. “… yet doesn’t leave out what kind of vanity …”

  187. Anonymous[125] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    As a historian (whose name escapes me) pointed out, the Indians held the balance of power in North America from discovery until the early 19th Century.

    Truly? That is hard to believe.

    In the end, they lost, but so did the British, the French, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Swedes, etc.

    Why? Because of immigration?

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  188. Anonymous[193] • Disclaimer says:

    Merkel is East German. She was virtue-signalling at someone else’s expense: it’s West Germans who have borne the brunt of her “enlightened” policies regarding immigration, and she knew damn well that this would be the case.

    No West German politician would ever have done something like this.

    • Replies: @anon
  189. @silviosilver

    Let’s postulate what a consistent position on refugees would look like and then you can tell us whether (purportedly universalist) Jewish refugee/humanitarian aid organizations operate inconsistently. I’d imagine the principles include:

    1. The burden of refugee accomodation should be spread as evenly as possible among as many different countries as can reasonably handle it, with preference to nearby countries if available.

    2. Burden to a host country is a function not only of number of refugees admitted (per capita) but also things like: population density, available space, wealth, predictable conflicts between refugee and host population (e.g., don’t put lots of Shiites into Sunni countries), effects on security or foreign policy, commonalities of language or history (such as former colonial relationship or pre-existing community from the refugee country).

    3. No nation is required to change its immigration laws, and is free to accept as few or as many of the temporary refugees as long-term residents as it may choose.

    Under such criteria Israel can absorb some refugees, but the number accomodated per capita will be lower than in many other developed countries, because the refugees in its part of the world are mostly from hostile or enemy populations whose intake en masse would cause serious security problems.

    I have not seen Kmac-type analyses account for such obvious constraints, but with your ever vigilant eagle eye upon the criminal blot on the Western conscience, maybe you know of some Jewish humanitarian agencies that propose to apply the principles inconsistently. My understanding is that the public in Israel, and much of American Jewry, expects the state of Israel to participate in humanitarian aid projects subject to conditions similar to the ones listed, and that there is some internal conflict as to whether to respect those constraints in all cases. For example, some Israelis want to take in Syrian war refugees (temporarily, I assume), but one Israel-specific reason for not doing so is that Syrians are citizens of an enemy country. That objection does not apply in the European countries that have taken in Syrians. Also consistent with that, Israel took “boat people” from Vietnam at one point, not to mention the not-exactly-Jewish Ethiopians, presumably because the problems presented by Middle East refugees did not arise in those cases.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  190. @Anonymous

    “Why? Because of immigration?”

    Because Murica.

  191. TTSSYF says:
    @academic gossip

    I’m cynical enough to sometimes wonder if that’s what Jews on the political Right are doing; i.e., positioning themselves in a less saturated market niche. I think Stephen Miller and Lawrence Auster are/were true believers, but I still reserve a little doubt.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  192. TTSSYF says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Words, just empty words. And always with a finger-wag about how we non-Muslims mustn’t judge.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  193. @silviosilver

    Sorosjugend has now entered my vocabulary.

  194. @Steve Sailer

    Perusing the social security database, it seems that girl names cycle much more rapidly than boy names, and (perhaps for that reason) are more prone to silly zeitgeists.

  195. @Forbes

    I think you, or other commenters, have made this point before. And I agree with you, Jenner Ickham Errican, et al.: “vanity preening” or “vanity signalling” would have been better. I say “would have” because “virtue signalling” has now entered mainstream discourse and people basically get it despite its infelicities. It’s the QWERTY keyboard of anti-SJW epithets: it may not be optimal, but everyone uses it and is accustomed to it.

    “Leapfrogging loyalties” on the other hand, has not yet gone mainstream, so maybe there is a way to upgrade it before it goes viral. Or maybe it’s good enough as is. Either way, this comment thread has been a rich seam of material.

    • Replies: @notanon
  196. notanon says:
    @Anonymous Jew

    The only thing Haidt can’t explain is why WEIRD societies lead to a one-dimensional moral foundation based almost exclusively on harm/care.

    imo it’s what happens to Hamilton’s rule in the context of an outbred population

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

    rB > C

    outbreeding reduces the difference between in-group vs out-group weighting (the r part of the equation) which is what leads to the tendency of white people to chip in for public goods which is what leads to whitopias.

    (in essence it acts to reduce individual harm by sharing it out among a larger group of people – kind of like an insurance policy)

    the reason this trait has become so self-destructive is because the people with this trait are being fed false data – the media, politicians and academia LIE to people that mass immigration has lots of benefits and no costs and people who don’t have personal experience believe the lies.

    this is why Trump attacking people’s *trust* in the media is so effective.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  197. notanon says:
    @Almost Missouri

    i think “virtue-signalling” is apt because it describes the *general case* of how morality works in a non clan-based society.

    some moral authority defines what “virtue” is and people conform to that and show their conformance by “virtue” signalling.

    the question is who gets to be the moral authority and is their definition of “virtue” correct?

    once upon a time burning heretics was virtue signalling and now it’s being anti-white cos the media are the dominant moral authority and they are anti-white.

    which is why destroying the media’s moral authority is the key to the survival of white debils.

  198. @ATBOTL

    I don’t disagree that there is something of a conspiracy to inundate the West with mass immigration, I just question that Merkel was consciously part of the conspiracy. I think she was more like a dupe who stumbled into her Mistake. A Pandora who opened the box.

    Ironically, by lifting the veil too rapidly, she may have spoiled the slow-boilers’ plans. It was supposed to happen in Europe like it did in the US where there was a smooth, even flow without too obvious before-and-after pictures. Now, despite the efforts at spin-control, there is a clear, sudden change, and little doubt about what caused it. As a result, the EU is fraying and nationalism is awakening. That wasn’t supposed to happen.

    They’re frantically trying to stuff invasion-awareness back into the box, from where it can again be released gradually over time, like narcotic smoke from a censer instead of the recent onrushing nightmare that harshed everyone’s mellow. Will it work? That depends.

  199. Anonymous[193] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Isn’t 300 million enough? Just close the doors.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  200. anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Merkel is East German. She was virtue-signalling at someone else’s expense: it’s West Germans who have borne the brunt of her “enlightened” policies regarding immigration, and she knew damn well that this would be the case.

    East Germans have borne the brunt. West Germany was already cosmopolitan, multicultural.

  201. BB753 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Is “Taylor” still popular for girls? Is “Hillary” a thing now for shrill feminist single mothers?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  202. @Dissident

    Were all of the Coopers and Brandons at least unambiguously male, and the Megans female?

    I know someone named Blake.

    Blake bore her second child this year.

  203. @Dissident

    I recall reading that a pious Jew once, in an encounter with Trotsky, told him something to the effect of: You stir things-up and then we pay the price.

    The solution is rather obvious, is it not?

  204. Someone on another site started a thread asking why the Jews have never created a powerful dominant nation. While Israel is a prominent nation, it does not dominate.

    Then it occurred to me: You can’t be the elite when you are the majority. In a nation of mostly
    Jews, someone still has to be on the bottom echelon of society.

    Perhaps this is the thinking of the white liberal who deep down inside believes in his/ her superiority. In a world of Blacks and Browns, they will be the elite. In a world of Whites, they are the bottom echelon of society.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  205. @Harry Baldwin

    Okay, thanks. My opinion of BHO is slightly improved.

    The media conglomerates must have forgotten to replay these segments of his speeches here.

  206. @academic gossip

    A lot of good ones.

    “Daughter Teresas” is a nice skewering of their junior-league martyr-complexes. Cheap grace indeed.

    I have to confess I don’t understand “Serial Wishers”.

    “Infinite Guest” is amusing, and not so subtly raises the uncomfortable question of what is the upper limit on this migration?

    “Friends With Welfare Benefits” is likewise amusing while raising the question of cost.

    Some work better in print than in speech. It’s nice to have terms that can go anywhere.

  207. @Mr. Rational

    Not in my city.

    The trash and crap comes from the burgeoning homeless population and their pets. The city offers them all sorts of services so they come in from surrounding places and camp out and make a mess.

    Additionally, whoever used to clean up along dangerous roadsides is no longer doing it. Prisoners? Volunteers? County workers? If I could find a way to get out on the freeways and pick up trash I would.

    Is anybody else noticing that CA just seems to be getting trashier everywhere but the ritziest of neighborhoods (who pay to have things kept sparkly)?

  208. @Almost Missouri

    The British Empire would be a difficult act to follow for anyone really. Who wouldn’t want 10% literacy, no hospitals, getting to fight wars without any voting rights, no colleges, no sanitation, widespread famine, sub-30 year life expectancy and a few nice cities built solely for a small ruling elite.

    If your point is they were infinitely better than the Islamic Raj prior to their arrival, well, that is both obvious and impossible to state publicly without being lynched. At least the Brits didn’t have a taste for mass rape, genocide or forcible conversions, and they did invent cricket (and a lot more)

  209. @Mr. Anon

    They named the kid Jett Timothy Something. Timothy was the grandfather and the late husband of my neighbor. She said, “Why couldn’t it have been Timothy Jett?”

  210. @TTSSYF

    I agree. It was Obama’s practice to give a little token admonition to his black or Muslim allies while holding the white enemy primarily responsible for all ill-feelings. He did it in his famous “race” speech. To paraphrase: Okay, some blacks have negative feelings about whites, but given their experiences it’s quite understandable; meanwhile, whites cannot be forgiven for any tinge of racism or what we choose to call racism, no matter what justification for it there might be.

  211. @Anonymous

    300 million is too many given things like chronic drought in California.  We should be trying to return at least the majority of the post-1965 immigrant groups, and do our best to reduce Black underclass fertility to well below replacement while encouraging recolonization (if not mandating, in the case of e.g. felons).

  212. Anonymous[421] • Disclaimer says:
    @silviosilver

    These are good points, but the main factor driving Jewish promotion of Muslim immigration into White countries is Jewish anxiety about the beauty and appeal of White people and countries and Whites’ worthiness as rivals.

  213. @BB753

    Taylor, yes.

    As for “Hillary”, yeah, unless you are one of those shrill feminist singles, you’d have to be a sadist to do that to a poor child. I regret that I didn’t name my son after a man of the cloth, call him Amos Moses

  214. Anonymous[308] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    One of my favorite journalist cliches of the 90s was “[x] is not a suicide pact.”

    This has an Israeli origin IIRC. An Israeli judge said “the constitution is not a suicide pact” when considering to disregard a law harmful to the country.

    It’s a healthy attitude which other nations would do well to emulate. The law should serve the nation, not the nation serve the law.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  215. Anonymous[308] • Disclaimer says:
    @silviosilver

    The increasing Muslim-related strife in Western countries has been good for diaspora Jewry. It has brought about the decline of anti-Semitism among European nationalists to the point where traditionally anti-Semitic movements like the BNP and Front Nationale are now friendly towards Jews and Israel. The possibility of Nazi-style massacres of Jews in Europe is now non-existent. This would never have happened with the Muslims.

  216. Hibernian says:
    @anonymous

    OT comments sometime become later threads and also some are more OT than others. Possibly something like Anatoly Karlin’s open threads would be helpful.

  217. @Steve Sailer

    Jordan? Surely an ex-Chicagoan would have noticed that naming trend, for boys and girls. And it wasn’t decades afterward, like Dylan.

  218. @academic gossip

    Thanks for that well considered post. If that was a round about way of saying ugly canard anti-semitic noxious conspiracy theory canard, then I think it’s better to just come out and say ugly canard anti-semitic noxious conspiracy theory canard. That will save everyone time.

  219. @TTSSYF

    Totally disinterested belief is mere superstition.

  220. Blubb says:

    I don’t understand for the life of me how people can think of Merkel as basically a sort of failed cat lady. She’s not. She’s a calculating, cold hearted hitch.

    Virtually ALL her policies since she took chancellorship 12 years ago serve to demonetise, depopulate, deindustrialise, and defraud the German people.

    Why? Who knows. But it most certainly is not approval. She does not care about that, or she would not have been an ugly woman in the CDU in the first place.

    She is a cold, lying, scheming psychopath, and she has not made any mistakes. Not in her eyes, certainly.

  221. The Substitute Savior should consider a revised 1 John 4:20 – 4:21:

    Whoever claims to love the Caravan yet hates their neighbor is a liar. For whoever does not love their neighbor, whom they have seen, cannot love the Caravan, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves the Caravan must also love their neighbor.

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