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From Democracy Now! in 2008:

“Everybody in the World Except US Citizens Should Be Allowed to Vote and Elect the American Government” – Leading Intellectual Slavoj Žižek

… when I was asked by a academic journal to say if I were to hold the power for one day as president, what — and I would have kind of absolute power to introduce a law, what law that would have been? My immediate answer was not as some humanist suggested, since United States at least thinks they are a global empire, so let every adult in the world be allowed to vote; my advice would be the opposite one: let’s everybody in the world, except US citizens, be allowed to vote and elect the American government.

Old Slavoj does have kind of a point there about American elites’ reigning philosophy of Invade the World / Invite the World.

One long run consequence of the government electing a new people will be the new people eventually electing new elites or in some other, perhaps undemocratic, fashion getting rid of the current elites.

 
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  1. Rob McX says:

    Is he by any chance plagiarising Ahmadinejad’s open letter to Donald Trump? Žižek is no stranger to quoting other people without acknowledgement.

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    This Žižek interview is from March 2008 and so if anyone is guilt of plagiarism it would be Ahmadinejad, whose comments were from this week.
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  2. JohnnyD says:

    A little OT: I wonder if Slavoj Zizek hates Trump’s wife, since he’s no longer the most famous person from Slovenia.

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    • Agree: AndrewR
    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Don't forget about Laibach.
    , @Lex
    Jan Oblak and Samir Handanović are way more famous than Zizek.
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  3. eD says:

    There is already one country that is sort of like this.

    Any Jew anywhere in the world can go to Israel, and under Israeli law, become an Israeli citizen, vote in Israeli elections, and so on.

    Jews and non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can also vote in Israeli elections, as can Jews living in the West Bank. But non-Jews born in the West Bank and Gaza of course can’t vote in Israeli elections, even though the Israeli government runs their lives. They have to take a back seat to newly arrived immigrants from places like Belarus and Ethiopia.

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    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Who cares?

    "Because we don't live there!"
    , @(((Owen)))

    Jews and non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can also vote in Israeli elections, as can Jews living in the West Bank. But non-Jews born in the West Bank and Gaza of course can’t vote in Israeli elections, even though the Israeli government runs their lives. They have to take a back seat to newly arrived immigrants from places like Belarus and Ethiopia.

     

    The big problem here is that non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can still vote. They make up a large 20% cancer on the population of Israel. It would be best to deny them all forms of public assistance and education and offer each of them $100k to give up citizenship and move away permanently.

    Unfortunately none of the Arab nations seem eager to take them. Just like the Palestinians, they're undesirable aliens to be passed around like a hot potato by anyone that can find a way to avoid the expense of supporting them.

    For as long as they are in Israel, they are a constant 20% drag on the politics of the country every time they vote.
    , @biz
    Israel does not run Gaza.
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  4. The elites are already getting rid of themselves via miscegenation. The ones who are behind the curve can raise their children to do it. SWPL is just a stop on the way to mutt.

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  5. @eD
    There is already one country that is sort of like this.

    Any Jew anywhere in the world can go to Israel, and under Israeli law, become an Israeli citizen, vote in Israeli elections, and so on.

    Jews and non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can also vote in Israeli elections, as can Jews living in the West Bank. But non-Jews born in the West Bank and Gaza of course can't vote in Israeli elections, even though the Israeli government runs their lives. They have to take a back seat to newly arrived immigrants from places like Belarus and Ethiopia.

    Who cares?

    “Because we don’t live there!”

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  6. Despite all his neo-Marxist bluster and contrarian virtue-signaling, Žižek strikes me as an intellectual hustler whose “insights” evaporate immediately after they are poured. Perhaps he should concentrate on performing a rap album with Cornel West for the edification of NPR listeners.

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    • Replies: @O'Really
    While this could be said of any postmodernist philosopher, I agree that there is something self-consciously trollish about Zizek's pronouncements. For years I have been waiting for him to unmask himself as a Sokal-esque long con.
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  7. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    There is your zeroth amendment.

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  8. Cagey Beast says: • Website
    @JohnnyD
    A little OT: I wonder if Slavoj Zizek hates Trump's wife, since he's no longer the most famous person from Slovenia.

    Don’t forget about Laibach.

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    • Replies: @Zenarchy
    Laibach are passee now, although when John Oliver called them fascists, he just proved his utter ignorance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeygA-n7AEo

    There's also Ceferin, the head of UEFA. We make splendid puppets; Austrians taught us well for a millennium.

    I was born in the same maternity ward as Melania, so there's my own claim to post-lucidity fame.

    We're close to the West but also Russia, though, that's why Putin likes coming here. No surprise, if you consider Tito was half-Slovene. Funnily, the liberal atheist left is more defensive of current Russia due to a history of panslavism, while the Catholic right has been anti-Russian up until now due to their Austro/Germanophilic slavishness. Might change now that their idol Merkel has let too many Muslims in.

    So it wasn't that much of a shock when Zizek said he would vote for Trump.

    Also, something interesting for Americans: nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent. I know a lot of British people find it totally weird.

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  9. During the Oscars monologue the host thanked the President for supposedly making everybody forget that the prior Oscars had been racist. Somehow, the media tweeters have decided this was “an anti-Trump joke?”

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  10. Njguy73 says:

    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren’t):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

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    • Replies: @Alfa158
    I am a US citizen and would not take that deal, but I wish the government would make the offer. I feel viscerally that the people who are more likely to take the deal are also the people who probably shouldn't be voting. It would be interesting to see survey data on the people who would go for it, versus those who wouldn't, to see whether my hunch is right.
    , @Marina
    Like most legacy Americans, that would render me stateless, which presents all kinds of problems and could make it difficult in the future to transmit citizenship to my children. And I'd find it deeply traumatic to cease being American. I'm open to reconsidering universal suffrage or jury duty on other grounds, though.
    , @Anon
    No way. I'd like to be able to vote in elections, and non-citizens wouldn't get Social Security, so the cash deal isn't as good as it looks. Plus you'd have the hassle of filing to renew your permanent resident status--would could be denied, and you have to pay the filing fees every 10 years.
    , @Olorin
    My ancestors paid in blood and life for my right to citizenship/voting (and I am a voting citizen under their rules).

    If you think that's worth only $100,000 FedBux, that says more about you than I.

    Though Alfa's point is well taken.

    , @snorlax
    No way, although presumably I'd have thought about it a bit longer if I weren't in a comfortably upper-middle-class profession.
    , @Moshe
    Anyone who doesn't take the deal is a panzy.

    It's a silly question like boff, marry, kill but I'll answer it so I can get more satisfaction from idiots who may answer oppositely.

    I recognize that I'm biased on account of not being a millionaire but even so, aside for the cynical reality that being an alien totally grants you more american goodness than being a citizen, I regard voting as chosen subjugation. Your vote counts for zero (you do know basic math, right?) so all you are doing is subjugating your soul to cheerfully choose your own destroyer. I have no owner and I have no ruler.
    , @SFG
    Best answered with some classical music in the grand Western tradition:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C78HBp-Youk

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  11. snorlax says:

    OT: My theory for Best Picture mixup: apparently the Academy has adopted instant-runoff voting. Probably La La Land had such a huge lead on first preferences that it “obviously” won, but they didn’t bother to actually calculate it until the last second. Black and SJW voters probably all gave Hidden Figures, Fences and Moonlight their 1, 2, 3 preferences in whichever order.

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    When I heard Moonlight won my first thought was, "In retrospect it was a bit hasty how they admitted Milo to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences"
    , @BigBlueArseOfNeptune
    My theory is universe wanted to draw attention to Hollywood's idiocy...Obviously, La La Land would be the perfect winner. Coastal types can feel safe liking it, and its subject matter is not offensive to Middle America. Likewise, industry workers love that you can hear actual music and lyrics composed with some skill, and that the camera doesn’t endlessly shake like an epileptic filmed it. You can see composed shots and portrait lighting instead of environmental lighting and randomness. Hell, it even let the dress and set people coordinate as they didn’t digitally suck all the color out. Unfortunately, the academy was mentally destroyed by accusations of racism last year and had to give the big award to a largely plot-less piece of propaganda that will give a few coastal types erections while alienating everyone else (particularly the urban blacks featured in the film itself).
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  12. Alfa158 says:
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    I am a US citizen and would not take that deal, but I wish the government would make the offer. I feel viscerally that the people who are more likely to take the deal are also the people who probably shouldn’t be voting. It would be interesting to see survey data on the people who would go for it, versus those who wouldn’t, to see whether my hunch is right.

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    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I feel viscerally that the people who are more likely to take the deal are also the people who probably shouldn’t be voting.
     
    I've long been suggesting giving out $20 bills at polling stations. That one booth would look like all the others, except it wouldn't be plugged in.
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  13. Žižek is too hard to spell. Can we just refer to him as “Caret Top”?

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  14. I have a better idea. Let everyone in America who doesn’t live in a large metropolitan city vote.

    There, problem solved (this solution works for other western countries too).

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  15. @Alfa158
    I am a US citizen and would not take that deal, but I wish the government would make the offer. I feel viscerally that the people who are more likely to take the deal are also the people who probably shouldn't be voting. It would be interesting to see survey data on the people who would go for it, versus those who wouldn't, to see whether my hunch is right.

    I feel viscerally that the people who are more likely to take the deal are also the people who probably shouldn’t be voting.

    I’ve long been suggesting giving out $20 bills at polling stations. That one booth would look like all the others, except it wouldn’t be plugged in.

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  16. biz says:

    The irony of something called “Democracy Now” advocating for stripping the vote from all of the citizens of a country.

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    In Zizek's eyes, the US is not a country. It's the Capital of the Global Empire. Residents of Washington, DC used to be ineligible to vote for president on the grounds that they were too close to the government. By that logic, Zizek believes that the residents of the US should not be voting on who manages the Global Empire. After all, it's the rest of the Empire that's really impacted by the Capital, not the Capital (read: the US) itself.
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  17. @snorlax
    OT: My theory for Best Picture mixup: apparently the Academy has adopted instant-runoff voting. Probably La La Land had such a huge lead on first preferences that it “obviously” won, but they didn’t bother to actually calculate it until the last second. Black and SJW voters probably all gave Hidden Figures, Fences and Moonlight their 1, 2, 3 preferences in whichever order.

    When I heard Moonlight won my first thought was, “In retrospect it was a bit hasty how they admitted Milo to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences”

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  18. Anon says: • Disclaimer


    If US is a republic, only Americans have rights as citizens.

    If US is an empire, the rest of the world has ‘rights’ as imperial citizens under US hegemony.
    Like citizens of the Roman Empire.

    Puerto Rico is trouble enough. Why Puerto-Ricanize the entire world?

    Buchanan was right. Republic, not an empire. WWII is history. Cold War is long over.

    What the hell is the US doing messing up the world? Why the horror in MENA? Why this trouble with Russia?

    Enough already.

    A truly surreal news world:

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  19. Marina says:
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    Like most legacy Americans, that would render me stateless, which presents all kinds of problems and could make it difficult in the future to transmit citizenship to my children. And I’d find it deeply traumatic to cease being American. I’m open to reconsidering universal suffrage or jury duty on other grounds, though.

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  20. Whiskey says: • Website

    Sell my birthright for a mess of potage? How about, deport each and every illegal, and their dependents, US citizens or not, and while we are at it, the descendants of illegals who came here after 1965.

    The expected WINDFALL of cash available to be spent on … ME would far exceed that 100K figure. More like 1 million at least, maybe more, per remaining US Citizen.

    As far as Cousin Balki’s musing, well what makes the US so powerful? Why is it the only superpower? Because it is the only relatively uncucked White majority nation left. Lets get real here, Mohammed and Mohammed Mohammed may be great at creating suicide donkeys, and puppies now (no I’m not kidding) and the suicide butt bomb (not kidding on that one either) but they are miserable failures at everything else. Crazy Kim and his house of nutbags might be able to fire off a crippled, half-working nuke with the assistance of the Chinese, but that’s it. Africa is a basket case where child sacrifice, and cannibalism of albinos and pygmies to gain “magical powers” is fairly commonplace. Latin America is the home of Santeria and various other nutball beliefs like Santa Muerte.

    None of these places can build a nuclear submarine, land men on the moon, land a rover on Mars and keep it running for years, build a fleet of aircraft carriers, and global nuclear ICBM missiles. The only other country coming close (Russia has ICBMS, and one falling apart aircraft carrier) is also a White majority uncucked nation.

    The Scandis went from Viking raiders to totally cucked by their women who are hellbent on replacing them with Africans. Much of the UK particularly the Scandi Danelaw areas are following suit. With France, Germany, and Italy in hot pursuit of cuckdom. Much/Most of Europe is a cuck failure, with no military at all and dependent entirely on the US military as the ONLY thing standing between them and the hordes of the Third World coming their to raid and settle and make them slaves (with again their own women’s active connivance).

    So naturally being failed societies filled with failed people, they want to run the only nation that even half-way works. [Japan is totally dependent as well on the US nuclear umbrella and defense spending -- thats weak and helpless when you get down to it though at least THEIR women are not busily replacing their men, too busy being Kawai "cute."]

    The Path to US power is simple, but no other society can or will copy it because of the demands and discipline it requires: A. Be White Majority. B. Be uncucked with most of the normal average White men. C. Spend a significant amount on the military and have it be honored and important. D. Don’t adopt weakness and non threatening behavior in the hope it will save you, ALWAYS be armed as a nation. E. NEVER stop seeking new and better ways to kill enemies both potential in the future and real ones in the here and now. F. Tell your women to shut the hell up most of the time.

    And even a US rapidly changing into Mexico Norte meets Jihad cannot keep things up forever; Joe Sixpack from Ohio or Texas won’t fight for Mohammed and Jose from El Salvador.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    A lot of U.S. greatness appears most clearly in the rear view mirror. The U.S. cannot do today what it could do in 1963: place a man in low earth orbit. We couldn't get back to the moon if our lives depended on it. Yeah, we got 10-11 carriers but on Inauguration Day they were all in port--the Kutuzov was at least on station in the Mediterranean. I freely admit western Europe is cucked, probably hopelessly so, but the U.S. is pretty close behind. That fearsome military may just be the outer crust of a hollow empire, or a magnificent edifice resting on feet of clay--chose your metaphor.
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  21. For what it’s worth…

    Six years ago I was in grad school at my Big State U—well, not technically; I was considered such a rising star in the philosophy department that I was allowed to take graduate classes while still an undergrad, which is why I can truthfully claim to have “been to grad school” despite never even having finished my BA, but I digress—when this very topic, in all seriousness, formed part of the curriculum.

    The class was one of those 5000-level international affairs seminars. The instructor, whose name I don’t remember now, was a newly minted associate professor, a man of Pakistani extraction and British nationality who had actually been educated in England, and this was his first teaching assignment in his new gig. I did not like him at all. Despite being outwardly nothing but the eager young academic, anxious to please and cutting an affectedly professional demeanor, there was something understatedly sinister about him, perceptible not to the senses but only to the inner eye.

    When the chosen texts for the seminar began to advance arguments for allowing illegal immigrants and other non-citizens the right to vote in US elections, and when these notions were treated with tacit approval by the instructor, I formed the impression that something much deeper was afoot. This man, with his exotic origins and extreme antipathy to US sovereignty, was the visible face of much larger phenomenon that remained for the most part hidden in the inaccessible corridors of Cathedral power. “So this is it,” I thought. “The next phase of the globalist cabal’s stealth coup begins with ‘educating’ future state functionaries to dissolve the notion of American citizenship.” I have no doubt that Barack Obama was in on this plot, and that Hillary Clinton, had she been elected, would have greatly accelerated it.

    I did not stay in school long after that. I was already on my way out of the academic world for a multitude of reasons, and while this was not the straw that broke the camel’s back, it was instrumental in ratcheting up the disgust and emptiness I was feeling to unmanageable proportions. Here I was confronted with something that simply could not be borne. This professor and I had zero common ground. No amount of logical argument or emotional appeal would ever bridge the gap between us. In fact he loathed me and wanted to see me reduced to insignificance, suffering and enslaved, and he wanted me to join him in his contempt for me, to confess that this was indeed exactly what I deserved. I had no way of fighting this save the token protest of denying the school any future tuition money, so I kept my head down and got the hell out of there as quickly as I could.

    Since that time I have been waiting for the dispersal of voting rights to non-citizens to be mooted in a forum geared more for the general public, as I knew it would. It appears that day has arrived. Make no mistake, this is the coup de grace for the country if it is enacted. It is not just some bit of isolated nonsense. It is real and must be resisted root and branch.

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    Yeah, well, here's the terrifying thing. Your Anglo-Paki instructor was actually middle of the road/conservative by academic standards.

    A white, American-born instructor wouldn't even bother to pretend he (more likely she) believed there were two sides to the issue.

    Honestly, I know plenty of academics who believe immigration is a fundamental human right -- that westerners are morally obliged to freely allow non-white peoples to flood our nations. To suggest otherwise is to out yourself as a Nazi or even worse, a Donald Trump supporter.

    Needless to say, they're all white (counting Jews as white in this instance -- although not all are Jewish).

    The problem doesn't lie with Anglo-Paki immigrants -- it lies with our fellow whites.

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  22. In seriousness: the world should move away from Voting voting on a ballot, and move towards voting with your feet/wallet. Obviously, voting with feet/wallet works well in consumer goods markets.

    The same model should be applied to nation states. Anyone can join your nation state, if they meet membership criteria and agree to membership rules. The governments/cultures that people flee from die off, and the governments/cultures that people flock too expand to more of the globe.

    Even the open borders crowd says that mass migration is somewhat incompatible with majority rule democracy.

    And Zizek is a clown. This quote is meant to shock and he’s considered a nut job.

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  23. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    No way. I’d like to be able to vote in elections, and non-citizens wouldn’t get Social Security, so the cash deal isn’t as good as it looks. Plus you’d have the hassle of filing to renew your permanent resident status–would could be denied, and you have to pay the filing fees every 10 years.

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    • Replies: @Njguy73
    "As a lawful permanent resident, you qualify for retirement benefits while in the United States and perhaps even if you move abroad. You need not become a U.S. citizen."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/u-s-legally-permanent-residents-qualify-social-security-retirement-benefits-article-1.997329
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  24. whorefinder says: • Website

    The Oscar’s Best Picture screw-up—–LMAO.

    And these folks think they can tell us how to vote.

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    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    That's assuming it was really a screw-up, and not just some publicity scheme for a fading institution.

    After all, a lot more people are talking the Oscars today than would have been otherwise.

    It might make more people tune in next year too.
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  25. Olorin says:
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    My ancestors paid in blood and life for my right to citizenship/voting (and I am a voting citizen under their rules).

    If you think that’s worth only $100,000 FedBux, that says more about you than I.

    Though Alfa’s point is well taken.

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    If you think that’s worth only $100,000 FedBux, that says more about you than I.
     
    That was just a number I thought out. Any idea on how many FedBux it's worth?
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  26. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Beatty chivalrously took the fall for Dunaway’s error. Seems an old white man’s work is never done. Honestly I can’t be the only one who couldn’t concentrate on the subsequent acceptance speeches for whichever film it was that actually won. The whole show had been so instantaneously unmasked, it was brought down to the People’s Choice or Nickelodeon Awards level. This pale-as-indie Adele Romanowski woman nattering on about “brown and black boys” threw me into a giggling fit. Clearly we’ll need a separate award ceremony to suitably honor African-American nominees, so that this never happens again.

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  27. snorlax says:
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    No way, although presumably I’d have thought about it a bit longer if I weren’t in a comfortably upper-middle-class profession.

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  28. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    I’ve been wondering why Dems are so nuts about the immigration issue, and think I might have come across the answer. This website has an interesting statistical breakdown:

    http://www.thirdway.org/report/why-demography-does-not-equal-destiny

    If you look at the percentage of minorities who describe themselves as moderate instead of liberal or conservative, it’s a higher percent than the second two options. This is true for blacks, Latinos, and Asians. What’s more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal. If it weren’t for the immigration issue being pounded hysterically by the left, Latinos are in danger of drifting rightwards. Some of the other issues that are dear to white liberals, such as transgender bathrooms, gay rights, etc., are of no particular interest to Latinos as a group, and the culture of old Mexico still lags behind the US in women’s rights.

    A conservative-moderate Latino swing towards the Republicans would inflict terrible damage on the Democrats and be a deathblow to their coalition, because Latinos are their next biggest group of voters after white liberals. In other words, the Dems absolutely must keep the issue alive to maintain their hold on their coalition.

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    Sorry, but American Latinos are natural leftists. they heavily favor large government and social leftism. They're even majority in favor of abortion these days. There's no way for the Right to salvage that.
    , @Jefferson
    "What’s more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal."

    Than why are most Latin American countries run by Left Wing Socialists. Why do Hispanics vote these Left Wing Socialists in.

    Heather Mac Donald and Ann Coulter have already debunked the myth that Hispanics are natural Conservatives.

    Also Hispanics these days are all calling themselves Latinx. That sounds like Social Justice Warrior vocabulary not something that is part of the regular vocabulary of a natural Conservative.

    Also where I live in a disproportionate number of Transgender people are Hispanics.
    , @ben tillman

    Some of the other issues that are dear to white liberals, such as transgender bathrooms, gay rights, etc., are of no particular interest to Latinos as a group, and the culture of old Mexico still lags behind the US in women’s rights.
     
    Liberals have no intrinsic interest in these things. They're just what they're being told to care abut for now. They didn't care about (or even envision) same-sex "marriage" 15 years ago, and they never said a word about "transgender bathrooms" before three or four years ago. When Steve saw World War T on the horizon two or three years ago, some people here were skeptical. It would have to be manufactured out of thin air, and it was.
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  29. G Pinfold says:

    That’s a huge constitutional (not to mention global-strategic) upheaval for the prize of electing Hillary Clinton. And no, after you realise your blunder, you don’t get a second wish.

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  30. @Rob McX
    Is he by any chance plagiarising Ahmadinejad's open letter to Donald Trump? Žižek is no stranger to quoting other people without acknowledgement.

    This Žižek interview is from March 2008 and so if anyone is guilt of plagiarism it would be Ahmadinejad, whose comments were from this week.

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    This Žižek interview is from March 2008 and so if anyone is guilt of plagiarism it would be Ahmadinejad, whose comments were from this week.

     

    Yes, the idea that enlightened foreigners should have a say in how the USA is run is hardly original or new. Several of my leftie British colleagues, back in 2000/04, were already half-convinced they were being unjustly excluded from the chance to vote against W. They felt that his idiotic policies affected them because of the USA's vast power and reach, so they should be able to join in determining its course.
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  31. Oh, that’s just leading intellectuals being leading intellectuals.

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  32. O'Really says:
    @Laugh Track
    Despite all his neo-Marxist bluster and contrarian virtue-signaling, Žižek strikes me as an intellectual hustler whose "insights" evaporate immediately after they are poured. Perhaps he should concentrate on performing a rap album with Cornel West for the edification of NPR listeners.

    While this could be said of any postmodernist philosopher, I agree that there is something self-consciously trollish about Zizek’s pronouncements. For years I have been waiting for him to unmask himself as a Sokal-esque long con.

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  33. @Shine a Light
    This Žižek interview is from March 2008 and so if anyone is guilt of plagiarism it would be Ahmadinejad, whose comments were from this week.

    This Žižek interview is from March 2008 and so if anyone is guilt of plagiarism it would be Ahmadinejad, whose comments were from this week.

    Yes, the idea that enlightened foreigners should have a say in how the USA is run is hardly original or new. Several of my leftie British colleagues, back in 2000/04, were already half-convinced they were being unjustly excluded from the chance to vote against W. They felt that his idiotic policies affected them because of the USA’s vast power and reach, so they should be able to join in determining its course.

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    Several of my leftie British colleagues, back in 2000/04, were already half-convinced they were being unjustly excluded from the chance to vote against W. They felt that his idiotic policies affected them because of the USA’s vast power and reach, so they should be able to join in determining its course.
     
    Not just lefties - I'm a visceral and life-long conservative and moderate nationalist, but I've argued since probably the Kosovo war that if the US claims the right to interfere in every country in the world and to impose what it sees as the only legitimate form of governance on every nation in the world, then the logical conclusion is that everyone in the world should get a vote on US leadership.

    No annihilation without representation, as I think I once put it.
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  35. Bill B. says:

    Žižek is a kind of con man, like many of his peers, but I wonder if his strong speech impediment encourages his outrageousness. When one is not pleasant to listen to the temptation must be to add value by being provocative.

    I am friends with a French intello, whom I admire greatly, who stutters badly but is listened to avidly for his often shocking observations.

    The economist Adam Smith, who stuttered, was considered eccentric albeit brilliant.

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    The economist Adam Smith, who stuttered, was considered eccentric albeit brilliant.
     
    The Brits forgive a lot of eccentricity and overlook significant personal handicaps, especially if accompanied by intelligence. There are numerous examples in their history, especially in academia. Stephen Hawking, for one.
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  36. Sideways says:
    @Anon
    I've been wondering why Dems are so nuts about the immigration issue, and think I might have come across the answer. This website has an interesting statistical breakdown:

    http://www.thirdway.org/report/why-demography-does-not-equal-destiny

    If you look at the percentage of minorities who describe themselves as moderate instead of liberal or conservative, it's a higher percent than the second two options. This is true for blacks, Latinos, and Asians. What's more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal. If it weren't for the immigration issue being pounded hysterically by the left, Latinos are in danger of drifting rightwards. Some of the other issues that are dear to white liberals, such as transgender bathrooms, gay rights, etc., are of no particular interest to Latinos as a group, and the culture of old Mexico still lags behind the US in women's rights.

    A conservative-moderate Latino swing towards the Republicans would inflict terrible damage on the Democrats and be a deathblow to their coalition, because Latinos are their next biggest group of voters after white liberals. In other words, the Dems absolutely must keep the issue alive to maintain their hold on their coalition.

    Sorry, but American Latinos are natural leftists. they heavily favor large government and social leftism. They’re even majority in favor of abortion these days. There’s no way for the Right to salvage that.

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  37. @eD
    There is already one country that is sort of like this.

    Any Jew anywhere in the world can go to Israel, and under Israeli law, become an Israeli citizen, vote in Israeli elections, and so on.

    Jews and non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can also vote in Israeli elections, as can Jews living in the West Bank. But non-Jews born in the West Bank and Gaza of course can't vote in Israeli elections, even though the Israeli government runs their lives. They have to take a back seat to newly arrived immigrants from places like Belarus and Ethiopia.

    Jews and non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can also vote in Israeli elections, as can Jews living in the West Bank. But non-Jews born in the West Bank and Gaza of course can’t vote in Israeli elections, even though the Israeli government runs their lives. They have to take a back seat to newly arrived immigrants from places like Belarus and Ethiopia.

    The big problem here is that non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can still vote. They make up a large 20% cancer on the population of Israel. It would be best to deny them all forms of public assistance and education and offer each of them $100k to give up citizenship and move away permanently.

    Unfortunately none of the Arab nations seem eager to take them. Just like the Palestinians, they’re undesirable aliens to be passed around like a hot potato by anyone that can find a way to avoid the expense of supporting them.

    For as long as they are in Israel, they are a constant 20% drag on the politics of the country every time they vote.

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  38. robot says: • Website

    [Oscars] Did everyone else barf at Viola Davis’s over-the-top histrionic BLM routine? Pretending she was the lone courageous voice standing between the black underclass and the KKK? I see people on twitter nominating her acceptance speech for another Oscar– this is just sarcastic, right, because her emotion was so obviously faked?

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  39. Anonym says:

    The pro-immigration people, facing the potential of being stymied (for now) by Trump, are exploring other options. Rather impotently, I must say. If you can’t import people into the US and have them vote for your team, well, enfranchise those outside the USA. (Cool story bro face goes here.)

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  40. Jefferson says:
    @Anon
    I've been wondering why Dems are so nuts about the immigration issue, and think I might have come across the answer. This website has an interesting statistical breakdown:

    http://www.thirdway.org/report/why-demography-does-not-equal-destiny

    If you look at the percentage of minorities who describe themselves as moderate instead of liberal or conservative, it's a higher percent than the second two options. This is true for blacks, Latinos, and Asians. What's more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal. If it weren't for the immigration issue being pounded hysterically by the left, Latinos are in danger of drifting rightwards. Some of the other issues that are dear to white liberals, such as transgender bathrooms, gay rights, etc., are of no particular interest to Latinos as a group, and the culture of old Mexico still lags behind the US in women's rights.

    A conservative-moderate Latino swing towards the Republicans would inflict terrible damage on the Democrats and be a deathblow to their coalition, because Latinos are their next biggest group of voters after white liberals. In other words, the Dems absolutely must keep the issue alive to maintain their hold on their coalition.

    “What’s more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal.”

    Than why are most Latin American countries run by Left Wing Socialists. Why do Hispanics vote these Left Wing Socialists in.

    Heather Mac Donald and Ann Coulter have already debunked the myth that Hispanics are natural Conservatives.

    Also Hispanics these days are all calling themselves Latinx. That sounds like Social Justice Warrior vocabulary not something that is part of the regular vocabulary of a natural Conservative.

    Also where I live in a disproportionate number of Transgender people are Hispanics.

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    To be quite frank, I never heard the Latinx thing outside of the SJW crowd.

    A lot of the paler ones just marry white people and forget the whole thing.

    You could probably peel quite a few Hispanics off if the immigration thing went away, I agree. Bush II was pulling 40% of the Hispanic vote as I recall. My preference would be to slam shut the gates. deport any illegals, and encourage assimilation of legals. I mean, the average IQ is going to fall by a few points, but what can you do.
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  41. Jefferson says:

    “one long run consequence of electing a new people will be the new people eventually electing new elites or in some other, perhaps undemocratic, fashion getting rid of the current elites.”

    It hasn’t happened yet in California. The elites in California still racially resemble the demographics of that state’s much Whiter northern neighbor Oregon. The elites in California are still not as vibrantly diverse as the California masses. So the current California elites have yet to be replaced with a new elite that has more melanin in their skin.

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  42. Anonym says:

    OT: Apparently Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless and living on food stamps.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/265930/white-naacp-leader-rachel-dolezal-cant-get-job-daniel-greenfield

    Meanwhile, Shaun King (Talcum X) is being increasingly influential in BLM and getting gigs on the MSM.

    http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/social-affairs/20170216/black-lives-matter-activist-shaun-king-to-address-university-of-redlands

    Why the sexism? I blame the patriarchy.

    p.s. if Shaun King is Talcum X, what is Rachel Dolezal? Rosa Chalks?

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    p.s. if Shaun King is Talcum X, what is Rachel Dolezal? Rosa Chalks?
     
    Chaka Con.
    , @27 year old
    >OT: Apparently Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless and living on food stamps.

    Finally living the authentic black experience, is she also a single mom?
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  43. Žižek’s and Ahmadinejad’s comments are further evidence of a world-wide neo-colonialist “Scramble for America”. Just as Africa was once considered good for the taking, in light of the failure of post-colonial non-white societies to make good (with a few Asian exceptions), there is now a mad rush by the rest-of-the-world towards America (and Europe).

    One way to look at Globalization is as an updated version of the post WW1 Versailles Treaty which imposed reparations on a defeated Germany for all the harm they caused during the Great War. The Globalized Versailles Treaty is aimed at the American (and European) working classes for the crimes of colonialism, racism, slavery and any other bad things the 1st world has done to the 3rd in the past.

    Of course during colonialism the costs were socialized within colonizing states and so it was the people of the colonial power who paid those costs that weren’t borne by the colonial subjects themselves, who of course paid dearly, and it was the oligarchic class that privatized the colonial profits. But the 1st world oligarchs and their urban bourgeoisie are in strong agreement that the current deplorable working classes are to blame for systems that hurt their working class ancestors but powerfully enriched the wealthy of that time!

    And so with the recent rebellions against Globalization, the 1st and 3rd world oligarchs are convinced these are nothing more than the 1st world working classes attempting to shirk their historic guilt debt by refusing to respect the Zeroth Amendment pay the rightful reparations in terms of standard of living that workers deserve to pay for the crimes committed in the past by their wealthy co-nationals.

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    Bravo.
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  44. Moshe says:
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    Anyone who doesn’t take the deal is a panzy.

    It’s a silly question like boff, marry, kill but I’ll answer it so I can get more satisfaction from idiots who may answer oppositely.

    I recognize that I’m biased on account of not being a millionaire but even so, aside for the cynical reality that being an alien totally grants you more american goodness than being a citizen, I regard voting as chosen subjugation. Your vote counts for zero (you do know basic math, right?) so all you are doing is subjugating your soul to cheerfully choose your own destroyer. I have no owner and I have no ruler.

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  45. @Anonym
    OT: Apparently Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless and living on food stamps.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/265930/white-naacp-leader-rachel-dolezal-cant-get-job-daniel-greenfield

    Meanwhile, Shaun King (Talcum X) is being increasingly influential in BLM and getting gigs on the MSM.

    http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/social-affairs/20170216/black-lives-matter-activist-shaun-king-to-address-university-of-redlands

    Why the sexism? I blame the patriarchy.

    p.s. if Shaun King is Talcum X, what is Rachel Dolezal? Rosa Chalks?

    p.s. if Shaun King is Talcum X, what is Rachel Dolezal? Rosa Chalks?

    Chaka Con.

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  46. Rob McX says:

    People have been making this suggestion for years, as a facetious reflection on the power America supposedly has over other countries. There’s no chance of foreigners being given a vote in US elections. But American governments have done something just as bad in opening the country’s borders and exporting jobs overseas by the million. A Mexican peasant or a Chinese factory worker may have no say in how America is governed, but they are beneficiaries of Washington trade and immigration policies that give them priority over Americans.

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  47. Lex says:
    @JohnnyD
    A little OT: I wonder if Slavoj Zizek hates Trump's wife, since he's no longer the most famous person from Slovenia.

    Jan Oblak and Samir Handanović are way more famous than Zizek.

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  48. Zenarchy says:
    @Cagey Beast
    Don't forget about Laibach.

    Laibach are passee now, although when John Oliver called them fascists, he just proved his utter ignorance.

    There’s also Ceferin, the head of UEFA. We make splendid puppets; Austrians taught us well for a millennium.

    I was born in the same maternity ward as Melania, so there’s my own claim to post-lucidity fame.

    We’re close to the West but also Russia, though, that’s why Putin likes coming here. No surprise, if you consider Tito was half-Slovene. Funnily, the liberal atheist left is more defensive of current Russia due to a history of panslavism, while the Catholic right has been anti-Russian up until now due to their Austro/Germanophilic slavishness. Might change now that their idol Merkel has let too many Muslims in.

    So it wasn’t that much of a shock when Zizek said he would vote for Trump.

    Also, something interesting for Americans: nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent. I know a lot of British people find it totally weird.

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    I find this 'John Oliver' character to be extremely annoying.
    , @Peter Akuleyev
    nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent.

    Almost everywhere in Europe the chosen English accent of young people is American. Most Austrians, Germans, and Swedes whom I know speak American flavored English. When you do meet foreigners who really try to speak English English it comes off as weird and pretentious.

    That said, the cutest foreign English accent I ever heard was from a Polish girl who had worked for three years in a hotel Aberdeen - she had a perfect Scottish accent when she spoke English and no self awareness about it.

    The second best was a Slovak girl who had married an Indian guy and I guess lived in Madras or somewhere for years. She was a stunning blue eyed blonde who spoke English like Apu's wife. I hope she never visits the US because I am sure some SJW would accuse her of "mocking" the Indian people.
    , @Authenticjazzman
    " Nowhere else except in slovenia will you find so many non-native speaker speak English"

    And nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many breathtakingly beautiful women.
    I was partners with a stunningly gorgeous slovenian Lady for four years in the seventies, actually she was my grounds for divorce, but anyway I drove there spring of 1973, from Germany, in my new Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV, with a good buddy to meet up with her as she was there on vacation from Germany, with her mother.
    So we, my buddy and myself, are sitting in an outdoor cafe' in her home town of Maribor, and we both make make the simultaneous remark :"Godamm I can't believe this", as there were armies of magnificent women strolling around the walking zone, and the whole scenario seemed surrealistic beyond words.
    I could go on about this theme but let it be said that in europe there is an open secret : If you want to aquire a beautiful wife go to Slovenia.

    Authenticjazzman " Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    PS Okay now lets see if this totally innocuous post gets blocked by the censors.
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  49. Randal says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    This Žižek interview is from March 2008 and so if anyone is guilt of plagiarism it would be Ahmadinejad, whose comments were from this week.

     

    Yes, the idea that enlightened foreigners should have a say in how the USA is run is hardly original or new. Several of my leftie British colleagues, back in 2000/04, were already half-convinced they were being unjustly excluded from the chance to vote against W. They felt that his idiotic policies affected them because of the USA's vast power and reach, so they should be able to join in determining its course.

    Several of my leftie British colleagues, back in 2000/04, were already half-convinced they were being unjustly excluded from the chance to vote against W. They felt that his idiotic policies affected them because of the USA’s vast power and reach, so they should be able to join in determining its course.

    Not just lefties – I’m a visceral and life-long conservative and moderate nationalist, but I’ve argued since probably the Kosovo war that if the US claims the right to interfere in every country in the world and to impose what it sees as the only legitimate form of governance on every nation in the world, then the logical conclusion is that everyone in the world should get a vote on US leadership.

    No annihilation without representation, as I think I once put it.

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    Not just lefties – I’m a visceral and life-long conservative and moderate nationalist, but I’ve argued since probably the Kosovo war that if the US claims the right to interfere in every country in the world and to impose what it sees as the only legitimate form of governance on every nation in the world, then the logical conclusion is that everyone in the world should get a vote on US leadership.

    No annihilation without representation, as I think I once put it.
     
    I'm with you. Zizek's position is perfectly reasonable. The US Government often acts like a rabid dog, and, if the American people can't control it, maybe the rest of the world should have a chance. Of course, his idea is also naive. If the power structure can manipulate US voters into accepting such a government, it can do so with foreign voters as well.
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  50. Craig Willy says: • Website

    Maybe he is trying to make up among his leftist base for having supported Trump?

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  51. @Zenarchy
    Laibach are passee now, although when John Oliver called them fascists, he just proved his utter ignorance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeygA-n7AEo

    There's also Ceferin, the head of UEFA. We make splendid puppets; Austrians taught us well for a millennium.

    I was born in the same maternity ward as Melania, so there's my own claim to post-lucidity fame.

    We're close to the West but also Russia, though, that's why Putin likes coming here. No surprise, if you consider Tito was half-Slovene. Funnily, the liberal atheist left is more defensive of current Russia due to a history of panslavism, while the Catholic right has been anti-Russian up until now due to their Austro/Germanophilic slavishness. Might change now that their idol Merkel has let too many Muslims in.

    So it wasn't that much of a shock when Zizek said he would vote for Trump.

    Also, something interesting for Americans: nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent. I know a lot of British people find it totally weird.

    I find this ‘John Oliver’ character to be extremely annoying.

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  52. @Zenarchy
    Laibach are passee now, although when John Oliver called them fascists, he just proved his utter ignorance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeygA-n7AEo

    There's also Ceferin, the head of UEFA. We make splendid puppets; Austrians taught us well for a millennium.

    I was born in the same maternity ward as Melania, so there's my own claim to post-lucidity fame.

    We're close to the West but also Russia, though, that's why Putin likes coming here. No surprise, if you consider Tito was half-Slovene. Funnily, the liberal atheist left is more defensive of current Russia due to a history of panslavism, while the Catholic right has been anti-Russian up until now due to their Austro/Germanophilic slavishness. Might change now that their idol Merkel has let too many Muslims in.

    So it wasn't that much of a shock when Zizek said he would vote for Trump.

    Also, something interesting for Americans: nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent. I know a lot of British people find it totally weird.

    nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent.

    Almost everywhere in Europe the chosen English accent of young people is American. Most Austrians, Germans, and Swedes whom I know speak American flavored English. When you do meet foreigners who really try to speak English English it comes off as weird and pretentious.

    That said, the cutest foreign English accent I ever heard was from a Polish girl who had worked for three years in a hotel Aberdeen – she had a perfect Scottish accent when she spoke English and no self awareness about it.

    The second best was a Slovak girl who had married an Indian guy and I guess lived in Madras or somewhere for years. She was a stunning blue eyed blonde who spoke English like Apu’s wife. I hope she never visits the US because I am sure some SJW would accuse her of “mocking” the Indian people.

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    I'm an Indian in my seventh decade and I remember the accent that well educated Indians had in my grandfathers' time was quite different from that which is heard today. It was much more easily identiable as a variant of a British regional accent, perhaps Welsh, than today's easily parodied accents from India.

    http://youtu.be/ZAx3cxLVAI0

    http://youtu.be/AGAZGqAUxCQ

    A small number of older, Indian prep school and college educated people still have an atypical non-Indian sounding accent.

    http://youtu.be/iC6QujquMRg
    , @E e
    My experience in Madras is if you don't try to sound like an Indian stereotype when speaking English, nobody in the street will understand you. If you're a typical college educated American, it can take a few days to get over yourself and "speak the language"...
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  53. SFG says:
    @Njguy73
    Dear Steve Sailer,

    I would like you to pose this question for your U.S. citizen readers (there may be some who aren't):

    Would you accept a non-taxable, lump-sum cash payment of $100,000 from the U.S. government, in exchange for having your legal status changed from citizen to lawful permanent resident? You could no longer vote for president, would have to renew residency every ten years, would be excused jury duty, etc.

    Deal or no deal?

    Best answered with some classical music in the grand Western tradition:

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  54. SFG says:
    @Jefferson
    "What’s more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal."

    Than why are most Latin American countries run by Left Wing Socialists. Why do Hispanics vote these Left Wing Socialists in.

    Heather Mac Donald and Ann Coulter have already debunked the myth that Hispanics are natural Conservatives.

    Also Hispanics these days are all calling themselves Latinx. That sounds like Social Justice Warrior vocabulary not something that is part of the regular vocabulary of a natural Conservative.

    Also where I live in a disproportionate number of Transgender people are Hispanics.

    To be quite frank, I never heard the Latinx thing outside of the SJW crowd.

    A lot of the paler ones just marry white people and forget the whole thing.

    You could probably peel quite a few Hispanics off if the immigration thing went away, I agree. Bush II was pulling 40% of the Hispanic vote as I recall. My preference would be to slam shut the gates. deport any illegals, and encourage assimilation of legals. I mean, the average IQ is going to fall by a few points, but what can you do.

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    "You could probably peel quite a few Hispanics off if the immigration thing went away, I agree."

    I 100% disagree. Hispanics are also Left Wing on other political issues that have nothing to do with immigration like affirmative action, gun control, the welfare state, and abortion.
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  55. Tulip says:

    I don’t understand what is wrong with Zizek’s suggestion. He is a communist who supports Leninist dictatorship throughout the world. He is simply proposing what will bring about a Communist Revolution in the United States in the fastest time-scale possible: the total dispossession of the national proletariat. BTW, he would never endorse the same proposal for Slovenia.

    His statement is also useful, in the sense that the Kulaks will come out from under their rocks in support of his idea, the better for phase II.

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  56. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Peter Akuleyev
    nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent.

    Almost everywhere in Europe the chosen English accent of young people is American. Most Austrians, Germans, and Swedes whom I know speak American flavored English. When you do meet foreigners who really try to speak English English it comes off as weird and pretentious.

    That said, the cutest foreign English accent I ever heard was from a Polish girl who had worked for three years in a hotel Aberdeen - she had a perfect Scottish accent when she spoke English and no self awareness about it.

    The second best was a Slovak girl who had married an Indian guy and I guess lived in Madras or somewhere for years. She was a stunning blue eyed blonde who spoke English like Apu's wife. I hope she never visits the US because I am sure some SJW would accuse her of "mocking" the Indian people.

    I’m an Indian in my seventh decade and I remember the accent that well educated Indians had in my grandfathers’ time was quite different from that which is heard today. It was much more easily identiable as a variant of a British regional accent, perhaps Welsh, than today’s easily parodied accents from India.

    http://youtu.be/AGAZGqAUxCQ

    A small number of older, Indian prep school and college educated people still have an atypical non-Indian sounding accent.

    http://youtu.be/iC6QujquMRg

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    Accent-less (ie American) spoken English is now the expected standard. One counterexample is Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google. About five years ago, I attended a conference in which he gave a two hour keynote. At lunch, I sat with an Indian guy who spoke purely American English. After some preliminary conversation (checking me out to see if he could speak frankly), he was just shaking his head. He said over and over that only at a company like Google could an Indian get away with such a thick accent. He had worked hard to get rid of his own native accent.

    In my (university) home town in the 1960's, every Indian you met spoke with a pronounced accent - obviously first generation. Now, in the same town, practically every person of Indian descent you meet speaks American English, because they grew up here. This is what sets the standard for everyone.

    Old habits die hard, though. I'm visiting with a woman whose nursing aide is Indian. She described seeing her at a birthday gathering with a number of other Indians. Her aide, along with all the other Indian women, were dressed in saris and Bollywood makeup.

    She noted that her aide spent the party socializing with only her friends, who as it happened were like here all Brahmin caste Hindus, in distinction to other Indians at the party. Ingrained (or inbred) habits die hard.
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  57. @Anonym
    OT: Apparently Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless and living on food stamps.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/265930/white-naacp-leader-rachel-dolezal-cant-get-job-daniel-greenfield

    Meanwhile, Shaun King (Talcum X) is being increasingly influential in BLM and getting gigs on the MSM.

    http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/social-affairs/20170216/black-lives-matter-activist-shaun-king-to-address-university-of-redlands

    Why the sexism? I blame the patriarchy.

    p.s. if Shaun King is Talcum X, what is Rachel Dolezal? Rosa Chalks?

    >OT: Apparently Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless and living on food stamps.

    Finally living the authentic black experience, is she also a single mom?

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    If there's any justice in this world, Elizabeth Warren will end up as an alcoholic on a reservation so that she can finally live the authentic Indian experience.

    Alas, knowing they way these things work, she'd probably end up owning the casino.
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  58. countenance says: • Website

    when I was asked by a academic journal to say if I were to hold the power for one day as president, what — and I would have kind of absolute power to introduce a law

    Once you have absolute power, then voting, much less who and where gets to do it, is irrelevant.

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  59. Anon7 says:

    Just a reminder that Glubb told us all about this a generation ago:

    History, however, seems to suggest that the age of decline of a great nation is often a period which shows a tendency to philanthropy and to sympathy for other races. This phase may not be contradictory to the feeling described in the previous paragraph, that the dominant race has the right to rule the world. For the citizens of the great nation enjoy the role of Lady Bountiful. As long as it retains its status of leadership, the imperial people are glad to be generous, even if slightly condescending. The rights of citizenship are generously bestowed on every race, even those formerly subject, and the equality of mankind is proclaimed. The Roman Empire passed through this phase, when equal citizenship was thrown open to all peoples, such provincials even becoming senators and emperors.

    The Arab Empire of Baghdad was equally, perhaps even more, generous. During the Age of Conquests, pure-bred Arabs had constituted a ruling class, but in the ninth century the empire was completely cosmopolitan.

    The Fate of Empires
    Sir John Glubb

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    "Lady Bountiful"

    I thought that trope had died with W.W. I, but Sir John Glubb's book was published in 1978. Still a useful tag, though noblesse oblige isn't what it once was.


    From a character in the 18th century play The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar:

    1. A rich and generous woman.
    2. (derogatory) A woman who patronisingly shows off her wealth by acts of generosity.
     
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  60. biz says:
    @eD
    There is already one country that is sort of like this.

    Any Jew anywhere in the world can go to Israel, and under Israeli law, become an Israeli citizen, vote in Israeli elections, and so on.

    Jews and non-Jews born within the pre-1967 boundaries can also vote in Israeli elections, as can Jews living in the West Bank. But non-Jews born in the West Bank and Gaza of course can't vote in Israeli elections, even though the Israeli government runs their lives. They have to take a back seat to newly arrived immigrants from places like Belarus and Ethiopia.

    Israel does not run Gaza.

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  61. @Whiskey
    Sell my birthright for a mess of potage? How about, deport each and every illegal, and their dependents, US citizens or not, and while we are at it, the descendants of illegals who came here after 1965.

    The expected WINDFALL of cash available to be spent on ... ME would far exceed that 100K figure. More like 1 million at least, maybe more, per remaining US Citizen.

    As far as Cousin Balki's musing, well what makes the US so powerful? Why is it the only superpower? Because it is the only relatively uncucked White majority nation left. Lets get real here, Mohammed and Mohammed Mohammed may be great at creating suicide donkeys, and puppies now (no I'm not kidding) and the suicide butt bomb (not kidding on that one either) but they are miserable failures at everything else. Crazy Kim and his house of nutbags might be able to fire off a crippled, half-working nuke with the assistance of the Chinese, but that's it. Africa is a basket case where child sacrifice, and cannibalism of albinos and pygmies to gain "magical powers" is fairly commonplace. Latin America is the home of Santeria and various other nutball beliefs like Santa Muerte.

    None of these places can build a nuclear submarine, land men on the moon, land a rover on Mars and keep it running for years, build a fleet of aircraft carriers, and global nuclear ICBM missiles. The only other country coming close (Russia has ICBMS, and one falling apart aircraft carrier) is also a White majority uncucked nation.

    The Scandis went from Viking raiders to totally cucked by their women who are hellbent on replacing them with Africans. Much of the UK particularly the Scandi Danelaw areas are following suit. With France, Germany, and Italy in hot pursuit of cuckdom. Much/Most of Europe is a cuck failure, with no military at all and dependent entirely on the US military as the ONLY thing standing between them and the hordes of the Third World coming their to raid and settle and make them slaves (with again their own women's active connivance).

    So naturally being failed societies filled with failed people, they want to run the only nation that even half-way works. [Japan is totally dependent as well on the US nuclear umbrella and defense spending -- thats weak and helpless when you get down to it though at least THEIR women are not busily replacing their men, too busy being Kawai "cute."]

    The Path to US power is simple, but no other society can or will copy it because of the demands and discipline it requires: A. Be White Majority. B. Be uncucked with most of the normal average White men. C. Spend a significant amount on the military and have it be honored and important. D. Don't adopt weakness and non threatening behavior in the hope it will save you, ALWAYS be armed as a nation. E. NEVER stop seeking new and better ways to kill enemies both potential in the future and real ones in the here and now. F. Tell your women to shut the hell up most of the time.

    And even a US rapidly changing into Mexico Norte meets Jihad cannot keep things up forever; Joe Sixpack from Ohio or Texas won't fight for Mohammed and Jose from El Salvador.

    A lot of U.S. greatness appears most clearly in the rear view mirror. The U.S. cannot do today what it could do in 1963: place a man in low earth orbit. We couldn’t get back to the moon if our lives depended on it. Yeah, we got 10-11 carriers but on Inauguration Day they were all in port–the Kutuzov was at least on station in the Mediterranean. I freely admit western Europe is cucked, probably hopelessly so, but the U.S. is pretty close behind. That fearsome military may just be the outer crust of a hollow empire, or a magnificent edifice resting on feet of clay–chose your metaphor.

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    We couldn’t get back to the moon if our lives depended on it.
     
    America could easily fund and execute a manned mission to moon if it so wished. For considerably less money and effort than the original. But there is zero political will for doing so. Perhaps some small scientific justification, but political decisions never get made on that basis.
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  62. @Shine a Light
    Žižek’s and Ahmadinejad’s comments are further evidence of a world-wide neo-colonialist “Scramble for America”. Just as Africa was once considered good for the taking, in light of the failure of post-colonial non-white societies to make good (with a few Asian exceptions), there is now a mad rush by the rest-of-the-world towards America (and Europe).

    One way to look at Globalization is as an updated version of the post WW1 Versailles Treaty which imposed reparations on a defeated Germany for all the harm they caused during the Great War. The Globalized Versailles Treaty is aimed at the American (and European) working classes for the crimes of colonialism, racism, slavery and any other bad things the 1st world has done to the 3rd in the past.

    Of course during colonialism the costs were socialized within colonizing states and so it was the people of the colonial power who paid those costs that weren’t borne by the colonial subjects themselves, who of course paid dearly, and it was the oligarchic class that privatized the colonial profits. But the 1st world oligarchs and their urban bourgeoisie are in strong agreement that the current deplorable working classes are to blame for systems that hurt their working class ancestors but powerfully enriched the wealthy of that time!

    And so with the recent rebellions against Globalization, the 1st and 3rd world oligarchs are convinced these are nothing more than the 1st world working classes attempting to shirk their historic guilt debt by refusing to respect the Zeroth Amendment pay the rightful reparations in terms of standard of living that workers deserve to pay for the crimes committed in the past by their wealthy co-nationals.

    Bravo.

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  63. @whorefinder
    The Oscar's Best Picture screw-up-----LMAO.

    And these folks think they can tell us how to vote.

    That’s assuming it was really a screw-up, and not just some publicity scheme for a fading institution.

    After all, a lot more people are talking the Oscars today than would have been otherwise.

    It might make more people tune in next year too.

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  64. Dubya outdoes himself:

    W on Trump’s Travel Ban: ‘A Bedrock of Our Freedom Is the Right to Worship Freely’

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/02/27/bush-43-trump-travel-ban-bedrock-freedom-right-worship-freely/

    It’s more than sad that the GOP’s choice in 2000 was between him and McCain. And that the nation had to choose between him and Gore.

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  65. @Anon
    I've been wondering why Dems are so nuts about the immigration issue, and think I might have come across the answer. This website has an interesting statistical breakdown:

    http://www.thirdway.org/report/why-demography-does-not-equal-destiny

    If you look at the percentage of minorities who describe themselves as moderate instead of liberal or conservative, it's a higher percent than the second two options. This is true for blacks, Latinos, and Asians. What's more, a greater percentage of Latinos describe themselves as conservative than liberal. If it weren't for the immigration issue being pounded hysterically by the left, Latinos are in danger of drifting rightwards. Some of the other issues that are dear to white liberals, such as transgender bathrooms, gay rights, etc., are of no particular interest to Latinos as a group, and the culture of old Mexico still lags behind the US in women's rights.

    A conservative-moderate Latino swing towards the Republicans would inflict terrible damage on the Democrats and be a deathblow to their coalition, because Latinos are their next biggest group of voters after white liberals. In other words, the Dems absolutely must keep the issue alive to maintain their hold on their coalition.

    Some of the other issues that are dear to white liberals, such as transgender bathrooms, gay rights, etc., are of no particular interest to Latinos as a group, and the culture of old Mexico still lags behind the US in women’s rights.

    Liberals have no intrinsic interest in these things. They’re just what they’re being told to care abut for now. They didn’t care about (or even envision) same-sex “marriage” 15 years ago, and they never said a word about “transgender bathrooms” before three or four years ago. When Steve saw World War T on the horizon two or three years ago, some people here were skeptical. It would have to be manufactured out of thin air, and it was.

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  66. Here’s a spin on the immigration thing that I was unaware of: To import a none EU spouse into the YUK the importer has to be able to demonstrate a certain income, the income of the importee does not count. Importing foreign spawn raises the threshold.

    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/22/supreme-court-backs-minimum-income-rule-for-non-european-spouses

    The GBP 18,600 mentioned is about $23,000.

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  67. J1234 says:

    And speaking of non-representative elections, this is an article from today’s Slate that illustrates the degree of fear and paranoia from the left about Marine LePen becoming president, and nationalism in general:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/02/france_rethinks_the_wisdom_of_its_presidential_elections.html

    A quote:

    ….not only do I think that electing our president more often is not the panacea, but I think it might be time for France to give up direct elections of its head of state all together. In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient.

    The author of the article is editor in chief of Slate, fr.

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    "In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient."
     
    Interesting way of putting it. Translation: "In today's political climate, people are dangerously close to waking up. It's time to relieve them of the right to elect their leaders."
    , @ben tillman

    ….not only do I think that electing our president more often is not the panacea, but I think it might be time for France to give up direct elections of its head of state all together. In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient.
     
    LOL!!!!!!!

    Efficiency is the only justification for a system that involves voting. Voting is a lot faster and easier than sitting millions of people down until they reach a unanimous decision.
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  68. @Zenarchy
    Laibach are passee now, although when John Oliver called them fascists, he just proved his utter ignorance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeygA-n7AEo

    There's also Ceferin, the head of UEFA. We make splendid puppets; Austrians taught us well for a millennium.

    I was born in the same maternity ward as Melania, so there's my own claim to post-lucidity fame.

    We're close to the West but also Russia, though, that's why Putin likes coming here. No surprise, if you consider Tito was half-Slovene. Funnily, the liberal atheist left is more defensive of current Russia due to a history of panslavism, while the Catholic right has been anti-Russian up until now due to their Austro/Germanophilic slavishness. Might change now that their idol Merkel has let too many Muslims in.

    So it wasn't that much of a shock when Zizek said he would vote for Trump.

    Also, something interesting for Americans: nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent. I know a lot of British people find it totally weird.

    ” Nowhere else except in slovenia will you find so many non-native speaker speak English”

    And nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many breathtakingly beautiful women.
    I was partners with a stunningly gorgeous slovenian Lady for four years in the seventies, actually she was my grounds for divorce, but anyway I drove there spring of 1973, from Germany, in my new Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV, with a good buddy to meet up with her as she was there on vacation from Germany, with her mother.
    So we, my buddy and myself, are sitting in an outdoor cafe’ in her home town of Maribor, and we both make make the simultaneous remark :”Godamm I can’t believe this”, as there were armies of magnificent women strolling around the walking zone, and the whole scenario seemed surrealistic beyond words.
    I could go on about this theme but let it be said that in europe there is an open secret : If you want to aquire a beautiful wife go to Slovenia.

    Authenticjazzman ” Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    PS Okay now lets see if this totally innocuous post gets blocked by the censors.

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  69. @Intelligent Dasein
    For what it's worth...

    Six years ago I was in grad school at my Big State U---well, not technically; I was considered such a rising star in the philosophy department that I was allowed to take graduate classes while still an undergrad, which is why I can truthfully claim to have "been to grad school" despite never even having finished my BA, but I digress---when this very topic, in all seriousness, formed part of the curriculum.

    The class was one of those 5000-level international affairs seminars. The instructor, whose name I don't remember now, was a newly minted associate professor, a man of Pakistani extraction and British nationality who had actually been educated in England, and this was his first teaching assignment in his new gig. I did not like him at all. Despite being outwardly nothing but the eager young academic, anxious to please and cutting an affectedly professional demeanor, there was something understatedly sinister about him, perceptible not to the senses but only to the inner eye.

    When the chosen texts for the seminar began to advance arguments for allowing illegal immigrants and other non-citizens the right to vote in US elections, and when these notions were treated with tacit approval by the instructor, I formed the impression that something much deeper was afoot. This man, with his exotic origins and extreme antipathy to US sovereignty, was the visible face of much larger phenomenon that remained for the most part hidden in the inaccessible corridors of Cathedral power. "So this is it," I thought. "The next phase of the globalist cabal's stealth coup begins with 'educating' future state functionaries to dissolve the notion of American citizenship." I have no doubt that Barack Obama was in on this plot, and that Hillary Clinton, had she been elected, would have greatly accelerated it.

    I did not stay in school long after that. I was already on my way out of the academic world for a multitude of reasons, and while this was not the straw that broke the camel's back, it was instrumental in ratcheting up the disgust and emptiness I was feeling to unmanageable proportions. Here I was confronted with something that simply could not be borne. This professor and I had zero common ground. No amount of logical argument or emotional appeal would ever bridge the gap between us. In fact he loathed me and wanted to see me reduced to insignificance, suffering and enslaved, and he wanted me to join him in his contempt for me, to confess that this was indeed exactly what I deserved. I had no way of fighting this save the token protest of denying the school any future tuition money, so I kept my head down and got the hell out of there as quickly as I could.

    Since that time I have been waiting for the dispersal of voting rights to non-citizens to be mooted in a forum geared more for the general public, as I knew it would. It appears that day has arrived. Make no mistake, this is the coup de grace for the country if it is enacted. It is not just some bit of isolated nonsense. It is real and must be resisted root and branch.

    Yeah, well, here’s the terrifying thing. Your Anglo-Paki instructor was actually middle of the road/conservative by academic standards.

    A white, American-born instructor wouldn’t even bother to pretend he (more likely she) believed there were two sides to the issue.

    Honestly, I know plenty of academics who believe immigration is a fundamental human right — that westerners are morally obliged to freely allow non-white peoples to flood our nations. To suggest otherwise is to out yourself as a Nazi or even worse, a Donald Trump supporter.

    Needless to say, they’re all white (counting Jews as white in this instance — although not all are Jewish).

    The problem doesn’t lie with Anglo-Paki immigrants — it lies with our fellow whites.

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  70. @27 year old
    >OT: Apparently Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless and living on food stamps.

    Finally living the authentic black experience, is she also a single mom?

    If there’s any justice in this world, Elizabeth Warren will end up as an alcoholic on a reservation so that she can finally live the authentic Indian experience.

    Alas, knowing they way these things work, she’d probably end up owning the casino.

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  71. Fun says:
    @Diversity Heretic
    A lot of U.S. greatness appears most clearly in the rear view mirror. The U.S. cannot do today what it could do in 1963: place a man in low earth orbit. We couldn't get back to the moon if our lives depended on it. Yeah, we got 10-11 carriers but on Inauguration Day they were all in port--the Kutuzov was at least on station in the Mediterranean. I freely admit western Europe is cucked, probably hopelessly so, but the U.S. is pretty close behind. That fearsome military may just be the outer crust of a hollow empire, or a magnificent edifice resting on feet of clay--chose your metaphor.

    We couldn’t get back to the moon if our lives depended on it.

    America could easily fund and execute a manned mission to moon if it so wished. For considerably less money and effort than the original. But there is zero political will for doing so. Perhaps some small scientific justification, but political decisions never get made on that basis.

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  72. Anon7 says:
    @Anonymous
    I'm an Indian in my seventh decade and I remember the accent that well educated Indians had in my grandfathers' time was quite different from that which is heard today. It was much more easily identiable as a variant of a British regional accent, perhaps Welsh, than today's easily parodied accents from India.

    http://youtu.be/ZAx3cxLVAI0

    http://youtu.be/AGAZGqAUxCQ

    A small number of older, Indian prep school and college educated people still have an atypical non-Indian sounding accent.

    http://youtu.be/iC6QujquMRg

    Accent-less (ie American) spoken English is now the expected standard. One counterexample is Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google. About five years ago, I attended a conference in which he gave a two hour keynote. At lunch, I sat with an Indian guy who spoke purely American English. After some preliminary conversation (checking me out to see if he could speak frankly), he was just shaking his head. He said over and over that only at a company like Google could an Indian get away with such a thick accent. He had worked hard to get rid of his own native accent.

    In my (university) home town in the 1960′s, every Indian you met spoke with a pronounced accent – obviously first generation. Now, in the same town, practically every person of Indian descent you meet speaks American English, because they grew up here. This is what sets the standard for everyone.

    Old habits die hard, though. I’m visiting with a woman whose nursing aide is Indian. She described seeing her at a birthday gathering with a number of other Indians. Her aide, along with all the other Indian women, were dressed in saris and Bollywood makeup.

    She noted that her aide spent the party socializing with only her friends, who as it happened were like here all Brahmin caste Hindus, in distinction to other Indians at the party. Ingrained (or inbred) habits die hard.

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  73. Jefferson says:
    @SFG
    To be quite frank, I never heard the Latinx thing outside of the SJW crowd.

    A lot of the paler ones just marry white people and forget the whole thing.

    You could probably peel quite a few Hispanics off if the immigration thing went away, I agree. Bush II was pulling 40% of the Hispanic vote as I recall. My preference would be to slam shut the gates. deport any illegals, and encourage assimilation of legals. I mean, the average IQ is going to fall by a few points, but what can you do.

    “You could probably peel quite a few Hispanics off if the immigration thing went away, I agree.”

    I 100% disagree. Hispanics are also Left Wing on other political issues that have nothing to do with immigration like affirmative action, gun control, the welfare state, and abortion.

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  74. @Randal

    Several of my leftie British colleagues, back in 2000/04, were already half-convinced they were being unjustly excluded from the chance to vote against W. They felt that his idiotic policies affected them because of the USA’s vast power and reach, so they should be able to join in determining its course.
     
    Not just lefties - I'm a visceral and life-long conservative and moderate nationalist, but I've argued since probably the Kosovo war that if the US claims the right to interfere in every country in the world and to impose what it sees as the only legitimate form of governance on every nation in the world, then the logical conclusion is that everyone in the world should get a vote on US leadership.

    No annihilation without representation, as I think I once put it.

    Not just lefties – I’m a visceral and life-long conservative and moderate nationalist, but I’ve argued since probably the Kosovo war that if the US claims the right to interfere in every country in the world and to impose what it sees as the only legitimate form of governance on every nation in the world, then the logical conclusion is that everyone in the world should get a vote on US leadership.

    No annihilation without representation, as I think I once put it.

    I’m with you. Zizek’s position is perfectly reasonable. The US Government often acts like a rabid dog, and, if the American people can’t control it, maybe the rest of the world should have a chance. Of course, his idea is also naive. If the power structure can manipulate US voters into accepting such a government, it can do so with foreign voters as well.

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    The US Government often acts like a rabid dog, and, if the American people can’t control it, maybe the rest of the world should have a chance. Of course, his idea is also naive. If the power structure can manipulate US voters into accepting such a government, it can do so with foreign voters as well.

    The American people cannot--do not--control it. Foreign interests already do. We have seen the incredible destruction they have wrought, domestically and abroad. For abroad, start conservatively with WW2 and come to dwell on "United States" actions in the Middle East.

    Time to return control of the United Statrs to the American people.
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  75. Njguy73 says:
    @Olorin
    My ancestors paid in blood and life for my right to citizenship/voting (and I am a voting citizen under their rules).

    If you think that's worth only $100,000 FedBux, that says more about you than I.

    Though Alfa's point is well taken.

    If you think that’s worth only $100,000 FedBux, that says more about you than I.

    That was just a number I thought out. Any idea on how many FedBux it’s worth?

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  76. Njguy73 says:
    @Anon
    No way. I'd like to be able to vote in elections, and non-citizens wouldn't get Social Security, so the cash deal isn't as good as it looks. Plus you'd have the hassle of filing to renew your permanent resident status--would could be denied, and you have to pay the filing fees every 10 years.

    “As a lawful permanent resident, you qualify for retirement benefits while in the United States and perhaps even if you move abroad. You need not become a U.S. citizen.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/u-s-legally-permanent-residents-qualify-social-security-retirement-benefits-article-1.997329

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    “As a lawful permanent resident, you qualify for retirement benefits while in the United States and perhaps even if you move abroad. You need not become a U.S. citizen.”
     
    This is not news. Most lawful permanent residents are just that. They are here for good. If they move abroad, they can (in theory) lose their green cards if they stay away for more than a year. I'm not sure they qualify for social security if that happens even if they have paid in.
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  77. Njguy73 says:
    @biz
    The irony of something called "Democracy Now" advocating for stripping the vote from all of the citizens of a country.

    In Zizek’s eyes, the US is not a country. It’s the Capital of the Global Empire. Residents of Washington, DC used to be ineligible to vote for president on the grounds that they were too close to the government. By that logic, Zizek believes that the residents of the US should not be voting on who manages the Global Empire. After all, it’s the rest of the Empire that’s really impacted by the Capital, not the Capital (read: the US) itself.

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  78. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Zizek’s projecting- he wants everyone to have their way with America as much as much they had with his mother.

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  79. @Bill B.
    Žižek is a kind of con man, like many of his peers, but I wonder if his strong speech impediment encourages his outrageousness. When one is not pleasant to listen to the temptation must be to add value by being provocative.

    I am friends with a French intello, whom I admire greatly, who stutters badly but is listened to avidly for his often shocking observations.

    The economist Adam Smith, who stuttered, was considered eccentric albeit brilliant.

    The economist Adam Smith, who stuttered, was considered eccentric albeit brilliant.

    The Brits forgive a lot of eccentricity and overlook significant personal handicaps, especially if accompanied by intelligence. There are numerous examples in their history, especially in academia. Stephen Hawking, for one.

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  80. @Njguy73
    "As a lawful permanent resident, you qualify for retirement benefits while in the United States and perhaps even if you move abroad. You need not become a U.S. citizen."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/u-s-legally-permanent-residents-qualify-social-security-retirement-benefits-article-1.997329

    “As a lawful permanent resident, you qualify for retirement benefits while in the United States and perhaps even if you move abroad. You need not become a U.S. citizen.”

    This is not news. Most lawful permanent residents are just that. They are here for good. If they move abroad, they can (in theory) lose their green cards if they stay away for more than a year. I’m not sure they qualify for social security if that happens even if they have paid in.

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  81. There is a widespread notion that I have repeatedly come across overseas, in many educated people of other countries.

    It is usually revealed when you posit some moral basis as a justification for an American foreign or domestic policy decision, or criticizes another nation’s actions. Simply put, it is “But you stole the land from the Indians!” The notion that, deep down, we have no legitimacy, is usually unshakeable.

    No one outside this country believes in American exceptionalism, special dispensation or manifest destiny. Many secretly believe that America is fundamentally illegitimate at a moral level.

    That’s where all this stuff comes from. If we are going to be looters and squatters on Indian land (in their minds)…well, everyone in the world has the natural right to join in. That’s the emotional core of the Zeroth Amendment.

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    That was pretty much Hitler's take-away from reading Karl May Westerns: The English stole North America from the Indians, so Germany should steal Eastern Europe from the Slavs.
    , @Authenticjazzman
    " But you stole the land from the Indians"

    The Germans are simply insane ( they are insane anyway) on this subject, and if you come into a conversation with one or more of them they will inevitably bring up the "Indian" issue and how the racist americans killed them and stole their land and bla bla bla.
    Well I found out the perfect way to shut them up by then informing them that it was German immigrants who settled much of the indian territories and they, the german pioneers, were the historical culprits, and this suffices as a cold shower for the know-it-all deutsche Besserwisser.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.
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  82. We need the world to start thinking of a us as something to fear: we need to restart our nuclear weapons manufacturing and rebuild our fissile material reserves as well as tritium .Get Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore back in the fusion weapon design and underground testing business. Trump has signaled that he wants us top dog in nuclear weapons. I agree. When the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist moves their infernal clock closer to midnight, then we will know if Trump is doing something right. Because everything that has been done in the past few decades is to try to bring us to minimal deterrence. End the trend now!

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  83. @PiltdownMan
    There is a widespread notion that I have repeatedly come across overseas, in many educated people of other countries.

    It is usually revealed when you posit some moral basis as a justification for an American foreign or domestic policy decision, or criticizes another nation's actions. Simply put, it is "But you stole the land from the Indians!" The notion that, deep down, we have no legitimacy, is usually unshakeable.

    No one outside this country believes in American exceptionalism, special dispensation or manifest destiny. Many secretly believe that America is fundamentally illegitimate at a moral level.

    That's where all this stuff comes from. If we are going to be looters and squatters on Indian land (in their minds)...well, everyone in the world has the natural right to join in. That's the emotional core of the Zeroth Amendment.

    That was pretty much Hitler’s take-away from reading Karl May Westerns: The English stole North America from the Indians, so Germany should steal Eastern Europe from the Slavs.

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  84. Rob McX says:
    @J1234
    And speaking of non-representative elections, this is an article from today's Slate that illustrates the degree of fear and paranoia from the left about Marine LePen becoming president, and nationalism in general:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/02/france_rethinks_the_wisdom_of_its_presidential_elections.html

    A quote:


    ....not only do I think that electing our president more often is not the panacea, but I think it might be time for France to give up direct elections of its head of state all together. In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient.
     
    The author of the article is editor in chief of Slate, fr.

    “In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient.”

    Interesting way of putting it. Translation: “In today’s political climate, people are dangerously close to waking up. It’s time to relieve them of the right to elect their leaders.”

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  85. @snorlax
    OT: My theory for Best Picture mixup: apparently the Academy has adopted instant-runoff voting. Probably La La Land had such a huge lead on first preferences that it “obviously” won, but they didn’t bother to actually calculate it until the last second. Black and SJW voters probably all gave Hidden Figures, Fences and Moonlight their 1, 2, 3 preferences in whichever order.

    My theory is universe wanted to draw attention to Hollywood’s idiocy…Obviously, La La Land would be the perfect winner. Coastal types can feel safe liking it, and its subject matter is not offensive to Middle America. Likewise, industry workers love that you can hear actual music and lyrics composed with some skill, and that the camera doesn’t endlessly shake like an epileptic filmed it. You can see composed shots and portrait lighting instead of environmental lighting and randomness. Hell, it even let the dress and set people coordinate as they didn’t digitally suck all the color out. Unfortunately, the academy was mentally destroyed by accusations of racism last year and had to give the big award to a largely plot-less piece of propaganda that will give a few coastal types erections while alienating everyone else (particularly the urban blacks featured in the film itself).

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  86. @J1234
    And speaking of non-representative elections, this is an article from today's Slate that illustrates the degree of fear and paranoia from the left about Marine LePen becoming president, and nationalism in general:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/02/france_rethinks_the_wisdom_of_its_presidential_elections.html

    A quote:


    ....not only do I think that electing our president more often is not the panacea, but I think it might be time for France to give up direct elections of its head of state all together. In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient.
     
    The author of the article is editor in chief of Slate, fr.

    ….not only do I think that electing our president more often is not the panacea, but I think it might be time for France to give up direct elections of its head of state all together. In today’s political climate, presidential elections only serve to worsen the divisions and unease of the country, and they are not really efficient.

    LOL!!!!!!!

    Efficiency is the only justification for a system that involves voting. Voting is a lot faster and easier than sitting millions of people down until they reach a unanimous decision.

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  87. @ben tillman

    Not just lefties – I’m a visceral and life-long conservative and moderate nationalist, but I’ve argued since probably the Kosovo war that if the US claims the right to interfere in every country in the world and to impose what it sees as the only legitimate form of governance on every nation in the world, then the logical conclusion is that everyone in the world should get a vote on US leadership.

    No annihilation without representation, as I think I once put it.
     
    I'm with you. Zizek's position is perfectly reasonable. The US Government often acts like a rabid dog, and, if the American people can't control it, maybe the rest of the world should have a chance. Of course, his idea is also naive. If the power structure can manipulate US voters into accepting such a government, it can do so with foreign voters as well.

    The US Government often acts like a rabid dog, and, if the American people can’t control it, maybe the rest of the world should have a chance. Of course, his idea is also naive. If the power structure can manipulate US voters into accepting such a government, it can do so with foreign voters as well.

    The American people cannot–do not–control it. Foreign interests already do. We have seen the incredible destruction they have wrought, domestically and abroad. For abroad, start conservatively with WW2 and come to dwell on “United States” actions in the Middle East.

    Time to return control of the United Statrs to the American people.

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  88. @PiltdownMan
    There is a widespread notion that I have repeatedly come across overseas, in many educated people of other countries.

    It is usually revealed when you posit some moral basis as a justification for an American foreign or domestic policy decision, or criticizes another nation's actions. Simply put, it is "But you stole the land from the Indians!" The notion that, deep down, we have no legitimacy, is usually unshakeable.

    No one outside this country believes in American exceptionalism, special dispensation or manifest destiny. Many secretly believe that America is fundamentally illegitimate at a moral level.

    That's where all this stuff comes from. If we are going to be looters and squatters on Indian land (in their minds)...well, everyone in the world has the natural right to join in. That's the emotional core of the Zeroth Amendment.

    ” But you stole the land from the Indians”

    The Germans are simply insane ( they are insane anyway) on this subject, and if you come into a conversation with one or more of them they will inevitably bring up the “Indian” issue and how the racist americans killed them and stole their land and bla bla bla.
    Well I found out the perfect way to shut them up by then informing them that it was German immigrants who settled much of the indian territories and they, the german pioneers, were the historical culprits, and this suffices as a cold shower for the know-it-all deutsche Besserwisser.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

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  89. E e says:
    @Peter Akuleyev
    nowhere else except in Slovenia will you find so many non-native speakers speak English with a pretty good American accent.

    Almost everywhere in Europe the chosen English accent of young people is American. Most Austrians, Germans, and Swedes whom I know speak American flavored English. When you do meet foreigners who really try to speak English English it comes off as weird and pretentious.

    That said, the cutest foreign English accent I ever heard was from a Polish girl who had worked for three years in a hotel Aberdeen - she had a perfect Scottish accent when she spoke English and no self awareness about it.

    The second best was a Slovak girl who had married an Indian guy and I guess lived in Madras or somewhere for years. She was a stunning blue eyed blonde who spoke English like Apu's wife. I hope she never visits the US because I am sure some SJW would accuse her of "mocking" the Indian people.

    My experience in Madras is if you don’t try to sound like an Indian stereotype when speaking English, nobody in the street will understand you. If you’re a typical college educated American, it can take a few days to get over yourself and “speak the language”…

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  90. EH says:
    @Anon7
    Just a reminder that Glubb told us all about this a generation ago:

    History, however, seems to suggest that the age of decline of a great nation is often a period which shows a tendency to philanthropy and to sympathy for other races. This phase may not be contradictory to the feeling described in the previous paragraph, that the dominant race has the right to rule the world. For the citizens of the great nation enjoy the role of Lady Bountiful. As long as it retains its status of leadership, the imperial people are glad to be generous, even if slightly condescending. The rights of citizenship are generously bestowed on every race, even those formerly subject, and the equality of mankind is proclaimed. The Roman Empire passed through this phase, when equal citizenship was thrown open to all peoples, such provincials even becoming senators and emperors.

    The Arab Empire of Baghdad was equally, perhaps even more, generous. During the Age of Conquests, pure-bred Arabs had constituted a ruling class, but in the ninth century the empire was completely cosmopolitan.

    The Fate of Empires
    Sir John Glubb

     

    “Lady Bountiful”

    I thought that trope had died with W.W. I, but Sir John Glubb’s book was published in 1978. Still a useful tag, though noblesse oblige isn’t what it once was.

    From a character in the 18th century play The Beaux’ Stratagem by George Farquhar:

    1. A rich and generous woman.
    2. (derogatory) A woman who patronisingly shows off her wealth by acts of generosity.

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    Thanks for that great response! I didn't know that. I'm not surprised that he used the feminine, of course.
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  91. Anon7 says:
    @EH
    "Lady Bountiful"

    I thought that trope had died with W.W. I, but Sir John Glubb's book was published in 1978. Still a useful tag, though noblesse oblige isn't what it once was.


    From a character in the 18th century play The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar:

    1. A rich and generous woman.
    2. (derogatory) A woman who patronisingly shows off her wealth by acts of generosity.
     

    Thanks for that great response! I didn’t know that. I’m not surprised that he used the feminine, of course.

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