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From The Economist:

Trump and the Alt-Right
Pepe and the stormtroopers

How Donald Trump ushered a hateful fringe movement into the mainstream
Sep 17th 2016 | From the print edition

FIRST, an apology, or rather a regret: The Economist would prefer not to advertise the rantings of racists and cranks. Unfortunately, and somewhat astonishingly, the Alt-Right—the misleading name for a ragtag but consistently repulsive movement that hitherto has flourished only on the internet—has insinuated itself, unignorably, into American politics. That grim achievement points to the reverse sway now held by the margins, of both ideology and the media, over the mainstream. It also reflects the indiscriminate cynicism of Donald Trump’s campaign.

Much of the Alt-Right’s output will seem indecipherably weird to those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture. It has its own iconography and vernacular, derived from message boards, video games and pornography. Its signature insult is “cuckservative”, directed at Republicans supposedly emasculated by liberalism and money. Its favourite avatar is Pepe the frog, a cartoon-strip creature co-opted into offensive scenarios; one Pepe image was reposted this week by Donald Trump junior and Roger Stone, a leading Trumpista, the latest example of the candidate’s supporters, and the man himself, circulating the Alt-Right’s memes and hoax statistics.

Do you ever get the feeling the Establishment is suffering a collective nervous breakdown as its projections about “rantings” and “hateful” become every more obvious?

 
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  1. I don’t think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they’ve been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.

    • Agree: ic1000
    • Replies: @Spotted Toad
    Yes, this is right. David Brooks's only good idea was pointing this out, in Bobos in Paradise, but the execution wasn't great, and nobody had any incentive to believe him anyways. But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country.
    , @guest
    I've noticed that, too. It might be the secret to why the left has kept winning. They are always outflanking themselves. No matter how long they've been in power (1933 at the very least, and more like 1860), they act like they're out of power. Permanent Revolution. Must be tiring.

    They are constantly menaced by the looming Brown Revolution, the wreckers who will both launch us into dystopia and turn back the clock to the Bad Old Days. Remember the warnings about the coming fascism during the reign of Bush the Younger? I don't mean Bushitler and Darth Cheney. I mean books with crosses on the cover warning us about middle-American Nazis with titles like "It *Will* Happen Here?"

    There was a crappy movie about a bunch of liberal twenty-somethings in the mid-nineties who invited conservative stereotypes over to dinner to poison them, lest they become Hitler. The first time it was an accident, then they did the "Would you kill baby Hitler" (which was totally a Thing this election, remember?) thought experiment and realized it was a moral imperative to kill everyone who might one day kill all the Jews, or whatever. Eventually they come across Ron Perlman, who plays a Rush Limbaugh type. They split on whether to poison him, because he's persuasive and claims it's all an act. Then Ron figures their serial killings out, and the movie ends by implying he actually does become Hitler.

    Oops! They were right all along. Lesson: err on the side of caution. Assume everyone to your right is Literally Hitler.

    Well, they don't really, really believe a Brown Revolution looms. It's convenient to pretend so. They needed to stay in power just in case. Along comes Trump, and they don't actually think it's happening. Trump isn't Literally Hitler. But he's closer than Bush, not counting the World Domination stuff. But they fudge that part by pretending Trump is unstable and likely to invade away because he got mad at Rosie O'Donnell, or something.

    Point is, they're primed to see revolutions looming because they're always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn't exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

    , @Jefferson
    "I don’t think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they’ve been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb."

    A lot of extremely misinformed Liberal voters believe America is run by Conservatives.
    , @Mike Zwick
    I always tell liberals that they spend most of their time fighting and sticking it to "The Man," when they are "The Man!"
    , @boogerbently
    If they don't like who you are they call you a racist.
    If they don't like what you say they call it hate speech.
    If they don't like what you think they call it a conspiracy theory.

    Fortunately, many libs and most independents see through this media inspired propaganda.
  2. Wouldn’t the term “trumpista,” used as a feminine version of “trump” as an insult, be sexist by the left’s own ideology?

    Globalist are threatened by trump, and the economist is their lead cheerleader.

    • Replies: @BB753
    I think it's modeled after "Sandinista" which works for both masculine and feminine genders.
    , @guest
    It's a Cold War Nicaraguan thing. I recall followers of Bill Clinton (feels weird having to add the "Bill") being called "Clintonistas." Don't know whether the PC crowd screamed at that.
    , @slumber_j
    "-ista" just means "-ist" in Spanish and indicates neither gender. There is no equivalent "-isto" or whatever.
  3. “Roger Stone, a leading Trumpista” – who is this guy? I remember that he took credit for bringing down Eliot Spitzer. What was the real reason Spitzer was brought down: going after Wall Street and World Jewish Congress? It would be good to know who is Roger Stone to get some glimpse at powers that may be standing behind Trump?

  4. @Polynikes
    Wouldn't the term "trumpista," used as a feminine version of "trump" as an insult, be sexist by the left's own ideology?

    Globalist are threatened by trump, and the economist is their lead cheerleader.

    I think it’s modeled after “Sandinista” which works for both masculine and feminine genders.

    • Replies: @Lot
    Yes, "ista" in Spanish is by default male but can take a feminine modifier to indicate a female member.

    El dentista (a male or abstract dentist)
    Los dentistas (an all-male or mixed group of dentists)
    La dentista, las dentistas (a single or group of female dentists)

    Same basic rule for all Romance languages.

    , @Polynikes
    Fair enough.
  5. @Desiderius
    I don't think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they've been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.

    Yes, this is right. David Brooks’s only good idea was pointing this out, in Bobos in Paradise, but the execution wasn’t great, and nobody had any incentive to believe him anyways. But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country.

    • Replies: @CalDre
    Of bigger concern is the co-option of the term "liberal", which tends to hide what is going on. "Liberal" just means someone who is not attached to traditional values. At what juncture something becomes traditional is a matter of debate but the more important point is that so-called "Liberals" are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game - Communism.

    In this sense I don't mean state-ownership of the means of production (although that will most certainly be part of the agenda once machines and AI render human labor superfluous and humans will no longer be able to work to earn their needs) but the three actual primary goals of Communism: the destruction of the traditional institutions of the family (via "sexual liberation", "feminism", "gay rights", "gender identity", etc., leading eventually to "GMO test-tube babies" and the end of human reproduction), religion (aside from "secular humanist" Statism), and the nation state (via "multi-culturalism", "open borders" and "free trade").

    Being open-minded and open to change does not mean you need to support these particular ends/goals. Indeed, the fact that basically all Liberals support these goals destroys the notion that they are open-minded; rather they are closed-minded but indoctrinated to believe in this "utopia".

    Of course in this regard I agree with your conclusion. So-called "Liberals" are the Establishment. Whereas true liberals could never be the Establishment since open-minded people will rarely form enough of a consensus to implement an agenda, particularly one as complex as the Communist / Brave New World "utopia".
    , @Jefferson
    "But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country."

    Crooked Hildabeast said she is not part of the political Establishment because she pees sitting down. She didn't put it in those exact words, but you know what I mean she played the woman card.
    , @guest
    The idea that anyone doesn't know that by now is strange to me. But then I forget not everyone has been exposed to what I've been exposed to. Plus, the left has factions, and part of it is always in the avant-garde. The avant-garde can always pretend the rest of the left is as far right as it desires.

    Like when the New Left challenged the Old Liberals. They acted as if they were up against Leave it to Beaver, or something. But they were fighting the New Deal and the guys who mostly brought you the civil rights movement and the '65 Open Borders Act, for instance. They were infested with Stalinists at one point, for Pete's sake.
  6. • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Everyone I don't like is Hitler. Pepe edition just for Hillary Clinton."

    Everybody on the political Right is Adolf Hitler, even if they are Jewish. Jewish Trump supporter Michael Savage is Adolf Hitler.
  7. oh my:

    >Except the Philippine disaster factually occurred under Obama<

  8. • LOL: SPMoore8
    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    I hope this doesn't lead to a war on amphibians. Particularly Mexican amphibians. Axolotl? I thought we were becoming tolerant of genderfluids. #RibbitRepublicans
    , @guest
    That is by no means fair comment, and you have impugned my honor, sir. I demand satisfaction!
    , @Gato de la Biblioteca
    Best fucking election ever!
  9. I am no fan of James Fallows, the journalist who used to be Jimmy Carter’s speechwriter, but his forensic take on The Economist magazine, written 25 years ago, is still the best I’ve seen.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1991/10/-quot-the-economics-of-the-colonial-cringe-quot-about-the-economist-magazine-washington-post-1991/7415/

    • Agree: theo the kraut
    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
    That's a great link. Interesting to see that the Globalist was so wrong about Japan. I assume it's saying the same things about China now.
    , @celt darnell
    I thought Fallows' take to be superficial, frankly. Nor was the Economist ever as pro-Reagan as he makes out (but I suppose to Jimmy Carter's speech writer everyone was pro-Reagan).

    Back in the days before the internet and CNN, the Economist was absolutely the go-to for global news. No other mainstream publication could match its range.

    And yes, it had British quirks because it was a British journal; American ones have American quirks.

    Unfortunately, around the time Fallows was writing, the Economist caught a bad dose of political correctness from which it never recovered.

    Since then it has been in terminal decline.

    (I broke a two-decade habit of not reading the Economist just a couple of months ago: to enjoy the breakdown over Brexit.)
    , @donut
    I stopped reading The Atlantic about ten years ago because of that idiot that and they stopped publishing articles by William Langewiesche .
  10. needed a pepe with a > maxboot

  11. Now is the opportunity to distribute nonsensical but innocuous memes over every cartoon frog image that can be found.

    • Replies: @Gato de la Biblioteca
    Need a Kermit the Frog "YAY!" pic with a "FEELS GOOD MAN" on it.
  12. Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It’s all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great – its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    • Replies: @ic1000
    what truly makes America great – its tolerance and inclusivity. The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    Stronger Together
    , @samurai hydeyoshi
    Lol, are you high? The alt right is the youth and your trash is crusty 60s vomit.
    , @Peripatetic commenter
    Whoa. You went with the comparisons with monkeys?

    Isn't that racist?
    , @Unz Reader
    Trump did no fomenting. The alt right did the fomenting. If we're going to blame a candidate for the views of a tiny percentage of his supporters then where was the outrage in 2008 when Louis Farakhan endorsed Obama and every Nation of Islam member who voted at all voted for Obama, and so did New Black Panther members? There was no talk about Obama's "dog whistling" then.
    , @Anon
    Prattle harder. You're not amusing enough, yet.
    , @Eric Novak
    You have cause and effect backwards. The converse is true: the Neo Nazis of America have fomented deplorable behavior in Donald Trump, who was shocked and horrified by the trajectory of America plotted out by Nazi monkey wrench Ann Coulter at the very beginning of his campaign and who absorbed the energy of the swollen, boiling, steaming, cartoon-like pressure cooker of anti-colonization sentiment in the US for his ascendancy. By the way, the Millennials and Gen X'ers behind the rise of the Alt Right online won't be affected by your geriatric label. Trump will be King. Long live the King!
    , @lavoisier
    My, aren't you a bit intolerant and exclusive here??
  13. Prediction: pranksters will start drawing Pepes on college campuses nationwide, leading to much hilarity.

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    Harambe jokes are frowned upon at UMass Amherst:

    Going further, the email's two authors said that the "dicks out for Harambe" catchphrase could be serious business: "Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students. Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!"
     
    I have to admit that when some alt-righters explained to me that the plan was to make the Great and Good look ridiculous because the people at the pinnacles of power would be unable to resist lecturing us about the dangers of a cartoon frog and gorilla memorial movement, I scoffed. Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Pepe was here
  14. Brad Griffin (quoted in the article), posted his email exchange with the journalist.

    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2016/09/15/the-economist-alt-right-brad-griffin-q-a/

    Lugenpresse!

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    The Economist interviewing "Fade the Butcher"? Holy moly!
  15. Refugees and ethnic Germans battle it out on streets of German city.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3790605/Mob-100-neo-Nazis-vicious-street-fight-migrants-German-riot-police-pelted-bottles-asylum-seekers-protecting.html

    Refugees and neo-Nazis battled it out on the streets of an east German town on Wednesday night with police fighting to save the migrants outnumbered five to one.

    But police said the asylum seekers started the confrontation – and later hurled bottles at the police trying to save them from a beating.

    About 100 far-right men and women attacked some 20 asylum seekers in the town of Bautzen after the migrants taunted them. Video footage shows chaotic scenes as fighting breaks out in the German town.

    https://twitter.com/blog_factory/status/776508743970205696

    • Replies: @Georg E
    Bautzen could best be described as a large town - in the remotest part of far southern east Germany (Saxony). I imagine the BRD thought it clever to stash the "refugees" in such an incosequential place. When I was there in '93, the locals had no patience for the idea of non-German refugees in their midst. This was the last time "neo-nazis" were an "urgent" concern. Theses provincial Saxons were refreshingly candid in their ethnocentrism. To them, the "neo-nazis" were just civic minded local boys with legitimate concerns about ensuring that the recently united Germany looked after the concerns of Germans first. Good to see they haven't changed all that much.
  16. I’m surprised, Steve, that you didn’t refer back to your own comparison: Alt-right to punk rock.

    The Economist couldn’t do a better job as stodgy old, defensive square to a bunch of snickering cool kids.

    If I didn’t know a thing about the Alt-right and Pepe (the most perfectly absurd and therefore perfect meme) I’d be predisposed to like them just because they aren’t this insufferable lame-o writing this piece.

    A loyal “Economista” must read this a feel just the slightest twinge that for the first time, they’ve been flanked in the culture wars. Not overran necessarily, but the line is not impenetrable; Pepe’s undeniably cool.

    • Replies: @Bill P
    The Atlantic already stole Steve's punk rock comparison, just today as it happens. These people have no shame...
  17. Next up: US News features Pedobear on the cover.

    As I write this I’m wondering if US News still has a print edition.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    A couple of years ago the police in my area were trolled, or at least mislead, into issuing a public statement warning that sightings of Pedobear stickers were an alarming sign that child molesters might be operating openly.
    , @NOTA
    Since I started bringing a smartphone with me to the dentist's office, I have not had occasion to notice whether US News and World Report is still in business.
  18. I wish I was a mind reader. Did this imbecile not notice that the alt-right was an obscure movement until Hillary ushered it into the mainstream, not Donald? Or does he know that, but is doing damage control by trying to pin The Ushering on Donald? (BTW, I don’t think the two hour delay in Hillary giving that speech was because her pit mechanics were trying to get the right drug cocktail into her so she could function, I think it is more likely her advisors were desperately trying to talk her out of it, or re-write it.)
    I ‘m also glad to know now that they are “hoax statistics”, not “hate facts”

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I think you're just not getting the overall structure of the game being played. This Economist article is the intended follow-up to Hillary's speech.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Did this imbecile not notice that the alt-right was an obscure movement until Hillary ushered it into the mainstream, not Donald
     
    Replace those with "Willie Horton", "Al Gore", and "Lee Atwater", and it's 1988 again.

    Completely OT (or maybe not), there's a disco in Osaka called SoulFuckTry:

    https://www.japan-experience.com/city-osaka/soulfucktry
  19. One could argue that it was a hateful fringe movement that pushed Donald Trump into the mainstream. In fact, I think I would argue that.

  20. Don’t forget “vile”. Lots and lots of “vile”. And “despicable”, too.

    Two of Salon’s favorites: 4540 Trump “viles” and 3820 Trump “despicables”.

    Always makes me think of Daffy Duck:

  21. This article or editorial or whatever you want to call it is absolutely priceless, not only for the haughty and condescending rhetoric but for the absolute obliviousness that lies behind it. They simply have no clue to the extent to which they have been taken in.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Hillary and her team are so incredibly stuck in the 1960s that when they say "those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture" it actually translates as "we never did quite Get the internet, and now it's even more so."

    My sense from '70s and '80s Philly punk is that the left thought that young people were always going to be like the youth culture consumer icons held up by Madison Avenue around the time of Woodstock to Watergate and worshipped throughout the Boomers' 20s and 30s.

    It's really coming as a shock to them that, e.g., the legacy media no longer tell the kindern what to think. Or rather they try, and the kindern come back with not only dismissal...but wicked satire and ridicule.

    FWIW, it was like this in the 1970s as well. CBS Records put an end to it by signing The Clash in 1977. Now people think The Clash and Ramones and Sex Pistols WERE punk. Not so, by a long shot. They were what the Culture Industry tried to replace actual punk with.

  22. @The Anti-Gnostic

    I hope this doesn’t lead to a war on amphibians. Particularly Mexican amphibians. Axolotl? I thought we were becoming tolerant of genderfluids. #RibbitRepublicans

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    http://holyjoe.org/poetry/anonU.htm

    I wandered lonely as a clod,
    Just picking up old rags and bottles,
    When onward on my way I plod,
    I saw a host of axolotls;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    A sight to make a man’s blood freeze.
    Some had handles, some were plain;
    They came in blue, red pink, and green.
    A few were orange in the main;
    The damnedest sight I’ve ever seen.
    The females gave a sprightly glance;
    The male ones all wore knee-length pants.

    Now oft, when on the couch I lie,
    The doctor asks me what I see.
    They flash upon my inward eye
    And make me laugh in fiendish glee.
    I find my solace then in bottles,
    And I forget them axolotls.
  23. I think part of the reason the establishment is associating Pepe with white supremacism is that Pepe is confusing. I don’t use 4chan and, frankly, don’t “get” Pepe. For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children’s book in ’s post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don’t really understand.

    I think if you don’t frequent the same places as Pepe, Pepe appears to be like an icthus–that is, simply a sign saying “here resides people like you if you are in the know.”

    • Replies: @Lot

    For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children’s book in ’s post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don’t really understand.
     
    It is hard to put into words because it is visual communication. This is my best attempt:

    He has lived, for years and years, as a loved creature, known for saying “feels good man” as justification for various crazy and hedonistic pursuits.

    Now, he has arisen from this lowly station, to be the symbol of the fact that in your heart, you know Trump will be better than Hillary. That, more than liking Trump the man, you will vote for him as a symbol of most maximally disapproving of “Invade the World, Invite the World.”

    This is absolutely vital reading:

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

    If you are over the age of 18, or really 30, and of stable mind, you should read further details here:

    https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Pepe

    Pepe is key, I endorse him. I think Steve is coming around too.
     
    , @Dirk Dagger
    I'll bite. What's an Ichthus?
    , @guest
    The internet has its own ways, and memes are mostly a mystery to me. All we need to know, however, is that Pepe is nonsense. Imagine the silliest, stupidest thing possible. Now imagine getting the mainstream press to talk about it. "Stupid, Silly Thing started by Chrisnonymous. What does it mean? Tonight at 11."

    They're talking about this silly, stupid thing instead of Trump University, or whatever else they'd be on about. That's the point, and the only point. It's one, giant troll.
    , @Altai
    Pepe has many different forms and contexts.
    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/825/829/12d.png

    The version most often associated with the Alt-Right was Smug-Pepe, as in, you know what was stated was correct and you have no response or otherwise gloating at the rise of nationalist sympathies into the mainstream in many Western countries, this is the standard troll Pepe.

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pepe-the-frog

  24. @SPMoore8
    I hope this doesn't lead to a war on amphibians. Particularly Mexican amphibians. Axolotl? I thought we were becoming tolerant of genderfluids. #RibbitRepublicans

    http://holyjoe.org/poetry/anonU.htm

    I wandered lonely as a clod,
    Just picking up old rags and bottles,
    When onward on my way I plod,
    I saw a host of axolotls;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    A sight to make a man’s blood freeze.
    Some had handles, some were plain;
    They came in blue, red pink, and green.
    A few were orange in the main;
    The damnedest sight I’ve ever seen.
    The females gave a sprightly glance;
    The male ones all wore knee-length pants.

    Now oft, when on the couch I lie,
    The doctor asks me what I see.
    They flash upon my inward eye
    And make me laugh in fiendish glee.
    I find my solace then in bottles,
    And I forget them axolotls.

    • LOL: SPMoore8
    • Replies: @melendwyr
    It would be brilliant - if 'axolotl' rhymed with 'bottle'. Alas, it does not.
  25. @alfa158
    I wish I was a mind reader. Did this imbecile not notice that the alt-right was an obscure movement until Hillary ushered it into the mainstream, not Donald? Or does he know that, but is doing damage control by trying to pin The Ushering on Donald? (BTW, I don't think the two hour delay in Hillary giving that speech was because her pit mechanics were trying to get the right drug cocktail into her so she could function, I think it is more likely her advisors were desperately trying to talk her out of it, or re-write it.)
    I 'm also glad to know now that they are "hoax statistics", not "hate facts"

    I think you’re just not getting the overall structure of the game being played. This Economist article is the intended follow-up to Hillary’s speech.

  26. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Alt right is all that? And all this time I just thought they were clever trolls driving crybullies to a neurotic breakdown on the internets for laughs. Someone should clue this poor fellow in about being plunk’ed by the frog scheme.its going from funny to sad.

    PS Does the Economist even HAVE fact checkers anymore? One or two of them could help their writers avoid this…

  27. I’ve subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I’m a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn’t mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn’t a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    • Replies: @Broski

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn’t a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?
     
    The Economist officially has no reason why it is insane, so has no argumentative premise on which to state that immigration should be limited to preferred groups.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    Free movement of goods and peoples has heretofore never required "civil rights," "free trade agreements," or "multiculturalism."
    , @Anonymous Nephew
    "Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?"

    That's certainly part of it. You can walk down a street in a small English city and hear more Slavic languages spoken than English. You can work in a factory where everyone else on the shop floor is speaking Polish. The area which voted Brexit most heavily (Boston, Lincs) also has the highest percentage of Eastern European migrants - that's no coincidence.
    , @Expletive Deleted
    "Free movement of goods and people between western European nations"
    And fine it was indeed. Until all the eastern states were added.
    You guys used to keep it all behind Checkpoint Charlie for us. It was called "The Soviet Bloc", and its incorporation into the EU had consquences like German Reunification on steroids.
    Like Anonymous Nephew says;
    It was the plumbers; and the truckdrivers, carpenters, brickies, sparks, plasterers, taxi-drivers, gasfitters, roofers, cooks, gardeners, bus-drivers, production line workers, warehouse staff, painters, hairdressers, waitresses, nannies, store clerks, checkout workers etc. etc. Almost any non-elite trade you can imagine. Swamped by naive and desperate volunteers fleeing their ex-communist paradises.
    The local working class, already chopped off at the knees by Thatcher, were suddenly shoved aside by low-wage cowboys, most of whom didn't know one end of, say, a hammer from the other, and definitely didn't know or care all that much about driving on the left, either.

    I guess the English proles just got sick and tired of being called "lazy" by their well-to-do masters, with their endless supply of ever-so-cheap servants and hot-bedding tenants for their slumlord property portfolios. And being taxed to pay for it all.

    , @Wilkey
    I’m a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn’t mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist.

    What took you so long? I had an Economist subscription briefly over a decade ago, and they were already batshit crazy on immigration, trade, and most cultural matters. A branch of the Rothschild family owns a big chunk of the magazine, so its promotion of neofeudalism should come as no great surprise.
    , @Tex
    Free trade is a big idea that has impacts on the particular and local. I like the idea of free trade among US states as established in the Constitution. I'm betting free trade & free movement between Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland has lots of benefits. I took a long move to Texas to improve my job prospects.

    But when Sweden is home to generations of unemployable and un-assimilable mohammedans who are pushing crime rates through the rather low Scandinavian roof, it get awkward. What unemployed people in the UK moved to booming Germany or Poland to find work? I think that was somewhere between zero and none whatsoever. So there's no longer free transit on the bridge from Denmark to Sweden and UK voters backed Brexit.

    I consider myself a recovering libertarian on trade and immigration. Trade is always about deals and in some deals you win and some you lose.
  28. @Spotted Toad
    Yes, this is right. David Brooks's only good idea was pointing this out, in Bobos in Paradise, but the execution wasn't great, and nobody had any incentive to believe him anyways. But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country.

    Of bigger concern is the co-option of the term “liberal”, which tends to hide what is going on. “Liberal” just means someone who is not attached to traditional values. At what juncture something becomes traditional is a matter of debate but the more important point is that so-called “Liberals” are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game – Communism.

    In this sense I don’t mean state-ownership of the means of production (although that will most certainly be part of the agenda once machines and AI render human labor superfluous and humans will no longer be able to work to earn their needs) but the three actual primary goals of Communism: the destruction of the traditional institutions of the family (via “sexual liberation”, “feminism”, “gay rights”, “gender identity”, etc., leading eventually to “GMO test-tube babies” and the end of human reproduction), religion (aside from “secular humanist” Statism), and the nation state (via “multi-culturalism”, “open borders” and “free trade”).

    Being open-minded and open to change does not mean you need to support these particular ends/goals. Indeed, the fact that basically all Liberals support these goals destroys the notion that they are open-minded; rather they are closed-minded but indoctrinated to believe in this “utopia”.

    Of course in this regard I agree with your conclusion. So-called “Liberals” are the Establishment. Whereas true liberals could never be the Establishment since open-minded people will rarely form enough of a consensus to implement an agenda, particularly one as complex as the Communist / Brave New World “utopia”.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "“Liberals” are not open-minded and open to change,"

    Most Liberals are authoritarian Nazis because most of them want to legally ban free speech they disagree with. There is nothing open-minded about that.

    If we were to use the old school definition of Liberal which is more Libertarian in origin, than I am more Liberal than most people on the political Left.
    , @Marc
    "so-called “Liberals” are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game"

    Their end game is technocracy, and they will use any and every -ism to achieve it. Those seeking to consolidate global power are disproportionately from an ethnic & religious background lacking numbers sufficient to achieve their ends democratically, so a technocracy provides the structure allowing this. Their current blend is a mix of Marie Antoinette, Herbert Marcuse, J. Paul Getty and the old Soviet Politburo. The West needs to be fundamentally transformed before this can occur, and a potential Trump presidency, BREXIT and the emerging Nationalist/Pro-Western Right are speed bumps. They went too far, too hard, too fast and the people took notice.

    I've been calling them Post-Modern Leftists for almost a decade because there is nothing liberal about them; they now effortlessly embrace authoritarianism. As they took over the Establishment in the 1990's, passionately held civil libertarian principles were ditched for a zero sum game with Critical Theory as the rationale. Once academic fringe ideas are now the rationale for every policy adversely affecting Whites and Western Civilization.

  29. Praise Kek!

    • Agree: NickG
    • Replies: @Lurker
    The power of Kek compels you!


    For three days running, every time I see the newest post it has 88 comments. A coincidence? I think not.

  30. @NJ Transit Commuter
    I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn't mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn't a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn’t a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    The Economist officially has no reason why it is insane, so has no argumentative premise on which to state that immigration should be limited to preferred groups.

  31. What about Harambe?

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    Never used to tweet, now I tweet for Harambe
    Used to be shallow, now I'm deep for Harambe!
    , @SPMoore8
    Harambe has been memorialized in many outstanding images, as well as the notorious "D*cks out for Harambe!" slogan and video, although I am not sure how exposing ones genitalia connotes solidarity with this murdered Primate of Color.
    , @Kylie
    Poor Harambe has been subjected to a media blackout.
    , @27 year old
    the implicit racism of the Pepe panic
    , @Percy Gryce
    I hear tell that at least one fraternity at Haven Monahan's alma mater held a Harambe memorial party last weekend.
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Steve hasn’t forgotten. He included two Harambe pics in his recent string of posts, including an incredibly rare, fresh, and moving tearful twofer Pepe and Harambe basket of deplorables.
  32. If we don’t believe their media, we don’t believe them. If we don’t believe them, they no longer control the church of state.

  33. I’m at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they’re going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.

    At even, or perhaps especially, prestige media there are so many who have volunteered for this duty the payoff must be all of a glass of wine at Happy Hour (only) at this point.

    • Replies: @Lurker

    I’m at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they’re going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.
     
    Perhaps because they are indeed Digital Cannon Fodder they don't think how they're going to benefit, they just do it?

    The day they start to wonder what it's all for, they are no longer her cannon fodder.
    , @Daniel Williams

    I’m at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they’re going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.
     
    Dude, they really believe this shit. Most people do.

    It's pretty funny when you think about it: lefties assume alt-righters are behind every tree, but I bet there are many actual alt-right dudes who haven't (knowingly) met another of their kind in the flesh.
  34. @JohnnyWalker123
    What about Harambe?

    Never used to tweet, now I tweet for Harambe
    Used to be shallow, now I’m deep for Harambe!

  35. Many people on the Left want Clinton to lose this election, it would be a golden opportunity to purge the Democratic Party from its Clintonista elements (Neocons/Neoliberals) who are seen as too conservative for the future of the party.

    The Economist is all about the Anglo-American Empire and its Liberal world order.

    • Replies: @Broski
    "The Economist is all about the Anglo-American Empire and its Liberal world order."

    It is, literally, the public voice of the Rothschild empire.

    The publication belongs to the Economist Group. It is 50% owned by the English branch of the Rothschild family and by the Agnelli family through its holding company Exor. The remaining 50% is held by private investors including the editors and staff.[10][11] The Rothschilds and the Agnellis are represented on the board of directors.[12]

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Economist
  36. When Jerry Falwell said that Tinky Winky on the toddlers’ show Teletubbies was there to soften people’s perception of homosexuals with Tinky’s eternally happy disposition and niceness (the triangle antenna and purse were the tells so people would know he’s gay), the public laughed and laughed, then laughed some more, egged on by the media. A grown man with a huge in-person congregation and millions watching on t.v., who leads an influential section of the electorate, takes a silly cartoon character soooo seriously, how beneath his station. What a clown he makes himself, giving the ridiculous so much power by calling his, and the nation’s, attention to it.

    A candidate for President calls out a meme figure, a badly drawn frog named Pepe of all things, as the symbol of all bad. The candidate can get no more mileage out of attacking the rival candidate, either personally or based on policy, so let’s go after a cartoon that 10,000 haven seen and up until now maybe 300 thought was an alt-right shill, 250 of that 300 being in the candidate’s organization.

    If this candidate is so bothered by a meme frog, how on earth will this person take real, live, people who have malice beforehand when dealing on behalf the U.S.?

    The question the rival should ask at any debate, to immolate any and all credibility of this candidate’s qualification for top office as thoroughly as a can of Aqua Net and a BBQ lighter can napalm a hornet’s nest is, “If Madam Secretary treats a temporary internet meme as a credible threat to the nation, what does this say about her ability to discern the true threats and serious concerns we all face? And we make fun of fellow candidate Vermin Supreme for the boot on his head? At least he knows he’s parody. She’s not even dialed in to that.”

    The ultimate answer to this progressive tyrant is a belly laugh. Laugh, laugh, then laugh some more. People laugh at Trump and he laughs right along, the schtick that is he. Laugh at her and she melts. Soooo serious. About Pepe the frog. Then laugh twice as hard at anyone defending this, and go after their precious social capital, progressive’s kryptonite. You’re defending Hillary? What will people think of you, what you have to say, why should they care what you say, you’re defending a mad woman who’s looking over her shoulder to scapegoat a cartoon frog. What kind of knuckle dragger are you? And you people sunk Dean over a spontaneous yell? Aw, you mad and serious, like the strange kid everyone shunned in school? Is that what you aim to be like? It’s how we’re looking at you now.

  37. @Chiron
    Many people on the Left want Clinton to lose this election, it would be a golden opportunity to purge the Democratic Party from its Clintonista elements (Neocons/Neoliberals) who are seen as too conservative for the future of the party.

    The Economist is all about the Anglo-American Empire and its Liberal world order.

    “The Economist is all about the Anglo-American Empire and its Liberal world order.”

    It is, literally, the public voice of the Rothschild empire.

    The publication belongs to the Economist Group. It is 50% owned by the English branch of the Rothschild family and by the Agnelli family through its holding company Exor. The remaining 50% is held by private investors including the editors and staff.[10][11] The Rothschilds and the Agnellis are represented on the board of directors.[12]

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

  38. @Chief Seattle
    Next up: US News features Pedobear on the cover.

    As I write this I'm wondering if US News still has a print edition.

    A couple of years ago the police in my area were trolled, or at least mislead, into issuing a public statement warning that sightings of Pedobear stickers were an alarming sign that child molesters might be operating openly.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Yes, and the example you give is not only reminiscent of the Pepe Panic of 2016, but also The Boston Mooninite Panic of 2007.
  39. Leftists love to say that sunlight is the best disinfectant to evil ideas like racial identity matters. By exposing these heretics to the light, they will whither.

    But it’s exactly the opposite. The more exposure, the more likely it is that people will take the red pill.

    • Replies: @NOTA
    Open discussion, without censorship, lynchmobs, purges, etc., is the best way we have to get to the truth. Everyone wants to believe that's their side, even when they have some twinges of discomfort about whether maybe the facts kinda seem to be pointing the wrong direction now and then.
  40. Everything comes down to money and sex. I think it is really hard to do any virtue-signaling when you have to worry about paying your rent and stuff…and well, YOU do you have to have enough money for the ladies? Can I just say: frogs or not frogs, the Millennials are gonna so eff with this election because they hate the Baby Boomers. There will be more weird “raining meatballs or frogs” to mess with this election. Because, because, the GOp & DNC sold out the future. Ergo, Trump, the clown (clowns are cool with the M’s) may be the top guy.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I really don't get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It's not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.
  41. Is this the same Economist that is owned by that renowned every day American, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild? The one that had that shindig with Hilary? This is just the kind of story to be cooked up at a backyard BBQ after too many Black Labels. Must have been some party to still be seeing Pepe everywhere a week later.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Yes, good catch. It's also the same one that was owned by Common Core mega-publisher Pearson up until a year ago.
  42. @alfa158
    I wish I was a mind reader. Did this imbecile not notice that the alt-right was an obscure movement until Hillary ushered it into the mainstream, not Donald? Or does he know that, but is doing damage control by trying to pin The Ushering on Donald? (BTW, I don't think the two hour delay in Hillary giving that speech was because her pit mechanics were trying to get the right drug cocktail into her so she could function, I think it is more likely her advisors were desperately trying to talk her out of it, or re-write it.)
    I 'm also glad to know now that they are "hoax statistics", not "hate facts"

    Did this imbecile not notice that the alt-right was an obscure movement until Hillary ushered it into the mainstream, not Donald

    Replace those with “Willie Horton”, “Al Gore”, and “Lee Atwater”, and it’s 1988 again.

    Completely OT (or maybe not), there’s a disco in Osaka called SoulFuckTry:

    https://www.japan-experience.com/city-osaka/soulfucktry

    • Replies: @Tex
    If it were Soul Fry Truck it could be a food truck vendor in Austin.
  43. @MLK
    I'm at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they're going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.

    At even, or perhaps especially, prestige media there are so many who have volunteered for this duty the payoff must be all of a glass of wine at Happy Hour (only) at this point.

    I’m at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they’re going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.

    Perhaps because they are indeed Digital Cannon Fodder they don’t think how they’re going to benefit, they just do it?

    The day they start to wonder what it’s all for, they are no longer her cannon fodder.

  44. @JohnnyWalker123
    What about Harambe?

    Harambe has been memorialized in many outstanding images, as well as the notorious “D*cks out for Harambe!” slogan and video, although I am not sure how exposing ones genitalia connotes solidarity with this murdered Primate of Color.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    " I am not sure how exposing ones genitalia connotes solidarity with this murdered Primate of Color."

    Harambe was one of the good Blacks.
  45. @Lurker
    A couple of years ago the police in my area were trolled, or at least mislead, into issuing a public statement warning that sightings of Pedobear stickers were an alarming sign that child molesters might be operating openly.

    Yes, and the example you give is not only reminiscent of the Pepe Panic of 2016, but also The Boston Mooninite Panic of 2007.

  46. @JohnnyWalker123
    What about Harambe?

    Poor Harambe has been subjected to a media blackout.

  47. Love the frog. He’s pure charisma. Can’t wait for his book!

    Viva Pepe!

    Young women everywhere are kissing their prince charming —— hoping he will turn into Pepe!

    Alas there’s only one.

  48. @d_d
    I'm surprised, Steve, that you didn't refer back to your own comparison: Alt-right to punk rock.

    The Economist couldn't do a better job as stodgy old, defensive square to a bunch of snickering cool kids.

    If I didn't know a thing about the Alt-right and Pepe (the most perfectly absurd and therefore perfect meme) I'd be predisposed to like them just because they aren't this insufferable lame-o writing this piece.

    A loyal "Economista" must read this a feel just the slightest twinge that for the first time, they've been flanked in the culture wars. Not overran necessarily, but the line is not impenetrable; Pepe's undeniably cool.

    The Atlantic already stole Steve’s punk rock comparison, just today as it happens. These people have no shame…

  49. It was reported on The Fox News Channel today that Donald Trump is polling ahead of Crooked Hildabeast in Ohio, Florida, and Iowa. 3 states that Barack Hussein Obama won in 2012 and 2008. I hope the polling in those 3 states stay that way.

    I hope Donald Trump wins some states that John McCain and Mitt Romney lost. That is the only way he wins the presidency.

  50. @MLK
    I'm at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they're going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.

    At even, or perhaps especially, prestige media there are so many who have volunteered for this duty the payoff must be all of a glass of wine at Happy Hour (only) at this point.

    I’m at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they’re going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.

    Dude, they really believe this shit. Most people do.

    It’s pretty funny when you think about it: lefties assume alt-righters are behind every tree, but I bet there are many actual alt-right dudes who haven’t (knowingly) met another of their kind in the flesh.

    • Replies: @White Guy In Japan
    Actually, Alt-Righters have secret code words and signals to identify fellow tribesmen. Generally meaningless to normies.
  51. @SPMoore8
    Harambe has been memorialized in many outstanding images, as well as the notorious "D*cks out for Harambe!" slogan and video, although I am not sure how exposing ones genitalia connotes solidarity with this murdered Primate of Color.

    ” I am not sure how exposing ones genitalia connotes solidarity with this murdered Primate of Color.”

    Harambe was one of the good Blacks.

  52. @JohnnyWalker123
    What about Harambe?

    the implicit racism of the Pepe panic

  53. @JohnnyWalker123
    What about Harambe?

    I hear tell that at least one fraternity at Haven Monahan’s alma mater held a Harambe memorial party last weekend.

  54. anon • Disclaimer says:

    This isn’t really relevant, but it’s something I’ve thought about for awhile.

    When I was a kid, I loved drawing cartoon characters. I would show them to my friends, but I didn’t have any way for anyone else to see them.

    Part of what’s so fun and exciting about internet culture is just doing what kids have always done. Drawing nasty cartoons. But this time, the whole world can see them.

    It’s really kind of amazing that once-serious magazines like The Economist are now talking about the equivalent of all those drawings I used to do of my teachers in study hall.

  55. @Lot
    http://imgur.com/gallery/KfPzT

    “Everyone I don’t like is Hitler. Pepe edition just for Hillary Clinton.”

    Everybody on the political Right is Adolf Hitler, even if they are Jewish. Jewish Trump supporter Michael Savage is Adolf Hitler.

  56. @Broski
    Prediction: pranksters will start drawing Pepes on college campuses nationwide, leading to much hilarity.

    Harambe jokes are frowned upon at UMass Amherst:

    Going further, the email’s two authors said that the “dicks out for Harambe” catchphrase could be serious business: “Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students. Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!”

    I have to admit that when some alt-righters explained to me that the plan was to make the Great and Good look ridiculous because the people at the pinnacles of power would be unable to resist lecturing us about the dangers of a cartoon frog and gorilla memorial movement, I scoffed. Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.
     
    Laughed, cried. Gold boxy comment.
    , @Lot

    Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident.
     
    The university is wrong because advocacy for nudism is political speech, which enjoys the highest level of First Amendment protection.
    , @ben tillman

    Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.
     
    HCUA, not HUAC. HUAC is a bogus propaganda construction intended to make it sound like the committee was engaging in, rather than investigating, un-American activities.
  57. @Stirner
    Brad Griffin (quoted in the article), posted his email exchange with the journalist.

    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2016/09/15/the-economist-alt-right-brad-griffin-q-a/

    Lugenpresse!

    The Economist interviewing “Fade the Butcher”? Holy moly!

  58. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Hillary’s poll numbers are crashing in Iowa, Ohio, Michigan.

    I think it was an epic own goal for her (campaign statement) to actually reference Pepe the Cartoon Frog. Worse than any mistake Trump has made.

    The likely voters are vastly not internet trolls, pranksters, 4channers, script kiddies, selfie addicts, facebook addicts etc. Those people don’t vote.

    The actual likely voters in America are still sober, serious people who trudge off to work everyday and generally do all the responsible adult tasks in society. These people can’t believe a presidential candidate from one of the two major parties is “sounding the alarm” about a cartoon frog.

    At that moment Hillary went from ill to crazy.

    • Replies: @Lot
    I think Trump's improvement is more from staying scripted lately.
    , @Expletive Deleted

    At that moment Hillary went from ill to crazy.
     
    Maybe she keeps jugs of piss in her bedroom?
    http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/923/290/67e.png
  59. @NJ Transit Commuter
    I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn't mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn't a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    Free movement of goods and peoples has heretofore never required “civil rights,” “free trade agreements,” or “multiculturalism.”

  60. @JohnnyWalker123
    Refugees and ethnic Germans battle it out on streets of German city.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3790605/Mob-100-neo-Nazis-vicious-street-fight-migrants-German-riot-police-pelted-bottles-asylum-seekers-protecting.html

    Refugees and neo-Nazis battled it out on the streets of an east German town on Wednesday night with police fighting to save the migrants outnumbered five to one.

    But police said the asylum seekers started the confrontation - and later hurled bottles at the police trying to save them from a beating.

    About 100 far-right men and women attacked some 20 asylum seekers in the town of Bautzen after the migrants taunted them. Video footage shows chaotic scenes as fighting breaks out in the German town.
     
    https://twitter.com/blog_factory/status/776508743970205696

    Bautzen could best be described as a large town – in the remotest part of far southern east Germany (Saxony). I imagine the BRD thought it clever to stash the “refugees” in such an incosequential place. When I was there in ’93, the locals had no patience for the idea of non-German refugees in their midst. This was the last time “neo-nazis” were an “urgent” concern. Theses provincial Saxons were refreshingly candid in their ethnocentrism. To them, the “neo-nazis” were just civic minded local boys with legitimate concerns about ensuring that the recently united Germany looked after the concerns of Germans first. Good to see they haven’t changed all that much.

    • Replies: @Marc
    "When I was there in ’93, the locals had no patience for the idea of non-German refugees in their midst".

    I visited Saxony in 1986 and realized The Wall protected them from an ethnomasochism ripping through West Germany at the time. Males on the Western side gravitated toward the prissy New Man straight from a synthpop video or the emaciated, sullen hippie. The traditional Gunthers were still in the large supply in the East. Saxons have a well-earned reputation for being the boldest rock climbers in the World.
  61. Pepe The Frog reminds me of the green female Gremlin in Gremlins 2 The New Batch.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    A movie that featured real estate billionaire Daniel Clamp.
  62. @Jefferson
    Pepe The Frog reminds me of the green female Gremlin in Gremlins 2 The New Batch.

    A movie that featured real estate billionaire Daniel Clamp.

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
    Gremlins 2 is an underrated classic & the Donald Trump character turns out to not be such a bad guy after all. If you want to witness pure cinematic anarchy watch Gremlins 2.
  63. These three considerations: heritable IQ, assortative mating and differential fertility, together seem to predict a future in which most people are stupid, prefer stupid mates and have lots of children. Isn’t this the crux of HBD? And where does Pepe fit into this?

    • Replies: @Lurker
    He'll have a lot of tadpoles?
  64. last thing before dead-zone tonight: ” Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.”

    also, what about the books about ” meatballs falling in…” the kids under 16 have been mislead/lied to for years.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Oh, yeah!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2wutEzjy_E

    Ode to Joy, Joy to the World, Feels Good Man, everything's coming together.
  65. This is the dessicated termagant Zanny Beddoes, who along with her coterie of pin-striped nancy-boys, put out The Economist. They dislike the idea of ordinary people sticking up for thier own interests, and would rather they submit to the rulership of a rapacious ruling class that is dedicated to corruption and degeneracy.

  66. Pissing off The Economist editorial board – it seems likely that they, too, are secret iStevers and read this blog, is a proud achievement of mine.

  67. @Broski
    Prediction: pranksters will start drawing Pepes on college campuses nationwide, leading to much hilarity.

    Pepe was here

  68. I don’t buy the Economist’s regret. It would be very easy not to talk about Pepe. They want to. God knows why.

    Don’t they realize they’re being trolled? Internet hooligans have them talking about a cartoon frog two months prior to the presidential election. History books might feature a damn cartoon frog. How foolish.

    Bravo, meme warriors. I used to look down upon you. But you’ve trolled the world. You got the Democratic presidential nominee talking about a cartoon frog.

    • Replies: @Gato de la Biblioteca
    Bravo, meme warriors.

    I believe (probably incorrectly) that the proper term is meme-jihadi.
  69. @BB753
    I think it's modeled after "Sandinista" which works for both masculine and feminine genders.

    Yes, “ista” in Spanish is by default male but can take a feminine modifier to indicate a female member.

    El dentista (a male or abstract dentist)
    Los dentistas (an all-male or mixed group of dentists)
    La dentista, las dentistas (a single or group of female dentists)

    Same basic rule for all Romance languages.

  70. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I usually watch very little television, but I’ve been watching MSNBC and CNN a bit lately to witness the Establishment’s nervous breakdown. It’s been pretty interesting. I still can’t believe that this morning the people at MSNBC were actually suggesting that Hillary’s health is better than Trump’s. Is there possibly any truth to this claim? Assuming there isn’t, I never thought the mainstream media would just outright lie this blatantly. It’s interesting to see the way they try to shape opinion while trying to appear objective and believable.

  71. The one thing the devil cannot allow is to be mocked is a statement that still has weight.

  72. @Boomstick
    Harambe jokes are frowned upon at UMass Amherst:

    Going further, the email's two authors said that the "dicks out for Harambe" catchphrase could be serious business: "Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students. Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!"
     
    I have to admit that when some alt-righters explained to me that the plan was to make the Great and Good look ridiculous because the people at the pinnacles of power would be unable to resist lecturing us about the dangers of a cartoon frog and gorilla memorial movement, I scoffed. Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.

    Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.

    Laughed, cried. Gold boxy comment.

  73. @Anonymous
    Hillary's poll numbers are crashing in Iowa, Ohio, Michigan.

    I think it was an epic own goal for her (campaign statement) to actually reference Pepe the Cartoon Frog. Worse than any mistake Trump has made.

    The likely voters are vastly not internet trolls, pranksters, 4channers, script kiddies, selfie addicts, facebook addicts etc. Those people don't vote.

    The actual likely voters in America are still sober, serious people who trudge off to work everyday and generally do all the responsible adult tasks in society. These people can't believe a presidential candidate from one of the two major parties is "sounding the alarm" about a cartoon frog.

    At that moment Hillary went from ill to crazy.

    I think Trump’s improvement is more from staying scripted lately.

  74. @Boomstick
    Harambe jokes are frowned upon at UMass Amherst:

    Going further, the email's two authors said that the "dicks out for Harambe" catchphrase could be serious business: "Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students. Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!"
     
    I have to admit that when some alt-righters explained to me that the plan was to make the Great and Good look ridiculous because the people at the pinnacles of power would be unable to resist lecturing us about the dangers of a cartoon frog and gorilla memorial movement, I scoffed. Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.

    Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident.

    The university is wrong because advocacy for nudism is political speech, which enjoys the highest level of First Amendment protection.

  75. A 61 year old physically disabled Black woman was murdered in Compton.

    http://abc7.com/news/woman-yanked-from-wheelchair-beaten-to-death-in-compton/1511484/

    No Black Lies Matter to be found because the perpetrator here is not White or a police officer.

  76. The Economist magazine is the universal enemy of mankind.

    • Agree: JL, Lot
  77. Clinton spent the last two weeks of August fundraising with Lynn Forester de Rothschild in Martha’s Vineyard and boogying down with the Soros Clan, Pussy Riot, Jimmy Buffet and Sir Paul McCartney in the Hamptons.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-hillary-raises-1-5-million-at-martha-s-1471776901-htmlstory.html

    As we all know, The Economist is owned in part by the Rothschilds so some poor sap in London got a call to make Hillary’s paranoid delusions semi-believable. When I read these articles, I wonder how they appear to your average truck driver or waitress in this country. I have to imagine it is just as disorienting for your average bond trader and hedge fund manager that reads The Economist. Is this the real life?

    When did The Economist start taking comments? They are actually pretty good.

  78. @Lagertha
    last thing before dead-zone tonight: " Jeremiah was a Bullfrog."

    also, what about the books about " meatballs falling in..." the kids under 16 have been mislead/lied to for years.

    Oh, yeah!

    Ode to Joy, Joy to the World, Feels Good Man, everything’s coming together.

  79. @Chrisnonymous
    I think part of the reason the establishment is associating Pepe with white supremacism is that Pepe is confusing. I don't use 4chan and, frankly, don't "get" Pepe. For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children's book in @Lot's post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don't really understand.

    I think if you don't frequent the same places as Pepe, Pepe appears to be like an icthus--that is, simply a sign saying "here resides people like you if you are in the know."

    For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children’s book in ’s post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don’t really understand.

    It is hard to put into words because it is visual communication. This is my best attempt:

    He has lived, for years and years, as a loved creature, known for saying “feels good man” as justification for various crazy and hedonistic pursuits.

    Now, he has arisen from this lowly station, to be the symbol of the fact that in your heart, you know Trump will be better than Hillary. That, more than liking Trump the man, you will vote for him as a symbol of most maximally disapproving of “Invade the World, Invite the World.”

    This is absolutely vital reading:

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

    If you are over the age of 18, or really 30, and of stable mind, you should read further details here:

    https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Pepe

    Pepe is key, I endorse him. I think Steve is coming around too.

  80. @Spotted Toad
    Yes, this is right. David Brooks's only good idea was pointing this out, in Bobos in Paradise, but the execution wasn't great, and nobody had any incentive to believe him anyways. But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country.

    “But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country.”

    Crooked Hildabeast said she is not part of the political Establishment because she pees sitting down. She didn’t put it in those exact words, but you know what I mean she played the woman card.

  81. @Desiderius
    I don't think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they've been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.

    I’ve noticed that, too. It might be the secret to why the left has kept winning. They are always outflanking themselves. No matter how long they’ve been in power (1933 at the very least, and more like 1860), they act like they’re out of power. Permanent Revolution. Must be tiring.

    They are constantly menaced by the looming Brown Revolution, the wreckers who will both launch us into dystopia and turn back the clock to the Bad Old Days. Remember the warnings about the coming fascism during the reign of Bush the Younger? I don’t mean Bushitler and Darth Cheney. I mean books with crosses on the cover warning us about middle-American Nazis with titles like “It *Will* Happen Here?”

    There was a crappy movie about a bunch of liberal twenty-somethings in the mid-nineties who invited conservative stereotypes over to dinner to poison them, lest they become Hitler. The first time it was an accident, then they did the “Would you kill baby Hitler” (which was totally a Thing this election, remember?) thought experiment and realized it was a moral imperative to kill everyone who might one day kill all the Jews, or whatever. Eventually they come across Ron Perlman, who plays a Rush Limbaugh type. They split on whether to poison him, because he’s persuasive and claims it’s all an act. Then Ron figures their serial killings out, and the movie ends by implying he actually does become Hitler.

    Oops! They were right all along. Lesson: err on the side of caution. Assume everyone to your right is Literally Hitler.

    Well, they don’t really, really believe a Brown Revolution looms. It’s convenient to pretend so. They needed to stay in power just in case. Along comes Trump, and they don’t actually think it’s happening. Trump isn’t Literally Hitler. But he’s closer than Bush, not counting the World Domination stuff. But they fudge that part by pretending Trump is unstable and likely to invade away because he got mad at Rosie O’Donnell, or something.

    Point is, they’re primed to see revolutions looming because they’re always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn’t exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    Point is, they’re primed to see revolutions looming because they’re always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn’t exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

     

    Yes, always fighting The Man . . . it helps to think of leftists as heretics who perceive themselves as constantly struggling against repressive Christian values and culture, constantly liberating themselves and Others, constantly speaking the Truth to Power . . . .

    A heretic is a parasite. He knows, deep down, that he cannot function, cannot exist, without a host. This is why leftists cannot accept that they themselves now comprise the bloated carcass of the western establishment.

    , @Nico

    the looming Brown Revolution
     
    Meanwhile the left deflects attention away from the veritable "brown revolution" of their own engineering which HAS in fact been underway since at least 1965, but by "brown" I don't mean "fascist."
    , @Yngvar
    Yes, The Last Supper. It's a comedy and I remember wondering when watching it how the hell a film that mocking of liberal's mores had made it through the filters. Shortsighted, hypocritical, condescending, self-righteous were only a few of the bad labels the hapless students came across as owning.
  82. @Lagertha
    Everything comes down to money and sex. I think it is really hard to do any virtue-signaling when you have to worry about paying your rent and stuff...and well, YOU do you have to have enough money for the ladies? Can I just say: frogs or not frogs, the Millennials are gonna so eff with this election because they hate the Baby Boomers. There will be more weird "raining meatballs or frogs" to mess with this election. Because, because, the GOp & DNC sold out the future. Ergo, Trump, the clown (clowns are cool with the M's) may be the top guy.

    I really don’t get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It’s not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.

    • Replies: @guest
    You would say that, you anonymousite
    , @ben tillman

    I really don’t get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It’s not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.
     
    Yeah, it's silly and counterproductive.
  83. @Desiderius
    I don't think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they've been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.

    “I don’t think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they’ve been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.”

    A lot of extremely misinformed Liberal voters believe America is run by Conservatives.

    • Replies: @NOTA
    The country is ruled by the ruling class, which is extremely conservative--not in the sense of the political ideology marketed under that name brand in the US, but rather in the sense that they are very happy with the way things work now in the US, and don't want any big changes. Bank bailouts, a new war somewhere every year with no end, massive surveillance of everyone everywhere all the time, powerful people and organizations being effectively above the law, immigration policy optimized to keep labor costs low while not letting the cheap labor unionize or complain about bad conditions, increasing federal control over schools (kindergarten to college), laws and treaties that benefit the biggest companies at the expense of everyone else--mostly those aren't "conservative" in the sense of the political ideology, but they are all "conservative" in the sense of keeping things running as they've been running for a long time now.

    The ruling class is *always* conservative in that sense. They are on top because of the way things are now--what's not to like?
    , @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I prefer fool over misinformed.
  84. @Louis Renault
    Is this the same Economist that is owned by that renowned every day American, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild? The one that had that shindig with Hilary? This is just the kind of story to be cooked up at a backyard BBQ after too many Black Labels. Must have been some party to still be seeing Pepe everywhere a week later.

    Yes, good catch. It’s also the same one that was owned by Common Core mega-publisher Pearson up until a year ago.

  85. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    That rather, (to say the least), intemperate, hot-headed, irrational, angry, hateful, disjointed and generally psychotic piece from The Economist – supposedly a magazine which prides itself on coolness and rationality of argument – accuses the ‘alt-right’ of ‘ranting’.

    Now, if that manic little diatribe isn’t a ‘rant’ – I don’t no what is.

    The word ‘rant’ before it became debased by common internet usage used to signify to me, at least, the mental image of a dishevelled, unkempt, long-haired,unwashed, long bearded bum, with obvious mental health ‘issues’ standing in a public square and shouting out enraged, incoherent, babbling nonsense at anyone within ear-shot.

    Such is the ‘quality’ of that piece from a supposedly ‘respected’ magazine.

    • Replies: @donut
    "The word ‘rant’ before it became debased by common internet usage used to signify to me, at least, the mental image of a dishevelled, unkempt, long-haired,unwashed, long bearded bum, with obvious mental health ‘issues’ standing in a public square and shouting out enraged, incoherent, babbling nonsense at anyone within ear-shot." In short The donut .
  86. @Polynikes
    Wouldn't the term "trumpista," used as a feminine version of "trump" as an insult, be sexist by the left's own ideology?

    Globalist are threatened by trump, and the economist is their lead cheerleader.

    It’s a Cold War Nicaraguan thing. I recall followers of Bill Clinton (feels weird having to add the “Bill”) being called “Clintonistas.” Don’t know whether the PC crowd screamed at that.

  87. @CalDre
    Of bigger concern is the co-option of the term "liberal", which tends to hide what is going on. "Liberal" just means someone who is not attached to traditional values. At what juncture something becomes traditional is a matter of debate but the more important point is that so-called "Liberals" are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game - Communism.

    In this sense I don't mean state-ownership of the means of production (although that will most certainly be part of the agenda once machines and AI render human labor superfluous and humans will no longer be able to work to earn their needs) but the three actual primary goals of Communism: the destruction of the traditional institutions of the family (via "sexual liberation", "feminism", "gay rights", "gender identity", etc., leading eventually to "GMO test-tube babies" and the end of human reproduction), religion (aside from "secular humanist" Statism), and the nation state (via "multi-culturalism", "open borders" and "free trade").

    Being open-minded and open to change does not mean you need to support these particular ends/goals. Indeed, the fact that basically all Liberals support these goals destroys the notion that they are open-minded; rather they are closed-minded but indoctrinated to believe in this "utopia".

    Of course in this regard I agree with your conclusion. So-called "Liberals" are the Establishment. Whereas true liberals could never be the Establishment since open-minded people will rarely form enough of a consensus to implement an agenda, particularly one as complex as the Communist / Brave New World "utopia".

    ““Liberals” are not open-minded and open to change,”

    Most Liberals are authoritarian Nazis because most of them want to legally ban free speech they disagree with. There is nothing open-minded about that.

    If we were to use the old school definition of Liberal which is more Libertarian in origin, than I am more Liberal than most people on the political Left.

  88. @Spotted Toad
    Yes, this is right. David Brooks's only good idea was pointing this out, in Bobos in Paradise, but the execution wasn't great, and nobody had any incentive to believe him anyways. But just acknowledging that liberal politics are the Establishment would be a big step forward for the country.

    The idea that anyone doesn’t know that by now is strange to me. But then I forget not everyone has been exposed to what I’ve been exposed to. Plus, the left has factions, and part of it is always in the avant-garde. The avant-garde can always pretend the rest of the left is as far right as it desires.

    Like when the New Left challenged the Old Liberals. They acted as if they were up against Leave it to Beaver, or something. But they were fighting the New Deal and the guys who mostly brought you the civil rights movement and the ’65 Open Borders Act, for instance. They were infested with Stalinists at one point, for Pete’s sake.

  89. Voltaire, penetrating deep into the future, had the definitive word on the left and Pepe:

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.

  90. @Chrisnonymous
    I think part of the reason the establishment is associating Pepe with white supremacism is that Pepe is confusing. I don't use 4chan and, frankly, don't "get" Pepe. For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children's book in @Lot's post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don't really understand.

    I think if you don't frequent the same places as Pepe, Pepe appears to be like an icthus--that is, simply a sign saying "here resides people like you if you are in the know."

    I’ll bite. What’s an Ichthus?

  91. I predict the first frog sighting at Oberlin will occur in October. The whole campus will be locked down for Halloween.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "I predict the first frog sighting at Oberlin will occur in October. The whole campus will be locked down for Halloween."

    Will Pepe The Frog replace poop swastikas, nooses, and white sheets as the most controversial sighting on Liberal college campuses?

  92. The last time ideologically-drunk full-grown adults went apoplectic about cartoons, eleven people got massacred in the Charlie Hebdo attack. We really need to point out the similarities between the Islamic attacks on Muhammad cartoons and the Globalist attacks on Pepe!

  93. @Hugh
    I predict the first frog sighting at Oberlin will occur in October. The whole campus will be locked down for Halloween.

    “I predict the first frog sighting at Oberlin will occur in October. The whole campus will be locked down for Halloween.”

    Will Pepe The Frog replace poop swastikas, nooses, and white sheets as the most controversial sighting on Liberal college campuses?

  94. @Warner
    Praise Kek!

    The power of Kek compels you!

    For three days running, every time I see the newest post it has 88 comments. A coincidence? I think not.

    • Replies: @Warner
    For about 6 months, I was seeing 88's everywhere. Street numbers, number of comments, sports jerseys. My battery was ALWAYS at 88%. It was very weird. Then I went on vacation and it went away.
  95. @Trelane
    These three considerations: heritable IQ, assortative mating and differential fertility, together seem to predict a future in which most people are stupid, prefer stupid mates and have lots of children. Isn't this the crux of HBD? And where does Pepe fit into this?

    He’ll have a lot of tadpoles?

    • Replies: @Trelane
    Funny!
  96. @guest
    I've noticed that, too. It might be the secret to why the left has kept winning. They are always outflanking themselves. No matter how long they've been in power (1933 at the very least, and more like 1860), they act like they're out of power. Permanent Revolution. Must be tiring.

    They are constantly menaced by the looming Brown Revolution, the wreckers who will both launch us into dystopia and turn back the clock to the Bad Old Days. Remember the warnings about the coming fascism during the reign of Bush the Younger? I don't mean Bushitler and Darth Cheney. I mean books with crosses on the cover warning us about middle-American Nazis with titles like "It *Will* Happen Here?"

    There was a crappy movie about a bunch of liberal twenty-somethings in the mid-nineties who invited conservative stereotypes over to dinner to poison them, lest they become Hitler. The first time it was an accident, then they did the "Would you kill baby Hitler" (which was totally a Thing this election, remember?) thought experiment and realized it was a moral imperative to kill everyone who might one day kill all the Jews, or whatever. Eventually they come across Ron Perlman, who plays a Rush Limbaugh type. They split on whether to poison him, because he's persuasive and claims it's all an act. Then Ron figures their serial killings out, and the movie ends by implying he actually does become Hitler.

    Oops! They were right all along. Lesson: err on the side of caution. Assume everyone to your right is Literally Hitler.

    Well, they don't really, really believe a Brown Revolution looms. It's convenient to pretend so. They needed to stay in power just in case. Along comes Trump, and they don't actually think it's happening. Trump isn't Literally Hitler. But he's closer than Bush, not counting the World Domination stuff. But they fudge that part by pretending Trump is unstable and likely to invade away because he got mad at Rosie O'Donnell, or something.

    Point is, they're primed to see revolutions looming because they're always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn't exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

    Point is, they’re primed to see revolutions looming because they’re always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn’t exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

    Yes, always fighting The Man . . . it helps to think of leftists as heretics who perceive themselves as constantly struggling against repressive Christian values and culture, constantly liberating themselves and Others, constantly speaking the Truth to Power . . . .

    A heretic is a parasite. He knows, deep down, that he cannot function, cannot exist, without a host. This is why leftists cannot accept that they themselves now comprise the bloated carcass of the western establishment.

    • Replies: @White Guy In Japan
    The weird irony is that, even when in power, the Left have a victim complex. They're still fighting the "white supremacist power structure". Or something.
    , @Formerly CARealist
    This makes me think that Christianity is actually more powerful than people realize. As long as one Bible-thumper still exists, the left cannot rest. They know it only takes one evangelist, one good song, one transcendent Psalm and people are back to believing and praying and not worshiping the idol of the day.

    They really do have feet of clay.

    I know you understand that implications of that metaphor, LRC.
  97. @Chrisnonymous
    I think part of the reason the establishment is associating Pepe with white supremacism is that Pepe is confusing. I don't use 4chan and, frankly, don't "get" Pepe. For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children's book in @Lot's post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don't really understand.

    I think if you don't frequent the same places as Pepe, Pepe appears to be like an icthus--that is, simply a sign saying "here resides people like you if you are in the know."

    The internet has its own ways, and memes are mostly a mystery to me. All we need to know, however, is that Pepe is nonsense. Imagine the silliest, stupidest thing possible. Now imagine getting the mainstream press to talk about it. “Stupid, Silly Thing started by Chrisnonymous. What does it mean? Tonight at 11.”

    They’re talking about this silly, stupid thing instead of Trump University, or whatever else they’d be on about. That’s the point, and the only point. It’s one, giant troll.

  98. @Lurker
    He'll have a lot of tadpoles?

    Funny!

  99. @Anonymous
    I really don't get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It's not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.

    You would say that, you anonymousite

  100. As Scott Adams put it so well, “Is it my imagination, or is Clinton losing a fight with a cartoon frog?”

    Attacking a cartoon—and getting her media surrogates to join in—is the height of hilarity.

    I can only assume that Hillary and her crew are deliberately doing this to distract from her Parkinson’s collapse and the DNC attempts to get her to step down. Otherwise, attacking the frog is doubling down on stupid, and while Hillary might be delusional enough to do it, her team would be blocking it.

    I have a strong suspicion it was Hillary’s team that released those Colin Powell emails to distract from her death spiral as well.

    • Replies: @Anon
    I wouldn't be surprised if Hillary has stopped listening to the older, more sober people inside her campaign because their advice is not improving her numbers, and she has to get over the recent Trump-hump. She sounds like she's been taking the advice of her crazy young libtard Turks, and they have a distorted sense of reality. I'm sure they're in a paranoid, shrieking uproar about Pepe and the Alt-Right, and Hillary is just echoing them.
  101. @Daniel Williams

    I’m at a loss as to how these writers and publications think they’re going to benefit by acting as Digital Cannon Fodder on behalf of Hillary Inc.
     
    Dude, they really believe this shit. Most people do.

    It's pretty funny when you think about it: lefties assume alt-righters are behind every tree, but I bet there are many actual alt-right dudes who haven't (knowingly) met another of their kind in the flesh.

    Actually, Alt-Righters have secret code words and signals to identify fellow tribesmen. Generally meaningless to normies.

  102. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Point is, they’re primed to see revolutions looming because they’re always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn’t exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

     

    Yes, always fighting The Man . . . it helps to think of leftists as heretics who perceive themselves as constantly struggling against repressive Christian values and culture, constantly liberating themselves and Others, constantly speaking the Truth to Power . . . .

    A heretic is a parasite. He knows, deep down, that he cannot function, cannot exist, without a host. This is why leftists cannot accept that they themselves now comprise the bloated carcass of the western establishment.

    The weird irony is that, even when in power, the Left have a victim complex. They’re still fighting the “white supremacist power structure”. Or something.

  103. @Steve Sailer
    A movie that featured real estate billionaire Daniel Clamp.

    Gremlins 2 is an underrated classic & the Donald Trump character turns out to not be such a bad guy after all. If you want to witness pure cinematic anarchy watch Gremlins 2.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/what-gremlins-2-the-new-batch-reveals-about-the-presidential-race/
  104. @SPMoore8
    This article or editorial or whatever you want to call it is absolutely priceless, not only for the haughty and condescending rhetoric but for the absolute obliviousness that lies behind it. They simply have no clue to the extent to which they have been taken in.

    Hillary and her team are so incredibly stuck in the 1960s that when they say “those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture” it actually translates as “we never did quite Get the internet, and now it’s even more so.”

    My sense from ’70s and ’80s Philly punk is that the left thought that young people were always going to be like the youth culture consumer icons held up by Madison Avenue around the time of Woodstock to Watergate and worshipped throughout the Boomers’ 20s and 30s.

    It’s really coming as a shock to them that, e.g., the legacy media no longer tell the kindern what to think. Or rather they try, and the kindern come back with not only dismissal…but wicked satire and ridicule.

    FWIW, it was like this in the 1970s as well. CBS Records put an end to it by signing The Clash in 1977. Now people think The Clash and Ramones and Sex Pistols WERE punk. Not so, by a long shot. They were what the Culture Industry tried to replace actual punk with.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    Hillary and her team are so incredibly stuck in the 1960s that when they say “those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture” it actually translates as “we never did quite Get the internet, and now it’s even more so.”

     

    That cohort of first-wave boomer lefties is really something. I know several whose 1960s worldview is absolutely impenetrable. I can tell you, though, that current events -- from Brexit to Trump to European immigration meltdown -- are making them jumpy, although they'll still brook no opposition to their 'we've-always-known-best-and-you'd-agree-with-us-if-you-really-understood' takes on things.
  105. @PiltdownMan
    I am no fan of James Fallows, the journalist who used to be Jimmy Carter's speechwriter, but his forensic take on The Economist magazine, written 25 years ago, is still the best I've seen.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1991/10/-quot-the-economics-of-the-colonial-cringe-quot-about-the-economist-magazine-washington-post-1991/7415/

    That’s a great link. Interesting to see that the Globalist was so wrong about Japan. I assume it’s saying the same things about China now.

  106. @NJ Transit Commuter
    I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn't mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn't a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    “Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?”

    That’s certainly part of it. You can walk down a street in a small English city and hear more Slavic languages spoken than English. You can work in a factory where everyone else on the shop floor is speaking Polish. The area which voted Brexit most heavily (Boston, Lincs) also has the highest percentage of Eastern European migrants – that’s no coincidence.

    • Replies: @Eric Novak
    Yes, but they all fall over the fit blonde bartenders with pendulous boobs and stiletto heels, especially the aloof ones.
  107. @JohnnyWalker123
    What about Harambe?

    Steve hasn’t forgotten. He included two Harambe pics in his recent string of posts, including an incredibly rare, fresh, and moving tearful twofer Pepe and Harambe basket of deplorables.

    • Replies: @Hugh
    I had real trouble fighting back my tears. That was incredibly moving. Thank you.
  108. @Olorin
    Hillary and her team are so incredibly stuck in the 1960s that when they say "those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture" it actually translates as "we never did quite Get the internet, and now it's even more so."

    My sense from '70s and '80s Philly punk is that the left thought that young people were always going to be like the youth culture consumer icons held up by Madison Avenue around the time of Woodstock to Watergate and worshipped throughout the Boomers' 20s and 30s.

    It's really coming as a shock to them that, e.g., the legacy media no longer tell the kindern what to think. Or rather they try, and the kindern come back with not only dismissal...but wicked satire and ridicule.

    FWIW, it was like this in the 1970s as well. CBS Records put an end to it by signing The Clash in 1977. Now people think The Clash and Ramones and Sex Pistols WERE punk. Not so, by a long shot. They were what the Culture Industry tried to replace actual punk with.

    Hillary and her team are so incredibly stuck in the 1960s that when they say “those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture” it actually translates as “we never did quite Get the internet, and now it’s even more so.”

    That cohort of first-wave boomer lefties is really something. I know several whose 1960s worldview is absolutely impenetrable. I can tell you, though, that current events — from Brexit to Trump to European immigration meltdown — are making them jumpy, although they’ll still brook no opposition to their ‘we’ve-always-known-best-and-you’d-agree-with-us-if-you-really-understood’ takes on things.

    • Replies: @Olorin

    their ‘we’ve-always-known-best-and-you’d-agree-with-us-if-you-really-understood’ takes on things.
     
    Sums it up perfectly.

    In our house we call it UU Me-ism. I.e., our brief acquaintance with local UUs about 15 years ago can be summed up in your words as well.

    I'd say that if I did a content analysis of all information campaign meetings I ever sat in during my career in such things, the most frequently asserted idea was, "How can we get them to understand that we're correct, and acquiesce to functioning as extensions of our will?"
  109. …hoax statistics.

    oosh, black crime stats hit a nerve, I see.

  110. >>>consistently repulsive

    Well, I guess consistency is a good thing!

  111. @Chrisnonymous
    I think part of the reason the establishment is associating Pepe with white supremacism is that Pepe is confusing. I don't use 4chan and, frankly, don't "get" Pepe. For instance, what is the significance of putting Pepe on the cover of the children's book in @Lot's post above? What does that mean, or what is it signaling? I don't really understand.

    I think if you don't frequent the same places as Pepe, Pepe appears to be like an icthus--that is, simply a sign saying "here resides people like you if you are in the know."

    Pepe has many different forms and contexts.
    The version most often associated with the Alt-Right was Smug-Pepe, as in, you know what was stated was correct and you have no response or otherwise gloating at the rise of nationalist sympathies into the mainstream in many Western countries, this is the standard troll Pepe.

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pepe-the-frog

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Smug Pepe is genius.
  112. @Altai
    Pepe has many different forms and contexts.
    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/825/829/12d.png

    The version most often associated with the Alt-Right was Smug-Pepe, as in, you know what was stated was correct and you have no response or otherwise gloating at the rise of nationalist sympathies into the mainstream in many Western countries, this is the standard troll Pepe.

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pepe-the-frog

    Smug Pepe is genius.

    • Replies: @candid_observer
    I think what makes Smug Pepe genius is the unique quality of the Smug.

    It's not just any Smug. It's not like the Smug one always gets from the left--the morally superior Smug. Nobody with a soul can like that Smug.

    It's the Smug of someone who has had to put up with endless ordinary, morally superior Smugs, and is Smugging right back. It's a Smug that says, you think you know what's going down in this world of ours, but you're completely full of shit, and I know it, and soon even you'll know it.

    It's Revenge Smug. It's Having the Last Smug sort of Smug. Anybody with a soul has to love that Smug.

    And for the left, it's a terrifying Smug. It's a Smug that haunts them at night.
  113. @Anonymous
    Hillary's poll numbers are crashing in Iowa, Ohio, Michigan.

    I think it was an epic own goal for her (campaign statement) to actually reference Pepe the Cartoon Frog. Worse than any mistake Trump has made.

    The likely voters are vastly not internet trolls, pranksters, 4channers, script kiddies, selfie addicts, facebook addicts etc. Those people don't vote.

    The actual likely voters in America are still sober, serious people who trudge off to work everyday and generally do all the responsible adult tasks in society. These people can't believe a presidential candidate from one of the two major parties is "sounding the alarm" about a cartoon frog.

    At that moment Hillary went from ill to crazy.

    At that moment Hillary went from ill to crazy.

    Maybe she keeps jugs of piss in her bedroom?

  114. OT, ZeroHedge has taken down their post that included the two camera angles of the Hillary Collapse. Look for yourself.

    The less common angle is more reveling of her total inability to move her limbs.

    If anyone knows where the shot taken from Hillary’s left can be found, please let me know.

    • Replies: @David
    Actually, I'm wrong.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-11/hillary-clinton-reportedly-suffers-medial-episode-rushed-away-ground-zero-fox-news
  115. I also heard on the schoolyard when I was a kid that the Morton Salt logo is a witchcraft message and KISS means Knights In Satan’s Service.

    • Replies: @Dirk Dagger
    KISS DOES mean Knights in Satan's Service. How else could you 'splain their success? Musicality? Chaim Witz and Stanley Eisen aren't exactly Lennon-McCartney.
  116. @NJ Transit Commuter
    I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn't mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn't a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    “Free movement of goods and people between western European nations”
    And fine it was indeed. Until all the eastern states were added.
    You guys used to keep it all behind Checkpoint Charlie for us. It was called “The Soviet Bloc”, and its incorporation into the EU had consquences like German Reunification on steroids.
    Like Anonymous Nephew says;
    It was the plumbers; and the truckdrivers, carpenters, brickies, sparks, plasterers, taxi-drivers, gasfitters, roofers, cooks, gardeners, bus-drivers, production line workers, warehouse staff, painters, hairdressers, waitresses, nannies, store clerks, checkout workers etc. etc. Almost any non-elite trade you can imagine. Swamped by naive and desperate volunteers fleeing their ex-communist paradises.
    The local working class, already chopped off at the knees by Thatcher, were suddenly shoved aside by low-wage cowboys, most of whom didn’t know one end of, say, a hammer from the other, and definitely didn’t know or care all that much about driving on the left, either.

    I guess the English proles just got sick and tired of being called “lazy” by their well-to-do masters, with their endless supply of ever-so-cheap servants and hot-bedding tenants for their slumlord property portfolios. And being taxed to pay for it all.

  117. @Polynikes
    Wouldn't the term "trumpista," used as a feminine version of "trump" as an insult, be sexist by the left's own ideology?

    Globalist are threatened by trump, and the economist is their lead cheerleader.

    “-ista” just means “-ist” in Spanish and indicates neither gender. There is no equivalent “-isto” or whatever.

  118. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Steve hasn’t forgotten. He included two Harambe pics in his recent string of posts, including an incredibly rare, fresh, and moving tearful twofer Pepe and Harambe basket of deplorables.

    I had real trouble fighting back my tears. That was incredibly moving. Thank you.

  119. @guest
    I've noticed that, too. It might be the secret to why the left has kept winning. They are always outflanking themselves. No matter how long they've been in power (1933 at the very least, and more like 1860), they act like they're out of power. Permanent Revolution. Must be tiring.

    They are constantly menaced by the looming Brown Revolution, the wreckers who will both launch us into dystopia and turn back the clock to the Bad Old Days. Remember the warnings about the coming fascism during the reign of Bush the Younger? I don't mean Bushitler and Darth Cheney. I mean books with crosses on the cover warning us about middle-American Nazis with titles like "It *Will* Happen Here?"

    There was a crappy movie about a bunch of liberal twenty-somethings in the mid-nineties who invited conservative stereotypes over to dinner to poison them, lest they become Hitler. The first time it was an accident, then they did the "Would you kill baby Hitler" (which was totally a Thing this election, remember?) thought experiment and realized it was a moral imperative to kill everyone who might one day kill all the Jews, or whatever. Eventually they come across Ron Perlman, who plays a Rush Limbaugh type. They split on whether to poison him, because he's persuasive and claims it's all an act. Then Ron figures their serial killings out, and the movie ends by implying he actually does become Hitler.

    Oops! They were right all along. Lesson: err on the side of caution. Assume everyone to your right is Literally Hitler.

    Well, they don't really, really believe a Brown Revolution looms. It's convenient to pretend so. They needed to stay in power just in case. Along comes Trump, and they don't actually think it's happening. Trump isn't Literally Hitler. But he's closer than Bush, not counting the World Domination stuff. But they fudge that part by pretending Trump is unstable and likely to invade away because he got mad at Rosie O'Donnell, or something.

    Point is, they're primed to see revolutions looming because they're always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn't exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

    the looming Brown Revolution

    Meanwhile the left deflects attention away from the veritable “brown revolution” of their own engineering which HAS in fact been underway since at least 1965, but by “brown” I don’t mean “fascist.”

  120. I think you all are wrong about this. Sure the liberals are wrong about the origin of pepe. But now that it is being used it will be the go to cartoon image when the media wants to associate someone with the right. No matter the origin the linkage is what matters. Look how even conservatives like Roger Stone and Trump Jr. used it.

    • Replies: @guest
    Huh?
  121. @Desiderius
    I don't think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they've been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.

    I always tell liberals that they spend most of their time fighting and sticking it to “The Man,” when they are “The Man!”

  122. the sad thing about the Economist is that the idea of a world news weekly has so much potential. So much news to report. So many developing and waning trends. Why don’t more conservatives go into the news business?

  123. Do you ever get the feeling the Establishment is suffering a collective nervous breakdown?

    Feels good, man.

    • LOL: MEH 0910
  124. Why don’t more conservatives go into the news business?

    They are conservatives – they’re conserving the globalist order. That’s why they’ve taken on the humorlessness and reactionary stance of traditional conservatism down through the ages. They’re defending their turf.

    Now the journalists they hire to do the writing on the cheap are just all-around knuckleheads.

  125. @NJ Transit Commuter
    I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn't mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn't a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    I’m a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn’t mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist.

    What took you so long? I had an Economist subscription briefly over a decade ago, and they were already batshit crazy on immigration, trade, and most cultural matters. A branch of the Rothschild family owns a big chunk of the magazine, so its promotion of neofeudalism should come as no great surprise.

  126. @David
    OT, ZeroHedge has taken down their post that included the two camera angles of the Hillary Collapse. Look for yourself.

    The less common angle is more reveling of her total inability to move her limbs.

    If anyone knows where the shot taken from Hillary's left can be found, please let me know.
  127. My old man was an economics professor at a military graduate school.

    A fond memory is him watching the evening news and whenever they would trot out an elbow-patched economist to explain topical events he would always say “oh he doesn’t know what he’s talking about!”.

    Another funny gripe was about college graduates who “couldn’t write a coherent sentence” after he had to grade another stack of exams. Or the guy who came up with a sob story to get out of an exam and my dad gave him a makeup version that “he couldn’t possibly pass”. No slack given at all by that guy right up to his death. His last words to me as I sat by his death bed were “will you stop staring at me?!”.

    So when I got on “twitter” I followed The Economist. It quickly became apparent that it was a liberal propaganda rag masquerading as an intellectual thought-journal. A better name would be “The Economoist”.

  128. @Chief Seattle
    Next up: US News features Pedobear on the cover.

    As I write this I'm wondering if US News still has a print edition.

    Since I started bringing a smartphone with me to the dentist’s office, I have not had occasion to notice whether US News and World Report is still in business.

  129. @Jacobsson
    Leftists love to say that sunlight is the best disinfectant to evil ideas like racial identity matters. By exposing these heretics to the light, they will whither.

    But it's exactly the opposite. The more exposure, the more likely it is that people will take the red pill.

    Open discussion, without censorship, lynchmobs, purges, etc., is the best way we have to get to the truth. Everyone wants to believe that’s their side, even when they have some twinges of discomfort about whether maybe the facts kinda seem to be pointing the wrong direction now and then.

  130. @Jefferson
    "I don’t think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they’ve been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb."

    A lot of extremely misinformed Liberal voters believe America is run by Conservatives.

    The country is ruled by the ruling class, which is extremely conservative–not in the sense of the political ideology marketed under that name brand in the US, but rather in the sense that they are very happy with the way things work now in the US, and don’t want any big changes. Bank bailouts, a new war somewhere every year with no end, massive surveillance of everyone everywhere all the time, powerful people and organizations being effectively above the law, immigration policy optimized to keep labor costs low while not letting the cheap labor unionize or complain about bad conditions, increasing federal control over schools (kindergarten to college), laws and treaties that benefit the biggest companies at the expense of everyone else–mostly those aren’t “conservative” in the sense of the political ideology, but they are all “conservative” in the sense of keeping things running as they’ve been running for a long time now.

    The ruling class is *always* conservative in that sense. They are on top because of the way things are now–what’s not to like?

  131. The alt-right label is being used (as political labels usually are) as a way to stop further discussion or thought. That’s why the mainstream coverage is heavily focused on outrage and how bad and hateful and racist they are, rather than on engaging with any ideas.

    The propagandists doing this are playing with fire. They may succeed in defining the alt-right as demons who should be shunned, but they may also succeed in defining white supremacists as the only authentic opposition to the ruling class consensus. Quite possibly they will do both, like some middle eastern dictatorship that defines all opposition as Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, and then is shocked when the Islamic fundamentalists turn out to define what the opposition looks like.

  132. @duncsbaby
    Gremlins 2 is an underrated classic & the Donald Trump character turns out to not be such a bad guy after all. If you want to witness pure cinematic anarchy watch Gremlins 2.
  133. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone comment on how brave those cameramen are that recorded HRC’s collapse. They could have easily been shot or tackled by a jumpy secret service person. Really brave!

  134. It’s kind of like when you’re in an elevator and you press the “Close Door” button and the doors aren’t closing so you keep mashing that “Close Door” button.

    All the libtards know is that they need to keep mashing that “Trump is Racist” button over and over. That’s all they’ve got, and their frustration that it isn’t working is really becoming obvious.

  135. @NJ Transit Commuter
    I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. I found it to be the last bastion of sanity among Establishment media, long after the NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, etc. jumped the shark.

    But, its coverage of Trump and Brexit is completely loopy. This is very disappointing.

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of free trade, globalization and liberal immigration policies. But, that doesn't mean I believe in the insane, absolutist, literally no borders policy now supported by the Global Establishment, including The Economist. If you truly believe in the benefits of an open world, you have to acknowledge there are reasonable limits. Otherwise you risk killing the golden goose.

    Free movement of goods and people between western European nations, with similar economies and a cultural background that goes back millennia, isn't a bad idea (although the serious problems the EU is now experiencing shows even that even this has its problems). To propose unlimited immigration from Middle Eastern and African nations is insanity, and will kill the liberal global order. What else was Brexit about? Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?

    Free trade is a big idea that has impacts on the particular and local. I like the idea of free trade among US states as established in the Constitution. I’m betting free trade & free movement between Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland has lots of benefits. I took a long move to Texas to improve my job prospects.

    But when Sweden is home to generations of unemployable and un-assimilable mohammedans who are pushing crime rates through the rather low Scandinavian roof, it get awkward. What unemployed people in the UK moved to booming Germany or Poland to find work? I think that was somewhere between zero and none whatsoever. So there’s no longer free transit on the bridge from Denmark to Sweden and UK voters backed Brexit.

    I consider myself a recovering libertarian on trade and immigration. Trade is always about deals and in some deals you win and some you lose.

  136. @Reg Cæsar

    Did this imbecile not notice that the alt-right was an obscure movement until Hillary ushered it into the mainstream, not Donald
     
    Replace those with "Willie Horton", "Al Gore", and "Lee Atwater", and it's 1988 again.

    Completely OT (or maybe not), there's a disco in Osaka called SoulFuckTry:

    https://www.japan-experience.com/city-osaka/soulfucktry

    If it were Soul Fry Truck it could be a food truck vendor in Austin.

  137. @yaqub the mad scientist
    I also heard on the schoolyard when I was a kid that the Morton Salt logo is a witchcraft message and KISS means Knights In Satan's Service.

    KISS DOES mean Knights in Satan’s Service. How else could you ‘splain their success? Musicality? Chaim Witz and Stanley Eisen aren’t exactly Lennon-McCartney.

  138. @Steve Sailer
    Smug Pepe is genius.

    I think what makes Smug Pepe genius is the unique quality of the Smug.

    It’s not just any Smug. It’s not like the Smug one always gets from the left–the morally superior Smug. Nobody with a soul can like that Smug.

    It’s the Smug of someone who has had to put up with endless ordinary, morally superior Smugs, and is Smugging right back. It’s a Smug that says, you think you know what’s going down in this world of ours, but you’re completely full of shit, and I know it, and soon even you’ll know it.

    It’s Revenge Smug. It’s Having the Last Smug sort of Smug. Anybody with a soul has to love that Smug.

    And for the left, it’s a terrifying Smug. It’s a Smug that haunts them at night.

    • LOL: res
  139. @Alec Leamas
    Now is the opportunity to distribute nonsensical but innocuous memes over every cartoon frog image that can be found.

    Need a Kermit the Frog “YAY!” pic with a “FEELS GOOD MAN” on it.

  140. @Jefferson
    "I don’t think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they’ve been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb."

    A lot of extremely misinformed Liberal voters believe America is run by Conservatives.

    I prefer fool over misinformed.

  141. @Lurker
    The power of Kek compels you!


    For three days running, every time I see the newest post it has 88 comments. A coincidence? I think not.

    For about 6 months, I was seeing 88′s everywhere. Street numbers, number of comments, sports jerseys. My battery was ALWAYS at 88%. It was very weird. Then I went on vacation and it went away.

  142. @guest
    I don't buy the Economist's regret. It would be very easy not to talk about Pepe. They want to. God knows why.

    Don't they realize they're being trolled? Internet hooligans have them talking about a cartoon frog two months prior to the presidential election. History books might feature a damn cartoon frog. How foolish.

    Bravo, meme warriors. I used to look down upon you. But you've trolled the world. You got the Democratic presidential nominee talking about a cartoon frog.

    Bravo, meme warriors.

    I believe (probably incorrectly) that the proper term is meme-jihadi.

  143. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    what truly makes America great – its tolerance and inclusivity. The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    Stronger Together

  144. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    Lol, are you high? The alt right is the youth and your trash is crusty 60s vomit.

  145. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    Whoa. You went with the comparisons with monkeys?

    Isn’t that racist?

  146. Bravo, meme warriors. I used to look down upon you. But you’ve trolled the world. You got the Democratic presidential nominee talking about a cartoon frog.

    Thread-winner.

    Illary has given the alt-right more free press in one week than they ever got in 8 years. The kind of press that you can’t take back. She threw the alt-right’s quinceanera.

    Trump didn’t build that.

    Then Ron figures their serial killings out, and the movie ends by implying he actually does become Hitler.

    Putting (((Ron Perlman))) in fascist roles seems to be a thing (one of the Blade movies, too).

    I really don’t get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It’s not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.

    Die, boomers! They’re just so caught up in their own mythology.

    That cohort of first-wave boomer lefties is really something. I know several whose 1960s worldview is absolutely impenetrable. I can tell you, though, that current events — from Brexit to Trump to European immigration meltdown — are making them jumpy, although they’ll still brook no opposition to their ‘we’ve-always-known-best-and-you’d-agree-with-us-if-you-really-understood’ takes on things.

    This.

    The weird irony is that, even when in power, the Left have a victim complex. They’re still fighting the “white supremacist power structure”. Or something.

    It’s not really ironic. It’s a strategy of perpetual war.

  147. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    Trump did no fomenting. The alt right did the fomenting. If we’re going to blame a candidate for the views of a tiny percentage of his supporters then where was the outrage in 2008 when Louis Farakhan endorsed Obama and every Nation of Islam member who voted at all voted for Obama, and so did New Black Panther members? There was no talk about Obama’s “dog whistling” then.

  148. This Economist article reminds me of nothing so much as a rhetorical chimpanzee flinging poo. All point and sputter and name calling. Do they plan a merger with Buzzfeed?

  149. @Desiderius
    I don't think they ever got it in their thick skulls that they were the establishment. Lo these many years they've been fighting the long-lost 60s-era establishment like an amputee feels a missing limb.

    If they don’t like who you are they call you a racist.
    If they don’t like what you say they call it hate speech.
    If they don’t like what you think they call it a conspiracy theory.

    Fortunately, many libs and most independents see through this media inspired propaganda.

  150. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    Prattle harder. You’re not amusing enough, yet.

  151. @Steve Richter
    I think you all are wrong about this. Sure the liberals are wrong about the origin of pepe. But now that it is being used it will be the go to cartoon image when the media wants to associate someone with the right. No matter the origin the linkage is what matters. Look how even conservatives like Roger Stone and Trump Jr. used it.

    Huh?

  152. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @whorefinder
    As Scott Adams put it so well, "Is it my imagination, or is Clinton losing a fight with a cartoon frog?"

    https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/776119023083806720

    Attacking a cartoon---and getting her media surrogates to join in---is the height of hilarity.

    I can only assume that Hillary and her crew are deliberately doing this to distract from her Parkinson's collapse and the DNC attempts to get her to step down. Otherwise, attacking the frog is doubling down on stupid, and while Hillary might be delusional enough to do it, her team would be blocking it.

    I have a strong suspicion it was Hillary's team that released those Colin Powell emails to distract from her death spiral as well.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Hillary has stopped listening to the older, more sober people inside her campaign because their advice is not improving her numbers, and she has to get over the recent Trump-hump. She sounds like she’s been taking the advice of her crazy young libtard Turks, and they have a distorted sense of reality. I’m sure they’re in a paranoid, shrieking uproar about Pepe and the Alt-Right, and Hillary is just echoing them.

  153. There was an Economist article just after Brexit which was a few steps short of openly genocidal.

  154. There was a character named Clara on “The Andy Griffith Show” who was an older woman with a high-pitched voice and was always indignant about something.

    Articles such as these are a lot more amusing if you read them in Clara’s voice. In fact, they seem to be written by the ghost of Clara (“How DARE you!!!”). If you don’t know who Clara is, just use the voice of Mrs. Howell from “Gilligan’s Island.”

  155. @CalDre
    Of bigger concern is the co-option of the term "liberal", which tends to hide what is going on. "Liberal" just means someone who is not attached to traditional values. At what juncture something becomes traditional is a matter of debate but the more important point is that so-called "Liberals" are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game - Communism.

    In this sense I don't mean state-ownership of the means of production (although that will most certainly be part of the agenda once machines and AI render human labor superfluous and humans will no longer be able to work to earn their needs) but the three actual primary goals of Communism: the destruction of the traditional institutions of the family (via "sexual liberation", "feminism", "gay rights", "gender identity", etc., leading eventually to "GMO test-tube babies" and the end of human reproduction), religion (aside from "secular humanist" Statism), and the nation state (via "multi-culturalism", "open borders" and "free trade").

    Being open-minded and open to change does not mean you need to support these particular ends/goals. Indeed, the fact that basically all Liberals support these goals destroys the notion that they are open-minded; rather they are closed-minded but indoctrinated to believe in this "utopia".

    Of course in this regard I agree with your conclusion. So-called "Liberals" are the Establishment. Whereas true liberals could never be the Establishment since open-minded people will rarely form enough of a consensus to implement an agenda, particularly one as complex as the Communist / Brave New World "utopia".

    “so-called “Liberals” are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game”

    Their end game is technocracy, and they will use any and every -ism to achieve it. Those seeking to consolidate global power are disproportionately from an ethnic & religious background lacking numbers sufficient to achieve their ends democratically, so a technocracy provides the structure allowing this. Their current blend is a mix of Marie Antoinette, Herbert Marcuse, J. Paul Getty and the old Soviet Politburo. The West needs to be fundamentally transformed before this can occur, and a potential Trump presidency, BREXIT and the emerging Nationalist/Pro-Western Right are speed bumps. They went too far, too hard, too fast and the people took notice.

    I’ve been calling them Post-Modern Leftists for almost a decade because there is nothing liberal about them; they now effortlessly embrace authoritarianism. As they took over the Establishment in the 1990′s, passionately held civil libertarian principles were ditched for a zero sum game with Critical Theory as the rationale. Once academic fringe ideas are now the rationale for every policy adversely affecting Whites and Western Civilization.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    As they took over the Establishment in the 1990′s, passionately held civil libertarian principles were ditched for a zero sum game with Critical Theory as the rationale.
     
    Exactly, and the impetus came from the very top. It was a coup by the illiberal ancien regime.
  156. @Georg E
    Bautzen could best be described as a large town - in the remotest part of far southern east Germany (Saxony). I imagine the BRD thought it clever to stash the "refugees" in such an incosequential place. When I was there in '93, the locals had no patience for the idea of non-German refugees in their midst. This was the last time "neo-nazis" were an "urgent" concern. Theses provincial Saxons were refreshingly candid in their ethnocentrism. To them, the "neo-nazis" were just civic minded local boys with legitimate concerns about ensuring that the recently united Germany looked after the concerns of Germans first. Good to see they haven't changed all that much.

    “When I was there in ’93, the locals had no patience for the idea of non-German refugees in their midst”.

    I visited Saxony in 1986 and realized The Wall protected them from an ethnomasochism ripping through West Germany at the time. Males on the Western side gravitated toward the prissy New Man straight from a synthpop video or the emaciated, sullen hippie. The traditional Gunthers were still in the large supply in the East. Saxons have a well-earned reputation for being the boldest rock climbers in the World.

  157. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    You have cause and effect backwards. The converse is true: the Neo Nazis of America have fomented deplorable behavior in Donald Trump, who was shocked and horrified by the trajectory of America plotted out by Nazi monkey wrench Ann Coulter at the very beginning of his campaign and who absorbed the energy of the swollen, boiling, steaming, cartoon-like pressure cooker of anti-colonization sentiment in the US for his ascendancy. By the way, the Millennials and Gen X’ers behind the rise of the Alt Right online won’t be affected by your geriatric label. Trump will be King. Long live the King!

  158. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Point is, they’re primed to see revolutions looming because they’re always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn’t exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

     

    Yes, always fighting The Man . . . it helps to think of leftists as heretics who perceive themselves as constantly struggling against repressive Christian values and culture, constantly liberating themselves and Others, constantly speaking the Truth to Power . . . .

    A heretic is a parasite. He knows, deep down, that he cannot function, cannot exist, without a host. This is why leftists cannot accept that they themselves now comprise the bloated carcass of the western establishment.

    This makes me think that Christianity is actually more powerful than people realize. As long as one Bible-thumper still exists, the left cannot rest. They know it only takes one evangelist, one good song, one transcendent Psalm and people are back to believing and praying and not worshiping the idol of the day.

    They really do have feet of clay.

    I know you understand that implications of that metaphor, LRC.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    This makes me think that Christianity is actually more powerful than people realize. As long as one Bible-thumper still exists, the left cannot rest. They know it only takes one evangelist, one good song, one transcendent Psalm and people are back to believing and praying and not worshiping the idol of the day.

    They really do have feet of clay.

    I know you understand that implications of that metaphor, LRC.
     
    Yes, I do, but the problem is, how many other Americans still do? How many Brits and Germans?

    You're absolutely right, though, that the post-Christian heretics who run the western establishment fear the moving of the Holy Spirit most of all. They know they will be exposed for the charlatans and liars that they are, and their tawdry, degraded vision will be cast aside and forgotten.
  159. @PiltdownMan
    I am no fan of James Fallows, the journalist who used to be Jimmy Carter's speechwriter, but his forensic take on The Economist magazine, written 25 years ago, is still the best I've seen.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1991/10/-quot-the-economics-of-the-colonial-cringe-quot-about-the-economist-magazine-washington-post-1991/7415/

    I thought Fallows’ take to be superficial, frankly. Nor was the Economist ever as pro-Reagan as he makes out (but I suppose to Jimmy Carter’s speech writer everyone was pro-Reagan).

    Back in the days before the internet and CNN, the Economist was absolutely the go-to for global news. No other mainstream publication could match its range.

    And yes, it had British quirks because it was a British journal; American ones have American quirks.

    Unfortunately, around the time Fallows was writing, the Economist caught a bad dose of political correctness from which it never recovered.

    Since then it has been in terminal decline.

    (I broke a two-decade habit of not reading the Economist just a couple of months ago: to enjoy the breakdown over Brexit.)

  160. @Anonymous Nephew
    "Does anyone really think the Brits were worried about Polish plumbers?"

    That's certainly part of it. You can walk down a street in a small English city and hear more Slavic languages spoken than English. You can work in a factory where everyone else on the shop floor is speaking Polish. The area which voted Brexit most heavily (Boston, Lincs) also has the highest percentage of Eastern European migrants - that's no coincidence.

    Yes, but they all fall over the fit blonde bartenders with pendulous boobs and stiletto heels, especially the aloof ones.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
    If the Brits had made fit* blondes a priority we'd never have fought WW2.



    * Brit for 'nubile', from the saying "as fit as a butcher's dog".
  161. I predict a pivot on Pepe.
    In few weeks Hillary will claim to ‘love that crazy frog’ when someone shouts ‘Pepe’ at her rally. She’ll show everyone she’s not a squarejohn.

  162. @Tiny Duck
    Colin Powell said it best. Trump is a national disgrace by fomenting the deplorable behavior of these neo-Nazis. It's all a first world problem as none of these people need to worry about survival, food or shelter but that does not stop them from sh!¥ting on what truly makes America great - its tolerance and inclusivity.

    The alt right is just a bunch of monkey angry white old dudes

    My, aren’t you a bit intolerant and exclusive here??

  163. @Marc
    "so-called “Liberals” are not open-minded and open to change, they are rather closed-minded teleologists who are seeking a particular end-game"

    Their end game is technocracy, and they will use any and every -ism to achieve it. Those seeking to consolidate global power are disproportionately from an ethnic & religious background lacking numbers sufficient to achieve their ends democratically, so a technocracy provides the structure allowing this. Their current blend is a mix of Marie Antoinette, Herbert Marcuse, J. Paul Getty and the old Soviet Politburo. The West needs to be fundamentally transformed before this can occur, and a potential Trump presidency, BREXIT and the emerging Nationalist/Pro-Western Right are speed bumps. They went too far, too hard, too fast and the people took notice.

    I've been calling them Post-Modern Leftists for almost a decade because there is nothing liberal about them; they now effortlessly embrace authoritarianism. As they took over the Establishment in the 1990's, passionately held civil libertarian principles were ditched for a zero sum game with Critical Theory as the rationale. Once academic fringe ideas are now the rationale for every policy adversely affecting Whites and Western Civilization.

    As they took over the Establishment in the 1990′s, passionately held civil libertarian principles were ditched for a zero sum game with Critical Theory as the rationale.

    Exactly, and the impetus came from the very top. It was a coup by the illiberal ancien regime.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    Exactly, and the impetus came from the very top. It was a coup by the illiberal ancien regime.
     
    That's backwards. It was the enemies of the ancien regime.
  164. @Formerly CARealist
    This makes me think that Christianity is actually more powerful than people realize. As long as one Bible-thumper still exists, the left cannot rest. They know it only takes one evangelist, one good song, one transcendent Psalm and people are back to believing and praying and not worshiping the idol of the day.

    They really do have feet of clay.

    I know you understand that implications of that metaphor, LRC.

    This makes me think that Christianity is actually more powerful than people realize. As long as one Bible-thumper still exists, the left cannot rest. They know it only takes one evangelist, one good song, one transcendent Psalm and people are back to believing and praying and not worshiping the idol of the day.

    They really do have feet of clay.

    I know you understand that implications of that metaphor, LRC.

    Yes, I do, but the problem is, how many other Americans still do? How many Brits and Germans?

    You’re absolutely right, though, that the post-Christian heretics who run the western establishment fear the moving of the Holy Spirit most of all. They know they will be exposed for the charlatans and liars that they are, and their tawdry, degraded vision will be cast aside and forgotten.

  165. @BB753
    I think it's modeled after "Sandinista" which works for both masculine and feminine genders.

    Fair enough.

  166. @Anonymous
    I really don't get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It's not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.

    I really don’t get the whole hating Baby Boomers thing. It’s not helpful and hating everyone in entire age group seems unnecessarily divisive and unhealthy for our society.

    Yeah, it’s silly and counterproductive.

  167. @Desiderius

    As they took over the Establishment in the 1990′s, passionately held civil libertarian principles were ditched for a zero sum game with Critical Theory as the rationale.
     
    Exactly, and the impetus came from the very top. It was a coup by the illiberal ancien regime.

    Exactly, and the impetus came from the very top. It was a coup by the illiberal ancien regime.

    That’s backwards. It was the enemies of the ancien regime.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    That’s backwards. It was the enemies of the ancien regime.
     
    I meant what I said.

    Now of course they've told you they're of the Left.

    Do you believe anything else they say?
  168. @Boomstick
    Harambe jokes are frowned upon at UMass Amherst:

    Going further, the email's two authors said that the "dicks out for Harambe" catchphrase could be serious business: "Phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students. Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!"
     
    I have to admit that when some alt-righters explained to me that the plan was to make the Great and Good look ridiculous because the people at the pinnacles of power would be unable to resist lecturing us about the dangers of a cartoon frog and gorilla memorial movement, I scoffed. Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    Come see the absurdity inherent in the oppression.

    Yet here we are, with the media conducting HUAC hearings on the subject of bad amphibian drawings.

    HCUA, not HUAC. HUAC is a bogus propaganda construction intended to make it sound like the committee was engaging in, rather than investigating, un-American activities.

  169. @ben tillman

    Exactly, and the impetus came from the very top. It was a coup by the illiberal ancien regime.
     
    That's backwards. It was the enemies of the ancien regime.

    That’s backwards. It was the enemies of the ancien regime.

    I meant what I said.

    Now of course they’ve told you they’re of the Left.

    Do you believe anything else they say?

  170. Who are “they”?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Those who cut the checks for the ditching of civil libertarian norms and pushing of critical theory.

    Spoiler: not the wretched of the Earth
  171. @guest
    I've noticed that, too. It might be the secret to why the left has kept winning. They are always outflanking themselves. No matter how long they've been in power (1933 at the very least, and more like 1860), they act like they're out of power. Permanent Revolution. Must be tiring.

    They are constantly menaced by the looming Brown Revolution, the wreckers who will both launch us into dystopia and turn back the clock to the Bad Old Days. Remember the warnings about the coming fascism during the reign of Bush the Younger? I don't mean Bushitler and Darth Cheney. I mean books with crosses on the cover warning us about middle-American Nazis with titles like "It *Will* Happen Here?"

    There was a crappy movie about a bunch of liberal twenty-somethings in the mid-nineties who invited conservative stereotypes over to dinner to poison them, lest they become Hitler. The first time it was an accident, then they did the "Would you kill baby Hitler" (which was totally a Thing this election, remember?) thought experiment and realized it was a moral imperative to kill everyone who might one day kill all the Jews, or whatever. Eventually they come across Ron Perlman, who plays a Rush Limbaugh type. They split on whether to poison him, because he's persuasive and claims it's all an act. Then Ron figures their serial killings out, and the movie ends by implying he actually does become Hitler.

    Oops! They were right all along. Lesson: err on the side of caution. Assume everyone to your right is Literally Hitler.

    Well, they don't really, really believe a Brown Revolution looms. It's convenient to pretend so. They needed to stay in power just in case. Along comes Trump, and they don't actually think it's happening. Trump isn't Literally Hitler. But he's closer than Bush, not counting the World Domination stuff. But they fudge that part by pretending Trump is unstable and likely to invade away because he got mad at Rosie O'Donnell, or something.

    Point is, they're primed to see revolutions looming because they're always revolting. Revolting against an America that doesn't exist anymore. They recognize the subversive nature of Trump, because subversive is what they used to be. But because Trump is not on their side, he must be on the other side. And the other side is fascism!

    Yes, The Last Supper. It’s a comedy and I remember wondering when watching it how the hell a film that mocking of liberal’s mores had made it through the filters. Shortsighted, hypocritical, condescending, self-righteous were only a few of the bad labels the hapless students came across as owning.

  172. @PiltdownMan
    I am no fan of James Fallows, the journalist who used to be Jimmy Carter's speechwriter, but his forensic take on The Economist magazine, written 25 years ago, is still the best I've seen.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1991/10/-quot-the-economics-of-the-colonial-cringe-quot-about-the-economist-magazine-washington-post-1991/7415/

    I stopped reading The Atlantic about ten years ago because of that idiot that and they stopped publishing articles by William Langewiesche .

  173. @Anonymous
    That rather, (to say the least), intemperate, hot-headed, irrational, angry, hateful, disjointed and generally psychotic piece from The Economist - supposedly a magazine which prides itself on coolness and rationality of argument - accuses the 'alt-right' of 'ranting'.

    Now, if that manic little diatribe isn't a 'rant' - I don't no what is.

    The word 'rant' before it became debased by common internet usage used to signify to me, at least, the mental image of a dishevelled, unkempt, long-haired,unwashed, long bearded bum, with obvious mental health 'issues' standing in a public square and shouting out enraged, incoherent, babbling nonsense at anyone within ear-shot.

    Such is the 'quality' of that piece from a supposedly 'respected' magazine.

    “The word ‘rant’ before it became debased by common internet usage used to signify to me, at least, the mental image of a dishevelled, unkempt, long-haired,unwashed, long bearded bum, with obvious mental health ‘issues’ standing in a public square and shouting out enraged, incoherent, babbling nonsense at anyone within ear-shot.” In short The donut .

  174. @ben tillman
    Who are "they"?

    Those who cut the checks for the ditching of civil libertarian norms and pushing of critical theory.

    Spoiler: not the wretched of the Earth

  175. @The Anti-Gnostic
    http://holyjoe.org/poetry/anonU.htm

    I wandered lonely as a clod,
    Just picking up old rags and bottles,
    When onward on my way I plod,
    I saw a host of axolotls;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    A sight to make a man’s blood freeze.
    Some had handles, some were plain;
    They came in blue, red pink, and green.
    A few were orange in the main;
    The damnedest sight I’ve ever seen.
    The females gave a sprightly glance;
    The male ones all wore knee-length pants.

    Now oft, when on the couch I lie,
    The doctor asks me what I see.
    They flash upon my inward eye
    And make me laugh in fiendish glee.
    I find my solace then in bottles,
    And I forget them axolotls.

    It would be brilliant – if ‘axolotl’ rhymed with ‘bottle’. Alas, it does not.

  176. @Eric Novak
    Yes, but they all fall over the fit blonde bartenders with pendulous boobs and stiletto heels, especially the aloof ones.

    If the Brits had made fit* blondes a priority we’d never have fought WW2.

    * Brit for ‘nubile’, from the saying “as fit as a butcher’s dog”.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
    Interesting etymology of the phrase - I see the 'dead bedroom' isn't a modern development.

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/as-fit-as-a-butchers-dog.html

    John Camden Hotten, in A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words, 1859, defined 'butcher's dog' this way:

    "To be like a butcher's dog, that is, lie by the beef without touching it; a simile often applicable to married men."

    That's clearly a different meaning, that is, butcher's dog was then a metaphor for 'something we are close to but cannot have'. That meaning has gone out of use.
     
  177. @Anonymous Nephew
    If the Brits had made fit* blondes a priority we'd never have fought WW2.



    * Brit for 'nubile', from the saying "as fit as a butcher's dog".

    Interesting etymology of the phrase – I see the ‘dead bedroom’ isn’t a modern development.

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/as-fit-as-a-butchers-dog.html

    John Camden Hotten, in A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words, 1859, defined ‘butcher’s dog’ this way:

    “To be like a butcher’s dog, that is, lie by the beef without touching it; a simile often applicable to married men.”

    That’s clearly a different meaning, that is, butcher’s dog was then a metaphor for ‘something we are close to but cannot have’. That meaning has gone out of use.

  178. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Hillary and her team are so incredibly stuck in the 1960s that when they say “those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture” it actually translates as “we never did quite Get the internet, and now it’s even more so.”

     

    That cohort of first-wave boomer lefties is really something. I know several whose 1960s worldview is absolutely impenetrable. I can tell you, though, that current events -- from Brexit to Trump to European immigration meltdown -- are making them jumpy, although they'll still brook no opposition to their 'we've-always-known-best-and-you'd-agree-with-us-if-you-really-understood' takes on things.

    their ‘we’ve-always-known-best-and-you’d-agree-with-us-if-you-really-understood’ takes on things.

    Sums it up perfectly.

    In our house we call it UU Me-ism. I.e., our brief acquaintance with local UUs about 15 years ago can be summed up in your words as well.

    I’d say that if I did a content analysis of all information campaign meetings I ever sat in during my career in such things, the most frequently asserted idea was, “How can we get them to understand that we’re correct, and acquiesce to functioning as extensions of our will?”

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