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With the African population explosion attempting to pour into Europe via leaky boats in the Mediterranean, it’s worth considering a classic passage from the annals of English literature on the difficulties of promoting family planning in Africa.

Evelyn Waugh’s 1932 comic novel Black Mischief fictionalizes his visit to Ethiopia in 1930 to see the coronation of the Emperor Haile Selassie. In Black Mischief, young Emperor Seth of Azania has appointed his Oxford classmate Basil Seal as Minister of Modernization. Having read that contraception was modern, the Emperor orders a Pageant of Birth Control. But …

The opposition to the pageant was firm and widespread. The conservative party rallied under the leadership of the Earl of Ngumo. This nobleman, himself one of a family of forty-eight (most of whom he had been been obliged to assassinate on his succession to the title) was the father of over sixty sons and uncounted daughters. This progeny was a favorite boast of his: in fact he maintained a concert party of seven minstrels for no other purpose than to sing at table about this topic when he entertained friends. Now in ripe age, with his triumphs behind him, he found himself like some scarred war veteran surrounded by pacifists, his prestige assailed and his proudest achievements held up to vile detraction. The new proposals struck at the very roots of sport and decency and he expressed the general feeling of the landed gentry when he threatened amid loud grunts of approval to dismember any man on his estates whom he found using the new-fangled and impious appliances.

The smart set, composed (under the leadership of Lord Boaz) of cosmopolitan blacks, courtiers, younger sons and a few of the decayed Arab intelligentsia, though not actively antagonistic, were tepid in their support: they discussed the question languidly in Fifi’s salon and, for the most part, adopted a sophisticated attitude maintaining that of course they had always known about these things, but why invite trouble by all this publicity; at best it would only make contraception middle class. In any case this circle was always suspect to the popular mind and their allegiance was unlikely to influence public opinion in the Emperor’s favour.

The Churches came out strong on the subject. No one could reasonably accuse the Nestorian [Christian] Patriarch of fanatical moral inflexibility — indeed there had been incidents in his Beatitude’s career when all but grave scandal had been caused to the faithful — but whatever his personal indulgence, his theology had always been unimpeachable. Whenever a firm lead was wanted on a question of opinion, the Patriarch had been willing to forsake his pleasures and pronounce freely and intransigently for the tradition he had inherited. There had been the ugly affair of the Metropolitan of Matodi who had proclaimed himself fourth member of the Trinity; … there was the painful case of the human sacrifices at the Bishop of Popo’s consecration — on all these and other uncertain topics the Patriarch had given proof of a sturdy orthodoxy.

Now, on the question of birth control, his Beatitude left the faithful in no doubt as to where their duty lay. … the Patriarch composed an encyclical in rich, oratorical style and despatched copies of it by runners to all parts of the island. Had the influence of the established Church on the popular mind been more weighty, the gala should have been doomed, but as has already been mentioned the Christianising of the country was still so far incomplete that the greater part of the Empire retained with a minimum of disguise their older and grosser beliefs and it was, in fact, from the least expected quarter, the tribesmen and villagers, that the real support of Seth’s policy suddenly appeared.

This development was due directly and solely to the power of advertisement. In the dark days when the prejudice of his people compassed him on every side and even Basil spoke unsympathetically of the wisdom of postponing the gala, the Emperor found among the books that were mailed to him monthly from Europe, a collection of highly inspiring Soviet posters. …

Finally, there resulted a large, highly colored poster well calculated to convey to the illiterate the benefits of birth control. … Copies were placarded all over Debra-Dowa; they were sent down the line to every station latrine, capital and coast; they were sent into the interior to vice-regal lodges and headmen’s huts, hung up at prisons, barracks, gallows and juju trees, and wherever the post was hung there assembled a cluster of inquisitive, entranced Azanians.

It portrayed two contrasted scenes. On one side a native hut of hideous squalor, overrun with children of every age, suffering from every physical incapacity — crippled, deformed, blind, spotted and insane; the father prematurely aged with paternity squatted by an empty cook-pot; through the door could be seen his wife, withered and bowed with child bearing, desperately hoeing at their inadequate crop. On the other side a bright parlour furnished with chairs and table; the mother, young and beautiful, sat at her ease eating a huge slice of raw meat; her husband smoked a long Arab hubble-bubble (still a caste mark of leisure throughout the land), while a single, healthy child sat between them reading a newspaper. Inset between the two pictures was a detailed drawing of some up-to-date contraceptive apparatus and the words in Sakuyu: WHICH HOME DO YOU CHOOSE?

Interest in the pictures was unbounded; all over the island woolly heads were nodding, black hands pointing, tongues clicking against filed teeth in unsyntactical dialects. Nowhere was there any doubt about the meaning of the beautiful new pictures.

See: on right hand: there is rich man: smoke pipe like big chief: but his wife she no good: sit eating meat: and rich man no good: he only one son.

See: on left hand: poor man: not much to eat: but his wife she very good, work hard in field: man he good too: eleven children: one very mad, very holy. And in the middle: Emperor’s juju. Make you like that good man with eleven children.

And as a result, despite admonitions from squire and vicar, the peasantry began pouring into town for the gala, eagerly awaiting initiation to the fine new magic of virility and fecundity.

Buy Black Mischief here.

 
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  1. There’s something of the bimodal about high fertility in the US, and perhaps the rest of the West.

    Yes, you have the young slut with x kids by x-1 or x-0 sires. But in many of the families on the newspaper subscription list, that kid is reading it aloud to several younger siblings.

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  2. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Steve, did you catch the Bruce Jenner interview? Here’s an interesting bit from it regarding his political leanings:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-transgender-conservative-republican-2015-4

    Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer — like “I am a woman” — one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

    When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word “transgender” in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he “would certainly give him credit for that.”

    “But not to get political,” Jenner continued, “I’ve never been a big fan, I’m kind of more on the conservative side.”

    “Are your a Republican?” Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, “Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    So, which future GOP candidate will invite Jenner to speak at the GOP convention? In 2020 or 2024 at the earliest.

    If Jenner were pro-immigration a la invite the world, open borders, etc. that might make the decision even easier. Look for Rich Lowry or someone over at NR to write a column "See? Another issue that we conservatives were out in front and ahead of the curve before those mean, uncaring unfeeling rascally liberals!"
    , @Dave Pinsen
    https://twitter.com/rcbl/status/592082918626951169
    , @Priss Factor
    “Are your a Republican?” Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, “Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”

    I can just see it now. A Muslim guy who wears a hijab and claims to be a devout conservative Muslim woman.

    Things have gotten to a point where it's beyond parody.
    , @Cagey Beast
    Bruce Jenner has something for everyone. For the Guardian crowd he's the Rosa Parks of trannies: "Bruce Jenner throws focus on America’s ‘new civil rights frontier’ "
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/25/bruce-jenner-kardashians-transgender-interview-civil-rights

    Where would the Guardian crowd be if they ever found themselves short of new civil rights frontiers?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I believe in the constitution.
     
    He doesn't believe in his own constitution!
  3. This episode in Waugh’s 1932 novel shares some striking similarities with Leonora Coffee’s south seas novel Four Frightened People around the same time. It was filmed in 1933 by Cecil B. DeMille. One particular character, a Margaret Mead type, incessantly lectures the primitive South Seas tribesmen on the importance of birth control and to beware the dangers of overpopulation. She went around the village attempting to persuade the natives not to overbreed, but to no avail.

    As in Africa, so too the South Seas so apparently population control was in the air during this time among the prescient novelists and of course the intellectual movers and shakers.

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    • Replies: @PatrickH
    From the late 19th century until the end of the 1920s, most commentary by doctors, journalists, academics, etc. was largely concerned with the declining family size of well-off white people of Northern European descent. It is well-known that they were worried by the high fertility of Chinese and other Asian peoples; it seems to be less well-known that they were also worried by the high fertility of immigrant Italians, Greeks, French Canadians and Slavs pouring in to their countries. and outbreeding them. The worried pundits referred to small families among the educated middle-classes as "race suicide", which turned into a common euphemism for birth control, then still not considered a respectable subject or moral practice.

    But the Wall Street crash and the Depression changed all that. Instead of trying to persuade well-off white people to have more children, the pundits switched tactics and tried instead to persuade poor southern peoples, at home and abroad, to have fewer children. One reason for this change was of course that the well-off did not want to be burdened by the cost of providing "relief" to large families or the social unrest that might follow if this was refused. Another reason was that the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930 had finally made it acceptable to promote and practice contraception. (It was against the law in many places to advertise or sell contraceptives, even where their use was not illegal. This would not change for some decades.)

    Thus birth control became the great progressive cause of the 1930s, along with eugenics. Indeed, the two complemented and completed each other. While one might not advertise one's own use of contraceptives, one could present oneself as a great humanitarian by pushing the things on poor, backward people who were presumed to lack self-control enough to limit their family size in other ways.

  4. @Anonymous
    Steve, did you catch the Bruce Jenner interview? Here's an interesting bit from it regarding his political leanings:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-transgender-conservative-republican-2015-4

    Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer — like "I am a woman" — one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

    When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he "would certainly give him credit for that."

    "But not to get political," Jenner continued, "I've never been a big fan, I'm kind of more on the conservative side."

    "Are your a Republican?" Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, "Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution."
     

    So, which future GOP candidate will invite Jenner to speak at the GOP convention? In 2020 or 2024 at the earliest.

    If Jenner were pro-immigration a la invite the world, open borders, etc. that might make the decision even easier. Look for Rich Lowry or someone over at NR to write a column “See? Another issue that we conservatives were out in front and ahead of the curve before those mean, uncaring unfeeling rascally liberals!”

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    • Replies: @countenance
    Might be sooner than that. I predict that by the end of this year, some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that "Bruce" Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by "dropping the social issues" and surrendering on World War T.
    , @Anonymous
    He should seriously considering running for the 2016 presidential election. The GOP field is pretty weak. I think he'd do decently.
    , @SPMoore8
    I can't wait until Rich Lowry does the "starbursts" treatment of Bruce Jenner ......
  5. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    Steve, did you catch the Bruce Jenner interview? Here's an interesting bit from it regarding his political leanings:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-transgender-conservative-republican-2015-4

    Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer — like "I am a woman" — one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

    When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he "would certainly give him credit for that."

    "But not to get political," Jenner continued, "I've never been a big fan, I'm kind of more on the conservative side."

    "Are your a Republican?" Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, "Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution."
     

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  6. countenance says: • Website

    I can’t help but compare this to a black NFL cornerback bragging about his multiple children by multiple women.

    Who actually thought that the use of birth control all by itself was going to turn black Africans into middle class white people?

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  7. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:
    @Anonymous
    Steve, did you catch the Bruce Jenner interview? Here's an interesting bit from it regarding his political leanings:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-transgender-conservative-republican-2015-4

    Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer — like "I am a woman" — one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

    When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he "would certainly give him credit for that."

    "But not to get political," Jenner continued, "I've never been a big fan, I'm kind of more on the conservative side."

    "Are your a Republican?" Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, "Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution."
     

    “Are your a Republican?” Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, “Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”

    I can just see it now. A Muslim guy who wears a hijab and claims to be a devout conservative Muslim woman.

    Things have gotten to a point where it’s beyond parody.

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    • Replies: @Seamus
    I have often commented that Waugh was lucky to have died when he did, because if he'd lived any longer, he could no longer write satire, because every time he thought he'd come up with something so absurd that surely no one would ever actual put into practice, even though it might be the logical outcome of their flawed principles, it would turn out that people were too committed to their flawed principles to shy away from the absurd practice.
  8. countenance says: • Website
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    So, which future GOP candidate will invite Jenner to speak at the GOP convention? In 2020 or 2024 at the earliest.

    If Jenner were pro-immigration a la invite the world, open borders, etc. that might make the decision even easier. Look for Rich Lowry or someone over at NR to write a column "See? Another issue that we conservatives were out in front and ahead of the curve before those mean, uncaring unfeeling rascally liberals!"

    Might be sooner than that. I predict that by the end of this year, some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that “Bruce” Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by “dropping the social issues” and surrendering on World War T.

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Yes, but which GOP candidate will actually invite Jenner to campaign with him in public along the campaign trail? Especially when campaigning in the Bible Belt?

    Even Jeb wouldn't go down that pathway.

    Right?

    Looks as though pollster Pat Caddell was right: What happened to the Whig party could happen to the GOP if this alienation of the base keeps up.

    Another observation: Anyone notice that WWT seems to be mostly comprised of white men? Like they cornered the market on transgenderism? Wonder why?

    , @Dave Pinsen
    Dennis Miller suggested he change his name to Jenn Brucer.
    , @Jonathan Silber
    ...some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that “Bruce” Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by “dropping the social issues” and surrendering on World War T.

    Of course: transexuals like Bruce Jenner, with their strong family values, are perfect candidates to become staunch Republican voters, and will assure the future success of the Grand Party if only the rest of us would stop being such hateful bigots and reach out to them.
  9. @Anonymous
    Steve, did you catch the Bruce Jenner interview? Here's an interesting bit from it regarding his political leanings:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-transgender-conservative-republican-2015-4

    Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer — like "I am a woman" — one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

    When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he "would certainly give him credit for that."

    "But not to get political," Jenner continued, "I've never been a big fan, I'm kind of more on the conservative side."

    "Are your a Republican?" Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, "Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution."
     

    Bruce Jenner has something for everyone. For the Guardian crowd he’s the Rosa Parks of trannies: “Bruce Jenner throws focus on America’s ‘new civil rights frontier’ ”

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/25/bruce-jenner-kardashians-transgender-interview-civil-rights

    Where would the Guardian crowd be if they ever found themselves short of new civil rights frontiers?

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Thanks, I'll post the URL.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Where would the Guardian crowd be if they ever found themselves short of new civil rights frontiers?

     

    They'd be like the New York Times, a crossword puzzle with lots of padding. Oh, wait… that's what they are now.
  10. @Anonymous
    Steve, did you catch the Bruce Jenner interview? Here's an interesting bit from it regarding his political leanings:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-transgender-conservative-republican-2015-4

    Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer — like "I am a woman" — one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

    When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he "would certainly give him credit for that."

    "But not to get political," Jenner continued, "I've never been a big fan, I'm kind of more on the conservative side."

    "Are your a Republican?" Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, "Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution."
     

    I believe in the constitution.

    He doesn’t believe in his own constitution!

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    RC, I am surprised that you seem to miss the potential here.

    Consider the upside that Deirdre N. McCloskey has provided - the leftist-progressive complex cannot gainsay McCloskey because the transgender equality they champion is exemplified by her. Her defense of the values of the bourgeoisie was superb. The leftists were unable to obscure the discussion with the usual "no true Scotsman" claims that they have wielded with such destructive effect.

    There was no upside for Bruce to offer that "admission against interest" on national TV. Suppose Jenner genuinely supports a constitutional perspective, i.e. she opposes open borders, endorses the need for a dramatic reduction in immigration, superannuating the departments of education, energy and commerce, along with a foreign policy primarily driven by American interests instead of the globalist delusions held by the current class of clueless clowns formulating, propagating and implementing our misguided policies. Now imagine that she offers a vigorous defense of the second amendment.

    If she holds these views then I say Bruce Jenner for president.

    Envision the leftist contortions, prevarications, retractions, dishonest projections, rationalizations and contradictions. Well, if that doesn't earn your vote for President Jenner you are just a curmudgeon.

    , @WowJustWow
    I'd bet he knows more about what's actually in the text of the constitution than our outgoing high priest of progressivism:

    "I consider all this just different vehicles to continue a conversation about what it means to be a democratic nation, and to have it written into the constitution that all men are created equal – but to live with that for 100 years with slaves. How do those contradictions play themselves out?" (http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/18/jon-stewart-why-i-quit-the-daily-show)
  11. Buggy says:

    The chicken has come home to roost, this is what is happening to the “EU”, most of these migrants are from former colonies, which have been abandoned by their colonial masters, after the depletion their natural resources, and decades of underdevelopment.
    The EU must face this problem squarely or else risk another Nazi type situation, of not in my backyard approach, while Hitler was perpetrating genocide. There will be lots more of these migrant populations and they have to be dealt with favorably by the European Union.

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  12. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    So, which future GOP candidate will invite Jenner to speak at the GOP convention? In 2020 or 2024 at the earliest.

    If Jenner were pro-immigration a la invite the world, open borders, etc. that might make the decision even easier. Look for Rich Lowry or someone over at NR to write a column "See? Another issue that we conservatives were out in front and ahead of the curve before those mean, uncaring unfeeling rascally liberals!"

    He should seriously considering running for the 2016 presidential election. The GOP field is pretty weak. I think he’d do decently.

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  13. @countenance
    Might be sooner than that. I predict that by the end of this year, some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that "Bruce" Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by "dropping the social issues" and surrendering on World War T.

    Yes, but which GOP candidate will actually invite Jenner to campaign with him in public along the campaign trail? Especially when campaigning in the Bible Belt?

    Even Jeb wouldn’t go down that pathway.

    Right?

    Looks as though pollster Pat Caddell was right: What happened to the Whig party could happen to the GOP if this alienation of the base keeps up.

    Another observation: Anyone notice that WWT seems to be mostly comprised of white men? Like they cornered the market on transgenderism? Wonder why?

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    High achiever M to F WWTers are overwhelmingly right of center. James/Jan Morris is a romanticizer of the British Empire to the right of Kipling. McCloskey is a libertarian. I don't know much about Conway but there's a picture of him/her online with Gen. Brent Scowcroft. That Dr. V. guy who invented the putter was pals with Dan Quayle. The Pritzker one endowed a terrific military history library in Chicago. There's the conservative PM of Australia's pal the military officer ...

    Are there any exceptions? Maybe "The Matrix" director/directrix is a lefty, I can't really tell. He put Cornel West in his/her movies, but maybe he just has a thing for blacks, like my old classmate Martin/Martine Rothblatt.

    It's kind of a sci-fi thing.

    , @CCR
    Presumably by then, if he won, he'd be the first woman president!
  14. Big Bill says:

    Virility is extremely important to Africans.

    Sorcerers who magick penises away by merely touching you in a large crowd are lynched on sight.

    And as many Africans know, Westerners offering vaccines are plotting to sterilize entire nations.

    Even if you stay way from Western doctors and sorcerers, you can still get a bad case of “koro” or sudden penis shrinkage all throughout the developing world: India, China, Africa, and South East Asia.

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    • Replies: @Rob McX
    Anthony Burgess writes in his memoirs about witnessing that in Malaya. He seemed to believe these spells were real. If I remember rightly, he mentions seeing one desperate man in the street shoving something sharp into his penis in order to pin it to his thigh and stop it shrinking any further.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Not just in the developing world: http://youtu.be/GG2dF5PS0bI
  15. SPMoore8 says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    So, which future GOP candidate will invite Jenner to speak at the GOP convention? In 2020 or 2024 at the earliest.

    If Jenner were pro-immigration a la invite the world, open borders, etc. that might make the decision even easier. Look for Rich Lowry or someone over at NR to write a column "See? Another issue that we conservatives were out in front and ahead of the curve before those mean, uncaring unfeeling rascally liberals!"

    I can’t wait until Rich Lowry does the “starbursts” treatment of Bruce Jenner ……

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  16. SPMoore8 says:

    According to the wiki, Jenner has been married three times and has six children.

    So, now that his transition is complete, I guess he is now fully transparent.

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  17. OhComeOn says:

    What do you think is the long term consequences on evolution of 2 child households?

    Could blacks over time out-evolve us?

    Just wonderin’

    Smaller households allowed the elites to get away with lowering our salaries. The blacks are right on this one. Rich man, only one child, idle wife….ultimately a loser.

    Lowering black fertility is not our goal. Preventing them from coming into our countries is.

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    • Replies: @Seamus

    Lowering black fertility is not our goal. Preventing them from coming into our countries is.
     
    Yeah, but unfortunately we missed that chance back between 1619 and 1859 (to give the date the Clotilde landed in Mobile with an illegal cargo of slaves), when we imported large numbers of Africans to do "the work that Americans won't do."
  18. The passage from Waugh has so many perfect sentences, so many perfect paragraphs. Great stuff. I’m sold.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I'd recommend also Scoop and his nonfiction memoir Waugh in Abyssinia.
  19. The finding that Jenner votes centre-right fits with the research showing male heterosexual autogynephiliacs don’t tend to be very high on the personality trait of openness, and probably don’t belong in a political alliance with strongly centre-left voting lesbians.

    I’d say these guys have brains similar to masculine homosexuals – wired up with a few feminine kinks, but not as feminised as effeminate homosexuals. Hence, rather than being “men trapped in women’s bodies” they are men with slightly feminine brains who have a sexual or romantic obsession with being a woman. However, very few of them seem willing to admit this.

    Apparently the original “transgender”movement was a defensive movement started in the early 60s to show hetero trannies were harmless, eccentric beta males with wives rather than free-willing homosexuals or communist activists. Back then it was also assumed all transsexuals were asexual, which is why the religious right wasn’t too hard on them.

    The modern LBGT movement is a highly political alliance cobbled together by new wave feminists in women’s studies departments who are keen to use transgenderism as a tool to further undermine men’s social and economic status. The basic argument being that when it’s socially acceptable for men to be women, then women will finally have the same socio-economic status as men. Big business has probably decided to support it as they sense further opportunities to get yet more women in the workforce and drive down male wages.

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    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    One of the kickoffs for the original "transgender" movement was, of course, Ed Wood's Glen or Glenda (1953), which style was completely in keeping with the later Plan Nine from Outer Space, featuring, among other things, Bela Lugosi as a kind of Omniscient Narrator ("Pool da String!") Ed Wood played a guy who had trouble telling his girlfriend he liked to wear cashmere, and Wood himself is supposed to have charged the beach at Tarawa wearing women's panties.

    I have heard that Wood got the money for his movie by arguing that he was going to make a movie about the then-current Christine Jorgensen hoopla and his backers were disappointed when he ended up making a movie about his own transvestite inclinations.

    I agree that modern LBGT-ism is a highly political and unstable alliance. I don't think new wave feminists want their departments taken over by guys claiming to be women. In 1960, it was, "If I only have one life to live, let me live it as a blonde!" now it's "If I only have one life to live, let me live it as the gender I think I really am!"
    , @Anonymous
    Or he might have just fried his endocrine system with bad steroids training for the Olympics in the 70s.
  20. It has always seemed to me that “Black Mischief” was the perfect Waugh novel to be made into a “Masterpiece Theatre” television program – much more so than “Brideshead Revisited.” Of course it would never happen!

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  21. @Reg Cæsar

    I believe in the constitution.
     
    He doesn't believe in his own constitution!

    RC, I am surprised that you seem to miss the potential here.

    Consider the upside that Deirdre N. McCloskey has provided – the leftist-progressive complex cannot gainsay McCloskey because the transgender equality they champion is exemplified by her. Her defense of the values of the bourgeoisie was superb. The leftists were unable to obscure the discussion with the usual “no true Scotsman” claims that they have wielded with such destructive effect.

    There was no upside for Bruce to offer that “admission against interest” on national TV. Suppose Jenner genuinely supports a constitutional perspective, i.e. she opposes open borders, endorses the need for a dramatic reduction in immigration, superannuating the departments of education, energy and commerce, along with a foreign policy primarily driven by American interests instead of the globalist delusions held by the current class of clueless clowns formulating, propagating and implementing our misguided policies. Now imagine that she offers a vigorous defense of the second amendment.

    If she holds these views then I say Bruce Jenner for president.

    Envision the leftist contortions, prevarications, retractions, dishonest projections, rationalizations and contradictions. Well, if that doesn’t earn your vote for President Jenner you are just a curmudgeon.

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    • Replies: @Jonathan Silber
    ...I say Bruce Jenner for president.

    So it would take a real man to become the first woman president.
  22. SPMoore8 says:
    @unpc downunder
    The finding that Jenner votes centre-right fits with the research showing male heterosexual autogynephiliacs don't tend to be very high on the personality trait of openness, and probably don't belong in a political alliance with strongly centre-left voting lesbians.

    I'd say these guys have brains similar to masculine homosexuals - wired up with a few feminine kinks, but not as feminised as effeminate homosexuals. Hence, rather than being "men trapped in women's bodies" they are men with slightly feminine brains who have a sexual or romantic obsession with being a woman. However, very few of them seem willing to admit this.

    Apparently the original "transgender"movement was a defensive movement started in the early 60s to show hetero trannies were harmless, eccentric beta males with wives rather than free-willing homosexuals or communist activists. Back then it was also assumed all transsexuals were asexual, which is why the religious right wasn't too hard on them.

    The modern LBGT movement is a highly political alliance cobbled together by new wave feminists in women's studies departments who are keen to use transgenderism as a tool to further undermine men's social and economic status. The basic argument being that when it's socially acceptable for men to be women, then women will finally have the same socio-economic status as men. Big business has probably decided to support it as they sense further opportunities to get yet more women in the workforce and drive down male wages.

    One of the kickoffs for the original “transgender” movement was, of course, Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda (1953), which style was completely in keeping with the later Plan Nine from Outer Space, featuring, among other things, Bela Lugosi as a kind of Omniscient Narrator (“Pool da String!”) Ed Wood played a guy who had trouble telling his girlfriend he liked to wear cashmere, and Wood himself is supposed to have charged the beach at Tarawa wearing women’s panties.

    I have heard that Wood got the money for his movie by arguing that he was going to make a movie about the then-current Christine Jorgensen hoopla and his backers were disappointed when he ended up making a movie about his own transvestite inclinations.

    I agree that modern LBGT-ism is a highly political and unstable alliance. I don’t think new wave feminists want their departments taken over by guys claiming to be women. In 1960, it was, “If I only have one life to live, let me live it as a blonde!” now it’s “If I only have one life to live, let me live it as the gender I think I really am!”

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  23. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @unpc downunder
    The finding that Jenner votes centre-right fits with the research showing male heterosexual autogynephiliacs don't tend to be very high on the personality trait of openness, and probably don't belong in a political alliance with strongly centre-left voting lesbians.

    I'd say these guys have brains similar to masculine homosexuals - wired up with a few feminine kinks, but not as feminised as effeminate homosexuals. Hence, rather than being "men trapped in women's bodies" they are men with slightly feminine brains who have a sexual or romantic obsession with being a woman. However, very few of them seem willing to admit this.

    Apparently the original "transgender"movement was a defensive movement started in the early 60s to show hetero trannies were harmless, eccentric beta males with wives rather than free-willing homosexuals or communist activists. Back then it was also assumed all transsexuals were asexual, which is why the religious right wasn't too hard on them.

    The modern LBGT movement is a highly political alliance cobbled together by new wave feminists in women's studies departments who are keen to use transgenderism as a tool to further undermine men's social and economic status. The basic argument being that when it's socially acceptable for men to be women, then women will finally have the same socio-economic status as men. Big business has probably decided to support it as they sense further opportunities to get yet more women in the workforce and drive down male wages.

    Or he might have just fried his endocrine system with bad steroids training for the Olympics in the 70s.

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    • Replies: @Dahlia
    Sounds like the most plausible theory to me.

    Another problem with the autogynephilia theory of the ferociously masculine right wing set is that it rests on this idea that they are all concealing this embarrassing truth.

    Men don't behave this way. Especially supermen. If they like fat women, are perverted... What qualms?! They say it's your problem, not theirs, so buzz off. Never heard of anonymous internet confessions either.
    Women are sensitive to being accepted, agreeable. In other words, often lie to spare feelings, avoid being seen as shallow, etc.
  24. Truth says:

    Speaking of blacks, guys, that Smarmy, Smug, Entitled, A-A, know-it-all KNEE-growww was at it again last night with his stupid jokes, insults, and that “I’m-cooler-than-you” smirk on his face that we all just want to PUNCH-OFF!

    But enough about me on Fred Reed’s page, let’s get to the news of the day…

    http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2015/04/25/sot-white-house-correspondents-dinner-obama.cnn

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  25. D. K. says:

    On the other hand, “White Mischief” (1987) has Greta Scacchi looking very fetching! It also has a party scene bound to appeal to Bruce Jenner and his latter-day fan base….

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  26. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @countenance
    Might be sooner than that. I predict that by the end of this year, some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that "Bruce" Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by "dropping the social issues" and surrendering on World War T.

    Dennis Miller suggested he change his name to Jenn Brucer.

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  27. @Reg Cæsar

    I believe in the constitution.
     
    He doesn't believe in his own constitution!

    I’d bet he knows more about what’s actually in the text of the constitution than our outgoing high priest of progressivism:

    “I consider all this just different vehicles to continue a conversation about what it means to be a democratic nation, and to have it written into the constitution that all men are created equal – but to live with that for 100 years with slaves. How do those contradictions play themselves out?” (http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/18/jon-stewart-why-i-quit-the-daily-show)

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  28. Trumped says:

    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope. It was Wlad’s 19th title defense in the last nine years as heavyweight champ. The HBO announcing crew was so excited about the Great Black Hope that they were jumping up and down and cheering for his ability to not get knocked out and to survive by running around the ring. It was hysterical! The best American heavy won one or maybe two rounds out of the twelve and that was cause for celebration. A 39 year old Wladimir was chasing the much younger American around the ring in the last round and rocking him with punches as the HBO crew bragged that it went the distance!

    For those who don’t follow boxing: by far the best heavyweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight boxers are all former Soviet Union eastern bloc white fighters. The myth of the superior black athlete and fighter has been put to rest, and it is only going to get worse. The American media will continue to create more Great Black Hopes, but they will fail, too.

    It sure is funny to see how little coverage this receives in the American media, isn’t it?

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Jennings actually fought a pretty smart fight and made it interesting. Most shorter opponents (i.e., nearly all of Klitschko's opponents) spend most of there time outside getting pelted with his jab, and then occasionally get the courage to charge in with a headshot. Jennings kept closing the distance and pounding Klitschko's body inside, where Klitschko is a less effective puncher.

    He also did a good job of eluding Klitschko's straight right for most of the fight, though Klitschko caught him in the mouth with one in the 12th round. An unequivocal win for Wladimir, but he doesn't want to fight Jennings again.
    , @Truth

    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope.
     
    Are you referring to the 16-1 underdog, American Great Black Hope who was 30 years old, put on his first pair of boxing gloves at 24, had been in the ring A TOTAL of 28 times (9 amateur 19 professional), and worked as a full-time mechanic until 6 months ago?

    Oh, Wlad fought twice last night? Now that's a hell of an accomplishment.
    , @anonymous
    European fighters, particularly the ones from the eastern part, seem to be doing well at the upper end of boxing. Yet white American fighters are conspicuous by their absence. They seem content to sit on the sofa and watch black athletes compete on their behalf. The sports talking heads always play up the 'fighting their way out of the ghetto' angle whenever they puff up some black athlete although in fact some of the fighters out of the east possibly had materially worse conditions back home; they just aren't whiners looking for sympathy. The talking heads always talk about 'bringing the title back home to America' as though some tatted up black lunkhead who can't read or write now represents 'America'. Lots of whites involved in MMA although even there the talking heads always proclaim some black to be the greatest ever in history; until they lose, of course, then they go on to the next greatest ever.
    , @Anonymous
    I like Klitschko, but Jennings is obviously a tomato can.
    , @CCR
    Aren't most of these guys Chechens or Cossacks?
  29. “I don’t think new wave feminists want their departments taken over by guys claiming to be women.”

    Perhaps not, but a number of them are definitely keen on promoting male to female transsexuals in the media to further undermine traditional male status. After all, there is still the so-called “glass ceiling” to smash.

    The new wave feminist argument is that the current patriarchy finds it acceptable for some women to want to be like men, as that proves to society that men are superior. However, for men to want to be women, is humiliating to the patriarchy, as this sends a message to society that women are the equal of men. Hence, male to female transsexual CEOs and fashion models are great for women’s rights. This argument may sound pretty weird, but a lot of women on the left think in this kind of manner.

    Old school butch feminists seem to find male to female trannies annoying, but some of the more post-modern feminine feminists, likely find it flattering that some males want to be part of their sex – after all, imitation is the highest form of flattery and most women love flattery.

    It also take female bullying of beta males to a completely new level.

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  30. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/04/whats-wrong-with-the-swedes-and-so-many-other-whites/

    I have an idear.

    Call it the Swedish Plan though any European nation will do.

    This nation will have to be totally sacrificed so that other nations may learn.

    Suppose it is indeed Sweden that is chosen.

    We allow unlimited mass immigration into Sweden from Africa and the Middle East.
    Sweden has 9 million people. Make it fill up to the point where it’s 30 million Negroes and Muslims. Imagine the hellhole it will be.

    OK, Sweden will be lost, but its loss will send a clear message that

    NEGROES AND MUSLIMS NOT BE COOL.

    Sacrifice one nation to teach the others.

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    • Replies: @Rob McX
    Unfortunately, people still wouldn't learn from that. They'd still be cowed into denying the Emperor's nakedness. The fact is, although no nation state has been completely destroyed in this way yet, there are enclaves where anyone with eyes to see can witness it happening in microcosm, but anyone who acknowledges what is happening faces being ruined for pointing it out.
    , @AshTon
    A recent 'Anthony & Cleopatra' moment in Greece: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/25/migrant-boat-crisis-the-sergeant-who-did-his-duty-towards-people-struggling-for-their-lives

    An Eritrean women arriving on a rickety boat on a Greek beach. She "has no desire to stay in Greece. Sweden is her goal".

    One of the impediments to Africans immigrating to Europe seems to be there inability to create sea-worthy boats. I recall that Madagascar was first settled by people of Indonesian origin - over 7000 miles away - rather than the 260 miles from the African mainland.
  31. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Trumped
    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope. It was Wlad's 19th title defense in the last nine years as heavyweight champ. The HBO announcing crew was so excited about the Great Black Hope that they were jumping up and down and cheering for his ability to not get knocked out and to survive by running around the ring. It was hysterical! The best American heavy won one or maybe two rounds out of the twelve and that was cause for celebration. A 39 year old Wladimir was chasing the much younger American around the ring in the last round and rocking him with punches as the HBO crew bragged that it went the distance!

    For those who don't follow boxing: by far the best heavyweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight boxers are all former Soviet Union eastern bloc white fighters. The myth of the superior black athlete and fighter has been put to rest, and it is only going to get worse. The American media will continue to create more Great Black Hopes, but they will fail, too.

    It sure is funny to see how little coverage this receives in the American media, isn't it?

    Jennings actually fought a pretty smart fight and made it interesting. Most shorter opponents (i.e., nearly all of Klitschko’s opponents) spend most of there time outside getting pelted with his jab, and then occasionally get the courage to charge in with a headshot. Jennings kept closing the distance and pounding Klitschko’s body inside, where Klitschko is a less effective puncher.

    He also did a good job of eluding Klitschko’s straight right for most of the fight, though Klitschko caught him in the mouth with one in the 12th round. An unequivocal win for Wladimir, but he doesn’t want to fight Jennings again.

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    • Replies: @Trumped
    I am glad you are able to repeat back the talking points made by the HBO crew, but the idea that Wlad would avoid a guy he completely dominated is probably the silliest thing I have ever seen posted about boxing on this blog. Those two or three inch arm punches to the body had zero effect or else Wlad would have done something in response. Here is a hint: if dozens or even hundreds of punches are landing and there is no attempt to avoid them, they aren't causing any problems. Getting one's head snapped backwards with a jab is a tiny bit different than an arm slap with no hips put into it to the body.

    As an example, Jennings basically stopped attacking seriously after tasting a few punches. His one serious attempt at leaping in behind a left hook resulted in Wlad literally hitting him with a counter left hook so hard that it spun him all the way around. Zero more leaping hooks were attempted bc it rocked Jennings so badly. The same is true for the straight rights and even jabs that Wlad landed over and over as counters when Jennings would try to attack with power punches to the head, so he basically stopped and threw some safe meaningless body shots that would impress the ignorant.

    The fight was never really interesting from a competition standpoint from people who actually understand boxing. Jennings ran and circled a lot and the would run in and put his head against wlad and throw some weak arm slaps to the body and complain when he was tied up. Had he actually wanted to attack the body of Wlad, he would have looked like Holyfield and constantly been throwing punches instead of trying to clinch. He was basically a "game loser" in there - just doing enough to survive and not get knocked out. Had he opened up and tried to actually win he would have been finished quickly.

    The fighters with the high guard who move around a lot are awkward, but they are always a lot easier to fight in a second match. There is no way his people will let him fight Wlad again bc with a couple minor adjustments Wlad would finish him. Jennings basically fought as well as his style could afford and could not do any better in a rematch. That high style guard makes counter punching really difficult for the person employing it, and leads them to being wide open to uppercuts and body shots. As an example, Wlad's brother vitali was great at both of those things and would have finished this guy in four or five rounds at the most. This style is more awkward for Wlad to deal with, so Jennings was able to survive 12 rounds but else was never, ever in any sort of trouble.

    High hands up as defense has a lot of huge weaknesses that are easier to exploit the more times they are seen, which is why a rematch won't take place. The idea that the same guy who was running, rocked, out of energy, and trying to clinch to survive the distance against a 39 year old in the last round is too intimidating for Wlad to rematch is pretty funny though! By the way, even the hbo announcers noticed that Jennings got hurt and hit with huge shots multiple times, not just in the 12th.
  32. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Harry Baldwin
    The passage from Waugh has so many perfect sentences, so many perfect paragraphs. Great stuff. I'm sold.

    I’d recommend also Scoop and his nonfiction memoir Waugh in Abyssinia.

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  33. Truth says:
    @Trumped
    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope. It was Wlad's 19th title defense in the last nine years as heavyweight champ. The HBO announcing crew was so excited about the Great Black Hope that they were jumping up and down and cheering for his ability to not get knocked out and to survive by running around the ring. It was hysterical! The best American heavy won one or maybe two rounds out of the twelve and that was cause for celebration. A 39 year old Wladimir was chasing the much younger American around the ring in the last round and rocking him with punches as the HBO crew bragged that it went the distance!

    For those who don't follow boxing: by far the best heavyweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight boxers are all former Soviet Union eastern bloc white fighters. The myth of the superior black athlete and fighter has been put to rest, and it is only going to get worse. The American media will continue to create more Great Black Hopes, but they will fail, too.

    It sure is funny to see how little coverage this receives in the American media, isn't it?

    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope.

    Are you referring to the 16-1 underdog, American Great Black Hope who was 30 years old, put on his first pair of boxing gloves at 24, had been in the ring A TOTAL of 28 times (9 amateur 19 professional), and worked as a full-time mechanic until 6 months ago?

    Oh, Wlad fought twice last night? Now that’s a hell of an accomplishment.

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  34. Most trans people I’ve met have rare hormonal or chromosomal abnormalities. It’s just a medical condition.

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  35. Rob McX says:
    @Priss Factor
    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/04/whats-wrong-with-the-swedes-and-so-many-other-whites/

    I have an idear.

    Call it the Swedish Plan though any European nation will do.

    This nation will have to be totally sacrificed so that other nations may learn.

    Suppose it is indeed Sweden that is chosen.

    We allow unlimited mass immigration into Sweden from Africa and the Middle East.
    Sweden has 9 million people. Make it fill up to the point where it's 30 million Negroes and Muslims. Imagine the hellhole it will be.

    OK, Sweden will be lost, but its loss will send a clear message that

    NEGROES AND MUSLIMS NOT BE COOL.

    Sacrifice one nation to teach the others.

    Unfortunately, people still wouldn’t learn from that. They’d still be cowed into denying the Emperor’s nakedness. The fact is, although no nation state has been completely destroyed in this way yet, there are enclaves where anyone with eyes to see can witness it happening in microcosm, but anyone who acknowledges what is happening faces being ruined for pointing it out.

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  36. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Yes, but which GOP candidate will actually invite Jenner to campaign with him in public along the campaign trail? Especially when campaigning in the Bible Belt?

    Even Jeb wouldn't go down that pathway.

    Right?

    Looks as though pollster Pat Caddell was right: What happened to the Whig party could happen to the GOP if this alienation of the base keeps up.

    Another observation: Anyone notice that WWT seems to be mostly comprised of white men? Like they cornered the market on transgenderism? Wonder why?

    High achiever M to F WWTers are overwhelmingly right of center. James/Jan Morris is a romanticizer of the British Empire to the right of Kipling. McCloskey is a libertarian. I don’t know much about Conway but there’s a picture of him/her online with Gen. Brent Scowcroft. That Dr. V. guy who invented the putter was pals with Dan Quayle. The Pritzker one endowed a terrific military history library in Chicago. There’s the conservative PM of Australia’s pal the military officer …

    Are there any exceptions? Maybe “The Matrix” director/directrix is a lefty, I can’t really tell. He put Cornel West in his/her movies, but maybe he just has a thing for blacks, like my old classmate Martin/Martine Rothblatt.

    It’s kind of a sci-fi thing.

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    • Replies: @unpc downunder
    That would make sense from the research into autogynephiliacs. They tend to be low on openness overall but relatively high on the openness factor of fantasy.

    The majority also tend to be high on introversion and above average on neuroticism, but these factors don't appear to be present among prominent heterosexual transsexuals like Jenner and Rothblatt. These guys seem to represent the more assertive, extroverted "Oscar Wilde" end of the autgynephilia spectrum.

    The most prominent lefty autogynephiliac is probably British comedian Eddie Izzard, who has a distinctively colourful and surreal sense of humour.
  37. Rob McX says:
    @Big Bill
    Virility is extremely important to Africans.

    Sorcerers who magick penises away by merely touching you in a large crowd are lynched on sight.

    And as many Africans know, Westerners offering vaccines are plotting to sterilize entire nations.

    Even if you stay way from Western doctors and sorcerers, you can still get a bad case of "koro" or sudden penis shrinkage all throughout the developing world: India, China, Africa, and South East Asia.

    Anthony Burgess writes in his memoirs about witnessing that in Malaya. He seemed to believe these spells were real. If I remember rightly, he mentions seeing one desperate man in the street shoving something sharp into his penis in order to pin it to his thigh and stop it shrinking any further.

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  38. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Big Bill
    Virility is extremely important to Africans.

    Sorcerers who magick penises away by merely touching you in a large crowd are lynched on sight.

    And as many Africans know, Westerners offering vaccines are plotting to sterilize entire nations.

    Even if you stay way from Western doctors and sorcerers, you can still get a bad case of "koro" or sudden penis shrinkage all throughout the developing world: India, China, Africa, and South East Asia.

    Not just in the developing world: http://youtu.be/GG2dF5PS0bI

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  39. @Cagey Beast
    Bruce Jenner has something for everyone. For the Guardian crowd he's the Rosa Parks of trannies: "Bruce Jenner throws focus on America’s ‘new civil rights frontier’ "
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/25/bruce-jenner-kardashians-transgender-interview-civil-rights

    Where would the Guardian crowd be if they ever found themselves short of new civil rights frontiers?

    Thanks, I’ll post the URL.

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  40. There’s just something so right and neatly balanced about how the comments in this thread weave back and forth between Waugh’s fictional story of African virility and Bruce Jenner’s story of matriarchal technocracy. The two scenarios marry up with one another like a grotesque set of salt & pepper shakers.

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  41. AshTon says:
    @Priss Factor
    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/04/whats-wrong-with-the-swedes-and-so-many-other-whites/

    I have an idear.

    Call it the Swedish Plan though any European nation will do.

    This nation will have to be totally sacrificed so that other nations may learn.

    Suppose it is indeed Sweden that is chosen.

    We allow unlimited mass immigration into Sweden from Africa and the Middle East.
    Sweden has 9 million people. Make it fill up to the point where it's 30 million Negroes and Muslims. Imagine the hellhole it will be.

    OK, Sweden will be lost, but its loss will send a clear message that

    NEGROES AND MUSLIMS NOT BE COOL.

    Sacrifice one nation to teach the others.

    A recent ‘Anthony & Cleopatra’ moment in Greece: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/25/migrant-boat-crisis-the-sergeant-who-did-his-duty-towards-people-struggling-for-their-lives

    An Eritrean women arriving on a rickety boat on a Greek beach. She “has no desire to stay in Greece. Sweden is her goal”.

    One of the impediments to Africans immigrating to Europe seems to be there inability to create sea-worthy boats. I recall that Madagascar was first settled by people of Indonesian origin – over 7000 miles away – rather than the 260 miles from the African mainland.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I saw that and shared it with a Swedish friend. Actually, the article notes her boat sailed from Turkey, and the issue seems to be that its pilot was unfamiliar with the local waters and wrecked on the rocks.

    Swedes are quite popular these days - in addition to that story, 4 Swedish policemen on vacation in New York were celebrated for braking up a violent assault by one African American individual against another on a subway: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/swedish-cops-on-vacation-schooled-the-nypd?utm_term=.yh2WNqLJ8
  42. rb says:
    @Buggy
    The chicken has come home to roost, this is what is happening to the "EU", most of these migrants are from former colonies, which have been abandoned by their colonial masters, after the depletion their natural resources, and decades of underdevelopment.
    The EU must face this problem squarely or else risk another Nazi type situation, of not in my backyard approach, while Hitler was perpetrating genocide. There will be lots more of these migrant populations and they have to be dealt with favorably by the European Union.

    Like fuck they do.

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  43. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Trumped
    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope. It was Wlad's 19th title defense in the last nine years as heavyweight champ. The HBO announcing crew was so excited about the Great Black Hope that they were jumping up and down and cheering for his ability to not get knocked out and to survive by running around the ring. It was hysterical! The best American heavy won one or maybe two rounds out of the twelve and that was cause for celebration. A 39 year old Wladimir was chasing the much younger American around the ring in the last round and rocking him with punches as the HBO crew bragged that it went the distance!

    For those who don't follow boxing: by far the best heavyweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight boxers are all former Soviet Union eastern bloc white fighters. The myth of the superior black athlete and fighter has been put to rest, and it is only going to get worse. The American media will continue to create more Great Black Hopes, but they will fail, too.

    It sure is funny to see how little coverage this receives in the American media, isn't it?

    European fighters, particularly the ones from the eastern part, seem to be doing well at the upper end of boxing. Yet white American fighters are conspicuous by their absence. They seem content to sit on the sofa and watch black athletes compete on their behalf. The sports talking heads always play up the ‘fighting their way out of the ghetto’ angle whenever they puff up some black athlete although in fact some of the fighters out of the east possibly had materially worse conditions back home; they just aren’t whiners looking for sympathy. The talking heads always talk about ‘bringing the title back home to America’ as though some tatted up black lunkhead who can’t read or write now represents ‘America’. Lots of whites involved in MMA although even there the talking heads always proclaim some black to be the greatest ever in history; until they lose, of course, then they go on to the next greatest ever.

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  44. @countenance
    Might be sooner than that. I predict that by the end of this year, some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that "Bruce" Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by "dropping the social issues" and surrendering on World War T.

    …some Beltway Conservative talking head will tell us that “Bruce” Jenner and his being a red teamer is proof of what can be accomplished by “dropping the social issues” and surrendering on World War T.

    Of course: transexuals like Bruce Jenner, with their strong family values, are perfect candidates to become staunch Republican voters, and will assure the future success of the Grand Party if only the rest of us would stop being such hateful bigots and reach out to them.

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  45. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    RC, I am surprised that you seem to miss the potential here.

    Consider the upside that Deirdre N. McCloskey has provided - the leftist-progressive complex cannot gainsay McCloskey because the transgender equality they champion is exemplified by her. Her defense of the values of the bourgeoisie was superb. The leftists were unable to obscure the discussion with the usual "no true Scotsman" claims that they have wielded with such destructive effect.

    There was no upside for Bruce to offer that "admission against interest" on national TV. Suppose Jenner genuinely supports a constitutional perspective, i.e. she opposes open borders, endorses the need for a dramatic reduction in immigration, superannuating the departments of education, energy and commerce, along with a foreign policy primarily driven by American interests instead of the globalist delusions held by the current class of clueless clowns formulating, propagating and implementing our misguided policies. Now imagine that she offers a vigorous defense of the second amendment.

    If she holds these views then I say Bruce Jenner for president.

    Envision the leftist contortions, prevarications, retractions, dishonest projections, rationalizations and contradictions. Well, if that doesn't earn your vote for President Jenner you are just a curmudgeon.

    …I say Bruce Jenner for president.

    So it would take a real man to become the first woman president.

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  46. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Trumped
    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope. It was Wlad's 19th title defense in the last nine years as heavyweight champ. The HBO announcing crew was so excited about the Great Black Hope that they were jumping up and down and cheering for his ability to not get knocked out and to survive by running around the ring. It was hysterical! The best American heavy won one or maybe two rounds out of the twelve and that was cause for celebration. A 39 year old Wladimir was chasing the much younger American around the ring in the last round and rocking him with punches as the HBO crew bragged that it went the distance!

    For those who don't follow boxing: by far the best heavyweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight boxers are all former Soviet Union eastern bloc white fighters. The myth of the superior black athlete and fighter has been put to rest, and it is only going to get worse. The American media will continue to create more Great Black Hopes, but they will fail, too.

    It sure is funny to see how little coverage this receives in the American media, isn't it?

    I like Klitschko, but Jennings is obviously a tomato can.

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  47. CCR says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Yes, but which GOP candidate will actually invite Jenner to campaign with him in public along the campaign trail? Especially when campaigning in the Bible Belt?

    Even Jeb wouldn't go down that pathway.

    Right?

    Looks as though pollster Pat Caddell was right: What happened to the Whig party could happen to the GOP if this alienation of the base keeps up.

    Another observation: Anyone notice that WWT seems to be mostly comprised of white men? Like they cornered the market on transgenderism? Wonder why?

    Presumably by then, if he won, he’d be the first woman president!

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  48. CCR says:
    @Trumped
    Off topic: Wladimir Klitcshko just dominated yet another American Great Black Hope. It was Wlad's 19th title defense in the last nine years as heavyweight champ. The HBO announcing crew was so excited about the Great Black Hope that they were jumping up and down and cheering for his ability to not get knocked out and to survive by running around the ring. It was hysterical! The best American heavy won one or maybe two rounds out of the twelve and that was cause for celebration. A 39 year old Wladimir was chasing the much younger American around the ring in the last round and rocking him with punches as the HBO crew bragged that it went the distance!

    For those who don't follow boxing: by far the best heavyweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight boxers are all former Soviet Union eastern bloc white fighters. The myth of the superior black athlete and fighter has been put to rest, and it is only going to get worse. The American media will continue to create more Great Black Hopes, but they will fail, too.

    It sure is funny to see how little coverage this receives in the American media, isn't it?

    Aren’t most of these guys Chechens or Cossacks?

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  49. Mr. Anon says:

    “Buggy says:

    The chicken has come home to roost, this is what is happening to the “EU”, most of these migrants are from former colonies, which have been abandoned by their colonial masters, after the depletion their natural resources, and decades of underdevelopment.”

    What an utter load of crap. Africa is still chock-full of natural resources. Moreover, Africa was not “underdeveloped” by its colonial masters. It was the colonial powers that gave those countries whatever they have in the way of modern developments. If it had been left to Africans, Africa today would be little different than it was in 1800.

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  50. @Cagey Beast
    Bruce Jenner has something for everyone. For the Guardian crowd he's the Rosa Parks of trannies: "Bruce Jenner throws focus on America’s ‘new civil rights frontier’ "
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/25/bruce-jenner-kardashians-transgender-interview-civil-rights

    Where would the Guardian crowd be if they ever found themselves short of new civil rights frontiers?

    Where would the Guardian crowd be if they ever found themselves short of new civil rights frontiers?

    They’d be like the New York Times, a crossword puzzle with lots of padding. Oh, wait… that’s what they are now.

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  51. @Steve Sailer
    High achiever M to F WWTers are overwhelmingly right of center. James/Jan Morris is a romanticizer of the British Empire to the right of Kipling. McCloskey is a libertarian. I don't know much about Conway but there's a picture of him/her online with Gen. Brent Scowcroft. That Dr. V. guy who invented the putter was pals with Dan Quayle. The Pritzker one endowed a terrific military history library in Chicago. There's the conservative PM of Australia's pal the military officer ...

    Are there any exceptions? Maybe "The Matrix" director/directrix is a lefty, I can't really tell. He put Cornel West in his/her movies, but maybe he just has a thing for blacks, like my old classmate Martin/Martine Rothblatt.

    It's kind of a sci-fi thing.

    That would make sense from the research into autogynephiliacs. They tend to be low on openness overall but relatively high on the openness factor of fantasy.

    The majority also tend to be high on introversion and above average on neuroticism, but these factors don’t appear to be present among prominent heterosexual transsexuals like Jenner and Rothblatt. These guys seem to represent the more assertive, extroverted “Oscar Wilde” end of the autgynephilia spectrum.

    The most prominent lefty autogynephiliac is probably British comedian Eddie Izzard, who has a distinctively colourful and surreal sense of humour.

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  52. anon says: • Disclaimer

    I read that book about 10 years ago and in this particular scene this was the phrase that I remembered most:

    “there was the painful case of the human sacrifices at the Bishop of Popo’s consecration”

    It’s just well-done comedically, the buildup to it and the thing itself.

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  53. Dahlia says:
    @Anonymous
    Or he might have just fried his endocrine system with bad steroids training for the Olympics in the 70s.

    Sounds like the most plausible theory to me.

    Another problem with the autogynephilia theory of the ferociously masculine right wing set is that it rests on this idea that they are all concealing this embarrassing truth.

    Men don’t behave this way. Especially supermen. If they like fat women, are perverted… What qualms?! They say it’s your problem, not theirs, so buzz off. Never heard of anonymous internet confessions either.
    Women are sensitive to being accepted, agreeable. In other words, often lie to spare feelings, avoid being seen as shallow, etc.

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    • Replies: @unpc downunder
    Jenner has already admitted he cross-dressed in women's clothing as a teenager, got turned on by it, and was embarrassed/ashamed about it at the time. Taking steroids could be contributed to his current mind set but he certainly has a history of autogynephilia.

    Are far as male behaviour goes, some are embarrassed or ashamed about doing unusual sexual behaviour, and some aren't. However, I doubt that the average teenage male with cross-dressing issues would feel particularly comfortable telling attractive women or other hetero males about it.

    Also, most younger guys definitely don't like being turned down or laughed at by attractive women. As an attractive, athletic guy Jenner would have had a lot to lose by admitting he had a fetish most women find a big turn off.
  54. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @AshTon
    A recent 'Anthony & Cleopatra' moment in Greece: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/25/migrant-boat-crisis-the-sergeant-who-did-his-duty-towards-people-struggling-for-their-lives

    An Eritrean women arriving on a rickety boat on a Greek beach. She "has no desire to stay in Greece. Sweden is her goal".

    One of the impediments to Africans immigrating to Europe seems to be there inability to create sea-worthy boats. I recall that Madagascar was first settled by people of Indonesian origin - over 7000 miles away - rather than the 260 miles from the African mainland.

    I saw that and shared it with a Swedish friend. Actually, the article notes her boat sailed from Turkey, and the issue seems to be that its pilot was unfamiliar with the local waters and wrecked on the rocks.

    Swedes are quite popular these days – in addition to that story, 4 Swedish policemen on vacation in New York were celebrated for braking up a violent assault by one African American individual against another on a subway: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/swedish-cops-on-vacation-schooled-the-nypd?utm_term=.yh2WNqLJ8

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  55. @Dahlia
    Sounds like the most plausible theory to me.

    Another problem with the autogynephilia theory of the ferociously masculine right wing set is that it rests on this idea that they are all concealing this embarrassing truth.

    Men don't behave this way. Especially supermen. If they like fat women, are perverted... What qualms?! They say it's your problem, not theirs, so buzz off. Never heard of anonymous internet confessions either.
    Women are sensitive to being accepted, agreeable. In other words, often lie to spare feelings, avoid being seen as shallow, etc.

    Jenner has already admitted he cross-dressed in women’s clothing as a teenager, got turned on by it, and was embarrassed/ashamed about it at the time. Taking steroids could be contributed to his current mind set but he certainly has a history of autogynephilia.

    Are far as male behaviour goes, some are embarrassed or ashamed about doing unusual sexual behaviour, and some aren’t. However, I doubt that the average teenage male with cross-dressing issues would feel particularly comfortable telling attractive women or other hetero males about it.

    Also, most younger guys definitely don’t like being turned down or laughed at by attractive women. As an attractive, athletic guy Jenner would have had a lot to lose by admitting he had a fetish most women find a big turn off.

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    • Replies: @D. K.
    I recall that the late swimmer-actress Esther Williams wrote in her memoir about walking in, once upon a time, on her then-boyfriend, actor Jeff Chandler, when he was in full drag. That ended their affair. Today, she would be the one excoriated, for being a transphobic hate-monger!
  56. Seamus says:
    @Priss Factor
    “Are your a Republican?” Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, “Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”

    I can just see it now. A Muslim guy who wears a hijab and claims to be a devout conservative Muslim woman.

    Things have gotten to a point where it's beyond parody.

    I have often commented that Waugh was lucky to have died when he did, because if he’d lived any longer, he could no longer write satire, because every time he thought he’d come up with something so absurd that surely no one would ever actual put into practice, even though it might be the logical outcome of their flawed principles, it would turn out that people were too committed to their flawed principles to shy away from the absurd practice.

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  57. Seamus says:
    @OhComeOn
    What do you think is the long term consequences on evolution of 2 child households?

    Could blacks over time out-evolve us?

    Just wonderin'

    Smaller households allowed the elites to get away with lowering our salaries. The blacks are right on this one. Rich man, only one child, idle wife....ultimately a loser.

    Lowering black fertility is not our goal. Preventing them from coming into our countries is.

    Lowering black fertility is not our goal. Preventing them from coming into our countries is.

    Yeah, but unfortunately we missed that chance back between 1619 and 1859 (to give the date the Clotilde landed in Mobile with an illegal cargo of slaves), when we imported large numbers of Africans to do “the work that Americans won’t do.”

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  58. Seamus says:

    Anyone notice that WWT seems to be mostly comprised of white men?

    High achiever M to F WWTers are overwhelmingly right of center.

    WWT? Worldwide Technology? Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust? WorldWide Telescope? What was that?

    Neither Wikipedia nor Urban Dictionary is helping me here.

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  59. I have lived in South Africa since coming here in 1981 from England.The comment above about development is so correct.
    I once made a comment to a very famous columnist here,that If a Independance Day type spaceship ,had come to Earth at about the year 1400, and put an inpenetrable force field around the African
    continent and only came back 600 years later ,there would be no countries ,no development,no roads ,no electricity in fact nothing but a continent full of tribes,AND importantly much less population because of disease keeping a balance between fertility and starvation. He then incorporated this into an article which was published in the biggest Sunday newspaper by a black editor [by mistake] and caused a firestorm. However what I said was right and is so even more now
    I have also visited many countries that are former British colonies before UHURU and since ,they all look like Baltimore or Trenton or Detroit today yet looked like those 3 examples did in 1950
    That is what UHURU has done and sadly what mass invasion will do for Europe by 2050 unless stopped

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    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    If you are referring to Dave Bullard--and manage to run into him again--please tell him he has fans in the US as well. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the late 1980s when he was still trading options.
  60. D. K. says:
    @unpc downunder
    Jenner has already admitted he cross-dressed in women's clothing as a teenager, got turned on by it, and was embarrassed/ashamed about it at the time. Taking steroids could be contributed to his current mind set but he certainly has a history of autogynephilia.

    Are far as male behaviour goes, some are embarrassed or ashamed about doing unusual sexual behaviour, and some aren't. However, I doubt that the average teenage male with cross-dressing issues would feel particularly comfortable telling attractive women or other hetero males about it.

    Also, most younger guys definitely don't like being turned down or laughed at by attractive women. As an attractive, athletic guy Jenner would have had a lot to lose by admitting he had a fetish most women find a big turn off.

    I recall that the late swimmer-actress Esther Williams wrote in her memoir about walking in, once upon a time, on her then-boyfriend, actor Jeff Chandler, when he was in full drag. That ended their affair. Today, she would be the one excoriated, for being a transphobic hate-monger!

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  61. PatrickH says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    This episode in Waugh's 1932 novel shares some striking similarities with Leonora Coffee's south seas novel Four Frightened People around the same time. It was filmed in 1933 by Cecil B. DeMille. One particular character, a Margaret Mead type, incessantly lectures the primitive South Seas tribesmen on the importance of birth control and to beware the dangers of overpopulation. She went around the village attempting to persuade the natives not to overbreed, but to no avail.

    As in Africa, so too the South Seas so apparently population control was in the air during this time among the prescient novelists and of course the intellectual movers and shakers.

    From the late 19th century until the end of the 1920s, most commentary by doctors, journalists, academics, etc. was largely concerned with the declining family size of well-off white people of Northern European descent. It is well-known that they were worried by the high fertility of Chinese and other Asian peoples; it seems to be less well-known that they were also worried by the high fertility of immigrant Italians, Greeks, French Canadians and Slavs pouring in to their countries. and outbreeding them. The worried pundits referred to small families among the educated middle-classes as “race suicide”, which turned into a common euphemism for birth control, then still not considered a respectable subject or moral practice.

    But the Wall Street crash and the Depression changed all that. Instead of trying to persuade well-off white people to have more children, the pundits switched tactics and tried instead to persuade poor southern peoples, at home and abroad, to have fewer children. One reason for this change was of course that the well-off did not want to be burdened by the cost of providing “relief” to large families or the social unrest that might follow if this was refused. Another reason was that the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930 had finally made it acceptable to promote and practice contraception. (It was against the law in many places to advertise or sell contraceptives, even where their use was not illegal. This would not change for some decades.)

    Thus birth control became the great progressive cause of the 1930s, along with eugenics. Indeed, the two complemented and completed each other. While one might not advertise one’s own use of contraceptives, one could present oneself as a great humanitarian by pushing the things on poor, backward people who were presumed to lack self-control enough to limit their family size in other ways.

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  62. Decades ago, I drove a Yellow Cab in Orlando, FL. Their base of operations was on the south side of town, and one could not help but notice that the area seemed a Mecca for black transexuals. You could dismiss this as black TSs being more visible or concentrated, but the numbers seem to confirm that there are differences based on racial pathology:
    MtF
    25% black
    27% Latino
    27% White

    FtM
    67% White
    12% Latino
    10% black

    Of course, these numbers need to be compared to percentage of population.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.transgenderlaw.org%2Fresources%2Ftransfactsheet.pdf&rct=j&q=transgender%20by%20race&ei=iXM-VYKTKI3zoATWxYC4Cw&usg=AFQjCNGNsGj4fkWb1JRnZwx2ZyFeRdNfaA

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  63. Trumped says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Jennings actually fought a pretty smart fight and made it interesting. Most shorter opponents (i.e., nearly all of Klitschko's opponents) spend most of there time outside getting pelted with his jab, and then occasionally get the courage to charge in with a headshot. Jennings kept closing the distance and pounding Klitschko's body inside, where Klitschko is a less effective puncher.

    He also did a good job of eluding Klitschko's straight right for most of the fight, though Klitschko caught him in the mouth with one in the 12th round. An unequivocal win for Wladimir, but he doesn't want to fight Jennings again.

    I am glad you are able to repeat back the talking points made by the HBO crew, but the idea that Wlad would avoid a guy he completely dominated is probably the silliest thing I have ever seen posted about boxing on this blog. Those two or three inch arm punches to the body had zero effect or else Wlad would have done something in response. Here is a hint: if dozens or even hundreds of punches are landing and there is no attempt to avoid them, they aren’t causing any problems. Getting one’s head snapped backwards with a jab is a tiny bit different than an arm slap with no hips put into it to the body.

    As an example, Jennings basically stopped attacking seriously after tasting a few punches. His one serious attempt at leaping in behind a left hook resulted in Wlad literally hitting him with a counter left hook so hard that it spun him all the way around. Zero more leaping hooks were attempted bc it rocked Jennings so badly. The same is true for the straight rights and even jabs that Wlad landed over and over as counters when Jennings would try to attack with power punches to the head, so he basically stopped and threw some safe meaningless body shots that would impress the ignorant.

    The fight was never really interesting from a competition standpoint from people who actually understand boxing. Jennings ran and circled a lot and the would run in and put his head against wlad and throw some weak arm slaps to the body and complain when he was tied up. Had he actually wanted to attack the body of Wlad, he would have looked like Holyfield and constantly been throwing punches instead of trying to clinch. He was basically a “game loser” in there – just doing enough to survive and not get knocked out. Had he opened up and tried to actually win he would have been finished quickly.

    The fighters with the high guard who move around a lot are awkward, but they are always a lot easier to fight in a second match. There is no way his people will let him fight Wlad again bc with a couple minor adjustments Wlad would finish him. Jennings basically fought as well as his style could afford and could not do any better in a rematch. That high style guard makes counter punching really difficult for the person employing it, and leads them to being wide open to uppercuts and body shots. As an example, Wlad’s brother vitali was great at both of those things and would have finished this guy in four or five rounds at the most. This style is more awkward for Wlad to deal with, so Jennings was able to survive 12 rounds but else was never, ever in any sort of trouble.

    High hands up as defense has a lot of huge weaknesses that are easier to exploit the more times they are seen, which is why a rematch won’t take place. The idea that the same guy who was running, rocked, out of energy, and trying to clinch to survive the distance against a 39 year old in the last round is too intimidating for Wlad to rematch is pretty funny though! By the way, even the hbo announcers noticed that Jennings got hurt and hit with huge shots multiple times, not just in the 12th.

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  64. @Bernard Otway
    I have lived in South Africa since coming here in 1981 from England.The comment above about development is so correct.
    I once made a comment to a very famous columnist here,that If a Independance Day type spaceship ,had come to Earth at about the year 1400, and put an inpenetrable force field around the African
    continent and only came back 600 years later ,there would be no countries ,no development,no roads ,no electricity in fact nothing but a continent full of tribes,AND importantly much less population because of disease keeping a balance between fertility and starvation. He then incorporated this into an article which was published in the biggest Sunday newspaper by a black editor [by mistake] and caused a firestorm. However what I said was right and is so even more now
    I have also visited many countries that are former British colonies before UHURU and since ,they all look like Baltimore or Trenton or Detroit today yet looked like those 3 examples did in 1950
    That is what UHURU has done and sadly what mass invasion will do for Europe by 2050 unless stopped

    If you are referring to Dave Bullard–and manage to run into him again–please tell him he has fans in the US as well. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the late 1980s when he was still trading options.

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