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Things ain’t so bad, Gregg Easterbrook tells his fellow Progressives via the New York Times. His inference: so our southern border can be left wide open—the way Progressives like it. Bunk.

Easterbrook [Email him] claims:

optimismMost American social indicators have been positive at least for years, in many cases for decades. The country is, on the whole, in the best shape it’s ever been in.

When Did Optimism Become Uncool?, May 12, 2016

The upsides: unemployment‘s low, the military is strong, the middle class is doing OK. Easterbrook even says that our manufacturing industry is holding up well—it’s just that

Advancing technology allows more manufacturing with fewer workers … The challenge is to create even more white-collar opportunities.

Of course, Easterbrook misses two points:

  • White-collar work is cognitively more demanding than assembly-line manufacturing work. Out on the left-hand side of the bell curve are millions of people who can’t make much of an economic contribution wearing white collars.
  • White-collar work is itself disappearing under the rising waters of the information revolution. Low-level paper-shuffling and paralegal-type document searching are already redundant. “Travel agent” used to be a well-paid white-collar occupation. Have you spoken to one recentl y?

And then, of course, there’s Easterbrook’s obligatory anti-Trump snicker:

The lack of optimism in contemporary liberal and centrist thinking opens the door to Trump-style demagogy, since if the country really is going to hell, we do indeed need walls.

“Walls”? A lot of us non-Progressives know that demography is destiny: that the social, cultural, political, and economic character of a country bears a strong relation to what kind of people live there. We thought that the U.S.A. was a rather nice country before t he demographic transformation brought about by mass Third-World immigration post-1965. We think that, if that demographic transformation continues, our country will become less nice, more like the Third World.

The question of who gets to live in America is a big issue, a colossally huge issue, that will determine the shape of American society as our children and grandchildren will know it. Instead of squabbling over urinals, we should be talking about this nonstop, 24/7.

Yet in fact it is very nearly a taboo topic. People who do try to talk about it—people like us here at VDARE.com—are sneered at, jeered at, and excluded from the Public Square. It would hardly have gotten a mention in this year’s election campaign if Donald J. Trump hadn’t brought it up.

Let’s take a look at the actual Third World, at the kinds of countries we’re taking mass immigration from. Kenya, for example—a not untypical black African country—indeed, one of the better ones on social and economic indices.

One of the hazards of living in Kenya is that the building you’re living in might fall down on your head. It happens a lot.

It happened rather dramatically on the night of Friday, April 29th, in the Nairobi suburb of Huruma—where, by the way, Barack Obama’s youngest half-brother,George Hussein Onyango Obama, was living when Vanity Fair magazine tracked him down in 2008. a six-story building collapsed after heavy rainfall. The last number I have for the death toll is 51:

letterMore than 30 buildings have collapsed in the last 10 years in different parts of Kenya, killing and injuring people.

An audit of the safety of buildings in Nairobi, conducted last year by the National Construction Authority, showed that only 42 percent of the buildings were found to be safe to live in..

The collapse of the building [i.e. the one in Huruma] is a reflection of a society that is collapsing bit by bit, day by day. ..

Letter from Africa: Kenyans beg for mercy,BBC News, May 13, 2016

Warungu goes on to describe a culture of unbridled corruption throughout Kenya’s government, police, military, and schools.

Here’s another snapshot of life in the Third World, from Venezuela—biggish country at the top of South America, thirty million people, majority mestizo, i.e. mixed white and indigenous.

The leader of Venezuela through most of this century wa s socialist Hugo Chávez, a sort of mestizo Bernie Sanders. Chávez died three years ago from cancer—none too soon, as the country was already a mess and has gotten worse since.

Venezuela has the usual South American problems and another one besides: Resource Curse.

Resource Curse is when you have some valuable resource you can pull out of the ground and sell to foreigners, without the government having to develop any other sources of revenue. In Venezuela’s case the resource is oil. The Venezuelan economy has no other significant sectors; if you’re not working in the oil fields or a government job, you’re probably unemployed.

With the oil price collapse of recent years, things in Venezuela have gotten really dire:

Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food … Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger … The crisis in Venezuela is worsening every day … This to go along with the world’s highest level of inflation.

The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. This Sunday, May 1, six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no food at the Fort Manaure military base.

Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food”

Zerohedge.com, May 13, 2016

Inflation in Venezuela is heading for 720 percent this year, according to the IMF. The per capita homicide rate is 2nd in the world, right behind Honduras. On May 6th the leader of the main opposition party was shot in the head. [Venezuelan Politician Germán Mavare Killed Amid High Political Tensions, By Tom McKay, Mic.com, May 14, 2016 ]

That’s life in the Third World for you.

Barack Obama and Gregg Easterbrook have a solution: Let these unfortunate people come here, to the First World. Our borders are open to them! Their lives will be so much better!

Is it really just hate-filled pessimism to think that this is a path to national suicide? To think that Venezuela is the way it is, and Kenya is the way it is, because of Venezuelans and Kenyans?

And what about our lives?

Resource Curse? Norway has oil too—accounting for 39 percent of its exports. The inflation rate in Norway is two percent, and living standards are among the highest in the world.

ORDER IT NOW

Contrast Venezuela with Norway. Then tell me, if you can, that demography is not destiny, that the contrast has nothing to do with the different overall characteristics of Venezuelans and Norwegians; that settling a million Venezuelans in the U.S.A. would have consequences no different from settling a million Norwegians. Really? Really?

My colleague JayMan over at the Unz Review has argued that there are just two prior conditions you need for a country in the present age to be successful—that is, politically stable, with a high degree of liberty and decent, widespread prosperity:

JayMan, who’s worked the numbers, says this hypothesis stands up to empirical verification.

I gave it a trial run using the Money Project website. It recently ran a page Visualizing the Most Miserable Countries in the World, working from the Cato Institute’s Misery Index, which calculates how miserable a countries is based on four measures: unemployment, inflation, interest rates, and real GDP change.

Here are Money Project’s ten most miserable countries, listed from bottom to top—least to most miserable. But I’ve added mean national IQ, working here from Lynn and Meisenberg’s 2010 figures. (They had an “X” for Jamaica, Lynn having declared it a lot of trouble to get good numbers for Jamaica. But Jason Malloy, using better data three years ago, came up with 80 for Jamaica.) [ HVGIQ: Jamaica, HumanVarieties.org, March 1, 2013]

  1. Serbia;[89]venezwaila
  2. Jamaica; [x]
  3. Palestine (which seems to mean just the Gaza Strip)[86]
  4. Iran[84]
  5. Russia[97]
  6. South Africa,[72]
  7. Argentina[93]
  8. Brazil[87]
  9. Ukraine[95]
  10. Venezuela[84]

Yep—Venezuela’s as miserable as it gets.

So you have a spread there from 72 to 97, the 97 being Russia, with Ukraine at 95 more or less tied. I’d say that’s a fair confirmation of the first half of JayMan’s thesis, although with question marks over Russia and Ukraine.

How about the other half? How do you measure social trust?

Well, bearing in mind the researches of Professor Putnam, as described in Chapter Two of my book We Are Doomed, a good proxy for social trust would be ethnic homogeneity.

Putnam, you may remember, after a massive multi-year survey of social capital in the U.S.A., found that not only is “out-group trust” lower in places with lots of diversity—that’s how much you trust people who are different from yourself—but so, rather surprisingly, is “in-group trust,” how much you trust people likeyourself. From We Are Doomed:

Diversity seems to affect every kind of social connection. In places with more ethnic diversity, people have fewer friends, watch more TV, are less inclined to vote, trust local government less, and rate their personal happiness lower.

So what can we say about ethnic diversity in Serbia, Jamaica, Palestine, Iran, Russia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, and Venezuela? Looking them up on CIA World Factbook and a couple of other sites, and working just from the size of the majority ethnic group, I only got Iran, Brazil, and Venezuela as really diverse. Iran’s 61 percent Persian, Brazil’s 48 percent white, Venezuela’s 52 percent mestizo. The others aren’t particularly diverse. In fact, with a mean national IQ of 93 and being 97 percent white, Argentina ought to be doing better than it is.

I guess a lot of things can destroy social trust, though, not just diversity. Seventy-five years of communism will do it, I’m sure, as illustrated by Russia and Ukraine.

I can’t say that this little exercise dispositively proves JayMan’s hypothesis. But it sure doesn’t dis-prove it either. All ten of those most-miserable countries have mean national IQ in two digits; and the list itself is purely based on four economic indicators.

But this kind of thing gives food for thought.

And in a world in thrall to various kinds of political fantasy, there can never be enough quantitative social science—even at the amateur back-of-the-envelope level I just carried out.

The moral for immigration policy: why take the risk?

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjectsfor all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He’s had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived atJohnDerbyshire.com.

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  1. AndyBoy says:

    Well one explanation is that their motivation isn’t really all that good. If you just suppose they are anti-White, everything else falls into place.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @anon
  2. The people who favor high levels of immigration from low-success countries and regions do not perceive that there is any risk to their status–it may, in fact, be improved by large numbers of relatively low-IQ people driving wages down and fighting with the whites that the elites perceive to be the real threat. I think that they’re wrong, but the way things are going, we’re going to find out whether the elite can sit atop this situation indefinitely. I’m skeptical, but perhaps modern means of economic isolation and social control are more effective than I think.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  3. Anonym says:

    The misery index is very dry without some sort of crime rate. I suggest using the homicide rate. In fact, this misery index seems contrived to not appear racist. I would put the actual GDP/capita on there as well, not the trend.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

    • Replies: @Anonym
  4. Anonym says:
    @Anonym

    The Misery Index is a product of Cato, so the lack of reality testing or groundedness is maybe to be expected.

    If you rolled your own Misery Index with low GDP and high homicide rate, the IQ is going to be a lot lower with Congo instead of Serbia etc.

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  5. Norway has magic dirt, Venezuela doesn’t.

    Seriously, in a ice-bound land where people had to get along with one another during the summer to lay up enough to get through the long winter and then equitably share the cache during the winter without killing or being killed, you tend to socialise into a group that has mutual respect for (or at least tolerance of) the individual and the rule of law. In the sunny south, you don’t have to be so fastidious about the rights of the others or even fitting into and staying in the group because you can be chucked out of the group and still get by.

    • Replies: @Ivy
  6. @Diversity Heretic

    do not perceive that there is any risk to their status–it may, in fact, be improved by large numbers of relatively low-IQ people driving wages down…

    That’s what Emma Lazarus was thinking 125 years ago. She wanted maids. But not her fellow Jews. They could stay beyond the Pale.

    • Replies: @Cameron
  7. Rich says:

    A majority low IQ is probably not a problem if that country is ruled by high IQ people, and ruled with an iron fist. As soon as low IQ people get a little bit of power, they start rioting and causing all kinds of mayhem in a society. There also has to be a reliable testing program so that the intelligent people who occasionally appear among the low IQ people can be moved into the higher IQ group. The only problem with this system is that when high IQ people have low IQ children, they still have them installed into positions they aren’t qualified for and that kind of nepotism doesn’t end well.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    , @anon
  8. jeppo says:

    I don’t think the Cato Institute’s Misery Index holds a candle to the Human Development Index when it comes to truly measuring a nation’s misery. The former measures unemployment, inflation, interest rates and real GDP change, while the latter measures life expectancy, education and income per capita.

    If you ask me, the only categories that really count are life expectancy and income per capita, with all the rest being redundancies. The overall health and wealth of any given society are the best indicators of that society’s level of true happiness or misery.

    Here’s how Cato’s terrible ten rank on the HDI:

    40. Argentina
    50. Russia
    66. Serbia
    69. Iran
    71. Venezuela
    75. Brazil
    81. Ukraine
    99. Jamaica
    113. Palestine
    116. South Africa

    They’re all clustered pretty well in the middle of the pack rather than at the bottom. Here are the bottom ten nations on the HDI:

    179. Mali
    180. Mozambique
    181. Sierra Leone
    182. Guinea
    183. Burkina Faso
    184. Burundi
    185. Chad
    186. Eritrea
    187. Central African Republic
    188. Niger

    Notice a pattern there? Yep, they’re all African. Derb lists the average IQ of Cato’s terrible ten, ranging from high (Russia at 97) to low (South Africa at 72), but I’m willing to bet that the bottom ten on the HDI all have a lower average IQ than South Africa.

    South Africa’s listed IQ seems kinda low considering that it is 9% white (average IQ 100), 9% coloured (about 85), and 3% Asian (roughly 90-95). And I was surprised that Derb doesn’t consider South Africa to be ethnically diverse. Not only does it have a larger non-black population than the rest of sub-Saharan Africa combined, but the 79% black majority is divided into 9 major linguistic groups and several minor ones, not to mention the millions of black immigrants that have flooded into the country from Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa over the past 20 years.

    I’m not sure if ethnic diversity is necessarily a minus when it comes to a nation’s standard of living. The bottom ten on the HDI are all racially homogeneous, as is the rest of sub-Saharan Africa (except South Africa). Meanwhile racially diverse countries like the US and Singapore do very well on the HDI, finishing #8 and #11 respectively. As do linguistically diverse countries like Switzerland (#3), Canada (#9), and Belgium (#21).

    For a nation to succeed it needs not only a high average IQ, though that’s the most important qualification, but also some form of representative government, the impartial rule of law, and a market economy. South Korea has all four while North Korea has an intelligent population held in check by a brutal dictatorship. But North Korea has great *potential*, unlike huge swathes of Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia, because of its inherent high human capital. No form of government will ever lead most Third World countries into the First World because of the low human capital of their populations.

    The potential of all the world’s nations can be measured by a simple formula I call “Colourism” (or “Colorism” for the disciples of Noah Webster). The nations of the world can be divided into four broad colour categories, ranked from first to worst: Yellow, White, Brown and Black. Think of it as HBD for Dummies.

    1. YELLOWS: Average IQ roughly 100-110. Northeast Asian, Mongoloid race. Includes China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Singapore.

    2. WHITES: Average IQ roughly 90-105. European, Caucasoid race. Includes Europe, Russia, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Uruguay.

    3. BROWNS: Includes parts of all races and mixed groups. Sort of a “default humanity”, and the ultimate goal of the open borders crowd is to eventually turn the entire world Brown. Needs to be broken down into its constituent parts to be properly understood.

    3a. BROWN JEWS: Average IQ roughly 95. Includes Israel. Because non-Ashkenazis make up the majority of Jews in Israel, not to mention a 20% Arab population, this drags their average IQ down and leads them to be classified as Brown rather than White.

    3b. BROWN BUDDHISTS: Average IQ roughly 85-95. Includes much of Southeast Asia, plus Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

    3c. BROWN CHRISTIANS: Average IQ roughly 80-90. Includes most of Latin America, the Caribbean and South Pacific, plus island groups everywhere, like the Philippines and Madagascar.

    3d. BROWN MUSLIMS: Average IQ roughly 80-90, but further retarded due to their stupid religion. Includes most countries in the broad stretch from Morocco to Indonesia.

    3e. BROWN HINDUS: Average IQ roughly 80-85. A small, very high-achieving minority overshadowed by huge low-achieving majority. Includes India, Nepal and Mauritius.

    4. BLACKS: Average IQ roughly 60-75. African, Negroid race. Includes sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti.

    Now if we want to break down these 8 groups into Derb’s Ice People and Sun People, with the former capable of creating and maintaining a First World society, and the latter not, then Yellows, Whites and Brown Jews are the Ice People, while the rest of the Browns and the Blacks are the Sun People.

    The most vulnerable of these groups are of course the Whites. North America, Australasia and the Southern Cone are busy welcoming absorption by the Brown Christian world, while Western Europe and Russia are eagerly working for an even worse fate: incorporation into the Brown Muslim ummah, which will probably be the eventual fate of the Brown Jews of Israel as well if they lose their American and European allies. One hundred years hence a few Eastern European countries may be the last outpost of Whiteness, but even they will probably be dragged into the Brown world against their will.

    So if you want to know where the only First World countries will be in the 22nd century, bet on Yellow.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  9. @Anonym

    As a former Cato supporter, I’d have to agree.
    It’s no coincidence that several of these “miserable” countries are US “enemies” and have been targets of US sanctions.
    From everything I hear about Russia, the people are more optimistic now that they have a leadership that has stopped the looting by the West and is now pursuing a nationalist agenda. And as Derb has noted, they’re pretty smart as well.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    , @Esquire
  10. Mr. D.,
    I looked to the paper by Lynn and Meisenberg, which you referenced, and indeed it has the number IQ = 84 for Iran.
    However, it strongly contradicts my personal impression about the students coming from Iran. They are smart. I know, I know, they are selected. But the place, where I have a chance to observe them, itself is not terribly selective by American standards.
    I do not know what to think.
    My best to you, Mr. D.

    • Replies: @L.K
    , @Anonymous
  11. Anonym says:
    @jeppo

    This is a very good comment. Income is a better measure than GDP per capita… if you can find it.

    Ranking yellow above white in your groupings I think is maybe a little dubious. White is also bifurcated into Northwest vs Southeast. Southeast are of lower IQ and higher criminality. Recent maps confuse this because of immigrant influx.

    Yellows in your methodology are somewhat overrated I think. I am somewhat sceptical because that area of the world is notorious for cheating on tests. That propensity for cheating and corruption – the looking out for number one as opposed to altruistic or nationalistic concern – is a weakness that these countries struggle with. Remember the mean is the Han. Japan and Singapore are the exceptions. We see the strivers, and they do well as you would expect in our countries since non-unified and less corrupt people tend to be ideal hosts for these people.

    It really infuriates me that Northwestern Europe and their colonies have squandered their birthright for a mess of pottage, so to speak, through immigration. What could not be accomplished in a thousand years through the point of a sword is being accomplished now over the course of a few short decades through collective insanity and indifference, and a treasonous elite.

    • Agree: Travis
  12. Anonym says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    I used to have respect for Cato too. That was 20 years ago though. My ‘maybe’ reflected that prior respect.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  13. Esquire says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    Curious where you get the “Russians are optimistic” bit. The former USSR folks I know seem constitutionally incapable of optimism (which I do not mean as an insult at all), but that aside: I have heard that conditions inside Russia are quite bad these days, with the many ripple effects of low oil prices and the constant drip drip drip of ubiquitous corruption.

    I am not an anti-Putin maniac, which puts me outside the US mainstream, but I still have to acknowledge that Russia has settled into an equilibrium that is not very appealing to very many talented people with options.

  14. @Anonym

    I used to have respect for Cato too. That was 20 years ago though.

    Cato has long had a little glass palace on the edge of the DC ghetto. Rather, on an edge of one of the DC ghettoes. You’d think they’d have learned something by now.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  15. Ivy says:
    @The Alarmist

    Your word is your bond.

    That was not idle talk in the Scandinavian countries, at least prior to the recent immigration follies. Once trust is lost, rebuilding that becomes exceedingly difficult and expensive.

    How many wannabe social experimenters have no concept or appreciation of such quaint notions?

  16. Svigor says:

    Diversity is like Russian Roulette. No up side. The safe bet is to assume you’ll blow your brains out, and refuse to play.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  17. Svigor says:

    Russia has settled into an equilibrium that is not very appealing to very many talented people with options.

    Which may wind up being the saving grace of places like eastern Europe and West Virginia, in the long run; suck enough to avoid attracting Diversity for long enough to develop a strong immune system.

  18. Mark Green says: • Website

    What a ridiculous list. Where’s Iraq? Libya? Syria? Doesn’t anarchy and civil war matter? Isn’t this list about ‘misery’?

    And what about the ruin that Washington has rained down upon those nations? Not relevant?

    Where’s Haiti? Or Honduras?–murder capitol of the Western hemisphere.

    This list does not actually measure misery.

    What about hunger? Risk of violence? Disease?

    Are these elements all unimportant?

    And why are virtually all the primitive, pathetically-poor states of Sub-Saharan Africa not on this list? Where’s Zimbabwe?

    Misery covers a lot of ground. This is why Serbia is surely not the most miserable country in the world.

    As for Iran and Palestine, Zio-American policies and sanctions have helped ruin both of those countries. Those two should be put on the list of the ‘Most Externally Oppressed’ nations. Or is that too complicated?

    Absolutely stupid list by Easterbrook. Moderately lame analysis by Derb.

  19. @Rich

    The only problem with this system is that when high IQ people have low IQ children, they still have them installed into positions they aren’t qualified for and that kind of nepotism doesn’t end well.

    If you buy JayMan’s hypothesis, this only occurs when there’s a much lower mean for the kids to revert. If you look at families that have a long history of generations of high IQ or high achiever performance, the odds of getting a dolt are fairly low.

    This is the same argument in favor of hereditary monarchy (or aristocracy in general.) Hereditary owners of property tend to manage it a lot better than do renters. Democracy produces temporary “renter” rulers. Hans Hermann Hoppe goes into a very good, logical presentation of this here:
    https://mises.org/library/democratic-leviathan

  20. I find GDP to be a horrible measure. It counts pure consumption and redistribution (AKA government spending) as a “good” by directly including it in GDP. Intellectually, if the government accounted for a quadrillion dollars of GDP each year, but the country’s economy produced nothing else, it would look like the richest place on Earth…but it would be one massive circle-jerk of socialist slight-of-hand, nothing more.

    Life expectancy, measures of family formation & family “health,” rates of hypertension and prescriptions for anti-depressants and sleeping pills should be part of such a measure, along with honest comparisons of violent crime (which are near impossible given that different nations count crime in very different ways, ways that often mask reality.)

    Happy people form families, have children, and exhibit low levels of stress and crime. Monetary wealth above a threshold of relative comfort becomes an ever less-valuable measure of happiness or misery.

  21. Uh, obviously those buildings that fell down in Kenya were doomed from the start by not having been erected on Sailor’s “magic dirt”. Bad juju dirt can’t be compacted properly. The Kenyans need to import some modern-building-high-load-bearing soil from Manhattan if they’re going to be erecting multi-story buildings.

  22. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    Alt Right must be duo-alt.

    Not only Alt to Conservative Inc but Alt to 14/88 that became the face of the ‘radical right’, not least due to Jewish Media using the KKK and neo-nazis as the most prominent face of white nationalism.

    ‘No enemy to the right’ is a stupid idea. It means we should be allied with both 14/88 and neocons since they are on the ‘right’.

    No, the true right must be protected from filth and lies.

    If you love your daughter, would you let her date a tattooed body-pierced 14/88 skinhead moron in the name of ‘no enemy to the right’? No, you will protect her such filth, just you would protect from a Jew who would use her as a slave.

    In the end, mainstream conservatism failed because it became un-mainstream. In a two party system, both sides need a big tent to pull together a wide coalition.

    American conservatism should have offered something that appeals to various groups on the American Right, but the neocon and cuck takeover meant that the only interests served were those of AIPAC and WALL STREET. Everyone else was purged or sidelined or silenced.

    The big tent turned into closed tent where Jews and cucks made all the decisions while everyone was left outside in the rain waiting for orders to accept policies that will only make them get wetter. Left out in the cold.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  23. Daniel H says:

    I can’t see the current government of Venezuela lasting 3 months more. Likely scenario: really out of control rioting and total, apocalyptic, chaos. Military (despite leftist leanings) compelled to intervene, ousts Maduro and brings back that old favorite of Latin American politics, the military junta. Perfect excuse for 27 million Venezuelans to claim political asylum in the US because no more democracy. Trump can’t get into the white house soon enough.

  24. BenKenobi says:
    @Priss Factor

    Let him date my daughter? Probably not.

    Let him serve with distinction as a disciplined Schutze under my august command? Indeed.

    This place is the ROTC for the revolution, right? It’s what the brochure said.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  25. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    Easterbrook is a Christian, and Christian Morality is so much about Spiritual Signaling of either Holier-than-thou or Redemptive-for-my-sins.

    What is the biggest ‘sin’ in the West? ‘Racism’.

    Christians are affected by the culture, and so their main priority is to show that they are oh-so-good and moral by showing how much they are into ‘diversity’.

    Given the moral dynamics of Christianity, it was bound to turn this way.

    Christianity must be rejected if the white race must survive.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  26. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:
    @BenKenobi

    The clown will only be good for crashing empty beer cans on his head.

    Avoid the tards.

  27. Steiner says:

    Let me make this easy for you: where do people go to live and work, and where do they stay? Undisputed winners for centuries running: the Anglo-Germanic nations, their diasporas and areas of substantial settlement like northern Italy and France. Embodied preference: accept no substitute, especially from crypto-Marxists in the “social sciences”.

  28. Societies succeed because they’ve built up, usually over centuries, a widely accepted and practiced set of behaviors; social capital built up of predictable actions and attitudes and beliefs. The core of the culture.
    Immigrants; who do not have that ingrained culture are likely to be destructive of social capital and destructive to the host society. Despite the gibberish of the lunatic left most people recognize this and quite rightly reject the attempt to destroy their society in pursuit of a crazed political fantasy.

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  30. Hmm. Looking at that chart, do I see an arc of geography, tending towards misery?

  31. JayMan says: • Website

    So you have a spread there from 72 to 97, the 97 being Russia, with Ukraine at 95 more or less tied. I’d say that’s a fair confirmation of the first half of JayMan’s thesis, although with question marks over Russia and Ukraine.

    You throw in social trust/corruption, that explains Russia and Ukraine.

    I argue this here in my post:

    National Prosperity

    Equally interesting are the top scorers, taken from the 2015 Misery index (from least miserable to more miserable):

    Year 2014:

    [MORE]

    1. Brunei
    2. Switzerland
    3. China
    4. Taiwan
    5. Japan
    6. South Korea
    7. Norway
    8. Malaysia
    9. Singapore
    10. Germany

    Year 2013:

    1. Switzerland
    2. Japan
    3. China
    4. Taiwan
    5. South Korea
    6. Singapore
    7. Malaysia
    8. Thailand
    9. Norway
    10. Panama

    Of course, looking at the whole table, the usual pattern emerges where Northwestern European and East Asia countries score on top, where there rest of the world scores worse radiating outward from these places.

    Of course, I’d argue that looking at other indices (such as the Human Development Index), the East Asian countries do significantly worse, China especially. The fact of the matter than even net average IQ, clannishness is an important factor (of which, among East Asian countries, Japan and South Korea are the least).

  32. I wonder why we don’t define black Africans as the world’s reference population and measure all the other populations relative to them in terms of IQ. Blacks have priority for the classification of the species Homo sapiens and they show the species’ basic abilities – language, tool making and fire.

    Compared with blacks, whites and East Asians look like genetically enhanced mutants from science fiction. Ordinary sapiens blacks simply fall below the threshold for what we had mistakenly considered man’s potentials for accomplishment because of our Eurocentric bias.

    And this could shed some light on the Fermi Paradox: Planets all over the place could have “intelligent” species comparable to blacks – with language, tool use and fire – but these species can’t rise above that level to make detecting them possible. These populations would have to evolve offshoots comparable to white or East Asian people first, and this would require uncommon geographical conditions like an axial tilt for seasonal weather and a large mid-latitude continent with a long East-West axis.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Corvinus
  33. @Svigor

    Diversity is like Russian Roulette.

    More like Serbian Sex Roulette. Just as deadly, but the process is slower.

  34. Max Payne says:

    I’m sure many Palestinians would return to Palestine to build it as a nation. If Israel would let them (because the Right to Return applies to all, but Palestinians for obvious reasons).

    I’m sure many of them wouldn’t have left if Israel didn’t expel them out.

    How is this point not even addressed?

    • Replies: @biz
  35. And that’s coming from Cato “the neoconservative” Institute, you simpletons! Bunch of lies and propaganda! You should check out John Williams’s shadowstats.com to find out what your real unemployment numbers, the way they were calculated before, are. Don’t believe in your inflation or any other economic parameter either — all reported to you by the government, who you know all too well they are shameless pathological liars, office widely known as Ministry/Bureau of Truth.

  36. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Most of the nation’s named in the ‘Misery Index’ had lots of help getting their from the USA. Venezuela is being subjected to our machinations to get that nation back under the grip of neoliberalism and the Ukraine has been attacked economically and physically by USA NGO’s and State Department flunkies like Nuland.

    Palestine has been under siege by European settlers with light-colored skin and hair, who claim they’re descendants of ancient Jews and use that to get Americans in a tizzy so they’ll support Apartheid and the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians, who can’t even fish in their waters without getting shot up by the Israeli Navy.

    Nor can Palestine drill for oil or NG off its coast since Israel has stolen the drilling rights. So while Israel bombs the rubble in Gaza, we Americans shovel money and weapons by the ton to Israel while we get told their is no money for highways, Social Security, Medicare and your pension has to be cut.

    Iran has been the subject of unfair and stupid US economic sanctions since the Iranians kicked out the US puppet Shah in 1979.

    These sanctions we apply to Iran and Russia are a form of economic warfare. Which is what we did to Japan in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, which eventually led to war.

    If we’re stupid enough to keep this up against Russia, Condi Rice’s fantasy of mushroom clouds appearing might just come true.

  37. The Problem: Mixing metaphors and positive direction of reference axes…. The Money Project’s list is “bottom to top” with “most miserable” at the top – so Serbia is thus the most miserable since it is at the top of the list (literally in the spatial sense), not Venezuela. But Venezuela is Number 10, so does that mean it is at the top? English writing is top-to-bottom and left-to-right on a written page, so-o-o yes it is. But when you put a new document into a BOX you put it on the TOP of a pile, and later take old documents out the Bottom (possibly using an oscillating vacuum tube and a pair of nip rollers). Thus the concept of a BOTI BOX – bottom out and top in – as used in the increasingly rare document feeders of copier machines. But I digress…

  38. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Agree with Derbyshire’s description and analysis except for this:

    ” (Norway’s) living standards are among the highest in the world.”

    Actually they’re among the lower living standards in Europe — the high wages encounter even higher prices.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
  39. Rehmat says:

    So tell us the “wise guy Derbyshire” Why the hell Obama, Cameron and Hollande are running wars to re-occupy the “third world countries” to loot their remaining natural resources?

    Last year, British prime minister David Cameron office announced that 70 British troop are being sent to Somalia and 300 to South Sudan to train local forces fighting Al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab terrorists who are trying to topple pro-West regimes in those countries. British troop not only will help local forces to defeat the anti-government rebels, but also will help to reduce African migration to Britain.

    “There is the right thing to do. There is moral responsibility – but there is a strong rationale for doing it in term of what is good for both security in the region and our own security,” said the spokesperson.

    David Cameron, who just completed a 2-day official visit to Jamaica, advised Jamaicans to forget British role in African slavery and move on if they are interested to join the so-called ‘civilized world’. The hypocrite Zionist who has always supported compensation for Jews and Holocaust Industry – told the lawmakers that UK doesn’t owes compensation money for profiting from African slavery.

    Somalia’s US-backed regime of Hassan Sheik Mohamud, is being protected by 22,000 African Union troops from Christian majority Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – and Barack Obama’s kosher ambassador Katherine Dhanani.

    As far South Sudan is concerned, one doesn’t need a PhD to understand that Africa’s largest Muslim country was broken-down for Israel’s security and western greed for oil.

    South Africans like several European nations, fear anti-Israel Somali immigrants for taking over business and spreading antisemitism….

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/10/03/uk-troops-to-help-al-qaeda-in-somalia-and-south-sudan/

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  40. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    In Argentina, almost everybody self-identifies as white. Almost nobody is.

    • Replies: @L.K
  41. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    Hate Slanderer or Fear Arsonist gets away scot-free.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu82i7CNKHA

  42. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Montain"] says:

    Richard Spencer=Alt Right=OBEDIENCE TO A “LAWFULL” LANDOWNER OLIGARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!….and this is the GD truth…..

  43. utu says:

    What countries are on the list? Former, current and future enemies of the Necocon Empire? Brazil and Argentina were already reconquered after they liberated themselves during the years of GWB negligence of South America. The Wars in Middle East for Isarel were more important during GWB. But Obama restored the priorities outlined by Kissingers and Brzezinskis. The objective is the dominance of the whole world not just the Middle East for Nut&yahoo. No more silly ideas of BRICS. Venezuela is on the brink of collapse. But why there is Jamaica on the list? Did Rastafarians say something bad about Israel or did they discover oil there?

    JD is a pathetic little propagandist for the Empire, btw.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @L.K
  44. @Anonymous

    “Actually they’re (Norway) among the lower living standards in Europe — the high wages encounter even higher prices.”

    A few days in London followed by a few days in Oslo should make you reconsider, although East Oslo is going the way of East London (burkas and headscarves).

    I met a young Norwegian guy there, working in the oil industry, who’d just bought his first ocean-going yacht – at age 26.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @RadicalCenter
  45. utu says:
    @Anonymous Nephew

    I had a very nice conversation in Tromso with young bartender (in almost empty bar) who just came back from 6 week paid vacation to Africa.

  46. L.K says:
    @Anonymous

    Caesar Augustus : “In Argentina, almost everybody self-identifies as white. Almost nobody is.”

    I know Argentina, have been there several times.
    Most people in Argentina are white, generally of Spanish or Italian origin. There is also a visible mixed(white-indian) minority.
    You are making things up.

  47. L.K says:

    BTw, what a ridiculous list for the 10 most miserable contries in the world, RIDICULOUS!

    Extraordinarily silly article.

    • Replies: @utu
  48. utu says:
    @L.K

    “Extraordinarily silly article.” – Exactly! (see # 45)

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  49. Cameron says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I am writing a monograph on 19th century female poets. I would appreciate a precise source for Lazarus’s desire for maids, especially non-Jewish maids.

    Thank you.

  50. @advancedatheist

    But which African blacks? Khoi San? Pygmies? Bantu? Nilotic? Yoruba? Igbo? (And which castes?). Kalenjin?

  51. @Rehmat

    “loot their remaining natural resources”!! It makes you sound like an old-fashioned cloth cap socialist who is totally innocent of economics since the pre Adam Smith 18th century mercantilists. What resources in what countries are you thinking of that the countries in which they are found are not anxious to dig or pump them up (or cut them down) and sell them to foreigners without any need for the foreigners to do more than pay market price – or a contracted price based on best medium term estimates?

    As to Sudan can you not see why the black Christian southerners – even when fighting each other – might wish to escape the northern Muslim autocracy which had been massacring even Muslim blacks in Darfur?

    But of course compensation is due in the Caribbean. All the remnants of the indigenous pre-Colombian populations should be identified and the descendants of black slaves now ruling over them should honour them as the original owners and compensate them financially for their losses. Any claims for compensation from the British, Spanish, Dutch and French should be measured by the extent to which the black Caribeans are worse off than Africans in the (now) countries from which they came. But they only get to enter that game if they agree to pay up if the figure is negative. End of ridiculous claims I think. And time to move on to the claims I have against the Brits for unjustly transporting my ancestors for trivial or non-existent offences against their class superiors.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  52. @utu

    Even a critic like you confirms what is obvious to dispassionate observation, namely, that American policy is a plan to shape and reshape the world so Americans can understand it. A typical effect of inveterate American optimism.

  53. @utu

    He could have used a better list but I think you are unfairly disregarding the point he was principally making and his disclaimers to ward off barely relevant cavilling.

  54. Corvinus says:
    @AndyBoy

    Define “anti-white”.

  55. Corvinus says:
    @advancedatheist

    “I wonder why we don’t define black Africans as the world’s reference population and measure all the other populations relative to them in terms of IQ.”

    Yes, I wonder why. So, why don’t you create this definition and criteria and promote it. I’m sure you’ll make a fortune.

  56. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    There was a caller (actually texter) from Concord, NH to the Jeff Kuhner Radio Show (Boston) today. He said his child was being kept out of school– school closed for a few days– because of a whopping cough problem. He said there is a large Somali refugee/immigrant population in Concord, NH and they’ve brought their third-world diseases with them.

    I always wonder what’s going to happen with these large third-world populations in cold, inhospitable climates (Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire), when whites are no longer the majority and can longer take care of the needs of these peoples (especially electricity, construction, heating, etc).

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  57. mrjoyboy says:

    I think you are making the mistake of thinking that decision makers don’t know what they are doing. If only they would learn what you have to teach, then they would change. I think they do know all of the downsides. They don’t care. They fantasize that they can fix it.

  58. Olorin says:

    “Demography Is Destiny–So Why Do Gregg Easterbrook (And Barack Obama) Want America to Take the Third World Risk?”

    Because they are positioned to concentrate/maximize the profits and socialize/avoid the costs of mass demographic-based economic systems?

  59. @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah, I used to service Cato’s phones in the eighties when they moved into what we called the Coke Bottle Building, it was on Mass Avenue NW, I suppose they’re still there. They had a big Toshiba phone system, my specialty. Their think-tankers were rude and nasty to the little people like me and the admin types that used to direct me in the way of things that needed fixing. Those bastards were petty, their walls were decorated in framed degrees from lower-level colleges like Maryland and George Mason, but I never met one that was any smarter than I, but they surely thought so. Maybe Cato thinkers are typecast, never to escape the “Coke Bottle”, hence their miserable temperament.

    Price of admission to any of the think-tanks (policy-writing tanks, more like) is always a stack of degrees. But the Cato mopes are the fringe of policy-tanks, not held in any political or intellectual esteem by the local (DC) political parties nor my customers at Brooking Institute and Heritage and more recent additions AEI, AIPAC and a few others. Cato was always bottom-shelf. A notion that I had just come from Cato always brought a guffaw and a snicker.

    I always thought the war gamers and intel spooks at NSA, CIA and certain defense contractors much smarter still and always of better temperament towards the little people. The active duty 1-4-star flag officers at Pentagon were the worst of the worst, not terribly bright, but always of ill temper and full of themselves, the wrong types to be directing warfare. Maybe the political classes of Washington DC should be broken down into segments in the search for the reasons it’s so goddamned broken down there.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @Clyde
  60. Rehmat says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Can you Zionist filth start any discussion without quoting hate literature from Talmud?

    Where you think your Zionist filth living in Israel gets the “Blood diamonds” – your mother’s backyard in Ukraine, or maybe morons like you believe that oil/mineral resources looted from Nigeria, Algeria, Sudan, or diamond, spices and currency-printing technology from India, St. Peter’s Holy Chair from Muslim Spain, etc. were all donated to the western colonialist by your Shylock ancestors?

    Idiots like you should forget about world colonial history and try to legitimize your own colonialism in the Middle East – or better churn some new Jewish lies about Iran.

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/05/14/iran-and-the-big-jewish-lies/

  61. @Rehmat

    Hey Ree-Matt, while Iran is stoning their women and throwing their homos to the guillotine, I have no use for them. For them to one day have nukes to go with their missiles while their population is starving is more reason to reduce them to a radioactive puddle in advance. The great Persian people, yeah, the world needs more of THAT.

    You Muzzies are too funny. Now go, Ree-Matt. Count the sand in the desert, grain-by-grain. And stay away from the poor goats at night.

  62. @Priss Factor

    Wouldn’t that be “he got off NIGERIAN-free” or some such? This man is no Scot 😉

  63. @Anonymous Nephew

    Great for the guy, but isn’t he kinda part of Norway’s (and the West’s) existential problem? Rather than save and invest money to attract a good woman and provide well for their children, he buys a freeking yacht?

    Okay, enough of the threadjack 😉 I feel better now.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
  64. @Jim Christian

    Of all the think tanks in DC, CATO may be one of the few I could work for with a clear conscience. Have they moved away from their anti-war, anti-interventionist approach?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  65. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    Another case of Truth-Raping or Hate-Arsoning.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/another_racial_attack_ruled_a_hoax_in_college_town.html

    Setting false fires or raping the truth.

  66. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:
    @Priss Factor

    Hate-Scammers are like Nigerian Email Scammers.

    Scamming comes naturally to blacks.

    So, why not Hate Scamming?

  67. @Rehmat

    I do appreciate that the only way low grade twaddle can be poured out in such Rehmatic volume and tone is to outsource to a service centre in Islamabad but I really must insist on speaking to your supervisor. (I’m assuming you are still on your 12 hour shift).

    Can you please Mr Supervisor ensure my UR comments are at least read by someone who *can* read, preferably English, at at least Year 12 level? The test, I suggest, might be to see if the lad notices that there is not the slightest indication anywhere that I am Zionist or indeed Jewish – and, for the easy one that makes failure shameful – there is no mention or quoting of the Talmud anywhere.

  68. @Anonymous

    They’ve been bringing these refugees into New England (Hanscom Air Force Base) by the thousands a month for well over two years. They squat on the base, get their section 8 vouchers, EBT food stamp cards and Masshealth benefits and are then distributed throughout the region from Hanscom. It’s quiet and sneaky and the only peep is the Mayors of Springfield, Worcester, Maynard and communities on the North Shore where the onslaught is so great, the schools and local healthcare and hospitals are overwhelmed. Whooping cough is one thing. In New England, MassHealth reports through Boston Globe that 20% of the kids are infected with tuberculosis. In Minn., the tally is 22% of ALL refugees from Somalia, Syria and Iraq are infected.

    Why do we need this? Obama is diluting the White race with actual diseased and retarded Dindu from the African continent, deliberately harming our communities here in New England and all over the country in ways he never could with native African American Section 8 vouchers. The object is to destroy our systems and degrade our communities. And, these are folks that breed like rats. With their collective IQ below 65-75, they will never be more than sources of violence, disease and of course, 8 children per Muslim woman. It’s in full swing in a community near you and you don’t get to discover it until it is too late. Pretty slick move, bringing the Dindu in through military air facilities, away from the press (which celebrates societal destruction-by-Dindu in any case.

    Enjoy the third world decline, brought to you by your First World-Hating Muzzy President, fulfilling the Dreams of His Father.

  69. @RadicalCenter

    I haven’t set foot on Cato premises in better than 15 years. My impressions were quite accurate back then, but as for today? That Coke Bottle building is in my rear-view mirror.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  70. biz says:
    @Max Payne

    Actually the Arabs who in the past 40 years have begun to call themselves “Palestinians” are the only people in the world for which a supposed “right of return” is thought to apply. Every other refugee group has been uncontroversially settled in the countries where they ended up, and this includes by the way the over half of Israel’s population that is descended from those Jews ethnically cleansed from Arab countries. Only the “Palestinian” Arabs are presumed to have a right to settle somewhere that one of their grandparents may have lived at one point, and this is what is inconsistent.

    • Replies: @5371
  71. L.K says:
    @utu

    You r on the money, utu!

    If JD had included China, North Korea and India, the list would be complete! haha

    As I said before, ridiculous!

    NONE of the above countries should be in that list.

    And Palestine??? OMG. What the F are these people talking about? There is no such country.
    Zio scum have been making sure of that.
    The Gaza strip is a huge open air prison, bombed to hell from time to time…

    utu: “JD is a pathetic little propagandist for the Empire, btw.”

    Exactly.

  72. L.K says:
    @Immigrant from former USSR

    Well, ‘Immigrant from former USSR’,

    I know what to think; the given IQ figure could easily be BS. How about that?

    Many such IQ nbrs advanced by Lynn and friends should be viewed with suspicion, as a lot of his research has been criticized by other specialists.
    The avg black american IQ is said to be 85 and Iran’s is 84? Go figure.

    Iran is an ancient civilization, one of the cradles of civilization;

    Here is what the Economist, a neocon rag, has reported on Iran:

    http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21628597-after-decades-messianic-fervour-iran-becoming-more-mature-and-modern-country

    …The most visible shift is in public infrastructure. Tehran, the capital, is a tangle of new tunnels, bridges, overpasses, elevated roads and pedestrian walkways. Shiny towers rise in large numbers, despite the sanctions. Screens at bus stops display schedules in real time. Jack Straw, a former British foreign minister and a regular visitor, says that “Tehran looks and feels these days more like Madrid and Athens than Mumbai or Cairo.”

    Smaller Iranian cities have changed even more. Tabriz, Shiraz and Isfahan are working on underground railways. Half the traditional bathhouses in Qazvin, an industrial town west of Tehran, have closed in recent years. In a basement with a domed ceiling built 350 years ago, the forlorn manager sweeps around two kittens and bemoans the loss of a 700-year-old competitor, musing that “people now have bathrooms with hot running water.” In Yalayesh, a remote village near the Caspian sea, entertainment remains old-fashioned: a Kurdish strongman, Ismail the Hero, shows off a lion in a cage on the back of his blue truck. Still, two years ago the government finished piping natural gas into every house, making winters with temperatures of -20ºC “tolerable for the first time”, says a spectator.

    During the eight-year presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which ended in 2013, prosperity spread rapidly. Loans, handouts and social-housing programmes, however corrupt and ineptly run, showered billions of oil dollars on the poor. Many found white-collar jobs in government agencies. The middle class ballooned. Villagers streamed into Tehran to buy property as GDP per person rose from $4,400 in 1993 to $13,200 last year (at purchasing-power parity). Despite the sanctions, Iran does not look like beleaguered Cuba; people drive new sedans made locally, not 1950s Chevrolets. Life became harder when sanctions were tightened in 2011, but even now Iranians live much better than most of their neighbours.

    Prosperity has inspired an obsession with technology that restrictions on internet access cannot dampen. Facebook is the primary medium for half the country’s youth and Twitter is used by officials to put out statements—never mind that both are banned. Freedom House, an American human-rights lobby, ranks Iran last in the world in terms of internet freedom, but in reality access is cheap and fast. (The fastest speeds are achieved near seminaries, since clerics preach online and get priority on fibre-optic cables.)
    […]
    The hunger for free information is fuelled by rising education levels, which are now comparable to those in Western countries. In 2009, 34% of Iranians in the relevant age group went to university. Three years later the number had gone up to 55% and is said to have climbed further since then, mostly thanks to the huge expansion of Azad University, which now has over 100 campuses and 1.5m students. Iran’s cabinet has more members with PhDs from American universities than that of America itself; the president, Hassan Rohani, got his in Scotland. According to SCImago, a Spanish firm that monitors academic journals, Iran’s scientific output has increased by 575% in the past decade. The country also publishes three times more books than all Arab nations combined.

    The vastly expanded education system, which makes particular efforts to reach poor and rural families, has acted as a catalyst for independent thinking. The art world has opened up. Film scripts still require approval, but religious themes have faded. Culture is no longer a mere propaganda tool.[…]

    Not bad for a country that has been under sanctions since the revolution of 1979 removed the zamerican puppet.
    Not to mention that Iran has been a victim of imperialism since the days of the Great Game.

    Nice song and footage of Irans capital:
    Persian Nights

  73. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Immigrant from former USSR

    Immmigrant from former USSR — One possible explanation for the low IQ scores of Iranian children may be the habit of Iranian parents of lying about their ages so they can start school earlier. It is not unusual to see 4 year olds and 5 year olds in a first grade class, for example.

    The psychological attributes of human beings develop at different ages. Motor skills come in fairly early, but the ability to understand abstract reasoning (e.g, the difference between an object and a picture of that object) comes in later, around age 10.

    It is possible that when Iranian children are tested for IQ, the ones who are a year or two younger than the grade level age do poorly because their minds and bodies are too young and have not yet matured enough to have the abilities being tested. If half or more of the kids in a given class are underage, you may get an artificially low mean and median IQ score.

  74. @L.K

    Thank you for detailed description.
    Your I.f.f.U.

  75. I actually liked musical clip, which you inserted. Thank you indeed.

  76. 5371 says:
    @biz

    [Actually the Arabs who in the past 40 years have begun to call themselves “Palestinians” are the only people in the world for which a supposed “right of return” is thought to apply]

    A fanatical Zionist wrote these words, with no apparent sense of incongruity.
    Let that sink in for a minute.

    • Replies: @biz
  77. Clyde says:
    @Jim Christian

    But the Cato mopes are the fringe of policy-tanks, not held in any political or intellectual esteem by the local (DC) political parties nor my customers at Brooking Institute and Heritage and more recent additions AEI, AIPAC and a few others. Cato was always bottom-shelf.

    They are the libertarian front men for our large sell-out corporations via free trade, open borders and the like. They do their free trade propaganda. Who do think funds them? They always have money.
    That said, I can agree with them sometimes with their libertarianism such as a smaller and less intrusive Federal government.

  78. biz says:
    @5371

    A ‘fanatical Zionist’ wrote something that was factually correct while an anti-Zionist wrote something that was false. Contemplate that for a while.

    • Replies: @Pat Casey
  79. @Anonymous

    I like the idea to get enrolled earlier. One (of two) my sisters, and I myself, skipped 1-st grade. The other sister was enrolled in a regular way.
    Our (with my wife) son skipped one grade in the process of getting enrolled into local High School, after we emigrated.

  80. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @AndyBoy

    Yes, they have a genocidal racial hatred of people of European descent.

    Once you accept that as the premise everything they do makes sense.

  81. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Rich

    A majority low IQ is probably not a problem if that country is ruled by high IQ people, and ruled with an iron fist.

    Jew

  82. Pat Casey says:
    @biz

    Hey I missed you before but wanted to say thanks for the verses. I meant there is nothing about Christian Zionism in The New Testament as Christian Zionism is currently manifest. Revelations ends with all things made new. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Maybe same land maybe not. But everything else concerns Christian Jews, not modern Zionists. And the evangelicals have totally lost sight of that. They don’t dare proselytize them. They cheerlead a gangster state that keeps palestinian christians in a Goddamn concentration camp.

  83. @RadicalCenter

    “Rather than save and invest money to attract a good woman and provide well for their children, he buys a freeking yacht?”

    I didn’t get the impression that a 26 year old yacht owner had too much difficulty in attracting women, and this impression was reinforced by his lithe Finnish girlfriend.

  84. @Anonymous Nephew

    Yeah I didn’t imply that any guy with a yacht would have trouble attracting women. Question is, attract them for what? Hooking up and never making a serious commitment? Getting lots of meaningless sex as he and the procession of barren women simy age and create nobody to succeed them?

    The fact remains that the money this immature guy spent on a yacht, would go a fair way towards saving to buy a house and raise children.

    Like to see how many children he has in five years. Will he still merely be impressing and partying with and screwing women on the yacht and never growing up and perpetuating his family, while Muslims and other dregs in “his” country continue to pump up the kids and seize the future?

    You missed my point, and if you don’t see the vital societal and personal necessity of having children — and the benefits of doing so at a fairly young age — I can’t help you or the childish and childless boat boy.

  85. Art says:

    Ana Coulter on immigration – she is great.

  86. @Jim Christian

    My time in DC in my late 20s to early 30s left me with utter contempt and disgust for our “representatives”, our judges, and the staffs of each. Such arrogance, mean spiritedness, hatred of normal America and normal families, and refusal to have a civil conversation about politics.

    The fed gov needs to be downsized, with the HQs of its remaining agencies (other than White House and congress) scattered around the country rather than concentrated in an imperial capital. Let them get the Hell out of their sick bubble and live with the rest of us.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  87. @Anonymous Nephew

    PS if the girlfriend is like most Finns and Norwegians, she’s a brainwashed, misguided woman who will waste her childbearing years and end up contributing to the Islamic and African takeover of her country.

    Check out the fertility rates of these useless losers and perhaps the girlfriend being attractive or “lithe” isn’t such a coup.

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  88. @RadicalCenter

    I won’t disagree with you on any of that. Norway, like Iceland, is a lovely, well-organised country full of SWPL type people who think everyone else in the world is like them too. This foolishness may be the death of them.

    Their forebears wouldn’t have been so stupid, but then neither would ours.

  89. @RadicalCenter

    Rad-Center,

    Your reply reminds me that it was not always so. The DC region of the mid 80s to around the end of Bill Clinton’s days was a grand time to be a single man with a motorcycle in Washington. Single, pre-obesity/non-piercing/non-tatting and still-beautiful women were everywhere in the offices of Washington. It was a party, I tell ya. Everyone was making lots of dough, every women in town was looking to unleash her inner Monica Lewinski and the town had some joy and fun to it. Exciting new technologies and cheap oil fueled a merry time in DC. Bill Clinton fucked up, sure, but he didn’t fill the party.

    Then came W and his bullshit war which was a real buzz kill. Finally, the next era of Democrat dominance and oppression began and with Obama himself came the final oppression, economic crash and backstabbing and political and racial division throughout the town. And now comes Hillary, the final chapter.

    DC is now a miserable, traffic-laden, political wasteland of speech and thought-control, dominated by obese and ugly women and their sometimes “male” handmaidens. The DC vicinity is a wretched place now and in the Summertime heat and humidity, surely Washington is one of Dante’s Circles. More likely DC is a combination of all, for the foul souls of all of Dante’s circles reside there.

    Between the election debacle of 2000 and the vomitous onset of late-stage feminism, the decline of the society in and around DC was inevitable I suppose. In any case, I chose a sleepy New England town outside Boston as my refuge from it all. DC is a joyless space now, a place to make a fortune or a living, but never again a place to settle. When I pass through occasionally I realize, Tom Wolf was right. You actually cannot ever really go home again. The DC and Virginia and the America of my youth is gone and it ain’t coming back.

  90. @Priss Factor

    “Christianity must be rejected if the white race must survive.”

    Rejection of Christianity has left many modern youth with political correctness as the only available religion for them to embrace. You need to rethink your plan.

  91. Does this list include the rate of self-medication? Because isn’t it a well known fact that almost one third of American women are on Xanax or antidepressants (not to mention the oxy pandemic). Don’t blame them, but what does that say about “miserable”?

    What about freedom? It’s become clear that countries like the US, the UK, Scandinavia have much less freedom in many ways than Russia (or, I assume, Ukraine and possibly Serbia)? And that has nothing to do with the recent immigration, but with how those countries have chosen to organize their societies over the past 30 years. Kremlin might be cracking down on some media outlets, but an average Russian enjoys much more freedom than an average Westerner.

    What about things like access to high culture and sports? All those things are very expensive in the West, unlike in Russia, giving your child violin lessons or going to opera will cost you a fortune. And then in places like Norway up until recently there was no opera at all.

    What about income to cost of living ratios? What about the cost of higher education and medical care? All those are still cheap in Russia. Norwegians have high salaries but a cup of tea costs 4 euro. A glass of wine in a bar in Stockholm costs 10 euro.

    Also, some of those countries at the lower end have been plundered by the IMF.

    Not denying the obviously important GDP per capita, just putting things in perspective.

  92. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Argentina is 97% White? Only in your dreams…

    First of all, those numbers are from samples from Buenos Aires only and are deliberately used to provide an image of Argentina as a “White” country.

    Secondly, Middle Easterners and North Africans are also counted as White and there’s no shortage of mixed-raced people identifying as “White” throughout the country.

    White is not so much a biological thing in Latin America as it is a social one (a very fluid one).

  93. I am always bemused by this last ditch effort by those of a certain hue to denounce x groups as they believe that their version of IQ goals, deception and modus operandi should be the reason for a ‘less than ideal circumstance’ instead of bad governance and everything else that goes along with it. You have laws against (at one time!) certain people that they could not be educated, they could not vote and if even they could, they were harangued thorugh various forms of illegal activity to not vote, their churches were burned down and of the citizens hagned as a warnning not to participate the natural commons then ignore 200 years of legal slavery then pretend those same people had all the benefits equal to ‘majority citizens for those same 2 centuries.

    Y’all some crazy fools and yall are so serious in your ignorance and proclamation on IQ and what it should be despite evidence to the contrary.
    The problem in Venezuela is the private sector attempting to starve out the revolutionary sentiment keeping in mind that China and Russia in their communist sanctuary have a working relationship with the capitalist elements (read private sectors) that works to secure personal wealth as long as the people do not rise up against the regime.

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