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On the fourth of July, Americans celebrate the freeing of their country from the binds of the British. In the same way whites cannot be victims of racism because racism equals prejudice plus power, the idea of one group of whites attaining freedom from another group of whites is an affront to the concept of... Read More
Free expression and isonomy are foundational to a functioning liberal democracy. Without free expression there is no liberalism and without isonomy there is no democracy: Is our age the first in the country's history wherein younger cohorts are less classically liberal than their elders are? There is no clear racial, gendered, or political confound. To... Read More
A century ago, it was easy to tell Catholics and Protestants apart in America. Unless they are coming out of church, it's difficult to do so now. One major reason for this is the high rate of intermarriage between Catholics and Protestants over the last few generations. Is a similar trend taking place among Jews... Read More
The cup overflows with thought provoking reactions for this COTW. Wency on the drop in the stock price of liberal white women: Democracy is a zero sum game. That's why it generates so much anger and resentment. Wency again on the two most famous dystopian novels of the 20th century (with Fahrenheit 451 occupying the... Read More
In a few generations, that is. The Orthodox don't yet comprise one-in-ten American Jews, though they will soon and their representation will continue to increase from there. In many respects, non-Orthodox Jews view the Orthodox like liberal whites view white Trump supporters--as deplorables. Orthodox Jews voted for Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. But while the... Read More
As America becomes less culturally and ancestrally Western, the orientation of the country's foreign policy will correspondingly move away from the West and towards the rest: Zoomers and millennials are modestly less favorably inclined towards Western leaders than older generations. And they're much less hostile towards putatively authoritarian--putatively because Ontario, Canada is locked down harder... Read More
The assessment Facebook banned and the corporate media destroyed people for holding looks to be the correct one. Oops, looks like the fact checkers effed up again. Despite more than a year of the merchants of mendacity running cover for the US and Chinese establishments, most Americans see through the lies: Virtually every aspect of... Read More
The following graph shows how American Jews perceive the importance of various things in defining what it means to be Jewish. The figures are computed by taking the percentages who rate a thing as essential and subtracting from it the percentages who deem it unimportant. The percentages indicating a thing to be important but not... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of Jewish Americans and of all Americans who perceive there to be "a lot" of discrimination against various groups: Michael Savage and his friends are about the only Jews who think evangelicals are seriously put upon. Evangelicals are the strongest supporters of Israel in the country--stronger supporters of Israel... Read More
One man, in this case dfordoom, calls it an echo chamber. Another man might call it a sanctuary: Maybe. On the other hand, the presumption that there should be a designated place where people of disparate beliefs and sensibilities congregate is an odd one. It isn't borne out in other media or entertainment trends. A... Read More
The dam of resistance has burst. Democrat apprehension over reopening society has been washed downstream. Bipartisan majorities support a return to normalcy: It is truly bizarre to watch national officials still carry on as though the public is looking to them for permission to have a few friends over on the fourth of July. There... Read More
It will come as a surprise to many that left-leaning YouGov finds net nationwide support for Texas Senate Bill 8. The pro-life bill bans abortions of fetuses with detectable heartbeats. Heartbeats become detectable as early as six weeks into pregnancy. When the bill takes effect in September it will be one of the most restrictive... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of people--by race, sex and political orientation--who say "genetic testing will do more harm than good": Fetal genetic testing during the first trimester and embryo selection during IVF procedures to screen for conditions like Down or Patau syndromes is eugenics. It's voluntary rather than coerced as many of the... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of Americans, by political orientation and over time, who disapprove of cops striking civilians who punch them: In space to destroy following the death of Freddie Grey while in the custody of the Baltimore PD, I was struck by the then iconic picture of a squad car suffering through... Read More
Black Rednecks and White Liberals part XXVIII: It's time to declare victory and come home. As is the case with flu shots, allow people to decide whether or not they want to take the jab each year or every few months or whatever the recommended schedule is. The Biden administration gets a win, Big Pharma... Read More
The Woke response is what? It's bad because black lives matter? Of course not. It's bad because white lives don't matter? For some, of course not. For others, yeah, but we can't be perceived as defending white lives.
There is no way for the GOPe to rig the primaries hard enough to overcome pro-Trump sentiment among Republican--and many independent--voters. There is no electoral support for the Cheney charnel house or the Lincoln Project perverts. No matter how hard the corporate media tries to manufacture it, they can't even get through the fabrication stage:... Read More
The following graph shows net sympathy for Israelis or for Palestinians by various demographic characteristics. Figures are arrived at by taking the percentages of respondents in a subgroup partial to Israelis and subtracting from it the percentages of respondents partial to Palestinians: America's demographic transformation, disproportionately supported by Jews, has undermined American support for Israel... Read More
Rather than asserting that without slavery the United States would not have become as wealthy and technologically advanced as it is today, it seems the opposite is true--without ending slavery, the United States would not have ever become as wealthy and technologically advanced as it is today. And the perverse incentives and retarding aspects of... Read More
The Ron Paul moment may not have passed. Perhaps after lying dormant for a decade it is poised to return with a vengeance: Or perhaps having non-Democrats split and most of the left arrayed in opposition is too hostile an environment for the moment's renaissance. If it's not an idea whose time has yet come,... Read More
Wency on how below replacement fertility, Woke Capital, and high anxiety are just some of the blessings modern status striving has given us: Caspar von Everec offers speculation as to why foreign policy doesn't have the domestic purchase it used to have: Americans nowadays simply don’t care about foreign policy that much. That was a... Read More
Many people do not think the virtual playing field is an even one: A plurality of BIPOCs and of Democrats perceive social media to be fair. Pluralities of whites and of independents, and an outright majority of Republicans, see the deck stacked in favor of the left. Know thy enemy. Curiously, nearly one-in-five Republicans perceive... Read More
At the moment, anyway: He also appears to be one of the least ideologically driven. The Florida governor has mastered the material. When it comes to the scientific literature applicable to Covid, no other mainstream politician knows it better. Many on the dissident right mock and disdain the normie right's celebration of liberty at the... Read More
The following graph shows net support for former president Donald Trump being allowed back on to Facebook by the social media platform: If you come in search of optimism, find a flicker of hope in the results by age cohort. Zoomers are by this measure the generation most opposed to the corpotocracy silencing the citizenry.... Read More
Triteleia Laxa gets the ball rolling on questions about cryptocurrencies: There can only ever be ~21 million Bitcoin, ergo it is by definition ultimately inflation-proof. But where are the limits on how many bitcoin wannabes can be introduced? There are already over 5,000 of them. Ethereum is approaching half of Bitcoin's market cap. A couple... Read More
From Donald Trump's swearing in January 201 through the Spring of 2020, public opinion on whether racial relations were getting better or worse in the US improved from a net worse of 65% to a net worse of just 24%. Perceived net racial acrimony was reduced to a third of what it had been three... Read More
In 2004, the General Social Survey asked respondents to identify from a list of ten the three most important personal attributes or characteristics for describing who they are. The percentages who identified "racial or ethnic background" among the top three, by, well, racial or ethnic background: One of the major objectives of Wokeism in general... Read More
And nobody but blacks dig the Democrats: All that talk from the GOP aimed at convincing blacks how the Democrat party keeps them on the plantation has been really effective. Party of Lincoln, freed the slaves! Frank Luntz and Karl Rove are geniuses. The unimpressive Republican figure among conservatives is arrived at by way of... Read More
Wency shares his impressions of aspiring members of the managerial class: My experience with actual top corporate leadership has been limited outside of extremely formal contexts, but I went to a reasonably elite MBA school, and most of my classmates went on to corporate work. None are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies yet (I follow... Read More
In the process of sleuthing through political campaign donations by industry to show how absurd the idea that Republicans are the party of Corporate America is, we stumble across an interesting albeit small industrial category: "Pro-Israel". Given the pro-Palestinian sentiments among many rank-and-file Democrat voters, the influence of Christian Zionism among rank-and-file Republicans, president Trump's... Read More
Like everything else in modern America, the Covid poke or parry is highly partisan: If there is a Covid kill switch, too many deplorables are going to escape it. If refusing to take the jab is playing Russian roulette with one's health, too many deplorables are going to... die? That doesn't sound like an outcome... Read More
A performatively bemused iffen struggles to understand why mob justice is bad when it comes to democracy but good when it comes to crime: Who? Whom? part ∞ More than six months out from the presidential election and 3-in-4 Republicans and 2-in-5 independents do not perceive president Joe Biden's victory as legitimate: That figure has... Read More
Big business and the culture wars, a marriage made in heaven: Forget Democratic Socialism, the arc of history bends towards Woke Capitalism:
The ACAB position is a minority one, even among Democrats, but time is on its side: This poll was conducted a few days before the Derek Chauvin verdict. Whatever the outcome means for ACAB, it is at this point hard not to think at the very least ACAF--all cops are fools. Why would a man... Read More
As if the imploding American empire doesn't have enough explosives along its foundations as is, there has been a marked bipartisan increase in hostility towards the world's ascendant second pole over the last four years: The setup for a spectacular American collapse is nearly complete. If China makes a move on Taiwan, a move on... Read More
Wency inadvertently makes an Israel-as-crusader-state argument: The Kingdom of Jerusalem provided (relatively) safe passage for pilgrimages eight centuries ago. When it collapsed, those pilgrimages became less safe. The crusader states were economic sinkholes. Unlike true colonies that enriched the empire at home, European monarchs spent a couple of centuries promising more men and money to... Read More
Observing the horrifying behavior of a 13 year old callously taking the life of a man she didn't know in a carjacking gone wrong, songbird wonders if a little early life corporal intervention could have kept her off the homicidal path she ended up going down: Blacks are more supportive of physically disciplining children than... Read More
Support for or opposition to Black Lives Matter is now a marginally better predictor of whether a person is a Democrat or a Republican than who he voted for is: Exit polling shows 5% of Democrats and 6% of Republicans voted for Trump and Biden, respectively. But just 3% of Democrats express a negative view... Read More
All the corporatocracy had to do to neutralize the Occupy Wall Street movement was signal support for Wokeism. We'll cheer on transgender athletes and BIPOC Ivy League graduates, you let us grind the working and middle classes into the dirt while enacting the largest upward transfers of wealth in the history of the world. Deal?... Read More
Peaceful parenting is slowly but steadily gaining acceptance: There is no greater power disparity than that which exists between parent and child. An abused wife can leave her abusive husband and take most of his stuff on the way out. An abused drug pusher can turn his contentious encounter with the police into a winning... Read More
Twinkie on health care: That sounds a lot like auto insurance. If companies provided auto insurance and in turn auto insurance covered oil changes and tire rotations, it'd be a lot more expensive, too. What about the relatively novel subscription model? It has exploded from nothing to hundreds of primary care facilities in the span... Read More
The grass isn't greener on the other side, it's greener right where you are: The corporate media deserves a lot of blame for indefatigably fanning the flames of racial discord as a matter of policy. Certain situations are sensationalized, others effectively ignored, and nothing is ever put in proper perspective. But this also suggests decentralization... Read More
Just one-in-four Americans following--or not following--the Chauvin case from the sidelines have suspended judgment on the outcome of the trial until the jury deliberates and presents its verdict: Sitting in judgment as a man's life hangs in the balance would be hard enough when being presented, without distraction, with the best prosecutorial and defense cases... Read More
Put voter ID up for a national vote and it will win in a landslide: Joe Biden may say it's more restrictive than Jim Crow, but almost nobody believes him, including black Americans. Nobody does because it's obviously not. Everyone knows it's nearly impossible to function in modern America without photo identification. No bank accounts,... Read More
The percentages of people, by selected demographic characteristics, who describe those who display American flags on their homes or vehicles as "racist": One-in-five "very liberal" people view the American flag as a racist symbol, as do one-in-eight blacks and one-in-nine people under the age of 35. The stars and stripes haven't suffered the same fate... Read More
Wency on how entrepreneurial evangelicals have outhustled corporate Catholics. Profiting from (and for!) the prophet: It's drying up for both. A shame, for we could use as many good explications of how the new covenant meant an end to offering sacrifices as the country prepares to offer up a human sacrifice in another futile attempt... Read More
Trust in American institutions is in secular decline. One salient exception to this trend is the US military. The way the military was regarded and soldiers treated after Vietnam is a far cry from how it's regarded and they are treated today: Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the obliteration of Iraqi forces... Read More
Until Donald Trump temporarily renewed the left's faith in the corporate media, the integrity trajectory was down, down, down for the merchants of mendacity: The media's knob-slobbering, ring-kissing, bootlicking deference to and running interference for the Biden administration isn't going to sustain liberals in the same way their acrimony towards Trump did. That blue line... Read More
John Johnson offers pithy relationship advice: More charitably, it will tend to be differences in interests rather than the woman being inherently boring. A man's best friend should be neither his dog nor his wife. It should be another man. Nebulafox on the state of the GOP and where it must go from here: One... Read More