Some commenters would occasionally remark on Unz that South Korea is very “xenophobic,” how Koreans hate foreigners, etc. (usually accompanied by how amazingly xenophilic white people are in comparison). That’s an outdated stereotype. I would point out to no avail that:
1. Both left and right administrations in South Korea have pushed for “globalization” as an official state ideology for the past 30-40 years.
2. These administrations have encouraged rural and downscale males unable to find local wives to find them overseas, mostly in Vietnam (and even subsidizing such marriages).
3. South Korean traditional and social media relentlessly push and extol how wonderful xenophilia is.
Is it any wonder that the South Korean public’s attitude is now (by self-assessment) more welcoming to outsiders than even that of the United States? This is not magic. It’s not unique to Americans or Germans (and certainly not just whites). It happens when the state and the media join hands and indoctrinate the population thusly.
Badwhite countries like Russia and Hungary are more restrictionist than globalist countries like South Korea and, increasingly, Japan are.
One of the big practical problems I see with enforcing race based nationalism in an age of global travel: very few men in *any* culture are going to choose “no wife” over “foreign wife”.
If the Covidians get their way, though, the age of global travel for non-aristocrats may be coming to an end. The jet-setting cosmopolitan oligarchy can intermarry while the serfs stay in place to maintain local flavor. Maybe neo-feudalism will be better than neo-liberalism for ethnonationalism!
Republicans need to just get a lot better at cheating and fraud than Democrats. No quarter for these aholes.
They deliver their votes first then we deliver the win. All of our dead people vote. All of the non-dead as well. Everyone mails in two, three, four, ten ballots apiece.
Based on what we can tell: there is no danger to fraud. You can’t be held accountable. Suits are too early (‘no standing’) or too late (‘laches’).
So let’s just flood the system with Republican votes. That is the game, game on.
Cases have been made that the GOP did that in 2000 and 2004. Democracy destroys itself. There is no electoral solution to stave off dissolution. It’s a question of when and how, not if.
Ryan Andrews on what American conservatism must become in the 21st century if the political orientation is to avoid the dustbin of history:
If the proportion of conservatives to left-liberals were exactly the same in every last census block in the country, it would still be worth dividing the place in two, and letting those so inclined move to the country of their choice.
As it happens however, that is not the case. In fact, red-state America, with the exception of Alaska, is literally a contiguous block. Yet instead of thanking their good fortune at such an opportunity falling into their laps (they certainly didn’t do anything to deserve it), conservatives alternate between fraudulently puffing-their-chests about not surrendering all the red counties in blue states and pathetically moaning that blue counties are mixed in with most red states; ‘it’s all so impractical.’ So, in true conservative fashion, they do nothing. If as a conservative, you cannot see that half the country (probably a bit more, really) is utterly and irrevocably lost, and that if you don’t act to conserve the other half, that too will be lost within a couple generations, then I don’t know what to say. You can lead a horse to water, but if he thinks the strain of craning his neck to take a drink is not worth the effort, then he’s not going to make it.
Almost Missouri on how, not satisfied with having stolen the financial future from the zoomers and millennials, boomers have responded to Covid by stealing the daily activities that make young life worth living from them, too:
One way to understand the current panicdemic is as a farewell middle finger from Boomers+ to younger generations. In prior and deadlier epidemics there was no such thing as a “lockdown”, there was merely the aggregate of private actions to reduce harm in whatever way anyone thought most efficacious to their particular circumstances. This year, faced with a heavier-than-usual flu season, which mainly affects the older generation, we have a historically unprecedented global totalitarian response, the burden of which is disproportionately borne by the young so that some meager benefit may be reaped by the old.
This dynamic is perhaps most starkly on display at colleges, where the generation that ecstatically rioted to take over the universities in the 1960s, now that they are in control of those same institutions, has peremptorily shutdown every remaining pleasant, human, and free aspect of tertiary education so they can maximize their own convenience (“teach” from home in pajama bottoms) while diminishing their young students to nothing more than captive video heads. The young are the most restricted while their risk was effectively zero. Their elderly teachers are the most free while they gain modest risk reductions from everyone else’s sacrifice. If the restrictions on student-to-student social contact seem oddly overdone for their stated purpose, that’s because they are. The Boomers know perfectly well what they would have done as students in these circumstances, and they want to be absolutely sure that it is not done to them, now that they are the ones in control.
Is it vampiricism or sensible triage?
Or is the entire framing incorrect? It resonates rhetorically with me, but both the public response to and polling on the virus hardly indicate the Covid divide is a generational one. That the putatively punished youth are apparently happy to sit on their console controllers instead of forcefully resisting the restrictions is not missed by dfordoom:
Another way to understand it is as an example of the crybaby younger generations doing what they do best – crying when they don’t get what they want.
When Boomers thought they were treated unfairly (such as being drafted to fight a stupid evil war in Vietnam) they got off their asses and did something about it. They took to the streets, and risked being beaten up by the police.
The only members of the crybaby younger generations getting off their asses and doing something is the antifa loons. They’re stupid and crazy and evil but at least they’re doing more than sitting in the corner sobbing about how unfair it all is and how mean the Boomers have been to them.
An anon offers hope that China launching a revanchist campaign against Taiwan in defiance of a compromised Biden administration is unlikely. When all your eggs–or more precisely, the means of impregnating them–are in one basket, the thought of that basket becoming cannon fodder is especially horrifying:
I view the chances of China starting aggressive war as doubtful. Virtually the entire PLA consists of only-children. Getting too many of them killed would be a very bad situation for the current regime, it might approach “lost the Mandate of Heaven” badness.
Here’s to hoping the middle kingdom maintains the mandate by keeping the Pacific pacific.