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It is difficult to discuss the idea of political dissolution without eliciting comparisons to the American Civil War. The often unspoken presumption is that secession will inevitably lead to violence. More likely, though, Texit or Calexit will resemble Brexit more than they do the Civil War or America's other secessionary war, the American Revolution. Given... Read More
From news on the Conservative party's big night: Imagine if the unthinkable happens--this stunningly unexpected, enormous tactical gamble becomes a sustained political strategy.
The sentimental touchstone that causes non-British Americans whose ancestors came over in the 19th and early 20th centuries, right? Huddled masses, the poem, the search for a better life--the promise of America. Though these non-British European immigrants of the past--especially Italians and the Irish--often serve as rhetorical ploys in the service of arguing for open... Read More
A lot of people on the dissident right were hoping for a Croatian win in the World Cup. The sentiment is understandable. Despite being under the thumb of the Soviet Union for half a century and part of the doomed conglomerate, Yugoslavia, that gave us the term "balkanization", Croatia is a real country today. France,... Read More
Mom and baby have spent a lot of time sleeping in this hospital cell over the last couple of days so dad has correspondingly had a lot time to scroll through Reuters-Ipsos polling looking for interesting queries. The interactive site doesn't organize polls chronologically but instead puts them into categories and sub-categories of which there... Read More
Via Pew (with a heads-up from Anatoly Karlin), the following table shows the percentage of each country's population that approves of Trump's US-Mexico border wall as a percentage of the percentage that disapproves it (not a typo!). Unsure/don't know responses are excluded. There isn't a single country where more say they approve than disapprove, but... Read More
++Addition++I made a couple of sloppy transposition errors in the composition of the initial post. They have since been corrected and the figures presented are now accurate. Interactive feedback is a great thing in the pursuit of the truth. I always welcome it. --- Using the UN's most recent population projection figures, the rate of... Read More
There was too much bear-baiting, muh freedom, and muh values, sure, but if those are the rhetorical compromises that must be made in return for the following, so be it. This excerpt is gold (just hit play, it's queued up): As Heartiste puts it: Throw those black pills away. The fight isn't over. It's only... Read More
Another couple years, another 80 million people added onto the latest UN estimates of Africa's population at the turn of the century and another 80 million removed from the European figure (amounting to a 13% decline in the estimated total population of Europe in 2100 compared to the estimate for 2100 that was made just... Read More
My recently assembled method of screening out people who are putatively angry and frustrated by Trump's intention to withdrawal the US from the Paris "climate justice" Agreement follows. --- Firstly, explain how the following factors into your concern about catastrophic anthropogenic climate change and what remedial steps should be taken to address it: Secondly, do... Read More
The CIA world factbook recently added a field listing of the mean age of women at first birth for several countries. In Chad and Niger, most women are getting pregnant before they turn 18. Sexual relationships that violate laws on statutory rape in the US are commonplace in sub-Saharan Africa, where the age of first... Read More
As I was following Brexit coverage, this caught my eye: There may not always be an England, but the assertion that there is no England now is at best premature. What has become abundantly clear, however--as this Telegraph reporting illustrates--is that London is no longer part of England. It's less English now than it was... Read More
Drumpf is informative because it is yet another stark illustration of the inverse relationship between how proud one should be of an ethnicity and how much that ethnic tradition has objectively accomplished*, or of Who? Whom? more generally. As Red Phillips sardonically wrote: It's also funny because of how poorly Trump does with ancestral Germans... Read More
In less than two minutes, Trump illustrates why his phenomenon is the most exciting, consequential political development of my lifetime:
Long before the Trump phenomenon came into being, Rand Paul was getting grilled by the Republican establishment for not declaring Vladimir Putin global enemy #1, and by extension, not insinuating that Russia--a natural ally in the real third world war--should inherently be viewed antagonistically: With Rand out of contention, Trump is now the least hawkish... Read More
The United Kingdom's talk of banning Donald Trump is to Google's perpetual homage to diversity as the United Kingdom's failure to absorb anything more than a token of the Syrian-plus migration is to Google's failure to hire women and non-Asian minorities. While the tactics of both the UK and Google are comprehensible, they are no... Read More
Time chose Angela Merkel. The award allegedly identifies the person who has the most effect on the year's news, not necessarily the most benevolent one, so being the destroyer of Germania does not mandate disqualification. There were seven other finalists, including Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Black Lives Matter activists, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner,... Read More
Via Ray Sawhill, see here for some amazing pictures of the MENA refugee stream in action. The flow looks to be around 80%-90% male. Hundreds of thousands of displaced young men from violent countries who will sink to the bottom of their host societies. I don't see what could possibly go wrong!
Discussing the prospects for popular success of a "liberals against mass immigration" movement, a 'troll' wrote: Until I read through the reactions, I hadn't even realized the guy was trolling. Intentions aside, his point illustrates the inherent difficulty the contemporary Western left has in dealing with situations like this, and why making a movement like... Read More
Commenting on a story about a minor celebrity in Scotland being investigated by police for making an uncouth joke about ebola, Dennis Mangan suspects women to be the primary moving force behind the lodging of the formalized complaint that led law enforcement to get involved: The GSS contains several dichotomous questions about whether or not... Read More
Two-dimensional political orientations (right-left, conservative-liberal, etc) don't tend to map well onto one country from another, even when the populations of the countries under consideration share large swaths of identity in terms of language, history, religion, and culture. Corresponding party affiliations map even more poorly still from country to country. In the US, secession is... Read More
As a prerequisite, please see Heartiste's post on a study positing criminal behavior as an alternative mating strategy that potentially increases evolutionary fitness. It's paygated, so we're just working with the abstract here. Perhaps it is correctly identifying a meaningful phenomenon. Since the magnate threw down the gauntlet, though, there are reasons we might be... Read More
What do the countries we like the most have in common with us? From Pew: It's not just that they are our allies (a nebulous term, anyway). The Saudis are allies, aren't they? It's not geographic proximity. We like Canada but we don't like Mexico. It's not latitude, either. Again, we like Canada but we... Read More
++Addition++Great comments. Using the GSS, Jason Malloy replicates what other studies have found regarding the urban/rural IQ gap in the US--that it has shrunk appreciably over the last three generations, but not due to rural areas catching up with urban ones. Instead, urban areas appear to have regressed while rural areas have treaded water: ---... Read More
Expanding on the idea from a previous post showing that America's Religious Right is more permissive than moderate Muslims throughout the Islamic world are, I'll take a stab at sorting countries by attitudes on social issues. The formula is simple. The WVS asks a series of questions on the justifiability of several different actions and... Read More
In addition to gauging how the shift in perceptions among American youth over the last few decades, Steve Sailer's post concerning an increase in nationalism among young Israelis prodded me to look at the WVS to see how the attitudes of young people in other countries have changed over time. In both the second (1990-1991)... Read More
As I was perusing WVS responses to questions about who constitutes an undesirable neighbor, the aversion to Gypsies among those in the five countries where the specific question was asked jumped out at me. Nearly 7 in 8 Italians said they wouldn't want to live near them. Nearly half of those in Spain and Slovenia... Read More
++Addition++In the comments, "silly girl" suggests:Very relevant point. Nearly 5% of GSS respondents self-described their ethnicity as Native American, far higher than the 1% or so of the total US population the Census lists as being Native Americans of only one race. There are probably some people with a Cherokee great grandmother who are telling... Read More
Three years ago, I presented a listing of countries by how much purchasing power an American would have in each of them if he liquidated his domestic assets and made the new place home. It remains one of the top posts for bringing people in from search engines and I have received frequent email requests... Read More
Whether or not blacks are more alpha than non-blacks are (with Asians as the most beta and whites and Hispanics in between) is a perennial topic that crops up across the game-oriented sections of the blogosphere. I'm inclined to think they tend to be, based on higher levels of extramarital sexual activity, a greater number... Read More
There are those, particularly among the libertarian ranks, who are of the mind that an uber-intelligent society is not optimal because there still must be people to wash the dishes and pick up the trash, something those of modest intelligence are putatively better at doing than brainiacs are. But even in an industry such as... Read More
The previous post showing more evidence that non-whites are more racialist than whites are led me to wonder how racialism varies among those of European descent. The following table shows the percentage of people, by ancestry, who included race or ethnicity as one of the three most important methods of self-identification from a list of... Read More
++Addition++Please see the comments section for Jason Malloy's potentially devastating rebuttal to my conclusions, by way of pointing out that happiness among those with children comes primarily from marriage and not from having kids, and BGC's contention that survey data on self-described happiness is of no real value.---Crucial to Dr. Bruce G. Charlton's take on... Read More
Last week, the French national anthem was booed at a soccer match against Tunisia in Paris. A recent NPR story is full of predictable lamentations of how France is struggling to assimilate the same immigrants and their offspring who rioted three years ago (and continue to burn cars at a steady pace), given plenty of... Read More
There is surely a "How many bureaucrats does it take to..." joke in here somewhere: How naive of me to think that Mayor Cohen was becoming a hard-nosed realist. Before the academic commission gets started on this important work, let's brainstorm a little. Maybe this offers a clue: It's not only flamboyant gays that are... Read More
A member of Holland's parliament brings the legal idea of protection from double jeopardy into the arena of life and death to be tested there. Geert Wilders is creating what is sure to bring (even more) calls for his murder a la Theo van Gogh: The Dutch politician has been under 24-hour police protection for... Read More
You might say they're assimilating to European culture, albeit a relatively novel brand of it from the slums outside of Paris: Oops, that was the Expatica version of the story. If I didn't know better, I'd accuse the English-language European news provider of a grievous, intentional error of omission. I'll give the service the benefit... Read More
Plans for construction of Switzerland's fourth minaret are being met with resistance: The story is from The Guardian, and the insinuation that the native opposition is comprised of reactionary throwbacks is prevalent throughout. It is curious that the growth of Islam in secular Europe is seen by writer Ian Traynor as the inevitable march of... Read More
Amsterdam's Mayor Job Cohen has given the city the green light to start turning off the red lights: If the city authorities have their way, the widely sold tourist T-shirt proclaiming that "Good boys go to heaven and bad boys go to Amsterdam" will become a relic. Indeed, those bad boys may soon struggle to... Read More
It's an increasingly familiar story in Europe. Jews are under siege by Muslims in the UK, and the number of assaults is growing at an alarming rate: Jews should not have to suffer from outbursts of harrassment and persecution reminiscient of what their grandparents suffered under Nazi Germany when they come into contact with Muslim... Read More
There is an interesting feature article (free liberal excerpting here) by Andrew Higgins in this weekend's WSJ. It deals with the religious resurgence in Europe, focusing specifically on the growth of evangelical churches. The thrust of the article deals with the theory that market forces are behind the resurgence. National churches, like the Church of... Read More
Sarkozy's Administration is serious about retaining French demographic and cultural identity. His minister of immigration, Brice Hortefeux, has confirmed government plans to pay legal immigrants to return to their countries of origin: Depositing the stipend at a bank in the migrant's home country is prudent. In addition to helping insure those who're paid to leave... Read More
Terrorism is said to be an unavoidable consequence of unstoppable globalization. Is destructive rioting also an inevitable consequence of an unstoppable multicultualism? It does seem to be an inevitable consequence, at least when Africans and Middle Eastern Muslims are involved: A generic term like "youth" is Orwellian speak for some group deemed unassailable by Western... Read More
The French are experiencing buyer's remorse: Uncompetitive employment laws, a growing African underclass (blacks now make up almost 4% of the French population and Muslims close to one-tenth), seminal affirmative action, and an aging population aren't doing French economic growth any favors, either. But, unsurprisingly, a broad-based currency like the Euro is problematic for France,... Read More