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From a New York Times column:

The Law of Unintended Political Consequences Strikes Again

Jan. 5, 2022

By Thomas B. Edsall

Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C., on politics, demographics and inequality.

The octogenarian Mr. Edsall, after a long career as a reporter and pundit, serves as a sort of emeritus columnist, writing low-key essays assembling replies from academics, often on topics of interest to iSteve readers. His goal appears to be a worthy one: trying to keep the Democrats from going so nuts that they lose the GOP.

The killing of George Floyd and the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests that followed drove an exceptionally large increase in foundation grants and pledges to criminal and racial justice reform groups and other causes, ranging from the United Negro College Fund to the Center for Antiracist Research and from the National Museum of African American History to the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.

Candid — a website that connects “people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it” — published “What does Candid’s grants data say about funding for racial equity in the United States?” by Anna Koob on July 24, 2020. …

Before Floyd’s death, Candid found that philanthropies provided “\$3.3 billion in racial equity funding” for the nine years from 2011 to 2019. Since then, Candid calculations revealed much higher totals for both 2020 and 2021: “50,887 grants valued at \$12.7 billion” and “177 pledges valued at \$11.6 billion.”

That sounds like a 30-fold increase in funding for racial wokeness activists. That’s going to pay for a whole bunch of Mini Ibram X. Kendis, all handed a platform and a megaphone, but all desperately worried that their current cushy gig won’t get funded again in a few years when billionaires move on to the next social justice fad. So, they will be desperately trying to Keep Up the Crisis forever.

Among the top funders, according to Candid’s calculations, are the Ford Foundation, at \$3 billion; Mackenzie Scott, at \$2.9 billion; JPMorgan Chase & Co. Contributions Program, at \$2.1 billion; W.K. Kellogg Foundation, \$1.2 billion; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, \$1.1 billion; Silicon Valley Community Foundation, \$1 billion; Walton Family Foundation, \$689 million; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, \$438 million; and the Foundation to Promote Open Society, \$350.5 million.

There are Democratic strategists who worry about unintended political consequences that could flow from this surge in philanthropic giving. Rob Stein, one of the founders of the Democracy Alliance, an organization of major donors on the left, argued in a phone interview that while most foundation spending is on programs that have widespread support, “when progressive philanthropists fund groups that promote extreme views like ‘defunding the police’ or that sanction ‘cancel culture,’ they are exacerbating intraparty conflict and stoking interparty backlash.” The danger, according to Stein, is that “some progressive politicians and funders are contributing to divisiveness within their ranks and giving fodder to the right.” …

Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan for what will happen next. Indeed, besides not having much of a Plan, they barely have a clue. Elites mostly just have bigoted emotional reactions that can be exploited on the fly by the self-interested.

 
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  1. Barnard says:

    Before Floyd’s death, Candid found that philanthropies provided “\$3.3 billion in racial equity funding” for the nine years from 2011 to 2019. Since then, Candid calculations revealed much higher totals for both 2020 and 2021: “50,887 grants valued at \$12.7 billion” and “177 pledges valued at \$11.6 billion.”

    How many people does this employee in work that ranges from completely meaningless to downright harmful to civil society? At least a little bit of the pressure on the service sector employee shortage could be relieved if all this craziness went away.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  2. anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    floyd was not killed.

    ignore!

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Gordo
  3. Forbes says:

    Mackenzie Scott is the former Mrs Jeff Bezos, fwiw. So, she’s really blown out of the starting gate with funding “stuff” from her divorce windfall. With any luck, her gifts will be just as disastrous and disappointing in results as most philanthropy.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  4. Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan for what will happen next.

    Well then, let’s kick them where it hurts while we can.

    How shall we do this, dear readers and dear blog guru?

  5. Anon[378] • Disclaimer says:

    Henry Ford was great on the JQ, my god what happened to ‘his’ foundation?

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    , @Alden
  6. Bernard says:

    There’s No Inner Party with the Plan, There’s Just a Free-for-All for the Gigabux

    This describes the vast majority of all social spending, both public and private. It’s just a racket for losers who can’t produce. The stated purpose is secondary (if that) to lavishly indulging it’s bureaucracy.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes, peterike
  7. Methinks Steve doth protest to much that there is no elite plan. This is not the first time.

  8. Anon7 says:

    The corporate giving represents lamb’s blood on the door frame to keep the miasma of racism accusations from costing them their first born sons. They’re scared.

    The Big Plan rolls on: a billion people total in the 2200 AD USA by forced immigration, with the global elites placing bets to make money, and you and me paying taxes to feed, educate and house them all.

  9. Thomm says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Methinks Steve doth protest to much that there is no elite plan. This is not the first time.

    Steve is not part of the elite. Otherwise he would not be soliciting donations so often.

    However, RUnzie Baby is definitely part of the establishment, and the true purpose of this website is apparent to anyone who cares to see what is plainly evident. I have detailed this in the past (see my archives).

    Given that A. Karlin, A. Epigone, and Fred Reed have all departed, the surplus money saved by TUR on account of three fewer paychecks could be used to give Steve a raise. For some reason, it isn’t.

  10. @Buzz Mohawk

    No – this is probably exactly right.

    With no further embellishment it is all it needs to be: people – benefiting from the status quo, who are smart enough to fund the things that need to be funded, to prevent change to the status quo.

    That’s it. It’s all it takes. Absolutely nothing else is necessary.

    We may assume, from the fact that they are benefiting from the status quo, that they have bucks, and lately the way things have been going, giga-o-giga bucks.

    Far from “protest too much” – it suggests he actually knows really wealthy people, and he knows how they think.

  11. IHTG says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    He caught you, Steve! Confess!

  12. If I was an anti-Democrats billionaire, I would also fund “Defund the Police.” Preferably the most loud & obnoxious proponents I could find. Maybe that Joy Reid biatch.

    David Horowitz has gone deeply into the topic of leftist capture of Foundations. It’s pretty depressing stuff, that can really only be fought asymmetrically at this stage. Like how the aikido master’s slight twist and push can send a much bigger foe sprawling on his ass. It is still a socially risky idea to fund loony blacktivists, but we don’t have many other levers remaining to us.

    • Agree: Thea
    • Replies: @Thea
  13. @Buzz Mohawk

    The foundations, think-tanks and other “non-profits” are toxic and should be dismantled. There is clearly some subsidy-value transference going on because there are thousands of these awful entities.

    The fundamental problem is the billionaires and millionaires who fund them have no common cause with the country. They could care less if the place turns to Brazil: they travel by private jet or helicopter, employ fire teams for self-protection, and can always retreat to their thousand-acre ranches or gated communities and high-rises. If things get really dicey in CONUS, they’ll move somewhere else. They are as close to sovereign individuals as it’s possible to be.

    The only way I know to give them a stake in the place is to tell them they own the government now and they will have to sell subscriptions if they want the former taxpayers to cover the operating expenses. If they refuse, we confiscate their wealth. So Mark Zuckerberg and his friends get California and have to figure out what to do with Oakland and San Francisco and the LAUSD.

    It’s neo-feudalism, and there are rational arguments that it didn’t work terribly well before, so I’m open to other ideas.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  14. @Buzz Mohawk

    Maybe it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other: some planning, some spontaneous reaction, then new tactics based on whatever arises:

    Spontaneous Order in Complex Systems
    https://eugyppius.substack.com/p/spontaneous-order-in-complex-systems

    “The one thing I want to convey here, more than anything else, is the complexity and extent of modern western governments. These are unbelievably elaborate systems, and they are not easily controlled or understood by individuals or confined groups. A lot of their regulations and policies are totally baffling and inexplicable, and this has been the case for decades, long before anybody cared about SARS-related coronaviruses. These systems exhibit properties of spontaneous order; they act towards their own ends, in ways nobody intends, even as people within them perceive the folly of what their institutions are doing. They are suprahuman organisms.”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Buzz Mohawk
  15. @Buzz Mohawk

    Buzz, the “men” have no balls to kick, and the women…. Where does it hurt them most? Who wants to pick on a broad?

    The truth is that they woke, globalists, corruptocapitalists, deepstaters, establishmentarians, ll the academics, all the media types. ll the cops are all-in and dedicated to the Great Reset, switcheroo, New world Order, roll your own. They won’t quit until you, Buzz Mohawk, are dead. They are serious, and will not quit. Failures are temporary, and they are loyal to NO losing cause, they just moved the next.

    So kill or be killed. Happy Hunting. Get as many as you can, extra points for the fertile.

  16. They always lose me as soon as a I read, “The killing of George Floyd,” who killed himself with drugs.

    And why wasn’t billions in grants poured into people who research and write about black crime, like Steve, after that armed-to-the-teeth black guy executed that elderly white couple, the Marinos, while they were visiting their son’s grave?

  17. ‘…That sounds like a 30-fold increase in funding for racial wokeness activists. That’s going to pay for a whole bunch of Mini Ibram X. Kendis, all handed a platform and a megaphone, but all desperately worried that their current cushy gig won’t get funded again in a few years when billionaires move on to the next social justice fad. So, they will be desperately trying to Keep Up the Crisis forever…’

    I suspect we can count on black laziness, corruption, and lack of foresight to at least offset this effect to a large extent.

    …It’s all going to turn into smoked crack and repossessed Beemers. No fear.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  18. ‘…Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan for what will happen next. Indeed, besides not having much of a Plan, they barely have a clue. Elites mostly just have bigoted emotional reactions that can be exploited on the fly by the self-interested.’

    That’s what’s frightening. If it were all a deep-laid plan, we could count on continuing to be fed and watered. After all, no sane rancher abuses his stock.

    But I fear it’s more a matter of chimpanzees fighting over the steering wheel as our collective yellow school bus careens down the mountain road.

  19. Look on the bright side.

    At least White men continue to enjoy themselves with their sportsball, motocross, and beer.

    When you think about it, that’s what’s important in today’s America. As long as we’re all having a good time, why should any of this matter? Come on bro, loosen up and live a little!

  20. Daniel H says:

    To paraphrase: the greatest trick the inner party ever pulled was convincing the world that it didn’t exist.

  21. Mike Tre says:

    “The killing of George Floyd”

    Well, he can’t even go 2 words before spouting a lie. So I’m not really sure what value he has to anyone.

    Again, Floyd committed suicide.

  22. The government should be prohibited from accepting donations. For instance:

    • From ’89-’00, Ford Foundation granted \$35M to “improve” math education (the results speak for themselves).

    • In ’10 Zuck famously pledged \$100M to Newark’s totally crappy school system. It only served to further entrench the suck. He might be the only person, in the whole wide world, who still thinks it was a good idea. (He might also agree with Darden that the glove did fit.)

    • ’93 Annenberg Challenge granted \$500M to schools.

    • Bill grants \$500M each year to education initiatives. No doubt a lot of that ends up feeding public education bureaucracies.

  23. Muggles says:

    Well, they’ll always have Emmett Till.

    • Agree: Trelane
  24. nebulafox says:

    Reality has a way of making its presence known and tends to really smack you down hard if you ignore her long enough: like Zeus’ Ate. It really does seem like it is divine sometimes. Common thread in history. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but it will come. Probably sooner, given that they are doubling down.

    The real question is how much damage will be done, who takes over after these senile clowns are dead and unmourned, and what the path to recovery is. Get with the game, gentlemen, the world is changing, and the possibilities are endless-for good or ill. Really, that’s probably a good thing at this point.

  25. Rooster12 says:

    In Wisconsin, the democrat Governor directed that a portion of the federal covid relief funds be used for small business in a number of different facets. As I looked into them, I noticed that they almost exclusively go to “diversity” based businesses; the name of a number of the grants actually have diversity right in them. Needless to say I don’t qualify for any, must be that White privilege I hear so much about.

  26. I wonder what the original founders of these foundations would think about where their money is going? In their lifetimes they funded the arts and education and greased political palms. Now their money is accepted and they stand the chance of being cancelled.

  27. Mike Tre says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    The most effective, non-violent (as far as the policy goes, if not the immediate reaction) action to take is to put an end to welfare entitlements within the period of 6 months.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
    , @Alden
  28. SafeNow says:

    I once heard that there are 4,000 non-profit foundations in the U.S., and all but a tiny handful are named f0r their benefactor. I think that unconsciously, the name-attachment operates as a precondition to making the grant. The “biological imperative” or some such psychodynamic. So, pass a law prohibiting naming rights. Gates, who decided the last election, is a salacious guy; this would be like taking away the Varsity Club jacket of a guy in high school.

  29. @Thomm

    Not sure what Epigone or Freed wrote about, but Karlin is an obvious shill, you might as well watch RT or Russian Channel 1 on a loop and get the same information, except with less convoluted vocabulary.

    • Disagree: El Dato
  30. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thomm

    Given that A. Karlin, A. Epigone, and Fred Reed have all departed

    Karlin? Karlin by leaving UR went from a prominent blogger whose involved writings were read by important people in the West to an irrelevant Russian guy with a few thousand Twitter followers.

    A. Epigone? Meh, only so much can be said about the General Social Survey, demographics, and TFR.

    • Agree: Gordo
  31. Dmon says:

    “Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan for what will happen next. Indeed, besides not having much of a Plan, they barely have a clue.”

    If they don’t have a plan, then they have an amazing streak going of always fuc&ing up in the same direction.

  32. @Buzz Mohawk

    The Republicans should campaign in the midterms on a program of curtailing the FBI and CIA by conducting Church Committee style investigations to expose everything nefarious they have been up to, and to figure out how to rein them in with real oversight. They should also slash their bloated budgets.

    The Deep State has committed a grave institutional error by being so obviously partisan for the Democrats and losing public trust. So it’s vulnerable now if the Republicans were willing to launch a preemptive strike.

    They won’t. But they should.

    • LOL: HammerJack
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  33. It’s worse than that.

    The globalist liberal elite are NOT an Establishment, like European aristocracy or Chinese technocracy . If they were they would take ownership of this mess. Because they would something to lose.

    Instead they are just absentee owners who come and go as they please. Politics fir them is not the art of governing. It’s just a “cost of business”. Currently they find it cheaper to cut cheques to Woke idiots, rather than negotiate with the nationalist movement.

    They have little or no skin in the political game. That’s why nothing ever gets done about global warming or automation. The little people don’t matter anymore.

  34. @Barnard

    Barnard wrote:

    How many people does this employee in work that ranges from completely meaningless to downright harmful to civil society? At least a little bit of the pressure on the service sector employee shortage could be relieved if all this craziness went away.

    Yeah.

    One of the points i have been pounding on is that the hard Left consists largely of people who have pointless, meaningless jobs that lead to a great deal of alienation.

    You might find a firefighter or a farmer who favors an increase in the minimum wage.

    But you won’t find too many firefighters or farmers who insist on allowing biological males to play female sports or who advocate abolishing the police.

    We have a society in which a large fraction of people have what the late Dave Graeber labeled “bullshit jobs” in his book of the same title.

    That a lot of them are psychologically insecure and, indeed, deranged is not that surprising.

    • Troll: R.G. Camara
    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Harry Baldwin
    , @Kronos
  35. @Hypnotoad666

    Republicans should campaign in the midterms on a program of curtailing the FBI and CIA by conducting Church Committee style investigations to expose everything nefarious they have been up to, and to figure out how to rein them in with real oversight. They should also slash their bloated budgets.

    Like the Controlled Opposition would ever do that IRL.

    Face it: the Deep State did a laughably false Russia Hoax, two attempted Impeachment Coups, cooked up a riot that they pretend was an insurrection, and stole the 2020 election —and the Repubs have done nothing in response or to stop them.

    At this point, thinking the R’s are anything but controlled opposition is laughable.

    • Replies: @bomag
  36. @Mike Tre

    Mike Tre wrote to Buzz Mohawk:

    The most effective, non-violent (as far as the policy goes, if not the immediate reaction) action to take is to put an end to welfare entitlements within the period of 6 months.

    I’d be happy with that, but it is a political non-starter, simply because the biggest entitlements serve the middle class — Social Security and Medicare.

    Here’s a simple program:

    A) Stop inflation by reining in the Fed.

    B) End tax exemption for the universities, the big foundations, etc.

    C) Covid freedom

    D) Build the Wall

    E) Revive the Church Committee and expose the Deep State

    • Troll: R.G. Camara
  37. Anon[399] • Disclaimer says:

    Democrats are great believers in potlatch politics. In a destructive potlatch, perfectly good items are set on fire to show off the owner’s wealth. Giving money to so-called racial justice organizations is pretty much the same thing.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Thanks: Harry Baldwin
  38. Thea says:
    @The Ringmaster

    It would also be good for prominent people to come out and say with a straight face topics the left agree with but won’t say

    “It is great that immigrants will have more say in our elections than white people born here”

    “Everyone should just hire private security like I do so that we won’t need the police anyhow”

    “We should encourage our daughters to have as many sex partners as possible and our sons to be poofs”

    “Muslim morals, norms and social practices should be promoted over Christianity”

    • LOL: PhysicistDave
    • Replies: @Hibernian
  39. From a distance it does look as though this is a simple picture: America is being extorted by violent Blacks so they don’t riot and loot all the time, and the tribute demanded is constantly escalating. “Racial wokeness activists” are not different from Blacks in general, as they all believe the same things. This will end when the Dane-geld runs out.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  40. @Forbes

    her gifts will be just as disastrous and disappointing in results as most philanthropy.

    I’m not that optimistic. George Soros seems to have gotten quite a bit of bang for his buck.

  41. Coemgen says:

    Maybe no specific “in writing” plan but the general trend is toward a world like the one in Tomorrowland – including the middle-aged man relationship with a teenage girl (it’s ok in the movie ‘cause the girl is an android).

    Oases of elites in technologically advanced cities surrounded by farmland and forest.

    If I can think of it, someone else already has a plan to make it happen.

    Deplorables are not part of the plan.

    Sub-deplorables can easily be eliminated when they are no longer of use.

  42. Art Deco says:

    An explanation of the foundations’ behavior is (1) they’re not run by capable people; capable people work in business or in public agencies which perform consequential functions; and (2) what Danny deVito said.

  43. Most of the major foundations have been taken over by the libtards descendants of the founders. John D. MacArthur was a stone cold conservative and a supporter of the evil Richard Nixon. He’d be doing 10,000 RPMs in his grave if he saw the worthless AA dimwits getting the Genius awards which were ginned up after his death.

    John Olin saw this coming and directed that his foundation wind it self down and go out of business a certain number of years after his death.

    Foundations are required, IIRC, to disburse 5% of their assets each year. This is a good idea and should be applied to college endowments too. Foundations should also be require to sunset. Almost all of them are in bed with the Ds and other friends or more and more and more taxation, government, and now increasingly social control.

  44. Art Deco says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    The foundations are within a generation subverted by their staff and by the usual institutional politicians on the board. (See the MacArthur Foundation for a sterling example). Sensible corporation law would limit grant distribution to discrete subtypes of philanthropic corporation and debar grant distributing entities from any activity other than grant distribution. The non-profits of this type would be required to liquidate under the supervision of surrogate’s courts within a specified term of years. Contribution bundlers might be required to liquidate after 12 years, other foundations after 60 years.

    Not seeing the problem with policy shops, except to the extent they’re bought by their donors.

  45. Anonyorof says:

    Z-man and Steve Sailer are moving ever closer together. Pretty soon they will run a joint blog and website and a million-dollar substack

    • Replies: @David Davenport
  46. @Colin Wright

    That sounds like a 30-fold increase in funding for racial wokeness activists.

    These are mostly promises of future funding and I am sure come with many restrictions. It’s not like Mackenzie Bezos dropped \$2 billion in Kendi’s bank account last month.

    And the strategist’s worry that this amount of money sloshing around will encourage some of the nuttier groups to go too far is
    1) true
    2) a good thing

  47. @Daniel H

    To paraphrase: the greatest trick the inner party ever pulled was convincing the world that it didn’t exist.

    Maybe we don’t need to paraphrase.

    Ephesians 2:1-3: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

    Ephesians 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

  48. @Art Deco

    The non-profits of this type would be required to liquidate under the supervision of surrogate’s courts within a specified term of years.

    There is precedent for this:

    The John M. Olin Foundation was a conservative American grant-making foundation established in 1953 by John M. Olin, president of the Olin Industries chemical and munitions manufacturing businesses. Unlike most other foundations, it was charged to spend all of its assets within a generation of Olin’s death, for fear of mission drift over time and to preserve donor intent. It made its last grant in the summer of 2005 and officially disbanded on November 29, 2005.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Olin_Foundation

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  49. Anonymous[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    “The one thing I want to convey here, more than anything else, is the complexity and extent of modern western governments. These are unbelievably elaborate systems, and they are not easily controlled or understood by individuals or confined groups. A lot of their regulations and policies are totally baffling and inexplicable, and this has been the case for decades, long before anybody cared about SARS-related coronaviruses. These systems exhibit properties of spontaneous order; they act towards their own ends, in ways nobody intends, even as people within them perceive the folly of what their institutions are doing. They are suprahuman organisms.”

    Yes. And, like any other organism, they react to their surroundings. When, metaphorically, the weather is cold, the organism buys and uses coats. When it is hot and sunny, the organism drops coats and buys and uses light clothing.
    To understand the organism’s actions, you must understand the organism and the metaphoric weather.

    In this case, the hot weather was after WW II, when the US was the only empire still capable of fighting a central war in Europe. The US clamped on stability after WW II, stability enforced by a “mixed economy”, essentially a partial command economy. The US stability became stasis, misallocated capital, and forced its capital base and labor base both in industry and cities to decay. As jobs vanished, people took government jobs as welfare recipients or government workers, both of which consumed capital, produced nothing useful, and sped up the decay. The capital and labor bases continued to decline, and more of the national income went into government.

    So now the weather is cold, and there is a vast conspiracy by several suprahuman organisms to seize whatever is left of the warmth. Those supported by government are trying to disenfranchise the rest of the population. The rest of the population are trying to keep what it has, even if it has to completely reorganize government, reducing its size and changing its mission and supervision.

    And the rich and the corporations, as groups, apparently consider themselves part of government.

    That’s all there is to it. Conspiracies exist, of course, always have, but their nature is governed by the metaphorical weather. Our metaphorical weather is now cold, and doesn’t really support the kind of suprahuman organism that now constitutes our government.

  50. @Buzz Mohawk

    The only power we have these days, aside from voting (which seems pretty useless these days) is boycotting. Boycott Gillette, boycott Facebook, boycott Twitter, etc. And refuse to give money to your alma mater.

  51. Mike Tre says:
    @PhysicistDave

    “I’d be happy with that, but it is a political non-starter,”

    If we are going to discuss solutions within the confines of the current political climate than all of your solutions are non starters as well. (although I agree with most of them)

    Social security and medicare (as well as unemployment insurance) are different from welfare wages, ebt, housing, subsidies, tax breaks, other immigrant/minority benefiting freebies like college tuition loopholes or small business start up assistance, etc., in the fact that they are paid into by the recipients. Are they bloated and imperfect and corrupted? Sure. But lets not paint with such a broad brush.

    A feature of getting rid of the welfare entitlements I speak of would actually go a long way in not only curbing present and future immigration, but likely persuade a vast number of existing immigrants into repatriating themselves once they realize no more gibs.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  52. Kronos says:
    @anon

    Well, he was killed by a bad mixture of fentanyl and COVID. Also, happy future Valentines Day!

    • LOL: Redneck farmer, bomag
  53. Today is basically Grifter’s Paradise.

  54. @Anon

    Henry Ford was great on the JQ, my god what happened to ‘his’ foundation?

    Ford was indeed instrumental in getting half the Jews on Earth killed:

    Ford’s International Jew was translated into German in 1922 and cited as an influence by Baldur von Schirach, one of the Nazi leaders, who stated “I read it and became anti-Semitic. In those days this book made such a deep impression on my friends and myself because we saw in Henry Ford the representative of success, also the exponent of a progressive social policy. In the poverty-stricken and wretched Germany of the time, youth looked toward America, and apart from the great benefactor, Herbert Hoover, it was Henry Ford who to us represented America.”[5][6]: 80 

    Praising American leadership in eugenics in his book Mein Kampf,[6]: 80  Adolf Hitler considered Ford an inspiration, and noted this admiration in his book, calling him “a single great man.”[7]: 241  Hitler was also known to keep copies of The International Jew as well as large portrait of Ford in his Munich office.[6]: 80 [7]: 241 

    If Jews were indeed all-powerful, the Ford inheritance would have been seized and the proceeds handed over to his Holocaust victims.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  55. Wilkey says:

    Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan

    Elites have a strong incentive to divide people against each other by race so that they don’t organize by class, and don’t realize how much of the wealth the elites are getting away with. It’s been working pretty well for them. Less than 10% of Southern families owned slaves, but how many thousands of dirt poor Southerners laid down there lives to defend that peculiar institution?

    • Replies: @Gamecock
  56. Wilkey: “Less than 10% of Southern families owned slaves, but how many thousands of dirt poor Southerners laid down there lives to defend that peculiar institution? ”

    I guess you didn’t get the memo. The standard right-wing line now is that the Civil War had nothing whatever to do with freeing the slaves. Abolition of slavery and enfranchisement of the negro after the war was totally just a coincidence. The war itself was only a dispute over tariffs.

    If you repeat that often enough, you may even come to believe it. Incredibly, many do, or at least claim to.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
    , @Gamecock
  57. Anon[277] • Disclaimer says:

    Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan for what will happen next. Indeed, besides not having much of a Plan, they barely have a clue.

    Cool it with the anti-Semitism, Steve.

  58. Alden says:
    @Anon

    Taken over by communists in the 1950s and 60s. The Ford Foundation created MALDEF

    Mexican American Legal Defense Foundation in I think 1968. For the purpose of creating mex Americans as a separate grievance group deserving of special treatment and elevated status. It was pressure from the Ford Foundation that influenced Republican President Nixon to issue the 1970 executive order that created POHS. Persons of Spanish surnames as a separate race entitled to special treatment and high affirmative action status. Ford Foundation funded and provided leadership for hundreds of activist groups.

    MS. Magazine the feminazi magazine Gloria Steinem Betty Freidan Buffalo Bella Abzug Lynn Stewart was wholly funded, would not have existed but for Ford Foundation paying all the bills. Lots of Ford funding supported the Legal Foundation for Huey Newton’s lawyers Charles Garry and that really really really ugly communist Jew Fay Stender.

    Really hundreds more really subversive non profits and Legal and do gooder Foundations. From Black Panthers to Gender surgery research. Prisoners rights alternative sentencing welfare rights anti White studies university departments. The entire feminazi thing was mostly funded by Ford Foundation.
    Both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and many others were Ford Foundation funded.

    Wish I could remember more.

    Husband had a Ford pickup when we got married. Last Ford he I or we ever bought. I enjoyed the destruction of Detroit by the beloved blacks of Ford Foundation.

    Kashama Sawant most radical Seattle City Council critter and her Socialist Alternative political party are mostly funded by the Gates Foundation.

    Latest Ford Foundation Cause is transgenders and drag queen story hour and other trans stuff like gender exploration classes in public schools.

    There’s a lot more. Can’t remember it all.

    • Thanks: bomag
  59. Alrenous says: • Website

    In which Steve loyally expresses his fealty to the Party and love for Big Brother.

    If you, dear reader, are not feeling the love, perhaps consider they’re just lying.

    >after a long career as a reporter and pundit
    Ah, very high-information voter. Super trustworthy. Feynman considered a course in media studies before he went into physics, right?
    I can stop reading there, yes?

  60. Ford Foundation, at \$3 billion; Mackenzie Scott, at \$2.9 billion; JPMorgan Chase & Co. Contributions Program, at \$2.1 billion; W.K. Kellogg Foundation, \$1.2 billion; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, \$1.1 billion; Silicon Valley Community Foundation, \$1 billion; Walton Family Foundation, \$689 million; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, \$438 million;

    Ford, Scott, Kellogg, Gates, Walton, Hewlett…nope, nothin’ to see here, move al— whoa look at this!

    and the Foundation to Promote Open Society, \$350.5 million

    Soros! Dang Jews, destroying our white civilization again.

  61. @PhysicistDave

    because the biggest entitlements serve the middle class — Social Security and Medicare.

    Damn right. I’ll gladly renounce these entitlements, if the government pays me back the FICA I’ve paid over the years (plus interest).

  62. Alden says:
    @Mike Tre

    Corporate welfare, poor people’s welfare or both?

  63. Anonymous[298] • Disclaimer says:

    I suggest that people who don’t have a spiritual understanding of evil have no way of comprehending how the world operates. Don’t the billionaires understand that the chaos they sow will ultimately bring them down? They must be stupid. How do the stupid billionaires keep stumbling ass-backwards into money? Cognitive dissonance leads to absurd hypotheses like Steve’s “There is no plan”. The alternative is too terrible to contemplate for the faithless.

  64. Anonymous[702] • Disclaimer says:

    The key to understanding modern day western elites is to make the fundamental understanding that one thing and one thing alone motivates them – sorry here I have to partially correct myself, in admitting that outward bribes and cushy jobs from ‘donors’ are a very potent incentive – that is the desire to appear “smart”.
    This desire, born of arrogance and vanity, and an unwarranted belief in their own mediocre abilities, cannot be understated in its overwhelming motivating power.

    Unfortunately, politicians – the damned pompous self inflated windbags of buffoons that they are – in their tiny little minds equate ‘smartness’ with The Economist magazine.

    Hence, the fucked up state of the west is explained.

  65. @Mike Tre

    Mike Tre wrote to me:

    Social security and medicare (as well as unemployment insurance) are different from welfare wages, ebt, housing, subsidies, tax breaks, other immigrant/minority benefiting freebies like college tuition loopholes or small business start up assistance, etc., in the fact that they are paid into by the recipients. Are they bloated and imperfect and corrupted? Sure. But lets not paint with such a broad brush.

    Yeah, but the real money is in Social Security and Medicare.

    MT also wrote:

    A feature of getting rid of the welfare entitlements I speak of would actually go a long way in not only curbing present and future immigration, but likely persuade a vast number of existing immigrants into repatriating themselves once they realize no more gibs.

    Well… I do find it irritating when I get held up at the grocery store by an immigrant who cannot speak English and who is using food stamps!

    MT also wrote:

    If we are going to discuss solutions within the confines of the current political climate than all of your solutions are non starters as well. (although I agree with most of them)

    Well, just about anything is a non-starter until the Dems lose the White House.

    I suppose the point is to start positioning for policies that will actually help the American people and defund the Left.

    The Wall is a real possibility with a new President.

    And reining in the Fed really is important: the Fed not only causes price inflation — it also creates the roller coaster effect in asset markets (bubbles and busts).

    While I am willing to back your suggestions, they are easy targets for Leftist virtue signalling — e.g., claiming they are attacking the poor (yeah, I know that lots of welfare goes to the non-poor).

    One of the virtues of stripping Harvard and the foundations of their tax exemptions is that no one thinks Harvard and the Ford Foundation are among the poor!

    • Agree: Mike Tre
  66. @Katica Shevaun

    Katica Shevaun wrote:

    From a distance it does look as though this is a simple picture: America is being extorted by violent Blacks so they don’t riot and loot all the time, and the tribute demanded is constantly escalating… This will end when the Dane-geld runs out.

    Actually it may end when it dawns on Hispanics (and Asians) that their ancestors did nothing at all to American Blacks.

    KS also wrote:

    “Racial wokeness activists” are not different from Blacks in general, as they all believe the same things.

    Y’know, it does not actually help Black folks, and the brighter ones know this. Read John McWhorter’s current Woke Racism:How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, for example.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @vinteuil
  67. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Dr. Robert Morgan wrote:

    I guess you didn’t get the memo. The standard right-wing line now is that the Civil War had nothing whatever to do with freeing the slaves. Abolition of slavery and enfranchisement of the negro after the war was totally just a coincidence. The war itself was only a dispute over tariffs.

    Well, it really is more complex than you imply.

    Read Michael Holt’s informative and very readable 2017 book, The Election of 1860: “A Campaign Fraught with Consequences. Holt is a famed historian of nineteenth-century US politics and in no way a Southern apologist.

    He makes clear that the 1860 election was really not about freeing the slaves.

    Slavery entered in mainly via the issue of slavery in the territories. Yet, as Holt explains in some detail, that was really a settled issue: none of the existing American territories at that time were suitable for plantation slavery.

    More than anything, it seems to be that Southern pride was wounded by the debate over slavery in the territories and by the fact that the Republican Party was clearly a sectional party based on opposition to the South. In the North, Holt argues that the biggest issue was actually corruption within the Democratic Buchanan Administration; of course, Stephen A. Douglas was also hurt by the Southerners walking out of the national Democratic Party.

    No, it was not just tariffs. But it was not about freeing the slaves either. It was about sectional pride, emotional commitments, and very serious misjudgments on both sides — the North really did not think the South would secede.

    • Replies: @Gamecock
  68. Anonymous[149] • Disclaimer says:

    Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan

  69. El Dato says:
    @Thomm

    Ronz doing secret handshakes with Kamala who looks pretty eager?

    Let Indian-Jewish Replacement Theories bloom!

    • LOL: Hangnail Hans
  70. Gordo says:
    @anon

    floyd was not killed.

    He killed himself, misadventure.

    • Agree: bomag
  71. @Johann Ricke

    In those days this book made such a deep impression on my friends and myself

    It’s unlikely he made this schoolboy error in the original German.

  72. Mike Tre says:
    @Thomm

    “Otherwise he would not be soliciting donations so often. ”

    FTR I don’t believe Sailer is part of “the elite” either, but you’re delusional if you believe the true elite don’t solicit donations on a regular basis. Well, now that I think about it, you’re delusional regardless.

    “I have detailed this in the past (see my archives).”

    HAHAHA HAAA HA HAAAA! I’ll save everyone the time. You started spouting off that silliness only after Unz came to support the already wildly held notion that you are a fake white Hindu troll.

    And yeah, Kamala looks just absolutely thrilled to be shaking Unz’s hand. The photo is the ultimate bombshell of a secret elitist collusion, not seen since these next two sought to conspire to take over the world:

    • LOL: Kronos
    • Replies: @Thomm
  73. Bill says:

    There’s No Inner Party with the Plan, There’s Just a Free-for-All for the Gigabux

    Move, move, move them goalposts! LOL.

  74. bomag says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Agree.

    There are fewer “real” jobs like farmer and fireman, especially as a percentage of the workforce. Many make-work and marginal jobs out there.

    And people are quite happy doing “scold” jobs. Totalitarians have no shortage of minions to run around wreck the lives of fellow citizens. Stalin didn’t have a problem getting people to comb the villages and force people into the army; the Gestapo was quite active up until the very end in hunting down those who were not sufficiently enthusiastic.

  75. bomag says:
    @R.G. Camara

    and the Repubs have done nothing in response

    Yes, but there is an organizational infrastructure there we could fill with people willing to fight back instead of just going along.

  76. @PhysicistDave

    We have a society in which a large fraction of people have what the late Dave Graeber labeled “bullshit jobs”

    Leonardo Da Vinci:
    “Some there are who are nothing else than a passage for food and augmentors of excrement and fillers of privies, because through them no other things in the world, nor any good effects are produced, since nothing but full privies results from them.”

  77. Anon[867] • Disclaimer says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Actually it may end when it dawns on Hispanics (and Asians) that their ancestors did nothing at all to American Blacks.

    They may not have done harm to American Blacks, but they have not helped them. Unlike Whites, who got them out of Africa and into the most prosperous and advanced country in the world.

    • Replies: @bomag
  78. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Thank you for that observation and link. The concept has existed for a long time as part of a theory of bureaucracies. They grow increasingly complex and large, and they act with their own growth and continued existence as an increasing priority.

    Whatever “plan” might exist could indeed exist in the “mind” of such suprahuman organisms — and we may not be able to see it because we cannot read that mind.

    And BTW, I don’t seriously think Steve knows of any such plans. I’m just teasing him, and my comment yielded some interesting replies, like yours. Thanks.

  79. @Art Deco

    I think the policy shops are mostly propaganda organs.

    https://www.understandingwar.org/

  80. Gamecock says:
    @Wilkey

    but how many thousands of dirt poor Southerners laid down there lives to defend that peculiar institution?

    Lying Yankee.

    Southerners laid down their lives to repel the Yankee invasion. It had FA to do with slavery.

  81. Gamecock says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    The standard right-wing line now

    Something wrong with being right-wing?

    You are Doctor Evil.

  82. Gamecock says:
    @PhysicistDave

    You are generally correct.

    The two forces that led to the War for Southern Independence were sectionalism, and the Associated Press stirring the pot.

    Doubt me? Read “Days of Defiance,” Dr Maury Klein.

  83. vinteuil says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Read John McWhorter’s current Woke Racism:How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America

    Sadly, Not one “liberal” will read this book, though a few might review it.

  84. Hibernian says:
    @Thea

    A bit of a contradiction between the last two.

    • Replies: @bomag
  85. but all desperately worried that their current cushy gig won’t get funded again in a few years when billionaires move on to the next social justice fad.

    Well, no. They’re cashing in – why shouldn’t they? – but blacks are America’s permanent social justice fad.

    • Replies: @Gamecock
  86. @Buzz Mohawk

    Flood the Republican party; kick out the existing leadership & replace them with populists; take every state legislature; take the House of Reps – then focus on the presidency.

    • Thanks: Buzz Mohawk
  87. @Art Deco

    Sensible corporation law would limit grant distribution to discrete subtypes of philanthropic corporation and debar grant distributing entities from any activity other than grant distribution.

    What are they doing now that’s different from this?

  88. Kronos says:
    @PhysicistDave

    We have a society in which a large fraction of people have what the late Dave Graeber labeled “bullshit jobs” in his book of the same title.

    Oh wow, I didn’t know he died.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  89. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    “There’s No Inner Party with the Plan”
    I used to believe this.
    I had actually become convinced of this.
    (Prior to that I hadn’t had any opinion whatsover, and would likely have dismissed the very debate.)
    But you literally concocted the strategy that enabled Trump to win.
    They used it and Trump won.
    Quite a few people were very, very surprised (among them Hillary Clinton).
    (Some people read this blog but don’t admit it, but I’m pretty sure she has never been one of them!)
    I was sure the Overton Window would be blasted open and you’d be a regular on Tucker within a year.
    It didn’t happen at all.
    Because the Inner Party is real and regrouped.
    I don’t think the Inner Party gives two figs about “racial justice true believers”.
    They were always going to get the Night of Long Knives.

  90. @Anonyorof

    Z-man and Steve Sailer are moving ever closer together. Pretty soon they will run a joint blog and website and a million-dollar substack

    Is that you, Z?

    Z-man is boring.

  91. Gamecock says:
    @Paperback Writer

    True. As long as the Left can get traction with it, they will keep exploiting blacks (who seem to be quite okay with being exploited).

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
  92. Gamecock says:

    Elites don’t really have a carefully worked-out Plan for what will happen next. Indeed, besides not having much of a Plan, they barely have a clue. Elites mostly just have bigoted emotional reactions that can be exploited on the fly by the self-interested.

    But there is a Mr Big – Klaus Schwab.

    The Capital of the World is Davos. Klaus Schwab and his World Economic Forum are the seat of world power.

  93. @Kronos

    Kronos wrote to me:

    Oh wow, I didn’t know [Dave Graeber] died.

    Yeah, in early September of 2020, sadly, of ” necrotic pancreatitis”: his wife believes it was Covid related.

    For those not aware of Graeber, he was a “righteous leftist”: i.e., someone who identified with the Left but who seemed to be dedicated to discovering the truth and standing with ordinary people, even though I think his policy conclusions were often misguided.

    I strongly recommend his The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy as well as Bullshit Jobs. I’m looking forward to reading his final book, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, published posthumously.

  94. bomag says:
    @Anon

    “No good deed goes unpunished.”

  95. bomag says:
    @Hibernian

    Not when one views Islam as an Arab supremacy project with non-Arabs serving as whores and eunuchs.

  96. @Gamecock

    It’s very much a two-way street.

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