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Back in 2018, I pointed out that you could get some sense of the news media’s changing and unchanging obsessions by graphing over the decades how often the New York Times uses Narrative-Affirming text strings like “Emmett Till” (the black teenager murdered in Mississippi 1955) versus Narrative-Undermining text strings like “Tawana Brawley” (the black teenager who initiated our modern era of hate hoaxes in New York City in 1987):

In recent years, several academics such as Zach Goldberg and David Rozado, have been looking into this question on a vast scale. For example, Rozado graphed the usage of social justice jargon terms in 25 major news media publications from 1970-2020 and came up with the critical finding that the Great Awokening in the mainstream media preceded Donald Trump’s 2015 ride down the elevator. Thus, it’s more plausible that Trumpism was a reaction to the Great Awokening in the press than the other way around.

But what drives the mainstream media? In a new study in Academic Questions, “Themes in Academic Literature: Prejudice and Social Justice,” Rozado now looks at social justice jargon use in academia (in the titles and abstracts of academic journal articles), and finds that terms tend to migrate from obscure academic journals to the MSM. In these graphs, the blue lines denote the use of terms like “racism” and “sexism” found in 175 million academic abstracts from 1970-2020 and the orange lines reflect the same terms’ usages in 25 million articles in the prestige news media:

Eyeballing these graphs, they tend to reflect my recollections of major trends fairly well. For instance, in the upper left corner, there was indeed a rising concern in academia and the news media with racism during the 1960s. (Unfortunately, the graphs start at 1970. It would be very helpful if somebody could extend this methodology back to the world-historical decade of change that was The Sixties.)

But as urban riots receded and the huge reforms the Civil Rights Era receded into the past, there was a cooling off of fervor over racism in the 1970s.

Then in the 1980s, as Black Studies Departments founded c. 1969 churned out papers, and once-young radical professors hired in the wake of the Sixties became more professionally dominant in academia, there was slowly growing interest in academia and the press in racism once again. This seemed to reach a tipping point and achieve take-off in the early 1990s. My recollection is that there was quite a bit of coverage of this first era of political correctness on campus: hostile in the Wall Street Journal, skeptical in the New York Times Magazine.

Press interest in “racism” stabilized in the 1990s and 2000s, but academic interest had become institutionalized and thus a large and steady literature was published each year, even though it was not exceptionally fashionable with journalists.

After a low point during the early years of the Obama Administration, which initially tended to discourage divisive talk about racism in the media until re-election was within site, news coverage started to turn up, perhaps preceding academic publications by a year or two. (Recall that academic journal articles have a much longer timeline to publication than do news stories.)

My guess is that a third factor had entered the scene in the early 2010s: social media. Reporters found it easier to expend less shoe leather and instead just check out what Black Twitter was talking about, like Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Michael Brown of Ferguson in 2014. (The fact that Black Twitter, unsurprisingly, got both stories very wrong has been memoryholed. If you can’t trust angry black people on Twitter to get the detailed facts straight before hitting “Send,” who can you trust?) The news media with its immediate deadlines was slightly quicker to respond and egg on the first Black Lives Matter era than was academia, but, soon, they were both in their doing all they could to bring about the Mostly Peaceful Protests of 2020 and the concurrent increase in blacks shooting and crashing into each other.

What about “sexism”?

American bohemian artists and intellectuals had swung hard toward male chauvinism in reaction to feminism’s annus mrabilis of 1919 when it achieved both Suffrage and Prohibition. Eventually, the anti-feminist attitudes of the cultural leaders infused academia, as you can see by the slight academic interest in “sexism” up through 1971. But by the mid-1970s, writing journal articles about “sexism” was all the rage, and remained so until the Great Awokening of roughly 2013 when it kicked into a frenzy.

News coverage of the Sexism Beat reached a peak in the early 1990s, likely to do with the Anita Hill Whoop-Tee-Doo of 1991 and (hilarious in retrospect) Bill Clinton running as the feminist candidate in 1992, the “Year of the Women.” But then news coverage of sexism declined as it occurred to pro-Democratic journalists that talking about male chauvinists exploiting women might be a tactically imprudent during the Clinton Presidency. After “sexism” talk in the media reached a low-point during the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998, it slowly ramped up under Bush. There was a sharp spike in the late 2000s (maybe something to do with Sarah Palin?), then dropped during the early years of the Obama Administration in which divisive cultural issues were downplayed in the interest of re-election.

Then the Great Awokening drove journalists and academics wild over sexism. But you can see feminists’ sudden decline in fashion in the press at the end of the 2010s and in 2020 as blacks and trans elbowed their way to the front of the line.

The term “homophobia” got a foothold in academia around 1980 and generally preceded rising interest in the press, which peaked during the first era of political correctness in the early 1990s. As gay marriage came closer to victory in the courts, journalists increasingly denounced voter resistance as “homophobia.” The news media had a spasm of excitement during the Trump Administration over homophobia, but by 2020 had to clear space for all-conquering “transphobia.”

Back in the mid-2000s, junk mail genius Morris Dees and some brilliant ex-men professors like Donald/Deirdre McCloskey, worked to get to gin up a media scare over “transphobes” like Ray Blanchard and J. Michael Bailey, researchers who spilled the beans about autogynephilia. But for once, Morris, with his superb nose for the Next Big Thing, saw the Future but too far out to make him a lot of money.

But eventually, the turn-up in academic obsession with “transphobia” around 2011 converted into the news media getting all worked up over it a couple of years later.

I could go through each graph, making up plausible stories for each term’s rise and fall.

One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term. There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky.

 
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  1. Academia or media.

    Does it matter?

    When kicking a ball, it doesn’t matter which foot kicks it. Without two feet, the ball cannot be kicked.

    One has to provide the balance, then the other kicks.

    Now, WHO controls both academia and media?

    The Poles! The Hawaiians!

  2. The new news media staff all went to college. The days of joining the local paper from school and working your way up to NY, Washington or Londonare sixty years gone.

    • Agree: Nicholas Stix
  3. There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky.

    They aren’t “entrepreneurs.” They are racist groups engaged in tribal warfare against the White community.

    • Agree: HammerJack
    • Replies: @Bruce Arney
    @Anonymous

    Exactly.

  4. Twas a holistic attack, per the Frankfurt School blueprint, but most influential journalists/editors came out of the same handful of elite J-schools. But corporate overlords dictate MSM perspectives.

    • Replies: @Bruce Arney
    @JimDandy

    Indeed, the Soros group is buying up a dozen or so Hispanic radio stations, so as to re-direct Hispanic political leanings leftward, as Hispanics do tend to be conservative as a group. Corporate overlords push their agenda, even if it loses money because they have their eye on the final prize at the end of the multi-colored rainbow.

  5. Sometimes, I suspect that the word “homophobia” had its true origin or else reflection in newspapers from the 1800s. That is, in the word “Russophobia” or perhaps “Anglophobia.”

    Probably, I am crazy for ever linking it.

  6. American bohemian artists and intellectuals had swung hard toward male chauvinism in reaction to feminism’s annus mrabilis of 1919 when it achieved both Suffrage and Prohibition.

    Well, women are more conservative voters than men are, so why wouldn’t they?

    The term “homophobia” got a foothold in academia around 1980…

    Before that, it’s original and literal meaning of “alienism” would have been taken. It was first applied to protect pederasty around 1973.

    …but by 2020 had to clear space for all-conquering “transphobia.”

    “The word is half Greek, half Latin. No good can come of it.” — C. P. Scott

  7. My time in elite academia I interacted with the still-marginal wokies, and they seemed clueless and weak. The wrote in gibberish that never convinced anyone. Seriously, try reading anything by Judith Butler or Roberto Unger.

    The people who seemed to be on the rise were economists. The centrists like Cass Susstein and Mx. McCloskey on one hand, and the GMU type libertarians on the other. They agreed more often than not, and were civil in their differences.

    Summers was President of Harvard, Cass was a top Obama advisor, Krugman was the nation’s top editorialist. The libertarians had the prestige of Ronald Coase and Milton Friedman, a pile of Nobel Prize winners, the entire Chicago econ dept, more top Harvard Men like Martin Feldstein and Greg Mankiw. Both Clintons and Obama were fans of centrist economists. Bush and the House GOP loved the libertarians.

    The libertarians also had hundreds of millions of dollars in Koch Brothers money. Possibly more than a billion over the years.

    Unlike the wokies, the economists were generally clear and excellent writers. They had more funding, more prestige, better contacts in business and government, bigger departments (including money-factory business schools), Wall Street, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Big Oil, Big Jew…

    And yet, the wokies are the ones who prevailed. They purged Larry Summers! Perhaps the big failure of Team Economist is that they were bad at appealing to women and blacks.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Pixo

    I don't think vaguely libertarian economists have been aught but a tolerated minority in the last 30 years bar in atypical institutions. Now have a gander at Tyler Cowan. Is that the guy you'd want next to you in the foxhole?

    , @SFG
    @Pixo

    Business lost a lot of prestige in 2008 with the crash. There are some who say the rise of woke was a way to divert occupy Wall Street. Those are the explanations I can come up with.

    , @Recently Based
    @Pixo

    This was exactly my impression of the zeitgeist in elite academia as well. I was in with the guys you are describing, and as you say, we got our asses handed to us.

    Ultimately, I think we assumed stability and ballast in the society that was rotting away beneath our notice.

    I have no idea how to fix these problems, and have lost confidence in my own judgement.

  8. terms tend to migrate from obscure academic journals to the MSM

    What terms will be mainstreamed in decades to come? Pedophobia?

    ‘Hetrification’, meaning straights ‘taking over queer spaces’, is a recently spawned word.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @TelfoedJohn


    ‘Hetrification’, meaning straights ‘taking over queer spaces’, is a recently spawned word.
     
    I suppose the reverse would be "bentrification".
  9. The old anti-whitism was passive-aggressive, based on guilt trips, etc. They passed themselves off as fair-minded people concerned with justice. A lot of you fell for it and assumed it was a knowledge problem that could be solved with graphs and arguments.

    Now, it’s become openly aggressive. A lot of that is because anti-whites were smoked out by online dissidents calling their bluff. They could no longer play their game while pretending to be “color blind” or moralistic. Their motivations were exposed.

    That’s why so many sites and twitter accounts shut down over the last 5 years.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship


    The old anti-whitism was passive-aggressive, based on guilt trips, etc. They passed themselves off as fair-minded people concerned with justice. A lot of you fell for it and assumed it was a knowledge problem that could be solved with graphs and arguments.
     
    What do you mean? How did it ever appear to be a “knowledge problem”?

    Replies: @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

  10. UC race admissions data dropped. They are violating both Prop 209 state law and the US Constitution.

    First off, despite many very high IQ non-California residents who want to study there and pay much higher tuition to do so, UCs are becoming nearly California-only:

    “The UC system admitted 85,268 California first-year applicants — a 1.2% increase of 1,045 students over last year. Offers to out-of-state applicants declined by 19%, or 5,359 students, and those to international students decreased by 12.2%, or 2,442 students.”

    Blacks are being admitted in line with state population, but whites at about half of population share and far below private selective schools that are allowed to have AA like Stanford and USC.

    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”

    • Thanks: HammerJack
    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Pixo


    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”
     
    Whites are the only group which is significantly "underrepresented" (35.2% of population vs. 18.6% admitted). https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/CA

    So the level of woke mental retardation required to categorize them as overrepresented checks out.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @ForeverCARealist, @Charon

  11. One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term.

    Of course.

    Just, the 60s with Marcuse New Left gained momentum after big money co-opted some of its ideas for profit. I think that the collapse of the USSR was a turning point, with 9/11 further accelerating the whole thing.

  12. there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term.

    You made the claim.

    Prove it.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Justvisiting


    You made the claim.

    Prove it.
     
    So you are "just visiting here" and your comment is that the host "must prove" a statement that you seem to disagree with.

    Wow. That's some demand you make. You don't bother to offer a refutation or any counter argument.

    You must have, what, zero friends?

    Replies: @Justvisiting

  13. I do think that educational institutions are upstream of the media. Colleges are functioning today as woke Madrasas, churning out thoroughly indoctrinated young people who go on to staff the media and tech companies. A fairly recent phenomenon is those same young people successfully pressuring their bosses to adopt the woke agenda in their products and practices. True, the managers are mostly aligned ideologically with their young employees. Still, in violation of their fiduciary duties to their owner shareholders, they seem unable to stand up to them when commercial logic dictates that they should. Admittedly, those owner shareholders are themselves increasingly aligned with the woke agenda, being comprised of things like State teacher retirement funds and ESG-type agenda funds.
    Non-woke investors need to find somewhere else to put their money. I wonder if the Pelosi-tracking investments are very woke?

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Allain


    ESG-type agenda funds.
     
    Many of those funds aren't doing so hot these days.


    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/chickens-woke-are-coming-home-roost-business-heads
  14. there’s no Master Plan

    I believe you mean, you’re not in on it.

  15. Anonymous[160] • Disclaimer says:
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship
    The old anti-whitism was passive-aggressive, based on guilt trips, etc. They passed themselves off as fair-minded people concerned with justice. A lot of you fell for it and assumed it was a knowledge problem that could be solved with graphs and arguments.

    Now, it's become openly aggressive. A lot of that is because anti-whites were smoked out by online dissidents calling their bluff. They could no longer play their game while pretending to be "color blind" or moralistic. Their motivations were exposed.

    That's why so many sites and twitter accounts shut down over the last 5 years.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The old anti-whitism was passive-aggressive, based on guilt trips, etc. They passed themselves off as fair-minded people concerned with justice. A lot of you fell for it and assumed it was a knowledge problem that could be solved with graphs and arguments.

    What do you mean? How did it ever appear to be a “knowledge problem”?

    • Replies: @Loyalty Over IQ Worship
    @Anonymous

    Look all the work done by Charles Murray. The premise is that liberals don't understand underlying racial reality. And that liberals are good-natured people who need to confront the facts of reality. But that was never the problem. They just hated Whites.

    I'm not saying everyone fell for it, but look at over half the commenters on this very blog. They still deny there's an anti-White agenda.

    Appeals to fairness were the main weapon used to push forced integration, forced bussing, forced diversity (only in white areas), etc. This was done to appeal to white liberals and a lot of white women. They played on their conscience. They took the moral high ground, claiming that it was "only fair" that whites extend justice and compassion to their little brown brothers. The same guilt trip was done with regard to "Native Americans".

    But these days, the mask is slipping. We see more open, undisguised hatred of whites.

  16. I can’t believe Steve missed the latest fast breaking development in the Emmett Till case: A grand jury decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant!!

    I guess the charge would have been getting sexually harassed by a black guy in 1955. But the 88 year-old Bryant apparently beat the wrap.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/09/us/emmett-till-carolyn-bryant-no-indictment-reaj/index.html

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Hypnotoad666


    I can’t believe Steve missed the latest fast breaking development in the Emmett Till case: A grand jury decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant!!
     
    Merits a full post to be honest.
    , @Anon
    @Hypnotoad666

    Charging a woman who was sexually harassed is hard to do these days. Any woman on the jury raised in today's atmosphere of 'men have to legally keep their hands to themselves' would not have convicted the defendant.

    What Emmett Till did in 1955 would not have landed him in jail. But under today's law it would have.

  17. @Hypnotoad666
    I can't believe Steve missed the latest fast breaking development in the Emmett Till case: A grand jury decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant!!

    I guess the charge would have been getting sexually harassed by a black guy in 1955. But the 88 year-old Bryant apparently beat the wrap.


    https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/09/us/emmett-till-carolyn-bryant-no-indictment-reaj/index.html

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anon

    I can’t believe Steve missed the latest fast breaking development in the Emmett Till case: A grand jury decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant!!

    Merits a full post to be honest.

  18. The same period is also when places like Tumblr did their peak and young female social media usage began to become politicised. My theory is that political virtue signalling wasn’t a big thing on social media in the US (Remember when everyone was shocked that people in North Africa were using Twitter to organise political rallies? Twitter was for making pithy jokes and informing your friends about minutiae of your day) prior to the election in 2012. That made political discourse on Twitter and social media a real phenomena in the US. And with it political posturing and virtue signalling.

    The migration of young women who had been indoctrinated during early to late teen years by Tumblr to Twitter was a big influence. Terms like ‘the patriarchy’ began to be espoused by women who had no interest in academic feminism. A kind of ratcheting eternal September may have also occurred as each cohort of new adolescents graduate into these university courses they push things a bit more (Since it’s a ‘who-whom’ ideology it doesn’t have a natural stopping point just targets) with the new adolescents on Tumblr and now all social media (All female dominated social media spaces will be overrun by this religion, see TikTok and Instagram) are indoctrinated to the new standard which they will push further when they graduate into the university courses.

    The media is, however, very important in creating a feedback loop that causes the runaway virtue signalling reactions we see. For example, Israel has been trending lately due to the things it’s been up to in Syria. But the MSM media won’t touch it so the social media outrage may as well not have happened. It takes both a pre-existing social media outrage and the media egging it on to create the feedback loop to hysterical levels. But one on it’s own won’t do it.

    My thesis is simple, social media has become the most addictive video game ever created and it’s dominated by young women and young women of certain personality types. As it has been taken up by he media as a thing they can point to and measure easily it has become hugely influential. Thus wokeness became hugely influential. Because our society was already groomed and set up to be unable to effectively argue against it from a moral perspective it just kept going like the Salem Witch Trials.

    Here is a ‘detransitioned’ girl who realised Tumblr and social media which has become ‘Tumblr-fied’ was basically ‘Lord of the Flies’ except with teenage girls.

    https://4thwavenow.com/2019/03/20/tumblr-a-call-out-post/

    And take this clip from the Floyd protests in Stockholm, this is simply not something any man can relate to, something significant is going on here psychologically that seems to mostly apply to young women and seemingly also young women with BPD traits.

  19. @Pixo
    UC race admissions data dropped. They are violating both Prop 209 state law and the US Constitution.

    First off, despite many very high IQ non-California residents who want to study there and pay much higher tuition to do so, UCs are becoming nearly California-only:

    “The UC system admitted 85,268 California first-year applicants — a 1.2% increase of 1,045 students over last year. Offers to out-of-state applicants declined by 19%, or 5,359 students, and those to international students decreased by 12.2%, or 2,442 students.”

    Blacks are being admitted in line with state population, but whites at about half of population share and far below private selective schools that are allowed to have AA like Stanford and USC.

    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”

    Whites are the only group which is significantly “underrepresented” (35.2% of population vs. 18.6% admitted). https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/CA

    So the level of woke mental retardation required to categorize them as overrepresented checks out.

    • Agree: HammerJack
    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
    @Hypnotoad666

    So as a white California taxpayer, my taxes are being used to discriminate against people like me. I'd say I'm not getting my money's worth.

    Replies: @Charon

    , @ForeverCARealist
    @Hypnotoad666

    Isn't the relevant metric the % white HS graduates in CA? I guess you'd have to include the older kids coming out of the JC's too.

    I'm certain there's anti-white bigotry in spades, but remember how Latino/Asian the youth are here.

    I wonder about the black HS graduates. Are 6% of them really ready for a UC? Whatever, I'm sure none of them are paying their tuition anyway.

    , @Charon
    @Hypnotoad666

    This is the sort of thing we need to keep track of. Words mean nothing, they lie through their teeth, and their near-total media control means they're never called on it. Post any of these facts on Twitter and you can have your account suspended instantly.

    Algorithms are so useful.

  20. @Anonymous
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship


    The old anti-whitism was passive-aggressive, based on guilt trips, etc. They passed themselves off as fair-minded people concerned with justice. A lot of you fell for it and assumed it was a knowledge problem that could be solved with graphs and arguments.
     
    What do you mean? How did it ever appear to be a “knowledge problem”?

    Replies: @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    Look all the work done by Charles Murray. The premise is that liberals don’t understand underlying racial reality. And that liberals are good-natured people who need to confront the facts of reality. But that was never the problem. They just hated Whites.

    I’m not saying everyone fell for it, but look at over half the commenters on this very blog. They still deny there’s an anti-White agenda.

    Appeals to fairness were the main weapon used to push forced integration, forced bussing, forced diversity (only in white areas), etc. This was done to appeal to white liberals and a lot of white women. They played on their conscience. They took the moral high ground, claiming that it was “only fair” that whites extend justice and compassion to their little brown brothers. The same guilt trip was done with regard to “Native Americans”.

    But these days, the mask is slipping. We see more open, undisguised hatred of whites.

  21. @Pixo
    My time in elite academia I interacted with the still-marginal wokies, and they seemed clueless and weak. The wrote in gibberish that never convinced anyone. Seriously, try reading anything by Judith Butler or Roberto Unger.

    The people who seemed to be on the rise were economists. The centrists like Cass Susstein and Mx. McCloskey on one hand, and the GMU type libertarians on the other. They agreed more often than not, and were civil in their differences.

    Summers was President of Harvard, Cass was a top Obama advisor, Krugman was the nation’s top editorialist. The libertarians had the prestige of Ronald Coase and Milton Friedman, a pile of Nobel Prize winners, the entire Chicago econ dept, more top Harvard Men like Martin Feldstein and Greg Mankiw. Both Clintons and Obama were fans of centrist economists. Bush and the House GOP loved the libertarians.

    The libertarians also had hundreds of millions of dollars in Koch Brothers money. Possibly more than a billion over the years.

    Unlike the wokies, the economists were generally clear and excellent writers. They had more funding, more prestige, better contacts in business and government, bigger departments (including money-factory business schools), Wall Street, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Big Oil, Big Jew…

    And yet, the wokies are the ones who prevailed. They purged Larry Summers! Perhaps the big failure of Team Economist is that they were bad at appealing to women and blacks.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @SFG, @Recently Based

    I don’t think vaguely libertarian economists have been aught but a tolerated minority in the last 30 years bar in atypical institutions. Now have a gander at Tyler Cowan. Is that the guy you’d want next to you in the foxhole?

  22. @Justvisiting

    there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term.
     
    You made the claim.

    Prove it.

    Replies: @Muggles

    You made the claim.

    Prove it.

    So you are “just visiting here” and your comment is that the host “must prove” a statement that you seem to disagree with.

    Wow. That’s some demand you make. You don’t bother to offer a refutation or any counter argument.

    You must have, what, zero friends?

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    @Muggles

    "You don’t bother to offer a refutation or any counter argument."

    My point (which apparently went over your head) is that a claim that there is no central authority driving the propaganda (without any evidence whatsoever) is begging for evidence.

    It is not self-evident.

    Even the most casual visitor should be noticing that.

    Replies: @Muggles

  23. But what really was going on around 2012-13?

    Yesterday I skimmed over Ron’s post on (surprise!) conspiracy theories (CTs) and the fact that the spread of conspiracy theories concerns very much Western governments, and in particular the USG. What I found interesting was this new concept/strategy proposed by this one behavioural economist called Cass Sunstein to fight the spread of CTs that I had never heard of before, called cognitive infiltration. (Link to his paper below)

    The existence of both domestic and foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing real risks to the government’s antiterrorism policies, whatever the latter may be.
    (…)
    the best response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups
    (…)
    Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.

    https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1118&context=law_and_economics

    In a nutshell, this proposed strategy (CI) is a form of social engineering to steer public opinion, like good old propaganda and PR, but in a very astroturfey/shilley way. Obviously it is difficult to prove CI operatives are already deployed and doing their thing but I have the suspicion it is indeed working at full steam. (Qanon, Crisis Actors in every mass shooting, idiotic 9/11 “holographic” spins etc)

    But then I wondered, what if CI is not only being used to combat CTs, but also in trying to manipulate society at large? Could it be that CRT and antiracism puzzling virality (2012-13) was in fact a more or less engineered event by a bunch of USG operatives in social media, at the time Tumblr? I have read from a commenter here, one Altai, a theory on how all this CRT/antiracism/equity zealotry was sparked by bipolar, narcissistic and BPD teenage girls on Tumblr.

    “Dark Triad” teenage girls (look it up) or USGs “cognitive infiltrators” feeding idiotic teens a steady diet of racial justice in the hopes of it going viral and being picked up by MSM. And under Obongo’s watch no less in the era of BLM (started July 2013), itself sparked by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin (2012)

    Interestingly this one Cass Sunstein, author of the above paper on how to counter CTs wih CI, worked as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for Obama until mid 2012.

    From Wikipedia:

    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA /oʊˈaɪrə/ oh-EYE-rə) is a Division within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which in turn, is within the Executive Office of the President.

    And what is the Executive Office of the President, you must be wondering? wikipedia surprisingly offers some info:

    The EOP is also referred to as a “permanent government”, with many policy programs, and the people who implement them, continuing between presidential administrations.

    It almost reads like this 1800 strong “permanent” fraction of the USG could be an important part of the so called “Deep State”. But remember, the Deep State is a debunked White Supremacist CT.

    Just some speculation for entertainment purposes, I am sure this ongoing anti-White cultural revolution must have been yet another unfortunate collision of coincidences.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Grolsch

    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.

    Replies: @Fluesterwitz, @Hypnotoad666

    , @S. Anonyia
    @Grolsch

    Thanks. It’s not coincidental Twitter won’t release bot data. Many of its bots and sock puppet accounts manipulating opinion are no doubt products of the US military or state department in some capacity.

  24. If there was an event that corresponded with the uptick in the graphs I would say it was the Obama beer summit. No winners in those suds.

  25. Wokism originated in academia, beyond a doubt. Almost all of it comes straight out of the sociology classroom, which tends to be taught by absolute freaks and populated by female students who go on to spread the dreck they learned there in the workforce after graduation. Sociology is a malignant cancer, no doubt. I have never met a sociologist I would consider a “normal” person.

    At last college I taught at, we had an openly gay sociologist who used to lecture in a flannel shirt, shorts, and loafers without socks, and could be seen flitting though the halls with a copy of Dude, You’re A Fag tucked under his arm, which was a required textbook for his class:

    Meanwhile, in truly Sisyphean fashion, I was trying to teach the U.S. Constitution…

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Dr. X

    Correct. And we know where the money came from. Hint, not from the KGB, but from the Rockefellers and other "philanthropic" foundations.

  26. @Allain
    I do think that educational institutions are upstream of the media. Colleges are functioning today as woke Madrasas, churning out thoroughly indoctrinated young people who go on to staff the media and tech companies. A fairly recent phenomenon is those same young people successfully pressuring their bosses to adopt the woke agenda in their products and practices. True, the managers are mostly aligned ideologically with their young employees. Still, in violation of their fiduciary duties to their owner shareholders, they seem unable to stand up to them when commercial logic dictates that they should. Admittedly, those owner shareholders are themselves increasingly aligned with the woke agenda, being comprised of things like State teacher retirement funds and ESG-type agenda funds.
    Non-woke investors need to find somewhere else to put their money. I wonder if the Pelosi-tracking investments are very woke?

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    ESG-type agenda funds.

    Many of those funds aren’t doing so hot these days.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/chickens-woke-are-coming-home-roost-business-heads

  27. @Grolsch
    But what really was going on around 2012-13?

    Yesterday I skimmed over Ron's post on (surprise!) conspiracy theories (CTs) and the fact that the spread of conspiracy theories concerns very much Western governments, and in particular the USG. What I found interesting was this new concept/strategy proposed by this one behavioural economist called Cass Sunstein to fight the spread of CTs that I had never heard of before, called cognitive infiltration. (Link to his paper below)


    The existence of both domestic and foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing real risks to the government's antiterrorism policies, whatever the latter may be.
    (...)
    the best response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups
    (...)
    Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.
     
    https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1118&context=law_and_economics

    In a nutshell, this proposed strategy (CI) is a form of social engineering to steer public opinion, like good old propaganda and PR, but in a very astroturfey/shilley way. Obviously it is difficult to prove CI operatives are already deployed and doing their thing but I have the suspicion it is indeed working at full steam. (Qanon, Crisis Actors in every mass shooting, idiotic 9/11 "holographic" spins etc)

    But then I wondered, what if CI is not only being used to combat CTs, but also in trying to manipulate society at large? Could it be that CRT and antiracism puzzling virality (2012-13) was in fact a more or less engineered event by a bunch of USG operatives in social media, at the time Tumblr? I have read from a commenter here, one Altai, a theory on how all this CRT/antiracism/equity zealotry was sparked by bipolar, narcissistic and BPD teenage girls on Tumblr.

    "Dark Triad" teenage girls (look it up) or USGs "cognitive infiltrators" feeding idiotic teens a steady diet of racial justice in the hopes of it going viral and being picked up by MSM. And under Obongo's watch no less in the era of BLM (started July 2013), itself sparked by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin (2012)

    Interestingly this one Cass Sunstein, author of the above paper on how to counter CTs wih CI, worked as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for Obama until mid 2012.

    From Wikipedia:


    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA /oʊˈaɪrə/ oh-EYE-rə) is a Division within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which in turn, is within the Executive Office of the President.
     
    And what is the Executive Office of the President, you must be wondering? wikipedia surprisingly offers some info:

    The EOP is also referred to as a "permanent government", with many policy programs, and the people who implement them, continuing between presidential administrations.
     
    It almost reads like this 1800 strong "permanent" fraction of the USG could be an important part of the so called "Deep State". But remember, the Deep State is a debunked White Supremacist CT.

    Just some speculation for entertainment purposes, I am sure this ongoing anti-White cultural revolution must have been yet another unfortunate collision of coincidences.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @S. Anonyia

    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.

    • Replies: @Fluesterwitz
    @Steve Sailer

    Then again, some people are Überzeugungstäter, motivated to their acts by conviction.

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Steve Sailer


    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.
     
    I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the people contracted to do this work aren't part of the regular civil service. There is plenty of money sloshing around to make it worth someone's time. https://irp.fas.org/budget/index.html#:~:text=The%20Fiscal%20Year%202021%20budget,for%20the%20Military%20Intelligence%20Program.

    It must be comforting, though, to have so much faith in the good intentions of our secret agencies.

    Replies: @Justvisiting

  28. Anon[410] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hypnotoad666
    I can't believe Steve missed the latest fast breaking development in the Emmett Till case: A grand jury decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant!!

    I guess the charge would have been getting sexually harassed by a black guy in 1955. But the 88 year-old Bryant apparently beat the wrap.


    https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/09/us/emmett-till-carolyn-bryant-no-indictment-reaj/index.html

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anon

    Charging a woman who was sexually harassed is hard to do these days. Any woman on the jury raised in today’s atmosphere of ‘men have to legally keep their hands to themselves’ would not have convicted the defendant.

    What Emmett Till did in 1955 would not have landed him in jail. But under today’s law it would have.

  29. @TelfoedJohn

    terms tend to migrate from obscure academic journals to the MSM
     
    What terms will be mainstreamed in decades to come? Pedophobia?

    ‘Hetrification’, meaning straights ‘taking over queer spaces’, is a recently spawned word.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    ‘Hetrification’, meaning straights ‘taking over queer spaces’, is a recently spawned word.

    I suppose the reverse would be “bentrification”.

  30. Various parties have driven the Great Awokening, but the reason it was a success is that wokeness is a creed particularly well-suited to professional class women at this moment in time. It was a glove that found its hand, like Catholicism and the New World natives in the 16th century.

  31. One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term. There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky.

    But it’s always normal white heterosexuals that get screwed. If it is just a bunch of random hustling entrepreneurs, they’ve been pretty effective in ruining America, along with every other white country. It’s probably best not to have a master plan, like ham-fisted Soviet bureaucrats. Just have an undeclared coalition of people who want to do the same thing for diverse reasons, and let them at it.

  32. @Hypnotoad666
    @Pixo


    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”
     
    Whites are the only group which is significantly "underrepresented" (35.2% of population vs. 18.6% admitted). https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/CA

    So the level of woke mental retardation required to categorize them as overrepresented checks out.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @ForeverCARealist, @Charon

    So as a white California taxpayer, my taxes are being used to discriminate against people like me. I’d say I’m not getting my money’s worth.

    • Replies: @Charon
    @Mike_from_SGV

    Most WCTs are on board with this, near as I can tell. The same ones who give standing ovations when Jimmy Fallon mentions that wypipos are going extinct. Even though we know that's just a conspiracy theory.

  33. @Steve Sailer
    @Grolsch

    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.

    Replies: @Fluesterwitz, @Hypnotoad666

    Then again, some people are Überzeugungstäter, motivated to their acts by conviction.

  34. @Grolsch
    But what really was going on around 2012-13?

    Yesterday I skimmed over Ron's post on (surprise!) conspiracy theories (CTs) and the fact that the spread of conspiracy theories concerns very much Western governments, and in particular the USG. What I found interesting was this new concept/strategy proposed by this one behavioural economist called Cass Sunstein to fight the spread of CTs that I had never heard of before, called cognitive infiltration. (Link to his paper below)


    The existence of both domestic and foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing real risks to the government's antiterrorism policies, whatever the latter may be.
    (...)
    the best response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups
    (...)
    Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.
     
    https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1118&context=law_and_economics

    In a nutshell, this proposed strategy (CI) is a form of social engineering to steer public opinion, like good old propaganda and PR, but in a very astroturfey/shilley way. Obviously it is difficult to prove CI operatives are already deployed and doing their thing but I have the suspicion it is indeed working at full steam. (Qanon, Crisis Actors in every mass shooting, idiotic 9/11 "holographic" spins etc)

    But then I wondered, what if CI is not only being used to combat CTs, but also in trying to manipulate society at large? Could it be that CRT and antiracism puzzling virality (2012-13) was in fact a more or less engineered event by a bunch of USG operatives in social media, at the time Tumblr? I have read from a commenter here, one Altai, a theory on how all this CRT/antiracism/equity zealotry was sparked by bipolar, narcissistic and BPD teenage girls on Tumblr.

    "Dark Triad" teenage girls (look it up) or USGs "cognitive infiltrators" feeding idiotic teens a steady diet of racial justice in the hopes of it going viral and being picked up by MSM. And under Obongo's watch no less in the era of BLM (started July 2013), itself sparked by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin (2012)

    Interestingly this one Cass Sunstein, author of the above paper on how to counter CTs wih CI, worked as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for Obama until mid 2012.

    From Wikipedia:


    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA /oʊˈaɪrə/ oh-EYE-rə) is a Division within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which in turn, is within the Executive Office of the President.
     
    And what is the Executive Office of the President, you must be wondering? wikipedia surprisingly offers some info:

    The EOP is also referred to as a "permanent government", with many policy programs, and the people who implement them, continuing between presidential administrations.
     
    It almost reads like this 1800 strong "permanent" fraction of the USG could be an important part of the so called "Deep State". But remember, the Deep State is a debunked White Supremacist CT.

    Just some speculation for entertainment purposes, I am sure this ongoing anti-White cultural revolution must have been yet another unfortunate collision of coincidences.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @S. Anonyia

    Thanks. It’s not coincidental Twitter won’t release bot data. Many of its bots and sock puppet accounts manipulating opinion are no doubt products of the US military or state department in some capacity.

  35. “One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term. There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky.”

    Everyone knows what “the boss” wants. It doesn’t need to be written down.

    Of course, the moral panic du jour is likely written down on documents stored on https://securedrop.org/ (or something of the ilk) to be spread to the various mouthpieces of the megalomaniacal boss(es).

    • Replies: @Charon
    @Coemgen


    Everyone knows what “the boss” wants. It doesn’t need to be written down.
     
    This is so basic, and so obvious, yet people still deny it. The same people who know full well how true it is when it comes to their own workplaces.
  36. @Hypnotoad666
    @Pixo


    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”
     
    Whites are the only group which is significantly "underrepresented" (35.2% of population vs. 18.6% admitted). https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/CA

    So the level of woke mental retardation required to categorize them as overrepresented checks out.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @ForeverCARealist, @Charon

    Isn’t the relevant metric the % white HS graduates in CA? I guess you’d have to include the older kids coming out of the JC’s too.

    I’m certain there’s anti-white bigotry in spades, but remember how Latino/Asian the youth are here.

    I wonder about the black HS graduates. Are 6% of them really ready for a UC? Whatever, I’m sure none of them are paying their tuition anyway.

  37. @Pixo
    My time in elite academia I interacted with the still-marginal wokies, and they seemed clueless and weak. The wrote in gibberish that never convinced anyone. Seriously, try reading anything by Judith Butler or Roberto Unger.

    The people who seemed to be on the rise were economists. The centrists like Cass Susstein and Mx. McCloskey on one hand, and the GMU type libertarians on the other. They agreed more often than not, and were civil in their differences.

    Summers was President of Harvard, Cass was a top Obama advisor, Krugman was the nation’s top editorialist. The libertarians had the prestige of Ronald Coase and Milton Friedman, a pile of Nobel Prize winners, the entire Chicago econ dept, more top Harvard Men like Martin Feldstein and Greg Mankiw. Both Clintons and Obama were fans of centrist economists. Bush and the House GOP loved the libertarians.

    The libertarians also had hundreds of millions of dollars in Koch Brothers money. Possibly more than a billion over the years.

    Unlike the wokies, the economists were generally clear and excellent writers. They had more funding, more prestige, better contacts in business and government, bigger departments (including money-factory business schools), Wall Street, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Big Oil, Big Jew…

    And yet, the wokies are the ones who prevailed. They purged Larry Summers! Perhaps the big failure of Team Economist is that they were bad at appealing to women and blacks.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @SFG, @Recently Based

    Business lost a lot of prestige in 2008 with the crash. There are some who say the rise of woke was a way to divert occupy Wall Street. Those are the explanations I can come up with.

  38. @Dr. X
    Wokism originated in academia, beyond a doubt. Almost all of it comes straight out of the sociology classroom, which tends to be taught by absolute freaks and populated by female students who go on to spread the dreck they learned there in the workforce after graduation. Sociology is a malignant cancer, no doubt. I have never met a sociologist I would consider a "normal" person.

    At last college I taught at, we had an openly gay sociologist who used to lecture in a flannel shirt, shorts, and loafers without socks, and could be seen flitting though the halls with a copy of Dude, You're A Fag tucked under his arm, which was a required textbook for his class:

    https://www.amazon.com/Dude-Youre-Fag-Masculinity-Sexuality/dp/0520271483

    Meanwhile, in truly Sisyphean fashion, I was trying to teach the U.S. Constitution...

    Replies: @BB753

    Correct. And we know where the money came from. Hint, not from the KGB, but from the Rockefellers and other “philanthropic” foundations.

  39. Most of this stuff is just a continuation of the sexual revolution, the object of which is the demoralization of Christians and the evaporation of Christian opposition to various forms of exploitation, sexual and economic, and the eventual evaporation of Christianity itself. I can’t imagine which group of people would push such an agenda but I’m sure the Unzites have a pretty good idea.

  40. @Steve Sailer
    @Grolsch

    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.

    Replies: @Fluesterwitz, @Hypnotoad666

    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.

    I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the people contracted to do this work aren’t part of the regular civil service. There is plenty of money sloshing around to make it worth someone’s time. https://irp.fas.org/budget/index.html#:~:text=The%20Fiscal%20Year%202021%20budget,for%20the%20Military%20Intelligence%20Program.

    It must be comforting, though, to have so much faith in the good intentions of our secret agencies.

    • Agree: S. Anonyia
    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    @Hypnotoad666


    It must be comforting, though, to have so much faith in the good intentions of our secret agencies.
     
    Exactly. This is top down stuff, not immaculate conception from the ether of academic journals.

    If anyone wants to get serious about the "why" they need to look deeply at the funding of academic research in the social sciences--and of course deeply into the owners of the corporate owners of the mass media.

    A lot of folks around here like to say "The Jews" but the details matter. There are actual human beings with real names behind this stuff.

    Anthony Sutton's wonderful research of the rise of the New Deal, the Russian Revolution and the Nazis proved conclusively that a relatively few Wall Street Bankers were the key players. There is reasonable (but admittedly debatable) evidence that many of them were fronts for the Rothschild family.

    We may still be looking at the same folks, but the two Rothschild family members I am familiar with are rather pathetic figures of low intellect, so presumably the torch has been passed elsewhere.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

  41. The newsroom female hiring sprees of the 2000s combined with the non-white hiring sprees of the 2010s appear to be amplifying and accelerating the effect. It’s almost comical how many Hannahs, Sarahs, Beths, Amys, etc. author the woke schlock that gets green-lighted daily to run in legacy media.

    They are products of elite’s woke indoctrination in the J-schools and the most receptive demographic to become true believers of the new faith.

    Identify the “old stock’ white gentile males in this lineup of key NYT staff:

    https://www.nytco.com/company/people/

    A very undermentioned point is that women are now overrepresented as chief editors of the major scientific journals and magazines. This has a significant chilling effect on the subject selection and reporting angles. SciAm, Nature, NatGeo, etc., all have all gone woke “science” – but look at who their key editors are, this did not happen by chance.

    We are doing this to ourselves with this culturally insane pursuit of “DIEversity”.

    • Replies: @Recently Based
    @Element59

    That NYT page is incredible.

    I counted 1 white gentile man among 30 executives, and it was massively female.

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Element59


    significant chilling effect on the subject selection and reporting angles. SciAm, Nature, NatGeo, etc., all have all gone woke “science”
     
    Guys like building stuff to investigate natural phenomenon. SciAm used to have The Amateur Scientist section by C. L. Stong, yet after he died, no attempt as far as I can recall was ever made to keep it going. Guess all that hands on stuff is too darn icky for today's SA readers.

    Heck, I recall six decades ago they were advertising miniature gas turbine generators powered by solid fuel for use in missiles.
  42. @Muggles
    @Justvisiting


    You made the claim.

    Prove it.
     
    So you are "just visiting here" and your comment is that the host "must prove" a statement that you seem to disagree with.

    Wow. That's some demand you make. You don't bother to offer a refutation or any counter argument.

    You must have, what, zero friends?

    Replies: @Justvisiting

    “You don’t bother to offer a refutation or any counter argument.”

    My point (which apparently went over your head) is that a claim that there is no central authority driving the propaganda (without any evidence whatsoever) is begging for evidence.

    It is not self-evident.

    Even the most casual visitor should be noticing that.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Justvisiting


    My point (which apparently went over your head) is that a claim that there is no central authority driving the propaganda (without any evidence whatsoever) is begging for evidence
     
    My point was that your apparent contrary view likewise begs for evidence.

    iSteve's entire essay was in many respects the evidence for his conclusion, in case you didn't comprehend that.

    You put forth no evidence to the contrary. Or even mention anything at all. Just a childish demand.

    Perhaps you didn't understand his analysis.
  43. @Pixo
    My time in elite academia I interacted with the still-marginal wokies, and they seemed clueless and weak. The wrote in gibberish that never convinced anyone. Seriously, try reading anything by Judith Butler or Roberto Unger.

    The people who seemed to be on the rise were economists. The centrists like Cass Susstein and Mx. McCloskey on one hand, and the GMU type libertarians on the other. They agreed more often than not, and were civil in their differences.

    Summers was President of Harvard, Cass was a top Obama advisor, Krugman was the nation’s top editorialist. The libertarians had the prestige of Ronald Coase and Milton Friedman, a pile of Nobel Prize winners, the entire Chicago econ dept, more top Harvard Men like Martin Feldstein and Greg Mankiw. Both Clintons and Obama were fans of centrist economists. Bush and the House GOP loved the libertarians.

    The libertarians also had hundreds of millions of dollars in Koch Brothers money. Possibly more than a billion over the years.

    Unlike the wokies, the economists were generally clear and excellent writers. They had more funding, more prestige, better contacts in business and government, bigger departments (including money-factory business schools), Wall Street, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Big Oil, Big Jew…

    And yet, the wokies are the ones who prevailed. They purged Larry Summers! Perhaps the big failure of Team Economist is that they were bad at appealing to women and blacks.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @SFG, @Recently Based

    This was exactly my impression of the zeitgeist in elite academia as well. I was in with the guys you are describing, and as you say, we got our asses handed to us.

    Ultimately, I think we assumed stability and ballast in the society that was rotting away beneath our notice.

    I have no idea how to fix these problems, and have lost confidence in my own judgement.

  44. @Element59
    The newsroom female hiring sprees of the 2000s combined with the non-white hiring sprees of the 2010s appear to be amplifying and accelerating the effect. It's almost comical how many Hannahs, Sarahs, Beths, Amys, etc. author the woke schlock that gets green-lighted daily to run in legacy media.

    They are products of elite's woke indoctrination in the J-schools and the most receptive demographic to become true believers of the new faith.

    Identify the "old stock' white gentile males in this lineup of key NYT staff:

    https://www.nytco.com/company/people/

    A very undermentioned point is that women are now overrepresented as chief editors of the major scientific journals and magazines. This has a significant chilling effect on the subject selection and reporting angles. SciAm, Nature, NatGeo, etc., all have all gone woke "science" - but look at who their key editors are, this did not happen by chance.

    We are doing this to ourselves with this culturally insane pursuit of "DIEversity".

    Replies: @Recently Based, @Joe Stalin

    That NYT page is incredible.

    I counted 1 white gentile man among 30 executives, and it was massively female.

  45. @Element59
    The newsroom female hiring sprees of the 2000s combined with the non-white hiring sprees of the 2010s appear to be amplifying and accelerating the effect. It's almost comical how many Hannahs, Sarahs, Beths, Amys, etc. author the woke schlock that gets green-lighted daily to run in legacy media.

    They are products of elite's woke indoctrination in the J-schools and the most receptive demographic to become true believers of the new faith.

    Identify the "old stock' white gentile males in this lineup of key NYT staff:

    https://www.nytco.com/company/people/

    A very undermentioned point is that women are now overrepresented as chief editors of the major scientific journals and magazines. This has a significant chilling effect on the subject selection and reporting angles. SciAm, Nature, NatGeo, etc., all have all gone woke "science" - but look at who their key editors are, this did not happen by chance.

    We are doing this to ourselves with this culturally insane pursuit of "DIEversity".

    Replies: @Recently Based, @Joe Stalin

    significant chilling effect on the subject selection and reporting angles. SciAm, Nature, NatGeo, etc., all have all gone woke “science”

    Guys like building stuff to investigate natural phenomenon. SciAm used to have The Amateur Scientist section by C. L. Stong, yet after he died, no attempt as far as I can recall was ever made to keep it going. Guess all that hands on stuff is too darn icky for today’s SA readers.

    Heck, I recall six decades ago they were advertising miniature gas turbine generators powered by solid fuel for use in missiles.

  46. @Hypnotoad666
    @Steve Sailer


    If you are a marketing genius, well, Nike pays a lot better than the US government does.
     
    I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the people contracted to do this work aren't part of the regular civil service. There is plenty of money sloshing around to make it worth someone's time. https://irp.fas.org/budget/index.html#:~:text=The%20Fiscal%20Year%202021%20budget,for%20the%20Military%20Intelligence%20Program.

    It must be comforting, though, to have so much faith in the good intentions of our secret agencies.

    Replies: @Justvisiting

    It must be comforting, though, to have so much faith in the good intentions of our secret agencies.

    Exactly. This is top down stuff, not immaculate conception from the ether of academic journals.

    If anyone wants to get serious about the “why” they need to look deeply at the funding of academic research in the social sciences–and of course deeply into the owners of the corporate owners of the mass media.

    A lot of folks around here like to say “The Jews” but the details matter. There are actual human beings with real names behind this stuff.

    Anthony Sutton’s wonderful research of the rise of the New Deal, the Russian Revolution and the Nazis proved conclusively that a relatively few Wall Street Bankers were the key players. There is reasonable (but admittedly debatable) evidence that many of them were fronts for the Rothschild family.

    We may still be looking at the same folks, but the two Rothschild family members I am familiar with are rather pathetic figures of low intellect, so presumably the torch has been passed elsewhere.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Justvisiting


    Exactly. This is top down stuff, not immaculate conception from the ether of academic journals.
     
    Steve is averse to "conspiracy" theories. But I think he's using an overly narrow definition that involves a bond villain stroking a cat inside a volcano. Or something.

    But when there is money and power at issue, fellow-travelers have a way of finding each other and working together for common purpose.

    For example, you can see how easily the academic medical research establishment has been coopted by the Big Pharma-CDC complex ("conspiracy," if you will). Zero independence. None of them said boo about the covid insanity (except for a few who were retired or so eminent they could get away with it). Likewise, it came as a surprise to me how badly the academic foreign policy establishment has been bought off by the deep state neocons. (except again for some old eminences like Mearsheimer) They all supported every dumb piece of "Putin is Hitler" propaganda.

    Academics might not make much money, but controlling "expert" opinion is priceless to other interests.
  47. @Justvisiting
    @Hypnotoad666


    It must be comforting, though, to have so much faith in the good intentions of our secret agencies.
     
    Exactly. This is top down stuff, not immaculate conception from the ether of academic journals.

    If anyone wants to get serious about the "why" they need to look deeply at the funding of academic research in the social sciences--and of course deeply into the owners of the corporate owners of the mass media.

    A lot of folks around here like to say "The Jews" but the details matter. There are actual human beings with real names behind this stuff.

    Anthony Sutton's wonderful research of the rise of the New Deal, the Russian Revolution and the Nazis proved conclusively that a relatively few Wall Street Bankers were the key players. There is reasonable (but admittedly debatable) evidence that many of them were fronts for the Rothschild family.

    We may still be looking at the same folks, but the two Rothschild family members I am familiar with are rather pathetic figures of low intellect, so presumably the torch has been passed elsewhere.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    Exactly. This is top down stuff, not immaculate conception from the ether of academic journals.

    Steve is averse to “conspiracy” theories. But I think he’s using an overly narrow definition that involves a bond villain stroking a cat inside a volcano. Or something.

    But when there is money and power at issue, fellow-travelers have a way of finding each other and working together for common purpose.

    For example, you can see how easily the academic medical research establishment has been coopted by the Big Pharma-CDC complex (“conspiracy,” if you will). Zero independence. None of them said boo about the covid insanity (except for a few who were retired or so eminent they could get away with it). Likewise, it came as a surprise to me how badly the academic foreign policy establishment has been bought off by the deep state neocons. (except again for some old eminences like Mearsheimer) They all supported every dumb piece of “Putin is Hitler” propaganda.

    Academics might not make much money, but controlling “expert” opinion is priceless to other interests.

  48. It’s been academic from the beginning. Academic influence was marginal until postwar programs vastly expanded and enriched higher education. That’s how academia took over our culture with the devastating results we now live with.

  49. @Anonymous

    There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky.
     
    They aren’t “entrepreneurs.” They are racist groups engaged in tribal warfare against the White community.

    Replies: @Bruce Arney

    Exactly.

  50. @Justvisiting
    @Muggles

    "You don’t bother to offer a refutation or any counter argument."

    My point (which apparently went over your head) is that a claim that there is no central authority driving the propaganda (without any evidence whatsoever) is begging for evidence.

    It is not self-evident.

    Even the most casual visitor should be noticing that.

    Replies: @Muggles

    My point (which apparently went over your head) is that a claim that there is no central authority driving the propaganda (without any evidence whatsoever) is begging for evidence

    My point was that your apparent contrary view likewise begs for evidence.

    iSteve’s entire essay was in many respects the evidence for his conclusion, in case you didn’t comprehend that.

    You put forth no evidence to the contrary. Or even mention anything at all. Just a childish demand.

    Perhaps you didn’t understand his analysis.

  51. @JimDandy
    Twas a holistic attack, per the Frankfurt School blueprint, but most influential journalists/editors came out of the same handful of elite J-schools. But corporate overlords dictate MSM perspectives.

    Replies: @Bruce Arney

    Indeed, the Soros group is buying up a dozen or so Hispanic radio stations, so as to re-direct Hispanic political leanings leftward, as Hispanics do tend to be conservative as a group. Corporate overlords push their agenda, even if it loses money because they have their eye on the final prize at the end of the multi-colored rainbow.

    • Thanks: Charon, JimDandy
  52. @Hypnotoad666
    @Pixo


    “Campuses also set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, Black students at 5.7%, and whites at 18.6%.”
     
    Whites are the only group which is significantly "underrepresented" (35.2% of population vs. 18.6% admitted). https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/CA

    So the level of woke mental retardation required to categorize them as overrepresented checks out.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @ForeverCARealist, @Charon

    This is the sort of thing we need to keep track of. Words mean nothing, they lie through their teeth, and their near-total media control means they’re never called on it. Post any of these facts on Twitter and you can have your account suspended instantly.

    Algorithms are so useful.

  53. @Mike_from_SGV
    @Hypnotoad666

    So as a white California taxpayer, my taxes are being used to discriminate against people like me. I'd say I'm not getting my money's worth.

    Replies: @Charon

    Most WCTs are on board with this, near as I can tell. The same ones who give standing ovations when Jimmy Fallon mentions that wypipos are going extinct. Even though we know that’s just a conspiracy theory.

  54. @Coemgen
    "One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term. There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky."

    Everyone knows what "the boss" wants. It doesn't need to be written down.

    Of course, the moral panic du jour is likely written down on documents stored on https://securedrop.org/ (or something of the ilk) to be spread to the various mouthpieces of the megalomaniacal boss(es).

    Replies: @Charon

    Everyone knows what “the boss” wants. It doesn’t need to be written down.

    This is so basic, and so obvious, yet people still deny it. The same people who know full well how true it is when it comes to their own workplaces.

  55. One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State

    No, but there is a race controlling the media and Hollywood. A race that isn’t White and that in every category has the most leftist opinions – showing they invented those opinions and drag them leftward.

    The same didn’t happen in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, etc – because they didn’t have an alien, hostile group dominating their media. So it’s not something that just comes with “modernity” as some cowards like to say.

    Compare with nobility in the past. They didn’t have a central master plan, but they agreed that it was nobility that should rule, and they had certain other opinions in common.

    Compare with Indian tribes. They didn’t have a master plan but they agreed that the slaves they held shouldn’t be freed.

    European empires could disagree on things. They could fight each other. But they didn’t hand over power to the hottentots. And to an outsider, all their main viewpoints looked identical.

    Jews can disagree on things. They can fight each other. But they don’t want to hand over power to Whites. And to an outsider, all their main viewpoints look identical.

    • Replies: @IHTG
    @Hegar


    that in every category has the most leftist opinions – showing they invented those opinions
     
    lol, brilliant logic here.
  56. @Hegar

    One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State
     
    No, but there is a race controlling the media and Hollywood. A race that isn't White and that in every category has the most leftist opinions - showing they invented those opinions and drag them leftward.

    The same didn't happen in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, etc - because they didn't have an alien, hostile group dominating their media. So it's not something that just comes with "modernity" as some cowards like to say.

    Compare with nobility in the past. They didn't have a central master plan, but they agreed that it was nobility that should rule, and they had certain other opinions in common.

    Compare with Indian tribes. They didn't have a master plan but they agreed that the slaves they held shouldn't be freed.


    European empires could disagree on things. They could fight each other. But they didn't hand over power to the hottentots. And to an outsider, all their main viewpoints looked identical.

    Jews can disagree on things. They can fight each other. But they don't want to hand over power to Whites. And to an outsider, all their main viewpoints look identical.

    Replies: @IHTG

    that in every category has the most leftist opinions – showing they invented those opinions

    lol, brilliant logic here.

  57. Re: the quick rise and fall of sexism in the mid-2010s, I suspect this had everything to do with Trump. #MeToo appears to have been started in the hopes that the famously amorous Trump would be exposed as the rapist everyone at the New York Times and the Atlantic just knew he was, thus crushing the hopes of his evangelical base, and might spread to all his Handmaid’s Tale lieutenants. Instead, the movement proved (unsurprisingly) that lefty men tend to be more perverted and unscrupulous than right-leaning men (although still plenty in that camp), and so the movement did gradually fade after taking a few scalps along the way. Most Americans are pretty happy to keep sexual double standards for themselves, but use them mercilessly against their political opponents. (See, e.g., if anyone defended both Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton against stereotyping or unfair attacks based on gender–I’d be surprised to find anyone consistent on that or a comparable example).

  58. One general comment: there’s no Master Plan, no central headquarters at the Deep State running a carefully plotted psy-op to flog each term. There are just a lot of hustling entrepreneurs each pushing his or her or their own hobbyhorse word. Sometimes, for contingent reasons, they get lucky.

    ‘I couldn’t agree more!’

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