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  1. Alternatively, “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your tropes.”

    Okay, I’ll admit I’m not satisfied with the last word. Ideally, it would rhyme or be alliterative with “chains.”

    “Tropes” has the advantage of being only one syllable long. Looking at David Rozado’s charts of woke vocabulary that become popular in the New York Times over the last decade, it’s clear that multisyllabic jargon is more popular than one syllable terms:

    Other possibilities include:

    “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your whiteness.”

    “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your whiteness.”

    Or you could go the complete opposite direction from the one syllable “chains”

    “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your LGBQT+phobia.”

    “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your cultural appropriation.”

    “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your microaggressions.”

  2. IHTG says:

    lol go to sleep Steve

  3. “You have nothing to lose but your brains” is more reflective of reality

  4. Altai says:

    25th anniversary of Clueless (What I assume is Steve’s secret favourite film) and the upper-middle class white woman (I presume) who runs NetflixFilm’s Twitter account doesn’t get the joke of this scene.

    Let them eat cake. The country and it’s resources are just like Daddy’s 50th.

    When I was much younger I often looked at the very progressive and seemingly empathetic politics embraced by the wealthy elites I met and wondered, ‘But how then, is it possible that class politics exists’. And then I looked a little closer and the sneering and snobbery wasn’t really gone at all. It seems impossible to cure mankind of those who obsess over status and are inclined to social defection once they have enough money.

    And then you have the Chers who really are clueless.

  5. @Steve Sailer

    Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose—unless you’re white.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @ChrisZ
    , @John Achterhof
  6. JimDandy says:

    Possibly a minor tweak?

    Wokers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your peanut brains.

    Or go long:

    Wokers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but every last trace of self-respect–you addled, airheaded, miserable f***ing shit-for-brains.

  7. During the Rand Rebellion of 1922, one of the South African Communist Party’s slogans was “Workers of the world unite, keep South Africa white”.

  8. theMann says:

    You have nothing to lose but your souls!

    Pride is the worst sin, which feeds all others.

  9. Anonymous[146] • Disclaimer says:

    Is there a single Hollywood movie into which they haven’t crammed their “message”?

  10. Altai says:

    I saw Clueless on TV recently (Presumably because it was the 25th anniversary) and wanted to post this clip but didn’t find a good place. Then Woke capital retweeted this from Netflix. But what is interesting is that they cut out the teacher being bemused (Despite not fitting a conservative stereotype) and later giving Cher a bad grade for the class which becomes a B plot of the film.

    If the film were made today the teacher would celebrate Cher like her vapid friends. The social and class context is just gone. I’m sure the writer/director who was a near Gen X/late baby boomer Jewish woman herself probably wasn’t strongly con for the arguement but she was making a point in the way Cher argued it. Cher was so naturally pro because it wasn’t a problem for her. That’s the joke. But Netflix took out the context of the joke.

  11. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:

    From Catholic philosopher Ed Feser blog (is pared down to just some of the subjects—click on link to get full quotes). Pretty amazing these quotes come from popes between 1870 and 1910.

    The popes against the revolution

    Imperfection in social institutions does not justify sedition

    And if at any time it happen that the power of the State is rashly and tyrannically wielded by princes, the teaching of the Catholic church does not allow an insurrection on private authority against them, lest public order be only the more disturbed, and lest society take greater hurt therefrom. (Leo XIII, Quod Apostolici Muneris 7)

    The pastors of souls, after the example of the Apostle Paul, were accustomed to teach the people with the utmost care and diligence “to be subject to princes and powers, to obey at a word,” and to pray God for all men and particularly “for kings and all that are in a high station: for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” And the Christians of old left the most striking proofs of this; for, when they were harassed in a very unjust and cruel way by pagan emperors, they nevertheless at no time omitted to conduct themselves obediently and submissively…

    Christians at that period were not only in the habit of obeying the laws, but in every office they of their own accord did more, and more perfectly, than they were required to do by the laws. (Leo XIII, Diuturnum Illud 18-19)

    Riots and disorder are evil and must be suppressed by the state

    Nevertheless, not a few individuals are found who, imbued with evil ideas and eager for revolution, use every means to stir up disorder and incite to violence. The authority of the State, therefore, should intervene and, by putting restraint upon such disturbers, protect the morals of workers from their corrupting arts and lawful owners from the danger of spoliation. (Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum 30, 55)

    By means of false promises a people is deceived and provoked to hatred, rivalry and rebellion, especially when the hereditary faith, the only relief in this earthly exile, is successfully torn from its heart. Disturbances, riots and revolts are organized and fomented in continuing series, which prepare for the ruin of the economy and cause irreparable harm to the common good. (Pius XII, Anni Sacri 4)

    It is evil to pit classes and races against one another

    The unity of human society cannot be founded on an opposition of classes. (Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno 88)

    Race must not become an idol

    Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community – however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things – whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds. (Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge 7)

    Police protection and punishment of criminals are necessary for social order

    A peaceful and ordered social life, whether within a national community or in the society of nations, is only possible if the juridical norms which regulate the living and working together of the members of the society are observed. But there are always to be found people who will not keep to these norms and who violate the law. Against them society must protect itself. Hence derives penal law, which punishes the transgression and, by inflicting punishment, leads the transgressor back to the observance of the law violated…

    If what We have just said holds good in normal times, its urgency is particularly evident in time of war or of violent political disturbances, when civil strife breaks out within a state. The offender in political matters upsets the order of social life just as much as the offender in common law: to neither must be allowed assurance of impunity in his crime. (Pius XII, “Address to the Sixth International Congress of Penal Law”)

    Destruction of cultural artifacts is a common tactic of communists

    Where Communism has been able to assert its power… it has striven by every possible means, as its champions openly boast, to destroy Christian civilization and the Christian religion by banishing every remembrance of them from the hearts of men, especially of the young…

    Not only this or that church or isolated monastery was sacked, but as far as possible every church and every monastery was destroyed. Every vestige of the Christian religion was eradicated, even though intimately linked with the rarest monuments of art and science. (Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris 19-20)

  12. …and the fabric that’s held together the Republic

  13. Anon7 says:

    Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your reins.

    Probably requires too much thinking, but I still like it. The meaning is that once you allow full open borders, you’ll never be able to put the brakes on the process, and you will lose the very culture and economic system that permitted you to live your deviant choices in the first place (many foreign cultures are very conservative). Once you allow socialism, you won’t be able to slow it down, even after you realize that your fancy lifestyles are over in the gray minimalist soviet future. And so on.

  14. Znzn says:

    Would Trump have been better off if he had ordered the military to crack down on the rioters last month? I mean some units would have refused orders, but still a lot of units would have obeyed orders, I mean if Trump had done that, the US may look like Syria now, with armed factions fighting each other depending on their political loyalty and full scale civil war, but then there is a saying that a bad peace is worse than war, and the situation now is arguably a bad peace?

  15. One for BLM: “No taxation without reparations”

    • Replies: @tbmcc
  16. “Most people work for someone else in a way they are not free…. If he won’t coöperate with us, then he’s against us”

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Mr. Anon
  17. Most of the woke ideology cannot be translated to any other language. There are no words for intersectionality, whitesplaining, misogynoir or most of what’s asserted to be ‘a thing’ in woke.

    Hence it’s rather Speak English or D-I-E.

    • Replies: @JimB
  18. Naya Rivera is gone. We’ll just have to keep on keepin’ on.

  19. drawbacks says:

    Credulousness Is Strength!

  20. “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose, but you’re inane.”

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  21. Nothing to lose but domains keeps the same meter as the original. And it makes the point about losing everything, including houses.

    But your reins is literally what’s happening as the wild horses of wokeness sprint wildly away.

    But your veins is only for the people who seek refuge in heroin.

    But your drains is probably truest, as modern sewage and water systems break down without maintenance, but too obscure.

    Nothing to lose but your slain makes it sound almost romantic.

    Nothing to lose but your panes is a literal description of the riots.

    But your Jains is an accurate description of what’s going to happen to groups that abhor violence in coming years.

    That’s all I got.

  22. @Altai

    It’s a very good movie. Was based on Jane Austen’s Emma, actually. Although the ending was a bit forced–I don’t think there was enough heat between Cher and her stepbrother in the film to justify their getting together.

    • Replies: @Altai
  23. You have nothing to lose but your jobs!

    Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your jobs.

  24. It’s funny but get real, they aren’t going to lose anything and they’re also going to take everything you have.

    • Agree: PhysicistDave
  25. @Altai

    Anti-semitism is not funny. Who runs this site, anyway?

  26. @Buck Ransom

    Or, alternately:

    “Wokers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose, but you’re lame.”

  27. Nothing to lose but your gains has a nice contradictory twist but I’m not that optimistic. Save it for a stock-market story

  28. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    My brains are doing just fine.

    My quality of life is about the same as before BLM happened. I can do the same things I used to. The trick is just being more careful, sticking together, and trusting no one.

    Just stick to that strategy, and your brains will probably be okay. If not, at least you did all you could.

  29. @Steve Sailer

    You had it with the first one.

    I don’t think there’s going to be too much more ore in this vein.

  30. Anonymous[293] • Disclaimer says:

    “Trump colluded with Russia!”

    “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”

    From top to bottom, a culture of lies.

    Jewish Power Elites lie, black mobs lie.

    A culture of mendacity from high to low.

  31. …you have nothing to lose but your R.

    Woker is culturally appropriational, by the way.

    Sex workers of the world, unite! (Once again…)

    How a testing system created by the porn industry during the HIV epidemic could help Hollywood resume production in the coronavirus era

    • Replies: @Kronos
  32. Coemgen says:

    Wokers of the World unite!

    You have nothing to lose but your pampered lives!

    The Golden Goose awaits your knives!

  33. @Colin Wright

    “Anti-semitism” is a manipulative made-up term that attempts to position Jews as recipients of a unique type of unwarranted persecution through the centuries. It’s a worldview encapsulated in a term. I reject your rhetorical jujitsu. Denied. Use “anti-Jew” if you must. Trying to counteract the malevolent influence of Elite Jews in 2020 is certainly justified.

  34. anon[328] • Disclaimer says:

    Wokers of the world, unite! You got nothing, and when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose!

  35. Altai says:
    @R.G. Camara

    I like Clueless too, it’s why that clip stuck with me. They also made a TV series (Sans Alicia Silverstone whose career was expected to go places) whose tone was a bit all over the place but which had almost all the original cast. It was written by the same person and I watched an episode or two online and they read like Steve Sailer wrote them. (Or maybe all jaded people who lived in SoCal in the 80s/90s had the same tone.)

    In season 2 Cher’s father changes from a short rotund Jewish man into a Steve Sailer alike Irishman. (You could make a Better Call Saul type joke about his character subsequently losing his job)

    This leads to surreal moments when Cher and her father are trying to convince the audience they are Jewish whilst also being the most North-Western European looking and acting people on the planet. Such as the beginning of this episode.

  36. Anon[399] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: The Supreme Court just declared half the state of Oklahoma to be an Indian reservation, in a case in which the liberal supremes were trying to protect a child rapist from the law.

    This is liberal craziness to the enth degree. The liberal judges need to be impeached.

  37. Mr. Anon says:

    OT (or perhaps not): Parents of Summer Taylor make their predictably Eloi public statement:

    Frankly, these people disgust me. They indulged their daughter in all manner of fashionable nonsense that ultimately ruined and destroyed her. Yes – her – not them. They can’t even admit that their own girl is a girl, not a they, not a them – they go along with the gender-fluid BS. Maybe they should have raised her with more concern for her actual well-being. Then they tell people to support the very cause that used her up and spat her out. The BLM movement was hoping for martyrs – that’s why they protest on freeways at night.

  38. As a mid-millennial (28) I’ve noticed that the new trend among my activist peers is a stubborn refusal to read Marx or any other type of theory.

    I won’t pretend to be a rightist and disavow my deep appreciation of Mao’s making the streets of Shanghai run red with (((foreign))) tycoon blood (if only we could do the same to DC!) but the fact that it’s become “fashionable” to explicitly not read “theory” means that this movement has already been totally subsumed by global finance.

    A left fellow-traveler tried to publicly censure/cancel me on twitter recently — I was accused of being another “White Class Reductionist in China”, and then they backed off when the received a letter from my teaching institution citing my good standing within the Jiusan Society and Foreign CCP wing. The hammer and sickle does carry a little cache with these folks — but not for much longer, I expect.

    We will probably need to find another word apart from “Marxist” to describe them. “Foucaultian” seems better to me.

  39. Hunsdon says:
    @Colin Wright

    A righteous Jew? Or as perhaps many other Jews might say a self-hating Jew?

  40. Mr. Anon says:
    @The Alarmist

    He imagined he would become New Soviet Man.

    Instead he will forever be remembered as: Noodle Boy.

  41. JohnnyD says:

    And your testicles (if you’re transgendering).

  42. JimB says:
    @Haruto Rat

    Woke terminology sounds like it was invented by Homer Simpson playing Scrabble.

    • Agree: Coemgen
  43. @Jake

    Looks like you were right, Jake, nobody has beaten it.

  44. Anonymous[342] • Disclaimer says:

    AZ was just declared world’s worst covid zone by NYT.

    On the ground in PHX metro anecdotal evidence is: no one is displaying any symptoms. The infamous dry cough of covid is not happening in grocery stores and pharmacies. I have been driving around looking for a particular zinc supplement and now it’s a game to find anyone with respiratory symptoms at all. Clerks and cashiers admit it.

    There are some great covid debunker twitter feeds. Berenson of course for laymen and ethicalskeptic is awesome for deep data.


  45. El Dato says:


    Toyota has fired two high-level employees from a plant in Indiana, after they allegedly mocked the killing of George Floyd. Though their jokes got them the sack, Toyota itself has been in the spotlight for racism before.

    This is like making fun of a Samurai’s Death. You know the consequences! Peon!

    The carmaker also fired another employee for allegedly posting racist comments on an internal Facebook group. A source told Yahoo that the employee wrote “If black people don’t like it in this country they can go back to Africa and talk to the village chief that sold them into slavery.”

    Why you post that man? The King of Dahomey has been dead for some time now.

    Toyota, like most of corporate America, has walked a woke, anti-racist line since the death of Floyd triggered a nationwide wave of unrest. Talley’s “disgusting” display came hours after the company’s Indiana plant held eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in Floyd’s honor, and the firm released a statement reading “we remain steadfast in our belief for equality, respect and inclusivity for all people.”

    If I was a guy about to turn my life around overdosing during arrest I would not be content with 8 minutes 46 silence of silence by some random foreign carmaker worker pool. I would demand that the USAF Thunderbirds do a few barrel rolls over my place of death, because really, that’s what I deserve.

    Despite cracking down on its employees’ misdeeds, the Japanese automaker has been accused of racial discrimination before. Following a Justice Department investigation, Toyota Motor Credit Corp. in California was ordered to pay black and Asian [not East Asians, shurely?] customers more than $20 million in compensation, after its dealers marked up interest rates for minority customers. More than 100,000 borrowers were affected.

    Might there be some reason for this?

  46. Dtbb says:

    White Workers of the World unite! STRIKE!!!

  47. ChrisZ says:
    @the one they call Desanex

    Rely on the mind of Desanex to arrive at the ideal formulation.

  48. J.Ross says:
    @Colin Wright

    Consider the DS9 episode “The Nagus.” Anything is funny if it is done right, and nothing can be funny if the performers do not care enough or are artificially constricted.

  49. Ragno says:

    Okay, I think it might be official now: you’re using the word “woke” far too often. Better you should kick off a contest where we spitball possible replacement-terminology.

    On the other hand, let’s not put ‘woke’ up in the attic with ‘Becky’ just yet. It comes in so handy for catchy memes and such – I’d be loath to give up get woke, go broke, it’s got 1001 uses and it’s travel-size!

  50. The original working title of “Clueless” was, “I Was A Teenage Teenager,” which I personally think is hilarious, but I fully understand why the marketing department nixed it for something which does in fact work better. Once in a while, the Suits really DO know better.

    That being said, you’ve got this whole “Wokesters unite…!” thing horribly wrong. I won’t explain why, because nothing makes you look stupider faster than trying to explain to other people how comedy works. You’re on your own, babies.

    “All about that personality crisis,
    You got it while it was hot.
    But now, frustration and heartache
    Is all you got.
    Let’s have a talk about personality!”
    — New York Dolls

  51. Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your gains.

  52. Here’s an interview with an ex-antifa. If you can bear to sit through the childish anti-Catholicism at the beginning, it gets interesting.

    These guys have two episodes on BLM, too, but I haven’t finished listening so can’t recommend per se.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  53. Kronos says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Your on to something Steve…

    The “Woking Class” offers new puns to play with…

  54. @Chrisnonymous

    What the fuck is wrong with Pinker?
    In this interview, he says “the authoritarian right” (which is how he refers to Trump and his supporters) is a bigger threat than the woke left because it is “in power” (what power does Trump have?). This fool is being personally attacked while his society is being burned down around him by the left, and he points fingers at some ineffectual buffoon and folks who like NASCAR. What a dumbfuck shitbag. He deserves to get cancelled.

  55. Kronos says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    It’s likely “sex work” is the most horizontal job in the world.

    • LOL: Dr. Krieger
  56. tbmcc says:

    No taxation without repatriation.

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