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I have come to the conclusion that collectively Americans are mentally and emotionally stupid. On any given day there is endless evidence that this is the case. Just a few selections from news of the last couple of days should suffice to establish the point.

Instead of reforming police training as a rational response to George Floyd’s death from an aggressive restraint technique, the Minneapolis city council voted to disband the Minneapolis police. Council woman Lisa Bender responded to a citizen’s question what she is supposed to do if she faces a threat in her home and there are no police to call: “Yes, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege.”

In other words, the Minneapolis citizen’s concern is not legitimate and merely reflects her privileged assumption that she is entitled to protection by police. The valid concern is to protect blacks from the police by disbanding the police.

Kristina Roth of Amnesty International wrote to me in a fundraiser that “Police must stop killing black people.” What about white people, Kristina? White lives matter, too. The police shoot to death far more white people every year than black people— https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/06/03/all-races-suffer-from-police-violence/ . Shouldn’t Kristina be demanding that “police must stop killing people?” Why does Kristina blame racism instead of police training? Kristina needs to read and reflect upon this: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/06/08/the-sociology-of-police-violence-racism-isnt-the-real-problem/ .

The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer had to resign because of the headline on a reporter’s article. The article was very sympathetic to the black rioters but didn’t quite see the point of blacks destroying historic buildings in Philadelphia because of what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis. The editor was done in by the article’s headline: “Buildings Matter, Too.” This incensed the woke morons, and despite his groveling apology the editor was removed— https://www.rt.com/usa/491122-philadelphia-editor-resigns-headline/ . So much for “white privilege.” White newspaper editors cannot even exercise freedom of speech in the choice of headlines.

Not even editors at the New York Times, which grovels at the feet of blacks and self-righteous woke, can survive their exercise of freedom of the press— https://www.rt.com/usa/491143-nytimes-oped-editor-resigns-cotton/ . The opinion editor and his deputy had to resign for publishing Senator Tom Cotton’s call to deploy the military to protect people and property from the rioters and looters. I am confident that the NY Times published Sen. Cotton’s article with the intention of damning Cotton for not being more sympathetic to black looters. But the woke creatures and the NY Times publisher A.G.Sulzberger removed the editors because of “the pain they inflicted.”

Pain inflicted on who? The pain inflicted on owners of businesses, buildings, and cars destroyed by rioters using violence to express their disapproval of violence? No. As Lisa Bender put it, these concerns don’t matter as they come “from a place of privilege.” Only the pain of those privileged to riot and loot counts.

As kids we used to say, “sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Today for the woke weaklings the wrong word is like a nuclear weapon. They collapse in tears and recriminations. NY Times Staffers claimed that by publishing Sen. Cotton’s article, the opinion editor had put their lives in danger by not validating looting and rioting as a valid exercise of free speech. Somehow it did not occur to Sulzberger that the protesters must not be so innocent if NY Times staffers are in fear of their lives because of a few words from a US Senator.

JK Rowling is in trouble again from the transgender freaks who reject the word “woman” as transphobic. Rowling took exception to the term “people who menstruate.” and caused “unimaginable pain” by remarking that there used to be a word for “people who menstruate”—women. https://www.rt.com/news/491077-rowling-trans-women-row/

A professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina has been denounced by the university administration for “vile and inexcusable comments,” such as “Don’t shut down the universities; shut down non-essential majors like women’s studies” — https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/07/us/professor-controversy-tweet-university-north-carolina-wilmington-adams/index.html . The UNC administration says “we are very carefully and assertively reviewing our options in terms of how to proceed.” The hypocritical administration went on to say “Hateful, hurtful language aimed at degrading others is contrary to our university values and our commitment to an environment of respect and dignity. Its appearance on any platform, including the personal platforms of anyone affiliated with UNCW, is absolutely reprehensible.” What nonsense! Everyday on the UNC campus black studies professors teach students that white people are racists and slavers, and women’s studies professors demonize men as misogynists and rapists. The hypocrites that comprise university administrations never do anything about this “reprehensible, hateful, and hurtful language” aimed at white people and at men.

A retired US Navy captain had to resign from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association board after a private conversation with his wife was accidentally streamed on Facebook. The captain used the n-word and said that white men “can’t say anything.” His wife complained of Chinese who “steal all of our intellectual property.” The couple are mortified and deeply sorry to have spoken in derogatory terms “about our fellow man,” a regret that black rioters and intellectual property thieves do not reciprocate. The alumni association said that these private comments are “not consistent with our leadership mission.” The couple have committed themselves to “using this experience as an opportunity to grow, listen, learn, and reflect . . . and being better people”— https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/07/us/navy-captain-racial-slurs-facebook/index.html .

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The groveling of Sulzberger at the NY Times, the groveling at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the groveling by the Minneapolis city council and by submissive police officers will only encourage the black violence that decades of being taught to hate white people has unleashed. As I have said so many times, a diverse, multicultural society cannot be built on hatred. If blacks today had a real leader like Martin Luther King, Jr., that leader would be protesting police violence against people irrespective of race. Such a protest would be a unifying act instead of a divisive one. People such as myself could again see hope for American society.

Perhaps women could also find a leader, and men and women could get back together in loving, mutually supportive relationships. When I read that feminists have created men who prefer plastic “sex dolls” to a flesh and blood woman with emotions and a brain, I put “#Me/Too” in the category of bioweapons— https://www.rt.com/sport/484358-kazakh-bodybuilder-sex-doll-marriage-coronavirus/ . The body builder who is marrying a sex doll might be on a public relations trip to boost his following, but his “marriage” to a piece of plastic is credible only because relations between men and women have been so badly damaged by feminists that it is believable that he prefers a sex doll to a real woman. According to bestiality advocates, some women prefer their dog to a man.

Western civilization is collapsing because allegations from the least credible sources carry more weight than facts. Emotions have displaced facts as the basis for understanding. Emotion routinely shouts down facts. It has become commonplace in universities for distinguished authorities to be shut down because the facts are unacceptable to the ignorant woke students, backed up by a roster of administrative thought police.

Universities have abandoned their mission of searching for truth. They have become propaganda ministries that spew the acids that eat away foundations of civilization.

In Western Civilization today, the best way to destroy yourself is to stand up for truth. I am getting tired of it as support for the defense of truth is declining away.

There is a lesson for the warmonger neoconservatives in the extraordinary weakness that is now the core of Western Civilization, a civilization that is a discredited concept in every American university and is being damned again by the NY Times’ 1619 Project. It is hilarious that neoconservatives proclaimed a people as divided as the US, with the majority white population on the defensive, to be an exceptional and indispensable people.

The US armed forces are a hodgepodge of men, women, lesbians, homosexuals, a racial medley, and every element in it has been instructed by Identity Politics to hate and distrust the other. Armies devoid of the homogeneity that gives unity are useless. Only a fool would put an American or any European army against Russia and China. What will be our fate if the aggressive bombast that the neoconservatives and fellow travelers such as Liz Cheney — https://www.newsmax.com/politics/liz-cheney-germany-troops-withdrawal/2020/06/06/id/970894/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=mixi&utm_campaign=newsmax —keep pumping out of Washington results in concerted Russian/Chinese action against the threat that the West is determined to portray itself to be?

The hope for humanity is that the Russians and Chinese remain patient as the West continues its collapse under the weight of its own self-hate.

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  1. wiggins says:

    The Frankfurt School is still going strong……

    • Agree: anonymous1963
    • Replies: @Richard B
  2. What you’ve written needs to be read. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that the people who should be reading it ever will. If they did most would recoil in horror.

    Our nation died a long time ago. Our culture, society and country are well down the path of self-destruction. My primary hope at this point is that the true and final collapse will happen after my siblings and I are all dead.

    Our children have bought into the crap that will consume them. I still love them but no longer concern myself about their ultimate fate this side of the veil.

  3. R.C. says:

    “According to bestiality advocates, some women prefer their dog to a man.” :-D.
    And according to some history books, and other sources, some prefer horses. ;-p
    R.C.

  4. If blacks today had a real leader like Martin Luther King, Jr., that leader would be protesting police violence against people irrespective of race. Such a protest would be a unifying act instead of a divisive one. People such as myself could again see hope for American society.

    Isn’t King part of the reason why America is in its current predicament. King led diresctly to Affirmative Action, i.e. race quotas for Federal jobs.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @bro3886
    , @Antiwar7
  5. Baxter says:

    ‘as the West continues its collapse under the weight of its own self-hate.’
    Yes. I’m perplexed by the level of self-hatred I see in America.
    I have a theory, mind you this is just a theory. The rise of ‘tattoo culture’ is contemporaneous with the decline of a strong sense of self and also self-love. It is a reflection of a lack if respect for oneself.
    I regard tattoos a form of self-mutilation. Modern Americans do not like themselves or respect their own bodies.
    Why would they care about other people or pride in work or freedom?
    Just something I’ve thought about.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @ben sampson
    , @c matt
  6. This is an excellent article. Political correctness is inimical to free speech and the rule of law. Things have degenerated to a disgraceful level. I happened to see the presstitute media’s handling of the retired naval officer while I was in a medical waiting room on Monday. It reveals that the Scarlet Letter is still alive, and that things have degenerated disgracefully as Dr. Roberts has shown repeatedly over the last 10 years or so. I fully concur with his viewpoint and remind readers that George Carlin defined political correctness as fascism with good manners.

  7. rjjcda says:

    I beg to differ on MLK. He was a plagiarist, liar, womanizer and sex addict who his deputy said once propositioned him. But he was the instrument that the Globalists of the day used to attack their real enemy – the middle and working class white male. The Goldwater and JKF political successes and potentials were shut down with the latter’s assassination. The Globalists would never again let BOTH parties to be outside their control.

    When MLK was assassinated in 1968, he was already a spent force. H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael and the Black Panthers were where the action was. By killing MLK, a failed individual rapidly losing influence was made a martyr, and used to re-stoked NEW political action. Everything again was safely under globalist control.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  8. anon[102] • Disclaimer says:
    @Baxter

    100% agree with you Baxter.

    Tattoo parlors are a kind of anti-wealth black hole. The kids go in, pay money, and come out worse-looking and less able to land a job (especially with a face or neck tattoo). When they “grow up”, there are those permanent tats, reminding them (and everyone else) of their wild and “stoopid” years. Its hard to clean up and put the early 20’s behind someone with those forehead tats staring them in the face every time they look in the mirror. What I hate most about tats is that they are a sort of signalling that one is “down with” easy sex, drugs, perhaps petty crime. The defacement looks worse and worse as the years go on and the skin sags, the hairline fades, and youthful glow abates. The the “artwork” really looks sleazy.

  9. @Baxter

    why are you ‘perplexed about that aspect of White Americans at this point?’ I am not! White american guilt seems perfectly explicable to me.

    White America is responsible for the most serious crimes or nations against each other in the modern world..since european ‘wanderlust’ led to conquest, capitalism, slavery and the creation of new nations the world over. for centuries White America has accomplished serious wickedness in the world. the White Amercian people would not be human if they were not totally guilty and socially deformed by that long negative experience

    the list of White American crime is endless and egregious, extreme..and no matter what the extenuating circumstances there is bound to be real guilt there in the White American people that must finally come out. that it is coming out is a good thing, a great thing in fact.. I think

    my hope, even expectation is that the turmoil that the rush of White Americans to expiate their guilt is a part of, turns into a really positive revolutionary focus, in which the guilt of Whites and the rage of Blacks find truly reformist, in fact revolutionary focus to change america into a democracy by its people, and for the its people..all of them

    • Replies: @botazefa
  10. Biff says:

    If blacks today had a real leader like Martin Luther King, Jr., that leader would be protesting police violence against people irrespective of race. Such a protest would be a unifying act instead of a divisive one.

    Exactly what the ruling elite doesn’t want – unification. And if MLK were alive today they would shoot him again, and again, and again until his message is modified(as it is now) to support the State.

  11. Thomasina says:
    @rjjcda

    I certainly agree with you re the globalists, and I have no doubt that MLK was used by them. The globalists favor using flawed people. It’s so much easier to blackmail or bribe them.

    Many people say that Trump is an insider and is only pretending to want to change the country. They may be right, but look at how they have gone after Trump (as compared to a true insider like Obama who was treated with kid gloves): Spygate, Russiagate, Ukrainegate, Kavanaugh, the stock market crash, the pandemic, the riots, constant criticism and lies by the media, courts refusing to honor his orders, and everything else in between.

    Trump has the Left AND most of the Right politicians against him because their allegiance is to the globalists and big corporations more than it is to their own country. Heck, the globalists probably have some nasty dirt on almost all of them.

    Rosenstein testified the other day that he and Mueller both knew in August of 2017 that there was no collusion between Trump and Russia, and yet he, Mueller, Brennan, Clapper, the media, the politicians (save for a very few on the Right) continued on for another year and a half with the bogus Mueller investigation. They just let him twist.

    These are very evil people. They are making sure no outsider (if Trump truly is an outsider) ever runs for President again. I mean, who would put up with this? You can’t govern under circumstances like this.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  12. Anon[100] • Disclaimer says:

    The same Amnesty International whose staff members were trading food for sex in Haiti I assume

  13. jsinton says:

    PCR hit it out of the ballpark on this one. What I think he missed is the “why?”. For the last four years, we’ve been treated to peak irrationality mostly because it was a noise machine to “get Trump”. Russiagate, impeachment scam, planned demic, and now white lives don’t matter. The good news is we’ve reached “peak stupidity” now, no where left to go but up. After watching Cornell West on Hannity last night (I hate Hannity, but wondered what Cornell had to say), I was flabbergasted with the peak stupidity of the respected Dr. West. He was completely irrational, screaming at the top of his lungs. He lost the argument, and any sympathy I didn’t have. The left has now lost their collective minds, and election 2020 is a deja vu experience of Nixon 1968 landslide. Just watch, Trump wins 2020 in a landslide now ( I hate Trump too, but I’ll vote for him because the Dems are all nuts).

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  14. His wife complained of Chinese who “steal all of our intellectual property.”

    Of course they do! They’re commies. The very notion that a person can own an idea, can treat it as capital off which they can extract rent is the very evil that The Revolution exists to fight.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  15. Realist says:

    Can We Survive Our Collective Stupidity?

    Probably not.

    Kristina Roth of Amnesty International wrote to me in a fundraiser that “Police must stop killing black people.” What about white people, Kristina? White lives matter, too. The police shoot to death far more white people every year than black people—

    Maybe the police are just killing stupid people…if so, not fast enough.

    The hope for humanity is that the Russians and Chinese remain patient as the West continues its collapse under the weight of its own self-hate.

    They probably will…they are not as hegemonic as the US…and it won’t take long.

  16. “Can We Survive Our Collective Stupidity?”

    No.

  17. People are religious by nature, in both the good and bad sense.

    When modernity led to the conquest by secular space over spiritual space, secularism itself had to be ‘spiritualized’ because human nature demanded it.

    Get rid of God, and there is the deification of whatever secularists are most obsessed about: Negroes, Homos, Jews, and Celebrity Idols.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  18. @jsinton

    The good news is we’ve reached “peak stupidity”…

    I’m sure we have not yet reached peak stupidity, but I hope you’re assessment is correct.

    I would love to be proven wrong.

    • Replies: @jsinton
  19. c matt says:
    @Baxter

    While not necessarily the only reasons, I see the deeper reasons for tattoos as the basic non serviam. That is, it is the expression of “my body, my choice” and a deep-seated assertion against what nature has (or has not) given you. A way of asserting your will against the order of things greater than you.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @bro3886
  20. Wyatt says:

    “Can We Survive Our Collective Stupidity?”

    Well, if some people don’t survive their own collective stupidity, then the collective stupidity goes away. Here’s hoping the inevitable Civil War sequel is more selective and doesn’t exclusively target white men of good character.

  21. jsinton says:
    @Adam Smith

    I’d love to be right too, but probably you are right and I am wrong.

  22. botazefa says:
    @ben sampson

    White America is responsible for the most serious crimes or nations against each other in the modern world..since european ‘wanderlust’ led to conquest, capitalism, slavery and the creation of new nations the world over. for centuries White America has accomplished serious wickedness in the world. the White Amercian people would not be human if they were not totally guilty and socially deformed by that long negative experience

    You are stereotyping a lot of people for the behaviors of a few. I’m not responsible foe what you describe, but I’m white, so by your logic I am the purveyor of wickedness.

    Very ironic, your racism.

  23. @Verymuchalive

    King led diresctly to Affirmative Action, i.e. race quotas for Federal jobs.

    I am no expert on the legislation, but I do recall reading some time ago, that the legislation specifically prohibits quotas, but the people in charge of running the program implemented them anyway.

    In an employer – employee context, real affirmative action identifies what is preventing “people” from advancement. Part of that is reviewing whether the job requirements are really requirements or just preferences. Once the “barriers” to advancement have been identified, all “people” who need and want help overcoming the barriers are given help to do so. In the days before “Human Resources” it was often part of succession planning, and helped build employee loyalty.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  24. @Dave from Oz

    The problem with “steal all of our intellectual property”, is that they don`t steal all of it, and the US itself has stolen intellectual property. All countries steal intellectual property, commies or not. The worst is likely Israel.

  25. @Thomasina

    If Trump is an Insider his enemies have a strange was of showing it. If he manages to win a second term, things will only get worse for him, especially since he’s lost control of the military. A win in November may lead to a real coup this time.

    I don’t understand why Trump doesn’t just say fuck it, and, like LBJ, declare he won’t run again. But he’s too much of a narcissist for that. Finishing his term then departing would allow the GOP to pick another, less divisive, candidate, whose name need not be Pence.

    Then Trump could ride off to his golf courses with the belief in his own mind that did his best. And I think he did try hard, with the dark state and presstitudes always against him. The country as we’ve known it is finished anyway, with or without Trump.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  26. @follyofwar

    The country as we’ve known it is finished anyway, with or without Trump.

    Agreed. Trump should resign in disgust and take Pence with him. Leave The District Of Corruption to Nancy and Antifa. Red America should concede the Cities including DC to the Maoist/Jacobin. Secession is the way forward for those of us who would live free.

  27. Ko says:

    What took you so long to reach that conclusion? I figured it out when Reagan won the erection by saying he’d never negotiate with terrorists – and people believed him. As we know, The Great Prevaricator DID negotiate with terrorists. Remember?

  28. Derer says:

    A “stupidity” is the right definition. In final analysis one criminal death is excessively elevated and police error of judgment in difficult situation is crucified. Where is the outrage at police deaths from this violence in the name of mourning? Some delusional people with pea-sized brain (mostly Democrats) cannot comprehend the fact that police did not instigate this conflict but the criminal did. Because this is the election year, Democrats want to prolong this looting in attempt to dishonestly sway the minority to their side. Behavior of the pathetic liberal media is the prima facie evidence.

  29. @Curmudgeon

    I am no expert on the legislation, but I do recall reading some time ago, that the legislation specifically prohibits quotas, but the people in charge of running the program implemented them anyway.

    I can well believe. Much legislation may be bland in wording, it is how it is applied by the Permanent State that is important.

  30. @Priss Factor

    “People are religious by nature, in both the good and bad sense.”

    Many thousands of years of killing off the non-believers certainly contributed to that.

  31. @c matt

    Prior to the 90’s tattoo’s were usually about identifying oneself as a member of a reasonably distinctive sub-culture — bike gang, professional criminal, member of the Armed Forces (esp the navy), “musician”, etc.
    Tattoos said “I am not a typical member (or member at all) of society.
    That has all changed.
    Tattoos now are mere expressions of individual (cheap) vanity (which is ironic as the damn things cost a fortune). They are “as common as muck”. And, totally meaningless.
    Just another thing sucked dry of significance, & made vapid by the Great Grey Tumour of mass consumerism.

    • Replies: @Lin
  32. sonofman says:

    The designation „Black“ is used in the United States to describe the sub-culture of African-Americans whose ancestors were slaves. But this group of people are just as diverse as the Africans or Europeans (or Asians, Semites, etc.). The term “White” generalized the European culture and was created and is used to divide Americans. It is astonishing that this, or all of the other stereotypes that describe a person and ordains them special privileges, is still accepted by so many people. And race is a discredited concept. If we would all just accept other individuals according to our own personal relations (family, friends, lovers, acquaintances, colleagues, competitors, etc.), everything would be fine.

  33. bro3886 says:
    @Verymuchalive

    King was no different than Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Inserting such a ridiculous line in this article is just another example of a normie con “please don’t call me a racist” cringe. It’s what brought us here in the first place.

    What we are seeing is the inevitable result of mass immigration. 60 million people isn’t immigration, it’s an invasion and occupation, and it’s unavoidable that such an invasion will sweep the culture and laws of those being invaded into the dustbin of history. It’s not about police brutality, it’s about racial power and spoils, it’s about dispossessing white America. Without the immigrant vote the Democrats would be crushed by these riots, and there would be an entirely different response from the media and the political class than the one we are seeing today. And that’s the real reason why these riots are not like ones in the past. Black rioters of ’68 had no chance of taking power – the anti-white coalition now has the numbers to do so, or soon will, thanks in large part to Conservatism, Inc.’s and the Republican party’s past and ongoing support for open borders.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  34. bro3886 says:
    @c matt

    Tatts are attention whoring, always a negative personality trait. Women with a lot of tattoos are almost always major sluts, not for nothing that “tramp stamp” is a thing. Or they’re so disgusting and rejected that the tatts are a form of self-mutilation and loathing, but at least (they hope) they get looked at. Same reason so many fat chicks dress like whores. For men it’s usually and attempt to look tough in a world where they’ve been systematically emasculated. Barbed wire on little pipe-stemmed arms, laughable. Prison and criminals are a different world, however.

  35. Lin says:
    @animalogic

    I have been studying the motive behind getting large tattoos for a while.
    It’s very simple: basically it’s a matter of ‘being and identity’. Such psychology exhibits in a number of ways:
    –a more benign example is a women spent 1000s of $ on a designer labelled item because the models wearing it in fashion shows succeeded in projecting an image that woman craves.
    –The ‘I am somebody’ image/attention yearning
    It takes some efforts or determination to be a member of armed forces, gangs(to intimidate, say)…So the easy way out to draw attention is getting large tattoos; and also makes a statement:”I’m serious”. It’s easier to get rid of a fashion item than to erase a tattoo.
    …………
    Overall it’s a sign of serious psychological vulnerability if that person is not a member of armed forces, gangs…

  36. @bro3886

    I can but agree with you completely.
    I do not know why Roberts made that crass remark about King. Sadly, he has lost some of my respect.

  37. Richard B says:
    @wiggins

    The Frankfurt School is still going strong……

    Yep.

    100 years ago American Pragmatism was at its peak and The US had an educational system to be proud of.

    But, part of the problem lies with the American people.

    They never took to Higher Education, like Latin America never took to Democracy.

    Anyway, we were warned, in so many words.

    No Liberal Education, No Liberal Democracy.

    But higher education was seen by the middle class (left and right) as “Elitist” and having nothing to do with making money.

    So it was pretty much either barely tolerated, treated in a condescending manner, or simply ignored.

    We’re living with the results now.

    I doubt today if there’s an American who’s ever heard of American Pragmatism, or understands it if they have heard of it.

    Our loss and The Frankfurt School’s gain.

    But, make no mistake about it, theirs was and is a Pyrrhic Victory.

  38. The Jewish dominated legacy media is to blame for much of this.

  39. Antiwar7 says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Actually, King started attacking war and poverty in general. And then he was assassinated.

    I think he would be a better leader than what we have now.

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