How colleges became PC indoctrination centers

Great article by Heterodox Academy on the takeover of ed –seizing means of knowledge production.

The appeal to ‘social justice’ has by now become the most widely used and most effective argument in political discussion. Almost every claim for government action on behalf of particular groups is made in its name, and if it can be made to appear that a certain measure is demanded by ‘social justice,’ opposition to it will rapidly weaken

Social Justice Despots now control far too much power among the elite. This article notes how it was done. Surprisingly, starting outside academia and moving in later.

Nov 2019 – 30 years after Velvet Revolution of 1989 against commie Lies

Slovakia is going thru a big remembrance of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, which saw the commie Czechoslovakia give up power, and 2 months later the leader became V. Havel.

Law and Liberty have a fine post about the whole Central Europe revolt: Beyond the Ideological Lie – the revolution of 1989 thirty years later

thirty years have passed since the annus mirabilis that was 1989. It was in that golden year that the peoples of East-Central Europe freed themselves from Communist bondage and began to reassert themselves as proud and independent nations.

There is a lament that so many young are so ignorant, and there is so little known by modern young folk about.  The main point is the need for a liberty within limits, for living “the Truth”.

Many quotes from Havel, Pope John Paul II (not from Reagan), and especially Solzhenitsyn, and focused on the soul:

The economic motives and concerns were real but secondary. People can tolerate poverty, at least to some extent, but not the spiritual poverty of a regime built on force and deception. The soul revolts against efforts to suffocate it. The world was witnessing a new kind of revolution, one that vindicated human nature and the traditional moral contents of life, one that freely and proudly spoke the language of good and evil and truth and falsehood.

Good and Evil.  Truth and Falsehood.  Why can’t Good win, once and for all?

Solzhenitsyn’s answer is often quoted, because it is so True:

the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates within the years… It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to contract it within each person.

The line goes thru each heart.

The American Indians have a grandfather story about two wolves fighting in every person’s heart, the Good wolf against the Evil wolf.
The grandson asks, “Which wolf will win?”
Grandfather replies, “The wolf that is fed.”

I want to feed the Good wolf.  Most people do.  But what is not so much discussed is how the Evil wolf lies, and his main lie is saying this “I am the Good wolf”.

Most of those who support evil today, or supported evil in the past, thought that they were supporting something good.

The two main problems are 1) how to know what is Good or Evil, and

2) accepting limits on actions to support the Good, so as to avoid:
the Good End justifies the Evil Means, the necessary & temporary Evil Means

2b) War is Hell, because to win in war the winners must kill those they fight.  When the Good fight in war against the Evil, the Good must kill some, or all, of the Evil.  And killing is not a good means most of the time. But in war, it really is necessary.  Which is what makes War Hell.

Human Nature has not much changed in thousands of years, and we all have the Free Will to choose which wolf we feed.

There’s also an intense Slovak election now coming in Feb., 2020, so the 30 year memory celebrations are mixed with some pre-election issues.

In America the election will be next Nov., 2020.  But already the Trump-haters are calling Trump “Evil”.  In recalling that “evil” is “anti-God”, how can secular PC folk call Trump evil?  What is the God of the PC dictators?  (While “totalitarian” might be more accurate in some ways, dictator is more understandable and more negative to more people.)

There is a long article about this in Aero:  postmodern religion and the faith of social justice

The postmodern cosmology is therefore constructivist and assumes our social constructions define cultures in which exist pervasive conflicts of inequality, dominance, and oppression, with white, male, straight, Western, European, colonialist, able-bodied, and so on possessing inordinate quantities of dominance over all else. Why? Well, that much is unclear, but it’s generally assumed to be for reasons that, whatever they are, are decidedly Socially Unjust. In the postmodern cosmology, it isn’t a righteous God who created the world and ordered it to His designs and to His glory but the self-righteous powerful and privileged who did it such that their power and privilege eternally seek to sustain themselves, their designs, and their glory.

SJWs have faith in a set of postmodern beliefs that are, except for their explicit lack of God, an alt-religion.  How special humans are.

Blank slatism is, in brief, the belief that cognitively and psychologically, all human beings are born largely identically, with minds like “blank slates” upon which can be written all the myriad modes and manners of human expression. Where, for some of the religious, we are children of God, fashioned in His divine image, for Social Justice, we are children of society, fashioned by its social constructions and the power dynamics they maintain. This view is meant to be a palliative that justifies the (postmodern) critical constructivist means by which Social Justice seeks to justify itself through both the usual tools of sophistry and insisted-upon ethical imperative.

It is this theologically vague and changing alt-religion, without a defined God, that those who are “evil” are evil because they’re against.

This is what too many Democrats now believe.

It’s not Trump Derangement Syndrome, and it wasn’t Bush Derangement Syndrome nor Palin, Reagan, nor Kavanaugh Derangement Syndrome.  It is misnamed Democrat Derangement Syndrome.   Believing those who oppose them are evil.

They’re wrong.  But they’re fanatics.  And Deranged.  Dem Derangement Syndrome.

 

Trump, Kurds, Endless War

Oct 7, Trump announces a pull-back of US troops, out of the cross-fire between Turkey and a group of Kurds in Sryia.  Gets heavy criticism.

Neo looks to Caroline Glick-Trump did not betray the Kurds to describe this a bit more fully, by Oct 11.  Among the many important points made:

The hard truth is that the fifty US soldiers along the Syrian-Turkish border were a fake trip wire. Neither Trump nor the US military had any intention of sacrificing US forces to either block a Turkish invasion of Syria or foment deeper US involvement in the event of a Turkish invasion.

(cp from my comment on Neo) Americans should not be dying for an “independent” Kurdistan – run by terrorist Marxist Kurds. Trump promised to get the US out of wars where we’re unwilling to win — this sure seems like one of them.

On Turkey & ethnic minorities – of Turkey’s 72 million, some 20-25 million are “Kurds”, tho there has been fairly strong state supported assimilation and suppression of the Kurdish language. Thus, many “Kurds” identify as Turkish citizens.

It seems that Turkey (with most of the Kurds), Syria, Iraq, and Iran are all against any Kurdistan. And the fact that there is a violent, Marxist led group supporting independence means capitalistic America would be a bit foolish to support it.

The Kurds fought against Arab ISIS for their own reasons, and partly in defense of Kurdish people in various Syrian regions. Yes, like the commie Soviet murderers in WW II, they were allies with the US.

I’d like the Kurds to get independence.
I’d also like them to give up being Marxist, and become far more “limited gov’t” pro-business capitalists.
They haven’t yet, nor is there any single “leader” — and Turkey makes sure none arise in Turkey.

I suspect Erdogan will avoid “too much” ethnic cleansing. With killing more in the hundreds, dozens of hundreds (low thousands) rather than tens or hundreds of thousands. Sending loud signals to the locals, but trying to keep publicity of atrocities low. (Learning from the successful occupation by China of Tibet).

In Iraq, Bush and his silly Paul Bremer III “governor” were pushing democracy first. The world needs to know that market capitalism is more important, and more economically beneficial, than premature democracy.

Oct 23, Trump announces a ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurds, as Neo notes, along with the point that Trump claims this says his strategy was good.

(my comment) Criticism (1) of Trump’s pullout of Syria was the upcoming Turkish genocide against the Kurds. (2) was the “loss of influence” in the area.

On “influence” (2), the US using cash is as effective, or more so, than using the Army, and results in less US body bags. Even it results in a lot more deaths of others, Kurds, Turks, ISIS / ISIL, Muslims, fanatics, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Persians. Most US voters don’t really care much about the body bags of such foreigners. So Trump’s pullout, ending US part of Endless War there, was always pretty OK on this, tho (real) neo-cons, who want the US Army to make the Middle East safe for democracy, want more US boots for more democracy.

On (1) genocide, or even huge attacks, it’s pretty clear the Turks aren’t going to do that, now, in Syria / Iraq. They still might inside of Turkey.

So this is going to become a good Trump policy that is mostly no longer talked much about in the news, unless other bad ME news can be blamed on it. Well, of course ALL bad ME news coming WILL be blamed on Trump. He did something, therefore it’s ALL his fault, all the bad stuff. None of the good stuff, like fewer US deaths.

And of course this can change, tho I doubt the Turks really want to be fighting the battle trained Kurds. Now I’m thinking of the Chinese in ’79 learning that it was not wise to fight the battle trained N. Vietnamese, so their little border war ended, and was not covered in much detail by US news that I remember.

Now, Lee Smith asks 10 questions about the Turkey-Kurd situation, pretty much showing Trump was right.  He gives great background on the various Kurd factions.

It is not the role of foreign governments, including the United States, to formulate a coherent national project on behalf of the Kurds, especially since it would require U.S. troops to enforce it against internal dissent and perhaps civil war, while redrawing regional borders to eliminate historical geopolitical entities, like Turkey.

Lee doesn’t go into it, but there is no “national leader”, and no “unified Kurdish nation”.

I support them – but they don’t yet support themselves sufficiently.

AG Willam Barr – newish heroic speech

Attorney General Barr spoke at the Law School of Norte Dame

From the Founding Era onward, there was strong consensus about the centrality of religious liberty in the United States.

The imperative of protecting religious freedom was not just a nod in the direction of piety. It reflects the Framers’ belief that religion was indispensable to sustaining our free system of government.

It’s a great speech, noting how the founding of America, and thus the basis of modern “democratic human rights”, is based on religion, and especially the Judeo-Christian religions.

The fear of the founders was the weakness of men.

Men are subject to powerful passions and appetites, and, if unrestrained, are capable of ruthlessly riding roughshod over their neighbors and the community at large.

No society can exist without some means for restraining individual rapacity.

But, if you rely on the coercive power of government to impose restraints, this will inevitably lead to a government that is too controlling, and you will end up with no liberty, just tyranny.

This was also my problem with Libertarianism, which depends on free people restraining themselves.  Strong against tyranny by the gov’t.

What’s not quite talked about here, or elsewhere, is the tension between what’s optimal freedom for the individual, and what’s optimal for the society.  What are the optimal limits on individual freedom needed for an optimal society.  Sexual behavior is one of the key areas where optimal individual freedom, “responsible promiscuity”, is in conflict with optimal social limits — married husband-wife couples raising children.

We need culture to impose non-legal limits.

… social order must flow up from the people themselves – freely obeying the dictates of inwardly-possessed and commonly-shared moral values.

America used to have this, these Christian values.  Not so much, today.  Because of education.  We need moral education, and we’re not getting it.

Education is not vocational training. It is leading our children to the recognition that there is truth and helping them develop the faculties to discern and love the truth and the discipline to live by it.

We cannot have a moral renaissance unless we succeed in passing to the next generation our faith and values in full vigor.

The times are hostile to this. Public agencies, including public schools, are becoming secularized and increasingly are actively promoting moral relativism.

If ever there was a need for a resurgence of Catholic education – and more generally religiously-affiliated schools – it is today.

I think we should do all we can to promote and support authentic Catholic education at all levels.

It was a great talk.  It should be used by Reps to support vouchers for kids, for all schools, but I don’t even seen that moving so well in the states where Reps are strong.  More, and better, religious schools?

Yes, necessary.  But not sufficient.  We need more Christian adults, who are strong in their own faith.  And lawfare against those who oppose religious freedom.

 

Drug Cartel Beating Mexican Government

Having a weak and corrupt gov’t can be terrible.

Here is Tucker from a 10-18  (HT  Bayou Ren Man)

 

It’s not clear what any good solutions are, but it’s clear we need to be talking about it more.  Far more important than the latest silly Trump-hate TDS tantrum.

Claire Berlinski also has a guest post to about it:

Then the coup de grace: as the Chapo sons’ forces engaged in direct combat with their own national military, kill squads went into action across Culiacán, slaughtering the families of soldiers engaged in the streets.

Killing soldiers — war.

Slaughtering the families of soldiers engaged.   Families being murdered.

No wonder the gov’t can’t win.

With more public knowledge, all the soldiers are likely easily identified, and their personal data, so they can be more efficiently picked off.

More from Virtual Mirage from Sunday, 19:

The cartels have run Mexico since the days of Amado Carrillo Fuentes. It didn’t happen overnight, but in the model before Amado Carrillo, each state in Mexico had an army general who oversaw the state for the PRI Party. They each received the tax/mordida/bribes for allowing drugs to flow through the state and they spread the juice. For the past thirty years it became even more institutionalized.

I can’t help thinking there will be, sometime, a popular coup by a military who goes after the cartels.  And literally “takes no prisoners”.  As cartel guys give up, they get executed.  When they “fight to the death”, they kill more, but die fighting.  But die.  The US can’t do this, but somebody has to, if this is going to stop.

On the other hand, Somalia shows that devolution to a warlord state is quite feasible, and might be more likely.

Virtual Mirage on Monday, with some stuff I don’t believe:

Mexico is essentially a failed state, but it exports a bunch of stuff to the U.S., namely drugs, terrorists and sex traffic. There is no hope for that country, whose corruption goes back 100’s of years, as compared to our corruption which came to a head when Barack Obama took the Oval Office.
That, and they hate our guts, and have since the first shots were fired quarreling over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, parts of California and a few other disputes over the centuries. Nobody in Mexico; nobody in government, in the narco business or the general public, NOBODY in Mexico wants anything good to happen to the U.S. Nobody.

 

Yes, they’re a semi-failed state.  Still, there is hope for the country, but corruption is really hard to root out.  Even harder when the corrupt local gang lord has more guns than the gov’t.  Their corruption is like that of most voters, wanting more of Other People’s Money, without doing the work to get it.  From taxes, or from illegal stuff, the EZ way to get OPM.

Another huge problem for Mexico is the relative success of America, makes the failure of Mexico more obvious.  So it’s easy to think that the failure is because of America — and if I thought the Mexican failure was because of the US, I’d hate the US, too.  The failure is of the Mexican leaders, and culture.

This mirrors the reality of many blacks, where the existence of racism allows them to behave badly, have bad results due to bad behavior, but blame the bad results on racism.  Blaming others for your own problems is something all do, sometimes, but successful folk understand that they need to change themselves.

If Mexicans don’t change themselves, their situation will keep getting worse.

As long as Trump-haters lie about him, it’s no surprise PC-haters don’t worry about his exaggerations or private words.

I was sent to read this note on why Trump has such a hold on his followers.  Looks more Karin T is choosing to go crazy than a good answer to the question.  A key reply is – Trump haters refuse to tell the truth.

It’s an interesting example of what looks like unhinged projection by a Dem who not only hates Trump, but thinks that Trump supporters are guilty of the close-mindedness that the Dems are so often guilty of.

I’m often looking for examples of “terrible Trump” and here are three, all mostly debunked:

President Trump has a remarkable track record of saying outrageous, unthinkable things and getting away with it. From “shithole countries” to “grab ’em by the pussy” to Charlottesville, he’s proven preternaturally adept at avoiding political consequences for his behavior.

His words are NOT so outrageous, or unthinkable.  So it’s no wonder supporters aren’t convinced by dishonest narratives by the Dem, Trump-hating media.

“Shithole countries” – not said in public, if said at all about any specific country.  But in truth, there ARE shithole countries, like Cuba, North Korea, Haiti, and increasingly Venezuela.  Whatever is said in private is not outrageous, and everybody who thinks about different countries knows there are some which are terrible.  The vast majority of Americans would agree if Obama claimed North Korea was a shithole country.

“Grab ’em by the pussy” is quite out of context, and again was in non-public conversation, altho it was taped. Trump is talking about going after one lovely woman, who turns him down, which he accepts.  Then he explains, boastfully, how he goes after many women, and without asking just goes and kisses them.  They allow it.  Because he’s rich and famous, a star.  They allow kissing, they allow anything.  The other guy adds a “Whatever you want”, before Trump ends his boast “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.“.

Donald Trump/ Billy Bush Transcript.

 

Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.

Bush: Whatever you want.

Bush: Yeah those legs, all I can see is the legs. …

Trump admits he failed to score with one hot babe, so he’s boasting in general about kissing others, which he says he does, and that “they let you do it.  You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything”.

Here’s the Slate Headline claiming, falsely, that Trump is bragging about grabbing them by the pussy. 

He’s bragging about kissing them, and how they let him because he’s a star, and they stars do anything.  He does say he kisses them.  He does NOT say he grabs them, tho he says he could.

Sort of like if I was bragging about jet-setting to different cities:

When you’re on a plane you can just go to New York, or go back to Miami.  Fly direct, no stops.  You can go anywhere.

Wherever you want.

Kalamazoo, Timbuktu, you can go anywhere.

I have said you can go to Timbuktu.  I haven’t said I’ve gone there.  So it was private bragging, AFTER admitting a failure to score with one girl, and claiming the girls let him, the star, do anything.  Without quite claiming he does grab them there — tho I believe he has done so.  These words are not him saying he’s done so.  Where are the women who actually say he’s done this?

Finally, Pres. Bill Clinton, so beloved by Trump-hating feminists, actually DID rape Juanita Brodderick, which was far worse than Trump bragging.  Yet somehow fully acceptable.  His wife Hillary got tons of cash from Harvey Weinstein, who was infamous in Hollywood for taking advantage of what women would do, or allow to be done to them.

No big minus for Trump – he’s not a lot better than Clinton on sex, but not worse, either.  And many famous & powerful Dem men ARE worse.

Finally, Charlottesville, where neo-Nazis joined others who were protesting the destruction of US history.  And Trump says there were fine folks on both sides.  So the Dem media twists this into him support Nazi racism, which Trump explicitly condemned.

More Dem media lies than actual Trump problem — who was also trying to get folks more together, like Dems says they want to do.  But they’re lying.

Obvious Dem lies, when the claims are looked at, are no way to expect Trump-supporters to change their minds.

 

 

Progressive Mom – it’s your choice

Childhood Freedom – is the freedom from responsibility, others will, mostly, pay for your mistakes.  So there are restraints and constraints on the freedom to act.

Adult Freedom – is the freedom to act, but to accept the consequences, and pay for your own mistakes.

Kids are too young to have sex.  They’re too young to have sex-selection surgery.  They’re too young to drink alcohol, or drive, or join the Marines.

 

Jobs – we need more jobs, AI is coming

The MIT Work of the Future Report is discussed by Irving WB.

The report concludes with these recommendations:

  • Rebalance fiscal policies away from subsidizing investment in physical capital and toward catalyzing investment in human capital;
  • Restore the role of workers as stakeholders, alongside owners and stockholders, in corporate decision-making;
  • Foster technological and organizational innovation to complement workers; and
  • Reinvigorate America’s leadership position in technology and innovation.

We can hope.

Need for Fathers – already well known, yet too seldom discussed in policy

From Law & Liberty, a good article on The Hunger for Fathers in Joker and Ad Astra

There is little question that Fathers are important, yet far too little discussion about the best policies to support fathers marrying the mothers and raising the kids.

Why not a married with children tax credit?  Like $1000 (or Euros).  Or 1200, so it’s 100 per month.  Or more.