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Tom H highlighted in his post of 8 July the flip-flop by the Chief of Army, MGEN Boswell, over ‘his’ decision to shut down debate within the Army over virtue signalling and wokism. I commented on that post but since then further disturbing information has surfaced so as to make this post necessary.

First, and for those of you who have not read the essay you can access it here. For me and all kudos to Private Dell for having the courage and integrity to put pen to paper in a compressed time-frame in what was, by any measure, a thoughtful composition. This was no alt right (or left) hate speech. Rather it was someone from the ranks telling it how he saw it and I have to say that if the writer is representative of the standard of today’s junior soldier then I am impressed. In that respect I have say too I was disappointed in David Seymour’s backhander that the essay was not Pulitzer prize material. That David was unnecessary.

So now it transpires that Boswell’s flip-flop followed intervention by Defence Minister Henare expressing his concern directly to the Chief of Defence, AM Short who, in turn, ‘lent’ on Boswell. Even more concerning was the revelation that Minister Henare had not read the essay but instead had relied on ‘reports’ (what reports and who from?). Clearly Henare is a prisoner of and enabler of the woke culture that characterizes the Ardern government and follows on from his inability to stand up for his portfolio which saw the Defence Capital Acquisitions programme taken to the cleaners in Robertson’s 2021 budget.

As for Short and Boswell and their meek acquiescence to the Minister’s suggestion (charitable) order (reality) has damaged the reputation of both themselves and their office. More importantly it will have sent a chilling message to the men they are privileged to command that freedom of thought and expression in the military is an alien concept to be discouraged at every opportunity.

Only one person comes out of this sorry debacle with his colours flying … and it ain’t Henare, Short or Boswell.

Written by The Veteran

July 10, 2021 at 2:44 pm

In the future everybody will be cancelled for 15 minutes

Even scientists with a great pedigree of credentials and research papers.

Like Robert Malone.

But when he began to speak up about the potential downsides of the mRNA-“spike protein” approach to vaccines, that was not acceptable to TPTB, even though it’s his field of expertise.

First he found podcasts involving him getting pulled from YouTube, and then even the supposed business-connecting site LinkedIn took their shot:

Malone pays for the premium version of LinkedIn for the biotech and government consulting business he runs, Just the News reports. That page remains intact, but its last post is three weeks old. 

“He was given no notice, no warnings” before he was removed on Tuesday, his wife Jill said. “He has a 10-15 year old account – has never even had a warning. 6,000 followers.”

“The historic record of what I have done, stated, figured out (and when) etc. over time is a key part of establishing my credibility and track record as a professional,” Robert Malone tweeted Wednesday. “And that has been erased completely and arbitrarily without warning or explanation.” 

Well at least he can still Tweet!

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There was one piece of cancellation news that was funny. There’s an outfit called Right Wing Watch, which is dedicated to posting clips of conservatives saying things in an effort to get those conservatives de-platformed. Unfortunately they were a little too good at their job of pushing YouTube on those rules:

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My, how schadenfreudialicious that is. Something, something reaping.… something something sowing

But now that they’ve been kicked off of YouTube, they can simply go start their own multi-billion dollar video platform, right? I mean, that’s what the Left has continually told conservatives who complain about censorship online.

I think they’ll be fine. Once YouTube realises the political and ideological mistake of taking out one of their own, RWW will be allowed back.

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The same might also be true for actor Tom Hanks. Early in June, Tom decided to sheer his experience and feelings about racism in American by publishing an op ed in the New York Times entitled “You Should Learn the Truth About the Tulsa Race Massacre,”, in which he confessed that he’d never heard of this during his 1950’s/60’s Whitebread schooling. Hanks has been activist (a quiet one) and a donor to many Democrat Party candidates and causes over the years.

But none of that was good enough for one Eric Deggans’, who used his platform on none other than NPR (National Public Radio, basically the equivalent of the NZR’s National Program) to unload in response, “Tom Hanks Is A Non-Racist. It’s Time For Him To Be Anti-Racist”. Because you can never be good enough, especially in the eyes of a 55 year old Black man who specialises in “issues of race and social justice”:

“The toughest thing for some white Americans … is to admit how they were personally and specifically connected to the elevation of white culture over other cultures,

His work, so often focused on the achievements of virtuous white, male Americans, may have made it tougher for tales about atrocities such as Tulsa to find space.”

The revolution, like Saturn, devours its children.

Perhaps the best response to Deggan’s bullshit is this article from Frontpage by Danusha Goska. It’s lengthy but you should read it. She makes several important points but it was this one that struck me, based on her experience teaching and living in Africa and the reality of limited good:

An insight into why villagers resisted change, including change that might save their own lives, was provided by the fate of one villager, a man I knew personally. When development workers advised the locals on how to improve their agricultural output, he carefully applied every suggestion. His farm prospered and he enjoyed a much higher yield than any of his neighbors.

His neighbors burned his farm down. That’s limited good. This man, by increasing his yield, had monopolized all the good to be had in that village, and his action would result, his neighbors believed, in their farms doing poorly.

It applied to other things in the village too, even beauty. That’s what Deggan is actually putting forward for the US and other Western societies:

Deggans is back to that limited good, zero-sum worldview that insists, falsely, that one man’s success equates to the next man’s failure. If Tom Hanks has two cows, Eric Deggans can’t have any cows. If Hanks’ farm is doing well, Deggans’ farm will wither. If Hanks’ baby is attractive, Deggans’ baby must be ugly.

The “solutions” offered also amount to the same thing; burning the farm to the ground:

For Hanks to atone, he must lower himself, and elevate black people in the place he previously occupied. That’s being an anti-racist. That’s Ibram X. Kendi. That’s the “8 White Identities” chart that says that the only good white is a white who participates in the abolishment of whiteness. And it is a Maoist struggle session. Deggans calls for “Hanks and other stars to talk specifically about how their work has contributed to these problems and how they will change.” This is the self-accusation that occurred during Maoist struggle sessions. The less successful, fueled by their envy, publicly humiliate the more successful.

Goska also makes the point that should be obvious:

Deggans can read white people’s minds. White people all think alike. And Deggans can speak for them. Any similar set of statements by a white man about black people would be taboo.

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Lastly, there are places where the reverse is happening, with opposition ideologues taking over their opponent’s world, as Daniel Greenfield points out:

When Sultan Doughan signed a hateful letter falsely claiming that Israel and Zionism were based on “Jewish Supremacy”, a term popularized by Neo-Nazi leader David Duke, that ugly rhetoric wouldn’t have attracted much attention in an antisemitic time… except for one thing.

Doughan is a Muslim postdoctoral associate at Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

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Your daily WSW

White Supremacy Watch that is. I’m thinking of making it a series, given how much White Supremacy we’re drowning in across the Western world.

So here’s your first daily dose of this focused news, with two good ones to share. First are fireworks and gun smoke.

Then there’s this from San Francisco, where one of the Liberal Luvvies who’s probably voted Democrat all her life, expresses a Bad Opinion…

… and finds herself in the crosshairs of her very own Democrat Party representative, Kate Chatfield, a senior director at the San Francisco DA’s office.

The DA is one Chesa Boudin, the son of legendary Weather Underground terrorists and convicted murderers, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. He was raised by their friends, the un-convicted Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in Chicago. If you’re thinking this might be a John Banks situation you would be wrong. Chesa has swallowed all the theories of Society As The Real Criminal and is trying to decriminalise a lot of crime in SF and release as many prisoners as possible.

Still, the SF crime increase seems to be more around theft of all types, plus muggings and general assault so I think “Michele” is being a bit OTT. In Chicago that’s all regarded as “meh”. If local DA, Kim Foxx, ever gets tired of the job maybe Chesa can swap places, since she thinks the same way as he does about crime and criminals.

They jumped the gun a bit on that and should have checked with the most trustworthy and accurate source for Chicago crime data, HeyJackass.com (“Illustrating Chicago Values”). The toll for the past weekend is now 104 shot and 19 killed. Luckily, when Mayor Lightfoot is not being insane with her staff, she’s on the job explaining how 99% of the questions she gets come from a source of racism and sexism.

NZ Military once more follows the Pentagon’s lead

Except in this case it is a lead that the Left will fully approve of.

A few weeks ago there was a hideous series of Q&A sessions between senior members of the US military and Republican members of Congress.

The hideousness was the revelation that Critical Race Theory and the general theory of Woke have made it into the training sessions of America’s soldiers, and that the Generals and Admirals saw no problem with that, or were denying such teaching despite evidence from whistleblowers in places like West Point.

I’ve read Mao Tse-tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s highest ranking military officer, said.

 “So, what is wrong with understanding … having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”

That begs the question of whether CRT actually does provide any situational understanding of the USA. Somebody should have nailed General Milley on that and also pointed out that while past US military officers have studied Marxism in its various shades that was done in order to understand the primary enemy of the USA in order to better defend against them. It was not done with an eye to learning how Marx and Lenin’s ideas provided such a great insight into how shitty the capitalism and Republican democracy of the USA was or how it could be improved by taking onboard and applying Marxist theory.

But that is exactly what CRT does. Its condemnation of America as being packed with institutions of “systemic racism”, including the US military, plus the goal of enforcing an “anti-racism” that would set people at eachother’s throats, makes them no less an enemy of the nation than the old Marxists.

Yet rather than treating its proponents as enemies of the USA against which a fight should be made, this twit and others like him, think they’ll actually learn something about the USA and improve it:

It is important that we train and we understand … and I want to understand white rage. And I’m white,”

“White rage”.

That, right there is the sign that he’s not only read the likes of Ibram X. Kendi’s nasty, hate-filled little racist polemic, How to Be an Antiracist, and other such CRT pieces but that he has absorbed them into his everyday thinking as if they’re correct. Kendi and company must be over the moon at none other than the Chairman of the JCS having swallowed a piece of their agit-prop boilerplate language to such an extent that he just blurted it out in front of the Congress. And if he’s gone that far then the “solutions” proposed by Kendi and company cannot be far behind in being implemented at places like West Point.

Put it this way. The West Point graduate below had certainly studied Marx and company, but as an advocate of them within the US Army. That’s General Milley’s approach to CRT.

Incidently, the prick in that photo got booted from the US Army after the photos became public, notably because:

he tweeted them in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was taking heat for kneeling for the national anthem to raise awareness of racism.

“While in uniform, Spenser Rapone advocated for communism and political violence, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States,”

Of course he did and in so doing he demonstrated the oft-denied connection between Marxist theory and Critical Race Theory. He made a mistake pushing pure Marxism though. Had he kept quiet and hung on, he would have been able to push the equally destructive CRT with the approval of the likes of General Milley.

I have long argued that more attention should be paid to the USA than Kiwis are wont to do – dismissing most US ideas as “silly”, “OTT” and typically “crazy” American stuff – because sooner or later they turn up here. And so they have (H/T Homepaddock):

Can the Army Afford to go Woke, Benign Social Progress or National Security Threat?

That is the title of an essay written by a serving New Zealand Army soldier and it was submitted as part of an essay competition – which it won.

New Zealand Chief of Army Writing Competition Winner of the New Zealand Defence Force Private Writing Category May 2021.

It won despite the writer knowing what waters he was getting into, with this opening paragraph…

I write this essay fully aware of the backlash and, at times, real world consequences afforded to the authors of similar documents in the current socio-political climate. Nevertheless, I would invoke the NZ Army ethos ‘3CI’ – particularly ‘Courage’ and ‘Integrity’ – in defence of the opinion I will express herein. The open discussion of any issue must be possible without fear of repercussions on both sides of the debate if the best outcome is ever to be reached. That is the fundamental value of free speech that permits the free enquiry, self-reflection, self-criticism and peer review that underpin our scientific and academic edifices and, in fact, our entire civilisation.

… and the ending:

I appreciate that if this piece were to win the writing competition, the optics may not be as desirable as one expressing the opposing viewpoint. 

To allow itself to become embroiled in these ‘culture wars’ would be an embarrassment, especially to the older generation of veterans and to the memory of those who paid the ultimate price. The Army should stick to fighting real wars.

As he suspected, the shit hit the fan when he won, but Elle has got the full letter on her blog, just in case it vanishes from the Army’s online archives:

It was removed on Tuesday, five days after it was published following an internal backlash and replaced with a statement from Army Chief Major General John Boswell, who apologised and accepted the decision to award the piece first place was an error.

He said out of the two entries, the essay won because it was “well-written”, but the views were not compatible with the army’s values.

Looks like our Generals are right on to it. General Milley would be proud. Didn’t save them from the wrath of their political masters though:

After questioning from Newstalk ZB, Defence Minister Peeni Henare said he delivered a blunt message to Defence Force chief Air Marshal Kevin Short yesterday.

He told Short his expectations were that “we’re better than that, and have values that don’t align with the essay.”

My advice to Private Dell is that he get the fuck out of the NZ Army quick smart before he finds himself digging latrines for the rest of his career. His thinking is not welcome.

“Magic Stick”

The craziness just isn’t stopping in the culture wars of the USA (and likely here in NZ before you know it).

This time it’s a woman at an upscale LA gym called Wi Spa, who decided to go full “Karen” on the admin staff at the front desk.

Her complaint was not that of some whiny-ass White Woman. No, you can tell by the accent that it’s a Black Lady and she’s pissed big time about … well, a dude deciding to flop himself down in the women’s section with all his junk hanging out because he’s a “trans-women” and that’s the law, as the staff try to explain to her.

That last guy at one point just makes a complete idiot out of himself by indicating that a man would not necessarily have an issue with a woman who identified as a man coming into the men’s locker room and showing their female lady parts, insinuating that because of that women shouldn’t have a problem with men who identify as women flashing their genitalia in the locker room.

Fuck I hate mansplainers (click the link: you know you want to). Judge Holden material.

It’s 2021 and there are now people arguing in a court of law that women should be totally comfortable and not unsafe at all in situations like this, that it should be viewed as perfectly normal.

Raises all sorts of interesting intersectionality questions though. In the video you can see another woman who’s demanding a refund. She’s Asian. Who are the biggest bigotted H8r’s here?

Apparently there have also been moderately violent protests outside this spa in the wake of this. You can guess who has been violent but I’ll give you a hint: it’s the people who know they can get away with it because they’re the best victims. Naturally Antifa are involved, but whether they punched any Black Nazi’s in the face I don’t know. They did apparently scream about “transphobes” but even in these enlightened times that’s tough to do when you’re on the side of defending an adult man exposing his dick to little girls, as one of the woman in that article details:

This woman describing the incident from last year explains in great detail how a naked person with a beard and a penis came where the woman, her six-year-old daughter, and older Korean ladies were — all naked — at the women’s hot tub. The woman explained she was a registered Democrat and it wasn’t about a person being trans but about the exposure to her little daughter and the other women.

The “registered Democrat” is a nice touch but it won’t work. Be quiet and sit down, bigot.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm

American Billionaires go long on China

This doesn’t shock me of course, but it does sadden me that three men who owe almost everything they’ve got to the American system of capitalism and democracy could be so ignorant of that fact, to the extent that they don’t seem to care if it crashes.

In this case it’s three billionaires in particular, but given the circles they run in you can bet there’s plenty more where they came from.

Charlie Munger

First up is one Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman (net worth $US 2 billion):

The Chinese Communists did the right thing. They just called in Jack Ma and said, “You aren’t gonna do it, sonny.” 

He’s actually talking about Chinese billionaire and entreprenueur Jack Ma, a former schoolteacher who co-founded the gigantic Albaba e-commerce firm. To be fair, Munger does go on to say the following:

I don’t want the, all of the Chinese system, but I certainly would like to have the financial part of it in my own country.

Thank goodness for that much. However, this genius apparently cannot see that you don’t get to have one part of such a system without having the rest. Munger also doesn’t seem to have noticed that if the CCP can take out Jake Ma (net worth $US 50 billion) then they could take out Munger and company too were he to step into areas of disagreement with the CCP.

Michael Bloomberg

Then there’s Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of NYC and 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate (net worth $US 60 billion):

“The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public . . . Xi Jinping is not a dictator.”

If I recall my history correctly even Stalin listened to his critics and would occasionally follow their recommendations – while at the same time putting extra eyes on them, readying them for the counter-revolutionary trials if he felt like it.

Then there’s the richest of the three, Bill Gates ($US 150 billion) giving a thumbs up to China’s Covid-19 response:

“What China did is helping the rest of the world.”

“China did a lot of things right in the beginning,”

China must be over the moon about such things. Who needs the Peoples Liberation Army, Navy and Air Force, or even the Confucius Institutes to help “educate” American youth about China, when you’ve got people like this on your side.

To have the most effective critics of America placed not in Beijing but in America itself; in corporate boardrooms, campuses, newsrooms, Hollywood, Wall Street, and now even the Pentagon. That’s one hell of an achievement and the funny thing is that the Chinese really had very little to do with it.

But they certainly are taking advantage of it:

The opening salvo in this all-out campaign was fired at the U.S.-China summit in Alaska on March 19. The Chinese delegation, besides publicly humiliating the Biden administration, used the summit to accuse the U.S. of “deep-seated” racism. Chinese representatives referred to the propaganda put out by the BLM movement to accuse the U.S. of ‘slaughtering’ Black Americans.

The same day, China used the floor of the U.N. General Assembly to make similar claims. China’s deputy U.N. Ambassador Dai Bing accused the U.S of “deep-seated problems of racial discrimination, social injustice and police brutality.”

It’s no surprise that US Secretary of State Blinken sat silently through that Alaskan beating by the Chinese, for what response could he actually make to accusations that his own Democrat Party, indeed his own fucking President, had made about his own nation.

Many of the ideas adopted by the Alinsky-inspired New Left in the 60s and 70s came from the violent Cultural Revolution instigated by Mao Zedong in China between 1966-76. Thus ‘political correctness’ is not a woke concept developed by Western academics in Princeton or Harvard, but a notion rooted in the doctrine of Maoism. Today’s woke mob derives its intolerant instincts to ban ideas, cleanse the language, or purge its opponents from their ideology steeped on genocidal Marxism and Maoism.

Thus comes the full circle.

Still, throughout history, smart people have been notorious for making very dumb mistakes, for there is a difference between being smart and being wise. As the following Spectator article by Melissa Chen points out, the CCP may have recently moved too far and too fast:

But the party’s increasing insecurity about its grip on power led China to turn inward and ultimately, with the rise of Xi Jinping who purged corruption in the politburo to preserve loyalists and removed presidential term limits, it fell back to a personality cult not seen since Mao. Steadily in the last few years and particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic, China has turned the world against it by proving itself to be an irresponsible world actor.

After a century of existence, the CCP has made a strategic mistake and played its hand too early, revealing the game and the true nature of the party. How should we respond in the next century?

That last is a question the likes of Bloomberg and company have not even asked from the perspective of 2020/21. They’re still stuck in the early 2000’s with regard to China.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

War is interested in You!

Growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s I could see the point of the Left in battling against the cultural conformity of that age, the age of Muldoon and, frankly, my parents.

A lot of it was stifling and eye-rolling. The Left, at least the New Left that sprang forward in the 1960’s, seemed to offer a lovely world free from such grim constraints.

As much drugs and fucking as you could want. Be free, Man! Don’t worry about the consequences, for without nasty old conservatives around to punish you there are no negative consequences. Just abort the result and walk away to start again in our free and liberal world.

Except that much of it was a lie. Having successfully destroyed the War Generation’s views of how the world should operate, both in terms of relatively rigid economic management and cultural norms, the New Left has gradually turned into exactly the sort of grim enforcers of conformity that they supposedly railed against.

Inside every Progressive is a totalitarian screaming to escape.

Given that the only way to enforce their desires is via such methods that should not be a surprise, yet somehow it always is for every Progressive movement, as many progressives targeted by their own forces soon discover – eh TERFS! Or perhaps the sad White children of the School Strike For Climate Auckland movement.

So I was pleased to see signs of a fightback against the Cultural Stalinists in in this article, The West’s revolutionary chickens coming home to roost, published as most decent stuff now is, on Substack:

Oriel College, Oxford, hastily abandoned its consultation on pulling down its statue of Cecil Rhodes after furious alumni cancelled £1.5 million in donations and threatened to withdraw even more.

When the National Trust started transforming its role from honouring the past to trashing it by hectoring visitors about properties said to be associated with colonialism and slavery, it started haemorrhaging members and its chairman was forced to resign. 

Cambridge University’s vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Toope, who approved a website where students could anonymously report “micro-aggressions” by dons, was forced to retreat after tutors accused him of creating a “police state”.

In Britain, the fledgling TV station GB News, whose mission is to provide an alternative to brainwashed British broadcasting, was hit last week by a campaign of intimidation designed to shut it down as soon as it was launched.

Under the impetus of a social injustice group called Stop Funding Hate, which targeted GB News with instant character assassination, various companies and institutions threatened to pull their ads on the network or were persuaded to hesitate before committing themselves to advertising there. 

They got more than they were bargaining for, however, when the station’s bullish founder, Andrew Neil, used his new network to issue a blistering denunciation and threatened to turn the tables by boycotting them. Faced with the fury of consumers, some of these companies immediately backed down or said with hand on heart that they had never intended a boycott anyway, perish the thought.

But on the downside was this section:

If public figures make such a stand, however, people get braver. Which is why politicians and other high-profile cultural leaders should denounce this agenda. They should show they won’t tolerate it in their own organisations and will stand against those that do.

They are, however, all-too silent, terrified of provoking the inevitable titanic rows and name-calling which they believe would court electoral disaster. What such people fail to grasp, because all they can hear is the cacophonous media screeching about unstoppable cultural change, is that millions are appalled by these developments and will flock to the banner of those who oppose them. 

I’ve highlighted that piece because a few weeks ago in the post about Karl DuFresne ripping into the National Party, former National Cabinet MP, Wayne Mapp made this comment:

Unlike the Republicans, the National Party does not do culture wars. The reason being that National is not nearly as uniformly conservative as the contemporary Republicans. As I am sure you know, National has always been an coalition of Liberals and Conservatives.

As I responded at the time, given the degree of sneering, backhanded contempt that has been exhibited on this blog and elsewhere by “Liberals” like Mapp towards Conservatives, those days of coalition may be coming to an end, especially since one would have to ask exactly what National Party “Conservatives” have conserved about NZ over the last fifty years?

But perhaps a more appropriate quote to deliver to such people would be the one from Leon Trotsky:

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

Resistance is futile?

One of the main themes of the Left has always been that the future is theirs and that it’s inevitable.

For a long time this was wrapped up in the whole “scientific” approach claimed by Marxism. But even as that theory collapsed in the 20th century the Left in general has not been able to stop making this claim, implicitly and explicitly.

Naturally this ties in with the endless claim that “The Youth Are With Us“: nothing says owning the future like claiming that the demographics are on your side, starting with a generational argument and layering on top of it racial aspects as well.

One of the problems is that this great demographic tsunami somehow never shows up in the form of permanent political gains by Left-wing parties, let alone their wilder ideas. The first evidence of this came in the 1980’s with the support from “The Youth” like me for the likes of Reagan, Thatcher and Roger Douglas, not just in terms of them personally, but their ideas.

To say that the “youth” of the 1960’s were horrified by this “Reactionary Counter-Revolution” is an understatement. The meltdowns were epic and they’ve never really ended. They foolishly thought that their late 1960’s Counter-Culture revolution had been all-encompassing and across-the-board: easier going attitudes towards sex and drugs would just automatically translate into support for other Leftist social and economic polices.

A classic example of this was a book called The Emerging Democratic Majority, which was published in 2002 and forecasted a bright future for the Democrat Party due to the growing percentage of ethnic minorities, unmarried working women, and the college-educated.

While its dreams seemed to come true in 2008 with overwhelming Democrat wins in the Presidential, House and Senate Elections the fact is that twenty years after the book’s publication the GOP is still very much with us and talk of them constantly losing the popular vote for President as supporting the book’s theory ignores the fact that they’ve won control of the House and Senate a couple of times since 2000, as opposed to the forty years (1954-1994) when they never controlled the House.

Moreover despite the huge popular vote against Trump in 2020 the GOP actually gained seats in the House across the country, lost not one seat they were defending, and against all expectations of losing multiple Senate seats, kept it close, only finally losing the Georgia run-off elections in January thanks to Trump’s claims of a rigged election persuading enough GOP voters to ignore the race. Even the Democrats admit that there’s a good chance the GOP could win the House in 2022.

The Democrat majority apparently needs more emerging.

In fact there are other big problems with those demographic factors that forecast unending Leftist political control, but that is for another article.

However, when it comes to the specific issue of youngsters and the current Leftist Woke culture pandemic, I recently came across a piece that provided further evidence that the future is not as predictable or as bright for the Democrats and the Left in general as they think.

The article detailed the steps parents need to take, and apparently are taking, when their kids get screwed over in the Chicago school system: How to Respond When Your Child is Canceled in Chicago Schools. The detail is fairly specific to the system there, but it was this section that caught my eye near the end:

“What is ironic about all of this,” says a male student at Whitney Young, is that “all my friends have liberal moms and dads who don’t care, but the absurdity of the school is making my friends and I conservative.”

Another Lane Tech student, who marched in the original BLM protests, opines: “I hear more about race now than I ever did from teachers, and the more it’s brought up, the more I don’t think anyone should be treated differently. So much of this is [expletive] … They (these teachers) are the ones who are racist and discriminate based on skin color and pronouns, not me.”

Which should not at all be a surprise. Teens will always rebel against people telling them how to think and what to think, even against the sermonisers of the radical left with their racist Critical Race Theory.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

The Revolutionary Pigs Begin to Walk on Two Feet

US Historian Victor Davis Hanson lives and teaches in California, his lifelong home state. Moreover he remains living in a farm house in the Central Valley built by his ancestors over a hundred years ago, commuting to the coast each week for his lectures. Raised on the farm and with a WWII Vet as a father he is able to see the rural/city divide but also that between the Big Tech class of the Coast and the working classes of the rest of the state and the changes over the decades. He’s not the first or the only one to observe how rapidly that divide is growing, but his experience of university in the 1960’s also allows him to draw the connections from today all the way back to that era, as he does in his article, Our Animal Farm, first setting the scene of more than fifty years ago:

First, remember the 1960s and 1970s agendas of the once impotent, young, and supposedly idealistic leftist revolutionaries. We were lectured 60 years ago that “free speech” preserves were needed on university campuses to be immune from all reactionary administrative censorship. Transparency and “truth” were the revolution’s brands.

The First Amendment was said by them to be sacred, even as the “free speech movement” transitioned to the “filthy speech movement.” Leftists sued to mainstream nudity in film. They wanted easy access to pornography. They mainstreamed crude profanity. The supposed right-wingers were repressed. They were the “control freaks” who sought to stop the further “liberation” of the common culture.  In those days, the ACLU still defined the right of free expression as protecting the odious, whether the unhinged Nazis, the pathetic old-Left Communists, or nihilistic Weather Underground terrorists. 

“Censorship” was a dirty word. It purportedly involved the religious bigots and medieval minds that in vain had tried to cancel ideological and cultural mavericks and geniuses from Lenny Bruce to Dalton Trumbo. “Banned in Boston” was a sign of cretinism. Only drunken “paranoids” like Joe McCarthy resorted to “blacklists.” We were reminded that the inferior nuts tried to cancel the brilliant careers of their betters whom they disliked, or feared.

Snooping, surveillance, wiretaps—all that and more was awful—the purported work of nutty J. Edgar Hoover. His flat-topped, wing-tipped “G-men” usually outnumbered Black Panthers, Weathermen, and SDS members at secret strategy sessions. 

Hollywood went wild in the 1960s and 1970s by warning us about “them.” Endless movies detailed the solo efforts of heroes, who were watched and threatened by the “government,” working hand in glove, of course, with either corporations or the “rich.” In films like “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Conversation,” or “Blowup,” we were warned of the nefarious powers of surveillance. 

Journalists, professors and students were in the forefront of all this, “speaking truth to power”, and so forth, and this was developing well into the 1980’s when I was at varsity. The so-called “neo-liberal” revolutions (technically viewed by the Left as Reactionary counter-revolutions) of Reagan, Thatcher and here in NZ, Roger Douglas, only made the Left-wing fight harder as they they saw all those 1960’s dreams being crushed.

Reporters were either iconoclastic Gonzos or shoe-leather investigators on the scent of deep state overreach. They were obsessed with wrongdoing at the CIA and FBI. Politicians, of course, weren’t to be trusted—given the corporations who pulled their puppet strings.

The enemy of America, we were told, was the “big guys,” especially the international conglomerates like ITT with global reach. The corporationists refined the arts of the cartel, trust, and monopoly. “Small is beautiful” was the antithetical mantra. Radical sons of the Left crusaded against “dirty money” and “the plutocratic rich” with their “concentration of wealth”—as if the Rockefellers or the Gettys posed existential threats to America by their abilities to insert huge amounts of cash to warp elections or to buy officials.

It’s quite the list but all these things did have one focus:

The point of the 1960s, again we were taught, was to tear down the rules, the traditions and customs, the hierarchies of the old guys. The targets were supposedly the uptight, short-hair, square-tie, adult generation who grew up in the Depression, won World War II, and were fighting to defeat Cold War Soviet Union

Ironically, in New Zealand at least, “the rules, the traditions and customs, the hierarchies” torn down included the system of a heavily regulated economy built by those old squares who’d returned from WWII. On the Left you’d get the nuclear warships ban, easier access to abortion and homosexual law reform, as long as you shut up about de-regulation and privatisation. As one of those 60’s youngsters (but also Old Leftie) Chris Trotter bemoans, that deal is still in place. But back to Hanson:

The good guys, the students, and the activists, if they only had power, were going to break up corporations, shame (or “eat”) the rich, and bring in young, hip politicians. Reformers like the younger Kennedy brothers, the John Kerry war hero-resisters, the Bay Area Dianne Feinsteins, and the hip Nancy Pelosis would disrupt the “status quo” of politics.

When Orwell wrote his books, Nineteen Eighty Four and Animal Farm, it was not the totalitarianism of the Nazis or the Fascists that he was attacking but the Stalinism of his era, created by revolutionaries who were going to tear it all down and build a new society. Had Orwell lived a few more years he would have seen the process repeated in China under Mao. Had he lived another three decades he would have seen it again in Vietnam, Cambodia and other nations.

The argument has been made that this only happens when Leftism cuts out democracy, and that the same could be said of any ideology so unfettered – the anarcho-capitalists being a prime example. But what the Left is doing to our democratic societies today is producing a soft authoritarianism so widespread and all-consuming that it is increasingly controlling every aspect of our lives in ways that Stalin and company could only envy – and all without firing a shot – but without establishing any of the Old Left’s dreams of state-owned industries and strong unions with the rest of the private sector heavily regulated by central government.

Instead the likes of Amazon (it’s creator Jeff Bezos being one of the richest men in the world) is fighting hard against the unionisation of their workplaces, and – unlike their stance on the 2020 US election – are completely opposed to union votes by mail-in ballot, claiming it’s too vulnerable to fraud. But they’ll make sure Parler is not hosted by their web services. The so-called Robber Barrons of the US 19th century could only dream of having being able to co-opt their Left-Wing enemies so easily.

Hanson shows where are now with the 1960’s Counter-Culture winners in charge:

… as Orwell predicted, revolutionary pigs began walking on two feet and absorbed all the levers of American cultural influence and power: the media, the bureaucracies, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, publishing, the academy, K-12 education, professional sports, and entertainment. And to them all, the revolutionaries added their past coarseness and 1960s-era by-any-means-necessary absolutism.

We are now finally witnessing the logical fruition of their radical utopia: Censorship, electronic surveillance, internal spying, monopolies, cartels, conspiracy theories, weaponization of the intelligence agencies, pouring billions of dollars into campaigns, changing voting laws by fiat, a woke revolutionary military, book banning, bleeding the First Amendment, canceling careers, blacklisting, separate-but-equal racial segregation and separatism.

Giant corporations and government agencies like the FBI and CIA are now the good guys, to the astonishment of only a few of the Old Left:

Surveillance and spying are now good. How else to ferret out “right-wingers,” “white supremacists,” and “insurrectionists”?  So the FBI and CIA have transmogrified into heroic agencies run by stalwart social activist fighters like John Brennan, the old Gus Hall supporter, James Clapper, James Comey, and Andrew McCabe. They cut to the quick to achieve social justice, without the messy give and take of Congress, or that albatross, the relic Constitution.

Bank of America helps to find out which enemy of the people bought which coffee where. 

Of course once such power is obtained it might not take much to tip over into hard totalitarianism.

They won. They are now one with—but also far, far worse than—what they rebelled against.

‘Twas always thus.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Which one are you, White Person?

The crazy of Identity Politics and Wokeism just gets crazier with each passing day.

The following pieces of information were sent to parents – White parents only of course – by the Principal of a New York Prep School that their kids attend. The intention is to move White people into the Green Zone of the chart so that the USA, and probably much of the West, can finally wipe out its White Supremacist culture.

Politics and business have long made great efforts in slicing and dicing populations into segments that can then be appealed to and Identity Politics does the same thing, especially with Intersectionality, the ranking of oppression based on various intersecting characteristics of a person: cue the classic joke about Blind, Black, One-Legged Lesbians. But I’ve not seen this approach taken to Whites before, although it’s the opposite of identifying intersecting types of oppression.

The proud author of the graphic is Barnor Hesse, an associate professor at Northwestern University. His research interests include “black political thought, blackness and effect, and race and governmentality,” among others. He added a helpful page of definitions, just so can figure out where you fit in.

I wonder where Hollywood’s Rob Reiner – better known to millions as Meathead from the old 70’s TV Show, All In The Family – thinks he sits in the “regime of whiteness”? Nowhere close enough to hand over all his wealth for slavery reparations I’m sure, although wielding this chart will be a great way of maintaining his White Privilege as it will for many other White Lefties.