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“Even North Korea is not this nuts”

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That’s not from this Babylon Bee tweet, despite it being another of their wonderful pieces of satire.

Now you may be thinking that photoshopping North Korea’s Kim Jong Un into a modern American university lecture theatre is over-the-top, even for a satirical story.

But that would be before you read this article about a North Korean defector named Yeonmi Park, who has recently graduated from Columbia University.

Park is one of the more famous defectors, having written a 2015 memoir called “In Order to Live”, in which she chronicled her life in the repressive regime of North Korea and her eventual escape with her mother. At the age of 13 she saw people die of starvation right in front of her. When she and her mother managed to get across the border into China they were captured by human slavers. Having been freed by Christian missionaries she still ended up having to walk across the Gobi desert before she got to South Korea.

Then she moved to the USA and went to one of the great Ivy League universities.

“I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think,” she said. “I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”

Her money quote:

“Even North Korea is not this nuts. North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy.”

When you read the details she supplies about her education you can understand why she came to this conclusion.

Like in North Korea, Park said she witnessed example after example of anti-Western sentiment and guilt-tripping. During her orientation, for instance, a staff member scolded her for liking classic literature, such as the writings of Jane Austen.

“I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing,” Park said of her orientation. “Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’”

Heh. I encountered a number of feminists in the 1980’s with a very low opinion of Jane Austen, because she did not fit their conceptions of what a feminist was. To say the least their opinions of the woman were primitive and reductive, but by the late 1990’s things had turned around, with increased celebration of Ms Austen’s feminist traits.

Just in time to now be a “colonialist” and a racist.

Yeonmi Park

Her professors gave students “trigger warnings,” sharing the wording from readings in advance so people could opt out of reading or even sitting in class during discussions, Park told The Post.

“Going to Columbia, the first thing I learned was ‘safe space,’” she said.

“Every problem, they explained us, is because of white men.” Some of the discussions of white privilege reminded her of the caste system in her native country, where people were categorized based on their ancestors, she said.

The similarities with North Korea mounted up, but at least the North Koreans had some rationale in defending their system, which they did partly by hating on Americans. As Ms Park points out there seem to be rather a lot of Americans who also hate America.

When it came to gender pronouns and manipulation of the English language, Park was even more confused.

“English is my third language. I learned it as an adult. I sometimes still say ‘he’ or ‘she’ by mistake and now they are going to ask me to call them ‘they’? How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?” she remembered asking herself. “It was chaos. It felt like the regression in civilization.”

It is a regression in civilisation. And it comes from being in a “safe space”.

“Because I have seen oppression, I know what it looks like,” she said. “These kids keep saying how they’re oppressed, how much injustice they’ve experienced. They don’t know how hard it is to be free.”

The paradox of supposedly being taught about “oppression”, “injustice” and being “free” is that it’s producing graduates who actually don’t know anything about them.

Park said as a child she had thought dictator Kim Jong Un was “starving” and overworked until she was in South Korea and was shown pictures that showed how large he was in pictures compared to other people who looked thin and hungry.

“That’s what it does when you’re brainwashed …. Oh my God, why did I not notice that he was fat?’ Because I never learned how to think critically. That is what is happening in America, people see things but they’ve just completely lost the ability to think critically.”

More paradox, this time courtesy of “Critical Theory”. Or perhaps irony is a better term?

“You guys have lost common sense to a degree that I as a North Korean cannot even comprehend,” she said. “Where are we going from here? There’s no rule of law, no morality, nothing is good or bad anymore, it’s complete chaos. I guess that’s what they want, to destroy every single thing and rebuild into a Communist paradise.”

I don’t agree with that last, although I can see why she would think that. The fact is that outside of a tiny fringe of real Marxists there are few who believe in that, mainly because there are so many grifting, money hungry Leftists tearing things up just to make a buck for themselves:

But that doesn’t mean they can’t cause an awful lot of damage to American society as they claw in the money while forcing everybody else to bend to their whims.

Eventually, Park stopped arguing with her professors and “learned how to just shut up” so that she could graduate.

“I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realized I’m not free, America’s not free.

Well she did still graduate, and she got to talk to reporters about this – but only once she escaped from the university, and to paraphrase Andrew Sullivan, once we all live on campus…

GFAZ

In 2020 in Seattle, Antifa booted the cops out of one part of the city and created the CHAZ, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a fabulous new Anarcho-Communist area of the USA that began falling apart after a couple of days with food shortages and violence.

It looks like something similar has been created in Minneapolis, the George Floyd Autonomous Zone, an area around the site of Floyd’s death which has been barricaded, where Militants rule and the local cops are not welcome, although it seems that it’s only the police they want kept out rather than the rest of the system.

Not that the cops bother trying to go there anymore, especially having lost an incredible one third of their number in the last year, with the survivors well aware that they have zero backing from the community and the political leadership. Even the slightest mistake or mis-judgement will be pounced on as evidence of “police brutality” and likely “racism” as well. Why stick around for that.

“One of us is gonna get killed and nobody cares. And that’s what’s sad. Nobody cares. Not the citizens, not our brass. Not our administration, not our city. They don’t care. They don’t care one bit.”

Even the MSM are uninvited, as this reporter found out.

Several people have been shot and killed in the Zone, with no consequences. Incredibly some businesses in the area apparently still think they can save themselves by siding with these people, including one place that was torched during last year’s riots.

Reminds me of the classic Biblical story.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Except in this case it’s not working, and the effects are spreading across the city:

… the prevalence of unjust killing and violence in the Twin Cities area has vastly increased since last summer’s protests and riots. Minneapolis recorded its second-most homicides ever in 2020 — after only 1995, when the city was ignobly dubbed “Murderapolis” in national media. And the trend has continued to escalate in 2021: between January 1 and April 25, the number of homicides increased by 92% compared to the same period in 2020.

A retroactive analysis showed a 537% increase in carjackings in one month — November 2020 — compared to November 2019. Yes, you read that correctly: 537%.

Good heavens! I’m stunned and amazed.

More than 80% of the shooting victims in 2020 were black.

This is my shocked face. Also, you’ll be stunned to learn that the vast bulk of these shootings were not committed by White Supremacists, the Proud Boys or any of the other boogeymen conjured up by the Democrat Party to justify their Washington D.C. hysteria dance of the last few months.

At least The Guardian covered it. On the left is the front page of the local paper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the next morning. They’re totally complicit in this with their No Enemies To The Left reporting narrative.

I did like this little caveat in that previous article:

Yes, it’s true: police are generally not credentialed experts in criminology or sociology, and their theories for complex multi-causal phenomena obviously should not be taken as gospel. Still, it is worth incorporating their viewpoint into any assessment of the overall situation.

That turns out to be not just a “Don’t hurt me for reporting an opinion” but a segue into telliing what the “non-police citizens” think. This one is my favourite:

Kevin C. is 22 years old and lives with his younger sister in their great-grandmother’s house off Lake Street in South Minneapolis — the epicenter of last summer’s riots and protests. He was a protester himself, and even had to jump out of the way during an infamous incident when a tanker truck nearly barreled into the crowd he was in on the interstate.

A few weeks ago, he said, there was a shooting in the alley behind his house — bullets were flying just yards from him and his sister. “The police came, but they didn’t really like, investigate,” he recalled. “They just shined their lights and then drove off.”

He said he’d noticed a steep decline in police presence lately, especially after last week’s trial of Derek Chauvin ended with a guilty verdict. “Even before the trial,” he said, “they would drive through here, but there wouldn’t be any, like, policing going on.”

It’s like,… you know,… like a complete mystery isn’t it Kevin? My suggestion is to join a local pistol club, buy an AR-15 at a minimum and get some firearms training: the NRA provides that. Nice people too.

I don’t think the reporter chose the following very well in further describing Kevin. I’ll just leave this here:

He is shortsighted, and said the eyeglasses store he used to go to down the street has been permanently shuttered since last summer. 

The article goes into some backgrounds of the people who have been murdered, which is nice because otherwise they’d be forgotten by history, like 78 year old Maria Elena Mantini, who was stabbed to death at a bus stop on the morning of March 17.

But the criminals are just getting started. As the weather warms up so does the crime:

A nine-year-old Minneapolis girl is in the hospital after she was struck by gunfire over the weekend, making her the second child to be shot in the city in under a month. The girl was shot in the head while she played with friends on a trampoline

six people were shot in Minneapolis the same Saturday night.

The criminals are also getting bolder than just randomly shooting little girls:

Multiple police officers were injured throughout the night while responding to calls. In one case, officers were maced by someone with a “party can” of pepper spray when responding to a stabbing around 2:15 a.m. outside the Pourhouse on Hennepin Avenue, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis. Two officers were taken to the hospital about an hour earlier when a group of street racers threw rocks at the first responders.

This caused Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to conduct a press conference where he pleaded with judges to stop releasing violent offenders, which has been another Democrat policy across the USA with many elected District Attorney’s carrying it out (once again I note the similarity of Left policies in the USA and here). The Chief’s pleas will likely fall on deaf ears, judging by this response from none other than the City Council President Lisa Bender (love the mask):

Basically nothing has changed since this 2020 interview with the same evil moron.

With people like this in charge, “Murderapolis” is now well on the way to joining Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and a bunch of other Democrat-run shit holes, and unlike the mid-1990’s when national Democrats like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden were keen to be tough on crime, I can’t see Minneapolis recovering this time around thanks to the culture change.

Minneapolis has been under total Democrat control for more than five decades, and they’ve been “progressive” Democrats too rather than those nasty old guys like Democrat National Committee member, Alabama’s ‘Bull’ Conner.

Democrat politicians and voters are just going to have learn the hard way, as one Democrat did a few days ago in Atlanta (shootings up 46 percent, murders up 59 percent and car thefts up 25 percent in the last year):

A councilman and mayoral candidate in Atlanta who backs the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and voted to cut the police budget by $73 million, was dragged from his car while it was being stolen Wednesday.

Brown held on and was dragged for a block before he let go… [he] says the thieves appear to be children from 7 to 11 years old … He claims it took 45 minutes for police to arrive because it was assigned as a low-priority dispatch.

Antonio Brown

Awwww! Somebody may need to explain to this utterly un-self aware asshole that when funding and staff get cut priorities have to be imposed, and it looks like carjackings are not as high up the list as he must have hoped when he called the cops.

Mmm… Mmm….. that is schadenfreudelicious.

But no word on whether it has changed his mind any more than Bender has changed hers. Given that he’s currently under indictment on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud you’d have thought he’d have the decency to admire than handiwork of the boys rather than snitching on them to the cops.

See also:

The Democrat Cities: Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Riots: Looking back – and forward

Written by Tom Hunter

May 31, 2021 at 6:00 am

Answers to Bad Anti-Free Speech Arguments

Aeromagazine has a superb article that deals with twelve such arguments that are commonly heard.

While the whole thing is worth your time to read I wanted to extract two in particular.

First up is the classic one about shouting fire! in a crowded theatre;

Answer: Anyone who says “you can’t shout fire! in a crowded theatre” is showing that they don’t know much about the principles of free speech, or free speech law—or history. 

This old canard, a favourite reference of censorship apologists, needs to be retired. It’s repeatedly and inappropriately used to justify speech limitations. People have been using this cliché as if it had some legal meaning, while First Amendment lawyers roll their eyes and point out that it is, in fact, as Alan Dershowitz puts it, “a caricature of logical argumentation.” Ken White has already penned a brilliant and thorough takedown of this misconception. Please read it before proclaiming that your least favourite language is analogous to shouting fire in a crowded theatre.

The phrase is a misquotation of an analogy made in 1919 Supreme Court opinion that upheld the imprisonment of three people—a newspaper editor, a pamphlet publisher and a public speaker—who argued that military conscription was wrong. The court said that anti-war speech in wartime is like “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic,” and it justified the ban with a dubious analogy to the longstanding principle that the First Amendment doesn’t protect speech that incites people to physical violence. But the Supreme Court abandoned the logic of that case more than 50 years ago. That this trope originated as a justification for what has long since been deemed unconstitutional censorship reveals how useless it is as a measure of the limitations of rights. And yet, the crowded theatre cliché endures, as if it were some venerable legal principle.

Oh, and notice that the court’s objection was only to “falsely shouting fire!”: if there is, in fact, a fire in a crowded theatre, please let everyone know.

But I also appreciate the response to this more modern one that I often see on social media because it’s a cartoon.

Assertion: The right to free speech means the government can’t arrest you for what you say; it still leaves other people free to kick you out.

Answer: No, the popular xkcd cartoon below is wrong. The First Amendment limits what the government can do, but freedom of speech is something much bigger than that.

This cartoon is often used to dismiss free speech arguments, but it is wrong: it not only confuses First Amendment law with freedom of speech, it doesn’t even get the First Amendment right.

The concept of freedom of speech is a bigger, older and more expansive idea than its particular application in the First Amendment. A belief in the importance of freedom of speech is what inspired the First Amendment; it’s what gave the First Amendment meaning, and what sustains it in the law. But a strong cultural commitment to freedom of speech is what maintains its practice in our institutions—from higher education, to reality TV, to pluralistic democracy itself. Freedom of speech includes small l liberal values that were once expressed in common American idioms like to each his owneveryone’s entitled to their opinion and it’s a free country. These cultural values appear in legal opinions too; as Justice Robert H. Jackson noted in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, “Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.”

While the United States Constitution limits only governmental behaviour on its face, its application sometimes requires the government to protect you from being censored by other citizens. For example, the government has a duty to protect you from being attacked by a hostile mob that doesn’t like your ideas or having your public speech disrupted by a heckler’s veto.

The First Amendment also bars government officials from punishing your speech in many ways that don’t rise to the level of arresting you. To give just one example, since administrators at state colleges are government actors, they can’t tear your flyer from a public message board because they don’t like what it says.

A belief in free speech means you should be slow to label someone as utterly dismissible for their opinions. Of course you can kick an asshole out of your own house, but that’s very different from kicking a person out of an open society or a public forum. The xkcd cartoon is often used to let people off the hook from practicing the small d democratic value of listening.

Related to this is an excellent article by the American essayist, Roger Kimball, which looks at what he calls “crybullies” and their lousy impact on education:

There are two central tenets of the woke philosophy. The first is feigned fragility. The second is angry intolerance. The union of fragility and intolerance has given us that curious and malevolent hybrid I have called the crybully, a delicate yet venomous species that thrives chiefly in lush, pampered environments.

Always Scotch. Always drunk. Always critical. Always brilliant.

A few days ago I put up a post about the catastrophic collapse of TV viewership ratings for Hollywood’s annual, ritual orgasm of self celebration, The Oscars: Die Hollywood, Die.

Once again here are the figures for yet another industry that’s destroyed itself by going full Woke (and New Left).

But as an update on this I thought I would throw in this wonderful piece from The Critical Drinker, drunken Scottish movie critic par excellence. Watch, laugh, and then check out his reviews of individual movies.

My only difference of opinion with him is that I’d be quite happy for Hollywood to burn to the ground. Fortunately, they’re apparently determined to make the wishes of Right-Wingers like me come true.

And I say that as someone who loves the movies.

A free bag of Chocolate Fish for anybody in the comments who can identify even 50% of the movies whose clips he shows: WARNING: they’re fast.

America is not a racist country.

That’s a direct quote from a speech given a few days ago by a Republican Senator doing the usual reply to the President’s Congressional address (which was decidedly not a State Of The Union address).

It’s something that tens of millions of American voters, Democrat and Republican alike, agree on about their nation in 2021.

Here’s the context around the statement.

“Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor. From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress.

By doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal. You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.

Here’s the man who said it, Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina.

Naturally this caused a meltdown on the US Left. Black men are not supposed to say this because it hurts the Left’s narrative about America and removes a big reason to vote for the Democrat Party.

Reporters did ask both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris whether they agreed with Tim Scott and lacking the usual Democrat angles of going off about some Old, White, Privileged Male saying such a thing they were both forced to acknowledge the truth of Scott’s statement – and effectively disavow the primary claim of Burn Loot Murder and the modern American Left.

Sort of.

You can listen to Harris here: “Kamala Harris: ‘I Don’t Think America is a Racist Country’ BUT…”.

As the “BUT” in the headline indicates, she moves on as fast as possible to what amounts to an assertion that America is a racist country:

“… we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country, and its existence today.” 

I reckon there’s a way to make a distinction to save her from the charge of being an incoherent idiot: define the term “racist country” down so narrowly so that a country with a lot of racism in it could still not be a “racist country.”

Then there was Biden:

No, I don’t think the American people are racist, BUT

Woah! Another “BUT”.

But okay. First stop implying that they are racists by saying shit like how the Floyd death “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism, or saying how Mitt Romney is going to take Blacks and “put y’ll back in chains” (complete with what he imagined was a Southern Black accent). And make sure the rest of the Federal government isn’t sending that message either (too late, judging by his appointees). Make sure you don’t hire fucking idiots who say shit like this:

“I mean, you got the first African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man,”

Biden could also take a crack at all those little American progressives who support you as they rushed to denounce Senator Scott with “#UncleTim being the most inspired epithet trending on Twitter.

Admittedly Biden’s old KKK pal Robert Bryd (D) – to whom he gave a fulsome eulogy a few years ago – and the Segregationist Southern Democrat Senators he hung with in the early 70’s, would probably have laughed at that epithet as well.

That’s what a real uniting President would do. But let’s face it, Biden just says whatever’s placed in his head and hands by his advisors.

… I think after 400 years, African-Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity. I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, has had a cost, and we have to deal with it.

Taking this point-by-point:

  • America has been “dealing” for decades with the after-effects of slavery and Jim Crow – in welfare, education, and health:

    – Welfare checks go to Blacks to a disproportionate degree.

    – Blacks benefit to a disproportionate extent from free health care via Medicaid and subsidized care via Obamacare.

    – Blacks also receive very preferential admission to American colleges and universities, something that is increasingly being attacked by the Asian community as their kids miss out on places. Admittedly Blacks do suffer badly from the “K-12” (Kindergarten to our Year 13) Public school education system, but that’s almost entirely under the control of Biden’s Democrat Party – like most of the rest of the places where American Blacks live, so Biden could start there in eliminating “systemic racism”.
  • Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago and it’s been more than fifty years since Jim Crow prevailed. Vast numbers of Blacks have taken the opportunity of equality under the law to build a solid Middle Class across the USA. That wouldn’t have happened if the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow had, in Biden’s words, “left [them] in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball.”
  • So in dealing with those who are “so far behind the eight-ball” it’s quite possible that they’ve left themselves behind by not doing the things that other Blacks have done to get ahead of the eight-ball (and what has been done by members of other American groups that started off behind because of racism, poverty and so forth). If Biden wants to throw even more assistance at Blacks who are left behind, he should show exactly how they’re behind due to slavery and Jim Crow, rather than because of their own choices and the Democrat Party-controlled environments they live in.

There was a similar event recently when the BBC made the serious mistake of interviewing a former US Police Officer about the Chauvin verdict. Only four minutes long but it packs a punch.

And this late addition is not to be missed. For those of you who don’t know, Alyssa Milano is one of the “Disney kid stars” of the 1990’s who has now gone on to …. other things, like being a political activist. She was quite vocal about the #MeToo movement (Believe All WomanTM) – until the rise of Grandpa Gropes for President. It would appear that her new schtick as a spokesperson for Blacks is also about to die.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 4, 2021 at 6:00 am

Putting White Supremacy in its place

A year ago, as the BLM/Antifa riots were sweeping across cities controlled by the Democrat Party, I rolled my eyes at various claims that it was really just a beatup by the Right-Wing.

There were no apparently no organised groups behind all this and the claims of Communism were just another aspect of US history repeating itself – despite the founders of BLM being quite upfront about their Marxist “training”, as Antifa is about Anarchism. Unlike earlier times in America the Far Left is isn’t exactly hiding behind the bushes.

Jerry Nadler

In fact the grotesque creature seen here – senior Democrat, Jerry Nadler – went so far as to say of Antifa violence that:

“It’s a myth being spread in Washington D.C.”.

But that was pretty typical of the Democrats in 2020, who were afraid of being linked to Antifa, even as they could point to the riots and blame Trump – as well as “systemic racism”.

Almost one year on, things have changed, especially in Antifa’s hometown, Portland, Oregon:

“I’ve extended the state of emergency through the weekend. Our job is to unmask them, arrest them, and prosecute them. I want to personally thank neighbors, family, friends and others who have come forward with vital evidence. People know who these criminals are. They know what they’re up to. If you have any information, please contact the police. Acting Chief Davis will provide specifics shortly.

“I also want you to know that these people often arrive at their so-called direct actions, in cars. And they’re all dressed in all black. If you see this, call the police. If you can provide a license plate, if you can do so safely, that information can help later. Together we can make a stand. We’re doing what we can today. I’m also asking for your help to make a stand and take our city back.”

“Let’s make them hurt a little bit,”

That’s the Democrat mayor of Portland who in 2020 refused to condemn or do anything meaningful to stop Antifa even after they forced him to flee his home and sucker-punched him while he ate at a restaurant.

But that was back when OrangeManBad had to be defeated. To be fair to Mayor Wheeler it at least means that he wasn’t just prepared to sacrifice his voters to the Antifa mob but was willing to put his own body on the line to defeat a GOP President.

Now that’s tribal politics.

It’s not exactly tribal but certainly ideological when one of our commentators back then went as far as saying about the US that:

Everyone makes a fuss for a bit, then they go back to white supremacy as normal.

I guess whiter-than-white Mayor Wheeler is an example of this, given that he’s a Democrat, which is supposedly more Right-wing than the National Party. Of course it may be that even Wheeler is rebelling at the basic message being imparted here about White Americans.

The real problem may come when Wheeler discovers just how many of these Antifa goons are White People, and probably White People of means or with connections, or both.

Clara Kraebber, a wealthy 20 year old Rice University student in New York City was one of eight BLM rioters arrested after they were seen running around a tony part of New York smashing windows, to the tune of $100,000 worth of damage.

Her father is a professor with the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry while her Mother owns an architectural firm in Manhattan. They own a $1.8 million apartment in the Upper East Side. They also own a second home in Connecticut.

I know that you’ll be stunned to find out that she made bail and that the prosecutors dropped all the charges.

Thus does White Supremacy roll in America.

I should probably start a betting pool on the group listed below who were arrested in Portland on just one “normal” night last year: how many have served any jail time at all, aside from cooling their heels overnight before they made bail?

They’re also the sort of White People who love doing shit like this – with the approval of their own conscience.

Jeez dude. They did have good reason: they punched you because you’re a Nazi, and the reason that we know you’re a Nazi is that they punched you.

It seems that the Black people of Burn Loot Murder in Portland have also figured this out, hence a recent letter asking the Woke White Folk to stop ruining things:

As an array of Black writers, speakers, artists, activists, teachers, parents and professionals, we already struggle to survive in a state that makes every effort to reshuffle and erase us. We need our allies in this fight to understand and honor this fact. Understand that doing damage to us, our communities, and our resources undoes the work we do.

Black people are not a monolith, and having a complicit Black person in your planning space does not indicate support from the Black community. For decades, efforts towards Black Liberation have suffered at the hands of both well-meaning allies and predatory opportunists, and over the last year we have watched as people have profited from and damaged our movement without our consent or approval.

Predatory opportunists pretty much sums it up, although that’s the Far Left in a nutshell and covers the BLM leaders themselves when it comes to property. Or holidays:

A Los Angeles-based jail reform group led by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors spent nearly $26,000 for “meetings” at a luxury Malibu beach resort in 2019, according to campaign finance records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Now that’s sticking it to The Man. Go Patrisse, you little “trained Marxist” you.

Part of the reason for the Portland BLM letter was that Antifa smashed up The Portland Boys and Girls Club, which largely serves and helps Black and Hispanic children and their families. The Antifa attack was the second time they’d damaged the building and it’s estimated that this damage will cost $20,000.

Or as this Black resident of Portland says, after seeing Antifa smashing up yet another symbol of Capitalism, in this case a Popeye’s Chicken store:

I think that it’s some bullshit. I think that they tearing down our community, and they teaching our kids wrong. Look at these kids. These kids, they grew up in this community. Now, they can’t even go sit down and eat a piece of chicken because they tore up the damn store.”

“I don’t think these are protests“.

She’s right. That is some bullshit.

On the other hand she likely voted for all that enabled it, meaning the Democrat Party, from City to State to Federal level.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Die Hollywood, Die 🤣

So apparently the annual Hollywood movie awards show, known as “The Oscars”, has just happened.

What? You didn’t know about this? It’s not a topic for discussion in the shops or at work? What movie won Best Picture? Which man won Best Actor? Which woman won Best Actress?

Well I’m glad to inform you that you’re not alone in not knowing.

As Oscar Wilde once remarked, regarding a key character in Dicken’s novel, The Old Curiosity Shop:

One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.

MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Or perhaps we should paraphrase a more modern saying:

The Oscars have gone full woke. You never go full woke.

Ironically the original line came from a movie character who would never make it on-screen nowadays, Robert Downey Jnr’s brilliant piss-take of an actor so high on his own skill (“five-time Academy Award-winning Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus”) that he’s willing to try and portray a Black soldier in a Vietnam War movie in the satire, Tropic Thunder.

“Never go full retard

Even funnier is the fact that this 2008 role by Downey was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

As those declining viewer numbers show this has been coming for a long time:


The Oscars always had problems but in the last decade they’ve become turgid, sanctimonious, predictable, joyless, and boring, not to mention bitter and negative about the country that has created so much splendor and wealth for the lucky few who get to appear onstage at the ceremony.

But I have to admit that even I’m shocked by the collapse from just last year:

Ratings crashed 58 percent off last year’s abysmal viewership, down to 9.85 million Americans. Let that sink in: In a nation of 330 million, not even ten million Americans watched the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ strategy of embracing diversity as a supposed means to bring in younger viewers has proven a complete failure: Ratings were down even more for young adults. In the 18–49 demographic, ratings crashed 64 percent. The star power is gone. The glamour is gone. The public interest is gone.

That article finishes on the usual pathetically hopeful note I’ve come to expect the likes of National Review, basically from the Bush wing of the Republican Party, but the following comment is closer to the reality:

When you break up with someone — or break up with an industry, or a hobby — at first you’re angry about the alienating direction the industry or hobby is taking, and you complain about it.

The more intensely you complain, however, the more you show that you still care.

At some point, you stop complaining.

That doesn’t mean you’ve accepted the industry turning woke.

That means that you now don’t even care that it’s turned woke — it’s out of your life, and you care about it as much as the person you broke up with four break-ups ago.

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Written by Tom Hunter

April 27, 2021 at 4:58 pm

To each according to his needs

The second part of perhaps the most famous slogan of the Left in that is truly the world view of their philosophy that drives all the greater detail and polices.

Marx made the slogan his own back in the late 19th century during some huge fight with a moderate Left-wing party in Germany that he thought was insufficiently revolutionary.

I thought of this when news came the other day about this woman.

That’s Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Burn Loot Murder movement and a genuine Marxist:

“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia (Garza, BLM co-founder) in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”

To that end she and her comrades have certainly been successful beyond probably even their wildest dreams, having created a movement with real power, both in terms of cultural influence and following from that of course, political influence, since politics follows culture. This may have only shown up moderately in actual voting, but their influence inside the Democrat Party and the Biden Administration is considerable, judging by pronouncements by senior members of both. The BLM movement and their partners in crime, Antifa, serve as the street shock troops of the Democrat Party, just like the old KKK used to.

Culture also influences, and is influenced by, economics and BLM hasn’t doesn’t too badly on that front either, having raised some $90 million in donations in 2020 alone.

What’s happened to that money should be of great interest:

Michael Brown Sr., the father of the man killed by a Ferguson police officer, says he has received just $500 from BLM affiliates. Brown Sr. asked: “Why hasn’t my family’s foundation received any assistance from the movement? How could you leave the families who are helping the community without any funding?”

$500! Awwwww. It’s not really a mystery, Mr Brown. You and your dead son were useful tools for BLM and the Democrat Party, that’s all. Most organisations begin to exist for themselves sooner or later, and the more “revolutionary” they are the faster the transformation. But Ms Cullors has probably pushed further down this path than most of the rest of BLM:

Cullors recently purchased a $1.4 million home in Topanga Canyon, California:

“A winding 15-minute drive from The Commons at Calabasas and a slightly longer and somewhat less serpentine drive from Malibu’s Getty Villa, the pint-sized compound spans about one-quarter of an acre.

The property’s not-quite 2,400 square feet is divided between the … three-bedroom and two-bath main house and a separate one-bed/one-bath apartment”

“Property is Theft”

Nice. Very nice.

Sits on a 1/4 acre section too. In LA. I think that used to be a NZ thing.

As is the neighbourhood: Topanga Canyon, California, has a white population of 88.2% and a Black population of 0.4%, according to the 2010 census.

Not exactly the ‘hood, but then she’s probably quite conservative about crime – when it affects her. Everybody’s conservative about what they know best.

Or perhaps oppression secretly lives there and this is just Ms Cullors’s way of infiltrating some revolutionary thinking into the area. I’m sure her overwhelmingly Democrat-voting neighbours will be gagging to show off their anti-racist credentials at Ms Cullors’s dinner parties (assuming they’re invited).

Or perhaps the invites will depend on the area?

According to public records, this is just one of three homes that Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area.

(Cullors) also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes. … Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.”

Actually she’s just following in the tradition of other race grifters like Al Sharpton and Louie Farrakhan, but although they have their hypocrisies it’s not as vivid as when a Marxist does it. It also fits well with the wealthy little boys, girls and other children of the privileged revolution who cosplay as Antifa. Cullors is just keeping up. Good for her.

Still, as laughable as it is the hypocrisy of these grifters is hard to take, especially when they’re helped by Big Tech, who have done their best to dump links to the story from Facebook, Twitter and so forth, just as they did to the NY Post when it published the Hunter Biden story. The narrative must be defended.

“You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.

“In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so: that is just what we intend.”

Sure Karl. But “the few” get that way by knowing how to work the system. And remember:

Written by Tom Hunter

April 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm

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 privilege of wealth

Some time ago a longtime, regular Leftist blog commentator, “Sanctuary“, dismissed a Chris Trotter blog post by saying that he now understood why so many on the Left regarded Trotter as a man whose time had passed.

I don’t think that’s the case but Trotter certainly suffers increasingly from incoherence.

In one post he’ll blast the Identity Politics and Woke-fest obsessions of the modern Left, lamenting about how the Working Classes are being ignored and the Class War is being lost, see Why We (Don’t) Fight.

Then in another post he’ll gloat about the same thing, Go Woke – Or Go Politically Broke:

By alienating corporate capitalism and making bitter enemies of the mainstream media and universities, the Trumpists are, if they only knew it, corralling their followers into a socio-economic and cultural dead-end.

By shutting themselves out of liberal capitalism’s Emerald City, Trump’s poorly educated munchkins are slamming the door on their own and their children’s best chance for a happy and prosperous future.

In that post he also demonstrated that he should never write about the USA, where a simple-minded repeating of Democrat Party talking points is not sufficient to debate.

You would think that somebody buried in the Old Left would be able to see the obvious, and sometimes Chris does, but not here. For that we have to turn to historian Victor Davis Hanson, writing from deep inside the supposed future of the USA (and the world?), California, who nails the points that Leftists should automatically understand, Wealthy and Woke:

The most privileged CEOs of corporate America—those who sell us everything from soft drinks and sneakers, to professional sports and social media—now jabber to America about its racism, sexism, and assorted sins. The rules of cynical CEO censure are transparent. 

First, the corporation never harangues unless it feels it has more to lose—whether by boycotts, protests, or bad publicity—than it stands to gain in staying neutral and silent. 

Second, class concerns are never mentioned. Bastian is paid about $65,000 for each working day of the year. In a sane world, he might seem a ridiculous voice of the oppressed. 

Third, CEOs never fear offending the conservative silent majority, who are assumed not to boycott or protest.

But it goes further than simple fear and #MeTooism at the corporate executive and Board level. This trait of being lectured about your sins by very privileged people runs across the USA now:

The woke revolution is not a grassroots movement. It is powered by a well-connected and guilt-ridden elite. Yet the religion of Wokeness assumes these high priests deserve exemptions. Their wealth, credentials, contacts, and power ensure none are ever subject to the consequences of their own sermons.

Self-righteous elites rant about carbon footprints, needless border security, defunding the police, gun control, and charter schools. But they rarely forgo their own private jets, third and fourth homes, estate walls, armed security guards, and prep schools. Apparently to rant about “privilege” means the less you need to worry about your own. 

He lists them specifically, demonstrating that “across the USA” is no figure of speech:

Multimillion-dollar NBA stars blast America’s “systemic racism.” They utter not a word about Chinese communist reeducation camps, the destruction of Tibetan culture, or the strangulation of Hong Kong’s democracy. 

Tenured administrators and university presidents pulling down seven-figure salaries are far more likely to virtue signal their universities’ “racism” than are untenured, poorly paid, and part-time lecturers.

The woke media? Its clergy are elite network newsreaders, not so much reporters on the beat. 

The richest in America—the families who own and operate Amazon, Apple, Bloomberg, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft—are the most likely to voice their derision for its unwoke lower- and middle-classes. 

Ditto the multimillionaires of politics—an Al Gore, Dianne Feinstein, John Kerry, or Nancy Pelosi.

The richest celebrity billionaires such as Jay-Z, George Lucas, Paul McCartney, or Oprah Winfrey weigh in a lot about the oppression of a supposedly rigged system they mastered, rarely about the plight of the less-well paid in their own professions.

Even the military are not immune…

The retired and current military who lecture us on the evils of Trump or promise to ferret out “insurrectionists” among the ranks are mostly generals and admirals—and some retired top-brass multimillionaires.

We don’t hear privates, corporals, sergeants, and majors pushing through subsidies for transgendered surgeries or petitions to garrison a quiet Washington with barbed wire and national guardsmen.

Well, there is a reason why the latter created the phrase, “Perfumed Princes” during the Vietnam War.

Wokeness is an insurance policy. The louder the damnation of American culture, the more likely a career will be saved or enhanced.

Wokeness is classist and elitist. Those who made or inherited a fortune, got the right degree at the right place, made CEO or four-star rank, live in the right ZIP code, or know the good people, believe they have earned the right to decide what is moral for their inferiors. 

It is all these things, but I think Hanson comes closest with the following comment:

So wokeness is medieval. Sin is not given up as much as atoned for—and excused—through loud confessionals.

[It] is not really about fairness for minorities, the oppressed, and the poor, past or present. It is mostly a self-confessional cult of anointed bullies, and hypocrites of all races and genders, who seek to flex, and increase, their own privilege and power.

Wealth has always been the ultimate privilege, more so than ever nowadays in social circles created by none other than the modern Left. Ultimately this is what the likes of Trotter struggle with, but at least he still struggles. Most Western Left-wing parties caved in to this reality some time ago.


Written by Tom Hunter

April 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm