Share The Rents -- Rent-seeking with Chinese Characteristics
'...China is about to embark on a new phase of so-called development, unlocking farmland rents for the benefit of big corporations – many of which are (of course) owned by Communist Party officials. -- To facilitate industrial-scale farming, arrangements are being made to displace elderly farmers and the peasants who live off their traditional family plots. Their land, held in common by their villages, will be amalgamated into large estates suitable for capital-intensive agri-business operations. The outcomes will include #displacement of working people from the land #intensive cultivation and the chemicalisation of the soil #fragmentation of the social solidarity that was perhaps the best legacy of the brutal Mao years, and #further havoc in global markets, as western food suppliers are confronted by cost-cutting Chinese products. -- Constitutionally, land is owned in common by the people, either through their villages or through agencies of the state The corruption of China’s reform programme stems largely from the failure of the Communist Party to ensure that the rents of that land remained in the public domain. -- The new phase of privatisation – under a leasehold system – will further erode the ethic of sharing the fruits from common rights to land. Through what are called “land management rights”, a village may transfer “ownership” to a corporation in return for yearly payments. Those payments are the rents of land. Under this arrangement, the notion of equality of treatment is abandoned; and the scope for corrupt under-the-table payments to village officials will be extended. -- CHINA needs to go back to the drawing board, to redefine the agenda set by Deng Xiaoping. In the main, this means redefining the fiscal system. The use rights of land do need to be reallocated, to secure optimum (economic and ecological) use. But at the same time, the common rights of all Chinese citizens, wherever they live in this vast nation, need to be protected. There is one way only to achieve this outcome: China needs to introduce an Annual Ground Rent, to collect the full value of land for the public purse. -- As it happens, back in July, at a G20 meeting, reformist finance minister Lou Jiwei announced the introduction of a property tax as the government’s “next task”. But, the Financial Times reported on November 7: “This would be hugely unpopular with one of the Chinese Communist party’s most important constituencies – urban property owners”. -- Early last month, Mr Lou declared that the government was “actively pursuing” property, income and environmental tax reforms. -- Mr Lou has now been sacked. -- Rent-seeking with Chinese characteristics continues its march forward.'
economics  land  landlordism  rentseeking  "capitalism"  china  FredHarrison 
16 hours ago
Michael Hudson -- Keen, Hudson Unpick Historical Path to Global Recovery
'...Well, another way of saying this – it’s said in America, the debt doesn’t matter because we owe it to ourselves. -- That’s Paul Krugman’s classical cliche. -- Right. And the question is who are we, and who are ourselves? The we is the 99%. The ourselves are the banks and the 1%. So when you say, wait a minute, white man – -- But it is it goes beyond that because, again, if that was the mantra that we were borrowing from the wealthy people, there’d be no money creation involved. There’d be debt creation without money creation. -- Yes. -- And that’s the link that they haven’t got right. Whereas when you know that when banks – and this is where the Bank of England must deserve a big pat on the back from people like ourselves that they came out and publicly said, as a highly respected official organization, banks create money when they lend, and, therefore, as well as providing – -- And that creates deposits. They create money by creating deposits. You go to – for the audience – you go into a bank, you borrow money, the bank credits your checking account, and adds to the loan. It’s done by a computer. It’s not somebody’s savings. It’s not a recycling of the savings.And this is the hassle you and I are having. We’re both arguing in favor of things like debt abolition in some sense. People think, oh, if you write off debt, what about the poor lender. Lender’s being ripped off. And that’s seeing in the sense of a man-to-man debt. That if you lent me $100, and I didn’t repay you, I’ve stolen $100 that you had to earn. You had to save and put aside to have. -- But when you take it from a bank, the bank is making an entry in the asset in increasing its assets, making an entry into liability side in giving you a deposit. It isn’t a money warehouse, it’s a money factory. -- That’s right. -- And that’s the interest in producing as much as it can, because by producing debt, that’s their means to make a profit. -- Debt is the bank’s business – and you call that endogenous money, and that’s what you write about in your articles. -- Yeah. But you go into the parasite side of things. -- Well, there’s a strategy for all of this. I used to work for Chase Manhattan for many years. And I worked for other banks. I was a bank analyst, so I saw how it was done. -- While I was working for the bank, I was taking my PhD At New York University. And the courses had this fantasy about how banks work. I would say, wait a minute, this is not how – here’s how banks actually work. Here’s what happens, and I used the example – I was the economist for the central bank for the savings banks – and pointed out the idea that – well, I won’t even get into the details, but I got a C minus, because – -- You got a C minus? -- Yes, a C minus, because it was explained to me exactly what Nobel Prize winner Paul Samuelson and others say, you don’t understand, Mr. Hudson. Economics is all about assumptions. It’s about whether the logic is internally consistent. What you’re saying may be realistic, but it’s not internally consistent with the body of mainstream economics that we’re talking. You have to suspend disbelief. You have to act – we’re in an as-if world. And I thought, my god this should be in the literature department as science fiction, not in an economics school. -- ...capitalism needs realism to function. But it doesn’t need realism to maintain its ideology. -- But they put the propogandist in charge of the planners. It’s just like the banks. It’s as if the banks are run by the public relations people who have this patter talk about debt is good for you, debt will make you rich. And it’s one thing to have them there to advertise for the people – the usual Orwellian deception. But you have to have somebody who knows what’s happening. -- At the same time. -- And they don’t have any one who knows. -- That sense of you need someone like you – you need two bank research units. One for like yours giving the actual information to the Rockefellers of what’s actually happening and the other public relations for the public. -- Yes, that’s what they need. Yes, but they don’t. -- But the reality is they got rid of the back one. And what I find amusing about all the conspiracy theorists – the right wing and left wing conspiracy theorists that see this all being like a Rothschild plot and stuff like that. They think the banks are operating with you in the back room and the public relations people in the front. But no, they’ve got the public relations people in the front and in the back. And, therefore, giving completely misleading advice about how the system works. -- That’s it. -- It’s worse than they think, funnily enough. -- This is what Thorstein Veblen called educated incapacity or trained incompetence. You’re trained not to understand the reality when it comes up. -- ... *** I wish they would have called it [the labor theory of value] the rent theory of price. *** ... -- But this richness that you get out of reading history of economic thought doesn’t let you get trapped in any of the particular eddies that you see people getting trapped in. Not just, I’m not just talking about neoclassicals here. I’m talking about some of the other – -- A theory of society. -- Yeah. -- And there’s another reason for that – that all reformers – the classical economists were reformers. They wanted to free industrial capitalism from feudalism. They wanted to get rid of the landlords who’d conquered the land. They wanted to get rid of the monopolists. -- And all of the reformers, including you and me, look at the – we have a picture of the overall economy, because we’re showing how something whether it’s bad or good will affect the overall economy. The anti-reformers have something in common – a methodology. -- And the methodology is a very narrow minded. Only look at the market as the whole economy. Only look at individuals. So an individual will borrow from another individual. -- Not a systemic. -- Not looking at banks. Not looking at how the flow of interest and financial gains and capital gains do not appear in the national income. And yet that’s what the name of the game is capital gains, making asset price inflation. We look at the whole economy. But the Austrian School, the Chicago School, the Neoclassical School, the neoliberals carve things up only as how individuals make their money. And that’s really the difference. -- Once you can get students to adopt this narrow, tunnel-visioned methodology, they’re not going to see what you and I are talking about, which is the whole society. And that’s what all of the classical economists were talking about.'
history  economics  credit  deby  banking  obsfucation  rentseeking  "capitalism"  SteveKeen  MichaelHudson 
16 hours ago
Aeon Essays -- Why there’s no place like home – for anyone, any more by Charles Leadbetter
'...Had Heidegger ever come up with a saying to sum up his philosophy it would have been: ‘I dwell, therefore I am.’ For him, identity is bound up with being in the world, which in turn means having a place in it. We don’t live in the abstract space favoured by philosophers, but in a particular place, with specific features and history. We arrive already entangled with the world, not detached from it. Our identity is not secured just in our heads but through our bodies too, how we feel and how we are moved, literally and emotionally. -- Instead of presenting it as a puzzle to be solved, Heidegger’s world is one we should immerse ourselves in and care for: it is part of the larger ‘being’ where we all belong. As Malpas puts it, Heidegger argues that we should release ourselves to the world, to find our part in its larger ebb and flow, rather than seek to detach ourselves from it in order to dominate it. -- Heidegger has his own account of what dwelling meant: he spent much of his time writing in an austere mountain hut in the depths of the Black Forest. He felt at home in a clearing in the forest, sprung from the soil of the homeland and redolent with a nostalgic feel of German peasant life. He’s not arguing that we should all go to a forest clearing, but that we need our own equivalent: a place that makes us feel at ease with the world. One can find it lying under a tree in a city park, looking at the clouds above, or sitting in a café watching people all around. -- Heidegger’s pessimistic diagnosis of the ills of a restless and rootless modern society, driven by science and technology, is that it systematically robs people of this feeling of being at home in the world. It is set up to deny the very thing we most need for a sense of identity and purpose. For Heidegger, nostalgia – the unrequited longing to return home – is a necessary condition of being modern. Technology is a big factor in this. -- When the technology of the home was more like a tool to augment human muscle power – a place for the washing machine, the fridge, the boiler – the home was as a private, bounded space. Now technology is breaking down those boundaries. When parents worry about where their children are going (metaphorically) and to whom they’re talking on social media, they’re acknowledging that people can be at home, in their bedrooms, and yet somewhere else simultaneously. Young people seem to be most at home when they are on – or perhaps ‘in’ – their phones, flicking between apps, surfing their social networks. -- Meanwhile, home, always a workplace for women, has become a place of work for many more people, at least those whose first action on waking is to check emails. The small kitchen table in my parents’ house was used only for breakfast. A table in the dining room was laid out for tea. Neither were used for work. In contrast, the table in our family house has to be cleared of an Apple store’s worth of equipment before we can eat. -- Airbnb is one expression of this technological transformation of the home. I wrote the first draft of this article in a Japanese tea house in someone’s garden in Berkeley, near San Francisco, rented through a website that allows us to share our homes with strangers as a commercial activity. A bedroom can become an income-earning asset when its role in our lives is reassigned by the click of a mouse on a digital platform. -- ... Our sense of home is also being profoundly unsettled, for example by ageing. All over the world, adult children are struggling with the painful dilemma of whether their elderly, infirm parents should go ‘into a home’. To most, that’s a death knell because it means the very opposite of what it says. -- The spread of dementia – soon to become a global epidemic – will sharpen this unease. Old people are most vulnerable when displaced from their homes: they lose the props they need to keep everything in order. As people with dementia lose their short-term memory, so longer-term memories of where they grew up and their lives in childhood become more important. One woman I know with dementia now anchors her identity in repeated wartime stories of sleeping in an Anderson shelter with her mother. Those are among the few memories she can still conjure up. Home is a place long ago, as much as it is the flat she now lives in, which holds almost no meaning for her.'
psychology  psychogeography  space  place  world  Heidegger 
18 hours ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: MGTOW: The Economics of Hypergamy (Response to Black Pigeon Speaks)
"Government now has authority over men and women. It demands accountability from the man to the government in the form of taxation and various laws to support women. Because women can vote and are the majority of voters, politicians have to constantly pander to the female vote. And the easiest way to do that is to expand female freedoms at the expense of men's authority. It also enforces women's authority over men...Women can demand that a man maintain responsibility over her while [she] provides nothing in return. So women are entitled to provision by men, either individual men (husbands, baby daddies, etc) or collective men in the form of welfare. Women owe nothing to men in exchange. Women have no obligation to provide sex or children. Women can cheat and still be provided for after divorce...Women can even spermjack or rape a man and receive child support from their male victims...This is how gynocentric our society is. It doesn't give a shit about men. And that is why men are walking away from marriage...It's not that women are better or worse than they've ever been. Women are basically the same as they've always been. It is society that has changed."
men  sacrifice  women  hypergamy  gynocentrism  statism 
18 hours ago
YouTube -- Biohistory: The Civilization Cycle: An Introduction to Biohistory #3
'In the third episode, we will introduce the concept of the civilization cycle, the periodic rise and fall of C and V over thousands of years. We will then apply what we have learned and analyze the rise and collapse of the Roman Empire, and then finally explore what the future may hold for our own civilization.'
rkselectiontheory  epigenetics  civilization  panarchy  history 
YouTube -- Biohistory: Democracy, Money & Violence: An Introduction to Biohistory #2
'In the second episode, we will expand our understanding of C by looking at it's effect on the economy and then explore how different forms of child rearing effect the nature of government. -- We will then look at another physiological complex called V which is associated with aggression and high morale. -- Episode three will take what we have learned so far to explore the rise and collapse of the Roman Empire, and then finally see what the future holds for our own civilization.'
rkselectiontheory  epigenetics  civilization  panarchy  history 
YouTube -- Biohistory: C and the Basis of Civilization: An Introduction to Biohistory #1
'Biohistory is the study of the biological roots of human social behavior including the outbreak of wars, economic growth and decline, forms of government, and the rise and fall of civilizations. -- In this first episode, we will look at the zoological and behavioral underpinnings of human civilization, the role of organized religion and the development of agriculture.'
rkselectiontheory  epigenetics  civilization  panarchy  history 
Anonymous Conservative -- r-selection Grows In China
'"Chinese household debt has risen at an “alarming” pace as property values have soared, analysts say, raising the risk that a real estate downturn could send shockwaves through the world’s second largest economy. -- Loose credit and changing habits have rapidly transformed the country’s famously loan-averse consumers into enthusiastic borrowers. -- Skyrocketing real estate prices in major Chinese cities in recent years have seen families’ wealth surge. -- But at the same time they have fuelled a historic boom in mortgage lending, as buyers race to get on the property ladder, or invest to profit from the phenomenon. -- Now the debt owed by households in the world’s second largest economy has surged from 28 percent of GDP to more than 40 percent in the past five years. -- “The notion that Chinese people do not like to borrow is clearly outdated,” said Chen Long of Gavekal Dragonomics. -- The share of household loans to overall lending hit 67.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016, more than twice the share of the year before." -- You can almost feel the giddy euphoria of r-selection taking hold in the above excerpt, as dopamine floods the brains of the people. You can also begin to feel the threat blindness, and the hunger for more resources. -- What is unique this time is the scale of the rabbit-super-empire that will all collapse simultaneously. It was one thing for Rome to fall, in a time when the idea of Rome interacting is any meaningful way with China would have been silly. -- This time, the collapse will encompass the entirety of Western Civilization and Asia, all at once, in a time when any nation can interact with another easily and quickly, facilitating war. -- The question arises, why did the lure of collapse-inducing debt-spending manage to be avoided by Russia and some Eastern European countries? Why wouldn’t Russia, Hungary, and Bulgaria partake of the euphoria of debt spending, and end up in as precarious a financial situation as the US, Spain, Italy, Britain, China, and so on? Some will argue opportunity, and yet their nations have undoubtedly more K-selected populations with respect to family and two-parent rearing, with much less tolerance for the r-strategists within their populations. -- The only reason I can see is a different psychology, more forward-looking and K-selected, triggered in the populations by a protracted period of shortage that was produced by the destruction wrought by their last interaction with the r-strategy of Communism. -- As with most of r and K, the only thing that can advance one or the other is their exact opposite. They had the benefit of r’s destruction, making them more K, while we had the detriment of K’s success, making us more r. Now we will endure the consequences.'
rkselectiontheory  rentseeking  malspeculation  debt  bubble  collapse  panarchy  history 
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio/[Alison Tieman/TyphonBlue]: How the left will lose because WE are the left
"The way human psychology works, in order to create the kind of cooperation we need to function in society, we need a moral schema that gives us a villain to defeat and a damsel to save. More than giving us a reason to fight, that threat narrative gives us a reason to cooperate. Threat Narratives inform our habits around cooperation. The villain can be an abstraction, and the damsel a belief, but outside this narrative fail to develop the sense of camaraderie necessary to build and maintain a society. Societies don't just have economic structures, political structures, religious structures, academic structures, infrastructures – they also have moral infrastructure that maintains the narrative necessary to induce cooperation between citizens. Otherwise, chaos. And the control of that moral infrastructure goes to the most powerful and evocative threat narrative in society."
terrormanagementtheory  morality  threatnarrative  groups  civilization 
JudgyBitch -- Kindness is a womanly virtue. That’s the problem.
'...The differences between my daughter and my son could not have been more stark. My 8 year old daughter is saving children who are hungry through no fault of their own and kindness is an intrinsically worthy virtue that justifies itself. It is important to her that she is kind and that others know she is kind. She wants to win the contest because then everyone will know how kind the Grade Three class is to others in need. -- My son? He’s trying to win the pizza party reward that goes to the class that collects the most canned goods? What’s in the cans? He could care less. Starving children? Not his problem. Do people need to see him as kind and considerate? Nope. He doesn’t care. He wants to win the pizza. Pizza is the intrinsically valuable thing to him. -- ... My daughter’s concern for the appearance of kindness is very typical for women and girls. We do care about kindness in a way that men tend not to, or at least not to the same extent or degree. It’s not hard to construct an evolutionary argument for that: neotony suggests that women are biologically designed to prompt kind treatment from men and surely the best way to prompt that treatment is to emulate it? Kindness is a harm reduction strategy for women. -- Let’s leave aside for the moment the distinction between the appearance of kindness and actual kindness. Kindness for women is likely strategic, even if it doesn’t feel that way. Women also typically have a tendency to accept feelings as evidence for rightness (Gillgan’s thesis), such that if a woman feels she is acting kindly, she must be acting kindly. Clearly, women will immediately run into problems if they start evaluating men in terms of kindness or the appearance of kindness. Men will fail that test. -- Let’s be clear: I am not suggesting that men are not capable of kindness, do not value kindness, or do not recognize kindness as a virtue of inherent value. Of course they do. But men filter that understanding through a universalizing lens that considers the consequences and implications of kindness. Kindness does not exist in a vacuum. Charity is not always kindness. I trust men to understand that with greater ease and less consternation than women. That is a possible explanation for the gender gap in charitable giving. Women give more to charity, because the act of giving makes them feel they have been kind, which is taken as the exact same thing as being kind. -- Men don’t. They don’t really care about feeling good about themselves. They want the charity to serve their own interests or to maintain the status quo, which is seen to maximize good across the population. -- ... Women are not more empathetic and altruistic than men. I would say they are precisely the opposite: women prioritize their own feelings of empathy and altruism, regardless of the actual impact of their charitable giving. It’s pure selfishness. Men at least give some thought to the people their charity is ostensibly helping. -- This morning my son gave little thought to the people he is helping with the soup cans. He really doesn’t care. He is motivated to give, and give lots, by the pizza reward. My daughter wants to feel she has saved the starving children of the world, even if she hasn’t. It’s Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Crap food she won’t even eat herself. She doesn’t care, at heart, any more than her brother does. The difference is that men are willing to say it. -- This matters, because when little boys wash up dead on distant shores, women respond by taking actions that make them feel like they have done something to help. Women don’t care that the something they have done is leading to the utter destruction of Western civilization. One little boy is the catalyst for catastrophic change, and women don’t care, because they feel good about themselves. Men are more circumspect, and I imagine most men looked at that little boy and asked themselves “Who fucking decided to put that baby in a boat and cross the Mediterranean in rough seas? That’s the person responsible for this boy’s death.”'
men  women  emotionalism  altruism  vanity  * 
Anonymous Conservative -- Germany Restricting Guns And Enlarging Security Services
'...Notice, Merkel could limit migrant immigration, and focus on Muslims, which are the source of the terrorism. But the raid in the article was on a member of a group who opposes the influx of immigrants. Even as Muslim terrorism is used to justify the increase in the security services, the targets of the services are the very citizens who want to limit the influx of the migrants who are committing the terrorism. -- Have no doubt, if you are on the right in Germany, you are now potentially a target. They will find you online, track you into real life, and they will put a file together on you. What this means practically, for the time being, is that you should assume you will always be watched, and what you say will always be heard. -- In the long term though, that file is dangerous because it will be the one stop shop where all of your weaknesses and vulnerabilities are concentrated. If things suddenly circle the drain, and the state feels threatened, you should have an idea of where in that file your food stream can be accessed, what places you might choose to hide which will have been cataloged, what friends you may reach out to that will be known – and maybe compromised, and on, and on. -- The collapse as it stands now will be unlike anything in history. It will be as if the Roman collapse were fully executed within a couple of years. When it goes down, a body of fully rabbitized elites, prone to panic and terror at the slightest inconvenience, will face an enraged populace which may very well be in a mood for violent, even mortal vengeance. -- The level of turmoil will be unprecedented, and that will produce an environment where anything will be possible. Do not assume you may not end up pitted against a state security apparatus, with the cost of being caught, or failing to police your vulnerabilities, being your life.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  europe  germany  stasi  statism  collapse  war  joycamp 
Anonymous Conservative -- India Sets Up Muslim Registry To Deport 20 Million Muslim Migrants
'This is the future: "Indian officials are registering all illegal Muslim Bangladeshi residents in the state of Assam in an apparent bid to reduce the Muslim population. “The Hindu rate of population growth is declining. But the Muslim rate is rising. Most of the Muslims here are from Bangladesh. If this continues, the Assamese Hindus will become a minority soon — we will lose our language, our culture, our identity,” Assam’s finance minister told The Washington Post." -- This was natural for most of the 20th century. People didn’t even allow free movement between European nations, which were separated by checkpoints manned with armed guards. People were in-grouped with others of their own kind, and the idea of inviting in foreigners to give them any of your hard-earned wealth would have immediately brought the wrath of the group down upon you. -- People haven’t evolved to a new psychology. The populations have merely seen their amygdalae atrophy, in part due to epigenetic adaptation, in the face of free resources. As a result the group no longer visits its wrath as freely as it used to. -- The pendulum has begun to swing back now, even with the nearly undetectable level of resource shortage we are presently experiencing. Soon, I expect the US will begin viewing Muslims as India presently does. -- However, what it will be like when the Apocalypse hits, will be the most eye-opening aspect of this experience. Finally we will live in a world that make sense to us.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  backlash 
Anonymous Conservative -- Hungarian Village Bans Migrants - And r-strategists Too
'"The Mayor of Asotthalom Laszlo Toroczkai has unveiled a “preventative action package” of laws to make it clear that people worshiping Islam and left-wingers are not welcome. -- The controversial plans are to ensure the village does not have to bow to the European Union’s mandatory migrant quotas. -- The new rules, which were announced on the village council’s social media page, contained a personal message from the mayor, which read: “Instead of looking for a scapegoat, I offer an immediate solution, a defence against the forced mass resettlement of migrants by Brussels." -- I love the poster. http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/590x/secondary/Hungary-village-bans-Muslims-739905.jpg -- Bye-bye liberals, and all the Cuckservatives too. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out. Go fuck up some other country. -- This is the grandest hope I have for r/K Theory one day. If societies are K-ified enough after the Apocalypse, a knowledge of r/K might allow one to create a constant social/Darwinian force both favoring the genetic underpinnings of K, and applying stressful social pressure that favored amygdala adaptation and epigenetic development. The society’s culture would foster the biological mechanisms in the body that produces high K, and the biology that produces high K would foster adherence to the culture. -- As irredeemable r’s are ejected, the DNA is purified of any contaminating r-strategist tendencies. As the K-ified society favors coming of age ceremonies, fighting, and competition, the people’s amygdalae are developed and their epigenetic markers are optimized for K. The key is introducing artificial stimuli mimicking the stresses a naturally K society will eradicate.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  faggotry  subversion  backlash 
Spiked -- How the left learned to love Prevent
'Leftists are cool with government censorship when it’s aimed at the right. Prevent, the British government’s counter-extremism strategy, has been controversial since it was first proposed a decade ago. Under Prevent, teachers, lecturers and a host of other professionals have a duty to safeguard individuals considered susceptible to radicalisation. Anyone who appears to challenge British values, or whose behaviour attracts suspicion, can be reported to local authorities for monitoring and re-education. Nearly 4,000 people were referred under Prevent in 2015, almost three times as many as in the previous year. The youngest was just four years old. -- ... Since 2013 it has been argued that, in order to challenge the perception that Prevent targets Muslims, professionals must take far-right extremism more seriously and report individuals thought vulnerable to this form of radicalisation. Diane Abbott argues that ‘we urgently need an anti-extremism strategy that addresses the subversive and veiled far-right activity that is allowed to fester in private’. -- The left’s public about-turn reflects growing numbers of people being referred under Prevent for holding far-right views. While suspected Islamic extremism still provides the most common justification for referral, the number of individuals referred for right-wing extremism increased by 74 per cent between 2014 and 2015. In some parts of the UK, almost half of Prevent referrals are for far-right extremism. Of the 560 people reported to Prevent for this reason, 290 were schoolchildren. -- Despite the lurid fantasies of those who spend their time ‘fighting the fash’ (while safely behind keyboards and sipping flat whites), the reality is that the far right in the UK today is minuscule and carries little credibility. We are not back in the era of the National Front, nor even of the British National Party. The childishness of labelling every view you disagree with as ‘fascist’ and then looking to the state to step in and make it go away demonstrates an alarming degree of political and historical illiteracy. It’s not a tiny number of pathetic individuals that pose a threat to our freedom — it’s this handing over of power to the authorities to approve what we can and can’t listen to and talk about. -- The newfound love for Prevent makes clear that, for many on the left, it wasn’t Prevent’s banning of speakers or removal of reading material from libraries that they didn’t like; it was simply that those they look upon sympathetically, Muslims, were being targeted. When Prevent is used against opinions those same people don’t like, it seems they are first on the phone to report their suspicions.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  politicalcorrectness  illiberalism  thoughtcrime  statism  censorship  UK 
Scott Adams' Blog -- The New CEO’s First Moves (and Trump)
'...In my corporate life I watched lots of new leaders replace old leaders. And there is one trick the good leaders do that bad leaders don’t: They make some IMMEDIATE improvement that everyone can see. It has to be visible, relatively simple, and fast. Why? Because humans are not rational. Our first impressions rule our emotions forever. Trump has a second chance to make a first impression because his performance as President is fresh ground. Trump is attacking the job like a seasoned CEO, not like a politician. He knows that his entire four-year term will be judged by what happens before it even starts. What he does today will determine how much support and political capital he has for his entire term. -- So what does a Master Persuader do when he needs to create a good first impression to last for years? He looks around for any opportunity that is visible, memorable, newsworthy, true to his brand, and easy to change. Enter Ford. Enter Carrier. -- Trump and Pence recognized these openings and took them. Political writers will interpret this situation as routine credit-grabbing and exaggerated claims. But business writers will recognize Trump’s strategy as what I will call the “new CEO Move.” Smart CEOs try to create visible victories within days of taking the job, to set the tone. It’s all about the psychology. -- If you are looking at Trump’s claims of success with Ford and Carrier in terms of technical accuracy and impact on the economy, you will be underwhelmed. But if you view it through a business filter and understand that psychology is the point of the exercise, you’re seeing one of the best new CEO moves you will ever see. -- I’ll say this again because it’s important. We’re all watching closely to see if President Elect Trump has the skill to be president. And while you watch, Trump and Pence are pulling off one of the most skillfully executed new CEO plays you will ever see. Remember what I taught you in the past year: Facts don’t matter. What matters is how you feel. And when you watch Trump and Pence fight and scratch to keep jobs in this country, it changes how you will feel about them for their entire term. This is a big win for Trump/Pence disguised as a small win. -- The political press will dismiss Ford and Carrier with fact-checking. But the stock market will be smarter. Experienced business people recognize the “new CEO” move and they know how powerful and important it is.'
politics  business  rhetoric 
RussiaToday -- ‘Putin awaits my application for citizenship,’ says ‘Russian agent’ Paul Craig Roberts
'#RT: Did you get a direct answer from the Kremlin? -- #Craig Roberts: Well, I did. I heard from an editor of Pravda and the producer of a Russian television station in Moscow that Putin had answered through his official spokesperson that he awaits my application for citizenship. So I asked, “Is this a joke?” and they said “No,” so I think it’s very clever of President Putin to respond in this way, because it does help to show how ridiculous the Washington Post is. -- #RT: You’ve come on RT before, is that why you’re on this Russian propaganda list? -- #R: [It’s because] I don’t demonize Russia. I don’t demonize Putin. I’m not a warmonger. I respect the truth, and I realize that in a world of thermonuclear weapons it’s a very serious mistake for Washington to increase tensions between nuclear powers. In all my life, American presidents worked to defuse those tensions, and I helped President Reagan defuse tensions with the Soviet Union and work out the end of the Cold War with Gorbachev. So when I see the Obama regime, certainly it would have happened with Hillary, increasing tensions. #RT: Why is this happening? -- #R: I think because the neoconservatives, they have this ideology of American world hegemony, and Russia’s in the way, as is China, as is Iran. Any country with an independent foreign policy is in Washington’s way. And so, Washington is committed to this sort of endless war. We’ve been at war in the Middle East for 15 years… why? What’s achieved? -- #RT: Fake news undermines our faith in journalism. What do you think that’s about? -- #R: Well, what it is, is the United States does not have an objective media. The media was concentrated in a few hands during the Clinton regime, and it serves as a propaganda ministry for the oligarchy and the special interests. So, in the United States, the only media is the internet. So, the 200 sites on the list are sites where people get objective reporting, they get objective news, they get objective analysis. And this is a threat to the “presstitutes,” to the official media. So, they comprised a list in an attempt to discredit us as Russian agents. That was the purpose of the list. But it backfired because I made a joke about it. -- The list provides Americans, Europeans, anyone, with objective sources of information they can turn to. So, it backfired on the people doing this.'
america  empire  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia  streisandeffect 
Paul Craig Roberts -- US House of Representatives Passes Law Against Telling the Truth in America
'The US House of Representatives is so threatened by truth that “our” representatives have passed a law against telling the truth. As all truth in America is told by “Russian agents” spreading “false news,” the truth is no longer to be allowed. Read very carefully the ZeroHedge report below: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-02/house-quietly-passes-bill-targeting-russian-propaganda-websites
america  empire  minipax  war  minitrue  censorship  threatnarrative  russia 
Paul Craig Roberts -- Trump’s Appointments
'What do they mean? Before I give an explanation, let’s be sure we all know what an explanation is. An explanation is not a justification. The collapse of education in the US is so severe that many Americans, especially younger ones, cannot tell the difference between an explanation and a defense, justification, or apology for what they regard as a guilty person or party. If an explanation is not damning or sufficiently damning of what they want damned, the explanation is interpreted as an excuse for the object of their scorn. In America, reason and objective analysis have taken a backseat to emotion.'
education  indoctrination  emotionalism  newspeak  blackwhite  duckspeak  discourse 
Paul Craig Roberts -- Latest Anti-Putin Propaganda From The British Press
'Putin weaponizes giant killer squid that hypnotises its human prey and eats them alive. http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/735175/vladimir-putin-killer-octopus-organism-46-b-russian-army-secret-weapon-russia God help us! What has the Western world degenerated into? Is there no end to the absurdity of the Western media?'
america  empire  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia  hysteria 
Sputnik News -- 'My Life as a Putin Stooge': Paul Craig Roberts Expertly Trolls Feds, WashPo
'Paul Craig Roberts, who served as the US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Ronald Reagan administration, has asked President Vladimir Putin for a Russian passport in a tongue-in-cheek opinion post published in response to a recent article in the Washington Post on so-called Russian propaganda. "Now that CIA agent Craig Timberg posing as a Washington Post reporter has blown my cover and exposed me as a Russian agent, I was wondering if I might ask you for a Russian passport and a bit of diplomatic cover," he said with irony, referring to the Post's national technology reporter. "I saw that you gave a passport to Steven Seagal, so I am hopeful that being a Russian agent is as important as teaching martial arts to Russians." -- ... The Kremlin has already said that it was ready to consider the matter if Paul Craig Roberts files an application.'
america  empire  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia  satire 
Europeancivilwar.com -- Guardian Gets Trolled In Classic 4GW Ruse – In Germany, Genocidal Government Turns Totalitarian
'...Sounds like a typically ridiculous Guardian story, written by another male-feminist ankle-grabber. But, if it seemed too perfect… especially the end where he fears apologizing to his wife… that is because it is apparently a hoax, spawned by a writer named Godfrey Elfwick. -- This came from his announcement of the trolling success on Twitter, and has been written about in a couple places. Apparently he wrote it awhile back just for fun, and then submitted it following similar (real) columns appearing in the Guardian in recent days. -- Now, the Guardian apparently denied this, but can you blame them? Their statement read: “We are confident of the identity of the author and the sourcing of the article in question.” Some have stated this looks like a ‘non-denial denial’. I think either way this is a victory though. It is a small thing of course- its not gonna save any native European children from Muslim gang-rape, and is not going to save our lands from enslavement and destruction- but it is the kind of thing that breaks down the legitimacy of the ruling elite, and therefore is a 4th Generation Warfare victory in de-legitimizing the state (in that the Guardian is basically state media for the Left-wing Suicidalist UK government). When their articles are so ridiculous and over the top that trolls can write mocking ‘fake stories’ and get them published, it shows just how divorced from reality they are. -- I would highly support any such similar efforts at other establishment news sites. -- Unhappily there is little time for bliss though, because while we find this incredibly funny, our enemies are taking such issues extremely seriously. -- Indeed, we don’t even have to look past the Guardian to see this. Just several hours later, after posting Mr. Elfwick’s fake article, they published another full article explaining why they were going to keep using the term ‘Alt Right’– unlike some other establishment periodicals that are going to cease using it. -- The idea is that ‘Alt Right’ sounds too appealing and cool, too legitimate. Therefore outlets will either replace it with the term ‘White Supremacism’- with it evocations of Nazism and David Lane- or continue to use ‘Alt Right’ but combine it with ‘White Supremacism’. -- The UK is perhaps twenty more years away from full-on Islamization. The globalist elites and Progressive-Suicidalists can see victory (Britain’s subjugation and death) in sight, and will not relinquish any more of the media battleground than they can.'
UK  minitrue  politicalcorrectness  faggotry  rkselectiontheory 
Paul Craig Roberts -- Dear President Putin
'Dear President Putin, Now that CIA agent Craig Timberg posing as a Washington Post reporter has blown my cover and exposed me as a Russian agent, I was wondering if I might ask you for a Russian passport and a bit of diplomatic cover, perhaps assistant press officer at the Russian embassy in Washington, until I can get out of the country. I saw that you gave a passport to Steven Seagal, so I am hopeful that being a Russian agent is as important as teaching martial arts to Russians...'
america  empire  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia  satire 
6 days ago
The Future Primaeval -- The Overton Bubble
'...When media and universities had hegemonic control over the intellectual space, an effective, if destructive, tactic was to radicalize the thing a bit to flush out the insufficiently loyal, and then purge everyone who doesn't step in line. The heretics, thus exiled, would be doomed to wander the intellectual wasteland outside of the universities, and would not be able to organize any kind of counter-thought. Thus the Overton window occasionally shifting and expelling the "bigots" was an effective means of political control. -- Today, it is no longer effective; the expelled intellectuals go on thinking and publishing and working together, they just do it over the internet in an uncontrolled fashion. It's still weaker out here for the most part than inside the bubble, but that has been rapidly changing over the past few years, and we can expect the trend to continue. It is no longer effective because exclusion from the bubble, no matter how vigorous, is no longer intellectually fatal, and is even becoming liberating. -- It is no longer effective, but almost by definition, those within the Overton bubble are unable to accurately perceive or understand what is happening outside the bubble, lest they be purged. And all this analysis is quite outside the bubble, so they have a hard time realizing that Overton radicalization and expulsion is no longer a viable mechanism of political control. That combined with institutional momentum holding them in the operating pattern that has worked for them for the past few hundred years, and they keep on with business as usual, responding to dissent with radicalization and exclusion, despite its impending failure. -- And so now we are stuck with a really nasty situation: A closed bubble of mainstream left-wing thought unwilling and incapable of engaging with anything outside itself, which is rapidly shifting so that almost all principles of good governance and civilization are outside it. And on the other side an uncontrolled free-for-all outside the bubble, not mature enough to reliably settle on truth and the principles of civilization, but quite economical enough to organize effective and fully hostile challengers to the elite consensus.'
history  politics  goodthink  consensusreality  echochamber  truebelieversyndrome  illiberalism  internet  disintermediation  socialmedia  cognitivesurplus  apocalypse 
7 days ago
Paul Craig Roberts -- The Western War On Truth
'...As George Orwell predicted, telling the truth is now regarded by Western “democratic” governments as a hostile act. A brand new website, propornot.com, has just made its appearance condemning a list of 200 Internet websites that provide news and views at variance with the presstitute media that serves the governments’ agendas. http://www.propornot.com/p/the-list.html Does propornot.com’s funding come from the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy, George Soros? -- I am proud to say that paulcraigroberts.org is on the list. -- ... This scheme to redefine truthtellers as propagandists has backfired. The effort to discredit truthtellers has instead produced a catalogue of websites where reliable information can be found, and readers are flocking to the sites on the list.' -- Obvious.
america  empire  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia 
7 days ago
The Rational Male -- The Unbearable Rightness of Being Female
'...Women are taught that they deserve the luxury of interesting jobs. In fact this is the sole reason for even wanting to enter the workforce most times – a rewarding career that’s fulfilling, but as I wrote in She’s Unhaaapy… that fulfillment is always elusive. Therefore it must be that uncooperative men are holding women back from this happiness. -- I’m not sure opening another gourmet cupcake eatery counts as contributing to the status of women in business, but I would say that women ought to be encouraged to start up their own businesses rather than rely on the proven successes of established ones to prove their business acumen. Carly Fiorina and Sheryl Sandberg are not innovators in any sense. Neither started a company from scratch, but they are lauded as powerful businesswomen because they supposedly had the moxie to compete with the big boys and their sexist enterprises – not actually as a result of their companies wanting to present a feminine-correct public image. -- I would love to see women’s organic business successes despite themselves, but my guess is that every failure or setback would have some tinge of external sexism attached to them. The truth is there are very few women who actually create something of worth because the easier path to success is to create a social convention that shames men for not including women in their own successes. It will always be easier for women to appropriate the success of men rather than create anything for themselves. -- "I am going to go out of my way to support other women. It’s clear now: we can’t do this alone. Another woman who is promoted or celebrated or funded clears the way for another. I am actively looking to buy from women-owned businesses, which is much easier these days — Glossier, Outdoor Voices, and Project September are just a few of a new wave of startups led by women — and avoid companies that remain all-men. I’m just so over supporting them." -- And here we have yet more fem-centric sexism in a piece decrying male sexism. Weren’t we just reading about how surprised Sallie was about gender bias not being a thing of the past in the workplace? Because Trump won the election she calls for a boycott from buying anything from male owned companies? -- One thing I’ve always found ironic about women’s call for collective, gender-exclusionary support for other women is that women are often guilty of even worse infighting than men are in the workplace. Lets face it, women hate other women to a degree that most men are unaware of. Their capacity for sub-communication and psychological warfare among themselves makes intra-sexual competition more brutal than having to deal with any so-called sexist male co-worker. From women’s collectivist perspective one would think that women’s intra-sexual support of other women would make them all outstanding successes in business, but we find the opposite is true. Women have a very hard time making an all-female enterprise a success. Naturally this is blamed, again, on men’s sexists brinksmanship and outmaneuvering them, but by and large it’s internal conflict that destroys all-female run enterprises. -- ...Businesses, successful ones, are founded on competition, not cooperation. This is the fundamental conflict we are experiencing in today’s corporate culture; women’s collectivism promotes what they believe should be a successful enterprise based on egalitarian cooperation while men largely see the enterprise as competition. Sometimes this is a win-at-any-cost type of competition, other times it may be more subtle, but the crux is that women’s propensity to want for a more collectivist approach to a successful enterprise is at odds with men’s competitive approach. Success in business is fundamentally unegalitarian, there are winners and losers, not co-equal participation trophy winners. But as women continue to insert themselves into the unegalitarian male spaces of enterprise we will see this push for cooperative hopes for business success fundamentally alter the purpose of these businesses as we attempt more and more to accommodate them.' -- Men = Competition with the out-group (who has the bigger dick?), cooperation within the in-group (they're all dicks!); Women = Cooperation with the out-group (but they're all vaginas!), competition within the in-group (who has the golden vagina?).
men  women  feminism  gynocentrism  unwarrantedselfimportance  relationalaggression 
7 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: The Truth About Fidel Castro | The Cuban Revolution
'While studying at University of Havana in April 1948, Castro participated in the Communist-lead riots in Bogotá, Colombia which lead to thousands of deaths. While many 22-year-olds were just starting their adult lives, Castro was getting revolutionary street credibility and laying the groundwork for his blood-soaked future. Fast forward to November 26th, 2016 and the controversial Cuban revolutionary and dictator is dead at 90 years old. What is the Truth About Fidel Castro?'
forcedmemes  greatmantheory  statism  socialism  communism 
7 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: ‘Fake news’ & Russian ‘sophisticated propaganda machinery' trend spreads, picked up by media
'The Washington Post's latest hit-piece claims a 'sophisticated [Russian] propaganda campaign' influenced the US presidential election, 'fueled Trump's victory', 'pushed BREXIT'. Citing a Cold War think tank and an anonymous ‘anti-propaganda’ group, the piece used the word ‘propaganda’ 20 times.' -- Are you or have you ever been?
america  empire  minitrue  twominuteshate  threatnarrative  russia 
7 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- DHL Declares Parts Of Germany No-Go Zones
'You cannot tolerate no-go zones in an Apocalypse, because they immediately become safe havens for criminals who victimize your people, and bring back spoils to fuel the economy of the no-go zone. They are only being tolerated now, because this is r-selection. -- The biggest killer any nation faces is not terrorism, crime, or any specific enemy. It is liberalism’s demand that everyone ignore reality, import the enemies in large numbers, and mollycoddle criminals and savages. -- Once we do that, we suddenly are assailed from every direction to then cede freedoms and authority to unnamed, unknown forces that will protect everyone, who operate without any oversight, demand the right to make decisions for the entire populace, and want to decide who is expendable for an imaginary greater good, and who is not. -- If ever freedom and K-selection returns, I would encourage that society to view liberals as a greater enemy than the worst enemy any nation has ever faced – and I would encourage them to deal with them as such. -- Once you open the door to liberalism, everything will go to hell, people will die in enemy attacks, and the government will demand the right to save you from this threat that never had to be in the first place, while punishing anyone who would deal with it intelligently by denying it entrance from the start.'
rkselectiontheory  illiberalism  LYAHF 
7 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Horrific Acts And Amygdala Distraction
'...It is a peculiar thing to contemplate. Who are these creatures who throw a couple of innocent people into a wood-fired kiln, and watch with excitement as they burn to death? Who are the people who get such satisfaction from tying up other people and setting them on fire? -- This can only be understood through understanding amygdala. These are creatures who are conditioned to be miserable, from childhood. The misery in their lives is overwhelming, and their amygdala, left to its own devices, tortures them constantly. The reason they torture is that it distracts their amygdala, focusing it on something external, and that relieves their agony with a slightly stimulating sensation. -- To understand the misery which is their lives, you have to view the sensations their acts trigger in us, as we observe them, and imagine that sensation being relieving, compared to what you normally feel. They don’t call it the demons that drive them for nothing, or portray the motivation the demons provide as torture. -- Just as with narcissists, these are not happy, ebullient people deriving pleasure from inflicting pain. They are weak and cowardly losers, seeking a moment’s respite from their agony – and so overwhelming is their agony that the only stimulus overpowering enough to distract from it, are the horrifying images that we see them release.'
rkselectiontheory  psychohistory  childhood  abuse  trauma  displacement  scapegoating  conquest 
8 days ago
The Intercept -- Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group
'...this blacklisting group of anonymous cowards – putative experts in the pages of The Washington Post – are actively pushing for Western governments to take punitive measures against the Russian government, and are speaking and smearing from an extreme ideological framework that the Post concealed from its readers. -- Even more disturbing than the Post’s shoddy journalism in this instance is the broader trend in which any wild conspiracy theory or McCarthyite attack is now permitted in U.S. discourse as long as it involves Russia and Putin – just as was true in the 1950s when stories of how the Russians were poisoning the U.S. water supply or infiltrating American institutions were commonplace. Any anti-Russia story was – and is – instantly vested with credibility, while anyone questioning its veracity or evidentiary basis is subject to attacks on their loyalties or, at best, vilified as “useful idiots.” -- ...what happened here is the essence of fake news. The Post story served the agendas of many factions: those who want to believe Putin stole the election from Hillary Clinton; those who want to believe that the internet and social media are a grave menace that needs to be controlled, in contrast to the objective truth which reliable old media outlets once issued; those who want a resurrection of the Cold War. So those who saw tweets and Facebook posts promoting this Post story instantly clicked and shared and promoted the story without an iota of critical thought or examination of whether the claims were true, because they wanted the claims to be true. That behavior included countless journalists. -- So the story spread in a flash, like wildfire. Tens of thousands of people, perhaps hundreds of thousands or even millions, consumed it, believing that it was true because of how many journalists and experts told them it was. Virtually none of the people who told them this spent a minute of time or ounce of energy determining if it was true. It pleased them to believe it was, knowing it advanced their interests, and so they endorsed it. That is the very definition of how fake news functions, and it is the ultimate irony that this Post story ended up illustrating and spreading far more fake news than it exposed.'
america  empire  minitrue  journalism  twominuteshate  threatnarrative  russia  hysteria  1984 
8 days ago
Breitbart -- British Teachers' Union Drafting New Speech Guidelines To Stop MILO
'...“How can we then expect Sixth Form students to be able to critically deconstruct it?” claimed the “academics,” before declaring that the school “should not conflate the defense of freedom of speech with complicity with the institutionalization of extremist discourses and hate speech”. -- In response, nearly 250 students at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys signed an open letter demanding the ability for a Milo talk to take place, and attacking the notion of safe spaces, declaring “we do not need to be protected”. -- “At a time when undergraduates from the UK and the US have consistently protested and banned Milo, the Sixth Form students of our institution sought to host an event where his arguments could be laid out in the open, to stand or fall on their own merits, and to be challenged with reason and civil debate rather than hysterics and censorship” explained the students in their letter. -- “The young men and women of our Sixth Form have been implicitly and explicitly told by outsiders that we are at risk from meme political ideas. By doing this, not only are we more driven to prove our intellectual maturity, but the disengagement of 16-18 year olds and young people from politics is more entrenched, despite a concerted effort by successive governments to be more inclusive of young people in the political discourse.” -- “Who even knew the DoE had a “counter-extremism” unit? And that it wasn’t set up to combat terrorism but rather to punish gays with the wrong opinions?” said Yiannopoulos about the situation in a statement. “Perhaps if I’d called my talk “MUSLIMS ARE AWESOME!” the National Union Of Teachers (NUT) and Department of Education would have been cool with me speaking.” -- In a statement to the Sun newspaper, MILO also condemned British Prime Minister Theresa May for allowing the counter-extremism unit to intervene. -- “Everybody’s worst fears that Theresa May is a total fascist have been confirmed by her sinister counter extremist goons” he claimed.'
UK  education  indoctrination  politicalcorrectness  faggorty  illiberalism  censorship  thoughtpolice  minitrue 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- You Could Kill A Liberal With An Amygdala Hijack
'"Acclaimed author Jeff Gillenkirk died of a heart attack this week, two days after publication of his final article, “The New PTSD: Post-Trump Stress Disorder.”" -- It is highly stressful to the human brain to exist in an environment for which you are not designed. Yet I cannot help but think, being designed for resource shortage, and being forced to endure the minor irritations of having an r-selected population about you as you languish in relative wealth and ease must be easier than being designed for resource excess, and begin cast into a violent, terrifying world of threat and shortage, where death lurks around every corner. Yet still, being K in a time of r is stressful. Imagine the torment of being r in a time of K. -- If you view the mind as merely a “personality,” it is difficult to imagine how Trump’s Presidency and this guy’s heart attack could be linked. But if you understand the amygdala as a mechanical structure, wired directly into the stress systems of the body, and designed to take a registered mental stress, turn on the body’s stress systems, resolve the stress, and then turn off the body to let it recuperate, things appear different. A damaged amygdala, which has failed to develop the ability to resolve a threat, can leave the body in a permanently agitated state from which it never recovers, until it simply burns out. -- That is probably what happened here, and while most cases are not so dramatic, mainly because the liberals afflicted are not so physically fragile, all of them endure physical costs. And those costs are produced by mere ideas and concepts they register in their brain. It is a critical step in grasping how the human machine can be hacked, turning the virtual and amorphous world of ideas and concepts into a physical manifestation of material reality.'
rkselectiontheory  stress  magick 
8 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Why People Are Irrational
"The people who reject reality and accept the gods of the tribe have much more reproductive success than those who reject the irrationality of the tribe and adhere to mere reason and evidence." -- In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four. ~ George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
philosophy  statism  irrationality  delusion  truebeliversyndrome  crimestop  StefanMolyneux 
8 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: George Orwell
'George Orwell is the most famous English language writer of the 20th century, the author of Animal Farm and 1984. What was he trying to tell us and what is his genius?'
history  journalism  civility  GeorgeOrwell 
8 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: How To Cope With Snobbery
'The existence of snobbery explains why we work so hard and are so worried about our reputations. We are all terrified of humiliation and disrespect.' -- We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
psychology  status  vanity  narcissism  elitism 
8 days ago
The New Femininity -- Interview with Kristen Le Faye From the 2017 NPI Conference
'...The majority of the alt-right are men because women by nature are not risk takers and also by nature are conformist. I think it can be well summed up in a quote by Millennial Woes, “Men form tribes. Women join tribes.” It was similarly explained by one of the speakers that women evolved to have no real loyalty to a tribe. If they are taken over they will continue to breed with their new tribe. It’s this female nature that also causes the males to mistrust them. -- When this fringe was still very new it was mostly unstable women who wanted to take part. And it’s also true that where doxxing did occur it was mostly by women. The males have shown some exclusion and criticism toward women because of these things and it’s made women shy away. However now that it’s becoming more popular we are seeing more women willing to take the risk. I also believe that the women present will draw in many more women. -- ... In an effort to attract more women, first of all, women attract women. Showing the presence of women will bring in more women. I have actually been brainstorming some creative ideas to normalize and show a bit of femininity in the movement. I would like to get all of the women who attend these conferences photographed in an artistic way, without showing their faces, to display their very normal yet attractive aesthetic. I feel like a project like this would show any women sitting at home who are even a little red pilled “this is us, we are here, come join us”. It would create an atmosphere that is a little less intimidating for women. This also harks back to the sentiment that the left has taken over culture and we need to start being the vanguard of culture.'
rkselectiontheory  conservatism  women 
9 days ago
Spiked -- The Wrath of the Do-Gooders by Patrick West
'...To be of the left these days is to assume a sanctimonious mindset. The more people are possessed of self-righteousness, the more they are convinced of the inherent goodness of their beliefs, and the moral deviance of their enemies, the more they feel at liberty to abuse others. -- ... The more caring a pose someone assumes, the more shrill and wrathful they become. For the righteous, anything is permitted. Conversely, the more one embraces the virtue of doubt, the less likely one is to want to smash things. The doubtful tend to be governed by pragmatism: ‘We don’t have answers. We prefer questions. We don’t know what’s right or wrong. We possess no solid certitudes with which to bash people. We live beyond good and evil.’'
goodthink  morality  exceptionalism  morallicensing  illiberalism  threatnarrative 
9 days ago
Spiked -- Fake News and Post-Truth: The Handmaidens of Western Relativism by Brendan O’Neill
'...The ideal thing in a democracy isn’t that we believe something because scientists, or politicians, or priests, have told us it’s true; it’s that we believe something because we have considered it, thought about it, weighed it up against other things, and then deployed our own judgement. Believing something because others tell you it’s true isn’t democracy – it’s oligarchy. -- Even the extent to which fake news is a bad thing – and of course it can be – its rise is not a result of wicked foreign poking into Western politics and debate. Rather, it speaks to the hollowing-out of the whole idea of truth in the West, to the march of the relativistic notion that objectivity is not only difficult but undesirable. The image of the old gatekeepers of knowledge, or just news, being elbowed aside either by new technologies or by interfering Easterners is wrong; it is more accurate to say that these gatekeepers gave up, and abandoned their posts, on the basis that it is arrogant to assume that any one way of seeing or reporting the world is better than another. -- For the past two decades, Western news reporting has openly called into question its own definitiveness. It has thrown open news items to ceaseless commenting below the line, on the basis that ‘news coverage is a partnership’, as the BBC’s Richard Sandbrook said in 2005. It celebrated ‘citizen journalism’ as a realer, less top-down form of newsgathering. And it has jettisoned the very thing that distinguished it from other, more opinionated views on world events: its objectivity. From the rise of the ‘journalism of attachment’ in the 1990s, in which journalists eschewed the apparently cold, forensic habit of objectivity and took sides with the most victimised groups in certain conflicts and situations, to the media’s embrace of ‘data journalism’ in the 2000s, where churning through thousands of leaked documents took the place of discovering stories and faithfully reporting them, Western journalism has redefined its mission from one of objectively discovering truth to simply offering its increasingly technical or emotional take on what might, or might not, have happened. -- ... The abandonment of objectivity in journalism did not happen in a vacuum. It sprung from, and in turn intensified, a rejection of reason in the West, a disavowal of the idea of truth, and its replacement either by the far more technical ambition of being ‘evidence-based’ or by highly emotional responses to world events. Indeed, the greatest irony in the fake-news panic, and in the whole post-Brexit, post-Trump talk of a new ‘post-truth’ era, is that it was the very guardians of Western culture and knowledge, the very establishment now horrified by how the little people think and vote, who made us ‘post-truth’; who oversaw the turn against Enlightenment in the academy, the calling into question of ‘male’ science, the throttling of the idea of any one, clear morality to which people might subscribe, and the rubbishing of the entire project of objectivity, even of ‘news’ as we understood it.'
journalism  relativism  discourse 
9 days ago
Associate's Mind -- Did The CEO Of Reddit Pierce Section 230
'...By editing users’ comments to reflect something other than their original intent, Huffman changed himself and Reddit from being an “interactive computer service”2 to an “information content provider.” i.e. If Huffman or Reddit are sued, they cannot claim Section 230 immunity from a lawsuit. -- In legal terms, Huffman has exposed Reddit to liability. -- In common parlance, he totally fucked up. -- That the CEO of a media company so flagrantly violated the integrity of the copyright of its users is insane. It represents a complete lack of understanding of the ethical, moral, and legal duties he has to his customers and his shareholders. Huffman has potentially exposed Reddit to legal liability through his actions. By any account, it’s a breach of his fiduciary duty to shareholders. -- Not to mention that what Huffman did is a violation of Reddit’s User Agreement and Content Policy. So by their own Terms of Service, they should ban or censor their CEO. Nice move. -- Can Reddit Remain A Trusted Platform? -- Before this instance, people were unaware that Reddit employees had the ability to actively edit users’ comments. Now that it is common knowledge, the natural question…how often has this happened before? -- #How frequently have Reddit employees changed users’ comments? #How many times have users’ intent been changed by Reddit employees? #How can users have assurances that their submitted content won’t be edited in the future? -- Huffman and Reddit may claim that this was an isolated incident, but given the egregiousness of his behavior and the public statements made by Reddit employees in the past year, it’s difficult to imagine that many will take any such statement at face value. -- By Huffman’s actions, he has exposed Reddit to liability and the possibility of defamation lawsuits from untold parties. Huffman seems to think he can sweep this aside with a “LOL, whoops, my bad.” But Huffman isn’t just some guy running a small message board where his actions have little consequence. He is the chief executive of one of the largest social media discussion sites in the world. And Huffman actively created one of the worst scenarios I can imagine for an executive of an online media company. This was a colossal failure on his part.'
socialmedia  minitrue  recdep  editwars 
9 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Dallas Pensions Need $1.1 Billion, And It Is Not Even Close To Fixing Things
'...Can you imagine? $1.1 billion, just for police and firefighters, just in Dallas, and it is not even close to what it is really short. That is just to keep things afloat for a few years, maybe – in that small pension system. The national debt, the credit card debt, student loan debt, personal debt, corporate debt, state debt, municipal debt, real estate bubbles, other pension funds, and on and on. The entire system is awash in debt, and just waiting for the trigger. -- ... Right now, it is unimaginable we would cut social security, send dying people to the curb by slashing welfare, eliminate food stamps, or even not pay retired firefighters or cops their pensions. It is impossible to even conceive of leaving all those people just hanging. Today, you can always find the money somewhere. -- And yet, there is a reality out there where you can’t create money you don’t have. There is a reality where as much as you want to save a life, treat an illness, or honor a promise to take care of someone in their old age in return for service in their youth, the money just isn’t there. We have yet to see that reality, but it appears to rapidly be approaching. -- ... All high rabbitry. Expectation of free resources, inability to foresee adverse outcomes, addiction to pleasure, and inability to succeed in a world of limited resources. The guy even says, of all the lives he ruined, “It was good while it lasted, but we’ve got some serious financial problems because of it.” He still doesn’t grasp that the whole thing is a total disaster. He still thinks this wasn’t really a loss. It is just a temporary inconvenience, which will pass harmlessly. -- The rabbits will always be the end of everything.'
rkselectiontheory  debt  delusion  crackupboom  greatestdepression 
10 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Will NATO change under Trump’s presidency?
'Trump is soon to enter the White House, and his strategy towards NATO is unclear.' -- "Western leaders with more traditional views seem to be shaken by the new trend of challenging NATO, and have rushed the assure the world that nothing will change."
history  america  empire  minipax  perpetualwar 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- California Wants To Secede
'Splintering is beginning, and it being produced by amygdala. These forces now are weak and have to struggle against a Federal government awash in free resources. Obviously they are not likely to succeed under these environmental conditions. -- When the Apocalypse hits however, these forces will be unimaginable, and the government will be both broke, and struggling to perform the most basic of services. I fully expect our economic collapse to make the conditions at the breakup of the Soviet Union look positively r-selected by comparison. -- A lot of r/K is only uncomfortable for those who exist in the “wrong” state for the conditions around them. For a K-strategist, it is mildly bothersome to be trapped in a world of free resources and lack of threat. But for an r-strategist trapped in a world of K-selection, it is positively intolerable. That is what we are heading toward.'
rkselectiontheory  panarchy  phyles 
10 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Trump vs. MSM: Donald’s twitter to become No1 source for White House news?
'Donald Trump seems to be going to war with the US mainstream media. The president-elect has accused outlets of being dishonest and biased against him. RT's Ilya Petrenko has been looking at the uneasy relationship America's incoming leader has with the media.'
journalism  minitrue  backlash  disintermediation  socialmedia 
11 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: ‘We are at war with Russia’: EU Parliament approves resolution to counter Russian media ‘propaganda’
'MEPs in Strasbourg have voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” RT and Sputnik news agency have been named among the most dangerous "tools of Russian propaganda."' -- Pied Pipers are piping
america  empire  puppetry  europe  illiberalism  threatnarrative  russia 
11 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- UK To Implement "Extreme Surveillance"
'...For the time being, people think of this as simply archiving old emails and saving metadata from phones, none of which will anyone ever really look at. But what people don’t realize is the degree to which real live government agents will be watching even innocent people every day of their lives, and accumulating files on them. -- The problem is, once you go down this route, it needs to be kept secret, which means watching everyone to find out early if anyone figures it out and becomes a threat to it. That means for every uniformed cop patrolling a sector in a targeted municipality, three to ten plain clothes federal agents may be spread out in the sector watching and keeping notes on everyone, and especially certain people the machine is interested in or thinks might be a threat. I’ll bet Reddit is poured over every day by an army of spooks, given the threat those weaponized autistics pose. -- I also view this as a sign of the coming Apocalypse. The elites are building a Stasi-like force, because they think they will need a Stasi-like force. What I don’t think they have mapped out is what will happen at the collapse, when they will lack the money to maintain this force, its underfunding my produce exposure, and its having been built in the first place will only cement resistance against the elite machine.'
rkselectiontheory  terrorism!  UK  europe  stasi  surveillance 
11 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: CNN as State Department source? US relies on media to blame Russia over Syria
'The US State Department blamed Moscow for alleged attacks on Syrian hospitals, insisting that all its information comes from credible sources. Gayane Chichakyan looks at what kind of sources Washington is relying on.'
america  empire  minipax  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia 
11 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Tinder, Genders, And Defective Relevance Weighing
'On Tinder you can choose among 37 different genders: ... -- The amygdala is designed to relevance weigh options, and immediately choose a solution. You would think male/female would be an easy quandary to relevance weigh and solve, but not for leftists. Choose one option, and residual amygdala irritation will drive them to the other option, where residual amygdala stimulation will make them angst-ily look back to option one, and repeat the cycle. -- Of course, what is funny is the irritation arises because leftist men don’t really feel like men, and leftist harpies don’t really feel feminine. Each feels their gender label doesn’t fit quite right. -- This mechanism is partly why when dealing with narcissists the bad-twofer amygdala hijack works so well. My experience with that, is why I see the mechanism at play here. -- When you tell a Narcissist something like, “You are either too stupid, or too evil, which is it?” their brain is visibly trapped by those two options. The times I used it, the narcissist was evil. But my impression always was that once their amygdala was lit up, even if the reality had been a third, innocuous option, their brain could not have broken free of the bipolar amygdala shock of the two options to find the third. They would contemplate one option, be amygdala hijacked, reflexively jump to the other option, be hijacked again, and be reflexively thrown back to the first option, be hijacked, and just repeat that cycle as they melted down. -- This is a similar situation, only instead of a criticism, they are being asked to identify their gender, and unless they have 37 different options to keep their amygdala in neutral as they scan through them, their angst will be so great they will melt down.'
rkselectiontheory  decadence  soma 
12 days ago
Breitbart -- German Court Says Islamic ‘Sharia Patrol' Legal
'...The case centres on the claim the men breached a ban on political uniforms after they donned orange vests bearing the words “sharia police.” -- The law was originally brought in to criminalise organised Neo-Nazi and Brown Shirt patrols in Germany. -- According to the judges, however, the Islamic patrol was not illegal because the uniforms were not “suggestively militant” and did not have an “intimidating effect,” Die Welt reports.'
europe  conquest  theocracy 
12 days ago
Michael Hudson -- How Taxes Were Shifted Off Real Estate
'...In the United States since the Reagan administration, there’s been a steady cut in the real estate tax. At first glance, many homeowners think that this saves them money and helps the middle class get richer. What they don’t realize is that when the real estate taxes are cut, that leaves more rental value of the land available for new buyers to pledge to pay the banks in interest. The basic principle is that rent is for paying interest. This is true in commercial real estate as well as residential real estate. -- Bankers know that every time there’s a property tax cut, they can make a larger mortgage loan against that property. The result is that instead of paying taxes, new homeowners pay interest to the bank. The higher interest payment absorbs the tax cut. -- Meanwhile since they’re not paying taxes on real estate, the government – local governments especially – find themselves in a budget squeeze. They’re not getting the real estate tax revenue as before, especially California with its Proposition 13. So, they have to find the tax revenue elsewhere – for instance, by sales taxes on what con summers buy. Some cities and states impose an income tax on labor. But they don’t tax dividends or Wall Street. -- The result is that if you are a wage earner, they tax your wage withholding, impose excise taxes and sales taxes on the things people buy. Not houses, not stocks and bonds, not the things that rich people buy, but the things that the middle class and the working class buy. They end up with the tax burden. And landlords get richer, especially commercial property owners. -- What this tax shift means is that housing prices have been pushed up by shifting taxes off real estate, off the Donald Trumps of the world, onto homeowners, renters and consumers – the people who are not millionaires. But most people don’t realize why prices for real estate are going up. Most of all, they don’t realize that they’re not really better off if the price housing goes up, if their debt goes up even more.'
economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  landlordism  financialization  MichaelHudson 
12 days ago
The New Feminity -- I'm 43 and Alone - Can I Find a Good Man?
'Hi Katherine, thanks for writing me. I hope you’re cozy and sitting down with a Jack and Coke firmly in hand. This is going to be a bit painful.'
women  delusion 
12 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: Why Social Justice Warriors Are So DEMENTED
"They're so full of righteous indignation because they're inflicting revenge on the world for their emotionally-deprived childhoods." -- https://www.amazon.com/Hold-Your-Kids-Parents-Matter/dp/0375760288
psychology  attachment  childhood  neglect  faggotry  emotionalism  illiberalism 
12 days ago
Scott Adams' Blog -- Persuasion Versus Populism
'...The biggest demographic group opposing Trump – including the ones on the street – are young people. Objectively speaking, young people are the dumbest people within every demographic group. I was dumber when I was younger. So were you. So is everyone else. Ask yourself if it is a coincidence that the dumbest people within every demographic group lean in the same direction. -- The Master Persuader filter says that young people have not yet experienced multiple situations in which the media scares the public over nothing. To them, the fear of Trump is real because the Internet and the media says it is real. To people my age, we have seen one fake media scare after another. We don’t believe in fake scares the same way that that young people do because we’ve been through it so many times. -- As the election season fog begins to clear, most people will start to see Trump as an unconventional president whose policies conform to the preferences of the governed. But that simple movie is boring. I invite you to join my movie, in which each of us has a small role in making America Great Again. You just have to find your part.'
america  politics  hysteria 
12 days ago
/r/Hate Crime Hoaxes
'A subreddit dedicated to cataloging incidents where people have lied about being the victim of a hate crime.' -- Contempt is the feeling that is provided by you when somebody is attempting to exploit you based on your virtue. ~ Stefan Molyneux
victimhood  threatnarrative  contempt 
13 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Monkey In Libya Pulls Off Headscarf, 20 Dead, 50 Wounded
'"...The monkey pulled off a girl’s headscarf and reportedly bit and scratched her, leading men from the Awlad Suleiman tribe to retaliate by killing three Gaddadfa people – as well as the monkey. -- “There was an escalation on the second and third days with the use of tanks, mortars, and other heavy weapons,” a resident told Reuters on condition of anonymity because of the denigrating security situation." -- “Tanks, mortars, and other heavy weapons.” I just love saying it. And now we have millions of them in the West. -- I am seriously considering moving to Europe just to watch when the Apocalypse gets underway, and real K-selection begins. Or maybe Detroit. Wherever they are, it promises to be quite a show.'
rkselectiontheory  vanity  violence 
13 days ago
Reason.com -- America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton by Brendan O'Neill
'...I understand being upset and angry at your candidate's loss, but this is something different; this is what happens, not when a politician does badly, but when your savior, your Athena, "light itself," is extinguished. The grief is understandable only in the context of the apocalyptic faith they had put in Hillary. Not since Princess Diana kicked the bucket can I remember such a strange, misplaced belief in one woman, and such a weird, post-modern response to someone's demise (and Clinton isn't even dead! She just lost!). -- It's all incredibly revealing. What it points to is a mainstream, Democratic left that is so bereft of ideas and so disconnected from everyday people that it ends up pursuing an utterly substance-free politics of emotion and feeling and doesn't even realize it's doing it. They are good, everyone else is bad; they are light itself, everyone else is darkness; and so no self-awareness can exist and no self-criticism can be entertained. Not for even one second, in Heffernan's words. The Cult of Hillary Clinton is the clearest manifestation yet of the 21st-century problem of life in the political echo chamber. -- Mercifully, some mea culpas are now emerging. Some, though not enough, realize that Hillaryites behaved rashly and with unreason. In a brilliant piece titled "The unbearable smugness of the liberal media," Will Rahn recounts how the media allowed itself to become the earthly instrument of Clinton's cause, obsessed with finding out how to make Middle Americans "stop worshiping their false god and accept our gospel." -- Indeed. And the failure to make the gospel of Hillary into the actual book of America points to the one good thing about Trump's victory: a willingness among ordinary people to blaspheme against saints, to reject phony saviors, and to sniff at the new secular religion of hollow progressiveness. The liberal political and media establishment offered the little people a supposedly flawless, Francis-like figure of uncommon goodness, and the little people called bullshit on it. That is epic and beautiful, even if nothing else in recent weeks has been.' -- Creepy socialists are creepy
rkselectiontheory  ideology  faggotry  socialism  truebelieversyndrome 
13 days ago
WSJ -- Trump’s win spurs concerns that ad agencies are out of touch with consumers
'Advertisers are grappling with a stark realization: After spending years courting U.S. consumers with aspirational images of upscale urban living, they may have misjudged the yearnings of much of their audience. -- In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president with a wave of support from middle American voters, advertisers are reflecting on whether they are out of touch with the same people—rural, economically frustrated, elite-distrusting, anti-globalization voters—who propelled the businessman into the White House. Mr. Trump’s rise has them rethinking the way they collect data about consumers, recruit staff and pitch products. -- A few days after the Nov. 8 election, the chief executive of the ad agency giant McCann Worldgroup summoned top executives to discuss what the company could learn from the surprising outcome. One takeaway for him and his staff was that too much advertising falsely assumes that all U.S. consumers desire to be like coastal elites.' -- Any way the wind blows
elitism  goodthink  echochamber  advertising  culture 
13 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Liberals Gain Weight Due To Trump
'"Come this time of year, it’s usually the holidays that lead to overeating. But now another event has some people packing on the pounds: the election of Donald Trump. From Massachusetts General Hospital’s Weight Center, to a pilates studio in Belmont, to a South End bakery, some Hillary Clinton supporters have taken to stress eating, bigly." -- Liberals are trying to self medicate, using food to trigger dopamine release, in an attempt to raise deficient dopamine activity in their brains... -- This is a brain which is designed to exist in a world filled with dopamine, where free resources, lots of sex, and easy successes all arise so often that the liberal brain is awash in dopamine all of the time. When that brain finds itself in an environment where dopamine is suddenly cut short, it will reflexively seek out dopamine triggering stimuli, to try and restore the balance. -- Strangely, I get less hungry when stressed, and begin to focus compulsively on resolving the stressor, but I guess it is just a different psychology.'
rkselectiontheory  emotionalism  soma 
14 days ago
Owning Your Shit/[GirlWritesWhat] -- Trump's vision for American Greatness
'How will Trump make America great again (whatever that means)? Apparently, according to all the hysterical, hyperventilating lefties I've talked to, that means pogroms, genocides, nuclear war with Russia, pushing disabled people into traffic for fun, "waterboarding the gay away", making grabbing women by the pussy not only legal but mandatory, and murdering undocumented immigrants from Mexico and thumbtacking their scalps onto a shiny, 80 foot high, gold-plated wall, emblazoned one end to the other with the single, repeated word "TRUMP", as a warning to any Mexican family who might consider setting foot in the US. -- Oh, and he's going to officially rename the West Wing the Rape Wing. The East Wing will be henceforth known as the Sandwich Wing. -- The Pentagon will be gutted and turned into a casino, and the Capitol Building will be demolished and replaced by a special prison for Native Americans who complain about contaminated water. -- Mount Rushmore will be renamed Mount Trump, and the faces of the presidents will be refabricated into likenesses of His Greatness at various stages of his life. Lincoln will be replaced by Trump at age 14, and Roosevelt by Trump at age 30. He has yet to decide on the others. -- Quotas will be introduced in police forces across the nation, dictating a minimum number of unarmed blacks shot per officer per year. Any officer who does not make quota will be investigated for racial bias. --- All people describing themselves as journalists will be rounded up and summarily shot. This includes those who write for Breitbart – you gotta break some eggs when you're making an omelette, after all.'
america  politics  illiberalism  threatnarrative  satire 
14 days ago
Breitbart -- Poll: 64% of Voters Support Banning Abortions After Fifth Month
'...Kristan Hawkins, who heads Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest organization of millennial pro-life activists, told Breitbart News she is not surprised that the poll’s results show a high percentage of young people support ending late-term abortions. -- “It’s no surprise millennials are the group most in favor of banning abortions after 20 weeks,” she explained. “They’ve grown up with ultrasound technology, seeing preborn babies clearly and undeniably human. This is yet one more reason why Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are so out of touch with young people. They are pushing their pro-abortion agenda to a generation that has seen through their lies.”'
abortion  feticide  infanticide  backlash 
14 days ago
Breitbart -- The West Is Finally Fighting Back against Militant Islam
'...Islam, the famous “religion of peace and love” has got a CV. Here is a summary of its imperialistic incursions and attempted conquests over the last 1300 years: In AD 732 a Muslim army of as many as 200,000 men was defeated by the Christian Charles Martel at Tours. If that battle had been lost, all Europe would have fallen to militant Islam. In 1565 the relief of the Siege of Malta, by a Christian alliance, ensured that the Mediterranean did not fall into Muslim hands and so give them a toehold in southern Europe -- Following the defeat of the Muslim Turks by the Knights of St John at Malta in 1565, there came the Battle of Lepanto on 7th October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of Spain (including its territories of Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Venice, the Papacy, the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller and others, decisively defeated the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire. -- There was that other 11 September – 1683 when Christian armies under Jan Sobieski arrived at the gates of Vienna and defeated the last substantial Muslim incursion: the last, that is, before the one which we face at present. -- There is no doubt that militant Islam’s current aggression will have to be firmly suppressed if the character of Europe as we know it is to survive. If the European powers cannot bring themselves to act firmly, then the continent will be dominated by the Islamic ideology within a generation, with the resulting loss of all our freedoms – and of course the loss of countless lives. -- ... World War III is not something that belongs to the future: it has been going on for a long time. The strategy of Islam is what it has always been, and that is to defeat, subdue and rule the west. Yes, there is a war on. The trouble is only one side is fighting it. Let us hope that, under the guidance of General Michael Flynn, this policy of appeasement and defeatism is about to change.'
history  europe  conquest 
14 days ago
Breitbart -- Twitter Verifies Official Muslim Brotherhood Account
'Twitter has verified the official account of the Muslim Brotherhood, after previously banning conservatives, celebrity Trump supporters, and a women’s rights group who criticized Saudi Arabia. -- The account, which has over 140,000 followers, was given its blue verification badge just days after the platform announced a crackdown against “hate groups,” despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood previously supported a special tax for Jews and non-Muslims in exchange for “protection”. -- The organization is also designated as a terrorist group in six countries, while they follow a Twitter account representing Hamas, a militant Islamic group that are also designated as a terrorist organization in numerous countries, including the United States.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  LYAHF  twitter  stockholmsyndrome 
14 days ago
Breitbart -- Steve Bannon's Real Crime: Giving Deplorables a News Alternative
'...Pollak’s defense of Bannon carries added significance. An Orthodox Jew, Pollak wrote his Master’s thesis in Jewish Studies on “the troubled status of Jews in an increasingly anti-Israel, and antisemitic, post-apartheid South Africa.” -- He adds, “It defies logic that a man who was a close friend, confidant, and adviser to the late Andrew Breitbart — a proud Jew — could have any negative feelings towards Jews.” -- Even the Anti-Defamation League has begun to back away from its attacks. “We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon,” the organization concludes. -- The mainstream media made a fatal error in constructing this bogus narrative. Stephen Bannon’s work at Breitbart.com, which is being used as Exhibit A in the media’s indictment against him, is a Jewish-American success story. -- “They say that we are ‘anti-Semitic,’ though our company was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel,” Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said back in August, when Hillary Clinton’s campaign first placed the anti-Bannon narrative. -- Are we to believe that a raging anti-Semite secretly harbored anti-Semitic views while working alongside a team of Jewish writers and editors, or that Breitbart.com’s outspoken, alt-right provocateurs have suddenly become timid wallflowers? -- ... Conservatives should ask ourselves why. Why has the mainstream media targeted Bannon with this fabricated story? -- Bannon’s crime was providing us deplorables with an alternative source for news. In October, Breitbart News generated more than 240 million page views from 37 million unique visitors. Much of that success is owed to the vision established by Bannon as the alternative media outlet’s Executive Chairman. -- The Steve Bannon witch-hunt has had nothing to do with racism or anti-Semitism. It’s the mainstream media’s attempt to regain control.'
threatnarrative  journalism  minitrue 
14 days ago
Breitbart -- NPR: After Pollak, No More Live Interviews for Conservatives
'National Public Radio ombudsman/public editor Elizabeth Jensen has recommended that the taxpayer-funded radio news service bar future live interviews of conservatives who may have controversial views, following an interview Nov. 16 with Breitbart News’ Joel B. Pollak. - Pollak, who serves as Breitbart’s Senior Editor-at-Large and In-house Counsel, defended its Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon from false and defamatory claims of antisemitism and “white nationalism.” He also turned the tables, pointing out that NPR has “racist programming,” including a story that called the 2016 election results “nostalgia for a whiter America.” -- NPR listeners were apparently outraged that anyone from Breitbart News had been given an opportunity to defend the website and its chairman. -- In her response, “Listeners: Two Recent Interviews Are ‘Normalizing Hate Speech’,” Jensen concluded that the live format had allowed Pollak to get the better of host Steve Inskeep. -- ...Notably, Jensen’s recommendation mirrors the language of a critique by the left-wing pressure group Media Matters, which complained that “the interview failed to contextualize the true extent of Breitbart’s extremism under Bannon’s leadership.”'
threatnarrative  journalism  minitrue  illiberalism  thoughtpolice 
14 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: The Importance of Soft Toys
'Children’s relationships with soft toys is neither superficial nor unimportant to psychological development.'
psychology  transitionalobjects  parts 
15 days ago
The New Femininity -- Stefan Molyneux and the Miserable 41-Year Old Spinster
'The spinster’s life has devolved into an irreconcilable catastrophe, and there is absolutely nothing in the world that is going to abate the dire consequences of her terrible life choices that, in a few years time, will render her completely alone, wasting away in old age. -- There is a very visceral and universally negative reaction to these old, spinster women, even on the part of women like myself, who are sickened and appalled by their mere presence staining and cluttering the Western landscape. It is a reflexive reaction of morbid disgust because it is grossly unnatural, it is cruel and inhumane, and it is at odds with our values and instincts–and it is an egregious, twisted and unforgivable assault on the whole of the female human condition itself. -- To see an old woman all alone, with no family, no husband, and no children or grandchildren is apocalyptic and frightening. It is something that provokes in us a real sense of contempt that derives from revulsion–because it represents a very real sense of sorrowful neglect and the unquestionable catastrophic failure on the part of humanity. There is nothing in this world more wicked and demoralizing for a woman than to not have a family or a husband of whom she will have sown her most important legacy–her ability to nurture and love. -- ... Women today think their golden vagina represents their power, when what it does is represents their failure -- Women today tout being “empowered.” They boast about being sexy and beautiful and having men chasing them down at last call for illicit sex culminating in all manner of cheap late night thrills and FWB trysts. -- Yet, they can’t even get the man they truly desire to buy a ring and commit. -- They can’t get the man that they don’t even really like or want to give them any attention lasting longer than a night tangled up inside of their vagina. -- And finally at 41 years old, they can’t find any living, breathing man that will even look in their direction at all anywhere. -- And yet they will insist this represents true “independence” and “empowerment.” -- If what this spinster had done carelessly during the height of her salad days represented any sort of power, leverage or success, she would not be currently alone, devastated and hopeless crying to a strange man on the internet about how to move on with her life at 41 years old. -- Worse yet, spinsters like this woman alike wax poetic about “Eat Pray Love” scenarios and “starting over” at 40 years old. How does a person “begin again” when half of their life is already over? How does a person stay motivated by delusions that they are going to be able to find a hot, chiseled alpha man to love them and settle down when they are over 40, puffy, menopausal, deranged, diseased (as this woman is), infertile and unattractive? -- Truly the only hope the spinster has is to perhaps find a man who in all likelihood will be unattractive and repulsive and is at minimum 10 years older than she is, who is broke, fat, bald, screwy and divorced or widowed and doesn’t want children. This may even be a bit ambitious. It is very cruel and unjust, but desirable men will never again be lining up outside this woman’s door with flowers and carriages and white horses with the shameful baggage she has to offer in exchange. -- You could hear the utter despair and sadness in her voice. You could hear her choking on her tears and the pleading desperation within her soul for an absolution–any sign or inkling of redemption that she could pick up the remains of her shattered life and be given a second chance. -- Unfortunately, we only have one life to live. We only have one chance. We only have one opportunity to make good on the promises we make to ourselves in vain years down the road before it’s too late and time has run out. We can’t seize time back at our beckoning and leisure, we have to take time as it comes to us and make the most of it before there’s no time left. -- The spinster wants to be a lesson to all women who are coming down the pike blazing after her, when she herself has not yet fully absorbed the aftermath of her costly decisions. And there are countless millions just like her across the West, who find themselves on the other side of 40 who have no one and nothing live for–they have no purpose or fulfillment, just days of pain, sorrow and regret. -- Spinsters used to be a dire warning to women. They used to be a widespread joke. They used to be what all women intentionally avoided as a life lesson–and now they are our next door neighbors, they are on Tinder and they are popping up in droves in the West slowing killing themselves with pills, delusions and platitudes.' -- Strong Independent Woman is just another government program.
rkselectiontheory  decadence  women  feminism  statism  delusion 
15 days ago
Why rewards can backfire by Oliver Burkeman
'Here’s a story about a man with a machiavellian genius for psychological manipulation. (It comes from the US educator Alfie Kohn, so I’ll Britishise it here.) This man is elderly and lives near a school. Every afternoon a group of pupils subject him to merciless taunts as they walk home. So he approaches them and offers a deal: he’ll give each child £1 if they come back next day to taunt him further. Incredulous but excited, they agree. They return to mock him; he pays as promised, but tells them that the following day, he’ll only be able to afford to pay 25p per person. Still thrilled to be paid at all, the children are there again the next afternoon, whereupon the old man sadly explains that, henceforth, the daily reward for hurling abuse at him will be a mere 1p. “A penny?” The kids are scornful. For such pathetic money, it’s not worth the effort. They stalk off, grumbling, and never bother him again. -- ...in certain conditions, the reward simply reinforces the belief that the task can’t be worth doing for itself. It locates all the pleasure in the future, when the reward will be bestowed, turning the present-moment doing into a grind. From this perspective, rewards aren’t the opposite of punishments, but basically the same thing: a way of pressuring people into performing activities you can’t rely on them wanting to do.'
psychology  rewards  motivation 
15 days ago
Michael Hudson -- How Debt Makes the Rich Richer
"...people think that when house prices go up the economy gets richer, but what it really does is it gets more and more in debt...every time housing prices go up, people have to pay more and more of their income for it and have less and less to spend in the economy. That's what makes Germany so competitive. You have low rents here, until now you've had low housing prices, so you have a competitive advantage over the United States..." -- "...Do you want to be an industrial economy or a finance and real-estate economy? You have a choice and this choice is not being spelled out."
economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  malspeculation  financialization  debt  bubble  MichaelHudson 
15 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Homosexuality Is Merely A Degree Of r-selection
'...For the new comers, when resources are free, the males who succeed avoid conflict and mate prodigiously with as many females as possible. The males, for efficiency’s sake stop devoting resources into becoming big and robust, since they never fight. Instead they become more delicate and more prone to flee conflicts, like the females in K-selection, only without the loyal and maternal urges. -- Since males are mating with females promiscuously, r-selected females need to provision and protect offspring alone for the short time they devote to raising them, so the r-strategist females who best reproduce offspring and become the archetype of the ilk tend to become more aggressive, more robust, and more physically similar to the males of K-selection. -- In short the behaviors and physical constitutions of the sexes reverse in r-selection, because it better facilitates each sex’s effectiveness at reproducing. Males begin to look and act like females, while females begin to look and act like males. -- As the most effective reproducers in r-selection are wispy, effete males who flee conflict, and manly, robust females who want to knock heads, the most effective reproducers will develop sexual tastes that prefer these archetypes. That is, female r-strategists will prefer (from a K-strategist’s perspective) feminized males with feminine features, and male r-strategists will prefer (again from a K-strategist’s perspective) masculine females with masculine features. Each set of features, being optimized for r-selection, will offer offspring the best chance to reproduce in the r-selected environment themselves, and thus carry the genes of the family forward. -- Full homosexuality is merely the periodic overexpression of these r-selected sexual preferences, in a way that is so exaggerated it becomes more of a liability than a Darwinian advantage. That is males will prefer masculine traits to the point that they find actual (K-selected) males sexually attractive, and females will prefer feminine traits to the point they actually prefer outright (K-selected) females as mates.'
rkselectiontheory  epigenetics  sexuality 
15 days ago
Spiked -- Everyone needs to stop talking about ‘white people’ by Brendan O’Neill
'...The white-people obsession turns whiteness into a kind of original sin, a marker for wickedness. To be white is to be corrupted — from the moment of birth — and so one must spend one’s time atoning and apologising. This is why we have the cult of white privilege-checking, where well-educated, racially minded ‘progressive’ whites will ostentatiously watch what they say around blacks, take a back seat in debates about race and power, and preface their every utterance with the words ‘I know I’m white, so this might be invalid, but…’. -- This privilege-checking is best understood as a performance of sensitivity, of heightened awareness – of superiority, ironically. The message is that I, unlike other whites, have managed to a certain extent to overcome my historically determined privilege. It’s a statement of superiority over bad whites, uneducated whites, ‘trolling’ whites, Trump-supporting whites – what one commentator this week referred to as ‘low-information white people’, which is just PC for ‘untermenschen’. This is the great and terrible irony of white-privilege theory and practice: it reproduces in progressive language one of the key racial dividing lines of darker historic moments – that between good Aryans who have a heightened sense of themselves and their role in the world and those dim, feckless whites who are unknowing and destructive, lacking all moral sensitivity, governed by instinct or, in modern parlance, by the force of history. -- And this is what the current Trump-hooked fear of ‘white people’ is all about, too. It’s self-distinction, the creation of a swell of problematic people – White Men and now White Women – against which the better-minded might distinguish their own decency. Many anti-Trump observers have defensively insisted that by ‘white people’ they don’t only mean Middle Americans and Rust Belt folk but the wealthy whites who voted for Trump, too. Don’t buy it. One of the most distinctive things about this election is that a higher number of poor whites voted Republican than normal (and, strikingly, a higher number of rich whites voted Democrat than normal), and it is these whites, these folks who shifted the election, who sealed Trump’s fortune, that are truly feared. -- When commentators talk about ‘low-information white people’, and those obsessed with gun rights, and those who aren’t sure about immigration, do you think they’re talking about the rich white guy in a suit in Florida who voted Trump? Please. We know very well who they’re talking about. They’re talking about the same people who stalk the nightmares of Remainer politicians; who made the UK Labour Party ditch the politics of class in favour of the ‘politics of behaviour’ designed to correct slovenliness and stupidity; who made some observers flirt with the idea of making London its own republic post-EU referendum; who are the objects, not the subjects, of every modern political initiative, be it ‘nudge’ policy, the nanny state, or education schemes on how to have sex, how to raise children, how to treat women, and basically how not to be scum. They’re talking about those people. Them. Those whites. The other whites. The inhabitants of the Dark Heart of America, the gruff speakers and unhealthy eaters of the north of England. The insensitive, the ungrateful, the unlearned. Oh for the honesty of the old elitists, who said what they meant: the racially inferior, morally inferior underclass. That’s who they’re talking about.'
illiberalism  hate  projection  elitism  rkselectiontheory 
15 days ago
Spiked -- My students’ union just banned tabloids
'...Apparently, the SU didn’t recognise the irony in opposing fascism by banning newspapers. -- ... If students’ union busybodies honestly want what’s best for us, they should be protecting free speech, not seeking to protect us from it. -- James Walker is a student at City University.'
UK  illiberalism  crimestop 
15 days ago
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio/[Alison Tieman/Typhonblue]: Defending the defence of men
"More than freedom, feminist women want protection from the world...they want protection from failure. They want to tear away beautiful women's so-called 'privilege', and their freedom to show it, even though it's work to be beautiful and beautiful women have earned their beauty. With the Islamic guardianship system, feminist women get protection from the world. They can't fail if a man is supposed to take care of them and take responsibility for their behaviour. And most important of all, there is no beauty ideal if every woman wears a [full body and face covering]. If something akin to Sharia Law ever takes root in the West it will be because feminists convinced western male politicians that women are so fragile and incapable that they must prioritize women's protection over their freedom. And just like Muslims, those male politicians who proclaim themselves feminist will protect women all the way into a cage." -- Weaponized envy is just another government program
men  sacrifice  women  envy  agencyvspatiency  victimhood  feminism  illiberalism  statism  gynocentrism  conquest 
15 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About Fake News
'Dear MSM: You're the fucking experts at fake news, so how dare you accuse us of being fake news?'
america  empire  minitrue  minipax  militaryentertainmentcomplex  google  facebook  twitter  socialmedia  chokepoints  internet 
17 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Facebook, Google spread fake news but mainstream media do too - Lionel
'In an effort to halt the spread of “fake news,” Google and Facebook say they are changing their advertising policies. It comes after both companies were slammed over allowing false information to be disseminated during the US presidential election. Yet, while non-news sources such as Google and Facebook are changing their policies, fake news sometimes promoted by mainstream – and actual – news outlets such as CNN and the New York Times – led America into the Iraq war – are left out of the conversation. The outlets that propagate those stories remain above reproach from criticism for journalistic malpractice. Legal and media analyst Lionel of LionelMedia joins ‘News With Ed’ to give his take.'
america  empire  minitrue  minipax  militaryentertainmentcomplex  google  facebook  twitter  socialmedia  chokepoints  internet 
17 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Media war in Syria, anti-Russian hysteria pervading political circles – UK MP Kawczynski
'US State Department spokesman John Kirby says RT will not be treated on a par with other news outlets. It comes after we repeatedly asked for evidence to back up the department's allegations that Russia has hit numerous hospitals in airstrikes in Syria.'
america  empire  minipax  minitrue  threatnarrative 
17 days ago
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