George Will: “Trump’s Unhealthy Pandering to the Alt-Right”

George Will, the professor emeritus of Cuckoldry, writes on “Trump’s Unhealthy Pandering to the Alt-Right”:

With Trump turning and turning in a widening gyre, his crusade to make America great again is increasingly dominated by people who explicitly repudiate America’s premises. The faux nationalists of the “alt-right” and their fellow travelers like Stephen Bannon have imported the blood-and-soil ethno-tribalism that stains the continental European right. In “Answering the Alt-Right” in National Affairs quarterly, Ramon Lopez, a University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate in political philosophy, demonstrates how Trump’s election has brought back to the ideas that a post-Lincoln America had slowly but determinedly expunged. They were rejected because they are incompatible with an open society that takes its bearing from the Declaration of Independence’s doctrine of natural rights.

With their version of the identity politics practiced by progressives, alt-right theorists hold that the tribalism to which people are prone should not be transcended but celebrated. As Lopez explains, the alt-right sees society as inevitably “a zero-sum contest among competing identity groups.” Hence the alt-right is explicitly an alternative to Lincoln’s affirmation of the Founders’ vision. They saw America as cohesive because of a shared creed. The alt-right must regard Lincoln as not merely mistaken but absurd in describing America as a creedal nation dedicated to a “proposition.” The alt-right insists that real nationhood requires cultural homogeneity rooted in durable ethnic identities. This is the alt-right’s alternative foundation for the nation Lincoln said was founded on the principle that all people are, by nature, equal.

And then Will removed his monocle.

While he drips with hatred towards the Alt-Right, his description above, the distinction he makes, and the choice it presents, is spot on.

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Portland Hipster on Palahniuk & Goad

A hipster (and presumably leftie) journalist writing for a progressive weekly in that whitest of hipster utopias, Portlandia, writes on “The Far Right’s Strange Obsession with Portland Author Chuck Palahniuk”.

He also has a very long profile of Jim Goad.

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W.E.B. Dubois: Race Realist

W.E.B. Dubois’  “The Conservation of Races” is an essay the Left usually avoids dealing with. Why? Because it contains passages like this:

“The history of the world is the history, not of individuals, but of groups, not of nations, but of races, and he who ignores or seeks to override the race idea in human history ignores and overrides the central thought of all history. What, then, is a race? It is a vast family of human beings, generally of common blood and language, always of common history, traditions and impulses, who are both voluntarily and involuntarily striving together for the accomplishment of certain more or less vividly conceived ideals of life.”

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Proposition Nation vs. Blood & Soil

From a speech McCain gave last night:

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” McCain said in the speech.

The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”

That’s about as clear a distinction as one can draw between the principles of nationalism and the principles of neoconservative internationalism.

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XTC – Are You Receiving Me (1978)

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NYT Wants To Hide Their Reporters’ Bias

The NYT scrambles to hide the liberal bias of its reporters, vis-à-vis their social media posts (“The Times Issues Social Media Guidelines for the Newsroom”):

The New York Times announced on Friday an updated and expanded set of guidelines for our journalists’ use of social media.

The new guidelines underscore our newsroom’s appreciation for the important role social media now plays in our journalism, but also call for our journalists to take extra care to avoid expressing partisan opinions or editorializing on issues that The Times is covering.

In the interest of transparency, we’ve included the complete guidelines below, along with an introductory memo sent to the newsroom by Dean Baquet, our executive editor…

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Vicente Fox (D) in 2020

Former Mexican President Vicente ‘F-bomb’ Fox provides a satire that, with sufficient years of Dem control of government, could probably someday find its way to reality:

Fox, 75, who served as president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, has launched a mock 2020 presidential campaign against the sitting U.S. president. In a series of anti-Trump tweets and videos, Fox addresses myriad issues affecting the American people.

In a video released Sept. 7, Fox, calling Trump “last year’s rotting Halloween pumpkin,” says: “Donald, every time I make fun of you, which I do a lot, people say, ‘Why can’t you be our president?’ America, I feel your pain. We all do. And that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

The five-minute video opens with Fox wearing a hat with a vulgar expression, features him holding up his middle finger at times and introduces his campaign mascot: a goat wearing two signs: “Vicente for Presidente!” and “A taco truck on every corner!” The clip also shows a mariachi band crooning about Trump.

Fox adds, “if that worn-out baseball glove tightly gripping a turd can be president, then amigos, anyone can.” And “Donald, you suck so much at this job.”

Stay classy, Vicente!

BTW, it’s tough to get through all 5+ minutes of this unfunny bit.

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Libertarian Naivety

Here’s a very nice cartoon meme against libertarianism that was posted on Voat/Identitarian.

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Our Post-Hollywood Future

Z Man has a good post on the trajectory of our post-Hollywood culture, which offers a glimmer of hope:

As Steve Sailer noted, degenerates like Harvey Weinstein have always been a fixture in the movie business. Smart Jewish men were drawn to the business, because success meant they got to be gatekeepers in a high demand business. That meant they could charge very large tolls for the right to pass through the gates. Anyone who wanted to be in movies had to make it in Hollywood. Actresses and actors that wanted to be stars had to do what was required to make it past the gatekeeper. Everyone paid the toll…

The other side of this coin is that technology has broken up the bottleneck that is Hollywood. Services like Amazon are greedy for content and they have the money to go around the the gate keepers. Hollywood is no match when facing off with the giant tech companies and their control of the internet. Then there is the fact that making movies does not require prohibitively expensive video equipment and facilities. This guy made a very slick drama in Scotland for £3000. It’s as good as anything Hollywood produces.

Then there is the fact that social media is making it easier for these independent content creators to get attention. PewDiePie has over 50 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. Mike Cernovich has proved that you can gain national attention, despite having no obvious talent, if you figure out how to work social media. Donald Trump is in the White House, because he figured out that old media is no longer valuable. He spent his time and money on other forms of marketing and won the election as a result.

The days of Hollywood being a choke point for video entertainment is over. The new players in the content business are the services like NetFlix, Amazon and Hulu. They are becoming the new choke points for TV and movies so the smart guys are moving to those rackets. They don’t have to be in Los Angeles or even in America. These services are so desperate for content, they will even go to Iceland for it. Like the big record labels of the prior age, Hollywood is on its way to becoming a legacy business.

As an aside, the foreshadowing of this was the pornography business. Twenty years ago porn producers in the San Fernando Valley made big money producing porno films for home video rental. Bus loads of girls would come to Hollywood to become stars, only to end up in the valley making porn. Then, the internet and inexpensive video gear made it possible for anyone to put porn on-line. Before long the internet was awash in free porn of every imaginable variety. The porn industry collapsed.

With all of this, of course, is the obvious lessening-of-cultural-influence that Hollywood will exude as a whole. The degenerate and leftist worldview coming from Hollywood has been, for quite some time now, a concentrated reflection of Jewish consciousness, one which masqueraded as the entire nation’s worldview.

This is all about to change. The proliferation of content and distribution channels can only help conservative and identitarian causes, just as Internet 1.0 disproportionately helped conservative voices.

As this new dynamic unfolds, there will be a panic on the Left and a concerted effort — by Silicone Valley, the Democratic Party, and the MSM — to stop its momentum. There will be more corporate ‘hate speech’ scrubbing and deplatforming, more calls for ‘hate speech’ legislation, and more media propaganda about the threats of ‘fascism’ and ‘neo-Nazism’ in America. While the Left may make some short term gains in their efforts, the long term game, and technology itself, favors the Alt Right.

Suppression of dissident voices has a funny way of generating new interest in the ‘banned’ POVs. Truth has a funny way of prevailing in the end.

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Austrian Elections

The outcome of Austria’s elections today was quite good:

The leader of Austria’s right-leaning People’s Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become the world’s youngest leader.

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, 31, claimed the win on Sunday night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90 percent of the ballots counted…

The young leader… has pledged to cut benefits for all foreigners in Austria and has vowed to stop the European Union meddling in the country’s politics…

The projections had the People’s Party getting 31.7 percent of the vote, a gain of more than seven percentage points from the 2013 election…

The projections showed the centre-left Social Democrats receiving 26.9 percent and the vote and the anti-migrant, eurosceptic Freedom Party 26.0 percent…

As well as his pledge on payouts to migrants, Kurz wants to slash Austria’s red tape and keep the EU out of national affairs…

By taking a hard line on immigration that left little daylight between him and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), 31-year-old Foreign Minister Kurz managed to propel his People’s Party to first place and draw some support away from an FPO buoyed by Europe’s migration crisis.

Both parties increased their share of the vote from the last parliamentary election in 2013, marking a sharp shift to the right.

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