Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Leftist Circle of Death

Blogging will return to normal next week. Meanwhile, Roger Simon speaks for me. The paleomedia

"may be in the tank for Obama, but much more than that they are in the tank for themselves -- a whole lifestyle and world view that has been going on for decades, moral narcissism distilled to its purest essence....

"This world view, promulgating supposedly altruistic values, but actually stemming from a profound need to be thought of as good for their beliefs irrespective of results of those beliefs, is in a precarious position as never before. The disintegration of a politician or a political party is bad enough. Far worse is the disintegration of a personality, the disintegration of the self. That is intolerable....

Thus, as in any other mental patient, truth cannot be acknowledged because "they would be revealed as fools who believed the most banal tripe imaginable. It would also mean admitting Barack Obama never really existed, that they invented him. He was their projection. Barack Obama is the creation of the New York Times, et al. Without them he would never have happened and they know it.

"So the media are left in an untenable position. If you say Barack Obama is a mistake, then you yourself are a mistake."

We also agree with Thomas Sowell that Obama is not a lame duck but an infectious, plague-carrying rodent.

No, I take that back. He's the parasite that rides the rodent. Wait. He's the bacillus inside the rodent-riding flea. The federal government is the rodent, liberals are the parasitic fleas, and Obama is the bacterium, while the rest of us simply hope to avoid the resultant intellectual-econo-socio-politico-pneumatic Black Death.

And "Far from seeing his power diminish in his last years," the lawless Obama -- like a political retrovirus -- "can extend his power even beyond the end of his administration by appointing federal judges who share his disregard of the Constitution and can enact his far-left agenda into law from the bench, when it can’t be enacted into law by the Congress.

"Federal judges with lifetime tenure can make irreversible decisions binding future presidents and future Congresses."

Just in case a future cure for the plague of statism is discovered.

Lately we've had an idiot -- either that or a pioneering genius -- commenter who denies the baleful effects of absent fatherhood. In the new Hillsdale Imprimus, Dr. Dalrymple takes issue with our ideologue savant:

"In the course of my duties, I would often go to patients’ homes. Everyone lived in households with a shifting cast of members, rather than in families. If there was an adult male resident, he was generally a bird of passage with a residence of his own somewhere else. He came and went as his fancy took him. To ask a child who his father was had become an almost indelicate question. Sometimes the child would reply, 'Do you mean my father at the moment?' Others would simply shake their heads, being unwilling to talk about the monster who had begot them and whom they wished at all costs to forget.

"I should mention a rather startling fact: By the time they are 15 or 16, twice as many children in Britain have a television as have a biological father living at home. The child may be father to the man, but the television is father to the child."

Thus, millions of children are raised by the same sort of mediated reptilian humanoids that brought us Obama (as in the first link above). It's the Matrix brought to life.

And I see that in England they keep unemployment down by the same fraudulent means as the Obama administration, by encouraging and enabling disability fraud. That is, they

"lessen the official rate of unemployment by the simple expedient of shifting people from the ranks of the unemployed to the ranks of the sick. This happened on such a huge scale that, by 2006 -- a year of economic boom, remember -- the British welfare state had achieved the remarkable feat of producing more invalids than the First World War.

"But it is known that the majority of those invalids had no real disease. This feat, then, could have been achieved only by the willing corruption of the unemployed themselves -- relieved from the necessity to seek work.... And the government was only too happy, for propaganda purposes, to connive at such large-scale fraud."

And what about those low IQ hordes Obama has encouraged to storm our southern border? Why do we import illegal Democrats "to do unskilled work while maintaining large numbers of unemployed people"?

Well, someone's gotta work in order to support those spiritually eviscerated parasites, devoid of any father principle but raised on mass culture and supported by the state.

It's beautiful, in a demonic way: the leftist circle of death!

"By destroying traditional social habits of the people, by dissolving their natural collective consciousness into individual constituents, by licensing the opinions of the most foolish, by substituting instruction for education, by encouraging cleverness rather than wisdom, the upstart rather than the qualified, by fostering a notion of getting on to which the alternative is a hopeless apathy, Liberalism can prepare the way for that which is its own negation: the artificial, mechanised or brutalised control which is a desperate remedy for its chaos" (TS by way of HA).


Gagdad Bob said...

FYI, this book, Lawrence in Arabia, is an excellent beach/summer/vacation read. What a cosmo-historical clusterfark was WWI! We're still in the middle of the aftermath.

julie said...

Funny, I am right in the middle of reading this article about WWI and its resonance a century later.

Gagdad Bob said...

Upon further reflection, it probably makes more sense if leftism is the bacillus, Democrats the flea, and Obama the rat. He is an efficient carrier of the plague, but is not its origin.

Van Harvey said...

Huh. And I just finished these two on the 'Lady of Iraq', Gertrude Bell. Odd note, interesting how Christopher Hitchens gives the full insult that a Brittish contemporary made about her:

“...As he complained fairly comprehensively in a letter to his wife: Confound the silly chattering windbag of conceited, gushing, flat-chested, man-woman, globe-trotting, rump-wagging, blethering ass!”

Whereas this other fellow
clips it and editorializes it to:

"Sir Mark Sykes, a crusty diplomat who had colluded with the French to give them Damascus, was more defiantly a misogynist. He called her “a silly chattering windbag, an infernal liar, a conceited, gushing, rump-wagging, blethering ass.”"

I wonder if his wife was aware of his misogyny?

Go figure.

Either way, we still got stuck with the silly map doodle that today we call the Middle East.

Anonymous said...

Obama is not a lame duck but an infectious, plague-carrying rodent....He's the parasite that rides the rodent. Wait. He's the bacillus inside the rodent-riding flea.

Word of advice: right-wingers really ought to be a bit hesitant to use that particular system of metaphors.

The narrator states that, as rats are the vermin of the animal kingdom, Jews are the vermin of the human race and similarly spread disease and corruption.

I certainly loathed Bush and Cheney, and called them many things, but I don't think I ever found it necessary to deny their humanity.

Magister said...

Yes, right, but you had us with the plague metaphor in any case.

Austin Bay is juggling and compressing a lot in that article. He's right that the effects of WWI are still with us, and that the eastern conflicts are their most enduring sources.

The thing that Bay may be getting wrong is Russia. Russia's foreign minister, Izvolsky, sold out the Serbs in 1908 by allowing the AHE to annex it in exchange for Russia's control of the Straits in time of war. Serbia was pissed (when is Serbia not pissed?). The AHE stood firm. Russia didn't intervene because the AHE threatened to publish Izvolsky's letters about the deal (they didn't). Russia, crucially, was embarrassed and bitter about the whole thing.

Serbs under Peter continued to war around about the Holy Serb Nation, Inc.. Eventually, Princip went and killed Franz Joseph, the AHE issued the ultimatum, Serbia didn't do every jot and tittle, and war ensued.

But here's the thing: we don't really know what the Russians were thinking at various levels because its two revolutions (spring, fall) evidently threw the historical record into a blender. It's still very difficult to reconstruct Russian policy conversations around 1914.

In any case, Bay is right that the little nationalisms that sprang into institutional shape after the war didn't eradicate all the old dreams of empire. It may have shattered the pre-existing empires, but the dreams of empire survived: the caliphate, multi-ethnic "EUrope," the "Russosphere," and so on.

Magister said...

Good grief, Anon, it's a metaphor. Nobody's denying anyone's humanity.

It used to be commonly accepted that analogical thinking was a sign of playful intelligence.

Could you tell us please what you find attractive about this place instead of snarking at detail?

Gagdad Bob said...

Besides, the Nazis couldn't have been more wrong, in that they, not Jews, were the vermin.

Van Harvey said...

Magister, this aninnymouse (Ah! More Rodent Allusions!) hasn't even been able to tell us what he's been trying to tell us, I don't hold out much hope for his being able to give his reasons for trying.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous's Law: because socialists accused good people of being vermin, henceforth no one is permitted to recognize vermin.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

I don't really have a problem with bureaurats destroying themselves with their pestilence-ridden mydeology, but I do take issue with their plans to take the restuvus with them.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

On a brighter note, I'm very impressed with Trey Gowdy!
A man like him would help bring justice back to the dept. of justice.
Well, one can dream, right?

Magister said...

Absolutely. Gowdy is an American icon in the making.

neal said...

Modern research in the Black Death is leaning towards an airborn pathogenetic pathway. Demons of the second heaven. Makes sense, just make a hole in the sky, judgement and natural law, and then there is always enough causal blame to travel very quickly.
The troposphere is full of bacteria, viruses, comet dust, cosmic compounds, organic and inorganic, and remnants from ages long past.
That stuff does not know time, or gravity, or care about history. Probably a health and safety issue, that is why it is all behaviour, or stuff falls to visit.

Anonymous said...

That's racist.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Plus, Gowdy sure wiped that smirk off of that IRS ghoul's face. :)

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

And yes, anonyho, I'm sayin' the IRS commissioner is an infrahuman, so sue me.

Magister said...

Well, well, well:

"Why do blacks have a hard time leaving impoverished neighborhoods?"

Jamelle Bouie's article is interesting for ignoring its own opening observation about the importance of culture. He sees that some NFL players don't want to leave their gang pal network back in the "hood" where, he says, "your friends become your family." These social ties deepen and persist. But when it comes to theorizing why it's hard to take the "hood" out of someone, Bouie thinks "some of the answer has to include present and ongoing housing discrimination."

There are none so blind...

And this has nothing to do with their being black. It has everything to do with existential fears, feedback loops, outright coercion, and rewards. Soft bigotries are killing them, over and over and over.

julie said...

Yes, exactly. The British underclass Dalrymple is talking about has many of the same problems, with little of the pigment. Culture isn't everything, but it is extremely important.

Magister said...

Good stuff from Kevin Williamson:!

julie said...

Good article, and I wholeheartedly agree with him.

National Review made a great choice when they brought him on board; I think he's the only reason I ever go there anymore.

mushroom said...

I saw those charts that the anti-father Anon referenced earlier in the week. Let's see, single-motherhood rises, murder-rate rises with it. Single-motherhood continues to rise, but beginning in 1995 murder rates plunge. Oddly enough that's about the time that states began to embrace concealed-carry. In fact, one of the reasons Bush was able to take out Ann Richards in '94, in addition to the wave-election, was that Ann had vetoed a CCW bill in Texas.

That's the thing about statistical analysis of data. Unless you can actually control for all other factors, the relationship between X and Y is usually too complex to pronounce upon.

Not having a father around does not cause a young man to become a murderer. Ben Carson and Charles Stanley are two that quickly come to mind as being raised by single mothers.

But arguing that not having a father present is not a contributing factor in the development of irresponsible, self-destructive behavior and gang lifestyles is pretty far-fetched. If I had to put it in really simple terms, mother tends to equal security -- a safe base from which to operate. Father tends to equal responsibility, inculcating, as we have said, the invaluable virtue of self-control.

Trying to be a single mother is probably the hardest job there is. It is so hard, in fact, that no woman should take it on if she can avoid it.

Magister said...

Mush, as usual, you've nailed it all in a nutshell.

Gagdad Bob said...

Comedy gold: literary genius dilates on the wondrous evolutionary leap of Obama in 2008.

How'd that turn out?

Gagdad Bob said...

Demonstrates how liberalism not only attracts the stupid but renders the intelligent foolish.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Re: Martin Amis,
As he talked I couldn't help but think about the sordid news of EPA employees crappin' in the halls, and how EPA officials chose to deal with it.
At least that's an apt analohgee.

Next stage of evolution? More like evilution.

Note: if there is only one culprit in the EPA crappergate I suspect it's their number two guy, or, if more than one he's the head cheese of the operation.

it won't take long before some lefty says the only way to solve the current EPA stink is to increase their budget.

Gagdad Bob said...

"If you test people to see how much they understand about the theory of evolution, those who believe in it do no better than those who don’t. Similarly for global warming."

Quite true. This means that for the average scientistically indoctrinated schmo, evolution is just his word for magic; an unreflective evolutionist is just a vulgar creationist with a different colored jersey. The same is true of politics, economics, and global warming. Mythic cognition is alive and well.

Gagdad Bob said...

No wonder they treat their rank and foul like a bunch of retarded ATM machines.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Bob, those DNC mailers remind me of tabloid headlines, only more diabolical and less believable.
At least the tabloids are sometimes correct.

Anonymous said...

"If you test people to see how much they understand about the theory of evolution, those who believe in it do no better than those who don’t. Similarly for global warming."

So what? The former at least chose to believe those who know what they are talking about, which makes them vastly more intelligent than the others. Would be nice if they understood more, but that is hardly necessary.

There is an awful lot of things to know in the world, and most of us can't become knowledgable about all of it. So knowing how to choose who to believe is an important intellectual skill.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Behold, anonymous has displayed an intellect so vapidly vast one cannot even hope to match it's mind numbing wit.

Gagdad Bob said...

He does boil down the essence of liberalism, however: it doesn't matter how wrong you are, so long as you imitate the right sort of people.

Thomas A. said...

"knowing how to choose whom to believe is an important intellectual skill."

True dat. It's called "faith," i.e., assenting to truth because of trust in an authority, the difference being that faith in the living sense is already personal evidence of things not yet seen. It is an active mode with a positive content, not merely the passive and soul-dead mode so central to authoritarian leftism.

Gagdad Bob said...

Millions of anonymous LoFos put their blind faith in Obama, who in turn maintains unwavering faith in the correct ideas he assimilated from all the right people. So don't let those cynics try to tell you this isn't utopia. He can't help it if reality refuses to come over to the right side of history.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

If it wasn't for reality their plan would've worked!

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

On a related note, leftopia costs more than everybody has.
Money, liberty,'s never enough to pay the bills of slavery and destruction, I mean, leftopia.

These modern day Aztecs suck.

Anonymous said...

He does boil down the essence of liberalism, however: it doesn't matter how wrong you are, so long as you imitate the right sort of people.

Don't pretend to be stupider than you actually are.

The essence of thinking in a complex society involves figuring out who you are going to trust, given that nobody can become expert on everything or investigate everything themselves. Nothing to do with liberalism; everyone is in this position. I don't "imitate" the "right sort of people", but I do take some of my opinions from those I trust, just like you do.

Science is one form of producing facts. It works pretty well and I tend to trust it. Fox News and all the rest of the right wing noise machine is another way of producing "facts", although those who buy into it would omit the quote marks.

You've chosen which of these apparatuses you want to ally yourself with. Not what I would choose, but it seems to work for you, in that it reinforces your world view and sense of self. You and your allies have done some serious damage to truth, to America, and to the planet, but fortunately your power seems to be waning. Wish it would happen faster, but you can't have everything.

Friedrich Hayek said...

"nobody can become expert on everything or investigate everything themselves."

Stop stealing my material!

Old Fart said...

Huh. Call me crazy, but I'd have to reconsider if I'd put my faith in an administration that's been unanimously shot down by the Supreme Court 13 times in the last two years. Unanimous, as in "even their own appointees know they're full of crap."

But we're the ones making the world a worse place.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"I don't "imitate" the "right sort of people", but I do take some of my opinions from those I trust, just like you do."

Well, at least you are honest when you say you don't imitate the right people.
Ergo, you trust the wrong people.
Which means you cannot trust yourself.

'Cause anyone who trusts proven liars obviously trusts in lies and believes the means (dishonesty) justifies the ends.

A lot of people have trusted in leftist ideology, which has killed more people in the last 100 plus years than any other belief systems combined.

But hey, as long as YOU feel good about it what difference does it make.

Gagdad Bob said...

Anybody can lose a Supreme Court case, but it takes a constitutional scholar to do it thirteen times.

Van Harvey said...

Lol, I passed that one on!