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The Woke Revolution

By Paul Craig Roberts

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July 13, 2020

150 prominent intellectuals and Ivy League academics of leftish persuasion have signed a letter in Harper’s protesting the breakdown in civilized debate and imposition of ideological conformity.  The signatories made the obligatory bow to denouncing Trump as “a real threat to democracy” and called for “greater equality and inclusion across our society.”  But this wasn’t enough to save them from denunciation for stating these truthful facts:

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought. More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms. Editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes. Whatever the arguments around each particular incident, the result has been to steadily narrow the boundaries of what can be said without the threat of reprisal. We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement.” See this.

The signatories to the letter do not understand that time has passed them by. Free speech is no longer a value.  Free speach is an ally of oppression because it permits charges against Western civilization and the white racist oppressors to be answered, and facts are not welcome.  The purpose of the woke revolution is to overthrow a liberal society and impose conformity with wokeness in its place.  Whiteness has been declared evil. There is nothing to debate.

The signatories do not understand that today there is only one side.  In place of debate there is denunciation, the purpose of which is to impose ideological conformity.  It is pointless to search for truth when truth has been revealed: Western civilization and all its works are a white racist construct and must be destroyed.  There is nothing to debate.

To make clear that in these revolutionary times not even prominent people of accomplishment such as Noam Chomsky are entitled to a voice different from woke-imposed conformity, the letter was answered by a condescending statement signed by a long list of woke journalists of no distinction or achievement, people no one has ever heard of. The 150 prominent defenders of free speech were simply dismissed as no longer relevant.

Noam Chomsky and the other prominent signatories were dismissed as irrelevant just as the prominent historians were who took exception to the New York Times 1619 project, a packet of lies and anti-white propaganda. The famous historians found that they weren’t relevant. The New York Times has an agenda that is independent of the facts.

The message is clear: shutup “white, wealthy” people and you also Thomas Chatterton Williams, a black person with a white name.  Your voices of oppression have been cancelled.

The “oppressed” and “marginalized” voices of woke revolutionaries, who have imposed tyranny in universities, the work place, and via social media, are the ones that now control explanations. No one is permitted to disagree with them.

Lining up on the woke side are CNN, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and other presstitute organizations desperately trying to remain relevant. Everyone of these institutions quickly took the side of the woke revolution against facts and free speech.

Se here, here, here and here.

The revolution is over unless the guillotine is next. Academic freedom no longer exists. Free speech no longer exists. The media is a propaganda ministry. Without free speech there can be no answer to denunciation.  White people are guilty. Period.

Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random House. Visit his website.

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August 2020

Defending Ourselves Without Hate

 
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above: Mark and Patricia McCloskey stand in armed defense of their St. Louis home as they confront Black Lives Matter

The radicals under the flags of Antifa and Black Lives Matter who are trashing our cities and destroying our monuments say they are fighting against “white supremacy.” BLM, on its website, lists as chief among its goals to “end white supremacy forever.” The prominent Rose City Antifa chapter lists on its site white supremacy as a key characteristic of fascism, a label its masked thugs apply to anyone or anything they want to destroy.

To a normal person, the term white supremacy conjures up images of Sieg Heiling neo-Nazis decked out in SS tattoos, worshipping Odin in the woods behind a trailer park. There exist a few of these members of the Alt-Right on the fringes, but they are marginal figures. Unlike most Americans, members of the Alt-Right are atheists or neopagans and, despising the ideals of the American founding, prefer the creation of a new, race-based nation. They are clowns with no real political influence, other than being dragged into the spotlight whenever the media feels the need to gin up the threat of white nationalism.

These marginal people, however, aren’t what white supremacy means to the radicals of Antifa or BLM. Nor does white supremacy mean to the radicals the corporate power structure based in New York, the political power structure based in Washington, D.C., or the media power structure based in Los Angeles, all of which bow the knee to the radicals’ cultural Marxist ideology and send financial donations to benefit their causes.

No, to them, white supremacy means Middle Americans—Christian patriots, the residents of flyover country who love God and America. It is these hopelessly retrograde persons, who still cling to the ideals upon which America was founded, that Antifa and BLM are determined to wage war upon until they are completely subjugated.

The morale-sapping phase of that war is well underway and continues apace. A relentless campaign to portray whites as inherently evil and guilty of the oppression of every other racial group in the country has captured half the nation. After the death of the radicals’ saintly, pure victim, George Floyd, whites across the country prostrated themselves, flagellated themselves, and kissed the boots of virtuous people of color. Members of the conservative establishment have joined in the pandering to the mob, mouthing talking points about supposed systemic racism, as have the woke communications departments of America’s major corporations.

Many liberals have had their defenses against the narrative of white guilt lowered by years of public school and higher education. They’ve become a people convinced that what their enemies say about them is true, which makes them easy to destroy. In fact, they will sign up to destroy themselves, become “allies,” and join the march to the nearest monument of their ancestors, placard and club in hand. What they don’t realize is that they will be cast aside when their usefulness is at an end, just as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi will be shunted aside from Democratic Party leadership soon after the coming election. Metaphorically speaking, the old communist saying will prove true again: “Liberals get the bullet too.”

If being white—a descendent of Europeans—is in itself evil, then it logically follows that the civilization that whites created is evil and must be extirpated, root and branch. That civilization is Western civilization, which created modern technology, transportation, and medicine, as well as the greatest art, philosophy, literature, and culture that has ever existed. Practically everything that is good in the world today owes a debt to Western civilization in some way. It is a civilization that deserves to be respected, preserved, and continued.

If some people in this country don’t agree with that statement, then it’s time we be allowed to part ways, in peace. 

That process is already underway. A net exodus of citizens is emigrating from the badly run, crumbling, and exploitative polities of blue states. This trend is likely to accelerate as real estate markets collapse in Democrat-run metropolises that rioters were allowed to vandalize.

There is nothing more American than declaring your own independence and departing a hostile environment. This country was based on distinct states and regions with different peoples who were happy to live their own way without antagonizing people in the next state over. The Articles of Confederation described a “firm league of friendship” between states that would retain their sovereignty and freedom. Under the Articles and the Constitution, America’s original system allowed different peoples with different ideas to exist at a respectful distance, none dominating the other, nor forced by some federal diktat to fill some arbitrary racial or cultural quota.

This changed with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which contained some arguably necessary measures to address inequalities under the law, but went too far by effectively calling free association discrimination. Discrimination can be found everywhere if you want to look for it, as people with things in common are naturally drawn together. A forced diversity mandated from above has made conflict inevitable, as people with irreconcilable differences are shoved together in everyday life.

Increasingly, the State will not protect Middle Americans, nor will the courts recognize their right to defend themselves against the Marxist mobs that seek out conflict with them. The only way for Middle Americans to avoid violence without complete subjugation is to put some distance between themselves and the people who hate them. They should organize into local and state polities which may offer some common defense under the growing Anarcho-Tyranny in the United States.

Middle Americans—and I count myself among them—love this country and are eager for a time when the current madness has passed and America can be restored. As Sun Tzu wrote, “Anger may in time change to gladness… But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being.” Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last Fourth of July. Before the next one is due, we need to find like-minded people, support their causes, and gather together to support one another in the defense of America and Western civilization.

 
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Republicans say Biden energy plan will help GOP in rust belt states

BY JULIEGRACE BRUFKE - 07/14/20 03:13 PM EDT

 

Republicans say Biden energy plan will help GOP in rust belt states
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Top Republicans are looking to target presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan, expressing confidence the former vice president’s position on issues like fracking will give them an edge in the rust belt states heading into November. 

Biden unveiled his ambitious plan to make electricity generation carbon-free by 2035 on Tuesday.

This plan follows his existing $5 trillion climate plan that incorporates elements of the Green New Deal, a progressive policy spearheaded by firebrand freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). However, Republicans have repeatedly bashed the Green New Deal as a socialist takeover in their messaging strategy. 

During a Trump campaign call on Tuesday featuring House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), the lawmakers told reporters they believe climate and energy are winning issues for Republicans in key states necessary in retaining the White House and down ballot.

Biden’s proposal is a sharp contrast to President Trump's policies.

Democrats have repeatedly attacked the GOP for not prioritizing an agenda to combat climate change, but Republicans argue Biden’s plan to shift away from the country’s reliance on fossil fuels will be off-putting to swing voters in states that rely on natural gas and oil jobs. 

“We have hundreds of thousands of jobs — over 250,000 jobs would be lost, under Joe Biden's Green New Deal energy plan. You would see higher energy costs, and you would see who gets hit the hardest — it’s low-income families," Scalise said during the call. 

Scalise also took a swing at Biden over Solyndra, the solar manufacturer that received $535 million in stimulus dollars in 2009 recovery package before going bankrupt, arguing the policies laid out would lead to an influx of similar instances.

“We'll see Solyndras all across the nation — failed energy policy, which would lead to higher energy costs and lost jobs. And what I represent Southeast Louisiana, and our economy, we've been very active in the production of energy,” Scalise said.  

Kelly echoed Scalise’s sentiments, adding that he believes the shift away from fossil fuels and fracking could have negative implications in unexpected areas.  

"If Joe Biden really cared about Pennsylvania, why would he proposed killing over 600,000 jobs that are supported by fracking in a state that's provided stability and health care to families across the state."

Senior Biden campaign officials told reporters that the former vice president opposes any new fracking on public lands during a call on Tuesday. 

While recent polls show Biden ahead of Trump in places like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, the lawmakers said they believe after the nominating conventions, the focus will shift away from the coronavirus pandemic onto other policy areas.s are looking to target presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan, expressing confidence the former vice president’s position on issues like fracking will give them an edge in the rust belt states heading into November. 

Biden unveiled his ambitious plan to make electricity generation carbon-free by 2035 on Tuesday.

This plan follows his existing $5 trillion climate plan that incorporates elements of the Green New Deal, a progressive policy spearheaded by firebrand freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). However, Republicans have repeatedly bashed the Green New Deal as a socialist takeover in their messaging strategy. 

"If Joe Biden really cared about Pennsylvania, why would he proposed killing over 600,000 jobs that are supported by fracking in a state that's provided stability and health care to families across the state."

Senior Biden campaign officials told reporters that the former vice president opposes any new fracking on public lands during a call on Tuesday. 

While recent polls show Biden ahead of Trump in places like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, the lawmakers said they believe after the nominating conventions, the focus will shift away from the coronavirus pandemic onto other policy areas.

“Keep in mind Joe Biden is not officially the Democratic nominee yet, so you know, just as the Democrats were moving through their nominating process, a global pandemic broke out so the country's focus is clearly right now on the pandemic. And so polls don't really tell you what's going to happen,” Scalise said.  

“In October, the race will clearly tighten when there's debates when you can see the contrast. And so, Pennsylvania voters are going to be able to see real soon what Joe Biden's proposed policies would be on fracking contrasted with President Trump's pro-energy agenda, and it's a clear contrast.”

Biden’s camp asserts his climate plan won’t have a negative impact on the job market, with it laying out a goal of creating at least 250,000 jobs in the energy sector.  

Rachel Frazin contributed. 

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Biden's energy policy would lead to high prices at the  pump like 5 dollars a gallon. High unemployment and what jobs are created will not pay what the workers make now in the coal and oil industry.  Not even close. 

Say Joe ... are you for or against fracking? 

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We need an energy policy which will extricate ourselves from the Middle East where we no longer have foreign entanglements.  Dependence of foreign sources is the cause of most of our woes. 

But the globalist will hate that.

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

We need an energy policy which will extricate ourselves from the Middle East where we no longer have foreign entanglements.  Dependence of foreign sources is the cause of most of our woes. 

But the globalist will hate that.

Uh,  the USA already produces enough energy;    one issue is the selling of oil at a higher price to foreign nations. 

Are you calling for prohibiting that?   I.e.  any energy created in the USA has to be sold within the USA unless there is excess capacity? 

That was Sander's plan,  since he is a socialist.

 

 

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

We need an energy policy which will extricate ourselves from the Middle East where we no longer have foreign entanglements.  Dependence of foreign sources is the cause of most of our woes. 

But the globalist will hate that.

Interfering in other people's -- foreign countries' domestic politics and Civil Wars is what has caused most of our woes--i. e. The Vietnam War.

And why do you think we had those bases in Saudi Arabia?

Globalism is Small Potatoes compared to imperialism.

 

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15 hours ago, JakeHolman said:

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

George Orwell

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Trump feeds on paranoids like you. No wonder you call him your Emperor.

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55 minutes ago, TomJH said:

Trump feeds on paranoids like you. No wonder you call him your Emperor.

Can you ever see Trump physically standing up to anyone to protect someone.  What a complete joke.  :D:lol::D:lol:

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James 1:12

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
 

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“The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”

~ Thomas Jefferson
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White Professors Live In Fear

Posted By pcr3 On July 16, 2020 @ 6:38 am In Articles & Columns | Comments Disabled

 

White Professors Live In Fear

Tyranny rules the universities

Paul Craig Roberts

Academics, if they are white, live in fear of their jobs.  Professors lost their authority when administrations ceased backing them and instead allowed student complaints to result in investigations.  Once an investigatory procedure is in place, it keeps itself funded by investigating. Feminist complaints, followed by political correctness, had the investigative process well oiled prior to the rise of wokism.   Now almost any word can be turned into an offense requiring investigation.  One professor is in trouble because he read to the class Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham jail.”  King’s letter contained the word, “****.”  By reading aloud King’s letter, the professor committed hate speech and perhaps a hate crime. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/06/12/education-is-offensive-and-racist-and-so-is-america/ [1] 

There are more ridiculous examples than this. See, for example, https://www.forbes.com/sites/evangerstmann/2020/06/26/white-lives-dont-matter-academic-freedom-and-freedom-of-speech/#6f1f2c703823 [2] 

Not only do professors have to try to anticipate the next offensive word or expression—you can’t say things like “girls night out” for example—but also they live in fear of something that they might have written years ago.  They are going through their published books and scholarly articles trying to prepare in advance for the accusations from the lynch squad.  Indeed, today far more academics—and commentators—get lynched than ever black Americans did.

I learned about this when I asked a professor friend about where I could find his article anticipating the rise of wokism.  I wanted to say how prescient he had been and include it in an article I was forming in my mind.  He asked me to forget all about it and not to quote him on any subject as no attention was essential to survival.  He said he was even afraid to visit my website, which is non-woke, because it could lead to charges against him. He said if I were still a professor I would have long ago been fired as the truths I state are today impermissible.  Voice them and you are out.

At least some white academics are beginning to understand their peril, but not all. Dr. Leslie Neal-Boylan, the Dean of the Nursing School at the University of Massachusetts, was fired for writing in an email that “everone’s life matters.”  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/umass-nursing-dean-fired-saying-everyones-life-matters?utm_campaign=&utm_content=ZeroHedge%3A+The+Durden+Dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zh_newsletter [3] 

Here is the full context of the Dean’s statement:

“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color. Recent events recall a tragic history of racism and bias that continue to thrive in this country. I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone. BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS. No one should have to live in fear that they will be targeted for how they look or what they believe.”

Someone only identified as “Haley” found this innocuous statement “uncalled for and upsetting,” and that sufficed for the University to fire the Dean, a person they had recently praised as “visionary” and an asset to the university.

Many ordinary people do not understand their peril, because the media conceals the situation in order to better carry on with its anti-white agenda.  Recently a young white mother was murdered by black thugs for saying “all lives matter.” https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/07/13/listen-whitey-your-lives-dont-matter-and-we-will-kill-you-for-saying-that-they-do/ [4]  

Other white people have discovered that Democrat prosecutors, and probably Republican ones as well, will indict them for defending their property against blacks.  Other white people have discovered that calls to the police are futile. Widespread destruction of private property and public monuments have taken place because public authorities have given the green light.  

This stark demonstration of the loss of white confidence can only lead to a worsening situation.

Even left-wing journalists are being purged. The editor of the New York Times was fired because the op-ed editor published a disapproved article by a US Senator. The editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer was fired because a newspaper headline angered Black Lives Matter.  https://www.unz.com/announcement/ideological-purges-and-the-lord-voldemort-effect/ [5]

A New  York Times editor resigned because the former newspaper has become a Ministry of Truth. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/07/15/the-new-york-times-is-the-chief-threat-to-truth/  [6]

Meanwhile in the universities, the situation could not be worse. There is no confidence at all.The Board of Trustees of Princeton University decided that Woodrow Wilson, the 13th president of Princeton University and a Democrat who was the 28th president of the United States, was a racist and removed his name from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. According to the Board of Trustees, the tragic killing of George Floyd “renewed attention to the long and damaging history of racism in America.” The board decided that Wilson’s name gave the school a racist image and had to go.  https://thehill.com/homenews/news/504848-princeton-board-votes-to-remove-woodrow-wilsons-name-from-public-policy-school [7] 

Some might think that there are many better reasons than racism for removing Wilson’s name.  Nevertheless, notice the rush to judgment by the trustees, people one would imagine to be intelligent and thoughtful, that Floyd was killed.  The toxicology report shows a lethal dose of fentanyl in Floyd’s blood.  He would have died whatever the police might have done. The presstitutes have withheld this fact from the public.

So what we have here is that allegedly responsible trustees removed a president’s name on the basis of fake reports from the media that Floyd was murdered by police.  What better image of a people on the run could we have?

At Oxford University, where 25% of admissions are reserved for people that Oxford admits are not qualified to be there and for whom the university will have to finance at least one year of remedial education if they are to have a chance to graduate, the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College is to be removed because a colonialist is offensive to students from Britain’s former colonies.  One wonders what will happen to the once prestigeous Rhodes Scholarships.  If there is a stigma to the statue, there must be stigma to the scholarships as well.  https://www.bbc.com/news/education-53082545 [8] 

Cambridge University is also cleansing itself of racists. Gonville & Caius College is removing a window that commemorates Sir Ronald Fisher, Fellow of the Royal Society and former president of the college.  https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/news/college-council-decides-remove-ra-fisher-window-hall?bblinkid=231530705&bbemailid=22878266&bbejrid=1559652439 [9] 

Fisher is considered to be a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical sciece and is regarded as the single most important figure in 20th century statistics.  Fisher’s crime was to have headed the University of Cambridge’s eugenics program.  

This in our mindless times makes him a racist, because eugenics acknowledges differences in races, and such differences are forbidden to be acknowledged.  

Consider the insouciance of the Cambridge administration and the Princeton trustees.  If Fisher is a racist whose memory must be expunged from Cambridge because he was interested in eugenics, Cambridge University must also be racist for having an eugenics program.  If the president of Princeton University is a racist, the university that appointed him must also be racist.  Is what we have here two organizations trying to shove their racism off on two individuals? It is Cambridge and Princeton that need to be changed.  And not merely the names. All the white faculty, white administrators and white subjects, such as mathematics and science, must be turned out. Only a third world faculty and third world subjects are permissible.

While throwing a past leader of Cambridge University and founder of modern statistics in the memory hole, Cambridge University rushed to the defense of a third world female lecturer who declared “white lives don’t matter” by promoting her to full professor.  Priyamvada Gopal got into no trouble for her hate speech/hate crime.  She was rewarded for it, because it was expressed against white people.

Cambridge institutionalized racial bias against white faculty and administrators awhile back when the university assigned each member a person of color as their commissar to ensure no untoward word was said or offensive truth taught.  The only reason for a white person to attend Cambridge University is to become a self-hating white full of guilt and contrition and thereby helpful to the cause of overthrowing Western Civilization.

No one escapes.  At the University of Chicago economist Harald Uhlig, editor of the prestigeous Journal of Political Economy, for which I was once a contributor and a reviewer, was investigated by the university, temporarily relieved of his editorial position, and lost his contract with the Federal Reserve simply because he tweeted that Black Lives Matter had harmed its cause by supporting defunding of the police.  After a grovelling apology for expressing a non-controversial opinion, Uhlig apparently escaped with his job, but not with his Federal Reserve contract.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/evangerstmann/2020/06/26/white-lives-dont-matter-academic-freedom-and-freedom-of-speech/#7bd6f7003823 [10] 

Michigan State University scholar Stephen Hsu was forced to resign his position as vice president of research and innovation for accurately reporting  a study from a year ago by a Michigan State University professor of psychology that police shoot more white Americans than black Americans. Hsu, who judging by his name is Asian, is nevertheless another “white racist”  for reporting conclusions of a study that did not support the woke contention of “systemic police racism.”  The question that I have long asked—“if it is racist when police shoot a black person, what is it when they shoot a white person?”—remains off the table.  https://gellerreport.com/2020/07/blm-firing-scholars.html/ [11] 

Universities are unsafe places for white males.  Faculty and staff live in fear of baseless accusations that can destroy their careers and their financial lives.  White male students are routinely graded down by feminist and black professors and cannot complain as all complaints are regarded as proof that the white male is a misogynist and a racist.  Identity politics is the ideology that prevails in universities, the media, Democrat Party, and increasingly in the corporate work place. Identity politics deprives the white male of any basis for complaint because it identifies the white male as everyone else’s victimizer.  Everyone is his victim.  As he is the oppressor, he can never be supported, only denounced.  

My advice to white men and women is to avoid universities, especially graduate schools as you will not get an academic job.  The universities prefer “oppressed” third world types, such as Priyamvada Gopal.  If you insist on making the mistake of going to a university, you probably have a better chance of admission to Oxford as one of the 25% who are not qualified to be there than you would have from competing against the 75% who are qualified.  On the other hand, the 25% Oxford reserves for unqualified applicants might be reserved only for “people of color” and the privileged transgendered.  

It is impossible today for any white student to attend any university in the Western World without constantly hearing how evil “whiteness” is.  The intent is to destroy the self-confidence of whites so that what is so widely proclaimed —“abolish whiteness”—can be achieved.

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Too Much Faith in Models
BY JOHN STOSSEL JUL 15, 2020 12:00 AM EST

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Between 2 million and 3 million Americans will die!

That was the prediction from “experts” at London’s Imperial College when COVID-19 began. They did also say if there was “social distancing of the whole population,” the death toll could be cut in half, but 1.1 million to 1.46 million Americans would still die by this summer.

Our actual death toll has been about one-tenth of that.

Nevertheless, Imperial College’s model was extremely influential.

Politicians issued stay-at-home orders. They said we must trust the “experts.”

“Follow the science. Listen to the experts. Do what they tell you,” said Joe Biden, laughing at what he considered an obvious truth.
But “there is no such thing as “the science!” replies science reporter Matt Ridley in my new video about “expert” predictions. “Science consists of people disagreeing with each other!”

The lockdowns, he adds, were “quite dangerously wrong.”

Because Imperial’s model predicted that COVID-19 would overwhelm hospitals, patients were moved to nursing homes. The coronavirus then spread in nursing homes.

Ordering almost every worker to stay home led to an economic collapse that may have killed people, too.

“The main interventions that helped prevent people dying were stopping large gatherings, people washing their hands and wearing face masks, general social distancing — not forcing people to stay home,” says Ridley.

Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now admits: “We all failed at that business. All the early national experts: ‘Here’s my projection model.’ They were all wrong.”

If he and other politicians had just done just a little research, then they would have known that Imperial College researchers repeatedly predict great disasters that don’t happen. Their model predicted 65,000 deaths from swine flu, 136,000 from mad cow disease and 200 million from bird flu.

The real numbers were in the hundreds.

After such predictions were repeatedly wrong, why did politicians boss us around based on those same “experts” models?

“If you say something really pessimistic about how many people are going to die,” explains Ridley, “the media want to believe you. The politicians daren’t not believe you.”

This bias towards pessimism applies to fear of climate change, too.

Thirty-two years ago, climate “experts” said rising seas would “completely cover” the islands of the Maldives “in the next 30 years.” But now, 32 years later, the islands are not only still there, they’re doing better than ever. They’re even building new airports.

“Climate change is real,” says Ridley, “but it’s not happening nearly as fast as models predicted.”

Models repeatedly overpredict disaster because that’s “a very good way of attracting attention to your science and getting rewarded for it,” says Ridley.

One more example: For years, “experts” predicted an oil shortage. President Jimmy Carter warned, “The oil and natural gas we rely on for 75% of our energy are simply running out.” All the “experts” agreed.

But as the demand for oil grew, oil prices rose. That inspired entrepreneurs to invent new ways of getting more oil and gas out of the same rocks. They succeeded so well that America now has so much oil and gas that we sell some to other countries.

Ridley’s new book, “How Innovation Works,” shows how innovators prove “experts” wrong all the time.

He points out that the founder of Digital Equipment Corporation once said: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

Microsoft’s CEO confidently said: “There’s no chance the iPhone is going to get significant market share.”

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that because “most people have nothing to say to each other… the Internet’s impact on the economy (will be) no greater than the fax machine’s.”

Of course, not all experts are wrong. Useful experts do exist. I want a trained civil engineer to design any bridge I cross.

But Ridley points out: “There is no such thing as expertise on the future. It’s dangerous to rely too much on models (which lead politicians to) lock down society and destroy people’s livelihood. Danger lies both ways.”

John Stossel is author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media.” For other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

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Wow! GOP 'Never Trumpers' Are Paid by a 'Radical' Leftist Billionaire
BY VICTORIA TAFT JUL 14, 2020 6:03 PM EST

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They sound like Leftists. They act like Leftists. And now we learn that the Never-Trumper group called “The Lincoln Project” is funded by a Leftist billionaire, according to a new book on the subject.

And a collective “Oh, it all makes sense to me now!” just spread over the land.

The project features, among others, GOP political strategists Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, the Washington Post’s “conservative” columnist Jennifer Rubin, former “Weekly Standard” editor Bill Kristol, and disgruntled attorney, George “Mr. Kellyanne” Conway, who spends nearly all of his time trying to ruin his wife’s White House career.

Judging by their antics, the anti-Trump collective is like a latter-day mix of political saboteur Donald Segretti, lawless Yippie Abbie Hoffman, yellow gossip columnist Walter Winchell and political monkey-wrencher Saul Alinsky. Their goal is to do everything they can to cost Donald Trump the White House in 2020 in order to burn the GOP brand. So that’s why they’re supporting Joe Biden.

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The Washington Examiner

Trump's Rushmore speech shows he may be hard to beat

Dan Hannan, Washington Examiner July 16, 2020
 

I had all but written President Trump off. His style is ill-suited to a crisis. When growth was strong and unemployment was low, voters were happy to indulge his chaotic, self-pitying streams of consciousness. But when the coronavirus struck, his narcissistic gabbling suddenly started to grate.

As I write, Joe Biden leads by between 10 and 14 points and is comfortably ahead in key states including Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona. Many pundits are already calling it for the elderly Scrantonian, and they may be right. But over the past week, I have come to doubt the consensus.

What has changed? In a word, disorder. There is almost nothing that voters hate more. People who are usually centrist liberals become suddenly conservative when they see violence and unrest.

One thing I learned from 20 years in elected politics is that the silent majority is always larger than you think. In Britain, as in the United States, hooligans have been pulling down statues. And in Britain, as in the U.S., the media have absurdly tried to frame their vandalism as some sort of civil rights protest, as if all they wanted were equal treatment.

Ordinary voters smell a rat. They know that we live in open societies, where all adults have the right to vote and are treated equally in law. People can spot a hard-left insurrection when they see one. And when I say "people," I don’t just mean "white people." There are plenty of middle-class black people whose first reaction to the sight of youngsters smashing property is, “Where the hell are their parents?”

A friend of mine, the black principal of a high school with a largely nonwhite and low-income intake, was apoplectic when she heard that Oxford University was offering special consideration in exams to black students who felt traumatized by the killing of George Floyd. “I want my kids to aim high, and they do,” she told me. “I never let them believe that being poor or black or having a tough home life is an excuse for anything. But here is Oxford University telling them that they are second-best.”

I can’t prove it, but I’d be surprised if there were not plenty of black voters who think as she does. Don’t expect to see them on CNN, though, any more than we see their British counterparts on the BBC.

The chasm between the working classes and the smirking classes that created Trumpism in the first place is widening. Look at who is giving Black Lives Matter a pass: broadcasters, universities, big corporations, actors, comedians, epidemiologists — pretty much everyone, in fact, except the general population.

Which brings us back to Trump. He has spent years fighting culture wars. Often, he picks the wrong target, as when, for example, he mocked the family of a fallen serviceman. This time, however, he has positioned himself deftly, arguing for things that most voters regard as reasonable but which are suddenly being howled down in the media as racist.

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” said the president before Mount Rushmore on Independence Day. “We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice.”

Good, solid stuff — if, by Trump’s standards, unusually well constructed and well delivered. But how was that speech reported? “An openly racist campaign” (Washington Post) that “defended Confederate monuments” (CNN). In fact, in addition to the four presidents behind him, Trump praised Frederick Douglass, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Muhammad Ali. He said nothing at all about Confederate monuments.

Trump would like nothing better than for the November election to become a culture war. In their study of how political preferences are determined by personality types, Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler made two especially pertinent points. First, those with what they call “fixed” personalities (wary, conservative, hierarchical, Trumpy) outnumber those with “fluid” personalities (trusting, liberal, open to new experiences). Second, people become more fixed, or Trumpier, when they fear social unrest.

Of course, general elections are not just culture wars. Democrats will be hoping (though they can’t admit it) that, by November, the U.S. will be seen to have suffered more badly than other countries from COVID-19 and that Trump will get the blame.

But what if there is no significant second surge? What if, by November, it turns out that most developed countries suffered similar fatalities and that the bigger variable was how much economic damage they inflicted on themselves through excessive closures? What if Trump’s skepticism turns out to have been justified all along? In that situation, he might be hard to beat.

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The Western Journal

Officer Body-Cam Footage of George Floyd Incident Released

 
By Jack Davis
Published July 16, 2020 at 8:45am
 

Police body camera footage of George Floyd’s arrest was made public in a limited fashion Wednesday.

Following a ruling by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, videos from the cameras worn by former officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were made available by appointment only.

The videos could only be watched on the court’s computers, and those who viewed the footage were not allowed to share it, according to KMSP-TV.

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