I am inclined to think so. See if you agree.
Senior educated white male.
A conservative intellectual is the person who articulates the real reasons for not having reasons, why it is legitimate to do things on the basis of feelings.
Wait for a moment and allow yourself the pleasure of realizing that you were right all along. Before politics returns to its usual hysterical mode, contemplate for a moment the discomfiture of the fanatics who cannot find the crime that Trump has not committed. As Scott Adams points out, this is a time when psychologists should be on television talking to the newspeople about mass delusions, group think, and cognitive dissonance. What we do not need is more political analysts pretending they will not be satisfied until they get to the bottom of the Mueller report. The last thing the fanatics want is more information exonerating Trump. We know it, and they know it.
Some sources played it straight and admitted that the dream of impeachment is over. The New Yorker, to my great surprize, admitted that, though trouble for Trump will continue, The Donald is largely out of the woods. Salon thinks that Trump has succeeded in stonewalling Mueller.
Slate is occupying itself handwaving to draw attention away from Trump’s exoneration. The slagging of Robert Mueller can now begin in earnest.
It matters not. To the satisfaction of many, and the consternation of the Left, Trump has had his entrails investigated, and he has been found not guilty of illegal collusion with Russia or its agents.
Matt Taibbi has rendered judgment on the capacity of the media to get anything right, and found them extremely wanting. Is there any reason to believe what you read and see on television? No, it has been demonstrated, there is no such reason. If you still have faith in the media, you are hopelessly naive.
Taibbi writes: ” As a purely journalistic failure, however, WMD was a pimple compared to Russiagate. The sheer scale of the errors and exaggerations this time around dwarfs the last mess. Worse, it’s led to most journalists accepting a radical change in mission. We’ve become sides-choosers, obliterating the concept of the press as an independent institution whose primary role is sorting fact and fiction.”
A lot of institutions are in trouble these days: The Roman Church, the American left wing news-engines, the Canadian federal Liberal Party, to name some that come to mind. They richly deserve it.
Of all the interpretations of the effect of Brexit that I have heard, the one I like best is seldom discussed. This is Conrad Black’s prediction:
“crashing out will be almost completely painless and imperceptible, and May will either take the hint that she has a serious confidence-problem and go, or fumble along until November and be handed a bus ticket.”
What if they decided to have a catastrophe and no one showed up? In the meantime Theresa May demonstrates a level of incompetence and irresolution that betokens yet another seriously over-promoted woman with a profound faith in herself.
Robert Mueller has submitted his report on the Russian collusion story. “Story” is the operative word here. I cite from the report this morning (hyperlink not available) in the National Post (page A2) from reporters of the New York Times: “While the inquiry, started months earlier by the FBI, unearthed a far-ranging Russian influence operation, no evidence has emerged that the president or his aides illegally assisted it.”
I am with Tucker Carlson on this. Those who propagated this false narrative should face social and political obloquy. They will not, of course. They will swiftly move on to the next Big Lie, and be richly rewarded for their shameful behaviour.
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It took a few centuries for the political passions to settle and for the bones to be found. He then received a proper burial ceremony. A proper and fitting ceremony for a dead king.
For a good commentary on his successor, Henry VII Tudor, father of Henry VIII and grandfather of Elizabeth I, see this.
Some of the kings of England have been weasels, main-chancers, weak, unscrupulous murderers, and traitors, even. Although Charles 1st thought that it was impossible for him to have committed treason, Parliament demonstrated to him otherwise by lopping off his head in 1647. With the passage of political leadership to the institution of Prime Minister, it is their assistants rather than kings’ minions who shove a knife into their enemies these days. The Wars of the Roses makes the resignations of the Gerald Butts and the Clerk of Privy Council seem like small stuff.
The most important aspect of the story today about Jordan Peterson being rejected for a stint at the Cambridge school of divinity is not that they rescinded his application. No sir. What is of interest in the story is that the greatest Calvinist in living memory has found his proper metier, as a minister of the Christian religion.
It took him a while, but it was inevitable. The search for truth leads you where it goes, and the Word of God is more durable than stone.
A UCP candidate has been forced to resign as a result of this exchange.
“When the perpetrator is an Islamist, the denunciations are intermingled with breathless assurances that they do not represent Islam, that Islam is a religion of peace, etc.,” Ford wrote.”When the terrorists are white supremacists, that kind of soul-searching or attempts to understand the sources of their radicalization or their perverse moral reasoning is beyond the pale.”
The CBC reports as follows:
UCP Leader Jason Kenney introduced Ford as his candidate for Calgary-Mountain View on a Facebook video last month. (Caylan Ford/Facebook)
Later in the exchange, Ford said: “I am somehow saddened by the demographic replacement of white peoples in their homelands.
“It’s clear that it will not be a peaceful transition,” she said.
Late Monday night, after PressProgress published its story about the messages, Ford announced on her Facebook page that she is giving up her bid for a seat in the Alberta Legislature.
“To avoid becoming a distraction in this campaign, I have decided to resign as the United Conservative candidate in Calgary-Mountain View,” she said.
It is obvious that any expression of concern for white people or white civilization is both offensive and unacceptable if you want to run for office. This has become a firing offence. We live here, but we have no rights to the expression of pride in our accomplishments or concern for our fate. Why is this?
Dalwhinnie: The candidate in question, Caylan Ford, has a Master’s degree from Oxford. Some redneck from Alberta.
The email exchange was leaked by a newsagency associated with the Broadbent Institute. Its statement in the Who we Are section says:
“The Broadbent Institute is Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.
When a white guy slaughters people, we take at face value he is doing it in the cause of white nationalism. And we would be correct in that conclusion. When a jihadist slaughters people in the name of Islam, the same people urge us to think that Islam has nothing to do with it, whereas in fact the same jihadist would be at home watching television but for the jihadist urgings of the Koran. More and more people cannot be prevented from observing this disparity.
If you are of my school of thought, this is the actual goal of the Greens: mass extermination of humans, based on pure misanthropy. Here is Patrick Moore, former leader of Greenpeace.
Only rising prosperity will guarantee the reduction of the human population. Fertility is dropping everywhere in the world as women become educated. This includes especially Islamic societies, where the birth dearth is taking place in three generations instead of 150 years, as it did here. Women become educated when the societies in which they live pass beyond subsistence, and fossil fuels are the main reason the world has passed beyond subsistence. See Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s Empty Planet: the Shock of Global Population Decline.
Also, Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist draws a direct line between fossil fuel consumption and the increasing prosperity of the last four centuries.
According to Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk, this is all a crime against Gaia and a disaster, because, as we all know, food is made in the basement of supermarkets.
Scott Adams of Dilbert fame believes we are living in a matrix (see his March 3, 2019 panel below for the wittiest exposition of the idea). The word has come to signify a cosmic structure in which we humans exist, that has the following qualities:
- we live in an artificial structure
- it is made by a conscious designer
- that designer has God-like powers relative to us
- we are designed so as not to inquire successfully into the nature of the matrix we live in (quantum indeterminacy and so forth)
- The matrix in which we live could be encapsulated with in a larger matrix, and so on ad infinitum, possibly
Ages ago I wrote a piece called “Allah’s holodeck”. It sought to explain the Islamic idea of God, that he was so all-transcendent, so all-powerful, that he could snap his fingers and annihilate the universe. In principle He could delude us into thinking two plus two made five or worse, that the rules of arithmetic could actually change and 2+2 could equal 5.
I think we have seen where the thought of God as an arbitrary sovereign leads us in practice. The profound lack of curiosity in the Islamic world about the nature of reality is predicated in a religious idea, that Inquiry into the ways of God is a form of blasphemy. Inshalah – as God wills. Everything is God’s will. It is a dark thought to imagine oneself powerless, that one does not have moral agency.
The matrix idea may have the opposite effect. It may stimulate research in an entirely different direction, the same direction as Western science has always followed, which is to understand the mind of God. In the case of atheists like Scott Adams, the inquiry will be directed at showing how the Mind of the designer works.
My hunch tells me that the matrix idea is a way for materialists to rationalize to themselves their intellectual curiosity without admitting to a theistic interpretation of the matrix. So that, if we are Sims in the Simulator, no feelings of religious awe are obligatory. The creator was just some Joe or Jane doing what we think is God-work for some metaphorical equivalent of an hourly wage, kind of like a Niebelung slaving away in the factories owned by Fafner which are protected by Wotan.
In the end I am persuaded that the matrix idea is the thin little envelope slipped under the door into the atheist’s bunker, which when opened produces revelations.