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The Mob Rampant

Portrait of a man in his thirties with swept back hair and a large beard

To appreciate that there is nothing new under the Sun in politics, one only has to read Demosthenes or Tacitus or Cicero. The antics of politicians today are no different. Throughout history, revolutionary movements have proclaimed the Utopia and, after orgies of destruction, usually fathered tyrannies more ghastly than those they usurped.

Today, the screeching mobs of Black Lives Matter, Antifa, any unhinged student tribe from a pseudo-university, the Fake News Media with their incessant lying, personify the seditious and the irrational mob, present in any society, but now rampant in the service of the Deep State.

The nature of the revolutionary mind, and the attraction of its many delusions, has been the subject of analysis of many great writers.

In modern times, books that have presented brilliant insights into how revolutionary politics is conducted and the results it produces, such as Orwell’s 1984 and Zamyatin’s We, require continual re-reading: one can always acquire new thoughts from them because they were so accurate in their predictions.

One writer who deserves far more credit than he receives is the Frenchman Gustave le Bon (1841–1931), a polymath, physician, anthropologist, physicist (he predicted the equivalence of mass and energy decades before Einstein), is best known for his work, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (1895). In The Psychology of Revolution (1913), his analysis of the revolutionary mind could describe perfectly any of the various movements of destruction that abound today. For example:

In all ages societies have contained a certain number of restless
spirits, unstable and discontented, ready to rebel against any
established order of affairs. They are actuated by the mere love
of revolt, and if some magic power could realise all their
desires they would simply revolt again.

What could better describe the pimpled adolescent terrorizing college campuses today?

These perpetual rebels are generally highly suggestible beings,
whose mystic mentality is obsessed by fixed ideas. Despite the
apparent energy indicated by their actions they are really weak
characters, and are incapable of mastering themselves
sufficiently to resist the impulses that rule them. The mystic
spirit which animates them furnishes pretexts for their violence,
and enables them to regard themselves as great reformers.
In normal times the rebels which every society contains are
restrained by the laws, by their environment–in short, by all
the usual social constraints, and therefore remain undetected.
But as soon as a time of disturbance begins these constraints
grow weaker, and the rebel can give a free reign to his
instincts. He then becomes the accredited leader of a movement.
The motive of the revolution matters little to him; he will give
his life indifferently for the red flag or the white, or for the
liberation of a country which he has heard vaguely mentioned.

Sound familiar? Of course, it is the description of many a soi-disant reformer, activist and general social pest.

Speaking of the Crowds that are the raw meat of the instigators of revolution…

…Among the other characteristics of crowds, we must note their
infinite credulity and exaggerated sensibility, their shortsightedness,
and their incapacity to respond to the influences of
reason. Affirmation, contagion, repetition, and prestige
constitute almost the only means of persuading them. Reality and
experience have no effect upon them. The multitude will admit
anything; nothing is impossible in the eyes of the crowd.

Does this not afford a description of the Fake News Media, credulously driveling over every absurd accusation against President Trump, the middle class, all white men, and any other group targeted for vilification?

As for believing the most outlandish things, he recounts events from the French revolutionary period…

…By reason of the extreme sensibility of crowds, their sentiments,
good or bad, are always exaggerated. This exaggeration increases
still further in times of revolution. The least excitement will
then lead the multitude to act with the utmost fury. Their
credulity, so great even in the normal state, is still further
increased; the most improbable statements are accepted. Arthur
Young relates that when he visited the springs near Clermont, at
the time of the French Revolution, his guide was stopped by the
people, who were persuaded that he had come by order of the Queen
to mine and blow up the town. The most horrible tales concerning
the Royal Family were circulated, depicting it as a nest of
ghouls and vampires.

Pretty much what you can hear on NBC, CNN or read in the New York Times, the paper of the Inner Party, when the White House is being vilified.

It’s very difficult to summarize le Bon because there is no wasted sentence or paragraph in his writings. His prose is concise, illuminating, his clarity of thought present throughout.

Having been an eye-witness to the barbarities of proto-communism in the Paris Commune in 1871, he became a vociferous critic and opponent of socialism in all its forms. His book The Psychology of Socialism (1899) is almost a prophecy of the tyrannies and murders of socialism in the 20th century.

Read them all; you will be amazed about how much he understood of the political left over one hundred years ago. We ignore his warnings at our peril.

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Way to go, Janice!

I urge you watch Professor Janice Fiamengo’s video report of her appearance before the Ontario Human Rights Commission—that abomination, supported by the execrable Liberal Party, that subverts the rights of Canadian citizens.

A series of lies and frivolous complaints were brought forcing her to defend herself before this band of commissars. Eventually, the complaints were dropped, but not after causing her much grief and, of course, money. The complainant was never disciplined in any way or required to back up the absurd claims made before the commission. Such is the travesty of justice that these bastard star chambers are.

It is clear that tyranny does not depend on or require secret police forces, simply intimidating decent people with lies, slander, and violations of their fundamental rights will be sufficient to suppress free speech.  And the Government is doing this to us, the citizens of a supposedly free country.

Human Rights Commissions are a violation of the principles of justice that are the foundations of Western society—they are the modern successor to the witch hunt. No evidence is required, the defendant is assumed guilty, and no penalties are suffered by anyone making false claims, that is, inventing lies to slander good people.

It is precisely what communism looks like, and is. —Courtesy your Liberal government.

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Do All Philosopher’s Names Have an S in Them?

The latest from the Cuckoo’s Nest of Academia comes from the formerly renowned Oxford University in the UK. From the UK Daily Mail:

Oxford University will ‘feminise’ its philosophy curriculum in order to appeal to more female students and boost writers [sic] profiles.
The university’s Faculty of Philosophy requested that 40 per cent of the recommended authors on its reading lists are women.
Academic staff have also been asked to use writers’ first names when compiling reading lists instead of their initials, in order to highlight those that were written by women.

Ideas are of course not important, only the sex of the writer. Perhaps due attention should be paid to whether the philosopher is left-handed or right-handed? Blond or brunette? Cat-lover or dog-lover? Surely those criteria are equally relevant?

I demand that the philosophy curriculum be “feline-ized” because only cat-lovers can philosophize feline-istically.

It’s hard to parody universities these days, they are populated by people who would make morons look smart. Orwell nailed it when he said that some ideas are so stupid, only intellectuals will believe them. But, true to form, Monty Python’s crowd figured this out years ago…

Philosophers’ names have an “S” in them, is that right, honey?
(here)

It doesn’t matter if the philosophy curriculum at Europe’s oldest university is reduced to parroting the piffle of cultural Marxism, what really matters is their feelings.

Free sick bags all round.

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Thought for the Day

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From my studies of communist societies, I formed the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is, in some small way, to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

–Theodore Dalrymple

 

This seems to summarize the actions of our universities today—Indoctrination centers for the weak-minded drones of tomorrow.

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We are Ruled by Idiots

It must be Nurse Ratched’s day off at the Cuckoo’s Nest; poor little Cathy McCrackpot didn’t get her meds. Canada’s “Environment“ Minister, Catherine McKenna, called on her drones to consider “the gendered impacts of climate change on women, girls and children.” (here) All kinds of “women negotiators” are being trained up to deal with the problem of manmade (person-made?) climate change.

That’ll help. Of course, person-made climate change affects us all equally, but that doesn’t stop unscrupulous politicians inventing fantasies to feather their particular little nests.

The one thing about the world around us, aka objective reality, is that it is the same for everyone regardless of who they are. The laws of physics are the same for everyone because the basic precept of the scientific worldview is that there is an objective reality. Sir Isaac Newton discovered the fundamental Law of Gravitation. That law would be the same if he had been a woman, something that appears to be possible in the Liberal alternative universe.

McCrackpot’s hint that “women negotiators” would somehow be better than men implies an essential difference between women and men that is innate, that is, rooted in the woman-ness. Of course, women are different from men, but liberals, not noted for their consistency, will claim that men can change into women if they feel like it. So what difference would “women negotiators” have that men wouldn’t have?

None. It’s all about jobs for the chicks. Cushy government jobs with loadsamoney and no responsibilities. As one wit noted, the minister’s own job is fruit of “gender-appointed roles to made-up superfluous positions.”

After all, who is going to be held to account if the “climate” doesn’t do what they want?

As the saying goes: “World Ends Tomorrow. Women and Children Affected Most.”

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Mr Dress-Up meets Mr Rogers

Mr Rogers on the right

Great entertainment was provided by Clown Central this week at the famed U of Zero in Canada’s frozen capital. The Premier Mangina, recently returned from Cosplay 2018, which apparently took place in India, met with the Mr Rogers of pseudo-science, Bill Nye, the guy who thinks wearing a bow-tie makes you intelligent. Apologies, by the way, to Mr Rogers and he’s the one on the right in the picture.

Before a crowd of befuddled adolescents masquerading as students, they held forth a gay banter on all matters scientific.

From the Windsor Star:

Trudeau and Nye both spoke about the importance of diversity in science, and the need for more women to pursue careers in science and engineering. But it’s important to recognize that women and men are often going to be drawn to different types of science, Trudeau said. Women, he suggested, are more likely to focus on “social impacts or impacts on community or longer-term impacts.” Men are mostly thinking about whether they can “build a really big rocket,” Trudeau said, miming a really big rocket.
“Men like explosions, women are building things,” he went on, before Nye interjected to say “Everybody likes explosions!”

Man, that’s deep. Wasn’t that something from Plato?

Bill Nye, the Pseudo-Science Guy, is one of the popular frauds on TV always ready to make actual scientists cringe whenever he speaks. Any currently accepted tripe and dogma will be peddled by Nye, global warming, anti-wimmin scientists, you name it.

Canada has plenty of real scientists in academia and industry who would have made an excellent role model for young people possibly thinking of careers in science. How about Mike Laziridis who single-handedly started the Perimeter Institute for research into Gravity and Quantum Computing? Or Art McDonald, formerly of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering neutrino flavor oscillations and establishing that those elusive particles actually had mass?

But they probably had important work to do. Would either of them want to spend time driveling on about wimmin when the real world calls? Real science requires years of work and study, frequently unrewarding, and sometimes soul-destroying. But when you succeed, the joys are immense. No-one became a scientist without that, just read Einstein’s recollections of his years-long struggles to get his thoughts on relativity into a theory.

The PM likes to think he is a bit of a science nerd…well, nerd, for sure, but science? Give me a break.
Finally, and I’m not making this up…

“When you’re a baby, you are a scientist. ‘If I make this noise, wow, I get milk,’ ” Trudeau said.

Sheesh.

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Play Time is Over

India and the rest of the world must think that Canada has left the kindergarten playroom door open. Mr. Dress Up and his absurd family have done a good job in reducing Canada to a laughing stock on the world stage.

As we are regularly lectured with Liberal bunkum about “cultural appropriation”, how is it that the Premier Mangina thinks it doesn’t apply to him? At the famed U of Zero (aka University of Ottawa) some time ago, odious dwarf and Liberal excrescence Alan Rock, then El Commandante of said institution, ordered yoga classes cancelled because apparently white people should not take them. Nothing like a good bit of anti-white racism to show your Liberal credentials.

Naturally, there are rules for Liberals and different rules for everybody else. If the PM wants to pay homage to the absurdities of identity politics, which is anti-white racism in a suit, he should at least be consistent. Did he not think that prancing around India pretending to be an Indian while on an official visit might be viewed as highly insulting by the Indians, or at least a demonstration of foppish vanity that impresses no-one? And to add injury to insult, how smart was it to invite a Sikh terrorist to a diplomatic dinner party? That certainly didn’t impress the Indians. We know he’s pandering for the immigrant vote back home, but this kind of abject crawling, …really?

He gives the impression that he only looks in a mirror all day. He thinks vanity is an art form. Even his servile toadies in the Fake News Media and the dead tree press are getting a little cheesed off about it.

It may be one of those moments when the reality of the man is exposed. After all, you could wade through his deepest thoughts and not get your ankles wet. A smile and a hairdo may impress the likes of CBC journalists, but Canadians who work for a living expect something better. If anyone is all image and no substance, it is he.

Perhaps, for a laugh, visiting Indian diplomats should dress up in Chipewyan Indian headdresses, or lumberjacks in plaid shirts with axes?

As some wit on the Internet said, I can’t wait to see him dressed up when he visits Papua New Guinea.

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Indian Fantasy

This from a Canadian formerly posted in India….

 

Trudeau’s Indian visit has far too many idiotic moments to catalog but let me focus on one very tiny aspect of it and give my perspective. The UK Daily Mail reported that the “outfit that seemed to cause most offense was this golden number he wore on Tuesday to meet Bollywood stars, with newspapers describing it as ‘tacky'”.

 

 

Trudeau is obviously pandering to the Sikh population in Canada who are almost exclusively from the state of Punjab. There are two things to note.

First, most of the intellectuals in India, like the physicist Satyendra Nath Bose and the polymath Rabindranath Tagore are from Bengal. In fact, latter has a unique accomplishment in that he wrote the national anthem for two countries, India and Bangladesh. One can read more about this aspect of Bengalis in this article.

 

That brings us to the Punjabis, who are from the state of Punjab. It was divided after 1947 between India and Pakistan. This pre-partition state was where Sikhism emanated from. In fact, Guru Nanak was born in and died in present day Punjab in Pakistan even though the faith’s holiest place, the Golden Temple, is in Amritsar, India. Punjab was and is central to Pakistan, and in fact the original capital of Pakistan was Lahore which is in Pakistani Punjab. Why is all this important? Take a look at this map of present day Pakistani Punjab.

When the Muslim invasions came from the West they didn’t hit civilization till they got to Punjab after going through the current Tribal Areas of Pakistan, a “shithole” to borrow a word from Trump. Punjabis were the first meaningful contact with these invaders and this imbued in them the diplomatic and administrative skills necessary to interact with them.
The Sikhs have always been diplomatically skilled in ascertaining key players in political power which was exemplified by their aligning with the British in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.  The alignment of establishment Sikhs can also be seen in the action of the priests of the Golden Temple who invited Colonel Reginald Edward Harry Dyer, the architect of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, to the Golden Temple and presented him with a turban and sword after the massacre.

How do these facts tie together? Punjabis, as well as the Sikhs, are not the smartest, but they are successful in the political and business world, which leads them to gravitate towards the center of power. They are also a tight knit community, which leads to them having political power that is disproportionate to their size. That is why you see so many of them represented in Canadian politics. Many of the immigrants, like the Sikhs, still view things the way thing were when they migrated with the same mores and fashion sense. Their homeland has moved on but they still have the same tacky fashion sense that was prevalent in India back then when it was fashionable to wear flashy clothing. In the above picture Shah Rukh Kan, the “King of Bollywood”, is wearing what is currently fashionable but Trudeau is wearing what was considered fashionable a long time ago, and his Sikh entourage still views that as the current day fashion. To get a perspective on how fashionable Sikhs dress today, do a search on images of Jagmeet Singh. You won’t see any flashy gold or silver outfits. Photos of him from his pre-marriage ceremony show him wearing a subdued gray-silver outfit, which keeps with the tradition of bright colors, but is severely toned down.

As for the Bhangra, I will grant that he has rhythm but his arms are too low. Lastly, why is it that we see Canadian PMs like Harper and Trudeau in mosques, temples and gurdwaras, but never in churches?

Do Yuh Feel Lucky, Punk?

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Well, do yuh?

After the latest shooting in Florida, the Fake News media descended into their usual hypocrisy and hysteria about guns, or gun violence as they call it. Funny that people are not killed on the roads by “car violence”?

The real crime here is the almost total uselessness of the law enforcement agencies, studiously avoided mention by the Fake News Media. The FBI, the Federal Bureau of Incompetence, was warned about the shooter and his advertising his proclivity to violence on multiple occasions and yet did nothing. The local police reported that they had been called to his residence about 39 times in the last few years, still nothing was done. The lefty argument is to “ban guns”, which means that only that criminals will have guns.

So, what to do? Blame the NRA, of course. Murderers are not responsible for their actions; other law-abiding citizens are! That’s lefty thinking anyway. How does a society deal with this kind of problem?

Well, look to those who really know about it—the Israelis. From Israel National News:

Enter Israel: When the knife intifada erupted in September 2015, the Israeli government’s response was to ease the process for the civilian populace to obtain weapons. After a particularly bloody Jerusalem shooting attack that killed four, then-Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan drastically changed the gun laws in order to significantly raise the number of armed civilians on the streets. Instantly, graduates of Special Forces units and IDF officers with the rank of Lieutenant and above were permitted to purchase guns at their will, security guards were allowed to bring their guns home after work, and the minimum age for a license was reduced from 21 to 18.
Erdan explained that “civilians well trained in the use of weapons provide reinforcement in the struggle against terrorism”, while Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for every resident to carry a gun, and was even photographed traveling the city carrying a Glock 23.

And as for the “problem” of more civilians carrying around guns;

In addition, the overwhelming majority of terror attacks in Israel are stopped by armed civilians, not law enforcement. For example, the terrorists in the 2016 Sarona market attack were stopped by armed passersby. A pistol-carrying tour guide put an end to the 2017 ramming attack in Arnona that left four soldiers dead.
In Israeli eyes, guns are a valuable deterrent against terrorism. In fact, terrorists have told the Shin Bet internal security service that they often target haredi Jews due to the high likelihood that they are unarmed.

And what about “gun control”, or rather license to kill for terrorists:

Gun control has been proven to be a dismal failure in Israel. The Israeli Arab communities are rife with illegal weapons, with some police estimates putting the number of unlicensed weapons in the Arab sector as high as 500,000. Think about that for a second: The most heavily guarded borders in the world and a highly professional Shin Bet are still not enough to prevent criminals from obtaining illegal firearms.
When terrorists attacked a school in Maalot in 1974, Israel did not declare every school a gun-free zone. It passed a law mandating armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers and today runs frequent active shooter drills. There have been only two school shootings since then, and both have ended with teachers killing the terrorists.
It is an approach that the Americans should take to end the constant slaughter of innocents.

That’s all you really need to know when the hysterical liberal mob rants on about innocent lives lost. Just imagine if the Israelis had gun control…?

But they have common sense. So do the Americans (aside from the traitors in the political class).

If the right of the people to keep and bear arms is infringed, tyranny is around the corner.

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