Tuesday 12/6/16

  1. Don’t say another word, Mitch
  2. Social ecology
  3. When the source matters more than the truth
  4. Making the tenant the landlord

Tertiary Things

1

The Purdue community expressed concern during a rally last month that the president-elect’s rhetoric could incite hateful acts against minorities and marginalized groups.

Meanwhile, more than 600 Purdue staffers signed onto a letter denouncing “ongoing acts of harassment and violence” across the nation since the general election, and the faculty senate recently urged President Mitch Daniels to restate the university’s opposition to racism, bigotry and misogyny.

Almost on cue, flyers linked to a white supremacy organization began popping up on campus last week, prompting demands for condemnation from university leadership.

(Journal & Courier, Purdue protesters claim Mitch Daniels’ ‘silence’ helps racists)

“Almost on cue,” as in “how convenient!”

I’m going to come out and say what others should be thinking: Odds are that these “white supremacist” posters on the Purdue campus are a hoax.

There. Didn’t that feel good?

More specifically, I’d bet a modest amount that they are false flag provocations by the little twits with Selma Envy (or even Munchausen Syndrome) who decided to bitch and moan in Hovde Hall that Mitch Daniels hadn’t been shrill enough in condemning the ideology for which the posters purportedly stand.

How easy to manufacture your own grievance when the specific poster that showed up at Purdue is available online! It’s one of the glories of the fact-free era! And one side uses it repeatedly.

If it wasn’t a hoax, chances are it was a drunken prank. The odds that it was actual, serious white supremacists? Oh, maybe one in fifty. Your mileage may vary. I’ll even give you one in twenty considering Indiana’s sorry history (we were an island of anti-miscegenation in a sea of sanity, for instance). But if you think it likelier than not was white supremacists, we’re barely living on the same planet.

If you’re really mad at me by now, let me ask you: is there even one shred more evidence that the postings were by racists than that they were by hoaxers? In the absence of evidence in this specific case, I’m going with the experiences that have made me a cynic.

“Mitch, let’s face it: Your silence helps the racists,” reportedly “could be heard echoing across campus” (this reporter verged pretty close to advocacy). But Daniels speaking out vehemently would help the hoaxers.

In two seperate (sic) statements, Daniels said the group’s views “are obviously inconsistent with the values and principles we believe in here at Purdue” and the university’s “opposition to racism in all its forms couldn’t be more clear.”

(Journal & Courier) Nice, anodyne and obvious. Mitch Daniels is under no obligation to say a single word more.

2

We need to rebuild our social ecology. When a civilisation is in good order it has institutions that provide support and hope in hard times. In the West these have traditionally been families and communities. Neither is in a good state throughout the West today. Their breakdown led two of the most important thinkers in America, Charles Murray on the right and Robert Putnam on the left, to argue that, for large sections of the population the American dream lies broken beyond repair. The sooner we abandon the politically correct but socially disastrous view that marriage is outmoded, the better.

We need to recover a strong, inclusive sense of national identity if people are to feel that those in power care about the common good, not simply the interests of elites. The West is still suffering from the damage done by multiculturalism, living proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unless we can restore what George Orwell called patriotism as opposed to nationalism, we will see the rise of the far right, as is happening already in Europe.

The religious voice is important also, and I say this not because I am religious but because historically the great faiths have given people a sense of dignity and worth that was not tied to what they earned or owned. When religion dies and consumerism takes its place, people are left with a culture that encourages them to buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have for a happiness that won’t last. It is a bad exchange and it will end in tears.

(Lord Jonathan Sacks)

3

Pretty obviously, the struggle between mainstream news and Web news climaxed over the election, with the mainstream overwhelmingly pimping for Hillary, and then having a nervous breakdown when she lost. Desperate to explain the loss, the two leading old-line newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, ran with the Russia-Hacks-Election story — because only Satanic intervention could explain the fall of Ms. It’s-My-Turn / I’m-With-Her…

Also interestingly, these newspapers and their handmaidens on TV, were far less concerned as to whether the leaked information was true or not — e.g. the Clinton Foundation donors’ influence-peddling around arms deals made in the State Department; the DNC’s campaign to undermine Bernie Sanders in the primaries; DNC temporary chair (and CNN employee) Donna Brazille conveying debate questions to HRC; the content of HRC’s quarter-million-dollar speeches to Wall Street banks. All of that turned out to be true, of course …

(James Howard Kunstler) This, too:

A little paranoia about the growing fascist behavior of the US government is a useful corrective to trends that citizens ought to be concerned about — for instance, the militarization of police; the outrageous “civil forfeiture” scam that allows police to steal citizens cash and property without any due process of law; the preferential application of law as seen in the handling of the Clinton Foundation activities and the misconduct of banking executives; the attempt to impose a “cashless society” that would herd all citizens into a financial surveillance hub and eliminate their economic liberty.

These matters are especially crucial as the nation stumbles into the next financial crisis and the Deep State becomes desperate to harvest every nickel it can to rescue itself plus the cast of “systemically important” (Too-Big-To-Fail) banks and related institutions like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are about to once again be left holding colossal bags of worthless non-performing mortgages, not to mention the pension funds and insurance companies that will also founder in the Great Unwind that is likely to commence as Trump hangs his golden logo over the White House portico.

4

Making the landlord and the tenant the same person has certain advantages, as that the tenant pays no rent, while the landlord does a little work.

(Attributed to G.K. Chesterton)

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.