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Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Wonder How Long MLK's Dream Will Last

The uniformed and civilian leadership of the country is publicly fretting about the tension created when unlike creatures are given equality of opportunity, yet achieve unequally:
The Army reports that only 10 percent of its active-duty officers are black, which has contributed to its dearth of black officers leading soldiers with occupational specialties in infantry, armor and artillery.

"It certainly is a problem for several reasons," Col. Irving Smith, director of sociology at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, told USA Today. "First we are a public institution. And as a public institution we certainly have more of a responsibility to our nation than a private company to reflect it. In order to maintain their trust and confidence, the people of America need to know that the Army is not only effective but representative
of them."

USA Today's research found that 25 relevant brigades it looked at did not have a single black commander in 2014. For 2015, the paper reported that there will be two black commanders of combat brigades.

Capt. Grancis Santana, 33, spoke to the paper and asserted that it wasn't discrimination that was causing a lack of minority officers in key posts - the supply of desired soldiers in his military occupational specialty simply
wasn't there. "There was no discrimination; there are just not a lot of people like you."

The paper also noted that of the 238 West Point graduates commissioned to be infantry officers in 2012, only seven were black. One of the Army's plans for addressing the issue will be to put more emphasis on recruiting and
mentoring minority officers.
This tension is the inevitable result of post-Enlightenment "blank slate" theory running smack into reality, a reality formed when genetically diverse creatures, raised in culturally diverse environments, achieve in a divergent manner. The pleasant fiction of strict equality between the various human races has been shown to be just that, and the challenge now will be to determine how diverse groups can coexist peacefully in "togetherheid" in light of the resultant diversity of outcomes and distribution of goods.

There are certain pressure groups for whom MLK's dream is dead.  Like all good Marxists, these groups feel free to judge not by the content of one's character but instead by the pallor (or not) of their skin or the equipment between someone's legs--all while blaming the designated Oppressor Class for the numerous inequalities that inevitably result when unequal beings apply their various talents in the real world. These pressure groups want equality of outcome (or better), and call for race- (or sex-) based head counting as the corrective. Competency, performance, or in this case, combat effectiveness, is no longer the relevant metric for them. Troublingly, the national leadership appears to be slowly bowing to this pressure, and increasingly demonstrates ever more willingness to trade battlefield effectiveness in exchange for domestic social peace.

This is a a dubious strategy at best, given the many historical lessons that teach that appeasing an aggressor only invites more belligerence, not less.

PS - this is also an example of the apex fallacy, as applied to race and ethnicity.  Among the many reasons why there are so many whites in leadership positions is that there are more whites in the Combat Arms in general.  Trigger pullers are overwhelmingly white--and also suffer disproportionately more casualties.  So just as the Glass Ceiling comes with a Glass Floor, command and leadership carries with it flag-draped coffins.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Why Should We Care If They Don't?

"Arabs Give Tepid Support to US Fight Against ISIS":
Many Arab governments grumbled quietly in 2011 as the United States left Iraq, fearful it might fall deeper into chaos or Iranian influence. Now, the United States is back and getting a less than enthusiastic welcome, with leading allies like Egypt, Jordan and Turkey all finding ways on Thursday to avoid specific commitments to President Obama’s expanded military campaign against Sunni extremists.

As the prospect of the first American strikes inside Syria crackled through the region, the mixed reactions underscored the challenges of a new military intervention in the Middle East, where 13 years of chaos, from Sept. 11 through the Arab Spring revolts, have deepened political and sectarian divisions and increased mistrust of the United States on all sides.

The tepid support could further complicate the already complex task Mr. Obama has laid out for himself in fighting the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: He must try to confront the group without aiding Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, or appearing to side with Mr. Assad’s Shiite allies, Iran and the militant group Hezbollah, against discontented Sunnis across the Arab world. While Arab nations allied with the United States vowed on Thursday to “do their share” to fight ISIS and issued a joint communiqué supporting a broad strategy, the underlying tone was one of reluctance.

Ryan C. Crocker, a former United States ambassador to Syria and Iraq, said that with “no good options,” hitting ISIS in Syria was essential to American security.
As PH over at Rebellion University observed the other day, we have little to no dog in this fight and lack the money to fund it anyway. The Arab states know this, and also have witnessed our track record in the region--that we will not follow-through, will not be a permanent presence. The American people have demanded as much, balking at doing anything more than pinprick remote drone strikes. Thus the nations in the region see little reason to join the fight against a well-equipped regionally powerful Islamist regime which has, if nothing else, a compellingly enthusiastic approach to governing. This makes ISIS the strong horse, and America the weak horse, to use UBL's formulation.

The nations in the area see this as America's fight, not their own. But why should we care to spend blood and a not insignificant amount of treasure, when the locals themselves seem to be keen on accommodation and coexistence with this new political entity. It is, after all, the sort of democracy we sought to impose by force back in 2003, at the end of history.  Right?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Notorious Jaffe Memo and Sub-Replacement Fertility

The indefatigable Hawaiiann Libertarian Keoni Galt transcribed what has become known as the Jaffe Memo in a recent post over at his site, available here.  It makes for unbelievable reading. Seems the Left dreamt up their Malthusian "baby bust" some 50 years ago.  Below is the text from Table 9, the most infamous portion of the Jaffe Memo:

As HL did the spadework in hunting down the entirety of the memo, I'll repost snippets of his commentary here:
Consider the opening paragraph of the memo: "This memorandum is responsive to your letter of January 24, seeking ideas on necessary and useful activities relevant to formation of population policy, defined as "legislative measures, administrative programs, and other governmental actions (a) that are designed to alter population trends... or (b) that actually do alter them."

Forty-five years later, we can see just how effective the Population Control Industrial Complex has been in shaping our present society, when you see just how much of this original brain storming exercise by this award winning eugenicist has come to pass...

The memo in it's entirety represents one of the primary eugenicists of his time weighing the pros and cons of various Population Control measures, and compares and contrasts voluntary versus mandatory measures under consideration by the social engineers of that era. These ideas are considered in the context of American society in the 60's, and how such measures would play out amongst different stratus of socio-economic classes of that era. Jaffe essentially points out that the welfare dependent underclass and the middle/upper-middle classes would require different methods to achieve the Population Control goals of the elitists.

Given the clarity of hindsight by those of us opposed to the agenda of the Population Control Industrial Complex, it is easily discerned that the multivariate approach has succeeded beyond these social engineers wildest dreams. In fact, some of it's "mere listings of current proposals" are currently being promulgated today...
Let's take stock of what has come to pass:

- Restructure family, by postponing or avoid marriage, and/or altering the image of ideal family size? Check.

- Compulsory education of children? Check.

- Encourage increased homosexuality? Check

- Educate for family limitation? Check

- Encourage women to work, nay, require women to work and provide few child care facilities? Check, via depressing men's wages to the point that most women have to work to maintain the standard of living of their parents, and sky-high demand for childcare that makes childcare very expensive and therefore practically limits child care availability.

- Abortion and sterilization on demand? Check.

- Allow harmless contraceptives to be distributed nonmedically? Check.

- Improve contraceptive technology? Check.

- Make contraception truly available and accessible? Check. It's a mandatory coverage item under ObamaCare.

- Improve maternal health care with family planning as a core element? Check.

As for me, while I won't go as far as to say that the Left implemented the baby bust deliberately so that they could turn around and "import a new electorate" from Third World countries where big government and corruption are seen as normal and right, it sure is convenient.

On a ht from Eric.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NBA Owner Pre-Emptively Sells Interest In Team After Anti-White Racist Email

Wait, what?
Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team's co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in 2012 as 'inappropriate and offensive.' In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban whites. He says he later realized the email made it seem white fans were more important. He voluntarily reported the email to the NBA. 'I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true,' Levenson said in the statement. 'That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate email to the NBA.

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the comments in Levenson's email were 'reprehensible and offensive. The statements do not represent the city of Atlanta's history of diversity and inclusion, and we will be clear and deliberate in denouncing and repudiating them,' Reed said. 'I applaud the NBA's efforts to enforce a no-tolerance policy of discrimination. As a city, we will continue to stand behind the Atlanta Hawks organization as they work to find new ownership that reflects the values and ideals of a city that is too busy to hate.'

The Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement encouraging Silver 'to continue vetting all owners. 'The announcement by Bruce Levenson is welcomed and appropriate by those of us in the civil rights community, that raised the issue of Donald Sterling's need to be removed, and that other owners must be held accountable,' Sharpton said.

Though the NBA investigation of the email was ongoing, Levenson apparently concluded he couldn't continue in his ownership role. 'If you're angry about what I wrote, you should be,' Levenson said in Sunday's statement. 'I'm angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense. We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.'
What were the allegedly racist words that Mr. Levenson wrote, words so evil and discriminatory that Mr. Levenson elected to extirpate his sins by voluntarily relieving himself of his controlling share?
My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base. Please dont get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. i never felt uncomfortable, but i think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority. On fan sites i would read comments about how dangerous it is around philips yet in our 9 years, i don't know of a mugging or even a pick pocket incident. This was just racist garbage. When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many blacks at the games.

I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while i don't care what the color of the artist is, i want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that's our season tixs demo. i have also balked when every fan picked out of crowd to shoot shots in some time out contest is black. I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black. Gradually things have changed. My unscientific guess is that our crowd is 40 pct black now, still four to five times all other teams. And my further guess is that 40 pct still feels like 70 pet to some whites at our games. Our bars are still overwhelmingly black.

This is obviously a sensitive topic, but sadly i think it is far and way the number one reason our season ticket base is so low.
Well...an NBA owner writes a contemptuous email blasting middle-aged "southern whites"--itself a dog-whistle epithet meant to conjure up images of segregation and Klan rallies--for their barely concealed bigotry, all while coveting the revenue they bring in. Isn't that special.  But that's not the outrageous part of this entire story. Instead, the outrageous part is not that Mr. Levenson's guilt over his racist anti-white screed (against the very hands he wishes were feeding him) led him to surrender his ownership, but somehow that his sober yet muted assessments of the relatively lower affluence of his overwhelmingly black fan base were "inflammatory nonsense".  Moreover, the safety concerns of "Southern whites" this limousine liberal so flagrantly dismissed and disrespected aren't entirely groundless, if the Atlanta crime maps are to be believed:

Source: Neighborhood Scout.com
The map above is of the area around the Georgia Dome, where the Hawks play.  The dome is highlighted in yellow, and darker colors represent safer neighborhoods.  The reader may note the dark peninsula of relative safety, surrounded on two to three sides by less safe, light-colored neighborhoods.

But the map that really adds nuance to this discussion is the crime heat map for the entire Atlanta metro area shown below.  On this map, the reader is invited to contrast the very unsafe downtown area and west side with the very safe northern suburbs:

Source: Neighborhood Scout.com
Compared to the peaceful state of the northern suburban bubbles from which Mr. Levenson's more desireable and more wealthy white fans would likely be commuting, the neighborhoods around the Georgia Dome probably felt very sketchy indeed. This isn't racism, this is survival instinct leveraging "cheap information".  This not unreasonable discomfort, given the data, is supposedly "racist garbage" of the sort about which limousine liberals like Mr. Levenson must haughtily berate less well-off whites...but it is not the sin for which Mr. Levinson must atone and liquidate his controlling interest in the team. Nope, he is "pulling a Sterling" for stating a couple of obvious and context-free (yet racially tinged) financial facts--facts that happened to be embedded in an email largely consumed with anti-white racism and channelling clumsy Yankee stereotypes of Southron whites.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Catcalling, Womansplained

On one hand, National Review columnist Christine Sisto is absolutely correct. There isn't much "conservative" in arguing that catcalling is no big deal, because "boys will be boys", "men can't help it", etc:
My Twitter inbox is still being flooded with messages from women saying that they share my experiences and agree with my assessment that catcalling is street harassment. Two National Review colleagues of mine penned responses to the article in NRO’s The Corner blog. The arguments against my article represent two fatal flaws of the conservative mindset toward this issue.

Nicholas Frankovich writes in his post, “Male brains and female brains are different. I say this not to justify the behavior, but to try to explain it.”

This argument is essentially, “Men can’t help themselves,” and it comes up often under the issue of catcalling, but is at odds with most conservative thinking. Liberals may believe people are incapable of controlling themselves, but it is unbecoming of the Right to use this excuse, even on something as miniscule as catcalling. About a year ago, Kathryn Jean Lopez, another NRO colleague, interviewed Charlotte Hays about her book When Did White Trash Become the New Normal? in which she suggests that by our accepting the antics of the Left, we are allowing American society to become, well . . . trashy.

“Whereas we once had chivalry, at least as an ideal, we now have the Violence Against Women Act, which is based on the supposition that men are brutes,” Hays says. “Instead of decency, we are told to rely on restraining orders that don’t work. The act comes from a mindset that says men can’t be tamed.”

Is this not the same reasoning a girl uses when she rolls her eyes and thinks to herself, “Men are animals,” after a man tells her to “shake it” while she walks down the street? The subtext of that eye roll is, “Men can’t help it,” but they can help it, because they are not animals. And this suggestion that men will continue to harass women on the street because their brains tell them to is, frankly, offensive to men. If men want to change their behavior, they will. But they won’t change it unless it is made clear that their current behavior is unacceptable, which brings me to my other point.

Another National Review–er, Molly Powell, wrote in another Corner post that she shared many of the experiences I outlined in the original article. A derelict man once pleasured himself in front of her on public transportation. “Most women who are young or halfway attractive will at some point experience rude and occasionally frightening behavior from men,” Powell writes. “So what?”

Why do we expect so little from men? With all due respect to my colleague, is it acceptable that so many women have been forced to watch men pleasuring themselves in public? Is it acceptable that many women, and if I may remind you, so many young girls, experience “occasionally frightening behavior from men?” Men are supposed to be our equals, not our bogeymen. Like Charlotte Hays, conservatives are always going on and on about chivalry, chivalry, chivalry. So why do we not expect it in everyday life?
Yes, Ms. Sisto is right. Catcalling is obnoxious behavior, and so-called "conservatives" who rationalize this sort of conduct in a way are guilty of the same "soft misandry of low expectations" as feminists and other liberalist reprobates.  Both, the former for reasons of Victorianism, the latter for reasons of Marxist ideology, bin men as evil animals, slaves to their hormones.

On the other hand, however, Ms. Sisto's gynocentric missives (here's her other article about catcalling that started the whole conversation in the first place) contra catcalling are too facile times two, and her analysis needs some additional nuance as well as a fair bit of introspection. Which of course, I'm only happy to offer.

First, like any sort of "harassment", catcalling may or may not be welcome depending on how the target receives it. As such, whether catcalling is appreciated as a compliment or condemned as street harassment is a function of a great many things, such as context, non-verbal cues (to include gestures), and the rank and / or social status of the man in question.  Ms. Sisto's own anecdote in the source article shows just how slippery and ill-defined an issue like this is:
I was home in New York over Labor Day Weekend. On Saturday morning, I bought a few bagels from the local bagel store. The owner was behind the counter that day and he was very cheery for someone who had to work on a holiday weekend. After I ordered my bagels and my coffee, he smiled and said, “Anything else, beautiful?” I paid my tab and walked out of the store, walking about halfway down the block before I even realized that he had called me “beautiful.” I wasn’t offended in the least.
No, I'm not arguing that the conduct in this example is "street harassment". But I am asserting that this example is cousin to "street harassment", in that it was an unsolicited appreciation of a woman's attractiveness by an unrelated male in the public square. The difference is merely in degree. Had Ms. Sisto been predisposed to take offense at having her beauty noticed and evaluated by a man--oh my, how terribly objectifying--this deed could have instantly transmogrified from endearing male merchant-female customer social lubricant into "sexual harassment" worthy of the attention of men with guns and the black-robed clerisy.  Conduct that no woman should have to put up with. Or so we're told.  And the metric that distinguishes harassment from compliment, from term of endearment to offensive conduct is how the woman in question receives it...an operative definition of weaponized solipsism as one is ever going to read.

Second, women regularly street-harass men with sexual signals each and every day. Yet, in our world of the feminine imperative, men's conduct is the only one that is condemned as inappropriate.  I speak, of course, of immodest dress that floods the public square with female sexual spam signals sometimes so loud they could arouse the dead.

Take the photo that adorns Ms. Sisto's own LinkedIn profile, at right, and screen captured here, in case it is ever taken down or deleted. Or the photo that leads her Facebook profile, which, while much more conventional, still features some healthy cleavage. Harmless fun, right, all that decollage? Perhaps not...maybe some of the men in her (or any other less-than-considerate woman's) midst don't appreciate being sexually trolled by women who are not their wives.  Does she think so little of those mens' wives (if married) or future wives (if single) that she sees no issue with women exposing themselves in such a manner? Furthermore, adapting some of the comments to her NR article that Ms. Sisto approvingly cut-and-pasted to her Twitter feed, perhaps she thinks men want it, that men crave the amygdala tweak that comes with spying exposed breasts, thighs, or buttocks, that men suck and are the source of all evil so teasing them is okay, that everyone condones it so its not a problem, that men can and should ignore it so it's not a problem, that immodest women are being beaten somewhere in the world, or not allowed to drive somewhere else in the world, so it's not a problem, that girls like to look attractive...so again, it's not a problem, right?  Do we have such a low opinion of women as a society that we cannot expect them to dress considerately?  Is it offensive to women to suggest that they cannot help but harass men on the street because their gonads tell them to? Apparently so, for immodest, inconsiderate, harassing and offensive dress is ubiquitous.

As Ms. Sisto wrote previously in NR, reference catcalling,
“It’s constant, it’s inescapable, it’s hard to get away from.” “Inescapable” is the perfect word to describe street harassment. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t matter what a woman wears or how she walks or what she’s doing — she will still be singled out in public as a sex object.
Inescapable is a perfect word to describe it. No matter what a guy wears, what he's doing, or whether he wants to be sexually tweaked, chances are that by merely walking down the street, minding his own business, he'll be coyly solicited by women who think nothing of teasing the men in their midst with their bankrupt sexuality.  Ms. Sisto complains about having been singled out as a sex object at the tender young age of 13; perhaps she can empathize with what it is like to be the subject of a relentless sex-signal carpet-bombing campaign by her success-objectifying sisters since puberty, as men are today.    

Ms. Sisto, her fellow femservatives, and not a few of the men in the conservative commentariat like to bang on about the decline in chivalry and the coarsening of male-female social intercourse.  Fine, just so, and I agree. I'll take some exhortations for ladylike behavior to go with the calls for gentlemanly behavior too.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Four Horsemen of the Long March-ocalypse

Mallory Millett, in a fantastic article over at FrontPageMag, recounts a quasi-religous chant employed at a 1969 women's consciousness-raising meeting in the run-up to the formation of NOW:
“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears. Was I on planet earth? Who were these people?

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.
Promiscuity. Eroticism. Homosexuality. Prostitution. By these four vectors, the women of NOW averred to destroy monogamy in their striving for their shiny, happy, Marxist utopia. The first three of these diseases are straightforward, but the reader may be doing some head-scratching as to why the Founding Mothers of NOW were promoting prostitution. Along comes Ms. Millet with an explaination:
“All women are prostitutes,” [a young woman] will be told. You’re either really smart and use sex by being promiscuous for your own pleasures and development as a full free human being “just like men” or you can be a professional prostitute, a viable business for women, which is “empowering” or you can be duped like your mother and prostitute yourself to one man exclusively whereby you fall under the heavy thumb of “the oppressor.” All wives are just “one-man whores.”
Ms. Millett also goes on to echo something else I've written here at EW before...that women are a civilization's center of gravity.  While men may shape, direct, guard, and provide, where a society's women go, men follow.
She’ll be telling you, “I’m probably never getting married and if I do it will be after I’ve established my career,” which nowadays often means never. “I’ll keep my own name and I don’t really want kids. They’re such a bother and only get in the way.” They’ll tell her, “Don’t let any guy degrade you by allowing him to open doors for you. To be called ‘a lady’ is an insult. Chivalry is a means of ownership.”  Thus, the females, who are fundamentally the arbiters of society go on to harden their young men with such pillow-talk in the same way they’ve been hardened because, “Wow, man, I’ve gotta get laid and she won’t do it if I don’t agree to let her kill the kid if she gets knocked-up!” Oppressed? Woman has always had power. Consider the eternal paradigm: only after Eve convinced Adam to eat the fruit did mankind fall. I.e., man does anything to make woman happy, even if it’s in defiance of God. There’s power for ya! Without a decent womankind, mankind is lost. As Mae West said, “When women go wrong men go right after them!”
To those of us who wonder what happened to marriage, we can see that its present state was and is no accident.  Furthermore, in knowing that the degradation of marriage and family--and thus society--pivoted around warping human sexuality via promoting promiscuity, omnipresent eroticism, homosexuality, and the view of sex as prostitution, we see a path toward restoration.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ferguson Rorshach Test

For my readers, what do you see when you look at this demographic map of Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding greater Saint Louis area?  (Ferguson is the black dot in the middle)
Source: Al Jazeera America
As for me, small wonder that Ferguson blew up as it did.

And as a side note, if people were worried that Al Jazeera would bring Wahhabist jihadism to America, five minutes reading that publication would convince you otherwise.  The articles and agenda pushed at that outlet are as conventional as any other MSM source, which is to say decidedly liberalist.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Smelling the New Demographic Transition Coffee

While the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, are certainly distracting, and in some ways an anachronistic throwback to the civil rights heyday of 1960s-vintage race-conscious protests and demonstrations, they don't take away from the fact that conditions for black folks haven't really improved all that much since Detroit or Watts. Furthermore, I don't see them improving anytime soon. And while some are inclined to externalize the reasons for the lack of real progress for the black community, perhaps some other reasons are at play. I posit three below: Sex, ideology, and mathematics.

Hobbled by Acceptance of Fornication, Illegitimacy, and Choice Mommyhood
One reason for this stagnation is self-inflicted--widespread rejection of marriage in the black community. In 1960, 24% of black babies were born out of wedlock. However terrible an indicator of social decay this one-quarter number was in 1960, in 2013 that figure had skyrocketed to a staggering 72%.  This climb has nothing to do with the dearth of employment for black men, as liberals are wont to suggest.  Nor can illegitimacy be attributable to a legacy of slavery, as author Herbert Gutman found in his 1977 book The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925 "five in six [black] children under the age of six lived with both parents".  And while liberals are quick to discredit Charles Murray's claim that welfare led to the decay in the black legitimacy rate, they also admit that it wasn't due to economic factors such as a lack of available jobs for black men.  No, this article from the liberalist Brookings Institution claims that illegitimacy was instead the result of the advent of contraception and legalization of abortion--the "technology shock" theory--coupled with changes in social mores that removed the stigma of single motherhood--"no more shotgun weddings"--to become the main drivers of the (black, white, and Hispanic) illegitimacy rate .

Limited by Marxist Thought
Another reason for the seeming lack of appreciable improvement in the socio-economic condition of the black community is ideology. Among other things, Marxism features a binary system of class oppression in which a victim class is depredated upon by an Other.  For decades in America, the "white establishment" and "white privilege", and "racism" served well as a too-convenient boogeyman, upon whose shoulders was placed blame for the ills of an entire population. Indeed, why "play by the rules" when the rules were written by a "class oppressor" dominant group, especially when this group could be effectively convinced that their collective guilt could be extirpated through transferring the wealth of its less-powerful contitutents to various "oppressed" classes?  Pretty good racket, if one could keep it going forever. So effective was this technique at delivering power, privilege and resources that it spawned all manner of copycats eager for their slice of the victimhood pie.  Thus I suppose it comes as a surprise by some that the entry of another, more numerous, more favored demographic threatens to depose the black community as the recipient of automatic "guilt legitimacy". Some are sensing a change in the wind, and sense in this breeze the loss of relative political power to another group (ht: Moonbattery).

The first video is from 2012:


This second video from about a month prior to the Ferguson riots:


The Cold Demographic Equations
While it's always dangerous to extrapolate forward into the future based on trends today, the math here is pretty simple...blacks are not the demographic into which a sane political party would stake its future. The data:

x Blacks lead all other racial / ethnic groups when it comes to murdering their unborn, responsible for obtaining 37% of abortions when they comprise a mere 13% of the population. This is far above that of whites (34%/62%) and even so-called "family values" Hispanics (22%/17%). In fact, a black woman is 500% more likely to abort her child than a white woman.  From the data collection arm of the infanticide  industry, the Guttmacher Institute:
Non-Hispanic black and Hispanic women have higher rates of abortion (40 and 29 per 1,000 women aged 15–44, respectively) than non-Hispanic white women do (12 per 1,000).[32] The higher rates reflect the fact that black and Hispanic women have high unintended pregnancy rates (91 and 82 per 1,000 women, respectively), compared with non-Hispanic white women (36 per 1,000 women)
x The fertility rate for blacks is 2.1, compared to Hispanics (2.4), whites (1.8), and Asians (also 1.8). The future belongs to those who show up for it--and while blacks are "showing up for it" in numbers equal to their share of the population today, thus far the most fecund demographic group is Hispanics

x By 2050, while America will be "majority minority"*, the share of the American population that is white, black, Hispanic, and Asian is projected to be 47%, 13%, 29%, and 9%, respectively, from 63%, 17%, 12%, and 5%.  Again, Hispanics are the largest-growing group.

x In 2012, immigrants already made up 12% of the US population.  Where do the legal ones come from?  Mexico.  Where do the illegal ones come from? 87% from Mexico, Central, and South America.

For the Democrat party, instead of investing in a portion of their constituency with comparatively diminishing influence (but legendary loyalty, even in the face of Democrat policies that make--and have made--blacks objectively worse off), they would do well to continue to solidify their popularity with Hispanics.  Even if this means abandoning blacks, whose wages have suffered in direct proportion to Hispanic immigration, to curry favor with illegal alien Hispanics, as labor unions (key Democrat component group) have decided.

As the demographic transition continues, how will blacks react as they are supplanted as the designated victim group in the left's Marxist calculus? Were they a means to an end, the accrual of power for left-wing elites, and now that they have served their purpose, are being set aside in favor of a culturally alien group with racial / ethnic interests of at odds with that of blacks?

* One wonders how long a viable resource-extraction strategy racial Marxism will remain in an environment where the demon white is no longer the numerically dominant group?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Considering Contempt for the Police

Note 1: This post, published at Return of Kings on August 21, 2014, is in response to the article "Why Americans Should Reconsider Their Contempt for Today’s Police", previously published at Return of Kings on July 3d, 2014.

Note 2: The image at right was taken by Jeff Robertson in Ferguson, Missouri, site of several days of rioting and protests over a fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer on August 9, 2014.

Recently, a guest blogger at RoK opined that Americans should reconsider their contempt for the police, arguing that

(a) LEOs aren't trained to be bullies, that most are good guys doing a difficult job, bad apples give the profession a bad name and, besides, citizens just don't understand what it's like to be on the other end of a citizen-LEO encounter,

(b) Shielding from liability for mistakes, such as kicking in the wrong door or shooting an unarmed man reaching for a cell phone, is necessary to get anyone to sign up to be LEOs in the first place,

(c) The recent trend of shaming, challenging, or embarassing LEOs and posting the videos on the internet only serves to make LEOs more cautious, less aggressive, and less likely to intervene in gray-area situations. The author cites another LEO third-hand, who reportedly said: "If life and death situations could land me in a coffin or prison, I will avoid life and death situations".  The result is more crime, not less,

(d) Higher-quality LEOs are leaving the force due to the rise in street violence and lack of public support for LEOs, leaving lower-quality officers behind. Moreover, the aforementioned working conditions will likely attract a different sort of LEO candidate, one better adapted to higher levels of violence and less concerned with the lack of public rapport, support, or appreciation for their work.

Not a bad start as an apologia for the police, as apologias go. I can empathize with the author's sense of bewilderment as he observes a low level of support for law enforcement amongst the citizenry:
We used to enjoy the support of the educated, hard-working people of the community, but not so much anymore. The bad guys used to know that the cops were the extension of the values of the community and if you violated those values, you were on your own—and good luck with that. But those communities that upheld the values of the Ten Commandments for everyone now seem to only uphold the values of the Ten Amendments, and only selectively when it protects them or their group’s politics.
I myself wrestle with the tension created by my own natural empathies for police officers and my discomfort with media reports of LEO misbehavior and my own (mixed, some good, some bad) observations of LEOs in action. Thus, while I have been at times been both critical and supportive of police over the last few years, I do so out of a sense of love of country, of patriotism, and a hope that the citizenry will help the system right itself. As I wrote a couple of years ago, the American justice system
has gradually morphed over time from one that protected liberty to one that erodes it. Indeed, as individual LEOs became "professionalized", American law enforcement ceased being a system in which citizens secured justice for themselves, on a level playing field, facilitated by law enforcement and the courts, to a literal "us" versus "them" arrangement on a steeply tilted playing field where the massive resources of government are brought to bear against presumably innocent individual citizens. In other words, ownership of the laws and the law enforcement process shifted from individual citizens to an amorphous "the people", thus divesting individual citizens from the justice process except as a collective (when enforcing the law), or as an isolated defendant (when targeted by law enforcement). This divestiture is so complete that jury nullification, that foundational right whose pedigree extends back as far as the Magna Carta, is viewed with contempt and hostility by those in the justice system and those who publicly profess this right are persecuted, pilloried, and/or proscribed from jury service. It is in this context which LEOs, people just like any of us, find themselves at odds with the interests of their neighbors while simultaneously being exposed to the worst pathologies of their neighbors.
Clearly, few are happy with the present system, except perhaps the criminal class which happily exploits the widening gulf between police and the citizenry to its advantage. With that in mind, the remainder of this post will explore some proposals intended to restore some of the lost liberties of the American people, narrow the gap between the interests of the LEO with the citizen, and maybe do away with some of that contempt for police that Anonymous Cop complains about.

New York Times

First up is decriminalization / re-legalization.  Too many things are illegal, making full compliance with the law difficult or impossible.  Mayhaps this is by design.  Ayn Rand once wrote:
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
While liberty is secured by a little bit of law, too much law threatens liberty. Of course, those who fancy themselves our masters, those who seek to grow government (and thus erode liberty), know this and write laws with the express purpose of controlling the lives of others (for example, Federal crimes are up nearly 1,500% since our nation's founding) and increasing their power and influence. If one is successful at reducing the quantity of laws, at making fewer things illegal, it follows that not only will there be more freedom and more responsibility but there will also be fewer criminals...and fewer opportunities for adverse interactions between LEOs and citizens.

Second, we should reduce the number of full-time LEOs, particularly at the local level where the bulk of law enforcement activities occur, and increase the quantities of part-timers, reserve deputies, and volunteers. The aim here is to shorten the psychological distance between citizen and LEO in a way analogous to the "citizen soldier" model of the National Guard, with an eye toward stemming a budding "us vs them" culture and mindset by making "them" more like "us".

Similarly, police should be hired from, and serve in, the communities in which they live. This may better invest the citizenry in the security of their neighborhoods, and transform their views of law enforcement away from alienated enforcers to neighbors assisting in maintaining law and order. Additionally, this would have the added benefit of reducing inter-cultural conflict (of the sort that the liberalist Left thrives upon and uses as a pretext to enact more "helpful" laws) and therefore increases the sort of interpersonal trust needed to effectively enforce laws.

Fourth, jury nullification needs to be re-legitimized as a check on government power and the arbitrary application of law by LEOs and attorneys general. It is right and proper for the citizens of the community to decide for themselves whether or not a particular law should apply to an accused offender, or even if a law is valid at all--not a judge or LEO or any other officer of the Court. Assuming a citizen is literate, they can judge the law for themselves, as well they should: After all, it is they who suffer the depredations of offenders, and not well-paid government officials safely ensconced in gated communities.

Fifth, the police need to resist the temptation toward militarization. They are not "blue infantry", they are not in a combat zone, should be discouraged from thinking that they are in a combat zone, should not dress as if they were in a combat zone, need not possess equipment meant for a combat zone, and should not frequently employ small-unit tactics as if they were in a combat zone. They are not, and more importantly should not think themselves as, to use Radley Balko's characterization, warrior cops. Moreover, the Founders considered a large standing army to be hazardous to liberty; I submit that LEAs would do well to avoid becoming what our Founders feared, if for no other reason than self-interest: Not only was Tsarnayev, the Boston Bomber, located by a citizen and not LEOs after the city-wide security lockdown was lifted, but life is very dangerous indeed for government forces of dubious legitimacy working in/around a disaffected populace.  Just as the US military about their experiences in Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc.

These are but a few modest proposals. Perhaps it is too late to reverse the decades-long trend of alienation between the citizen and LEO. It is possible forced diversity and cultural Marxism has degraded the culture so much that rebuilding the trust necessary for citizenry-based policing will be impossible. Maybe Americans have become so infantilized, so comfortable in the outsourcing of law enforcement to paid professionals, that taking ownership for the enforcement of their own laws is fantasy.  I hope not.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

From Patriarchy to Matrilinearity

A recent post by Bill Price shows how the taking class has been financially incentivized to trade patriarchy--leadership by fathers, in other words, civilization--into a culture which at the very least is matrilinear, if not outright matriarchal:
Instead of some natural matriarchal love-fest, it is more properly termed “multi-generational female dependency.” It’s an insidious kind of charity, because it renders men socially superfluous even as it encourages women to depend on the state for support, which creates an entire community that is a net drain on the surrounding society. Of course, there are incentives built in all along the way.

For example, if a woman gets section 8 housing after having a daughter, then raises her to adulthood on public assistance, when her daughter has a child she can stay with her mother (who will provide daycare) and collect welfare while she waits to get her own section 8 voucher. The daughter then gets her section 8 apartment, and the cycle repeats itself. I’m sure there are many families today entering their fourth generation of this lifestyle. For the men, the choices are significantly more limited. A lucky few may hit it big somehow, a large fraction will be arrested and incarcerated for something or other, and a minority will finally escape through the military or a reasonable job. Many will be reduced to the humiliating, demoralizing state of “mooching” off women who are state-supported. Naturally, this has incentivized favoritism toward female over male children amongst the underclass. Poor urban women invest more time and money in their daughters than their sons. This is sad but rational, because state assistance flows toward the female of the species — not the male.

When I see writers for Salon or some similar publication declaring that working class women are better off going it alone, I don’t think they quite understand what’s happening here. Instead of taking a hard look at the incentives, they tend to focus on the alleged shortcomings of the male, and rarely bother to get his side of the story (a glaring omission considering that the women in question deliberately chose to be impregnated by a particular man). They assume that it’s a matter of working class women earning more money and being better providers than the males. Perhaps most stupidly, they assume that a working class woman can be a single, go-it-alone mother of an infant and a productive worker.

Back in the bad old days, women had two realistic choices when they got pregnant out of wedlock: marriage or adoption. The alternative – becoming a “single mom” – was not generally supported by parents, and for good reason — they usually ended up paying for it. But there has been a new development since then: a huge, comprehensive welfare state. Instead of having to buy groceries for the child grandma can now be added to WIC checks, use the EBT and sign up for a childcare voucher. Yes, states will actually pay grandmothers, if they take a couple remedial classes, to watch their daughters’ kids. With a little planning, mother, daughter and grandmother can all get a piece of the pie. Carl, for his part, is eligible for nothing, although as non-custodial father he may well be forced to reimburse the state for paying his child’s grandmother…

This puts the women’s willingness to eject Carl from the situation in some perspective. Why share with him if they don’t have to, and especially when on top of that he can be forced to pay them? Lily has zero financial incentive to create a traditional family, and her mother – a so-called Christian – has an incentive to discourage her from doing so. It all sounds very trashy, and unfortunately it is, but before we lay all the blame on Lily and her mother, we must remember that highly-educated people from “good families” came up with the legislation that created these incentives.

Instead of using welfare as a relief measure to help families through rough times, our brilliant leaders created a self-perpetuating single motherhood mill. Now, women have no incentive to become partners in productive nuclear families, and men have no incentive to be husbands and fathers.
Mr. Price's post lays blame for this situation at the feet of supposedly smart and well-intended social engineers who brought us welfare and related social spending in the first place.  And there is a lot to answer for, given the social pathologies subsequent to such redistributive interventions.  However, perhaps some larger entropic forces are at play here that push society toward grass-hut matriarchy than merely the unintended consequences of ideology run amok.

For instance, there is biology itself: Lactating cows evidently produce higher calorie, more nourishing milk for female calves than male ones. In addition, and for their part, human mothers under economic duress behave similarly to bovine ones, delivering fattier, higher calorie, and more nourishing milk when breastfeeding their daughters than with their sons--and this is before they then go on to feed them more frequently than their sons.

Furthermore, biology, at least in the West, seems to be supplemented by gynocentric social behaviors, which show a marked preference for girls over boys as suggested by the use of selection techniques such as Microsort to convceive girls, as well as the well-established preference for girls in adoption.  This girl preference is buttressed by studies such as the one Mr. Price cited that found lower investment in sons in single-mother families, as well as numerous articles such as this that suggest middle and upper-class families having girls will "pay off" more than having boys in the short, medium, and long-term.  And all this occurs inside a heavily fem-favored environment where a panoply of government spending and legal advantages--over and above the entitlement spending that Mr. Price addresses above--that accrue to girls and young women, yet are not available (or severely restricted) to boys and young men.

It has been said that fatherhood is a social construction, while motherhood is a biological reality. Thus if patriarchy really is the basis for a complex, functioning civilization, then civilization itself is both delicate and the result of deliberate choices made to redirect nature--and in some cases, directly against it--and our natural inclinations away from the Hobbesian and toward something a bit more comfortable.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Women's Spaces for Women, Men's Spaces for Everyone

Breastfeeding mother of a male infant ordered away from a women's-only pool owned by the city of London because she brought a baby with her, and especially since her infant lacked the requisite vagina:
‘She stood over me and, gesturing to Arthur, said, “Children under eight are not allowed here – especially ones with penises”. I was quite upset and shocked. Then she stood over us while we were packing up and escorted us out. ‘The comment she made was so unfair to Arthur as a little baby – he’s not a sexual being. Kenwood is supposed to be welcoming to women. I’m a breastfeeding mother – I can’t be separated from my son. I understand that they don’t want it to be a child’s playground, but we were just quietly sitting on the grass.’ She was disappointed by the way she was treated during the incident last month. ‘The worst thing was the way the lifeguard spoke to me. I felt that it was not the way to speak to a new mother,’ she said.

The site is owned by the City of London but is run by Kenwood Ladies’ Pond Association, a voluntary group. Its website says the pond is supposed to be a ‘quiet, peaceful place for women and girls to bathe, swim and relax’.
While I can understand the desire to keep young screechy kids away from places where people just want to get away and relax, this double-standard sexism crap is irritating.  Moreover, it is yet another piece of evidence that shows that feminism is, and it was, never about equality, not at least since the First Wave where one can argue one way or the other. No, once again feminism is exposed as being about the craven accrual of privilege for one sex over another.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Coming Idiocracy

Danish study, echoing others performed in the UK and in Oz, suggests that people worldwide are just getting stupider:
Now some experts believe we are starting to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries - and that IQ scores are not just levelling out, but declining. Some believe the Flynn effect has masked a decline in the genetic basis for intelligence, so that while more people have been reaching their full potential, that potential itself has been declining.

Some have even contentiously said this could be because educated people are deciding to have fewer children, so that subsequent generations are largely made up of less intelligent people. Richard Lynn, a psychologist at the University of Ulster, calculated the decline in humans' genetic potential. He used data on average IQs around the world in 1950 and 2000 to discover that our collective intelligence has dropped by one IQ point. Dr Lynn predicts that if this trend continues, we could lose another 1.3 IQ points by 2050.
This comes on the heels of studies that assert that Westerners have become less and less "clever" since the 19th century, with IQ dropping slightly more than 1 point per decade, or 14 points since Victorian times, as increasing urbanization and food availability changed reproductive conditions in a way more favorable to the left-hand side of the bell curve.

So this begs the question: Why the decline? Possible reasons include youth culture, social media, and drug use, which are thought to depress cognitive development, and political liberalism and its offshoots such as feminism. Personally, I find it more than a little ironic the dysgenic association between increasing female education and labor force participation and the overall decline in the cognitive ability of their children. Oh, what we have sacrificed on the altar of maximized individual autonomy.

Another possible contributing phenomenon to this observed cognitive decline is the welfare state, itself another daughter of liberalism which was borne into the West in the late Victorian era. Welfare and similar social redistribution schemes burden (and therefore depresses fertility) the clever and productive to subsidize (and therefore boosts fertility) the dim and less productive. In addition, the decline in popularity of patriarchal family structures in favor of ones preferred (and subsidized) more by liberalism--that is, families headed by women--impede the transmission of social and physical capital from fathers and paternal grandparents to the next generation. And finally, the socio-sexual "liberation" of women set aside restraints on, and consequences of, what was previously immoral sexual behavior. As a result, "chicks" are free to act upon their desire for "jerks" who, among other things, aren't likely to be inclined to invest in the children they sire.

So it seems that liberalism is not only a moral disease, but a social one as well. Mike Judge's 2006 movie Idiocracy was supposed to be satire, but sadly it appears to be predictive instead.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Never Unjustified

After Kenosha, Wisconsin, police killed his son and immediately ruled it as "justified" after a cursory internal investigation, this man found out something interesting--and took action:
Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.

[A]s an Air Force officer and pilot I knew the way safety investigations are conducted, and I was thinking that this was going to be conducted this way. Yet within 48 hours I got the message: The police had cleared themselves of all wrongdoing. In 48 hours! They hadn’t even taken statements from several eyewitnesses. Crime lab reports showed that my son’s DNA or fingerprints were not on any gun or holster, even though one of the police officers involved in Michael’s shooting had claimed that Michael had grabbed his gun.

Wanting to uncover the truth, our family hired a private investigator who ended up teaming up with a retired police detective to launch their own investigation. They discovered that the officer who thought his gun was being grabbed in fact had caught it on a broken car mirror. The emergency medical technicians who arrived later found the officers fighting with each other over what happened. We filed an 1,100-page report detailing Michael's killing with the FBI and US Attorney.

It took six years to get our wrongful death lawsuit settled, and my family received $1.75 million. But I wasn’t satisfied by a long shot. I used my entire portion of that money and much more of my own to continue a campaign for more police accountability. I wanted to change things for everyone else, so no one else would ever have to go through what I did. We did our research: In 129 years since police and fire commissions were created in the state of Wisconsin, we could not find a single ruling by a police department, an inquest or a police commission that a shooting was unjustified. There was one shooting we found, in 2005, that was ruled justified by the department and an inquest, but additional evidence provided by citizens caused the DA to charge the officer.

The problem over many decades, in other words, was a near-total lack of accountability for wrongdoing; and if police on duty believe they can get away with almost anything, they will act accordingly. As a military pilot, I knew that if law professionals investigated police-related deaths like, say, the way that the National Transportation Safety Board investigated aviation mishaps, police-related deaths would be at an all time low.

And so, together with other families who lost loved ones, I launched a campaign in the Wisconsin legislature calling for a new law that would require outside review of all deaths in police custody. In April of this year [the law passed and] made Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate at legislative level that police-related deaths be reviewed by an outside agency.
Accountability can be a hard, uncomfortable thing. In the aviation world, if there is a mishap, whether or not people die, the incident is investigated by an outside agency and findings and recommendations are made to prevent future occurrences.  This includes administrative and criminal actions against the professionals involved if the evidence warrants.  Aviation as a whole is better--and certainly safer--for it.

I'd be curious to see the effect of this law on police-involved shooting deaths in Wisconsin. I would imagine that one change that has likely resulted is the transition away from lethal force toward non-lethal methods by police...and if that is the case, then this is the sort of positive change that outside inquests impose on professions.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Study: Nagging Shortens Your Life

Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.

Proverbs 25:24
Danish study of 10,000 men and women between 36 and 52 suggests nagging significantly shortens life expectancy. Men, in particular, are at risk:
Ask any married guy on the planet and he’ll tell you, as one man told CBS 2, nagging is “not pleasant.”

But now a new study suggests husbands of nagging wives can actually be nagged to death.

Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen said having a nagging partner can significantly shorten one’s life, and could result in three extra deaths per 100 people per year. The study also said people nagged by their spouses are more likely to get heart disease and cancer.

“Sounds about right,” said Stephanie Cellitti. “I nag him a lot.”

The study also says men in particular are at risk. Men who said they faced ‘many’ demands from their partner or family and friends were more than twice as likely to die compared to women in the same category who were 34 per cent more likely to die.

“You know, you’re just hanging out, man, and it just starts coming – you know, you try to avoid it as much as you can, but you can’t forever,” said Celliti’s boyfriend, Terry Garcetti.
And Garcetti and Cellitti are not even married yet.
On a tip from Mindstorm.

Monday, August 18, 2014

THIS Is What the 2A Is For

Not for opposing a central government which has gotten too big for its britches--a very high-risk, low payoff option--but for situations like in Ferguson, Missouri, over the last few days.  Via SooperMexican:


As one commenter on SooperMexican's site waggishly put it, note how the woman doesn't seemed to terribly bothered by open display of semi-auto rifles at the ready.  As opposed to OC jokers procuring lattes with rifles at the ready, scaring the bejeezus out of the sheeple--with magazines in and everything--this threatening display is appropriate for the situation.  It's just too bad that it didn't happen on Day 1, not Day 7.



The 2A is about protecting your family, property, or neighborhood when the the police either can't or won't, or won't get there in time, from low-life opportunist scum who want to take your stuff and don't care if they hurt you in the process. In fact, they probably want to hurt you, as "you didn't build that" and their entitled hoodrat culture envies your "privilege".

I just hope these guys never have to seriously engage anyone. For if the looters don't get 'em, the present Administration's racialist Justice Department will want to indict them for their success.  The guy wearing the bandanna around his face is wise indeed.

As an aside, the fine fellow whose shooting at the hands of a white police officer touched off this predictable opportunity to loot and violently protest, was apparently a suspect in a convenience store robbery (after having been caught on video--both unbeknownst to the LEO who shot him) and thought himself quite the artist, crafting raps about murder, drug use, drinking, and fornicating with hos. Classy.