Engineers of the Human Soul

Stalin said, “The writer is the engineer of the human soul.” One of the characters in the film The Lives of Others slightly misquotes Stalin to include all artists as engineers of the human soul. It seems that Stalin was a few decades ahead of Andrew Breitbart’s politics is downstream from culture. Totalitarians know their stuff.

This is not a movie review but I do recommend this film. It’s about the Stasi in East Germany, set a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s in German with subtitles, streaming on Netflix. I enjoyed this joke from the movie:... [Read More]

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Conservatism is Progressivism Driving the Speed Limit

In his essay from 1960 entitled Why I Am Not a Conservative, Friedrich Hayek wrote

…by its very nature it [conservatism] cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving. It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance. It has, for this reason, invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing. The tug of war between conservatives and progressives can only affect the speed, not the direction, of contemporary developments.

…conservatives have been guided by the belief that the truth must lie somewhere between the extremes with the result that they have shifted their position every time a more extreme movement appeared on either wing.... [Read More]

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Mollie on the Podcast

Mollie Hemingway is a guest on the most recent Ricochet flagship podcast. I know a lot of you guys aren’t necessarily fans of this podcast but I think most of you are fans of Mrs. Hemingway. Her part of the podcast starts at about 16:30. She discusses her new book Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. She and her coauthor interviewed many people involved in the nomination and confirmation hearings. You will learn new things by listening to this.

I don’t consume the podcast via the website but that’s one way to get it:... [Read More]

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The Left Discovers Human Biodiversity

Blank-slatism is a cornerstone of leftist orthodoxy: all humans are the same and race is a social construct. Even though Diversity is Our Strength™ anyone can be anything, do anything. Imagine my shock at coming across an article in a leftist publication endorsing human biodiversity:

The scientific research hits on some of the most sensitive racial anxieties of Western-African relations, but it’s also an amazing story of human biodiversity.... [Read More]

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NPC Daily

I recently came across the satirical publication NPC Daily. Think of it as The Onion but aimed at Lefty. It features articles such as
Why the 4th of July is a hateful, racist holiday and should be boycotted
Transphobic universities facing backlash for not having urinals in women’s bathrooms
Potential active shooter has a change of heart after seeing “Gun Free Zone” sign

It also has an advice column, Ask Neville, in which Progressives’ questions are answered, such as “Resisting Drumpf is tiring and hard. What do you recommend I do to keep energized in Trump’s America?”... [Read More]

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Rape & Abortion & Folk Music

The Scots folk ballad Davy Faa tells the tale of tinker who is offered lodging by a farmer and who forces himself on the farmer’s daughter. More benign versions of the song (The Jolly Beggar Child 279) have the two falling in love.

Folk songs are interesting because they are a window into the attitudes and mores of ordinary people in the past. None of the characters in the song floats the idea of inducing an abortion. Instead, the lassie carries the pregnancy to term, she names the baby after the lad, and it’s implied that they live happily ever after. This is not to minimize the severity of rape as a crime nor does this kind of story always end so well. Compare, for example, The Ballad of Omie Wise, in which the pregnant girl is murdered. Nevertheless, it points to somewhat different attitude toward the issues raised than exists today. Modernity may be making people less accepting and more miserable.... [Read More]

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Even More Boring Than the Debates

Instead of watching the Democrats debate (not that I would anyway), we went to performance of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, starring Dianne Wiest. It’s essentially a one-woman show. There is one other cast member but he has a very minor role. I had previously read Beckett’s more famous Waiting for Godot and found it tedious and pointless. Since hope springs eternal, I’d hoped that a performance could breathe life into Beckett. Alas, it was not to be.

The play is in two acts. It opens with Winnie, a woman in her fifties, buried up to her waist in the sand on a beach. She’s awakened by a loud bell and proceeds to narrate her daily routine, punctuating it with declarations of how happy she is, as a stream of consciousness. Her husband, the sixtyish Willie, is hardly seen and rarely speaks. The plot, such as it is, is laid out in greater detail in this article.... [Read More]

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Borderless

Lauren Southern has a new documentary, Borderless, released on 24May2019. It concerns the immigration crisis in Europe. As with her previous documentary, Farmlands about attacks on white farmers and the general disorder in South Africa, her new documentary has professional-level production values. She traveled to several locations with her crew to investigate the nature and scope of human trafficking in Europe and Asia Minor. Even though it’s only been out for about two days, it already has about a half million views. It is free to view on YouTube (at least for now)* and on BitChute.

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Does This Sound Familiar?

“Preaching against capitalism and a racist America”
“A socialist utopia in South America.”
“A San Francisco-based cult.”
“[It] had political clout at the time. The political power base… that looked the other way.”

Sharyl Attkisson is talking about Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre but she might as well be describing present-day Silicon Valley plutocrats. Except that in this case the political power base are cheering it on. Plus ça change…... [Read More]

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BuzzFeed Strikes Again

NSFW Warning: All the links in this post contain bad words and politically incorrect statements. I can’t help it; this is an intrinsic part of the story. The easily offended should move along.

BuzzFeed has succeeded in deplatforming yet another YouTuber. Tim Pool, Styx, and Vee (undoubtedly others) have discussed this case. A BuzzFeed blogger* wrote this hit piece about a fourteen-year-old girl with almost 900k subscribers on YouTube. She has a potty mouth and says things that disturb Lefty’s universe. BuzzFeed still has a comment section, and those comments make fun reading:... [Read More]

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