Barnacles of deceit

“Looking back at the worst times, it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in this matter that they insisted that the rest of the world agree with them. And then they would do things that were directly inconsistent with their own beliefs in order to maintain that what they said was true.”

-Richard Feynman

Why Don’t They Believe Us? – Tablet Magazine

You know each example very well already. But feelings of disquiet may be occasioned by more examples from the last few years than you can easily list.

The effects accumulate below the water line, because the speed with which each new major prevarication has arrived dims the previous one. Continual review of our nomenklatura’s drip-drip-drip mendacity is necessary.

There’s no hyperbolic rhetoric in that article, no jumping to conclusions. There’s nothing sensational, except maybe the scope of audacious duplicity.

The catalog of deception is by no means complete. Unmentioned are cover-ups of anti-semitism in our Congress, and attempts to repeal the 2nd Amendment by executive order – despite denials of that intent. I’m sure that does not complete the list, either. But those affronts are also glued onto your hull.

You wonder when Newsweek will put this on their cover:

The surprise isn’t that we have people who can ignore the accumulated deceit, it’s that they can champion it; because they consistently reason backward from their desired political outcome. This is true for some across the political spectrum.

Lately, though, this tendency has been distinctly one-sided. And distinctly fervid. And – you’re intended to believe – widely popular.

Critical PR Theory

Teachers’ union sues Rhode Island mom over requests for CRT curriculum info

“The lawsuit filed Monday in Bristol County Superior Court requests that a judge block the release of “non-public records” and implement “a balancing test that properly assesses the public interest in the records at issue measured against the teacher’s individual privacy rights.””

You may well wonder what records regarding curriculum, stored on school email servers, would be “non-public.” I think we are going to find out.

““Given the circumstances of the requests,” the lawsuit states, “it is likely that any teachers who are identifiable and have engaged in discussions about things like critical race theory will then be the subject of teacher harassment by national conservative groups opposed to critical race theory.””

Let me fix that for you: “Public employees’ preparations to teach white five year olds that they are irredeemable racists may expose such public employees to public criticism.

Some legal analysis:
Gigantic Teachers’ Union Sues Mom for Asking What the Local Public School Is Teaching Her Daughter

“It’s worth noting that the South Kingstown NEA previously targeted Solas, as we reported, by holding a special membership meeting singling her out as a danger.”

Harassment is OUR job.
Update: Smear of Mom Nicole Solas Was Prepared By Public Relations Firm Hired By South Kingstown (RI) School Committee

The chairwoman of the South Kingstown School Committee resigned from the board. The vice chairwoman of the board resigned from that position. The school district’s superintendent resigned.

Now the NEA is on the case. We can be sure the NEA is sincere in their belief that the 1619 curriculum is a model for teaching American history.

I also think this is about much more than that: The NEA is defending their right to run the public schools they way they see fit. For example, if they had to actually pay attention to parents the next time there’s a pandemic they wouldn’t be able to keep the schools closed.

Entrepreneur

Is this a great country or what? You can make lots of money telling people what a bunch of racists they are.

On July 9th, I posted a test I took designed to tell me if I am a racist. In my answers, I mentioned Thomas Sowell as a thinker I admired. Yesterday I followed up with a post linking to Sowell’s website.

I also mentioned Robin DiAngelo in that July 9th post as an example of someone who made racist remarks to which I have objected.

She’s become rich and infamous for one idea; turning the theme of Franz Kafka’s The Trial into a theory of white racism. It forms part of the canon of Critical Race Theory.

To summarize Kafka: “Any denial by an accused person serves as evidence of guilt.” In DiAngelo’s adaptation, whites who admit their racism prove her theory. Denying racism also proves her theory.

Whites are divided into two kinds of people: (a) those who admit they are guilty of thoughtcrime, and (b) those who are guilty of thoughtcrime because they will not admit to being guilty of thoughtcrime.

DiAngelo is doing well with this gig. She refused a $10,000 fee from UW-Madison last October for a prerecorded lecture (and apparently a virtual Q&A) at UW-Madison. She pointed out that the $12,750 she demanded was already a 15% discount. Nevertheless, DiAngelo’s haul “was 70 percent larger than what was given to the event’s other keynote speaker, black author Austin Channing Brown.

Read this entire FOIA’d email thread. Turns out DiAngelo levered her passive aggressive white privilege into displacing a ‘person of color,’ who would normally have given the speech. UW-Madison showed some angst about it. Hilarious.

No doubt, it’s lucrative. There’s enough demand for being convinced you are racist by means of a logical fallacy from wealthy, white, Progressive females, that it’s spun off other ventures. White women paying $2.5K for a dinner to learn how they’re racist

For your further edification, this piece by lefty Matt Taibbi (click ‘Let me read it first’ if you get a registration page), is a great analysis of Ms. DiAngelo’s schtick.

Our Endless Dinner With Robin DiAngelo

If you check out that post on Sowell (directly below) you’ll see her type described by T.S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, Eric Hoffer, Dinesh D’Souza, and Sowell himself.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell was mentioned in yesterday’s post. Today, I thought to direct you to his website. He is a national treasure.

Don’t miss the ‘favorite quotations’ page. Five examples:

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm– but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.
—T. S. ELiot

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
—C. S. Lewis

There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.
—Eric Hoffer

Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America.
—Eric Hoffer (that was 1971, and look where we are now)

Publicly inconsolable about the fact that racism continues, these activists seem privately terrified that it has abated.
—Dinesh D’Souza

Here are some quotes from Sowell himself. One example:
“Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.
― Thomas Sowell