For once… appropriate use of “shredded.” An Anonymous Berkeley Professor Just Shredded BLM's Injustice Narrative It's worth the read. He mentions Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. It's also worth checking Glenn Loury & John McWhorter Walter Williams Shelby Steele These are all black men Joe Biden would say aren't really black.

Dumpster Fyre Festival

At the metaphorical dumpster fire of Seattle's "Autonomous Zone," neo-hippies* were forced to call 911 and move their barricades so firetrucks could extinguish a literal dumpster fire. Fortunately, the dumpster was unoccupied. Brings to mind Detroit in ‘67, when people started fires on 12th street, called the fire department, then shot at the fire trucks… Continue reading Dumpster Fyre Festival

Irony is dead in Seattle

In Seattle's so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Antifa and BLM stalwarts are employing their newly declared police powers to enforce immigration 'rules' and collect 'taxes.' "Seattle police encourage anyone in the area who is a victim of extortion to call 911." And they’re gonna do what, exactly? Pass out free copies of Animal Farm, as… Continue reading Irony is dead in Seattle

Come together.

Right now. Over me. The Beatles' song title would be apt at George Floyd memorial services. George Floyd's family says that coming together would be what he would have wanted. Only a vanishingly small minority of humans would not condemn the manner of George Floyd's killing as disturbing and depraved. You'd think we could all… Continue reading Come together.

False choice

Two short articles from Reason and The Weekly Standard:Authoritarians to the Left and RightThe Nation and the NazisImagine a line with a sliding indicator. On one end is Marxism and Antifa; on the other is Fascism and Alt-Right. Or, call it Black Lives Matter vs Stormfront. Your job is to slide the indicator along this… Continue reading False choice

Identitarian Politics: Distinctions without a difference?

I recommend this Claremont Review of Books discussion of fascism’s origins and the comparison to communism, including points about Black Lives Matter and Antifa. It’s well worth reading the whole thing: Fascism in America?But I have some reservations. Fascism... first emerged in Italy under Benito Mussolini, then spread to many other corners of Europe and… Continue reading Identitarian Politics: Distinctions without a difference?

On the Failure to Recognize Patterns

Two from Jonah Goldberg, related to my post Cosmetic Distinctions, below. The Alt-Right Is Bad — And So Is ‘Antifa’ There’s a natural tendency to think that when people, or movements, hate each other, it must be because they’re opposites. This assumption overlooks the fact that many — indeed, most — of the great conflicts… Continue reading On the Failure to Recognize Patterns

Cosmetic Distinctions

The intertubes are clogged with denunciations of the President's remarks on events in Charlottesville. While Mr. Trump displayed his usual crass phrasing, lack of clarity and wretched sense of timing, his argument boils down to criticizing a flawed syllogism:All Nazis/Racists are hatefulHateful people marched in CharlottesvilleAll Charlottesville marchers are Nazis/RacistsMr. Trump condemned the violence which… Continue reading Cosmetic Distinctions

Mr. Thompson* speaks

“I have a Twitter account," is the populist version of “I have a pen and phone.” You might say these are just negotiating positions, but if the negotiating positions are immoral, where do the negotiations end up?On health care“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that… Continue reading Mr. Thompson* speaks

‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first – verdict afterwards.’

With Representative Jared Polis (D - Boulder, CO) and soon to be former Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton (D - Carpetbag, AR) channeling Iracebeth of Crims, I am reminded not just of Lewis Carroll, but also Joseph Heller and Franz Kafka. The trial of the Knave in Alice in Wonderland, Clevinger's Court Martial in Catch-22 and… Continue reading ‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first – verdict afterwards.’