Jesse Kelly: “It’s Time For The United States To Divorce Before Things Get Dangerous”

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This idea of breaking up the United States may seem a bit outlandish now, but you won’t think so once real domestic unrest comes to your town.

Source: It’s Time For The United States To Divorce Before Things Get Dangerous

Let me preface my comments by being clear: I do not wish to see this. Despite my Monarchist and Confederate leanings, I deeply love and respect the American Republic that our Founders bequeathed to us (as Benjamin Franklin perhaps presciently put it, “if you can keep it”), and which my ancestors (including my father and paternal grandfather) fought to defend.

The United States has been far from perfect, but I truly believe that (if you set aside the late unpleasantness of the mid-1860s, and a few other incidents) it has done more good in the world than otherwise. But everything has its life-cycle, and that includes nations – and the ideologies behind them. And like human relationships, though “breaking up is hard to do,” there may come a time when it is the lesser of two evils.

What Jesse Kelly calls “the peaceful solution”: “We can and will draw the map and argue over it a million different ways for a million different reasons, but draw it we must. I’ve got my own map, and I suspect the final draft would look similar.”

It is said that no one (at least, no decent person) breaks up a committed relationship unless or until the pain of remaining becomes greater than the pain of departing. I am not sure we are quite there, yet, but we seem to be heading in that direction. As this essay puts it,

“The history of the world is nations breaking up and redrawing their borders. If we want to avoid this political divide turning into a deadly one, we should do likewise.

“Stop clinging to the past and acknowledge where we are as a country, not where you want us to be, not where things were when your grandpa was storming the beaches of Normandy. Where we truly are…

“Borders move. Countries split and change hands. They do this for a myriad of reasons. Ours would be a major cultural shift toward the left and half the country refusing to go along with tyranny…”

“The GOP has many problems, but the Democratic Party has turned into something completely un-American. The United States was founded on two things: Judeo-Christian values and a limited federal government. The entire platform of modern Democrats stands completely opposite both of those.”

Sobering – even depressing! – to think about, this nonetheless carries the ring of truth, in my opinion. I am also depressed to see my home state of Maryland well above the line (and even the “Old Dominion” of Virginia!) but I also, sadly, fear that Mr. Kelly is correct. There has been such an influx of Left-leaning urbanites, over the last several decades, that neither – and certainly not Maryland – is what it used to be. That I may ultimately find myself forced to migrate South or West is a sad likelihood that I have been pondering for a long time before reading this essay.

Mr. Kelly concludes,

“This idea of breaking up the country may seem a bit outlandish now, but you won’t think so once real domestic unrest comes to your town. Our political disagreements have become a powder keg, one that already would have blown if conservatives had liberals’ emotional instability.

“Nobody is expected to cheer for this split. Cheering is not a normal reaction when couples get a divorce. We cheer for old married people on their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

“But life is imperfect. Life is hard. We both now agree that living under the other side’s value system is wholly unacceptable. The most peaceful solution we Americans can hope for now is to go our separate ways. So let us come together one last time and agree on one thing: Irreconcilable differences.”

To my great sadness, I fear that he is right. I just wish I had confidence that we could do so, peacefully, before we get to the point beyond which a peaceful settlement may prove not merely difficult, but impossible to achieve.

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Hope Not Hate: anti-fascist authoritarianism | Free speech | spiked

Hope Not Hate: anti-fascist authoritarianism

“There has always been something paradoxical, even ironic, about so-called anti-fascist and anti-racist groups… These anti-fascist bodies are a reminder that people with unshakeable good intentions on their side are always the most dangerous.”

Source: Hope Not Hate: anti-fascist authoritarianism | Free speech | spiked

Online columnist Patrick West notes that

“There has always been something paradoxical, even ironic, about so-called anti-fascist and anti-racist groups. While ostensibly promoting peace, understanding and tolerance in the face of nasty and intolerant far-right groups, they have always seemed to contain an essence of authoritarianism and intolerance themselves – and even an undercurrent of menace…

“These anti-fascist bodies are a reminder that people with unshakeable good intentions on their side are always the most dangerous. People who believe they are fighting evil impose no boundaries upon themselves, because in their battle in the name of good, anything is permitted.”

Now, it seems, “the latest anti-fascist group, Hope Not Hate, which sounds caring and innocent enough… latest campaign has been to urge major booksellers Waterstones, WHSmith and Foyles to stop profiting from selling ‘dangerous books’ with ‘extreme hate content.'” Correctly noting that “the concept of ‘dangerous books’ is both babyish and ridiculous,” Mr. West points out, accurately, that

“It should strike us as ironic that anti-fascists are seeking to ban books in the name of promoting tolerance. What next? Burning books? But this shouldn’t surprise us. Paternal, power-crazy, anti-fascists have a long track record of self-righteous censoriousness. They’ve always feared the ill-educated, unwashed masses of people who might have had too much to think. They always mean well. And that’s what makes them so dangerous.”

Dangerous indeed! Referencing a number of recent cases of authorities in the UK tagging people for anti-PC “thought crimes,” Mr. West continues,

“Free speech means standing up for people you don’t care for, because if your enemies aren’t safe from the encroaching powers of the state, then you and you friends won’t be safe, either. You don’t have to be a libertarian fundamentalist to be worried about the state now prosecuting people for jokes.”

It has until recently been seen as self-evident, here in the U.S., that free speech is meaningless unless it also protects unpopular, even offensive speech. This consensus seems, sadly, to be fading even here, and it appears already to have gone by the wayside in the U.K. (which used to have a robust tradition of free speech, but sadly never one protected – as ours still is, however tenuously – by a written Constitution).

I am, in any case, reminded of C.S. Lewis’ famous dictum:

“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.”

Unfortunately, at the moment it seems that the tyrannical “omnipotent moral busybodies” are very much in the ascendant in today’s public square, aided and abetted by inaction on the part of those whose greatest fear is to be seen as being “intolerant.” But as the late great G.K. Chesterton observed, “Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.” Sadly, there seem to be many such men in the present age of the world.

Phony Virtue is Ruining Western Society | The American Conservative

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From Hollywood to our foreign policy, Rousseau’s joke is on us.

Source: Phony Virtue is Ruining Western Society | The American Conservative

“What counts as virtue among Western elites? As Aristotle teaches, if you can identify what a society considers to be virtuous or good, you can understand the moral outlook of that society’s institutions, from its schools to its foreign policy. One needs only to study any gathering of American elite culture to see that virtue, traditionally centered in personal character, has become redefined as public sympathy for humanitarian causes… This moral preening has become so commonplace that a term has developed to characterize it: “virtue signaling.”

“The West’s moral outlook is now animated by the widespread belief that virtue is measured by one’s professed sympathy for causes such as combatting homelessness, extending civil rights for various protected groups, and decrying poverty in far-off places. The more publicly ostentatious one is in attaching oneself to these causes, the more virtue one is assigned by our elite culture.

“Yet the continuing sex scandals of our elites are (pardon the phrase) laying bare the inadequacy of this definition of virtue. In Hollywood and other elite institutions, puffed-up paragons of “virtue” reign, but backstage are characters… wholly lacking self-control, decency, moderation, temperance, and civility… [This] glib dismissal of personal probity and the substitution of a moralistic public commitment to ‘society’ and ‘the world’ has corroded our understanding of morality.

“We might simply chalk this up to the everlasting tendency of human beings toward hypocrisy. Yet something more insidious is at work…”

Read on, for further understanding…

N.B. This issue arose for me back in the mid-90s, in divinity school, when I became aware of the decline and fall of personal morality – or at least, of concern for personal morality, unless in the context of socially acceptable (“politically correct”) causes – and the significance of individual sinfulness, and the rise to prominence of “systemic” sin, evil, and immorality… as defined, of course, by the socio-politically “aware” (read: left-wing / P.C.) “elite.” Needless to say, the situation has not improved in the last twenty years or so………

Psychologist on the Breakdown of Discourse: ‘I’m a Liberal Professor and My Liberal Students Scare Me’ | Intellectual Takeout

“People born after 1980 are much more likely to be in a state of moral dependency,” he said. “If somebody has done something to me, I won’t deal with it myself. I will get an adult authority, a bureaucratic authority, a diversity a department, something to punish the person who did this to me.”

Source: Psychologist on the Breakdown of Discourse: ‘I’m a Liberal Professor and My Liberal Students Scare Me’ | Intellectual Takeout

“American campuses are now overwhelmingly made up of students born after 1980, many of whom are incapable resolving conflict on their own.

“The result?

“A process Haidt calls erasure, in which universities and educators strip away anything that could possibly be construed as unsettling or offensive. Eventually, ideological conformity (on campuses that implies progressivism) replaces original thought.

“’This makes it impossible to teach. This makes it impossible to have an intellectual community,’ he said. ‘I’m a liberal Professor and my liberal students scare me.’”

I saw the beginnings of this in the late ’80s and, especially, mid-’90s, in my own undergraduate and graduate institutions – the latter in particular. The speed and intensity at which the process has proceeded is indeed frightening. The result is a dumbing-down of students and graduates of our mainstream academic institutions – both in terms of knowledge itself, and the process of learning. And the implications of that are indeed frightening.

I will never forget one of my favorite undergrad professors, a man both liberal and progressive, assert that the primary purpose of a college education is to develop a “good crap detector.” Students today do not, by and large, have good crap detectors. They have ideologies, and fear and hatred for anything outside of them. This is not the way you get productive and intelligent public discourse! It is also not the way you develop intelligent and productive citizens, post-academia.

Just one of many reasons I fear for our future.

How Political Correctness Is Driving the Breakdown of Society | Intellectual Takeout

It’s a great thing to encourage diversity, but in doing so we should ask ourselves if that diversity encourages or discourages a common culture amongst the nation. If it does the latter, then perhaps it’s time we ask whether a doctrine of political correctness is truly healthy for the country.

Source: How Political Correctness Is Driving the Breakdown of Society | Intellectual Takeout

Very gently phrased, but very accurate! I have argued for a long time and in a variety of fora, including this one, that there are a limited number of common norms that serve as support pillars for a culture, a society, and a nation. Among these are common ethnicity, common language, common religion, common ethical and moral standards, a common history, and respect for common institutions (both political and social), customs, and traditions.

Like a well-made building, a society – or a nation – can survive one or more of its support pillars getting a little shaky, but if too many of them begin to experience breakdown, the stability and integrity of the culture, like the building, is at risk. That, unfortunately, is the break-point I see us moving towards with increasing velocity, if current trends continue.

GAH!!! The stupid – it burrrrrns!

Source: Idiot Liberal Proves She Knows NOTHING About US History In Embarrassing Post

This is the level of arrogance and idiocy we’re dealing with, folks. In case you hadn’t already realized it, we have an uphill battle to fight. I’m reminded of the late Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork’s phrase: the “vertical invasion of the barbarians” – meaning that the worst “invasion” we have to face is not external, but from arrogant idiots and ignoramuses from without our own nation(s) and culture(s). Sadly, that invasion is not only underway, but well-advanced…

Conservative Violence: The Horror | Stately McDaniel Manor

The latest offering by Mike McDaniel of the Stately McDaniel Manor blog, a somewhat light-hearted essay – definitely a satirical one – which nonetheless, as satire generally does, makes some excellent points:

Source: Conservative Violence: The Horror | Stately McDaniel Manor

The latest offering by Mike McDaniel of the Stately McDaniel Manor blog, a somewhat light-hearted essay – definitely a satirical one – which nonetheless, as satire generally does, makes some excellent points.

It is an article of faith among the forces of the Left, and of course, the media must be included in this, that Donald Trump has unleashed right wing hell on Earth. White supremacists, haters of Jews, racists, misogynists, haters of the LGBTQWERTY community (whatever it might be or demand to be called at the moment), kickers of puppies, and people who help little old ladies across the street — into traffic — are not only the blood kin of Donald Trump and every American who voted for such a loathsome creature, but have been given presidential leave to rampage across America attacking the righteous. Republicans and conservatives — they’re all too often not the same thing as the Republican Obamacare repeal bill that isn’t a repeal bill has demonstrated — must also be included in any list of deplorables. Yet, as nunnyadayambiddness notes, this sort of crime and social breakdown tends to be concentrated in deep blue portions of the nation.

Unfortunately for the left, Mr. Trump is not cooperating. He has done nothing any reasonable person could mistake for prejudice toward anyone. True, he has honored his campaign promises, and very confused men can no longer go pee pee in women’s restrooms with impunity. This, to the left, is unmistakable evidence that Trump hates all LGBTQWERTY — or whichever pronoun or acronym they prefer today — people. To rational human beings, this engenders (pun) only a sigh of relief, particularly among men, who won’t have to worry about strange (another pun) men showing up in the restrooms frequented by their wives, mothers and daughters. In addition, Mr. Trump’s new immigration executive order creates an honor killing database for the first time in American — probably world — history. That is exclusively a women’s issue, but the Left cares not, because it is Muslims who do the killing, and they apparently can do no wrong to women. The enemy of my enemy and all that.

Read on, gentle readers, for more excellent commentary by Mr. McDaniel!