Monthly Archives: September 2015

Swimming Left

Forgot to post on Friday. I’m sure you all were heartbroken.

Scott had a piece on Trump where he said:

Everyone knows that America is getting more ideologically polarized these days. The right is getting rightier. The left is getting leftier.

I responded on Twitter:

It is fairly obvious we have been moving left. I then finished the piece and looked through the comments. Many of the people there seemed to think the US is actually moving right. Are they insane?

In the US you can now lose your job or your business for having the same opinion on gay marriage that almost everyone 15 years ago would have had. This is leftward shift happening in real time with no ambiguity to it.

But maybe on other issues this is not the case, so I’m going to look at the top 10 most important political issues to Americans to see how they’ve moved. (Oddly, despite the huge amount of attention placed on it, the number of people who think gay “rights” is the most important issue ranges from “*”, almost non-existent, to 1%). I’ll ignore two of the top three as they are non-partisan issues with no discernible left or right positions: dissatisfaction with government and unemployment. Everybody hates unemployment and dissatisfaction is non-partisan. This leaves 8 issues that 4% or more of Americans thought are the most important issues.

1) Economy in General – Generally, the left is for more state economic intervention, the right for less. Government spending as a percentage of GDP is a decent proxy for state intervention. Other than a temporary dip in the late 90’s, government spending has been consistently rising. On the economy the government is moving left.

2) Immigration – The left is generally pro-immigration, the right generally anti. The proportion of immigrants has been increasing since the 1950’s, although, this mirrors a decrease in the first half of the 20th century. As well, due to the removal of country of origin laws by the left, immigration has become increasingly “diverse”. Immigration has become more left.

3) Race Relations – The president is black. 50 years ago the US legalized racial marriage and public opinion has been growing consistently in favour of it. Jim Crow laws have disappeared. The last lynching was in 1964, while today, black mobs burn down black-run Baltimore and injure over 100 cops with the establishment’s approval because a black man was killed while being arrested for possessing an illegal weapon (a crime that is only a crime because of the left). Society has moved left on racial relations.

4) Healthcare – Obamacare was just passed a few years ago. The Bush public drug plan was introduced a decade before that. Moving left.

5) Education – Public education spending, staffing levels, and funding per student have all been increasing at a rapid pace. Moving left.

 

6) Debt/Deficit – The right is generally anti-deficit, while the left is generally in favour of Keynesian deficit spending. The debt has been consistently increasing, barring a decline following WW2 and a temporary drop in the lates 90’s. We’ll say it’s been moving left.

7) Terrorism – The War on Terror continues and was right-wing in origin, although the left has instigated the Libya and Syria theatres of the war. But we’ll say the (mainstream) right won this one, now that the left is playing the game.

8) Foreign policy/foreign aid/focus overseas – I’m not actually sure how to look at this one. Foreign aid is declining, a right-wing win, but I highly doubt it is the main component driving the importance of this issue. There’s more hate against Russia and ISIS more nowadays, but those aren’t particularly partisan issues. The opening of Cuba and the Iran deal are vaguely left. The Cold War is over; NATO’s still around. Free trade agreements are increasing, but that issue is largely non-partisan: the elites vs everyone else. I don’t think this one is able to be judged along a left/right axis, so I’m not going to assign anything to it.

The following three I looked at as well, because at first I accidentally was reading the May column, not the August Column, but they’ve been written so I’ll include them:

9) National Security – See terrorism. Us defence spending as a percentage of GDP has been on a fairly steady decline since the 50’s, with a leveling-out/small rise since the mid-90’s. The number of defence personnel follows a similar trend (in absolute numbers, so, percentage wise it has been decreasing even more so). The trend has been moving left.
http://www.cfr.org/defense-budget/trends-us-military-spending/p28855

10) Gap between rich and poor –  The Gini coefficient has been rising since the 70’s, but that was following  a fall in the first half of the century. The left is opposed to the gap; the right is neutral on it. While the right isn’t in favour of a gap, they aren’t really opposed, and the left are very opposed, so we’ll say this has been moving right.

11) Ethics/Moral/Religious decline – See gay marriage above. The number of religious people has been declining and church attendance has plummeted. Marriage rates have declined. Divorce rates have increased. Fertility rates have plunged. Bastardry has increased. Female-headed households have increased. Things are moving left here.

Conclusion:

So, on a total of the 13 of the most important issues to Americans, I didn’t rate 3 of them. Of the remaining 10, 8 have been moving left and 2 has been moving right.

On the majority of the issues that matter most to Americans the left has been winning. The US is moving left.

I realized after writing this that the question I ended up answering has changed slightly from the initial question, which was where the party’s are moving, not where the country is moving.

 

Lightning Round – 2015/09/09

A review and critique of SJW’s Always Lie.
Related: Reviews from a leftist and Counter-Currents of SJW’s Always Lie.
Related: A couple of reviews of SJW’s Always Lie.
Related: A review of SJW’s Always Lie.
Related: SJW’s wrote 2 parodies of Vox; the VFM wrote a parody of Scalzi in response.

Standing up to SJW’s.

Jobs the educated won’t do.

The American flag is not your symbol.

Ambijectivity, quality, and morality.

The need to replace Wikipedia.

#NRORevolt.
Related: Club for Growth blackmails Trump.
Related: Trump and Corbyn.

Scott Adams has been running a number of interesting articles on Trump. You should read them. More.

A tale of two suburbs.
Related: 40 years to destroy Compton.

Genes, race, and IQ.

Solution to the migrant crisis.
Related: Mass immigration is more than just Mexican illegals.
Related: Why ISIS is winning.
Related: Send the “refugees” to Israel and Qatar.
Related: Why we should let Syrians in.
Related: More than half of immigrants on welfare.
Related: Family of women murdered by illegal sues sanctuary city.
Related: The Hispanicness of Jeb Bush.

The nation-state undermines itself.

Conor Friedersdorf (remember him?) writes about what I wrote about 3 years ago concerning white privilege and identity, in the Atlantic. It’s almost like this guy almost understands but just can’t go against his liberal programming.
Related: Henry finds a fairly even-handed article on white identity from Slate. They’re beginning to see.
Related: White privilege myths.
Related: Jesse Benn: Breeder of fascists.
Related: A tale of a “Chinese” poet. Heh.

The scale of WW1.

Provoking a war with #BlackLivesMatter.
Related: Indicting BLM.
Related: #BlackLivesMatter activist Shaun King isn’t black.

The dangerous faith.

An exegesis of the Bible on divorce.

DS runs the stats: they are pretty dark for finding an attractive Christian virgin.

Advice for Christian women on getting a spouse.

Serial monogamy is not any more moral than hit it & quit it.

Masculinity is not a social construct.

Marriage markets and demographics.

Anti-depressants: the other birth control.

The branding of sex slaves.

Related: A couple more books.

A basic FAQ on the Hugo controversy.
Related: Calculated insults at the Hugos.
Related: A leftist writes on how to stop Vox Day? Parts 2, 3, & 4. It’s solid, reasonable advice that theoretically would work, but won’t give holiness points, therefore, no anti-puppies will follow it.
Related: Hugo’s: What will Vox do?
Related: Proving Larry right.
Related: Two interviews.
Related: George RR Martin lies. More.
Related: On Patrick Nielson Hayden.

Anti-GamerGate is pro-pedophile.

Social scientists are discrediting themselves.

Why do they hate science so much?

Woman jailed for over 10 years for silent protest of abortion.

If you want to repeal the 2nd amendment, go ahead and do so.

 

Cosmo et al

I mentioned before, I got linked to by Cosmo. The link in the article  traced back to my odds of divorce post. This same article has since been posted in Elle, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar, virtually a who’s who of the women’s magazine world. The writer, Asher Fogle, seems to be a somewhat influential woman in this world, judging by her LinkedIn, which lists her as an editor at multiple high profile magazines.

This has led me to multiple observations:

First, do these people have not have editors. I have nothing against Asher, she didn’t slander me or anything, but I am unsure what she was thinking. I know nothing of her, but I am almost entirely sure she would, at the very least, disagree with almost everything I write. In addition, I write primarily badthink and none of these magazines seem the type to court badthink. Linking to me runs a risk of drawing the Eye of Soros. It doesn’t look like the author or any editors actually reviewed my site or the link beyond the data. This is interesting.

Second, I am almost surprised by the incestuousness of the women’s magazine sphere. The exact same article was posted on 5 different major magazine sites (that I know of). Did she get paid 5 different times for the article? After looking into it, it turns out all five magazines are owned by the same company, so probably not. A search also turned up that MSN had the same article, although, AFAIK, they have no ties to that company, so maybe she got paid twice.

Finally, the major one is how little traffic these sites sent me. Cosmo gave me a grand total of 42 hits, Good Housekeeping, Elle, and Marie Claire  gave me 4 each, and Harper’s gave me 6, for a grand total of 60 hits. MSN gave me none. As a comparison, 2015/08/08 Lightning Round sent anywhere from 30-200 hits per a link, in a single day (some sites with multiple links can receive up to 300-500 hits) . Over the last quarter a buried link from TRP over a similar time period sent me 70 hits, a Chaos Patch from Land can send over 60 hits, , a Free Republic link sent 130 hits, and a RooshV thread sent me 60 hits.

None of the other links are abnormally high: my aggregator, Reaction Times sends me 50-150 hits a post, a link from Viva la Manosphere nets 100-300 hits, some TRP links have sent thousands of hits, one link from Scott Alexander got me over 2000 hits. I could go on but you get the point.

Why are major, international, professional magazines with paid writers, editors, advertisers, web designers, etc. getting so outclassed in this area? I run a poorly edited blog consisting mainly of long-winded posts laced with grammatical mistakes and typos on arcane socio-political theory on the fringes of the already fringe edgysphere in my free time, yet a single link from me sends multiple times more traffic than five major corporate magazines combined.

Their Alexa ranks destroy mine (although, being in the top 260,000 sites in the world for the kind of blog I run is still pretty decent, I think), so it’s probably not due to traffic.

Is it because the women who read 15-point clickbait lists aren’t the type to click-through to the source? Do they read nothing but the headlines? I was in one of the later points, maybe they can’t read more than a couple hundred words at a time? Was it the article itself? Is divorce risk simply not interesting to women?

I’m not sure what the reason is, but I found this discrepancy rather odd. When I saw Cosmo pop up in my referrers, I thought I’d get a deluge of visitors and was worried a minor internet outrage storm might engulf me. But instead, I got less hits than I do from a buried link on a random TRP thread.

The Norman Hypothesis

The Puritan hypothesis is a main plank of neoreaction, but the English Civil War itself didn’t arise out of the vacuum.

I came across this article:

Indeed, such attempts to root Northerners, particularly those from the Northeast, and Southerners in antagonistic bloodlines went back at least as far as 1837, when another anonymous writer in The Messenger wrote, “We, too, of the South, and especially we of Virginia, are descendants, for the most part, of the old cavaliers — the enemies and persecutors of those old puritans — and entertain, perhaps, unwittingly something of an hereditary and historical antipathy against the children, for the fathers’ sake.”

It seems many southerners (and northerners) prior to the civil war believed themselves to be the descendents of the Normans (and Anglo-Saxons, respectively). Here’s an 1846 journal article from a J. Quitman Moore in DeBow’s Review arguing the Norman heritage of Dixie.

I can’t find anything on how factual this myth of Norman heritage is, but according to Jayman the Cavaliers believed themselves to be descended from the Normans. But if it is genetic fact it is interesting.

The Normans were Catholic Vikings who had settled Northern France, while the Anglo-Saxons were Germanics who displaced the original Celtic Britons. Interestingly, given the later alliance of the Cavaliers and Scots-Irish in both the English and American civil wars, the Irish and Scots were also invaded and ruled by the Normans who became “more Irish than the Irish themselves” and were eventually integrated. The Norman’s were, being vikings, a rather violent people.

It is possible the roots of modern political differences are genetic in origin, extending past the American civil war, before the Glorious revolution, and back the conflict between the Norse Normans and the Teutonic Anglo-Saxons. Even more speculatively, could this go deeper to a genetic legacy from the split of the Germanic peoples or even the corded ware/battle axe culture era.

Now, I’m no expert in this area and from my understanding, nobody really knows for sure, this is all speculative but the possibility is interesting to think about. Maybe someone like HBD Chick could give this a closer look.

Lightning Round – 2015/09/02

A primer on defending yourself.

The law of reciprocity.

The need for faith.
Related: Modern men must become aristocrats of the soul.

Fatherhood in occupied post-America.

The pathology of cowardice.
Related: A short review of SJW’s Always Lie.

Training a bureaucratic population.
Related: Liberals horrified by co-ed.

Everything adults say about bullying is BS. Part 2.

Building a NRx tribe.

NRx and propertarianism.

The DE as anti-choice.

No escape from a cucked society.

In defence of book-burning.

The Candy Crush career track.
Related: Pay to intern.

The topology of power.
Related: Horizontal oppression.
Related: Paying tribute to the kakistocracy.
Related: 2065.
Related: False tribes.
Related: The future belongs to whoever shows up for it.
Related: How permanent minority rhetoric backfires.

Culture wars and Mongol kings.

Losing battles and losing elections.
Related: Ancient democracies weren’t as terrible as modern ones.
Related: Sparta’s attempt at balancing innovation and tradition.

The Overton window is a decided by conservatives.
Related: Conservatives need to get over Burke.

The black knight.
Related: A demon of the establishment’s design.
Related: Is Trump in it to win?
Related: Trump and female journalism.
Related: Trump’s game.
Related: Trump makes Univision do the perp walk. More.
Related: CS Lewis on Trump.
Related: Trump frame control.
Related: Obama’s sons or Trump’s daughters?
Related: Trump is Batman.
Related: What’s scary about Trump?
Related: Trump’s fiercest enemies are on the right.

Trump lays down an immigration platform.

An immigration round-up.
Related: The Trump deportation plan.
Related: The ethnic cleansing of Europe begins.
Related: A letter to mass immigration advocates.
Relate: Immigration reform for normies.
Related: Who opened the borders?
Related: Common sense in Hungary.

Colonization did not make Africa poor.

On slavery.

We need Jewish wounding.

Humane, egalitarian terror.

What race were the Greeks and Romans?

Who plotted to destroy Nixon?

Another Cold War Soviet agent.

Is the evolution of human IQ self-limiting?

The chanernative right.

The cuckservative soul.
Related: Mictlantecuhtli Shrugs.

The uncucking.

Seems Haywire’s Trigger Warning magazine isn’t on the up and up.

The maturation of Roosh.

An ideological history of early Christianity.

Catholic defensiveness vs. pious humbug.

Never write a Christian novel.

A call to the Christian manosphere to be more Christian.

A review and criticism of modern courtship.

The 3 big elephants in the Christian dating and marriage room.
Related: Accusations of shallowness are false humility.

Marriage: 1.0 vs. 2.0.

A review of Cernovich’s Gorilla Mindset.

Women do and should think men’s sexuality is disgusting.
Related: Wimmins.

WN game.

Study: Most divorces initiated by women.

On Ashley Madison’s sex ratio skew.

The economics of waifu.

Science: Slim waists have always been attractive.
Related: Some data on BMI and being overweight.

Women aren’t born that way.

Board sex diversity hurts firms.

Computers be racist, yo.

Black gay reporter murders straight white journalists.

The gay community’s serial killer problem.

Some links on the Hugo’s.
Related: PN Hayden goes off on Wright’s wife.
Related: New SJW Marvel movie announced at Hugo’s.

Most psychology studies failed replication tests.

On defensiveness.

The War in Heaven II. Related.

The billions spent on teacher training is a waste.

The evolution of magazine covers.

Why not regulate guns like cars?

H/T: Jim, Isegoria, NBS. Land,