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bionic mosquito: Malcolm X Was Right

Posted by M. C. on September 9, 2020

http://bionicmosquito.blogspot.com/2020/09/malcolm-x-was-right.html

Malcolm X Was Right

The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems.

I grew up in a city that would be considered a large bedroom community of a much larger city. My hometown had a mixed population – mixed in total, but not so much by neighborhood; mixed, meaning, basically black and white. During my school years, our public school district began the program of forced integration via bussing, and I was sent to the other side of town along with some of my earlier classmates.

While reading an essay entitled “My Career as a White Police Officer,” by Daniel Vinyard, I thought: this was not my experience. What was his experience? Read the essay – every sort of nasty, brutish, and violent behavior you can imagine.

Of course, he is a cop and I was a school student – we were certainly not dealing with the same randomly selected population. At my school, yes there would be occasional fights – almost always black against black, occasionally females going at it but usually males. While Vinyard describes fights as always involving large groups of blacks, I don’t recall anything like this – just two people pissed off at each other for whatever reason.

Even with large groups gathered around to watch the fight, it wouldn’t turn into a riot. Unlike what Vinyard describes today, there were “rules”: third parties wouldn’t get involved, there were no weapons, there were no cheap shots when the fight was over. I don’t recall a stabbing or shooting at the school, and this was even before metal detectors and high security fences became standard; our campus was as open as could be.

In all of those years of forced integration (seven, in total), I only had meaningful trouble with a black individual once. He was looking over the shoulder of a friend of mine while my friend was opening his locker. The guy wanted to see the combination. I stepped in and stopped it. The guy didn’t like this and said he would come after us, which he did a couple of days later.

Upon receiving this threat, my friend no longer came to school – there was only about a week or two left in the school year – leaving me to deal with the problem. So much for whites watching out for each other. It got dealt with, and I was just a little worse for wear. Frankly, I had more trouble with those of my “tribe” who were recent immigrants than I did with any of the black students.

Yes, I attended an integrated school – but integrated almost only in name, although I had a few good friends who were black. During lunch, mostly the white kids hung out in one area, and the black kids in another. Rarely was there any trouble between the groups. I would attend many of the high school football and basketball games. Large crowds, no trouble.

I had a few friends who lived on the other side of town. I never had a problem visiting, not even at night. Sure, there were neighborhoods that no one wanted to go to – especially after dark. I am just saying that this wasn’t true everywhere. I remember even walking home from school a few times without a concern and without an issue – several miles, at least half of which were through predominantly black neighborhoods.

As an aside, and not correlated to race in any way that I can remember: there was a large field between the main campus and the student parking lot. By the time you got to your car, you were quite high from the fumes…. Just like at the best rock concerts of the time! Our sense of smell offers some of the best memories in life.

I had a job after school. Also, at work, I had a couple of good friends who were black – good guys, hardworking; nothing like what Vinyard describes. Again, I know: we are dealing with different subsets, but still.

A couple of years ago I went to my high school reunion. I was talking to a classmate – a black woman who just retired from the police department of the same city where we grew up and went to school. I asked her about the schools: what has happened since the forced bussing began. Let’s just say it has been a disaster for the black community.

 

When bussing started, we had three private schools in town; today there are twenty. The schools are segregated again, now based on those who can afford to pay double for school: once through taxes and again through private tuition. And this, as you can imagine, primarily breaks down by race.

Now, those with money no longer care about the quality of the schools in the district. When I was young, and before bussing, this wasn’t the case. Yes, we went to the neighborhood school, but the district office had jurisdiction over all the schools. She described the hell-hole that is the public schools now. Again, nothing at all like my experience from my high school years.

I wouldn’t trade my high school experience for any other. However, given her description of the situation today, I wouldn’t wish today’s experience on my worst enemy.

I know this experience seems from another world, given what we see on the news every day. Yet, I am certain that my experience during that time in our history wasn’t unique or even rare. So, why am I offering such detail? What has changed, from the time of these experiences until today?

From “Why America Has Gone Mad,” by Jared Taylor:

Ever since Jamestown, we have groped for a solution to the terrible problem of trying to build a nation of different races. Could it not be clearer that the attempt has failed?

We were one of the earlier high school classes to go through forced bussing. This was not terribly long after LBJ’s Great Society programs, which brings me back to the quote by Malcolm X. If one can say – as Taylor does – that the attempt has failed, it has only failed due to the efforts of white liberals, and it is white liberals who are driving the failure even today and it is white liberals who are stoking the flames of the divide.

Since the end of slavery in America, I think it is safe to say that slowly, but surely, progress was being made in this “attempt” of building a nation of different races in America. No, not uninterrupted progress, and no, not always peaceful; there were always setbacks: for example, Charles Burris recently commented on the Tulsa Race Massacre, a horrendous episode.

But blacks were moving into the middle class, black business owners were on the increase, black families were intact, there were schools for blacks that ranked with some of the finest in the country.

White liberals felt none of this was moving fast enough, or they felt that pandering to blacks would gain more votes. Every line of black progress on every measure takes a bend for the worse starting in the mid-1960s, and it is tied to the government programs enacted by white liberals. For example, from Walter Williams:

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. As late as 1950, female-headed households constituted only 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. In much earlier times, during the late 1800s, there were only slight differences between the black family structure and those of other ethnic groups. In New York City in 1925, 85 percent of kin-related black households were two-parent households.

Exacerbating this situation was the purposely destructive weaponizing of Cultural Marxism and Critical Race Theory, taught at universities and in school districts across the country, all run by – you guessed it – white liberals.

Malcolm X wasn’t one sided on this. He also knew that white conservatives were a threat – but at least they didn’t pretend. His main point, as I take it: if left alone, blacks can solve their own problems. And, until the 1960s and despite still suffering under many troubling yokes, the track record would support his contention.

Sixty years of purposeful cultural destruction, driven by white liberals, has taken its toll.

Conclusion

No, I don’t have the black experience. Maybe I should just shut up. But I am guessing that I have more of the black experience than most of the white liberals who are doing all of the damage or who are virtue-signal posting BLM signs on their front lawns. In any case, there is no hope for justice, peace, or progress if we cannot speak openly on such matters.

Today, the loudest mouthpieces on these issues – both white and black mouthpieces – scream about what white people must do to solve black problems. Malcolm X offered the opposite message: that the place to start is for white liberals to stop “helping” the black community and for leadership in the black community to focus on the problems and solutions within the black community.

Apparently LeBron James is reading The Autobiography of Malcom X; let’s hope he understands the message. His is one voice that can bring some peace, if he chooses to do so.

I will suggest that another place to start is to string up the white liberals in the town square – actually, let’s start here first. If reparations are necessary to right this wrong, this is a good place to start – an eye for an eye, so to speak.

Epilogue

The passage from Malcolm X begins with the following, which I did not include above: “The white liberal is the worst enemy to America….”

He is right on this point as well. It isn’t an America of more than one race that cannot work; it is an America divided by drastically different values that is the problem. America doesn’t have a racial divide; it has a values divide.

I have been harmed far more by white people in this country who hold to radical liberal and neocon values than by black people.

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Peak Wokeness – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on October 17, 2019

“No, I had a sense of [how] what I said felt for me,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice. “And like I said yesterday, when I speak upon things, I speak from a very logical standpoint on things that hit home for me. Yesterday, obviously, I gave thoughts on what I felt and how I saw things that transpired from that week that we were [in China].”

The narcissism is cute, isn’t it?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/10/bionic-mosquito/peak-wokeness/

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This is really a gift that just keeps on giving….

As a reminder, Daryl Morey – general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets – tweeted a few days ago: “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong.”

All hell broke loose: the NBA makes a lot of money in China, NBA teams were playing in China, the Chinese government cancelled various promotional events and tore down banners.  It may be the most expensive tweet in history.

Then we had the most outspoken woke leaders of the NBA either silent or wishy-washy: Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, and the many over-sized personalities to be found amongst the ranks of the players.  None of them ever shy to criticize something of America or Trump – but never the important stuff like war, empire, or all spying all the time (in fact, these same people are found praising one or more of these).

No one from the contingent of the woke said anything of substance…until now.  Following is from an interview with Lebron James; his team – the Los Angeles Lakers – was one of the teams in China when all hell broke loose.

LeBron said Morey was ‘misinformed’ about the ramifications of his tweet, and not ‘educated’ about the situation.

He then said ‘so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, and spiritually.’

If that wasn’t enough, he went to twitter to clarify things:

My team and this league just went through a difficult week.  I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.  And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen.  Could have waited a week to send it.

It is interesting that counsel for considering what a tweet or statement can do is offered only when Lebron’s personal safety or wealth are at stake.

Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet.  I’m not discussing the substance.  Others can talk About that.

Consequences and ramifications…rarely stopped the woke thought leaders before.  And when has Lebron not discussed the substance on any social issue?  I guess only when his personal safety or wealth are at stake.

Regarding his comments, the hypocrisy is overwhelming.  As was the reaction.  You really should go to the link to read the many powerful reactions – from some pretty well-known people.  A few samples:

Isaac Stone Fish: This is just stunning. The Lakers LeBron James, one of the most influential people in basketball and an outspoken voice in support of rights issues in the United States — sides with the Chinese Communist Party and criticizes the Houston Rockets GM.

Derek Hunter: There was no confusion, LeBron. You care more about making more millions than you do human rights. You are also happy to attack the country that enabled you to make millions, but not the one paying your league billions. You have your priorities and freedom isn’t one of them.

Clay Travis: Ultimately @KingJames, the woke media’s star athlete, is a hypocritical sell out. If you pay him enough money, he won’t just shut up and dribble, he’ll also kneel before his Chinese masters

You get the idea.  Meanwhile, in Hong Kong:

Protestors in Hong Kong cheered when a ball dropped into the basket after smashing into a photo of LeBron James’ face that was placed above the hoop.

They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.

And now today:

…James was asked whether he had a sense of how his own comments would be felt in Hong Kong among protesters.

“No, I had a sense of [how] what I said felt for me,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice. “And like I said yesterday, when I speak upon things, I speak from a very logical standpoint on things that hit home for me. Yesterday, obviously, I gave thoughts on what I felt and how I saw things that transpired from that week that we were [in China].”

The narcissism is cute, isn’t it?  Kind of makes you feel all warm and cuddly inside.  Daryl Morey should care about how his statements impact other people, but not Lebron James.  “It’s all about me and how I feel.”

If we haven’t yet reached peak wokeness, we aren’t far off.  I suspect every time James or any of the woke NBA players and executives speak out on some woke social justice cause from now on, they will get this episode shoved back in their faces.

Wokeness will consume itself, as it must.  This is a very obvious example, but it is true from top to bottom.  Taking individualism to an extreme, intersectionality is an ongoing and never-ending process.  Women vs. men; minorities vs. whites; gays vs. straight.

Then what? Minority women vs. minority men; minority women vs. white women; minority lesbians vs. minority straight women.  But what about the white lesbian vs. the minority straight woman?  Who wins?

Now, start adding five or six of the newly privileged labels and then figure out the priority order of social power.  The list is endless, what with Facebook offering 71 (and growing) gender options, multiplied by a long list of nationalities / races, raised to the power of body shape and body shaming.

It will be a war of all woke-ees against all woke-ees.  They will consume themselves, while normal human beings stand back and watch.  Meanwhile, the search for meaning by many young people points to some hope for sanity in the coming years.

Conclusion

We have reached peak wokeness; this episode marks the event.  I don’t know if Daryl Morey made his now-controversial statement with this end in mind, but this is where we are.

All I can say is thank you, Daryl.

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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Now They Are Calling For a “Global” Minimum Wage

Posted by M. C. on June 29, 2019

Why not call for a “luxury yacht level” wage, where everyone is paid enough to buy a yacht and a month off to cruise on it?

They don’t because deep down they understand that supply and demand, the natural force of human action, won’t allow it to happen and the charade is blown if they expose the weakness in their theory to the masses.

https://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2019/06/now-they-are-calling-for-global-minimum.html

CounterPunch has just published an essay calling for a global minimum wage.

Yes, a global minimum wage! “Not uniform across countries, but based on a common formula for a living wage.”

In the essay, there is simply a total lack of basic understanding of supply and demand economics and how wages are set. The essay seems to be based on an analytical perspective of nothing more than kumbaya and “We are the world” chants playing in the background, as if higher minimum wages could be set by magic declaration in honor of organized socialist-leaning labor organizations.

I am not making this up, from the piece:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this June. In the wake of a devastating world war, its mission was transformational: to realize social justice and the rights of workers everywhere.

But now, 100 years later, exploitative working conditions remain the norm, more people than ever live in poverty, and the richest 1 percent are on track to own two-thirds of all global wealth in a decade. While no single policy could solve these problems entirely, one in particular would be a decisive step forward.

At its centenary conference, the ILO should call for a global minimum wage.

And then:

Since the 1980s, a “neoliberal” model of globalization has empowered investors and corporations to cross borders at will in search of the most profit-friendly environments. Because capital is mobile while workers are not, nations are forced to compete to attract investment by slashing labor regulations, environmental protections, and wages. If workers in one country win improvements, mobile corporations simply move to another country where wages are lower…

Outside of the essay being dressed in shallow long ago destroyed Marxist labor exploitation theory, there is no other attempt to introduce theory of any kind into the article.

The idea that wages can be centrally planned is taken for granted.  But why should it? Basic supply and demand economics teaches us how wages are set and, at the extreme, this becomes pretty obvious.

You just can’t declare that everyone must be paid what LeBron James is being paid. The author of the essay must somehow deep in his mind realize that the earnings of James cannot be the declared the rate that is paid to everyone. That something else beyond declarations is a determining factor in the wage rate.

But minimum wage advocates are sneaky about this point, since the higher you go in the wage demand the more intuitive it becomes to understand that you just can’t declare any wage. That is why they always call for a so-called “living wage.” It sounds noble and humane. But if wages can be set by government declaration, why be so stingy? Why not call for a “luxury yacht level” wage, where everyone is paid enough to buy a yacht and a month off to cruise on it?

They don’t because deep down they understand that supply and demand, the natural force of human action, won’t allow it to happen and the charade is blown if they expose the weakness in their theory to the masses.

People who don’t have formal training in supply and demand economics may fall for the living wage chant but once you raise it to the “luxury yacht level” wage chant, their minds won’t be able to figure out what the problem is in detail but some of the circuits start to kick in that tell them you can’t just declare wages that don’t line up with the reality of supply and demand and costs and benefits.

It is the duty of the economist to get more circuits firing in the brains of the masses when disastrous policy proposals are made in the guise of helping the masses.

RW

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Another Week, Another Example Of Hypocrisy Among The Elites

Posted by M. C. on October 8, 2018

Taking his cues from Teddy K and Rosie O.

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/10/07/another-week-another-example-hypocrisy-among-elites/

The latest example of this? NBA superstar LeBron James.

NBA star LeBron James loves his family, naturally enough. And when bad guys recently targeted them, he took steps to keep them safe. Specifically, the Los Angeles Lakers dribbler brought in some heavy-duty firepower – a whole team of armed guards. He’s taking “every possible measure” to protect his loved ones, as would anyone.

Meanwhile, as far as the little people are concerned, LeBron says “there is no room for guns.” And he wants to increase penalties for carrying firearms – “legal or illegal.”

Incredibly, even Chicago’s anti-gun priest, Father Michael Pfleger, has armed guards. Of course, Pfleger claims he has no armed bodyguards. Yet despite Pfleger’s prevarications, one of his favorite bodyguards caught was arrested for carrying a gun without a license not long ago. Right on the steps of Fr. Pfleger’s church.

If anti-gunners didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any at all.

I couldn’t agree more.

People like James can afford to hire professionals. They can afford to outsource their personal safety…

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