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A civilization in decline

It seems as though more and more news items lately have a common element: After decades of steadily attacking, hollowing out or abandoning its own culture, the Western world is showing major signs of social, political and moral decay.

Personally, I am no traditionalist. I think all traditions should be examined in the light of logic and justice – and revised or replaced, where they’re found lacking. This is one reason why I have never called myself a conservative (and have tried not to become GP’s “main blogger”).

But my intention, as a non-traditionalist, is to ‘keep things real’ and build on what’s best in the Western tradition: which is what Jonah Goldberg has called the Lockean Revolution, the idea that the individual owns herself – and is not owned by the Massa, feudal Lord, Village, Community, Tribe, Race, Party, State or Ummah. The leftists who have attacked the West from within, for decades now, have been after the exact opposite idea.

A civilization/culture doesn’t survive unless its young women and men will mostly (regardless of particular individuals’ sexual orientation or practices) do the following together: (a) get along; (b) find a genuine sense of purpose and meaning in that culture/civilization; and therefore (c) actually create and raise new generations for it. We are seeing more and more signs that the West is decrepit, on all three counts.

I could talk about the West’s declining birthrates, or its anti-child and self-terminating “environmentalism”, or its ever-growing political insanity. But, just to restrict it to current events, GayPatriot’s main page presently notices such news items as:

And we can add more items:

I recommend that last link, Lee Smith’s opinion piece titled “Why the Teenage Girls of Europe are Joining ISIS”, for your attention. When a given civilization can no longer persuade its own teenage girls to sign on with it: it’s cooked.

The Curious Obsessions of the Academic Left

Posted by V the K at 12:29 pm - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

It seems increasingly evident that most universities today have become not much more than zoos where you can watch left-wing progressives fling poo at each other? Up at Wellesley, the leftist progressives are in convulsive outrage because a woman who claims to actually be a man wants to be a diversity bureaucrat.

Timothy Boatwright was born a girl, and checked off the “female” box when applying to the Massachusetts all-women’s school, according to an article in the New York Times. But when he got there, he introduced himself as a “masculine-of-center genderqueer” person named “Timothy” (the name he picked for himself) and asked them to use male pronouns when referring to him.

And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a “culture of diversity” on campus.

But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.

And if you find the whole thing a silly waste of time and can’t believe people get worked up about it, that shows you’re not of ‘the tribe,’ that means you are a hater, racist, homophobe, bitter-clinger.

One begins to think maybe Glenn Beck is right and maybe it’s time to boycott college.

If you’re not familiar with it, a college degree is a thing that we tell our kids to buy with money they don’t have, in hopes that it will help them make money they might earn, which will give them the ability to pay back the money they spent in order to make the money they’re paying it back with.

It seems that a college degree is often a way to spend four or five years pretending that it’s very important that a transgendered shemale not get a job in the multicultural affairs department while running up six figures of student loan debt. (A year’s tuition at Wellesley College is $45,000.)

 

California College Men, Technology Is Your Friend

Posted by V the K at 9:43 pm - October 1, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

In light of the passage of a new California law requiring proof of affirmative consent before sexual activity – a law cheered by feminists who now apparently like it when the Government passes a law to control their uterii… some clever, clever person has developed an app to provide proof of consent.

A new app, dubbed Good2Go, allows users to give ‘affirmative consent’ prior to sexual activity.

But to do so, they must tell the app a) who they are sleeping with, b) when they are doing it and c) how drunk or sober they are.

Much more convenient than carrying around paper consent forms. One hopes it will also accommodate those threesomes colleges are now facilitating.

The University of New Mexico has launched its first-ever “Sex Week” observance this week with a controversial agenda that includes workshops such as “How to be a Gentleman and Still Get Laid,” “Negotiating Successful Threesomes,” “O-Face Oral” and “BJs and Beyond”

Kids sure are dumb these days if they need to be taught that; we figured most of that on our own in college.

California Liberals Eagerly Welcome Government into Their Bedrooms

California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown signed into law a bill requiring explicit state-approved consent before college students can have sex with each other.

Under this standard, a sex act can only be presumed as consensual if both participants have explicitly consented. Even if no overt objections are raised at the time, if no explicit consent is obtained a sexual encounter may be defined as rape.

Henceforth, male students within California’s system of higher ed are advised to make their partners sign consent forms before each and every sexual activity; thus to please the misandrist puritans of the modern left.

So much for the fine art of seduction. That a woman should not immediately agree to a man’s sexual overtures has been quite customary throughout history; seduction has been a key ingredient in the sexual cocktail.  No more, though. If a woman doesn’t immediately consent, I suppose the man is supposed to just walk away and never breach the subject again. Leave it to the left to turn sex into a bureaucratically-managed activity subject to strict oversight by the state… like everything else.

The Islamic State Is a Socialist Progressive Utopia

Posted by V the K at 12:06 pm - September 23, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

According to this post at The Bookworm, the agenda of the Islamic State seems very familiar; providing free health care, free food, free housing, free utilities (just like they demand in Detroit!), and an allowance from the state, all paid for by other people. Where have we heard people promising free stuff from the Government before?

An ISIS supporter put up a Facebook post lauding ISIS’s incredible largess once it’s in power:

Ten Facts from the ‪#‎Islamic_State‬ that everyone should know.

1. We don’t pay rent here. Houses are given for free.
2. We pay neither electric nor water bills.
3. We are given monthly grocery supplies. Spagetti, pasta, can foods, rice, eggs and etc.
4. Monthly allowance are given not only to husband and wife (wives) but also for each child.
5. Medical check up and medication are free – The Islamic State pays on behalf of you.
6. You can still survive even if you don’t speak Arabic. You can find almost every race and nationality here.
7. For every newly married couples are given 700usd as a gift. (Only for Mujahid and I’m not sure if it’s still available now).
8. You don’t have to pay the tax (if you’re a Muslim)
9. No one is conducting business during prayer time. You can see people left their shops opened and pray either in the masjid or near by their shops.
10. The number of mix-marriages and mixed-race children are so high. It’s beautiful to witness brotherhood with no racism.

From a muhajir sister,also spouse of a Mujahid brother at #Islamic_State
Diary Of A Muhajirah

Sounds an awful lot like the agenda of Occupy Wall Street, except for all the rapes. Oh, wait…

Are Trees Really More Valuable Than Children?

Posted by V the K at 10:17 pm - September 3, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

In Iowa, two young boys are facing felony charges for tearing a bit of bark off a playground tree.

Police in Mason City, Iowa recently arrested two children and charged them with felony criminal mischief for stripping bark from a tree in front of their school.  A neighbor with nothing better to do with their time witnessed the children peeling the bark from the tree and felt the need to call the police.

Meanwhile, in California, an illegal immigrant who ran over two little girls in her car – killing them – gets off scot-free. No prison time, and she won’t be deported because of Obama’s DACA Amnesty program.

Does this seem right to you?

PC Police in a Lather Over Michael Sam Shower Report

The media obsession with gay NFL player Michael Sam… the famous gay athlete who is famous for being gay… has, sort of backfired on ESPN. An ESPN reporter, trying to fill the much-needed void of information about every aspect of Michael Sam, did a report on what may, or may not have been, his showering habits and what may, or may not have been, his teammate’s response to them.

It was a stupid story, and no doubt, it was as a result of ESPN trying to find an angle on the famous gay athlete and how his teammates were accepting the famous gay athlete in their midst. But instead, it provoked a backlash, a huge stink was raised, because as a society, we have lost the ability to say “Well, that was stupid,” and move on. No, every offense to PC sensibilities has to be an Outrage! Just ask Sophia Vergara.

ESPN was, of course, forced to bow down before the sensitivities of hypersensitive, neurotic gays and other stupid people whose feelers were hurt, and issue an obsequious apology.

Gee, remember all those intolerant bigots who thought the hype over Michael Sam’s sexuality would be a huge distraction and headache?

Fundamentally Transformed

Posted by V the K at 12:16 pm - August 2, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

You don’t seek to “fundamentally transform” something unless you hate what it is.

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Brit Academics: Paedophilia Is Natural and Normal

Posted by V the K at 2:36 pm - July 7, 2014.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs,Liberalism Run Amok

An increasingly vocal and open group of prominent British Academics is claiming that paedophilia is a perfectly normal and natural thing.

“Paedophilic interest is natural and normal for human males,” said the presentation. “At least a sizeable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children … Normal males are aroused by children.”

The presentation in question was presented at an academic conference at Cambridge University in the UK,  where other topics included: “Liberating the paedophile: a discursive analysis,” and “Danger and difference: the stakes of hebephilia.”

And — like every other horror of the current ear — this has its roots in the sexual liberation movement of the 1970′s.

With the Pill, the legalisation of homosexuality and shrinking taboos against premarital sex, the Seventies was an era of quite sudden sexual emancipation. Many liberals, of course, saw through PIE’s cynical rhetoric of “child lib”. But to others on the Left, sex by or with children was just another repressive boundary to be swept away – and some of the most important backing came from academia. [Emphasis added]

Hey, “Love is Love,” right?

IMHO, things are pretty messed up when it’s okay to openly discuss normalizing pedophilia in an academic setting; but you can get fired for expressing the wrong opinion on gay marriage.

Ridiculous Lefties, in daily life

When a viewpoint (leftism) goes against reason, logic and civil society – when its basic doctrine is in essence an attack on the rights of the individual – we should expect at least some of its adherents to be rude, “entitled” people in the encounters of daily life. Because the person and the viewpoint gravitate toward each other. Leftism fundamentally denies other people’s rights to life, liberty and property. Therefore, committed leftists should tend – not always, but on average and over time – tend to be unreasonable people who disrespect others.

It’s much better to laugh at these people than to feel upset by them. Consider this an open thread for posting your own favorite “ridiculous leftie encounter” stories, in the comments.

I’ll start with a very little one, that just happened. Picture a large gym, a bank of 12 large TVs shared by many exercise stations. A woman is exercising in front of TV #4. She watches #4 intently, with perhaps an occasional glance to TVs 3 or 5. TV #2 is far out of her field of vision, and clearly nothing that she’s watching. So she won’t mind if I change it, as I’m about to work in front of #2. I pick a sports channel. Oops! TV #2 had been set to MSNBC, and she’s a Ridiculous Leftie who must dictate everything that happens. She stops exercising and strides to the far wall just to change #2 back to MSNBC, glaring at me with vicious hostility. And then – get this – she *still* doesn’t watch it. (Probably since she would have had to strain her neck, to keep it up for long; or do even liberals dislike MSNBC?)

The story ended OK for me (I did speak with her and have reason prevail) but that’s enough. Tell yours! :-)

Do economists actually like war? Yes.

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 12:27 pm - June 17, 2014.
Filed under: Academia,Economy,Liberalism Run Amok

A key fallacy of mainstream economics today is its belief that all economic activity is good activity. Quality doesn’t matter. We must “stimulate” the economy to get those GDP numbers up, and all will be better. It doesn’t matter if we rack up endless debt, only to pay people to dig holes and re-fill them or to re-build cities destroyed in war.

It sounds like I’m exaggerating, doesn’t it? Many economists would scoff that I am. Except I’m not.

For example, Paul Krugman and other neo-Keynesian economists claim often (and wrongly) that the destroy-and-spend of World War II is what pulled the world out of the Great Depression. Krugman has called for housing bubbles and fake alien invasions on more than one occasion, and only half-jokingly at best.

Or we have the recent movement to count illegal activities (drugs and prostitutes) as part of GDP. It got another little boost when Spain signed on. (By counting illegal drugs and prostitution as part of its GDP, Spain can reduce its official debt-to-GDP ratio, making its finances appear sounder than they are.)

I believe that all of this speaks to both the deep Statism and the deep nihilism that have infected modern culture. The implication – that economists never state outright because they know it would sound too crazy, but the implication remains – “Gee, if only the government would spend on destruction, the economy would boom. If only people would buy more meaningless sex and drugs, the financial system would be sound.” As if those are productive activities.

Again, put like that, it sounds like I’m drawing a caricature; but I’m not. A recent example is from the New York Times, a serious opinion pieced titled The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth. It begins: (more…)

And Then, They Came for My GPS…

Posted by V the K at 8:20 pm - June 16, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

Determined not to stop until he has ruined everything it is possible to ruin, the Obama Regime has set its sights on that most convenient of modern conveniences, the mobile GPS driving aid.

The Obama administration wants to cripple the navigation and traffic reporting apps on your smartphone. In the name of safety, of course.

Provisions in the proposed transportation bill—which Congress will look at in the next few months—would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the power to regulate apps like Google Maps and Waze, the crowdsourced traffic reporting tool.

Even the gay left should be outraged by this. How are they going to navigate to their Grindr hookups without GPS assistance?

Beauty Contestant Suggests Women Should Learn to Defend Themselves; Lefties Go Nanners

Posted by V the K at 1:40 pm - June 9, 2014.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs,Liberalism Run Amok

The left in general does not care for beauty pageants because they make unattractive women feel bad. But Miss Nevada’s answer to a question about rape really set off the feminist left, who claimed her answer promoted “Rape Culture.” 

The lefties absolutely, positively hate the idea that women should defend themselves. They recommend… I am not making this up … state imposed indoctrination of all men to deprogram them from being the rapists the feminist left claims all men are.

I imagine it would work kind of like what that one guy in Clockwork Orange went through.

Update:  A supposedly grown-up woman editor at Cosmo responded to the notion of women defending themselves using the same adjective six-year-old children use to describe lima beans: “Icky.”

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Detroit may spend $800 million to tear down homes

This goes to the essence of mainstream economic theory: Spend money to build houses, spend money to tear them down, spend money to build them, spend money to tear them down…and let it all be counted in the GDP numbers as “growth” and “jobs”:

One of the question haunting Detroit, as it works to extricate itself from bankruptcy, is how to address the reality of the city’s shrinking population…Today, a much-anticipated report from the city’s Blight Removal Task Force says that more than one in five structures is in some state of disrepair—and that about half of these should be torn down immediately…

It can take as little as three hours to demolish a house, but the process can be more consuming if properties contain asbestos or lead, thereby requiring extra care. Tearing down homes by the tens of thousands, which hasn’t been done before, could cost about $800 million, the report says. While the city has already obtained some blight-reduction funding from federal and state sources, it still needs at least a further $400 million. (That doesn’t include the additional $1 billion or so Detroit will need to address commercial and industrial eyesores.)

It’s astounding that, in a nation where homes are unaffordable for many people and the home ownership rate is declining, Detroit is still so unlivable and badly-run a place that they have vast numbers of homes to tear down.

Things Leftists Ponder

Posted by V the K at 7:03 pm - May 19, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Liberals

The Big Serious Left-Wing Issue of the day: Are Tampons Anti-Feminist?

“Part of the stigma is the need to hide [the menstrual blood] right away and not feel it against your body,” Johnston-Robledo says, and adds that she thinks women who are more comfortable with their bodies “would be more likely to use products where you really have to look at and interact with your fluid as opposed to clogging your body with a tampon and just tossing it into the toilet.”

They consider this serious business, but they consider getting to the truth of Benghazi a joke.

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New York Times Middle School

Posted by V the K at 4:57 pm - May 18, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Liberals,Media Bias

The behavior of adult liberals is akin to that of middle-school girls. It can be seen, for example, in the Obama Administration’s #Hashtag diplomacy; they really believe that terrorists and dictators can be moved to change their behavior by peer pressure. “Stay out of Ukraine, Mr. Putin, or you can forget about going to the pool party with the cool kids.” “Real Men Don’t Pay For Girls, Mr. Boko Haram. Everybody thinks the whole kidnapping thing is just major uncool, but, whatever.”

If the stories coming out about the behavior of supposedly adult managers and reporters at the New York Times are factual, liberal adults really do act like spoiled tween girls.

Gossipy, catty, insular, cliquey, stressful, immature, cowardly, moody, underhanded, spiteful—the New York Times gives new meaning to the term “hostile workplace.” What has been said of the press—that it wields power without any sense of responsibility—is also a fair enough description of the young adult. And it is to high school, I think, that the New York Times is most aptly compared. The coverage of the Abramson firing reads at times like the plot of an episode of Saved By the Bell minus the sex: Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.

And yet this is the same New York Times that day after day, in article after article, instructs its readers, and the country, in how to think, how to vote, what to eat, what to wear, who is in, who is out, what is doubleplus, and what is crimethink. The gall.

The piece goes onto reveal how snubbing an editor or columnist by not sitting at his table in the NYTimes Cafeteria was considered a valid way of expressing peer disapproval.

And then there is… the Moose Incident.

At a 2003 meeting to reassure hundreds of troubled and irate Times staff members that everything was under control, Sulzberger suddenly displayed a stuffed toy moose. “He commented that unhappy Times employees should ‘talk to the moose,’ ‘deal with the moose,’” wrote one journalist, “and he also urged employees to ‘put their moose on the table.’”

This is the culture of the premier publication of the social and political left in the United States. Explains quite a lot, doesn’t it?

School Cancels Performance of “YMCA” After One Idiot Parent Calls It “Racist”

Second facepalm of the day and it isn’t even noon yet.

A North Dakota elementary school will not be allowing the young men and women in a first-grade class to perform YMCA at a talent show because a parent dubbed the planned performance “racist.”

And since when are six year olds “young men and women?”

Progressives in the Mist

Posted by V the K at 12:57 pm - May 12, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

Thanks to Progressivestoday.com, we have an inside, candid look at what stringy-haired Graeae and castrato gamma males of the Socialist Left talk about when they think no one is watching; complete and total indoctrination into the hatred of free enterprise and American Culture.

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And now you see the mindset of the people who run the Government, the bureaucracies, the academic institutions, the major corporations, and the media of the United States of America.

As the joke goes, Q. What’s the difference between a Progressive and a Communist? A. The Communist doesn’t deny being a Communist.

People Who Still Watch MTV to Endure More PC Propaganda

Posted by V the K at 9:16 am - May 12, 2014.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Liberalism Run Amok

MTV – A network that used to be famous once – is joining the left’s War on Nonconformity and Individuality.

On Thursday, MTV announced that it would be launching a “Look Different” initiative designed to uncover “hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT bias.” MTV will be creating a documentary on Millenials’ perceptions of race and fairness temporarily titled “Untitled Whiteness Project,” a public service announcement series, an “Implicit Bias Quiz” and a week-long “Racial Bias Cleanse” program to help re-educate young Americans about their bias.

“A week long Racial Bias Cleanse”sounds like really nasty spa treatment.

And you thought Harrison Bergeron was a work of fiction.

Oh, Good Lord

Posted by V the K at 11:47 am - May 5, 2014.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Liberalism Run Amok

Another casualty in the Left’s War on Vocabulary.

The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved John Hoffman’s (D-MN) bill to change the name “Asian carp” so called because the species originates from Asia, to “invasive carp”.

While arguing his case on the Senate floor, Hoffman said that referring to the fish as “Asian” was hurtful to some people.

What about those Africanized honeybees? Minnesota better get on that; I am sure the state has no other more important business to tend to.