02 July 2015
[Please excuse this brief detour; we are still hard at work on our 'Re-colonization' series.]
Of the many things Progressives are known for, number one is being on the right side of history.
So in the wake of this latest U.S. spree killing, we turn to our leading leftist voices to help us make sense of the madness.
Having studied their recent corpus on the question of the spree-killer-for-a-cause, we believe we've found some progressive principles to light our way.
I. Do not make generalizations about his group
25 May 2015
Each day, the Kung San walked long distances to the mongongo groves to collect their fruits.
Once he asked a tribesman why nobody had ever made an attempt to grow mongongo trees near some of the permanent water holes where the tribe resided. "You could do that if you wanted to," he replied, "but by the time the trees bore fruit, you would be long dead." --Anthropologist Richard Lee
At independence, 50 years ago, optimism for the tropics was high. No one could have dreamed that half a century later, a massive movement for re-colonization would be afoot--led not by Africa's leaders but by her masses.
We have looked at some of the reasons that the global South wants into Teutonic countries. But the real appeal is broader. Globally, tropical peoples are trying to migrate to lands run by temperate peoples.
Like a baby trying to crawl back into the womb, the formerly colonized are coming back to their old foreign masters and begging (or demanding) to be ruled by them again.
We propose two major reasons: Future orientation and Commonweal orientation. These two qualities, we argue, are plentiful in the North but in short supply in the South, where their opposites (Short-Sightedness and Clannishness) can be found in abundance.
Today we shall focus on the former: Future orientation. We argue that the shortage of this trait in warmer climes has prevented these societies from developing the way they wish to. This is why, two generations after independence, millions are voting with their feet to place themselves back under Euro rule.
We also argue these traits follow tropical peoples long-term, which is why North America's centuries-old African population has never assimilated. This too, we shall show, should be a cautionary tale for European deciders on immigration.
So what is the evidence to back up our assertions?
30 March 2015
Slate ran a series a few years back, 'Liberal Creationism,' after the brouhaha over James Watson's remark that Afros were less intelligent than other groups. In this prescient piece, the author warns that many of the old 'racialist' tropes are likely to soon be proved true, and that the average progressive should mentally steel himself for it:
If this suggestion makes you angry—if you find the idea of genetic racial advantages outrageous, socially corrosive, and unthinkable—you're not the first to feel that way. Many Christians are going through a similar struggle over evolution. Their faith in human dignity rests on a literal belief in Genesis. To them, evolution isn't just another fact; it's a threat to their whole value system.
The same values—equality, hope, and brotherhood—are under scientific threat today. But this time, the threat is racial genetics, and the people struggling with it are liberals. ... You can try to reconcile evidence of racial differences with a more sophisticated understanding of equality and opportunity. Or you can fight the evidence and hope it doesn't break your faith.
The proof is at this point hard to ignore, even if thought leaders are doing their level best to conceal it. As blogger JayMan asks from atop his mountain of scientific data, How much hard evidence do you need? It is likely that in the next several years some lab finding will 'clinch' the question once and for all, pushing HBD into the mainstream as it has germ theory or heliocentrism.
At that point, what is a sincere progressive to do? The notion of cognitive or behavioral differences between ethnic groups is, for him, deeply repugnant.
One is tempted to hand him the same 'deal with it' doled out by his ilk to those who found the monkey-to-man mythos unpalatable:
But it may be more kind to invite such folks to spend some time with their own forebears--the Progressives of the late 19th / early 20th centuries. People who like themselves were born with a desire to make the world a better place, but who unlike themselves did not shy away from the realities of human biodiversity.
So who is this creature, the Progressive? What did he once believe and may believe again?
05 February 2015
France is still reeling from the Islamist attacks against satirical rag Charlie Hebdo which killed 17.
As commenter Kolia points out, many of the murder victims weren't white indigenous French--an Arab and an Afro cop, four civilian Jews. Does this mean religion trumps race?
The truth is that Arab (and Afro) immigrants to France pose two different kinds of threat to the natives. The distinction should be made clear.
For Americans, one of these two will look very familiar, and one will not:
- (1) The daily incivility / insults / beatings / rapes perpetrated by Arabs / Blacks against indigenous white French. No religious aspect to it at all; pure ethnic minority alienation.
- (2) The ever-growing calls to bend French values to mirror those of their guests: Single-sex swimming pools, halal meals, legalized polygamy, criminalized blasphemy... The most extreme is the young man radicalized by an imam who tries to launch a caliphate by holy war.
All the world's a-tizzy about (2). While we admit Islam is a genuine threat to parts of Europe, we're going to swim against the tide and take a look at the more 'banal evil' of (1). Why? This is the everyday brutality the French must live with day in, day out, and it bears a striking resemblance to that aimed at Euro-Americans by their Afro countrymen. What can the data tell us about hopes of assimilating these two alien minorites on either side of the Atlantic?
11 January 2015
Despite appearances, we are hard at work here at Those Who Can See, sticking to our adage of 'if it ain't ready, don't publish it.' An unusally busy winter work schedule is slowing down but not stopping us.
But a quick interlude is in order. The recent attacks in France have taken over the news cycle here, spawning much journalistic heat but little light on both sides of the Atlantic. We'd like to give a brief snapshot of some of the less-seen bits of the story.
Alors, pour les curieux...
I. The Magazine
Charlie Hebdo, for those unfamiliar, is a French satiric weekly born in 1970 from the ashes of Hara Kiri, itself inspired by Mad Magazine.
It is the baby of counter-culture leftists. Their number one targets have always been conservatives and Christians. A sampling (some courtesy of MPC):
When the famous 'Piss Christ' angered Catholics in Avignon, Charlie said:
03 December 2014
Having done our level best this year to publish at least once per month, we beg our readers' pardon for the current delay. November has been a doozy. We very much hope to post a new piece before Christmas.
Thank you as always to the readers of this blog for your patience and encouragement.
01 November 2014
Every year thousands board rickety boats, hide in the backs of trucks, planes, and container ships, cross miles of barren desert on foot... All to get themselves to a land where they can be ruled by a racial group far distant from their own.
They cross the Mediterranean by the hundreds, many dying en route. Not to get to Italy--that's only phase one--but to the real Eldorado: Northern Europe.
Calais, in the north of France, is now home to a tent encampment of several thousand third-world migrants. Are they content to have made it to one of the richest countries on the planet? They are not. Each day they lie in wait trying to jump in the backs of trucks embarking the Channel ferry for the promised land: the U.K.
Boats of fortune leave regularly from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, full to cracking with Pakistanis, Lebanese, Somalis... Though these Asian and African 'refugees' are surrounded by dozens of safe countries which could take them in, they'd rather risk death on the open sea in hopes of reaching a land run by...Anglos. Why?
Dozens of Iraqi and Iranian women and children perished in this December 2010 crash
off the coast of Austrialia
off the coast of Austrialia
Gallup recently polled the citizens of Planet Earth, asking 1) Would you like to migrate abroad? and 2) If so, where?
They have concluded that three-quarters of a billion people would, in fact, like to leave their home country.
From this Gallup was able to cook up a Potential Net Migration Index: If everyone in the world could magically land in his country of choice tomorrow, Singapore's population would rise by 219%. Zimbabwe's would fall by 47%. The top 20 destinations, according to this measure:
Thirteen of these twenty, one may have noticed, have a little something in common.
30 September 2014
Having addressed Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates' wish for reparations for red-lining, we now turn to another of his claims: That descendents of U.S. slaves deserve cash payouts for their forebears' suffering.
There is the question of both a) the legitimacy and b) the practicality of such a scheme. We shall only discuss the former, because if it is truly worthwhile, the latter can always be worked out.
Poring through Coates' 17-page article, we have guessed that he objects to U.S. chattel slavery on the following grounds: 1) Its very existence was unconscionable, 2) It was unusually inhumane, 3) It destroyed the Afro family, and 4) It helped create the large black-white wealth gap we see today.
We shall address his points one by one.
I. The very existence of U.S. slavery was unconscionable
One main thrust of Coates' argument for slavery reparations is that the institution itself was somehow anomalous--'cruel and unusual,' to use our founders' words. Cruel it may have been in the hands of cruel masters, but unusual it assuredly was not. Looking back, it's harder to find societies that don't practice slavery than those that do. As soon as we rose above subsistence level, it seems we start coercing each other into labor.