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Dave Swindle

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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Afrolantica, Part 13: The Roots of the War on Meritocracy

Friday, March 30th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

Part 8: We Have a Right to Your Property

Part 9: The Birth of ‘Blackness’

Part 10: Apocalyptic Prophet of Racial War?

Part 11: The Brown-Skinned Joan of Arc

Part 12: Critical Race Theory’s Distortion of Trayvon Martin 

From Page 50 of Afrolantica Legacies, an alien prophetess confirms Derrick Bell’s belief that tests scores also play their part in the white supremacist conspiracy:

The source Bell cites to support Chiara’s claim that “these pen and paper tests actually measure past opportunity better than future potential”: Susan Strum and Lani Guinier, “The Future of Affirmative Action: Reclaiming the Innovative Ideal,” 84 California Law Review 953 (1996).

For a summary of Strum and Guinier’s views, consider a different article with a similar title published in 2000 in the Boston Review. The subtitle summarizes their objective:

Promoting diversity in education and employment requires us to rethink testing and “meritocracy.”

Related: See part 6 of the Afrolantica series for analysis of Bell’s attacks on meritocracy.

Here’s Srum and Guinier’s argument:

We think it is time to shift the terrain of debate. We need to situate the conversation about race, gender, and affirmative action in a wider account of democratic opportunity by refocusing attention from the contested periphery of the system of selection to its settled core. The present system measures merit through scores on paper-and-pencil tests. But this measure is fundamentally unfair. In the educational setting, it restricts opportunities for many poor and working-class Americans of all colors and genders who could otherwise obtain a better education. In the employment setting, it restricts access based on inadequate predictors of job performance. In short, it is neither fair nor functional in its distribution of opportunities for admission to higher education, entry-level hiring, and job promotion.

Question: if you need a high-risk, life-or-death operation would you choose the surgeon with the highest GPA or the one who made it in via affirmative action and just barely managed to graduate?

Here are some of the books on my to-read list in the coming months that relate to this subject:

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Guilty of Being a Beautiful Black Boy Who Just Wanted Some Skittles

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Here’s a screen capture of how The Nation chose to illustrate their Trayvon Martin editorial:

The progressive flagship embraces the teenager and attacks those who “smear” him by reporting the police and eyewitness accounts of the crime:

The Orlando Sentinel seized on police accounts that painted Martin as the real aggressor, shamelessly reporting that he had once been suspended from school “after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.” Reporters revealed he once spray-painted a locker, and they trolled his Facebook and Twitter accounts for hints of thuggish behavior. In an emotional press conference, Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “They killed my son, and now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”

Last month a white, racist vigilante gunned down an innocent, hoodie-wearing black child with skittles in his pocket. If you had a son he’d look like Trayvon.

That narrative (half of which comes via the President) works to manipulate people’s emotions and inspire them to hate Republicans.

Trayvon the troubled teen with a history of lawlessness and a Twitter account glorifying the Thug Life? The back of George Zimmerman’s skull showed injuries in the recent video? Zimmerman was a Hispanic and registered Democrat?

Can’t have that. Where’s the fundraising potential for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in that media narrative?

But it’s too late. The train has already left the station. And once an icon of Marxist Martyrdom enters the pantheon of demi-gods then they’re there FOREVER, no matter what. Ron Radosh knows this better than anyone; check out this piece from him and Steven Usdin in The New Republic. The Nation still defended the Communist spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as recently as 2010.

Progressives knew how to give those proletariat-martyrs the imaginary idol treatment too, as Nation editorial board member Tony Kushner and HBO delivered with Angels in America:

(R-rated language warning)

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Marxists have played this game for a long time — hit people in the heart hard enough and you’ll stop the blood flow to their brain.

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Afrolantica, Part 12: Critical Race Theory’s Distortion of Trayvon Martin

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

Part 8: We Have a Right to Your Property

Part 9: The Birth of ‘Blackness’

Part 10: Apocalyptic Prophet of Racial War?

Part 11: The Brown-Skinned Joan of Arc

On page 52, Derrick Bell’s idol Chiara, the black martyr-goddess-alien prophet, continues delivering the Afrolantica Legacies, here blaming whites for the personal failings of a minority of black Americans’ embrace of cracker culture:

“But out of their frustration and despair, many of your people are turning to violence, though mostly against one another. And many more are doing violence to themselves.”

Recall that Bell blamed disappearing industrial jobs for inspiring inner city youth to sell crack. Here he identifies abstract feelings of “frustration and despair” as inspiring the nihilism of the gangbanger lifestyle and ghetto rap culture. To Bell, all black problems stem from the ongoing trauma of living in a white supremacist society. This foundational dogma of Critical Race Theory distorts believers’ ability to interpret reality. Every piece of new information must first go through the believer’s emotional conviction that a grand conspiracy (“The Man”) exists to protect racist white criminals and oppress innocent black males.

At The Huffington Post last night:

Newly released video of George Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department the night he shot Trayvon Martin to death show the neighborhood watch volunteer without blood on his clothing or bruises on his face or head. His clean-shaven picture seems to contrast with the violent beating he told police he endured at the hands of Martin, 17, who Zimmerman said attacked him from behind.

The video, obtained by ABC News, appears inconsistent with Zimmerman’s recently leaked statement to police that he was in a death struggle with Martin before Zimmerman shot him in the chest in self-defense. Zimmerman told investigators that Martin jumped him from behind, punched him in the nose and pounded his head into a sidewalk, according to a police report first described by the Orlando Sentinal.

So was there a racist police conspiracy to deny justice to Trayvon?

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Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 11: The Brown-Skinned Joan of Arc

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

Part 8: We Have a Right to Your Property

Part 9: The Birth of ‘Blackness’

Part 10: Apocalyptic Prophet of Racial War?

In Part II of Afrolantica Legacies, Critical Race Theory founder Derrick Bell presents the seven essays and parables corresponding with the seven tenets of his political faith. The first narrative, titled “Chiara’s Enlightenment” illustrates the first of Bell’s racial dogmas:

Bell’s story describes a fictional encounter between himself and an alien named Chiara from the planet Nevus. This fantastic visitor traveled across the galaxy to earth in order to assure Bell of his affirmative action ideas’ enlightenment.

This chapter showcases some of the most obvious contradictions in Bell’s political theology.

On page 43 Bell reveals his adherence to Marxist pseudo-feminism, a doctrine that rejects — contrary to Biology 101 — the significance of innate differences in the genders:

But if gender means nothing — and if sex differences are just another tool the bourgeoisie use to oppress the proletariat — then why does Bell repeat on page 46 his belief that “black women will ultimately save our people”?

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Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 10: Apocalyptic Prophet of Racial War?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

Part 8: We Have a Right to Your Property

Part 9: The Birth of ‘Blackness’

From page 33, Derrick Bell in dialogue with his idealized version of himself, the female civil rights lawyer Geneva Crenshaw, now elevated to a prophetic goddess with supernatural powers:

“The power of prophesy does not guarantee conversion.”

At some level Bell knew that his ideas had more in common with religion than legal scholarship. He saw himself as a prophet laying the blueprints for the ideal society. The 28-year-old law students who opened their hearts and minds to him did so with the same mentality as the converts at a Billy Graham crusade, feeling an emotional, religious satisfaction they had never known in a secular household.

And now today we see faith in action; the viewers of MSNBC can articulate a more in-depth understanding of the Trayvon Martin shooting than those who witnessed it.

With the racial tensions rising in Florida while antisemitic demagogues feed the flames, note how political activism and religious devotion merge. The hoodie has now become an object to aid in worship, assisting the adherent in identifying with the new martyr of the permanent-victim class, the proletariat:

In an interview last week with Ion Mihai Pacepa by Madeleine Simon:

The Communists went to great lengths to make Marxism the only religion in every country where they seized political power. One of the first things I did on that memorable day of July 28, 1978, when I became a free man, was to fall to my knees and pray out loud, for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. It took me a while. It was not easy to find the right words to express my great joy and thanks to the good Lord.

From Weasel Zippers, via Donald Douglas at American Power, the New Black Panther Party’s call for mob violence:

The way prophesies work is not that one predicts what will happen, but rather what one will make happen.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon…”

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Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 9: The Birth of ‘Blackness’

Monday, March 26th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

Part 8: We Have a Right to Your Property

From Page 28 of Afrolantica Legacies, the conclusion of Geneva Crenshaw’s response to Bill Clinton’s imaginary speech:

“Blackness is a concept distilled from the degradation of slavery and the exploitation of racism. It is a reminder that black and odious are not identical terms. The concept of blackness reassures us that we are worthy, despite the hostility to our presence we endure, the insensitivity to our pain we abide, and the inner rage we deflect — all too often on ourselves.”

Derrick Bell believed racism to be a permanent problem ingrained into the documents defining the American Idea. In this passage we begin to understand more why. His identity as a black man depends on understanding himself and “his people” as a class of permanent victims. In adopting the Marxist theology of human history as continued variations of proletariat vs bourgeoisie struggle, Bell designated his “blackness” as relegating him to a state of ongoing cultural warfare. (More on Bell’s Marxism and his embrace of Communist icon Paul Robeson in coming posts…)

Here Bell admits that the concept of “blackness” serves as an emotional crutch to “reassure us that we are worthy” and calm “the inner rage.” (Perhaps the kinds of feelings generated through knowing and admitting you’re a “nobody among world famous intellectuals”?)

Why is it necessary to carry around symbols of perpetual victimhood? Because as long as you’re a victim you’re not responsible for your situation in life and you’re powerless to fix it. Luck is all that matters, save when social justice (via affirmative action and reparations for slavery) can tip the imaginary scale back into balance.

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Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 8: We Have a Right to Your Property

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

On page 22, Geneva Crenshaw (Bell’s idealized proponent of his Critical Race Theory theology) responds to the fictional speech given by President Clinton:

“…whites have chosen to protect their sense of belonging based on skin color over alliances with blacks that would have improved all of our lives.”

Thus, the capitalist system bears responsibility for a minority of minorities living in poverty. And since capitalism produces these disparities in racial achievements, capitalism itself is racist. (Bell rejects race-neutral and cultural explanations for inner city pathology.) Because free market economies lead to racist conclusions, this means that anyone who isn’t a socialist is a racist whether they realize it or not.

“We have not been passive in seeking our rights but even our best efforts seem to translate into more property for whites and more promises for blacks.”

When Bell refers to “seeking our rights” here he uses the term in the same way as Barack Obama and today’s mainstream Democrats, in the context of what government “must do on your behalf.” Rights = other people’s property that they acquired by luck and that progressives must redistribute to counteract the innate, permanent racism in American society. You have a Right for someone else to pay for your health care. You have a Right to have someone else supply your birth control pills.

Of course this political tradition has deeper roots in the Democratic Party than the Alinskyite infiltration of Obama’s cohort…

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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 7: Unemployment Creates Crack Dealers

Saturday, March 24th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Just as Professor Derrick Bell blamed Jews for inspiring antisemitism, he also pointed the finger at disappearing industrial jobs to explain away inner city criminal culture:

… it is massive unemployment and not the lack of family values that has devasated so many black communities, placed one-third of young men — denied even menial jobs when they lacked education and skills — in prison or in the jaws of the criminal court system, most of them for nonviolent drug offenses.

After my previous post on Afrolantica Legacies featured a video of Thomas Sowell revealing Bell acknowledged his inexperience, a question came to mind: how does Bell’s affirmative action experience at Harvard mirror Barack Obama’s?

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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 6: Why Meritocracy Must Die

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

In the first essay featured in Afrolantica Legacies Derrick Bell puts his words in Bill Clinton’s mouth. This excerpt from page 13 of Afrolantica Legacies imagines a speech in 1998 from the president titled “Racial Liberation Day: The Challenge for White Americans”:


For Bell’s Critical Race Theory political theology the concept of “racism”  shifted from the concrete (Jim Crow) to an abstraction:

… racism is a system of continuing and cumulative advantage that benefits all whites whether or not they seek it.

Thus, Bell can now use this abstraction as the ghost in the gears, the necessary, permanent explanation for any individual black American’s personal failures and professional inadequacies:

As Americans, we want to believe that our country is a meritocracy where anyone who has talent and works hard can be successful. Charges of racial discrimination threaten that image and, in all but the most blatant cases, many whites find it difficult to take them seriously. Thus when blacks assert that racism is alive and flourishing, whites find denial is the easier, the more comforting reaction.

Perhaps the reasons for Bell’s attacks on meritocracy are more personal than political, as Thomas Sowell observes:


Derrick Bell was put in an impossible position. He was hired as a full professor at the Harvard Law School when he himself said he did not have the kinds of qualifications that people have when they get appointed as full professors at the Harvard law school. And so what were his options? His options were to be a nobody among world famous intellectuals or to go off on his own shtick and try to be important or significant in that way. And he chose the low road… The fundamental problem was making him a professor at the Harvard Law School when even he himself knew that was not something that he merited.

In upcoming parts of this continuing journey through Afrolantica we’ll see more instances of Bell’s commentary that read in a different light when understood in the context of the professor’s own career.

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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 5: Thomas Jefferson, A Symbol of American Racism

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Before beginning our journey to Afrolantica, this dialogue opens the book:

Geneva Crenshaw is a fictional character created by Professor Derrick Bell. She appears in his previous writings as an idealized version of himself, expressing his opinions with greater vigor.

For Critical Race Theorists to make the case for American racism’s “permanence” they must annihilate the Founding Fathers’ reputations. If Thomas Jefferson and the other founders were so stupid that they could not see the common humanity of non-whites then why should anyone respect their political values and the legitimacy of our nation?

With this political theology embedded in one’s heart and mind, the emotional desire to “fundamentally transform” America arises:

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RELATED: J. Christian Adams published a picture worth a thousand words on this subject.

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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 4: The Wages of Antisemitism

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

I planned to blog about the late Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies from beginning to end. However, recent events in France necessitate a brief detour to the book’s sixth — and longest — chapter. “Shadowboxing: Blacks, Jews and Games Scapegoats Play” features two dialogues devoted to Bell’s defense of Louis Farrakhan, the antisemitic leader of the Nation of Islam.

Bell describes a radical student named Nat T (a reference to the slave revolt led by Nat Turner) who comes to visit him in his law school office. When Bell rejects Nat T’s violent, kill-all-the-white-people rhetoric the student storms out, promising to murder him and the other “black tokens” when the revolution arrives.

As Nat T leaves the building he upsets Ben Hirsch, a Jewish faculty member whom Bell describes as “a staunch supporter of Israel where he travels frequently and consults with the government.” Hirsch comes to Bell to complain, leading to a Socratic dialogue where Bell blows over a series of Straw Man arguments. Despite Bell’s reliance on cliches throughout his narratives, this invention of a pro-Israel professor shows a genuine gift for the surreal.

Page 89:

“… when one black leader makes comments they deem anti-Semitic…”

Bell denied Farrakhan’s antisemitism. And his sentiment mirrors paleo-conservative former MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan’s description of Father Charles Coughlin (who published the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in his newspaper Social Justice in the 1930s) as “an alleged antisemite.”

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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 3: What Could it Mean to Be White?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Part 1: A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies, Part 1

Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

In the prologue to Afrolantica Legacies Professor Derrick Bell claims whites base their self-worth on skin color:

For without black people in America, what would it mean to be white? Of what value whiteness, the privilege of preference, the presumption of normality, the reassurance of majority status? Were the advantages of color to disappear, how would whites replace their carefully constructed but ever-fragile self-esteem based on whiteness? Blacks doubted that many whites would ever ask themselves these questions, but the questions were not less real because unacknowledged.

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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Click here for Part 1 of this series exploring the ideas of Critical Race Theory through Derrick Bell’s 1998 book Afrolantica Legacies.

“Only African Americans were able to breathe and survive there.”

“The first black visitors reported a sense of well-being, a ‘euphoria of freedom’ one called it, that they had never known in America.”

“Millions of blacks were determined to move to this new land, to begin an ideal society.”

Observe the end goal here. Bell’s utopia is not that Americans of all skin colors embrace one another. Instead, he sought to inspire a “euphoria of freedom” through the fantasy of an “ideal society” without Jews.

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A Guided Tour Through Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies, Part 1

Monday, March 19th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

As a 28-year-old student at Harvard Law Barack Obama supported the activism of Professor Derrick Bell and urged his peers to open their hearts and minds to the words of Critical Race Theory‘s founder.

But what did Bell believe and how could his ideas have any relation to the president’s policies today?

The answers to these questions reside in Bell’s 1998 book Afrolantica Legacies, published by Third World Press. I read it over the weekend and will share a series of excerpts this week with analysis.

The myth of the rise and fall of Afrolantica — a kind of Atlantis where only African Americans can live — opens the book and provides Bell with a way to tie together his essays, fictional dialogues, and political parables written through the ’80s and ’90s. From seven of these essays, Bell extracts these principles to serve as “rules of racial preservation”:

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Reminder to Bill Maher: ‘The Plural of Anecdote is not Data

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

James Joyner at Inside the Beltway fisks Bill Maher and Alexandra Pelosi’s stereotype-mongering. Last week on Real Time, the pair presented a video Pelosi shot featuring poor, toothless, racist rednecks embarrassing Republicans. This week for balance attention they debuted a new provocation interviewing welfare recipients bragging about having “four baby-mamas” and voting for Obama because he’s a black man who keeps the government handouts flowing. Joyner cuts to the core issue and nails it:

There’s an old saying in social science circles: The plural of anecdote is not data. It’s relatively easy to cherry pick examples that confirm your bias but, without systematic sampling to ensure that they’re reflective of the larger universe, they have little value.

It’s doubtless true that there are a lot of ignorant racists in Mississippi. Or, for that matter, anywhere. Similarly, some percentage of those collecting government assistance are doubtless slimeballs who are too lazy to work and have no shame at living off those who do. But sticking a camera in their faces to record the fact doesn’t shed much light on how representative they are of the population we’re attempting to understand. Instead, these examples reinforce existing biases, doing much more harm than good.

Real Time videos available at Inside the Beltway, though, remember: they represent 15 minutes of your life that you won’t get back.

So why not give Zo 8 minutes instead?

If the Democrats lose the black vote, they lose everything. This is why their hooks are so deep in the black community and have virtually hard-wired the black community to be loyal to them. The chains that Democrats used to put on their wrists and ankles have now been clamped onto their hearts and minds.

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Heavy Metal Climate Change

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle
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The Economist reminds environmental utopians of the limited supply of rare metals (dysprosium and neodymium) needed for the high-powered magnets in “green” motors:

…if wind turbines and electric vehicles are going to fulfil the role environmental planners have assigned them in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, using current technologies would require an increase in the supply of neodymium and dysprosium of more than 700% and 2,600% respectively during the next 25 years. At the moment, the supply of these metals is increasing by 6% a year. To match the three researchers’ projections it would actually have to increase by 8% a year for neodymium and 14% for dysprosium.

Related at Tatler: Roger L. Simon with The High Cost of Winding.

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How NPR Transforms North Korea’s Communists Into ‘The Rich’

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Yesterday National Public Radio promoted the book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.

Adam Davidson on All Things Considered:

The question: why are some nations rich while others are poor, is the most important question in economics. And after centuries of trying to figure out the answer, economists still don’t know. Until, maybe, just maybe – right now.

Two important economists have come out with a new book that they say, and many others agree, may offer the answer. The book is called “Why Nations Fail.” One of the authors, Harvard’s James Robinson, says the reason economists haven’t succeeded so far is that they’ve been so obsessed with mathematical models of fictional economies that don’t actually exist.

Thank goodness today we have brilliant intellectuals like Acemoglu and Robinson to unravel an economic mystery too complex for the shallow minds of Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, and Thomas Sowell.

And what signature example do Robinson and Acemoglu select? North Korea:

The two Koreas are an extreme example. But you can see the same thing on the border of the US and Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and dozens of other neighboring countries. In all of these cases, the people and land were fairly similar, but the border changed everything.

“It’s all about institutions,” Daron Acemoglu, one of the authors, explained. “It’s really about human-made systems, rules, regulations, formal or informal that create different incentives.”

When these guys talk about institutions they mean it as broadly as possible: it’s the formal rules and laws, but also the norms and common practices of a society. Lots of countries have great constitutions but their leaders have a practice of ignoring the rules whenever they feel like it.

Acemoglu and his co-author, James Robinson say the key difference between rich countries and poor ones is the degree to which a country has institutions that keep a small elite from grabbing all the wealth. In poor countries, the rich and powerful crush the poor and powerless.

So North Koreans live in poverty because “the rich and powerful crush the poor and powerless.” If only today’s Harvard economists and good, progressive NPR listeners lived back when the Soviets set up the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a satellite state after World World II then surely they would have built “institutions that keep a small elite from grabbing all the wealth.” Right?

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Why Two Million Californians Moved to Texas in Ten Years

Friday, March 16th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Chuck DeVore at National Review:

California’s elected officials are particularly adept at dreaming up ways to spend other people’s money. While the state struggles with interminable deficits caused by years of reckless spending, the argument in Sacramento isn’t over how to reduce government; rather, it’s over how much to raise taxes and on whom. Governor Brown is pushing for a tax increase of $6.9 billion per year, to appear on this November’s ballot. California’s powerful government-employee unions and Molly Munger, a wealthy civil-rights attorney (wealthy by dint of being the daughter of Warren Buffett’s business partner) are offering two competing tax-hike plans. The silver lining may be that having three tax hikes on the ballot will turn voters off all of them.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Texas are grappling with a fiscal question of an entirely different sort: whether or not to spend some of the $6 billion set aside in the state’s rainy-day fund.

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Barack Obama: The Constitution Guarantees Your Right to Clone

Friday, March 16th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle
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Today Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro utilizes his Harvard Law education to continue fisking Barack Obama’s constitutional law courses. Today, part III:

Here’s the first question from Obama’s 1997 exam.

The situation is a cross between Dolly the Sheep and Terri Schiavo. Essentially, many years in the future, there’s a young woman, Dollly. After a car accident, Dolly enters into a severe vegetative state with no possibility of recovery. Her parents, Mary and Joseph (you have to love the carefully chosen anti-religious implications here), whom she has given joint authority over her in a living will, decide to pull the plug. They also decide that they want to clone her. The problem is that the state has passed a law against cloning. The second problem is that other states that allow cloning require consent of the cloning subject, unless the subject is a terminally ill child – and it’s unclear whether Dolly gave her consent, though she had no moral objections to cloning.

This presents a question: is there a constitutional right to cloning?

Here the analysis of Obama’s suggested answer:

  • First, Obama suggests that there is a fundamental constitutional right to clone oneself. The precedent cases “all argue for a broad reading of the right at stake: a right to make decisions regarding childbearing free from government interference—at least absent a government showing that such interference is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest.” Obama calls Justice Scalia’s argument that constitutional rights must be “deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions” a “cramped reading of the right to privacy.”

Read the whole thing and don’t forget parts I and II on earlier Obama class questions.

Reminder: the ethics of cloning is not the issue here. That’s just the red fingernail Obama and the cultural Marxists use to dupe apolitical people. The important question is what the Constitution means. Does the Constitution grant us the “Right” to do anything? Or do our Rights come from a Creator? Is the Constitution instead a document of checks on the federal government’s power? Is that perhaps why Obama would shift from a career as a community organizer to Constitutional law? Know thy enemy.

Obama and the Alinskyites can’t win this debate so instead they have to dupe apolitical people with “social issues” like how poor Sandra Fluke can’t afford her birth control pills and 26-year-old “adult children” need mommy and daddy’s health insurance.

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In Defense of Happy American Workaholism

Friday, March 16th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Mona Charen this morning at National Review:

In his new book, Brooks argues that it is part of the American character to value work. “Americans work 50 percent more than the Italians, the French, and even the Germans.” Why? Cosseted socialists in Europe would say it’s because we’re terrified of losing our jobs. But Brooks points to research showing that the more hours Americans work, the happier they report themselves to be. Only 11 percent of Americans say they wish they could spend a lot less time on their jobs.

The American work ethic can be eroded though, and will be, Brooks argues, by an expanding welfare state. It isn’t just that people who believe life to be unfair demand that governments “equalize” outcomes. It’s that once governments undertake to equalize things, people begin to believe that success is more a matter of luck than of hard work. A 2005 study of 29 countries found that where taxes are high and wealth is redistributed through social programs, people are much more likely to believe that success is a result of luck.

Also new this morning, PJ Media’s Dr. Helen Smith notes a Christian Science Monitor article proclaiming “Three in 10 young adults live with parents, highest level since 1950s” and comments at PJ Lifestyle:

So many young adults are living with parents because they don’t want to take a job they might not like or that doesn’t pay as much as they think they are worth with the Brown degree that everyone probably told them was the path to riches, or at least the good life.

Funny the way the pieces fall together:

1. Students can easily acquire loans to attend college because the federal government intervened in the free market.

2. Because of this attempt to make higher education “more accessible,” the price of college inflated, thus students must incur large debts.

3. Once at college, non-hard science students can study useless variations of cultural Marxism and graduate without any real skill, save the ability to advocate for other people to pay higher taxes:

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4. These idealists emerge into an economy devastated by a recession exacerbated by policies such as the Community Reinvestment Act, a law Alinskyte Marxists advocated.

5. The large student loan debt and lack of positions for those without skills scares them into staying at home. The parents who have supported them throughout their education continue to do so.

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Coulter Zings Palin: ‘A Few Million Fanatical Followers, You Can Make Money’

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Yesterday from the Daily Caller via Shark Tank, Ann Coulter takes a shot at Sarah Palin:

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“And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party,” she said. “I mean, the incentives seem to be set up to allow people — as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money. The Democrats have managed to figure out how not to do that.”

On February 25 PJM published La Shawn Barber’s reporting on activist Ward Connerly’s very profitable, non-profit:

In a five-page letter (PDF) through her lawyer, Gratz said Connerly’s organizations — ACRI, the American Civil Rights Coalition, and the American Civil Rights Foundation — have been in financial crisis since March 2010. Recent tax documents show Connerly’s annual salary (over $1 million) totaled more than half ACRI’s revenue. His handling of donor funds “raised questions about whether the organization’s mission has been subordinated to Mr. Connerly’s personal interests.”

There’s plenty of money out there for charismatic ideological warriors who live to hustle.

Ron Paul figured this out decades ago when his antisemitic newsletters turned a profit:

Video researcher Andrew Kaczynski unearthed a clip in 1995, before the newsletters had become an election issue in his district, in which Paul discussed the publication as one of his passion projects in his years out of Congress. He described it as a “political type of business, investment newsletter.”…

In addition to the objectionable content of the newsletters, his odd explanation contrasts heavily with his hard-earned brand as an unconventional anti-politician who always tells the truth as he sees it and never waters down his views to pander to voters. It’s hard to square this with a candidate who claims that he somehow never bothered to read a newsletter published under his own name that generated as much as $1 million in revenues in just one single year.

Was the “unconventional anti-politician who always tells the truth as he sees it” ever more than a business model?

And why do relaxing images of Greek cruises, a 6-figure credit lines at Tiffany’s, and $25 K a month for doling out a “historian’s advice” come to mind?

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Coming in August: The Godfather, Part II of Obama Investigations

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Published in October of 2010, Stanley Kurtz’s Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism shaped my understanding of the president more than any other. Time and again the Kurtz analysis of Obama the Alinskyite — still employing community organizing tactics in pursuit of socialist goals — rang true in understanding the administration’s strikes and parries in today’s political war. Kurtz discovered original documents and built a mountain of argument and evidence so tall that no defender of the president has dared attempt a rebuttal.

Now Kurtz returns with a sequel, continuing what he began in the second half of his first Obama expose: connecting the dots between the president’s lifelong immersion in variations of the Marxist political faith and the destructive, unjust public policies his administration implements.

Kurtz wrote this week at The Corner:

Many aspects of Obama’s present–to say nothing of his plans for the future–are as guarded and mysterious as his radical past. In fact, the poorly-known side of Obama’s world makes the clearest sense only when you combine research into his past and present alike.

This is what I’ve been up to these past months, as I’ve been working on a book about Obama that will appear in early August.

Read the whole thing, as Kurtz weighs in on recent debates and has plenty of other thoughts.

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Sandra Fluke, Crusader for the ‘Social Justice-Based Faith’

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

This morning CNN published an op/ed from Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old, professional advocate for socialized medicine posing as a feminist college student:

These attempts to silence women and the men who support them have clearly failed. I know this because I have received so many messages of support from across the country — women and men speaking out because they agree that contraception needs to be treated as a basic health care service.

Who are these supporters?

They are women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, who need contraception to prevent cysts from growing on their ovaries, which if unaddressed can lead to infertility and deadly ovarian cancer. They are sexual assault victims, who need contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

They are Catholic women, who see no conflict between their social justice -based faith and family planning. They are new moms, whose doctors fear that another pregnancy too soon could jeopardize the mother’s health and the potential child’s health too. They are mothers and grandmothers who remember all too well what it was like to be called names decades ago, when they were fighting for a job, for health care benefits, for equality.

A “social justice-based faith” seeks to achieve heaven on earth through remaking America’s political, religious, and cultural institutions. Fluke and the president rely on this political theology to inspire them in the fight to force Catholic employers to subsidize birth control.

This differs from a “God-based faith” which seeks to inch the individual closer to heaven through mystical practice, ethical monotheism, and the emotional support of a spiritual community.


Related: Kathy Shaidle at PJ Lifestyle today on radical gay activists pushing Los Angeles to mandate straight pornography performers wear condoms on location shoots:

And “social justice” is the stubborn application of unworkable solutions to imaginary problems.

Also related, David Brooks’ column “The Fertility Implosion” at the New York Times today articulates the theme of Spengler’s How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too) and reveals social justice in action:

When you look at pictures from the Arab spring, you see these gigantic crowds of young men, and it confirms the impression that the Muslim Middle East has a gigantic youth bulge — hundreds of millions of young people with little to do. But that view is becoming obsolete. As Nicholas Eberstadt and Apoorva Shah of the American Enterprise Institute point out, over the past three decades, the Arab world has undergone a little noticed demographic implosion. Arab adults are having many fewer kids.

The more a people focuses on creating heaven on earth the less they work to escape the hell of their own nature.

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Daily Kos’ Pollsters Release ‘Survey’ Smearing Republicans as Anti-Muslim Bigots

Monday, March 12th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Or, as James Crugnale of Mediate reliably spins it: Survey Shows Majority Of Alabama/Mississippi GOP Voters Think Obama Is Muslim:

According to a recently-released survey, many Alabama and Mississippi Republicans overwhelmingly believe President Obama to be Muslim. Public Policy Polling asked Republicans in the two states, “Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?”In Alabama, 45% said “Muslim”, 41% said “unsure.” Only 14% said that the President is Christian.

Mississippi Republicans were even more distrusting of President Obama’s faith, with an overwhelming 52% saying he was Muslim, 36% unsure and only 12% saying Christian.

First, ignore that PPP only polled about 600 people in each state. Second, ignore that the question on the survey asks “Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian, or a Muslim, or are you not sure?” Where’s the “He’s a secular, stealth Marxist applying Alinskyite strategy by pretending to be a Christian so he can gain power” option?

Come on Democrats, do you really want independents to believe Obama is a sincere Jeremiah Wright Christian? Aren’t you better off just conceding Obama went to Trinity United for the political connections, and not to drink up the antisemitic conspiracy Kool-Aid?

Third, The poll came from the Democrat-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling. Molly Ball at Politico reported earlier this year:

Though PPP might seem to be simply the Democratic counterpart to Rasmussen Reports, the automated pollster that the left loves to hate, there are differences.

Rasmussen, despite its partisan reputation, claims political independence and does not conduct polls on behalf of candidates, while PPP freely admits that the left is its bread and butter — and where its sympathies lie. Some of the firm’s polling memos advocate desired outcomes or use loaded, partisan language.

Read the Politico story to learn about how PPP makes money. This isn’t just progressives firing another shot at Southern Tea Partiers. This is also PPP’s strategy for drumming up business. Mediate’s story constitutes free advertising for more progressive organizations to commission PPP for polls. The most wonderful of ironies: disassembling capitalism through dividing America can be a great business model. Political war profiteers eager to make a buck fomenting class and race wars will always find a shallow pool of idealists to keep the money flowing.

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How to Give Up Your Life for Ron Paul or Derrick Bell

Sunday, March 11th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Matthew 19:16-21:

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Rosie Gray at Buzzfeed this morning discovers “Ron Paul Volunteers Impoverish Themselves For The Cause”:

Ron Paul has inspired thousands of young supporters to join his libertarian cause, but the most devoted Paulites of all are the self-described “Ron Paul Roadies.”

The group of six young men from around the country started volunteering with Youth for Ron Paul before the primaries. Months later, all have quit their jobs and are on the road with the campaign full-time — but money’s running low, one of them has had to give up his truck, and all are having trouble affording proper meals.

Alexis Campestre, 25, of Texas, used to work for a marketing firm in Los Angeles, but left his job on January 2 to volunteer full-time for the Paul campaign. He met the other men “on the journey,” he says, and the group became close. They’ve been traveling together in Campestre’s truck.

“We consider ourselves kind of like the Paul Reveres of the 21st century,” Campestre said from the crew’s latest stop in Venice Beach, California, with his companions Anthony Librera and Les Redfield, both from the New York City area.

“The more we found out, the harder it is to sit around and do nothing about it,” said Redfield. The guys’ duties include phone banking and organizing grassroots outreach efforts for the campaign, and their YouTube video boasts of the number of phone calls each has made.

But money has been an increasingly worrisome issue. At first, the campaign was giving them a stipend as it did with all Youth for Ron Paul volunteers.

Now, “the campaign is getting tight with their money so we’re finding ourselves worse and worse off,” said Redfield.

Reminder: Real people give up their lives when the exciting, apocalyptic stories of charismatic con men fulfill an emotional need. Adherents of any political ideology can end up worshiping politicians and intellectuals as their superman sun gods, invoking us to “open up your hearts and your minds” to the cosmic truth they bring down to us from the heavens.

The fruits of Academia’s Critical Race Theory Marxist cult and the Paleolibertarian Anarcho-Capitalist political cult both taste the same: racism and antisemitism.

Both result from people trying to find the emotional healing in politics that they should be getting through religion, family, and culture.

The New York Times profile of Paul:

As a young doctor in training, dissecting cadavers or practicing surgery on dogs, he would tell all who would listen about how the country was headed down the wrong path, about the urgency of a strict gold standard and about the dangers of allowing government too much power over people’s lives.

“Once that got ingrained, that became his religion,” said his brother Jerrold, a minister and a psychotherapist. “He says he preaches the ‘gospel of freedom’ — that’s the money quote. Politics became his crusade.”

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Time For Obama’s ‘Fiercely Patriotic’ Marxist Mentor Derrick Bell

Saturday, March 10th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

At Time yesterday, Sally Kohn defended the antisemitic activist Derrick Bell using two textbook Alinskyite tactics:

Derrick Bell was one of the first legal scholars to talk about race in America. The median net worth of white households in the United States is 20 times that of black households. Black students in our nation’s public schools are three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Black rates of unemployment have been consistently double the rates of white unemployment since 1972 when the government first started tracking such data. Professor Bell argued that such statistics were not the result of inherent inferiority of African Americans but the persistence of “structural racism” — that the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination on which our nation was built has, intentionally or unintentionally, left indelible marks so that the rhetorical “level playing field” has never truly existed. His beliefs were not anti-American, as conservative critics have alleged, but rather fiercely patriotic, wanting to extend the promise of America to all.

First, note how Kohn polarizes the debate into two sides. Through the creation of fake conflicts, community organizers can galvanize moderates and gullible “liberals” to support things they otherwise would not. That’s why the issue of race is exploited like this — just to rally people to fuel their Marxist economic goals. Hence why Obamacare took such high priority in the first term.

Kohn and other Alinskyites know how to set the rules of engagement in their favor. Only two possibilities: these shocking statistics come from blacks’ genetic inferiority or continued white racism. Never mind the third option, that these statistics mean nothing and that there are books filled with cultural studies and economic statistics refuting this pseudo-intellectual sophistry and demonstrating black people as more than capable of succeeding without condescending whites alleviating their guilt through increased government handouts.

Second, observe the attempt to wrap Marxism in a patriotic cloak, and the use of a generality like “the promise of America to all.” Alinskyites do this regularly whenever questions of their political ideology arise. Recall when Media Matters blogger Oliver Willis asked Obama if he considered himself a progressive and the former Alinskyite teacher managed to claim Abraham Lincoln as a progressive:

Questioner: Mr. President, you’re often pressured from both the left and right on one issue or another, and then even within the Democratic Party you get pressured from the more conservative, more progressive side of the party. So I’m curious, you sort of govern as a — sort of as a pragmatist, and I’m wondering if you view yourself as a progressive.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I mean, the problem with labels is everybody thinks they mean different things. So I would define myself as a strong progressive in the sense that I believe in that essential American Dream that everybody gets a chance to make it if they’re willing to work hard, that government has a role to play in ensuring opportunity by making sure kids get a decent education and can afford to go to college; that workers are able to train and retrain for the jobs of the future; that we’re building strong infrastructure; that we are using our diplomacy alongside our military to protect our national security; that we believe in the Bill of Rights and we actually act on it, even when it’s inconvenient; that we are promoting the equal treatment of citizens under the law.

Those core beliefs that America prospers not just when a few people do well but when everybody has the chance to do well, when we’ve got a growing middle class, where we — people are able to live out their dreams without the barriers of race or gender or sexual orientation, those are things I deeply believe in. In that sense, though, I think Abraham Lincoln was a progressive.

He was a Republican. He was the first Republican President. And that just gives you a sense of how these categories change so much.

It used to be that the values I just described had a home in the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party. I think it’s only been in recent years that you can’t find that articulation of some of these values in the Republican Party, and that in fact if you champion them that you’re considered some wild-eyed radical. That’s a shift, and not a good shift, in terms of our public debate.

Read Matthew Vadum’s Subversion, Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers for more on Alinskyite tactics in action.

Kohn’s reliance on these rhetorical weapons comes as no surprise. Visit her personal site and see how she describes herself in her page’s banner:

“Pragmatic radical” sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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Critical Race Theory 101

Friday, March 9th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle
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Heather Mac Donald in interview with Lee Stranahan:

The goal of the law for centuries was to transcend individual particularities and to strive however imperfectly for a universal reason that would apply to all individuals regardless of race and gender and class and that was seen as a good thing… And the critique of the critical race theorist as well as feminist jurisprudence was not only is that ideal impossible but it’s not even really desirable because they see American society as so fundamentally unjust, as so completely biased in favor of white males, that the only proper response is a huge upsurge of emotion and identity and so storytelling is seen as somehow the legitimate reaction to the oppression of reason and the silencing of minority and female voices… There was a professor who was at Harvard for awhile and then ended up at university of Pennsylvania, Regina Austin. She actually argued that blacks in their attempts to destabilize white hegemony should embrace law breaking as a legitimate, radical thrust against white oppression and that sort of petty forms of lawbreaking like hustling, like employees stealing from their employers should be embraced by the white law-abiding middle class as a revolutionary gesture…

Take the time to listen to all 13 minutes.

Here’s how Austin describes the goals of her classes today where she trains legal students to produce propaganda on behalf of “social justice”:

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Like Barack Obama and Van Jones, Austin too appears to have discovered the value of foregoing “the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”

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Why Obama’s Radical Buddies and Antisemitic Mentors Matter in 2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Breitbart.Com Editor-In-Chief Joel Pollak’s achieved a victory against CNN’s presidential apologists when he explained the relevance of this new video evidence linking Barack Obama to Critical Race Theory, the racist political theology of Derrick Bell:

POLLAK: No, I’m not afraid that black people are going to be violent and take over the country. What I’m pointing out is that there’s a pattern in Barack Obama’s associations with Derrick Bell, with Reverend Wright, and it carries over into his governance because his Justice Department won’t treat black civil rights violators the same way that it treats white civil rights violators. That there’s a racial pattern in which justice is enforced in this country. And it also gives us a sense into how Barack Obama thinks about these issues.

At every point in his life when he could have followed the path of Martin Luther King, he threw in his lot with the Jeremiah Wrights and the Derrick Bells of the world.

How often does truth like this penetrate the MSM fog? This is an example of how to hack the media Breitbart-style.

Jeff Dunetz at YidWithLid jumped in yesterday to remind us that Bell falls into a long pattern of antisemitic mentors and associates:

Yesterday’s release of the Barack Obama/Derrick Bell Harvard tape was seen by many as another example of the President’s long history associating with radicals. There is another interpretation however. When Obama urged people to open up their hearts and minds to Bell it was another case of him “cozying” up to an Anti-Semite.  Understand we are not talking about people who are Anti-Israel (although there is a huge crossover of the two) but people who regularly use Anti-Semitic stereotypes or more direct derogatory comments about Jews.

Jeff provides 9 examples of other Obama confidantes who promote antisemitic conspiracy theories.

No matter how many times I lay out the facts to them my progressive friends do not understand why any of this matters. “Where’s the bombshell?” in Soldedad O’Brien’s words. Try this information on the Democrats in your own life and you’ll get the same kind of embarrassing, non-sequiturs that prompted Pollak’s rebuttal above: What are you afraid of? That Obama will unleash wild Kenyan tribesman to run through the streets spearing white people? That for his second term he’s plotting new concentration camps for Louis Farrakhan to oversee the implementation of a second Holocaust?


Consistently throughout his political career the young Barry Obama sympathized with antisemites and racists; as president his foreign policy (on Iran, Libya, and Israel) and his legal policy do the same.

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Did Soledad O’Brien Rely On Wikipedia Cliffs Notes When Joel Pollak Confronted Her?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Rebelpundit makes a good case:

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien’s venomously sarcastic interview with editor-in-chief Joel Pollak culminated with her throwing out her definition of “Critical Race Theory” in the heat of her interview over the Obama/Bell Tapes released last night. Pollak had already requested that O’Brien define the term more than once, and at the 1:45 mark in the video below, she finally does. One problem–O’Brien’s definition appears to be lifted almost word-for-word from a wikipedia page, presumedly hurriedly communicated to Soledad in the midst of her interview.

Kudos to Pollak — this is exactly the way to handle the President’s minions in the mainstream media:

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What You’re Not Supposed to Know About the Southern Poverty Law Center

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Of course, the number of evil, right-wing, racist, “patriot” hate groups continues to rise.

The New York Times and the Daily Beast celebrate the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual report, which seeks to suggest that mainstream conservatives criticizing the President’s socialist policies increases the number of racial hate groups:

Fed by antagonism toward President Obama, resentment toward changing racial demographics and the economic rift between rich and poor, the number of so-called hate groups and antigovernment organizations in the nation has continued to grow, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The center, which has kept track of such groups for 30 years, recorded 1,018 hate groups operating last year.

The number of groups whose ideology is organized against specific racial, religious, sexual or other characteristics has risen steadily since 2000, when 602 were identified, the center said. Antigay groups, for example, have risen to 27 from 17 in 2010.

The report also described a “stunning” rise in the number of groups it identifies as part of the so-called patriot and militia movements, whose ideologies include deep distrust of the federal government.

In 2011, the center tracked 1,274 of those groups, up from 824 the year before.

Every time the SPLC publishes one of these “reports” the legacy media parades it around as evidence of the Tea Party Grand Wizards’ conspiracy to regress America back to Jim Crow. What they won’t tell you and really don’t want you to know is that in November 2000 the progressive magazine Harper’s exposed the SPLC as a fraudulent non-profit created by a career con artist solely to make a ton of money. Some of my favorite highlights from the article:

Today, the SPLC spends most of its time–and money–on a relentless fund-raising campaign, peddling memberships in the church of tolerance with all the zeal of a circuit rider passing the collection plate. “He’s the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement,” renowned anti- death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer says of Dees, his former associate, “though I don’t mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye.” The Center earned $44 million last year alone–$27 million from fund-raising and $17 million from stocks and other investments–but spent only $13 million on civil rights program , making it one of the most profitable charities in the country.

Morris Dees doesn’t need your financial support. The SPLC is already the wealthiest civil rights group in America, though this letter quite naturally omits that fact. Other solicitations have been more flagrantly misleading. One pitch, sent out in 1995-when the Center had more than $60 million in reserves-informed would-be donors that the “strain on our current operating budget is the greatest in our 25-year history.” Back in 1978, when the Center had less than $10 million, Dees promised that his organization would quit fund-raising and live off interest as soon as its endowment hit $55 million. But as it approached that figure, the SPLC upped the bar to $100 million, a sum that, one 1989 newsletter promised, would allow the Center “to cease the costly and often unreliable task of fund raising. ” Today, the SPLC’s treasury bulges with $120 million, and it spends twice as much on fund-raising-$5.76 million last year-as it does on legal services for victims of civil rights abuses. The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the Center one of the worst ratings of any group it monitors, estimating that the SPLC could operate for 4.6 years without making another tax-exempt nickel from its investments or raising another tax-deductible cent from well-meaning “people like you.”

In the early 1960s, Morris Dees sat on the sidelines honing his direct-marketing skills and practicing law while the civil rights movement engulfed the South.”Morris and I…shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money,” recalls Dees’s business partner, a lawyer named Millard Fuller (not to be confused with Millard Farmer). “We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich.”

Oh and there’s much more about the bizarre Dees

The Times knows all of this but they still play along year after year because it just feels so good to stick it to the conservatives.

This unashamed, progressive con artistry has a long, prestigious tradition. Paul Johnson’s Intellectuals shows Rousseau and Marx doing the same thing: creating a fantastic political theology to guilt-trip the wealthy into providing them with luxurious lifestyles.

In related news, last night J. Christian Adams published an important story on the Obamas’ college videos:

In May 1988, Harvard Law students, borrowing from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and foreshadowing the Occupy movement of 2011, occupied the Harvard Law School’s dean’s office.  The students were supporting Professor Derrick Bell’s demand that the law school hire professors on the basis of race.

One of the students “dressed in black” and occupying the dean’s office appears to be Michelle Obama (Harvard Law ’88).

Here’s the link to the video. What a difference a few decades can make. Here’s the first lady today hitting the slopes at Aspen:

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3 Possible New Jobs for Dennis Kucinich

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports,

TOLEDO, Ohio — Dennis Kucinich is out and Marcy Kaptur has captured the Democratic primary in the new 9th District, according to data analysis from

Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in Congress, has apparently won the Democratic primary.

According to the official Ohio Secretary of State site, Kaptur had won four of the five counties — except for Cuyahoga — although not all of the ballots have been counted in the five-county district.

Oh, poor Dennis. Guess he’ll need to switch from politics to another of his world-saving hobbies.

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Vegan Restaurant Owner

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2. UFO Investigator

3. Dating and Marriage Counselor

Here’s a story everyone might not know: how a 59-year-old, 5’7″ congressional bachelor meets a 27-year-old, 6-foot, “statuesque, flame-haired” British activist in April of 2005 and marries her by August. What a lovely couple.

Anyone else like to assist the soon-to-be former Congressman improve American political life by finding something else to do with his time?

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Obama’s Secret Videos: First Khalidi Tape, Now Alinsky Love Tape

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro reports on the vetting of President Barack Obama:

Sources inform today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play.
And she won’t release it.

“There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it,” Dickler informed our source. “It is not in Chicago.”

Dickler told our source that she doesn’t believe she’s ever watched the tape, and she doesn’t know if it “can be viewed.” But she added: “No one is going to see the tape.”

This makes two videotapes confirming the President’s Marxism, now protected by his loyal followers. The other, the notorious “Khalidi tape,” sits under lock and key at The Los Angeles Times.

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When Saul Alinsky Becomes Your God

Monday, March 5th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Last night Big Government published Andrew Breitbart’s final column from the Breitbart 2.0 relaunched site. The article and new design point the direction toward the new media future “Breitbartian conservatives” (Lee Stranahan’s term) will now create.

The article arrives as another reminder of the theology taught by today’s postmodern Marxist cults. Breitbart summarizes the 1998 Chicago play The Love Song of Saul Alinsky. And who’s on the poster participating in a panel discussion? Then-State Senator “Baraka” Obama. Breitbart with some of the play’s highlights:

So, what’s in the play? It truly is a love song to Alinsky. In the first few minutes of the play, Alinsky plays Moses – yes, the Biblical Moses – talking to God. The play glorifies Alinsky stealing food from restaurants and organizing others to do the same, explaining, “I saw it as a practical use of social ecology: you had members of the intellectual community, the hope of the future, eating regularly for six months, staying alive till they could make their contributions to society.”

In an introspective moment, Alinsky rips America: “My country … ‘tis of whatthehell / And justice up a tree … How much can you sell / What’s in it for me.” He grins about manipulating the Christian community to back his programs. He talks in glowing terms about engaging in Chicago politics with former Mayor Kelly. He rips the McCarthy committee, mocking, “Everyone was there, when you think back – Cotton Mather, Hester Prynn, Anne Hutchinson, Tom Paine, Tom Jefferson … Brandeis, Holmes … Gene Debs and the socialists … Huey Long … Imperial Wizards of all stripes … Father Coughlin and his money machine … Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd … and a kicking chorus of sterilized reactionaries singing O Come, All Ye Faithful …”

And Alinsky talks about being the first occupier – shutting down the O’Hare Airport by occupying all the toilet stalls, using chewing gum to “tie up the city, stop all traffic, and the shopping, in the Loop, and let everyone at City Hall know attention must be paid, and maybe we should talk about it.” As Alinsky says, “Students of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your juicy fruit.”

It’s not a coincidence that at the same time Obama sits in the White House the Occupy movement rises to attack all of his political enemies. In Alinskyite strategy it’s called “good cop” and “bad cop.”

See Also: My article here at PJM on Andrew Breitbart’s 5 gifts to Generation Y Conservatism.

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Team Obama Involved in MMFA Hiring Antisemite?

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid wonders if the White House instigated the employment of Media Matters’s antisemitic Senior Fellow MJ Rosenberg:

We know that Media Matters was coordinating with the White House on many issues. They hired Rosenberg at a time when  important domestic issues were dominating the headlines. Obama’s relationship with Israel was only intermittently in the headlines, and not anywhere near to the extent of those other issues, but his attacks on Israel were having an effect on the President’s Jewish support. No single-issue Senior staff was hired to comment or publicly lobby for the President’s positions on the other issues. While other MMFA hit-men attack the media’s coverage of Obama and the progressives, only MJ Rosenberg writes primarily about the issue itself.

Look at the entire case Jeff makes and the dates he identifies:

July 13 2009: “Obama met with leaders of 13 Jewish Organizations  Missing from this meeting was an organization usually included by presidents when they meet with “Jewish Leaders,” the Zionist Organization of America who had been most vocal about opposing Obama’s Israel attacks. Instead the President invited two groups with little support in the Jewish Community, but much support in progressive circles, the anti-Israel lobbying groups J-Street (funded by George Soros) and Americans for Peace Now. The meeting’s  purpose of calming the Jewish nerves regarding the President’s one-sided criticism of the Jewish State.”

Sept. 9 2009: MMFA announces Rosenberg’s hire.

Paging Alan Dershowitz:

“That’s right,” Dershowitz affirmed. “Unless the administration disassociates itself from Media Matters and stops having strategy sessions and stops inviting them to the White House and stops being associated with them, the President should do to Media Matters what he did to Jeremiah Wright — totally disassociate, rebuke and say, ‘I stand with Israel.’ He has an opportunity to do that when he meets at AIPAC. I think he will show support for Israel and support for AIPAC but he has to distance himself from Media Matters. They’re too close today for comfort. It’s going to hurt him in the re-election campaign.”

I can think of others in the midst of this mess who are “too close today for comfort.”

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Ace on David Frum: That’s a Wrap

Friday, March 2nd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Ace responds to David Frum’s summary of Andrew Breitbart’s life:

From the dawn of time the primitives in the woods envied and feared those with the Magic of Fire.

David Frum exceeded Andrew Breitbart in one measure only, span of life.

But not in life.

David Frum will die as he lived, gray, timid, small, spiteful, cramped in thought and bent in spirit, slender of talent and obese in self-regard, unloved, unnoticed, unremembered and unread.

Better to live outrageously for only a short spell than to hiss from the shadows, content to live within the niggling license of Master’s Leash.

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