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Confessions of a Counter-Revolutionary

April 9th, 2013 - 12:49 pm

A word like raza really does mean race, as in the superior race. Because it compounds the assumptions of an exceptional language and ethnic heritage and racial identity, it is pernicious in the way unquestioned use of volk in 19th-century Germany logically grew into something quite scary 100 years later.

3. Helot labor is helot labor: Something is quite sick when a country of chronic 7.6% unemployment (in fact, much higher when we count those who gave up looking for work) wants to import a million menial laborers.

Either entitlements are too generous, or no longer tied to work participation, or we have lost the respect for a shared experience of entry-level physical drudgery, the traditional perquisite to character. I grew up with the bracero program, and remember the old Harvest of Shame-like documentaries, the Woody Guthrie “Deportee” activist songs, and the seasonal liberal op-eds deploring the exploitation. The premise that America can institutionalize the idea that you are good enough to work for us but not good enough to be one of us just won’t work.

Mark my words: the guest-worker program is an invitation to exploitation, endless social activism, serial amnesties, and more ethnic tensions.

4. Numbers impair assimilation: Bring in 100,000 immigrants and we are a melting pot of assimilation as Latinos follow the paradigm of the Italians; but bring in nearly 1,000,000 a year, and illegally so, and we are a salad-bowl, Balkanized society of competing factions.

Legality, English, and a diploma guarantee successful assimilation, which used to be desirable; the antithesis to all that ensures difficult assimilation, which to too many elites is now more desirable. How did assimilation, integration, and intermarriage become counter-revolutionary?

5. Legal immigration is mostly ignored, other than in platitudes about meritocratic criteria (e.g., education, skill sets, capital, etc.). Democrats sing of legal immigration as if they were the party working to get the brilliant Nigerian electrical engineer his green card at Google. Maybe, maybe not. But does Joe Biden or Chuck Schumer ever say the following?

We need to predicate immigration on legality and on precisely those skills needed by American society — and therefore we must close the borders to those who would come illegally, without a high-school diploma, and knowledge of English, given they are far more likely to draw on rather than contribute to the finances of the U.S.

The classically liberal position on immigration (e.g., treat everyone on a racially blind and ethnically blind basis; ensure that those who took the trouble to follow the law are privileged over those who did not and cut in line; apply meritocratic criteria not subject to racial or ethnic bias; and for applicants of roughly similar qualifications, ensure a rough “diversity” that results in Asians, Latin Americans, Africans, and Europeans entering in about equal numbers) is now counter-revolutionary.

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The fundamental flaw in this exposition is it's reliance on fact, reason and logic and, therefore, it is anathema to the left.
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They've commandeered the language. Up is down, down is up. Giving a history lesson that doesn't bash Western Civilization as a whole is now practically a hate crime. Facts are now subjective and our ruling elites expect us to ignore outcomes and instead celebrate their "good intentions." Never mind your lying eyes, everything is fine. And if you don't think it's fine well then maybe they'll unleash the media hounds to publicly shame you into behaving.
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The idea that Scalia saying "homosexual" is like a racist says "negro" is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a few years. "Homosexual" is about the most sterile, descriptive term I can think of. "Gay" is a political and personal label.
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Very well written and I share his views completely!
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By "classically liberal position on immigration" I think VDH means "liberal" in the 18th century British sense, not the current American political sense.

The tightening of US immigration voted in in the early 1920s was, according to Schales' "Coolidge" the idea of labor unions and Democrats like the KKK. It was very racist in intent and execution.

Of course, one wonders why contemporary labor unions don't choose to serve their members and demand a halt to immigration.

And don't be in such a hurry to import more engineers either! You will just lower the incomes of American engineers in the process as our experience with the H1B system shows. That program is just a white collar bracero system.
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The new senate bill allows doctors to call anyone mentally ill without that person knowing it. Thus the ACLU and big pharma are happy. And now the government has a way of attacking the Second Amendment. Since physicians will be Federal employees this is a win-win situation for everyone concerned except that of the private individual.
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It's mid-April in Southern California at 11:00 in the morning and I'm freezing my tuchis off. Global warming my tuchis.
1 year ago
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Counter-revolutionaries, UNITE !

Oh, wait.

That won't work.

Counter-revolutionaries today are the independent thinkers and are not those who naturally collectivize like sheep.

Thus, our Achilles heel, thinking for ourselves ensures our repression.

Drat !
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Ugh, I messed up punctuation:

"Thus, our Achilles heel, thinking for ourselves, ensures our repression."

That's better.
1 year ago
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You articulated more in 3 sentences than many pundits do in 3 pages. The thing is, how do we heal our Archilles heel? How DO we unite?
1 year ago
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In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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"You sense that you – not just your opposition to 'fundamental transformation' — must be destroyed."

Yes. Over the years my Progressive friends have become less cordial, less tolerant of debate, and are now openly hostile, impatient for their socialist dreams to become real. During the Bush years, they began to shun me. Now, in the Obama years, they're angry over any opposition, and I don't doubt they'd support jailing me for political differences if they could.

But they're an island of academia in a mostly conservative, Red State community. And I wonder if therein lies a path of action. What if we, the counterrevolutionaries, began concentrating in Red States? Abandon California, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York to the morass their Blue State policies have created. I know it would break some hearts -- VDH probably couldn't pull up stakes from his beloved CA -- but young counterrevolutionaries have nothing to lose but a life wasted in declining states. Virtually every Red State is growing economically. An influx of counterrevolutionaries will tilt the electorate there, too.
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Salt Lick: "Over the years my Progressive friends have become less cordial, less tolerant of debate, and are now openly hostile, impatient for their socialist dreams to become real."

Very true. The past several years, I have let my friendships with progressives fall by the wayside. They just don't know when to shut up, and every conversation ends up being a one-sided conversation. Lord knows I like to learn, but I hate being "taught," especially by an ass.
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Yep. I STARTED my campus ACLU back in the 70's to protect vigorous debate. But there's no such thing as "debate" with Progressives anymore. People like us are either going to take affirmative action to protect ourselves from their will to power, or we're going to find ourselves hunted like rabbits.
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If they follow the jobs, they will. The "safety net" cannot survive without the creation of new wealth and continued growth. States with low business taxes, no income tax on the state level, and right to work laws, will attract entrepreneurs and also young workers looking for a new start. The nation is splitting ( we have always been a divided country except for WW II ) and the possibility of 2 "confederations" may be in the future, possibly in this century.
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I'm interviewing for a new job now. When asked where I WON'T move to, I say Illinois and New York. When I'm asked "why?" (they usually suggest the weather since I'm in California), I say its their governments.

California is bad enough but I'd prefer to stay and fight, if I can earn a living here.
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Whitehall -- I've a sister in Austin, TX who says the competition for jobs from Californians moving there is intense.

VDH makes California sound hopeless. The situation he describes reminds me of what I encountered with white Kenyans (descendants of British colonials) when I lived in Kenya. They were surrounded by people who hated them, powerless except where they could bribe a government official, and deeply depressed as they watched a fabulously beautiful country sink into bread and circuses, corruption, and sometime outright political murder. Why "stay and fight?" Family obligations? Memories? Roots? Sentiment?
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Except that most of the red states also have big cities, which are very blue. It is almost as much an urban-suburb-rural thing as it is a state thing.
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Before I state my issue, lets be clear that with the communists on the left, EVERYTHING is political and therefore must be governed, laws must be made, and adherence to the law is a two tiered operation. Think of this as you recollect that the first order of business when the left passed obamacare was to exempt themselves from it.

Of course these dots of blue in the big cities are the hell holes they are because of leftist policies. They are going broke and are crumbling under the weight of their massive beaucracies. The obama solution?

Take a hard look at Agenda 21. The people of common sense who left these blue hell holes for the burbs took their leave and their tax dollars with them. This will not stand with the obama crowd. In order to remain viable obama is pushing hard for "regional taxation redistribution."

In short, the blue dots have patronaged their futures away with a plethora of bad policy to the point of being insolvent. To the left, it is unfair that the burbs have it so good, and they have so little. Agenda 21 is the scheme to normalize the dysfunction on a wider scale.

Just another part of the "fundamental transformation."
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Some truth n that, Dwight, but the tendency toward blue seems muted the more local the government. Thirty governorships is not a bad place to start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_governors
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As for the issue of "shooters" and how we much "outlaw assault rifles, magazines, etc" it appears that most if not all of these "shooters" were on legally prescribed SSRI's (anti-depressants) which do have both "side effects" (some become violent when on these drugs) and "withdrawal symptoms" (violence is one). Note that before we started drugging children and young adults, these sort of "shootings" didn't happen even though semi-auto weapons have been available since the end of the 19th Century. The popular M-1 carbine (with its 15 shot magazine) was available via "mail order" back when Ike was still in the White House!
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Yes, exactly Muskegon, here is a video treating that theme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgCpa1RlSdQ&feature=youtu.be
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"Exempt half the U.S. households from federal income tax."

Is this actually now true and are progressives actually pushing for it? If I have figured things correctly, a single person making $20,000 per year who has no deductions would pay $1,106 in federal tax. If there are progressives trying to reduce this, let me know, because all I am hearing is how they want to raise taxes on the rich (which is a waste of energy in my opinion).
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Households, JFP, Parent(s) with children. I do not have the IRS chart
handy, but a family of four with zero income receives $40K in Govt.
subsidies/exemptions, which decreases dollar-for dollar until income
reaches $40K, above which taxes are levied.
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"Global warming is a cult belief of the elite: the latter conveniently opposed fracking and horizontal drilling, while subsidizing costly wind and solar"

Yes, in order to be a member of the leftist cult you have to believe in the building large reclamation facilities and plunging sharp objects into the spines of newborns.

It appears that to be a leftist means being careful not to throw out the bathwater with the baby.
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