Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another reason to support Calexit

With the caveats about the reliability and precision of exit polling data kept in mind, consider that Hispanics went from 10% to 11% of the national electorate between 2012 and 2016, an increase of about 10%. In California, Hispanics went from 22% to 31% between 2012 and 2016, an increase of about 40%. Some 30% of the nation's total Hispanic population lives in California.

That means that California alone accounted for the entire increase in nationwide Hispanic turnout between 2012 and 2016. Solely accounted for it and then some, to be precise--the numbers actually suggest that Hispanic turnout in the other 49 states modestly declined between 2012 and 2016.

We have seen the future and it is, without a significant change of course, California.

Here's to hoping that the golden state acts as a window into the future on another thing--secession.

The most probable path I'd conceived of up to this point was through Texit. Texas exits the union, the electoral college immediately becomes unwinnable for Republicans, and a secession cascade is triggered.

Well, a similar dynamic is in play with a Calexit except that the blue states are the ones that start bailing. Hasta la vista, baby.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Choose one: Liberty, equality, or diversity

Malcolm Pollack excerpting thoughts on the Equalism myth:
Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.
If Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias, She bursts into laughter at the union of freedom, equality, and diversity in our utopias. When one prevails, the other two die.

Liberty, equality, or diversity--choose one. Just one.

Even the most nightmarish Orwellian IngSoc state, with zero liberty, will fail to make diversity and equality compatible. Asian men and black women will still have relatively lower SMVs than others, black infants will still die at higher rates than non-black infants, etc.

That the Cathedral favors diversity over the other two is the Occident's great tragedy. There is plenty of room for moral, empirical, pragmatic, and dialectical arguments and correspondingly differing positions on relative preferences for equality and for liberty in a healthy society.

Diversity destroys all of this. It leaves us enfeebled, untrusting, and holed up inside our own little cocoons. As Greg Johnson puts it:
Nobody feels at home in multicultural and multiracial societies.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Further left than blacks, liberals, and Democrats

Trebek: For $1000, blacks, liberals, and Democrats were more likely to vote for Donald Trump and less likely to vote for Hillary Clinton than this group of people.

Trebek: Yes, Pepe?

Pepe: Who are residents of Washington DC?

Trebek: That is correct. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

If all publicity is good publicity

... then Richard Spencer has given the Alt Right a lot of good publicity. He has in fact trebled the interest Hillary was able to generate when she mentioned the movement in a speech back in August:

Looking at the search results by state, I got a chuckle when I saw Montana, Spencer's primary residence, as the top result. I wonder if Whitefish has the highest per capita search volume in the country. At some level, all politics are indeed local!

Contesting the sagacity of the titular saying is that unlike when the wicked witch called us out, top search results included things from guys like Jared Taylor, Jeff Deist, and Spencer himself.

Now the best coverage we get is from Wikipedia--everything else is a total hatchet job using the NPI Nazi salute video as a starting point:

The Brave results are no different.

C'est la vie. What we lose in the intellectually curious we may more than make up for in non-conformist, contrarian young men full of energy and an insatiable desire to troll.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thus Spoke Spencer

Processing the end of Richard Spencer's NPI speech and trying to figure out what to make of it, I felt compelled to drop in at The Z-Blog to see if he'd publicly expressed his thoughts. I'm glad I did. I'd be echoing his sentiments with less eloquence and precision here if I hadn't done so.

The rule that there should be no enemies to the right is one I respect. Spencer is not an enemy. Functional alliances are not predicated on the parties involved being in perfect alignment.

That said, let's consider some of the moving parts. First, the attention Spencer has received over the last week:

It dwarfs that of other leading Alt Right-ish figures. Spencer is now the recognized name--and face--of the Alt Right, and he's also now associated with leading a Nazi salute (claims that Roman military salutes were the intention are optically immaterial as is the fact that he merely raised his water glass in toast) to close out a speech where he urged people of European descent to conquer and destroy. The provocative use of the German word "lugenpresse" has been used in Germany over the last couple of years, but the connection to Nazism is what will stick in America.

Of course they'll call us Nazis, -ists, -phobics, and all the other deplorable identifiers regardless of what we say or do. But over the last several years, and the last 18 months in particular, those charges have become risible. The general public now increasingly dismisses them as indicative of empty virtue-signalling and hypocritical double-standards.

As these deterrents have ceased to any longer deter, people have fumbled their way to our ideas, our issues, and our conceptions. They resonate. They identify what so many people feel in their guts to be true about what the West is becoming--or unbecoming. The conference title "become who we are" encapsulates this perfectly. The meat of Spencer's speech is great, some of the most rhetorically effective stuff I've ever heard him say, and I've been following for almost a decade now.

White people don't want anything to do with Nazism, though. Nazism doesn't symbolize European unity. To the contrary, it symbolizes the most self-destructive, nearly suicidal episode in the 2,500 year history of the West. It strips away the empirical and familial foundations of civic nationalism (or white nationalism for that matter) and replaces it with white supremacy, and it's the team name of the losers to boot.

The number of people--normal, salt-of-the-earth Trump people--who are moving (and being moved by events) towards a sense of racial identity is orders of magnitude greater than the people who will look into a movement that splashes in WWII-era German words, gives the Nazi salute, and talks about conquering and destroying. And now whenever the term "Alt Right" comes up, so will images--real images, video from people standing in front of Spencer as he says "hail Trump"--of 'neo-Nazis' giving the HH salute.

Speaking of looking into the movement, untold numbers of potential recruits found their way to us as a consequence of Hillary Clinton's bizarre speech denouncing the Alt Right. Beyond the immediate news headlines from her speech, those who went looking found articles, posts, podcasts, and videos from Alt Rightists giving introductions and summaries of what the Alt Right is, what it stands for, and what it hopes to accomplish:

NPI's 2016 conference and subsequent theatrics have given even more attention to the Alt Right than the wicked witch did, but now instead of sending people to Jared Taylor or Richard Spencer or Jeff Deist to have it explained to them, search results will forever bring up video of people yelling "hail Trump" and giving Nazi salutes.

People will continue to move in our direction. It remains to be seen if the Alt Right is able to continue to function as an umbrella term for dissidents on the right as that dissidence fractures along fault lines of civic nationalism, white nationalism, and white supremacism.