Contra: If Only You Knew How Bad Things Really Are
Prop. 187 in retrospect, the cultural revolution comes for the family, rethinking the right, every knee shall bow to the pride flag, looting is fine in New York, the UN launches World War Racism.
Good morning! The latest podcast is in the works. I’ve been slogging my way through a pile of work.
For my Contra column, I wrote about parenting in clown world as a new dad who just celebrated his first Father’s Day.
The world in which my son will grow will hate him for his patriotism, his appearance, and his mother's race. It will try to steal his heart, teach him that he is half-heir to and half guilty for genocide, war, slavery, racism—when it isn't insisting that he has internalized his oppression. He is representative of that which Susan Sontag decried in 1967. "The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it alone—its ideologies and inventions—which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads," she wrote, "which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself." When people ask for a definition of CRT, point them to Sontag.
I don't know why some pretend CRT isn't what it is, why they play dumb about for whom it has out the knives. These people are stupid at best, craven at worst—and complicit in either case.
In the Washington Examiner magazine, I traced the lines of Oregon's left turn. I spoke to a few people from around the state and introduced their perspectives to the piece. Last year's riots provide the backdrop.
Rioters ripped through Minneapolis in the hours following the death of George Floyd last year. The daylight on May 28 shone on burned-out buildings and smoldering cars. Come nightfall, agitators descended on the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, chased out the officers, and set the building ablaze. That night, as police retreated, a woman was found dead with signs of trauma inside a car, and another man was killed when rioters set fire to a pawnshop.
Little by little, the flames set by rioters flickered out, and the nightly assaults on Minneapolis began to wane. But across the country, in the cooler climes of Cascadia, the disorder was just heating up. Nearly 2,000 miles from Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon, launched into a hundred consecutive days of rioting.
For The National Interest, I wrote about how the GOP reduces the legitimate anger and anxiety of voters into meaningless outrage porn.
The political scientist Wallace Sayre had a saying about why academic debates and their otherwise docile belligerents tend to get so heated. “The politics of the university are so intense,” it goes, “because the stakes are so low.” The same is true of the intramural jockeying of the Republican Party, though it is portrayed as a civil war between the “pro-Trump” and “anti-Trump” factions. Regardless of who wins, the GOP does not appear keen to fundamentally change as an institution.
There are indeed unsung gunfighters on the local and state level, waging lonely wars against anti-white “critical race theory” and other cultural cancers. But they often run up against the superstructure of the Republican Party, which has a knack for taking legitimate concerns, reducing it all to a fundraising drive, and diffusing the anger of its base until the next outrage can begin the cycle anew.
The latest issue of The American Conservative is out now with my long essay on Prop. 187. It should be online soon, but here are some pictures of the print edition.
The feedback from people who have received their print copies already has been very good so far.
Also, I joined Auron MacIntyre for a talk about the right. We also discussed my background, and my family.
In Chronicles, Srdja Trifkovic translated an interview by Branimir Stanić and Ivan Tašev with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Christian-Democratic politics has its mandate in relation to Christian culture. Christianity, first of all, created the free man. Therefore, we must–first and foremost–protect human dignity. Then, Christianity created the Christian family. We must protect the concept of the Christian family. Next, Christianity has created nations in this part of the world. If we Hungarians had not followed Christianity for a thousand years, we would have disappeared; so we must also protect the nation. But we also have to protect religious communities and the Church. To summarize, our task is not to protect theological principles, that is the mission of the Church; but our mission is to protect the great Christian achievements of our civilization.
Can we get an American Orbán?
The Cultural Revolution Comes for the Family
Helen Roy writes about the weaponization of children against parents for The American Mind.
Almost exactly a year ago, Tucker Carlson delivered an opening monologue entitled “The Cultural Revolution has Come to America.” In case you’ve happily forgotten the events of last summer, be unhappily reminded: the media frenzy surrounding George Floyd’s death included a trend wherein children secretly recorded, then publicly aired, arguments with their Republican parents on TikTok. This was done presumably in order to shame parents, as Tucker put it, “for the crime of insufficient loyalty to Black Lives Matter.” Kids tried to have their own parents “cancelled,” fired, and publicly humiliated for their failure to accept and acclaim the doctrine of queer BIPOC supremacy as their spiritual anchor in life and through history, which also began in 2020.
Every Knee Shall Bow To The Pride Flag
Rod Dreher in The American Conservative blogs about the Rainbow Imperium.
How fanatical are European elites about LGBT? Look:
Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, said Hungary either “must leave” the EU or repeal the law, which bans TV shows and other content seen as championing LGBT lifestyles for the under-18s.
However, some eastern European governments refused to join 17 of the bloc’s 27 countries in a rare joint statement condemning a fellow member state.
The Hungarian government hit back against what it called the EU’s “shameful” interference in its domestic affairs.
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, said the law was about “defending the rights of the kids and the parents” and claimed to be a fighter for gay rights when Hungary was under communist rule.
“Homosexuality was punished, and I fought for their freedom and their rights,” he said as he arrived at the summit. “So I am defending the rights of the homosexual guys. But this law is not about that.”
Europe’s Hopeful Pessimist
Here is an interesting interview with Thierry Baudet, a Dutch politician and the founder of Forum for Democracy, in IM—1776. Publisher Mike Granza asks: Your background is unlike that of most populist politicians, though. You graduated from, and taught at prestigious universities. You wrote a book on classical music From Bach to Bernstein, Roger Scruton was a mentor to you. Have you ever had trouble reconciling your populist rhetoric with this kind of “elitist” background? Baudet replies:
No, not really. As I said, I started talking the language of the people as I realized I had a lot more in common with them than I have with our current elites. That said, in any well-functioning society, you’re inevitably going to have an ‘oligarchy’, i.e. a small number of people at the top, making the decisions. That’s what Robert Michels calls the ‘Iron Law of Oligarchy‘. Now whether the oligarchy chooses to use its power to serve the people or to serve itself, that’s the question. Today, our current elites have no sense of noblesse oblige, and that’s why we should aim to replace them. So the problem is not that there is an oligarchy, but that the current one is selfish, incompetent, and weak.
Remembering the Right
Catharine Savage Brosman remembers Allen Tate in Chronicles.
A French woman who met the American poet Allen Tate (1899-1979) in the 1930s remarked, “Monsieur Tate is so conservative that he’s almost radical.”
Etymologically, “radical” fits Tate well; his conservatism entailed returning, in the face of destructive social practices, to fundamental truths and the established customs embodying them, many immemorial. He espoused the primacy of families, the value of the individual person (in the Christian sense), “organic” communities, and attachment to the soil. He gave importance to local and tribal history and earlier ancestral connections—that is, ethnicity. Likewise, he valued classical literary traditions and the English language. He could have adopted for himself the watchword of the conservative French nationalist Maurice Barrès, who proclaimed his loyalty to the earth and the dead: “La terre et les morts.
Nearly Half of Americans Don't Believe White Supremacy Is the Country's Biggest Terrorist Threat
In the poll conducted May 4 to 10, 32 percent of U.S. adults said they believe local police treat people of color more harshly, up from 25 percent in September 2015. However, there is still a huge racial discrepancy, with 25 percent of white people saying people of color are treated more harshly, while 61 percent of Black people felt that to be the case.
Massachusetts Town Will Seed $220K to Begin Reparations for Black Residents
A Massachusetts town council approved a fund to pay reparations to Black residents to atone for slavery, discrimination and past wrongs, which several town officials suggested an initial seed investment of more than $200,000 from surplus budget funds.
The Amherst Town Council voted 12-1 in favor of establishing the fund on Monday, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported. A two-thirds vote of the council is required to authorize any spending from it.
Census data shows Amherst is 74 percent white, and 5 percent black.
Black Nationalists Declare ‘Legal Residency’ in Newark Woman’s Home
via New York Daily News:
A Newark homeowner called in police last week after four Black nationalists moved into a new home she was renovating and declared that as sovereign citizens of the Al Moroccan Empire, “their status permitted them access to the property,” authorities said.
NBC News reports that the four men, who’d changed the locks on the Ivy Street house, agreed to leave, but one of them returned a short time later to reclaim the property that had been purchased by an unidentified woman in February.
Charges Against Hundreds of NYC Rioters, Looters Have Been Dropped
via New York Post:
Hundreds of alleged looters and rioters busted last year in protests over George Floyd’s murder by police have had their charges dropped, according to NYPD data—figures ripped as “disgusting” by a local business owner.
In The Bronx—which saw fires in the street and mass looting in June 2020—more than 60 percent of arrestees have had charges dropped, according to the investigation by NBC New York.
Man Accused of Shooting Daytona Officer Arrested Near Atlanta
via WINK News:
A man accused of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer has been arrested outside of Atlanta.
Othal Wallace was found hiding in a treehouse on a property near Atlanta associated with NFAC, a Black nationalist paramilitary organization, said Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young.
The 29-year-old was arrested just after 2:30 a.m. He was found with flashbangs, rifle plates, body armor, two rifles, two handguns and several boxes of ammunition, Young said.
“He actually did make a statement,” Young said of Wallace. “What he said was you guys know who I am, you know what I am capable of and it could have been a lot worse.”
Twerking on Juneteenth
via Daily Mail:
Multiple women were seen twerking on the top of an ambulance in Lake Merritt in Oakland, California on Saturday night, as paramedics attempted to make their way through to the scene of a shooting in which one person was killed and at least seven others were wounded.
The ambulance was stopped in its tracks by the crowd which was said to be around 1,000-strong as people gathered to celebrate Juneteenth after it was declared a federal holiday.
Brazen Humboldt Park Shooting
via Chicago Sun-Times:
Here is a story that should be national news, but isn’t.
Yasmin Perez and Gyovanni Arzuaga fell in love at first sight and were inseparable. They died together during a brazen weekend attack.
The parents of two young children, Perez and Arzuaga were gunned down Saturday night amid Puerto Rican Day festivities in Humboldt Park. Arzuaga, 24, died that night and Perez, 25, Tuesday morning.
Footage shows a group of black men surrounding their vehicle, pulling the couple out onto the street. The two are shot dead by an unidentified attacker. Arzuaga died trying to protect Perez with his body.
Transgender Student Wins as Supreme Court Rebuffs Bathroom Appeal
via The Washington Times:
The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a challenge over shared locker rooms and restrooms for transgender students at a Virginia high school, leaving in place a lower court ruling that allows transgender youth to use restrooms of their choice.
Gavin Grimm, a transgender male, sued Gloucester County School Board for not allowing him to use the boys restroom. Instead, the school offered him a private restroom, but he argued that was stigmatizing.
UN Urges Immediate Dismantling of Systemic Racism
The United Nations human rights chief on Monday called for the immediate end of systemic racism around the world to avoid repeating outrages like the killing of George Floyd.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet presented a landmark report on racial injustice to the UN Human Rights Council.
"I am calling on all states to stop denying — and start dismantling — racism; to end impunity and build trust; to listen to the voices of people of African descent; and to confront past legacies and deliver redress," Bachelet said in a video statement.
"Systemic racism needs a systemic response" to dismantle centuries of entrenched discrimination and violence, she said.
Being a leftist means having support from the world’s most powerful and corrupt institutions while telling people that you’re a revolutionary. Leftism, woke, pride, Black Lives Matter—these things are the mask of the regime and the way it rehabilitates its image.