Contra: Infinite Devil Machine
CRT is the dialectic of suicide, the Afghan Uniparty, against conservatism, Rolling Stone is very stupid, the conservative movement sells its soul to Google, liberalism as lobotomy.
Here’s everything I’ve been up to since the last newsletter, plus some other stuff. Enjoy.
CRT Is the Dialectic of Suicide
I wrote for The Spectator about CRT and interviewed a few hot-headed ethnics, among which I count myself, for the piece.
Some things in this world go so beyond the pale that it becomes absurd to weigh and measure them upon the cool, dispassionate scales of reason. Critical race theory (CRT) is one.
There are different definitions of CRT, most of which contain cute elisions. Sharif El-Mekki, CEO at the Center for Black Educator Development, offers a typical one. ‘Critical race theory is a legal framework,’ he says. ‘It’s a lens for people to be able to apply to law and see how racial injustice and how racism has been baked in many laws in the history of America’. That is partly true about some of CRT’s applications. But the political activist Susan Sontag, not known for mincing words, provided a fuller picture.
‘The white race is the cancer of human history,’ Sontag wrote in Partisan Review; ‘it is the white race and it alone — its ideologies and inventions — which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself’.
Furious Over Afghanistan? Blame Republicans, Too
For Newsweek, I wrote about Afghanistan. We should not forget both parties have blood on their hands.
Americans should be angry, but they should not let their anger be cheapened by hawks and hacks and coopted by the military-industrial-academic complex, whose zeal for nation-building stretches from Afghanistan to Appalachia. They should not give an inch to the criminally negligent, corrupt, and delusional generals, journalists, and intelligence assets singing the siren song of war.
Not one more American should die for an establishment that is glad to ship off men and women for pointless conflicts and doesn't care that 18 veterans commit suicide every single day. Indeed, if they survive the United States' imperial projects and dodge a self-inflicted gunshot, there is a good chance their own government will regard them as Gen. Milley's harbingers of "white rage," as Taliban in their own land. Perhaps they'll live long enough to see the pro-war press liken them to Nazis, as VICE News did Marines on the same day a squad of them were wiped out, even as it demands they charge unceasingly into the graveyard.
My latest subscriber column explains why I am not a conservative and makes a case against conservatism.
People often ask why I attack the GOP and the conservative movement so much. Why not focus on the Democratic Party and the inexorably advancing armies of modern liberalism? I am reminded of an exchange between Eric Voegelin, the German-American political philosopher, and George Nash, the chronicler of conservatism, recorded by Paul Gottfried in the August issue of Chronicles.
Nash once asked to include a photograph of Voegelin in his book, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. “Just because I am not stupid enough to be a liberal,” Voegelin rejoined, “does not mean I am stupid enough to be a conservative.”
That, in essence, is my view, with one additional and important caveat: the conservative movement and its political arm, the Republican Party, are stupider than the liberal movement and its political arm, the Democratic Party, which is, in fact, more devilish than dumb.
Stupid, Like a Rolling Stone
I wrote a free column last night about a Rolling Stone story that claimed gunshot victims in Oklahoma were delayed treatment at hospitals overwhelmed by ivermectin overdoses. The magazine subsequently released an “update”: "Rolling Stone has been unable to independently verify any such cases." In other words, the entire story was fake.
On September 3, Rolling Stone falsely claimed that gunshot victims in Oklahoma were delayed treatment at hospitals overwhelmed by ivermectin overdoses. Some Americans have opted to take it instead of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The media narrative around ivermectin is that it is a “horse dewormer” dangerous for human consumption. But in 2015, William C. Campbell, an American parasitologist, won the Nobel Prize for his role in the drug’s development. Though its application began with domestic and farm animals, it “was later tested in humans with parasitic infections and effectively killed parasite larvae,” reads the Nobel Prize press release. Campbell’s work “led to the discovery of a new class of drugs with extraordinary efficacy against parasitic diseases.”
Rolling Stone toes the media line about ivermectin, and it quotes a doctor who readers presume is speaking from an on-the-ground view.
“The ERs are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated,” Dr. Jason McElyea said. “All of their ambulances are stuck at the hospital waiting for a bed to open so they can take the patient in and they don’t have any, that’s it,” he added. “If there’s no ambulance to take the call, there’s no ambulance to come to the call.”
The story went viral. Rachel Maddow’s official Twitter account shared to her 10.5 million followers McElyea’s interview with a local news outlet, from which Rolling Stone drew for its reporting.
The Key to America’s Pathologies
I cannot recommend enough this column by Srdja Trifkovic in Chronicles on why the foreign policy establishment is the insane way that it is and what that means for Americans and foreigners alike.
The United States is clearly the only major power in today’s world which resolutely rejects all forms of spatial realism. America is the only major power which insists on a deterritorialized, purely ideological, openly hegemonic definition of its interests, which now include the promotion of LGBTQ+ “rights.” Having declared America the leader of an imaginary international community in the 1990s, foreign policy decision makers in Washington developed a mindset, and adopted strategies and policies, which William Kristol and Robert Kagan have hubristically characterized as America’s benevolent global hegemony. In reality it is postmodern power politics on steroids, awkwardly masked by the rhetoric of “promoting democracy” and “protecting human rights” ad nauseam.
How The National Review Sold Its Soul to Google
Emerald Robinson is on Substack now, and she has a great piece on the fraudulence of the conservative movement.
There were rumors in the summer of 2018 that an audiotape was circulating that would send shockwaves through the think tanks of Washington and the conservative intellectual movement in particular. A top Google executive had been recorded telling his fellow employees that Google generously donated to conservative think tanks and magazines to dampen criticism of their anti-conservative bias. In essence, Google was buying off Conservatism Inc. and the GOP establishment to stay silent while Google monitored, harassed, and excluded Trump supporters. If true, the tape sounded like a smoking gun: incontrovertible evidence of the corruption and double-dealing of Conservatism Inc. that would permanently discredit it with Republican voters.
I was told that the tape had been offered as an exclusive to the Wall Street Journal. Months went by, and nothing happened. (There were rumors during that time that Big Tech lobbyists were trying very hard to get the Wall Street Journal to kill the story.) Then I began to get a series of messages from various anonymous sources that the organizations that were guilty of taking Google money to stay silent included: the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Cato Institute, CPAC, the Weekly Standard and the National Review. (A weak article appeared on September 27th by John McKinnon in the Wall Street Journal but it hardly mentioned the tape or its implications.) This was, needless to say, a huge story: was it possible that the entire conservative intellectual movement was being bought off by Big Tech companies?
Helen Roy has a great article in The American Mind about how liberal mythmaking and scientific inquiry have proven fundamentally incompatible.
The Flynn effect and its reversal are topics of scientific inquiry by which, should you find yourself inching toward politically incorrect conclusions, cancellation looms ominously.
In 2016, in a systematic literature review of all major accounts of the post-seventies IQ plummet across Western countries, Edward Dutton of the Ulster Institute for Social Research concluded that the best explanation for the dawdling of the Western mind had both environmental and genetic components. The industrial revolution’s technological advances, he argued, precipitated massive gains on IQ scores “by establishing an environment which compelled us to think in a more scientific way, compelled us to become more educated, and saturated us with knowledge, information, and novel problems.”
But industry simultaneously brought “dysgenic fertility” practices. It precipitated a decline in fertility, especially for wealthy people, and those with weaker genetic material were able to survive and themselves procreate whereas they would have died in previous centuries.
Government Can’t Reach One-in-Three Released Migrant Kids
The U.S. government has lost contact with thousands of migrant children released from its custody, according to data obtained by Axios through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Trump Tower’s Key Tenants Have Fallen Behind on Rent and Moved Out. But Trump Has One Reliable Customer: His Own Pac
Starting in March, one of his committees, Make America Great Again PAC, paid $37,541.67 per month to rent office space on the 15th floor of Trump Tower —a space previously rented by his campaign — according to campaign-finance filings and a person familiar with the political action committee.
This may not be the most efficient use of donors’ money: The person familiar with Trump’s PAC said that its staffers do not regularly use the office space. Also, for several months, Trump’s PAC paid the Trump Organization $3,000 per month to rent a retail kiosk in the tower’s lobby — even though the lobby was closed.