Contra: You'll Own Nothing and Be Happy
The Wall Streetization of single-family homes, the state wants your (trans) kids, some professors walk into a bar and one says kill whitey and the other says whiteness is a 'parasitic like condition.'
Hello! Been a busy week. I hope you’re doing well, reader.
Trump’s Influence Is Waning In Exile. Is That a Bad Thing?
For The Spectator, I asked some questions ahead of a possible Trump 2024 candidacy. Why did Trump listen to advisors about not confronting Fauci and China? Why are his endorsements mostly bad? Why are Jared Kushner and Ivanka advising the America First Policy Institute?
Some say the Roman Republic died when the Senate murdered Tiberius Gracchus, a populist reformer. When the elites whose negligence and hubris had fueled in the first place the rise to prominence of Tiberius and his brother, Gaius, chose violence over the political process, they peeled away any pretense of civility with the ruled.
Something similar happened with Donald Trump. His presidential record is a mixture of half-truths and half-measures. He was too soft and too undisciplined for all the bluster about him as a competent threat to the established political order. He did, however, help reveal the true face of the regime as it attempted to snuff him out.
In February, TIME ran a story about the ‘shadow campaign’ that altered the course of the 2020 election. Left-wing activists, corporations, and the AFL-CIO hatched a ‘conspiracy’ to ensure Trump’s electoral demise. The right saw this as proof that the ‘Deep State’ is real. The left said: it is real — and it is good because it is on our side.
I’m reupping my debut Chronicles column because it is out from behind the paywall now.
If the American right feels pinned down by an enfilade coming from the institutions it has traditionally identified with and defended, that’s because that is precisely what is happening. Pressed up against the berm, the only way out for the right is through a place it has avoided.
With the fall of academia, the ideological homogenization of the media and popular culture, and the left turn within most institutions of government, the military and law enforcement branches have been perceived as civilizational backstops by the right, which provide order and authority in a sea of chaos. But this illusion is evaporating, exposing these force-wielding branches as the maw of the managerial regime.
If you don’t have a subscription, you should seriously consider one—it’s worth it. The theme for this month’s issue is divorce, and the articles are outstanding.
As for interviews…
I joined Kara McKinney on Tipping Point to talk about Wall Street gobbling up homes. You can watch here.
I also did a Newsmax “Cortes & Pellegrino” hit this week. Talking about the Tejano vote in Texas.
And on Friday, I joined Tucker Carlson to talk again about how financial institutions are buying up single-family homes, reducing Americans to serfs. The Columbia Bugle has the clips:
Glenn Greenwald had some nice words in praise for the segment!
The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 @ColumbiaBugleTucker Carlson & @emeriticus Discuss Rising Home Prices & Private Equity Firms Buying Up Homes P: "Homeownership gives people a stake in society...It's the foundation of the middle class & part of the American Dream. And permanent capital is now robbing Americans of that dream." https://t.co/PHEXRDQ7tp
That's it for articles and interviews.
One more thing: I’m featured in the upcoming issue of The American Conservative. It should be hitting mailboxes soon.
When the State Comes for Your Kids
In City Journal, Abigail Shrier writes about the fusion of an aggressive managerial state and left-wing ideology and its perils for parents.
Today, a teenager can declare an LGBTQ identity that is unsupported in her home and claim that this lack of support puts her mental health at risk. “For our young people experiencing homelessness, over 90 percent of them cite family conflict as a cause of homelessness,” said Suzanne Sullivan, Chief Advancement Officer at YouthCare, who confirmed for me that almost 30 percent of the young people at her shelter identify as LGBTQ+. “We see a lot of young people who have different sexual identities or gender identities that are not supported at home. At YouthCare, we believe that every young person deserves to live their life to the fullest and that includes gender and sexual identity. We are affirming at all of our locations and we don’t feel that it’s acceptable not to be,” she said. YouthCare houses adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 24.
For child services in states that regard “gender affirming care” as the only humane way to treat a troubled teen who’s suddenly decided she’s transgender, the power the state grants them to undermine and even remove parents who object to these treatments is alarming. I asked Sullivan if the teens who come to YouthCare are being abused at home. “There are a lot of individual young people, so each story is unique and each story is different. And there are all different forms of mistreatment and neglect and abandonment. In some cases, kids are kicked out. In some cases, they leave.”
If You Sell a House These Days, the Buyer Might Be a Pension Fund
Ryan Dezember writes about the Wall Streetization of single-family homes and what that means for the rest of us.
A bidding war broke out this winter at a new subdivision north of Houston. But the prize this time was the entire subdivision, not just a single suburban house, illustrating the rise of big investors as a potent new force in the U.S. housing market.
D.R. Horton Inc. DHI 1.01% built 124 houses in Conroe, Texas, rented them out and then put the whole community, Amber Pines at Fosters Ridge, on the block. A Who’s Who of investors and home-rental firms flocked to the December sale. The winning $32 million bid came from an online property-investing platform, Fundrise LLC, which manages more than $1 billion on behalf of about 150,000 individuals.
The country’s most prolific home builder booked roughly twice what it typically makes selling houses to the middle class—an encouraging debut in the business of selling entire neighborhoods to investors.
Rest is here.
Research Journal Publishes Article Calling ‘Whiteness’ a ‘Parasitic-Like Condition’
The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association is raising eyebrows among readers for publishing an article that claimed “whiteness” is a “parasitic-like condition.”
“Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has — a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility,” said the article, was authored by Dr. Donald Moss. “The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world.”
The author, an instructor at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, added, “Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples.”
Yale Speaker Says Comment About Killing White People Was Meant to Spark Deeper Talk About Race
via Washington Post:
A psychiatrist who told a Yale School of Medicine audience that she fantasized about killing White people defended her April comments this week and called them hyperbole that underlies a frustration about minority mental health and a desire to have more serious conversations about race.
Aruna Khilanani’s April 6 live stream “Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind” was billed as a way to contextualize the “Karen” and “right to not wear masks” videos circulating on the Internet.