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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RADICAL IDENTITY POLITICS ARE CREATING RACISM WHERE NONE EXISTED BEFORE - Tolerance and inclusion are dwindling as fear and resentment rises in white America

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Black activists often talk of their fear of cops and white racists.  What they don't admit is that blacks fear blacks more than they fear cops or the KKK, particularly in violence-prone ghettos.  Chicago alone had 762 murders in 2016.
There is also a growing feeling of dread among white Americans as they see social media calls for the killing of whites, mobs attacking whites, and Muslims plotting terror attacks.  
The chasm between white and non-white is growing deeper in America.  Much of the blame for this goes to politicians who, unable to win votes through a credible platform for the betterment of minorities, resort to identity politics to motivate voters. 
  • The virulent hatred and violence emanating from the left and from some non-white ethnic groups is making many average Americans rethink their previous tolerant and inclusive attitudes.  
  • Radical leftists and anarchists, Hispanics, Blacks, and Muslims are among the most vociferous and most demanding.  They want to manipulate and control the dynamics of culture and policy by being the loudest and the most threatening.  
  • But don't let that fool you.  There is a silent and growing wave of disgust rising among traditional Americans - including moderate liberals - who see danger in the emergence of mob rule and racial and religious strife.
  • The ultimate agenda.
    It has already started
    Conservative views among the young are expanding, partly in reaction to people who voice their desire to destroy American culture and the white race. 
  • White Americans have made extraordinary efforts to accommodate 'diversity' groups over the years.  But now, instead of gratitude, they see hatred, violence, and outright anti-white racism.  They realize that non-whites do not want to be part of the country, but to take it over and exclude whites and their culture.   
  • This does not bode well for the future.  Some leader may rise - someone much more radical than Trump - who will reflect the increasing shift to the right in the majority of the population.  
  • For those fanning the flames of racial division, beware of what you wish for.   There is already strife between blacks and Latinos.  After all, Latinos are taking jobs and perks away from blacks. 
  • In the following video Tucker Carlson sounds like one many moderate conservatives disgusted at the brazen attitude of identity politics activists. 
  • Watch the way DACA activists behave with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in the first part of the video.  Imagine what they will be like when they obtain citizenship and real political power.   Why does she put up with it?  As American voters move to the right, Democrats desperately need to grant citizenship to these foreigners to win elections.
VIDEO -   "You Have NO Right to DEMAND Anything!!" Tucker Carlson RIPS Entitled Illegal Immigrant

Continue reading and watch videos on multiculturalism

Sunday, September 17, 2017

LAB MEAT, VEGETARIANISM, AND FEWER CHILDREN to save the planet? - NOT with massive immigration to the West - While the West develops technologies to protect the environment, other populations are growing out of control, eating MORE MEAT, and consuming more natural resources

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  • When baby boomers were growing up they were told that having too many children puts heavy demands on the natural environment and endangers our future.  So people started having fewer kids.  Maybe one.  Sometimes none. 
  • Admittedly, their concern for the environment was not their prime motivation, but the trend appeared all the same, and Europe, in particular, soon realized that their population was shrinking to more manageable numbers. 
  • Instead of extolling this as an ecological model for a sustainable future, Europeans fell prey to the globalists' insidious agenda to erase national borders and replace the West's population with migrants from the Third World. 
  • Globalists and leftists did this by (1)  creating the European Union, which robbed  countries of their democratic right to make decisions in their national interest. 
  • And they did it by (2) playing the race card, allegedly to atone for Europe's genocidal past.  Those who criticized this brown and black mass migration were denounced as 'racists' and Nazis. 
  • So now Europe's population is growing once again, placing great pressure on the environment and quality of life.   Britain gains the population equivalent of one new town each week!  
  • Since whites are not having enough children of their own to replace them, and millions of migrant couples are having six to ten children (more in the case of polygamous families), whites will be replaced by Asians and Africans in one or two generations.  Europe will become Muslim, and western civilization will be finished.  
  • 20111107-_dsc4223Even if you leave politics, religion, and culture aside, there is still the issue of the environment and of animal welfare.  This blog's article on the EID slaughter of animals shows the horrors of ritual Halal.  
  • Billions of animals suffer horrendous deaths under Halal slaughter, where their throats are cut and are left to bleed and die for hours.   That is the slaughterhouse ritual. 
  • But once a year, during the EID festival at the end of Ramadan, Muslim men are called to slaughter an animal as a sacrifice to their god.   This results in people who have absolutely no idea of how to professionally kill an animal, torturing creatures to death.  You can see the results here: Orgy of Animal Torture During EID Festival
 Lab Meat - A solution to avoid animal torture and environmental degradation?
Appetising? The technology has already been proven on an individual scale. In 2013 scientists at  Maastricht University, in the Netherlands cooked and ate the first lab-grown hamburger
  • Western science has developed a replacement for animal suffering by creating lab meat.  It is just as nutritious as the one coming from an actual living animal, but there is no torture and no killing involved.  Animal cells are cultivated and made to grow into steaks. 
  • As an added benefit the planet saves itself from farm pollution, and the need to use valuable land to grow food for those animals.   A perfect solution. 
  • EXCEPT that 1.8 BILLION Muslims will continue killing animals the traditional way because they are being ordered to do so by their religion.  The current population of 1.8 billion will double and then triple in a very short time due to their rate of reproduction.  And so will the number of animals being tortured and killed under the Halal ritual.  For ever and ever.  Until the planet is blown up like a bomb, in some dispute or other.
The following is a video and article explaining LAB MEAT TECHNOLOGY:
China Buys Israel’s Lab Meat
Technology for $300 Million
China signed a $300 million trade deal last week to import Israeli lab-meat technologies, VegNews reported. Two Israeli companies – SuperMeat and Future Meat Technologies are currently working to replace meat animals with “synthetic,” a.k.a. “lab-grown,” a.k.a. “cultured” meat.
China signed the deal as part of its effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the impact of cows and other animals that emit methane.
The 142g 'cultured beef' patty was lightly fried in a little butter and sunflower oil and took three months to grow in a laboratory, using cells from a living cow (pictured at demonstration in 2013)
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  • I published the following article a year ago, during the 2016 EID celebration.  Since it's EID time again, there has been increased interest online, so here it is for everyone who visits this blog.  
  • Many of us may agree to disagree over religious dogma, but when it comes to the systematic torture of animals, there can be no compromise. 
  • It is also distressing that - even as the Muslim population increases in the West along with their animal slaughter practices - animal rights activists are strangely silent.  Just as silent as feminists on the subject of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), another Muslim tradition.   
  • Although environmentalists get hysterical in alarm over climate change, they NEVER acknowledge that OVERPOPULATION is the main cause of environmental degradation.  Too many people are placing too many demands on nature, to the point where systems will eventually collapse.   Asian and African population growth is out of control, but those ethnic groups appear to be beyond criticism because of their race and color.    
While your idea of a religious celebration may be decorating a Christmas tree, for Muslims it is an opportunity to enjoy the act of torturing and killing millions of defenseless animals, and making them bleed to death - as decreed by the Koran.
Huge swathes of animal sacrifices marking the Islamic festival Eid al-Adha turned the streets of Bangladesh's capital into rivers of blood
Bangladesh's modernity in appearance only.
Barbarity remains in streets of expensive businesses and boutiques.
They inflict this horror on millions of
For people raised in a culture like this, there is little room between these acts and gruesome torture and terror against humans.  
Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.  The streets turn to rivers of blood as Muslims use car  parks and garages to slaughter animals for Eid al-Adha. 
  • Huge swathes of animal sacrifices were carried out in Bangladesh's capital
  • Designated kill zones were rendered out of action due to deluge and floods
  • Instead, Muslims took to the side-streets to kill for the Feast of Sacrifice
  • Blood from animals flowed into the Dhaka streets and turned the roads red
  • Mayor of a French city complained about Muslims leaving animal carcasses all over the streets.  Muslims didn't take kindly to such French daring to criticize their religious tradition.
  • Most of the photos and videos are via the website Bare Naked Islam
They injure the terrified animals, and often gouge their eyes out to confuse them and  make them more compliant


VIDEO - AND THIS IS MUSLIM HALAL SLAUGHTER DONE BY PROFESSIONALS right in front of Australian film crew.  No shame.
This video was openly made by Australian animal activists.  The butchers were fully aware this film was being made, so they restrained themselves from worse animal abuse.  It's is unimaginable what else they inflict on animals when outsiders are not looking.  Indonesia, by the way, is another Asian country where dogs are skinned and cooked alive right in the middle of public markets.

Muslims love to watch animals die in agony while they are being halal-slaughtered
Palestinians in Gaza celebrating EID


French mayor threatens to jail anyone dumping sheep carcasses after Muslim festival of Eid
Festival sacrifice
Gérard Darmanin, the mayor of Tourcoing, a city located to the northeast of Lille, said that Muslims would have to find another way to dispose of the animals’ bodies, and warned that they should not actually be slaughtering them in their own homes.
“Dumping sheep carcasses into a skip is both illegal and unhygienic. The animals must be slaughtered in an approved abattoir,” said Mr Darmanin.
The Tourcoing mayor said that local binmen and other town hall employees had complained about the Muslim tradition, saying it was “not normal” and “unhygienic” for them to have to load bloodied, dead sheep into the back of trucks, which were initially designed to keep the town clean.
Continue reading this, and see images of EID as celebrated in Bangladesh.  See also images of EID animals torture in other parts of the world.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

DACA DEAL - TRUMP GOT NOTHING IN EXCHANGE AND BETRAYED HIS BASE, UNLEASHING A STORM OF CRITICISM - The truth about DACA in 9 points - And why does Trump look so helpless, like a captive of Deep State in the White House?

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  • Trump Voters Throw MAGA Hats into Twitter Bonfire
    MAGA supporters burn
    hats online in protest against
    Trump's DACA deal
    The Trump administration is an ongoing civics lesson for all of us, regardless of our political views.  Any US president could encounter similar obstacles to fulfilling his duties, and unless some drastic changes are implemented, democracy itself is at serious risk.
  • One of the most significant issues is how individuals from the Deep State have managed to slither into White House key posts, and then proceeded to fire almost all staff loyal to the president.  In this way they have isolated Trump from influence from his base.  They have his full attention to feed him Deep State propaganda all day long.
  • They even fired his bodyguard and friend of many decades.  Now, we have to ask ourselves what kind of man is Trump to put up with all this?  Is it weakness?  Is he being blackmailed?  Is it a craving for media and Congress approval that will make him betray his base?  As they say, CHARACTER IS FATE.
  • Trump was elected not for who he is - a very flawed individual - but in spite of it.  He was the only Republican candidate who dared to articulate the views of America First voters.  Trump tuned in to this sentiment and won the presidency.  His supporters crossed their fingers hoping he would at least fulfill his top five or six promises. 
  • Curtailing immigration from terrorist countries and building a wall were at the top of the agenda.  The first one has been a struggle, with politicians and the courts placing obstacles and conditions along the way.  The second one depends on Congress' for funding approval.  But having elected the Great Negotiator, Trump's base hoped he could manage this one way or another.
  • However, only a few months into its presidency, Donald Trump appears to have caved in in a big way.  He approved in principle the legalization of 800,000 DACA illegal migrants, which will result in many more millions once each of them gets his relatives legalized as well. 
Who wins in Trump's deal?  Democrats, 100%, as they will ensure their majority in future elections.  Each of those legalized migrants and their descendants is a sure vote for the Democratic party. 
In an indirect way, Trump - the former Democrat and now Republican - has ensured that Republicans will remain forever a minority party, struggling in the wilderness.
Who loses?  Those who put their faith on Donald Trump.  Millions of them, now embittered and burning MAGA hats online.  Visit to get the true feeling of rising disgust and apprehension among his base.
Deporting DACA youth would be fully exploited by the media.  A possible compromise - in exchange for Congress full funding for the wall - would be to give legal residence but no citizenship to DACA youth, as long as they have no criminal record.  They would be able to study, work and stay in the USA, but would not tip the scales politically or with social benefits demands.
Tucker Carlson barely contains his anger while lashing out at Donald Trump's plan for DACA.  Put in simple words, he says, the president gave much to the Democrats, and got NOTHING in return.  Don't miss his excellent analysis in the first 5 minutes.  Then comes an interview with a pro-DACA legislator.

VIDEO - Tucker: Trump gets nothing with Democrats' DACA deal
More videos by Tucker Carlson
Continue reading, including the 9 lies about DACA the president believes in, and see references

Friday, September 15, 2017


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California-based penguin photographer Ira Meyer reveals his favourite photos of the bird he's been documenting for more than a decade around Antarctica and the South Georgia region.  

Over the years he has snapped a number of different species including Macaronis and Chinstraps.  He says that a penguin's behaviour changes each season but they always guarantee to be entertaining.
Often he spots the black and white birds playing amongst themselves and getting in a flap (above, Gentoo chicks call out for attention on Petermann Island in the Antarctic)
Gentoo chicks are always hungry.

Meyer managed to photograph the Royal penguin, a species which can be found on the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and adjacent islands. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the royal penguin as near-threatened
So adorable.  But the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the royal penguin as near-threatened

See more photos of super cute penguins

TRUMP'S ASSAULT ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH and First Amendment rights made official with his signing of anti-hate proclamation designed by the Deep State and the Left

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If you look at many of the current abuses perpetrated by human rights movements, you'll remember that they started out as well-intentioned and rather minor legislation to protect the vulnerable.
Example 1:  the  pro-homosexual movement started out to prevent discrimination in housing and in jobs.  It moved on rapidly to demand gay marriage, and now the normalization, teaching, and promotion of homosexual behaviour and transgenderism in schools - under the guise of sexual education. 
The victims have become the victimizers by  jeopardizing the mental health and future of millions of children as young as 6 years old, who are indoctrinated with ideas about sex and depraviy that their young minds cannot process correctly.   
If you raise your voice in protest, you are accused of being homophobic, and maybe a hate criminal as well.  In Ontario, Canada, the government can take your child away if you object to your six year old identifying with the opposite sex. 
Example2:  The left promotes unfettered mass migration from the third world into the west, and whoever objects to it is called a racist and a Nazi.  The UK Labour government of Tony Blair promised that migration from third world countries would be minimal.  He predicted just 15,000 a year, but within two years some 600,000 were in the country. Today there are millions, with at least 35,000 of them identified by police as dangerous jihadis.  The equivalent  of a whole new town of migrants is added to Britain each week.  

Liberty GB European candidate Paul Weston, was arrested on the steps of Winchester Guildhall after a member of the public complained about a passage about Islam, quoted from Winston Churchill's book The River WarExample 3 - Protecting minorities?  Any  dissent against EU immigration policy or denunciation of Islam's beliefs that contradict western values is of course denounced as racist, and the individual may be charged with a hate crime.  UK politician Nigel Farage was arrested  and charged with a hate crime a couple of years ago for quoting Winston Churchill's book The River War, because the former PM's views on Islam are regarded as politically incorrect by today's standards. 

European Union countries have been the most radical in passing laws and regulations selectively muzzling freedom of speech, particularly when it criticizes Islam.    (Imams preach genocidal hatred from mosques, but that is tolerated.)  EU authorities not only ban what the government and the left defines as hate speech.  Publishing some historical photos, for example, can also land you in jail because they may show Islam in an unfavorable light.  Here is a recent example, out of many similar ones that protect Islam (but not Christianity).  

To jail for posting historical photo:
German citizen Michael Stürzenberger was arrested and then sentenced to six months in prison for posting a photo of the Palestinian Haj Amin Al Husseini  with Adolf Hitler.  
In fact, it is no secret that Hitler and the Mufti worked together on expediting the Final Solution to include all Jews living in the Middle East. 
This Nazi-Palestinian alliance and collaboration was so strong that the Mufti himself headed a Nazi SS Division of mostly Bosnian Muslims, later on charged with perpetrating gruesome mass killings in Eastern Europe. 
Photos of the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem with Hitler and his cohorts have been around for decades, but are avoided by media sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.  Until only recently even Israeli politicians avoided delving into the subject of Nazi-Palestinian alliance, until PM Netanyahu finally said it out loud on a speech that caused dismay on the left.  The obvious question is how can the PM be in favor of portioning Israel to create a terror state for Arab Nazi collaborators?   Germany had to pay reparations, but the Palestinians feel entitled to the gift of a country of their own on ancient biblical Jewish land.
The war on freedom of speech comes to America, with help from Trump
Americans are already subjected to restrictions on what they publish on social media, since the monopolies of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can censor not only what they consider offensive, but they can also censor mainstream conservative views.  

Americans are still proud of their First Amendment, knowing that freedom of speech is protected, and that any abuses can be dealt with by using laws concerning libel, obscenity, etc.  What they are slowly realizing is that they are being betrayed by politicians conspiring to restrict freedom of speech to ever higher levels, all in the name of tolerance.  
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 
Breitbart just published the following commentary with great alarm:

TRUMP Signs ‘Anti-Hate’ Resolution, a Major Assault on America’s First Amendment
Raheem KassamBy Raheem Kassam, Editor in Chief of Breitbart London, and author of 
According to the Associated Press reports  President Donald Trump has signed a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence.  The resolution also urged Trump and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

That’s not entirely accurate. In fact it’s a pretty thoughtless and likely intentional misinterpretation of the breadth of this resolution and its real world implications.   The resolution expresses “support for the Charlottesville community”, which is great, but then demands the President rejects “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” and urges him and his cabinet to “use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups”.

Were it simply this symbolic, I wouldn’t be banging on about it. Were epithets like “white nationalist” or “white supremacist” not used against people like me, and sites like, it may be excusable — and mockable — as simple virtue signaling. 

But it’s not just symbolic.  The resolution demands “the President and the President’s Cabinet… use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups” and requires “the heads of other Federal agencies… improve the reporting of hate crimes and… emphasize the importance of the collection, and… reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of hate crime data by State and local agencies”.

Continue reading this article, see references, and related items

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PORTLAND POLICE ERASES CRIMINAL GANG DATA BASE to spare the sensitivities of minorities - Most gang members are non-white - AND FINLAND'S POLICE SUPERINTENDENT calls for terrorists returning from Jihad in Syria to be admitted into high schools for the sake of integration and tolerance - Sacramento, California pays gang members NOT TO SHOOT PEOPLE

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There is an old proverb that says: WISDOM IN LIFE IS TO KNOW WHEN TO STOP. 
  • Many government authorities and social leaders passed that point long ago, and now their efforts to impose political correctness resemble self-parody.   
  • But as it usually happens, the pendulum will eventually swing the opposite way.  In high schools and universities it's cool to defy professors' and administrators' left wing ideology and political correctness.  Now it's a sign of non-conformism to be a conservative.    
  • However, there is always the danger that the pendulum may swing too far to the right.    Things could get very ugly in a severe economic crisis or a major natural disaster, when rules of civility break down amidst scarcity and lawlessness.  
  • The ingredients for social chaos are already here, exacerbated by the political exploitation of minorities' grievances.    
  • Miami Herald's headline:  As Hurricane Irma raged, thieves sledgehammered way into Little River businesses.  
  • It's very likely that there is going to be a rise in gun purchases in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, when people have felt so very much on their own. 
  • The following article exposes one more example of political correctness taken ad absurdum.  
  • And if you think this is bad, wait till you read article about the Finland's Police Superintendent who said that migrants who support terror should be admitted to high schools to expand tolerance and facilitate integration.  Yes, he really said that.  Read article further down this page.
Portland Police Erase Their Gang Database to Spare the Sensitivities of Racial Minorities, who Constitute the Majority of Gang Members 

Some police officers have voiced their concerns about the new policy, fearing it will impact their ability to tackle gang crime in Portland.  We should also question the lack of sympathy for gang crime victims' feelings.  This comes in the context of president Trump's promise to fight and destroy criminal gangs in the USA.  The decision by the Portland Police won't make that job any easier. 
Police wait outside a demonstration protesting the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in Portland, Oregon, U.S. January 20, 2017.  REUTERS/Steve DipaolaPortland police will no longer maintain a database of suspected gang members, due to concerns that the vast majority of people with the gang label are racial minorities.  
Starting Oct. 15, the Portland Police Bureau will end the 20-year practice of issuing gang member designations, which police say can lead to “unintended consequences” and a lifelong stigma even for those who have given up the gang lifestyle.
Officials intend to notify the approximately 300 people on the gang list that the bureau will purge all records related to the designations, The Oregonian reported.
“There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation,” said Capt. Mike Krantz, according to The Oregonian. “We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away.”

READ MORE about Finland's police superintendent calling for the admission of terrorists to the country's high schools, and about Sacramento, California, paying gang members not to shoot people (protection money on a city-wide scale)
And continue reading about Portland's police new rules for gang members

Sunday, September 10, 2017

DO ALL CULTURES HAVE EQUAL VALUE? Controversial article by two academics unleashes much criticism by their peers - The case of professors Larry Alexander and Amy Wax

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  • Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have revealed some surprising facts about American society.  
  • The country was comforted by the solidarity and civic behavior of Texas, where hundreds of volunteers used their own boats to rescue thousands of  people from flooded areas.  
  • Most of those rescuers were white men, a group vilified across university campuses, by the liberal media, feminist culture, and ethnic communities. 
  • On the other hand the media did its best to abstain from reporting on many cases of looting in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean because the perpetrators were people of color.  The few media who posted videos of looters were berated for being insensitive to minorities. 
  • In the Caribbean island of St Marteen, also greatly affected by Hurricane Irma, blacks armed with machetes threatened people and looted anything they could get their hands on, particularly at tourist resorts. 
  • At least eight people were filmed by a local ABC camera crew breaking into Simon's Sportswear in Fort Lauderdale
    The media feels discomfort at these cultural expressions, and so they choose to self-censor. 
  • In the meantime the left continues to denigrate traditional western values, white people - particularly white men - and the culture that western civilization has generated. 
  • The question that these critics never answer is what is their model for a better America.  Is there any country in Africa, Asia, or Latin America that would represent their high ideals for democracy, tolerance, prosperity, respect for the law, and relative peace between different religious and racial groups? 
  • Or are they so driven by hate that they want to destroy our society just for the sake of it? 
  • Behind cultural differences there are two factors at work that influence each other:  institutions and genetics.  Institutions do shape the way we think and behave, and this in turn affects genetics. 
  • Different cultures have evolved separately over thousands of years, and thus they have developed their own genetic differences.  These differences are being identified by the rapid advances in genomics in the past 20 years or so. 
  • There is a genetic difference for degrees in our propensity for aggression, for example, which would explain why some cultures are quicker to anger than others.  This gene has been named and identified.
  • For more on the role of ongoing human evolution read "The 10,000 Year Explosion" by Cochran and Happending, and "A Troublesome Inheritance" by Nicholas Wade.   Both books document the known facts about genetic differences caused by ancient and ongoing human evolution.  The scientific evidence is irrefutable.   Read article on this subject by author Nicholas Wade further down this page. 
  • Two US academics just published a short article on the loss of traditional values, and how this loss is undermining minorities - the same minorities, by the way, that are agitating for the collapse of American society and its values.
  • For daring to publish that article the professors were viciously attacked by their own academic peers.  Watch video with a brief interview by Tucker Carlson, and then read the offending article.

Tucker Carlson talks with Professor Larry Alexander.  
The educational establishment is outraged by two professors' defense of traditional values.   WATCH VIDEO:
More videos by Tucker Carlson
Paying the price for breakdown
 of the country's bourgeois culture

Amy Wax is the Robert Mundheim professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.    Larry Alexander is the Warren distinguished professor at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.

The causes of these phenomena are multiple and complex, but implicated in these and other maladies is the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.  That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow:
  • Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake.
  • Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness.
  • Go the extra mile for your employer or client.
  • Be a patriot, ready to serve the country.
  • Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable.
  • Avoid coarse language in public.
  • Be respectful of authority.
  • Eschew substance abuse and crime.

These basic cultural precepts reigned from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. They could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement. Adherence was a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period.
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