Canada is getting refugees and it was immediately decided that all goodthinking people will cheer this development because, of course, only badthinking people could possibly oppose or even have reservations. So I guess *this* isn’t one of those news items that will be getting the “stand by as the story unfolds” treatment.
When you see the “non-political” human interest stories there is invariably a subtext. Remember to watch for actual evidence to support the conclusion they are leading you toward. Sometimes the story ends like this.
Perhaps virtue signalling leads less to virtue than to popularity.
…and their descendants. This is one of those times the sequel is more compelling than the original.
Islam has a Quran; Christianity has a bible. Christianity has prophets (and a savior); Islam has prophets. Both revere one true God and agree that it is the God of Abraham. How are they similar and contrasting?
What about Islam and feminism?
The silence is a direct outgrowth of the way feminist theory has developed in recent years. Now mired in self-righteous sentimentalism, multicultural nonjudgmentalism, and internationalist utopianism, feminism has lost the language to make the universalist moral claims of equal dignity and individual freedom that once rendered it so compelling.
From what I know of Trump’s views of trade, liberty, subsidiarity, respect for law, natural law, complexity of thinking, potential for hubris and social positions, I’m agin’. But he’s generally right on immigration and gloriously right on political correctness. Maybe that’s enough.
My favorite observer of the Trump phenomenon must the Blogfather, himself.
The insights to this strange phenomenon accumulate:
Trump and Hillary are both paragons of the 60’s, just opposite ends.
What we know:
Predicting the course of society is chancy, but certain tendencies seem strong enough to worry about:
- An increasingly isolated cognitive elite.
- A merging of the cognitive elite with the affluent.
- A deteriorating quality of life for people at the bottom end of the cognitive distribution.
Unchecked, these trends will lead the U.S. toward something resembling a caste society, with the underclass mired ever more firmly at the bottom and the cognitive elite ever more firmly anchored at the top, restructuring the rules of society so that it becomes harder and harder for them to lose. [p. 509].
It is obvious that these conclusions have not been discredited in the twenty-two years since they were written. They may be more accurately described as prescient. Continue reading
In case you are wondering how it works, this is how a little bit of very reasonable cronyism can make vast swathes of the population worse off.
Politicians and intellectuals often champion market competition—but what they mean by that is competition among low-paid service workers, production workers, or computer programmers who face competition from trade and immigration, while elite professionals sit behind a protectionist wall.
“To begin with, you need to understand what it really means to be a socialist. Only then can you understand that putting the word “democratic” in front of “socialist” doesn’t change anything.”