Weimar America | PJ Media: "To relearn the mentality of a Chamberlain or Daladier, listen to the contextualizations of a college president. And to talk to an uneducated person, approach a recent college graduate.
If all that is confusing, factor in the Trimalchio banquet of campus rock-climbing walls, students glued to their iPhone 6s, $200 sneakers, latte bars, late-model foreign cars in the parking lot, and yoga classes. Affluence, arrogance, and ignorance are quite a trifecta.
Bernie Sanders—a proud Eugene Debs-like socialist whose campaign in normal times would have been the stuff of caricature—is now running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. He rails like an Old Testament prophet at Wall Street, often oblivious that Wall Street’s totem stands a mere three feet away on the debating stage.
Obama may have wrecked his party by losing the Congress and most of the state legislatures, but he certainly has moved it to the hard community-organizing left. Sanders has little appreciation that he is an artifact of free-market capitalism, which alone has created enough bounty for such a demagogue to call for massive redistribution—in a way impossible for socialists any longer in exhausted Cuba, Greece, Venezuela, or any other command-economy paradise. Where does Sanders think his statism has worked—China, North Korea, Bolivia, Cuba, or the ossified European Union?"
Monday, February 22, 2016
Posted by Bob at 9:30 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Instapundit » Blog Archive » IT’S COME TO THIS: Ivy League crybullies vs. survivor of a Soviet labor camp; guess who needs ’em…: "FEBRUARY 21, 2016
IT’S COME TO THIS: Ivy League crybullies vs. survivor of a Soviet labor camp; guess who needs ’emotional support’? “So there you have it; a group of Ivy League crybullies worn out from the emotional toll of protesting Natan Sharansky, a former dissident and survivor of years of confinement, including solitary confinement, in harsh Soviet prison camps. Is there a better indication of the decline of American higher-ed culture than a bunch of Ivy Leaguers at risk of emotional breakdown due to the presence of one of the great, stoic heroes of the Cold War on their campus?”
I wonder — does social-justice activism lead to mental and emotional problems, or is it a symptom? I’m thinking the latter."
Posted by Bob at 3:49 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Moonbattery » Sanders Gets Berned by His Own Type of “Justice”: "Sanders might have won his blowout victory because he campaigned harder, and was more effective in crafting a message the voters wanted to hear. He might just be a better politician than Shrillary. But thanks to this political application of his own notion of economic justice, they get the same benefit anyway. It’s called “equality.”"
Posted by Bob at 7:57 PM
Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Bookworm Beat 2/6/16 — the illustrated edition and open thread: "For the following picture, take a close look at the little blue plaque on the wall (click on the image to enlarge, if need be), and you’ll appreciate why this picture is both funny and horrifying:"
Posted by Bob at 1:29 PM
Monday, February 1, 2016
The Revolt | The Z Blog: "I think what were seeing is the long overdue reckoning for the mistakes of the 60’s and 70’s. The disastrous welfare programs, the massive expansion of the federal state, the rise of Cultural Marxism as the official religion of the ruling elite. The squalor of the 70’s should have forced a roll back of all these things. What should have happened in the 80’s and 90’s was a return to normalcy. Instead, the credit boom put all that on hold.Except I think the ruling class will find a way to put it back in the bottle this election. Not sure how they do it -- Michelle O or Slow Joe replace Hillary? -- but I still think we're done for...
Worse still, it fueled the growth of the managerial class that is decidedly hostile to normal people. Turn on the TV and you see an endless stream of degeneracy that mocks the foundations of western civilization and the traditions that have preserved and nurtured it. Traditional America is treated as a hate crime. The people in entertainment live like royalty, while accusing middle American of an endless list of crimes.
Pat Caddell, the veteran pollster and social observer, is calling this a revolution. He may not be way off base. It is a revolt, but a revolt against thirty years of a ruling class papering over the mistakes of the past. Egalitarianism, anti-racism and multiculturalism are fine in the faculty lounge, but they are a cultural dead end as a ruling class religion. The people in charge have run out of ways to hide this truth and now the long overdue hell is going to be paid."
Posted by Bob at 7:11 PM