We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is sad that so much of what Hanson is describing in this article is coming to pass. While Obama exploited the tribalism to get elected and re-elected, he is not the cause of such divisive politics. One only has to work in a university environment to see where such a racial spoils system is fully entrenched and how counter-productive it can be.
There is no longer a left or liberalism in America. There is only a politics of victimhood that looks on all allocation of employment, college admissions, rewards of any kind as a spoils system to be divided based on formulas that favor formerly underrepresented groups. Visit any website offering jobs of any kind at a university and it will advertise that they are favoring women and minorities.
This is not unfamiliar to anyone who was part of the new left in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The people who had worked so hard to end segregation, create vast new opportunities for women and had pushed for a more human rights oriented foreign policy allowed their movement to be taken over by those who sought to use their cause to fuel their own personal ambitions. That is how a movement with humane ideals could degenerate so quickly into a collection of interest groups promoting their own aggrandizement at the expense of the common good.
“Causes begin as movement, develop into businesses and end up as rackets.” This quote or some similar wording is attributed to Eric Hoffer and I believe that it represents what we are seeing transforming America. The Democratic Party did not create this mess but it has cynically exploited it to gain the presidency where it rewards its supporters by filling the federal bureaucracy and judiciary with advocates for the racial, gender and ethnic spoils system.
Within days of the election we have seen Democratic Party appointed judges vote to void the Michigan law, Proposal 2, by which Michigan voters reaffirmed the racial neutrality of the fourteenth amendment. And we have seen the EPA refuse to allow Iowa farmers to use their corn as food and feed grain because environmental extremists demand that it be turned into ethanol. While clearly, this policy is supported by those with an economic interest in it, it could never be allowed without the support of a “sustainability” movement that is incapable of considering the overall economic consequences of its environmental extremism.
The future is not promising. Title IX extremists will now use it to attack American science, attempting to create gender equality of numbers in engineering and physics the way it creates equal numbers of athletes receiving athletic scholarships. In the process it will create an entire new bureaucracy of regulators and compliance officers who will be paid to ensure that college admissions, scholarships and assistantships, post-docs, conferences, speakers at national meetings and the like are assigned to assure that the number of females is greater than or equal to the number of males receiving such rewards. And when people try to resist it, the armies of regulators and compliance officers will respond by declaring that such resistance is a war on women and is evidence that the problem is that we don’t have enough regulators and compliance officers.
I am a generally optimistic person but it is hard for me to see how this is going to end in anything but disaster.
Victor Hansen keeps evoking race blindness as the true American ideal, not recognizing that the race blindness to which he is unquestioningly devoted produced the immigration policies which gave decisive political power in this country to race-conscious nonwhites and thus assured the doom of his own race-blind ideals. As I explained yesterday, right-liberalism leads automatically to left-liberalism, and the right-liberals never, ever grasp this.
Another way of putting this is that right-liberal (“conservative”) whites never look at nonwhites, never see them as human beings. They simply imagine that the nonwhites are just like them, sharing the same ideals. The right-liberal whites can never understand this criticism, because they think that to believe that the nonwhites are just like them is to see them as human beings, because all human beings are by nature right-liberals.
"The people who had worked so hard to end segregation, create vast new opportunities for women ..."
The people who "worked so hard to end segregation" were not leftists. One need only look at the coalition that voted for Wilson, FDR, Truman and even JFK to see this assertion for the historical revisionism that it is. The "Solid (Segregationist) South" wasn't "conservative", it is was "progressive".
The bigoted recruitment efforts in many fields and industries is quite evident if one only gives a superficial look into the industry or professional literature and groups. Federal government employment and the engineering profession are two areas I'm quite familiar with. Those that espouse race and gender considerations above pure merit can be believed to be consistent when we see calls for racial gender quotas/outreach in the NBA. Until that unlikely day comes the obvious conclusion is that equality of results is nothing but a scam led by split artists. The agenda, the overt agenda is in direct violation of that 14th amendment. When will we see the push for more males in the under represented elementary school teacher ranks? Leaders of gender and other group based efforts are all Machiavellian blowhards in it for their own benefit.
When you let government count stuff, anything, e.g. the data from the census, you will soon find someone using that information to manipulate numerical results towards some self serving end.
Title IX extremists will now use it to attack American science, attempting to create gender equality of numbers in engineering and physics the way it creates equal numbers of athletes receiving athletic scholarships.
Application of IX to STEM fields is something we should all cheer on. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch, who were happy to do evil to others, but whine when their turn in the dock arrives. What was that quote from Churchill: "An appeaser is someone feeds others to a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." That last moment has come.
I hope the science departments are shattered in science studies departments, each developing its own race/class/gender science. And that grant money is allocated by race/class/gender laws.