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Why Did God Send Us Donald Trump

20 Jan

Anyone with common sense realizes that Donald Trump was one of the greatest presidents in US history. Admittedly, he behaved terribly at times, but that was just his modus operandi. Those close to him knew that he was a warm and genuine person. He was obviously a terrific father, as witnessed by the character of his children. Donald Trump’s accomplishements are detailed here:

Promises Made, Promises Kept

When Donald Trump was a candidate, I thought he was fooling us. His behavior was so erratic and inexplicable at times that I was sure he was actually working to get Hillary Clinton elected. It seemed like every time he got ahead in the polls, he would say or do something that would set him behind again. By some miracle, he was elected president.

Right away Donald Trump set to work. The things he did defied expectations and, in some cases, defied belief. It seemed like everything he touched turned to gold. And that gold was our gold. Donald Trump touched things, they turned to gold, and all Americans benefitted from their splendor.

Donald Trump seemed destined to be reelected, and if not for the Covid-19 pandemic, he would have been reelected in a clear landslide. It appears that he actually was reelected, but that is a topic for another time and another discussion.

When the pandemic came along, the people controlling Joe Biden played it for everything it was worth, and they played it from the bottom of the deck. Through Joe Biden, they claimed that Donald Trump “mismanaged” the pandemic and that his mismanagement somehow resulted in the thousands of deaths that occurred. This was, of course, a ridiculous argument, and actually harmed our recovery efforts, but for some reason many Americans believed it.

Somehow Joe Biden obtained the presidency. He entered the White House, and Donald Trump went out with a bang. As a parting gift, Donald Trump left us with a vaccination for Covid-19 that was ready years before experts thought possible.

All of that is history now. The real mystery to me is this. We had a magnificent leader that raised the United States up and, with the exception of a virus that no one in the United States could have predicted or controlled, left it in a much better place. Yet, we so quickly parted with him.  While Donald Trump was president, those of us who were not blinded by irrational hatred for his methodology, saw him as a gift from God. As I observed, everything he touched seemed to turn to gold. Yet, somehow, Americans foolishly disposed of him and shoehorned in the comic book car salesman and corporate pawn Joe Biden. Why did that happen? Is God punishing us or is there some larger plan?

If you ask any genuine Christian why God gave us the Law of Moses, they will explain it essentially like this. He gave it to us so that we would realize that man is incapable of following the law. The purpose of the law was that we be prepared, upon the arrival of Jesus, to grasp that our only hope for salvation is to somehow escape the law. Of course, the means of escape offered by Jesus was salvation through his sacrifice. I have issues with this interpretation, but as an analogue for our contemporary situation, it will suffice. God did not send us Donald Trump to improve our lot. In that sense, Donald Trump was like the Law of Moses. God sent Donald Trump to show that, in our current political and economic environment, real improvement is impossible. He sent him, in essence, to show us that the only way forward is out. God did not send Donald Trump to fix our nation’s engine. He sent Donald Trump to show us that it is time to sell the car. Americans are not in a position to benefit from a genuine tough leader who can lead us out of the quagmire of crony capitalism, internal corruption and moral decay that has beset our nation. However, we had to witness Donald Trump’s struggle against that morass before we could see the truth.

Moses Receives the Law

Donald Trump was also a temporary shield blocking the dark cloud descending on civilization. As long as he was in office that cloud remained at sea. With him gone, it is moving ashore as assuredly as the Wuhan flu. Probably, all of us have anecdotes of the destructive force known as “wokeness”. For me that force descended this week in a new imperative from the school I work for. They are compelling me to “disaggregate” students by race, ethnicity and gender. In other words, they want me to start segregating students and treating them differently according to their superficial appearance. “Disaggregate” is a synonym for “separate”, and a near synonym for “discriminate” but the people compelling me to do this did not have the courage of their convictions to use the more common and clearly understood term. Imagine someone in the eighties telling us to “discriminate” between students based on their race, ethnicity and gender. If Martin Luther King Jr. had still been alive, he would have been appalled. I have been wondering when this social disease would land on my doorstep. That day has arrived. For others, that force may have arrived as an imperative that they stop recognizing natural gender or stop honoring hard work. Perhaps it has arrived as an imperative to suppress “incorrect” ideas. This dark cloud manifests in innumerable ways. All of us with natural ethics and values can perceive it; but that also is a discussion for another day.

With Donald Trump out of office, people with sensible political, economic and social views are in danger. The impeachment we saw on January 13 was not an impeachment of Donald Trump. He was just the effigy. It was an impeachment of the American majority who supported him and voted for him. It was a signal from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk that they are coming for us and we had better swear allegiance to the Devil if we want a place at the new table they are setting. These Leftists are speaking in earnest of deprogramming measures and reeducation camps. We will be safe for a while if we pretend to go along, but we cannot stay here indefinitely. If our days are not numbered, the days of our beliefs and values definitely are.

We are the latest instance of the Pilgrims that set out from Plymouth Devon for what would eventually be called Plymouth Massachusetts. Like the Pilgrims and other immigrants who left Europe for the Americas, we must become visionaries. We must leave for new worlds. You will soon grasp that I mean this quite literally.

If you are like me, you grew up celebrating the Fourth of July and hearing songs about our marines fighting our nation’s battles in air, on land and at sea. You probably feel pangs of guilt at the mere thought of leaving old Uncle Sam behind. However, if you are like me, you are probably awakening to a sad reality. Uncle Sam had a long illustrious life. We honored him, we respected him, and we cared for him in his old age. But Uncle Sam has passed away. He is not with us any more. The best thing we can do for him now is respect his memory, move on and carry the lessons we learned from him forward. I explained my position on this in detail in my last essay:

I Have Begun to Self-Identify as an Illegal Alien

It is time for modern visionaries to head to space. The technology to colonize space does not appear to be ready, but there are strong indications that it will be ready sooner than most people expect. I honestly believe that the technology to start setting up substantial independent colonies in space will be available by 2030. I have explained that technology and how it will be exploited in previous essays:

Colonizing Space

In a discussion with a friend and colleague, she pointed out a hard reality of the Pilgrims who came to America. The nation they helped to create was a tremendous experiment, but after 244 years that experiment has failed. However, that is only part of the picture. Most of us have heard of “the shot heard round the world”. That was the first shot of the American Revolutionary War, and it is was probably a large component of other revolutions that followed in France and other nations, leading to the modern democratic state. The Pilgrims and other immigrants came to America and they created a new kind of nation, the word got back to Europe, and soon the whole world was a much better place to live in. The modern world may not be perfect, but it is far better than medieval Europe. We stumble, but we keep moving forward.

We will build colonies in space, and we will build them upon the morality we cherish and the economic lessons we have learned. Those colonies will lead to new nations, and those nations will be beacons of change for the earth and the whole solar system.

Of course, no one can overlook the reality that the American Civil War was a bloody affair and it would be unfortunate to go through that kind of experience to make a better life. However, it need not necessarily be the case that the kind of separation I envision will come about only through violence. First of all, international law already makes it difficult for any nation to stake claims in space. If a group of people mined an asteroid and built a giant wheel station and they did not wish to live under the dominion of any particular nation, it would be difficult for any nation to lay claim. Also, the capital for these colonies will probably come from private investors, which will naturally limit the legal claims that any terrestrial nation can make. Finally, it appears that modern civilization is sufficiently reticent about making such claims, especially in light of its own history, to allow a colony that wishes to operate independently to do so. I strongly suspect that a colony in space will be regarded somewhat like a colony built at sea. Governments will inevitably influence them, but they are unlikely to directly interfere.

The colony I envision will have a constitution like extant republics, however it will start from scratch and learn from the lessons taken from those republics. It will realize that political offices must have limited terms and political donations must be limited. The constitution of the United States was written by a collection of geniuses, but they did not have a working model to draw from. We have seen a republic in action for nearly 250 years and we have learned what works and what does not. We have 250 years of data regarding what can happen with a republic, and we should be able to construct a relatively simple document that takes all that knowledge into account. This time, there will not be so many surprises.

Of course, there will still be some surprises, but that is how the story continues. Fortunately, in space, there is infinite room for expansion. Since we are unlikely to encounter intelligent life, or really any life at all, we will not have to worry about displacing native populations. Also, it appears that there are natural boundaries of time and space that will keep extraterrestrial civilizations from interfering with each other in the foreseeable future. If a space colony managed to make its way to the nearest star, the transport time between it and old earth is likely to be decades, if not centuries.

It is time for those of us who realize there is no place for integrity in the aging Americas to set sail for the stars. Our progress may seem slow at first, but it will pick up at a surprising rate. Probably, this was the plan all along. God knew that men must colonize space and he knew that he would have to light a fire under our butts to get us out there. For that reason, he mired us in decadence and corruption. For that reason he sent us Donald Trump and worked through him to show us that we have to leave. Our mandate from heaven is clear. It is time to prepare our minds for loftier goals.

I Have Begun to Self-Identify as an Illegal Alien

7 Jan

 Where oh where were you last night?
Where is the flag we looked for at dawn? 
We had a bold leader reviving our glory; 
You left for Biden and Phht! it was gawn.
 

During his tenure in office, Donald Trump did everything he said he would do and more. He made the United States energy independent. He cleared out ISIS. He brought our manufacturing base back. This was after Barack Obama said it could not be done. He built a wall between the United States and Mexico so that immigrants would be properly screened as they entered. The wall has proved to be a benefit to both citizens and non citizens. He repaired the VA. He initiated a trade war with China that has greatly improved the United States’ trade position with that nation. He renegotiated NAFTA and greatly improved the United States’ trade position with Mexico and Canada. He got European nations to pay their fair share of NATO. He negotiated peace in the Middle East. Pre-pandemic, he increased employment among every minority, and, thanks to the strong economy he built, that employment is quickly coming back. He strengthened markets both before and during the pandemic. He initiated the Warp Speed program and got several vaccinations ready faster than experts thought possible. Donald Trump blessed our nation with the skills he honed through a lifetime of entrepreneurship. The only thing Americans had to do was sit back and let him.

In the meantime, Democrats initiated two onerous and counterproductive investigations into Donald Trump then lied and cheated incessantly to facilitate those investigations. They fostered division and racism. They coordinated with big tech to advance corporatocracy in the interests of the Chinese Communist Party. Democrats ruthlessly persecuted worthy nominees to the Supreme Court. They mismanaged the pandemic in their own regions and killed thousands of elderly. They supported violent burning, looting and vandalism in nearly every Democrat enclave. Remarkably, instead of working to curtail the violence, they commenced to defund the police. Does anyone actually believe defunding the police is a good idea? For their encore, Democrats stole a presidential election. Democrats proved that in modern America if one utterly foregoes decency and legitimacy for as long as it takes, one can ultimately seize power.

Donald Trump and his supporters worked feverishly to show Americans these realities. Yet, when given a choice, Americans chose as their president in 2020 an incompetent Democrat that is under the thumb of China and is implicated in an influence peddling criminal probe. He promised to “build back better”, be nicer and give lots of stuff away. The only other consistency in his message was blaming Donald Trump for a virus that originated in Wuhan China. In essence, Americans chose him for his empty promises, his unthreatening behavior and one preposterous lie. It is likely that he effectively stole the election—rather that it was stolen for him—but enough Americans voted for him to make that theft possible, and they ultimately allowed him to assume power. Like Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk, Americans traded their reliable, albeit coarse, family cow for a handful of magic beans. Like Jack, Americans will be rewarded with a colossal vegetable: Joe Biden. If this seems purely allegorical, consider the following video narrated by our new Vice President:

Jack and the Rising Beansprouts

On January 6, 2021, Americans who still grasp our nation’s mission tried to show their disapproval. Their mostly peaceful protest was denigrated and their real message was ignored. That protest will be misrepresented as an insurrection in history books written by the hypocrites who control our academic institutions. Donald Trump will be misrepresented as instigating an insurrection. With the exception of the martyrdom of Ashli Babbitt and the puzzling death of one police officer, it was an unremarkable event. The protesters were unarmed and very little actual harm was done. They left peaceably when asked. There is a quote misattributed to Thomas Jefferson: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Those protesters were merely reminding their government to be afraid…and God bless them for their trouble. Some politicians and pundits (even on Fox News) have compared this protest to the attacks on 9/11/2001. For me, the insufferable pretension of those politicians and pundits was the last straw.

The United States has become a nation composed primarily of fools. Whether they foolishly chose Joe Biden as their leader through incompetence, cowardice or actual intent is irrelevant. Collectively, they are fools. A nation can be only as great as its citizens. There can be no great nation composed primarily of fools, so there is no future for the United States. Moreover, I would prefer not to tarnish the memory of a once great republic by associating it with its present inhabitants. There is a popular meme that goes a long way in describing our present predicament:

Hard times create strong men.

Strong men create good times.

Good times create weak men.

Weak men create hard times.

The United States of America had a magnificent 244 year run, but now it is gone. It has been replaced by Unbelievably Stupid America…an example of idiocracy (still the USA, though). A process of decadence that began 100 years ago with John Dewey has finally coalesced. It is no longer possible to be a citizen of the United States of America. Citizenship in the United States of America is no longer possible for the same reason that it is no longer possible to be a citizen of the ancient Roman Republic. Our own republic, the United States, might have lasted another four years if Republicans in office had grown a spine and protected the Constitution, but they chose, instead, to look out for their own welfare and save their own pitiful incumbencies. And so their incumbencies may be safe, for the time being, but they too are dated. I feel badly for military veterans and service men and women tonight. For nearly 250 years they have fought our nation’s battles, and we have come to this. They did their job and I recognize their excellence. Alas, I am only the messenger. What has transpired is bigger than all of us.

It is not practicable for Trump supporters to be citizens of this new nation. Unbelievably Stupid Americans have already deprived us of the right to speak, and they are beginning to deprive us of the right to vote. To effect the former, they have been complicit in selective censoring on campuses and social media. To effect the latter, they are making it easy for noncitizens to vote in elections. This means that they are cancelling the votes of actual citizens. By taking away our right to speak and vote, they are stripping us of our citizenship. Moreover, powerful inhabitants of the region that once constituted the United States do not want people like us to be citizens. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades have made that abundantly clear. They have started forming enemy’s lists and are making plans to punish people whose political views differ from their own. Doxing and blackballing appear to be their first order of business. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades do not necessarily represent all or even most Americans, but remember: Unbelievably Stupid Americans are responsible for these characters. They put them into power.

Some residents of the former Unites States see the aforementioned offenses as a second amendment issue. However, they are making an important mistake. The second amendment was intended to protect citizens from tyranny. No oppressive government is stripping us of our rights. No foreign government has invaded…not yet, at least. We are suffering from a moral and ethical meltdown. We are suffering from lazy, wishful thinking. Too many former Americans have forgotten our original mission and ceased to care about restoring it. They are more concerned with rationalizing personal pronouns than with keeping their homes and families safe. Like ancient Romans, they have busied themselves redefining ‘gravitas’ until it no longer resembles anything like a plausible virtue. We are not being oppressed or conquered. We are rotting from within. It would not be possible to shoot enough people to correct this problem. Some militia group might seize control and install what they consider a responsible government, but what then? If they established anything resembling a democracy our slothful inhabitants would just vote them out again. If they established any other form of government, they would be hastening the inevitable.

Some residents of the former United States believe that if Joe Biden does a poor job, Americans will elect a Republican in 2024. They even believe it is possible that Americans will reelect Donald Trump. This is extremely unlikely. Democrats have an airtight strategy to shift the demographics of the former United States irreversibly in their favor, and they fully intend to deploy it. They will simply declare 20 million undocumented immigrants to be citizens. Failing that, they will fall back on their tried and true machinery to steal the next election. This time, they will have legal cover from the top. However, if Americans do succeed in getting a Republican into office, it most likely will not reverse what they have done and it definitely will not reverse what they have become. If their answer to stupidity is to do the opposite when given another opportunity, they are no better than animals. Even a rat will go right if it got a shock the last time it went left. Besides, in 2024, if Unbelievably Stupid Americans get a Republican into office, it will likely be a Republican who makes empty promises, is unthreatening and who ultimately bows to the deep state, corporate powers and foreign influences. Americans have already proved they have lost their way. They may get lucky once more or they may not. Ultimately, they will throw craps. I cannot endure years of monitoring them as they replace their present addiction with a different one.

For these reasons, I have decided to remain within the borders of the former United States but begin self-identifying as an illegal alien. Bear in mind that I do not consider myself alien to the United States, but rather alien to the idiocracy that has replaced the United States.

Before I explain what a self-identifying illegal alien is, I will first clarify what it is not. The term “illegal” does not necessarily refer to citizenship but an attitude about national laws. One who disregards the spirit of such laws and follows them only to the extent that is necessary to avoid consequences is, in my opinion, effectively illegal. An “alien” is not necessarily a person from a foreign land. Alien refers to anyone or anything that differs in nature to the point of incompatibility. I feel that I am incompatible with the nation that has emerged in the wake of this election.

As I see it, these are the characteristics of a self-identifying illegal alien (SIIA, pronounced SEE-ya):

  1. Never donates to or supports any political organization or cause. There can be no party for self-identifying illegal aliens. No “tent” is that big.
  2. Votes in elections. Voting has been made easy and one may as well feel a sense of entitlement regardless of how insignificant one’s influence may be.
  3. Takes advantage of any and all government give-away programs wherever and whenever feasible.
  4. Covertly avoids civic duty such as serving in juries and participating in anti-racist struggle sessions. Illegal aliens are not citizens and should not delude themselves into believing that they are. They may serve in any capacity that they believe is necessary to protect their loved ones, their residency or their freedom.
  5. Privately brags about being a self-identifying illegal alien. Self-identifying illegal aliens are coolly smug. They also need to be aware of one another. They often display the Ascension of Biden symbol (explained below).
  6. Officially claims to be a solid citizen in good standing. Self-identifying illegal aliens do not unnecessarily risk official sanctions.
  7. If the going gets rough, abandons the country, or at least the Leftist regions of the country, and sheds all concern thereof. There can be no patriotic loyalty to a nation to which one neither belongs nor is wanted. This does not mean abandoning loved ones.

Henceforth, I shall self-identify as an illegal alien residing in a nation where I do not naturally belong and where, frankly, my citizenship is being revoked.

Although I have begun to self-identify as an illegal alien, I see no reason why I should give up any advantages connected to residing in Unbelievably Stupid America. It should be relatively safe to remain here, for a while at least, as long as one is covert. It is safe for undocumented immigrants, so it should be safe for self-identifying illegal aliens.  Moving would be a lot of work, for now at least, and the extant nation promises lots of giveaways under Joe Biden. I have paid for those giveaways with my hard earned tax dollars and I would like to benefit from them as long as possible.

This ring is the official symbol of the self-identifying illegal alien. It helps adherents to the movement identify one another. It is called Ascension of Biden:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cool-Mens-Stainless-Steel-Gothic-Punk-Skull-Head-Boy-Biker-Finger-Ring-Jewelry/353146766695?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=622344521585&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649??

The baldness represents the phoniness of “Plugs Biden”. The Vacant eyes represent the blindness of those who propped him up. The “HA HA HA” represents the world laughing at the United States in its demise. The clown face represents that Joe is a joke. The aura of death represents the darkness behind the joke: the death of the United States. Its manufacture in China represents the United States’ ruling class selling out. The overall sense of disrespect represents the self-identifying illegal alien movement.

These are actual pictures of the ring. It can be purchased from several sellers. I recommend buying precisely one from three different sellers, since shipment from China can be a bit sketchy…as is the Biden administration…and its connection to China. The hollowed out part behind the face results in a fitting problem that I have noted in rings. If you are normally fitted with a ring that is completely solid in a certain size, then you should get one size smaller in the Biden ring. Thus, if your usual ring size is 11 for a completely solid ring, you should get a size 10. If you do not know your ring size, you should first get one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/AIEX-Ring-Sizer-Tool-Ring-Mandrel-Ring-Gauges-Measuring/dp/B07PXWJ43J/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=ring+sizer&qid=1610010347&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzSlpLWEtQOFBHNVNOJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzEzODEwM0VSS1hOSFhRQ1pMMyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNTAwOTIyQ0pESUNGOVJXWjBVJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

If the ring won’t work for you, have the image printed or embroidered on a shirt, hat, bag, watch face or other customizable product. Who knows, there may soon be a market for Ascension of Biden wear. I do not recommend having it tattooed on your arm.

Keep in mind: the future may be bright…just not for the United States of America.

We SIIAs can remain here for as long as necessary, but we really need our own country. It would probably be too messy to carve one from the contiguous USA, but perhaps we can form a brand new country off-world by capitalizing on the work of true men of vision like Elon Musk. Fortunately, he is moving to Texas where he can do us some good. Suit yourself, but I may be headed for the stars. I have discussed my ideas for inhabiting space, a future government and a universal culture in other essays:

Colonizing Space

The Synthetic Republic

Spike’s New Moral Society

This is going to happen sooner and faster than most people expect. Artificial intelligence and robotics will greatly accelerate the rate that humans inhabit space. We need to get out there and get to work before Unbelievably Stupid America regulates the solar system to death and before its hegemon, China, establishes a cosmic tyranny. We can tell everyone back home that we are starting a colony. Hey, it worked for the Pilgrims! We can learn from their mistakes.

See ya in Siialand!

How God Views History

28 Dec

The other night, I got into a long discussion with a friend and colleague about why God allows evil to exist in the world. Her view is that he cannot prevent it because it is a consequence of the fall of man and sin entering the world. My view is that God permits unpleasant things to happen because they are an essential part of getting us to where he wants to take us.

Naturally, the subject of the Holocaust came up. How could there be any justification for allowing so many people to suffer such an unjust and horrific affliction? Before I discuss this, I must first make one thing perfectly clear. The Holocaust was a horrible atrocity and the Jews who suffered did not in any way shape or form deserve their fate. Nevertheless, the event did take place and anyone attempting to account for the appearance of evil in relation to God must explain this event. If you do not feel that you can tolerate any such explanation, you should stop reading NOW.

Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I utterly reject the possibility that God performs magic tricks. He is only able to help us and guide us through the medium of natural science. I have discussed the means by which he accomplishes this and his limitations in other writings.

Is it impossible that the Holocaust ultimately brought humanity to a better place? I can think of at least one plausible line of reasoning for how it could have improved our lot. Please suspend judgment until I finish my analysis and also keep in mind the purpose of this inquiry.

While Albert Einstein was visiting America, Hitler came into power in Germany. Since it was not safe for Einstein to return, he remained in the United States. He was one of the people who convinced President Roosevelt to start developing the atomic bomb. Although the mindset of someone like Albert Einstein is difficult to penetrate, it is not inconceivable that an otherwise peace loving man effectively prescribed the development of an unthinkable weapon because he anticipated Hitler’s agenda. Through the course of World War II the atomic bomb was developed and the resulting invention was utilized twice at the end of the war. That was horrific. However, atomic bombs have not been used in a military conflict at any time since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Suppose the bomb had been completed later and/or by a different power than the United States. Instead of becoming the parting shot of the Second World War, it may have been the opening shot of a third world war. In that environment, it may have been used extensively and indiscriminately and resulted in the end of human civilization. Since the bomb was completed at the end of the Second World War and was used precisely twice, it entered the world’s imagination as an unimaginable horror that might result in mutant monsters or universal death. Humanity, as a species, learned to fear it at a time when their fear would have an opportunity to grow and fester. As a consequence, the atomic bomb has not been used in a military conflict at any time since the end of World War II.

However, there is a side effect of our fear of atomic weapons that became unmistakable at the end of the Cold War between the US and the USSR. Since every large nation quickly developed a massive stockpile of atomic weapons, the world became afraid of entering into a serious military conflict. Large nations have been afraid to get into direct conflicts because they fear that such conflicts may result in one side or the other becoming sufficiently desperate to deploy atomic weapons. As a result, they have fought mostly proxy wars and wars of posturing (cold wars) that have cost human lives but nothing on the scale of an all-out world war. It could be argued that the atomic bomb has been the greatest instrument of peace the world has ever known. Who would have guessed that sheer terror was the key to world peace?

So, it could be argued that the Holocaust resulted in the early creation of a weapon too terrible to use and that this weapon and its time of development has kept the world from entering into an all-out military conflict for 75 years. Again, I am not justifying the Holocaust. I am merely showing how it could actually have resulted in fewer casualties and less destruction than might otherwise have occurred.

If the scenario I have presented above seems too Rube Goldberg-esque, consider this simpler possibility. The Holocaust and comparable events perpetrated by Japan brought those nations and the whole world considerable shame. However, the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has inevitably been compared to those atrocities. Nearly every world power is worried about being the next one that is compared to Nazi Germany and they know that if they use NBC weapons (colloquially WMDs) such comparisons are inevitable. In this way also, the Holocaust may have saved the world from a civilization ending third world war.

I should point out at this juncture that the notion that horrible acts can be permitted by God and give rise to positive long term consequences is not completely alien to either the Christian or Jewish world view. In the Biblical account of Joseph (the one that was given the Technicolor coat), when he explains his brothers’ act of selling him into slavery, he says, “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people.” The idea that a horrible act permitted by God can ultimately have positive consequences is not new. It just is not often considered at the scale of something as historically troubling as the Holocaust.

However, all of this kind of misses the point. Whether or not I, as a limited human being, can imagine how something as horrible as the Holocaust could have been an overall benefit to the world, I suspect that this general apprehension only touches on how God views it. God has a definite objective that he intends to arrive at. I have described what I think that objective may be in other discussions. History is apparently something like a giant tree where possibilities are continually pruned away as time progresses. Every branch that remains on the tree of history represents possibilities for where we are headed as a species and every branch that is pruned away represents possibilities that have been eliminated. The paths leading away from the Holocaust were pruned away at least eighty years ago.

Apparently, for some reason that we may ultimately guess, but may never actually be sure of, the branch of the tree that extends to where God wants to take us led through the Holocaust. In that sense, it was neither good nor bad. It was merely one length of the long branch that takes us where God wants us to go. It would probably be impossible for any human to perform a calculation that shows all the people who lived and died as a result of the Holocaust or all the deeds they might have done or not done or how any of them might have turned out. God apparently sees the whole tree and can make such calculations accordingly.

So, this is how I suspect that God views history. He does not see it as a balance sheet of good works weighed against harm done. He sees it as a path to an objective that may, for whatever reason, take us through some rough territory.

The argument could certainly be made that we could have gotten to where we are or where we ultimately need to be without so much horror, but that is a very limited and human view of the tree of history. As humans, we cannot know what is and is not essential.

It would certainly have been difficult to convince a hypothetical person standing at the beginning of the Holocaust and knowing what is about to happen that it will all be for the best. That person would have objected, saying, “But wait a minute! You are saying that the end justifies the means. What if we do not get to the end that you are proclaiming? In that case, we will have gone through all this horror for no reason at all.” That person would have been correct. That is why humans should not perpetrate unthinkable atrocities as a means to an end. They may perpetrate them anyhow, and God may have reasons for allowing them to do it. However, such large scale planning is for God, not for men. Men should try to do only good. God alone is capable of permitting evil as a way of ultimately accomplishing good.

This is a difficult construct to wrap one’s head around and seems to suggest that God has no concern for individual lives. However, that is not the case. While I have presented this concept of trees with branches in a simplistic manner, the reality is that it is an extremely complicated construct with more inns and outs than any human can possibly take into account. It is a certainty that God looks at the lives of individuals and does for them what can be done while not neglecting the overall structure of the tree. Humans can never see events in that way…simultaneously at the microscopic and macroscopic scale. God can. He can juggle an infinite number of variables and maximize every one of them. Humans can handle at most a few variables and can rarely maximize more than a couple. We have developed mathematics and we are developing computers that are capable of extending our ability to do such calculations, but we are still relative infants where that kind of calculation is concerned.

I realize that this essay may be offensive to some. I hope I have not seemed to take a horrible historical atrocity and present it is as a mere mechanical process. Possibly, the Holocaust is still too fresh and raw in many minds to entertain such a discussion. Long ago, I attended the funeral of a cousin’s two year old daughter. Someone attending the funeral suggested to her that it was God’s will that her baby die. I learned on that occasion that one does not say such things to those who are still grieving. Nevertheless, the Holocaust is the big elephant in the room for anyone attempting to explain the appearance of evil in the world in relation to God, and I may not be around in fifty years when everyone has sufficiently recovered from the trauma to be able to look at it from a historical perspective. I have done my honest best. I can already hear a shout in the distance: “How dare you suggest that the Holocaust was anything but pure evil! How dare you suggest that it ever accomplished any good!” For some reason, I envision this shout coming from Sarah Silverman, although I have no idea why she in particular comes to mind. Note, however, that this is the premise that leads many to reject the possibility of God. They argue that a good God could not allow such suffering in the world and therefore that he cannot exist. While they may reject my premise, I must reject their conclusion. I am not attempting to justify a horrendous act. I am trying to explain God’s relationship to such acts. If someone rejects my argument and their rejection ultimately causes them to reject the possibility of God, they are at the greater loss. Their inability to get past their visceral emotional reaction is costing them every chance of achieving any genuine hope for the future.

The same historical tree that I have depicted will ultimately be my judge. If I am pruned away tomorrow, hopefully my words will still be a benefit to someone…if only as an example of places where one should never go.

An Open Letter to the Republican Party

13 Nov

I listened to Lou Dobbs interviewing Sidney Powell this evening on Lou Dobbs Tonight. She made it abundantly clear that this election is being stolen from Donald Trump. Then, I listened to Lou Dobbs interviewing Devin Nunes. I can tell that Devin Nunes is only now getting up to speed on the political reality we all find ourselves in.

I, and others like me, stand with Donald Trump. He showed us how to take on the corrupt leftist media. He built the wall he promised and took China to task. He got a vaccine ready in record time to save us all from this pandemic. He did all of this while being systematically persecuted by the Democrat Party, the leftist media and big tech. Finally, he stayed up late into the night for days on end to win this seemingly hopeless election. Now, he is fighting a desperate legal battle to save his presidency. Donald Trump is our hero. We stand with Donald Trump. We do not necessarily stand with the Republican Party.

If the Republican Party lets this fight go and looks to the future of the party, there is no future for the party. I will not be sending any money to the Republican Party in upcoming election cycles if they abandon our hero in this one. I presume that other supporters feel the same way. If Donald Trump is over, the relationship is over.

As I see it, if Joe Biden is inaugurated in 2021, there is no future for the Republican Party anyhow. He will grant citizenship to every undocumented immigrant and permanently tilt the electorate to the left. No Republican will hold a significant position of power ever again.

Ultimately, there may be no future for our nation. With a radically leftist constituency in full control, and a virtual blackout of opposing opinions on social media, we may descend into collectivism, pandering and decay. The United States may become a roughly 250 year glint in the history of failed democracies.

Soldiers have fought and died on battle fields for the United States. This is your moment on the field. This is our moment on the field. We must seize this moment.  There may not be another.

What Fools These Mortals Be!

8 Nov

Let me make one thing clear up front. There is no possibility that the election of Joe Biden was legitimate. The House of Representatives moved at least seven seats in the Republican direction. Yet, we apparently elected a Democrat president. Contemporary voters just do not split their tickets like that. We may never prove that this election was fraudulent, but the numbers speak for themselves.

In any case, apparently a lot of people did, indeed, vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Joe Biden is a buffoon. He tells a story about how he once advised his wife to warn burglars away by firing buckshot into the air. He has twice explained that police, instead of shooting to “kill”, should use trick shots to disable assailants.

Kamala Harris is a nitwit. When she was asked how she could join the candidacy of someone she called a racist to his face in a public forum, she giggled and declared, “It was a debate!” Did she not anticipate that question? Is that the best she could do?

Keep in mind that both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have precisely one skill: BS. They are not business people like Donald Trump. If they cannot BS any better than they do, what are they good for?  

Now, we are stuck with a doddering codger and a nitwit as our leaders. What happened? Was everyone drunk for six months? Did they believe any of that nonsense about how Donald Trump mishandled the pandemic? Did they really throw away a great leader like Donald Trump because he was not a “nice man”? God, please tell me that wasn’t it! I do not want to regret the 19th Amendment!

However, this inept bit of electioneering has a silver lining. The Democrats will not be able to get anything done in the next two years. The Republicans will control the Senate and the Senate has a huge bone to pick with Joe Biden. After all, he was in the room where the phony Mueller investigation took root. By the end of two years, the Democrats will have lost so much support that the House and Senate will both end up in Republican hands. In four years, they will have lost so much support that a Republican will waltz into the White House. Maybe the new president will not be a nice man!

Of course, perhaps Americans, collectively, will learn nothing in the next four years. I do not want to regret the 26th Amendment either. Maybe we need to restore civics to our high schools. It would also help to teach some real mathematics. Is there any hope for retaining Shakespeare?

Where We Are Headed

22 Oct

Often, when I read Christian revelation, I notice that something seems to be left out. They never talk about the role of technology. There are many Biblical passages that seem to describe technology, but they only suggest that it will exist. They never seem to explain why it will exist. In other words, why was the world set up so that we would eventually be able to build mills, automobiles, airplanes, rockets and computers? Did God fill the earth with metals and other elements that could be transformed into wires and microchips just because he thought a computerized Internet connected world would be a more interesting place for the drama between good and evil to play out?

When Christians, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses, describe the paradise their scriptures depict, they seem to envision a place where all of our technological achievements have been peanut buttered over.  They depict a pastoral landscape where lions literally lie down with lambs and people who once operated heavy machinery or managed accounts with Excel spreadsheets instead tend to crops with ordinary gardening tools. 

So, why did God set the world up for us to create all this technology if he really had no use for it?

I once heard a rock climber describing an artificial practice rock. It was one of the somewhat realistic rocks made of cement and chunks of stone that are found at outdoor parks. He explained that he could tell it was planned because just at the place where a handhold or foothold was needed, a handhold or a foothold just happened to be there. My strong suspicion is that the universe has a similar dynamic. It has handholds exactly where we need them to be just when we need them to be there.

Consider a real rock that was not designed to be climbed. A climber might go up twenty or thirty feet and suddenly realize that further progress is impossible. Of course, climbers also have metal pitons and chocks they can fall back on, but that actually brings me to a point I will get to shortly.  When humans first contemplated space travel, some well meaning and informed scientists said that men will never go to other planets. They calculated all the sundry forces and obstacles and the equations just did not balance. Of course, they imagined that men would be launched into space from giant cannons or something of that nature, and the physics of a cannon capable of launching a person into space simply did not work out. We now realize that with the right technological approach men can go to other planets. Men have already gone to the moon and few doubt that we will eventually send human explorers to Mars. However, this did not have to be the case.

It is possible that we would have eventually discovered that there simply are not materials or fuels on earth that can facilitate the journey and that space travel will be forever out of our reach. Humans would have been incapable of traveling into space, or even sending satellites into space, and would never have known more about the heavens than could be surmised from their terrestrial telescopes and other instruments. In that case, we would have been like the climber that scales a cliff to twenty or thirty feet and discovers that he can go no further.

Similarly, we might have discovered that it is impossible to build something that imitates a human neuron and is sufficiently small to facilitate artificial intelligence. There is no reason why the world had to be set up so that we would eventually discover the transistor or a means to miniaturize circuits via printed silicon chips. In that sense, also, we might have gotten to a certain point, such as giant awkward machines built from vacuum tubes, that could perform calculations to a certain extent but could never go much further.

I could be mistaken, but I cannot escape the notion that the universe was set up for humans to develop technology. Unlike Christian writers, I strongly suspect that technology will play a role in humanity’s future. Moreover, I suspect that it was deliberately set up this way so that we will eventually use our technology to accomplish some divine purpose.

So, what is that purpose?

If one were looking at an obviously manufactured climbing rock, one would guess correctly that the purpose was to get to the top. I am, of course, describing only the purpose of the design. The purpose of the rock is to gain practice climbing. Similarly, looking at our universe, I surmise that our purpose is to get to its more hypothetical and abstract top. In the case of the universe, I doubt that climbing practice is a significant aspect; since most of human history has been spent tilling fields and few humans are directly involved in the advancement of science and technology.

What is the “top” of the universe?

One way to approach this question would be to look at the limits of what our technology might be able to accomplish. It appears certain that people will be able to colonize the solar system. They will undoubtedly be able to move, however incrementally, out to the stars. It appears that people will be able to develop machines that are vastly more intelligent than any human. These machines will be able to contemplate algebras and algorithms that no human has ever suspected exist. All the evidence suggests that it will be possible to prolong human life indefinitely. It will certainly be possible to manufacture replacement organs so that a human body can remain forever youthful. I do not contemplate people replacing their brains with either new biological brains or alien devices that mimic brains. I strongly suspect that a human’s identity is associated with retaining their current brain…although that relationship is far from simple, as I will explain later. We probably will not replace our brains, but I suspect that we will find ways to clean them up and restore them much as one restores an old car to a seemingly new state.

That last likelihood suggests that there is a “top” that is visible to a person who makes it just over a certain false peak. I suspect that we may be overtaking that false peak as I write.

If people will be able to live indefinitely, and the universe is designed for technological advancement, then technological advancement was probably intended to accommodate humans with indefinite lifespans. Therefore, the question becomes, what will humans with indefinite lifespans do in this universe?

The universe we inhabit is actually rather monotonous. It is filled with matter that can take the form of stars and planets and even black holes. However, I suspect that these things will not be sufficient to hold the interest of people who have lived for thousands or even millions of years and may have acquired, perhaps through technological means, intelligence that far exceeds that of any contemporary human. The moon was once considered mysterious, but now it is pretty much a giant ball of dust to which we have been and have not bothered to return. No green cheese, I guess! Black holes were mysterious until we took a picture of one and it looked pretty much like we expected it to. I don’t want to minimize the mathematical mystery that black holes represent, but I suspect that one day that mystery will be worked out and anyone with an average IQ of, say, 300 will be familiar with the details.

It must be the case that the universe has far more to offer than meets the eye and that our technology is intended to take us there.

The universe has a lot of matter. It also has a lot of volume. I cannot help but suspect that all that matter and volume will play a role in what we eventually accomplish. Perhaps we are meant to restructure the universe so that the laws of physics are slightly or completely altered and we are able to transform it into something completely different. Perhaps we will find a way to eliminate entropy. In this way, we may create something more akin to the classic notion of heaven…a place that is truly perfect and eternal.

It would be a cruel joke if something like human consciousness, which I believe to be the evident manifestation of the human soul, were ephemeral. I suspect, as I have described in other writings, that the human soul is eternal and that it is possible to unite a soul that has passed on with a contemporary body. My suspicion is that a soul, as it develops, becomes something of the complement of a particular brain and that if the brain is reproduced more or less exactly, including memories, the soul will automatically reunite with it. There is some logic to this. When a person’s brain is shut down for some surgeries and they lose consciousness, they are, in many ways, like someone who has died, and yet it seems as if their original consciousness is somehow restored to them. I suspect that this is a case of a soul being temporarily dislodged and then reattaching to its host. Materialists would dismiss all of this of course, and I understand their reasoning. Since I believe, for other reasons, that the soul is substantial and continuous, their ideas have little relevance to me.

In order to fully utilize the universe in the way I have suggested, it will be essential that we be able to get out there and, in some sense of the word, surround it and rein it in. This means that faster than light travel must be possible in some sense of the concept. Whatever paradoxes, such as violations of causality, are associated with faster than light travel, they are apparently hazards rather than hard limits. A hard limit on velocity like the speed of light would be comparable to the natural cliff that cannot be scaled, and I am well past believing that we are in that kind of environment.

The top of the hill, therefore, must be complete mastery of the universe and the eventual ability to rein it in and transform it into something more to our liking and with far more possibilities. It entails the resurrection of the dead. We may discover that the universe we see is part of a much larger structure that we will also conquer and rein in. The real universe and its possibilities may be to the one we observe as the world we inhabit is to the inhabitants of Sentinel Island.

Of course, the Sentinelese may know something we don’t. I am open to that possibility too. Maybe they wonder when we will give up our technological schemes and return to the life they have seemingly perfected.

A Simple Way to Reconcile Quantum Mechanics With Gravity

10 Sep

Quantum mechanics seems to be irreconcilable with gravity. However, there is a simple way to reconcile them. Instead of assuming that gravity bends space, suppose we assume that it bends quantum probabilities.

It appears that quantum mechanics would work properly if gravity did not exist. So let us start from that assumption. If there were an infinite number of universes comparable to our own where gravity did not exist, quantum randomness would result in at least some of them behaving exactly like the one we observe. However, what I propose is not that our universe is an anomaly. What I propose is that gravity influences quantum probabilities. In other words, instead of bending space, gravity skews the outcome of quantum events.

In a random walk, a walker seems to move around without any pattern other than randomness:

Suppose we have two random walkers standing in proximity. In at least some instances, purely by chance, they will seem to move toward each other as if they are drawn by gravity:

If this occurred on a regular basis, we would be forced to assume that there is some outside force that is skewing the probabilities. In the case of our universe, this force is gravity.

Gravity does not bend space. It bends probabilistic outcomes.

Since gravity can only affect the outcome of quantum events, at the level at which quantum mechanics and gravity seem to be in conflict, gravity effectively disappears.

The curious thing about this theory is that it has already been proved. At the level of particles, the laws of quantum mechanics must be observed. However, at the macroscopic level, gravity must be observed. The only way that a particle can follow the law of gravity is through quantum events occurring in such a way that the law of gravity is effectively observed. The probabilities involved in quantum events are the only available degree of freedom. This is analogous to building a large curved shape out of millions of Legos.

Regardless of how curved the shape appears to be at a large scale, at the scale of individual Legos, they must be joined in the usual manner. Only their offset joining can account for their ultimate shape.

George Floyd Protests: Open Letter by UC Berkeley Professor

12 Jun

I have been looking for a way to express my concerns about the protests that have been going on around the world. When I encountered this open letter written by a UC Berkeley Professor, I realized the job had been done for me:

Text of the Letter:

Dear profs X, Y, Z

I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. I am worried that writing this email publicly might lead to me losing my job, and likely all future jobs in my field.

In your recent departmental emails you mentioned our pledge to diversity, but I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them.

In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or ‘Uncle Toms’. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.

The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.

A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email.

Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black. Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries. And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department’s apparent desire to shoulder the ‘white man’s burden’ and to promote a narrative of white guilt.

If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it’s fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. “Those are racist dogwhistles”. “The model minority myth is white supremacist”. “Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime”, ad nauseam. These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.

Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM’s problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.

I personally don’t dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.

The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.

No discussion is permitted for nonblack victims of black violence, who proportionally outnumber black victims of nonblack violence. This is especially bitter in the Bay Area, where Asian victimization by black assailants has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that the SF police chief has advised Asians to stop hanging good-luck charms on their doors, as this attracts the attention of (overwhelmingly black) home invaders. Home invaders like George Floyd. For this actual, lived, physically experienced reality of violence in the USA, there are no marches, no tearful emails from departmental heads, no support from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. For the History department, our silence is not a mere abrogation of our duty to shed light on the truth: it is a rejection of it.

The claim that black intraracial violence is the product of redlining, slavery, and other injustices is a largely historical claim. It is for historians, therefore, to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn’t led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively. Arab Americans have been viciously demonized since 9/11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. However, both groups outperform white Americans on nearly all SES indices – as do Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. It is for historians to point out and discuss these anomalies. However, no real discussion is possible in the current climate at our department. The explanation is provided to us, disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore additional ways in which the explanation is additionally correct. This is a mockery of the historical profession.

Most troublingly, our department appears to have been entirely captured by the interests of the Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic Party more broadly. To explain what I mean, consider what happens if you choose to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization UCB History has explicitly promoted in its recent mailers. All donations to the official BLM website are immediately redirected to ActBlue Charities, an organization primarily concerned with bankrolling election campaigns for Democrat candidates. Donating to BLM today is to indirectly donate to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. This is grotesque given the fact that the American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police-on-black violence are overwhelmingly Democrat-run. Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for over five decades; the ‘systemic racism’ there was built by successive Democrat administrations.

The patronizing and condescending attitudes of Democrat leaders towards the black community, exemplified by nearly every Biden statement on the black race, all but guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty, and the attendant grievance politics which are simultaneously annihilating American political discourse and black lives. And yet, donating to BLM is bankrolling the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who saw their cities devolve into violence. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there are virtually no avenues for dissent in academic circles. I refuse to serve the Party, and so should you. The total alliance of major corporations involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning flag to us, and yet this damning evidence goes unnoticed, purposefully ignored, or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. Starbucks, an organisation using literal black slaves in its coffee plantation suppliers, is in favor of BLM. Sony, an organisation using cobalt mined by yet more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, is in favor of BLM. And so, apparently, are we. The absence of counter-narrative enables this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.

There also exists a large constituency of what can only be called ‘race hustlers’: hucksters of all colors who benefit from stoking the fires of racial conflict to secure administrative jobs, charity management positions, academic jobs and advancement, or personal political entrepreneurship.

Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. Their activities are corrosive, demolishing any hope at harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist. MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he spoke on our campus today. We are training leaders who intend, explicitly, to destroy one of the only truly successful ethnically diverse societies in modern history. As the PRC, an ethnonationalist and aggressively racially chauvinist national polity with null immigration and no concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the US, I ask you: Is this wise? Are we really doing the right thing?

As a final point, our university and department has made multiple statements celebrating and eulogizing George Floyd. Floyd was a multiple felon who once held a pregnant black woman at gunpoint. He broke into her home with a gang of men and pointed a gun at her pregnant stomach. He terrorized the women in his community. He sired and abandoned multiple children, playing no part in their support or upbringing, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. He was a drug-addict and sometime drug-dealer, a swindler who preyed upon his honest and hard-working neighbors.

And yet, the regents of UC and the historians of the UCB History department are celebrating this violent criminal, elevating his name to virtual sainthood. A man who hurt women. A man who hurt black women. With the full collaboration of the UCB history department, corporate America, most mainstream media outlets, and some of the wealthiest and most privileged opinion-shaping elites of the USA, he has become a culture hero, buried in a golden casket, his (recognized) family showered with gifts and praise. Americans are being socially pressured into kneeling for this violent, abusive misogynist. A generation of black men are being coerced into identifying with George Floyd, the absolute worst specimen of our race and species. I’m ashamed of my department. I would say that I’m ashamed of both of you, but perhaps you agree with me, and are simply afraid, as I am, of the backlash of speaking the truth. It’s hard to know what kneeling means, when you have to kneel to keep your job.

It shouldn’t affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. My family have been personally victimized by men like Floyd. We are aware of the condescending depredations of the Democrat party against our race. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements to get ahead in life, is richly familiar to us. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to deal with open fascists, who at least would be straightforward in calling me a subhuman, and who are unlikely to share my race.

The ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations and the permanent claim that the solutions to the plight of my people rest exclusively on the goodwill of whites rather than on our own hard work is psychologically devastating. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. A whole generation of black children are being taught that only by begging and weeping and screaming will they get handouts from guilt-ridden whites. No message will more surely devastate their futures, especially if whites run out of guilt, or indeed if America runs out of whites. If this had been done to Japanese Americans, or Jewish Americans, or Chinese Americans, then Chinatown and Japantown would surely be no different to the roughest parts of Baltimore and East St. Louis today. The History department of UCB is now an integral institutional promulgator of a destructive and denigrating fallacy about the black race.

I hope you appreciate the frustration behind this message. I do not support BLM. I do not support the Democrat grievance agenda and the Party’s uncontested capture of our department. I do not support the Party co-opting my race, as Biden recently did in his disturbing interview, claiming that voting Democrat and being black are isomorphic. I condemn the manner of George Floyd’s death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end.

I also want to protect the practice of history. Cleo is no grovelling handmaiden to politicians and corporations. Like us, she is free.

SOURCE

The Biden Syllogism

15 May

Joe Biden says that if you believe Tara Reade’s sexual allegation, you should not vote for him.(1)

He also says that when a woman makes a sexual allegation, she should be believed.(2)

Therefore, Joe Biden says that you should not vote for him.(3)

(1) https://www.npr.org/2020/05/15/856708004/biden-says-voters-who-believe-tara-reade-probably-shouldn-t-vote-for-me
(2) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joe-biden-when-a-woman-alleges-sexual-assault-presume-she-is-telling-the-truth/2018/09/17/7718c532-badd-11e8-a8aa-860695e7f3fc_story.html
(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syllogism

 

2020

29 Apr

Prologue:

The coronavirus has emboldened American tech platforms to emerge from their defensive crouch. Before the pandemic, they were targets of public outrage over life under their dominion. Today, the platforms are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures. The Atlantic News Magazine

Chapter 1

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.