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Posted October 29, 2019.

David T. Wright: Do you, Henry, take this ... ? In a recent essay at VDare, Lance Welton addresses a question posed by shamed and fired British academic Noah Carl. Carl was removed from his fellowship at Cambridge University because his research into the average intelligence of different groups offended the sensibilities of the usual kind of eagerly offended people now infesting the academy.

Carl's question is simply: "Are we at peak Woke?" He refers, of course, to the current post-Modern madness affecting our rulers and their hangers-on, and afflicting everyone else.

Welton thinks that "peak Woke" is fairly close, and that when it arrives there will be a huge backlash. John Derbyshire, in a speech back in 2012 linked in Welton's essay, predicted that the elites will rebel against the now-dominant Weltanschauung when cognitive dissonance grows too extreme to ignore and its effects begin to harm their interests. Then, he said, they will either become moderate, reasonable "race realists," or just outright racist haters.

Either one's a bit difficult to imagine, but I do remember how impossible the fall of the Soviet Empire seemed before it happened. I also remember how the jubilation of the East Germans as they knocked down the Wall with sledgehammers finally proved without a doubt the regime's utter brutality and corruption. When that happened, most of the bien pensants who had jeered and ridiculed anti-communists suddenly pretended that of course! they had known the Soviets were bad all along!

In any case, I don't think we're anywhere near peak Woke just yet. So how will we know? Here's a partial list of what to watch out for:

1.  Zoo animals are given sex-change operations.
2.  Sexually molesting prepubescent children is legal.
3.  Legalizing marriage between animals and children is the current cause célèbre.
4.  People applying for jobs must have their DNA checked to make sure they don't have too much white blood.
5.  Churches are stormed by violent mobs and have their tax-exempt status removed if they don't agree to bless the marriages of homosexuals to each other, or humans to animals.
6.  Membership in the Catholic Church, or a more conservative evangelical sect, is grounds for dismissal from your job, and may result in a visit from concerned FBI agents or local police.
7.  The entire U.S. Women's Olympic team is composed of creatures with a Y chromosome.
8.  Statutes require "jazz hands" instead of clapping in public venues.
9.  Furries are a protected class.
10.  Child molesters are a protected class.
11.  Ex-convicts are a protected class.
12.  People who have sex with animals are a protected class.
13.  Thirteen-year-olds can vote.
14.  Illegal immigrants can vote.
15.  Animals can vote — and sue — through their appointed representatives.
16.  And last, but not least:
Normal, heterosexual people are regarded as perverts. Ω

Posted October 23, 2019.

Nicholas Strakon: It's always worse than you think. A startling new essay by Steve Sniegoski was posted yesterday at the Unz Review, and I heartily recommend it to your attention:

"Full Voting Rights Si, Statehood No:
Washington, D.C., and the Plan to Control Congress and Change America"
If you're anything like me, and live a long way from Mordor, you didn't even know this business was in play again. Or how bad it could turn out to be.

Apparently the Left has decided that its complete domination of the country isn't proceeding quickly enough.

Steve asks: "If you like this article, I would appreciate very much if you would hit 'Like' (or add a comment) on the Unz website and, if you engage in such an activity, share or tweet it." Ω

Posted October 21, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Hillary Clinton's assertion that Jill Stein is a Russian agent whose presidential candidacy was designed to elect Donald Trump is a typically Clintonian demonstration of ingratitude:

It was Jill Stein, after all, who paid $3.5 million to initiate a recount in Wisconsin, in an effort to deliver the Wisconsin electoral votes to Clinton. Ω

Posted October 17, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Elijah Cummings. The Baltimore Sun has been authorized to report: "Cummings had been absent from Capitol Hill in recent weeks while under medical attention. But his death came as a surprise as it was not publicly known he was in hospice care, when medical and other services are provided for people who are terminally ill."

Weeks?!? How many news stories were there informing the public of Cummings's fragile health? How many stories about his needing a motorized wheelchair or walker to get around?

Keep your answer in mind the next time you hear, "But that can't be true! Someone would have talked! You can't expect that many people to keep those things secret!" Ω

Posted October 16, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Democratic presidential candidate Robert O'Rourke thinks the American people will turn in their weapons if there's a law telling them to do it. Is there any evidence that he's right? Or is he being naive?

Well ... Franklin Roosevelt's seizure of people's gold comes to mind. Most people did just bow their heads like sheep and turn it in.

Have Americans become bolder in the past 85 years? More suspicious of their government? More likely to disobey? Ω

Ronn Neff: ABC News says that President Trump's pulling U.S. troops out of "a key part of Syria" is "abandoning the allies who help fight ISIS."

Similarly, Joe Biden has said that Trump has "betrayed a key local ally in the fight against terrorism."

Neither ABC News nor Joe Biden — and certainly none of the news puppets who repeat what their ventriloquists put in their mouths — seems to know that there is and can be no treaty between the United States and the Kurds, because the Kurds have no nation-state of their own. They are not and cannot be "an ally."

It's a small point, but so-called fact-checkers have blasted any number of politicians (not least of all, Donald Trump) for smaller mistakes.

But there is more: Biden rhetorically asked what was Trump doing to NATO. He seemed to forget that Turkey is in fact a real ally and a member of NATO.

It seems that America's Ministry of Truth wants the United States to use its military to assist a people not its ally against a nation-state that is its ally.

Don't like this state of affairs? You might want to rethink your ideas about nation states. Ω

Nicholas Strakon: Speaking of ABC ... We've recently been treated to another triumph of that department of Minitrue, namely, shocking footage of a Turkish attack on a Kurd town — "Slaughter in Syria" — that turned out to be footage of a gun show in Kentucky.

On a recent "Part of the Problem" podcast, libertarian commentator Dave Smith proposes that the network could have gotten away with this kind of thing as recently as the '90s.

And did.

The fun begins shortly after the 3-minute mark. (Warning: Smith is addicted to the F-word.) Ω

Posted October 11, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Columbus Day. Lots of jurisdictions are discarding observations of Columbus Day and renaming it "Indigenous People's Day." One thing they wish to draw our attention to is the mistreatment of Indians by Europeans.

I contend that "Indigenous People's Day" doesn't quite capture the cause of the problem. I suggest that the holiday be renamed in a way that captures what caused the oppression of the "indigenous peoples" by the Europeans and the disappearance of their cultures. I propose:

"Open Borders Day." Ω

Ronn Neff: Back home agaaain, in ...? The progressive Left loves to rub our faces in their wacky ideas. We have to change our pronouns, we have to change the names of streets and holidays, and we have to change the names of races.

I think it's time we strike back and do some renaming ourselves. I can think of no better beginning than to rename the home of TLD itself to ...


To be followed by renaming its capital to Columbianapolis.

With Colombia to be recognized as a kind of "sister homeland." Ω

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TLD is a forum of opinion, edited by hard-core market anarchists, that does not flinch from any of the most pressing issues of our time. We are especially interested in questions of culture and ethnicity, our Polite Totalitarian ruling class, and the homicidal humanitarianism of the U.S. Empire.

Our writers include anarcho-pessimists, Old Believers in the West, unreconstructed Confederates, neo-Objectivists, and other enemies of the permanent regime. We are conscientiously indifferent to considerations of thoughtcrime. Thus, from individualist and Euro-American perspectives, we confront the end of civilization — and do our level best to name its destroyers. (More about who we are.)

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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