Will Chile Join the Shithole Country Club?

Roberto Matta, Surrealismo en roca

Will Chile Join the Shithole Country Club?

by Ilana Mercer

Chile is the jewel of Latin America. In 2014, it even surpassed the U.S. on the Index of Economic Freedom, ranking 7th to America’s 12th. Since 1990, economic growth in Chile has been as steady as the stability of its institutions. Poverty rates had plummeted and social services had been extended to the needy.

On the right, Pat Buchanan has described Chile as “the country with the highest per capita income and least inequality in all of Latin America.” On the left—yet still on the side of a competitive market economy—the Economist is agreed. Chile “is the second-richest country in Latin America, thanks in part to its healthy public finances and robust private sector.”

The protestors on the streets of Santiago and other cities are in no-man’s land. What they want is unclear. To the extent that their inchoate signs and signals can be divined, it would appear that the path the well-to-do Chile will be forced to take is that of less capitalism and more socialism; less of the private sector and more of the state. Continue reading

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Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Michael Jackson, RIP, credit PNG59

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Michael Jackson: Guilty or Innocent?, Channel 5, 21st March, 2020; OJ Simpson: Guilty or Innocent?, Channel 5, 22nd March, 2020, reviewed by Leslie Jones

Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson had certain things in common. Both became fabulously rich, thanks to their god given ability. Again, both were accused of heinous crimes (child molestation and double murder, respectively) but were eventually declared innocent of all charges by a jury of their peers. Apropos identity, Jackson stated that “I’m a black American and I’m proud of it…” and he rejected suggestions that he was trying to be white (see Michael Jackson’s ‘extraordinary police interview on abuse claims’, www.youtube.com). Simpson, in contrast, wanted to be treated as an individual, not as a representative of black people. He had numerous white as well as black friends. He considered himself a post-racial person, as someone who had transcended the confines of an ascribed ethnic identity (see the Storyville documentary OJ: Made in America). “I’m not black I’m OJ”, he insisted.

The thrust of these complementary films, put crudely, is that in America’s two-tier justice system, both Jackson and Simpson purchased their freedom. Simpson, accused in 1994 of brutally murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, hired what was aptly called the “dream team”, which included Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, Carl Douglas, F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz, amongst others. This star-studded legal team was able to call on a host of authoritative witnesses, one of which was put up for weeks in a Hollywood Hotel so that the prosecution could not use his services. Jackson’s lawyer Thomas Meserau and his colleagues, likewise, employed a posse of private detectives to spy on and dig up dirt on his accusers, notably Gavin and Star Arvizo. Continue reading

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From Wuhan with Love

Vampire bats

From Wuhan with Love

Covid-19. Ilana Mercer discerns some chinks in our armour

When in doubt as to just how remiss your government was, see what Israel has done to protect its nationals from the coronavirus pandemic. Taking its cues from the American Left, the Israeli left is all for national and individual self-immolation. But nobody who matters in that country has been listening to the Left babble on about “racism” and “Sinophobia.”

China is Israel’s second-largest trading partner. But against the advice of its liberal think tanks—and to protect its nationals from the Wuhan virus pandemic—the Jewish State had, early on, closed its doors to “more and more of eastern Asia, starting with China, continuing to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Thailand, South Korea and Japan.”

To follow were tough travel restrictions and a quarantine regimen on territories in Europe, in line with unfolding coronavirus contingencies. Israel has since extended the quarantine to all arrivals. Everyone who comes to Israel from abroad is sequestered for 14 days. Although the number of cases in the country is rising rapidly, there have been no deaths to date. What is proving more difficult for the Jewish State is adding “New York and the states of Washington and California to its restricted list.” Israeli public health officials recommend it, but Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is being muscled by Vice President Mike Pence to keep his country open to those COVID-19 hot zones. Continue reading

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Con Artist in the Congress?

Ilhan Omar

Con Artist in the Congress?

Ilana Mercer investigates Ilhan Omar

The FBI, which Americans are meant to trust with matters of life and death, is unable—or unwilling—to confirm whether U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) perpetrated fraud by marrying her brother, Ahmed Elmi, to enable him to obtain a coveted green card, thus granting him permanent-resident status in the United States, and a path to citizenship. But the bureau is said to be “investigating.”

Conversely, the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, had little difficulty gathering a critical mass of facts, enough to conclude that, in 2009, Omar did indeed secretly wed said sibling. The newspaper, and anyone else suggesting the same, has yet to be sued by Omar. Could the story be true?

As it happens, a Somali community leader has also outed Ilhan Omar as an outlaw. Abdihaikm Osman Nur contends that the Somali-born congresswoman “had indeed married her brother.” So reported Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Continue reading

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Vasilii Grossman’s Just Cause

Memorial to Holodomor victims, Kiev

Vasilii Grossman’s Just Cause

Frank Ellis celebrates a defeat for censorship 

Green eyes cut the heart without a knife (Vasilii Grossman)

I. Introduction:  For a Just Cause or Stalingrad?

Outside the circle of people who concern themselves with Grossman’s work it is not widely known that Life and Fate (1980) was the sequel to another long novel on Stalingrad, published in 1952 under the title of Za pravoe delo (For a Just Cause). For a Just Cause begins with the Axis forces about to resume their offensive in 1942 (Case Blue) and ends in mid-September with Paulus’s 6th Army on the verge of capturing Stalingrad. Most of the characters that the reader will encounter in Life and Fate feature in For a Just Cause, and, as in Life and Fate, Grossman explores, and speculates on, all kinds of questions, primary and secondary, relating to the war, the cause of so much trouble with the censors.

For a Just Cause was first submitted to the editorial board of the Soviet journal Novyi mir in 1949, with Grossman’s preferred title, Stalingrad, which is why Robert Chandler has reverted to Grossman’s original title. Over the next three years the manuscript was edited, censored, mutilated and redrafted by Grossman under pressure from various literary figures, including Konstantin Simonov, Alexander Fadeev and Alexander Tvardovskii. In spite of the best efforts of the censors the published versions of For a Just Cause, beginning with the journal version in 1952 which was followed by separate book editions in 1954, 1956, 1959, 1964 and 1989, were not rendered ideologically inert. Reading the journal version – published in 1952 in the last year of Stalin’s life let it be repeated – it is astonishing just how much politically-incorrect material, themes, ideas and Aesopian allegories made it into print. The obvious and inescapable conclusion is that in any of its published versions For a Just Cause was no ordinary novel of the Stalin period; the fact that it had been published at all was highly unusual. That this novel has now been translated into English, albeit with the questionable title of Stalingrad, is very welcome. Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, March 2020

Romantic Landscape by John Trumbull, Dayton Art Institute

ENDNOTES, March 2020

Remembering Vernon Handley

 by Stuart Millson

A recent BBC Radio 3 performance of a recording of Bax’s symphonic poem, The Garden of Fand – and my own replaying of a landmark recording of Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra – suggested an Endnotes column devoted to a British conductor who died 12 years ago at the age of 78, but whose legacy to the music of these islands continues to be felt today. Vernon Handley was that conductor – a figure, perhaps more than any other, who championed the overlooked music of Bliss, Finzi, Delius, Robert Simpson (the music-writer and BBC Producer-turned symphonist) and of Malcolm Arnold, Bax, Moeran and Warlock. It was Handley’s perseverance and early championing of Bax’s Third and Fourth Symphonies in the 1960s – the latter with the superb, semi-professional Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra –that marked this musician as someone who refused to compromise with prevailing modernist or continental trends; and who was determined to create a bed-rock discography for Britain’s composers.

After studies at Oxford (where he read philology) and the Guildhall School of Music, Handley embarked upon a career that reached pinnacles of achievement throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, principally with the London Philharmonic Orchestra – an ensemble with which he made dozens of records for the Classics for Pleasure label, and which are now almost all in circulation as EMI CDs. Continue reading

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Coronavirus 

Ilana Mercer unmasks statist propaganda

Some clear thinking is required to counter incessant, statist propaganda against the use of N-95 filtering facepiece respirators, to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The message has been seconded at every turn by the Center for Disease Control, a cumbersome bureaucracy, which tightly controls both testing capacity and criteria. Such centralization is everywhere and always detrimental to the screening and segregating of the infected, and, ultimately, to disease containment.

The State and the agents of America’s highly centralized healthcare system categorically don’t want the citizen to purchase “face masks.” The surgeon general is already “warning Americans” to stop exercising their sovereignty as consumers and quit buying face masks. Hence the incessant, near-neurotic discrediting of N-95 respirators, which, by previous CDC accounts, can be protective. Continue reading

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Evening All

Evening All 

Bill Hartley considers coercive control                                                           

A hairdresser in a working class district can be a good source of information whether you want to hear it or not. Apropos of nothing much mine began to tell me that among her customers the people she sympathised with most were young men. She is a fifty something woman with a son in his twenties and it was this group to which she was referring. She went on to elaborate, describing how a man of her son’s age might get himself into a relationship leading to cohabitation and in due course a child. (Marriage doesn’t seem to be a priority among this group). Subsequently the female tires of the relationship and decides she wants rid of the man. According to my hairdresser the man had better leave or else (more of this in due course). If he is lucky there will be a parent willing to take him in otherwise he may be reduced to sleeping on a friend’s sofa.

Of course my hairdresser’s account was purely anecdotal, the result of listening to the woes of the various customers who for years have been coming to her for a haircut. The idea of a single mother and her ‘vulnerability’ making her a priority for welfare services is well known but it prompts the question: how far has the state gone into domestic relationships and gained the legal leverage to do so?

In December 2019 the BBC reported that arrests for ‘Coercive Control’ had risen in North, South and West Yorkshire. Police had made 290 arrests in 2016 but by 2018 this had risen to 931. Coercive Control became a crime in 2015 and has evidently become a whole new growth area in policing. They are also fishing for victims in areas that might be ‘under represented’. Superintendent Shelley Hemsley of South Yorkshire Police believes that men and LGBT people may find it particularly hard to come forward. A further report by the BBC based on a survey of 33 police forces showed a total of 7304 arrests between January 2016 and July 2018 but only 1157 ended with someone being charged. The Home Office reported 235 successful convictions, suggesting an awful lot of arrests and relatively few outcomes.

Back in 2016, the BBC also reported that front line police officers are being trained to spot the signs of coercive or controlling behaviour. This makes one wonder how a couple of police officers called to a ‘domestic’ can assess the situation in a short space of time and differentiate between an argument which has got out of hand and long running Coercive Control. Based on the figures cited above they mostly can’t. Domestic arguments between couples can arise for a variety of reasons. They may be spur of the moment or the result of a long running dispute. They may even have been brought about by extraneous factors, yet somehow a police officer has to make an assessment in a short space of time. Judging by the number of arrests, set against the low number of prosecutions and convictions, officers prefer to take the risk averse approach.

Coercive Control is hard for an outsider to recognise particularly for someone with no understanding of the dynamics of a relationship. An example of how ridiculous it can get was reported in the Sun last June. Valerie had been nagging her husband about his failure to do housework. He had become obsessed with bodybuilding which caused him to abandon domestic matters. She tried leaving notes in the forlorn hope that he might take the hint and do some work around the house. It seems this approach had an adverse effect on his well-being which was noticed by staff at the Job Centre where he had gone for an interview. The result was that four police officers arrived to arrest Valerie on suspicion of exercising Coercive Control. Her house keys were confiscated and Valerie had to go and live with her mother. Fourteen months later at Teesside Crown Court Valerie abandoned her not guilty plea in exchange for a two year restraining order. This was somewhat academic since 17 hours in police custody effectively killed the marriage and Valerie was reported to be seeking a divorce.

There is no doubt that Coercive Control exists and should be taken seriously. However, given the number of arrests and paucity of convictions the police may be doing more harm than good. Officers taking a spouse or partner into custody pave the way for domestic disruption and weeks of uncertainty waiting to hear if charges will be laid. Pushing the matter up the chain of command protects the officer but may leave behind a relationship which is now beyond repair. A well intentioned piece of legislation designed to protect the vulnerable may be having unforeseen consequences. Behind the scenes a whole new pseudo science has grown up. One website offers ‘Ten Ways to Spot Coercive Control’. In another the figure expands to twenty. Imagine being a police officer having to decide in minutes whether there is a pattern of behaviour or something which has been worked up in the course of a single argument. Arrest first and let someone else decide may be safer.

Evidently the government feels the 2015 Act doesn’t go far enough although arguably five years of enforcement suggests some research and an impact assessment should now take place. In the pipeline is a new Domestic Abuse Bill which will establish the office of a ‘Domestic Abuse Commissioner’. Doubtless when the new commissioner is in office, complete with secretariat, research assistants and statisticians, we can expect to hear that the police ‘aren’t doing enough’ as another state official pries into private lives. Additionally domestic abuse offenders are to be subject to polygraph testing as a license condition following their release from custody. A device which featured on the ghastly Jeremy Kyle Show will have the mantle of official respectability.

Following on from the hairdresser’s remarks, an acquaintance of mine of the age she had been talking about had been going through a rough patch with his live in girlfriend. Recently he took a ‘number withheld’ call on his mobile phone and found himself speaking to a police officer. He was informed that his girlfriend had made allegations and wanted him out. She had packed a bag for him and officers were waiting at their home to see that he left. Of course I only had his version of events to go on. Even so, it would seem that police involvement in domestic affairs has moved to a new level. Based on one person’s version of events they are prepared to exercise some Coercive Control of their own and in effect, carry out an eviction.

William Hartley is a former Deputy Governor in HM Prison Service 

 

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Anti-White Politics (2)

Anti-White Politics (2)

by Ilana Mercer

It’s not identity politics, it’s anti-white politics.

Every time a racist, anti-white event goes down, which is often, conservative media call it “identity politics.” “The left is playing identity politics.” But whatever is gripping and convulsing the country, it’s not identity politics. Blacks are not being incited against Hispanics. Hispanics are not being turned on Asians, and Ameri-Indians aren’t being urged to attack the groups just mentioned. Rather, they’re all piling on honky. That’s anti-white politics or animus.

The anger of the multicultural multitudes is directed exclusively at whites and their so-called privilege. Anti-whitism is becoming institutionalized, systemic and therefore dangerous. Never once, however, is the thing called what is it: non-stop and dangerous incitement to hate innocent whites for their alleged pigmental privilege.

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a proxy for the white-hot hatred of whites. White men, especially. “Trump supporters” is a proxy for “white persons.” The conflation of “white” and “Trump supporter” was made by one anti-white, anti-Trump, professional agitator: he is Trevor Noah of the “Daily Show.” Like me, Noah is a South African. He is neither funny nor very bright. But, as an anti-white agitator, he knows of what he speaks. Continue reading

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Truth – Curse of the Woking Classes

Truth – Curse of the Woking Classes

Ed Dutton on Murray’s accomplishments

Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Class, and Race, Charles Murray, New York: Twelve, 2020, reviewed by Dr Edward Dutton

When writing Human Diversity, Charles Murray found himself in an invidious position. His followers were eagerly anticipating a work of outstanding insight, immense originality, and incredible intellectual bravery, along the lines of The Bell Curve or Human Accomplishment. But, at the same time, Murray wants to make a significant contribution to, as he puts it, “the most incendiary topics in academia”: racial differences, gender differences, and also social class differences. So, pleasing his followers is not so easy.

Murray wishes to challenge the fanatical and empirically inaccurate yet prevalent view among blow hard, leftist academics that “race is a social construct,” gender is substantially a “social construct,” and social class differences are entirely a product of cultural factors, such as nepotism. The problem is that anti-science ideologues are so influential that they likely work for most major publishing houses, including for the one which has given us this book. And even if they don’t, they have the political power to do serious financial damage to publishers who are courageous enough to put out books which demolish their latter-day religious worldview.

Furthermore, Murray himself is a just-about-Establishment academic, whose niche involves creating cracks in the Postmodern Echo Chamber while still being “respected” by an elite which must pay lip service to Postmodernism. He has carefully positioned himself on the border between respectable and radical (“radical” is going where the evidence takes you). Continue reading

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