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Feminist Tumblr: Dreaming of Their Journey Across the Mytilini Strait

Posted on | July 5, 2015 | 20 Comments

 

Life is painful for the Tumblr feminist. Alone with her laptop, everything she encounters in her online existence tells her that males are stupid, dangerous and violent. Emotionally immersed in an estrogen-filled echo chamber of Internet activism, she finds feminists eager to offer sisterhood and solidarity — “You are not alone!” — along with constant confirmation of her worst fears and doubts about men. Surrounding herself with True Believers in this digital environment enables the young seeker to obtain “feminist consciousness,” which means learning “to see oneself as a victim” as Professor Sandra Bartky explained. Convinced that she is oppressed by the patriarchy, she begins to behold the world through warped lenses, seeing sexism in ordinary behavior and suspiciously scrutinizing every man she meets for evidence of the misogyny she is certain must be lurking inside him.

As she begins her consciousness-raising journey, we often find the young feminist naïvely wondering why everyone doesn’t support this movement. “What’s wrong with gender equality?” she asks. “Why don’t guys understand this? Why do these ignorant people keep saying feminism is against men?” One of her favorite actresses, like that girl from the Harry Potter movies, makes a pro-feminist statement full of bland slogans and quasi-inspirational gush suitable for a Hallmark greeting card, and the teenager on Tumblr is mystified that anyone could possibly be less enthusiastic than she is.

 

“Like, why don’t they get it? It’s about Equal Rights, you guys!” Oh, look here on Tumblr! She’s going to reblog a simple explanation:

WHY IS THIS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

The naive young feminist at “Dust and Shadows” who reblogged that perhaps did not notice that the original source of the accompanying graphic, asserting feminism is not misandry (man-hating), was The Glitter Clit, a radical lesbian blogger.

We watch with amusement (or dismay) the progress of the young Tumblrina’s feminism over time, as she voyages farther and farther into this ideological sea. She becomes increasingly exasperated that the people who surround her in real life — parents and peers, family and friends — just don’t get it. In early June, “Dust and Shadows” was perplexed and outraged by this:

I seriously just can’t understand people who aren’t feminist or actually say they are anti-feminist. Equality!!! For!!! Everyone!!! Is!!! A!!! Really!!! Good!!! Thing!!!

We smile at her apparent belief that, by the inclusion of additional exclamation points, she could overcome the doubters. She has committed herself to feminism because, hey, if Emma Watson says it’s cool, it must be awesome. It is impossible for her to comprehend that skeptics and critics of feminism have made a more accurate appraisal of the movement and its ideology. Adults who have watched the feminist movement for decades have their own reasons for rejecting it, even if they may not be able to articulate these reasons except by sarcastic jests. For example, we find that as a Yale University sophomore, the future famous “rape culture” crusader Alexandra Brodsky began a letter to the student newspaper by remarking that “my conservative dad calls me Comrade Brodsky” because she voted for Obama in 2008.

Most people who “actually say they are anti-feminist” — with or without Triple!!! Exclamation!!! Points!! — have never bothered to devote much time to the study of the philosophy they reject. That is to say, anti-feminists (male or female) tend to be conservatives or libertarians who recognize feminism as a movement of the Left, and reject it categorically. Once you recognize certain common patterns about these kinds of movements (e.g., the “Occupy” protests of 2011), and develop a general dislike of radical egalitarianism, the rest is just details.

You’re a conservative and. once you know that the people supporting a particular movement are left-wing Democrats, your gut-hunch reaction is to oppose that movement. Your instinctive conservatism, however, does not supply you with the kind of information and arguments you need to explain to your daughter (who is too young to know what you know) why she should be skeptical toward feminist ideology. Maybe you should buy my book and maybe, if you ask your daughter to read a few recent posts in the “Sex Trouble” series, you could intellectually inoculate her against this dangerous radical virus.

Shameless self-promotion aside (this is a capitalist blog), there is a legitimate danger that adults who do not understand feminism will find themselves unprepared to effectively oppose feminism. This anti-male movement, having entrenched itself in the academic Feminist-Industrial Complex of university Women’s Studies programs, is currently in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse resurgence. Everywhere we turn, we encounter wild-eyed fanatics ranting about “objectification” and “heteropatriarchy” and, of course, RAPE! RAPE! RAPE!

The young newcomer to feminism, who thinks she is supporting a movement about mere “equality,” would likely be shocked to encounter the vindicitve anti-male sadism of Jenika McCrayer, a graduate student of Women and Gender Studies who gleefully boasts that she “feels powerful” because she “makes heterosexual men cry.”

Why would anyone say such hateful things? Because inside the feminist echo chamber, this is all she ever hears and she becomes convinced that every man she meets is part of a conspiracy to oppress her, to discriminate against her, to deprive her of her rights, to rape her. She succumbs to a paranoid delusion — Fear and Loathing of the Penis!

It’s as if a clock begins ticking the minute she starts talking about “equality.” Soon she’ll be on Tumblr reblogging her intention to “Smash Patriarchy” or deliriously ranting on Twitter about her joy in making “heterosexual men cry.” Because dissent is forbidden on the contemporary campus and feminism’s critics are demonized as misogynists and “rape apologists,” the young feminist never confronts an informed and articulate skeptic of the movement. So it is with “Dust and Shadows,” the Tumblr blogger who in early June used Triple!! Exclamation!!! Points!!! to express her frustration that anyone could be against feminism. Scarcely three weeks after that post, however, the same young feminist had apparently surrendered to anti-male paranoia:

“Can every feminist join together, and we can section off
like an island or something, and we will all be safe and
happy and Emma Watson, Lily Collins, and Anne Hathaway
can be our presidents and we can call the island Genovia
and I don’t want to have to worry about the percent
of men who are dangerous anymore holy crap”

Oh, an island? You want to have an all-female island? A gynocracy ruled by your favorite feminist celebrities, a utopia where you will “be safe and happy,” nevermore to worry about all the “dangerous” men out there?

 

Yes, that island is legendary. Many feminists have made that metaphorical voyage because, as the late Professor Joyce Trebilcot explained, patriarchy “depends on the ability of men to control women through heterosexuality.” Once she is convinced that “male supremacy” makes every man her oppressor, how can a feminist ever respect a man or trust a man? If trust and respect are impossible, then how can any feminist ever be expected to love a man? She began her journey ignorantly parroting slogans about “equality” and “rights” and did not realize what the movement would ultimately require of her.

“Lesbians are the women who potentially can demonstrate life outside the male power structure that dominates marriage as well as every other aspect of our culture. Thus, the lesbian movement is not only related to women’s liberation, it is at the very heart of it.”
Sidney Abbott and Barbara Love, “Is Women’s Liberation a Lesbian Plot?” in Woman in Sexist Society: Studies in Power and Powerlessness, edited by Vivian Gornick and Barbara Moran (1971)

Bon voyage and farewell! Depart! Set sail! Let no man delay or hinder you as you board the ship bound across the Mytilini Strait to that fabled place near the coast of Asia Minor! Just as soon as a young woman decides she is a victim of male oppression, she should buy a one-way ticket to that Aegean isle. If ever any man loved her, his love was wasted, for once she reached “feminist consciousness,” she could feel nothing but horror and contempt for him. Thus, like so many others before her, she will “demonstrate life outside the male power structure.” The young feminist may plan her trip and anticipate the sites she’ll see when she arrives Lesbos. Yet this is not the last stop on her journey.

When she reaches her final destination, the feminist may convey my salutations to those who have gone before her. Valerie Solanis (1936-1988), Mary Daly (1928-2010), Andrea Dworkin (1948-2006), Joyce Trebilcot (1935-2009), Joanna Russ (1937-2011), Julia Penelope (1941-2013) and alas, poor Sidney Abbott (1937-2015), who died in a fire.

They left behind no children to mourn their deaths, and it is to be doubted many man ever missed them. So when someday the young feminist is united with her glorious predecessors beyond the grave, she will congratulate them on their success. Where they are now, no mortal man may oppress them, and everyone is equal in Hell.




 

FMJRA 2.0: Independence Day Edition

Posted on | July 4, 2015 | 3 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Greece Runs Out of Other People’s Money
Dyspepsia Generation
The Pirate’s Cove
Batshit Crazy News
Instapundit
Regular Right Guy
A View from the Beach

Rule 5 Sunday: Force It
In My NOT So Humble Opinion
Batshit Crazy News
Proof Positive
A View from the Beach
Ninety Miles from Tyranny

Curb Your (Sexual) Enthusiasm
Living In Anglo-America
Regular Right Guy
Instapundit
Batshit Crazy News
Bookworm Room

The Feminist Martyrdom Complex: Climbing Up on the Digital Cross
Living In Anglo-America
Regular Right Guy
Dark Brightness
Batshit Crazy News
Canada Man’s Playpen

A Prelude to Social Destruction
Saving Our Future
The Daley Gator

FMJRA 2.0: We’re Only In It For The Money
Batshit Crazy News

Toward the Feminist Dystopia
Living In Anglo-America
Political Hat
Batshit Crazy News

Chris Squire: No
Batshit Crazy News

Sounds Like A Business Opportunity
Batshit Crazy News

Reminder: Crazy People Are Dangerous
Dyspepsia Generation
The Pirate’s Cove

Greece Closes Banks in Crisis
A View from the Beach

In The Mailbox: 06.29.15
Regular Right Guy

In The Mailbox: 06.30.15
Batshit Crazy News

In The Mailbox: 07.01.15
Regular Right Guy
Proof Positive

What ‘Education’ Teaches
Constantinople Not Istanbul

In The Mailbox: Little Round Top & Cemetery Hill
A View from the Beach

Rape Is a Crime. Or Not.
First Street Journal
Living In Anglo-America

Top linkers this week:

  1.  Batshit Crazy News (9)
  2.  Regular Right Guy (5)

Lots of multi-linked posts this week, and as usual, a few linkers that fell just short of the cutoff. Thanks to everyone for their linkagery!


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In The Mailbox: Pickett’s Charge and the Last Full Measure

Posted on | July 3, 2015 | 8 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two oclock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is stll time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armstead and Wilcox look grave yet it’s going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago…. – William Faulkner


OVER THE TRANSOM
Louder With Crowder: America Isn’t The Greatest Country In The World? (Newsroom Rebuttal)
EBL: George Takei Can’t Be Racist!
Da Tech Guy: Kathryn Steinle Was Not Available To Comment On CNN Newsday
Doug Powers: Obama Administration Wants You To Celebrate Independence Day By Convincing Your Family This Government Mandate Is Awesome
Twitchy: HuffPo’s Libsplaining For George Takei Dismantled


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Power: Kathryn Steinle, Vibrant 32-Year-Old San Francisco Woman, Murdered By Illegal Alien Ricardo Sanchez
American Thinker: The White Privilege Lie
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin On Religious Liberty
Don Surber: Yep, Gay Marriage Does Lead To Polygamy
Joe For America: Confederate Flag Supporters Beaten By Mob. Hate Crime?
JustOneMinute: The Sunshine Fruit
Pamela Geller: Christians’ Faces Painted Black And Heads Shaved Following Blasphemy Allegations
Protein Wisdom: Turns Out There’s Not Too Long A Trek From Lib Activist To Racist
Shot In The Dark: Ryan Winkler Should Thank George Takei
STUMP: Digging Into The Recent Past – Puerto Rico’s Finances
The Gateway Pundit: Oregon Labor Commissioner Orders Christian Bakery To Pay $135K In Damages To Gay Couple
The Jawa Report: Reconstruction At 150
This Ain’t Hell: Jim Webb Announces Presidential Bid
Weasel Zippers: Suspect In Shocking “Random” Murder Had Been Deported To Mexico Several Times
Megan McArdle: No, The U.S. Won’t Follow Greece Over The Cliff
Mark Steyn: Going With The Flow


“Decimated as it was, the First Minnesota was not finished fighting at Gettysburg. Two companies that had been detached from the regiment rejoined the unit, bringing their numbers back up to 150 men.
On the third day of the battle, the Minnesotans were called in to help smother Pickett’s Charge. The First Minnesota suffered 45 more casualties, but Pvt. Marshall Sherman managed to capture the colors of the 28th Virginia.”
-Jon Matsune


The Last Full Measure: The Life And Death Of The First Minnesota Volunteers

Rape Is a Crime. Or Not.

Posted on | July 2, 2015 | 48 Comments

Zoe Ridolfi-Starr (@ZoeRidolfiStarr) is a liar and a feminist, but I repeat myself. A recent graduate of Columbia University (annual tuition $51,008), Ms. Ridolfi-Starr is an enthusiastic supporter of her classmate Emma Sulkowicz, whose false rape accusation against Paul Nungesser led to his filing a federal lawsuit against Columbia. Ms. Ridolfi-Starr bragged to the Columbia student paper of her accomplishments as the university’s “friendly neighborhood angry feminist”:

Organized to fight gender-based violence on campus, founder of No Red Tape. Helped create the Prison Resistance and Education Project and the Books Not Bars programs for incarcerated youth. Worked for reproductive justice on campus, got free emergency contraception provided at Health Services, and secured the creation of the Columbia Emergency Health Fund to subsidize, among other things, abortions.

What is “No Red Tape”? It’s about depriving male students of due process rights, so they can be expelled merely on the basis of an accusation, under the guise of “fighting sexual violence and rape culture at Columbia University.”

Ms. Ridolfi-Starr was the lead plaintiff in a federal complaint filed by 23 Columbia students against the university in April 2014:

The complaint alleges the Ivy League university discouraged students from reporting sexual assaults, allowed perpetrators to remain on campus, sanctioned inadequate disciplinary actions for perpetrators and discriminated against students based on their sexual orientation . . .
The students’ statement described the complaint in detail, but the group refused to release any copies, saying it wanted to protect those who do not want their names publicized. As a policy, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights does not release information to the public until after a formal investigation has been opened into a complaint.
“Columbia is more willing to silence and punish survivors and their supporters than serial rapists,” the students said in their statement. . . .
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, a Columbia junior and lead complainant, told CNN on Friday that activists from universities across the country offered plenty of advice and support to the group, saying, “It’s absolutely a national issue.”
Ridolfi-Starr said she was sexually assaulted the summer after her freshman year at Columbia and said the primary goal of the complaint is to pressure the university to make reforms.

We are expected to take seriously the claim that brilliant young scholars at one of the most prestigious universities in the world — a school that admits fewer than 7% of those who apply — are brutal sex predators who perpetrate heinous assaults with such frequency that a “rape culture” prevails on the Columbia campus?

Excuse me if I take note of the distinct aroma of bovine excrement exuding from such claims. Sure, it’s possible that some of these National Merit Scholars and valedictorians are degenerate psychopaths. We must remember that the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, is a Harvard alumnus, so it is possible that some of these young brainiacs at Columbia are sunk into the depths of depravity. However, does anyone really believe that any significant number of rapists are to be found among bookish fellows whose parents pay more than $50,000 a year to send them to Columbia?

And while we’re at it, does anyone actually believe Zoe Ridolfi-Starr is a “sexual assault survivor”? If officials at Columbia University didn’t believe her, why should we? But we find this stated as a fact:

Colleges might soon be required to report cases of sexual assault to local law enforcement agencies.
Virginia, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey have all created preliminary versions of bills that will call for more collaboration between schools and police departments around the issue of campus rape. . . .
However, victims of sexual assault find the new proposal problematic. “If a survivor comes forward and says, ‘Hey I need help, I want to get this guy out of my classes,’ that’s very different from saying, ‘I want to involve myself in a lengthy arduous legal process,'” sexual assault survivor Zoe Ridolfi-Starr said.

Where is the documentation of this “sexual assault” of which Ms. Ridolfi-Starr is a “survivor”? She says she was assaulted, but what actually happened? Can we see the affidavits? While I don’t presume to know the truth of this matter, shouldn’t we be suspicious of people who claim to be victims of serious crimes, but don’t want police to investigate those alleged crimes? And how is it that Ms. Ridolfi-Starr has time to file a federal complaint against her university, but doesn’t have time for the “arduous legal process” of filing a police report about a sexual assault?

The stench of bovine excrement grows ever more noxious, when you realize that complaints like Ms. Ridolf-Starr’s are being employed as emotional leverage to pressure legislators into enacting laws that re-define rape on college campuses. Under the “affirmative consent” regime, every male college student who engages in heterosexual activity on campus is at risk of being expelled from school because if she says she was raped, the accused male will be required to prove that she consented. Exactly how does one prove such a thing? “Affirmative consent” policy shifts the burden of proof, requiring the male student to prove a negative (that it was not rape) and thereby effectively strips him of his due process rights, so if his ex-girlfriend gets mad at him — adios, amigo! Expelled. You’re guilty. You’re a rapist because she said so.

Oh, but don’t get the police involved. Ms. Ridolfi-Starr co-authored a column arguing against investigating rape as a crime:

As survivors of sexual violence and advocates for safe, just campuses, we know these efforts would harm students.
These proposals that effectively require survivors to engage with the criminal justice system fail to grasp the function of the campus system. Schools have a legal requirement under Title IX to protect all students’ ability to access education without fear of gender discrimination, including sexual and dating violence.
Campus processes are designed to focus on what student survivors need in order to continue their education, and are better equipped to help survivors address concrete and often urgent needs that can result from gender-based violence.

“Survivors,” “survivors,” “survivors” — they keep repeating this word as if by repetition they prove what they merely claim.

As for a student’s “ability to access education,” feminists are advocating for policies to deny such access to male students, to have males expelled from colleges on the basis of accusations for which the accuser is not required to offer any evidence whatsoever, in a process that denies the accused male student the legal protections accorded to any common criminal. Any male student who would have sex with a female student under such circumstances is probably too stupid to be among the 7% of applicants admitted to Columbia University.

These policies are about criminalizing sex, period.

Feminists like Zoe Ridolfi-Starr have become accustomed to getting away with dishonesty for so long that they never expect anyone to call them on their bullshit. But some people say Zoe Ridolfi-Starr lies about rape, and until she can prove she’s telling the truth, I’ll call her a liar.

Please sue me, you liar.

(Hat-tip: @DateOffCampus on Twitter.)





 

In The Mailbox: Little Round Top & Cemetery Hill

Posted on | July 2, 2015 | 5 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: Where’s Your Rainbow Filter?
Michelle Malkin: Fanning The Flames Of Another Black Church Arson Hoax
Twitchy: “Unrepentant Racist” George Takei Shredded After Referring To Clarence Thomas As “A Clown In Blackface”
Bill Whittle: Pin The Tale On The Donkey – Democrats’ Horrible Racist Past
Iced Earth: Gettysburg


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Power: No Truce With The Left
American Thinker: Obama Channels Reverend Wright
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – The Insider Threat By Brad Taylor
Conservatives4Palin: Corporate Welfare Takes A Blow
Don Surber: Killer Robots And Clickbait
Jammie Wearing Fools: Shocker – So-Called Anti-Gay Incident In Utah Was Staged
Joe For America: Donald Trump Won’t Back Down On Illegal Immigration
JustOneMinute: Beneficent Power Outside Government?
Pamela Geller: BBC Admits Pamela Geller Was Right All Along
Protein Wisdom: Oh, Look, Some Libertarians Are Having Second Thoughts About The Goals Of Gay Activists
Shot In The Dark: Doctors Orders
STUMP: Public Finance Disaster Watch – Greece And Puerto Rico Roundup
The Gateway Pundit: Worst Jobs President Ever – Labor Force Participation Rate At 38-Year Low
The Jawa Report: Obama Screws Over Freedom-Loving Kurds To Please Iran And ISIS-Loving Turks
This Ain’t Hell: Gun-Grabber Yee Pleads Guilty To Arms Smuggling
Weasel Zippers: Anti-Police Flag Burners Have To Beat A Hasty Retreat Before Patriots, Ask For Police Help
Megan McArdle: “Affirmative Consent” Will Make Rape Laws Worse
Mark Steyn: Stories About Something


The Glorious Burden/Special Edition

What ‘Education’ Teaches

Posted on | July 1, 2015 | 116 Comments

My stance as a critic of public education began while I was in fifth grade at Lithia Springs (Ga.) Elementary School, but it was not until our eldest daughter spent a year in kindergarten that I realized that the system is inimical to liberty. Your local public schools are destroying America, and are ultimately a greater threat to our nation’s survival than ISIS.

The first lesson of school is, your parents are idiots.

See, this is why we need school: If parents were smart enough to teach their own children how to read and write, there would be no need for this massive government bureaucracy to provide education to our youth. Silly parents! How dare you think yourselves competent to educate your own child! Education is only possible when conducted by a government-trained expert and provided in a government-controlled classroom under the direction of government-certified bureaucrats.

The second lesson of school is, your parents are wrong.

This was not really a problem so much when I was in school four or five decades ago, when our parents and our teachers shared similar or identical religious, moral and political beliefs. Adult authority in that time and place spoke in a single voice that was patriotic, Christian and dedicated to basic values like hard work and honesty.

One might discern, in the values of my parents’ generation — raised in small towns or on farms, survivors of the Great Depression and victors of World War II — a sort of philosophical fusion between Stoicism and Calvinism. Children were expected to learn how to endure hard times and disappointment without complaint. Our parents despised the “spoiled” child who was weak, prone to self-pity and whining, because he had not been properly disciplined. Our teachers all came from similar backgrounds and shared these basic beliefs, and thus were not disposed to indulge misbehavior or to grade us leniently. Corporal punishment was the norm, and the unruly student did not dare question the authority of the teacher to administer such punishment.

The moral consensus of the American Century — a set of values shared by parents and school officials — has since evaporated, and has been replaced by multiculturalism and other “progressive” ideas, which are based on the assumption (ubiquitous in the modern education profession) that parents are all ignorant bigots, so that the duty of the school is to enlighten children with sophisticated beliefs.

Because parents are stupid (unqualified to teach their children anything) and wrong (deficient in sophisticated values), the school’s core purpose — the fundamental mission of the system — is to undermine parental authority and destroy the basis of respect between parent and child.

Once you understand this about modern education, a lot of phenomena that are otherwise inexplicable begin to make sense. For example, why is it that we have gone from a system where public education began with first grade to a system in which schools now have kindergarten and pre-K programs? Once upon a time — and not ancient history, but when I was in school — the government education bureaucracy didn’t begin “educating” children until they were 6 years old. Now, the government takes control of children at age 4, and yet there has been no discernible scholastic benefit from this expansion of bureaucratic authority. Second-graders today are certainly no more competent at spelling and arithmetic than were second-graders in 1966, despite the fact that today’s second-grader is typically in his fourth year of public education.

Gotta get ’em early, you see?

The process of undermining parental authority must begin as soon as children are potty-trained, for how else shall they learn the complete omnipotence of government, to which everything is owed and to which nothing can be denied? Your parents are incompetent idiots whose values are wrong — the sooner the child learns this, the better.

Schools nowadays are very bad at teaching facts, but very good at teaching attitudes, especially those attitudes the enable and empower the continual expansion of government power. An uncritical reverence toward certain intellectual abstractions — “Democracy!” “Equality!” “Progress!” — is drummed into the child’s head in lesson after lesson. One often encounters college-educated young people whose minds are full of hopeless confusion, so that when attempting to engage them in political discussion, we find they spew forth a mishmash of phrases cobbled together from the preamble to Declaration of Independence, the preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the poetry of Emma Lazarus, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Pledge of Allegiance and perhaps a few lines from various patriotic songs. To this jumbled mass of phrases, the young fool is ferociously devoted with what can only be described as a religious zealotry. A single four-word phrase from the preamble to the Constitution — “a more perfect Union” — seems to have been deliberately misrepesented to these young fools. No one has taught them that the Framers were merely describing their purpose to replace the imperfect Union (between the states) as governed by the wartime improvisation of the Articles of Confederation. Instead, they have been taught that this phrase is a sort of mystical commandment to future generations, who must continual strive to make a heaven-on-earth perfection of the government. Well, then, what sort of “perfection” do you suppose they had in mind?

“Democracy!” “Equality!” “Progress!”

When you are dealing with college-educated fools who seemingly cannot even comprehend plain English (e.g., “Congress shall make no law”) you frequently find that they have smuggled into the debate certain premises that they have never had any reason to examine objectively. A negative view of the past — a place full of slavery, greed, war, sexism and other oppressions — is so pervasive in modern education that the young fool can’t seem to understand why, in his enthusiasm for Democracy, he is embracing ideas that predate the birth of Christ by at least three centuries. Being devoted to this ancient idea with a nostalgic reverence, how then does he justify his enthusiasm for Progress? And how is it, we may ask the young fools, that despite all the Democracy and Progress of the past century, the United States is in some respects now farther from actual Equality than it was when Lyndon Johnson was president?

Our schools do not teach facts about history, political science and economics, but rather teach attitudes about these things. The attitudes they teach are the attitudes approved by the Board of Education, whose members owe their offices to contributions and endorsements from the teachers unions, which in turn are a key constituency of the Democrat Party. In most school districts, at least 75% of the teachers and administrators are Democrats, and in the colleges of education, quite nearly 100% of the professors are Democrats. Could anyone therefore be the least bit surprise that in 2012, Obama won 60% of voters under 30?

“Democracy!” “Equality!” “Progress!”

This rant was inspired by a couple of encounters on Twitter today, first with a conference of feminist educators sponsored by the Gender and Education Association:

Promoting feminist scholarship and practice in gender and education internationally, nationally and locally
Providing an influential feminist voice
Promoting and problematising knowledge on gender and education
Encouraging teaching, learning, research and publication on gender and education
Providing a source of expertise and knowledge for policy makers
Creating networks to facilitate the exchange of information between our members.

In other words, these radical ideologues seek to implement an agenda based on feminist gender theory — the “social construction” of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix — in the grade-school classroom. You get the drift.

After I’d riffed on that a while, I got a phone call from my brother Kirby and, in the course of our conversation, he brought up the Atlanta public school cheating scandal, which put a number of professional “educators” in prison.

For years, I have advocated maximum feasible non-cooperation with the government education system. Get your kids out of public schools, always vote against any referendum for new taxes to fund the system, and never vote for any school board candidate who is endorsed by the teacher’s union. Furthermore, under no circumstance should any honest, intelligent person support the system by working for the system. Better to be working as a convenience store clerk than to assist this corrupt system as a teacher, librarian, or other employee.

The myth of the Good School and the Good Teacher are essential to public support of this system. If honest, intelligent people refuse to work in the system — so that the only people employed as public school teachers are as stupid and corrupt as the criminals who operate the Atlanta public schools —  then the system will collapse under the weight of its own failures. Larry Elder once pointed out an important fact:

One study found that in Philadelphia a staggering 44 percent of public school teachers send their own kids to private schools. In Cincinnati and Chicago, 41 and 39 percent of public school teachers, respectively, pay for a private school education for their children. In Rochester, New York, it’s 38 percent. In Baltimore it’s 35 percent, San Francisco is 34 percent and New York-Northeastern New Jersey is 33 percent.

Public school teachers recognize how wretched the system is, and yet continue to work in the system. Why? Because the public schools pay teachers enough that they can afford private school tuition, because teachers are paid more than the taxpayers who actually fund the school system that employs the teachers!

Anyway, after I went off on a Twitter tirade about the wretched taxpayer-funded catastrophe of public education, one of my followers criticized me for “painting with a rather broad brush.” Well, yes — I’m an extremist in this regard. I don’t want to hear any proposals to reform public schools. I want to hear proposals to abolish public schools.

Shut them down.

Fire all the employees, sell all the buildings, buses, books and other equipment at auction to the highest bidder. Use the proceeds of this asset liquidation to create a tax-exempt public trust that will subsidize low-income parents to send their children to the private school of their choice. Relieved of the burden of funding a government school system, counties and municipalities could enact drastic tax cuts that would unleash economic growth so that the middle classes could afford private education without any subsidy. All children would be privately educated because, once the abolition of public schools becomes a matter of policy, states will pass constitutional amendments forbidding governments from providing, regulating or otherwise interfering with education.

Damn the government school system — a foul and unholy thing! Consign it to the fiery pit of Hell, from whence it emerged!

Remember, I’ve been thinking about this since the fifth grade.

 

In The Mailbox: 07.01.15

Posted on | July 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


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Reminder: Crazy People Are Dangerous

Posted on | July 1, 2015 | 36 Comments

Tyrelle Shaw.

How many times do I have to explain this? You let enough kooks run around loose — as has been the policy in this country since we de-institutionalized the mentally ill in the 1970s — and people adjust their expectations. People become accustomed to encountering weirdos, freaks and lunatics, jabbering madness to themselves on street corners or posting deranged nonsense on Tumblr blogs. You’re not even supposed to notice there is anything strange about these wild-eyed nutjobs roaming around with facial piercings, tattoos and purple hair. I’ve been denounced as an “ableist” for pointing out that a Tumblr feminist is mentally ill, even though her “about” page listed a long litany of psychiatric diagnoses and her writing was self-evidently crazy.

Well, you can’t call them “crazy” anymore, because then you’re stigmatizing the mentally ill, and stigma is bad. Probably not as bad as getting bashed in the face with a hammer, however.

How a Life That Showed Promise Veered
Into Violence Against Asian Women

The last message to family and friends from Tyrelle D. Shaw, an artist and bow-tie designer who called himself “Mr. Talented,” arrived at 1:38 p.m. on June 16.
“Surprisingly, I saw my afterlife!” he wrote on Facebook. “If I’m correct- I should be reincarnated into a Rat. Guess what? Your life after death already exist. It’s just waiting for you to die. I know! I know! People call me weird, but I’m actually Brilliant.”
The distressing note, in which Mr. Shaw said he planned to take his own life, signified the beginning of the end of a vicious crime spree that had terrified an entire community in New York. It also represented the climax of what the Police Department’s chief of detectives would later describe as “one of the strangest stories” he had encountered in some time.
Over the previous six days, a man had attacked at least four women in Manhattan, smashing them in the face with a heavy object wrapped in a plastic bag. The common thread in the seemingly random attacks: All of the victims were of Asian descent.
The attacks and the resulting manhunt for Mr. Shaw, identified through a surveillance video, spread fear in Chinatown and other Asian enclaves across the city.
In one of the episodes, the police said, the man complained to his victim that Asian women would not talk to him. But could such a thing really explain the assaults?
What happened next would also shock: Mr. Shaw said on his blog that he planned to place his neck in a noose tied to an elevator at the bottom of a shaft. The next person who pushed a button to send the elevator up would, he wrote, “murder me without even knowing it.”
Days later, his body was found. It was a sad, violent end to a short, promising life. On his blog, he had admitted to the attacks and had blamed being rejected by Asian women for committing them. He had tried to talk to nearly 1,500 in less than 350 days, he wrote, and none had said hello: “I just couldn’t understand why Asian Women didn’t find me attractive.”
A friend recalled Mr. Shaw saying he had been found to have bipolar disorder, but could not afford the medicine to treat it. Mental health records obtained by The New York Times from 2013, when he was in jail on Rikers Island, did not show him reporting any manic symptoms, only a history of depression.

Notice the sob-sister feature treatment about the “sad” death of this young man with such a “promising life.” If only he had posed with a Confederate flag . . . Well, that would be a different story. Meanwhile, in the real world, where the New York Times is mournfully reporting the death of this violent maniac, we learn why Tyrelle Shaw was jailed at Rikers Island. You see, he “did stupid things, like stealing a leather jacket valued at almost $1,500 from Bloomingdale’s, or stealing four pairs of sunglasses from the BCBG Max Azria store on Madison Avenue.” To liberal journalists, these are just “stupid things,” not actual crime:

He also lied. Two years ago, Mr. Shaw told a friend he was moving back home to Toronto. But he spent much of the period from June 2013 to June 2014 on Rikers Island after being convicted of stealing the sunglasses, as well as an iPad from a hair salon and an iPhone from the front seat of an ambulance.
He was arrested again in December, this time for trespassing, after he was found in a storage room in a building at 696 Madison Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He spent only a day in jail.
Those who knew him said he had changed. Nia Langley, who met Mr. Shaw through social media, said he was “very giving, very open, very artistic,” that is, at least until the beginning of this year. She said he started posting “weird stuff” online — about being rejected by women, about how he felt as a black man, about how he thought Asians were racist.

The parallels to Dylann Roof seem obvious enough here, and the feminist blog Jezebel sees another relevant comparison:

Mental illness doesn’t explain the violence of the attacks Shaw is suspected of committing. Neither does a feeling of entitlement to women’s bodies, and a frustration when they didn’t respond the way he wanted. But like Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 others during a shooting rampage he blamed on women rejecting him sexually, there’s a toxic mess here of untreated mental illness, growing rage and misogyny. In Shaw’s case, that was seemingly compounded by a life of poverty and a grandiose self-image that he seemingly came to realize was disconnected to the way the world actually viewed him.

Slinging this kind of gender-theory jargon about male “entitlement” and “misogyny” is how feminists prove they’re smarter than the rest of us. This particular writer, Anna Merlan, got her B.A. from UC-Santa Cruz and a master’s from Columbia University, which qualifies her to . . . write for a feminist blog. Elite credentials for such menial drudgery, and Ms. Merlan fails to notice a striking aspect that connects Rodger and Shaw — ethnic fetishism. Rodger was half-English, half-Malaysian with a fixation on blondes, whereas Shaw was black and had a fixation on Asians. Can we deduce anything from this? Is there a “moral to the story,” some kind of sociological pattern here? I don’t know, and it might be unwise to generalize from these two examples because Elliot Rodger and Tyrelle Shaw had something else in common: THEY WERE CRAZY!

Wacko, bonkers, zany, cracked, demented, disturbed, off their rockers, nuttier than squirrel farts and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

And what do I keep telling you about crazy people?

There are more than 300 million people in the United States. What percent of them are dangerously crazy? If it’s just 1%, that means there are 3 million potential mass murderers out there. And we can’t lock them all up, because the mentally ill have rights, including the right to vote.

How do you think Obama got elected, anyway?

Be afraid, America. Be very afraid.

 

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