It’s Not Healthy to Be So Wrong So Early in the Morning

6 04 2017


It sets a bad tone for the rest of the day.

From a blog called Every Joe:

Civic Nationalism, Part I: Magic Dirt Theory

Interestingly enough, no one – or, at least, no one entitled to an opinion – actually believes in Magic Dirt Theory.

Ah, but what, in fact, is the theory?

Magic Dirt Theory appears to be a coinage of the right, or the alt-right. It is a rhetorical construct designed to disparage that kind of liberalism, progressivism, or cosmopolitanism which would seem to hold that everyone born to some place is and should automatically be a citizen of that place, fully equal, indeed, indistinguishable from the pre-existing native population, no matter what culture the newborn is later raised in, and irrespective of any other attachment or inheritance, or lack thereof, he or she may have to the place.

I have some bad news for those on the alt-right who have pegged a good deal of their overall political philosophy to sneering at Magic Dirt Theory. In this regard; few lefties, if any, even if they say explicitly that they believe in it, do, in fact, believe it. What they do believe, in this particular, seems to come, at least for the most part, from one of two related threads. One is the cosmopolitan thread, which holds national boundaries, or any boundaries between peoples, as artificial, preposterous, and evil. In this view, the citizen of Kenya is already as American as anyone native born, because any kind of exclusive Americanism is, itself, a concept both wicked and false. That’s not Magic Dirt Theory; that’s saying the dirt doesn’t matter at all. Of course, it’s a fantastically silly position to take.

This starts with a whiff (incorrectly defining the Magic Dirt Theory) and gets worse (accusing us of “pegging a good deal of [our] political philosophy to sneering at Magic Dirt Theory”).

(1) The first fifteen words of the second sentence of the second paragraph are correct.

(2) But this writer seems to think that the purpose of our snark about Magic Dirt has everything to do with immigration.  While it certainly can and has been applied to immigration, that’s not its only use.  Closer to home, we use the Magic Dirt rhetorical construct/snark to prove the folly of efforts like AFFH.

(3) We have not thrown all our eggs into the basket of the Magic Dirt snarky meme.

(4) We are very much aware that there is a severe disconnect between what the Masters of the Universe say slash promulgate slash want us to believe in and what they do slash how they behave slash their revealed preferences.  Elitist hypocrisy isn’t hypocrisy when you’re elite.  We know that the purpose of such hypocrisy is almost always the empowerment of said “hypocritical” Masters of the Universe.  If I tell you to kill yourself but don’t act like I want to kill myself, you shouldn’t worry about my hypocrisy, you should be thinking about my conspiracy to steal all your stuff from you after you’re dead.

We know the MotU don’t literally believe in Magic Dirt.  We know they want us to believe in it while they don’t.


Proven Track Record

22 03 2017


California’s state legislature is mulling BDS of any contractors that win contracts to help build the Great Wall of Trump.

There are actually many California contractors that have a lot of experience in building walls.  Especially around the Zuckerberg joint.

You don’t think I’m making a point about two-faced elitist hypocrisy on the slick, do you?

President Obama Is Opposed to Walls

6 01 2017

Washington, D.C

So is Mark Zuckerberg.

Tales from the Social Justice Crypt

16 08 2016


Megan McArdle, writing in Bloomberg:

In Applebee’s and Waffle Houses, we swap stories of the affordable housing activists who spent their free time lobbying against building high rises in our neighborhoods, ostensibly because it would change the character but really because it would destroy the light in the fourth-floor apartment they’d purchased in 1972; of the people who proclaimed their commitment to diversity and tolerance while doing their best to get any conservative socially ostracized or fired; of the outrageously bigoted way our neighbors would talk about “those people” (some combination of white, lower-middle class, religious, Southern, conservative); of the laboriously hypocritical indignities we were subject to, like complicated building-wide recycling schemes promoted by “environmentalists” who flew to Europe four times a year; of the white liberals who shook their heads at all those horrid racists, while trying to mask, with code words, their determination to isolate their own children from minority peers, except for a token handful who were solidly upper middle class.

So she’s trying to tell us that the progressive social justice agenda is nothing more than internalized rationalized selfishness and virtue signaling?

Naw, get out of town.  (No pun intended.)  Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that social justice warrorism is a front for and a diversion from plutocratic, billionaire and corporate greed.

Gated Community

9 08 2016

McLean, Virginia


Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

“Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy,” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.”

To make his case against the “Isolationist Temptation,” Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become “a giant gated community.”

How much do you want to bet that Richard Haass lives in a gated community?  Or a good enough analogue.

Blood on the Dance Floor

29 07 2016


While Bern victims and similar people made things interesting outside the convention, the DNC’s police-enforced photo ID-enforced border wall combined with parliamentary chicanery and other dirty tricks done inside the arena meant that things weren’t as lively inside as I was predicting they would be for more than a year.  No lead pipe fight between Davis Guggenheim and Randi Weingarten.  Probably I was overestimating the left’s internet banter.

OTOH, we did get to hear speeches about the evils of police, photo IDs and border walls.

Now for the next debacle:  The Zika Olympics.

Rest of the DNC Open Thread

26 07 2016


While there was plenty of action yesterday, it wasn’t on par with 1968.  Sure, there are three more days to go, but I get the feeling that there won’t be any ’68-style confrontations.

My assessment of yesterday is that we got a lot of blatantly contradictory mish mash, the most obvious of which is that we were told that the country is already great because Baraq Obama made it that way, and the country is a dystopian hellhole of social injustice, income and wealth inequality and Republicans winning elections on occasion.

Michelle Obama used the occasion of her speech last night to note that “big men with guns” take their daughters to school.  These people all want us to hate cops, but they want their protection.  Remember, Baraq and Michelle Obama deliberately bought in a Chicago neighborhood that had two layers of police protection, CPD and UCPD.  They want wafer thin dainty transgenders armed with restraining orders to be your cops, but they want big men with guns to protect them.  They want affirmative action for the military and law enforcement, but when he wanted to pull off the keynote accomplishment of his first term, he turned to the whitest part of the military, the Navy SEALs.

Revealed preferences sho’ dooz beez revealing, knowatimsayin?