How Trump Can End Brainwashing on US Campuses

F.H. Buckley and The New York Post bring us this article on the Obama administration’s use of federal money to brainwash students on American college and university campuses in order to make them into good little community organizers. In our previous post, we noted the importance of culture as it relates to politics. The left has long understood this fact. If you want to control the future, you work to change the present.

The right could make some serious changes in this area by killing funding for left-wing brainwashing and replacing it with programs that are pro-capitalist, pro-American and pro-Patriotism. The left survives to a great degree on other people’s money. We should take it back and use those funds to promote our own agenda.

A study by the National Association of Scholars, released on Tuesday, reveals how Obama’s ultra-liberal progressives have begun to turn American higher ed into a vehicle for left-wing activism and propaganda.

“Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics” shows how the Obama DOE has indoctrinated college students through progressive “New Civics” programs that seek to repurpose higher education away from the study of Western institutions, and even away from scholarship in general, in order to make little left-wing community organizers of our students.

The goal of the New Civics movement, concludes the NAS, is to teach students “that a good citizen is a radical activist,” putting “political activism at the center of everything that students do in college, including academic study, extra-curricular pursuits, and off-campus ventures.” Instead of a civics education that studies the foundations of American government, New Civics teaches students “how to organize protests, occupy buildings, and stage demonstrations.”

If you’ve seen how conservative speakers are silenced on campus, deplored the way in which conservative academics are ostracized or bemoaned the way in which much of American higher ed has been turned into an unsafe space by left-wing fascists, it didn’t come out of the blue. It was sponsored by the Obama administration.

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Why is Hollywood Freaking Out So Badly Over Trump?

Here is a post on Reddit by Notjaffo that sums up why the left is so rabidly against the election of Donald J. Trump. As Rush and others have pointed out, it really isn’t so much about one person getting elected or even about a republican or conservative in the usual sense, since Trump is neither of those things. What the left is reacting to here is a sea-change in the paradigm that governs American culture and politics. For decades that framework has been both implicitly and explicitly liberal/leftist. The election of Trump is the result of Americans finally having had enough of all that, and rejecting the entire edifice of liberal Truth-Speak™ that prevents us from acting as normal human beings would otherwise.

Liberalism is a mental disorder disconnected from reality, and we have collectively decided that we will no longer go through the motions of the pantomime puppet theater and pretend that the world is as the left wants us to see it. We have chosen to return to the normal world as it really is, and that is why the left is having a nervous breakdown. Their power rests on all of us acceding to their world view, but what if we decide otherwise?

First, because he’s a Republican who might actually do the things he said he wanted to do. But second, because this is the first cultural victory the right has scored since Reagan stumbled into one in the ’80s.

The left is used to losing political battles. They scream and cry over these but they don’t truly panic, because they know that as long as they maintain their hammerlock on the culture, Republicans can’t really change anything.

Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it’s got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism.

Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right.

The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don’t go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you’re on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform.

Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel’s voice whispering, “You’re right, you’re better, you’re winning.”

Hollywood award shows are like church talent shows – the skits and jokes aren’t really funny, but it’s fun to look at the pretty girls, and you’re all on the same team.

Red Conservativism is a business, selling a set of political products. They don’t make you feel good, they don’t appeal to your morality or your spiritual sense of self, but sometimes you really NEED one of their core products like security, jobs, or national defense. Their appeals to “freedom” and “family values” ring hollow these days, but when people are flying planes into buildings, you need a strong member of Conservatism, Inc. in the big chair.

And when it came down to the things that really mattered – welfare, Medicare, Social Security, and foreign policy, you knew Red Team couldn’t really do anything Blue Team didn’t approve of, or the Blue faithful would kick them out of office next time.

But Donald Trump didn’t sign that contract. And Donald Trump didn’t win by selling the same old conservative products. Donald Trump started his own religion, and he won a religious victory.

The Blue Church is panicking because they’ve just witnessed the birth of a new Red Religion. Not the tired old Christian cliches they defeated back in the ’60s, but a new faith based on cultural identity and outright rejection of the Blue Faith.

For the first time in decades, voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church, defying hours of daily cultural programming, years of indoctrination from the schools, and dozens of explicit warnings from HR.

We’ve been trained since childhood to obey the pretty people on TV, but for the first time in decades, that didn’t work.

Donald Trump won because flyover America wants their culture back, and Blue Team has not been rejected like that before.

The younger ones have grown up in an environment where Blue Faith assumptions cannot even be questioned, except anonymously by the bad kids on Twitter.

But now the bad kids are getting bolder, posting funny memes that make you laugh even though John Oliver would not approve, like passing crude dirty pictures under the table in Sunday School.

Meryl Streep is panicking because for the first time voters have rejected HER, and everything her faith has taught her to believe.

There is a new faith rising on the right, not an explicit religious faith like old-school Christianity, but a wicked kind of counterculture movement. We laughed at the hippies in 1968, but by 1978 they were teaching in classrooms and sitting behind school administrator desks.

Where will the hippies of 2016 be sitting after eight years of Trump? How many of the shitposting Twitter bad boys will start up alternative media outlets, until one of them becomes the new Saturday Night Live?

Sam Hyde tried it on Adult Swim, but that was just the early prototype, like Mad Magazine was for the left. There will be many others after him, and they won’t be stopped by network filters. They’ll come “out of nowhere” on the web, from the secret places that the inquisitors at Google can’t shut down.

And that’s what Meryl Streep is really scared of. She’s not truly aware of it, just like fluttering housewives couldn’t really understand the counterculture threat in 1968. But they feel that something is changing in their safe little world, and they know they have to fight it, because this threat isn’t just passing pointless budget resolutions and selling pointless platitudes about family values – these guys mean business, and they’re fighting on her turf.

UPDATE: Adding one thing in response to comments. Nothing against Christianity, I really wish it still had cultural power. But we can’t keep wishing for it to come back or pretend it’s still 1958 somewhere, not in an age when the Pope is the new spiritual leader of the progressive left. I think Christianity will come back, once the culture shifts, but the initial energy has to come from something else.

UPDATE: I think the country would be a better place if Christians were still the dominant force in our culture, but they lost the war for the hearts and souls of Americans over the past 40 years, and they need to think about why.

My theory? I think the welfare state took over a lot of things that used to keep churches and families together. But that subject is another 1200 words.

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How Thick is Your Bubble?

This article from Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker provides some insight into the question of whether there really is an out of touch and over-educated coastal elite that has little or no contact with the vast majority of Americans who live elsewhere in the country. In this piece, we take a look at social scientist Charles Murray, author of “The Bell Curve” and “Coming Apart” and his Bubble Quiz. This quiz is designed to identify how thick is the bubble that separates the test taker from the working class Americans in fly-over country.

A fascinating survey has created a data-based measure of the social isolation of the urban elites, the people who run the country who have no contact at all with the lives of most people.  Charles Murray, co-author of the groundbreaking study The Bell Curve, and author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, devised a clever survey to identify the social isolation from the rest of America that characterizes highly educated, affluent elites.  He explains for the American Enterprise Institute, where he is a scholar:

In Coming Apart, a book I published in 2012, I asked my readers to score themselves on a 25-item test titled “How Thick is Your Bubble?” Scores could range from 0 to 100. The lower the score, the thicker one’s elite cultural bubble.

For PBS, he created a similar version of the quiz, taken by over 130,000 people who watch PBS.  It asked 25 questions, such as:

Did you grow up in a family in which the chief breadwinner was not in a managerial position or a high-prestige profession (defined as attorney, physician, dentist, architect, engineer, scientist or college professor)?

Have you ever lived for at least a year in an American community with a population under 50,000 that is not part of a metropolitan area and is not where you went to college?

Have you ever walked on a factory floor?Have you ever held a job that caused something to hurt at the end of the day?

Have you ever held a job that caused something to hurt at the end of the day?

Have you ever had a close friend who was an evangelical Christian?

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The Military Trafficking Food in Venezuela

This article from the AP, which you can find on the Fox News website, details the sad and horrific tale of the continuing collapse of the socialist paradise of Venezuela.

In this episode of failure and corruption, we find that Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro turned over the importation and distribution of food to the Venezuelan military. That was after they nationalized farms and food production facilities and made them a part of the state. When the price of oil collapsed the state could no longer afford to cover up its mismanagement and they turned to food imports to provide the food that the government was unable to produce from the farms and facilities of the once productive private sector.

This is a long and sad tale of theft, bribery, government graft and corruption that is happening in a country that could once feed itself and had food to spare, but which is now on the brink of starvation. When someone tells you all about the wonders of democratic socialism, remind them of the starving people of Venezuela.

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Trumpland and the Clinton Archipelago

Some very clever person at Vivid took the election data in the form of vote totals and turned it into a topographical map of the U.S. that shows those areas that voted greater than 51 percent for Trump and those that voted 51 percent or more for Clinton. The visual result is stunning in that it reveals just how small and isolated the Democrat landscape has become. What was once a great national party is now a fragile archipelago of liberal islands in a sea of conservatism.

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Many people have noted the sad fact that Wikipedia seems to have a strong SJW bias to it that negatively affects the quality of the information that it provides. Well, there is now an alternative that is dedicated to providing a source of information and knowledge that is not tainted by left-wing bias. Introducing InfoGalactic; the alternative to Wikipedia that seeks to provide bias-free knowledge.

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Rules for Radicals

Atlantic Centurion has a very useful review of Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals” and how it applies to and can be used by the right, to fight against the leftist attempt to bring down America and Western Civilization.

“Never go outside the expertise of your people.” – We’re not going to get most people to do things they have no habit of doing. We need to play to the strengths of our existing human resources.

“Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” – This and the above rule are standard Sun Tzu; know the enemy and know yourself or else you will be defeated. We must always stay abreast of the opposition, always be more informed, and always make them look stupid.

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” – There are two key forms of this: concern-trolling and malicious compliance. Doing so will stress them out by increasing their cognitive dissonance load, bleed them of resources, and generally waste their time and energy. You can also bait your opponents into producing specific outcomes if they are inflexible and dogmatic enough.

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The Left’s Lies and “Fake News”

The Left is clearly not taking their defeat in the recent election well and are grasping at any straw to defend their position and rationalize away the rejection that was given to them at the hands of the American voter. They will not, and indeed cannot, exercise the kind of self-reflection that would be required to come to terms with the eight years of failure of the Obama administration and the role their ideas played in it. Nor do they want to admit that American voters looked at the results of their policy and voted to dump it in the trash heap of history and go in a radically different direction that puts the country back on a more traditional path to economic prosperity and national greatness.

When we consider just how far out of power and relevance the left has fallen over the last four election cycles it becomes clear that they have no hope of returning to their previous position of authority without the ability to change the narrative. And changing the narrative is critical because voters now have such a negative view of the establishment ruling class and their failure that no amount of shaming during the recent election could dissuade the American people from making the change that they did. The experience of the last two decades has been slow to sink in, but there is now a widespread understanding that things have gone badly off the rails and that an independent change agent in the form of Donald Trump is necessary to get things back to normal again.

But the left cannot accept this. And so we see this elite-wide attempt to silence their critics in alternative media, or at least to marginalize them with the label “Fake News” as if simply calling it such a name would make it so. The left controls The Elite Media Monoculture, as I like to call them, but that is no longer enough to win elections or persuade the public. Many people have tuned them out and do not take them seriously any longer. This creates a major problem for the left since the public is now getting much of their information from the more intellectually diverse and wide-ranging medium of the internet.

And attacking the internet is likely to fail as well. There are simply too many voices on the net to focus on. Unlike legacy media, which is represented by perhaps a dozen outlets, alternative media number in the millions. And with that kind of dispersion, there is no way to make them into a single target. Fighting against alternative media is a bit like trying to fight off a swarm of angry bees. You may get some of them, but you’re still going to get stung.

And speaking of fake news, let’s remember that its real home is, and always has been, in the legacy media. And because we now have access to the medium of the internet, we can enjoy the many examples of Legacy Media providing us with Fake News so that we never forget who the real liars are.

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Boycott Kellogg’s

One of the things you can always count on is that the left never learns from its mistakes. Thus we see that they are using any tool they can to disrupt and undermine the election results of Donald Trump. Now if this were to remain within the bounds of the machinery of politics that would not be such a problem. We expect that in a democratic system we are going to have debates over policy and philosophy.

But the left never knows when to stop and invariably they push too far. Since so many corporate boards are now dominated, or at least influenced by the leftists in their midst, it now comes to pass that those leftists are using those businesses to push their political agenda. The latest example of this being Kellogg’s.

Kellogg’s has loudly and publicly announced that they will no longer be providing ads to conservative websites such as Breitbart. Typical of leftists is their desire to force others to their will rather than engage in debate. Ace of Spades sounds the call for conservatives to fight fire with fire and respond with a boycott of their own.

If you want to change corporate behavior, you have to change the incentives as far as picking sides in the culture war.

You have to stop giving corporations a free pass to hurt you merely because they’ve added up the plusses and minuses and the math says It’s a smart business play to treat you like garbage.

You have to start using the same tactics and making the same demands that the left does.

Well, not the same demands — what we’d really like is for corporations to declare themselves neutral in these things like Nissan has.

Not to make them partisans of the right. Just to keep the fuck out of it.

But we should use the same tactic — if you defy us, we will punish you economically.

We will change the incentive scheme: It will no longer the case that you can give in to every leftist demand without negative consequence.

We will start imposing consequences on you for doing so.

The left has demanded Kellogg’s stop advertising on Breitbart, and Kellogg’s has eagerly joined the leftist army.

How long are we going to play this game where we accept that left can organize boycotts against corporations to forcibly (or even not-so-forcibly) enlist them in the leftist army in the Culture War, but we are to act “principled” and do nothing as the left continues organizing every institution, media group, and corporation as bases of operation to destroy us?

Kellogg’s wants to be a part of their army — fine. They are now Enemies and to be treated as such.

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The End of Racial Détente

David Marcus, at The Federalist, writes on how this election cycle has seen the end of the old rules about race and culture that have been in place for several generations; a racial détente that no longer holds due to the left’s inevitable tendency to overplay their hand and push the limits until they break.

These old rules, by which we used to play, have been overturned, not by conservatives or the election of Donald Trump, although he has perhaps been the most visible sign of the deterioration of the old rules. No, the rules were changed by the left in their never-ending search for more and greater victim status. The charge that every white person is automatically a racist due to “white privilege,” has caused many of those same white people to simply throw up their hands in frustration and say “to hell with you.”

Privilege theory and the concept of systemic racism dealt the death blow to the détente. In embracing these theories, minorities and progressives broke their essential rule, which was to not run around calling everyone a racist. As these theories took hold, every white person became a racist who must confess that racism and actively make amends. Yet if the white woman who teaches gender studies at Barnard with the Ben Shahn drawings in her office is a racist, what chance do the rest of have?

Within the past few years, as privilege theory took hold, many whites began to think that no matter what they did they would be called racist, because, in fact, that was happening. Previously there were rules. They shifted at times, but if adhered to they largely protected one from the charge of racism. It’s like the Morrissey lyric: “is evil just something you are, or something you do.” Under the détente, racism was something you did; under privilege theory it is something you are.

That shift, from carefully directed accusations of racism for direct actions to more general charges of unconscious racism, took away the carrot for whites. Worse, it led to a defensiveness and feeling of victimization that make today’s whites in many ways much more tribal than they were 30 years ago. White people are constantly told to examine their whiteness, not to think of themselves as racially neutral. That they did, but the result was not introspection that led to reconciliation, it was a decision that white people have just as much right to think of themselves as a special interest group as anyone else.

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Death by Fidel

Paul Kengor at The American Spectator writes on the death of communist dictator Fidel Castro and reviews a bit about his murderous history. For example, I learned from reading this article that during the Cuban Missile Crisis both Fidel Castro and Che Guevara wanted to fire off all of those Soviet missiles. This would, of course, have set in motion a global nuclear war from which there would be few survivors. As we learn in the article, their Soviet masters were shocked to realize that the Cuban revolutionaries were crazier than they were.

Once the smoke cleared, hundreds of millions to possibly over a billion people could have perished, with Western civilization in its death throes. If Fidel Castro had gotten his way, he would have precipitated the greatest slaughter in human history. (Che Guevara also wanted to launch the nukes.)

The Soviets were horrified. Their ambassador to Cuba, Alexander Alekseyev, was so stunned at what Castro told him that he stood frozen, speechless, crushed. Without waiting for an answer from the numb ambassador, Castro started writing his feelings on paper, which Alekseyev saw as a kind of “last testament, a farewell.”

Fidel was ready to go — go up in a giant mushroom cloud for Marxism. As McNamara learned, this was Fidel’s big chance to die as a “martyr” for Marxism-Leninism. He was ready to “pull the temple down on his head.”

A shocked Nikita Khrushchev realized he was dealing with madmen. Khrushchev’s son Sergei, in his three-volume biography of his father, said that the Soviet general secretary huddled with top officials in the “code room” of the Foreign Ministry late on a Sunday night and repeatedly ordered, “Remove them, and as quickly as possible.”

Khrushchev urged Andrei Gromyko to instantly get in touch with Washington in order “to save the world from those pushing us toward war.”

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Fake News

John Dietrich at The American Thinker brings us this article on “Fake News” and the left’s attempt to both define it and to silence it. The massive failure of the left in the election should be an opportunity for the Democrats to stop, take stock of their position, and to exercise some critically needed self-evaluation in the face of what was an overwhelming repudiation. Of course, they are doing no such thing and seem clinically unable and unwilling to even try to consider that their views and policies are repellent to the majority of American voters. And so they turn to their old playbook in which one does not debate with the right but simply tries to shut them up.

In response to the recent election fiasco, progressives are increasing their efforts to control the internet. They are targeting “fake news.” Since no one is in favor of “fake news”, this should be a clear winning strategy. Progressives can portray themselves as the defenders of democracy and free speech. At the same time, they will be able to eliminate some troublesome competitors who might question their own reliability.

The criticism of “fake news” on the internet makes no mention of “fake news” in the mainstream media. The extensive bias in the media is one of the reasons for the attack on the internet. It would require several volumes to list all the examples of “fake news” disseminated by the main-stream media. A recent example is the New York Times’ criticism of Senator Ben Sasse. The Times reported that Sasse, “tweeted about people who have been paid to riot against Mr. Trump — an idea propagated by fake news stories.” In the Washington Post, Paul Horner remarked that Trump’s, “supporters were under the belief that people were getting paid to protest at their rallies, and that’s just insane.” Perhaps the Washington Post and New York Times were unaware that two top Democratic strategists were on video discussing voter fraud and planting paid agitators at campaign events for Donald Trump.

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The Unbearable Smugness of the Press

Will Rahn at CBS News brings us this surprisingly blunt and straightforward report on how the overwhelming bias of the Legacy Media led to their massive failure to understand and predict the true outcome of this historic election. He describes the classic symptoms of groupthink that were at work in The Elite Media Monoculture, and so glaringly obvious to everyone else who was not part of the media sub-culture.

More than any other recent election that one can think of, this one has cost the Old Media all of the credibility they had left, and that wasn’t much, to begin with. From here on out, no normal person will trust them with anything important, nor will they be taken seriously again.

The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.

This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’d be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

It’s a profound failure of empathy in the service of endless posturing. There’s been some sympathy from the press, sure: the dispatches from “heroin country” that read like reports from colonial administrators checking in on the natives. But much of that starts from the assumption that Trump voters are backward, and that it’s our duty to catalogue and ultimately reverse that backwardness. What can we do to get these people to stop worshiping their false god and accept our gospel?

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