‘Donald Trump is strikingly unaffected by the ideological indoctrination that has otherwise overwhelmed the thinking of American elites. Why? Trump’s lack of verbal fluency.’

Not surprisingly, the one famous artist Trump was somewhat in tune with was deadpan jokester Andy Warhol, a fellow expert at self-branding. Warhol liked to say, “Art is what you can get away with.”

The money-loving painter was so excited in 1981 upon meeting Trump that even without a commission Warhol painted eight pictures of Trump Tower to hang in Trump Tower.

But then Trump didn’t buy any of his offerings because Warhol’s spec paintings didn’t match the Trump Tower’s color scheme. The wounded Warhol nursed a grudge against Trump for not giving him any money, but the tycoon never seemed to notice what was going on behind the artist’s famously flat affect.

…While Turks believe that he who can improvise the most convoluted conspiracy theory (some of which turn out to be bizarrely true) has proved himself the smartest guy in the room, affluent Americans take pride in their honed ability to smoothly articulate the inane rationalizations required to obscure our blatant social realities.

Steve Sailer gets at something I’ve long sensed, but never articulated well. Extreme lefties tend to hold their crazy opinions precisely because those opinions are so crazy. The crazier the better. A glance shows you that SJWs are Competing For Craziest. Common sense and sanity are for idiots and plebs. (Remember, lefties tend to be stupid people who are desperate to be thought of as smart.)

I really recommend reading the whole thing.

  • I like him.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “Remember, lefties tend to be stupid people who are desperate to be thought of as smart.”

    This should the cornerstone of all interpretation of leftist thought.

    • Well of course there have been and are some intellectually brilliant leftists. But I mean their sad little foot soldiers, these SJW kids etc., and their insecure well-off social enablers (who, I have repeatedly said, would at the drop of the hat be Nazis if being a Nazi was fascionable. They wouldn’t blink. I mean Humanities professors and things like that.)

      I think the distinctions between Left and Right are becoming less and less useful, anyway. It really seems to me that these categories only properly applied in Europe in the mid-20th century. They’re ceasing to convey any relatable political mindset or philosophy.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Maybe I’m splitting hairs here, but you can have brilliant people be leftward leaning, but the real SJW wackos are nowhere near what anyone would call intelligent.
        Even the ones working in supposedly professional fields (that I have mixed it up with on Twitter) are all exposed as charlatans when they venture outside of their narrow field.
        I wished I could find a way to get paid to beat on these asshats.
        I’d love that job!

        You got the Nazi part right. They would relish that too!

        • I didn’t make myself clear. The SJWs are idiots, and they’re crazy. No exceptions.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Where I work we’ve got socialists who have the exact same education as I do.
          Many of them have much more work experience in this particular position and I defer to them when I have a technical question that I know they have solved before.
          However, when it comes to politics and culture, I know I have the upper hand and I run rings around them.
          Even notwithstanding the fact that I am older than most of them I study this shit for three or four hours a day every day.

      • J. C.

        I see what you did there… 😉

      • canminuteman

        I don’t think left and right have meant anything since the French Revolution. Remember, it was the Russian Communists who decided that the German Nazis were Rightists, and they only did that to ideologically distance themselves from their former ally when they were invaded by them.

        I think individualist and collectivist are better descriptors, although even that doesn’t come close to being nuanced enough for political philosophy.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Left and right wing are totalitarians.
          We believe in freedom.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        An apt and new word.

      • FactsWillOut

        Heinlein said something along the lines of “there are those who want individuals to be free, and there are those who do not.”
        Pretty much sums it up, IMHO.

    • robins111

      Normaphobia is what they are.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Do you remember that movie Mystery Men? The Wes Dudi character Ben Stiller maliciously called ‘Captain Conundrum’?

    Up is down, down is up, in is out !

    Saying something contrary to common sense is seen as not only contrarian and wise but almost mystical. But it’s all bullshit. It’s all “Professor” Harold Hill selling imaginary band instruments to the town of River City, Iowa in “The Music Man”.

  • SDMatt

    Sailer is correct: the world is divided into the Emperor’s New Clothes camp and the “What the hell do you mean? He’s naked!” camp, with the former comprised of emotional, insecure, virtue-signalling babies.

    the great creative talents of the New York art world were less the painters of the era—Pollock, de Kooning, and Warhol—than the critics—Greenberg, Rosenberg, and Steinberg—who had come up with the verbal justifications for why the paintings were worth a lot of money.

    I wish I had kept the pamphlet the National Gallery of Canada published to explain Voice of Fire – it was a hoot; this’ll have to do:


    . . . conceived of a design that would stand out in the vast, sunlit and crowded space under the dome. Limiting his colours to red and blue, he created this powerful vertical canvas to be suspended from the dome’s ceiling. While it appears simple in form, Voice of Fire conveys a range of meanings. Newman intended the work to be studied from a short distance; its enormous scale transforms the space and tests our sensory experience.

    • J. C.

      “Voice of Fire conveys a range of meanings”
      It really only coveys one meaning – That the ‘artist’ suckered the government out of a sh!tload of cash.

      • Clink9

        But you have to study it from a short distance to truly appreciate that.

    • Minicapt
    • Maggat

      Oh, that explains it so well, crap explains it better.

  • robins111

    The left and the media ( but I repeat myself ) are suffering from the worst case of ‘normaphobia’ in history.

  • Martin B

    Well yes. Common sense is…common. It’s for ignorant peasants, not the noble intellectuals who are destined to rule.

  • Spatchcocked

    All of this ground was covered 35 years ago in Wolfes The Painted Word.

    The thinking that encompasses modern progressive intellectual thought has only burgeoned and metastasized…

    We, the conservative common sense realists have not scored one single significant victory against wrong headed mess.

    That’s why I await a nice big fat war or an even nicer bigger fatter deep recession or depression.

    Both events tend to focus folks on the basic building blocks of society.

    Then we can start again….

    First I raise my voice then I raise my fist.

    • El Martyachi