Category Archives: Culture Wars

Europe’s New Beggars

Recently my wife and I walked along the fashionable shopping street Avenue Montaigne, situated between Place de l’Alma and Champs Elysées in one of the most affluent Parisian districts. Passing the elegant window fronts of Chanel, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Luis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, and YSL, we noticed a woman and child half-lying on the pavement in tattered clothes, appealing to passersby for money. While it was a particularly appalling sight in this prosperous setting, it was not an anomaly in the urban fabric of Paris. Such expressions of extreme poverty and deprivation have, in fact, become sadly familiar features of most Western European cities of late.


Politics and Music

“Politics is for old men.” Thus a Serbian friend informed me when I visited Belgrade shortly before everything fell apart. He wanted me to send him Beatles albums not easily obtainable at the time so he could listen to “happy music,” by which he meant just music. Unfortunately, politics is for young men (and women) too, and although good music uncorrupted by politics can still be found, bad music with a political or subversive agenda abounds.


Survey: Politics are ripping tech companies apart

From Sean Captain at Fast Company, a progressive tech/work newsmag:

Whether they agree or disagree with their company’s politics, fear about ideological conflicts with colleagues runs across all political groups: very liberal, liberal, moderate, conservative, very conservative, and libertarian.

Nearly half of employees at companies with political agendas said their ideological views impacted their ability to work. At companies perceived to have a political agenda, 63% of workers said that ridicule in the workplace is commonplace if you disagree with a colleague, while only 21% said that happens at their apolitical companies. More.

Reality check: Dare we hope that, except for the companies that are too big for anyone’s good and may require special handing, the wokest will soon be the brokest, as per usual?

See also: Microsoft will kindly pick the news you read


The Cultural Reichstag Fires

Remember the Reichstag fire? It was perhaps the seminal event that sealed Germany’s fate as a socialist dictatorship before the Allies were finally able to pry that nation out of the jaws of Nazism in 1945 (although for the eastern portion of the country human dignity and freedom wouldn’t come for another 40-plus years thanks to Soviet imperialism).

If you’re not familiar with that event, the date was February 27, 1933. Adolf Hitler had been sworn in as Germany’s chancellor just four weeks hence, though his Nazi party was in an unstable position at the center of a coalition government holding a small plurality of 32 percent of the seats in the Reichstag — Germany’s parliament under its Weimar Republic. At the time Hitler had an agenda in mind to secure a much larger portion of the Reichstag’s seats in order to create a majority for passing an Enabling Act that would allow him essentially to rule by decree, at an election set for March 5.


PRAGER: Not ‘All Americans’ Are ‘Proud That We Have More Women In The Workforce Than Ever Before’

In his State of the Union address, President Trump announced, “All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before.” It was one of the few times he received a standing ovation from both Democrats and Republicans.

I would not have stood and cheered.

Either the president or whoever wrote that line honestly thought it was something worth celebrating, or the president simply wanted to say something that would sound wonderful to both Democrats and Republicans, as well as to Americans who do not otherwise support him.


Color and Politics

It’s not that easy being green, when I think it would be nicer being red, or yellow, or something much more colorful than that, even in a blue world alone. Certainly, most political parties agree even about green when choosing colors, as well as symbols, rosettes, and ties, officially or informally, to represent them or their point of view. Colors are part of the identity of parties, or of ways of life, as lavender and pink often refer to homosexuality, or gold to capitalism, or orange to Christian democracy, red to leftism and revolution, or blue to conservatism, except in American politics, or green for environmentalism, or black for fascist or Nazi policies, and now for ISIS. Shifts in color used by a party may reflect changes in policy. Some colors may be avoided: no party, for fear of being considered dull, is likely to adopt gray.


How Ideologues Captured the Canadian Publishing Industry

…In a 2018 Globe & Mail column, “CanLit Isn’t What It Used to Be,” critic Russell Smith noted that “humanities departments see themselves increasingly as having a revolutionary social-justice role that is just as important as—even inseparable from—their educational mandate.” Smith also noted that one of the reasons why CanLit has become so suffused with social-justice orthodoxy is that many writers can’t make a living on the basis of their published work, so they take jobs within bureaucratized (and often ideologically monolithic) universities, where faculty-lounge groupthink leaches into scholarship and art. My experience in the MPub program would seem to exemplify this trend.

Toxic leftists giving grant money to their toxic leftist friends. That’s all Cancon is.


CBC can’t beat Netflix’s ‘imperialism’ with subsidized Cancon nobody watches

As she may now regret having done, CBC president Catherine Tait wandered off script last week to compare the popularity of Netflix, a U.S. multinational, with the French and British empires. You have to be careful, she reminded us, taking a trope from Donald Trump, of the harm foreign influences can do to domestic communities. Nineteenth-century Brits may have thought they were doing good by painting the globe pink, but many of those painted didn’t agree.

There’s nothing worse you can call somebody in this day and age than “imperialist.” Unless maybe it’s “settler” or “white male.” But give Mme President the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps it’s not so great if everyone in the world (I exaggerate) gets their entertainment from the same source.

I don’t subscribe to Netflix and don’t watch CBC but do visit the news site. We do have cable TV though but will likely cut the cord – one day. Hollywood? There are only so many SJW actors and Superhero movies one can stomach in a lifetime, I have seen my fill. Cancon has always seemed a sort of 3rd rate cheerleading squad, patronizing and too often the product of toxic leftists giving grants to their equally toxic friends.


Fact-Free Politics

In this era when there has been more information available to more people than at any time in the past, it is also true that there has been more misinformation from more different sources than ever. We are not talking about differences of opinion or inadequate verification, but about statements and catchwords in utter defiance of facts.

Among the most popular current catchwords are “climate change deniers.” Stop and think. Have you ever — even once in your entire life — seen, heard or read even one human being who denied that climates change?


What next for the populist revolt?

People have rattled the elites – now they need to go further.

…The best way to view the current populist moment is as a delayed response to the top-down cultural revolution that occurred in the Seventies. In that decade, new attitudes towards marriage, family life, relations between the sexes, the role of the nation and the meaning of citizenship came to be codified in many Western societies. By the beginning of the Eighties, new forms of cultural authority had been established by the political elites.


The top 5 films of 2018… I guess

From CBC -The top 5 films of 2018 — and some hidden gems you may have missed

A couple I’ve heard of, none I’d pay for and what does that say?

It says I am a bad person for not caring about diversity in film like the CBC “critic”. But I no longer care about movies, I have no interest in the product of what is largely a left-wing echo chamber. Whether it springs from the rarefied air of Canada’s tax payer subsidized ‘arts’ community or Hollywood the message is the same. No desire to be lectured to. No desire to be vilified. No desire to submit myself to 90 minutes of “re-education”. No desire to watch celebrity idiot “Movie Stars” who feel it their place to dictate my politics. None.

Fade to black… Oh wait that’s probably racist or something.


Are We Becoming a Low-Trust Society?

I went to the car dealership yesterday to get my yearly service and dreaded it. Each year, the experience gets a little worse. I asked for a loaner so I could do errands while I waited for my car and was promptly told to go out and get my insurance card from my car. It was raining so that was fun and then when I got back, an officious woman presented me with a form for the rental car with numerous signatures needed.


The Only Good Republican Is A Dead Republican

The death of President George H. W. Bush provided liberals and their Fredocon houseboys yet another opportunity to lament the fact that all Republicans aren’t dead. Their feigned amnesia about what libs were saying while Bush 41 was still in the arena, and their latest hack attempt to tsk tsk tsk tsk about how the Bad Orange Man isn’t like [Insert Name of Dead Republican Here] serves to justify the prophylactic cynicism that we Normals should strive to cultivate.


The first culture war

As we mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is clear that the moral wounds it inflicted on Western culture have not healed. Recent incidents, such as the rejection of Remembrance Day poppies by Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), or Southampton University Students’ Union’s (SUSU) threat to paint over a mural dedicated to war heroes, are symptomatic of the sense of malaise and confusion regarding the memorialisation of the First World War.


Killing the Kennedy mystique

…The most chilling moment in Chappaquiddick happens at the end of the film, in a montage of real interviews done with the public at the time of the incident. Some are appalled at Ted’s actions, and the lack of punishment he received. Many, though, admit that while they were disappointed with the senator, they didn’t feel they could judge him, and would definitely vote for him again.