The Curious Conception of Vivian James

August 28, 2014 in Commentary

Introducing Vivian James

Introducing Vivian James

For the few of you who haven’t been following the Five Guys, Burgers & Lies drama, the synopsis is that a young woman with a history of mental illness and very limited video game coding and design skills grappled her way into industry prominence by exploiting feminist tropes and sex appeal. Her name will be withheld out of respect for her privacy, as I believe she’s genuinely mentally ill and therefore not a fair target of criticism.

The modern feminist policy of promoting the unqualified to serve an agenda serves neither the unqualified nor the agenda. The same thing applies in racial politics, where an African-American gentleman whose name will also be withheld out of respect for his privacy was promoted to the Presidency despite a gross lack of qualifications …and then blamed for failing at a job he couldn’t have possibly succeeded at.

The first complaint of feminists encircling the video game industry is that there aren’t enough women in well-paid positions. The Civil Rights movement is first and foremost a shakedown scheme, one which in this case insists that there be equity in placement and pay for women in the industry, despite the vast gender gap in enthusiasm for game development between the genders. Insisting on gender equity in video game development is as futile as insisting on racial diversity at an ugly sweater party. It’s just not going to happen. Read the rest of this entry →

Fascist Fashion

August 26, 2014 in Commentary

Guy Fawkes is Rolling in his Grave

Guy Fawkes is Rolling in his Grave

William Solniger’s post at Alternative Right, Dress Like a Reactionary, borrows heavily from an older article of mine, American Restorationary Fashion. According to statistical metrics, anecdotes, and my gut feeling, the Alternative Right web of subcultures is growing in America. Yet, a definitive look has yet to emerge. From what I’ve seen at recent gatherings and on Facebook, the only things we all seem to be reaching something of a consensus on are beards for the men and modest dresses or skirts for the women.

The obligatory disclaimers are necessary with an article on this topic. Style is no substitute for substance. Nobody’s prescribing a dress code. You’re not obligated to care about or think about this topic. If you’ve already got a look and aren’t open to suggestions, then I respect that. This topic does come up rather frequently in private informal conversations, yet very rarely in public. I suspect that a lot of other guys out there are understandably wary of broaching this topic, for fear of being accused of being vain, gay, or unfashionable. Read the rest of this entry →

The End of Conservative Zionism, Too

August 23, 2014 in Commentary

Credit Sébastien ThibaultAntony Lerman of the New York Times is bemoaning the demise of the “Liberal Zionist” position in American and British politics. “Liberal Zionists are at a crossroads,” he claims. “Columnists like Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen and Thomas L. Friedman have all riffed in recent weeks on the theme that what Israel is doing can’t be reconciled with their humanism.”

Jewish journalists apparently do suffer from cognitive dissonance after all! There are limits to just how far their rhetoric can depart from reality before they crack.

“The romantic Zionist ideal, to which Jewish liberals — and I was one, once — subscribed for so many decades, has been tarnished by the reality of modern Israel. The attacks on freedom of speech and human rights organizations in Israel, the land-grabbing settler movement, a growing strain of anti-Arab and anti-immigrant racism, extremist politics, and a powerful, intolerant religious right — this mixture has pushed liberal Zionism to the brink.”

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Truth vs. Troof: Facts and Identity in Ferguson

August 20, 2014 in Commentary

Ferguson RiotsOne of the definitions of “troof” in Urban Dictionary is “truer than true”, implying a meta-truth transcending mere facts. As the mere facts pile up in the racially charged shooting death of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson, the truth appears to squarely support the narrative that the officer did not abuse his force in this particular incident. As with the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the Black community didn’t wait for the facts of the case to be revealed over the course of days and weeks following the incident. The Black community, including the President of the United States and his Attorney General, reached their verdict [white guilt] and meted out their punishment [black unrest].

The objective truth is beside the point, as a mythic “troof” in the Black ghetto is that white-on-black profiling and police brutality is rampant, having reached a crisis level at which rioting and mayhem are proportional responses.

The Southern Midwest has always been America’s worst place for racial relations, and we can expect these episodes to occur more frequently in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati than elsewhere. We hillbillies lack the uneasy tradition of muddling through racial issues that the South has earned and we also lack the Yankee idealism and eagerness to engage in post-racialist posturing and outreach. Most importantly, perhaps, we lack jobs and the resources to effectively self-segregate our communities. Read the rest of this entry →

No Soil, No Peace.

August 18, 2014 in Commentary

Bohdan Pevny. "The Earth," 1963 oil on canvas Art Gallery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., South Bound Brook, NJ (postcard)

Bohdan Pevny. “The Earth,” 1963
oil on canvas
Art Gallery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., South Bound Brook, NJ (postcard)

Prepping has become something of a regular pastime among the conservative community in suburban and rural communities.  Some people fix cars on the weekends, and others work on staining and refinishing the back deck.  Then there are those who whip out their inventory sheet and eagerly check expiration dates while rotating stocks of canned, frozen, or non-perishable goods.  Then they’ll sit around watching Red Dawn and comparing notes about the practical shelf life of MREs.  The problem with contemporary preppers is that they’re preparing for the right disaster, but they’re not the ones who are being affected by it when it actually happens.

There are spotty reports of armed vigilantes taking the state’s responsibility of public security into their own hands, but this is the exception and not the rule.  Neither is this an instance of preppers coming to the rescue of others or themselves.  The people of Ferguson are being affected by the right disaster, but they aren’t the people who’ve been preparing for one. Read the rest of this entry →