A week in review.
"Maybe somebody in academia should ponder why their one sector of public life is so very susceptible to a plague [of murderous antisemites] so rare everywhere else.” The kind of 'somebody in academia' that David Frum presumably has in mind...that somebody couldn't ponder their way out of a paper bag. https://grahamcunningham.substack.com/p/how-diversity-narrows-the-mind
“America is not sending their best and brightest, you know, to Washington, D.C.” — Senator John Fetterman, in an interview with Stephen Colbert. That's a classic. I think he is actually the poster child.
When Brad publishes his Quote and Links pieces, I can drink only half of my coffee and feel complexly awake.
I am old enough and well read enough on American and global history to know that the behavior of the human animal, good or bad, is ubiquitous. I laugh at my educated friends that walk around believing their education had allowed them to transcend our more primitive impulses baked-in from tens of thousands of years of evolution following the intelligent design of God. Related to this last point, the significant flaws apparent within the human condition do provide reasonable evidence of the secular "miracle" theory of humans evolving from some celestial-delivered payload of tarry goop... but that is another topic.
My theory is that the average person needs REAL struggle to secure the lower-rung human needs in order to develop impulse control. Because without that experience of struggling and persevering those needs would more likely NOT be secured and the uncontrolled animal would die young.
A percentage of the population is born without strong coping skills... they get easily triggered over a cross-eyed look. Now add fantastic economic progress where almost nobody REALLY struggles for basic needs (except moving up to the mid-level phycological needs of love and acceptance... which, again, is another topic for another day)... and then establish a societal norm pushing all kids to an expensive and relatively useless pursuit of high academics after their public school imprisonment,... many that are already attracted to delaying their launch into life because they are smart enough to recognized they are plagued with a lack of impulse control... and hence lack the self-confidence they would otherwise need to compete in the dog-eat-dog world of private free enterprise... that world that served to eliminate most of their struggles to survive... and we have a perfect storm creating a tyranny of the near majority of people that are both highly educated to manipulate words and language, but are frankly one step away from needing to be institutionalized for cognitive behavior dysfunction.
Maybe because of the luck of personality traits, or because I actually had to fend for myself for food and shelter early in my life, I feel very sane and confident in knowing that I don't know everything, but have a strong impulse control and ability to think critically without a judgement-defeating cloud of underlying psychological need. This is really just emotional intelligence and it is lacking in so many of our elite-class that drives the Democrat agenda today.
Reading Brad's Quote and Links reminds me of my theory that saving the Republic might require a crash in the economy so big, like did the Great Depression after the Gilded Age, that uppity society with their advanced degrees and lack of impulse control is reduced to a fundamental need to secure food and shelter. Either that, or the sane people need to run for office and win and make sure these crazy lunatics don't get any seats of power.
> “Some parents are concerned their daughter might miss out on a scholarship, they might miss out on playing for this team or that team. Boy, that doesn’t sound like community; that sounds like selfishness.”
My child has a mental disorder and you are all required to participate. Everyone has to affirm my beliefs about myself. Girl (whether she has a penis or not), that sounds like selfishness.
Jake Trapper is playing with fire, CNN will not be tolerant of him embarrassing their audience. Ditto for David Frum, the Atlantic, playing with fire.
Always a joy to get this roundup in my mailbox! And I had mentioned that chain of blame in my article on Israel/Hamas but didn't have Thom Hartmann to 'credit'. Thanks for that.
In reference to our last exchange (and I was very touched by your reply), since then I read Max Blumenthal's article on the 'beheaded babies.' I'll be referencing it in my episode later today but I thought you'd appreciate the details in the direct source. I really do admire you as someone who digs deep and does the research. https://thegrayzone.com/2023/10/11/beheaded-israeli-babies-settler-wipe-out-palestinian.
Trump had access to the plans of an Israeli weapon system and gave them to Putin? Talk about a conspiracy theory.
On the last quote about the poison in academia, I offer a quote from some so throughly maligned by academia that you have to wonder where their hatred came from:
TThe reason why we find ourselves in a position of impotency is not because the enemy has sent men to invade our shores, but rather because of the traitorous actions of those who have had all the benefits that the wealthiest nation on earth has had to offer - the finest homes, the finest college educations, and the finest jobs in Government we can give.
The Babylon Bee is a national treasure.
“You’re indoctrinating them into this woke, guilt-ridden ideology..." Damn straight Joe Rogan, and one of the results of that is being seen on campuses and in the street in pro Palestinian demonstrations celebrating Hamas butchers they call "freedom fighters." It's absolutely consistent with the "decolonizing" BLM and Antifa have been calling for, and I am mystified as to why people are surprised! Those reactions are less about anti Semitism than pure indoctrinated Marxism via social media and academia. What else do people think is the long game with defunding police, wealth redistribution via reparations, and pre-land back acknowledgments? Time will tell if institutional leaders will follow Harvard in backtracking, or if they will sway the young wokesters, but either way this anti colonial anti capitalist rhetoric in our ivory towers is chickens coming home to roost.
Seymour Hersh – Oct. 12, 2023 – Netanyahu is Finished -- The Bibi doctrine—his belief that he could control Hamas—compromised Israeli security and has now begat a bloody war
Hamas was promoted and financed for years by “our beloved” Bibi, who believed that Arafat’s secular PLO was a more serious enemy. Hamas was also rejecting a two-state solution just like Bibi and his extremists who together with US sabotaged a two-state solution for decades.