Today we have kind of a mish-mash of impressionistic type links with brief excerpts, expressing existential angst at the state of modern life:
I think Tucker was the first to point out this long Twitter thread, which I'm not including--just the intro to one of several repubs of it:
As the ruling class went to absurd lengths to try and dismantle Donald Trump, pissed off supporters watched in horror as a captured media peddled lie after lie - typically based on anonymous leaks from deep state bureaucrats, and as powerful agents within America's intelligence apparatus falsified evidence and collaborated with foreign operatives paid by Trump's political opponents.
In doing so, they exposed themselves to anyone not already paying attention.
Next, Andrew Sullivan captures how the philosophical and moral bankruptcy of the Classical Liberalism on which America was founded has caught up with us as a nation. Ideas have consequences, and even lack of ideas has consequences. Bad ideas? It just keeps getting worse until/unless people have a deep conversion--because nothing less can change the momentum. That means that liberals like Sullivan are, of course, very much part of the problem. But so are libertarians, to take just one example, whether of the Left or Right:
The radicalization of the American elite against liberalism￼
... the sudden, rapid, stunning shift in the belief system of the American elites ... has sent the whole society into a profound cultural dislocation. ..., an ongoing moral panic against the specter of “white supremacy,” which is now bizarrely regarded as an accurate description of the largest, freest, most successful multiracial democracy in human history.
We all know it’s happened. The elites, increasingly sequestered within one political party and one media monoculture, educated by colleges and private schools that have become hermetically sealed against any non-left dissent, have had a “social justice reckoning” these past few years. And they have been ideologically transformed, with countless cascading consequences.
... the term “successor ideology” works because it centers the fact that this ideology wishes, first and foremost, to repeal and succeed a liberal society and democracy.
In the successor ideology, there is no escape, no refuge, from the ongoing nightmare of oppression and violence — and you are either fighting this and “on the right side of history,” or you are against it and abetting evil. There is no neutrality. No space for skepticism. No room for debate. No space even for staying silent. (Silence, remember, is violence — perhaps the most profoundly anti-liberal slogan ever invented.)
And that tells you about the will to power behind it. Liberalism leaves you alone. The successor ideology will never let go of you. Liberalism is only concerned with your actions. The successor ideology is concerned with your mind, your psyche, and the deepest recesses of your soul. Liberalism will let you do your job, and let you keep your politics private. S.I. will force you into a struggle session as a condition for employment.
While this listing is something of a mish-mash, I am placing this item next for a reason. Please note how little publicity this story is getting in the MSM. That tells you a lot about where the ruling class believes the FBI lines up with the "successor ideology." Just as the Clintons and so many liberal others get a pass for their evil behavior, so now do FBI managers, it seems:
Yet because America’s elite use the FBI as a tool to use against their political critics, Veltri’s heavily substantiated and accusations are being blacked out everywhere outside of the New York Post and the relatively small conservative site, The Blaze.
Moving along to education ...
The rumbling I hear is the teachers unions gearing up to try to shut down the government schools again come September. Liberal government will support them, unless the nation rises up. In the meantime:
My view, which I've acted on in my life, is that higher education is not for everyone, is not supposed to be a job factory. It should very importantly be an institution for passing on the philosophical principles on which our society is based--at a very high intellectual level. It's getting ever more difficult to find schools that are committed to such a function.
But there's good news, too, as Don Surber passes along:
The Epoch Times reported, "Homeschool Applications Double In California."
The numbers are minuscule in a state of 40 million or so people.
However, the rest of the nation is in rebellion against public schools.
The story said, "Between spring and fall of 2020, the percentage of homeschoolers nationwide more than doubled, jumping from 5.4% to 11.1% in less than four months."
The parents of 1 in 9 students believe public schools are so terrible that they would rather keep the kids home and teach them themselves.
The story also said, "The largest increase in homeschoolers was especially notable among minority groups, including black and Hispanic learners.
"In African American households, the proportion of homeschooling quintupled from 3.3% in spring 2020, to 16.1% in fall 2020.
"In Hispanic households, the number of homeschooling households doubled in the same time, from 6.2% to 12.1%."
You can be darned sure parents aren't teaching their kids CRT. Why, some may even be reading The Bible.
Liberals are alarmed.
1 in 6 black kids stay at home to learn instead of going to school to be indoctrinated.
Look for increasingly unhinged calls from liberals and teachers to rein this trend in. We're already seeing actions at the legislative level in states like IL. Liberals want the kids.
Still, the culture around us is circling the drain:
Authored by Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com,
Every week the horrendous crime wave that is sweeping across America seems to get even worse. In some of our largest cities, looting, murder and violence are becoming a way of life, and authorities seem powerless to do anything about it. Is this what we can expect life in the United States to look like moving forward? All over the globe, people are watching us, and they are stunned by what they have been witnessing. Criminals are wildly out of control, and many of our largest cities are being transformed into extremely violent war zones.
Embattled Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told reporters that the level of violence and gunfire overwhelmed his officers.
Next door, the shoplifting epidemic in San Francisco has evolved into systematic looting.
Sadly, no retailer is immune. Even though Neiman Marcus has enthusiastically embraced a whole host of “woke” causes, criminals ruthlessly looted one of their stores in San Francisco on Monday…
At this point, the looting has gotten so bad that some major retailers are taking drastic actions …
Walgreens shuttered 17 of its stores in the San Francisco area in the past five years, ...
Target executives in the city also decided to limit business hours ...
In Chicago, this holiday weekend was the most violent weekend that we have seen in 2021 so far, and that is really saying something …
There are certain areas of Chicago that are essentially “no go zones” at this point, but of course the same thing could be said about the worst parts of many other major U.S. cities.
On the Covid Panic front, we continue to be overwhelmed with disinformation. But ...
Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,
New figures released by researchers in the UK show that just 25 under-18’s died from COVID from March 2020 to February 2021, two-thirds of whom had “chronic” health conditions, and that lockdown measures aimed at children “may prove a greater risk than that of SARS-CoV-2 itself.”
Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times,
People who have contracted COVID-19 and recovered should know that the risk for re-infection is very low, a doctor said after a study he worked on was published.
Researchers analyzed records from Curative, a clinical laboratory based in San Dimas that specializes in COVID-19 testing and has during the pandemic been conducting routine workforce screening. None of the 254 employees who had COVID-19 and recovered became re-infected, while four of the 739 who were fully vaccinated contracted the disease.