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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

Earlier, by Peter Brimelow: A Long Farewell To Donald Trump, Immigration Patriot. And Thanks.

Back in the Golden Age of Science Fiction seventy-something years ago there was a novel everyone read, title The World of Null-A. It was about a future planet Earth that had moved on from simple Aristotelean logic to something more subtle. So the “A” there stood for Aristotle.

The author, A. E. Van Vogt, was actually promoting a trendy philosophical system called General Semantics. This was one of those pseudoscientific fads that were popular in the mid-20th century, like William Sheldon’s body-typing, Wilhelm Reich’s theory of orgone energy, Immanuel Velikovsky’s colliding planets, or J.B. Rhine’s parapsychology.

I’m a bit surprised to see that the Institute of General Semantics is still around seventy years later. A bit surprised, but only a bit; these fads never disappear completely. In New York City you can still find people practicing Freudian psychoanalysis. I bet there’s a Velikovsky discussion group active on the Upper West Side somewhere.

Well, I shall leave you to look up General Semantics in your own time You might also read The World of Null-A, which can still be found in the sci-fi shelves of municipal libraries. I don’t actually recommend you do either thing; but hey, it’s your time.

Much more relevant to current concerns would be a novel titled The World of Null-T—the “T” of course standing for Trump. We’ve not yet given up on Aristotle‘s logic, but we have, for better or worse, moved on from Trump’s Presidency.

What’s the verdict on that Presidency? My view: it has to be failure.

It’s not that Trump did nothing in those four years. He accomplished a great deal. The evangelist group Liberty Counsel has published a list covering fourteen pages. It’s naturally tilted towards evangelistic concerns, and is too heavy on neoconnery for my taste—”Restoring American Leadership Abroad,” etc.—but there are some real useful actions in there. On immigration, for example, quote:

Removals of convicted criminal aliens increased by 14 percent from FY 2017.

Also on federal regulations:

President Trump has followed through on and exceeded his promise to roll back two regulations for every new one created.

The problem is, none of it has any permanence.

Removals of convicted criminal aliens? Starting yesterday, Thursday, Biden’s DHS has suspended all deportations.

In the matter of enforcing federal law, Congress proposes but the Executive disposes. If DHS, under the President’s instructions, don’t want to enforce the people’s laws on immigration, they don’t have to.

And it’s plain they don’t want to. ICE agents will quickly get the message and head for the donut shop.

Similarly with Trump’s rule on federal regulations. It’s a sensible rule. If you want to add a regulation to the seventy thousand pages of the Federal Register, you first have to annul two existing rules.

Well, forget about that. One of Biden’s first actions—on Wednesday, right after the inauguration—was to rescind that rule. If you want to saddle the U.S. economy with a vast labyrinth of mostly pointless regulations, mostly implemented as special favors to some rent-seeking lobby or other—and that of course is what the new administration does want—seventy thousand pages is not enough! We need more!

It’s the same with cultural issues. Biden—again on Wednesday, so this is high-priority for him—signed an executive order revoking Trump’s ban on federal agencies and federal contractors imposing Critical Race Theory training on employees.

So now, if you work for the feds or one of their contractors, you have to submit to being lectured by black grifters and white lunatics about the evils of whiteness.

The problem with those fourteen pages of Trump’s accomplishments is that hardly any of them had permanence. All the ones you’d stand up and cheer for were Executive Orders, that can be—and are being—revoked with a sweep of the pen by the new Chief Executive.

Biden, of course, has the advantage here that nothing he does will be contested by the Kritarchs of our woke federal judiciary. Trump had only to pick up his pen in the Oval Office for some swivel-eyed federal judge in Hawaii or somewhere to pick up his pen and declare Trump’s action unconstitutional just by virtue of it’s being … Trump’s.

That doesn’t let Trump altogether off the hook, though. To make changes you need laws, supplemented by the firm exercise of lawful federal powers.

In those areas Trump was hopeless. His party controlled Congress for two years, but the only law anyone remembers getting passed was a mild tax cut.

The firm exercise of lawful federal powers? Was it really the case last year, when anarchist mobs were burning and looting our cities—including Washington, D.C.—for months on end, that the Executive had no authority to restrain them? Of course it was not the case, as Senator Tom Cotton pointed out in a now-famous New York Times op-ed last June. Still nothing was done.

In fact—and as a Trump voter it pains me to say it—in fact the feebleness, sloth, and incompetence of the Trump administration makes a sorry contrast with the vigor and resolution of this new one, the Biden administration.

Joe Biden promised he would do this, that, and the other “on Day One” of his administration. Sure enough, there he was on Wednesday afternoon doing them.

Didn’t Trump, on the campaign trail in 2016, also promise there were things he’d do on his Day One? Yes he did. How many of them did he do? Basically none. [Day One promises Trump kept—and those he hasn’t taken action on, by Rebecca Shabad, CBS News, January 25, 2017]

He promised, for example, to rescind the DACA boondoggle that gives work permits to illegal aliens—on Day One! Day One arrived, and … nothing.

Trump’s administration did propose a phase-out of DACA in September 2017, which would have been about Day Two Hundred and Fifty, but Trump didn’t pursue it with much energy.

And again, on the firm exercise of lawful federal powers, look at how the new administration filled the streets of Washington, D.C. with troops for the inauguration.

I personally loathe and despise our managerial state with all its corruption, its lies and its arrogant pretenses. I have to admit, though, that once it’s got its hands firmly on all the levers of power, it gets things done.

William Butler Yeats nailed it:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Energy in the executive, even when the Executive is in the hands of people you dislike, is a more impressive sight than lethargy in the Executive.

As well as just not getting much done in any permanent way, Trump failed to tackle the Swamp in any way that seriously inconvenienced them.

ORDER IT NOW

If we are ever again to have Trumpism in the White House, it will need a cadre of Trumpists who know their way around, who are adept at the necessary political games. The last four years were an ideal opportunity to train up that cadre: to bring Trumpists in to the federal government at high levels so they could develop their skills.

But Trump didn’t attempt anything like that. The people he brought in were Swamp critters like Kirstjen Nielsen and—God help us!—John Bolton. He supplemented their advice with soft murmurings from his daughter and son-in-law and their friends, metropolitan liberals all.

There were smart, politically savvy people Trump might have brought in. But not only did he not do so, he worked actively to destroy their political careers. You could ask Kris Kobach about it, or Jeff Sessions, or Steve King.

It may be that Trumpists have been infiltrated at lower levels of the bureaucracy. Politico.com reported on Tuesday that

A higher-than-usual number of Trump administration political appointees—some with highly partisan backgrounds—are currently “burrowing” into career positions throughout the federal government, moving from appointed positions into powerful career civil service roles, which come with job protections that will make it difficult for Biden to fire them.

The ‘deep state’ of loyalists Trump is leaving behind for Biden, by Alice Miranda Ollstein and Megan Cassella, January 19, 2021

Yeah, maybe. Some Trumpists at the very highest levels would have been better, though.

And even assuming these moles do burrow in, and don’t go native in those “career civil service roles,” given the aforementioned vigor and resolution of the managerial state, our new masters will spare no effort to root them out, up to and including truth serum in the White House coffee machines.

Meanwhile the borders and the jails are being thrown open, dissidence on the internet is being crushed, the DACA illegals are still working, and we still have 26,000 troops in South Korea, although no-one can tell me why.

So, in my judgement, a failure. Trump’s few small accomplishments are being swept away contemptuously by a vigorous new administration that is confident in the full support of our country’s Ruling Class: the federal bureaucracy, the big corporations, the media, the academy, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the Kritarchy.

Trumpism is evaporating like the morning mist in a valley. It may take a while [Why Trump’s Immigration Policies Will Be So Hard to Undo, by Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone, October 13, 2020].But by noontime, when the sun of Woke Triumphalism reaches its zenith, nothing of Trumpism will remain; all will be forgotten. Donald who?

Welcome to the world of null-T.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Here, too, dishonesty plays a large part. The deep state and kritarchs, by definition, are dishonest illegal ursurpation of powers they should not possess.

    Dishonest unequal treatment of Trump vs. Leftists like Biden are fundamental. Suddenly, no judge in Hawaii thinks that an executive order cannot annul a prior president’s executive order. Or that any anti-Trump animus can be problematic.

    The fundamental half century old dishonesty of media gag orders related to Black crime has now extended to Covid treatments, Covid statistics, voter fraud analyses, and more.

    And these dishonesties work day in day out to brainwash people further.
    The remedy to brainwashing is mandatory listening to Radio Derb and similar outlets.

    • Agree: 36 ulster
    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Polistra
  2. All too true, Mr. Derbyshire, and all too depressing to comment on (been writing about these very things, the hiring of Swamp creatures, the accomplishments that are very temporary, the vindictiveness – a lose/lose regarding Jeff Sessions, etc, for 4 years now).

    I don’t think politial coalition-building is gonna save us. This is beyond voting our way out out. It will be even more far-gone if this amnesty push for 30,000,000 illegal aliens goes through. Just so we have a sporting chance later, we’d better stop this one dead. Lean hard on your congresspsychos and Senators, people!

  3. 36 ulster says:

    I believe there’s still a Gurdjieff discussion group here in the Midwest…

  4. The science-fiction classic we all read was Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, which might serve as another analogy. Our empire is collapsing — we can predict that with certainty now — but in our timeline, unlike Asimov’s, nobody has established a Foundation at the edge of the galaxy. There is no place to preserve what we have, and no reason to predict that there will ever be a rebirth. “We are doomed.”

    • Agree: Polistra
  5. mijj says:

    why are you picking on General Semantics? .. what did general semantics do to you?

    yes .. freud was fraud. No one takes his stuff seriously.

    But why call General Semantics pseudo science? .. this feels akin to calling some idea or other you don’t like a “Conspiracy Theory”.

    The only bit of General Semantics i remember is “the map is not the territory”. And that’s sound. Dont confuse the model with the thing. The bit of reality being modelled will always be more sophisticated than the model. No matter how good the model. )

    My instinct is to suspect General Semantics has been smeared to chase folk away. Maybe there’s some dark reasoning in there that we shouldn’t exercise.

    I’d like to know more about why the “pseudo science” tag has been applied. Is it because other establishment folk have said so, and so the smear is lazily repeated?

  6. Good, balanced article Mr D.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  7. unwoke says:

    .”But by noontime, when the sun of Woke Triumphalism reaches its zenith, nothing of Trumpism will remain; all will be forgotten.”

    Nothing? All those 75 million voters whisked off to the gulag of ‘woke’ re-education camps? All those 3oo federal judges permanently disbarred? Mitch McConnell & Mitt Romney signing up millions of new cheering Republicans? Unity breaking out all over America? January 6th’s Capitol Hill love-in down the memory hole? By High Noon ,’Woke Triumphalism’ & ‘Trumpism’ will face off on Main St. to see who’s quickest on the draw? Gary who?

  8. I agree that the Trump Presidency was a failure, and Trump was largely a disappointing President for the reasons you cite. Trump squandered a lot of opportunities while wasting a lot of time on twatter.

    Having said that, Trump is the bravest politician of our time, as demonstrated by stepping into North Korea knowing full well a kill-shot could have come from either side.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  9. polistra says:

    Trump’s “orders” were carefully crafted to be meaningless. Every “order” tells agencies to stop doing X unless they really WANT to do X. The agencies obeyed for about two months after Trump was inaugurated, then figured out the trick and resumed normal operations. Trump was a complete and total fake.

    None of this should be a surprise if you paid attention to the DNC leaks in 2016. The leaks showed that Trump was hired by DNC to serve as Pied Piper, and that’s exactly what he did for four years. Led the Deplorables out of the woodwork so they could be identified and exterminated. His grand finale, the “violent insurrection”, was a classic reality show final episode. All the plot elements were revealed and exposed.

    • Replies: @f rps
  10. The working people that keep the US functional are systematically being suffocated, starved and beaten by the people that produce nothing but legal paperwork.

    Instead of leaning hard on your congresspsychos and Senators, start a work slowdown across the entire country. It’s your labor they desperately need, not your useless votes or letters to people that don’t give shit about you.

    Throw sand into the gears that keep the country afloat. If they want to slowly kill you, return the favor by stopping the production of goods and services so that all the people realize that there is power in numbers regardless of laws designed to take away your natural rights.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Daniel H
  11. Catdog says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I’ve had similar thoughts regarding Foundation. Our only trouble is finding an “edge of the galaxy” on this tiny planet where we could hide out long enough to establish ourselves.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  12. dearieme says:

    Had I been American I’d have voted for Trump rather than Hillary. But when I opened a bookmark file for him I named it Trumpy McTrumpface. Clearly I didn’t expect much from the Orange Oaf.

    In summary: no new wars, good. No border wall, bad.

  13. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    The working people that keep the US functional are systematically being suffocated, starved and beaten by the people that produce nothing but legal paperwork.

    Yes, there are two economies in this country. The industrial economy and the rentier economy

    It’s your labor they desperately need, not your useless votes or letters to people that don’t give shit about you.

    Since the Deep State and its minions are incapable of self-sufficiency, a reasonable way to defeat them would be to isolate them…blockade their sustenance. Most of the Deep State and their minions are denizens of large cities…they produce nothing of value. The people who actually do productive work…those deplorables of flyover country could cut off their power, water, food and, products from outside.

    The central overwhelming issue in Western Civilization is not racial warfare…but class warfare. Class warfare is being waged against ninety-nine percent of Western Civilization by avaricious, power-hungry people… who are actually less than one percent of the population. The main quest of these elitists is power…control. Elitists do not covet wealth so they can have nice things…wealth is a tool to acquire power and control.

    While it is true that the different races tend to occupy different social classes…the only interest the elites have with racial issues is using them to strike discordance between the races to facilitate their control. The enemy of the ninety-nine percent is the elitists and their minions.

  14. KenH says:

    Without a doubt Trump was better than Hillary Clinton and would be much preferable to illegitimate Joe Biden. But IMO Trump couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted to be the president or a reality TV star just playing the role of president. He was attacked, thwarted and obstructed by both parties but he also picked meaningless fights with people on twitter, even with people in Congress who supported him like Thomas Massie.

    Trump surrounded himself with snakes like is Jewish son in law Kushner and other swamp creatures that he vowed to drain but which drained him.

    Trump did good things but like Derb says most of them won’t be lasting and by the end of 2021 if not sooner it will be like Trump was never in office because he never scored major legislative victories on any of his signature issues like immigration.

    On the minus side of the ledger Donald Trump’s presidency destroyed the political careers of Congressman Steve King and Jeff Sessions, two men who are badly needed right now to defeat the horrific amnesty proposal to be presented by Joe Biden. In the case of Steve King Trump did not defend him from the lies concocted by the Jew York Times or stop RNC efforts to unseat him in the Iowa Republican primary which they succeeded in doing.

    Jeff Sessions wanted to win his Senate seat back but Trump trashed him on Twitter and endorsed amnesty supporter Tommy Tuberville. As a result Tubberville went on to defeat Sessions in the Republican Senate primary. Whatever Sessions’ failings as DOJ, he was instrumental in defeating several amnesty efforts from 2006 to 2016 while serving in the Senate. Now we’ve lost him. Thanks Trump! 4D chess is the gift that keeps on giving.

    But like all Republican presidents and administrations Donald Trump was nothing more than a minor speed bump to the radical left wing agenda which is now gaining full steam under Biden and his Jewish handlers and masters.

  15. unit472 says:

    Something about all those troops brought into D.C. Who ordered it? Trump was still president up until noon January 20. Did he authorize it? If not who did. The Secretary of Defense? If Trump couldn’t send the National Guard into Portland or Seattle to quell actual riots how can tens of thousands of National Guardsmen just appear in Washington , D.C. when there was no need for them at all?

    • Agree: Polemos, Mark Hunter
  16. All is great, in this SciFi article, we all love juvenile superscience of that russian VanVoght from Manitoba, Canada, with his Null-A, super-AI machine and masons from the Outher Space running the Earth.

    But sorry, John, but Null-T is already taken, by another russianSciFi guy Stroogatzky , it has nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with Teleportation.

  17. Realist says:

    The World of Null-T—Next Time, We Need A Cadre Who Know Their Way Around

    There will not be a Next Time.

  18. Sean says:

    Professor W. Ian Lipkin was warning the Chinese for almost two decades after the appearance of SARS in 2003 that their live wildlife wet markets were nature’s laboratory for creating novel coronaviruses.

    Why use hack-back tactics when you can drop a nuke on your cyber attackers?According to the draft for the Pentagon’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks. While the Pentagon’s proposed policy change suggests the U.S. should “only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners,” large cyber attacks are considered “extreme circumstances.”

    Having already originated a novel coronavirus pandemic with SARS (which killed a third of the people who caught it) in 2003 and being told by Lipkin they ought to shut down the live wildlife wet markets if they wanted to avoid creating a new disease and pandemic, China was insouciant and did nothing

    The incubation period for Covid-19 is average time is 5-6 days. and the pandemic was well underway by mid-January. On February the 27th, Trump said he’d been told by Xi that the spread of infections in China had been declining for two days. Xi must have deliberately misled Trump about what was heading his way. If China had been given to understand that the culpably reckless creation and disimulating about the seriousness of a pandemic that would kill hundreds of thousands (possibly a hundred million) of Americans would entail thermonuclear retribution, then Trump would have won his second term, and like Roosevelt when he was re-elected, the legal and other establishment opposition would have acquiesced in the changes the settled will of the people wanted.

    ECONOMIC NEWS DECEMBER 24, 2019
    Trump says he and Xi will sign China trade deal
    By Reuters Staff

    Trump thought he had a deal with Xi, and made the fatal error of trust. You simply cannot do that with a foreign government that viewed on its behavior toward animals and humans it keeps in caged (Xinjiang) is run on a basis distinct from liberal individualism and business priorities. Aristotle said the comedic is men portrayed worse than they are while tragedy is them made to look better. John Gotti opined that people go to the circus to see lions and tigers, not clowns.

    Biden is going to throw money at climate change (“environmental justice”), which will result in giving technology to the Chinese, encouraged to appropriate by eager Western investors. Buffet made 600% on a Chinese firm making electric buses sold to the US cities subsidised by US government environmental grants. China is depleting the world’s seafood stocks with a quarter of a million fishing boats (those are going to enter into future naval considerations). Chinese emissions will peak before 2o25, while the Paris Accords that Biden has signed up to were predicated on their emissions peaking in 2030. The burgeoning of already gigantic Chinese cities will though a well known scaling phenomena in and of itself create a massive boost to all kinds of economic activity. Factor in 5G and the growth will be exponential.

    Eric Schmidt predicted in 2015, “The internet will disappear. There will be so many IP addresses… so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with, that you won’t even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time.”

    In regard to Taoist thought, philosopher John N. Gray said: “The freest human being is not one who acts on reasons he has chosen for himself, but one who never has to choose.” It seems that as Rob Spalding said he has been told by Western billionaires, the Chinese have a better model.

  19. @Realist

    the only interest the elites have with racial issues is using them to strike discordance between the races to facilitate their control.

    Reacting negatively to another race is just so easy. The elite does exactly as you say: they don’t want poor blacks (who get no benefit from affirmative action) to see common economic issues with poor whites and poor Hispanics. It takes a long time to learn this lesson, but hopefully we all learn it eventually.

    The upper middle class whites who have thrown the lower classes overboard in hope of mercy from their masters are going to get quite the lesson, soon.

    • Replies: @Realist
  20. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @mijj

    why are you picking on General Semantics? .. what did general semantics do to you?

    yes .. freud was fraud. No one takes his stuff seriously.

    But why call General Semantics pseudo science? .. this feels akin to calling some idea or other you don’t like a “Conspiracy Theory”.

    Meanwhile, Derb shows his total ignorance in the field of logic by endorsing the bad old Aristotelian logic which is useless and fundamentally flawed.

    We’ve not yet given up on Aristotle‘s logic, but we have, for better or worse, moved on from Trump’s Presidency.

    Wut? We haven’t??

    Bertrand Russell on Aristotelian logic:

    “…the beginner in logic is still taught the doctrine of the syllogism, which is useless and complicated. If you wish to become a logician, there is one piece of advice which I cannot urge too strongly, and that is: Do NOT learn the traditional formal logic. In Aristotle’s day it was a creditable effort, but so was the Ptolemaic astronomy. To teach either in the present day is a ridiculous piece of antiquarianism.”

    –Russell, Bertrand. “The Art of Drawing Inferences.” The Art of Philosophizing and other essays. (New York: Philosophical Library), 1968

    One of the greatest logicians of the latter half of the 20th century, Peter Geach, spells out why Aristotle’s logic is fundamentally flawed in his A History of the Corruptions of Logic (Leeds University Press, 1968). https://archive.org/details/historyofcorrupt0000geac

    Geach rejected the Aristotelian logic of terms—terms being items capable of being a subject in one proposition and a predicate in another. Aristotle, Geach said, was logic’s Adam, and the doctrine of terms was his Fall. Aristotle’s logic is fundamentally flawed due to this two-name theory of predication.

    It’s puzzling that someone like Derb who fancies himself as amateur mathematician would be so ignorant about the field of logic.

    • Replies: @jamesc
  21. @Realist

    In the war on the deplorables, the elites control all branches of the FederalGovernment, the media, the military, the corporate power structures, and most importantly the Fed and the profits to be gained from issuing the global reserve currency.

    By making the Deplorables poor and not cutting them in on the goodies, they’ve left few things to take away from them, except their lives which the Deplorables seem to be ending for despair anyway. The Deplorables are broke, disparaged, demoralized, but they also make up the cannon fodder in the military, they have operational experience in the Regime’s wars, they’re well armed, and they drive the trucks that supply the elite’s cities. The elite is right to fear them: coordinated action and they can collapse the system within a month. Preventing the formation of that understanding is THE key issue for the media now.

    • Replies: @Realist
  22. jamesc says:

    From my perspective as an observer, thousands of miles away from the US, John Derbyshire seems to be someone who has invested in an idea of Trump, which bears little relation to any kind of reality.

    Trump managed to persuade many that, all appearances to the contrary, he was a man with some higher purpose.

    Now, when Trump has left office with no achievements and a trail of disasters, Derbyshire ponders what it was that he was so excited to have voted for.

    I do understand why people wanted there to be a Messiah, but deciding that it was Trump – well, that is hard to credit.

    • Agree: jamie b., utu
    • Replies: @Cauchemar du Singe
  23. jamesc says:
    @Anon

    Yes, I agree. Robert Anton Wilson said some very interesting things about GS. He trained himself to write and, later, to speak without using the verb ‘to be’. The effect was to change his way of thinking from being to doing – no more ‘I am this’, ‘You are that’. Instead, ‘I do this’, ‘You do that’.

    Regards, jamec

    • Replies: @utu
  24. Anon[240] • Disclaimer says:

    Back in 2008 Nancy Franklin wrote in The New Yorker a post-mortem of Hillary’s loss of the 2008 nomination to Obama. She wrote that what Hillary had needed was to spend 15 minutes a day with an apolitical person. Her article stressed Hillary’s galling style, so I think Franklin was being tactful, and what she meant was 15 minutes with a non-galling person. I am doing this from memory but I think I have it right.

    Trump, like Hillary, lacked what psychologists call “intra-personal intelligence.” He was unable to self-assess, and recognize that he needed the relevant 15-minutes-a-day person to correct flaws that were inimical to the competent performance of presidential responsibilities. (Actually, I think 15 minutes is low, by an order of magnitude.)

  25. @mijj

    The only bit of General Semantics i remember is “the map is not the territory”.

    Typical of such nonsense. Nobody – not one person – in the history of mankind has even made that mistake, and only a teenager would find profundity in such utter banality.

    • Replies: @utu
  26. Speaking of null results…

    “As a historian and writer on metaphysical topics, I have spent time among fraudulent mediums, and I share Randi’s outrage at their manipulations. I have no issue with his or others’ targeting of stage psychics and woo-woo con artists — I join in it. But Randi made his name, and influenced today’s professional skeptics, by smearing the work of serious researchers, such as Rhine, who, in founding the original parapsychological lab at Duke with his wife and co-researcher Louisa, labored intensively — and in a scientifically conservative manner that reverse-mirrored Randi’s work—to devise research protocols for testing psychical phenomena.

    “In one of Randi’s freely distributed classroom guides, he misleadingly stated that Rhine had reported only positive results in his ESP trials. In fact, in the early 1930s, when Rhine’s lab opened, it was standard practice in the behavioral and life sciences to discount experiments with null or negative results. But Rhine was one of the first academic researchers to recognize this common practice as a problem, and then to explicitly reject it. By 1940, with the publication of Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years, Rhine’s lab took a leading role in reporting all results, positive and negative, ahead of the curve of other researchers.

    Randi’s contemporaneous parapsychology skeptics, including science writer Martin Gardner and University of Oregon psychologist Ray Hyman, differed from Randi’s uncritical dismissals by offering qualified respect to Rhine and his protégé Charles Honorton, with whom Hyman co-authored a paper validating Honorton’s research methods. In a moment of intellectual probity, the skeptic Gardner wrote of Rhine in his 1952 book Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science: “It should be stated immediately that Rhine is clearly not a pseudoscientist to a degree even remotely comparable to that of most of the men discussed in this book. He is an intensely sincere man, whose work has been undertaken with a care and competence that cannot be dismissed easily, and which deserves a far more serious treatment.”

    “To Randi, such moderate tones were alien. When criticizing the parapsychological research of University of Arizona psychology professor Gary E. Schwartz, for example, Randi repeatedly accused the researcher of believing in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy, and taunted him with the Trump-worthy sobriquet “Gullible Gary.” Randi showed no compunction about brutalizing reputations and ignoring complexities. Indeed, Randi showed willingness to mislead the public about testing certain paranormal claims — while simultaneously touting his “results” and trashing reputations. ”

    https://boingboing.net/2020/10/26/the-man-who-destroyed-skepticism.html

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
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    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1613-catherine-austin-fitts-on-the-state-of-our-currencies

    James Corbett deserves your time and attention. He’s one of the few voices actually elucidating what’s going on AND how to fight back. If you don’t know who Catherine Austin Fitts is, then you’re missing out on a real thorn in the side of the globalists.

    We can all piss an moan about what’s going on via this forum, but it takes action to change the direction, not just of the US, but of the entire world. TPTsB are near completing their technocratic utopia by locking us all in a cage via their control of ALL of what is considered money. If we allow it to happen, all that’s left is suicidal violence as the last act of defiance.

    • Replies: @Realist
  28. Realist says:
    @TomSchmidt

    The upper middle class whites who have thrown the lower classes overboard in hope of mercy from their masters are going to get quite the lesson, soon.

    The sooner the better.

  29. Realist says:
    @TomSchmidt

    In the war on the deplorables, the elites control all branches of the FederalGovernment, the media, the military, the corporate power structures, and most importantly the Fed and the profits to be gained from issuing the global reserve currency.

    That is correct.

    The Deplorables are broke, disparaged, demoralized, but they also make up the cannon fodder in the military, they have operational experience in the Regime’s wars, they’re well armed, and they drive the trucks that supply the elite’s cities. The elite is right to fear them: coordinated action and they can collapse the system within a month. Preventing the formation of that understanding is THE key issue for the media now.

    Why anybody joins the military is beyond me.

  30. f rps says:
    @polistra

    Trump’s character has been evident for allot see. He did a superb job of buying an additional f our years for the Satanic Talmud followers by lulling many concerned but oblivious Americans in to thinking that he was an American ” Constitutional ” Patriot. A great Actor and lots of fun to watch; but other than his absolutely ” Non Racist ” Core…..and his proclivity for Adult Babes ; sans any Pedophilia leanings…..He is Humanoid Scheisse from head to toe. The lever used to control him happens to be his debts; which are owned by ” so called Jews ” {not really ” real” Jews}.

  31. we still have 26,000 troops in South Korea, although no-one can tell me why.

    South Korea is a U.S. colony.

  32. @KenH

    Jeff Sessions wanted to win his Senate seat back but Trump trashed him on Twitter and endorsed amnesty supporter Tommy Tuberville. As a result Tubberville went on to defeat Sessions in the Republican Senate primary. Whatever Sessions’ failings as DOJ, he was instrumental in defeating several amnesty efforts from 2006 to 2016 while serving in the Senate. Now we’ve lost him. Thanks Trump! 4D chess is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Thank you, Ken! That’s the vindictiveness I was talking about, or the best example of it I know. There was no call for that behavior, no matter what the deal was with Sessions recusing himself, etc. This was a lose/lose move. Smart people don’t make moves like this. Only people with the emotions of 14 y/o school girls undergoing their first periods make moves like that.

    I never expected 4D chess, and I could put up with a decent amount of bullshitting from the guy, but just common sense and leadership was all we needed out of him. That was lacking. Tweeting about personal slights was apparently more important.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks, KenH
    • Replies: @unit472
  33. @Catdog

    People talk about “separation” on some of the blogs on this site (iSteve and Audacious Epigone, for example.) They constantly push the idea of another confederacy that only wants to live apart from “The United States of America.”

    Well, the first time such a confederacy was tried, you know the result. Does anyone seriously think it would go better, if not much worse, this time? LOL.

    This commenter and his wife may someday escape to Transylvania, of all places, where we actually own a home and where White people are still welcome. I am old enough now to imagine my grave and my epitaph in her family’s plot there, and I actually think that would be kind of a cool “fuck you” to the Confederacy of Dunces I left behind.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  34. Yeah, maybe. Some Trumpists at the very highest levels would have been better, though.

    A little civics lesson that all should be aware of. Not the saccharine myths fed to high school students and naive politics majors but an important fact to keep in mind for anyone aspiring to end “politics as usual”.

    I gave up hope on an effective Trump administration within a month of his inauguration, after I learned that his transition team had apparently never heard of, let alone read or used the so called Plum Book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Government_Policy_and_Supporting_Positions.

    This is basically an organized list of all the senior level positions in the federal bureaucracy, whose incumbents can be fired and replaced at will by an incoming administration. A competent transition team, whose goal was truly to “drain the swamp”, would have studied this document assiduously, vetting appropriate replacements for every single listed position. Had Trump’s transition team planned them and Trump’s administration implemented them, these replacements, might have rid the higher levels of the federal bureaucracy of many incompetent, dangerous and even evil people. Just as important these replacements could then have proceeded during their terms in office, to infiltrate the lower ranks of the bureaucracy with new and trustworthy hires.

    This opportunity has vanished. I fear it may never return.

  35. unit472 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Sessions allowed HIS department to be hijacked out from under him by those running the coup. That put Rod Rosenstein and Mueller’s prosecutors in effective charge of the DOJ. Trump and the people of Alabama had seen quite enough of the ineffectual weakling Sessions and his sort of RINO republicanism cost us the Senate.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  36. @mijj

    From having read many of Mr. Derbyshire’s mathematical works, I suspect that he has a far better grounding in logic, in particular its more modern manifestations than those who are criticizing his passing reference to Aristotlean logic.

  37. Safenow says:

    “Why anyone joins the military is beyond me.”

    Semper paratus.

  38. Daniel H says:
    @RoatanBill

    The working people that keep the US functional are systematically being suffocated, starved and beaten by the people that produce nothing but legal paperwork.

    Instead of leaning hard on your congresspsychos and Senators, start a work slowdown across the entire country.

    The key is the trucking industry, both local and long haul. Coordinated action by truckers could bring this country to it’s knees within 1-2 weeks. A coordinated action, doesn’t even have to be nation, could be regional, would bring panic, terror and chaos to this country. And though the truckers would lose out on their salary for the length of duration, they could not be dismissed. There are no replacement. There are no scabs. They couldn’t even bring them in from abroad. It takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks to train/license/background check/drug check a driver. Where is our Jimmy Hoffa?

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  39. @Daniel H

    The working people of the US need to learn from some of the Europeans about staging a work stoppage. As you say, if done en masse, there’s no way to fire these people because the number of replacements can’t be found. Unions would stand by their members and the pols can’t afford to piss off large blocks of single issue voters.

    In Europe, farmers and truckers routinely drive their tractors and big rigs on the major roads snarling traffic to protest what they see as unreasonable gov’t policies. I’ll admit that in more normal circumstances, I’d be against inconveniencing others, but we’re getting to a serious point of tyrannical activity now and a serious situation requires a serious response.

    With the proper word of mouth advertising to get the general public educated, especially the millions that feel they no longer have a voice since their votes were nullified, there would be support and probably office workers joining in to protest what’s going on.

    In time, I think Biden and the Dems in general, have bitten off way more than they can chew. The Repubs are complicit by their lack of back bone. People are still thinking things over and as more and more people lose their savings and jobs, more will feel no affinity towards the entirety of the political class.

    Violence is the deep state’s forte. Let them start the violence. With more guns in the country than people, if they want violence they’ll get their share of push back. Street cops in particular will be the first to feel the sting and they’ll quit to not become a target and a statistic.

    The national guard and military might be on the side of the pols for a while, but when the grunts finally wake up to the fact that their relatives are getting screwed, they’ll join the resistance. All it takes is one spark to set this whole thing off and the pols are doubling down right now thinking they’ve won, when they’ve just lit the fuse on a powder keg they engineered via hubris.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
  40. @unit472

    Unit-472, I did not pay attention much to that whole 3-year-long Russia collusion bullshit, because my perspective had me quite confident it was a waste of my time. I will take your word for it that Sessions was a weakling in the matter. However, that’s not my point here (and likely not KenH’s point either).

    I don’t watch TV and even during the time of Donald Trump’s reality show, and all I remember was a couple of snippets of 15 sec ads with the tagline “ya fired!”. So, seeing as Trump based that TV show advertising on firing people, could he not have thought about firing Jeff Sessions from month 6 or so? (I do recall that the recusement business was early on, right?) Even that’s not my real point.

    Once Jeff Sessions was no longer AG, and he was running again for Senator from Alabama, why did Donald Trump feel the need to get involved in the primary? The problems before were water under the bridge. Jeff Senator had an A, maybe even an A+ rating from VDare (or FAIR, maybe?) for his record on immigration control. Tommy Tubberville was a football coach with NO such record. Instead of letting it go, with at least a Senator Sessions helping his strategy for immigration control (if he had anything like a strategy), Trump got involved in the primary election against Jeff Sessions, who lost. That is not leadership but woman on the rag territory there.

    Not this example, but this kind of behavior and emotion, led Peak Stupidity to wonder in the summer of ’19 “Is Donald Trump a woman trapped inside a man’s body?”

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  41. @RoatanBill

    “With more guns in the country than people, if they want violence they’ll get their share of push back.”

    There is a serious flaw in this argument. The people of the Right, in general, are all about defending their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, ostensibly as protection against a government encroachment on freedom. Yet at the same time they are major supporters of law and order — Back the Blue, Support our Troops, etc., — and represent a majority of rank and file police and military. So when the Harris administration becomes intolerable, leading to actual violent push back, it will be a case of the Deplorables against the Deplorables. Will the police and military throw down their weapons and join the protesters? It didn’t happen on January 6 when our government was stolen from us.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  42. Cato says:

    Imagine if Trump had had the oratorical gifts of Tucker Carlson. He would have easily cowed both Democrats and hostile Republicans; he would have been able to create momentum toward his agenda. And, for Tucker, I think it would have sincerely been his agenda, something he believes in, and not something picked up by focus group reactions or applause volume on the campaign trail.

  43. @Joseph Doaks

    There’s an old saying about hitting a mule over the head with a 2×4 to get his attention. To a large extent, the average person is the mule and has been getting hit repeatedly for decades and apparently hasn’t yet learned that the police and military are not their friends. When it becomes personal and impossible to hold on to the back the blue and thanking murderers for their service nonsense, the only alternative is to actually look at the ugly truth which is what they’ve been denying. It’s when they have no other option but to see clearly they have become the targets of their heroes that their awakening will occur.

    I suspect that Trump voters are currently reevaluating their positions with regard to state worship and the agents of the state. I further suspect that the new administration will attempt an underhanded gun grab, by increasing taxes on ammo and all things weapons related plus go after the gun and ammo manufacturers via the banks to cancel accounts or just bankrupt and nationalize these businesses and declare them suppliers to gov’t only.

    What was once unthinkable can now be included not just in the possible, but also in the probable. Should such moves be made or any laws passed to confiscate weaponry currently legally owned, that just might be the last straw. I’d hate to be a cop knocking on someone’s door with a piece of paper authorizing the theft of an individuals property in the form of a weapon because some asshole politician made it a law against the people’s best interests. The political class is fostering an environment of lawlessness with every new encroachment they dream up.

  44. Imagine all of Trump’s campaign promises, bluster, etc, coming out of Jared Kushner’s mouth instead of Trump’s. It would be an obvious fake, a Jew mocking us, a Seinfeldian version of Trump.

    Effectively, that is just what we got. Jared Kushner was President, so everything Trump said was a joke and a mockery of the gentiles.

    • Replies: @Cauchemar du Singe
  45. As for DACA and work permits, Trump may have learned quickly that major GOP donors, Koch, Inc. for instance, rely on that program as a source of cheap labor that won’t be fussy about working and living conditions.

    Trump was going to be different and drain the Swamp. Right away Trump appoints major league swamp creatures to his cabinet, Goldmanites and West Point Mafia.

    No wonder that the illegal wars continued along with trillion dollar giveaways to the Banksters.

  46. @Realist

    Why anybody joins the military is beyond me.

    I get this yet for some the military might be seen as a last resort. When our sons had completed high school and were exploring options I strongly discouraged them from considering the military. I told them I did not want them dying for empire or Raytheon. Thankfully neither one ever considered the armed forces.

    • Replies: @Realist
  47. onebornfree says: • Website

    J. Derbyshire said: “I personally loathe and despise our managerial state with all its corruption, lies..”

    Yes, but do you understand that corruption and lies are the unavoidable, primary, end-product of _all_ states?

    I suspect that you, like most others, still do not understand that, and will continue to live in the childlike, naive denial that 100% guarantees even more/bigger government, more laws, more taxes, more wars, and much less freedom for the private individual .

    Trump failed because he [ like yourself, apparently], never understood the true ,underlying, fundamental, entirely unchangeable, nature of _all_ states.

    It remains obvious to me [and was obvious to me back in 2015 when he first announced his candidacy] , that Trump would fail, simply because of his own complete [and still ongoing] childlike naivete concerning the true nature of all states/governments past, present, or future; a childlike naivete shared equally by all of his many supporters , including many who should have known better; a childlike naivete shared by practically _all_ of those active in the political arena, regardless of political leanings “left”,”right” , “center”, or “libertarian”.

    I see no possible progress for humanity as a whole until at least 5-10% of the population truly wake up and understand and come to terms with the true nature of all states/governments, past ,present, or future , and thereby seek to solve societys problems [whatever they might be] via other, purely voluntary, means , and therefor move to either completely abolish their own governments, or, at the very least, as a stopgap, drastically reduce their size/powers.

    As Mencken correctly said: “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic”

    On the fundamental nature of all government/states past present [or future]:

    “The State is a gang of thieves writ large – the most immoral, grasping and unscrupulous individuals in any society.” Murray Rothbard

    “Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class.” Albert J. Nock

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.” onebornfree

    See [my own]: ” You,Trump,Sanders Etc., Vs “Dictator Syndrome”
    https://onebornfree-mythbusters.blogspot.com/2015/08/

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  48. Daniel H says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Well, the first time such a confederacy was tried, you know the result. Does anyone seriously think it would go better, if not much worse, this time? LOL.

    5G warfare. There will be no Pickett’s charge.

  49. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    We can all piss an moan about what’s going on via this forum, but it takes action to change the direction, not just of the US, but of the entire world. TPTsB are near completing their technocratic utopia by locking us all in a cage via their control of ALL of what is considered money. If we allow it to happen, all that’s left is suicidal violence as the last act of defiance.

    Yes, indeed…something I have been saying for a long time.

  50. Realist says:
    @Enemy of Earth

    I get this yet for some the military might be seen as a last resort.

    There is always a better alternative.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  51. @Realist

    I get this yet for some the military might be seen as a last resort.

    There is always a better alternative.

    No, actually, often military service is the best option for some people.

    My father went from studying engineering at a community college to officer training and engineering college at Cornell — solely because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, his country entered the war, and he signed up for the US Navy.

    He went on to the top level of a Dow Jones industrial company, and I have lived a solidly upper-middle class life as a result, complete with inheritance.

    My father-in-law grew up in a European village without plumbing or heating. He joined the Romanian Army and went on to become a colonel living in a high rise in one of their cities, where my wife grew up. She went on to a mathematics degree at their top university.

    Both of our fathers — and both of us — would never have existed at this socio-economic, and educational, level if not for our fathers choosing military service.

    If you think you or I are somehow separate from serving the powers that be, you are mistaken. Like you, I shunned the military. Funnily enough, though, some of my best friends in college were US Navy ROTC men. Good guys all.

    It is easy to criticize people for their choices in life when you have your own and when you have not faced the same circumstances they did. I say this to you with respect, not at all mockingly or sarcastically. I too do not like the way things are, but I know they have always been this way.

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @europeasant
  52. Realist says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Your examples do not rule out better choices.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  53. @TruthRevolution.net

    Regarding the Kritarchy, has Derbyshire already given up on Trump’s conservative Supreme Court? I do not blame them for refusing to take up any election challenges. Their personal safety and the safety of their children (Coney Barrett has 7 who are still minors) no doubt overrode any quixotic quest to overturn the stolen election. After all, Trump did nothing to stop BLM/Antifa, so why risk it?

    So, it remains to be seen if the SC will apply the law as written, and overrule the liberal lower courts, plus strike down any of Biden’s Executive Orders of dubious legality. We should give them a chance before we pass judgment.

  54. Tina Trent says: • Website
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Unfortunately, my congresscritter is the reprehensible Doug Collins, a fake conservative empty-prisons/open-borders Koch lackey who lost us the Senate with the help of the unstable Lin Wood and our nefarious State House leader, David Ralston, a faux Republican defense attorney who actually specializes in springing pedophiles by abusing his legislative privilege when he’s not giving nine-figure tax credits to Hollywood executives. Doug has helped turn Gainesville, Georgia into the zip code with the largest per capita percentage of illegal immigrants in the nation. And this trash is what Steve Bannon has been pushing in War-Room. Apparently, Steve left his heart, or his invoice, in Hong Kong. How does helping throw an entire branch of government for his Chinese expat billionaire friends help American workers, again? Maybe the chi-coms are playing him too.

    You don’t need a “Q” to spell conspiracy.

  55. @Achmed E. Newman

    I fail to understand why so many Unz posters still defend Jeff Sessions. Just because he was anti-immigration is not enough to override the knife he put in Trump’s back.

    To whit, before his confirmation as AG, Sessions failed to tell the recently sworn in inexperienced president that he was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigations. If Trump had known, he said he would have withdrawn the Senator’s nomination. Once Trump found out about his subterfuge, he should have fired Sessions on the spot. A strong Executive would have done that.

    Sessions was intellectually ill-equipped for the job anyway, having not practiced law during his two decades in the Senate. I’ve read that his more intelligent and articulate underlings took advantage of his incompetence. Then he pitifully tried to get back in the Senate after he was fired as AG. Trump would have been a fool to endorse him after what Session did to undermine his presidency.

    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
  56. @Realist

    Well all right, “Realist.” Your comments pretty much are “realistic,” and I have recognized that fact. I just wanted to tell the story of people I personally have known well. The best part of all of this is: you and I and everyone else will eventually be dead and it won’t matter one whit what we did.

    This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    — William Shakespeare

    Frankly, my friend, even though you will deny it, we are all “become death, the destroyer of worlds.”

    Do you eat meat, or anything that has to die for you to live? Yes you do, so you too are a killer.

  57. @The Alarmist

    Trump was much safer stepping foot into North Korea than he ever was while out in the open during his many campaign rallies in the USA.

  58. If we are ever again to have Trumpism in the White House, it will need a cadre of Trumpists who know their way around….

    Boomers like John and Steve just don’t seem to understand that elections are over, finished, just like democracy. Sure there will still be “elections”, but votes not cast for the Democrats will be meaningless.

    The only way a patriot is going to take over is by force.

    • Agree: Cauchemar du Singe
    • Replies: @Rex Little
  59. Well, according to the notion that: politics is downstream of culture is downstream of religion and, I believe downstream of the meaning of “Life, the Universe, and Everything,” we shouldn’t expect just one guy to change the world in four years. Maybe never.

    The “tell” of the last four years is that our rulers clearly need a religion to save the planet, and a morality to stamp out systemic racism. Otherwise their lives wouldn’t have any meaning. And they wouldn’t have a reason to order us around. Bless their hearts.

    I’d say that the average American looks at climate change and systemic racism and scratches his, er, cojones.

  60. Realist says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Do you eat meat, or anything that has to die for you to live? Yes you do, so you too are a killer.

    WTF you are equating the military with killing for sustenance. To my knowledge, not many in the military eat the enemies they kill.

    You shouldn’t be drinking on Sunday afternoon.

    • Agree: Cauchemar du Singe
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Ragno
  61. @Buzz Mohawk

    This failed republic and artificial union is doomed, not The People still possessed of spine and balls.
    Guerilla prosecuted civil war, however defined, will lead to Balkanization into Racial/Cultural affinity states and confederations.
    The well administered White states will have debt free currency modeled on that of The Third Reich.
    Orcs and Bean Munchers have already staked out their city states and turf.
    It remains for White Nationalists to do the same.

    I’m reminded of the cultural/political/military split in Viet Nam prior to and during our sticking in of The Company nose some decades ago; one faction holding the cities, the opposition holding the countryside.
    The USSR Breakup analogy only goes so far.
    The states subject to the Bolshevik Marxist Leninist power center in Moscow were mostly ethnically pure and racially distinct; Azerbaijanis were different compared to Czechs, Poles and East Germans.
    That does not apply here.
    Multi-Culti (thanks a pantload Hart/Celler/Teddy K./Reagan/Obama) has Mudded up things, badly, almost everywhere. The breakup will not be according to individual State borders.
    Short Version
    Orcs in Philly/St. Louis/Detroit would be more deranged than they are presently to venture into the rural areas of PA/MO/MI for whatever would motivate them to do that.
    Orcs go in, never come out…disappeared.
    SOCAL Bean Munchers should avoid CA North of Sacramento.
    This also applies to B M Territory in South Texas along The Rio Grande.
    Flo-A Duh Muds and dey kuzzins fum Alabama had better avoid The FL Panhandle West of Tallahassee.
    Bonny Blue NOW…er, after you-know-what.
    The Muds in Pensacola will have to beat dey feets OUT !…and hope to rely on what remains of Federal gibs, an sheeit…or their usual TNB.

    I yearn for all of the above to happen this year.
    Seeing Hillary and about 100…1,000 other rats and snakes publicly executed/taken out would just be a bonus.
    Won’t you help ?

  62. @Realist

    (((elitists))) as in, corrosive, predatory vampire pirate scum…also known as “Globalists”…
    or, Rammers of Tikkun Olam Up Your Shorts…
    that flip from “religion” to “culture” to “race” as the instant situation requires.
    There, fixed that for you.

  63. Similarly with Trump’s rule on federal regulations. It’s a sensible rule. If you want to add a regulation to the seventy thousand pages of the Federal Register, you first have to annul two existing rules.

    It does not work out well, however, if the rules you are deleting may happen to be well conceived and serve the public interests, while the rule that is canceling them out is a blue plate special written directly by the lobbyists serving the paying “Donor” who instigated it.

    The best summation of Trump that I can assemble is –

    Trump was on every side of every issue.

    If you think that was not the case, you either were not paying attention, or are engaging in denial. You could consider whether this was due to the worst assortment of hand-selected aides ever assembled, or simply due to the comforts of a captive house media.
    It is normal to reconsider a variety of issues, its not defensible to flip once given large cash donations or in subservience to Kochs or Adelsons demands. That is full blown malfeasance.

    William Butler Yeats nailed it:

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    His English Cousin –

    Many instances can be produced in which the people have voluntarily increased the powers of their rulers; but few, if any, in which rulers have willingly abridged their authority.

    Besides, it is a truth confirmed by the unerring experience of ages, that every man, and every body of men, invested with power, are ever disposed to increase it, and to acquire a superiority over every thing that stands in their way.

    In a republic, the manners, sentiments, and interests of the people should be similar. If this be not the case, there will be a constant clashing of opinions; and the representatives of one part will be continually striving against those of the other.

    When these are attended with great honor and emolument, as they always will be in large states, so as greatly to interest men to pursue them, and to be proper objects for ambitious and designing men, such men will be ever restless in their pursuit after them.

    They will use the power, when they have acquired it, to the purposes of gratifying their own interest and ambition, and it is scarcely possible, in a very large republic, to call them to account for their misconduct, or to prevent their abuse of power.

  64. @jamesc

    Trump is he that hath gone before, and readied the way for the arrival of The One…
    He that is not yet known.
    Come soon, we are ready.
    There is much to do.

  65. @Realist

    You shouldn’t be drinking on Sunday afternoon.

    Why not? That’s the perfect time for it.

    Thank you for the conversation.

  66. @Buzz Mohawk

    So fucking what ?
    Pick a tomato or a pepper, and kill it.
    Yummy.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  67. @Christopher Chantrill

    YO, Retard Jiggaboo…
    Jam your “systemic racism” up your skinny, dirty BLAK ass…you sub-human turd throwing waste of air, water and square footage.
    Go to the 10 story window…jump.

  68. @Cauchemar du Singe

    Precisely. In the scale of the Universe (God) there is little difference between that tomato and a little person here on Earth. Life kills life in either case. Step back, way back into space, away from this speck you live on, where all your “important” history has taken place, and you will see there is little difference in the eyes of the Universe. Life, any life that we know of, contains death, killing and competition within itself. We have no other examples except in our idealogical imaginations of utopian perfection that does not exist.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  69. Polistra says:
    @TruthRevolution.net

    Another magisterial contribution by Mr Derbyshire.

    No time here to listen to podcasts or radio though.

    Is there anywhere that transcripts may be found?

  70. @Realist

    Gangbangers join the military to become trained gangbangers.
    Illegal aliens join the military (Army) to get a Green Card.
    Poofters and Carpet Munchers join the military…well, you know.
    Espionage agents join the military to become spies and saboteurs.
    Psychos and idiots join the military because they can.
    Negros join the military because they can get 3 hots and a cot without being in prison.They also get to play with guns and knives without getting arrested. They get arrested for rape on Okinawa.

    This ain’t your Granddad’s or Great Granddad’s military, sad to say.
    Now, Patriots are either Lone Wolves or in tight vetted militia or very small cadres immune to infiltration.

    Chinese land forces would do a meat grinder impersonation should it come to that.
    The Carrier Group now in The South China Sea is subject to a hypersonic Carrier Killer missile amusingly named The Silkworm…and top Navy Brass knows it.
    The Corporation reliance on Nuclear Deterrent is beyond Wacky; loss of a few million Chinese would just create more elbow room there, and a dearth of regret and sorrow…as they throw what they have…here.

    Decline of Empire is annoying.

    • Replies: @Realist
  71. @GazaPlanet

    Kushner’s robotic monotone (ref. an older interview with Tucker Carlson) was likely used to hypnotize Trump into assholism and blather and Twitter Thumb.
    Boychik Jared likely did the same to induce the attractive but dim Ivanka into sexual congress.
    Yuk
    I have to go puke now

  72. @Johnny Smoggins

    Sure there will still be “elections”, but votes not cast for the Democrats will be meaningless.

    Get a grip. Democrats stole the election 60 years ago, and there have been four elected Republican Presidents since. (Not counting Ford, he wasn’t elected.) Five, if you count Trump as a Republican.

  73. Realist says:
    @Cauchemar du Singe

    Decline of Empire is annoying.

    Yes, indeed.

  74. @Polistra

    For me I can read transcripts in 15-20% of the time that listening takes, Polistra.

    Except for whichever one is his latest podcast, you can read the transcripts of “Radio Derb” here on VDare. Note on this page – for the 1st link (Jan 22nd), there is no transcript. The rest of the links have a written transcript underneath the podcast controls. (I think he waits about a week or so to publish the transcript each time.)

    • Thanks: Polistra
  75. This was one of those pseudoscientific fads that were popular in the mid-20th century, like William Sheldon’s body-typing, Wilhelm Reich’s theory of orgone energy, Immanuel Velikovsky’s colliding planets, or J.B. Rhine’s parapsychology.

    Derb, I don’t know enough about Reich or Velikovsky to comment, but to claim that Sheldon’s work and Rhine’s parapsychology are “pseudoscientific” puts you in the same category as the HBD deniers you regularly challenge.

    Sheldon was personally an oddball, but his research into the body type / mind connection has been upheld by no less than Aldous Huxley, who was perhaps as intelligent as you. It is now virtually impossible to find a copy of his magnum opus, which has been memory holed. Maybe it reached Fahrenheit 451 because it bordered on HBD!

    As for Rhine, he is no hero of mine, having destroyed 50 years of progress in psychical research by reducing everything to a numbers game and avoiding almost all paranormal phenomena except telepathy and clairvoyance, which can be tested in a lab. But it would be hard to find the slightest variance in his studies from strict scientific methodology.

    It sounds like your mathematically acute mind has no room for anything based on observable evidence and human experience, rather than premises that agree with your world-view.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  76. utu says:
    @mijj

    Why are you picking on General Semantics? But why call General Semantics pseudo science?

    My instinct is to suspect General Semantics has been smeared to chase folk away.

    Jews? They had no reason to like him.

    Korzybski had many profound insights into language and thinking. He provided intellectual apparatus that could be used to fend off against semantically unsound theories and doctrines spawned by the latter day Marxists like those more recently working in gender and race theories.

    Earlier in his life after WWI (1920) wrote a letter, fortunately for him was not publicized, which clearly was anti-Semitic though it was within the range of acceptable opinions what many people then thought and publicly discussed. Here one can find the fragment of the letter:

    http://korzybskifiles.blogspot.com/2014/09/chapter-18-alfred-and-jews-part-2.html

    which he ends with the following sentence:

    “We are in the stage of confusion here, the very existence of the white race is in danger, only vigorous thinking, Mathematical thinking, binding of time standards can save the Aryan race from the semits [sic] and Mongols. ”

  77. utu says:
    @jamesc

    “He trained himself to write and, later, to speak without using the verb ‘to be’. “ = He got it from Korzybski.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Korzybski
    Many devotees and critics of Korzybski reduced his rather complex system to a simple matter of what he said about the verb form “is” of the general verb “to be.”[5] His system, however, is based primarily on such terminology as the different “orders of abstraction,” and formulations such as “consciousness of abstracting.” The contention that Korzybski opposed the use of the verb “to be” would be a profound exaggeration.

    He thought that certain uses of the verb “to be”, called the “is of identity” and the “is of predication”, were faulty in structure, e.g., a statement such as, “Elizabeth is a fool” (said of a person named “Elizabeth” who has done something that we regard as foolish). In Korzybski’s system, one’s assessment of Elizabeth belongs to a higher order of abstraction than Elizabeth herself. Korzybski’s remedy was to deny identity; in this example, to be aware continually that “Elizabeth” is not what we call her. We find Elizabeth not in the verbal domain, the world of words, but the nonverbal domain (the two, he said, amount to different orders of abstraction). This was expressed by Korzybski’s most famous premise, “the map is not the territory”. Note that this premise uses the phrase “is not”, a form of “to be”; this and many other examples show that he did not intend to abandon “to be” as such. In fact, he said explicitly[citation needed] that there were no structural problems with the verb “to be” when used as an auxiliary verb or when used to state existence or location. It was even acceptable at times to use the faulty forms of the verb “to be,” as long as one was aware of their structural limitations.

    • Replies: @Dube
  78. utu says:
    @Felix Krull

    You are not aware that several times a day you in your thinking make the category mistake based on reification that Korzybski encapsulated in “the map is not the territory”.

  79. @follyofwar

    “Once Trump found out about his subterfuge, he should have fired Sessions on the spot. A strong Executive would have done that.”

    We don’t know what conversations occurred between Trump and Sessions, but Session’s decision to recuse himself appears to have been completely appropriate under the circumstances.

    If Trump had fired all the Obama appointees in the Justice Department when he took office, there would have been no Russia collusion hoax and no impeachment. A strong Executive would have done that. Trump has only himself to blame, and his treatment of Sessions was childish and inexcusable.

    • Agree: europeasant
    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  80. Dube says:
    @utu

    The philosopher-president Bill Clinton adduced contingent ambiguities in the meaning of “is.”

    In the case of an Aristotelian proposition, “is/is not” functions as a copula, claiming or denying linkage between two categories. [It] is not [a claim of existence]. The Philosopher however held that nous, or mind, can intuit universals, classes or categories, thus his logic can reveal the structure of reality.

    But oh yeah, the map is not the territory. The multiplication table does not imply the existence of multiplicity. Farmer John may calculate the barrels of apples to arrive at the market, but some might fall from the cart.

    As a boy I was charmed by the writing of A. E. Van Vogt, and awed by his solemn posit of Null-A. Thanks for the reminder, Derb; I hope to revisit that yarn. Korzybski was the chatter of the more sophisticated fans in the mimeo’d and hectographed zines. Isn’t that what got Prof. S. I. Hayakawa elected to the US Senate?

    What next, Dianetics? I think I’ll pour another snifter of Null-A.

  81. MEH 0910 says:
    @Joseph Doaks

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  82. @Etruscan Film Star

    I agree that parapsychology was not a pseudoscience. It just didn’t give much results.

    And Randi & the entire skeptics bunch are not to be taken seriously.

  83. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Buzz Mohawk

    But we remain important to those that love us, and they remain incredibly important to us while we live.

    Such is the truth of our existence, even though fragile and evanescent.

  84. @Buzz Mohawk

    I think it was Macbeth’s view on life, not Shakespeare’s. For Shakespeare, life remained, until the very end – mysterium tremendum et fascinans.

  85. @James O'Meara

    I- as I’ve said- don’t care for Randi & consider most of his enterprise a waste of time. Also, I admire some of his exposures of numerous frauds. But he is essentially a materialist dogmatist, not a genuine skeptic.

    For instance, anyone who is not completely walled off from his mind, has experienced precognition. I did 4 times during 45 years, mostly in dreams, and there is no way it can be explained by delusions, memory gaps, false memory or anything similar.

    Rhine’s experiments were, in my opinion, sterile. Perhaps it couldn’t be better, I don’t know. But his results were disappointing.

    Anyway, to cut this short- Einsteinian 3+1 dimensional cosmos is limited; this is just a fraction of Reality only literally superhuman mind can guess at higher levels of being. I have no doubts about it.

    Be as it may- the field of parapsychology does not seem to me of paramount importance. It is just a reminder we are more than we think we are.

  86. MEH 0910 says:

  87. @Buzz Mohawk

    I too would be stuck in some warehouse job or production line job if it were not for the military. I took the army tests and qualified for all jobs and that’s including finance, computers, electronics etc. If you are not connected then you stand a slim chance of advancing to higher pay and responsibility.

  88. @Christopher Chantrill

    “the “tell” of the last four years is that our rulers clearly need a religion to save the planet, and a morality to stamp out systemic racism”

    Yes let’s start by getting rid of “Affirmative Action” and “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” and quotas etc etc.

  89. Ragno says:

    The World of Null-T—Next Time, We Need A Cadre Who Know Their Way Around

    ‘Next time’…..? Oh John, you’re such a joker. There isn’t going to be a next time, and you know it!

  90. Ragno says:
    @Realist

    To my knowledge, not many in the military eat the enemies they kill.

    Mass African immigration hasn’t begun yet.

  91. Ragno says:

    Doesn’t matter how much of a disappointment, or even an outright failure, Trump was. He legitimately won an election. For some of us – less and less of us every day, admittedly – that matters.

    His successor is wielding power like a banana republic strongman, only minus the fruit salad of self-awarded medals and hotel-doorman epaulets. His most powerful supporters can all agree that it’s a shame to have suffocated truth and fairness in its crib, but what can you do? You simply can’t allow ordinary Caucasians an equal playing field – they simply win too often – plus, they really outlived their usefulness half a century ago or more….after Truman caved, and Manny Celler talked Drunken Teddy into co-sponsoring the White Genocide Act ….and now, sadly, the ugly business of mopping up falls to Generation Eat Me Last. Who aren’t exactly losing any sleep over that grim prospect.

    For a clearer picture of the unequal playing field we are now stuck with, no sooner will Congress pass a bipartisan bill making Dissenting While White a crime worthy of being visited by the Feds, while the Electronic Swamp gets to work erasing any trace that you were ever here in the first place, than the Democrats will be arm-twisting the scared-to-death GOP into defeating – wait for it – any anti-riot bill to raise its head in a state legislature, beginning with Ron de Santis’ Florida. Don’t you just love it? White men become unpeople for gathering together to shout no, even as the orcs we’re ceding America over to arrogate the right to mob violence for themselves alone. By edict!

    I can make common cause with Zombie Joe on one issue, though; readying the country for rule by Communist China, whether by proxy or military occupation. Let’s face it: if we’re going to bow and scrape before mushmouthed orcs so stupid they can only break things and then demand money to repeat the process…..watch our statues toppled and our cities burned, and stutter out “i-it’s g-good you did that! It’s r-real good!”, lest we wake up in the cornfield…… and inform on one another for the crime of laughing at ugly men in wigs and falsies demanding to be called women….well, I think we can all agree that’s some pretty pisspoor “supremacy” we’re practicing. Yellow supremacy may not exactly be to our liking, but they’ll put up with our orcs and deviants for about fifteen minutes, tops, before they send in the earthmovers to ready the ditches for filling. And half a loaf beats going hungry.

  92. @KenH

    Jewish?

    Should be obvious that Obamao is running Xiden on behalf of their boss Xitler.

  93. pyrrhus says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The one fact that John has failed to recognize is that the Republican party was just as hostile to Trump as the Democrats….So complaining that Trump didn’t get legislation passed is just silly…McConnell wouldn’t even allow Trump to make recess appointments…

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