What’s next? A beat up old van that has “free candy” written on the side?
The puppy was probably a misogynist anyway…
What’s next? A beat up old van that has “free candy” written on the side?
The puppy was probably a misogynist anyway…
…turn out the lights.
Angelo M. Cordvilla, over at the Claremont Institute, gives an all too accurate description of how America is ceasing to be a Republic, and is mutating into a full-blown Roman-style empire.
“In fact, the 2016 election is sealing the United States’s transition from that republic to some kind of empire.
“Electing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump cannot change that trajectory. Because each candidate represents constituencies hostile to republicanism, each in its own way, these individuals are not what this election is about. This election is about whether the Democratic Party, the ruling class’s enforcer, will impose its tastes more strongly and arbitrarily than ever, or whether constituencies opposed to that rule will get some ill-defined chance to strike back. Regardless of the election’s outcome, the republic established by America’s Founders is probably gone. But since the Democratic Party’s constituencies differ radically from their opponents’, and since the character of imperial governance depends inherently on the emperor, the election’s result will make a big difference in our lives.”
A little mood music:
“The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims – and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.
“The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student’s hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.
“The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read ‘Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.'”
Two of the major contrasts between Leftist thought and conservatism (in the Anglospheric vein) are: Whether human beings are tabula rasa upon which society can writ large vs. the idea that human nature actually exists; and society should reflect an equal distribution of power, wealth, &c. vs. the idea that we should be free to be unequal in our own way. This, to whit, is the difference between equity and essentialism.
What is equity and what is essentialism?
Equity is a term that is increasingly being bandied about by Leftist of a more academic bent. Rather than stress equality, either of opportunity or of results, to those who preach this new gospel of human interaction, people are seen as nothing more than a collection of categories—such as race, gender, sexuality, and such—that must have the proportion of power, wealth, and anything and everything else found in demographic minitude reflected in anything and everything else.
Since a purported confluence of one such declared minitude—the Kyriarchy, consisting of White, straight, male, “cis”, &c. individuals—is blamed for oppressing all others by utilizing intersectional hierarchies to trick everyone else into oppressing everyone else, the doctrine of equity must then decree that the share of power, wealth, &c. of those Kyriarchs be minimized, or even abolished, in order to compensate for their kyriarchical systems of oppression, thus giving everyone else equity in order for the dieu faux Volonté Générale to be a true democracy and reflection of the greater whole.
This is why there is such a push to minimize the perceived size of those with kyriarchical traits: In order to maximize the equity of those who stand in opposition to this miasmic oppression that is Kyriarchy. And to reach this utopian ideal of absolute equity, wherein an Earthly paradise will spontaneously arise, the Left, whether individuals are conscious of it or not, will destroy society… and blame the Kyriarchs for when it inevitably fails, for “nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed“. In other words:
“But, as Cultural Marxism has replaced traditional Marxism, the Left doesn’t just want the poor to be poorer, they wand to destroy all social mores and traditions that lead to happiness and prosperity just because not everyone is partaking of it equally.
“They’d rather the failures fail harder, provided the successful were less successful.”
This thirst for inequality in the name of equity is quickly becoming manifest. When talking to the unremoulded hoi polloi, the now nebulous term “equality” is still used, but the Left are becoming increasingly more likely to substitute this new term and doctrine of Progressive faith in a sign of increasing dominance, nay, of increasing power and privilege. We are seeing it increasingly at college campuses, government bodies, and also private institutions—all of which have an over-equitable amount of wealth, power and privilege. In other words, they feel that:
“Equity derives from a concept of social justice. It represents a belief that there are some things which people should have, that there are basic needs that should be fulfilled, that burdens and rewards should not be spread too divergently across the community, and that policy should be directed with impartiality, fairness and justice towards these ends”.
Equity, then, is a fractal of this pre-categorized demographic magnitude at all levels of social representation, in all manner of things and delineations, with representation in actual effect reflecting the pre-conceived categorizations, with each category of humans reflecting a pre-determined interest and line of thinking. That the Left have squared this circle by concomitantly believing humans to be tabula rasa wherein the dieu faux Volonté Générale, having gained apotheosis, will reflect the spiritually revealed immanetized eschation. Everything must represent this equity, be it enrollment in engineering schools or to distribution of sustenance-level imitation gruel, for once set into perfect and correct thinking and social mores, this nouveau dieu Volonté Générale that is a motile and singular will of the collective humanity becomes an unslayable deity.
In contrast, essentialism is a reflection of the Aristotelian “Law of Identity“, whereby “each thing is the same with itself and different from another”. In other words, “Everything that exists has a specific nature, each entity exists as something in particular and has characteristics that are part of what it is. ‘A’ is ‘A’.” Human being may certainly have free will, and society can evolve, affected by individuals and in turn affecting them in a great interplay of near atomic scale, but humans also have a specific nature the defines how that free will and social interplay manifests itself. This is not to say that human nature can not change or be affected this great social interplay or other factors, but it is an evolutionary change determined by what is conducive towards survival, or destructive theretowards.
The cancer that is “social justice” has been infesting colleges for decades, spreading from department to department, and college to college. Now it has metathesized into is final form: The University of Iowa will be giving out degrees in Social Justice:
“The University of Iowa has become the first school in the state to add a bachelor’s program in social justice to its list of degrees, after its Board of Regents approved the motion Thursday.
“The school already offers a first-year seminar on social justice as well as a ‘Justice for All’ living learning community where students can live and ‘learn about systemic problems in our society.’
“University officials told The Iowa City Press-Citizen that both programs have been so well-received, with full-enrollment in the ‘Justice for All’ learning community, that demand for an actual degree-program on the topic made sense.
“‘The proposed program will appeal to students who want a vocation related to helping others, or careers in government services or the nonprofit sector, but are not necessarily interested in teaching or social work,’ a proposal for the program suggested, noting that there is no ‘specific degree program’ at the university or in the state that provides ‘opportunities in these areas.’
“According to the proposal, the program will be interdisciplinary in nature, since more and more students have ‘expressed a desire to integrate academic work more deeply with anticipated career paths,’ such as social activism work with a non-profit.”
Unsurprisingly, the mandarins on the Board of Regents gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.
“[T] he Board of Regents voted to approve the social justice degree program at its meeting Thursday.”
Since California has solved all other problems—including rape, murder, arson, and rape—their Grand Soviet Legislature has decided to drive out the dairy industry from the state:
“California’s Legislature has approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure – both blamed for releasing greenhouse gases.
“The measure was approved shortly before the end of the legislative session Wednesday after its author, Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, agreed to give dairy farms more time to comply.
“The legislation seeks to reduce methane emissions associated with manure to 40 percent below their 2013 levels by 2030. Methane is one of several gases known as short-lived climate pollutants that don’t persist for long in the atmosphere but have a huge influence on the climate.”
California’s elites are hell bent on driving out agriculture, or even any doubleplusungood industry. It’s almost as if California’s digital oligarchs don’t want the competition to their power and want to preserve their right to fundamentally transform the increasing serf class in California.
Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: LOL “Gender”
First, a little mood music:
Supporting for this genderbending insanity isn’t about protecting children from bullies, but subsuming those very same children into the state:
“While the gay agenda, which is cloaked in civil rights language that makes it hard to challenge, is the leading edge of the state’s desire to control children’s sexuality, Leftists also use the schools to manipulate heterosexual behaviors so as to destroy a child’s physical boundaries. In England, parents were aghast to learn that a school was requiring its first-grade pupils to massage each other. In Iowa (Iowa!), one middle school has abandoned any pretense of traditional morality and, instead, is teaching its eighth-graders ‘how to perform female exams and to put a condom on a 3-D, anatomically correct male sex organ.’ The body is a tool, and nothing more.
“Freud was right when he speculated that sex, perhaps because it is the least easily satisfied human need, may also be the most powerful physical need driving human beings. Freud, however, viewed sexuality through the spectrum of a given individual’s desires. What the statists understand — and have always understood — is that our bodies are the first line in the battle between statism and individualism. If a person is allowed to develop a sense that his body is his own to control, he will never willingly yield to the demands of the state. Only by convincing its citizens that they have no personal autonomy, beginning with control over their own bodies, can a state completely subsume the individual to the bureaucracy.”
The Obama administration has sent out a “guidance” document that cites Title IX (which affects discrimination based on biological sex) to support defenestrating biological sex from the legal world, and replace it with mandatory acceptance of genderbending nonsense.
” Under Title IX, a school must treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex. The Departments have resolved Title IX investigations with agreements committing that school staff and contractors will use pronouns and names consistent with a transgender student’s gender identity.
“Title IX’s implementing regulations permit a school to provide sex-segregated restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, housing, and athletic teams, as well as single-sex classes under certain circumstances.12 When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.13 Restrooms and Locker Rooms. A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.14 A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so. A school may, however, make individual-user options available to all students who voluntarily seek additional privacy.
“Protecting transgender students’ privacy is critical to ensuring they are treated consistent with their gender identity. The Departments may find a Title IX violation when a school limits students’ educational rights or opportunities by failing to take reasonable steps to protect students’ privacy related to their transgender status, including their birth name or sex assigned at birth.25 Nonconsensual disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), such as a student’s birth name or sex assigned at birth, could be harmful to or invade the privacy of transgender students and may also violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).26 A school may maintain records with this information, but such records should be kept confidential.”
Not even the medical necessity of accurately determining the biological sex of a patient in order to “first do no harm” while treating a patient will be allowed to stand in the way of the proffered new truth.
” These regulations threaten the religious liberty, freedom of conscience, and independent medical judgment of health care professionals. And, just as they did in the transgender school policy the Obama administration announced this morning, the administration has created these new Obamacare regulations by redefining ‘sex’ to mean ‘gender identity.’
“By prohibiting differential treatment on the basis of ‘gender identity’ in health services, these regulations will penalize medical professionals and health care organizations that, as a matter of faith, moral conviction, or professional medical judgment, believe that maleness and femaleness are biological realities to be respected and affirmed, not altered or treated as diseases.”
Doctors will no longer be able to practice according to their best medical judgement, because apparently Social Justice Warriors who engage in Gender Lysenkoism are more knowledgeable about the human body than a doctor…
“The regulations will force many physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to participate in sex-reassignment surgeries and treatments, even if it violates their religious beliefs or their best medical judgment.
“Moreover, because they apply so broadly, the regulations will also force employers, individuals, and taxpayers to fund coverage for such procedures even if doing so conflicts with their sincere beliefs.”
O Brave New World…
There is nothing more political these days than cakes.
We have already seen bakers prosecuted for declining to use their personal creative abilities to promote and endorse a same-sex ceremony, yet free to decline to use their personal creative abilities to condemn it… as well as free to support the Islamic State, ironically enough.
The newest controversial statement that at least one baker wouldn’t touch?
A birthday cake that has written upon it “Make America Great Again”.
That’s right, a pro-Trump cake was turned down:
“A Facebook post shared by a Bossier Parish teen is getting a lot of attention.
“It reads, ‘Just left Albertsons. The woman behind the cake counter just refused to make me a birthday cake because I wanted Trump 2016 on it. Did that really just happen.’
“When she and her Mom went to order her cake at Albertson’s on East Texas Street in Bossier City, they weren’t expecting the reaction they got.
“‘We just need an American flag cake with Trump 2016 on it, and right when I said Trump the lady just (makes face) kinda Trump? And she was like I can make you a flag cake but I’m not going to write Trump on it,’ explained [teenager McKenzie] Gill.
“Gill says they decided to take their order elsewhere, and notified store officials.
“‘It’s your job, we’re not really going for your opinion on what you think of the candidates we were just wanting Trump 2016 on the cake.’ “
The excuse they gave was… copyright infringement:
“We apologize to our customer in Bossier City for the situation regarding the cake that was requested. Our Bakery staff member misunderstood the training provided regarding copyrighted phrases, and incorrectly informed the customer we could not fulfill her request. We would be happy to provide the cake as the customer requested.”
Funny how that wasn’t a valid excuse when it came to copyrighted characters like Bert & Ernie…
Iowa has already declared that any church that welcomes non-members to celebrate the congregations faith must surrender their 1st Amendment rights and accepts the state’s own tenants of the social justice faith and abolish the gender binary in their own church.
Did anyone really think that Massachusetts wouldn’t get in on that action?
Massachusetts will require that ” churches must acknowledge transgender ideology or practice their doctrine on human sexuality in secret — putting Christianity in the closet” under their “Gender Identity Guidance” document.
“The guidance specifically mentions churches as falling under the ‘public accommodation’ restrictions against ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender identity: ‘Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public,’ the MCAD explained.
“The restrictions are massive. Any ‘public accommodation’ must allow patrons to use men’s or women’s restrooms — and locker rooms and changing rooms — ‘consistent with their gender identity.’ Such places must also ‘use names, pronouns, and gender-related terms appropriate to employee’s stated gender identity in communications with employee and with others.’
“These are not small asks for churches, Christian schools, and other organizations which operate on Christian principles.”
Not only will churches be required to let men into the girls room, but any religious facility with a changing rooms must allow grown men to be nude and lathered up with pre-pubescent children. Heck, a church will be punished for daring to call a man a man, or a woman a woman!
It only applies to “secular events”… which can be narrowly read as anything that has a secular aspect in addition to a religious aspect.
Clearly, you can practice your faith and believe whatever you want… in the darkened closet of your own private residence… alone.