Wokadishu

A devastating monologue on Tucker tonight. Please watch.

But there was comic relief, too. Here are some new names for the Republic of CHAZ:

I vote for Wokadishu, even though that would make more sense in Minneapolis.

Soothing Primitive Minds

Sullivan is correct that intolerance is very real, but he’s wrong that present conditions are “very reminiscent of totalitarian states.” There is a substantial difference between state censorship—enforced at gunpoint—and the professional and social intolerance that dominates illiberal institutions. The East German Stasi would leave your body in a ditch. That’s a different universe of oppression compared to the harms woke America inflicts on its victims today..

Yeah… No. I’m not a specialist on the Stasi but in the USSR there were no bodies in ditches after 1924 and no bodies anywhere after 1953. The society didn’t stop being totalitarian because the purges ended, though.

This obsession with the state as the only possible source of totalitarianism reminds me of the old joke about a WWII partisan who kept blowing up trains 50 years after the war ended.

Yes, the US is infinitely better than Stalin’s USSR. Yippee. That doesn’t mean totalitarian tendencies aren’t very present here. There’s also a lot of ignorance in the quoted analysis. After 1953 Soviet people had no fear of gunpoint or ditches. It was not part of the Soviet reality, and anybody who claims otherwise is an idiot. They were afraid of what that anonymous Berkeley professor (or whoever authored his letter) is afraid of. They were afraid of what I’m afraid of today.

All of these inane and uninformed stories about gunpoints and ditches are meant to soothe primitive minds.

No Censorship

People, I’m not censoring you for disagreement. If your comment isn’t appearing, it’s because you put your email in the Name box and I’m protecting you from getting spammed by not publishing your comment.

I can only edit the name of the commenter and remove the email address at a stationary computer. And I’m not around one.

I’m simply trying to be nice. There’s no censorship here. Either repost the comment or wait until I get home.

However, I also have to warn you that if you try to dox me by mentioning my real name, address or place of work in the comment, the system is set to trash your comments. I never even see them.

External References

A colleague says, “The hardest thing about going up for Full Professor is to get external references. You’ll need several people from other schools who are recognized authorities in your field and who will want to write a narrative about your scholarship. That’s so hard!”

When I was a beginner Assistant Professor, I also found that to be very intimidating. I’m not sociable! I don’t network! I don’t meet people! Nobody knows me!

But now the hardest part of the task for me is to narrow my list to 10 names. There are so many great people to reach out to! You end up knowing people and being known by them without trying. As long as you publish worthwhile stuff, of course.

DiBlasio’s Jewish Question

DiBlasio really has a problem with the Jewish people:

Yes. This is actually happening now!

Bill de Blasio is Welding the gates at the biggest park in the Jewish community, (Borough Park, Brooklyn) So your child shouldn’t try to break in. While Hundreds of thousands of people gathered yesterday at Brooklyn Museum.

#deBlasioMustGo https://t.co/Q02ew5O5nZ

The guy can’t control himself. It’s like a disease.

White Fragility

I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion but Robin DiAngelo’s book is not completely useless. Yes, she’s a hack, a race hustler, and an untalented author with poor writing skills. But there is a kernel of truth in her badly written book. It should have been named “White Upper Middle Class Leftist Lady Fragility,” and it would be a lot less controversial.

The phenomenon DiAngelo describes is real. People like her do feel uncomfortable around African Americans. And that discomfort manifests in weird ways. What is this current moment if not a manifestation of white fragility? This completely overwrought emotional reaction that we are witnessing, what else is it? What Rod described in yesterday’s post, what is it if not fragility in the face of history?

The author and her fans project their discomfort onto everybody else but it’s not any less real because they can’t define it properly. And it’s not only black people they can’t stand to be around. It’s immigrants, it’s working classes, it’s Trump supporters. By God, we’ve been witnessing a massive 4-year-long freakout by the Robin DiAngelos of the world to the fact that they lost an election. I don’t know a better word to describe their reaction than fragility.

The more comfortable and problem-free your existence has been, the less tolerance for frustration do you get to develop. It’s like little kids who never hear the word “no” and the first time their whims aren’t satisfied, they have a massive meltdown. As a mother of a small child, I recognize a tantrum when I see one. These riots are one huge tantrum of the privileged that some unprivileged are using to improve their financial standing either by looting a Nike store or by getting promoted at work.

I think that reading this book is useful because it brings people face to face with the cringing, wriggling, intolerable discomfort they experience. The only way to develop a tolerance for discomfort is to keep experiencing it. So I say, let them. Let them finally realize that they suffer from fragility and it’s deeply annoying to everybody else.

Bottom-feeding

So the new hoax is that the ramp at West Point wasn’t slippery. (I could provide a link but I hate giving CNN any hits). This is the definition of scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Besides, calling attention to the issue of which candidate is more frail doesn’t seem to be extremely smart at this point.

#1 Sign You Are Living with a Russian…

… is that after every YouTube video he watches he says, “You know, after seeing how much this YouTuber enjoys [whatever the YouTuber’s specialty is], I realized that something must be deeply wrong with me if I have no interest for [whatever it is the YouTuber is YouTubing about.]” Then a long discussion ensues of how his life could have gone so completely off the rails that he’s incapable of being like the blasted YouTuber.

Everything is an existential dilemma with the Russians. People who don’t believe in cultural differences should observe me and my husband. We are a pair of walking stereotypes.