Masks And Mao

When I saw a video of Joe Biden pulling down his mask, coughing into his palm, and then tugging it back on, I felt kinder towards him than I had for a long time. He’s normal! He’s human! He knows it’s all a big joke!

But then I remembered that he wants a national mask mandate and my warm and fuzzy feelings faded.

But hey, if you think national politics is bad, here’s the person who is about to beat the current mayor of Portland in an election:

I bet this makes you see Ted Wheeler in a different light. It’s all about the perspective!

7 thoughts on “Masks And Mao”

  1. “This makes you see Ted Wheeler in a different light.”

    Not really — as a practical matter, this loon COULDN’T be any worse for Portland than Wheeler has been.

    At least she’s showing her true colors and obvious contempt for the voters of Portland up front.


  2. News from your state Illinois:

    The school superintendent in Evanston Illinois has stated that black, brown and LGBTQ students will be able to access in person learning during the pandemic (returning to the school campus) but no other students! So if your child is white, or Asian cisgendered and straight, they will be denied access.

    Evanston is a college town, home to many professors who work at Northwestern University, which hugs the shoreline of Lake Michigan. In 2016, voters supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump here by more than 10 to 1. Last year, the city created a first-in-the-nation reparations fund for Black residents.

    Dr. Horton said he wouldn’t hire a teacher who didn’t support the district’s antiracist agenda and said he doesn’t believe teachers should be licensed by the state if they aren’t trained in antiracism.

    “If you’re not antiracist, we can’t have you in front of our students,” he said.


  3. Haven’t heard rhis before – why people may welcome a social credit system:

    // The [Chinese] state uses the massive data it collects from citizens (via direct surveillance and through data harvested from smartphones and online activity) to figure out what they believe, and to judge all their deeds according to the ruling ideology. This sort of thing appalls most Westerners, but we don’t grasp that many Chinese people actually like it. Why? Read this short piece by a scholar who studied this. Excerpt:

    “The people I spoke to seemed less concerned about giving up some privacy if it meant a significantly higher degree of security and certainty. Many perceived the new social credit system as a national project to boost public morality through fighting fraud and crime and combatting what is currently seen as a nationwide crisis of trust.”

    Indeed, Maoism destroyed social trust in China, rendering it a nation where nobody knows who is trustworthy. The social credit system gives anxious individuals an objective way of determining that.

    Many Americans think that kind of thing would never take hold in America, because we are too individualistic for it. Really? Read David Brooks’s essay. Remember that he said:

    ” The culture that is emerging, and which will dominate American life over the next decades, is a response to a prevailing sense of threat. This new culture values security over liberation, equality over freedom, the collective over the individual. ”

    The above is from this really good Rod’s post :

    Social Trust & Soft Totalitarianism

    Rod also extensively quotes a (paywalled) article from The Atlantic (the site gives 2-3 free articles per month so you may be able to access it):

    America Is Having a Moral Convulsion
    Levels of trust in this country—in our institutions, in our politics, and in one another—are in precipitous decline. And when social trust collapses, nations fail. Can we get it back before it’s too late?
    Story by David Brooks


  4. David Brooks’s article links to a new book by a conservative author you may like. Haven’t heard of it before, but the title sounds interesting:

    A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream Kindle Edition
    by Yuval Levin


  5. “Maoism destroyed social trust in China”

    Just like communism everywhere….

    One interesting take on social credit (by a non-Chinese who knows the country and has a well-documented dislike of the CCP) was that it wasn’t as weirdly Orwellian as many thought. The government can’t and doesn’t want to try to monitor hundreds of millions of people – instead the idea was to try to reign in some of the extremely pathological anti-social behavior that the system has ingrained in people…. The thinking is that if the worst behaving people are shamed publicly then it will encourage people to think twice before engaging in similar behavior.

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