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Good Little Maoists

S ometimes societies just go batshit crazy. For ten years, 1966 to 1976, China slid into the chaotic maw of Mao Zedong’s “cultural revolution.” A youth army called the Red Guard was given license to terrorize authorities all over the nation — teachers, scientists, government officials, really just about anyone in charge of anything. They destroyed lives and families and killed quite a few of their victims. They paralyzed the country with their persecutions against “bourgeois elements” and “capitalist roaders,” reaching as deep into the top leadership as Deng Xiaoping, who was paraded in public wearing a dunce-cap, but eventually was able to put an end to all the insanity after Mao’s death.

America’s own cultural revolution has worked differently. It was mostly limited to the hermetically-sealed hot-house world of the universities, where new species of hierophants and mystagogues were busy constructing a crypto-political dogma aimed at redefining status arrangements among the various diverse ethnic and sexual “multi-cultures” of the land.

There is no American Mao, but there are millions of good little Maoists all over America bent on persecuting anyone who departs from a party line that now dominates the bubble of campus life. It’s a weird home-grown mixture of Puritan witch-hunting, racial paranoia, and sexual hysteria, and it comes loaded with a lexicon of jargon — “micro-aggression,” “trigger warnings,” “speech codes,” etc — designed to enforce uniformity in thinking, and to punish departures from it.

At a moment in history when the US is beset by epochal problems of economy, energy, ecology, and foreign relations, campus life is preoccupied with handwringing over the hurt feelings of every imaginable ethnic and sexual group and just as earnestly with the suppression of ideological trespassers who don’t go along with the program of exorcisms. A comprehensive history of this unfortunate campaign has yet to be written, but by the time it is, higher education may lie in ruins. It is already burdened and beset by the unintended consequences of the financial racketeering so pervasive across American life these days. But in promoting the official suppression of ideas, it is really committing intellectual suicide, disgracing its mission to civilized life.

I had my own brush with this evil empire last week when I gave a talk at Boston College, a general briefing on the progress of long emergency. The audience was sparse. It was pouring rain. The World Series was on TV. People are not so interested in these issues since the Federal Reserve saved the world with free money, and what I had to say did not include anything on race, gender, and white privilege.

However, after the talk, I went out for dinner with four faculty members and one friend-of-faculty. Three of them were English profs. One was an urban planner and one was an ecology prof. All of the English profs were specialists in race, gender, and privilege. Imagine that. You’d think that the college was a little overloaded there, but it speaks for the current academic obsessive-compulsive neurosis with these matters. Anyway, on the way to restaurant I was chatting in the car with one of the English profs about a particular angle on race, since this was his focus and he tended to view things through that lens. The discussion continued at the dinner table and this is what ensued on the Internet (an email to me the next morning):

On Oct 29, 2015, at 4:37 PM, Rhonda Frederick <rhonda.frederick@bc.edu> wrote:

This is what I posted on my social medias, am sharing with you and your agent.

Yesterday, novelist/journalist James Howard Kunstler was invited to give a talk at BC (see his bio at http://www.bc.edu/offices/lowellhs/calendar.html#1028).

At the post-talk dinner, he said “the great problem facing African Americans is that they aren’t taught proper English, and that … academics are too preoccupied with privilege and political correctness to admit this obvious fact.” No black people (I presume he used “African American” when he meant “black”) were present at the dinner. I was not at the dinner, but two of my friends/colleagues were; I trust their recollections implicitly. Whether Kunstler was using stereotypes about black people to be provocative, or whether he believed the ignorance he spouted, my response is the same: I cannot allow this kind of ignorance into my space and I am not the one to cast what he said as a “teachable moment.” I do think there should be a BC response to this, as the university paid his honorarium and for his meal. Here’s some contact information for anyone interested in sharing your thoughts on how BC should spend its money:

Lowell Humanities Series at Boston College (http://www.bc.edu/offices/lowellhs/about.html)

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Rhonda—

That is not quite what I said.

I said that teaching black Americans how to speak English correctly ought to be the most important mission of primary and secondary education for blacks in order for them to function successfully in our economy. Moreover, I said that anyone mounting an argument against this was hurting the very people they pretend to help.

I stand by those statements.

Your attempt at Stalinist thought policing is emblematic of something terribly wrong in higher education, especially since you were not present.

Jim
James Howard Kunstler
“It’s All Good”

So I was subjected to attempted character assassination via social media by this Rhonda Frederick person — faculty or student, she did not say — who admits to not having been present at the incident in question. This is the new fashion in academia: slander by Twitter and Facebook. It is fully supported by the faculty and administration. While they have been super-busy constructing speech codes and sex protocols, it seems they haven’t had any time for establishing ethical norms in the use of the Internet. As it happened, I offered to come back and publically debate my statements about the benefits of teaching spoken English to black primary and secondary students — they’d have to pay me, of course — but received no reply on that from Rhonda Frederick. I also received no reply from James Smith (smithbt@bc.edu), director of the Lowell Lecture Series, when I emailed my objection to being vilified on the Web by his colleague.

Now, as to the substance of what I said to this table of college professors. I’ve written before in books and blogs about the issue of spoken English and the black underclass, but for the record I will try to summarize some of my thoughts about it (trigger warning).

True, there are various dialects of English among us, but it must be obvious that they have different merits and disadvantages. There is such a thing as standard grammatical English. It evolves over generations, for sure, but it shows a certain conservative stability, like the rule of law. It tends to be spoken by educated people and by people in authority. This implies people in power, of course, people who run things, but also people at large in the professions (medicine, engineering, etc.) and the arenas of business and government. Standard grammatical English tends to be higher status because competence in it tends to confer the benefits of higher living standards.

It also must be self-evident that there is such a thing as a black English dialect in America. With perhaps a few lingering regional differences, it is remarkably uniform from Miami, Florida, to Rochester, New York, to Fresno, California. It prevails among the so-called black underclass, the cohort that continues to struggle economically. Despite its verve and inventiveness, this black dialect tends to confer low status and lower standards of living on those who speak it. In popular mythology and culture, it is associated with violent criminality and other anti-social behaviors. If you don’t believe this, turn on HBO sometime.

I argue that black people who seek to succeed socially and economically would benefit from learning to speak standard grammatical English, not solely because it is associated with higher status and living standards, but because proficiency with grammar, tenses, and a rich vocabulary helps people think better. After all, if you employ only the present tense in all your doings and dealings, how would you truly understand the difference between now, tomorrow, and yesterday? I submit that it becomes problematical. You may not be able to show up on time, among other things.

Some of my auditors have argued that “code switching” allows black Americans to easily turn back and forth for convenience between two modes of speech, black and “white” (i.e standard grammatical English). I’d argue that this is not as common as it is made out to be. Not everybody has the skill of entertainer Dave Chapelle, a master amateur linguist (whose parents were both college professors).

It’s my opinion that American primary and secondary education does not put enough emphasis on teaching standard spoken English to those deficient in it. The pedagogues have been hectored and browbeaten by the hierophants in higher ed not to press the matter. It is not regarded as important (probably because the task seems too painful and embarrassing and may hurt some feelings). The results are plain to see: academic failure among black Americans. (Not total but broad.) Instead, we concoct endless excuses to explain this failure and the related economic failures, the favorite by far being “structural racism” (despite having elected a black president who speaks standard grammatical English).

Now to the touchier question as to why this is. After all, other ethnic groups in America are eager to fully participate in the national life. For example, I gave a talk to a large honors freshman class at Rutgers University a year ago. Due to the current demographics of New Jersey, the class was overwhelming composed of Indian (Asian, that is) youngsters, many of them as dark-skinned as Americans of African ancestry. They had uniformly opted to speak standard grammatical English. They were all succeeding academically (it was an honors class, after all). They were on a trajectory to succeed in adult life. What does this suggest? To me it says that maybe some behavioral choices are better than others and the color of your skin is not the primary determinant in the matter.

Here’s what I think has happened to get us where we are today (second trigger warning). I think the civil rights victories of the mid 1960s generated enormous anxiety among black Americans, who were thereby invited to participate more fully in the national life after many generations of hardship and abuse. (If you argue that this was not the sum, substance, and intention of the Voting Rights Act and Public Accommodations Act of 1964-65, then you are being disingenuous.) However, they were not comfortable with the prospect of assimilating into the mainstream culture of the day. They either didn’t believe in it, or feared it, or despised it, or worried about being able to perform in it.

Many would attribute this anxiety to the legacy of slavery. Can a people get over a particular historical injury? American blacks are not the only group traumatized by circumstance. When do you decide to move forward? Or do you nurse a grievance forever? Anyway, it was not a coincidence that in the mid 1960s a new wave of black separatist avatars arose around the time of the civil rights legislative victories. Malcolm X, Stokely Charmichael, the Black Panthers, to name a few. That was the moment when much of the black population slid into what has become essentially an oppositional culture, determined to remain separate. Language is part of that picture.

The diversity cult of the day is a smokescreen to disguise this fundamental fact of American life: much of black America has simply opted out. They don’t want to assimilate into a common culture — so common culture has been deemed dispensable by the confounded keepers of the common culture’s flame, the university faculty. Much of black America doesn’t want to play along with the speech, manners, rules, or laws of whatever remains of that common culture after its systematic disassembly by the professors, the deans, and their handmaidens in progressive politics — heedless of the damage to the basic social contract. We remain very much a house divided, as Lincoln put it, and he could see clearly what the consequences would be.

Is it racist to try to air these abiding quandaries in the public arena? Apparently so. And why is that? Because of the awful embarrassment of political progressives over the disappointing outcome of the civil rights project. Black news pundits such as Charles Blow of The New York Times constantly call for “an honest conversation about race,” but they don’t mean it. Any public intellectual who ventures to start that conversation is automatically branded a racist. Hey, I couldn’t even have a conversation at a private dinner on the merits of speaking standard English with three college professors whose life-work centers on race. They had a melt-down and used a proxy (who wasn’t even there) to slander me on the Internet.

They are cowards and I am their enemy.

 

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  1. Sandcrab November 2, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Whoa !!!! Best post I’ve ever seen from you. Your credibility with me just went up big-time ! I totally agree with everything you say, for once.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Same here, or almost agree with all he posted.

      ‘It also must be self-evident that there is such a thing as a black English dialect in America.’

      You want them to act White? Talk White?

      • abbybwood November 2, 2015 at 11:52 am #

        I agree completely with Jim.

        The Black Americans I have had friendships with over the years who strove to better themselves through college, being eager to read books etc. always spoke (and wrote) well.

        But those I have met who have resisted higher education (or even attempting to get the most out of high school) appear to either have fallen into a street slang or are simply lazy with the way they even pronounce standard words used in every day conversation.

        How many times have we heard a Black American say, “I need to ax you a question?” Rather than correct them (which one is inclined to do….at least I am), we simply say, “Okay. Ask me a question.”

        “Ax” for “ask” makes me wonder. Did an English teacher tell them to pronounce “ask” as “ax”? No.

        If I meet a Black guy from London he wants to ASK me a freakin’ question.

        But as much as the vast American population wants Black Americans to have all the same opportunities as everyone, somewhere along the line “some” Blacks have either not cared about higher education and putting on their best face/voice/level of grasping higher opportunities, or it appears they have made a conscious choice to not conform to the highest standards needed to be successful in the U.S.

        And don’t get me started on Ebonics!!!

        • abbybwood November 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

          Oh, and by the way, I learned in college to not take criticism personally. That is all my professors did on a daily basis. If I asked a question he/she might say, “Great question! But if you thought it through a little deeper THIS would be an even BETTER question!” And they would continue teaching. Every paper I got back was marked up in red. Good. I was paying that tuition to better myself so I could go out and better market my skills to future employers.

          Even at the ripe old age of 65 I STILL welcome criticism!

          That being said, I think that NOT having honest conversations in a civil society hurts far more than it helps.

          • abbybwood November 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

            In this short speech given by Ashton Kutcher at the Teen Choice Awards, I think he gives the best advise for ALL teens of ALL races to follow. Heck, it is great advise for EVERYONE!:

            m.youtube.com/watch?v=FNXwKGZHmDc

          • cmc November 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

            But what accounts for educated, otherwise well-spoken people of any color who say “ek cetera” and “nukular”?

        • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

          You have no idea what you’re talking about. Nothing you are saying is scientific according to the relevant scientific field of linguistics:

          always spoke (and wrote) “well”

          simply “lazy” with the way they even pronounce standard words

          Rather than “correct” them

          not conform to the “highest” standards

          All those words I put in quotes are value judgments rooted in ignorance, completely uninformed by any linguistic principles. I suggest you educate yourself before embarrassing yourself by getting “started on Ebonics.”

          • abbybwood November 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

            Thanks for the criticism! Appreciate the feedback! 🙂

          • Elizabeth November 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

            Seriously? How old are these people? They sound like my highly educated yellow dog democrat parents in the 80’s saying, “Any language is fine if it communicates.”

            Well, news flash, Ebonics does communicate. It communicates class and education. Watch ESPN sometime. Announcers speak a standard, understandable English. Players being interviewed sound a whole lot more mainstream now than back when teams first began recruiting non-white players decades ago.

            That a BC person chose to attack you and never even heard you is absurd. And she quoted you verbatim second-hand? That is a pretty amazing feat. I don’t believe it.
            I
            Who cares what linguistics says about speech? The reality is can you get a job. I taught school for years and did my best to equip children for their futures.

            Jim, these are stupid, insane times, but you are not alone.

        • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

          BINGO —!!!@@@@

          She teaches ‘Black Studies’ and her office # is here,

          www2.bc.edu/rhonda-frederick/

          • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

            Oh, boy! Now maybe some of JHK’s more rabidly racist fans can email this woman some hateful racist comments and really make JHK look awesome! I’m sure he will love that!

          • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

            ‘Oh, boy! Now maybe some of JHK’s more rabidly racist fans can email this woman some hateful racist comments and really make JHK look awesome! I’m sure he will love that!’

            How is anyone posting here hateful?

            Was the Profs screed about JHK hateful? Or just ignorant?

          • Skip Breakfast November 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

            Well malthuss, Jimmy would have asked for it aye. Lovely bedfellows.

          • Mike Patrick November 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

            The exception I would take with the article is that misuse of the English language is not merely confined to black people. If I hear “I had went” one more time I think I will scream.

        • Simonetta November 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

          The use of ‘ax’ for ‘ask’ shows a reversal of the ‘k’ and ‘s’ sounds. (I don’t recall the phonetic definitions, like bilabial frippative sissiphrant; it’s been 30 years since my college linguistics course). Do the ax’ers make the same transposition for other ‘s’-‘k’ combinations like “masks” to “max” as in the sentence: “I couldn’t see the robbers. They were wearing masks.”
          or “Baskin-Robbins” to “Baxin’ Robbins”?

          • Sean Coleman November 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

            I think it’s called metathesis.

    • Layne November 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      For a while now American universities and prisons have had something in common–at great expense they have both been turning out large numbers of delusionally destructive personalities.

    • massy November 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      My neighborhood is a mixture of Asian and Black families. Every Saturday morning, I see the Asian kids, accompanied by adults, standing in line in front of the public library, waiting for the doors to open. The Black kids, by contrast, are never among them. Why? Digging into this question would be a productive inquiry for Rhonda Frederick, but I don’t think she will ever make the effort because it would be nearly impossible to spin it in a way that would attribute the cause of the Black kids’ absence to “white privilege” or “micro aggression”,

      The stats concerning intact families, according to the kidscount site, stack up by race, from most-intact to least-intact like this: 1) Asian 2) White 3) Latino 4) Black. Interestingly, accomplishments for both education and earnings stack up, according to The Atlantic and MSNBC, in exactly the same order. Coincidence?

      Think of the situation as being a homeowner who has two problems with his house. Problem number one is a leaky faucet. He needs to call the plumber. Problem number two is flames and smoke billowing from the attic window. He needs to call the fire department.
      In this analogy, the plumber will fix ‘micro aggressions” and “white privilege”. The fireman will fix the problem of broken families and a lack of focus on education.
      Rhonda Frederick is on the phone with the plumber.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      Jim Kunstler, look, ‘The Nitwit’ [he hasnt moved to Paris yet?] visiting [of all racist places], BC,

      We welcome another exciting speaker to campus tonight!
      Ta-Nehisi Coates – bestselling author of Between the World and Me, a National Book Award finalist and one of the most talked about books in the United States this year – will speak as part of a partnership event between the Lowell Humanities Series and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

      Due to the overwhelming response for this event, Gasson 100 will open at 6:00 p.m. for seating on a first come, first serve basis. Reserved seating is not permitted. There will be a simulcast space directly adjacent to Gasson 100.

      [the drivel that the book contains has been exhumed at various sites,

      • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

        first to appear at Google,

        The First Rule of White Club – Taki’s Magazine
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        Taki’s Magazine
        Jul 29, 2015 – by Takimag … A city boy’s world is contained within three or four square blocks, and in my world it was the whites, the … The central event in Between the World and Me is the fatal shooting in 2000 of an acquaintance from …
        My review in Taki’s Magazine of “Between the World and Me …
        http://www.unz.com/…/my-review-in-takis-magazine-of-between-the-world-and-...
        Jul 29, 2015 – America’s foremost public intellectual, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has published a new best-selling minibook, Between the World and Me, that’s …
        [TakiMag] Occam’s Rubber Room: Ta-Nehisi Coates & Black …
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        Stormfront
        Sep 16, 2015 – In “The First Rule of White Club,” I reviewed Coates’ best-selling mini-book Between the World and Me about how as a nerdy child he had been ..

        • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

          ‘Jul 29, 2015 – America’s foremost public intellectual, ‘
          Bwaaaaaaaa

  2. harryflashmanhigson November 2, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    Keep on speaking the obvious truth JHK, you will be vindicated in the end!

    I don’t understand what your ‘opponents’ stand to gain from the petty, underhand way they went about seeking restitution for your spouting of the unspeakable heresy of clearly articulating an obvious deficiency in the education of a large part of the US population. Does it reflect badly on them? But it all feeds into the problem of stupid which seems to me pervasive in american life, the deification of the sub-normal and ordinary and the denigration of the exceptional and intelligent(See the election of GWB over John Kerry because most americans felt more comfortable with a bumbling seeming halfwit than a sophisticated ‘French’ Intellectual!).

    The US is in trouble, at home and abroad. This is what the end of empire feels like.

    • ozone November 2, 2015 at 9:00 am #

      Harry,
      I would agree. That leads to a very interesting (and perhaps, dangerous) question: Where did/does this glorification of the mediocre come from and where will it lead?

      (…and yes, failure to inculcate a love and curiosity of one’s native language in one’s students reflects very badly on the system and its minions and puppetmasters.)

      Then:
      “It also must be self-evident that there is such a thing as a black English dialect in America. With perhaps a few lingering regional differences, it is remarkably uniform from Miami, Florida, to Rochester, New York, to Fresno, California. It prevails among the so-called black underclass, the cohort that continues to struggle economically. Despite its verve and inventiveness, this black dialect tends to confer low status and lower standards of living on those who speak it.” — JHK

      The first thing I notice about this dialect is how belligerently non-specific it is.

      Leading to:
      “I argue that black people who seek to succeed socially and economically would benefit from learning to speak standard grammatical English, not solely because it is associated with higher status and living standards, but because proficiency with grammar, tenses, and a rich vocabulary help people think better.” — JHK

      I’d agree, and add: that goes for anyone of any color as well. English is deliciously specific in meaning and nuance, and searching its massive libraries for juuust the right wording and turn-of-phrase (as you do) stimulates the synapses. I would say that even the *reading* of carefully constructed phrases does much the same, but at a more passive level, of course.

      • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

        “The first thing I notice about this dialect is how belligerently non-specific it is.”

        I find your double standard interesting. Your lack of knowledge about the specifics of Black English leads you to fault the dialect, while a similar lack of knowledge by some black people of the specifics of standard or “White English” leads you to fault black people.

        Can you not see how this attitude reflects a deeply embedded racism?

        • ChromeCFN November 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

          Can you not see how your username is an anagram of “Maoism”?

          • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

            Interesting. I never noticed that. I can assure that is entirely random.

        • ozone November 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

          …And I find your assumptions and provocative accusations less than interesting. Youyouyouyouyou…too. Do YOU know of some over-poster on this blog that continually takes that tack?

          • ozone November 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

            (To the dear miasma. Another distorting and disease-carrying fog.)

    • Layne November 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      This is what the end of the world feels like.

  3. Petro November 2, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    The “opt-out” (or the “I give up”?) position gets passed to the younger generation which takes it into the classroom. The classroom incident where a police officer—as a last resort it appears—was roundly castigated for having to drag a non-compliant (opting out), disruptive student from the classroom caused nationwide indignation.

    Whether or not that situation was handled in the best way possible, I’d like to see everyone who is tempted to comment on incidents like that to first have to: 1. Spend at least one day in a series of classrooms filled with angry, disrespectful, sometimes physically intimidating, loud & obnoxious teenagers (actually, it only takes one or two to dominate a room for an entire hour) who absolutely do not want to be there and know they will suffer little to no repercussions at home for misbehavior; and 2. Talk to a teacher who has had a student take a swing at them, throw something at them, toss over a desk, hit them or another student, and refuse to stop or leave the room. These are more common than most people would like to think.

    • abbybwood November 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

      This reminds me of college.

      There were perhaps 200 students and I noticed the stark difference between having to go to high school and CHOOSING to be in that college class.

      So long as you were quiet the professor didn’t care what you did.

      Of course it was all on you when the tests came along and they were all from lectures.

      If high school kids do not want an education they should stay home and stop interfering with the process.

      Send them to a rubber room. Maybe eventually they will come to their senses.

  4. AKlein November 2, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Of course you are correct, JHK. But frankly, this is not news to many of your readers. The fact that academics, especially in the softer subject areas such as English, Psychology, etc, search out oppositional positions in order to legitimize themselves and justify their sinecures. This is part and parcel of a bigger scheme, which is for them to live large, despite the fact they have no talent. But JHK, why does this trouble you so much? Surely you know this already? You’ve just discovered this? Come on, now. OK, perhaps you’re smarting because “they” had the audacity to direct their invective toward you, What made you think you would be spared? Honestly, JHK, the treatment that the BC hacks dished out to you strikes me as less disturbing than your umbrage. Welcome to the ranks of ” the enemy”.

    • Petro November 2, 2015 at 8:47 am #

      Yes, if one says & writes provocative and contrarian things, they must expect some blow-back (which JHK surely does). The form it took in this case was pretty underhanded and dishonorable, but served to prove his larger arguments re. academia these days.

      Anyway, it’s his blog, and if he wants to use it to let off some steam this week—which you take umbrage with—so what? I thought it made for an interesting look into his professional life.

      • AKlein November 2, 2015 at 9:25 am #

        No, Petro, I do not take umbrage at JHK’s letting off steam. The only umbrage being taken in this situation is JHK’s regarding his tormentor. And yes, it does make for a slightly interesting window into his professional life. I’m just a bit miffed that JHK seems to be somewhat shocked at the treatment he received, where I would have expected it. Given your response to my comment, Petro, you yourself should agree. You write “…if one writes provocative and contrarian things, … expect blow-back…”. The point is that JHK apparently did not expect such blow-back. I am a bit puzzled as to why JHK might expect any different. That said, I think it quite illuminating that rather than confronting him themselves (i.e. the academics), that they opted to use a proxy “cat’s-paw” to do their hatchet job on JHK. Which just goes to show how clever, perfidious and disingenuous these academics are.

        • James Howard Kunstler November 2, 2015 at 9:28 am #

          The incident in question took place at a private dinner. It was not any part of the public lecture I gave.

          • John November 2, 2015 at 10:31 am #

            As James has alluded to in his post, this is where things get really dangerous. For example, what happened to Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) after making private comments in his own home should be concerning to everyone. What happened to James is really no different. The only difference between what is going on now and the Red Terror is that we don’t have a gulag system; however, we have become damn good at making social pariahs out of people who don’t think the same as everyone else.

          • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:02 am #

            ‘All of the English profs were specialists in race, gender, and privilege.’

            How so? Experts? These people teach English or Lit with a slant?

          • TheMule November 2, 2015 at 11:37 am #

            Suffice it to say, it was a d-bag thing to do. While I might agree with the notion that black folks might not trust the system and have a good reason not to, assimilation is what groups do when its members want to join the wider society. I think that’s pretty much your argument in a nutshell.

          • Manisero November 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

            As a pofessor of English, Rhonda should know that there is no such word as “medias” in this language. Media (as in social media) is already a plural; the singular being medium! WTF?

          • softlanding November 3, 2015 at 11:28 am #

            Hey John…
            I’m pretty sure JHK didn’t refer to his daughter as a Ni&&er F@cker nor is he suing anyone for $100,000,000 while trying to cover up his actions.
            JHK is not upset that any of his comments have been publicized. The phony outrage is the shocker here.
            JHK has written on this blog in the past about this very subject. When “academics” cannot engage in discussion like he is illustrating our systems falter.
            Thanks JHK for making the Fox vs ivory tower culture war so clear. Unfortunately this is just a side show to the real production, fall of empire.

      • Skip Breakfast November 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

        It was certainly an interesting look into SOMETHING.

  5. goat1001 November 2, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    In the deep south, anytime you attend a high school science fair, math competition, honors society meeting, etc. you see a large (and disproportionate) number of Asian (Indian and Chinese) kids. Even though they make up a small minority of the total citizenry of the town their numbers often approach fifty percent in these advanced organizations, classes, etc. As a group, their GPA, ACT and SAT scores are over the top. And despite an unavoidable accent, their English is superb and consistently correct to the letter both spoken and written. You occasionally find a “black” kid in this group also and likewise they are also speaking proper English at least during the time they are in school.

    There are recent immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa and in almost all cases those kids like their Asian counterparts are doing very well in school, speak proper English and generally go on to achieve good positions in industry or academia. Many of these kids attend public schools and do very well. Another key fact is many if not most speak two or more languages and switch between English and their one or more “native” languages seamlessly and without hesitation, speaking fluently in all of them. This is in itself quite a marvel to not be overlooked. I mean multiple languages being spoken fluently vs just a single language (English) being spoken poorly. This speaks volumes.

    It doesn’t seem so much a situation of kids (of any color or background) needing to be taught proper English. It seems from what I have seen to be a case of whether the parents (as in both parents) are pushing the kids to do good and providing the full support of their academics. Asian parents tend to be very involved in their children’s academic performance and overall social lives making sure (helicopters humming) they stay on the right path all through school and into college and beyond. This seems to be a key difference. Many black families I know are fragmented and mom and dad are not there to support the kids in school. This seems to be a bigger determinant than whether the teachers are teaching proper English. It appears all kids get the same classes offered including English but some are supported by their parents and even by their peers while other groups are not supported at all and are even discouraged by their peers to learn and speak good English (and other subjects for that matter).

    This seems to be a key reason “black” kids from recent immigrants of sub-Saharan African countries are doing so much better in school than their “descent-of-slavery” counterparts. They have both parents and like the Asian parents they are driven to make sure their kids do the best they can in school and make the necessary sacrifices (even to the point it hurts) to make sure they succeed. And yes, they speak and write superb English.

    This is just my observation.

    Goat1001

    • Paul November 2, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      As a Canadian living North of the “49th parallel of lassitude”, as Charlie Farquharson would famously say, I can say that the Canadian national experience has been not without its own cultural and language-based storms and stresses.

      For decades, the introverted debate about Canada’s ‘two solitudes’, English Canadian culture locked in an uncomfortable,unending dance with French Canadian, (now Quebecois) culture. Now, while both official languages may be spoken at any level within the Canadian Federal government, there exists a nascent awareness that there is, among the many, many aboriginal languages spoken by Canada’s indigenous peoples, a rich and largely untapped source of cultural knowledge, wisdom and strength which may well be absolutely essential to the survival of the world.

      With too many years’ experience, my advice to my indigenous students — who have been disadvantaged, exploited, ripped-off, denied, delimited and oppressed just as much as their brothers and sisters in the Excited States of America — has to be that they must do what the Irish, the Scots, and the educated bureaucratic class of India did so successfully and well: become the absolute masters of standard, written and spoken grammatical English for all your dealings with the empire, but make sure that you are constantly whispering your indigenous languages into the little all-hearing ears of your babies whenever you are at home or in your traditional native environments: on the land, up the river, or out in the bush as we are wont to say.

      At a time when the American monoculture has more or less abandoned the text-based English language in favour of image-based, meme-driven cleverness, the time is ripe for all Americans of all shades and shadows, but especially those who are interested in matters of cultural redefinition and resurgence to appropriate standard written and spoken English for own their own cultural purposes. Here’s my unsolicited advice: Don’t ax; just go ahead and use a semi-colon. It’s easy if you try. Hell, use a colon if you want to: the times is ripe!

      • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

        In other words, you are a proponent of the Al Gore’s flubbed motto, “Out of one, many. All your little cultures are going to get conquered by the Hispanics, just like ours.

      • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

        Word.

      • toktomi November 2, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

        In other words, individually be the multi-culture that the culture at large failed to be.?.

        I like it.

    • routersurfer November 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      Mine also. An American Ghetto of the mind.

  6. ozone November 2, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    JHK,
    One small thing on your wind-up….

    “They are cowards and I am their enemy.” — JHK

    We have now ‘officially’ come to that time and place where it becomes necessary name our enemies and call ’em out! …If we wish to make ourselves quite clear, that is. 😉 Let the chips fall where they may; time is short and (as you’ve stated) events are in charge.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      So you agree then, that English should be declared our national language?

      • jlm108 November 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

        English has already been declared, not the national but the “international” language, and not by edict or legislation, but by the popular free market of ideas. Almost every country on the planet is teaching English to its most ambitious students. For whatever reason, this is the world we live in.

        It may be possible to displace English (it used to be French/German), but failing that, those who wish to “succeed” in this world had better learn it well. Of course, we all may be learning Chinese in a few decades, but that is not the operational language of today.

        • Q. Shtik November 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

          Thank you for reminding us of that, 108.

          I was in Dubai a few years ago and noticed that all road signs and pretty much all signs in general were written in 2 languages, Arabic and English. And this is by law!

        • regt_2000 November 6, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

          English is currently the lingua franca of aviation. It is supposed to be spoken by the control tower personnel of every commercial airport in the world.

  7. Neon Vincent November 2, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    When I read the title, I was hoping for a comment on China ending its one-child policy. You’ve written that nothing will be done about population, especially in the U.S. In China, just as “peak everything” has hit, the Chinese have decided that the economy was more important and that they should do less about population than before. That reminds me of Republicans on climate change and energy at the debates. They won’t do anything about those problems that they think hurts the economy, either.

  8. newworld November 2, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    This kind of story is the coinage on the right wing noiseosphere, hope it doesn’t totally crimp your gig which I do appreciate.

    I could recommend one work that would help anyone caught up in a two minute hate is Vox Day’s “Social Justice Warriors Always Lie.”

    Reason and logic won’t work on the SJWs, not at all, if you do persist they will double down on their behavior, so if you do debate it will be nothing from them but point and shriek and they will insist on an apology which will then be used against you.

  9. SteveO November 2, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    The education system needs to teach (not “school”, damn it) proper English to all students. I hear bad English from young people of all ages, races and economic classes. I even hear it from the Casper white, Midwestern, talking heads on TV.

  10. Newton Finn November 2, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    I look forward to reading each Monday’s blog entry and agree with many of the observations made by Mr. Kunstler. But at the risk of hitting my own “trigger point” with the regulars on this forum, I must confess that I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with some of the sentiments expressed with regard to race issues.

    A good example is the justification offered in today’s comments for obviously abusive conduct by a police officer against a female high school student sitting at her desk. This video has outraged virtually the entire nation, apart from pockets of prejudice that unfortunately remain not only in the South but throughout our country.

    The police violence against people of color revealed on that video, and on similar videos that appear on almost a daily basis, should be vastly more disturbing to us than the way that many black people talk.

    I agree that learning to use standard English is an asset to any student of whatever race or ethnicity, and that schools should prioritize the development of this skill. I also agree that Mr. Kunstler has every right to be incensed about the way he was publicly attacked by someone who heard about something he allegedly said secondhand.

    And I too believe that the “political correctness” policing of speech on our college campuses is a serious problem that impedes the free expression of controversial ideas that is essential to a genuine educational process.

    However, that intellectual “policing” problem pales in significance compared to the physical policing problem shown in the endless stream of videos that come our way via ordinary citizens using cell phone cameras. In addition to the pain and suffering caused to the victims of this abuse, and the additional poisoning of race relations that is causes, it also creates significant adverse impacts upon ordinary taxpayers.

    Let me provide a link to a recent front page newspaper article about one such impact and leave it at that.

    chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-waukegan-police-problems-met-20151028-story.html

    • shotho November 2, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Lots of violence in American society. The ignorance of youth in speaking standard English is certainly an ingredient in that situation. I don’t see how stating the obvious is going to encourage police violence against anyone or from anyone perpetuating violence against police.
      It’s media outlets like the Chicago Tribune that incite more violence than anything Mr. K might say.

    • elysianfield November 2, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      “A good example is the justification offered in today’s comments for obviously abusive conduct by a police officer against a female high school student sitting at her desk. This video has outraged virtually the entire nation, apart from pockets of prejudice that unfortunately remain not only in the South but throughout our country.

      The police violence against people of color revealed on that video, and on similar videos that appear on almost a daily basis, should be vastly more disturbing to us than the way that many black people talk.”

      Newton,
      Regarding the outrage you reference, please provide a scenario that would have avoided the ugly incident. You have experienced “sausage being made”. Regarding your scenario, please be specific, and consider the relative paucity of videos you reference, considering the millions of contacts between police and citizens daily….

    • Sean Coleman November 3, 2015 at 7:05 am #

      ‘I look forward to reading each Monday’s blog entry and agree with many of the observations made by Mr. Kunstler.’

      Interesting. Which observations, specifically, don’t you agree with?

      And why?

      Is it an emotional thing, something you *feel* but find it hard to express? If so, have a go at it anyway.

      ‘And I too believe that the “political correctness” policing of speech on our college campuses is a serious problem that impedes the free expression of etc…

      ‘However, that intellectual “policing” problem pales in significance compared to the physical policing problem etc’

      I have never been to America but I would be surprised if the extent and significance of the latter even begins to approach that of the former.

    • komisarka November 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Newton –

      The conduct of the police officer is inexcusable, but the female high school student “sitting at her desk” had been asked to leave the room because she was using her cell phone in class against rules. She refused to leave as requested. The wrong conduct of the officer does not make the female student into a hero. On the contrary. The consistent misbehavior of students in school classrooms is an issue as well. I don’t think that JHK is expressing disturbance at the way black people talk, he’s asserting that it interferes with their success in the mainstream economy, a lack of success of which they constantly complain without noting the possibility that they play a role in it themselves. They prefer to blame a deep-seated systematic racism on the part of everybody who is not black. The police problem is real and clearly shown on video after video. The relative rank of ills in our society, whether excessive police violence or excessive “political correctness”, is an issue on which reasonable people of good will can differ.

  11. nsa November 2, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    “arguing otherwise re the civil rights legislation of the 1960s….is to be disingenuous”. Really?
    “I’ll have them niggers voting democratic for the next 200 years”…Lyndon Johnson aboard air farce 1 to two state governors.

  12. Cold N. Holefield November 2, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Newton Finn said: This video has outraged virtually the entire nation…

    That’s not true, but it is the impression the MSM purveys.

    Great post, Jim. Assimilation at this point is dead in the water. I’m reading an essay right now by James Baldwin written fifty years prior and it’s all right there — and he was an influential writer who helped inculcate that oppositional approach. He essentially asserted in his writings that the Black man will harangue the White man until the end of time. Such a notion, promoted as zealously as it is now, doesn’t end well.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

      Yes, we’re experiencing Negro Fatigue and approaching Peak Negro – even among people who think they are equal or can assimilate into White Society. I simply assert that in general they are not and can not. And even when they can, will not.

      • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

        Don’t you have a klan meeting to go to?

    • seawolf77 November 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Exactly. Intractable problem, non-existent solution; it’s called spinning your wheels.

  13. SomeoneInAsia November 2, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    There’s just one question I’d like to ask. If the (social, occupational etc) benefits of a sound grasp of English are predicated on the continued operations of modern industrial society, and if modern industrial society is coming apart (which I fully accept it is), then what benefits are the non-white ethnic groups going to acquire through learning English? Or are we saying that there will be quite a while yet before TSHTF, so a black or Asian learning English can still reap some rewards from the sinking vessel before it finally goes under? If we maintain instead that the collapse will come so soon that there’ll be no rewards for the black or Asian student to reap, then perhaps it would make more sense to teach him/her practical skills on how to survive the collapse and grow one’s own food, as opposed to learning good English.

    • woe November 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      I agree 100%. If there is no payoff to learning correct english, for example gainful employment, those young people look at that effort and say what is the point. I know ex nonviolent drug offenders who speak and write quite good english, but will never get a good job. You imply that english is a proxy for intelligence, or ambition and most people do . You get better at something when you use it often, in the underclass they speak their own language, because that’s the language that helps them navigate in that world. Unfortunately, their language skills will leave them trapped in the underclass, but those people are not looking that far ahead. These people do not listen to what you say, but watch what you do. It all comes back to culture, and the dominant culture shows many examples of people who left Mcdonald’s, went to school and graduated, and are now back at Mcdonald’s working with crushing student debt to service while they are at their underpaid jobs. Young underclass people see this and reject that education is a way to a better life. Some of those youg people don’t have the resouces to get into school on a full time basis, I knowthe pull yourself up by the bootstraps meme, but that is difficult without guidence and support from a fragmented family structure. You think that all these people has some mature, wise, family looking out for their long term interest, and most don’t. Many have no idea how the real world works

    • ozone November 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      SIA,
      While I agree that survival skills need more emphasis, perhaps you skimmed over this part to JHK’s treatise:

      “I argue that black people who seek to succeed socially and economically would benefit from learning to speak standard grammatical English, not solely because it is associated with higher status and living standards, but because proficiency with grammar, tenses, and a rich vocabulary helps people think better.” — JHK

      Once again: “… because proficiency with grammar, tenses, and a rich vocabulary helps people think better.”

      I contend that thoughtful people are more inclined to flexibility. (As an aside, Pol Pot didn’t seem to respect thoughtfulness a whole lot.)

    • elysianfield November 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

      Someone,
      Correct English, as well as a civil demeanor, will go a long way in genteel society…in the ” jungle”, just the opposite. Which would they aspire to?

  14. Mark Weiss November 2, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    This essay was long in coming.

    Proper American English is the international language of business, medicine, engineering, science, education, and technology.

    For Black Americans to not participate in speaking proper American English, they not only limit their ability to function in American society, they negate their participation internationally. They limit the world they choose to live in.

    As Wittgenstein wrote in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, (1922) “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”. Proposition 5.6

  15. DA November 2, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Damn Jim, I’d hate to get caught in your crosshairs! That was one helluva takedown!

  16. Americansforwelfare November 2, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    I can’t help but feel that my white skin protect me a great deal though. Some say that Detroit and American manufacturing was the one time that blacks truly were given a share in the middle class. But its gone now and I don’t think good grammar will bring it back. Don’t you think the arguments from structural inequality are convincing? The United States is the biggest prison colony on the planet and it would be disingenuous to say there are no racial components to it, mostly on class lines, which often break on race lines. Once you are wrapped up in it you can basically never work again. The New Jim Crow and Chasing the Scream seemed to spell it out pretty well….

    Isn’t a central part of the Long Emergency that we have reached the end of growth? These historical wounds were not healed (I guess I don’t really know what to make of the argument from anxiety, inst respiration ultimately functional?) and without a growing economy or a serious paradigm shift racial inequality will only rot the country faster.

    • James Howard Kunstler November 2, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      1) Yes, the arguments about “structural inequality” seem hyperbolic and often bogus to me; excuses for bad behavioral choices in the here and now. 2) I believe most of the people who landed in prison are there because they behaved really badly, though I also think our drug laws are idiotic. 3) Whatever becomes of the economy from here forward will require people to be as intelligent as possible, and that means cultivating language skills.

      • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:43 am #

        Whatever becomes of the economy from here forward will require people to be as intelligent as possible, and that means cultivating language skills.

        ?????

        • John November 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

          I am not sure that this is really all that controversial. Why would anyone hire anyone who cannot communicate effectively with their colleagues or potential clients?

          • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

            Rhonda was hired. Ever hear of ‘Affirmative Action?’

        • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

          I once worked a shift with a young Russian guy who seemed to have learned a kind of Blackish style of English. Not so much the vocabulary, but his manner of talking in terms of cadence, and vocal level. I had to keep asking him to speak up and explain himself more fully. Blacks often talk very softly and tend towards being laconic in areas where we are not. No doubt it works for them amongst themselves. But this guy was majoring in Business. He was headed for trouble in this area.

          • Skip Breakfast November 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

            Charming.

        • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

          From yr link,

          Similarly, a number of civil rights groups have reported that the presence of police in schools often “means more suspensions, which disproportionately affect minority students.”

  17. Lawfish November 2, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Brilliant, JHK!! Thank you for calling out the liberal academia and our whiney PC culture.

    And thank you for describing black Americans as black, not African American. I’ve always found that label so pukingly ridden with white guilt and utterly disingenuous. To describe a person as “African American” to refer solely to the color of his/her skin is absolutely farcical. After all, not all blacks are of African descent. And what about blacks in other countries? What are they called? African French? African Spanish? African African? And what about white Americans of African descent?

    You nailed it this week. Now let’s vilify those two idiots via social media.

    • Sean Coleman November 3, 2015 at 7:11 am #

      I thought the informant reported him as calling them African Americans whereas the approved term is black. I don’t understand the etiquette though.

      • Q. Shtik November 3, 2015 at 11:47 am #

        Sean,

        Since you’re not from around these parts let me attempt an explanation, lame though it may be:

        Hundreds of years ago when black people from Africa were being brought to ‘the Americas’ as slaves they were known as “negroes.”
        It wasn’t long, in fact I’d say it was almost instantaneous, when the white overseers developed a visceral hatred of their slaves for the difficulty that these slaves’ general ignorance and shiftlessness caused them (one could hardly blame the slaves)… and so developed the derogatory term “nigger.”

        “Nigger” held sway for a long time until whites like Lyndon Johnson, who spoke with their own questionable/laughable dialect, would refer to these blacks as “niggras.” This was sort of a half-assed combination of nigger and negro which gave the speaker a plausible pc cover for what we all know was internal contempt. Lest I forget, running simultaneously with nigger and its offshoots was “colored.” The sting was taken out of this term by having it precede as an adjective the noun “folks.”

        A great hue and cry emerged from blacks around the time (1964-1965) of the civil rights movement and resultant laws over all these terms – negro, niggra, colored and especially nigger – since all, there was no disguising it, were pejorative.

        Sprinkled in over the decades were other terms such as “darkies” (probably one of the least offensive sounding) “spade,” “coon,” “spearchucker,” “brillohead”…I could go on and on.

        These great grandchildren of former slaves would have none of it. They pressed their newly acquired political advantage and seemed to want to declare for themselves what term should be used to identify them. That term was “Blacks.” They wanted to be known as Blacks. They declared that “black is beautiful” but try as they might, whites were not buying it. For whites, referring to blacks as Blacks became an easy out from the accusation of racist labeling.

        It wasn’t long before Blacks saw that “Black” was of minimal difference from all the pejoratives that preceded it. Some person or group then came up with the term “African American” and this term has been used to this day.

        Both Blacks and Whites go on pretending for the sake of political correctness that this term is acceptable when the fact is that there is NO TERM that will erase the pejorative sense so long as the people in question can not, will not, and do not, assimilate into the majority culture.

        I welcome any correctives to the above.

        • Sean Coleman November 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

          Thanks

          Rhonda Frederick wrote, ‘I presume he used “African American” when he meant “black”‘ and it seems she favours black.

          In Ireland the traditional minority has been the travelling people. They were originally known as tinkers, then this changed to a more respectable sounding ‘itinerants’ (I assume because tinker became seen as pejorative) and nowadays it is ‘travellers’. Unfortunately everyone knows they are over-represented in crime nowadays (this wouldn’t have been such a problem in the past) and, while many speak out for travellers’ rights, nobody wants a halting site near their own house, in particular (of course) the wealthy media and political types who are most vociferous in demanding equality.

          A couple of weeks ago several members of a traveller family were killed in a fire at a halting site and the local council decided to use the wave of public sympathy (as reflected in the media) to get a court injunction to build a ‘temporary’ halting site next to an unfortunate housing estate who had up until then successfully managed to resist such a thing (‘temporary’ usually means ‘permanent’ in practice).

          A prominent politician announced that sympathy was no good unless it was put into practice. As I pointed out at the time, this was a direct parallel with Merkel’s reaction to the photo of the drowned boy. The local residents protested strongly and their conduct was condemned as disgraceful in some quarters, but they managed to get the emergency site built somewhere else.

          She was surfing the public mood of course, but as with Merkel there was a strong element of genuine sympathy. (My extravert theory attempts to explain this) The thing is you never see any halting sites in wealthy areas, so there are obvious limits to genuine goodwill.

          In England there is an acronym NIMBY: not in my back yard. (it might be American in origin, because they say back garden more than back yard).

          In Ireland the travellers’ position has been rivalled by an influx of Roma (gypsies) from central Europe in recent years.

          • johnc November 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

            There is this guy traveling around California with three mules. He has quite a following online with a facebook page 3 Mules. A couple of days ago he posted this video of his mules to the song “The Life of a Rover”. youtu.be/B54ST0OnuAQ
            I thought you would enjoy it. Your previous comment about the physical policing being a bigger problem the the word policing was the only response I could agree with here. The Irish as the Blacks of Europe are the only people capable of understanding the cultural oppression of the English which has been exported to the US. Here’s to The Commitments and the San Patricios.

          • Sean Coleman November 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

            I was born of Irish parents and have lived in Ireland for the last 28 years but I was born in London and have the accent to show.

            My understanding of Irish history is greatly influenced by the late great Raymond Crotty, and Irish self-taught farmer and self-taught economist. From the 16th century the world experienced European ‘capitalist colonization’ and in Crotty’s opinion all of the many countries so colonized have been infected by a virus, as it were, caused by the imposition of W. European laws and institutions (in particular property in land, ie private ownership of land for the exclusive purpose of generating profit) on collectivist, non-capitalist albeit developed agricultural societies. Ireland because of its climate fell outside of capitalism which Crotty identified as an *agricultural* thing, which grew out of the need of the early pastoralist occupiers of West Central Europe to devise a capitalist system of agriculture to enable them to get their livestock through the cold winters. Because of the extraordinarily low yields capital (in draught animals, utensils and buildings) had to be employed to enable them to make a living. Present consumption had to be sacrificed for future productivity and choices made. The individual, unique in the world, could make a difference.

            Ireland lay outside the climatic conditions which forced this capitalist development, being purely pastoral. So when it was colonized in the Elizabethan period it was quite unlike anywhere else in Europe. There was a literal culture shock and Ireland came close to being wiped out as a nation. The religious divide (Catholic and Protestant) stood in for colour (which was the indicator everywhere else) in showing who were the colonizers and who the colonized.

        • sprawlcapital November 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

          @Q–

          No correctives to the above. In fact, it’s a well written, thoughtful essay.

          i just want to relate an anecdote about a book I read, in, as I recall, the year1963.

          The book was To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The principal character, the daughter of the attorney Atticus Finch, on one occasion uses the n-word. Atticus then tells her we do not use that word. That has stayed with me. For 52 years, I have not used that word. I certainly do not claim any moral superiority from that fact. My level of racism is probably about average for Americans of my age and background.

  18. Cassandra November 2, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    I had a graduate course with Rhonda Fredericks when she was beginning her tenure at BC in the late two thousand aughts. It was a course on research methodology for literary studies, a prerequisite for English Masters students. At a time when literary research methods were being revolutionized by digitized archives and sophisticated electronic databases, Fredericks’s syllabus was based on an obsolete research methods handbook that she had used during her graduate studies in the 90s. We–a bunch of fresh naive liberal millennials–were stunned by her pretty obvious incompetence and concluded that she was an affirmative action hire.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:44 am #

      we concluded that she was an affirmative action hire.

      Duh.

    • shabbaranks November 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Excellent post. And now you know the rest of the story.

  19. davidreese2 November 2, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Jim,

    Was this talk on your schedule? I live in a Boston suburb. Had I known about it, I would have attended if at all possible. Sorry I missed it.

    David

  20. I AM SULLY November 2, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    BRAVO MR. KUNSTLER! You are unafraid to confront the muddled and fearful ideologies of those who run academia, and this means you will suffer some of their ire. But they are a cowardly lot, as you well know, and won’t likely have the moral courage to go much further. They, the “academic left”, prefer to debate mental midgets on the subject of academic readiness and common culture. Whatever else someone might say about you, you cannot be accused of intellectual cowardice.

  21. Walter B November 2, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    A good read and all too sad but true. As a white guy who grew up in Newark, New Jersey in the late 50’s and 1960’s I can make a serious argument that my personal experience and opinion is far more accurate than that of the pampered aristocrats waving condescendingly down at us from their Ivory Institutional Towers. Even here in rural Western New Jersey now, it is aggravating to hear the white people rail on about their anti-racist tendencies because, after all, most schools out here DO have one or two blacks in them so THEY can’t be racists.

    In the old days, higher education meant exactly that, go to college and get high, get laid (I was not so fortunate, I had my $250k education jammed up my bung hole a nickel at a time). But times have changed and so has college, it has morphed from education to manipulation and why not, it’s not like the graduates will find any jobs afterwards anyway to help pay off the massive debts they incurred doing it.

    It is only an idiot or a Bolshevik with a dark agenda that would argue against ANY group or any individual finding a better life and greater success and acceptance by learning language and how to utilize it to their advantage. Those who cannot see the difference between the effectiveness of any of the “Rap” stars or many of the “athletes” compared to Allen West, Ben Carson or ever Barry O himself is fortunate that their tiny brains generate sufficient power to keep their lungs moving in and out!

    You have done very good work here James and I applaud your wisdom, thank you.

  22. Cassandra November 2, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    The totalitarianism of English departments has gotten a lot worse over the last decade. Nothing you said about blacks and standard English was particularly crimethink in 2002, for instance, when David Foster Wallace published his wonderful review essay of Brian Garner’s Modern American Usage, “Tense Present,” in Harper’s Magazine.

    • Smoky Joe November 2, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      Oh, the departments are in ruins. You should have been a PhD student in the late 80s and early 90s. It was horrid.

      English largely wrecked itself. As much as I want to blame Right-wing pundits and pols, we did it to ourselves. All the Humanities suffered as a result of our stupidity.

  23. BackRowHeckler November 2, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    This Rhonda Frederick character, direct her to the comments section of CFNation on any given week, it’ll really freak her out — it comes without ‘trigger warnings’ — give her the vapors for the rest of the semester, she might never recover.

    I’m curious, these precious little pearls on the American College Campus — so sensitive, so tender, so vulnerable to injury from any idea outside the fragile little bubble they live in — what are they gonna do when they graduate and go out into the real world where nobody gives a sh-t about their fatuous PC sensibilities, in fact will take delight in rubbing their noses in it?

    That’s when the wake up call comes, like a two-by-four up alongside the head. That’s when they’ll realize its time to rethink the situation.

    brh

    • Walter B November 2, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      Like George Carlin used to ask, :When are they going to go from being the center of the universe, something special to just another asshole”? Such precious moments how I wish I could be there to witness every single one. In my day the old sticks and stones cliché that was drilled into us has served far greater a purpose that the fall down and cry when somebody offends you meme of today. My guess is that they are screwed, but psychiatrists should profit from the influx of business methinks.

    • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      email her- I dare ya.

  24. swhite November 2, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    My apologies. I have heard, in the past, your comments about political correctness at colleges, and thought that you surely must be exaggerating because it couldn’t possibly be that bad. But here you are, with “hard copy” so to speak.

    For what it’s worth (not much from some guy in flyover land), I am in total agreement about the language issue.

  25. Zoltar November 2, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    “They [black Americans] don’t want to assimilate into a common culture — so common culture has been deemed dispensable by the confounded keepers of the common culture’s flame, the university faculty.”

    Well put, Jim, and I fully agree. But this particular issue seems like a rear-guard action at a time when enormous cultural, political, and ecological forces are already propelling this country in the opposite direction. If privileged white kids are opting to forsake standard English grammar and reasoned argumentation in favor of emoticons and a 140 character limit (LOL) and the Balkanization of the United States into a flux of any number of conflicting units that no longer share an ideal of nationhood can be foreseen, then perhaps it’s a bit late to worry about what sort of English each of us speaks.

    At this point advocating for a common culture sounds a lot like locking the door to the stable long after the horse has run away.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Exactly. And who put Howard Zinn’s work of hatred into every college in the land? Academics are for the most part just dancing for their dinner. It’s the Corporate Foundations that call the tune. They wanted America to fall into racial chaos. Why? One can only assume they want us to fall apart. Why? The Republic has to die so their Perfect State can come into being. Same thing at the macro: the West has to die so the Global State can come into being.

      • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

        Its not ‘wont’ it is ‘cant’ assimilate.

        Know much about the Island? One side, Haiti, DNA
        almost 100% afro.
        Other side, DNA averages –oops–mostly White.
        And even they dont want the Haitians in their country.

        NPR did a weepy piece about, ‘DR sends illegals back to Haiti.’

  26. shotho November 2, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    An anecdote – I’m in Nicaragua now – not politically correct. We were having an adult conversation and this little kid was acting out. A man threw a half-eaten mango at him and told him to shut up. He shut up.
    I retired from a small southern university fifteen years; as soon as I could. It was already in ruins then and, I understand, that’s it’s much worse now. Don’t send your child to an American college – waste of time and money.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      JCs [2 year schools] are booming, for better or worse.
      That can be argued either way.

      • Q. Shtik November 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

        JCs [2 year schools]

        ========

        Half as useful as 4 years, or twice as useless, if you invert the fraction.

        As I like to say about a lot of things: a 2 year degree and 2 bucks will get you a ride on the subway.

        • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

          Nonsense, Nursing, Computers, Accounting and many other non PC BS things MAY be taught at one.

          • regt_2000 November 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

            Here in America (I have no direct knowledge of other countries), the “community colleges” used to be called “trade schools”, because that is where students went if they were looking to learn a skill or trade in order to become gainfully employed without attending four years + of a college or university.
            Trades such as nursing, auto mechanics, computers, CNC Machining, etc.

            The cost was minimal, the instructors – for the most part – had actual _experience_ (hard to believe, no?) in the real world, and the community college itself often had connections with businesses in the community which would hire their graduates.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      Exactly. Real Men are capable of violence. And real Cultures fully accept that and rely on it in fact. Tyrannies on the other hand desperately seek to disempower men, allowing only their paid goons the freedom to be violent, but of course on their behalf for the most part.

  27. Smoky Joe November 2, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    Trigger Warning: I love Higher Ed and enjoy teaching…in an English Department!

    That said, JHK knows me and my approaches as we’ve worked with his books. I’m fortunate to be at a school and Department where we eggheads in English teach literature. Our approach to “formal English” is that it empowers everyone and is a sort of second language we all use, however we talk when speaking to friends and family. But most of our students, of whatever ethnicity, come to us well-spoken.

    They all, whatever their backgrounds, need help with writing formally and persuasively. That way we avoid any touchy issues of background. It’s not that way everywhere, as JHK’s little thought-policewoman well knows. I’ve run into that sort at conventions and argued publicly that we do a disservice to students if we do not teach them the language of power.

    Every campus has thought police. I’m just lucky to be among colleagues who teach lit–old and new–using close reading and analysis. Theory has its place, but not at the expense of primary texts. I’m not like the famous visiting scholar who quipped at her reception to our president, who asked her which Shakespeare play she was now researching “oh, NO ONE reads primary texts anymore!”

    His reply to a friend nearby “and nobody invites HER to campus anymore!”

    I’ll be snarky enough to add that many departments and programs that end with the word “Studies” tend to be lightweights, intellectually, and they tend to fall into various forms of victimology. And I say that as a progressive politically. Victims can use the tools of power to gain power, in so many cases. It can be hard and they can fail (as the 2009? protests failed in Iran). But those without power should try to get a measure of it, and then they can change the rules, as women began to do after getting the vote.

  28. swmnguy November 2, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I have a personal angle on this conversation, having been raised by left-wing University intellectuals. That’s not quite the same thing as having been suckled by wolves in the forest, but close enough.

    I’ve seen everything JHK discusses here, and much much more. I have a slightly different perspective on where it came from, however. As with most things, there are many factors.

    One critical factor that is rarely discussed is the evolution of Higher Education as a business concern. Before the GI Bill and the Baby Boom, college was something about 5% of Americans experienced. When college education was added to the GI Bill, the number of college students exploded. There weren’t nearly enough colleges or faculty to serve the need. Colleges went on a huge building boom, and started cranking out faculty to teach the huge demographic wave of college students. There is an incredible number of colleges that were inaugurated between 1960 and 1970.

    Then, of course, the Vietnam War happened, and combined with Civil Rights and all the other social ferment, a radical environment developed on campus. This was not popular with those who had always felt that a college education should have remained the province of those who could pay for it, and select and suitably grateful poor but very bright token scholarship students.

    Long story short, the demographic “pig” passed through the “python” by the mid-70s. Colleges faced very sharp drops in attendance. Many closed, and many facing bankruptcy turned to vocational education, and whatever else they could think of to stave off bankruptcy and closure.

    That’s when the Business types took over. They turned college into a requirement for employment, offering vocational programs that students would have to pay for, eliminating on-the-job-training as an expense for employers. A Business-Higher Ed partnership developed.

    At that point, the attitude became that students were now consumers, and “The Customer Is Always Right.” So we saw the rise of Identity Politics on campus, with all the women’s studies, black studies, and everything else people like to point at, with some merit.

    Academic rigor went out the window in the effort to attract and keep students, and more particularly, their guaranteed Federal loan money.

    College has always been a time for passionate but inexperienced and callow young people to get all het up about something. That’s good. That’s been hard-wired into human development for a reason. The purpose of college was for older, more educated and experienced faculty to harness that energy and guide it.

    Unfortunately, young people push back against constraints, and college Executives are unwilling to let a dollar on the table go away. So professors who insisted on Academic rigor in these “Identity Politics” programs were shunted aside. The concept of “Freedom of Thought” meant that every thought was exactly equal in merit, just as corporate ownership of media has encouraged as well. The goal is not to educate or inform, but to not alienate any potential customers.

    The effect on campus culture has been like the old joke about hippies, “He opened up his mind and his brains fell out.”

    There’s certainly an element of rampant “Political Correctness” and professional grievance-seeking. But that’s not new, and not unique to academe. What has given such nonsense free reign in academe is the need to register as many students, and their debt-production capabilities, and to never let a dollar slip away.

    When it comes to language issues, gender obfuscation, racial grievance-seeking, and downright nonsense, it’s far worse than your personal example. You’re correct, and so much more. But in looking for causes, look no further than the glorified Marketing Executives now running Higher Ed.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      Leftism didnt just ‘develop’ at schools. It happened by design.

      ‘That’s when the Business types took over. They turned college into a requirement for employment,’ –uh, Gov made it illegal to give job seeker an IQ test so a degree became a de facto IQ test.

      • zaphod42 November 2, 2015 at 11:02 am #

        We seem to all be touching on the true reason that the Democratic Party in the US of A has failed, and until they curb this trend will continue to fail. Just my opinion, as always.

        • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:16 am #

          Dems need Emma Lazarus es ‘unwashed masses’ to vote for them.

          • elysianfield November 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

            “Emma Lazarus es ‘unwashed masses’”

            Huddled, and, no doubt, unwashed also….

        • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

          Just the Democratic Party? Not Democracy itself? Do you really think every idiot and his brother should be voting themselves welfare pay raises; every Hijabi breeder having 5 or more kids on the public’s dime?

      • swmnguy November 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

        This that JHK describes goes way beyond “Leftism” in academe. Sure, leftism in academe preceded the commoditization and financialization of Higher Ed.

        An anecdote, if I may. My father was a Political Science professor for over 40 years (retired, not dead at present). He finished his career at a small, very good, public liberal arts college in the Midwest. That school started a program bringing in lots of non-white students from the Chicago area. The college had been culturally almost entirely white, midwestern, Protestant (culturally, mind you) and the typically liberal (small-l) liberal arts environment.

        So my dad had an intro class full of “hoodrats” and had, as one might expect, no idea how to deal with them. As a long-time professor, he decided that wasn’t his problem, so he just did as he had always done. He caught one girl from Chicago flagrantly cheating. I never heard the particulars, but it was flagrant, and he had 40 years experience catching cheaters. He gave her an “F” for the class and kicked her out of the class, as he had done for 40 years.

        He got called into the Dean’s office and was told the girl had filed some sort of complaint against him on racial, gender, and cultural grounds. He wasn’t supposed to give her an “F”, kick her out of the class, and shame her in front of everybody because she was a black girl from the Chicago ghetto. My dad said he couldn’t care less who she was; she cheated and there wasn’t any denying it. The girl herself didn’t really deny it.

        The upshot was that the college gave her a “C”. My dad filed a grievance about it but was encouraged to drop it. For once, he made the sound financial decision and let it lie.

        Of course, a year or two later, he caught another cheater and handled it the same way. This kid, however, was a white kid from a locally powerful family. That grade, too, was changed to a “C”. The kid is now a Minnesota State Representative.

        I imagine in both cases, the University Bursar’s office saw that the checks had cleared, and the “Customer” had paid for the grade, so there was nothing wrong with the deal.

        My dad is the classic campus communist. Led marches during the Vietnam Era. Goes on and on about Marx the political philosopher (which is mostly nonsense), instead of Marx the economist (which is very much not nonsense and is so far unequaled in describing and diagnosing Capitalism).

        The current environment on campus isn’t “Left” by nature. It’s the commoditization and marketing of “Education.” You’d better not alienate the customers.

        And once you give a bunch of 18 year-olds the keys to the kingdom, they do what 18 year-olds do. They make a bunch of stupid, short-sighted decisions based on immediate gratification. And since they’re usually pretty smart 18 year-olds on a college campus, it will all be about the things they’re very passionate about, without any leavening of wisdom.

        Hell, now they’re all up in arms about what pronouns they want to be referred to by. Every female student is “sexually fluid” or something. Rather than acknowledge what everyone knows is true, 99.995% of us now should have to call ourselves “cis-gendered,” meaning that we’re of the gender we were born as, and think of ourselves that way. I had thought that was covered by “sentient,” but I guess it’s not. If the anomalies and outliers are singled out and made to feel weird by their insistence on telling everyone else about their internal dysphoria, the only solution is that everyone has to be classified, singled out, and made to feel weird about our lack of dysphoria.

        That’s not “Leftism.” That’s letting the inmates run the asylum, and it’s only being done for money.

        • Sean Coleman November 3, 2015 at 7:34 am #

          Interesting post. I read a book about philosphers once, just a series of short chapters, and this volume seemed to be covering the 19th century. The chapter on Marx stood out head and shoulders above the rest. It came on the heels of one about one of the strange French Positivists and was like modernist fiction compared to a fairy tale.

          However I don’t agree with you that it is big business who led in this. Instead they caught it from academia, just like everyone else. It is Leftism.

          • John_H November 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

            Those who have power want freedom; those who lack power want equality. Leftism is appealing to the young just because it provides a more expedient access to the power and control they desire but lack. It’s a short-sighted approach — the monster they create will eventually devour them — but in terms of immediate, short-term gratification we can’t deny that leftist ideological candy is more tasty and gratifying to them. So in that sense, I agree with swmnguy in that the inmates are now running the asylum, in a way that the kids will take over the candy store sans a countering force. Of course, the countering forces we’ve put in place have become enablers, letting the kids eat all the candy they want.

            As a solution to all this, I really like Trump’s proposal to cut the Department of Education “way, way, way down,” and to essentially decentralize and privatize [public] education. That sort of tact hits the Left where it hurts the most, and will give parents (those who understand that while candy tastes good, it’s not a staple of a healthy diet) more control over the type and quality of education their children receive.

    • sprawlcapital November 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      Swim:

      Interesting post.
      ==========================================
      You wrote:

      What has given such nonsense free reign in academe . . .

      That should be free rein. As in dropping the reins on a horse to let the hose walk, trot, canter, or gallop as fast as it wants to. The opposite is rein-in: to pull on the reins to slow or stop the horse. These are metaphors that people a century ago would be very familiar with, and in, JHK’s novels of a post-collapse world, are well-versed in again.

      Of course, to speech recognition software, rain, reign, and rein all sound the same.

      • sprawlcapital November 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

        and in, JHK’s novels of a post-collapse world,

        Misplaced comma.
        Should be: and, in JHK’s novels of a post-collapse world, . . .
        =============
        I need a proofreader!

    • regt_2000 November 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

      You need to look back a bit farther than that. Try Googling the Fabians, Cecil Rhodes (Rhodes Scholars), etc. and get a glimpse of how so much of what we are currently dealing with in our colleges and universities is a construct of the Left and its aim to mold our youth into a nice, thoughtless, easy to control group.

      With this nonsense of “micro-aggressions”, “white privilege”, “triggers”, and the crushing of any male who steps out of line or upsets some feminist on campus who will then accuse him of rape, the culture on campus these days puts our students at a total loss for dealing with reality, for obtaining gainful employment.

      Of course, the Left will say it is the fault of the parents for not making life “fair” for their children, for failing to create a world where young people are given equality of outcome – instead of equality of opportunity, which is an entirely different thing.

  29. malthuss November 2, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    So JHK looks and sees an audience of dark Indians [dot not feather type] at a USA school.

    Not good. India may be the first country with 2 BILLION people.

    As Brimelow titled one chapter of his best selling book, ‘Opening the Flood Gates.’

    • BackRowHeckler November 2, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      The ‘floodgates’ have been opened in Western Europe.

      We’re seeing the results of it at this very moment, 20-35 million moving north (to get themselves a piece of the ‘good life’)

      And its only just begun, to quote a couple of crooners, who lived down the road here a small little bit.

      brh

      • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:15 am #

        But JHK college lecture was about the BIG picture [resource scarcity] not diversity. And his dinner guests were offended. he violated PC.

        Soros wants Germany to take in 10s of millions of terrorists, oops, musiies.

        Boohoohoo on the libs. Let them fight in the media and schools about, ‘all things PC.’

  30. Buck Stud November 2, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Man, all you folks appealing to the inherent beauty of English in it’s higher forms are fighting an uphill battle, to say the least. Twitter texting, video games, Facebook abbreviations–where is the time and collective willingness to open the and read the best books ?

    And yet, Emerson sort of sums it up:

    “For all men live by truth, and stand in need of expression. In love, in art, in avarice, in politics, in labor, in games, we study to utter our painful secret. The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.”

    emersoncentral.com/poet.htm

  31. zaphod42 November 2, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    As always, thought provoking commentary, and comments. I could not help but notice that no one, so far, has mentioned the “word of the day:”

    hierophant: a person, especially a priest in ancient Greece, who interprets sacred mysteries or esoteric principles.

    And now, good people, you know what the word means. That I had to look it up is telling – I am considered to have a top notch English vocabulary. And, I would add, Mr. Kunstler does introduce at least one word in each essay that sends me to the dictionary. Which, to me, is sufficient reason to read his dissertations each week.

    Enjoy!

    Craig

    • Lawfish November 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      I confess to the same shortcoming. I write volumes every day, yet my vocabulary continues to expand through the musings of Mr. Kunstler.

    • ozone November 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

      ” That I had to look it up is telling – I am considered to have a top notch English vocabulary.”

      Then consider that maybe you don’t. (Surely you’ve heard of the Tarot.) …Or maybe you just haven’t read enough Horror or Sci-Fi selections. 😉 (I knew what it meant, BTW.)

      Anyway, yes, great word.

    • patrickd November 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Yeah, me, too. He makes me chuckle. He always seems to come up with at least one word I’ve never seen. Besides having a big brain, Jim has a noble streak, which I admire. He hasn’t given up on our “experiment with civilization” as he might say it. He seems to believe that we can make something of this mess we are in, which to me seems sort of noble, hopeful, optimistic. Personally, I tend toward wishing that Washington gets nuked, that there is no hope what-so-ever of this country becoming a decent place to live, that the inhabitants of this land are incapable of intelligent thought. Yet, Jim’s work, and the followers he has here on his website, are a testimony of an intelligence at work, that always gives me pause. Is the USA lost – FUBAR – or not?

      The piece today is remarkable. I thought he might talk about China’s looming decision about whether to vaporize a US warship or not, but he discusses an issue that we his followers know to be true – the failure of blacks to learn proper grammatical English is a nail in their economic coffins.

      His response to the thought-Nazi is appropriate.

  32. wardoc November 2, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Jim: It is certainly courageous for a true intellectual to venture into contemporary academia and actually give a lecture to its denizens. The reality is that, as a bastion of knowledge and intellectual discourse, modern academia has completely collapsed; they just don’t know it and probably never will. The profs are literally psychotic (defined formally as out of touch with reality) and the kids are little more than zombies soaking up every tid bit of bullshit these morons dish out. (I encounter this often, as my daughter just started college at a top tier state University in the southeast, where I would expect at least a smidge of common sense and reality contact, but lo I have been wholly disappointed).

    After the economic collapse and ensuing class/race wars are over, there will be no academia and the people who took a check from them, if alive, will be panhandling, at best, for a living, and the kids who were mentally victimized by the tyranny of academe will spend the rest of their lives in a confused PTSD like state from witnessing the real world vis a vis the abject falsifications they were taught about it.

    Wardoc

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

      Some departments are little more than cults. Many families have lost their daughters to the Lesbian Cult of Women’s Studies.

  33. malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    ‘This is the new fashion in academia: slander by Twitter and Facebook.’ etc.

    I GET THE IMPRESSION JHK IGNORED
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_88

  34. Gus November 2, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    I registered here just to say thank you for posting the above entry. I deal with this kind of BS on a professional level every day and at the end of every day I feel like “maybe it’s me.” Now I see it’s not. Keep on truckin’!

  35. malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    JHK, ‘The results are plain to see: academic failure among black Americans.’

    The failure among black Americans.

    The Black Middle Class is mostly at yr expense [gov jobs, AA].
    The crimes of Blacks are hidden by the media.

    Black people, a failure in the Congo.
    Black people, a failure in Haiti.
    Black people, a failure in [fill in the blank].

    JUST LOOK AT THE RAPE RATES, MURDER Rates , ETC.

    Who cares about some black bitch with a masters and an AA job [see post from someone who suffered her as their prof]
    posted online about JHK?

    SHE HAS A CHOCOLATE CHIP ON HER SHOULDER</B.

    • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

      It is a bummer that Kunstler’s mostly excellent blog always seems to have blatantly racist comments such as yours.

    • uslabor November 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      Malthuss is racist and proud. Good for it.

  36. uslabor November 2, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    I’d pay money to see Angela Davis respond to this.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      Id like to see the BC prof respond to this.

      [maybe WPA will sign in as her] !!!!!!!!!!

  37. Danny Martin November 2, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    I have three questions for Mr. Kunstler:

    (1) You have a tab on your website, labeled “Schedule,” specifically for your speaking appearances. It has remained blank for months (read:years). You then announce here, post hoc, that you spoke at Boston College and that the event was “sparsely attended.” Do you think attendance might have been better if persons like me, who regularly check your website in the uncertain anticipation of speaking engagements in my area, had ANY clue that you would be making such an appearance?

    (2) You make very short-term predictions on your blog, concerning: major energy and economic crises, societal meltdown, and political failure up to and including suspension of presidential elections and domestic military takeover of the government. On this timescale, how high a priority is James Howard Kunstler’s self-declared War On Ebonics (JHK-WOE)? Is this little project to instruct black youth in the fine points of the Queen’s English our strongest card against the coming coup de etat by the “cornpone nazis,” who will go riding up the Acela corridor on horseback, traveling along highways littered with abandoned Taco Bell franchises and the rusting hulks Walmart tractor trailers? This is a question of priorities, I suppose.

    (3) What should we make of the fact that the Rightist-populist white leadership of this country that got suburbia wrong, energy wrong, transit wrong, zoning wrong, monetary policy wrong, medical policy wrong, and just about all manner of civic virtue wrong — somehow turned out to be “spot-on-the-nose” when it comes to the Black Experience in America? If only their pristine insight into Ebonics as the root cause of the racial woes in America had been acknowledged, how much grief could have been avoided? So, even though they blasted the foundation out from under this country, shouldn’t you be giving them their due for early recognition of the “deep racial truths” to which you have suddenly become privy while sitting in your living room in Nowheresvile, Upstate New York, seething at the B-Roll of Black Lives Matter protests on your cable box, Jim?

    .

    • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      I agree. Well said.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Big Picture? I tend to agree. America is doomed and we are going split up into a number of different nations. Blacks have made their choice and a lot of us are good with that. We don’t want them around either. I mean so what if they speak good English and just use it to hate on us (colloquialism) even more? And of course they will try to stay near us, hating us and sucking off of us. But you see we wont let them.

      • uslabor November 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

        Janos don’t like black folk neither…..way to go!

        • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

          “We don’t want them around either.”

          Who the fuck is “we”? I personally think the US would be a shittier place without black people, but I think we would all be better off without nazis.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

            You like them? Why? If you like them personally, I suppose you’re entitled to your feelings. But to think they are a net plus to the Nation is simply bat shit fruit loops.

      • regt_2000 November 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

        Oh, Danny Boy,

        If you had received an education from other than Fabian-trained Leftist professors, you would be aware of the fact that it wasn’t the Left, it wasn’t the Democrats, but the Republicans – who were actually conservative back then, as opposed to Weepy Boehner and McConnell who have their noses buried in Obama’s backside – who pushed through the Civil Rights Acts, in spite of heavy opposition from the entire Democratic presence in Congress.

        “Cornpone Nazis” (leave it to a progressive to speak to denigrate rather than to inform) include such scholars as Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Black men who have seen what the Left has done to cripple and demean blacks and maintain them as a dis-affected voting block to keep the Democrats in power.

        Many of us “corn-pone Nazis” have seen what is being done to our economy, are aware of just how many millions of people are out of work, or working minimal hours which deprive them of any benefits. We understand the house of cards that has been created by a President _AND_ Congress who have inflated our currency and created an 18 Trillion dollar deficit, robbing the dollar of purchasing power and decreasing the effectiveness of the money so many of us have worked so hard to save for our retirement.

        The fall may not come as soon as some of us “corn-pone Nazis” believe it will, but both Sowell and Williams will tell you it is coming. It is inescapable.

        The Left, in the form of Obama, Jarrett, Holder, etc. – all blacks themselves – have taken what was already a mess and made it worse by an order of magnitude. So please refrain from your oh, so smug pretensions of superiority, Danny Boy. It falls flat on its face when faced with reality.

    • uslabor November 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      I agree…good questions. When Jim displays this kind of misanthropy many of his racist fans feel to show their true colors. I was especially moved by the use of the term “black bitch” by Malthuss in a previous post.

  38. malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I get a kick out of things like this.

    AA incompetence at its best,

    Rhonda,

    Whether Kunstler was using stereotypes about black people to be provocative, or whether he believed the ignorance he spouted, my response is the same:

    I cannot allow this kind of ignorance into my space

    and I am not the one to cast what he said as a “teachable moment.” I do think there should be a BC response to this, as the university paid his honorarium and for his meal. Here’s some contact information for anyone interested in sharing your thoughts on how BC should spend its money–bla bla bla/ [end]

    She doesnt want such in her space.

    Maybe she could be hired as a Diversity Counselor?

  39. jim e November 2, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Did tropical depression Patricia have any influence on you, aussi?

  40. Paulo November 2, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Good one, Mr. Kunstler!!

    It is all part of being in that great race for the bottom. I do have an issue as to the solution, though. This is also directed towards Paul, the teacher from north of 49.

    I taught school for 17 years after a career of commercial flying and construction. I began teaching at age 40, and was very excited about it. You can crusade, rail, or quietly go about your job doing the best that you can, but it is society, itself, that ultimately decides whether or not your efforts are successful. Certainly, teaching standard English and demanding its presence in your room is an obvious solution. (If only it were that easy!!) Teachers are already asked to teach sexual awareness and safety. They are expected to teach health, nutrition, and how to avoid obesity. They are asked to teach and demonstrate tolerance, gender equality, and anti-bullying. Elementary teachers are tasked to teach ‘dog bite safety’, for God’s sake. And please don’t forget the three modern Rs, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Somewhere along the line there are included the usual subjects/suspects also know as the three Rs, and all of us know what they are, or rather what they used to be. Of course, this is now done without letter grades to indicate standing, mastery, or what needs to be worked on at home, (which used to be called, ‘homework’. ) In the US there is still a debate about teaching evolution as a part of science, (by many hoping to be President!!). Jeb Bush says he does believe in evolution, but doesn’t think it should be taught in schools. For some reason, teaching standard English doesn’t seem to be on the list anymore.

    I return to one missing word in this dialogue…home. I alluded to it in ‘homework’. If you take a couple of generations and raise them in front of the tv, ensure that what they do is always ‘good’, (because you are special, honey), and allow them to live like denned animals (because both mommy and daddy have to work, honey), well, you get what you get. I had one kindergarten teacher tell me (and this was years ago) that he had students that did not know how to sit in a chair. When I asked him how this was possible, meaning, we sit down to dinner and eat don’t we? He replied, “I have students who have never eaten at a table. They have eaten every meal in front of the tv. Those same kids are now adults, procreating.

    Good luck.

  41. CDean November 2, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    What Mr. Kunstler is saying seems to boil down to this: “I’ve made a name for myself by calling out this culture for its fatuousness, corruption, short-sightedness and venality… and black America is to be faulted for not more enthusiastically embracing this culture in its language and modes of thought, because (let’s get real here) it may be a racket, but it’s the only game in town.”

    • Brushonfour November 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

      Thanks you CDean for articulating the sneaking feeling I had that JHK’s hypocrisy is showing. He makes his living by trashing “White Culture” for the most part, but is incensed that blacks don’t work harder to join it.

  42. Beryl of Oyl November 2, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    I didn’t read the other comments this week, elements of this topic make me furious. It almost always seems to be a person who has done her level best to avoid proximity to any urban black people, or poor people in general, who assumes the mantle of Diagnostician of Racism in Other People.
    I think the people who weren’t ‘car ready’ at the time of the massive sprawl movement got left behind, and they just happened to be black people in a lot of cases, for various reasons. If you have lived in an area (your family) for enough generations, and there is nobody like you in the newer areas, you aren’t as willing to jump ship.
    Why is the Higher Ed racket still tax exempt? Just in case enough people have wised up, local governments have gotten in on the racket at the community college level. Can’t afford the four year degree? Maybe the taxpayer can give you the first two years free!
    In Schenectady, some wealthy developer got richer building a dorm (?) to house downstaters coming up here for an ‘education’, and we saw three young adults get in a fight over food which resulted in a stabbing. I wonder if they were culinary arts students?

  43. nclaughlin November 2, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    “Hierophants”! I had to look it up, what a wonderful word!

  44. DrTomSchmidt November 2, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Welcome to the fight, James.

    You might make reference to Jane Jacobs’ Dark Age Ahead, decrying the corruption in five areas critical to civilized life. The fraud of extend and pretend that conventional oil DIDN’T peak in 2005 and we can live an infinitely growing life on a finite planet will soon hit its wall.

    Those Maoists are going to be deported from the cities, as Pol Pot did, and will suffer in the fields. We who are already cultivating our own gardens will have to help them, but with this proviso: no more acid poured on social relations.

  45. PeteAtomic November 2, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    This anecdote helps illustrate how irrelevant and useless liberal arts education has become in contemporary society.
    This obsession on racialism by these professors reminds me very much of the racial categorization of human beings by Nazi social scientists– complete with specific ‘traits & qualities’ for every specific group.

    The bizarre language & terminology around this culture is reminiscent of something cooked up by L. Ron Hubbard.

    It’s a total pseudo-science. These people may as well be measuring heads of different ethnic groups as a part of their bogus “research.”

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Useless? Or brain washing?
      Did you read all the comments here? If so, what about the one from her ex student?

  46. peakfuture November 2, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    What do conservative blacks think about these points? Even comedians (Chris Rock, for example, and Richard Pryor, ages ago) have done some commentary on black culture.

    Are they subject to the same standards? How do the academics view them, when they take conservative stances?

  47. malthuss November 2, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Since Jim likes to write about tattoos, hers read, ‘Happiness is a atm gun’ but the bullet scraped it.

    Odd?

    Judge: Man who marred Nebraska woman’s ‘warm gun tattoo’
    Jun 13, 2015 – A man serving time for shooting his ex-girlfriend in Nebraska — marring her happiness is a warm gun tattoo — has been ordered to pay her medical bills. ..

  48. Biocharman November 2, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Hi James et. al.,

    I wanted to give some credit to under-rated minorities for things they seem to excel in. I believe in diversity as a reflection of how nature imbues systems with resilience. I focused on one strength in my recent blog post: marvalusmeanderings.blogspot.com/2015/10/physical-reality.html

    I am sure there are others, but evidently they aren’t measured by our educational system. Still, the things you wrote ring true. The shortfalls are not just in language skills, either.

  49. vitaly2030 November 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Sometimes I wonder if the faculty operating the universities are like the Washington bureaucrats in the Iraq green zone. They think they are in control of everything, but actually in control of nothing beyond the wall protecting them.

  50. Jeremy November 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Correct speech?
    You be trippin’ Jim.
    Check out this shit (as dem niggas would say).

    liveleak.com/view?i=581_1446436696

  51. capt spaulding November 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Unfortunately it’s not just about speaking correct English. I have been with black friends in school, who attended classes regularly, got good grades, etc., who have been accused by other blacks of “acting white”. I assume that acting white is only done by “uppity niggers”, while the rest of them carry on as usual, skipping classes, fighting, disrupting classes. My son switched from an open school to a regular school, and the first day he went, he came home and was shocked in class. He couldn’t believe that a black student swore at the teacher and walked out of class. I wound up taking him out of that school, because it was a bad learning environment what with all the disruptive things going on.

  52. Roggie November 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    I sympathise a lot with JHK’s anger about his private conversation being trolled by a complete stranger. It also suggests that any confidant could be a potential informant which I think is the greater offense. His denunciation follows the principles of AgitProp (Agitation+ Propaganda), an aspect of which is the technique by which you cause outrage and dissonance in your opponents by making claims which are unfounded, misleading or just plain nonsense. Note the efficiency of the attack. Rhonda’s message took her possibly 3 minutes to compose but JHK’s indignant refutation I suspect took him rather longer than that, not to mention the emotional energy expended. There is an analogy here to a spam email attack – the it fills up you emotional Inbox and clogs up the works

  53. dweebus November 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    JHK,

    Before one can have an honest conversation about the national project (is there even such a thing anymore), IMHO, you have to admit that structural racism does exist. The stats don’t lie. A disproportianate amout of blacks, latinos, etc are stopped by police, end up in violent police encounters, end up in the joint, are followed around by rent a cops in the dept. store, etc. Why?

    It seems to me there are two possible answers. Minorities are more susceptible to bad behavior, or there is implicit bias out there. Now, as a middle aged white dude, I can tell you, I engaged in plenty of bad behaviour as a youngun’. I DID inhale, as did my friends. Yet I ain’t in the joint. So I don’t buy the former argument, but the latter makes sense. Statistics don’t lie, and anecdotes tell the same story. My wife’s nephew (who is multi-racial) came for a visit. He was walking back to the house with a 6 pack from the gas station and the local cop stopped him and gave him hell. (Yes, he wore a “wife-beater” and a bandana) Yet the old white man who drives to the same store on his law mower tractor to get a cold one gets a pass?

    So institutional racism is real. Having said that, PC nonsense has gone over the top. I understand there are dialects. “Axe” instead of “ask”. “Fittin’ ” instead of “fixing” or “planning to”. Whether right or wrong, this connotes that the speaker isn’t very bright. I see the same low brow speech patterns in “poor white trash” as well.

    So I agree that grammatically correct English should be taught, written as well as spoken. Also, science, mathematics, history, geography, music, art, and so on, as well as reasonable vo-tech classes (shop) for those for whom an academic track is unappealing.

    The PC police on campus are much like the Social Justice Warriors on Tumblr, much sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    So if Rhonda “has the stones” to put it in the vernacular, I would encourage her to debate you, publicly. If Liberty University can countenance the presence of Bernie Sanders, (an avowed socialist) then surely, BC can handle your POV, no?

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      No, there is no reason to believe the races equal in any way. Equality doesn’t exist in nature after all. Why shouldn’t some races run faster? Respond to drugs differently? Have bigger and more complex brains, leading to higher IQ and greater abilities? Have more Testosterone and little capacity for delayed gratification, leading to impulsivity and casual violence?

      • dweebus November 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

        Because the empircal evidence does not lead a thinking person to that conclusion…

        • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

          You sure know a lot that isn’t true. Every world class sprinter is Black. Coincidence? Class Compensation? Or a combination of longer legs, more advanced Achilles heel, and a much higher percentage of fast twitch muscles?

          No you’re right: it’s purely sociological.

  54. laceration November 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    The neo-liberal discourse is like its foreign policy–there can be no Independence or dialogue, only conformity. The penalty is condemnation. Liberal-progressive types who are overwrought with notions of tolerance are in reality very intolerant. Of course this is America, to get to the truth of things, it mostly works to turn them to their opposite. This isn’t just some armchair observation, it’s getting to the point where I wonder if I should even try to befriend or talk to people–learning by the challenge of arguing ideas is verboten. Anything less than reaffirmation is turned back as some sort of personality defect, the weight of the argument notwithstanding. In times that beg for re-thinking and analysis Americans can only talk in muted, happy terms without sharp objects, like a nursery school teacher.

    • dweebus November 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      Again, language matters. “Neo-liberal” is an economic term, that refers to those who subscribe to an more extreme form of free-market economics, such as the Austrian School.

      As opposed to “neo-conservative” which is a geopolitical term referring to those who believed they could remake the post-cold war world in America’s image, by force.

      Quite a few of TPTB are neo-liberal economically and neo-conservative geopolitically. They are complementary ideologies. The term you were looking for is “socially progressive” or just plain “liberal” I think.

  55. DurangoKid November 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    What about the notion that refusing to teach black Americans grammatically correct English is in itself racist? By claiming to protect the feelings of black students they are in reality protecting their own feelings. It’s the faculties that are refusing to confront their protected and privileged positions in the hierarchy. What if they came clean and said to their black students, “I know I’m part of the whole white privilege thing. Here’s how I give you a leg up and finally put an end to white privilege.” Instead they take pity on their poor feelings. And that implies they are pitiful. That dichotomy is the crux of the problem.

    • dweebus November 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      You have a good point. So how does a teacher accomplish this without invalidating the cultural experience of the student? I know you guys say “axe” b u t you can’t get a good job talking that way. (Probably true). Then they go home and Mama says “I axed you to do your homework”. In otherwords the standard English is in conflict with the dialect of those they love. I sure don’t have an answer, just curious.

    • dweebus November 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      And how does the teacher prevent the kid from getting an ass whupping from toughs in the neighborhood for “talking white”. Hence, “code switching”?

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      In other words, they don’t join our culture but rather overthrow it instead. And you think it will just be a matter of classrooms? Or are you gleefully hoping for the inevitable violence as already shown by the evil Black Lives Matter group, a Soros front.

      • dweebus November 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

        Are you really that thick? Geez…

  56. Smoky Joe November 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    The racist comments by the usual crypto-fascists here reveal one thing to me: Fascism needed more intellectuals of Marinetti’s caliber and artistry to appeal to intelligent people.

    The haters here show the real power of Fascist and Nazi thinking: to stir up the thugs.

    • BackRowHeckler November 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Facts themselves are racist, and the truth is unsayable.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      You are one of the Maoists, obviously.

      • Smoky Joe November 3, 2015 at 8:44 am #

        Said it before about you and other would-be Nazi vermin: Can’t live with you, not enough to gather together for a good carpet bombing with napalm.

        Pity, that.

  57. george33 November 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Kunstler-you need to try meditation. it really helps. i use this one several times a day. it is curative.
    youtube.com/watch?v=92i5m3tV5XY

  58. dweebus November 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    I will also say that language (English is obviously dominant, but I would say a second language -probably Spanish- should be mandatory) is primary. Without good language skills, the ability to recieve and digest ideas, or to critically evaluate them and communicate your own ideas is impaired. This was evident in the name “Black Lives Matter” By omitting the implicit “too” or “also” at the end, they inadvertantly closed off a large segment of the population, who heard an implicit “only” at the beginning of the phrase and saw them in a purely adversarial light.. So, yes, being proficient in English matters.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

      No, they said what they meant. Black Lives matter to them, and other people don’t. Ditto many Hispanics. The motto of La Raza; For our race everything, for other races, nothing. You’d think that the very name would have clued in clueless Liberals, but alas not.

  59. Don November 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    I didn’t read all the comments, so this may be a repeat. Remember how Bill Cosby kept preaching about this very subject? How ironic. He could talk like a white guy and everybody thought he was such a great role model. By getting society’s acceptance, he got away with a lot of very bad behaviour. The bankers and politicians who rob us blind also talk read good, so talking style isn’t everything.

    • seawolf77 November 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      The devil never arrives wearing horns on his head. They’re always smiling, personable, and ingratiating and more often then not the thing that seduces you is their talent.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      The all but worship of Blacks that is just now beginning to ebb gave him complete safety, a free passage, a green card to rape.

      • seawolf77 November 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

        I think what is so troubling is as a major star why did he have to do this? He must be evil. There is no other explanation. He loves preying on people. That is how he gets his nut. I never could stand the guy. He just rubbed me the wrong way, no pun intended.

    • routersurfer November 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      complete trust = complete evil.

  60. TimBloom November 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Your opinions on how important standard English is to American culture and why some groups (seemingly) willfully depart from it sound reasonable to me. But alas, I’m not expert in this matter, and I doubt anyone else is either. But they are valid, and obviously not malicious. It got me thinking. Others are welcome to dissent.

    But as a clear example of PC policing, it got me laughing. Even if I thought you were wrong on this, I’d still stand with your right to have and voice opinions. Fortunately, their terms and ideologies are a tempest in a teapot. For the other 99.5 persent of America, they are but an oddity, if even noticed at all.

  61. miasmo November 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler, while I get your point about intellectual intolerance (perfectly encapsulated by Ms. Frederick’s statement, “I cannot allow this kind of ignorance into my space) and do not disagree that it is advantageous for U.S. children from all demographic groups to learn to speak and write standard English, I urge you to read the following summary of Ebonics from linguists’ perspective:

    linguisticsociety.org/content/what-ebonics-african-american-english

    “It should be said, incidentally, that at least SOME of the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the Oakland resolutions arose because the resolutions were misinterpreted as proposals to teach Ebonics itself, or to teach in Ebonics, rather than as proposals to respect and take it into account while teaching standard English. The method of studying language known as ‘contrastive analysis’ involves drawing students’ attention to similarities and differences between Ebonics and Standard English. Since the 1960s, it has been used successfully to boost Ebonics speakers’ reading and writing performance in Standard English, most recently in public schools in DeKalb County, GA, and in Los Angeles, CA (as part of the LA Unified School District’s Academic English Mastery Program).”

    It is not unreasonable to have some teachers who know the grammar and pronunciation rules of “Ebonics” to teach “standard” English to black kids by “contrastive analysis” with what they already know. This is obvious with other languages like Spanish. And you would not expect a native Spanish speaker to forget Spanish and stop speaking it at all once they learn English. When you imply that “black English” is somehow inferior to “standard English,” you are making a subjective assumption that is not at all supported by the science of linguistics. Is it a racist assumption? I think the fact that so many people make that same assumption shows how deeply racism is embedded in our culture and in people’s consciousness. Do you ever wonder why your posts draw so many approving comments that are so blatantly racist?

    Please take my critique as coming from someone with respect and admiration for most of your writing. I recommend your blog to friends, but with the disclaimer that your “crabby old white guy” style sometimes veers into Archie Bunker territory.

    • Vlad the Inhaler November 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      I’m dare say that you could translate to and from Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Farsi, Hindi, German, French or other languages the following:

      “A body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force”, or

      “Half the passengers, weakened, expiring as a result of those inconceivable agonies that the rolling of a ship causes in the nerves and in all the humours of a body when they are shaken in opposing directions, did not even have the strength to worry about the danger.”, or

      “a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.”, or

      “Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear things that do sound so fair? In the name of truth, are ye fantastical, or that indeed which outwardly ye show? My noble partner you greet with present grace and great prediction of noble having and of royal hope, that he seems rapt withal.

      “To me you speak not. If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear your favours nor your hate.”

      Can Ebonics be included in the above list?

      • miasmo November 3, 2015 at 1:25 am #

        No languages translate perfectly word for word. I think your assumptions about AAVE (African American Vernacular English) being unique in its inability to convey the ideas expressed in your examples says more about your conscious or subconscious racism. Unfortunately, I am not an expert in AAVE, so I cannot do translation of those sentences myself. I would take someone fluent in both.

        • Whoopdy-Do November 3, 2015 at 11:07 am #

          There’s an app for that!!

          joel.net/EBONICS/translator

          1. Yo uh body continues in its state o’ rest or uniform motion in uh straight line unless acted upon by an external force Ya’ dig?

          2. Yo Half da passengers, weakened, expiring as uh result o’ those inconceivable agonies dat da rolling o’ uh ship causes in da nerves an’ in all da humours o’ uh body when dey is shaken in opposing directions, did not even gots da strengf ta trip ’boutthe danger what ‘chew trippin foo’

          3. O uh thermodynamic quantity representing da unavailability o’ uh system’s thermal energy fo’ conversion into mechanical werk, often interpreted as da degree o’ disorder or randomness in da system ya’ll is mad stupid.

          4. O pimp-tight nigga, why do you start an’ seem ta fear things dat do sound so fair? In da name o’ truf, is ye fantastical, or dat indeed which outwardly ye show? muh motha fuckin noble partner you greet wif present grace an’ great prediction o’ noble havin` an’ o’ royal hope, dat he seems rapt withal ya’ll is mad stupid.

          5. Ta me you speak not. If you can peep into da seeds o’ tyme an’ say which grain will grow an’ which will not, speak, then, ta me, who neither beg nor fear yo’ favours nor yo’ mah fuckin hate all ye damn hood ratz.

          Offered in the spirit of public service,
          Whoopdy

          • Q. Shtik November 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

            Whoopdy,

            I take it that you are a Brit of some sort as revealed by your spelling of favours.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Why? Because this is our Civilization and not theirs. They have to come up to our level, but instead they are dragging Whites down to their “civilization”. One can only assume that they cannot climb up. Others can and choose not to. Others do climb up and continue to identify with those who don’t – and use their abilities to spew venom at us.

    • Brushonfour November 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank you Miasmo! I think the intellectual level of this blog’s comments must have increased, or else JHK is just brilliant at sparking a literary food fight! I worship JHK in many ways, but the “crowdsourcing” of these comments has taken apart his arguments, and–Lord Forbid–revealed his natural racism!!!

      “Do you ever wonder why your posts draw so many approving comments that are so blatantly racist”

      “Crabby old white guy.” That’s okay, he’s a genius, and his intellectual contributions will be celebrated hundreds of years from now, but JHK is not exactly strong in the “emotional intelligence” category. Whether his orneriness is a side effect from his heart surgery, or his natural crankiness, his obsession with aesthetics (baggy shorts and swim trunks) and language that do not remind him of his caucasian-growing-up-wonder-years can get tiresome.

  62. Vlad the Inhaler November 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    An excellent article.

  63. miasmo November 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Way to class up the comment section with crude sexism! Nice! You jack asses are making me rethink telling anyone about this blog.

  64. volodya November 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    The job of the academic is to see the world with clear eyes and a clear head. But, as most of us already knew, and as JHK illustrates today, this isn’t the case.

    The river of money brought to campus (as Swmnguy says) by the doctrine of bottom-line maximization, let the college clerisy assume that they’re insulated and protected from the outside world.

    The clerisy thought they could create for themselves a new world, that they could administer justice by their own rules, that they could tear people down as they saw fit. Woe to the brave man that challenged them.

    But I think they’ll find out that things have changed.

    It’s part of a larger societal pattern: look at what profit-maximization ideology accomplished so far. As Bernie said, 60,000 factories went overseas.

    “Globalization” they call it. Well, globalization cuts both ways. By moving production overseas for the purpose of suppressing wage-costs, enormous power went across the Pacific with all those factories and the money they generate.

    Read what Barry Lynn just wrote in Harper’s magazine, that corporations that re-located to China, now find themselves under the boot of the Chinese regime.

    The men that rule China are tightening their grip and the Americans that once ruled over these offshored businesses are finding out who really has power.

    American oligarchs that couldn’t foresee this highly likely outcome had their heads up their ass.

    What’s done is done. Now, the Chinese autocrat calls the shots and American plutocrats, if they know what’s good for them, serve the new boss. The offshoring to China, driven by blind greed, gave rise to a powerful Chinese elite which put this new economic might to their own use.

    In the past, it was the American corporation, and its legion of well-paid workers, that financed the network of American educational institutions. No more, bye-bye to all that.

    Those American workers are now out of work and if they’re still working, are no longer well paid. And the American corporation, that once employed them, is now in China and under Chinese control.

    As a result, the American professorial class that JHK writes about, no longer has the economic underpinnings to support them.

    Bet on this, that the people teaching on Chinese campuses – as the new intellectual elite – will have different views on things. American campus PC absurdities? Bye-bye to that too.

    • Buck Stud November 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Excellent recommendation, Volyada: the link below:

      harpers.org/archive/2015/11/the-new-china-syndrome/2/

      • routersurfer November 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

        Good read. Thanks. This was the path I saw back in the 70’s with President Nixon getting off the plane in China……they did not care a rat’s rear end about him. Greenspan was a few paces behind in the shadows. That was the day I saw the end of the America as a world power. We can blow it up. But we will never control it as we did before that day. Welcome to the New world order. Expect fleets sailing ships on the west coast of America to be flying the Chinese flag in the years after the end of oil. Hell, maybe nuclear ships in just a few years. Our kill ratio is now below what it would take to win a war with China. They have the will. We do not. We can not even teach English in our schools.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

          Yes, a pivotal moment. Nixon nixed America and then they had the gall to spin it as “opening China” even as America was emptied of jobs and opened to cheap Chinese goods. Utterly shameless people who should have been locked up or driven out.

          • Florida Power November 3, 2015 at 7:45 am #

            Even under Mao China could not be ignored forever, so if not Nixon then some other. The proximate cause of “opening China” was the attempt by rogue Soviets to frame the Chinese for a nuclear attack on the USA. The scheme — involving a retired-class submarine of the type that the Soviets had sold to China and that was trackable by the US Navy — backfired when the sub, piloted by rogue Soviets, exploded in the Pacific. The USGov called on Howard Hughes and his Glomar Explorer to find the sub. The official story was that the sub was not recovered, that it broke apart upon attempts to grasp and raise. The unofficial story is that in fact at least critical elements of the sub allowing identification and clarification of purpose were recovered and the ship’s bell was presented, without comment, to the Soviets. A direct line of communication with China was deemed necessary to the safety of the world.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      As it should be. The political must control the economic and never the other way around. Greed must not rule because it cannot do so well. Profit is not justice and justice is not profit. As you say, the greedy fools must bow, but they will still profit. The biggest fools of all are the American People who allowed this. Conservatives are the worst in this regard: since it’s “private” and not Government, they the mass relocation is sacred and beyond reproach.

  65. kurt November 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    “If you spoke as she did, sir, instead of the way you do; you might be selling flowers too” — Prof. Henry Higgins.

    • Whoopdy-Do November 3, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      “Yo If you spoke as she did, nigga, instead o’ da way you do; you might be selling flowers too and shit.”

  66. seawolf77 November 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    I have to say this sounds like the Republicans bitching about the debate questions/format. Public discourse is messy, always has been, always will be. Complaining about it is like complaining about growing old, momentarily satisfying but ultimately a waste of time. It is what it is. The black/white thing can never be fixed. It can only be soothed. I’m from the south and I can tell you those people will never let it go and it wafts into the discourse as incumbent superiority; as in this piece the language spoken by whites is inherently superior. While it is probably true, it is also borderline racist. I think America should make more of an effort to speak foreign languages. We are obsessed with everyone being like us. I really believe this is why more Americans don’t travel internationally. They are afraid of the language difficulty.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      How can one not be “racist’ since is in fact, a particular race? Do you think other races worry about this? News flash: they don’t. But they learn quickly the magic words to manipulate silly Whites.

      And don’t bother quoting the dictionary. Universities have long superseded the simple definition of racism so now it’s an indictment of all things White – even our very existence. The supposed or faux universal is being used to erase our particularity. It is our right and duty to oppose this by every means at our disposal.

      • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

        How can one not be “racist’ since is in fact, a particular race?

        / what are you trying to convey?

        • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

          Oh, I meant to say, How can one not be racist since one is, in fact, of a particular race?

          This is of course not the traditional definition of racism, but is in fact, the definition that is used against Whites (and only Whites). All other races are for themselves and advocate for themselves. But Whites are forbidden this on pain of being seen as utterly evil. It’s just another way of saying we don’t have the right to exist since that is the ultimate conclusion to such a policy. Of course the proponents deny that is the intent, but notice they don’t change their support when it’s pointed out that that is the inevitable result. In other words, they want to genocide us “by accident” just as the US had hoped to take down Assad by the same kind of happy chance.

          • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

            In the ‘isittrue’ column, did Marx invent the term, ‘racism?’

          • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

            TryTrots.

      • miasmo November 2, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

        Why should I care about race? Why should I ally myself with you instead of allying myself with people I like and respect regardless of their ethnic background? What is the logic of your racism?

        • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 4:22 am #

          It’s natural to like one’s own people and take care of them, just as a Mother cares for her own children far more than anyone else’s. What would you think of a Mother who cared more for other people’s children? Unfit and Monster come to mind. The analogy is perfect is it not?

          You of course might like a foreigner or some of another race very much. But you duty is to your own. Amazing, eh? Not to do exactly what you impulses dictate. And of course as a Maoist you are very disciplined: against everything White, Western, and Normal. Did you and your kind learn anything from the disaster of the Cultural Revolution? Not a thing. Still committed to abnormality. Putting distinguished old men, experts in their fields, out to work in the fields makes perfect sense to you. Taking away an iron plow that has been in a family for decades in order to meet the iron quota makes sense to you. So what if they starve – the population must be lowered.

          So you “like” the alien because he is alien – an ally in your demented war against those whom Nature has entrusted you to love and have loyalty towards. If the aliens are wise they will drive you out or otherwise deal with you once your usefulness is at an end. Who needs traitors around?

          Hope that answered your question if you were talking to me. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

          • miasmo November 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

            I’m glad you don’t like Maoism. Neither do I, from what little I know about it.

            As to my actual point, there are good people and awful people from all backgrounds. I trust my own judgement more than I trust any irrational rules based on miniscule genetic differences. Your worldview is circular logic. Sure, if every ethnic group is against every other ethnic group and wants to commit genocide against all the others, then there is some survival benefit to allying oneself with ones ethnic group. But since that is not the case (as much as you may fantasize and obsess on it) your position makes no sense.

            This is the exact lesson of the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospels. You profess to be a Christian, but clearly you are failing at it.

          • Brushonfour November 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

            Janos, What you’re advocating is simple “Tribalism.” It has its advantages in promoting small-scale social cohesion, but the world needs less nationalism, not more. We are not going to solve the world problems which JHK explicates with more barbaric tribalism.

          • capt spaulding November 7, 2015 at 11:53 am #

            If you re-arrange the letters in miasmo, you can spell maoism

  67. routersurfer November 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Free speech is dead. Welcome to the PC Ghetto.

    Hey, Jim congratulations ! Welcome to the level of fame that has no ” Off the record ” private life. I wish you well in monetizing it to the maximum.

    Going to block off a few days to read all four books in a row. You have joined the elite list of writers in my life I will invest that much of my time and money in.

    Thank you.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

      What Jim does not seem to get is that Rhonda is a ‘two fer.’

      As in 2 fer the price of 1.
      She is both black and female. ‘HIRED.’

  68. MisterDarling November 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    First of all, I do not support the slanderous accusation leveled at Mr. Kunstler. There’s not much I can add in his defense that he hasn’t addressed, so that’s as far as I’ll go at this point in time… Without further ado, I will turn my attention to his latest post.

    First this: “There is such a thing as standard grammatical English.”-JHK.

    This is a ‘provocative’ statement at this juncture in the United States of America. After decades of assault on everything supporting the Social Contract (referred to disparagingly as ‘collectivism’ in some quarters) including commonly held standards of behavior, conduct and communication – the backbone of culture in other words – the nation has arrived at a terminal place where last-ditch attempts and excuses fall apart and zealotry takes charge.

    The nation fell prey to greedy, short-sighted oligarchs – as rich republics typically do [*] – and the glue that held the nation together – employment – was subverted, exported or eliminated. Now the very idea of having any common standard at all seems ‘optional’ to some.

    Regarding JHK’s explanation of African-Americans resisting assimilation at the very thresh-hold of acceptance, I see that as only partially correct. There was a dramatic shift in employment and corresponding capital expenditure reduction from 1956 forward. The issue is less that ‘Black America’ rejected joining the mainstream, than the means to do so were disappearing even as the offer was being extended.

    The primary reason that African Americans play such a prominent role in the American underclass today is economic, not the cultural influence of Malcolm X and his fellow separatists. The argument that this handful of provocative individuals exercised that much power and control is not compelling. However, an argument that African-Americans were the first to get economically jettisoned is strongly supported by the data.

    Lastly this: “The diversity cult of the day is a smokescreen to disguise this fundamental fact of American life: much of black America has simply opted out.”-JKH.

    This may be true at this juncture, but as Mr. Kunstler has been at pains to remind us all (many times) so has a large segment of the Poor White underclass. Additionally, everything that you can say about a pervasive African-American separatist tendency, you can now say about Southern White culture with its apparent rejection of Reason in favor of a concoction of psuedo-science, psuedo-religion [**], imaginary traditions and whatever else helps assuage *their* sense of grievance.

    In conclusion, this is as much an **American** problem as an African-American problem. Furthermore, Mr. Kunstler is correct to compare his attempted character assassination-by-proxy to the outbreak of zealotry that happened when Mao’s regime struggled to deflect attention from it’s crimes and strategic failures. This sort of behavior is precisely what we would expect to occur when a nation-state (or an empire) stalls and rolls into a death-spiral.

    Cheers!

    😉

    — — —

    [*] Consider the example of Athens and the Venetian Republic.

    [**] So much of the modern ‘Bible Belt’ is under the sway of mega-churches, but what does it say about a class of church which refrains from displaying even a cross – as Barbara Ehrenreich astutely observed?

    • ozone November 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      MD,
      Apologies in advance; that’s a very thoughtful post. 🙂

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      What does it say? That’s they’re politically correct, perhaps. Or afraid of offending the Jews whom they often all but worship.

  69. wpa_ccc November 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    “Is this little project to instruct black youth in the fine points of the Queen’s English our strongest card against the coming coup de etat by the “cornpone nazis,” who will go riding up the Acela corridor on horseback, traveling along highways littered with abandoned Taco Bell franchises and the rusting hulks Walmart tractor trailers? This is a question of priorities, I suppose.” — Danny Martin

    Agree 100%, Danny Martin, and elegantly expressed.

    When Latinos gain political power, and some Latino intellectuals opine that whites would do better economically if only they bothered to learn standard spoken Spanish, I hope whites will be as eager to “assimilate,” and learn Castilian Spanish, as they are insistent upon Blacks doing so.

    If whites refuse to learn Castilian Spanish… well, that will explain the existence of the white underclass.

    • vengeur November 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

      By your logic blacks will be left out again when we make the transition to Spanish. LOL. ( I am white and enjoy learning Spanish).

  70. piltdownman November 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    Jim –

    When your ire is raised by this sort of insanity, it definitely tightens your focus and sharpens your pencil. This is one of the most eloquent, no-holds-barred fusillades you’ve ever unleashed.

  71. FrogCounter November 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    There is a research study that appears to be relevant to this discussion.

    Edward Anderson

    College English

    Vol. 43, No. 8 (Dec., 1981), pp. 807-812+817

    Published by: National Council of Teachers of English

    A brief excerpt:

    “One’s occupation to a great extent determines the degree to which he or she is successful in life. Success in an occupation….one’s use of a particular register of language or dialect on as well as off the job often determines the degree of success in it. Some employers expect their employees to use a kind of language that they think lends prestige to the company and an air of competence to the employees. Some employers use this kind of language themselves and expect their employees to use it on the job simply because the believe it be the best brand of English. The kind of language most often preferred for these reasons in the business in the business community is standard or educated English, the language some people call ‘good’ English.”

  72. budizwiser November 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    JK,

    I certainly enjoy your verbosity. Your loquacious vitriol is a mainstay of your weekly ranting. And I think it lends character to your character.

    But, me thinks you doth protest too much…….

    Could it be that you finished your second glass wine before confiding in these learned dinner companions?

    In any case – I offer my heartfelt “big deal” interjection to this matter.

    As an aside – I happen to be someone that attended college as a working, self-supported adult. My work schedule afforded me time to take classes during the day.

    I eye-witnessed this “non-issue” of students using “black English.”

    And this behavior was common place and deemed acceptable even in the ’80s.

    Old news JK – old news………

    • Sean Coleman November 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      You say it is a non-issue and old hat. I think what you really mean (but won’t say) is that JHK is wrong. Do you mind me asking why exactly he is wrong? Is it something you *feel*? In other words, something visceral and emotional?

      • Skip Breakfast November 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

        If budizwiser doesn’t give you an acceptable answer, I try to in my long comment way down below.

    • James Howard Kunstler November 3, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      I was the only person at the dinner table NOT drinking alcohol — because I had a 5:30 wake-up to drive home to upstate NY.

      • budizwiser November 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

        Thanks for noting my comment.

        I apologize for suggesting that part of the your evening’s discourse was a result of alcohol induced self importance.

        But I do want to offer to this blog – that my experience suggests that the current “political correctness” is even more rooted than typical racist attitudes.

        I am racist enough to acknowledge that I believe that people who are too lazy or indifferent to speak well – are not as smart as me.

  73. Sean Coleman November 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    I’m reading Chang and Halliday’s biography of Mao once again. When I was at university in the late 70s there were plenty of people who thought the man was, on the whole, good.

    Where exactly did the pc plague come from? We know it is American in origin and that it has spread down from academia into the media, where it now dominates without opposition (certainly from my experience of England and Ireland) and is now the default ‘orientation’ of probably a majority of the population, especially the young. It seemed to emerge out of the womb fully fledged, apart from some of the recent discoveries in sexual orientation. This is evident in Malcolm Bradbury’s 1975 novel The History Man with sociology lecturer Howard Kirk. Before that, from the 1930s I think, in Britain there were the rich communists at Oxford and Cambridge, Tracing its American roots, I keep coming back to John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces). It seemed to explode onto the scene after WW2. Possibly its roots were in Roosevelt’s Big Government years. this quote has always stuck in my mind from my student years, by Al Smith in 1936 (From ‘Freedom From Fear’): ‘”Who is Ickes?” he asked. “Who is Wallace? Who is Hopkins, and, in the name of all that is good and holy, who is Tugwell, and where did he blow from?”‘

    As for Ms Frederick and her ‘novelist/journalist’ stuff how, with a writing style like that, did she manage to become an academic/teacher/denunciatress? And what is she talking about saying he had wandered into her space?

  74. Sean Coleman November 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    “They are cowards and I am their enemy.”

    Reminds me of Peter Hitchens ending one or two of his own articles (including one about sixty-year-old establishment liberals grooving at Rolling Stones concerts), “How I hate them.”

    By the way, the driving force for pc is, I am certain, emotional and associated with that half of the population who are extravert.

  75. wpa_ccc November 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    You can model proper behavior, you can speak perfect English, you can be innocent… but if you have Black skin you can still end up in prison because of structural racism among police, prosecutors, juries, and jails.

    “the few studies that have been done estimate that between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the U.S. are innocent (for context, if just 1% of all prisoners are innocent, that would mean that more than 20,000 innocent people are in prison).” — The Innocence Project

    More than 70% of exonerees are people of color (African American, Latino or Asian) while the remainder are white.

    http://www.innocenceproject.org

  76. Motoman November 2, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    Oh James. There is an invisible fence when you talk about race. If you agree with the liberal version that nothing is the fault of black people then you are inside the fence and will never be questioned. But if you have any other theory then you are outside the fence and will be targeted. you see what im sayin…. man…

  77. pentrus November 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    I teach science in a high school setting. One thing I insist on is using good grammar. However, when I correct a student who uses bad grammar, the response I often get is, “Hey, man, this is science. Why do you care about grammar?” I try to explain that when making an argument from any standpoint, be it science or otherwise, those that have a credible command of the language will be taken more seriously and will be better understood by those in whatever academic area they are addressing. I further state that using good grammar also applies to trade areas, where communication may be exacting for folks that are addressing various safety issues and building codes. There is no room for slang or dialects that do not precisely describe the requirements of the job to be done. It is an uphill battle, especially when educational experts seem to work against such things by minimizing the need to use proper grammar.

  78. FincaInTheMountains November 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Political correctness – an effective “soft” censorship and suppression of free speech, was originally invented in the Soviet Union and was flourishing during my student years in the 1970 in all colleges and universities. Even the term “political correctness” is a word-to-word translation of the relevant Russian term.

    By “soft” I mean it was never punishable by hard term in Gulag – those times were way back in the 30s, but it would ruin your prospects for any meaningful carrier for good.

    But there is a huge difference in implementation of such censorship in the United States compared to the Soviet version – Americans found a very effective, market-oriented way to enforce it without centralizing it into some vertically-controlled structure like Russians did.

    They just simply cut the “guilty” person from financial streams, in the case described by JHK, from speakership fees. And since that resource is limited and there is a competition, there always will be a willing party to make a stink of any millimeter-size deviation from the unannounced, but nevertheless very “relevant” rules.

  79. Frankiti November 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    “This is what I posted on my social medias, am sharing with you and your agent.”

    “I was not at the dinner, but two of my friends/colleagues were; I trust their recollections implicitly.”

    A third party posting the recollections of others on her social media.

    “I cannot allow this kind of ignorance into my space and…”

    Her space that she was not inhabiting.

    One thing is obviously clear… why she was uninvited.

  80. fodase November 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    More than 70% of exonerees are people of color (African American, Latino or Asian) while the remainder are white.

    being an extreme leftist, you are incapable of admitting why this is, and will invent a narrative to fit your insane premise.

    also, tell us what percentage are black, what % are latino and what % are asian, just to clarify the situation a bit.

    another try at lumping loser cultures in with higher-order cultures to mask the horrible self-inflicted nature of black (and to a lesser extent, latino — and to a much lesser extent, Asian) pathological behavior.

    just like you lumped Christian, Jewish and muslim winners of the Nobel prize into a single group to try to have some de facto scientific accomplishment rub off on the despicable muslim terrocracy by association.

    I salue my Black and Whit brothers and sisters who see the ghastly necrotic black and white cultural pathologies for what they are, and refrain from shouting ‘racism’ like a shrieking banshee in order to cover up the moat in your own eye.

    fodase

    • Q. Shtik November 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

      Hear! Hear!

      p.s. it’s mote

  81. Frankiti November 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    I had an old friend on Facebook a long time ago, during my brief stint with it before ultimately finding the entire experience empty, and quitting. She wrote a post about being “mad”. I made a tongue-in-cheek-comment that as a literature professor she should be using proper English. It turns out that she is a professor of black literature (she’s as Anglo as Queen Elizabeth’s left ass-cheek) at one of those ridiculously expensive north-eastern private colleges that cater to the daddies with a lot of money and pull, but not sufficient, and kids with some smarts, but not enough, to get into an Ivy. They’re scattered about the north; Bucknell, Union, Colgate, Hobart… you get it.
    She sent me a cryptic private reply explaining that she could not risk offending her colleagues, students and friends with my hurtful comment (she deleted it). I was completely and utterly shocked. I took it for a joke at first. She then shortly unfriended me.

    No more stories and photos of her sexual escapades in Jamaica, working so hard on getting that street-cred. When she was relocating to a city I had not long ago lived-in and wanted suggestions she had my sister place a call during a visit with her. I had my sister place me on speaker-phone. I said I don’t mid helping friends, but that ****** is a f****** c**t, and I don’t help f***** c**ts. I regret my sister’s children and husband being present, but not really. Everybody should know a fraud exposed.

  82. fodase November 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    I hope whites will be as eager to “assimilate,” and learn Castilian Spanish, as they are insistent upon Blacks doing so

    That’s exactly what Whites do, they learn to speak correctly. Look at all the European Whites that did that emigrated to the United States. As a result, they are highly successful and become the gold standard.

    Of course, inferiors convert their own self-loathing for failure to emulate the same learning pricess into cries of racism.

    It’s so much easier than working hard.

    It can even get you a professorship in an irrelevant area like privilege and gender where you pretend to be an academic and vent your tiny mind on ‘social medias’, what a joke.

    fodase

  83. FincaInTheMountains November 2, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Being a first-generation immigrant I do appreciate ability of a person to speak proper, well-pronounced English. Understanding of the spoken language, especially on the phone, was my biggest problem and fear within the first 2-3 years of living in the country.

    I was lucky enough and my first technical manager was a young white guy from Wyoming, who had spoken extremely well and clear. At first I suspected that he did it for my benefit, but then I realized it was just his manner of speech.

    Unfortunately for him, he didn’t make a good career in the corporate environment where it seemed that the most stupid people managed to make it to senior management. I still remember how unsuccessful I was explaining a trivial fractional problem to a senior vice-president of the Company.

    Personally, I didn’t care – I was working as a consultant, usually changing 2-3 companies within a year for various duration projects. It was more fun and, of course, a much better pay (not to speak about being more creative in your tax returns).

    My only fear was to get for the first interview to a black hiring manager, because my ability to understand the “black” variety of English spoken language came much later – after 4-5 years of living in the country and watching multitudes of stupid TV shows.

    I still remember a complete fiasco with one black lady whom I couldn’t understand for the life of me, and she seemed to be quite furious with me for that.

  84. wpa_ccc November 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    “where you pretend to be an academic and vent your tiny mind” –fodase

    Yes, academic wars are so fierce because there is so little at stake. I am surprised JHK allowed himself to be sucked in, given that there are issues of significantly more importance.

    Pax vobis.

    • Q. Shtik November 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

      given that there are issues of significantly more importance. – wpa

      ============

      Yeah, like beer and fantasy sports.

  85. fodase November 2, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    yes i have battled with learnng 3 languages other than English, fincal, i know just where you’re coming from.

    i can imitate accents extremely well and fool natives into thinking i’m one of them – until i have to keep speaking more than a few sentences.

    naturally, you don’t have the cadences or vocabulary to really fit in. plus, you don’t find the same things funny, for example. so they then know you’re a foreigner.

    here in brazil they often comment that they thought i was a southern (read white) brazilian due to the lack of accent.

    one of my german friends (at the time i was living in germany) once told me that before he realized i was foreign, and listened to me speak, he thought i was a german, but that i was retarded lol…

    allahu akhbar

    • Q. Shtik November 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

      i can imitate accents extremely well ………….one of my german friends once told me that before he realized i was foreign, and listened to me speak, he thought i was a german – fodase

      ================

      My brother-in-law is quite uneducated and utters so many mispronunciations and malapropisms that I want to tear my hair out (just to mention a few of hundreds I could site — he sounds the ‘s’ at the end of Illinois, he says chimley for chimney, he puts a ‘d’ on the end of goal). However, like you, fodase, he can somehow capture the sound of various languages (especially German) even though what he is saying is complete gibberish. He could do one of those fanatical Hitler speeches that you would swear was the original.

  86. home-to-roost November 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Ever since your 5/4/15 post (English Spoken Here), I have been wondering about an issue which a few have attempted to raise here:

    What “better future” awaits young African-Americans in your post-industrial, post-petroleum, post-technological World Made by Hand if they would only learn to speak Standard English. Would they make better agricultural workers? You have suggested that those are the jobs of the future in more than a few posts here. And those bright young dark-skinned Asians you spoke to in NJ, would their Standard English, science and math make them good overseers? Did you challenge them to compute a better way to survive without electricity or a more efficient way to stew a squirrel?

    Remember when Martin Luther King was America’s Demon du Jour? And Rosa Parks a trouble maker? They spoke Standard English. So did Frederick Douglas, Adam Clayton Powell, Marcus Garvey, and Elijah Muhammad. Oh yes, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Huey Newton. They all spoke Standard English. So do Barack and Michelle Obama, Eric Holder, John Lewis and Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Richard Sherman. South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney spoke Standard English.

    Young African-Americans regardless of how they speak can see and hear the hatred, the vitriol and the contempt with which these people and others have been and are regarded (this blog included). Some have simply made the calculation that it’s not worth the trouble. And if we are headed toward the future you keep writing about in this blog, learning to speak Standard English, if you’re not learning it already, is not worth the trouble. It’s just not going to happen, so there is no need to keep raging about it.

    “…much of black America has simply opted out. They don’t want to assimilate…” I wish this were true. I wish we could stop eating the junk food, watching the stupid TV, playing the video games, taking the narcotics and drinking the alcohol, living beyond our means, going into debt, buying the cars and electronics and the other garbage made by people making less than a dollar a day, joining the military and killing people who never called us “niggers” (add Muhammad Ali to the list above) and destroying the environment like other Americans.

    If the world you envision is on the horizon, then your readers are soon going to discover (it’s already happened, some just don’t realize it yet) that “we are all niggers now.”

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Yes, it’s for the best. If they’re clearly alien in their speech and habits, it will be easier to turn them away when they come a begging to come into our New World. In the end, Blacks have chosen to remain themselves. The transition is to steep – we are as alien to them as the are to us. Strange how you can’t recognize their racism, how they call us boy, see as cold, shy, weak, uptight, etc. In other words, see us as failed Blacks.

      It’s a paradigm shift, like realizing the world is round. Blacks really are different. They know it, you and those like you do not. And it makes for much comedy and sometimes tragedy as when European tourists waltz into ghettoes having believed the lies they’ve heard. Most American Liberals are far more canny, utter hypocrites that they are.

      • Helen Highwater November 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

        “Our” New World? ha ha You just might be in for a big surprise.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

          Exactly. You don’t think we are a we or at least shouldn’t be. You are 100% committed to White extinction and you never even thought about it. You’re like that about everything, actually. You just absorb whatever is given to you. You always were like that – getting straight A’s as a little girl. Always regurgitating whatever you were given. And they thought you were smart. And you still think you are, but you’re not.

    • SW November 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

      Indeed, I must agree with your last paragraph. Welcome to The Plantation. We hope you’ll be happy here.

    • malthuss November 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

      Bitter? What are you about?

  87. fodase November 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    best line of the week:

    Hilarious! We have a white chick who thinks she’s black, a former Olympic athlete who thinks he’s a girl, a president who thinks he’s a real American, a democrat candidate who thinks she’s honest…..is it any wonder we’re the world’s joke?

    …in response to the outing of a woman as white who’d headed up the NAACP when she was ‘black’.

    woohoo, leftist idiocy at its best. liberal black people can’t even identify or vet a woman who’s 100% white of white parents.

    liberalism really is a mental disease.

    you can’t make this stuff up.

  88. alfalfa November 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    So if blacks can’t speak, why did these black teams win a debate competition?

    youtube.com/watch?v=fmO-ziHU_D8

  89. alfalfa November 2, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    If blacks (or African-Americans or whatever) can’t speak, why did these black teams win a debate competition?

    youtube.com/watch?v=fmO-ziHU_D8

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

      If we’re all equal and shit, why come Blacks never even invented the wheel? Or writing? Is these things too White or too racist?

      At one debate, the Black team started rapping. Terrified of seeming to be racist, the school gave them the victory.

      Of course the examples you give could be legitimate. Cherry picked data are one of the appetizers in the Liberal meal. They used to pick the best Black test results and compare them to the worst White results in a desperate attempt to prove equality. Or even Black superiority if they could. Liberals don’t really believe in equality in other words – they like to pick favorites and of course worship Blacks.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

      Great stuff. Just big children like our ancestors said. The whole idea of people like this being in school is so wrong headed to begin with. Obviously they should be out working or something. They have all together too much energy and little to no interest in what’s going on there. They are the ones who should have been doing what the Mexicans were brought in to do. But they Mexicans are much better workers compared to these good for nothings. So we brought in a whole new people, one who hates us, to do what these should have been doing. Double screwed.

      The kid seems to be the only guy and is showing off for the females. He’s not even mad, but his type could go from that to murderous rage in a heart beat. A possible racial aspect to it: she’s not White but some kind of East African, maybe an Ethiopian. Very alien to these West and Central African types, with him being some kind of Hispanic/Black mix. Some of the Ethiopian and Somalis don’t consider themselves Black at all – and think of what we call Blacks as inferiors. There are racisms we know nothing about. The kid would not be considered Black in parts of the Caribbean or Central America either, though he probably identifies that way here since he’s not culturally Hispanic.

  90. Pucker November 2, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    Scene from the movie “Pulp Fiction”:

    “English, MuthaFucka! Do you speak it?!”

  91. SW November 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    I remember my Dad telling me that some of his friends were sent to “private” schools for first generation Americans that were taught by nationals from Italy, Poland, and Greece and then, as adults, sounded like they’d just gotten off the boat. Dad’s family were poor and they had to attend public school (this was during the Depression) and he said how glad he was he hadn’t gone to any of the private ones.

    The black prison team that won the debate spoke excellent English. But that’s not why they won – they won b/c they out-debated Harvard. It’s a completely different issue.

    What started out as a good idea – confronting people who used racial slurs – making the country a more equitable one by not stigmatizing people with disabilities – has become an hysterical, self-righteous witch hunt. I was talking to a friend at work and said I didn’t quite understand the transgender issue and was condescendingly told I’d best keep my opinion to myself. Probably good advice. Soon there will be no need for surveillance as we’ll all be monitoring each other for “transgressions” around the clock.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      Oh c’mon. Confronting “people” who make racial slurs? Don’t you mean Whites? Your weak attitude, held by so many, was a green light for the monsters. Blood in the water for human sharks. Now you are the one in danger of thought crime. You are not entirely undeserving.

  92. the camels bell November 2, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Veritas Omnia Vincit, however cultural Kool-Aid
    can kick the shit out of the manipulated mind.

  93. Janos Skorenzy November 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Consider: China’s Cultural Revolution lasted ten years. Ours is still growing strong at fifty plus. There’s going to be nothing left. Coincidence? Or was that always the goal? The Elite supported the rise of Rock Music, Feminism, Communism, Homosexuality, Rap, and now Trangenderism. Joe McCarthy underestimated the infiltration but he thought it was from Russia. Wrong: America is the home of Communism. Manhattan is ground zero. The John Birch Society did great work in their day in holding back the beast. The last two generations have mounted much less effective oppositions.

  94. BackRowHeckler November 2, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    250,000 muslims entered Europe in October alone, and they’re still coming. These are epochal times and we’re alive to bear witness, the end of white Christian Europe, a process begun in August, 1914 and wrapping up now. When the Bolsheviks took Russia in 1917, historical Russia was looted of its cultural and religious wealth, that is, churches and museums were stripped of anything that held any value and sold. We are seeing how ISIS is destroying architectual treasures in Palmyra, blowing up ancient Roman ruins. That raises the question, the treasures of western Europe, the museums of Paris, Berlin and London, the ancient Cathedrals and chapels, the public monuments, the historic buildings, the Roman ruins and the Vatican in Italy. the cemeteries (Muslims have destroyed Jewish cemeteries in Malmo, Sweden), is there any way to protect them from destruction when European governments go down, shariah law is imposed, and the Caliphate is installed? Here in the US, too, evil forces are at work. Do you think destroying Confederate monuments and digging up Confederate Generals is going to be the end of it? No, they’re just getting warmed up, these locusts. Its all coming down, ending up in a pile of rubble, and that’s when final victory will be declared, and George Soros installed as emperor.

    A place needs to be found on earth where order will prevail and the relics of 2000 years of western civilization can be protected and preserved for posterity, the things worth saving. Where will it be? The only place i can think of right now is eastern Europe and Russia, which still have some balls and may be able to hold out for a long time, maybe forever. i’m not sure how long Israel can hold on before it is just overwhelmed. As American philosopher Eric Hoffer said, to paraphrase, “as Israel goes down, so goes the western world.”

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 12:53 am #

      Ha, still shilling for Israel, eh? Who do you think Soros is but an agent of International Jewry? And you said nothing about the White Race: you care about our treasures but not us. The Jews take the same attitude.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 1:03 am #

      What utter bullshit. The West has been going down ever since the creation of Israel. We’ll be fine without Israel just like we were fine before it. Maybe this Eric Hoffer was a Jew? What do you think?

      • BackRowHeckler November 3, 2015 at 1:11 am #

        No, Hoffer was German, born in NYC, blind as a youngster, known for his book ‘The True Believer’.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

          Hoffer was a Jewish intellectual, 100% for his people and Israel. He was admirable in this. I am 100% for my people, thus admirable at least in this. You are not 100% for your people, but rather a “patriot” – but of what? A horror. So your solution was to become a Fan of a healthy people and nation. That’s not admirable, but just sad and weird. The People come first. The Nation, only insofar as it serves the People. Learn the Principles of Life.

          frontpagemag.com/fpm/118215/eric-hoffer-and-israel-daniel-flynn

    • malthuss November 3, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Blame Angela and whoever is pulling her strings.

  95. BackRowHeckler November 2, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Incidentally, Obama is opening up the gates of the Federal Prison System, releasing hundreds of thousands of criminals into a neighborhood near you. What, haven’t heard about it on your local NBC news outlet? know, I know, they aren’t really criminals, but victims of institutional racism, even tho every single one of them have been convicted of a serious crime. Its pretty hard to get yourself into the Federal Pen, you really have to be a f-kkup! This is what change looks like, folks, and this is what many of you voted for, twice. How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    brh

    • malthuss November 3, 2015 at 11:27 am #

      Didya see Drudge, yday? Headlines about Obongo.

      • BackRowHeckler November 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

        I saw the article that said, thru executive order, job seekers no longer have to reveal their criminal history when making out a job application.

        Standards have been lowered to the point where there are no standards. If you don’t believe me, take a close look at your nearest urban Fire Department.

        brh

  96. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    “Muslims have destroyed Jewish cemeteries in Malmo, Sweden” –brh

    Really, brh?

    It was a Jewish burial chapel and there was little damage. The attacks were in response to Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Nice try, brh, in your continuing breathless reporting … But Europe is not being destroyed.

    freerepublic.com/focus/news/2164196/posts

  97. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    “Muslims have destroyed Jewish cemeteries in Malmo, Sweden” –brh

    Really, brh?

    It was a Jewish burial chapel and there was little damage. The attacks were in response to Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Nice try, brh, in your continuing breathless reporting … But Europe is not being destroyed.

    freerepublic.com/focus/news/2164196/posts

    ..

    • BackRowHeckler November 3, 2015 at 1:09 am #

      One Idea I had, to make these people feel welcome, sure, get rid of the Swedish National Flag with its offensive Cross, and saw crosses off Lutheran and Catholic churches, but replace them not only with Minarets, crudely welded on at first, but also with severed heads, which should make these invaders feel right at home. Where can you get these heads? Well, Der Spiegel had a recent article bemoaning not the hundreds of thousands of newly arrived, uninvited Muslims, but native Germans protesting this state of affairs, who they called ‘Neo Nazis’, which seems to be anybody who doesn’t want their country overrun by aliens.

      Plenty of severed heads with blond hair and blue eyes stuck up ontop of church steeples shouls appease these people, for the time being, at least.

      brh

  98. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 12:36 am #

    “Obama is opening up the gates of the Federal Prison System, releasing hundreds of thousands of criminals ”

    The point is, brh, that every single innocent person exonerated by DNA evidence had been legally convicted… but they were innocent.

    I wish there was some way Obama could get voting rights for all prisoners who have served their time. African-Americans have been pushed from schools to prisons and systematically disenfranchised.

    I don’t regret either of my winning votes for Obama. Are you ready for Obama’s third and fourth terms with his Secretary of State sitting in? Obama’s reign is just getting started, brh.

  99. JDink November 3, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    Long time reader (7+ years) and first comment. This is one of your best expositions I’ve ever read. I agree with 100% of it. The mindset, and cowardly behavior – in academia, which you succinctly presented, is utterly pervasive and doomed to failure. It’s hanging by a thread.

    The Cloward–Piven strategy comes to mind.

  100. sprawlcapital November 3, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    Congratulations, Jim. You confronted the beast and walked away stronger than ever.

    This Rhonda person accuses you of ignorance but displays the most ugly of arrogance in suggesting that this might be a “teachable moment”. What in hell could Rhonda, this truly ignorant person, teach you or any of us on the subject of elevating the prospects of the black American underclass?

  101. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    The good little Moaists, with their concerns about micro-aggressions against Mother Earth, have won the battle (2011-2015) against the Keystone XL pipeline. THE KEYSTONE XL IS NOW DEAD! Chalk up a victory for the good little Maoists… and their politically-correct leader at Middlebury College. A victory for Obama’s intelligent and patient campaign to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Chalk up a defeat for TPTB, a defeat for the multinational oil corporations, a defeat for fossil fuels in the age of transition to zero-emission, sustainable, alternative energy sources. A defeat for all those on CFN in 2011 who insisted that big money and big oil would win eventually.

    The future belongs not to the rough men who stand ready to visit violence upon our ecosystem, but to those politically correct sensitive good little Maoists who stand ready to commit nonviolent civil disobedience and who refuse to commit micro-aggressions!

  102. PeteAtomic November 3, 2015 at 2:18 am #

    After re-reading this blog post– I’m getting the full context and weight. I didn’t get it before entirely.

    The fact that what you’ve said at a private dinner– and then second handedly get used as ammunition to destroy your character.

    Wow.

    The best thing is to expose them as the frauds they are. Because they are frauds. These people are con artists. They aren’t educators.

  103. Leftbanker November 3, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    Calling someone else a racist is the new way to show how you aren’t a racist. The problem with this new form of cyber-bullying is that almost no one fights back, they just release a mealy-mouthed apology and hope everyone forgets as they go on to the next witch burning.

    “Maoists.” I wish I had thought of that one because it nails it on the head. This new breed of academics obviously just sits around and ponders things that we should find offensive while true liberal tenets are being ignored. It also fuels the far right in their condemning liberals as fatuous ninnies.

    As far as language learning, I’ve spent most of my adult life learning other languages and I couldn’t imagine how difficult life must be when you can’t master even one. It’s not so much nonstandard pronunciation that bothers me, it’s trying to get by in life with the restrictive vocabulary I learned in first year French.

    You Being Offended Offends Me

  104. rapier November 3, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    I continue to be dumbfounded by the preoccupation with style, language and lifestyles, for want of a better term, of Americas lower class. It is pretty absurd to urge them to speak and dress like proper middle class people so as to increase their chances of success. Success in a culture and world JHK decries and announces endlessly is doomed.

    The rejection of dominant middle class styles, mores and even language should probably be understood as a rejection of modern Western culture and importantly its economic model, the very thing JHK has devoted a career too. If that rejection is more in the vein of nihilism with large doses insular ignorance why should he expect more?

  105. Leftbanker November 3, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    “I cannot allow this kind of ignorance into my space”

    This is what I despise more than anything, this patting of their own backs like they are such crusaders, such noble warriors when all they are doing is blindly following the mob. And it isn’t ignorance; it’s what we call an opinion, one that I happen to agree with and I’d wager that I know more about language learning than this crusading troll.

  106. ejhr November 3, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    You could equally have been talking about the economy. The academics who formulate mainstream economic doctrine are every bit as bad as the ignoramuses you describe here!

    Their doctrinaire belief system, aka fairytales, espoused from them to governments are extremely damaging the nation, in fact all nations.
    Notions like tax revenue supports federal spending, Government debts are a burden on future generations, and spending budgets should be in surplus are all quite erroneous. Food for another blog, but the lesson seems to be that academia has a very pernicious side and leads to dangerous dysfunction in our civilization.

  107. Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 5:54 am #

    dailystormer.com/new-wave-of-300000-invaders-coming/

    Mordor is emptying. The Orcs are marching north towards the World Of Men.

  108. John Rose November 3, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    How come they don’t have a Beige Student Union?

  109. ambiguousfrog November 3, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    The amount of comments says a lot. Either we’re all racist or we see the same things but are afraid to say them. Some feedback as I read the article:

    * Academia, as the politicians, are a protected class today. They live in their land of Oz and look to enrich themselves only. They’re untouchable.
    * Anxiety after civil rights, are they incapable of living up to the standards of “whitey”. It’s whitey’s laws, language, or rules. They’d rather burn it to the ground.

    Had the discussion last night about handshakes. Can’t we shake hands like we’ve advanced somewhat?

    Michael Savage had it right recently, BLM are Obama’s brownshirts/shock troops.

    We’re screwed and it’s only going to get worse. I see no way of reversing this. I can hold the line all I want, but the pressure is immense.

    Mao – “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”

    • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      I listen to Savage. Amazing how propagandists like Savage whine about liberal tenured professors … whose power does NOT come out of the barrel of a gun. All that is needed to defeat bad ideas are good ideas, not Savage-style yelling and name calling.

  110. FincaInTheMountains November 3, 2015 at 8:40 am #

    A possible scenario for the terrorist attack in Sinai

    Technical failure cannot deny the crew opportunity to push SOS button. And even explosion in the luggage compartment cannot, but a missile that had entered the cockpit and caused depressurization at 10,000 meters can. SAM could be excluded, since it leaves a vapor trail which everybody would see. It remains only MANPAD. But which? And there is one very interesting, but sad detail.

    At a distance of 8 km from the aircraft was found a body of 3 year old girl, 2 kilometers before the tail. That is, the girl was pulled into the hole before the tail has been blown off, which suggests that one of the rockets exploded simultaneously with a rocket that exploded in the cockpit.

    This leaves only one candidate: the rocket Starstreak II, developed by British Aerospace in 1984, which consists of three rockets, and was originally called Thunderbolt, but in 2007 was radically improved by the British company Thales UK, located in Northern Ireland.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starstreak_(missile)

    With the improvements the missile can shoot down planes at an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level, when it is launched from the mountains top, then the height of the mountain must be added. For example Mount St. Catherine around the area has a height of 2,629 meters, and Mount Sinai, where Moses received the tablets of the covenant, has a height of 2,285 meters, and the mountains directly at the path of aircraft in the vicinity of Nuweiba also higher than 2,200 meters above sea level.

    Therefore the scheme of a terrorist attack is as follows: the terrorists lay in baggage something small with an acceleration sensor, which reacted to the rise and launched clockwork mini-bomb, causing crew to think that there was a depressurization and begin to decline. And when they were lowered to 7,500 meters above sea level, Starstreak II was launched.

    Of course it is not clear how the latest British MANPADS fell into the hands of ISIS terrorists, but voices calling for transfer of Stingers, sounded quite loud, and even forced Putin to publicly express the hope that the West will be wise enough to refrain from such actions.
    On the other hand the fact that this is clearly the newest missile, which have not yet received by the British army, can facilitate the search for those who gave it to terrorists, and then let the guilty pay in full, so that they have no money left to supply the ISIS and cause the rise in the price of oil that surely will be met with the understanding (and perhaps enthusiasm) by US oil companies. And fuckin ISIS oil rockers must be bombed to smithereens.

  111. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    You are straining, finca, but your math does not add up to 31,000 feet even after carrying your MANPADs to the mountaintop. Failed propaganda.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 3, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Take your stinking feet and shove it up you know where.. 31,000 feet is about 10,000 meters.

  112. TMLutas November 3, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    There is a technical solution to the problem you write about which I recommend you take whenever you end up on campus for a speaking engagement, simply wear a recorder and avoid speaking in two party states, the minority of states that do not allow self-defense against libel and slander via this simple mechanism without notifying everybody in the room in advance. The equipment has gotten quite cheap and reasonably priced options can be worn, turned on when you enter campus, and turned off at the end of activities.

  113. Buck Stud November 3, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    I don’t really buy the argument that blacks embrace limited English language expression because ‘they are rejecting it’. Again–and this applies to any ethnic group– how does English language expression flourish when concentrated, contemplative reading has no chance to exist in a world of Twitter,FB, video games, incessant text messaging, etc?

    In fact, I doubt that most educated African-Americans would abandon their hard earned ability to articulate in the name of protest. How else, for example, could Stanley Crouch so expressively excoriate Miles Davis in his delicious essay, “On the Corner: The Sellout of Miles Davis” if not for the nuance and subtlety that English provides? For example:

    “The contemporary Miles Davis, when one hears his music or watches him perform, deserves the description that Nietzsche gave of Wagner, “the greatest example of self-violation in the history of art”. Davis made much fine music for the first half of his professional life, and represented for many the uncompromising Afro-American artist contemptuous of Uncle Tom, but he has fallen from grace-and been celebrated for it. As usual, the fall from grace has been a form of success. Desperate to maintain his position at the forefront of modern music, to sustain his financial position, and to be admired for the hipness of his purported innovations, Davis turned butt to the beautiful in order to genuflect before the commercial.”

    Crouch is going to abandon the above ability to articulate in order to protest–what?

    As Ruskin wrote over a hundred years ago, the expressive mode lode resides in the great books which are nothing more than the greatest minds the world has even known just waiting to have a personal one-on-one conversation with us and reveal the heavens’ in the process: But only if we dig and work for their meaning after reaching up to the top shelve.

    But, seemingly, most of us have other distractions to attend to, like the next typed text message response.

  114. FincaInTheMountains November 3, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    But there was another event that is now brought to the public attention in a very distorted form. European satellite recorded a flash heat a few seconds before the crash. Europeans reported their readings of the instruments to their still closest allies, despite the spy scandals – the Americans – who first asked them to “check again”, because in the Sinai Peninsula, “there is no one capable” and then asked them not to publish the data received from the satellite.

    Why is that? Europeans have agreed not to disclose details, but notified the Americans that “they will report only to the Egyptians and Russians, because they are European’s friends.” Obama said that “the spread of unfounded rumors will not help anyone,” but knowing the German meticulousness, you can be sure, those “rumors” have an iron-clad base.

    As you know, if it can’t be prevented, it must be taken under control. And in the morning there was information about the discovery of thermal flares, though not by the European, but by American satellite. Immediately after the crash, and uttering aloud the words “act of terrorism”, yet as version D. Kerry suddenly promised Russia some carrots, that even the most credulous would be alerted, even invited Russia and China to join the TTP, which was started to isolate China and Russia in the first place.

    Piquancy of the situation in which, judging by their appearance is the Obama administration, adds recent discovery of activity on the peninsula of Private Military Companies of Constellis group. Some of the members of Constellis group were discovered when trying to cross the border with Israel, as well as the detention of two American citizens who came from Sinai into Yemen immediately after the disaster.

  115. RJGrones November 3, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    JHK has made the unpardonable (what I’m now fond of referring to as) the “sin of *noticing*”.. She cannot “allow this kind of ignorance into her *space* Jim.. You’re done gone violated her *space*.. Ugh. Thou shall not commit the “sin of *noticing*”.. that about 10-15 million African American’s among us are unwilling (and incapable anyway) of assimilating into Western first-world civilization..

    • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

      She is the Essence [like the mag] of Uppidy.

  116. liber8tor November 3, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    ‘Morning Jim…

    great article. I wouldn’t worry… the only people who can afford college these days are the spawn of Banksters and the 1%, so the entire stinking mess will soon collapse.

    Anyway, remember “Ebonics” from 1996? Cursive writing is no longer being taught in school and college graduates are turning in job applications with data written in text… “C U Later, BFF, R U Ready?” LOL

    The current Republican candidate leading the race for POTUS is a black gentleman who sounds like Michael Jackson, mumbles a lot and has a hard time connecting a subject and verb to form a complete sentence. Other than that… everything is wonderful.

    Enjoyed chat with David Collum. Hope he is on again soon.

  117. fodase November 3, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    the vast majority of blacks in the US are a waste of time and hopeless since they don’t want to advance

    millions of whites in the same boat, btw

    the superior peoples in the US have had enough of PC liberal idiocy since they’re seeing the horrific results in animals in school, entire failed minority races, endless offense-taking, etc.

    Trump is the eruption of this had-enough reaction.

    he will kill hillary in the election, no doubt, a la Reagan.

    people love a strong leader, not a lying conniving opportunist like hillary

    it’s already over.

  118. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Buck, it is only because we speak of proper English usage that I offer this correction:

    Shelve is a verb

    Shelf is a noun

    • Buck Stud November 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      Lol, that exact word misuse has happened to me before and I saw it after the send signal was spinning; too late, in other words.

      • Buck Stud November 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

        So shelve the corrections, mofo 🙂

        • Buck Stud November 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

          Anyway WPA, since we have landed on the same post do you feel that classical music has more “range” than rap music? and by extension, English, more expressive range than “Ebonics”?

          In my mind there is not much doubt so I have to ask: can the subjugated embrace cultural aspects of their tormentors/suppressors that is clearly more advanced/evolved?

          If anything, such a humble and intelligent acknowledgement resides in the ‘know thy enemy’ column.

          • miasmo November 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

            Jazz marries the harmonic complexity of European classical music with the complex rhythms and microtonality of West African music. Blues is a similar hybrid, but I think more influenced by European folk music than classical, but with the same West African elements of rhythm and microtonality.

            This is a great gift from African American culture to the world, and I am grateful in the depths of my soul.

          • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

            Buck, if we are to discuss music, what do you understand to be music? Do you think of music as an object to be contemplated (e.g., this is classical, this is rap, etc.)?

            If you go down the road to the nearest street rap performance, you might be forced to admit that the idea of music as an object to be contemplated, disinterestedly or not, bears little relation to music as the human race actually practices it.

            In that real world where people actually make and listen to music, the world is large and contains multitudes of venues: in concert halls and suburban drawing rooms, in bathrooms and at political rallies, in supermarkets and churches, in record stores and temples, in fields and nightclubs, discos and palaces, stadiums and elevators, it is performance that is at the center of music.

            So, Buck, is not true that performance takes place in order to present a musical work (the classical music view). That’s the wrong way around. Musical works exist in order to give performers something to perform (the rap music view).

  119. volodya November 3, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Janos you might want to be careful with this business of what race invented what. Because then people can start saying all kinds of stuff.

    I say this because the script that we use on this blog had its start in the distant past (about 4,000 years ago) with people that you despise: Semites.

    This alphabetic, Semitic script was adopted and adapted by Europeans that lived close by to those ancient Semites.

    Now don’t go pissing on discoveries (like our alphabet and our numbering system and script) just because they weren’t developed by your favorite people (Germanic). Or because the earliest European adopters weren’t Germanic either but rather more of the racial type you look down on.

    And don’t sneer at Einstein’s insights because he was a Jew. Gravitational time dilation isn’t a Jewish conspiracy, in fact, without taking account of it, your GPS wouldn’t work for beans.

    Gravitational time dilation really works and so does special relativity. By your reckoning, an inferior racial specimen, a Jew, figured all that out.

    OK, moving on, you might also want to consider that the same type of Semitic script that proved so useful to southern Europeans also proved useful to Ethiopian Blacks who, many centuries ago, also adopted and adapted this script for their own use. Just like Europeans.

    You might want to reflect on these facts, that for all their vaunted racial superiority, Germanic peoples created neither our script nor our numbering system, two enormously important intellectual strides without which we’d be back in the Neolithic.

    And there were many other discoveries that northern peoples borrowed from other people, people that were considered lesser beings.

    But maybe all the German racial superiority theorizing comes out of an implicit recognition of this fact, and a consequent feeling of racial inferiority, you know, a notion of being insufficiently accomplished. At least as compared to peoples like Jews and other not-so-white folk living in the Middle East and on the shores of the Mediterranean, people who were intellectual strivers and discoverers and moral theorizers no matter their dark skin.

    What do you think accounts for the achievement gap? Could it be that tall, blond people aren’t on average all that bright? Maybe they’re racially not up to snuff? Maybe a demographically widespread, biologically based intellectual deficit? I don’t know, I’m just asking. What are your thoughts on this?

    How many tall, blond nitwits have you seen at the company reception desk? Or the Playboy mansion? And, OTOH, how many Jews have you seen in the c-suite? Just sayin’.

    • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Germany is in debt to Blacks for many discoveries by Blacks that benefitted Germans.

      For example, Patricia Bath (1942-Present) invented the Cataract Laserphaco Probe adopted by German opthalmologists. Patricia Bath is Black. Her device used an innovative method of removing cataract lenses with a laser, which was more accurate than previous drill-like instruments. This helped save the eyesight of millions and even restored sight to German people who had been blind for more than 30 years.

    • BackRowHeckler November 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

      Good advice. I hope Janos heeds it.

      Also, a book I mentioned earlier, ‘The True Believer’, by Eric Hoffer, perhaps he should take a look at it. A Copy is available in all public libraries,

      brh

    • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      Blondes? Germans? Where was I talking about them as opposed to Whites? You’ve revealed your own biases quite nicely though.

      The Greeks admitted they got things from other peoples, like the Phonecians and the Egyptians. Have you ever heard the Jews admit they got anything from anyone? And of course you buy into their self glorification 100% – typical American Boob like BRH. You know they are superior to us because they’ve told you.

      Einstein was a well known plagiarist who used the work of other scientists without giving any credit. Of course as an American Boob you think he did it all by himself. I don’t deny his brilliance or his contribution, just his character. Likewise, I never deny Jewish intelligence on the whole, just their wisdom and morality. MANY Jews are still 100% for the Muslim takeover of Europe. Jews who live in Europe! If that’s not stupid, nothing is. That’s what hatred will do to a person.

      bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_einstein.htm

      • AKlein November 4, 2015 at 11:35 am #

        I find it quite interesting that during the pharoanic period Egyptians practiced circumcision. I wonder if the Hebrews, during their captivity, adopted this practice from the Egyptians. I also wonder how much the Egyptian notion of one god (as under Akhenaten) affected the Hebrews’ understanding of the godhead. It has always puzzled me that one of the Hebrew words for God is Elohim, which is strangely a plural.

        • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

          Theres an obscure book called ‘Deceptions and Myths of the Bible: — Lloyd M. Graham …www.amazon.com

          One theory is that to distinguish themselves from other tribes, they started that initiation ritual.

  120. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    “If you can’t handle the CNBC moderators, I don’t think the Chinese and Russians are going to worry about you.” –President Obama

    Republican candidates were cancelling events because they were so tired after two hours of the last “debate” … Hillary took on a tag team of seven congress critters… for eleven hours… and continued her work schedule the next day.

    Hillary announced her opposition to the XL Pipeline and Trans-Canada subsequently withdrew their application. The Keystone XL pipeline is now dead and Hillary is not even president yet.

    • Q. Shtik November 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      The Keystone XL pipeline is now dead and Hillary is not even president yet. – wpa

      ===========

      What about Bernie? You give up on Bernie and didn’t even tell us?

      • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

        Oh, my! Thank you for pointing out my error. Here is the correction:

        The Keystone XL pipeline is now dead and Hillary is not even vice president yet.

        Bernie Sanders 2016

        • capt spaulding November 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

          My dad, who worked in both the cc camps AND the wpa, told me onetime that WPA stood for Work, Piss and Argue, and not much got done, needless to say. You have returned to this blog as another incarnation of ASOKA, and are just about as relevant. I suggest you change your handle to SMEGMA, which pretty much describes your value on this blog. I look forward to never reading another posting by you.

          • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

            “not much got done, needless to say”

            Your personal disdain is palpable, but I will ignore that. I appreciate your posts… all of them.

            Do you consider “not much” putting 500,000 men to work making structural improvements (bridges, fire towers, service buildings); transportation (roads, trails); erosion control; flood control (dams); forest culture (planting trees, nursery work); forest protection (fire fighting); landscape and recreation (public picnic grounds); range (elimination of predatory animals, stock driveways, watering); wildlife (stream improvement, stocking fish, food and cover planting); and miscellaneous other projects (emergency work, surveys, mosquito control)?

  121. BackRowHeckler November 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Jim, reread your column, thought of the old adage, to paraphrase “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”. Really, how can these midgets harm you in any way possible? Meanwhile, your name is out there on twitter and Facebook, perhaps prompting seekers and the curious to buy one of your books to find out what you’re really all about. You’re the author of of a dozen books, you have an international reputation. The question is, who is Rhonda Frederick, and has anybody heard of her outside of CFNation and a few other places.

    Also, I refer you to Tom Wolfe’s 1969 essay, Radical Chic, and Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers, which describes a situation similar to yours, but nearly 50 years ago.

    If any of Ms Fredericks’ more fervid followers decide to take the fight to you personally, at your home in NYState, a load of birdshot should disperse that unruly mob. Sound crazy? Bob Dylan, just down the road from you in Woodstock, NY, kept an M1 carbine strategically placed near his front door, a personal defense mechanism against impromtu visits from unwelcome guests.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      Of course. That’s what an inferiority complex will do. Confronted by low IQ barbarians who have nothing but confidence, Whites invariably accept that they are wrong, evil, etc. We’ve all but lost our whole Civilization because of this “trick” or psychic tic. Nothing is sadder or uglier than putting people with a superiority complex like Jews, Muslims, or Blacks in with people a people like Whites who have an inferiority complex, stemming from internalized guilt, a post Christian Christianity manipulated by the alien owned media.

      We obviously aren’t long for this world unless we can wake up very quickly. What are you doing about your case?

      What is the correct principle, the one that everyone else is using? We matter, they don’t. Blacks? We matter, they don’t. Etc. You want to take back America, Europe, and the West? That’s the ticket. What about Christian Charity? We come first. They get what’s left over. A quarter in the Church Basket on Sundays for the Missions. Is that nothing? It transformed Africa so now they are destined to be the most numerous race on Earth. And that of course is simply unthinkable. That has to change since they can’t support that and neither can we, nor should we for a New York minute.

      • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

        Okay, you are a genius.

        seen elsewhere,

        The sight of black lawyers from elite law schools hooting and hollering just like the ghetto blacks outside the courtroom confirmed all my suspicions about blacks.

  122. S M Tenneshaw November 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    This discussion has gotten way too serious. C’mon y’all, do the Nae Nae.

    youtube.com/watch?v=pL9B6YJh0jA

  123. Buck Stud November 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    “So, Buck, is not true that performance takes place in order to present a musical work (the classical music view). That’s the wrong way around. Musical works exist in order to give performers something to perform (the rap music view).”—WPA

    I think you’re losing some context here. Recall that JHK’s premise is that African Americans will elevate their economic standing the more they embrace traditional English and eschew Ebonic like language. In that regard, surviving and thriving in the economic mainstream is a “performance” and not just something people engage in to ‘give them something to do.

    My point is simple: traditional English will provide better “tools” when they “perform” their job. Why anyone would argue this point is baffling, quite frankly. Similarly, advanced musicians, such as Miles Davis, were not ignorant of classical music principles–more tools in the toolbox, IOW.

    Take the impressionist painters. Because of the advancement in paint technology in the 19th century they were better able to capture the real effects of ‘color as light’ instead of relying on color constancy. That is to say, avoid generic tonal gradations of a particular local color. More “range” and ‘color vocabulary’ to express the wonders of light that were formerly beyond the practical capabilities of limited pigments.

    • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

      “African Americans will elevate their economic standing the more they embrace traditional English” –buck stud

      Traditional English? Here is what I have to say to that, expressed in traditional English:

      “Ye knowe ek that in forme of speeche is chaunge
      Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
      That hadden pris, now wonder nyce and straunge
      Us thinketh hem, and yet thei spake hem so,
      And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
      Ek for to wynnen love in sondry ages,
      In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.”
      –Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, late 14th century.

      Buck, yes, I concede that the more tools you have in your toolbox the easier things can be… I just never considered traditional English worthwhile.

      • Q. Shtik November 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

        I just never considered traditional English worthwhile. – wpa

        ===========

        Well then you’re a bigger fool than I thought.

        You are wasting your time with this bullshit Asoka. Those of us who have been around here awhile know that your raison d’etre is to annoy.

        • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

          You are confusing me with someone else.

          • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

            Your anima or animus?
            Which? Where?

            Lightworker or servant of the darke?

  124. fodase November 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    janos, you’re spot on. I’ve come ’round to the We Matter, they don’t attitude.

    give these low IQ troglodytes an inch and they’ll take down your highly advanced civilization. they must be put in their place, with ruthless force.

    you can’t reason with unreasonable people.

    I often rue the fact that the British Empire didn’t fully subjugate the savages in the rest of the world.

    We would have respect for the Law, and not the ugly chaos that non-White cultures spew.

    • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      “We Matter, they don’t” –fodase

      Who is we, and who is they? Who decides? Which category does your negress fit into?

  125. wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    “We’ve all but lost our whole Civilization…” –Janos

    What civilization?

    Dude, you lost your so-called “civilization” (and demonstrated your inhumanity) by your justification of the Crusades, Inquisitions, Witch burnings, massive enslavement in the hunt for profits (and defended by Bible-believing Christians), Jim Crow, and myriad other atrocities, right up to “I can’t breathe” gang assassination, by police, in public, in broad daylight, in 2015.

    Gandhi’s Critique on Western Culture

    yourarticlelibrary.com/essay/gandhis-critique-on-western-culture/40290/

    • Janos Skorenzy November 4, 2015 at 5:03 am #

      If we’re so bad, why is the world so desperate to get in with us? Obviously they are worse. Think, man. If you can. Or if you are not somebody’s tool.

      Jeb’s new campaign motto, “Jeb can fix it.” What a total tool.

  126. Q. Shtik November 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    In Ireland the travellers’ position has been rivalled by an influx of Roma (gypsies) from central Europe in recent years. – Sean Coleman

    =============

    Brad Pitt starred in a Movie about these people (I believe) titled Snatch…excellent flick.

    P.S. You would make me a very happy man if you would spell one of your favorite words as extrovert rather than extravert.

    • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      You would make me a very happy man if you would spell one of your favorite words as extrovert rather than extravert.” –Q

      And travelers really only needs one “l”

      Omit unnecessary letters!

    • Sean Coleman November 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      You get the two spellings. I first learnt the difference (the real difference) between the two in the books of Dorothy Rowe, an Australian psychologist who spells it with an ‘a’. She gave a reason for this but I don’t remember it, if I ever understood it. Jung invented the word (afaik) in his 1921 Psychological Types. Ch10 is available on-line and the translator uses the ‘a’ spelling.

      Rowe’s big insight is that she never, repeat never, encountered a couple where there wasn’t one of either. People don’t really get it, even Susan Cain, who wrote about introverts. There is no ‘continuum’, you are the one or the other and its influence is big. I was amazed when I started to look around online two or three years ago that nobody really gets it. (Cain for example thinks that Einstein was an introvert from what I can gather. Jung himself was an extravert, although nobody else seems to realize it.)

  127. fodase November 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    wpa your leftist extremist side always cites bad things that happened hundreds of years ago or by people who are long dead.

    our side can equally cite ravages by lesser cultures tit for tat.

    ….as all are humans and commit wrongs

    the difference is that White Anglo-Saxon culture has given the world untold riches and advanced society on all levels.

    the non-White failed and inferior cultures, having little to nothing to offer in the way of human advancement, seek to overtly take from the superior cultures by swarming into their countries and breeding.

    this is tacit recognition of non-White cultures’ failures.

    if it were not so, the economic migrant streams would be headed towards muslim and african countries. but they’re not.

    lebron james jumps higher and is better than any white basketball player. i can freely admit that.

    but black culture is by and large a cesspool today. until the 1960s black culture was thriving in the arts and letters, e.g. Ralph Ellison, jazz, etc.

    Even athletes like Jackie Robinson were highly literate.

    contrast that with today’s black gutterdwellers. MLK would be appalled.

    non-White cultures will destroy the planet environmentally as well.

    wherever you see great advances, you have White culture and respect for law and order and intellectual and scientific advancements.

    ain’t no black scientists going to mars. lots of asian and White ones are. if there is a black one, you can bet your last dollar he looks and acts civilized, i.e. like an educated White person.

    other races could be like Whites but choose not to.

    the sewer is theirs for the taking.

    • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      the difference is that White Anglo-Saxon culture has given the world untold riches and advanced society on all levels.

      And the horrors of [but not limited to], WMD, abortion machines, AA laws, huge gov.inc, world wars, the guilt trip Janos mentions,
      common core, the obongos, the clintons,etc.

  128. Q. Shtik November 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Rhonda Frederick wrote, ‘I presume he used “African American” when he meant “black”‘ and it seems she favours black. – Sean C.

    ===============

    Well, if that is what she favors I’d have to agree. Frankly I feel like a total fool being put into a position of having to use such a contrived term as African American. Among sociologists with expertise in this area there is this left-wing bleeding-heart tendency to do away with labels considered hurtful, like “drunk” and “addict” and replace them with more complex and scientific labels such as “substance abuser” (one is said to “suffer from substance abuse”) in the belief that the onus of personal responsibility for ones actions can be removed by a shiny new scientific label.

    And, invariably the labels grow in length: “shell shock” became “post traumatic stress disorder,” or PTSD, for short.

  129. fodase November 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    by the way wpa, what do you say about the black female police officer who stood by and watched the 300-pound black guy suffocate (or have a heart attack, who knows)? the i can’t breath fellow.

    is she a racist, too?

    and what of the 3 black police officers who allegedly killed the drug dealer in baltimore?

    are they racist, too?

    both incidents ‘targeted’ a black.

    re the cigarette vendor, he should’ve been handed a citation and simply been rechecked each hour to shut him down eventually.

    that case is the pervasive overuse of brutal force in the US on nonsensical trivilialities, like arresting a kindergartener for kissing a girl.

    ugh what a country.

    • wpa_ccc November 3, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

      “by the way wpa, what do you say about the black female police officer who stood by and watched” –fodase

      Minimum, she should be fired.

  130. fodase November 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    wpa, my negress is a lawyer who specializes in labour law and highly values what a university education, mastery of the lingua franca, hygiene, environmentalism, respect for the law, an intact 2-parent family etc. all do to make the world a great place.

    i take her to task for brazil’s horribly mismanaged aspects.

    she married up.

    fodase

  131. ncleapyear November 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Bravo, JHK. Magisterial post. John Simon used to rail against descriptive (as opposed to prescriptive) English, but he’s probably given up.

  132. home-to-roost November 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    JHK, I am sorry about your run-in with this Rhonda person and I am especially sorry that you allowed it to get under your skin. This week’s post should have been about something more interesting and important.

    Of course, you are entitled to your own opinions about the usefulness of speaking Standard English. I wish every American spoke Standard English. I wish every American were bilingual. I wish NASA could put a man on Mars. But none of this is ever going to happen.

    I still don’t understand why you are so focused on young African-Americans. Do you ever read the comments that follow your blog? Some of them are not written in Standard English. Why doesn’t that bother you? Why doesn’t it concern you that Standard English hasn’t kept the people in your neck of the woods out of the tattoo parlors and off the Vicodin?

    Your blog used to be a forum for exploring the way forward in post-industrial America. Now it seems to be a place for the Dylann Roof’s out there to rant. What a shame.

    • Frankiti November 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

      I cannot think of a bigger waste of time than the pointless egomaniacal pursuit of shipping the cancer of mankind to Mars to kick around rocks. The humanity that would rather abandoned their forsaken industrial (there is nothing post about it) world rather than have the courage to admit being the problem of this planet are masking their cowardice with space bound territorial pissings. A blight landing on the Martian landscape without the hope of a remote echo of Armstrong’s sanguine sentiments. Who wants it?

      • Janos Skorenzy November 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

        You show your difference from us. We are Prometheans and do want this. And if we go to Mars, you will follow in order to profit off of us – after we’ve done the hard work.

        • Frankiti November 4, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

          You do nothing but post racist drivel on the internet all day. What work do you believe you accomplish? You cannot even stand on the shoulders of giants (you know, building on the great work of those before you?) let alone be one. A charlatan, envious of the successes and reward of labor of others, particularly the brown or hebrew ones.

  133. John Rose November 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Kunstler we know you’re there hiding in upstate NY, writing controversial books, feeling angry about society, and the world, being close to all those rednecks… prepping.. ready for rampage. Plus your name begins with a capital K. You’ve been made sir! You’ve been flushed out of the closet you.. you.. RACIST YOU!!!

  134. elysianfield November 3, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Well, I must have crossed a line….

    Uplink, I responded to uslabor’s post regarding ” paying money to see a response by Angela Davis” to this week’s post. I responded that I would pay good money to see Angela Davis’s guts on a stick, metaphorically, of course…( in that she would be eviscerated by JHK in a debate, given civil circumstances). The post disappeared, and I would like to know what boundary was crossed, so that I might avoid any future issue. I would send this to JHK personally, and avoid burdening the readership, but am unaware how to do so.

  135. hortonz November 3, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Pity the poor progressive leftists. In their zeal to avoid all of the pitfalls that plagued their opponents on the right, they have created a quagmire of their own called political correctness, which, let’s face it is nothing more than an updated form of Marxist ideology. Every “progressive” political movement of the last half century has made the mistake of borrowing verse for verse from the writings of Lenin, Marx and Mao. In some cases like feminism and multiculturalism, they have even gone so far as to adopt the coercive tactics of Maoists and Stalinists to silence their critics. But what of the “Black Lives Matter” movement? They have gone beyond Marxism and adopted the ideology and tactics of the Nazis, albeit in a different coloring. Thank you again for exposing these taxpayer-funded frauds for what they are. Would be interested to hear more about your views of academia and it’s slide into anti-Western fascism.

  136. Thamus November 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Academics are totally in fear of losing their job or being ostracized by their peers, hence they swirl in every decreasing circles until they disappear up their own arses.

  137. lsjogren November 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    This is the kind of issue I see causality as an important aspect. Do a large number of black Americans experience a lack of success in society because they speak poor English, or do they speak poor English because they have failed to achieve success in society.

  138. Pucker November 3, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    You could pay $50,000 a year in tuition to have Rhonda set you straight and tell you want to think?

    >
    Rhonda Frederick
    english department
    Rhonda Frederick
    Associate Professor
    A.B., University of Pennsylvania
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Lyons 301
    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    Phone: 617-552-3717
    Fax: 617-552-4220
    E-mail: frederir@bc.edu
    Personal Website

    Academic Profile
    Specializes in Caribbean and African American literatures. Her scholarly interests include literatures of the Americas, particularly 20th Century women’s popular fiction, mystery/detective, and futurist fiction/fantasy writing. She is currrently interested in the detective and/or futurist fiction of Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, BarbaraNeely, and Colson Whitehead. Her first manuscript, “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration, examines the recurrent figure of the Panama Canal worker in Caribbean literature, song, and memoir.

    Publications (selected)
    Manuscripts

    “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration. Lanham, M.D.: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, January 2005.
    Articles

    “Beyond the Pale, Beyond the Dark: Representing Caribbean Racial Realities at a US University,” Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature, edited by Supriya Nair, MLA Options for Teaching Series. Under review.
    “Walrond’s Panamá Women: Building a Mythography of Caribbean Female Migrants”
    A critical anthology on Eric Walrond, edited by Louis Parascandola and Carl Wade, under consideration by the University of Mississippi Press. Under consideration.
    “The Colón Man” and “Jan Carew.” Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas. MacMillan Reference Books, December 2005.
    “Creole Performance in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.” Gender and History 15.3 (November 2003): 487-506. R

    Review of Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Race and Gender in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston by Susan Edwards Meisenhelder (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999) for American Literature 73.1 (March 2001): 209-210.
    Additional Professional Information
    Awards and Honors

    Emerging Voices, New Directions/Ford Foundation/Bowdoin College Summer Grant, 2003.
    Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2001-2002.
    DuBois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2001-2002. (declined)
    Faculty Fellowship, Boston College, Fall 2001. (declined)
    Research Incentive Grant, Boston College, Spring 2000.
    Professional Organizations

    American Studies Association (ASA)
    Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS)
    Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
    Modern Language Association (MLA)

  139. radicalveg November 3, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    To this, the latest trenchant piece by Jim, I would add the fact that it is impossible to ignore the degree to which a speech artifact from a bygone era infuses current parlance. The word “like” was coined in the Beatnik era, I think, to both precede the beginning of every sentence as well as bridge segments of a sentence. Today it is virtually impossible to avoid hearing that word used en masse, not just by teens and preteens but by college-educated adults. How and why this came to be is mystifying.

    • Q. Shtik November 4, 2015 at 12:04 am #

      You’re right, of course, rad. The ‘like’ battle was lost a long time ago by those of us who give a shit about such things……and so thoroughly lost that, by my estimate, only about 70% of the words spoken by my beloved second son (now 38 years of age) are OTHER than the word ‘like.’ It is so pervasive in our speech that even I am like over-using the word.

  140. beantownbill. November 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    America has several English dialects besides the one being discussed here, some of which include a Southern dialect, what with the y’alls, and the indistinguishable all and oil, and what I would call – unfortunately – the redneck accent such that people have difficulty understanding what is being said, a Boston dialect which apparently consists of a 25 letter alphabet missing the “r”.

    Yet it is the Black dialect that seems to be the one primarily criticized. Can this criticism be considered racist? Granted, I don’t like Ebonics, it sounds rather simplistic and childlike, but that’s just an opinion. Why should I judge a person’s worth by the dialect he speaks? Actions speak louder than words. But that’s just me.

    I have a theory why Ebonics overuses the present tense. American Blacks don’t really have a future, regardless of who’s responsible, nor do they have a particularly happy past. The only time that has meaning to them is the present, which is why they use the present tense so much.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 4, 2015 at 1:19 am #

      Indeed Bill. They never maintain anything since they have no concept of time. Whites in South Africa learned that they could not be trusted as overseers. They would just suddenly say that something was all gone. They idea of keeping it stock and restocking before it was gone was alien to them.

  141. Walter B November 4, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    James if are checking in here still, and though my question veers from the central topic of language, I have a question for you in regards to these “institutions”. I was chatting with my wife tonight and she told me of a conversation that she had with a neighbor and a co-worker regarding the woman’s daughter who attends a local college in Allentown Pennsylvania. The young woman was telling her Mom of all of the problems her schoolmates were having with depression and medication and not being able to handle their lives. One of her classmates threw himself in front of a bus the other day in “frustration” over what, I do not know, but the message was that the students at this place were not handling their lives very well.

    If this be the case, and if you consider all of the other problems and incidents of violence going on all around this nation that seem to be centered in our educational institutions, what TF is happening and why are these young people that have not even been alive long enough to be REALLY frustrated, feeling and acting so badly?

    Can you offer an explanation, because I cannot!

  142. Janos Skorenzy November 4, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/how-much-of-your-tax-dollars-are-the-federal-refug…

    Where in the Constitution is anything about this kind of redistribution of wealth?

  143. Janos Skorenzy November 4, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    We have gotten much from the Negro – little of it good. It’s fine to enjoy their higher quality music, but to let it become our very soul? No, that is to lose ourselves.

    counter-currents.com/2015/10/negrified-america/#more-58555

  144. fodase November 4, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    “by the way wpa, what do you say about the black female police officer who stood by and watched” –fodase

    wpa_ccc: Minimum, she should be fired.

    what i thought. since her skin’s black you tone down her punishment 95%. the whites are to be flayed alive, tho.

    now, what should happen with the 3 black officers who helped kill the baltimore multiple repeat drug dealer, along with 3 white officers?

    will be waiting for your answer.

    the shelf life of the American Negro has expired

    I salute my Negro & Muslim comrades who aspire to live up to the Western traditions of respect for the law, literacy, scientific advance, and tolerance.

    fodase

    • wpa_ccc November 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      “since her skin’s black you tone down her punishment 95%” –fodase

      1) Doing nothing
      2) Internal affairs investigation (police find police innocent!)
      3) Move to desk job
      4) Suspension with pay
      5) Suspension without pay
      6) Being fired
      7) Civil suit for damages
      8) Criminal suit
      9) Jail time
      10) Death penalty

      I’d say being fired is toning down about 60%. Of course, what happens in RL is nothing happens. Complete impunity. A wall of silence. CYA. Police complicity in criminal action goes unpunished.

  145. New Hampshire Steve November 4, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Great post, Jim. I see no racial attack in your words. Obviously Rhonda was threatened by a view that doesn’t align with her own. Combine that with sensitivity to the subject and I think that makes it hard for a person to hear the message: Instead they hear what they are expecting to hear.

    In the vast majority of cases, the manner in-which one presents one’s self (as much as some people like to think otherwise) is one of the primary factors in how well they succeed. To say a person’s manner of speech is not a factor in their success is ludicrous. Just as a person who chooses to scream at the top of their lungs in every conversation (a bad example, but it gets the point across) isn’t going to get a job as a bank teller, the same can be said for someone who cannot formulate a coherent sentence or converse on a level consistent with societal norms. This is not prejudice, it’s a basic step towards instilling confidence in a hiring manager. This is something my parents taught me, and I teach my children today.

    As a hiring manager (in the past) I interviewed many candidates from different countries/cultures and accent or culture has never been a concern – only that the candidate can clearly communicate and integrate with the team.

    It’s a damn shame that people are locked in sub-cultures that reinforce behaviors (language, body-language) that are obstacles to success, and denying the root-causes is not doing them any favors.

    • Q. Shtik November 4, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      To say a person’s manner of speech is not a factor in their success is ludicrous. – NH Steve

      =============

      Steve, your entire comment is so sensible that one would think it doesn’t even need to be said.

      The sentence up top that I have excerpted from your comment says it all. Yet, there are a handful or two of people here in the comments section who seem to be incensed (a la Rhonda Frederickson) at Jim’s suggestion that Blacks help themselves by learning SAE (Standard American English). I find their comments to be disingenuous.

  146. eshep November 4, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    JHK: This is all a very unfortunate distraction from your central thesis about the Long Emergency, and sadly, your comments about “Black English” lack depth and analysis, and do indeed come across as offensive. (The ensuing high fives from the vast majority of your followers here express unspeakable racism, in many cases, and do not even merit a response.) You are a highly intelligent human being, and yet, you somehow fail to consider how an ethnic minority brought to a country in chains, and then ghettoized and subjected to an unequal system of education for generations, might somehow develop its own unique (and in this case, richly expressive) patois, dialect, or slang. English is a robust, rich and supple living language, and it can be expected to continue to evolve according to its adaptions from speakers in our own country and across the globe. An idea that there is one single correct way to speak English is antiquated. Don’t get me wrong. I treasure the way you express yourself in the written language. But I don’t like what you just said at all.

    • elysianfield November 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Eshep,
      Thank you for your well thought out response…I don’t necessarily agree with all that you wrote, however. Regarding “unspeakable racism”…could you reply with a working definition of “racism” that might be applied in this and other situations? The word used in so many contexts that it’s meaning is diluted and oft misapplied, but always as a pejorative…I thank you in advance.

    • wpa_ccc November 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank you, eshep. The reaction here to Rhonda is over the top, as if she had somehow threatened violence. All she did was suggest BC make a response.

      Rhonda did not suggest what JHK regularly suggests: marching with a pitchfork and lynching “offenders” from lamp posts.

      I support your condemnation of racism and I reject violence in any form, including micro-aggressions.

    • Buck Stud November 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

      “An idea that there is one single correct way to speak English is antiquated.”–Eshep

      Indeed, it is “antiquated” as in Platonic, a-priori “Forms of the Good” antiquated. But does antiquated imply irrelevant in your comment? I will grant that ‘Form of the Good’ is not one flat plane or one particular way; indeed, it would be a faceted diamond, with many shimmering planes comprising “The Form” and no ‘one ultimate way’.

      But the question remains. C

    • Buck Stud November 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      “An idea that there is one single correct way to speak English is antiquated. ”

      Indeed, the notion/idea it is antiquated, as in Platonic, a-priori, ‘forms of the good’ antiquated. But are you implying that antiquated is irrelevant or wrong. If ‘form of the good’ means one single plane and one particular way then I would agree. I believe, based on what I’ve read, that it does not mean one singular way/plane comprising one ultimate form; indeed it is a faceted diamond comprised of many shimmering forms that comprise ‘form of the good’.

      Which begs the question: is “Ebonics” a particular facet in that greater diamond otherwise known as ‘the form of the good’ or is it just another cultural occurrence (approbation?) elevated by those who would be hard pressed to have this particular discussion in a language such as Ebonics?

    • Sean Coleman November 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      This isn’t about whether blacks should learn to speak good English but intolerance and free speech. It isn’t a distraction from the main business but central to it as without the authoritarian policing of opinion (including opinion that is expressed in private, opinion that is innocent of wrongdoing or malice of any kind) it would then be possible to actually discuss the main business. As it is, it isn’t possible to do so.

      Do you mind me asking what motivates your moralistic post? You accuse JHK of causing offence and giving encouragement to racists, but you are rather short on arguments, instead offering standard boiler-plate rhetoric.

      Is it something you *feel*, an emotional thing, and you can’t just stand by and allow it. You know, a ‘you can’t say that’ kind of thing.

    • seawolf77 November 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      Very eloquent.

  147. fodase November 4, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    Have you heard many news outlets report the supervision of the arrest of Garner by this black female police sergeant? Just like many supposed news outlets as well as the protesters want to conveniently ignore the fact that numerous eyewitnesses in the Mike Brown case, who corroborated Officer Darren Wilson’s story, were black, they would also rather this information not get out.
    The presence of that black female sergeant does not take away any furor over how the arrest went down and what force was used. But, it does take away any racial component, which is why you are not hearing about it.
    Even Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica, agrees that this is not a black-white issue. In an interview with The Blaze, she said while she will never forgive the officer who killed her father, she does not believe race had anything to do with it. Instead, she believes it was all about pride with Officer Pantaleo, in her opinion, wanting to be the one who brought down the big guy. She said, “It was about my father being 6 foot 4 and 350 pounds and he wants to be the top cop that brings a big man down.

    blackliesmatter

    like almost always, the left’s story falls apart in the face of the facts

    but, ya know, it’s still racism

    really pathetic that in 2015 we have to waste time on nonsense like this

    re JHK’s ‘racist’ comment about blacks and language….what a gas, like (that’s for you, Q), how obvious does obvious need to be lol?

    fodase

  148. fodase November 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    (The ensuing high fives from the vast majority of your followers here express unspeakable racism, in many cases, and do not even merit a response.)

    An idea that there is one single correct way to speak English is antiquated. Don’t get me wrong. I treasure the way you express yourself in the written language

    it is you who have wholly failed to grasp jhk’s simple message about speaking mainstream English. He says in order to function well and succeed in the fucking United States you need to speak correctly, understandably, and with a minimum of nuance in order to get across complex ideas. It equates to professional and economic success.

    what is so difficult about that?

    he doesn’t fault blacks for developing their own dialects. can you even read for simple comprehension?

    of course, with no argument to back you up, you have to equate disagreement with you with ‘unspeakable racism’. oh, i almost forgot, what’s being said is also ‘offensive’, a code word those who wish to ban free speech try to invoke to crush dissent.

    you pussy, you drag America down.

    grow a pair of balls and learn some common sense.

    you should go into academics, where you can ponder the ‘depth’ and ‘analyze’ the obvious and perhaps major in women’s studies.

    i’ve learned 4 languages fluently in order to be able to be economically successful. funny how it’s worked every time.

    • eshep November 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      fodase,
      Can you tell me, as a JHK acolyte, how you define “succeeding the f*ing United Sates?” Surely during the Long Emergency, an ability to flawlessly speak the King’s English will not be necessary to tackle the skills most needed for our brave new world: subsistence gardening, carpentry, small craft boating, and firefighting, to name but a few.

      • elysianfield November 4, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

        “Regarding “unspeakable racism”…could you reply with a working definition of “racism” that might be applied in this and other situations? The word used in so many contexts that it’s meaning is diluted and oft misapplied, but always as a pejorative…I thank you in advance.”

        Eshep,
        I hope you are giving this question some thought…too many responses, written by intellectually lax individuals, seem to apply the term “racism” as a cheap attempt to prove moral superiority. You have inferred many of the posts in this week’s offering “unspeakably racist” in content…what exactly do you mean? What metric shall we use to understand your statement?

        • eshep November 4, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

          Check the dictionary. Those definitions of racism are fine with me for the purpose of this discussion and fit much of the commentary on this thread.

          • Sean Coleman November 5, 2015 at 7:21 am #

            The dictionary isn’t much help here. You are the one throwing accusations of racism about, so please elucidate.

            Are my own comments racist by your criteria?

          • seawolf77 November 5, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

            1)The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

          • elysianfield November 5, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

            Wolfie,
            Do you accept that definition?

  149. volodya November 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Janos,

    I’ve read all kinds of stuff about Einstein. I read that his professors thought that he was il jerkoffo di tutti jerkoffi such that he couldn’t get an academic job after his got his degree. I read that he behaved like an asshole towards his wives, his landlords etc. IOW, that he was a bad man, in many respects.

    But, to my knowledge, the record on who did what in the field of relativity has been well known for a long time and, until now, I’ve never read that Einstein was a plagiarist.

    It’s well known that Einstein was one of a number of guys working on relativity in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It’s well known that Einstein built on the ideas of others. My understanding is that the ideas that Einstein used in formulating his own, were already out in scientific publications.

    In fact, “special relativity” was originally known in the scientific community as the “Lorentz-Einstein Theory”.

    I’ve also read that his mathematics weren’t up to snuff because, by his own admission, he hadn’t paid enough attention to it.

    And so he got help with mathematizing his ideas from a friend and mathematician named Marcel Grossman. Herman Minkowski (one of his former professors who, by the way, disparaged Einstein as a student as a ‘lazy dog”), also did a lot of work in that regard. And Einstein acknowledged the brilliance of the contribution by saying that now that mathematics had pervaded his theory, he no longer understood it.

    In his lectures Lorentz acknowledged Einstein’s advances over Lorentz’s own. If Einstein had ripped off Lorentz’s work, do you think that Lorentz would have asked Einstein to succeed him as professor at Leiden?

    No matter, obviously I must be mistaken.

    One other thing, if Einstein wasn’t a Jew, would he be accused of plagiarism?

    • Janos Skorenzy November 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Einstein: I didn’t deny that he had something special – a fresh look things and the courage of his convictions. Obviously a brilliant theorist. I just said that he obviously was ballyhooed to the skies and that he went along with it 100%. That’s the Jewish culture in relation to ours. Maybe anyone else would have tended to be more gracious? That WAS the tradition – obviously not everyone lived up to it. Newton was also a brilliant rat bastard.

      Anyway, as you know now, there are a lot of people claiming this. Interesting that you found out about it only now? Many voices are being suppressed in the official (and lets admit it) Jewish controlled media. Even if they’re all 100% wrong about Einstein – it’s interesting as a sociological fact and not to be dismissed out of hand as “anti-Semitism.”

      Meanwhile, Solzhenitsyn’s book “Two Hundred Years Together”, about the history of Jews in Russia, still hasn’t been published in English. It’s a strangle hold. Why? Because he wasn’t an American Boob frothing at the mouth in worship of these people. He tells the truth about their huge role in the Communist Revolution and later in the Gulag System.

      • malthuss November 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

        Indo-Canadian Sikh Harjit Sajjan Named Canada’s New Defence Minister.

  150. the camels bell November 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    …human kind cannot bear very much reality.

    –T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”

  151. Buck Stud November 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    JHK writes:

    “It also must be self-evident that there is such a thing as a black English dialect in America. With perhaps a few lingering regional differences, it is remarkably uniform from Miami, Florida, to Rochester, New York, to Fresno, California. It prevails among the so-called black underclass, the cohort that continues to struggle economically. Despite its verve and inventiveness, this black dialect tends to confer low status and lower standards of living on those who speak it. In popular mythology and culture, it is associated with violent criminality and other anti-social behaviors. If you don’t believe this, turn on HBO sometime.”

    And WPA writes the below in response to a poster”

    “I support your condemnation of racism and I reject violence in any form, including micro-aggression.”

    Just to be specific, I’m pretty sure JHK is referring to the type of expression on display in the posted clip at the bottom of this post. Perhaps it’s just me, but I see all types of ‘micro-aggressive’ displays and I’m sure that WPA, if he is being honest, would admit the same and thus concede JHK’s point.

    Bottom line: JHK is simply observing that this type of ‘expressive attitude/posturing’ ””black English dialect”–is probably not going to result in mainstream economic integration or success outside of the rap music industry.

    youtube.com/watch?v=sHE0wmgljco

    • wpa_ccc November 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      “JHK is simply observing that this type of ‘expressive attitude/posturing’ ””black English dialect”–is probably not going to result in mainstream economic integration or success outside of the rap music industry.”

      Buck Stud, the video you reference is showing a performance. Of course, those skills are not going to result in mainstream economic integration or success as a welder, pipefitter, accountant, teacher, lawyer, doctor, etc. … outside of the music industry. But you make no case for “traditional English.”

      The video link below is presented in “traditional English” … which would not help you get a job at the local WalMart or McDonalds or carpenters’ union hall.

      Take the pop quiz in the video. See if you can distinguish which cultural expression is which: Shakespeare or Hip-Hop?

      Hip-Hop & Shakespeare?
      youtube.com/watch?v=DSbtkLA3GrY

  152. fodase November 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    “To destroy the beauty from which one came.”

    Jay Z – wow, you mean that’s not Shakespeare? who’da known?!

    “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.”

    Shakespeare – wow, you mean that’s not hiphop? who’da known?!

    Pray tell, good Sir, what further delights hath hiphop bestowed upon the benighted masses? Oh, what great loss is ours! For we know not the deep verses of Kanye and Will-i-am’s high art!

    jeeesus. i guess i’ll get a degree in hiphop then, you know, like, it’s like better than like Shakespeare even, man, and isn’t filled with offensive microaggressions.

    Trump will clean the PC crowd’s clock in 2016, people have had enough.

  153. wpa_ccc November 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    “Trump will clean the PC crowd’s clock in 2016, people have had enough.” –fodase

    Trump might win a few states, but nationally Trump cannot beat Sanders. Sanders defeats Trump in latest general election polling data.

    realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_sanders-5565.html

    Trump promises heaven: make America great “again” … just like Reagan’s new morning in America … it’s gonna be fantastic!

    Here is Shakespeare’s take on Donald Trump:

    “Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame
    Is lust in action; and till action, lust
    Is perjur’d, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame,
    Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
    Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight;
    Past reason hunted; and, no sooner had,
    Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait,
    On purpose laid to make the taker mad:
    Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
    Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
    A bliss in proof, and prov’d, a very woe;
    Before, a joy propos’d; behind, a dream.
    All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
    To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.”

    Of course, the Wu Tang Clan could really bring these Shakespeare verses to life. Either way, this kind of traditional English is not going to bring you “economic integration” or get you a good managerial position in a multinational. Why is your wrath reserved only for Hip-Hop?

  154. fodase November 4, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    JHK’s blatantly obvious statement needs no further argument –

    if you don’t speak mainstream English, don’t expect economic or professional success.

    whether you’re white or black or Asian.

    if that means uneducated whites and blacks need to learn to speak correctly, then they ought to get down to work, they can learn for free on the net.

    nothing to do with racism.

    case closed.

  155. nsa November 5, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    Americans can’t get enough violence, perversion, racketeering, and especially race hatred stuff. This is not by accident. Up to 1965, race relations were essentially what the lefties call “aparteid” i.e. separate and unequal. Afro communities took care of their own affairs and tried not to overly annoy whitey, especially the cops. This all changed with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the various 1960s Great Society welfare programs by Johnson and his D buddies in congress. Despite what JHK asserts, the motivation was summed up in Johnson’s own words….”I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years”. What followed were the urban riots, looting, and arson of the late 1960s resulting in the election of a resurrected Nixon (R)….so much for the 200 years. Whitey had enough of blacky antics. Nixon hired a wise and respected pol named Moynihan (D-NY) as his Urban Affairs Advisor. The great man delved into the race relations of the late 1960s and, after much contemplation and probably not just a few shots of 100 proof Irish, decided race relations were truly hopeless and that all the programs and money spent made matters only worse…..and blacky could not afford any more “help” from whitey. In 1970, Moynihan proposed the correct policy…..BENIGN NEGLECT…..the idea being that since the race problem was truly impossible and insoluble, whitey should just let blacky be and go on to “helping” someone else. The blowback was just awesome…..Moynihan was reviled everywhere and became persona non grata in all polite and civilized circles (college faculty lounges, the editorial page of the NYT, Brookings Institue, Ford Foundation, etc etc.). Think of one million mad cow lesbos like Rhonda with unlimited resources after one aging alcoholic pol and you get the picture. The only thing comparable was the reaction to Murray and Herrnstein’s The Bell Curve……but that is another story. BENIGN NEGLECT was the correct policy then and is the correct policy now.

    • Buck Stud November 5, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      Ah Tricky Dick. Who would have thought that back in 1972 we would have been typing in 2015 that Richard Nixon was the last great republican–that’s how degenerate the GOP has become.

      Ted Carson? Ben Cruz? Jeb “I can fix it” Bush? Can you imagine any of these clowns on the same debate stage as Richard Nixon, a politician who had a admirable command and knowledge of the issues and the ability to express himself without frothing at the mouth or looking as if it was nap time.

      Of course, the main reason GOP politicians such as Sarah Palin are so utterly bereft of intellectual nuance is because they cater to a collective group of far-right imbeciles–the Tea Party– who have become so extreme and stiff in thought and mind that they are the intellectual equivalent of a physical cripple. Unable to navigate intellectual terrain that doesn’t reside beyond the front door of their minds, they fester and rot in the closed confines of a house without open windows or the fresh breeze of thought. Smaller and smaller the outlook shrinks as they slowly suffocate in their self-constructed intellectual coffins. And no, they will not be buried in the same graveyard as a Daniel Boone or Jim Bridger.

  156. Janos Skorenzy November 5, 2015 at 1:15 am #

    Don’t forget Mearsheimer and Walt. White Nationalism has been right about everything. The best “court” authorities merely echo what we’ve been saying all along.

    lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby

  157. FincaInTheMountains November 5, 2015 at 3:23 am #

    Free Syrian Army to Meet Russian Defense, Foreign Ministries Next Week

    “A preliminary agreement was reached of a meeting of 28 brigades of the FSA in the suburbs of Damascus, Qunaitra, Hama and the western suburb of Homs, as well as the northern front from the suburbs of Aleppo and Idlib with the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Defense Ministry most likely in Abu Dhabi at the end of the coming week,” Mahmoud Afandi, who is also the secretary of the Popular Diplomacy Movement, said.

    According to Afandi, the issues of the Russian side promising protection to the FSA from the Syrian Army will be discussed also

    sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151105/1029621510/fsa-russian-defense-meeting.html

    “In the first stage ISIS will receive courtesy lessons using the latest Russian weapons, mainly remote control, beat them the shit out with the highest possible losses from the territory of Syria that would be restored to its legitimate borders.

    The remaining bearded guys will be fed Altai buckwheat with Dagestan lamb, drink Kalmyk mare’s milk, will be put at the round table and receive an offer that they can’t refuse.” == me

  158. Janos Skorenzy November 5, 2015 at 3:33 am #

    counter-currents.com/2015/11/bowl-cuts-and-hate-facts/#more-58681

    White Nationalism is pushing the envelope in comedy now – beginning to challenge the entrenched “shock” jocks of the mainstream media. Their (your) memes are tired and your jokes stale. The Corporate executive believes the same thing as the soccer mom as the Marxist “rebel” as the Tranny freak. You are One. There is nothing for you people to rebel against. You “won” (lost).

    Even rats know enough to get off a shrinking shrift. Don’t wait until win and then pretend you knew it all along and were always with us in spirit. Don’t be a woman in other words. We’ll accept it from them, but not you. Get in on the ground floor of something big. Yes, stock options! Lots of people will be moving out. Booty? You bet – both kinds.. Plenty of luff and plenty of duff.

  159. FincaInTheMountains November 5, 2015 at 3:52 am #

    Refugees to Europe are not fleeing the war – they are bringing the war with them

  160. Pucker November 5, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    One of Rhonda Frederick’s scholarly interests is the work of Colson Whitehead, a Harvard negro academic who writes about Zombies.

    Zone One is a 2011 The New York Times best-selling novel[1] by African American author Colson Whitehead. Zone One is part genre fiction, part literary fiction—a zombie story in the hands of a Pulitzer-nominated[2] novelist.

    A virus has laid waste to civilization, turning the infected into flesh-eating and mortally contagious zombies. But events have stabilized, and the rebuilding process has begun. Over a three-day span, “Mark Spitz” and his fellow “sweepers”—other survivors of the apocalypse—patrol portions of New York City, eliminating zombies as part of a mission to make the city inhabitable once again. Flashbacks pepper the narrative, explaining how “Mark Spitz” survived the apocalypse to date and got his nickname along the way.

  161. FincaInTheMountains November 5, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Intelligence ritual dance around dead Russian kids

    U.S. officials told CNN that intelligence suggests ISIS or its affiliates planted a bomb on the Russian plane.

    The officials stressed that no formal conclusion has been reached by the U.S. intelligence community and that U.S. officials haven’t seen forensic evidence from the crash investigation.

    But the intelligence also suggests someone at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport helped get a bomb onto the plane, one U.S. official said.

    edition.cnn.com/2015/11/05/middleeast/russian-plane-crash-egypt-sinai/index.html

    Explosion in the luggage compartment cannot deny the crew opportunity to push SOS button. But a missile that had entered the cockpit and caused depressurization at 10,000 meters can.
    And if a relatively crude explosive device could be attributed solely to ISIS militants, the advanced MANPAD missile (or triple missile) cannot.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starstreak_(missile)

  162. FincaInTheMountains November 5, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Why instantaneous replication by Western Media of ISIS statements of taking down the Russian plane over Sinai was needed? This question was answered by the British authorities through the prohibition of flights over Sinai to their airlines on the eve of the visit of Abdel-Fattah Alsisi to London.

    The provocation was necessary to declare the British sanctions against the most profitable sector (tourism) of Egypt’s economy on the eve of talks with D. Cameron.

    The mercenaries of the Constellis groups were noticed on the Egyptian-Israeli frontier point Taba, illegally present on the territory of Egypt that is potential suspect in the terrorist attack against Russian plane. I do not know to what extent Constellis groups are linked to the British bankers and top leaders of the state, but the investigation should look in the context of benefit from the act of terrorism.

    An indirect indication that the suspicions against Constellis groups may be true is detailed in the press in connection with the anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli catastrophe-related hysteria. Familiar trick: if in some unseemly case Americans or British were involved, deliberately raised campaign accusing the Jews in general and Israel in particular in all the American and British sins. As hysteria gets stronger, the more firm names and surnames of interested parties emerges in the press, favorite screens for Anglo-Saxon sponsors of terrorism – “world Zionism”, “Masons” and “Illuminati”.

    pravosudija.net/article/katastrofa-321-porazitelnoe-shodstvo-s-katastrofoy-mn-17

  163. Reagan November 5, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Great article this week. I am sending some Trump 2016 signs to Mr. Kunstler. He is finally coming around.

  164. fodase November 5, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    fodase,
    Can you tell me, as a JHK acolyte, how you define “succeeding the f*ing United Sates?” Surely during the Long Emergency, an ability to flawlessly speak the King’s English will not be necessary to tackle the skills most needed for our brave new world: subsistence gardening, carpentry, small craft boating, and firefighting, to name but a few.

    You are obviously unable to comprehend basic facts, therefore I infer that you are a liberal.

    1. No one said speak English flawlessly.
    2. No one tied speaking English flawlessly to an alleged Long Emergency.

    The quote you’re responding to specifically references the ability to speak a modicum of correct English in order to be economically successful:

    …speak correctly, understandably, and with a minimum of nuance in order to get across complex ideas.

    Re the definition of “succeeding in the US” – uh, I specifically mentioned professional and economic success in my original quote.

    In other words, have a nice job as a doctor, mechanic, technician, repairman and make a decent salary & give your kids a good life. Difficult to understand, I know! That’s why I recommended you go into academics.

    Your choice of language leads me to believe you an insane, ‘compassionate’ liberal (which de facto translates into the monstrosity we see in defunct blacks and defunct other racial groups, by telling them their pathological behaviours are just fine): “unspeakably racist”, “I find this offensive”, “I treasure your use of language”.

    Ergo you are a pussy, as originally stated.

    fodase

  165. fodase November 5, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Refugees to Europe are not fleeing the war – they are bringing the war with them

    Obvious to anyone with even negligible powers of observation.

    An unfathomable truth to insane extremist liberals who – but of course – do not have to live with the horrible consequences.

    fodase

    • ozone November 5, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

      Ahhhh, now I see why you’ve chosen to live in the shithole of Brazil in the midst of all those nig… I mean, brown-tinged folk you so despise!
      They’re not LIBERALS. Good move, pinhead. (We also now know why you’re supplementing your income by becoming a paid internet pest. The paltry income [dollar-wise] goes farther in the south-lands.)

      Consult your talking-points sheet to respond “in character”, please.

      • ZrCrypDiK November 8, 2015 at 4:22 am #

        “Consult your talking-points sheet to respond “in character”, please.”

        OMG, lulz-bomb! (had to reply…)

  166. volodya November 5, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Al Klein and Malthuss

    There’s a lot of stuff out there as to where different ideas and practices originated, like the one you reference about circumcision.

    For example, I’ve read that the idea of Satan as YHVH’s opponent came out of contact with Zoroastrianism with their idea of Ahura Mazda as the good god and Ahriman as the evil god.

    I’ve also read that the Israelite idea of their one god was the product of the merging of various deities, for example, an Israelite war god – the Lord of Hosts – and a Canaanite god of justice.

    There was a claim by a chap named Rohl, that the story of the Garden of Eden was based on an actual place in Iran. For example, he cites close correspondences between place names as given in the Old Testament describing the location of Eden and those near that Iranian location.

    It’s no secret that the world has a lot of ancient flood stories from widely disparate places and peoples, one obvious example being the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    Maybe the Old Testament story of the flood is indigenous to ancient Israelites or maybe it was borrowed from others. And so you maybe also have the adoption of the Garden story by the writers of Genesis, modified for their own purposes.

    I don’t know the truth of any of it as I’m not an archeologist or scholar of ancient religion. But the idea of syncretism isn’t far fetched as we see it in today’s world all the time.

    Anyway, this is a digression …

  167. kconrad November 5, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you for your straight talk, Jim. How has simple common sense become a reason for explosive character assassination.

    My first memories as a toddler (and throughout my school years) was my mother correcting my grammar and saying, “People judge you by how you speak!” As a teen I was probably rolling my eyes as she said this, but guess what I spent my son’s childhood saying to him! It is a simple and *self-evident* truth.

    I don’t always tow-the-line on everything the dominant culture believes, either. But, I know that making those choices will cost me something in terms of the monetary/ego success I could have if I did. That is fine with me. I take responsibility for that.

    I think that is all that you are asking black people to do.

  168. fodase November 5, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    so refreshing to come across someone with common sense.

    Mark Twain nailed it when it comes to that….

  169. capt spaulding November 5, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Along with speaking “proper” English, I have to admit that I also have a problem with people who don’t know how to spell properly. I have always been of the opinion that if you are to be taken seriously, you should be able to speak, spell, and use grammar to back up your statements. If you can’t be bothered to learn how to speak & write properly, don’t expect me to pay attention. I know this makes me a snob, but I can’t help it. That’s how I feel.

    • volodya November 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

      A good predictor of competence on the job is whether you bothered to learn to read and write and speak properly.

      How many crummy resumes have I seen full of bad grammar, bad spelling, disorganized…

      Guess what happens to those resumes?

      • Q. Shtik November 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

        Lemme guess:

        Shit-canned?
        Round-filed?

  170. volodya November 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Re nsa’s comment on “benign neglect”

    Maybe the race problem really is insoluble. Maybe the acrimony is just way too far gone.

    Maybe the way forward really is to leave Blacks, as much as possible, to their own devices, given the adversarial stance of Blacks against the light-skinned majority of Whites and Asians and Latinos.

    Or, “benign neglect” as you call it.

    And so I guess it depends on what you mean by “benign” and “neglect’. Maybe, in general terms, no special help but no special hindrance either.

    Because one thing is for sure, you can’t help people that won’t help themselves. Pointless to try.

    Can’t remember who said it, might have been Jesse Jackson, at least it sounds like something he’d say: white racists don’t make fifteen year old Black girls get pregnant.

    If you want to self-destruct 1) start drinking 2) start taking drugs 3) get pregnant out of wedlock.

    All three ways are the way down drain no matter what race you are. Oh, I forgot one: join a violent gang. Especially this last one is the way to a pointless, wasted life in prison. Or an early death.

    Talking about early death, there was a TV news story (I think on PBS) about the increasing death rate among middle-aged Whites living in formerly middle-class and primarily White communities that had been economically ruined by offshoring and plant closures.

    And these early deaths, for example from suicide and drugs and alcohol, were characterized as deaths from despair.

    Now, put yourself in the shoes of Blacks. If an increasing number of Whites are dying of despair, just imagine the lot of Blacks in America.

    A while back there was a narrow window of time for Blacks to squeeze into the prosperous middle class before the oligarchs started to shut down the US manufacturing economy.

    But that window started closing more than a generation ago and the first to be shut out were Blacks.

    If we’re going to characterize the lot of an increasing number of Whites as bad, where the logical and expected reaction is one of despair, then be fair about it, it’s much worse for Blacks.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Yet in fact Blacks seldom kill themselves: being a very different race they react to stress very differently. And of course much of the stress is self generated. But yes, they are being hit the hardest by the Hispanic invasion. And yes, their politicians being good Democrats continue to betray them by and large. So you make a valid point, but what you don’t realize is that Compassion is a limited resource just like any other. We don’t have that kind of wealth anymore to lavish on Blacks. It doesn’t help them anyway as the record clearly shows. NSA showed that and your whole post is huge BUT curve taking us in a circle back to the status quo – which isn’t viable anymore and didn’t help them anyway.

      Isn’t it our responsibility that they’re here? Sure, so we offer to send them back. As if they’d be doing great if they never came here? The history of Black Africa says differently. So what do we do? Nothing is good, a separate state is better. Because they aren’t going to go into that good night gently or quietly. So the best answer would be giving them their own state in the deep South. Failing that, a return to segregation. Failing that, a repeal of all Affirmative Action, as they are an inferior race, that would effectively and naturally return us to a considerable degree of segregation. The idea that this alien race must be foisted on every day and every way and every where is simply Tyranny. None of the other rights have any meaning apart from the freedom of association.

      • malthuss November 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

        Yet in fact Blacks seldom kill themselves: being a very different race they react to stress very differently.

        Depends how you look at death by smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress.

        Black females rarely? never are anorexic.
        Their eating disorder is obesity.

        Anorexia is for White females.

  171. Buck Stud November 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Since this week’s entire thread is dedicated to diagnosing what ails lower class black America what about situating inequality of circumstance within the far more common and platitudinal “equal opportunity”?

    The right-wing takes sanctimonious cover behind the latter–‘everyone can make it in America if only they tug on their bootstraps hard enough’. But what about the reality of learning how to read, write and speak competent English while growing up in a violent and loud public housing/ghetto nightmare?

    Most of us on this site probably grew up with books on the shelf and a quiet place to read them. Every month a new Time Warner ‘Museums of the World’ book would arrive courtesy of mom and I would actually read them and dream of eventually visiting these wonders. Stimulating, in other words.

    “Equal opportunity” doesn’t amount to a hill of beans compared to the reality of ‘inequality of circumstance’. And yet Kunstler is right: circumstances ain’t changing if language skills don’t mirror the mainstream.

    • Q. Shtik November 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

      Speaking of art, what do you think of that Modigliani painting that just sold for $42m? Makes me recall the old expression ‘there’s no accounting for taste.’

      • malthuss November 5, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

        That ‘art world’ is a business world.

        When Van Goghs sold for a mere 40 million, the top bidder put the art in a vault.

        And theres ego. the highest selling painting was 150 million? Then an Arab bought one for 250 m. No doubt to make a statement.

    • capt spaulding November 5, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

      You are right, Buck, black kids are usually born into circumstances which are less than ideal. It also makes it that much harder for those kids who are trying to better themselves, and expand their horizons. Peer group pressure stops a lot of them.

  172. fodase November 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Well we now have the first Muslim-controlled city council in the US, in Michigan, I believe.

    A laughably inept comment was made that this somehow increased diversity on the council.

    The US will see capable, law-abiding, educated citizens all move to states that protect wealth, the citizenry, enforce the laws, and ensure the freedoms our Constitution guarantees us.

    The other states can go to hell, as they already have.

    fodase

    • malthuss November 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      See my comment y’day about Canadian ‘dept of war.’

  173. fodase November 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    MUSLIM in knife attack in California university, bet you won’t see much mention of this fact on mainstream TV:

    wnd.com/2015/11/muslim-student-idd-in-knife-attack-on-u-c-merced-campus/

    Just a coincidence that a knife attack follows all the knife attacks in Israel and in China.

    The savage was shot and killed, praise be to Allah.

    We need to import hundreds of thousands more muslims, right, liberals?

    Islam is a religion of peace.

    fodase

    • BackRowHeckler November 6, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      We were assured on the local news this morning had nothing to do with Jihad, Muslims, Religion or anything like that. Nothing to worry about in that direction.

  174. Skip Breakfast November 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Oh dear. James, it worries me that you are choosing this particular topic to rant about when there are so many more pressing concerns. Sometimes I just wonder why smart people insist on whining on about something that actually has very little impact on their lives. You write so insightfully about the Long Emergency and that seems so much more critical than your pet peeve about evil “academic thought police” (on either end of the right/left/pink/black/irritating spectrum).

    You make it sound like you only set foot on a college campus for the first time this week. I graduated from university 20 years ago and nothing has changed. Let the kids stretch their political muscles–they’ll see the error of their ways soon enough, or at least balance some of their ill informed conclusions with a dose of reality. And let the grown-up academics diddle each other as they argue between themselves about the horrific hegemony of white male privilege. No one is listening to them anyway. Just turn on HBO.

    You make yourself very unsavoury bedfellows when you go on about something which is just not really your area of expertise (the African American experience). You’re not helping the very cause that I thought you were so passionate about–that is, we are facing a catastrophic change in our circumstances going forward, and there are tremendous dangers waiting for us when our expectations for “more” and “better” are dashed.

    Keep you eye on the prize. No one is going to give a cluster fuck about such academic arguments when the shit hits the fan (even if it’s a little bit sad that we might long for the days when we could argue about such things, many of them imagined trivialities but not all I assure you). No, a big axe in the hand of a really big dude will probably rule the day, and you can finally have the reprieve you want from those evil ivory tower wankers for the rest of your life.

    Enjoy your stone soup as you remake America in your image. Because apparently one size fits all.

  175. home-to-roost November 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    So, JHK,

    Is the world as we know it about to come crashing down upon our heads?

    “Our food production system is approaching crisis…” (JHK, 5/4/09)

    …long trip home out of modernity to something that will look more like the seventeenth century, if they’re lucky.” (JHK, 2/8/10)

    “There’s a fair chance that global finance (and trade) will blow up this season…” (JHK, 9/10/12)

    “…will enter a state of widespread crisis within the next ten years, and possibly much sooner.” (JHK, 10/7/13)

    “…the world financial system is imploding.” (JHK, 8/19/15)

    Or do those young African-Americans still have time to “succeed socially and economically” by learning Standard English and getting one of those disappearing Wal-Mart jobs?

    “The word ‘job’ may even become obsolete-a curious artifact of the industrial past.” (JHK, 9/10/12)

    Do those bright young Asian-American students who are on a “trajectory to success in adult life” have time to prepare

    “…for local agriculture and all the value-added activities around it?” (JHK, 9/10/12)

    And do African-Americans who “opted-out” still have time to assimilate into

    “…the country and its baleful culture … now in an even more advanced state of entropic degeneration…” (JHK, 5/28/12)

    Please, let us know.