Category Archives: Culture

No Statue of Limitation in Identity Politics


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Tear ’em all down.

Mark Lilla is a liberal history professor at Columbia. He blames identity politics for Democrats’ failure to win elections. The professor thinks the left focuses too much on what keeps us apart rather than on what brings us together. He says his conservative students make arguments based on ideas and principles. But his liberal students make their arguments based on identity.

Here’s a link to his latest book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.  And here are a couple of reviews from The Guardian.

 

 

 

Tiki Torch Bigots

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Images of the Klan carrying torches through the night are ugly. But the images of white nationalists parading through Charlottesville over the weekend were just plain ridiculous. They were carrying tiki torches. The kind you buy at Walmart to keep pests away from your garden party. Except in this case the pests were the bigots carrying the torches.

Tiki Torch Bigots

The CEO of the company that makes the torches rejected the free product placement:

W.C. Bradley CEO Marc Olivie told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Monday that the Columbus-based company’s staff was “appalled and saddened” that the torches were “used by people who promote bigotry and hatred.”

Google Engineer James Damore

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There are certain things one doesn’t ask in polite elite society. Lucky for you you’re nowhere near there. You’re in Bokbluster, so I’ll ask:

Is it possible, on average, that girls don’t like math as much as boys? It’s possible, on average. Unless you’re Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard.

Is it possible, on average, that girls are less fond of computer engineering than boys? That’s a possibility too. Unless you’re another Harvard guy, former Google engineer James Damore.

Damore’s Downfall

Damore wrote a 10 page memo (screed to the politically correct among us) asking if it’s possible that women are underrepresented in engineering because of biology rather than bias.

Google management was having none of that. Here’s Google CEO Sundar Pichai:

To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.

Coming down firmly on the side of bias, he fired Damore.

 

 

North Korean Means of Execution

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It’s not easy being a relative of Kim Jong Un. His half brother was poisoned in a Malaysian airport. Others have been executed by anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, and mortars. The Telegraph has a list of the various North Korean means of execution.

New York’s Mayor Antifa

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New York’s Mayor flew to Hamburg to join the G-20 antifa protesters. His comrades were doused by water cannon as they threw smoke bombs and bottles at German police.

Earlier in the week a member of de Blasio’s own police force, Miosotis Familia, was assassinated in New York while sitting in her car.