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August 19, 2018

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Rafi

Notably, however, the “What is racial capitalism?” section of the initiative’s website remains completely blank.

Like 'white supremacy' and 'patriarchy', it's whatever they want it to be (and can change at any time).

David

Like ‘white supremacy’ and ‘patriarchy’, it’s whatever they want it to be (and can change at any time).

Given the time, money and mighty intellects thrown at the project, you’d think that a basic definition would by now - a year later - have been agreed on. But as you say, keeping the thing as woolly and indefinite as possible, and subject to change as and when it suits, does have certain… advantages. If you’re a two-bit hustler, I mean.

Atempdog

Like 'white supremacy' and 'patriarchy', it's whatever they want it to be (and can change at any time).

And how Venezuela was a demonstration of how socialism made peoples lives better, until it had never been socialist and only a cretin would suggest it had been. Its a magical world where facts are mutable according to immediate need.

Alice

Notably, however, the “What is racial capitalism?” section of the initiative’s website remains completely blank.

Symbolism!

David

Symbolism!

Heh. Quite.

David

Symbolism!

It reminds me of the Writing Centre at the University of Washington, Tacoma, the stated goal of which is to “help writers succeed in a racist society,” a goal to be achieved by denouncing grammar as “an unjust language structure,” and the correction of punctuation as “an oppressive practice.” And where even a 500-word press release explaining this ambition took over a year to write.

R. Sherman

I want to make sure I understand the process with this "racial capitalism" stuff. It would appear, someone somewhere had an epiphany that "racial capitalism" exists and it's very, very bad. With that "given," they then proceeded to identify a set of phenomena which are ubiquitous when "racial capitalism" exists.

Query, isn't that precisely backwards? Don't you identify a set of phenomena first and then slap a moniker on it? It's as if they came up with a word--pneumonia, say--and have spent their time trying to figure out what the symptoms should be.

David

Symbolism!

It’s not unlike the buzzword “equity,” which, despite its ubiquity in campus literature and in bureaucratic pronouncements, is rarely defined and almost never defined clearly. Instead, it relies on vague connotations of equality and fairness, both of which are misplaced. As used on campus, what “equity” seems to mean is “equality of outcome regardless of inputs.” Which, stated plainly, isn’t fair at all.

David

It's as if they came up with a word--pneumonia, say--and have spent their time trying to figure out what the symptoms should be.

And yet it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect.

Killer Marmot

Progressives love to expand the meaning of things. "Racist" and "fascist" are twp examples.

Another is "climate denier." At first it meant anyone who denied that global warming is occurring (a fairly small group). Then it was often used for those who think that global warming would likely occur at the lower ends of the IPCC forecast (the "luke warmers"), or who are at all skeptical of any of the outlandish claims made concerning global warming. Then, on the blogs at least, it came to include those who are skeptical that the very worse case scenarios of the IPCC -- the very upper limits of their forecasts, such as a 2 m increase in sea level by century end -- would occur.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the very upper limits of their forecasts, such as a 2 m increase in sea level by century end...

Not to start a global warming, climate change, climate disruption TEOTWAWKI debate, but I believe it was 3mm/year, or 1 inch every 8.5 years, or 11.77 inches/century. Of course even that means one has to accept that even with satellites we can measure global sea level to a precision and accuracy of 3mm.

Penelope Witherspoon

The operational definition of these terms has been well established since at least Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. "Racial" = white people, "capitalism" = money, "racial capitalism" = white people making money. “Can there be capitalism without racism?” (ie, can we have money without white people?) is an open field of research.

Killer Marmot

Not to start a global warming, climate change, climate disruption TEOTWAWKI debate, but I believe it was 3mm/year, or 1 inch every 8.5 years, or 11.77 inches/century.

Actually we're both wrong. I went back and read the IPCC AR5 report:

https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg1/WG1AR5_Chapter13_FINAL.pdf

and the upper bound of their worst case scenario was around 1.2 m by 2100 (page 1207).

Damian

I don't know how long this window will remain open, but apparently it's progressive to make "yer so gay!" jokes for the time being:

Kimmel took aim Thursday at the Christian proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. For the late-night funny man, the takeaway from Jack Phillips' refusal to bake a cake celebrating a trans person's transition is that the cakemaker might be gay, and that he sure looks gay.

“It’s funny because this is a guy who spends all day, every day, meticulously designing flowers out of icing. His whole life is gay, OK?” Kimmel said to laughs. “I don’t know if the wrong cake might bring that to life or what.”

The late-night host turned his attention to the shop owner’s physical appearance, adding for good measure that Phillips is “the totally straight cake baker."

“You would think that someone who looks like the Reba McEntire’s version of Col. Sanders would be more sympathetic to gender identity issues,” the host laughed.

Squires

It’s not unlike the buzzword “equity,” which, despite its ubiquity in campus literature and in bureaucratic pronouncements, is rarely defined and almost never defined clearly.

The purpose of newspeak is not to define words but to undefine them, in the hope of making first intelligent communication, and then intelligent thought, impossible.

How can the newspeaker identify their miseries as coming from being conned, if they cannot think upon the nature of the con?

David

but apparently it’s progressive to make “yer so gay!” jokes for the time being

Imagine my surprise. Apparently, the baker has been besieged with perverse demands, including satanic cakes adorned with functional dildos. Demanding that a baker indulge malicious and humiliating pranks or risk legal action, and possibly losing his livelihood, is, for some, both a source of glee and proof of their own righteousness.

Darleen

Climate change? Global warming? Ecosexuality!!

David

Ecosexuality!!

I’ll just leave this here.

Sam Duncan

“It turns out that if you are for 'immigration restrictions,' 'ending affirmative action,' or 'instituting trade protections,' you have been influenced by white nationalism and are embracing 'policy issues the far right has promoted.'”

Presumably the “logic” goes: white supremacists supported Trump (which can't be denied), therefore Trump is a white supremacist, therefore all of his policies represent white supremacy, therefore anyone who expresses any support for them is a white supremacist.

Stands to reason, dunnit?

Of course, this would mean that the great Democrat hero FDR was “far right” but, as noted in your second MacDonald quote, consistency's for suckers. (That's your actual postmodernism, that is.)

David

as noted in your second MacDonald quote, consistency’s for suckers.

But think of it from their point of view. The expectation of consistency, even minimal consistency, sets limits on what you can claim. It’s an affront to the ego and so terribly unfair.

Pogonip

A good example of racist capitalism might be Africans who sold other Africans to slave traders, because the slavers were interested in black people.

Damian

Demanding that a baker indulge malicious and humiliating pranks or risk legal action, and possibly losing his livelihood, is, for some, both a source of glee and proof of their own righteousness.

As Kevin Williamson puts it:

Liberalism has always struggled to balance the protection of minority rights against majoritarian institutions and — less often appreciated — the protection of individual rights. The American Left has liberated itself from such considerations by abandoning liberalism for identity politics and a might-makes-right ethic. Why compel Jack Phillips to knuckle under? Because you can, and because you hate him.

I forget which particular legal battle it was now — you block things out after a while — but I was particularly shocked by the sheer vindictiveness of a recent case when activists not only imposed financial penalties through a lawsuit but additionally went to court to shut down a crowdfunding arrangement which had been set up to defray the penalties. Apparently imposing crippling debt and bankruptcy can also be progressive if you squint just so.

As for racial capitalism, I'm afraid I'm still waiting to hear what, if anything, people actually mean by the trendy "late-stage capitalism." I mean, I assume the term is supposed to conjure up images of terminal cancer, and I assume it's supposed to imply that somehow, despite all the confounded predictions and necessary reinterpretations, Marx's prophecies are still objectively destined to come true any day now, but it still strikes me as rhetorical desperation. Capitalism is still on stage giving its victory speech while the inept Marxish left resembles the Portsmouth Sinfonia in trying to play it off.

sH2

Drain the swamp.

Anthony

I’ll just leave this here.

(( o_O ))

Squires

Apparently imposing crippling debt and bankruptcy can also be progressive if you squint just so.

Sadism is how they show that they care.

Ray

That would be the Spanish Inquisition defence.

"We're torturing you for you're own good, to save your immortal soul."

jabrwok

"late-stage capitalism."

Possibly a synonym for "finance capitalism"? My understanding of the latter is that it's an affliction of those societies which pursue profit to the detriment of actual wealth (goods and services), and so their economies become driven by, and centered on, paper-shuffling.

Not an ideal arrangement for any country which adopts it. Depending on foreigners for your concrete goods and services is dangerous.

jabrwok

Gah!

How do I make it stop!?! "" The "end italics" tag, it does nothing!

I'll see myself out:-(

jabrwok

Oh, now it's stopped. David, did you fix it? If so, thanks muchly!

jabrwok

Waitaminute! The cascade starts with RAY's comment, not mine! Ha! NOT MY FAULT!

Hal

Waitaminute! The cascade starts with RAY's comment, not mine! Ha! NOT MY FAULT!

It was Squires, actually, starting with "care", and then note the italicized name and timestamp just below that . . .

And just one < / i > was needed actually, where yes, you did manage to shut it off. The catch is that if you were trying to test in preview, then---as I recall---the preview doesn't display that . . . you just have to place out of certainty, and launch.

Hal

David, did you fix it? If so, thanks muchly!

Oh, and yeah, given that you posted at August 20, 2018 at 01:02 . . . which is basically one AM UK time, David was asleep, and at this typing, prolly will still be asleep for mebbe another hour or so . . .

Ray

Hal

I did try to stop it with a </i>, but it didn't work in preview so I left it to more knowledgeable chaps for fear of making it worse.

Is it the case that it does work in post but not preview? Because that would be good to know.

Squires

Well guys I’m off to vacation in Antarctica out of human communication okay thanks remembertotellDavidthatIwasneverhere.

David

[ Pours coffee, surveys wreckage.]

I see we’ve been busy.

Pogonip

Hi Jabrwok, that’s what we have here in the U.S., also called predatory capitalism. Think of Goodfellas, where the characters squeeze every penny out of a bar, then destroy it to collect i surance money.

David

Good to know.

David

Feminist sentiment.

Surreptitious Evil

What does "quilting" mean in this context? I'm clearly not "hip and up with the cool kids" anymore. If I ever was ...

Jonathan

And yet, feminist social-justice warriors are perfectly capable of proceeding on several contradictory fronts simultaneously.

Consistency is not a requirement of left-wing activism; only the effectiveness of the tactic.

WTP

Feminist sentiment.

While true, and I’m prolly more sick of having BC and pink stuff thrown at me every October, and even year round, than most men, that statistic is a bit misleading as BC effects and kills women at a younger age than PC. The latter is likely to rise as men live longer due to cures being found for the other things that kill us. A similar thing regarding cancer rates overall.

WTP

BTW, Jonathan, I think that’s “guilting” but I read it as “quiltting” myself the first time.

Adam

Guilt and quilt are both things feminists think men should do.

Surreptitious Evil

WTP, thanks. Feminists, can't even do graffiti competently.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Feminist sentiment.

David
The reason a lone policewoman is struggling to get the cuffs on a drunk male is because someone decided women could do the job just as well as men and physical standards went out the window. This is what happens when the purpose of an organisation is changed to serve as a vehicle for progressives to enact their deranged fantasies.

Tim Newman on policing.

As noted over there:

Given the disdainful view of women that often prevails among the criminal demographic, the increasing front-line use of diminutive, physically inadequate female officers seems a bewildering mistake. One that most likely increases the odds of violent scuffles and which degrades the reputation of the police force. The spectacle of a 5’5” woman trying to arrest a burly 6’4” thug – and being dragged around like a doll – as seen several times on Twitter - isn’t exactly heartening to the law-abiding. Though it may embolden burly thugs.

Hal

I did try to stop it with a < / i >[that edited for visibility], but it didn't work in preview so I left it to more knowledgeable chaps for fear of making it worse.

Is it the case that it does work in post but not preview? Because that would be good to know.

The catch is that if you were trying to test in preview, then---as I recall---the preview doesn't display that . . . you just have to place out of certainty, and launch.

It's been awhile since I've done such a fix, so I had to dredge that up from memory.

Here's a project: Since David looks bored at the moment, how 'bout someone start another italics or bold or whatnot cascade, and then test the settings for a bit?

David

Here’s a project: Since David looks bored at the moment, how ‘bout someone start another italics or bold or whatnot cascade, and then test the settings for a bit?

When the inevitable happens, I’m holding you responsible.

WTP

When the inevitable happens, I’m holding you responsible.

Well since Hal's taking the hit, laissez les bons italics rouler

WTP

stop the madness Stopped?

WTP

Ah...I see what happened....The italics didn't stop when I posted but they did stop when I did a reload of the page.

David

See, this is why I dread taking time off and leaving you heathens unsupervised.

WTP

See, this is why I dread taking time off and leaving you heathens unsupervised.

Gotta admit, that last TideSlide we had was epic.

Ray

OK, hold my beer...

Italics on

Ray

David is a wonderful, kind, understanding chap

Ray

Italics off

I can't bear to look..

David

I can’t bear to look…

Cut the blue wire.

Hal

When the inevitable happens, I’m holding you responsible.

It's an educational moment.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Tim Newman on policing.

There are two issues there, one as mentioned, and not just endemic to the UK rozzers, of making police/fire brigades/military/etc. "equal" (and of dubious effectiveness) through unequal standards, and the second, "...the public are increasingly seeing the police if not quite aligned against them, then certainly not on their side."

Though there are segments of US society (e.g., BLM, Auntyfa, the democrats) who seem to think (or at least preach) this as well, it does not appear as wide spread, but on this side of the pond it also appears that the UK popo do go out of their way to alienate Joe Bloggs - from going after internet comments, to removing Battenberg markings from vehicles for rainbows or other "We Support Group X" markings, dancing in the streets, to seemingly going out of their way to protect "Asians". It seems all a long way from the bobby on the beat in the custodian helmet.

The question for you lot actually over there - accurate perception or not ?

prm

@Farnsworth

Not had many dealings with rozzers, what I did have was a long time ago and they were a credit to themselves and the profession. I can only go on feelz today I'm afraid, and it does seem that they are moving further away from what the public want them to be and do.

People do intuitively understand the social contract vis a vis police - we will suspend self-defence, vengeance, retribution and justice if you do it via arrest and courts - and there does seem to be an awareness that not only are the police not holding up their end of the bargain, they seem to only really pursue those who believe in the contract, and avoid if they can those who actually commit crimes. The protected privileged classes (Muslims, women, gypsies etc) in particular can do what they like.

It does seem that, after every daft tweet trumpeting Pride, or anti-Free Speech, or non-existent backlashes/racism/bigotry, the responses are uniformly derisory, which may be some indication.

Hopp Singg

... the increasing front-line use of diminutive, physically inadequate female officers seems a bewildering mistake.

Taser Inc. strongly disagrees.

Chester Draws
Can use blockquotes?
Chester Draws

how 'bout strikethrough?

ComputerLabRat

Taser Inc. strongly disagrees.

Are the beat cops in the UK allowed to carry tasers? I am fairly certain guns are right out...

It does seem to come down to ignoring biology in favor of political correctness, and tossing physical standards out the window.

And I thought it was the religious fanatics who had no truck with science?

Chester Draws

Que?

Chester Draws

Can I make my opinions better, because larger?

David

Regarding the police and their credibility, this came to mind.

Spiny Norman

ComputerLabRat,

And I thought it was the religious fanatics who had no truck with science?

Feminists have their own science, blissfully uncorrupted by the "white patriarchy" kind.

Daniel Ream

Taser Inc. strongly disagrees.

Tasers don't work anywhere near as effectively as Hollywood depicts, and they can be a great deal more dangerous to the target than advertised.

David

It does seem to come down to ignoring biology in favor of political correctness

This seems vaguely apposite. If a larger, male colleague hadn’t arrived, what do we think would most likely have happened?

Pogonip

Hey, is Monday stll Half-Price Italics day at this bar?

jabrwok

If a larger, male colleague hadn’t arrived, what do we think would most likely have happened?

Dead biker. Small women with guns are a bad combination when given authority. They can't rely on physical intimidation so they escalate to lethal force when a larger, male, authority would've just delivered a beat-down.

Darleen

Interesting use of the word "diverse" here.

ComputerLabRat

This seems vaguely apposite. If a larger, male colleague hadn’t arrived, what do we think would most likely have happened?

Wow. Was that for real? The complete lack of respect - of fear - that punk showed the itty bitty cop lady. Holy heck! Yeah - I have to go with jabwrok - since she is allowed a firearm, she'd have had to use it. Only way she was going to come out on top in that little dustup, without outside assistance anyways.

And CynicalPlod in Tim's post wondered why no one stepped in to help the little UK lady cop. How misogynistic of him to think the she couldn't do the job at hand!

Seriously, though - how do they expect teeny female cops without weapons to take down thugs like that? Or maybe they don't.

David

Small women with guns are a bad combination when given authority.

I’m not familiar with the protocols regarding the use of a firearm in such circumstances, but I think there’s an issue here. If the mouthy chap pushed away the officer and tried to escape, as seems quite likely, what are her choices? She’s armed, yes, but is she willing or authorised to use a firearm in such circumstances, for the sake of a misdemeanour, albeit one that escalated due to chappie’s dindu-nuffin attitude? And if instead of a small woman, a larger, more powerful male officer had from the start presented a more credible physical threat – which is generally the idea – might that have deterred, or been more likely to deter, any subsequent escalation?

WTP

Small women with guns are a bad combination when given authority.

While same would be true with short men, there once were height/weight/size minimums to be a police officer here in the US. Not sure if it was nation-wide but they did exist in most departments as I recall. I remember they had to get rid of those back in the 1970's so that women could be brought in and the old retired Chicago cop that lived across the street from us did not think highly of the idea. Firefighters similar. I believe there was a post on that regarding FF here some time back. There was also a video that went somewhat viral in the early days of the web showing a couple women FF doing more fighting with the high pressure hose than the fire they were training against.

David

I believe there was a post on that regarding FF here some time back.

There was indeed.

David

a larger, male, authority would’ve just delivered a beat-down.

Mr Dindu-Nuffin doesn’t strike me as a great respecter of female officers, or of women in general, and it seems to me that the threat of some quite emphatic physical humiliation – from someone who can deliver it - could often avoid the use of more serious, possibly mortal force. Or low-forehead shitbags running free, for that matter.

ComputerLabRat

Mr Dindu-Nuffin doesn’t strike me as a great respecter of female officers, or of women in general, and it seems to me that the threat of some quite emphatic physical humiliation – from someone who can deliver it - could often avoid the use of more serious, possibly mortal force.

This.

Also, related, the fact that Mr. Dindu-Nuffin was very likely raised by a single mother, or his grandmother, or some other female relative. And he probably respected and obeyed them as much as he is this female cop in the video.

I could point to the likely lack of male disciplinary influence and other such politically-incorrect things, but then I'd have to denounce myself.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

She’s armed, yes, but is she willing or authorised to use a firearm in such circumstances, for the sake of a misdemeanour, albeit one that escalated due to chappie’s dindu-nuffin attitude?

Willing, who knows, authorized, not just for the misdemeanor but it depends on whether/how the alleged perpetrator escalates things. In this instance, Miss Rozzer had a taser on the left side of her service belt, probably had mace as well, other departments would also have had a baton which can be used many ways along with the good old fashioned hickory shampoo. All of these, had not Mr. Big Rozzer come along, would have been options before resorting to splitting his wig with her nine which would have been justified if she felt GBH was imminent or her life were in danger (e.g., her head being pounded into the sidewalk).

Pst314

Do feminists get together for a guilting bee?

Sam Duncan

“... it also appears that the UK popo do go out of their way to alienate Joe Bloggs - from going after internet comments, to removing Battenberg markings from vehicles for rainbows or other "We Support Group X" markings, dancing in the streets, to seemingly going out of their way to protect "Asians". It seems all a long way from the bobby on the beat in the custodian helmet.”

Also “just generally acting superior towards everyone”. Every time I hear a copper talk about “civilians”, I want to punch something.

“While same would be true with short men, there once were height/weight/size minimums to be a police officer here in the US.”

Yes, it was certainly similar in the UK. You had to be 6'1" (or something; can't recall exactly) here in Glasgow, but the requirement was less than 6' in the Met (possibly as low as 5'10"). That's why there were so many Scottish coppers in London.

Still are, actually. Although the height restrictions have been relaxed, it's still easier to get into the Met than most other forces. Mind you, I know for a fact (a friend of mine was an officer at the Police college at the time) that in its first year, the nationalised Scottish force admitted cadets who, technically, had failed their training. Really makes you feel safe, knowing stuff like that.

Pogonip

Well, here’s ONE thing lady police officers do better than their male colleagues...

David

I could point to the likely lack of male disciplinary influence and other such politically-incorrect things, but then I’d have to denounce myself.

And anyone who watches the reality series Cops will see countless variations of the dindu-nuffin scenario. The antisocial moron of the day sizes up the threat posed by a small female officer, dismisses it, and starts getting mouthy. The situation rapidly escalates with no sense of control, until either he flees, resulting in a multi-car pursuit, or back-up arrives just in time and delivers a physical reminder of how choices have consequences. (On the upside, it is quite pleasing to see some arrogant, mouthy lout getting his arse kicked by a burly lady with a taser and handcuffs. Though how often that plays out, as opposed to the version above, I couldn’t say.)

David

And in celebrity news.

I can’t help thinking the film’s title is a little unfortunate, all things considered.

Pogonip

Oops, I forgot the link. It was about a female cop nursing an abandoned baby the police had found.

David

Patriarchy.

Via Tim.

Jonathan

I can’t help thinking the film’s title is a little unfortunate,

It consists entirely of CCTV footage from Spacey's dressing room....

Alex deWinter

This the one, Pogonip?

Daniel Ream

Today in Not the Onion, the premise of the Police Academy movies in the 1980s was the elimination of physical, mental and psychological standards after a court case.

Governor Squid

History repeats itself: first as a broad farce, then as as series of disappointing sequels, then as a real-life tragedy.

Mike

Given the disdainful view of women that often prevails among the criminal demographic, the increasing front-line use of diminutive, physically inadequate female officers seems a bewildering mistake.

https://twitter.com/freedom_moates/status/1032316588739964933

It's the short arm of the law.

JoelsBlog

After reading this article... I fell totally in love with it
JoelsBlog Media

WTP

It's the short arm of the law.

Not to be confused with "short arm inspection"...umm...right?

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