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March 14, 2014

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David

Also, Zombie revisits the ‘progressive’ philosophy of Margaret Sanger:

One must be very careful when researching online the intersection of Margaret Sanger, eugenics and race, because her modern defenders (that is, Planned Parenthood and other “pro-choice” advocates) do everything they can to suppress and deny Sanger’s racism, while on the other hand her detractors (“pro-life” advocates) often cite abbreviated quotes from her in order to make it look like she was only racist against blacks — when in fact she was also racist against immigrant groups, other minorities, and “defectives” of any skin colour, all of whom threatened what Sanger saw as the “purity” of the educated white middle and upper classes.

And Peter Risdon spies a tiny, tiny omission by our leftist press.

Anna

“He can shine my shoes,” wrote ‘progressive’ comedian Laura Levites.

Lefties are really compassionate and tolerant people. Right up until you disagree with them.

Henry

My personal favourite is a warning for “discussion of gender policing” - that is, of norms dictating proper bounds of masculine and feminine behaviour

Heh. I don't know what they think of as gender policing, but perhaps it's related to the very liberal idea that we should ban the word "bossy"

Why? Don't be silly! it's because the word is clearly

"disproportionately applied to females, preventing schoolgirls from seeing themselves as future "leaders"...It's telling that Little Miss Bossy doesn't have a Mr Men equivalent in Roger Hargreaves's children's series"

Telling indeed. Reams of unsupported, irrational speculation suggest themselves based on this one telling fact. And no one mention, please, that feminists used to talk of 'male violence'. We don't want too much logic floating about

David

Samizdata:

Tony Benn, elder political figure, colossus of the left and apologist for the greatest mass murderer in human history, Mao Tse-tung, has died. He outlived the 50–60 million people who were murdered directly or starved to death at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party that he so admired in his moronic youth by some 38 years.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

As I asked at Samizdata, can we sing "Ding Dont the Witch is Dead" in response to Tony Benn's death?

Steve 2: Steveageddon

Henry - the rampant sexism and cultural femicide in children's media is a serious business.

Take Mr Benn. Where was his wife when he was going off on his whimsical costume shop adventures every day? At home nursing a black eye, terrified that he'd return and, as if by magic, find a speck of dirt and go mental, that's where.

Generations of girls have had their confidence destroyed and have been forced into eating disorders by the unrealistically thin and pretty Barbie. Boys, in contrast, have attainable role models like He-Man and Lion-o.

David

And then there’s this.

White people not welcome at college’s “diversity” event.

It’s funny how often this kind of thing happens.

svh

White people not welcome at college’s “diversity” event.

Jesus wept. So basically these hothouse flowers need a 'safe space' away from any disagreement.

David

So basically these hothouse flowers need a ‘safe space’ away from any disagreement.

The immense intellect behind the ‘No Honkies’ policy is Ms Karama Blackhorn, who tells us she has a BA in “Critical Race Theory and Sexuality Studies,” which is to say, Marxoid victimhood and advanced question-begging. When not cultivating racism among students and telling them which parts of the campus are “not for white people,” Ms Blackhorn publishes a blog, The Queer Space Reclamation Project. Though, such being her brilliance, she doesn’t appear able to format text into readable paragraphs.

dicentra

we should ban the word "bossy"

100% of which is prep for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Which, if you say so.

Also, "Does this censorship campaign make me look bossy?"

Yours truly,

— Dicentra spectaBOSSY

sk60

White people not welcome at college’s “diversity” event.

Every year the modern campus gets more like Star Trek's mirror universe.

Chris K.

On Dr. Carson,

25 years ago, I was skateboarding down a very steep hill in my neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. In the span of a long blink, I went from zooming down that hill to finding myself suddenly strapped down, nude and bloody but otherwise only slightly sore, to a gurney in John Hopkins Hospital.

As you can imagine, this was a pretty surprising turn of events. I was still trying to figure out what had happened - calling out for someone a few times - when a tall, genial black man entered the operating room. He knew my name, and gently asked me how I was feeling, what I knew about my situation, and other simple questions.

He seemed immediately familiar, and I realized in a few moments that I recognized him from a TV special where he had recently separated twins, conjoined at the head, in a ground-breaking operation. Even for a stubborn fourteen year old, figuring out that you're talking to a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon is pretty scary.

Dr. Carson was there to do a final evaluation prior to my brain surgery. The fall had fractured my skull in four places (along with half a dozen other bones), and I had been in-and-out of consciousness for the past 8 hours. There was serious fluid building on my brain, and the fear was that if it were to pop, the resulting anyuresm could kill me in a matter of seconds.

Thanks to Ben Carson, that didn't happen - what I thought was a friendly chat in the operating theater was, in fact, a careful analysis of my awareness, mental state, and brain function. He knew that no operation was needed, and under a month's supervision the fluid dissipated and everything healed nicely.

Long story made short: I, like thousands of others, owe Ben Carson my life - so I've found myself getting quite defensive when seeing these attacks from the left towards him. I think that much of it is fueled by a sense of betrayal on their part; Dr. Carson's life story is a remarkable tale of escaping some of the worst of America's inner cities. There seems to be a presumption that as a successful black man, he owes the left, politically - that somehow, decades of failed social programs and incentives thrown blindly at poor blacks should buy their loyalty forever.

Reading those tweets reinforces that - snide racism that would never fly were it to come from the right is passed off as "edgy political commentary" toward a man who escaped a life of crime and poverty through hard work, intelligence, and determination. How dare Ben Carson advocate for individuals working hard to pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Doesn't he know that never works - it's not like anyone can just go from a rough childhood in inner-city Detroit to become a successful neurosurgeon! Oh, wait...

pst314

"all of whom threatened what Sanger saw as the 'purity' of the educated white middle and upper classes."

Milt Rosenberg recently mentioned a book titled "The Revolt Against the Masses", which sounds pertinent: Modern liberalism as a program by the ruling elites to disempower and middle class and working class--we are all supposed to know our place and tug our forelocks when begging a boon from the Lords and Ladies.

Jonathan

Chris K:
From this side of the pond it's a mystery as to why the majority of black America keeps voting for the slaveowners party. Ben Carson dared to leave the plantation and he's hated for it.

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