*I was going to write a post, I was. Only I’m trying to do like three things at once, yes, mostly writing related, and kept getting pulled away. It took me 4 hours to finish the one for MGC. So, I’m sorry, but you get a blast from the past.
3- Our friends and neighbors who believe in a deterministic future and the inevitable arrow of history? Their world is getting jackhammered. Worse, their ways of reacting that always served them well are doing worse than backfiring. They’re not doing anything. Worse, they’re used to being in power, and in having “privilege” for having “the correct opinions.” That’s not really paying off anymore. Even in publishing where the establishment abides, there’s less and less cheese to go around, which means the other rats are turning on you.
I’m not saying you should pity them. Oh, heck, you should, yes, but considering what has gone on in the past, most of us aren’t that saintly.
Just understand the crazy stuff they do and say is because they lost their moorings, not because “they were always inherently bad people.” (Though some, of course, were. People will be people.) They’re really really scared, and scared people do crazy stuff.
Leftists, having placed pro-criminal prosecutors across America, are now doing the same with judges. Criminals will not like what’s coming. At Power Line , Paul Mirengoff took note of the fact that George Soros, having managed to place leftist prosecutors throughout America, none of whom have the slightest interest in prosecuting crime, has now moved on to placing leftist judges in courtrooms, just in case a prosecutor was unable to keep a criminal out of court: In Maryland, it appears from the Washington Post’s account that most, if not all, of the victorious outsiders are pro-criminal defendant and sympathetic to the BLM critique of the judicial system.
What leftists don’t realize is that what they’re doing is also a disaster for criminals. As many have said, our modern criminal justice system was set up not just to protect ordinary people from criminals but to protect criminals from ordinary people. Before we had a criminal justice system, complete with police, courtrooms, and prisons, we had vigilantism at the front end, because there were no police, and extreme tortures at the back end of the system, because there were no prisons.
When police arrest bad guys, one of the things they are doing is protecting them from angry people in the community. These people are not just the direct victims but the community at large. People who are trying to live normal lives cannot tolerate rampant crime. If there is no government enforcement, they will become the enforcers. Vigilantes invariably administer rough justice, and it’s usually fatal. The person they grab (and they’re not above grabbing the wrong person), will be beaten to death, hanged, shot, set on fire, or whatever else the mob finds most expedient. We read stories about these things about Latin America and Africa. If leftists keep destroying the front end of our criminal justice system — the police — we’re going to read about it here too.
I’ve not carried a badge, and the public trust that accompanying it, for more than two decades, but I stay abreast of the law and issues important to effective and professional policing. We all should, for we all have an intimate and personal stake in law and order and the rule of law. I normally post a more conventionally education-focused article on Mondays, but in light of recent developments and the upcoming holiday, I’ll seek to educate in a slightly different way.
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Can we file this under “unintended consequences”?
For the PMS files (Political Munchausen Syndrome):
JIM TREACHER: Buffalo, NY: Yet Another Hate-Crime Hoax . The owner of a BMW that was spray-painted with racist and homophobic graffiti in October is now facing insurance fraud charges. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced Tuesday that, Clifton Eutsey, 18, allegedly spray-painted messages of hate on his own car in North Buffalo.
Goering (shouting): “Why did you not kill 200 Jews instead of destroying so many valuables!” Heydrich (defensively): “36 Jews were killed.” [Words uttered during ministerial discussion with a representative of the German insurance industry after Kristallnacht.] Kristallnacht was pretty-well the last of the Nazi’s anti-Jewish exercises that was more incentivised than directly commanded and supervised.
Kristallnacht was pretty-well the last of the Nazi’s anti-Jewish exercises that was more incentivised than directly commanded and supervised. As the party court (the Uschla) reported afterwards, low-level nazi party comrades understood that “certain hints meant more than their mere verbal contents”, so when told that “von Rath’s murder was a crime of Jewry as a whole … every party comrade should know what to do”, they went out and – to the great annoyance of Goering when he realised the economic impact – did a fantastic amount of property damage while only killing, by later standards, a derisory number of Jews.
BLM operate the same way. The stormtroopers broke glass and smashed things up because fire could spread to ‘aryan’ properties, whereas BLM dodn’t care if black-owned businesses burn. But with exception of that very peculiar way of not making racial distinctions, BLM showed the same common tendency of an incentivised but loosely-commanded Western/European mob to do a lot of property damage for each life taken.
Source: Kristallnacht versus BLM
Gov. Kristi Noem: “This report isn’t science; it’s fiction. Under the guise of academic research, this report is nothing short of an attack on those who exercised their personal freedom to attend Sturgis” The post Media Hoaxes: No, Sturgis Was Not A ‘Superspreader Event,” And No, It Did Not Cost ‘Public Health .2 Billion’ first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion .
A new study shows African-Americans and children from poorer backgrounds outpace their peers in traditional district schools.
Source: The Charter School Advantage
In the time of a global pandemic, soaring unemployment, massive wildfires, and racial strife, it feels like the world is going to hell. It’s not, says Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey, the coauthor (with HumanProgress.org’s Marian Tupy) of Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting .