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Posted December 19, 2018.

Ronn Neff: Much of the legacy of Western civilization that survives does so for two reasons: (1) SJW thugs have not yet gotten around to attacking it; and (2) what passes for their own education (immersing themselves in studies in "being a good ally" or "desert island racial resolutions" or "cultural appropriation in Terrytoon animations") has left them ignorant of many of those achievements.

I figure our luck can't last forever, though, and sooner or later they will be pouncing. So if you've never seen The Mikado, maybe you should make a point of catching it. For that matter, there is (for the time being, anyway) a full-length YouTube video of a D'Oyly Carte production. It takes only a couple of minutes to see that this is nothing less than a Japanese minstrel show, and simply cannot be tolerated.

As for Madama Butterfly and Turandot, surely they must be barred from performance as being hurtful cultural appropriations. Whether Aida can survive is anyone's guess. Ω

Posted December 16, 2018.

"We don't live in a free country. It's dangerous to believe you do." That's from "Unequal Justice in Fields Charlottesville Trial — and, Increasingly, Throughout the Left's America," by "Charlottesville Survivor," at VDare, December 14, 2018. Highly recommended. Ω

Posted December 14, 2018.

Ronn Neff: Once the Red Guards find out that the Sioux owned slaves, are we not going to have to change the names of North and South Dakota?

Also, I'll bet there are plenty of rivers in the United States that will have to be renamed because the tribes after which they have been named owned slaves.

The Miami Indians kidnapped (Wikipedia says "adopted") Frances Slocum. "Miami"! That's not just a county in Indiana! Think of all the rivers and places that should be renamed. We have to stop honoring such actions. And by the way, given that Miss Slocum was probably raped, I think #MeToo should get on board with this movement.

And by the way, isn't the name "Indiana" hurtful to Indians? Ω

Posted December 8, 2018.

David T. Wright: The United State owns the world. Well, we already knew that was the idea, but you really have to wonder what is going on in our rulers' little pin heads when they have the citizen of a foreign, sovereign country arrested in another foreign country, on unspecified charges:

"Huawei arrest: China demands release of Meng Wanzhou," BBC News, December 6, 2018.
China, right. She isn't just some schlub from some backwater country, but the CFO of a giant electronics firm, Huawei, based in China, of all places! The crime? Apparently that Huawei dared to trade with Iran without the permission of our enlightened mandarins.

So here we have a "crime" that was not committed by a U.S. citizen, and not on U.S. soil or in any way within the jurisdiction of the United State. But the Empire sees no problem with arresting a high-ranking Chinese businesswoman — in Canada!

Here's the thing, too. Many of the tech firms in China are actually owned partly, sometimes wholly, by the People's Liberation Army. Even if this one isn't, the Chinese regime is pretty touchy about this sort of thing. Is this a deliberate provocation, an attempt to force a confrontation? Are those people drunk? Ω

Posted November 21, 2018; updated November 29, 2018.

Ronn Neff: Donald Trump took a lot of heat when he said that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ("appointed by Barack Obama," the media dutifully tell us), who ruled against him in a class-action case, ruled unfairly and that his "ethnicity" or "heritage" (the euphemisms for "race") played a role in that. Paul Ryan (who had no dog in the fight) weighed in on the issue by saying, "Claiming a person can't do the job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It's absolutely unacceptable."

And yet that is PRECISELY the sort of thing that identity politics not only tells us but enjoins us to take into account: there must be black judges and women judges and Mexican judges and Muslim judges so that they can see things the way blacks, women, Mexicans, and Muslims see things, and rule accordingly. In other words: white male judges cannot do their jobs because they are white males. (I do not believe that Paul Ryan ever said any such thing about the claims made for the importance of having non-white female Supreme Court justices when they were up for confirmation, presumably because he had no dog in those fights.)

Identity politics has even now explicitly attacked the most basic democratic fiction: that one person, by virtue of an election, can represent a mass of people, even among those who did not vote for him. Now we must have Mexicans, Hawaiians, Indians, blacks, and Muslims in the legislatures so that those people can be "represented."

The only person who imagines he can represent everyone is Dys-Lexi O-C.

Update, November 29: See what I mean?
"Jay-Z says panel is 'too white' to be fair in trademark case," by Rebecca Rosenberg and Julia Marsh, Page Six, November 28, 2018. Ω

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TLD is a forum of opinion, edited by hard-core market anarchists, that does not flinch from any of the most pressing issues of our time. We are especially interested in questions of culture and ethnicity, our Polite Totalitarian ruling class, and the homicidal humanitarianism of the U.S. Empire.

Our writers include anarcho-pessimists, Old Believers in the West, unreconstructed Confederates, neo-Objectivists, and other enemies of the permanent regime. We are conscientiously indifferent to considerations of thoughtcrime. Thus, from individualist and Euro-American perspectives, we confront the end of civilization — and do our level best to name its destroyers. (More about who we are.)

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
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"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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