Tag: woke culture

Quote of the Day: The Stalin of our Times

 

“That feels about like what we are living through right now. Progressive politics is the Joseph Stalin of our times, and everyone is so terrified of attracting its anger that they just kind of go along with the crowd and keep clapping, because it is easier to clap until your hands are red raw than be the one that sits down first.”  — Will Jordan, aka the Critical Drinker

I’m sure many of you have heard the story about how no man wanted to be the first person to stop clapping after Stalin’s speech, because of the sheer terror of appearing disloyal to a paranoid conspiracy theorist butcher of a tyrant.  That is the culture of paranoia in action – it is not enough just to be loyal, but to be absolutely beyond suspicion as a diehard loyalist.

Gloves Are Off: Macron Blames ‘Woke’ American Culture For ‘Racializing’ France

 

Anxious to draw media attention away from the colossal disaster directly caused by his poor judgment, President Joe Biden recently announced he had ‘turned the page on Afghanistan.’ Biden may have moved on, but the rest of the world has not. Aside from emboldening our enemies, the episode has eroded the trust, respect, and even the loyalty of our NATO allies toward the US president.

To make matters worse, two weeks ago, in a move that was unprecedented, French President Emmanuel Macron recalled his country’s ambassador to the US to protest Biden’s handling of a deal to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. Macron said the secretly negotiated deal was “unacceptable between allies and partners.”

Would You Encourage a Person to Join the Military?

 

In spite of audio difficulties, Jon Gabriel conducted a very good interview with Amber Smith on his latest podcast. A former OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander who flew multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Amber served as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach), Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as an advisor on the Department of Veterans Affairs presidential transition team.

Jon asked Amber a question that especially got my attention, though, and I wanted to ask all of you how you would answer the question (as best I remember it): What would you tell or advise a potential recruit to the US military? Given all the woke controversy, criticism of our military leaders, and lack of support from the Biden administration, this question may not be as easy to answer as it would have been in the past. I’d be interested in knowing your reasoning, too.

‘White Privilege’ in the US; ‘Black Privilege’ in Africa? ‘Han Privilege’ in China?

 

All the wailing and gnashing of teeth over “whiteness,” “white privilege,” and “white supremacy” in the United States, and the supposed problems “non-white” people has got me wondering – what happens in the parts of the world in which a particular group of “non-white” people dominate the culture and/or the power structures, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Central and South America. This is probably best answered by someone who has lived in areas other than the United States or Europe.

I am a 65-year-old pale-skinned man of English and German ancestry with blue eyes and a little blond hair remaining on my head. I live in Texas.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow, former member of the Dutch parliament, and author of the new book Prey: Immigration, Islam and the Erosion of Women’s Rights. She shares her story with Bridget and discusses fleeing an arranged marriage, seeking asylum in the Netherlands, the methods women in oppressive countries have developed to cope with or avoid being harassed, and the failure that occurs in our society when women don’t feel safe. She and Bridget have a fascinating conversation ranging from the homelessness problem in the US, to the effect the failure to assimilate the refugees in European countries is having on public safety – especially for women, and the fact that any conversation about these topics is considered taboo and likely to get you slapped with the label of classist, racist, or Islamophobic. They cover why critical race theory is a toxic ideology, how individuals are no longer being held responsible for their own actions, “white flight,” how men don’t have the same experience of feeling like prey, where feminists have gone wrong, and why America has done more things right than wrong.