Archive for June, 2011
A Politically Correct person sees the white race as the only barrier to his world. China and parts of Southeast Asia are Communist, Japan had a large Communist Party vote for decades after World War II.
The only flags that still have a hammer and sickle on them are in Africa, and there are still several “People’s Democratic Republics” there.
No predominantly Protestant European country had a large Communist vote at any time since World War II, even in the catastrophic conditions immediately after the War.
In the 1960s the New Left had lots of support on campus, of course, but its firmest opposition came from the American working class, the class it claimed to represent.
The only real democracy that ever voted itself Communist, by the way, was San Marino. San Marino, population about 13,000, is a real country in the middle of Italy, but unlike Liechtenstein, which is rich, San Marino is dirt poor like the rest of south Italy.
Oddly enough, Mussolini allowed San Marino to be Communist. An invasion would have made the Vatican nervous, and SMOM, another independent country located on the second floor of a Rome office building and recognized by several countries, represents a lot of money that would not have liked it either.
But when Germany invaded the USSR, San Marino loyally declared war on Germany but not on Italy, so Mussolini gave GERMAN troops leave to cross its territory and occupy the place.
Sometime in the 60s there was what the media called a “counterrevolution,” only leftists had revolutions, in San Marino that overthrew the Communists. I have no information on it except that the fighting largely took place in a warehouse, so the front line was not very wide.
Adherents of the Politically Correct faith see the white countries as the only real obstacle they face.
Others love the little colored folk because they are adherents of Classism rather than Wordism. William Buckley was a Wordist Catholic. Another factor is that he spent his childhood in Mexico, and my guess is that he dreamed of a world that was not only made up of brown little sincere Catholics, but a world in which would-be Uppah Clahss people like himself would rule over a passive brown population.
All forms of enslavement, dreams of truly obedient masses who will do the Wordist’s will without question, see non-whites as the ideal.
Ancient Greece cities were all based on a huge slave population, but they condemned Sparta for its slavery. The helot slaves of Sparta were GREEK. It was the enslavement of GREEKS that was the subject of so many orations against Sparta.
European Catholic countries had enormous Communist votes. Like the universities, the film industry in all European Catholic countries was solidly Communist. For the Moron Minimum, I guess I have to except Franco’s Spain and Salazar’s Portugal.
It would be interesting to correlate the Communist vote in Catholic countries to the color of its skin. The Mommy Professor Factor would have produced them in the more college-educated white population, but even with that, there was a solid and undeniable correlation between living standard and color of skin throughout Europe in the 1950-1990 period before colored immigration got going.
A book called Importing Revolution talks about how the Left gave up on white working people by the time we got what even the media suddenly called “Reagan Democrats” instead of “Wallace Democrats” in the wake of the 1980 landslide.
But the instinctive preference for the slave makers , their gut preference, is that white skin disappears.
That didn’t begin with the Reagan vote.
I SUGGEST it would be a good idea to just let us know of some of the links where here you have been active.
Just a link is encouraging, because this is what I am devoted to, getting YOU out there fighting and trying out things, like the word “Provincial” and how to use it.
We are not the government, I don’t want detailed written reports on everything.
Just remember that every time you copy and paste a link you have worked on just put the Mantra in, it gives Ole Bob a boost.
Those big jobs on YouTube give me a hell of a boost, though I don’t mention them specifically.
But every time you get out there, it is important to me, so let the Swarm know.
Tell people who answer that they are for ALL races that that is a provincial point of view.
This is culture shock, and it is also perfectly true.
If you only look at the world as America, or as Britain, or whatever country you live in, you think your idea of “tolerance” is a local issue.
Only by lifting your eyes from this purely provincial obsession can you see the general picture, the World View, that the Mantra presents.
Like the Mantra itself, this is a real shocker. The LAST thing any anti-white expects is for someone to accuse him of PROVINCIALISM. Mommy Professor told him this was True Internationalism, an objective view of the whole world.
Properly used, just that one word, “provincialism,” can rock their world.
And, as our strategies here all are, it is a way to tell the simple truth.
After you put in the Mantra, most of the opponents who are actually capable of being convinced of our point of view will mutter that they are not anti-anybody. That is where you should try starting with a sentence saying that that is what a person with a provincial point of view often thinks.
The BUGS Swarm needs to try this out and see how to make it work.
When BGG was telling me about his history, he explained that he was a 1955 fan of National Review because of its Catholic cast. I came in as a segregationist. Between two of us real old-timers, this is a standard piece of information.
There was no conservative movement, so we each came in from a point of view. Atlas Shrugged was a sensation back then, as were libertarian movements of different sorts, so a third old timer would, as a matter of course, explain he got to National Review from the “libertarian side.”
As I say, for 1950s conservatives like me and BGG, this is a standard bit of information. Later people simply say they are “conservative” because they joined when it was a coherent whole.
One of the founders of the Jewish conservative publication Commentary said back then “To say one is a conservative Jew today sounds like an oxymoron.” As usual, a Mantra Thinker can get more out of that one sentence than he can out of a book studying the Jewish mind.
Certainly neoconservatism has demonstrated to the most simple-minded that the Jewish version of conservatism is fundamentally different from the kind Northern Catholics like BBG and Southern Protestants like me developed.
Neoconservatism is fanatically anti-white, just as “pro-life” has become.
This is why no one should be turned off by our commitment to the STRATEGY of white survival. What BBG and I had in common was our deep loyalty to our OWN roots.
In Mantra terms, we were not traitors.
And what Mommy Professor lived on in the 50s is exactly what he lives on today: The deep-rooted tendency of our people to equate morality with self-hate. There were many Northern Catholics who hated the South and/or Protestantism or were so committed to the Democratic label that they never considered the movement BBG and I took an immediate liking to.
This is important history, because we face much the same situation today.
The white race has enemies on every front. We are in a battle with everyone whose only loyalty is to an institution. We are in a struggle with inertia, where the vast majority of people are anti-white because that seems to be the only game in town.
We, too, each have to have an entry point into the new movement. It 1955 it was called conservatism, which till then had been just plain dying out with a few old Southern Democrats and Northern Republicans left in Congress.
We are in exactly the same position. We call it pro-white. We have a single goal, even simpler than the one stated in the Sharon Statement that founded the Young Americans for Freedom: We are against the program to end our race.
This leaves out people who are so fanatically anti-Semitic that they have no feeling for the white race.
BUT this simple goal, like attachment to one’s roots that BBG and I and others shared, also provides a pathway for people to discuss what they are shouted down about now. It unites people who have our world view and retain basic human loyalties.
It is amazing how broad a movement can become if it starts out on the simplest level of decency.
David Duke emphasizes the role of Jews in the war against us. But David Duke would have a lot more people consider his views OUTSIDE the anti-Semitic groups if they were introduced to heresy by the shock of learning they are anti-white.
Southern Nationalism was on a roll twenty years ago, but its publications kept insisting on a melting pot South and how unracist they were.
What the hell is the point of forming a so-called “nation” if it is to be just one more Multiculture?
Southerners can have their say about our history by those who are breaking the Big Taboo by demanding the RIGHT to DISCUSS the survival of our race.
White genocide, as any leftist will tell you, is the wedge. They cannot allow it because once you allow one heresy to be expressed, ALL heresies get a new hearing.
They are absolutely right.
That is why ALL the heretics should join us.
When blacks began moving into white areas in the North and property prices dropped eighty percent, everybody with money sense smelled money.
Generations before Jesse Jackson began his blackmailing of businesses for contributions by threatening black boycotts, people were making millions by “block busting.” A block buster was “integrating” housing by bringing in a black and making the area from an all-white neighborhood to an all-black one, and that was all the media covered.
But for every time the media’s beloved Idealistic Activists busted a block, they quietly went to hundreds of other all-white areas and applied the good old blackmail. As in any blackmailing scheme, those who paid first got hit last.
Back then, unlike the Poverty Law Center, you could not find out, least of all from the media, how these Idealistic Activists with no skills or talent were living in huge expensive houses in the suburbs.
But where money is involved, there is always another factor. There is always violence. Jesse Jackson did not invent civil rights blackmail. He was merely the first time respectable conservatives had the guts to talk about it.
One of the many things respectable conservatives get paid for is never questioning that all those rich peoples’ dollars that supported professional blacks in the NAACP and so forth was sincerely given. Respectables considered themselves frightfully brave just for using the term Limousine Liberals.
We are speaking of tens of billion of dollars — 1960 dollars! — depending on where block busting by blacks was targeted. As usual, as soon as I mention it, the whole basis of that assumption looks as naked and silly as it is. Rich people did not give money to organizations which had an enormous control over tens of billions of dollars in the economy entirely on the basis of their political ideals!
But you have to be a Mantra Thinker to see this, and that is why I so often point out things that NOBODY else pointed out for decades.
Urban Renewal very quickly became Negro Removal. The Johnson Administration had the black vote no matter what, but contributions could be encouraged from people who had money by aiming Urban Renewal towards removing the population that caused all that blight.
Today there is a lot of media attention on the harmless sweet Yuppies who are moving in and redecorating the center cities.
Respectable conservatives join the liberal media in agreeing this is just so SWEET. But I seriously doubt ALL those blacks are moving out on a purely voluntary basis.
It is like the takeover of all local newspapers by Big Media chains. If all the local gas stations were being taken over, Big Oil would be examined closely, and nobody would believe there was not one dirty deal involved in the whole country. But there is no question of a question that every single local newspaper sold out voluntarily.
Back in the 1960s, a conservative newspaper called the Atlanta Times challenged the far-left Atlanta Constitution. Things got serious. So the Journal simply announced that no company that advertised in the Times would be allowed to advertise in the Journal, and the Journal not only had plenty of money, but it was part of a national chain.
So the Journal kept its monopoly by brute force.
I happen to know about that, but it was not exactly a national media item. Buckley certainly never mentioned it.
The very people who shout most about how one must be suspicious where money and power are involved observe total media silence about money and power that support Mommy Professor’s causes.
It’s one of the things respectable conservatives do for a living.
One of the fundamental things a Mantra Thinker must insist on is that he refuses to agree on anything where discussion is limited. Respectable conservatives get paid to do the opposite.
Respectable conservatives get paid to agree that all men are equal or all the other “common ground” they have with Mommy Professor, up front.
We all know that Stalin, Hitler and Lincoln simply used phrases that had been agreed on in their respective Constitutions to completely destroy those Constitutions. Actually, Lincoln used a phrase from the Declaration to replace the Preamble to the United States Constitution, but the principle was the same.
America was very specifically dedicated to one thing, “Ourselves and OUR Posterity,” so Lincoln just substituted “All men are created equal” for it. At least Stalin and Hitler used the actual Constitutions.
The point here is that what the Buckleys called “common ground” is simply handing the whole game over to the enemy.
Agreeing with ANY Mommy Professor “principle” is exactly the same as baring your soul to the police without a lawyer present. Everything respectable conservatives ever agree to is used against us when the trial begins.
We have as much in common with Mommy Professor’s so-called principles as a man accused of murder has with a cop who is out to convict him no matter what.
You NEVER have a DISCUSSION with an anti-white. He is trying to keep the talk about “common ground,” but the only common ground is territory that is presently populated by a white majority.
What is non-white belongs to non-whites. What is white also belongs to non-whites. That is the “common ground” on which respectable conservatives have to agree if they are get a pay check.
There is no discussion with anti-whites, liberals or conservatives, because they limit any such discussion. If I am stupid enough to agree that a fair fight consists of my having to have one hand behind my back, then I am a moron who will also agree to some kind of “common ground” with those who restrict what I say, by law if possible, but always by shouts, ruining careers, and siccing their pet apes on you.
The fight does not START until both boxers have agreed to the basic rules.
Anything you say can and WILL be used against you.
Make them LISTEN to the Mantra and agree to NOTHING.
When I was a boy out in the sand hills, I didn’t know about any denominations except Baptists, my mother’s family, and Methodists, my father’s family, and the general category of “holy rollers” that we could hear a mile away on Sunday night as we sat outside.
I guess I was about five when we went to a Lutheran wedding out in Lexington County, which was once German-speaking. About that time I realized that every Sunday, in the Apostle’s Creed, which all of us knew by heart by age three, in the list of things we declared we believed in was “The catholic church and the communion of saints.”
By that time I was truly aware that a Methodist is not a Catholic. But I didn’t understand what the Trinity was, either, nor did most people.
That was my fist lesson in the critical difference between a word that is capitalized and one which is not.
Through the years it became second nature to realize that while a Catholic priest will refer to ‘An Orthodox priest,” he is convinced that he is the one who is orthodox. That “Orthodox priest” will call him a Catholic priest, but he is absolutely convinced that the only truly catholic church is the Orthodox faith.
“Episcopal” just means a church has bishops, but the Methodist Episcopal Church had as permanent a rule by bishops as did the Anglicans, the Catholics, and the Orthodox.
The names of churches are a study in themselves. Most churches, and most political parties, bear names which they once fervently objected to. “Methodist” was originally an insult. “Mormon” was originally an insult. “Quaker” was originally an insult.
Especially in America, the time came when a Catholic got tired of being ridiculed for eating fish on Friday, stood there, crossed his arms, and said, “You’re damned right I’m a mackerel snapper and I’m proud of it.”
That happened so long ago in the Methodist Church that practically no Methodist is aware that it was once a term used only as ridicule by their enemies.
Vanishingly few of the Loyalists who proudly called themselves Tories were aware that the a “Tory” was originally the term for a highway robber in Ireland, and was used as an insult.
Vanishingly few of the proud “Whigs” in the same war were aware that Whig was a Scottish word for a highway robber, with exactly the same evolution.
Which may be an important lesson about those groups who stay the course.
There are so many churches and political and other groups who proudly bear the names their enemies hurled against them that it may be that a group simply does not survive for long if a label can make its adherents back down.
Respectable conservatives all whine and grovel when labels like racist or isolationist are used against them.
No group that can be cowed by a label should be in the vicious game of political power.
In a reply to a Catholic nun’s letter, CS Lewis pointed out that he was Anglican and not Catholic because the Catholic Church had divorced itself from the true Medieval Church. The fact that he never explained that statement has driven a couple of generations of his biographers nuts.
One of Lewis’ “Four Loves,” his intellectual and Christian soul mates, was J.R.R. Tolkien. After helping bring Lewis into the Christian fold, Tolkien was very upset that Lewis did not join Tolkien’s Catholic Church.
Lewis never really explained this. In fact, in his Mere Christianity, Lewis stated that one should pick a denomination, but he had very little interest in what that denomination was. In “Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” he ended by Screwtape’s pointing out that the most delicious souls in hell were those of those who hated other even in Hell because one group was entirely Puritan and one group all pilgrimages and ceremony.
So how DID Lewis define HIS denomination? If he had elaborated in that one letter, a lot of his fans and biographers would have been spared the funny farm.
Those souls were in Hell because they had a religious obsession. They were there because they held their religious obsession AGAINST EACH OTHER. The wine Screwtape was delighting in was made up of the pure hatred of one type of Christian for another., not of the doctrines themselves.
Neither Puritan nor Papist was in Hell because they were Puritan or Papist. In fact Lewis makes it very clear that he expected to see the Papist Tolkien and many of the people he had heard described as “Puritan” up there with him.
This, I think, is the boat a theologian will miss. It is easy to lose truth in a stack of books.
A stack of books produces a Truth, something supposedly provable and therefore enforceable.
The Truth is unchangeable, but the truth changes all the time.
You cannot serve two masters. Either you follow truth wherever it leads you to or you adopt a Truth which depends on the facts you have remaining immutable
And if there is one thing we know, it is that this world is not immutable.
That is why theologians have such a hard time with the different denominations, and Lewis had little or none.
No one knows whether the early martyrs of the Church were heretics or not. We don’t know the position of many of the saints on theological points that were later declared essential to salvation.
All we know is that they did what they thought was right and depended on Christ.
If that’s enough for sainthood, it is more than enough for me.
Mantra Thinking is painstaking analysis of rules we take for granted. Mommy Professor, from a Mantra point of view, is just a repeat of The Emperor’s New Clothes. So genocide is ignored because Truly Intellectual People refuse to ANSWER the Mantra and expect it to go away.
It drives them nuts that we simply won’t do like good respectable conservatives and stop repeating the question because they can’t deal with it and it makes them uncomfortable. The rule in this society is that Mommy Professor gives an answer if he can, but if he can’t, a person stops asking because he is too Sophisticated and too Reasonable to just stay there and keep demanding an ANSWER.
So those of the Politically Correct faith bitch about how they have heard all this before. In their world that is all it takes to make a point they can’t deal with go away. All they have had to do is tell the Buckley types that repeating a question is not Uppah Clahss, and not only will a Buckley never ask it again, he will lead the lynch party against anyone who does.
So, like the people in The Emperor’s New Clothes, conservatives drop anything that Political Correctness can’t deal with and, like the adults in The Emperor’s New Clothes, they join or even lead in denouncing anyone who states flatly that the old guy is naked.
A twin tactic is the “We already answered that” bit. For someone to point out that “Where Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Have Guns” puts Political Correctness is an impossible position.
Every hijacking and mass shooting spree would have been stopped if ONE of the good guys had had a weapon on him, and we all know it. But no conservative who pursues this point is going to keep a job as a professional conservative.
No, we all know that if guns are outlawed only outlaws have guns, so if you want to be a commentator, you ignore that reality, you never mention. Mommy Professor’s kids just tell you that point has been brought up and answered somewhere in all the discussion.
So a professional conservative condemns those who mention this common sense. It has been brought up so obviously it MUST have been answered.
Politically Correctness is not intellectually challenging, and anybody who MAKES it seem challenging, which is the job of every professional conservative, has to make a business of ignoring common sense.
This is a Whitakerism.
That is, this is in no way a new point, but a very careful look into an old one.
In everyday conversation, you always look at what a person says a bit cynically. You know what he wants out of the way his story comes out. Some guy’s stories will always end up showing that the speaker is a Real Man.
Some will go along to show that the person telling it is irresistible to the opposite sex, and so forth. We know that, we use that every day.
But when it comes to our world view, we forget a basic point like this. When we take it into account, it becomes a Whitakerism.
When a society stagnates, all information says what, by a staggering coincident, it HAS to say. Every test on busing shows that there is an improvement for blacks and whites remain the same.
Since everybody knows what has happened in schools since integration got started, you cannot sell a test result that says everybody is doing stunningly better. On the other hand, you cannot publish a test result that says what Senator Jenner of Indiana said in the 1950s, “Integration is like mixing sugar with sh… It ruins the sugar and it doesn’t help the sh..”
So all the published tests show that having all those screaming black kids in with them doesn’t hurt white performance — teachers are instructed to make the white kids get used to the high decibel level — but the whole program requires that somebody benefit from it, so the blacks always are reported as benefiting.
The rest of the examples of this kind of fact production are so obvious we don’t even mention them. Profiling blacks works wonderfully in reducing crime for the same reason any profiling does: It works.
In fact, everything we read today is a Just So Story that always comes out the way it should. We know why, but only Whitaker PURSUES this fact, only Bob STATES it in actual conversations.
Only a Mantra Thinker THINKS about it.
Everybody else wants to ignore how trite our Truths are and talk about The Latest News.
But anyone who is serious is going to listen to any information with this reality in mind. If you are questioning somebody you have to be aware every minute of WHAT he wants to be true. You have to be on alert for WHY it wants it to be true.
And if he is too consistent, your radar had better be on.
That’s when we’re serious about a crime or Intelligence information. Or for that matter, a person’s real preference in automobile’s height.
But when it comes to determining the world’s future, we trade the latest news and never even consider the perfectly wonderful consistency of the information that is manufactured for us.
ANY information that is too consistent is unsatisfactory to an adult of normal intelligence.
If I am interrogating somebody and his answers too consistently say exactly what he WANTS it to say, I DO NOT BELIEVE HIM, simply because it is a part of a pattern I have seen before in hundreds of earlier liars.
The whole Out of Africa bit seems to be collapsing, but I didn’t believe it when it was popular. It was too consistent. It was too loudly announced.
I had exactly the same doubts about how every climatic problem was being traced to Global Warming.
But being right about such things is no good if I cannot get you into the HABIT of seeing in public discussion exactly the same thing you naturally watch for in any personal talk you have.
Don’t just say you KNOW the story of the Emperor’s Clothes.
Get Whitaker on them. Stop going into neutral on common sense when it comes to Mommy Professor issues.
In the Soviet Union about 1980 there was a giant warehouse containing hundreds of thousands of empty plastic circles, each about a yard across and containing about a quarter of an inch of solid material at the edge.
History does not record whether these hoops were finally destroyed, or whether, like so many Soviet-produced products, the warehouse is still standing there, collapsing in the open air and being overgrown with weeds.
Those hoops were put into the Five-Year Plan because Hula Hoops had become popular in America for a short time, tens of millions of them sold.
Marxism says that a socialist economy will plan how much of each good will be produced. What it cannot say is WHICH goods will be produced.
The ideal communist society which Marxism predicts as the end of its Scientific Historical Process is very similar to the Eden Adam and Eve habited in the Old Testament and which I described in “The Serpent Had a Point”. (URL)
A Marxist economy produces what market economies produce. When market economies put out millions of hula hoops, the socialist planners put millions of hula hoops into their Plan.
This is only an extreme example of a basic rule. Like the Garden of Eden, communism at its most ideal is sterile. It produces only what has been produced before. Things like the hula hoop or the automobile are not developed.
Like other religions, Marxism gives us a static Ideal.
We are regularly reminded that Moslem theocracies still live in the past. We know that the Papal States, before Italy annexed them in 1870, were stagnant and oppressive to an extent only matched by Czarist Russia.
What we are NOT told is that the USSR, under the Marxist theocracy, was unbelievably stagnant for three hundred million WHITE people at a time when consumer technology in the rest of the white world was moving steadily forward.
Hundreds of millions of white people did not produce one single new consumer product in the entire Communist period. In fact, despite the cheapest white labor on earth, they did not produce one single COMPETITIVE consumer product, old or new.
In other words, no one else seems to put Marxist theocracy right there in the category it belongs, with all the OTHER theocratic states of history.
Iceland has a population that is almost exactly 0.1% pf that of the United States. Creator says she (?) has a developing wolf pack there, or BUGS Swarm. If so, that’s very important. One member there can have the effect of a thousand members in the US in terms of breaking Media Silence.
A few months back I got a fund raising letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center, signed by George McGovern, asking for funds to end the shortage of black people in Northern Idaho.
No, I am NOT joking. This sounds like the kind of thing someone making fun of the Mantra would invent as a wild overstatement of how far forcing immigration and assimilation on all white areas and ONLY white areas could go.
But it was no joke. SPLC has tens of millions of dollars, and it does not send out fund raisers unless they raise funds. This was perfectly a serious letter, signed by the SPLC’s biggest name, for which its members sent it many, many dollars: getting blacks into northern Idaho.
The only reason given was the extreme shortage of a black population in Northern Idaho.
This fund raiser took it for granted that any place on Planet Earth where there is a majority white population funds can be raised to get non-whites in there.
Iceland has another example of this that would be funny if WE made it up.
There are plenty of parts of Japan with Iceland’s 300,000 population and no minorities. You are going to play hell finding any place outside of the cities in Red China that have a large number of non-Mongoloid people.
So why Iceland?
We all know why Iceland.
Getting through the media silence in Iceland could be a major breakthrough.
Creator might want to have a sign that says, “Why US?”
“Because we are a white majority country, of course.”
That could spread to Eastern Europe: “Why are WE supposed to be ‘ready for immigration?’”
“Because we are a white majority country.”
A commenter said that I seemed to believe in some sort of “omniscience” in Catholic bishops, because in my firm opinion, every one of them was aware of boy molestation.
That is my firm opinion because a great number of bishops moved the molesters around, following Mommy Professor’s opinion back then that any crime was the fault of Society or the Church, not of the “so-called Criminal.”
I do not believe that men as smart as the average Catholic bishop would be unaware of something so well known. The point the Church makes, that this policy came straight from Mommy Professor is passed over lightly by the media and everybody else. This is a more important lesson than any other.
Another lesson here that MIGHT interest you is why I think Catholic bishops are smarter than Orthodox bishops:
In the Catholic Church, all priests in the regular rite are required to be celibate. Orthodox priests are allowed to marry, but only if they marry BEFORE they take their priestly orders. All of the few Greek Orthodox priests I know are married, and most of them finished seminary and waited a couple of years to get married before they accepted ordination.
In fact, a lot of priests in Eastern Rites who are affiliated with Rome, and are therefore Catholic priests, marry before taking their orders. There are, technically, a lot of married Catholic priests.
But in neither church can a bishop be married. So an Orthodox bishop must be selected from the smaller pool of priests who choose not to marry. So the pool from which bishops are selected is both smaller and probably qualitatively different in the two institutions
I am not as shocked as Catholics tend to be over this particular scandal, but as usual the reason I am not so shocked is not going to make anyone much happier about what I say about it. It will just get members of other denominations as mad at me as Catholics are.
Like any Bible Belter raised in a family that had a lot of people inside the churches, I was raised knowing that often those who think they know the world would be appalled if they actually realized what people get away with in the Name of God.
We found it amusing that New Yorkers thought that a Country Baptist like Jimmy Carter might be naïve about politics. We all knew that the two places where cold blooded politics and warm pretenses are most at home are in small Baptist churches, where the minister is elected, and in the Papal elections in Rome.
An occupation where one talks and worries endlessly about Sin simply cannot be a healthy place for an average human to have one’s spirit.
We all know that psychiatry is famous for producing or attracting mentally ill people and kooks, and anyone who has some experience with the world does not find this difficult to understand.
A Bible Belter who has been around a bit expects special sickness inside churches the way a city person expects it inside psychiatry. It may be necessary for someone to deal professionally with sin and for someone else to deal professionally with mental illness, but that doesn’t mean that their jobs won’t warp them.
Likewise, medicine was not discredited in the last generation when so many MDs worked themselves to death.
An institution is not what it SAYS it is. An institution is a result of survival in competition with other institutions. Every society has a religious institution, but if all you consider is its Wordist foundation with no consideration of this survivalist reality, You are living in La La Land.
If the two thousand years since the crucifixion teaches us nothing else, it makes it perfectly clear that there is nothing that has not been justified, nay, DEMANDED in the Name of Christ at one time or another.
There is nothing that has not been declared to be a Mentally Healthy Attitude by those who dictate mental health in society during that long period.
In dealing with institutions, reality has very little to do with the books they publish.
Profiling is not just part of law enforcement investigation, to a large extent profiling IS law enforcement investigation.
A profiler looks for a pattern. He does NOT look for fairness.
The profiler gives out a list of characteristic a perp has, height, weight, accent, locations where he tends to hang out, and every one of those characteristics apply to tens of thousands or even millions of other people.
That’s what profiling IS.
None of this is objected to, because the same public a profiler is being unfair to wants him caught, and is paying the profiler to help catch him.
If a serial murderer is the same size and weight and coloring as I am, it could make me some trouble at a roadblock.
I expect it to. I expect the cops to be on the lookout for people of my size, weight and color, and I’m all for firing the ones who don’t in such a situation.
You don’t have to be a regular watcher of COPS to realize that if a person’s skin is black, he is ten times more likely to have committed a crime. If a person of my general appearance has committed a crime, I expect it to cause me some difficulties.
I do NOT blame the police for that. I EXPECT, no, I DEMAND that in such a case people like me be stopped and checked out.
And I NEVER blame it on the cops.
I blame it on the felon.
On 9/11, Bush’s Secretary of Transportation was a Japanese-American. He declared that grandmothers of Scandinavian descent would be strip-searched every bit as much as foreigners in Arab garb.
The reason Mineta said he did this was his trauma at the treatment of his Japanese-American family in internment camps in World War II.
If a grown man has childhood traumas you put him in a nice quiet place, you talk to him and you give him sleepy pills.
You do NOT let his childhood traumas turn into national policy
Unless you’re a dumbass respectable conservative, of course. The reason people assumed that Moslems with a foreign accent were more likely to be terrorists is because Moslems with foreign accents DID all the 9/11 bombing.
So respectable conservatives demanded that tenth generation American grandmothers be strip-searched.
The reason police suspect blacks of committing more crimes is because blacks commit more crimes.
Nobody, but NOBODY, ever states flatly that that is why you profile blacks.
It’s the reason you profile ANYBODY.
This seems rather obvious, since all the slaves were black.
But slavery remained in Brazil until 1889, and racial intermarriage there was officially encouraged because all that mattered was that a person was Catholic. The official policy throughout the Latin colonies was assimilation or, in Brazil’s case, asimilacion.
But you would still play hell arguing that being pro-slavery did not imply one hell of an attitude toward blacks. You would be LAUGHED at for even hinting that it showed no racial attitude.
Because all the slaves were black, of course!
Today nobody but BUGS laughs when someone says that the push for immigration and assimilation , even though it is only white majority countries, and ALL white majority countries, that are under international pressure to take in mass third world immigration and assimilate with it.