I do not mean to break it to you, but:
You can take all the money in the world and dump it into a bad design and it will still work poorly. If I take the blueprints for a 1982 Fiat 150 and have the Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz factory produce it in teams of expert artisans, it will still be a finicky little car prone to breakdowns. The design is bad. If I have their design team look over the blueprints, they will suggest changes based on their superior engineering ability, and if I then take those new blueprints back to the Fiat factory, the new Fiats will be more reliable (given that Italian manufacturing will always be somewhat dubious). Both inputs are important — manufacturing and design — but design controls the potential of the car, where manufacturing is important only when it is done wrong and cannot compensate for a lack of potential.
The “yellow vests” protests kicked off in France because the wealthy, tired of being over-taxed to support a diversity underclass, fled the nation. In America, we are seeing the same phenomenon, where people are fleeing high-tax states to low-tax states, leaving those high-tax states to drown in an increasing proportion of urban low-wage people and minorities. Could it be that in twenty years our most desirable zip codes now will be impoverished dystopias? Most likely, such cities will follow the Asian model: a central citadel where all of the rich and powerful live, guarded by layers of private security. Call it the “green zone” model of America.
Trump advances a core part of his risk/reward based strategy on immigration: if we send ambiguous signals, they will come because they stand to get a great reward — everybody wants to live in the US and EU, apparently, because the rest of the globe is even worse — with minimal risk, but if we send a strong signal that the reward is not guaranteed and raise the cost, including risk of interdiction, of migration, then migrants will stop coming. We can build an invisible wall with economic forces alone, but that idea is too complex for Democrats or their voters, so when Trump attacks “immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally” the importance of his statement is missed entirely by our elected and enshrined experts. If we send strong signals, they stop coming; if they stop coming, the ones here start going back; if the exodus back gains momentum, no one wants to be last Mexican left in America, so even the legal ones who have been here since 1852 are going to head over that border. Let us hope that Trump can achieve this, since diversity does not work, and Mexicans are a large part of our diversity problem.
Further trying to distance himself from the Alt-Right, Steve Bannon gathered investors for a “Academy for the Judeo-Christian West” and this has of course riled up the usual local suspects who have crawled out of their dingy city apartments and desolate trailer homes to agitate against the rich and powerful who are suspected of, by forcing inequality on everyone by refusing to redistribute their income, enslaving humanity. Naturally the media, composed of people who make $40k/year and believe they should be CEOs instead, just like the barista who makes their Starbucks Caf&ecaute; Americano and the checker at Whole Foods who price checks their kale, and they fawn all over the handful of ill-clothed, unbathed, neurotic, and unhappy protesters instead of noting what an interesting development this is.
Every society gets the government it deserves. In the first world, we rely on institutions that act according to their ostensible function; in the “second world,” those institutions do sort of what they are intended to do, and do it well only if bribed; in the third world, those institutions rarely do what they ostensibly do, and instead serve as sinecures or positions of authority that require little work but are designed to enable rent-seeking behavior. This is why the third world tends to be ruled by warlords like El Chapo, just as Sicily is ruled by the mafia: government is ineffectual and parasitic. When you interrupt those warlords, or dump too much money on them by providing a country to the north where everyone apparently takes copious amounts of drugs in order to forget that they are Rome 2.0 and falling fast, instability results, and the rotten core of diversity and third world status comes out through murder, theft, rape, assault, and graft.
It is time to dial back the drama: “cyber attack by a foreign power” means in this case that someone using a Eurasian or Asian IP address mailed some idiot in an American back office a phishing email, which looks official but in fact links to a third-party site that steals their credentials. This dumb person, probably fat and from a protected group, then dutifully entered their information into the third party site. At this point, some shady third world gangsters held an American company hostage for twelve hours by encrypting something that it needed to print its mostly contentless newspapers. This was not an attack, it was attempted theft, made complex only by the total incompetence of its victims. No one will learn anything from this.
Political parties get cozy in the industry they have created. For this reason, they often define themselves by their opposition. They need to do that because otherwise, in the marketplace for votes, they appear too close to the opposition, and so people have no reason to choose them over the alternatives. This is like what happens when your brand becomes generic as a manufacturer; customers choose you by price alone, which places you in the difficult position of having to keep costs low as possible which means you cannot invest in the future and will enter a death spiral or at least a cash cow stage. We are seeing a transition now of political parties in a way that has not happened since the 1960s, or maybe 1860s. The Democrats are becoming the patriots who are defending the American Ideology, which is basically Communism enforced by Civil Rights with Consumerism as its powerplant; the Republicans have become the insurgent realists who want to reform a dying society before it hits pavement. Trump, by breaking the Republicans out of the William F. Buckley-fueled conversion to voluntarist libertarianism and escapist Christianity, has instigated this change and now it has entered a chain-reaction phase out of even his control.
As part of its conquest of nature, Europe snuffed a lot of species by hunting them to extinction, not as an organized response but as the result of many individuals wanting to bring home meat or drive away predators. This suggests a population peak 500 years ago for Europe, and that we have it mostly under control. This in turn means that Leftism, the philosophy of a society with too many people, is in decline.
The nothingburger continues: Manafort owed some Russians money, so he worked for them. The Left spun this into Trump being unable to get loans so turning to the Russians to finance his empire, which now seems to be mere fallacy based on a misunderstanding of how well his businesses were doing at the time. The Left realizes that they need the Trump collusion story in order to keep their “base” energized, and so they do not care if it is ultimately true or not, only that they can keep generating some sort of headlines to keep the round heads nodding in the same rhythm.
Dollar stores — powered by “white flight, the recent recession, the so-called ‘retail apocalypse'” — actually make people poorer by selling less bulk goods than cheap but small quantities of goods. They spread in response to confusion in the market during the Obama years and a perception by Americans that things were not good and would not get better. Most likely we are seeing an exodus from the cities and over-developed states to more rural and developing ones because to be functional in America is to be always trying to stay one step ahead of or at least away from the horde of underclass, neurotics, and grifters that is supported by our government.
Michael Crichton wrote State of Fear to describe his view of climate change (then called “global warming”): a theory spun into an ideology, used to control people by governments, but also beneficial to the media industry, which relies on selling fear, suspense, and terror. People respond to risk more than normalcy. They do this because you need to respond to risk, where normalcy demands no response. This is why one “you screwed this up” outweighs ten “attaboys” and why newspapers mostly feature tragedy, terror, neurosis, doubt, and misery: people are primed to look out for these, and so they sell. That state of fear now becomes manifest in people becoming neurotic and disturbed over climate change, which really is nothing more than the sum total of local effects caused by humans using too much land — and covering too much of it in concrete, including building footprints — because of our burgeoning population. Crichton summarized the current weight of globalist Leftists and fear-selling media and their interest in the topic he was debunking: “I might get killed for this.” Right now, belief in climate change is sort of like belief in civil rights twenty years ago; you either check that box, and are welcome inside the “in” group of Leftists, or you are an enemy of the state, the media, and “all decent people” who of course are all believers in civil rights who want to use fear of climate change to further enforce that agenda.
As much as it is sad to be at this point, this bill makes sense. Public education does not make sense, but will linger on as a daycare program because middle class families require two incomes to make it at this point, and right now it is being used as a propaganda indoctrination center by the Left, who tends to adopt the types of broken dipsomaniac neurotics who make up 95% of your average teaching staff. With laws like this, teachers who preach can be fired, and so teachers will not preach, which means that nothing of a politically sensitive nature can be taught, which will at first emphasize classical literature and philosophy more and then cause the collapse of public schools as Leftists claim that everything is political or some other variety. Since collapse of Leftism and public education are both beneficial, this law is a win for sanity, stability, and health and will hopefully pass and spread to other states and Europe as well.
These are disguised struggle sessions:
A struggle session was a form of public humiliation used by the Communist Party of China in the Mao Zedong era to shape public opinion and to humiliate, persecute, and/or execute political rivals and class enemies. In general, the victim of a struggle session was forced to admit to various crimes before a crowd of people who would verbally and physically abuse the victim until he or she confessed. Struggle sessions were often held at the workplace of the accused, but were sometimes conducted in sports stadiums where large crowds would gather if the target was famous enough.
In the modern West, since our chosen form of end-stage Leftism known as neo-Communism inverts the direct control regime of the actual Communists, and replaces it with a consumerism-derived indirect control system using a reward-based structure, we do not have struggle sessions as mandatory, but use them for career advancement. If you make all the right social status signals, people assume that you are entitled to promotions in terms of power, wealth, and prestige. Ironically, the people talking about how entitled they are instead are arguing for their own future entitlement.