“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The Faces of Diversity



The Cult Of Diversity: An Ideology Without Foundation

U.K. political writer sees diversity among casualties in Westminster.
George Eaton, political editor at the New Statesman, was so moved by Wednesday’s terrorist incident in Westminster that he tweeted, “A snapshot of London’s magnificent diversity in those injured: French, Romanian, Korean, German, Polish, Irish, Chinese, US, Italian, Greek.” I’m not sure if Eaton realized that 14 of those injured were tourists, but what’s striking is that he’s so obsessed with diversity that even casualties on the ground prompted him to celebrate the cultural mosaic he envisions as the apotheosis of a society. In fact, Khalid Masood, the perpetrator, also represents diversity, but the writer didn’t mention that. Like religion, diversity’s backers promote the strengths while ignoring the weaknesses.
Eaton’s macabre observation is an example of the fetishization of diversity on the political left. “Our diversity is our strength” is a liberal mantra repeated mindlessly, often as a poor substitute for a reasoned argument. Diversity’s just a fact. The call for diversity could work to consistently strengthen society if it included an insistence on immigrants leaving the negative aspects of their culture at home. Importing only strengths guarantees a net positive societal gain, but the diversity crowd welcomes every aspect of all cultures.

Diversity pushers want their “marginalized groups” to live separately in tribes whose cultures belong exclusively to themselves. Diversity’s seen as such a virtue on the left that people compete to attain its perfection, just as intersectionality’s adherents vie amongst themselves to achieve maximum victimhood. Last year, the University of Arizona had narrowed the job search for chief diversity officer down to two candidates, but then decided to hire both of them at salaries higher than their predecessor had received. University officials said that both candidates were so strong that they just couldn’t just take one. Try to imagine another job a university would say such a thing about. How can the average student possibly benefit from two fulltime diversity czars making a total of $429,000 (the median salary for a chief diversity officer is $165,000) when that money could be used in so many other ways to improve their campus experience?

Diversity has become a cult whose orthodoxies may not be questioned. But where did it come from? It has no charismatic leader, nor is it moored in academic studies or philosophy. It’s more or less emerged over time from the absurd culture of political correctness on college campuses. Views with no factual basis became axiomatic, slowly forging a worldview that was to be celebrated for reasons mostly unknown. That’s how faith works.

The diversity craze is a fad. It’s a bumper sticker slogan made for the back of a Volvo. Its real purpose is to assuage liberal guilt over past iniquities visited on marginalized groups. Robert Putnam is a liberal academic and author of Bowling Alone, an examination of declining civic engagement in the U.S. He conducted a study of diversity and found that the degree of diversity in a community is inversely proportional to voting, volunteering, donating to charity, and working on community projects. He discovered a lack of trust among members of diverse communities.

It’s not that diversity won’t have long-term benefits for a nation. Putnam isn’t making the case to seal the borders like the Trumpists are. He recognizes the positives immigrants can bring with them while also seeing some of the issues diversity produces, providing a refreshing alternative to all the jingoism. Putnam’s study found that in diverse communities, blacks even trust blacks less. His research revealed that diversity, while not necessarily provoking hostility, produces a withdrawal from the fabric of society, like a turtle going into its shell.
Diversity as an ideology is the creation of white, educated people who are cloistered from its downsides where they live. You don’t hear black people in their communities talking about how diversity makes them stronger. Donald Trump as president isn’t a sign of national health. Putting more emphasis into cohesion, instead of diversity, would be a positive step for an ailing nation. In the age of post-truth politics, communication is emotion-based. Talking points defeat facts now as we slide towards the abyss where words mean very little. Hard-selling diversity just exacerbates an already dire situation where we’re balkanized into separate tribes. 


  1. Donald Trump as president isn’t a sign of national health.

    Well, whatever.

    However Hillary Clinton as President would be a certain sign of a national sickness unto death.

    We are still kicking.

  2. President Donald Trump is urging swift repeal of an immigration program that brought the New York truck attack suspect to America.

    Trump insists Congress must end the visa lottery program under which Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov entered the country, and he has ordered still tighter scrutiny of immigrants already subject to what he calls "extreme vetting." But the White House is offering no indication of what new steps the president might be planning.

  3. .

    The Law of Unintended Consequences is Immutable

    The numerical value of the law of unintended consequences in Pythagorean Numerology is 1

    The Diversity Visa Program Was Created to Help Irish Immigrants

    The history of the green-card lottery, attacked by President Trump on Wednesday, is a story of unintended consequences.

    On Wednesday, President Trump attacked the diversity visa program, which offers 50,000 visas a year, alleging that it was how the suspect in the Manhattan attack came to the United States.

    “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” Trump said on Twitter, pushing instead for a system that would give preference to highly educated individuals who are considered more employable. “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”

    Later, Trump told reporters he was “starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program.” He added that “we have to get less politically correct,” and although the program “sounds nice,” he said, “I’m not nice.”
    Despite its name, though, the diversity visa program was initially intended to make the flows of legal immigrants to the United States more closely resemble the demographic profile of existing American citizens—admitting more Europeans to the United States.

    Schumer did play a key role in the creation of the program, which was partially rooted in a bill he drafted in 1990. But four years ago Schumer, along with a bipartisan group of senators, proposed repealing the program. In 2013, the Gang of Eight tried to overhaul the nation’s immigration system by, among other things, eliminating the diversity visa program. “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy,” Schumer said on Twitter.

    Senator Jeff Flake, a vocal critic of Trump and member of the Gang of Eight, came to Schumer’s defense:
    The diversity visa program was established in 1990, in response to the unanticipated results of immigration reforms years earlier. In 1965, Congress scrapped the controversial quota system, which permitted entry based on individuals’ nations of origin, and opened the doors to immigrants of all nationalities. The legislation had sweeping results. As Tom Gjelten wrote in The Atlantic: “Seven out of every eight immigrants in 1960 were from Europe; by 2010, nine out of 10 were coming from other parts of the world.” The significant change in the country’s demographics elicited a response from some lawmakers.

    “They were trying to help co-ethnics, who couldn’t tap into the immigration stream given the new categories,” said Anna Law, professor of constitutional studies at the City University of New York.
    The population of unauthorized immigrants from Ireland was on the rise, as thousands fled Ireland’s economic troubles. Few were able to come to the United States under the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which, among other things, prioritized close relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Tens of thousands instead arrived on tourist visas, staying past their expiration...


  4. I'm for a blonde blue eyed female Swedish preference program

  5. The terrorist attack in New York quickly turned into a debate over immigration policy after President Trump revealed Wednesday that Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of killing eight people, had benefited from an obscure program known as the diversity visa lottery.


    The program had its origins in the Immigration Act of 1965, which eliminated country quotas that had favored Western Europeans and replaced them with an immigration system based mainly on family reunification. After the 1965 law went into effect, immigration from Asia and Latin America soared but arrivals from Ireland, Italy and other European countries dropped precipitously.


    The program is available to people around the globe, except in countries that already have large numbers of citizens immigrating through traditional means, including Mexico, China and India.

    No special skills are required. A high-school diploma suffices.

  6. - FBI nabs second Muslim in connection with New York City truck jihad terror attack

    - Immigration jihad: NYC jihad mass murderer brought in TWENTY-THREE “family
    members” after winning “Diversity Visa” lottery :

    - Mosque where NYC jihad mass murderer worshipped was part of NYPD surveillance
    effort dismantled by de Blasio at behest of Islamic groups :

    1. Put the 'Diversity Visa Lottery' together with de Blasio you got blood on the streets.

  7. Pamela Geller, Heroine
    David Prentice
    A Joan of Arc, a combination of Esther and Deborah, and we need more like her. We need to join her in order to win. More

    1. To know know know her
      Is to love love love her

  8. Saipov has the classic muzz jihadi look - moustache shaved, beard unclipped and long.


    Would any employee dare?

    November 2, 2017 Robert Spencer

    1. Sayfullo Saipov, the New York City truck jihad mass murderer, looks like a jihadi. But to acknowledge that would be to engage in racial profiling, and given the decidedly Islamic style of his facial hair (a hadith depicts Muhammad telling Muslims to trim their mustaches but not their beards, because the Jews and Christians trim their beards but not their mustaches), religious profiling, a manifestation of “Islamophobia,” as well.

  9. If I didn't have My Pillow I'd lose sleep over all this stuff --

    FBI tracks down second Muslim in connection with NYC truck jihad massacre


    According to Al Arabiya, “New York state governor Andrew Cuomo told media that there is no evidence to suggest wider plot or wider scheme.” And reported that Cuomo said that there was no “evidence of an ongoing threat or any additional threat.”

    Do our governing authorities ever tell us the truth?

    “FBI tracks down second man in connection with truck terror attack,” by Rich Schapiro, New York Daily News, November 1, 2017:

    The FBI is no longer seeking a second man in connection with the lower Manhattan truck assault that killed eight people, authorities said Wednesday.

    The announcement came less than 90 minutes after the FBI released a wanted poster for Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, a 32-year-old Uzbekistan national.

    “We have found him and I’ll leave it at that,” said William Sweeney, head of the New York FBI office.

    Kadirov hails from the same country as Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old ISIS loyalist who carried out Tuesday’s attack.

    Saipov targeted and crushed pedestrians and cyclists as he drove his rented truck along 14 blocks of the West Side Highway bike path.

    After his vehicle slammed into a school bus, Saipov hopped out waving a pellet gun and paintball gun.

    A NYPD officer opened fire on Saipov, striking him in the abdomen.

    In addition to killing eight people, Saipov injured 13 others….

  10. Shillary Crashes and Burns

    Hillary Clinton falls from world's second most powerful woman to 65th after defeat to Trump, with Theresa May taking her place and Angela Merkel still the No1
    Hillary Clinton fell 63 spots to 65 on the Forbes list of world's powerful women
    Newcomer to the list UK Prime Minister Theresa May took Clinton's spot at No 2
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained at No 1 on the list for another year
    Other political leaders on the list are Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, at No 19, and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, at No 43

    By Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline

    PUBLISHED: 15:06 EDT, 1 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 EDT, 1 November 2017

    Read more:

    Who is the world's most powerful woman in my world ?

    My wife, of course.

    She can make me do things no other woman on earth can make me do.


  11. Rick Perry believes fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault

    "It was already clear that Rick Perry is unfit to lead the Department of Energy, but to suggest that fossil fuel development will decrease sexual assault is not only blatantly untrue, it is an inexcusable attempt to minimize a serious and pervasive issue,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.

    1. Rick is right.

      If one's CO2 level is high enough, one can't do anything.

  12. Even The Washington Post gives 4 Pinocchios to Quirk's claim that the tax cut plan announced is a 'boon' to the rich.


    2. 4 Pinocchios = SOP for Quirk.

    3. Quirk's partner in crime commits suicide:

    4. Quirk & Ponzi, LLC, dealing financial advice from Detroit, Michigan, is now Quirk, LLC dealing financial advice from Detroit, Michigan.

    5. Quirk claims all is well with Kap's Amerika Hating NFL.

      Papa John disagrees.

      Papa John Loses Dough: Pizza Chain Founder Loses $70 Million In Hours, Blames NFL


  13. The Facts on Uranium One