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by Christopher Chantrill
November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am
IF ANYONE SYMBOLIZES the American Dream it is Condoleezza Rice. Child of a teacher and a preacher in the Jim Crow South, she rose to become Provost at Stanford, and then National Security Advisor and Secretary of State in the Bush Administration.
So when she says that “Anybody who isn’t in favor of school choice, anybody who isn’t in favor of educational reform, anybody who defends the status quo in the educational system, that’s racist to me” she connects with a racist-sexist-homophobe bigot like me.
I’ll tell you what I think about school choice. It’s a start.
But Condi Rice starts you thinking. What other kinds of racism are there in America today?
Oh, but first “check your shirt,” otherwise the Mean Girls at The Atlantic might decide to ostracize you — eeuw, like, whatever — and make it all about your clothes, and not about the liberal racism that’s tearing this country apart. “Check your privilege” is so yesterday.
Hey, remember the Mae West line: “Is that a comet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”
Obviously, the most racist thing in America today is the Racist Reverends, Sharpton, Jackson and Wright and their race hustling, shamefully backed up by Holder and Obama. This naked appeal to race descended to a new low in the Obama administration with the nationalization of the Trayvon and Ferguson killings. That’s real racism.
Then there’s the little question of racial disparity in the single parent stakes. Little black children are far more likely than white children to be deprived of the basic human right of their married mother living with their married biological father. That’s racism.
Then there’s the murder statistics. Blacks are much more likely to get murdered by a black person that a white person. There’s racism again.
Then there is unemployment. Blacks are about twice as likely to be unemployed as a white person. What does President Obama do? He proposes to legalize 5 million illegal immigrants so they can compete for jobs in the formal economy — against blacks. That’s real racism.
Derek Hunter has a piece warning blacks that Democrats are falling out of love with them because Hispanics look to become a bigger voting block in the future. But I wonder. The Pew Poll has numbers showing that very few Hispanics can identify a Hispanic leader. That must be worrying Democrats because you can’t do proper race politics without race leaders. I suppose that’s why the Democrats are promoting the Castro Brothers, Julian and Joaquin, in Texas. A telling point is that “immigration reform” is not a Hispanic grassroots movement at all but pure elite foundation astroturf.
The thing is, race politics is what Democrats do, just as Grubering is what elite liberal academics do. As the black race thing starts to lose its glamor and its traction, it’s natural that Democrats would try the same thing with Hispanics; you go with what you know. There are even a few conservatives out there convinced that all the division by race is going to end up in a race war, unless we do something.
But I wonder. I’ve been on a mommy trip back east with Lady Marjorie recently, wandering in and out of banks and FedEx Kinko offices. The first thing that strikes you is the kaleidoscope of color in today’s branded big-corporation offices and stores. The second thing that strikes you is that somebody has trained up all the minority twenty- and thirty-somethings to a customer service fare-thee-well.
If I were a licensed race baiter instead of merely an autodidact racist-sexist-homophobe I would despair at the cultural threat from corporate America. Every day in every way corporations are converting your tired and your poor into middle-class workers glad to serve the stranger, make the customer king, act friendly with everyone. No wonder lefties hate corporations; they are teaching people how to break out of liberal tribalism and join the global middle class.
There’s no virtue in what the corporations are doing; it is just the logic of capitalism. You want a profit? You extend trust to everyone that can be trusted, because that is how mass production for the masses works. If you don’t grab market share by figuring out how to expand your market, someone else will expand into your market.
If the pre-election period was a non-stop road show of Obama administration follies, the post-election period has descended into farce. It’s a packed program of Gruber Confessions, the mean girls clique at The Atlantic Young Ladies Academy turning science class into snippy talk about clothes, and, next up, no indictment in Ferguson.
It seems that liberals are losing control of the narrative; maybe liberal racism is getting lost in all the “transnationalism... tri-coastal revolution and radical enlightenment” of the fashionable academy.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State