Non-Naked Ladies of the Week: The Playboy Bunny

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

May these bunnies put a spring in your step. Happy Easter.

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SuperSJWMan

Epaminondas writes:

It would seem that Superman has acquired some amazing new SJW powers. The Z-Man discusses the media spiral and how it usually ends.

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Signs O’ The Times

Fenster writes:

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How the Alt-Right Got Cucked

The Mistaken writes:

Three months into the Trump administration, did Donald Trump make his first epic mistake by launching missiles at Syria? It’s too early to tell, but it looks to me like the alt-right just made what might be a fatal mistake in their reaction to Trump’s Tomahawk Chop.

The alt-right is a bit of an interesting case in image management. In the public eye, perception of the alt-right is based primarily on media slander and hyper-focus on Richard Spencer’s latest antics (“Which restaurant did he get thrown out of now?”). The alt-right labors under the misapprehension that if people just knew more about them, they’d sign up. But Spencer is viewed as their leader and so the alt-right are mainly planted in people’s consciousness as the guy who gave that Trump-is-the-new-Hitler speech in DC to the Nazi stormtroopers goosestepping around the beer hall sieging heil. While no part of that last sentence is actually true, that’s the perception, and perception is everything. After “Hitler night” came the punch in the face. Sometimes, your image controls you.

It wasn’t always this way. For a while the alt-right had a sort of edgy mystique that was really working for it. Nobody knew exactly what it was. It encompassed wildly disparate people like Alex Jones and Milo, a host of bloggers, obscure European political philosophers, and a public intellectual or two. But most important was the fact that this movement, if it was one, was mysteriously and irrevocably linked to Donald Trump. This proximity to enormous power created fascination. The way this works is simple. Donald Trump plus neo-Nazis = inherently interesting. Just neo-Nazis = not that interesting.

This should have been obvious, but somehow, it wasn’t. The alt-right made the fatal mistake of believing their own propaganda. In their hubris, they chortled “We President now” and oblivious to how their message was being received by the public overall, they inferred that somehow it was THEY who were conferring interest and attention on TRUMP, rather than vice versa.

Outside of the political fringes, nobody cares about neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white supremacists, white separatists, or US-based identitarians except to the extent that they actually have political power. The reason for the dramatic increase in coverage of the alt-right was almost completely because of the media’s desire to tarnish Trump through guilt by association. Of course, a secondary reason is that the thinkers on the alt-right do actually have important things to say about mass immigration, race relations, the left, feminism, US foreign policy, the breakdown of tradition, and many other topics. But most of those things could be and are said by people who don’t also LARP about how we’re at the cusp of creating a white ethnostate; expelling all Jews from Christian nations; installing a new thousand-year Reich and other things that aren’t about to happen. But it was a big tent movement because for awhile it became a movement to elect Donald Trump.

But then, when Trump did the very first thing the alt-right really didn’t like, the alt-right became haters. Not just of Trump’s actions, which would be reasonable, but of Trump himself. “We Not President Now” apparently.

Within a day or two of the missile strike many of the major figures associated with the alt-right lost their minds. As I watched their hysterics something familiar struck me; something I’d seen from other people, somewhere else. Then it hit me. They were acting exactly like SJWs.

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First, there was the virtue signaling. The “No War with Syria” Facebook pictures. People changing their profile picture to Assad and swearing allegiance to the Baath Party. The angry, hysterical ranting at Trump, so familiar from our friends on the SJW left. The loud public pronouncements of betrayal. The desperate, depressed gloom, mixed with self-righteous rage. The new identification as victims. And of course, it wouldn’t be the alt-right without the immediate scapegoating of Jews.

This would have been funny if it wasn’t so… ah fuck it, it was funny. Here were a bunch of people who were convinced that Trump was “one of them” – the most amazing part of which is the fact that anyone would think a Real Estate billionaire force of nature is “one of us” people trading memes on the Internet 24/7, but never mind that.  The other incredible thing was that many on the alt-right seem to have actually thought that Trump was if not anti-Semitic, at least willing or eager to go to war with “the Jews.” Somehow, it failed to dawn on these stalwarts that having a Jewish son-in-law for an advisor, whom your daughter converted to marry, who bore your Jewish grandchildren, might make you a bit unsympathetic to people whose understanding of politics largely centers on the idea that “the Jews are the problem.” It was also bewildering that some of the very people most concerned about Jews and Jewish influence thrilled to Trump’s fiery broadsides against globalism, written by the Jewish Stephen Miller. The fact that Steve Bannon’s Breitbart was clearly as pro-Likkud Zionist as it gets somehow was overlooked, as were Bannon’s close relationships with Pamela Geller, Frank Gaffney, and other hardcore pro-Zionists who hate Iran (and thus by implication Assad).  But “Jew President Now” just isn’t as catchy.

So, suddenly discovering the reality that We President Now is not actually someone who stays up late at night worrying about miscegenation and the pernicious influence of Herbert Marcuse; the alt-right, or large parts of it, decided that Trump had betrayed them all. This meant that he is in fact, a cuck, and his closeness to Jews (particularly Kushner) must be what cucked him. Various thought leaders within the alt-right have now denounced the no-longer-God Emperor and signaled their complete separation from the Trump movement.

To which of course, Trump and his loyal supporters must think “good riddance.”

If we think seriously about numbers and voters for a moment, what is obvious is that the number of white men who like Donald Trump is vastly larger than the number who like Richard Spencer or any other alt-right luminary. White men being the principal source of alt-right support, this suggests that all other groups also prefer Donald Trump over the alt-right. This means that if alt-right figures split off from the Trump movement, they become hugely outnumbered by Trump supporters in every possible demographic category (with the possible exception of traps).

In terms of what Scott Adams calls persuasion, the alt-right leaving Trump is highly positive, for Trump. Trump’s largest persuasion problem from before the election until a few weeks ago was the narrative that Trump is Hitler. While nothing about this comparison makes any sense, much of the reason it persisted was because of the assumed ties between Trump and the alt-right, which is certainly more Hitler-like than anything most people have seen for a while. With the alt-right denouncing Trump, the Trump is Hitler narrative dies. This leaves Trump able to do things like strengthen border security, deport illegals, and change immigration policies without being tarnished by accusations of white supremacy or racial hatred. This is an enormously positive development for Trump and his (non alt-right) supporters. Rather than Trump trying to “shore up his base” which the alt-right mistakenly think is themselves, Trump is more likely to be grateful that the people denouncing him can no longer be described as his base.

Meanwhile, the alt-right’s own persuasion just crashed and burned. Far right groups’ main appeal is on ideological grounds, but the majority of Americans are not particularly ideological. Whatever success the alt-right has had in the US in the last couple of years is due to some good ideas, a lot of funny memes, people’s frustration with political correctness boiling over, but mainly from how the movement tied itself to the Trump train.

In essence, a far right movement gains appeal by being associated with the characteristics that the far right venerate: power, authority, force, and the people. By denouncing Trump, the alt-right just cut itself off from all of these things. Given the unfortunate reality of Spencer punchings and generally being beaten in the streets, without this link to state power, the alt-right must rely on its own paramilitary force, which is so far largely non-existent. Without being linked to any reasonable displays of authority or force, the alt-right look like wimps.

Take an already wimpy looking movement whom most people don’t like anyway, and then have them STAGE AN ANTI-WAR PROTEST against a war that isn’t probably even happening. And then have that anti-war protest be shut down by hysterical commie Jew La Raza BLM feminist transgender antifa types. Not good persuasion at all.

The people who were only a few weeks ago chanting “helicopter rides” are now posing as a “peace movement,” albeit one that also wants to peacefully expel everybody from the country that isn’t them, and that only cares about military strikes against “muh Assad” while ignoring more lethal US air strikes in Yemen or Iraq. There is of course a strong case to be made against US intervention in Syria, but that’s not the message getting across. Transformed from Trump-supporting alphas to anti-war betas, the alt-right’s narrative is now just another sad story of white men being cuckolded. Trump was their waifu and now she’s fucking the Jews.

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Reversal of Fortune?

Fenster writes:

The alt-right and the Trumpist “Right”–not the same thing–have in common a skeptical view of the effectiveness of the Rest of the Right.  To the alt-right the Rest of the Right consists of “cuckservatives”.  To the Trumpist “Right” (in quotes because it is not really right-wing in any conventional sense) they are sinecurists.

This is Michael Anton, writing as Decius:

Conservatives spend at least several hundred million dollars a year on think-tanks, magazines, conferences, fellowships, and such, complaining about this, that, the other, and everything. And yet these same conservatives are, at root, keepers of the status quo. Oh, sure, they want some things to change. They want their pet ideas adopted—tax deductions for having more babies and the like. Many of them are even good ideas. But are any of them truly fundamental? Do they get to the heart of our problems? . . . The whole enterprise of Conservatism, Inc., reeks of failure. Its sole recent and ongoing success is its own self-preservation. . . .If you’re among the subspecies conservative intellectual or politician, you’ve accepted—perhaps not consciously, but unmistakably—your status on the roster of the Washington Generals of American politics.

Anton would change that power equation, and supported the election of Trump to that end.  Trump was elected.  And?

To paraphrase Ed Koch, how’s he doin’?

Let’s not take sides on the wisdom of his actions here.  Let’s just ask if he is doing things and moving in the promised direction.  To judge from the press he is failing.  Other accounts suggest he is succeeding.  Here’s Roger Kimball in American Greatness:

The Keystone pipeline. The enforcement of the country’s immigration laws. The Executive Order reorganizing, and trimming, the Executive Branch. The attack on the regulatory overreach that has stifled business and hampered freedom. The proposed budget, which zeroes out such dinosaurs as the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. The shake up of the Department of Education with Betsy DeVos—and look for lots more there soon. The advent of a United States Ambassador with backbone as our representative to the UN. The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. And on and on. The media keeps telling us how chaotic and disorganized the Trump administration is. Don’t look now, but the most impressive Cabinet in decades has been acting with astonishing speed to keep the promises Trump made on the campaign trail.

So what is it?  Success or failure?  To paraphrase Robert Towne:

GITTES I said the truth!

EVELYN — he’s a failure —

Gittes slaps her again.

EVELYN (continuing) — he’s a success.

Gittes slaps her again.

EVELYN (continuing) — a failure.

He hits her again.

EVELYN (continuing) A failure, a success —

He belts her finally, knocking her into a cheap Chinese vase which shatters and she collapses on the sofa, sobbing.

GITTES I said I want the truth.

EVELYN (almost screaming it) He’s a failure and a success! . . .understand, or is it too tough for you?

As my parents said to me often: we’ll see.

But it could be that we will see a kind of reversal of fortune.  Perhaps the new script will call for the left (or what passes for the left–don’t get me started) to be the new Washington Generals, easing gracelessly into a spot where they must accept changes as long as they are able to describe them as failures.

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Quote Du Jour: The Irreconcilables

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

There can be no more formidable symptom of our time, and none more menacing to popular government, than the growth of Irreconcilable bodies within the mass of the population. Church and State are alike convulsed by them; but, in civil life, Irreconcilables are associations of men who hold political opinions as men once held religious opinions. They cling to their creed with the same intensity of belief, the same immunity from doubt, the same confident expectation of blessedness to come quickly, which characterises the disciples of an infant faith. They are doubtless a product of democratic sentiment; they have borrowed from it its promise of a new and good time at hand, but they insist on the immediate redemption of the pledge, and they utterly refuse to wait until a popular majority gives effect to their opinions. Nor would the vote of such a majority have the least authority with them, if it sanctioned any departure from their principles.

Henry Sumner Maine, Popular Government

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Architecture and Color

Paleo Retiree writes:

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