Is this what Bannon sees? A global scale generational crisis that is going to come to a head in the form of a massive struggle among civilizations? One so large and so bloody that it will leave an enduring mark on the human genome for all time? […] It might be. And here is the hard part — he could well be right.
XS, for one, welcomes our new darkness arms race.
We now live in a world where Donald Trump’s election, Brexit, and even a lack of diversity in Hollywood get blamed for Islamic radicalism. For many it seems the only thing that doesn’t contribute to Islamic terrorism is Islam itself.
If two looks like cheating, take the bold cue, and just count the second one. Its perfection is self-evident.
… Here’s another way to put my concern. The percentage of global GDP which is held in relatively non-free countries, such as China, has been rising relative to the share of global GDP held in the freer countries. I suspect we are underrating the noxious effects of that development.
If freedom has become disconnected from economic competence, then classical liberalism is dead.
(The XS suspicion, however, is that Cowen’s sense of “freedom” has been so corrupted by social democracy that it’s incapable of doing the work he wants it to here.)
The ADL has put together a helpful paranoid psychosis handbook, or “Hate Symbols Database”.
If you ever doubted that Neo-Nazi qabbalism is a dog’s breakfast, give it a skim. (They don’t even know how to count.)
Terrifyingly enough, “23” is in it, but only as a hand sign (phew!). Raw hate numerals include 1, 2, 12, 13, 14, 18, 28, 38, 43, 83, and 88, before reaching triple digits. Also beware ominous letter combinations such as “AB”. In fact, alphanumerics in general seem prone to evil, and are probably best avoided.
Are we missing something?
Submit a Hate Symbol to ADL at firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is just sour grapes because they missed 333, isn’t it?”
“You got me.”
Thus, nationalism turns into a class struggle.
Is anyone still disputing this proposition?
The new great divergence:
Increasing polarization, even fragmentation, of society is becoming apparent in US politics. There is a sense that society is separating into parts, each of which is listening only to other members of that group. The separation between groups can enable them to deviate even further in values and perspectives. …
That’s the process. Nothing else is necessary. The only task remaining is to accelerate it.
This is not — of course — conclusive. It would be a stretch to say that it isn’t suggestive. As far as practical politics are concerned, current leftist priorities look strikingly self-contradicting. Islamization or popular sovereignty — choose one (or less).
The essay at the attached link recommends re-education as a remedy, in an age when the dominant organs of opinion formation have collapsed into culture war and unprecedented illegitmacy. Good luck with that.
ADDED: On point.
The 21st Century is definitely getting its act together.
Garrett Jones lays out the (classical) liberal caution in regards to indiscriminate immigration. Here’s the question:
But what happens in the very long run? As immigrants shape the culture of their new homelands, will they import more than just new ethnic cuisines? Will they also import attitudes and policies that wound the golden goose of first-world prosperity? Ultimately, will migrants make the countries they move to a lot like the countries they came from?
Among much treasure, this is of special interest to XS:
Economists have long known that some of the strongest statistical predictors of long-run national prosperity have been “percent Confucian” and “percent Buddhist.” A famed paper coauthored by Xavier Sala-i-Martin demonstrated that conclusively. It’s time for scholars to investigate whether, for most countries, a pro-Confucian migration policy is a good option.