If a general were to assemble a coalition of the “woke” of American society–illegal undocumented immigrants, grievance hustlers, tech billionaires, lazy big-media pundits, leftist college profs and bureaucrats, ”the world is ending in 12 years” climate change chicken littles, gun control fanatics, GBTQ+ propagandists, “shout your abortion” feminists–his biggest problem would not be shooting at the enemy, it would be keeping this “coalition of the woke” from shooting each other in endless battles over Who Is More Intersectional Than Thou. The solution appears to be demonizing mutual hate objects or groups.
The “general” in this case might be the Democrat party; the mutual hate objects/groups are white, “cisgender”, mostly male and the women who like them, heterosexual, mostly Christian, American citizens who care about border protection, including immigrants who are here legally. I don’t think even mutual hate objects will prevent the “coalition of the woke” from turning into a circular firing squad though. 1. There really isn’t a coalition, it’s just a bunch of separate constituencies with their own agendas that the 20+ democrat candidates are all trying to appeal to and appease. 2. The caste system rules the intersectionality sweepstakes. Whichever group—individuals don’t count, even if they existed—can accumulate the most oppression points goes to the top, even if they have to reinvent history to score those points. That oppressed prof I mentioned in my last post, Mehta, claims, about Southern Asia: “Consider the subcontinent. For five thousand years we had been one people, ruled undivided from the borders of Persia to China by emperors from Ashoka to Akbar…. Then the British came and ruled us for two hundred years by pitting us against each other so that we couldn’t be pitted against them.” Oh, I see, the British were responsible for the mind-bogglingly elaborate caste system of petty apartheid that is India. 3. These “woke” groups are competing for slices of pies that are finite: votes, clickthroughs and reparations. In their quest, they will, like crabs, keep pulling down whichever gets to the top.
Their common hate objects are tuning out their hysterical rhetoric and growing in contempt for their stupid ideas. Wokeness is built on greed, lies, (attempted) theft, anger and hatred. They are a circular firing squad with no one in the center. Their claims are lies and their threats empty, like this one from immigrant Mehta’s book, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto,“I claim the right to the United States, for myself and my children and my uncles and cousins, by manifest destiny…. It’s our country now.” In your (wet) dreams, asswipe!
“If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely–in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt.” Leviticus 6:2-5. “…if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die.” Ezekiel 33:15. “And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham’.” Luke 19:8.
Those passages are a few Biblical admonitions and examples about restitution, or restoring what has been taken via deception, theft and extortion. A few observations are in order before introducing the perversion of this concept. 1. All of the passages assume, take for granted, that individuals own property. After all, how can something be stolen if it is not owned by someone. There are many other passages that also consider a person’s labor to be in the same category as property, and withholding wages unjustly to be a form of theft. 2. Taking of property by deception, lying (both by commission and omission), extortion or oppression is all treated the same way. 3. The prescription is restoring what was taken, plus a fifth more. A prescription to restore presupposes an authority to enforce it, either the individual’s own conscience or an external authority. The Old Testament passages are commanding restitution, the New Testament is showing voluntary restitution, over and above the OT standard, as an evidence of salvation. 4. The person who actually took is restoring to the person they took from. If the thief has died before restoring, there are other passages that show that his surviving spouse should restore, or if there is no spouse his estate may restore.
This concept is very simple: Person 1 took property or labor from person 2 without proper recompense; person 1 or his or her spouse or his or her estate must restore person 2 (or by direct implication, his spouse or survivors) to wholeness, plus extra. I think the justice of this formula is evident. The concept of reparations as it is suggested or demanded today is NOT restitution, it is theft. Slavery and plundering is obviously theft of an individual’s labor or property, so conditions 1 and 2 of the principle of restitution are there. Those conditions define the crime or the sin. Present day demands for reparations lack conditions 3 and 4, which are the corrections for the crime or sin. The most prominent current example of reparations is slavery and defrauding of Americans of African descent. Ta-Nehisi Coates, I will use his initials TNC for a shorthand, is probably the foremost American proponent for reparations today. I have written previously, in some detail, about his arguments. They are great when defining the crime, much less so when proposing solutions.
Predictably, whenever the demands for justice include dividing the spoils of the supposed “ill gotten gains”—in the case of reparations, the wealth of white Americans living today—the claims will spread, the victims of past injustices will multiply like a bacterium, and the connection between the past injustices and the present potential gravy train will become increasingly tenuous. As if to prove my hypothesis, into the fray leaps Suketu Mehta, NYU journalism professor and author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto, which argues that immigration is the most effective form of reparations! To underscore my case, with an emphasis on the word tenuous, he tells this story to justify his thesis: ” An Englishman in London asks my grandfather why he is in his country, and my grandfather, who came from a business family, said, because we are the creditors, because you came to my country. You took all my gold and my diamonds. You prevented our industry from growing, so we have come here to collect. We are here because you were there.”
Steve Sailer, over at Takimag, clarifies: He’s (Mehta) been living in the United States of America since his Gujarati diamond-merchant family arrived in Queens in 1977. As he sums up his manifesto: “I claim the right to the United States, for myself and my children and my uncles and cousins, by manifest destiny…. It’s our country now.“
Of course, exactly why Americans merit vengeance for the sins, real and imaginary, of the British Raj isn’t fully explained in This Land Is Our Land. But that’s not the point; the point is that you white people have money, which means you are guilty, and therefore you must pay.” But it isn’t just about wealth. Mehta has a giant chip on his shoulder against whites. He feels humiliated that Europe was once able to colonize India, rather than vice versa: “It is every migrant’s dream to see the tables turned, to see long lines of Americans and Britons in front of the Bangladeshi or Mexican or Nigerian Embassy, begging for a residence visa.“
TNC might eventually start to wonder if the white man’s reparation pie is really big enough to accommodate not just American blacks but also, potentially, every nonwhite grifter on the planet.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released its annual report on deportations and the numbers are startling. In FY 2018, ICE made 158,581 administrative arrests, of which 138,117 had a prior criminal record. The total of 542,798 criminal convictions and arrests accrued between these aliens is simply astounding. 22,008 homicide offenses, 5,562 robberies, 11,766 weapons offenses, 50,753 assault charges, 76,585 dangerous drug charges, 80,730 DUIs, and over 12,000 sexual offenses.” All of them here illegally. Er, sorry, undocumented, except for in court!
Victor Davis Hanson raises a related issue in National Review, which I will shorten: “The ‘Third World’ has come to transcend geography, politics, and ethnicity; it denotes poor failed states all over the globe of all races and religions. ‘Third World’ symptomologies are predictably corrupt government, unequal or nonexistent applicability of the law, two rather than three classes, and the return of medieval diseases. Third World nations suffer from high taxes and poor social services, premodern infrastructure and utilities, poor transportation, tribalism, gangs, and lack of security.
“Another chief characteristic of a Third World society is the official denial of all of the above, and a vindictive, almost hysterical state response to anyone who points out those obvious tragedies. Another is massive out-migration. Residents prefer almost any country other than their own. Think Somalia, Venezuela, Cuba, Libya, or Guatemala. Does 21st-century California increasingly fit that definition?
“High tech creates defecation apps that electronically warn tourists and hoi polloi how to avoid walking blindly into piles of sidewalk excrement, rather than clean the streets. In Californian logic, public defecation butts up against progressive tolerance, so it is exempt from the law. Yet for a suburbanite to build a patio without a permit, for example, costs one dearly in fines.
“One out of three Californians who enters a hospital for any cause is now found to be suffering from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, an epidemic that hits the Hispanic community especially hard but for a variety of reasons has not led to effective public-health efforts and sufficient publicity. State-run dialysis clinics now dot the towns and communities of the Central Valley — a tragic symptom of dietary culture, massive illegal immigration, and poor public-health education.
“What caused this lunacy? A polarity of importing massive poverty from south of the border while pandering to those who control unprecedented wealth in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the tourism industry, and the marquee universities. Stifling green regulations and boutique zoning, soaring taxes, increasing crime, identity politics and tribalism, and radical one-party progressive government were force multipliers.
“Perhaps if former governor Jerry Brown knew that he would one day retire to Delano and drive the 99 daily, rather than to Grass Valley, with several state pensions in his bank account, or if Dianne Feinstein dwelt in an East Palo Alto or Redwood City residence rather than in Pacific Heights, or if all the Pelosi grandchildren had to attend state public schools, then the architects of 21st-century California might have had to live with the consequences of their own dreams and been less eager to inflict their nightmares on the other 40 million Californians.
“But then again, such a radical divergence between a few insider elites and a massive underclass, with little in between, is perhaps what best defines ‘Third World’.”