03 11 10 - 04:57People love to bury truth under layers of verbiage and emotion.
Simple reality: the more differing directions in a society, the more internal conflict it has.
I'd love to hear anyone come up with a reasonable argument against that. They won't be able to, of course. Anyone who has sat through enough committee meetings knows that the only ones that go "smoothly" are the ones where everyone is roughly in agreement, and literally all that remains are the details.
So instead, we beat ourselves up, every day, creating strife and slowing ourselves down to a grinding halt, until someday we give up and suicide:
Amid concerns that Jean-Luc Godard may harbor anti-Semitic views, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is moving forward with plans to honor the filmmaker at its second annual Governors Awards.
The Jewish Journal and The New York Times have published stories questioning Godard's feelings about Jews, citing examples in his films and in books about him that could be interpreted as anti-Semitic. - AP
People of great insight see things the rest of us don't. While we don't condone anti-Semitism here at the ANUS, we agree with Theodor Herzl that the cause of anti-Semitism is Jews being an ethnic-religious minority among ethnic majorities. Unlike most liberal Jews, we don't think the solution is destruction of the majority. We think it's a strong Israel with her Arab neighbors -- 3,000 year old feud here folks -- kept at bay.
But as long as we insist on diversity, we cause more anti-Semitism -- and more racism. Further race follies:
The historic Republican wave also produced historic results for minority candidates, from Latina and Indian-American governors to a pair of black congressmen from the deep South.
Mark Sawyer, a UCLA professor and director of the university's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, said Obama's election pushed the GOP to adjust to a more diverse electorate by seeking out minority candidates.
But he noted that almost all the victorious GOP minorities were elected in majority-white areas and opposed measures such as comprehensive immigration reform that are favored by many Latinos and blacks.
"This election does not show a substantive embrace of a minority agenda," Sawyer said. - AP
How to be a successful minority? Be an Uncle Tom -- or, in practical terms, an assimilationist. Chuck your culture and heritage at the door and start acting white, thinking white, being white in all but the genes. That's the Republican message. It's a billion times more honest than the Democratic message, which is that you should be whatever twee little weird your culture is, and we'll all pity you and vote for you to be "different."
Every day, we pay:
- For diversity. This is an unstable idea. The more divergent goals in a society, the less likelihood of any direction being found, so the more infighting, dialogue, neurosis and instability is created.
- For equality. We assume equality of all people, and so we're constantly shocked that some aren't doing so well. They then agitate for more rights, more entitlements, or just sue and threaten revolution. Instability and high costs results unnecessarily because the problem is they weren't "equal" to the task in the first place, so they failed at it. And they're mad because we set them up by telling them they were equal.
- For voluntary solutions. Let's spend another billion dollars "educating" people not to drink and drive. Did it work? It may have reduced the rates somewhat, but not enough that the problem went away or even close. In fact, it's stronger than ever because now we've given those who do drink and drive something to hate -- propagandistic education. We're also trying to convince all 300 million Americans to voluntarily recycle, stop driving SUVs, stop shaking babies, and doing other things they'll do anyway. In the meantime, those who already get the message have to hear constant propaganda.
- For lower standards. People have freedom to go buy that Big Mac, and so they do. Others imitate. The more we tolerate low standards, the more people are seduced to them because they are the new minimum, and people want to throw their effort elsewhere. So it's a race to the bottom, both culturally and politically.
Your newspapers this morning are full of karmic drama about elections. These are a detail; remember that the real task is more complex and more enduring, and they have a financial incentive to have you not see it.