Archive for February 2012

Some things just need repeating

February 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Hat tip: Hail to You)

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We know it doesn’t work, but we’ll continue with it anyway

February 29, 2012

A few years back, the British research group Migration Watch UK shown that immigration raises total GDP but doesn’t increase GDP per person. In other words high levels of immigration don’t benefit the majority of citizens.

Now The  Australian Productivity Commission has admitted the same thing.

Unfortunately though, our elected representatives don’t want to listen to reason. In today’s democracy, the views of liberal activists and businesses that benefit from immigration trample over the interests of the disgruntled majority.

(hat tip: Unfashionable Conservative)

Italian folk and folk/rock

February 25, 2012

The Italians seem to have a particular talent for producing tasteful melodic music blending folk, rock and classical influences

The too much talking myth

February 23, 2012

The time for talking and writing is over, let’s take action!

This is a fairly common refrain among some alt-righters which shows a very naive understanding of practical politics and how the internet works.

The first assumption is that just because a few hundred people are busy writing blogs and comments, there already exists the foundation for a dynamic political movement.

 If only people would get off their computers and stop repeating themselves on the net we could start making some progress.

Now, sure there is quite a busy little blog and website scene, but the key word here is little. If you compare the alt – blog sphere with the internet presence of more mainstream political movements, it’s still extremely small. For example, for every US paleo-conservative blog there’s at least ten neoconservative blogs. Similarly the top mainstream bloggers get far more traffic. Popular alt-right bloggers like Dennis Mangan and Steve Sailer may seem to get a lot of hits compared with minnows like me, but compared to the likes of Michelle Mankin or Instapundit, there’s still small fry. If you want to use the internet as a tool for persuading large numbers of people you need to be able to be able to attract the same level of traffic as the mainstream bloggers, and at this stage only the BNP website seems to able to front it with the big boys in terms of visitor numbers (personally I’ve always wondered why so many people visit mainstream political blogs, when mainstream views are already covered by other media).

As well as being very small, the alt right scene is also very geographically scattered. If you want to organise meetings, street protests etc, you need critical mass – that is, a reasonably large number of people living in close proximity to one another so that it’s practical for them to meet face to face. At the very least, I’d say you’d need 20 committed activists living within a 50km radius of one another before you can start thinking about activism beyond the net. Mainstream political movements obviously have that kind of critical mass, fringe movements don’t.

Where the alt right does need to try harder is in terms of engaging in internet communication beyond the alt right sphere. Unless political bloggers make an ongoing effort to attract new readers, they often end up preaching exclusively to other bloggers they share links with or regular visitors with the same opinions and the same knowledge base.Newspaper comment boards are a potentially useful source of new recruits, but they’re becoming harder to access and don’t usually allow a direct link back to your blog. However, if you go to the bother of setting up a specific Facebook account for your blog you can still access a lot of newspaper comment boards.

Another way of reaching a wider audience is to publish essays or books on popular self-publishing sites like Scribd.com. These sites allow you to publish samples of ebooks and short essays for free, and are an excellent tool for promoting books which are published on other sites. I notice that political books, such as those by Patrick Buchanan, seem to get a lot of views at Scribed.

The left and genetics – welcome to the land of confusion

February 19, 2012

Over at the Guardian, a columnist raises the important issue of why racism is such a big issue in today’s society if, as liberals claim, races don’t exist in any meaningful way. 

However, as a critic of liberalism I’d put it another way – why do post-racial liberals get so offended by racist insults if they don’t believe in race? As committed liberals, shouldn’t they just laugh off delusional comments by “ignorant” race believers?

There’s also a column this week on the history of left-wing support for eugenics, which has attracted much comment from the Guardianistas.

Personally though, I don’t think today’s society has much to fear from left-wing eugenics. Its left-wing dysgenics we need to be more concerned about.

Student debt – who should pay?

February 18, 2012

The recent Occupy protests in the Anglosphere have focused attention on the issue of student debt, and whether or not students  who are unable to pay back their debt should have their debts written off.

Many on the liberal right argue that they shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions, while many on the left argue they were doing something that the government, the banks and the media encouraged them to – get an education – and shouldn’t be held personally accountable for their indebtedness.

My view is somewhere in between. On the one hand they should have to make some contribution to paying off their debts, if only to discourage yet more students to get into debt, while on the other hand, those who encouraged them to get into debt ( the banks and the tertiary institutions) should also shoulder some of the cost.

Since everyone’s personal situation is different, government departments should also be given more flexibility to strike workable deals with particular students. For example, in New Zealand, the government reduces interest on student loans for students who stay in New Zealand after graduating, and increases interest rates for students who go overseas. However, not all degrees are of equal value to the country, and if a student is unable to find work in New Zealand, then why not let them go overseas to earn the funds to help pay off their debts?

Populist humour from Uncle Sam

February 15, 2012