Michael Moore: Trump Could Beat Biden In Yet Another “Reality Check” For Democrats

Michael Moore: Trump Could Beat Biden In Yet Another “Reality Check” For Democrats

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 22:05

Michael Moore seems to be one of the very few liberals that understands that widespread looting and rioting, currently being enabled by left-wing politicians, may not be the best look for his party heading into November. 

In fact, the liberal filmmaker seems to have made peace with the idea that President Trump could once again win election in 2020. 

Citing “enthusiasm for the President”, Moore warned that he has “momentum in some battleground states” and that a “reality check” could once again be incoming for those who think Trump could lose the election. Moore was famously one of the very few to predict that Trump would win in 2016, the Guardian notes. 

Moore posted on his Facebook page late last week: “Are you ready for a Trump victory? Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again? Do you find comfort in your certainty that there is no way Trump can win? Are you content with the trust you’ve placed in the DNC [Democratic National Committee] to pull this off?”

He continued: “The Biden campaign just announced he’ll be visiting a number of states – but not Michigan. Sound familiar?”

“I’m warning you almost 10 weeks in advance. The enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump’s base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much,” Moore said. “Don’t leave it to the Democrats to get rid of Trump. YOU have to get rid of Trump. WE have to wake up every day for the next 67 days and make sure each of us are going to get a hundred people out to vote. ACT NOW!”

Moore also pointed to recent polls that show Trump closing the gap on Biden, stating that the two candidates were in a “virtual tie” in some battleground states. 

Moore, who supported Bernie Sanders in 2016, said in October 2016: “Trump’s election is going to be the biggest ‘f*** you’ ever recorded in human history – and it will feel good. Whether Trump means it or not is kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting, and that’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle class loves Trump.”

President Trump noted Moore’s prognostication in an early Sunday morning Tweet:


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Penn Profs Push To Probe President Trump’s Admission To Ivy League

Penn Profs Push To Probe President Trump’s Admission To Ivy League

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 21:45

Authored by Ben Zeisloft via Campus Reform,

Six professors at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School – President Donald Trump’s alma mater – asked for the administration to investigate claims that Trump cheated on his SAT exam.

The Daily Pennsylvanian obtained the letter, as well as Penn’s rejection of the professors’ request. All six professors teach in Wharton’s Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department. The letter cites a claim in Too Much and Never Enough — a recently published book written by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump — that President Trump paid someone to take the SAT on his behalf.

“Failing to investigate an allegation of fraud at such a level broadcasts to prospective students and the world at large that the playing field is not equal,” wrote the professors.

They cited the university’s policy on revoking degrees, which states that Penn degrees can be revoked due to alleged fraud.

However, the authors admit that there is “no conclusive evidence of the allegation made in Mary Trump’s book” and they stated that they recognize the accusations occur in the context of a family feud. Yet, citing a report by the Washington Post, they alleged that “President Trump has provided substantial evidence that he is not above lying and cheating in other contexts.”

Although “it is true that the truth of an event that occurred more than fifty years ago may be difficult to establish,” the professors nevertheless called for an investigation.

University Provost Wendell Pritchett denied the professors’ request on behalf of Penn President Amy Gutmann.

Although the administration shared the professors’ concerns “about these allegations and the integrity of our admissions process,” they “have determined that this situation occurred too far in the past to make a useful or probative factual inquiry possible.” 

However, if new evidence emerges, the university will be open to starting an investigation.

Professor Eric Orts was not pleased with the decision.

“In my personal opinion, Donald Trump is the worst admissions mistake that the Wharton School has ever made,” he told the Daily Pennsylvanian.

“Now it turns out that we may not have made a mistake after all: we may well have been just another victim among many who have had their reputations besmirched by his lifelong pattern of deception and fraud.”

Wharton Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics Julian Jonker,  who was one of the six professors who signed the letter, told Campus Reform that he views the matter as one “for internal deliberation about application of the University’s code, and not a matter for partisan debate in the media.”

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What Happens When Trump Judges Confront Trump Administration Deregulation?

In 2017, the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) delayed a scheduled increase in penalties imposed on automakers for failing to comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Then, in 2019, NHTSA rolled back the penalties to their 1996 levels. Several blue states and environmental groups sued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As luck would have it, the case was assigned to three judges appointed by President Donald Trump: Richard Sullivan, Michael Park, and William Nardini. So the Trump Administration should have won,  right? Not so fast.

In a unanimous opinion issued today, the panel ruled that NHTSA’s reconsideration and reduction of the penalty was untimely and unlawful. Here is the beginning of Judge Nardini’s opinion for the court explaining the opinion:

During the oil crisis of the 1970s, Congress created a system of fuel economy standards for automobiles to boost fuel efficiency and drive down American dependence on foreign energy supplies. To promote those Corporate Average Fuel Economy (“CAFE”) standards, Congress exposed automobile manufacturers to penalties if their annual fleets fell short of the mark. Congress first set the penalty at $5 for every tenth of a mile per gallon (“mpg”) below the standard, multiplied by the number of cars in a
manufacturer’s fleet, subject to certain offsets.

Inflation, however, can take the bite out of fines. In recognition of this basic economic phenomenon, Congress enacted laws in 1990, 1996, and 2015 to identify civil monetary penalties that were losing ground to inflation and to periodically update them to catch up with the Consumer Price Index. After the first act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) identified the CAFE penalty as among those to be adjusted. Following the 1996 law, NHTSA engaged in rulemaking that increased the CAFE penalty rate from $5 to $5.50, and then, following the 2015 law, to $14.

NHTSA shifted gears, however, starting in 2017. First, it indefinitely delayed implementation of the increase to $14. Acting on a petition for review, this Court held that the delay violated NHTSA’s statutory authority and that the increase was therefore in effect for the 2019 model year. In 2019, following our decision, NHTSA issued a final rule that rolled back the penalty to $5.50 on the theory that the inflation-adjustment laws do not apply to the CAFE penalty in the first place, and that even if they did, an
increase would be unwarranted as a matter of economic policy.

Following this latest move by NHTSA, we are presented with petitions for review that require us to answer two questions of statutory construction: (1) whether the penalty for violating the CAFE standards is a “civil monetary penalty” as defined in these inflation-adjustment laws; and, if so, (2) whether these laws authorized NHTSA to reconsider, in 2019, the 2016 catch-up inflation adjustment based on its economic effects. We hold that the CAFE penalty is a “civil monetary penalty” and that NHTSA’s
reversal of the catch-up adjustment was untimely. Accordingly, we grant the petitions for review and vacate NHTSA’s final rule reversing the CAFE penalty increase.

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NPR Is Openly Promoting A Book That Celebrates And Encourages Looting

NPR Is Openly Promoting A Book That Celebrates And Encourages Looting

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 21:25

In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action is a book by Philadelphia-based Vicky Osterweil that currently sits atop of the Amazon new release charts. The book encourages and makes excuses for property destruction and riots that are currently taking place across the country. 

And for that, it was featured and promoted in an NPR article out last week called “One Author’s Argument ‘In Defense Of Looting'”. 

But as the Post Millennial puts it: “This book promoting riots is a number one new release on Amazon, a mega-corporation that benefits every time a local shop gets torched.”

The book celebrates rioting and looting at a time in the United States where many business owners have seen their life’s work go up in flames and innocent civilians have been assaulted or mortally wounded defending their property.

Osterweil, who looks as though she is barely twenty-something, was interviewed on NPR last week to make her point that looting is actually “a redistribution of wealth” and not theft. She argues that property damage is the same: just a “way to reapportion assets which she deems necessary in an unequal society.”

Citing a socialist macro view and the goal of some type of ridiculous property re-distribution, she calls the riots a “mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot.”

Osterweil, who is white, argues: “Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police. It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected.” She calls looting “basically nonviolent” and claims that it provides for “poor people who want to live a better life.”

“Most stores are insured; it’s just hurting insurance companies on some level. It’s just money. It’s just property. It’s not actually hurting any people,” she argues.

But as many – other than Vicky – seem to notice, the looting and riots have real world consequences:

The book cover features a crowbar; often used to smash windows and break into property.

Perhaps those real world consequences will be on the minds of voters this November.

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Oregon State Police Are Back In Portland – And This Time They Will Be Sticking Around

Oregon State Police Are Back In Portland – And This Time They Will Be Sticking Around

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 21:05

While progressives, anarchists, socialists, agitators and their ‘woke’ enablers in the mainstream press blame right-wing – or ‘white supremacist’ – groups like ‘Patriot Prayer’ for the murder of one of the group’s own members, the reality is that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler left an opening for violence to escalate when they pulled out the state police.

Regular readers may remember that President Trump and Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf finally withdrew federal troops from Portland after reaching a deal for the State Police to protect a federal courthouse in the city. Soon after, Oregon’s leading Democrats pulled the reinforcements. But now that a man has been killed, they’re realizing the downside of pandering to unstable anarchists.

So – in accordance with the plan released by Brown Sunday night – Oregon’s State Police are returning to Portland on Monday, and this time, it looks like they’ll be there for a while. At least until the protests, which have endured for 3.5 months, quiet down.

In order to try and make it seem like the police surge is intended to fight crime in the community, rather than serving as a ‘dangerous occupying force’ (as progressive critics will inevitably label it), Brown has secured “additional resources” from the FBI and the US Attorney’s office.

Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, released a plan Sunday night in response to violence that she said was stoked by an armed right-wing group called Patriot Prayer. In addition to bringing in state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney would commit more resources to prosecuting criminal offenders.

“Every Oregonian has the right to freely express their views without fear of deadly violence. I will not allow Patriot Prayer and armed white supremacists to bring more bloodshed to our streets,” Brown said in a statement.

The locals – and the professional agitators from out of town – gave the state troopers a hero’s welcome Monday night by pelting the with eggs and other projectiles. Police said 29 people were arrested at the “unlawful gathering” in northeastern Portland. Two of those arrested had loaded handguns on their persons. Others had knives, and rocks.

While Brown, Wheeler and other Democrats continue to focus their rhetoric on dangerous “white supremacist” groups, the man identified as the shooter in Saturday’s fatal shooting described himself as “100% Antifa” during a recent interview.

Gov. Brown underscored her kinder, gentler approach to policing Portland by confirming a new superintendent of the Oregon State Police.

Her name is Terri Davie, and she’s a 24-year veteran of law enforcement in the state, according to the Oregonian.

“Terri brings a wealth of law enforcement experience to this role and a strong record of leading by example,” Brown said during a statement. “She brings a focus on inclusivity and is dedicated to listening to community voices – including Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Tribal communities – as we work towards a more fair and just law enforcement system in Oregon.”

Meanwhile, as backlash to the shooting crystallizes national opposition to the professional protester class, a large group of agitators who have been heavily trading on their first amendment right to peaceably assemble, Eric Weinstein responded to a clip of one agitator gloating over the killing of the man on Saturday.

Now that’s some sad commentary.

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Kamala Harris Helped Bail Out Two Murder Suspects And Twice-Convicted Sex Offender

Kamala Harris Helped Bail Out Two Murder Suspects And Twice-Convicted Sex Offender

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Mon, 08/31/2020 – 20:45

Three months ago, Kamala Harris asked her 3.7 million Twitter followers (now 5.4 million) to contribute to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, whose mission is to ‘help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.’

Yet, as Fox 9 News in Minneapolis notes, the MFF has bailed out violent criminals who were rioting in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a black man who had a ‘fatal level‘ of fentanyl in his system when he died in police custody, after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes during a stop.

Fox 9 reports (via The Federalist):

Among those bailed out by the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) is a suspect who shot at police, a woman accused of killing a friend, and a twice convicted sex offender, according to court records reviewed by the FOX 9 Investigators.

According to attempted murder charges, Jaleel Stallings shot at members of a SWAT Team during the riots in May. Police recovered a modified pistol that looks like an AK-47. MFF paid $75,000 in cash to get Stallings out of jail.

Darnika Floyd is charged with second degree murder, for stabbing a friend to death. MFF paid $100,000 cash for her release.

Christopher Boswell, a twice convicted rapist, is currently charged with kidnapping, assault, and sexual assault in two separate cases. MFF paid $350,00 [sic] in cash for his release.

If Harris ends up as Vice President (or as some speculate, President) of the United States, will she promote initiatives with a similar lack of oversight – or even worse, which are actively working to put violent offenders back on the streets?  The Federalist‘s David Marcus sums it up as follows:

Harris was so eager to be on the rioters’ team that she literally raised money for them in the hopes that they could be released and foster further mayhem.

That on its own would be bad enough. But the fact that she is now attempting to pretend she was against all of this violence, and looting, and arson, and destruction from the get go is an insulting joke. Did Harris really think that peaceful protesters obeying the rules were the ones arrested in Minneapolis? Of course she didn’t. She just assumed that justifying the unrest would help Democrats’ political chances. Now that this has been shown to be false, she is trying to change her position. It’s way too late for that.

Now, Harris has to own this – which is the first thing Vice President Pence should ask her about when they debate.

(h/t @JackPosobiec)

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Luongo: Did Trump’s Federalism Just Win Him The Election?

Luongo: Did Trump’s Federalism Just Win Him The Election?

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 20:25

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog,

For months we’ve been told that President Trump has trailed Democrat Joe Biden in the opinion polls. His odds of winning were vanishingly small.

From the moment the George Floyd protests turned into violent riots, Trump refused the call of conservative pundits to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1878 in Minneapolis.

They were wrong to jump the gun. Trump was being goaded into acting like a dictator which the Democrats would have pounced on him for. It was too early in the cycle.

He had to, politically, take a punch in the mouth and allow things to get out of hand. There was no good decision for him back in May.

The people were still fighting with the shock of the Coronapocalypse, stimulus checks were being mailed out and unemployment offices around the country were so overwhelmed they couldn’t process the claims quickly enough to make the weekly report even close to accurate.

Trump, rightly, prioritized that while making his opposition to the looting and rioting plain for everyone to see on his Twitter feed, while allowing the local officials the leeway to deal with the problems as they saw fit.

During two major concomitant crises Donald Trump acted as a President we’re supposed to have, one that governs via the principles of Federalism as laid out in the Constitution, rather than as a dictator.

He may have publicly upbraided New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak, but he didn’t usurp Cuomo’s authority.

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio may have purposefully allowed parts of his city to burn and undermine the authority and legitimacy of his police force, but Trump didn’t send in Federal troops to quell the situation.

Rather he let DeBlasio and Cuomo hang themselves. Cuomo is done as he is now revealed to be a “Grandma Killer” for political reasons and under Dept. of Justice investigation for his actions.

DeBlasio is now finished, revealed as a hyper-sympathizer with BLM who has now left Manhattan out to dry, sparking a mass exodus out of the city which was already underway thanks to Trump’s SALT deduction removal under the tax cut from 2017 and the new normal of people working from home thanks to the official story that COVID-19 will kill us all.

The same thing happened in Minneapolis with the George Floyd riots and now Trump, according to the latest polling is up 5 points in Minnesota and six mayors of major cities there openly endorsed Trump’s re-election.

This segment from Tim Pool is really good, going over the dramatic shift in the polling (polling stuff begins at 4:16).

Weeks ago, I told you that I thought Trump was set to win re-election based solely on the DNC choosing Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate.

At that point, the polling map, according to 270 to Win had Trump with just 107 Electoral College Votes locked down.

Today, after weeks of continued riots and escalating violence which, I hope, crested in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week with Kyle Rittenhouse’s life-changing evening, that map looks completely different. And the Democrats are officially freaking out.

This map is far closer to what the truth was back in July if the polls were anything close to accurate, which they most certainly are not. Between Democrat over-sampling, bad pools of potential respondents and clear suppression of voter preference for fear of reprisal, most of these polls are still skewed between 3 and 5 points in Biden’s favor.

Look, it’s bad for the media’s business if the election narrative is a blow out for either candidate. So the polls are primarily used to shape public opinion rather than reflect it to keep the story relevant.

The last thing the Democrats and their allies in the media actually want is for people to accept as fait accompli that Trump will win.

But with the abject panic on the faces of every major political operative in league with or campaigning as a Democrat, it’s clear this story is one they can’t create out of whole cloth and staged events.

Now Biden is talking about finally coming out of his gimp cellar to campaign in battleground states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Arizona. But it won’t work.

He’s already lost those states to the angry mob he sat back and encouraged. Trapped by his own incompetence, shrinking mental faculties and bad advice Biden is now facing the same problem that Hillary Clinton faced in 2016.

He’s having to play clean up in states he thought he had won rather rather than attack states he needs to win. Biden going to Pennsylvania ensures Florida goes for Trump.

Trump, like he did in 2016, campaigning in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, can now go into supposed Blue Wall states and really force the issue there.

If the DNC has to spend one dollar in places like New Jersey, Oregon or New York, it’s a net win for Trump to go after those places, even if all he does is tweet a bit and show up for an event or two.

Meanwhile, New Mexico comes back into play because Dopey Weed Guy, Gary Johnson, isn’t pulling big numbers away from Trump there.

Sometimes the best thing a leader can do is nothing at all. It flies against modern political doctrine that a leader needs to be seen as pro active and engaged all the time.

By keeping his head in the crisis at hand while staying it in local affairs Trump gained political points with people who were betrayed by the people they voted for.

Remember, all politics is local. Political strategists removed from the scene tend to forget this. They think nationally, as Tim Pool pointed out in the video linked above. They forget that people in Portland Oregon voted for Ted Wheeler. People in New York voted for Bill DeBlasio and Andrew Cuomo.

And voting for someone is a psychological barrier. People vote first for the person they most identify with or aspire to have in their lives. Upper middle class, midwit (H/T Michael Malice), Democrats hate Donald Trump because he is vulgar to them. Their votes won’t change, but at the same time, they also won’t abide someone failing to protect them from looting and rioting.

And there is nothing worse than a voter scorned, especially a female voter scorned. This has been the real dynamic at play here. Trump doesn’t have to turn those folks to his side to win this fight, he just has to allow voters to feel betrayed by their people.

Many of them will stay home, or vote third party. Those less committed will pull the lever for Trump and refuse to vote Democrat locally ever again.

And it was clear that a few of Trump’s advisers understood what was really happening far better than the Twitterati who only play at being strategic thinkers.

Jumping into the fray early, betraying the Constitution and undermining the authority of local officials was the advice of panicky losers, not those with a Gorilla Mindset.

It takes a hard heart to let cities burn and people’s lives be destroyed in the short term to gain a strategic advantage in the longer term. Both sides thought they were doing this. Only one of them would be right about the outcome.

The stage is set, now all that is left is to shore up how the votes are counted to put this insurrection to bed properly, peacefully.

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MIT Debunks Musk’s Neuralink As “Neuroscience Theater” In Scathing Critique

MIT Debunks Musk’s Neuralink As “Neuroscience Theater” In Scathing Critique

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 20:05

Scientists at MIT have wasted no time debunking Elon Musk’s Neuralink presentation from last week. 

Neuralink has said that it aims to “implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia and spinal cord injuries and ultimately fuse humankind with artificial intelligence” – a line of thinking that Elon Musk touted last week, stating on Friday that “An implantable device can actually solve these problems.”

Musk, of course, is neither a doctor, nor a scientist.

And meanwhile, actual scientists at MIT appeared to take exception with Musk’s claims in a new article published in the MIT Technology Review on Sunday. “Elon Musk’s livestreamed brain implant event made promises that will be hard to keep,” the lede states. 

“None of these advances are close at hand, and some are unlikely to ever come about,” the article stated, calling most of the company’s medical claims “highly speculative.”

It also points out that – just like with solar panels, electric cars, reusable rockets, and busses on skates in tunnels – that Musk isn’t the first entrant into the space: “Researchers began placing probes in the brains of paralyzed people in the late 1990s in order to show that signals could let them move robot arms or computer cursors. And mice with visual implants really can perceive infrared rays.”

Calling Musk on his nonsense, MIT was quick to point out that “Musk deftly avoided giving timelines or committing to schedules” during the presentation. They also stated that “Neuralink has provided no evidence that it can (or has even tried to) treat depression, insomnia, or a dozen other diseases that Musk mentioned in a slide.”

They said of Musk’s pig demonstration that it was “nothing new” to neuroscientists. In fact, they noted that the technology was decades old: “…in their labs the buzz and crackle of electrical impulses recorded from animal brains (and some human ones) has been heard for decades.”

“Despite the long list of medical applications Musk presented, Neuralink didn’t show it’s ready to commit to any one of them,” the article concluded. “During the event, the company did not disclose plans to start a clinical trial, a surprise to those who believed that would be its next logical step.”

“It is unclear how serious the company is about treating disease at all,” the MIT piece concluded. 

Recall, this past weekend, we highlighted how the Neuralink presentation was causing vulnerable and desperate people to hold out hope for miracle cures to all kinds of ailments. 

“We hope Elon Musk’s questionable Neuralink demonstration that was given days ago was legitimate,” we said. “Because otherwise, the hope Musk is drumming up in desperate people who suffer from ailments (and whose family members and close friends suffer from ailments) would only be akin to the faith healers and psychic hotlines of the 1990’s.”

We concluded by stating that while we don’t necessarily endorse the idea that Musk faked the Neuralink presentation (although after Tesla’s Solar Roof Tile and battery swap presentations, we would certainly have good reason to), we wanted to highlight the gravity of claims that Musk has made about Neuralink.

It appears MIT wanted to do the same.

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California’s Radical Brainwashing Curriculum Soon To Be Mandatory

California’s Radical Brainwashing Curriculum Soon To Be Mandatory

Tyler Durden

Mon, 08/31/2020 – 19:45

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Look out. Radical brainwashing will soon start. California will lead the way.

Radical Indoctrination

A new California bill would establish a K-12 curriculum mandating classes in the ‘four I’s of oppression,’ ideological, institutional, interpersonal and internalized.

The bill has sailed through the Senate and Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it according to a WSJ Editorial.

Last year California’s Assembly passed its ethnic-studies bill known as AB 331 by a 63-8 vote. Then the state department of education put forward a model curriculum so extreme and ethnocentric that the state Senate’s Democratic supermajority balked. The curriculum said among other things that “within Ethnic Studies, scholars are often very critical of the system of capitalism as research has shown that Native people and people of color are disproportionately exploited within the system.”

The bill was put on ice, but protests and riots in recent months gave Sacramento’s mavens of racial division more leverage. The model curriculum now on the education department’s website says the course should “build new possibilities for post-imperial life that promotes collective narratives of transformative resistance.” 

Among the approved topics: “Racism, LGBTQ rights, immigration rights, access to quality health care, income inequality,” and so on.

What about the fifth “I” of indoctrination? One course outline tips its hat at this. “Students will write a paper detailing certain events in American history,” it says, “that have led to Jewish and Irish Americans gaining racial privilege.” 

This is ugly stuff, a force-feeding to teenagers of the anti-liberal theories that have been percolating in campus critical studies departments for decades. Enforced identity politics and “intersectionality” are on their way to replacing civic nationalism as America’s creed. 

The 1619 Project

The California Bill is related to thinking of the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.

The WSJ Laments 

Conservatives and fair-minded liberals are alarmed that high schools are drawing up plans to teach the “1619 project,” the New York Times ’ revisionist account of race and the American founding, in history classes. The reality is turning out to be worse. The largest state in the union is poised to become one of the first to mandate ethnic studies for all high-school students, and the model curriculum makes the radical “1619 project” look moderate and balanced.

These writers do not understand capitalism, free markets, or the path of destruction  of countries like Venezuela. 

Indoctrination Ideas

  • Capitalism is bad

  • The Irish and Jews unfairly got ahead

  • We need slave reparations  

  • We need to teach “collective narratives of transformative resistance,” whatever the hell that means.

Radically Dangerous Ideas

These indoctrination ideas are radically dangerous.

Few understand the origins for what they are: union pandering for the primary benefit of the teachers who espouse the ideas. 

Income Inequality is a Feature Not a Detriment 

Indeed income inequality is actually a benefit of capitalism.

History teaches us what happens when the states take over farms and mandate everyone get the same rewards no matter how much they produce. 

The extreme nature now is largely due to government and Fed interference that distorts capitalism, not capitalism itself.

That’s the curriculum that needs to be taught.

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