Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alt-Right: Thanks Hillary!

Google search volumes over the last year:

The Alt-Right hadn't even been seriously addressed by major media prior to Hillary's speech spotlighting it. All those people who've launched the term into the stratosphere will, if they move beyond the headlines of the last couple of days will find members of the Alt-Right where they are. The perspectives they'll get will be Richard Spencer's, John Derbyshire's, Steve Sailer's, and Vox Day's, not BuzzFeed's sophomoric misrepresentation of their perspectives.

Team Hillary is dumping gasoline on the Alt-Right fire.

In the short run, it probably makes sense tactically. Fear is a major--probably the primary--electoral motivator. It's why Trump is wise to focus on the security angle of Muslim immigration into the West rather than the social, cultural and biological incompatibilities even though these are all far more consequential. It's also why Hillary has stopped talking about her qualifications and started talking non-stop about how a president Trump will blow up the world.

But the amount of time remaining before the Alt-Right replaces the Respectable Right just got a lot shorter. We are where the energy is, the innovation is, the fight is. Our momentum will continue to grow in response to this wailing and gnashing of teeth from the top of the political pyramid.

We're also where the youthful dissidence is. To support Hillary is to fellate the System. To wear a red hat is to give that System the middle finger.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Liberal atheists are statists

Stefan Molyneux and Scott Adams tee it up:

The GSS regularly asks respondents if they think the government "ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor" or if it "should not concern itself with reducing income differences". We can quibble about varying definitions of statism but opinions on governmental income redistribution serve as a pretty good approximation of what we're after.

The following table shows responses to the redistribution question by belief in God. For contemporary relevance and to avoid racial confounding responses are from 2004 onward and only non-Hispanic whites are considered (n = 5,650, one standard deviation = 2.02). Scores are inverted from those assigned by the survey for ease of comprehension. That is, the higher the score, the more statist the position:

On GodStatism
Uncertain believers4.19
Firm believers3.98

Atheists are indeed the most statist. Firm believers are the least so.

This can, as Molyneux subsequently alludes to in the video, be attributed in part to political orientation. Atheists tend to be leftists. The secular right is numerically lilliputian.

That's not the entire story, however. While there is little discernible difference among conservative atheists and theists when it comes to statism, atheistic leftists are more statist than theistic leftists are. The same parameters as above but restricted only to political liberals (n = 822):

On GodStatism
Uncertain believers5.09
Firm believers5.23

It's unsurprising that atheists are often accused of worshiping the state in place of God. Hillary's campaign team was clearly aware of as much. It's why they wanted to surreptitiously push Bernie Sanders' putative atheism.

GSS variables used: YEAR(2004-2014), EQWLTH(1-7), GOD(1)(2)(3-5)(6), RACECEN1(1), POLVIEWS(1-2)(5-6)

Friday, August 19, 2016

And then there are left liberals

How self-identified political liberals voted in the 2012 presidential election, by race:

Sample sizes are 327, 84, and 50, respectively.

Surprised that not a single black liberal voted for Romney? Don't be, there's plenty of precedence. Exit polling from New York state had a black sample larger than this in 2008 and they didn't find a single black--liberal, moderate, conservative, or otherwise--who voted for McCain.

GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2), HISPANIC(2-98), POLVIEWS(1-3), PRES12(1-2)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Conservative is a race relative term, too

Again, what isn't?

How self-identified political conservatives voted in the 2012 presidential election, by race:

Sample sizes are 469, 57, and 41, respectively.

"Blacks and Hispanics are natural conservatives, we just need to communicate our message to them more effectively," clucks the cuck. If increasing the ranks of NAM conservatives is the Paul Ryan-led GOPe strategy for electoral success, well, we can see how electorally unsuccessful that will be.

It's the Sailer Strategy or it's political--and civilizational--suicide. Ours is truly a time for choosing.

GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2), HISPANIC(2-98), POLVIEWS(5-7), PRES12(1-2)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trump is a gift that keeps on giving

A little while back I began worrying that while poll fudging would create a headwind the Trump Train could do without, electoral fraud could be the equivalent of barreling through a tornado. As Heartiste remarked regarding the former:

The same goes for cooking the electoral books. There will be bipartisan, unified Establishment opposition to investigating allegations no matter how egregious, evident and widespread. The reason I started talking about it is because it's something Trump needs to get out in front of.

Milo has pithily pointed to Trump's role as the chaos candidate as the single biggest reason to support him. Trump has earned that descriptor time and time again. Most recently he did so by addressing the same topic we're addressing here:

How spot on the Alt Right was in getting behind Trump. Even if he doesn't win in November, sowing these seeds of discord and discontent among white middle America will continue to push the US in the direction of political dissolution.

It's the eleventh hour. Either we turn it around fast--which may or may not happen with a Trump presidency but obviously will not with the hag--or we get back to working on secession.

Regarding his tax returns, I suspect Trump's handling it masterfully. He learns from his mistakes.

Consider how Obama leveraged the birth certificate controversy--of which Trump played a not insignificant role--to his own advantage. Leaving aside questions about whether or not what was shown to the public is legitimate because the vast majority of the public assumes it is, Obama allowed questions surrounding its existence to build for months and months to the point that they drowned out a lot of the other criticisms coming his way. Then he released the picture and just like that effectively negated months' worth of criticism.

Obama feigned a retreat and then after letting his overeager opponents break rank to follow, he wheeled around on them and smashed them up. Trump, who instinctively understands mass psychology, can use his taxes in the same way by releasing them in September or October.

His tax bill is probably relatively small and I wouldn't be surprised if his effective tax rate, at least for some years, is in the single digits.

That won't be a problem. Avoiding taxes fits easily into Trump's narrative that he wins at everything he does. He simply says "When I'm your president I'll win for you just like I won for my company and my family. I understand what's wrong with the broken system because I beat that broken system. As president, I'll fix it. I'm the only one who can. Hillary certainly can't."

The only reason to withhold his tax returns is if net worth is substantially lower than advertised--as in Trump isn't actually a billionaire--but his disclosure statements strongly suggest that not to be the case.