“Transracial” White Guy Wants To Be A Filipina

WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay, wrote a puff piece about a millennial who wants to change his ethnic identity:

Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride he drives around in is called a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines he says.

Ja Du is part of a small, but growing community of people who considers themselves transracial. It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another.

In the Philippines, a motorized rickshaw is called a “tricycle” (though spelled differently). It’s called a “tuk-tuk” in Thailand and Cambodia. Whatever you call it, I have yet to see an actual Filipino in the USA driving one. The kind of overcompensation typical for transsexuals also features in “transracialism”, a novel form of the cult of being different.

Why?


WSTP explains that “Ja Du” likes Filipino music, food, and History Channel programs about his favorite country. I don’t get it; I have high regard for Confucius and Lao-Tse (and Kung Pao chicken) without wanting to be Chinese. Something else is going on here.

Its third inline video explains his Filipina moniker:

My mom works, uh, with a lot of people who, uh, works with a lot of people who, uh, immi— who are, uh, you know, uh, migrating to the United States, uh, you know, from all over the world. Like the staff is almost, uh, entirely, uh, is almost entirely made up of, you know, people who immigrate here. Uh, and, you know, uh, one of her best friends, one of her best friends from work is named Ja Du. And, you know, she’s— she’s so nice, she’s cute, uh, she’s really, really fun. And uh, and it just like, it just had a ring to it, and I love that name. So, I, you know, that’s what I wanna be. Like, I wanna be that happy, that happy person.

Wanting to un-assimilate himself from his own society is absurd; believing he can change his race is more so. It’s certainly a problem when someone isn’t happy being who he is. One needn’t be Sigmund Freud to see that, right?

Psychobabble

A psychologist with considerable experience concerning transsexuals provides commentary. However, even with all her professional insights into the oddities of the human mind, a “transracial” is a new one on her:

Dr. Stacey Scheckner is a licensed psychologist with a B.A. from Washington University, plus M.A. and doctorate from Florida State. She hasn’t had a client who wanted to change their race but has worked with many clients wanting to change their body in some way.

“If someone feels that they feel at home with a certain religion, a certain race, a certain culture, I think that if that’s who they really feel inside life is about finding out who you are. The more knowledge you have of yourself, the happier you can be,” she said.

“And, as long as it’s not hurting yourself or anyone else, I don’t see a problem with that.”

Ja Du hasn’t told his family yet because he believes they will laugh at the notion of changing your ethnicity. The public was very critical of Dolezal and might be for him as well, but Scheckner believes everyone should be more understanding.

So basically, this media outlet here is telling us to believe that being “transracial” is just a harmless quirk, everyone else should accommodate this, etc… It’s the usual “anything goes” baloney.

Someone with her particular background should be good at figuring out this stuff. People wanting to be something they’re not clearly lack a well-grounded identity, or suffer from self-loathing. It’s odd that Dr. Scheckner didn’t discern a psychological complex resulting from childhood trauma. That’s like an Italian construction worker who can’t drive a cement mixer.

You knew this was coming

After some more of the same:

He is also transsexual and is considering changing his gender as well. He has spoken to his mom and family about that.

Big surprise, right? So it looks like he wants to be a girl but hasn’t made up his mind quite yet. If he proceeds and gets the “Big Snip”, then he’ll extinguish his genetic lineage. If his parents care about having grandchildren, this would be the right time to say something.

Anyway, he’s getting his Southeast Asian countries confused again. Ladyboys are a Thai peculiarity. In the Philippines, they don’t cotton to that. He might get a particularly unfriendly reception in places like Mindanao, Cebu, and Davao.

In the USA, he’s protected by the Anglo-Saxon tradition of forbearance, much too generous lately. However, nobody’s going to believe he’s a Filipina. Naturally, the media comes to the rescue, introducing the idea to the public and telling the rubes it’s no big deal.

Wannabes and preference pirates

Elizabeth Warren versus real American Indian lady
One of these is not like the other.

Now for that article’s token effort to be serious:

Your race can make you more marketable and in some cases eligible for certain benefits, jobs and scholarships. After quick Google search for ethnic scholarships, we found that a Filipino scholarship was the second option that popped up.

Many might question Ja Du’s intentions or say that he is a perfect case of cultural appropriation.

He knows this can be a problem, but says he’s not trying to take advantage of anything.

This does illustrate a key difference about two categories of those claiming to be something they’re not. The first group are the “wannabes”. One example is John Walker Lindh, who was fascinated by the Malcolm X movie during his “wigger” phase, then converted to Islam and went to Afghanistan. Omega males who become transsexual are another example. The other category includes preference pirates like Rachel Dolezal (former NAACP mucky-muck of Spokane), Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (Senator of Massachusetts), and Ward Churchill (Chief of the Slap-a-ho tribe).

Wannabes believe the grass is greener on the other side, and preference pirates seek advantages (prestige, scholarships, jobs, etc.) by claiming membership in a protected group. However, the dividing line isn’t clear. A man who’s convinced himself he’s a woman probably would check the “female” box on a job application or financial aid form. A “wigger” might claim to be Black. However, faux-Asians should be warned that this will work against them (as it does for real Asians) on college applications.

Either way, real members of these protected groups aren’t buying it. Neither does anyone else who isn’t terminally brainwashed.

What the hell happened to this kid?


Of all the noxious crimes committed by cultural Marxism, the worst have been against children. In a healthy society, Adam would’ve grown up happy being who he actually is. If he’d been raised to appreciate his own culture (and got some exercise), he could be an upstanding guy. He was wrong for being so open-minded that his brain fell out. Still, those who failed him—and others like him—are even more blameworthy.

Today, school is mainly about academics (which we’re not doing too well at, thanks to incompetence and educational fads). However, the traditional purpose of education, going back to time immemorial, is instructing the youth in their own society’s customs and values. Needless to say, “anything goes” wasn’t part of any ancient curriculum. Neither was “all other tribes are just like us, except a lot more interesting”. As usual, cultural Marxism gets everything completely backwards.

Today, children are taught that the traditional values that made society work are unimportant or wrong. Further, they’re told their country’s history is an unrelenting horror (hello, Howard Zinn). Boys are browbeaten with feminist messages, and sometimes drugged. Students are instructed in transsexuality, a major reason why so many young guys like Adam now want to be girls. White kids are brainwashed with guilt and ethno-masochism, while other cultures are portrayed positively.

Is there hope?

Some schools are better than others. The bad ones deliver these destructive messages (among others) to their captive audience for years. The media also pushes this stuff constantly, affecting adults too. This is what went wrong in Adam’s youth. This is a crime. Realizing how much they lied to him is his only way out of this mess.

Fortunately, “Generation Z” is turning out to be far more aware than the millennials. They have much more knowledge about what’s been done to them and their future. When they come of age, there will be hell to pay.

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“Transracial” White Guy Wants To Be A Filipina

Jesse Jackson Accused Of Squeezing A Thigh And Looking Too Much

An allegation has emerged of sexual harassment by Black activist and former Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.  The story broke on November 6 at The Root in the article “Don’t Let the Smile Fool You. I’m Cringing on the Inside”.  Although overshadowed by the ongoing Hollywood mess, the allegations against Jesse Jackson have been picked up by Breitbart and the Daily Mail.

Jesse Jackson

First, Danielle Young relates an incident three years ago concerning Jesse Jackson.  As a guest speaker, he had delivered a rousing discourse to her company.  Following that, the attendees got their pictures taken with him.  And then:

I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, “I like all of that right there!” and gave my thigh a tight squeeze.

I was shocked, to say the least. Even though Jackson had had his hand reached out, I had no idea that he would touch me in a sexual way.

I did what most women in an uncomfortable position do: I giggled. And I continued to giggle as he pulled me in closer, stared down at my body, smiled and told me he was only kidding. The entire time, my co-worker snapped photos.

In many of the photos, you can see that I am visibly uncomfortable but attempting to laugh it all off. In the last photo, I am pointing to the camera, asking him if we can just take the picture.

There are, in fact, two pictures with Jackson posted onto the article.  Neither shows the thigh-grab, or seems to depict visible discomfort.  It’s unclear what happened to those photos.

When I was finally able to pull myself away from the Rev. Jackson’s grip, I was deflated. I admired this man who marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who represented our ability to overcome, a man who is really … just a man.

Indeed, celebrities are people too, despite their larger-than-life stature (and egoes).  Everyone has dirty laundry to some degree, though some individuals could keep a dry-cleaning shop in business.  What’s rather refreshing about Jackson is that everybody understands that he’s a politician rather than a media-deified figure like MLK.

He’s the better of the two, actually.  To compare MLK’s grotesque personal life to Jesse Jackson’s over-gazing and thigh-grabbing would be like comparing Bernie Madoff to a kid who shoplifts a candy bar.  If you include Jackson’s baby-daddy drama, we could upgrade the comparison to a kid who steals a bike.

John Singleton

The rest concerns a similarly awkward meeting with John Singleton.  That one’s a different narrative, so I won’t go into it.  However, the first comment to the article does, and quite scathingly:

Wtf?! , in regards to only John, i was at ABFF. & I remember this instance as I was with the entire cast of Snowfall & John the entire day. And during this particular segment, i was in arms length of you both when the photo was taken. You’re exaggerating and piecing little lies together to gas your article.

The most salient part is this:

This day & age women are so off-put by a man simply complimenting them, they believe it must be a sexual innuendo or have a hidden agenda. As a woman, also against sexual harassment, I saw no sign of discomfort when you were begging for a picture and continuing your playful banter as we exited the main area.

Ouch!

Analysis

Once again, as I did for Bush the Elder, I find myself in the odd position of sticking up for an elderly political figure for whom I lack enthusiasm.  Although I don’t care for Jackson’s ideology or his Alinsky style tactics, this episode doesn’t make him a monster.

Was Jackson wrong to look admiringly?  Although women do check out guys, a man being too visibly impressed risks trouble these days.  However, it’s a natural right for people to use their visual perception as they wish within public spaces.

As for thigh-grabbing, although the leg is not a sexual organ, again I don’t recommend it.  Thus far (as is usual for “he said / she said” cases), it’s a one-sided story.  Given the article’s second picture, it seems doubtful that Jackson’s regular-sized hand (seen fully on her arm) would be capable of tightly gripping her very plus-sized thigh.  Be that as it may:

A few of my co-workers saw Jackson’s hand grip my thigh as it was happening, and they laughed harder than I did. Their laughter didn’t feel like the same type of nervous laughter I had when my thigh was in his hand. Theirs was as if they had just heard the best joke ever. It was almost an encouragement of Jackson’s behavior. I’m not blaming them; I’m just curious as to why most of them thought what happened was more funny than alarming. That’s concerning.

So there was a jubilant atmosphere.  Further, there was a plausible lack of signs by which he could’ve detected discomfort on her part (such as “Don’t do that” or trying to walk away).  Again, I don’t recommend thigh-grabbing, but we can absolve Jackson of wrongful intent; he’s not a mind reader.

Conclusion

The recent Hollywood mess set off quite an avalanche.  There was a lot behind that:  hush money, a large number of accusers alleging genuine harassment and other illegal activities, supporting evidence (for example, a recorded conversation and a police report), among other strangeness.  Following the aftermath, though, lately we have an outbreak of old stories, difficult to verify, sometimes relating no more than bad taste (if that), involving no bodily harm or career damage.

There’s a danger that this will cause a fatigue effect which will make it more difficult for those who’ve been grievously wronged to seek justice.  The other danger is that this will turn into a full-blown witch hunt.  In fact, that’s already claimed one life.

The article calls the Jackson incident “sexual harassment”.  That’s a legal term with a specific meaning:  either quid pro quo offers (Hollywood “casting couch” stuff, for example), or creating a hostile work environment (like saying “nice dress”).  Since Jackson was only a guest speaker, neither applies.  This legal term should not be used for other things, such as awkward encounters, bad game, or even being a douchebag.  That may be reprehensible in some instances, but the current trend of expanding definitions isn’t helpful.  Call out this misnomer when you hear it.

Jesse Jackson Accused Of Squeezing A Thigh And Looking Too Much

Why calling out cultural Marxism and degeneracy is important to your future

Some wonder why the culture war matters—political correctness, feminists, trannies, urban rioters, population replacement policies, and all the rest of the craziness.  Should we “go with the flow” and try to enjoy our civilization’s decline?  Embracing apathy and defeatism will only allow things to get worse.  First is the bad news.

The leftist agenda never sleeps

If a time traveler from 1987 saw us now, he would be rather horrified.  Someone from 1957 would think he’d entered the Twilight Zone.  The future thirty years ahead will be considerably more degenerate and dysfunctional—unless we stand together and put a stop to it.

The profound changes beginning in the 1960s didn’t “just happen” spontaneously.  Existing tensions were exploited and amplified, moderate protest movements were radicalized, all as part of a greater subversion effort.  Leftists made their “Long March through the institutions” into influential places like education, the media, government agencies, foundations, etc.  Because of this, their ideology took on a life of its own, eventually becoming orthodoxy.

For them, too much is never enough.  Six decades of the “demand / compromise / repeat” script haven’t made them happy yet.  Therefore, further appeasement obviously is pointless.  It’s time to start telling the spoiled brats “No!”

Their agenda leads to aimless nihilism

They want to remake the world according to their utopian notions—no matter how much social engineering, meddlesome micromanagement, and encroachment on freedom this involves.  The spotlight circles around from one cause-of-the-month to another.  Ultimately, it’s endless change for its own sake.  This means chaos. Their goals are impossible to achieve, but they’ve made quite a mess trying.

Cultural Marxism causes disunity

Regimes have a guiding principle, such as piety, obedience, democratic consensus, or national unity.  For cultural Marxism, the point is divisiveness.  Earlier forms of liberalism had a coherent philosophy, but the most they have today are elaborate rationalizations for double standards.  Their subversion strategy involves reducing society to squabbling factions and attacking its most successful elements.

What kind of government can result from an ideology about social sabotage?

It’s become directionless demoralization

When cultural Marxism began, the purpose was to cause weakness, disunity, and rootlessness.  They hoped class consciousness would become the only thing that matters, making the world ripe for an eventual Communist revolution.  They attempt to delegitimize our history, traditions, religion, majority ethnic identify, and concept of self-defense.  The media and education establishments have been filling the public’s heads with this stuff for decades.  The Soviet Union is gone, but their useful idiots over here are still at their wrecking job.

The USSR’s downfall only made them go further off their chain.  For example, Herbert Marcuse did his part to make the young Boomers under his spell become the hedonistic “Me Generation”.  Harry Hay had his own peculiar agendas.  However, not even they would’ve imagined that their “anything goes” stuff would be so successful that the US military would start paying for sex changes.

Today’s leftists are not constructive

They use agitation to get angry masses to support them.  This method of gaining power involves exacerbating grievances among some groups and demonizing others.  Inflammatory rhetoric and fuzzy statistics are their usual propaganda tools.  If they stopped the demagoguery, or actually fixed problems, it would let the steam out of their pressure cooker.  This is why their policies are remarkably dysfunctional.  Even when they make an apparent gain, it usually makes things worse, even for those they represent.

Before cultural Marxism reached prominence in the 1960s, liberals were about improving the lives of the masses (1890s and onward) and economic recovery (1930s and onward).  They still talk a great game, but the rhetoric is just a means to power.  Is it any wonder why today’s leftists are dead wrong about so many things, 180 degrees off course from sensibility?

They want to make things worse

To leftists, counterproductive policies (“accelerationism“) and destructive actions are useful wrecking balls.  This script has a long track record:

…and after the glorious revolution burns society to the ground, socialist paradise will emerge magically.  Awesome plan!

They’ve abandoned principles

According to the Alinsky playbook, “the ends justify the means”.  That conveniently excuses them from playing by the rules.  Leftists think anything they do toward their “greater good” is okay, even if it’s sneaky, hypocritical, wrong, illegal, or treasonable.  Common examples include “advocacy journalism“, disrupting meetings, censorship, mob violence, terrorism, subversion, or even staging coups.

Are these people trustworthy?  Can you negotiate with them?

Hypocrisy is standard operating procedure

Meanwhile, another Alinksy favorite is to “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”  While leftists do whatever they can get away with (see above), they complain bitterly about any perceived inconsistencies by their opponents.

Obligingly, the right plays along with their game.  Therefore, the gloves come off only when the country is on the verge of collapse.  When would-be revolutionaries get one-way helicopter rides, they experience profound moral indignation all the way down.

They want power, not “progress”

One final Alinsky shtick is that the issue is never the issue.  It’s all about power.  The activists at the bottom sincerely pursue whatever they believe is just or in their own interests.  However, things get pretty cynical in higher echelons.  (Remember, fixing problems would be counterproductive for them.)  Professional activists need continued grievances, or they’d have to find a real job.  It’s little wonder why they’re such glaring hypocrites.

Their own supporters can’t even count on them to get positive results.  We certainly can’t expect them to govern wisely.

They can’t be trusted

Abuse of power certainly isn’t a new phenomenon.  It’s a danger for any type of regime.  Leftist utopianism, impracticality, “anything goes” anti-traditionalism, and lack of principles are a particularly bad combination.  When unchallenged, they get pretty brazen.  If they attain absolute power, things really go off the rails.  The Jacobins, the Bolsheviks, and the Cambodian Khmer Rouge are examples of this “Year Zero” mentality leading to a reign of terror.

Now for the good news

To paraphrase Napoleon, you can’t win if your strategy involves always retreating.  Unfortunately, the right has been playing defense (and rather badly) in the culture war.  Spineless politicians and judicial overreach caused some of the decline, but they couldn’t have held out indefinitely against a united public.  The major problems are misinformation of the modern left’s true nature, fear of taking action, and especially apathy.

Although things look grim, opportunity calls.  The last US Presidential election gave the public a glimpse of how the “kingmakers” operate.  Further, those who exposed this helped elect a President who wasn’t endorsed by the globalists—the first in decades.  Despite much howling, leftist scientific dogma has been disproved.  Most people—even liberals!—now realize that the mainstream media is propaganda.  Narratives are crumbling, and people are awakening.  Despite intimidation and heavy-handed censorship, our side is nearing critical mass.

This is why we expose cultural Marxism’s true nature, and how it’s affecting society.  Shining a spotlight on their degeneracy—which normal people find revolting—illustrates their dysfunctional nature.  You too can help get us closer to critical mass by spreading awareness of the problem, to defeat apathy and remind everyone of what’s at stake.

The outcome is too important to sit idly by and hope this will happen all by itself, or wait for another Napoleon to fix everything.   To save our civilization, we must to pull together and get involved.

Read More: The Resistance Pyramid: A Strategy For Men To Defend Themselves And Fight Back

Why calling out cultural Marxism and degeneracy is important to your future

Welsh Cabinet member Carl Sargent’s suicide results from anonymous sexual harassment allegation

On November 3, 2017, Welsh politician Carl Sargeant was implicated in a sexual harassment scandal, forcing him out of office:

Carl Sargeant has been suspended from the Labour Party as an investigation takes place.

He was [Cabinet] secretary for communities and children.

Mr Sargeant has called for an “urgent” investigation “in order to allow me to clear my name”. First Minister Carwyn Jones made the announcement ahead of a reshuffle of his cabinet team.

[…]

In a statement, the Alyn and Deeside AM said: “I met with the first minister today and he informed me allegations had been made about my personal conduct, which was shocking and distressing to me.

“The details of the allegations have yet to be disclosed to me.”

In an update on Monday:

The first minister said he had become “aware of a number of incidents at the beginning of last week”.

“I asked my office to speak to those women involved who had provided detail of those incidents. As a result of those conversations I felt I had no choice but to refer the matter to the party.”

Mr Jones said the women spoke to his office on the basis of confidentiality.

Then on November 7, 2017, he was found dead at home, considered a suicide. As the Daily Mail reports:

His wife Bernie, 48, and children Jack, 23, and Lucy, 25, said they are ‘devastated beyond words’ because the family have lost ‘the glue that bound us together’.

Mr Sargeant was sacked by Carwyn Jones on Friday after three women contacted the First Minister’s office and made allegations of sexual misconduct.

The father-of-two was in New York with his wife of 25 years when it emerged and he had pledged ‘to clear my name’ in a statement four days before his death.

Again, what led up to this:

Father-of-two Mr Sargeant returned from his family US break to be called into the office of the Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones, who sacked him.

By many accounts, Sargent truly cared about his constituents – a rare breed of politician these days:

A neighbour across the road from his home, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He’s got a wife and children over there, my heart goes out to them, it’s shocking.

‘I’ve known him since being a child. He would be going about canvassing with the local MPs and that type of stuff.

‘He’s a man who still lives in an ex-council house, he’s down to earth and a family man. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?’

Another local said: ‘He’s a lovely, loyal, honest man, who would do anything to help anyone.

‘He would try his hardest to sort anything out for you, no matter who you were or where you came from. He knew his roots. These allegations, it’s all a load of c***.’

His colleagues paid their respects too, including the guy who fired him:

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: ‘Carl was a friend as well as a colleague and I am shocked and deeply saddened by his death. He made a big contribution to Welsh public life and fought tirelessly for those he represented both as a minister and local assembly member. He will be a great loss to our party and to the Senedd.’

Yeah, too bad about your friend, right?

Perhaps the best lesson is that if accusers are anonymous, the accused should be too, and due process should occur before actions are taken.

The meaning of his death

Was Carl Sargeant’s suicide evidence of his guilt? The opposite is more likely. Guilty parties often will hide behind lawyers, issue non-apology apologies, or perform similar antics. However, the falsely accused sometimes have been known to kill themselves. Several occurrences could be named, but the following particularly stands out.

In the aftermath of the 1987 Tawana Brawley case, one of the accused men – Officer Harry Crist Jr. – killed himself four days later. After a media circus lasting nearly a year, the grand jury – a judicial institution that will proverbially “indict a ham sandwich” – dismissed it as a hoax, so it never went to trial. Assistant DA Steven Pagones – another one of the falsely accused – won a defamation lawsuit and eventually started collecting a little of the damages.

For a respected citizen, it’s certainly shocking to be blindsided by a sex scandal – faced with ignominy and loss of livelihood, and his friends turning away from him. Events like that can prompt thoughts of suicide, and others carry it further.

Unanswered questions

Presently, details are still sketchy. Did Carl Sargeant say “nice dress”, or was it something more? Did anything happen at all? We don’t know. All this was undisclosed stuff from anonymous sources. They didn’t even tell him what he was accused of doing – a shtick straight out of Kafka’s The Trial. The only hints so far might be in another recent article:

Cathy Owens, who runs political consultancy agency Deryn, spoke out about the issue and said a politician once tried to get into bed with her while staying overnight at her house.

She was speaking to Sunday Politics Wales about the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing Westminster.

Welsh party leaders will discuss the issue at the Senedd on Tuesday.

It’s not clear if Carl Sargeant is included in all this, but if so, at least the Welsh Senate had one less item to discuss, as Tuesday was when he killed himself. Further:

She said: “I was very early on in my career, this was an elected representative, I made clear that nothing was going to happen, he was staying in the spare room, and sometime later [I remember him] coming into my bedroom and trying to get into my bed.

“In another situation someone has come into the taxi that I’m going home in.”

If Carl Sargeant was described in either of these two incidents, I’m guessing that’s the second matter. As a married man, he probably wouldn’t be staying overnight in someone else’s house. Riding in the same taxi seems more likely (which is all the article has to say about it). If that’s all there was to it, then up until now, I wasn’t aware that riding in the same cab was even “problematic”.

The final and greatest question is this: was it worth his life?

Welsh Cabinet member Carl Sargent’s suicide results from anonymous sexual harassment allegation

July 2017 book sale – three titles half off, the rest FREE!

I enrolled my books on the Smashwords sale for this month.  The following three are 50% off:

As for the rest of my deathless prose, you can get it for free while it lasts.  Come on, have a look, you know you wanna

July 2017 book sale – three titles half off, the rest FREE!

Political power structures, past and present

It’s normal that political leaders drive policy changes and historic events.  However, quite often, there are individuals away from the public’s eye who have influence on these leaders.  Sometimes they influence the public itself, often by way of institutions.  Sometimes the leaders have hidden agendas themselves.

Power structures in history

It’s true that there’s nothing new under the sun.  Back in the days of Renaissance Europe, the royalty often was related to each other.  Further, some of the kings were pretty corrupt; it was normal for them to have mistresses, and a few made Bill Clinton seem like a monk by comparison.  Bribery certainly is nothing new; today, they just have more sophisticated means.  The wealthy and ambitious clamored for access to their kings, and some profited greatly.  The difference from today’s times was that things were more out in the open.  Even illiterate peasants became aware of scandals and court gossip, long before television, tabloids, and social media existed.

Still, the intricate pattern of alliances and rivalries between the royal dynasties was public knowledge, and historians have little trouble studying the power structures.  We’re also aware of the beliefs and power of the Catholic Church and its Protestant rivals.  We also have a fairly good idea about what other sectors of society were doing:  merchants, guilds, and the peasantry.  Some things are shrouded in the mists of time, but the broad picture is discernible.

A rational king would identify with his nation and acted in its best interests, so that his eldest son would inherit a stable kingdom, and his dynasty would thrive.  Not all were top-notch, though; some were tyrannical, others were incompetent.  Being the King was no guarantee of good character or even intelligence (some were too inbred).  He got the job by being the firstborn in the lineal succession of whatever warlord last took over the country, and had the advantage of first-class education, but otherwise there’s nothing special about monarchs.  When the common people became literate and started getting a fairly decent education, monarchy started becoming obsolete.

Thus, during the Age of Enlightenment, democratic government became fashionable.  The newborn USA led the way as a proof of concept.  With the people in charge, it was expected that the best men in the nation would rule.

Modern power structures

So the new model worked, giving the public more input into government since the Roman Republic.  An extensive system of checks and balances prevented power from being amassed into too few hands.  (As much as people complain about our recent batch of Presidents, fortunately the USA hasn’t had to deal with any rulers like Caligula, Vlad the Impaler, or Ivan the Terrible.)  In practice, several complications arose.  The Founders didn’t anticipate all this, though they were well aware that their Constitution would only work right with a virtuous public.  In any event, even this masterfully devised system isn’t perfect.

It was intended that the cream of society would do tours of duty in Washington, then return to private life.  These days, politicians are careerists, usually ascended lawyers.  Some are decent people, but all too often they gradually fall out of touch with the experience of their constituents.  The best and brightest don’t always come to power; having the right connections is the critical factor.  Further, the corrupt and power-hungry have a way of rising to the top.  Finally, excessive centralization and judicial abuses have distorted Constitutional rule of law.

The influence of monopolies and trusts became very powerful during the Industrial Age.  As time went on, semi-formal international coalitions of billionaires began casting a long shadow.  The banking dynasties of Europe were already manipulating politics there.  In the USA, industrialists and bankers began forging international alliances in the 20th century, with considerable political influence behind the scenes by the 1940s.

Unlike monarchy at its best, business interests aren’t in it for the generational long haul, but rather whatever gets the best quarterly numbers.  Neither must they be loyal to their countries; instead, they see things like borders, sovereignty, and national solidarity as a barrier to profits.  Short-sightedness is a huge problem.  It seems that today’s Powers That Be don’t care if their heirs inherit a global slum.

Perhaps the greatest unintended consequence of the democratic system is that political parties almost immediately became the gatekeepers of power.  In the USA, the Electoral College and lack of runoff elections all but guarantees the two party system.  (In Europe, it’s a little more diverse, where three and sometimes four viable parties operate and form parliamentary coalitions, but they can still defy the people’s will with impunity.)  So it came to political machines, Tammany Hall, smoke-filled rooms, and all the rest of it.

Oligarchical control

Today, money and media access are everything.  Major contributors call the tune, usually hedging their bets with both parties.  This is how the oligarch class has owned the Republicans and the Democrats in recent decades, giving the public the good cop / bad cop treatment.

The 2016 election was a great upset, practically a bloodless coup.  Democrats were stunned, as one would expect.  What truly was surprising – at least to those unaware of today’s power structures – was that Republican party bosses fought their top candidate every step of the way.  (The bipartisan opposition by the leadership had everything to do with Trump’s disdain for to globalist policies, and nothing to do with saying the word “pussy”.)  Donald Trump is a billionaire, but is basically a rebel opposing others in the oligarch class.  His victory was possible only because he is rich enough that he could finance his own election and couldn’t be bought off.  However, how independent he actually is – and what the extent of the Deep State is – remains anyone’s guess at this moment.

Ultimately, the oligarchs have become even more powerful than most nominal heads of state.  Yet in today’s information age, ironically the picture of the top-level power structures is quite murky.  With the lack of transparency, looking for evidence about today’s shadow government leads one down countless rabbit holes, leaving more speculation than facts.

The problem is, democratic societies are supposed to be better than all this.  With the people in charge – so the theory goes – if politicians abuse their power, the public could throw the bums out.  The Founding Fathers did understand that danger was always present; as Thomas Jefferson said,

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

If he were around today, that attitude probably would’ve put him on some watch list.  All told, perhaps draining the swamp might be more akin to a Superfund abatement.

Political power structures, past and present

The Adventures of MP0werdW0myn and OmegaMan: Mission 1 – Operation Cockblock

The menacing horde closed in for the kill.  The lone defender, his armor gleaming under the sun, held his sword at the ready.

“Turn that damn thing off!”

Derp pouted.  “But I have to win this!”

“Don’t you dare disobey.”  A hand reached out to the power button and shut off the computer.

“Muffy!  Couldn’t it wait?  I was so close to leveling up!  Besides, the forces of evil threaten the citadel.”

“You’ve been playing Warcrack all day.  You’re not supposed to do that when there are dirty dishes in the sink.  Besides, didn’t you hear this go off?”  Muffy held out her iPhone.

Derp gasped.  “It’s the Virtue Signal!”  The pink app was glowing, indicating a crime in progress.  “Sorry; my iPhone is charging in the bedroom.”

“Well, let’s get suited up.  Here’s your chance to fight evil in the real world.”

Muffy donned her MP0werdW0myn costume.  For the finishing touch, she put on her problem glasses.  Derp struggled to zip up his OmegaMan jumpsuit.  “This fabric keeps shrinking on me, damn it…”

Derp’s platonic partner considered remarking on his donut and pizza consumption, but reconsidered, since she didn’t have much room to criticize.  “Well, you’re in charge of the laundry.  Figure something out.  By the way, your cape is looking pretty ragged.  I know you’ve been wearing it since junior high, but isn’t it time you got a new one?”

“It started out as my security blanket, so there’s no replacing it,” he grumbled.

Soon they left the little apartment.  She got onto his 1982 Honda MB5, and he took the bitch seat like always.  The little motorcycle, overloaded by a pair of hefty bodies, struggled to accelerate.  As they zigzagged through the streets, OmegaMan held onto her waist, dreamily wondering what it would be like to touch her breasts.  Meanwhile, the iPhone’s app read out the directions to the scene of the crime.

Upon arrival, they dismounted.  A woman was sobbing, obviously in terror.  She pointed across the street.  “He’s just around the corner now!”

OmegaMan gasped.  “What happened?”

The witless turned off the app that summoned the superzeroes.  Her face, multiply pierced and framed with Whitey-dreads dyed blue, wrinkled with rage.  “Somebody… is doing daygame!”

MP0werdW0myn scowled.  “Unauthorized initiation of conversation?  Don’t worry; I’ll handle this.”

They got a brief description, then crossed the street and rounded the corner.  The offender was dead ahead:  a man, a bit tall and built like a linebacker.  He was obviously chatting up a pretty lady in a green dress.

The superzeroes snarled.  The crimson haired harridan took point.  “Excuse me, mister!”

He turned to the costumed figures.  “You’re looking for the comic expo?  I heard it’s at the convention center.  That’s a few blocks down the street over there.”

OmegaMan stepped up and exclaimed, “You’ve been reported for a Social Infraction.  You talked to this innocent victim without authorization!”

“Butt out, why don’t you?”

“Who are these weird people?” asked the lady in the green dress.  She wrinkled her nose in distaste at the odd specimens of humanity who had come to save her.

The dweeby superzero continued, “When the cause of Social Justice is threatened, we will not hesitate to step forward and intervene.  For your information, it’s not allowed to go up to someone and start talking.”

The tall guy folded his arms.  “You mean like what you two just did?  Now if you’ll allow me, I’d like to go back to my private conversation.”

“Yeah, what he said.  It’s not like he’s being rude, unlike you.”

MP0werdW0myn said to her, “I’m afraid that you suffer from what Karl Marx called ‘false consciousness’.  So we’re speaking on your behalf, because you don’t know what’s good for you.”

“Yeah, unauthorized initiation of conversation is rape culture!” squealed OmegaMan.  “We have to rescue you.”

She replied, “Look, this is getting pretty awkward.  I’d better get back to work now.  Why don’t you two pop a Cymbalta and stare at the carpet or something, okay?”  She turned to the tall guy.  “I get off at five.  I’ll call you then.”

“I can’t believe you’re actually going to reward this Neanderthal for his uncouth behavior!” he screeched.  Meanwhile, his platonic partner cursed like a sailor.

The tall guy scowled.  “I really don’t appreciate you idiots trying to ruin my pickup.  I gave her my number, but didn’t get a chance to get hers before you interrupted.  Worse, you scared her off and gave our interaction a really bad vibe.  Who the hell do you think you are, anyway?”

“We’re Social Justice Warriors,” replied MP0werdW0myn.  “We’re here to make everyone equal, and we won’t stop until everyone is all the same.”

“That sounds pretty stupid to me.  But what does this have to do with trying to stop relationships from forming?”

“When you do that,” sneered OmegaMan, “You’re exercising your misogynistic, patrifocal, kyriarchal, phallocratic male privilege.”

“Oh, really?  Tell you what.  When your parents met, I bet that happened because your dad walked up and talked to your mom.  They wouldn’t have hooked up otherwise.  Unfortunately, he forgot to use a condom, but the point is that you owe your existence to your dad having the guts to chat her up.”

The dweeb sputtered, “All that was a barbaric relic of the 20th century.  It’s the Current Year!”

“I see.  Do you think people should be hatched from eggs too?”

“Actually, that’s pretty much the point of my doctorate dissertation in women’s studies,” interjected MP0werdW0myn.  “And after cloning technology is perfected, that’ll be the last of you evil males.”

“But who’s going to open jars and parallel park cars and move boxes?  Heck, how will anything in the world get done after that?”

She shrieked.  “How dare you say a thing like that?”

“Remember civics class?  Heard about something called the First Amendment?  They made it the first because it was pretty darn important.  It protects my right to speak just as much as it does yours.  By the way, that also includes me chatting up pretty ladies.”

OmegaMan rubbed his grubby little palms together.  “Comes the glorious Communist Revolution, we’ll do something about the First Amendment, and the second too.”

He gazed at the brainwashed chump with incredulity.  “What’s your problem, dude?”

“Ha!  You assume gender!  Are you aware that’s a Social Infraction too?  For your information, gender is a social construct.  You are whatever you think you are at the moment, and for your information, I happen to identify as a genderfluid nonbinary.”

“I hate to burst your bubble, but your professors lied to you while they were robbing you blind.  The sexes are based in biology.  All that other crap like you spouted was obfuscation made up to confuse the issues.”

“How can you say that?  You’re nonbinary yourself.  Look at your hair!”

The tall guy glanced down at his dirty blond ringlets, below shoulder length.  “Oh, that?  It’s all natural, and I’m rather proud of it.  I keep it long in memory of my Viking ancestors.”

The superzeroes shivered.  Clearly this one was very deplorable indeed!  Then MP0werdW0myn gasped.  “Could it be…”

Her sidekick screeched.  “You’re that supervillain, Bright Spectrum!”

She replied, “Be careful; these pickup artists have psychic powers.”

Bright Spectrum laughed.  “I’m not actually a pickup artist, but I do my part to help guys improve their game.  There’s nothing wrong with learning to be more attractive and presentable.”

“You’re not allowed!” bellowed OmegaMan.  “That’s more rape culture!”

“Part of getting good at game is working on intuition and social awareness.  It’s not psychic powers, and it’s far from perfect.  However, in the toxic social environment that feminists like you created, every bit helps.  Allow me to demonstrate.  I sense that you’re doing all this crap to try to impress this chick here.  She’s no great prize, but I’ll give you some tips, even though you don’t deserve it for being a shmuck.  It’s because I care; some guys really need a lot of help.  First, stop acting like a wimp; that never works.  Second, be your own man and stop trying to impress her.  Third, pick up some weights and stop eating all that junk food.  Also, showering daily is-”

OmegaMan slapped Bright Spectrum.  “Noooo!  Stop using your evil PUA psychic powers on me!  And don’t try to encourage me to fix my life; I enjoy wallowing in misery!”

“Dude!  I sure hope you used hand sanitizer some time this week.”

MP0werdW0myn kicked him in the shin.  “Take that, penis crotch!  And I think of him like the gay brother I never had!”

“That one hurt, but you still hit like a girl.”

She shrieked.  “I’ll have you arrested for that remark!  Look, there’s a cop coming now.”

Five minutes later, Derp turned to Muffy inside the police car.  “Well, today sucked.”

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The Adventures of MP0werdW0myn and OmegaMan: Mission 1 – Operation Cockblock