Economic Correlations

In an interview with economist Joseph Stiglitz (JS), Lynn Parramore (LP) asks:

LP: There’s a persistent myth that America is still the “land of opportunity.” Why is that myth so prevalent, even in the face of so much evidence to the contrary?

JS: Well, there are two reasons for this. One of them is that the myth is so much part of our sense of identity as Americans that it is devastating for us to give it up — for us to say we are less of a land of opportunity than old ossified Europe. It was one of the things we were most proud of, and clearly, it’s not true. When you have something that’s so inconsistent with your self image, it’s really, really hard to face the facts.

The second reason has to do with the nature of evidence. Everybody know examples of people who make it from the bottom or the middle-bottom to the top. And our press talks about them. The media calls attention to the successes. But when they call attention to successes they don’t say this is one of a million or one of a thousand. In fact, the reason they write about it is because they are so unusual. If most people did it, it wouldn’t be an unusual story. So, in a sense that’s how our media works. It encourages us to think of the exceptions as the norm.

This can also be applied to present ethnic thinking:

1. Myths are readily believed because they aid in pride and identity bolstering – the myth of the Asian ethnic ‘model minority’ helps Europeans bash Asian, mestizo, African and American ethnics while fooling themselves that they are balanced academically and socially.

2. Exceptions are readily paraded as norms – like how race-realists view every African ethnic male criminal as prime examples of the actions and thinking of the majority of African males.

Source:

Parramore, Lynn. 2012. Exclusive Interview: Joseph Stiglitz Sees Terrifying Future for America If We Don’t Reverse Inequality. http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/155918 [accessed: 2012-05-28].

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Comment on an Immigration Book Review

| Thanks to the Occidentalist blog for the link |

Martin Witkerk has posted a book review of Debating the Ethics of Immigration: Is There a Right to Exclude? on the race-realist VDARE website.

His analysis contains the following:

Professor Cole offers a brief history of what he considers to have been “exclusions based on racism,” including the Chinese Exclusion Act, the White Australia Policy, the United Kingdom’s Aliens Act (1905), as well as restrictive legislation in the history of Canada, New Zealand and Natal (South Africa).

If by “racism” Professor Cole means attention to ancestry, I am happy to concur with him: a great deal of immigration policy has been, and still is, motivated by such concerns. Are you thinking of applying for citizenship in India? It helps to be Indian. If you have China or Taiwan in your sights, best to be Chinese. South Korea gives preference to Koreans. Liberia and Haiti have both imposed constitutional requirements that citizens be of African ancestry.

What exactly is attention to ancestry? If Europeans were ‘attentive to ancestry’ would they have become the majority population in the following non-European countries?

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • New Zealand
  • Puerto Rico
  • Uruguay
  • USA

That’s the size of three continents or half the number of habitable continents. Would they have created three large ethnic groups because they liked sexing ‘swarthy’ people?

  • Afropeans (mulattos)
  • Eurasians inclusive of Anglo-Indians
  • Mestizos

Not to mention that they imperialized most non-European countries. Thus from the list of non-European acts, the only one that can be justified is the UK Aliens Act (1905) which seemed non-ethnic in intent. From Wikipedia, it was

designed to prevent paupers or criminals from entering the country and set up a mechanism to deport those who slipped through. It provided asylum for people fleeing religious or political persecution.

The problem as always, is that immigration is not really the issue. The issue is that there should be mass scaled repatriation of European ethnics to their sacred European continent paid for by the governments of their respective ancestral lands. Reparations must follow for stolen lands with official apologies. Legislation must be introduced into every colonialist European nation stating that they will pursue policies of non-aggression and that their military will only be used for domestic affairs (à la post-war Japan). Then and only then will they have any moral authority to close THEIR borders. It is not that closing borders in any country is wrong, just that the people who want to clamour for it to be closed should never be European ethnics who reside in non-European countries.

Source:

Witkerk, Martin. 2012. The Philosophy Department Looks at Immigration. http://www.vdare.com/articles/the-philosophy-department-looks-at-immigration [accessed: 2012-06-26].

Repost: Reflections on India

|| Thanks to the Blograju (Celebrating Insensitivity) and Jewamongyou (Race realism, libertarianism and Jewry) blogs for this link ||

If you are Indian, or of Indian descent, I must preface this post with a clear warning: you are not going to like what I have to say. My criticisms may be very hard to stomach. But consider them as the hard words and loving advice of a good friend. Someone who’s being honest with you and wants nothing from you. These criticisms apply to all of India except Kerala and the places I didn’t visit, except that I have a feeling it applies to all of India, except as I mentioned before, Kerala. Lastly, before anyone accuses me of Western Cultural Imperialism, let me say this: if this is what India and Indians want, then hey, who am I to tell them differently. Take what you like and leave the rest. In the end it doesn’t really matter, as I get the sense that Indians, at least many upper class Indians, don’t seem to care and the lower classes just don’t know any better, what with Indian culture being so intense and pervasive on the sub-continent. But here goes, nonetheless.

India is a mess. It’s that simple, but it’s also quite complicated. I’ll start with what I think are India’s four major problems–the four most preventing India from becoming a developing nation–and then move to some of the ancillary ones.

First, pollution. In my opinion the filth, squalor and all around pollution indicates a marked lack of respect for India by Indians. I don’t know how cultural the filth is, but it’s really beyond anything I have ever encountered. At times the smells, trash, refuse and excrement are like a garbage dump. Right next door to the Taj Mahal was a pile of trash that smelled so bad, was so foul as to almost ruin the entire Taj experience. Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai to a lesser degree were so very polluted as to make me physically ill. Sinus infections, ear infection, bowels churning was an all to common experience in India. Dung, be it goat, cow or human fecal matter was common on the streets. In major tourist areas filth was everywhere, littering the sidewalks, the roadways, you name it. Toilets in the middle of the road, men urinating and defecating anywhere, in broad daylight. Whole villages are plastic bag wastelands. Roadsides are choked by it. Air quality that can hardly be called quality. Far too much coal and far to few unleaded vehicles on the road. The measure should be how dangerous the air is for one’s health, not how good it is. People casually throw trash in the streets, on the roads. The only two cities that could be considered sanitary in my journey were Trivandrum–the capital of Kerala–and Calicut. I don’t know why this is. But I can assure you that at some point this pollution will cut into India’s productivity, if it already hasn’t. The pollution will hobble India’s growth path, if that indeed is what the country wants. (Which I personally doubt, as India is far too conservative a country, in the small ‘c’ sense.)
More after the jump.

The second issue, infrastructure, can be divided into four subcategories: roads, rails and ports and the electrical grid. The electrical grid is a joke. Load shedding is all too common, everywhere in India. Wide swaths of the country spend much of the day without the electricity they actually pay for. With out regular electricity, productivity, again, falls. The ports are a joke. Antiquated, out of date, hardly even appropriate for the mechanized world of container ports, more in line with the days of longshoremen and the like. Roads are an equal disaster. I only saw one elevated highway that would be considered decent in Thailand, much less Western Europe or America. And I covered fully two thirds of the country during my visit. There are so few dual carriage way roads as to be laughable. There are no traffic laws to speak of, and if there are, they are rarely obeyed, much less enforced. A drive that should take an hour takes three. A drive that should take three takes nine. The buses are at least thirty years old, if not older. Everyone in India, or who travels in India raves about the railway system. Rubbish. It’s awful. Now, when I was there in 2003 and then late 2004 it was decent. But in the last five years the traffic on the rails has grown so quickly that once again, it is threatening productivity. Waiting in line just to ask a question now takes thirty minutes. Routes are routinely sold out three and four days in advance now, leaving travelers stranded with little option except to take the decrepit and dangerous buses. At least fifty million people use the trains a day in India. 50 million people! Not surprising that waitlists of 500 or more people are common now. The rails are affordable and comprehensive but they are overcrowded and what with budget airlines popping up in India like Sadhus in an ashram the middle and lowers classes are left to deal with the overutilized rails and quality suffers. No one seems to give a shit. Seriously, I just never have the impression that the Indian government really cares. Too interested in buying weapons from Russia, Israel and the US I guess.

The last major problem in India is an old problem and can be divided into two parts that’ve been two sides of the same coin since government was invented: bureaucracy and corruption. It take triplicates to register into a hotel. To get a SIM card for one’s phone is like wading into a jungle of red-tape and photocopies one is not likely to emerge from in a good mood, much less satisfied with customer service. Getting train tickets is a terrible ordeal, first you have to find the train number, which takes 30 minutes, then you have to fill in the form, which is far from easy, then you have to wait in line to try and make a reservation, which takes 30 minutes at least and if you made a single mistake on the form back you go to the end of the queue, or what passes for a queue in India. The government is notoriously uninterested in the problems of the commoners, too busy fleecing the rich, or trying to get rich themselves in some way shape or form. Take the trash for example, civil rubbish collection authorities are too busy taking kickbacks from the wealthy to keep their areas clean that they don’t have the time, manpower, money or interest in doing their job. Rural hospitals are perennially understaffed as doctors pocket the fees the government pays them, never show up at the rural hospitals and practice in the cities instead.

I could go on for quite some time about my perception of India and its problems, but in all seriousness, I don’t think anyone in India really cares. And that, to me, is the biggest problem. India is too conservative a society to want to change in any way. Mumbai, India’s financial capital is about as filthy, polluted and poor as the worst city imaginable in Vietnam, or Indonesia–and being more polluted than Medan, in Sumatra is no easy task. The biggest rats I have ever seen were in Medan!

One would expect a certain amount of, yes, I am going to use this word, backwardness, in a country that hasn’t produced so many Nobel Laureates, nuclear physicists, imminent economists and entrepreneurs. But India has all these things and what have they brought back to India with them? Nothing. The rich still have their servants, the lower castes are still there to do the dirty work and so the country remains in stasis. It’s a shame. Indians and India have many wonderful things to offer the world, but I’m far from sanguine that India will amount to much in my lifetime.

Now, have at it, call me a cultural imperialist, a spoiled child of the West and all that. But remember, I’ve been there. I’ve done it. And I’ve seen 50 other countries on this planet and none, not even Ethiopia, have as long and gargantuan a laundry list of problems as India does. And the bottom line is, I don’t think India really cares. Too complacent and too conservative.

Source:

Kelley, Sean Paul. 2009. Reflections on India. http://rupeenews.com/2009/12/reflections-on-india-by-sean-paul-kelley [accessed: 2012-06-26].

Stan Lee’s Annihiliator

Jewish-Romanian comic book writer Stanley Martin Lieber aka Stan Lee, took over 70 years to create the first fully (East) Asian male superhero despite the fact that East Asians represent the largest so-called ethnic human group. This superhero will star in a new Chinese/Hollywood co-produced movie named “The Annihiliator,’ carded for 2014.

From the conceptual artwork (below), the characters will be stereotypical:
1. Martial artist;
2. Chinese characters tattooed on arm;
3. Dragon tattoo stretching from arm to face;
4. Golden dragon belt; all of which create the classic
5. Angry and violent Asian male stereotype.

Stan Lee created The Eurasian ‘yellow peril’ Mandarin in 1964. The Mandarin however, was an ethnic Mongolian-English and likewise a replica of the effeminate Fu Manchu. Other racist characters made by comic writers include the so-called yellow-peril bi-sexualized Fu Manchu and the Silver Samurai, a sneaky, pompous ninja who readily broke his own honour codes when fighting. There was also Sunfire whose purpose was to validate ethnic European genocidal bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fu Manchu’s Eurasian son Shang-Chi was a martial artist and a master of Wushu. Presently, ‘The Mandarin’ will make an appearance in Iron Man 3 scheduled to be released May 2013.

Given Stan Lee’s previous racist African caricatures, it would not be surprising if he is only peddling his wares into the billion dollar Chinese market to enlarge his piggy bank. From the Los Angeles Times: Hero Complex website article: ‘Annihilator’: China’s next sizzle or another Stan Lee fizzle?

“This is going to be a typical superhero story and movie, just like Spider-Man and Iron Man, but instead of featuring an American hero it’s going to be a Chinese hero,” Lee said. “But it is not a movie specifically for China. This is a movie for the whole world… [with] a hero and other characters that we can understand, relate to, and care for, just as we always tried to do with other Marvel superheroes.”

Lee believes that a Chinese superhero could have been created as far back as a decade ago. “Perhaps we in America were just too busy creating our own heroes in our own country. Don’t misunderstand me. This movie is not an attempt to change the social mores of the world. This movie first and foremost is a thrilling superhero movie.”

Lee participated in the creation of one of the most notorious Chinese portrayals in the history of comics. The Mandarin first appeared February 1964 as the creation of Lee and artist Don Heck and, with heavy-lidded sneer, Charlie Chan diction and Fu Manchu mustache he was the potent combination of just about every nefarious stereotype imaginable for a Chinese villain.

Eric Mika, CEO of Magic Storm Entertainment, another player in the project, said this new Lee creation will be fun, upbeat and crowd-pleasing on both sides of the globe.”It will be a 100% Hollywood-China co-production,” he said, although he declined to say how much of the budget would be expected from any Hollywood studio that decides to invest. Mika said there was also lots of “soft money” from brands interested in being attached to “The Annhilator” — both Chinese brands wanting to go West and Western brands wanting to break into China.

Notice how Lee skirts the issue of why there were no Chinese superheroes by  a supposed American inward hero-making process. This did not stop him from making The Mandarin who wanted world domination and had to battle American superheroes. I suspect if one were to dig into more of his work, even more racist characters would be found. If China is supposedly a new superpower, would it be paying a known anti-Asian racist for some cheap superhero validation?

Images from Screenrant.com

Stereotypes and Visual Evidence

Donny Lumpkins of the site New American Media: Expanding the News Lens Through Ethnic Media wrote the following about the Georgetown/Bayi Rockets basketball brawl:

Most of the Georgetown players are big, young, black men and for me it was strange to see them so handily taken down by the smaller, thinner-looking Chinese players. But then I remembered the Chinese players are soldiers and the Georgetown players are civilians and it all made more sense.

From the picture posted with the article, the Africans are hardly bigger and buffer than the Chinese. They seem to be both of almost equally height and build. A better and larger photo (bottom centre) illustrates the same thing. I don’t understand how someone can see any worthwhile physical difference. Differences which seem quite stereotypical. Sadly, the rest of the article leaves much to be desired analytically and he even tries to absolve the Georgetown team’s reactionary violence by stating:

The perception around the internet is that the Chinese players overreacted and the American players resorted to the level that was necessary to make it out of there with their lives and dignity.

So it was a perception (though not necessarily his own) that the American team was not only in danger of being killed live on television with an audience but that this necessitated violence to secure their dignity. Perhaps only an American can keep a straight face when asserting implicitly that violence is permissible to secure one’s dignity.

DIGNITY (from Apple dictionary):

the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect

  • a composed or serious manner or style
  • a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect
  • a high or honorable rank or position

VDARE and American Idol

Anonymous Attorney on VDARE stated:

No Asian or Hispanic singer has ever won, despite pretty obvious attempts by the show’s producers to push them along.  Seven of the 10 winners have hailed from the South.

I mailed (on May 19) and asked:

Dear anonymous attorney, what evidence is there that Hispanic and Asian AI contestants are being promoted by the producers?

No reply to date.

The Awakening (2011)

The Awakening (imdb)

A Chinese man servant dressed in dark coloured silk  is shown in 1921 London. He is helping with a fake seance.

In a short space of movie time, some character development is afforded the grieving couple who lost their daughter, the girl pretending to be their daughter’s ghost and the man holding the seance. However, the most out of place character (the Chinese servant) is shown standing around as if in another dimension, not interested and not interesting to the story.

Ten seconds of character development would not have interfered with the story line but might have been used to enrich it. Unfortunately, the Chinaman becomes an orientalist object, background fauna or human chinoiserie. The level of dismissal may even be worse as he is not listed on imdb (hopefully I am mistaken).

While this is common of some movies where servants and slaves are seen for less than five-seconds without any spoken words or personality development, this movie goes out of the way to show the main female protagonist Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) as an educated woman who does not believe in God or ghosts. She is independent, more intelligent than male teachers and atypically tall for a female. In other words, Hollywood would go overboard to be non-conformist when it comes to Europeans if it would aid in making a story more interesting.