Thomas Sowell Quotation of the day on differences as ‘inequities’ and achievements as ‘privilege’…

 From Thomas Sowell’s “Race and Resentment“:

Resentments and hostility toward people with higher achievements are one of the most widespread of human failings. Resentments of achievements are more deadly than envy of wealth. Achievements are like a slap across the face to those who are not achieving, and many people react with the same kind of anger that such an insult would provoke. Many of our educators, intelligentsia, media and politicians promote an attitude that other people’s achievements are grievances, rather than examples.

When black school children who are working hard in school and succeeding academically are attacked and beaten up by black classmates for “acting white,” why is it surprising that similar hostility is turned against Asian Americans, who are often achieving academically more so than whites?

These are poisonous and self-destructive consequences of a steady drumbeat of ideological hype about differences that are translated into “disparities” and “inequities,” provoking envy and resentments under their more prettied-up name of “social justice.” People who call differences “inequities” and achievements “privilege” leave social havoc in their wake, while feeling noble about siding with the less fortunate.

Venn diagram of the day: Is gender a social construct?

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The Venn diagram above was inspired by Heather Mac Donald’s City Journal article “Gender Is a Construct—Except When It’s Not,” here’s a slice:

A foundational tenet of academic feminism holds that alleged differences between males and females are socially constructed. This credo usually maximizes the opportunities for charging sexism, yet it will be discarded in an instant if acknowledging the innate biological and psychological differences between men and women yields an additional trove of feminist complaint. The current issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine shows how the game is played.

For years, medical research neglected “sex and gender differences” in health, according to the magazine. “Historically, the narrative of medicine has been driven by data derived from white men around the age of 40,” the associate dean for curriculum at the Yale Medical School told the magazine’s reporter. Clinical trials only occasionally included females and when they did, the results were rarely analyzed by sex. It’s mysterious why this alleged neglect should matter, if sex differences are “socially constructed.” If males and females are the same psychologically and physically before the patriarchy starts assigning sex roles, then medical research need not distinguish between males and females, either.

It turns out, however, that males and females differentially respond to stress, environmental risk factors, drugs, and disease, as an initiative called Women’s Health Research at Yale devotes itself to documenting. Among the relevant findings:

  • Two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients are female;
  • Seventy-five percent of people with autoimmune disorders are female;
  • Females are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease;
  • Adult females have twice the rate of depression as adult males;
  • Females have outbreaks of genital herpes at higher rates than males;
  • Male and female brains respond differently to early childhood neglect, with males losing gray matter in areas governing impulse control and females losing gray matter in areas governing emotion;
  • Women are more likely to abuse alcohol after trauma;
  • Males and females smoke for different reasons and have correspondingly different success rates with the nicotine patch;
  • The X and Y sex chromosomes, whose pairing determines a person’s sex, influence how the other 23 chromosomes in each cell read the genetic instructions contained in DNA.

Such discoveries should be the death knell for social constructivism.  Along with many others like them, they buttress the possibility that uneven sex ratios in various fields are in part the result of males and females’ different average dispositions toward competition, risk, and abstract rather than people-centered work (an observation that got computer engineer James Damore fired from Google).

Via AEI

Elizabeth Warren’s Batty Plan to Nationalize . . . Everything

From Kevin Williamson’s National Review article “Elizabeth Warren’s Batty Plan to Nationalize . . . Everything“:

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has one-upped socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: She proposes to nationalize every major business in the United States of America. If successful, it would constitute the largest seizure of private property in human history.

Warren’s proposal is dishonestly called the “Accountable Capitalism Act.” Accountable to whom? you might ask. That’s a reasonable question. The answer is — as it always is — accountable to politicians, who desire to put the assets and productivity of private businesses under political discipline for their own selfish ends. It is remarkable that people who are most keenly attuned to the self-interest of CEOs and shareholders and the ways in which that self-interest influences their decisions apparently believe that members of the House, senators, presidents, regulators, Cabinet secretaries, and agency chiefs somehow are liberated from self-interest when they take office through some kind of miracle of transcendence.

The single most important organizing principle of the American Left

NewImageFrom Kevin Williamson’s article in National Review “The Compulsory Society:

Liberalism has always struggled to balance the protection of minority rights against majoritarian institutions and — less often appreciated — the protection of individual rights. The American Left has liberated itself from such considerations by abandoning liberalism for identity politics and a might-makes-right ethic. Why compel Jack Phillips to knuckle under? Because you can, and because you hate him. Hate is an inescapable part of tribalism, and hate is now the single most important organizing principle of the American Left.

Why socialism always fails

NewImageThis article is from 2.5 years ago, but is even more relevant today. Why Socialism Always Fails

1. Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth century. While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery.

In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success. But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge. It is the initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal. In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.

A pyramid scheme is ultimately unsustainable because it is based on faulty principles. Likewise, collectivism is unsustainable in the long run because it is a flawed theory. Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior. The failure of socialism in countries around the world can be traced to one critical defect: it is a system that ignores incentives.

In a capitalist economy, incentives are of the utmost importance. Market prices, the profit-and-loss system of accounting, and private property rights provide an efficient, interrelated system of incentives to guide and direct economic behavior. Capitalism is based on the theory that incentives matter!

Under socialism, incentives either play a minimal role or are ignored totally. A centrally planned economy without market prices or profits, where property is owned by the state, is a system without an effective incentive mechanism to direct economic activity. By failing to emphasize incentives, socialism is a theory inconsistent with human nature and is therefore doomed to fail. Socialism is based on the theory that incentives don’t matter!

2. The strength of capitalism can be attributed to an incentive structure based upon the three Ps: (1) prices determined by market forces, (2) a profit-and-loss system of accounting and (3) private property rights. The failure of socialism can be traced to its neglect of these three incentive-enhancing components.

3. By their failure to foster, promote, and nurture the potential of their people through incentive-enhancing institutions, centrally planned economies deprive the human spirit of full development. Socialism fails because it kills and destroys the human spirit–just ask the people leaving Cuba in homemade rafts and boats [and those waiting in long lines today in Venezuela struggling, and often failing, to buy food].

4. The temptress of socialism is constantly luring us with the offer: “give up a little of your freedom and I will give you a little more security.” As the experience of this century has demonstrated, the bargain is tempting but never pays off. We end up losing both our freedom and our security.

Socialism will remain a constant temptation. We must be vigilant in our fight against socialism not only around the globe but also here in the United States.

The failure of socialism inspired a worldwide renaissance of freedom and liberty. For the first time in the history of the world, the day is coming very soon when a majority of the people in the world will live in free societies or societies rapidly moving toward freedom.

Capitalism will play a major role in the global revival of liberty and prosperity because it nurtures the human spirit, inspires human creativity, and promotes the spirit of enterprise. By providing a powerful system of incentives that promote thrift, hard work, and efficiency, capitalism creates wealth.

OIG Audit Results That You Never Knew Occurred

And the results never made the light of day. 

Between October 1, 2017–March 31, 2018 something very interesting was happening.

The IG was AUDITING THE TREASURY!

This was a SEMI ANNUAL audit. There’s another one going on right now.

In the first audit, the work by the Office of Investigations resulted in 33 arrests, 35 indictments, and 21 convictions. What else was in the Report the IG handed to Congress?

This article is a series compiled by Lisa Evans Rockwell into the OIG Audits into a large variety of departments.  Each is broken down by individual audits and highlights of findings are provided.  Each comprehensive audit is included in link at end of each section.

Check it out! 

https://americandigitalnews.com/2018/08/31/oig-semiannual-audit-results/#.W53kDsllCBb

HT: David G. 

California professor Christine Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her: ‘It derailed me’

During this #MeToo movement, you need no proof of your allegations, only a rumor. 

Democrats tried to use Anita Hill to derail Clarence Thomas. 

They did use it successfully against Roy Moore. 

And now they are trying the same against Kavanaugh. 

Notice the total lake of proof or collaborating stories. In fact, 65 women defend Kavanaugh as a ‘good person’ after abuse allegation emerges

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/16/california-professor-christine-ford-claims-kavanaugh-sexually-assaulted-her-it-derailed-me.html

8 Lessons We Did Not Learn From 9/11

NewImageShireen Qudosi lists 8 significant lessons that the US did not learn from 9/11. 

  1. No pressure was put to penalize the countries whose citizens were directly involved in the attack on 9/11. Majority of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Yet it’s been business as usual with the Kingdom.
  2. Muslims became the victims. Their main reaction was whether there will be a backlash against them and “Islamophobia” became a buzz word used every time a question was raised about the ideology leading to 9/11.  
  3. This ideology is live and increasing rapidly today. No government effort has been taken to challenge Radical Islam. It’s been left to organizations and individuals to carry out this momentous effort.
  4. Those who do speak out and carry out the effort to expose the radical ideology behind 9/11 are labelled by organizations like The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and called “Muslim haters.”
  5. Political correctness has gone so sour that even on September 11, we are not allowed to discuss the biggest man-made tragedy in the modern world. 
  6. From violent extremism we have moved to non-violent extremism where this ideology is growing by the day. Yet there is no move by world leaders to expose the dangers of non-violent extremism.
  7. We have never discussed whether Islam is responsible for 9/11, or whether it’s Muslims. This discussion would be considered blasphemy. In the current atmosphere we will never be able to have this discussion because it leaves Muslims on the defensive. They forget that religion is an idea that does not have rights and can be critiqued. People have rights.
  8. Those who were born after 9/11 have no idea of what happened on that fateful day and are not taught about the challenges of our times

SHOUTING ABOUT the New Mexico Islamist Cult

And the meNewImagedia is silent about it. First, it doesn’t fit their narrative. Second, political correctness prevents them from reporting about it. 

Five adults were indicted last week for unspeakable crimes they allegedly committed in an Islamist cult in New Mexico – on American soil. Why aren’t more people up in arms and shouting about this case?

There are dozens of things we could say about this but here’s our top-five for now:

 Where is the media on this? Fox News we salute you for your interest and constant reporting. Local media also deserves commending for pushing this story, after all we’re talking about a compound in Taos, New Mexico on the Colorado border, where pretty gruesome crimes were committed; exorcisms performed and a three-year-old child found dead.

 This was an Islamist cult. There’s no other way of looking at it. All the evidence points in that direction. It’s totally puzzling why, when certain media chose to give this story fleeting coverage, this fact was omitted. Political correctness again?

 There are Islamist compounds across the United States. It is remarkable how few people know that there are compounds under the purview of a Pakistani terrorist being run across the U.S. The Muslims of America (MOI), formerly known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra, has as many as two dozen camps at locations across the country.

 Abuse of children continues unabated. Eyewitnesses have told Clarion Project about the abuse of children in these camps. In the New Mexico case, adults performed an exorcism on a child of three – who is now dead. One of the children said they were being trained to launch attacks on schools.

 Women are treated like animals. Unusually, the New Mexico cult was led by a woman. But Clarion has documentary evidence on other cases of women being treated like dogs. One punishment used in the camps is to chain up a “disobedient” woman so she cannot leave a shack or RV.

Via Clarion Project

Did John Kerry Commit Treason?

Follow the money. 

Did John Kerry commit treason? It’s a good question considering the events of the last few days.

Promoting his new book Every Day Is Extra, the former secretary of state in the Obama administration confirmed he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a number of times in recent months to help the Iranians salvage the nuclear deal canceled by President Trump and later to strategize with him on how to get around the administration’s policies.

Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented at a news conference:

“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented…It’s inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president. It is beyond inappropriate.”

An understatement.

The president had harsher words in a tweet:

“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”

Via Clarion Project

Study: Half Of All Transgender Female Teens Have Attempted Suicide

Progressives seek the cause. Conservatives see the effect.  

One in every two transgender adolescents who are female but identify as male has attempted suicide in the past year, according to a new study. The study, “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior,” was published in Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study raises serious questions about how families, schools, doctors, government, and the media should grapple with the increasing number of children and teens who label themselves transgender. In addition to the alarmingly high rate of suicide attempts among transgender girls, the study reported an attempted-suicide rate of more than 40 percent for adolescents who call themselves “gender nonconforming” (neither exclusively male nor female), and nearly 30 percent for transgender male teens.

Cultural Appropriation

Where can you go? 

This op-ed by Jack VanNoord that appeared in the Chicago Tribune last week “My nephew tried to school me on cultural appropriation. It didn’t end well,” here’s the opening:

They got him. Just as I feared they would. My nephew Kyle came to live with us this summer after his freshman year of college. Apparently he’s now a deputized member of the cultural-appropriation police.

He hadn’t even unpacked his massive bag of dirty laundry when he made a snide comment about the three straw hats hanging in our hallway collected during our years living in Southeast Asia. The next day when Kyle and I were backing out of the driveway and I called out “Adios” to my neighbor, Kyle mumbled, “Appropriate much?”

But then the following Saturday, I overheard Kyle ask my wife if we had any sunscreen he could borrow. “Brenna and I are going kayaking.” I poked my head around the corner. “Mmm. Kayaks. You mean that watercraft appropriated from the Inuit people of the Arctic region?” Quick on his feet, Kyle recovered and retorted, “I meant to say we’re renting canoes.”

“As in the canoe that was developed by the indigenous people of North America?” Stymied, Kyle canceled his plans. He and Brenna spent the day sitting quietly on a park bench.

Census Data Shows Continued Gains For Middle-Class Americans And Little Evidence Of Rising Income Inequality

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2. Average and Median Income per Household Member. The chart above displays average and median household income adjusted for household size. Both the average and median income per person in the US reached all-time highs in 2017 of nearly $34,000 (in 2017 dollars) for average income per person, and $24,160 for median income per household member last year. Compared to 1975, the average household income per US household member has increased by 74% from $19,500 to $34,000, while the median household income per person has increased by 45% from $16,600 to $24,160. Without adjusting for household size, average household income increased by only 50% since 1975 (vs. 74% adjusted for average household size) and median income increased only 25% (vs. 45%), demonstrating the importance of adjusting for changes in household size when comparing median household incomes over time.

Via MJP

BLS report suggests that most of the gender earnings gap is explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked

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Via AEI

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases an annual report every year on the “Highlights of Women’s Earnings” (since the BLS report actually analyzes equally both men’s and women’s earnings, one might ask why the report isn’t simply titled more accurately “Highlights of Earnings in America”?). Here’s the opening paragraph from the most recent BLS report “Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2017” that was released last month:

In 2017, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings that were 81.8 percent of those of male full-time wage and salary workers. In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women’s earnings were 62 percent of men’s. Most of the growth in women’s earnings relative to men’s occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2004, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has remained in the 80 to 83 percent range.

How do we explain the fact that women working full-time last year earned less than 82 cents for every dollar men earned according to the BLS? Here’s how the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) explains it:

The wage gap exists, in part, because many women and people of color are still segregated into a few low-paying occupations. Part of the wage gap results from differences in education, experience or time in the workforce. But a significant portion cannot be explained by any of those factors; it is attributable to discrimination. In other words, certain jobs pay less because they are held by women and people of color.

Heather Mac Donald on how universities have become hatred machines poisoned by identity politics

HeatherMacDonald225Heather Mac Donald on how universities have become hatred machines poisoned by identity politics

In the video above, bestselling author, Manhattan Institute fellow, and contributing editor of City Journal Heather Mac Donald discusses her book “The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.” In her new book that was released today, Mac Donald makes the case that American universities have become hatred machines poisoned by identity politics, which has promoted the rise of intolerance and the erosion of serious learning.

From Amazon.com:

America is in crisis, from the university to the workplace. Toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture. Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton? Oppressive. American history? Tyranny. Professors correcting grammar and spelling, or employers hiring by merit? Racist and sexist. Students emerge into the working world believing that human beings are defined by their skin color, gender, and sexual preference, and that oppression based on these characteristics is the American experience. Speech that challenges these campus orthodoxies is silenced with brute force.

The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims. From #MeToo mania that blurs flirtations with criminal acts, to implicit bias and diversity compliance training that sees racism in every interaction, Heather Mac Donald argues that we are creating a nation of narrowed minds, primed for grievance, and that we are putting our competitive edge at risk.

But there is hope in the works of authors, composers, and artists who have long inspired the best in us. Compiling the author’s decades of research and writing on the subject, The Diversity Delusion calls for a return to the classical liberal pursuits of open-minded inquiry and expression, by which everyone can discover a common humanity.

More and more companies ditch college degree requirements for jobs

I just attended an economic conference where many corporate HR directors were saying that universities are turning out sub-standard products (employees), and that firms are looking elsewhere for their new hires. 

It used to be that getting a degree prepared you for the workforce. Then it was getting a degree demonstrated to an employer that you had what it takes to stick with a job (after all, you stuck thru 4-6 years of college). Now employers are saying “why bother with a higher education degree at all.” From the Washington Examiner

More and more companies ditch college degree requirements for jobs“:

Big companies like Google, Apple, and IBM are no longer requiring applicants to hold a college degree. This is a significant change. Historically, employers have required a college degree whether or not it was necessary to do the job. IBM is now looking at candidates with experience in non-traditional education, such as coding boot camps or industry-related vocational classes.

Glassdoor compiled an August list of 15 big companies that no longer require a degree to apply: Google, Ernst & Young, Penguin Random House, Costco Wholesale, Whole Foods, Hilton, Publix, Apple, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Home Depot, IBM, Bank of America, Chipotle, and Lowe’s.