Friday, May 31, 2019

Gary Younge's "Angry White and American" from The Guardian

I heard about the work of British journalist and Guardian editor Gary Younge (who is black) on the David Pakman Show, and traced it to the film “Angry, White and American” (46  min), directed by Jenny Ash, from the Guardian and Sugar Films.  I didn't realize that this film dates back to late 2017. 


I rented the 47-minute film on YouTube for $4.99 HD. Imdb says that the original film runs 65 minutes. 
 The most controversial part of the film occurs early, where Younge visits a convention in Tennessee held by Richard Spencer shortly after Trump took office.  Driving a rental car in the south Younge soliloquizes that he doesn’t like to give white supremacists “oxygen”, but their hidden ideology may be so pervasive that ordinary “liberal” and libertarian to moderately conservative (Reagan-style) Americans need to know about it and don’t understand it.  At around the 9 minute mark there follows a 6-minute interview where Younge debriefs Richard Spencer and Spencer puts Younge down, implying Younge really belongs in his ancestral homeland, in Africa.  Spencer “argues” for a “safe space homeland” for white people, and justifies the slavery and segregation of the past.  This is a shocking interview that will be hard to listen to for most people. 

The UK Independent's Lucy Robinson reports on the Spencer interview here.

The film briefly excerpts Charlottesville with the "blood and soil" meme of the alt-right torch marchers.  

Younge then visits Portland, Maine and talks to police officers about the growing opioid epidemic, which for working class white people has become the equivalent of what used to be the crack cocaine epidemic among blacks during the 1980s and the “war on drugs” which disproportionately targeted blacks. (Nancy Reagan and her “just say no”.)

Next Younge visits Johnstown PA, to show how extreme capitalism, with mergers and outsourcing, has left working class white Americans behind and desperate. It starts to become clear how a white “identarianism” comparable to the intersectionality (for black and LGBTQ people particularly on the radical Left), reinforcing ethnic tribalism and obsession with ancestral roots and lineage, would appeal to people who cannot succeed on their own as individuals. In the most extreme and susceptible persons, that can feed the ideology about “replacement”.  All this helps explain why Trump won. Younge quotes Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” meme.
Johnstown, by the way, got flooded in 1889, arguably because of neglect under "capitalism".  That has been covered in History Channel films. 
He then goes back to rural Tennessee, then to a museum in New Orleans where a descendant of a slaveowner rationalizes how the slaves were treated well and didn’t want to leave after the Civil War, back to Philadelphia MS, here a famous lynching of voting rights workers (two were white college students) happened in the summer of 1964.  This would be covered again in (the late) Gode Davis’s unfinished film “American Lynching”.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Lauren Southern's "Borderless", from an "Emergency Backup": a reasonably objective take on Europe's migrant crisis

I watched Lauren Southern’s provisional 87-minute version of her documentary “Borderless”, from her “Emergency Backup” copy.  She offers a link to pre-order the DCD for $20 here and warns that the video could be taken down again

The film was banned and removed from YouTube and then restored.  I am not sure of the details.  Here is a link explaining the influences of some politically influential NGO’s in Greece who make a lot of money from the refugee trafficking. 

Lauren was banned from Patreon when a “social justice warrior” reporter her conduct in a particular refugee operation at sea near Italy that had happened a year before. Patreon’s latter to her suggested she had interfered with operations (or helped fund interference) in a way that threatened lives.  This was an example of what Jack Conte would later call “manifest observable behavior”.

I can’t get into details now, but my own checking into this could not confirm that she really had interfered with the operation in a way that would endanger lives;  I do not know the factual truth at this point.

The film (directed by Caolan Robertson) is a bit episodic and disjointed and seems not to have gone through final editing yet. It has some nice animation in the early scenes.

The meat of the film starts as Southern does night guard duty near the shores of Turkey, and talks to local farmers who see the waves of migrants whom she says were arranged by smugglers.  Later she will return on film on Lesbos (an ironic name for an island in Greece) where many migrants stay.
Soon she explains the Arab Spring in 2011, which started to unravel around 2014 when Obama withdrew more troops from Iraq and Syria started sending trains into Europe, and around that time, migration around the Mediterranean greatly increased, partly because of conditions in Turkey.  Later she maintains (in interviews) that ISIS has recently infiltrated some migrant operations.

She also showed an attempt by Migrants to time fence jumping into Ceuta, Spanish territory on the tip of Morocco.

Toward the end, she interviews people in Ireland, including a lesbian asylum seeker who fled Zimbabwe with her son, and a hotel manager who sounds reasonable at first but then starting ethno-talk, Ireland for Irish people to return to and all that – which is what slides back to alt-right ethno-nationalism, which I agree is objectionable.  Remember the 1993 wars in Bosnia?

Southern is right in showing that many migrants do not live very well in Europe, with the homeless shanty camps near Calais, France as an example.

There is absolutely no way this film is “hate speech” by any reasonable standards from the past. 

On Memorial Day, Lara Logan of Sinclair Broadcasting will provide a report on how many (illegal) migrants at our southern borders owe "debts" to drug cartels.

Here is a criticism of her film by Red Ice TV. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

"Forbidden Conversation: MILO" with Jordan Peterson: confrontations with truth that politicians can't afford to face

Milo: Forbidden Conversation”, and interview with Jordan Peterson (105 minutes).

This may sound like Milo’s own idea of a leftist “conspiracy” theory, but Milo thinks people will be targeted and removed from everything of they get in the way of collectivist revolution and solidarity by standing out with their “truth”.

He thinks that his comment about an earlier relationship he had as a teen was hunted for by conservatives so as they could distance themselves from him, but he thinks if is much more common than anyone admits and much less harmful in practice to most men than people will admit.  So the mainstream establishment accepts that no one can afford to tell the truth about it.

His negative “existential” comments about gay men at around 1:08 will disturb many people and remind me of George Gilder in the 1980s (“Sexual Suicide” and “Men and Marriage”).

Yet it is the fact that he keeps these ideas (“giving up fatherhood”) in circulation is a tremendous distraction from solidarity on the Left.  It’s about reproduction, procreation and lineage (and dropping out of that).  Gay men have to replace that with creativity.

Toward the end Milo gets into his argument “There are no men left in the Catholic church.”

He also thinks that the usual hype on how HIV is treated today winds up with more black gay men getting infected.

Milo’s book is called “Dangerous” and Facebook labels him as “Dangerous”.  Milo also says “I am one of the seven people who put Trump in office.”
Milo says he is trying to set up a radio talk show and that it will be kept off social media, just email lists (like Web 1.0).  It’s hard to see how you could wall yourself off (except that the social media platforms have banned you).

Friday, May 17, 2019

"You Can't Watch This": new documentary about the deplatforming of "conservatives"

You Can’t Watch This”, a 51-minute film by George Llewlen-John, looks at the censorship and de-platforming of several conservative speakers, from RFSW productions, released May 15, 2019.  

The individuals involved are Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, Tommy Robinson, and Paul Joseph Watson.  Milo Yiannopoulos was not covered on in the film.

Laura Chen shows the trailer and explains the problem.

The film gives a lot of history of Alex Jones, who had set up InfoWars back around 2000 in Austin, TX. It is true that apparently he got into trouble with his accounts of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012.

Tommy Robinson is well known in the UK apparently for anti-immigrant views.

Laura Loomer had disrupted a Shakespeare presentation and chained herself to Twitter.

But in a short review of a film covering this problem, it isn’t possible for me to assess the claims by the social media companies that these individuals are unacceptable.  Facebook, in its Purge 4.0 on May 2, declared these and a couple other individuals “dangerous” publicly.

Personally, I watch very little of their content, although I have read Milo’s book and watched some of his interviews.  Most of his content is just conservatism. I am aware if a few controversies that Milo and a few others have been involved in (and a few silly or dumb conspiracy claims), but not in enough detail to know the truthfulness of what is said. Some of Alex Jone’s claims about David Hogg were simply dumb, but the only result was that David became stronger as a result.

But Laura’s review explains how these creators are denied a right to defend themselves by the smears and quarantines.

Chen's review emphasizes that the tech companies have over-leveraged Section 230 and acted like publishers when they want to keep the downstream liability protection, the "moderator's paradox".
The far Left tends to see “quarantine” and banishment of “enemies” as a way to protect oppressed minorities and tends to see individualized speech as a grab for power by the already privileged.  

Chen also explains that these person's "online reputation" keeps them from making a living any other way.  That was a problem I foresaw and wrote about two decades ago.

The documentary can be rented on Vimeo for $3.99. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

"What Happens If You Get Deleted?" as per Martin

Martin Goldberg (“Economic Invincibility”) aired a particularly chilling video today “What Happens If You Get Deleted?

He starts out with an anecdote of a woman whose financial records were erased because of a clerical error at Wells Fargo connected to her mother.

But soon he discusses the recent problems of payment processors banning access to supposed dangerous people, probably under “know your customer” rules, but likely motivated by politically motivated collusion coming from far Left lobbying and pressure against “dangerous” individuals with “dangerous” ideology (white supremacy).

He traces the idea of a cashless society where someone who is blackballed is never allowed to buy anything and is forced into possible suicide.
This video was released a day after Tim Pool announced his own “restructuring”.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"Why China's Social Credit System Is Worse Than You Think" by William C. Fox

“The Exploration with William C. Fox” has a 16-minute video yesterday, “Why China’s Social Credit System Is Worse than You Think”.

The film starts out with a reference to George Orwell’s novel 1984 (which became a film), pre-Internet.

But soon it shows how high tech surveillance watches China’s citizen’s private lives, on issues like playing video games too much or refusing to volunteer.

This seems like an extension of the idea of “right-sizing” people which is getting traction even with the American Far Left, as we are seeing with social media company bans. It certainly sounds as if monopolistic social media companies in the US are joining in.  Is Facebook's prodding users to run their own fundraisers for non-profits the beginning of a "social credit" system? 

Update: May 20

Tim Pool has a similar video, and explains how tech companies are doing this today.  It's possible to recreate someone's voice on a video to make a fake one so smear them. 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Timcast: "Leftist Activists force Mastercard to Vote on Banning the Far Right"

OK, a Timcast becomes a “film” today. “Leftist Activists force Mastercard to Vote on Banning the Far Right”.
Tim Pool quotes a Buzzfeed News story by Mark Di Stefano   The group promoting the idea is called "Sum of Us" and the name suggests solidarity and collective activism.  The "people before profits" almost sounds like a meme of its own. I don't approach policy problems this way, but I do "report" them. 

Apparently Mastercard will vote on a proposal at a shareholder’s meeting in June.

There have been several instances of “conservatives” or persons with supposed connections to the extreme right having bank accounts, even personal ones, terminated.

It has become common and acceptable (even expected) for payment processors to cut off access for foreign terror organizations (like ISIS).
But domestic terror is much more insidious.  It is much easier to accuse persons falsely of connections to, say, white supremacy than it is to accuse them of connection to radical Islam.  That is why this development sounds so dangerous.