President Trump is the gift that gives on giving – a gift of red pills that is.
President Trump, at his recent Florida, post-election rally, mentioned that he saw” last night on the TV” that there was “problems” in Sweden; then, the Cathedral, and the rest of the bobo Brahmins erupted into spasms of outrage accusing him of lying once again.
Firstly, watch the video of what President Trump actually said:
Below is the Fox News report that Trump was probably referring to. It refers to a documentary by Ami Horowitz, who spent time in Sweden reporting on migrant crime and the inability of the socially elite progressive (Brahmin) Swedes to overcome their cognitive dissonance with reality.
Trump has trumped the Cathedral once again; proving himself, again, to be an adroit ringmaster in getting all the clowns in the circus to run around in endless circles of confusion.
Trump is getting the Cathedral to unintentionally “Red Pill” everyone. The first level is the the various problems itself; the second is the fact that the Cathedral (its mainstream media arm) is dishonest and untrustworthy.
President Trump’s game is a simple two step procedure. First, he says something, then his enemies in the media accuse him of lying; then (usually via twitter) he goes on to prove that they were either lying or confused or stupid. For example, after the media’s attack, he tweeted that he was referring to a Fox new report (see above video).
President Trump achieves two things here: he is getting the media to cover what is actually happening in Sweden, even if they only downplay or deny the problems, the problems nevertheless get mentioned. And of course, this all speaks to his immigration stance for America, which is his ultimate goal. President Trump, as I pointed out here, is using strategic ambiguity in his language to achieve this.
What seems to have happened is that either the journalists, or the rest of the progressives have either intentionally lied, or they have actually hallucinated that President Trump was referring to a terror attack when actually he was referring to “problems.”
Scott Adams, the canniest observer of Trump there is, has pointed out this phenomenon here. He also went on to make a telling prediction:
And that brings us to our current situation. As Trump continues to defy all predictions from his critics, the critics need to maintain their self-images as the smart ones who saw this new Hitler coming. And that means you will see hallucinations like you have never seen. It will be epic.
The reason this will be so fun to watch is that we rarely get to see a situation in which the facts so vigorously violate a hallucination. Before Trump won the presidency everyone was free to imagine the future they expected. But as Trump continues to do one reasonable thing after another, his critics have a tough choice. They can either…
1. Reinterpret their self-images from wise to clueless.
2. Generate an even stronger hallucination. (Cognitive dissonance.)
If Trump’s critics take the second option – and most of them will – it means you will see a lot of pretzel-logic of the type that is necessary hold onto the illusion that Trump is still a monster despite continuing evidence to the contrary.
And its happening.
The Guardian’s byline reads:
“After Trump suggests a non-existent terrorist attack took place in Sweden, supporters claim the media is covering up migrant crimes.”
He suggested no such thing. Ironically, the fact that there was “cover-ups” was covered, months ago, in the Guardian itself!
Andrew Brown, from the Guardian, on the covering up of sex crimes in Sweden concludes:
“This policy was fuelled partly by wishful thinking, partly by principle and partly by self-righteousness. It ended disastrously.”
“So teenage girls were systematically assaulted and robbed by gangs of young foreign men because too many powerful people found their suffering was inconvenient. The result of this cover-up will be far more damaging than the truth could have been.”
The editors of the Guardian are incompetent, as well as dishonest.
Not that the English are any better than the Swedes on the subject of sex crime cover-ups.
Back to President Trump, The Guardian reports:
“….the Swedes are still scratching their heads over Trump’s comments, and the former prime minister Carl Bildt wonders on Twitter what the president had been smoking, some Trump supporters believe the media is “intent on covering up what migrants have done to Sweden”.
The Guardian then uses the “no evidence that” canard:
“However, there is little evidence that the nation is suffering under a migrant-led crime wave. In fact, the most pressing issue in Sweden at the moment is apparently who will become the nation’s Eurovision entrant.”
I think everyone should watch this video:
So what is actually happening in Sweden? Let’s take a look:
“Sweden is a peaceful democratic state that has long been a safe haven for those fleeing conflict. Yet many young people whose families took refuge there are now turning their back on the country. More than 300 people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe.”
According to a report by Radio Sweden, for example:
“Around 140 Swedes have so far returned after having joined the violent groups in Syria and Iraq. Now several municipalities are preparing to work with those who want to defect. This could include offering practical support to defectors.”
The municipality of Lund has dealt with this issue, and Malmö, Borlänge and Örebro have similar views. As Radio Sweden reports:
“Lund’s conclusion is that defectors from violent extremist groups should be handled like defectors from other environments, such as organized crime. After an investigation of the person’s needs, the municipality can help with housing, employment or livelihood.”
According to Sweden’s “national coordinator against violent extremism,” Christoffer Carlsson:
“…You need to be able to reintegrate into the job market, you may need a driver’s license, debt settlement and shelter. When people leave, they want to leave for something else, but they do not have the resources for it, so it is difficult for them to realize their plan. If they do not receive support, the risk is great that they will be unable to leave the extremist environment, but instead fall back into it.”
Anna Sjöstrand, Lund’s municipal coordinator against violent extremism, says that people who have served their penalty should all have support. Last year, the Municipality of Örebro received criticism for offering an internship to a young man who returned after having been in Syria.
“There may be such criticism, but for me it is difficult to think along those lines. They get the same help as others who seek help from us. We cannot say that because you made a wrong choice, you have no right to come back and live in our society,” says Anna Sjöstrand.
According to Sweden Radio, several of the municipalities stress that people who commit crimes should be sentenced and serve their penalties before they can receive support. According to Amir Rostami, who works with the national coordinator against violent extremism:
“If you are suspected of a crime, the investigation of the crime always comes first. But as long as there is no suspicion of a crime, then it is in our own interest to help those that come out of this extremist environment. The consequences for society are quite large if you do not.”
Sweden, meanwhile, also has a new rape culture like Germany:
“Outrage and shock are spreading across Sweden over a case against three men of foreign origin arrested on suspicion of raping a woman and broadcasting it live on Facebook.”
Sex (crimes) lies and progressive pathology:
Not long after, he and the other two suspects entered the young woman’s apartment in the city of Uppsala. They raped her for a full three hours. The entire crime was broadcast live on Facebook. Yesterday, footage was released of Khodagholi bullying his victim when she was calling someone for help. The poor girl was barely conscious, but her rapist couldn’t control himself. “You got raped. There, we have the answers. You’ve been raped,” he shouted gleefully at her. He then laughed like a psychopath and continued to make fun of her.
Like his friend Khodagholi, the second suspect is an immigrant and an acquaintance of the Swedish authorities. His name is Maisam Afshar. The identity of the third suspect has not been released yet.
It goes without saying that this horrendous gang rape has caused a major controversy in Sweden and in the rest of Europe. What angers people even more, aside from the nature of the crime itself, is the response of the Swedish mainstream media, which refuses to admit that the rapists are immigrants. Economist Tino Sanandaji explains:
Hundreds of people have watched the video and know therefore that the perpetrators have a foreign background. That’s a fact, but the media won’t mention it. The majority of perpetrators of gang rapes have an immigrant background. This is a well-known fact.
The government has the duty to share all relevant information when a crime is committed. The government denies that there’s a relationship between this sort of crime and immigration, but refuses to even look at the statistics.
A Swedish police officer who spoke out about the fact that immigrants commit more crime than the Swedes is now being investigated for blasphemy.
Correction, “hate” speech
The police, meanwhile, are quitting in disgust.
There is a consistent pattern, across the Western world, of the ruling class behaving in ways that are fundamentally dishonest, incompetent, contrary and lethal to their “own” people’s lives and liberty.
The crimes are one thing, the lies, the cover-ups and the disinformation quite another.It is two pillars of the system (security and information) that are undermined, not one. And therefore the system is much more vulnerable to collapse or capture by its rivals and enemies.
( In Richard Fernandez’s formulation, the Modern Structure has three pillars (security, economics and information); Moldbug, meanwhile, has four.)
The modern crisis is the Western world’s collapsing, interlinked system of security, economic prosperity, and people’s trust in the political and information systems and authorities; which will result in hostility against the social class (Brahmins) that manage them.
“It’s almost impossible to over-estimate how important this is (and the trend matters more than the current level). Regime legitimacy is sunk in radical crisis.”
Land, however, is only referring to the American Press; but, as we have just seen, the crisis extends throughout the entire West.
Trump, meanwhile, is more trusted than the media.
Finally, a commentator going by the handle “Rhetocrates” at my Social Matter piece has something interesting and important to say; I will copy the entire comment without comment, because in my next post, that’s coming shortly, I will talk about the very thing that Rhetocrates is describing:
I am in a somewhat unique positions culturally with regard to the Red and Blue empires.
On the one hand, I am attending college at the graduate level, which means I get intimate contact with the faculty, administration, and other thought-shapers of the next generation. True, it’s a consolation university, so they’re not setting any trends.
On the other, I’m strongly allied with the Red government because my wife is middle management in the Navy (plus a whole lot of familial history – I was raised believing I would also join the Navy, for example).
Anyway, with my bona fides out of the way, I think the greatest and most dangerous service Trump is performing for reaction is the disillusionment of the military.
Our military is the source of modern conservatism, and specifically, its hang-ups about getting anything done. This was a masterful stroke by FDR: in creating the Pentagon structure he instilled the philosophy of absolute obedience to civil authority. Our military considers it a virtue to die on its sword defending the Republic, whether or not it agrees with the philosophical or political tenets of the fight. The civil religion of America – starting with taking the Constitution as a sort of sacred scripture, and moving down through, “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to speak,” runs strong through our military. (The only thing missing from previous installments is that the saints – Washington, Paine, Henry, etc. – have withered away. This is par for the course with Protestantism.)
One of the strongest but most subtle effects of this is a lack of what I’ll call generalism or general-worship. Throughout history, armies have been loyal to their generals, not to the State. Thus, generals have always been something of a threat to the civil power. (Medieval feudalism partially got around this with the ingenious method of making the head of state also the head of the army, though it still had problems with the aristocracy, who could command the personal loyalty of their retainers, King be damned.)
General-worship was intentionally stamped out by FDR’s reinvention of the Republic, though it may have been on the decline beforehand. (I’m not sure. Washington definitely commanded personal loyalty from his troops, Teddy Roosevelt may have done the same.) To replace it, the civil religion was installed. In practice, this was done by coopting the generals into the scheme of the religion – Patton was still idolized, but Patton himself would never countenance marching on Washington.
Over time, even that level of general-worship was extirpated, to the point these days where the strongest example resides in Petraeus. When his character was assassinated, there was wide-spread, low-level grumbling from the military, but only because he was ‘one of us’ and was used unfairly. Not because he was anyone’s general, and damn the State, because the general needs his men.
Back to Trump. Trump’s greatest and most dangerous triumph so far has been to rock the military’s faith in the civil religion. There has been a sea change because of him (and, in the negative, because of men like SecNav Mabus, who under Obama tried to destroy Navy tradition as much as possible). Men are starting to identify primarily with their commands and their commanders, because the ‘legitimate authority’ of the State has shown itself to be a fraud. Men in uniform are under attack, and they know it.
We’re coming around to days when (for example) Mattis using the personal loyalty of his troops to occupy Washington and ‘restore order’ with an ‘interim’ government that completely ignores the screeching of the judiciary and civil service are, if not close, at least thinkable.
Proceed to Part 9d.