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What Happens When California Cities Become Close to 100% Hispanic

What happens is that town turns into Mexico. Or maybe worse than Mexico. The economy collapses. Corruption increases greatly. The town becomes broke, and there’s no money for anything. Infrastructure like roads, etc. starts to collapse. The water becomes unsafe to drink, and the sewage system starts to break down. Town government for all intents and purposes collapses.

We have a few towns like that around here, and they are almost like the municipality version of a failed state. The collapse is so bad that even a lot of the Mexicans can’t stand it, and they begin leaving in large numbers. It appears that at least this type of Mexican we have here in California needs at least a minimum number of Whites or similar racial/cultural types in town to keep the ship from sinking.

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Violence at KKK Rally in Anaheim

Fighting broke out between KKK marchers and antiracist counterdemonstrators at a KKK rally in Anaheim. Three people were stabbed. One is in critical condition. 13 people were arrested.

Amazing. Fascist versus antifa rallies breaking out into violence. You would think you were in Germany where these festivities are celebrated on a regular basis.

We are turning into Europe more and more every day.

I come from this region. I know that area very well. We always called it Anal Slime for what it’s worth. But then we always called Garden Grove Garbage Grove too.

I had a girlfriend who lived there once. Her name was KS. She lived on Katella Avenue. She was only 18 years old and looked like a model. I saw her on the Net recently. She is 55 years old and still a total knockout. I should have married that chick.

I have been to Disneyland many times, once when I was 19, out of my head on magic mushrooms. Good times!

I also worked as a “maid” in a motel there once. I think that was when I was 18 also. The boss treated me like complete shit the whole day, berating my manhood. Then at the end of the day she fired me. Unfortunately, I did not kill her as I had left all my weapons at home. What an oversight!

More recently, in 1986, I worked as a strikebreaking scab during a teachers’ strike there.

One thinks of Disneyland when someone says Anaheim, but that place has always been a bit of a slum except for Anaheim Hills, where the 1% live.

And it’s long been known to have a virulent White racist contingent dating back to when I hung out there actually long before, all the way back to 100 years ago. The Klan actually ran the Anaheim City Government until 1924. 90% of the officers in the Anaheim Police Department were Klansmen. Anaheim’s leading newspaper, the the Plain Dealer, was a strong supporter of the Klan. Klansman patrolled the police, questioning passerby. One Anaheim Klan rally attracted 20,000 people. 90% of the cops in the Anaheim Police Department were Klansmen.The  police force always had a horrible reputation for police brutality, possibly related to its Klan legacy. Not sure if that changed.

Last time I was there, it was full of Mexicans, and in fact, the city, now 52% Latino and 28% White, has seceded from the US and joined Mexifornia. The White percentage is about the same as in this incorporated slum of 50,000 that I call my home. 28-29% Whites probably sounds awful to a lot of White people, but it is actually a quite livable number.

It’s just enough Whites to keep the city running fairly smoothly and to keep it from falling apart altogether. You do not need a vast percentage of Whites to hold down the fort.

There are some small towns around here which have gone almost 100% Hispanic and the result has been something that looks like societal collapse, or maybe Mexico, which is really the same thing. These Mexicans need Whites more than they think. We’re the main reason that so many of the cities that they gather in are halfway livable at all.

This city has always been run by rich White farmers, often Italians, Portuguese, Spaniards and Greeks. Rich White farmers run this city to this very day.Incredibly enough, this city was majority Italian in 1970! Before the invasion, that is. There’s still an old weather-beaten Italian-American Club downtown.

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Robert Stark Interviews Alt Left Writer Randall Burns

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This is a most interesting interview. It was conducted by email and not by voice over Internet radio so there is only a transcript and nothing to listen to. Burns is quite an interesting fellow. He is a progressive person who nevertheless has been writing for the Hard Right Nativist and immigration restrictionist VDare website for a long time. I have a low opinion of Vdare due to their conservative ideology which I do not support at all, but I admit that they do have some interesting articles.

This Burns fellow seems to be a good example of what the Alt Left ideally should be about.

Up with the Alt Left!

Randall Burns is a graduate of the University of Chicago Department of Economics where his professors included Maynard Krueger and Arcadius Kahan. He worked for years in the tech industry and helped with the early database integration of what eventually became the world’s most popular credit card fraud detection system. He was the DBA supporting a team of auditors working on the investigation of convicted felon Bill Griffin, former CEO of a major insurance company.

He was a volunteer for the 1976 Carter campaign. In 1990, he published Rx for the Environment and the Economy in the Oregon Peaceworker, which proposed a revenue neutral tax shift to pollution taxes. An initiative advocating similar policies will be on the ballot in 2016 in Washington State. In 2004, he helped write the Kucinich Campaign’s statement on guest worker visas. His articles on Vdare can be found here: Randall Burns – VDARE.com

Topics include:

The tech industry and the impact of H1-B Visas.
Ted Cruz on H1-B Visas.
Donald Trump, his economic views, and why Randall prefers the old wealth-tax Trump.
Will Trump Renounce His (Legal) Use Of Indentured Immigrant Cheap Labor?
Bernie Sanders, his stance on immigration and Guest Worker Visas.
The minimum wage, immigration, and why it should be adjusted for cost of living on a regional basis.
The Guaranteed Minimum Income.
The Pollution Tax and how to implement it without encouraging outsourcing.
The progressive case against mass immigration, and why it’s difficult to get the Left on board.
Faux corporate progressives.
The Georgist economic philosophy.
The affects of immigration on real estate.
Income inequality
The European migrant crisis
How US foreign and economic policy contributes to mass immigration.

This show is brought to you by Robert Stark’s Artwork.

Transcript of interview:

1. Can you talk about your background in the tech industry and whether that influenced your stance against the H-1B visas?

Randall Burns: I worked in the tech industry pretty steadily from 1981 to 2001. At that point I found that even with a very solid resume it was hard to find jobs that it would actually pay for me to accept. In 2000 I had worked at an HP group run by an Indian GM and saw the creation of entire projects where a major consideration was getting as many visas for friends and family as humanly possible. After 2001, my savings got rapidly depleted, but I was able to stabilize my situation.

2. The tech oligarchs such as Zuckerberg argue that there is a labor shortage in the industry and foreign labor is needed, when in reality many Americans and have been laid off and replaced with H-1B visa holders who work for lower wages. Can you point to some specific examples and data to back that up?

Randall Burns: I would suggest reading my article The Jobs Crunch. As far as billionaires: I would count on them to say whatever might make them money to say. Truthfulness is not a major selective criteria in creating a billion-dollar fortune.

3. You wrote about how Ted Cruz introduced a bill with Jeff Sessions to limit H-1B Visas by imposing a minimum income limit. But a while back he voted for a bill to dramatically increase foreign visas. Do you think Trump’s campaign is primarily responsible for pressuring other candidates to change their stance? I have noticed that mainstream conservative sites such as Breitbart have been addressing this issue, while in the past it was delegated to sites such as Vdare.

Randall Burns: Politicians as a group are enormously risk-averse. Nobody wants to be the first to try a particular tactic. Cruz at this point has a war chest and can focus on either getting the nomination or putting himself in position to be Trump’s running mate. Since Cruz is 44, VP is a great position to advance his career (I have read that Cruz may want a SCOTUS appointment as part of a deal).

The corporate media in general hates immigration issues because the rich make money from immigration, and ultimately the media’s business is selling advertising to corporations owned largely by the very wealthy.

4. Bernie Sanders has been skeptical of H1-B visas. However he also came out in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants. My overall take on Sanders is that he is not controlled by corporate interests like Hillary but supports amnesty for personal ideological reasons. What’s your overall take on Bernie Sanders and his immigration stance?

Randall Burns: Sanders grew up as a Jew in Brooklyn and is thinking about immigration in a way that rather characterisitic of Jewish politicians. In the case of H-1B’s, the effects of job destruction are just too great for him to deny, so his Leftism takes over.

Bernie learned enough Economics at U of Chicago from Norm Thomas’ former running mate and Research Director Maynard Krueger to not be as ignorant of the topic as many liberals focused on social issues are. Bernie knows he is walking a tightrope. His relative lack of direct exposure to many working class rural White communities means he simply does not realize just how high the tightrope is and how hard the landing is.

I think immigration will become a very hard issue for Sanders if the race is Trump or Cruz vs. Sanders. My heartfelt advice is to read my articles carefully and ask me for help, which I would give.

5. You helped Dennis Kucinich write his platform statement on guest worker visas. Please explain more about that.

Randall Burns: In 2004, I wanted to do something political around the H-1B issue. Kucinich, like Nader, had always been sensitive to the issue of H-1B expansion. I volunteered on his campaign and wound up moderating the Economics section of the volunteer online forum. What that largely meant was when folks had a question on economics, I would try to find a relevant source for them.

On the guest worker visa issue, I volunteered for the job and nobody else really wanted it. The experience was eye-opening. Dennis was under intense political pressure to tone things down, and it took a bunch of revisions to create something acceptable.

Dennis Kucinich is a man of enormous courage and willingness to sacrifice for causes he believes in. We have differences on the issue of economic theory, but I would never question his integrity.

6. You have proposed a revenue-neutral tax shift to pollution taxes. Please explain more about that and how it would be implemented.

Randall Burns: In college, one of my professors encouraged me to read some original sources on Classical Economics, which is why I read Mill and George. The idea of pollution taxes were already being talked about then. In 1990 I wrote an article about a revenue-neutral tax shift which is one of the earlier such proposals. I got frustrated because at the time it was very, very hard to talk to environmental groups about these issues.

Pollution taxes have now been actually implemented, but not nearly as aggressively as I think they should be. One piece that is missing is folks do not appreciate how much the tax system and pollution combine to obscure the true economic impact of pollution.

Creation of basic pollution taxes is easy. The trick is get the costs just right. Aggressive use of pollution taxes is a tricky economic planning problem.

7. How do you address concerns that a pollution tax would encourage outsourcing of manufacturing jobs or create a barrier to bringing back those jobs from overseas?

Randall Burns: Any environmental regulation or tax can have the outsourcing effects you describe unless it is accompanied by careful regulation of imports from countries that do not have similar regulations or an imputation of the tax amount foreign producers should pay. I think the second option is easier to do.

8. Obviously from a progressive standpoint, mass immigration is a disaster for workers and the environment. I’m sure you have gotten a lot of slack from fellow progressive for writing for Vdare. Why do you think the Left is so hostile towards immigration control? They are totally oblivious to the fact that they are useful idiots for the corporate elite.

Randall Burns: I have had a mixed reception among progressives. I think Dennis Kucinich liked me and recognized my sincerity. Some of the other volunteers were very suspicious of me and my volunteer activities at VDARE.com.

What folks miss is that folks like Appalachian coal miners were at one point a major part of the FDR New Deal Coalition. When rural whites bolted from the New Deal Coalition, it was reactively treated kind of like treason. Just for your information, I submitted The Jobs Crunch to every major Left publication and it was turned down by all of them. I came to the conclusion that most of those folks are either frauds or fools.

I actually know one of the board members of Mother Jones from U of Chicago. She is wife of Hyatt CEO Nick Pritzker. I like Sue, but her issues are not mine.

A lot of faux progressives are really just ethnocentric chauvinists. They hate White people who speak with a drawl (though they will make exceptions for attractive women). They also depend on corporate money just as much as conservative groups and lack the imagination to think what a world with real political, media and economic democracy might look like.

9. Do you have any hope for change on immigration coming from the Left? One thing I would like to see is an alternative “Centrist” movement combining the best aspects of the Buchananite Right and Naderite Left. However most people are caught up in the Left-Right divide. For example, Trump supporters and Sanders supporters bash each other as fascists or communists instead of focusing on opposing the Establishment.

Randall Burns: The big corruption we see in US politics is in the Center, not the Left or the Right. If money is taken out of politics and media control democratized, the Center would gradually be redefined. I think taking money out of politics would also gradually reduce the ideological fighting between those two camps that are fanned by corporate media.

We already have Thom Hartmann as a major figure on the Left who has questioned the wisdom of loosely regulated immigration. The thing is the Left of today is largely oblivious to economic issues – and most of those who are focused on economic issues have not had an original thought since FDR plagiarized the 1932 Kruger/Thomas Platform as the “New Deal.”

When the Left starts doing real, original economics again, they will need to address immigration. What conservatives can do is take a harder line around the excesses of the wealthy than folks like Clinton are doing to force the Left to get their act together.

10. Donald Trump in the past called for taxing the ultra-rich and getting rid of tax breaks for hedge funds. However his new tax plan calls for cutting taxes on the top income bracket. It’s important to point out that Trump is speaking out against outsourcing which enriches the elite by looting the middle class. What’s your overall take on Donald Trump’s economic policies?

Randall Burns: I do not think Trump is a deep economic thinker. In his personal life, I do not think Trump thinks much about money at all. They guy would have a much bigger net worth had he simply invested his inheritance in an index fund. What I think Trump cares about is building stuff he likes and taking care of the people that have been with him a long time. My guess is if Trump is elected, it will be a huge win for major real estate developers, and big chunks of other wealthy groups will take a serious haircut.

If elected, I think Trump will try hard not to mess with Social Security. Trump’s flat asset taxation has some perverse effects because it will not touch the uber-rich but would seriously sting the lower portion of the 1%. The thing is nobody visible has read my article showing why asset taxation needs to be highly progressive.

If elected, I think Trump will get serious around infrastructure. One big problem is I think Trump is environmentally naive. The guy doesn’t believe global warming is real even though Lloyd’s does. It doesn’t occur to him that his flood insurance rates are highly governmentally subsidized (and what a huge liability that is for the federal government).

I think Trump’s stand on trade is decent. I would like to see him embrace Buffet’s import certificates idea. Trump also needs to consider just what should replace deficit spending by the US as a stimulus for the global economy. If he doesn’t, there would be serious long-term problems.

11. What are your thoughts on Trump’ past use of foreign visas? Do you think Trump is a genuine populist or just an opportunist?

Randall Burns: Trump’s operation is big enough that he may not have known what was going on. He was careless in not addressing the issue up front. Howard Hughes once had an issue around lavish entertainment of military brass. He simply said he was playing by the rules laid out for him and would happily play by new rules if the authorities made new rules.

Trump can say something similar on this issue. That said: I do not think Trump is really an immigration restriction advocate. The material on his site is largely from Jeff Sessions (who is). I think Trump may not have even read the stuff carefully. Trump has said he would like to increase immigration. However, he is a law and order zealot who dislikes illegal immigration and immigration-facilitated crime.

12. As an economic progressive, do you agree with Milton Friedman’s assertion that you cannot have open immigration and a welfare state?

Randall Burns: There may be some exceptions to this rule. Public schools and hospitals existed when the US still had open immigration. I think part of the key is the resource base a country has. A second factor is whether there are selective criteria for immigrants. Even when the US had few formal regulations, there were quite a few informal regulations.

That said, recent US immigration policy is endangering the US safety net, and the faux progressives have been oblivious to the reintroduction of indentured servitude that has gone along with this.

If the US creates a major economic boom (say by Planetary Resources and similar companies seriously taking off), there might be room for substantially expanding selective immigration. Until then, we will continue to have big problems with mass immigration until they cannot be denied credibly.

13.What are your thoughts on the Georgist economic philosophy? What are some examples of Georgist solutions to economic problems?

Henry George is the greatest economic journalist in history. No other economic author has had the kinds of sales he has had without active governmental promotion. George did a good job of making J. S. Mill’s thoughts more accessible, and he contributed to areas Mill did not (technology prizes is one area).

I have to say that in every area where George deviated from Mill’s work, there are problems. Mill wanted to focus taxation on future increases of real estate values. George wanted to also expropriate existing values. That deviation by George made it much harder to get Mill’s ideas more widely utilized.

Mill is kind of the missing link between Libertarianism and Liberal Democracy. High-end taxation in the US is largely something that came of the writings of George (even if the implementation got messed up). The congressman that wrote some of the first progressive income tax legislation was in fact a Georgist.

If you look at things like how Hong Kong funds their transit system by creative use of eminent domain, that is something that evolved from Mill’s ideas pretty clearly. China has high taxes on both real estate and capital gains from sale of real estate – that is from Mill/George (via Sun Yat Sen).

Pollution taxes are a variant on George/Mills thinking. Proportional election systems were largely inspired by Mill. Mill and George did not create the cult of personality that Marx did, but their influence is pretty enduring even if credit is not widely given. George had a lot of respect for LaSalle, the founder of the SPD which eventually got largely taken over by Marxists, but if you look at the actual SPD policies that have stuck they owe a lot more to LaSalle than George. Marxists have a horrible habit of not giving proper credit to original thinkers.

14. What are your thoughts on raising the minimum wage? Would raising it discourage mass low-skilled immigration?

Randall Burns: I support a higher minimum wage if only because most folks want it. My main desire though is that:

a) the minimum wage be adjusted for local cost of living (which would mean a $19.30/hour minimum wage in Manhattan at the present base level).

b) the minimum wage for non-citizens by substantially higher than the effective minimum wage in every locale and that the minimum wage for non-citizens in ever major occupation category be substantially higher than the median wage in that occupation and experience level.

Failure to adjust the minimum wage by local cost of living means employers in places like New York City or Los Angeles do not have to provide living conditions similar to what employers in low-rent areas do. This is a major factor in the reasons why places like NYC have a high proportion of immigrants.

I do not think increasing the minimum wage is the right solution for rural poverty. I would rather see a guaranteed income or a significant increase of the EITC for that purpose. I think a minimum wage can be used very aggressively in major urban areas with high real estate prices because much of the cost of a higher minimum wage comes by restricting appreciation of commercial real estate.

My casual observation is that raising the minimum wage can raise consumer costs in area that may have negative effects from those costs (Iowa City, IA and Vancouver WA have similar living costs, but the minimum wage and stuff like fast food is higher in Vancouver than Iowa City). I am very hesitant to do anything to raise costs for middle class workers in this situation where things are getting worse for a big chunk of such folks. Raising the minimum wage may have issues around encouraging urban sprawl, but it is still a redistributive policy that has broad political support.

15. Those on the Right often come to the defense of the rich, while those on the Left defend illegal immigration. You have proposed making the rich pay for crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Can you reconcile both sides by making the connection that the rich are the biggest benefactors of mass immigration?

Randall Burns: Both major parties have specific “pet” upper middle class groups. Neither major party will really take on the uber-rich. Poll data documents the wealthy support mass immigration. We no longer have an economically-oriented Left in the United States that is truly active. The odd thing here is that Left icons like Chavez, Randolph, McCarthy and Jordan were all quite suspect of high immigration levels. The real power behind high immigration levels has been more oligarchs wanting to use the Left (i.e. like the Kennedy family) than anything else.

16. What would you say is the main cause of income inequality in America? Immigration, free trade, tax policies, or the banking system?

Randall Burns: We live in a world with enormous and growing inequality. It takes substantial effort for any country to contain that inequality. Clearly limited, selective immigration is compatible with limiting economic inequality in a specific country. Another major factor is that with the  global resource base under present resource constraints and present technologies, it is not feasible to deliver a US or EU standard of living globally.

Companies like Planetary Resources (an asteroid mining company) might play a role in changing those resource constraints. Space-based solar is another potentially important factor.

The fact the US no longer has inventors and engineers in positions of political leadership is a major problem. A bunch of attorneys cannot maintain the nation let alone improve it.

To avoid serious economic inequality in a world that is filling up you either need active government intervention (which can crash an economy if it isn’t done correctly) or steady technological advancement that increases the resource base. Basically marginal returns to capital/labor will decline at some point of development of a regional or global economy. We are facing a world where labor value worldwide is pretty low. You can replace the entire workforce in the US for a fraction of existing wages.

17. What are the effects of mass immigration on real estate markets?

Randall Burns: Obviously high population density is a major factor in real estate values, but so is governmental stability and the taxation and regulatory structure a location has. Singapore provides an example of high but fairly carefully selected immigration. I do not think the US even kept truly good statistics tracking how immigrants that meet various selective criteria perform according to a variety of criteria. Just collecting that data would be an important step towards more sensible decision making.

18. There is a debate about smart growth and development. Obviously growth is being driven by mass immigration. Do you see building denser within existing urban areas as an alternative to suburban sprawl?

Randall Burns: Obviously we have in the US at times had much denser cities than are typical today. Technology has influenced that change just by the mere availability of automobile technology that makes cities like LA possible. I would also argue than changes in US tax structure had something to do with these changes. When you look at buildings from the period before and after FDR, you can see that pretty obviously. After WW II there was a huge push to remove stuff like decorations and anything labor-intensive that was driven in part by direct and indirect tax costs.

19. While corporations and the rich have been the primary driving forces behind mass immigration in America, the migrant crisis in Europe is so disastrous it’s even having ill effects on the wealthy and business interests. In Europe do you see pathological altruism rather than economic greed as the primary motivator behind support for migrants?

Randall Burns: I would not use the term pathological altruism. The European Left are largely Marxists. They developed a party line and process years ago. It has been very, very hard for them to change key aspects of that ideological orientation. In Germany, the Greens were created because of the environmental inertia of the Socialist Party of Germany (or SPD). Folks are scared to death to do/say anything that will draw comparisons to the Nazi period.

20. I think it was Steve Sailer who coined the phrase “invade the world, invite the world.” How does our foreign policy effect immigration? I know a lot of Leftists say we have a moral obligation to take in refugees because we have such a horrible foreign policy.

Randall Burns: I am very critical of US foreign policy. Failure to create living conditions that are clearly and rapidly improving globally is contributing to mas immigration and the refugee crisis. Stuff like NAFTA cut a lot of folks loose in Mexico who wound up in the US.

When I was working construction jobs in Chicago, I met such people. I would agree the US has a moral obligation to help with the refugee situation. I think the best thing that can be done immediate is to fund emergency aid and major construction projects that would improve services and housing for refugees where they are or in countries that would take refugees and development funds or debt relief as a package.

Those same immigration rights that would be transferred to refugees could be auctioned on the open market to qualified purchasers (i.e. folks upon whom a reliable background check can be done and who have the ability to purchase insurance saying they will obey US law if they come here and insurance indeminfying any US victims of communicable diseases that are brought into the US because of immigration).

21. What are your thoughts on the US military’s foreign recruitment? Do you see historic parallels to Rome’s use of mercenaries to defend its empire?

Randall Burns: I think large-scale foreign recruitment has some serious dangers. Obviously, this is nothing new. The Revolutionary War included some high-level foreign military personnel involved at a important level. I had a great uncle who had been a Filipino Army Colonel who transferred to the US Army and kept his rank (this was rare). The thing is, I doubt a really good background check can be done on many of these foreign recruits. It is inherently a security problem. Risks are being taken to meet objectives not relevant to US security.

22.What are your thoughts on a basic guaranteed income? Will it became necessary due to globalization and automation?

I think the US needs to move towards a guaranteed income. I do not think this will happen all at once. The group that it might be easiest to start with are military veterans. That policy could be gradually extended to Peace Corps and Vista volunteers. I think one way a universal guaranteed income may be brought about is gradually creating enough options to get qualified that most of the population chooses one of them.

For example, I think that earning a PhD or MD in any discipline required for employment by government agencies might qualify. Providing caregiving services that reduce the need for long-term institutionalization might be another qualifying criteria. Automation is going to make this all worse, and the GAI is the simplest way to assure there is no real increase in poverty associated with automation.

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Primitive People Have Some of the Most Complicated Languages of Them All

On A Look at the Australian Aborigine Languages, Jason writes:

Perhaps they don’t have such a low IQ if their language is most difficult.

The people with the lowest IQ’s of all have some of the maddeningly complex languages out there.

Pygmies along with the Khoisan are said to have the lowest IQ’s on Earth, somewhere in the 50’s. The original Pygmy languages are gone, but we can see traces of the original languages in the Bantu languages that they now speak. The Bantu languages supplanted their original tongues, whatever those were.

Nevertheless, Bantu languages themselves are quite difficult. Many are tonal, and they feature such tonal bizarreness as tone terracing and terraced tones. They distinguish such features mark such things as + or – Advanced Tongue Root (ATR), which is quite strange among the world’s languages, and they often have a bafflingly long list of genders for noun classes. It is not easy for Westerners to learn Bantu languages and few bother or even try.

The Khoisan are said to have the lowest IQ’s on Earth, estimated in the 50’s. Most of them never go to school, and when they do, they tend to flounder and drop out. The Kenyan government has given up on trying to educate the Hadza. They do not to appear to be genetically or culturally adapted to the modern world.

However, their languages are insanely complex, consisting among other things of bizarre click sounds that no other languages on Earth have. They are almost impossible for non-natives to learn. Nelson Mandela said that he spoke one of those click languages most of his life and he never did learn to make those click sounds correctly.

The Australians have the next lowest at 62 IQ. They do very poorly in schools when they go to school at all, and they are rife with all sorts of pathologies. In short, they are simply not adapted genetically or culturally to the modern world.

Australian languages are wildly complex and in fact are so strange that they have been the source of many very controversial debates in Linguistics, especially the configurationality debate where Chomsky claimed all languages were configurational, yet the Australian language Warlpiri was said to violate this so-called linguistic universal. The configurational supporters claim dubiously that Warlpiri is actually configurational. But even if it is, it would still be crazily complex.

These languages are very difficult but not impossible to learn. One of the greatest polyglot linguists of all time,. Ken Hale, prided himself on his fluency in Warlpiri. Nevertheless, many non-aboriginal Australians are trying to learn some Aboriginal languages as part of an Australian cultural revival, and they are finding it quite hard going.

The Papuans have the next lowest at 64 IQ. However, one wonders just how stupid they actually are. Jared Diamond spent a lot of time with Papuans, and he said that they did not seem stupid at all to him.

Papuan languages are also crazy complicated, and few if any outsiders even bother to learn them.

Papuans are frankly failing at adopting to the modern world. The large city Port Moresby is full of Papuans who have completely failed the test of modernity. It has one of the highest violence rates on Earth, and it is so dangerous that I would not recommend that anyone go there. The entire city is locked in a wild gang war, and the gangs seem to have actual armies and modern weapons. Furthermore there is unbelievable amount of common crime such as robbery, rape and homicide. Clearly Papuans are not cut out genetically or culturally for modern life.

As you can see, some of the primitive people seem to have some of the most insanely complex languages on Earth. Linguistics has gotten so insane with PC that you cannot say that anymore. In fact, lunatic linguists insist that no language is more inherently complex or harder to learn than any other language.

One of my professors told me that primitive peoples are often bored and being highly intelligent humans, they look around for mind games to relieve their boredom. Many of them enjoy their complicated languages, and a favorite pastime especially of the men is to spend their time playing language games utilizing the complexity of their language.

Moronic linguists have falsely stated that I am saying that primitive people are bored so they make their languages more complex for something to do. But I never said that. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. We don’t know.

However, certainly many of these languages are already crazy complex, and there does not seem to be a cultural trend to reduce the complexity of and simplify their language, as they seem to enjoy their complicated languages. And primitive peoples seem to defy that trend as their languages do not tend to simplify over time.

I believe that there is a trend that as a society and civilization develops, languages tend to simplify. This definitely seems to be true in our modern industrialized era. Time is money after all, and modern languages need to get their message across as quickly as possible in a way that is as easy to understand as possible. That is, unless you are an attorney for whom complex language is a form of information warfare against the opposing team of lawyers and the public in general.

Supposedly consensus among modern linguist idiots is that this is not true either and that languages do not get simpler as speakers modernize.

However, it is my opinion that linguistic consensus is sheer idiocy on many different levels.

The explanation for why primitive people often have very complex languages is that human beings are naturally highly intelligent, even those with IQ’s from 52-64. All humans seem to be born with a natural tendency to learn even the most complex languages and this ability is a base human feature that is independent of IQ. Further, primitive languages have no need to simplify to deal with the modern world and furthermore, they seem to enjoy their complex tongues as some sort of an intellectual exercise in what is often an intellectually impoverished life in the wilds.

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Letter from Chile

Chile is supposed to be the dream state of the radical rightwing economic types that shows how neoliberalism and radical free market capitalism is the best system ever. They point to Chile and cheer about what a supposed success story it is. But I have always felt that Chile blows under this new model. If Chile is a the rightwing free marketeers’ showcase, then what can I say? They can have it. It ain’t no showcase to me. A showcase for what? What the Hell kind of a model is that?

I really enjoyed this letter from a commenter which sums up all of my feelings about Chile and also adds some new problems that I was not aware of. I also liked her writing style!

Isabel writes:

I lived in the States many years before relocating to Santiago in the early 80’s. I’ve lived here 30 years, so I know what it’s like. There is good and bad as everywhere else, and you just have to come to terms. A taxi driver once told me, “La tierra es buena pero la raza es mala”. I love living near the Andes, but Chilean society is screwed up.

For instance, everybody lies because they can’t be authentic — it’s taboo to be authentic here. Chileans are artists at making nice but once they (esp. males) are behind the wheel of a car, they become total A-holes. The driver with a bigger vehicle who is going a lot faster than you are has right of way.

Abusive practices are the norm. If you show assertiveness, watch out – you will have hidden enemies who will be sharpening their knives then gloating over your downfall.

In my opinion Pinochet was Darth Vader all right. The dictatorship ushered in the reign of evil, the untrammeled power of money.

They trumpet about how Chile is less corrupt than any other Latin American country, but this is just because they hide it better, and  the recent scandals are starting to uncover the dirt.

Appearances are everything here: modernity, progress are a smokescreen — look behind or underneath and you’ll find the cowering underclasses and a middle class under siege.

The powerless fight back with ingenious scams and byzantine violent tactics against the wealthy when they are weakest, like attacking women returning from the mall in their Mercedeses and Porsches at their electric gates.

I do fault the elites here for their selfishness, and yes, their stupidity. They refuse to understand that by holding back the progress of the underclasses and refusing to change their 19th century habits and attitudes, they are destroying the future of a beautiful country that could be a genuine beacon… they’re too addicted to the Just-Us mentality of the ex-colonized and white immigrants who’ve turned into internal colonizers, moneyed groups inside their exclusivist enclaves.

The Mapuche Nation is continually at war with the political and economic elites because these have pillaged and landgrabbed the south far worse than the Spaniards ever did. It really is shameful, the lack of conscience and egoism of the supposedly breast-beating devout Catholic wealthy of this country and the hypocrisy and brazen greed of the corporate classes.

The youth are fighting for free quality education, for dignity and respect — they had it under Allende. It’s shocking to see how the militarized police shoot teargas at schoolchildren and their parents, how they beat peacefully marching high school kids with their truncheons, and how the media blame the students for the violence when witnesses see the police themselves go out disguised as rioters.

Pinochet and the oligarchy have not ceased to hate Allende. They got their way, but they’ve been a total failure notwithstanding all the gleaming high-rises (and no thought for the resulting worsened traffic congestion and no provision of sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely) and the faux macroeconomic growth and lowered poverty rates (while executives earn 500 times more than ordinary workers).

Foreigners agree that Santiago is a hostile city, nothing is done about air pollution, there are growing numbers of homeless, prices vary 50% or 100% depending on whether you live in a poor, unsafe municipality or in a tony one, builders destroy residential neighborhoods with malls and substandard high-rise apartment buildings that fewer and fewer can afford to rent in. Ritzy clinics provide lousy medical care when you do have an emergency.

Many dream of leaving Santiago, but most jobs are here, and services in other regions are under-financed or nonexistent.

I’m not even going to discuss the sorry state of women’s rights and the violence against women.

Something’s gotta give. We need a sea change in mentality. We need to put paid to savage capitalism, i.e., neoliberalism. The foundations of Chilean society laid down by elites with a social conscience and the ethos of service between the 1920’s and the 1960’s have been well-nigh demolished. The military coup was the start of the darkest period ever seen in this country, and we have yet to see how the light will return.

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Robert Stark Interviews Robert Lindsay about the Turkish Attack on the Russian Plane

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New interview with me up! Feel free to listen to it and let me know what you think of it.

Topics include:

“Russian Warplane Down: NATO’s Act of War,” by Tony Cartalucci.
“Russia ‘Violated’ Turkish Airspace Because Turkey “Moved” Its Border,” By Syrian Free Press.
How Turkey has violated Greek Airspace 2,244 times.
“Turkey Did Not Act on Its Own. Was Washington Complicit in Downing Russia’s Aircraft?” by Stephen Lendman.
“Do We Really Want a ‘Pre-emptive’ World War with Russia? by F. William Engdahl.
The History of conflict between Russia and Turkey
“The Dirty War on Syria: The Basics,” by Prof. Tim Anderson.
US Endgame in Syria.
“Understanding ISIS”.
One of the Biggest Lies Ever Told: Hezbollah Blew Up the Marine Base in Lebanon in 1983, Killing Over 300 US Marines.
How Islamic imperialism is driven primarily by Saudi, Gulf State, and Turkish influence and how Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah serve as a counterbalance.
In the Belly of the Beast of the Deep State: A Look at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Why Robert Lindsay thinks Donald Trump has fascist aspects but is still better than the establishment candidates.
Sokal on the Cultural Left.
Robert Lindsay’s thoughts on Robert Stark’s recent interview with Matt Forney and why he disagrees with Matt that the Left destroyed cities.
Robert Lindsay’s thoughts on Robert Stark recent interview with Charles Lincoln about Cities and why he disagrees with Charles that single family homes are the ideal and that density is inherently bad.

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Part II: Robert Stark Interviews Charles Lincoln about Cities

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Topics include:

Charles’s experience living in London as a child in the 1960’s and an adult in the 1980’s, and Robert’s visit in 2002.
Charles’s experiences in New York in the 1980’s and that era in film.
The Brownstones of  New York and Boston.
Art Deco.
Mass transit systems.
The demographic transformations of London, New York, and Los Angeles.
How mass immigration has led to an increase in the demand for housing in cities.
Robert’s recent trip to San Francisco.
Chicago’s grid pattern.
Dallas, Texas.
The revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.
How Whites are moving back to cities while non-Whites are moving to suburbs.
How single family homes are being replaced by apartments.
Why Charles’s views the single family home as the ideal for autonomy of living.
How the increase in apartment living coincides with the decline of families.
Whether the key issue is density itself or the quality of architecture.
The appeal of urban living and why people are willing to sacrifice living space for that lifestyle.
The New Urbanist movement which seeks to recreate walkable communities

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Part I: Robert Stark interviews Charles Lincoln about Cities

I listened to some of this. Charles is always good.

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Charles Lincoln has a PhD in Anthropology, History, and Archaeology from Harvard University

Topics include:

The breaking down between the distinction between urban and rural societies.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World predictions about how people will live in the future.
How cities originally played the role of middlemen in an agricultural economy.
The destruction of the small village farming model.
The rise of dense cities in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The role that immigration played in the growth of American cities.
E. Michael Jones’s The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing.
How forced integration pushed the working and middle class out of cities.
The rise of suburbia and exurbia.
Whether it’s possible to have a thriving middle class within a dense city (ex. NY in the 1950’s, Japanese cities).
Why Charles does not view density as a source of inequality but rather a symptom.
How urbanization has led to a lack of self sufficiency.
How the ideal place to live for those with wealth has access to both cities and open space.

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Robert Stark Interviews Matt Forney about the NPI Conference, US Cities, Houellebecq, & the Paris Terror Attack

I normally do not link to interviews with Matt because he is a dyed in the wool conservative whose enemy is the “Left.” Well, that’s me. I am the Left. Alt Left maybe, but Left nevertheless. Nevertheless, most of these discussions here are great and steer away from Left-bashing other than the unfortunate nonsense about how the Left destroyed cities I guess by saying people had a right to survive and have some shelter over their heads. Which of course makes us evil, right?

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Topics include:

Matt’s experience at the recent National Policy Institute’s Conference in Washington DC.
How the theme of the conference Become Who We Are was about creating a new identity.
How Left-Wing Activists Tried to Shut Down This Year’s NPI Conference”
Matt’s take on Washington DC and how it would be a great city if it weren’t for its people.
How transplants tend to fulfill the obnoxious stereotypes of cities (ex. DC, NY, LA, Portland).
Obnoxious broke hipsters in Portland vs. obnoxious trust fund hipster in NYC.
How NY hipster transplants benefited from the same police enforcement and gentrification which they agitate against.
How New York’s gentrification has made the city sterile and killed it’s creative energy.
Kill Your Idols documentary about the punk scene in NY in the early 80’s.
Matt’s life in Chicago and how despite its crime it has a cohesive culture and affordable living.
How Chicago shutting down its public housing projects such as Cabrini–Green dispersed crime over a larger area.
Matt experience living in Portland, Oregon, and how Portlandia is so accurate it’s not even funny.
Why Matt favors urban living over suburban or rural living.
Why Matt views the suburbs as an unfortunate social development but they developed because the Left destroyed cities and forced out the middle class.
How major cities such as NY once had vibrant urban middle classes.
E. Michael Jones’s The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing.
How the further away we get from nature, the greater increase in social dysfunction we see.
Matt’s trip to Las Vegas and how his friend Davis Aurini describes the city as an “honest whore.”
Anti-natalism and how it’s an interesting philosophical question but attempts to apply reason to interfere with nature.
How anti-natalism appeals to the most thoughtful and intelligent individuals, thus removing them from the gene pool.
Michel Houellebecq The Father Of The Term “Sexual Marketplace”.
Houellebecq’s Whatever which is about people who lost out on the sexual revolution.
Houellebecq’s Submission which is about an Islamist takeover of France and whether that scenario is likely.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

The recent terrorist attack in Paris and future scenarios in Europe

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Money Is An Absolute Necessity to Get Women

Without money, you can’t get a woman with God’s help. No money, no honey. If you are broke, you will die a virgin.

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