Every political leader comes with a political style which is not how one judges a political leader

I wrote a book of my own on Donald Trump which, if you ask me, is still about the best book available on America’s 44th president: The Art of the Impossible: A Blog History of the Election of Donald J. Trump as President. Also published by Connor Court as is this one, a book that was reviewed a few days ago at Quadrant Online under the heading: Donald Trump, Magnificent Vulgarian. The book was written by Richard Alston, who ought to know something about politics but perhaps has lost a bit of feel for the subject in his years on the sidelines. Is Donald Trump’s appeal all that difficult to understand? Seems so:

Alston is no apologist for Trump. Quite the contrary. While seeing Trump as the ultimate political risk-taker, trailblazer and disruptive contrarian, Alston lists many of Trump’s personal character failings on no less than a dozen occasions, including: ‘not only an amoralist but a true vulgarian who fails the character test’; ‘brutish vulgarian’; ‘eccentric high achiever’; ‘disorganised’; ‘vindictive’; and of having the ‘morals of an alley cat’ to name a few. To counter these character failings, Alston does however describe Trump as having a ‘magnetic attraction’, acknowledges his ‘political bravery … [and] invaluable business experience’, and his ‘strategic and deliberate’ approach.

There may be no one in Australia who has paid closer attention to Trump than I have, with the added advantage that I grew up in North America and watched the American political system from close at hand, although admittedly from the northern side of Lake Ontario.

This is how the review ends.

Much commentary in this area indulges in disgust for Trump’s personal qualities. Alston records his distaste for Trump’s character, but as a prelude to a serious review and critique of Trump’s record in office. While the dust is a long way from settling on the Trump presidency, Alston’s contribution is a stake in the ground. It is now on others to offer their qualified opinions.       

You want my opinion. Alston is pandering to the left who could find no policy issues to argue against so chose to argue about Trump’s personality. And as it happens, Trump, the greatest American president of my lifetime, may yet return to the White House in 2024.

I will just note that the comments on this review at QoL largely take my side of the issue, with this one mentioned not just because I agree with it but also because it is short and to the point.

By the living daylights you lot are hard markers. For one, he [Trump, that is] is conservative in his economic policies and pro business. Secondly, he has incredible poise. Witness when he arrived for the State of the Union address. OK, he’s a New York property billionaire, however being President of the most powerful nation ever in the history of our world is another thing altogether. He arrived in the room as though it was his parent’s home. Totally self assured and confident in his bearing. This behaviour is not presidential? So is speaking at Klu Klux Clan [sic] funerals presidential [here reminding us that Biden spoke at Robert Byrd’s funeral]? Which President had an Italian opera singer sing Ave Maria on the White House portico? So is Christian and proud of it not Presidential?

It seems commentators compete to damn him for what are essentially peccadillos. It not as though leaders of the western world are thick on the ground.

Exactly as I think of these things myself. I will add in the last of the comments since it also gets to the point that needs to be made.

To say the obvious, Trump would not have become president were there not a deep underlying comprehension among many US citizens that the Left is Evil.
And so, the Left had to destroy Trump. Which they did.
The mainstream media is 90% Evil Left – as it is in Australia too, of course.
It’s just in Australia too few non-Leftists can see this, or rather are too complacent to bother to look.


“A massive fraud has been visited upon a fearful and credulous public”

From David Solway at The Pipeline: Something Wicked Really Does This Way Come. His first para:

After almost two years of intensively studying the chemistry of viruses, the nature of the Covid pandemic and the policies adopted to combat it, I’ve concluded, as have many others, that a massive fraud has been visited upon a fearful and credulous public. And after examining innumerable podcasts and blockbuster video interviews conducted with highly credentialed virologists and public health experts, most recently with Professor of Medicine at Stanford University Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, leading cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, the inventor of core mRNA technology Dr. Robert Malone, and Michael Yeadon, a former VP at Pfizer, what I once thought sounded like a conspiracy theory may well be a conspiracy fact.

David goes on with this.

We learn that hospitals have been financially incentivized to report and inflate the numbers of doubtful cases and mortalities, and that deaths “with Covid” were routinely conflated with “from Covid.” Injuries and deaths due to the vaccines have been largely downplayed and hidden; voluntary reporting sites such as VAERS in the U.S. and Yellow Card in the U.K. are grossly unreliable. We learn that the vaccinated are susceptible to infection and shedding at rates equal to or higher than the unvaccinated. Emergency-use legislation shields Big Pharma from legal proceedings initiated by those who have suffered from the vaccines. Meanwhile, as former New York Times investigative reporter Alex Berenson reports, quoting the U.K. Office for National Statistics, the vaccinated are dying at twice the proportional rate of the unvaccinated.

And if you are unaware of this, you have not been paying attention.

In the words of Robert Malone and Peter Navarro, the vaccines “can trigger serious cardiac and thrombotic conditions, menstrual cycle disruptions, Bell’s palsy, Guillain-Barre syndrome and anaphylaxis. Male children appear particularly prone to myocarditis while, post-vaccination, individuals may have suppressed immunities that make them vulnerable to other diseases.” Young children of all ages, who have no need for protection against Covid, are at considerable risk from the inoculations, and pregnant women are prone to miscarriages and stillbirths. These Pharma products have been rushed to market and have not undergone the standard 5-12 years of testing. No one knows what the future portends for those who have received the jab.

You might say that the following is his conclusion, except that it is only about half way through the article.

The circumstantial evidence for nefarious intentions among government leaders and bureaucrats, Big Pharma, media, left-wing plutocrats, academia, the World Economic Forum, and the medical establishment is impossible to ignore. The extent of the alleged collusion is mind-boggling, and yet it seems entirely plausible given the astronomical sums and consolidated power involved. 

You should read the whole thing. We try to pretend that only if one lived in a Bond movie could anything like this be true, but sometime, perhaps this time, reality may turn out to be stranger than fiction.

Vaxxinating children-evil, cruel and utterly heartless

That’s just the song. To hear the song and see the harm these vaxxines have done to children go to this link: Silence: The story of COVID vaccine victims.

Video of the silenced vaccine victims.

Lyrics and vocals by Julie Elizabeth who is vaccine injured.

Produced by the staff of the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation.

Here’s the vid but you will have to click on the link to watch it yourself.

No vaxxines for children!! This is from a friend who writes:

My daughter had covid… she had fever for 2 days but she is now back to running around the house as normal. I tested again but still negative – never had a symptom even though our family decided we could not be bothered to isolate from each other in our small apartment.

I thought I’d have some fun so I made this poster for my friend’s mate (who I don’t personally know, hence the names blacked out) who is adamant these “vaccines” are so incredibly awesome.

Plus this: MIT scientist’s warning for parents about the COVID vaccine.

And here is the vid again in case it can be seen directly. Otherwise, as before, just click the link.

And then there is this as well: DO NOT VAX YOUR CHILDREN! — WITH DR ROBERT MALONE. Go to the link to listen to the presentation.

Covidiocy may be about to end

Are we beginning to see the beginning of the end of Covidiocy? First this: England Ends All COVID Passports, Mask Mandates, Work Restrictions. Undoubtedly pushed along by the fact that no one in authority takes Covid seriously, only the media and the population. That is why all over the political class there are so few who wear masks in public unless they are being knowingly photographed. So in the UK:

Restrictions including COVID-19 passes, mask mandates, and work-from-home guidance will be removed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday.

And now this as well: Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus.

With one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates and most pandemic-battered economies, the [Spanish] government is laying the groundwork to treat the next infection surge not as an emergency but an illness that is here to stay. Similar steps are under consideration in neighboring Portugal and in Britain.

A few examples.

PICTURED: Maskless AOC raises a cocktail at dinner in Miami Beach | Daily  Mail Online
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews fined $400 for mask breaches after he  admitted it was an 'oversight' | 7NEWS

Do you think that if they thought there was any serious danger they would behave like this?

Jordan Peterson discusses the crumbling walls of Western Civilisation

Although I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, that’s not why this interests me so much: Jordan Peterson: Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto. Universities are no longer safe territories for anyone other than those on the committed left. It’s an old story by now, but if even a Jordan Peterson is no longer seen as an esteemed colleague in what was Canada’s best university, then no one is. Here are a few highlights from what he has to say.

I had envisioned teaching and researching at the U of T, full time, until they had to haul my skeleton out of my office. I loved my job. And my students, undergraduates and graduates alike, were positively predisposed toward me. But that career path was not meant to be. There were many reasons, including the fact that I can now teach many more people and with less interference online. But here’s a few more.

First, my qualified and supremely trained heterosexual white male graduate students (and I’ve had many others, by the way) face a negligible chance of being offered university research positions, despite stellar scientific dossiers….

Second reason: [The] many issues of appalling ideology currently demolishing the universities and, downstream, the general culture….

Furthermore, the accrediting boards for graduate clinical psychology training programs in Canada are now planning to refuse to accredit university clinical programs unless they have a “social justice” orientation….

And if you think DIE is bad [“Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity mandates (my preferred acronym: DIE)”] , wait until you get a load of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores . Purporting to assess corporate moral responsibility, these scores, which can dramatically affect an enterprise’s financial viability, are nothing less than the equivalent of China’s damnable social credit system, applied to the entrepreneurial and financial world. CEOs: what in the world is wrong with you?…

Finally, do you know that Vladimir Putin himself is capitalizing on this woke madness?… It may come as a surprise to some people, but Russia has been there already. After the 1917 revolution, the Bolsheviks, relying on the dogmas of Marx and Engels, also said that they would change existing ways and customs, and not just political and economic ones, but the very notion of human morality and the foundations of a healthy society….

And all of you going along with the DIE activists, whatever your reasons: this is on you. Professors. Cowering cravenly in pretence and silence. Teaching your students to dissimulate and lie. To get along. As the walls crumble. For shame.

Jordan Peterson is near unique, not so much in his views but in his prominence in spite of his views. How long he can withstand the pressure we shall only eventually see, but the ruin that others are trying to bring into his life is an all-too vivid example of how one’s life can be completely ruined if one does not toe the line.

How to identify intelligence in other people

This is from Quora: How can you tell if someone has a high IQ? The answer was supplied by Bruno Campello de SouzaProfessor at Federal University of Pernambuco. He sensibly shied away from identifying high intelligence with high IQ. Although they may be related, they are not the same. This was his answer.

There are observable signs of intelligence that tend to be more easily spotted by those with higher IQ than by those with lower ones. The saying below may sound obnoxiously elitist, but it does seem to hold:

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Having said that, in no particular order, the signs that one is interacting with a person that has a very high level of intelligence include perceiving in that person:

  • An appetite for information and knowledge, which includes not only curiosity, but also a veritable “need” for intellectual stimulation;
  • The ability to quickly understand your arguments without the need for much explanation, perhaps even anticipating the final conclusion before you get to it;
  • Identifying interesting implications and consequences of your arguments that you yourself had not considered;
  • Displays of rapid perception, strong learning capacity, and substantial problem-solving abilities;
  • A broad scope and/or depth of knowledge;
  • The ability to perceive and appreciate the relevant talents and accomplishments of others.

When you see most of these signs in someone, you can tell that they are an intellectual “force to be reckoned with”.

The comments that follow his post are also worth a look. There is also this further posting by Professor Campello de Souza: Are more intelligent people more likely to be alone. The post begins:

In a study with 1,383 adults from Pernambuco, Brazil, IQ was negatively associated to both Extraversion and Agreeableness.

He speculates that the following characteristics may be in play.

  • With a higher IQ, there is a tendency for a higher level of working memory and also long-term recall, as well as speed of processing, which grants the ability to generate more and better mental imagery, thereby creating an incentive for “daydreaming” or “zoning out” (think of having your own personal “mental holodeck”);
  • IQ is, by definition, the capacity to deal with abstract thinking, making the intellectually gifted more prone to detach from concrete experiences;
  • The things that many of the Gifted are most interested in are not the things that attract the vast majority of people, the same happening with their life and work experiences, so that the highly intelligent may not find much in common with the majority of people and vice-versa;
  • Being a minority by definition, a relevant portion of the Gifted might be the object of prejudice, making them more prone to withdrawing from social interactions and/or being less inclined to be less empathetic or altruistic;
  • The differences in the size and breadth of vocabulary between the Gifted and most people might make communication more difficult or cumbersome;
  • The Gifted can, at times, become frustrated, impatient or irritated with the slower and/or more limited intelligence of normal individuals, something which can come from elitism, self-importance, sense of superiority and even Narcissism, but can also arise from honest exhaustion from continuously having to wait for, explain to, correct, and accept errors from most of the people one interacts with.

“Supply-side inflation” is a term of deep ignorance

I was asked about the nature of inflation at the present time which apparently is being described as “supply-side driven”. Somehow it is the supply-side of the economy that is driving inflation. I suppose this is some kind of deep-state effort to subvert supply-side economics. This is what I replied.

  1. Inflation is a product of an excess in the rate of growth in the medium of exchange (all forms of domestic purchasing power) relative to the rate of growth in the goods and services available for purchase. This is neither supply side nor demand side since, as in most things in an economy, it is both sides. Or more precisely, it is everything all at once.
  2. I might add here that as a classical economist myself, inflation does not refer to movements in the price level but to government spending over and above the level of production. Since that was exactly the recipe for a Keynesian stimulus, they changed the definition of inflation in the 1930s merely to refer to an increase in the price level, and so that is what I will use as my definition here.
  3. They are trying to argue that the price level is rising because of supply constraints due to the inability of ships to land or for the goods and services to show up in retail outlets because of supply-chain deficiencies, and that it is therefore nothing to do with government policy in any narrow sense. They are therefore asking everyone to believe that when the various supply-side constraints end, that everything will go back to normal so that the price level will fall back to where it had previously been.
  4. The CPI everywhere has been distorted to suppress the evidence of price movements. The housing component in every index underestimates the contribution of  the rising cost of accommodation, which has been part of the reason that consumer prices have stayed relatively calm while housing prices have gone berserk. The reality is that there has been a fall in the ability of individuals on average incomes to buy as much as they used to, also in part because they are not permitted to because of covid. The level of demand across most economies has been flattened if not actually fallen.
  5. The question probably of most interest is what will the Federal Reserve do about interest rates? The whole thing is a mess and they have made it clear that rates will have to rise. Will they? Will they be allowed to? Will there be an almost instantaneous collapse in confidence and expenditure if they do?
  6. The Fed has allowed so much rate complacency to enter the market that my guess [a complete guess] is that the moment rates go up, business plans will go on hold all across the world. Because once rates start going up, it is impossible to know when they will have reached their highest level. The Democrats are in The White House and there is a Congressional election in November in the US. Will the Fed be willing to see the Dems routed even more than they are about to be at the coming election? They may have no choice, but in my view, if they can they will put it off as long as possible and then let the coming Republican Congress take the blame.
  7. It is all a mess. As for the term “supply-led-inflation”, it is economically meaningless. We are living in Zombie economies where it is hard to see things working out without quite a reversal before they can go forward again. The US is cushioned by hosting the world’s reserve currency, but it is only partially protected.
  8. Meanwhile, as my one further conjecture is this, that the one place purchasing power can be removed from the community with the least political pain [not no pain, but the least] is from those of us on retirement incomes. If I have to guess, and it is a guess, that it is from those of us on fixed incomes whose incomes they will try to steal from to cover the insane deficits found everywhere. But the deficits cannot disappear without a large rise in the price level.

The death of America

From Midnight trains and daylight robbery which is modern Los Angeles. A comment at the post.

I live in the greater Los Angeles area. In the past two years or so, we have witnessed:
1) Mass rioting and arson;
2) Chronic “smash and grab” thefts/robberies at stores by mobs of “youths”;
3) And now, actual train robberies, the kind of which used to be resolved at the point of a Winchester by the railroad police.
All of this has been overlaid by omnipresent homeless encampments and hordes of drug addled and mentally ill zombies wandering throughout the area. They are this society’s “sacred cows”: They sleep where they want, steal what they want, and defecate wherever it suits them. They are, of course, immune from any consequences. Can someone convince me that we are not witnessing the collapse of civilization?

You would think that in a democratic polity there would be some kind of automatic effort to fix what is wrong but there is no evidence of any kind of repair in the minds of the people who live in these wastelands. Here is a more accurate representation of the problem.