Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Burning Of Baltimore: A Coda

     I’m fairly sure my Gentle Readers are all thoroughly sick of the Baltimore atrocities by now...but I want to take this opportunity to make you all much, much sicker:

     House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended Baltimore city officials’ reaction to the riots erupting in the city by asking for more federal tax dollars.

     The Daily Caller asked Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, if the city’s leadership had failed, since the West Baltimore area was still being rebuilt from the 1968 riots. Hoyer replied, “We have to invest in making sure that we have proper infrastructure and proper housing so that we have neighborhoods that are safe and that we have safe conditions in which to live.”

     “But I wouldn’t call it a failure, certainly, of Baltimore,” he added. “But we’re going to have to as a country invest if we’re going to have the kinds of communities we want.”

     A Democrat has responded to a question about the failure of Baltimore’s “leadership” – merciful God, how I hate the notion that political officials are our “leaders!” – by calling for more tax dollars paid into the Treasury by Americans from other cities and states to be expended on “infrastructure.”

     What an incredible surprise.

     It’s been said many times (now and then by me) that when a politician, or a political interest group, proposes the same “solution” to every “problem” that comes down the turnpike, you can bet your last dollar that the “solution,” not the “problem,” is what the politician or group really cares about.

     Add to that the observable, terrifying rate of failure of political “solutions” to proposed “problems.” Quoth H. L. Mencken on “the sex problem,” by which he was referring to the pervasiveness of prostitutes (and customers for them) in cities of significant size:

     There is no half-baked ecclesiastic, bawling in his galvanized-iron temple on a suburban lot, who doesn’t know precisely how it ought to be dealt with. There is no fantoddish old suffragette, sworn to get her revenge on man, who hasn’t a sovereign remedy for it. There is not a shyster of a district attorney, ambitious for higher office, who doesn’t offer to dispose of it in a few weeks, given only enough help from the city editors. And yet, by the same token, there is not a man who has honestly studied it and pondered it, bringing sound information to the business, and understanding of its inner difficulties and a clean and analytical mind, who doesn’t believe and hasn’t stated publicly that it is intrinsically and eternally insoluble. For example, Havelock Ellis. His remedy is simply a denial of all remedies. He admits that the disease is bad, but he shows that the medicine is infinitely worse, and so he proposes going back to the plain disease, and advocates bearing it with philosophy, as we bear colds in the head, marriage, the noises of the city, bad cooking and the certainty of death. Man is inherently vile—but he is never so vile as when he is trying to disguise and deny his vileness. No prostitute was ever so costly to a community as a prowling and obscene vice crusader, or as the dubious legislator or prosecuting officer who jumps at such swine pipe.

     Every political “solution” requires three things:

  1. Laws,
  2. Hands,
  3. Funds.

     When the “solution” fails to eliminate or substantially reduce the “problem,” what follows?

  1. Legislators virtually never repeal the applicable law; that would be an admission of error.
  2. Those who “work” for the agency charged with the “solution” have livelihoods to protect, and will fight tooth and nail to retain them – even to enlarge them.
  3. The money not spent on government employees is spent on material and outside “experts,” who acquire an interest in the perpetuation of the “solution” at least as strong as that of the government employees!

     Sociologists call this an “Iron Triangle,” which defends its politically created turf with the ferocity of a lioness protecting her cubs. This is the prime example of the importance of individual motivation and its priority over notions of “civic virtue:” To those with a personal stake in the “solution,” its perpetuation outranks the “problem” in importance.

     Theorists will theorize, moralists will moralize, and political strategists will politically strategize until the Moon should fall from the sky. None of them will ever change that central fact about government and government programs. It is the key to why all political systems, including anarchism, are inherently unstable.

     Race riots aren’t new. We’ve had fifty years to get accustomed to them. They invariably feature Negro mobs running rampant through urban districts, smashing and looting. There’s always a triggering event, of course, but the trigger is seldom of enduring importance. What matters is the facility racialist mouthpieces have developed at inciting anger among American Negroes, who have been remorselessly propagandized about how they’re “oppressed.” Raise that pitch high enough and they’ll riot.

     I’m about to say something that’s likely to offend a great many persons, so those with excessively tender sensibilities or generally weak constitutions should leave the website at this point.

     Have we cleared the room adequately? Good, ‘cause here I go:

When was the last riot by American Caucasians?

     It doesn’t matter whether the disparity is a consequence of intellectual deficiency, emotional susceptibility, or simple lust to loot and destroy. Negroes riot; Caucasians don’t. More, they’ll riot regardless of the merits of the triggering event. All they require is “just cause,” and yes, those are “sneer quotes.”

     John Derbyshire touched off a huge controversy with his column “The Talk: Nonblack Version.” Yet not one of his critics could refute his assertions. What those assertions amount to is that concentrations of American Negroes constitute a hazard to the life and property of non-Negroes.

     I submit that we have had enough demonstrations of this proposition to grant it our confidence.

     Negro racialists know their audience. They know how easily it can be whipped into a furor. They know how little can be done to restrain a black mob bent upon looting and destruction, if the authorities are unwilling to use force to the necessary degree and in the necessary amount. They know that at least for the present, the response of “authorities” to such riots is far more likely to be conciliatory – Steny Hoyer’s approach – than punitive. Last and most significant, they know how to profit personally from the sequelae.

     There will be more such riots, in more cities, over ever more trivial occurrences.

     Draw the moral.


Tim Turner said...

First, "... merciful God, how I hate the notion that political officials are our “leaders!...”


Next, your question, "When was the last riot by American Caucasians?"

I thought about this and looked up the Haymarket riot and the Bonus Army March in Washington DC. You know what? Multiple sources (, Wikipedia and others) indicate that the police or government forces caused a preponderance of injuries. A single person *did* throw a bomb at Haymarket.

But two facts stand out:
1) The Caucasian protesters did not riot.
2) They may have over-reacted, but the "government's" use of force certainly prevented *any* escalation of violence or property damage.

Note the absence of both these facts in Baltimore.

Tim Turner said...

I should have mentioned that both Haymarket and the Bonus March can be looked at as suppression of the right to peaceably assemble. True.

What I've seen in videos from Baltimore does not look like peaceable assembly to me.

Anonymous said...

Caucasians riot. Consider the Tulsa race riot or various lynchings.

I think it would be better to say three generations removed from the gentle black and white Christians we all know and love, feral fatherless youth roam opportunistically, with sociopathic entitlement. I suppose there are slight differences between the demonic mass consciousness of Crips, Bloods, MS-13 and Mr. Epstine's VI clients. Divide and Conquer is not Christ's strategy.

Reg T said...

I thought of the contretemps in Chicago during the Democratic Convention there in 1968, but that was a protest that only escalated into violence when the Chicago moved to drive out the protesters. I truly cannot recall _any_ riots by whites. And the attack upon the Bonus Marchers was not a riot, it was the use of force by .gov to punish them for the temerity of making demands on Congress.

I cannot for the life of me decide if Steny Hoyer is as stupid as he appears to be, or if he simply is so disconnected from the reality experienced by the rest of the human race. Sure, Steny - let us re-build Baltimore so that the inner city blacks have something to destroy when the mayor decides to let them destroy some more property.

Montana doesn't have much diversity (other than Native American) in our population, but a riot in my area might leave me in fear of my life - and the new Kel-Tec PMR-30 I just bought holds 30 rounds per magazine to deal with the issue. I'm sure to be labeled a racist when I admit that I wonder if head-shots might be ineffective in dealing with black looters and vandals.

I am convinced that head-shots would be pointless against politicians of any stripe.

Anonymous said...

"I wonder if head-shots might be ineffective in dealing with black looters and vandals.

I am convinced that head-shots would be pointless against politicians of any stripe."

Hips to immobilize (below the armor), then surround with fuel for disposal. Vampires and zombies can be destroyed with fire. .22 Mag may not be enough gun to break pelvic girdle.

The cannon on an A-10 would be sufficient.


Reg T said...

That should have said "when the Chicago police moved".

Also, per John Ross' novel, _Unintended Consequences_, McArthur, Patton, and Eisenhower were the senior officers who moved troops through the Bonus Marcher's encampment, causing the deaths of a number of civilians there, including women, wounded/disabled vets, etc. (I can't imagine Ross would have listed them as being responsible for what happened that day if they had not actually been there.)

Michael or Janice said...

The statement "When was the last riot by American Caucasians?" got me to thinking. I watched one unfold in 1971 that was all white boys in a college town and only lasted 4 hours.

This got me to searching. lists riots from the last 2000 years. Late 1960s early 1970s anti war riots were the last largely white riots.

1964 Philadephia race riots were whites against integrating the schools. 1962 Ole Miss riots was whites about James Meredith integrating Ole Miss.

1930s and earlier there were a number of white riots about race.

So fifty one years since the last racial riot by American Caucasians. The truly sad thing is that the trends that I see in morals for Caucasians lead me to expect white racially motivated riots in the next twenty to forty years.

Michael G

Reg T said...

I wonder how many folks are confusing protests with riots. Since the right to assemble - and voice your concerns - is a right that the BoR mentions as the #1 right, "loud and unruly" does not a riot make.

Futhermore, does a violent reaction to getting clubbed and beaten by Chicago cops create a riot? I believe this is true, but then I don't think it is appropriate to say it was a Caucasian (or Negro, for that matter, when they _peacefully_ protested back in the 50's and 60's) - riot.

The black/muslim rioting in England last year, which included quite a few (but still a numerical minority) British whites qualifies, since the intent was to vandalize and loot, just like the black rioting here in these recent times.

I just think the distinction needs to be made.