Some Timely Satire: No Left-Wing Extremists in the US

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Judging by media coverage, there are only right-wing extremists.

Groucho Marx said that he didn’t want to be a member of any club that would have him. To paraphrase the comedian, I don’t want to be a member of any political tribe that would have me, especially not the control freaks who want to remake America into their extreme image and subjugate me and my loved ones and take our stuff and constitutional rights.

Thankfully, there are no longer any extremists on the left for me to guard against—at least according to the mediaExtremists only exist on the right.

That explains why the pejorative “right-wing” is used in the media ten times more or so than “left-wing.” It also explains why there has been an avalanche of stories about the threat of right-wing extremists and white supremacists and no stories about left-wing extremists and white Marxists.

One can only conclude that there is no one on the left like the Arizonan who, along with other numbskulls, stormed the Capitol wearing an animal skin and Viking horns—a freak who made me ashamed to be an Arizonan.

The unbathed, scraggly rioters in Portland, Seattle, Kenosha, and other cities must’ve been on the right, despite their claim that they were Antifa, or anti-fascists, because extremists are only on the right. 

Being learned people with an exceptional knowledge of history, the Antifa no doubt knows that the right is often the left, and vice versa. Journalists certainly know this, considering that they are even brighter and more versed in history than the Antifa, due to having a degree in the toughest major in college next to an education major.

Here’s a quick history lesson for the unlearned who don’t have the intellect of Antifa or journalists: The word “fascism” got its name in Italy from the bundle of sticks called “fasci,” a symbol of the collective nature of Benito Mussolini’s fascism. As with Hitler’s National Socialists, fascism was a combination of nationalism and socialism. The fascists may not have owned the means of production, but they didn’t have to, because they controlled the capitalists, which is the dream of control freaks like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Elizabeth Warren.

Are AOC and EW right-wingers?

More history: Starting with the Progressive Era in the early twentieth century and continuing for a few decades, white eugenicists led the powerful eugenics movement, which had the mission of stopping undesirables from reproducing, through forced sterilization and other measures. They called themselves progressives but must’ve been right-wingers in disguise, because progressives would never have resorted to such an abuse of government power.

Likewise, President Woodrow Wilson, a former Ivy League academic, called himself a progressive but must’ve been a right-winger. After all, no one on the left would’ve passed the Sedition Act and arrested reporters for speaking out against American soldiers being slaughtered in the First World War. Similarly, no one on today’s left would cancel people or get them fired for exercising their First Amendment right of free speech.

Senator Joe McCarthy was indeed a right-winger (and a drunk). He was so extreme that he went after lovey-dovey Kumbaya Americans who wanted to turn America into a Communist paradise like the Soviet Union and Red China, which, combined, starved and executed tens of millions of people. He is so vilified for what he did that the word “McCarthyism” is synonymous with “right-wing extremism.” Funny thing, though, the word “Wilsonism” or “eugenicism” did not enter the political lexicon as being synonymous with “left-wing extremism.”

All of this shows that the left is smarter than the right. Progressives and their fellow cadres in the copycat media have commandeered the language to their advantage and convinced America’s youth that the only threat to their freedom and well-being comes from the right.  

Speaking of right, Groucho Marx was indeed right. Americans should not want to be a member of a political tribe on either the right or left that harbors extremists, even if the tribe would have them.

Radical Chic 52 Years Later

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Yesteryear’s radical chic morphed into today’s wokeness and virtue signaling.

Fifty-two years ago New York Magazine published “Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s,” by Tom Wolfe. With his outstanding satirical talent and observational skills, Wolfe described the bizarre scene at a cocktail party at a 13-room penthouse duplex on Park Avenue, the home of Felicia and Leonard Bernstein, the famous symphony conductor.

It was a fundraising event to raise money for the defense of 21 Black Panthers who were arrested on a charge of conspiring to blow up five New York department stores, New Haven Railroad facilities, a police station, and the Bronx Botanical Gardens. In attendance were 90 people, including the upper-crust of high society, celebrities, and a few media personalities, including Barbara Walters, the famous journalist of the time. Black Panthers were honored guests.

Radical chic was the ultimate in progressive hypocrisy, naiveté, foolishness, and self-immolation. It predated the term “limousine liberal,” which in turn predated today’s wokeness and virtue signaling. As with its later incarnations, radical chic did little if anything to solve root problems in African-American communities or society in general.

Wolfe’s essay was as long as a novella, about 25 pages. It can be found in its entirety here. If you don’t have the time or interest in reading it, this commentary gives the highlights and relates them to today’s fatuous displays of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory.

The photos that accompany the essay are priceless. Rich, pampered, bejeweled white elites with perfectly coiffed hair and wearing haute couture can be seen posing and mingling with the Panthers.

Wolfe described the Panthers as wearing “tight pants, the tight black turtlenecks, the leather coats, Cuban shades, Afros. But real Afros, not the ones that have been shaped and trimmed like a topiary hedge and sprayed until they have a sheen like acrylic wall-to-wall—but like funky, natural, scraggly . . . wild . . .”

His description of the party’s hors d’oeuvres is delicious:

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. These are nice. Little Roquefort cheese morsels rolled in crushed nuts. Very tasty. Very subtle. It’s the way the dry sackiness of the nuts tiptoes up against the dour savor of the cheese that is so nice, so subtle. Wonder what the Black Panthers eat here on the hors d’oeuvre trail? Do the Panthers like little Roquefort cheese morsels wrapped in crushed nuts this way, and asparagus tips in mayonnaise dabs, and meatballs petites au Coq hardi, all of which are at this moment being offered to them on gadrooned silver platters by maids in black uniforms with hand-ironed white aprons . . .

Recognizing that it would be a faux pas for the Panthers to be served by blacks, the Bernsteins had retained white Latins as servers (and servants).

Speaking about the contradictions between the Upper East Side denizens and the Panthers, Wolfe wrote, “It is like the delicious shudder you get when you try to force the prongs of two horseshoe magnets together . . . them and us . . .”

One of the lawyers for the Panther 21 spoke to the attendees about the injustices of the justice system, including the bail system, which had placed “a preposterous” bail of $100,000 on each of the 21, “which has in effect denied them the right to bail.”

Clamor for bail reform continues today and has been implemented in some jurisdictions. Some say it has resulted in an increase in crime.

As with the killing of George Floyd, the killing of a black man in 1969 had precipitated calls for police reform. The man was Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who was fatally shot in a pre-dawn raid at his apartment by the Chicago Police Department.

However, there weren’t calls for defunding the police back then, as there were after the killing of George Floyd, probably because Hampton’s death wasn’t captured on video.

Speaking of defunding the police, present-day students at Columbia University, across town from the locale of the Bernstein cocktail party, had called for cutbacks in campus police after the Floyd tragedy. Due to a subsequent rise in crime at the university, students are now demanding an increased police presence.

At the time of Wolfe’s essay in 1970, the opposite of defunding the police had occurred. Law and order had become the mantra, driven in part by the infamous 1969 shootout between cops and Black Panthers in L.A., a shootout that resulted in the militarization of the police, according to some historians. That shootout had followed a shootout between cops and Panthers in Oakland, as well as the Panthers targeting cops for execution. There were also shootouts between rival black revolutionary groups.

And so the political pendulum has gone, swinging as wildly and dangerously as the pendulum in “The Pit and the Pendulum.” Many present-day politicians who called for defunding the police in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement had called for beefing up the police earlier in their careers. Joe Biden was one of them.

In a precursor to the teaching of critical race theory in schools today—a theory that says that whites and their institutions are inherently racist—the Panthers had opened Liberation Schools. While the schools taught students traditional courses in English, math, and science, their primary mission was to instill revolutionary consciousness by focusing on issues of class and institutional racism.

Anyway, back to the cocktail party.

A Panther leader named Cox addressed the attendees, explaining why the Panthers resort to violence: “As our Minister of Defense, Huey P. Newton, says, ‘Any unarmed people are slaves or are slaves in the real meaning of the word’ . . . We recognize that this country is the most oppressive country in the world, maybe in the history of the world.”

At the same time, the Panther said that the group believes in Maoism. Wolfe didn’t remark on the contradiction of calling the U.S. oppressive but embracing an oppressive ideology that killed tens of millions of people. This is similar to today’s neo-Marxists who believe that the U.S. is an evil, oppressive empire, as if it would be the epitome of equality, social justice, and racial harmony if they ran things.

The Panther went on to say that there wasn’t anyone in the room who wouldn’t defend themselves and their family if someone broke into their house in the middle of the night to murder them. To which Wolfe wrote what must’ve gone through the minds of the white women in attendance:

. . . and every woman in the room thinks of her husband . . . with his cocoa-butter jowls and Dior Men’s Boutique pajamas . . . ducking into the bathroom and locking the door and turning the shower on, so he can say later that he didn’t hear a thing.

According to Wolfe, one Park Avenue matron was thrown into Radical Chic confusion by calls from the speaker for burning down buildings and other violence. She said, “He’s a magnificent man, but suppose some simple-minded schmucks take all that business about burning down buildings seriously?”

The Panther named Cox continued with a thinly-veiled anti-Semitic reference by mentioning that “the merchants in the black community who are the exploiters of the black community” should be giving donations. To which Wolfe wrote his reaction:

For God’s sake, Cox, don’t open that can of worms. Even in this bunch of upholstered skulls there are people who can figure out just who those merchants are, what group, and just how they are asked for donations, and we’ve been free of that little issue all evening, man—don’t bring out that ball-breaker.

Later in his essay, Wolfe wrote the following about the Panthers’ view of Jews:

The June, 1967, issue of another Panther publication, Black Power, had carried a poem entitled “Jew-Land,” which said:

Jew-Land, On a summer afternoon
Really, Couldn’t kill the Jews too soon,
Now dig. The Jews have stolen our bread
Their filthy women tricked our men into bed
So I won’t rest until the Jews are dead . . .
In Jew-Land, Don’t be a Tom on Israel’s side
Really, Cause that’s where Christ was crucified

One of the attendees, Otto Preminger, the famous Austro-Hungarian-born movie director, began disagreeing with the Panther speaker on his claim that the U.S. was oppressive. “You said zis is de most repressive country in de world. I don’t beleef zat . . . Do you mean dat zis government is more repressive zan de government of Nigeria?”

Lenny Bernstein then questioned the speaker on his threat that if white businessmen don’t give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from them and placed in the community, with the people. They had this exchange:

Lenny says: “How? I dig it! But How?

“You can’t blueprint the future,” says Cox [the Panther].

“You mean you’re just going to wing it?” says Lenny.

“Like . . . this is what we want, man,” says Cox, we want the same thing as you, we want peace. We want to come home at night and be with the family . . . and turn on the TV . . . and smoke a little weed . . . you know? . . . and get a little high . . . you dig? . . . and we’d like to get into that bag, like anybody else. But we can’t do that . . . see . . . because if they send in the pigs to rip us off and brutalize our families, then we have to fight.”

The journalist Barbara Walters later jumps in:

“I’m talking as a white woman who has a white husband, who is a capitalist, or an agent of capitalists, and I am, too, and I want to know if you are to have your freedom, does that mean we have to go?

Cox says, “. . . a lot of young white people are beginning to understand about oppression. They’re part of the petty bourgeoisie. It’s a different class from the black community, but there’s a common oppressor. They’re protesting about individual freedoms, to have their music and smoke weed and have sex. These are individual freedoms but they are beginning to understand.”

One of the Panther wives then says to Walters, “You sound like you’re afraid.” “

“I’m not afraid of you,” Barbara Walters says to her, “but maybe I am about the idea of the death of my children.”

Wolfe would go on to skewer the nouveau riche for their nostalgie de la boue, a nineteenth-century French term that means “nostalgia for the mud.” He explained that new arrivals to the upper class have always had two way of certifying their superiority over the hated middle class. “They can take on the trapping of aristocracy, such as grand architecture, servants, parterre boxes and high protocol; and they can indulge in the gauche thrill of taking on certain styles of the lower orders. The two are by no means mutually exclusive; in fact they are always used in combination.”

He continued:

During the 1960s in New York nostalgie de la boue took the form of the vogue of rock music, the twist-frug genre of dances, Pop Art, Camp, the courting of pet primitives such as the Rolling Stones and Jose Torres, and innumerable dress fashions summed up in the recurrent image of the wealthy young man with his turtleneck jersey meeting his muttonchops at mid-jowl, a la the 1962 Sixth Avenue Automat bohemian, bidding good night to the aging doorman dressed in the mode of an 1870 Austrian army colonel.

One can only imagine what he’d write today about not only the upper crust but also the highly paid knowledge workers and techies whose wannabe hipster image can be seen in their scraggly beards, tattoos, and hair that looks like a Medusa Head.

Wolfe explained why the upper-crust had weekend places away from the city: to get away in the summer from the hoi polloi:

When one thinks of being trapped in New York Saturday after Saturday in July or August, doomed to be part of those fantastically dowdy herds roaming past Bonwit’s and Tiffany’s at dead noon the sandstone sun-broil, 92 degrees, daddies from Long Island in balloon-seat Bermuda shorts bought at the Times Square Store in Oceanside and fat mommies with white belled pants stretching over their lower bellies and crinkling up in the crotch like some kind of Dacron-polyester labia—well, anyway, then one truly feels the need to obey at least the minimal rules of New York society. One really does.

According to Wolfe, one rule of nostalgie de la boue is that the “styles of romantic, raw-vital, Low Rent primitives” are good. Conversely, the “middle class, whether black or white, is bad.” To point out the hypocrisy of those who think this way, he spoke of their feigned affection for the Panthers, Latin grape workers, and Native Americans, using terms that would get him cancelled today and won’t be repeated by me. He then pointed out something that often applies today to those who claim solidarity with the disadvantaged but keep their distance from them:

At the outset, at least, all three groups had something else to recommend them as well: they were headquartered 3,000 miles away from the East Side of Manhattan, in places like Delano (the grape workers), Oakland (the Panthers), and Arizona and New Mexico (the Indians). There weren’t likely to become too much . . . underfoot, as it were.

Near the end of his essay, Wolfe quoted an editorial that the New York Times ran after the party. An excerpt:

. . . the group therapy plus fund-raising soiree at the home of Leonard Bernstein, as reported in this newspaper yesterday, represent the sort of elegant slumming that degrades patrons and patronized alike. It might be dismissed as guilt-relieving fun spiked with social consciousness, except for its impact on those blacks and whites seriously working for complete equality and social justice. It mocked the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday was solemnly observed throughout the nation yesterday.

Black Panthers on a Park Avenue pedestal create one more distortion of the Negro image. Responsible black leadership is not likely to cheer as the Beautiful People create a new myth that Black Panther is beautiful.

The same could be said about much of today’s wokeness, virtue signaling, and critical race theory, but the New York Times isn’t about to say it.

Stalked by Facebook and Google Creeps

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We wouldn’t put up with it in the physical world but put up with it in the virtual world.

The media have been full of stories and commentaries about such tech giants as Facebook and Google, regarding their impact on society and control of advertising dollars. I have my own story about them.

My story begins with a visit to a local public library to browse the stacks.

As I went from stack to stack and book to book, I noticed two creepy guys following me. From afar, one looked like an android in a faded tee; the other, like a wimpy computer geek. As they got closer, the first one began to morph into an avatar of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; the second into an avatar of Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

Every time I looked at a book and put it back on the shelf, both of them quickly walked over to pull the book off the shelf, examine it, whisper something into their electronic gizmos, and put the book back on the shelf.

It shouldn’t have surprised me that they had branched into the physical world from the virtual world.  After all, they had become richer than some countries by spying digitally on their “customers” and then selling the information. The physical world would bring even greater riches.

Tired of being followed by the creeps, I left the library and drove to a nearby Barnes & Noble bookstore to browse without them looking over my shoulder. Unfortunately, the creeps followed me there.

Later, I met some buddies for lunch to talk about politics, sports, the stock market, and other interests. As soon as we sat down at a table, the Zuckerberg and Pichai lookalikes came in and sat at an adjoining table. During our ensuing conversation, we noticed that the two were leaning over to eavesdrop on us, just as the Stasi secret police in ill-fitting suits used to do in Communist East Germany.

After lunch, I drove home and told my wife what had happened. We then noticed that two Teslas bristling with antennas had parked in front of our house, and that the drivers were looking through binoculars pointed our way.

Angry over this latest intrusion of our privacy after being followed all day, I thought about grabbing an aluminum bat from the garage and bashing the car windows. Coming to my senses but still angry, I left the bat in the garage and walked outside to confront the two peeping Toms. Lo and behold, I discovered that they were the android and the geek.

“WHY THE HELL ARE YOU TWO SPYING ON US?”  I yelled at them.

The android responded like an automaton, “Because we want to bring the world together.” 

Demonstrating his artificial intelligence, the geek added, “Because we want to end world hunger, fossil fuels, and racial and gender disparities.”

“Don’t give me that corporate propaganda,” I said. “You just want to make billions by selling information to advertisers about our interests and the interests of billions of other people. You and your business model are unethical.”

Then I said that I was going to report them to the authorities because it’s against the law to stalk people, whether on-line or in person.

The Pichai lookalike giggled and said, “Google is more powerful than any government.” And the Zuckerberg lookalike gave a Meta smug smile and said, Facebook has personal dirt on every politician and government official.

Realizing I was defeated, I turned around and went back into the house, where an alien from outer space with a shaved head and a striking resemblance to Jeff Bezos appeared on my telescreen (Model No. 1984). He empathized with me and promised that, unlike Facebook and Google, Amazon would never spy on me.

Meanwhile, back in the larger world, members of Congress have playacted in hearings about the likes of Facebook and Google, bureaucrats at the FTC and FCC have engaged in meaningless busy work, experts on the First Amendment have contradicted each other, and child psychologists who didn’t have a normal childhood have disagreed with each other about whether children spending four hours a day on social media is good or bad for them.

The geniuses don’t seem to understand that the root problem with the companies is the dubious ethics of their business model, a model that is based on stalking and spying. They miss the point that being surveilled in the virtual world is not ethically different from being surveilled in the real world. The way to curtail their power is to outlaw the spying, which would force the companies to find honest ways of making a profit—which in turn would bring transparency to user costs and prices, thus furthering market competition.

The companies have responded to criticism with platitudes about how their altruistic mission is to connect people in peace and harmony. Their employees, supposedly the best and brightest in the world, have bought into the corporate cult, deluding themselves into thinking that they are not only intellectual giants but also morally superior to everyone else, especially about social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Apparently, the creeps never took an ethics class in college.

 

 

 

 

ADL Solving Hate on Halloween

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was formed in 1913 by the B’nai B’rith to combat anti-Semitism. It is now a standalone organization that has apparently solved the problem of Jew-hatred in the world. They have taken on the mission to stop hate on Halloween by providing guidance about costumes.

The ADL recently released a statement regarding their guidance: “Halloween is a week away and you and your family might be brainstorming costume ideas. Check out our resource for reminders about how and why to avoid cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that perpetuate gender norms.” The only problem is that they did not address some especially important groups.

I contacted Casper McFriendly of the International Association of Ghosts and he was none too friendly. Mr. McFriendly stated “Halloween is a period where people attack ghosts and goblins and bring a bad name to us all. While other groups rail against cultural appropriation, our culture is being attacked. Many walk around in white sheets conjuring up thoughts of the KKK casting a negative and hurtful image of our members. When is this going to stop? All of this is done just so kids can get some Candy Corn or Kit Kats.”

McFriendly continued stating that the annual devastation of Halloween is just a continuation of the attack on ghosts by the movie industry. McFriendly stated “The movie industry refuses to reflect poorly on the Chinese who are enslaving people but make wholesale attacks on ghosts as if we exist just to scare people. We have feelings too.”

Another overlooked group on Halloween is witches. We spoke with Hilda Necromancer of the Witches Guild. She expressed Halloween is a very hurtful time for witches. “We are exhibited as being ugly, scary beings. Just once we have been cast as a positive force. Does anyone remember witches being a positive force other than Glinda the Good Witch? Halloween leaves people with the image of witches as demanding candy and scaring people as if we are green monsters. When will this anti-witch message stop?”

Hilda the Witch went on to compare the current treatment of witches to the times of the Salem witch trials. “The devastation being done in modern times, all for the benefit of some people having their jollies, is as horrible for the witch community as we have ever experienced. Does anyone care? Where is the ADL in defending us?”

Another area of concern is the forced gender affiliation of Halloween, particularly for princesses. For years only girls have been allowed to wear princess costumes. Why is that? Princess costumes need to become egalitarian. Weighing in on this matter is an authentic princess, Princess Meghan. She said “I wish I had the opportunity to dress up as a prince when I was a kid. I could only dress as a princess  My husband, Harry, and I often switch with him being the princess and me being the prince. We are setting a positive example for our children and children all over the world.”

We contacted the ADL to obtain their input on this issue. We asked their spokesperson specifically which costume they would find the most offensive. Their response was instantaneous: “Police officer costumes. These costumes are particularly insensitive to minority communities. To have someone knocking on their doors dressed as a police officer can be very traumatic for these people. Then to have that person dressed as a police officer demand free things from the person at the door just is unseemly.”

When asked what costumes are preferred, the ADL spokesperson suggested that children explore dressing in costumes that are non-gender specific. “We think girls should consider dressing like football players. For those girls, it will be liberating and will let them explore their true sexual identity.”

We are baffled what all this has to do with ADL’S true mission of stopping anti-Semitism. When asked, their spokesperson responded “If we are perceived to be cool with the LGBTQ+ community, we have studies showing that will reduce anti-Semitism. After all, the Left has rejected Jews and studies show this will mitigate that. We are enormously proud of our stance on Halloween costumes.”

I left by asking one question. Halloween is not officially recognized in the Jewish religion so why are you doing this? Oh; never mind.

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This article was published on October 31, 2021, in Flash Report and is reproduced with the permission of the author.

 

Sweden Has Disappeared

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The entire nation of Sweden seems to have disappeared.

So far as we can tell, no scientific investigation into the disappearance of Sweden has been conducted. In fact, it is among scientists that Sweden seems to have pulled off an amazing vanishing act. Politicians around the world also have lost complete contact with the country. The media is not even aware of the countries existence. However, tourists and geographers have confirmed to us that the country still exists.

Frankly, we don’t know what to believe.

To our best knowledge, Sweden is still in the United Nations and we still have diplomatic relations with them. But being an ambassador to a country that has simply vanished, must be quite an unusual posting. Embassy parties must be quite subdued.

It is not certain how this disappearance act is performed, as Sweden is a rather large country that makes quite good automobiles, trucks, heavy earth moving equipment, arms, and jet airplanes. They produce a substantial amount of pop music ranging from vintage ABBA to First Aid Kit.

Quite a number of Swedes came to the US in the late 19th century and we are told they can be found in the Dakotas. We have met them, and they are nice people. But this only confirms that Sweden did exist at one time and is not proof it exists today.

Now personally, we have been able to completely disappear in front of clerks, bureaucrats, and people at airline ticket counters, but we don’t understand how an entire country can pull this off.

It really is one of the wonders of the world.

The reason we mention this is the chart shown above. The chart shows new cases of Covid in Sweden versus Israel.

Israel has is one of the most vaccinated and face-covered countries on earth while Sweden decided to deal with the Wuhan virus by doing very little if anything.

You would think this chart would be of interest to public officials in the US who are busily re-masking school children and requiring vaccination and revaccination through coercive mandates. But it would seem that evidence is not really required in their decision-making process.

While we make no pretense of being a medical doctor, we can read a chart, and likely so can you. It would seem to us that vaccination and mask-wearing have very little to do with the number of virus cases.  If so, destroying our economy, dividing our people into bitter camps, destroying personal liberty does not seem like a fair trade-off.

Strangely, it appears there may be an inverse relationship. That is to say, the more you do the worse the medical results, and the less you do, the better the results.

It really is a shame that Sweden has disappeared. We read the other day that ABBA was coming out of retirement and was going to cut a new album. We were looking forward to that.

Behold: Diversity in Failure

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We would not for one moment diminish the seriousness of the debacle Biden has made of his “withdrawal” from Afghanistan.

When a great superpower is this badly managed, history suggests ugly and terrible things will follow. 

It is said that nature abhors a vacuum and that has always been the case in foreign policy. Weakness is always probed by our enemies and with a weak and befuddled President at the helm, you can expect all those that want to take advantage to come out swinging.

The allies we have remaining must be left wondering if they are next. It is not just the Kurds, Iraqis, but also the Taiwanese, the Koreans, the Poles, Ukrainians, Australians, and Israelis who must sit up and take notice.

NATO members, so eager to get a President that was part of “their club” back in power, must be wondering what they have done. It would seem there is a high price to be paid for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The United States is no longer an honorable or dependable partner. Don’t have any illusions. The Democrats are running things here and may be doing so for some time. Our nation is divided badly, going bankrupt, and is run by a political party whose grasp on reality is so tenuous that it borders on mental illness.

Afghanistan will resume as a headquarters for international terrorism. That is what Jihad is all about. 

All the talk about the wonder of transgenderism will not change the character of the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, or the Taliban. The Democrats have put us all in danger.

Our adversaries must think we are crazy. And of course, they are correct.

This is a failure not of just of Creepy Joe Biden, but the Democrat Party and its progressive wing. In fact, Joe was formed, tutored, and selected for his role.

After all, it was former President Bush at the inauguration who took Congressman Jim Clyburn aside and said, “you know, you’re the savior, because if you had not nominated Joe Biden, we would not be having this transfer of power today.”

I wonder what Bush thinks of salvation right now.

The failure is now evident at the southern border, in Covid response, in control of the budget, in the forcing of Critical Race Theory, in defunding the police, in dealing with the homeless, in energy policy, the Chinese, and the disaster in Afghanistan.

The fruits of Progressivism will be bitter. It is too bad that those of us who gagged on its taste will be forced to dine with the guilty.

But there is one bright spot. Perhaps the diversity movement will get its comeuppance.

To be very clear, we think women and minorities are unquestionably capable of holding high-level jobs in the professions, in commerce, and in government. We have no problems with outreach programs to see that qualified women and minorities are recruited. But the movement to drop standards simply to stuff as many minorities as possible into positions of leadership, regardless of their talent and experience, was always going to lead to disaster.

Besides, according to Democrat progressives, there is little difference between men and women. They now designate women as so-called ‘birthing persons’, so why is all the fuss about getting ‘women’ (versus men, who may identify as women) placed into high levels of authority and leadership necessary?

If this nonsense occurs at a university or in a corporation, the ill effects of diversity may not be known for some time and the damage might be localized. But in high levels of government, it can be immediate, fatal, and dispersed.

We thought of this when we heard the truly idiotic remarks from Nancy Pelosi and now our UN Ambassador threatening the Taliban if they don’t respect women and girls. Now that we have pulled out, what leverage do we have? Why would people willing to fly airliners into buildings be intimidated by their finger-wagging?

The UN Ambassador is a good case in point. No doubt for political optics the Biden Administration looked at a black female as a twofer on the diversity scoreboard. But what kind of an idiot, male or female, could utter such nonsense as this: “We are hearing from people in Afghanistan that they are getting threats from the Taliban, and we have expressed in no uncertain terms here at the United Nations through a very strongly worded press statement from the Security Council that we expect the Taliban to respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls.”

Coming in with a close second is Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. “We have seen reports that the Taliban, contrary to their public statements and their commitments to our government, are blocking Afghans who wish to leave the country from reaching the airport.”

Both seemed shocked that unicorns and rainbows are rare in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the White House seems at odds with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs about whether travel to the airport is open or not. Confusion reigns.

So, again, just for the education of those in the State Department, you get the evacuation done BEFORE YOU PULL OUT AND LOSE ALL THE MILITARY LEVERAGE. Duh!

The number of Americans stranded seems to vary from 10,000 to 40,000, the Administration does not seem to know. Why don’t they?  Was not the condition of these Americans on their mind? More likely, they are worried whether these unfortunate countrymen are wearing masks and social distancing.

On the other hand, we suspect those Americans trapped by their own government behind enemy lines are not primarily concerned about the CIA’s diversity agenda.

In the Iran hostage crisis that broke Jimmy Carter, Islamic militants stormed our embassy to get hostages. In the Biden Administration, we have provided hostages to the enemy. It appears we may have provided some of the militants as well, as we released them from custody.

Naturally, our Vice President, another twofer for the diversity scoreboard, is silent and apparently on her way to the last country the Democrats sold out, Vietnam. That seems fitting.

The head of the Department of Defense is black and the head of National Intelligence is a woman. The National Security Advisor graduated from Yale, thus proving the sorry state of higher education. It is hard to see how this disaster does not put a spotlight on their role in all of this.

As for the entire cabinet, these are the people who have to make a decision under the 25th Amendment. If you are not familiar with the cabinet, behold the diversity. Come to think of it, the minority of white males is not much to brag about either.

Beyond that, the Democrats have produced a vast quantity of failed local minority leaders such as Lori Lightfoot, the racist Mayor of Chicago. At least Ms. Lightfoot has experience in a combat zone.

Then there is “the Squad”, an all-female tribe of mixed ancestry that seems to hate America more than the Taliban. They basically seem to control Congress.

The gay Governor of California is incompetent and so are numerous female, black and gay prosecutors and mayors.

Understand, we really don’t care what someone’s race is or their sexual preference. We care that they are competent and honorable people who are committed to the Constitution and the interests of the American people.

However, the diversity movement argues that all testing, all experience, all education or any other measures of competence are simply the product of racism and misogyny and are, therefore, invalid as a tool for selection. It logically follows, there is no rational basis for making a choice. What is left is an irrational basis.

The criteria used are solely for political optics. It becomes a quest to find the person who looks attractive to the Democrat voter base and send the correct rainbow coalition signals, rather than a search to find the most qualified and experienced person to fill the job, regardless of their race and gender or fluidity. Do you remember when Biden said he would pick a black female for Vice President, even before the search had begun? The results of such a renunciation of the importance of experience and intelligence are self-evident.

So, the unfolding disaster is not just a disaster for Democrats. It is a disaster for the whole underpinning of the diversity movement. Diversity virtue signaling will not work with rifle butts and machine-gun fire as Afghan women are quickly finding out.

Sure, it may be tragic and people will die as a result. But at least during our downfall we can look back with pride and say, our leaders may have been jerks but we achieved diversity in failure.

The Future Of Woke Investing

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“Environment, Social and Governance” is a confusing mouthful of terms, but it’s the driving force behind making American businesses compliant to the left-wing agenda. As Justin Danhof, Esq., recently noted, it’s a “wildly important topic that’s not talked about enough.”

Justin — who until recently was Director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project (FEP) and now serves as the National Center’s Executive Vice President — made that assertion during the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s online panel discussion entitled “The Future of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing.” During the discussion – which also included Jennifer J. Schulp of the Cato Institute, Andrew Stuttaford of National Review, and CEI’s Richard Morrison – panelists dove into an analysis of moves by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that might result in effective federal enforcement of ESG investor goals. More importantly, the discussion addressed whether the government can be trusted to do this oversight with objectivity – and how this might affect investments, production, and the workforce.

Noting that FEP was an early opponent of this woke stakeholder capitalism, Justin explained how the system has developed:

We peeled back the layers of the onion and wondered why so many American corporations seemed to be aligned with the political left… And we realized that liberal affinity groups – from unions to PETA to Greenpeace to actual asset managers and leftist states’ pension funds like New York and California – were all invading this space to invest in corporate America and push what are known as ESG policies.

In describing what the Biden Administration is now doing to aid the left, Justin said it is a “name and shame game” in which the SEC may require companies to report on their ESG compliance. Such metrics, he said, create a “marker” that will be used by leftist shareholder activists to shame companies not considered woke enough and to demand further compliance over time:

If you’re not on the right side of the marker, then you’re going to be shamed to move in your corporate action.

This is a contradiction of what Justin said should be the real mission of the government agency:

What the SEC standards should be and have been and should remain is material. That is, “what information is material to me as an investor in this company?” And the construct of the board of directors’ skin surface characteristics – that’s not important to me. Whether we pledge to be carbon neutral by 2035 is not important to me. But that’s what the SEC is going down the road to do.

Watch the entire CEI panel discussion.

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This article was published on August 7, 2021 and is reproduced with permission from The National Center for Public Policy Research.

‘Woka-Cola’: Ad Trolls Coke for Defending China, Giving Americans Diabetes

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Consumers’ Research, a consumer advocacy group, launched a series of advertisements Thursday calling out Coca-Cola’s “woke hypocrisy” for its reported defense of China and alleged health concerns associated with its sugary drinks.

Part of the campaign is a video advertisement satirizing a Coca-Cola commercial, which is set to music with lyrics like “Just drink Coke, the road to obesity” and “China is our labor supplier that drives our stock price even higher.” The group also created a website, “alwayswokacola.com,” to continue to expose the company.

In addition to promoting the video advertisement that will air in Atlanta and nationwide, Consumers’ Research says it plans to drive mobile billboards around Coca-Cola’s headquarters, the Coca-Cola museum, and the Georgia State Capitol for 28 days.

“Today, we are launching AlwaysWokaCola.com and the accompanying ads as a satirical reminder to Coke to focus on their consumers, not woke politicians. The company has taken its eye off the well-being of the customer,” Consumers’ Research Executive Director Will Hild said in a statement Thursday.

“Their products continue to contribute significantly to childhood obesity, they have sourced sugar from companies in China reportedly using forced labor, and they have such poor quality control that racist directives, like ‘be less white,’ are included in staff training,” Hild added.

The campaign aims to “to amplify the voice of consumers fed up with how the company is failing them and as a warning to Coke and other companies,” according to the statement.

“Any corporation who decides to distract from their misdeeds by taking radical positions on political and social issues that are unrelated to their business to garner positive praise from woke politicians and press is on notice, it’s not going to work,” Hild said.

The new advertisements are part of a seven-figure campaign Consumers’ Research is conducting to also expose American Airlines, Nike, Ticketmaster, and the MLB, according to a press release. The Consumers First Initiative aims to give consumers transparency about companies so they can decide for themselves what products to buy.

Coca-Cola was sued along with the American Beverage Association in 2017 for allegedly knowingly misleading consumers about the health effects of its drinks. Coca-Cola said at the time that the accusations were “legally and factually meritless,” according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The plaintiffs in the case said they’ve since withdrawn the complaint, recognizing that both groups “have moved away from claiming that their products have no connection to chronic disease.”

The company also reportedly pushed back on legislation that sought to crack down on forced labor in China. Coca-Cola has been tied to sugar suppliers in Xinjiang, where China is reportedly committing a genocide against the Uighur ethnic minority group.

Coca-Cola defended, according to The New York Times, that it “strictly prohibits any type of forced labor in our supply chain” and has independent auditors monitoring its suppliers.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola continues to make statements about political issues in the U.S. Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey earlier this year labeled a Georgia voting bill that has since been passed as “unacceptable.”

“It is a step backwards and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity—this is frankly just a step backwards,” he said. “We have said for many decades we promote within Georgia better society and better environment and this is a step backwards and our position remains the same. This legislation is wrong.”

The company also allegedly promoted a course that encouraged people to “be less white.” The lesson was later deleted from LinkedIn.

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This article was published on July 16, 2021 and is reproduced from The Daily Signal.

New Grievance Group Formed

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A fantasy about hundreds of minority groups demanding recognition after being excluded from diversity and inclusion initiatives.

TUCSON – Hundreds of minority groups excluded from diversity and inclusion initiatives can now join the Federation of Real Minorities, or FORM.

Membership is open to anyone from an ethnocultural group that comprises less than three percent of the U.S. population and a much smaller percent of leadership positions in government, corporations, academia, and nonprofits.

A partial list of eligible groups is at the end of this article. The 555 on the list are but a fraction of all of the eligible groups.

FORM’s spokesperson is Farsheed Hooshmand, whose ancestral roots go back to the Barazani tribe in Iranian Balochistan. His parents had immigrated to Tucson when he was an infant because the climate is similar to their homeland in southern Iran.

Hooshmand looks white, considers himself to be white, and is seen as white by his Mexican-American neighbors in the barrio and by his coworkers at the University of Arizona, where he is employed in the maintenance department.

“No one of my ethnicity is a department chair at the university,” Hooshmand explained, “or is an executive on the administrative side of the university, or holds a position in the Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Worse, when students see my skin color, they have been conditioned to think I’m privileged and/or a supremacist.”

He went on to explain that when some people hear his name and learn where his family is from, they assume he is Arab or a terrorist, thus showing their profound ignorance of Persians. “My family isn’t even Muslim,” Hooshmand said. “They’re Zoroastrians whose forebears had migrated from northern Iran to southern Iran, where they were a tiny minority.”

Hooshmand hates the ayatollah and blames the U.S. for the Islamic regime taking over the country. He understands the American obsession with the legacies of slavery but bristles over America’s longstanding alliance with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which didn’t officially end slavery until 1962, or 99 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. “Do Americans even know that?” he asks.

Asked why his group is named the Federation of Real Minorities, Hooshmand explained that it is to distinguish the group from phony minority groups, especially the ones mislabeled as Asian and Hispanic.

“All ethnocultural groups in America are minorities,” Hooshmand said, “as no group is a majority of the population, including the scores of unprivileged and poor groups that are lumped together under the White category.”

Hooshmand claims that because of government labeling, some diverse groups with little in common culturally or historically are lumped together to create the impression that they are monolithic and larger in numbers than they really are. They have used this aggregation to their benefit to attain political power and to be included in diversity initiatives.

“This takes away from the original intent of civil right legislation, affirmative action, and diversity—to remedy the terrible injustices committed against African Americans and Native Americans,” said Hooshmand.

He used the example of a recent Wall Street Journal story about Asian Americans demanding more recognition and advancement in the workplace. The story was titled, “Asian-Americans Push for Visibility at Work,” authored by Te-Ping Chen.

Hooshmand became animated when talking about the story. “First, like most publications in America, the reporter is expected to write about her own race, although Asian isn’t a race or ethnicity. Second, in spite of knowing better, she writes as if all Asians are the same, regardless of marked differences in nationality, religion, ethnicity, culture, and history. Third, the so-called Asians in the story engaged in stereotypes, saying that they lag whites in promotions because they aren’t as pushy as whites.”

“It’s apparently okay to stereotype tens of millions of people under the guise of diversity,” said Hooshmand. He added, “When the phony category of Asian is broken down into its true ethnocultural subgroups, it becomes clear that some of the groups are doing very well in America, in spite of what the article purported.”

To back up his last point, Hooshmand cited a study showing that among 100 ethnic groups, East Indian Americans rank first in household income, Taiwanese Americans rank second, Filipino Americans rank fifth, Chinese Americans rank seventh, Japanese Americans rank eighth, and Singaporean Americans rank tenth. The study didn’t have the ranking for Iranian Americans, but it did for Jordanian Americans and Iraqi Americans, who rank 82nd and 98th respectively.

“Even overweight Americans are getting into the victim game and demanding to be included in diversity initiatives,” lamented Hooshmand. “With 70% of Americans being overweight, they’ll carry a lot of weight with politicians and corporate CEOs.”

He was referring to an article that appeared in Good Housekeeping about overweight Americans accusing thin people of having “thin privilege.”

When asked if FORM would lead to a further Balkanization of America, Hooshmand said, “Most certainly! But this wasn’t started by us. If small minority groups don’t organize, they’ll be steamrolled by artificially inflated ones that have political clout.”

He was asked a final question about departments of diversity and inclusion becoming overwhelmed if they are faced with the impossibility of ensuring that hundreds of minority groups are equally represented on boards of directors and in management and executive positions.

“You get the point,” he responded with a wink.

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Partial List of Ethnocultural Groups That Are Eligible to Join the Federation of Real Minorities

Askani, Bajkani, Bangulzai, Barazani, Bhurgari, Bugti, Buledi, Chandio, Darzada, Dehwar, Dodai, Dombki, Gabol, Ghazini, Jamali, Jatoi, Kalmati, Khetran, Kunara, Langhani, Lango, Lashkrani, Loharani, Lund, Marri, Mazari, Mengal, Mirali, Mugheri, Muhammad Shahi, Mullazai, Nothazai, Pitafi, Qaisrani, Rind, Sadozai, Sethwi, Shaikhzadah, Talpur, Tauki, Umrani, Yarahmadzai, Zardari, Makrani, Ayrums, Bayat, Karadaghis, Qajars, Küresünni, Qarapapaqs, Shahsevan, Terekeme, Yeraz, Afshar, Turkish Armenians, Cherkesogai, Armeno-Tats, Hayhurum Karabakhis, Bedouins, Druze, Shirazis (including Zanzibaris, Comorians and Maores), Baggara, Arab-Berbers (including Algerians, Libyans, Mauritanians, Moroccans, Sahrawis and Tunisians), Bahrainis, Sudanese, Egyptians, Iraqis (including Marsh Arabs), Jordanians, Lebanese (including Maronites), Kuwaitis, Omanis (including Dhofaris), Qataris, Saudis (including Rashaida, Hejazis, and Najdis), Syrians (including Alawites), Palestinians, Emiratis, Yemenis (including Hadhrami, Ta’izzis-Adenis, Akhdam, Sanʽani, and Tihami), Ayrums, Bayat, Karadaghis, Qajars, Küresünni, Qarapapaqs, Shahsevan, Terekeme, Yeraz, Afshar, Brabers, Chaouis, Kabyle, Sahrawi, Chenouas, Ghomaras, Houara, Jerbis, Matmatas, Mozabite, Nafusis, Rifian, Sanhaja de Srair, Shilha, Siwi, Tuaregs, Awjila, Arab-Berbers, Barda, Bhagalia, Bhilala, Bhil Gametia, Bhil Garasia, Bhil Kataria, Bhil Mama, Bhil Mavchi, Dholi Bhil, Dungri Bhil, Damor, Dungri Garasia, Mewasi Bhil, Nirdhi Bhil, Rawal Bhil, Tadvi Bhil, Vasava, Bhil Meena, Chaudhri, Kendayan, Selako, Bakati’, Sara Bakati’, Laraʼ, Bukar Sadong, Biatah, Tringgus, Jagoi, Jangkang, Kembayan, Semandang, Ribun, Nyadu’, Sanggau, Bohemians, Moravians, Silesians, Gronings, Arubans, Bonairians, Curaçaoans, Sabans, St. Maarteners, St. Eustatians, Surinamese, Mennonites, Arpitans, Burgundians, Champenois, Free Countians, Gallo, Lorrainers, Normans (including Channel Islanders), Picards, Poitevins (including Saintongeais), Barthélemoise, Saint-Martinois, French Guianese, Caldoche, Réunionese (including Zoreilles), Saint-Pierrais, Greek Cypriots, Pontic Greeks, Cappadocian Greeks, Sarakatsani, Urums, Griko, Macedonian Greeks, Anatolian Greeks, Koli, Bharwad, Khoja, Patidar, Sunni Bohra, Lohana, Vagri, Kharva, Charan, Baria, Momna, Ghanchi, Shenva, Bhambi Khalpa, Zarabes, Bhoi, Luso-Indians, Khatana, Solanki, Parihar, Tanwar, Parmar, Chandel, Chauhan, Bhadana, Bhatti, Kohli, Tomar, Panwar, Pawar, Bainsla, Bagri, Hans, Subei, Cantonese (including Taishanese, Hongkongers, Tankas, Chuanqing and Macanese), Hui, Fujianese (including Fuzhounese, Hoklo, Hui’an maidens, Putianese, and Teochew), Gaoshan Han, Gan, Hakka (including Ngái), Hebei, Hunanese, Jianghuai, Shandong, Sichuanese, Wu (including Shanghainese, Ningbonese, and Wenzhou), Han Taiwanese, A-Hmao, Gha-Mu, Xong, Pa-Hng, Kadazan, Dusun, Dumpas, Ida’an, Kwijau, Lotud, Mangka’ak, Maragang, Minokok, Orang Sungai, Rumanau, Rungus, Tambanuo, Bruneians, Kedahans, Pattani, Pahang, Musi, Palembangese, Pontianaks, Terengganuarians, Kelantanese, Perakians, Berau, Proto-Malay (including Orang Kuala, Jakun, Orang Rimba, Orang Seletar, and Temuan), Lubu, Palembangnese, Maya, Achi, Chuj, Ch’orti’, Itza, K’iche’, Q’eqchi’, Xinca, Tektitek, Huastecan, Mopan, Lacandon, Chontal, Akatek, Jakaltek, Q’anjob’al, Tzeltal, Mocho’, Tojolab’al, Mam, Ixil, Tzotzil, Poqomam, Yucatecan Maya, Motozintlecos, Awakatek, Kaqchikel, Sakapultek, Sipakapense, Uspantek, Ch’ol, Tz’utujil, along with Mestizos such as Guatemalans (including Hispanic Belizeans) and Mexicans, Khalkha, Buryats, Barga, Oirats, Kalmyks, Daur, Moghols, Hamnigan, Tsagaan, Yugur, Khatso, Bonan, Sart Kalmyks, Soyot, Sichuan Mongols, Sogwo Arig, Altai Uriankhai, Ordos, Kanja, Sogwo Arig, Mughals, Khakhas, Santa, Naimans, Dariganga, Khorchin, Kharchin, Köke Nuur, Chaharian, Jalairs, Gorlos, Sartuul, Myangad, Chulyms, Tubalar, Uzemchin, Uradian, Tumed, Baarins, Tofalar, Zakhchin, Hishigten, Dorbet, Muumyangan, Dukhan, Jalaids, Abaganar, Shor, Chantuu, Olot, Sunud, Eastern Dorbet, Aohans, Onnigud, Khoshut, Abagas, Khotons, Alasha, Khoid, Eljigin, Choros, Qaidam, Fujin, Sicilians, Waldensians, Lazians, Marchigianos, Tuscans, Umbrians, Emilian, Romagnol (including Sanmarinese), Trentinis, Ligurians (including Monégasque), Lombards, Piedmontese, Apulians, Calabrians, Neapolitans (including Abruzzans, Molisans, Basilicatans, and Campanians), Venetians, Roma (including Austrian Roma), Iberian Kale, Finnish Kale, Welsh Kale, Romanichal, Sinti, Manush, Romanisæl, Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians, Boyash, Lom, Dom (including Halebi, Lori, and Madari), Pannonian Rusyns, Lemkos, Hutsuls, Boykos, Castilians, Andalusians, Asturians (including Vaqueiros de alzada), Leonese, Cantabrians, Aragonese, Extremadurans, Mirandese, Canary Islanders (including Isleños), Criollos, Muong, Gin, Phen, Chut, Thổ, Nung, and Giáy.

 

 

Kurt Vonnegut’s Dystopia Arrives 60 Years Sooner than Imagined

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From new reports that people sent me: In the name of equity (i.e., equal outcomes by race), the Virginia Department of Education is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would.

Because news coverage on the left and right is so pitifully biased, superficial, and copycat, I don’t know the veracity of the reports or if there are nuances to what the department is planning. However, it sounds plausible in today’s America, where Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional short story of 1961, “Harrison Bergeron,” is coming true, albeit 60 years sooner than he had imagined.

He described a dystopia where everyone had to be equal in talent and intelligence. Below is a summary of the plot:

In the year 2081, the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General’s agents enforce the equality laws, forcing citizens to wear “handicaps”: masks for those who are too beautiful, loud radios [smart phones?] that disrupt thoughts inside the ears of intelligent people, and heavy weights for the strong or athletic.

One April, 14-year-old Harrison Bergeron, an intelligent, athletic, and good-looking teenager, is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel Bergeron, by the government. They are barely aware of the tragedy, as Hazel has “average” intelligence (a euphemism for stupidity), and George has a handicap radio installed by the government to regulate his above-average intelligence.

Hazel and George watch ballet on television. They comment on the dancers, who are weighed down to counteract their gracefulness and masked to hide their attractiveness. George’s thoughts are continually interrupted by the different noises emitted by his handicap radio, which piques Hazel’s curiosity and imagination regarding handicaps. Noticing his exhaustion, Hazel urges George to lie down and rest his “handicap bag”, 47 pounds of weights locked around George’s neck. She suggests taking a few of the weights out of the bag, but George resists, aware of the illegality of such an action.

On television, a news reporter struggles to read the bulletin and hands it to the ballerina wearing the most grotesque mask and heaviest weights. She begins reading in her unacceptably natural, beautiful voice, then apologizes before switching to a more unpleasant voice. Harrison’s escape from prison is announced, and a full-body photograph of Harrison is shown, indicating that he is seven feet tall and burdened by three hundred pounds of handicaps.