Equatorial Guinea is the most ridiculous country in Africa.
There isn’t much of interest to say about precolonial Equatorial Guinea. It consists of the island of Fernando Po and a swath of the mainland of Central Africa between Gabon and Cameroon. The island is named after the Portuguese explorer Fernão do Pó who first discovered it in 1472.
The Portuguese used Fernando Po and nearby islands like São Tomé and Príncipe as their forward bases in the region for the slave trade. The area was generally neglected though until the Portuguese and Spanish signed the Treaty of El Pardo which granted Spain the rights to the region between the Niger River in Nigeria and the Ogoue River in Gabon. The Spanish never succeeded in occupying the region though – it became British Nigeria and French Equatorial Africa — and Fernando Po was mainly used as a base by the Royal Navy to suppress the slave trade in Central Africa.
In the 19th and early 20th century, Spain lost its empire in Latin America. It lost Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the United States in the Spanish-American War. Equatorial Guinea in sub-Saharan Africa, however, was of the few possessions that Spain managed to hold on to. It was a Spanish colony from 1900 until 1968. The Spanish built some plantations there and it had become the most successful country in sub-Saharan Africa when it was launched as an independent country in 1968.
FRANCISCO MACÍAS NGUEMA
Equatorial Guinea became an independent country under President Francisco Macías Nguema who was arguably the worst dictator of post-colonial Africa.
In 1969, he began his dictatorship with speeches denouncing Spanish imperialism, which resulted in a pogrom against the Spanish. He succeeded in exterminating his political rivals and chasing out the 7,000 Spaniards who were the country’s business owners, professionals, teachers, and civil administrators whom he quickly replaced with members of his own family and ethnic group.
The next target of Papa Macías was the church and the schools. He closed all libraries in Equatorial Guinea, banned newspapers and printing presses and banned the word ‘intellectual’. He closed all Catholic mission schools which he reoriented toward his cult of personality. Children were taught political slogans instead of Christianity like “There is no God other than Macías” and “God created Equatorial Guinea thanks to Papa Macías. Without Macías, Equatorial Guinea would not exist.” Every church was required to display a portrait of Papa Macías and priests were ordered to refer to him in their sermons as “The Only Miracle.” Eventually, he banned all religious meetings, sermons, funerals and Christian names. He outlawed Christianity and expelled foreign priests or sold them for a ransom.
Papa Macías had all the former lovers of his mistresses executed. He simply killed the husbands of the women he wanted. After he publicly executed the director of the central bank, he had a presidential palace built for him on the mainland in his native village. He retired there with the only pharmacy in Equatorial Guinea and the national treasury which he kept buried in suitcases in a bamboo hut next to his house. He built up a huge collection of human skulls and enjoyed entertaining his guests around campfires with talks about the good old days in Africa before da Whyte man stole his civilization.
In the case of Equatorial Guinea, the dictatorship of Papa Macías came to an end after his nephew Teodoro Nguema Obiang overthrew his regime in a coup and put him on trial for killing 80,000 people. The old man lost his grip on power when he started ordering the execution of his family members. Papa Macías was sentenced to death 101 times and was shot in 1979 by a Moroccan firing squad.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang was the second president of Equatorial Guinea … actually, he is still the president in 2018. He has been the president of Equatorial Guinea for the past 38 years. This makes him the second longest serving national leader in the world. He has seen many politicians come and go:
TEODORO NGUEMA OBIANG MEETS THE OBAMAS
Anyway, Equatorial Guinea stagnated along under Obiang’s dictatorship until Exxon-Mobil discovered a massive oil field in 1995. It transformed the country into one of Africa’s latest gold rush empires.
EQUATORIAL GUINEA HITS PEAK OIL
EQUATORIAL GUINEA GDP PER CAPITA
Don’t be fooled by Equatorial Guinea’s misleading GDP per capita.
The vast majority of the population never saw any benefit from the exploitation of the country’s oil wealth by Chevron and Exxon-Mobil. Theodoro Obiang and his son Teodorin Obiang have used the state as their personal bank account while it was raking in roughly $3 billion a year in the 2000s. Among other things, the old man who is now in his seventies spent $55 million on a Boeing 737 with a gold plated bathroom. In recent years, he has been building a jungle palace in Oyala and has proclaimed himself the god of Equatorial Guinea who is “in permanent contact with the Almighty.”
I’ve featured his $38.5 million dollar mansion above overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. That’s Teodorin on one of his many $66,000 Tron motorcycles. He is also the proud owner of the Batmobile featured in The Dark Knight. He owns a $200 million mansion in Paris, two $7 million homes in South Africa, his own private submarine which he has shared on Instagram, a $30 million Gulfstream G-V private jet, two yachts worth $250 million (the Ice and the Ebony Shine), a $2 million Maserati, two Bugatti Veyrons worth $2 million and $1.3 million. He also owned eight Ferraris, seven Rolls Royces, five Bentleys, four Mercedes, two Lamborghinis and an Aston Martin. He owns $400,000 worth of motorcycles, a $245,000 basketball signed by Michael Jackson, a $275,000 pair of Michael Jackson’s gloves and a $80,000 park of his crystal-covered socks.
TEODORÍN SAILING THE MEDITERRANEAN OFF CAPRI, ITALY
The Disney-Marvel movie “Black Panther,” which finds the superheroic T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returning to his remote African kingdom to assume the throne, roared into theaters over the weekend as a full-blown cultural event, breaking box office records and shattering a myth about the overseas viability of movies rooted in black culture. Global ticket sales by Monday will total an estimated $387 million, according to comScore.
“Black Panther” instantly became the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and featuring a largely black cast. The previous record-holder was “Straight Outta Compton,” which collected $214 million worldwide in 2015 — over its entire run — after adjusting for inflation. …”
Millions of black people will come away from this movie convinced that they would be as wealthy and technologically advanced as the Wakandans if da Whyte man hadn’t stole dey vibranium. This is a cultural phenomenon we will probably be dealing with for a long time.
In reality, some of the themes of this movie were enacted on a grand scale in many countries in post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa. In Tanzania, Julius Nyerere herded millions of people into ujamaa villages and destroyed the economy. In Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah styled himself as the liberator of Africa and championed African unity. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there was an official policy called authenticité that forced Africans to LARP as ‘authentic’ Africans. In Ethiopia, Guinea and Angola, there was a descent into Marxism. The Portuguese were driven out of Guinea-Bissau.
Ethiopia was the only African country to really avoid European colonialism. It was located deep in East Africa like Wakanda. It was finally conquered by Mussolini’s Italy which liberated two million black slaves in the 1930s. We’re going to get into Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia next week. Ethiopia was the real world Wakanda for a generation of Jamaicans who wanted to move there.
I realize that none of this matters. The allure of the fantasy of Wakanda to African-Americans is so strong precisely because the reality of the history of Black Africa is so dismal. If Wakanda was a real place in Africa, Hollywood would have already made movies about it by now.
Whites are largely ignorant of African history. I’m doing this because many of these stories will probably come as a surprise to them. They have no idea how badly Africans wrecked Africa.
I get so tired of being browbeaten with White guilt by morons who don’t know anything about Africa. I’ve always had an interest in black history. This is one of my favorite stories.
Did you know that White Europeans really pioneered nothing new in Africa except the abolition of slavery? It was the Arabs who started the African slave trade in the 7th century. They captured, bought and transported around 17 million black slaves in Africa. Arab slave traders transported 5 million of these slaves across the Sahara Desert, Red Sea and Indian Ocean during the years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Yemen and Saudi Arabia didn’t abolish slavery until 1962.
It was Muslims who pioneered black slaves working on sugar plantations which White Europeans first encountered in the Levant during the Crusades. It was the Arab sugar plantations in Sicily and al-Andalus in the Middle Ages that provided the original model for the plantation complex which the Spanish and Portuguese were familiar with as a result of centuries of Islamic rule.
“Those who are outside the city are all human individuals who have no doctrinal beliefs, neither one based on speculation nor one that accepts the authority of tradition: such individuals as the furthermost Turks found in the remote north, the Blacks found in the remote south, and those who resemble them from among them that are with us in these climes. The status of those is like that of irrational animals. To my mind they do not have the ranks of men, but have among the beings a rank lower than the rank of men but higher than the rank of apes. For they have the external shape lineaments of a man and a faculty of discernment that is superior to that of the apes.”
– Moses Maimonides (1135-1204 A.D.)
“Merriment dominates the black man because of his defective brain, whence also the weakness of his intelligence.”
– Al-Masudi (896-956)
“There is no marriage among them; the child does not know his father, and they eat people — but God knows best. As for the Zanj, they are people of black color, flat noses, kinky hair, and little understanding or intelligence.”
– Al-Muqaddasi (945-1000 A.D.)
“[Blacks are] people who are by their very nature slaves.”
– Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.)
“If (all types of men) are taken, from the first, and one placed after another, like the Negro from Zanzibar, in the Southern-most countries, the Negro does not differ from an animal in anything except the fact that his hands have been lifted from the earth -in no other peculiarity or property – except for what God wished. Many have seen that the ape is more capable of being trained than the Negro, and more intelligent.”
“[The Zanj (African) differ from animals only in that] their two hands are lifted above the ground,… Many have observed that the ape is more teachable and more intelligent than the Zanj.”
– Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201-1274 A.D.)
“Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated.”
beyond [known peoples of black West Africa] to the south there is no civilization in the proper sense. There are only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings. They live in thickets and caves, and eat herbs and unprepared grain. They frequently eat each other. They cannot be considered human beings.”
– Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406 A.D.)
“Shem, the son of Noah was the father of the Arabs, the Persians, and the Greeks; Ham was the father of the Black Africans; and Japheth was the father of the Turks and of Gog and Magog who were cousins of the Turks. Noah prayed that the prophets and apostles would be descended from Shem and kings would be from Japheth. He prayed that the African’s color would change so that their descendants would be slaves to the Arabs and Turks.”
– Al-Tabari (838-923 A.D.)
“Ham [Africans] begat all those who are black and curly-haired, while Japheth [Turks] begat all those who are full-faced with small eyes, and Shem [Arabs] begat everyone who is handsome of face with beautiful hair. Noah prayed that the hair of Ham’s descendants would not grow beyond their ears, and that whenever his descendants met Shem’s, the latter would enslave them.”
– Al-Tabari (838-923 A.D.)
“Their [Zanj] nature is that of wild animals. They are extremely black.”
– Hudud al-`alam (982 A.D.)
“And they are slaves by nature, like the Turks and the blacks. And in general those born and nurtured in the climates other than the perfect ones, are likely to produce peoples of a moderate character, healthy and intelligent. God, in his providential wisdom, had placed, in regions of great heat or great cold, peoples who were by their very nature slaves, and incapable of higher things – for there must be masters and slaves.”
– Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.)
“I saw Nusayb astray among men / his color was that of cattle / You can tell him by his shining blackness / even if he be oppressed / he has the dark face of an oppressor.”
– Kuthayyir (660-723 A.D.)
“The Indians are different from all other races of Negroes, like the Zendjis, the Dendemes, etc. Galen states the ten qualities of the Zendjs thus: Kinky hair, thick eyebrows, broad noses, thick lips, sharp teeth, malodorous skin, dark pupils, small hands and feet, elongated penises and excessive merriment…. Galen also said; surely the dark complexion person (al-aswad) is overwhelmed by merriment due to the imperfection (fasad) of his brain; therefore his intellect is weak.”
– Al-Masudi (896–956 A.D.)
Starting 700 years before the beginning of the European exploration of Africa, the Arabs began writing about black slaves who came from a land called Zanj. The Zanj were considered the dumbest people on earth, cannibals who ate human flesh, a people who were natural slaves and had elongated penises and who differed only from apes in that “his hands have been lifted from the earth.”
Who were the Zanj?
ARAB SLAVE TRADE
The Arabs made it to East Africa long before the Europeans. The slave trade had been going on for centuries across the Indian Ocean before the Portuguese rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1497 and sailed northward up the coast of East Africa where they reached Zanzibar in 1499. This was the European introduction to Zanj which by that point was composed of a number of Swahili speaking city-states.
CHINESE ADMIRAL ZHENG HE
ZHENG HE VOYAGES
The Chinese also made it to East Africa before the Europeans. The Chinese admiral Zheng He arrived in the early 15th century. They lost a ship off the coast of Kenya. Some of the Chinese swam ashore and intermarried with the natives. Austronesians from Indonesia settled Madagascar around 300 A.D. Black slaves brought from across the Indian Ocean arrived in India and China long before Northern Europe.
The Portuguese seized control of Zanzibar in 1503 and established their control over Zanj. They remained in control for the next 200 years until they were ousted by the Omani Arabs in 1698. Under the Portuguese, Zanj sank into a colonial backwater of the Portuguese Empire. The Omanis dominated the Sultanate of Zanzibar and the Zanj coast until the British took over in the 1890s.
ARAB SLAVE STATES
The Omani reconquest of Zanzibar and Zanj was highly significant because it came at a time when White Europeans were starting to have a guilty conscience about slavery. The Portuguese had neglected Zanzibar and Zanj for two centuries. They had brought their slaves to Brazil from Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Congo and Angola and Mozambique. The Omani Sultans of Zanzibar dreamed of creating an African slave empire in East Africa and even relocated from Oman on the Arabian peninsula to Zanzibar.
ARAB SLAVE TRADE
TIPPU TIP’S EMPIRE
In 1807, the British abolished the slave trade and the Royal Navy began to suppress the slave trade in West Africa. Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833. Britain was the superpower of its time and pressured the United States, France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands to end the slave trade.
In Zanzibar and Zanj, it was a different story. Just as the European slave trade was winding down in the early 19th century, the Indian Ocean slave trade was taking off. Zanzibar was exporting ivory, cloves and slaves across the Indian Ocean. Huge numbers of slaves were being brought from the Great Lakes region to Zanizbar to work on its cloves plantations. As the Belgians expanded across the Congo, they ran into Tippu Tip’s slave empire which by that time was decimating the elephant population for ivory and destroying villages in what is now the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The British explorer David Livingstone hated slavery with a passion. While searching for the origins of the Nile River, he documented the atrocities going on in the region which incensed the British public. The British forced the Sultan of Zanzibar to abolish the slave trade in 1876. The British eventually ousted the Omanis in Zanzibar and took over the island and the surrounding region known as Zanj.
CHRIST CHURCH, ZANZIBAR
ZANZIBAR SLAVE MEMORIAL
The British built Christ Church in Zanzibar on top of the old Zanizbar slave market. The altar in the church is built on top of the whipping post. Far from oppressing the African, it was David Livingstone and the Royal Navy that liberated the Zanj from centuries of slavery.
It was the worst, most brutal kind of slavery too as Arabs preferred to castrate their male slaves and turn them into eunuchs which is why so few now live in the Middle East. Young boys were sold to be exploited by Arab homosexuals. Young girls were sold to Arabs who were sexually exploited in their harems. Zanzibar literally stunk from the stench of the rotting corpses of black slaves when the British took over.
In the Congo, it was the Belgians and the Congo Free State under King Leopold II who drove Tippu Tip out of the region in the Congo Arab War. The British took over Zanzibar and abolished slavery there in 1896. The Germans took over the mainland of Zanj which became German East Africa. They abolished slavery there and quickly built railroads, roads, schools and hospitals. They built vast rubber and sisal plantations and modernized Dar es Salaam’s harbor before losing the colony after World War I.
If you have ever watched Games of Thrones, the region known as Slaver’s Bay was clearly inspired by Zanzibar and Zanj. The Europeans were like Daenarys liberating the poor African Unsullied slaves:
Don’t believe me? Henry Louis Gates covered all of this in this in Africa’s Great Civilizations from 10:49 to 20:00 in this video. He even said Tippu Tip is burning in hell:
German East Africa became British Tanganyika which was administered by Britain from 1916 until 1961. Both the British and the Germans governed the country through indirect rule. Tanganyika was granted independence in 1961 and Zanzibar was granted independence in 1963. As in The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the British granted independence to Zanzibar and Tanganyika with great fanfare.
After over 1,000 years of slavery, the Zanj finally got their revenge on their Arab masters in epic fashion during the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964. The genocide was filmed by an Italian film crew and captured in the movie Africa Addio. The Zanj rose up and exterminated the Arabs, packed the survivors into their dhows and told them to sail back to Oman on the Arabian peninsula.
They hacked them to death with machetes, chopped their penises off and stuffed them into their mouths. The Zanj also took turns gangraping their women and children. The genocide only targeted the Arabs and Indians who had oppressed the Zanj for centuries. The Europeans in Zanzibar were spared and left alone. It was one of the most brutal genocides in the history of post-colonial Africa:
In 1964, Zanzibar merged with Tanganyika to become the United Republic of Tanzania. It was led by Julius Nyerere until 1985 who became famous as an African socialist:
I don’t feel any sense of White guilt at all over Tanzania. If it hadn’t been for British, German and Belgian colonialism, the Sultans of Zanzibar would have conquered and enslaved all of Central Africa. The Zanj would probably still be slaves to this day serving their Arab masters.
It is the largest black country in Africa. It is so big that the population of every other black country in sub-Saharan Africa that we have covered during Black History Month 2018 could fit inside Nigeria with room to spare. There are 186 million Nigerians and 21 million of them live in Lagos. To put this in perspective, the population of Lagos is nearly three times the size of New York City.
As the demographic center of blackness, Nigeria is the most important black country in the world. It is broadly dominated by 3 major ethnic groups – the Yoruba, who dominate southwest Nigeria west of the Niger River, the Igbo, who dominate southeast Nigeria east of the Niger River and the Hausa-Fulani who dominate the northern two-thirds of the country. There are hundreds of minor tribes and ethnic groups crammed into this artificial state which never shared a common history until they were cobbled together by the British into one state called Nigeria in the 20th century.
NIGERIA ETHNIC DIVISIONS
Slightly over half of Nigerians are Christians and nearly as many Nigerians are Muslims. The Christians are concentrated in the south. The Muslims are concentrated in the north. The Igbo are overwhelmingly Christians. The Hausa-Fulani are overwhelmingly Muslims. The Yoruba are slightly more Muslim than Christian. These people are all crammed together into one state.
NIGERIA RELIGIOUS DIVISIONS
Nigeria is one of the world’s leading oil producers. The black gold which is the source of Nigeria’s national wealth is concentrated in the southeast of the country in the Niger Delta. The bulk of Nigeria’s population lives outside the region which is the fountain of its national income.
NIGERIA’S OIL AND GAS PRODUCING REGIONS
These are keys to understanding Nigeria: the North is Muslim while the South is predominantly Christian, there are three major ethnic groups which are superpowers that dominate smaller tribes, the oil is concentrated in the Niger Delta and Lagos is the world’s largest Third World city.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive in Nigeria in the late 15th century. From roughly 1570 to 1820, 3.5 million slaves were brought to the New World by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the French. Probably 1 out of every 3 slaves brought to the New World were from Nigeria. They were sold to European slave traders at ports from Lagos in the west to Calabar in the east.
Most of the slaves brought to the New World from Nigeria were Yorubas and Igbos. Over a third of the slaves that were brought to the Chesapeake in Virginia and Maryland were Igbos from southeast Nigeria. Many of the Yoruba slaves ended up in Louisiana where they brought voodoo. The two leading slave trading empires in Nigeria which sold black slaves to Europeans were the Oyo Empire in southwest Nigeria and the Aro Confederacy in southeast Nigeria.
It is important to keep in mind though that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade wasn’t the extent of slavery in what is now Nigeria. Countless slaves worked on plantations in the interior in the Oyo Empire. Slaves were the backbone of the economy in Igboland. In the north, the Sokoto Caliphate which was created by a jihad across Nigeria in the 19th century became the largest slave state in the world. There were an estimated 2.5 million slaves in the Sokoto Caliphate when it was finally overthrown by the British in 1903.
The story of the creation of Nigeria is much the same as it was elsewhere in West Africa. Europeans arrived in the late 15th century and began purchasing slaves on the coast. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade reached a climax in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Europeans remained ignorant of the interior until well into the 19th century as the first European explorers like Mungo Park traced the path of the Niger River.
In 1807, Great Britain abolished the slave trade and the Royal Navy began to blockade the coast of Nigeria to interdict slave ships and suppress the slave trade. The freed slaves were deposited at Freetown in Sierra Leone. As in all their West African colonies, the British encouraged “legitimate commerce” to replace the slave trade. In The Gambia and Sierra Leone, the cash crop was peanuts. In Nigeria, it was palm oil. The British focused on spreading commerce, civilization and Christianity in the region.
In the late 19th century, Great Britain’s claim to Nigeria was recognized at the Berlin conference during the “Scramble for Africa.” The British seizure of Nigeria began with the annexation of Lagos and the extension of a protectorate over the Niger Delta. The Royal Niger Company established control over Southern Nigeria much the same way that the East India Company had in India. Eventually, Nigeria became a Crown Colony and the British overthrew the Sokoto Caliphate and pacified the country between 1885 and 1920.
Far from establishing some tyrannical regime, British colonialism was mild in Nigeria. The major legacy of the colonial era was the criminalization of human sacrifice and cannibalism and the abolition of slavery after 1900. Slavery wasn’t abolished in Northern Nigeria though until 1936. The British governed Northern Nigeria through indirect rule where life continued on as before except under British sovereignty. As was the case everywhere else in West Africa, the British left the economy in the hand of the entrepreneur and introduced aspects of their own civilization like the English language, Christianity, the common law, parliamentary institutions, constitutionalism, etc.
The thumbprint of British colonialism in Nigeria was 400 colonial administrators governing a population of 20 million people. Nigeria was granted its independence in 1960 without a fight. As in Ghana and Sierra Leone, Queen Elizabeth II visited Lagos in 1956:
The British saw their African colonies as “trusteeships.” It was the White Man’s Burden to pacify, civilize and Christianize these barbarous places. The Nigerians were being mentored by the British and uplifted into modern civilization. The early 20th century in Nigeria was a quiet time of peace and prosperity like it was in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria was granted its independence with great fanfare in 1960. It was like the kids had grown up or something and were moving out of the nest.
The Nigerians clamored for independence and the British rolled over and granted it to them without much thought about how this country could work as a self-governing entity. There was no common culture or sense of nationhood and a huge civilizational divide between the Christian South and the Muslim North. Aside from abolishing slavery, the Muslim North had remained essentially unchanged by British civilization while the Christian South had been educated and filled the new posts in the government.
It didn’t take long for “Nigeria” to implode. The bulk of the population lived in the North. The oil wells were concentrated in the south – crude oil production only began in 1957, three years before independence. The South feared the demographic dominance of the North. The Hausa-Fulani, Igbos and Yorubas competed over control of the government with a bewildering number of smaller tribes in each region. The first Northern dominated government was overthrown in a coup d’état in 1966.
The coup brought General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi to power who overthrew democracy, instituted military rule, and attempted to create a unitary state. This aroused suspicion of an Igbo conspiracy in the north which resulted in a counter-coup by Hausa-Fulani officers that brought Yakubu Gowon to power who reversed Ironsi’s consolidation of the separate regional governments.
A massive pogrom erupted in which the Hausa-Fulani Muslims drove thousands of Igbos out of the north. More than a million Igbo refugees were driven out of the north and west back to Igboland in the east. The most reliable estimates are that only about 7,000 Igbos were killed in the wave of ethnic cleansing although the number was radically exaggerated to give it the appearance of a genocide.
The Igbos were outraged and retaliated by ordering all non-easterners to leave their region. On May 30, 1967, the Igbos under Governor Chukwuemeka Ojukwu proclaimed the independence of the Republic of Biafra, which contained Nigeria’s vast oilfields and was thus too important as a source of revenue for the federal government to be allowed to secede. Thus began the Nigerian Civil War over Biafra’s secession which led to death of 1 to 3 million people.
Colonel Gowon launched an invasion of Biafra to crush the rebellion and preserve the union. After three years of fighting for their independence, the Igbos were defeated and Biafra was conquered by the Nigerian federal government. Gowon even quoted Abraham Lincoln and talked of “binding up the nation’s wounds” and how there been “no victors and no vanquished” in the conflict.
Biafra’s secession is one of the most fascinating stories of post-colonial Africa. The Igbos were like the Confederates and the Hausa-Fulani were like the Yankees. The Igbos lost their independence and Nigeria descended into military rule which lasted for the rest of the 20th century.
It will suffice to say that the story of Nigeria for roughly the last 50 years has been the descent into becoming one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Black gold became Nigeria’s primary source of national income, export agriculture collapsed and the country can no longer feed itself. It is estimated that Nigeria has lost $400 billion dollars through corruption since independence.
The oil producing region in the Niger Delta has seen almost nothing in the way of public investment. It has suffered tremendous environmental damage. There are oil pirates in the region who tap the pipelines in order to steal the oil. That’s about the only benefit the impoverished natives get out of it.
In Nigeria, the government in the colonial era was an alien system imposed by the British. It was olu oyibo or “whiteman’s business” – and it was okay to steal from it to help yourself. Nigeria has become a place where everyone steals from everyone else. Everyone pays bribes to do virtually anything. Westerners have to commonly have “dash” or tip Nigerians while doing business in the country. More than anything else, Nigerians are known for their email scams which extends Nigerian corruption into the West.
Lagos is the New York City of Africa.
It is also reportedly the home of the Neo-Nazi white supremacist Andrew Anglin who runs The Daily Stormer. He is probably familiar to many of the readers of this blog.
LAGOS RESIDENT ANDREW ANGLIN
Lagos is two cities.
The vast majority of the population lives in slums like Makako which is known as the “Venice of Africa.” Meanwhile, the Manhattan of Africa is being built on land reclaimed from the sea. The project is called Eko Atlantic which is essentially a place for all of Nigeria’s Big Men who have stolen hundreds of billions of dollars from their people instead of investing in public health, education and infrastructure to have a place to drive around in the fleets of Mercedes-Benzs and LARP as Wakandans.
While the Niggerati of Abuja and Eko Atlantic are looking forward to enjoying Africa’s renowned “platinum life,” the rest of the country is writhing in misery from decades of neglect. Biafrans in the southeast have been pondering giving secession another whirl. A little jihadist group you may have heard of called Boko Haram has been making headlines in the Muslim North.
There is no place for us in the Republican Party. These people boast that they don’t represent us and that Antifa are heroes. We are squandering our time, energy and votes on these people. We are like a thirsty man in a desert chasing the mirage of an oasis. We have to look elsewhere.
EDITOR’S NOTE:This is a Black History Month 2018 black power special in honor of the opening of Black Panther and the revelation of the existence of the Wakandans.
In Black History Month 2018: The Province of Freedom, we explored Sierra Leone which Great Britain founded as a utopian homeland in West Africa for the resettlement of Black Loyalists who had fought for their freedom on the British side in the American Revolution.
We saw how African-Americans founded Freetown in Sierra Leone and how their settlement grew through the addition of black slaves freed by the Royal Navy from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. We saw that more African-Americans can trace their ancestry back to Sierra Leone than to any other country in Africa. Sierra Leone now offers dual citizenship to African-Americans through DNA testing.
There is no country though in Africa to which African-Americans have a more personal and meaningful connection than Liberia. It was founded by thousands of African-American settlers as the “Land of the Free” who were freed from slavery in the United States and returned to their ancestral homeland in Africa. I don’t believe there is another story which we will cover in Black History Month 2018 that is more revealing than the story of the forgotten African-American homeland.
Have you wondered how African-Americans would have fared without Whyte Pepo? In Liberia, African-Americans were set free to assume an independent position in the world. They were free to realize their full potential and human dignity with the support of the United States, but without the obstacles of racism, slavery, segregation, white supremacy and white privilege in their path.
Protected by the U.S. Navy from predatory European imperialists, Liberia alone escaped the fate of other African nations which were swallowed up by rival European empires during in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. How did the world’s third great experiment in black freedom and equality (Haiti was the first such experiment, Sierra Leone was the second) work out in practice?
“We, the representatives of the people of the commonwealth of Liberia, in convention assembled, invested with the authority of forming a new government, relying upon the aid and protection of the Great Arbiter of human events, do hereby in the name and on behalf of the people of this commonwealth, publish and declare the said commonwealth a free, sovereign, and independent state, by the name and title of the Republic of Liberia.
While announcing to the nations of the world the new position which the people of this Republic have felt themselves called upon to assume, courtesy to their opinion seems to demand a brief accompanying statement of the causes which induced them, first to expatriate themselves from the land of their nativity and to form settlements on this barbarous coast, and now to organize their government by the assumption of a sovereign and independent character. Therefore, we respectfully ask their attention to the following facts:
We recognize in all men certain inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the right to acquire, possess, enjoy, and defend property. By the practice and consent of men in all ages, some system or form of government is proved to be necessary to exercise, enjoy, and secure their rights, and every people have a right to institute a government, and to choose and adopt that system, or form of it, which in their opinion will most effectively accomplish these objects, and secure their happiness, which does not interfere with the just rights of others. The right, therefore, to institute government and powers necessary to conduct it is an inalienable right and cannot be resisted without the grossest injustice.
We, the people of the Republic of Liberia , were originally inhabitants of the United States of North America.
In some parts of that country we were debarred by law from all rights and privileges of man – in other parts, public sentiment, more powerful than law, frowned us down.
We were excluded from all participation in the government.
We were taxed without our consent.
We were compelled to contribute to the resources of a country which gave us no protection.
We were made a separate and distinct class, and against us every avenue of improvement was effectively closed. Strangers from other lands, of a color different from ours, were preferred before us.
We uttered our complaints, but they were unattended to, or only met by alleging the peculiar institutions of the country.
All hope of a favorable change in our country was thus wholly extinguished in our bosoms, and we looked with anxiety for some asylum from the deep degradation.
The western coast of Africa was the place selected by American benevolence and philanthropy for our future home. Removed beyond those influences which oppressed us in our native land, it was hoped we would be enabled to enjoy those rights and privileges and exercise and improve those faculties which the God of nature has given us in common with the rest of mankind.
Under the auspices of the American Colonization Society, we established ourselves here, on land, acquired by purchase from the lords of the soil.
In an original compact with this society, we, for important reasons, delegated to it certain political powers; while this institution stipulated that whenever the people should become capable of conducting the government, or whenever the people should desire it, this institution would resign the delegated power, peacefully withdraw its supervision, and leave the people to the government of themselves.
Under the auspices and guidance of this institution which has nobly and in perfect faith redeemed its pledge to the people, we have grown and prospered.
From time to time our number has been increased by immigration from America , and by accession from native tribes; and from time to time, as circumstances required it, we have extended our borders by the acquisition of land by honorable purchase from the natives of the country.
As our territory has extended and our population increased our commerce has also increased. The flags of most civilized nations of the earth float in our harbors, and their merchants are opening an honorable and profitable trade. Until recently, these visits have been of a uniformly harmonious character; but as they have become more frequent and to more numerous points of our extended coast, questions have arisen which, it is supposed, can be adjusted only by agreement between sovereign powers.
For years past, the American Colonization Society has virtually withdrawn from all direct and active part in the administration of the government, except in the appointment of the governor, who is also a colonist, for the apparent purpose of testing the ability of the people to conduct the affairs of government, and no complaint of crude legislation, nor of mismanagement, nor of mal-administration has yet been heard.
In view of these facts, this institution, the American Colonization Society, with that good faith which has uniformly marked all its dealings with us did by a set of resolutions in January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-six, dissolve all political connections with the people of this Republic, returned the power with which it was delegated, and left the people to the government of themselves.
The people of the Republic of Liberia , they, are of right, and in fact, a free, sovereign, and independent state, possessed of all the rights, powers, and functions of government.
In assuming the momentous responsibilities of the position they have taken, the people of this republic feel justified by the necessities of the case, and with this conviction they throw themselves with confidence upon the candid consideration of the civilization of the world.
Liberia is not the offspring of ambition, nor the tool of avaricious speculation.
No desire for territorial aggrandizement brought us to these shores; nor do we believe so sordid a motive entered into the high consideration of those who aided us in providing this asylum. Liberia is an asylum from the most grinding oppression.
In coming to the shores of Africa, we indulged the pleasing hope that we would be permitted to exercise and improve those faculties which impart to man his dignity; to nourish in our hearts the flame of honorable ambition; to cherish and indulge these aspirations which a beneficent Creator had implanted in every human heart, and to evince to all who despise, ridicule, and oppress our race that we possess with them a common nature; are with them susceptible of equal refinement, and capable to equal advancement in all that adorns and dignifies man. We were animated by the hope that here we should be at liberty to train up our children in the way that they should go; to inspire them with the love of an honorable fame; to kindle within them the flame of a lofty philanthropy, and to form strongly within them the principles of humanity, virtue, and religion.
Amongst the strongest motives to leave our native land – to abandon forever the scenes of our childhood and to sever the most endeared connections – was the desire for a retreat where, free from the agitation of fear and molestation, we could approach in worship the God of our fathers.
Thus far our highest hopes have been realized. Liberia is already the happy home of thousands who were once the doomed victims of oppressions; and, if left unmolested to go on with her natural and spontaneous growth, if her movements be left free from the paralyzing intrigues of jealous ambition and unscrupulous avarice, she will throw open wider and yet a wider door for thousands who are now looking with an anxious eye for some land of rest.
Our courts of justices are open equally to the stranger and the citizen for the redress of grievances, for the remedy of injuries, and for the punishment of crime.
Our numerous and well-attended schools attest our efforts and our desire for the improvement of our children. Our churches for the worship of our Creator, everywhere to be seen, bear testimony to our acknowledgment of His providence.
The native African bowing down with us before the altar of the living God, declares that from us, feeble as we are, the light of Christianity has gone forth, while upon that curse of curses, the slave trade, a deadly blight has fallen, as far as our influence extends.
Therefore, in the name of humanity, virtue, and religion, in the name of the great God, our common Creator, we appeal to the nations of Christendom, and earnestly and respectfully ask of them that they will regard us with the sympathy and friendly considerations to which the peculiarities of our condition entitles us, and to that comity which marks the friendly intercourse of civilized and independent communities.”
The American-Liberans took “American values” back to West Africa. They brought back every aspect of America except Whyte Pepo including the Stars and Stripes:
LIBERIA: AN EXPERIMENT IN AMERICAN VALUES
In the aftermath of the American Revolution, White Americans were divided over the best way to end slavery. The anti-slavery movement colonized the entire political spectrum from abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison who advocated the immediate abolition of slavery on moral and religious grounds to gradualists and colonizationists like John Randolph and Henry Clay who advocated the gradual elimination of slavery and the removal of free blacks to a colony in West Africa.
The story of Liberia begins witht the American Colonization Society which was founded in 1816 to facilitate the repatriation of African-Americans to sub-Saharan Africa. The U.S. Congress appropriated $100,000 for this unusual philanthropic alliance of Quakers, Southern slaveholders, and free negroes to acquire a 36 mile long strip of land on the coast of West Africa in 1821. This settlement was renamed Liberia in 1824 which evolved into the Republic of Liberia which has existed to the present day.
Over the course of the next 23 years, Liberia erected a capital named Monrovia in honor of President James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization movement. Liberia also expanded in size as four other American colonies were absorbed into the emerging black homeland. With the assistance of Northern and Southern state legislatures and the support of the U.S. federal government, around 10,000 African-Americans emigrated to Liberia between 1821 and 1867. In 1847, the colony was persuaded by the American Colonization Society to declare its independence and assume its separate and equal station among the great powers of the earth as a protectorate of the United States.
For the next 133 years, these American-Liberians ruled Liberia which they dominated through the True Whig Party, which they organized in 1869, and lorded over the 95 percent of the Liberian population that belonged to the 16 indigenous African tribes of what used to be known as the Pepper Coast. The Liberians were set free and cast ashore on the coast of West Africa to prove to the world, especially to the white supremacists of the United States, that they were “susceptible of equal refinement” and “capable of equal advancement in all that adorns and dignifies man.”
The American-Liberians quickly established themselves as a black aristocracy that ruled with absolute power over Liberia. They emulated the planter class of the American South by wearing top hats and morning coats to mark their social status. They built Antebellum-style homes with pillared porches, gabled roofs and dormer windows. The indigenous Liberian tribes were considered an inferior race and were excluded from the government by restricting voting rights to property owners. The American-Liberians segregated themselves from the natives who were excluded from Liberian citizenship until 1904.
LIBERIA: THE (BLACK) LAND OF THE FREE
By 1870, Liberia had sunk into debt to its European creditors, which is a story that played out in Haiti and other Latin American republics. The financial crisis dragged on for decades with Liberia going bankrupt in 1906 followed by the U.S. taking control of its finances (again like Haiti) in 1912. This was followed by a return to insolvency (also reminiscent of Haiti) in the 1930s.
“The experience of Liberia and Haiti show that the African race are devoid of any capacity for political organization and lack genius for government. Unquestionably there is an inherent tendency to revert to savagery and to cast aside the shackles of civilization which are irksome to their physical nature. Of course, there are many exceptions to this racial weakness, but it is true of the mass, as we know from experience in this country. It is that which makes the negro problem practically unsolvable.”
– Secretary of State Robert Lansing, 1918
In 1931, Liberia was accused by the United Nations of practicing “forced labor … hardly distinguishable from slavery” on Firestone’s rubber plantations. The company was granted a 99 year concession there in 1926 and maintains the world’s largest natural rubber operation there to this day.
Between 1945 and 1980, Liberia was propped up by $780 million dollars in foreign aid from the United States. It was the spearhead of American opposition to communism in West Africa during the Cold War. In spite of enormous foreign assistance, the majority of Liberia’s population after 133 years of freedom and equality were living in squalor without access to electricity or clean drinking water in 1980. The Liberian government derived the vast majority of state revenues from taxes paid by Firestone, the Liberian Iron Mining Company and by licensing its national flag to foreign merchants for a modest fee.
PRESIDENT DANIEL TOLBERT WITH PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
PRESIDENT SAMUEL DOE
African-American supremacy in Liberia came to an explosive end on April 12, 1980 when a group of seventeen soldiers led by Samuel Doe, an indigenous Liberian from the Krahn ethnic group, scaled the gate of President Daniel Tolbert’s Executive Mansion, overpowered the guards, and murdered Tolbert in his pajamas. They fired three bullets into his head, gouged out his right eye, and disembowled him.
SHEEEIT … WE DINDU NUFFIN
The African-American ruling class was violently overthrown by a military coup d’état. Ministers and officials of the Tolbert government were rounded up, put on trial before the “People’s Redemption Council,” and were sentenced to death. In this video, a crowd of thousands of Liberians laugh and jeer in Monrovia as the thirteen high-ranking officials in the Tolbert administration are executed by a squad of drunken soldiers who were tied to telephone poles on a beach in Monrovia, who fire volley after volley into their American-Liberian overlords. The mob screams, “Freedom! We got our freedom at last!”
Ten years later, President Samuel Doe was executed on state television during the Liberian Civil War. The United States spent another $500 million dollars in the 1980s propping up the Doe regime which polarized Liberia along ethnic lines as Doe upheld Krahn supremacy, murdering and torturing his rivals, and indiscriminately murdering, raping, and oppressing the other indigenous tribes in Liberia.
In this infamous video, President Samuel Doe is tortured as his rival Commander Prince Johnson sips a Budweiser and orders his ears cut off. Doe was later able to end his suffering by bashing his brains out against a wall until he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The torture and execution of President Samuel Doe in Liberia was only the beginning of the bloodshed and suffering in the (Black) Land of the Free.
A few years ago, Don Cheadle and Chris Rock made headlines by publicly yearning for Obama to “do some gangsta shit” in his second term. There was a considerable amount of frustration in the African-American community with Obama’s leadership style.
America’s first black president came across as a milquetoast moderate and a loser in his fights with the Republican House over raising the debt ceiling. He disappointed the African-American base who were waiting for Obama to start acting like a more authentically black leader.
What is an authentically black leader? What does it mean to go do some gangsta shit? These are questions which provide us with an occasion to discuss the leadership style of one of the greatest African-Americans of our times. The execution of President Samuel Doe was the beginning of the Charles Taylor warlord story arc that would dominate Liberia for the next fourteen years.
Charles McArthur Taylor was an American-Liberian who spent his early twenties as a college student studying economics at Bentley College in Waltham, MA and Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. During his nine years in America, he became actively involved in Liberian student politics and developed a reputation as a dissident. After returning to Liberia following Doe’s coup d’état, Taylor became the director of the Liberian government’s General Services Agency and was placed in charge of procuring goods, works and services worth more than $100K. He used this position to take commissions on each government contract he arranged and embezzled more than $900K into his American bank account.
After he was accused of embezzlement in 1983 by the Doe administration, Charles Taylor fled to the United States but was detained in Somerville, MA after Doe issued an arrest warrant and a request for his extradition to Liberia. He paid off his prison guards with $50,000 in bribes in 1985, sawed through a barred window in a laundry room in the Plymouth House of Corrections and used a knotted sheet to escape from a maximum security prison. His wife and sister-in-law picked him up at a nearby hospital and he drove a getaway car to Staten Island where he fled the United States.
Like Fidel Castro in Cuba, Taylor spent the next four years as a revolutionary drifting around Africa, searching for allies, and plotting to overthrow the Samuel Doe regime. With the support of Libya, Burkina Faso, and Côte d’Ivoire, he raised and trained a rebel army of 168 guerrilla fighters and launched an invasion of Northern Liberia with his self-styled National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) on Christmas Eve 1989. As we have already seen, there are 16 indigenous tribes in Liberia in addition to the American-Liberians. When the American-Liberian ruling class was overthrown by Samuel Doe in the 1980 coup d’état, Doe took power and relied upon his co-ethnic Krahn tribesmen to retain power.
In 1985, Doe was nearly overthrown by a coup d’état led by Thomas Quiwonkpa (his former partner in the coup that had overthrown Tolbert), and he responded with a violent crackdown on the Gio and Mano tribes in Nimba County that left thousands dead. Seizing on the volatile ethnic resentments boiling underneath the Doe regime, Charles Taylor and the NPFL launched the Liberian Civil War to overthrow Doe and Krahn tribal supremacy.
LIBERIAN CIVIL WAR
BASED LIBERIAN SKULL COLLECTION
NATIONAL PATRIOTIC FRONT OF LIBERIA
Thousands of Gio and Mano yearning for vengeance against Doe soon flocked to Charles Taylor and the NPFL. Doe responded by sending in the Armed Forces of Liberia (mostly drawn from his own Krahn tribe) and massacring Gio and Mano civilians. It wasn’t long before Liberia was embroiled in a full scale tribal war over control of the Liberian state. Within six months, the NPFL (which split into two factions under Charles Taylor and Prince Johnson) had overrun Liberia and was laying siege to Monrovia. At that point, Nigeria and its allies in ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) intervened in the conflict to prevent the Liberian Civil War from spilling over into other countries and destabilizing the entire region. LIBERIAN PATRIOTS
LIBERIAN CHILD SOLDIERS
WHYTE MAN STOLE OUR CIVILIZATION
President Doe was captured, tortured, and executed in September 1990. In the wake of his death, this left behind three factions in control of parts of Liberia: Charles Taylor and Prince Johnson (NPFL), Nigeria and ECOWAS, and the Krahn supporters of Doe who were driven out of the country and who reorganized themselves as the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO).
From 1990 to 1996, these three factions (NPFL, ECOWAS, and ULIMO) fought over the spoils of war in Liberia. Charles Taylor established himself as a warlord in control of “Greater Liberia” outside of the capital in Monrovia. He made hundreds of millions of dollars trading in gold, diamonds, iron ore, timber, and stolen goods in his territory. It was during this period that the Liberian Civil War became infamous for its crossdressing child soldiers and drug addicted cannibals who fought naked. The most famous of these Liberian generals is General Butt Naked (he fought for ULIMO under Roosevelt Johnson) who used to mutilate innocent children and drink their blood and converse with Satan before going into battle.
GENERAL BUTT NAKED
After 14 peace agreements, the warlords finally agreed to end the fighting in 1996 and submit to demobilization and national elections. Charles Taylor was finally elected president of Liberia in 1997 on the most original campaign slogan in the history of democracy: “He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him.” He won 75 percent of the vote because Liberians hoped that allowing him to legitimately take power would finally end the bloodshed. The U.S. mediators which included Jimmy Carter threw their hands up in the air and endorsed the election as a triumph for democracy.
In 1999, the ULIMO reorganized as Liberians United for Democracy in Liberia (LURD) and resumed the war – this being the Second Liberian Civil War – with the support of Sierra Leone and Guinea. By 2003, the Côte d’Ivoire backed Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) had emerged in the south. The two rebel groups fought Charles Taylor and the Armed Forces of Liberia until they had taken over two-thirds of the country. Fearing another bloodbath in Monrovia, the international community pressured the United States to intervene in the conflict. The French had intervened in the Ivorian Civil War in Côte d’Ivoire. The British had intervened in Sierra Leone Civil War. The argument was made at the time that Liberia was an American responsibility in light of our strong ties to The (Black) Land of the Free.
In 2003, President George W. Bush intervened in the Second Liberian Civil War – the man who was accused of “hating black people” by Al Sharpton and the NAACP after Hurricane Katrina – and dispatched the USS Kearsarge to the coast of Liberia. The threat of American military intervention and occupation forced Charles Taylor to surrender power and go into exile in Nigeria.
W. doesn’t hesitate to point out the irony in his Decision Points memoir:
“But the suggestion that I was a racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low. I told Laura at the time that it was the worst moment of my presidency. I feel the same way today …
On Sunday of that week, Day Fourteen, I made my third visit to the Gulf Coast. I choppened onto the USS Iwo Jima, which had docked in the Mississippi River. Two years earlier, I had deployed the Iwo Jima to free Liberia from the dictator Charles Taylor.”
W. was telling the truth: he really had liberated Liberia from an evil African-American dictator, a man who was despised by his own people, and he was hailed in Liberia as a liberator in the way that the neocons had falsely presumed he would be in Iraq.
The U.S. intervention in 2003 quietly marked the end of the (Black) Land of the Free. After 220,000 Liberians and 50,000 Sierra Leoneans had lost their lives in senseless fighting between rival warlords, the U.S. was finally moved to shoulder the White Man’s Burden in West Africa.
In recent years, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been devastated again by the Ebola epidemic which started in neighboring Guinea. The (Black) Land of the Free is ranked #177 in the UN Human Development Index. It has failed in its mission to show that free Africans are “susceptible of equal refinement” and “capable of equal advancement in all that adorns and dignifies man.”
– After I got home last night, I turned on the television and saw that there had been a school shooting in Florida. I briefly wrote a post about it before leaving and taking my wife out for Valentine’s Day. I wondered if the media would try to disingenuously pin this on the Alt-Right after running with the SPLC narrative. These school shootings have been going on since I was 12.
– While waiting for service at the restaurant, I began to wonder what the ironybros do on Valentine’s Day. I scanned the news and saw a report that the Florida school shooter was angry over no gf. I sent out a tweet wondering if this had been another Elliot Rodger attack.
– My phone began ringing off the hook this morning. I answered a call and it was the Associated Press who called to ask me some questions about the ROF Militia.
– The Associated Press called back to tell me that Jordan Jereb had claimed that Nikolas Cruz, the Florida school shooter, was a ROFL member. I told him during our conversations that I had never heard of Cruz and was only familiar with one former ROFL member in that area.
– I finally began to digest the news on Gab about how this had been a prank that had started on TRS or 4chan where Jordan Jereb is a meme and that Jereb had confirmed the story on a phone call with the ADL. I’ve always thought of Jordan Jereb as a harmless autiste in Tallahassse who runs a LARP group.
– I began to wonder if this was all a troll in light of the ROFL’s actions in the past like the time they proclaimed Florida had seceded from the United States and issued their own currency.
– Apparently, I missed the Alt-Right panic on Twitter over being linked to another non-White white supremacist mass shooter. The Merchant Right spent hours handwringing about ROFL being a Deep State op on Twitter.
– The report that Nikolas Cruz was a ROFL member appears to have fallen apart. Jordan Jereb and ROF Militia trended on Twitter and got a ton of free publicity over this operation.
– The Alt-Right and the mainstream media are now familiar with Jordan Jereb and the ROFL Militia. This is where the story stands as of 7:15 PM CST.
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Admittedly, I found the narrative about the Alt-Right and Christianity that Matthew Rose spun amusing and unconvincing and responded by lampooning it. After all, I’m a Lutheran who reads Rod Dreher and First Things. I’ve never read Alain de Benoist or Julius Evola. I’ve read Oswald Spengler and Friedrich Nietzsche, but I don’t consider their ideas to be the source of my own worldview.
Matthew Rose has a preconceived narrative: the Alt-Right is anti-Christian. In order to further this narrative, he cites the Alt-Right’s leading atheists – Greg Johnson and Richard Spencer – and dives into the European roots of Identitarianism. Like any good Nietzschean, he traces the genealogy of the Alt-Right to Alain de Benoist and the European New Right and Julius Evola and Radical Traditionalism. This is how he reaches the shocking conclusion that the Alt-Right is pagan and fundamentally anti-Christian.
As I said in the previous article, the Alt-Right is united by the belief that “race exists, race matters and race is the foundation of identity.” This is why there are atheists, agnostics, pagans and Christians who identify and affiliate with the Alt-Right. The movement has always been internally divided over religion. The people who join the Alt-Right subscribe to a broad range of religious perspectives, but all of us are equally stigmatized and dissent from the mainstream on this particular issue.
The truth is that the origin of my racial views … are American! I find the notion that the Alt-Right is incompatible with Christianity to be preposterous. It is on the same level as the argument made by Russell Moore that the cross and Confederate flag “cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire.” In reality, the cross and the Confederate flag got along swimmingly well during the historical Confederacy and for generations thereafter. No one in the South at the time perceived any contradiction between the two. Southerners became more intensely Christian during and after the War Between the States. The argument was made that God had allowed the Confederacy to be bathed in blood, its cities destroyed, and its enemies triumphant in order to test and sanctify His favored people.
The Alt-Right’s credo that “race exists, race matters and race is the foundation of identity” was the conventional wisdom of the American South for centuries. This view was also the mainstream view in White America until the Second World War. If Christianity in “its original and most animating form is fundamentally incompatible with the Faustian ethic and race-based mythos of the alt-right,” then it follows that the United States which was founded and settled by Christians would have never existed in the first place. Every American president from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower was a racist. The Fourteenth Amendment had to be passed in order for blacks to become American citizens.
If the Alt-Right is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity, then how did we come to live in this multiracial society in the first place? The answer is that race realism and Christianity were not thought to be incompatible until modern times. In the past, Christians came up with all sorts of ingenious theological arguments to rationalize everything from race realism to slavery to white supremacy to colonialism. The Puritans had their errand in the wilderness as the New Israel. The Spanish conquest of the New World was blessed by the Papacy. Africans in the South were said to be afflicted by the Curse of Ham which doomed them to be the “servant of servants.” Growing up in the Jim Crow South, my father-in-law was taught that blacks were “the beasts of the field” found in the Old Testament.
According to the Ten Commandments, Christians are instructed not to covet our “neighbor’s wife, or his or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” The Old Testament is full of genocides. Jesus Christ had nothing to say about racism and neither did Christendom until the 20th century. It was communists who came up with the notion that “racism” is a sin and it was the Soviet Union that started propagating that doctrine in the 1920s. The Southern Baptist Convention didn’t discover that racism was immoral until the 1990s – the last major institution in American society to come to this realization. The vast majority of Southern Christians opposed the Civil Rights Movement and its hated crusade for “social equality” just as their denominations had split over abolition in the antebellum era.
If anything is true, my racial views are a bit milder than my Christian ancestors who once believed in slavery and polygenesis in the 19th century. Unlike my Christian ancestors, I don’t believe in the Curse of Ham or that blacks are the products of miscegenation with chimpanzees in West Africa. I don’t believe that blacks are the pre-Adamite “beasts of the field” like Southerners did in the Jim Crow South. I only bring this up to point out this was the mainstream view at the time and to show that race realism and Christianity were fundamentally compatible. The politically correct view that race realism and Christianity are “fundamentally incompatible” has been a minority opinion throughout most of American history. It also wasn’t the church which challenged and overthrew white supremacy.
Connor Grubaugh argues that I believe that “Christianity lacks any truth conditions whatsoever—that it is devoid of content, a mere vessel of empty signs and symbols, to be filled with foreign substances and remolded to suit them.” No, I am just not historically illiterate enough to make disingenuous theological arguments, especially ones which are flatly contradicted by the history of my own people. I’m on solid historical ground when I point out that Christianity easily adapted itself to racialism, slavery, imperialism, colonialism and white supremacy and much else besides in the New World, Africa and Asia. Christians had sound theological arguments to justify all of these things.
How do we explain this? Is there simply no truth to Christian doctrine? My view is that the church has traditionally seen its job as the salvation of individual souls. The Kingdom of God isn’t of this world. The church has traditionally drawn distinctions between spiritual equality – the idea that all human beings have souls and are made in the image of God, which is why the church has resisted polygenesis, Darwinism and eugenics – and physical equality or equality in status and condition. The ease with which the church has accommodated the political establishment and adapted to a bewildering variety of authoritarian and hierarchical cultures through history is due to this otherworldly focus.
I suppose you could say that I don’t take American Christianity all that seriously when the Lutheran Church has condemned Martin Luther for anti-Semitism. In my view, it is plainly a subordinate subculture. It follows the dominant Jewish mainstream secular culture like a shadow – the idea that “racism” is immoral, interracial adoptions, political correctness, signaling over gay marriage which has recently become fashionable. None of this stems from Christian doctrine so much as it does from the dominance of the mass media and basic human nature which is to yearn for social acceptance. Christian leaders want to be seen as respectable and in step with the secular mainstream.
Perhaps this is the real reason why we are now hearing that “the Alt-Right is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity.” The Alt-Right is being criticized by the political and cultural establishment. So naturally this is why their handmaidens in the church have followed suit. A few years from now, Christian conservatives will be arguing that transphobia is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity. The past will also be conveniently discarded in the pursuit of mainstream respectability.
We’ve covered a few African countries which were sources of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the ancestors of African-Americans. These include Senegal, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Côte d’Ivoire. There are two countries in sub-Saharan Africa, however, which have a special relationship with African-Americans. These countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa.
The vast majority of American slaves were brought to American South in the 18th century. They worked on the tobacco farms of the Chesapeake and the rice plantations of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. The peak of the Transatlantic Slave Trade was between 1750 and 1807.
In South Carolina and Georgia, the rice planters favored slaves that were imported from the “Rice Coast” of West Africa, which is the area that stretches from Senegal to Liberia. In this region, Great Britain was the dominant power in Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia. The epicenter of the British presence in this part of West Africa was estuary of the Sierra Leone River which is the home to Africa’s largest natural deepwater harbor. It is one of the top three natural deepwater harbors in the world.
Bunce Island is an island in the estuary of the Sierra Leone River. It was Sierra Leone’s equivalent of James Island in the estuary of the Gambia River – the main place where captured slaves were brought from the interior, sold by their fellow Africans to British and Yankee slave traders and transported to South Carolina and Georgia, where they made up roughly a quarter of the black population.
Many of these slaves didn’t stay long in the United States.
They fought for Great Britain during the American Revolution. The British promised them their freedom and evacuated thousands of them after the American victory at Yorktown. These Black Loyalists ended up in Nova Scotia in Canada, the British West Indies, Florida and London.
In the movie Blood Diamond, a black character mentions that “this country was founded as a utopia.” Sierra Leone was founded by these Black Loyalists. The black poor of London were the first to be resettled in the “Province of Freedom” in 1787. They were followed in 1792 by the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia who founded Freetown. According to national legend, these African-Americans planted the famous Cotton Tree which now towers over Freetown. The Jamaican Maroons came next in 1800. These groups mingled and their descendants are the Krio people who now make up 5% of Sierra Leone’s population.
Sierra Leone really was founded as a utopia. The British of the 19th century were captivated by middle class evangelical reformers whose great causes were abolitionism, free labor and free trade. Freetown harbor became the base used by the Royal Navy to suppress the Transatlantic Slave Trade in West Africa. The Royal Navy resettled tens of thousands of slaves there who were intercepted on slave ships crossing the Atlantic. Abolitionists planned to transform Sierra Leone into a thriving free labor colony that would produce sugar and cotton that could compete with slavery in the British West Indies and American South.
Sierra Leone became a crown colony in 1808 as a result of the failure of the free labor experiment. It was kept afloat as a humanitarian colony for the purpose of liberating and resettling enslaved Africans. The resettled Africans were converted to Protestant Christianity. They were given employment in the form of producing palm oil and peanuts. The great African explorer David Livingstone subscribed to the prevailing British ethos of commerce, civilization and Christianity as the solution to sub-Saharan Africa’s many ills.
Originally, Sierra Leone was limited to Freetown and its peninsula. The African tribes in the interior were left to their own devices. They weren’t absorbed into a British protectorate until the Scramble for Africa in 1896. Even well into the 20th century, the African tribes in the interior of Sierra Leone weren’t part of the same colony as the Krios in Freetown who regarded them as uncivilized savages who lived under their own African chiefs. Slavery wasn’t suppressed in the interior of Sierra Leone until 1928.
In Sierra Leone, the British went about transplanting the constitutional machinery of liberal democracy, which we have already seen they also transplanted in Ghana. In accordance with the prevailing dogma of free-market capitalism, the British had done little to build infrastructure and develop the economy in Ghana, Sierra Leone or The Gambia, which was the role of the entrepreneur. This wasn’t due to “racism.” It was the prevailing economic theory of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
British colonialism had been mild in Sierra Leone. There was nothing there resembling King Leopold II in the Belgian Congo or the Anglo-Boer Wars in South Africa. It came to an end with great fanfare and optimism in 1961. Queen Elizabeth II visited Freetown to celebrate the historic moment.
The British had abolished the slave trade in Sierra Leone, resettled liberated slaves there which they evacuated from the South, shielded it under the Pax Britannia from hostile powers for purely humanitarian reasons, established a national police force, universities, public schools, roads, introduced the free-market economy and a constitution, etc. This is a country which was endowed with gold, titanium, iron ore and diamonds in its rivers. It was blessed with a benign climate and plenty of arable land. It was endowed with Africa’s largest natural deepwater harbor and one of the best ports in the world. It had nothing but well wishers in Britain, the United States and United Nations.
Sierra Leone has the diamonds of Botswana and half a dozen other things going for it. It is easy to imagine it taking a different route like Botswana or Senegal. Instead, Sierra Leone descended into what was unquestionably one the greatest disasters of post-colonial Africa.
If Sierra Leone had remained a British colony like the Falkland Islands, would it be in the shape that it is today? It is highly unlikely that Siaka Stevens would have been allowed to rule Sierra Leone for 17 years while amassing a $500 million dollar fortune as education and other basic public services collapsed. The streets of Freetown wouldn’t have been full of rarray boys addicted to a thuggish lifestyle of gambling, drugs, petty theft and violence. The professional class wouldn’t have immigrated to the United States and Europe in search of opportunities denied to them in their own mismanaged country.
Sierra Leone had been decomposing for thirty years as an independent state before the Sierra Leone Civil War began in 1991. The war and the atrocities depicted in Cry Freetown and Blood Diamond emerged out of this social context like a ripening orange that has fallen off a tree and begun to rot.
SACK OF FREETOWN
REVOLUTIONARY UNITED FRONT (RUF)
RUF COMMANDER SAM “MOSQUITO” BOCKARIE
Blood Diamond is a 2006 film set in the context of the Sierra Leone Civil War. In the United States, this movie is the primary depiction familiar to Americans of the conflict.
The background story of this movie is true: the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) relied on child soldiers who comprised over 85% of RUF forces, people were abducted from their villages and were forced to work as slaves in the diamond mines, the RUF amputated limbs with machetes, engaged in torture, cannibalism and gang rape, forced children to kill their parents to desensitize them to violence. The savagery and brutality of the RUF drug addicted rebels, the presence of South African mercenaries and the Kimberely Process which banned the sale of blood diamonds was also true. The sack and looting of Freetown in the RUF’s Operation No Living Thing was also true.
Blood Diamond is nothing more than a pure Hollywood fantasy though. Leonardo DiCaprio is Danny Archer, a Rhodesian mercenary, who plays the Bigot With a Heart of Gold. Djimon Hounsou is Solomon Vande, a Mende fisherman desperate to find his family, who reprises his role as the Noble Savage that he played in Gladiator and Amistad. Jennifer Connolly is Maddy Brown, an American journalist in Sierra Leone investigating conflict diamonds, who plays the Bleeding Heart White Liberal. Arnold Vosloo is Colonel Coetzee, the South African mercenary who was Archer’s former commander in the South African Border War, who plays the Evil White Imperialist. Marius Weyers is Rudolph Van de Kaap, the Tiara Diamond Company executive who employs Colonel Coetzee, who plays The Man who is profiting from the war behind the scenes. Michael Sheen is Rupert Simmons, Van de Kaap’s underling, who buys the blood diamond in London from Vande at the end of the movie.
Blood Diamond ends with Solomon Vande testifying as the Noble Savage and voice of the Third World before the meeting of diamond producers in Kimberely, South Africa that banned the sale of blood diamonds. The unmistakable message of Blood Diamond is that Westerners who buy diamonds for their fiancés are somehow to blame for the whole conflict. Why this never happened in Botswana, Russia, China, Canada, Australia or other non-African diamond exporting countries isn’t explained.
In 1991, the Liberian Civil War spilled over the border of Sierra Leone and its warlord economy engulfed the wider region. Sierra Leone was one of the ECOWAS states (Economic Community of West African States) that intervened to end the Liberian Civil War after President Samuel Doe was tortured and murdered on television. Liberia was carved up between rival warlords that continued fighting with ECOWAS over the spoils of victory. Everything in sight in Liberia (televisions, consumer goods, scrap metal, street lights, industrial equipment) was looted by the warlords to finance the conflict.
In this context, the rich alluvial diamond fields in Kono in Sierra Leone, which are less than 100 miles from the Liberian border became an obvious target. Liberia’s president Charles Taylor resented Sierra Leone’s intervention and armed and financed a group of 100 rebels called the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) to overthrow the government of Sierra Leone in the same way that he had overthrown the government of Liberia. The RUF overran the diamond fields in eastern Sierra Leone and the bauxite and titanium mines which provided the government of Sierra Leone with virtually all of its export earnings. The blood diamonds in Kono flowed into Liberia and were sold and exported by Jews abroad. It was just the most famous example of Charles Taylor’s warlord economy.
In 1995, the government of Sierra Leone was collapsing, its army had been routed, the RUF had taken over the diamond fields, and the coup de grâce was about to be delivered in Freetown. Desperate to avoid defeat, a South African private security firm called Executive Outcomes was hired to regain control of the country in exchange for concessions to mine diamonds in areas where Executive Outcomes regained control. Within one week, Executive Outcomes drove the RUF out of Freetown. They also cleared the RUF out of the diamond fields in Kono and restored them to government control. Then the IMF intervened and pressured the Sierra Leone government to terminate the services of Executive Outcomes. The government was forced to share power with the RUF which gained control of the diamond fields.
The bloodshed didn’t end until six years later when Freetown was about to be sacked for the fourth time. Britain launched a humanitarian intervention in May 2000, seized control of the country, ended the Sierra Leone Civil War, and took over key posts in the government, central bank, and the economy. The British intervention in Sierra Leone in 2000 was the model for the American intervention in Liberia in 2003 and two interventions by France in Côte d’Ivoire in 2004 and 2011 to stop the Ivorian Civil War. In all three cases, the Western powers intervened to end the civil wars in their former colonies for humanitarian reasons. Inspired by the positive example of Sierra Leone, Western powers have also intervened in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Central African Republic.
The story told in Blood Diamond couldn’t be further from the truth: the West had nothing to do with starting the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the South African mercenaries were called in by the legitimate government as a last ditch effort to stop the RUF, the fighting over the diamond fields was merely one phase in a wider warlord economy, and it was Britain that finally put an end to the fighting. Tony Blair is considered a hero in Sierra Leone for putting an end to the devastating war.
Sierra Leone’s tragedy was a self-inflicted blow caused by a lost generation. The same is true of Liberia. Neighboring states in the region like Senegal, The Gambia and Ghana have been relatively stable. Botswana, of course, is a diamond exporting country that is hailed as an African success story. In recent years, thousands of people in Sierra Leone have died from the Ebola virus and it is one of the poorest countries in the world and ranks #179 in the UN Human Development Index.
Britain founded the Province of Freedom as a utopia. Native African tribes turned it into a dystopia. It wasn’t a result that 19th century, 20th century or 21st century Britons desired. Many of Sierra Leone’s child soldiers were captured after the war, taken out into the rivers and allowed to drown. That’s how Sierra Leone disposed of the little savages and convinced itself that nature had swept them away.
Note: The documentary Cry Freetown below is horrifying. It depicts the pure savagery of this African conflict which wasn’t motivated by religion (Central African Republic), nativism (Ivory Coast), ideology (Ethiopia), ethnicity (Rwanda), imperialism (Angola), caste (Zanzibar).
“In addition to funding for a border wall and other border security measures, immigration hardliners are sure to push to include mandatory E-Verify in any immigration legislation considered by Congress. E-Verify is a (currently) voluntary program where businesses check job applicants’ Social Security numbers and other Information — potentially including “biometric” identifiers like fingerprints — against information stored in a federal database to determine if the job applicants are legally in the United States.
Imagine how much time would be diverted from serving consumers and growing the economy if every US business had to comply with E-Verify. Also, collecting the relevant information and operating the mandatory E-Verify system will prove costly to taxpayers.
Millions of Americans could be denied jobs because E-Verify mistakenly identifies them as illegal immigrants. These Americans would be forced to go through a costly and time-consuming process to force the government to correct its mistake. It is doubtful employers could afford to keep jobs open while potential hires went through this process. …”
I’m so glad we were done with this stuff. There isn’t really anything more to say about it.
“PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – UPDATE: There are reports from other news agencies that as many as 16 people were killed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting. BSO has yet to confirm this number.
The Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has confirmed there have been “numerous fatalities” following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland by a former student. …”
I don’t know. It has been happening since I was in high school in the late 1990s. It was going on even before that. We keep churning out these isolated, depressed, mentally ill kids. They can kill themselves and check out while drawing attention to their own pathetic lives on cable television.
CNN is saying the shooter’s name is Nicholas Cruz. It is worth noting though that we live in an age when George Zimmerman and Elliot Rodger have been labeled “Alt-Right” or “white supremacist.”
Since I am having so much success triggering the Comfort Blanket Nationalists, I might as well REALLY GET UNDER THEIR SKIN!
1.) The Donor Class – Comfort Blanket Nationalists are obsessed with reforming the system by winning elections. They operate on the assumption that America is a democracy when it is an oligarchy. Elections are meaningless when the donor class can buy policies. Even though the donor class lost the 2016 election, they won the policies of the Trump administration with their campaign contributions.
2.) Reforming The GOP – The Comfort Blanket Nationalist strategy is a proven failure. The Republican policy agenda – tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation, entitlement cuts, cucking for Israel, military spending, neocon foreign policy and dog whistles for the base – hasn’t changed. Every attempt to reform the Republican Party from Pat Buchanan to Ron Paul to Donald Trump has been a failure.
3.) The ZOG Emperor – Comfort Blanket Nationalists are invested in the notion that Donald Trump was elected by a “nationalist populist revolution” and has brought about a sweeping realignment of American politics. On the contrary, the Trump presidency is the strongest argument yet against Comfort Blanket Nationalism. He was the royal flush of civic nationalism – the strongest hand they could ever possibly be dealt, a rogue billionaire who plowed through the primaries and general election to seize the White House – and he hasn’t even made a dent in the status quo.
4.) Bannonism – We don’t hear much about Bannonism anymore from the Comfort Blanket Nationalists who were going to purge the cucks a few months ago. Trump’s “America First” foreign policy reverted to the traditional Republican neocon foreign policy. Trump’s “America First” economic agenda has defaulted to nothing more than the Reaganite supply side tax cut that Republicans have dreamed about since the 1980s. Trump’s “America First” immigration agenda has amounted to nothing more than a few border wall prototypes gathering dust in the Arizona desert. Steve Bannon himself was driven out of the White House and fired by Breitbart after snake charming Middle America into believing that Trump’s “populist nationalist revolution” was going to usher in a new era in American politics.
5.) Notional Victories – Comfort Blanket Nationalists offer notional victories to White America. Vote for the Republican Party … and you will end abortion. Vote for the Republican Party … and you will stop sodomite marriage. Vote for the Republican Party … and the jobs will come back from overseas. Vote for the Republican Party … and coal mining will come back, believe me. Vote for the Republican Party … and we will build a 30 foot Mexican border wall. Vote for the Republican Party … and we will defeat political correctness, believe me. None of these notional victories ever materialize or amount to anything more than token gestures and failure theater because the policies are sold to the donor class.
6.) Yes, The GOP Is Kiked – Comfort Blanket Nationalists will never succeed in “sneaking up on the Jews.” Somehow, they managed to convince themselves they were sneaking up on the Jews with Donald Trump who has since placed his Jewish son-in-law in charge of our foreign policy. Jared Kushner destroyed Steve Bannon’s political career who thought he was real clever. The Trump administration is the most Zionist administration that has ever sat in the White House.
7.) Supreme Pragmatists – Comfort Blanket Nationalists like to pose as supreme pragmatists. They are moving the Overton Window through small steps with electoral victories. In reality, the Trump administration has coincided with the decline of free speech, the removal of Confederate monuments and the normalization of homosexuality on the Right. The Merchant Right is a more pozzed and degenerate version of Bush era mainstream conservatism. The Trump era has been a more degraded era of mainstream conservatism with a thrice married president. As always, Comfront Blanket Nationalists cheer on conservatives as they move the ball down the field … on tax cuts, deregulation, military spending, cucking for Israel and other areas where substantial policy gains are made.
8.) Supreme Cucks – Far from being supreme pragmatists, the Comfort Blanket Nationalists are the supreme cucks. They are cheerleaders for the GOP which uses and abuses them like a cheap date. All they end up accomplishing with their 24/7 Hannity posting is cucking voters into supporting the traditional Republican policy agenda which is neocon foreign policy and neoliberal economics in exchange for notional victories on issues like abortion or a border wall that has been promised for 12 years.
9.) Taboos – The taboos that Comfort Blanket Nationalists want to change … are not on the ballot. Republican have won countless electoral victories. They control the White House, Congress and Supreme Court. They control more state legislatures and governorships than at any point since the 1920s. Politically, the Democrats have been decisively defeated, but the culture continues to shift perpetually to the Left. These norms are upheld in the public square and can only be changed there.
10.) Representation – The whole point of participating in the political process is to gain representation. The pro-White community voted for the Republican Party in historic numbers in the 2016 election. It gained no representation. The Republican Congress unanimously blamed White Nationalists for the violence in Charlottesville while exempting Antifa from criticism. If our votes don’t translate into representation and policy victories, we are just squandering them.
11.) The Mainstream – Comfort Blanket Nationalists argue we need to be “mainstream.” What is the “mainstream” though? The “mainstream” is a network of Jewish-controlled media outlets who establish and police the boundaries of “mainstream” political discourse to keep it kosher. The “mainstream” is an agreement between the elites of both political parties to deny us representation, stigmatize our community and exclude us from politics. Don Quixote had better luck charging at windmills than White Nationalists do of ever being accepted as “mainstream.”
12.) The Eternal Normie – Comfort Blanket Nationalists are convinced the eternal normie can be won over with aesthetic appeals. All we have to do is wear the right clothes or wave the right flag and act like the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the United Daughters of the Confederacy. We can make this safe and respectable even though by definition we are stigmatized as outside the “mainstream” by the Jewish power structure. The Eternal Normie who is their target audience is an individualist, a materialist, and a follower. Sure, he might agree that you look good and present well, but since he is fundamentally out for himself – an ethical position – he has no inclination or incentive to join a marginalized political movement or take any risks to bring about political change. In the event that he does join and participate in the movement, he will use the internet as an online outlet for his repressed fantasies.
13.) Muh Flag – We call them Comfort Blanket Nationalists because the American flag … is their comfort blanket. It is comforting to think we still live in an organic nation-state called America, that our culture hasn’t been pozzed and unraveled on us by our Jewish elites, that we haven’t been replaced by millions of fecund foreigners and that we aren’t now hopelessly balkanized along the lines of race, culture, region, class, sex and gender. There is a still a real nation out there, somewhere, in flyover country. In reality, Nixon and Reagan’s Silent Majority is dying off every day.
14.) Our Secret Friends – Is Donald Trump our secret friend? Is Tucker Carlson our secret friend? What is the message he is really signaling to us? The Comfort Blanket Nationalists are glued to this stuff which keeps them enraptured with conservatism. They are no different than their parents like Bill Mitchell who sat in their La-Z-Boy watching Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill O’Reilly for decades.
15.) Demographics – Just the other day, The Washington Post reported that even if Trump’s immigration plan were enacted it would only delay White minority status by 5 years. This is ultimate reason why Comfort Blanket Nationalism is a delusion. We’re on the precipice of the 2020s. Mainstream politics at the national level is poised to fail and go the way of California within the next decade. Comfort Blanket Nationalism isn’t a pragmatic position when the majority of infants born in this country are non-White. The cake is already baked and America is already lost. Donald Trump would have to be using his office to make sweeping, dramatic changes to stave off the inevitable and … HE. ISN’T. EVEN. DOING. THAT. He used his political capital TO. DO. SHIT. LIKE. TAX. CUTS.
16.) Local Politics – The Comfort Blanket Nationalists insist we need to seize power at the local level. In a sense, they are right that SOME offices might be of some use to us like, say, becoming the local sheriff in your county. The problem with our system though is that power is concentrated at the top in Washington. There isn’t much in the way of meaningful state and local government that can’t be shot down by the federal courts. As Donald Trump shows, power isn’t even concentrated in the presidency. The oligarchy still has the power to bend a president elected in a “nationalist populist revolution” to their will. The Comfort Blanket Nationalists belief in reforming the system is contradicted by their belief in the power of the Deep State (read: the oligarchy) which has neutered Donald Trump.
17.) Civic Nationalism – Comfort Blanket Nationalists want to pretend that there isn’t any inherent conflict between civic nationalism and ethnonationalism. And yet, everywhere we look where civic nationalism has triumphed we see the futility of voting. In the long term, the system has produced the same result everywhere it has been tried because its ideals – liberty, equality, tolerance, voting, muh rights, capitalism – are inherently destructive and corrosive of social hierarchies. They undermine the social order and weaken ethnic bonds which allows hostile elites like Jews to rise and takeover.
18.) Americanism – Comfort Blanket Nationalists are scandalized by our diagnosis that Americanism is a disease. America has been struggling with this problem since the Revolution. The trend for 200 years has been the expansion of liberty, equality, tolerance, rights, voting and capitalism … at the expense of everything else. Authority has been consistently undermined. Homogeneity has been consistently undermined. We’ve been in a permanent state of social revolution for centuries. As soon as one novelty is mainstreamed, another predictably rises to take its former place and agitate against limits. This has hardly changed under Donald Trump with the rise of #MeTooism.
19.) Closed Window – Comfort Blanket Nationalists are conservatives who are nostalgic for Ronald Reagan, the Silent Majority and the 1980s. Don’t we already know how this movie ends … in California?
20.) Anti-Alt-Right – My final argument against Comfort Blanket Nationalism is that turns into nothing more than mindless Republican cheerleading and attacks on the Alt-Right and White Nationalism which gets us nowhere. We are told that we need to stop talking about White identity, Jewish power and influence, all the causes and values that animate our own movement, which have won people over to our side (remember when we were smashing cuckservatives against the wall?), because this jeopardizes … notional victories by Republicans that never materialize and are explained away with absurd 4D Chess arguments and pleas to give Republicans even more power to reward their donors.
“One of the striking features of Donald Trump’s first year in office was the all-but-complete abandonment of the populist economic vision upon which he successfully campaigned. Candidate Trump stiff-armed Republican economic orthodoxy and won the Midwest by promising a flood of infrastructure spending, universal health care, protectionism, middle-class tax cuts — a right-wing Keynesianism for the common man. But as president he defaulted to Paul Ryan’s agenda, chasing the Tea Party dream of Obamacare repeal, issuing a budget proposal thick with discretionary spending cuts, and pursuing a tax reform tilted heavily toward corporations.
The best way to understand this turn was to recognize that personnel are policy, and since “Trumpism” was an unexpected irruption and Trump himself is not exactly the sort of guy who worries about having a policy brain trust, the people available to staff and guide his administration were inevitably more conventionally conservative than the half-sketched ideas of his campaign. Once Steve Bannon, the only inner-circle figure with an ideological vision, flamed out spectacularly as a Karl Rove-like eminence, a default to Ryanism was all-but-guaranteed, and with it the abandonment of Trump’s promise to remake the G.O.P. as a “worker’s party.” …”
Douthat understands there isn’t a Republican majority and therefore a platform for ideological conservatism without that “populist-nationalist” base. As things stand today, it is the base upon which Paul Ryan and Mick Mulvaney stand to implement things like tax reform, healthcare reform and welfare reform. Trump’s plan in the 2018 election cycle is to blame the Democrats for the failure to build his border wall and cynically cater to the base with dog whistling about cultural issues at his mass rallies.
Anyway, the theme of this article is that populism will always exercise a gravitational pull on the Republican Party because there isn’t a majority for conservatism without populist swing voters. Donald Trump has imperiled that by making it too obvious that he doesn’t give a shit about those people in between his neoconservative foreign policy, neoliberal economic policies and cultural warrior tweets. Douthat is hopeful this burst of military spending will be seen as populist.
Lots of voters are stuck in the middle and don’t see any good options. The Democrats don’t have a more compelling idea than MAGA. They have been on C-SPAN2 making the case for the DREAM Act by citing CATO Institute studies about how cutting legal immigration will undermine the economy. The faces of the Democratic Party are gentry liberals like Nancy Pelosi and that drooling Kennedy scion. They could really end up blowing the 2018 midterms by positioning themselves solely as an anti-Trump backlash.
Obama’s compelling argument was that he was going to end these stupid wars started by the Bush administration, quit pandering to Wall Street, end racial division and later when he was reelected that he wasn’t Mitt Romney. What is the compelling argument for the Democrats?
In order to travel to Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, you have to take one of several eight lane highways through town which are deserted of motorists. The jungle is encroaching upon the roads which is already giving it the desired effect of ancient ruined splendor. The streets in Yamoussoukro are reportedly full of potholes and the shopping malls are atrocious.
The saddest thing about Le Vieux’s extravagance is that he towers over most of his African contemporaries. Under Félix Houphouët-Boigny’s thirty-three year reign, Côte d’Ivoire held up as the most promising country in sub-Saharan Africa. In the first two decades of independence, the economy grew by over 7 percent a year. The “Ivorian Miracle” was one of the fastest growing countries in the world.
Unlike his black nationalist contemporaries like Kwame Nkrumah, Félix Houphouët-Boigny was pro-Western, pro-White, pro-capitalist, and fiercely anti-communist. His policy of Françafrique embraced French colonialism as a positive good for West Africa. He relied on French foreign aid, French personnel and advisors, French military protection, and French investment to nurture and grow the Côte d’Ivoire economy while maintaining a dismissive attitude toward politics and democracy.
In this neo-colonial role as a pseudo-French colony (Houphouët-Boigny sat in the French parliament for 15 years), the number of French residents in Côte d’Ivoire rose from 10,000 at independence to 50,000. French businessmen were given every incentive to invest in the country. The investment code offered a five-year tax holiday, ten years’ worth of exemptions from import duties on capital goods, and no limit to repatriation of profits on capital. Caribbean countries use similar incentives to function as tax havens.
Côte d’Ivoire soon overtook Ghana as the world’s largest producer of cocoa. It became Africa’s largest exporter of coffee and a major exporter of pineapples, bananas, and other commodities. Agricultural production tripled between 1960 and 1980. Industrial production increased from almost nothing at independence to 700 enterprises with a profit of $3.1 billion by 1980.
The “Ivorian Miracle” came to a crashing end in the 1980s when overinvestment in public infrastructure projects like Yamoussoukro and the explosion of external debt collided with tanking cocoa and coffee prices. The cost of servicing the national debt became impossible to maintain. Côte d’Ivoire finally declared itself insolvent in 1987 and entered a period of long term political turmoil.
In the 25 years that have followed the death of Félix Houphouët-Boigny in 1993, Côte d’Ivoire has been torn apart by a coup d’état and the First Ivorian Civil War and the Second Ivorian Civil War. UN and French intervention have kept a lid on a simmering religious war between natives in the Christian south and immigrants and their descendants from Mali and Burkina Faso in the Muslim north.
“Major-college football experienced its largest per-game attendance drop in 34 years and second-largest ever, according to recently released NCAA figures.
Attendance among the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in 2017 was down an average of 1,409 fans per game from 2016. That marked the largest drop since 1983 when average attendance declined 1,527 fans per game from 1982.
The 2017 FBS average of 42,203 fans per game is the lowest since 1997.
That average attendance drop marked the second-sharpest decline since the NCAA began keeping track of college football attendance in 1948. For the first time in history, average attendance declined nationally for four consecutive seasons.
The 2017 numbers include FBS home games, neutral-site games, bowl games and the College Football Playoff. …
Even the most rabid league in the country saw a dip. In 2017, the SEC experienced its sharpest per-game decline — down an average 2,433 fans — since 1992. That figure led the Power Five in fans lost per game in 2017.
While the SEC led all FBS conferences in average attendance for the 20th consecutive year, its average attendance (75,074) was the lowest since 2005. The SEC has slipped an average of 2,926 fans per game (3.7 percent) since a record 78,630 average in 2015. …”
I used to watch college football.
I had grown up with it. Alabama is a football crazy state. I used to dismiss the idea that there was any connection between college football and racial attitudes. My interest in it began to wane around the time that I got married and I didn’t watch any college football games at all in 2017.
Socially, I would only watch a football game if it was on television in a bar or a restaurant while I was eating out, or if I was over at a friend’s house and it was on television. It was Richard Spencer’s speech at Auburn that finally changed my views of the subject. I was astounded by the sheer number of Auburn students whose very sense of identity had come to be based on a football game.
Anyway, the Alt-Right is winning the argument against cuckball. Youth attitudes toward the sport are changing. We need to keep pushing the argument and decoupling sports from identity. Cuckball has peaked and it is downhill from here.
“Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Monday that if not for the fence erected some years ago on the Egyptian border, “We would be seeing here a kind of creeping conquest from Africa.” The fence effectively stopped asylum-seekers from Sudan and Eritrea from entering the country.
In a speech to the Congress on Judaism and Democracy, Shaked also said, “I think that ‘Judaizing the Galilee’ is not an offensive term. We used to talk like that. In recent years we’ve stopped talking like that. I think it’s legitimate without violating the full rights of the Arab residents of Israel.”
The justice minister made the remarks in a wide-ranging speech on the controversy over the Jewish nation-state bill.
She further said, “There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.” She added, however, that maintaining a Jewish majority in Israel and acting democratically “must be parallel and one must not outweigh the other.” …
On the coalition’s intent to keep the word “equality” out of the nation-state bill, Shaked said: “Israel is a Jewish state. It isn’t a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights.” Shaked said the word “equality” was very general and the court could take it “very far,” adding, “There are places where the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish state must be maintained and this sometimes comes at the expense of equality.”…
“The Palestinian people has declared war on us, and we must respond with war. Not an operation, not a slow-moving one, not low-intensity, not controlled escalation, no destruction of terror infrastructure, no targeted killings. Enough with the oblique references. This is a war. Words have meanings. This is a war. It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. These too are forms of avoiding reality. This is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started…
“Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. Actors in the war are those who incite in mosques, who write the murderous curricula for schools, who give shelter, who provide vehicles, and all those who honor and give them their moral support. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”
“We are shocked at the use of Nazi imagery to demonize an Israeli government minister. This is not the first time such hateful images have been created to portray Israeli political leaders, and its use trivializes the Holocaust and the horrendous crimes perpetrated by the Nazis. Israeli law enforcement officials should investigate this incident and take appropriate legal action against those responsible for creating and disseminating this photo.
In the days surrounding the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, we must recall the incitement which lead to his murder, and remember that violent imagery can lead to violent actions.”
Jewish privilege is the privilege that Jews exert by exempting themselves from all the moral standards to which they routinely hold others. Ayelet Shaked is even verified on Twitter!
I thought it was a great idea to cut entitlement programs. It would deter illegal aliens from coming here. It would encourage blacks to migrate to other states. I was looking at the issue through a racial lens.
Years later, I realized it wasn’t a racial issue. The biggest beneficiaries of entitlement programs are the White working class. These are the people who we claim to stand for and want to help. Are we helping them by making healthcare more expensive? Are we helping them by making college tuition less affordable? Are we helping them by making their grocery bills more expensive when their wages have stagnated and their average household income has declined?
These people don’t have billions of dollars to invest in puppets and to hire armies of lobbyists to camp out on K-Street to ensure that their interests are advanced in public policy:
“The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps.
White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday hailed the idea as one that kept up with the modern era, calling it a “Blue Apron-type program” — a nod to the high-end meal kit delivery company that had one of the worst stock debuts in 2017 and has struggled to hold onto customers. Mulvaney said the administration’s plan would not only save the government money, but also provide people with more nutritious food than they have now. …”
Conservatives are not our secret friends.
They don’t care about White people. They’re only cynically dog whistling the racial aspect of these issues to accomplish their ideological goal of rolling back the welfare state. The only reason we have so many Hispanics in our communities is because they come here to work for capitalists who ensure that the borders are kept open by bribing Republican politicians with campaign contributions. They rail against “the welfare state,” but are desperate to bring in more Joses and Pajeets by expanding legal immigration and guest worker programs. They’re working at Trump’s hotels!
Conservatives are motivated by class, not race. This is what unites their neoliberal economic agenda from tax cuts to entitlement spending to deregulation to trade policy to amnesty. It is all about rigging the system in such a way that it benefits the wealthiest people in America. Those people also tend to be Jewish donors who want American soldiers to fight their wars for Israel in the Middle East.
Welfare for Israel is sacrosanct to conservatives. In fact, we are going above and beyond our usual disbursement of welfare to Israel by funding their $705 million dollar missile defense programs. Welfare for the military is also sacrosanct to conservatives. We need $700 billion dollars to finance a military that is used to defend the borders of countless countries across the world other than our own. Those troops are also more likely to be used against us one day than to repel a foreign invasion.
In theory, the benefits of voting for the Republican Party are supposed to outweigh the costs of doing so. It is worth it to cut investment in infrastructure, education and healthcare to pay for tax cuts for billionaires … because, because Trump is going to build a 30 foot border wall, deport millions of illegal aliens, outlaw abortion and do all these the other things to save White Christian America.
“The White House has sent its budget recommendation to Congress, and it’s a spending agenda only a plutocrat could love. The proposal would slash funding for Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and other social programs, but nonetheless run up deficits by increasing funding for the military, the Mexican border wall, and President Donald Trump’s other priorities. While some have expressed amazement about Trump’s willingness to increase the national debt, this is an aspirational budget in line with the Republican Party’s reactionary agenda.
As The Washington Post notes, the budget “hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies while pushing legislation to institute broad work requirements for families receiving housing vouchers, expanding on moves by some states to require recipients of Medicaid and food stamps to work.” As a candidate and president, Trump repeatedly promised to leave Medicaid and Medicare alone, but now he has completely embraced the Republican agenda of austerity for the poor. …”
The old Trump was supposed to realign American politics by foreswearing key pillars of the Republican agenda. He was going to respect entitlements and pour hundreds of billions into infrastructure, thereby winning the Republican Party the loyalty of the working class of all races. …”
Remember the Amtrak train crashes?
The Trump Budget also slashes Amtrak funding. This budget is going nowhere, but it reveals what the Trump administration would do if it had the power. It’s not doing anything near what Steve Bannon (who is that?) snake charmed voters into believing in the 2016 election.
This was a classic example of a Republican bait-and-switch: running on a populist-nationalist platform, governing on the conservative one that primary voters rejected. As I write this, Sen. John Cornyn is on the floor of the Senate pitching his DACA amnesty, which the GOP needed the Senate in the 2014 midterms to stop, and the White House in the 2016 presidential election to rescind.
“MOSCOW — Four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria and members of the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, according to Russian and Syrian officials.
A Syrian military officer said that about 100 Syrian soldiers had been killed in the fighting on Feb. 7 and 8, but news about Russian casualties has dribbled out only slowly, through Russian news organizations and social media.
Much about the attack and the associated casualties has been obscured in the fog of war. For reasons that remain unclear, Syrian government troops and some Russian nationals appear to have attacked a coalition position, near Al Tabiyeh, Syria. …”
“American military forces killed as many as 100 Russian mercenaries during an attack on a US-held base in Syria last week, according to a report Tuesday.
Scores of soldiers, mostly a mix of Russians and Ukrainians fighting on the side of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, stormed the base held by US and Kurdish forces in the Deir Ezzor region, Bloomberg News reported. …”
Just a bunch of sandniggers, right?
I mean … it is not like there is a strong chance that the US could easily stumble into a regional or global war as a result of inserting itself into this sandbox and killing Russian soldiers. BTW, this is the exact opposite of what Donald Trump said he was going to do in Syria in the campaign.
“(JTA) — The chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition said its members are “thrilled” about the performance of President Donald Trump, especially with his approach to the Middle East.
“I think they’re feeling thrilled,” said former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman in an interview with McClatchy at the weekend’s annual RJC leadership conference in Las Vegas. “If you look at the change of what has happened with Israel, in terms of moving the capital to Jerusalem, the tough approach to Iran, holding the U.N. finally accountable … I think there’s a great deal of enthusiasm in the center-right, pro-Israel community about President Trump.”
The McClatchy reporter noted that in March 2016, Coleman wrote an op-ed titled “I will never vote for Donald Trump” in which he called the then-presidential candidate “A bigot. A misogynist. A fraud. A bully.”
Reminded about the op-ed, Coleman replied, “There are things I agree with the president on, things I disagree with. When it comes to Middle East policy, when it comes to what he’s doing in Iran, absolutely I’m thrilled he’s doing it, I’m thrilled he’s here.”…”
The fact that Donald Trump self-financed his campaign and professed to be a populist who unlike his Republican rivals was independent of these people was one of the major reasons that I supported him. It seemed to give him credibility because he spoke bluntly about so many issues.
In hindsight, it was too good to be true. Trump was merely lending his campaign the money so that he could run as a populist. After winning the Republican nomination and the White House, he cut in the big donors. The ultimate result is that we got Trump as president and the donors got their policies. We haven’t gotten Steve Bannon’s MAGA agenda to offset Trump’s Zionism.
Botswana is one of the most interesting countries in Africa.
This is because it is a major outlier. It ranks #108 in the UN Human Development Index which makes it the most successful country in sub-Saharan Africa. While independence has proven to be a tragedy for nearly every other country in sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has dramatically raised its standard of living.
Consider the popular myths challenged by Botswana:
Africans suffer from the “resource curse.” The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone are notorious for their “blood diamonds.” Botswana, however, has grown wealthy because of its diamond exports. It has reinvested its wealth in healthcare, education and infrastructure.
Landlocked countries are doomed to economic failure. Botswana is a landlocked country. And yet, it has been far more successful than Mozambique or Somalia.
African countries can’t succeed because of their lack of arable land. Botswana only has 0.7% arable land. Burundi has 26.3% arable land.
African countries are poor because of desertification. 84% of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert. Compare to Niger and the Sahara Desert which has 9.4% arable land.
African countries suffer from arbitrary borders. 79% of Botswana’s population are ethnic Tswana. 2/3rds of the Tswana people live across the border in South Africa.
African countries are plagued by corruption. Botswana isn’t known for its corruption.
African countries haven’t succeeded because of colonialism. Botswana was just as colonized by Britain as Zambia, Zimbabwe or Malawi.
African countries haven’t succeeded because of the legacy of slavery. Neither Zambia, Botswana or Niger were disturbed by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
African countries need to be ethnically homogeneous to be successful. The most dysfunctional country in sub-Saharan Africa is Somalia which is one of the most homogeneous countries in Africa. Senegal and Cameroon are two of the most stable and diverse countries in Africa. Botswana isn’t ethnically homogeneous. Most of the San people live there.
Low IQ Africans are incapable of thriving in independent countries. Clearly, Botswana is an important exception to the rule – WHY?
The secret of Botswana’s success isn’t hard to discern.*
Does Botswana’s relative success disprove race realism? Are sub-Saharan Africans capable of creating a high technology society like the fabled Wakandans?
No, Botswana’s success is another example of Africa’s gold rush empires. As we have already seen, Mansa Musa of the Mali Empire was the richest man who ever lived. The wealth of the Ghana, Mali and Songhai Empires vanished when their fabled gold mines ran dry. Consider the fact that Mali was sported $300 billion worth of investment capital and is today one of the poorest countries on earth.
SHEEEIT … WE PEAKED
The future of Botswana is rapid decline for two reasons:
First, diamond production is now well past peak in Botswana. The boom that has sustained Botswana’s economy is coming to an end. Diamond revenues are projected to decline.
Where will Botswana be 100 years from now? I can see Botswana retrograding to the Stone Age and the San people coming out of the Kalahari to repopulate the region. The Gods Must Be Crazy to bless Botswana with a diamond boom only to take it away with AIDS.
*Barbados is ranked #54 in the UN Human Development Index. The notion that racism, slavery, white supremacy and colonialism are responsible for Africa’s underdevelopment is laughable. Barbados, which is far more successful than any sub-Saharan African country, is one of few spots on earth where slavery was the harshest and lasted the longest. Both colonialism and white supremacy endured there far longer than in Africa. Did the legacy of slavery make Bajans the most successful blacks on earth?
“For example, the budget would cut $554 billion from Medicare spending over 10 years.
Medicare is the federal program that provides health benefits to older Americans, and more than 55 million people used the program last year …
The proposal also would make changes to Medicaid, the health program for lower-income Americans that is funded by the federal government and states. It would create a “market-based health-care grant” that could fund programs in addition to the traditional Medicaid program, a change that would lower Medicaid spending by about $250 billion over 10 years.
One program that would face the biggest reduction is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is a version of food stamps run by the Agriculture Department. The White House proposes cutting $214 billion from the program over 10 years, although Congress often fights about changing SNAP and rarely has enacted changes. …”
In substance, it happens to be virtually identical to what used to be known as … drumroll … mainstream conservatism. Huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Entitlement cuts for the poor and working class. Welfare as far as the eye can see for the Pentagon and Israel.
“This budget proposes taking away food assistance from millions of low-income Americans — and on the heels of a tax cut that favored the wealthy and corporations,” said Stacy Dean, president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “It doesn’t reflect the right values.” …
On health care for low-income Americans, Trump’s budget calls for cutting federal Medicaid funding by $250 billion over the next 10 years, as the administration envisions passing a law “modeled closely” on a Senate Republican proposal that failed last fall to repeal the Affordable Care Act. …”
The Trump budget is morally bankrupt and bad economic policy. It pays for his tax breaks for the rich and large corporations by slashing Medicaid by $1.3 trillion, cutting Medicare by $554 billion and slicing $10 billion from the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.
It is, however, instructive. If the Republicans had the votes in Congress, they would simply be doing more things for their donors like entitlement reform. It further shreds the image that Steve Bannon cultivated of Donald Trump as a “populist nationalist.” The mask is off now.
In 1964, a Zambian science teacher named Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, the founder of the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research, created the Zambian Space Program. He aimed to beat the United States and USSR in the Space Race to the moon and Mars by using an aluminum rocket and a catapult to propel a woman, two cats and a missionary into outer space. He told a reporter from the Associated Press that “some people think I’m crazy. But I’ll be laughing the day I plant Zambia’s flag on the moon.” The Zambian flag was mounted on a sawn-off broomstick.
ZAMBIA ANNOUNCES MISSION TO MARS
ZAMBIA ENTERS THE SPACE RACE
Zambia’s Afronauts didn’t make it to either the moon or Mars above Cyclops I where the plan was to convert Martians to Christianity who had been spotted by Zambian telescopes. The scheme failed because “imperialist neocolonialists” were “scared of Zambia’s space knowledge.”
No, the reason Zambia didn’t make it to the moon wasn’t due to “the legacy of slavery.” As we have already seen, the vast majority of sub-Saharan Africa was unaffected by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The first White man to set foot in Zambia was the Portuguese explorer Francisco de Lacerda in 1798. The British explorer David Livingstone discovered and named Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in 1855. Zambia was one of the many countries in the interior of sub-Saharan Africa that was uncharted and left unmolested by Europeans down to the late 19th century.
The colonization of Zambia began during the Scramble for Africa in the late 19th century. Copper was discovered in the region in 1895. It wasn’t until 1923 though that Zambia became a British colony. The commercial copper mining industry developed in Zambia in the 1920s. The Census of Northern Rhodesia shows there were only 260 White people in Zambia in 1923. They rapidly developed the Zambian copper mining industry which was responsible for 12% of global output when Zambia was granted independence in 1964. The Kariba Dam was built on the Zambezi River in the late 1950s.
In 1964, Zambia was launched as an independent country. It was dominated by Kenneth Kaunda who was Zambia’s president until 1991. Kaunda took what should have developed into a rich, prosperous country – abundant arable land and rainfall, enormous hydroelectric power potential, the world’s largest copper reserves – and wrecked it with his corruption and mismanagement. He nationalized foreign corporations and micromanaged the Zambian economy as a patronage operation.
In 2018, Zambia is rated #139 in the UN Human Development Index. This is a relatively good score for sub-Saharan Africa. The reason that Zambia has improved so much in recent years is because the price of copper has risen and the Chinese have been invited into Zambia, rehabilitated the infrastructure and have restored the copper industry which has been privatized. Zambia is effectively a Chinese colony.
In 2012, George W. Bush visited Zambia during his Africa tour. Zambia’s president Michael Sata berated George W. Bush for “abandoning” Africa. W. calmly reminded him that the United States had never been a colonial power in Africa (except for, well, Liberia). Sata’s frustration with the United States and Britain was mainly due to Zambia’s subordination to China. “We want the Chinese to leave and the old colonial rulers to return. They exploited our natural resources too, but at least they took good care of us. They built schools, taught us their language and brought us the British civilisation … at least Western capitalism has a human face; the Chinese are only out to exploit us.”
Yeah, that’s gone now though. At least Zambia’s Afronauts still have their spaceships.
I didn’t get the chance to watch the livestream yesterday. I was doing a podcast with Matthew Heimbach and Tony Hovater. Anyway, this is the Anglin vs. Sargon debate. I’m going to try to slog through this and analyze and respond to Sargon’s big brained nibba points.
Here we go.
6:26 Sargon claims the Alt-Right is trying to strip away his “ethnic heritage” which is “800 years of fight against tyranny.” This is laughable. Ireland? Barbados? South Africa? India? Sargon’s ethnic heritage includes everything from racism to white supremacy to slavery to colonialism to Darwinism to eugenics. This fanciful tale of a “fight against tyranny” is English cant. John Locke himself wrote South Carolina’s constitution which planted slavery in the Deep South.
“LAS VEGAS — Republicans made their annual sojourn to the lavish Venetian hotel here this weekend to kiss the ring of a benefactor they need more than ever: casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.
Confronting the potential loss of one or both chambers of Congress in the midterms, and struggling to raise money against an energized Democratic base, the party is desperate for Adelson’s millions. So the praise at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition conference he hosts overflowed, even though the billionaire, attending the funeral of a close friend in Israel, wasn’t on hand.
During a private appearance on Saturday morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is edging closer toward a run for Senate, led off his remarks by calling Adelson and his spouse, Miriam, “great friends” who he’d known for a long time. The Republican governor, himself tremendously wealthy, said he was saddened that the Adelsons couldn’t make it to this year’s event and that he was thinking of them. …”
“As the Senate prepares to begin a free-wheeling debate over immigration next week, White House officials have begun floating a possible compromise idea — a pledge to maintain legal immigration at current levels, about 1.1 million people a year, for more than a decade. …
But a White House official said Saturday that the Trump administration is working with allies in the Senate on a proposal that would create a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and that would clear the backlog of nearly 4 million sponsored relatives who currently are waiting for green cards.
The combined effort, officials said, would effectively make up for the cuts in other immigration categories for about 13 years, the official said. After that, if Congress takes no additional action to add or expand visa categories, the total number of people allowed to resettle in the U.S. each year likely would decline by hundreds of thousands. …
However, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, an evangelical Christian pastor based in Sacramento who is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said he’s been assured repeatedly by the White House that overall legal immigration levels would not be cut under Trump’s plan.
“That number is not being played with at all whatsoever,” said Rodriguez, one of the Latino conservatives who attended the hour-long meeting Tuesday with Kelly and Nielsen. …
Lawmakers are looking at other ways to keep legal immigration steady, including increasing skills-based immigration categories.
One possibility would be to resurrect a proposal made by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) during an immigration reform push in 2013 that ultimately failed. It would have more than tripled the number of work visas for foreign tech workers to about 180,000 per year.”
In other news, Paul Ryan is now saying he will bring an immigration bill to the floor of the House. In theory, any amnesty bill that passed the Senate could be stopped in the House like the Gang of 6 amnesty because it wouldn’t be brought to the floor. Bringing an amnesty bill to the House will floor will give the Democrats and Koch Brothers Caucus in the House the chance to vote for it.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa and the last to leave. They left on very different terms than the British and French. The French put up a fight to hold on to their colonies in Vietnam and Algeria. In order to avoid a repeat of that scenario, the French installed friendly elites in power, granted African countries their independence and tended to remain on good terms with most of their former colonies in Francophone Africa. After the British lost control over their more important colonies in Egypt and India, they had little incentive to fight back bloody guerrilla wars to hang on to the backwaters of the British Empire in Black Africa. The British saw their black African colonies as “trusteeships” and were relieved to be rid of the White Man’s Burden.
In Portuguese Africa, the bloody guerrilla wars for independence that the British, French and Belgians had feared and which prompted them to grant independence to their negroes without a fight came true. The Portuguese were determined to hang on to their African colonies and became embroiled in Marxist-Leninist guerrilla wars in Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique. Thus began Portugal’s own Vietnam which dragged on from 1961 and ended in the Carnation Revolution in 1974.
The Portuguese were largely successful in beating back the Marxist-Leninist guerrillas in Angola and Mozambique which were the Portuguese equivalent of Algeria where a significant number of overseas colonists had settled. In Guinea-Bissau, the Marxist-Leninist guerrillas led by Amílcar Cabral with Cuban and Soviet support were successful in taking over large swathes of the country. Ultimately, it didn’t matter because the Portuguese Empire in Africa abruptly collapsed after a leftwing military coup in Portugal in 1974. Dubbed the Carnation Revolution, Portugal’s African colonies were swiftly granted their independence and promptly fell into the Soviet-Cuban orbit.
THE CHE OF AFRICA
Amílcar Cabral didn’t live to see it. He was assassinated in neighboring Guinea in 1973, but Guinea-Bissau fell like an apple into the hands of Afrocentric Marxism. Unlike neighboring countries such as Senegal or Ivory Coast where French administrators stayed behind to assist with the transition, the administrative state was decapitated in Guinea-Bissau which was launched into independence under the leadership of Amílcar Cabral’s half brother Luís Cabral. Guinea-Bissau’s rough transition to independence more closely resembled the communist takeover in Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
“African socialism” in some form or another was implemented in Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Tanzania. Modibo Keïta, the first president of Mali, described it as“a system where there will be no unemployed, and there will be no multimillionaires … a system where there will be no beggars, and where each will eat if hungry.” In Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute defined Nkrumahism as “the ideology for the New Africa, independent and absolutely free from imperialism, organised on a continental scale, founded upon the conception of One and United Africa, drawing its strength from modern science and technology and from the traditional African belief that the free development of each is conditioned by the free development of all.”
* When the Portuguese arrived in West Africa, they found the Cape Verde islands and São Tomé and Príncipe were uninhabited. Even though Black Africans failed to colonize the islands off their own coast, Afrocentrists claim that an ancient black seafaring civilization colonized Central America.
“JERUSALEM — Israel clashed with Syrian and Iranian military forces on Saturday in a series of audacious cross-border strikes that could mark a dangerous new phase in Syria’s long civil war.
The confrontations, which threaten to draw Israel more directly into the conflict, began before dawn when Israel intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone that had penetrated its airspace from Syria. The Israeli military then attacked what it called the command-and-control center from which Iran had launched the drone, at a Syrian air base near Palmyra.
On its way back from the mission, one of Israel’s F-16 fighter jets crashed in northern Israel after coming under heavy Syrian antiaircraft fire. It is believed to be the first Israeli plane lost under enemy fire in decades.
That prompted a broad wave of Israeli strikes against a dozen Syrian and Iranian targets in Syrian territory. The Israeli military said it hit eight Syrian targets, including three aerial defense batteries, and four Iranian positions that it described as “part of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria.”
The events, including Israel’s direct engagement with Iranian forces, threatened to intensify the crisis in Syria and showed the extent to which the country has become a battlefield between Israel and Iran, bitter foes in the region. …”
The Gambia is the smallest country in continental Africa.
It is a penis shaped country that is comprised of both banks of the Gambia River. It is surrounded on three sides by Senegal in West Africa. It kind of looks like a black dick inserted into Senegal.
THE GAMBIA (MAGNIFIED)
If you are an American, there is a good chance you have already been exposed to The Gambia without realizing it. The Gambia was the home of one of the most famous Black Fictional Images in history. His name was Kunte Kinte and he was a good boy who wasn’t doing anything when the evil White man showed up and stole him from his village in Africa. He was taken across the Atlantic Ocean, sold into slavery in Virginia and was whipped until he learned his name was Toby.
Probably like many of you, I was unironically exposed to Alex Haley’s television miniseries Roots by Boomers while I was in high school. We were forced to watch this fantasy fiction during Black History Month. Kunta Kinte was a noble savage who just wanted to be free.
Here is the “your name is Toby” scene from the 2016 Hollywood remake of Roots:
The funny thing is, the most famous portrayal of The Gambia in the world isn’t true.
As we have already seen, the truth is that what is now The Gambia was once part of the Mali Empire and Songhai Empires. The region exported slaves who worked on Malian plantations in the Niger River Valley. Many were sold to the Arabs via the Mali Empire and Songhai Empire through the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade before the Portuguese and the British showed up in West Africa.
It’s true that Senegambia (Senegal and Gambia) was a major source of slaves transported to the New World. The best estimates are that 3 million slaves were exported from this region to the New World. Around 25% of slaves who were brought to British North America were from Senegambia. Senegambians made up a third of the black population in the Chesapeake Bay region in Virginia and Maryland and a quarter of the black population in the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. Senegambians tended to be among the earliest arrivals as the sources of slaves transported to the New World thorugh Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade shifted south to the Congo and Angola in the 18th century.
Unlike Mali, Niger or Mauritania, the Gambia River was a major artery into West Africa and really was a major source of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The portrayal of White men traipsing through the jungle though in Roots to abduct poor Africans was false. The Africans were sold into slavery on the coast by African kingdoms like any other legitimate article of commerce. Slavery was an African custom and had been the foundation of the West African economy for centuries. The actual descendants of Kunta Kinte in The Gambia later turned on Alex Haley because they expected to get rich from the movie.
FDR THOUGHT THE GAMBIA WAS “A HELLHOLE” 5,000 YEARS BEHIND THE UNITED STATES
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain and France contested Senegambia with the eventual result being that France ended up in control of Senegal while Britain ended up in control of The Gambia. The British abolished the slave trade in 1807 and spent the next half century suppressing the slave trade in the region over the protest of Gambians. The Gambia became a protectorate of Britain which introduced peanuts as a cash crop to give Gambians some other source of income aside from slavery.
In 1906, the British finally abolished slavery itself in The Gambia. It is important to remember though that the prevailing economic theory in Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries was laissez-faire capitalism. The British made no effort to develop The Gambia or any of their other colonies. They made no effort to develop Britain itself either which was left up to the magic of the free market.
In 1965, The Gambia was boldly launched as an independent nation. It was the last British colony in Africa to be decolonized. Needless to say, it wasn’t launched with great expectations as by that point it had developed a reputation as being the poorest, most backward colony in the British Empire.
The West was surprised when Gambia turned out to be one of the most stable and democratic countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It preserved that reputation until Yahya Jammeh came to power in one of Africa’s many coups in 1994. Jammeh ruled The Gambia for 22 years and was only recently driven out of office after he refused to accept his defeat in a presidential election.
“Columbus police arrested a documented sexual predator on a murder charge after a 24-year-old woman was found slain in her East Side apartment last month.
SWAT members arrested Anthony James Pardon, 53, in South Linden on Thursday night in connection with the death of Rachael Anderson late last month.
“We’re confident that we have this person that’s responsible for her death,” Sgt. Stan Latta, supervisor of the second-shift homicide unit, said during a late-afternoon press conference Friday.
Pardon was being held in the Franklin County jail on a $5 million bond. Latta said he was not cooperating with investigators.
When Anderson didn’t show up for work on Jan. 29, police were called to her Cardinal Creek apartment complex in the 3000 block of Allegheny Avenue. Her body was found bound and stuffed in a closet in her apartment. Records show she died of asphyxiation.
Latta said it was “a violent death,” though he declined to offer details of the torture Anderson suffered or whether she was raped before being killed.
DNA evidence gathered from Anderson’s apartment tied Pardon to the crime. Latta said investigators believe Pardon used the victim’s vehicle after killing Anderson. …”
Rachel Anderson was tortured and suffocated to death in her own apartment. Then her body was stuff into her closet. She was probably raped too although we can only speculate:
“Archives show Pardon has a long, violent history that began in his teens and has spent much of his life incarcerated.
In March 1979, when he was 14, he was temporarily committed to the Ohio Youth Commission for raping an 8-year-old girl. In July 1979, he was made a ward of the court and temporarily committed to Franklin County Children Services. In December 1979, he was found guilty of menacing and permanently committed to the youth commission and placed in a foster home.
In February 1980, when he was 15, he was convicted of raping a 9-month-old boy, the son of his foster parents. He was babysitting when his foster mother went grocery shopping. He told Columbus police he raped the baby because he was upset after a fight with a girlfriend. A court-ordered psychiatric report stated he needed treatment and should be watched closely.
In November 1981, when Pardon was 16, he kidnapped, raped and attempted to drown the 39-year-old mother of a girlfriend who let him into her Ontario Street home to use the phone. He pulled a butcher knife on her, raped her and took $100 from her purse. He bound her feet and hands together and gagged her before putting her in the trunk of her car. He untied her feet and threw her in Alum Creek off Sunbury Road. She was partially clothed at the time.
When Pardon saw that she was still able to keep afloat, he waded in the creek and held her head under water. Another man discovered them after he saw the woman’s car with the trunk still ajar. He took off before police arrived. The attacker, who was a student at Linden-McKinley High School at the time, took the cash he stole from the woman and purchased tennis shoes and a jogging outfit. He was on probation from the youth commission at the time.
A psychologist told the court that Pardon cannot control anti-social and aggressive behavior and has a “strong resistance to change.”
At 17, he was convicted of rape, attempted murder, and aggravated robbery in May 1982 after he was tried as an adult and served more than 24 years at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. He was released in November 2006, a department of rehabilitation and correction spokesperson said. …”
Occidental Dissent is cited in the article. I found this strange since I am not anti-Christian. I’m a Lutheran. I’ve also never read Julius Evola or Alain de Benoist and couldn’t tell you much about their ideas. In fact, I came across the article because I read Dreher and First Things.
The Alt-Right isn’t a confession. The movement is united by race realism. If you are Alt-Right, you believe that race exists, race matters and race is the foundation of identity. There are Alt-Right atheists, Alt-Right agnostics, Alt-Right pagans and Alt-Right Christians. At the end of the day, we are all stigmatized because our racial and cultural views fall outside of the American mainstream.
It is true that there are Alt-Right atheists and pagans who are anti-Christian. Matthew Rose cites Greg Johnson and Richard Spencer as examples of the anti-Christian wing. It is also true there is no consensus within the community on religion and the internal debate within the Alt-Right on Christianity is best characterized as opposition to modern Christianity. The debate is over whether Christianity is a solvent that is inherently incompatible with White identity and a driving factor in the decline of the White race or whether Christianity is just as pozzed as every other institution in our society.
After years of careful study, I incline toward the latter position. Christianity has long since been dethroned as the dominant culture in the United States. It is a subordinate subculture. The dominant secular culture spreads its gospel through the universities and the mass media which were hijacked by Jews in the early twentieth century. Generally speaking, the Jews are at the apex of the cultural pyramid and all institutions in our society whether it is the churches, the military or the public schools conform to their values. The churches are no more inherently anti-White than the universities which were compromised first.
A good example of this is interracial adoption epitomized by the White evangelicals who adopted black embryo triplets. This was a trend in the dominant secular culture BEFORE it filtered down into evangelicalism. Hollywood celebrities were the trendsetters. The mainstream churches are constantly adapting their doctrines to their flocks who want to fit into the mainstream which is why megachurches preach the prosperity gospel to people who crawled out of bed to sit in bucket seats and watch rock bands. The Southern Baptist Convention didn’t discover that racism was immoral until the 1990s.
Russell Moore has written about how the cross is incompatible with the Confederate flag. It is this sort of nonsense that causes people on the Alt-Right to reject Christianity as a hopelessly cucked religion. The truth though is that Confederate heroes like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee were pious Christians. In the antebellum era, the church accommodated the slavery culture of the Old South. Slavery was justified on the basis of the Curse of Ham. The church accommodated the Borgia popes of the Renaissance, divided the non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal, crowned Charlemagne and Napoleon and reconciled itself to Mussolini in Italy. It accommodated Hitler’s Germany and does the same today.
The churches accommodate and echo whatever is the political mainstream. Many churches have already been reconciled to miscegenation, abortion, divorce, homosexuality and gay marriage. Pope Francis and liberation theology in Latin America have accommodated communism. If the Alt-Right was on television and in power, the churches would be the first institution to accommodate the Alt-Right. At various points in history, Christians have led pogroms against the Jews and justified confining them to ghettoes. Christians have also been fanatically philo-Semitic Zionists who exist to serve Israel. Christians were for and against the abolition of slavery and for and against the Civil Rights Movement.
The Anglican Church was created to accommodate King Henry VIII. The Lutheran Church has condemned Martin Luther for penning On the Jews and their Lies. The Catholic Church has apologized for its long history of anti-Semitism against the Jews. After years of preaching about family values, evangelical Christianity accommodated Donald Trump who was reportedly spanked by porn star Stormy Daniels with a copy of Forbes magazine that had his face on it.
The churches are conforming to political correctness in condemning the Alt-Right as uniquely evil. Notice how they have no problem with black denominations, Hispanic churches, Asian churches, etc. They have always had this reflexive desire to accommodate the cultural and political establishment. Since the Alt-Right is perceived as a threat to the political establishment, it is being criticized by mainstream Christianity. Mark my words these Christian conservatives will eventually argue that transgenderism is conservative just as they are starting to make the argument for gay families.
The Alt-Right shouldn’t get hung up on being anti-Christian. After we seize power, the Alt-Right will be celebrated as Christian and conservative and our enemies will be condemned too.
The GOP Congress hasn’t gotten much done this year.
In order to move any major piece of controversial legislation, 60 votes are needed in the Senate to break the filibuster. The only way to get around this legislative obstacle is through the budget reconciliation process which is what Obama used to pass Obamacare and the GOP used to pass the tax cuts.
“WASHINGTON • The Gateway Arch National Park is about to become official.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation, which was approved by the Senate in December, that renames what is now officially known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The bill passed the House by voice vote on Wednesday.
The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; and in the House by Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, and Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin.
Blunt said that “renaming the park will better highlight its central feature and make it more immediately recognizable to the millions of people who visit St. Louis every year.”
McCaskill said that “as the memorial grounds reopen this summer, it’s the perfect time to bring our majestic park together under a new name that highlights this remarkable symbol.” …
I will probably get some more angry emails about this. It is a “blackpill” to point out that the GOP is using power to do politically correct shit like taking Thomas Jefferson’s name off the St. Louis Arch. This is what is actually being done in Washington with the mandate of the 2016 election.
Since it is a “blackpill” to note that the GOP has GIVEN UP on using budget reconciliation in the Senate for two years and therefore doing ANYTHING that Democrats object to, this fact will likely go unmentioned outside of the OD audience. The same people will be tuning into podcasts and reading newsfeeds patiently waiting for the next two years for Trump to move his agenda forward beyond the tax cuts that were passed with budget reconciliation in December.
The thing is, the cake is baked now with this budget agreement. There isn’t going to be anything else of significance EXCEPT those tax cuts and now this huge increase in military spending. In the end, we’re going to get conservative judges, the tax cuts, deregulation and an increase in military spending out of the first term of the Trump presidency. In addition to that, we might get a few things that a key number of Democrats don’t object to like banking reform and possibly an infrastructure bill.
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