The Neocons clearly have Rand Paul in their cross hairs.
Now they are going after him for his suggested reading list.
Here is the initial Weekly Standard article.
The Washinton Free Beacon, which apparently specializes in neocon thought enforcement, ran this Weekly Standard inspired hit piece.
Tom Woods has replied to the Free Beacon piece here, in the sarcastic way that he has perfected.
The neoconservatives over at the Free Beacon, a thought-monitoring website in the mold of ThinkProgress on the left, took time out of their customary schedule of spreading Islamic radicalism around the world to criticize Rand Paul for recommending a few books on foreign policy whose conclusions are not “USA! USA!” and “they hate us for our awesomeness.”
I hope to have more to say on this issue later, but I wanted to get a quick post up now.
This time it’s Scientific (sic) American doing the scalping. What have we come to when a scientific magazine feels obligated to enforce Cultural Marxist PC social “science” doctrine?
Here’s John Derbyshire’s take at VDARE.
Here is a Washington Post story on the matter.
Curtis Brainard, the blog’s editor, needs to grow a pair of nads and stand up to the PC jihadists. Hey Curtis, see what I just did there? I suggested that standing up to (intellectual) bullies is a masculine action that is generally aided by the presence of a couple of testosterone producing organs. I just spoke crimethink. I must be purged.
Left-wing academic superstar, Slovoj Zizek, has been caught plagiarizing, but the best part of the story is what he plagiarized and how he was caught. Read the story here, and that the story made Newsweek is an indication of how big Zizek is in certain circles. He was caught by Steve Sailer and some sleuthing blog commenters plagiarizing a book review from American Renaissance of Kevin McDonald’s Culture of Critique. It just doesn’t get any more sweetly ironic than that.
Here is an article that contains Zizek’s explanation, and it contains some interesting commentary on the nature of academic publishing as well.
His explanation is plausible, but my first thought when I read his explanation was the same as the authors. I suspected he has others doing substantial parts of his writing for him, although he vehemently denies that here.
Then I read a little of his work. It is so obnoxiously obtuse that I suspect it would be difficult for someone else to reproduce.
In a polity as left-wing as the US is today, a neutral position on contraceptives can be risky. In theory neutrality should appease all sides, but Antifa views the world as “with us or against us”.
Whole Foods, whose higher prices exclude many with families and thus the more conservative customers, has bravely chosen to continue selling pro-life Eden Foods, which have been banned at similar health food stores for opposing the funding of contraceptives in Obamacare, for its employees. Forbes reports:
Whole Foods has no plans to discontinue Eden Foods products, telling Forbes: “When reviewing products for our shelves, our primary consideration is whether a product’s ingredients meet our Quality Standards.”
“We recognize and respect that customers have their own personal criteria for buying or not buying a product, and it’s every shoppers’ right to vote with their dollars on that basis,” said spokesperson Michael Silverman. “We hope that if people have feedback for Eden Foods, they share it with them directly.”
The war on Eden Foods is reminiscent of the Maurice’s BBQ sauce war that saw Maurice’s empire of BBQ sauce crushed, and his Piggy Parks nearly so. Maurice insisted on including a Confederate Battle flag on his sauce jars. For those few descended from historic Southerners, the flag is not a symbol of hate but rather of the South. And it’s a reminder of the persecution and hardship we ourselves have suffered as well as of a brave past attempt at taking a stand. Because we’re the only ones who still honestly study the history, still read primary sources, our view of the war is different from the myth-makers in the rest of the country, who view the war as serving an ideological function, not as true history.
Time and again Antifa crushes all opposition. Perhaps finally that trend is changing. I personally shop at Whole Foods frequently, though I only buy certain well-priced items, for the most part. Whole Foods’s brave stance of true tolerance makes me look on it more favourably.