Insanely busy at work, including tricky academic writing. A few “in case you missed it” items:
(1) When you’ve lost Jon Stewart…: during an appearance on the Colbert Show, the comedian and talkshow host so beloved of the ‘smart set’ mocks the “bats and wet markets” origin story.
“[…] You ask a scientist, ‘So wait a minute, you work at the Wuhan respiratory coronavirus lab, how did this happen?’ And they’re like, ‘mmm, a pangolin kissed a turtle?’ No! Look at the name of your lab! It’s the coronavirus lab in Wuhan!
[…] Maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chilli and now we all have coronavirus.
[… It’s like] an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Maybe a steam shovel mated with a cocoa bean … or it’s the f***in’ chocolate factory!”
(2) In the Daily Wire, British-born Harvard historian Prof. Niall Ferguson says the US is dealing not just with the decay of traditional religion, but with something far worse:
“It’s not a secular political ideology … it’s not really about economics,” he continued. “It is about salvation, membership of the elect of the woke. It’s about persecuting heretics. It’s about elaborate rituals of speech that can only be pursued by the believers. It’s rather cult like, Matt Yglesias is not somebody I usually agree with, but he called it the Great Awokening. This was a very astute observation. So we are dealing not just with the decay of traditional religion, but far worse, the rise of new fake religions, political religions, and one thing that’s very clear from the 20th century is that when people take their religious feelings, and they apply them to political ideologies, terrible things can happen.”
“Central to what made communism so deadly, was it’s ultimately a religion, Marx is ultimately a prophet and Marxism is a kind of religion,” he continued. “The same was true of Nazism. The most ardent Nazis thought of Hitler and explicitly called him a redeemer of the German nation. So we’ve got to be very careful of political religions. Politics is not something that you should approach with a religious impulse. If you start feeling religiously about politics, take a lie down, you know, have some sleep, take a long walk and try again because politics should not be imbued with religious sentiment.”
In a similar vein, Victor Davis Hanson dissects the anatomy of the woke madness. Read that whole thing too.
(3) Why is BLM pivoting to BDS? Brandy Shufutinsky, herself Black, answers in detail: “Follow The Money“. Once more, read the whole thing.
(4) There is an aphorism, widely misattributed to Otto von Bismarck, to the effect that G-d “protects fools, drunks, and the United States of America”. Boy, do they need it now with this FICUS “leadership” in charge…