00:00 The decline of the Roman Catholic church.
57:31 History professor Jonathan Otto Pohl joins us from Kurdistan. https://auis.academia.edu/OttoPohl
58:52 Otto on John McCain
1:00:20 Catholic priests molesting kids
1:01:10 Catholic demographic changes (going brown & 3rd world) will end church’s pro-gay stance
1:01:47 Presbyterians come to blows over gay marriage
1:05:11 Christian religious freedom in Kurdistan
1:08:25 The decline of the West
1:15:09 Is there a racial component to the West? Can a Chinaman or a Muslim or a black man or a Jew be considered part of the West?
1:46:28 Latest news from Kurdistan
1:52:00 Otto Pohl will present a paper on Soviet genocide against Germans
1:56:13 White genocide
1:58:35 South Africa’s white farmers face genocide
2:01:08 Afrikaaner strategy to prevent genocide
2:04:00 ANC’s leadership is now uneducated, unlike Nelson Mandela
2:09:00 Why do American university professors teach in Turkey, Kurdistan?
2:11:00 Why did the Bishop grope Ariana Grande’s breast?
2:13:20 Jonathan Pohl discusses a recent talk he attended by Francis Fukuyama
2:28:00 Jewish success & failure in Soviet Union
2:40:00 Lavrenty Beria, the man, the myth, the monster.
This week’s Torah portion is Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20).
* The covenant is the foundation of Judaism. It’s a deal between the Jews and God. Covenant is the foundation of citizenship. It’s a recognition of mutual responsibilities between the citizen and the state. However, for the past 500 years, nobody takes oaths seriously like the Anglo-Saxon. Oaths of citizenship tend to be taken more seriously by Anglos than any other people. Overall in America, there seems to be a decreasing value of citizenship. People are less inclined to believe that they owe anything to the wider society.
WASPs rule! I wrote in a recent post that I was getting the sense that Americans with Protestant European backgrounds were the best behaved. So I decided to sum all my prior post numbers that dealt with ethnicity and moral behavior to assess this idea systematically. I followed the simple strategy of assigning a rank for each behavior for each of the 8 ethnic groups with sufficiently large sample sizes. Jews were often ignored in previous posts since one must turn to the religion rather than the ethnicity variable to get estimates, but I wanted to include them, so I calculated numbers and then ranks for them.
I included all variables that I have posted on–here’s a list of them: okay to cheat on taxes; drinks too much; ethnocentric; dirty house; frequents prostitutes; promiscuous men over 30; feel that infidelity is not wrong; gay; lesbian; husbands and wives who cheat; fathers divorcing mom; women arrested; and promiscuity for men and women and under. I realized that I had not posted on drug abuse so I added that to the rest. I ranked group so high numbers indicate more bad behavior, then I simply summed the 16 rankings for each ethnic group. Here are the totals:
Bad Behavior Index
American Indians 85
My hunch was correct. This pattern coincides with that feeling that goes way back among nativists that the moral quality of the country was slipping with the mass immigration from Catholic, southern and eastern European countries, and more recently in concern over immigration from Mexico.
* Deuteronomy 30: “11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”
The Torah is not esoteric. It’s not the sole possession of an elite class. You don’t have to pay large sums of money to have it explained to you. Choose life.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Want Americans to identify as Americans? Being white helps
The US will function more effectively if its inhabitants define themselves as one people, as Americans.
The General Social Survey asked 1,450 participants: “When you think of social and political issues, do you think of yourself mainly as a member of a particular ethnic, racial, or nationality group or do you think of yourself mainly as just an American?”
Here are the percentages by race of immigrants who responded, “Just an American.”
Percent of immigrants who say they are just Americans
Other Non-Whites 57.1
Even when all people compared are born in other countries, whites are more than twice as likely as blacks to say their identity is American. While not as severe as blacks, a majority of other non-whites also do not feel they are simply American.
What happens when people are born here?
Percent of people born in US who say they are just Americans
Other non-whites 74.2
Being born here makes almost all whites define themselves as Americans, and while native-born non-whites feel more American than non-white immigrants, there is still a large segment that has ethnic loyalties.
It looks like the “melting pot” idea works best for whites. White immigrants moved here and sooner or later melted into Americans. This doesn’t seem to be working so well for non-whites. Many black families have been here for centuries, and Natives have been her for millennia, but the melt for them is still far from complete.
A similar dynamic seems to be happening to recent non-white immigrants. Some melting happens, but not like it has been for whites.
Is this difference due to the fact that immigrants were expected to assimilate when most whites emigrated? And now that most immigrants are non-white, US elites encourage people to hold on to their ethnic identity? Maybe, but recent white immigrants don’t seem follow the liberal desire for them to hold on to their roots.
Maybe non-whites are simply more clannish than whites.
Liberals would say it’s due to discrimination, but 95% of Americans of Irish descent identify as American only, and they weren’t received with a big wet kiss. America has gotten more and more welcoming, yet it’s the New Immigrants who are more reluctant to let the ethnic loyalties go.
Whatever the case, Americans are on a course to be less and less on the same page about where to take the country. And that’s putting it nicely.
Claire Khaw writes:
1) Could the Catholic Church regain its moral authority within the lifetimes of anyone born today?
2) If the world’s most powerful Church has failed, does this mean Christianity has failed?
3) Is the West suffering from a double whammy of a failed religion and a failed political system?
4) If Christianity and liberal democracy have failed, is the answer a one party theocracy?
5) Conceptually, Secular Koranism is the fusion of Ba’athism and Muslim Brotherhood. What other way is there of restoring the patriarchy in the West?
6) Should and must the patriarchy be restored for the continuation of Western civilisation in some form?
7) How many people know the West is now a matriarchy?
8) The perfect patriarchy – 100% married parents
The perfect matriarchy – 100% unmarried parents
Would you agree and what is America?
9) If anything should happen to Trump, white men would once again be without a leader, only left with the option of violence to keep the liberals from returning to power and the real possibility of another American civil war.
10) If there is no obvious successor to Trump, shouldn’t there at least a reasonable plan be prepared capable of being understood and followed by future generations?