Sunday Ethics Fugue: Looking Like America

1. Right on cue...I am seeing an explosion of articles explaining why it is crucial that the Supreme Court “look like America.” This is one of many logically indefensible statements that is pounded into the brains of weak-minded members of the public because it sounds rational if you don’t, or can’t, think about it very hard. What is important about the membership of the Supreme Court is that it contain the best and least biased judicial scholars and legal analysts available, because then we will have the best Supreme court available. I don’t care what the Justices look like, and neither should anyone else. If the nine best legal minds happen to be black, great. If they are all female, or trans, or gay, or in wheelchairs, I don’t care, and neither should anyone else. What drives this particular brand of lookism is the presumption of bias, and judges are supposed to be, indeed are required to be, as free as bias as possible. Bias leads to lousy judges and lousy decisions. The “Make SCOTUS look like America!” crowd, which is almost exclusively on the left, want to substitute a balance of biases standard for the “as little bias as possible” standard. And, of course, the new eruption of this dumb theory is in order to make President Biden’s indefensible decision to place race and gender first among the priorities for picking Breyer’s replacement seem fair, just and rational, when it isn’t. It’s just political pandering.

2. This is a novel way to try to justify the anti-white bias...Jamelle Bouie, the full-time, race-baiting, race-obsessed black pundit formerly of Slate and now with the Times, was given an astounding two full pages in today’s Sunday Review to argue that history hasn’t sufficiently described just how awful slavery was. See, it wasn’t just evil, it was really, really, really evil. “Evil beyond measure!” Thus, we are supposed to extrapolate, it was so unimaginably evil that no current day policies devised to compensate for and make amends for that evil by the descendants of those not enslaved can ever be enough. (So stop bitching about giving blacks an edge in employment forever, because even that won’t be enough.)

Amusingly, the Times felt it had to follow Bouie’s extreme rant with a single page, which is still long, opinion piece about how the evil of the Holocaust isn’t being properly described these days. I wonder if those who identify with the Rape of Nanking, Mao’s slaughter, the Armenian, Cambodian and Rawandan genocides, the Salem witch trials, the Spanish inquisition, the extermination of Native Americans, and the abortion of millions of unborn children won’t demand equal time to show how those evils were really, really evil (but not Jamelle will insist, not really, really, really X infinity evil like American slavery).

3. Speaking of “looking like America,” my wife and I tuned-in to the new Netflix mystery/black humor series “The Woman Across The Street From The Girl in the Window” last night. Beforehand we discussed how many interracial couples would appear. The answer? Every couple was mixed race. Every single one. So was the police detective team. White characters were in the extreme minority. Looks like America, though!

Again, I don’t care: the casting doesn’t affect the story at all. 2022 shows also don’t portray everyone with half a face because they have been made Wuhanphobic and are striving to obey Big Brother either. However, I do not enjoy feeling my arm being twisted…

4. A reverse logic classic! The Washington Post decided that opposing oppressive mask mandates is fascism. The latest in the Post’s unbroken string of ham-handed, irresponsible political cartoonists beginning with the infantile and anachronistic Herb Block, Michael de Adder, submitted this garbage for yesterday’s edition:

Wow! What an asshole! As noted here before, political cartoons are like op-eds authored by 11-year-olds, and their time as useful additions to political discourse is long past, but this junk is special. Making truck drivers, alone in their cabs, submit to vaccinations is bonkers, and the drivers, who have descended on the Canadian capital in protest, are being called fascists in the pages of the Washington Post because they are challenging what they see as the abuse of government power.

Ugh. It is this kind of thing that made me give up a cheap Washington Post subscription to have the obscenely expensive New York Times delivered each morning.

5. If there are any doubts about how effective media propaganda can be, this should eliminate them. Newsweek reports that a poll by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center found that confidence in whether Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), can be trusted regarding the pandemic advice had fallen to “just” 65%—down from 71% in April 2021, in what the poll Center as a “statistically meaningful drop.” Meaningful drop? What is meaningful is that the American public is so gullible that more than a handful of ideologues trust this fraud at all. Even with the usual skepticism about polls, 65% is a horrifying indication of dead ethics alarms about dead ethics alarms. Fauci has flipped more times than the Flying Wallendas. As the face of the health community, he has been repeatedly wrong, he has lied, he as shaded the truth to manipulate pubic conduct, he has declared himself to be the personification of science. He has pretended to know what he hasn’t known, and has been a government propaganda merchant. Nobody should trust him. It is incompetent and irresponsible to trust a public official with his wretched record.

My freind, Tom Fuller, who occasionally weighs in here, observed yesterday after I pronounced amazement that so many could trust Fauci, “People are desperate to trust someone.”

Fine. Find someone else.

24 thoughts on “Sunday Ethics Fugue: Looking Like America

  1. Great post Jack!

    What I find hopeful is, while the press and give work overtime to tell us the things you mentioned above, (and more) millions are slowly waking up to it all.

    I have never seen anything in my life like this pandemic. I’ve also NEVER seen so many speak up, rise up, and join together AGAINST the narrative either.

    And while their BEST answer back to those who are buying it is “misinformed spreaders”, “conspiracy theorists”, mandates, censorship, the modern day equivalent of book burning, and taking peoples health hostage resulting in death, AND MORE…

    The group AGAINST this is only growing.

    And the LIES that they are uneducated, inferior humans who are killing the innocent is also untrue.

    I’ve never seen a more diverse group of people from all professions and walks of life, races, religions, joining together and standing for truth.

    Or hell, at least a discussion!

    I mean, Nobel Laureates, top doctors, businessmen, clergy, scientists, lawyers, etc are not conspiracy theorists.

    The attempts to silence their voices is not working. And the virtue signaling is seeing all new desperate reactions.

    It’s stunning that they fear truth so much!

    But that’s what being gripped in fear does to us all.

    So important we notice it when it rises up in us as well.

    I’ve had to check myself often. A good clue I am
    Gripped in fear is when I’m really angry. It’s almost always a cover for a fear under there.

    That was a harder one to notice and become aware of.

    But after doing so, it does give me compassion for others when I see their anger, knowing under it is fear…

    Which bring us back to those so angry about a lot in the media and politics.

    What are they afraid of?

    As far as the politics and pandemic, it’s sorta obvious and it’s NOT people dying from a virus.

    If we observe carefully, or even casually, it obvious wanting truckers who sit ALONE in their truck, to get a jab in their sovereign body to earn a living is wrong.

    It’s also a crime to keep them from earning a living.

    Thankful so many from all sides are waking up.

    Let’s hope soon, Dr. Fauci and the others are put where they belong.

    If ethics Alarms we’re not so dead, he would have been already. Long, long, ago.

    • I think a good portion of the fear that Mary mentions is an uneasy gnawing sense of doom stemming from a perception the radical Left regressives are unstoppable, or that it will require *tremendous sacrifice* by many millions in order to stop them.

      • Possibly that, although, I know several people who have the growing fear that things have gone way too far – that they went over the line a long time ago. And that, in the past, in that moment when the line was crossed, there were people protesting that the line was being crossed, that things were going too far. And that, at that point, they were the people standing and mocking the doomsayers. They were on the side which was actively trying to lull the populace back to sweet, gentle, obedient sleep. That they were part of the problem, just by pouring cold water over the hotheads. Doing nothing and not paying attention (which are very comfortable) got them into this mess – and it isn’t going to work to get them out of it.

        That’s a hefty dose of shame and fear and self-loathing to process all at once. Even more to do it in the face of mockery – especially the mockery they were enjoying so much yesterday. That’s a big part of the growing fear I see around me these days. That we have met the enemy – and he is us.

        How much easier it is to laugh at the stupid horse-pill taking people, or sneer (safely, behind your mask) at the lunatics who don’t want to save even just one life. If the problem is THEM, then hatred and anger are the appropriate response. It’s just so much easier. And yet… things don’t seem to be getting better?

  2. Jamelle Bouie’s claim that history has not adequately described the horrors of slavery suggests she has not studied history and that she relies on the comparable ignorance of her audience to make her point.

    I feel somewhat competent in this regard. Without consulting my bookshelf, I am confident I have read over 100 personal accounts of former slaves, including all three autobiographies of Frederick Douglass (who knew there were 3?), all the usual suspects (Booker T. Washington, Sojourner Truth, and Linda Brent) as well as some unusual ones (Olaudah Equiano and Quinn’s Ottobah Cugoano). The evils of slavery are not unimaginable to one who is even moderately informed about the subject.

    Nonetheless, Bouie is right that slavery is evil beyond measure; I will stipulate to that even though I think that the reality is a little more complex than that. Slavery is a blatant affront to human dignity. It is as simple as that. Human/non-human is a simple binary; denying the humanity of the slave does not admit of any gradations.

    Yet, despite that denial of the humanity of the slaves…

    They were still human. They still were capable of exhibiting the innate ability of human beings to adjust to adversity. They were capable of love, ambition and even joy (not every day was one of complete misery). The inherent evil of the system was not able to extinguish that humanity. You can’t read the accounts of slaves without seeing that. Another dirty little secret is that you can’t read these accounts without realizing that the slave holders realized that as well.

    However, admitting these things is the first step toward realizing that the experiences of slaves in America is not some undifferentiated monolithic experience. Whether slave or slaveholder, you are talking about unique individuals. The picture of slavery in America is only as complex as any other set containing millions of individuals.

    Somehow, though, I don’t think Jamelle Bouie would agree.


      • He knows nothing of history nor what a fascist is. Fascists are authoritarians or tools of authoritarians such as industry moguls whose revenues are dependent on authoritarian government or wish to avoid harsh governmental regulations. Why that is not pointed out more often is beyond me.

    • Much easier to assume the cartoonist an idiot. I went through several mental gymnastic maneuvers attempting to interpret it…

      Fascism is being delivered by the blue-collar workers in the supply chain? Ah, then this is an anti-mandate cartoon. That can’t be right, it bucks the narrative.

      The supply chain is in logjam. Part shortages and shipping delays are still apparent, even though they’ve disappeared from newsdesks. That’s fascism? A result of fascism? Dumb.

      The trucks appear immobile, very dirty, but are all idling. Maybe this is a fossil-fuel, climate change, environmental message. How does fascism fit that?

      Maybe he’s advocating _for_ fascism! He wants a Mussolini figure to shape up the transportation industry! that’s why the highway reassembles a train track, he wants the “trains” to arrive on time!

      I’m not even sure Jack’s interpretation is correct, can’t see that it has anything to do with the Wuhan flu response. You’d need the rest of the newspaper to (hopefully) find the full context of what is believed to be the message in the artist’s brain. Much easier to assume the brain is absent.

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