Close calls: I recently stumbled upon some polling from the period preceding World War II regarding the American public’s position on whether the U.S. should fight Germany. Here’s the most depressing of the surveys:
Another set of figures, from Gallup, are a bit better. These old survey results lead to the following notes:
- What would the world be like today if Japan had not attacked Pearl Harbor, and Hitler had not preemptively declared war on the U.S.? The attack might be one of the best examples I know of how a terrible event can lead to an objectively beneficial outcome: moral luck exemplified.
- Karine Jean-Pierre, who speaks for the White House, said last week that “when you are not with where a majority of Americans are, then, you know, that is extreme.”
- You know: polls.
1. I did not know this, and I’m now sorry I do. But not especially surprised: a Pew survey from 2019 revealed that the “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households.” I see no reason for the data to have improved in three years, do you? And, of course, the reason this terrible condition exists is for the reason discussed frequently here: an elimination of crucial ethical norms because the society decided that it was more important not to shame or stigmatize irresponsible and damaging conduct than to minimize it. The consequences flowing from this failure in maintaining ethical standards is wide-ranging, disastrous, and too extensive to analyze here.2. Here’s another one: In “How Weed Became the New OxyContin,” Leighton Woodhouse writes for Tablet:
In 2012, Colorado legalized marijuana. In the decade since, 18 other states have followed suit. As billions of dollars have flowed into the new above-ground industry of smokable, edible, and drinkable cannabis-based products, the drug has been transformed into something unrecognizable to anyone who grew up around marijuana pre-legalization. Addiction medicine doctors and relatives of addicts say it has become a hardcore drug, like cocaine or methamphetamines. Chronic use leads to the same outcomes commonly associated with those harder substances: overdose, psychosis, suicidality. And yet it’s been marketed as a kind of elixir and sold like candy for grown-ups….If you’re over 30 years old and you used to smoke weed when you were a teenager, the strongest you were smoking was probably 20% THC. Today, teenagers are “dabbing” a product that’s three, four, or five times stronger, and are often doing so multiple times a day. At that level of potency, the impact of the drug on a user’s brain belongs to an entirely different category of risk than smoking a joint or taking a bong rip of even an intensively bred marijuana flower. It’s highly addictive, and over time, there’s a significant chance it can drive you insane.
Read it all. I’m often accused of being angry, but very few of the issues I cover here make me genuinely angry, despite the tone of my often deliberately provocative prose. This, however, does make me angry. The effects of legalizing pot were completely predictable and inevitably societally destructive, yet an selfish, arrogant coalition of aging hippies, wealthy hedonists, irresponsible celebrities, blind libertarians and craven politicians let it happen anyway, with miserable consequences yet to be fully felt. I figured this out the first time I watched, as a college student, an intelligent, articulate, interesting room mate become a babbling idiot after a joint, and gradually spend more time in that worthless state than in the one nature gave him.
3. This one gets a “Casablanca”…
What a surprise:
Shalomyah Bowers, the leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, stands accused by BLM members of stealing more than $10 million in donations from the organization for personal use, according to a lawsuit filed last week. The suit refers to him as a “rogue administrator, a middle man turned usurper” who siphoned contributions to the nonprofit activist group to use as a “personal piggy bank.” He joins Patrisse Cullers and others who authored this BLM scandal that broke earlier this year. I will repeat my assessment of Black Lives Matter from April, 2021:
“BLM skipped the initial stages of Eric Hoffer’s famous observation that every cause becomes a business, and eventually deteriorates into a racket, and went straight to racket.”
It was always a racket, from the very start, but the new media treated the organization like the nation’s savior.
I guess the cultural and political carnage caused by Black Lives Matter makes me angry too…