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If They’re All Singing the Same Song, Who is the Conductor?

Those of you who understand what a flash mob is, will understand that, for example, a random group of hundreds of people does not show up at a specific place and time, sing a chorus of “Alice’s Restaurant”, [1] and then wander calmly off in different directions again, without there being some planning, communication, and direction.

So by way of Billy Beck, this little snippet comes from the land of sucker.. errr… Zucker:

The “History of Capitalism” group has been arguing that America was made richer by slavery (sometimes going as far as highlighting that the South was the most prosperous region of the US — it was not). The facts they cite to make that case do not allow them to say such a thing. If anything, a proper understanding of slavery suggests that a counterfactual America without slavery would have been better off than the “actual” America. In this piece for AIER, I make the case that to the heavy legacy of slavery (i.e. enduring racism, segregation, violence), we must add a relatively poorer America.

Billy responds, correctly:

It is simply not true, and the left is lying about it.

Well, of course they’re lying about it, (remember, these are the folks that are calling Ben Shapiro a Nazi and Candace Owens a white supremacist)…but they’re all lying together, and that’s telling.

The argument mentioned in the passage that Billy quotes, is also being made by others on the left.

Limbaugh [2] from day before yesterday:

Six days ago. Six days ago — you gotta keep in mind here — let me say one thing. The Russia collusion hoax is dead. It died. It failed. They did not get rid of Trump. Impeachment failed. It’s gone. Every hope, everything that they had developed to get rid of Trump was wrapped up in Russian collusion and the Mueller report. And so it failed. Therefore they have to move on to something else.

Do you know what the “something else” is? You do without me telling you. Trump is a racist. All white people are white supremacists and white nationalists. Racism is now not enough by itself. Because it’s been so overused it’s lost the impact. So now we’re all white nationalists or we are all white racists and that’s what Trump is.

So six days ago on the 13th of August there was a tweet little noticed from an infobabe at the New York Times. “In the days and weeks to come,” it begins, “we will publish essays demonstrating that nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.” Are you aware – I talked about it last week — do you remember that the editor of the New York Times, the executive editor Dean Baquet had to call a staff meeting because of unrest in the newsroom?

And it was recorded. Somebody recorded it and transcribed it, and it has leaked. And the subject matter was the editor of the New York Times explaining to the people in the newsroom what the next project is. Since Trump-Russia collusion failed, an attack on America as racist since its founding is now the new project at the New York Times.

Byron York: [3]

In the Times’ view (which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans), the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called the 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Another, more concise statement from the Times: “The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history.”

The basic thrust of the 1619 Project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” — written by Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who on Twitter uses the identity Ida Bae Wells, from the crusading late 19th-early 20th century African American journalist Ida B. Wells.

The essays go on to cover the economy (“If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”), the food we eat (“The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.”), the nation’s physical health (“Why doesn’t the United States have universal healthcare? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War.”), politics (“America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”), daily life (“What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.”), and much more.

Limbaugh suggests in his piece of the other day that the whole thing is a hoax, basically agreeing with Billy. And of course they’re both right. But when a whole bunch of supposedly random individuals shows up and starts singing the same song, there is some orchestration going on. and that’s what’s going on here. Somebody is spending serious money to get this idea out into the public, prior to the next election.

Gee, I wonder who that could be?