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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Imprimis: The Negative Impact of the #MeToo Movement

The Negative Impact of the #MeToo Movement

Heather Mac Donald
Manhattan Institute  
Our nation is about to be transformed, thanks to the #MeToo movement. I am not speaking about a cessation of sexual predation in the workplace. If that were the only consequence of #MeToo, the movement would clearly be a force for good. Unfortunately, its effects are going to be more sweeping and destructive. #MeToo is going to unleash a new torrent of gender and race quotas throughout the economy and culture, on the theory that all disparities in employment and institutional representation are due to harassment and bias. The resulting distortions of decision-making will be largely invisible; we will usually not know of the superior candidates for a job who were passed over in the drive for gender parity. But the net consequence will be a loss of American competitiveness and scientific achievement.
Pressures for so-called diversity, defined reductively by gonads and melanin, are of course nothing new. Since the 1990s, every mainstream institution has lived in terror of three lethal words: “all white male,” an epithet capable of producing paroxysms of self-abasement. Silicon Valley start-ups and science labs quake before the charge of being all or mostly male; their varied ethnic demographics earn them no protection from the diversity racket. The New York Times recently criticized the board of fashion giant H&M for being “entirely white.” We can therefore infer that there are females on the H&M board, or else the Times would have let loose with the bigger gun: “all white male.” When both categories of alleged privilege—white and male—overlap, an activist is in the diversity sweet spot, his power over an institution at its zenith.
But however pervasive the diversity imperative was before, the #MeToo movement is going to make the previous three decades look like a golden age of meritocracy.

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She earned a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. in English from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She writes for several newspapers and periodicals, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe New Criterion, and Public Interest, and is the author of four books, including The War on Cops: How The New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe and The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture (forthcoming September 2018).

Thursday, April 26, 2018

SSN: Martin County Nonprofit Makes Learning about the Constitution Fun and Profitable for High Schoolers

Martin County Nonprofit Makes Learning about the Constitution Fun and Profitable for High Schoolers

April 26, 2018 

The Center for Constitutional Values doesn't make the big headlines in Martin County. Those belong to blue-green algae and public records violations. But, trust me, this nonprofit, whose simple mission is to promote the community's understanding of the United States Constitution, is something very special.
A quote from James Madison serves as a kind of motto for the Center: "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."
 I've not seen another county of Martin's size in any state, let alone Florida, produce such an important citizenship resource for young people, in fact for all people.
It ought to be branded, packaged and copied across the nation.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wells Fargo resists pressure to stop offering banking services to NRA, gun makers

Wells Fargo resists pressure to stop offering banking services to NRA, gun makers

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Here’s a very sweet reason Roger Stone has it in for Ron DeSantis

Here’s a very sweet reason Roger Stone has it in for Ron DeSantis

A new attack ad against DeSantis has links to the bare knuckled political operative

By  01Apr2018

I want to peddle a conspiracy theory.

I'm not in the business of publishing convoluted, unsubstantiated political yarns. But this one involves Roger Stone, the Machiavellian schemer and sometime Donald Trump adviser and Wikileaks ally and Robert Mueller Russia probe player and regular on the lunatic right InfoWars media network, and bestselling author of conspiracy theory books.

So it seems not so out of bounds in this case.

Today an outfit called National Liberty Federation began airing about $290,000 in ads on radio and Fox News TV stations across Florida hammering Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis:
"It was supposed to be a revolution to take back Washington. But when Ron DeSantis got elected, he couldn't wait to be part of the in-crowd. Here's just one example: DeSantis started cozying up to two defense contractors and almost immediately began taking tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from them. And then, unbelievably, even moved into a luxury, beachfront condo owned by – you guessed it — two defense contractors. Even DeSantis was forced to admit that this was the case. DeSantis didn't throw the bums out of Washington; He moved right in with them, and this is exactly what conservatives like us are steaming mad about. People like Ron DeSantis going to Washington, forgetting who sent them there, and then becoming part of the problem. For more information go to RonDeSantisfact.com."
The National Liberty Federation is run by a Palm Beach County resident named Everett Wilkinson, who used to call the group the South Florida Tea Party. Wilkinson for years has worked closely with Roger Stone,  hosting a 2011 Boca Raton Trump rally that served as a harbinger of his presidential campaign, vocally supporting more casinos in Florida, another Stone cause, and serving as the press contact promoting Stones latest book about the Trump campaign. In 2015 Wilkinson helped Stone fight a plan for the South Florida Water Management District to buy 46,800 acres of U.S Sugar land to help restore the Everglades.

So why would Stone want to tear down Ron DeSantis, when DeSantis has the support of Trump, Stone's longtime friend and onetime client?


Wednesday, April 4, 2018



What the "March for Our Lives" was really about.


Last Saturday hundreds of thousands of high schoolers gathered across the country in a “March for Our Lives” rally. Organized and financed by anti-gun nuts and other left-wing outfits, and ornamented with Hollywood celebrities like George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, the spectacle was filled with the emotional exhibitionism and juvenile policy recommendations one would expect from the most pampered and worst-educated cohort of young people in American history––the perfect shock troops for progressive propaganda.
Progressivism, like its totalitarian cousins, is an ideology of melodrama and moral exhibitionism.
Read the story at Frontpage Magazine...