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Friday, July 28, 2017

When "bestseller" lists don't list bestsellers

The impossibility of social justice convergence in action:
The influential German news magazine Der Spiegel has deleted from its bestseller list a book that one of its own editors had pushed up the rankings, after it was found to be “antisemitic and historically revisionist”.

Finis Germania, or The End of Germany, collects the thoughts of the late historian Rolf Peter Sieferle on the position of Germany, including how it deals with the Holocaust. The book is currently at the top of Amazon.de’s bestseller chart and this month it entered Der Spiegel’s bestseller list, which many bookshops use as a basis for promotional displays, in sixth place.

Finis Germania is missing from the list in this week’s issue of the magazine. Many bookshops have followed suit and are not displaying the title.

Susanne Beyer, Der Spiegel’s deputy editor, said Finis Germania had been omitted because the magazine considered the book – posthumously published by a small house, Antaios, known for its far-right leanings – to be “rightwing extremist, antisemitic and historically revisionist”.

Since Der Spiegel understood itself as “a medium of enlightenment even on historical subjects”, Beyer continued, the magazine had decided not to help advance the sales of such a book.
Social justice prevents every institution and organization from fulfilling its primary purpose. In this case, Der Spiegel now has a "bestseller list" that comprises a list of books that are not bestsellers. This is why Castalia House will become a dominant publisher without anyone who is dependent upon the mainstream media ever even realizing it.

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57 Comments:

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 28, 2017 8:17 AM  

The narrative is what matters, not the truth. Especially in Germany. And especially when it comes to this topic.

Anonymous DJF July 28, 2017 8:34 AM  

“”””posthumously published by a small house, Antaios”””

Signaling that the “Powers That Be” have control over the large and medium publishing houses and that they have so brow beat the German people that they only risk speaking out after their death. So new laws are sill needed requiring pre publication review to stop such incidents happening again

Good thing Merkel hired ex=STASI agent Anetta Kahane to oversee what Germans were talking about. She will root out the troublemakers. [/s]

Blogger Al From Bay Shore July 28, 2017 8:35 AM  

Maybe "off topic": I'm just waiting for the Alt-Hero line of comix. Marvel and, to some minor extent, DC are victims of SJW convergence/ coup. I'm abandoning the SJW converged institutions; they're toast.

Blogger Gordon July 28, 2017 8:48 AM  

You must feel a bit like General Joffre in September 1914. "He offers us his flank!"

Blogger michaeloh59 July 28, 2017 8:56 AM  

How marvelous it must be to have such power. To attack ones enemies with such impunity. To never suffer any consequences. People want to be on the winning side. This is why it is important to use power once it has been gained. Jeff Sessions doesn't understand this. Leaders crave the power to slay their enemies and hear the Lamentations of their women, rabbits are terrified by the display of this power. In this way a few control the many. I try to focus on the tipping point. The enemy may seem vast and unstoppable, commanding all the strategic heights and manning all the seats of power. As was soviet communism in 1989.

Blogger Sam Spade July 28, 2017 8:59 AM  

Will they ever stop faking things?

Ok. Second Law: Double down. I guess not.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( more Natural Born Kekistani than if my mother was a native of Moorhead MN and my father came from Cockram Mill VA ... so to speak ) July 28, 2017 9:02 AM  

2. DJF July 28, 2017 8:34 AM
Good thing Merkel hired ex=STASI agent Anetta Kahane


Every. Single. Time.

https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=kahane
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): one of the many forms of Cohen.

Blogger ZhukovG July 28, 2017 9:11 AM  

Hmm, 'The Big Lie'. One does have to admire Germany's respect for tradition.

Anonymous Cheshirych July 28, 2017 9:15 AM  

Offtopic: what is it FOX harping about? The Mooch said something based about twitter? I say kudos to Mooch.

Anonymous Johnny Mayonnaise July 28, 2017 9:15 AM  

Finis Germania is the Allan Bakke of books.

Blogger marco moltisanti July 28, 2017 9:47 AM  

My Latin isn't great, but wouldn't "Finis Germaniae" be "The End of Germany"?

Anonymous two sentries July 28, 2017 9:55 AM  

"The enemy may seem vast and unstoppable, commanding all the strategic heights and manning all the seats of power. As was soviet communism in 1989."

Trump's victory demonstrates that there is a vast aquifer of resistance to the enemy, but a major weakness of our side is their influence with the young and with the timid intellectual class who silently dissent but do not speak, as well as certain shallow intellectual clowns whose grip on leftist tropes is so weak that they can be red-pilled (more of these than you realize.) If we can get the aquifer to bubble up and start making waves, it will give courage to the timid and the waverers to fight, and fight harder.

Anonymous two sentries July 28, 2017 9:59 AM  

"My Latin isn't great, but wouldn't "Finis Germaniae" be "The End of Germany"?

Your take sounds intuitively correct, but there may be a usage in Latin for the nominative in this sort of circumstance, a sort of "So much for the Germans!" type of thing, I don't know.

I think probably the most correct would be "Explicit Germania" ("Thus ends Germany, explicit being the opposite of Incipit ("Thus begins"), but from a bookseller's point of view the title would be confusing. Maybe R.I.P. Deutschland would have been better, and reached an even wider readership.

Open to correction on all points, though.

Blogger Jack Morrow July 28, 2017 10:09 AM  

It doesn't seem to be as much the case as it used to be, but "bestseller" lists in the U.S. have habitually omitted books by Christian authors, using excuses such as the books were sold at specialty bookstores.

Even David Frum has admitted that bestseller lists are phony, often compiled by bookstores trying to unload excess stock of certain titles.

Has there been a book published in the last 30 years or so that hasn't been promoted as a "New York Times bestseller"? And who appointed the NYT the authority, anyway?

My favourite example of a premature use of the term "bestseller" was when A Time to Kill, John Grisham's first novel, came out in paperback, which didn't happen until after The Firm had become a hit. The initial printing of A Time to Kill called it a bestseller; how was this possible, since it was just coming out in paperback, and only 5,000 copies had been printed in its initial hardcover edition?

Anonymous Takin' a Look July 28, 2017 10:11 AM  

-OT

Pizza's back on the menu boys! The weaponized autists of /pol are digging into Awan Imran's on-line profile and it seems he's a consumer and provider.

https://8ch.net/pol/res/10316968.html

Blogger Kauf Buch July 28, 2017 10:12 AM  

In its political leanings, Der Spiegel is somewhere between New york times and vox.com.
*ick*

Blogger Roger G2 July 28, 2017 10:17 AM  

This gives me hope that Germans and other Europeans are reading it in droves.
After all, the book has come under sjw attack.
Must mean it tells some truths which are uncomfy for the left.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band July 28, 2017 10:17 AM  

Maybe it's a postmodern list...

More seriously, this looks like a tactical shift from criticizing and censoring books that challenge the narrative, to declaring them not books at all. The category "book" is redefined in a process akin to the dehumanization of dissenters by socialists. No longer books, unpleasant" works don't have to be addressed in literary spaces at all.

I may be overstating a natural evolution in SJW censorship, but this seems new.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 28, 2017 10:18 AM  

Offtopic: what is it FOX harping about? The Mooch said something based about twitter?

It's awesome. A New Yorker reporter tweeted something from a leak, and Mooch called him and demanded to know his source, telling him if he didn't squeal he was gonna fire everyone in the Communications department to remove the leak, or have them all coated in honey and thrown to bears, or something like that.

Distraction, and probably seeing if he could get the reporter to tip his hand as to who the leaker was. Though he pretty much knows already.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band July 28, 2017 10:19 AM  

@14

Like singles charts in the music industry. It's insane how many things that were taken for granted turned out to be complete bullshit.

Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 10:59 AM  

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Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 11:10 AM  

Since Der Spiegel understood itself as “a medium of enlightenment even on historical subjects”, Beyer continued, the magazine had decided not to help advance the sales of such a book.

Der Spiegel cannot just provide a service, they cannot just let people make up their own minds, they cannot just show the array of opinions as they are, they must pull the strings, they must poke and prod and eliminate and liquidate and eradicate any figment of information or opinion which might expose even the smallest crack in their complete, total and all-encompassing globalist world view which they believe must be maintained at all costs in order to protect them from experiencing any sort of negative feeling, the slightest hint of acrimony, nagging doubts or a tiny dot of a fear on the horizon; because if 1% of what is said in Finis Germania is true... well... it doesn't bear thinking about! It must be deleted! Oh look - it never even existed. Existed? What existed? Oh, just some silly far-right nonsense, forget about it. Probably just another racist white male.

The perfect clear flat smooth surface of the ocean of their world view must not experience one ripple, not one little disturbance to the perfect global flatness of their cosmology, not one flowing current or microscopic eddy of turbulence going in the wrong direction.

It's a crime against reason, a crime against mathematics, a crime against numbers, a crime against truth itself, a crime against Germany and a crime against the West.

Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 11:16 AM  

Good thing Merkel hired ex=STASI agent Anetta Kahane to oversee what Germans were talking about. She will root out the troublemakers.

Oh thank God. I hope that it works just as well for Merkel as it worked to help the East Germans to believe that their life in East Germany was a wonderful utopia.

Anonymous Philipp July 28, 2017 11:31 AM  

Vox any chance that Castalia House will bring out an English translation of Thilo Sarrezin's bestseller "Deutschland schafft sich ab"?

Blogger VD July 28, 2017 11:39 AM  

Vox any chance that Castalia House will bring out an English translation of Thilo Sarrezin's bestseller "Deutschland schafft sich ab"?

None. We tried. The publisher is sitting on it.

Blogger Sheila4g July 28, 2017 11:40 AM  

Vox, totally aside from the real-time problem of the Muslimvasion, is there any hope of Germany somehow moving past the serious brain washing done to them post WWII? Certain (((Americans))) did all in their power to ensure the death by starvation and rape of a large portion of the surviving populace, and tried to strangle any economic recovery at birth. Only Stalin and the Cold War prevented that dearly-held hope of coming to fruition. When the present system collapses - within 10-15 years your timeline, I believe - we hope to get rid of the US government office devoted to rooting out the grandchildren of any German who was over the age of 5 when Hitler went into his bunker, but neither that nor the inevitable rise of the Alt-Right in America will directly effect the German psyche. As appallingly bad as American cuckservatives and cluckservatives are, they still don't approach that absolute nadir of self-regard or self-preservation Germans exhibit. They really believe they and their country are loathsome and their history and culture deserve to be wiped out. Is normalcy bias and r behavior more ineradicable than an actual people? Help me not despair here, please.

Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 12:08 PM  

is there any hope of Germany somehow moving past the serious brain washing done to them post WWII?

The brain-washing doesn't work any more than it worked in East Germany to maintain control over the opinion of the people living there.

In a recent poll, the majority of German people say they want no more Muslims brought into Germany:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/most-europeans-want-muslim-ban-immigration-control-middle-east-countries-syria-iran-iraq-poll-a7567301.html

Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 12:26 PM  

Disclaimer: I am not Vox, and never have been to the best of my knowledge.

The problem with the Germans is not that they want more Muslims. They don't - they don't want any more at all.

What you have to understand about Germany is that some things have not changed at all.

The problem with the Germans is the that they are obedient to the government and they don't take steps to remove them. They maintain discipline, they keep at their work, they obey orders, get in line and keep their heads down. It is not theirs to question why. The people who are running the country surely know best. I know my job, you know your job, Merkel's government ministers are the experts and we assume that they know what they are doing. It is a technocratic mindset in which everyone has his own job and he just does it and leaves the big decisions up to the top-level management. When orders come down, we follow and do it efficiently.

The problem with the Germans, is they do not have the long and hard-won accumulated spirit and tradition of political rebellion that the English and French have, which means they lack the instinct of turning against their rules and kick them out. It's just not done - it's insubordination.
The French had a republican revolution and so did the English in America.
Both the English and the French have deposed, exiled and beheaded their own kings countless times and enforced unfavourable terms on their rulers by force of arms, from the Magna Carta to the American Revolution.
The Germans have only rebuilt things after catastrophic defeat in war and then returned to autocracy.

The Germans are noobs at democracy, and these noobs have become the de facto rulers of the European Union, not because of their competence at governing which is manifestly laughable, but because of the industriousness of their people, which is manifestly supreme.

So, the European Union is ruled by noobs at democracy. Is it any wonder that truth is on the scaffold and wrong is on the throne?

Anonymous Tipsy July 28, 2017 12:40 PM  

Years ago, when I needed a boost to my blood pressure, I used to read Davids Medienkritik. It chronicled the anti-Americanism of the left wing German press, particularly der Spiegel. Unfortunately, he hasn't posted since 2014. Still, there's plenty of evidence of the hatred for America that the German left-wing elite has.

Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 12:44 PM  

As Vox has said before: mob rule, though on the face unpalatable, is actually preferable.

Or as Winston Churchill said, a five minute conversation with an average voter is a good argument against democracy. And democracy is a terrible idea - awful. But the problem is that all the other systems tried so far are worse.

And if mob rule were followed, then there would be a Muslim ban in place in Germany, because 53% of the adult population supports that exact proposition. Democracy is the answer and democracy can only function if there is free speech and a stomach for the political fight.

Blogger dc.sunsets July 28, 2017 12:47 PM  

Monomania time.

Yes, there is a vast reservoir of nascent change, but as long as social mood, as represented by the investment markets, remains elevated, real change will not occur.

I believe there is a VAST reservoir of rage already filled, the Left's double-downs are like a flash flood pouring into an already dangerous condition, and at least anecdotal evidence exists that the dam holding back all that rage is showing signs of imminent failure.

Bear markets that begin late in the cycle, and from very overvalued conditions, often occur as crashes (where the inverse is a massive, rapid increase in the purchasing power of money.)

I think it will soon be a vertical bull market for rage and its social outcomes. Only the timing is unknown.

Blogger YIH July 28, 2017 12:48 PM  

Speaking of books, the Lizard Queen's memoir isn't even being printed yet and just the title alone is already a funny meme: What Happened.
Bad candidate, bad campaign, lost.

Anonymous DirkH July 28, 2017 12:53 PM  

SPIEGEL is a subsidiary of the tax-free BERTELSMANN foundation - which makes policies for the Old Parties SPD and CDU - of course globalist policies. Via Der SPIEGEL and STERN and TV network RTL and numerous other media outlets, BERTELSMANN propagandizes diversity and vibrancy. BERTELSMANN subsidiary ARVATO censors German Facebook, payed for by Facebook, advised by the tax free foundation Amadeu Antonio foundation, headed by the ex STASI informant (((KAHANE))); named after an Angolan migrant who died in Germany.
As far as I could gather, the original and only purpose of the BERTELSMANN foundation was to EVADE TAXES.

Blogger Wolfman at Large July 28, 2017 1:12 PM  

My humble contribution to the science of SJWTheory; submitted for peer review.

https://wolvesandmen.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/the-proposed-fourth-and-fifth-laws-of-the-sjw/

Blogger Sheila4g July 28, 2017 1:53 PM  

@30 SirGroggy: "And democracy is a terrible idea - awful. But the problem is that all the other systems tried so far are worse."

I'm reading "Starship Troopers" with my son right now, and I'm not sure I agree any longer that all other systems are worse. They're all equally bad in different ways. While Heinlein had his own hobby horses and blind spots, he did emphasize the vital need for individuals who put the commonweal above the personal, at least for a period of time, and the absolute necessity of balancing authority with responsibility. Of course, all these things flow from recognizing the absolute reality of utter inequality, and that particular normalcy bias is de rigueur for 'Murricans.

Anonymous normally a lurker July 28, 2017 1:54 PM  

>The Germans are noobs at democracy
The German political system as it currently exists was created at the behest of and approved by the Western Allied powers. The complete absence of democratic participation beyond casting a ballot every four years is a fully intended feature.
Germany is and was a occupied country after all.

>the de facto rulers of the European Union
Germany is currently seeing key defense industry forcibly merged with French ones, the car industry is currently subject to economic warfare and the German taxpayer is currently guaranteeing Ibero-Italian consumption to the tune of 800 billion Euro.

Germany is the rich man bleeding from twenty six stab wound, whom everybody want to die soon so they can start looting the corpse.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 28, 2017 1:55 PM  

DirkH wrote:As far as I could gather, the original and only purpose of the BERTELSMANN foundation was to EVADE TAXES.
Every foundation is created to evade taxes. Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, all of them are tax dodges.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 28, 2017 2:02 PM  

Wolfman at Large wrote:My humble contribution to the science of SJWTheory; submitted for peer review.

I would modify #4 to
SJWs will sacrifice anybody, no matter how close, to maintain their place in the warren.

#5 is true but a bit indirect. Not sure how to improve it though.

Blogger SirGroggy July 28, 2017 2:10 PM  

the German taxpayer is currently guaranteeing Ibero-Italian consumption to the tune of 800 billion Euro

I think actually this is not exactly true. The German taxpayer is not funding the Ibero-Italian consumption - the German taxpayer is bailing out the German banks who had foolishly and incompetently made stupid loans to governments on the periphery of the Eurozone whose trade balance is in deficit with regard to Germany and always will be. The money which is provided by the German taxpayer does not go to Italy, Spain or Greece. It goes to the German banks. But if Frau Merkel were to go the German people and say, "We are going to give hundreds of billions euros of your taxes directly to the German banks to bail them out, because of their mismanagement of their funds which led to their bankruptcy, which was caused mainly due to the structural problems with the Eurozone", then the German voters might revolt and vote the government out.
So Frau Merkel instead says to the German voters, "Look at all the trouble the Greeks have gotten themselves into, they have been spending too much and have run out of money. Oh dear I suppose we will have to help them out of their disaster, as an act of European solidarity in a time of emergency. But never fear - we will impose upon them brutal terms and make them restrict their exorbitant spending so this will never happen again." And by the way, they are not giving the money to those countries - they are giving them MASSIVE LOANS which increases their debt. When somebody goes bankrupt, the one thing you must never do is loan them more money. They already cannot pay off their existing debts (bankruptcy) - therefore you must restructure the debt and probably write off a fair bit of it. But the German banks would suffer if that was the case, as banks should, if they make bad loans. It is their job to make good loans - if they do this badly they will fail. But Frau Merkel wants to prop up the German banks, so she bailed them out and called it 'solidarity with our European cousins'. It's called an 'extend and pretend' strategy. It solves nothing and is causing a great depression in the European periphery. It is one reason why the European Union must be dismantled soon.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 28, 2017 2:10 PM  

@VD
"Vox any chance that Castalia House will bring out an English translation of Thilo Sarrezin's bestseller "Deutschland schafft sich ab"?"

"None. We tried. The publisher is sitting on it."

Well, thanks for trying. Kind of odd when you think about it, that something like that can get published in Germany (where censorship is typically much stricter than here), but not in the US. Then again, there's a German (and French) translation of "200 Years Together." But English? Only samizdat.

@YIH
"Speaking of books, the Lizard Queen's memoir isn't even being printed yet and just the title alone is already a funny meme: What Happened."

Subtitled "Why didn't I win by 50 points?!"

Anonymous Athor Pel July 28, 2017 2:32 PM  

" 31. Blogger dc.sunsets July 28, 2017 12:47 PM
...
I believe there is a VAST reservoir of rage already filled, the Left's double-downs are like a flash flood pouring into an already dangerous condition, and at least anecdotal evidence exists that the dam holding back all that rage is showing signs of imminent failure.
...
"



It's not water. It's a sleeping beast that is waking up. The globalists are riding a tiger and it will eat them.

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 28, 2017 2:55 PM  

It's kinda funny that SJW converged institutions are unable to fulfill their primary function.

But it galls me that they think they have a moral calling to censor reality on our behalf. It's close to justifiable homicide in my book. Can't abide it.

Blogger tublecane July 28, 2017 3:56 PM  

"anti-semitic and historically revisionist"

Revisionism has long been a bad word in association with WWII and the You-Know-What, but that "and" makes me think maybe we're getting to the point where it's a bad thing in general, like "conspiracy theories." The left owns the Narrative, of course, but they don't like to admit it. Are they at a point where they're willing to give up revisionism, considering how find they are of telling us that everything we know about history is wrong.

Or maybe it's just a case of piling on, like saying, "anti-semitism and hatred of Jews "

Blogger tuberman July 28, 2017 4:03 PM  

41. Athor Pel

"It's not water. It's a sleeping beast that is waking up. The globalists are riding a tiger and it will eat them."

Many strong signs of this. Talked with two relatives today that I had not seen in quite a while. They have many extreme lefty ideals, but when it comes to immigration, open borders, and stuff like trannies, they do a complete 180 and sound almost Alt-Right. This is happening all over.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 28, 2017 5:05 PM  

I can openly talk about Hindus, their low intelligence, aborted work ethic and universal corruption in IT circles now. Nobody bats an eye.

Blogger SirHamster July 28, 2017 5:28 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Wolfman at Large wrote:My humble contribution to the science of SJWTheory; submitted for peer review.

I would modify #4 to

SJWs will sacrifice anybody, no matter how close, to maintain their place in the warren.

#5 is true but a bit indirect. Not sure how to improve it though.



To make #4 fit with the first 3 stylistically, it could be condensed to something like SJWs Always Backstab. Some overlap in #4 with #1, but it is pointing out that SJWs will not just pervert the truth, but will betray you.

Also stumped on #5. SJWs represent opportunity and deserve extinction, but that's not the same sort of thing as the 1st 3 laws, which is about what they observably do.

Blogger Dexter July 28, 2017 5:40 PM  

Castalia English edition of Finis Germania possible?

Blogger dc.sunsets July 28, 2017 6:36 PM  

Has Herman Hoppe penned a definitive critique of democracy in his Mises.org introduction to his book, "Democracy, the God that Failed."

Search for its title: The Democratic Leviathan.

Monarchy is superior to democracy, with the possible exception of the Swiss system. It is democracy done right.

Blogger Matthew July 28, 2017 7:22 PM  

I second the recommendation to read Hoppe's essay collection. He's not exactly right, but he provides better answers to the OBVIOUS PROBLEMS of libertarianism than any of the rest of the goofs do.

Blogger dfordoom July 28, 2017 10:11 PM  

@28. SirGroggy

Both the English and the French have deposed, exiled and beheaded their own kings countless times and enforced unfavourable terms on their rulers by force of arms, from the Magna Carta to the American Revolution.

And the English and the French are just as determined to commit national suicide as the Germans. They are just as much in thrall to demonic feminism and just as cowardly in surrendering to the homosexual agenda and the rest of the liberal madness.

Their glorious history of fighting for liberty or whatever has done them no good at all. They are going down the toilet just as certainly as the Germans.

Blogger dfordoom July 28, 2017 10:24 PM  

@30. SirGroggy

And democracy is a terrible idea - awful. But the problem is that all the other systems tried so far are worse.

Sorry, I don't buy that any more. It's a statement designed to shut down debate.

China doesn't have democracy and they're clearly much better off without it. Spain was better off under Franco.

Democracy is cancer.

Blogger Lazarus July 28, 2017 11:20 PM  

dfordoom wrote:Democracy is cancer.

Alexis de Tocqueville thought it would lead to the tyranny of the majority, but instead it has become the tyranny of the minorities.

So much for forcasting.

Blogger Dexter July 28, 2017 11:26 PM  

Has Herman Hoppe penned a definitive critique of democracy

This:

https://mises.org/library/liberty-or-equality-challenge-our-time

Anonymous Killua July 29, 2017 12:05 AM  

I hope Castalia House becomes a great publisher! I am also looking forward to the comics.

Blogger tublecane July 29, 2017 2:51 AM  

@53-Von Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote a book more specifically about democracy called The Menace of the Herd, or Procrustes at Large.

Blogger Avalanche July 29, 2017 8:04 AM  

@52 "Democracy is cancer."
"Alexis de Tocqueville thought it would lead to the tyranny of the majority, but instead it has become the tyranny of the minorities."

Except the minorities -- herded together -- ARE the majority, and despite the bitching and infighting in the herd, they BECOME a majority when they vote against the national majority.

This is the point of 'spoilers' in elections: not that the minorities all vote together, but that the majority does NOT. The minorities all think THEY will come out on top -- and in the meantime (like the Alt Right!), they are 'herding' with putative allies; and 'we (OUR minority) will deal with ____ (pick your group) after we (the majority made up of minorities) win.'

Perfect example: the idiot liberal feminists (but I repeat myself) who think MUSLIMS will not rape and 'bag' them once the protection of White males is removed...

Blogger Thucydides July 29, 2017 11:17 AM  

The ancient Greek philosophers were not huge fans of Democracy, and thought it could only work under a limited franchise and with limited numbers of people (Aristotle seems to have thought the maximum number of people in a democracy should be 5000). You can see this by looking closely at the naming convention:

The word "democracy" (Greek: δημοκρατια) combines the elements dêmos (δῆμος, which means "people") and krátos (κράτος, which means "force" or "power").

Thucydides outlines the more negative effects of direct democracy by showing how the Demagogues subverted the juries and had them voting their passions on issues in the "History of the Peloponnesian War", which we see repeated today as demagogues (especially "Progressive" demagogues) inflame the mobs.

The American founders tired to solve the issue with a related political tool: "Timocracy", where the franchise was specifically limited to landowners (with the expectation that people who actually owned land would be attentive to protecting and retaining the value of their property). How this leaked away is much like how the Athenians devalued their Democracy, the Athenian rowers (who in ancient time were professionals and not chained to oars) claimed the rite to vote for their contributions in defeating the Persians (and their more immediate value to the State in maintaining the maritime system on which Athens depended). Since they were professionals but not attached to the land, their issues and values were more ephemeral and they became the targets of the demagogues.

The subverting of bestsellers isn't new or confined to Germany, the NYT "Bestseller" list has long been curated to reflect what the editors want us to read (or virtue signal as having read), not what people like you and I want to read or read about (much like the newspaper itself)

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