Thursday, April 12, 2007
Chirol of Coming Anarchy has done great work on domestic application of the work of Thomas P.M. Barnett ("Pentagon's New Map (PNM) Theory"). In three now-famous posts
Barnett himself (commenting on an excellent article in Reason) note that caboose breaking, "voting more populist candidates into office in democracies (e.g., India's Congress Party) to political unrest and violent protest in authoritarian states," "is basically when politicians/leaders realize and fear/anticipate/respond to unrest from disconnected populations."
An early American attempt at caboose-breaking the country's Gap was the Great Society, succeeding in driving up Gap unemployment and fatherlessness to record highs. Another attempt, affirmative action, was nearly a textbook case of how to teach racial resentment and divisiveness.
Now that another wave of agitprop is subsiding - a failed lynching in North Carolina and a "high-tech" one on the air. - one might except a second wave of this. Obvious possibilities might include zero-sum transfers of wealth, property, and position (a Jackson / Sharpton plan). However, considering that the most popular black candidate yet produced in America is the descendant of slave-owners but not American slaves, the political possibility of that seems unlikely. Another, different, take woudl be attempt to overload America's gap with feedback in the hope of forcing a deeper change. Yet inciting riots is dangerous, and not the risk.
That takes us to the most obvious form of Gap-shrinking that can be expected in the near-future in America: nothing. Those who power makes them important feel outrage must less than those who are powerless, and thus little can be gained from Imus or Mangum agitprop. Life will continue, with those in America's core living good lives, and those in America's gap not.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Last year, for the second time in her life, Crystal Gail Mangum claimed to have been raped by three men. For the second time, there was no trial. But for the first time, media attention encouraged the North Caroline Attorney-General Roy Cooper to say the word: "innocent."
Ms Mangum's false accusation was horribly compounded by the gross incompetence, negligence, and capricious maliciousness of Durham North Carolina prosecutor, Mike Nifong. My fellow college students -- indeed, all Americans -- hope that the surest measures are taken against Mike Nifong so that justice may be served.
Hopefully, Jesse Jackson, who said that "his organization will pay the Duke scandal accuser's tuition regardless of whether she's telling the truth or not," will doubtless comment soon.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Imagine a sexual predator attacks a victim. Then steals a car. Then drives under the influence. Then attempts to flee from police. Then attacks a police officer with a deadly weapon. Imagine that predator was held with a $75,000 bail.
Then imagine that sexual predator was only charged with misdemeanors.
Then imagine, years later, new victims accuse the predator of a sexual assault. And imagine if they had no knowledge before hand of the predator's history.
Wouldn't it be nice to know about these people before you move next door to them? Or send your child to work for them? Or entrust anything to them?