Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Once You Get An Irresistible Force Started

... they're pretty hard to stop. Makes sense, doesn't it? After all, they're irresistible.

The Milwaukee riots, as amply pointed out by Heather MacDonald, are a natural outgrowth of the grievance culture stoked to a white heat by academia, the news media, talk shows, our president and the whole Democrat Party. Now that we've got these going, how do we stop them or even slow them down? More to the point, what real things can change that will lead the angry cohorts of aggrieved identity groups to calm down?
  • You can't give them money, we're $20T in debt
  • You can't make it easier for them to get into college, we did that and the under-qualified ones flunk out
  • You can't make it easier to graduate without making the graduates unemployable
  • There don't seem to be any new approaches to hate crime or civil rights legislation
With so little to change, how do you keep from being labeled a sell-out if you start to make moderation and reconciliation noises?

Dig this earnest analysis of the Milwaukee "Uprising." It's a concise summary of the worldview of the aggrieved.

Ride the tiger, kids. Just don't get off. The payoff is around 0:50. "What have the business owners done for the community?" What are they supposed to do? It's hard enough to run a business without having to tack on social justice requirements.

So we've revved up the grievance engine and it's gotten to the point where cops are being targeted and riots break out even when black cops shoot armed black criminals. We've pretty much run out of things to improve or change, so even slowing this thing down is going to be tough.

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