PI Newsletter #75

1.  A Counter Vision for Poland

If Poland were to leave the EU for something like the Visegrad Group (a bloc of nations with its neighbors) it would have enough critical mass as a collective to be its own Central European civilization. It would stop being this nether region between East and West and become a place of significance on the global road map.

Furthermore, within this hypothetical bloc of nations Poland would command far more respect and be one of equals rather than as a colony for Brussels/Washington.

Ideologically, this hypothetical Poland could be built around some kind of “Braveheart” rhetoric that everyone tries to take Polish freedom but will never succeed thanks to this new alliance, which frees them from the invisible concentration camp of SJW politics and from any traditional threat from a Russian attitude change.

Poland’s vision for Europe should be one where Poland matters, where it is at the heart of something important and not just on the borderlands between great powers.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/05/11/a-counter-vision-for-poland/

2  Poland Honors Conservative Philosopher Fired By UK Government Over Soros Rant

Poland’s president bestowed a prestigious state honor Tuesday on an English philosopher for his contributions to Poland’s anti-communist struggle in the 1980s.

President Andrzej Duda presented Sir Roger Scruton with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, the highest award that can be given to a non-Pole.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/poland-honors-conservative-philosopher-fired-by-uk-government-over-soros-rant/

Our comment:  In today’s world where political correctness is an enforced norm , telling the truth and supporting truth tellers is a punishable offense.

3.  America’s White Saviors

White liberals are leading a “woke” revolution that is transforming American politics and making  

Democrats increasingly uneasy with Jewish political power.

A sea change has taken place in American political life. The force driving this change is the digital era style of moral politics known as “wokeness,” a phenomenon that has become pervasive in recent years and yet remains elusive as even experts struggle to give it a clear definition and accurately measure its impact. Where did it come from? What do its adherents believe? Is it just something happening inside the Twitter bubble and on college campuses or is it really spreading across the social and cultural landscape and transforming the country as sometimes appears to be the case? In reality, “wokeness”—a term that originated in black popular culture—is a broad euphemism for a more narrow phenomenon: the rapidly changing political ideology of white liberals that is remaking American politics.

Over the past decade, the baseline attitudes expressed by white liberals on racial and social justice questions have become radically more liberal. In one especially telling example of the broader trend, white liberals recently became the only demographic group in America to display a pro-outgroup bias—meaning that among all the different groups surveyed white liberals were the only one that expressed a preference for other racial and ethnic communities above their own. As woke ideology has accelerated, a growing faction of white liberals have pulled away from the average opinions held by the rest of the coalition of Democratic voters—including minority groups in the party. The revolution in moral sentiment among this one segment of American voters has led to a cascade of consequences ranging from changes in the norms and attitudes expressed in media and popular culture, to the adoption of new political rhetoric and electoral strategies of the Democratic Party. Nor has this occurred in a vacuum on the left as the initiatives set in motion by white liberals have, in turn, provoked responses and countermeasures from conservatives and Republicans.

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For the woke and their allies, these rapid changes are heralded as signs of progress, leading at times to harsh criticism of anyone who would stand in their way. This ideological stridency and triumphalist attitude can be powerful weapons against political opponents but are alienating—perhaps deliberately so—to moderates and conservatives. But, in a sense, no one is put in a more strained and problematic position by the politics of white liberals than the white liberals themselves. The woke elite act like white saviors who must lead the rest of the country, including the racial minorities whose interests they claim to represent, to a vision of justice the less enlightened groups would not choose for themselves. 

The Moral Foundations of the Modern White Liberal

To understand the motivations behind the “great awokening” we must first review some of the basics of political psychology. Social scientists use a model called “The Big Five personality traits” or “five-factor model” to describe how the relative prevalence of key character traits—extroversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism—shapes an individual’s political orientation. A large body of work in this field consistently finds that liberals score significantly higher than conservatives on the personality trait “agreeableness” and more specifically on its sub-dimension of “compassion.” In social science studies like these, agreeableness represents the tendency to be altruistic, tender-minded, cooperative, trusting, forgiving, warm, helpful, and sympathetic. The trait is closely linked with empathy and compassion toward the suffering of others. However, the relative lack of agreeableness in conservatives doesn’t meant they don’t care about the suffering of others. Rather, it suggests that liberals have a broader scope of empathy. Compared to conservatives who prioritize the well-being of the in-group—family, local community, or nation—liberals show relatively greater concern for the plight of out-groups, if not the world as a whole.

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/284875/americas-white-saviors



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