Hillary’s Deplorables and Poor-White Derangement Syndrome
I was going to talk about Hillary’s ridiculous statement about the “deplorables,” but Ann Coulter beat me to it (here). Let me add that Hillary’s statement, together with Obama’s statement about clinging to guns or religion, together with the attitudes of many other liberals and leftists, amount to what could be called poor-white derangement syndrome. It springs from the fact that Democrats think those people should be voting for the Democrats, and they aren’t. Damn them!
Why It’s Hard to Take Seriously the Idea of a Rape Culture
Here. When genuine rapes are ignored because the perpetrator is black and the victim is white, why should I believe the hysteria? The same thing happens if the perpetrator is Muslim. But boy, if the perpetrator is a white who is in a fraternity, suddenly that is all we are hearing.
Soccer: Pathetic Canada
I just learned that once again, Canada is out of the running for the next World Cup. It has one World Cup appearance – I’m talking about the men – way back in 1986. At the time, it seemed almost hopeless for the U.S. to get into the World Cup, but we have been getting in regularly since 1990, while Canada has been pathetic. What's their problem?
Yes, I admit it would be to our disadvantage to have a stronger Canada since in some years they might get in while we wouldn’t. But their being weak makes our whole region look weak. As it is, our region already has way too many weak members, like (for example) Aruba and St. Kitts and Nevis. No one should be too surprised that they are weak, but Canada should be a strong team.
More on the Egalitarian Right
The other day I talked about what I call the egalitarian right (here). This essay from Britain’s Guardian newspaper by a leftist bemoaning the weakening of the Labour Party relates some interesting encounters with people most of whom are part of the egalitarian right. These include:
• Two retired men in Wales who understood what Labour used to be like
• A teenager in Wales who didn’t know what a trade union was
• A woman in Plymouth who said she was a “grafter” (that is, someone who works hard) and that Labour was doing nothing for her
• A man in Redcar who said he would never vote for Labour because he works [as opposed to getting benefits]
• Two women in Nuneaton who were discouraged by the thought that Labour would win because all the people on benefits would vote for it
• A man in Broadstairs who complained that his son couldn’t get work because he was disabled, but that foreigners who couldn’t speak English could come and get work immediately
Aside from the two men in Wales, all of these people had abandoned Labour, mostly for the same basic reason: Labour was not seen as helping them. It helped foreigners, it helped people on benefits rather than those who worked, and it helped yuppies in urban areas. Anyway, this is the basic shift of the last half century, not just in Britain, but also here in America: the white working class no longer sees the left as its ally. So, they moved to the right.
Relying on Uber rather than One's Own Car
There is talk of car ownership as being in decline because of the millennials, and that the younger generation will instead get around by using Uber rather than actually owning a car. I assume that much of this reluctance to own a car is due to the economy, though part of it is due to the fact that the current generation has been raised by parents who did everything for them. My wife’s cousin’s daughter, now twenty-four, got her drivers licence only within the last year because her mother drove her everywhere. Why bother to learn to drive if you’ve got your own chauffeur?
But suppose this prediction comes true. What will it be like depending on Uber all the time? I took taxis in Cairo all the time. I didn’t have a car, I didn’t understand the buses, the subway lines didn’t go where I wanted to go, but taxis were cheap and plentiful, so they were the obvious choice. They were so plentiful that every day I would be walking along and a taxi driver would honk at me, as if to say, “You don’t need to walk when you can get a ride from me.” Still, at rush hour, it was hard to get a ride.
And that will be the real problem. In the early morning and late afternoon, it will be difficult to get a ride because of the high demand. Presumably, no area will want to have enough vehicles on hand to satisfy everyone’s needs because then most of those vehicles will be parked doing nothing during most of the day. Accordingly, there will not be enough, and most people will wait a long time for a vehicle.
The alternatives are to take the bus (or subway) or own a car oneself, and eventually those frustrated by the long waits will opt for car ownership. In other words, I don’t think this idea that car ownership is fading away will actually amount to very much.
Meanwhile, let me talk about the possibility that these vehicles will be driverless. We already know what happens to pilots when they rely too much on autopilot: their skills start deteriorating. And that isn’t good, whether it happens to pilots or ordinary drivers. I like the idea of an autopilot in my car for drives of an hour or more, but for less than that, I would rather have control. But if everyone decides it’s better just to have the car drive itself, then there may be accidents that happen because the autopilot can’t deal with a situation, and the driver either can’t deal with it either, or else is too distracted doing something else to realize that he or she should take over the driving.
To those rushing forward to develop driverless cars, I would urge caution, but it’s not likely they will listen to me.