Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” in the 1960s set up millions of Blacks and Hispanics in cities on generous housing and welfare benefits. Before the Great Society, nobody assumed they could live on permanent government benefits, except maybe disabled veterans.
The Johnson and Nixon administrations’ welfare system, set up during America’s peak production of fossil fuels (US oil production peaked in 1971) and heights of prosperity that were assumed to be permanent, created generations of literally unemployable rabble and encouraged their steady demographic growth. Liberal social welfare amounts to a pro-natalist policy for people who can’t keep a job!
We can assume that the purpose of urban welfare policies was to subvert democracy by “buying votes.” When I lived in the “Harbor Point” complex in Dorchester, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, I paid $1300 a month rent. My Black and Hispanic neighbors, many very recent immigrants from a more sustainable, rural life in Central America, paid nothing. Their rent was subsidized so that they were only responsible for 30% of “market rate” (the $1300 I paid), and other programs took up that slack. So none of them worked! Hundreds of able bodied adults, who were 2 subway stops from downtown Boston, just hung out and took up prime real estate space, while suburban Whites commuted 2 hours each way in traffic jams to their jobs, and paid high mortgages and high taxes for the Dorchester inhabitants. I know, I used to commute from Dorchester to a high tech job in Waltham, and it would take 1.5 to 2 hours to go 20 miles.
I had a neighbor from Central America who came to the US in 1974 and knew how to “work the system.” He never had a paying job, but he was one of the most energetic volunteers for the Democratic Party. So much so, that he drove the limousine for Al Gore, when Gore was in Boston. He had 4 children. We had another family that moved in from Puerto Rico while I was there (this was 1999). It was a mother and 4 kids, one of them in his 20s who didn’t have a job. The mother ended up marrying the Democrat volunteer neighbor. Now the Democrat volunteer had a very strong anti-work ethic, because he knew that if you showed signs of being employable, you’d be thrown off the generous array of benefits. The newly arrived Puerto Rican lady lacked this strong anti-work ethic, and one day she complained to me that life was hard because she was poor. This was the height of the “high tech” boom, and Boston was of course a high tech hub. There was a veritable cornucopia of high tech jobs a mere 2 subway stops away at the many financial firms and banks like Price Waterhouse, State Street Bank, Bank of Boston, and literally hundreds more. They would be quite eager to hire a brown woman, especially one who could fix computers, considering such a demographic was quite underrepresented in Information Technology.
This lady, whom I’ll call Maria (not her real name) was a truly decent person. She kept her kids clean and disciplined (more than her new husband), and her house clean. She had an above average intellect and a real work ethic. And one day, she complains to me that she is poor.
Living in Dorchester, having my car vandalized by my neighbors, and being called “rich white boy” by idlers had already caused me to look into pro-White organizations and web sites. I was a subscriber to American Renaissance and a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, and I was just getting into public pro-white activism in the Boston area.
I still decided to help Maria, by teaching her how to fix computers. I could tell she was embarrassed at being a welfare recipient. I hated the welfare system so much even then, I figured I could strike a blow by encouraging a renegade to get off the System, and then perhaps she’d sign her name to a ghost written (by me) polemic against the welfare system for publication in Boston Globe, exposing its massive fraud.
I spent about 40 hours teaching Maria how to take apart a computer, replace the hard drive, replace RAM, video cards, network cards, sound cards, and identify all of them. I showed her how to get into the BIOS, how to change the boot order of drives, how to make a bootable floppy, how to install Windows 98, how to identify the hardware and find drivers for it, how to use DOS command prompt to navigate the file system, including using wildcards, how to use the IP commands, how to go into Network settings and set up a network with either static IP or DHCP, and I showed her how to set up e-mail accounts and made her take notes on the difference between POP and IMAP. I made her take copious notes, and I quizzed her like a military academy cadet quizzing a freshman. I gave her reading assignments, and she did them, and demonstrated a knowledge of the material. I gave her a “high tech interview” like the sort she would get at Price Waterhouse. If one put a monetary value on the training I gave her, it was worth at least 5,000 dollars. At last I helped her make a resume and showed her Monster.com where she could apply to jobs in Downtown Boston, and I offered to take a day off and go with her to show her how to get her resumes in the hands of the right people. I knew her starting wage would be about $45,000.00 a year, and if she got Microsoft certification it would quickly go to the 60 or 70 range.
The day after we made up her resume, I came home from work and she told me, shamefaced, that she couldn’t get a job. Her husband told her that they might “give us these apartments for free” but we won’t be eligible if I have a job.
I told her that welfare is probably a better deal than working, for now. Heck, I said, I pay $1300 a month for this apartment. It’s too much, and I’m going to move out when the lease is up. Why should I work so hard, when other people live for free? Isn’t it a shame they drive out White people with high taxes and exorbitant rents?
I warned Maria that welfare won’t last forever, and she should keep her computer skills and teach them to her children. She said that back in Puerto Rico she could get a computer job and be relatively wealthy. I told her she should say the hell with welfare, go work in downtown Boston, and when the welfare people kick her off the benefits, she should go back to Puerto Rico and be a successful high tech worker and buy some land for a farm, so her children have a legacy. This welfare thing, I warned, it’s not sustainable. Its only purpose is votes for Democrats, but someday they won’t be able to pay for it anymore, however much they tax White people. But do whatever you want. It’s your decision. But it’s not a light decision. It’s a fateful decision. I know you care about your children. Ask yourself, who has a better model of life, me, or your husband?
Of course Maria went along with her husband. Who can say no to freebies? I don’t really blame her. What I offered was hard work, high taxes, little or no social safety net, and uncertainty — the White people world. It’s a cold, hard world, but one to which Whites are acclimated from birth. We know nothing else. The welfare system certainly seemed like a safer path for her and her children, and it was for the time being. The high tech boom deflated, though I think Maria would have held on to her job since financial firms did well for the next 8 years or so after the bust of 2000.
The Buddhists will tell you, everything is passing, fleeting. There is no stability. This is especially true in America, with its cycles of boom and bust. It has bred a certain sort of person, a subset of “Homo Americanus” like myself, who is always poised to learn new skills, always sniffing the wind for the next opportunity to eat, never feeling secure in any source of income, or for that matter, in the functioning of civilization itself. It only takes one cycle of boom and bust to make you realize how tenuous your position truly is.
The welfare population were deprived of the opportunity to become energetic adapters. Back in the 70s and 80s, the conservatives would point this out, but the foundational premise of modern economic liberalism is high tech cornucopianism — that is, technology will assure eternal abundance. However, technology is not the same thing as energy. You can’t fill up an Airbus A-380 with technology. It needs refined fuel, and the debate about whether oil is eternally abundant, or is going to hit a “peak” and then relentlessly decline in production is still a very open debate. It’s a gamble, like jumping out of an airplane with a new prototype of a parachute that has never been tested. And the stakes are so high that a sensible person would at least do some things to make the population more resilient to declines in oil production. But the liberals or Cultural Marxists have gone full speed ahead on the high tech cornucopian assumption, as it gives them “power today, who cares about tomorrow,” and “anti-welfare conservatives are just closet Malthusians, racist neo-Nazis who want to sterilize brown people and encourage White breeding.”
The liberals won that one. They got what they wanted — teeming cities of welfare dependent Democrat voters. But what if America goes bankrupt, and can’t house, shelter, feed, maintain sanitary conditions, and provide medical care for these millions who are as dependent as infants? It’s extremely likely. Any social system dependent on perpetual economic growth, existing on a finite planet, is doomed, and the welfare system is most certainly dependent on perpetual economic growth.
A portent of things to come appeared in the online newspaper, Gothamist. Gotham is the fictional city setting of the Batman comic book series; however it is also a reference to New York City, upon which the comic book “Gotham” was presumably modeled.
Yesterday, the New York City Housing Authority revoked over 3,000 Section 8 vouchers, citing “Congress, a lower-than-usual attrition rate in the program and unprecedented demand.” This means that thousands of families may try to enter the city’s already overflowing shelters.
Federal Section 8 vouchers allow poor (and elderly and disabled) tenants to pay just 30% of their incomes towards rents in private apartments, with the government picking up the rest. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was outraged, telling NY1, “[The NYCHA] knew this in May. They didn’t let anybody know. People were walking around thinking they have an affordable housing unit, the potential for that, and they don’t.” But the NYCHA says they waited until the last possible moment, in hopes that funding would be restored.
One man who showed up at a NYCHA office — with a signed lease in hand — to find out his voucher was worth nothing told the News, “They said, ‘There’s no money.’ They wouldn’t take the voucher,” and added that his 5-year-old son said, “Daddy, what are we going to do? Are we going to have to go back to the shelter again?
The “pet voters” will be released into the wild to fend for themselves.
Chinese food shortages, US collapse
There’s a plausible Internet rumor that “Cash for Clunkers” was “the brainchild of the Chinese embassy.” As a long time China watcher, I know that the PRC government has to deal with a much more restive population than the US, and “food riots” are a major fear of the Chinese government. At the same time, the US owes them trillions of dollars, and, like Cash for Clunkers, China may ask for debt repayment in the form of tangible commodities rather than Ben Shalom Bernanke’s helicopter paper.
According to the website, Market Skeptics, both the US and China are downplaying or outright lying about grain reserves and harvests. In China, the official “grain reserves” might not be as high as official figures claim.
“The impact of China’s drought on the world wheat trade will be none because of the size of their stocks,” says one.
“China is not going to import wheat . . . they have plenty of inventory left over from last year,” says another.
“We, as yet, do not see China becoming a major importer because of its massive Government reserves that could see them through an almost total disaster in the affected regions,” say Frontier on their website.
They do have plenty of stocks too, somewhere around 60 million tonnes of the stuff depending on exactly who’s report you read.
So it’s all a load of hype then? Well, the government there don’t seem to think so, on Friday they allocated 86.7 billion yuan (about $12.69 billion) from its reserve in relief funds to drought-hit areas.
Why would they do that if they had an amount roughly equal to the anticipated entire 2009 production of the US of wheat in state reserves?
Hang on a minute, I’m getting a touch of déjà vu here. Has anyone actually seen these reserves with their own eyes recently? Wasn’t there a huge scandal in China not that long ago when it was discovered that storekeepers were getting paid by the government to store grain that wasn’t actually there?
Just like the melamine thing was an open secret, you don’t suppose it’s been common practice for years for storekeepers to sell grain out of the backdoor whilst continuing to fill in the forms to the government do you? What? A corrupt Chinese grain storage business as bent as an Arab’s sword? Surely not.
“Hello, Madoff Grain Storage. Yes, don’t worry about your grain, it’s all here nice and safe for when you want it Mr Government Man, yes, yes, I’m looking at it right now. I counted it all for you yesterday, it’s all there, don’t you worry. Just wire me the money next week like you always do. Thank you, bye, missing you already.”
As a Chinese language student, I practice my Mandarin Chinese via Skype videophone with Chinese university students and professionals. As a hobby farmer, I like to talk about food. For Chinese people, good food is a very important matter. In my conversations with Chinese people (in China), I ask them how to say things like “garlic” which is considered a very important, medicinal flavoring eaten with almost every meal. I know that American farmers can’t get a good price for garlic because the US imports massive amounts of garlic from China. So you’d think that garlic is dirt cheap in China, right? Wrong. In a conversation with a woman from Guangdong Province, I found out that garlic is very expensive there, and food in general is rather costly.
If things get much worse — for instance, if the Chinese discover that they don’t have as much grain as they thought — they will have to import food to keep the population from violently overthrowing the government. Any educated Chinese person can tell you, the PRC government lives in terror of its billion+ population. Demanding millons of tons of corn/wheat/soybeans from the US will be a matter of regime survival.
This is a very near term problem, and if the US doesn’t manage to “dodge the bullet,” then The Great Betrayal will happen from coast to coast. Even people who have worked all their lives will struggle for a crust of bread. It could get really ugly, and it will be that much worse thanks to Great Society policies of encouraging fertility among the dysfunctional welfare class and socially oppressing and over-taxing the productive and functional.
There is some question among European-American ethnic activists as to where we should go from here. My suggestion is that we should direct our rhetorical fire into attacking modern welfare state liberalism as a crime against humanity. The term “The Great Betrayal” should be spread far and wide, and it should be defined as “The unsustainable and cynical promise of liberal elites to Blacks and Hispanics for a permanent economic safety net that didn’t require any gainful employment, leading to multigenerational dependence, and finally to mass death when the safety net inevitably fails.”
We want to pin this on them now, so that when The Great Betrayal happens across the land, the country will know exactly who is responsible.