True Diversity – A visit to Japan

I recently completed a long anticipated trip to Japan; a country I’ve respected from afar for a long time, and even more so in the past few years.  Japan, especially as of late, has received much criticism for their very strict immigration and refugee policies.  Last year, they accepted just 20 of 19,628 asylum applicants.  Unlike most other parts of the civilized world, Japan has tried to preserve its people and culture much more vigorously than most other places in the world.  In 2005 Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Aso described Japan as having, “one nation, one civilization, one language, one culture and one race. There is no other nation (that has such characteristics)” (source).

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Language like this will generate outrage nowadays.  Japan doesn’t collect information on ethnicity, only nationality, but it is estimated ~98.5% of Japan is Japanese.  Japan also does not allow dual citizenship after adulthood.

Why does this matter?  Why is it important?  I think most people know deep down, whether they’re willing to admit it or not, that a society is bound to run smoother when it is populated by a majority that share similar background, virtues, culture, goals, and ideals.  Because it has to be said these days, this does not in any way mean others shouldn’t be allowed to live and flourish in societies where they may be a minority, just that civilizations tend to function better when there is a majority running the show.

This is self evident in so many different aspects of Japanese culture.  Roaming around Tokyo, my friend and are I were shocked at how clean the city was, given that it’s nearly 3 times the size of New York City.  Good luck even trying to find a trash can (yet the streets are still pristine).  Further, the train and subway systems are incredibly efficient and on time.  You pick up the notion rather quickly that there is a deep sense of pride in their land.  People don’t litter because they want to see the area they live as clean.  In Kyoto, there are community groups that on the weekends get together and clean the surrounding area.  We literally saw a gentleman scrubbing the rocks in the river while others picked up any trash in the river bed.  They feel a sense of civic responsibility.  The subways are insanely clean, and we even noted on several occasions many workers cleaning even the escalator handrails, something I’ve certainly never seen and highly doubt is done with any regularity in the States.  They even respect the slow traffic to the left, let people pass on the right common courtesy which you’ll hardly ever see in the United States.

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This sense of pride is evident in other areas as well.  Regardless of the job, from taxi driver to janitor, you got the sense these people took real pride in their work, and did not carry themselves in a resentful way.  Every taxi driver kept their cars, both inside and out, in tip top shape.  They all seem to be from the 80s and early 90s but you wouldn’t know it from how well maintained they are!

At one point I even saw a bus driver cleaning the front grill of the bus during some off time.  I saw some of the cleanest trucks in my life there as well.  This is not just a one off coincidence, this was everywhere we looked.

I have no doubt that part of this is due to a mostly homogeneous populace.  There are no racial tensions between groups.  There is no sense of entitlement, or resentment, from one group to the next.  I truly believe this is a huge contributing factor to the overall culture and functioning of the society.  It’s often stated that diversity + proximity = war.  You certainly get that sense more walking down the littered streets of Harlem than in any place we meandered in Tokyo. Anecdotal, I know, but still worth noting.

To address the title of the article, something I took away from this trip was how well preserved Japanese culture and life are, and I subscribe it’s because they are conscious in keeping their demographics at a level where Japanese culture will continue to thrive.  And this is okay!  All too often we’re barraged and guilted with how we need to let more of <insert group here> into our country because reasons.  I submit that true diversity is keeping culture separate and celebrating diversity in this way.  It sounds silly to say, but it really has to be driven home at this point.  I traveled to Japan because I wanted to experience Japanese culture and the Japanese people.  When I go to Germany, I want it to be German culture.  France, French culture.  I think you get the idea.  This guise of a multi cultural society is taking beautiful, vibrant, and wildly different cultures and mashing them together.  Diversity can only be celebrated and fully appreciated so long as they remain different and distinct.  I liken multicultural society to the kid who fills his soda cup with a little bit of every flavor.  We’ve all done this when we were younger.  It tastes awful.  There’s a reason why you don’t do this today.

Again, this is not a popular position to take in the current year.  Globalism will continue to be shoved down your throat whether you like it or not.  I, for one, don’t want to live in a world where you can be in Paris or Pakistan and not tell the difference.  We need to continue to fight to preserve the values and cultures that our ancestors have fought and died for for generations.

Unemployment and Immigration

Something I frequently hear from those defending open borders is that now, more than ever, we need to import more labor because the unemployment rate is so low.  Keep in mind this is the excuse du jour.  Even when unemployment is rising they’ll give several other equally silly excuses as to why we need to import more help (my favorite – “they do the jobs we won’t do”).

The reality is that even though the U.S. unemployment rate slid to an 18 year low of 3.8% in May, this stat is completely obfuscated.  Per MarketWatch:

The official jobless rate, known as U3, only includes people who don’t have a job but have looked for one in the past month. The result is that millions of Americans who want to work are actually left out of the official figure, potentially making the labor market look healthier than it really is.

By contrast, the “real” unemployment rate also includes part-time employees who want to work full time as well as people who haven’t looked recently but are willing to work. It’s typically a lot higher.

This “real” unemployment rate, while arguably still not the most honest figure, is still much more telling than the one that is constantly cited.  It could be as high as 21.5%.

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It peaked at around 17.5% in 2010 and has been steadily dropping ever since, but is still more than twice the U3 rate which is the one most people hear about.  So the next time someone is lecturing you on why we need to import more unskilled labor calmly remind them that while President Trump has done a lot to improve the job market situation there are still plenty of Americans out there actively looking for work, or in the case of part time workers, better full time jobs.  The more of these jobs that are filled, the higher the wages will continue to rise, so long as we fill them with legal workers.  We’re already seeing this effect, as is the case at a Sacramento Chick-Fil-A, which will be raising their hourly wage to somewhere in the $17-18/hr range to try and reduce costly turnover.

Glorious Socialism – Polio back in Venezuela

Via The Telegraph:

Nearly 30 years after declaring Polio eradicated in Venezuela, the first case of the disease has been reported in the country as it reels from an economic crash crippling its healthcare system.

The case in the  eastern state of Delta Amacuro was reported as basic vaccine coverage continued to fall amid the worsening political and economic crisis.

The news comes as the country faces an increase in other diseases, some also formerly eradicated, such as diphtheria, tuberculosis, measles, and malaria.

Hmmm, something seems awry here.  Aren’t we constantly told that socialism is amazing, and especially socialist health care?  Wasn’t Venezuela the poster child for how great socialism was?  This “brand of socialism” has gone the way of every other brand of socialism.  Reminds me of this meme:

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Don’t let those who wax poetic about how great socialism is off the hook with this stuff.  It happens every single time.  It’s the inevitability of socialism.  It does not work, and cannot work without being propped up by capitalism in some form or another.

Polio shouldn’t be a problem anymore.  This disease was for all intents and purposes eradicated a long time ago.  Let this serve as yet another stark reminder that socialism and communism will inevitably lead down a dark path to utter destruction unless rigorously rooted out and stopped anytime it pops up.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Ohio to purge voter rolls

Common sense here, and it needs to happen everywhere.  Via AP:

States can target people who haven’t cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections.

By a 5-4 vote that split the conservative and liberal justices, the court rejected arguments in a case from Ohio that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use voters’ inactivity to trigger processes that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls.

But, the libs are up in arms anyways.

The four liberal justices dissented, and civil rights groups and some Democrats warned that more Republican-led states could enact voter purges similar to Ohio’s.

Ohio is of particular interest nationally because it is one of the larger swing states in the country with the potential to determine the outcome of presidential elections. But partisan fights over ballot access are playing out across the country. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress votes from minorities and poorer people who tend to vote for Democrats. Republicans have argued that they are trying to promote ballot integrity and prevent voter fraud.

Think about who the real racists are here.  So what you’re saying is minorities aren’t capable of fulfilling even the barest of minimum requirements?  This is essentially their argument for why we shouldn’t have voter ID either.

Given the number of cases of alleged voter fraud, or dead people voting, this is common sense reform.  There is zero downside to doing this if the goal is free and fair elections.  If you want to vote, you should care enough to fill out the damn card they send in the mail.  If you throw it out, as was one of the arguments in the article, maybe you shouldn’t be voting in the first place?  It’s not asking the world of someone to do a little research and put a little effort in to vote for our elected officials.

Historic

I love this man.  President Trump has done it again, this time pulling off a summit nobody ever thought possible.  He is the first sitting US President to meet with the North Korean leader.

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By all accounts it seems to have gone beautifully.  More details to come, of course, but they’ve agreed denuclearization will happen, much to the chagrin (so f’ing sad) of all his critics in the fake news media.  I’m at Narita airport in Tokyo and sadly all they’re showing is CNN, but it has been enjoyable to watch Chris Cuomo try and cover this while looking like he wants to kill himself.

Meanwhile, here was the front page of CNN at the time:

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“Extraordinary gamble” huh?  Yeah, God forbid he averts a nuclear war via peaceful diplomacy.  The horror!

This is how the West will be made great again.  President Trump’s brand of American diplomacy will only become more contagious as his successes continue to pile up, both at home and abroad.

Italy says no

Spain takes 629 migrants that Italy would not:

The rescue ship carrying 629 migrants which has been left stranded in the Mediterranean for two days will now be allowed to dock in the Spanish city of Valencia.

The Aquarius rescued hundreds of migrants, including 134 children and seven pregnant women, trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya on Saturday, but ended up adrift off the coast of Sicily as both Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

The rescue, carried out by charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, had been coordinated by Italy’s coast guard, but the newly installed government then refused to let the migrants disembark on Italian soil.

Interior minister Matteo Salvini is simply doing what’s best for his people.  The solution to the crisis isn’t as difficult as they want you to think it is.  Once you refuse (or sink) a few ships the migrants will stop trying to cross.  It’s the same problem (and solution) we have here in the United States.  They will continue to take advantage of our good will and kindness until someone says no.

No doubt, some of these people are in dire need.  But we cannot continue to let in unchecked numbers at the peril of our own people.  The heartache some feel when they see a poor migrant child on TV is crazy powerful.  It’s the difficult but ultimately necessary decision of sober minded men to think beyond that and think about the long term consequences.  Rarely is the follow up story of migrant rape, theft, etc. and the blows to the economy and peoples of the host countries reported nearly as much.  Even more infuriating is often times these migrants boats don’t even plan on having enough fuel to get all the way across, knowing that we will rescue them in the middle of the sea.  For those interested in a great book that goes into further detail, I highly suggest Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.

Powerful memetics – Creeping Islam

Link:

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This is how it happens folks.  It’s a slow creep.  Seemingly innocuous until it’s too late.  It’s not bigoted, or racist, or whatever else, to have an opinion and want to preserve a little bit of the way of life we’ve enjoyed and what has made this country and Western society what it is.  Nor is it to say Islam, or any other religion, should be banned.  But, things should be kept in check and in proportion to preserve what makes Western society what it is.  I certainly would like to keep some of it for my children.