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By Professor Steven Yates
January 28, 2017

The other day, information came my way about the fate of Yazidi girls and women at the hands of ISIS. The Yazidi are a Kurdish people indigenous to what was Mesopotamia. They live primarily in what is now the Nineveh Province in what is now northwestern Iraq, although there are Yazidi communities in both Syria and Turkey. Their religion is a blend of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, with links to Sufiism.
They had already been caught between U.S. troops and Iraqi insurgents. Not being Muslims and being a peaceful people, they were sitting targets for the Islamic State.

ISIS militants came to the Yazidi region of Shingal on August 3, 2014. Thousands of Yazidis were killed, kidnapped, or sexually enslaved. The article I received spoke of Yazidi girls being “sold” for a few packs of cigarettes.

Mirza Ismael, who chairs the Yazidi Human Rights Organization-International, said, “Some of these women and girls have had to watch 7-, 8-, and 9-year-old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day. ISIS militias have burned Yazidi girls alive for refusing to convert and marry ISIS men. Why? Because we are not Muslims and because our path is the path of peace. For this we are being burned alive: for living as men and women of peace.”

There is, of course, a massive international slave and “sex worker” trade in that part of the world. Girls who have not yet entered puberty, some of them kidnapped, are repeatedly gang raped by ISIS militiamen many of whom are pedophiles. If the girls cry out in protest, they are beaten bloody, often to death. Those who try to escape and are caught can have their noses or ears or hands or feet cut off.

Radical Islam, of course, sees women as less than property. It is illegal in countries controlled by Radical Islam for women to receive an education. Most can’t read or write their native language. They are forbidden to leave their houses without male approval.

I present this live horror show as the perfect backdrop for these highly-touted (by Western corporate media, anyway) women’s marches in Washington and other major Western cities following the Trump inauguration, protesting actions they seem to believe the Trump administration is about to undertake.

There were many speakers at these events. One of them, actress Ashley Judd, read a poem in which she asked why “tampons are taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not.”

In this one query, given all we reviewed above, you should see the reasons why the American Left has no credibility — none whatsoever. It had none before the Donald Trump era began on January 20. But now the fact (and it isn’t an “alternative fact”) is out in the open, or should be.

People like Ashley Judd, other celebrities including far wealthier and more famous ones like Madonna, live in a bubble of privilege — and I don’t mean that leftist invention, “white privilege.” I mean the privilege of being able to open their mouths and be heard by millions despite their utter cluelessness.

One of the criticisms I sometimes hear of U.S. citizens is that when all is said and done, we know little of what goes on outside our borders. I doubt most Americans have heard of the Yazidi, or know that ISIS overwhelmed them on August 3, 2014. After all, I’m sure Kim Kardashian did something that week!

It is unclear how many women participated in these grandiose marches. What is clear is that they have no idea how well off they are compared to their counterparts elsewhere in the world. As children they were taught to read and write. They went to school alongside boys. As adults they can come and go as they please, without asking permission. They can go to college and pursue careers. They can gain visibility (with or without actual talent). Some of the world’s wealthiest celebrities are American women.

Yes, yes, yes, I know there were women who struggled and fought for those rights. I saw a list on the Left-leaning Medium site just the other day. I also know that today’s whiners aren’t qualified to polish those women’s shoes.

One of their biggest fears seems to be that under the Trump administration and the new GOP-controlled Congress they might lose the “right” to kill their unborn children and have the U.S. federal government pay for it if they can’t pay for it themselves, which means taxpayers, some of whom are pro-life, will continue being coerced into helping fund the killing of unborn babies.

They are afraid Planned Parenthood might be defunded and shut down. I have the feeling, though, that the Madonnas and Ashley Judds of the world have enough money between them — that there is enough money in the community of celebrity women generally — that they could keep Planned Parenthood open, privately funded, and serving women’s legitimate health needs. I wonder if this has occurred to any of them. Probably not. They would have to stop whining, get up off their celebrated duffs, and start doing something useful.

Why do I keep mentioning Madonna?

Because the other day she was quoted as having thought about “blowing up the White House.” When I read that, what raced through my mind was, “Why isn’t that a terroristic threat?”

Then Secret Service started looking into the matter. She did some of her fanciest backpedaling, saying her remark was taken out of context. I don’t believe she meant it literally, of course. She was just doing what Left-leaning celebrities do best, which is shoot off their mouths. But with the thought now out on the table, who knows what one of her fanatic followers might do?

The American Left has lost control of the public narrative. Other voices, including from alternative media with alternative narratives, are now being listened to. Leftists can’t stand it, and are reacting as they typically do when they can’t have their way: getting verbally abusive and violent.

Outside the now-infamous Deploraball [sic.] in Washington the night before the Inauguration, writer James Allsup, a Trump supporter from Seattle, was targeted outside the event by leftist protesters along with some of his fellow attendees. Pushing and shoving ensued. After hearing someone yell, “Die, Nazi!” Allsup was punched while others filmed it, then struck in the head with a metal flagpole. He had to go to the ER for stitches.

This was only one example, and it is hardly an outlier. We reported on the harassment of Trump supporters and attendees of his rallies as far back as last spring, when thousands of University of Illinois at Chicago students took to the streets, compelling Trump to cancel a scheduled appearance out of public safety concerns.

It was not Trump supporters, moreover, who began to shut down major thoroughfares and interstate highways trying to block attendees from reaching Hillary Clinton rallies.

Now there is abundant evidence that the Left is in total meltdown mode. A friend of mine who lives in Texas sent me this the other day.

I know that was painful. She either didn’t know she was being filmed or didn’t care.

Do these people have any idea how silly they look and sound?

Author and blogger Charles Hugh Smith has a brilliant essay about what happened to the Left. He goes further into the history of Marxism then we need to worry about here, but what it boils down to: their obsessions with political correctness and identity politics cost the Left the support of the American working class.

For all practical purposes, they threw this support away, because so many American workers are straight white Christian males, and straight white Christian males are history’s biggest villains, didn’t you know?

A lot of Democrats have yet to figure out that had they not throw this obviously important segment of the electorate under the bus, their candidate might have won!

That wouldn’t have given the Left credibility. The Clintons sold out to the postmodern religions of money and power years ago; neither would know any other reality if it walked up and bit them. Hillary’s arrogant refusal to campaign in certain states was a dead giveaway: she didn’t think she’d need the white working class vote to defeat Donald Trump.

She lost each of those states to Trump. Reality always gets the last laugh.

Now, Bernie Sanders has offered to work with Trump on trade issues. Sanders just might be getting it (maybe, I hope).

The American Left’s ignorance may be exceeded only by its volume and its capacity for violence, but leftists are not Donald Trump’s most formidable enemies.

The globalists — or the superelite, the global elite, or the international financial cartel, call them what you will — are Trump’s most formidable enemies. Those paying attention know they just held their annual World Economic Forum confab in Davos, Switzerland. The number one topic: “populist” insurgencies in Europe (think: Brexit, Geert Wilder in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen in France) as well as in the U.S., i.e., the growing resistance to their economic domination of the planet, with all its externalities which include the wanton destruction of advanced nations’ middle classes and mass migrations caused by their incessant wars. Globalists, incidentally, like wars! Wars are very profitable! Ask those in the upper echelons of Halliburton!

The proximate cause of the European “populist” insurgency is Muslim mass migration which is tearing their countries apart. France, reeling from multiple terror attacks over the past couple of years, has a problem dwarfing anything the U.S. has to worry about.

I’ve long thought Trump misplayed his hand with Mexicans. He could have pointed out that Mexico’s agricultural workers were hurt as badly by NAFTA as the U.S. manufacturing base. He would have had Hispanic communities on his side, as he moves to renegotiate or scrap superelite-driven “free trade” deals and enforce U.S. immigration laws just as Mexico enforces its immigration laws.

Muslims from places where ISIS is now established are far more dangerous. When a leftist whines about Islamophobia — among all the fake phobias the Left has invented over the years, that one has to be the stupidest! — I want to ask her how many more San Bernardino type workplace shootings or Orlando type nightclub massacres she would countenance, and what she would say to families of innocent people killed by newly transplanted Muslim immigrants who turned out to be ISIS sympathizers?

I’m sure the pseudo-intellectuals who championed Europe’s open borders policies didn’t think they’d be dealing with violent, unassimilable populations destroying neighborhoods in France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and elsewhere. So please don’t somebody write me and tell me nothing like that could happen in the U.S.

Well, under Donald Trump’s watch it won’t happen. I think — I hope! — we can be assured of that!

The problem, though, remains the globalists, the superelite. They haven’t gone away, and I don’t believe for five seconds they are willing to allow one rogue “blue collar billionaire” to upend plans they’ve been working on longer than most of us have been alive without trying to do something about it — something possibly worse than anything Madonna might have thought up. Just keep in mind: Trump has inherited a mammoth stock market bubble; global debt has never been higher; the only thing standing between the present world and a massive depression is continued money printing by central banks. Were there a planned economic downturn — the Meltdown of 2008 on steroids! — given their control over corporate media, and given the gullibility the Left regularly displays, for globalists to get away with blaming Trump and other “populists” would be child’s play!

These are the things that worry me the most right now! Plus the fact that everything the Left is saying and doing to try and weaken and delegitimize Donald Trump plays right into the hands of the globalists.

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If the Left wanted to make itself useful, its members would forget their marches and start monitoring pro-globalist sites on the Internet. There are quite a few, actually, like The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Magazine, Bloomberg, and Project Syndicate. Globalists, in their hubris, cannot keep their mouths shut, either. Across the aisle, survivalist author Brandon Smith has useful advice on how globalists think. My book Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for the Decline of the American Republic (2011) is still in print, as is my “The Real Matrix” series. The latter is incomplete, but not terribly dated.

In other words, now that Donald Trump is President there is work to be done informing those who care about where the real danger lies. And frankly — I hate to be blunt about it, but — leftists, you are in the way!

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Steven Yates is an independent scholar and author with a doctorate in philosophy. He is the author of the books Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action (1994), Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for Decline of the American Republic (2011), and the ebook Philosophy Is Not Dead (2014).

He is an expatriated American living in Santiago, Chile, with his wife (a Chileno) and their two cats, Bo and Princesa. He owns Final Draft Editing Service, which caters to Chilean academics needing editorial oversight with their English (although he accepts U.S. clients as well as clients from elsewhere); he and his wife are also starting a food preparation concern early this year.

He will be seeking a publisher for his first novel, to be entitled Reality 101, later this year, and is also at work on philosophical projects tentatively entitled The Fifth Stage of Civilization: After the Postmodern and Into the Future and A Christian Philosophy. He might also be building his own house soon. Do stay tuned!




There is, of course, a massive international slave and “sex worker” trade in that part of the world. Girls who have not yet entered puberty, some of them kidnapped, are repeatedly gang raped by ISIS militiamen many of whom are pedophiles. If the girls cry out in protest, they are beaten bloody, often to death.