The Opioid Crisis: Media Complicity and Political Inaction

It is undeniable that President Donald J. Trump has been a steadfast advocate for many White working-class Americans.  His ability to connect with them is often cited in the analysis of his victory in traditionally Democratic stronghold states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and of course the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which put him over the top in terms of electoral votes on election night.  He was able to advocate for their specific interests such as the revival of the coal mining industry, the revival of manufacturing, the renegotiation of trade deals and international agreements in order to provide economic opportunity to White American blue-collar workers, and a crackdown on illegal aliens who are in competition with White American workers.

While Trump was great on many issues pertaining to the American working-class during the campaign, he never really put emphasis on the opioid crisis which has been particularly damaging to the White working class.  An academic study by Anne Case and her husband, Nobel Prize-wining Angus Deaton of Princeton titled Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife among White non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st Century examines how the average mid-life mortality rates of Americans have decreased over time for every demographic group except for Whites.  According to the study, “Midlife increases in suicides and drug poisonings have been previously noted. However, that these upward trends were persistent and large enough to drive up all-cause midlife mortality has, to our knowledge, been overlooked.”  While the opioid crisis certainly effects people of all backgrounds across all fifty states, it has had a particularly strong effect on White people in America.  The study goes on to say, “The increase in midlife morbidity and mortality among US white non-Hispanics is only partly understood. The increased availability of opioid prescriptions for pain that began in the late 1990s has been widely noted, as has the associated mortality.”  The study clearly asserts that the opioid crisis has influenced the increasing mortality rates among Whites.  A staggering finding:

If the white mortality rate for ages 45−54 had held at their 1998 value, 96,000 deaths would have been avoided from 1999–2013, 7,000 in 2013 alone. If it had continued to decline at its previous (1979‒1998) rate, half a million deaths would have been avoided in the period 1999‒2013, comparable to lives lost in the US AIDS epidemic through mid-2015. Concurrent declines in self-reported health, mental health, and ability to work, increased reports of pain, and deteriorating measures of liver function all point to increasing midlife distress.

While there are many factors at work here, the ongoing opioid crisis cannot be overlooked.

The Sackler family is at the center of the epidemic. According to the Washington Post, “The source of the Sacklers’ fortune is their privately held firm, Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, a potentially addictive painkiller that has earned an estimated $35 billion in revenue since it came on the market in 1995 — an event many consider the trigger of the opioid epidemic.”  According to Forbes,

[Purdue] sold several moderately successful products, like earwax remover and laxatives, but remained under the radar until the mid-1990s when it began selling what amounted to morphine in a pill. OxyContin, a long-lasting, narcotic pain reliever, launched in 1995 and by 2003 Purdue was selling $1.6 billion of the product annually. It became abused by addicts who would crush the pills for a quick, intense high, sparking controversy and legal action against Purdue. The company paid more than $600 million in 2007 to settle charges with federal prosecutors that it had misbranded OxyContin as safer and less addictive than it was. In December 2015 it settled a similar lawsuit with the state of Kentucky. Some had said the case might yield more than $1 billion in damages; the company agreed to pay $24 million and admitted no wrongdoing. Today, Purdue, still 100% owned by the Sackler family, generates some $3 billion in sales in the U.S. Separate Sackler-owned companies sell drugs in Europe, Canada, Asia and Latin America. An estimated 20 family members share the fortune.

One has to wonder how the Sacklers were able to get away with what ultimately amounts to intentionally poisoning many thousands of Americans with highly addictive pain killers.  Certainly the media largely looked the other way and the New York Times (which is published by the New York Times Company which has been traditionally chaired by members of the Sulzberger family) even lauded Raymond Sackler as a psychopharmacology pioneer and philanthropist even after the legal settlements mentioned above.  The article mentioned the legal issues surrounding OxyContin mostly in passing.  A New Yorker article (where David Remnick serves as editor) entitled, “Who is Responsible for the Pain-Pill Epidemic?” authored by Celine Gounder also makes no mention of the Sackler family.  The New Yorker is published by Condé Nast Inc. where Robert A. Sauerberg serves as the CEO and president.  While there was no mention of the Sackler family, the article did go into some of the tactics used by big pharmaceutical firms to circumvent regulations.  The article went on to say,

In 2007, Purdue Pharma and three of its top executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges that they had misled the F.D.A., clinicians, and patients about the risks of OxyContin addiction and abuse by aggressively marketing the drug to providers and patients as a safe alternative to short-acting narcotics. (Doctors had been taught that because OxyContin was time-released, it wouldn’t cause a high that would lead to addiction.)

These criminal charges against the company were reduced to misdemeanors for the three executives — they paid a $34,000,000 fine and did community service. Small change compared to the profits they made by being responsible for the deaths of ~250,000 mainly White people and counting.

The Sackler-owned Purdue Pharma created a climate where doctors and pharmacies were complicit with their quest to profit from the pain of the working-class even if that meant serious addiction.  The Sacklers were clearly very successful in building a powerful ethnic network which largely shielded them from major public scrutiny, including individual researchers, such as R. K. Portenoy, who provided the original study touting low addiction rates and who was lavishly supported by Purdue.

Despite many media platforms’ obvious efforts to obfuscate the Sacklers’ involvement in the opioid crisis there was one article from Esquire entitled “The Secretive Family Making Billions from the Opioid Crisis” authored by Christopher Glazek which appropriately examines the Sacklers’ involvement in the crisis, and how they were able to keep their involvement largely a secret.  The article starts off by outlining the Sacklers’ philanthropic contributions,

The Sackler Courtyard is the latest addition to an impressive portfolio. There’s the Sackler Wing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses the majestic Temple of Dendur, a sandstone shrine from ancient Egypt; additional Sackler wings at the Louvre and the Royal Academy; stand-alone Sackler museums at Harvard and Peking Universities; and named Sackler galleries at the Smithsonian, the Serpentine, and Oxford’s Ashmolean. The Guggenheim in New York has a Sackler Center, and the American Museum of Natural History has a Sackler Educational Lab. Members of the family, legendary in museum circles for their pursuit of naming rights, have also underwritten projects of a more modest caliber—a Sackler Staircase at Berlin’s Jewish Museum; a Sackler Escalator at the Tate Modern; a Sackler Crossing in Kew Gardens. A popular species of pink rose is named after a Sackler. So is an asteroid. The Sackler name is no less prominent among the emerald quads of higher education, where it’s possible to receive degrees from Sackler schools, participate in Sackler colloquiums, take courses from professors with endowed Sackler chairs, and attend annual Sackler lectures on topics such as theoretical astrophysics and human rights. The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science supports research on obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. Meanwhile, the Sackler institutes at Cornell, Columbia, McGill, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sussex, and King’s College London tackle psychobiology, with an emphasis on early childhood development.

The Sacklers’ philanthropy differs from that of civic populists like Andrew Carnegie, who built hundreds of libraries in small towns, and Bill Gates, whose foundation ministers to global masses. Instead, the family has donated its fortune to blue-chip brands, braiding the family name into the patronage network of the world’s most prestigious, well-endowed institutions. The Sackler name is everywhere, evoking automatic reverence; the Sacklers themselves, however, are rarely seen.

One can see how the Sacklers are intrinsically intertwined with the political, financial, and medical elites of the world.  They used their wealth to form close relationships with powerful elites and created a charitable aura surrounding themselves.  While cultivating an image of philanthropy, the Sacklers simultaneously obscured their involvement with the source of their wealth which is Purdue Pharma and OxyContin.  The article went on to say,

Even so, hardly anyone associates the Sackler name with their company’s lone blockbuster drug. “The Fords, Hewletts, Packards, Johnsons—all those families put their name on their product because they were proud,” said Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine who has written extensively about the opioid crisis. “The Sacklers have hidden their connection to their product. They don’t call it ‘Sackler Pharma.’ They don’t call their pills ‘Sackler pills.’ And when they’re questioned, they say, ‘Well, it’s a privately held firm, we’re a family, we like to keep our privacy, you understand.’”

The Sackler family really has been incredibly successful in creating a totally artificial positive public appearance while also knowingly addicting many Americans to their dangerous drugs in order to make a profit.

Political actors also helped to shield the Sacklers from backlash.  According to Stat News, “In 2001, as reports of OxyContin abuse spread across the country, Richard Blumenthal, then the Connecticut attorney general and now a US senator, wrote directly to Sackler urging him to ‘completely overhaul and reform’ Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin” —  essentially a case of an attorney general and future U.S. senator giving advice on how to avoid legal problems.  Blumenthal, like the Sacklers, is Jewish. It is evident that the Sacklers have used a strong network of well-positioned co-ethnics to maintain their standing even as their less than reputable dealings were coming under the public’s spotlight.  The Stat article went on to say, “The Sackler family, in general, has avoided public discussion of OxyContin or the drug’s role in helping hook Americans on opioids. The Purdue website makes little mention of Richard Sackler or other family members.”

The Sacklers know exactly what they are doing, and they have been largely successful in duping the American public as to their leading role in the poisoning of the White working-class.

Fortunately, as the opioid crisis deepens, and more information is uncovered, more is being done to curb the ability of big pharmaceutical firms to inundate American communities with addictive drugs.  Several state attorneys general are investigating suing drug manufacturers, including Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro.  Furthermore, as the crisis deepens many journalists are also turning against big pharma.  A Washington Post article authored by Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein entitled “The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over The DEA” did much to shine light on big pharma’s role in the opioid crisis, but it is worth noting the article does not mention Purdue or the Sackler family.  While the 60 Minutes segment on the opioid crisis did mention Purdue, there was no mention of the Sackler Family. One can see how the Sacklers’ influence may extend even to their supposed critics.

And the problem is that even though drugs like OxyContin have come under stringent control, the damage is done. Addicts have simply turned to illegal drugs like heroin, and the death rate from opioid poisoning is actually increasing.

The real question is: why has President Trump, who has always been a steadfast advocate of the American White working-class, neglected one of the biggest problems facing them today?  I really don’t know.  Given everything known about the President one would think that he would be the archetype of someone to bring an end to the opioid crisis.  He has a personal hatred of drugs stretching back to his older brother, Fred Trump, who died from alcoholism-related causes. That coupled with his advocacy for the White working-class and his reluctance to accept big corporate campaign donations would lead one to believe that he would make a major effort to deal with the opioid crisis which continues to plague the very people who support him the most.

Very recently President Trump did officially declare the opioid crisis a health emergency, but one must wonder if after nine months as President, Donald Trump has done too little too late.  According to the New York Times,

[President Trump’s] directive does not on its own release any additional funds to deal with a drug crisis that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016, and the president did not request any, although his aides said he would soon do so. And he made little mention of the need for the rapid and costly expansion of medical treatment that public health specialists, including some in his own administration, argue is crucial to addressing the epidemic.

It appears President Trump does not intend to take aim at Purdue Pharma or the Sackler family.  His main goal seems to be treatment, and putting a stop to the crisis further engulfing America into the quagmire of addiction.  While these are noble goals, he really should go after those who started this crisis and bring them to justice.

The first thing President Trump should do, even before tax and health care reform, is to start a more serious campaign against the opioid crisis which is killing the people who love him the most.  America cannot be made great again until our people are saved from the scourge that is the opioid crisis.  It is incumbent upon President Trump to do more.  Stopping the opioid crisis would be the perfect first step towards the ultimate goal which is to Make America Great Again.

36 replies
  1. Alan Donelson
    Alan Donelson says:

    Seems a limited hang-out to me. “We” have troops guarding poppy plots in Afghanistan, correct? Been there for years! Guess what? You can make heroin and codeine and oxycodone from certain chemicals produced in abundance by these no doubt optimized Asian poppies!

    If this “opioid” scare — reefer madness written all over it — had real substance to it and someone in “power” really cared, then I would expect investigators to go to the source of these complex ringed compounds, namely, opium poppies, find out who controls the flow to where and for how much money, before I point the finger at possible putative “distributors”.

    In the meantime, and in mean times do we live, people having genuine, insufferable pain will once again experience the torment of Society’s pendulum swing between effective pain management and “control of narcotics” — the latter just about as ironic as the “war on poverty”.

    • inspector Clouseau T
      inspector Clouseau T says:

      opiod crisis. obesity crisis. poor whites. hillbilly elegy. po’dunk
      war on poverty. west virginia. cousin marriages. tattoo crisis, american stupidesse crisis

      it’s fuckery.

      condescending. ridicule. shcadenfreude. Amerikanische Verhaeltnisse

    • inspector Clouseau T
      inspector Clouseau T says:

      Of course, if the leadership wanted to do something about some of this they could tomorrow.

      Americans have to look out for themselves more and trust themselves and stop paying attention so much to the leadership’s leadership..

      We are going through the worst time in our history. I don’t think we will make it. But that also sets us free.

    • Rerevisionist
      Rerevisionist says:

      The ‘Red Ice’ interview with Kevin MacDonald @ about 55 mins says the entire Sackler fortune should be confiscated. (And I’d guess the various ‘donations’ to supposed good causes be removed or perhaps just relabelled). It all seems analogous to the opium wars, except against whites, and with trappings and appearances to mimic modern science.

  2. inspector Clouseau T
    inspector Clouseau T says:

    enjoying yourselves on our pain. Faux concern. Mocking us… like that asshole Kid Rock. Like Academia. Like the gubmint. The Press. the artistic classes. Like the Alt right. Europeans.

    real murkins need to turn away. stop paying attention. There are those who love you. God loves you.

    • inspector Clouseau T
      inspector Clouseau T says:

      We dont need a country. A government or pity. Go to hell with your concern. We will be just fine, no matter what.

  3. Forever Guilty
    Forever Guilty says:

    What is interesting, there are very good articles in left press about opioid crisis with good facts and statistics. However when it s come to conclusion, there are some generic bad capitalists responsible. (((Sackler family))) for some strange reason never mentioned. Only articles I read in TOO digging deep enough.

    Another disturbing fact: some of my friends and relatives has been prescribed OxyContin type drugs under different names, without even mentioning how addictive and dangerous it is. I did some asking, after I read article in TOO some time ago and I think it is a good idea to do so.

  4. m
    m says:

    Here’s the thing: a lot of people have legitimate chronic pain, and use narcotics for relief. What are they supposed to do? My father is 95 years old. He cannot walk, but is in a wheelchair. I take care of him. He has major spinal joint disease and neuropathy (no feeling in his feet), all of which cause severe pain. His doctor prescribes Hydrocodone, a “mild” narcotic. But because of government regulations, he has to take random drug tests to make sure that he is not abusing his medication, or selling it out on the streets. Oh, did I mention that he’s incontinent, too? Try getting a urine sample on demand from a guy that can’t walk and can’t urinate on demand.

    What a joke this country and it’s medical care have become. We’ve reached the point where a 95 year old man in a wheelchair is treated like a drug addict-dealer. All because of a supposed “opiod” crisis. The medical nannies won’t be happy until they can control every aspect of your life. If this keeps up, and if it gets impossible to obtain pain pills legally, I’m going to have to move the old man to Colorado so he can burn doobies for his pain. Good grief!

    • T. J.
      T. J. says:

      All due to government [read special interests] being involved in the economy.

      We are- or should be- trying to go off-grid. . .

      The establishment has a special hatred for anything that is cheap, that works well, and that they don’t control. For chronic pain it is the amino acid dl-phenylalanine. You haven’t heard of it because the PTB don’t want you to know.

      This article targets the use of diet and amino acids in the optimization of the endogenous opiates, the endorphins-our most potent natural analgesics.

      https://www.moodcure.com/restoring-natural-opioid-system.html

      It seems that the body destroys natural endorphins- DLPA blocks this destruction. [The article discusses D-phenylalanine which is expensive and hard to find. DLPA is what to look for- in bulk powder] Research more.

      It must be taken with vitamin c [500 mg, more or less] and B6 [50mg].
      Daily dose of DLPA 2 to 4 grams- adjusted to the individual. It can work better with aspirin. Vit C should be in form of sodium ascorbate- to kill acidity. You can make at home with baking soda- costs half as much.

      Beware of protein deficiency in the elderly.

      99.9% of mammals make their own vitamin C- humans don’t. 10-20 grams should be taken daily, spaced out through the day. Do not use straight ascorbic acid- use sodium ascorbate. 1 tsp vit c + 1/2 tsp baking soda. Research more.

      Always eschew the medical monopoly and all other monopolies. Never drive on a monopoly highway. . .

      • T. J.
        T. J. says:

        The 10-20 grams of Vit C is for everyone, not just those with chronic pain.
        The DLPA is also superior for depression.

      • Pierre de Craon
        Pierre de Craon says:

        Apropos supplements in bulk, twenty-plus years ago I got them from the VRP site. A now deceased friend and I would make large joint orders to max out discounts, but it was still expensive. Nowadays there is an outfit called Bulk Supplements, which sells for much less both direct and through Amazon. To my knowledge, best of all, however, is a company called Pure Bulk. It sells direct, and its prices are usually 30 to 60 percent lower than those of Bulk Supplements.

        Not every outfit sells everything, of course, but all three carry DLPA and other forms of phenylalanine. VRP remains a superlative source of free informational materials: patient-centered research, lab reports, articles on botanicals, and so on.

  5. kelly
    kelly says:

    No, the president should be doing nothing with regard to the issue in question. Nobody, makes people take these drugs. It is time for White people to stop waiting for others to address their own problems.

    This is exactly what brought us to this point, Letting others make the decisions about our future.

    • Forever Guilty
      Forever Guilty says:

      Yea. But the point is, your doctor could routinely prescribe opioids for some minor reason and if you don’t pay close attention ( checking names, side effects etc ) you could get hooked without knowing. I have read that 2 weeks of taking it could form addiction. If (((somebody))) intentionally poisoning you without your knowledge, it’s not “your choice”

  6. Curmudgeon
    Curmudgeon says:

    The problem can be traced back even further than 1990s. It is at least 20 years since I read an article on how drug manufacturers have had “their people” move in and out of the FDA as drugs are being prepared for approval, and the selective submission of studies that only support claims made by the manufacturer.
    Add to that, the late 80s changes to patent laws extending protection to drug companies from generic competitors, and you have closed the loop.
    The problem of suicide from legal drugs is not solely pain killers. Studies have shown that anti-depressants are marketed understating the risk of suicide, and that cholesterol lowering drugs can cause depression and, by extension, suicide.
    The problem is not just at the MD level. I am acquainted with several pharmacists, who stress their clinical responsibility for recognizing the danger of drug interactions, particularly where prescription drugs meet supplements from health food or nutrition stores. They understand the risk of addiction from many drugs, yet these same people put complete faith in the regulatory system, believing that there is no such thing as a bad drug, only bad usages of drugs.
    What most fail to understand, is that Big Pharma has partnered with the likes of the AMA to invent the myth of “Western” medicine being linked to drugs. Anyone who thinks outside that box is destroyed or sidelined. Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, who chose writing comedy over his medical residency program, once said in a skit: ‘There’s nothing wrong with you that an expensive operation can’t prolong.” The same could be applied to most aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.

  7. Jett Rucker
    Jett Rucker says:

    The government needs to do LESS about the opioid crisis. Start by stopping the War on Drugs. Then release ALL pharmaceuticals to the open market, where anyone can buy or sell anything to anyone else who wishes to buy from them (formerly illegal drugs will already have that characteristic). Cease licensing doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, druggists, drug manufacturers – ALL of them.

    Then abolish the FDA as well as the NIH. Then watch the whole problem(s) dry up and blow away, along with many other problems that are even worse.

      • Tudor
        Tudor says:

        Each culture also provides its own psychoactive pharmacopeia, with customs that designate the circumstances in which drugs may be taken and the accompanying ritual.29 Muslim Rayputs prefer alcohol and Brahmins marijuana,30 though they intermingle in the same villages of western India.31 Peyote is safe for Navajos32 and mushrooms for the Huicholes,33 while Peruvian highlanders have learned to survive with coca.34 Man has not only evolved with the ability to suffer his pain, but also with the skills to manage it:35 poppy growing36 during the middle Stone Age probably preceded the planting of grains. Massage, acupuncture, and analgesic incense were known from the dawn of history.37

        There is a chapter “The Killing of Pain, pg 46 from “Medical Nemesis or The Expropriation of Health”, Ivan Illich

        • Rerevisionist
          Rerevisionist says:

          The problem I have with the anthropological people is that they always seem to find exotic, rare, remote, examples – yours include remote bits of India and south America. But most people never lived there. I was wondering really about Europeans facing long-term pain.

          • Pierre de Craon
            Pierre de Craon says:

            Yes, pre-modern Europeans were notably different in virtually every way from the “exotics” of India and South America, but far less so when it came to plant lore, where the evidence is that they were as interested in and knowledgeable about the pharmacological activity of plants, herbs, and seeds—singly and in combination, in the raw state or otherwise—as any Peruvian highlander.

            In England there are botanical compendia—plant lore collections—that date from the fourteenth century. There may easily have been much earlier ones, both in England and elsewhere in Europe, that are very much older, but my knowledge of this subject is far from comprehensive.

            Someone who was very well read in plant lore was the late Robert Atkins, who made his fame and fortune as a diet doctor. But he was primarily a superb cardiologist and a major authority in what is usually called alternative medicine. I was a patient at his center in Manhattan for several years; it was a great place, and by no means expensive. Atkins’s death, from a bad fall on an icy sidewalk, was a tragedy for ethical medical practice, especially in his and his staff’s strong preference for herbs and supplements rather than drugs in treatment and management of the non-acute (i.e., chronic) conditions, including pain, that constitute the bulk of medicine’s concerns.

          • Tudor
            Tudor says:

            Rerevisionist
            My fault, the selection from the mentioned chapter does not refer to Europe. Not long time ago, people from countryside, I remember my both grandmothers, knew every plant, root, seeds and for what they are good. You cannot harvest a plant when you want, there is a favorable time for each one. Sometime it is a ritual with incantations, if you want to full benefit from it’s healing properties. The task is for women only, sometime old, sometime untouched, sometime married, sometime during the night (e.g. deadly nightshade).
            What is worth mentioning, same chapter I referred, it is how the ancient Greeks dealt with pain:

            The pupils of Hippocrates43 distinguished many kinds of disharmony, each of which caused its own kind of pain. Pain thus became a useful tool for diagnosis. It revealed to the physician which harmony the patient had to recover. Pain might disappear in the process of healing, but this was certainly not the primary object of the doctor’s treatment. Whereas the Chinese tried very early to treat sickness through the removal of pain, nothing of this sort was prominent in the classical West. The Greeks did not even think about enjoying happiness without taking pain in their stride. Pain was the soul’s experience of evolution

            According to Plato (Charmides, chapter 5), Zamolxis, the Getae God, has a better approach:

            […]but Zamolxis, he added, our king, who is also a god, says further, ‘that as you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul; and this,’ he said, ‘is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas, because they are ignorant of the whole, which ought to be studied also; for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.’

            Now looks like German New Medicine.
            Most likely Europeans, in the past, did not use opium, even poppy is grown everywhere, or hallucinogens except alcohol in form of wine, cider, beer, or other fermented beverages but not distilled alcohol.

  8. Ricky
    Ricky says:

    I think that’s the reason we went into Afghanistan in the first place… the Taliban had destroyed all the poppy fields prior to our invasion.

  9. Alieu
    Alieu says:

    “The Sacklers were clearly very successful in building a powerful ethnic network which largely shielded them from major public scrutiny, including individual researchers, such as R. K. Portenoy, who provided the original study touting low addiction rates and who was lavishly supported by Purdue.”

    Portenoy’s Revenge?

    • cronkitsche
      cronkitsche says:

      How is opioid addiction the biggest problem facing the American White working class? Loss of homes or devaluation of home (because of declining income,) devaluation of currency through inflation, alienation of the generations through media and compulsory public schooling, and mass immigrant populace, to name some of them, are bigger. Too, I agree with th

      • cronkitsche
        cronkitsche says:

        ….the observations above regarding the economical utility of common rx pain meds. Whether the sufferer is 95 or 25, cheap pain management trumps (not a pun) addiction and overdose incidents.

  10. Andrea Ostrov Letania
    Andrea Ostrov Letania says:

    This problem could be due to the fact that more and more social scientists are hacks than talents. People of honesty and courage are discouraged from social sciences because they notice too much reality.

    If you are smart and talented AND Want to work in social sciences, you have to hide your discoveries. It’s like David Puttnam hid his research on Diversity for a long time because he didn’t like the results. Yet, even a smart man like that must force himself to believe that there will be a cure for Diversity.

    The truth about White Death from opiods came to light some yrs ago, but journal after journal suppressed it. It only came to light because the social scientists were Nobel prize winners. They had prestige to cover them. If not, forget it.

    And it’s worth wondering what may become of meritocracy in the future.

    Will ‘Anti-Racist’ Political Correctness Endanger Meritocracy in Years to Come?

    Every order would benefit to have the best & brightest working in the various fields of inquiry and enterprise.
    If, say, a social order prohibits social advancement to non-believers and admits only avowedly religious persons, then it will miss out on the talents of atheists and agnostics. To be sure, some may lie and pretend to be religious. But anyone who remains true to his convictions will summarily be denied entry to competition. The problem will be compounded if the many intelligent people happen to be non-believers. Then, all that talent will never see the light of day. Consider all the smart people who were sent to toil on farms during the radical Maoist era that insisted on ideological purity.
    Granted, if most intelligent people were religious and most dummies atheist/agnostic, then the impact of suppressing non-believers will be far less deleterious. When even most intelligent Europeans believed in God in the pre-modern period, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference if non-believers were banned from institutions of higher learning. But as scientific discoveries began to cast serious doubt on Church teachings, increasing numbers of smart Europeans tended toward disbelief. Therefore, restricting science and math only to the religiously-inclined would have held back in advancements in those fields.

    In the several decades following the end of World War II, the impact of ideological taboos had a minimal negative impact. The reasons were twofold. Most intelligent people sincerely believed that Race was more a social construct than a biological fact. So, even if people deemed ‘racist’ were banned from hiring and promotion, it didn’t affect the hiring of the best and brightest. Also, the definition of ‘racist’ wasn’t as broad as it eventually came to be. By today’s PC standards, even most liberals of the not-too-distant past would be deemed ‘racist’, as well as ‘homophobic’, ‘antisemitic’, and ‘xenophobic’, not to mention ‘sexist’ and ‘misogynous’. Back in the 50s and 60s, a ‘racist’ was someone in the Klan or someone who explicitly resorted to racial slurs against minorities in the West.

    And most people deemed outright ‘racists’ in the past were indeed rather low-grade in terms of ability, achievement,and moral character. So, banning such people hardly affected the talent pool of America. It’d be like banning cripples from sports. The best would still play. It was not like banning Jews in National Socialist Germany that immediately impacted the quality of the sciences, especially in physics and mathematics. Or like the suppression of Jews in the Soviet Union. Though the Soviet Union was never explicitly anti-Jewish, its harsh stance against Zionism led to the blacklisting of many Jews suspected of greater loyalty to the Tribe & Israel(and by extension the US) than to the USSR. Because of the higher intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews, this led decrease in talent pool in key Soviet institutions.

    Anyway, PC might finally begin to impact the talent pool in the West. For one thing, the New Right in both the US and EU is not made up of low-grade morons who made up the bulk of KKK, Neo-Nazis, skinheads, or far-right cranks. Many people in the New Right are pretty bright, and their views are actually more grounded in facts of biology, laws of history, and needs of morality. So, the blacklisting of the Right in the 21st century will not just deny hiring and promotion to far-right dummies but to a growing number of men and women of talent.

    Even more troubling is the way in which PC has rendered promiscuous the meanings of ‘racism’, ‘antisemitism’, ‘homophobia’, and etc. In the current year, just about anything can be construed as ‘racist’ depending on the feelings of the aggrieved or ‘triggered’. So, even if you did nothing, you could end up like Joseph K. of THE TRIAL, accused of crimes you have no idea you committed. Worse, even ‘hate hoaxes’ perpetrated by blacks, Jews, and homosexuals are less likely to be condemned than showcased as ‘teachable moments’, indeed even after the hoax has been exposed.

    ‘Racism’ now means the failure to flatter blacks and their egotistical delusions 24/7. ‘Antisemitism’ now means the mere act of noticing Jewish Power and/or being critical of it. ‘Homophobia’, a bogus term for a non-existent phenomenon, means not being properly deferential to vain homos and their narcissism. As if that isn’t absurd enough, there are also panics about ‘transphobia’, something one could be accused of if he believes a man is still a man despite his insistence that he is now a ‘woman’.

    As more and more intelligent people become aware of the reality of race, key differences between the sexes, degeneracy of the homo-tranny agenda, and/or the problems of various non-Western Cultures due to mass-‘immigration’/colonization, AND FURTHERMORE, as PC Taboo casts a wider net as to which attitudes & actions constitute Thought Crimes, it is inevitable that the West will increasingly suppress real talent and integrity(a necessary quality for courage and honesty to speak the truth) in the Talent Pool, and as a result, meritocracy will suffer in many fields of science, letters, enterprise, and arts & culture.

    Banning ‘hate’ in the past used to mean denying voice and choice to low-grade dummies. Now, banning ‘hate’ means the suppression of any able, honest, and courageous voice that is hated by the globalist elites, most of whom are contemptuous Jewish supremacists and their craven shabbos goy cuck-whites.
    To work for any ‘progressive’ outfit, one must not only denounce the KKK & Neo-Nazis but revere homos & trannies and keep mum about the overwhelming reality of Jewish Power. Also, one must make believe that black problems today are still on par with race problems of the Jim Crow Era. According to PC, any white person who boycotts the NFL is a ‘racist’. That’s a lot of people who could very well end up on the PC blacklist.

    The future will be interesting as Liberalism has gone from expanding meritocratic freedoms to more kinds of people to limiting meritocratic opportunity only to those who adhere to Politically Correct dogma.

    • Rerevisionist
      Rerevisionist says:

      You need to update your views to take into account science fraud. Banning of Jews in Germany in fact INCREASED the quality of their science.
      . . . “In the several decades following the end of World War II, the impact of ideological taboos had a minimal negative impact.” This is so wrong it’s painful. Under the protection of Jewish lies, processes of institutionalised lying about history, science, law, media, economics, militarism – every subject – and ever-increasing insertion of Jew incompetents, damaged every facet of societies under Jew control, i.e. virtually all countries.

    • Pierre de Craon
      Pierre de Craon says:

      … banning Jews in National Socialist Germany … immediately impacted the quality of the sciences, especially in physics and mathematics.

      Oh?

      AOL is plainly saying this: Imagine what Wernher von Braun and his team of wannabee scientists and engineers might have accomplished had they had a few Jewish geniuses around to bring them up to speed. Heck, they might have developed buzz bombs, ICBMs, and rockets with sufficient thrust to take men into orbit and later to the moon. Instead, all that von Braun ever accomplished was getting a gig with Walt Disney to appear on Tomorrowland segments of Walt’s original ABC show back in the fifties.

      Facetiousness aside, if the quoted sentence—indeed, the entirety of her most recent lengthy comment—doesn’t establish beyond reasonable doubt that AOL is a disinfo agent, what will?

      • T. J.
        T. J. says:

        banning Jews in National Socialist Germany … immediately impacted the quality of the sciences, especially in physics and mathematics.

        I thought that she meant the quality of science went UP. . .

  11. Ger Tzedek
    Ger Tzedek says:

    Unrelated. Was watching on youtube now, a Nazi general was killed by firing squad. What was he convicted of? Killing 15 American soldiers who were captured without uniforms. This is not even a crime of war. How about American general and president Sch-Eisenhower that killed one million german soldiers after the war? God how intrepid he was.

  12. Leon
    Leon says:

    Recognizing a problem is the first step to fixing it and Trump took a huge step for all of us with his actions. This is a world wide problem that the Federal Gov can not fix and I like his approach in allowing States to take the first steps towards a solution. It took us a long time to get to this point and its not going to be fixed overnight.

  13. Goy Goddess
    Goy Goddess says:

    The (((Sackler))) family of genocidal anti-White criminals should have all of their assets seized – immediately – with plans to publicly hang most of them in the future.

    (((Big pharma))) has so corrupted the Jew/non-White/Third World ‘American’ medical profession that it is BEYOND REPAIR. Doctors nowadays cannot be trusted, as most are now non-Whites continuously imported by corporate hospital boards and insurance companies conspiring with the (((government))) to pull a South Africa on helplessly naïve American Whites…WHO CONTINUE TO TRUST THEM!

    The government ‘educational system’ gulag system has done such a number on so many people. So many are behaviorally conditioned beyond repair to be literally terrified of unapproved words and phrases. White guilt and blame is institutionalized and fully normalized, and there are media witch trials against any who dare speak out or question.

    White men are gaslit into thinking the Jewish genocide is their fault and that they deserved being born into a nightmare wherein they are fourth-class citizens – thus: drugs, depression, hopelessness, suicide.

    Exposing the truth about (((them))) is the key to our survival. Without the Holohoax and endless semantic deception, THEY HAVE NOTHING except control of our worthless paper money.

  14. T
    T says:

    The below is excerpted from a May, 1971, edition of Ramparts magazine. Though, from a very lefty source, where it says Vietnam insert Afghanistan, and where it says Communists insert Taliban and it fits to a tee what is described today. The article was entitled ‘The CIA and the New Opium War’…

    For the international traffic in opium has expanded in lock step. with the expanding U.S. military presence there, just as heroin has stalked the same young people in U.S. high schools who will also be called on to fight
    that war.

    Once safely isolated as part of the destructive funkiness of the black ghetto, heroin has suddenly spread out into Middle America, becoming as much a part of suburbia as the Saturday barbecue. This has gained it the attention it otherwise never would have had. President Nixon himself says it is spreading with “pandemic virulence.” People are becoming aware that teen-agers are shooting up at lunchtime in schools and returning to classrooms to nod the day away. But what they don’t know and what no one is
    telling them is that neither the volcanic eruption of addiction in this
    country nor the crimes it causes would be possible without the age-old
    international trade in opium (from which heroin is derived), or that heroin
    addiction like inflation, unemployment and most of the other chaotic forces
    in American society today is directly related to the U.S. war in Indochina.

    The connection between war and opium in Asia is as old as empire itself. But
    the relationship has never been so symbiotic, so intricate in its networks,
    and so vast in its implications. Never before has the trail of tragedy been
    so clearly marked as in the present phase of U.S. involvement in Southeast
    Asia. For the international traffic in opium has expanded in lock step. with
    the expanding U.S. military presence there, just as heroin has stalked the
    same young people in U.S. high schools who will also be called on to fight
    that war. The ironies that have accompanied the war in Vietnam since its
    onset are more poignant than before. At the very moment that public officials
    are wringing their hands over the heroin problem, Washington’s own Cold War
    crusade, replete with clandestine activities that would seem far-fetched even
    in a spy novel, continues to play a major role in a process that has already
    rerouted the opium traffic from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and is
    every day opening new channels for its shipment to the U.S. At the same time
    the government starts crash programs to rehabilitate drug users among its
    young people, the young soldiers it is sending to Vietnam are getting booked
    and dying of overdoses at the rate of one a day. While the President is
    declaring war on narcotics and on crime in the streets, be is widening the
    war in Laos, whose principal product is opium and which has now become the
    funnel for nearly half the world’s supply of the narcotic, for which the U.S.
    is the chief consumer.

    There would have been a bloodthirsty logic behind the expansion of the war
    into Laos if the thrust bad been to seize supply centers of opium the
    Communists were hoarding up to spread like a deadly virus into the free
    world. But the Communists did not control the opium there: processing and
    distribution were already in the hands of the free world. Who are the
    principals of this new opium war? The ubiquitous CIA, whose role in getting
    the U.S. into Vietnam is well known but whose pivotal position in the opium
    trade is not; and a rogues’ gallery of organizations and people-from an opium
    army subsidized by the Nationalist Chinese to such familiar names as Madame
    Nhu and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky who are the creations of U.S. policy in that part of the world.

    The story of opium in Southeast Asia is a strange one at every turn. But the
    conclusion is known in advance: this war has come home again in a silky gray
    powder that goes from a syringe into America’s mainline.

    https://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg32780.html

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