In California, Chavez remains a progressive hero. There’s a state holiday named after him, and at least 25 public schools. Chavez’s life is a reminder of how much the left has changed, and how quickly. For a century, many Democrats agreed with Chavez. They opposed mass immigration because they believed it hurt American workers. As a factual matter, they were right. One study, conducted after the 1980 Mariel boatlift in Miami, found that high school educated Americans saw their wages fall by more than a third after large numbers of Cuban refugees arrived. If you believe in supply and demand, this isn’t surprising. 

Renaissance men developed a delightful, yet horrible way of dealing with their mad denizens: they were put on a ship and entrusted to mariners because folly, water, and sea, as everyone then "knew," had an affinity for each other. Thus, "Ship of Fools" crisscrossed the sea and canals of Europe with their comic and pathetic cargo of souls. Some of them found pleasure and even a cure in the changing surroundings, in the isolation of being cast off, while others withdrew further, became worse, or died alone and away from their families. The cities and villages which had thus rid themselves of their crazed and crazy, could now take pleasure in watching the exciting sideshow when a ship full of foreign lunatics would dock at their harbors . . .
They throng about the captain, begging and praying him to commit the helm to them; and if at any time they do not prevail, but others are preferred to them, they kill the others or throw them overboard, and having first chained up the noble captain's senses with drink or some narcotic drug, they mutiny and take possession of the ship and make free with the stores; thus, eating and drinking, they proceed on their voyage in such a manner as might be expected of them. Him who is their partisan and cleverly kaids them in their plot for getting the ship out of the captain's hands into their own whether by force or persuasion, they compliment with the name of sailor, pilot, able seaman, and abuse the other sort of man, whom they call a good-for-nothing; but that the true pilot must pay attention to the year and seasons and sky and stars and winds, and whatever else belongs to his art, if he intends to be really qualified for the command of a ship, and that he must and will be the steerer, whether other people like or not-the possibility of this union of authority with the steerer's art has never seriously entered into their thoughts or been made part of their calling.
Rather than seriously wonder why the New York billionaire with tons of skeletons in his closet managed to win over blue-collar workers, Christian conservatives, and more Latino and black voters than the previous Republican nominee, the American media has doubled and tripled down on calling President Trump a white supremacist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, etc.
I would give this book 6 stars if I could. Outstanding. Should be required reading for everyone in the United States. Why didn't I notice any of these changes taking place over the last couple of decades? I thought I was being so careful about what is fact versus what is wishful thinking or propaganda, but my perceptions have been heavily influenced, especially by the news media, and not just because of what is being reported but because of what is NOT being reported. I learned something about m ...more
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The former La Jolla resident and son of onetime Los Angeles TV anchor Dick Carlson, Tucker Carlson established himself as a writer for the Weekly Standard, New York magazine and other publications while in his 20s and early 30s. Voluble and witty, he became a sought-after cable news talking head during the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal in the late 1990s.
A famous painting by Heironymous Bosch (seen at the top of this page) is believed to have been inspired by the Durer woodcuts. Despite its once vast popularity, Sebastian Brant's Ship of Fools is not often read or discussed today. The topical references make the satire hard to penetrate five centuries later, and it doesn't help that you need to know your classical Greek and Roman mythology to get many of the jokes. The archaic medieval language also provides a rough reading experience, yet it is possible to read and enjoy Brant's book, and often the meaning of a verse shines through:
Colbert falls into the same old left wing boilerplate denunciation of any criticism of illegal immigration as racist. Of course if you disagree with anything a liberal supports you're automatically a racist. That goes doubly for open borders. It's also pretty funny to hear Colbert calling someone a racist when he has made several homophobic comments on his show recently. Apparently support for open borders overrides homophobia.

The former La Jolla resident and son of onetime Los Angeles TV anchor Dick Carlson, Tucker Carlson established himself as a writer for the Weekly Standard, New York magazine and other publications while in his 20s and early 30s. Voluble and witty, he became a sought-after cable news talking head during the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal in the late 1990s.
Even worse, the collusion between Democrats and Republicans has bred a type of arrogant elitist who is insulated from all mistakes. Characteristic of this new elite class are people like Max Boot, the war hawk who constantly eggs on American invasions; William Kristol, the self-proclaimed guardian of the Republican Party who will never refuse his guilt for the Iraq War debacle; Maxine Waters, the notoriously corrupt race baiter who lives in a posh all-white neighborhood; Mark Zuckerberg, a child of privilege who uses the power of his monopoly to suppress the opinions of the American majority.
Many liberal and left-of-center people will refuse to pick up this book. After all, Carlson is a full-throated conservative who has never hidden his right-wing views. That being said, in Ship of Fools, Carlson often sounds very left-wing. For Carlson, the new secular religion of multiculturalism and open borders are just a dodge to keep Americans from recognizing that the middle class has been so thoroughly gutted that native-born workers are either working for less wages than their parents or are dying off in droves due to drugs, suicide, and general despair.
Donald Trump was in many ways an unappealing figure. He never hid that. Voters knew it. They just concluded that the options were worse—and not just Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, but the Bush family and their donors and the entire Republican leadership, along with the hedge fund managers and media luminaries and corporate executives and Hollywood tastemakers and think tank geniuses and everyone else who created the world as it was in the fall of 2016: the people in charge. Trump might be vulgar and ignorant, but he wasn’t responsible for the many disasters America’s leaders created….