American Elephants


Should America Be the World’s Policeman? by The Elephant's Child
May 27, 2015, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, National Security | Tags: , ,

Bret Stephens is the foreign-affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal where he is also deputy editorial page editor, responsible for the editorial pages of the Journal’s European and Asian editions. From 2002 to 2004, he was editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post. I recommend his 2014 book America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder unreservedly. Here he is for Praeger University:



Secretary of State John Kerry Has Promoted Marie Harf to Work On Nuclear Negotiations Strategy by The Elephant's Child
May 27, 2015, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

What can one say? This is not a joke.

In a communication from the State Department Press Corps,via JWF Jammie Wearing Fools

“Starting June 1, Marie Harf will be beginning in a new role as Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications for Secretary John Kerry. In this position, she will continue her work leading on the Iran Negotiations communications strategy and other priorities.

Mark Toner will be assuming the role of Deputy Spokesperson, a position he held previously when Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland was Spokesperson. Mark returns to the Spokesperson’s Office from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where he has been serving as a Deputy Assistant Secretary.”

The inmates are running the asylum, and we’re all doomed.



The Choices Available At The End of the Civil Rights Era by The Elephant's Child
May 27, 2015, 6:12 am
Filed under: Education | Tags: , ,

From William Voegeli’s The Pity Party:

The question of self-reliance affects the relationship between emphathizers and empathizees in a further way. If compassion rules out expecting much from those who suffer, then the moral and political leverage that empathizees wield against those who feel sorry for them will come to depend on their own incapacity. This correlation of moral forces operates with particular strength when empathizers and empathizees unite in the belief that the historic grievances of those who suffer preclude anyone else from calling on them to be self-reliant.

The basic choice open to blacks after the landmark legislation and court decisions of the civil rights era, according to the Hoover Institution’s Shelby Steele,* was between advancing “through education, skill development, and entrepreneuralism,” or  “pressuring the society that had wronged us into taking the lion’s share of the responsibility for resurrecting us.” The second course became all but inevitable when the post-civil rights narrative of white guilt and black victimhood decreed “that no black problem— whether high crime rates, poor academic performance, or high illegitimacy rates—could be defined as largely a black responsibility, because it was an injustice to make victims responsible for their own problems.”

*Shelby Steele, White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era (New York: HarperCollins, 2006)




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