Random Quotations – March 20th, 2020

Six items in total…

“In a certain period [of time], the number [of migrants crossing the border] will reach one million… Europe cannot endure this, cannot handle this… The governments in Europe will change, their economies will deteriorate, their stock markets will collapse…” – Turkish Minister of the Interior, Süleyman Soylu, quoted by Jack Montgomery in “Turkey on migrant wave: European govts will fall, stock markets will collapse” – Breitbart, March 9th, 2020.

“Even if the EU manages to resolve its issues with Erdogan, which is doubtful and bound to be only temporary, Europe’s fundamental problem will remain: As long as migrants think that a better future awaits them in Europe, the welfare states, which have shown themselves extremely accommodating in receiving migrants and granting them all sorts of social rights, can continue expecting migrants to try breaching Europe’s borders.” – Judith Bergman, “European Union: Closing the borders?” – Gatestone Institute, March 14th, 2020.

“…history had never before seen anything like the Fed’s intervention via its little understood elimination of commercial bank reserve requirements, unleashing a potential unlimited expansion of credit to prevent a derivative implosion stemming from a total commodity and stock market collapse… We are still barely starting to understand the consequences of Covid-19 for the future of neoliberal turbo-capitalism.” – Pepe Escobar, “China locked in hybrid war with US” – Unz Review, March 17th, 2020.

“…it is a fairly obvious observation that the illegitimate forms of protest are more likely to prove tempting to those whose cause rests upon a weak foundation… it is likely that the only people these protesters truly speak for are the American petroleum companies who benefit from environmentalist protests against Canadian pipelines because these pipelines, if constructed, would allow our major oil-producing provinces, both landlocked, to access world markets and no longer be dependent upon the American market.” – Gerry T. Neal, “Let me put it to you plainly about protests & illegal blockades” – Canadian Assoc. for Free Expression, March 16th, 2020.

“(So) what weird stuff it is to read that one of its (China Global Television Network) reporters has been caught at the White House gate with a high fever, which is a symptom of the highly contagious coronavirus. The fever was in the 100-degree range. You’d know if you had such a fever. Yet the person was clamoring to get into a closed-quarters press briefing with other reporters and President Trump, which, if it were coronavirus he had, would be sure to spread that, (or else another illness) – to Trump, his staff, and the press that follows him around.” – Monica Showalter, “Germ warfare from a China press pool denizen?” – American Thinker, March 15th, 2020.

“The gatekeepers want their power back, so it’s no surprise they present conservative social media influencers as racists and misogynists. What is shocking, however, is how brazenly they cast ordinary Americans as vicious and stupid. To these journalists, Trump voters are either morally or rationally defective – probably both. ‘If the Trump era has taught us anything,’ Noah Berlatsky wrote on Friday for NBC, ‘it’s that large numbers of white people in the United States are motivated at least in part by racism in the voting booth.’ Berlatsky finds it ‘reasonable to conclude that voters were willing to swallow the falsehoods because they liked what they heard: overt racist appeals’.” – Daniel Addison, “Journalists hate you: Review of Andrew Marantz’s antisocial – online extremists, techno-utopians, and the hijacking of the American conversation.” – Human Events, January 20th, 2020.