‘The Chump Effect’ is why progressives lost

‘Progressives see tolerance for transgressive behavior
as a kind of moral duty.’

“The Chump Effect” from the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal:

A man approached [Elizabeth] Warren with a question. “My daughter is getting out of school. I’ve saved all my money [so that] she doesn’t have any student loans. Am I going to get my money back?”

“Of course not,” Warren replied.

“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money, and those of us who did the right thing get screwed?” …

That father was expressing an emotion growing more common these days: he felt like a chump. … People feel like chumps when they believe that they’ve played a game by the rules, only to discover that the game is rigged. Not only are they losing, they realize, but their good sportsmanship is being exploited. The players flouting the rules are the ones who get the trophy. …

F* 12More from “The Chump Effect:

Progressive policies penalize those who play by the rules and shower benefits on those who don’t.

University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds made an offhand comment on his Instapundit blog. The government often tries to expand the middle class by subsidizing the things that middle-class people have, he observed:

“If middle-class people go to college and own homes, then surely if more people go to college and own homes, we’ll have more middle-class people. But homeownership and college aren’t causes of middle-class status; they’re markers for possessing the kinds of traits — self-discipline, the ability to defer gratification, etc. — that let you enter, and stay, in the middle class. Subsidizing the markers doesn’t produce the traits; if anything, it undermines them.”  …

In a weird revival of racist stereotypes, today’s critical-race theorists see dysfunctional behaviors occasionally found among minority groups as being emblematic of those groups. In turn, traits that help people succeed — ones shared by cultures around the world —a re stigmatized as typically “white.”

Earlier this year, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture explained this bizarre framework on its website. A handy chart summarized some of those “Aspects & Assumptions of Whiteness,” including “self-reliance,” “the nuclear family,” and the idea that “hard work is the key to success.”

Reliance on the scientific method, mathematics, and “rational linear thinking” were also identified as instruments of white dominance.

The City Journal’s Bottom Line: “If a secret arm of the KKK created a doctrine designed to undermine the advancement of minority communities, it could hardly do a better job than the Smithsonian’s woke theorists.”


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28 Responses to ‘The Chump Effect’ is why progressives lost

  1. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    According to Biden if a Conservative obeys the law and plays by the rules, he’s a chump.

    According to BHO, if a Conservative supports the 2nd Amendment and is a Christian, he’s a “bitter clinger”.

    According to Felonious von Panzerzuten, a Conservative is a “irredeemable deplorable”.

    Lefties ought to be more careful calling the other 74 million Americans who held different political opinions, every -ist, -ism and -phobe nasty ad hominem name in the book, or, soon, they won’t have any regular, normal American who will ever vote for their type of hate and intolerance.

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    • Gordon E Sussman says:

      Felonious von Panzerzuten? You pegged the guffaw-meter with that. Congrats!

      Liked by 1 person

      • georgessson says:

        Good catch, GDHM !

        Let’s not forget MDSN’s own Nada. As our resident sage, Nada posited today & labelled, “Dear white people”….

        “More than 73 million Americans, and counting, voted for Donald Trump in either an endorsement of white supremacy, in ignorance of it, or an utter lack of care for its ramifications. Two of those are unconscionable, one of those is unbelievable.”


        Many Americans voted for POLICIES, not 100% for specific candidates. Used to be some respect for differing opinions (and ultimately differing votes). Progressives want ALL or nuthin’.

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        • Good Dog,Happy Man says:

          Low flow, lockstep, lemming-like Lefty Luddites aren’t very smart or self aware.

          Without blushing, feminasties mindlessly repeat, “Judging someone by their race and sex is just plain wrong. Why can’t you privileged white men understand that?”


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  2. Ryan Wildman says:

    On Mon, Nov 16, 2020, 10:20 AM Blaska Policy Werkes wrote:

    > David Blaska posted: “‘Progressives see tolerance for transgressive > behavior as a kind of moral duty.’ “The Chump Effect” from the Manhattan > Institute’s City Journal: A man approached Warren with a question. “My > daughter is getting out of school. I’ve saved all my money [so” >


  3. Amos Roe says:

    “In a weird revival of racist stereotypes, today’s critical-race theorists see dysfunctional behaviors occasionally found among minority groups as being emblematic of those groups.”

    Pretty much sums up the entire plantation mentality of white Madison, along with its small handful of vocal QTBWXWZLT “leaders” who are cashing in on this plantation mentality. The smell of money and a fawning local press is a powerful thing.

    Of course, plenty of such dysfunctional behaviors is also found among folks with white skin too. This has been the story of America from day one. The difference is that the plantation owners and Madison’s POC “leaders” have so far failed to embrace their dysfunctional white constituency the same way, simply due to their own deeply entrenched racist view of the world.

    So…..just keep up the insulting, degrading and in-your-face racism of Madison’s woke culture and all is well, at least until the taxpayers can take no more. And that will happen exactly when? Seems like it will NEVER happen in this city of racist lunatics who continue to win in the elections!

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  4. Gary Kriewald says:

    If the scientific method is an “instrument of white dominance,” why do so many Madisonians have yard signs proudly proclaiming “Science is real” often right next to BLM signs? If it weren’t for sloppy thinking, liberals wouldn’t be thinking at all.

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  5. Alberticus says:

    NOT “progressives” these THUGS are REgressives. They want to return to a FEUDAL, TOTALITARIAN, AGRARIAN, grubbing-in-the-dirt lifestyle . ….. for YOU.
    Communism/Socialism is a reversion to a TRIBAL, AGRARIAN life style from thousands of years ago.
    It is a huddling together of superstitious, terrified of the darkness, ignoramouses.
    “progressives”??? In what way is sexual misconduct and Bigoted hate of American Freedom “progressive”?
    “progressive”? WHERE are they “progressing”???? to another Bolshevik Holodomor?
    Progressing on the SHORT bus?
    Progressively handing out PARTICIPATION TROPHIES?
    The Founding Fathers were well versed in the Classics of Western Civilization and Law.
    These “progressives” cannot even grasp the simplest rules of evidence and “innocent until PROVEN guilty”.
    They are PROUD of being stupid — watch them tear down ANY statue they see because reading the plaque is TOO HARD.
    it is now considered progressive to ban a feminist because she offended a man.
    Their ONLY redeeming quality is Socialist/Commies always kill off the “educated-elite-teachers” that created them with their muddle headed “deep thots”.


  6. richard lesiak says:

    “Marxist-Jewish HANDLERS” ?????????????


    • Gg Mo says:

      RL, I believe he is refering to the Revolutionary/Bolshevik spirit of “Healing the world” that the seems to permiate the Violent Leftist (JDL-esque) orgs, Leftist MSM and Globalist NGO’s from the Top down. Would you like names ? CEO’s , Founders etc , or can you easily look that up yourself ?


    • David Blaska says:

      That comment has been stricken. Any more like that and Alberticus will be banned.


  7. White Hills says:

    There will be no student loan forgiveness. Too much of a cash cow for the credential/education/lifestyle industry. It pays the best dividends! Great issue though. It fires up the base every time. The right needs an issue like this. I’d be on board with this as long as the debt could only be discharged through bankruptcy. There you go, an issue for the right.


    • pANTIFArts says:

      The parents of anyone with a degree in “[fill in the blank] Studies” should be eligible for a full refund. We need a Lemon Law for higher education, to protect us from hoax spouting “intellectual elites”, and the fraud they perpetrate. What do we do when a sizeable percentage of the population become societal loathing, race baiting, “organizers”? They will “demand” that we feed them, “demand” that we support them, and “demand” that we meet their “demands”!!!

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  8. pANTIFArts says:

    Mr. Blaska eloquently pointed already to the blatant racism encapsulated in the “Whiteness Chart”, so, at the risk of being repeatedly repetitive over and over again — The “Whiteness Chart” is a blueprint for success. People of color who subscribe to it, and use it to pursue their goals, are often derided for “acting white”. Asians, (notorious “white acters” in their home countries), are able to come here and use their “white acting” skills to good effect. So what about UN-successful whites? (or any color, for that matter) We know that they just need to “act whiter”, but why are they failing to begin with? Their lack of success is the result of “acting…. what”….., exactly?

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  9. Gg Mo says:

    “What do I think?” I think the Manhattan Institute is a garbage “think-tank”, a cut-out that gives lip-service (long-winded, and meant to spend you , and your enegy) to common-sense. CIA founded, and (thankfully edited here by Mr. Blaska ,to the salient , to normal people, obvious common-sense aspects) full of THE hidden agenda. Herding tactics. Ask yourself how much you have in common with the Big-picture, the Big sell . Not the Obvious products of “divisions”, but the things we “all agree on” . That is the staged End-game goal. Staged “Problem, Reaction, Solution” soap-opera level , pepsi commercial crap meant to distract. “Get the Shot, Wear the Mask, Let “Us” destroy your economy for your SAFETY.We’re all in this together !” BS.


  10. Alfred E Neuman says:

    I worked, took out loans and received grants to complete my degrees. The fact remains that the minimum wage didn’t keep up with the cost of college, hell it didn’t even keep up with the cost of inflation. So what if people who saved don’t get their money back, What about new tax deductions that take effect after one has already done what was required the previous tax season, should they get the deduction?

    The government spends billions on items with nothing to show for it, at least this way we gain an educated populous, of course we do know conservatives are against people who think.


    • David Blaska says:

      “The minimum wage didn’t keep up with the cost of college”? Did you learn that in college? Congratulations! If that is all your college education bought you, I think you need a remedial course (or two).

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      • Alfred E Neuman says:

        Use to be a summers work would come close to covering a years worth of tuition and some rent. The states cut aid to colleges, the corporations sellout pensioners, republican trash the middleclass with their anti-UNION bills, the list goes on, all so the oligarchs can put more money in their pocket in order to by even more enriching legislation and fiscally irresponsible tax-cuts


        • Sheppy says:

          Ever notice where all the construction cranes and projects are located around Madison on a consistent basis? In case you are sight challenged the answer is UW Madison. Why the constant need for all these new buildings? Oh wait, doesn’t the government pay for that?? Students (loans) do big Al. Bonus points for union contractors performing the work.


    • richard lesiak says:

      Well said; especially the last sentence.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “we do know conservatives are against people who think.”

      DANG those EVIL Conservatives.

      They’ve diabolically made sure students (mostly minorities) can’t even read the back of cereal boxes, run wild in classrooms endangering other students, teachers, and staff, and comprise the worst achievement gap in the known Universe.

      And they address it by instituting the EPIC FAIL Behavior Education Plan, by seeking to lower grading standards and expectations across the board, and by drilling into impressionable little noggins that they’re VICTIMHOODIED by White Supremacy, ergo, them f*cking up simply isn’t their fault.

      Wait a minute.

      Madison/Dane County educators/school board members/administration have been dominated by Lefties for decades AND had Ichabod Evers engineering the disastrous train-wreck from DPI?


      Despicable Lefties!!!

      The Gotch

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      • Batman says:

        Gotch; winner by TKO in the first round and still undefeated!

        P.S. I bet alfie is feeling kind of stupid right about now.

        Liked by 3 people

      • georgessson says:

        The Gotchster -Yepper ! “… can’t even read the back of cereal boxes, run wild in classrooms endangering other students, teachers, and staff, and comprise the worst achievement gap in the known Universe.”

        Sadly, somehow they don’t see the irony. Hence history repeats itself.

        Ummmnn… Alfie -You said it all: “The government spends billions on items with nothing to show for it”… Sorta like the MMSD… You seem to be deprived of the oxygen needed to think. That happens when yer head is being strangled by yer sphincter.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        Righty preaches:
        *Rational thought
        *Hard work
        *Deferred gratification
        *Self-respect and respect for others

        Lefty preaches:
        *If you’re White, you’re an OPPRESSOR
        *If you’re a minority (or merely identify as one) you’re a VICTIM

        Lefty’s lessons are FAR easier intellectually, physically, emotionally, existentially, philosophically, and psychologically.

        The reward? A lifetime of crushing White Lefty Guilt, or one of generationally dependent Victimhoodie!

        Choice, Not Chance, Determines Destiny!

        The Gotch


  11. Batman says:

    “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press.”

    Malcom X


  12. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    If MAGA is RAYcist, then The Gotch humbly requests an explanation of THIS

    The Gotch


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