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Smollett Controversy Explained by Supply and Demand

Smollett Controversy Explained by Supply and Demand
Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett has been accused with arranging a homophobic, racist attack against himself in an attempt to raise his profile because he was dissatisfied with his salary. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Friday, 22 February 2019 12:29 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

A friend who works in the financial services industry sometimes uses economic principles to explain current events, and he was spot on in his explanation of the alleged Jussie Smollett “this is MAGA country” hoax attack.

He observed that the alleged Jussie Smollett case, as well as other instances of fake hate crimes, is what happens when the demand for racism is greater than the supply.

Ka-boom, baby!

Racism, homophobia, and all the other “isms” and “phobias” exist all across the political spectrum, but not nearly as much as the left would have us believe. That’s especially true for conservatives, who generally maintain a “you live your life, I’ll live mine” attitude.

And the left’s belief that conservatives are inherently racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynist, and all the rest, spiked with the election of Donald Trump, and it hasn’t let up.

Racist? When Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago and turned it into a private club in the 1990s, he shocked Palm Beach society by insisting that it be open to minority membership, especially African Americans and Jews.

Two of Trump’s first cabinet appointments were African American Dr. Ben Carson as HUD secretary, and Indian American Nikki Haley as U.S. envoy to the United Nations. Now that Haley has left that position, one name at the top of the list to take over is former U.S. Senate candidate from Michigan John James, another African American.

Homophobic? Trump appointed openly gay, former Fox News contributor Richard Grenell as his ambassador to Germany. After the Senate confirmed him, he was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence, viewed by the left as anti-gay.

Most recently the Trump administration has launched a worldwide campaign to decriminalize homosexuality, an effort spearheaded by Grenell.

Anti-Semite? Although nearly every presidential candidate in recent memory ran on the promise to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel’s historic capital of Jerusalem, Trump was to only one to actually do it.

Misogynist? One writer referred to the Trump administration’s first 12 months as “the year of the woman,” due to his appointment of women to senior-level positions.

So if the racism and all the rest doesn’t exist they have to manufacture it per the law of supply and demand, which is exactly what Smollett allegedly did. But he was hardly the first.

“Fake hate crimes committed by progressives are by this point so familiar that they are practically a cliché,” wrote Kevin Williamson for National Review nearly a year ago.

Writer, photographer, and Quillette editor Andy Ngo posted an exhaustive list of alleged hoax hate crimes directed at conservatives on his Twitter feed Sunday.

The fact that the Smollett case and the others turned out to be an alleged hoax doesn’t diminish the reality of hate. It’s just that much of the hate comes from liberals directed at conservatives, not the other way around.

In 2017, The Daily Caller News Federation chronicled a “mind blowing” 35 confirmed reports of violence committed by leftists against conservatives during the less than 13-month period from June 2016 through mid- June 2017.

And it hasn’t let up. Videos were posted Thursday reportedly depicting a Turning Point USA recruiter savagely attacked at the Berkeley campus of the University of California by a student who allegedly didn’t like TP-USA’s conservative message.

Ironically, one of the group’s messages was “Hate crime hoaxes hurt real victims.”

But as horrifying as the attack was, it received little media coverage.

TP-USA founder and president Charlie Kirk observed, “Imagine if the attacker was wearing [a] MAGA hat, [that] would be national news!”

And, as my financial services friend observed, the rise in violence — and especially the hoax attacks — can be explained by Econ 101: the law of supply and demand.

When conservatives and Trump supporters don’t meet the left’s expectations (or demand) as violent, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals, they have to supply the image themselves.

And they get caught every time — just ask Jussie Smollett.

But he at least got one thing out of the mess he created. Until last month no one had ever heard of the young actor; now the world knows who he is.

And it was all predicted centuries ago by the application of the law of supply and demand.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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A friend who works in the financial services industry sometimes uses economic principles to explain current events, and he was spot on in his explanation of the alleged Jussie Smollett “this is MAGA country” hoax attack.
jussie smollett, maga, trump, racism
Friday, 22 February 2019 12:29 PM
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