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I am very glad to see this extended appreciation of Frank Chodorov by Jeff Riggenbach, at Mises: "Frank Chodorov, Nonvoter."

Chodorov and his work must never be permitted to fall into obscurity. As veteran TLD readers know, I'm fond of citing Chodorov's response when he was asked, during the Red Scare of the '50s, what he would do about the problem of Communists in government jobs: "Abolish the jobs!" That riposte is not just clever; it's profound. In our society of a million statist interventions, the Chodorov solution has a million different applications. What to do about the problem of Bolshevik lesbian influence in the state schools? Abolish those schools! What to do about conflict over symbols in the "public square"? Or about conflict over demonstrations on the government streets? Abolish so-called public property! And so on.
     December 24, 2010

It will be interesting to see what impact the homosexualizing of the imperial legions has on this scandal:

"Rape rampant in U.S. military," by Dahr Jamail at Al Jazeera. Editor's intro: "Statistics and soldiers' testimonies reveal a harrowing epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military."

"Military sexual abuse 'staggering,'" by Dahr Jamail at Al Jazeera. Editor's intro: "In part two of our series, Al Jazeera examines the often hidden world of rape and abuse in the U.S. military."

A harsh comeuppance, one imagines, for some of the degraded young women who have abandoned their children in order to aid the Empire's criminal war-making.

By the way, according to the article, not all of the victims have been female, even under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell restrictions on homosexual expression. In fact, in the second article Jamail writes that "due to raw demographics, one can roughly surmise that most victims of sexual abuse in the military are male." Some War Conservatives worry that, thanks to DADT's repeal, a prison-style rape culture will infect the military. Has it already?

Of far greater urgency for libertarians is this question: How many civilians are the legionaries raping in the countries they occupy?
     December 24, 2010

I've always been told that the nice Police Man is just there to help me. That being so, Will Grigg must be making all of this up: "Coda to a Killing: No Justice for Derek Hale." The article is at Grigg's site, Pro Libertate.

Remember, when the Police Men pay off their murder victims' loved ones, they do so with money robbed from taxpayers. Governments have no rightful wealth of their own; they cannot have. Government cannot redress its own crimes; only the people can do that, on the Day of the Rope.
     December 24, 2010

How Minitrue works. AlterNet featured this piece by Joshua Holland the other day: "Fox Slammed by L.A. Times — 'Shouldn't Call Itself a News Organization.'" Editor's intro: "After several revelations of Fox's blatant bias, the rest of the corporate media may finally be catching on."

This mostly has to do with a memo that Fox News management is said to have circulated among its reporters instructing them to mention, in all relevant stories, that Establishment scientists' data on climate change are disputed. Now, I don't mean to defend Fox News, which I've criticized on various grounds, but are we really to believe that the leftist media that still dominate the mainstream don't circulate their own little memos aimed at molding reportage on various subjects?

On second thought, given how the Hive operates, maybe they don't need to.
     December 24, 2010

This one goes all the way back to November 1, but I missed it, and you may have, too. At spiked, Brendan O'Neill describes and denounces the scary advance in Polite Totalitarianism that the government of Airstrip One is working on: "A message to the illiberal Nudge Industry: push off." Editor's intro: "The 'politics of the brain' is a threat to choice, freedom, and democracy — which is why spiked is declaring war against it."
     December 24, 2010

A little of what we now know thanks to WikiLeaks.

From the Left:  "WikiLeaks cables reveal how U.S. manipulated climate accord," by Damian Carrington at The Guardian. Editor's intro: "Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats, and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord."

From the (real) Right:  "WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. & EU Climate Bullying, Bribery, Espionage," by Alex Newman at the New American.

On the basis of these revelations alone, one understands why the vampires of empire are smoldering. Sunlight just doesn't agree with them.
     December 8, 2010

The WikiLeaks Affair itself.

What about the boycott of Amazon.com that some libertarians and other anti-imperialists are recommending? At the Rockwell site, Bob Murphy writes: "Still Not Convinced on Amazon Boycott." I'm with Murphy. TLD will continue to link to books at Amazon, and I will continue to do business with the company.

Hands off PayPal! Now, I'll bet you never expected me to say that. But partisans of freedom, property, and justice must condemn most of the sabotage that Ravi Somaiya and John Markoff describe in this New York Times piece: "Hackers Attack Companies That Hindered WikiLeaks."

Most of it, but not all. In "closing" Julian Assange's bank account, PostFinance — an arm of the Swiss government — actually seems to have frozen it. That is, it is engaging in at least a temporary act of theft, in keeping Assange from accessing his money. Modern governments love to do that sort of thing. And like all thieves they deserve to be punished for their crime.

At the same time, it is true that Assange has a few things to learn about personal financial security. Imagine, a man in his situation banking with a government agency! On the other hand, it's not easy finding an ostensibly private financial institution that's not in bed with the state.

For their part, the cyberwarriors who will play such a large part in the coming conflicts around the world must learn the difference between state and society — or we'll all be in for an even rougher ride than we'd feared.

If this piece at The Daily Mail is accurate, when in Sweden, Assange had the misfortune to encounter two radfems who are not lesbians. What were the chances?

"The Wikileaks sex files: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt for Julian Assange," by Richard Pendlebury
It's really a lesson for all of us. If not owing to morality then at least out of prudence, dissidents and regime-disruptors had better avoid compromising positions.
     December 8, 2010

I have a weakness for forecasts of imperial collapse, even if they come from the Left, as these do: "4 Scenarios for the Coming Collapse of the American Empire," by Alfred W. McCoy of Tomdispatch.com (posted at AlterNet). Editor's intro: "The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines."
     December 8, 2010

More from Bob Murphy, this time at Mises. In "Privatizing Air Security," Murphy takes apart the obnoxious fantasies of a TSA defender and outlines how a free society might approach the matter.

A taste:

[Marc] Thiessen makes the mistake common to all proponents of government power: he assumes that if the government arrogates to itself the power to do good thing X, then the government will actually accomplish good thing X. Throughout his column, Thiessen recoils at "the Left," so he should recognize the pattern. We could just as easily tell Americans to thank the people who work in Housing and Urban Development for keeping our country safe from inner-city poverty.

     December 8, 2010

Charlotte Simmons, call your OB/GYN. Still struggling to wrap my mind around mixed floors and unisex bathrooms in the dorms, I thought the next step was still the stuff of dystopian social SF. But no: "At George Washington University, coed quarters becoming option for all," by Jenna Johnson and Daniel de Vise at the Washington Post. "Coed quarters"? That's boys and girls bunking in the same room.

The writers claim that the new policy signals a "retreat" from in loco parentis, and then add that it "also signals the rising clout of gay, lesbian, and transgendered students, who successfully argued that assigning students by gender was inherently unfair when many of them might be more comfortable with a roommate of the opposite sex." The homosexualists are endlessly inventive in coming up with new ways to grind into dust what remains of our culture.

Edward Morrison Morley, an old friend of TLD, comments:

The article makes one big error: Universities are still acting in loco parentis. They let students do (or maybe even force them to do) what their parents let them do at home — hook up whenever and wherever. It isn't that in loco parentis is gone; it's that parents these days have changed (as witness the comments of a couple witless parents in the article). I'm sure that the lads won't take advantage.

     December 8, 2010

More appreciations of Joe Sobran.

At The Catholic Thing, Robert Royal offers fond (if textured) recollections and a fond farewell: "A Noble Heart."

If it's texture you want with your recollections, Peter Brimelow provides a lot of it in "Thinking about Joe Sobran," at VDare. This is a "warts and all" assessment, and there's probably something here to offend anyone, friend or foe, who is familiar with Joe and his controversies. (Brimelow, of course, wants to tackle social and cultural problems using statist means, to an extent much greater than Joe, who at one point declared himself an anarchist.) But it's very much worth reading. I am happy that Brimelow reminds us of Joe's coinage of "alienism."
     October 14, 2010

The intractable failure rate among colored schoolchildren can have only one explanation in the eyes of the System's social engineers, as is evident from this report by Christine Armario of the AP: "Number of ed civil rights complaints on the rise" (posted at the Sacramento Bee).

Armario quotes Russlynn Ali, a "civil rights" policewoman for the Central Government, as saying that "in some cases, administrators do not know they are discriminating." One doesn't want to go out on a limb of any thickness in defending the authorities who run state schools, but it's not much of a stretch to say that we've heard that kind of thing before from "civil rights" enforcers, applied to ordinary people, not just fellow bureaucrats.

And from the "guilty," too, if we consult fiction. Here is Winston Smith's neighbor, Parsons, in that brightly lit holding cell, somewhere in the Ministry of Love:

"Thoughtcrime is a dreadful thing, old man," he said sententiously. "It's insidious. It can get hold of you without your even knowing it.... There I was, working away, trying to do my bit — never knew I had any bad stuff in my mind at all."
To Room 101 — go!
     October 14, 2010

Outstanding! Bring on the open homosexuals, the more the gayer. And may the imperial legions choke on them:

"Judge acts while others debate Pentagon gay policy," by Pete Yost of the AP
Caught between the expectations of their homosexualist allies and those of the go-slow Pentagon, the Obamites face an embarrassing dilemma. "If the government does not appeal," Yost writes, "the injunction cannot be reversed and would remain in effect. If it does appeal, that would put the administration in the position of continuing to defend a law it opposes."
     October 14, 2010
Update, October 15. By Josh Gerstein at Politico: "Justice Department moves to stop 'don't ask' ban." Does this mean that imperialism and militarism trump homosexualism?
The Dark Suits strike back. At Politico, Chris Frates and John Maggs write: "Wall St. cash flow imperils Democrats." They lead off: "A shift in the flow of Wall Street money toward Republicans earlier this year has become a torrent in the final weeks of the campaign, according to lobbyists and business executives doling out the cash."

The Suits created Barack Obama as a plausible national figure, and he helped them extract a stupendous fortune from the taxpayers; but now it's time for him and his scurvy crew to receive a few strokes of the cat, laid on well and true.

Knowing how hapless and zombified the Republicans can be in a presidential campaign, I'm pinning my hopes on the Suits to prevent Obama from pulling off a second-term survival stunt, Bill Clinton-style, in 2012.
     October 14, 2010

So now we know, thanks to the Washington Post — it's sodomy opponents such as Carl Paladino, who doesn't think a dad should appear in a homosexualist extravaganza with his little daughters, who are responsible for the atrocities committed by those Hispanic gang thugs in the Bronx: "Politicians' intolerance help [sic] fuel climate of hate against gays and lesbians" (unsigned editorial).

This passage is not from The Onion: "In a stunning display of tone-deafness and bigotry, the Republican candidate for governor [Paladino] said this about homosexuality during a speech on Sunday: 'That's not how God created us.... I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn't.'"

How dare he say that! It's not just homophobic — it amounts to child abuse!

Hot is cold, wet is dry, and — not to put too fine a point on it — ignorance is strength. Welcome to modern America, upside down, inside out.

New York Times story on the Young Republicans' attacks

     October 14, 2010

Update, October 15 —  What else do you expect from a Republican?  At View from the Right, Lawrence Auster has a few things to say about Paladino's knee-bending before the homosexualists: "Paladino apologizes — for everything." The quick reversal and self-abasement are routine now, and we really should have expected them, but it is still remarkable how ignorant some politicians are of the power structure that they are seeking to enter. Paladino and his handlers really didn't foresee the firestorm that his initial remarks would ignite among the respectables of depravity who occupy the commanding heights of the culture? What pitiful clowns they must be.
Sorry, but I'm afraid we're not finished with aggravation from the Wa Po: "After mortgage meltdown, Barney Frank gets another chance to remake housing finance," by Zachary A. Goldfarb.

Last time, Goldfarb writes, "Fannie and Freddie ... let him down."

But, hey, what could possibly go wrong this time?
     October 14, 2010

I'm starting to worry about Fred Reed. He's sounding more and more like Hunter S. Thompson in overdrive mode. But what may be bad for him makes a good read for us: "Oh Help." The essay is posted at the Rockwell site.
     October 14, 2010

Also at Rockwell is this highly readable exercise in Kremlinology from Gary North: "Bernanke's Declaration of Independence."

North writes:

There is going to be a great default. I think [Bernanke] knows it. His speech laid the groundwork for "Don't say I didn't warn you."

What was he really saying? This: "The Federal Reserve will not take the fall in order to bail out Congress." He was saying that both of the escape hatches will close: private lending and Federal Reserve lending.

But even if the man is still in place when the time comes, Ronn Neff asks: "Why should anyone believe that Bernanke won't change his mind?" And he reminds us of Joe Sobran's column from 1998, "Blackmail in Politics."
     October 14, 2010

At Mises, D.W. MacKenzie in effect accuses John Stossel of democratic utopianism, in "The Impossibility of an Informed Electorate." I don't know how many TLD readers still have the voting monkey on their back, but we all surely know people who do. They might benefit from MacKenzie's deft analysis.
     October 14, 2010

On Joe Sobran.

Striking just the right note isn't easy, but Jared Taylor pulls it off with aplomb in his appreciation of our late friend, posted at VDare: "Jared Taylor Remembers Joe Sobran."

In this podcast interview at Alternative Right, Paul Gottfried offers fewer personal reminiscences and more comment about shared enemies: "Remembering Joe Sobran." Gottfried talks a little about how he differed with Joe on the Unmentionable Issues but does so honorably.

In addition, Gottfried now has a text piece on Joe posted at Alt Right: "The Inspiration of Joe Sobran."

A sample: "Joe's fate did not have the consequence that the neoconservatives intended. Rather than serving as a warning of what might befall those who practice right-wing deviationism or take unauthorized positions, Joe's outrageous reduction to a pariah generated resistance to the bullies who had gone after him. The steepness of his fall and the pious forbearance with which he treated his enemies had the effect of pouring steel into the spine of the independent Right."

If that is true — and I do like the metaphor — then the old formulation "pour encourager les autres" has had an application, for once, that was not ironic. (This item was added October 4.)

This obituary in the New York Times, by William Grimes, may astonish you with its even-handedness: "Joseph Sobran, Writer Whom Buckley Mentored, Dies at 64."
     October 2, 2010

Alternative Right is turning out to be a welcome venue for feisty and unruly enemies of the System. Here's a colorful take on Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and her enemies by TLD's own Andy Nowicki: "Touch Yourself — or Else!" Subtitle: "Who's Afraid of a Non-Masturbating Republican?" As I told Andy, I found his article very funny and very serious at the same time. I suppose I ought to throw in this proviso: It's PG-13.
     October 2, 2010

Now for the R-rated stuff. At Taki's site, Jim Goad uses a few bad words and marshals a lot of good analysis about the upcoming Big Election: "Electing Not to Vote." He mentions one of my own Favorite Government Facts, namely, that each member of the U.S. House is said to represent about 700,000 citizens. In light of that, it is hard indeed to see how anyone operating a live brain can talk about Duh-MOCK-risy on the national scale without laughing.
     October 2, 2010

Does a week ever go by, nowadays, when the regime doesn't unveil another new proposal to attack what liberals used to call our "civil liberties"? I was still shuddering over the scheme to give Obama a "kill switch" for the Internet when this latest bad news came out: "U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet," by Charlie Savage, at the New York Times.

At the Washington Post, Rob Pegoraro offers some unfavorable comment: "Administration Internet-wiretap proposals forget history."

Believe it or not, neocon heavyweight Charles Krauthammer opposes the plan! But it's not what you think. Appearing on Fox News, Krauthammer said he's troubled not by the potential for abuse by "our government, which I trust," but by the possibility that evildoing regimes around the world would use the software "back doors" for espionage.
     October 2, 2010

Actually, it's twice a week. If not twice a day. On the same daySeptember 27 — that the Times broke the news about the wiretapping scheme, the Washington Post ran this story: "Money transfers could face anti-terrorism scrutiny," by Ellen Nakashima.

She begins: "The Obama administration wants to require U.S. banks to report all electronic money transfers into and out of the country, a dramatic expansion in efforts to counter terrorist financing and money laundering." At present, she writes, "financial institutions are ... required to report to the Treasury Department transactions in excess of $10,000 and others they deem suspicious."

Unlike the previous spying proposal, this measure is to be imposed by Executive fiat. That is, Congress has already delegated the power for the bureaucracy to impose it.
     October 2, 2010

At the Rockwell site, antiwar writer Tom Engelhardt and military critic Andrew Bacevich take a jaundiced view of Bob Woodward and his whole operation: "The Washington Gossip Machine."
     October 2, 2010

I consider Mark Steyn to be one neocon who is often worth reading, especially about the white demographic implosion and Mohammedanism. He is in good form in this essay: "Bowing to Islam's view of us" (posted at the Orange County Register).

A taste: "Under one-way multiculturalism, the Muslim world is free to revere Islam and belittle the west's inheritance, and, likewise, the western world is free to revere Islam and belittle the west's inheritance."

And here's a chiller: "The statists grow ever more comfortable in discussing openly the government management of your computer. But, even if they don't formally take it over, look at the people who run publishing houses, movie studios, schools and universities, and ask yourself whether you really want to bet the future on the commitment to free speech of those who run ISPs."
     October 2, 2010

I thought the evil of the Nobel-charlatan Krugman had already been thoroughly plumbed. Not so. At The Freeman, Steven Horwitz charts new depths: "The Newspeak of Paul Krugman."
     October 2, 2010

I'm happy for Steve Sniegoski, but I'm also happy for TLD because one of our writers has broken through the ostracism of all people TLD-ish at Antiwar.com, with this review by Ed Warner of The Transparent Cabal. Steve himself has confronted a dismayingly effective blackout in getting his book noticed in antiwar venues. Congratulations, my friend!

A taste: "The cabal is described in convincing detail by ... Sniegoski, who, somewhat retiring, lets the neoconservatives tell much of it in their own words — and what words! full of the passion of their endeavor...."
     September 22, 2010

Whatever we malcontents think of the Brothers Koch, or, for that matter, of left-libertarian Jeff Riggenbach, I think you've got to admit that Riggenbach carries out an effective demolition of dumbhead liberal Jane Mayer, in this essay at Mises: "The Ignorance of the New Yorker."

He writes: "It is clear that Mayer hasn't the foggiest idea what libertarianism is all about. It seems likely that she has made no effort at all to find out what it's all about." Alas, that is typical of Establishment writers.
     September 22, 2010

I'm sure you've heard the propaganda slogan that Mohammedanism is a "religion of peace." I can't help being reminded of the Soviets' old propaganda line about "the zone of peace" (what they already controlled) and "the zone of war" (the rest of the world, which they hoped to control). These two stories at The Daily Mail don't render me any more charitable on that point:

"Nightclub forced to change its name from Mecca after threats from Muslim extremists," by Tom Worden

"Female cartoonist forced into hiding after doodling 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' picture," by "Daily Mail Reporter"

The second story is the scarier of the two: The cartoonist, Molly Norris, is an American living in America. Notice, too, the non-byline byline on The Daily Mail's story.

The FBI's best advice for an American target of a "fatwa" may be to change her identity, and run and hide, but I've got some advice of my own for any "fatwa" barbarians who might stray into rural Indiana: You would find yourselves at extreme risk of defatwa-ization by 12-gauge.
     September 22, 2010

The Rockwell site has been specializing in blood-curdling financial gloom and doom over the past some months, so this piece by veteran libertarian economist Dom Armentano provides welcome relief: "The End of the World As We Know It? I Doubt It."
     September 22, 2010

Rockwell also featured this excellent piece by the dauntless Karen Kwiatkowski: "War Is Murder." Kwiatkowski, a reformed ex-lieutenant colonel with the imperial air force, seems to get more radical with every succeeding article. Her paragraph beginning "Indeed, can anyone swear...." will surely induce the dread Eye of Sauron to swing her way, if it hasn't already. And don't miss her closing sentence. She's not an anarchist yet, but ...
     September 22, 2010

Gary North and Misesian Robert Wenzel are doing some good ruling-class analysis. At Economic Policy Journal, Wenzel concisely comments on a recent piece by North that "dissects a recent 'conversation with' Alan Greenspan at the Council on Foreign Relations."

"The Establishment Is Now Concerned about the Deficit (Or is it a sneak attack?)"
Wenzel writes: "Bottom line: The new concern by the Establishment over the deficit must be viewed as a Trojan horse. The huge deficit was obviously caused by out of control government spending. Yet, the Establishment is using the result, the huge deficit, as an excuse to increase government meddling in the economy through higher taxes!"

Actually, that's nothing new. Reagan's deficit spending was a gift to our enemies on the Left, allowing them to pursue their vampiric exactions behind the mask of "fiscal responsibility."
     September 22, 2010

Judging from what happened, or didn't, in 1995, I wouldn't expect any Republican congressional majorities to try very hard to repeal Obama Care. But even if they really wanted to, Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown writes that it wouldn't be easy: "Big hole in GOP health repeal plan."
     September 22, 2010

Less of a sellout than you might think. U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has successfully sucked up to an apparently cloutful county sheriff in Kentucky, who now says he is "ready to endorse Paul after the tea party-backed candidate offered assurances that he won't seek funding cuts for regional drug task forces and Operation UNITE, a federal initiative providing undercover narcotics investigations and addiction treatment." That's according to the AP's Bruce Schreiner: "Paul calls Clay County sheriff to gain endorsement" (posted at Kentucky.com).

Actually, it's hard to accuse the non-libertarian Paul of "betraying" anything, except maybe federalism. Schreiner notes that "Paul has previously said he prefers local initiatives over federally based responses to combat drug trafficking and addiction problems." That's local tyranny from the libertarian standpoint.
     September 22, 2010

At AlterNet, Paul Armentano (Dom's son!) pens this exposé of fascist deviltry: "Alcohol Lobby Now Openly Spending against [California's] Legal Pot Initiative in Alliance with Police Industrial Complex." Editor's intro: "Big Alcohol's decision to squash marijuana law reform to protect its bottom line is simply politics as usual."

The beer and liquor interests here in Indiana "argue" more frankly against any proposal to free up competition: It would damage us economically! (And to Hades with you and your rights!) But at least the bald-faced Mafia approach is honest. The fact that everyone who hears those "arguments" doesn't recoil in disgust — that's the disturbing part.
     September 22, 2010

More valor and heroism from Our Boys in Afghanistan. Threats to burn the Koran and other news of questionable import, such the antics of somebody named Snooki, are getting much more press than this story. I wonder why.

"U.S. soldiers 'killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies,'" by Chris McGreal, of the Guardian. Editor's intro: "Soldiers face charges over secret 'kill team' which allegedly murdered at random and collected fingers as trophies of war."

"Army: 12 soldiers killed Afghans, mutilated corpses," by Barbara Starr, of CNN.

The real question, of course, is how much of this kind of thing is going on that hasn't been reported. [David T. Wright]
     September 13, 2010

I hadn't heard anything about it until yesterday, on ABC's "This Week" program, but the notion is apparently going viral among the liberals of Minitrue that Thomas Jefferson held an "Iftar" dinner at the White House for Mohammedans, and, further, that it became a tradition for presidents to do so. Writing at Canada Free Press, columnist Warner Todd Huston offers a different view: "Another Obama White House Lie about Islam."

In respect to this question, senior editor Ronn Neff comments:

(1) The encounter in 1805 was a meeting between a head of state and an ambassador, and had nothing to do with religion. If the ambassador had been from the Dalai Lama, would that mean that Buddhism had always been a part of America?

(2) It is one thing to condescend to Islam when it is a distant religion and no threat to your way of life. It is quite another to make concessions when it is a major threat.
     September 13, 2010

Kathleen ("Big Sec'etary") Sebelius is makin' her bones. Anyone who thinks it's a strained metaphor when anti-statists describe government as organized crime would do well to read this piece by Michael Tanner, in the New York Post: "ObamaCare extortion." Subhead: "Admin.'s 'mobster' move."

In the old days "democratic" American socialists used to rave about "civil" liberties while execrating economic freedom. Nowadays it takes an extra gallon of gall for such socialists to maintain that contradiction.
     September 13, 2010

I swear, I sometimes think that we've all been transported into the pages of an alternate-history novel — a decidedly dystopian one.

"Bush, Obama, and the Nine-year 'Emergency,'" by Michael Tennant, at The New American
As if the tyrannical "state of emergency" weren't bad enough, Tennant shows that the tyrants haven't even abided by their own purported rules for it. That kind of meta-lawlessness is not new.
     September 13, 2010

Developing a theme, here's Sheldon Richman at Future of Freedom: "Obama: Neoconservative." You'll find no actual mention of that third "I" country in the Middle East, but I'm not sure that will protect Richman from a charge of thoughtcrime.

He writes: "The Obama administration again demonstrates that while presidents come and go, the permanent regime rumbles on." Yes.
     September 13, 2010

Round up your rotten tomatoes — here come the Waste Education Officers! Despite the incessant squeals by totalitarians to extend the government-school year, eliminate summer vacation, and even have school on Saturdays, the collapse of things governmental in California has forced some big government-school districts there to cut their school year by five days. Outstanding! That's a nice example of how collapse can serve the cause of liberty (even though it won't save tax victims any money).

But as described by veteran anarchist Wendy McElroy in this pungent piece at The Freeman, what's happening in Cleveland demonstrates that government fiscal collapse is a two-edged sword: "Big Brother Is Watching You Recycle."
     September 13, 2010

The latest from Patrick ("Alexander Hamilton Is My Hero") Buchanan. Despite all the bad things you know about Buchanan, this piece at VDare may still be a shocker: "The Bonfire of the Qurans."

In it, Buchanan dares Generalissimo Obama to order the Organs of State Security to arrest the pastor in Florida who has been threatening to burn copies of the Koran.

Buchanan's assessment that "... if Obama does not have the power to stop actions like this, imperiling our troops, then we should get out of this war" will earn him nothing from friends of peace and liberty.

Ronn Neff comments:

Maybe others have forgotten this column by Buchanan, but I have not: "Let the Ashcroft Raids Begin" (November 2001).
     September 13, 2010

Too many mean-spirited wisecracks occur to me with regard to this story, so I'm going to forgo making any: "Defense cuts could slow D.C. economy for years," by Marjorie Censer and Peter Whoriskey, of the Washington Post.

Let's get serious. War Minister Gates's plan directly contradicts the "gravitational pull" of the imperial system, so we'd better not hold our breath waiting for it to be implemented. And if it is substantially implemented, it certainly will be superseded as soon as the Military-Industrial Complex gins up another big crisis or pours more gasoline on the current ones.

I was struck by the mention of "a program to build 23 presidential helicopters that had more than doubled in cost and was running six years behind schedule." That's pocket change, in the context of leviathan's total vacuuming up of our wealth, but it does vividly convey the whole imperial tone. (Oh — but it's been canceled. All's well, then!)
     September 13, 2010

But ... but ... One may well wonder how this comports with Gates's purported plan to slim down the Complex: "Saudi Arms Deal Advances," by Adam Entous, at the Wall Street Journal. Subhead: "White House to Notify Congress Soon of $60 Billion Package, Largest Ever for U.S."

How long is Gates sticking around as war minister, anyway? Haven't we heard that he's going to jump ship soon?

That aside, never fear — the only important issue here has already been settled. The Obama regime has satisfactorily addressed Israel's concerns about the arms deal.
     September 13, 2010

"With Democrats in danger of losing control of Congress, some prominent lobbying shops, trade groups, and contractors are already moving to bring more Republicans on board to bolster their political fortunes." That's how Eric Lichtblau leads off this story at the New York Times: "Lobbyists Rush to Hire G.O.P. Staff Ahead of Vote."

Snort, snort ... munch, munch ... snort, snort ... slurp, slurp ... Same old hogs, same old music.
     September 13, 2010

Special recommendation. At The American Spectator — of all places — has appeared a magnificent essay by Angelo M. Codevilla, "America's Ruling Class — and the Perils of Revolution."

I am rarely so direct in my urgings, but I'll just come out and say it: You should read this. It's long; take your time. On the other hand, you just may be swept up, and zoom through the whole thing.

Here's a sample:

By 2010 some in the ruling class felt confident enough to dispense with the [constitutional] charade. Asked what in the Constitution allows Congress and the president to force every American to purchase health insurance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied: "Are you kidding? Are you kidding?" No surprise then that lower court judges and bureaucrats take liberties with laws, regulations, and contracts. That is why legal words that say you are in the right avail you less in today's America than being on the right side of the persons who decide what they want those words to mean.

As the discretionary powers of officeholders and of their informal entourages have grown, the importance of policy and of law itself is declining, citizenship is becoming vestigial, and the American people become ever more dependent.

Woodrow Wilson and his allies feature prominently in Codevilla's analysis, as they should.

In 1984, Orwell wrote that in the crushing totalitarianism he was describing, "there were no laws." When I first read the novel, as an adolescent, I didn't understand that at all: Why, a totalitarian state is surely nothing but laws! It took me a while to grasp the fact that only a free, non-state society can discover and properly apply true, natural law. In a modern state, there comes a time in its inevitable growth when it imposes so many positive statute "laws" (including 2,000-pagers unread by the "legislators" themselves) and administrative decrees that the regime's operators drop even the pretense of observing the rule of law.

We are of the generation of Americans fated to live in that time. Though the regime may yet fall of its own weight, we cannot bring it down; but the more we understand, the more we may be able to save — in the catacombs, if you will. Ignorance is not strength.

The great anti-statist Robert Higgs has penned a good appreciation of the article for The Independent: "A Splendid Essay on the Two Great Classes in Contemporary America." He observes correctly that "the force of [Cordevilla's] argument wanes a bit toward the end of the essay, when he muses about how a country party [i.e., we who are not They] might turn the tide...."
     July 26-27, 2010

When the Fox News neocons learned of the Washington Post's series on the regime's Byzantine "Intelligence-Industrial Complex," they were astonished by the dire news: How can that be? Isn't bigger always better? Look at all the threats and problems we face! Rarely have we seen so acute a case of Conservative Multiple-Personality Disorder.

The condition is hardly rare, though, as Gene Healy notes in this piece at the Washington Examiner: "Our big-government war on terror." Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and writes only from a limited-government perspective; but he also writes well.
     July 26-27, 2010

Confronted with Obamunist utopianism, Sheldon Richman does a remarkable job of writing with restraint, though you can just about see him shaking his head in response to the Unicorn Prince's goofy promises about leviathan's latest "financial reform": "Regulatory Magic." Editor's intro for this piece at the Freeman: "The more the rules change the more they stay the same."
     July 26-27, 2010

At Salon, Glenn Greenwald pens a concise and readable assessment of "The WikiLeaks Afghanistan leak."

I've derived some amusement from the reaction of Neocon Central to the leak:

1) There's nothing new or interesting to see here, folks. Move along, move along.

2) Jail 'em! Releasing this information endangers Our Boys Committing Heroism in Distant Dusty Lands!

3) Oh — wait. Some of the documents show a connection between the Afghan resistance and those Iranian devils? Good deal!
     July 26-27, 2010

Responding to the WikiLeaks bombshell, the regime itself started out saying, "Nothing to see here. Move along." But — and I know it's a little confusing — the emperor seems to have found something of interest in the documents after all, according to this dispatch at The Guardian: "Barack Obama enlists Afghan war leaks in support of policy switch," by Ewen MacAskill. Editor's intro: "Material cataloguing blunders justifies decision to deploy 30,000 more U.S. troops, U.S. president says."

Ronn Neff reports that when he went into Google News, even before he entered anything in the search field the following hits appeared, along with the one above: "Obama: Leaked Afghan War Documents Reveal Nothing New" (Voice of America) and "Obama: 'Nothing new' in Wikileaks Afghan records leak" (BBC).

That leads Mr. Neff to ask, "What he would have done if there had been something new in them?"
     July 26-27, 2010

Not to go on and on about this, but according to David Rogers, reporting at Politico: "Leaks a 'jolt' for war funds bill." A "jolt," that is, to get the thing passed. I know I'm going out on a limb, here, and you can call me crazy, but I'm starting to suspect that whatever revelation was in the leaked documents, peace was not in the cards.
     July 26-27, 2010

At Prisonplanet.com, Paul Craig Roberts offers a gripping vision of the collapse of empire both at home and abroad, set in the near future. How fantastic do you find it?

"The year America dissolved"
     July 26-27, 2010

The natives are getting restless in Fort Wayne (which I always describe as the nearest town of any size to the TLD Bunker), according to this front-page story by Benjamin Lanka, in the Journal Gazette: "City cited as refugee expense challenge." Subhead: "[Sen. Richard] Lugar's report calls for more federal help."

The public coffers in Indiana's second city are really being drained, now, thanks to the efforts of the regime's refugee-resettlement program, carried out with the aid of the crazed Red Guard church groups that Washington largely finances. The imported Third World tribesmen subsist on tax money, naturally, and now the locals are trying to get the Central Government to squeeze taxpayers elsewhere in the country who so far haven't had to shoulder this particular burden.
     July 26-27, 2010

One reason I miss the old Soviet Union is that when confronted with stories such as this, I could always ask, "When did we cross the Soviet border?"

"Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right," by Annys Shin, in the Washington Post
Of course, the solution to this problem is simple. We just need to hire policemen of normal intelligence and teach them the basics of American law. It has nothing to do with the modern civic culture, if you want to call it that, that Angelo Codevilla analyzes in the lead essay, above.

I wonder how soon it will be when people in some semi-free country (if such a thing survives anywhere), faced with a police outrage, will ask: "When did we cross the American border?"
     July 26-27, 2010

Congratulations to Andy Nowicki, who has this penetrating essay posted at Alternative Right: "Hollywood's Last White Nationalist: M. Night's Shyamalan's Aryan Aesthetic."

A taste: "... M. Night scarcely seems interested in non-whites at all. Looking over the casts of nearly all of his films, one is struck by their relentless Caucasoidian orientation."
     July 17, 2010

The tax-funded project to resettle exotic Third Worlders in American towns and small cities earns apposite comment from Dr. Paul Williams, at Family Security Matters: "Exclusive: Small Town America Transformed by Somali Migrants."

It's hard to imagine a better way than this of demoralizing white Westerners who think they can avoid the worst of the demographic devolution by hunkering down in all-white or nearly all-white towns. Having said that, I know it is tempting to proceed to conspiratorial explanations. However, some argue that the settlement of such exotics in small communities has more to do with the fact that public finances, which must support the aliens, tend to be in better shape there than in the big cities. On the other hand, injecting several thousand Somali tribesmen into Lewiston, Maine — whose population was 36,000 in 2000 — has an incomparably more toxic effect than injecting a similar number into, say, Boston.

Whatever the true motivation of our rulers is, with respect to this wretched assault, many of them must enjoy demonstrating their hideous strength to the futureless white people under their heel.
     July 17, 2010

Understanding the adversary. I recommend to your attention a piece at Imprimis, "The New New Deal," by Charles Kesler. In alerting me to the article, Ronn Neff noted that Kesler explores "a point that has perplexed us often — why the Left focuses so much on 'stories.' I think his explanation may be the real goods." And also: "The distinction he tries to draw between Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama may be on target."
     July 17, 2010

At the Rockwell site, Becky Akers offers a heart-warming tale of how the heroes of the TSA are continuing to Keep Us Safe: "Calling All Cowards." "Behavioral detection officer" — now, there's a law-enforcement title to reassure anyone living here in Post-America.
     July 17, 2010

I just don't understand this one, in light of the declarations by Joe Scarborough and other establishment spokesmen that today's (white) youths are racially oblivious: "Did Whites Flee the 'Digital Ghetto' of MySpace?," by Christopher Mims, at Technology Review. Editor's intro: "A new analysis by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd argues that Facebook's success is due in part to 'white flight' from MySpace."
     July 17, 2010

One of the Fed's temple priests, Kartik Athreya, recently warned everyone away from discussing economics except for mathematically trained Ph.D.'s who have strained their brains on the subject for many years only to conclude that clear conclusions are impossible. Whew! Writing at Mises, Sterling T. Terrell begs to differ: "Economics Is ... Easy." Terrell writes: "The truth is that economics is so hard for Kartik Athreya because he is trying to do the impossible."

Sincere or not, Athreya is playing a variation on a traditional theme. In fact, we may see the Fed itself as (among other things) an exercise in obfuscation and mystification, in and on behalf of the ruling class, against the people.
     July 17, 2010

Most conservatives seem invincibly impervious to the fact that war and imperialism wreck our freedom here at home, but old Joe Lieberman is doing his best to rip away their blinders. Writing at the Rockwell site, Butler Shaffer identifies the loathsome state-criminal Lieberman as the "principal author" of the bill to give the emperor a "kill switch" for the Internet: "A 'Kill Switch' for the State." (Many conservatives who aren't impervious just don't care. Of that faction, William F. Buckley Jr. was one of the most infamous.)
     July 2-3, 2010

"My BS-ometer is clanging pretty loudly, and yours should be, too," writes Justin Raimondo in this column at Antiwar.com: "Are the Russians Really Coming?" Mine certainly is, but then it goes off just about every time Minitrue breathlessly announces the latest victory on the Malabar Front. It always seems to be followed by a reduction in the choco ration.
     July 2-3, 2010

Wasting no time in salvaging as much gun-totalitarianism as possible, pols in Chicago have already passed an oppressive replacement ordinance, according to the Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago approves new handgun restrictions / 45-0 vote comes after Supreme Court hits city on gun ban," by Abdon M. Pallasch.

Yes, it passed unanimously. Unanimously! Ye gods, imagine living in such a place!

Pallasch writes: "The measure prohibits gun shops in Chicago and bars gun owners from so much as stepping outside their homes with a handgun, even if it's only onto their porches or garages."
     July 2-3, 2010

At Politico, Kasie Hunt reports the sort of development that makes political analysis so fascinating — and so tricky: "Democrats quietly cheer high court gun ruling."

One thing they're cheering in Washington, I'm sure, is that the ruling will render the otherwise "angry, energized base of gun owners" less vigilant toward the unsleeping, unflagging, relentless efforts of local tyrants to disarm them.
     July 2-3, 2010

This AlterNet piece (an excerpt from a book) is pretty long, but it contains some real nuggets: "The Town the Torturers Came From," by Justine Sharrock. Editor's intro: "News of Abu Ghraib shook the small, working-class hometown of the soldiers involved in the scandal." (The town is Cumberland, Md. The notorious Miss Lynndie England hails from a settlement just over the line in West Virginia.)

One of the nuggets is this: "After the scandal broke, [a source told the writer,] the recruiting center filled with high school seniors, who 'were just fascinated by that kind of thing. They liked that you could do that in the military, and they wanted to be a part of it, part of that unit.'" Sharrock also mentions that a nearby prison "is infamous for prisoner abuse." What a coincidence!

All empires are bad, but you don't get one as degraded as the United State's without a degraded homeland.
     July 2-3, 2010

It turns out that the neocons' war against the Iraqis was at least in part a "war for oil" after all — that is, a war for China's oil. But the Chinese are angling for a lot more than that, according to this report in the Washington Post: "Risk-tolerant China investing heavily in Iraq as U.S. companies hold back," by Leila Fadel and Ernesto Londoño.
     July 2-3, 2010

Here's a fun item from darkest Nifongland, courtesy of the News Observer, in Durham County, N.C.: "Duke lacrosse accuser holds press conference to defend herself," by Stanley B. Chambers Jr. Defend herself, that is, against current criminal charges.

Don't miss the delightful quote from Miss Mangum near the end.
     July 2-3, 2010

Brains! Fresh braaaains! I take back what I wrote above: This is where the real fun starts. Libertarian historian Tom Woods sits down to talk about his new book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, with a devotee of fresh braaaains but not, alas, of fresh ideas.

"Nullification: Interview with a Zombie"
Partisans of freedom, justice, and truth can perhaps be forgiven a little rough satire, after decades of frustration trying to communicate with the dead minds of the System. (For the record: I respect Tom Woods, and I enjoy his combativeness, but nullification by subordinate political entities isn't going to save us.)
     July 2-3, 2010

Well, sure. They are pirates, after all. This piece in The Guardian goes back to June 18, but this is the first I'm hearing of it. Maybe the American Minitrue de-emphasized it: "Gaza convoy activists claim Israeli soldiers using debit cards stolen in raid," by Haroon Siddique.
     July 2-3, 2010

Nausea Alert. From the New York Times: "Canada Agog at Security Price Tag for Summit," by Ian Austen.

What was that price? Austen writes, "The latest [Canadian] government estimate is $897 million for three days of summitry. That comes to about $12 million per hour, or a total near what the government spends per year in the war in Afghanistan."

But there is a saving grace to this, and here it is: As those who would be masters of the universe meet to plot against us, up there in the higher circles of the World System, they remember that they are mortal. And they are afraid.
     July 2-3, 2010

"Subversive historical revision." Melissa Harris-Lacewell, the left-wing Negro academic, wins her second kudos from TLD for providing us once again with the honest, authentic voice of the Adversary. In a previous piece I featured, Harris-Lacewell unapologetically asserted that the state enjoys a special morality allowing it to initiate force, and she labeled dissidents from Obamunism as terroristic seditionists who, she strongly implied, ought to be punished.

Now she's back with a similarly charming piece from The Nation, which I found posted at AlterNet: "Younger People Are Fundamentally Less Concerned with Race, Putting the Republicans on the Defensive." Editor's intro: "Why conservatives are shuddering with apocalyptic anxiety about generational trends."

She begins: "I spent Memorial Day in New Orleans, where I watched a group of citizens lay a wreath at the foot of a statue of Jefferson Davis. It was a jarring reminder of how the South understands American history. Memorial Day was founded after the Civil War to honor Union soldiers. When Southerners choose to memorialize Confederate leaders, it is an act of subversive historical revision and an indication of the unresolved political and cultural anxieties that stir just below the surface of the 'New South.'"

Harris-Lacewell doesn't tell us whether she thinks black and brown young people are "fundamentally less concerned with race" — especially with respect to each other.
     June 12, 2010

Speaking of the special morality of states, I'm afraid this appreciation of Israel's special morality comes off as a mite sarcastic: "The Gaza Flotilla and Israel's Many, Many Rights," by Charles Glass, at Taki's Magazine.
     June 12, 2010

This one will doubtless leave you in a happy, burbling, warm-hearted mood of Diverse Rainbow Celebration. It, too, proposes a special sort of morality having to do with the initiation of force: "Evangelical Church and Donut Shop Vandalized in Pittsburgh" (no byline). The dispatch is posted at a homosexualist site called Bash Back.

There's no question that statist right-wingers and "moderates" absolutely depend on the initiation of force, too, in their political thinking. Right-wingers, after all, are the great promoters and fans of mass-murdering wars of aggression, and "moderates" aren't much better on that front. But on the domestic front, and aside from rampaging cops, no one initiates force quite as self-righteously as the Reds.
     June 12, 2010

The state of play in Freedom World. This piece by Hans-Hermann Hoppe is fairly long, but you'll probably want to chew away at it if you're at all interested in the interplay between "hard" libertarians and men who are, in limited respects, their intellectual cousins. I found it fascinating: "The Property and Freedom Society — Reflections after Five Years." It's posted at The Libertarian Standard.

Unless I overlooked it, there is nothing here about that crippled, mangy old dog, the Libertarian Party: most refreshing.
     June 12, 2010

At The Freeman, Sheldon Richman slashes right through the statist nonsense we're hearing about the BP leak, in "You Really Want Government Drilling for Oil?"

He opens by observing, "You've got to hand it to the people who really dislike free markets. They see them everywhere (under every bed?) and especially wherever any serious problem arises. That no free market exists within a thousand miles makes no difference whatsoever.

"Take the oil spill in the Gulf...."
     June 12, 2010

"Heh heh heh" doesn't convey my leaping and laughing delight at this one. By Dana Milbank at the Washington Post: "Nancy Pelosi, the liberal House speaker, is heckled by liberals." But there is a serious lesson here: no matter how much leviathan hands the clients of totalitarianism, they'll always want more. That can occasionally embarrass organized-crime figures such as Pelosi, but she should reflect that the "demand side" of statism is part of what keeps la famiglia in business.

By the way, Fox News really wound up on the short bus in their coverage of this story. The day it happened, June 8, the Fox Blonde on duty said Pelosi had been shouted down by "liberal activists." The next day, the Fox Blonde (can't remember whether she was the same one) teased through two commercial breaks to the effect that Fox had "solved the mystery" of who it really was who'd shouted Pelosi down. The eventual answer: "progressive activists." Eureka! The day before, within a couple hours of the shout-down, the Post had put up a story on its website indicating that the shouters were mostly activists for statist disabled people. Not Fox's finest hour.
     June 12, 2010

Hey, "we live in a world where we take off our shoes at the airport," quoth Dick Durbin, who seems to have transcended the old totalitarian cliché, "We carry driver's licenses, don't we?" His utterance came in support of the proposal for a biometric ID card that everyone would have to carry. It's now drawing fire from some on the Left, ostensibly on civil-liberties grounds:

"Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card," by Alexander Bolton, at The Hill
It's hard to tell whether the leftists are sincere or not; we'd have to see what they'd say if white American "seditionists" were the only class of people required to get the card. But I don't need to tell you what we at TLD think of the proposal, originally advanced by liberal Democrat Charles Schumer and conservative Republican Lindsey Graham, both remorseless proponents of the Garrison State and its perpetual wars at home and abroad.

Some of us in the freedom community think of paleocons as our cousins, in a sense. Put aside their opposition to international trade for a moment. We need to hold their feet to the fire in respect to this enormity. Are they allies of the unspeakable Schumer and Graham, or not?
     May 1, 2010

Modine Herbey has another question:  Can paleocons who favor the new card really think that, if it's implemented, the regime will not use it against them?
Warning: This blurb is rated PG-13. The following Politico.com piece elicited quite a bit of comment earlier this week, and I probably should have linked to it then. I am motivated to do so now by another story that has started to bubble anew.
"Why reporters are down on President Obama," by Josh Gerstein and Patrick Gavin
It appears that the Obamunists have gone and futzed up a ... well, a certain kind of dream.

What's re-bubbling is something that, in its original version, seems to be old news to everyone but me, namely, "the Vera Baker Affair." (I'm such an innocent.) Here's a brief account of the "breaking news," from the National Enquirer: "Obama Cheating Scandal: Shocking New Reports."

Kudos to the old friend of TLD who tipped me to that one, and then followed up by informing me of a radically revisionist account at HillBuzz. His e-mail subject line was, "Himbo eruption? Hillary fan base speaks up!" And here's the blog entry: "Leave Vera Baker Alone. She Did Not Have an Affair with Obama."

A delicious taste: "We never believed Obama had an affair with a woman, because Obama does not appear to like women." It only gets better from there. Some sharp claws on these Hillcats!

If any of this really does threaten to blow up, will the press corps at the Presidential Palace pursue their ouchiness toward their former hero? Or will they automatically fall in, once again, as his corrupt bodyguard of liars, omitters, and smotherers? Will they demand some inconvenient concessions before doing so? Stay tuned!
     May 1, 2010

I'm seeing more and more good attacks on the Ministry of Love's unofficial adjunct, Morris Dees's Southern Poverty Law Center. Here's the latest, at PajamasMedia: "Southern Poverty Law Center's 'Enemies List' a Fantasy," by Robert Stacy McCain.

For the benefit of newcomers, I should mention that the SPLCers are the goons who in 2009 put WTM Enterprises, TLD's publisher, on their Hate Map as a "white nationalist" group, prompting a local TV station to parrot their nonsense, even sending a reporter to my little town to conduct inflammatory sidewalk interviews with passersby.

No matter how many embarrassing exposés appear, the drones and dupes who donate to Dees's medicine show will no doubt remain impervious, as will the anti-dissident Left in general, but maybe some MSM outlets eventually won't be so eager to engage in news-release journalism as soon as they get something from the outfit.

D'oh ...! What am I thinking?
     April 28, 2010

The esteemed Will Grigg slams another one out of the park, in this recent posting at the Rockwell site: "'Find Me the Man, I'll Find the Crime.'" The article serves to remind us that statist justice and defense "services" perform no better than the state-directed economy writ large. And why should we expect them to? Grigg's piece reverberates with powerful writing that made me want to rise up and shout, "Yes!"
     April 28, 2010

Informed by his knowledge of the Soviet system, Yuri Kuznetsov offers an additional answer to Hans-Hermann Hoppe's question, "How Is Fiat Money Possible?" The title of this Mises essay may sound dry — "Fiat Money as an Administrative Good" — but the subject, and Kuznetsov's handling of it, are not. Speaking of things being dry, I observe that one of the most civilizing contributions of Austrian School economists is their relentless demonstration that the state begins and ends with what the Soviets used to call "wet work."
     April 28, 2010

Walter Karp sighting! That rara avis is to be found in Sheldon Richman's April 23 column at The Freeman: "The Washington-Wall Street Kabuki Dance." Subtitle: "More theater than reality."

Richman extends Karp's "indispensable enemies" analysis from the "warring" duopoly parties to the "warring" political class and Wall Street ruling class, and in doing so veers very close to my own assumptions. I applaud Richman's citations of Roderick Long, too.

TLD's Walter Karp department

     April 28, 2010

Also at The Freeman, William L. Anderson asks: "Should Government Control Wall Street?" Subtitle: "Easy money and tight regulation?" Of all the weird combinations the regime could have come up with ...!
     April 28, 2010

Crazy evil. The correspondent of mine who alerted me to this piece asked a very good question. First, the article: "Is racism a mental disorder?", by Angie Meus. Now, the question: "If it is a mental disorder then why is it also regarded as evil?"

The piece is from the Famuan, the student newspaper of Florida A&M University, a "historically black" state university in Tallahassee. (You will notice a repetitive passage, suggesting wet-behind-the-ears editing.)

Ayn Rand and her epigones, including me, would argue that voluntary irrationality is evil. But that's not the kind of discussion that's going on here. Instead, the attempt to categorize dissent on racial matters as a psychiatric disorder is a Soviet-style lunge for power. That being so, our adversaries in power are quite untroubled by any logical inconsistency in their understanding of mental "illness."

If dissent on racial matters were medicalized, any distinction between racism and "extreme" racism, already blurry in this article, wouldn't be observed for long. One would indeed see a sharp distinction survive, though, between thoughtful white race-realists and hateful shriekers such as La Raza demonstrators or Minister Jeremiah Wright. And I don't need to tell you which group would be the beneficiary of humane, compassionate, and mandatory drug therapy. If not electroshock.
     April 22, 2010

I can't help but glom onto two recent Future of Freedom recommendations, both having to do with the "sedition" outcry that's gone viral on the Left:

  At the Washington Examiner, Jay Ambrose points out that "Applying Clinton's logic, there's no such thing as liberty."

In pursuit of Bill Clinton's actual meaning, Ambrose delightfully observes: "Here's the thing, he tells us: No one should advocate violence or be violent. But of course. All of us who are not ourselves seriously disturbed would agree to that. Was that his point all along? Does he also want to tell us that bank robbery is bad?"

  Even harder-hitting is libertarian James Bovard's "A Lethal Hypocrisy," posted, I was happy to see, at the left-wing peacenik site CounterPunch. Subtitle: "Bill Clinton on Violence and Government."

Bovard writes: "Clinton declared that 'we do not have the right to resort to violence — or the threat of violence — when we don't get our way.'"

Bovard adds: "Unless you're the government."

I can come up with a whole list of adjectives to describe what passes for argument on the part of leviathan's champions: rubbery, foggy, slippery, and mushy would certainly be on it. But Bovard reminds us of one that we might want to put at the head: intensely hypocritical.
     April 22, 2010

I saw the episode of Chris Matthews's Sunday morning show that Jeff Poor of NewsBusters is writing about here, and the five servants of leviathan really did outdo themselves: "Time's Klein: Beck, Palin Potentially Committing Sedition against U.S. Government; Heilemann Adds Limbaugh." The "Norah" referred to in the piece is panel member Norah O'Donnell, a hard-leftist MSNBC operative. Rounding out the all-leftist panel was Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post.

Matthews reported poll results showing that "an astounding 70 percent of Republicans ... say yes, their rights and freedoms are under imminent threat." That is astounding. Don't those Republicans know that their rights and freedoms have just about been destroyed?

Transcript at LexisNexis News

     April 22, 2010

Since 1926, when the Central Government asserted control of the electromagnetic spectrum, the formula operating in this country seems to have been: First and Fourth amendments + electricity = zero protection of freedom. Writing at BusinessWeek, Jon Brodkin fills us in on the latest demonstration of that: "Google, YouTube received 10,000 government requests for user data." That's in one six-month period. Google also received "requests" from regimes around the world, including the one in Washington, to actually remove content.

In the word requests we see more of that slimy, slippery language of leviathan. A writer on Mob etiquette once described the tone a little differently, as one of "silky menace," as in, "Tony Soprano politely requests that you cease competing with his garbage-collection company."

Google says it complied with 80 percent of Washington's censorship "requests." Kudos to the company for refusing a fifth of the time. How many of us dare to refuse organized crime's "requests" a fifth of the time?
     April 22, 2010

I've had this one, from the (London) Times Online, sitting around since late March, but I'll follow it with a more recent link: "White farmers 'being wiped out,'" by Dan McDougall. As you might guess, this is a story out of South Africa. Editor's intro: "Over 3,000 have been killed since 1994. Now the ANC is accused of fanning the hate."

The more recent piece is at Dr. Dan Roodt's praag.co.uk, the English-language site for the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group: "Afrikaans organisations unite on security." Dr. Roodt spoke at the 2006 American Renaissance Conference and was due to speak at this year's conference as well, before the communists and white-haters wrecked it.

Suggesting that some white men around the world are still capable of producing testosterone, Dr. Roodt announced that "organisations will participate in the setting up of a voluntary security system capable of ensuring safety amid the collapse of law and order, as well as to repulse military threats arising from land seizures with or without the participation of ANC cadres and [Zimbabwean] military personnel crossing over South Africa's border." Of course, that is nothing less than — let's say it together — sedition!
     April 22, 2010

I saw a Politico.com piece a couple days ago that made me chuckle: "Debate tests members' financial IQs," by Eamon Javers. Politico.com's e-mail promo for this story was: "As a vote draws nearer, some lawmakers are still struggling to understand regulatory reform." Right. Clearly the lawfakers need to send for more of those Wall Street mandarins with triple-digit IQs. Maybe this is an ill-timed suggestion, but in the past, Goldman Sachs has always been eager to help.

Seriously, how can even someone who believes in government intervention expect a bill to emerge that is intelligent and focused, not to mention unporky? One that contains no unexploded bombs, unintended consequences, or arcane sweetheart deals inserted by smart staffers and the cadre of members who do have triple-digit IQs?

Utopianism forever!
     April 22, 2010

Financial analyst Charles Payne, a big fan of Goldman Sachs, had some thought-provoking things to say on April 19 about the SEC's lawsuit: "White House Punches Goldman, All Markets KO'd," posted at Wall Street Strategies Instablog.

Now, the bill's language will be changing, if it already hasn't by the time you read this, but when Payne was writing, he reported the following provisions:

1. Start-ups must register with the SEC and wait 120 days for review.

2. Wealth requirements for potential investors are going to change dramatically. An "accredited investor" will now have to have assets of $2.3 million, right now it is $1.0 million; or annual income of $450,000 increased from the current standard of $250,000.

3. The new bill removes federal pre-emption for angel and venture investing in the United States to adhere to federal regulations rather than deal with different rules from state to state. [I find Payne's formulation here to be confusing, but that doesn't matter for our present purposes.]

Some may be tempted to think that the revolution is dawning, and the Goldman Sachsers, the ultimate Dark Suits of the ruling class, are about to be toppled by the lawfakers and Obama's little bureaucrats. But they ought to think about who will benefit from heavier financial regulation. The same people who always benefit most from regulation, that's who: rich, politically connected insiders with expensive lawyers and accountants (and pols) in their pocket.

That's not to say that the Obama regime may not have a price to pay for its lèse majesté.
     April 22, 2010

A remarkable site that I discovered only recently is Muckety — Mapping the paths of power and influence. I haven't yet plumbed it thoroughly by any means, but it looks to be a rich and important resource for investigators of the System. The most addictive attraction I've found so far is the maps showing connections between System players. Place your cursor over the dotted line between the names or institutions to see the nature of the connection. I have added the Muckety site to our page of site links.
     April 16-17, 2010

Speaking of connections, here's an exposé by Philip Giraldi at Antiwar.com that should curl your hair: "Dr. Strangelove, Made in Israel."
     April 16-17, 2010

Sheldon Richman begins his April 9 column at The Freeman by listing some of "the ways government bullies us, demanding we do — and not do — things — or else." As Richman notes, people say "it's the law." He asks: "Is it?"

"Obey the (Natural) Law / Live honestly, hurt no one, and give to every one his due."
As you read Richman's citations of the anti-statist giant Lysander Spooner, you'll see why I prefer the word lawfakers to describe the gyrating shamans infesting our country's various capitols.
     April 16-17, 2010

Al Sharpton and his euphemistic track suits. I expect nothing but bad things from the System and its semi-official Ministry of Truth, but the promotion of the unrepentant Al Sharpton to the dignity of "mainstream" media commentator is one enormity that I've never been able to come to terms with. In the past I've been able to do little more than sputter, "Al Sharpton? Are you kidding me?!"

I'm still sputtering, but as you know the System doesn't wait for us to get used to the Bearded Lady before ripping the curtain aside and displaying the Three-Eyed Walrus Boy. I have to say, though, that the latest thing is not only repulsive but also highly appropriate: according to Krissah Thompson at the Washington Post, the charlatan Sharpton has become a "partner" of the charlatan-in-chief: "Activist Al Sharpton takes on new role as administration ally."

The sociopath Obama thinks it's safe now to take the agitator into the fold, but Thompson writes that during the 2008 campaign Sharpton stayed at arm's length because "Obama sent word that he would be a distraction."

Thompson dances skillfully around the Tawana Brawley affair, as well as Sharpton's other freak shows. Brawley is directly mentioned once, in a third-party quote, but the writer spends more time discussing Sharpton's changing fashion sense. However, there's a method in the muddiness. In the course of explaining why Sharpton gave up his "hip-hop attire" in favor of business suits, interviewer and interviewee work toward this statement: "I grew and matured in public. Like [sic] Nelson Mandela said, you have to have core principles and everything else is a tactic." Nicely indirect, eh? Of course it retains its subtlety only until you reflect on the fact that one of Mandela's tactics was murder.

Tawana Brawley aside, let's recall something that Sharpton said in 1991, after the three-day anti-Jewish riot by colored folk at Crown Heights in Brooklyn: "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house." Now imagine a white Western spokesman saying that and then being permitted to air his views on MSNBC, not to mention at the presidential palace, anytime in the subsequent one hundred years.
     April 16-17, 2010

I don't know whether any leftist goofs actually went out and tried this, but even if they didn't, it shows what the Red Guard mentality is capable of — and perhaps even what it is limited to: "Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies," by Valerie Bauman (AP).

Amazing to say, the fellow who dreamed up the scheme has already suffered some adverse consequences, according to Jana Winter of Fox News: "Teacher Who Sought to 'Demolish' Tea Party Placed on Leave from School." I expect a lawsuit to follow, as the ACLU knocks over furniture and breaks the speed limit in its rush to assist the oppressed activist, Jason Levin.

By the way, Levin's objections to the Tea Partiers seem to have nothing to do with their enthusiasm for war and empire. Well, of course not: the Left has lost interest in all of that business since the Wizard of Hope and Change was put in charge of it.
     April 16-17, 2010

To the Gulag, go! I know this isn't exactly breaking news, but the Left takes a dim view of its opponents' freedom of expression. And its view has become dimmer, and darker, since Obama was installed in the presidential palace. At present, leftists often rely on informal, if ugly, means to squelch dissent — tactics that fall under the general head of Polite Totalitarianism. That kind of unofficial viciousness is "polite" only insofar as it doesn't involve concentration camps, pre-dawn raids by secret police, and bullets in the back of the neck. The deceit on the streets proposed by Jason Levin is one example, but it's tiny tubers compared to the wrecking of the 2010 American Renaissance Conference, which relied on a mix of slander, mainstream-media indifference, intimidation-by-networking, and actual criminal violations — trespassing and death threats — that governmental "peace officers" could be counted on to ignore.

What you don't see that often, at least in America, is a frank confession of the totalitarian ideology. That's why I was so impressed by this piece from The Nation by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a professor of "African-American Studies": "The Tea Party Movement Is a Challenge to the U.S. State, and Its Bigots Are Dangerous." Editor's intro: "Attacks on black and gay members of Congress over healthcare have prompted comparisons to the civil rights movement. In fact, we need to move the historical lens further back."

Harris-Lacewell's account of the state seems to resemble the libertarian account, until one realizes that for her, the state's peculiar morality, so opposed to the morality demanded of ordinary, non-state humans, just is. How does it arise? How can it possibly be justified, if government people are human beings, too? As we old Randians like to say, Blank out!

Writing at the Rockwell site, the intrepid Will Grigg recognizes the resonances of Harris-Lacewell's idea of the state, but points out that "what [proponents of freedom] condemned, Harris-Lacewell and her comrades celebrate." Grigg covers a good deal of other ground, too, and in fine style: "'Sedition' Purges — Past, Present, and Future." Highly recommended.
     April 16-17, 2010

This piece by Dale Steinreich at Mises is chock-full of intellectual ammunition: "100 Years of U.S. Medical Fascism."

Here's something that made me sit up and take notice: "[Mitt] Romney subjected himself to a recent interview by Fox News's Bill O'Reilly that can only be described as a disaster. O'Reilly dwelled on the fact that outside tax dollars funded half of the plan, and Romney agreed, adding that the funding was approved by two conservative Republican HHS secretaries, Tommy Thompson and Mike Leavitt."

"Outside" tax dollars — you know what that means, you taxpaying saps in Montana and Alabama and California. Well, maybe ObamaPelosiCare can be half-funded by money stolen from Chinese taxpayers.
     April 16-17, 2010

In this short but muscular article at The Freeman, William L. Anderson focuses on the magical nature of the statists' thinking about health care: "See? Repealing the Law of Scarcity Is Easy!"
     March 24, 2010

"The Times spills the beans" is how a correspondent of mine titled his message alerting me to this analysis at the Newspaper of Record: "In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality," by David Leonhardt.

My friend asked, "Funny — did we hear about this during the 'debate'?" Maybe we ought to ask Joe ("The Plumber") Wurzelbacher whether he noticed any such stipulations.

Now, I am skeptical whether, when all is said and done, the fascist rent-seekers will end up "equalized." But you can't expect liberals to recognize (or admit, at least) the indissoluble link between their socialism and their masters' corruptionist fascism.

In the Dept. of Even a Blind Pig ..., I have to agree with this assessment: "'Legislative majorities come and go,' David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, lamented on Sunday. 'This health care bill is forever.'" Anyone who remembers the Famous Maverick Republican Revolution of 1994 should understand that Republicans, when finally given the chance to repeal big chunks of leviathan, turn strangely shy.
     March 24, 2010

At VDare, Jared Taylor offers a fascinating retrospective on the wrecking of the 2010 AR Conference, exposing the wreckers and their expressed philosophy, and the indifference of almost everyone else:

"'Reap the Whirlwind'? What Our Rulers' Non-Reaction to AR 2010's Suppression Means"
Taylor writes: "Those who know their history will remember that even at the height of the McCarthy era, Communists could rent meeting halls and gather freely. Americans understood the need to protect unpopular speech. No longer."
     March 24, 2010

The April 1 issue of The American Conservative contains two articles you should not miss.

By Michael Brendan Dougherty: "Tea Party Crashers." Editor's intro: "While the movement boasts of independence, it is little more than a GOP adjunct: loud, colorful, but still advancing the establishment's ends."

I venture to quote Dougherty at some length:

In Texas, the Tea Party is even threatening to swallow Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican whom many still call the Father of the Tea Parties. While his 2008 presidential campaign helped inject the Tea Party language back into popular discourse, his three congressional primary challengers this year all claim allegiance to the Tea Party. Paul's sins, according to them, are in foreign policy. So much for the movement being united by fiscal issues only....

... Despite the real idealism of some of its activists both inside and outside the Beltway, the Tea Party is nothing more than a Republican-managed tantrum. Send the conservative activists into the streets to vent their anger. Let Obama feel the brunt of it. And if the GOP shows a modicum of contrition, the runaways will come home.

That plan is working perfectly. The power of Washington seems so remote to most people that even a scripted acknowledgement of their grievances tends to pacify them. [Emphasis added.]

By John Derbyshire: "No Life on MARs." Editor's intro: "This latest populist revolt is not the rise of the Right."

Derbyshire's piece also deals with the Tea Partiers. I never reposed much hope in the so-called Middle American Radicals — and that was before we started to see so many Middle American girls troop off to fight in criminal wars for the benefit of Israel. As I have observed elsewhere, that is indeed a radical development, but not quite in the right direction.
     March 24, 2010

Distant rulers and their subsidized clients continue to impose peculiar demographic and cultural changes on my home state of Indiana, and here is an absorbing account of the current state of play, at Indystar.com: "Wave of refugees resettling in Indianapolis," by Jason Thomas.

I was particularly interested to read this: "The vast majority of refugees who settle in Indianapolis are Burmese, who continue to be the largest refugee group in the U.S., followed by Iraqis." The Iraqi component is not surprising, given the traditional mechanisms of empire, but I had not known the proportion of Burmese or the fact that Indianapolis had become a center of Burmese resettlement.

However, I had known that Fort Wayne — Indiana's second city and the nearest town of any size to the TLD Bunker — had undergone an importation of Burmese over the past twenty years. If you want to start a little more steam blasting from your ears, you might take a look at this piece from last summer in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: "System breakdown leaves Burmese refugees in need," by Jennifer L. Boen. Editor's intro: "Holdup in benefits delays access to food, medical care."

A Serious Challenge to Diversity involving the Fort Wayne Burmese is underway at present, threatening the Glories of the Multicultural Socialist Utopia, and I mean to write about it soon. For now, just be advised that according to the local TV news, and the Burmese themselves, it's all the fault of hateful native Hoosiers. But of course.
     March 24, 2010

I should have linked before now to Tim Wilkinson's extensive review of Steve Sniegoski's Transparent Cabal, at the SURELY SOME MISTAKE? site (February 22).
     March 24, 2010

A radio interview with Jared Taylor from February 19 is accessible on this page at AR: www.amren.com/interviews/2010/0219jeff-crouere/index.html. Mr. Taylor discusses the attack on this year's AR Conference. The interview lasts 17 minutes.
     February 23-25, 2010

Dept. of Know Your Enemy. Listening to Mr. Taylor in the above interview, I learned of the existence of a third leftist group that joined the attack on AR: The Self-Described Anarchist Collective [sic]. On its home page I find this report: "AmRen Canceled — This Time We Really Mean It" (February 18). Following that post is the text of the group's February 17 news release. (The material will subside on the page when SDAC posts its next update, so you may have to scroll down.)

"Self-described," indeed. You can imagine how I, as a genuine anarchist and anti-fascist, react to the hijacking of those terms by chaotic-minded frauds and would-be tyrants.

Senior editor Ronn Neff comments: "Always good to know that there are anarchists out there doing the state's work and saving the taxpayers money."
     February 23-25, 2010

John Derbyshire, author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism, has posted his take on AR and the cancellation of the AR Conference, at Secular Right:

"How Liberty Dies"
Though he has committed more than enough crimethink on matters ethnic to get himself popped behind the wire when the time comes, Derbyshire writes that "I don't really think of myself as an American Renaissance type." But that makes his reaction to the initial news of the attack on AR all the more interesting: he signed up for the conference "in a fit of righteous indignation." Very refreshing. Righteous indignation in support of white people's freedom of expression and freedom of association is in grievously short supply.

Meanwhile, South African Dan Roodt, who was due to appear once again as an AR speaker, has written an open letter to Jeffrey Imm, posted at praag.co.uk, "South Africa's premier news site":

"Jeffrey Imm's Race Fundamentalism"
A taste:
Your intolerant, left-fascist attitude affects not only the free discussion of political ideas, but also science, morality, history, and international relations. If it were to become universal, humanity would go back to the Dark Ages where anyone voicing dissent from opinions held by the masses — or the mass media — would be persecuted.
     February 23-25, 2010

I've got to hand it to these commies: They're as quick on the draw as their institutional inspiration, the KGB, ever was. At the One People's Project: "Amren Conference: We'll Show the Commies! We'll Eat at Bertucci's!"

Efforts had been made to conceal the venue of the mini-conference in hopes of sparing its operators any reprisals from the Red thugs. But it doesn't help that a photograph was taken of apparent AR supporters, with the restaurant's name in full view behind them. How the Reds got a copy is another question. I've looked at the source code of the page, and the image is not linked from another site, although the Reds may well have copied it from elsewhere. Unfortunately, the names of the two attenders seem to be revealed in the title of the jpeg.

Now that race-realists are under attack from actual criminals threatening violence, we need to start refining our approach to security. Mind you, I am not calling for undignified foolishness, in the style of the Red thugs who wear masks while demonstrating against AR events. They are clowns both sinister and cowardly.

Needless to say, one doesn't take seriously these goblins' claims to be fighting hate. They are fully aware that they are in the business of producing hate. They've certainly succeeded with me.
     February 23-25, 2010

We nuanced 'em good. Another act of what some of us thought-criminals call homicidal humanitarianism occurred in Afghanistan on February 21: "Afghanistan war challenge: civilian deaths from NATO airstrike," by Gordon Lubold, at the Christian Science Monitor.

Editor's intro: "Gen. Stanley McChrystal's nuanced Afghanistan war plan took a hit on Sunday when a convoy of suspected insurgents targeted by a coalition airstrike turned out to be civilians."

In alerting Ronn Neff to the article, I commented: "Old McChrystal and his boys (and Wimmin) are really masters of nuance, aren't they?"

He replied: "I think you've misunderstood everything here: it was a nuanced airstrike and the insurgents were nuanced civilians."

Simple-minded fellow that I am, I find the Empire's nuanced approach to winning hearts and minds hard to grasp.
     February 23-25, 2010

The alien-import machine. In this AP dispatch, reporter Russell Contreras gives us some good skinny on how things are actually done: "World's refugee orphans seeking homes in the U.S.," posted at MercuryNewscom.

The nugget: "In the U.S., states license foster homes with the help of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The federal government reimburses states for all costs of the [imported] children's schooling, health care, and related expenses."

I say, if Americans feel the urge to import and rear alien children, let them pony up their own money without asking the government to rob their neighbors.

And wouldn't it be nice if the Red Robes of Lutheran and Catholic "charities" could somehow be torn away from the government teat? It's funny how the Left's super-sensitivity to separation of church and state goes completely dead when it comes to raking in the government loot.
     February 23-25, 2010

The lady is crazy for war. I'm linking to this one mainly on the strength of the Sarah Palin quote, which is similar to the one in the Karen Kwiatkowski piece I featured last time:

"Why Iran's dictators can be deterred," by Fareed Zakaria (Washington Post)
Palin makes mainstreamer Zakaria look like a sage and the soul of imperial caution.
     February 23-25, 2010

Monuments to Obamunism. Last time, I linked to a piece about Obama's plan to exercise Executive power unilaterally in order to steer around a not-completely-compliant Congress. At Fox News, William La Jeunesse reports: "Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some."

La Jeunesse writes: "Presidential use of the Antiquities Act is highly controversial because the White House, with the stroke of a pen, can lock up thousands of square miles of federal lands used for timber, ranching, mining, and energy development without local input or congressional approval." According to La Jeunesse, most of the land in question here — encompassing more than 13 million acres — is already claimed by government as "public" land. (Actually, that goes for most of the Western United States.)

He writes: "More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats, and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America's newest National Monuments — a decision the administration can make unilaterally without local input or congressional approval."

"Monuments" — 20,300 square miles of "monuments"?! It is both impressive and dismaying what the Palace can say with a straight face. And what it can get away with.

However, La Jeunesse says it's unlikely that the Palace will lock up all 20,300 square miles. We ought to stay tuned, though, to see just what it does put into the deep-freeze, because some of the land contains oil, gas, and gold. If Obama locks up those lands, will it be despite the presence of the oil, gas, and gold — or because of the oil, gas, and gold? The man is, after all, an enemy of mankind and of human civilization.
     February 23-25, 2010

Leviathan is again turning its microscope on us the ruled, and I highly recommend this article by Wendy McElroy, at The Freeman: "The Census: Vehicle for Social Engineering."

Forever the naïf, I gasped at this: "In preparation for the 2010 census, state employees even took GPS readings for every front door in America so that individuals can be located with computer accuracy."

But I'm not enough of a naïf to have gasped at this, though I hadn't been aware of it:

When Union General William Tecumseh Sherman made his notorious "scorched earth" march through Georgia, he used census data to locate the farms he looted for provisions. During World War I the Justice Department used census data to locate males within a certain age-range who had not registered for the draft; during World War II the data were used to locate Japanese-Americans and target them for internment. More recently, the IRS has compared census data to privately purchased lists to detect tax evaders.
     February 23-25, 2010

Also at The Freeman we find a critical review of the latest magic act being unveiled by the mystic wizards of Washington: "A Jobs Bill? Please, No," by William L. Anderson. Editor's intro: "Washington ignores basic economics."

Sorry, Mister Anderson (as Agent Smith of "The Matrix" might have intoned). Ignoring economics and the rest of reality is just what pols do, and that certainly goes for the new Republican hero from the Massachusetts S.S.R.: "Harry Reid snags victory on $15B jobs bill," by Lisa Lerer and Manu Raju at Politico.com (February 23). Lerer and Raju begin:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid squeezed out a victory on a $15 billion jobs bill after a whirlwind day [February 22] of frantic negotiations with Republicans.

Reid closed the deal with help from the man who cost him his 60-vote Senate supermajority: Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

The 62-30 vote to break a GOP filibuster avoided an embarrassing loss for the embattled majority leader, who faces a tough reelection battle in a state crippled by high unemployment and foreclosure rates. Final passage of the bill could come by Wednesday.

I guess it goes to show that the socialists and fascists can't lose a battle to extend their system on one front (in this case, health insurance, assuming they do lose) without winning a battle on another front.
     February 23-25, 2010

I award another strong recommendation to this gripping essay by Jeff Riggenbach, at Mises: "Hushing Up Conspiracy Theories." In pursuing his argument, Riggenbach produces this wonderful observation: "... History is the natural enemy of the state."
     February 23-25, 2010

Know your enemy, and how he gets his way. One day after agreeing to host the American Renaissance Conference, and pledging to stand firm against the Red thugs, the Capitol Skyline Hotel, in Washington, became the fourth hotel to renege. This account at the site for the Orwellian-named Responsible for Equality and Liberty group (R.E.A.L.) describes how our enemies succeeded: "American Renaissance Conference Canceled (Again) by Rubell Hotels — Why We Challenge Hate." The byline is "R.E.A.L. Organization," which I assume means either Jeffrey Imm or one of his munchkins, assuming he has munchkins.

Reading R.E.A.L.'s account, a longtime friend of TLD characterizes it, colorfully but accurately, as a nauseating mixture of sugar and b.s. Amid the fecal treacle about R.E.A.L.'s "counter-message of diversity, hope, and love," you will find claims that Imm has been threatened in some way but no direct mention of the death threats issued by the Left against the hotels and their employees.

For those coming to this story late, I should explain that Jeffrey Imm ramrodded the attack on the AR Conference, alongside the outright commies of the One People's Project.

In a 2009 article at RightSideNews, "Saudi Strong-arm Tactics in Virginia," neocon Daniel Pipes approvingly quotes Imm as a fellow Fighter against Terror, and describes him as "a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Federal government, with work for the FBI, DHS, and TSA."

In 2008, Agent Imm took part in a Homeland Security Policy Institute panel discussion, "Words Matter: The Role of Lexicon in Counter-Terrorism Communications Strategy." One of three participants, Agent Imm was described as "research director for the Counterterrorism Blog and former analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation." HSPI is a part of George Washington University.

Articles by Agent Imm, who is credited with founding something called the Anti-Jihad League of America, are posted at United States Action and the Counterterrorism Blog.
     February 19, 2010

I'm so glad to be able to link to this one on Presidents Day: "Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power," by Peter Baker, at the New York Times. Baker begins:

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal, and other domestic policy priorities.
The farsighted wisdom of Our Sainted Founders in inventing that whole president thing becomes more evident with every passing year, doesn't it?
     February 15, 2010

Lysenko, Lubchenco — let's call the whole thing off! According to the following AP story, this new exercise of Executive muscle will eventually require the approval of a congressional committee. How reassuring: "New federal climate change agency forming," by Randolph E. Schmid (posted at Yahoo! News).

I first learned of the regime's new "Climate Service" on Saturday morning while listening to a money-talk panel on Fox News. Ex-actor Wayne Rogers, now an investment guy, is a regular on the panel, and he was urging his fellow market-oriented panel-members to relax: the new agency will be scientific, and will depend on science, and will settle the pesky question of modern climate change once and for all. Scientifically.

I tried hard, but I detected no sarcasm. So that has to be some of the worst naiveté and utopianism I've ever heard on Fox News, and we're talking here about the imperial-wars-for-democracy channel. If Comrade Stalin had established a special agency to investigate the truth or untruth of Lysenkoism, would anyone operating a live brain have expected it to conclude that Comrade Lysenko, though a favorite of Stalin, was actually a hopeless loon?

According to the AP story, Comrade Gary Locke, minister of commerce, and Comrade Jane Lubchenco, commissar of NOAA, decided on February 8 that no pro forma delay was necessary in announcing what the new political-science agency in their bailiwick would eventually conclude. Locke: "Whether we like it or not, climate change represents a real threat." Lubchenco: "Climate change is real, it's happening now."

Onward, then, with the government's fearless, objective scientific inquiries!
     February 15, 2010

We can only hope that this is for real, and in spades: "Family feud: Nancy Pelosi at odds with President Obama," by Mike Allen and Patrick O'Connor at Politico.com.
     February 15, 2010

Our left-totalitarian enemies in Washington may be feeling a little ouchy and frustrated at the moment, but elsewhere in the country their arrogant swagger continues unrestrained: "Stealth Unionization," by Michael D. Jahr and Patrick J. Wright, at the Weekly Standard (December 2009). Subtitle: "How 40,000 home day care providers in Michigan were forced to start paying union dues."

Senior editor Ronn Neff, who tipped me to this article, comments: "Once again we see that the only way to remain free (and it is obviously not an infallible tactic) is not to take the money. No sympathy from this quarter for what happens to people who do take it. No, sir."
     February 15, 2010

Dark Suits and Black Guards — and is any other comment on this article really necessary?

"In Black Caucus, a Fund-Raising Powerhouse," by Eric Lipton and Eric Lichtblau, at the New York Times.
     February 15, 2010

When it comes to Sheldon Richman's writing, I'm tempted to say, "Just read it all," and not bother alerting you to specific pieces. But I can't help myself. His February 12 essay at The Freeman addresses an issue that I like to hammer away at myself: "Corruption in Government? Shocking!"

Want to minimize corrupt influence over government? Richman offers a broad hint about how to do it: "If there are no privileges to sell, there are no privileges to buy." His closing line packs a punch, too.
     February 15, 2010

Thanks are due to the Rockwell site for featuring this thoughtful assessment, at Washington's Blog, of conspiracy theories and how the System treats them differently, depending on whose ox is being gored: "Ridicule of Conspiracy Theories Focuses on Diffusing Criticism of the Powerful," by "Washington." (The editor in me suspects an error in the title. Should that word really be diffusing? Or was defusing meant? Better to have steered around the ambiguity, I'd say.)
     February 15, 2010

Who is Sarah Palin, and what does she want to do to us? People are still asking, though I don't think it's too hard to answer in light of the scary things she said about foreign and war policy during the 2008 campaign. It is precisely when pols say wild-terrible-scary things that I suspend my prevailing skepticism about their sincerity. And now the fact that Palin has bonded with the Tea Partiers helps answer any question we might have about where they, or their recognized leaders at least, stand on war and peace.

  Karen Kwiatkowski, the antiwar ex-military officer who has interviewed Steve Sniegoski on four occasions, may be a little soft on Palin in this piece at Campaign for Liberty — but it's still very much worth reading:

"C.S. Lewis and Sarah Palin." Subtitle: "Why Does Sarah Palin Want More War?"
  Writing at Reason, Steve Chapman focuses more closely on the Tea Partiers:
"Palin Exposes the Tea Partiers' True Colors." Editor's intro: "Why trading liberty for security is not consistent with a limited government philosophy." (Not to quibble, but what it's actually not consistent with is the anti-statist philosophy.)
So let's see. We've got Palin and the Tea Partiers supporting further militarism, imperialism, and foreign adventurism, as well as (willy nilly) more police-statism here at home, owing to the "requirements" of the Terror War. And we've got liberal Republican Scott Brown supporting the same things. And the same goes for almost everyone in between, too. Plus the Obamunists over on the War Left, of course. How auspicious.
     February 15, 2010

Whatever happened to Polite Totalitarianism? The Left has mounted an unprecedentedly fierce and effective attack on this year's American Renaissance conference, due to convene later this month. Our common adversaries have intimidated two hotels into abrogating their contracts with AR, effectively forcing the race-realist conference underground.

According to Jared Taylor's February 1 update on the struggle, "Authoritarians Remain True to Form," a certain Jeffrey Imm is ramrodding this year's assault. But there's more to the story. A comment-leaver on the AR site provided a link to a 2004 piece in the Cleveland Jewish News in which Imm's name pops up: "We report; you respond," by Stephanie Garber.

Garber identifies Jeffrey Imm, of Baltimore, as "a former FBI employee who does outsourcing work for Homeland Security"!

If the Jeffrey Imm in Garber's story is the same Jeffrey Imm leading the smear-and-fear campaign against AR — well, needless to say, it's a big, big story. Of course the established media will never touch it, but I urge you to do whatever you can to ignite a firestorm about it on the Net.

What is Imm's current relationship with the Organs of State Security?

What did Eric Holder know, and when did he know it?

American Renaissance home page

     February 11, 2010

Admen go all out in crafting commercials for the Super Bowl, but this year their creativity tested the limits of the politically correct in a couple of cases.

I was interested to see what I call the Great Male Recession serve as the theme for one spot, "Dodge Charger: Man's Last Stand." It's accessible at the Frisky: "5 Super Bowl Commercials about Women Emasculating Men." The Dodge commercial is the second one in the chain. The other four are much more ambiguous or don't qualify at all, in my opinion. The final one, from the Dove soap people, merely seeks to reassure chaps that a manly masculine macho man can use a skin-conditioning bath lotion without risk of emasculation.

Remember the "Wendy's Fashion Show," airing during Reagan's second term, several years before the fall of the Wall? It was the first anti-Soviet TV commercial that I'd ever seen, and it signaled not only the weakening of the Soviets per se but also a deterioration of their prestige among the American intelligentsia and the sub-intelligentsia in our media and entertainment. It was a declaration that making fun of the Soviets was now acceptable. (That's not to say that our intelligentsia was really becoming much less Marxist.) Similarly, I propose that it's significant to see the Great Male Recession emerge as a theme in the popcult — as something that popcultists may be expected to understand, or at least explicitly recognize, in the glowering presence of their supervisors.

The second commercial that caught my eye was Audi's instantly infamous Green Police spot. The first of these two links, at the Christian Science Monitor, accompanies an article. The second, at YouTube, has attracted comments from viewers.

"Audi's 'Green Police' Super Bowl ad controversial"


As you'll see, the commercial is a bit of a mind-bender. Is Audi all for the Green Police or not? Are we meant to have any sympathy for the ordinary people who are portrayed as victims of Stalinist police-statism, or not? Do we really want to be good, ovine, Audi-driving comrades? Even some Green totalitarians have denounced the thing, for making them look bad. Whatever premises underlie the commercial, I find its mad cheerfulness highly offensive.

The CSM article points out that all the victims of the Green Police are white men. The ultimate significance of both commercials — Dodge Charger and Green Police — could be just this: the Revolution was, fem-boy. Accept it, relax, and have a giggle. Or a nice quiet cry.
     February 11, 2010

Speaking of the Green Police, the anti-humans are running rampant, and the future is now, as far as some Maryland property-owners are concerned: "Cliff residents might lose homes to save endangered beetles," by Christy Goodman, at the Washington Post.
     February 11, 2010

As this piece in the Telegraph (of London) makes clear, modern Germany is emerging ever more explicitly as the Fourth Reich, with all the badness that that implies: "German homeschoolers' political asylum in America exposes the EU Gulag," by Gerald Warner. Warner does not mention the German police state's other gross violations of freedom of thought and of expression, but that may be just because he's keeping his eye on the ball. In any case, his closing line is a classic.
     February 11, 2010

The German political refugees obtained asylum in America, but I hope they don't think they're now living in some sort of libertarian utopia. I refer them, and you, to this piece by Paul Joseph Watson at Prison Planet.com: "Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan." Editor's intro: "Establishment mouthpiece calls for web ID system that would outstrip Communist Chinese style net censorship."

And they're using the old "We license drivers, don't we?" slogan. What a fruitful "commanding height," in Leninist terms, government control of the roads turned out to be!

Ronn Neff comments: "I suppose you noticed that the proposal was put forward from the private sector — a Microsoft exec.

"But did you notice that a similar proposal was rejected by the Chicoms?"
     February 11, 2010

Sheldon Richman knows about what I call "political gravity," as is evident from this essay at The Freeman, "Obama and the Public":

For those in power today (and their patrons and clients), compromise is the great good. Unsurprisingly it seems to run in only one direction. In the case of medical care, for example, it requires people who want less or even no government interference to accept more. The compromise lies in the fact that it won't (initially) be all the intervention that the staunchest interventionists want. Compromise never consists in the interventionists' moving in a noninterventionist direction. That can't be an accident.
Writing a few years ago of the "trade-offs" that statists are always telling us we have to accept, Ronn Neff asked, "Has there ever been a 'trade-off' that benefited liberty? Has anyone ever traded away something else and kept the liberty?"
     February 11, 2010

I suppose it means something that this piece was authorized to appear in the New York Times, where we can occasionally descry what the ruling class is thinking about, as through a glass darkly: "Deficits May Alter U.S. Politics and Global Power," by David E. Sanger. Since our own doom at their hands is a certainty, we can only hope that our masters, too, will be crushed by the reality they have so long evaded.
     February 11, 2010

Weary of the Sean Hannity – Rachel Maddow spectrum of opinion permitted by our official electronic media, I went rogue the other day and tuned in to Radio Beijing — and whom did I find there, analyzing and opinionating? None other than our friend Steve Sniegoski!

All right, it didn't really happen that way — Steve alerted me to his participation — but it is instructive to learn that although Steve cannot get his book, The Transparent Cabal, reviewed in America's leading paleo magazine, The American Conservative, the Chinese have welcomed him onto a panel alongside China's former ambassador to Iran.

The program is a good one, much enriched by Steve's contributions, and you can listen to it through this page: "Is Iran Next?" It was broadcast on January 28. Steve appears in the first of the two hours.

The two empires — the American and the Chinese — differ in how they manage dissent. In most cases, a man will not actually be arrested for speaking and writing freely in the shadow of the Yankee Colossus; the task of suppressing thoughtcrime here is still left, mostly, to the Polite Totalitarians, who rely not on shackles and razorwire but on networking and defamation. But it's also the case that taboos differ remarkably from empire to empire. And when it comes to one big subject, the Chinese are simply unterrified.
     February 2, 2010

Speaking of American cowardice, Salon's Patrick Smith asks,

What has become of us? Are we really in such a confused and panicked state that a person haplessly walking through the wrong door can disrupt air travel nationwide, resulting in mass evacuations and long delays? "The terrorists have won" is one of those waggish catch-alls that normally annoy me, but all too often it seems that way.

"Emergency doors, karaoke bombers and other false alarms." Subtitle: "When did we become such a nation of scaredy-cats?"

As leviathan burgeons, the people diminish. In earlier writing I have focused on how Americans' dependence on government makes them childish; but it makes them cowardly, too.
     February 2, 2010

On the other hand, we shouldn't be foolhardy in the presence of our enemies. Here's an account of Prof. Kevin MacDonald's latest trouble from an outfit that has manufactured much of it: "Student Activists Confront Anti-Semitic California Prof," by Sonia Scherr at the Southern Poverty Law Center. MacDonald is a brave man as well as a brilliant scholar, but I'm afraid he spends too much time standing on the tracks, begging the trains to run him down. You'll see what I mean.

The Website for the group MacDonald is reported to have joined, American Third Position, is at american3p.org/.
     February 2, 2010

A little pre-emptive nullification has erupted in Virginia, and according to this Washington Post dispatch, some Democrats helped with the eruption: "Virginia Senate bills say no to requiring health insurance," by Rosalind S. Helderman.
     February 2, 2010

Bring on the Killer Rabbit. There's more bad news for the Obamunists, according to Politico.com: "Big bang gives way to busted budget," by David Rogers.

I'm beginning to think that the Suddenly-Not-So-Holy O faces one of two likely fates: Either he will surmount his growing reputation for incompetence and re-invent himself, Bill Clinton style; or he will continue lurching down the Jimmy Carter path. You know which one I'm rooting for.
     February 2, 2010

A neocon's take. At the Wall Street Journal, Fouad Ajami pens a readworthy post mortem. Let's hope it's not premature: "The Obama Spell Is Broken." Editor's intro: "Unlike this president, John Kennedy was an ironist who never fell for his own mystique."
     February 2, 2010

Steve Sailer deals with Republican strategy and the Republican fate in this VDare piece, but we anti-party partisans can read it as an analysis of white strategy and the white fate:

"How Come Tom Edsall Can Talk about the Sailer Strategy and I Can't?"
Sailer quotes Democrat scribe Edsall to good effect:
The harsh reality is many voters consider the health care bill a multibillion-dollar transfer of taxpayer money to the uninsured, a population disproportionately, although by no means exclusively, made up of the poor, African Americans, Latinos, single parents, and the long-term unemployed.
     February 2, 2010

A fusillade of thanks to the Rockwell site for tipping us to Steve Lee's cheerful, rousing video from Down Under: "Love Song for Firearms Becomes an Internet Hit," by Amy Corderoy. I've played the thing a dozen times. But you may be sure that our supervisors are not amused.
     February 2, 2010

We need to be clear about one thing when it comes to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). If he turns out to be of any use in blocking the Democrats' socialist-health plan, it will be not as a libertarian hero but instead as a blunt instrument, so to speak. Here's some straight talk by Paul Mulshine at the Star Ledger, of New Jersey: "Mitt Romney's on wrong side of Massachusetts mandate."

Along the way, Mulshine refers to Brown as "the former male model who immediately upon election to the Senate began blathering about all sorts of things unrelated to the reality of what his victory means, which is the likely death of the Obama health plan.

"The reason for his rambling is not hard to deduce: As a state legislator, Brown voted for Obamacare in its original form, which was Romneycare." Indeed he did.
     January 21, 2010

I just don't understand how such a thing could have happened! I'm sure the utopians of leviathan are even more surprised than I am:

"Law to Curb Lobbying Sends It Underground," by David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times
The only way to cut down on lobbying is to cut down on government. Now there's a utopian prescription for you: Utopian not because it wouldn't work but because it looks as though we can't get there from here.
     January 21, 2010

Whatever happens now on the socialist-health front, Sheldon Richman's analysis will remain must reading for our friends who are still stupefied by fantasies about "representative government," as well as for those of us who contemplate compassionate intellectual interventions:

"Democratic Misrepresentation"
The piece is at Future of Freedom. Richman cites Bruno Leoni's classic, Freedom and the Law, and you should be aware that the Mises Institute offers a paperback edition for a measly ten bucks plus shipping.
     January 21, 2010

Steve Sailer's proposals in this VDare piece will offend some TLD readers, but I hope they will still find it worth reading: "Why Haiti Is So Hopeless; and a Very Modest Proposal." I learned a few things here — among which is the fact that Haiti and its neighboring state are racially different. And that explains much.
     January 21, 2010

Just for your horrification, here's yet another story in the ye-gods-what-next vein: "If Your Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online," by Tamar Lewin at the New York Times.
     January 21, 2010

At the Rockwell site, the intrepid William Norman Grigg takes out after the hard men whom he calls, deliciously, those "wearing the habiliments of the coercive caste," as well as the soft people in suits who employ them:

"Hurting People for a Living"
     January 21, 2010

Dr. Stephen J. Sniegoski alerts us to a favorable review of his book, The Transparent Cabal, offered by Allan C. Brownfeld and posted at News Blaze:

"The Role of Neoconservatives — and Israel's Right Wing — in the War in Iraq"
Dr. Sniegoski reports that Brownfeld has also written a more extensive review, which is due to appear in the March issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Congratulations, Steve!
     January 16-17, 2010

David T. Wright recommends two on-line videos as companion resources for his "Climategate" piece of December 13:

"The Great Global Warming Swindle," a film by documentarian Martin Durkin

"The Cloud Mystery," a documentary by Danish scientist Henrik Svensmark (subtitled)

The videos both reside at YouTube, and Mr. Wright sums up the likely sentiment of Minitrue thus: "YouTube must be destroyed!"
     January 16-17, 2010

Statist time warp. Coming upon this New York Times article about our rulers' latest brainstorm, I wanted to mimic John McEnroe and scream, You cannot be serious! But of course they are serious. Statism is all they know, they are unable to understand anything else, and the only thing they can learn from experience is how to increase their power: "Justice Dept. Fights Bias in Lending," by Charlie Savage.

On the subject of increasing their power, though, a friend proposes that the Obamunists are well aware that their policies must create worse disasters, but they want to keep the economy in a state of wreckage so that the sheeple will keep crawling to them for "help." Well, that's much too conspiratorial for me ...

     January 16-17, 2010

Why, again, do they want to murder us? "They" being the jihadists, of course, such as the latest Negro clothing-bomber, "Abdulmutallab." The Bush neocons always said it was because of "our freedom," which I took to mean our freedom to flaunt thong underwear, listen to Rap "music," and engage in, ah, forms of intimate contact that would never occur to farm animals. The 89-year-old Helen Thomas tried to squeeze a better answer out of the current regime during a recent press briefing at the Palace, and reformed spook Ray McGovern tells the story in this piece reposted at Antiwar.com: "Helen Asks Why."
     January 16-17, 2010

Britain continues its forced march toward social suicide and the total state: "Myleene Klass warned by police after scaring off intruders with knife," by Roya Nikkhah of the Telegraph. Editor's intro: "Myleene Klass, the broadcaster and model, brandished a knife at youths who broke into her garden — but has been warned by police that she may have acted illegally."

In several of his essays written over the past few years, the culturally disgusted British psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple has reported that the United Kingdom now suffers from the highest street-crime rate in the Western world. Long accustomed to seeing the United State listed as number one, I was taken aback the first time I encountered his claim. I am no longer so skeptical.

Our natural liberty to defend our person against physical attack is an elemental attribute of any intelligible and tolerable human society. In denying that liberty, the British state offers a valuable "teaching moment" (as uptown folk say nowadays) for any of its subjects still operating a live brain: It declares itself, explicitly, to be their enemy.
     January 16-17, 2010

They're just trying to protect us and our rights. All responsible and patriotic citizens must keep that in mind as they read this dispatch by Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post: "FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access."

Kang begins: "The Federal Communications Commission is considering aggressive moves to stake out its authority to oversee consumer access to the Internet, as a recent court hearing and industry opposition have cast doubt on its power over Web service providers."

The very existence of the FCC is a tremendous scandal and crime, one that liberty-indifferent Americans have tolerated since 1934.
     January 16-17, 2010

I wager you haven't heard much from the American MSM on the violence that's broken out in Haiti. Here's a corrective, courtesy of Liz Hazelton at the Daily Mail, in the UK: "Haiti earthquake: Looters, machete gangs and fights for water as aid STILL struggles to get through." The editor warns of graphic content.
     January 16-17, 2010

We anti-statist radicals may think that Laurence M. Vance pulls a punch or two in this essay at the Rockwell site, but I still pronounce it well worth reading: "Should the U.S. Military Go to Haiti?" Among the good reasons for saying No, Vance writes, is this: "U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti are a PR bonanza for the military. It is certain to counter, at least for a few weeks, the fact that we are engaged in two unpopular wars."

I fear a darker scenario, where the Army closes with those mobs of machete-wielders and precipitates another protracted episode of the homicidal humanitarianism that's so characteristic of the U.S. Empire.
     January 16-17, 2010

Bureau of Dangerous Clowns. In "The Godfather," part one, the movie mogul Jack Woltz declares that a man in his position cannot afford to be made to look ridiculous. Clearly, the United State's leading secret police agency does not observe the same protocol: "Spanish MP's photo used for Osama Bin Laden poster," BBC News (no byline).
     January 16-17, 2010

Transparodism strikes again. When I first heard about it, I thought this story just had to be a hoax. But if it originated as an outrageous spoof at The Onion or similar satirical venue, Fox News fell for it hook, line, and sinker: "Publisher Renames Joseph Conrad Classic 'The N-word of the Narcissus,'" by Joshua Rhett Miller. Assuming it is for real, it proves again that life in the racially terrified, suicidal West is simply beyond parody.
     January 16-17, 2010

At Cato, Julian Sanchez manfully avoids hysteria in the face of some ghastly poll results: "Surveillance State More Popular than iPhone." We should remember what he writes in his closing sentence every time we read of some pollster's extracting a massively positive response by asking: "Do you think it's important to help the economy recover by passing the health-reform bill?"

      P.S. That's no joke. As Gary North points out, Keynesians really would answer yes! See his essay "Dr. Keynes's Health Care Prescription," posted at the Rockwell site.
     December 23, 2009

Peter Schiff provides some credible and scary analysis of the health bill's impact in this piece at the Rockwell site: "Dropping the Bomb on Health Care."

With respect to the ban on "discriminating" against people with pre-existing conditions, Schiff observes: "The health care bill removes the need for healthy individuals to carry insurance. Knowing that they could always find coverage if it were eventually needed, people would simply forgo paying expensive premiums while they are healthy, and then sign on when they need it. But insurance companies cannot survive if all of their policyholders are filing claims!"

I hope that Schiff's quixotic jousting in Connecticut politics doesn't interfere too much with important work such as this.
     December 23, 2009

My wee town of Roanoke, Ind., is able to enjoy the existence of a little video-rental store partly because its "guerrilla capitalist" owner and operator has combined it with a tanning-bed salon. Now, we can be as snide as we want about tanning salons and their customers, but it's more important to understand how casually the human wolves who presume to rule us can wreck our livelihood. And how unexpectedly, too. Did you know this was in the socialist health bill? — "Tanning Salons Say Tax Would Trigger Job Cuts, Store Closings," by Tian Huang, at BusinessWeek.com.

Nota bene: "The legislation includes a 10 percent levy on indoor tanning salons, which replaced a previously proposed tax on cosmetic surgery." I have to wonder how much desperately defensive corruptionism on the part of affluent, politically wired doctors was necessary to purchase that replacement.
     December 23, 2009

Department of Maybe This Time They've Gone Too Far, or, Hope Springs Eternal.

From Agence France Presse, in Paris: "Polluting pets: the devastating impact of man's best friend," by Isabelle Toussaint and Jurgen Hecker. In Dark Suits and Red Guards I briefly noted the Red Guards' opposition to pets — and to all the other small comforts and consolations to which normal people resort. I failed, of course, to foresee that a new anti-pet campaign would emerge from the climate-change squirrelery.

You can take this pun or leave it, but the Guards really do seek a cold world, don't they?

From the Telegraph, dateline Wellington, New Zealand: "Christians outraged by poster showing Mary and Joseph after sex," by Paul Chapman. Editor's intro: "A risqué church billboard showing the Virgin Mary and Joseph in bed apparently after having disappointing sex has caused outrage among Christians in New Zealand." It's an Anglican Church that did the deed, and you've got to like the Telegraph's implied distinction between Christians and Anglicans.
     December 23, 2009

I probably ought to add the site where these observations appear, The Thinking Housewife, to our page of site links:

"Married to a Wimp" starts out, "Dear Thinking Housewife,

"Men are not taught how to be men nowadays. What can I do about the fact that my husband is such a girl?"

"Intermarriage and Cultural Suicide" endorses immigration restriction of the type that depends on statism instead of the type that depends on (our absent) freedom, but there is much here that pro-West, pro-white freedom lovers will applaud.

The Thinking Housewife is Laura Wood.
     December 23, 2009

The extinguishing of our freedom of association began with the "civil-rights" decrees, laws, and regulations, but it now extends even to the use of our state-extorted money to bring strangers among us: "Taxpayers bear the burden as refugee resettlement soars," by Don Barnett at The Tennessean.com.

I am glad to see another writer join me, at long last, in my assessment of Catholic Charities, which as Barnett puts it "is neither a charity nor Catholic, but more an extension of a state welfare agency."
     December 16, 2009

The Democrats' health-tyranny bill has absorbed quite a few dings and dents recently, but it's my understanding that their confounded "individual mandate" is still in it, and that the totalitarian scoundrels are still attached to that provision as unshakably as a dog to its bone. At Future of Freedom, Sheldon Richman has written a crackerjack piece about the outrage, posted December 4: "Kill the Insurance Mandate." He ends with a bang, promulgating a rule we all ought to quote at every opportunity.
     December 16, 2009

The System's schools soar to new triumphs, both here and over in Airstrip One:

"State schools admit they do not push gifted pupils because they don't want to promote 'elitism,'" by Laura Clark of the Daily Mail, London.

Senior editor Ronn Neff comments: "It doesn't seem to have occurred to them that if they just outlawed getting an education anywhere and killed anyone who seemed smarter, they wouldn't have to worry about it.

"Oh, wait! Pol Pot did think of that."

"Obama's Safe Schools Czar Tied to Lewd Readings for 7th Graders," by Maxim Lott of Fox News. Editor's intro: "Obama adviser Kevin Jennings is under fresh attack after it was revealed that the pro-gay group he formerly headed recommends books his critics say are pornographic."

"Safe schools"! How dare they? With respect to both articles, I can only comment that in its final stages the suicide of a civilization gets awfully grisly.
     December 16, 2009

I highly recommend the cover article for the January 1 issue of The American Conservative: "Going South," by Ximena Ortiz. Editor's intro: "Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state." Get a load of the cover art, too. It's reminiscent of one of the satirical posters that David T. Wright has confected for TLD.
     December 16, 2009

At The Daily Mail, Fiona Macrae reports recent developments in the scandal that the Goreites are pretending doesn't exist: "Professor in climate change scandal helps police with enquiries while researchers call for him to be banned" (December 2).

The imbroglio, as well as the MSM's seemingly straightforward reporting of it, may signal a lack of vigilance on the part of the Red Guards. Or maybe just smug over-confidence. I wonder, though, whether their Dark Suit employers may have decided to take them down a peg, for whatever reason.
     December 3-4, 2009

This Politico.com piece by Ben Smith makes me think that the totalitarian Red-Greens have indeed been obliged to slow their assault, partly because the Powers That Be have decided that pushing deeper into medical socialism is more urgent: "Have the greens failed?" Editor's intro: "As green activists gather for the U.N. conference, their disappointment is palpable."

A taste:

Advocates for a strong international treaty on carbon emissions continue to wrestle with a deep disconnect between a cultural moment — in which "green" is both a pop phenomenon and a corporate branding gimmick — and deep congressional skepticism toward actual action. Even oil companies pine for the green brand, and it's almost undoubtedly good public relations for the major companies that have stormed out of the Chamber of Commerce because of its opposition to climate legislation.

But the green movement also has been unable to translate the broad popular support for environmental causes into a practical solution that captures the public's imagination and could translate into legislative victory. The mechanism for controlling carbon emissions, known as cap and trade, has turned into an Achilles' heel. And Copenhagen remains, to most Americans, merely the capital of Denmark.

Of course the Red-Greens haven't failed in any strategic sense, any more than the Bolsheviks failed strategically when they fell short of imposing the full measure of misery on their ruled peoples by the end of, say, 1918. Our adversaries never relent, and they have plenty of time. We, however, are running short of it.
     December 3-4, 2009

As far as cultural dominance goes, it appears that the Guards are still in the saddle, whip in hand, at least up Minnesota way: "At U, future teachers may be reeducated," by Katherine Kersten at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Editor's intro: "They must denounce exclusionary biases and embrace the vision. (Or else.)"

The "U" referred to is the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota.
     December 3-4, 2009

There are eight million snoopings in the naked country. Whom can you trust these days? Well, for sure it's not "private" companies that are in bed with the state:

"Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data in the Past Year," by Kevin Bankston at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
On the other hand, as those born to be slaves will remind us, if you're not doing anything wrong you don't have anything to worry about.
     December 3-4, 2009

This piece at Politico.com is worth your attention per se, but its most interesting aspect may be that it wasn't written by one of us anti-Obama hard men: "7 stories Obama doesn't want told," by John F. Harris. Editor's intro: "These storylines could seriously threaten Obama's presidency if they become the dominant frame."
     December 3-4, 2009

Yuri Maltsev has been there, and I'm confident he knows what he's writing about in this scary essay at Mises: "What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us."
     December 3-4, 2009

The FDIC doesn't have enough trouble? Martha T. Moore writes at USA Today, "Report: Many minorities shun banks."

The TLD co-conspirator who tipped me to this piece commented, "I'll just bet the FDIC is concerned about people it has no access to." But he also passed along this urging from our old friend Sally Druthers: "The FDIC should get Congress to mandate that everyone have a bank account. And the FDIC should provide a public option bank for the poor to use."
     December 3-4, 2009

The Turner briberies. American political police may share their foreign colleagues' traditional taste for provokatsiya, according to this AP dispatch at AT&T News: "Report: FBI paid controversial NJ blogger for help."

Just how much of the wild mouth-frothing exploited by the SPLC, ADL, and Security Organs has been unwittingly subsidized with money extorted from us taxpayers? You've got to wonder.
     December 3-4, 2009

A Golden Oldie from AR. Whether you wish the imperial legions well or ill, I think you'll find this 2008 analysis gripping, in the wake of the Mohammedan action at Fort Hood: "Diversity in the Army," by Duncan Hengest at American Renaissance. Editor's intro: "A thin veneer covers serious trouble."
     December 3-4, 2009

The Fourth Reich strikes back. I'm sure that the guardians of civil liberties around the world will erupt in outrage over this attack on free expression ... any year now: "German court fines British bishop for Holocaust claims" (The Guardian, no byline).

Editor's introduction: "Richard Williamson fined €12,000 over claim on Swedish TV that fewer than 300,000 Jews died in Nazi death camps."

This account at Press TV is quite brief, but I didn't want you to miss its final sentence, which itself amounts to thoughtcrime: "Bishop fined €12,000 for denying Holocaust."

If you ever find yourself in a discussion of The Holocaust™ with a mainstreamer and he exclaims, "Six million, one million, one hundred thousand! What does it matter? You're just quibbling!" — you might do well to refer him to Bishop Williamson's experience. And warn him never to visit Germany.
    October 30, 2009

A news flash from Occupied Indiana. Trying to repel street scum, a nightclub in Indianapolis's trendy Broad Ripple district has run afoul of the Race Police, according to this story in the Indianapolis Star: "Claim targets dress code at Broad Ripple nightclub" (no byline).

According to the story, the Indiana "civil rights" commission said that "the dress code prohibits 'gang attire, loose-fitting pants, single-color T-shirts, chains worn outside of one's shirt and picks in one's hair, attire arguably more prevalent among members of particular minority populations.'" And here in Bizarro World, now including my Hoosier Heimat, that makes the prohibition ... you know ... bad.

Is it possible that no one in the African Indianan Community finds the state's solicitude, thus expressed, to be absolutely mortifying?

In any case, if we still had any doubts, it's now clear that by the time our adversaries are finished, there will be nothing left of our freedom of association.
    October 30, 2009

State Radio is in race trouble, too! From The Maynard Institute: "NABJ Questions NPR's Diversity Commitment" (no byline). "NABJ" turns out to be the National Association of Black Journalists.

My carefully considered, painstakingly formulated, incisive commentary on this knuckle party is: HAAAAA haa haa haa haaa! And not only that, but HAAAAA haa haa haa haaa!
    October 30, 2009

From the Left. Lurking in this AlterNet piece amid all the b.s. are some disturbing hints that the Left-totalitarians are spinning up a major new offensive to push compulsory vegetarianism: "Glenn Beck's Bizarre Outburst Against Meatless Mondays and Vegetarians," by Kerry Trueman. It's an old leftist ploy, of course, to claim that the tyranny they're struggling to impose is inevitable. (Hitting the link, you may be taken to a fund-raising page, but it contains a link to the story.)

Now to the b.s. I don't know much about Glenn Beck, and I'm gratified to learn that he's a carnivore. But Trueman also describes him as a "loopy" libertarian. If so, his loopiness seems to have overwhelmed his libertarianism. If Beck were a real libertarian, one would expect his attack on the "Meatless Monday" program of the government schools in Baltimore to include a wider attack on government schools per se. And one would expect Trueman to mention it.

"Beck as libertarian" seems even less plausible in light of some remarks of his I found, from 2008, about Bush's War. Beck allowed that George W. Bush made mistakes in managing the Iraq War but went on to say that "he was right on going in." And then there's this, from late last month: "Stop Playing Politics; Fight to Win in Afghanistan." Beck writes, "A war cannot be won without horror; stop the politics and fight to win this thing, so that we can limit the horror and return home with honor." Actual libertarians oppose getting into horrible imperialistic adventuristic wars of aggression in the first place, and demand an immediate end to any such crimes on the part of the Empire.
    October 30, 2009

Emergency! Emergency! Get used to these Triumphs of Government Medicine, folks: "What's Behind the False Flag Flu Emergency?," by Bill Sardi (posted at the Rockwell site).

Sardi himself may or may not be a health crank, but he makes some awfully good points in his Rockwell piece, and we ought to remember that it's only the official cranks who exercise power over us. To me, it sounds as though we need some doctors of epistemology to keep tabs on leviathan's doctors of epidemiology.

With respect to the flu vaccine, the biggest, brightest, most insistently flashing NO GO warning I see is the immunity from liability that the Central Government has awarded its privileged contractors from Big Pharma.
    October 30, 2009

As the attack on tobacco enters its final chapter, the Left-Prohibitionists are turning their sights on alcohol, according to a report at the New Scientist: "WHO launches worldwide war on booze," by Andy Coghlan.

Inspired by the "second-hand smoke" ideology and its success in furthering the totalitarian imperative, the goblins have dreamed up something they call "passive drinking." Coghlan writes: "Sally Casswell of Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, who helped produce the WHO document, says a focus on passive drinking is key to winning public acceptance for more stringent alcohol legislation. 'It challenges the neoliberal ideology which promotes the drinker's freedom to choose his or her own behaviour,' she says."

WHO delenda est.
    October 23, 2009

Especially odoriferous. Central Government lawfakers have now passed a bill stripping those who hatefully assault homosexuals of their constitutional protection against double jeopardy: "Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crime Measure," by David Stout at the New York Times. Non-hateful criminals no doubt will still enjoy the traditional protection.

State-monopoly law enforcers at the local level don't win any prizes from us market anarchists, of course, but the new bill, soon to become fakelaw, will push Central Government power and control further into what has traditionally been provincial business. And as if the whole idea of "hate crimes" isn't smelly enough, not to mention scary and pregnant with abuse, the measure passed by Congress is part of "an essential military-spending bill," according to Timeswriter Stout. As such, the Democrat leadership expected it to win votes from Republican lawfakers in perverted love with war, war contracts, imperi– Oh, excuse me, of course I mean defense. And sure enough, ten Republican senators did vote for it.
    October 23, 2009

The Anti-social War Prize. An Australian fellow, Ben O'Neill, has penned a simply ripping piece for Mises on Obama and the big gold star the Scandinavians gave him the other day: "Peace and the 'Peace Prize.'"

O'Neill writes eloquently about social peace vis-à-vis statism, and about the non-aggression principle. And I especially like this:

Since some have charged that awarding the prize to President Obama is premature, I will save them the suspense: Obama will continue to work to expand U.S. government power both abroad and over its domestic citizens. He will continue to push forward a statist agenda and he will routinely use violence to plunder people of their rightfully owned property, suppress their civil liberties, and deprive them of their lives. As such, he will become, if he is not already, a perfectly fitting recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    October 23, 2009

White flight by the "progressives." At Newgeography.com, Aaron M. Renn writes of "The White City." It turns out that many of the cities that leftists cherish as urban utopias feature an attribute that we, too, might consider utopian. And I'm not referring to bike paths.
    October 23, 2009

The Taki site has posted an excerpt, titled "The Silent Catastrophe," from Jared Taylor's forthcoming book on race and immigration. In this article, Taylor focuses on "the declining quality of the American work force." In looking to the future, I often emphasize what I call the Great White Male Recession and its implications for society; in this writing Taylor examines the accompanying dynamic — what I suppose we might call the Great Colored Procession. Most highly recommended.
    October 19, 2009

The November issue of The American Conservative contains two especially provocative pieces, which I wouldn't want you to miss. Luckily, both are already posted at the TAC site. I'm calling this the Wages of Imperialism package:

"Who's Afraid of Sibel Edmonds? / The gagged whistleblower goes on the record," by Sibel Edmonds and Philip Giraldi

"The Taliban's Toll / How American taxpayer dollars are being used to fund our Afghan enemies," by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

    October 19, 2009

David T. Wright, who alerted me to this piece in the Washington Times, observed, "Here we go ..." And here we go, indeed — "quietly" for now, of course:

"U.S. quietly begins to study gun safety," by Jim McElhatton
It's not just the "U.S." that's doing the study; it's the National Institutes of Health. And any time the state medical machine tackles a social question, especially one that has nothing to do with disease, we move a little deeper into Sovietism and into the medicalization of opinion and behavior.

Hearken to Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady civil-disarmament conspiracy, quoted in this article as saying, "Whether the members of Congress like it or not, gun violence is a public health problem in America today."
    October 19, 2009

I don't want to come off as credulous, but I'm cautiously awarding this news a single cheer, since it's the first time I can remember the Central Government's formally declaring even a slight retreat in its war on (unapproved) drugs: "Obama's commendable change in federal drug enforcement policy," by Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com. (This has to do with medical marijuana.) What it means, of course, is that while stroking an important part of its constituency, the regime will pursue and expand police-statism in other areas.

Meanwhile, the conservatives are up in arms over this move by the Obamunists. Jailing people who smoke or ingest substances they disapprove of — that's a function of big, intrusive government that conservatives really like, along with war.

Comment by Modine Herbey.  I join Strakon in rationing my cheers. What the story demonstrates is this: the unlimited administrative state is free, at any time, to enforce, selectively enforce, or not enforce at all any of the thousands of paper laws invented by the lawfakers in the legislative, "judicial," and bureaucratic branches of government. The emperor and his servants are free even to make up "law" as they go along. At least that's my "finding," to use a popular word in the tyrants' vocabulary.
    October 19, 2009

Kudos to the Mises Institute for posting Karl Hess's classic Playboy article from 1969, "The Death of Politics." I remember vividly the inspiring jolt this piece gave us young freedom-lovers who at the time were investigating the ultimate radicalism: anarchism. Appearing as it did in a popular magazine, Hess's essay gave us hope, too: hope that, one day, freedom itself would become popular.
    October 19, 2009

Editor's note. You may notice a gap here in the off-site links. Nothing has been omitted. We just paused for a few months.

If you'd like to read a column I didn't write or have anything to do with, but that is nonetheless purely Strakonish — right down to its use of the expression "United State" — punch on over to the Rockwell site for this smashing piece by the estimable Will Grigg: "Bright, Dead Alien Eyes." That's a description of some of our rulers, and, seriously, don't more and more of them remind you of extraterrestrials? While we're on the subject, remember: "They live; we sleep."
    April 29, 2009

Joe Sobran has reviewed Dr. Steve Sniegoski's book, The Transparent Cabal, and I'm confident you'll want to read Joe's take: "World War V, Anyone?"
    April 29, 2009

I've been neglecting CounterPunch lately. Here are a couple of worthwhile reads on its site:

  Peter Morici mounts an assault on the great banker boodlefest, in "Parking Billions / Taxing Grandma to Subsidize Goldman Sachs." Seeing some of the hobbyhorses Morici rides, you will be able to tell that this analysis comes to us from the Left.

  More hobbyhorses are a-gallop in this piece by Henry A. Giroux, but it, too, is worth your attention: "The Tragedy of Youth Deepens: Ten Years After Columbine."

Giroux writes: "One major effect of the Columbine tragedy can be seen in the increasingly popular practice of organizing schools through disciplinary practices that closely resemble the culture of prisons." State schools have always resembled prisons in some ways — including their respective purposes — but now in the age of super-size leviathan, the resemblance is becoming uncanny.

    April 29, 2009

Another site I've been neglecting is Strike the Root — a major, hard-line anti-statist forum — and I thank the co-conspirator of mine who alerted me to this piece on Christian anarchism, by Michael Tennant: "Christianarchy?"

This, I believe, must be filed under the heading of excellent points: "An exhortation to obey authorities does not imply that those authorities are required to exist in the first place."

Joe Sobran has noted that the "difficult saying" — for Christian anti-statists — in Romans 13:1 demands careful interpretation, in view of the Christian martyrs' refusal to submit to the established rulers and deny their faith. One might also mention St. Ambrose's refusal to submit to Theodosius.
    April 29, 2009

In the unlikely event that you need another reason to demand immediate and total separation of school and state, I draw your attention to this illuminating piece by Gary Bauer at Christian Science Monitor Online: "What are U.S. students learning about Islam? / Politically correct textbooks are distorting key concepts and historical facts."

Even if some private and parochial schools are also using the books Bauer describes, it's still true that government's domination of the education industry exerts a massively distorting influence on what is taught — and on what textbooks are published.

Ronn Neff comments: "Bauer's piece provides us an opportunity to underscore TLD's debt to George Orwell once again, since the article lends itself to the observation that in many ways it simply doesn't matter that the textbooks are being changed, since they are already a pile of lies. Who controls the present controls the past, and this article gives us a peek at the struggle to control the present."

The other half of the Party slogan from 1984 is, "Who controls the past controls the future."

There's a certain question I used to ask on the site fairly regularly. I should never have stopped asking it: Have you reread 1984 yet this year?
    April 29, 2009

The distinction between Society and State is a crucial one, and I've done my best to make the related distinction between America and the United State. But I have to recognize the great trend of our age, which is also the great aim of our supervisors: that our people should merge with leviathan. Or dissolve into it.

At the Taki site, Karen De Coster ably reports on the state of play: "A Nation of Helpless Idiots."

De Coster seems to be alive to the connection between statish thinking and mental disablement. However, I suppose it's all OK, in the same way that torture is OK: the police-statists are just doing their best to Keep Us Safe.
    April 29, 2009

Do they sleep with the fishes? At Common Dreams, Dafna Linzer writes: "Dozens of Prisoners Held by CIA Still Missing, Fates Unknown."
    April 29, 2009

At the New York Times, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti write of how the empire decided on its torture techniques: "In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Look at Past Use."

Shane and Mazzetti quote a government study from 1956 that puts the War-and-Empire Party in fine company: "The Communists do not look upon these assaults as 'torture.'"
    April 29, 2009

Even the elephants are leaving! In itself, this AP dispatch is hilarious. But for the humans who can't leave Zimbabwe? Not so much: "Elephant exodus reported from troubled Zimbabwe," by Angus Shaw.
    April 29, 2009

Just breaking today is the news that the Obama regime will regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Here's a short account from the BBC: "Obama to regulate 'pollutant' CO2." This great thrust of totalitarian power comes in the form of a bureaucratic edict, which is founded in turn on a grant of far-reaching power to the EPA by Congress. Even so, the BBC reports that Congress is planning to give the enviro-tyrants even more power over the economy.
    April 17, 2009

Provoking a flurry of worry among those who oppose Obamism is a recent report from the so-called Department of Homeland Security about the threat of "right-wing extremism."

Here's an account from Capitol Hill Blue: "Right-wing extremist groups on the rise," by Jane Sutton.

The People's Progressive, Vigilant, and Heroic Organs of State Security claim that they're concerned only about the possibility of (non-governmental) violence. But in reporting the story, the semi-official established media are using the terms "anti-government" and "extremist" in a way that suggests that all such people pose a standing threat of violence toward their peaceful countrymen. Moreover, according to news reports, the national political police are sending their advisory to local law-enforcement agencies across the country.

Pehaps you can see why the DHS disclaimers don't really reassure me, in light of the fact that I've been semi-officially identified as the leader of a White-Nationalist Hate Group. Nota bene: the SPLC smearbund also sends its reports to local cops.

One odd thing. If "anti-government extremists" are all potential murderers, arsonists, and wreckers, in what respect do they differ from the pro-government "moderates" who run the regime and exercise its bloody will?
    April 17, 2009

The estimable Will Grigg deftly assesses the DHS story in this piece at Rockwell: "Revenge of the 'Waco Gene.'" Grigg points out that it's not just Democrats who are responsible for our era's mounting threats to dissent; Republicans have some explaining to do, too. And he writes: "A 'hate group' consists of any group of people who are hated by collectivists."
    April 17, 2009

The metaphor of the unseen "elephant in the room" strikes us as hackneyed now because we unprogrammed denizens of Bizarro World encounter reminders of it every day. At the Rockwell site, William L. Anderson tries to help a Tennessee law-enforcement official detect one such thundering, trumpeting, furniture-smashing pachyderm. I swear, statish thinking can render a fellow worse off than Helen Keller:

"My Censored Reply to the Sheriff"
As you'll see, Anderson's local paper was no help. It is my pesky duty to point out that in declining to run his op-ed, the paper was not actually censoring Anderson. Only a government can censor. No, it was just proving that it's a worthless, System-captured rag.
    April 17, 2009

This New York Times story by Andrew Ross Sorkin is more than a week old, but I want to make sure you catch it: "'No-Risk' Insurance at F.D.I.C."

Free-marketeers have always known that the Federal Deposit "Insurance" Corporation is a fraud — I could have put quote marks around the words "Federal" and "Corporation," too — but now we know, thanks to Sorkin, that it's a fraud of a fraud. Think of it as a meta-fraud.
    April 17, 2009

And now for something up to the minute, from 1959. Over and over I insist on the distinction between society and state, and recommend the same tireless insistence to anyone who considers himself a libertarian. Kudos, now, to the Mises Institute for reminding me of one of my important intellectual influences:

"The Divide Between Society and State," by Frank Chodorov
The posting is the introduction from Chodorov's The Rise and Fall of Society. One thing I had forgotten altogether is Chodorov's argument that an unfounded metaphysical conception of Society helped push people to conflate it with the State.
    April 17, 2009

In March, the National Center for Health Statistics released figures showing that "Out-of-Wedlock Births Hit Record High." The link leads to an American Renaissance page containing snippage and reader comment on the story, as well as a link to the story itself in full text.
    April 17, 2009

At the Taki site, Kevin DeAnna reports on a report about a recent gun show, and adds some observations of his own: "Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms: Dispatch from Knob Creek."

The best part of this succinct piece is its final few sentences. Very pointed.
    April 17, 2009

In fact we can't stop the rush that Thomas J. DiLorenzo describes in this piece at the Rockwell site, but if the American people were to receive a miraculous mind and spirit transplant, DiLorenzo's strategy would have a fighting chance.

"The Rush Towards Socialism — and How To Stop It."
Being a historian, DiLorenzo focuses mostly on the statist horror story that makes up so much of American political history, under this observation: "The fact is that the American people have been servants or slaves to their government for generations." But he starts off the article itself with just the kind of attack I savor, showing appropriate and acidulous contempt for our distant masters:
It only took the Obama administration a couple of weeks to prove that the national leadership of the Democratic Party is guided by totalitarian-minded socialists who seek to create an omnipotent government. The U.S. government is now controlled by people who have been dreaming of living out their utopian socialist fantasies ever since the fantasies were brought to their attention in college decades ago by their Mao/Castro/Che Guevara poster-hanging, capitalism-hating, communistic professors.
Bravo, bravo, DiLorenzo!
    April 17, 2009

Steve Sniegoski has a typically percipient new article posted, this time at Antiwar.com: "Obama and the Neocon Middle East War Agenda." It seems that the neocons may fade away, but their policies never die.

Dr. Sniegoski warns us not to believe Obama's reassurances about his regime's reverting to diplomacy with Iran. I certainly endorse that warning, since Obama is running neck and neck with Bill Clinton to be the most flagrant charlatan to come down the pike since the Great and Terrible Oz.
    March 27, 2009

Americans for Legal Immigration has issued a blast against the SPLC and ADL smearbund that it says has actually prompted a response from a Missouri police official: "Missouri MIAC Documents Scandal Leads to Advisory on SPLC & ADL." Will wonders never cease? I'm sure that WANE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, will be all over this story.
    March 27, 2009

At the Chicago Tribune, Bob Secter and Andrew Zajac dig into one brief but significant chapter of Rahm Emanuel's professional life: "Rahm Emanuel's profitable stint at mortgage giant."
    March 27, 2009

You may be aware that Emanuel has had a varied career, ranging from ballet dancer all the way to Israeli soldier. And as Secter and Zajac point out, it's well known that he once sat on the board of the notorious fascist entity Freddie Mac. They go on to write, "Emanuel's ... healthy payday from the firm has been no secret either. What is less known, however, is how little he apparently did for his money and how he benefited from the kind of cozy ties between Washington and Wall Street that have fueled the nation's current economic mess."

I assume that Emanuel's principal service to the government-created company lay merely in his being there: in other words, that the company figured to benefit from those "cozy ties" along with Emanuel, who even before he went to work for Obama was, in Mafia parlance, "connected."

Freddie Mac, of course, is one of those outfits that anti-market people love to point to as an example of how "laissez-faire capitalists" have bollixed everything up.
    March 27, 2009

Here comes more "reform." At the Washington Post, Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho write: "Geithner to Propose Vast Expansion of U.S. Oversight of Financial System." The writers note that "the nation's financial regulations are largely an accumulation of responses to financial crises." Right. Nevertheless, onward and ever onward we go with these periodic crises. Funny. It's almost enough to make a reasonable man doubt the utility of utopian statism. On second thought, naaa ... Let's continue bleeding the patient and feeding him mercury.
    March 27, 2009

There's violence on the border, down Mexico way. L. Neil Smith, writing for The Libertarian Enterprise, offers some good anti-statist analysis in "The War on the Border." As he points out, some System spokesfolk are blaming Americans. On the basis of reading his piece, I conclude that we should instead blame United Statians, if you know what I mean.

Smith writes: "The drug war along the Mexican border could be ended with the stroke of a pen." But that would entail a diminution in the power of leviathan, so it will never happen.
    March 27, 2009

The news from Airstrip One. According to this item at American Renaissance, the Communications Workers Union in Britain has sent a fascinating reminder to the country's postmen: "Letter from a UK Union to Its Branches." For my part, I remind TLD readers that if delivery of first-class mail were not a state monopoly this would not be a problem.
    March 27, 2009

If this be treason ... At Future of Freedom, Sheldon Richman stomps hard on all the Goody Two-Shoes from one side of the System to the other, in "China: Don't Buy Government Bonds!"

For rhetorical purposes, Richman addresses "the people of China" and our "Chinese friends," but I'll go ahead and point out that it's actually the People's Bank of China that's buying U.S. government debt. Beijing is certainly playing a delicate and risky game, but I reckon that financial gain is only part of its goal. The other part is political leverage over the imperial apparatus in Washington.
    March 27, 2009

I wind up today's links with this shocker from ABC News: "Judges Accused of Jailing Kids for Cash," by Frank Mastropolo. Subtitle: "With Corrupt Judges, Kids' Lives Hang in the Balance."

Once again we turn over one of statism's rocks, and once again we recoil in disgust.
    March 27, 2009

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has made news again, but not at the New Yorker this time. According to Muriel Kane at The Raw Story, Hersh "dropped a bombshell" during a college appearance on March 10:

"Hersh: 'Executive assassination ring' reported directly to Cheney"
Not everything Hersh wrote during the Bush Time has panned out in every detail, but he's certainly worth reading, and he's certainly more trustworthy than anyone serving the Empire.
    March 12-14, 2009

On his blog, Lew Rockwell posts a friend's observation that is both succinct and mentally nutritious: "Finally, I Understand the Immigration Debate."
    March 12-14, 2009

Meanwhile, on the Rockwell site I find this gripper by William L. Anderson: "It Is Time to Admit the Obvious: The Political Classes Deliberately Are Blocking an Economic Recovery."

Outrageously conspiratorial? Hang on. Anderson writes:

The New Deal was an unqualified economic failure....

However ... the New Deal was an unqualified political success, and it was successful precisely because it blocked the economic recovery. This is counter-intuitive, I realize....

....During the 1930s, the Roosevelt administration never had to worry about losing political power, and it held and added to its political majorities. Roosevelt even won a third term of office although the first eight years of his presidency had barely moved the rate of unemployment below what it had been during the worst days of the Herbert Hoover administration. This spectacular run of political power did not come in spite of the economic crisis; it came because of it.

I hate to appear as a relative moderate on this question, but I'm not sure the Obamites are deliberately plotting to prevent a recovery. Statism is all they know. Fiddling with the dials and levers of leviathan is all they know how to do. At the same time, theirs is a chosen ignorance, which they labor tirelessly to spread. Moreover, ignorance is no excuse for pointing guns at one's peaceful fellow humans and ordering them about.
    March 12-14, 2009

You may have heard that Charles W. Freeman Jr., the new regime's choice to head something called the National Intelligence Council, came down with a severe case of Jews' Complaint and had to withdraw his name. A TLD comrade who may be writing some commentary on L'Affaire Freeman has tipped us to two pieces at the Washington Post that are especially interesting when read in tandem. (Dr. Stephen J. Sniegoski's analysis was posted March 15.)

  "Intelligence Pick Blames 'Israel Lobby' for Withdrawal," by Walter Pincus. This is the front-page news story, and it contains much fascinating detail about the efforts of the Israel lobby to kill Freeman's chances.

  On the editorial page of the same issue appears this unsigned editorial: "Blame the 'Lobby' / The Obama administration's latest failed nominee peddles a conspiracy theory."

So ... wait ... uh, which ...?

Our comrade also alerts us to Ray McGovern's take on the affair, posted at Antiwar.com: "Obama Caves to Israel Lobby." McGovern writes: "The influence of the Israel Lobby is seeping ever deeper into the ranks of the intelligence community."
    March 12-14, 2009

Desperate to end what this AP writer, Victor L. Simpson, calls "one of the most serious crises of his papacy," Pope Benedict has attempted to explain the Vatican's "mistakes" with respect to Bishop Williamson, a Holocaust™ skeptic whose excommunication was lifted. This version of Simpson's dispatch is posted at Yahoo News: "Pope: Vatican made errors in Holocaust denial case."
    March 12-14, 2009

At WorldNetDaily, Star Parker, who I believe is black, writes: "We're all inner-city blacks now."

Miss Parker doesn't touch on all aspects of the negrification of white America — she couldn't do that in a short column even if she were so inclined — but she does make some good points. Here's one that stands up independently of any racial analysis: "Has anyone noticed that the only markets that have failed in America are the ones distorted with major government controls, regulations, subsidies, or taxpayer guarantees?"
    March 12-14, 2009

Hope fades for satirists. So far as I can tell, this is for real, and not something confected by those frisky folks at The Onion: "Poll: Obama beats Jesus as American 'hero,'" by Chelsea Schilling at WorldNetDaily.

In the poll said to have been conducted by the Harris organization, Martin L. King, Jr. came in third. George W. Bush ranked fifth, just ahead of Ape Lincoln.

All I can say is, Transparodistic, transparodistic. We can never know what Henry Mencken would have written about those results, but I suspect they would have tested even his satirical imagination.
    February 19-20, 2009

Just after posting Andy Nowicki's latest column, on the Bishop Williamson affair, I learned of this triumph of free expression in South America: "Argentina expels Holocaust-denying bishop," by Hugh Bronstein at Reuters.

Very few Americans, or other Westerners, will find the Argentines' tyrannical act to be troubling in the slightest degree ("neo-Nazis" being an exception, of course, as Bronstein suggests). And I find that to be at least as troubling as those Harris Poll results.
    February 19-20, 2009

Dr. F. Roger Devlin — whose percipient insights are familiar to TLD readers — offers an account of Michael Hart's Preserving Western Civilization conference, held near Baltimore earlier this month: "Preserving Western Civilization — the horror, oh the horror!" It's at the Occidental Observer.

Dr. Devlin begins: "There was a time, within living memory, when a call for 'preserving Western civilization' would have elicited about as much controversy as a panegyric upon motherhood. How things have changed. To a Baltimore Sun columnist, [the] conference sounded 'creepy.' The proceedings were declared 'extremist' by the Anti-Defamation League, the authorities on moderation...."

Organized by Jews, the conference sought to avoid treating the Jewish Question, in an effort to discourage attendance by the Nazis who often slither into pro-white confabs. Instead — if I'm reading Dr. Devlin's account correctly — the politi-religion of Mohammedanism came in for heavy assault. That's fine with me. Some people on our side of things have become relatively uncritical of Mohammedanism and the Mohammedans, as our compadres have focused on opposing American-funded Zionism, the Bush/neocon crimes, or border-police statism. But the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend.
    February 19-20, 2009

Reflecting on Bush's crimes reminds me of how happy I am that we've now entered the Era of Obama and Change We Can Believe In, and that brings me to this piece by Charlie Savage in the New York Times: "Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's in Some Areas." Those areas may include the CIA "renditions," one of the most shocking serial crimes ever committed by the state apparatus in Washington. The successor of our enemy is not our friend, either. And in important respects, the new boss looks to be — as The Who put it — "same as the old boss."
    February 19-20, 2009

Unlike The Who, I never bothered to "pray we don't get fooled again," in 1971 or subsequently. It was pointless. Writing at Mises, Lew Rockwell provides a thoughtful and eloquent survey of our imprisonment: "The Left in Power."

A sample: "What we have [with the Obamites] is not just a profound love of the state; it is a profound confidence in the capacity of the unlimited state to create heaven on earth. How does this square with the idea of human liberty, of social cooperation, and of the rights of all? Herein lies the great mystery of leftism."

I myself go back and forth on this question: How do leftists actually think? What are their mental processes like? One of my comrades believes it would be as easy to understand the epistemology of space aliens. Of course the whole question assumes the existence of some leftists who are not hateful knaves but sincere and honest fools.
    February 19-20, 2009

Transporting us farther into Bizarro World, Minister of Justice Eric Holder declared February 16 that Americans were "'a nation of cowards' on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues." I'm quoting the AP's Devlin Barrett, reporting in "Holder: U.S. a nation of cowards on racial matters."

It's as if Vyshinsky had declared, circa 1938, that Soviets were a "nation of cowards" because so many comrades were afraid to criticize Stalin.

According to the story, Minister Holder objects to the way Americans choose their associates and order their private life, even under the iron grid of totalitarianism that already exists: "Even when people mix at the workplace or afterwork social events, Holder argued, many Americans in their free time are still segregated inside what he called 'race-protected cocoons.'" Never before has the phrase "free time" carried such weight!

As you might imagine, American Renaissance's snippage of the story elicited some peppery comments from readers, posted at www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2009/02/holder_us_a_nat.php. I didn't make my way through all of them, but the first two are worth the visit.
    February 19-20, 2009

This story led the front page in the Washington Post's print edition of February 18: "Swift, Steep Downturn Crosses Globe / Markets Are Hammered as Hope Fades for Quick Recovery," by Tomoeh Murakami. As a doom-and-gloomer it apparently raised some eyebrows in more hopeful sectors of the established media. I wonder whether it was designed to prepare the reading public for Obama's coming failures with the political-economy. The High Sheriffs at the Post may be engineering this party line: Yes, Obama is a god, just as we've been saying; but our plight is so dire that even a god cannot save us from it!

That's not to say that Murakami's assessment is necessarily wrong. In fact, I worry that the latest collapse of the fascist System's house of cards may turn out to be ... It. That is to say, the It that many of us System foes have been expecting since we read certain economic-apolcalypse books in the 1970s, and started stocking up on canned goods and junk silver.
    February 19-20, 2009

Good news from Israel. Writing at Haaretz, Amiram Barkat reports: "Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them." Someone call the ADL! Oh. Never mind. The good news? Well, these Jews aren't yet pelting the Christian clergy with human excrement. Apparently they still reserve that treatment for rival Jewish cultists.
    February 19-20, 2009

I strongly recommend this Mises article by Robert P. Murphy: "Banks Should Raise Prices in a Recession." It's clear, it's hard-hitting, and it's right.
    February 12, 2009

This piece, by Gary North, is just about as good and probably more thought-provoking: "Economic Fascism and the Bailout Economy." At least I find it so, as a ruling-class analyst whose potted theory of the r.c. has been tested by events — and tested hard — since 2001.

North writes: "Do I see this as the end of freedom? No, I see it [as] the end of the fascist State." I don't share his apparent long-range optimism, and I suspect that a ruling class outside the formal political regime will survive, on a refounded basis; but we must ponder North's arguments. (The essay is posted at the Rockwell site.)
    February 12, 2009

As you may have heard, the Catholic Church is in trouble again with the Powers That Be, and is scrambling to get on their right side:

  "Bishop Who Denied Holocaust Is Said to Lose Seminary Post," by Rachel Donadio (New York Times)

  "Jews tell Vatican [that] Holocaust denial is a crime," by Philip Pullella (Reuters). As if the Vatican didn't already know. After all, departing from orthodoxy on the Holocaust™ is literally a crime in most of the world's "advanced" social-democracies.

  "Pope Rejects Any Denial of Holocaust," by Rachel Donadio (NYT). This part is especially good, as well as predictable: "But Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League ... said he had hoped the pope would go even further, and excommunicate Bishop Williamson once again."

I am heartened to see the major institutions of the West proceeding in their brave, determined, and unfettered quest for truth!
    February 12, 2009

Steve Sailer offers some hard figures in this posting at VDare: "1990s FHA Mortgage Default Rates by Ethnicity." They should come as especially hard figures for those still pushing coercive racial preferences.
    February 12, 2009

At the New York Times blog, Judith Warner reports to creepy and disgusting effect on women's Dreams of Obama: "Sometimes a President Is Just a President." The bit about Obama's lips, "so purple and sensuous," accentuates the overall science-fictional quality of this account.
    February 12, 2009

Get a load of this one, from Wake Forest University: "Adolescents get daily happiness boost from ethnic identity" (no byline).

As you'll see, the findings are based on a survey of kids with a Chinese or Hispanic background. I love the bland (or blind) way in which the report ignores the elephant in the living room. White Western kids would also derive a "daily happiness boost" from recognizing and honoring their ethnic identity, but it would be an intrinsic boost only. From the outside world they would get only a daily pain-and-sadness boost; and the psychologists, sociologists, and other specialists of the enemy intelligentsia would surely help inflict it.
    February 12, 2009

Future of Freedom linked to this piece by Donald J. Boudreaux, writing in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and I'm happy once again to poach one of FFF's picks: "The camel in the tent."

While resolutely opposing government interference with business, free-marketeers have to analyze the strings attached to the bailout boodle with some finesse, and Boudreaux strikes just the right note here. He is chairman of the famously free-market-oriented econ department at George Mason.
    February 12, 2009

I keep sounding the alarm about the eradication of white Western pride and morale. Kevin MacDonald offers his take on that — and it's a riveting one — in this writing at The Occidental Observer: "The problem with intellectually insecure whites."

Prof. MacDonald begins: "America will soon have a white minority. This is a much desired state of affairs for the hostile elites who hold political power and shape public opinion. But it certainly creates some management issues — at least in the long run." For my part, I'm afraid those "management issues" will include the problem of how to keep the lights on.

Quoting Hua Hsu's "The End of White America?," in The Atlantic, Prof. MacDonald passes along something that's sure to raise your blood pressure: "The classic thing white [college] students say when you ask them to talk about who they are is, 'I don't have a culture.'" If that is truly what the young heirs of Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Beethoven have been educated to believe, then we have a valuable indicator of just where we are in the trajectory of our civilization.
    February 6, 2009

You will find some good "inside baseball" concerning the Central Government's burgeoning power over the already politicized banking industry in this piece from the Wall Street Journal: "In Merrill Deal, U.S. Played Hardball," by Dan Fitzpatrick, Susanne Craig, and Deborah Solomon. (Note: This is an apparently unauthorized repost at Cbonds.info. The original at the WSJ site is accessible only to subscribers.)

A sample: "The [taxpayer] money is coming at a price. Six months into the great bailout of U.S. finance, Washington's rescue attempt has helped shore up the system. But that emergency effort, planned on the fly, has taken the government on a risky journey deep into the heart of American capitalism."
    February 6, 2009

Two different kinds of collapse are reflected in this piece from the New York Times: "As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force," by Catherine Rampell.

Miss Rampell begins: "With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, a milestone may be at hand: Women are poised to surpass men on the nation's payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in American history.

"The reason has less to do with gender equality than with where the ax is falling."

This, in the midst of the cultural revolution that I've taken to calling the Great Male Recession. Now, apparently, it is becoming the Great Male Depression.

I predict that when it's all over, normal, ordinary women will be as unhappy as normal, ordinary men.
    February 6, 2009

From the Left.  At the Nation, we find a noteworthy attack on the ADL's Abe Foxman by Eric Alterman, answering an attack by Foxman on Alterman's old buddy Bill Moyers: "The Defamation League."

The Nation is unusual among nationally distributed left-wing publications in having the courage and inclination to criticize the Israel lobby.
    February 6, 2009

Speaking of courage, here's a courageous piece at VDare by Paul Craig Roberts blasting the bogus basis of the current securitarian tyranny: "Why No Neocon Assassinations? Because the War on Terror Is a Hoax."
    February 6, 2009

I've mentioned how members of the "Morning Joe" panel beat up on Dr. Ron Paul when he appeared on the show for January 27, accusing him of wanting to do nothing about the collapse of the political-economy. Earlier in the same installment, self-described libertarian Tucker Carlson had come in for the same treatment. But of course neither Paul nor Carlson proposed doing nothing. Quite the contrary. They (mainly) wanted the market to be allowed to do something — that is, they wanted private people pursuing their material well-being in society to be set free to do something.

I understand the power and pervasiveness of the modern totalitarian ideology, but I'm still struck by the extent to which doing something has come to mean — even in the minds of most smart people — government doing something instead of free people doing something.

At Mises, Robert P. Murphy seems to share my diagnosis: "Do You Austrians Have a Better Idea?" Proud to be a purist, I warn you that Murphy mixes his radical proposals with some compromises.
    February 6, 2009

In light of all the depressing stuff above, I think we all need a good laugh: "Recycling 'could be adding to global warming,'" by Louise Gray and Gordon Rayner at The Telegraph. At last, the Green snake has started to eat its own tail!
    February 6, 2009

Steve Sniegoski has achieved more media exposure — and this time, it's TV! Earlier this week he appeared on Press TV's "American Dream" program, participating in a discussion of the "Unpopularity of the 110th Congress" — the official title — but also analyzed were Obama's foreign-policy picks, and the economic bailout and "stimulus" programs.

You can view the program at www.presstv.com/Programs/player/Default.aspx?id=76622. (I'm told you should "hit Windows Media Player.")

"American Dream" is hosted by Elliott Francis of ABC and formerly of Fox News. On the panel with Dr. Sniegoski were neocon John C. Fortier, from the American Enterprise Institute; and Tony Welch, former press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.
    November 26, 2008

Marshall Fritz, R.I.P. In early November, I received the news of the death of Marshall Fritz at age 65. Mr. Fritz was the founder of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State.

Though I once spoke with him on the phone, I never met Mr. Fritz face to face, and I regret that. But what I regret more is TLD's failure to recognize and praise, while he was still living, his work against the monstrosity of state schools. So far as I can tell, instead of wasting their money and energy on pols and political activism, Mr. Fritz and the Alliance focused on telling the truth about state education, persuading parents to pull their children out now, and getting the word out about resources that exist to help them do so. That is exactly the right and honorable course, and I celebrate Mr. Fritz's legacy. Here are two appreciations of it, which as you will see was not limited to his work on liberty of education:

"Marshall Fritz, Creator of 'World's Smallest Political Quiz,' Dies at 65," by James W. Harris at OpEdNews.com

"Marshall Fritz, RIP," by Jim Babka at Positive Liberty

    November 26, 2008

The American Conservative's November 17 issue is largely devoted to another legacy — the one established by George W. Bush. Of the theme articles, I think the best is Alexander Cockburn's: "A Long Train of Abuses." It is remarkable that Cockburn, co-editor of the left-wing CounterPunch, comes off here as a classical liberal — even as what many would call a libertarian.
    November 26, 2008

In case you missed this delightful irony attendant to the Obama hysteria, here's an account by Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee: "Surge for Obama sealed Prop. 8's victory." California's Proposition 8 bans homosexual marriage (at least until the courts gut it). As an anti-statist, I naturally oppose state definition, regulation, and registration of marriage, but that matters not. This internecine brouhaha on the Left affords us all a wonderfully entertaining opportunity to "hide and watch them fight."
    November 26, 2008

TLD's own Andy Nowicki, writing at his blog Dyspeptic Myopic, offers "A Modest Proposal for Unity '08: My Address to America."

He starts by proposing that Blue Staters and Red Staters are "not as different as we may think." And when you see Mr. Nowicki trot out a League of Women Voters bromide such as that, you just know he's up to something. Ah, yes, one day we shall meet him, too, in Orwell's "place where there is no darkness."

This is a good opportunity to alert you that Mr. Nowicki's latest book, Considering Suicide, is on track to come out in 2009, assuming he's not ushered into Room 101 before then. Details to follow.
    October 25, 2008

Partisans of freedom continue to produce trenchant analyses of Washington's latest mega-crime. Robert Higgs (Crisis and Leviathan) has already fired some good salvoes on the Bailout, but I think his latest one is the best yet: "A Gigantic Armed Robbery." It's posted at The Independent Institute.

A sample: "By the time that all of these crimes have run their course, George Walker Bush may well have proved himself to be the greatest economic wrecker and looter in the history of the world."
    October 24, 2008

I'll be looking for the Mises folks to provide a blistering account of Alan Greenspan's latest treachery, but for now here's a "just the facts" account, at Bloomberg.com: "Greenspan Concedes to 'Flaw' in His Market Ideology," by Scott Lanman and Steve Matthews.

It's accurate to say that Greenspan argued for a "free-market ideology" back when he was writing for the Randians (if anyone still remembers those days), but during what was by far the most important part of his career he worked as a Dark Suit mandarin in charge of the United State's central bank. In rejecting a free-market ideology that he hasn't practiced for forty years, he has handed a precious gift to the Left, including the MSM, which blames "laissez-faire" for the recent breakdown of the fascist System.

Did Greenspan's old Dark Suit masters encourage this exercise in desinformatsiya?
    October 24, 2008

In radical disagreement with Greenspan is Dr. Chris Sciabarra, writing for what appears to be his own blog: "A Crisis of Political Economy."

Along the way, Sciabarra observes that "throughout the modern history of the system that most people call 'capitalism,' banking institutions have had such a profoundly intimate relationship to the state that one can only refer to it as a 'state-banking nexus.'"

And: "There is no free market. There is no 'laissez-faire capitalism.' The government has been deeply involved in setting the parameters for market relations for eons; in fact, genuine 'laissez-faire capitalism' has never existed."

And along the lines of something I noted recently, Sciabarra writes that the necessary "structural change will not come to this economy without fundamental intellectual and cultural change. That, my friends, is not on the menu."

The essay is fairly long, but I urge you to chew away at it: It's both tasty and highly nutritious.
    October 24, 2008

At Mises, George Reisman explodes the MSM's crazy contentions about "laissez-faire":

"The Myth that Laissez Faire Is Responsible for Our Present Crisis."
The essay is long, and it gets a bit technical in places, but we should read and learn. In any case, make sure to hang on until you get to the section titled "The Laissez-Faire Myth and the Marxism of the Media." Reisman writes:
When I refer to the educational system and the media as Marxist, I do not intend to imply that its members favor any kind of forcible overthrow of the United States government or are necessarily even advocates of socialism. What I mean is that they are Marxists insofar as they accept Marx's views concerning the nature and operation of laissez-faire capitalism.
    October 24, 2008

From The Telegraph we learn that "Chicago plans school for gay students." As a partisan of freedom I hate saying anything positive about the gyrations of school-statists, but within the overall context of state education, allowing sexual deviates to voluntarily ghettoize themselves doesn't sound too bad to me. It would help protect normal kids from further degradation — though the "normal" schools would naturally continue to dish out the standard homosexualist propaganda.
    October 24, 2008

Coming as late in the game as it did, Jesse Jackson's identification of Barack Obama as a non-captive of the Israel lobby isn't gaining much traction, though I suppose it will lose the Unicorn Prophet a few thousand non-crucial votes in Florida, New York, and other places.

"The O Jesse Knows / Jackson on Obama's America," by Amir Taheri, New York Post
But this classic Jackson Blurt is still interesting. He's right about the lobby's influence on U.S. foreign policy toward the Muslim world, but we may debate whether he's right about Obama. I still hope it's true, despite Obama's abasement before AIPAC during the campaign. Optimists would point out that the Bush-Likudnik neocons wouldn't be around to manipulate a President Obama; on the other hand, the Democrat Party contains quite a few Zionist war liberals who would relish the task of protecting Israel's interests using American taxpayers' money. We shall see.
    October 24, 2008

Newswise.com brings us the results of a study showing that "Whites Go Out of Their Way to Avoid Talking about Race."

It begins: "White people — including children as young as 10 — may avoid talking about race so as not to appear prejudiced, according to new research. But that approach often backfires as blacks tend to view this 'colorblind' approach as evidence of prejudice, especially when race is clearly relevant."

If the findings are reliable, they show, again, that whites just can't win for losing.

It reminds me of what Joseph Schumpeter wrote about capitalism and its enemies: "Capitalism stands its trial before judges who have the death sentence in their pockets. The only success a victorious defense can possibly produce is a change in the indictment."

The difference is that the free market did have some brave, stalwart defenders whose morale was sound, even if they were doomed, while the whites discussed here are terrified little trucklers.

The business about the white kids ("as young as 10") puts a different color (so to speak) on all the established-media gabble about how today's white youngsters "just don't see race" in respect to the colored peers with whom they've been forced to associate.
    October 24, 2008

"Further is from the truth." At Amazon.com, Dr. Steve Sniegoski has picked up yet another unfavorable reader-review that will probably help him sell his book. It's a delight, and one of the delightful things about it is the writer's pen name, "Yoda."

"This book shows the new face of anti-semiticism"
Dr. Sniegoski comments:
It appears that "Yoda," an Israeli, skimmed the book, but he totally distorts what I wrote. He believes that I provide "little evidence" to show that the neocon movement is predominantly Jewish. Then he writes of "Betanyahu's" Clean Break plan. Actually, the neocons participated in the group that presented the plan to Netanyahu; their names were on the study. (Contrary to what "Yoda" writes, Paul Wolfowitz was not involved.)

I mention Larry Franklin, but I do not say he is of the "Jewish faith." I do point out his ties to the neocons through the Office of Special Plans. My focus in the relevant part of the book is on secret dealings with Israel by OSP officials. I do not deal with the actual court case, but, yes, Franklin's defense did claim that it all was perfectly OK. However, for what it is worth, he was convicted. Well, that was just more "anti-semiticism," one supposes.

"Yoda's" handling of my "smear" of Pipes seems to work directly against his allegation.

Dr. Sniegoski also tips us to "Yoda's" Amazon.com review of the Mearsheimer and Walt book: "Mearsheimer and Walt, pro-Arab propagandists," and it, too, is good stuff. I especially like the revelation of "the Juedeo-Christian cultural traditions that the Jewish people have."
    October 2, 2008

Will wonders never cease. I've just come across a piece in what I assume is an established, mainstream organ — the Financial Post (of Canada) — that provides a good Austrian School account of the Bailout and, for good measure, zings both the Chicago School and the Cato Institute along the way: "Karl's comeback," by Martin Masse.

Editor's intro: "Marx's Proposal Number Five seems to be the leading motivation for those backing the Wall Street bailout."

Many thanks to the old friend of TLD who alerted me to this piece.
    October 2, 2008

It's no wonder, though, that we find Sheldon Richman writing percipient analysis of the Bailout: "State Capitalism in Crisis" (FEE, September 26).

Socialists blame "deregulation" for the crisis, but Richman writes: "The focus on regulation, narrowly defined, distracts attention from all the ways that the government has made the financial and housing industries unstable through guarantees and other privileges."
    October 2, 2008

Writing at Mises, Pierre Lemieux labels the crisis a little differently: "A Crisis of Global Statism." Lemieux observes: "When Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson says, 'I don't believe in raw capitalism without regulation,' he is not revealing a scoop. He is reiterating what has been official American policy for the last century. Whether the result is financial socialism with a human capitalist face, or state capitalism with a strong socialist flavor, it is a matter of choosing between a half-empty and a half-full glass."
    October 2, 2008

Dept. of No Spit, Sherlock. From the Los Angeles Times a few days ago: "Financial industry's campaign donations could help it in bailout," by Tom Hamburger and William Heisel.

Editor's intro: "Firms have given lavishly to both parties in Congress. That could help them get the language they want in the bill — as well as block provisions such as homeowner assistance."
    October 2, 2008

At RealClearMarkets, Steven Malanga offers some useful historical context, focusing on the anti-redlining movement of the 1990s: "The Long Road to Slack Lending Standards."

He notes: "Of course, the new [lower] federal standards [for mortgage loans] couldn't just apply to minorities."
    October 2, 2008

As government entities help us out with our economy, rest assured that they're continuing to help us in other areas, too, including education: "Eyebrows raised over city school policy that sets 50% as minimum score," by Joe Smydo at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Colored minorities aren't mentioned here, so I guess this policy has nothing to do with them or their traditional academic performance.
    October 2, 2008

Dr. Steve Sniegoski has garnered two favorable reviews recently for his hot-selling book The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel.

       By Dr. Paul Gottfried, writing at Taki's Magazine: "The Transparent Cabal"

       By Bill and Kathleen Christison, writing at CounterPoint: "A New and Revealing Study of the Influence of the Neocons / The Making of Recent U.S. Middle East Policies"

Dr. Sniegoski has also received a highly unfavorable review, but I believe it to be an important one as well. It's a reader-review at Amazon.com, written by one Andrew Levidis: "Disgraceful and Disgusting." It is clear that Mr. Levidis cannot actually have read the book; but no matter. His "review" is so hysterically over-the-top that I'm convinced it will help sell copies of Cabal. Sometimes our adversaries just can't help themselves. We should be grateful for that small consolation.
    September 22, 2008

I find Establishment totalitarians' chattering about "laissez faire" to be maddening, but Sheldon Richman keeps a cool head in this essay at FEE about the Wall Street crisis: "Government Failure."

The toties are also blaming "greed." Richman quotes economist Lawrence White about that and then extends the analysis: "'If an unusually large number of airplanes crash during a given week, do you blame gravity? No. Greed, like gravity, is a constant. It can't explain why the number of crashes is higher than usual.' Likewise, greed (however you define this essentially useless concept) can't explain the current economic troubles. Why didn't these troubles occur earlier? Were people less greedy then?"

Make sure to read this piece to the end. Richman's closing "thought experiment" will blow fresh air through your mind.
    September 22, 2008

At Mises, Antony Mueller asks, "What's Behind the Financial Market Crisis?"

He writes: "As a result of the bailouts and the socialization of the mortgage agencies, the financial system is now fully infected with moral hazard. The disastrous effects of these government interventions will show up soon. The major task of bringing the capital structure in order is still ahead and more pain is in the waiting."
    September 22, 2008

Also at Mises, Frank Shostak finds not "laissez faire" but the Fed to be the principal culprit in Wall Street's meltdown: "Can the Rescue Plan Fix the U.S. Economy?" In so finding, he picks his way through the regime's occult manipulation of the supply of what passes, these days, for money.

Though complicated dealings would surely arise in a free-market, hard-money financial system, I've always wondered whether the insanely recondite structure we're saddled with was not deliberately constructed, at least in part, to mystify the sheep who were to be shorn.

That aside, I can't wait for the Mises boys to go to work on the implications of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley's transforming themselves into bank holding companies.
    September 22, 2008

I missed this gasper when it was announced early in September, but I want to get some mention of it on the site. Here's the New York Times's account: "White House Unveils $1 Billion Georgia Aid Plan," by Steven Lee Myers. The idea seems especially obscene now, with the regime's lunge toward finance socialism and its new plundering of taxpayers, and it is obscene. But it pales when you think about the tons of our money that the robber gang in Washington has already poured into Iraq.
    September 22, 2008

Something else I've been wanting to mention on the site is the case of the two British thoughtcriminals who are seeking political asylum in America. For reasons I find murky, they've been put in jail in California. Nicholas Stix has now written an updated account for VDare: "The Heretical 2: Requests for Asylum and Letters from Santa Ana Jail." His original brief account is linked from the present piece.

As the friend of TLD who tipped me to this case observed, it discomfits world "respectables" in two enjoyable ways: First, it reveals the advanced, progressive social democracy of the U.K. — Our Greatest and Most Loyal Ally — to be a place from which people who have committed no actual crime are seeking political asylum; and, second, it puts Our Own Great Democratic Leaders on the spot. Are they really going to extradite thoughtcriminals charged merely with engaging in freedom of expression, which is not yet formally a crime under American law?

As Stix notes, the MSM are — surprise! — staying miles away from this story. That blackout in itself increases the chance that the Bush regime may be able to carry out a "rendition," putting the two dissidents on a midnight flight back to Airstrip One and its Ministry of Love.
    September 22, 2008

It's happening faster than we'd thought. I don't readily swallow government statistics, unless they carry bad news for us. These do: "Whites in the Minority by 2042, U.S. Census Predicts" (Associated Press, posted at Fox News).

As you'll see, the first prediction of 2050 was made in 2004. It makes me wonder whether, when we arrive at 2012, the prediction will be revised again, to 2034. And so on.

In any case, what a lovely old age we hated whites have to look forward to! May we all endeavor to stay strong.

If I may offer a prediction of my own, the remarkable thing about this latest revelation by officialdom will be the yawning indifference with which it will be greeted by millions upon millions of deracinated white soccerites. Worse, their children will probably celebrate it.

Henry Gallagher Fields comments: Assuming I understand this trend correctly, it looks as if in 2020 we will be told that whites became a minority in 2018.
    August 18, 2008

Here is Steve Sailer's analysis of the bad news, over at VDare: "Now They Tell Us! A Few Thoughts on What the Census Bureau's Projected White Minority Will Mean for America."

My idea of What Must Be Done differs from Sailer's: 1) Whites must start having many more babies; 2) whites must rear those children as Westerners while recovering their own racial and cultural morale; and 3) whites must abolish the welfare state, the civil-rights laws, and state education. For starters. A tall order, but doing anything less is worse than useless.
    August 18, 2008

I offer a Georgian War tetralogy, including two pieces from the Left, one from the Right, and one from our side:

       By Seumas Milne at The Guardian: "This is a tale of US expansion not Russian aggression." Editor's intro: "War in the Caucasus is as much the product of an American imperial drive as local conflicts. It's likely to be a taste of things to come."

       By Simon Jenkins at The Guardian: "Bush rebuking Russia? Putin must be splitting his sides." Editor's intro: "Moscow has to take some of the blame. But it is the west's policy of liberal interventionism that has fuelled war in Georgia."

       By Patrick Buchanan at his own blog: "Blowback from Bear Baiting."

       By Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com: "The Real Aggressor." Editor's intro: "Georgian invasion of South Ossetia sets the stage for a wider war."

Raimondo notes: "If you love GWB, you'll love President Saakashvili." Make sure to catch what he writes about Obama.
    August 18, 2008

Speaking of Georgia and U.S. imperialism, ever heard of a chap named Randy Scheunemann? It would be good if you had. Thanks go to Steve Sniegoski for tipping me to this profile at Rightweb.

John McCain boasts about his close personal ties with officials in various foreign countries including Georgia. However, far from bolstering his credibility as a foreign-policy president, such ties altogether undermine McCain's ability to pursue a neutral, objective, and noninterventionist policy. True, we never had any hopes on that front to begin with. But even those who think a president has legitimate business trotting around the globe as a peacemaker have to question any notion of McCain as an "honest broker."

Beyond that, the whole McCain-Scheunemann-Caspian axis just stinks to high heaven.
    August 18, 2008

Last week, the developing story about possible side effects of the Gardasil cervical-cancer vaccine made it onto the telescreen. And Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group that has been pushing Gardasil revisionism, was actually mentioned in the coverage. According to the story I saw, the CDC was pooh-poohing any concerns.

Without mentioning Judicial Watch, Mick Tsikas at the Los Angeles Times writes: "Gardasil vaccine doubts grow" (August 13).

Here's some material at Judicial Watch on its Gardasil investigation, dated May 14: "Judicial Watch Investigates Side-Effects of HPV Vaccine."

Poison or potion, Gardasil is certainly politically correct. Local totalitarians are forever trying to force kids to get injected with it. As you may remember, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is one of the chief culprits; and making the Perry story especially priceless, last year, were his ties with Gardasil's maker, Merck. But after all, political correctness and political corruptness are by no means mutually exclusive.

According to the New York Times in February 2007, "At least 20 states [were] considering making its use mandatory for schoolgirls," following a big lobbying campaign by Merck directed at state legislators. You may remember that I posted a link to the NYT story at the time.
    August 18, 2008

Back to VDare, where Jared Taylor of American Renaissance writes that P.C. is "Raping the Military." In response to the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, the Left is now screaming for even more P.C. in order to solve the problem.

I can only hope that the Pentagon gives in and degrades even further the military's effectiveness in pursuing militarism, imperialism, and criminal wars of aggression.

Now, I doubt that the soldier's trade will ever vanish, but I can't believe that defense agencies in the non-statist society I envision would place soldierettes in or near combat. It just wouldn't be good business practice. In any case, female recruits would be few, in a morally and culturally sound society.
    August 18, 2008

I keep saying that the Red Guards are tireless and relentless as they hammer away at the ruins of our civilization. According to columnist Barbara Kay at National Post, some Orwellian creature known as the "Minister for Women" is swinging the sledge at what remains of justice in Airstrip One: "Britain moves toward guilt based on sex."
    August 18, 2008

It seems that for once, Negro short-term thinking may actually help protect what remains of civilization in this country: "Defendant trades murder plea for KFC, pizza" (AP, posted at CNN).
    August 18, 2008

Leftist Chris Hedges sometimes writes things that make me grit my teeth, but I still read him, and I urge you to read this Truthdig piece of his, reposted at AlterNet: "The Price of Oil, Tripled? An Attack on Iran Could Make It Happen."

I find unintentional humor in a quote from one of Hedges's sources, historian and old Kennedy bureaucrat William R. Polk: "Ironically, war [with Iran] would push America into a form of socialist economy." A form different from the one we now labor under, apparently.
    August 9, 2008

I offer two picks from VDare this time:

       "'No Real Solution' — Arnold Schwarzenegger's Algebra for Dummies," by Steve Sailer

One charming aspect of a free-market education industry — I imagine — is that parents and teachers would be disinclined to torture most Negro and Hispanic children with algebra and other subjects naturally irrelevant to their future.

       "Governor Deval Patrick: 'Together We Can' ... Have Racial Preferences," by Matthew Richer

Richer begins: "Those who wonder what to expect from a Barack Obama White House should start paying attention to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, currently the nation's only elected black governor."

Provocative words here, which do indeed make me think of the unicorn-riding Imam and his children's crusade: "Deval Patrick's job is not so much to govern, but to advertise the open-mindedness of his supporters."
    August 9, 2008

Speaking of provocative words, here are some from Massie Ritsch at OpenSecrets.org: "Oil Industry Leans toward McCain, but Big Producers Favor Obama."

Ritsch writes that the Center for Responsive Politics "was surprised to notice that it's actually Obama who has received more from the pockets of employees at several of Big Oil's biggest and most recognizable companies. Tallying contributions by employees in the industry and their families, we found that Exxon, Chevron, and BP have all contributed more money to Obama than to McCain."

Unfortunately, Ritsch explores none of the foreign- and war-policy implications bubbling under the surface here.

Some of the responders to this post put an "Aunt Sally in Topeka" interpretation on "individual" contributions by corporate employees, in effect arguing that they are meaningless from the political-economic standpoint. I suspect otherwise, though it would be useful to see just where in the hierarchy those generous employees sit.
    August 9, 2008

You don't say! Seriously, it is good to have this sort of thing on the record: "Minorities Often a Majority of the Population under 20," by Sam Roberts at the New York Times.
    August 9, 2008

My eyes narrowed and an eyebrow rose when I was apprised that Hollywood is producing a movie that is both political and "anti-Left." Well, here is what passes these days for a "conservative" movie, as described by a favorable review in the "conservative" Weekly Standard: "Hollywood Takes on the Left," by Stephen F. Hayes.

Students of culture and ethnicity may conclude that tribal concerns are foremost here, just as they were in the days when Hollywood was churning out Stalinist agitprop. Plus ça change ...
    August 9, 2008

In another neocon forum — the Wall Street Journal — John Fund writes a piece more praiseworthy: "The Far Left's War on Direct Democracy."

Fund ably recounts the genuine evil of the genuine Left in fighting the referendum movement, which these days tends to reflect populism of a right-wing kidney. But an old-style republican would make much of his admission that the "initiative is a reform born out of the Progressive Era" — and that republican would have a point. Proponents of consolidated government and expanders of state power seize on any instrument they think will work, from "Progressive" referenda in one era to an elite-managed political class in another era. As an anarchist I cringe to see their victims fumbling with the same machinery.
    August 9, 2008

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The subtitle is not included in the printer-friendly version I'm sending you to: "The cockamamie diction and syntax of Internet English."
    August 9, 2008

The Great Tomato Scare of 2008 offers some good lessons, but the coercive utopians won't learn them. In the wake of this particular government scandal, the AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports: "Salmonella probe likened to 'Keystone Kops.'"

According to Alonso-Zaldivar, the scare "cost the [American] produce industry more than $200 million."

The lesson that the coercive utopians will learn is, We need more and better regulation!
    August 4, 2008

Two recent Mises pieces deserve to be packaged together:

       "Broken Glass Everywhere," by Art Carden

Given the mind-smog of our age, not even the most absurd economic fallacies ever die, and Carden here tackles the one claiming that "disasters can be good for the economy." Along the way he writes:

The back door we installed after our house was robbed is much nicer than our old one. However, the fact that we would have preferred the services rendered by the old door to the services rendered by the new door was revealed in the fact that we had not replaced the old door yet — nor did we have any immediate plans to do so. The new door represents an improvement to our property, but to make that improvement we had to forego the services we otherwise could have enjoyed with the money we spent on the new door.
       "Booms, Busts, and 'Krugpot' Economics," by William L. Anderson

He writes: "Can we blame Bush for what is currently happening and what will surely happen in the next year? Absolutely, and we can do it with great relish and authority." But Anderson shows that Paul Krugman's inch-deep statist opinionating on the Bush Bust is no substitute for coherent economic analysis.
    August 4, 2008

No matter how bad and ridiculous you think things are, they always turn out to be worse — and more ridiculous: "Freddie, Fannie Funded Jesse Jackson's Pet Projects," by Keriann Hopkins, Cybercast News Service.
    August 4, 2008

Alternet has posted a piece that Paul Armentano wrote for High Times about the Central Government's latest Goebbelsplutter in its crusade against marijuana: "Govt. Milks Stoner Stereotypes in Anti-Pot Propaganda Film."

Washington's obsession with this innocuous weed is actually not insane, despite all the tax-robbery the government eschews by prohibiting its full legalization. In effect, our rulers have calculated that maximizing tax income from this particular source would fail to maximize their power and pelf overall. The brutes who run the state apparatus prefer to wage war, and like all of its wars, leviathan's war on drugs has proved extremely profitable in terms of power and pelf. The fact that this war is waged against leviathan's own citizen-serfs is if anything an added attraction.
    August 4, 2008

The suicide of a government scientist suspected in the 2001 anthrax attack has been much in the news. At Salon.com, Glenn Greenwald takes a look at "Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News."

Editor's intro: "A top U.S. government scientist, suspected of the anthrax attacks, commits suicide. ABC News knows who is responsible for false reports blaming those attacks on Iraq, but refuses to say."

Greenwald points out: "If the now-deceased [Bruce] Ivins really was the culprit behind the attacks, then that means that the anthrax came from a U.S. Government lab, sent by a top U.S. Army scientist at Ft. Detrick." (Salon.com may block you if you try to access the piece more than once.)
    August 4, 2008

This one really pumps new life into the overused expression "Don't go there": "New hires bring new problems to Postville [Iowa]," by Nigel Duara, at the Des Moines Register.

Seriously, this is just the sort of thing that happens when you rely on police-statism to "solve" social and cultural problems.
    August 4, 2008

On the Left, I find two interesting examinations of the "surge" and the Empire's prospects in Mesopotamia. Both are posted at AlterNet:

       "Forget the Surge — Violence Is Down in Iraq Because Ethnic Cleansing Was Brutally Effective," by Juan Cole of JuanCole.com

       "Iraq is About to Explode," by Robert Dreyfuss, author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam
    August 4, 2008

I wish I could say that this one is just for laughs, but it does have a serious side. In an op ed for the New York Times, Bob Herbert (a Negro) attacks the McCain campaign's recent advertising, in particular the spot — unusually clever for Republicans — that compares Obama to the featherheaded celebs Paris Hilton and Britney Spears: "Running While Black."

Herbert seems not to have gotten the celebrity-comparison theme at all. Instead, in a breathtaking excess of black-liberal paranoia, he writes that the spot was "designed to exploit the hostility, anxiety, and resentment of the many white Americans who are still freakishly hung up on the idea of black men rising above their station and becoming sexually involved with white women."

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on August 4, Herbert ventured even farther into crankdom, claiming that shots of two towers were deliberately included in the background as "phallic symbols" to heighten the sex theme. If Freudianism is nuts to begin with, what do we call this? Superlatives fail me. In any case, no one else on the "Joe" show saw what Herbert saw. For his part, the jovial Pat Buchanan said that when he sees Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, he focuses on them and ignores the background.
    August 4, 2008

I never thought I'd be linking to a column by Frank Rich, but this column of his written for The New York Times deserves your attention: "How Obama's Trip Abroad Turned Him into the Acting President." (The version here is posted at AlterNet.)

Rich observes: "The Obama stampede is forcing Mr. McCain to surrender on [the "energy crisis" and] other domestic fronts." No surprise there. If he's somehow elected, I expect John McCain to rival Simian George himself as a surrender monkey on domestic issues.
    July 28, 2008

On our side of the fence, Antiwar.com's Justin Raimondo goes to work, and effectively, on this question: "Is Obama the 'Antiwar Candidate'?" Subtitle: "Two words of advice for the antiwar voter: Caveat emptor."

Raimondo explains what Obama's betrayals will accomplish for the Young Imam and his Party: "The re-invasion and occupation of Afghanistan will give President Obama a chance to highlight his hawkishness and prove himself to the War Party as a good and loyal servant. It will also allow the Democratic Party to refurbish its credentials as a tough-minded crew, ready, willing, and able to spill as much innocent blood as the GOP in establishing U.S. hegemony in the Middle East."
    July 28, 2008

Statish thinking — or at least one aspect of it — is never more vividly on display than when socialists and fascists reject proposals to open up more areas for oil extraction on the grounds that doing so would fail to provide immediate price relief. Despite all the Goreish wailing about Planning for the Next Century or Millennium or whatever, government types have a tendency toward short-term thinking that rivals that of any purse-snatching junky.

But now Robert P. Murphy, writing at Mises, argues persuasively that the statists are wrong even on the immediacy question: "ANWR Drilling Would Provide Quick Relief."

Murphy points out that "market prices help coordinate actions over space and time. To the extent that it is physically possible, the market will exploit the availability of new future supplies in order to provide immediate relief."
    July 28, 2008

I package the next two pieces together for reasons that will be obvious. The first one is an account of how some brave and heroic "peace officers" apparently attacked a boy lying on the ground, his back broken, and Tasered him 19 times:

"Parents question why Ozark police used stun gun on injured son," by Sara Sheffield and Gene Hartley of KY3 News, Springfield, Mo.
The second piece is by the estimable William Norman Grigg, writing at the Rockwell site:
"Abetting Police Aggression: The 'COPS Effect'"
He starts out, "They really didn't have to wreck the house, but they did it anyway."

Grigg builds on the valuable work he has done in the past on the militarization of the police, focusing here on the influence of what he calls "Police State Television." Reading Grigg's account, I was startled by the realization that much of the police brutishness is exhibitionistic and cowardly at the same time.
    July 28, 2008

"White nationalists" and all others who seek to use state power to solve their social problems should read this AP piece and think again: "Italy fingerprint plan gets initial OK," by Frances D'Emilio.

Italy started out planning to fingerprint just Gypsies, to the satisfaction, no doubt, of many of our racialist-nationalist "cousins." But that turned out to cause too many concerns about civil liberties. So Italy has solved the problem: Fingerprint everyone. Who's happy now? Totalitarians everywhere, no doubt. We can only hope that no one else is.
    July 28, 2008

I keep meaning to visit Lawrence Auster's blog more often. I know I've missed some gems — but not this one, thanks to the longtime friend of TLD who tipped me to it: "An anecdote of black and white in America" (View from the Right). As you'll see, Auster's report provoked quite a few readers to offer reports of their own, producing, in all, another inspiring chapter in the chronicles of our multicultural socialist utopia.
    July 28, 2008

Another friend of TLD gave me the heads-up on this recent action by the KGB wing of the American Left: "Report back from Anti-Racist Action on David Irving NYC Event," by "Anonymous" (posted at Infoshop.org). Statist-leftists have always depended on the initiation of force, of course, but this account of their thuggery is unusually frank. Read it only if you have a strong stomach.
    July 28, 2008

As I have pointed out before, the Red Guards do not roll over, all six legs twitching, on the rare occasion when some court hits them with a little bug spray. In the wake of the Heller decision, Sommer Mathis at DCist.com reports: "New Proposed D.C. Handgun Rules Unveiled."

In terms of TLD categories, the new rules may be seen as a move from Impolite Totalitarianism to (somewhat) Polite Totalitarianism.

This proposed rule is priceless: "Firearms in the home must be stored unloaded and disassembled, and secured with either a trigger lock, gun safe, or similar device. The new law will allow an exception for a firearm while it is being used against an intruder in the home." And not a moment sooner! (Italicized phrase in original.)
    July 26, 2008

The fact that old Bombs Away agreed to speak at the recent meeting of The Race (La Raza) is more important than what he said there, but if you're curious here's a transcript, courtesy of the Washington Post: "Sen. McCain Delivers Remarks at the La Raza Convention / As Released by John McCain 2008." (The subtitle suggests that what we have here is only the intended text.)

As you will see, McCain or his spinners managed to find a way to mention the pol's "heroism" in having been a POW, and connect that achievement to "Hispanic concerns."
    July 26, 2008

At a highly unlikely venue — The Guardian — I find this cheerworthy denunciation by Brendan O'Neill: "Greens are the enemies of liberty." Editor's intro: "Environmentalists want to curb our freedom far more than the government's anti-terrorist laws ever will."

Over the past few days the MSM have once again been lavishing airtime on Prof. Albert Gore and his preachings. I am beginning to suspect that Gore is the most thoroughgoing, deliberate totalitarian ever to attain power and prominence in American public life. And that's saying something, in view of the competition he has faced for that dishonor.
    July 26, 2008

Assuming any decent person could actually wish for some kind of "victory" by the Empire as a result of its adventures in Mesopotamia and Afghanistan, could any such person tolerate as a collateral cost the sort of crime Tom Engelhardt reports here?

"The Wedding Crashers: U.S. Jets Have Bombed Five Ceremonies in Afghanistan" (AlterNet)
"Reform" imperialists want to make Afghanistan the main event of the Empire's continuing intervention in the Islamic world. They complain that it is now only a sideshow. If the new regime taking office January 20 makes that change, we may expect many more Afghan weddings to be "crashed," and many more noncombatants to be murdered.

A number of professed libertarians supported the Empire's invasion of Afghanistan. What is their opinion now?
    July 26, 2008

Also at AlterNet is an indignant assessment of the new FISA by Chris Hedges, written apparently for the Los Angeles Times: "FISA Bill's Real Target: What Remains of Our Open Society."

Principled freedom-lovers, of course, were horrified by the original FISA, dating from the Carter regime. Something called a "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court" that operates in secret? Not in any country that deserves to be called America.
    July 26, 2008

Any piece whose title curses Franklin Roosevelt is going to capture my attention, and this Mises article by Lew Rockwell did just that: "Freddie, Fannie, and Curses on FDR."

Rockwell writes that with the mortgage crisis "we are not talking about market failure. If you have a housetop you can shout that from, please do so, because the press and the government are going to make every effort to blame private borrowers and lenders for this calamity."

Really, anytime you see a huge cluster of error in the market, you know where to look for the culprits: those busy utopians in power.
    July 26, 2008

I'm not the only wordsmith to insist that he writes better — and thinks better — while emitting clouds of tobacco smoke (cigar smoke, in my case). Now in an unbylined piece, The Independent stipulates to some scientific evidence tending to support that view: "Nicotine's addictiveness linked with memory boost."

As indicated by the title, the emphasis here is all on nicotine's addictive properties, but what I find interesting is this. Public references to nicotine's brain-stimulating qualities are rare, grudging, and fugitive because the System is waging holy war on smoking and smokers. But the present piece implies that all of us weefolk have of cawwwse long known about the positive effects of nicotine. In other words: Nothing to think about here, folks; move along.
    July 26, 2008

At The Atlantic appears a fascinating piece by John Staddon, a Brit, who compares American and British traffic regulation and doesn't find much to recommend in the American approach: "Distracting Miss Daisy." Subtitle: "Why stop signs and speed limits endanger Americans."

It's interesting to read this piece from the anti-statist standpoint, focusing on how information is disseminated in a free society, and on the difference between market self-adjustment and the intricately regulated political economy. In fact, it's almost as though Staddon is in touch with the insights of the Austrian School.
    July 12, 2008

I find incisive analysis in this AlterNet piece by Tom Engelhardt: "Are Cheney's Iran Dreams Shattered?"

Engelhardt's oddsmaking on a war with Iran, as the last shriek of the Bush regime, parallels my own — I think it's unlikely. But I agree with his closing line: "And yet, of course, for the maddest gamblers and dystopian dreamers in our history, never say never."
    July 12, 2008

Posted at his own site is this cogent and hard-hitting essay by Lew Rockwell: "Grand Theft Society." His subject is the recession and leviathan's purported struggle against it. A sample: "Government invariably rules out the possibility that the structure of the public sector itself is to blame for the problem, whether that problem is terrorism or recession."
    July 12, 2008

Turning to international trade, I recommend this article by Tim Swanson at Mises: "How Long Does a Free-Trade Agreement Need to Be?"

Once again I find that a writer and I are on exactly the same wave-length. In 1995, commenting on the adoption of NAFTA, I wrote:

One doesn't achieve free trade with a pact that contains 2,000 pages of exceptions, restrictions, half-measures, subsidies, and compromises. One doesn't achieve it by erecting a new World Government bureaucracy, either. You'll be able to tell that we have a real free-trade agreement when we get one that's only one page long — plus an appendix, maybe, if it's considered necessary to list all the hundreds and thousands of restrictions, tariffs, regulations, and subsidies that are being repealed. (The Last Ditch, January 1995, p. 8)
    July 12, 2008

I found the June 30 issue of The American Conservative to be just terrific, overall, and among the strongest pieces was this one, by Timothy P. Carney: "Burning Dinner: Government's scheme to fill gas tanks leaves stomachs empty."

Carney opens: "The 'fatal conceit' that Friedrich Hayek wrote about — the hubristic belief that intelligent central planners can better advance the common welfare than can people acting freely — is often used as an analogy or, at least, an overstatement. In the case of ethanol, however, it is literal: by pushing this fuel on us, governments could be starving people to death."
    July 12, 2008

Another must-read TAC article, from the same issue, is "Looking into the Lobby," by the courageous Philip Weiss. Editor's intro: "The American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference is one of Washington's most important — and least reported — events."

If your jaw dropped when you read accounts of Barack Obama's pilgrimage to AIPAC, you'd better prop a pillow under your chin before reading this piece. To put it another way, in ten years it will probably be illegal to publish it. Or read it.
    July 12, 2008

This apparently is not a hoax: "Is 'black hole' a racially insensitive term?," by Eric Berger at the Houston Chronicle.

The Chronicle's publication of this story strikes me as highly improper. As the Marxists might say, it is "objectively racist," proposing as it does the profound ignorance or profound madness of a Negro public official.
    July 12, 2008

Seymour Hersh is once again making waves for the Empire, in this piece for the July 8 issue of The New Yorker: "Preparing the Battlefield: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran."

Hersh writes: "Some members of the Democratic leadership — Congress has been under Democratic control since the 2006 elections — were willing, in secret, to go along with the Administration in expanding covert activities directed at Iran, while the Party's presumptive candidate for President, Barack Obama, has said that he favors direct talks and diplomacy."

According to Hersh, a "former senior intelligence official" told him that, earlier this year, "a meeting took place in the Vice-President's office and that the 'subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington.'"
    June 30, 2008

In this posting at VDare, Jared Taylor talks about whether people should talk about racial differences and writes: "I can't think of a single truth it should be our government's job to suppress":

"Egalitarian Orthodoxy: 'Noble Fiction' — or Noxious Poison?"
Along the way, Taylor reminds us that "the 'noble fiction' of racial equality does terrible damage to race relations."
    June 30, 2008

Writing at AlterNet, Linda Mamoun reports: "Israel Lobby Authors Walt, Mearsheimer Travel to Tel Aviv." Did people stone them when they spoke? Did the ultra-Orthodox pelt them with excrement, as they occasionally pelt rival cultists? No. In fact, Mamoun's account puts me in mind of Jared Taylor's account, in the piece above, of speaking to a Negro audience on Negro topics.
    June 30, 2008

At Antiwar.com, Justin Raimondo asks a question and answers it: "Is War Good For the Economy? In short: No."

I've long thought that the United State ran a very odd sort of empire, and in this column Raimondo reminds me of something an early libertarian hero once wrote: "We have, as the Old Right seer Garet Garrett put it, an empire of a unique type, one in which 'everything goes out and nothing comes in.'"
    June 30, 2008

John McCain and The Race. This revelation is somewhat dated, but I have to take account of it, and the event in question isn't until mid July in any case. According to Fox News, John McCain announced on May 5 that he would appear at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza: "McCain Reaches Out to Hispanics on Cinco de Mayo."

The anti-white pressure group itself confirms it, in this dispatch: "Presumptive Presidential Nominees John Mccain and Barack Obama To Speak at 2008 NCLR Annual Conference in San Diego."

I hope that, in his speech, McCain will reveal whether he plans to increase the Central Government's subsidies to this racist group or just keep them at their present level.
    June 30, 2008

The Memory Hole burps, and this yellowed fragment flutters forth from a 1958 issue of Time magazine: "The Negro Crime Rate: A Failure in Integration" (posted at Time.com, no byline). If you want a copy, you'd better make one quickly: even though it reflects some '50s liberalism, this piece surely won't be available for long.
    June 30, 2008

Steve Sniegoski's forthcoming masterpiece — The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel — is already garnering notices, including this one by Philip Weiss: "Will Stephen J. Sniegoski's Dissection of the Neocons Get 'Boycotted'?" It is posted at Weiss's own site.

As Dr. Sniegoski's longtime Net publisher, I need to get busy writing my own review.
    June 25, 2008

Over the years famed "maverick" Ralph Nader and his followers have certainly been manipulated by the very ruling elite that he condemns, but he still makes the Rev. Dr. Obama look like a piker in terms of Bolshevism. Here's an account in the Rocky Mountain News of the Nader interview that followers of the mulatto leprechaun are finding so offensive: "Nader: Obama 'talking white,'" by M.E. Sprengelmeyer.

Quoth Comrade Nader: "Basically [Obama is] coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it's corporate or whether it's simply oligarchic." Even blind Commies occasionally find an acorn. If Obama is elected, he is sure to promote Red Guard socialism — but safely within the overall context of Dark Suit fascism.
    June 25, 2008

Meanwhile, Gary Langer at ABC News analyzes a survey about the impact of Obama's candidacy on race relations: "Obama's Candidacy Underscores Crosscurrents of Race and Politics." According to the subhead, "Poll Finds Four in 10 Think Obama's Candidacy Will Improve Race Relations," and that may be one reason the higher circles have confected the Young Imam as a national figure and presidential candidate.

A TLD writer passes along a friend's trenchant observations about this story's Newspeak-style subversion of language, whereby we are instructed that whites who are the most racially sensible are the least racially "sensitive," while whites who are the least racially sensible are the most racially "sensitive." "Sensitive" whites themselves — indifferent to their rights and racial heritage — prize that characterization, which gives them the moral high ground in the eyes of the System.

For my part, I like this: "Blacks ... remain fairly monolithic in terms of presidential preferences not because there's a black candidate, but because they're the single most loyal Democratic voting bloc." Very well, blacks are sure to vote for Obama on socialist grounds — but is it not obviously true that most are eager to vote for him on racial grounds, too? Minitrue teaches us that such eagerness is wonderful for blacks but that it is not so wonderful if any whites are eager to vote for John McCain on grounds of racial self-defense. (Good luck with that, by the way.)
    June 25, 2008

Those distracted by the campaign for emperor may forget that Congress is still up to its accustomed deviltry. But have we dodged a bullet with respect to gasoline socialism, Nixon/Carter style? William L. Anderson assesses the state of play in this piece at Mises: "The Oil Follies."

A sample: "Anyone familiar with modern politics knows that Republicans and Democrats regularly vie with each other to see who can be more economically illiterate, but it seems that with this proposed legislation, Democrats are determined to take the lead and cripple the U.S. oil industry permanently."
    June 25, 2008

A whole raft of government interventions led to the housing meltdown, but one that especially interests us is leviathan's racist social engineering. At Taki's site, VDare's Steve Sailer analyzes the disaster with particular attention to ethnic issues: "The Diversity Recession, or How Affirmative Action Helped Cause the Housing Crisis."

Sailer doesn't hit this point as hard as I'd like, but students of Our Democratic Government will not be surprised to learn that these purportedly pro-colored policies of leviathan have hurt colored folk at least as badly as they've hurt white folk.
    June 25, 2008

Whatever else one may say about the U.S. Empire, its operations often come off as downright clownish. I believe the Romans, at least when they were flourishing, had a much better grip on their client kingdoms, especially when the legions were present: "Hundreds Escape Afghan Jail," by Candace Rondeaux at the Washington Post. Subhead: "Taliban Fighters Blow Open Prison Gates in Suicide Attack."

Of course one ought to be cautious in diagnosing imperial ineptitude. Perhaps the Empire doesn't really want to defeat the Taliban (or find Osama, for that matter).
    June 25, 2008

This one falls into the category of No Surprise but Still Worth Knowing: "'All whites racist' indoctrination revived!," by Bob Unruh at WorldNetDaily. Subhead: "Now features 'love' discussion earlier titled 'Gay Marriage.'" This has to do with the Red Guards at the University of Delaware.

Our civilizational enemies are relentless, sleepless, and remorseless; and they are entrenched in power. A couple of years ago when the Supreme Court dinged the University of Michigan's antiwhite policies, the school's president, Mary Sue Coleman, declared that she was determined to do all she could to evade the import of the ruling. And that defiance did not result in her being sacked. Occasional court rulings and lawsuits aren't going to overturn the Zeitgeist.
    June 25, 2008

It's getting ugly — well, uglier — over at the LP. In a cringe-making bid for "exposure," the Party has gone and nominated a minor national figure, Bob Barr, instead of an actual Party activist. Here's a look at the convention from the Left, courtesy of Alexander Zaitchik at AlterNet: "Is Bob Barr the Ralph Nader of 2008?"

True, Zaitchik doesn't know how to spell laissez faire, but he does manage to record some tasty detail. He writes that a member of the Libertarian Radical Caucus "expressed fears that the choice spelled the end of the Libertarian Party." If only it could be true!

But no. Zaitchik writes that "even those Libertarians critical or despondent over the way the party is trending feel that 2008 is their breakout year." Of course.

Supplementary comment by Richard Wilkins: What no one seems to be commenting on is that Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee, is much less libertarian and radical than Republican Ron Paul. The LP thinks Barr will attract Ron Paul revolutionaries, but are the folks who made Dr. Paul's book number one at Amazon.com and on the New York Times bestseller list really going to be enthusiastic about a candidate who favors military intervention in Colombia and seems indifferent to the Federal Reserve's responsibility for our current economic situation?
    May 27, 2008

As David Gordon reports at Mises, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, by Nicholson Baker, is attracting denunciations from admirers of Winston Churchill. In that context, and quoting from Baker as he goes, Gordon ventures to pass along some "Inconvenient Facts about World War II."
    May 27, 2008

At Strike the Root, Roger Young ably assesses the flap over Hillary's reference to the killing of Robert Kennedy. I heard Keith Olbermann's rant on MSNBC, which Young cites here, and in response to what Young writes I can only exclaim, "Exactly!"

"Hollow Outrage"
Young observes: "Apparently, in a 'democracy,' violence is only allowed (or even to be mentioned, as Olbermann whines) once 'the people' (at least a majority of voting, consenting slaves) officially grant the use of violence. Can you think of a more perverted concept to define a social institution?"
    May 27, 2008

"Objective" newsreaders at local telescreen stations continue to lead off "news" stories about returning veterans by declaring that those people have been over in Mesopotamia "defending our freedom." And on Memorial Day that kind of, uh, former food got so thick on the ground that you had to be careful where you walked lest the smelly stuff stick to your shoes. Kudos, then, to Antiwar.com's David Henderson for providing us this remarkably penetrating yet even-tempered analysis:

"The Fight for Memorial Day"
Here's an example of what I mean by "penetrating": "Unfortunately, one of the main ways most Americans get their history is from what is said on national holidays, especially July 4, Memorial Day, Presidents' Day, and Veterans' Day."
    May 27, 2008

Leviathan's work is never done. I predict this report from the Louisiana Weekly will make you see red: "U.S. Racial Discrimination Must Be Remedied, UN Says." Subtitle: "Post-Katrina housing rights violations also cited."

The story has been around since March 10, but I certainly hadn't heard about it. The MSM — at least the part of it I victimize myself with — drones on and on, obsessively, about the race for emperor, pausing occasionally to cover tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods; but we must never forget that all manner of deviltry is occurring in the wings and backstage.

I'm sure the worst antiwhite totalitarian elements in and around the U.S. Central Government will be delighted to use these UN "observations" as cover.
    May 22, 2008

This CounterPunch piece by Alexander Cockburn is intended as a promo for a print-only article by Doug Valentine on der alte Feldmarschall, but it contains some hot stuff: "'Hero' John McCain as Phony and Collaborator: What Really Happened When He Was a POW?" I've read Valentine's article in the print version, and if even half of this whole story is true, the whimpering puppies of the MSM are on a tighter leash than I'd ever imagined.

I do have to stipulate, though, that I don't care too much, personally, whether McCain was a collaborator once captured. I do care, a lot, about the fact that he was a war criminal before he was captured.
    May 22, 2008

At Mises I find this winner by Lew Rockwell: "Everything You Love You Owe to Capitalism."

A sample: "The wish for socialism is a wish for unparalleled human evil. If we really understood this, no one would express casual support for it in polite company. It would be like saying, you know, there is really something to be said for malaria and typhoid and dropping atom bombs on millions of innocents."
    May 22, 2008

Also at Mises, Laurence M. Vance declares, rightly: "Not Tax-Funded Aid to Myanmar."

A taste: "Whether it is termed disaster relief or food relief, it is still foreign aid funded by the forced looting of American taxpayers and given to countries that most Americans can't locate on a map and in many cases have never even heard of."
    May 22, 2008

Foreign aid is bad enough, but the Empire runs other sideshows, too, including one in Red Guard movieland, as this piece at Alternet reveals: "Hollywood Is Becoming the Pentagon's Mouthpiece for Propaganda," by Nick Turse of Tomdispatch.com. Turse's principal example is the current blockbuster "Iron Man."

Supplementary comment by Ronn Neff: "Becoming"? All right, forget all the World War II movies and the pro-Soviet propaganda. What does Turse think "300" was, if it wasn't a pitch for the United State to go to war against Iran?

What does he think "Blackhawk Down" was?

One could easily go on.
    May 22, 2008

Free-marketeers can sum up the principal solutions to the airline mess almost with a verbal shrug: Let insurance requirements replace regulation and private airports replace socialist airports. But it is gratifying to see a full-scale treatment of the question, especially one as good as this essay at Mises by Markus Bergstrom: "Anarchy in the Skies."

Along the way, he points out that "the government is neither necessary nor able to provide sufficient air travel security to prevent hijackings and other attacks on airplanes or airports, as the events of 9/11 should have established."
    May 15, 2008

On and on it goes. I refer to the Central Government's financing of our enemies.

"Radical Chicano Group Gets Millions in Earmarks" (Judicial Watch, no byline)
Revolution may be impossible, but can any self-respecting white Westerner continue to doubt that it would be justified?

Obama has a Hispanic problem, and if he is elected, with strengthened Democrat majorities in Congress, we should expect more of this kind of thing. With an eye on 2012, Obama is likely to truckle after the Hispanics even more assiduously than Bush has. And maybe more assiduously than McCain would.
    May 15, 2008

In this essay at Future of Freedom, Sheldon Richman keeps hammering away at the public's bedazzlement with politics and pols: "The 'New Politics': Squaring the Circle."

Richman starts off with a question that bedevils me: "How many times will people be fooled by a presidential contender's claim that he is a 'new kind of politician'?" And he asks: "Why does anyone believe [Obama] will deliver where others have failed?"

It's bad enough that there is something deep in American culture that promotes indifference to history. But when we add to that the state schools' and the established media's promotion of ignorance and disinformation — well, you may as well sound the buzzer. I'm afraid the game is over.
    May 15, 2008

At VDare, Kathy Shaidle reminds us of some history that we won't get from the MSM: "First They Came for ... / Canadian 'Hate Speech' Totalitarianism Is Not New." I must note that although Shaidle mentions Paul Fromm, she neglects Ernst Zündel. And that leads me to note that one saw almost no coverage of the Canadian Thought Police until it took out after Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant, who are (not to put too fine a point on it) Jews.
    May 15, 2008

Speaking of Jews and free expression, here is a long account of Kevin MacDonald and his work by Brad A. Greenberg at JewishJournal.com: "The professor the anti-Semites love." Subtitle: "Kevin MacDonald, Cal State Long Beach, and the downside of academic freedom."

Greenberg has rounded up an Establishment scholar who says: "The theoretical viewpoint expressed in MacDonald's books stands in the most extreme contradiction to nearly every contentful [sic] core claim of evolutionary psychology."

As suggested by the title, Greenberg relies heavily on the good old guilt-by-endorsement dodge.
    May 15, 2008

I stole the preceding off-site pick from the Institute for Historical Review's News and Comment, and I have to go right ahead and steal another one, too. This piece, appearing in the Washington Post, is by Richard Holbrooke, former investment banker (Lehman Brothers) and Clintonista diplomat:

"Washington's Battle Over Israel's Birth"
Holbrooke starts out: "In the celebrations next week surrounding Israel's 60th anniversary, it should not be forgotten that there was an epic struggle in Washington over how to respond to Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948." According to Holbrooke, Truman's decision to immediately recognize the state put him at odds with "the 'wise men' who were simultaneously creating the great Truman foreign policy of the late 1940s — among them [Secretary of State George] Marshall, James V. Forrestal, George F. Kennan, Robert Lovett, John J. McCloy, Paul Nitze, and Dean Acheson."

At the time, the structure of the modern U.S. ruling class was still gelling, but we might think of the classic "wise men" as the first generation of Dark Suit mandarins.

"... To this day," Holbrooke writes, "many think that Marshall and Lovett were right on the merits and that domestic politics was the real reason for Truman's decision. Israel, they argue, has been nothing but trouble for the United States." (Holbrooke, naturally, disagrees.)

What I find most interesting in that struggle is how it prefigures the current conflict between the modern Dark Suits and the Bush Likudniks — which, remarkably enough, the latter faction has been winning over the past seven years even though the Likudnik Luftmenschen lack the Suits' material standing within the empire's overall fascist structure. It shows that the Suits, who otherwise seem all-powerful, have a history of suffering defeats over Israel.
    May 15, 2008

Peggy Noonan, the old Reaganite and foe of Big Nurse, detects a scorched-earth strategy on the part of the Clintonistas, in this Wall Street Journal op-ed: "Damsel of Distress."

One of my correspondents goes further. He says Obama's security detail ought to start guarding against an Arkanacide.
    May 15, 2008

From the Left: In this long essay-review of Jerry Hough's Changing Party Coalitions, Tom Mertes dissects the "American Duopoly." The piece is at the New Left Review.

Mertes's analysis could have benefited from Walter Karp's insights, but Karp goes unmentioned here. (That's not surprising. Almost no one mentions Karp.) On the other hand, as a leftist who is more conventional than Karp, Mertes shows a greater willingness to admit the existence of a ruling class outside the official regime.

Mertes's putting the word "totalitarian" in quotes, in adverting to the Soviet Union, prompts me to comment: The fact that a regime has factions and a complex internal machinery doesn't mean it is not totalitarian. United Statians, nota bene.
    May 15, 2008

Writing for the Minneapolis "Strib," Paul Walsh tells the ugly story of mandatory state-worship in a small-town state school: "3 suspended for not standing for Pledge of Allegiance."

In a 2003 article at the Rockwell site, Thomas J. DiLorenzo provides an excellent overview of the Pledge: "Pledging Allegiance to the Omnipotent Lincolnian State." He notes that

students were taught to recite the Pledge with their arms outstretched, palms up, similar to how Roman citizens were required to hail Caesar, and not too different from the way in which Nazi soldiers saluted their Führer. This was the custom in American public schools from the turn of the twentieth century until around 1950, when it was apparently decided by public school officials that the Nazi-like salute was in bad taste.
I invite activists and reformers to contemplate the spectacle of millions of "normal" Americans proudly chanting that Pledge — and then tell me with a straight face that they have a chance of rescuing us by pursuing activism and reform within the System.
    May 15, 2008

Michael Nolan, who has contributed to a couple of libertarian Websites, asks a very good question in this piece for Dissident Voice: "Who Gets Totally Obliterated, Iran or the U.S.?" He wrote it before his main targets — Hillary and her co-conspirators — took their body blow on May 6, but it's still worth reading. Whatever happens at the convention, the War Liberal and Zionist wings of the Democrat Party aren't going to magically disappear.
    May 8, 2008

Jennifer Rubin has penned a piece for the conservative vehicle Human Events that you might want to read, because chances are you won't be seeing much mention of the scandal in your daily paper: "Farmer Reparations." Editor's intro: "A Reparations bill Obama and Hillary just love."

The story illustrates the possibilities for sneaky implementation of Negro "reparations," though in this case they are not reparations for slavery. If Obama makes it into the imperial palace, perhaps he won't have to be so sneaky. Now there's some cold comfort for you.
    May 8, 2008

Elites stink bad when they rot. This Wall Street Journal column succeeded in deepening my contempt for the ruling class's highfalutin' Ivy League, which I hadn't been sure was possible: "Dartmouth's 'Hostile' Environment," by Joseph Rago. It's not a case of colored (or P.C. white) students vs. a non-P.C. white prof this time: in journalistic lingo, such stories have been rendered almost "dog-bites-man." This time it's a turnabout, though that doesn't necessarily mean we must abandon all of our canine metaphors.
    May 8, 2008

Here's a January piece by Alexander Cockburn that I've just tumbled to: "I am an intellectual blasphemer." It's at Spiked, and the editor's promo reads: "When Alexander Cockburn, author of the forthcoming book A Short History of Fear, dared to question the climate change consensus, he was punished by a tsunami of self-righteous fury. It is time for a free and open 'battle of ideas,' he says."
    May 8, 2008

I find an interesting companion piece at Business & Media Institute: "Report: Global Sea Ice at 'Unprecedented' Levels," by Jeff Poor. Editor's intro: "April 2008 had the third highest recorded amount since records were started in 1979, contradicting media coverage of diminishing sea ice."

Poor writes, understandably enough, that we should not "expect to hear this reported on the your evening newscast." I did, however, hear some mention of it on MSNBC.
    May 8, 2008

Pursuing TLD's mission of delivering fair and balanced coverage, I have to link also to this Reuters piece that attributes the increased sea ice to — Global Warming!

"Climate change warms Arctic, cools Antarctica," by Deborah Zabarenko
Whether or not any of their conclusions are true, it must be said that there's something very Marxist (and Freudian) about the way these Goreites think.
    May 8, 2008

Several years ago senior editor Ronn Neff noted the interesting fact that people never seemed to wonder why they didn't buy their health insurance in the same way they bought their car insurance. What was Mr. Neff getting at? D.W. MacKenzie, writing at Mises, sheds light on the question in examining the arguments of health-socialists: "The Relentless Process of Socializing Health Care." MacKenzie finds their criticism of employer-provided health care to be off base, and I find his own criticism to be very much on base.

A taste: "There are ... reasons to blame the American government for the alleged distortions of employer-paid health insurance. Were it not for the expense of health care in this country, health insurance would be a small part of either an employer's expenses in an employer-paid system, or household expenses in a consumer-financed system."
    May 8, 2008

At USA Today, Dennis Cauchon reports: "Hiring leaps in public sector / First-quarter gain most since 2002." Oh, great.

Note the magical thinking contained in the lead: "Federal, state, and local governments are hiring new workers at the fastest pace in six years, helping offset job losses in the private sector" [emphasis added]. Bastiat, we need you now more than ever!

Ronn Neff and I wonder whether the "federal" part of this might be an effort by the executive branch to make the economy look better in the short term and thus influence this fall's elections.
    May 8, 2008

It's nice to know that some of today's New Yorkers can get het up over totalitarianism: "Raw milk lovers upset over Amish arrest," by Matthew Lysiak at the New York Daily News. The totalitarianism here is of a typically fascist variety, benefiting established and politically connected dairies with a stake in regulation and the suppression of competition.
    May 8, 2008

It's too much, naturally, to expect neocon David Brooks to talk about racial differences, but I'm afraid this piece of his at the New York Times may lead others to commit that very form of crimethink: "The Cognitive Age."
    May 8, 2008

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