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Posted October 16, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Democratic presidential candidate Robert O'Rourke thinks the American people will turn in their weapons if there's a law telling them to do it. Is there any evidence that he's right? Or is he being naive?

Well ... Franklin Roosevelt's seizure of people's gold comes to mind. Most people did just bow their heads like sheep and turn it in.

Have Americans become bolder in the past 85 years? More suspicious of their government? More likely to disobey? Ω

Ronn Neff: ABC News says that President Trump's pulling U.S. troops out of "a key part of Syria" is "abandoning the allies who help fight ISIS."

Similarly, Joe Biden has said that Trump has "betrayed a key local ally in the fight against terrorism."

Neither ABC News nor Joe Biden — and certainly none of the news puppets who repeat what their ventriloquists put in their mouths — seems to know that there is and can be no treaty between the United States and the Kurds, because the Kurds have no nation-state of their own. They are not and cannot be "an ally."

It's a small point, but so-called fact-checkers have blasted any number of politicians (not least of all, Donald Trump) for smaller mistakes.

But there is more: Biden rhetorically asked what was Trump doing to NATO. He seemed to forget that Turkey is in fact a real ally and a member of NATO.

It seems that America's Ministry of Truth wants the United States to use its military to assist a people not its ally against a nation-state that is its ally.

Don't like this state of affairs? You might want to rethink your ideas about nation states. Ω

Nicholas Strakon: Speaking of ABC ... We've recently been treated to another triumph of that department of Minitrue, namely, shocking footage of a Turkish attack on a Kurd town — "Slaughter in Syria" — that turned out to be footage of a gun show in Kentucky.

On a recent "Part of the Problem" podcast, libertarian commentator Dave Smith proposes that the network could have gotten away with this kind of thing as recently as the '90s.

And did.

The fun begins shortly after the 3-minute mark. (Warning: Smith is addicted to the F-word.) Ω

Posted October 11, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Columbus Day. Lots of jurisdictions are discarding observations of Columbus Day and renaming it "Indigenous People's Day." One thing they wish to draw our attention to is the mistreatment of Indians by Europeans.

I contend that "Indigenous People's Day" doesn't quite capture the cause of the problem. I suggest that the holiday be renamed in a way that captures what caused the oppression of the "indigenous peoples" by the Europeans and the disappearance of their cultures. I propose:

"Open Borders Day." Ω

Ronn Neff: Back home agaaain, in ...? The progressive Left loves to rub our faces in their wacky ideas. We have to change our pronouns, we have to change the names of streets and holidays, and we have to change the names of races.

I think it's time we strike back and do some renaming ourselves. I can think of no better beginning than to rename the home of TLD itself to ...


To be followed by renaming its capital to Columbianapolis.

With Colombia to be recognized as a kind of "sister homeland." Ω

Posted September 23, 2019.

Ronn Neff: A constitutional principle. We were told in school that when the Constitution was presented to the people of the United States, they demanded that a bill of rights be added to further protect them from the new government's possible depradations. We were also told that some champions of the new Constitution argued that a bill of rights was not necessary, because if a power wasn't mentioned in the Constitution, it didn't exist, and there was no worry.

I realize that at this point, this is probably an unanswerable question, but why didn't it occur to anyone just to amend the Constitution to say, "No power not explicitly mentioned in this Constitution may be exercised"?

Similarly, we often hear the response to critics of proposed legislation that "there is no language in this legislation to permit that." Very well. So why not add language that would explicitly forbid whatever the critics are worried about?

It does seem as though legislators, even the Solons of 1787, avoid using the most explicit language for protecting what they say they want to protect. Ω

Ronn Neff: "I like to argue," said G.K. Chesterton, "because I dislike quarrels."

Can it be that people — especially college students — no longer argue because they think that to argue is to grant legitimacy to a view they oppose? I sometimes hear of their saying that. But if arguing does grant legitimacy, then that leaves quarreling as the only way to oppose views with which one disagrees.

And modern-day quarreling has taken on the attributes of drunken disputes, full of name-calling, vulgarities, and obscenities, which surely is an apt comparison to what we hear in public gatherings of opposing sides. Ω

Posted September 19, 2019.

Steve Sniegoski has a new article at The Unz Review: "Biden's Foreign Policy: The New World Order and Woodrow Wilson." It was posted yesterday.

Excerpt: "What has not been given much attention in [Joe] Biden's foreign policy is a strong element of Wilsonian idealism, which came out strongly in Biden's attachment to the concept of the New World Order, a term that President George H.W. Bush often used during the time of the Gulf War [...] though his version was far less developed and idealistic than Biden's would be. Biden would maintain that Bush's term lacked clarity, which he intended to provide."

As focused as most of the Democratic candidates have been on domestic issues in the debates, if one of them is elected he or she will still have to try to run the Empire. Steve offers us an informative look at the ghost of Wilson still twisting around Uncle Joe Biden. Ω

Posted September 12, 2019.

Ronn Neff: "Exclusionary," comrades? The New York Times and others are eager for Americans to consider that America was founded in 1619, because American history is all about slavery.

I wonder how the Indians feel about that. Excluded, maybe? Ω

Nicholas Strakon: Corporate commies strike to attacking gunowners' rights: "Chief executives of 145 companies urge Senate to pass gun control laws," by Amelia Lucas, CNBC, September 12, 2019.

They want "background checks and a strong Red Flag law."

Sorry to repeat myself, but this is the kind of thing you get when the economy is fascized, and control of the culture at all levels — from pop to intellectual — is ceded to the Left.

And, oh, yeah, they're not really taking time out from pursuing the other evils. That was just a figure of speech. Ω

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TLD is a forum of opinion, edited by hard-core market anarchists, that does not flinch from any of the most pressing issues of our time. We are especially interested in questions of culture and ethnicity, our Polite Totalitarian ruling class, and the homicidal humanitarianism of the U.S. Empire.

Our writers include anarcho-pessimists, Old Believers in the West, unreconstructed Confederates, neo-Objectivists, and other enemies of the permanent regime. We are conscientiously indifferent to considerations of thoughtcrime. Thus, from individualist and Euro-American perspectives, we confront the end of civilization — and do our level best to name its destroyers. (More about who we are.)

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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