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New! Article by Edward Morrison Morley posted July 12, 2021.

Posted July 15, 2021.

Nicholas Strakon: A ponderable observation about the DOOOOM Machine. A Facebook friend posts this comment attributed to Dr. Patrick Moore, author of Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom (Ecosense Environmental, 2021):

“It dawned on me the other day that most of the scare stories in the media today are based on things that are invisible, like CO2 and radiation, or very remote, like polar bears and coral reefs. Thus, the average person cannot observe and verify the truth of these claims for themselves [sic]. They must rely on activists, the media, politicians, and scientists — all of whom have a huge financial and/or political interest in the subject — to tell them the truth.” Ω

Posted July 13, 2021.

Nicholas Strakon: Escape from Chicago (not a movie title; a suggestion).

At the (London) Daily Mail (a good source for American news) I find: “Rapper, 31, dies after being shot 64 times by two gunmen who ambushed him as he walked out of Chicago jail.”

Unusually good Negro marksmanship, here: the shooters only hit two bystanders. Of course, the fusillade was probably delivered at short range, and the hitmen may have been what passes for professionals in the “community.”

All that aside, this is no doubt the greatest loss to music since the death of Richard Strauss. Ω

Nicholas Strakon: Finally! (Hang on. You’ll see what I mean.)

James Kirkpatrick writes at VDARE: “Face It: Controlled Opposition Cucks Like David French, Ross Douthat Are Traitors.” The field of battle here is Critical Race Theory. Excerpts:

There is a word for a government that indoctrinates the nation to hate itself, destroy its identity, and dispossess themselves via moral blackmail or outright threats or force. That word is occupation.

If this is the future “our” own leaders — including “conservatives” — have in store for us, it is very hard to understand why Americans should care about the growth of Chinese or Russian power, even if these countries were to outright seize American territory.

CRT should be rejected with scorn and defiance, but that should just be a beginning. Parents need to not just organize to take over school boards, but work to defund public schools entirely — and, ultimately, dismantle much of the frankly destructive American higher education system. [My emphasis.]
Yes! That urging is what prompted my “Finally!” It’s what has been missing from all the previous conservative writings I’ve seen about CRT. If school and state were separated, French’s premise — All of Our Democratic People’s Schools Should Teach This, Not That — would at once be wholly undermined. Thousands of flowers would bloom, and statists such as David French would be lost in the garden.

By the way, I’d wager that French would support a move by state school boards to explicitly ban the writings of J. Philippe Rushton, Hans Eysenck, Richard Lynn, Jared Taylor, Sam Francis ... (The matter is moot, since implicit, silent bans are already in effect.) With specific reference to American history, I could throw in the names of a bunch of anti-leftist revisionist historians, too.

Leftists and neocons seem to be reliably hypocritical on such matters. Ω

Nicholas Strakon: As a libertarian I can’t actually endorse this, but it’s remarkable to see that the Organs of State Security are finally getting serious about resisting Antifa!

“FBI Urges Americans To Monitor ‘Family Members and Peers’ To ‘Prevent Homegrown Violent Extremism,’” by Bradley Devlin, The Daily Caller, July 12, 2021.
Oh, no, wait ... Never mind. It’s Stasi stuff as usual. Ω

Posted July 11, 2021.

Nicholas Strakon: Pathological. At Chronicles, Christopher Roach writes: “Diagnosing the Right as Pathological” (July 2021 issue).

In defining “the Right,” the enemies of civilization do not, of course, distinguish between libertarians and conservatives, so I recommend that those mindful of the liberty philosophy attend to Roach’s observations.


... [T]he left is like the dog that caught the car: Trump’s absence leaves them in need of a new cause. The left’s internal need for a common enemy, more than the facts, explains their campaign to categorize Trump voters, and the right in general, as extreme. Countering extremism is the new unifying principle of the left. [Not really new, but certainly worsened since the removal of Trump. — NS]

Media figures, politicians, and law enforcement executives describe extremism as the end product of “radicalization.” The narrative of radicalization includes several layers of misrepresentation. First, the left defines right-wing beliefs as extreme by reference not to actual moderation, but to the revolutionary modern center. Then, they describe these beliefs themselves as a type of violent threat. Finally, they move the disagreement from the realm of politics into the more intrusive realm of psychology, where right-wing beliefs are treated as a type of mental illness.

At TLD we were alive to the extreme leftward movement of the “mainstream” long before our rulers ever imposed the COVID panic and tyranny. I’ve written about it over the years. We’ve also long recognized the pathologizing of dissent, in the style of the Soviets and the Frankfurt School. It is apparent in the Red Guards’ coinage of such faux-psychiatric words as “homophobic” and “transphobic.” Ω

Posted July 8, 2021.

Nicholas Strakon: Once again, “national service.” The slavers of the American political class, and their odoriferous little friends outside the regime, are shameless. And relentless: the leftists resurrect this slavery scheme every two or three years. James Bovard writes:

“Can Mass Subjugation Save American Democracy?,” American Institute for Economic Research, July 7, 2021.
Bovard observes, “If the federal government is the beneficiary of forced labor, any quibbles about the 13th Amendment’s prohibition of involuntary servitude are moot.” An important point. The government employees called judges have shown that to be the case since their first endorsement of military conscription.

I don’t mean to let Republicans off the hook. How many of them ever opposed military conscription during the Empire’s wars? I’m sure that if the “national service” scheme advanced through Congress, some (many?) Republicans would vote for it — in order to “shape up” those aimless video-gaming youngfolk — despite the fact that such a scheme would always be controlled by the Left, like practically all other institutions in our sinking wreck of a country. Ω

P.S. Exercising self-restraint, I pass over the reference to saving democracy in the title of the piece.
Nicholas Strakon: The great Robert Higgs, author of the indispensable Crisis and Leviathan, posted the following assessment to Facebook in July 2014. (I have embedded the “NAP” link.) Was he wrong?
For libertarians, the nonaggression principle (NAP) is the touchstone of our ideology. It is so obviously appealing as a moral foundation that it is accepted as axiomatic — that is, as self-evident.

Yet, for the world's population, it is impossible to imagine that even 1% would be willing to endorse the NAP. Nearly everyone regards one thing or another — and often a huge collection of things — as having such great value that aggression (the initiation of violence or the threat of violence) against other persons is acceptable in order to attain those things.

Can people ever be weaned from their tendency to resort directly or indirectly (usually via the state) to violence? In my estimation, only a small minority can be. Libertarians are therefore doomed to remain permanent freaks in social, economic, and political affairs. We want social peace and voluntary cooperation to prevail, and the world at large does not. Most people simply want to get what they hold dear, regardless of how it is obtained.

In order for us to see what we might be able to save, we must first see the world as it is. Ω

Posted June 19, 2021.

Nicholas Strakon: Walter Block and I are on the same page with this one: “Is There a Silver Lining in the PC Woke Snowflake Cancel Culture?,” Lew (originally published at International Man), June 19, 2021.

Ever since this kind of thing really got rolling under Obama, I’d been waiting for someone to make the point Block makes, but all I’d seen — apart from the goofy rah-rah propaganda of the regime — had been anguished wails from national-security conservatives and apparent obliviousness from libertarians.

Imperium delendum est. Ω

Posted June 18, 2021.

Nicholas Strakon: “Juneteenth.” At VDARE, I find some ponderable commentary on the travesty recently enacted by leviathan: “GOP (with Brave Exceptions Like Rep. Matt Rosendale) Rolls Over for Anti-White Juneteenth Scam,” by “Washington Watcher II,” June 17, 2021.

The “Watcher” writes:

The vast majority of rank-and-file Republicans side with the skeptics. Only seven percent of Republicans polled by Gallup support it; 43 percent oppose it, and 50 percent don’t know or never heard of it. Even the general population isn’t enthusiastic for the holiday. Only 35 percent of those polled back it; 25 percent say no, and 40 percent don’t know or are unfamiliar with it.
The leftists who run the state schools (and most other schools) have no doubt been laboring to alleviate this tragic ignorance of one of the most important events in human history.
The one upside to all of this: July 4th will now be a day essentially for white Americans.
I’m afraid that for Americans white and otherwise, July 4th is mostly a day off devoted to burgers on the grill and fireworks. That’s unlikely to change soon.

In any case, I don’t buy the writer’s prediction that “Juneteenth” will come to overshadow July 4th. But maybe I should rephrase that. The Final Collapse will occur before it does. Perhaps the Chinese will eventually choose the holidays to be observed in whatever islets of organized society remain on this continent.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I oppose all government involvement in holidays. But the Central Government’s declarations that certain days shall be official holidays and other days shall not be are a valuable measure of what factions are dominant in the ruling apparatus at any given time, so I pay some attention to those declarations. One crude measure of our adversaries’ power is that, at present, they can add government holidays but cannot eliminate the traditional ones: Columbus Day and Christmas still survive. (It was not the Democrat Left who blurred Washington’s Birthday out of existence.)

I understand that American Negroes may seek to slap together an inspiring “people’s history,” even if they must do so using unlikely ingredients. And even if the events celebrated reflect white paternalism, as “Juneteenth” does. It’s when leviathan and all its loathsome stink-bug friends in the so-called private sector push the slumgullion into our face that I become, let’s say, fed up. Ω

One “Juneteenth” celebrant may have gotten an early start. Some good, sustained camera work here.

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