Sharon Lee, Voices of Capitalism
Paul Craig Roberts, UNZ Review
Morally, you owe nothing to a kidnapper. If someone takes you hostage, it’s your right to lie, cheat, manipulate — to do whatever you must do in order to escape and survive.
The same applies when that band of criminals is a government. Even if there were NO election fraud, rights still supercede government. If fifty-two percent of your town (or nation) votes to send you to a concentration camp or a “sensitivity-training” gulag, their majority vote does not give them the right to do so. If fifty-one percent say, “Sure, forcing people to have a vaccination or have other medical procedures seems like a good idea,” they have no moral power to say so.
On the same premise, your next-door neighbor has no right to vote away your medical insurance, your retirement savings, or your ability to buy groceries/fly on a plane/do business with a bank because you won’t wear a mask, or because you voted twice for Donald Trump.
I’ll leave it to you to decide at what point our government has lost all moral legitimacy. Certainly, when a government becomes a complete force for violating the rights of some for the sake of others, we are at that point. Certainly, when a government engages in censorship (even indirectly, through politically rewarded companies like Twitter or Facebook), or disarming the population, we are past a point of no return.
So going forward, remember: YOUR life and your rights come before ANY government … or regime. Even when that regime is headed by someone as towering and inspiring as … Joe Biden.
Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason
Fascists are back in a very big way, and they are not who legacy media say they are. They are not who big tech says they are. They are not who the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their minions say they are. The CCP itself is fascist, not communist, and has been fascist since Deng Xiaoping. The distinction is important, and without that distinction, it is vastly more difficult to deal with the most dangerous threats to freedom here and overseas. Fascism is far more resilient than communism. It is the wedding of markets and totalitarian governance, an attractive prospect for many oligarchs in the US and all over the world. It is the “ism” that underlies globalism.
The US at the national level has been moving toward fascism steadily and deliberately. Democrats and Republicans in Washington endorse big state crony capitalism openly in some cases, and tacitly in others. The trend is accelerating right now due to Covid windfalls that hugely benefit many oligarchs. Today’s fascist oligarchs comprise a formidable array: the deep state of unaccountable bureaucrats, academe, the megalomaniacs of Silicon Valley, Davos elites, Hollywood, Wall Street, big banks, many of the largest corporations, legacy media, some state governors, professional sports, New World Order kleptocrats, some functionaries of both parties.
The oligarchs’ front men in legacy media are partisans. In the US, what on the surface appears to be two party governance is in fact one party, the big state party, with two branches: the pedal to the metal fascists and the drive 55 fascists, the latter renowned for their complicity in private but now exposed thanks to an American president. Their allies in academe have been and are doing everything they can to obscure the evidence, cloud the issues with misdirection and propagandize the young against Western liberalism.
Sadly, most of the people who suffered directly under fascism or who fought against fascist militarism in World War II are not with us anymore. Bulwarks against fascism in this country have weakened with the greatest generation now mostly gone. Recognizing this, the fascist oligarchs have accelerated into their end game. Emboldened by four years of vile obstruction against the first American president in thirty years to take them on, and shielded against consequences by their deep state facilitators, fascists in formerly American states are now showing their true colors behind the cover of Covid with threats against small businesses and churches familiar to those who have studied the black shirts. Nationally, the fascists are in full cry, censoring, cancelling, demonizing, de-platforming, and conspiring to ruin perceived threats to their hegemony.
The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill reflected that World War II was one of the most avoidable catastrophes in world history. Time and time again those entrusted with Western governance decided against making a stand against fascism and in favor of what was hailed “peace in our time” then later described as appeasement. The butcher’s bill was enormous.
In that same volume Mr. Churchill observed,
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
Thankfully, Americans are waking up to fascism and its oligarchs. It is late, the threat is right here, and there is a lot to do.
Walk away from the worst of Silicon Valley. Get rid of Gmail, Chrome, and as much of Google as you can, including YouTube. Nobody needs Facebook or Twitter. Ditto Netflix. Avoid investing in wokish behemoths. Avoid buying their products, or when you do, buy second hand and not from them as “refurbished”.
Check out Parler (whoops, too late) and Rumble. Read the Bongino Report, the Epoch Times and watch NTD. Watch American Thought Leaders, catch them on Rumble.
Amazon is not the only game in town. Almost everyone does online these days. You will discover that Amazon’s price is not always the lowest and their merchandise not always the best or even very good. Nobody needs Prime. If you order from Amazon, keep your orders as close to $25 as you can without going under. Wait for your orders to ship before ordering again. Think about it.
Patronize small business in your area and online.
Have you noticed that the oligarchs are for the most part insulated from the effects of their diktats, especially in this age of Covid hysteria? Do as I say, not as I do. Tucker Carlson nailed it during a recent Turning Point USA program; it is all about power for the oligarchs to control the rest of us.
Almost fifty years ago this notion inspired the publication of E F Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered. It is time to dust that one off and take another look. There is good news. The oligarchs, especially those in academe, in governance, and even in technology, do not make anything we really need. They thrive at the top of Maslow’s pyramid. We can walk away from more than they think. Check this out
Insist that your representatives defend your rights and your freedom. If they do not, hold them accountable. Work to replace them. Apply this at all levels of government.
Nobody outside of professional sports needs professional sports.
Excepting the hard sciences, colleges are a waste of money. Look for cost effective alternatives that do not bury you in debt. Make the ghouls of wokish faculties and administrations get real jobs. That will be fun to watch.
Do not put up with dubious electoral integrity: likewise, Russiagate. Unaddressed they are the death of the republic and of the union.
Sadly, the list of formerly American states is growing. The usual suspects, California, Illinois, and New York have been joined by quite a few others, notably Oregon and Washington. Why notably? Those states and California have our only ports to the Pacific Ocean. That is a very big problem. By the way, do you suppose CCP fascists perceive the West Coast’s strategic significance? Check this out.
The big banks are a tough one. The banks are entrenched behind “too big to fail” and own increasingly large shares of American corporations. Deal with regional banks where you can. Check out block-chain based currencies, and block-chain based services in general. Look for ways to hold assets in forms that cannot be seized by fiat, overnight, electronically, “for the greater good.”
Support organizations who fight for your rights in the courts, such as The Institute for Justice.
Support organizations who fight against human trafficking and slavery, such as Operation Underground.
Support organizations who work to expose the hypocrisy and criminality of the oligarchs, such as Project Veritas and Judicial Watch.
Support organizations that work to inform and to educate everyone about American history and Western liberalism, such as Prager University, The Freedom Center, Classical Conversations, The Mises Institute, The Library of America, Hillsdale College, The Atlas Society.
Support organizations that find leaders within troubled communities and help them identify and develop potential in others within those communities, such as The Woodson Center and Liberty Hill Foundation.
Above all, fight. This is a fight Americans cannot afford to lose.
Hugh Meyers, American Thinker
Anger against big tech reached a tipping point during the 2020 Election, as conservative ideas were censored and stories critical of Democrats suppressed. With the ongoing purge of social media accounts, corporations are enforcing a free speech restriction that terrifies not only conservatives but free speech advocates across the political spectrum. The question now is how do we translate anger into tangible actions that will bring about change?
<div class="aside-wrapperImagine venture capital funding with the caveat that workplace cultures must be intellectually diverse and eschew the racial and gender quotas that NASDAQ and others are proposing. Startup cultures begin the day a company is formed. As companies grow, tendencies and informal practices become the norm, and then solidified in HR policies that make it difficult if not impossible for employees to challenge without risking termination. Investors can influence these cultures from the start. Additionally, investments can be made in social-impact startups that are seeking a positive social-economic outcome. There is an abundance of fintech startups that are working to assist people out of poverty with the help of technology. The same entrepreneurial spirit can help improve public housing or assist people suffering through the opioid crisis. While these issues will always be part of public policy discussions, the private sector has a role as well.
How would such a strategy even begin? Start by building a formal network of software engineers, venture capitalists and technology focused MBA students who reject progressive ideology. In 1982 the Federalist Society was formed to push back against the liberal ideology that dominated the legal profession. Create a similar network for conservatives in the tech industry. Incubators, pitch days and other tech forums need to be created and promoted by investors and donors that have financial means to turn ideas into reality. The network can assist its members in their career and call attention to bias practices of corporations promoting progressive policies among staff members and the public. Attorneys can assist workers who need legal assistance when they protest progressive bullying, such as mandatory trainings in critical race theory. The network can be a force in the private sector pushing back against the dominant left-wing culture of tech companies.
Craig Caruana, Townhall
“Character” means a man’s nature or identity insofar as this is shaped by the moral values he accepts and automatizes. By “moral values” I mean values which are volitionally chosen, and which are fundamental, i.e., shape the whole course of a man’s action, not merely a specialized, delimited area of his life . . . . So a man’s character is, in effect, his moral essence—his self-made identity as expressed in the principles he lives by.
Just as man’s physical survival depends on his own effort, so does his psychological survival. Man faces two corollary, interdependent fields of action in which a constant exercise of choice and a constant creative process are demanded of him: the world around him and his own soul (by “soul,” I mean his consciousness). Just as he has to produce the material values he needs to sustain his life, so he has to acquire the values of character that enable him to sustain it and that make his life worth living. He is born without the knowledge of either. He has to discover both—and translate them into reality—and survive by shaping the world and himself in the image of his values.
Jonathan Cook, UNZ Review
Censorship isn’t funny. But censors ARE. Think about the mentality of a person who wants censorship. It’s absurd.
“Let’s get Donald Trump off Twitter. When he’s gone, he can’t incite violence and hatred anymore.”
Donald Trump doesn’t incite hatred or violence, of course. He celebrates freedom and decries socialism. But that’s not the point. The point is: Censors think people’s minds will change when they no longer have the ability to speak.
Censors ignore that Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh and anyone with a strong point-of-view exists because THEY SAY THINGS THAT MANY PEOPLE AGREE WITH, AND LIKE TO HEAR.
Censors reverse cause-and-effect. They think Donald Trump supporters exist because Donald Trump exists. It’s the other way around. Donald Trump exists because there are people who agree with him, and they’re constantly looking for a voice.
Censors tend to only talk to one another. It makes them gullible and naive. It leads them to think that if you can just obliterate something from their minds, it will go away. Kind of like a three-year-old, when you play “peek-a-boo.” The censor, like the three-year-old, thinks you disappear when you stop talking, and when the censor covers his eyes.
If censorship worked, there never would have been an Age of Reason and Enlightment, which followed the repressed Middle Ages. Without an Age of Reason and Enlightment, there would have been no resurgence of Aristotle, no John Locke and therefore no Thomas Jefferson or James Madison to create a civilization and a republic based on rights, for a time.
Censorship fails as badly as socialism fails. The fools who think ideas can be WISHED into or out of existence are the same fools who think that prosperity, wealth and technology can be WISHED into existence.
Shutting up Donald Trump will not change the minds of people who like what he says. Neither would impeaching him 50 times, jailing him or killing him. All of these things just make 75 million people like him more.
Donald Trump was saying things that for years, millions of Americans wished a presidential candidate or President would say — and mean. That desire — whatever you think of it — cannot disappear merely because you stifle their leader. If anything, the desire will grow stronger.
Look how intense the feelings of Donald Trump opponents grew during the Trump years. Those feelings culminated in months-long rioting by people, like Black Lives Matter, who shared their views, and whom the police were not permitted to arrest when they burned down businesses, homes and police stations. Donald Trump did not censor them, but they felt censored merely by his existence. And look how angry they became. What makes them think it won’t happen in reverse?
When you repress the ideas, views and feelings of people, those ideas, views and feelings do not go away. They intensify.
Censors are playing with fire. It’s not funny. But the way they smugly congratulate themselves and each other for what they’re doing … well, that’s quite hilarious.
Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason
I’ve never been an NFL fan. I played baseball. But I knew I was in the minority, so I watched the Super Bowl every year and tried to be somewhat conversant in the game highlights I’d watch on the news. Many of my friends were rabid fans and would have weekend get-togethers to watch a game. This was throughout most of my adulthood and working career in the Air Force. Then Colin Kaepernick came along and disrespected my flag, and the NFL let him get away with it. And then a clothing brand built an advertising campaign around him, paying him to disrespect my flag. I no longer watch the Super Bowl, or the game highlights, and I never buy that brand of clothing. There’s also a pizza chain, an American auto maker, and one food company I boycott. That was it. Until now.
Atwood’s characterizations of the latest Democrat shenanigans brought back a thought I had long ago forgotten. “All politics is local.” Tip O’Neill said that. To college-aged me, that meant that what happens in Washington, D.C. should not have much impact on my life. Local politics was far more important. But then I entered the military, and what happened in Washington, D.C. touched my life every day. Over the years, my military life and family life merged so much that I lost that thought. I didn’t make the connection when gas prices skyrocketed, when a friend was thrilled to get an 8% mortgage, when almost everyone I knew lost nearly 50% of his home’s values, or I drove by abandoned houses in my neighborhood on my way to work.
My political coming of age was in the Clinton years, and I was surrounded by men and women who loathed him, so much so that Air Force leadership issued a memo emphasizing our prohibition from criticizing the commander in chief. He was in the news daily for some scandal or moral failing, and he abused the military, which impacted me and my family. Bush was better, but my time away from home was worse. Obama was a nightmare, and to this day, I will not display my retirement certificate because it has Obama’s signature. As each president touched my life in an increasingly more invasive and personal way, I didn’t separate the personal from the professional until I read Atwood.
Going to a child’s high school sporting event is a one-game deal, often played over and over again, but win or lose, it doesn’t normally impact your life, affect your family, or change your core beliefs. Presidential contests have become more and more life-impacting events. For conservatives, national elections are about moral character, tradition, adherence to the Constitution, and allegiance to the founders. Conservatives know that not all of our history is pretty, but we revere it because it collectively made us who we are. Liberals have no respect of history, blame it on all their current grievances, and vow to enact so much change as to fundamentally alter who we are. Rather than debate the merits of their beliefs and policies, they name-call, insult, and assassinate character through lies and exaggerations, then enact damaging policies with even worse unintended consequences.
The last four years for liberals have been one long temper tantrum. I mean that in the most childish context imaginable. A famous liberal campaign donor, an outsider somewhat morally compromised, promising to enact strict conservative policies, defeated the liberals’ thoroughly corrupt, establishment first-female-president opportunity. It wasn’t just that he won; it was that he wasn’t supposed to win; he never had a chance; had they just known, they could have prevented it.
That’s what they did this time. While Trump kept his promises and built the biggest following since the Beatles, the liberals whined and worked in the shadows to steal any chance he had of being re-elected. And they did it in our faces, blatantly, openly, proudly — with another thoroughly corrupt, establishment, unappealing oldest-and-most-senile-candidate-ever, who couldn’t attract a dozen people to a rally but could manage to draw more votes than Obama the Great. It was the stuff of novels, boring movies, and conspiracy theorists. It was crazy, absurd, impossible, you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up kind of stuff, and it was all real.
Mr. Atwood concludes there must be a discussion about free and fair elections, which he notes the Democrats don’t seem to be interested in. After all, they still reference “baseless allegations” in slandering Trump. They believe they’ve found a good thing in free and unfair cheating, and they won’t give it up voluntarily. But they’ve misjudged Trump-supporters. I know I’m not alone as a boycotter. I believe there are nearly 80 million others out there who, like me, will never donate to, support, or vote for a Democrat again as long as they live.
The Pretend President may ask for unity, but it’s not at all different from a thief asking his victims to agree to let him keep what he’s already taken. He can’t have the Oval Office and unity; they don’t go together without the legitimacy of rightfully sitting in the president’s chair. When the criminal calls the victim a liar, and the victim’s allegations of what the criminal knows he did as baseless — and the criminal plays himself as the victim of baseless allegations from a “sore loser” — he has quadrupled down on dishonesty, corruption, hypocrisy, and illegitimacy. The chair is vacant to me; there is no voice coming from that office. There is no longer a possible remedy; we are past making it right. There could be forgiveness and acceptance for acknowledgment and repentance, but neither of those has occurred. That leaves only condemnation and boycott.
As for unity…we 80 million Trump supporters have plenty of that.
Donald N. Finley is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.