Frank Meyer: from “In Defense of Freedom”

This is the principle of collectivism; and it remains the principle of collectivism even though the New Conservatives who speak of “community” would prefer a congeries of communities … to the totalizing and equalizing national or international community which is the goal of the collectivists. This is to their credit…. But what the New Conservatives will not see is that there are no solid grounds on which the kind of “community” they propose as the end towards which social existence should be ordered can be defended against the kind of “community” the collectivists propose…. Caught within the pattern of concepts inherited from classical political theory, they [the New Conservatives] cannot free themselves from the doctrine that men find their true being only as organic parts of a social entity, from which and in terms of which their lives take value. Hence the New Conservatives cannot effectively combat the essential political error of collectivist liberalism: its elevation of corporate society, and the state which stands as the enforcing agency of corporate society, to the level of final political ends.

Why so Few of Us Really Want Freedom

People are like script or screenplay writers. They’re writing their own life stories — according to the themes and values they uphold (even subconsciously).

Probably most people write their scripts with themselves as victims. They see others — other people, or perhaps social or metaphysical/supernatural forces — as against them. They write themselves as the victims of interpersonal or financial scenarios in which they had no say, or no part. We talk about how drug abuse is a form of self-medication. Creating a narrative throughout life with oneself as the victim is the biggest (and most common) form of self-medication there is.

It’s frankly one of the reasons why political freedom has been the overwhelming exception, and not the norm, throughout human history. The self-responsibility of freedom clashes with the individual victim self-narrative of most people. If you want the chief psychological reason for why freedom (after a fabulous run for a couple of centuries) is on the decline, this is it.

I am coming to understand, better and better, that the masses who embrace some form of socialism (without calling it socialism) are not just stupid and ignorant. Stupidity and ignorance are not, in fact, the biggest problems. The biggest problem is that people like to be victims; and victims WANT to be sheep, and to be taken care of. Free societies cannot survive where that’s the dominant psychological trend.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

How Can We Stay Free if Nobody Will Fight for Freedom ?

“Our country is being systematically destroyed,” President Donald Trump said. “We have a president who is challenged, but he’s surrounded by vicious, evil, and very corrupt people who are doing whatever they want to in running our country to ruin.

“With your vote this November we can stop our nation’s decline. We can make America great again.”

America is too divided. You cannot reconcile the unrelenting vicious, evil and ruthless tyranny of socialism, Green totalitarianism and virus fascism with anything like our Bill of Rights. DemComs cannot be reasoned with. We’ve got to totally defeat them, as America has defeated past enemies. After November, you’ll see what I mean.

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One thing about leftists: They keep their promises. They promise to destroy America, and they have done so decisively and swiftly.

Biden is following through on his threat to use executive orders to confiscate guns.

Get ready for violent crime to go up, as we take more guns away from law-abiding people while continuing to release violent criminals to the streets. And then the elites will congratulate themselves and each other for their overwhelming virtue, and proceed to release more criminals and ban more guns. And then when elections roll around, they will cheat and ensure they remain in power.

What a glorious time to be a violent criminal!

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Fauci is now saying he foresees new COVID restrictions with a supposed uptick in cases compared to a month ago.

It’s not over, and it’s never going to be over, because it’s not about health. It’s about control, and about the need of narcissists and sociopaths to feel powerful. If you think your fellow citizens will resist THIS time, then ask yourself why they didn’t resist LAST time?

I’m not sure what’s worse: The actions of tyrants and liars like Fauci; or the complacency of conservatives. “Nobody will follow the restrictions — not this time.” It’s kind of like, “Trump will come back. Don’t you worry. This is America.”

America — if by that phrase you mean “freedom” — is slipping away. The people destroying that freedom are getting away with every single action they take. None of them have lost power, and all of them are rewarded financially and psychologically for what they’re doing.

With no opposition other than in the hearts and minds of people who resent it, what reason is there to think anything will ever change? Get real. Unless or untl YOU are prepared to really fight back and practice dissension and overt resistance, things are only going to get worse.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Freedom….what Freedom ?

If WWW III is to be a conventional war, the draft WILL return. Leftists who cheered forcing vax and mask mandates will watch their snowflake children get coerced into fighting a bloody war in Europe to … save freedom? What freedom?

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Support Ukraine? Sure. But if more Americans stood up to tyrants in our own country, Ukraine would have been a safer place today.

For centuries, the United States stood and fought for freedom. This made the rest of the world safer for freedom. Now, the majority of us hunker down and wait for Master Governor or Master President to tell us what we may, or may not, do. It goes way beyond any “pandemic.” The world has noticed. Russia in particular. You can light the colors of the Ukrainian flag all you wish. But by letting freedom go in our own country, you’ve hurt yourself — as well as the rest of the world. Enjoy.

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How to stay serene in the midst of insanity? Don’t try to change it. You can’t stop it. You CAN refuse to participate in it, sanction or enable it IN ANY WAY. That’s how you stay sane.

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Clay Travis, @ClayTravis on Twitter: “Apple has stopped selling their products in Russia after the Ukraine invasion. Does this mean Apple would pull out of China and stop making & selling its products there if China invaded Taiwan? Love to hear someone answer this question at Apple.”

Don’t hold your breath.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter, after Biden’s “state of the union” speech: “No apology from Biden tonight for Democrat mandates and shutdowns that hurt so many. When I’m governor, we will keep schools open, not closed; educate kids, not indoctrinate them; empower parents, not bureaucrats; and prepare studnets for the workforce, not governemnt dependnecy!”

Even better: Let’s arrest, prosecute, convict and punish all Governors, mayors and Presidents who did this to us. If we don’t, they’re going TO DO IT ALL AGAIN. AND AGAIN. And they will ultimately do even worse things to us, since they know we will never punish them.

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“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” [Unknown]

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“The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien