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This is Your Grocery Store on Communism- And of course, it was someone else’s fault.

After reading Robert Stacy McCain’s complete dismantling of the pro-communist rantings of Jesse Myerson, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for other stories that show how, in the words of the late Yuri Bezmenov, “how the beautiful society of equality and social justice is in practice.”  Here is one such example.  The following video shows a typical Moscow grocery store was on a typical day, in 1986.

Now, besides the scarcity, did you notice that no one seemed to smile? No friendly exchanges, no banter, no warm greetings. Just mind-numbing obedience and drudgery.
That was communism in the 80’s, and will be communism where ever it is tried. It is a slow, painful death of the spirit. While all the time, the government and media tells you how great it is. It’s a psychosis that is caused by the contradiction of reality and propaganda. You’re in paradise, while you’re in misery. You’re equal-equally poor, equally oppressed, and equally unhappy. There is the practical application of social justice, while the party big wigs have the best of everything.

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The Sounds of Silence – or – This is Obama Restoring America’s Standing in the World

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In 2008 then candidate Barack Obama promised many things, among them was his commitment to “restore America’s standing in the world.”

Then in 2009 in an interview with the Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry, he was asked about his global travels:

Ed Henry: “Well, since the last time we interviewed you, you’ve won the Nobel Peace Prize and by the end of this week, you will have visited 20 countries as President – the most of any US president in his first year. What have you accomplished?”

President Obama: “Well, a couple of key things. Uh, number one, I think that we’ve restored America’s standing in the world, and that’s confirmed by polls.”

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Fast forward to 2014 and how has that renewed standing fared? Well, it would seem that the world has seen this president say one thing and do another one too many times. He ignored the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, yet went after Khadaffi with a vengeance in Libya. He drew a red line in the sand for Assad, without enforcing it and continued to snub Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

And lastly, he has pretty much become Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lackey. Of course, the fact that when Obama went to Russia for the G20 summit, he not only met with gay activists from Russia, but he lectured Putin on not allowing gay athletes to compete in the then upcoming Olympics in Sochi. This offended Putin to no end and in fact, he was infuriated by the whole ordeal. But before you think that President Obama only did this in Russia, he also did this on his trip to Africa. Again, this really pissed off most of the leaders of the countries on the continent of Africa, of course the difference being that none of them wields the same power as Russia on the world stage, and therefore are not seen as a threat in the same way that Russia is.

So it would seem that Obama either has immense political blinders on, or he hires the stupidest advisors in the world, OR he is just so focused on his radical ideology that he either doesn’t care or doesn’t know that he’s not winning friends and influencing people, to paraphrase Dale Carnegie.

But don’t take my word for it, check out this totally embarrassing display at an Obama press conference at a Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in the Netherlands. Now for you all who are keeping score, that’s in Europe – a continent that is supposed to be home to a great number of our allies.

Personally, I cannot wait for the 2016 elections to roll around. There are plenty of great Conservative leaders who would make awesome candidates, and when elected they can go about the business of truly restoring America’s standing in the world.

You know it was said that in ’08 the American electorate suffered from war fatigue and that helped usher Obama into the White House. I’m thinking that now the American electorate, along with the rest of the world, is suffering from Obama fatigue.

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Will Bill de Blasio Drive the Rich From NYC?

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If the rumblings coming from the Big Apple are correct, Bill de Blasio, the communist mayor, will successfully drive the rich, and their money, from the city.  Wyblog has more…

Gentlemen start your moving vans, wealthy NYers perpare to flee de Blasio’s commie utopia

Rich liberals don’t like it when they’re asked to pay their “fair share.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s eat-the-rich policies aren’t sitting to well with the city’s wealthy residents. According to Michael Goodman, a number of them are getting ready to flee the Big Apple for greener pastures, like Florida, where they won’t be treated like criminals.

Of course, leftists are taking their usual approach, claiming that it is not, or will not happen, but in 2009, I covered what happened in Maryland, when their democrats decided to punish success…

“Let’s go get those evil rich folks that are pooping on the little guy!”  The class envy folks love saying things like that.  When they get into power, as they are now, they attempt just that.  Now, I could go into a long, drawn out description of why that is a terrible idea, but they won’t listen anyway.  Instead, I’ll give an example, and laugh at their fail.  The source is found here.

Here’s a two-minute drill in soak-the-rich economics:

Maryland couldn’t balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O’Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were “willing and able to pay their fair share.” The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would “grin and bear it.”

One year later, nobody’s grinning. One-third of the millionaires have disappeared from Maryland tax rolls. In 2008 roughly 3,000 million-dollar income tax returns were filed by the end of April. This year there were 2,000, which the state comptroller’s office concedes is a “substantial decline.” On those missing returns, the government collects 6.25% of nothing. Instead of the state coffers gaining the extra $106 million the politicians predicted, millionaires paid $100 million less in taxes than they did last year — even at higher rates.

Way to go Maryland!  Yet another example of higher taxes yielding smaller returns!   How many jobs went out with them, I wonder?

Then, I covered it again, when even more damage was documented…

Three years later, the damage is even more pronounced…

A new report says wealthy Maryland residents may be moving out due to recent tax hikes – a finding that is sure to escalate the battle over taxing the American rich.

The study, by the anti-tax group Change Maryland, says that a net 31,000 residents left the state between 2007 and 2010, the tenure of a “millionaire’s tax” pushed through by Gov. Martin O’Malley. The tax, which expired in 2010, in imposed a rate of 6.25 percent on incomes of more than $1 million a year.

The Change Maryland study found that the tax cost Maryland $1.7 billion in lost tax revenues. A county-by-county analysis by Change Maryland also found that the state’s wealthiest counties also had some of the largest population outflows.

Ah, higher taxes means less revenue.  When will they ever learn?  Never, actually.  It’s more about appealing to class warfare advocates, and punishing success, than collecting revenue.  If any of them still think reciepts will grow with higher taxes is either stupid, or intentionally stupid.

But fear not, liberals, I’m sure that someone else will be blamed.  It’s the Marxist way!

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This is Your Grocery Store on Communism

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After reading Robert Stacy McCain’s complete dismantling of the pro-communist rantings of Jesse Myerson, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for other stories that show how, in the words of the late Yuri Bezmenov, “how the beautiful society of equality and social justice is in practice.”  Here is one such example.  The following video shows a typical Moscow grocery store was on a typical day, in 1986.

Now, besides the scarcity, did you notice that no one seemed to smile? No friendly exchanges, no banter, no warm greetings. Just mind-numbing obedience and drudgery.
That was communism in the 80’s, and will be communism where ever it is tried. It is a slow, painful death of the spirit. While all the time, the government and media tells you how great it is. It’s a psychosis that is caused by the contradiction of reality and propaganda. You’re in paradise, while you’re in misery. You’re equal-equally poor, equally oppressed, and equally unhappy. There is social justice, while the party big wigs have the best of everything.

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Socialism And Communism Are Contrary To Christianity

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Fr. Marcel Guarnizo is a friend of Ed Morrissey who gives a response refuting the popular myth that the Church’s “social justice” mission is compatible with Socialism and Communism. Rev. Marcel Guarnizo counters the belief that the ideas of socialist revolution and Communism have a place at the table with Christianity.  Many, even in the Catholic Church, believe that Christianity shares some ideals with the socialist revolution.  It seems to them that Socialism, Communism, and Christianity all help the poor. Father Guarnizo outlines and exposes the errors of Communism. 

Father Marcel Guarnizo writes: “The difference between the two was captured well by a joke I once read.  Communists will simply shoot you in the head, but the socialists will make you suffer for a lifetime.”


Drawing from sound Christian teachings on economics and liberty Father Marcel Guarnizo explains his position in great detail and length. 


There has been much discussion in recent weeks over the debt of Christianity to—and its compatibility with —the ideas and praxis of the socialist revolution, and even of communism. Many, even in the Catholic Church, believe that we share some of the ideals of the socialist revolution because it seems to them that communism, socialism and Christianity are for the poor. In addition to this most unfortunate error, the opposite fallacy has also been made popular in the minds of many, namely that capitalists and advocates of a free market economy, hate the poor. 

But the historical record of communism tells an entirely different story.  I have worked with the countries of the former Soviet Union for over 20 years, and I have seen what communism does to populations and nations. The scourge of the socialist revolution around the world gave us 6 million people killed by artificial famines in Ukraine and, as documented by The Black Book of Communism, 20 million victims in the U.S.S.R., 65 million in China, a million in Vietnam, 2 million in North Korea, another 2 million in Cambodia, a million more in the rest of Eastern Europe, 150,000 in Latin America, 1.7 million in Africa, 1.5 million in Afghanistan and through the international Communist movement and related parties about 100,000 more victims in various nations.  This is a body count that reaches to 100 million victims worldwide. Communism completely destroyed the economy, social fabric, and political culture of dozens of nations. It hollowed out the intelligentsia, ruined every economy where the seed of socialism fully “bloomed,” and abrogated fundamental rights and individual freedoms of the nations it subjugated.  Clearly the Judeo-Christian commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” is not among the doctrinal teachings of communism and the socialist revolution. It is hard to believe that the socialist revolution—unlike Nazism—still finds promoters and defenders in the West. 

The compatibility of Christianity and its legitimate concern for the poor owes nothing to the violent and inhuman regimes created by the socialist revolution. No system in human history has produced more poverty and misery than communism.
No greater foe has the Church ever encountered, than the communist revolution. During the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of religious and priests were sent to forced labor camps or simply executed. Five year plans to abolish religion were implemented and no true believer was ever safe in such nations. What social doctrine of the Church was ever derived from such madness? Communism and the socialist revolution are not only the antithesis of Christianity. They are also incompatible with free, just, and democratic societies.
 

The case against the “wonders” of the socialist revolution can be put to rest by simply reminding people that brick and mortar walls, guarded by armed soldiers, were necessary to keep people from fleeing the manmade paradise of “social equality” created by communists. As Milton Friedman pointed out, the “…strongest proof of the failure of socialism is the fall of the Berlin Wall.” 

Neither is a complex apologia required to explain why there is no substantial difference between socialism and communism. Communism, as American writer Whittaker Chambers documented, is nothing more than socialism with claws. Theoretically the two systems share the same ideals and philosophical framework. Communism simply takes socialism to its logical, final consequences.
The difference between the two was captured well by a joke I once read.  Communists will simply shoot you in the head, but the socialists will make you suffer for a lifetime.
 

To mount a case against the socialist and the communist would seem completely unnecessary given the historical record. But it is necessary, because, as we see, communism’s ideology continues to ensnare the minds of the West and many of its leaders. Perhaps the statement of Whittaker Chambers, when he decided to defect from his service to the Soviet Union, that he had chosen to join, “… the losing side” is not altogether settled. Many think the fall of the Soviet Union proved Chambers wrong, but I submit that Chambers understood, perhaps more clearly than most, the lasting and insidious nature of the socialist revolution in the West. It seems to me, that the West’s great partial victory against the Soviet Union is far from being final. Though the Soviet Empire has fallen, the West remains in an equally powerful cultural battle, which the architects of the socialist revolution themselves anticipated.

 

Gramsci’s Tactic: Cultural Hegemony

The socialist revolution in the West has been greatly influenced by the tactics of the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci. Writing in the 1930s, Gramsci recognized that the culture of the West, and in particular, the Catholic Church, stood as robust obstacles to a communist economic and political takeover in Europe. Gramsci proposed that a takeover of the cultural institutions—the achievement of cultural hegemony—was the necessary first step to the eventual takeover of the political and economic structures of a free society. 

This strategy meant that socialists should tirelessly work on the takeover over of universities and education, media, churches, and other cultural intermediary structures of the free world. He thought that the eroding of the cultural foundations would weaken a free society’s natural defenses and this would open the path for the economic and political aims of the socialist revolution. 

I would submit that the “cultural hegemony” of the socialist revolution is increasing in the West and at an alarming pace. The increasing loss of ground in our culture to socialism and its allies is creating a growing threat to the political and economic freedoms of America and Western democracies. 

Therefore, it seems to me, the battle between the free world and the socialist revolution is far from settled.  The errors of communism are legion, and the West should not slumber, as the battle is far from over.

 

The Errors of Communism 

  1. 1.   The Error Concerning the Nature of Man

Communism starts not with an economic error but an anthropological one. The economic and political effects of the communist system are but a symptom of a previous error, an error about the nature of man. 

The French 19th century political economist and writer Frédéric Bastiat clearly makes the point. Socialism, Bastiat argued, sees man as mere raw material, to be disposed of, to be molded by the “all knowing,” state. In his book, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, economist Friedrich von Hayek launches a similar attack on the socialists and their “omniscient state.”  Hayek demonstrated the impotence of the socialist to run an economy 

Man is just matter: This materialist vision of man is the first and most profound error of the socialist revolution. The materialist vision of man is what justifies the communists’ insistence that they may legitimately do whatever it takes to achieve their utopia. We must be transformed by the state, into its image and likeness. 

This materialist view disregards therefore the true dignity of man and the true nature of the human person—his rationality and free will. The artificial social orders engineered by socialists are completely devoid of a proper understanding of man and the kind of being that he is. CONTINUED

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Communist Party Sues Democrats: Cites Theft of Their Party Platform

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In what will surely be the most discussed intellectual property lawsuits in many years, the Communist Party (CPUSA) has filed suit against the Democratic Party.  At the core of the conflict is the claim, by the Communist party, that the democrats have stolen their party platform.  The People’s Cube has more…

In a surprise move, the CPUSA (Communist Party USA) has announced a lawsuit against the Democratic Party and its leadership for the alleged theft of intellectual property. The plaintiffs claim that the entire so-called “new” Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPUSA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells – which makes it the intellectual property of the Communist Party USA, protected by American copyright laws. “They stole our entire platform, rebranded it ‘progressive’, and claimed it as their own,” declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. “And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that…”

The Communist Party representative explained that government ownership of the auto and financial industries, redistribution of wealth, and free rationed healthcare have always been among the glorious CPUSA objectives: “We held on to these goals through all the difficult years of factional infighting, purges, denunciations, and heroic espionage on behalf of the Soviet intelligence services.

 

It remains to be seen how this monumental struggle for the hearts, minds, and Obamaphones of the people will unfold, let alone end.  With both parties acting like clones of one another, the lines that tell us who is who have been permanently blurred.

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Dinner With Obama

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Almost Done

“If the government ever publishes a book to show bureaucrats how to serve the public, it will be a cookbook.” — Gary North

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“I smelled something cooking and I looked to see; That’s when I found out they was-a cooking me!” — The Cadets (Stranded In The Jungle, 1956)

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When you’re in the stew pot and they’re adding the salt, it’s a little late to realize why it’s never wise to accept a dinner invitation from cannibals:

[…] like so much about the age of Obama, Republicans mistake leftist ideology for incompetence …  You can’t understand why President Obama’s policies and his nominations are so radical. It doesn’t make sense, you think, for him to pick extremist nominees who would have radical skeletons that would have disqualified them in any other administration. You also can’t understand why he continues to lurch left on almost every foreign and domestic issue. Get over it.  It isn’t 1990 anymore, and leftist radicalism is a prerequisite for jobs in this administration, not a disqualifier. Leftist radicalism is the administration’s reason for existence … The Obama administration isn’t afraid of your shock and strongly worded letters. The administration is instead marching forward into a bold future without you. When they march right over you, they assume you will complain. What the Obamites are really afraid of, and haven’t seen from most in the Republican Party, are effective counter-attacks to their radicalism. They are afraid of the most radical policy units inside their government being defunded by the House. They are afraid of the impeachment of lower-level federal officials who abuse power, such as IRS or DOJ employees, by the House. They are afraid of rough power being met with rough power.
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Bedtime stories for Bolsheviks.  They could append any one of Obama’s speeches and nobody would know the difference:

Cop-Killer, Communist, Terrorist Pen Nightmarish Blueprint for ‘Socialist USA’(CNS)

The new book, “Imagine Living in a Socialist USA,” was edited by Frances Goldin who praises “life-enhancing socialism” in the preface. The 281 page manifesto showcases 31 utopian essays written by dangerous criminals, prominent liberals, and self-described communists – all for just $10.11

The new book is stocked with pieces featuring Bill Ayers, Michael Moore and even Mumia Abu Jamal. It’s a perfect fit for Karl Marx’s library and brought together calls for establishment of grade and competition-free schools and the greatest hits of terrible Occupy Wall Street demands into a strident call for “the Third American Revolution.”

Bon Appetit!

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Venezuela: Communist Dictator Blames Others for Failure of Communism

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As I have noted many time, leftists, whether they  call themselves communists or not, share the blame game with their fellow travelers.  When the Soviet Union’s beautiful collective farms failed to produce; causing the Soviet Union to go from being a food exporter to starving millions, someone had to be blamed.  Rather than admit that their bastions of equality and social justice were a steaming pile of rancid failure, they created scapegoats.  “Conspirators” with the “imperialist capitalists,” usually some poor slobs that the political commissars didn’t like, were rounded up, or “disappeared.”  It didn’t really solve the problem, but at least the people’s misery was redirected onto an imaginary “enemy.”  Yuri Bezmenov commented on this in his early 80’s interview…

Fast-forward to the present, and think about how long did the Administration and MSM blame President Obama’s failures of President Bush.  When the insurance companies followed the law, and cancelled plans that were illegal under ObamaCare, they blamed the insurance companies.  When the government ordered the banks to make bad loans, and the housing bubble burst, the banks were blamed for doing what the government told them to do!

When the plans of statists fail, it is NEVER because the plans are flawed, horrible, or ill-advised, it’s ALWAYS the fault of the statist’s political foes.  For the latest example of this, here is some news from Venezuela…

Heads are rolling and ministers are being shuffled as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro takes on the dangerous saboteurs that comrade Stalin warned us about. The country with the world’s biggest oil reserves can’t seem to keep baby formula in its stores, as sinister right-wing “mafias” have speculated Venezuela’s way into chronic sugar and milk shortages. Maduro identified the culprits in his first state of the union address as President, reports the BBC:

Speaking at the National Assembly in Caracas, Mr Maduro vowed to introducer [sic] tougher penalties against “sabotage and speculation”.

“How can you describe someone who hides [from the shelves] formula milk for babies? We cannot create a new euphemism for that. That person must be described as a criminal,” said President Maduro.

But Mr Maduro says his government is under attack from powerful right-wing sectors in the country.

“While the government makes a big effort to guarantee the quality of some services and the availability of products, the mafias speculate with other products and even medicines,” said Mr Maduro.

In the years prior to Hugo Chavez assuming room temperature, he nationalized many parts of the economy, and most have turned into fail.  They sell oil by the tanker, but have power problems.  They earn billions, but cannot get baby formula on the shelves.  The wealthy job creators are leaving, or going Galt, and Venezuela is suffering what all leftist states eventually suffer:  the entire place is turning into Detroit.

But don’t worry.  It’ll always be someone else’s fault.  They might fire some people, or maybe even jail some political opponents.  Life won’t get any better, but at least some otherwise innocent people will be blamed, right?

 

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Catchphrase For Communists: Economic Violence

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Economically NutsPelosi: We Must “End This Economic Violence” (Weasel Zippers)

#EconomicViolence started as a way for some on the Left to complain about, well, capitalism basically.Twitchy

“Nancy Pelosi wants to fight economic violence? Maybe she should start by getting Democrats to resign.”The Daley Gator

If there’s one thing at which our domestic enemies excel, it’s in coining inane slogans for the progressive Hive to murmur endlessly.  Designed to replace rational thought with bumper-sticker dementia, the socialists Democrats unveil a new one every few months, usually timed to coincide with the latest assault on our liberties.  Who could forget “Hope and Change,” for example.  Or “Forward.” Or “Betting on America.” Or “Winning the Future.” Or “We Can’t Wait.” Or “Greater Together.” Or “We Don’t Quit.” Or “A Fair Shot.”

Most of America, that’s who. As Aaron Blake writes, “A slogan is only as good as — or maybe slightly better than — the thing it’s aiming to sell.”  And what Obama and Pelosi are selling is garbage.

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Christianity and Social Justice, a False Comparison Re-Revisited

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There has been, in my opinion, a monstrous perversion of Christian teachings.  In order to promote Marxism, a variety of of Christian organizations and denominations have been infiltrated and influenced to promote an anti-Christian message- “social (in)justice.”   Many evangelical groups and the Catholic Church support it as well.   Just take a moment to let that thought percolate.  Would Jesus support Marxism?  Would he support a system that is openly resistant to any God but the state?  Mind you that social justice is nothing more than Marxism renamed, so I have a difficult time accepting that Jesus will support it.  It is neither social, nor just; it is simply the screwing down of everyone, outside the ruling elite, to the same level of government dependency/.

What I do know is that the Bible encourages charity in both Old and New Testaments.  Here’s a random selection of verses.

 

Deuteronomy 15:7
If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.

 

Leviticus 25:35
‘If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.

Psalm 37:25-26
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.

Psalm 41:1-2
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

Matthew 6:1-4
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Timothy 6:17-18
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

I will openly admit that I am by no means a theologian.  But what I gather is that charity is to be something personal.  God clearly wants us to be kind to the less fortunate.  I also think that he wants is to do that ourselves.  Note the verses from Matthew and 2 Corinthians; they seem to suggest that not only should giving be an individual decision-without coercion, but is should also be done in an anonymous manner.  Additionally, charity not only improves the status of the poor, but improves the condition of the giver’s soul.  Basically, it is good for all, and pleasing to God.

Let’s contrast that with the concept of social justice.  Essentially, the government, an agent of force, will confiscate from some, and give it to others (after wasting the majority of it in DC).  That, and the way in which it is done usually creates more of the problem it was meant to alleviate.  In a spiritual sense, how does being legally robbed by the government improve your soul, or you as a person?  How does a confiscatory policy help you please your God?  Can giving be defined as charity if you have no choice?  I don’t recall Jesus holding a gun to someone’s head, but Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro and Che certainly did, and in millions of cases, their minions pulled the trigger.

To me, the answer is simple.  Government taxation is NOT charity.  It does nothing for the “giver,” and, as history shows, we spent a trillion dollars in the “War on Poverty,” and ended up with more poor people!  I guess our government purchased a trillion dollars worth of poverty. No one bothers to mention that in the war on poverty, poverty won.  And, in fact, the government’s efforts helped poverty win, and will continue to do so.

Was that what Jesus had in mind?

Go forth, and pay people to not work.  Penalize them for being married.  And pay the more for having babies outside of marriage.  And, if they try and work to feed themselves, penalize them so sharply that they will give up.  Oh, and make sure democrats control education so they’ll never learn enough to escape you.  Do these things, and you will achieve social justice!

I somehow doubt that this is what the Lord had in mind.

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Mandela Dead, And …

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Obama Pays Tribute To

“In my country we go to prison first and then become President.” – Nelson Mandela

“In my country, it’s just the opposite.” — Bob Mack

Nelson Mandela is dead.  Too bad, I suppose.  For a communist terrorist, he seemed like a fairly decent guy.  And, since one should not speak ill of the dearly (or otherwise) departed, I’ll let old Nellie speak for himself:

  • “I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.”
  • “By ancestry, I was born to rule.”
  • “I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.”
  • “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”

No wonder Obama admires him so much.

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Nelson Mandela Coverage

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I’ve been extremely busy today, but I wanted to get some coverage regarding the death of Nelson Mandela.  The Other McCain is has extensive coverage.  Here are the links…

‘Unspeakable Atrocities’

1987: Thatcher Responds to ‘Further Intensification of the Armed Struggle’

‘They Started to Fight Over Her and I Knew She Was Going to Be Raped’

Thanks to The Other McCain for reporting the information that the other news sources refuse to tell us.

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de Blasio Announces Five-Year Plan for New York City

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My new economic plan will collective the city!

My new economic plan will collectivize the city!

Bill de Blasio, the mayor-elect of New York City has announced a five-year economic plan to revitalize the city.

“My New Economic Policy is what this city needs to move forward” declared de Blasio.

Naturally this will entail change and change will always be painful to the entrenched capitalist interests.  The first part of the plan will a necessary decree on property. Under this decree stores in New York City will be collectivized.  Store proprietorship will be abolished forthwith without any compensation to the capitalists.

de Blasio then gave the details of his progressive economic plan.

  • Stores and church land and everything pertaining thereto shall be placed at the disposal of the property committee of the New York City Soviet Peasant’s Deputies.
  • All damage to confiscated property, which henceforth belongs to the whole people, is proclaimed a grave crime punishable by the citizen’s revolutionary courts of New York City.
  • Private ownership of stores, condos and apartment buildings shall be abolished forever.
  • Persons who suffer by this property revolution shall be deemed to be entitled to public support only for the period necessary for adaptation to the new conditions of life.
  • High-level stores shall not be divided up but shall be converted into model stores to be turned over for exclusive use to the City or to the communes depending on the size or importance of such stores.
  • The question of compensation shall be examined by the City Soviet Peasant’s Deputy Committee.
  • The employment of hired labor shall not be permitted.
  • Peasants who owing to old age or ill health are permanently disabled and unable to cultivate former property of capitalists shall lose the right to the use of it but shall be entitled to receive a pension from the city.
  • All property when alienated shall become part of the City property fund.
  • Should the available property fund in a particular district prove inadequate for the needs of the local population, the surplus population shall be settled elsewhere.
  • Resettlement shall be effected in the following order:  landless peasants desiring to resettle, then members of the commune who are of vicious or capitalist habits, deserters and so on, and finally by lot or agreement.

“This plan shall ensure a dominant future for our beloved city” said de Blasio.

By eliminating private property we shall eliminate the class struggle.  What could possibly go wrong?

The New York City Soviet Peasant’s Deputy Committee shall have its first meeting next week.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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Persecution Against in Christians in Military Increases Exponentially

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You should be afraid, very afraid, of what is happening to our military under Obama.  The persecution of Christians is almost reaching fever pitch.  Take a look at this video.

The last serviceman was absolutely correct, the persecution will not stop at the military.  And it isn’t.  But, it is important to think of why it is important to start with the military.  When your remove morality from something, what happens?  You have immorality! Yes, it’s a simple idea, so simple that our would -be regressive overlords fail to get it.  Or do they?

Just as a brief history lesson, the Soviet soldier of WW II was likely born into communism, educated in communist schools, and subjected to a steady stream of communist propaganda disguised as news.  If they heard of God before, it was only in the context that it was a fable used to “enslave stupid and weak people.” The Soviet soldier was the “new man” of socialism.  Raised in a society of “glorious equality, social justice, and democracy,” he was the shining example of the future of humanity.  However, without a moral compass, that “new man” was an evil monster.  As the Soviets entered, conquered, and occupied what later became East Germany, it is said that it would be easier to count the East German women who were NOT raped.  That’s right, torture, murder, and especially rape was not only common, but almost universal in the conquest and aftermath of the German defeat.  Why?  the Soviets mostly eliminated any sense of morality from their children, when those children grew up to be soldiers, they acted as immoral people-because they had no morals.

It’s those same morals that the Obama administration wants to eliminate from our military. And our schools, and our colleges, and our streets, and eventually, even from our churches.

I think I scared myself writing this. What’s your reaction?

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Cultural Marxism Revisited: How Does #FreeKate fit in the Larger Scheme of Things?

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I’ve been pointing out that the #FreeKate effort is yet another in a long line of leftist causes.  The Hunts, and their #FreeKate minions are attempting to attack family structure, parental authority, and the rule of law-all in the name of making it legal for adults to have sexual relationships with minors.  As well all know, that has been a long term goal for several decades.  And, like other leftist entities, they use Alinsky styled tactics to achieve their ends.  For example, they have attempted smear and intimidate the actual victim, as well as the victim’s parents.  They have attacked and threatened people that have published facts about their case.   They have engaged in a steady stream of lies and falsehoods, all in order to cover for their own wrongdoing, as well as to achieve the goal of legalizing adult-minor sex.

But, why is this happening?  Why have we sunk so far that we are even having a debate as to whether or not it should be legal for adults to have sex with minors?  Shouldn’t it just make sense that we should protect kids from exploitation?  Apparently not.   There is, however, an explanation to all of this.

Take a look at the following, and you’ll have a better idea of why we even have a large number of people that think it’s OK for adults to have sex with children.  This is from a post that I originally published back in 2009.

First, we have to look at the term “Cultural Marxism.”

 

Before World War I, Marxist theory said that if Europe ever erupted in war, the working classes in every European country would rise in revolt, overthrow their governments and create a new Communist Europe. But when war broke out in the summer of 1914, that didn’t happen. Instead, the workers in every European country lined up by the millions to fight their country’s enemies. Finally, in 1917, a Communist revolution did occur, in Russia. But attempts to spread that revolution to other countries failed because the workers did not support it.

After World War I ended in 1918, Marxist theorists had to ask themselves the question: What went wrong? As good Marxists, they could not admit Marxist theory had been incorrect. Instead, two leading Marxist intellectuals, Antonio Gramsci in Italy and Georg Lukacs in Hungary (Lukacs was considered the most brilliant Marxist thinker since Marx himself) independently came up with the same answer. They said that Western culture and the Christian religion had so blinded the working class to its true, Marxist class interests, that a Communist revolution was impossible in the West, until both could be destroyed. That objective, established as cultural Marxism’s goal right at the beginning, has never changed.

 

Now, the meaning of the term “Western Culture” is not made explicit here.  To elaborate, here is a definition:

 

Western culture is a body of knowledge derived from reason.

This foundation of reason has made possible a vast accumulation of understanding related to reality or nature, including human nature.

This understanding is represented in several core ideals and values, which include individualism, happiness, rights, capitalism, science and technology.

Western culture can also be referred to as advanced culture; this is because its ideas and values promote the development and sustainment of advanced civilization.

 

So, when offered Communism, the workers rejected it.  Western Culture interfered.  The ideas of individuality, self reliance, success, work, owning property, the ability to rise above one’s origins, all give hope to the people, especially when the people can act upon and achieve these hopes.   The ability to earn, and keep what you earn; all lead to resistance to Communism.  After all, why would you give up the ability to earn and be successful to join a de-humanizing collective?

 

Christianity has another powerful role on resistance to Marxism.  Marxism is “Godless,” by it’s own description, however, I have often postulated that this is an incorrect.  I believe that in a Marxist state, God is replaced by the state as the giver of life and all things material.  Religion, and its reliance on a higher power creates a situation in which loyalty to the state is secondary to the loyalty to God.  This is intolerable to the Marxist.  The ‘god” of Marxism, the state, is a jealous one, and cannot stand competition.

 

Gramsci famously laid out a strategy for destroying Christianity and Western culture, one that has proven all too successful. Instead of calling for a Communist revolution up front, as in Russia, he said Marxists in the West should take political power last, after a “long march through the institutions” – the schools, the media, even the churches, every institution that could influence the culture. That “long march through the institutions” is what America has experienced, especially since the 1960s. Fortunately, Mussolini recognized the danger Gramsci posed and jailed him. His influence remained small until the 1960s, when his works, especially the “Prison Notebooks,” were rediscovered.

Please realize that Mussolini was not a good guy.  The fascists, particularly Hitler, viewed Marxism as a related, but inferior system to fascism.  Facsims was simply described by Mussolini, as “socialism for one state,” as opposed to the “global” Communism envisioned by Marx and Lenin.  Mussolini was simply imprisoning another political opponent, one from a related, but competing ideology.

Georg Lukacs proved more influential. In 1918, he became deputy commissar for culture in the short-lived Bela Kun Bolshevik regime in Hungary. There, asking, “Who will save us from Western civilization?” he instituted what he called “cultural terrorism.” One of its main components was introducing sex education into Hungarian schools. Lukacs realized that if he could destroy the country’s traditional sexual morals, he would have taken a giant step toward destroying its traditional culture and Christian faith.

 

 

I think it’s easy to see that the long march through the institutions has been largely completed, and the steps to taking political power are well underway.  They have education, law, media, and many other related fields.  Considering that they want to do away with alternative media, ban home schooling, and use law to accomplish both, the intent becomes clear.

 

Also, what conclusions can we make regarding the sexual revolution?  Is it about “liberating people,” or was it just about getting people away from religion?  After all, most religions teach sexual restraint.  This is taught in the home and at church.  However, if the media, and later the schools, teach the opposite, and literally encourage sexual experimentation, a disconnect with the religious instruction and belief is created.  This worked incredibly well in Communist states. And it’s worked equally well here.

 

Here’s another quote that shows that perhaps I’m on the right track…

 

P. Blanchard, in ‘The Humanist” 1983, continues: “I think that the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny how to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is 16 tends toward the elimination of religious superstition. The average American child now acquires a high school education, and this militates against Adam and Eve and all other myths of alleged history.”

 

As time wore on, these Marxists formed what was to be called the Institute for Marxism.  Realizing that people would be alarmed by that name, they instead called it the “Institute for Social Research.”  Colloquially, it was referred to as the “Frankfort School.”  It was meant to deceive, and it worked.

 

With the help of this new blood, Horkheimer made three major advances in the development of cultural Marxism. First, he broke with Marx’s view that culture was merely part of society’s “superstructure,” which was determined by economic factors. He said that on the contrary, culture was an independent and very important factor in shaping a society.

Second, again contrary to Marx, he announced that in the future, the working class would not be the agent of revolution. He left open the question of who would play that role – a question Marcuse answered in the 1950s.

Today, when Hollywood’s cultural Marxists want to “normalize” something like homosexuality (thus “liberating” us from “repression”), they put on television show after television show where the only normal-seeming white male is a homosexual. That is how psychological conditioning works; people absorb the lessons the cultural Marxists want them to learn without even knowing they are being taught.

 

Brainwashing, pure and simple.  Denigrate the culture, and make this denigration appear everywhere.  Schools, media, even some churches, all promote Cultural Marxism.  The sad thing is-they don’t even know they’re doing it!  Of course, we know, because they said what they were going to do, and it’s being done!  Once something has been taught and absorbed by so many, it becomes “normal.”   And once it’s “normal” it is transmitted to every member of society.  

To serve its purpose of “negating” Western culture, the Frankfurt School developed a powerful tool it called “Critical Theory.” What was the theory? The theory was to criticize. By subjecting every traditional institution, starting with family, to endless, unremitting criticism (the Frankfurt School was careful never to define what it was for, only what it was against), it hoped to bring them down. Critical Theory is the basis for the “studies” departments that now inhabit American colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, those departments are the home turf of academic political correctness.

Studies in prejudice

The Frankfurt School sought to define traditional attitudes on every issue as “prejudice” in a series of academic studies that culminated in Adorno’s immensely influential book, “The Authoritarian Personality,” published in 1950. They invented a bogus “F-scale” that purported to tie traditional beliefs on sexual morals, relations between men and women and questions touching on the family to support for fascism. Today, the favorite term the politically correct use for anyone who disagrees with them is “fascist.”

 

This is one of the big lies of the left.  Anyone who believes in freedom is a “fascist.”  And to contrast,   anyone who believes in doing what the Marxists or Fascists actually did, are progressives!   This doesn’t actually present a way of thinking and doing that might be better, it’s about silencing and discrediting dissent.  If you can discredit a person, than you discredit their ideas.  The progressives have to avoid discussing ideas, especially when the ideas are superior to what they are trying to do.  So, by discrediting or smearing their opposition, they prevent their subjects from hearing facts and information that run contrary to the progressive narrative.  Just think of it as a large scale version of, “Ignore that man behind the curtain!”

 

The Frankfurt School again departed from orthodox Marxism, which argued that all of history was determined by who owned the means of production. Instead, they said history was determined by which groups, defined as men, women, races, religions, etc., had power or “dominance” over other groups. Certain groups, especially white males, were labeled “oppressors,” while other groups were defined as “victims.” Victims were automatically good, oppressors bad, just by what group they came from, regardless of individual behavior.

 

I remember having a discussion with a group of people that claimed that I have had some level of success in my life due to “white privilege.”  Now, this claim intends to do a few things:

 

  1. It attempts to negate the influence the actual effort and work.  This is a part of Western Culture.  I actually made a great effort to get educated, and then I worked hard at my career.  However, this is contrary to Marxism, so it must be discredited by claiming that anything I have came about because of my race.   More recently, it was part of the Barak Obama “You didn’t build that” speech. Frankly, like most authentic Americans, I don’t particularly appreciate my efforts being discredited.
  2. The ability to succeed gives hope to others.  To keep their victim classes on the “plantation,” the progressives must convince the “victims” that they are kept at a low level due to others having this “privilege.”   Victim classes can only be kept victims if they are thoroughly convinced that they cannot succeed.  What better way to do that than to convince them that successful people are only successful because of “special advantages?”  They also claim that any minorities that achieve success have “sold out.”  Remember Clarence Thomas’s confirmation?
  3. Many people are prompted to feel guilt when they are brought to the understanding of their “privilege.”  Don’t laugh!  I’ve literally heard people say this!  After all, if you are feeling guilty about having things because the culture is so totally in your favor, you might not feel very bad about giving up some things to make it all right, like, for example, your freedom?

 

In the end, I didn’t cave in to the Marxism, so I was accused of being a racist.  In typical progressive fashion, I had to be discredited.  Facts were irrelevant, and what I said had to be discounted.  The smear is the last defense of the progressives.

 

Though Marxists, the members of the Frankfurt School also drew from Nietzsche (someone else they admired for his defiance of traditional morals was the Marquis de Sade). They incorporated into their cultural Marxism what Nietzsche called the “transvaluation of all values.” What that means, in plain English, is that all the old sins become virtues, and all the old virtues become sins. Homosexuality is a fine and good thing, but anyone who thinks men and women should have different social roles is an evil “fascist.” That is what political correctness now teaches children in public schools all across America. (The Frankfurt School wrote about American public education. It said it did not matter if school children learned any skills or any facts. All that mattered was that they graduate from the schools with the right “attitudes” on certain questions.)

 

Well, it had to bring us to education eventually.  This is what we have been talking about for years now.  Scores are down, graduation rates are down, and illiteracy is up.  But this is acceptable, as most of the children reject God, and embrace Marxist teachings!

 

Marcuse also widened the Frankfurt School’s intellectual work. In the early 1930s, Horkheimer had left open the question of who would replace the working class as the agent of Marxist revolution. In the 1950s, Marcuse answered the question, saying it would be a coalition of students, blacks, feminist women and homosexuals – the core of the student rebellion of the 1960s, and the sacred “victims groups” of political correctness today. Marcuse further took one of political correctness’s favorite words, “tolerance,” and gave it a new meaning. He defined “liberating tolerance” as tolerance for all ideas and movements coming from the left, and intolerance for all ideas and movements coming from the right. When you hear the cultural Marxists today call for “tolerance,” they mean Marcuse’s “liberating tolerance” (just as when they call for “diversity,” they mean uniformity of belief in their ideology).

The student rebellion of the 1960s, driven largely by opposition to the draft for the Vietnam War, gave Marcuse a historic opportunity. As perhaps its most famous “guru,” he injected the Frankfurt School’s cultural Marxism into the baby boom generation. Of course, they did not understand what it really was. As was true from the Institute’s beginning, Marcuse and the few other people “in the know” did not advertise that political correctness and multi-culturalism were a form of Marxism. But the effect was devastating: a whole generation of Americans, especially the university-educated elite, absorbed cultural Marxism as their own, accepting a poisonous ideology that sought to destroy America’s traditional culture and Christian faith. That generation, which runs every elite institution in America, now wages a ceaseless war on all traditional beliefs and institutions. They have largely won that war. Most of America’s traditional culture lies in ruins.

 

So, when we are referred to as racists for questioning Obama’s policies, we know why.  When there is no outrage when Van Jones is an avowed Communist, we see through the ignorance.  When an untold number of protesters swarm Washington DC, and the MSM minimizes it, we see the cause.   When our children are indoctrinated, we see the purpose.

 

They infiltrated the institutions, just as they said they would.  They have since trained/indoctrinated generations of people.  Think for a moment… why are so many in the MSM are ignoring Obama’s lies, ObamaCare and jobs, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and a host of other authentic news stories?  They were indoctrinated!  They went to the universities!  The Cultural Marxists occupied them first! Why are so many public school teachers towing the line?  Why are some even supporting pedophiles?  Come to think of it, why are so many engaging in pedophilia? Same thing!  They went to the universities!  They have absorbed the cultural rot! The list is virtually endless.  They have turned education into a leftist indoctrination machine, allowing them to then infiltrate every other institution in our nation.

 

This ties together with other topics that we have discussed.  For example, the Alinsky Method seems to be nothing more than a playbook for Critical Theory and tolerant repression.  It is a method to achieve the end.  The media’s ignorance and lies serve as well.  All of the indoctrinated institutions seem to act in the same way to work towards the goals, and circles the wagons for defense.

 

Where does this leave us?  We are in a precarious situation.  Our institutions are in the possession of people that would tear down and utterly destroy our republic.  The vast majority of them have no clue that they are working towards Marxist goals.  That is the evil brilliance of cultural Marxism.  The minions work towards the end goal, one of which they unaware.  They are programmed drones that have no idea that they are following the dictates of long dead Marxists.  None the less, they are doing their job, and doing it well.  But, we are aware, and that is a start.

As for #FreeKate, they will eventually implode.  I have a feeling this story will blow wide open, and soon.  But, we have to recognize that their responses have been very predictable.  They have been “programmed,” as our friend Bezmenov pointed out, “…to respond to certain stimuli.”   The Cultural Marxists, through the advocacy of permissive parenting, promoting sexuality at ever earlier ages, and promoting homosexuality, have destroyed our collective sense of morality.  The Cultural Marxists, in their promotion of victim groups, have created whole classes of people who, rather than deal with their own problems, blame them on others, and demand that the laws be changed to suit their own selfish, and often perverse needs.

Our fellow citizens on the Feminist, homosexual, and pedophile left do not realize that they are instrumental in destabilizing our culture, and bringing it to a point at which it becomes unmanageable.  They are programmed to do just that by destroying the institutions that have allowed us to resist Marxism.   Ironically, if they actually win, they really lose.  To their great, and perhaps final displeasure, they will find that once Marxism rules, their destabilizing influences will no longer be needed.  And, as Bezmenov points out…

…they think they will come to power.  Nothing can be further from the truth…  They will be lined up against the wall and shot.” 

 

It’s actually saddening that so many Americans are being used to accomplish the goals of a discredited and deadly ideology.  So many have been corrupted to a point of complete filth that they will never see the truth-until it is too late.  And, they are completely unaware that they are tools in a large game.  #FreeKate is a small part of that overall scheme, and they fail to realize it, nor will they ever. 

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The Saga of Sarah Alcid, Your Intellectual Better & Committed Useful Idiot

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It certainly is true what is what is said about R.S. McCain-he attracts a higher grade of troll.  And over the last couple days, he attracted one Sarah Alcid, a queer feminist Marxist who took offense offense at R.S. McCain’s coverage of the DC slut walk. 

It isn’t every day that a “Queer Feminist” with a diploma from Bryn Mawr (undergraduate tuition $42,870 a year) decides she needs my attention, but I’m so grateful for Miss Alcid’s encouragement to expand on what I said this morning:

“Professor Aptheker is exactly right: If you want to be a
true feminist, you must be a Communist lesbian.”

The inherent radicalism of the women’s movement — its theoretical foundation in Marxism, its implacable antagonism to traditional marriage and other institutions of bourgeois society — is not generally understood outside such campus cauldrons as Bryn Mawr.

Feminism is a totalitarian ideology. It cannot be co-opted or moderated. You cannot negotiate or compromise with feminism, because the ambitions of feminism are without limit. They can accept nothing short of the complete overthrow of “hitherto existing society” (Marx and Engels) resulting in their own dictatorial authority. Halfway “reform” (to which the bourgeoisie may agree in its attempt to stave off this upheaval) can ever placate the revolutionary, because the radical does not seek reform, but rather destruction. And the problem that most conservatives have, in trying to cope with radical movements, is that the typical conservative cannot imagine how fanatical — how rigidly unreasonable, how full of passionate destructive hatefulness — the radical really is.

So, it is quite true that feminism has it’s basis in Marxism, and I’ll get to that in a moment. But, I want to make a point regarding the difference between Conservatives and regressives.  Conservatives tolerate the existence of liberals. We disagree with them, and vehemently resist their efforts to destroy our society, but they are allowed to spout their vitriol.  It’s their right.    But, their rights end when they try to indoctrinate children into vile ideologies and ban any expression or mere utterance that shows dissent from their opinion.  You see, they cannot tolerate dissent, because truth hits their points like a death ray.  We don’t have to “convert” everyone, but regressives like Sarah Alcid have to crush and dominate all resistance.   Simply put, they don’t play well with others.

Sara Alcid wants to smash your family, smash your faith, smash your community. This is what she means in denouncing “heteronormativity and gender roles” and “systems of domination.”

Sara Alcid hates you, she hates every institution you cherish and respect, and she considers your love for these institutions to be hate.

Sara Alcid believes this because she has been taught this. The fact that you cannot afford $42,870 a year to learn to think like Sara Alcid thinks is further proof of your inferiority, and your inferiority in turn justifies Sara Alcid‘s fanatical determination to destroy everything you love — in the name of “liberation,” of course.

In these terms, Sarah Alcid is performing her assigned function.  To destroy the US, Cultural Marxists mustt destroy the underpinnings of our society.  If you recall, Cultural Marxism is the response to Marxism’s failure to destroy Europe during WWI.  The Marxists all over the world expected the peoples of Europe to rise and shake off the shackles if capitalism, and join them in a massive Red Terror bloodbath.  When that failed, they determined that the culture, God, marriage, family, self sufficiency, nationalism, and the like prevented their long awaited win.  So, they translated Marxism into cultural terms in order to attack the underpinnings of Western Culture.  Basically, they make good evil, and evil good.  We’re obviously seeing that more and more these days, and Sarah Alcid doesn’t want to be left out of the fray.

But, she wasn’t done with R.S. McCain. 

Sara Alcid is better than you, because she’s a Queer Feminist who attended a prestigious college, and you’re not. She is so much better than you that you can’t even comprehend her vast superiority, her erudition, her knowledge of advanced philosophies that only the most sophisticated minds can ever hope to understand. You are just an ignorant, inarticulate, hate-filled bigot — a typical American — and you are so insignificant that Sara Alcid can’t be bothered to notice.

Every day, Sarah Alcid and her Queer Feminist friends “work to critique and dismantle” those ”systems of domination” — religion, marriage, family, free enterprise — that the typical American loves. They claim to do this in the name of “equality,” but what they’re actually doing is demonstrating their own superiority, their authority to take away from you everything that you hold dear and thus to arrogate to themselves complete power over you.

Sarah Alcid deserves this authority. Sarah Alcid is entitled to this power.

You deserve nothing and you have no rights, and if you dare to speak back to Sarah Alcid, this just proves you’re a hater.

Narcissism, AKA unwarranted self importance is a common trait of leftists such as Sarah Alcid.   They are just sooo much smarter than the rabble in flyover country.  And these folks honestly see themselves as enlightened leaders of a bold new tomorrow of equality, social justice, and unicorns that fart rainbows.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As you all know, I’m a big fan of the late Yuri Bezmonev, reputed to be the highest ranking KGB official to defect.  In the early 80’s, Mr. Bezmonev made several videos describing his work in India, which, mirrors Sarah Alcid’s stated intent here in the US.  His job was to work with Indian leftists in order to subvert their government, and set the stage for Communist takeover.   According to Mr. Bezmenov, Sarah Alcid is a useful idiot.  She is trained and “brainwashed,” if you will, to attack the framework of our society.  Her function is to…

Sara Alcid wants to smash your family, smash your faith, smash your community. This is what she means in denouncing “heteronormativity and gender roles” and “systems of domination.”

And if  queer feminist Marxists like Sarah Alcid can achieve their goals, society will  fall apart.  The ties that bind us all will be gone.  Children will be sociopaths, people will starve, economic activity will be conducted at the point of a gun,  anarchy would reign.  This is scenario desired by Marxists, as they would be the ones to come in and establish order.  They will be welcomed as saviors that will set all the old grudges right.  They will promise peace, food, and equality.  At least, they’ll call it that, though real justice and equality will be nowhere to be seen.  And ask any Ukrainian that survived the 1930’s about food.

However, once this point is reached, the useful idiots won’t be quite as useful anymore (unless the new Marxist overlords want to use them for the red terror).  No matter when, at some point, people like Sarah Alcid stop being useful.  Mr. Bezmonev informed us what happens then…

What people that Sarah Alcid don’t grasp is that they are pawns in a larger game.  They are little poison pills, or ticking time bombs set by an evil and discredited political ideology.  Her sole purpose is to destabilize our society.  She relishes this task, but hasn’t the foggiest notion as to why she is really doing it.  And, even worse for Sarah Alcid, winning means that while she might not be first to the wall, she’ll get there eventually.  She’s a tool, and a means to an end.  The saddest thing is that she’ll never realize it.

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14+ Years of Marxist Style Socialism and Things Keep Getting Worse

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On Monday night, the 24th of June, I left a message that we were moving and that Asylum Watch would be back on-line as soon as I could get reconnected to the internet. Using my word processor, I started this post on Saturday morning, the 29th., not knowing; suspecting it was going to be a while before I would be able to connect to the internet again. I will explain why that was the case  and why it is related to the title of this post in a moment.

Nineteen days without access to the internet and I was bouncing off of the walls. Being a news junky, I was feeling lost. There are just so many games of Solitaire and Mine Sweeper one can play before going mad. Also, I am sick and tired of the computer cleaning my clock at novice level chess. I tried to convince myself that the computer wasn´t really playing as a novice. I fear, however, that I still have a ways to go to reach the novice level. I can’t tell you how much I have missed our daily interactions. So, I thought that today, since I am not up to speed on the news, I would tell you a bit about what life is like here after more than fourteen years of Marxist style socialism.

For those who do not know what country I am living in, please understand that I must be a bit cryptic. The country is in South America and its name starts with the letter that comes before “W”.

For nearly fifty years, following the fall of the last dictator here, the country was run by one or the other of the two largest political parties. (There are many political parties here.) Then in 1998 H.C.,The Magnificent, former military coup leader, was given a full pardon, by the then President R.C. and was released from prison. Instead of picking up arms again, the charismatic populist decided to form a new political party and run for president in the 1999 elections. Not one of my coworkers thought he had a chance to win. I told them they were wrong. H.C. , The Magnificent, had a simple campaign message: the oligarchs had been running the country for five decades to the benefit of the richest 20% and it was time for the poorest 80% to elect him to run the country for their benefit. It was an easy sell. H.C., The Magnificent, won by a massive landslide and the rest is history.

Some day someone more talented than I will write the complete story of how the ignorant masses allowed one charismatic man to destroy every institution of this beautiful country in the name of socialism. The poor and undereducated, as well as those who knew how to take advantage of system, adored this man and had he not died of cancer after winning reelection for the fourth time, he would be serving another six-year term that would have given him twenty years in office.

Sadly, only a relative few will read that valuable lesson in man’s foolish search for social justice through government. History buffs will read it and so will political science buffs. Of course, all those here of the loyal opposition will eat it up. But, those who need to read it, those who believe that government can and should solve every problem. will not read it. And so, history will once again repeat itself; sometime, somewhere.

The policy changes the H.C. The Magnificent would implement were predictable. They had been tried so many times by second and third world countries. The results of those policy changes were equally predictable. Let’s look at just two of them today.

Land Reform

The largest cattle ranches and farms were expropriated by the government and in many cases were turned over to collectives (officially formed groups of poor locals) to work the lands for their own benefit; but without ownership of the lands (the State would retain ownership). Prior to H.C. The Magnificent and his land reforms, this country produced 80% of its food consumed. Now it imports 85% of the food consumed.

One example of just how screwed up these socialist can be was demonstrated by the importation of chicken from Brasil. After putting the big chicken producers here out of business (nasty oligarchs), the State said it would import chicken from Brasil. Her is how it works. The States pays the chicken producers in Brasil (Brazilian oligarchs) more than they would have paid the local “oligarchs” and they have to pay the Brazilians in dollars rather than in the local currency. The chickens are bought frozen and either transported by ship or by truck from Manaus. Then to demonstrate to the masses how great socialism is compared to capitalism, the State sells the chickens for less than they would have paid their own oligarchs. In other words, the State heavily subsidizes all that they import.

Recently, my wife made a trip to a lovely small town near the Brazilian border. She told me the town was teeming with Brazilians, who among other things, were there to buy Brazilian chicken for 25% less than they could buy Brazilian chicken in Brasil. A good use of scarce dollars, right?

Currency Controls

Typically in these countries, when the socialist come to power, one of their immediate concerns is that the rich will try to get their capital out of the country and so currency controls is one of the first new policies to be put in place. By currency controls, I mean that they fix the exchange rate and create a huge bureaucracy  to establish rules and controls on who can get hard currency (dollars) and how much they can get. It is a nightmare for people who want or need to travel outside of the country. But, more importantly is that importers of all the things that the people need in their daily lives from food and medicins to appliances and personal hygiene products become scarce because the importers, either do not receive the dollars they need or they have to buy the dollars they need on the black market, which appears like magic over night.

But where do those black market dollars come from? It should be obvious that the majority of those dollars could only come from corrupt government officials (socialism for thy but not for me, who use their position to buy dollars from the government’s central bank at the fixed low rate and then ell them on the black market for three or four or at the moment for five times the official exchange rate. They then use their huge profits to buy more dollars to sell and also to deposit in their offshore accounts. In this manner, we now have a new class of socialist oligarchs. All of this, of course causes prices (inflation) to skyrocket.

Another much smaller source of hard currencies for those in desperate need of it are the few foreigners living here. For example, lets say there is a Frenchman living here that receives his pension, in Euros, which is deposited monthly in bank account in France. And, let’s say this is a small businessman here who imports products from France for resale here. This small business man, who is not getting the hard currency he needs from the government at the low fixed rate will seek out the Frenchman living here and offer to deposit local money in the Frenchman;s local account at the black market rate if the Frenchman will deposit the appropriate amount of Euros in the businessman’s French account. Of course the businessman will have to sell those French products at a price that reflects what he had to pay to import them.

So, now let me explain how this great socialism caused a 19 day delay in my getting reconnected to the internet after my recent move to a different city.

The physical move from a metropolitan city on the coast to a large industrial city eight hours by car inland went without a hitch. The moving van arrived two hours after we did and the unpacking of the truck took about an hour and a half. exhausted from the day we went to bed early and the next morning my wife, knowing full well my dependency on the internet, set out to arrange cable service for our new residence. There is only one private cable service company for this area and the house has existing cable tha needed only to be rehooked up. My wife arrived at the cable company’s office shortly after they opened their doors for business. She was informed that they no longer sold internet service but only cable TV service. They explained that the platform for their internet serve became  saturated more than a year ago. They further explained that they were trying to negotiate a deal with the State’s cable company; but so far without any luck. (The State does not like competition.) So, my dear wife took another taxi to the offices of the State owned cable company and stood in line for four hours to sign up for TV and internet service. When she had finally had filled out and signed the necessary documents, she asked how long before they would come to connect us? The person attending her calmly aid that her name would likely come up in six moths to a year.

My wife refused to be defeated. She knew that when I first got my computer we were living where there was no cable service and that I had bought a small device (a wireless modem) from one of the three cell phone companies that operate in this country. She visited the offices of all three cell phone companies and was told the same thing: they had no wireless modems to sell because they hadn’t been able to get the dollars necessary to import them. They each informed her that if she could find a modem they would be happy to change the SIM card and give her new line and sell her the internet service she was seeking. She arrived home at about five o’clock with the bad news. I was not a happy camper! But again, my wife was not ready to give up. She made calls to our daughter who lives in the country’s capitol city and to one of our sons who lives in the city we just left and put them to work looking for a wireless modem to buy. A week went by. The daughter had no success and the son found one for sale at five times the market value. We told them to keep looking. Another week passed and the son calls to tell us he found one for sale at twice the market price and I told him to buy it. He did and he sent it by courier service the next day. It arrived thre days ago to late to go to cell phone company. So, the day before yesterday my wife takes the modem and heads for the cell phone company. They quickly change the SIM card and sold her more than sufficient pre-paid cards to give me weeks of credit. The person attending her took the modem and plugged into to the company’s computer and attempted to download the company’s homepage so that the modem could be charged on-line with the pre-paid cards. Believe it or not the company’s homepage would not open. After an hour of trying, my wife gave up and came home. The next morning she went back and the result was the same. Me? I’m in a state of rage by this time.

In the afternoon yesterday, my wife’s brother came by. She explained our internet service saga to him. My brother-in-law, who does have internet service in his home offered to take the pre-paid cards and the phone number assigned to our modem’s SIM card and try to download the company’s homepage and charge up my modem. He called at eight o’clock last night saying he had been successful. After my wife and I did a little celebration dance, I plugged-in my modem and I was CONNECTED, at last!

And that is the story of how socialism made my twenty-third move an unpleasant one, to say the least. I have really missed you guys!

This post is far too long, I know. But, I want to make one more observation before I sign off.

After more than fourteen years, people here are beginning to wake up. Support for this socialist regime has fallen from over sixty percent to about fifty percent since H.C. the Magnificent passed away in March. My impression is that things would not be mch different had H.C. not died. Interestingly, it wasn’t years of fifteen to twenty percent inflation that changed the people’s mind. I wasn’t periodic shortages of things like chicken, sugar, milk or even coffee that got the people’s attention, But, fifty percent inflation and shortages of things like toilet paper, sanitary napkins, toothpaste, deodorants, and laundry soap that finally opened their eyes.

We bloggers who write about US politics and economics often ask the question: “When will Americans wake up?” If this country I am living in is an example, things have to get very,  very bad before people will recognize that government is the problem and not the solution.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post: Asylum Watch

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