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Month: January 2010

Number 130

Another Consideration Of The Culture War Putting the struggle into perspective is the first step toward understanding it. Here is a quote from commentary that deserves your perusal: The middle class is the great enemy of collectivist politics, under any of its names: progressivism, communism, fascism, or “liberalism.” As far back as Karl Marx, the apostles of collectivism have understood that they must subjugate the middle class before they can claim total victory. The collectivist only needs to conceal any hope of finding prosperity beyond the generosity of the State, and keep the lower class convinced that government is the only moral actor in the economy. Review the speeches of Barack Obama, and search for anything that suggests the poor should look anywhere beyond the government and its social programs for salvation. The middle class is a vast group in a capitalist society, which is one of the things collectivists really hate about capitalism. Now for some details: the rejection of the bicoastal elite, as described by an observer who does not use that term, is noted in this useful piece. Highly recommended, for reasons that should be obvious in this excerpt: In a race where the Republican promised to be the decisive vote to kill the Democrats’ health care bills, working class and minority voters did not rally to save them. At the same time voters farther up...

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Number 129

Another Step Forward Part of McCain-Feingold has been killed, and very properly so. Note how Sotomayor voted; this female may be a Latina, but she’s not wise, and she will be a problem. — Some readers may recall the comments made in issue number 23 of this newsletter. For those who do not, here is a reprint: The objections to McCain-Feingold’s arrogant, greedy assault on Liberty have been intense. From an early point in the history of the act, columnists were explaining to the public just what had happened, and what needed to be undone. As two events show, the wind may have shifted. Look first at this development. Next, note that a very recent decision of the federal supreme court, Davis vs. FEC, a fundamental repair of one of the flaws in McCain-Feingold, has telegraphed the possible intent of the judiciary to water the repressive act down. Hope does exist. That may be whistling past the graveyard — remember that egregious Kelo decision — but why not be optimistic? The Enlightenment still means something to some people. The NY Times, that bastion of principled journalism, naturally began whining at once about the decision, publishing an editorial summarized by a weblogger as, “Corporations shouldn’t have free speech rights, unless they’re us.” Obama, ever the repressive radical, is quick to demand legislation to negate the supreme court’s decision. What an...

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Number 128

Number 128 20 January 2010 It’s About Liberty Here is that quote again. It is much more important and much wiser than even its author knew: Free people can treat each other justly, but they can’t make life fair. To get rid of the unfairness among individuals, you have to exercise power over them. The more fairness you want, the more power you need. Thus, all dreams of fairness become dreams of tyranny in the end. Obama’s concern with what he calls “fairness” has led him to say that the capital gains tax should be raised, though he knows revenues will fall if that happens. His desire to confiscate what he defines as unfairly-won profits and “spread them around” as he sees fit is a clear proclamation of his authoritarian collectivist ethos (and appalling economic ignorance). Among the first concerns of a collectivist (fascist, leftist, or “progressive”) government is control of expression. Such people typically think of freedom of speech and press as available only to “responsible” parties; how many times have we heard various power-hungry UN officials and “progressive” US politicians say something like, “With freedom of the press must come responsibility”? Recall the publication of the Mohammed cartoons. Responsibility has nothing whatsoever to do with the right to publish or speak. The right to express oneself as one chooses, without censorship or fear of reprisal, is absolute....

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Number 127

Really Now, This Could Be Big The fact is, the electorate sees things differently a year after the election. That is nowhere more obvious than in Massachusetts, where a Republican just might be elected to the federal Senate. If that happens, it will be a truly seismic event in US politics, and could set off a cascade of change. Prediction, as TLB has said repeatedly, is not possible. Events seldom unfold in linear progressions, and everything may be tossed into the trash by any number of possible catastrophes, domestic or foreign. That said, what has already happened in Massachusetts is stunningly unprecedented — and will have consequences. The electorate is unsettled, disturbed, and forming new power blocs. There has already been a shift in the mood of the nation; an anxious distrust is palpable. Whatever the outcome of this election, the party in power must consider proposing a new, gentler agenda to the nation. The current goals of the administration and Congress have not won and can not win the overwhelming popular support that peaceful radical change always requires. Many voters perceive the administration and its allies as the causes of distress, rather than as leaders who can dismiss it. The USA Needs Greater Poll Security The Massachusetts election is two days away as this is written, and Brown (the GOP candidate) is calling for volunteer lawyers to help...

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Number 126

Pride And Prejudice TLB expected a good job from these people, but this is amazing: “When tasked to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Haiti, we immediately headed to Mayport, Fla., at more than 30 knots and loaded 19 helicopters, personnel and support equipment from five different East Coast Navy squadrons in less than eight hours.” That’s the captain of the USS Carl Vinson speaking. More here. This terrible time brings to mind the tsunami that killed over a quarter million people in Asia. Much of the world, thinking itself “progressive,” intellectual and advanced, savaged the USA for its response. Uncle Sam was damned as a hopeless warmonger whose first thought in times of natural catastrophe was to bomb the survivors. From this source comes a (very lightly edited) rant TLB considers seminal: Today, during an afternoon conference that wrapped up my project of the last 18 months, one of my Euro colleagues tossed this little turd out to no one in particular: “See, this is why George Bush is so dumb, there’s a disaster in the world and he sends an aircraft carrier…” After which he and many of my Euro colleagues laughed out loud. …and then they looked at me. I wasn’t laughing, and neither was my Hindi friend sitting next to me, who has lost family in the disaster. I’m afraid I was “unprofessional.”...

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