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Daniel Hannan: Fascism and Communism: Sister Ideologies (Video)

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Of course. But as Hannan wrote last year in the London Telegraph, “The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact:” Why do we downplay that memory? Largely because it doesn’t fit with what happened later. When Hitler attacked the USSR – to the utter astonishment of Stalin, who initially […]

Totalitarian State Famed for Its Central Planning Obsession Blames Man-made Drought on Bad Luck

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

California? No, in this case, it’s North Korea, Walter Russell Mead writes at the American Interest. After linking to a BBC report on the Hermit State’s H20 woes, as equally avoidable as California’s, Mead responds: The North Korean state will likely do what it normally does: pass blame while glorifying itself and continuing to subjugate […]

Bernie Sanders’s Dark Age Economics

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Bernie Sanders, the Brooklyn socialist who represents Vermont in the Senate, generated a great deal of mirth on Tuesday when he wondered aloud how it is that a society with 23 kinds of deodorant and 18 kinds of sneakers* has hungry children,” Kevin D. Williamson writes at NRO: Setting aside the fact that we must […]

Backwards Ran the Propaganda Techniques Until Reeled the Mind

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Russian Paper Removes Article About Soldier Wounded In Ukraine,” Radio Free Europe reports. Did the Russians use Photoshop, or go old school, Stalin-style, and breakout the airbrushes? No — they used a far cruder technique: scissors. On 50,000 newspapers: Journalists at a Siberian newspaper say they spent three days using scissors to cut an article […]

Quote of the Day

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Havel argues here that, in fact, cultivating an individual “sphere of truth” will ultimately destroy the totalitarian communist government. Using a simple metaphor, a grocer’s placing a “Worker’s of the World Unite” poster in his window, Havel explains how that “lie” (and similar simple acts) form both the foundation of yet ultimate weakness in his […]

‘There is Never a Reckoning for the Left’

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The Left’s Mess in Venezuela,” as analyzed by Kevin D. Williamson: There is never a reckoning for the Left. An entire generation of American intellectuals found itself enraptured by the brutal, repressive, terroristic political apparatus of the Soviet Union — not only journalistic enablers like Walter Duranty of the Times and the various Hollywood reds […]

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

Monday, January 5th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

@DANEgerus All “bad” socialist regimes mysteriously become “far right” once their evil becomes manifest. Left then moves on 2 next “good” 1 — John Sheridan (@JohnSheridan12) January 6, 2015 Actually, all the BBC is doing here is boasting that they’re further to the left than North Korea is, and they don’t want anyone to forget […]

The New York Times Drops the Mask, Yet Again

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

The Gray Lady opposes Cuban doctors becoming US citizens. No really: In Africa, Cuban doctors are working in American-built facilities. The [Ebola] epidemic has had the unexpected effect of injecting common sense into an unnecessarily poisonous relationship. And yet, Cuban doctors serving in West Africa today could easily abandon their posts, take a taxi to […]

But Of Course: Russia Plans Alternative Version of ‘Wikipedia’

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Even ultra-PC Reuters can’t help but insert a few scare quotes into this story: Russia plans to create its own “Wikipedia” to ensure its citizens have access to more “detailed and reliable” information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday. Citing Western threats, the Kremlin has asserted more control over the Internet this […]

The Banality of Justifying Evil

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

In “Stalin, Sane,” National Review Online’s Andrew Stuttaford links to Anne Applebaum’s review of a new biography of Joseph Stalin: Writing in The Atlantic, Anne Applebaum reviews the first volume of what looks like an interesting new biography of Stalin (it takes the story up until 1928). Critically, its author, Stephen Kotkin, appears to dispense […]

Portly Dictator Brings New Meaning to ‘The Cuban Slide’

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Too good to check: “Kim Jong Un ‘sprained ankles wearing Cuban heels:’” The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has sprained his ankles after tripping over his own high heels, according to a report from South Korea, four weeks after he abruptly disappeared from public view. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper in Seoul said that Mr […]

The Party of Death

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact,” Daniel Hannan, posits in the London Telegraph: To the modern reader, George Orwell’s depiction of how enmity alternates between Eurasia and Eastasia seems far-fetched; but when he published his great novel in 1948, such things were a recent memory. It suited […]

Obama: There is No I in ISIS

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Sorry Mr. President, ISIS Is 100 Percent Islamic,” Daniel Pipes writes in response to the recently retired president’s speech last night: In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State this evening, President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be “not Islamic.” In making this preposterous claim, Obama […]

Elites’ Sacrificial Victims

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Victor Davis Hanson writes, “When your goal is to save the planet, you can’t worry about who may get hurt:” Why do our well-meaning elites so often worry about humanity in the abstract rather than the real effects of their cosmic ideologies on the majority? The dream of universal health coverage trumped the nightmare of […]

Jay Carney Comes Full Circle

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Hey, give Carney credit for pro-Communist consistency. Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style: “In towns like Pushkino (pop. 90,000), many Russians view the tumult sweeping Moscow with more anxiety and skepticism than do their big-city compatriots…they wonder if the destruction of Soviet communism will bring them anything more than uncertainty and […]

‘¿Fox Butterfield, Es Que Usted?’

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Venezuela is now the world champion of inflation, homicide, insecurity, and shortages of essential goods–from milk for children to insulin for diabetics and all kinds of indispensable products. All this despite having the greatest oil reserves in the world and a government with absolute control of all state institutions and levers of power.”–Moisés Naim,, […]

All This and World War II

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Ukraine: the opposition aren’t all angels. Some are neo-Nazis,” Tim Stanley writes at the London Telegraph, discussing the “Svboda” protest group, “which dominates the Western-most provinces of Ukraine:” It is a member of the Alliance of European National Movements, along with France’s National Front, the British National Party and Hungary’s Jobbik. Its policies include taking […]

The New Tribalism

Friday, February 21st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

In-between countersuing Michael Mann for $20 million,  Mark Steyn writes: Julie Burchill, my old boss at The Modern Review many years ago, has a bracing column in this week’s Speccie on the difference between the left she grew up with and the left today: While working-class left-wing political activism was always about fighting the powerful, […]

Oceania Has Always Been at War With the Eurasian Union

Friday, February 21st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

In this week’s email edition of the G-File, Jonah Goldberg notes today that in the New York Review of Books, “Timothy Snyder has written the best piece I’ve seen on what’s going on in Kiev. It’s worth reading just as a primer. But it’s also interesting in other ways:” I had not read a lot […]

Two CNNs In One

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Past performance is no guarantee of future results: Most of what you read or hear in mass media about President Hugo Chavez is always negative, his faults exaggerated, his discourse distorted and his achievements ignored. The reality is quite different. Hugo Chavez was beloved by millions around the world. He changed the course of a […]