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In the centuries leading up to Galileo, the Aristotelians thrashed around desperately trying to save the astronomical doctrine–named after Ptolemy–that had the Earth at the center of the universe.  But the more we learned about the actual universe, the harder it became to sustain the theory, according to which the heavenly bodies moved in circular orbits, and the only fixed, immovable point in the universe was…us.  Even Copernicus, whose name is permanently attached to heliocentrism (planets revolve around the sun, not the earth), tried to salvage the theory of circular planetary orbits;  it took Kepler to sort out that orbits are elliptical.  Copernicus kept on diddling with the orbits by inventing endless “epicycles” to account for the annoying fact that the planets didn’t show up where they were supposed to be.

In other words, annoying facts had subverted a beautiful theory, and the beautiful theory had to go, even though many of those who called attention to the annoying facts would be burned at the stake, thrown in jail, censored and ruined along the way.  For many happy years, Barbara and I and baby Simone lived just off Campo dei Fiori in Rome, where Giordano Bruno was burned alive for daring to suggest that the beautiful theory didn’t account for the real world.  There’s a grim statue of Bruno in the Campo, a durable reminder of the dangers truth tellers encounter for speaking their minds.

Sometimes these “paradigm shifts” happen very quickly.  Other times are maddeningly slow.  And we’re invariably surprised when the beautiful theory bites the historical dust, even though we had long known the theory was claptrap.  Gorbachev probably knows that subject better than most…his whole world collapsed along with the myth of communism.

However, the myth lingered, and has had a brief reincarnation in the person of President Obama.  Now its hollowness is being exposed once again, as the failures of the state overwhelm us from many sides.  The Obamacare fiasco attracts the most current attention, because it causes so much direct pain to so many people, and promises even more for more in short order.  The various “fixes” are replays of the epicycles, and will have the same effect (footnotes in the history texts of the future).

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There has always been and always will be Obamas vs. Galileos.

Al Gore vs. Lord Monckton.

Ron Radosh vs. Diana West.

"There is nothing new under the sun"

36 weeks ago
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Marxism doesn't need a rewrite...it needs a conscience.

Precisely because it doesn't work...it depends upon fraud. It tells lies and hides behind the masquerade of "compassionate populism" and "liberal" and "progressive" aliases...because it cannot stand in the light. It is a creature of dark corners.

The "elite" adopt it as a role playing game. Dungeons and democrats.

Truth is an enemy. Patriotism is an offense. Religiosity is mortal foe.

It is not, my dear Michael, however, a tenet that is merely mistaken. It is an intent in a cult where no other theories are welcome. And, because they have...for the most part...replaced dismemberment with disgrace and ridicule, we think they are not brutish or malignant.

Nothing could be further from the truth. By their lies and deceit and masks...they trick our slowest-witted into making our own dungeons, and filling them with a nation of easily fooled.
36 weeks ago
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Marxism/Communism/Socialism will NEVER die because it fulfills the dreams of thieves, liars, and the envious. It is the politics of hate and the hateful need something to live for.
36 weeks ago
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I retract my (negative) comment below about Scott Walker.

Governor Walker of Wisconsin is among the best of the best.

I was confusing him with Scott Brown.
35 weeks ago
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Obama: "Expert government technocrats can take care of all our needs!"

Galileo: "Eppur si muove."
35 weeks ago
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"As I said several years back, we’re in for a hell of a fight.

"In for"???


Welcome aboard, finally. The battle has been raging for over a century.

35 weeks ago
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It's not a theory, it's a tactic straight from the Cloward-Piven playbook....Single payer will unify the big three into the new trinity...medicaid medicare and obamacare will be one (ring to rule us all)...GdMO Government (disease) Maintenance Operation. or should it be dis-ease. O'care makes all three programs financially unviable without a trillion in new taxes.
35 weeks ago
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There are issues that go far beyond an ineffective web site....like the truth. America is both shocked and incensed just with the prices of new plans, coverage they do not wish to have (lack of choice), and current policies being cancelled. Just wait until the 'death panels' sentence a loved one to death, you lose your doctor whom you have trusted and respected for decades, have to wait months for critically needed treatments and/or procedures (rationing).....and the architects of this sham KNEW ALL OF THIS WOULD OCCUR....yet denied it over and over again while ridiculing conservatives who brought these fallacies to the American public. Lies-lies-lies- and more lies....we are looking at a 2nd American Revolution soon. Let us pray that it is bloodless and only political. The rest of the country is realizing they are next....after the supposed "5%".


Remember BENGHAZI!
36 weeks ago
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Premature call. Not a paradigm shift. We are witnessing that the roll out phase of Obamacare has negatives that go beyond the tipping point. These negatives aren't going away and there anyway remains a whole basket of negatives as the rationing impulses of Obamacare are implemented.

But these things are too obvious to invite a paradigm shift. NAFTA is in its own right as bad as Obamacare and that is still with us. Global Warming Science is still with us and that is a bogus as Obamacare. Economics and Sociology as still with us and they are bogus as well.

The correlation between obesity and diabetes is non existent and good doctors tell us they are in correlation. In fact likely every claimed correlation in our public oriented sciences are probably wrong as well.

It could be that Obamacare is another nail in a radical's coffin - this it may rise to be. But that's about it.

There will be no paradigm shift without the custodianship of science and knowledge given back to the Roman Catholic Church. All else is an old paradigm shift - the paradigm shift of the Left and of Revolution

36 weeks ago
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Orwell's Animal Farm offers the complete explanation for the tendency of leftist politics to persist even though invariably shown to be unworkable. Constant vigilance by an informed citizenry is the only antidote that has ever been devised.
36 weeks ago
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As long as there are stupid and ignorant people there will be a demokkkrat party. The evil leading the stupid. Eternal vigilance is the answer, but you already knew that.
36 weeks ago
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E pur, si muove
36 weeks ago
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I don't know (nor do I care) if Obama is a communist, a socialist (this one is most likely), a marxist, a progressive, or a "liberal." What I do know for sure is that he and his administration are statist to the bone, and are undermining the federated constitutional republic that is my birthright as an American citizen. For this, he and his ilk (and his voters) are my enemy. May he and his governing philosophy be forever cast into the dustbin of history.
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