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April 5th, 2014 - 8:16 am

Paul used an example from Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 to explain how power can be retasked to any purpose and how the liberal can become illiberal.  If firemen can become book-burners than anything is possible, which is the brilliance of Bradbury’s metaphor.  An earlier Rand Paul editorial contains an almost identical text to his Berkeley example, and I will use to represent what he said.

In the opening pages of Ray Bradbury’s famous novel Fahrenheit 451, protagonist Guy Montag asks: Wasn’t there a time when firemen used to put out fires? They laugh at him, rebuke him and say: Everybody knows firemen start fires.

Montag knew this. Montag’s father and his grandfather had been firemen. It had been his duty for many years to start fires. He knew it was his duty to burn books, but this day would be different.

Montag arrived on the scene to do his job, but found a woman who wouldn’t leave. He complained that she had all of her books but still wouldn’t leave. Undeterred, Montag proceeds with the other firemen to douse her books-and her-with kerosene. The woman shouts out and goads them. She is indignant that they would touch her books at all and she still wouldn’t leave. She says to them: “Play the man, Master Ridley; today we will light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, that it won’t be forgotten.”

They keep dousing her with kerosene and she says it again: “Play the man, Master Ridley. Today we will light such a candle.” … The reference is to 16th century figure Hugh Latimer, who literally became a human candle. He was burned at the stake in 1555 for heresy-opposing the state religion. He wanted to promote the idea that the Bible should be translated into English, which the state forbade.

In America today, we’re not yet burning people at the stake, fortunately. Nor are we burning books. But your government is interested in what books you read. They’re interested in what you say in your phone calls. They’re interested in what you write in your emails.

As we all now know from the National Security Agency (NSA) revelations last summer, such government surveillance of citizens has been going on for a while now.

In the Summer of 2012, I asked for a report on this subject and was given a classified briefing. I wanted to know to what extent your privacy was being invaded. To what extent government was reading your emails, listening to your phone conversations without a judge’s warrant. At the time, I couldn’t tell you the answer because it was classified.

And wasn’t there a time when tolerance meant tolerant and the IRS was meant to collect taxes from everybody without favor and the NSA was meant to spy on America’s enemies? As many nightmares start with”wasn’t there a time” as fairytales begin with the phrase “once upon a time”.  And the correlation is not concidental. The difference between a fairytale and a horror story is in the details.

Back in the 1960s there was successful Coca-cola ad campaign featuring hundreds of people standing on a hilltop determined to buy the world a soda. It seems like a wonderful and uplifting video. What no one stops to ask is: how did that crowd get up there? They must have been marched up the hill with a undrunk bottle of Coke and drilled for hours to sing in perfect harmony. And where are the port-a-potties?

Prince Charming’s Castle is architecturally identical to the Tower of London. And tolerance of the right sort of intolerance is of course, tolerance.


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In 1990, here, the Gay Movement claimed they just wanted acceptance, tolerance, and respect.

They also vowed not to proselytize to the young and innocent.

Now the Gay Agenda is mandatory in our schools.

Hard to respect liars, whatever their cause.
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The supra-national Fascists are everywhere! On a recent flight, the guy sitting next to me was watching a Bollywood movie nominally about a love triangle -- in reality, arguing for the end of marriage in India. Live in childless sin in India; childless homosexual "marriages" in the West. The end result will be the same -- non-sustainable societies.

The sine-qua-non of any sustainable culture is a next generation. Which is why the Fascists are fighting against it everywhere. They are really fighting against children in order to destroy human society everywhere.

So, What's to be done? Let's start with the simple stuff: our own language.

"Gay" is a beautiful word with a proud history. It does not have anything to do with one man inserting his penis into another man's rectum. The word for that is "homosexual". Those people claim to be proud of their homosexuality. Great! We can all acknowledge their pride -- when they use the proper word, and give "gay" back.

Each of us as individuals can chose to use the words "gay" and "homosexual" in their proper meanings. Or we can go along with the Fascists, and their corruption of language leading to corruption of thought.
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It's not enough to note that there is a war. It is necessary to plan counter-attacks and to not be very nice about it.
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When I see spokespeople for GLAAD and their brethren on discussion panels, they do no good for their cause. They come off like screaming little toddlers throwing tantrums.
I say this as one of the "perceptive" gay people talked about in the article.
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the gay mafia does not want acceptance. They want a "warm embrace"
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Part of the problem is that too many people remain silent. It's difficult to take a minority position and defend it. I say minority, although it's hard to know, because of the silence, how many actually support same sex marriage. The notion that race and sexual orientation are the same is deeply embedded in everyone under 40. That's the result of years of propaganda in public schools and various media. My children in their 30s fell for the sentimental arguments and just think I'm a bigot. No amount of rational argument makes a dent. I don't see this improving any since the desire to rid the world of marriage as we have always understood it is no longer concealed.
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Where have you been? The war began some time ago. Best thing you can do at this point is hide yourself, and fight in the shadows... and try not to do anything stupid. You are one bad decision away from ending up in a concentration camp.
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"Where have you been? The war began some time ago."--subhumanmongrel

Good point. I remember how my libertarian acquaintances all got the heebie-jeebies when Pat Buchanan unashamedly accused the Left of waging a culture war at the 1992 Republican National convention. "How dare he say such a thing!" all the individualists shouted in unison, and together they marched off to the polls to elect bill clinton.
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Therein lies the problem. Most of us can think of ways to fight back against the storms that would engulf us, but doing so without prison or lawsuits is a bit tricky. When our opponents are so blazon in their attacks, it is hard to fight back with careful nuances that don't get us into trouble. It may be that the day is soon upon us when we do have to fight, even at the peril of prison and public disdain. I, for one, prefer to wait a bit longer and hope someone braver, or stupider, than I takes the lead.
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Just announced, MSFT co-founder Paul Allen has invested $40mm in a company named "Scytl".

Who is Scytl? Well, start here, a few months before the 2012 election:

http://usamericanfreedom.com/2012/04/06/update-michael-savage/

Could it be that easy?
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Nit, picked: "widely regarded" means that there is some room to quibble. There is no question that Brendan Eich is the father of Javascript. Might you have meant "widely respected?"
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Richards,
Great writing as usual, but you are fifty years too late and if this specific action surprises anyone they have not been paying attention.
Way back in the 60's when unelected judges were allowed to decided that school prayer was unconstitutional. Whether or not prayer in schools is or is not constitutional was not and is not relevant. Look, I was in the fourth and fifth grade when this happened and even then I understood there could be situations where school prayer might be objectionable. It isn't that difficult of a problem to resolve in local communities if people of good faith work with each other. What is relevant and predicative was the usurpations of local authority by the distant Federal Government. That usurpation has continued through RvW, school busing, expansion of the welfare state, Obamacare, NSA spying, and today we have multiple generations in our society that have never had to learn to live with and compromise with those that are different. That means today folks in some communities are so shocked that when someone disagrees about certain issues they try to excommunicate them from polite society. That is fascism, just as it was fascism to take prayer out of our schools.

The left has never wanted diversity except to the extent it can be a cover for breaking down established societal mores and guidelines. Once the desired change occurs there is not longer a need for the diversity fig leaf and this happens.
And let's be clear what this is. It is another attempt to completely remake society in the image of MAN's newly approved beliefs. Beliefs that are not based on human experience, but the last idea to emerge from the faculty lounge. At no point in human history has homosexual marriage been a societaly accepted alternative to hetrosexual marriage. Or rather at no point until yesterday, yet those on the left now believe and act as if dissent from this orthodoxy cannot be tolerated.
This stifling of free speech is anti Christian, anti republic, anti democratic. It must be opposed and it must be stopped.
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America is now, in 2014, in the beginnings of a cultural cold war? Where the hell have you been for the past 50 years? Because America has been in a cultural hot war for two generations. And traditional America lost, a long time ago. It's over and done.

The occasional shots you hear now are just the wounded being killed where they lie.
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I also agree that corporations should not make decision I do not approve of. I do not see the connection between fascism and a corporation making a decision about who should be their CEO. You people seemed to be confused about definitions.
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"The obvious point to make about Eich’s resignation is that it shows how much a part of the mainstream that support for gay rights has become, particularly in the technology world. "

I don't think it shows anything of the kind. Rather, I think it shows just how adept the Left has become at political intimidation, thanks in large part to those with their hands on the levers of power - not to mention the data - who are sympathetic to their cause.
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