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Confessions of a Counter-Revolutionary

April 9th, 2013 - 12:49 pm

The Economy

Here is what you do if you are a revolutionary who wishes to transform the American economy:

a) Have the government absorb health care, one-sixth of the economy.

b) Ensure that a correct Federal Reserve establishes near-zero interest rates.

c) Vastly expand the numbers on food stamps, unemployment, and disability insurance.

d) Raise taxes on the upper incomes, so that in many states the suspect pay 55% of their incomes in federal income, payroll, Medicare, Obamacare, and state income taxes.

e) Exempt half the U.S. households from federal income tax, so that for many April 15 is a day of credit reimbursement.

f) In matters of bankruptcy, seek to elevate pension holders over creditors and contractors.

g) Promote programs that seek to offer redress payouts to supposedly discriminated constituents and seek to excuse mortgage and credit card debt.

h) Vastly grow the number of federal employees.

i) Run chronic budget deficits to ensure redistributive growth.

j) Plan to double the national debt in eight years.

l) Cut the defense budget.

m) Keep entitlement payouts sacrosanct.

n) Conduct psychological warfare against the job-hiring classes (pay your fair share, you didn’t build that, no time to profit, fat cat, etc.).

o) Establish crony capitalism so that particular capitalists (e.g., Solyndra, GE, Chrysler, etc.) understand that anti-capitalist mandates do not apply to politically correct policies.

p) Discourage new gas and oil production that might undercut green energy and prevent gas from going “to European levels” or electricity to “skyrocket.”

Here is what you might do should you wish a natural recovery, decentralization, and more people working:

a) Simply do the opposite from all of the above.

How do you know if you are a counter-revolutionary? You sense that you – not just your opposition to “fundamental transformation” — must be destroyed.

It’s that simple.

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The fundamental flaw in this exposition is it's reliance on fact, reason and logic and, therefore, it is anathema to the left.
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They've commandeered the language. Up is down, down is up. Giving a history lesson that doesn't bash Western Civilization as a whole is now practically a hate crime. Facts are now subjective and our ruling elites expect us to ignore outcomes and instead celebrate their "good intentions." Never mind your lying eyes, everything is fine. And if you don't think it's fine well then maybe they'll unleash the media hounds to publicly shame you into behaving.
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The idea that Scalia saying "homosexual" is like a racist says "negro" is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a few years. "Homosexual" is about the most sterile, descriptive term I can think of. "Gay" is a political and personal label.
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Very well written and I share his views completely!
1 year ago
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By "classically liberal position on immigration" I think VDH means "liberal" in the 18th century British sense, not the current American political sense.

The tightening of US immigration voted in in the early 1920s was, according to Schales' "Coolidge" the idea of labor unions and Democrats like the KKK. It was very racist in intent and execution.

Of course, one wonders why contemporary labor unions don't choose to serve their members and demand a halt to immigration.

And don't be in such a hurry to import more engineers either! You will just lower the incomes of American engineers in the process as our experience with the H1B system shows. That program is just a white collar bracero system.
1 year ago
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The new senate bill allows doctors to call anyone mentally ill without that person knowing it. Thus the ACLU and big pharma are happy. And now the government has a way of attacking the Second Amendment. Since physicians will be Federal employees this is a win-win situation for everyone concerned except that of the private individual.
1 year ago
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It's mid-April in Southern California at 11:00 in the morning and I'm freezing my tuchis off. Global warming my tuchis.
1 year ago
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Counter-revolutionaries, UNITE !

Oh, wait.

That won't work.

Counter-revolutionaries today are the independent thinkers and are not those who naturally collectivize like sheep.

Thus, our Achilles heel, thinking for ourselves ensures our repression.

Drat !
1 year ago
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Ugh, I messed up punctuation:

"Thus, our Achilles heel, thinking for ourselves, ensures our repression."

That's better.
1 year ago
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You articulated more in 3 sentences than many pundits do in 3 pages. The thing is, how do we heal our Archilles heel? How DO we unite?
1 year ago
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We unite around sound issues void of self serving political activists and personalization of everything. We unite as problem solvers and not complainers and blamers.
1 year ago
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In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
1 year ago
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"You sense that you – not just your opposition to 'fundamental transformation' — must be destroyed."

Yes. Over the years my Progressive friends have become less cordial, less tolerant of debate, and are now openly hostile, impatient for their socialist dreams to become real. During the Bush years, they began to shun me. Now, in the Obama years, they're angry over any opposition, and I don't doubt they'd support jailing me for political differences if they could.

But they're an island of academia in a mostly conservative, Red State community. And I wonder if therein lies a path of action. What if we, the counterrevolutionaries, began concentrating in Red States? Abandon California, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York to the morass their Blue State policies have created. I know it would break some hearts -- VDH probably couldn't pull up stakes from his beloved CA -- but young counterrevolutionaries have nothing to lose but a life wasted in declining states. Virtually every Red State is growing economically. An influx of counterrevolutionaries will tilt the electorate there, too.
1 year ago
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Salt Lick: "Over the years my Progressive friends have become less cordial, less tolerant of debate, and are now openly hostile, impatient for their socialist dreams to become real."

Very true. The past several years, I have let my friendships with progressives fall by the wayside. They just don't know when to shut up, and every conversation ends up being a one-sided conversation. Lord knows I like to learn, but I hate being "taught," especially by an ass.
1 year ago
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Yep. I STARTED my campus ACLU back in the 70's to protect vigorous debate. But there's no such thing as "debate" with Progressives anymore. People like us are either going to take affirmative action to protect ourselves from their will to power, or we're going to find ourselves hunted like rabbits.
1 year ago
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If they follow the jobs, they will. The "safety net" cannot survive without the creation of new wealth and continued growth. States with low business taxes, no income tax on the state level, and right to work laws, will attract entrepreneurs and also young workers looking for a new start. The nation is splitting ( we have always been a divided country except for WW II ) and the possibility of 2 "confederations" may be in the future, possibly in this century.
1 year ago
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I'm interviewing for a new job now. When asked where I WON'T move to, I say Illinois and New York. When I'm asked "why?" (they usually suggest the weather since I'm in California), I say its their governments.

California is bad enough but I'd prefer to stay and fight, if I can earn a living here.
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Whitehall -- I've a sister in Austin, TX who says the competition for jobs from Californians moving there is intense.

VDH makes California sound hopeless. The situation he describes reminds me of what I encountered with white Kenyans (descendants of British colonials) when I lived in Kenya. They were surrounded by people who hated them, powerless except where they could bribe a government official, and deeply depressed as they watched a fabulously beautiful country sink into bread and circuses, corruption, and sometime outright political murder. Why "stay and fight?" Family obligations? Memories? Roots? Sentiment?
1 year ago
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Except that most of the red states also have big cities, which are very blue. It is almost as much an urban-suburb-rural thing as it is a state thing.
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Before I state my issue, lets be clear that with the communists on the left, EVERYTHING is political and therefore must be governed, laws must be made, and adherence to the law is a two tiered operation. Think of this as you recollect that the first order of business when the left passed obamacare was to exempt themselves from it.

Of course these dots of blue in the big cities are the hell holes they are because of leftist policies. They are going broke and are crumbling under the weight of their massive beaucracies. The obama solution?

Take a hard look at Agenda 21. The people of common sense who left these blue hell holes for the burbs took their leave and their tax dollars with them. This will not stand with the obama crowd. In order to remain viable obama is pushing hard for "regional taxation redistribution."

In short, the blue dots have patronaged their futures away with a plethora of bad policy to the point of being insolvent. To the left, it is unfair that the burbs have it so good, and they have so little. Agenda 21 is the scheme to normalize the dysfunction on a wider scale.

Just another part of the "fundamental transformation."
1 year ago
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Some truth n that, Dwight, but the tendency toward blue seems muted the more local the government. Thirty governorships is not a bad place to start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_governors
1 year ago
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As for the issue of "shooters" and how we much "outlaw assault rifles, magazines, etc" it appears that most if not all of these "shooters" were on legally prescribed SSRI's (anti-depressants) which do have both "side effects" (some become violent when on these drugs) and "withdrawal symptoms" (violence is one). Note that before we started drugging children and young adults, these sort of "shootings" didn't happen even though semi-auto weapons have been available since the end of the 19th Century. The popular M-1 carbine (with its 15 shot magazine) was available via "mail order" back when Ike was still in the White House!
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Yes, exactly Muskegon, here is a video treating that theme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgCpa1RlSdQ&feature=youtu.be
1 year ago
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Just as Creationists are always sure that Darwinism is on the verge of collapse, climate change denialists like Hansen will always be sure that the consensus of scientists is a house of cards. He should certainly save his first couple of paragraphs since he'll be reprinting them every couple of months till he dies of old age at his villa on the Siberian riviera.

It would be churlish to complain if all that Hansen's nonsense evinced were ideological blindness and comprehensive ignorance of science, but even a liberal arts idiot like Hansen surely knows by now that he is misrepresenting the stolen East Anglia emails. As a classicist, after all, he ought to be able to read a text. Thing is, Hansen knows that his audience thinks that the emails are full of embarrassing revelations so they remain rhetorically useful and that's enough. All's fair in love, war, and cultural politics.

1 year ago
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I find it rather amusing that a neo-Nazi like Jim Hitlerson would call skeptics, "denialists". He sympathizes with people, movements and groups that deny the Holocaust.
1 year ago
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To all Pjmedia readers,
Please don't waste your time responding to Jim Harrishmuck a.k.a. Jim Hitlerson. He has venomous opinions about everything. He thinks he knows everything about everything. He thinks he has the answer to all of the world's problems. He's what Thomas Sowell might call a self-anointed messiah. He's too ignorant to understand how ignorant he is. He's extremely childish. He throws tantrums. He evades questions. He hates Jews and hates Israel. Please don't pay attention, to this immature, malignant, narcissistic, anti-Semitic demagogue.
1 year ago
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Jim, are you developing dementia? You've posted here before and often and you've never had a problem spelling Dr. Hanson's last name. It ends in "-on," just as your posted last name does. His name is at the top of his column for future reference. A yellow Post-It note stuck to your computer screen is a useful tool for forgetfulness. You can put them on your refrigerator to remind you of your meals and meds, or even above your toilet for those problems.

As for Hanson's (I got it right; make a jot on your Post-it) stance on global warming/climate change (or whatever the spot-changing leopards call it these days), it makes no difference in the end, as his larger point was about the hypocrisy of the warmists.

The comments you frothed about were merely background to that more important point. In fact, we could edit out Dr. Hanson's (take note..."-on") supposed boilerplate remarks, and instead start the passage at, "Global warming is a cult belief of the elite," and the greater point would have been made. Indeed, as an editor, I would have done just that.

Jim, are you disagreeing that the behavior of the global warming/climate change/er-whatever champions is not hypocritical? After all, I allow the possibility of a little warming, and I also believe that the warming-mongers are the biggest political hypocrites of them all: Al Gore with his many mansions, growing personal girth and carbon-speweing jet-junkets; Barbra Streisand telling us to use a clothesline while she has a climate-controlled barn for her Malibu goats...I could go on with the examples, but that is the larger point.

What Hanson (note: sp) believes about warming is still not as important as the larger point.
1 year ago
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Hi Mike East Bay,
There's no point in engaging Harrishmuck. Arguing with him is like arguing with a klansman burning a cross on your front lawn. The racist sewage that oozes out of Harrishmuck's schizophrenic brain would embarass David Duke or Tom Metzger or J.B. Stoner. So his opinions on any subject need to be ignored. If you don't believe that he's schizophrenic, I'll give you examples of him contradicting himself. If you don't believe he's a neo-Nazi, I'll give you examples of his anti-Semitic filth.
1 year ago
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Thanks ZL, but no need to warn me, as I've encountered this mint-julep-drinking, not-so-closeted racist before ("I've lived with blacks,"..."I've dug ditches beside Chicanos..." and all sorts of "some-of-my-best-friends are ___," therefore I can say racist things but you can't...)

The tragic thing is that folks like him, who have always secretly accused the Jews of running the media, are the very racists and anti-Semites who actually do control the media, ie, the modern liberal. And it behooves me to krap on them whenever I get the chance.
1 year ago
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It's the climate "scientists" who have to keep reshuffling their deck. You obviously aren't keeping up.
1 year ago
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Actually, the HadCru Data from East Anglia and not the Climategate emails are what skeptics point to. Using HadCrut data one finds that the earth hasn't warmed since 1996 (ie the warming is statistically insignificant).
1 year ago
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30 years ago I was trying to explain to family members that an investment in beach property would not have the long term value that they supposed because sea-level might rise a foot in the 21st century due to warming caused by CO2. Today I try to tell the younger generation that the most likely scenario is still about a foot and I am some sort of troglodytic "denier".

That CO2 will cause some warming is not provable, but almost certain. The problem is that we do not know enough about the feedbacks. That said, anyone who does not know that the IPCC reports are hyped to arrive at a politically desired goal is simply blind to what is going on. If the feedbacks were as positive as the alarmists propose our planet would have been far more unstable for the last few hundred million years and it is doubtful we would even be here.

Anyone who thinks we can do anything significant about CO2 emissions until another energy source becomes viable or world population is drastically reduced is very poorly informed.

The problem is manageable, only the ignorant or politically motivated tell us otherwise.

Far more predictable is that liberal attempts to create a "better world" will instead erect a totalitarian state that crushes those it blames for the failure of its programs. But even that will pass.
1 year ago
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We know enough about Postiive Feedbacks to know that they are over-blown in the IPCC climate models.
1 year ago
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"Exempt half the U.S. households from federal income tax."

Is this actually now true and are progressives actually pushing for it? If I have figured things correctly, a single person making $20,000 per year who has no deductions would pay $1,106 in federal tax. If there are progressives trying to reduce this, let me know, because all I am hearing is how they want to raise taxes on the rich (which is a waste of energy in my opinion).
1 year ago
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Households, JFP, Parent(s) with children. I do not have the IRS chart
handy, but a family of four with zero income receives $40K in Govt.
subsidies/exemptions, which decreases dollar-for dollar until income
reaches $40K, above which taxes are levied.
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