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The Real Significance of Diana West’s American Betrayal

August 19, 2013 1 comment

Diana West’s American Betrayal has evoked a flurry of reactions, pro and contra, ranging from ad hominem attacks to adulation, even while folks in many instances have not read the book.  Yet while the blogosphere has focused largely on specific historical details and West’s interpretations of such details in the book, which I myself admittedly found highly convincing, confirming the writings of folks such as Ion Pacepa, Yuri Bezmenov, Anatoliy Golytsin, M. Stanton EvansPaul Kengor, Trevor Loudon, J.R. Nyquist and numerous others, I believe many of the reviews have completely belied the below broader insights of the book, in light of the current condition of Western Civilization.

1. The seeds of the destruction of the foundations of our country, via the creation of the welfare state, international policy bodies and the inculcation in and infiltration of the academia and media by leftism and leftists were planted by Communists, Communist-sympathizers and fellow travelers before and during the FDR administration

2. The anti-Communists through poor marketing and tactics, and the efforts of anti-anti-Communists in academia and the media were defeated in the court of public opinion, the effects of which continue to paralyze all those attempting to protect our freedom today, in particular the so-called counterjihadists

3. As a result of the socialists winning the war of ideas heretofore, Americans by and large are no longer able to process facts (let alone separate facts from opinion) using logic and reason in order to maintain any semblance of the Republic which was bequeathed upon them.  The narrative is paramount — facts be damned (see Martin, Trayvon)

4. All of which lead me to believe that we have converged with the socialists in the cultural, political and economic spheres.  Stated differently, we won the Cold War and lost the peace

Look at the major news stories of any given day in any mainstream publication, and tell me if these points can be disputed.

How many of Marx’s ten planks have we not yet constructed?

What sector of our economy is not either hyper-regulated or outright socialized?

What issue is not framed in terms of race, class or gender?

What do the terms, fairness, justice and equality denote in today’s vernacular?

What is the moral state of our country, and in which direction is it trending?

I believe Diana West’s thoroughly researched work is at once an eminently credible and bloodcurdling.  Even if you disagree, everyday life in 21st century America shows us that we have succumbed to the ideology of leftism, to the detriment of Western Civilization and all of mankind.

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Diana West, Trayvon Martin and the Re-Wiring of the American Mind

August 14, 2013 2 comments

Having just read Diana West’s American Betrayal, I am convinced more so than ever that our country has in fact lost the Cold War — a previously nascent theory that I believe is evidenced with each passing day.

For West shows with thorough and convincing evidence that Communists not only infiltrated our government (and I mean every important agency in shockingly high positions including the top of the OSS and just under Roosevelt in the person of Harry Hopkins) in droves dating back to the ’30s, but manipulated our leaders into enabling the Russians to take Eastern Europe during WWII, and provided them with the very technology and supplies via Lend-Lease that allowed them to efficiently run their totalitarian edifice while massacring innocents during and after WWII.  Did you know that the U.S. forced the repatriation of millions of people in exile back to the Soviet Union following the war?  Were you aware that American troops were captured by the Russians and never returned to us, under the willful blindness of the Roosevelt administration who chose not to pick a fight with Uncle Joe?

These and numerous other shocking revelations come out of West’s book (and seem to replay themselves in books by defectors such as Anatoliy Golytsin, Ion Pacepa, experts such as Paul Kengor and Trevor Loudon and in individuals such as KGB agents Yasser Arafat, Carlos the Jackal and potentially the Russian-trained Ayman Al-Zawahiri), but most fundamental is the notion that despite these facts existing in historical archives and despite those handful of brave whistle-blowers who tried to expose these atrocities, anti-Communists were demonized and discredited (just as today anti-jihadists are pilloried) because the interpretation of facts trumped and continues to trump the facts.  Put differently, as a result of the cultural Marxism so elemental now to our society, individuals when faced with truth and logic are unable to process events objectively or with prudence — the narrative takes precedence over all else.

Which brings us to the Trayvon Martin case.

As I am sure you have seen, there are folks that want to lynch George Zimmerman because it fits so well the narrative of the white (er Hispanic) oppressor and the black oppressed.  It fits the narrative of the cowboy gun-owner and the innocent target.  It fits the narrative of the redneck state versus the discriminated-against minority.  And isn’t it in the very narrative that exists that you realize the collective American mind is thinking in Marxist terms, with every issue defined in terms of class, race and power?

Americans, when faced with the facts of the case which in my view simply cannot support a conviction, regardless of whether you think George Zimmerman should have ever stepped out of his vehicle, have chosen to attack this man in a lynch mob for what he represents according to the many Big Lies proffered over the last 50 years.  Facts simply do not matter.  The narrative is most important above all else.  Zimmerman evil.  Trayvon good.

While a jury of the man’s peers acquitted George Zimmerman, of course all of the other meaningful stories affecting millions of Americans lives, liberty and property (or pursuit of happiness if you prefer) have taken a backseat.  Is this not representative of the Leftist mentality — besides the tactic of distracting people from crucial issues by dividing the country on the basis of race and class — the true injustices of this administration are considered minor cracked eggs necessary to make the Leftist omelette while wedge issues are of paramount importance.

Political correctness, a form of cultural Marxism, may still kill George Zimmerman, presumably, under the banner of social justice, if the “hood” is to get to him.  Political correctness has put millions of American lives in danger when it comes to our policies and views towards Islam, and the self-righteously suicidal actions they have driven wherein our governmental agencies consult and consort with Muslim brotherhood members and their web of front groups.

Most of all, because of the continued and constant political correctness, free speech has been stifled and the American mind has been re-wired such that the American people are wholly unable to grapple with how serious the problems are.  Major swaths of the economy are socialized in a mixed fascistic/socialistic economy with some market features (i.e. an anti-American economy), our enemies are multiplying and at war with us and we do not even realize that we are at war nor who we are at war against, and ostensible conservatives continue to get duped on a daily basis, unequipped to counter their opponents, unclear in their convictions and unable to understand the scope and size of the problems and how far behind we are — by my estimate at least 75 years.

So let me state it quite clearly.  The Left, broadly, and Islam, are allied against our country and more broadly Western Civilization, and we are faced with the challenge of awakening our population to such problems when this kind of statement itself would be deemed preposterous by 99% of our population.  It is our job, no less our sacred duty to figure out a coherent ideology and robust long- and short-term strategy necessary to defeat the opposition, or go down as hard as we can trying.  We need to re-wire the American mind if we are to save the country.

Irreconcilable Differences

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Standing in line waiting for my morning oatmeal at the cafe beneath my midtown office, I noticed something astounding a couple of weeks ago. There was a woman standing in line reading Glenn Beck’s The Overton Window. I sought to make eye contact with her, if for no other reason than to give a thumbs up to this anomaly of a lady. Regardless of your views on Mr. Beck, seeing someone…anyone in Manhattan with a potentially conservative view is a site to be treasured. However, when the woman saw me looking down at her book, she quickly closed it, put it in her purse and turned away, startled that I knew she was one of the silent majority.

This is the climate in which we coastal conservative infiltrators live on a day-to-day basis. We have to be careful with the books we read in the cafe, the topics we bring up at the cocktail party and the jokes we crack at the office. The fear stems from the intolerance of liberals, who are incapable of functioning in a world consisting of anyone but those who think. speak and act the same as them. And frankly, I do not know how much longer I can be tolerant of such intolerance.

Perhaps it is my jaded view having lived in New York and New Jersey my whole life, but I have started to come to the conclusion that our mindsets are so antithetical that we are simply unable to co-exist in any meaningful way.

For liberals believe that we are our brother’s keeper — that by the power of decree some people should be able to reach into the pockets of others to provide for themselves. Liberals believe that certain people in society should be able to make decisions for others for their own good. Liberals believe that wealth created in the private sector is a mere byproduct of greed and graft. Liberals believe that all religions and visions of morality are equal. Liberals see every issue in terms of egalitarianism, race and class.

I find such a world view abhorrent.  It pits some people against others by design. It is based on envy, arrogance and the imposition of force. It robs man of his individualism, his humanity and his soul.

Barack Obama represents this worldview in its most extreme form, albeit buttoned up and with a soothing smoker’s voice to hide its revolutionary nature in relation to this country’s bedrock principles. It leads to supporting terrorists in the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt; it leads to giving the nuclear secrets of our allies to the Russian thug government; it leads to the crushing of our economy, and the demonization of its most crucial constituents.

Given that the natural end to the socialist society is one of mass poverty, constant threat of attack and overall demoralization, without any notion of morality or justice, (but rather with their perversion), I find it quite difficult to not hold this personally against all of the useful idiots — friends and foes alike who support this kind of world.

How in good faith can we love our neighbors who seek to plunder us, knowingly or unknowingly threatening our safety and whose policies are going to make the lives of our children far more crass? How can we feel sympathy or compassion for someone who supports Islam in word or deed when its whole history has been marked with bloodshed, debauchery and hatred — and its adherents continue their conquest today. How can we support people that wish to suppress our speech and our G-d-given rights?

Politics is supposed to be a separate sphere from our personal lives. But increasingly, the politics of the left encroaches on every aspect of our personage. This is what happens in a collectivist society, where so many of our countrymen have been duped into parroting, believing in and legislating based on effectively Marxist principles. Increasingly, I wonder what is to become of the irreconcilable differences between us and them. I can no longer give their hatred and contempt for us my sanction.

The Naivete of the American Public and Barack Obama

August 24, 2010 1 comment

Suddenly the American public is shocked.  Perhaps there is no economic recovery.  Perhaps the One really does favor Islam.

Democrats and Republicans shake their heads and wonder, how could our President pursue such divisive and unpopular policies?  What is the rationale for this President’s decisions?  Is he incompetent?  Is he naive?

The answer is none of the above.

I have said before and I will say again, Barack Obama does not share the values of Americans.  His vision is completely anathema to an America based on individualism, private property rights and Judeo-Christian morality.

When one argues that Barack Obama is merely mistaken in his economic program, they completely discount the notion that he knows exactly what he is doing and that he has been 100% successful in achieving his policies and their intended ends, means and ends that any objective viewer would realize were insane.  After all, an economy is nothing more than the collection of mutually beneficial voluntary exchanges of labor and the fruits of labor.  Anything that impedes one’s labor, or the trading of its fruits is necessarily bad for the economy.  Hence, almost everything a government does to try to stimulate an economy, impeding the natural spontaneous harmony of such a system necessarily postpones any recovery.

We were in major trouble with unsustainable public and private debt prior to this President, coupled with a completely insolvent financial system, a destined to fail monetary system and numerous stagnant businesses sucking up economic resources.  A real financial restructuring would have taken significant time, and even the most “fiscally conservative” President and Congress would not have been able to move enough roadblocks out of the way to make this recovery painless or quick.  I question whether or not anything could change the direction of the economy in the long run, save for a collapse that would force us to let the free market work and liquidate the welfare state.  But this President ensures that there will not even be a chance for recovery for many many years, regardless of who the next President is.

And it is all by design.

If you are Barack Obama, your plans are working perfectly.  You are driving the economy into the ground, fueling turmoil in the Middle East, weakening our nuclear defenses and supporting the enemies of civilization, and you are lining the pockets of your constituency and pushing us towards such great crises that a society already addicted to government may be forced to its knees wrongfully begging for an even greater paternal one.  If you doubt my argument that the American people are still not awake enough to cause any meaningful change, consider that for all the talk of a backlash against this government, if you look at the Republicans that will take over Congress, almost none of them them would truly be willing to do the things necessary to make our government solvent, break the chains off of our private sector and defend us against our enemies and their abetters, starting with calling them by name, not a tactic like terrorism.

This brings us to Barack Obama’s stance on the Ground Zero mosque.  Months ago I argued that Islam is not a religion in the traditional sense.  I argued that as Islam is a theo-political system, it should not deserve the same Constitutional protections as other religions with a strictly spiritual component.  In effect, to support Islam in this country would be to support a political system incompatible with ours, and intolerant of our pluralistic Judeo-Christian society.  To support Islamic institutions would be to weaken America’s freedom, not strengthen it.  And this is because Islam and America cannot coexist because America is a threat to the Ummah; us infidels would have to be converted by the sword or forced to live as second-class citizens under Islamic law, like Spaniards once did in Cordoba.  Hence the Cordoba Initiative.

Yet Barack Obama consistently sides with Muslims; makes it a point to bow down to Muslims at every turn and has since the start of his Presidency and throughout his public life.  He also studied in the madrass as a child, has had the backing of major players in the Muslim community during his academic and political career and attended Reverend Wright’s church which parrots the same narrative as Imams worldwide.  His true colors showed when he made the Ground Zero mosque a national issue by supporting it.  Howard Dean has gone on record as questioning what Barack Obama could have been thinking politically.  Of course he found it to be a political disaster, lest he should care about its destructiveness on principle.

Barack Obama had to know the firestorm he would create, but he did not care.  He could not help himself when it came to something he truly believed in, jumping to say something unpopular to the American people but instinctive for him.  Just like he did not care about creating fertile soil for economic growth, just like he does not care in my opinion about defending American lives as reflected by his policies.  And when he speaks and says inflammatory things that make political pundits shake their heads in wonder, it is because he is showing who he is, and where his passions lie.  This President is a principled politician, but he supports principles that are crushing the American people.  He is a third world man who gives a second rate speech and believes in the First Amendment as a suicide pact.

This is the most destructive President since FDR, and that it is intentionally so makes it all the more demoralizing.  Until more people realize this, we won’t even have a fighting chance.  We are going to be poorer, weaker and less likely to ever rekindle the flame of freedom in this nation, and I fear that our differences with our political opposition will prove irreconcilable.

A Letter to Charles Krauthammer on Islam

July 7, 2010 2 comments

Below is a letter I wrote to Charles Krauthammer regarding his most recent article on Islam.

Mr. Krauthammer:

I appreciate your calling out of Obama, Holder & Co. on their disingenuousness (to put it politely) with regard to Islam.  It is not only hugely destructive to fail to recognize our enemies, but also shows complicity when this administration poo poos the theo-political ideology of Islam.

While I laud your effort to shed light on this topic, I do take issue with some of your assertions regarding Islam, and wanted to get some clarification on it.

You say in your most recent article:

“Holder’s avoidance of the obvious continues the absurd and embarrassing refusal of the Obama administration to acknowledge who out there is trying to kill Americans and why. In fact, it has banned from its official vocabulary the terms jihadist, Islamist and Islamic terrorism.

Instead, President Obama’s National Security Strategy insists on calling the enemy — how else do you define those seeking your destruction? — “a loose network of violent extremists.” But this is utterly meaningless. This is not an anger-management therapy group gone rogue. These are people professing a powerful ideology rooted in a radical interpretation of Islam, in whose name they propagandize, proselytize, terrorize and kill.”
What radical interpretation of Islam is it exactly to which you are referring?

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyep Erdogan was quite honest when he said said with regard to “moderate Islam” that ‘These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

Surely you know that Muslims have been partaking in violent jihad for 1400 years.

But I would imagine as well you are familiar with the Koranic concepts of taqiyya and abrogation — the former the Islamic principle that it is ok to lie and deceive in order to advance Islam and the latter that the violent verses revealed chronologically later by Allah supplant his earlier peaceful words.

Moreover, Islam itself means submission.  Nonbelievers must either convert, be killed by the sword or live as dhimmis, second-class oppressed citizens forced to pay a tax and essentially banned from their cultural and spiritual practices.

If by so-called “fundamentalism,” you mean to say that portions of Muslims literally use the Koran as justification to commit violent acts of jihad in the cause of world Islamic supremacy, then I will grant that this term is proper.  However, what about all of the peaceful Muslims that work to advance dhimmitude and the imposition of Sharia Law and ultimately Muslim domination more subtly, for example by chilling criticism of Islam through bodies like CAIR and ISNA, or by forcing Western society to create separate facilities and make other cultural accommodations specifically for Muslims?  What about all of the peaceful Muslims that give money to mosques and Muslim foundations that produce terrorists and support terrorist states and leaders who work to deceive us when it comes to Islam through taqiyya?  What about all of the peaceful Muslims who believe in everything the Koran says, including the parts about the imposition of worldwide Sharia Law and Muslim dominance, and work however they can to bring this about, but don’t kill people to carry out this cause?

Whether Muslims are peaceful or not is not the important thing however, nor does it matter how one interprets the Koran.  What matters are the fundamental tenets of the religion, most importantly that its end is a world united under Islamic law and subservient to Allah, and that the means to this end can take peaceful and/or violent forms depending on their efficacy.  Is there any other way to interpret what the Koran says?  Certainly if you read the works of scholars far more knowledgeable about the topic than I such as Robert Spencer, Stephen Coughlin, Ibn Warraq and any other of a number of apostates, it would seem that there are not.  There are certainly peaceful Muslims, but a religion that is not only intolerant of other religions but seeks to supplant other religions cannot be a peaceful one itself.

I submit that Islam is a theo-political ideology which directs its followers to work towards its end goal of world Islamic domination, and no matter how you interpret it, it is incompatible with Western Civilization.  Failure to recognize the danger of the ideology itself, not various interpretations of it, is in my view suicidal.

Andrew Mellon

Geert Wilders: Change Jordan’s Name to Palestine

June 21, 2010 1 comment

Geert Wilders, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) in Holland, said last week he believes Jordan should be renamed Palestine. The Jordanian government responded by saying Wilders’ speech was reminiscent of the Israeli right wing.”Jordan is Palestine,” said Wilders, who heads the third-largest party in Holland. “Changing its name to Palestine will end the conflict in the Middle East and provide the Palestinians with an alternate homeland.”

Wilders added that Israel deserved a special status in the Dutch government because it was fighting for Jerusalem in its name. “If Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Muslims, Athens and Rome will be next. Thus, Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West. It is not a conflict over territory but rather an ideological battle, between the mentality of the liberated West and the ideology of Islamic barbarism,” he said.

“There has been an independent Palestinian state since 1946, and it is the kingdom of Jordan.”

Note the sheer horror of the Jordanians:

The Saudi Al-Watan carried Jordan’s response to Wilders’ speech. The kingdom’s embassy in Hague was outraged, and said the Dutch ambassador would soon be summoned to explain.

Jordan’s minister for media affairs and communications, Nabil Al Sharif, asked for clarifications. He described Wilders’ declaration as “an echo of the voice of the Israeli Right” and “crows’ screams”.

“Jordan is an independent and secure country which supports the Palestinian issue, and these imaginings of finding them an alternate homeland are nothing but the delusions of a few people,” he said.

Read the whole thing at Ynet.

Melanie Phillips: “The derangement of the world”

June 8, 2010 Leave a comment

No commentary necessary on this blog post by the great Melanie Phillips:

In the Jerusalem Post, William Shawcross has written a blistering piece about the ‘irrational, obscene hatred’ of Israel now coursing so terrifyingly across both the Islamic and western worlds. ‘Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz’ was the flotilla’s response to the Israelis when they warned it not to enter the area under naval blockade. As Shawcross writes:

It is not surprising that such racist loathing creates a siege mentality in Israel. Worse is the fact that Israelis know it’s not just ‘the black Islamic banners’ with which they have to contend, but also the irrational hatred of much of the rest of the world.

The realities of Gaza, Israel and the West Bank – where, with Israel’s assistance, the Palestinian economy is booming – are deemed irrelevant to the conventional narrative. Israel is a cartoon villain, beyond sympathy, beyond even redemption.

What is deeply shocking – and frightening – is that the narrative the world accepts is always that of Israel the evildoer… The hatred that Israel arouses is absurd, even obscene… The Muslim world and the Western Left are in an unholy alliance; they do not want to improve the Jewish state, they want to remove it.

There are however a few brave voices on the left speaking up for decency and sanity. In Spain, where anti-Israel bigotry is white-hot, politician and journalist Pilar Rahola delivered at the end of last year an impassioned speech supporting Israel against this madness and denouncing her comrades on the left for its part in promoting it:

Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona? Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship? Why aren’t there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection? Why aren’t there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where there is conflict with Islam? Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan? Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel? Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism? Why don’t they defend Israel’s right to exist? Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism? An finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet?

The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don’t inform, they propagandize. When reporting about Israel the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel, that there aren’t any accusations left to level against her. At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against Israel; the indoctrination of children and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain.

It is the key point. The treatment being meted out to Israel is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the treatment meted out to any other nation. Ever. It’s not just that the tyrannies of the present are not even reported on, let alone seen as a worthy and legitimate target of protest. Even the great progressive causes of the past, such as the campaign against apartheid South Africa, for example, never provoked such hysterical obsession, let alone such a sustained and frenzied onslaught of lie after distortion after fabrication after blood libel. Just like the Jew-hatred of the past, the characteristics of this victimisation are unique; just like the Jew-hatred of the past, it treats the Jewish people as some kind of cosmic evil; and just like the Jew-hatred of the past, ultimately it simply defies explanation. But it is happening, right now, before our disbelieving eyes; it is quite simply a derangement of the world.