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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.

Dispelling Moral Relativism, Multiculturalism and by Extension All Leftism

July 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Liberals, progressives, socialists, statists, communists — all enemies of civilization argue all issues on the basis of moral relativism, one odious derivation of which is multiculturalism.  There are many arguments for why such principles are wrong.  But perhaps the most obvious problem with moral relativism and its counterparts is that from which moral relativism springs: the idea that there is no objective truth.

If there is no objective truth as the Sophists argue, then how can the statement that there is no objective truth be true?  If nothing is true, then how can the assumption be made that it is true that there is no such thing that is truly inherently good or inherently bad, or that it is true that there is no culture that is truly better than any other culture?  To argue in favor of moral relativism or multiculturalism requires a belief that there is objective truth; this is a conundrum that Leftists cannot argue away.

Since all Leftism stems from a fallacious premise, all of its aspects must be fallacious.  If only anyone would think it through, perhaps we could right this ship.

Declaration of Independence 2.0

July 9, 2010 3 comments

A patriotic and prescient reader, Doug W forwarded me the below timely piece that he wrote as a student at 22 (the same age as me) in 1985, and recently revised:

Declaration of Independence – 2.0

Monday, June 14th, 2010


When in the Course of Human Events, it becomes necessary for Individuals to Reorganize the Political Bonds which have connected them with their national government and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and Superior Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Revitalization.

We hold these Truths to be Self-Evident, that All People are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty of the Spirit & Mind, Ownership of One’s Own Productive Efforts, Freedom from Intrusive governments, Economic Freedom of Choice, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Rights, governments are instituted among Individuals, deriving their Just Powers from the True & Informed Consent of the Governed, that whenever ANY form of government becomes DESTRUCTIVE to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to Alter or to Abolish it, and to institute New Government, laying its Foundations on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem MOST likely to effect their Individual Liberty, Economic Freedom & Security, Physical Safety and Spiritual Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for Light and Transient causes; and accordingly all Experience has shown, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, While Evils (like government encroachment into the private affairs of individuals & businesses and embarrassingly poor government administrative, operational and financial performance) are sufferable, than to Right themselves by Abolishing the forms of government to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of Government Abuses of Power, Usurpations of Individual FREEDOMS, Increasing Financial Extractions, Regulatory Suffocation, and Bureaucratic Ineffectiveness, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under Absolute Economic, Social, and thus Political DESPOTISM, It is their RIGHT, it is their DUTY to thoughtfully identify select and install truly Honorable Classically Liberal  guards for Their Future Economic, Individual (and thus Societal) Security, and Ecosystem Preservation.

Such has been the patient Sufferance of the People of the United States; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to Restore Our Former Systems of Government. The History of Congresses & Presidents – 1933 to the Present – is a History of repeated Federal Government Expansions, Excesses and Ineptitudes, all having in Direct Result the establishment of Oppressive Economic Control over the People of the United States. To Prove this, let FACTS be submitted to a candid WORLD.

MEMBERS of CONGRESS and PRESIDENTS (1933 to the Present):

-Have, with the best of intentions (and sometimes without), continually tried to Artificially manipulate the Economy of the United States. This manipulation – designed for the purposes of bringing about improved living standards, greater societal cohesiveness, and Domestic Tranquility – Resulted in: an unjustifiably High Level of Taxation, a Schizophrenically Paradoxical and Complicated Tax Code, Astronomically High Levels of Bankruptcy Threatening Government Debt, Increased Risk of Government Debt Monetization Induced INFLATION, Increasing Levels of Government Intrusion into the Lives of Our Citizens, Greater Amounts of Suspicion, Antagonism and resentment between members of different Socio-Economic Groups, and – MOST IMPORTANTLY – a Stagnation of Our Natural Socio-Economic Interaction. All this has been done by Federal Officials who have no stated or inferred CONSTITUTIONAL Authority to operate the Federal Government in such a fashion and who lack sufficient understanding of THE ECONOMIC LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE. These Financial & Economic WEAKNESSES have left Our Union exposed to all the Dangers of Hollow Propagandistic Slogans and Economic, Psychological and Societal Convulsions.

-They have created a situation which has subjected Us to a form of government alien to: the Ideals, Intentions, and Goals that formed Our DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; fueled the Fires of Our AMERICAN REVOLUTION, and are the very Essence of Our Nation’s Birth;

-They have diluted the strength & meaning of Our CONSTITUTION by passing thousands of obscure and complicated pieces of legislation; thus effectively abolishing Our Most Valuable LAWS, and altering fundamentally the form of Our Government from the WISE Designs of the Original Architects of the Government of the United States;

-They have unjustly declared themselves invested with the Power to legislate for Us in All cases whatsoever. Congress with its Inglorious Plethora of committees and sub-committees AND the Executive Branch with its unchecked executive orders, innumerable departments, agencies, commissions, councils, services and offices, work together to actively “HELP” the People of the United States Live THEIR LIVES; the result of this Ungodly collaboration has been an unprecedented proliferation of laws, regulations, and taxes, which have combined to make it Mathematically Certain that even the most Honest Individuals, businesses and local governments amongst Us will break a good number of Federal Dictates;

-They have created a Multitude of new government agencies, commissions and departments and sent hither swarms of faceless distant bureaucrats to Harass Us and TAX OUT OUR SUBSTANCE.  Our alleged representatives have told Us that We must make do with Less Money because they WANT – without genuinely attempting to adapt the government to less revenue – MORE OF OUR MONEY; We are expected to accept – in a Slave-like Fashion – the unspoken fact that WE THE PEOPLE of the United States serve one purpose relative to the Federal Government – TO PAY, Unquestioningly and Involuntarily, for the Services Provide to, the Aggravation Inflicted on, and the Economic Instability Forced upon Us by the Federal Government;

-They have – by using Socio-Economically Divisive Rhetoric, Simplistic and Vague Campaign Slogans and Speeches, Confusing & Equally Meaningless Statistics and by placing party politics and political gamesmanship ABOVE Our Nation’s True Current and Future Needs – incited the development of Factional Divisiveness with Our Society;

-They have created Oceans of DEBT which threaten to Drown the Happiness of Future Generations of Americans and with this DEBT, they have backed themselves into a Financial and Political corner – from which the only logical long-term escape -given their past Taxing, Financial, & Operational Performance Record- will be Higher Tax Extractions & Inflationary Debt Monetization. This monetization will bring forth a Tidal Wave of Inflation; and this Inflation will result in an Unrestrained Destruction of our Wealth and paralyzing distortions of economic activity. Paper Money will – as it has in Our PAST – “Pollute the Equity of Our Laws, Turn them into Engines of Oppression, Corrupt the JUSTICE of Our Public Administration, Destroy the Fortunes of the Millions who have Confidence in it, Enervate the Trade, Husbandry, and Manufacturers of Our Country, and Will Go Far to DESTROY the MORALITY of OUR PEOPLE;”

-And they have – in general – behaved in a manner totally Unworthy of Solemnly Sworn Stewards of a GREAT & FREE ECONOMIC POWER.

This Documentable pattern of Knowingly & Wantonly Shattering the American Dreams of Individual Economic Self Determination and National Prosperity, for reasons of personal political ambition, financial greed, foolishness, and/or weakness of will power, CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED. And for their parts in this Historically Criminal Act, Members of Congress and Presidents – whether active participants or passive acquiescers – WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN by the People of the United States or by the Posterity of the World.

In every stage of these increasing Economic & Regulatory Oppressions, we have PETITIONED FOR REDRESS in the most humble terms; Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury and Restrictions. A Federal Government, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is Unfit to Protect and Govern a FREE PEOPLE.

We, the Citizens of the United States of America, Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of Our Intentions, wish to peacefully restore the Limited, Focused and Just scope of the federal government and reestablish national solvency. We further request our state and local representatives to assist us with  the realignment the Federal Government of the UNITED STATES in accordance with the Precepts contained within Our Original DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, Preamble Objectives & Laws contained within Our Original CONSTITUTION, and Principles of Sound FINANCIAL and OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT.  Thus  Establishing Financial, Economic, and Environmental Conditions conducive to allowing our Citizens to Achieve the Lives they dream of based on their own inspiration, abilities, and determination.  And for the support of this declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of Devine Providence, We mutually pledge to each other Out Time, Abilities, Full Effort, and Our Sacred Honor.

This is a revised version of part of a college economics paper on the socially disruptive dangers of a central Government-Gone-Wild in a distant potential future (which seems to be Our Present) America. I wrote this on the night of September 16th, 1985 as a way of venting my frustration with the fact that the U.S. Senate was raising the Federal Debt Limit to $2 TRILLION ($2,000,000,000,000.00). At the ripe old age of 22, I thought this event was a disaster (joke was on me). I haven’t read this in almost 20 years. Given our current economic and political situation, I think its content holds up pretty well. I hope you enjoyed it.  By the way, the Federal Debt Limit is being RAISED to $14.3 TRILLION ($14,300,000,000,000.00); That’s $47666.67 for Each American, all 300,000,000 of us. Plus we as a Nation have a ZERO PERCENT SAVINGS RATE and We (America) are borrowing 1.5 TRILLION a Year ($1,500,000,000,000.00 Per Year or $4,109,589,000.00 per day or $171,232,000.000 Per Hour or $2,853,881.30 Per Minute) From CHINA, O.P.E.C. Countries, RUSSIA, and everyone else we can hit up to finance our spending binge. PLUS, the U.S. Government has “OFF-BUDGET / IMPLICIT LIABILITIES of $54.3 TRILLION ($54,300,000,000,000.00) see GAO-08-241CG – that’s another $174,450.98 Per Person. NOW, Add that to your credit cards, car loans and mortgages and do you really think we’ll ever see a Social Security check that’s actually worth anything?

This document is (was) designed to be a late-20th Century reflection of the precepts contained within the original UNITED STATES DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. It is intended to provoke constructive thought among members of the general population, the academic community, the business community, the U.S. Congress, the Judicial Branch and the Executive Branch. It IS NOT meant to be considered a policy statement of ANY individual or group(s) of individuals.

All I might add to Doug’s piece are that the tensions spoken to are as old as the Republic itself, starting with the debate between Jefferson and Hamilton on the size, scope and purpose of government.  Moreover, it touches on the age-old battle between the state and sovereign man.  The first major expansion of US governmental power in my view was not in 1933 but during Lincoln’s Presidency.

In addition, blame must be laid at the feet of the citizenry as well.  We have condoned government tyranny for any number of reasons.  We have elected these representatives, and most importantly allowed socialist ideas to defeat capitalist, individualist and moral ones.  The politicians reflect the people, and while I would not want to besmirch our people, we are all at fault for where we stand today.  True, man is flawed, and ultimately his institutions will reflect this fact, but the loss of a once great nation largely over the last century was no fait accompli.

Obama and Medvedev Grab a Burger

June 24, 2010 1 comment

I have been studying Russia a lot recently, and with regard to our relations with them I would generally say this: the Russians are deceiving us, “liberalizing” so they can use our capital and technology to advance on and ultimately undermine us, agreeing to ridiculous nuclear weapons reductions agreements so as to weaken our defenses and demanding (and receiving) respect and admiration by Obama, signaling a dangerous fundamental shift in our relations.  The Russian leadership is full of Communist criminals, all who IMHO ultimately wish to turn American into another socialist playground under their control, and letting them come to the US to learn how to build their own Silicon Valley is NOT in our national interest by any stretch of the imagination.  This President is completely suicidal.

Now, moving beyond these vagaries, note the poster in the below picture of Obama and Medvedev:

What was the purpose of “one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and…one of the greatest horror movies of all time,” The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari?  Wikipedia says:

Writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer met each other in Berlin soon after World War I. The two men considered the new film medium as a new type of artistic expression – visual storytelling that necessitated collaboration between writers and painters, cameramen, actors, directors. They felt that film was the ideal medium through which to both call attention to the emerging pacifism in postwar Germany and exhibit radical anti-bourgeois art.[1]

Coincidence?

I’m only about 75% joking around here.

Pamela Geller: “This is about good vs. evil…This is the war against the West.”

June 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Pamela sums up all one needs to grasp over at BigGovernment.

All of the chickens are coming home to roost with the worst possible people running our country: socialist, Islamic sympathizers.