The American Spectator talks about Civil War Two

I think relatively few people remember Tom Chittum.

http://whitelocust.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/tom-chittum-civil-war-two-the-break-up-of-the-united-states-plus-map/

White Locust is a member of that small class of folks – but this post is not about White Locust, it’s about Angelo M. Codevilla’s article in The American Spectator, which seems to be a highbrow version of Tom Chittum’s “Civil War Two.”

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the only alternative to the U.S. economy’s “systemic collapse.” In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets’ nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.

When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term “political class” came into use. Then, after those in power changed their plans from buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public’s understanding, the American people started referring to those in and around government as the “ruling class.” And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class.

I’ve been hearing Americans talk about “two puppets on the right and left hands of one puppetmaster” for at least fifteen years, possibly longer.

Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. The Boston Brahmins, the New York financiers, the land barons of California, Texas, and Florida, the industrialists of Pittsburgh, the Southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in Chicago or Memphis had little contact with one another. Few had much contact with government, and “bureaucrat” was a dirty word for all. So was “social engineering.” Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday’s upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed. All that has changed.

Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters — speaking the “in” language — serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.

The two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century’s Northerners and Southerners — nearly all of whom, as Lincoln reminded them, “prayed to the same God.” By contrast, while most Americans pray to the God “who created and doth sustain us,” our ruling class prays to itself as “saviors of the planet” and improvers of humanity. Our classes’ clash is over “whose country” America is, over what way of life will prevail, over who is to defer to whom about what. The gravity of such divisions points us, as it did Lincoln, to Mark’s Gospel: “if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

One might call these groups “Christian” and “anti-Christian,” for lack of more precise terms.

The Political Divide

Important as they are, our political divisions are the iceberg’s tip. When pollsters ask the American people whether they are likely to vote Republican or Democrat in the next presidential election, Republicans win growing pluralities. But whenever pollsters add the preferences “undecided,” “none of the above,” or “tea party,” these win handily, the Democrats come in second, and the Republicans trail far behind. That is because while most of the voters who call themselves Democrats say that Democratic officials represent them well, only a fourth of the voters who identify themselves as Republicans tell pollsters that Republican officeholders represent them well. Hence officeholders, Democrats and Republicans, gladden the hearts of some one-third of the electorate — most Democratic voters, plus a few Republicans. This means that Democratic politicians are the ruling class’s prime legitimate representatives and that because Republican politicians are supported by only a fourth of their voters while the rest vote for them reluctantly, most are aspirants for a junior role in the ruling class. In short, the ruling class has a party, the Democrats. But some two-thirds of Americans — a few Democratic voters, most Republican voters, and all independents — lack a vehicle in electoral politics.

Sooner or later, well or badly, that majority’s demand for representation will be filled. Whereas in 1968 Governor George Wallace’s taunt “there ain’t a dime’s worth of difference” between the Republican and Democratic parties resonated with only 13.5 percent of the American people, in 1992 Ross Perot became a serious contender for the presidency (at one point he was favored by 39 percent of Americans vs. 31 percent for G.H.W. Bush and 25 percent for Clinton) simply by speaking ill of the ruling class. Today, few speak well of the ruling class. Not only has it burgeoned in size and pretense, but it also has undertaken wars it has not won, presided over a declining economy and mushrooming debt, made life more expensive, raised taxes, and talked down to the American people. Americans’ conviction that the ruling class is as hostile as it is incompetent has solidified. The polls tell us that only about a fifth of Americans trust the government to do the right thing. The rest expect that it will do more harm than good and are no longer afraid to say so.

While Europeans are accustomed to being ruled by presumed betters whom they distrust, the American people’s realization of being ruled like Europeans shocked this country into well nigh revolutionary attitudes. But only the realization was new. The ruling class had sunk deep roots in America over decades before 2008. Machiavelli compares serious political diseases to the Aetolian fevers — easy to treat early on while they are difficult to discern, but virtually untreatable by the time they become obvious.

The 1990s had a great deal of “pre-millennial” speculation; I heard Americans talking about conspiracy theories such as JFK and UFOs.

I discovered the one and only Jeff Rense during the 1990s, perhaps late in 1998.

From 2001-2008 was the Bush Regime, during which conspiracy theories became mainstream with the 9-11 Truth Movement. Obama is just a continuation of Bush.

The Ruling Class

Who are these rulers, and by what right do they rule? How did America change from a place where people could expect to live without bowing to privileged classes to one in which, at best, they might have the chance to climb into them? What sets our ruling class apart from the rest of us?

The most widespread answers — by such as the Times’s Thomas Friedman and David Brooks — are schlock sociology. …
What really distinguishes these privileged people demographically is that, whether in government power directly or as officers in companies, their careers and fortunes depend on government. They vote Democrat more consistently than those who live on any of America’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Streets. These socioeconomic opposites draw their money and orientation from the same sources as the millions of teachers, consultants, and government employees in the middle ranks who aspire to be the former and identify morally with what they suppose to be the latter’s grievances.

Professional prominence or position will not secure a place in the class any more than mere money. In fact, it is possible to be an official of a major corporation or a member of the U.S. Supreme Court (just ask Justice Clarence Thomas), or even president (Ronald Reagan), and not be taken seriously by the ruling class. Like a fraternity, this class requires above all comity — being in with the right people, giving the required signs that one is on the right side, and joining in despising the Outs. Once an official or professional shows that he shares the manners, the tastes, the interests of the class, gives lip service to its ideals and shibboleths, and is willing to accommodate the interests of its senior members, he can move profitably among our establishment’s parts.

If, for example, you are Laurence Tribe in 1984, Harvard professor of law, leftist pillar of the establishment, you can “write” your magnum opus by using the products of your student assistant, Ron Klain. A decade later, after Klain admits to having written some parts of the book, and the other parts are found to be verbatim or paraphrases of a book published in 1974, you can claim (perhaps correctly) that your plagiarism was “inadvertent,” and you can count on the Law School’s dean, Elena Kagan, to appoint a committee including former and future Harvard president Derek Bok that issues a secret report that “closes” the incident. Incidentally, Kagan ends up a justice of the Supreme Court. Not one of these people did their jobs: the professor did not write the book himself, the assistant plagiarized instead of researching, the dean and the committee did not hold the professor accountable, and all ended up rewarded. By contrast, for example, learned papers and distinguished careers in climatology at MIT (Richard Lindzen) or UVA (S. Fred Singer) are not enough for their questions about “global warming” to be taken seriously. For our ruling class, identity always trumps.

Much less does membership in the ruling class depend on high academic achievement. To see something closer to an academic meritocracy consider France, where elected officials have little power, a vast bureaucracy explicitly controls details from how babies are raised to how to make cheese, and people get into and advance in that bureaucracy strictly by competitive exams. Hence for good or ill, France’s ruling class are bright people — certifiably. Not ours. But didn’t ours go to Harvard and Princeton and Stanford? Didn’t most of them get good grades? Yes. But while getting into the Ecole Nationale d’Administration or the Ecole Polytechnique or the dozens of other entry points to France’s ruling class requires outperforming others in blindly graded exams, and graduating from such places requires passing exams that many fail, getting into America’s “top schools” is less a matter of passing exams than of showing up with acceptable grades and an attractive social profile. American secondary schools are generous with their As. Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges. And it is an open secret that “the best” colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages. No, our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in. The most successful neither write books and papers that stand up to criticism nor release their academic records. Thus does our ruling class stunt itself through negative selection. But the more it has dumbed itself down, the more it has defined itself by the presumption of intellectual superiority.

Ever since the Bay of Pigs, Americans have been talking about the dangers of “groupthink.” The ruling class has “groupthink” to an extreme.

The Faith

Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding generation’s paradigm that “all men are created equal”?

The notion of human equality was always a hard sell, because experience teaches us that we are so unequal in so many ways, and because making one’s self superior is so tempting that Lincoln called it “the old serpent, you work I’ll eat.” But human equality made sense to our Founding generation because they believed that all men are made in the image and likeness of God, because they were yearning for equal treatment under British law, or because they had read John Locke.

It did not take long for their paradigm to be challenged by interest and by “science.” By the 1820s, as J. C. Calhoun was reading in the best London journals that different breeds of animals and plants produce inferior or superior results, slave owners were citing the Negroes’ deficiencies to argue that they should remain slaves indefinitely. Lots of others were reading Ludwig Feuerbach’s rendition of Hegelian philosophy, according to which biblical injunctions reflect the fantasies of alienated human beings or, in the young Karl Marx’s formulation, that ethical thought is “superstructural” to material reality. By 1853, when Sen. John Pettit of Ohio called “all men are created equal” “a self-evident lie,” much of America’s educated class had already absorbed the “scientific” notion (which Darwin only popularized) that man is the product of chance mutation and natural selection of the fittest. Accordingly, by nature, superior men subdue inferior ones as they subdue lower beings or try to improve them as they please. Hence while it pleased the abolitionists to believe in freeing Negroes and improving them, it also pleased them to believe that Southerners had to be punished and reconstructed by force. As the 19th century ended, the educated class’s religious fervor turned to social reform: they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers.

Thus began the Progressive Era. When Woodrow Wilson in 1914 was asked “can’t you let anything alone?” he answered with, “I let everything alone that you can show me is not itself moving in the wrong direction, but I am not going to let those things alone that I see are going down-hill.” Wilson spoke for the thousands of well-off Americans who patronized the spas at places like Chautauqua and Lake Mohonk. By such upper-middle-class waters, progressives who imagined themselves the world’s examples and the world’s reformers dreamt big dreams of establishing order, justice, and peace at home and abroad. Neither were they shy about their desire for power. Wilson was the first American statesman to argue that the Founders had done badly by depriving the U.S. government of the power to reshape American society. Nor was Wilson the last to invade a foreign country (Mexico) to “teach [them] to elect good men.”

By my reckoning, the USA was a Constitutional Republic until the War Between The States, then a Federal Republic until 23 December 1913, when Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act, and thus created the Federal Reserve System. Everything thereafter has been kleptocracy, but oddly enough, the USA military warfighters – or at least, their officers – swear an oath the uphold the Constitution!

The Constitution has been a flash-point of tension between the Christian Americans and the Anti-Christian kleptocrats for as long as I can recall. Certainly the incidents at Ruby Ridge and Waco brought the conflict into sharp relief. Apparently it has taken more than fifteen years for the Tea Party to wake up to this conflict.

World War I and the chaos at home and abroad that followed it discredited the Progressives in the American people’s eyes. Their international schemes had brought blood and promised more. Their domestic management had not improved Americans’ lives, but given them a taste of arbitrary government, including Prohibition. The Progressives, for their part, found it fulfilling to attribute the failure of their schemes to the American people’s backwardness, to something deeply wrong with America. The American people had failed them because democracy in its American form perpetuated the worst in humanity. Thus Progressives began to look down on the masses, to look on themselves as the vanguard, and to look abroad for examples to emulate.

The cultural divide between the “educated class” and the rest of the country opened in the interwar years. Some Progressives joined the “vanguard of the proletariat,” the Communist Party. Many more were deeply sympathetic to Soviet Russia, as they were to Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Not just the Nation, but also the New York Times and National Geographic found much to be imitated in these regimes because they promised energetically to transcend their peoples’ ways and to build “the new man.” Above all, our educated class was bitter about America. In 1925 the American Civil Liberties Union sponsored a legal challenge to a Tennessee law that required teaching the biblical account of creation. The ensuing trial, radio broadcast nationally, as well as the subsequent hit movie Inherit the Wind, were the occasion for what one might have called the Chautauqua class to drive home the point that Americans who believed in the Bible were willful ignoramuses. As World War II approached, some American Progressives supported the Soviet Union (and its ally, Nazi Germany) and others Great Britain and France. But Progressives agreed on one thing: the approaching war should be blamed on the majority of Americans, because they had refused to lead the League of Nations. Darryl Zanuck produced the critically acclaimed movie [Woodrow] Wilson featuring Cedric Hardwicke as Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, who allegedly brought on the war by appealing to American narrow-mindedness against Wilson’s benevolent genius.

Franklin Roosevelt brought the Chautauqua class into his administration and began the process that turned them into rulers. FDR described America’s problems in technocratic terms. America’s problems would be fixed by a “brain trust” (picked by him). His New Deal’s solutions — the alphabet-soup “independent” agencies that have run America ever since — turned many Progressives into powerful bureaucrats and then into lobbyists. As the saying goes, they came to Washington to do good, and stayed to do well.

As their number and sense of importance grew, so did their distaste for common Americans. Believing itself “scientific,” this Progressive class sought to explain its differences from its neighbors in “scientific” terms. The most elaborate of these attempts was Theodor Adorno’s widely acclaimed The Authoritarian Personality (1948). It invented a set of criteria by which to define personality traits, ranked these traits and their intensity in any given person on what it called the “F scale” (F for fascist), interviewed hundreds of Americans, and concluded that most who were not liberal Democrats were latent fascists. This way of thinking about non-Progressives filtered down to college curricula. In 1963-64 for example, I was assigned Herbert McCloskey’s Conservatism and Personality (1958) at Rutgers’s Eagleton Institute of Politics as a paradigm of methodological correctness. The author had defined conservatism in terms of answers to certain questions, had defined a number of personality disorders in terms of other questions, and run a survey that proved “scientifically” that conservatives were maladjusted ne’er-do-well ignoramuses. (My class project, titled “Liberalism and Personality,” following the same methodology, proved just as scientifically that liberals suffered from the very same social diseases, and even more amusing ones.)

The point is this: though not one in a thousand of today’s bipartisan ruling class ever heard of Adorno or McCloskey, much less can explain the Feuerbachian-Marxist notion that human judgments are “epiphenomenal” products of spiritual or material alienation, the notion that the common people’s words are, like grunts, mere signs of pain, pleasure, and frustration, is now axiomatic among our ruling class. They absorbed it osmotically, second — or thirdhand, from their education and from companions. Truly, after Barack Obama described his opponents’ clinging to “God and guns” as a characteristic of inferior Americans, he justified himself by pointing out he had said “what everybody knows is true.” Confident “knowledge” that “some of us, the ones who matter,” have grasped truths that the common herd cannot, truths that direct us, truths the grasping of which entitles us to discount what the ruled say and to presume what they mean, made our Progressives into a class long before they took power.

In William S. Lind’s terms, this is the story of how Cultural Marxism took over the levers of power in the USA. Since 23 December 1913, Cultural Marxism has appointed the elites.

“Give me control of a nation’s currency, and I care not who makes its laws”. -Baron Mayer Amschel de Rothschild-

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies.” -Thomas Jefferson-

“If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system,
there would be a revolution before morning.”-Andrew Jackson-

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” -Woodrow Wilson-

The Agenda: Power

Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof. Like left-wing parties always and everywhere, it is a “machine,” that is, based on providing tangible rewards to its members. Such parties often provide rank-and-file activists with modest livelihoods and enhance mightily the upper levels’ wealth. Because this is so, whatever else such parties might accomplish, they must feed the machine by transferring money or jobs or privileges — civic as well as economic — to the party’s clients, directly or indirectly. This, incidentally, is close to Aristotle’s view of democracy. Hence our ruling class’s standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government …. But there can be no doubt that such power and money makes Americans ever more dependent on those who wield it. …

Dependence Economics

By taxing and parceling out more than a third of what Americans produce, through regulations that reach deep into American life, our ruling class is making itself the arbiter of wealth and poverty. While the economic value of anything depends on sellers and buyers agreeing on that value as civil equals in the absence of force, modern government is about nothing if not tampering with civil equality. By endowing some in society with power to force others to sell cheaper than they would, and forcing others yet to buy at higher prices — even to buy in the first place — modern government makes valuable some things that are not, and devalues others that are. Thus if you are not among the favored guests at the table where officials make detailed lists of who is to receive what at whose expense, you are on the menu. Eventually, pretending forcibly that valueless things have value dilutes the currency’s value for all.

Which personnel will realize that they are “on the menu”? Will the physicians, for example, notice that the new health regulations dictate intolerable working conditions for health professionals?

Laws and regulations nowadays are longer than ever because length is needed to specify how people will be treated unequally. For example, the health care bill of 2010 takes more than 2,700 pages to make sure not just that some states will be treated differently from others because their senators offered key political support, but more importantly to codify bargains between the government and various parts of the health care industry, state governments, and large employers about who would receive what benefits (e.g., public employee unions and auto workers) and who would pass what indirect taxes onto the general public. The financial regulation bill of 2010, far from setting univocal rules for the entire financial industry in few words, spends some 3,000 pages (at this writing) tilting the field exquisitely toward some and away from others. Even more significantly, these and other products of Democratic and Republican administrations and Congresses empower countless boards and commissions arbitrarily to protect some persons and companies, while ruining others. Thus in 2008 the Republican administration first bailed out Bear Stearns, then let Lehman Brothers sink in the ensuing panic, but then rescued Goldman Sachs by infusing cash into its principal debtor, AIG. Then, its Democratic successor used similarly naked discretionary power (and money appropriated for another purpose) to give major stakes in the auto industry to labor unions that support it. Nowadays, the members of our ruling class admit that they do not read the laws. They don’t have to. Because modern laws are primarily grants of discretion, all anybody has to know about them is whom they empower.

By making economic rules dependent on discretion, our bipartisan ruling class teaches that prosperity is to be bought with the coin of political support. Thus in the 1990s and 2000s, as Democrats and Republicans forced banks to make loans for houses to people and at rates they would not otherwise have considered, builders and investors had every reason to make as much money as they could from the ensuing inflation of housing prices. When the bubble burst, only those connected with the ruling class at the bottom and at the top were bailed out. Similarly, by taxing the use of carbon fuels and subsidizing “alternative energy,” our ruling class created arguably the world’s biggest opportunity for making money out of things that few if any would buy absent its intervention. The ethanol industry and its ensuing diversions of wealth exist exclusively because of subsidies. The prospect of legislation that would put a price on carbon emissions and allot certain amounts to certain companies set off a feeding frenzy among large companies to show support for a “green agenda,” because such allotments would be worth tens of billions of dollars. That is why companies hired some 2,500 lobbyists in 2009 to deepen their involvement in “climate change.” At the very least, such involvement profits them by making them into privileged collectors of carbon taxes. Any “green jobs” thus created are by definition creatures of subsidies — that is, of privilege. What effect creating such privileges may have on “global warming” is debatable. But it surely increases the number of people dependent on the ruling class, and teaches Americans that satisfying that class is a surer way of making a living than producing goods and services that people want to buy.

Beyond patronage, picking economic winners and losers redirects the American people’s energies to tasks that the political class deems more worthy than what Americans choose for themselves. John Kenneth Galbraith’s characterization of America as “private wealth amidst public squalor” (The Affluent Society, 1958) has ever encapsulated our best and brightest’s complaint: left to themselves, Americans use land inefficiently in suburbs and exurbs, making it necessary to use energy to transport them to jobs and shopping. Americans drive big cars, eat lots of meat as well as other unhealthy things, and go to the doctor whenever they feel like it. Americans think it justice to spend the money they earn to satisfy their private desires even though the ruling class knows that justice lies in improving the community and the planet. The ruling class knows that Americans must learn to live more densely and close to work, that they must drive smaller cars and change their lives to use less energy, that their dietary habits must improve, that they must accept limits in how much medical care they get, that they must divert more of their money to support people, cultural enterprises, and plans for the planet that the ruling class deems worthier. So, ever-greater taxes and intrusive regulations are the main wrenches by which the American people can be improved (and, yes, by which the ruling class feeds and grows).

The 2010 medical law is a template for the ruling class’s economic modus operandi: the government taxes citizens to pay for medical care and requires citizens to purchase health insurance. The money thus taken and directed is money that the citizens themselves might have used to pay for medical care. In exchange for the money, the government promises to provide care through its “system.” But then all the boards, commissions, guidelines, procedures, and “best practices” that constitute “the system” become the arbiters of what any citizen ends up getting. The citizen might end up dissatisfied with what “the system” offers. But when he gave up his money, he gave up the power to choose, and became dependent on all the boards and commissions that his money also pays for and that raise the cost ofcare. Similarly, in 2008 the House Ways and Means Committee began considering a plan to force citizens who own Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to transfer those funds into government-run “guaranteed retirement accounts.” If the government may force citizens to buy health insurance, by what logic can it not force them to trade private ownership and control of retirement money for a guarantee as sound as the government itself? Is it not clear that the government knows more about managing retirement income than individuals?

Lind would say that the government knows more about looting the public coffers than the citizens, and that the last act of any government is to loot the public treasury.

Who Depends on Whom?

In Congressional Government (1885) Woodrow Wilson left no doubt: the U.S. Constitution prevents the government from meeting the country’s needs by enumerating rights that the government may not infringe. (“Congress shall make no law…” says the First Amendment, typically.) Our electoral system, based on single member districts, empowers individual voters at the expense of “responsible parties.” Hence the ruling class’s perpetual agenda has been to diminish the role of the citizenry’s elected representatives, enhancing that of party leaders as well as of groups willing to partner in the government’s plans, and to craft a “living” Constitution in which restrictions on government give way to “positive rights” — meaning charters of government power.

Consider representation. Following Wilson, American Progressives have always wanted to turn the U.S. Congress from the role defined by James Madison’s Federalist #10, “refine and enlarge the public’s view,” to something like the British Parliament, which ratifies government actions. Although Britain’s electoral system — like ours, single members elected in historic districts by plurality vote — had made members of Parliament responsive to their constituents in ancient times, by Wilson’s time the growing importance of parties made MPs beholden to party leaders. Hence whoever controls the majority party controls both Parliament and the government.

In America, the process by which party has become (almost) as important began with the Supreme Court’s 1962 decision in Baker v. Carr which, by setting the single standard “one man, one vote” for congressional districts, ended up legalizing the practice of “gerrymandering,” concentrating the opposition party’s voters into as few districts as possible while placing one’s own voters into as many as possible likely to yield victories. Republican and Democratic state legislatures have gerrymandered for a half century. That is why today’s Congress consists more and more of persons who represent their respective party establishments — not nearly as much as in Britain, but heading in that direction. Once districts are gerrymandered “safe” for one party or another, the voters therein count less because party leaders can count more on elected legislators to toe the party line.

To the extent party leaders do not have to worry about voters, they can choose privileged interlocutors, representing those in society whom they find most amenable. In America ever more since the 1930s — elsewhere in the world this practice is ubiquitous and long-standing — government has designated certain individuals, companies, and organizations within each of society’s sectors as (junior) partners in elaborating laws and administrative rules for those sectors. The government empowers the persons it has chosen over those not chosen, deems them the sector’s true representatives, and rewards them. They become part of the ruling class.

I would have like to have seen more explanation of Federalist #10, and the role of “states’ rights,” but I suppose I am going to have to do my own reading on those topics.

Thus in 2009-10 the American Medical Association (AMA) strongly supported the new medical care law, which the administration touted as having the support of “the doctors” even though the vast majority of America’s 975,000 physicians opposed it. Those who run the AMA, however, have a government contract as exclusive providers of the codes by which physicians and hospitals bill the government for their services. The millions of dollars that flow thereby to the AMA’s officers keep them in line, while the impracticality of doing without the billing codes tamps down rebellion in the doctor ranks. When the administration wanted to bolster its case that the state of Arizona’s enforcement of federal immigration laws was offensive to Hispanics, the National Association of Chiefs of Police — whose officials depend on the administration for their salaries — issued a statement that the laws would endanger all Americans by raising Hispanics’ animosity. This reflected conversations with the administration rather than a vote of the nation’s police chiefs.

Similarly, modern labor unions are ever less bunches of workers banding together and ever more bundled under the aegis of an organization chosen jointly by employers and government. Prototypical is the Service Employees International Union, which grew spectacularly by persuading managers of government agencies as well as of publicly funded private entities that placing their employees in the SEIU would relieve them of responsibility. Not by being elected by workers’ secret ballots did the SEIU conquer workplace after workplace, but rather by such deals, or by the union presenting what it claims are cards from workers approving of representation. The union gets 2 percent of the workers’ pay, which it recycles as contributions to the Democratic Party, which it recycles in greater power over public employees. The union’s leadership is part of the ruling class’s beating heart.

The point is that a doctor, a building contractor, a janitor, or a schoolteacher counts in today’s America insofar as he is part of the hierarchy of a sector organization affiliated with the ruling class. Less and less do such persons count as voters.

Ordinary people have also gone a long way toward losing equal treatment under law. The America described in civics books, in which no one could be convicted or fined except by a jury of his peers for having violated laws passed by elected representatives, started disappearing when the New Deal inaugurated today’s administrative state — in which bureaucrats make, enforce, and adjudicate nearly all the rules. Today’s legal — administrative texts are incomprehensibly detailed and freighted with provisions crafted exquisitely to affect equal individuals unequally. The bureaucrats do not enforce the rules themselves so much as whatever “agency policy” they choose to draw from them in any given case. If you protest any “agency policy” you will be informed that it was formulated with input from “the public.” But not from the likes of you.

Selective enforcement of complex laws amounts to what Sam Francis called “anarcho-tyranny.”

Disregard for the text of laws — for the dictionary meaning of words and the intentions of those who wrote them — in favor of the decider’s discretion has permeated our ruling class from the Supreme Court to the lowest local agency. Ever since Oliver Wendell Holmes argued in 1920 (Missouri v. Holland) that presidents, Congresses, and judges could not be bound by the U.S. Constitution regarding matters that the people who wrote and ratified it could not have foreseen, it has become conventional wisdom among our ruling class that they may transcend the Constitution while pretending allegiance to it. They began by stretching such constitutional terms as “interstate commerce” and “due process,” then transmuting others, e.g., “search and seizure,” into “privacy.” Thus in 1973 the Supreme Court endowed its invention of “privacy” with a “penumbra” that it deemed “broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” The court gave no other constitutional reasoning, period. Perfunctory to the point of mockery, this constitutional talk was to reassure the American people that the ruling class was acting within the Constitution’s limitations. By the 1990s federal courts were invalidating amendments to state constitutions passed by referenda to secure the “positive rights” they invent, because these expressions of popular will were inconsistent with the constitution they themselves were construing.

By 2010 some in the ruling class felt confident enough to dispense with the charade. Asked what in the Constitution allows Congress and the president to force every American to purchase health insurance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied: “Are you kidding? Are you kidding?” No surprise then that lower court judges and bureaucrats take liberties with laws, regulations, and contracts. That is why legal words that say you are in the right avail you less in today’s America than being on the right side of the persons who decide what they want those words to mean.

As the discretionary powers of officeholders and of their informal entourages have grown, the importance of policy and of law itself is declining, citizenship is becoming vestigial, and the American people become ever more dependent.

Of course, those who are not dependent are dispossessed and coerced into grudging obedience by threats of force.

Disaggregating and Dispiriting

The ruling class is keener to reform the American people’s family and spiritual lives than their economic and civic ones. In no other areas is the ruling class’s self-definition so definite, its contempt for opposition so patent, its Kulturkampf so open. It believes that the Christian family (and the Orthodox Jewish one too) is rooted in and perpetuates the ignorance commonly called religion, divisive social prejudices, and repressive gender roles, that it is the greatest barrier to human progress because it looks to its very particular interest — often defined as mere coherence against outsiders who most often know better. Thus the family prevents its members from playing their proper roles in social reform. Worst of all, it reproduces itself.

Since marriage is the family’s fertile seed, government at all levels, along with “mainstream” academics and media, have waged war on it. They legislate, regulate, and exhort in support not of “the family” — meaning married parents raising children — but rather of “families,” meaning mostly households based on something other than marriage. The institution of no-fault divorce diminished the distinction between cohabitation and marriage — except that husbands are held financially responsible for the children they father, while out-of-wedlock fathers are not. The tax code penalizes marriage and forces those married couples who raise their own children to subsidize “child care” for those who do not. Top Republicans and Democrats have also led society away from the very notion of marital fidelity by precept as well as by parading their affairs. For example, in 1997 the Democratic administration’s secretary of defense and the Republican Senate’s majority leader (joined by the New York Times et al.) condemned the military’s practice of punishing officers who had extramarital affairs. While the military had assumed that honoring marital vows is as fundamental to the integrity of its units as it is to that of society, consensus at the top declared that insistence on fidelity is “contrary to societal norms.” Not surprisingly, rates of marriage in America have decreased as out-of-wedlock births have increased. The biggest demographic consequence has been that about one in five of all households are women alone or with children, in which case they have about a four in 10 chance of living in poverty. Since unmarried mothers often are or expect to be clients of government services, it is not surprising that they are among the Democratic Party’s most faithful voters.

While our ruling class teaches that relationships among men, women, and children are contingent, it also insists that the relationship between each of them and the state is fundamental. That is why such as Hillary Clinton have written law review articles and books advocating a direct relationship between the government and children, effectively abolishing the presumption of parental authority. Hence whereas within living memory school nurses could not administer an aspirin to a child without the parents’ consent, the people who run America’s schools nowadays administer pregnancy tests and ship girls off to abortion clinics without the parents’ knowledge. Parents are not allowed to object to what their children are taught. But the government may and often does object to how parents raise children. The ruling class’s assumption is that what it mandates for children is correct ipso facto, while what parents do is potentially abusive. It only takes an anonymous accusation of abuse for parents to be taken away in handcuffs until they prove their innocence. Only sheer political weight (and in California, just barely) has preserved parents’ right to homeschool their children against the ruling class’s desire to accomplish what Woodrow Wilson so yearned: “to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible.”

Be careful what you wish for. Young gentlemen who are unlike their law-abiding fathers may become a threat to the safety of the state.

At stake are the most important questions: What is the right way for human beings to live? By what standard is anything true or good? Who gets to decide what? Implicit in Wilson’s words and explicit in our ruling class’s actions is the dismissal, as the ways of outdated “fathers,” of the answers that most Americans would give to these questions. This dismissal of the American people’s intellectual, spiritual, and moral substance is the very heart of what our ruling class is about. Its principal article of faith, its claim to the right to decide for others, is precisely that it knows things and operates by standards beyond others’ comprehension.

While the unenlightened ones believe that man is created in the image and likeness of God and that we are subject to His and to His nature’s laws, the enlightened ones know that we are products of evolution, driven by chance, the environment, and the will to primacy. While the un-enlightened are stuck with the antiquated notion that ordinary human minds can reach objective judgments about good and evil, better and worse through reason, the enlightened ones know that all such judgments are subjective and that ordinary people can no more be trusted with reason than they can with guns. Because ordinary people will pervert reason with ideology, religion, or interest, science is “science” only in the “right” hands. Consensus among the right people is the only standard of truth. Facts and logic matter only insofar as proper authority acknowledges them.

That is why the ruling class is united and adamant about nothing so much as its right to pronounce definitive, “scientific” judgment on whatever it chooses. When the government declares, and its associated press echoes that “scientists say” this or that, ordinary people — or for that matter scientists who “don’t say,” or are not part of the ruling class — lose any right to see the information that went into what “scientists say.” Thus when Virginia’s attorney general subpoenaed the data by which Professor Michael Mann had concluded, while paid by the state of Virginia, that the earth’s temperatures are rising “like a hockey stick” from millennial stability — a conclusion on which billions of dollars’ worth of decisions were made — to investigate the possibility of fraud, the University of Virginia’s faculty senate condemned any inquiry into “scientific endeavor that has satisfied peer review standards” claiming that demands for data “send a chilling message to scientists…and indeed scholars in any discipline.” The Washington Post editorialized that the attorney general’s demands for data amounted to “an assault on reason.” The fact that the “hockey stick” conclusion stands discredited and Mann and associates are on record manipulating peer review, the fact that science-by-secret-data is an oxymoron, the very distinction between truth and error, all matter far less to the ruling class than the distinction between itself and those they rule.

By identifying science and reason with themselves, our rulers delegitimize opposition. Though they cannot prevent Americans from worshiping God, they can make it as socially disabling as smoking — to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience. Though they cannot make Americans wish they were Europeans, they continue to press upon this nation of refugees from the rest of the world the notion that Americans ought to live by “world standards.” Each day, the ruling class produces new “studies” that show that one or another of Americans’ habits is in need of reform, and that those Americans most resistant to reform are pitiably, perhaps criminally, wrong. Thus does it go about disaggregating and dispiriting the ruled.

However, by attempting to delegitimize all opposition, the ever-growing government makes enemies. Anyone who feels wrong by government might entertain anarchistic ideas. The various Americans who feel oppressed by government make common cause with fellow citizens. And suddenly the Tea Parties are chanting that 9-11 was an inside job.

Meddling and Apologies

America’s best and brightest believe themselves qualified and duty bound to direct the lives not only of Americans but of foreigners as well. …

Because our ruling class deems unsophisticated the American people’s perennial preference for decisive military action or none, its default solution to international threats has been to commit blood and treasure to long-term, twilight efforts to reform the world’s Vietnams, Somalias, Iraqs, and Afghanistans, believing that changing hearts and minds is the prerequisite of peace and that it knows how to change them. The apparently endless series of wars in which our ruling class has embroiled America, wars that have achieved nothing worthwhile at great cost in lives and treasure, has contributed to defining it, and to discrediting it — but not in its own eyes.

Incidentally, such wars have built the Military portions of the Military-Industrial Complex. After Vietnam, there have been few Smedley Butlers, and many professional soldiers who are willing to support an ever-growing state so long as the military gets ever-growing bases, budgets, etc.

Rather, even as our ruling class has lectured, cajoled, and sometimes intruded violently to reform foreign countries in its own image, it has apologized to them for America not having matched that image — their private image. Woodrow Wilson began this double game in 1919, when he assured Europe’s peoples that America had mandated him to demand their agreement to Article X of the peace treaty (the League of Nations) and then swore to the American people that Article X was the Europeans’ non-negotiable demand. The fact that the U.S. government had seized control of transatlantic cable communications helped hide (for a while) that the League scheme was merely the American Progressives’ private dream. In our time, this double game is quotidian on the evening news. Notably, President Obama apologized to Europe because “the United States has fallen short of meeting its responsibilities” to reduce carbon emissions by taxation. But the American people never assumed such responsibility, and oppose doing so. Hence President Obama was not apologizing for anything that he or anyone he respected had done, but rather blaming his fellow Americans for not doing what he thinks they should do while glossing over the fact that the Europeans had done the taxing but not the reducing. Wilson redux.

Similarly, Obama “apologized” to Europeans because some Americans — not him and his friends — had shown “arrogance and been dismissive” toward them, and to the world because President Truman had used the atom bomb to end World War II. So President Clinton apologized to Africans because some Americans held African slaves until 1865 and others were mean to Negroes thereafter — not himself and his friends, of course. So assistant secretary of state Michael Posner apologized to Chinese diplomats for Arizona’s law that directs police to check immigration status. Republicans engage in that sort of thing as well: former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev tells us that in 1987 then vice president George H. W. Bush distanced himself from his own administration by telling him, “Reagan is a conservative, an extreme conservative. All the dummies and blockheads are with him…” This is all about a class of Americans distinguishing itself from its inferiors. It recalls the Pharisee in the Temple: “Lord, I thank thee that I am not like other men…”

In sum, our ruling class does not like the rest of America. Most of all does it dislike that so many Americans think America is substantially different from the rest of the world and like it that way. For our ruling class, however, America is a work in progress, just like the rest the world, and they are the engineers.

The Anti-Christian portion of the nation prays in the manner of the Pharisees, Christ’s enemies… what an interesting and obscure cultural observation.

The Country Class

Describing America’s country class is problematic because it is so heterogeneous. It has no privileged podiums, and speaks with many voices, often inharmonious. It shares above all the desire to be rid of rulers it regards inept and haughty. It defines itself practically in terms of reflexive reaction against the rulers’ defining ideas and proclivities — e.g., ever higher taxes and expanding government, subsidizing political favorites, social engineering, approval of abortion, etc. Many want to restore a way of life largely superseded. Demographically, the country class is the other side of the ruling class’s coin: its most distinguishing characteristics are marriage, children, and religious practice. While the country class, like the ruling class, includes the professionally accomplished and the mediocre, geniuses and dolts, it is different because of its non-orientation to government and its members’ yearning to rule themselves rather than be ruled by others.

Even when members of the country class happen to be government officials or officers of major corporations, their concerns are essentially private; in their view, government owes to its people equal treatment rather than action to correct what anyone perceives as imbalance or grievance. Hence they tend to oppose special treatment, whether for corporations or for social categories. Rather than gaming government regulations, they try to stay as far from them as possible. Thus the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo, which allows the private property of some to be taken by others with better connections to government, reminded the country class that government is not its friend.

Negative orientation to privilege distinguishes the corporate officer who tries to keep his company from joining the Business Council of large corporations who have close ties with government from the fellow in the next office. The first wants the company to grow by producing. The second wants it to grow by moving to the trough. It sets apart the schoolteacher who resents the union to which he is forced to belong for putting the union’s interests above those of parents who want to choose their children’s schools. In general, the country class includes all those in stations high and low who are aghast at how relatively little honest work yields, by comparison with what just a little connection with the right bureaucracy can get you. It includes those who take the side of outsiders against insiders, of small institutions against large ones, of local government against the state or federal. The country class is convinced that big business, big government, and big finance are linked as never before and that ordinary people are more unequal than ever.

Members of the country class who want to rise in their profession through sheer competence try at once to avoid the ruling class’s rituals while guarding against infringing its prejudices. Averse to wheedling, they tend to think that exams should play a major role in getting or advancing in jobs, that records of performance — including academic ones — should be matters of public record, and that professional disputes should be settled by open argument. For such people, the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision in Ricci, upholding the right of firefighters to be promoted according to the results of a professional exam, revived the hope that competence may sometimes still trump political connections.

Nothing has set the country class apart, defined it, made it conscious of itself, given it whatever coherence it has, so much as the ruling class’s insistence that people other than themselves are intellectually and hence otherwise humanly inferior. Persons who were brought up to believe themselves as worthy as anyone, who manage their own lives to their own satisfaction, naturally resent politicians of both parties who say that the issues of modern life are too complex for any but themselves. Most are insulted by the ruling class’s dismissal of opposition as mere “anger and frustration” — an imputation of stupidity — while others just scoff at the claim that the ruling class’s bureaucratic language demonstrates superior intelligence. A few ask the fundamental question: Since when and by what right does intelligence trump human equality? Moreover, if the politicians are so smart, why have they made life worse?

The country class actually believes that America’s ways are superior to the rest of the world’s, and regards most of mankind as less free, less prosperous, and less virtuous. Thus while it delights in croissants and thinks Toyota’s factory methods are worth imitating, it dislikes the idea of adhering to “world standards.” This class also takes part in the U.S. armed forces body and soul: nearly all the enlisted, non-commissioned officers and officers under flag rank belong to this class in every measurable way. Few vote for the Democratic Party. You do not doubt that you are amidst the country class rather than with the ruling class when the American flag passes by or “God Bless America” is sung after seven innings of baseball, and most people show reverence. The same people wince at the National Football League’s plaintive renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Unlike the ruling class, the country class does not share a single intellectual orthodoxy, set of tastes, or ideal lifestyle. Its different sectors draw their notions of human equality from different sources: Christians and Jews believe it is God’s law. Libertarians assert it from Hobbesian and Darwinist bases. Many consider equality the foundation of Americanism. Others just hate snobs. Some parts of the country class now follow the stars and the music out of Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri — entertainment complexes larger than Hollywood’s — because since the 1970s most of Hollywood’s products have appealed more to the mores of the ruling class and its underclass clients than to those of large percentages of Americans. The same goes for “popular music” and television. For some in the country class Christian radio and TV are the lodestone of sociopolitical taste, while the very secular Fox News serves the same purpose for others. While symphonies and opera houses around the country, as well as the stations that broadcast them, are firmly in the ruling class’s hands, a considerable part of the country class appreciates these things for their own sake. By that very token, the country class’s characteristic cultural venture — the homeschool movement — stresses the classics across the board in science, literature, music, and history even as the ruling class abandons them.

One might observe that the Country Class is remarkably White. It is odd that such ethnographic bromides evade the writer’s notice.

Congruent Agendas?

Each of the country class’s diverse parts has its own agenda, which flows from the peculiar ways in which the ruling class impacts its concerns. Independent businesspeople are naturally more sensitive to the growth of privileged relations between government and their competitors. Persons who would like to lead their community rue the advantages that Democratic and Republican party establishments are accruing. Parents of young children and young women anxious about marriage worry that cultural directives from on high are dispelling their dreams. The faithful to God sense persecution. All resent higher taxes and loss of freedom. More and more realize that their own agenda’s advancement requires concerting resistance to the ruling class across the board.

Not being at the table when government makes the rules about how you must run your business, knowing that you will be required to pay more, work harder, and show deference for the privilege of making less money, is the independent businessman’s nightmare. But what to do about it? In our time the interpenetration of government and business — the network of subsidies, preferences, and regulations — is so thick and deep, the people “at the table” receive and recycle into politics so much money, that independent businesspeople cannot hope to undo any given regulation or grant of privilege. Just as no manufacturer can hope to reduce the subsidies that raise his fuel costs, no set of doctors can shield themselves from the increased costs and bureaucracy resulting from government mandates. Hence independent business’s agenda has been to resist the expansion of government in general, and of course to reduce taxes. Pursuit of this agenda with arguments about economic efficiency and job creation — and through support of the Republican Party — usually results in enough relief to discourage more vigorous remonstrance. Sometimes, however, the economic argument is framed in moral terms: “The sum of good government,” said Thomas Jefferson, is not taking “from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” For government to advantage some at others’ expense, said he, “is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association.” In our time, more and more independent businesspeople have come to think of their economic problems in moral terms. But few realize how revolutionary that is.

When small businessmen talk about the morality of traditional property, it’s a counter-revolution against a Gramscian revolution.

As bureaucrats and teachers’ unions disempowered neighborhood school boards, while the governments of towns, counties, and states were becoming conduits for federal mandates, as the ruling class reduced the number and importance of things that American communities could decide for themselves, America’s thirst for self-governance reawakened. The fact that public employees are almost always paid more and have more generous benefits than the private sector people whose taxes support them only sharpened the sense among many in the country class that they now work for public employees rather than the other way around. But how to reverse the roles? How can voters regain control of government? Restoring localities’ traditional powers over schools, including standards, curriculum, and prayer, would take repudiating two generations of Supreme Court rulings. So would the restoration of traditional “police” powers over behavior in public places. Bringing public employee unions to heel is only incidentally a matter of cutting pay and benefits. As self-governance is crimped primarily by the powers of government personified in its employees, restoring it involves primarily deciding that any number of functions now performed and the professional specialties who perform them, e.g., social workers, are superfluous or worse. Explaining to one’s self and neighbors why such functions and personnel do more harm than good, while the ruling class brings its powers to bear to discredit you, is a very revolutionary thing to do.

America’s pro-family movement is a reaction to the ruling class’s challenges: emptying marriage of legal sanction, promoting abortion, and progressively excluding parents from their children’s education. Americans reacted to these challenges primarily by sorting themselves out. Close friendships and above all marriages became rarer between persons who think well of divorce, abortion, and government authority over children and those who do not. The homeschool movement, for which the Internet became the great facilitator, involves not only each family educating its own children, but also extensive and growing social, intellectual, and spiritual contact among like-minded persons. In short, the part of the country class that is most concerned with family matters has taken on something of a biological identity. Few in this part of the country class have any illusion, however, that simply retreating into private associations will long save their families from societal influences made to order to discredit their ways. But stopping the ruling class’s intrusions would require discrediting its entire conception of man, of right and wrong, as well as of the role of courts in popular government. That revolutionary task would involve far more than legislation.

The ruling class’s manifold efforts to discredit and drive worship of God out of public life — not even the Soviet Union arrested students for wearing crosses or praying, or reading the Bible on school property, as some U.S. localities have done in response to Supreme Court rulings — convinced many among the vast majority of Americans who believe and pray that today’s regime is hostile to the most important things of all. Every December, they are reminded that the ruling class deems the very word “Christmas” to be offensive. Every time they try to manifest their religious identity in public affairs, they are deluged by accusations of being “American Taliban” trying to set up a “theocracy.” Let members of the country class object to anything the ruling class says or does, and likely as not their objection will be characterized as “religious,” that is to say irrational, that is to say not to be considered on a par with the “science” of which the ruling class is the sole legitimate interpreter. Because aggressive, intolerant secularism is the moral and intellectual basis of the ruling class’s claim to rule, resistance to that rule, whether to the immorality of economic subsidies and privileges, or to the violation of the principle of equal treatment under equal law, or to its seizure of children’s education, must deal with secularism’s intellectual and moral core. This lies beyond the boundaries of politics as the term is commonly understood.

It is mostly the Christian religion that is considered offensive. “Christmas” is offensive, but “Hanukkah” is privileged.

The Classes Clash

The ruling class’s appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side’s vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong. Because each side — especially the ruling class — embodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side’s view of itself. One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable.

In this clash, the ruling class holds most of the cards: because it has established itself as the fount of authority, its primacy is based on habits of deference. Breaking them, establishing other founts of authority, other ways of doing things, would involve far more than electoral politics. Though the country class had long argued along with Edmund Burke against making revolutionary changes, it faces the uncomfortable question common to all who have had revolutionary changes imposed on them: are we now to accept what was done to us just because it was done? Sweeping away a half century’s accretions of bad habits — taking care to preserve the good among them — is hard enough. Establishing, even reestablishing, a set of better institutions and habits is much harder, especially as the country class wholly lacks organization. By contrast, the ruling class holds strong defensive positions and is well represented by the Democratic Party. But a two to one numerical disadvantage augurs defeat, while victory would leave it in control of a people whose confidence it cannot regain.

Certainly the country class lacks its own political vehicle — and perhaps the coherence to establish one. In the short term at least, the country class has no alternative but to channel its political efforts through the Republican Party, which is eager for its support. But the Republican Party does not live to represent the country class. For it to do so, it would have to become principles-based, as it has not been since the mid-1860s. The few who tried to make it so the party treated as rebels: Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. The party helped defeat Goldwater. When it failed to stop Reagan, it saddled his and subsequent Republican administrations with establishmentarians who, under the Bush family, repudiated Reagan’s principles as much as they could. Barack Obama exaggerated in charging that Republicans had driven the country “into the ditch” all alone. But they had a hand in it. Few Republican voters, never mind the larger country class, have confidence that the party is on their side. Because, in the long run, the country class will not support a party as conflicted as today’s Republicans, those Republican politicians who really want to represent it will either reform the party in an unmistakable manner, or start a new one as Whigs like Abraham Lincoln started the Republican Party in the 1850s.

Ron Paul failed to revolutionize the system, although he seems to have tried his best. The Tea Party seems to be the next step.

The name of the party that will represent America’s country class is far less important than what, precisely, it represents and how it goes about representing it because, for the foreseeable future, American politics will consist of confrontation between what we might call the Country Party and the ruling class. The Democratic Party having transformed itself into a unit with near-European discipline, challenging it would seem to require empowering a rival party at least as disciplined. What other antidote is there to government by one party but government by another party? Yet this logic, though all too familiar to most of the world, has always been foreign to America and naturally leads further in the direction toward which the ruling class has led. Any country party would have to be wise and skillful indeed not to become the Democrats’ mirror image.

Yet to defend the country class, to break down the ruling class’s presumptions, it has no choice but to imitate the Democrats, at least in some ways and for a while. Consider: The ruling class denies its opponents’ legitimacy. Seldom does a Democratic official or member of the ruling class speak on public affairs without reiterating the litany of his class’s claim to authority, contrasting it with opponents who are either uninformed, stupid, racist, shills for business, violent, fundamentalist, or all of the above. They do this in the hope that opponents, hearing no other characterizations of themselves and no authoritative voice discrediting the ruling class, will be dispirited. For the country class seriously to contend for self-governance, the political party that represents it will have to discredit not just such patent frauds as ethanol mandates, the pretense that taxes can control “climate change,” and the outrage of banning God from public life. More important, such a serious party would have to attack the ruling class’s fundamental claims to its superior intellect and morality in ways that dispirit the target and hearten one’s own. The Democrats having set the rules of modern politics, opponents who want electoral success are obliged to follow them.

Suppose that the Country Party (whatever its name might be) were to capture Congress, the presidency, and most statehouses. What then would it do? Especially if its majority were slim, it would be tempted to follow the Democrats’ plan of 2009-2010, namely to write its wish list of reforms into law regardless of the Constitution and enact them by partisan majorities supported by interest groups that gain from them, while continuing to vilify the other side. Whatever effect this might have, it surely would not be to make America safe for self-governance because by carrying out its own “revolution from above” to reverse the ruling class’s previous “revolution from above,” it would have made that ruinous practice standard in America. Moreover, a revolution designed at party headquarters would be antithetical to the country class’s diversity as well as to the American Founders’ legacy.

More to the point, I suspect that the Tea Party will not have time to win elections because the world political situation will probably be disrupted by a “black swan,” such as dollar hyperinflation.

Achieving the country class’s inherently revolutionary objectives in a manner consistent with the Constitution and with its own diversity would require the Country Party to use legislation primarily as a tool to remove obstacles, to instruct, to reintroduce into American life ways and habits that had been cast aside. Passing national legislation is easier than getting people to take up the responsibilities of citizens, fathers, and entrepreneurs.

Codevilla seems to have neglected the possibility that the Tea Party might turn to self-sufficient, hyper-localized, isolated communities.

Reducing the taxes that most Americans resent requires eliminating the network of subsidies to millions of other Americans that these taxes finance, and eliminating the jobs of government employees who administer them. Eliminating that network is practical, if at all, if done simultaneously, both because subsidies are morally wrong and economically counterproductive, and because the country cannot afford the practice in general. The electorate is likely to cut off millions of government clients, high and low, only if its choice is between no economic privilege for anyone and ratifying government’s role as the arbiter of all our fortunes. The same goes for government grants to and contracts with so-called nonprofit institutions or non-governmental organizations. The case against all arrangements by which the government favors some groups of citizens is easier to make than that against any such arrangement. Without too much fuss, a few obviously burdensome bureaucracies, like the Department of Education, can be eliminated, while money can be cut off to partisan enterprises such as the National Endowments and public broadcasting. That sort of thing is as necessary to the American body politic as a weight reduction program is essential to restoring the health of any human body degraded by obesity and lack of exercise. Yet shedding fat is the easy part. Restoring atrophied muscles is harder. Reenabling the body to do elementary tasks takes yet more concentration.

The grandparents of today’s Americans (132 million in 1940) had opportunities to serve on 117,000 school boards. To exercise responsibilities comparable to their grandparents’, today’s 310 million Americans would have radically to decentralize the mere 15,000 districts into which public school children are now concentrated. They would have to take responsibility for curriculum and administration away from credentialed experts, and they would have to explain why they know better. This would involve a level of political articulation of the body politic far beyond voting in elections every two years.

If self-governance means anything, it means that those who exercise government power must depend on elections. The shorter the electoral leash, the likelier an official to have his chain yanked by voters, the more truly republican the government is. Yet to subject the modern administrative state’s agencies to electoral control would require ordinary citizens to take an interest in any number of technical matters. Law can require environmental regulators or insurance commissioners, or judges or auditors to be elected. But only citizens’ discernment and vigilance could make these officials good. Only citizens’ understanding of and commitment to law can possibly reverse the patent disregard for the Constitution and statutes that has permeated American life. Unfortunately, it is easier for anyone who dislikes a court’s or an official’s unlawful act to counter it with another unlawful one than to draw all parties back to the foundation of truth.

Codevilla seems to neglect the possibility that a collapse of the USA economy might mean that the school boards and the schools might both vanish overnight.

How, for example, to remind America of, and to drive home to the ruling class, Lincoln’s lesson that trifling with the Constitution for the most heartfelt of motives destroys its protections for all? What if a country class majority in both houses of Congress were to co-sponsor a “Bill of Attainder to deprive Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and other persons of liberty and property without further process of law for having violated the following ex post facto law…” and larded this constitutional monstrosity with an Article III Section 2 exemption from federal court review? When the affected members of the ruling class asked where Congress gets the authority to pass a bill every word of which is contrary to the Constitution, they would be confronted, publicly, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s answer to a question on the Congress’s constitutional authority to mandate individuals to purchase certain kinds of insurance: “Are you kidding? Are you kidding?” The point having been made, the Country Party could lead public discussions around the country on why even the noblest purposes (maybe even Title II of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964?) cannot be allowed to trump the Constitution.

How the country class and ruling class might clash on each item of their contrasting agendas is beyond my scope. Suffice it to say that the ruling class’s greatest difficulty — aside from being outnumbered — will be to argue, against the grain of reality, that the revolution it continues to press upon America is sustainable. For its part, the country class’s greatest difficulty will be to enable a revolution to take place without imposing it. America has been imposed on enough.

If the USA economy should collapse, the Country Class won’t have to impose much of anything. The superstructure of modern USA society might crumble from a lack of support.

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A Handy List Of Mainstream Websites From Tablet

Via the one and only Xymphora:

http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2010/07/thursday-july-22-2010.html


http://www.tabletmag.com/news-and-politics/40064/mainstreaming-hate/

The text can be ignored, but Tablet Magazine hates the following websites:

http://mondoweiss.net/

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/

http://www.lobelog.com/

All of the above strike me as ridiculously mainstream. Perhaps the folks at Tablet think they are being smart, and directing heretics to tame sources of watered-down stuff.

If they really wanted to point out criticism of Jews, they could point to

http://theoccidentalobserver.net/tooblog/?p=2956

or

http://theoccidentalobserver.net/tooblog/?p=2923

Plus, also via Xymphora:

http://cryptome.org/0001/wikileaks-snitch.htm

It is hard to believe that among hacker-led Wikileaks, 25% of its workers, volunteers and supporters are snitches. Not even organized crime suffers that scale of corruption. However, in spyworld it is required that 100% of spies snitch on both targets and each other, trained as they are to do just that and only that.

Now it is obligatory to exaggerate threats among secret organizations up to no good, that is the principal argument for secrecy. So to claim 25% of hackers are snitches, as 100% of spies claim they must snitch 100% of the time, it is necessary to exaggerate internal risk, to demand that snitching against snitches is necessary to save the secret cult.

Cult countersnitching is as convoluted as counterspying, and no cult member is safe from it, or so snitches avow: get used to it, the axe could fall without warning. The motto of brutal authoritarinaism, no?

The undermining paradox of secret organizations is that they require snitching on violators: disclosing secrets. And they are rewarded for doing so.

A similar paradox involves leaking confidential information: the greater the leakage the greater the secrecy countermeasures. The greater the secrecy the greater punishment for leaking and the greater the rewards for abetting leaking.

I think Cryptome’s analysis fails to account for the power law phenomena involved. Wikileaks might be just a dozen folks; it would be hard for three of them to be snitches. Conversely, if a large nation has ten thousand soldiers, it might be possible for 2500 of them to be spies, because the demographics of a dozen is quite different than the demographics of a myriad.

mittelwerk threatens cannibalism

I spent some time earlier this month getting threatened by someone who purports to drink human blood. John Robb deleted the original flame war, but due to the fact that the Internet works like a giant system of copying machines, the data was still out there.

I repost it here as a fascinating study in modern sociology.

mittelwerk said…

i don’t get why robb is lamenting the decline of the postwar middle class. they were largely a function of bretton woods — of trade imbalances, the wage-price spiral, massive corporatist expansion of government (hello, military-industrial complex). they were the first giant asset bubble — and as soon as they were popped they panicked and moved to the idiot right, in effect demanding financialization of the economy as a way to preserve their now unsupportable lifestyle.

“middle class” is also a lazy and ideological term in its own right, since in america it denotes cultural more than economic status. and its culture is that of the overconsuming, overpaid mediocrity. he’s the livestock in our bankster’s america, the kind that willingly gets on the plate and sprinkles himself with salt.

good riddance, bitch.
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 03:55 PM

PRCalDude said in reply to mittelwerk…

“Good riddance to the middle class, Komrades. We must have permanent revolution through endless social upheaval. We are sure to benefit.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 04:41 PM

Crunchie said in reply to PRCalDude…

I guess the american kulaks have the same thing coming as the ukranian kulaks if the frankfurt schoolers have their way.
No wonder the germans were so scared of ye lot.
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 04:55 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to PRCalDude…

i see you respond when called your by your real name, which is “livestock.”

is it any wonder that the middle class is dead, when white bread like you represent it?
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 07:39 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to g48…

that’s the stupidest comment i’ve ever fucking seen — talking about “the frankfurt school” in the present tense, no less.

i’m really getting the impression now that the bulk of you, robb’s followers, are exurban fatboys with 4th-tier educations, toiling away patching cables in subbasements for price waterhouse for $12/hr.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 12:09 PM

g48 said in reply to mittelwerk…

Dude, learn to chill or take a pill. As it is, you’re near the top of the list to get banned from here as a troll. /ignore.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 11:34 PM

Frank said in reply to mittelwerk…

A “Joel Katz” denigrates the American middle class and calls them “livestock.” LOL.
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 06:04 PM

John Walters said in reply to mittelwerk…

” he’s the livestock”

“good riddance, bitch”

Your Talmudic prejudice is showing.

https://uncontroversial.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/farrakhan-accuses-the-jews-and-their-organizations-of-hurting-blacks-and-calls-for-dialogue/

Interestingly, some of the middle class that you hate is black, and if you were to call them livestock, they would probably say that your ancestors owned the slave ships on which their ancestors were confined.
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 07:38 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to John Walters…

“talmudic predjudice” huh?

again, you’re the reason your so-called class is for shit.

funny, but i personally don’t see you lasting for more than 2 minutes on the southside (where nation of islam hq is based) without your lunch money going to feed some middle-class blacks.
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 07:44 PM

PRCalDude said in reply to mittelwerk…

Mittelwerk is probably a provocateur and is probably not actually Jewish because there’s no way anyone can embody this many stereotypes at once.

If not, I welcome our new Judenreich and look forward to being moved onto an autonomous kulak oblast. 2% of the population of the US will surely prevail against the other 98% just like in the Soviet Union (until 1938).
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 09:36 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to PRCalDude…

and you’re not a stereotype? a closeted christian antisemite with a fetishistic appreciation of mass murder?

it’s hard seeing you so clearly: the goatee, the pastel polo shirts and dockers, the camry, the fat wife …

anything else you’re hiding in the closet?
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 02:11 AM

PRCalDude said in reply to mittelwerk…

always remember. mittelwerk,,… you are the. sane one,,, everyone else. is crazy…
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 12:50 PM

Panamericana said in reply to mittelwerk…

Mit, should we go again into the fact that palestineans are semites too,
just please stop using the term anti-semite for your purposes, its intellectually unbearable for me,

sure you are finding it harder than last time you tried to troll this blog, aren’t you?
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 07:01 PM

josmitty said in reply to PRCalDude…

“there’s no way anyone can embody this many stereotypes at once. ”

You must not live in New York.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 05:26 PM

John Walters said…

On a techno-geeky note:

“Not only did we lose an untold number of jobs, we broke the chain of experience that is so important in technological evolution. As happened with batteries, abandoning today’s “commodity” manufacturing can lock you out of tomorrow’s emerging industry.”

Andy Grove, famously paranoid CEO of Intel, talks about technology manufacturing.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/how-to-make-an-american-job-before-it-s-too-late-andy-grove.html
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 07:40 PM

mittelwerk said…

walters

so, what’s the white-supremacist vision for, uh, supremacy in the 21st century?

why don’t you gather up 10 or 15 of your followers and march on skokie, again? that got some good press ….

L … O …L …
Reply Friday, 02 July 2010 at 07:51 PM

abprosper said in reply to mittelwerk…

Your hatred of the Middle Class speaks ill of you mittelwerk. You may resent them being a buffer between the Elite and the Workers but its a silly resentment. Their values and “urge to ape their betters” (Note the scare quotes here) built modernity from the bones of the Middle Ages.

Arguably they and the working class are the most important classes, the rest — the rich and the poor being of middling use in the scheme of things.

Now as to you original question, the White Nationalists are doing fine. I would suggest they are decently well placed to survive any kind of social collapse. They have a ready made tribal identity, useful skills (many are in blue collar trades) experience with community building, experience with poverty and the ability to engage in effective violence.

They don’t need to be out and about fulfilling some prophesied Marxist Dialectic, they need only survive and as abhorrent as I find their POV, they are far better placed to do that than any Collegiate Marxist or Communist Remnant.

Reply Saturday, 03 July 2010 at 03:10 AM

mittelwerk said in reply to abprosper…

“They have a ready made tribal identity, useful skills (many are in blue collar trades) experience with community building, experience with poverty and the ability to engage in effective violence.”

well, with that skill set, there’s no reason they can’t be as successful as the jews.
Reply Sunday, 04 July 2010 at 01:24 AM

abprosper said in reply to mittelwerk…

Give them time as the only thing holding them back is a deep disdain for education and serious effort to marginalize them.

In time as things get worse, the numbers of these guys will increase and a lot of people who do not consider themselves “racists” will probably end up in bed with such groups anyway.

They will however be a lot more covert than the current groups. Quiet hate is a dangerous thing.

As for the “successful” Jews, well that is kind of a myth. While the total fertility rate in Israel is high, that is limited to essentially one small speck of land. The Jews have mostly been driven from Europe and assimilated in the US. Alan Dershowitz has written on US Jewry at some length if you are interested — the longish run, they are outnumbered, out bred and in time will may end up using their nukes, being assimilated or in another diaspora.

They will survive and prosper,by brains and grit but they won’t be the heavy hitters they are today (mainly with US aid) — interesting times

Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 10:01 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to abprosper…

i don’t really know what you’re talking about, since the white nationalists that self-identify are highly fragmented, have no coherent, indeed, rational ideology, and are constitutively stupid, poor, and rural. you’re talking about wannabe paramilitaries, who’ve been getting used and abused by this or that fringe republican faction for decades. then you seem to conflate them with mere racists — which is a different ballgame altogether. white racialist nationalism has no political power — it has to self-identify and proclaim itself. and why do you think they’re such champs at survival? that’s survival to you — subsistence (subsidized to you, bro, considering where most of them live) living, no class mobility, prison, extreme social dysfunction?
i don’t see how they’re any different from 3rd-generation-ghettoized/institutionalized urban blacks.

and are you out of your mind that you don’t consider jews to be a “successful” ethnic group? no offense, but this could only be said by someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time in major american cities. in the framework of this blog itself, which continually insists that former state functions are being supplanted by financial and legal forms of warfare or insurgency– jews must constitute the elite. if because of demographics and waning self-identification something like a “jew” ceases to exist, that could also be, because in the context modern liberalism, their victory is so complete that the older form of identity can fall away.

seems to me also that the jews embody many of the notions expressed here concerning resilience. survival over thousands of years as a cryptic nation, a living darknet; resilience judo as a spiritual calling; subversion of institutions; transformation of the world’d discarded or debased professions into the most esteemed and powerful.

as for israel, a lot of secular jews don’t give a shit. its demise is probably assured. but this is also perhaps the world’s most fiercely committed democracy, an rc in its own right — and one with nuclear weapons and potential total mobilization. seeded by the world’s first and finest terrorists.

white nationalists, in their wettest dreams, can only wish to emulate the stern gang.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 01:59 AM

El said in reply to mittelwerk…

Mittlewerk, really, no one gives the slightest rat shit about your notions of Goyim and Jewish supremacy.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 07:03 AM

abprosper said in reply to mittelwerk…

Troll baiting can be a productive sport sometimes.

A little light reading on the US Jewish issue

The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century: Alan-M.-Dershowitz

http://www.amazon.com/Vanishing-American-Jew-Identity-Century/dp/0684848988

Dershowitz writes powerfully about his fear that, with nothing to struggle against and no powerful motivation to maintain traditions, American secular Jews will, within a few generations, lose their Jewishness. The author writes from a privileged position: raised an Orthodox Jew, he embraced secular Judaism in his young adulthood and thus comes equipped with an intimate understanding of what he has chosen to reject and accept. Though Dershowitz has no definitive answers for the problem of The Vanishing American Jew, the questions he raises may be the first step in discovering a solution.

The dirty secret is the only reason there are many Jews anywhere save the US or in deep hiding is outside intervention against the actions of Nazis, who were well– White Nationalists

As for the current strident American White Nationalists, your description of them is actually pretty good.

However a number of things are working in their favor

#1 longer term racial backlash (this is perceived as Obama’s depression)

#2 tribalism (when times get tough, people tribe up with their own kinds )

#2 erosion of media influence (its all on the Internet now) and a huge pool of Christian Identity types and disposed white guys who while they will never be “soldiers for the cause” certainly won’t mind a White nation

A nice example of cross-over here

‘Yup, I’m a racist’ t-shirts sold at Lexington’s July 4th Festival

http://www.examiner.com/x-12278-Louisville-Independent-Examiner~y2010m7d3-Yup-Im-a-racist-tshirts-sold-at-Lexingtons-July-4th-Festival

Now these shirts are more “Constitutional Conservative slogans with a twist” but I can’t imagine anyone daring to make or buy these shirts even in irony in say 1994 (the last militia boom)

What this suggests to me is an erosion of social controls and a weakness that can and will be exploited.

As for your previous comments on subsistence,if things keep going the way they are, thats all any of us (save that magic 10%) will have anyway.

The rich get richer, everyone gets pulls out of the system or gets poorer. I you have been near the bottom and stay about where you were (or maybe get a tiny bit better off in your resilient community) than you’ll be far better off than some former middle class guy with a butt job.

Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 06:43 PM

PRCalDude said in reply to abprosper…

Most “white nationalists” are not Christian Identity Stormfronters (who are repulsive to most normal people) – they’re people that grew up having diversity forced down their throat in some way or another and finally experienced a tipping point of cognitive dissonance with the diversity PC thought-rules.

For instance, I was raised in a lilly-white suburb of a certain southwestern state and was taught by both parents and teachers that, “RACISM IS BAD, M’KAAAAAY?” When I graduated college and started having regular negative experiences with diversity and realized I was paying tax dollars to be outbred of the state of my birth, my beliefs in the merits of diversity collapsed like a house of cards.

Most normal, sane people do not keep believing a lie when all their experience and all the evidence they seen with their lying eyes points in the opposite direction.

On top of all that, non-whites do not believe in diversity and do not practice it. Mexicans typically hire only other Mexicans. Jews typically hire only other Jews. Hindu doctors refer to other Hindus. There are exceptions, but exceptions prove the rule. When society becomes diverse, this type of ethnocentric behavior only increases as each group tries to carve out its own niche.

People like Mittelwerk, in fact, project their own racism onto white middle Americans with their various slurs. In practice, Jews are rabidly ethnocentric (and hostile towards white goys) and a good deal of the bad feeling towards Jews by non-Jews stems from this behavior. Many people need a scapegoat and Jews have often been that scapegoat. But they’ve also done quite a bit to antagonize normal people into disliking them, especially when they maintain disproportionate amounts of influence in certain rather-important sectors (government, the judiciary, Hollywood, etc) and promote mostly within their own ethnicity.

So, in summary, most normal people form opinions based on personal experience and only read MacDonald later if they’re really, really interested in why certain people behave the way they do and want a history of it.

If New York really is full of guys like this mittelwerk character, New York can draft its own regional military to get revenge the next time it’s bombed. The middle-American whites who form the disproportionate amount of the combat deaths and maimings need to start staying home.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 09:18 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to PRCalDude…

thanks for puking out your banalities about race — as if no one could see them coming a mile off. basically, your deepest convictions amount to feeble, self-pitying whining about darkies.

you confess that you’re an upper-middle-class pussy, evidently from arizona, who probably only comes in contact with mexicans when they’re bending over your toilet — and yet, you just can’t get them damn wetbacks out of your mind.

and then you bitch about taxes — even though your family’s marginal tax rates have been precipitously declining for decades, as the tax code has steadily regressed, and even though it’s bullshit anyway that that money goes to niggers alone — as opposed to oil companies and agribusiness and social security and wars. and the new white food-stamp class.

basically, your experience of oppression is largely abstract, that is, irrational. i mean, what the fuck? move to a different neighborhood. like this country has any shortage of de facto segregated, lilywhite suburbs to live in?

and your ideas about jews … “disproportionate influence” in the movie biz? lol. why the fuck not — they built it. like brando had to have a fucking gun held to his head to study under stella adler? like jews wouldn’t make good lawyers, academics, scientists … ever heard the expression “people of the book,” moron? exegesis as the dominant learning style?

here’s a nice page refuting everything you’ve ever believed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_Jewish_culture#Professions_associated_with_Jews

i’m going wait for you under your bed. i’m going to eat your fucking children and make shitty wine out of their blood.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 11:40 PM

sonic said in reply to mittelwerk…

Speaking of which, you should read the book “Passovers of Blood: The Jews of Europe and Ritual Murders” by Ariel Toaff. The book was published in 2007 but was pulled from circulation due to controversy and pressure.

It’s available as a full PDF: http://www.israelshamir.net/BLOODPASSOVER.pdf

Israel Shamir has written a couple interesting articles regarding the book and the controversy surrounding it:

http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng11.htm

http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng13.htm

Shamir writes,

“Dr Toaff is the son of the Rabbi of Rome and a professor in the Jewish University of Bar Ilan, not far from Tel Aviv. He made a name for himself by his deep study of medieval Jewry. His three-volumed Love, Work, and Death (subtitled Jewish Life in Medieval Umbria) is an encyclopaedia of this admittedly narrow area. While studying his subject he discovered that the medieval Ashkenazi Jewish communities of North Italy practiced a particularly horrible form of human sacrifice. Their wizards and adepts stole and crucified Christian babies, obtained their blood and used it for magical rituals evoking the Spirit of Vengeance against the hated Goyim.”
Reply Wednesday, 07 July 2010 at 12:07 AM
John Walters said in reply to sonic…

Thank you, sonic, for leading the discussion back toward scholarship.

I have long wanted to write concerning the arguments in that field of history, but I have had some other priorities lately. I’ll bookmark those pages and try to write about them later.
Reply Wednesday, 07 July 2010 at 01:52 AM

PRCalDude said in reply to mittelwerk…

Do you act this way in real life, or are you just a complete psychopath on the internet?
Reply Wednesday, 07 July 2010 at 12:41 AM

mittelwerk said in reply to abprosper…

you’re pointing a jew — albeit a secular, atheistic one, who speaks no hebrew — to dershowitz, like you’ve discovered something. he’s not really taken seriously — anymore than you would take, say, thomas friedman, seriously.

i’m 3rd generation secular jew, from new york. everyone i know, everyone my family knew, has been secular for as long as i remember. and it’s not like you have to stretch to identify our “jewishness” — which is much more of a cultural dispensation, in the same way italian- or irish-american is a cultural dispensation with no specific rational necessity. they simply like their style — their food, looks, church, prejudices — in the same way jews like their thinking, humor, assertiveness.

if you want to know something about jewish culture, especially assimilated jewish culture in the US, and if you want to stop acting like jews are some sort of historic flash in the pan, maybe you should read this (written by a quintessential european conservative, a catholic reactionary:

http://www.amazon.com/History-Jews-Paul-M-Johnson/dp/0060915331
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 11:12 PM

PRCalDude said in reply to mittelwerk…

Nope, I think we’ve gotten enough from you right here. Thanks.
Reply Wednesday, 07 July 2010 at 12:43 AM

John Walters said…

‘ the white-supremacist vision for, uh, supremacy in the 21st century?’

“White” supremacism is limited to Talmudic Jews who see Europeans as livestock and Jews as true “whites.”

You’re the Talmudic supremacist here, you might as well stop using the word “white” when you don’t mean it.
Reply Saturday, 03 July 2010 at 12:14 AM

JohnG said…

I was visiting with a Professor of US Latin American studies (yes they have it as a full status major University program) and he gets alot of work doing census stats bread and butter work. I said “well the Latin migration into the US is the biggest demographic shift in my lifetime.” He said “No, in US history!” He said they are forecasting at least 30% Spanish speaking in a less than a generation time so I guess thats like a 20 year out forecast. That is the majority group in the US.
Big problems he mentioned like “well they are really disenfranchised, undereducated, trained, etc. etc. and combined with our other disenfranchised it is staggering.” So you have to keep the dynamics of all South of the US border in mind and that includes everything in SA like Dirty Wars, Sons of the Dictatorship (only with US twists. turns and nomenclature of course) total credit defaults, hyperinflation, waves of kidnapping, etc. Sons of the Dictatorship is really interesting because they inadvertently created a super criminal class by throwing decent educated and upper level intellectuals in prison. Ahhh, that will fix them! Nope. Different than the Russian Gulag in Brazil. They formed a happy alliance with the criminals along with some of the military types then trained and educated a big new class.
Reply Saturday, 03 July 2010 at 11:59 PM

John Walters said…

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/07/03/ecuador.drug.submarine/index.html?npt=NP1&fbid=wJeMBu1l-aL

(CNN) — A fully functional submarine built for the primary purpose of transporting massive amounts of cocaine has been seized by Ecuadorean authorities with the help of U.S. drug enforcement agents.
A drug-trafficking organization built the sea-worthy vessel that is now being held near the border of Ecuador and Colombia, and one individual has been taken into custody, authorities said. The investigation into the group and the submarine, which was seized Friday, is ongoing.
“This is the first seizure of a clandestinely constructed fully operational submarine built to facilitate trans-oceanic drug trafficking,” the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a statement.
The vessel utilized twin screws and was diesel electric-powered, the agency said. It was about 30 meters (98 feet) long and nearly 3 meters (nine feet) high from the deck plates to the ceiling. It has a periscope and an air-conditioning system.
“Traffickers historically employed slow-moving fishing boats, sail boats, pleasure craft go-fasts,” said Jay Bergman, Andean regional director for the agency. “The advent of the narco-submarine presents new detection challenges for maritime interdiction forces. The submarine’s nautical range, payload capacity and quantum leap in stealth have raised the stakes for the counter-drug forces and the national security community alike.”
The submarine was constructed in a “remote jungle environment in an effort to elude law enforcement or military interdiction,” the agency said.
Acting on intelligence, Ecuadorean authorities were able to seize the vessel for before its maiden voyage, the statement said.
Reply Sunday, 04 July 2010 at 04:51 AM

g48 said in reply to John Walters…

Good catch, and very interesting stuff.

Another obvious step in the evolution of smuggling would be to make those submersibles totally autonomous, and GPS-guided. Yet another possibility would be GPS-guided dirigibles made of stealth materials to evade radar.

Cocaine and meth are the most problematic drugs from a policy perspective. Marijuana can simply be legalized, taxed, and regulated, in the same manner as tobacco. Opiates (heroin etc.) create addiction, but opiate addicts are for the most part passive, committing crimes only when needed to get their fixes: make the stuff cheap and that problem goes away. Stimulants on the other hand, increase the level of criminal behavior way beyond the minimum needed to keep up the supply; for example meth produces paranoid schizophrenia, which leads to violent acts.

I’m beginning to think that legalizing everything except the stimulants (coke, crack, meth) is a viable answer, and then focusing LE effort on the stimulants. Legalizing everything else would remove the revenue sources that are the day to day bread & butter of criminal organizations, so they would fight over the stimulants market, and in doing so, would become vulnerable to being taken out.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 03:16 AM

JohnG said…

Re. Resilient communities. As a good SA example Chile, and Argentina have been doing this for quite a long time.
For an good example…
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/paul-schfer-nazi-colonel-who-established-an-antisemitic-colony-in-chile-after-the-war-1981014.html

Brazil has plenty and with more than just Odessa Germans.
This goes way back to the old Quilombos which are really interesting and influential in the Afro/Indian mix culture. Really a different and effective model of resiliency in the new world. From a military standpoint of course you must consider the actions of Simon Bolivar and his solutions to some of these new world issues that were not possible in the US.
Reply Sunday, 04 July 2010 at 11:01 AM

John Minehan said…

Isn’t the first question: Why IS there a city of Maywood at all, instead of a lrger city of Bell that includes Maywood?
Reply Sunday, 04 July 2010 at 06:15 PM

Bailey said…

Theres more history of maywood and its change in demographics at numbers usa and VDARE I believe
Reply Sunday, 04 July 2010 at 09:09 PM

John Walters said…

‘Sons of the Dictatorship is really interesting because they inadvertently created a super criminal class by throwing decent educated and upper level intellectuals in prison. Ahhh, that will fix them! Nope. Different than the Russian Gulag in Brazil. They formed a happy alliance with the criminals along with some of the military types then trained and educated a big new class.’

That is a very relevant and interesting point of fact.

I have no knowledge of “Sons of the Dictatorship.”

Could you point us to some links or other info on that topic?
Reply Sunday, 04 July 2010 at 09:57 PM

dagezhu said…

mittelwerk wrote:
‘ a closeted christian antisemite with a fetishistic appreciation of mass murder?’

PRCalDude was obviously criticizing indiscriminate violence when he wrote:
‘I welcome our new Judenreich and look forward to being moved onto an autonomous kulak oblast.’

He was comparing himself to a *kulak*. There is no reasonable argument that he was displaying admiration for mass murder – he was portraying himself as a potential kulak, a potential peasant victim of mass murderers.

And meanwhile, those of you who care more about guerrilla war than flame-war will be interested in a massive weapons seizure 140 miles from the USA border:

http://www.fusionfx.net/index.php/2010/06/30/look-what-they-found-near-the-texas-and-mexico-border/
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 02:57 AM

mittelwerk said…

but i guess it’s “reasonable” that pr and his buddies in the affluent farming class are going to be exterminated by jews.

the 2% figure refers to the approximate jewish population of the u.s. 1938 refers to kristallnacht.

so, basically, fuck you.
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 05:04 AM

PRCalDude said in reply to mittelwerk…

1938 refers to the year Stalin decided to purge all of the Jews after they’d done so much to put the Bolsheviks in power. They were a small percentage of the population in the USSR too.

You should really read “200 Years Together” if you can find an English translation and bone up on your Soviet history – it’ll help you on your next troll job.

Your not smart enough to be Jewish. You write poorly and your reading comprehension is abysmal. Like I said, good job trolling but you’ve overplayed your hand.
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 04:23 PM
PRCalDude said in reply to PRCalDude…

*You’re
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 04:37 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to PRCalDude…

“Your not smart enough to be Jewish”

wow, it functions almost exactly like penis envy.

“*You’re”

why are all antisemites anal-retentive?

too bad,, pr, you would have made an awesome minor nazi functionary in swabia. now you’ll have to settle for night manager at sam’s club.
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 10:14 PM

El said in reply to mittelwerk…

Robb, you mind banning this obvious troll? Piss off Mittlewerk, you closet Stalinist scumbag.
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 04:31 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to El…

tough talk.
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 10:15 PM

dagezhu said…

‘ i guess it’s “reasonable” that pr and his buddies in the affluent farming class are going to be exterminated by jews.’

Your lack of empathy for white people is noted with regret.

I will pray for the intercession of José María Arizmendiarrieta to open your heart to the true love of resilient communities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mar%C3%ADa_Arizmendiarrieta
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 06:16 AM

John Walters said…

SV has made two vague claims:
1) SV has claimed that Putnam’s _Bowling Alone_ does not say what PRCalDude claims.
2) SV has claimed that SV’s unnamed part of Texas has overcome the racial divide.

I could dispute these claims in detail if SV would specify:

1) What exactly Putnam’s _Bowling Alone_ does prove; and
2) Where exactly in Texas SV has witnessed racial utopia.
Reply Monday, 05 July 2010 at 08:27 PM

John Walters said…

On the topic of Putnam:
http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2007/06/bad-news-on-the-diversity-fron_comments.html

has comments from both Steve Sailer and Bob Putnam himself.

Basically, Putnam’s detractors claim that Putnam is trying hard to spin the data to arrive at pro-diversity conclusions, and Putnam himself tries to avoid that charge.

Putnam writes:
I’m interested in many of the substantive points that posters have made here. However, Leo’s article is, on one important point, utterly inaccurate. His claim that I intentionally held back on releasing our findings is demonstrably false.
In fact, within weeks of getting the original survey results in early 2001 (six years ago) I issued a national press release describing our preliminary findings in detail. (You can see that press release at http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/saguaro/communitysurvey/results_pr.html; see especially the long section entitled “the opportunity and challenge of diversity.”) That press release was covered at the time in many publications, including the LA Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and so on, often quoting me specifically about the diversity-distrust connection. The SF Chronicle of March 1, 2001, for example, quoted me as follows (See http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/01/MNW204918.DTL): “Places that are ethnically diverse and that have large numbers of recent immigrants are places that have greater challenges in building connections because people feel more isolated there,” Putnam said. “And that’s not just along racial lines, [but] generalized social isolation.” And a few months later in 2001 (just as soon as the data had been cleaned) we made the full, raw data-set publicly available to anyone through the Roper Center data archive. (http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/data/datasets/social_capital_community_survey.html.) Over the last six years, those data have become one of the most widely-used data-sets in the social sciences, downloaded and analyzed by hundreds of other researchers. Finally, contrary to Leo’s claim, we have not “published only an initial summary” of our findings, but an elaborate 38-page journal article, packed with charts, statistics and methodological details, and as I have said, the raw original data have been publicly available for six years, an invitation to early scrutiny that is almost unprecedented in social science. In short, this story is the exact opposite of suppressing results.
Leo may or may not like our results, but it is both false and irresponsible for him to claim that we have suppressed them or delayed making them public.
Bob Putnam

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2007/06/bad-news-on-the-diversity-fron_comments.html#ixzz0ssBE8Zm5
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 12:23 AM

dagezhu said…

‘since the white nationalists that self-identify are highly fragmented, have no coherent, indeed, rational ideology,’

http://american3p.org/

I guess that the American Third Position party just has “white ethnic advocates,” then, and no “white nationalists.”

As for being “highly fragmented,” the question is whether they work together for the good of their group.

The Jews, for example, are highly diversified, and they often make a lot of noise about minor divisions in personal style. And yet, they often act in a decentralized, cooperative manner to promote Jewish ethnic genetic interests.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 02:44 AM

mittelwerk said in reply to dagezhu…

“ethnic genetic interests”

so, it is true that you and prcaldude are giving each reacharounds out back after kevin macdonald lectures at the long beach ramada inn.

group selection theory = wholly discredited, most significantly, by the actual originators of evolutionary psychology.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 12:01 PM

MR said in reply to mittelwerk…

Group selection theory isn’t discredited. There are prominent evolutionary biologists such as David Sloan Wilson who support it.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 01:02 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to MR…

sloppy, meant “group evolutionary strategy,” evo psych as applied to groups — what macdonald does. group selection theory is just evo biology, not controversial though not accepted by dawkins et al.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 06:27 PM

MR said in reply to mittelwerk…

Well then you’re still wrong. You don’t have to accept group selection theory, but if it’s valid, then the idea of group evolutionary strategy is an entirely valid concept.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 09:49 PM

mittelwerk said in reply to MR…

so why don’t you go into your little computer room and give us the references to academic literature supporting it?
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 10:35 PM

John Walters said…

http://wp.me/pXtxQ-4q

The UK finds that diversity at home leads to homegrown terrorists, according to report.

Suddenly a lack of diversity in my home community appears to improve its safety.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 05:26 AM

Tony said…

Markets are basically a force of nature. Robb’s on to something when he says modern conservatism is a pagan religion, worshipping a natural force.

Conservatives are like those guys who are really into grizzly bears. They go live with grizzly bears, they defend grizzly bears, they talk about how great grizzly bears are. This all goes great for years, until they get eaten by a grizzly bear.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 10:28 AM

John Walters said…

“Selfishness beats altruism
within groups. Altruistic groups beat selfish
groups. Everything else is commentary.”

http://evolution.binghamton.edu/dswilson/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Rethinking-sociobiology.pdf
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 02:39 PM

Panamericana said…

LINKS: JUL 6 2010

This (Pan)American Life: Social Contract
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/410/social-contract

check Act Two about Barbados, if not the rest too.

Entrepreneur Lane: JWH-081
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/JWH-018

Piracy:
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/07/06/1659255/US-Pirate-Movie-Site-DNS-Seizure-Fail

Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 06:40 PM

Panamericana said…

Mit, you are tagged, dont you see it?
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 06:59 PM

John Walters said…

That’s odd, I was just reading “Group egoism; investigating collective
action and individual rationality,” by Jan Tullberg, and Macdonald was cited favorably.

So MacDonald is not *wholly* discredited. As long as he keeps getting cited by peer-reviewed literature, I think MacDonald has a lot more credibility than mittelwerk.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 08:22 PM

mittelwerk said…

since you’re such a devotee, why don’t you explain what macdonald does and why you consider it valid, instead of just mouthing off like a little pussy?
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 10:37 PM

John Walters said…

‘ i’m going to eat your fucking children and make shitty wine out of their blood.’

Would it be possible for us to refrain from threats of violence, even made in mockery?

I would like to be able to discuss things on a slightly less hostile level.
Reply Wednesday, 07 July 2010 at 01:47 AM

I respect John Robb’s decision to delete many of these comments, but such deletion, unfortunately, enables the dysfunctional behavior.

Notice that mittelwerk seemed to ignore all attempts at escalation, until finally he resorted to making threats.

i’m going wait for you under your bed. i’m going to eat your fucking children and make shitty wine out of their blood.
Reply Tuesday, 06 July 2010 at 11:40 PM

If mittelwerk is a non-Jew pretending to be a Jew, then he is an agent provocateur.

If, on the other hand, mittelwerk is an actual Jew, then he is intentionally, compulsively provoking anti-Jewish sentiment.

Such a compulsive provocation could be fruitfully analyzed in the context of Kevin MacDonald’s books, A People That Shall Dwell Alone and Separation and Its Discontents. In particular, SAID, Ch. 7, “Self-Deception as an Aspect of Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy,” might be relevant.

However, another participant suggested another book, Passovers of Blood, by Ariel Toaff.

sonic said in reply to mittelwerk…

Speaking of which, you should read the book “Passovers of Blood: The Jews of Europe and Ritual Murders” by Ariel Toaff. The book was published in 2007 but was pulled from circulation due to controversy and pressure.

It’s available as a full PDF: http://www.israelshamir.net/BLOODPASSOVER.pdf

Israel Shamir has written a couple interesting articles regarding the book and the controversy surrounding it:

http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng11.htm

http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng13.htm

Shamir writes,

“Dr Toaff is the son of the Rabbi of Rome and a professor in the Jewish University of Bar Ilan, not far from Tel Aviv. He made a name for himself by his deep study of medieval Jewry. His three-volumed Love, Work, and Death (subtitled Jewish Life in Medieval Umbria) is an encyclopaedia of this admittedly narrow area. While studying his subject he discovered that the medieval Ashkenazi Jewish communities of North Italy practiced a particularly horrible form of human sacrifice. Their wizards and adepts stole and crucified Christian babies, obtained their blood and used it for magical rituals evoking the Spirit of Vengeance against the hated Goyim.”
Reply Wednesday, 07 July 2010 at 12:07 AM

I find it fascinating that so illustrious a person as Israel Shamir would archive such a controversial book. From Shamir’s website, we can see his biography:

Israel Adam Shamir – biography

Israel Shamir is an internationally acclaimed radical spiritual and political thinker, Internet columnist and writer. His comments about current affairs and their deeper meaning are published on his site http://www.israelshamir.net and elsewhere. They are also collected in three books, Galilee Flowers, Cabbala of Power and recently published Masters of Discourse available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, Hungarian etc.

A native of Novosibirsk , Siberia, he moved to Israel in 1969, served as paratrooper in the army and fought in the 1973 war. After the war, he turned to journalism and writing. In 1975, Shamir joined the BBC and moved to London . In 1977-79 he lived in Japan . After returning to Israel in 1980, Shamir wrote for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, and was the Knesset spokesman for the Israel Socialist Party (Mapam). He translated and annotated the cryptic works of S.Y. Agnon, the only Hebrew Nobel Prize winning writer, from the original Hebrew into Russian. In 2006 his mammoth annotated translation of a medieval Hebrew classic Sefer Yohassin (The Book of Lineage) was published by Zacuto Books. Shamir also translated the Odyssey, and selected chapters of Joyce’s Ulysses.

But Palestine , its sad history and enchanting landscape remained his most important subject. His views were summed up in The Pine and the Olive, the story of Palestine/Israel, published in 1988 and republished in 2004, and became a cult book among the readers. The second Palestinian Intifada turned Shamir to his highly political and poetic pieces centred on Palestine . As the battle for Palestine spilled over into Iraq , Shamir wrote more about the deeper, philosophical and theological meaning of the war. In 2004 he was received in the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and Holy Land , being baptised Adam by Archbishop Theodosius Attalla Hanna. Shamir (60) lives in Jaffa and spends much time in Moscow and Stockholm ; he is father of three sons.


http://www.israelshamir.net/Biography.htm

Shamir has the full book online. And because the Internet works like a giant network of photocopiers, the book will probably be on the Internet as long as there’s a functioning Internet.

Does California have enough money to harass Kevin MacDonald?

http://www.counter-currents.com/2010/07/the-persecution-of-kevin-macdonald/

Before Kevin MacDonald is nailed to the cross of tolerance, I hope we will hear some voices of protest from the genuine liberals — faculty, administrators, and students — at his university and in academia at large.

Rather than appealing to the university’s liberalism, I would appeal to selfishness. Who is productive and who merely drains resources? Kevin MacDonald does actual academic work – do his detractors do real work?

Does California have enough money to harass Kevin MacDonald? (The answer I’m looking for is NO.)

Does California want to keep its white population from fleeing to healthier locations? (The answer I’m looking for is YES.)

Did California just deploy National Guardsmen to its Mexican border? (Yes, there’s no denying that.)

The leftists can bark very loudly when the welfare state is there to back them up. The welfare state is currently in trouble.

Update:
A commenter has asked for the most recent news from Dr. MacDonald.

I am unaware of the situation in America; I have not visited that country for many years. I have no contacts in Dr. MacDonald’s inner circle. However, the American Third Position Party might have some news.

http://american3p.org

Malaysian predicts USA attack on Iran; Update: Iran accuses USA of backing Jundollah

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says the US compelled the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran in order to weaken the country and lay the ground for a military attack.

“The world is made to believe once again the lie that Israel’s existence is being threatened by a nuclear armed Iran,” Mohamad said at the opening of the Breaking the Gaza Siege summit in Kuala Lumpur.

He went on to add that these sanctions were adopted despite the fact that Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had repeatedly stated that there is no evidence of Iran pursuing military nuclear program.

Mohamad said that the US followed the same pattern in its previous war against Iraq, and attacked Baghdad after weakening the country by imposing crippling sanctions against it.

The former Malaysian premier added, “It is a matter of time before the war criminals in Israel and the United States launch another war of aggression, once Iran has been weakened by sanctions.”

The one-day International Conference on Breaking the Gaza Siege is expected to conclude with a clear plan on measures and efforts to be undertaken to challenge the siege and eventually put an end to it.

MYA/HGH


http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=134296&ionid=351020104

An attack on Iran would be a stupid way to get US warfighters dead. Thus while the US policy elites might like the notion, any US officer who plans to have a force of living subordinates left to command must oppose it.

Then again, Mathathir might be overstating his case without literally lying. He could mean, “Israel will attack Iran at some point within the next 1000 years.” This overstatement might be useful to draw attention to Israel’s current military disposition.

What does Xymphora think?

http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2010/07/propaganda-preparation-for-final.html

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010

Propaganda Preparation for the Final Solution in Lebanon
The Jews don’t intend to attack Iran. They are going to attack Lebanon. They are going to carpet bomb the civilians in South Lebanon into dust. We know this because the Jews have already started the propaganda preparation for the Final Solution in Lebanon. The rather silly presentation on how Hezbollah has hidden its weapons in civilian centers is the start of getting the world ready to accept a holocaust, all in the name of Jewish ‘self-defense’.

We know Hezbollah doesn’t hide its weapons in civilian centers because:
it didn’t in the last illegal Jewish attack;
any Israeli attack on rocket emplacements would hurt civilians, and Hezbollah depends on good relations with the civilian population; and
Israel has too many spies in the civilian population, so hiding weapons near civilians risks detection by those reporting back to Israel.
It is preposterous to give up intelligence this way, as Hezbollah will just move its weapons. The only reason for such an IDF dog-and-pony show is to provide the propaganda background to prepare the world for what the Jews intend to do to South Lebanon, a massacre of all the civilians the Jews can slaughter. We know the IDF can’t beat Hezbollah. Plan B is therefore to remove all the civilian population.

Thus Israeli hints about attacking Iran might just be misdirection.

Mearsheimer has part of the picture, but doesn’t mention bribery and corruption:
http://original.antiwar.com/john-mearsheimer/2010/07/08/israels-nukes-harm-us-national-interests/

All sorts of people in the national security establishment wanted to go to great lengths to stop Israel from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Because again it wasn’t in our interest.

And the two best examples that show how it’s not in our national interest are what happened during the 1973 war. During that conflict, the Israelis looked like they were in dire straits for the first few days. And they wanted the United States to immediately resupply them. The Nixon administration said “no” because the Nixon administration judged quite correctly that once the Israelis recovered from the initial surprise that they would do very well. And therefore the US government did not what to give the Israelis at that point more arms. The Israelis then threatened to pull the nuclear weapons out, and began talking about using nuclear weapons. That, not surprisingly, spooked the Americans who immediately began resupplying the Israelis even though they did not what to do that.

That’s a form of nuclear coercion.

From Israel’s point of view this was smart policy from our point of view it was not good.

Here’s an alternate explanation: Israel has been increasing its control over US foreign policy since JFK got shot. At this point, Israel dictates US foreign policy for the Middle East and strongly influences all US foreign policy. For example, Israeli/British plutocrats like the prospect of looting Iran’s natural resources, so the USA tries to pressure Iran:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7894918/Iranian-scientist-was-CIA-mole.html

The scientist claiming to have been kidnapped and tortured by the United States was a CIA mole who spied on Iran’s nuclear programme for several years, American officials have said.

Shahram Amiri was a vital source whose “significant, original” intelligence allowed his US minders to build up a comprehensive assessment of Iran’s clandestine nuclear capabilities, the officials claimed.
The allegations are the latest twist in an increasingly perplexing saga that has embarrassed the United States and prompted jubilant crowing in Iran, which has long maintained that the CIA kidnapped Mr Amiri during a visit to Saudi Arabia last year.

If the people of the USA can be made to believe that this man was a mole who described a nuclear weapons program, the USA Congress might authorize war on Iran – that is, if the USA Congress bothers to authorize specific wars. Nowadays they seem to give blanket authorizations for never-ending war on drugs, terror, and so on.

Update:

By Parisa Hafezi
TEHRAN | Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:47pm EDT
(Reuters) – Two suicide bombers killed at least 28 people, including elite Revolutionary Guards, at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in southeast Iran, an attack Iranian leaders said was backed by the United States.

The Sunni Muslim rebel group Jundollah said it set off the bombs on Thursday, telling Al Arabiya television in an email it had carried them out in retaliation for Iran’s execution in June of the group’s leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.

Jundollah says it fights for the rights of Iran’s Sunni Muslim minority. Iran’s clerical leadership accuses its arch-foe, the United States, of backing Jundollah to create instability in Iran. Washington denies the charge….

Iran says Jundollah has links to Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and in the past has accused Pakistan, Britain and the United States of backing Jundollah to create instability in southeast Iran.

All three countries have denied this, and Jundollah denies having any links with al Qaeda.


http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66E58N20100716

Black Hoosier Cop Convicted of Sexual Misconduct

The headline describes him as a “former cop” but it seems that he was still a police officer when he committed the offense.

INDIANAPOLIS — A former Indianapolis police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty was sentenced to time in community corrections and probation on Friday.

Courtney Harris, 34, was originally charged with five felony counts in February after police said he followed a 26-year-old woman near 10th and Rural streets, grabbed her and took her to an area near an abandoned warehouse, where he had sex with her.

According to court documents, Harris gave the woman $12

and told her that’s all the encounter was worth.

and told her that’s all the encounter was worth.

Harris, who resigned from the department in June, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was sentenced on Friday to one and a half years in community corrections and one and a half years on probation.

When the judge asked Harris why he did it, he responded, “I ask myself that everyday. I just used bad judgment.”

“He violated the public’s trust by being on duty and having intercourse with this woman. He was not doing the things he needed to do to protect the community,” said Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen.

Harris, who was a six-year veteran of the department, must perform 250 hours of community service. He was also ordered not to hold any employment related to security or law enforcement.


http://www.theindychannel.com/news/24288004/detail.html

This is a sad contrast to the recent Hoosier story at:

http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2010/07/12/a-hostile-environment

Roy Tov talks about Israeli Espionage Against the USA

http://www.roytov.com/articles/iib.htm

MIT had been fooled again. The Israeli scientist had been accepted for a post-doctoral position with no opposition at the selecting committee. All his credentials were good and there was no reason an American Institution would suspect him. However, for those in the know, his identity as an Israeli science spook was clear. He held an advanced degree in life sciences from Bar Ilan University. His research up to now could not be directly linked to biological warfare, but it could be derived into deadly biological weapons. The lack of link was due to the fact this part of the research had never been published. Smiling smugly, he began planning his future siphoning out science from the US to his operators at the Mossad.
Science Spooks
In The Cross of Bethlehem I describe David Y., a spook working for the Shabak in the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS). After he trained on us, he left for the USA, from where he steals science for the glory of the State of Israel.

This type of people is backed by the Shabak and Mossad information gathering capabilities. For example David was the second – and last – student admitted on the spot the year I began my studies at the WIS, I was the first. However, his admission was very different from mine. He had early knowledge of who would be in the selecting panel and brought with him relevant papers to the event. He showed them to me and the student that brought me to WIS. Both had been graduated from the Bar Ilan University. The impression the papers caused on the panel was enough to get him into the WIS.
Bar Ilan
Dating back to 1955 and located in Ramat Gan – part of Gush Dan, the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area – Bar Ilan is the second largest academic institution in Israel and the most dubious one due to its semi-open links with the Shabak and the Mossad. Bar-Ilan is a hotbed for Shabak patsies, agents and informants. Yigal Amir – Rabin’s assassin – and his Shabak manipulator – Avishai Raviv – were students there. The fact insane nationalism is breed there is not surprising, after all the university enforces Talmudic-Pharisaic interpretations of the Bible even on exact sciences students. It is named after Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan, a Religious Zionist leader who believed in providing a dual curriculum of secular academic studies and Talmudic Torah studies. It is another version of Netanyahu’s Mule.
However, there is more. The State of Israel uses a simple trick to disguise some of the academic titles achieved in its universities. In the first years of the WIS, the institution was busy developing the nuclear program of the State of Israel. In order to protect the true work of the scientists there, the academic titles achieved in the process were awarded by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Most of these works were disguised so that their connections with the Israeli nuclear mass destruction weapons program weren’t evident. The same goes for the Bar Ilan University, which issues academic titles for works carried out at IIB – Israel Institute for Biological Research.
IIB
The Israel Institute for Biological Research makes an interesting sight. It is located near the Weizmann Institute of Science, on the southern entrance to Nes Tziona (a town, the name means “Flag to Zion”). The Palmahim air force base is nearby; this is from where Israel launches nuclear ballistic missiles, Jericho nuclear missiles are launched from Wing 2. Overall the area is known as an academic powerhouse, with most of Israel’s weapons of mass destruction linked one way or the other to it.
The IIB is an interesting sight because there is nothing to see there. A solid wall blocks everything; approaching the guards at the entrance is a bad idea, the event will end with a quiet investigation on the person attempting that. Next to the main entrance is the “other-half.” Roughly half the institute had been purchased by a Japanese pharmaceutical corporation; glimpses of the interior of this part are sometimes available to passersby.
Developing biological warfare is not considered a benevolent occupation, that’s why IIB seeks this type of protection, a very unusual one for academic institutions.
Nerve Toxins
There is no doubt about these activities. On 4 October 1992, El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed into the Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Bijlmermeer neighborhood of Amsterdam. Many people died and were injured. The cargo included over 280 kilograms of depleted uranium – used for certain types of missiles – and 190 litres of dimethyl methylphosphonate, which could be used in the synthesis of Sarin nerve gas. The owner of the last was the IIB. The IDF possesses weapons containing Sarin.

Even clearer was a later event. On September 25, 1997, Khaled Mashal – a prominent leader of the Hamas – was the target of an assassination attempt carried out by the Israeli Mossad under orders of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Two Mossad agents carrying Canadian passports entered Jordan and injected Mashal with an unknown nerve toxin. A few days later, Netanyahu surrendered to international pressure and provided the antidote. Toxin and antidote were developed at the IIB.