Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Socialist Causes Explained: freedom through the state

Net neutrality beautifully illustrates the difference between the Left and the Right. To the Right Liberty means free from government intervention. To the Left it means government regulation -

C|Net: "Why Net neutrality is incompatible with 'Internet freedom'"

The FCC's Net neutrality rules violate the First Amendment, argues a free-market proponent, and are thus antithetical to "Internet freedom." (...) >>>

5 sep.2012

Paternalistic "Libertarianism"? Assange and Wikileaks are no Libertarian crew, they're anti-Western cultural Marxists -

Read also entries on December 27, 18, 13 and 12, 2010 for earlier posts on Wikileaks and the Assange case -

Commentary: "Julian Assange and Ecuador’s Gesture Politics"

Ecuador’s decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is a spectacular example of the gesture politics beloved by the far left. It is gesture politics because Assange, an Australian citizen who has spent the last two months camping in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, will have to smuggle himself past a phalanx of armed police officers if he is to make it to Quito in one piece. While Assange and his supporters are portraying his current status as the consequence of politically motivated persecution, the truth is considerably more sordid. (...) >>>

Aug. 17, 2012

The Obama regime extending a permit to an Indian tribe in Wyoming to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes has eye brows raising. It is of course no mystery for those versed in socialist causes. It is a remarkable fact in contrast with the recent Obama mandate for Catholic institutions paying for health insurance covering abortion and anticonceptives. While the Catholic freedom of religion is cast aside, the Native American's right is protected. It's empowering the 'weak' party while handicapping the 'strong'.
But it has another aspect as well, even more pernicious if that were possible: subjective group law, paving the way for sharia for Muslims! It's one the direct consequences of multiculturalism.

In a similar contrast Obama has officially defined the Fort Hood massacre as "workplace violence", whereas the regrettable killing of 16 Afghans by a psychotic US soldier is unceremoniously labelled murder and calls go out for the soldier's death sentence. "The American legal system does not classify a killing as “murder” until after a trial verdict or plea deal has been reached."

In a related item Glenn Beck has C.L. Bryant and Deneen Borelli, producers of the film "Runaway Slave" on the couch, discussing liberals today are suing the same tactics as former slave owners against black Conservatives -

Mar 14, 2012 ~ The uncle Tom complex: you have to be liberal first -  NYDailyNews: "Why the left fears Herman Cain: Surging candidate threatens allegiance between blacks and Dems" Though he's been a GOP candidate for President for months, it wasn't until he won the Florida straw poll last month and performed adeptly at the Fox News/Google debate in Orlando that Herman Cain caught the eye of millions and started surging in most polls. And just this week, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed him leading the GOP pack. One can see why. He espouses a Reagan-esque likeability, he isn't stiff or staid and his story of personal success through hard work and determination is enormously inspiring. (...) That is, unless you're on the left. Yes, the man who compares himself to black walnut ice cream is giving liberals a brain freeze.(...) >>>  Oct. 15, 2011 ~  The socialist collective - Actually I'd take the criticism one step further: she's actually implying that all goods belong to the state as embodiment of the collective -   ARC: "Elizabeth Warren’s Social Shakedown"  If intellectual obscenities could be ranked, it would be hard to outdo Elizabeth Warren’s recent tirade against America’s wealth creators:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
There is a lot one could say about this quote–notice, for instance, that it totally ignores the benefits made possible by the factory–but I’ll confine myself to this: underlying Warren’s rant is a disastrous view of the proper relationship between the individual and society. (...) >>>  Sept. 25, 2011 ~  Vintage Coulter why libs support Egypt, not Iran -   Human Events: "Democrats: Emboldening America's Enemies & Terrifying Her Allies Since 1976" The Middle East is on fire again, and crazy Muslims with funny names aren't helping things -- Mahmoud, ElBaradei, al-Banna, Barack... The major new development is that NOW liberals want to get rid of a dictator in the Middle East! Where were they when we were taking out the guy with the rape rooms? (...) The fact that liberals support democracy in Egypt, but not in Iraq or Iran, can mean only one thing: Democracy in Egypt will be bad for the United States and its allies. (As long as we're on the subject, liberals also opposed democracy in Russia, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and all the Soviet satellite states, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Grenada, Nicaragua and Minnesota.) Democrats are all for meddling in other countries –- but only provided a change of regime will harm U.S. national security interests. (...) As Joe McCarthy once said, if liberals were merely stupid, the laws of probability would dictate that at least some of their decisions would serve America's interests. (...) >>>  Feb. 17, 2011 ~  Leftist gossip and Wikileaks - Power Line is explaining why Bradley Manning, the Army private alleged to have provided WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of State and Defense Department classified e-mails, has become the left's "new face for the 'injustice' committed in America's name." Reason has sorted out the intricacies on the left hand side of the aisle with regard to Assange and his Swedish exploits. Anne Ardin is a run of the mill leftie, with no CIA connections what so ever -   Reason Magazine: "Olbermann, Assange, and the Holocaust Denier - When you want to believe, you'll believe anything", Michael C. Moynihan  It now seems that the smears in the Julian Assange rape case are bidirectional, from the exceptionally flimsy charges accusing the WikiLeaks boss of being a sexual predator to the increasingly loud and incoherent conspiracy theories suggesting that his two accusers are working on behalf of the CIA. Before Assange was remanded to custody in the United Kingdom, awaiting a possible extradition to Sweden to face multiple sexual assault charges, his most credulous supporters switched tactics, from attacking the overly broad Swedish conception of rape to suggesting one of his alleged victims moonlights as an American agent; downshifting from Camille Paglia to Three Days of the Condor. (...) >>>  Dec. 27, 2010 ~  The case on Wikileaks is closed - In case anyone still had doubts about the nature of Wikileaks, here's FPM with news about Israel Shamir, the Holocaust denier who is in charge of distributing the organization’s documents to the Russian media. Here are the sordid details about Mr Assange and his women -   FPM: "WikiLeaks’ Jew-Hating Staff"  Dec. 18, 2010 ~ Assange draws out the Marxist Int'l   DVN: "Protests held in Spain over arrest of Wikileaks Julian Assange", by Harry Oldfield  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s current incarceration and possibility of being extradited from the UK to Sweden stemming from his alleged involvement of sexual offenses has sparked protests across Spain with protesters calling for his release. Gathered in front of the British embassy in Madrid, hundreds of individuals demanded the accused Assange be immediately freed. (...) >>> ~   Infidel Bloggers Alliance: "Assange leaks US list of critical infrastructure sites for America worldwide..just in case Al Qaeda/Hizballah/IRGC wants one"  Dec. 13, 2010 ~ Wikileaks and anti Americanism Wikileaks support and imperatives to 'openness' are nothing but cheap cover that is hiding virulent anti Americanism. Even the 'military industrial complex' has been demothballed. Hive mind Anonymous has left a socialist calling card. The name "describes a way of communicating and promoting social change", a postmodern shibboleth for socialism. .Read also "The Revolution Has Begun". Here are 10 excuses socialists have to hate America -   Listverse: "Top 10 Excuses People Use To Hate America"  It is a very easy thing to hate the United States of America right now. But why? We stormed the beaches at Normandy, saved Europe from economic ruin with the Marshall plan (thanks for paying off the loan, Norway. Anybody else? Anybody? Bueller?), invented the Internet, uprooted tyrants, and give foreign aid away like it was candy. We want to be the good guys and thought we were. Yet we just can’t seem to get any love these days. How’d we get here? Well… [JFrater: as the representative of Listverse, I would like to say that we don't hate America - in fact, I had one of my greatest holidays there. This list will no doubt cause a storm - be calm and debate nicely!] (...) >>>  Dec. 12, 2010 ~  Reverse racism and worse -
Lili   uokalani inherited the throne from her ...Image via Wikipedia
NRO: "Aloha Segregation"  A bill expected to pass the House today with overwhelming Democratic support would accomplish something peculiar for a liberal republic in the 21st century: It would partly disenfranchise a portion of one state’s residents, create a parallel government for those meeting a legislated criterion of ethnic purity, and would portend the transfer of public assets, land, and political power from those who fail to satisfy the standard of ethnic purity to those who do. For these reasons and many more, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act richly deserves opposition. (...) Unlike the what is proposed for Hawaii, the recognized sovereignty of the Indian tribes does not derive exclusively from ethnic identity or from ancestry. Rather, those tribes are recognized as sovereign because each represents, however imperfectly, a continuous independent political tradition. Native Hawaiians do not and have not. The bill purports to restore the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaii — yes, House Democrats are in fact working to re-establish the sovereignty of a monarchy, odd as that seems — though the monarchy itself was not an ethnically exclusive enterprise, as has been widely documented. Strange that the actions of a modern democracy should be less liberal, and more concerned with questions of ethnicity and ancestry, than those of a long-extinguished island kingdom. But such are the perversities of modern identity politics. It is in fact the racial-purity test itself that provides the best argument against a collective sovereignty for ethnic Hawaiians. (...) >>>  Feb. 23, 2010 ~  Ideology trumps race -   Stop the Leftist Propaganda Machine: "Warren Ballentine racist statement to Juan Williams – You can go back to the porch now"  Isn’t it amazing what is and isn’t considered racism by the left wing loony bin left? All the made up quotes of Rush Limbaugh that force some losers on CNN and MSNBC to finally admit that they weren’t “verified” because they know Rush Limbaugh (if he wants to) can sue the pants off those networks for libel and cash in on a huge payday, exposing the hypocrisy that is the phony leftwing media. But on Thursday on the O”Reilly factor, Juan Williams (left wing) and Warren Ballentine (left wing loon with a radio show) were discussing the whole Limbaugh/NFL situation. As is typical for for the far left, Ballentine repeated had to try and talk over Williams anytime Williams made a valid point to dismiss the conspiracy theories the loony left has been spewing. But at the end of the debate, during a discuss of the “Barack the Magic Negro” parody that was played on a Limbaugh show (which is a parody base on an article written in the L.A. Times by an African-American author), Ballenstine exposed himself, and what the left wing represents. (...) >>>  Oct 17, 2009 ~  ... Victor doesn't know about the Dialectics ... women's lib was the first ax at the root of the white, heterosexual male power structure ... but it was so successful that no one noticed and almost all co-opted the tactic ... the Left is right: they own feminism ...   Townhall: "What Was Feminism?", by Victor Davis Hanson  The media went hysterical over Sarah Palin (...) She may have appeared to the public as an independent, capable professional woman, but to a particular elite she couldn't possibly be a real feminist or even a serious candidate. And that raises questions about what is -- and what is not -- feminism. Feminism grew out of the 1960s to address sexual inequality. (...) A woman's worth was not to be necessarily judged by having either too many or too few children, given the privacy of such decisions and the co-responsibility of male partners. (...) women were not to be defined by their husband's or father's success or failure. The beauty of women's liberation was that it was not hierarchical but included the unmarried woman who drove a combine on her own farm, the corporate attorney and the homemaker who chose to home-school her children (...) did not look for special favors (...) surely did not wish to deny innately feminine differences. Instead, they asked only that men should not establish arbitrary rules of the game that favored their male gender. (...) That old definition of feminism is now dead. It has been replaced by a new creed that is far more restrictive -- as the controversy over Sarah Palin attests. Out of the recent media frenzy, four general truths emerged about the new feminism: First, there is a particular class and professional bent to the practitioners of feminism. (...) Emancipated women who, like Palin, do not believe in abortion or are devout Christians are at best considered unsophisticated dupes. At worse, they are caricatured as conservative interlopers, piggybacking on the hard work of leftwing women whose progressive ideas alone have allowed the Palins of the world the choices that otherwise they would not now enjoy.(...) Joe Biden, said Palin’s election, given her politics, would be "a backward step for women." Third, hypocrisy abounds.(...) This past week we were supposed to learn about a liberated Gov. Sarah Palin. Instead the media taught us more than we ever wanted to know about what they now call feminism. >>>  Updated: 11th Sep 2008 ~
CNN: "German anti-war poster hails soldier's death" Germany's defense minister has condemned as an insult to the country's troops an anti-war poster that calls the death of a soldier in Afghanistan a "step to disarmament." Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung was quoted by the Bild newspaper Thursday as saying that the poster on the Web site of Germany's "Bureau for Antimilitary Measures" group was "tasteless" and "irresponsible." (...) The downloadable poster — which has been available for five years — shows three soldiers standing next to the flag-draped coffin of a comrade killed in a 2002 helicopter crash in Afghanistan. "We greet this concrete measure to reduce the size of the military one-by-one," reads the caption under the poster's headline. The poster was produced in conjunction with the Berlin-area branch of the larger peace organization DFG-VK, whose parent organization on Thursday said it had not been sanctioned. The group called the poster an "inappropriate form of addressing the issue of Germany's involvement in war." (...) At the same time the group insisted "The poster, however, is not a crime — unlike the war that deliberately claims the lives of soldiers and innocent civilians." (...) >>>  Updated: 4th Sep 2008 ~   Townhall: "Pacifism: The Last Refuge of Hypocrites," by Burt Prelutsky (...) The left makes no secret of the fact that they hate war. But the truth of the matter is that their opposition to armed conflict is situational. It depends entirely on the party affiliation of the commander in chief and, of course, on the politics of the enemy. For example, the left was eager for the U.S. to enter the Spanish Civil War in order to fight Franco and his fascist allies because the Soviet Union and the Communists were lined up on the other side. However, as soon as Hitler and Stalin signed a mutual non-aggression pact, the American left decided we had no business getting involved in European affairs, even as Poland, France and Holland, were being swallowed up by the Nazis. Of course that changed just as soon as Germany invaded the Soviet Union. As that icon of the left, Lillian Hellman, was reputed to have announced to a group of fellow Communists on that fateful day, “We’ve been attacked!” During the Cold War, these were the same people, as devoted as ever to serving the interests of Joseph Stalin, who insisted that America unilaterally disarm itself and turn its atomic arsenal into plowshares. When Bill Clinton sent U.S. troops into Kosovo, a place where no American interests were involved, the left raised no objections. (...) And isn’t it odd that nobody, including the New York Times, John Murtha or Barack Obama, ever asked Bill Clinton if he actually had an exit strategy? These days, it must be apparent even to the goofiest liberal that victory in Iraq has been snatched from the jaws of defeat by the U.S. military. (...) >>>  Updated: 2nd Aug. 2008 ~   CNN: "World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom" (includes video material) More than a million Colombians, clad in white and shouting "No more kidnapping," marked their independence day on Sunday with marches and concerts demanding freedom for hostages still held by leftist rebels. Demonstrators chanted "Libertad!" -- the Spanish word for freedom -- in rallies across the Andean nation and in some 40 cities abroad, including Paris, London, Miami, Beijing, Sydney and New York. It was the second nationwide mobilization this year against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and its abhorred policy of kidnapping for ransom or political leverage. Latin America's last major rebel army holds dozens of hostages in Colombian jungle jails, some for more than a decade. (...) >>> ... well, "the world rallies" ... in the photo top right we see the scene in The Hague ... contrast that with a recent Troofer demo in support of conspiracy theories - not objective ethics (photo left), but the Marxist dialectic in action in the face of a revolution in reverse (keep it up: that Marx may long continue to detort in his grave!) ...  Updated: 21st July 2008 ~   Front Page Magazine: "An Ally Betrayed," by Jacob Laksin (...) If Democrats have indeed forgotten that, their amnesia is highly selective. Take the charge that Uribe is in bed with rightist paramilitary militias. Echoed even more luridly by Amnesty International and kindred groups, it has little to commend it. If anything, Uribe has proven himself as much a foe of the paramilitaries as he is of the leftist FARC. On his watch, some 31,000 militiamen have surrendered their weapons. Uribe also has presided over the extradition to the U.S. of 600 paramilitary drug-traffickers. Choosing the rule of law over relatives, he has even arrested his own cousin, former senator Mario Uribe, on charges of aiding paramilitaries. Just this May, Uribe extradited 14 prominent paramilitary leaders to the U.S. in the hopes of winning Democrats’ support. No such luck. Frigid as ever, Democrats not only refused to approve a free-trade agreement with Columbia, as Uribe had long appealed, but they declined even to vote on it. Yet again, Columbia was snubbed. Human-rights concerns cannot explain the Democrats’ aversion to Uribe. Were that the sole issue, Democrats would have adopted a more severe line toward neighboring states like Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. Where Uribe has twice triumphed in free and fair elections, including a landslide reelection victory in 2006, Chavez has crushed what remained of Venezuela’s opposition, most recently moving to end presidential term limits and crown himself president for life. Tellingly, Chavez has dodged the Democrats’ wrath. (...) >>>  Updated: 10th July 2008 ~   Politeia: "The Vacuity of Leftist Ethics" Dear Nancy, so sensitive when it comes to human rights (or any rights) and vile tyrants who violate them. So the President is called upon to take the moral high-ground in the matter of the China Olympics and rather gratuitously boycott the opening ceremony.Nancy herself would never give dictators credibility, provide them with a soap-box, or make them look respectable negotiating partners ... or would she? (...) >>>  Updated: 4th April 2008 ~   Dr Sanity: "The Socialist Foodchain" Ever wonder how the socialists decide which of their special victims' groups will prevail when there is a conflict between them? (...) This socialist revival and the strategies they are now using to achieve world domination has many important implications for humanity--not the least of which is described in the above article.To understand their logic, we must examine the socialist food chain.Other behaviors of the unrepentantly socialist dictators suggest that, while there are many victim groups, some groups are far more important than others. (...) >>>  Updated: 4th July 2008 ~   Related: - "The Dialectics"
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