Frédéric Bastiat on socialism

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”

— Frédéric Bastiat
(1801-1850) [Claude Frederic Bastiat] He did most of his writing during the years just before — and immediately following — the French Revolution of February 1848édéric.Bastiat.Quote.7A6C

[Ol’ Freddy had it going on, I tell you what. ” … every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all” – what a brilliant way to put it! Nothing is new under the sun. We really do ourselves a disservice by not knowing the thoughts of our forbearers (?). Those who came before us. We keep reinventing the wheel. – The Seer]

The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves

“The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history…the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination — that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves.”
— H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist

Is VDH the smartest man in America?

Anyone who knows Victor Davis Hanson is going to be instantly familiar with this type of picture. Its at some sitting room in some university where an intellectual says, “I want to interview this guy, he’s really smart!” VDH’s IQ has to be north of 140. The man is so brilliant. Any bio on him can tell you his areas. I’ll just say that because he knows the past, he can see the future. As a historian, he’s seen the stupid. He knows what Man is going to do in a certain situation, with certain stimulus. Historical context. Newt Gingrich has it too.

But universities are littered with idiots in the history departments. Why was this guy able to save himself? Who knows, one reason is he is also a farmer. He’s in touch with the real world. He knows what happens when a drive belt breaks on a piece of machinery. What happens when you don’t order the seed in a timely fashion. He’s not a one note ninny with book knowledge as his only tool.

He always puts the news of the day in a word picture so that you can see why its happening and where its going. One of my favorite past examples of his was when he put Trump on history’s timeline. VDH might have used Patton, Churchill and Alexander the Great as examples. There are times when a people know inherently that their societal train is about to go off the tracks if we don’t get the right man in there.

They know they need a “bull”. They know a few people are likely to get bruised along the way. They want a guy who’s going to get it done. Period. That man gets it done, and is then immediately thrown out by polite society. There’s no more need for the ruffian at the ramparts. Polly Purebred has been saved. George C. Marshall is fine for the postwar, but they needed Patton and MacArthur to get us there.

Western Civilization is through. Its over. Put butter on us, put a fork in us, we’re done. Modern Western Civilization is incapable of defending itself. The only hope it had was the survival of the Christian Church. Because salvation (eternal or worldly) doesn’t come through the Republican Party. Its nearly impossible to be self-governing and not be a Christian. That’s the only thing that troubles me, VDH in my casual observations doesn’t have Jesus in the mix, and you can’t have wisdom without him.

But I digress. VDH had the perfect analogy in the video at the link above for something that has caused a riff with a lot of bright people: Trump’s tweeting. Is it good or bad? VDH put it perfectly. Trump’s audacious behavior is the only thing that got him here. A slave to decorum would have been soon crushed by convention. But, there comes a time…

He said Trump was in a ‘circle the wagons’ scenario. Outside that circle were his enemies. The ones who don’t want him to get the train back on the tracks. Those enemies are the media, the Democrat Party, academia, other countries, the Establishment. Those enemies are very capable of taking him down. He can stop them, but he has to quit helping them. And when he tweets gratuitously or mean-spiritedly, he’s helping them. He can’t do that. He has to quit giving them ammunition.

[In the first paragraph I make reference to Victor’s potential IQ. I think I might have something there. One thing I’ve noticed about liberals is that they really are stupid. They do have a low IQ. They do have an inability to reason. Something needs to be explained on how 2 historians end up like Hanson and Gingrich, and the majority end up the liberal morons we have.]

A most interesting phenomenon

It became obvious to me after a few short years, don’t go to the websites that hate you! An amazing bit of detective work huh? The celebrities on those sites it seems will never change. They insist on enriching the enemy. I don’t. So when I did a search of ‘The Top 100 Conservative Websites’, I checked out #1, FOX News. It turns out Trolls live at FOX News, lots of them. At first I didn’t even think about it, liberals always hangout at conservative sites. And then I started to wonder, why is that?

Why would a person ‘live’ at a site that publishes nothing they agree with? 5 or 10 years ago I hung out at Bing. I quickly found out Bing wasn’t some neutral news site, its a left-wing site. Within no time I was banned from that site. I must be some ogre? Right? Not really, the other tactic liberals use since they don’t have reason behind them is “reporting”. Ah yes, the ambiguous ‘terms of service’. The bigger point here though, is that Bing quit their ‘comment section’. Just did away with it.

Another well known communist site is CNN. They don’t have a comments section either. So began to wonder, is that why they come to FOX? I don’t know… I know there’s communist sites out there. I don’t know their name exactly, except the Huffington Post. I know there’s others called Daily… Wires… Beasts or whatever. But there’s plenty of commie sites, so why don’t they go there? I don’t know. I do know that when conservatives hold a rally or march of some sort, Democrats HAVE to be there.

There’s something in the Liberal DNA that prevents them letting other people have their say. You’ll see it on college campuses. They riot and protest so much conservative speakers are prevented from speaking! Its crazy. Portland, Oregon is the epicenter of left-wing lunacy. These violent gangs there dress up in black with only their eyes visible, armed with brass knuckles, rods, mace and various forms of fecal matter and urine. The cops just look the other way!

Which is why when I saw this article at World Net Daily, it really caught my eye: “Left-wingers more prone to mental illness”. That resonated with me. Their behavior makes no sense. At the top the Democrats are gearing up for another impeachment. Its insane. They plan on impeaching Trump for the next 5 years! When Republicans are in the minority they make their case to the public and let the chips fall where they may. They don’t try to reverse an election. They accept the fact they lost and move on.

Not Democrats. Try explaining this in 10 seconds a month ago to door knockers coming around? They just think, ‘la dee da dee da’, will you vote for us? No way! You people are insane. I suppose my only option is to go to website #3, Western Journal. Liberals don’t know about it. There I’ve found out conservatives are free to go, “Trump good! – Pelosi bad!” without being attacked by crazed left-wingers.

Its a tough one

So Attorney General William Barr looks at the sentencing being recommended by the Hillary stooges in the Roger Stone case and he says, “I don’t think so.” 9 years for a bullshit ‘process’ crime? (Where they catch you in a factual error and call it lying to the FBI.) Rapists and armed robbers don’t get 9 years. Manslaughter doesn’t get you 9. So of course Trump has to open his mouth to the effect, “Damn right that was bullshit from the get go!” Not exactly helpful.

He’s the only guy I know who can take all that political capital he just got from the acquittal, the SOTU address, Pelosi ripping up his speech, the Democrats looking like idiots in Iowa… all that and he’s looking invincible against the rabble running for Prez, and he has to shoot off his mouth. Poof! All gone.

Does he have the right to express his opinion? Damn right. Should Barr have told the press to go fornicate thyself? Yes. Did he? No. Ay yi yi. He’s been doing this since the moment he “came down the escalator”. He’d be fine if he had thugs for staff who would support him 100%, but he doesn’t. He’s got a bunch of wishy washy leakers and power seekers.

This is on Barr.

[As has been pointed out by others, they sent in more armed force to arrest the 77 year old Stone and his disabled wife, then they did to rescue the embassy staff at Benghazi. 0.]

Irony Alert!

“Warning! Danger Will Robinson!” I see this perfect storm developing. And its a scary one, it involves Hillary Clinton. We’ll know more after a month. Today is New Hampshire’s primary. Assuming it goes off without a hitch (rumor has it unlike Iowa they can count), we’ll know by midnight which of the Democrat rabble won. CW (conventional wisdom) says Bernie has it in a walk. Maybe. The only thing that counts in elections is ‘Big Mo’, who has the momentum. In this case its the gay caballero Pete Buttigieg.

I just don’t see Bernie getting it (the nomination). Pete’s more the worthless type of do-nothing Democrat the establishment wants. Bernie is a change agent, they don’t want that. On the other hand my crystal ball has been on the blink for this go-round. But from what I gather, Mayor Pete is an (if not favorite) acceptable candidate to the media/Democrat Party. He cancels the horrible white guy thing with his ace in the hole, gaiety.

But! If it began to look like he couldn’t beat Trump, I could see them maneuvering a “brokered” convention (i.e. “we’re going to throw all your votes out the window and pick who we wanted in the first place). And that is when they would ‘break glass’ and go to the well one more time with Hillary. They’re secret weapon. I can see it. But like I say, my crystal ball has never been as cloudy as on this one.

“I am now quite sure that Tragedy and Hope was suppressed although I do not know why or by whom”

“There does exist and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for 20 years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret record.”

The two quotations above are from a researcher, author, named Carroll Quigley. The secret society he speaks of he later wonders why they wish to remain secret? In the title quote he acknowledges these same people almost succeeded in canceling his seminal book ‘Tragedy and Hope’. What his book did was expose something “they” work tirelessly to deny. World events don’t just happen, they are planned, which is why such a mess is made of things.

John Stossel of ABC News had an interesting segment one time. It was a play on “chaos” theory. He went to a roller rink and showed how well things worked by letting the “market”, the collection of unassociated skaters, work things out on their own. Slower skaters naturally gravitated to the inner circle, fast skaters to the outside, moms and their toddlers into the unmoving center. They all went in a clockwise rotation and it all went off without a hitch. 80 people cooperating without thinking in flawless fashion.

Then Stossel had a “controller” come on the public address system and direct the skaters. It all fell apart. Pandemonium. A town in Ohio (I believe) took out all their traffic lights. Mayhem right? Nope. Traffic congestion went away. What few places they found it necessary stop signs were placed. Peoples own self interest took over and the most efficient traffic patterns were developed by the drivers.

Other places they’ve found the majority of drivers naturally gravitate to the safest and most efficient speed (yes, there are high and low outliers among them). Other economist types have used the example of McDonald’s restaurants. They show that market forces determine EXACTLY where restaurants should be placed. They show the utter confusion that would take place if they were somehow all gone and it was up to a government committee to determine where they should be. All of a sudden other considerations would be factored other than simply market forces.

We live in a world that is not random. WW I, the Depression, WW II, the Cold War, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, none of these deadly and destructive events just “happened”. It was not in anyone’s enlightened “self-interest” to have had those events take place. Because in example after example a “free market” can’t help but me the most efficient mechanism, inefficient ones are unsustainable. Wars are “inefficient”. A 10 year economic depression is “inefficient”. Unless you are on the receiving end of forced events.

If you are the arms dealer benefitting from war, if you are the bank benefitting from foreclosures, if you are the investment house making a killing in newly created “penny stocks”, then you have an interest in manipulating events. Its like casinos, nothing is left to chance. Any gambler who thinks they are is a fool. The “House” has every game figured in their favor. There is a “House” that runs world events. For those who know about it, I don’t need to go through the various names.

For those who can’t accept that there is a ruling oligarchy, nothing I can say would convince them otherwise.

“You can easily vote your way into Socialism, but you must shoot your way out.”

For anyone who doesn’t recognize the face, this is Ayn Rand. A Russian Jew that didn’t go the way of communism, but the opposite way with the fiercest of libertarianism. Her understanding of Natural Law I would say is unparalleled. Natural Law being a state of societal existence in which securing the rights of life, liberty and property are the fundamental goals of the State.

For the video wasteland that YouTube is, I was stunned to find this gem on there. Ayn Rand had the flaws of anyone, but honest thinking wasn’t one of them. Her knowledge is timeless. Her hay day was 60 years ago, but in this video you’ll hear her talk about an issue that is popular today, universal basic income. Man doesn’t change, clothing styles do. Means of communication changes, forms of entertainment changes, but not basic human instincts.

The powers that be have successfully scrubbed this “secret” knowledge from the toolbox of the masses. Only a few people like myself who came to these conclusions on their own now posses it, and we’ll be dead soon. Government education has of course created a society of morons that are doomed to some version of socialism or corporatism, which is only different in degrees from one another. Socialism being what Bernie proposes, corporatism being what we have.

[FYI: That title quote I have no idea who said it, but it is certainly something Ayn Rand could have said. Also, this video was from a channel calling itself Liberty Pen. This same video is also under the Ayn Rand Institute, which is probably the better choice for further investigation.]

“Today you have to apologize to every naked savage on the planet because you are more prosperous than they are”

“It constantly amazes me that defenders of the free market are expected to offer certainty and perfection while government has only to make promises and express good intentions.” –Lawrence W. Reed

“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may
know that your society is doomed.” – Ayn Rand

Hey Mitt!

No one cares you’re full of shit. But you’re in the wrong damn party. We understand you haven’t come to grips with the fact you lost and Trump won. Like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, we understand you’re a worthless traitor. We understand Utah voters are retards. We understand you subconsciously channel the spirit of John McCain. We get all that! But you’re in the wrong damn party! What a lowlife you are. You need to run as a Democrat. Be honest for once in your life. Do the right thing. I know that’s foreign to you, but you can do it!

Most amazing out of all this is the Democrats made Republicans look good. Its not everybody that can do that. Democrats had to impeach Trump because they can’t beat him at the ballot box. They are a sick twisted party. They are incapable of doing anything productive because they have more hate for Trump, than they do love for America.

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.'”
— Theodore Roosevelt

The digital wasteland

Too much information on the information superhighway. As someone born in the 1950s, I feel like I’m bridging the gap between the ‘old world’ and the ‘new world’. FYI you young people, looking up answers in the old days consisted of going to the book shelf and choosing the encyclopedia volume that corresponded with the first letter of your question. The information was likely very good but it could easily have been 25 years or more since the said encyclopedia article was written!

Nowadays if someone dies or is impeached that information will have been edited into Wikipedia by the end of the day if not a couple of hours. Moss is not to be found growing on the IS (information superhighway). It shares many aspects with a conventional highway. Rude drivers. Traffic tie-ups. Accidents. Potholes. Highway bandits and scam artists. Hitchhikers. You can get lost. Its all there.

Another aspect I recently noticed was the boredom of “routine”, like taking the same route to work everyday, it can become rather tedious. Having been kicked off Twitter long ago, two of my favorite sites were Facebook and Gab. Facebook is so slow compared to Twitter. As has been said before Twitter is like ‘crack’ to news junkies. It is fast. Plus there are just a lot of vile people on FB. Liberals lurking about on conservative pages like trolls under a bridge.

Gab is okay once you get all the Nazis, racists and anti-Semites blocked. Some real good people. I’ve noticed a curious little aspect of it though. 2 of the absolute best people left and never came back. One was the group moderator, Dave Gilchrist and the other was a regular contributor, Diane Shearer. He was religious about hitting ‘Like’ when people contributed to his group. She was arguably the best contributor.

Both left. I can’t say for sure, but I wonder if it wasn’t due to a lack of reciprocity. Like society in general the internet is absolutely filled with selfish individuals. Most of it is a dark, violent Darwinian nightmare. Survival of the fittest. Gab to a large degree is filled with Twitter’s rejects and people who are very cynical people for other reasons. Norms wouldn’t catch the meaning of half that was said there.

But FB & Gab were getting very tiresome. So I started to visit some of my old haunts from nearly 20 years ago. The first was World Net Daily. It may be the conservative website most likely to brush up against the edge. One slightly more traditional site is Newsmax (spellcheck doesn’t even recognize its spelling). The New Revere (as in ‘Paul’) gave me their choice for ‘The Top 100’ conservative websites.

While a lot of them might be more accurately put in the Top 100 Republican sites, there are some interesting choices. One I had completely forgotten about was Free Republic. All these years later and Jim Robinson is still running it. I don’t begin to understand that site at this point, but it is interesting. Absent was The New American. Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, Coulter and Steyn all had their websites in the “Top 100”.

Once you start branching out on the “information superhighway”, you feel a little like a first time driver suddenly placed on the Los Angeles freeway system. As I wound up this post and got ready to hit ‘publish’, the thought occurred to me; are there commie lib sites like these? Is there a list of Top 100 Liberal sites?

The bottom line is, while there is more information available to a person today than in the days of the World Book encyclopedia, there is unquestionably less wisdom. As I have said for 20 years, it is very easy to get bogged down in “factoids”, and completely miss the big picture. I also apologize for the lack of bold and italicized words in this post that would normally make it more visually appealing. has put a serious hurt on my blogging ability with their inability to give me a fully functioning platform.

[As an interesting little postscript I thought I’d describe the sites I landed on so as to get off Facebook, Twitter and Gab. Free Republic turned out to be a bust, incredibly bad site design, no feedback on your comments and they are moderated, plus they have a lot of RINOs. World Net Daily is really good, though you don’t get much feedback on your comments. Great articles, though not as fast a turnover as some sites. You sign in with something like Disqus to comment. The #1 conservative site according to The New Revere was FOX News. They are pretty darn good. Lots of feedback on comments, easy to signup to comment. Lot of good turnover of articles. Probably the worst thing about FOX is that they are a target for liberals. CNN as an example doesn’t have “comments”, so the liberals have no where to go to shoot off their idiot mouths. Regrettably they seem to end up on FOX. You are able to give them a ‘thumbs down’, but otherwise of course I don’t engage them. No the most interesting site I saved for last: Western Journal. I consider myself fairly aware of conservative organizations, but I had never heard of WJ. Their conservatism seems more paleo than neo, which is good, they have an easy signup and good content selection.]

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