The latest military nonsense going around is a poem sent via e-mail that makes celebrating Christmas dependent upon U.S. troops stationed halfway around the world. Here is the last stanza of the poem and the last statement in the e-mail:
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”
PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.7:37 am on December 13, 2013
In a recent post on the First Things blog, the well-known Catholic neocon George Weigel recommends in a column titled “Books For Christmas” several books on the origins of World War I. He says this: “Three new books try to explain how this civilizational disaster happened. Sean McMeekin’s July 1914: Countdown to War (Basic Books) lays primary blame on Austria-Hungary; Christopher Clarke’s The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Harper) and Max Hastings’ Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War (Knopf) spread the responsibility around, with both Clarke and Hastings assigning Wilhelmine Germany the decisive role amidst a desperately inept performance by the Great Powers”
In fact, the book by Christopher Clark (not Clarke) challenges rather than affirms the thesis that Germany bore primary responsibility for the onset of war. His divided verdict on war responsibility recalls the classic treatment of Sidney Fay, The Origins of the World War (1928, second edition 1930), a book Clark cites favorably. Weigel’s account of McMeekin’s book is also wrong. Though McMeekin notes mistakes by Austria-Hungary, his primary emphasis is on French and Russian responsibility.
Neocons are not known for their care with facts, but this is a little too much.11:29 pm on December 12, 2013 Email David Gordon
The “signer” at Mandela’s funeral and US government experts testifying before Congress on Afghanistan have a lot in common. Both were scheduled in advance, both knew what was expected, had time to prepare, and should have been competent. At least the guy in South Africa recognized the problem when he was called on it — he has schizophrenia and was having hallucinations, in other words, it was biological. The whole world is in horror at the signer’s “subterfuge,” and yet we ho-hum the blatant horrific incompetence and abject carelessness of a D.C. government that is spending $7 Billion per month in one remote country for no good reason except to save face for fellow D.C. bureaucrats, and to sustain the hate. Ambassador James Dobbins, Michael Dumont, Defense Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, and Larry Sampler, from USAID’s Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs have gone back to their offices to scream at their staffs. I mean seriously, how were they to know they’d be asked the cost of war in blood and treasure. No one told them that would be on the test. In another era, these appointees — much as happened to fake-signer Thamsanqa Jantjie — would be immediately fired and their employer put out of business and disgraced. But the real truth is exactly as we suspected. No one in the US government cares one whit about what this war (or any war) costs in money and lives. For we the people (and a Congressman intending to do no more than set the stage with a softball) to actually pose such a question to high ranking government stooges is so beyond the pale, they justifiably were not ready for the question. Excuse me while I barf.7:15 pm on December 12, 2013 Email Karen Kwiatkowski
My initial contact with Barbara Branden was 52 years ago, when my wife and I subscribed to the taped lecture series on Objectivism that she and her then-husband, Nathaniel Branden, marketed through the Nathaniel Branden Institute. These were the early days of what has since come to be known as the modern libertarian movement, and the works of Ayn Rand and the Brandens were major contributors to the development of ideas supportive of peace, liberty, individualism, and private property. These were intellectually turbulent times, made more so by the Vietnam War, as well as many parallel “liberation” movements among blacks, feminists, gays, and other subdivisions of a culture tearing itself away from the collectivist mantra of e pluribus unum.
As close friends to Ms. Rand – and at the core of her tightly-knit “inner circle” – the Brandens were prolific generators of interest in Rand’s thinking. The three of them provided an environment within which individuals could either [a] refine the quality of their own thinking by processes of constant questioning, or [b] embrace Objectivism as a secular faith. The clarity in thinking of these three persons served as a catalyst for my concluding that none of us can ever see or understand the world in some “objective” manner; that we are able to interpret events and ideas only ”subjectively,” through the lenses of our prior experiences.
Ayn Rand – with the help of Barbara and Nathaniel Branden – made two major contributions to the cause of peace and liberty:  to give a moral and intellectual shellacking to that most violent, inhumane, and anti-life doctrine of collectivism, and  rescue philosophy from its academic prisons, and return it to the minds of ordinary men and women to assess the conditions in which they choose to live.
Barbara Branden will doubtless best be remembered for her book The Passion of Ayn Rand. For a philosophy grounded in reason and logic – attributes of left-brained thinking – Rand’s works have so much appeal to so many because of their support of such right-brained expressions as passion and the emotions. It is the sentiment that political systems ought neither to dehumanize nor destroy what it means to be human that the current generation of young minds may find most beneficial in Rand’s writings. Barbara Branden’s works may help focus such minds in that direction.7:05 pm on December 12, 2013
The remarkable book by that title is now in paperback. Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, by Nick Turse, is the one book you must read by the end of the year. Especially since the paperback edition includes a new afterword by the author that I am reading right now. My review of this book is not online yet, but I will provide a link when it is.5:28 pm on December 12, 2013
Writes Srdja Trifkovic:
The late Murray Rothbard is said to have often argued that, far from being evidence of a “paranoid” strain in the American mind, belief in conspiracies as a factor in American history was usually not taken far enough. The truth behind most conspiracies, he alleged, was far more heinous and diabolical than even the most diehard conspiracy theorist suspected. The events leading up to the Day of Infamy in 1941 prove him right, no less than those preceding U.S. wars against Mexico, the Confederacy, Spain (1898), Serbia (1999), or Iraq (2003). In all of those cases diplomacy did not “fail” because it was not used to avert war, but to make certain its coming.
(Thanks to Ralph Raico)3:17 pm on December 12, 2013 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Obama’s very expensive “Christmas” cards always celebrate the real god of DC, the state,. But why are conservatives complaining? Isn’t this is good thing? Truth rather than fiction? Keeping the government’s grimy paws off the Incarnation? But, hey, Obama, pay for your own rotten cards.12:01 pm on December 12, 2013 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
At the Mises Institute blog today, economist Nicolás Cachanosky has written a nice piece examining Pope Francis’s minor document (i.e., not an encyclical) that mentions some issues related to poverty and markets. Most of the responses from the right to the document have been no less than hysterical, but Cachanosky’s piece methodically takes down the factual assumptions behind the Pope’s comments. Most of the Pope’s mistakes are based on errors of fact, which Cachanosky exposes. It is not true, for instance, that income inequality is worse in more free countries than in less free countries, and it is not true that more free economies have poor populations that are worse off than they are in less-free countries. Indeed, the opposite is true. The poor are much better off in the more free countries, as the facts bear out.
I’ve been quite disappointed in the reaction from many corners of the the libertarian and conservative right on this. Rush Limbaugh’s reaction, as expected, was downright ridiculous, with him calling the Pope a commie, and other such things. I will happily bet you my life savings that Rush Limbaugh has never in his life read a papal document, including the most recent one, which is 80 pages long. I can guarantee you with metaphysical certitude that Limbaugh relied completely on some bullet points given him by one of his show’s producers.
Indeed, if one reads the 48,000-word document, one finds that the document is 90 percent about missionary work and evangelization, with a few paragraphs about markets and consumerism. But this did not stop commentators from declaring that the document is primarily “about economics” which is obviously wrong. The words “market” or “free market” or “consumerism” all combined are used exactly 13 times in 80 pages. This is not a document “about economics” any more than the U.S. Constitution is “about slavery” which it mentions more than once. The press, naturally, pulled out the Pope’s few comments about economics and made hay with them, and the right wing dutifully responded by making fools of themselves, declaring the Pope to be “Marxist” which is laughably absurd. Some others chimed in to declare that since Marxism is popular in Argentina, the Pope, an Argentinian, is therefore a Marxist. Sound logic, that. (I come from a country where militarist corporatism (aka fascism) is extremely popular, but that doesn’t make me a militarist or a fascist.)
Indeed, most of the Pope’s comments about the poor are not about markets or states, but are about the proper Christian attitude toward the poor. Because of this, I fear that much of the negative reaction to the Pope remarks stems not from any devotion to free markets (because of course, few conservatives actually care about free markets) but actually from a disdain for poor people. At the heart of the Christian religion is a doctrinaire requirement that believers give alms and regard themselves as obligated to be charitable toward the poor. But anyone who has spent any time with right-wing activists and pundits (many of whom fancy themselves as great paragons of Christianity) know that there is a deep-seated contempt for poor people who are are often regarded uniformly as lazy or somehow deserving of their fates. Any genuine concern for poor people expressed in such circles is regarded as “socialist” talk even if one is in no way suggesting that alleviating poverty is a matter for state intervention (which it is not). Of course, the fact that so many conservatives are so utterly ignorant of how economies work, blinds them from the fact that so much poverty is caused by the federal government they’re always saluting, pledging allegiance to, and generally getting all weepy about every time someone mentions the American flag. Yep, everything would be fine if those single-mothers, who are more or less at the mercy of the boom-bust cycle caused by our wise overlords, would just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and become stock brokers.
10:26 am on December 12, 2013 Email Ryan McMaken
Shortages, as any economist knows, arise from government controls and regulations of various sorts. I searched google on one word: shortages. A major cluster of shortages appears in the health sector, confirming that government (federal and state) is the culprit. Drugs are one area. The FDA even has a drug shortages index. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists also monitors drug shortages. Another health-care shortage area is in trained health professionals. We are told as well that there is a blood shortage. There are always organ shortages. There are always reports of hospital shortages.10:10 am on December 12, 2013 Email Michael S. Rozeff
A president is the same as you and me in trying to get what he personally wants. Bush blamed Saddam Hussein for trying to kill his father. That was one influence on his decision to attack Iraq. Between the ages of 6 and 9, Obama lived in Indonesia where he absorbed Sukarno’s political philosophy. This is one reason why Obama fuses nationalism, collectivism, democratic and leadership authoritarianism with appeals to humanitarianism and social justice. It is one reason why he also easily allies with corporate and finance oligarchies.
The problem with having governors is that they govern, and they govern personally. The attempted solutions are to restrain their powers by means of such institutions as constitutions, opposing government departments (checks and balances), an independent judiciary, a military under civilian control, powers of sub-units (like states), restrictions on national police forces, an armed population, a free press, ideas of rights, and voting. As against these, the governors have the tool of demagoguery and fashioning appeals to the “mob”. They have powers of all sorts.
All of these methods meant to constrain the governors in their exercise of power either weaken, break down, outright fail, or are subverted and turned upside down (to the governors’ benefit) in the long run. Then what happens is that the power of the governors grows. Then their exercise of power for personal reasons grows. Their policies depend more and more on their obscure beliefs, emotions, philosophies, ideas and motivations, and on their powers to put these across and into action. Within a system in which the constraints against arbitrary power and privilege have been weakened, these policies produce nonsensical results, as measured against any sensible public goal like an increasing standard of living.
For those caught and trapped in this thicket, which is more and more and more common people over time, there is no easy way out short of cutting it down branch by branch to make a trail out of it.6:51 am on December 12, 2013 Email Michael S. Rozeff
I just heard on the evening news that Dumbo Joe Biden is giving Bob Dole, the reason why the GOP is called “The Stupid Party,” an award for all his efforts at “reducing world hunger.”
It is certain that Bob Dole (the former Viagra television commercial spokesman) never took a single dollar out of his own pocket to help out a malnourished person in the Third World. He was, however, a champion of “foreign aid” in the form of using taxpayer dollars to buy up surplus food produced by Kansas (and other) farmers (in surplus because of government price supports) and sending it to Third World countries. This whole agri-corporate welfare scam, however, INCREASES world hunger by causing food prices in those countries to plummet, often destroying the profits from domestic farming. Thousands of unemployed farmers and farm workers then flee to the cities where unemployment is already high, making the situation even worse.
Bob Dole deserves to be bullwhipped in public, not showered with awards.5:08 pm on December 11, 2013 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
He’s selling death again. This time it’s Soviet healthcare. Conservatives must be so proud.1:18 pm on December 11, 2013
“Senior Cpl. Amy Wilburn” of Dallas’ Murderous Mercenaries-sorry, Police Department shot a 19-year-old guy suspected of car-jacking who already had his hands above his head. Why? Because “Officer Wilburn perceived [her victim] to be an imminent threat, drew her weapon and discharged it once striking him,” according to the cops’ report. You’ll notice there’s no mention of the upraised arms in this bit of whitewash. For that additional detail, we thank a very brave eyewitness, “Scottie Smith II, a real estate agent and property manager.”
“Senior Cpl. Amy Wilburn” has been cowering in fear of unarmed folks with their hands over their heads since 2001, no less. You might think Our Rulers would have suggested she find another profession by now, if their goal is truly to “serve and protect,” as they so fatuously and frequently claim. On the other hand, a hysterical, trigger-happy bully suits their actual agenda just fine. No wonder Shakin’ Amy is a “senior cpl.”
Thanks to Michael Geary for the link.11:21 am on December 11, 2013 Email Becky Akers
So I saw on the news that “officials” in South Africa had calculated that hordes and hordes of the rabble would flock to see a collection of the world’s most esteemed central planners eulogize Marxist terrorist-turned-central planner, Nelson Mandela. These geniuses in all their wisdom calculated that—on a work day—one stadium wouldn’t be enough. No, three additional stadiums in Johannesburg would be needed to accommodate the overflow—where said rabble could watch said parasites on Jumbotrons. How magnanimous! Sadly for the pride of central planners everywhere, only about half a stadiums-worth showed up. Perhaps this is because, unlike with most of the Western press, the downtrodden proles of this country don’t really care for central planners, nor want to deify Comrade Mandela.9:07 am on December 11, 2013 Email Travis Holte
(With apologies to John Sebastian)
Welcome back — your badge was your ticket out….
Erick Gelhaus, the Sonoma County, California Sheriff’s Deputy who gunned down 13-year-old Andy Lopez on October 22, has returned to “duty.”
Gelhaus and an unidentified deputy spotted Lopez walking to a friend’s house carrying what was mistakenly believed to be an AK-47 rifle. The “weapon” was actually a plastic BB gun that fired plastic pellets. It is smaller than the actual rifle and has a transparent plastic middle section. The encounter took place at 3:15 PM on a brightly-lit day, which means that the “weapon” would have been recognized as a toy if Gelhaus would have taken a second or two to get a good look at it.
After calling in a report of an armed suspect, Gelhaus ordered the other deputy — a trainee — to pull up about twenty to thirty feet behind the Middle School-age boy. Gelhaus drew his gun, took cover behind a door, and ordered Lopez to “drop the gun.” The youngster, reacting instinctively to an unfamiliar — and unidentified — voice, turned to face the deputies. Gelhaus reacted by firing seven shots. All of this took place within the space of about ten seconds.
Lt. Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department, which is investigating the shooting, explained that Gelhaus’s “mindset was that he was fearful that he was going to be shot.” A 24-year veteran who was a firing range instructor, Gelhaus offered a glimpse into his fear-saturated mindset in an article published by SWAT magazine in 2008:
“Today is the day you may need to kill someone in order to go home. If you cannot turn on the `mean gene’ for yourself, who will?… Taking some kind of action — any kind of action — is critical.”
In other words: You must be prepared to kill at the first intimation of a threat to “officer safety.”
Because he lives at the intersection of panic and paranoia, Gelhaus is primed to kill with very little provocation. Two months before he gunned down Andy Lopez without bothering to find out if the boy actually posed a threat, Gelhaus drew a gun during a traffic stop involving Santa Rosa resident Jeffrey Westbrook. Gelhaus had pulled over Westbrook for failing to use his turn signal.
The traffic stop took place on a narrow shoulder near a steep hillside, and Westbrook asked if he could move the car in order to make more room for the officer. Gelhaus reacted by pulling his gun and pointing it at the terrified driver’s head.
When Westbrook learned that Gelhaus was the officer who had fatally shot Lopez, he found himself wondering if “maybe something could have been done” to rein in the bellicose deputy before he killed somebody.
Gelhaus has been restricted to desk duty until the familiar ritual of exoneration reaches its foreordained conclusion.9:15 pm on December 10, 2013 Email William Norman Grigg
Some of the more visible ones are situated on main intersections in Detroit’s Mexicantown and are therefore above-ground legal. The others that are hidden behind tire shops and in the parking lots of factories are not so legal. My Mexicano friends at the office are well aware of two things: (1) I despise Americanized “Mexican” restaurant tourist traps that attract local suburbanites and city folk who think that flour tortillas piled with 12 pounds of processed cheese is “Mexican food”, and (2) I love, and covet, any illegal Mexican establishment owned by illegal aliens that attempts to, and succeeds, at serving customers who desire real Mexican food. This includes the use of real (double) corn (not flour) tortillas; fresh herbs; multiple meats (including marinated pork, and of course, chorizo); and bathing food items in fresh cilantro … all at bargain prices. This is the kind of food I have only found in the most remote (non-tourist) places in Mexico. For that reason, and since that time in Mexico, I reject all Americanized (non-Mexican) “Mexican” food. Thank goodness my company has had a batch of very talented and amazing Mexican and Mexican-American interns-turned permanent employees working for us (and me) this year – they have taken me into the bowels of the most amazing places in Mexicantown that only the most astute locals would know about and frequent as customers. The only issue is language – but at least I have translators.8:08 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Karen De Coster
Legislation in Uruguay to legalize marijuana is expected to become law soon. Pot will not be treated like bananas, however. “Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.” Six plants can be home grown each year.
Although government regulation of marijuana is not ideal, at least it will not be a crime to smoke or possess a plant–like it is in that bastion of freedom–the USA.7:49 pm on December 10, 2013
It’s funny how a small group of libertarians are rallying ’round the flag of something called “feel-good” libertarianism as the new jingle in the land of the free and the home of self-imposed anarchy.
The new convictions of the happiness collective include never, ever writing anything that can be construed as negative, pessimistic, or a “polemic rant.” That leaves out just about any topic of interest to libertarians, such as the crimes of the industrial food machine; the shenanigans of the Federal Reserve and the manipulation of the entire monetary system; the abominations of the militarized police state; the state’s numerous wars and killing fields; the longevity (or lack thereof) of the stock market bubble; how ObamaCare will destroy your freedom of choice regarding your own health; and … [fill in almost any topic here]. Unless, of course, you only write about or discuss the positive aspects of escaping the negative aspects of statism and totalitarian rule that we libertarians, apparently, write about far too often.
So when I expose truths, connect dots, and present facts for others to ponder on their own, I am a pessimist and a polemicist – and this goes for all others who write the same, not just me. I get the nasty emails, and also, some friendly folks are kind enough to send along some of the more funny criticisms of me that are, indeed, polemic rants as they stand on their own. This kind of denunciation is nothing more than a colorless blip on my radar map which is usually followed by a … forgetaboutit.
Yet each time I write something positive – especially about what is bubbling up in Detroit – I bring out the Detroit-hating trolls who claim I am ignorant, blinded by the obvious, and sometimes I am just plain stupid. And this criticism comes from people who have never stepped a foot onto Detroit soil, or even folks who have popped in and out of town a few times over the years, which, in their mind, is equated with “I know Detroit.” <<eye roll please>>
Today I had one person – who claims the libertarian mantle – posting on my Facebook page that Detroit is a city of “crime, poverty, leftist politicians…” I do not make that up. Exact quote. If that doesn’t describe every city in America, as well as just about any plot of land in America, then rub the inside of my ears with jelly and roll me in an anthill. Then I received a follow-up post of the proof that Detroit sucks: yet another tediously conventional, mainstream-garbage article that describes Detroit as “one of the ten worst….” Of course, the positive “10 best” articles, such as this one on FOX, that include Detroit as a “best” are never seen as relevant to the boorish naysayer nabobs of negativism. So yes, I continue to be flabbergasted by the ignorance of people who just want to hate some place they have never been because it makes them feel better about the statist plot of land that they occupy.
Why do they bother? If some topic does not interest you, I would think you would move on to that which does interest you.
So you see folks, it’s not always easy to be positive – we get hated for that too. But as far as the Detroit Haters who know absolutely nothing about Detroit other than what they pull off the conventional media behind their laptops: they do nothing to affect me or the fact that I will continue to write about how Detroiters and entrepreneurs who are flocking to Detroit have the grit to keep moving forward with underground and above-ground economies that function and thrive in spite of the fact that we have the same crime, leftist politicians, and poverty that are experienced everywhere else in the U.S., especially the centrally-planned, Marxist-dominated urban areas. Indeed, folks like Jane Jacobs and Edward C. Banfield were on top of this, oh … a mere 40 and 50+ years ago?7:02 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Karen De Coster
A reader snapped this photo of a bumper sticker that can only be described as blasphemy, as I pointed out in this article. The majority of veterans have never offered to die for anyone. They may have offered to live off the taxpayers while they pursued a career, but not to die for unworthy individuals like me who don’t appreciate their sacrifice.5:41 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Laurence M. Vance
Lew, rather than the old Stalinist anthem of the USSR sung by Paul Robeson or The Internationale sung by Pete Seeger, this is the universally beloved song that was most appropriate for the Nelson Mandela final send-off. Here is what John Lennon himself said about his legendary anthem:
“The song ‘Imagine,’ which says, Imagine that there was no more religion, no more country, no more politics is virtually The Communist Manifesto, even though I am not particularly a communist and I do not belong to any movement. You see, ‘Imagine’ was exactly the same message, but sugar-coated. Now ‘Imagine’ is a big hit almost everywhere; anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but because it is sugar-coated it is accepted. Now I understand what you have to do.”
There you have it from the man himself. So the idea that Imagine was based on The Communist Manifesto cannot be written off as a paranoid, right-wing conspiracy theory. It’s a fact.
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
(No more concept of God/Heaven/Hell)
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace..
(No more national sovereignty or religion)
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
(Who is the hell is “us?” Communism = New World Order)
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
(Abolition of private property)
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
Several poems from Yoko Ono’s 1964 book Grapefruit inspired Lennon to write the lyrics for “Imagine” — in particular, one which Capitol Records reproduced on the back cover of the original Imagine LP titled “Cloud Piece”, reads: “Imagine the clouds dripping, dig a hole in your garden to put them in. Lennon later said the composition “should be credited as a Lennon/Ono song. A lot of it—the lyric and the concept—came from Yoko, but in those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted her contribution, but it was right out of Grapefruit.” (more…)5:40 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Charles Burris
I had completely forgotten about the Pearl Harbor anniversary until I saw the recent articles by Buchanan and North. In case you missed it in 2009, here is my introduction to, and transcription of, two works by John T. Flynn about Pearl Harbor: The Truth About Pearl Harbor (1944) and The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor (1945).5:13 pm on December 10, 2013
Anyone universally beloved is evil.2:44 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Of course, if there is one thing we know, neocons are in a constant state of hysteria. And now Obama has sent them further around the bend by shaking hands with Raoul Castro at the Mandela funeral. Good for Obama, and may this presage an end to the vicious, life-long anti-Cuban people US sanctions and to the opening of free trade and travel. And note that Raoul is less anti-market than Fidel. (Thanks to Jay Stephenson)1:57 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
During the years of the 1930′s Popular Front, the Communist International directed the Soviet intelligence-led world-wide agitprop campaign of Communists and fellow travelers of the Left against fascism, while covertly the intelligence services of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were secretly cooperating in various sinister endeavors. (See Stephen Koch, Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West, The Free Press/Macmillian, Inc., 1994; republished as Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Muzenberg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals, Enigma Books, 2004).
Professor Koch meticulously details the manipulation by the Soviets’ master propagandist Willi Munzenberg of thousands of European and American progressives in the inner-war period of the 1920s and 1930s by his vast publishing network and interlocking front organizations under the covert direction of the Communist International (Comintern) and the Soviet secret services of the NKVD and the GRU. He particularly concentrates upon the intellectual elite that fell under Munzenberg’s sway in this cultural war against the West. This includes such persons as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Andre’ Malraux, Andre’ Gide, Pablo Picasso, Dorothy Parker, George Grosz, Lincoln Steffens, John Dos Passos, Bertolt Brecht, Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett and Sidney and Beatrice Webb.
Those in the leadership of the Comintern apparat had a name for those naïve fools who fell for their disinformation propaganda – “useful idiots.”
At the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service President Obama praised Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and urged the world to continue his life’s work for justice and equality. What exactly did he mean by this?
Here is a photo of Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, and long-time leader of the South African Communist Party Joe Slovo at an African National Congress rally, 1990. All three are shown engaged in the raised clenched fist salute which for a century has been the salute of Communists. In the background is the hammer and sickle symbol appearing on a red star. This has been the symbol of the international Communist movement since 1917, and was featured on the flags of the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, and Communist parties throughout the world.
Inspired by Communist Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement in the Cuban Revolution, and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s call for “wars of national liberation,” in 1961 Mandela co-founded Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”, abbreviated MK) with Sisulu and the Communist Joe Slovo. Becoming chairman of the militant group, he gained ideas from illegal literature on guerilla warfare by Mao and Che Guevara. Officially separate from the ANC, in later years MK became the group’s armed wing. Most early MK members were white Communists; after hiding in Communist Wolfie Kodesh’s flat in Berea, Mandela moved to the Communist-owned Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, there joined by Raymond Mhlaba, Slovo and Bernstein, who put together the MK constitution.
Watch this brief YouTube video, Nelson Mandela kill Whites, where Mandela is shown with fellow MK members singing an anthem about killing whites while raising their fists in the Communist salute. After his death, the Communist Party and the ANC confirmed that Mandela was a covert member of the Central Executive Committee of the South African Communist Party at the time he was arrested as a terrorist in 1962.
From the December 5, 2013 statement of South African Communist Party deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila:
“At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our party’s central committee. To us as South African communists, Cde Mandela shall forever symbolize the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle,” the party said in a statement reacting to Mandela’s death.
“The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days.”
This was the real legacy of Nelson Mandela.12:44 pm on December 10, 2013 Email Charles Burris