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Putin: US Global Domination is Destabilizing and Risks Blowback

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a forceful speech yesterday at the Valdai Club’s annual meeting held in Sochi, Russia. The Russian president criticized the US for destabilizing countries like Ukraine, Libya, and Syria though its practice of “regime change.” He also criticized the US government for its sponsorship of extremists in Syria and elsewhere in pursuit of regime change, warning of blowback from such practices. “We see US backing murky activists from Nazis to Islamic fundamentalists,” he said. I went on RT after the speech to give a quick take on his points:

8:48 am on October 25, 2014

President “Pervert” Pistole

John “The Pervert” Pistole is resigning as Head Deviant at the TSA to prey on a university instead.

Nothing unusual there. In the economic fascism that Amerika copied from Mussolini and Hitler, Our Rulers play musical chairs with their counterparts in the allegedly “private” sector. A corporate or academic titan today is a chief bureaucrat tomorrow, and vice versa.

But then I learned that the school in question bills itself as a Christian one. And that it invited the unspeakably evil Pistole to leer at co-eds instead of passengers. Indeed, Pervert “wasn’t thinking about leaving his job as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration when members of the Anderson University presidential search committee several months ago asked him to apply for the position. ‘I was surprised when they first asked me,” Pistole said … ‘It wasn’t necessarily something I was thinking about. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the work I’ve done at TSA….’”

He hasn’t just “enjoyed” groping pilots until they puke and passengers until they weep, he has “thoroughly enjoyed” it. Fathom the utter wickedness if you can. And recall that before his stint as Chief Molester, this sadist sponged off us at the FBI. No doubt, he “thoroughly enjoyed” spying on and intimidating his fellow citizens there, too, while shredding the Constitution.

So you might suppose any institution claiming that “Jesus is the lens through which we view the world,” let alone a “Christ-centered university,” would have strongly condemned the TSA’s sexual predation in general and Pistole’s “thorough enjoyment” of it in particular. After all, the Lord is clear, vehement and frequent in His denunciation of such sin. But not only has Anderson – nor any “Christian” organization anywhere – never protested the TSA’s criminality, it has now recruited the guy responsible for the last 4½  years’ worth as its president. And that when both the university and Pervert admit he has absolutely no academic credentials or experience.

Though we might hope it can get no worse, it does. Perv must be trying for the Hypocrite of the Century Award since he’s already won the trophy for Deviant of the Decade: “The process [of ascending to Anderson’s presidency] became a ‘journey of faith,’ Pistole said. A journey buoyed by prayer, long conversations with his wife, Kathy Harp, and trusted friends. ‘I feel like my job was to be open to what I thought might be a possible calling,’ he added. ‘I see it as where God wants me to be.’” Implying not only that God “calls” sexual predators but that He previously “wanted” this one “to be” at the TSA.

It reminds me of that quote from Eichmann: “Becoming one of those charged with carrying out the Final Solution was a journey of faith. I prayed about it, talked to my wife and friends. I felt like my job was to be open to what I thought might be a possible calling. I see it as where God wants me to be.”

Oh, wait: I made that up. Not even the Nazis sank that low.

I hope if you are currently a student at Anderson or an alum, if you have any connection at all to the school, you will protest this obscenity. “On Monday, the AU board of trustees is expected to confirm Pistole’s nomination and introduce him to faculty, students, staff…” Please God, at least a few righteous folks there will shun Perv and publicly shame him. Meanwhile, I discovered that the school uses the formula “[initial of first name][intial of middle name][last name]@anderson.edu,” i.e. jppistole@anderson.edu; I emailed the trustees, but since I also experimented with a fake name at that address, and it apparently went through, I’m not sure my letters reached their intended recipients. Earlier this week, I wrote the Director of Communications, who has not seen fit to respond, though that’s part of the job.

The formal announcement of Pistole’s appointment will be made in Reardon Auditorium about noon on Monday…” Let us pray the student body turns out en masse to renounce this unconscionable insult.

8:36 am on October 25, 2014

“Rawk, Hello, Rawk, Rawk”

These sounds might be found in a transcript of a parrot presenting his views on the state of the world. Or, they might represent the squawking of a member of the species homo psittacines whose habitat is located within any region in which television network cameras reside. Following any shooting, these humanoid-parrots are instantly attracted to the television lights, where keepers await them with the attention they so desperately crave. Their call is well-recognized by bird-watchers: “rawk, rawk, more gun control, more gun control, rawk!” Following today’s shooting at a Washington school, one member of the species was heard announcing that insecure people reflexively turn to guns as a way of restoring order. I wondered if he might be referring to federal and state government officials who have been providing local police (if there is such a thing as “local” police anymore) with automatic weapons, tanks, personnel carriers, grenade-launchers, drones, bullet-proof vests, and other weaponry to be used against the emerging enemy: the American public! Who has spent trillions upon trillions of dollars arming itself against “threats,” be they imagined or concocted? Are the gun-controllers doing anything more than projecting their own appetites for violence onto scapegoats who happen to own rifles or pistols? Do they desire to punish innocent men and women for the more widespread slaughter engaged in by agencies they lack the courage to question?

Our culture is awash in the worship of conflict, violence, wars, destructiveness, and death. To attribute such behavior to the presence of guns in society is no more rational than treating the mania for killing to sun spots. The Defense Department openly admits that an average of twenty-two military veterans commit suicide every day – and without estimating the additional numbers who suffer much psychic pain from their participation in the state’s well-organized psychopathic war system. What is it about our culture – about the ways in which we think and live – that is destroying us? Is it not clear that our conscious minds, the “dark side” of our collective-unconscious, and the depletion of our spiritual sense of what it means to be human, are engaged in a struggle that may decide the fate of our species? The efforts of intelligent men and women would be better directed to these deeper inquiries than in continuing to listen to the garbled squawkings of the bird-brained.

6:12 pm on October 24, 2014

Ben Bradlee, Secret-Government Stalwart

One of the major themes of many of my LRC blogs has been the long-standing intimate connection between the intelligence agencies of the National Security State and the mainstream media, in particular the Washington Post. Examples are found here, here, here, here, and here.  With the death of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, the legendary DC Dave, noted LRC contributor, cogently puts all of this in perspective.

5:00 pm on October 24, 2014

Resistance is Futile, and Grounds for Summary Execution

A drone sent to assimilate technology and living victims on behalf of Star Trek’s Borg Collective:

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A Borg starter kit available to human predator drones sent to deal with people who resist the demands of the state Collective, as displayed at the recent “Urban Shield” SWAT expo in Oakland. (See the terrific, and terrifying, report in Mother Jones.)

Officer Borg

11:37 am on October 24, 2014

Why Wait Until Veterans Day to Worship Veterans?

Gen. Frank Grass, who serves on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was on hand for the 36th annual Salute to the Military in Biloxi, Mississippi, a few days ago. Salute the military for what? Fighting unjust and immoral wars? Using deceived young men as cannon fodder? Invading countries? Occupying countries? Bombing countries?

I just got a hamburger at a local fast-food chain. I salute the fast food workers who prepared it. They do more real good for America than the military.

10:55 am on October 24, 2014

Good for the Anchorage School District

The district has banned military recruiters after the Alaska Army National Guard’s recruiting staff allegedly made inappropriate advances toward high school students and offered them alcohol. Too bad it was not because the high school students who join the military will be cannon fodder and pawns to be abused by the government.

4:23 pm on October 23, 2014

Why ‘Good Cops’ Stay Silent, Continued

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When confronted with an allegation of official misconduct or corruption, a journalist will investigate the complaint. In the same situation, a state-licensed apologist will investigate the complainant, in order to vindicate power in the eyes of the public.

Thus it is probably significant that when Yakima NBC affiliate KNDO decided to follow up on my story about former Yakima PD Officer Adam Basford, the headline it chose was: “I-Team Investigates Blog Claiming Yakima Police Abandoned Officer in Struggle.”

Mr. Basford was shot in the leg while arresting a suspect in a previous shooting. Out of concern for bystanders, Basford didn’t pull his gun, choosing instead to go hands-on with the larger, younger, armed suspect. During the foot pursuit and struggle, Basford called for backup, and claims that none arrived until after he had subdued the suspect. (Although the suspect was a convicted felon who shot a police officer, he was allowed to plead guilty to “attempted first-degree assault.”)

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12:47 pm on October 23, 2014

Corrals, Cowboys and Spontaneous Combustion

Michael Adam in Texas had kindly offered to host me on his radio show last Thursday evening. Then, at the last minute, he postponed our interview:

I have a cow down with an injury and infection that I have to get out of the brush and get into the corral, and am currently searching for her calf today as well, which seems to be well, but is not with her.

The cowboy I have coming to help me will not be done with his regular job until 3:30PM today and … I really don’t see us being done in time to run the show.

Yep, this ranks as my all-time favorite reason for a host’s rescheduling me.

We’ll get to that delayed chat tonight at 8 PM EST, and I think I can guarantee a fascinating time of it: after all, if Mr. Adam is this entertaining off the air, imagine what he’s like on it.

Please join us as we discuss the American Revolution, my novels, Halestorm and Abducting Arnold, the TSA (ahem: Mr. Adam warns me, “I can only talk about TSA for a couple of minutes though, any longer and I spontaneously combust”), the Amerikan police-state, a patriot’s response to totalitarianism, and an update on the injured cow. Call in to say “Howdy” at 347/308-8790. And hey, bring a cowboy with you.

9:31 am on October 23, 2014

Global Warming Debate Over: We’re Doomed

Annual_Average_Temperature_MapAccording to Guy McPherson, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology, etc., at the University of Arizona, (presumably man-made) climate change is “irreversible” and, basically, we’re all doomed.

As I’ve noted before, anyone who actually values human liberty and progress should welcome declarations of the “irreversible” nature of global warming. After all, if there’s nothing we can do to stop it, then we can just get on with our lives and leave humanity to dealing with environmental problems as they come, which is what homo sapiens have been doing for millennia.

So, McPherson’s pronouncement that it’s irreversible is a real load off. We can stop having the debate about whether or not to crush human economic progress with global regulatory efforts to massively reduce everyone’s standard of living via carbon emission controls (except for the super-wealthy and politically-well connected, of course).

But not so fast.  McPherson has come up with a novel twist on this one. Even though humanity is totally doomed, that doesn’t mean we can now just drop the issue and get back to increasing our standards of living as fast as possible in our last remaining years. Nope, we apparently have a responsibility to destroy ourselves to that other animals can have the planet instead. The method of suicide? We must “terminate industrial civilization.”

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9:21 am on October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ralph!

Today is the 78th birthday of Ralph Raico, the foremost historian of classical liberalism.  Among many other works, Ralph is the author of two outstanding collections of essays, Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School and Great Wars and Great Leaders.  As the latter title suggests, he is a great exponent of revisionist history. In all of his work, he shows profound learning, keen analytic powers, and an unwavering commitment to liberty.  He was one of Murray Rothbard’s closest friends and a member of the famous Circle Bastiat. He is also one of the funniest people I have ever met.

9:10 am on October 23, 2014

Speculation as “News,” Assumptions as “Facts”

Whenever some major “breaking news” event is being covered live by the media, one can witness the manner in which the political establishment manipulates the crisis to both create and reinforce the party-line explanation in order to provide Boobus with “his” opinions so as to sound “informed” when speaking with others. This morning’s series of shootings in Ottawa, Canada provide an example. One erstwhile CIA “analyst” – now “security expert” – was interviewed on one news channel, and kept suggesting that this could be a plot carried out by ISIS. The words “assume” and “possibility” kept being used in the interview to overcome the absence of credible evidence, although at one point the self-styled “expert” informed us that the gunman was dressed in black, a color of attire favored by terrorists. The news channel then focused its cameras on the outdoors, where numerous SWAT-team members were pointing their rifles toward different spots in the area. These SWAT-team gunmen were also dressed in black, a fact that caused me to wonder if the expert would extend his analysis to suggest that the shootings were engineered by Canadian police interests.

The American public has long been conditioned in the “lone-nut-with-a-gun” explanation for such acts of violence, and would find it difficult to accept the possibility – so well understood by Europeans – of the agent provocateur as the causal source. The U.S. government hasn’t come forth with its edition of the script, but we may soon be told that this gunman had a Liberian passport and, therefore, may have been part of a terrorist plot to spread the Ebola virus into North America. I share with the late George Carlin the sentiment that “I do not believe anything the government tells me,” an admonition that ought to be at the forefront of our thought processes.

I do not subscribe to any conspiracy explanations that are not supported by evidence. Should a non-establishment (or even anti-establishment) explanation be offered for today’s violence in Ottawa, my skepticism might abate with how officialdom would respond to such an allegation. Would it be rejected out-of-hand? I long ago found it wise to never accept something as true until it had been officially denied.

12:58 pm on October 22, 2014

Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline — Get Killed by a SWAT Team

They kill not because they want to, but because they think it’s right to in some cases;
Have mercy on them and someday they may Have mercy on you — the Mercy Killers…
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— Theme to the imaginary TV show “The Mercy Killers,” as presented in a 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch.

A still-unidentified 35-year-old man from Roy, Utah called a suicide prevention hotline at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning (October 21). A SWAT team showed up and, according to Roy PD spokesman Matt Gwynn, “negotiated” with the “subject” for more than six hours.

“At some point those negotiations failed and unfortunately the SWAT team was involved in a shooting, and the subject is now deceased,” Gwynn told a reporter for the Ogden Standard-Examiner, taking refuge in the familiar, officially-prescribed impersonal language used to describe police shootings.

Eyewitness Ron Smith told the Standard-Examiner that he heard “one shot, and then a pause, and then four or five shots after that, that were very rapid.”

Although he provided no further details from the incident — not even the name of the victim — Gwynn quickly asserted the reasonableness of the lethal actions by his fellow officers.

“officers are authorized to stop a threat whenever their life is threatened, or the life of another is threatened,” recited Gwynn. “And at that point if the officer feels he is justified, he may act to stop that threat.” Note, once again, how Gwynn scrupulously avoids the use of descriptive language acknowledging that one of his comrades just killed another human being.

Police are trained and encouraged to perceive the public at large to be a “threat” to “officer safety”; one illustration of this is the fact that as Gwynn spoke to the reporter in an otherwise placid neighborhood he was wearing body armor beneath his polo shirt. In a situation involving a potentially suicidal person, the formula regurgitated by Detective Gwynn would justify pre-emptive execution of the “subject,” who is, after all, threatening to kill someone.

“We encourage those having suicidal thoughts or tendencies to contact a physician or expert that can talk them through it,” advised Gwynn. “In this particular case he attempted to do that — it’s unfortunate and sad that it failed.”

Gwynn appeared utterly insensible of how his advice would appear to anybody paying attention: Suicidally depressed people who call for help will invariably attract the attention of state functionaries endowed with the power of discretionary killing.

12:41 pm on October 22, 2014

The TSA’s Checklist

In response to yesterday’s post about the TSA’s brush with Ebola and its surprising usefulness as a disposal for old paint cans, our Canadian correspondent, David Maharaj, wonders ”how a TSA goon self-monitors. A check list, I suppose.

A make-believe job: Check

A burning need to live off the productivity of others: Check

A bizarre ability to rationalize away sexually assaulting men, women, and children, on a daily basis: Check.”

David also finds it “truly amazing that a violent institution, such as the state, which routinely drops depleted uranium and hundreds of other toxic elements around their military bases, and during war, has the audacity to point fingers at us about proper recycling techniques for old paint. No self- monitoring there.”

Indeed not. Only dump-truck loads of hypocrisy and totalitarianism.

11:10 am on October 22, 2014

More Vietnam Vets Have Committed Suicide than Were Killed in the War

That is what Marjorie Cohn claims out in “US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History.” Having written about military suicides several times, I have no doubt that what she says is true. What any of these Vietnam vet have committed if they had not gone to Vietnam. Perhaps a few. But not 58,000. Suicide is what fighting an unjust and immoral war leads to. I can’t imagine large numbers of men committing suicide years after actually defending the United States from attack.

Stay out of the military–you might commit suicide later. And that is no hyperbole.

 

6:39 pm on October 21, 2014

At Last! A Use for the TSA!

A guy tried to dispose of some trash, only to find that in totalitarian Amerika, “the dump buries you in dump rules. … [It] refuses to take my cans of old paint unless I buy $45 of cat litter and over a period of several weeks suffer the hassle of drying the paint into a solid form by constantly mixing the cat litter into the liquid paint until it is transformed from a liquid to a rock solid form.”

Ah, but then he recalls “another frustrating place, the Transportation Security Administration,” which confiscated his “Starbucks grande’ mocha in a brand new paper cup with 2% milk, a complimentary cap, no straw, stirred with light whip” before allowing this allegedly free man to board his flight.

How to connect the two? Well, Mr. Genius, on his “very next trip to the airport, … brought two old nasty half full one gallon cans of paint…” And the TSA duly stole and presumably disposed of them. Nice going all the way around! What a pity those brown-sorry, blue-shirted criminals do anything more than relieve us of garbage the unionized, tax-supported “sanitation  workers” won’t. Enterprising passengers ought to set up a system in which, for a small fee, they will transport such contraband as old paint or turpentine cans, Styrofoam, mercury thermometers, etc., to the airport and let the TSA deal with them.

On a related note, “For TSA[,] Cleveland, Ohio is now the center of Ebola attention.” One of the agency’s goons there pawed poor Amber Vinson, the nurse with Ebola who flew home to Texas, in “a routine pat-down,” according to the TSA. Contemplate, if you will, the tyranny inherent in those three little words. At any rate, Ms. Vinson’s sexual assailant “has been placed on paid administrative leave as a precautionary measure,” (emphasis added: aren’t you cheered to know your hard-earned money is subsidizing this gate-rapist’s vacation?) and “was instructed by CDC to self-monitor over the next few days…”

Here’s hoping that “self-monitoring” yields some poetic justice. Heh, heh…

12:51 pm on October 21, 2014

Keynesian Hitman Outraged

Paul Krugman encounters Ron Paul and his ideas on an airplane, and reaches for his slime machine. (Thanks to Norm Singleton)

11:43 am on October 21, 2014

Would ‘President Rothbard’ Shut Down Flights to West Africa?

1280px-HFX_Airport_4Last week in The American Spectator, Emily Zanotti noted that the Obama administration refuses to intervene and shut down flights between West Africa and the US: “Yesterday, the White House reiterated that a ban on flights originating in outbreak countries is not on the table.” According to Zanotti, the rationale is that any disturbance of air travel would negatively impact West African economies.

Zanotti is skeptical of this rationale, saying:

…from a libertarian perspective: free markets are better able to pull people out of poverty than free money, and where we don’t allow capitalism to flourish we end up subsidizing with foreign aid. But if we were talking about President Murray Rothbard, I might consider that awfully practical and economically-focused excuse a real thing. But since this might officially be the first time the Obama Administration has talked their way out of something using unfettered capitalism as an excuse, I consider it suspect.

The larger political point is fair enough, but really, would Rothbard ever make such a simple-minded argument as Zanotti suggests? I recognize that she’s just using Rothbard here as a stand-in for any hard-core free-market libertarian, but it’s highly unlikely that Rothbard would argue, “gee, let’s just let any diseased person fly into any airport anywhere because it would be good for the global economy.”

Key to understanding Rothbard on matters like this is that he identified himself as a “radical decentralist.” He did not make simplistic arguments like “free markets will solve all our problems” and leave it at that. Nor did he think that — like some sort of Marxist — that only a full-blown version of his vision could better achieve the ends he proposed. On the contrary, Rothbard knew that even a move in the direction of truly free markets, through radical decentralization, was better than the centralized state that dictates to all local governments and private owners everywhere. Centralization cuts off every possible solution except the few accepted by the “experts” of the centralized state, and thus ensures that , if the one “official” plan fails, that there is no plan B, or way to prevent the problem from spreading throughout the one, giant national jurisdiction.

In other words, the current lack of decentralization prevents local governments, airlines, airports, or even individual states from having any control over movements between states or into airports. Such matters are all dictated by a single source: the federal government. Were a decentralized approach allowed, however, individual states, cities, airlines, and airports would be responsible for their own safety precautions. Moreover, those making the decisions, i.e.,  those in charge of safety in Atlanta and the Atlanta airport (as just an example), would also be personally affected were the precautions to fail.

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11:38 am on October 21, 2014

The Evil of the US Corporate State on a Cardboard Box

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A war criminal who reveled in the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children and old people on bad-for-you crony cereal. The Breakfast of Vampires. (Thanks to Eli Crydermsn)

UPDATE from Paul Farah: “Free darts in every specially marked box.”

UPDATE from Dave Paradise: “Well, there goes my appetite. Not that I ever really ate Wheaties to begin with, especially after NaturalNews broke the story that Wheaties contains too many heavy metals that flakes can be lifted by magnets.”

10:45 am on October 21, 2014

Sarah Palin Compares ISIS to Hitler

Where else would she make such an idiotic statement but on the Sean Hannity show. It still boggles my mind that some “libertarians” were/are enamored with Palin.

10:01 am on October 21, 2014

French Oil CEO Hated by US

He is killed in a useful air accident in Moscow.

9:31 am on October 21, 2014

Obama Is a Deadbeat

He laughs about it, as the WH censors the transcript.

8:58 am on October 21, 2014

How Much Do Federal Regulations Cost the Economy?

According to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers, federal regulations cost the economy more than $2 trillion every year. And that is only through the year 2012. The cost is certainly higher now. Don’t make the mistake of blaming all of this on Obama. When the Republicans had absolute control of the government for over four years under George W. Bush, did they repeal a single federal regulation? Can you name even one? Of course not. They did the opposite–they added more regulations. Voting Republican next month will not change anything.

7:24 pm on October 20, 2014

Progressives Wish, Rather Than Think or Analyze

Greta Christina is a progressive who opens an article of hers with these words: “I don’t approve of threats of physical violence”. Yet she approves of the state and government. She doesn’t recognize its threats of physical violence or its actual acts of physical violence. How is she thinking? I’ll get to that.

She writes “Nobody should be dehumanizing people — and progressives especially are supposed to be fighting for the dignity, equality, and humanity of everyone. It is hypocritical for us to claim to be doing that, while treating hundreds of millions of people as placeholders.” Yet she approves of a government that dehumanizes people and treats hundreds of millions of people as placeholders. Again, how does she hold to such an ideal and then go ahead and approve of a government that violates it? How is she thinking?

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5:53 pm on October 20, 2014

The Right Way to Implement Wi-Fi Filtering

There is a campaign supported by Southern Baptists requesting that McDonald’s and Starbucks implement pornography filters in conjunction with their free Wi-Fi service at U.S. locations. This is the right way to influence a company to do something. The wrong way is to get the government to pass a law or make a regulation. Unfortunately, many of those who support this campaign would probably also support the government taking action. But at least that is not the case now.

4:41 pm on October 20, 2014

“The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same”

The old cliché still remains true as these two brief videos below of education reformer John Holt demonstrate. While decades old they still forcefully address concerns educators such as myself face every day with our administrators and students. I met Holt about 1973 when he gave a lecture at the University of Tulsa. After his presentation I had the opportunity to discuss with him for some time many of his ideas and concepts regarding schooling and education (not at all synonymous) and to sign my copy of his latest book, Freedom and Beyond.

Over the years I’ve met and discussed these matters with other educational critics such as:

Samuel L. Blumenfeld, author of Is Public Education Necessary?

Sheldon Richman, author of Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families;

and the late Marshall Fritz, chairman, founder, and former president of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State.

The one important person I have not had the opportunity to chat with is the great John Taylor Gatto. 


Here is raw footage of a John Holt interview on the ideas and origins of universal, compulsory government schooling (specifically in Prussia and New England).

Remember the Old Deluder Satan Act of 1647 in the Massachusetts Bay colony was enacted to combat the Puritan notion that “an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.” Holt’s discussion of how teaching the subject of “English” is a rather new thing is confirmed in Albert Jay Nock’s delicious autobiography, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, one of the most fortifying books I have ever read. For over forty years Albert Jay Nock has been a decisive and seminal influence in my life and intellectual world-view.

Nock was one of the great critics of Progressive education. His timeless volume, The Theory of Education in the United States, continues to be ever more relevant by each passing day. Nock was a profound champion of the classic Liberal Arts education which served Western Christendom for centuries. Such “education”  as distinct from “training,” is for a very small select elite, and runs counter to conventional educational dogma, from John Dewey to No Child Left Behind, where egalitarian ideology masks as pedagogy.


Here is one of the last interviews with Holt before his death in 1985. Disillusioned with attempts to reform compulsory government schools, Holt was one of the pioneers behind the early Home School movement. He dispels many of the myths concerning homeschooling and the manner children learn in an unregimented, non-compulsory setting.

12:33 pm on October 20, 2014

Germany Knows Who Shot Down Flight MH-17?

Supposedly a secret investigation by German intelligence reached conclusions about the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine. After head of the BND held a secret briefing to inform the parliamentary control committee of the German Bundestag of his agency’s supposed findings, German magazine Der Spiegel got the leak and reported on it over the weekend.

The reported German findings were in sharp contrast to the preliminary report released by the official investigative group recently, which drew few conclusions. Perhaps the Germans got it right? It is certainly possible. But as I tell RT, I am pretty skeptical considering the excessive secrecy and total lack of transparency which has characterized the entire investigation:

12:00 pm on October 20, 2014

Pulling the Plug on Obummercare

Given the Feds’ efforts to contain Ebola, which look an awful lot like efforts to spread it, we skeptics wonder whether this ineffably evil administration is hoping to scare up business for Obummercare. After all, “Open Enrollment” for 2015 is just around the corner, and last year only “About 8 million Americans signed up,” though an estimated 44 million carry no medical insurance.

I’m one of those 44 million. Nor do I want a policy. And I’m adamant that I will not hand Our Rulers more of my money to purchase from them what my Creator has already endowed on me: my right to remain free from the insurance cartel. So when a friend sent me this article with its list of 30 “exemptions” to Obummercare’s “individual mandate,” I found it highly educational. For example, if “You received a notice for shut-off from a utility company,” Our Rulers won’t fine you for refusing to patronize their cronies hawking insurance. Yep, it’s worth it, going without electricity for a bit…

11:00 am on October 20, 2014

FLASH: Washington Post Lies (Again)!

Award-winning journalist Robert Parry courageously calls out Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, on the latest egregious lie by the CIA’s favorite dead tree rag. One wonders if this means that Janet Cooke will soon be back on staff cranking out one whooper after another.

1:40 am on October 20, 2014

Protests at the Met on Monday

Tomorrow night the Metropolitan Opera will begin the New York premier of the new production of John Adams’s 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. I have written about this previously. The opera is based on the true story of the 1985 hijacking of cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of an elderly American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Some people have ignorantly labeled the opera “anti-Semitic” and “racist,” which it is not. Sadly, there has been a push not only to protest the performances but to have them shut down completely. The anti-free speech crowd, however, did succeed in getting the HD simulcasts canceled so that those people who can’t travel to New York or afford to attend such performances could nevertheless view it on HD. Now they can’t, because of the selfishness and intolerance of political activists who apparently don’ t have the time to think things through. Only an ignoramus could possibly claim that this opera “glorifies terrorism,” as some people have suggested.

“Insiders” have informed Norman Lebrecht of Slippeddisc.com that “trouble is expected Monday night. Police will be on standby. Big demonstration expected on Amsterdam Ave. . . . If there is an interruption in the audience the cause will be found and removed. If necessary the music will be stopped and resumed after disturbance removed. High security in house.”

The “trouble” is not going to be caused by Islamists or Palestinian activists, but by intolerant people who allegedly “support” Israel. Among the protesters who probably won’t cause any trouble will be former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Now there’s someone who has been well-liked here at LRC, that’s for sure. We will see protesters with signs saying what a “racist” and “anti-Semitic” opera Klinghoffer is.

The critics cite speech within the opera in which some of the characters make anti-Jewish remarks, so they conclude that the entire opera is “anti-Semitic” and “racist,” and this is the main reason why they want the entire production shut down. Should we then ban To Kill a Mockingbird and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from libraries because those books use the word “n**ger,” a.k.a the “n-word”? Should we take Blazing Saddles DVDs out of stores and off Amazon.com? And by the way, do these protesters ever want to ban the operas by viciously anti-Semitic composer Richard Wagner? Hmmm?

Of course they don’t want to censor those things, because this isn’t about “racism” or “anti-Semitism.” It’s about Israel. “How dare you criticize or question Israel, or challenge the official narrative regarding Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!” God forbid these people so offended might ever protest Israel’s slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians in Gaza, or the settlers taking Palestinian lands and homes, or would ever discuss how institutionalized racism is in Israel. Oh, but for some reason, the topic of Israel is so sensitive and delicate, we dare not discuss it, or present a musical drama associated with it that’s not in line with the politically correct mainstream mythology of the Land of Israel.

The offended ones who not only protest but want to censor and shut down a performance of a musical work remind me of the Islamic crazies who go after artists for drawing “Allah” in unflattering ways. C’mon, folks, it’s only an opera. These people really confirm for me that our culture’s decline can be seen not in some work of music depicting a terrorist hijacking but in the fact that political correctness and intolerance is definitely on the rise.

1:47 pm on October 19, 2014