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If You Have Been to a Grocery Store in the Past Four Months . . .

. . . then you can also go to vote on election day.  Put a mask on, just like you do when you go grocery shopping.  There is no need for state governments to send paper “mail-in” ballots to every American adult so that the Democrats can practice “ballot harvesting” and steal the election, as they did last time in Orange County, CA and elsewhere.

7:05 am on August 8, 2020

Trump Second Term

President Donald Trump has made some bold challenges to the stagnant foreign policy elite consensus which has proven largely successful (but still too dependent on poor counsel and implementation by neocons). He needs to send all his family and the neocons which have surrounded him who have been his poor advisors packing second term. Nepotism and duplicitous incompetence should not be tolerated.

The accelerated deterioration of our limited constitutional decentralized republic into a corporate socialist welfare-warfare state must be reversed.

In his second term after his reelection he should focus upon building a new peace movement in the tradition of such great leaders as Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, who believed that monopolistic central banking was unconstitutional, and that gold was the people’s money, while fiat paper dollars create a plutocracy which preys on the savings and liberties of the people by bringing the nation ever closer to war.

The suicidal and destructive policy of having American taxpayers subsidize the military-industrial complex so a privileged amoral elite can gain its “blood money,” therefore demanding ever-growing U.S military outlays, defense contracts, and foreign credit expansion must end.

This peace movement must be based in Realpolitik – political realism and the harsh reality of the truth.

And that harsh truth is that America has been ruled by a parallel system of deep power that operates above and in some ways below our system of democratic governance.

This is the deep state established by the National Security Act of 1947 during the Truman regime.

The deep state is beyond the Constitution. It is separate from the American government which we all learned about in grade school, composed of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The deep state has no restrictions on its extra-constitutional actions, no separation of powers, no checks and balances, no transparency or open accounting for its egregious and invasive behavior.

Since after World War II, in the name of fighting the Cold War, this National Security State has been grafted covertly upon the backs of Americans, and is the primal domestic source of all the misery, devastation, and destruction of our once great and noble Republic.

Because of its clandestine nature and covert linkages to organized crime syndicates worldwide, ruthlessness, assassinations, regime change, drug trafficking, extortion and racketeering, money laundering, cyber-crime, and corruption are not aberrations or breakdowns of the deep state, but absolutely endemic to it.

The deep state, driven by the imperial presidency, an acquiescent congress and a complacent federal judiciary, has destroyed the American Republic. This parasitic welfare-warfare state, enabled by the Federal Reserve, fosters, and promotes the profligacy and dependency which is at the root of this destructive process.

In a 1955 study of the United States State Department, foreign policy expert Hans Morgenthau discussed the existence of a US ‘dual state’. According to Morgenthau, the US state included both a ‘regular state hierarchy’ that acts according to the rule of law and a more or less hidden ‘security hierarchy’ which we refer to as the deep state.

In Morgenthau’s view, this security aspect of the state — the ‘security state’ — was able to ‘exert an effective veto over the decisions’ of the regular state governed by the rule of law. While the ‘democratic state’ offers legitimacy to security politics, the deep state intervenes where necessary, by limiting the range of democratic politics.

After the shocking revelations of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, everyone who wants to can see that U.S. national security agencies of the deep state have the latitude to pursue their chosen policies regardless of the decisions of the visible government.

So who makes up the deep state? This sinister alliance is composed of three primary elements.

First, the “too big to fail” Wall Street banks who profit by the billions from taxpayer bailouts stolen from the US treasury and the Fed, who fuel with their plunder the corruption of our political process by their Super Pacs’ funding of their complacent and compliant shills in Congress.

Next, it is composed of the corrupt crony corporatists who again benefit at the public’s expense from their phony “free trade” deals (such as NAFTA and TPP) deindustrializing and destroying by millions the livelihood and jobs of American workers and their families.

Lastly, and most importantly, the deep state is made up of the military-industrial complex comprised of pentagon profiteers and the National Security State it sustains, with seemingly endless no win wars which have murdered millions of hapless victims across the planet, generating terrorism as blowback from its decades of covert actions and preemptive wars of aggression.

It is time therefore for an authentic nationwide peace movement to arise built upon the following principles:

  • Peace and diplomacy based upon a non-interventionist foreign policy structured upon a strong national defense of the political and territorial integrity of the United States, coupled with a policy of strategic disengagement in world affairs. National borders defended by the highest state of the art technology and physical security.
  • Sound Money: The abolition of the Federal Reserve System as the key instrument in the consolidation of political manipulation and control by elite banking institutions of the American economy, and a return to a free-market commodity monetary standard, such as gold coin denominated by weight. No implementation of an Americanized version of the Chinese Social Credit System by crony corporatism. The Fed enables the empire abroad and fosters domestic tyranny at home.
  • Not since President Andrew Jackson hurled the gauntlet at central banker Nicholas Biddle and his Whig presidential aspirant Henry Clay by destroying the central bank of his time, the Second Bank of the United States, has there been such a need for a challenge to the government-financial establishment.
  • No Draft. By vigorous opposition to draft registration and military conscription, we must make it absolutely clear that while we have no intentions of placing the American people at the mercy of brutal collectivist tyrants abroad, we will not tolerate domestically imposed slavery as an alternative.
  • Eliminate participation in the multitude of multilateral and bilateral, inflationary paper money schemes such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the Export-Import Bank used to finance totalitarianism abroad, while impoverishing Americans in catastrophic debt.
  • Free trade and opposition to protectionism.
  • Decentralized real federalism as opposed to a consolidated national government at the expense of the states.
  • No empire building. Bring the troops home to protect the borders.
  • No corporate welfare.

5:01 pm on August 7, 2020

Bugs Bunny At 30,000 Feet

Doug reports,

I found myself needing to fly for the first time in the age of covidiocy, to visit my mother, who may not be around much longer. A four hour flight. Too far to drive. I read on the airline’s website that masks are required on the plane at all times, except when eating. So I thought I would exploit that loophole. As I always have, I brought food with me, a sandwich and some carrots. Masks were required in the airport as well, but I saw a lot of people, including airport employees, wearing them below their noses to breathe normally, so I joined them. As I boarded the plane, the head stewardess (if I may use that retro term), appropriately named Karen (I kid you not!) told me to pull the miserable thing up over my nose. Not wanting to be thrown off the flight, I complied. But as soon as the plane reached altitude and leveled off, I put my plan into action. Out came the sandwich and a book (the kind with actual pages) and off came the mask. I took a small bite of the sandwich, put it on the tray table, and began reading. Every ten minutes or so, or whenever I saw a stewardess approaching, I picked it up and took another bite. That sandwich lasted an hour! Then I took out a carrot, and held it in my right hand, adjacent to the aisle, while holding the book. Once again, every ten minutes or so, or whenever I saw a stewardess approaching, I nibbled a few millimeters off the end of the carrot. That carrot lasted the rest of the flight! As we began to descend, I finished the carrot and put the mask back on. At that time the man across the aisle tapped me on the shoulder and said “I saw what you did with the carrot. That was brilliant! I’m going to steal your idea.” I asked him was this his final destination. He said no, he had a connecting flight. So I gave him a carrot. 

Nurture defiance, one veggie at a time!

3:11 pm on August 7, 2020

The death of the GOP may be the best thing for conservatives and libertarians

If there’s one thing good Trump has done, it’s his excommunication of such irksome, scummy cretins as William Kristol, Rick Wilson, and John Kasich from the GOP. Thankfully, these people only garner attention from a small crowd nowadays (but a crowd that could nonetheless be decisive in this election).

But the Senate Republicans, i.e., Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, are no less destructive. They’ve plundered Americans with massive deficits and unnecessary wars, and have remained indifferent in the culture war, as the flux of progressivism continues to sweep away the fundamental underpinnings of Western civilization as we know it.

So how do these people call themselves decent “conservatives” and what are they conserving? And what good is the GOP, if it can’t conserve traditions fundamental to the Western identity? I answer these questions in my latest article for the Epoch Times!

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1:10 pm on August 7, 2020

Nazi Germany’s Most Grotesque Secret to Win World War II

As World War II began, National Socialist Germany hatched one of its most devious and notorious plots to bring Britain to its knees. Instead of bombing the country with the power of explosives, Germany would bomb its enemy with money. Operation Bernhard began forging British banknotes of such quality that one Bank of England official called them “the most dangerous ever seen.” The intent was to collapse the British economy and sow chaos by showering its citizens with free money, falling from the sky.

The unit in charge of replicating the money successfully duplicated the rag paper used by the British, engraving near-identical blocks. The Germans also cracked the algorithm that gave each banknote its alphanumeric serial code. It was only through the capture and interrogation of German intelligence leader Alfred Naujocks that the plot was eventually foiled…

The destructive and insidious force of inflation, whether deliberately engineered by the central bank of one’s own country, or by conspiratorial counterfeiters of another nation using it as a weapon of mass destruction of monetary integrity, is well known. Perhaps these Operation Bernhard conspirators were guided by what they had read in the foreword of the 1936 German edition of John Maynard Keynes General Theory, where he observed:

The theory of aggregate production, which is the point of of the following book, nevertheless can be much easier adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state than the theory of production and distribution of a given production put forth under conditions of free competition and a large degree of laissez-faire. This is one of the reasons that justifies the fact that I call my theory a general theory.

The National Socialist state was the first to adopt and implement Military Keynesianism, followed during the War by the National Security State under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman in the US. 

12:54 pm on August 7, 2020

Some of Those 7000 That Haven’t Bowed the Knee to Baal

Mr. Anonymous writes: 

…out here in California, we’re having church as normal. [Wednesday] night the place was packed. There were at least a couple hundred people not social distancing and no masks. Worshipping the LORD at the top of our lungs. IT WAS AWESOME!  As the pastor says, “This is the most normal place I’ve been all week.”

I empathize. And I urge all Parsons Goat to stop striving to please the Satanic State with anti-social distancing and muzzles. Your only goals should be preaching the Gospel (hard to do when you look like a bandit or a lunatic) and praising God (is it even possible to do so from behind a symbol of the occult?).

7:41 am on August 7, 2020

Who Was the Most Important and Influential American Private Citizen in the Last 100 Years?

I would venture that our LRC readership is up on world affairs and knowledge of domestic events in the US, very much more than the average person. If I were to ask you (and a scientific random sample of the American public) who was the most important and influential American private citizen in the last 100 years, which name would come to mind? I speculate that only an infinitesimal amount of the populace would name the person described below, and instead put forth some insipid celebrity. To me, perhaps more than anything else, this describes the vast willfully ignorant state of Americans regarding both their history and how the world truly operates.

Check out these varied and eclectic references to the individual described above:  here, here, here, here, here here, herehere, hereherehere, herehere, here, here, and here.

11:10 pm on August 6, 2020

Freeman Dyson Interview

On this 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima it is entirely proper to view this penetrating interview with the late Freeman Dyson who died earlier this year in February.

Freeman Dyson was an esteemed mathematician and theoretical physicist at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. In this interview, Dyson discusses his work at England’s Bomber Command in World War II, tracking the position of bomber forces. He explains the importance of scientific innovation in wartime, the effectiveness of strategic bombing campaigns, and why civil defense worked better in Germany than in Britain. Dyson later worked with Manhattan Project veterans Hans Bethe, Richard Feynman, and Robert R. Wilson, and recalls how they felt about the project. He discusses Niels Bohr and J. Robert Oppenheimer’s ideas for international control of nuclear weapons, and what methods he thinks would work best to further nonproliferation efforts today. Dyson also remembers visiting Oak Ridge, and explains Oak Ridge’s important role in building innovative nuclear reactors and conducting biological experiments.

7:54 pm on August 6, 2020

Fr. James Altman: God Gave Us A Brain, Let Us Use It

6:50 pm on August 6, 2020

Sad! Cuomo Begs The Rich To Return To State He Ruined!

12:38 pm on August 6, 2020

In The Old Days Life Was So Much Simpler

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In the old days life was so much simpler. If you were an attentive reader of select publications of the Old Left (George Seldes’ In Fact newsletter) and the Old Right (the Chicago Tribune), you knew exactly who stood at the pinnacle of the power elite. This elite was composed of two financial-industrial blocs of the northeastern seaboard Establishment. They were the J. P. Morgan bloc and the Rockefeller bloc.

This central fact was clearly stated by economist and historian Murray N. Rothbard at the beginning of his chapter, “From Hoover To Roosevelt: The Federal Reserve and the Financial Elites,” found in his A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era To World War II, Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2002:

“This (analysis) is grounded on the insight that American politics, from the turn of the twentieth century until World War II, can far better comprehended by studying the interrelationship of major financial groupings than by studying the superficial and often sham struggles between Democrats and Republicans. In particular, American politics in this period was marked by a fierce struggle between two major financial-industrial groupings: the interests clustered around the House of Morgan on the one hand, and an alliance of Rockefeller (oil), Harriman (railroad), and Kuhn, Loeb (investment banking) interests on the other. “

Above we have a rare revealing photo publicly capturing this dynamic of the rival two blocs. There is John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (far left) and the principal Morgan banker Thomas Lamont (center). They are both attending a dinner banquet of the Associated Canadian Organization of New York on June 18, 1941. 

Ah, Bloods and Crips together at last!

Actually the elite would meet covertly in the building below, the Harold Pratt House in New York, headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations. All discussions and meetings were secret and off-the-record, governed by what was described as “Chatham House Rules.” 


While the Round Table (the Milner group), the British elite’s counter-point to the CFR, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, would meet at Chatham House, in London:


Steve Sailer’s article posted on LRC, “Carroll Quigley’s Conspiracy Theory: The Milner Group,” is an excellent summary of the important influence in world history played by the imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his Anglosphere heirs. In the Preface to his book, The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden, Quigley noted:

I have been told that the story I relate here would be better left untold, since it would provide ammunition for the enemies of what I admire. I do not share this view. The last thing I should wish is that anything I write could be used by the Anglophobes and isolationists of the Chicago Tribune. But I feel that the truth has a right to be told, and once told, can be an injury to no men of good will. Only by a knowledge of the errors of the past is it possible to correct the tactics of the future.

Although his book was written in 1949 it was not published until after his death in 1981. Ironically Quigley was correct concerning the contents of his expose’. As Murray N. Rothbard pointed out in his semi-autobiographical masterwork, The Betrayal of the American Right, the Midwestern voice of Old Right non-interventionism, Colonel Robert McCormick’s Chicago Tribune, published a contemporaneous series of hard-hitting muckraking articles in 1951 attacking what Rothbard described as “the Wall Street-Anglophile Establishment”: “Rhodes’ Goal: Return U.S. to British Empire,” “Rhodes Ideals Slant State Department Policies,”Rhodes’ Wards Hawk Global Scheme in U.S.,” “Rhodes Grads Influential in Eastern Press — Aid British, Global Propaganda,” “Even Congress Not Immune to Rhodes’ Ideas,” and “OWI Propaganda Linked to Rhodes Men.” Here are my reflections concerning Carroll Quigley’s later seminal volume, Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time. Quigley was the author of two other books, The Evolution of Civilizations: An introduction to Historical Analysis; and Weapon Systems and Political Stability: A History.

9:16 am on August 6, 2020

Apologists of Stalinist Mass Murder and Repression

Alfred Eugene Kahn was a journalist and secret member of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) during World War II.

Kahn was a graduate of Dartmouth College and winner of the Crawford-Campbell Literary Fellowship, Mr. Kahn in 1939 became Executive Secretary of the American Council Against Nazi Propaganda, of which the late William E. Dodd, Sr., former Ambassador to Germany, was Chairman. Kahn also edited of The Hour, a confidential newsletter devoted to exposing German and Japanese fifth column operations.

In 1946 the San Francisco KGB suggested that Kahn be recruited into Soviet espionage. Kahn requested that Julia Older, who worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), obtain information. Elizabeth Bentley stated in her deposition to the FBI that Kahn had furnished information directly to Jacob Golos and herself in 1942 on immigrant Ukrainians hostile to the Soviet Union. Kahn is referenced as code name “Fighter” in Venona project decypt # 247 San Francisco to Moscow, 14 June 1946.

The Great Conspiracy: The Secret War Against Russia (1946) was an international bestseller. On the Moscow purge trials, the authors accepted as valid the charges of treason against former Soviet leaders, and the underlying allegation of plots to overthrow the Soviet state, assassinate Lenin, Stalin, Gorky, and others.

Under Cover: My Four Years in the Nazi Underworld of America – The Amazing Revelation of How Axis Agents and Our Enemies Within Are Now Plotting To Destroy the United States became a best seller when published in 1943.

John Roy Carlson (April 9, 1909 – April 23, 1991, New York City) is one of the many pen names of Arthur Derounian, born Avedis Boghos Derounian.

Pro-Soviet propagandist Derounian was a self-appointed investigator of subversive activity, and infiltrated numerous “patriotic” groups, some of which he listed in the opening of his book Under Cover: German American Bund, Christian Front, American Nationalist Party, American Women Against Communism, The Gray Shirts, America First Committee, Christian Mobilizers, The American Defense Society, Anglo-Saxon Federation of America, National Workers League, Yankee Freemen, Flanders Hall, American Patriots among many others.

He was a master at guilt-by-association and smearing individuals opposed to US intervention in World War II. Derounian was also the chief investigator of the British intelligence front, Friends of Democracy, which campaigned for American intervention in WWII,.

“By this time a smear campaign against the America First Committee had begun. The ultra-interventionist pro-New Deal group led by the Reverend Leon M. Birkhead, the “Friends of Democracy,” was in the forefront of this vicious campaign, which sought to equate anti-war sentiment with support for Hitler and Mussolini. Birkhead hired the notorious John Roy Carlson as an agent provocateur. Carlson’s real name was Avedis Derounian; using yet another alias, “George Pagnanelli,” he passed himself off as an Italian and joined the isolationist movement. “Pagnanelli” pretended to be an antiSemite, even going so far as to put out an antiJewish hate sheet, the Defender, the purpose of which was to spread the calumny that the antiwar movement was pro-Nazi. While there undoubtedly was a pro-Nazi fringe, Carlson’s effort to smear all or even most America First supporters with the brush of Hitlerism was a crude lie. In his book Under Cover, he uses the old trick of focusing on the activities of marginal bigots, who are then quoted expressing agreement with the anti-war arguments of AFC members like Flynn and other leading figures. The atmosphere of war hysteria and leader worship that permeated the pre-war years is brought home in Under Cover and its sequel, The Plotters, where Carlson equates all criticism of the New Deal and Roosevelt with treason and support for Hitler. The tragedy of those years is that Carlson’s diatribe was put out by a major publisher and became a bestseller, reviewed in all the mass-circulation journals, while Flynn’s reply, The Smear Terror, was privately published and received only a limited circulation.”

— Justin Raimodo, from “John T. Flynn: Exemplar of the Old Right”

Short, unattractive, hobbling about Stalin’s Moscow on a wooden leg, Walter Duranty was an unlikely candidate for the world’s most famous foreign correspondent. Yet for almost twenty years his articles filled the front page of The New York Times with gripping coverage of the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. A witty, engaging, impish character with a flamboyant life-style, he was a Pulitzer Prize winner, the individual most credited with helping to win U.S. recognition for the Soviet regime, and the reporter who had predicted the success of the Bolshevik state when all others claimed it was doomed. But, as S.J. Taylor reveals in this provocative biography, Walter Duranty played a key role in perpetrating some of the greatest lies history has ever known.

Stalin’s Apologist deftly unfolds the story of this accomplished but sordid and tragic life. Drawing on sources ranging from newspapers to private letters and journals to interviews with such figures as William Shirer and W. Averell Harriman, Taylor’s vivid narrative unveils a figure driven by ambition, whose early success reporting on Bolshevik Russia–he was foremost in predicting Stalin’s rise to power–established his international reputation, fed his overconfident contempt for his colleagues, and indeed led him to identify with the Soviet dictator. Thus during the great Ukrainian famine of the early 1930s, which Stalin engineered to crush millions of peasants who resisted his policies, Duranty dismissed other correspondents’ reports of mass starvation and, though secretly aware of the full scale of the horror, effectively reinforced the official cover-up of one of history’s greatest man-made disasters. Later, he took the rigged show trials of Stalin’s Great Purges at face value, blithely accepting the guilt of the victims. He believed himself the leading expert on the Soviet Union, and his faith in his own insight drew him into a downward spiral of distortions and untruths, typified by his memorable excuse for Stalin’s crimes, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”

Communist Gerald Horne is one of the most prolific academic apologists for Communism and its adherents in American academia. This is his laudatory biography of the internationally celebrated Stalinist Paul Robeson.

A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages: these could be the crowning achievements of a life well-lived. Yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling of social justice led him to abandon both the NFL and Hollywood and become one of the most important political activists of his generation, a crusader for freedom and equality who battled both Jim Crow and Joseph McCarthy.

In Paul Robeson, Gerald Horne discovers within Robeson’s remarkable and revolutionary life the story of the twentieth century’s great political struggles: against racism, against colonialism, against poverty—and for international socialism. This critical and searching biography provides an opportunity for readers to comprehend the triumphs and tragedies of the revolutionary progressive movement of which Robeson was not just a part, but perhaps its most resonant symbol.

Gerald Horne serves on the editorial board of the Communist Party USA’s journal,  Political Affairs. He holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. His most recent books are: The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the USA; Race War!: White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British EmpireBlack Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle and Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University. Other books written by Horne include: Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow ; Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii ; W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography ; Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois ; The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten; The White Pacific: U.S. Imperialism and Black Slavery in the South Seas after the Civil War, Cold War in a Hot Zone: The United States Confronts Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies, and The End of Empires: African Americans in India.

Mario Sousa is a member of the Communist Party in Sweden, KPML. This article was published in the Communist newspaper Proletären in April 1998. In the article he attacks the historical integrity and veracity of historians Robert Conquest and Alexander Solzhenitsyn in their discussions of the horrific genocidal crimes of mass murder under Joseph Stalin.

WHEN THE SOVIET UNION went under, Russian historians and citizens’ movements began to confront Communist crimes. Mass graves were unearthed. New documents pointing to Lenin’s culpability were uncovered. In Western Europe, as well, the recent publication of The Black Book of Communism and Francois Furet’s The Passing of an Illusion has marked a major shift, even a revision, in traditionally lenient attitudes toward Stalinism. While these books’ likening of communism to Nazism created a vigorous debate, no one challenged their indictments, let alone sought to defend Stalinism.

Why have noted Western intellectuals from George Bernard Shaw to Jean-Paul Sartre to Susan Sontag embraced the vision of various “revolutionary” societies, often in their most repressive historical phase, while downgrading (and yet enjoying) the benefits of Western liberal pluralistic political cultures? How have the delusions and dreams of many Western observers of the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and other socialist states contributed to a moral and political double standard? Paul Hollander explores these crucial questions in a remarkable study of travel reports on socialist countries written by Western visitors. Observing that political pilgrims represent a tradition of seeking alternatives to flawed social arrangements at home, Hollander also suggests that underlying these visits is a quest for meaning, purpose, and sense of community that intellectuals feel increasingly deprived of in secular and individualistic societies in the West.

8:15 pm on August 5, 2020

The Steele Dossier and Exodus 23:1

Putting together bits and pieces published over the past 4 years, we now know more surely than ever before that the Steele dossier was a false report.

Exodus 23:1 directs us as follows (King James Version): “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” The Living Bible, which paraphrases, reads “Do not pass along untrue reports. Do not cooperate with an evil man by affirming on the witness stand something you know is false.”

This is precisely what a host of Americans in positions of authority and responsibility did, and in the process they brought us all down.

Matthew Henry explains this verse in depth and why it’s so important not to bear false witness and, more generally, not to indulge in slander, character assassination and libel.

“1. The witnesses are here cautioned that they neither occasion an innocent man to be indicted, by raising a false report of him and setting common fame against him, nor assist in the prosecution of an innocent man, or one whom they do not know to be guilty, by putting their hand in swearing as witnesses against him, v. 1. Bearing false witness against a man, in a matter that touches his life, has in it all the guilty of lying, perjury, malice, theft, murder, with the additional stains of colouring all with a pretence of justice and involving many others in the same guilt. There is scarcely any one act of wickedness that a man can possibly be guilty of which has in it a greater implication of villanies than this has. Yet the former part of this caution is to be extended, not only to judicial proceedings, but to common conversation; so that slandering and backbiting are a species of falsewitness-bearing. A man’s reputation lies as much at the mercy of every company as his estate or life does at the mercy of a judge or jury; so that he who raises, or knowingly spreads, a false report against his neighbour, especially if the report be made to wise and good men whose esteem one would desire to enjoy, sins as much against the laws of truth, justice, and charity, as a false witness does—with this further mischief, that he leaves it not in the power of the person injured to obtain redress. That which we translate, Thou shalt not raise, the margin reads, Thou shalt not receive a false report; for sometimes the receiver, in this case, is as bad as the thief; and a backbiting tongue would not do so much mischief as it does if it were not countenanced. Sometimes we cannot avoid hearing a false report, but we must not receive it, that is, we must not hear it with pleasure and delight as those that rejoice in iniquity, nor give credit to it as long as there remains any cause to question the truth of it. This is charity to our neighbour’s good name, and doing as we would be done by.”

The Department of Justice is weighing indictments for crimes having to do with this false Steele report, its origin, its spread and its misuses. The reach of the DOJ cases is unknown to us at this time, but enormous damage has already been done to our society by a large number of people, especially in government and media, who did exactly what God has told us not to do.

The adjacent verse in Exodus 23:2 happens to read (KJV) “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.” Or paraphrased “Don’t join mobs intent on evil”. Today we see mobs intent on evil, and what’s worse we see elected officials and media who support them, again in direct violation of God’s judicial laws.

We all pay a price for such disobedience even if we are not directly involved. God has made that clear time and time again.

6:59 pm on August 5, 2020

Select Resources on Soviet Espionage Against the United States

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a murderous parasitic regime responsible for the deaths of over sixty million of its own subjects by its state security forces, and over twenty seven million persons killed during the Second World War. This later devastating conflict was enabled by the duplicitous actions of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his Politburo of killers and that of German National Socialist Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his murderous henchmen. Here are books on the story of the Cold War which followed that conflict.

Excellent archive of articles, books, and speeches by one of most authoritative experts on Soviet espionage, counter-intelligence and KGB/GRU penetration of American domestic institutions.

Left-wing historians’ sympathy for American communism is an example of ideological bias and self-deception comparable to Holocaust denial, according to this uncompromising manifesto. Haynes and Klehr, historians and authors of The Secret World of American Communism, rehash major Cold War controversies-including Moscow’s financial subsidies to the American Communist Party, the espionage cases against the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss, and American communists’ support for the Hitler-Stalin pact-in light of material from recently opened Soviet archives. But their focus is on the response of what they see as a left-wing “revisionist” academic establishment to new revelations about Stalin’s crimes and American communists’ subservience to Moscow.

Taking on leading history journals and prominent scholars like Ellen Schrecker, Eric Foner and Victor Navasky, the authors accuse revisionists of ignoring, downplaying and distorting the mounting evidence of communist espionage and subversion in the United States. Instead of facing facts, they argue, revisionists have propagated a mythology of American communism as a benign, idealistic, home-grown progressive movement destroyed by McCarthyite persecution, a caricature that “resembles more the chaotic New Left of the late 1960s than the rigid Leninist party it was.” The authors champion a liberal, anticommunist “traditionalist” historiography, asserting that America’s post-war campaign against communist subversion (McCarthy’s excesses aside) was “a rational and understandable response to a real danger to American democracy.”

While their confrontational tone and penchant for academic score-settling will inflame rather than settle these rancorous debates, their incisive analysis and meticulous attention to evidence make this a formidable rejoinder to left-wing orthodoxies.

In this definitive history of the evolution of the Communist party in America—from its early background through its founding in 1919 to its emergence as a legal entity in the 1920s—Theodore Draper traces the native and foreign strains that comprised the party, its shifting policies, and its secret as well as its open activities. He makes clear how the party in its infancy “was transformed from a new expression of American radicalism to the American appendage of a Russian revolutionary power.”

“An outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding of the Communist movement in this country.”—George F. Kennan.

“Provides the indispensable foundations for any understanding of American communism. Mr. Draper has unraveled the knotted threads of factionalism…and has presented the story with clarity, insight, and objectivity. He has woven all aspects—doctrinal, organizational, personal—into a coherent critical narrative.”—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., New York Times.

“An uncommonly good book.”—Sidney Hook.

For the first time, the hidden world of American communism can be examined with the help of documents from the recently opened archives of the former Soviet Union. Interweaving narrative and documents, the authors of this book present a convincing new picture of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), providing proof that it was involved in espionage and other subversive activities. At the same time, they disclose fascinating details about the workings of the party and about the ordinary Americans and CPUSA leaders who participated in its clandestine activities.

“A formidable achievement in archival research. No one will be able to write about the cpusa in the future without reference to this volume.”-Maurice Isserman, Nation

“A memorable, powerful book. . . . One of this year’s most significant books about twentieth-century American political history.”-David J. Garrow, New York Newsday

“This book contains the first new revelation about American Communism in a generation. It is superbly edited and admirably presented. No one interested in the history of the American Communism can afford to miss it.”-Theodore Draper Harvey Klehr, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Politics at Emory University, is also the author of The Heyday of American Communism. John Earl Haynes is a specialist in twentieth-century American history at the Library of Congress. Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov is formerly of the Comintern Archive at the Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Recent History

Drawing on documents newly available from Russian archives, this important book conclusively demonstrates the continuous and intimate ties between the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) and Moscow. Digging even deeper than the authors` earlier volume, The Secret World of American Communism, it conclusively demonstrates that the CPUSA was little more than a pawn of the Soviet regime.

This stunning book, based on KGB archives that have never come to light before, provides the most complete account of Soviet espionage in America ever written. In 1993, former KGB officer Alexander Vassiliev was permitted unique access to Stalin-era records of Soviet intelligence operations against the United States. Years later, living in Britain, Vassiliev retrieved his extensive notebooks of transcribed documents from Moscow. With these notebooks John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have meticulously constructed a new, sometimes shocking, historical account.

Along with general insights into espionage tactics and the motives of Americans who spied for Stalin, Spies resolves specific, long-seething controversies. The book confirms, among many other things, that Alger Hiss cooperated with Soviet intelligence over a long period of years, that journalist I. F. Stone worked on behalf of the KGB in the 1930s, and that Robert Oppenheimer was never recruited by Soviet intelligence. Spies also uncovers numerous American spies who were never even under suspicion and satisfyingly identifies the last unaccounted for American nuclear spies. Vassiliev tells the story of the notebooks and his own extraordinary life in a gripping introduction to the volume.

Communism was never a popular ideology in America, but the vehemence of American anticommunism varied from passive disdain in the 1920s to fervent hostility in the early years of the Cold War. Nothing so stimulated the white hot anticommunism of the late 1940s and 1950s more than a series of spy trials that revealed that American Communists had co-operated with Soviet espionage against the United States and had assisted in stealing the technical secrets of the atomic bomb as well as penetrating the U.S. State Department, the Treasury Department, and the White House itself. This book reviews the major spy cases of the early Cold War (Hiss-Chambers, Rosenberg, Bentley, Gouzenko, Coplon, Amerasia and others) and the often-frustrating clashes between the exacting rules of the American criminal justice system and the requirements of effective counter-espionage.

Drawing upon previously secret KGB records released exclusively to Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev, The Haunted Wood reveals for the first time the riveting story of Soviet espionage’s “golden age” in the United States, from the 1930s through the early cold war.

Until now, many sinister events that transpired in the clash of the world’s superpowers at the close of World War II and the ensuing Cold War era have been ignored, distorted, and kept hidden from the public. Through a meticulous examination of primary sources and disclosure of formerly secret records, this riveting account of the widespread infiltration of the federal government by Stalin’s “agents of influence” and the damage they inflicted will shock readers.

Focusing on the wartime conferences of Teheran and Yalta, veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans and intelligence expert Herbert Romerstein, the former head of the U.S. Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation, draw upon years of research and a meticulous examination of primary sources to trace the vast deception that kept Stalin’s henchmen on the federal payroll and sabotaged policy overseas in favor of the Soviet Union. While FDR’s health and mental capacities weakened, aides such as Lauchlin Currie and Harry Hopkins exerted pro-Red influence on U.S. policy—leading to massive breaches of internal security and the betrayal of free-world interests. Along with revealing the extent to which the Soviet threat was obfuscated or denied, this in-depth analysis exposes the rigging of at least two grand juries and the subsequent multilayered cover-up to protect those who let the infiltration happen. Countless officials of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations turned a blind eye to the penetration problem. The documents and facts presented in this thoroughly researched exposé indict in historical retrospect the people responsible for these corruptions of justice.

Drawing on secret and therefore candid coded telegraphs exchanged between Communist Party leaders around the world and their overseers at the Communist International (Comintern) headquarters in Moscow, this book uncovers key aspects of the history of the Comintern and its significant role in the Stalinist ruling system during the years 1933 to 1943. New information on aspects of the People’s Front in France, civil wars in Spain and China, World War II, and the extent of the Comintern’s cooperation with Soviet intelligence is brought to light through these archival records, never examined before.

The Amerasia affair was the first of the great spy cases of the postwar era. In June 1945, six people associated with the magazine Amerasia were arrested by the FBI and accused of espionage on behalf of the Chinese Communists. But only two, the editor of Amerasia and a minor government employee, were convicted of any offense, and their convictions were merely for unauthorized possession of government documents. Harvey Klehr and Ronald Radosh provide a full-scale history of the first public drama featuring charges that respectable American citizens had spied for the Communists.The Amerasia case remained a staple in American political life for the next half-decade. It provoked charges by conservatives of a cover-up of extensive Communist infiltration of the government and accusations by liberals of a witch-hunt designed to intimidate the press. And it played a significant role in the hearings held to examine Senator Joseph McCarthy’s charge that the State Department had been infiltrated by a clique of ‘card carrying Communists.’ Klehr and Radosh, the first researchers to have obtained the FBI files on the case, show that a cover-up was indeed orchestrated by prominent government officials.

Using primarily information provided in the Navy’s official investigation of the death of America’s first Secretary of Defense, which had been kept secret for 55 years,The Assassinationof James Forrestal thoroughly demolishes the widely believed view that Forrestal’s fall from a 16th-floor window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 22, 1949, was an act of suicide. The official report, in fact, did not conclude that Forrestal committed suicide. It concluded only that the fall caused his death and that no one in the U.S. Navy was responsible for it. A major reason why the suicide thesis is still widely believed is that the news of the release of the official report, which the author obtained through the Freedom of Information Act in 2004, has been effectively suppressed.

Building upon what he has long made available on his web site, and in the manner of his 2018 book,The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation, co-authored with Hugh Turley, David Martin breaks through the wall of silence and misinformation. This meticulous examination of the violent death of the leading government critic of American support for the creation of the state of Israel is vital to an understanding of U.S. and world history since the mid-20th century.

Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.

But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.

Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.

Blacklisted by History shows, for instance, that the FBI knew as early as 1942 that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb project, had been identified by Communist leaders as a party member; that high-level U.S. officials were warned that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy almost a decade before the Hiss case became a public scandal; that a cabal of White House, Justice Department, and State Department officials lied about and covered up the Amerasia spy case; and that the State Department had been heavily penetrated by Communists and Soviet agents before McCarthy came on the scene.

Evans also shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era (“I have here in my hand . . .”), the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, the matter of leading McCarthy suspect Owen Lattimore, the Annie Lee Moss case, the Army-McCarthy hearings, and much more.

In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. But as Evans writes, “The real Joe McCarthy has vanished into the mists of fable and recycled error, so that it takes the equivalent of a dragnet search to find him.” Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since.

CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond the view of the public, Congress, and even the president. He unwittingly shared intelligence secrets with Soviet spy Kim Philby, a member of the notorious Cambridge spy ring. He launched mass surveillance by opening the mail of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He abetted a scheme to aid Israel’s own nuclear efforts, disregarding U.S. security. He committed perjury and obstructed the JFK assassination investigation. He oversaw a massive spying operation on the antiwar and black nationalist movements and he initiated an obsessive search for communist moles that nearly destroyed the Agency.

In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton’s dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency’s MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet during his seemingly lawless reign in the CIA, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation’s enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day.

The precarious “shock and awe” doctrine of preemptive war has become increasingly dominant in national security policy circles. These classic films on the Cold War have again regained a striking relevance and importance. Let them both entertain and educate you on the vital issues of war, espionage, and the deadly terror of nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

5:06 pm on August 5, 2020

HIROSHIMA: The Decision to Drop the Bomb

It was August 1945, and American Marines were being slaughtered by the thousands as they advanced on the islands surrounding Japan. What the U.S. needed was a secret weapon that would end the war swiftly. Or did it? Investigate the disturbing events that led to the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan alongside leading historians and military experts. Hear why Japan’s ability to fight effectively had largely been eliminated before the bomb was dropped. Examine new evidence that has come to light in the 75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Did President Truman order the attack despite knowing Japan was willing to surrender? Was it political motivation that drove him to defy his closest advisors? Find out for yourself in this powerful documentary program.

The Venona Secrets presents one of the last great, untold stories of World War II and the Cold War. In 1995 the Venona documents secret Soviet cable traffic from the 1940s that the United States intercepted and eventually decrypted finally became available to American historians. Now, after spending more than five years researching all the available evidence, espionage experts Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel reveal the full, shocking story of the days when Soviet spies ran their fingers through America s atomic-age secrets.

Included in The Venona Secrets are the details of the spying activities that reached from Harry Hopkins in Franklin Roosevelt s White House to Alger Hiss in the State Department to Harry Dexter White in the Treasury. More than that, The Venona Secrets exposes: information that links Albert Einstein to Soviet intelligence and conclusive evidence showing that J. Robert Oppenheimer gave Moscow our atomic secrets How Soviet espionage reached its height when the United States and the Soviet Union were supposedly allies in World War II The previously unsuspected vast network of Soviet spies in America How the Venona documents confirm the controversial revelations made in the 1940s by former Soviet agents Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley.

The role of the American Communist Party in supporting and directing Soviet agents How Stalin s paranoia had him target Jews (code-named Rats ) and Trotskyites even after Trotsky s death How the Soviets penetrated America s own intelligence services The Venona Secrets is a masterful compendium of spy versus spy that puts the Venona transcripts in context with secret FBI reports, congressional investigations, and documents recently uncovered in the former Soviet archives. Romerstein and Breindel cast a spotlight on one of the most shadowy episodes in recent American history a past when treason infected Washington and Soviet agents were shielded, either wittingly or unwittingly, by our very own government officials.

The Venona secret US army project of the 1940’s was a monumental achievement in this history of American code breaking and one of the America’s most closely guarded secrets. This book exposes the greatest domestic counter-espionage operation that has ever been launched against the Soviet Union.

Excellent archive of articles, books, and speeches by one of most authoritative experts on Soviet espionage, counter-intelligence and KGB/GRU penetration of American domestic institutions.


3:39 pm on August 5, 2020

Think The Covid Vaccine Will End Lockdowns? Think Again!

12:53 pm on August 5, 2020

Lockdown Communism

The COVID-inspired lockdowns, a worldwide phenomenon, are aptly termed LOCKDOWN COMMUNISM. The people who put the lockdowns in place were state officials, and they used the powers of the state to enforce them. In doing so, they destroyed private property. They violated property rights. They tore up property-based contracts. It is this massive state-led and state-made destruction of all sorts of property rights that places the lockdowns in the category of communism. Communism is a primitive social system that’s characterized by the state-enforced abolition of private property. Communism enforces decrees that shape social, economic and political control. That is precisely what lockdowns have done and continue to do.

A few of the details of lockdown communism appear here. “By mid April, nearly 300 million people, or about 90 per cent of the population, were under some form of lockdown in the United States…” Quoting this account that uses some value-laden and biased adjectives, there have been “Closing of schools and kindergartens. Closing of non-essential shops (shops and stores apart from food, doctors and drug stores). Closing of non-essential production. Cancellation of recreational venues and closing of public places. Curfews. Stay-at-home orders and total movement control. Border closures. Social distancing measures and social movement restrictions. Travel restrictions.” Church services and gatherings have been singled out for restrictions.

All of these restrictions and others like them abolish private property, abolish contracts and disrupt the production of goods and services. Government decrees bring this about and these decrees replace the pre-COVID private property relations. This is why the entire lockdown phenomenon has to be understood to be lockdown communism.

It is shocking that a great part of the world’s countries would adopt communism as a problem-solving method to cope with a virus. Communism, we thought, was dead and buried, with the exception of a few unfortunate countries still saddled with it in one form or another. Who would have thought that the U.S. would rush into communism of such broad scope in such a short period of time? Who would have thought 6 months ago that the country would be placed under lockdown communism? Who would have imagined that a demonic system in such disrepute, a satanic system reviled by history and by anyone who has lived under it, the communist system, would trap America in its deadly embrace, taking the disguised form of lockdown communism?

12:31 pm on August 5, 2020

A Mayor On Masks

Terry reports, 

I scheduled a meeting with the mayor of a county in Tennessee where I have a bookstore to discuss the mask mandates. I should point out that even though the mandate is still active, I was allowed to enter without a mask and in fact saw many people in the building, including several government employees, without masks. The place didn’t seem very Orwellian at all. No one said a word to me about wearing one the whole time I was wandering around in there looking for the right office. Anyway, when I found him, he informed me no previous government action seemed to stop new “cases” (imagine that) so he felt obligated to use “the last tool at his disposal,” i.e., mask mandate. So, he didn’t know what to do but couldn’t bear the thought of doing nothing. I really wish the government would sometimes do nothing, don’t you?

I wish government would do nothing all the time.

I spoke to him about the civil liberties implications of this and suffice it to say we didn’t see eye to eye on it, 

That wins my vote for “Understatement of The Year”!

though the meeting was pleasant. The encouraging thing about the policy is that the mayor of the county refused to attempt any kind of prosecution for the “mandate.” His original plan, he said, was not to enforce it unless someone was deliberately provoking conflict in the community and causing civil strife (ahem).

Good policy—but really bad “law” because the mayor can also wield it against whomever else he disapproves. 

He conferred with the district attorney and the sheriff and they all concluded that it cannot be enforced without a statute (seems like we used to have a different branch of government that did the whole lawmaking thing, but it’s been a while since I heard “I’m Just a Bill”, maybe I’m misremembering).

Nope, it’s your mayor who’s misremembering.

The DA told the mayor that the only possible charge was equivalent to a Class A misdemeanor which potentially carries jail time not to exceed 11 months and 29 days. But, even that was a very shaky charge and probably wouldn’t hold up. All three agreed jail time was ridiculous in any case (encouraging) and just concluded it is unenforceable and they will not even pretend to prosecute anyone for mask “violations.” Their enforcement consists of the government giving away masks if they encounter anyone without one (your tax dollars at work). I asked why they bothered mandating them in the first place and he didn’t have a good answer but I think we can safely conclude it was for political expedience.

Oh, the number of crimes committed for that very reason!

How wonderful their stand could have been if they all came out together and said the mandate is no good and it has been cancelled because it is unlawful and laid out their reasons. Oh, well. It’s good to know that I can walk down the street and open and operate my store with no mask without fear of the jackboots. And, if any “concerned citizens” want to dime me out to the fuzz, I’ll just wait right here until they respond….I got the whole meeting on audio and will be happy to enter it as evidence. Especially the part where the mayor looked me in the eye and said if the cops get called to my business, they are not empowered to take ANY enforcement action.

How many similar discussions have occurred in Smalltown, USA? Go forth boldly with naked faces, ye Great Unmasked! 

12:22 pm on August 5, 2020

If “Washington REDskins” is Offensive . . .

. . . why isn’t BLACK Lives Matter just as offensive?  Whatever happened to “African-American” and “People of Color”?  There are more names that I’ve been instructed to use in reference to black people during my lifetime but I can’t remember them all.  (A friend recently told me that her eleven-year-old grandson, who goes to a Catholic school, lectured her about the inappropriateness of referring to black people as black people even though it’s apparently OK with Black Lives Matter.  Go figure).

UPDATE:  Roger Y. writes to remind me that the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People is still around.

Speaking of which, why isn’t it offensive to suggest that “colored” people need “advancement” but not anyone else?

8:48 pm on August 4, 2020

“Vote For Trump So California Secedes!” — Imagine No More Nancy Pelosi and Her Commie Peoples State of Spoiled Two Year Olds

If you want to see dramatic positive change in the United States, “Vote For Trump So California Secedes” — and takes the commie peoples states of Oregon and Washington with them. Brion McClanahan discusses various scenarios regarding the unpredictable pre and post election events in November.

Democrats Run War Games Where They Predict They’ll Push For Secession And Civil War If Trump Wins.

Ever wonder how the TV networks can give instantaneous election results when the polls close in particular state? Read about the virtually unknown cartel that feeds the exit poll results to the mainstream network media. As in the past, especially in the 2000 election, there have been serious problems with relying on these results. Besides the predicted massive vote fraud from mail-in ballots, what if these exit poll results are fixed or flawed?

Massive vote fraud and other illegal chicanery will be undertaken by electoral officials of both parties by state and local officials all the way down to the precinct level, challenging the integrity of the election.

So what would be the military and the deep state response in this electoral chaos, divisiveness, and further violent insurrection sweeping throughout the country? How would they respond to actual secession movements being implemented on the left coast?

Rewriting “Seven Days in May” for Election Day

Johns Hopkins professor Michael Vlahos and John Bachelor discuss “the New American civil war” in the light of the movie Seven Days In May.

Part 1 – 12 mins

Part 2 – 10 mins

As I have pointed out numerous times, Seven Days in May, is one of my favorite films, and I have repeatedly suggested its ever increasing relevance to contemporary events.

Watch this extremely powerful film concerning a seditious coup d’état by the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff before it disappears down the Orwellian Memory Hole. It has never been more timely or important to see.

Seven Days in May is an American political thriller about the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff military-political cabal’s planned takeover of the United States government in reaction to the president’s negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.

President John F. Kennedy had read the powerful novel, Seven Days in May, shortly after its publication and believed the scenario as described could actually occur in the United States. According to John Frankenheimer in his director’s commentary, production of the film received encouragement and assistance from Kennedy through White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, who conveyed to Frankenheimer Kennedy’s firm wish that the film be produced.

JFK would arrange to be visiting Hyannis Port for a weekend when the film needed to shoot outside the White House.

The Pentagon did not want the film made for they were at war with the president.

Unfortunately Kennedy was right. He did not live to see the completed movie which came out in early 1964.

The coup d’état by the top echelon of the deep state occurred on Friday, November 22, 1963, with the brutal murder of JFK and the insidious cover-up of these events has continued for over five decades.

What dire unfathomable events will happen in this November 2020? Be prepared to expect the unexpected.

7:43 pm on August 4, 2020

Triple Protection

Against oxygen. Here is a first. I just flew in today on Southwest from Atlanta to Orlando. While my mask was hanging off one ear the whole flight, I saw a guy on the plane walk past me who had on a cheap mask covering his nose and mouth, a thick mask over the cheap one that covered his mouth, and a plastic face shield over both of the masks. Wow, triple protection against breathing in oxygen.

In Atlanta, where face masks are required everywhere, I managed to return my rental car, take the train to the airport, go through security, take a train to my terminal, and walk to a restaurant without wearing a mask or having anyone even ask me about it. Give it a try. You will probably get away with it.

5:59 pm on August 4, 2020

Homeland Stupidity: Updates from The Mask Wars

Anecdotes of your victories over the Masked Morons fill my inbox daily! Herewith, the latest such dispatches.

John enjoyed a

Great comment from the cashier at Publix while shopping without a face diaper. She asked my plans and I said, “Having a dinner party.”

Oh, how civilized! And how Before! Dinner-parties are an effective and probably our most genteel rebellion against the Masked Madness. Host many of them!

Lady nearby overheard and exclaimed “You’re having a dinner party!”, whereupon I thought this was going to be annoying. But she continued with, “I can’t get anyone to come to my dinner parties anymore, they all just stay home.” After commiserating, I told the cashier that I thought that conversation was going to go a different direction. Her great insightful reply, was “Yeah, I thought that would go left.”

Such an apt description of the problem.

Indeed, of all our problems…

In Kansas, Tim

…stopped by the grocery store and that was a bit of a mixed bag.  I walked right past the large sign mandating masks in the store and couldn’t hold back a bit of a snort of derision and a head shake as I did so.  Inside the store I found that probably 1/4 of the customers had no masks on or were wearing it below their chin.  Of those with masks, I only noticed one guy bothered by others not having masks, but that one man was making up for everyone else. The man was angrily screaming things like “where is your mask! They’re mandatory! You have to have a mask! Don’t you care about anyone but yourself?”  When he started I was probably 80 feet from him and yet it sounded like I was right next to him, I will say that the teenagers who seemed to be the main focus of his rage didn’t react at all and seemed to completely ignore him.

Good for them! Sounds as if skipping half the last semester did them good!

Next stop: Wisconsin and another Tim, who also recounts a

trip to the grocery store.

All the signs are posted. I walk in w/o mask. Do most of my shopping before I go to the deli section. So this bored punk starts in with the “gotta wear…”. I tell this idiot I have a medical exemption (true unfortunately). So we go back and forth a bit. Then I inform him before he tells me to wear a mask, perhaps he should wear his correctly. “I am”. I’m like “no, i just watched you pull it up”. So I just say “OK”. As my brother says: “Don’t get into a mud fight with a pig – you’ll both get muddy, but the pig will enjoy it”.

I walk out of the deli and go to the other side of the store to work myself back. Another little sheeple at a register starts the same round of the need to wear a diaper … . I tell him “medical…”, $75,000 fine for violating ADA (which I should do). Then he says, “I’ll call my manager” – Oh please do. Of course bozo young manager has to check with cashier first.

Here we go again. He asked “you’re not wearing a mask, anything you want to tell me?” I answer “medical exemption”. Priceless, the look on his face. I was finally waved on.

The moral of Tim’s story: stick to your guns, Patriots.

Zack Rofer is the author of Busting Myths About the State and the Libertarian Alternative. He

was at the dentist last week, where masks are required for entry and exit (given the current lunacy, I was half expecting that we’d be required to wear the masks during the procedure too).

Maybe with a hole cut in them so the hygienist can clean your teeth?

The dentist and receptionist both wore both a mask and a plastic face shield.  What’s that all about?  If the mask is as effective as we’re told, then why the face shield?  And if the face shield is effective — heck, it’s solid plastic — then why the mask?

Careful, Zack: someone may try to shut you up before you decimate Our Rulers’ shamdemic.

I said to the receptionist “Since you’re wearing a face shield, do I have to wear a mask?” My thought process, perhaps Neanderthal, was that a solid, plastic barrier ought to be able to stop even the smallest viral particle (in either direction).  She said “Ask the dentist,” as in “I can’t think for myself.”  The dentist yelled out from her desk, “Yes, please, they said within six feet, but I don’t know if they even know what they’re talking about…” and then trailed off.

The whole conversation alarmed me for two reasons.

Only two?

First, did this dentist not study science as part of her training?  Is she incapable of figuring out if the virus can breach solid plastic?  Presumably she studied material density and properties, since isn’t that what teeth, cavities, bacteria, and fillings are all about?  Second, she is skeptical of what “they” are demanding (isn’t “they” a great euphemism for the Matrix?), and we are on her private property, yet she still required me to go along with “their” mandate!  What hope is there when people yield their private-property rights so easily?

Not to mention their ability to reason and their common sense.

Mark Higdon will no longer supplement his rations at a certain fast-food emporium after a recent skirmish:

Decades of patronizing my neighborhood Subway and spending thousands of dollars there just ended. 

As soon as I entered the store to order a take-out, I was loudly and brassily asked by the person (because of its mask, I could not tell the gender)

Hey, even when they bare their faces, I sometimes can’t.

behind the counter if I had a mask. I replied that I have a medical exemption. The person shot back that I would not be served without a mask. “It’s the rule!”

I replied evenly that people with medical reasons are exempt from wearing masks and that exemption language is found in all related ordinances and orders. I told the person to call its manager. It proceeded to do so, abandoning the one customer ahead of me. On second thought, I called out, “Don’t bother. I simply will not come back here. Ever.” I then left. I decided not to risk consternation and opprobrium from the masked ewe in front of me over making her wait. I had lost my hoagie jones, anyway.

I returned home and immediately went to Subway’s corporate website. It took little time to ascertain that it provided no way to send a message relative to what had just happened.

For years, I have been on casually friendly terms with the franchisee, whenever he happened to be behind the counter. He is the person who really needs to know about this incident. I might call tomorrow. However, my time and effort might be better spent encouraging others to take their business elsewhere.

Gary from central Florida visited a beach when the  

heat index was 104. Half of people walking in the heat with masks near our restaurant. Stores empty. Mandatory masks to shop. The worst is parents, putting masks on small children aged 3-5 years! At the beach! If that is not child abuse, then Lord help us, what is?

Drag Queen Story Hour?

Charles Frasco lives

…in Granbury, TX. In July 2020 I returned a product to Lowe’s. On the door is a sign that said, “Masks required,” with an employee with a mask at the entrance. I did not have one on and I was not stopped. Suggested, but not required??

Thank you, Charles, for proving yet again that “mandates” aren’t. 

Scot reports, 

Living in Kentucky, our little hitler (purposely typed in lower case) is Andy I-Am-Your-Governor-So-I Can-Rule-All-Aspects-Of-Your-Life Beshear.  In May, the governor “mandated” wearing masks while worshiping.  We don’t require masks where I worship. 


The other day a guest who normally worships with another congregation in the area asked why we don’t require masks – please note that he has never worn a mask while he worshiped with us a number of times in these COVID-19 days.  I guess he was just curious because his regular congregation does require masks. 

I replied, “The governor’s mandate is not one.  I read the executive orders and its title includes the word ‘guidelines’.  By definition, guidelines are advice.  Also, each point in the guidelines starts with the phrase ‘You should’.  For the first time in my life I looked up the word ‘should’.  Again, the word ‘advice’ is used to define that word.  When I was a teen receiving advice from my dad he would say ‘That’s my advice.  You can take it or leave it.  But, you live with the consequences.’  None of these words are in the executive order- mandate, require, must, etc.  The governor (when he announced the executive orders) and the press (when they reported on them) said that the masks are ‘required’.  I assume that nothing equivalent to the word is in the written orders because he knew that he could not legally require them.”

Our guest with raised eyebrows admitted that he had not read the executive orders and thanked me for the explanation.

Thus far, our ammo in this war is knowledge. Learn what you need to know and lob it at the enemy. And at non-combatants, too, when appropriate.

John Harris recounts, 

I live in northwest Houston (Harris County TX) and have had zero difficulty shopping or dining without a mask, even though we are under a county-wide mask mandate. Some experiences of note:

Walmart: I was once asked to wear a mask by a nice young man as I approached the entrance. I replied, “I don’t care to wear one. May I still go in?” His reply: “Yes, sir. I am required to ask, but you are welcome to shop without one.”

Circle K: my wife and I were waiting in the check-out line, without masks (neither of us owns one). Two young males walked in behind us, without masks. The clerk asked them to wear a mask and offered each of them one. They accepted, politely. He said nothing to us but was just as friendly.

Favorite take-out restaurant: my wife and I have both picked up take out, mask-less, without so much as a peep from management. Our 17-year-old did pick-up duty once and was advised to “wear a mask next time.”

Homeschooled athletes: my son and his high-school-baseball teammates, all homeschoolers, went to Whataburger after a game, last night. Management insisted on masks. They all refused, left, and went down the block to Chipotle. Chipotle served them without complaint.

Sadly, my fellow Texans are almost perfectly submissive to the unlawful mask order. Stores seem reluctant to confront my wife or me, but more willing to confront teenage boys.

Anyone noticed this same abuse from cops? Most male teens suffer an intimidating brush with these sadists that teaches them who’s boss. But Mr. Harris concludes optimistically:

At least some teenage boys refuse to submit.

There is hope for the future.

Larry Melton in Lima, Ohio has

…been in a few stores since the Ohio Goobernator issued his mask edict for my county (Allen County).  Each visit has been completely drama free and in fact I have been pleasantly surprised at how many bare faces I have seen.


At Dollar General usually about half of the customers are not wearing a mask. At Rulers it is usually about 75-80 percent wearing covers. Last weekend I had to go to Sams Club and WalMart and walked right in both stores right past the greeter.  I saw about 75-80 percent compliance in both stores but at least I wasn’t the only rebel there.  If there were any dirty looks I didn’t notice them and nobody said a word about it.  I even had a couple of brief, pleasant chats with total strangers who were wearing masks.

My son and I just arrived home from our nearest Family Dollar store and everyone but me had a mask on this time. Still not a word was said and I didn’t see any dirty looks. My son has been wearing one of these along with one of these since late April and he gets a lot of comments, all complimentary or curious as to where he found it. …

And that brings us to Menards. Which stands alone, so far as I can tell, in taking masks very seriously.

Eric Morris in Indiana attests,

Yesterday, Wal-Mart and Lowes didn’t bother me at all.  At Menards, though, I was in the store for about 15 minutes and had talked to four different employees, when another one then walked up and said “Where’s your mask?”  I said I don’t have one.  “You must have one.”  I have a medical condition.  “We have no exceptions here.”  I walked out, never to return. 

Yo, CEOs: your mandates are creating tremendous ill-will. You’re also losing business when you make shopping so onerous. For example, my husband and I no longer browse because of the tense, hostile atmosphere; either he or I dash in to pick up the one item we need while the other waits outside. Previously, we’d wander the aisles together, discussing and often spurring each other on to purchases, then walk out with a full bag rather than a single piece.

Sure, we’re saving money. But where’s the fun?

Charlie has nothing good to say about Menards, either: 

Went to the Menards (similar to Lowes and Home Depot) in Council Bluffs, Iowa yesterday. I ignored the mask sign and went right in. It was 100% diapering inside. Some other customer kept pointing at his mask and then pointed at me. I told him I’m exempt, but he just kept doing his little mime routine. Would not say a word. Finally, I told him to “shove it and leave me alone”. I continued on to go grab some 3/4 EMT conduit. Just as I got to the rack, I decided I’d rather go somewhere else less hostile. As I made my way to the door, I was intercepted by a uniformed security guard, who I ignored and just kept walking. Menards has actually hired security to enforce their dirty nappy rules! So the guy who I told to shove off must have ratted me out. …

Took my business to the nearby Home Depot. Even though they had multiple signs at the entrance, I walked in unmolested. Everyone else, like in Menards, was 100% masked up. But no one gave me the stink eye or said a word. The cashier was even quite pleasant and cheerful.

Later that day, my wife had to make a run to Lowes to grab a few items. She was the only person  not wearing a mask, but she was not confronted until some busy body customer, who was quite a distance from her, sneered, “She’s not wearing a mask.” When my wife looked in his direction, he scurried down the nearest aisle. Everyone else in Lowes either ignored her or were pleasant.

The thing that bugs me the most, is that only two weeks ago, at most you would see only about 50% mask rule compliance. Now it’s 100% (except for me). Sigh.

Took my wife out for a birthday dinner at the Long Horn in Council Bluffs. Though they had signs on the door asking customers to wear a mask to and from their table, no one, not a single customer was was wearing a mask!. The employees did, but it was clearly causing them some distress. Everyone was very nice and polite. … we had a very nice dinner.

We return to Menards with Mr. Anonymous from Minnesota. But this time, the experience is less objectionable:  

Saturday I decided to go back to Menards where the last time I was turned away by what appeared to be the angriest employee they had. They probably choose  people who are itching for a fight. Anyway, I was going to use the medical exemption excuse. I walked in and looked for the angry mask enforcer but found no one. There was a gigantic sign though, literally 8′ tall blaring their mask policy which included children riding in the carts. I breezed on by the sign maskless expecting to be accosted by an enforcer, but happily spent about 45 minutes shopping. I encountered several employees but not a word from anyone. I checked out with a very pleasant masked cashier while being eyed by the exit door guard. I waited for him to say something, but again nothing and I left with my merchandise.

Now on to Fleet Farm. I walked in and noticed they had a timid boy of about 16 handing out masks. Walked right on by and once again did my shopping with no fanfare. Checked out no problem.

In both stores I was literally the only person in the store without a mask. It’s absolutely puzzling and somewhat frightening to me that 99.9 percent of the people are complying. Clearly the fluoride and soy are having their intended effect.

Along with the Leviathan’s schools and the corporate media.

Quite a few had [their masks] under their nose and also under their chin, so I’ll give them a few points for partial compliance. I did get the stink eye from a few customers, but no verbal interactions.

I do notice at the smaller stores and gas stations compliance is spotty at best. I was at the Holiday store maskless of course and was eyed the whole time by a masked customer buying a bag of donuts and their largest big gulp style fountain soda (a real health nut).

Probably smokes, too. But he’s convinced that though he ruins his own health every day in every way, he’s gonna die because you aren’t masked.

He ended up in front of me in line looking over his glasses at me the whole time while dutifully standing directly on the anti-social distancing marks on the floor. I crowded him intentionally (about 4 feet)

I do this, too! If you haven’t tried it yet, please do: you’re in for a laugh!

and he was clearly agitated but evidently was too frightened to say anything. I felt sorry for this poor man. I imagined him waiting to board a cattle car.

That’s my update from the land of 10,000 l̶a̶k̶e̶s̶  decrees.

Mr. Anonymous II of Wheaton, Illinois, says:

While speaking with the manager in the vestibule at the Whole Foods store …, our conversation was interrupted by an irate customer screaming at me for not wearing a mask. After she was done yelling I pointed out to her that her mask was not covering her nose. She stormed off. I had a fifteen minute conversation with the manager trying to clarify the actual wording of the WF corporate policy. He was very nervous and closed-mouth. I believe if I had ignored him and walked in he would not have stopped me, but that was not my goal. So, I went to the WF in Naperville to see if they would allow me to shop without a mask. It was a completely different experience. When I advised the 19 year old screener at the door that I have a medical condition she jumped back with hands up falling all over herself apologizing, it was funny. The 20-year-old rent-a-cop was also very apologetic. The customer service person spoke with the manager by phone and assured me it was okay to shop without a mask. 

Meanwhile, Daniel relates,

Today, I walked into the local supermarket and was “greeted” by Nice Old Lady wiping down shopping carts about ten feet away.

NOL: Do you have a mask?

Shopper: No.

NOL: You know they’re mandatory, right?

Shopper: I know the law.  (Walks in.)

That was that.  In case it had been Young Twerp saying, “Where’s your mask?” I had prepared these responses:

  1. Masks do more harm than good.
  2. My health is between me and my Creator–and sometimes my doctor.

You asked some days ago about spuriously claiming a medical exemption.  I’m in the camp of those who question the morality of that; however, I also don’t believe that the Commandment to tell the truth necessarily requires either answering a question informatively or delivering a manifesto on the illegitimacy of local laws to the porter at the store.  It isn’t a court of law, and he doesn’t really want an answer: he just wants to get paid and go home.

We have it on record that Jesus Christ dodged a question that would have gotten him in trouble before he was willing: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.”

He also said, “… let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

Therefore, it seems to me that the default approach should be to say the simplest true thing that will get the busybodies off your back, subject to the Holy Spirit, who may very well prompt you to say more in a specific situation.

… sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”

Go with God, Patriots. May He bless our defiance on behalf of His celestial gift of freedom!

4:16 pm on August 4, 2020

A New Word for Your Dictionary

From now on “Fauci” should mean “fraud” in Italian, just as “Ponzi” (named after Italian-American criminal Charles Ponzi) refers to a different kind of swindle (i.e., Social Security, among others).  You weren’t “ripped off,” you were Faucied.  That politician isn’t a liar and a fraud, he’s a liar and a Fauci.

1:33 pm on August 4, 2020

Waking Up? More Americans Skeptical Of Media’s Covid Narrative

12:43 pm on August 4, 2020

William F. Buckley: Who was he, really?

Conservatives Peter Brimelow, Paul Gottfried, and Joseph Ford Cotto discuss the life and legacy of “conservative” icon William F. Buckley Jr. and allude to the CIA’s possible involvement in Buckley’s publication, National Review, and the bogus or synthetic “conservative movement” he created.

There is much more in this three way discussion which puts new light upon Buckley’s possible faux Catholicism, and the infamous Gore Vidal/William F. Buckley live fight on ABC national TV during coverage of the 1968 presidential conventions: was Buckley, like Vidal, indeed gay as was NR publisher William Rusher, and close Buckley tool, Marvin Liebman, who created such Buckleyite front groups as Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, the American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees, the American-Asian Educational Exchange, the American African Affairs Association, the American Committee for Aid to Katanga Freedom Fighters, and the World Anti-Communist League?  In addition, Liebman was an early supporter and co-founder of Buckley’s Young Americans for Freedom and the American Conservative Union. Among his later notable clients were: the Friends of Free China, the Friends of Jim Buckley, the Committee of Single Taxpayers, the American-Chilean Council, the Ad Hoc Citizens Legal Defense Fund for the FBI, Firing Line, and Covenant House.

Also an interesting analysis of the demographics of mainstream media versus social media by older/younger self-identifiers of “conservatism,” and of the visceral hatred of Trump by the #NeverTrumpers (true believer neocons or simply career opportunists).

6:23 am on August 4, 2020

Fat Cats and Democrats

Candace Owens

9:23 pm on August 3, 2020

Crusading Not For Christ But For Masks

Tim reports:

I went for a bit of a drive [this past Sunday] morning looking at churches and their parking lots.  Obviously there is a lot of potential error in these observations but what I saw was rather disconcerting.  Of all the ten or so churches I saw, not even one of them had a parking lot that was more than half full when ordinarily most of those church lots would be packed and overflow parking would be on the streets around them.  In addition to churches appearing to be half empty there was also a couple that had no signs of life in them at all and while it’s possible that they’d finished their services and people had left before I got there, I have my doubts. Also, a few of the churches had large signs visible from the street encouraging or “mandating” masks.  Though one church did appear to have people leaving a service mostly without any masks as I was driving past, so I might have to check that church out sometime.  All that said, I fear that a prediction I made back in March is coming true and that being forced out of church will make a lot of people decide that they were wasting their time and won’t bother returning. …

On a brighter note, perhaps some absentees are protesting the anti-Scriptural requirement to muzzle themselves. 

A few weeks ago, I visited a church that refuses to require masks or even to post signs about them. Out of the 250 or so folks there, not a single one sported a muzzle! I actually relaxed for the first time since this madness seized the Church and finally, finally, praise the Lord, concentrated exclusively on worshipping Him instead of noticing and deploring masks. What a respite from the lunacy!

Yet Parson Goat guzzles the Kool-Aid and claims that because masks save lives, no Christian should object to them. Yvonne Lorenzo forwarded an article debunking this outrageous lie from many angles, including practical, medical and political.

I wish Parson Goat would read it, but I begin to doubt that he’s literate.

5:00 pm on August 3, 2020

Book Report

Jerome Barber sends this summary of Brave New World; he added the emphasis: 

The novel opens in the Central London Hatching and Conditioning Centre, where the Director of the Hatchery and one of his assistants, Henry Foster, are giving a tour to a group of boys. The boys learn about the Bokanovsky and Podsnap Processes that allow the Hatchery to produce thousands of nearly identical human embryos. During the gestation period the embryos travel in bottles along a conveyor belt through a factorylike building, and are conditioned to belong to one of five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon. The Alpha embryos are destined to become the leaders and thinkers of the World State. Each of the succeeding castes is conditioned to be slightly less physically and intellectually impressive. The Epsilons, stunted and stupefied by oxygen deprivation and chemical treatments, are destined to perform menial labor. Lenina Crowne, an employee at the factory, describes to the boys how she vaccinates embryos destined for tropical climates.

Looks as if the shamdemic is operating according to plan.

4:07 pm on August 3, 2020


This blog is designed to present to the LRC reader an introduction to totalitarianism.

We are used to distinguishing the despotic regimes of the 20th century – communism, fascism, National Socialism, Maoism – very precisely according to place and time, origins and influences. But what should we call that which they have in common? On this question, there has been and is still a passionate debate.

This book documents the first international conference on this theme, a conference that took place in September of 1994 at the University of Munich. The book shows how new models for understanding political history arose from the experience of modern despotic regimes. Here, the most important concepts – totalitarianism and political religions – are discussed and tested in terms of their usefulness.

Available for the first time in English language translation, this is the long-awaited second volume of the three part set on Totalitarianism and Political Religions, edited by the eminent Professor Hans Maier. This represents a major study, with contributions from leading scholars of political extremism, sociology and modern history, the book shows how new models for understanding political history arose from the experience of modern despotic regimes. We are used to distinguishing the despotic regimes of the twentieth century – Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, Maoism – very precisely according to place and time, origins and influences. But what should we call that which they have in common? On this question, there has been, and still is, a passionate debate. Indeed, the question seemed for a long time not even to be admissible. Clearly this state of affairs is unsatisfactory. The debate has been renewed in the past few years.

After the collapse of the communist systems in Central, East and Southern Europe, a (scarcely surveyable) mass of archival material has become available. Following the lead of Fascism and National Socialism, communist and socialist regimes throughout the world now belong to the historical past as well. This leads to the resumption of old questions: what place do modern despotisms assume in the history of the twentieth century? What is their relation to one another? Should they be captured using traditional concepts – autocracy, tyranny, despotism, dictatorship – or are new concepts required? Here, the most important concepts – totalitarianism and political religions – are discussed and tested in terms of their usefulness. This set of volumes is as topical and relevant to current world events in the twenty first century.

Available for the first time in English language translation, the third volume of Totalitarianism and Political Religions completes the set. It provides a comprehensive overview of key theories and theorists of totalitarianism and of political religions, from Hannah Arendt and Raymond Aron to Leo Strauss and Simone Weill. Edited by the eminent Professor Hans Maier, it represents a major study, examining how new models for understanding political history arose from the experience of modern despotic regimes. Where volumes one and two were concerned with questioning the common elements between twentieth century despotic regimes – Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, Maoism – this volume draws a general balance. It brings together the findings of research undertaken during the decade 1992-2002 with the cooperation of leading philosophers, historians and social scientists for the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Munich. Following the demise of Italian Fascism (1943-45), German National Socialism (1945) and Soviet Communism (1989-91), a comparative approach to the three regimes is possible.

Eric Voegelin was one of our most distinguished political philosophers. This marvelous collection provides the best introduction to the study of gnostic political religions, especially as it applied to National Socialism and Communism.

4:05 pm on August 3, 2020