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The Absolute Necessity of Fathers: Warren Farrell and Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan B. Peterson’s commentary on this fascinating and insightful discussion:

I came across Dr. Warren Farrell’s work a few years ago, when I read Why Men Earn More (https://amzn.to/2HX3Epj), a careful study of the many reasons for the existence of the “gender pay gap,” attributed by ideologues of the identity-politics persuasion to systemic patriarchal prejudice and oppression. Farrell has recently published another book, The Boy Crisis (https://amzn.to/2wnApuy) with Dr. John Gray. We spent an intense 90 minutes discussing the crucial role played by fathers in child development, paying particular attention to play and delay of gratification. Dr. Farrell has been a target of radical left activists, who object to the conflict between his careful analysis and their unidimensional ideology. You can see an example of this here, at the University of Toronto: https://bit.ly/1eS5yHe

8:54 am on April 18, 2021

Which University to Attend to Study Austro-Libertarianism? Is Hayek a Good Austrian?

Letter 1

From: Joshua Crosby

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2020 9:42 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Hillsdale college

Dr Block, I have a young friend who is considering studying economics at Hillsdale. I know it may be difficult for you to set aside your bias toward your department, but can you give me an evaluation on how they score between Cato-Hayek and Rothbard-Mises.org?

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8:37 am on April 18, 2021

Libertarians in Georgia, Part II

Letter 1

From: Elwood Earl “Sandy” Sanders, Jr.

Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2020 3:59 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Open Letter to Libertarians in Georgia

Dr. Block:

I think I can already but I ask your permission to reprint (with proper attribution of course to you) at the Virginia Right blog the Open Letter to Libertarians in Georgia because there are moves to boycott the election  by conservatives and I DO FULLY UNDERSTAND why in that conservatives have been, let’s say used and abused, by the GOP leaders time and time again.

Thank you for the thoughtful commentary.

Elwood Earl “Sandy” Sanders, Jr.

Letter 2

Dear Sandy:

Yes. Thanks.

Best regards,

Walter

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8:35 am on April 18, 2021

Bob Murphy’s Study Guide for Man, Economy and State Is Excellent! Water Privatization

From: Sachin Patil

Sent: Friday, December 04, 2020 12:17 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Man, Economy & State

Dear Sir,

I’ve read “Man, Economy & State” twice now. I have understood some concepts & have not understood some. I have no background of Economics or Finance.  I will be reading “Human Action” next. Are there any classroom lectures explaining in details MES & Human Action? I have heard Human Action podcast but it’s not explaining the books in details.  Kindly let me know if there’s any.

If water is privatised there are chances of over extracting water from ground by borewell. Because cost of taking water in remote areas will be higher than extracting water from ground. In India’s Punjab state due to rampant extraction of water from tubewells (aided by wrong policies of Government) there’s danger of Punjab’s fertile land getting converted into desert within a period of 25 years of so. Will privatisation of water ensure there’s no rampant extraction of ground water? Awaiting hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Sachin

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8:32 am on April 18, 2021

Is Mark Skousen the Most Heavily Published Libertarian?

Dear Mark and Gary:

I have a bit over 600 refereed journal and law review articles, almost 30 books, and thousands (I don’t know how many, and am too busy writing more to count) of op eds. Wow: 20k articles and 70 books? You da man!

I think, possibly, I have surpassed Murray in terms of quantity of words published. I would never dare compare quality. That’s like an ordinary composer comparing quality with Mozart or Bach.

Best regards,

Walter

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8:29 am on April 18, 2021

Georgia Libertarians

From: Johnathan Brown

Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2020 5:58 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Re: Open Letter to Libertarians in Georgia

Good afternoon,

I just finished reading your open letter to Georgia libertarians which was posted on the LRC webpage.

Block, Walter E. 2020. “Open Letter to Libertarians in Georgia.” December 5; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/12/walter-e-block/open-letter-to-libertarians-in-georgia/

Reprint: http://www.varight.com/news/dr-walter-blocks-answer-to-those-who-want-to-boycott-the-georgia-elections/

I wanted to write you simply to show my support for your position. I am one of the Georgia libertarians who voted for Shane Hazel in November. I agree with you that people like me have a moral responsibility to vote for both the Republican candidates in January. The Dems pose perhaps the greatest threat to our liberties in American history. They openly wish to force us back into lockdown and remake society in their own socialistic image. God forbid that it should happen!

Thank you for all your work to defend liberty!

Sincerely,

Johnathan Brown

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8:27 am on April 18, 2021

Annie Jacobsen on “Operation Paperclip”


Author Annie Jacobsen presents a fascinating discussion of her book, Operation Paperclip

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12:49 am on April 18, 2021

Jordan Peterson’s Critique of the Communist Manifesto

10:43 pm on April 17, 2021

The Most Offensive Conversation Ever

10:36 pm on April 17, 2021

World War III: The Gloves Have Come Off, Even If The Masks Haven’t

I may start a pool as to when the Masked Morons will de-diaper themselves: by summer; by Christmas; or never. Boy, but the persistence from people whose fickleness is notorious (marriages that last five minutes; flitting from brand to brand online; changing jobs every couple of months) has been impressive, even if their intellects aren’t. 

Glancing at his muzzled compatriots, Mark Higdon observes “one huge difference” between “20th century communism and Nazism” and “now”:

One need only look at the PR touting the previous century’s genocidal dictatorships: film, posters, etc. prominently featuring the faces of “happy” German and Soviet citizens.

Which makes the present all the more terrifying. After all, would it not be so much easier–politically–to mass-exterminate fur-less, bipedal creatures who are never allowed to show their faces? Just put COVID on the death certificates.

And Chris Sullivan forwarded this tidbit:

The US Navy’s official Twitter profile pic has a mighty eagle grasping a mighty anchor and wearing a mighty… mask?

I don’t know about you, but I’m highly reassured that as the Russian navy prepares for war under Biden’s provocations, its admiralty worries about the strength of its troops and ships while ours frets over a non-existent virus and the bits of cloth that magically stop it.

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11:58 am on April 17, 2021

Persecuting Patriots

The police state’s newest tactic: banning Patriots from the internet “while awaiting trial. If [Beverly Hills esthetician and eyelash stylist Gina] Bisignano[, who attended the protest against the stolen election in DC on Jan. 6,] goes online while awaiting trial, she risks being jailed.”

Warning: the article that Rocco Piserchia sent reporting this outrage originally appeared in the LA Times. It goes without saying that the piece applauds the grotesquely anti-Constitutional abuse, so grab your barf-bag before reading it. 

Meanwhile, as if banning Ms. Bisignano from our cyber-company weren’t infuriating enough, peruse her “crimes”: 

…[she] was so present on social media that the federal criminal complaint against her practically wrote itself.

How thoughtful of her! You know, this new breed of felon is definitely an improvement over the old in that they meticulously document their murder and mayhem so Leviathan can easily arrest and prosecute them. 

The story of a 52-year-old salon owner who charted a dark path of disinformation 

Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, where she allegedly grabbed a bullhorn and urged rioters to take up weapons, is backed by one social media post after another embedded in the Department of Justice filing.

There is Bisignano in her Louis Vuitton sweater, filmed in front of the Capitol talking about her business and hometown as the riot was getting underway. There she is again, addressing rioters with a rant about globalists, George Soros and stolen votes. And again, calling for weapons and gas masks moments before a rioter attacks an officer with what appears to be a baseball bat.

I highly doubt that interpretation, filtered as it is through the corrupt and utterly mendacious Feds as well as this hostile website, but even if she did, we are fast approaching the point at which “calling” will succumb to “using.” Our heroine is simply ahead of the curve.

So practice your aim—-and I don’t mean with cameras, which we’ll leave home next time.

10:15 am on April 17, 2021

A Microcosm of the New York vs. Florida Approach to the Planned-Demic

The town of Bluffton, South Carolina and the county it is a part of, Beaufort County, have ended their mini-Mussolini mask “mandates.”  How refreshing to see restaurants with signs on the door saying “masks are optional” or shopping at maskless Krogers.  A few minutes away from Bluffton, right across the bridge on Rt. 278, is Hilton Head Island.  There are still plenty of real southerners in Bluffton and Beaufort, but the super expensive resort town of Hilton Head has long been flooded with Neeew Yawk/New Joizy transplants.  (Not that there aren’t plenty of genuine  locals among all the fishermen and other working class people on the island).

I left mask-free Bluffton the past two days to go the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage golf tournament.  As you cross the bridge and enter Hilton Head Island there are huge flashing signs saying “Wear a Mask.  It’s the Law” and “COVID is Still a Risk.”  (So is driving in Hilton Head weekend traffic, especially if one has consumed alcohol at one of the thousands of bars and restaurants on the island).

Before entering the golf course one is subjected to huge signs listing about twenty CDC regulations and more signs DEMANDING!!! that you wear a mask at all times on the golf course.  The tournament organizers had dozens of volunteers walking around pushing signs in everyone’s face that said — you guessed it — wear a mask — and ordering anyone not wearing a mask to mask up.

The crowd was sparse for a PGA tour event with only 20 percent capacity .  The rope line was much farther away from the fairways as was normal at PGA tournaments, and you are instructed to stand at least ten feet away even from the rope line if you are eating or drinking.  My guess is that they didn’t want any spittle from hot dog munchers to fly through the air and infect a golfer with deadly COVID.

At one point I was walking on the cart path making my way to the next tee (following Davis Love III’s group) with no one around within at least a hundred yards.  One of the short little volunteer Nazis appeared out of nowhere to demand that I put on a mask.  I gave her the middle finger and some foul language and she scurried off.

10:02 am on April 17, 2021

Institutionalized Discrimination Against White Heterosexual Males Has been the Top Priority of Most American Universities for 25 Years

And in some cases, the only priority.  To hell with academics should be their motto.  A parent of an expensive New York City private school has rescued his daughter from it and has written a letter that describes in precise detail the hypocrisy and evil of academic administrators (and most faculty sheep) everywhere.

Asian-Americans are in the same boat as white heterosexual males in this regard and should be writing similar letters.

Is the dam starting to break?

9:32 am on April 17, 2021

The Woke Zone

8:59 am on April 17, 2021

Another Reason Rulers Love Lockdowns

Yep, these cruel and destructive measures feed their egos and lust for power—-but as if that weren’t more than enough incentive, DC also pays them to imprison serfs in their homes. Here’s the execrable Head Cheese of Minnesota refusing to concede his emergency powers because the state will “lose” $35 million in “food security assistance” from the Feds:

5:50 am on April 17, 2021

Over Sixty Years of Fake News — And Its Consequence

In the sixty years that have passed since I began attending elementary school, through the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the JFK assassination, Vietnam, the assassinations of Malcolm X, MLK, and RFK, the Watergate Scandal, massive continuous inflation and the collapse of the Keynesian economic paradigm, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the 1980 October Surprise Scandal, disastrous interventions in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East, the Iran-Contra Scandal, the Balkan Wars, the Clinton Impeachment, 9/11, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, up to the Trump RussiaGate hoax, the two Trump impeachments, and the 2020 theft of the presidential election by the decrepit usurper Biden — Why would anyone believe anything these bastards tell us?

Authoritative researchers such as Peter Dale Scott and Robert Barnes have attempted to shine light on these deep events that have dramatically affected and shaped our common history and the tragic course our collective lives have been forced and manipulated.

Through it all the establishment corporate media of presstitutes and regime stenographers have piled lie upon duplicitous lie, as craven adjuncts of the deep state.

With the death of their paragon Walter Cronkite, the true collective face of the Establishment media was exposed once and for all. It was not the noble visage of an intrepid crusader for truth, but a sagging countenance, oily and obsequent by decades of lying and servility to their masters. But of course this is not how the press perceive themselves. They are not like you or me. They are a special class of beings. They are the Fourth Estate, an imaginary extension of the rigid class structure of pre-Revolutionary France from the Estates General.

In the Ancien Regime there was the clergy, the nobility, and lastly, the bourgeoisie and commoners.

The Fourth Estate see themselves on an equal par with the first two elevated classes, and above the third. It is the aristocratic notion that gentlemen and ladies of the press serve a vaunted “public interest,” and do not soil themselves with activities of a rank and sordid commercialism. Such endeavors would be a violation of their hoary journalistic ethics.

They have a public trust to enlighten the masses in their duties to their betters, those who compose the deep state and their adjunct servitors in the kept press.

11:43 pm on April 16, 2021

Is This How the Revolution Begins?

Consider the following numbers:

House of Representatives: 435

Senate: 100

President/Vice-President: 2

Supreme Court: 9

Add the numbers up for 546 heads of the federal government. Each one will have a target on their head once this goes hot. …

…the rats will flee once the assassinations start. My money is on retired military to kick this off. The current military structure is complicit in this coup and will not honor their oath. The only question I have is who is more culpable in the coup: the ones who seized power or the military which is bound by law to overthrow the Deep State election fraud? …

Foreign nations which want us to collapse do not have to attack us physically. Cyber warfare and agitating people here to act are more effective. American excellence and the middle class have been destroyed but that does not mean we are lost. [Director of National Intelligence] Avril Haines [who warned rulers about serfs harboring “antigovernment sentiment”] is correct: the people are the main threat to the traitors.

6:01 pm on April 16, 2021

How Badly Do Product-Safety Professionals Scorn Pharma and Falsi?

For an answer, we turn to Paul Sheridan, who, Ms. Anonymous informs us,

has been involved in automotive product safety for virtually his entire career. As a person who has really dedicated his life to keeping people safe, his disdain for the product liability immunity enjoyed by big pharma knows no bounds! For his work in automotive safety at great personal and professional cost, the Civil Justice Foundation awarded Paul their Civil Justice Foundation Champion Award in 2005.

She continues, 

Mr. Sheridan identified Anthony Fauci as key to this “COVID” operation, sounding the alarm early on to then-President Trump. Mr. Sheridan also wrote two extensive communications directly to Anthony Fauci only to be ignored. MD’s such as George C. Fareed, Brawley, California; Michael M. Jacobs, MD, MPH Pensacola, Florida; and Dr. Donald C. Pompan, Salinas, California wrote an open letter to Anthony Fauci last Aug expressing serious concerns about Fauci’s rejection of hydroxychloroquine. Ignored. Renowned and esteemed MD and epidemiologist, Dr. Harvey Risch, published two articles on the same topic last May and July, respectively. Completely ignored by the “mainstream”.  

[Here’s] Mr. Sheridan’s third communication to Anthony Fauci, laying out the case for the hundreds of thousands of deaths directly connectable to him. This time, Fauci’s office attempted to reject this communication outright while Mr. Sheridan’s other two letters remain unacknowledged except for delivery confirmation.

In the first section of the file, Mr. Sheridan painstakingly and with evidence makes the case for Fauci’s direct accountability for these deaths. Please note pages 15-16, especially the text quoting Dr. Harvey Risch and his assessment of what he’s seeing playing out (“This has gone on before”) as it pertains to “America’s doctor”.

This file contains several other documents, including work by Denis Rancourt, PhD and “The Fauci/COVID Dossier” by David E. Martin, PhD. Dr. Martin’s dossier represents 22 years of research providing the basis for, among other things, additional legal action against Anthony Fauci.

I can serve on the jury: oh, please, oh please!

5:13 pm on April 16, 2021

Practicing for Politics?

Ms. Anonymous has “never heard of [Curtis Chang] before,” but she smelt a rat in his enthusiasm for vaccines. So she dug into his background and that of the staff at his consulting firm (ahem: didn’t consultants disappear with the 1990s?), and, what-ho: 

Someone on his staff has connections to Johnson & Johnson…

Say it ain’t so! 

Remember, Chang and his accomplices present themselves as concerned and conscientious Christians. Yet they’re really just shills for Big Pharma. Indeed, as Ms. A observes, “Chang is perfectly positioned for what he is doing because of his work w/ nonprofits & his connections to govt.”

Which are extensive, enough that he “won an Obama WH award.” That prompted our researcher to quip: “He is not a ‘Parson Goat’; he is a ‘Consultant Goat.’”

Chang is as disingenuous and corrupt as any politician. And that’s saying something.

Protestants don’t ex-communicate, but boy, this is one of those times I wish we did. 

4:57 pm on April 16, 2021

Glenn Greenwald: Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One

Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One, by Glenn Greenwald

The most significant Trump-era alliance is between corporate outlets and security state agencies, whose evidence-free claims they unquestioningly disseminate.

Media Culture Wars: Engineering Consent and Obedience to Authority  (Amazon book list)

4:30 pm on April 16, 2021

Milt’s Guilt

Keith Snyder tells me that he has “has absolutely NO skin in this game… I am neither Jewish nor Christian.” Nonetheless, the priest in Texas who called the cops on a congregant outraged him so vastly that he unearthed the snitch’s email: mryan@htccd.org.

Keith advises:  

I know it is impolite but I think [his inbox] should be flooded with criticism. … Same thing as here in NYC with the threatening of the Hasidic community who have been pretty good on resisting all the nonsense. … unless people put an end to this it will not stop.

May I also suggest that Roman Catholics withhold their offerings until the Church ejects these wolves from its flock? Plenty of deserving charities will more prudently use your funds than one that sics police on expectant mothers.

4:28 pm on April 16, 2021

Libertarian Theory and Covid

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2020 8:17 PM

To: ‘Josh Klenoff’ ; ‘Michael Edelstein’

Cc: ‘Malcolm Greenhill’  ‘Mort Kantor’ ; ‘David Pressman’

Subject: RE: Anti-Mask

Dear Josh:

My writing on this might be of interest to you.

Block, Walter E. 2020. “A libertarian analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 24, No. 1; https://jls.scholasticahq.com/article/17836-a-libertarian-analysis-of-the-covid-19-pandemic?auth_token=1jZ-UoctwxQnkYZLFJZR

Best regards,

Walter

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4:09 pm on April 16, 2021

Gary Johnson LP Candidate for President

From: vonuvonu

Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2020 2:43 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Shane Hazel should be a libertarian Ross Perot?

Shane Hazel should be a libertarian Ross Perot?

That might make sense if Gary Johnson were more than an accidental libertarian.

Regards,

Bill Fargo

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4:05 pm on April 16, 2021

Evictionism

From: Ennis Bragg

Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2020 3:07 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: respectfully, we don’t owe you anything

Hi Walter,

Huge fan. I’ve embraced the evictionism philosophy and share it’s libertarian merits with both left and right zealots across the prolife/prochoice divide.

Just read your open letter to Georgia libertarians. I currently live in GA. I voted for Shane. I also would have voted for a Libertarian Presidential candidate over Trump if we had one worth voting for which we haven’t had since Badnarik. I honestly don’t remember if I even voted for a presidential candidate in 2008 or 2012.

Anyway, I wanted to say that implying that those of us who voted for Shane owe everyone a moral debt to support Perdue and Loeffler. In the great words of our fake pres-elect, “come on, man!”  🙂  I don’t think implying an obligation to vote a certain way or even to vote at all is going to resonate with many thick libertarians. The argument sounds too much like my mom convincing me to vote for Dole in 96 for which I had to close my eyes to do and still look back on with embarrassment.

Libertarians for Trump was an interesting organization and in some ways illustrative of the lack of national leadership in the party. I understand the idea and precept but it’s a little silly imho. Vote libertarian where it doesn’t matter…..to send a message. That message will not be heard. Many libertarians who voted for Trump weren’t doing it for the pragmatism. If so, those same libertarians would have been voting for Bush and Romney. Trump won much libertarian support because of his fearlessness to speak truth and expose posers (at least sometimes).

I suppose that for libertarians who embraced the precept of Libertarians for Trump, your call to moral obligation makes sense. But, for the rest of us, we owe you nothing but non-aggression and respect.

still a fan,

Ennis

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4:00 pm on April 16, 2021

Open Letter to Georgia Libertarians

From: Buck Johnson

Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2020 8:13 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Georgia

Dr Block,

I have been a fan and consumer of much of your work for many years. I wanted to compliment you on your recent piece (that I found on LRC), “Open Letter to Libertarians in Georgia”.

Block, Walter E. 2020. “Open Letter to Libertarians in Georgia.” December 5; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/12/walter-e-block/open-letter-to-libertarians-in-georgia/

Reprint: http://www.varight.com/news/dr-walter-blocks-answer-to-those-who-want-to-boycott-the-georgia-elections/

The points you made are not only valid, they’re of the utmost importance right to now. I’m sure that you’ll receive plenty of pushback but I wanted to thank you for writing it.

Thank for what you do.

Cordially,

Buck Johnson

Death To Tyrants

Anti-Warfare, Anti-Welfare, Pro-Liberty Past guests include: Ron Paul, Tom Woods, Paul Gottfried, Lew Rockwell, Jeff Deist, Scott Horton, Ilana Mercer and more.

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3:56 pm on April 16, 2021

My Debate With Richard Wolff

From: Ben Veal

Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2020 12:49 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Counter-arguments you could have made in your debate with Richard Wolff

Dear Prof Block,

I watched with interest your online debate with Richard Wolff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiiOSDvcDT0

Sorry if this is teaching grandma to suck eggs, but I was a bit irked that you didn’t pick Prof Wolff up on a couple of things:

At one point Prof Wolff was arguing that the employer has far more power over the employee in any wage negotiation, and your counter argument was that this is not always the case, and the employee is always free to leave the job and look elsewhere for employment. To which he responded that it’s almost always the case that the employer has more power than the employee, even if there are a few exceptions.

A point that I think you should have made, is that it’s also almost always the case that there are many more employees than employers, and the employer is subject to the aggregate negotiating power of ALL the people she/he wants to employ; if the working conditions are too poor, or wages are too low, then nobody will want to work for the employer, and he/she will go out of business.

Another argument that I think you missed was a counter to Prof Wolff’s argument about the rich getting rich at the expense of the poor. This line of thought seems to be based on relative rather than absolute wealth, i.e. when somebody gets richer it’s automatically the case that other people become relatively poorer in comparison. But in terms of human well being (envy aside) what really matters is absolute wealth, which seems to increase faster (across all classes) in capitalist economies.

Once again, I realise that you’re probably aware of those points, but I just wanted to make sure, in case you are in any more debates like this in the future.

Regards,

Dr. Veal (econometrician).

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3:55 pm on April 16, 2021

Solzhenitsyn: In the Circle of Fate

Parts 1 and 2
Soviet dissident and Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn survived both World War II and the horrors of Stalin’s camps. He became the voice of the nameless millions who died. Some of his famous works include The Gulag ArchipelagoThe Red Wheel and In The First Circle. Solzhenitsyn’s books teach us never to forget and stay loyal to our first principles under any circumstances. It was the principle he followed throughout his life.

The Gulag Archipelago: A New Foreword by Jordan B. Peterson

(Jordan Peterson: Foreword to The Gulag Archipelago: 50th Anniversary Edition — Visual Presentation)

The Gulag Archipelago is a book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Soviet forced labor camp system. The three-volume book is a narrative relying on eyewitness testimony and primary research material, as well as the author’s own experiences as a prisoner in a gulag labor camp. Written between 1958 and 1968, it was published in the West in 1973 and, thereafter, circulated in samizdat (underground publication) form in the Soviet Union until its appearance in the Russian literary journal, Novy Mir, in 1989, in which a third of the work was published over three issues. GULag or Gulág is an acronym for the Russian term Glavnoye Upravleniye ispravitelno-trudovyh Lagerey (Главное Управление Исправительно-трудовых Лагерей), or “Chief Administration of Corrective Labour Camps”, the bureaucratic name of the governing board of the Soviet labour camp system, and by metonymy, the camp system itself.

The original Russian title of the book is Arkhipelag GuLag, the rhyme supporting the underlying metaphor deployed throughout the work. The word archipelago compares the system of labor camps spread across the Soviet Union with a vast “chain of islands”, known only to those who were fated to visit them. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the formation of the Russian Federation, The Gulag Archipelago has been officially published, and it has been included in the high school program in Russia as mandatory reading since 2009.

11:09 am on April 16, 2021

Milton Lost Paradise

Deirdre Hairston is happily married, nursing and newly pregnant with the couple’s second child, but her pastor, ostensibly more concerned with mask-compliance, called the cops on her during Holy Mass.

A conscientious objector to masks, owing largely to nausea from pregnancy, Deirdre sat with her husband and baby in the back of the church, on the far right, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dallas.

After the usher failed to force her to put a mask on, he alerted the pastor.

Deirdre Hairston [recounted]: The head pastor, Fr. Milton Ryan, approaches me in the middle of Mass. … He says, “I am the boss here. I am the pastor. What I say goes. Now, if you want to be an obedient Catholic, you put that mask on or you’ll have to leave.” … So I whisper back, “I am not leaving.” He goes, “Fine, But I’m calling the police.”

Which Milt promptly did. The cops didn’t arrest Mrs. Hairston, nor fine her, but they did issue a citation for trespassing after bullying her and her family.

Recall that Texas no longer imposes a “mandate” for diapers—but the Roman Catholic bishop does:

Bp. Edward Burns called for protocols to remain in place, including face coverings: “Catholic faithful in the diocese of Dallas [are] to continue to wear masks out of charity and concern for all those around them.”

Ergo, 

Deirdre contacted St. Joseph Foundation in Ohio for clarity on her rights as a Catholic.

She learned no practicing Catholic in the state of grace can be denied the sacraments. But the clergy involved do not seem interested in canon law.

And that explains it all. The Goats serve a new master, and it isn’t the Lord Jesus. As Mrs. Hairston puts it, 

It’s almost like [the Goats] become demonic or possessed with fury and angry. It’s bizarre. It’s honestly just bizarre behavior. It’s extremely aggressive. I mean, you’re going to arrest a 28-year-old nursing mom who’s already socially distanced? I mean it proves that it’s not really about the health. It’s just about control.

9:39 am on April 16, 2021

Where Is John Wesley When You Need Him?

The first drag queen was recently certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry. Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, celebrated Drag Sunday on April 11, although I think it was a virtual service since the church has apparently bought into the coronavirus pandemic nonsense.

8:18 am on April 16, 2021

Parson Goat Hawks The Jab

This last year has impressed on all of us, Christian and non-believer alike, that the American Church is in serious jeopardy. Its pastors obey government, not God, nor do its members object to such apostasy. With its closed doors, virtual “services” and requiring of reservations before a lost sinner can hear the Gospel, the Church is no longer a light to the world but a blight on it.

The reasons for the Church’s dereliction are legion, but allow me to introduce one of them: Curtis Chang. He is “a former pastor[,] and now I teach pastors as a seminary professor.”

Chang “graduated from Harvard and is a former Rockefeller Fellow.” Several “Fellows” plague us courtesy of the Rockefellers. I’m unsure which group includes ol’ Curt, but it doesn’t much matter: all are fascist, a la this one that proclaims its “partnership” between New York City’s government and its “business leaders.” 

No wonder Chang now festers “on the faculty of the Duke Divinity School and is a Senior Fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary.” Duke wallows in its Marxism: on its “About” page, three paragraphs promulgate communist philosophy while only two discuss Duke. Fuller’s website offers an overflowing buffet of word-salads in which it sprinkles “evangelicals” and “for the kingdoms” like croutons, but I’m danged if I can discover its stance on such essentials as Scripture’s inerrancy and inspiration, Christ’s substitutionary death for our sins, and the absolute sufficiency of His sacrifice. (more…)

8:02 pm on April 15, 2021

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