40 votes

A New Kind of Freedom

by Nelson Hultberg | AFR.org

Karl Marx was asked once how he could justify advocating a political system of slavery for the individual, which is what socialism is. He replied that, socialism is not slavery; it is a "new kind of freedom." As all perceptive students of history know, the intellectuals of Europe bought into such Alice in Wonderland sophistry and plunged into the twentieth century nightmare of collectivist tyranny. But unfortunately so did American intellectuals about 30 years later when the Progressives of Woodrow Wilson's era established the Creature from Jekyl Island to usher in centralized government banking and the progressive income tax to "spread the wealth around."

Socialism is not really so bad, reasoned the American intellectual community. If we think about it, it actually is a "new kind of freedom." We just have to do what the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter advocated. We have to change the meaning of the words that define the fundamental values of our lives. After all, there is no objective reality; words can mean whatever we want them to mean. All we have to do is teach Marx's new definition of freedom to the young at an early enough age, and when they grow into adulthood they will not think of a government-dominated society as slavery at all. It will be a "new kind of freedom" to them.

Americans never bought into Lenin's violent revolutionary socialism, but they did buy into the Fabians' democratic evolutionary socialism. Fabian ideas in Britain were readily picked up by the American progressives and liberals of the twentieth century. This redefinition of values has been consuming us now for 100 years ever since the Creature from Jekyl Island and the tax revenuers took over Washington. The progressives and liberals have even redefined their redefinitions. Fascism, being basically the same as socialism, is now acceptable in the mix.

118 votes

Obama, without irony, says: "No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders."

"Got that? No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down from outside lands... says the man who regularly bombs Pakistan and Yemen.”

This warrants one big "LOL" but also... a big sigh... because it is truly pathetic.

http://youtu.be/zqvGRIVr1G8

27 votes

U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Iran and 100 Years of Failure

By Tom Mullen | Washington Times

TAMPA, November 19, 2012 — An Iraqi diplomat has called upon other Arab oil producers to “use oil as a weapon” against the United States. Fox News reports this as if it should come as a surprise.

“The shocking statement from a democratic government in power only after the U.S. and allies ousted murderous dictator Saddam Hussein in a costly and bloody war laid bare the Middle Eastern nation’s true allegiance,” reports Fox.

The detachment from reality exhibited by news organizations like Fox and Americans in general is stunning. Americans actually believe that Iraqis should be grateful that the United States invaded their country, destroyed their infrastructure, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and made homeless refugees of millions more.

23 votes

Adam Kokesh and Christina Tobin will be speaking at an End the Fed rally this weekend!

Adam Kokesh and Christina Tobin will be in Little Rock, Arkansas on the 24th for the Arkansas End the Fed rally. If you know anyone down there, please pass the word along!

This isn't just an educational rally - it's a rally with a piece of the solution - as they will also be introducing an alternative currency at this event, the ArBuck!

36 votes

War On Marijuana Losing Support

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/11/jul...

By Julie Mack

KALAMAZOO, MI – Among the texts I received on election night was one from my 23-year-old daughter. “Weed wins!” she wrote.

Was that really her take-away from Election 2012? Well, no. But she said she was pleasantly surprised that Colorado and Washington voters agreed to decriminalize marijuana while the Michigan cities of Kalamazoo, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint and Ypsilanti all moved a step closer to making pot more legally available.

These times, they are changin’.

In 1990, 81 percent of the American public opposed the legalization of marijuana. This was an era when the crack epidemic was raging, “Just Say No” was part of the popular lingo and marijuana was seen by many as a “gateway” drug that could lead to cocaine, meth and heroin.

Today?

133 votes

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 11/19/12: If a People Cannot Secede, They Are Not Free

by minnesotachris

http://youtu.be/PseezrhlWfk

by Ron Paul

Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election or perhaps something deeper? Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures. Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn’t hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union.

53 votes

Rand Paul will "hijack the pro-Israel GOP"

Say what?

How is it a person can be accused of being anti-Israel simply because they want to cut aid to foreign nations to help fix the desperate economic situation this country is in? What possible merit could these accusations have?

Rand Paul: 'Portraying me as being against Israel...is as nonfactual as it is offensive'

Matt Welch | Reason | Nov. 19, 2012 11:18 am

There's an interesting back-and-forth over at Commentary magazine between Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Jonathan S. Tobin over whether the libertarian-minded Tea Party senator will (in the formulation of Tobin's original headline) "hijack the pro-Israel GOP." I think Paul gets the better of what is an important argument; you be the judge.

88 votes

Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!

If this story can inspire someone you know, please share it with them!

Arthur's story is highlighted from the beginning, in the upcoming documentary, INSPIRED: The Movie. (Thanks to filmmaker Steve Yu for putting this inspirational video together!) Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.

He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try -- he couldn't do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story.

http://youtu.be/qX9FSZJu448

19 votes

How to Live Without Irony

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/how-to-live-...

If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living.

The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). He harvests awkwardness and self-consciousness. Before he makes any choice, he has proceeded through several stages of self-scrutiny. The hipster is a scholar of social forms, a student of cool. He studies relentlessly, foraging for what has yet to be found by the mainstream. He is a walking citation; his clothes refer to much more than themselves. He tries to negotiate the age-old problem of individuality, not with concepts, but with material things.

He is an easy target for mockery. However, scoffing at the hipster is only a diluted form of his own affliction. He is merely a symptom and the most extreme manifestation of ironic living. For many Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s — members of Generation Y, or Millennials — particularly middle-class Caucasians, irony is the primary mode with which daily life is dealt. One need only dwell in public space, virtual or concrete, to see how pervasive this phenomenon has become. Advertising, politics, fashion, television: almost every category of contemporary reality exhibits this will to irony.

23 votes

Petraeus: A Phony Hero for a Phony War

Opinion from the New York Times
By Lucian K. Truscott IV

FASTIDIOUSNESS is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexander’s time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold braid decorated the brim of his cap than he did about how many bodies he left on beachheads across the Pacific. Next came Westmoreland, with his starched fatigues in Vietnam. In our time, Gen. David H. Petraeus has set the bar high. Never has so much beribboned finery decorated a general’s uniform since Al Haig passed through the sally ports of West Point on his way to the White House.

“What’s wrong with a general looking good?” you may wonder. I would propose that every moment a general spends on his uniform jacket is a moment he’s not doing his job, which is supposed to be leading soldiers in combat and winning wars — something we, and our generals, stopped doing about the time that MacArthur gold-braided his way around the stalemated Korean War.

And now comes “Dave” Petraeus, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. No matter how good he looked in his biographer-mistress’s book, it doesn’t make up for the fact that we failed to conquer the countries we invaded, and ended up occupying undefeated nations.

30 votes

Journalist: TSA agents wearing badges upside down to stay anonymous

Writer threatened with arrest after asking for agent and supervisor’s names

Steve Watson | Infowars.com
Nov 19, 2012

A prominent talk radio host and author who has had previous run ins with the TSA noted Sunday that many TSA agents are wearing their identification badges upside down, making it more difficult for travelers and anyone attempting to film the agents to identify them ahead of the Infowars led Opt Out And Film Campaign this week.

Read more @ Infowars.com

25 votes

One way to retire debt - call it immoral

I love the irony.

All those Americans suffering under repressive loan arrangements could perhaps take a leaf out of the George Bush playbook. Faced with the inconvenience of a huge debt incurred by Saddam Hussein when Bush took over Iraq, he just declared all the debt as immoral and refused to pay it.

The link below details how Ecuador successfully applied the same strategy against debts to an American Company (the United Fruit Company) and Bush / Obama were forced to back down.

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