How Inflation Destroys Civilization

How Inflation Destroys Civilization, by Nick Giambruno.

I think inflation is the primary factor driving this … unstoppable trend towards more socialism in the US. … Americans feel squeezed because the cost of rent, medical insurance, and tuition, as well as other basic living expenses, is rising much faster than their wages.

This creates very real problems for ordinary people. In response, more and more turn to Santa Claus politicians that promise supposed freebies, like a $15 minimum wage or universal basic income.

This is all a predictable consequence of the US abandoning sound money.

By every measure—including stagnating wages and rising costs—things have been going downhill for the American middle class since the early 1970s.

August 15, 1971, to be exact. This is the date President Nixon killed the last remnants of the gold standard.

Since then, the dollar has been a pure fiat currency. This allows the Fed to print as many dollars as it pleases. And — without the discipline imposed by some form of a gold standard — it does precisely that. The US money supply has exploded 2,106% higher since 1971. …

Inflation allows the finance sector, which controls the manufacture of new money, to reap most of the gain from newly manufactured money. Predictably, asset shufflers have swallowed most of the productivity gains in real wealth since 1971. But the process is subtle, most people have no idea, and the media never mentions it.

This is why millennials and millions of others are gravitating toward socialism.

They feel the economic pain of inflation every day. They know it’s becoming harder and harder to maintain a middle-class lifestyle. They just don’t understand why. So, they succumb to the siren’s call of freebies.

Perverse as it is, the policies demanded by people suffering from inflation create even more inflation.

Inflation has a way of perpetuating itself. The more inflation reduces living standards, the more people push for programs that create even more inflation. This includes things like universal basic income and a higher minimum wage… which in turn creates a cycle of inflation. …

It’s not going to improve from here:

The reason is simple: a growing majority of US voters are addicted to the heroin of government welfare. An estimated 47% or so of Americans already receive some form of government benefit. …

When you count everyone who lives off of political dollars, we’re already well north of 50% of the US population. In other words, the US has already crossed the Rubicon. There’s no going back.

By the way, here is a pre-IPO offer from a company making gold as easy to spend as digital currency, with your phone. In an inflationary environment, gold does better than the government currencies, and in the gradual descent towards a Venezuela or Zimbabwe style monetary crisis the use of gold as a non-government currency will flourish. This might be a way to get in on the ground floor — if everyone eventually uses SendGold or similar, it will be huge. Offer closes in a few day’s time.

Dear Australia, would you rather have $8,500 or a 0.0001C cooler climate for your 130th Birthday?

Dear Australia, would you rather have $8,500 or a 0.0001C cooler climate for your 130th Birthday? By Joanne Nova.

IPA estimates Paris Agreement to stop storms and hold back the tide may cost $8500 per Australian family

What a deal. You could have free electricity for the next four years or an imperceptible difference in the air outside the nursing home for your children’s 94th birthday.

The Americans went for the money. So did nearly everyone else.

Damian Wild at the IPA calculates that the Paris Agreement will cost patsy Australians $52 billion dollars in the next 12 years. …

There is a Coalition Partyroom meeting coming today where a Turnbull-with-falling-popularity will try to convince a nervous set of MP’s that they won’t lose their seats if the Coalition runs the same soulless campaign it almost lost on last time. Back then Turnbull took 90 seats and turned them into 76 and barely got elected.

The biggest obvious and easy win for conservatives in 2019 is to copy Abbott-Trump-Dean proven successes, axe the tax, Get Out of Paris, and run an Electro-Scary-Bill campaign. Turnbull can’t do that …

The Liberals could romp it in in this election if they just dumped Turnbull, grew a spine, and copied recent conservative successes all around the world.

Paris deal spells ‘irreparable damage’: IPA report, by Rachel Blaxendale.

A study by the Institute of Public ­Affairs, “Why Australia must exit the Paris Climate Agreement”, estimates our Paris target of reducing emissions to 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 will impose a $52 billion economic cost between now and 2030, equating to $8566 a family. …

It says the agreement is not ­operating as intended, citing the withdrawal of the world’s second-largest emitter, the US, and unconstrained emissions from the world’s largest emitter, China.

Then prime minister Tony ­Abbott signed Australia up to the Paris Agreement in 2015. He has since called for Australia to withdraw from Paris, saying last month that: “This idea that we are bound forever to aspirational targets when the circumstances have dramatically changed is frankly just lunacy.”. …

The tracker found just seven of the 32 nations, Morocco, the Gambia, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, The Philippines and India, whose collective emissions account for 6.6 per cent of global emissions, are on track to meet their Paris targets.

FBI fires Peter Strzok

FBI fires Peter Strzok, by Tyler Durden.

Peter Strzok, who spearheaded the FBI’s investigations into both the Clinton email “matter” and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been fired from the agency over anti-Trump texts …

Strzok’s termination follows a June report that he was physically escorted out of an FBI building despite still being employed by the agency. …

Still pretending he’s the victim:

Peter Strzok — who vowed in a text message to his FBI mistress to “stop” Trump, was the victim of political bias — according to his attorney.

Strzok’s anti-Trump sentiment came to light after an internal investigation revealed he and his FBI mistress Lisa Page had exchanged 50,000 text messages, many of which contained clear animus towards then-candidate Donald Trump. …

Perhaps the most alarming of the exchanges mentions an “insurance policy” in the event Trump is elected. …

The text messages made abundantly clear that Strzok — the man who downgraded the FBI’s assessment of Hillary’s email mishandling from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” and used a largely unfounded Trump-Russia dossier to launch a counterintelligence operation — holds a deep disdain for Donald Trump.

Strzok testified at a Congressional hearing last month, asserting that there was “no evidence of bias in my professional actions,” and that his testimony was “just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

The now-former FBI agent also creeped people out with a weird smirk during the session, as well as the generally creepy faces he made:

Trump responds:

Journalism in the US: Blatant hypocrisy and double standards

Journalism in the US: Blatant hypocrisy and double standards. The media are never anti-Trump are they?

Yup:

They Are Not Never Trump – They Are Never You

They Are Not Never Trump – They Are Never You. By Kurt Schlichter. The establishment right not only toady-up to the PC media on too many issues, but they are far removed from the public’s interests. Trump has revealed, by example, how useless they actually are in fighting the left.

The dethroned conservagimps are angry with you. Donald Trump is not really the issue. He’s just a convenient target for those  establishment sissies. They truly despise you. …

They hate you because you refuse to honor and respect them, to validate their cheesy status within the Beltway hierarchy, and to acknowledge them as your betters. Your pig-headed uppityness has disrupted their scam. The old paradigm, the model of go-along/get-along and feed the crackers out there in America articles about lib outrages to keep them writing checks, no longer cuts it. You’ve stripped them of their status by holding them accountable for their failure to fight for conservatism, and for us. …

Take the current occupant of the non-David Brooks prissy poodle position at the New York Times, Bret Stephens. He eagerly accepted the iron discipline of his new job after his first column hinted that the weird weather religion of the ruling class – the one that demands you Normals sacrifice your money and your sovereignty for the sake of the elite’s virtue – might not be, you know, totally a thing. He thank-you-sir-may-I-have-anothered, learned to heel, and pleased his masters by coming out hard against the Second Amendment like a good boy. Having got a taste for biscuits, he is still seeking treats – and gets them – like when he praised the firing of Rosanne and then praised the non-firing of actual racist Sarah Jeong. …

We watched as the he-men of the Weekly Standard and the rest of Conservative, Inc., leapt up off their couches to valiantly defend the liberal tech giants who have been testing the waters to see just how much silencing of conservatives they can get away with. All those articles about leftist impositions on our free speech were good to rile up the rubes, but post-Trump, when conservative speech is threatened by liberals dipping their toes in the pool by banning a fringy like Alex Jones, these conservaquislings prance about with unequivocal support. It’s easy to see their end game – they hope to be the last ones kneeling when the libs silence everyone else to the right of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. …

We outsider conservative voices are competition to the puffcons, so of course the conservative establishment is eager for the overlords of Silicon Valley to erase us. The softies cannot compete, largely because they do not want to compete. They are about enjoying their lame sinecures, not moving the ball forward for our benefit. …

But we are never going back. … We rejected them, and they hate us for it. We ruined their little arrangement with the liberals – be non-threatening and you get some scraps. Their treacherous embrace of the liberal establishment’s war on dissent is a desperate attempt to turn back the clock to the era when the Bow Tie Brigade was not accountable to normal people like us.

Turkey’s Lira Currency Crumbles as Trump Turns the Screws After Erdogan Double-Cross

Turkey’s Lira Currency Crumbles as Trump Turns the Screws After Erdogan Double-Cross, by John Xenakis.

The lira has already lost 40% of its value in the past month. On Friday, the currency fell another 20%, before settling at being down 14% from Thursday’s level.

The result is that any imported item now costs two or three times as many liras as they did a few months ago. The inflation rate is above 15%.

Many economists had been predicting for months that Erdogan’s actions would lead to a currency crisis, which is what’s happening now. There are concerns that unless Erdogan adopts sensible policies, the result will be a full-scale national economic crisis.

During the campaign for the June 24 elections, Erdogan said the following:

“If my people say continue on this path in the elections, I say I will emerge with victory in the fight against this curse of interest rates. Because my belief is: interest rates are the mother and father of all evil.”

In July he appointed his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, to run the central bank, and said, “We will see inflation and interest rates decline in the coming period.” …

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

We’ve seen this kind of thing in other countries. In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro followed and are following policies which have meant economic destruction for their country. In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s policy of throwing white farmers off farms and giving the farms to political cronies who know nothing about farms ended up destroying Zimbabwe’s economy, and it’s unclear whether this policy is still continuing. I’ve written about many other examples where a clueless idiot leader politician destroys a country’s economy and the country itself.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth, by Bob Yirka.

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the State University of New York and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has found that new global tree growth over the past 35 years has more than offset global tree cover losses. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using satellite data to track forest growth and loss over the past 35 years and what they found by doing so.

PC fantasy versus fact:

There has been a growing consensus in recent years that because humans cut down so many trees (most particularly in the rainforests) that global tree cover is shrinking. In this new effort, the researchers have found that not to be the case. They contend that global tree cover is actually increasing.

To track global tree cover changes, the researchers studied data from advanced very high-resolution radiometers aboard a series of 16 weather satellites covering the years 1982 to 2016. By comparing daily readings, the researchers were able to see small changes occurring regularly over a relatively long period of time — which added up to large changes. Over the entire span, the researchers found that new tree cover had offset tree cover loss by approximately 2.24 million square kilometers — which they note is approximately the size of Texas and Alaska combined.

The researchers report that most of the new tree cover occurred in places that had previously been barren, such as in deserts, tundra areas, on mountains, in cities and in other non-vegetated land. They further report that much of the new growth came about due to efforts by humans (such as reforestation efforts in China and parts of Africa) and because of global warming — warmer temperatures have raised timberlines in some mountainous regions, and allowed forests to creep into tundra areas.

“You are not our ally” – Video campaign launched as Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australian tour

“You are not our ally” – Video campaign launched as Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australian tour, by Iman Riman.

The speaking tour of the Somali-Dutch outspoken critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, organized by Think Inc. was scheduled to start this week with a talk on Thursday in Brisbane and continue in various Australian cities to end in Melbourne on Saturday. Ms Ali was also scheduled to appear on ABC panel show Q and A this evening but has also cancelled.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali regrets that for a number of reasons including security concerns, she must cancel her upcoming appearances,” a Think Inc. spokesperson said in a statement today. …

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s planned tour would not have been the first time she would have visited Australia, but it’s the first time there has been significant public opposition, as a group of high-profile Australian Muslim women, many of whom are featured in the video above, launched a petition against the outspoken Dutch-American activist, claiming she “does not speak for us.” …

The group’s statement rejects “any Islamic basis for the violence that occurred to Hirsi Ali in her life and the violence perpetrated to women all over the world who have fallen victim to culturally- influenced misogynistic abuse.” …

The protesting group insists that they do not oppose Hirsi Ali’s right to express her opinion but highlight that her views may incite more aggression against Muslims in Australia and worldwide.

De-platformed by the threat of violence and being shouted down.

When the political tribe of tolerance and compassion teams up with the religion of peace, isn’t it odd how verbal and physical violence is so often visited upon anyone who opposes them?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sarah Jeong and the Media Alt-Left

Sarah Jeong and the Media Alt-Left, by Daniel Greenfield.

Ever since the New York Times decided to hire racist blogger Sarah Jeong, despite her history of hateful tweets about white people, “the world could get by just fine with zero white ppl and the thing stopping POC (people of color) is…a disinclination toward genocide?”, white women, men, heterosexuals and Christians, and then refused to part ways with her … the debate has been about all the wrong things.

Jeong isn’t really the issue. Her racism is typical of an influential subset of the left. …

Unlike the alt-right, a subject of numerous essays, news reports and investigative pieces, the internet culture of racism, misandry and heterophobia that is the millennial alt-left is mostly undocumented.

Anti-white:

The alt-left’s norms of discourse are defined by the same harsh contempt and winking racism that appear in Sarah Jeong’s tweets. It’s an internet culture where “white people” is an inherently derogatory term and new slurs, such as “caucasity”, are coined. Ironic racism is defined as “resistance” to whiteness. And what better way to resist whiteness than with racial slurs aimed at white people? …

The alt-left preceded the alt-right. The features of the alt-right that the media has attacked are mirror images of its origins counter-trolling the alt-left. When Sarah Jeong’s critics and defenders claim that she was “counter-trolling”, they hilariously get the origin of the internet culture species completely wrong.

Long before the alt-right (at least in internet years), the alt-left was weaponizing racist memes (“white tears” was a popular one) and harassing targets with online mobs (today’s social justice mobs are alt-left online harassment coordinated with alt-lefties in the media). The current trend of media stories that dox targets on the right almost all tend to come from media millennials aligned with the alt-left. ,,,

As John Perrazo notes in the Freedom Center’s pamphlet, “The War on Whiteness”, “The ultimate objective in stigmatizing whiteness is to intensify racial tension. But the anti-whiteness movement also intends to destroy whites’ comfortable assumption that their skin color is ‘normal’ or ‘neutral,’ without consequences, and to make them color-conscious and ultimately rub their noses in their whiteness.”

The left politicizes race. The alt-left’s war on whiteness is an overt rejection of post-racial neutrality and the grand bargain of civil rights. The stream of racist abuse aimed at white people is meant to politicize whiteness. And to force white people to align with racist movements on one side or the other.

What the alt-left fears above all else is post-racial coexistence. And so it fights tolerance with racism.

Why do we hear so little about the alt-left? For the same reason that the media throbs with defenses of Jeong’s ironic racism and the leftist internet culture that birthed it. The media’s millennial new guard is drawn heavily from the alt-left. It seeks out and destroys media millennials who are not alt-lefties.

It increasingly seems that anti-white is the new antisemitism.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Leftist politician’s life became ‘a nightmare’ after telling the truth about Muslim rape gangs in the UK

Leftist politician’s life became ‘a nightmare’ after telling the truth about Muslim rape gangs in the UK, by Laura Cat.

It was one of the biggest scandals to rock the UK. The Rotherham Muslim child sex abuse gangs. Vulnerable teenagers groomed, trafficked and raped by gangs of men. The abuse going on directly under our noses, having been known by authorities who turned a blind eye and took no action.

It prompted Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham, to write a newspaper article for The Sun, one year ago, in which she called out the problem of British Pakistani men exploiting white girls.

In an interview with The Telegraph she describes the response as having been a nightmare.

“Social media went nuts. It was a tidal wave,” says Champion. “I had the far right coming for me, saying I had covered up child abuse, that I was effectively a rapist myself [Rotherham had a Labour council, during the time the gang was active], while the far left was calling me a racist.”

She never expected the enormity of the response, though she figured it would make some waves. Since the year of threats and abuse she now qualifies for enhanced police security at the highest level. The level of outrage over her words has nearly caused her life to fall apart.

She was forced to resign her post as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities the following week after her article.

In March, the campaign group Just Yorkshire published a report alleging that Muslims in Rotherham have been subject to racial abuse as a result of her article, causing yet another wave of abuse and threats to Mrs. Champion.

It has been revealed that police and other authorities are reluctant, at the risk of being called ‘racist’, to investigate gangs in Rotherham and elsewhere which has only allowed the abuse of girls to continue. …

Despite the nightmare of the past year, the support Sarah has received outweighs the threats. She has no plans of standing down and will continue her quest to protect Britain’s young girls: “It’s the weirdest thing, the sense of duty and responsibility you feel with this job,” she says. “I am quite a long way from done.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

BANISHED: Pakistani Grooming Gang Rapists Lose British Citizenship

BANISHED: Pakistani Grooming Gang Rapists Lose British Citizenship, by Liam Deacon.

Three rapists from the Rochdale child grooming gang will be stripped of British citizenship after a top judge branded their predatory attacks “serious organised crime”.

Three years ago Theresa May, then Home Secretary, decided that Abdul Aziz, 47, Adil Khan, 48, and Abdul Rauf, 48, should lose their British passports because of their crimes and the fact they are also citizens of Pakistan.

Before their imprisonment, the trio worked as taxi drivers, with Rauf also acting as a Muslim preacher. They lost an appeal against the decision this Wednesday after being initially jailed at a trial in 2012.

All had been found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16 and trafficking for sexual exploitation at trial. …

The judge who jailed them at Liverpool Crown Court in May 2012 said their victims were “raped callously, viciously, and violently”.

“All the men treated the girls as though they were worthless and beyond all respect”, he added.

Whew. The problem has been seen to be dealt with. Importing left votes from Pakistan continues apace.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

US suspends military training program for Pakistan

US suspends military training program for Pakistan, by the Anadolu Agency in Islamabad.

The United States has started cutting scores of Pakistani military officers from the education and training program, Pakistani media reported on Aug. 11. …

Pakistani officers have been receiving military training and education in the U.S. since early 1960s, which were suspended in the 1990s. However, the U.S. government restored the program after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. State Department also confirmed the suspension of Pakistan’s participation in the training programs.

“So far, Pakistan’s participation in 97 training programs total valued at $3.29M has been cancelled…” the State Department said in a statement.

However, it stressed that the U.S. “continues to provide civilian assistance to Pakistan in line with U.S. national interests.”

Robert Spencer:

President Trump tweeted in January: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

Suspend? Cancel.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Big Tech Swings the Hate Hammer Again

Big Tech Swings the Hate Hammer Again, by Jim Goad.

Within hours of each other last Sunday, tech monsters Apple, YouTube, Spotify, and Facebook banned nearly all content from Jones’s media outlet Infowars. Pinterest and LinkedIn followed suit on Monday. Every last outfit justified their decision by claiming that Jones peddled false conspiracy theories and hate speech.

It has been often said, but it apparently needs to be said so much more often and so much more loudly that ears start bleeding, that the endless calls to murder Donald Trump and to eliminate all white people — based on a baselessly cuckoo conspiracy that Donald Trump and all white people are calling for everyone else to be murdered — never seem to be crushed by the Big Tech Social Justice Hate Hammer for inciting violence or propagating false rumors.

To deny that Big Tech defines things such as “hate speech” and “conspiracy theories” through a strictly leftist ideological lens is to be either stupid, a liar, or a stupid liar who lies stupidly. …

YouTube relies on the insanely, um “urban” SPLC and ADL to flag any content remotely unpalatable to certain high-powered financial elites. When Google unveiled a fact-checking tool earlier this year, it only seemed to target right-of-center sites for scrutiny. Twitter recently banned Candace Owens — a black woman — merely for taking Dragon Lady Sarah Jeong’s anti-white tweets and substituting the word “Jewish” for “white.” …

I know of no similar instances of huge tech companies punishing leftists for thought crimes. I’m not saying they don’t exist, only that I haven’t heard of any, whereas the corporate “disappearing” of any little minnow bold enough not to swallow the Progressive Gospel hook, line, and sinker is a trend that only seems to escalate. …

Free speech. Oh no, private choice:

“But it’s not censorship because it’s corporations doing it rather than the government,” enthuse the very same people who hate corporations and cheer for suffocating levels of government intervention in every other aspect of life. Why is the snuffing out of non-leftist thought the ONLY case where these head cases LOVE the free market?

OK, so because of the First Amendment’s wording, none of this is technically censorship. But I’d like you to look me in the eyes and say it’s not “the deliberate silencing of certain ideas.” …

The media is hopelessly and forever biased (remember, leftists only hire fellow ideologues):

Reducing someone’s opinions about complex socio- and geopolitical struggles over land, resources, and ideas to a simple matter of “hate” is a form of gaslighting. It also can’t be proved or disproved. It’s cheap, weak, and sick.

The mainstream media also can’t seem to burp out the name “Alex Jones” without also belching out the term “conspiracy theorist” in the same sentence. …

Truth is the first casualty of war:

Again and again, the mainstream media justified Jones’s silencing by claiming he’d spread untrue rumors about the Sandy Hook school shooting, about Pizzagate, and about 9/11. I don’t know enough about any of Jones’s positions on these events to have an opinion either way.

What I do know is that this is the same mainstream media that spread false information, and also withheld crucial information, about the Rodney King incident and the Trayvon Martin incident and the Michael Brown incident to the point where dozens of people wound up dead and far more were beaten up, but even I — an alleged fascist totalitarian — am not calling for any of these outlets to be banned, only corrected.

Antifa Vows “Bullets” For Political Enemies; Media Ignores Threat

Antifa Vows “Bullets” For Political Enemies; Media Ignores Threat, by Paul Joseph Watson at the recently-banned-by-Facebook InfoWars.

The mainstream media completely failed to report on Antifa members in DC yesterday, some of whom went on to assault police officers, carrying a banner which openly advertised their intention to put bullets in their political enemies.

Numerous video clips and photos show Antifa members carrying a large black banner which reads, “It takes a bullet to bash a fash.”

… Far-left agitators also mobbed a cop on a motorcycle, throwing things at him and shoving him.

In another clip, leftists are asked what they would do if they met President Trump.

“I would murder him,” answered one, while another said, “We’d have to do him like Gaddafi.”

Given these threats, is it any wonder that both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI now treat Antifa as a domestic terror group?

Meanwhile, over in the version of the world that the media presents:

Other observers pointed out that the media whipped up another moral panic over what amounted to about 25 idiots marching down a street in DC then going home. …

“Only 30 bozos showed up for this stupid Nazi rally,” wrote John Noonan. “I’ve yet to hear a good reason for why this tiny squad of losers deserved millions worth of wall-to-wall media coverage, which amplified their message.”

The question now remains; Why does the left continue to defend and embrace Antifa, and why does the mainstream media invoke panic over a couple of dozen drooling neo-nazi idiots, while refusing to even report on violent Antifa attacks on police, journalists and other innocent people, as well as the group carrying signs which openly incite bloody violence?

A clue:

Meanwhile, Antifa made their ultimate goal clear, chanting, “no border, no wall, no USA at all.”

Another clue:

Chile vs. Venezuela

Chile vs. Venezuela, by Steven Hayward.

Pop quiz: Which country would you rather live in — Chile or Venezuela? That’s pretty obvious — Chile. That was not an automatic answer until recent years. As recently as 2004 Venezuela had a higher per capita GDP than Chile, but then Chile doesn’t have Venezuela’s oil riches. Today Chile has a higher per capita GDP than Venezuela measured in nominal terms, but with a 30,000 percent inflation rate in Venezuela right now (and nothing to buy), nominal comparisons are meaningless, because Venezuela is essentially a failed state. …

What’s the difference between Chile and Venezuela? Socialism, sure, but we should take this point one large step further: the only reason Chile isn’t also a socialist basket case is that it had a military coup in 1973 to prevent the socialist government of Salvador Allende from making Chile into the prototype for Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.

Allende was lauded by the comrades in the Soviet Union

Allende had every intention of following the same playbook of rigging elections and legislative bodies, subverting rival power structures, censoring the press and arresting opposition leaders, nationalizing industries and launching Chile’s economy down the same road to oppressive mediocrity like all other socialist regimes. …

It is a part of the Catechism of the Modern Left that the 1973 coup against Allende was a monstrous event, wire-pulled by Henry Kissinger and the CIA, ushering in the dictatorship of August Picochet, who was never clever enough to know that you’re supposed to mouth Marxist slogans if you want to get good notices in the prestige media. …

Funny how we don’t hear the hoary old Chile-Pinochet-CIA tale as often as we used to, perhaps because smarter leftists deep down know that the coup avoided the equivalent of today’s Venezuela. Or perhaps Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez missed the day in class when that unit was taught. Maybe someone should ask her about it. Surely there’s more comic relief to be had from her moment on the public stage.

Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson over burka ‘joke’

Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson over burka ‘joke’, by Sky News.

The actor, best known for playing Mr Bean and Blackadder, described the remarks as funny. …

Atkinson wrote to The Times, saying: “As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.

“All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them.

“You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.”

Exactly. Takes a “fool” or a brave man to point out the truth in today’s toxic political environment.

‘Don’t say sorry, Boris, you have nothing to apologise for’

‘Don’t say sorry, Boris, you have nothing to apologise for’, by Nigel Farage.

Taken to its logical conclusion, the anti-Johnson brigade’s stance would mean that nobody is allowed to offer their view on any matter in case it causes offence. Is that really the kind of country we want to live in? Remember – ironically, we are talking in this case about a politician who has stated he thinks it illiberal to ban the burka. …

We live in a country that used to believe passionately in free speech. As we all know, even when exercised with care and responsibility, free speech can and does offend some people. But timid politicians who take the easy option and prefer not to tell people what they really think about things like the burka are killing this vital right.

By allowing politics to become too PC, they are damaging democracy in such a way that it will be extremely difficult for future generations to repair, ultimately condemning them to a society where nobody is allowed to be honest about anything.

Johnson did not go far enough

Johnson did not go far enough, by Taj Hargey, the imam at Oxford Islamic Congregation.

Boris Johnson should not apologise for telling the truth. His evocative analogy is unfortunate but he is justified in reminding everyone that the Wahhabi/Salafi-inspired fad of female facial masking has no Koranic legitimacy. It is, however, a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam.

The burka and niqab are hideous tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim. Although this deliberate identity-concealing contraption is banned at the Kaaba in Mecca it is permitted in Britain, thus precipitating security risks, accelerating vitamin D deficiency, endorsing gender-inequality and inhibiting community cohesion.

It is any wonder that many younger women have internalised this poisonous chauvinism by asserting that it is their human right to hide their faces?

“Johnson did not go far enough. If Britain is to become a fully integrated society then it is incumbent that cultural practices, personal preferences and communal customs that aggravate social division should be firmly resisted.

UK: Boris Johnson Sparks ‘Burka-Gate’

UK: Boris Johnson Sparks ‘Burka-Gate’, by Soeren Kern.

Former foreign secretary (and possible future prime minister) Boris Johnson sparked a political firestorm after making politically incorrect comments about the burka and the niqab, the face-covering garments worn by some Muslim women.

The ensuing debate over Islamophobia has revealed the extent to which political correctness is stifling free speech in Britain. It has also exposed deep fissures within the Conservative Party over its future direction and leadership.

Every non-left major party in the West has the same fissure — between those who suck up to the PC media and go along with as much as they can stomach, and those who reject PC wholesale.

It’s pretty obvious what most of the public want, despite the endless media campaigns to be PC:

A Sky Data Poll published on August 8 found that 60% of Britons surveyed said that it is not racist to compare Muslim women wearing burkas to bank robbers and letter boxes, while 59% were in favor of a burka ban.

An August 1 poll of Tory members by ConservativeHome found that Johnson’s popularity had almost quadrupled since he resigned on July 9 after clashing with May over her vision for Brexit. He is now at the top of the list of favored successors to May.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. …

George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains. …

“Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen,” she said in a grackle squawk, “has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.”

A police photograph of Harrison Bergeron was flashed on the screen-upside down, then sideways, upside down again, then right side up. The picture showed the full length of Harrison against a background calibrated in feet and inches. He was exactly seven feet tall.

The rest of Harrison’s appearance was Halloween and hardware. Nobody had ever born heavier handicaps. He had outgrown hindrances faster than the H-G men could think them up. Instead of a little ear radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of earphones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses. The spectacles were intended to make him not only half blind, but to give him whanging headaches besides.

Scrap metal was hung all over him. Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard. In the race of life, Harrison carried three hundred pounds .

And to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with black caps at snaggle-tooth random.