When Ayn Rand immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union in early 1926, she essentially brought with her the collectivists' playbook. She had a thorough understanding of their worldview, philosophy, and motivations. She had an uncanny ability to cut through the propaganda and concisely depict through her writing the collectivist (read leftist) mindset. Today, we can see the Left is still using the same playbook, as their motivations and political goals remain the same. They retain all of the moral shortcomings that Rand wrote about over fifty years ago, including when in 1964 she wrote a chapter in her nonfiction book, The Virtue of Selfishness, which is a collection of essays written by her and Nathaniel Branden that lay out the principles that make up her Objectivist philosophy. In her chapter/essay entitled “Racism,” she accurately describes the philosophical underpinnings of what we now know as Critical Race Theory and “Anti-Racism”.
In her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, the chapter entitled “Racism” immediately ties racism to collectivism. She defines racism thusly:
“Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social, or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors."
Memorial Day Message 2021
It's at this time of year that I reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice and why they did it. Moreover, what motivated the soldiers of America's past to take up arms and put their lives on the line?
This, we cannot know, not in every case. We can surmise though, that many might nod in agreement when Ronald Reagan said these words in his “A Time for Choosing” speech:
“You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin - just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it's a simple answer after all.”
This was a sharp rebuke to those who suggested we should just leave Communist regimes like the Soviet Union have their way, and not antagonize them by building up our defenses here and abroad to contain their hegemony. To Reagan, and many of his generation, communism, and socialism equaled slavery-- not to a particular person, but to the state. What would the people of that era not so long ago make of the acceptance of Marxism and of collectivism we see among so many today? They would be shocked that Marxism, under the guise of Critical Race Theory, would be not just tolerated, but taught in today's military. They would be horrified at the go-along-to-get-along attitude towards Communist China, and the willingness on the part of so many to stay silent at the genocide, reeducation camps, and lack of personal privacy being perpetrated in that country, all in the name of box office receipts, television deals, and cheap labor. They might marvel at the reckless disregard the current government has for mounting debts, and their blatant attempts to bribe the people with the own money. They would be disappointed to see such a large percentage of the population blithely ignore the specter of inflation for their small slice of one multi-trillion dollar “stimulus” package after another. When those brave men enlisted in the military, would they have fought nearly as hard for the country we have now, where free speech is a privilege doled out by corporate oligarchs? Where the freedom of religion that so many fought and died for could be taken away with such ease for the cause of safetyism?...
We're in the endgame now with COVID. What will it look like? What should happen, what will happen? The masks are off (sort of) in most of the country. What will happen to vaccination rates as a result?
With the pervasiveness of Critical Race Theory (CRT) which has been used to justify leftist racism, why is it any surprise that there is the rise of hate crimes against Asians and more recently Jews?
Since the early 20th Century, Communists have sought to exploit existing racial tensions in America to destabilize our society so it can be brought down and replaced with their collectivist Utopia.
CRT cannot explain poverty and unemployment among American whites or in other racially homogeneous countries.
CRT's parent theory, Critical Theory, (aka Cultural Marxism) taken to extreme such as in the old Soviet Union or in modern-day Venezuela has not solved the problems of poverty and lack of opportunity, so what makes anybody think CRT taken its logical extreme would fare any better?
Is it finally time to ditch the masks and end virtually all Covid restrictions? Who, if everyone has had a chance to be fully vaccinated, are we still maintaining the restrictions for?
What is wokeness? How does it connect to leftism and Marxism?
First and foremost, Wokism is inextricably linked to Leftism and Leftism to Marxism. Marxism, being amoral at best, and immoral at worst, requires the veneer of virtuousness to continue on and grow after its calamitous defeats in the 20th Century. In order to survive, it required a moral component, something to give its adherents' lives moral direction and meaning as they sought to supplant the previous moral and religious foundations of Western culture based upon the Judaeo-Christian ethic. Enter Wokism. Wokeness is the need to demonstrate one's virtue, or “wokeness” by advocating for certain causes that the Left, under the ethical framework of Cultural Marxism, has deemed worthy.
In woke or cancel culture, unlike with most classical religions, there is no grace, and in the case of an individual, there is no penance to be had. The values of wokism are, arbitrary and capricious, therefore forgiveness for sins against wokism is likewise an arbitrary and capricious thing, to be given or withheld by the collective will of the woke. Accusation, judgment, and sentencing against those targeted for cancellation are performed simultaneously and immediately, there is no appeal or penance that an individual can perform to avert sentencing. Capitulation or apology, therefore, has no mitigating effect on the cancel culture mob's behavior against the accused. Cancellation is at once, both accusation, and final judgment.
The true end goal of wokism, as a Marxist phenomenon is to achieve power for its faithful. That they believe (or a least espouse the belief) that following the actions prescribed by Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto, will result in complete destruction of what is referred to as Western Civilization, and from its ashes will arise the Phoenix of a collectivist Utopian society.
Dinesh D'Souza addresses the topic of Why Asian Americans Are being Assaulted by African Americans Here is my take:
You don't hear about violence against Asians too much anymore in the MSM. It doesn't fit their racist narrative of white supremacy being the chief cause of all minority problems. The rise of black on Asian hate crimes destroys the premise that America has a systemic race problem. Also, critical race theory declares that if one group outperforms another group socioeconomically, that the better performing group is doing it at the expense of the lesser performing groups. If CRT is telling people this, why should it come as any surprise when its believers start committing hate crimes against Asians who, as a group, are at the top of the economic ladder in this country? CRT teaches this must be because their status is undeserved and comes at the expense of blacks. #stopCRT
CRT is of course based upon Critical Theory (sometimes known as Cultural Marxism), a central tenet of Marxism that teaches any group with more power than another group will take advantage of and victimize the weaker group. When the proletariat revolution envisioned by Marx failed to materialize, the Fascists reframed it as a struggle between stronger and weaker nations. When that didn't work out as Gentile and Mussolini envisioned, the proponents of socialism needed to come up with new struggles to stoke. A natural one to exploit was the race struggle of blacks and other minorities in America. Modern socialism through Cultural Marxism/Critical Theory continually seeks out new "victim" groups to stoke tensions between them and the predominant group, so black against white, rich against poor, secular against the religious, etc. The purpose of all this pitting of groups against the other is nothing less than to bring down Western Civilization, which they fantasize they can replace with their Utopia, (which conveniently requires the presence of a woke elite at its top running things.)
My conclusion: Black on Asian violence is a byproduct of decades of indoctrinating Americans with critical race theory.
Welcome to season two of the Liberty Relearned Podcast!
The President's SOTU Address aka Biden's “We the Government” speech.
The target audience apparently was those who lack critical thinking skills and the economically illiterate
Why was a bunch of people who have all been presumably immunized against COVID-19 wearing masks at the SOTU?
The message the President was evidently trying to send was you still need to wear a mask. He would tell you it was leadership by example.
The message most people heard was: “Immunization gets you nothing.”
The real example was pointless obedience to government edicts
The $4.1T in new spending.
The “Infrastructure” plan. (talked about at length in episode 51.)Congress using the same “bait and switch” language in describing it. They're selling it as an infrastructure plan, but what you really get is about 7% infrastructure and the rest Green New Deal crony capitalism.
Biden’s plan to pay for all sorts of child care and education expenses would cost according to some estimates, $1.8T. That’s on top of the proposed $2.3T in infrastructure. That’s a total bill of $4.1 trillion. To put that in perspective, the US brought in $3.46 tr in tax revenue in 2019. That means that if 100% of ALL income taxes collected went JUST to those two schemes and nothing else, $0 for military, $0 for FEMA and other emergency relief, nothing but those two items, we could not pay for them. Assuming a national debt of roughly $28 tr: If we dedicated 100% of tax revenue to pay down our existing debt, it would take about 8 years. If you believe that raising taxes on the rich and corporations would cover that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. This means, either Biden is an economically illiterate fool, or he thinks you are.
We the Government...
“Our Constitution opens with the words, "We the People". It's time we remembered that We the People are the government. You and I. Not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force we have no control over. It's us. It's "We the people." – President Biden
“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”―Benito Mussolini
The two sentiments mesh pretty well, don't they?
The Liberty Relearned Podcast is one year old! In this special podcast, I'm replaying a variety of segments from the first year of the podcast. The outtakes cover a range of topics from COVID-19, leftism, Cancel Culture, and of course, conservatism.
Here are the clips:
Conservatism Explained, American vs. World Conservatism Explains American Conservatism and how it differs from conservatism in other countries.
Tyranny Down Under is a cautionary tale from Australia and how their draconian COVID restrictions were affecting personal liberty in that country, and what we might see here that would be similar.
From the 2020 Christmas Special, What the Founders believed- Focus on John Locke and the theory of natural rights
Bring the Troops Back Home Why did we need all those troops and a barbed wire fence around the Capitol? Political theatre.
Bigots From the first episode dedicated to the topic of bigotry. Cancel Culture is a form of bigotry.
Bigotry Revisited What if the left applied critical race theory (CRT) to themselves?
Free Speech Special (clip 1) What does the left's war on free speech say about them?
Free Speech Special (clip 2) Facts vs Feelings
Thanks for listening!
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. --George Orwell
“The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’. The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice, have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of régime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.”
― George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
The left's assault on the English language continues, most recently with their attempt to redefine the word "infrastructure".
"Control the language and you control the debate," is an axiom in the worlds of politics, the law, and anywhere else where influencing thought is considered valuable. The left, being well aware of this has been working for decades redefining words. Terms like racist, fascist, and justice have been so far removed from their meanings as to become unrecognizable to those of us who know the original, correct definitions. They've even sought to blur the definitions of such basic concepts as male, female, and marriage. Now leftists in government seek to do the same with the term "infrastructure". How and why are they doing this?
Celebrating the landmark 50th episode of the Liberty Relearned Podcast. In this episode, we go back to basics. The point of the blog and the podcast are to remind people that liberties, once lost or traded away are very hard to get back. For the life so far of the podcast, our liberties have been under threat, particularly since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. It was surprising in some cases, just how easily some of our Constitutional rights such as the freedom of religion were lost. Since then, the assaults on our rights as Americans have ramped up under the Biden/Harris administration. Recently, the President has stated that none of the amendments are absolute. Given his policies to date, it's hard to argue that he does not believe this. Certainly, the Left, in general, does not. We are reminded then how precious our freedoms are, and they are not guaranteed as some of us might have thought until very recently.
At this time last year, it must have felt like we’d never get past the pain and sorrow associated with Good Friday, and go on to the joy of Easter, at least not in our everyday lives. When we think of Good Friday, we think of Jesus’ scourging, his pain, and suffering on the cross. We think of the immense grief his mother and followers must have felt. Many of us were going through our own pain, bearing our own crosses. After a Good Friday year, we can, at last, celebrate an Easter year, a year of rebirth and renewal. We slowly return to normal, just as the world slowly returns to life in the spring.
How this relates to everyone:
We are in a cycle of renewal and rebirth when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis
We started in the autumn of normalcy, then we entered the dark season that marked the death of normalcy and freedom.
We are now entering into the spring, where freedom and normalcy are slowly coming back to life, thanks mainly to the vaccines, and of course, the return of nice weather in the Northern Hemisphere. In America and in other countries by the end of the actual spring, there could be enough vaccine availability that anyone who wants to be, will be fully vaccinated. At that point- Who would we be maintaining the restrictions and mask mandates for?
The summer will come. In many countries, COVID deaths plummeted in August 2020. This year, with the vaccines, we could be racking up “goose eggs” in some states and countries-- days, maybe even weeks without a single death.
Be cautioned! When it comes to the chronic, existential crisis of keeping America a Constitutional Republic, we are in the autumn. With faith in ourselves and the Creator, this too shall pass. Christians and Jews have endured much greater tyranny than what some of our current political leaders have in mind for us. Some of it, very recently. Keep the faith, spread the Word, and endure.
Even the non-religious should beware, religious freedom is low-hanging fruit for those engaged in tyranny. All that we consider “natural rights”, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness; the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments are in danger.
Holy cow! I thought I knew a little about Critical Race Theory (CRT), but this paper recently put out by the Heritage Foundation written by Christopher F. Rufo totally blew my mind. Please read this article: Critical Race Theory Would Not Solve Racial Inequality: It Would Deepen It. It's a little long but well worth the time to read. Here's a summary from the article:
“Critical race theory is an ideology which maintains that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that American institutions such as the Constitution, property rights, color blindness, and equal protection under the law are vestiges of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalist oppression—all of which must be overthrown in the name of “anti-racism.” Ultimately, critical race theory and “anti-racism” policies would deepen racial divisions and undermine the very institutions that are essential to addressing poverty and inequality across all racial groups. Policymakers concerned about these issues should reject critical race theory and orient public policy toward rebuilding the institutions of family, work, and education, which have been proven to lift Americans of all racial backgrounds out of poverty.”
As explained in the article, CRT in its ultimate form is anathema to all American Conservative thought. The objective of its proponents is nothing less than the complete overthrow of our American way of life in favor of a race-based, fascistic autocracy with unelected leaders at its head
1940: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few" British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
2021: “Never was so much owed by so many because of so few.” Liberty Relearned Purveyor, J.P. Mac
Biden's Coronavirus Relief Plan Will Probably Cost a Lot More Than $1.9 Trillion (from Reason.com, March 11, 2021)
President Biden has a low opinion of Neanderthals and people who love liberty. Democrats love democracy, except when they don't. Cancel culture comes for Dr. Seuss, but there's a more nuanced perspective to the whole thing. Where does the left get the moral authority to cancel anybody?
Did Coca-Cola sponsor racist training? Why are racism and other forms of bigotry wrong in the broader sense? Will America under the Democrats blow right by statism and go straight to Eco-fascism? Conservative Populism and the future of the Republican Party
Stop the political theater: Bring the troops back home (from D.C.). Stop putting people in the energy sector out of work. Stop keeping our kids from going to school. A few other things the government should stop.
Trump's legal team will argue, among other things, that the Senate impeachment proceedings amount to an illegal trial by the legislature. You won't hear the last of this even after the impeachment. While the Democrats and the media are happy to see us squabble amongst ourselves over the size of our Covid-19 relief checks, they know that we're distracted from a lot of things in the bill that we wouldn't want.
What's the Game Stop controversy all about? Does it have greater ramifications outside of the investment world? Good news (maybe) on the Covid-19 front as Johnson & Johnson gets closer to having their single-shot vaccine approved. How can President Biden manipulate people's perception of the Covid-19 crisis and how he and his fellow Democrats can call off the crisis having done virtually nothing, if and when they see fit.
The U.S. is still a republic, but it is now a stretch to call it a *constitutional" republic. How, when, and why did this happen? What was the likely real reason for having 25,000 troops, checkpoints, and barbed wire in the U.S. Capital for the inauguration? What can conservatives, and other non-leftists do to keep pressure on Big Tech, and our elected leaders to support freedom of speech and of association? What about the impeachment of Trump? Is it even legal? With all this talk of "re-educating" Trump supporters and other conservatives, what beliefs do they think need to be purged from us? Personal freedom! The Rule of Law, Capitalism?
The definition of "bigot" is given and how bigotry can refer to political bigotry. The left has an odd philosophical problem, Critical Theory, the theory that undergirds most of their ideology is vindicated trough their recent actions in a way they didn't count on. The effects of tech tyranny are discussed and how it can be fought.
We'd, Jan 6 was a catastrophic day for the republic for many reasons and on many levels. There was violence at the Capitol, resulting in 4 deaths and over 50 arrests. That ended any hope that the President could remain in office by some 1877 type deal. Even worse, the Republicans lost the Senate, opening the possibility of many radical policies being implemented. Still worse, the left is exploiting this disaster to engage in an all out assault on free speech. What can we do short of civil war to keep our freedoms intact? A few ideas are presented.
Some of the most popular episodes of 2020 are reviewed. Covered are the reasons for starting the podcast as a way of teaching conservatism. COVID-19 the proposed COVID-19 Bill if Rights. The Gen Flynn case is revisited, as well as some of the civil unrest that followed The George Floyd incident. Why it's OK to love America. Finally some things that could happen in 2021 are explored.
The end of last winter saw a very questionable interpretation of the Constitution leading to the impeachment of President Trump. The spring saw the spread of a deadly new plague ans likewise fear mongering over it. The summer saw massive social unrest prompted by the George Floyd killing. The fall of course meant election season and a lot of dubious election results. This winter will see the fallout from the election but also, more hopefully the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine. The only way to screw it up would be to introduce intersectional politics into the prioritization of its initial distribution, which is of course how some localities have chosen to manage it. 2020 may be almost over, but we're not out of trouble yet.
The first Christmas, the real meaning of Christmas, and what the true first Gift was. A little on how the Judaeo-Christian philosophy influenced America's Founders. How fear is being used to control us, especially with regards to COVID-19.
SCOTUS has elected not to hear two critical cases that might have swayed the 2020 election results. Did they do so out of sound legal principle or out of fear? How fear of COVID 19 makes people ignore the science that should be good news for them.
The apparent hypocrisy of some blue state governors and mayor's is not hypocritical in their minds. Their actions are in complete integrity-- just not with the values we think. The longer we wait to stand up for our rights and the more rights we cede, the harder it will be to get them back. How meritocracies and capitalism put a lie to Cultural Marxist theory.
A quick review of the state of the recounts, and the developing Dominion software situation. Is the Durham investigation into sptgate petering out? Why that would be a bad thing. Thanksgiving in the era of Covid. Is this the last straw? What remains for us to be thankful for.
What will be the fallout from the 2020 election? What did the Biden voters want and is that what they will get if Biden becomes president. Biden voters looking for a collectivist utopia are probably ignorant of certain facts, particularly Socialism's failures in the 20th century and the reasons for them. Contrast that with the successes of capitalism and free markets that will be lost under socialism or GND eco-fascism.
Robert Reich sends out an ominous tweet suggesting his desire to expose and punish Trump supporters. The final debate and some of the points the President made. How Hunter's alleged dealings in foreign countries exposes his father to possible blackmail.
The President and several of his advisors now have COVID. Was the campaign worth the risk? Will Biden's risk adverse style pay off? How do the different strategies match up with each candidate's political philosophy? Will the sidelining of 3 senators due to COVID slow or hinder the ongoing effort to confirm ACB to the SCOTUS? What each side would like to see.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died leaving a huge vacancy in the Supreme Court. How does her loss effect the balance of the Court? What does each side want to happen? How Biden could declare the COVID-19 crisis ended through clever manipulation of the media and the testing process. Could President Trump have prevented every single Covid death in this country?