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Enemy of the State - An Extremist Manifesto
2010 | Ward Dorrity

Posted on 05/11/2010 11:58:36 AM PDT by Noumenon

Enemy of the State - An Extremist Manifesto

Notes from the Fall of the Republic

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
Charles Austin Beard, American Historian, 1874-1948

 

For some of us, having our beliefs called to question is an uncomfortable experience. Coming from an acquaintance, it can be unnerving; coming from a stranger, it can feel like an assault. But, really - why should any of us feel uncomfortable when called upon to stand up for what we believe in? Is it because we lack conviction? Or is it because we don’t really have the courage or the knowledge to defend ourselves?

 

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."

William Butler Yeats – The Second Coming

 

And in today’s popular culture where non-judgmentalism is the order of the day, the reflexive and safe response is to deny that you have any convictions at all. Especially if your convictions stand the slightest chance of refuting the prevailing liberal orthodoxy. And therein lies the rub: If you won’t stand up for the principles of individual liberty then who will? This is in fact what our erstwhile masters are counting upon. Here’s what’s at stake:

The prospects for a free society as our Founders envisioned it have never been as fragile as they are now. Past and present US administrations have pursued the systematic abrogation of the rule of law and the nullification of the Constitution and Bill of Rights; despite occasional small victories in favor of what the Founders taught, the evidence for this is beyond dispute. If we are to successfully reassert our birthright of life, liberty and private property without violent revolution, then we must thread a narrow passage between the following likely outcomes for America:

America enjoys no special immunity to any of these outcomes. Consider that all of the foregoing social and political conditions exist in the world today; consider that there are those who are working with a will to effect precisely that sort of outcome here. This is a reality that the observant cannot deny without resorting to the worst sort of intellectual fraud. An intellectually honest and dispassionate look at these prospects suggests a high probability for social disorder and economic upheaval. Even though totalitarian Communism/Socialism collapsed worldwide in a series of often-spectacular failures - even though the prostrate condition of its few remaining practitioners virtually guarantees that it will not persist past the first half of the 21st century – the abject failures and horrors of totalitarian governments have not deterred the mankind-hating and the power hungry among us from pursuing that same course. Recent events suggest that the collapse of the world's existing democratic welfare states will proceed with shocking rapidity; they will either succumb from within to the Ponzi scheme of socialism or the steady encroachment of Islamic fascism. Most likely, the former will enable the latter in a single-generation one-two punch.

If we judge our own American public policy by its outcomes and its consequences (as well we should), then we would be obliged to conclude that such policies were formulated expressly to promulgate class and gender warfare, ignorance, passivity, racial division, poverty, envy, and hatred of the good for being good. As one caller to a talk radio show recently put it: “If my house is on fire and my neighbors are coming over with pails of gasoline instead of water, then I’d have to think they’ve got an agenda...”

And that’s precisely the sort of agenda and precisely the outcome desired by the Gramscian, Machiavellian Marxists who comprise our cultural elite. Yet, more than half of our fellow citizens openly applaud this course. You’ve seen their faces at the previous election year’s political rallies – faces aglow with the sort of rapture and worship that we haven’t seen since the last days of the old Weimar Republic in the 1930s.

A significant number of us aid and abet the Obamunist Marxist agenda by our silence and inaction. Your silence in the face of the oncoming tyranny is the silence of the damned. Judgemental, you say? Intolerant, you claim? Offended, perhaps? Then look elsewhere - this essay is not a 'values-neutral' zone, and you will surely be offended by its content.

Want to be even more offended? All of you have already made your choices. And there is no middle ground. As Ayn Rand put it in her 1941 essay, To All Innocent Fifth Columnists,

“There is no personal neutrality in the world today.” “Repeat that and scream that to yourself. In all great issues there are only two sides — and no middle. You are alive or you are dead, but you can't be "neither" or "in between." You are honest or you are not — and there is no neutral "half-honest." And so, you are against Totalitarianism — or you are for it. There is no intellectual neutrality.”

Sometimes the choices that we must make are just that Manichean, just that black and white. There can be no neutrality when it comes to dealing with those who demand other human beings' lives as sacrifices. That ultimate evil rests on the premise that your life does not belong to you, and that you do not have the right to live as you wish. This is the underlying premise of the modern American liberal agenda. It is as clear and as different as night and day, light and dark. That agenda is the road to hell.

Any economic/political/ethical system that treats people as if they were property or some sort of fungible asset is unspeakably evil – that notion hails from the dark side of human nature. We might laugh at the notion of a ‘dark side’, relegating that to mawkish science-fiction fables and dismissing it out of hand. But we would be wrong in doing so.

Any individual, institution or political entity whose ultimate argument is the barrel of a gun should and must be resisted – they’re on the dark side. Anyone who claims that the concepts of right and wrong amount to intellectual bigotry or that there is no such thing as an absolute human right to live - they’re on the dark side. Anyone who espouses a worldview whose unarguable and indisputable outcome has been the slaughter of millions and the enslavement and impoverishment of hundreds of millions more in the last century – they’re definitely on the dark side. Anyone who cheerfully advocates or participates in the murder of the most innocent of us all – the unborn – they’re on the dark side, too.

Those who oppose the dark side are best represented by those who truly believe that the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as they were originally written were works of inspired genius. These documents still stand today the best guarantors of individual rights and liberty. Those of us who believe that our lives and our minds are sovereign, and that the fruits of our labors are not forfeit to the first thug who demands them at gunpoint – are in direct opposition to the dark side. Those of us who judge a man by solely by his competence and by his character – we stand against the dark side. Yet today, those of us who oppose the dark side of human and live these beliefs with conviction are called many things, vile and vicious things. But the vilest liberal epithet of all tags us as extremists.

From the point of view of the liberal fascist, an extremist is someone who objects to having his life controlled, whether by a single self-appointed tyrant or by the dictates of an entire elected mob. He is someone who recognizes his rights and is willing to defend them. He is someone who has read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and understands them. He is someone who upholds the ideals of the Founding Fathers because he knows that the underlying principles are the logical and proper foundation for a just and a free society. Above all, an extremist is guilty of the unpardonable crime of consistency. An individual of intransigent purpose and character is to the totalitarian social engineer highly dangerous. He is not willing to compromise his principles for the sake of "getting along." He disavows the alleged "good of others" as justification for the seizure of his property or the destruction of his life. He recognizes that need does not constitute a claim on wealth. He rejects Kant’s creed of the unearned reward and the unrewarded duty. He dismisses as absurd the notion that the pursuit of his own happiness is evil. He refuses to believe that life is guilt. He is an honest man who never consumes more than he produces. He knows that the most depraved sentence he can utter is: "Who am I to judge?" He knows that the second most depraved sentence he can utter is "Who am I to know?"

Yes, I am an extremist. I am the sort of man our erstwhile masters wish to attack, discredit and silence. It is for people like me that the current liberal context of ‘extremist’ was designed and invented, because such people resist control and manipulation. When you see the term "extremist" in the media or if you hear it spewing from the lips of the collectivist criminal filth currently inhabiting the White house, the implication is that the person so labeled is not ‘normal’. We now know that no less than the Director of Homeland Security considers those of us who disagrees with the policies of the current regime as ‘anti-American,’ or ‘anti-government’ extremists. Those who hurl the extremist epithet define as ‘abnormal’ anyone who refuses to compromise the premises of the foundation of their values. For the arrogant, self-congratulatory and guilt-ridden liberal elite, ‘normality’ is defined

·         By their acceptance of any system of values as equally valid.

·         By their refusal to make a moral judgment – that is, to be "non-judgmental" or "tolerant". This is merely an escape from the responsibility of moral judgment. And an excuse for any manner of crime and atrocity.

·         By their acceptance of unearned guilt.

·         By their readiness to compromise their principles - or to deny that they have any at all - at the drop of a politically correct hat.

The fact that I insist upon thinking things through; that I exhibit resolute intransigence in the face of irrational disapprobation and ridicule; that I uphold and defend of a set of values based upon the standards of life and liberty- that now defines me as one of those dangerous extremists. As such an extremist, I oppose with every fiber of my being statism, socialism, collectivism, racism, altruism, internationalism, tribalism, unlimited democracy, pull politics, and the "New World Order;" - in short, I oppose any philosophy or ideology that aids and abets the genesis of tyranny. Since I view modern American liberalism and socialism in any of its various guises as the vilest of crimes against God, man, nature, justice and reason, I am therefore the sworn and avowed enemy of our present crop of moral, economic, and social interventionists.

The struggle is not merely one of political party vs political party. It is an error to persist in thinking in terms of Left vs Right, Republican or Democrat. The end points of the continuum really are:

·         Freedom vs. slavery

·         Independence vs. dependency

·         Self-reliance vs. servitude

·         A tradition of achievement vs. a culture of entitlement.

·         Self-governance vs. a totalitarian state

·         Spiritual sovereignty vs. spiritual slavery

George Orwell, in his classic work of totalitarian triumph and despair, 1984 claims that the ultimate end of power is – power. He says, "If you want a picture of the future of Man, it is a boot in a human face – forever." It matters little what label you attach to perpetrators of atrocity, democide and the murderers of human freedom. It matters little whether the boot in your face is on the left foot or the right foot.

Never forget that those who pose the greatest danger are those who would claim our lives as tribute to a vague and transient "public good." C. S. Lewis warns us in God in the Dock: "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

So, by the standards of all leftists, liberals, socialists, collectivists, intolerant religious fundamentalists, statists, racists and any other advocates of coercive utopia - I am an extremist. And proud to be considered so. I’m proud to say that I'm simply incapable of the appalling intellectual dishonesty and abject moral and ethical failure required to sustain a collectivist point of view. It’s not a matter of disagreement with any particular policy of the totalitarian left - I challenge the entire range of their moral, ethical and philosophical premises.

As an extremist -

·         I do not advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government – but the time for that ‘animated contest’ is drawing nigh.

·         I do advocate active and vigorous resistance to all forms of individual or institutionalized tyranny.

·         I do not advocate the initiation of force, but I do advocate overwhelming force-in-kind retaliation.

·         I do advocate active and vigorous resistance against the United Nations and all of its aims and goals.

·         I do advocate the restoration of a Constitutional Republic, with the federal government defanged, muzzled, shackled and cast back into its constitutional prison.

When will you stand up and say 'no' to the next intrusion into your lives? What line must be crossed before you actively resist those who have arrogated to themselves the right to determine the terms of your existence? At what point will you refuse to sacrifice your lives and those of your children's to the statist monsters who claim them as property? At what point will you decide to stand strong and become an enemy of the totalitarian state?

Make no mistake about it – in the Ǿbama era, the killers have taken over - and they will eventually come for you, the ‘extremist’. History is my witness.

Patrick Henry famously said, "Give me liberty or give me death."

I say that I am already free, free by virtue of God, Man, nature, justice and reason and that anyone who attempts to enslave me or my family risks his own death. Here’s the throwdown: there can be no peace, no compromise, and no accommodation – ever – with anyone who views my life, my property, or my children as property. There can be no surrender to those who would take by force that which has been granted to me by my Creator.

I say that those who have labeled me as one of those ‘extremists’ have yet to learn the meaning of the word. But they will, and soon. As the late Barry Goldwater once said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

The final first-principles question is this: To whom does the world belong? Does it belong to extremists like us who wish to live free of coercion? Or does it belong to the killers without conscience – the dark side?  Does it belong to those who uphold man's life as the standard of their values, or the dark-siders who uphold the standard of death?

I know the answer to that question.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhofascism; bhotyranny; chat; extremist; missinglink; resistance; totalitarianism; tyranny; vanity
My old 'Extremist Manifesto' - re-written for today. Are you an extremist, too?
1 posted on 05/11/2010 11:58:36 AM PDT by Noumenon
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To: Noumenon
Any individual, institution or political entity whose ultimate argument is the barrel of a gun should and must be resisted – they’re on the dark side.

Sorry, but all political entities by definition are upheld in the ultimate sense by force. It may or may not be justified force, but any political entity that does not have the force available will be overthrown by the first opposition able and willing to use force against it.

2 posted on 05/11/2010 12:12:20 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Noumenon
I am a mega-extremist! This line speaks for me completely:

...anyone who attempts to enslave me or my family risks his own death...

The police, the military, the CIA, FBI, UN, KGB, or any other person or entity who attempts to unlawfully usurp my freedom and enslave me will be met with fierce resistance to the point of my own demise. I will not be enslaved by tyrants. I would rather fight and die than not fight at all. If this post or any of the posts on FR are read by these entities, so be it. A free man is not afraid of any government or man. I am free because God allowed me to live. He died for my sins, and I will die to ensure that I remain free, if it comes to that.

As I've said in the past, however, I don't believe a plurality of the American public feels this way. Even if we wanted to bring about a show of force on our government, the turnout would likely be paltry. No one alive in this country knows the evil about to be unleashed, and they would be fine to accept it as long as they can continue to get to Facebook and watch American Idol

3 posted on 05/11/2010 12:17:20 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Noumenon

yup.


4 posted on 05/11/2010 12:17:45 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Sherman Logan

not true. Our nation was not founded on the idea of power retained at the point of gun. Our nation was *specifically* founded on the idea that when a government is destructive to the ends of the people, the people hve the right to abolish it.

They never argued that the US govermnent should maintain power via the gun. Thats Mao you’re thinking of.


5 posted on 05/11/2010 12:20:16 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Noumenon

6 posted on 05/11/2010 12:24:17 PM PDT by Bean Counter (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office -- Aesop)
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To: Sherman Logan; DesertRhino

Your response in #2 couldn’t be more incorrect in light of the founding principles set out in our nation’s birth documents.

For the larger part of our history we have adhered to those founding principles.

It is true we have slipped a few times - see, for instance, MacArthur/Washington, D.C./1930’s and some would offer the “Civil War” although unfortunately in that matter it was the South that opened armed hostilities.

In any event, DesertRhino, whose screen name suggests he has been there and done that, sorted it out for you.


7 posted on 05/11/2010 12:47:13 PM PDT by frog in a pot (Wake up America! The Socialists are winning the long war against you and your Constitution!)
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To: DesertRhino

Righto. The people of the United States retain the potential to use force (guns) to maintain their control over the government. Kind of the whole idea behind the Second Amendment.

In fact, the American Founders themselves did not rely exclusively on philosophical arguments in their revolution. They used force. Our Revolution grew out of the barrel of a gun, as do all revolutions. That’s why they call them revolutions, because they forcibly overthrow the existing institutions and are by definition illegal in terms of those institutions.

Of course any people have the right to abolish an existing government that no longer meets their needs. However, to do so will, with very rare exceptions, require the use of force.


8 posted on 05/11/2010 12:48:48 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Noumenon
Odd that this piece should lead with a quotation from Charles A. Beard--that revisionist historian whose works were used in teaching a distorted view of America's history to young Americans for decades.

His reinterpretation of the Founders motives in establishing this bastion of liberty can be seen in those in leadership positions today who claim we have a "flawed" Constitution--one which must be "changed" to be in tune with the times.

9 posted on 05/11/2010 12:54:34 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Sherman Logan
Sorry, but all political entities by definition are upheld in the ultimate sense by force.

True enough if that is as far as you care to look. Taken in the context of 'the consent of the governed,' it isn't quite the same thing.

10 posted on 05/11/2010 12:56:39 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: loveliberty2

Wahtever errors Beard committed, the quote rings true for today.


11 posted on 05/11/2010 12:58:27 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Later.


12 posted on 05/11/2010 1:10:02 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: Noumenon
Charles A. Beard:

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."

13 posted on 05/11/2010 1:33:50 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Noumenon
In response to #11, you're correct. The quote does apply today. It's still ironic, however, that Beard, whose revisionist history contributed to the world view held by many of those we must oppose today, is quoted within this context.

That he said it, when he knew that he was misrepresenting the motives and aims of the very Founders he was quoting, makes his an even more interesting and very twisted comment.

Yes, he may have been considered, in fact, a "very dangerous citizen" if he selected certain "phrases" from the Founders in order to attribute motives to them which did not accurately reflect their intentions in establishing this great Republic.

That does not, in any way, make it a less accurate statement today about how the current Administration demonizes Tea Partiers who simply use the Founders' words to advocate a return to the Founding principles. I just found it strange that Beard, of all people, would be quoted in this setting.

14 posted on 05/11/2010 1:36:48 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Noumenon

Powerful article you wrote there.


15 posted on 05/22/2010 1:51:44 AM PDT by valkyry1
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To: loveliberty2

Thanks for the info on Charles A. Beard.


16 posted on 05/22/2010 1:55:28 AM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Noumenon

We are one.


17 posted on 05/22/2010 1:59:43 AM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: Noumenon

BTTT


18 posted on 05/22/2010 2:33:00 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Noumenon
I too am an extremist...

As such an extremist, I oppose with every fiber of my being statism, socialism, collectivism, racism, altruism, internationalism, tribalism, unlimited democracy, pull politics, and the "New World Order;"

The Resister lives on!

19 posted on 05/22/2010 2:44:30 AM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: Noumenon

Thanks for the repost. Reason is living on borrowed time.


20 posted on 05/27/2010 11:45:15 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: meadsjn

Time grows short. I believe that we have until the end of the summer - or much, much less. For those who are not prepared in all respects, it is too late.


21 posted on 05/27/2010 4:40:02 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Noumenon

BUMP & BLOAT


22 posted on 06/12/2010 11:43:34 AM PDT by B4Ranch (If you don't make your own decisions someone else will do it for you.)
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To: rarestia

Progressives love to toss around that word, “extremist,” don’t they? They have yet to learn the meaning of the word. Teaching time’s coming...


23 posted on 06/13/2010 8:03:49 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: meadsjn; zzeeman
Lee Harris concludes his Civilization and Its Enemies with this:

"...we must all struggle to overcome the collective tendency of civilized men and women to forgetfulness. For that, in truth, is the ultimate question facing us today. Can the West overcome the forgetfulness that is the nemesis of every successful civilization? If it can, then there is hope that mankind will be able to move forward to a higher stage of historical development. If it cannot, then the next stage of history will be one that we once hoped never to see again.
I know the answer to that question. The memory of how we got here, how we achieved our freedom and at what cost has been systemeatically purged from the general consciousness. Not ours, but from that of many of our countrymen. Harris' concluding sentence is the price that we will all pay for that forgetfulness...
24 posted on 06/24/2010 8:12:09 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Noumenon
...the collective tendency of civilized men and women to forgetfulness.

The tendency to forgetfulness is more "enhanced" in today's society by the constant onslaught of useless or destructive "information" and "entertainment" that is shoved at Americans 24 x 7. Just a small case in point, I've heard today on local news radio briefs, that today is apparently the 1 year anniversary of the death of M. Jackson. Take a gander at how much network programming will be dedicated to the coverage of this non-story over the next few days. (I'm not suggesting that anyone actually watch it, just glance at the program listings!) I recall that I was astounded at the amount of coverage that event garnered (for weeks!) last year!

NEW, NEW, NEW!

UPDATED, "NEXT GENERATION," TOMORROW'S {blank}"

Thanks for the quote, this ("forgetfulness") is going into my list of societal elements to be countered via any educational process.

25 posted on 06/25/2010 1:38:32 PM PDT by zzeeman (Existence exists.)
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To: zzeeman
Harris will definitely make you think. Check out this post I made back in Oct 2004. This an excerpt of the introduction to Harris' Civilization and Its Ememies; the intro alone is worth the price of the book. Good news is that you find them used for around $2-$3 via Amazon. I buy several at a time and give them away.

Mine's heavily tabbed annotated, and I have disagreements with some of Harris views, but DAMN! if he doesn't hit out of the park on almost every page.

Harris also seems to ahve a blind spot with respect to the role of the Will to Power, especially as it applies to the horrors of the last 150 years - even though he manages to mention Nietzsche and Sorel in the same paragraph. What he has to say about the nature of conscience is compelling - and it ties directly to my theses regarding those without it.

26 posted on 06/25/2010 2:10:00 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: B4Ranch

A bump for Monday.

BLOAT - and turn ammunition into skill.


27 posted on 06/28/2010 8:33:44 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Conservative4Life

wow


28 posted on 07/12/2010 10:56:41 PM PDT by Conservative4Life (Those who don't learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Elections have consequences.)
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To: Conservative4Life
Killers Without Conscience and Their Enablers

So how do the worst get on top? How do these killers, these monsters, acquire what they should never in a million years get their hands on – the apparatus of the state? They’ve got help, and lots of it. They are Antonio Gramsci’s heirs and disciples. The Left’s “useful idiots”. Here’s a little bit of their background:

1. Wishful thinkers (and the mentally lazy) – don’t these people just wish that the world was a nicer place? If only everyone were just as smart, just as clever, just as enlightened as they think they are, it surely would be, wouldn’t it? Wishful thinkers and those like them aren’t really up to doing the heavy lifting to achieve their utopia, but they surely do vote and applaud into power those whom they believe will usher in the New Age. The trouble is, those they empower typically have an agenda that doesn’t quite match that of our dreamers. And no one is more surprised than they are when it all goes bad and the body count – their body count - mounts up.

2. Coercive utopians – they have a lot in common with our wishful thinkers, but they just know that no one is going to do what it takes to usher in the new millennium, the New Man or that immanent eschaton. But there’s a problem: put the sort of totalitarian regime necessary to achieve those goals - that is, socialism/communism and all of its imperatives and consequences - right out on the table in front of everyone, and no sane individual would buy it. Who would actively and openly cheer for the impoverishment and enslavement of humankind and the mass murder of those who won’t go along with it? The hard Left, that’s who, and they’ve said as much - but that’s beside the point for now.

The hallmark of coercive types is that they tend to be fairly bloody-minded. For example, Billy Ayers (0bama's good buddy andadvisor) and his wrecking crew thought that once they achieved power would have to slaughter over 25 million Americans too stubborn to toe their utopian socialist line – that was back in the 1970’s so we’re actually giving him a bit of a discount on that 25 million figure. But what’s a few million here and there? Eric Hobsbawm, Marxist historian (now there’s an oxymoron) has also said as much in a BBC interview where he allowed as to how the ’sacrifice’ of millions would have been worth it in order to achieve socialism. So – is a little slaughter and a ‘re-education camp’ or two or 10 not too much a price to pay for heaven on Earth? Not for the coercive utopians. Not by half.

3. Lord of the flies – now we’re at the top of the pyramid of power, and those driven by that insatiable will to power. These are the ones who, once they achieve absolute power, really make things happen. And we’ve got over 260 million dead in this century and the last one to prove it. Now, let’s say that again – that’s 260 million unarmed civilian non-combatants killed by their own governments. They were murdered by those exercising the power of the state. They were starved, gassed, tortured, shot, impaled, burned alive, drowned, frozen to death, hacked apart with hoes, axes and machetes – a litany of brutality and atrocity beyond human imagination. Hundreds of millions more lived their lives enslaved, impoverished and in despair. Communism, socialism, the immanent eschaton – who cares? Ideology is only the particular horse they ride in pursuit of absolute control of mankind.

Those who are driven by the will to power typically disguise their intentions under the guise of ‘achieving the greatest good for the greatest number’ or under the rubrics of social or economic justice. They may claim that they are ‘doing the business of the people’ or that they are acting according to ‘the will of the people’. The statement, ‘It’s for the children,’ should inspire instant disbelief and skepticism. When it has come to creating the ‘New Socialist Man,’ or immanentizing that eschaton or ushering in that New Age, those who advance such arguments remain untroubled by the oceans of blood they would have to spill and the mountains of corpses they would have to pile up in order to realize their dreams. They are all animated by the unrestrained and unappeasable ‘will to power’. The Will to Power plays itself out at all levels. From the malice or indifference of the petty bureaucrat to the most savage and demonic mass murderers of recent times. As we have seen, power and the exercise of that power is more addictive than any drug.

The need is insatiable. The result is horror.

So – where are our modern so-called ‘progressives’ in all of this? Here’s my question for a proud ‘progressive’: If you’re a follower or apologist for today’s political and social multiculturalism, an adherent of liberal democracy, or believe that our culture can continue without a basis in moral absolutes, in which camp do you suppose you belong? Are you a cynical but clever elitist intoxicated by the will to power? Are you on to the deception but support it out of pathological spite? Or are you simply ignorant of your role in the intentional destruction of your culture, even if you think you know what's best for the rest of us?

Finally, here’s a purely practical consideration for all those precious 'progressives': you may want to re-think your premises, because you are not likely to survive the consequences of the very bad ideas you’re advocating. History is my witness.

29 posted on 12/23/2010 4:14:47 PM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: Noumenon
Finally, here’s a purely practical consideration for all those precious 'progressives': you may want to re-think your premises, because you are not likely to survive the consequences of the very bad ideas you’re advocating. History is my witness.

Mao Zedong died of a heart attack, still in power.

It is not certain how Stalin died, but assassination was alluded to. This, after 12 years of rule and 30 of being the head of his party... pretty decent run, I'd say.

30 posted on 12/23/2010 4:25:56 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Lazamataz

Those were the guys on top. The monsters. The ones who helped them get there didn’t fare too well, did they?


31 posted on 12/23/2010 4:31:16 PM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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Force is an odd bird, today.

Let us consider the range of options available to the resistor:

  1. Somewhat-organized brigades of irregulars: Frankly, that is the best you could possibly hope to field. They would be put down quickly by professional military and police combinations. Armed with extreme over-the-horizon technology, you'd never see it coming, and as a heat source, you'd stand out in the wilderness like a lightbulb.

  2. Cell-like teams of mischief-makers: These are now called terrorists, and are treated as non-citizen combatants, replete with the stripping of civil liberties, etcetera. Monitoriing and surviellance makes them relatively ineffective in this very-modern, very-computerized society, since any code you define would be immediately cracked, and patterns of contact are very observable. Further, what mischief would you make, without garnering negative publicity?

  3. Professional Military Crossover: You'd get some takers, no question. We still have patriotic people in the military. But, they would be stripped of command and control machinery and the best weaponry. They would be a good adjunct and advisor group to irregulars, but they would not have the true power of the geniune military.
Ok. Looks like direct confrontation would be a poor option, especially if the tyranny is 'soft', and doesn't do the round-up-and-kill thing. Most students of history see that this (genocide and mass killings) are not the most effective form of control. The most effective form of control is the small regulation and the tiny civil fine. Those tend to make people behave 'correctly'.

If the governmental parties are NOT students of history, then every thug they sent to round up and kill one of us, obviously, should be liquidated.

Now, given that in today's society, you are much more likely to see a soft tyranny, what are the most effective tools?

Widespread infiltration and changing the population's heart: To do this, you must educate. Free Republic is one such form of education, but it's reach is limited. The goal is to train millions of youth. Homeschoolers have a chance to do this, also, perhaps groups such as the Boy Scouts and other social groups. Here, you can educate the minds meaningfully.

Maybe even reach the immigrant population, meaningfully. Deradicalize the La Reconquistas if possible, and show them the merits of freedom and the ways to defeat - by law - government control.

Install more journalists. Train them and send them out.

Get into more churches.

Turn to social media.

The best weapon against communism and socialism is truth, imparted slowly and over a generation. They have two generations on us, so we won't be alive to see the fruits of our labor.

But labor, we must.

32 posted on 12/23/2010 4:54:09 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Noumenon

That is an excellent point, and one of the things we should educate about, as described in my mini-treatise, above.


33 posted on 12/23/2010 4:55:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Lazamataz

“Civility’ bump. “Civility’, my royal Irish ass.


34 posted on 01/27/2011 1:18:01 PM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: Lazamataz
The best weapon against communism and socialism is truth, imparted slowly and over a generation. They have two generations on us, so we won't be alive to see the fruits of our labor.

This is my role, as I see it. It's why I've studied so hard and built up a hard-copy library from which I can teach and that I can pass on to someone worthy of it. I expect things to get savage and bloody for a while. We hope to be out of the way of most of it. What comes our way, we will slay without mercy or remorse.

35 posted on 02/01/2011 6:31:02 PM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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Good man. Now yer talkin'. We will resist attempts to kill us or oppress us physically, of COURSE. We will resist with all means available.

In the absence of physical attempts to quash, it remains a battle of ideas. Knowledge and training are powerful. It is not for nothing, that a wiser man than me, once said "The pen is mightier than the sword."

36 posted on 02/01/2011 6:47:28 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Noumenon

By the way, and I have always thought this: I find you to be an exceptional man. You are, and will remain, a powerful force in the battle to retake American values, and to change the minds of many citizens of this once-great land.


37 posted on 02/01/2011 6:50:37 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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Thanks, Laz. Exceptional? I don't know - all I'm doing is paying attention. I'm jsut the guy on the block who sees his neighbors house on fire and tries to do something about it, rather than wait for the fire department to show up.

But in this case, what's burning is our own civilization. Those who want to "burn the old world to reveal the new," will get nothing but ashes and their own extinction. That's the lesson of history that so many of us have failed to learn. As Will Durant put it in The Story of Civilization, "...civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex order and freedom can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without and multiplying from within."

It's obvious to many of us here that those barbarians are already well winside our gates. They occupy offices in the House and Senate, they enjoy positions of power and influence in the arts, media and our educational institutions. They preach from our pulpits. The goal? Power. Power over thee and me.

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
Ayn Rand

Against this, we must prevail. We must educate, persuade and, when it becomes necessary, resist by force of arms.

38 posted on 02/02/2011 8:14:49 AM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: Lazamataz

An ‘extremeist’ bump for extreme times...

Keep your stick on the ice, my friend.


39 posted on 09/29/2011 2:32:04 PM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Noumenon

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40 posted on 10/27/2011 12:58:56 PM PDT by Grunthor (Cain, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann. In that order.)
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To: Grunthor

bump..


41 posted on 12/16/2011 2:06:15 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Noumenon

Ever since that extremist, Thomas Jefferson, at the behest of some of his more nefarious co-conspirators, penned those now infamous words, “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator . . . ” The scandal and uproar have never ceased.


42 posted on 01/23/2012 9:28:14 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: YHAOS

Did someone say, ‘extremist’?


43 posted on 02/06/2012 9:46:50 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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Two years later, still holds true.

Worrisome...


44 posted on 02/07/2012 9:54:53 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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