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  • Hayward: How China’s Viral Authoritarianism Infects the West and Threatens the Enlightenment

    11/27/2017 5:19:05 AM PST · by davikkm · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN HAYWARD
    China’s challenge to the United States over the coming decades will not only be a contest of economic and military might. It will be a clash of ideologies, as President Xi Jinping made quite clear in his marathon address to the 19th Communist Party Congress. China is betting that its brand of authoritarianism will go viral and infect not only Eastern nations it hopes to bring under its hegemonic sway, but the Western world as well. What China has undertaken is a complete inversion of the early promise of the Internet, and before that a core principle of Western foreign...
  • Despite the Hysteria, Trump Is Trending Less Authoritarian Than Obama

    02/24/2017 2:06:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | February 23, 2017 | David French
    Through personnel and policy, President Trump is limiting the executive branch. Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality — the Trump administration just relinquished federal authority over gender-identity policy in the nation’s federally funded schools and colleges. In other words, Trump was less authoritarian than Obama. And that’s not the only case. Consider the following examples where his administration, through policy or personnel, appears to be signaling that the executive branch intends to become less intrusive in American life and more accountable to internal and...
  • Obsessed With Need To Control Others, Political Busybodies And Judges Trample On Liberty

    07/27/2016 11:40:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 27, 2017 | George Leef
    In the America I grew up in, the “liberals” were content to use government coercion to confiscate people’s money so they could spend it on their panoply of social engineering and vote-buying projects. They got to compel people to “join” Social Security, subsidize National Public Radio, pay for legions of needless bureaucrats in offices not authorized under the Constitution, bail out political cronies who cried “We’re too big to fail!” and so on. That kind of “liberalism” was bad enough, but the disease has of late developed new and far more vicious strains. Those involve attacks on Americans for not...
  • No Scoop For You: Boulder's Pools Drop Ice Cream In Name Of Healthy Vending

    07/02/2016 1:51:15 PM PDT · by Viking2002 · 53 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 6/30/2016 | Alex Burness
    This time of year, Andrew Gafford, who's almost 8, is visiting Boulder's Spruce Pool on a daily basis. And though he's learning to live with the fact that the pool has banned the sale of Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches — his longtime snack bar go-to — he's still prone to spurts of heartache. "I'll get over it, but then it brings back a lot of memories of me getting ice cream sandwiches," Andrew said. "Like this one time, when I was eating one very slowly, so it melted all over me. It makes me feel sad to say." He'd start...
  • The Rise of Political Caesarism

    05/11/2016 6:22:35 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 10 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | May 11, 2016 | Greg Weiner
    “The cause is in my will.”—Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene II We ought to have known it would come to this. Still, the latest assertion of presidential authority assumes a new and ominous form: the power not merely to assert authority outside the law—which can at least masquerade under the banner of Lockean prerogative—but rather to redefine words and, with them, the institution of law itself. Such is what happened when Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, issued a menacing letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina, ordering him...
  • Levin: Populism is Progressivism, Which is Statism (audio: 12:41)

    03/18/2016 3:17:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 178 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 17, 2016 | Mark Levin
    Levin: Populism is Progressivism, Which is Statism (audio: 12:41)
  • Colleges Are Cultivating America's First Truly Authoritarian Generation

    02/13/2016 4:48:22 PM PST · by Benny Huang · 21 replies
    Wounded American Warrior ^ | February 13, 2016 | Benny Huang
    "It's illegal to offend people," said the UT-Austin police officer to a Christian evangelist. The officer then proceeded to write the evangelist a citation. Yes, that actually happened in America. Thankfully, the citation was later voided and the officer received re-training. The event occurred just off campus where two evangelists were preaching against homosexuality. According to the police officer, a student complained that he was being "verbally harassed" which in fact he was not. The whiney student, if he exists at all, was simply being exposed to words and ideas that offended him. The accusation of "verbal harassment" is the...
  • Obama to Senate Dems: ‘I’m going to play offense’

    01/15/2015 5:49:33 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/15 | Manu Raju
    ....he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation, including an Iran sanctions package. Obama made clear Thursday in a closed-door session with Senate Democrats that he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation from the GOP-controlled Congress, including an Iran sanctions package on the front-burner of Capitol Hill. According to several sources at the Thursday summit in Baltimore, Obama vowed to defend his agenda against Republicans in Congress, promised to stand firm against GOP efforts to dismantle his agenda and called on his Democratic colleagues to help sustain his expected vetoes. The president also was explicit over his administration’s opposition to an Iran sanctions...
  • Howard Dean: Republicans 'Authoritarian People Who Fundamentally Don't Believe in Democracy'

    11/15/2014 6:46:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Latest dispatch from the "dissent is patriotic" is dead front: Howard Dean has accused people who don't share his political views of being "authoritarian people who fundamentally don't believe in democracy." Poor Howard, who declared the times to be very "frightening and disconcerting," made his astounding accusation on today's Up With Steve Kornacki while attempting to explain the Republican sweep on the statehouse level. View the video here.
  • Turkey at ‘crossroads’ to authoritarian rule, Amnesty says

    06/11/2014 1:13:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/11/2014 @ 09:38 | Andrew Rettman
    British rights group Amnesty International has painted a disturbing picture of EU-aspirant Turkey as a country on the way to authoritarian rule. Its report, published on Tuesday (10 June)—one year after mass protests which broke out in Gezi Park, Istanbul—warns that thousands of people are at risk of prison for exercising their right to freedom of assembly, while police officers are getting away with acts of severe brutality. It says that after 12 years in power the ruling party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “is perhaps at a crossroads”. “It can choose to acknowledge legitimate grievances and reach out...
  • Teen Ends Up in Wheelchair After Government Snatches Her From Family

    02/25/2014 8:53:22 AM PST · by OneVike · 23 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 2/25/14 | Mark Overton
    On Monday, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, appeared before a juvenile court to defend the family of Justina Pelletier against abuse by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).The 15-year-old ice-skating competitor was taken from her parents by DCF, held for over a year, and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder—simply because her family questioned a diagnosis.Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier, recently spoke to the media about the tragic case involving DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital.Seeking to silence the parents, DCF then filed a complaint to hold the father in...
  • Agenda: Grinding America Down - How Liberals Indoctrinated The US.

    01/22/2013 12:26:05 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    youtube video ^ | Curtis Bowers
    Why has the American society changed so drastically in the past few decades? How did the feminist movement get started? How did Obama get elected? Why are there so many single parent families? Where is God?
  • Action Needed: Obama's Internet Takeover to Begin Nov. 20

    09/28/2011 2:06:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Grassfire Nation | Grassfire Nation []
    Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took what is being called "the final step" towards implementing their illegal Net Neutrality regulations. You may recall, that back on December 21, the FCC bypassed government regulations and seized control of the Internet -- delivering what many believe is a knockout blow to one of the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the world has ever seen. According to the organization Less Government, regardless of a multiple lawsuits, a move by the House of Representatives and a D.C. Circuit Court unanimously ruling that the FCC had no authority to take...
  • NC governor recommends suspending democracy to focus on jobs

    09/27/2011 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 235 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending Congressional elections for the next couple of years. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.” Perdue said she thinks that temporarily halting elections would allow members...
  • The Authoritarian Temptation

    08/17/2011 8:57:45 AM PDT · by CDB · 2 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 17, 2011 | Tony Blankley
    In the weeks during and since the debt-ceiling debate, the media, pushed by the Democratic Party, has peddled the propaganda that our government is broken -- because the Republicans in the House of Representatives negotiated a better deal than the liberals wanted. snip Abraham Lincoln could have been thinking of Thomas Friedman when he worried out loud in the Gettysburg Address whether any nation "conceived in liberty...could long endure." Lincoln then called the nation to the "unfinished work" of maintaining a nation "of the people, by the people and for the people." That work goes on today.
  • La Raza wants a dictator (Incredible excerpt from the Obama speech yesterday) Obama's in favor

    07/26/2011 7:00:16 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 35 replies
    He goes into this at about 15 minutes into the video. You need to hear these people. The text does *NOT* do it justice. This is what danger we are in. Obama's La Raza speech And I promise you, we are responding to your concerns and working every day to make sure we are enforcing flawed laws in the most humane and best possible way. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. (Applause.) And believe me, right now dealing with Congress -- AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes,...
  • Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles (defining net neutrality)

    07/11/2011 8:25:08 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Socialist Project/The Bullet ^ | August 9th, 2009 | Tanner Mirrlees interview with Robert McChesney
    But I’ve learned, by participating in over a decade of specific media struggles, that when you are in the short-term and you are fighting to win, sometimes you make tactical alliances. You don’t sacrifice your principles and embrace someone else’s lame political agenda. If you want to win public credibility and advance a progressive media agenda that actually has a broad impact, this is what you do. That is how politics works. Most progressives understand this. But there is always going to be those who say: “here is a checklist of seven-hundred points that we think reflect the ideological foundations...
  • (Soros funded ----->Groups fight Verizon to use smartphones as modems

    07/07/2011 4:16:38 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 33 replies
    PoliticObama ^ | July 6th | Eliza Krigman
    A standoff between public interest groups and Verizon Wireless could determine whether many consumers can use their smartphone as a modem for a laptop or tablet — or whether they’ll have to pony up for an aircard or separate wireless plan instead. Consumer advocates say Verizon has violated its license agreement to operate over a valuable chunk of public airwaves known as the C-Block. According to (soros funded)Free Press and (soros funded)Public Knowledge, Verizon has asked Google to block third-party applications on Android phones that allow “tethering,” or using a smartphone to connect to the Internet on another device such...
  • The View of Cairo from Authoritarian International

    02/12/2011 10:40:24 AM PST · by CDB · 3 replies
    The Atlantic (weekly? monthly?) ^ | Feb 11 2011 | Howard W. French
    For unsurprising reasons, the people's uprising in Egypt has been widely cast as an epochal event for Arab political culture, and somewhat more widely, for the entire Middle East. To limit our understanding of these events in this way, however, is to lose sight of a story playing out against an immensely larger backdrop. The putative and much discussed decline of the United States in recent years has been cast against the perceived successes, or at least the argued attractiveness, of an authoritarian other. It is hard, though, to overstate the difficulties of spinning the Egypt situation from the perspective...
  • Report armed man leads to lockdown at WalMart (see something suspicious say something suspicious).

    01/28/2011 9:21:53 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 28 replies ^ | January 26, 2011 | Daily Express
    Kirksville, Mo. — A report of an armed man acting erratically in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday led to the store being temporarily locked down before Kirksville Police responded to and diffused the situation with no injuries. According to Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes, a passerby stopped a Kirksville Police officer and said they had seen an individual acting erratically in a truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot shortly before 2:30 p.m. The passerby believed the individual had a gun to his head. "We don't take these things lightly," Hughes said, "especially nowadays." KPD responded to control the scene and...