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Finally! An explanation for the economic crisis!!

Posted by Jesse on February 6, 2009

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Will Obama fight fascism?

Posted by Jesse on January 4, 2009

As the economic situation, (otherwise known as the “crisis” as determined by our fearful leaders and their corporate con-friends), unfolds, we shall see what route Obama will take. As the news of the day filters through the economy, and spews out the mouths of the talking heads and spokespeople for the new administration (as with the last rulers, and those before these!), I think the answer will be clear. Indeed, there is much information already available that shows where  Obama will lead this nation by knowing how he will direct the wealth of the people.

[John T Flynn]:

And so we flirt a little with the idea that perhaps fascism might be set up without these degrading features, that even if there is to be totalitarian government it is to be just a teeny-weeny bit totalitarian and only a teeny bit militarist and imperialist only on the side of God and democracy.

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Not normally a fan of David Horowitz

Posted by Jesse on December 20, 2008

But this article isn’t too bad.. lol. Just skip thru the first few paragraphs.

Heck, I’m just going to post a nice juicy section:

As close as any analysis could, Von Mises warning anticipated the next 70 years of socialist history. Under the Soviet Unions central planning, the Kremlin rulers were indeed unable to allocate resources rationally, or to promote technological innovation, or to replace the profit motive with a viable system of non-monetary “social” incentives. As a result, the socialist economy was unable to keep abreast of the technological changes that would catapult the West into the post-industrial era. The socialist economy could not even create sufficient growth to feed its own people. Once the breadbasket of Europe, Soviet Russia under socialist planning became a chronic importer of grain, an economy of forced rationing and periodic famine. The effect of socialist order was exactly as Von Mises had predictedthe generalization of poverty and the crippling of productivity, so that Russia was unable to enter the information age and compete economically with the West.

Although history has dramatically confirmed Von Mises analysis, and just as dramatically refuted his left-wing opponents, his intellectual contributions are as unrecognized today as they were before the Communist fall. While the intellectual tradition that gave rise to Von Mises insights is marginalized in American universities, and its paradigm ignored, Marxism and its variants flourish. The profusion of Marxists on university faculties is, in fact, unprecedented, and the theories that Marxism has spawned now provide the principal texts for the next generations. While Von Mises writings are invisible, the works of Stalinists, ignorant of the most basic economic realities of how modern societies function, are familiar to most undergraduates. In the humanities and social sciences, the discredited tradition of Marxism has become the intellectual well-spring of the main schools of current academic theorycritical studies, cultural studies, historicism, structuralism, post-modernism, and radical feminism. The comparable schools of conservative and libertarian thought are hardly extant within university walls.

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Obama a Liar? Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Posted by Jesse on December 6, 2008

I intend to end this war. My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in, and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war – responsibly, deliberately, but decisively.”

Some may now accuse Obama of flip-flopping. The reality is that we need to understand what the words “end” “war” “residual” and “decisively” mean when we hear Obama say them.

(above except taken from “Obama Doesn’t Plan to End the Iraq Occupation” by Jeremy Scahill)

Of course, such facts are relatively insignificant amongst the broader scope of things: For those that have been trying to sound the alarm; For those that seem to be oblivious to the reality on the ground as opposed to their ‘belief’ about how things are or should be; For those that are looking for a more concrete reason as to why America’s elections are such a waste and the 2 party system an absolute farce;

(Dreading Republican Rule, July 2000)

The glory of American democracy is that it permits us to kick out the nasty tribe of parasitical despots that is currently ruling us. The tragedy is that it installs another group that will do essentially the same thing.

Rockwell concludes:

The central government is no longer an American institution. It is positively un-American. The only possible reason for wanting the Leviathan state to have legitimacy today is the belief that you and your friends are going to be in charge of it. But don’t call that patriotism. It’s nothing more than power lust.

————UPDATE

Andrew Bacevich wouldn’t use the term “liar”, “at least in many cases”, when describing individuals who participate in the military industrial congressional complex and the ‘naked imperialism’. At least not in such matters that really are best described in terms of institutional bureaucracies and the policies adopted.

This interview is great in the sense that it can really help to put to rest some confusion and lay down long held propaganda amongst the populace concerning America’s foreign policy.

From antiwar.com/radio:

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University and author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, discusses the negative net returns of U.S. expansionism from the 1960s onward….

MP3 here. (42:03)

Andrew Bacevich is a Professor of International Relations at Boston University, Vietnam War veteran and author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, and The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II.

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“The destruction of culture is Progress”

Posted by Jesse on December 5, 2008

Wow. Personally, I’m appalled.

I tried to explain, but I just don’t know how else to say it at this point.

Maybe it’s time for a nice deductive rebuttal.

—-UPDATE——-

I have found an author (Gregory Johnson) who has phrased the objections I posed in a more definite, but similar, manner:

The strength of Hegel’s dialectic is that it is based on the insight that we learn from our mistakes. Dialectic is a process by which we test the adequacy of our concepts by thinking them through in
concrete contexts, causing them to yield up their contradictions and ambiguities and encouraging us to come up with more adequate – that is to say, more coherent – concepts. The weakness of Hegel’s dialectic, especially as it has been appropriated by Marxists, is that it can be mistaken for an abstract method or recipe which can be detached from the concrete, historical and empirical investigations that it depends upon and turned into a perverse sort of irrational “rationalism” in which the dialectician “deduces” social phenomena and historical processes through “negating” their antecedents.

Of course there are many other individuals who may also take issue with such nonsense, but a broader analysis in related material can be found in Mises work: Economics and the Revolt Against Reason

Geist, the mythical prime mover, operates according to a definite plan. He leads mankind through various preliminary stages to the final bliss of socialism. Every stage is the product of a certain state of technology; all its other characteristics are the necessary ideological superstructure of this technological state. Geist causes man to bring about in due time the technological ideas adequate to the stage in which he lives, and to realize them. All the rest is an outgrowth of the state of technology. The hand-mill made feudal society; the steam-mill made capitalism.[9] Human will and reason play only an ancillary role in these changes. The inexorable law of historical development forces men-independently of their wills-to think and to behave according to the patterns corresponding to the material basis of their age. Men fool themselves in believing that they are free to choose between various ideas and between what they call truth and error. They themselves do not think; it is historical providence that manifests itself in their thoughts.

This quote reaffirms my conclusion, an obvious one indeed, that this hegelian dialect is fatalistic to its core. The only aspect of human civilization that is served and can lay claim to “progress” under such assumptions are institutions and organizations that carry in its life-blood, the nature of the state.

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