Big Essay #61 —How The West Is Destroying Itself

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Apocalyptic science: How the West is destroying itself

Jul 6th, 2020

By Bruce Pardy, The Financial Post

If you live in a Western nation like Canada in the 21st century, you have more freedom, prosperity and peace than most of the rest of the world at most other times in history. Yet these countries have never been at greater risk. The threat is not pandemics, climate change or war but something more insidious.

Modern Western civilization grew out of the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ascendancy of reason in human affairs produced the scientific method and later the Industrial Revolution. Add in the rule of law, individual liberty, private property and capitalism, and you have the basic recipe that has raised most of humanity out of poverty over two centuries.

New academic doctrines are moving the world, or at least the West, from this triumph to decline…

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Erasing History and Erasing Truth: Censorship and Destroying Records Is the Cornerstone of Tyrants, by Gary D. Barnett

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Censorship is what tyrants do. From Gary D. Barnett at lewrockwell.com:

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty ch. 2 (1859)

Tyranny requires that the truth be silenced, that real history be erased and rewritten, that speech be restricted, and that individual thought be silenced. In this time of constant turmoil, false flags, wars, civil unrest, and now internal bio-terrorism and manufactured pandemics, a major agenda of the state apparatus is to silence all dissent, and mandate conformity. It is imperative considering the state’s plan for total control that it stifle criticism and retain the power to control the mainstream narrative, while aggressively eliminating all other resistance and questioning. This is the state of the world that…

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Nelson Mandela

Anti-Globalization

“Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.”
~ Nelson Mandela

In this quote, Nelson Mandela clearly explains how core-driving countries, such as America, Canada, and the United Kingdom are benefiting from globalization because of how they misuse third world nations. Since they are powerful countries, they exploit the cheap labour provided from the citizens of third world countries, and take advantage of their resources. The products the third world nations produce cannot compete in the world market, so their only means of making a profit is providing labour and resources to dominant countries. As a result, the rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer.

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Democracy and liberalterians

The Gold Standard

Unwilling to admit that the center-left has been largely captured by the managerial elite, many pundits and academics on the left insist that mindless bigotry, rather than class interests, explains the attraction of many working-class voters to populist parties that promise to restrict trade and immigration. But it is just as rational for workers to prefer a seller’s market in labor as it is for employers to prefer a buyer’s market in labor. Blue-collar workers who have abandoned center-left parties for populist movements bring with them the historic suspicion of large-scale immigration that was typical of organized labor for generations.

A few decades ago, corporate managers, politicians and university professors had distinct subcultures. No longer. What we might call “woke capitalism” represents a fusion of the three elites at the commanding heights of the economy, the culture and politics; they increasingly constitute a single conformist caste.

This newly consolidated ruling…

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Language and Thought, by Walter E. Williams

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Corrupt the language and you corrupt the mind. From Walter E. Williams at theburningplatform.com:

Language and Thought

Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate.” Sloppy language permits people to get away with speaking and doing all manner of destructive nonsense without being challenged.

Let’s look at the concept of “white privilege,” the notion that white people have benefited in American history relative to, and at the expense of, “people of color.” It appears to be utter nonsense to suggest that poor and destitute Appalachian whites have white privilege. How can one tell if a person has white privilege? One imagines that the academic elite, who coined the…

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The Social Control Techniques of Cults

Social Cognition 2018

Heaven’s Gate, Peoples Temple, Children of God, Branch Davidians, and Scientology are names that likely stir up a few memorys of the nefarious side of organized religion. They also happen to be some of the most recognized and infamous cults in North America, but who’s to say they’re cults? Consensus on the issue remains hard to find, as it’s not clear if the negatively loaded term could also apply to conventional religions and organizations. In psychology “cult” refers to both religious and non-religious groups yet in other disciplines such as sociology and anthropology there remains different distinctions of what’s implied. In the general society, it’s the charismatic leaders of weird grassroot religious movements that typically raise our suspicions. Not having a precise and universal definition to offer you, I’ll mention the vague explanation offered by the scholar from which I’m framing this post around: “where totalism exists… [the organization] becomes…

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Cancel culture?

...and Then There's Physics

The talking point in social media at the moment (in my bubble, at least) seems to be the letter on justice and open debate, signed by 150 luminaries. It’s not been universally well-received. There was some quite measured comments in this article, and somewhat blunter ones in this article.

I find this quite a confusing issue. This is partly because people whose views I generally respect seem to disagree quite strongly about this, and make some compelling arguments both for, and against. I certainly agree that there are some serious problems with current public discourse; it would certainly be nice if it were easier to have good faith discussions about contentious issues. On the other hand, I’m not convinced that there is some major problem that we might describe as a “cancel culture”.

To be quite honest, I’m not even quite sure what “cancel culture” is, or…

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CROSSROADS: ‘White Noise’, Ludwig Von Beethoven & Cancel Culture

RIELPOLITIK

Source – nationalpost.com

“…There is a vicious element in our culture, which, unable to add matter of worth to the world, and lacking even the ambition to do so, vents its sorry envy and anger at high culture via the cant of progressive ideology and identity politics to denigrate and dismiss the finest works of the creative human mind. It’s mud or the stars, folks. And they’re cheering for the mud”

SM:...Evolution, Devolution or Revolution…

When ‘Progressives’ Who Can’t Create Stoop to Denigrate – By Rex Murphy

Unable to add matter of worth to the world, they vent their sorry envy at high culture via the cant of progressive ideology and identity politics

It is inarguable…

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Cult Programming in Seattle—Coming To A City near You??

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From the City Journal

.Cult Programming in Seattle

The city is training white municipal employees to overcome their “internalized racial superiority.”

Christopher F. Rufo
July 8, 2020

Last month, the City of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights sent an email inviting “white City employees” to attend a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” a program designed to help white workers examine their “complicity in the system of white supremacy” and “interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color.”

Hoping to learn more, I submitted a public records request for all documentation related to the training. The results are disturbing.

At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,”…

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Fascism, newnormalism and the left

winter oak

by Paul Cudenec

italian futurism

Sometimes secondhand books can come into our possession in ways that make it quite clear they need us to read them.

Such was the case with Le fascisme italien by Pierre Milza and Serge Berstein, (1) which reached me by means of a random sequence of events including a friend moving flat, an unexpected traffic jam and a small public park on the outskirts of Paris.

It did not disappoint and, as I am about to explain in more detail, helped me to see a number of crucial issues more clearly.

Firstly, it confirmed that, despite constant claims to the contrary, fascism was not at all anti-capitalist, but extremely pro-capitalist.

Secondly, it presented interesting parallels with the Coronavirus-linked totalitarian mindset so dominant in 2020, which I am calling ‘newnormalism’.

Thirdly, it sparked some wider reflection on my part about the participation of most of the left in…

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