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Is Liberalism Intellectually Bankrupt?

Mary218 Wrote: Dec 20, 2014 5:27 PM
As Gaidar documented in "Collapse of an Empire", after Stalin died, the Kremlin stopped torturing and imprisoning dissenters. He stated communism cannot exist without terror held over the people's heads. Progressivism is just a slower path to the same ends. The collapse of the USSR allowed its fellow travelers in the US to come out of the woodwork and into the top ranks of politics, academia and media.
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Is Liberalism Intellectually Bankrupt?

Mary218 Wrote: Dec 20, 2014 5:20 PM
The long view of civilization offers clues on the US's direction since its inception. When agrarian agriculture relieved people of the need to hunt and gather, barbarians raided their settled valleys and took all of their crops. These people hired militias to protect them, paying the militias from the crops (some say that's where the 10% tithe originated). The hired militias eventually morphed into government, which itself morphed into an aristocracy that controlled the population, called 'serfdom'. The average human being has always been ruled over by aristocracy, with the exception of the past 200 years in some places, notably the US and the UK. The Soviet Union was an aristocracy where the average citizen was a serf/slave without rights to anything. The US has been progressing toward the same model ever since the subjugation of the southern states during the days when 'manifest destiny' was the theme of government expansion. Human nature hasn't changed in all of recorded history, and there are many episodes where free people were subsumed by aristocrats with greater weaponry. Myths always cover reality, and we are the greatest myth believers in generations. Like the myth that Republicans and Democrats are somehow opposites, when if you look at the record, they are essentially two sides of the same coin.
As Gaidar documented in his history of the USSR post-Stalin, the costs of supporting leftists throughout the world, including Cuba and the US Communist Party, along with communists throughout Latin America, ended when the Kremlin ran out of money. No one in the Kremlin saw the end coming, as they lived in a sealed bubble of hype. Hugo Chavez replaced the Soviet support to Cuba with oil revenues, but now Chavez has died and the price of oil has plummeted, so why wouldn't Cuba be looking for handouts from others? If the US agrees, the IMF will simply lend them all they want. To fully understand the lady's comments, you have to read Latin American histories by Latin American Authors. The US destroyed friendship under Teddy Roosevelt when he invaded in the name of 'Manifest Destiny', Many who had copied our constitution abandoned it since they thought it didn't work to restrain aggression against neighbors. Roosevelt of course did what the Mexican/American war did - annex territories from Latin America onto the US and its 'territories'. The US still has Guantanamo Bay. Unfortunately, the US has called itself 'capitalist' when it is really crony capitalist with central control in Washington. It is the twin of communism, only central planning is done through regulations of business, rather than outright ownership. Both are the opposite of free markets. The lady has never experienced anything but the present regime where her family has had totalitarian control dependent upon infusions of money. Like Russians in 1989, Cubans do not see the end, which would happen except for the US now stepping in to replace Chavez's handouts.
It has probably been a lifelong dream of every communist to meet a hero, as the last one is Fidel; now Obama can embrace him like Hugo Chavez did, and then provide government aid. No business will invest in a place without property rights and a rule of law. Too much history proves that is a way to throw away money. It's interesting that the 'threat' against Sony was made after the government viewed the film. Every 3rd world failed state uses the same rhetoric; blame the outside world. Read "The Tyranny of Silence" to see how Europe has stifled any criticism of jihadists... If you've read the history of the USSR after Stalin, as Gaidar's "Collapse of an Empire", you see the US has morphed into the same model of governance, and the massive dysfunction that led to its bankruptcy. Gaidar pointed out that no one after Stalin used terror against the populace, as it is the only means of maintaining central control over so many different peoples....Are gulags in our future?
UKIP sees the loss of freedom from a far-away government in Brussels that seeks to make everyone's decisions, similar to Washington DC. States in the US are comparable in size to European countries, so the analogy holds. The TEA movement shows many in the hinterlands of the US are fed up with unaccountable micro-management and dysfunctional Washington. We in the US need a new party devoted to returning government to the states and locals, except for defense and constitutional law. The Republican Party at the national level continues to increase central bureaucracy; Bush2 is the poster child of what has happened. Bypassing the old Pravda media which controlled information for generations in favor of New York progressivism is now possible and happening as real truth is available to the curious via the internet. For example, congressional votes.....My state has digitized many areas, including the education costs of public schools. You can see for yourself the skyrocketing costs and what each school district is doing that causes such costs. Mostly it is top-heavy with bureaucrats that make multiples of what the teachers make but have no clear role except to 'administer'.....I suspect the central control by Washington since Carter has a requirement for such. Returning our schools to the local level with charter and vouchers is a simple solution to many, many problems. The chief problem is what the USSR experienced, lack of competition results in stagnation and waste.
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America in Urgent Need of Welfare Reform

Mary218 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Old timers remember life before the Great Society grabbed control of health care and welfare provision from the state and local areas. Prior to Washington's dysfunction, local and county hospitals provided health care, and those who couldn't pay were covered by taxes. The fraud that permeates fed programs was non-existent. Small insurance companies thrived, but ALL were destroyed by LBJ. Only the mega companies were left, and the costs of medical care skyrocketed to the point of today where no one can afford treatment for serious illnesses. Welfare was provided by local charities, and states provided long-term care via state hospitals. The ACLU closed down those hospitals with the Supreme Court's decision. In addition, a new class of barbarians has arisen, as they have no sense of personal responsibility. It's a tragedy that is shared by all of the welfare states, including the UK, exposed by Dalrymple's books. Central planning by a far-away government is best described by Gaidar's "Collapse of an Empire", the history of the USSR after Stalin's death. Dysfunction and massive waste of human and capital led to the end. The US government now closely resembles the end times of the Kremlin. The Heritage Foundation publishes an annual 'Index of Economic Freedom", and you can see how European welfare states and the US are now moving downward.
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Politics Versus Education

Mary218 Wrote: Jan 14, 2014 2:37 PM
Hayek is proven correct again. The burdens of civilization – Disciplined work Responsibility Risk-taking Saving Honesty The honoring of promises Curbing one’s natural reactions (1)of hostility to strangers and (2) of solidarity with those who are like oneself. The last two items on the list are as important as the others. History shows that tribes died out because they could not make the leap to trading and trusting those outside their own tribe....It is an epic tragedy that will end only when the old rabble rousers in the NAACP either die or get dementia.
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The Late, Great Middle Class

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 26, 2013 7:41 AM
The government now resembles the old Kremlin, as it centrally plans and controls every aspect of life for the citizens. Like the USSR, the population is rapidly becoming wards of the state. Hayek warned the world that such is the road to serfdom, but unfortunately, people ignored his warning. Also like the USSR, the US is out of money, and now is at the late stage of creating it to cover the continuing explosion of costs. Anyone can easily see where this leads in the longer term, by searching on 'hyperinflation'............ The US is too varied in cultures to be centrally planned by Washington. It's time to consider peacefully breaking up with sovereign states and treaties for trade and defense. It happened to the USSR 20+ years ago. If we don't, look for totalitarianism to be the next step.
The history of civilization shows that those with traditional values prospered and multiplied, and barbarians died off during the long term. As the US becomes more anti-Christian, it will go the way of all barbarian cultures. In the meantime, the Muslim community continues to have large families. Look at Europe and see that in a few decades, the old European will be a tiny part of the population, due to this lack of value of children. Atheism is a destroyer of human values, as proven time and again in history.
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The Key to a Long-Lasting Constitution

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 21, 2013 8:55 AM
It helps to study the history of Argentina, which started out with a copy of our Constitution. It was a very rich, prosperous country 100 years ago, and millions of European immigrants flooded in. They brought their ideas of government with them. Michael Burleigh's history of Europe in several volumes exposes the attitude that elites are better than the common person at ruling. The same thing happened here, and we are now about the place where Argentina was in the 1940's, when Juan Peron became dictator. The Constitution is a great document, and proved its worth in the past as the best the world has ever seen for the common person. However, looking back, it really lasted only a few decades and ended when the southern states were not allowed their constitutional right to secede. "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History" provides documentation. Maybe the answer is a treaty for free trade and common defense among the sovereign states...........
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