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I hope you are right. Certainly the Victorian Age was a complete reversal of the hedonistic period prior to it. The 100-year-long nihilism against traditional values may have peaked in the last days of the Cold War period. The Internet may also be playing a part, as this generation has turned its back on the old propagandists of the hedonistic life - TV, movies.
Thanks for everything you have stood for, bravely, while the inside clique that runs the federal government and the Pravda media tried to paint you as a radical....They would do the same thing if Thomas Jefferson were here....I know homeschoolers who are thankful for your new education source....
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Government Housing is a Bad Idea

Mary218 Wrote: Jan 26, 2015 12:04 PM
In most of Texas there is no ground freeze, so mobile homes are the choice of most low income people...No government subsidy is involved.... To see the long-term effects of government social engineering on the people who receive subsidies and free stuff, read British psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple's "Life at the Bottom". The people (mostly white) have no sense of responsibility for their behavior and violence is pervasive. Police don't respond to calls for help because their hands have been tied by compassionate politicians....Dalrymple worked at a low-income neighborhood hospital (care is free) and a nearby prison. It isn't low income people that are the problem, it is violence and disrespect for other people, a fact of life in all inner cities where people don't have to work for a living.
The old brick and mortar institutions have been the place of refuge for all radicals for many years. They long ago stopped being about scholarship and truth. Fortunately, we are at the early stage of relief, as all ivy league colleges, along with many other schools, have posted all lectures free online. The old days of education are not the model of the future. It's like the end of the horse and buggy, with its millions of tons of manure on city streets....We have a better method, and already have standardized tests like the GRE to prove learning that has occurred....
Sub primes have extended now to auto loans, and if you check the FHA website, you see that you can buy a house with 0 down....Like the Depression of the 1930's, the central authorities are poised to destroy any recovery, long term...The idiots who make these decisions have never read economic history of 'business cycles', which have always been due to debt bubbles...ever since the Roman Empire.. The Romans passed laws against fractional reserve lending, but the banks (gold-storers at the time) ignored the law and lent more than they could cover.... A simple law requiring 100% reserves to cover loans would have prevented all the booms and busts in history. The stock market of today appears to be the biggest credit bubble in history, thanks to the Federal Reserve policy.
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'Diversity' in Action

Mary218 Wrote: Jan 20, 2015 3:18 PM
The Welfare State or Immigration? Before the central government took over as parent, furnishing everything anyone needed, immigrants spent their days working, and were taxpayers. It was the free capitalist economy that drew them and enabled them to rise from poverty. Like the UK slums, ours now are comprised of people who have no need of a job, and we are now into several generations of dependency. Until the money runs out.....
Thanks for the facts presented in a clear format. Keep up the great work To understand what the left has done over the past 50+ years to western civilization, read psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple's "Life at the Bottom", detailing the mindset of the UK population. After a lifetime spent working in a slum hospital and prison, he recounted the long-term effects of the intellectual nihilism that pervades the left and which started in the 1960's. The concept that morals are irrelevant combined with the welfare state has turned civilization into barbarism. Political correctness that declares certain classes of people to be 'victims' has created an entire underclass of mainly white people into 'victimhood' where no one even considers themselves responsible for their own violent, dysfunctional behavior. Is that the future of the US?
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Still Lying About Hollywood's Communists

Mary218 Wrote: Jan 09, 2015 11:13 AM
How many of the 350 million people go to movies? How many watch the old TV talking heads of NBC, CBS, PBS and ABC? The world has moved into the new information age where the choices of entertainment and news continue to explode. Decentralization of everything is happening today, as McLuhan's 'global village' unfolds. Amazon sellers are often located in small towns; online tutors in India help kids in the UK and US. The Khan Academy teaches successfully to millions of students. The ivy leagues and big universities are racing to put their lectures online. The brick and mortar schools are becoming obsolete as it is easy to homeschool your own children. How long before daycare centers offer assisted learning via the internet? People are fleeing the union states for states with right to work laws. The 20th Century was the age of collectivism, but the 21st offers the opposite; decentralization of everything, aka, individual freedom. How long before standardized tests used by homeschoolers become the norm, and kids are free at last of the boring classroom of the 19th Century? If the government wants to help, how about paying for learning, as in test results? After half a century of failed government schools, people are waking up to the possibility of free market education, proven to be effective. (I have a friend who teaches 7th/8th graders in Illinois, and she says most of the students see school as a prison and are either bored or disruptive.)
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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.
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