Thursday, February 17, 2005


I am sorry to hear that Sam Francis has just passed away after heart surgery. I did not agree with everything he wrote but he was a great campaigner for conservative causes.

Great news: "Coming soon: a non-stop, 19-hour flight from London to Sydney. For the first time in civil aviation history, a long-haul passenger jet was being unveiled last night that is capable of flying virtually halfway across the globe, making it possible in theory to link any two important world cities. The new Boeing 777-200LR rolled off the US company's assembly line in Washington state for the first time and is scheduled for delivery in the first three months of next year. It is expected to carry 300 passengers and cost up to $225 million (119 million pounds). It promises travellers the holy grail of air travel - no more layovers. Ever. The launch came less than a month after Boeing's bitter rival, the European company Airbus, revealed its very different vision of the future of air travel - the A380 "superjumbo" which can carry up to 850 passengers over just 9,000 miles"

Janet Albrechtsen: "Note to self: Wednesday: celebrate the right of women to be treated as equal to men; Thursday: cheer for the right for women to be treated differently; Friday: sort through conflicting messages scattered about by modern feminists on what women want."

Marginalizing unions aids prosperity: "Twenty years ago, workplace deregulation in Australia was a new and largely untested phenomenon that opponents characterised as bad and unfair for employees. The past decade, marked by historic levels of prosperity, has shown these claims to be unfounded. Far from leading to a "race to the bottom" in terms of wages, employment conditions or lower living standards, workplace reforms have underpinned strong productivity, real income growth, job creation, low unemployment, low inflation and rising wealth per capita".

There is a libertarian version here of the Mommy/Daddy account of politics -- much pushed by nutty Leftist linguist George Lakoff. It's a popular story but if it were true most women would be Leftists and most men would be Rightists -- but "it just aint so". In the last U.S. Presidential election the female vote split roughly 50/50 for and against GWB.

Leftists hate one-another too. They all want to be king: "While Republicans have been marching the family through precise formations and drilling them on party catechism, the Democrats are still chasing each other around the coffee table. They seem almost hopeless, really, unable to get themselves organized into a cohesive unit that can confidently articulate, and consistently follow, its shared values."

Good comment from India: "Nepal's Maoists may believe that power flows from the barrel of a gun. However, prosperity and happiness do not. Democracy is not a magic wand, but neither is Maoism a miracle-cure. Communism is an ideological tool for non-industrious people who want the state to take care of their needs. It will not make the Nepalese any better off. Incidentally, historical experience is not in favour of the communists. They often end up in Gulags (of Stalin) or killing fields (of Pol Pot), without any share of the chimera they were chasing. The Indian communists should be aware of this."

Pat Buchanan has an interesting history of how the arrogant Leftist monopoly of the MSM has gradually been eroded -- a process that started in the Nixon era.

Carnival of the Vanities is up again with a wide range of blogospheric reading.

My latest posting on MarxWords notes that Marx was a social Darwinist -- something modern leftists say is "Rightist". My latest posting on "A scripture blog" looks at Luke 16: 22-25 -- "The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment.... "



That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftists is perfectly shown by the 2004 Kerry campaign. They put up a man whose policies seemed to be 99% the same as George Bush's even though the Left have previously disagreed violently with those policies. "Whatever it takes" is their rule.

Leftists are phonies. For most of them all that they want is to sound good. They don't care about doing good. That's why they do so much harm. They don't really care what the results of their policies are as long as they are seen as having good intentions.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist"

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