Wednesday, June 22, 2005


There is a rather fun article here that interprets America as a country driven by hypomania -- the sub-clinical version of manic-depressive psychosis. It's not a bad theory in isolation but rather falls down when you look at other nations. The Chinese, for instance, are even more hard-driving and entrepreneurial than Americans. Are they utter fruit-loops? And Australia has a similar history to America but is also one of the world's most laid-back countries.

The Dems are blocking the appointment of Bolton as U.N. ambassador once again. Serve them right if GWB left the position unfilled. That WOULD be fun. It would mean a virtual withdrawal of the USA from the UN. Yippee!

Blair tries to force rationality on the French: "Britain is trying to turn the tables on President Chirac by drawing up plans to trade in its rebate from Brussels in return for guaranteed cuts in farm subsidies. Tony Blair, who takes over the EU presidency in ten days, is confident that he can win enough allies to force the French President, his main adversary at last week's Brussels summit, to accept fundamental reforms of Europe's farming budget.... Under the British plan the Government would agree to scale back its œ3 billion-a-year rebate in return for a fundamental review of EU spending in 2008, leading two years later to substantial cuts in the annual 50 billion Euro (34 billion pound) Common Agricultural Policy."

The hero of British intellectuals hasn't changed: "His influence may have waned on the global political stage, but Karl Marx seems certain to be voted the world's greatest philosopher in a new poll. He is racing ahead of rivals two weeks before voting ends in the poll of listeners to the BBC Radio 4 discussion programme In Our Time".

Marx the false prophet: "All of Marx's major predictions have turned out to be wrong. He said that societies based on a market economy would suffer spiraling class polarization and the disappearance of the middle class. Every society lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of a market economy shows that Marx was wrong about that. He predicted the growing immiseration and impoverishment of the working class in capitalist societies. (Actually, he didn't merely predict that it would happen, he predicted that it would happen necessarily and inevitably-thanks, Hegel!) The opposite has happened. Indeed, as Kolakowski notes, "in the second edition of Capital Marx updated various statistics and figures, but not those relating to workers' wages; those figures, if updated, would have contradicted his theory." Marx further predicted the inevitable revolution of the proletariat. This is the very motor of Marxism. Take away the proletarian revolution and you neuter the theory. But there have been no proletarian revolutions. The Bolshevik revolution, as Kolakowski points out, "had nothing to do with Marxian prophesies. Its driving force was not a conflict between the industrial working class and capital, but rather was carried out under slogans that had no socialist, let alone Marxist, content"

Jihadist shatters Leftist myths: "Note how in this one Washington Post story how almost every one of our Western myths promulgated by the antiwar Left is shattered by a candid jihadist himself. First, there was always radical Islamic anti-American hatred that preceded Iraq. Indeed, celebrations were spontaneous immediately after September 11 on the mere news of slaughtered Americans.

Lost Tooth Society is rightly aggrieved that he has for so long been deceived by Leftist propaganda into believing that the death penalty is not a deterrent to murder. He summarizes a few of the studies which show that it is a BIG deterrent to murder.

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE and LEFTISTS AS ELITISTS. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. And on Social Security see Dick McDonald


That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftist movers and shakers 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.

Leftist ideologues 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 and can con "the masses" into giving them power.

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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