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The Cynicism Of American Culture

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Last week, I wrote an article discussing why the fabled “Great American Novel” will likely never come to pass. In said article, I posited that the main reason this is the case is because American culture is a heavily guilt-laden culture. Most unusually, I posited that, contrary to the old claim of Americans being super-fanatically patriotic, this guilt/cultural cringe has always been a part of American culture and, indeed, one of the biggest motifs of the American arts. And I stand by that claim: while there is certainly a lot of low-brow Walmart-level “patriotardery” being produced in the United States, the fact remains that not only does no American artist of note produce anything that can be remotely considered “patriotardism”, but this shame/guilt complex is taught to American children in schools. If those two things alone weren’t bad enough, I feel that these are the reasons why America was the first nation to fall to globalism and become its armed enforcer, despite modern America not having any substantial imperial…

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Contrary To Popular Hyperbole, Donald Trump Is Not The End Of America

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The inauguration is finally near. After a long year of dragged out politics that got nastier than usual, the next President is preparing to inherit the White House. The transition of power is different in some ways, because the incoming top executive lacks the established political background that most politicians have. But as popular narratives said throughout the election from start to finish, Donald Trump was never going to win. But here we are. Commentary from liberal sources and other Never Trump people would lead us to believe that the world is in fact ending. Everyone has their own victim mentality in progress and can explain how they will be oppressed under a Trump Presidency because of the mean things he’s said. His proposals have struck fear with some, leading many to suggest the America we’ve always known and loved is disappearing. Free speech is going to be dead and our freedom to assemble will come under fire as various groups of people are oppressed. The LGBT community stands…

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The Desperate Left Flings Feces

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The battle of ideas between the left and right wings of our nation’s politics has perhaps never been as bitter as it is now. And it is certainly well outside of our lifetime since the liberal side of the war has been so outmatched. Desperate for ammunition, the Left has taken to hurling handfuls of excrement in lieu of journalistic integrity. Yesterday morning, at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum published a piece titled, “Why Do Republicans Hate Obamacare?” The article peaked early when he started it with a cursory list of suspect accomplishments credited to the law, and it went downhill from there as he tip-toed around a few of the most minor problems with the ACA while ignoring the vast majority of the most troubling ones. Kevin didn’t exactly lie, but he certainly didn’t tell us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time the article was over the poor guy had devolved into a foot-stamping simian, one whose hands were alternating between covering…

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CNN Commentator Describes Blacks Meeting With Trump As “Mediocre Negroes”

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The bias of the mainstream media has been evident for years. The bias has turned to open hostility with the rise of President-elect Donald Trump. The simple liberal slant has turned into a crusade among political commentators and anchors determined to shut down the conservative right. CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill appeared on CNN Tonight as part of a panel discussion hosted by Don Lemon. Hill described Trump diversity team member Bruce LeVell as being apart of a group of “mediocre Negroes.” The remark was made as part of a rant that described members of the Trump diversity team as not being qualified enough to represent Black interests.

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Faking History To Make The Black Kids Feel Good

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A known quantity in the faking department is Rev. Al Sharpton. In a video that gets considerable play on TV, Sharpton informs a rapt audience that “white folks” were cave dwellers when blacks were building empires and pyramids; teaching philosophy, astrology, and mathematics. “Socrates and them Greek homos” were mere copycats, aping black civilization. As revealed in “Helping The Sharpton and Obama Afrocentrism ‘Fade to Black,’” this mythistory has a presence in America’s schools, tertiary and secondary. By now we know that mass media and government under both national parties routinely generate fake news to achieve political ends. That our progressive pedagogues propagandize the youth: That’s well-known and passively accepted, too. Less known is the extent to which fabricated history has been incorporated into curricula. In “Black Athena,” Martin Gardiner Bernal of Cambridge, England, suggested that “Ancient Greece” had been “fabricated,” and that chroniclers of “classical civilization” had concealed its “Afroasiatic roots.” Ditto historian George G. M. James, whose “Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins of Western Philosophy” claims that…

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Mickey Mouse Belongs To The People And Not To The Disney Company

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Please explain to me why Walt Disney is able to maintain a copyright on Mickey Mouse for 95 years while the companies discovering the drugs that heal our bodies are only able to maintain their patents for seventeen years? Every day big pharmaceutical companies are chastised for making large profits. There is not the same outrage about Disney charging $90 for a shirt that should cost $20. Why is Disney allowed to make obscene profits at the hands of the American people and not be a villain? The United States Constitution gave Congress the power to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries”. In 1790, the first Congress passed the very first Patent Act and the very first Copyright Act. Both of these acts granted to their creator the exclusive right for fourteen years. Sometime during the Trump administration, there will be a move to amend the copyright law. Disney…

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Why The Left Hates Guns

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The Left has declared an all-out war on firearms because of the American independence and individualism they represent. Hillary Clinton, the most anti-gun presidential candidate in recent memory, proposed a bevy of gun-control measures aimed at disarming as many Americans as possible. First she championed a ban on ‘assault weapons’, then a ban on ‘high capacity’ magazines, and finally promoted the asininity of holding gun manufacturers responsible for gun homicides.

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Taxation, Regulation: Not Reasons To Legalize Pot

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In the marijuana legalization debate, two talking points are often utilized: taxation and regulation. These are good arguments from a liberal perspective, but quite problematic in a conservative or libertarian context. The basis for justifying the legalization of marijuana is simple. Consenting adults should be allowed to choose what to put in their bodies, whether or not it’s harmful, so long as there are no externalities. This is the only legitimate and principled basis for legalization.

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The Solution To Firearmphobia: Education

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On a variety of issues ranging from same-sex marriage to transgenderism to Islam, the Left has called for a more informed and accepting public. On one issue, however, it seems to benefit them to keep the public in the dark: firearms and the second amendment. Passing modern gun-control schemes such as an ‘assault weapons’ ban and a ban on ‘high capacity’ magazines intrinsically requires an ignorant public. The reason why so many folks are anti-gun is simply because a large swath of the general population doesn’t really know all that much about guns. With only about 1/3 of Americans owning a firearm, the rest don’t have much of a reason to learn about guns, much less the laws surrounding them.

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Helping The Sharpton & Obama Afrocentrism ‘Fade To Black’

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Boy, have whites done hard time under Barack Hussein Obama! To deliver his inauguration benediction, eight accursed years back, Obama commissioned one Rev. Joseph Lowery. Lowery is to poetry what Beyoncé is to music. Both were greatly elevated by the outgoing, déclassé first couple. Lowery’s anti-white inaugural jingle beseeched the Lord to finally make “white embrace what is right,” allow “brown to stick around,” “yellow to be mellow,” and “the red man to get ahead.” High art. Two Pimps In a Pod Indeed, on day one, Obama and his bitter and twisted better half hammered home that to be white in their America was never to be right. To be black was to have an eternal claim against whites, for no other reason than that they’re white. Although America is the land of quotas, set-asides, and affirmative action—a country that privileges minorities—the majority is, nevertheless, subjected to non-stop, relentless propaganda. Enforced by the tyranny of political correctness, this agitprop has led white Americans, most of whom harbor no racial…

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The Figure Of The Hindu As a Model For Political Tolerance In a Politically Intolerant Age

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(This article is the result of a collaboration between Troy Worden and Harsh Tiwari.) 2016 was the age of intolerance par excellence. No, not because of fringe elements energized by Donald Trump’s rise. Rather, the kind of intolerance I speak of is more widespread – namely, the liberal intolerance of Donald Trump and his conservative backers. I do not need to conjure up the hateful headlines and malicious monologues attacking the white working class and encouraging the social ostracization of Trump supporters; I would rather heed Francis Bacon’s sage observation that “a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well,” and instead look for a solution to a problem deeply-ingrained in universities, the media, and the psychology of the élite that populate them. Can’t we make tolerance our New Year’s resolution? Can’t we all get along, to paraphrase one Rodney King. Humans find goals or ways of being more achievable if they are exampled by someone else; we naturally crave a…

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Planned Parenthood And Progressive Perversion Of Rights

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As we draw closer to the inauguration of our 45th president we also draw closer to the long overdue repeal of the ironically titled Affordable Care Act. Informally known as Obamacare, this abomination, much like its namesake, never should have become a reality. It’s fitting that as Obama leaves office congress will almost simultaneously rid our nation of this cancerous boil once and for all. It must, of course, be done with a replacement immediately on its heels – the last thing the Republican dominated congress should do is leave the American people hanging. If they do it right, the Grand Old Party stands a damn good chance of showing our progressive friends what progress really looks like. Of all the liberal whining that will surely emerge from the excision of this tumor from the law of our land, one can be sure some of the loudest sobs will be directed at Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. This measure will more than likely be written into whatever budget…

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Robert Heinlein: Conservative Sci-Fi Author

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As a rule, science fiction is rarely written by conservatives. From Harlan Ellison to Margaret Atwood, the genre is dominated by liberals. It is easy to see why this is so. Discouraged by the present, they cope by pining for a leftist Utopia of their own big-government design. The exception, of course, was George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four. But Orwell, despite his fervent anti-communist position, attacked communism from the socialist as not radical enough. A more suitable exception would be Robert Heinlein. He was one of the first sci-fi authors to bring the genre into the mainstream. (He wrote for the Saturday Evening Post). His political positions followed the well-trod path of traveling from socialism to a conservative libertarianism. One of his first political expressions was working for the socialist author Upton Sinclair’s 1934 campaign for Governor of California. After the candidate was badly beaten, Heinlein moved toward anti-communism while retaining a vague liberalism.

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Relax, Hippies: Jeff Sessions As Attorney General Isn’t The End Of The World

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The hypocritical liberals are sounding the alarms about Jeff Sessions being President Trump’s pick for Attorney General. Suddenly and conveniently, they care about civil liberties and the rule of law again now that they have lost political power. Nevertheless, they are blowing smoke and relying on ignorance to push their tired agenda. The George Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is especially ham-fisted in their nauseating “analysis” of the appointment. Purportedly a nonpartisan group, their true colors were shown after they released a ridiculous screed filled with so much nonsense that looks as if it was drafted by John Podesta himself:

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Celebs “Speaking Out” Will Destroy Their Ratings

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Meryl Streep took to the stage at the Golden Globes Award ceremony Sunday night to slam President-elect Donald Trump for his mocking a disabled reporter back in the fall of 2015. Trump predictively logged on Twitter later that night and called Streep an, “over-rated Hillary flunky.” This comes after top Hollywood celebs produced a plethora of pro-Clinton propaganda and called Trump out explicitly on stage plenty of times. Celebrities aren’t just hurting Democrats by politicizing entertainment—they are diminishing themselves. Celebrities making political statements is nothing new. In fact, President Ronald Reagan was an active promoter of conservative and free-market principles during his stint as spokesman for General Electric and president of the Screen Actors Guild. According to Thomas Sowell, however, Reagan had intently studied the issues before making any political statements.

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Uncovering Dashiell Hammett

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With the death of Lillian Hellman in 1984, biographers freed from her threatens of lawsuits and blocked access to primary sources, were finally able to mount a considerable archaeological effort regarding Dashiell Hammett. As a result, they have been able to track down his letters, his screen treatments, and the unpublished stories he wrote or re-wrote or abandoned altogether. With these two collections, The Return of the Thin Man and The Hunter and Other Stories, the well has finally run dry. This begs the question as to whether all this effort was worth it. The immediate answer is yes. As the author of two masterpieces of the detective genre and fiction in general, The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key, Hammett’s other writings merit study. With them, there is a potential for looking at his development toward these works, and what he intended to write in their aftermath. The long range answer is also yes. Intensely private, his life obscured by Lillian Hellman’s mythification, he let behind some mysteries…

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Is Wikileaks Considering a Database Of Verified Twitter Users’ Personal Information?

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Wikileaks has been no stranger to controversy over the last year. The whistleblower organization positioned itself at the center of a tumultuous presidential election cycle be leaking information about prominent Democratic officials, allegedly putting itself in favor of President-elect Donald Trump. Through all the Democratic National Committee leaks and the series of Podesta E-mail leaks, it established itself as a transparency force in the new digital era. But it also still faced criticism over its practices. The Democratic National Committee leaks were e-mails among various party officials that exposed a great deal about the party’s inner workings. It had very candid and revealing conversations, but because of its private nature, it also had personal information. This inclusion of personal information even made advocates for transparency concerned, including Edward Snowden.

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Betsy DeVos: Opening The Hearts And Minds Of America

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President-Elect Donald Trump’s new Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is the best pick in the history of the Department of Education since its inception, in this veteran teacher’s opinion. With her school choice prescription, she is just the medicine that a failing educational system needs to restore it to health. Her long time support of the Charter school movement is one key reform element, but the one that will be transformational will be vouchers or tax credits for any private school a parent decides to send their child to. The public school monopoly, headed by the National Education Association, is the greatest impediment to competition and reform and will fight tooth and nail to protect their turf and the view that children ultimately belong to the state rather than the parent. America is one of the few western nations that does not give aid to private k-12 religious schools, only to religious colleges. Betsy DeVos can change that oversight with the 20 billion dollar block grant that Trump has proposed to…

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How The Never Trump Movement Legitimized Conspiracy Theories In The Mainstream

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A lot has been made of the issue of fake news this election cycle. Social media has helped feed the spread of false stories passed off as legitimate, which have only served to further increase polarized partisan tensions and worsen the political atmosphere. Fake news has even been blamed for a shooting at a pizza restaurant that has been the center of an online conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate”, which puts John Podesta and the Clinton camp at the center of a pedophile ring centered out of that location. From worsening atmospheres to guns being drawn, the issue of conspiracy theories and fake news has grown. But is all of the blame on the rightwing of the political spectrum? The problem with this theory is the role in the left in legitimizing conspiracy theories. We’ve been hearing for months that the Russians are at the center of the victory of Republican President-Elect Donald Trump. The Democratic Party’s rhetoric has essentially portrayed the controversial businessman as a puppet of Vladimir…

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Denial And Dudgeon In The Millennial Generation

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The following may seem a little harsh, but please keep in mind that everything I’m about to write is out of genuine concern for our friends on the left, particularly those of the millennial generation. They say children are our future and with that in mind, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the mental health and well-being of people my age, and even those who are younger. At first glance, it appears as though our liberal friends have lost their collective mind. My first real memory of politics was watching George H. W. Bush mop the floor with Michael Dukakis back in 1988. I was almost 6-years-old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Throughout the course of the past twenty-eight years I’ve watched the left slowly creep toward the edge of insanity, but never have I seen them take a flying leap into the depths of madness like they have since President Barack Obama took power.

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Angela Merkel And How To Destroy Multiculturalism

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In the powder keg of nationalism that has become Europe, it’s fair to say that in many ways, multiculturalism has been the spark. The recent outpouring of refugees from the Middle East into Europe, which ensued a wave of crime and terrorist activity, has, at the very least, struck up the debate concerning Europe’s nationalist uprising and the idea of multiculturalism. Time after time, the punditry and blogosphere have been overflown with all the necessary buzzwords such as “nationalism,” “Islamophobia,” “racism,” “terrorism,” and the like, and inevitably the focus has always seemed to shift back to one name: Angela Merkel. Essentially, the German Chancellor has been the spokesperson and prime implementer of multiculturalism throughout Europe, being largely responsible for Germany’s refugee open door policy. In 2015 alone, Germany welcomed just shy of 900,000 refugees and migrants, many coming from conflict-ridden areas of the Middle East. This influx preceded the now infamous New Year’s Eve incidence, in which over 1,200 women were sexually assaulted throughout Germany during New Year’s Eve celebrations.…

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Black Never Trump Thugs Broadcast Live Beating Of White Special Needs Teenager Online

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The political landscape has become more emotionally charged than any other point in recent history. The battle between President-elect Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left many people even experiencing personal conflict over their political choices. President-elect Trump’s unconventional approach to politics left many concerned and even outraged by his words and actions. How will a Trump Administration turn out? One of the common criticisms of President-elect Trump during the presidential election was his use of violent rhetoric and supposed endorsement of aggressive tactics. This signaled a nasty future ahead with a man like him involved in politics. Liberals have reacted in horror, claiming that he is a threat to liberty, to minorities, and all Americans everywhere. But does the problem lie with the right wing and supporters of President-elect Trump?

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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Compares Trump Restaurant Chefs To Nazi Soldiers

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This election cycle has certainly been polarizing. With partisan polarization comes extreme rhetoric, outlandish comparisons, and otherwise strongly negative attacks. Celebrities and prominent politicians were endlessly triggered for month by a presidential campaign many were not prepared for. The rise of Republican businessman Donald Trump was something many were not expecting, and now that he’s been elected, the President-Elect’s countdown to inheriting the White House has caused full blown meltdowns across the country. Among those is CNN’s Anthony Bourdain, who hosts “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

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Chinatown Revisited

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Upon its release in 1974, Chinatown was billed as “neo-noir.” No one in Paramount publicity bothered to define this term, but the implications are that, in light of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, it was a more wised-up version of the genre that begat The Big Sleep and Maltese Falcon. This was totally unnecessary, even conceited. Noir, of the written variety, was born out of an equally disillusioned period, post World War I. The preceding era had promised so much—a war to end all wars, worlds made safe for democracy, utopia, harnessed to government management by intellectuals, was just around the corner. What was delivered was a war that wiped out a whole generation of young males (war widows was just one of the terms, along with shell shock and wrist-watch, created by World War I), imperialistic land grabs by the victorious parties at Versailles, smouldering revenge in Germany, and vicious dictatorship emerging in Russia. In America, the country least affected by the war, the after-shocks were no less…

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The Biggest Winners And Sorriest Losers In The Liberty Movement For 2016

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It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times for the liberty movement. The political system is in utter chaos, and a vast realignment is taking place. Some liberty activists are finding themselves in good graces because of this realignment, while others are down in the dumps. We are going to examine the biggest winners within the liberty movement due to this year’s the political realignment, and what they did correctly to shine so brightly. Conversely, we will look at the people who blew it big time in 2016 and let destiny slip through their fingertips.

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The Uses And Abuses Of Nietzsche By The Left

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The phrases “will to power” and “Übermensch” carry around with them the stench of Nazism and other forms of fascism; that is, most people associate the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1944-1900) with the Right rather than the Left. In the public imagination, the mustachioed madman is an anti-Semite and racial supremacist. On one hand this reputation is deserved because some of his ideas and prejudices do conform to fascist ideology; on the other hand, it is undeserved, because his thought was thoroughly misread and cherry-picked by fascists for their own end. (For this we have Nietzsche’s sister – who promoted her brother’s writings to the Nazis after he went insane – to thank.) But again, Nietzsche’s troubling affair with the Right is not his only association. Often overlooked is his influence on thinkers such as Michel Foucault (1926-1984) and the Frankfurt school of Marxism, most noticeably Theodor Adorno (1903-1969). These thinkers together performed a massive critique of capitalism and social institutions in general, allowing subsequent generations to go on deconstructing…

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The Slippery Slope Of Progressivism

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In the lexicon of modern American politics, there are few pieces of rhetoric more likely to elicit an eye roll from the Left than the slippery slope argument. Whether it’s in response to gun control measures or gay marriage legalization, progressives never tire of castigating conservatives for their hysteria in the face of progress and equality. This argument has recently found reincarnation in the form of debates surrounding the use of gender pronouns and fake news. Those against any legislative attempts at regulation of these issues assert that such laws would pave the way to the restriction of the First Amendment and freedom of speech. While those in favor of such legislation contend that it is necessary for the improvement of society. Setting aside for a moment the irony of progressives criticizing emotional rhetoric, it is the nature of the progressive ideology that creates the slippery slope. Progressivism feeds on the correction of perceived injustices and inequalities. It is also an ideology that is incredibly absolutist in its views. It doesn’t merely try…

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Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald Has On-air Meltdown After Asked About Trump Fake News

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It’s no surprise that American people have lost faith in the mainstream media. For years, they’ve sung praises for their own partisan allies and refused to be impartial reporters of the news. In this election cycle alone, they’ve told us repeatedly about how President-elect Donald Trump was going to lose and this was Hillary Clinton’s election to win. Among these people is Kurt Eichenwald, a senior writer with Newsweek and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, who has made a name for himself attacking Trump relentlessly this past election cycle. Recently, Tucker Carlson had Eichenwald on Fox News for an on-air interview. Generally in interviews, even among partisan opponents and disagreeable people have a certain standard of respect. This interview within moments went the other direction.

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The Beast From Beyond Reality

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The following thought is certainly not original with me, but regardless of who expressed it first, it bears repeating: Conservatives craft policy based on the world as it is, and liberals craft policy based on how they believe the world should be. Said another way, the former seeks to adapt to the confines of reality, the latter is completely out of touch with it. This dichotomy can be traced back to the early twentieth century when the nascent progressive movement was in the wicked thrall of the eugenics craze. Lead by villains such as Margaret Sanger, these genetic elitists believed the human condition could be purged of its undesirable elements and inclinations through selective breeding and abortion on demand. But the elitism didn’t stop at merely tinkering with reproduction. The minimum wage has at its root a distinct effort to exclude from the labor force those members of society who the progressives believed would be a hindrance to the successful propagation of a master race. It wasn’t enough to…

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Working Class Conservatives: The Only Path Forward

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One of the great unsolved mysteries that has routinely perplexed the pseudo-intellectual bubbles among academic socialists of the chair has been why the great majority of America’s working class have refused to embrace socialism to the same extent as their European and Latin American brethren. In the typical fashion of the ivory tower intelligentsia, scapegoats were conceived. They claim the proletariat revolution never spread to these shores, not least because of the economic and political destitution of socialism, but rather that the great mass of the American working class bought into a great and evil capitalist lie. What is this lie? Well, it can be best explained by the famous quote from American author and noted communist sympathizer, John Steinbeck: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” The quote perfectly fits into the patronizing progressive mindset that the working class are simply “too stupid to know what’s good for them” and thus they must be…

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Goldwater On Homosexuality

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In his excellent book on the 1964 Presidential campaign, Rick Perlstein located what we today call social conservatism with candidate Barry Goldwater. Bemoaning the “slipping away” of “traditional values of individual responsibility,” and the rising “moral decay,” Goldwater, at first glance, would seem to have supported the Defense of Marriage Act were he alive today. But Goldwater was also a fervent libertarian, and this superseded all else; during the campaign, he only gave one speech about moral decay, while every other one concerned the threat big government as personified by LBJ posed to individual liberty: “Do you want a President who will twist arms, manipulate power, and take more and more control over your lives…You want no worries? He’ll worry for you. Relax and don’t worry. The great leader and his curious crew will do for you all those things you find unpleasant to for yourselves. And all he asks if that you give him more and more power over your lives. More and more without end…Put all the…

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Disagree? No, You’re Just An Ignoramus.

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The Left’s totalitarian ideology doesn’t lend much credence to diversity of thought, viewpoint, or opinion. While leftists on college campuses are gunning for diversity of skin color and ethnicity, they decry opposing views as physically harmful. Both students and faculty retreat to the cocoon of so-called ‘safe spaces’ to shield themselves from the scourge of dissent. What’s more, those with minority opinions can’t just disagree with the Left. They clearly must be liars or deniers. From the lack of free speech on college campuses to the media condemning ‘fake news’, there is no room for opposition to the leftist narrative. Those who oppose gun-control are indicted as ignorant, bigoted, and bitter gun-clingers. Anyone who questions ‘progressive solutions’ to the ‘catastrophe’ of climate change is labeled a denier of science. Those who contest the morality of a social welfare state are called racist liars. In fact, any individual who dares object to the Left’s narratives is not simply incorrect. They don’t just disagree. They are purposely rejecting reality or maliciously…

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Another Court Falsely Cites a Constitutional Right To Abort Unborn Children

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The relationship the American court system has with the Constitution is hit or miss. Sometimes they do get things right, but often times, things go wrong. Unfortunately, the court often gets things wrong when America needs them the most. Consider the case of Korematsu v. United States, when an American citizen of Japanese descent was told he had no constitutional protections. Due to wartime hysteria, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had ordered all Americans of Japanese descent to be rounded up and placed in internment camps.

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Jack London: When Socialism Was Racist

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It is difficult to recall in our era of Bernie Saunders that once upon a time socialism was macho, even racist. Writer Jack London, born 140 years ago this week, typified what would today be condemned by leftists as “political incorrectness.” Economically, London would have been more palatable to today’s left. He championed workers’ rights, even their right to overthrow what he saw as corruption powered by representative government. Instead, he favored “people power,” in which the worker class, having overthrown representative government, abolished such things as child labor, class exploitation, and war for profits. London made these hopes known in his novel of class warfare, the dystopian Iron Heel (1908). Called by George Orwell the best prediction of fascism in political literature, this novel depicted the rise of an oligarchy composed of robber barons, who, threatened by the rise of socialism in Europe and a budding labor movement at home, take over the government. To ensure their power they reduce farmers down to serf level and destroy small…

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John Milius: Swashbuckling Conservative

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John Milius is less well known today than his contemporaries Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. He’s only noticed when conservatives require a public face for the NRA or need an example of how right-wingers are blacklisted in Hollywood (Milius hasn’t worked steady since the 1990s). But once upon a time Milius was the hottest screenwriter in 1970s Hollywood. He penned the first two Dirty Harry films (1971 and 1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Moreover, he has created phrases that are part of our cultural history, such as Dirty Harry’s “Do you feel lucky, punk?” and “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Called by Spielberg the “best storyteller” of his group, he has also been the go-to writer for many directors; when Spielberg was stymied on how to begin and end Saving Private Ryan, it was Milius who suggested the older Ryan visiting the grave of the soldier who saved him. In interviews, Milius comes off every bit as colorful…

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Trumbo Review

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In conjunction with the release of Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted screenwriter, Grand Central Publishing is re-releasing Bruce Cook’s 1977 biography of him. With this as the source material, it is understandable that the film was such a whitewash. Cook helpfully alerts the reader to his bias early on. He announces himself as an “advocate” for Trumbo. The set-up of the book, based on interviews from those who knew Trumbo, ranging from his wife to his comrades in the Party to such fellow travelers as Nation editor Cary McWilliams, is rigged for such advocacy. There are no opposite views from those such as Ronald Reagan who went head to head with Trumbo during the fight for communist control of a Hollywood Union in 1946; Reagan recalled Trumbo defending the Soviet constitution as more democratic than the American one. Cook tiptoes so much around Trumbo that the screenwriter has to bring up the question of his Communist membership. He accepts en masse Trumbo’s explanation for joining in 1943,…

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Philip K. Dick: Conservative?

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Science Fiction writer Philip K. Dick is suddenly fashionable again. I say suddenly because in the past his works have been a favorite source material for filmmakers. In 1982, his short story, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was the basis for the cult classic Blade Runner. At the turn of the century, Steven Spielberg adapted Minority Report (2003) into a film starring Tom Cruise. Both movies expressed a political theme; the world of Blade Runner was an environmentalist nightmare, with pollution literally clinging to citizens’ clothes. With Minority Report, Spielberg used the police unit tasked with jailing those who merely thought about committing a crime as a means to criticize then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s policy toward suspected terrorists. Last year, Amazon Prime adapted his Hugo-Award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle, an alternative history tale of the Nazis and Imperial Japan winning World War II and carving up America. It proved popular enough to warrant a second season, which will air on December 16. Despite this set-up…

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Libertarians And The Alt-Right: Brothers In Arms Toward Leftist Destruction

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Lately, there has been a great deal of petty bickering going on between libertarians and members of the alt-right. This turf war is being waged primarily through social media, and much of the time, it is centered around disputes on contentious issues such as multiculturalism and open borders. Instead of arguing about the specifics of these nuanced issues and further dividing the two factions, libertarians and members of the alt-right should find common cause against on their extremely dangerous, increasingly deranged, and virulently statist enemies of the political left. The Impact of the Alt-Right At the current moment, the alt-right is emboldened by their perceived success. Whether true or not, they have given themselves credit for memeing Donald Trump into the White House. Based on the media coverage of their exploits, it is hard to disagree with this assessment. Hillary Clinton read Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories and ridiculous headlines penned by Milo Yiannopoulos at live events during the height of campaign season. Her campaign actually released an online resource…

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Prominent Academic Systems Are Adopting Gender Neutrality

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For some growing up, education meant learning how to read, write, and make friends. You developed your math and art skills, built connections, and organized schedules. Fortunately, for some this still more or less describes their academic experience. However, an alarming trend has been emerging in recent years where the traditional problems of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood like learning arithmetic and taking standardized tests are being replaced with neo-Marxist demoralization tactics. Many university age students are now struggling to even identify their own gender.

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Grand Valley State University Sued For Discriminating Against Conservative Students

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a conservative student group at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) filed a federal lawsuit against the school last Wednesday after the students faced discrimination and threats of arrest from campus administrators. University officials told members of the Turning Point USA chapter at the school that they could not hand out pocket constitutions and talk to students about the First Amendment because the members were not standing in one of the university’s two Orwellian “free speech zones.” GVSU police and administrators told club founder Tim McKeeby and member Joe Tucker that they would be arrested for trespassing if they didn’t cease their pro-free speech activism. In one incident, campus police told the students “if you continue to stay here, then we’ll need to arrest you.”

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SPLC: Dallas Ambush, Orlando Shooting “Right Wing Terror”

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The highly politicized Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a list of “Terror From the Right” attacks. SPLC describes the list as a “detailed listing of major terrorist plots and racist rampages that have emerged from the American radical right.” Included on that list are Dallas police shooter Micah Xavier Johnson and Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Mateen, a security officer from Florida, opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. He killed fifty individuals, including himself, and left scores more injured. Rumored to be a gay former patron of Pulse, Mateen called 911 during the attack, making references to Allah and pledging allegiance to ISIS. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 and the most lethal mass-shooting in our history. Then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump responded to the attack by delivering a scathing speech, one of his best ever, in which he denounced radical Islam as “anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-American.” Indeed, many on the right shared in his harsh criticism of radical Islam’s…

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Crybaby Professors Call For End Of “Free Speech”

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College campuses are known to be bastions of leftist “thought”. The main backers of this ideology tend not to be students, but professors and faculty themselves. Even on campuses with fairly moderate or conservative student bodies, leftist professors routinely feel the need to publicly virtue signal to their equally far-left colleagues. There may be no better example of this than a recent letter signed by 25 professors at Washington State University that calls for the university to institute policies to combat that dangerous menace known as, in their words, “free speech”. The tear-stained letter begins: “We have witnessed an increase of exclusionary language based on race, citizenship status and religious affiliation in recent months; here on campus, with the erection of a wall and several other incidents on/off campus and in social media.” Is that so? If we’re truly living in such an awful, racist world, where is the documentation of these incidents? Surely, these professors would not be lying about fictitious incidents of hate – not even real…

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Joy Behar Is Free To Hate On Trump, So Why Can’t Women Hate Clinton?

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On Friday, “The View” host and comedian Joy Behar asked co-hosts why does she “have to be so nice” about President-elect Donald Trump. “If [Republicans] didn’t like Obama, it was about his politics,” she added. “[Trump] is about what he said,” and because of that, Joy vowed to be “the thorn in his side as long as I breathe.” So far, so good. After all, don’t we all take pride in the fact we can disagree (somewhat) freely in the United States? The problem is that as the marriage between special interests and state power players remains in place, outlets responsible for the dissemination of news and entertainment are also turning into platforms ripe for censorship. As major news organizations whose staffs are politically aligned with the left sell commentary as factual news, it’s increasingly difficult for many to voice their opinions against a particular candidate or even a policy without facing some backlash.

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Errol Flynn: Hollywood Dupe

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Today, those who have witnessed nearly 50 years of A-list stars such as Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Ed Asner, and Danny Glover fall head over heels for Communist dictators, pine for the patriotic 1930s and 40s, where movie stars like Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable found something worthwhile in America to take up arms for. Those who did join or fellow-travel with the American Communist Party were hardly A-list actors, but either B-level stars like Lloyd Bridges, Larry Parks or character ones such as Lionel Stander, Gayle Sondergard, and Howard De Silva. Even the Party’s greatest recruits, the screenwriters, only had one A-lister among them: the boringly Stalinoid Dalton Trumbo. Hence, those who truly were worthy to be in the top tier of Hollywood’s Golden Age were hardly the stuff of dupes. Save one. When Errol Flynn died in 1959, the image he left behind was that of the undisputed King of the Swashbuckler movies and the “king” of hedonistic living (coroners diagnosed the state of Flynn’s 50 year…

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A Procession Of Dinosaurs

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Greg Lake’s musical career began at the age of twelve when his mother bought him a guitar. The first song he wrote, “Lucky Man”, would turn out to be the most memorable track recorded by the progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The momentum of the progressive rock scene was cut short in the mid-seventies by the emergence of a musical reformation lead by stripped down groups like The Ramones, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols. The latter’s frontman, Johnny Rotten, labeled the decadence of ELP, and other similar bands like Pink Floyd, as “dinosaur” rock. To punks on both sides of the Atlantic, Lake’s indulgent style was a tedious, slow moving beast that had outlived its usefulness. Greg Lake died earlier this week, but rather than having gone extinct decades ago from the meteor that was British 70s punk, he left behind a legacy of musical innovation and lyrical insight that spans half a century. John Glenn, the first man to orbit the earth, paragon of virtue,…

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The Independence Of Richard Dreyfuss

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Richard Dreyfuss has long been regarded by the Hollywood Left as one of their own. But Dreyfuss is far too independent and has too strong a background in history to toe any party line. At times, he has emerged as a decided foe of political correctness. Certainly, his background was leftist. Born in Queens in 1947, Dreyfuss, a Jew, called himself “a red diaper baby.” His parents were leftists and his neighbors were Communists who fought against Franco and admired the Soviet Union. Although he eventually saw this admiration as “misguided,” he still called them “American patriots.” He also attributed such patriotism to the sixties anti-war movement he was a member of; and lauded them for being the last generation who questioned authority and upheld civic virtue. In the early 70s, he was a fervent lobbyist for the government to pardon draft dodges who fled to Canada (this was finally done under Jimmy Carter).

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The Curious Case Of America’s Waning Whites

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An “aging white population [is] speeding [up] diversity,” blared a headline on The Hill. Once again, a Fake News outlet has confused cause and effect, giving readers the impression that the two trends—whites dying-out and minorities thriving—are spontaneous and strictly parallel. The reverse is likely true. Corrected, The Hill headline should read: Could speeding up diversity contribute to a decline in the white population? We learn that “there are growing signs that the rate of change is increasing.” Well of course. America welcomes well over 1 million, mostly non-white, immigrants a year. If white lives mattered at all to the liberal establishment, an inquiry would ensue: Is it possibility that an enormous influx of legal and illegal migrants over decades is playing a role in the decline of America’s founding population? (A similar, sad fate was visited on their predecessors, the Amerindians.)

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The Individualist Nature Of Anne Sexton’s ‘Live Or Die’

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Traditionally, the word individualism was associated with a philosophy that contends that individuals are free, therefore granted with the ability to choose their goals and the path they shall take to meet these goals. Man, by nature, is one. Being coerced into acting according to what a group of men see as a fitting goal goes against the traditional notion of individualism. Social norms under these circumstances are mere suggestions as the individual, and only he is the owner of his destiny. But because men act with their goals in mind, they often discover that living in society while pursuing one’s own goals means cooperating with other individuals who are also pursuing their own agendas. In societies where individualism is king, individuals are more likely to cooperate freely and peacefully, often refusing the coercive hand of a power figure. Over time, the idea of individualism became infamous, as the capitalism versus communism battle put the ideas of individualism in direct opposition to collectivism. With the demonization and government-sponsored crackdown…

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Less Snowflakes, More Grit

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For the past several decades, within the dreary halls of every unionized public school in this country, a great fiction about our nation’s history has been spoonfed to the minds of the young and impressionable. They are programmed through a rigorous Prussian style system of repetition and regurgitation,  that what built this great country was not the ingenuity and ambition of great masters of industry and entrepreneurship, but rather a combination of some short lived and irrelevant union called “The Knights of Labor” and various federal government pork projects. The great American rag to riches histories of self-made men and business titans such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, are belittled as nothing more than grand thieving robber barons who had to be put down and squashed by heroic Washington bureaucrats. This juvenile folklore passing as historical fact would be almost laughable if not for how widespread the acceptance of this myth has become. The state school system fails in most regards, but it has quite…

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Not a Sanctuary From Lies

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Colleges have become notorious for being the “thought police” when it comes to different (usually conservative) opinions on their campuses. Safe spaces, post-election accommodations like getting to pet puppies and play with Play-Doh, and even organized walkouts and protests are just some examples of how schools are enabling this behavior. Additionally, many students (a majority of which most likely participated in those previously mentioned activities) on these campuses have called for their university to become a “sanctuary campus.” What students mean when they say they want a “sanctuary campus” is that they want their institution to operate similarly to that of a “sanctuary city.” This means that students do not want to allow the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) onto campus without a warrant or allow the school to share immigration status information with them, along with not allowing police to enforce immigration law. On top of this, there are even demands for providing special financial aid to students with DACA status. Washington State University in Pullman has been no…

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