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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…

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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…

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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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Warren Commission Revisited

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Historians have argued that an event should be studied fifty years after the fact. Only then can it be looked at objectively, as all the evidence should have come in, and those with an axe to grind have died off. At fifty-two years, the Warren Commission looms less large today than it did in 1964. Much of this has to do with Sept. 11th supplanting the Kennedy assassination as the event that provokes among the populace the question “where were you when.” Those who have attacked the Warren Commission back when it was noticed have split into two camps. Both…

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The Arms Industry War On America

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Recently, the film Man Down premiered in theaters across the United States. The film showcases the negative effects that war has both on the people who serve in them and their families back home. The film has the viewer immersed in the story, and I couldn’t help but leave the film thinking about the problems resulting from American militarism. How is it that we have 200,000 veterans who are homeless? Why do we have one in five veterans ending up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? And why are 20 veterans committing suicide a day?   This depressing state of affairs has…

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Term Limits, The Trojan Horse For Conservatives

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Conservatives and liberals are locked in a prolonged battle for the heart and soul of this country. Conservatives are like the city of Troy, while liberals are akin to the invading army. Just as the citizens of Troy had a defensible wall that enabled them to survive, so likewise, America has a wall that has protected it from major governmental transformation. We call that wall the Constitution. For years, liberals have been fighting to expand the scope of Government. Liberals will not be content until the United States is a socialistic democracy. Conservatives are tired of the constant attacks. They…

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Did Russia Really Meddle In The U.S. Presidential Elections?

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Before the presidential election finally happened, there were a lot of allegations of Russian interference with our internal politics. With each drop of leaks coming from Julian Assange and Wikileaks, the claims grew louder. Did Russia actually meddle with the presidential elections here in the United States? Any country, let alone Russia, would stand to gain a great deal from having a favorable politician in the White House. Foreign policy here in the United States has long been in opposition to Russia and even after the Cold War, many within the government refuse to let go of past grievances. Someone…

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Trump’s America: Generals And Businessmen In, Lawyers And Bureaucrats Out.

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In the 19th century, Scottish philosopher and historian, Thomas Carlyle, developed a theory of historiography which he coined as “The Great Man Theory.” This theory postulated that the process of historical examination is akin to a series of chronological biographies of these so called ‘Great Men.’ These great generals, artists, philosophers, theologians, and entrepreneurs were the ones who truly had decisive impacts on society, rather than the other way around. Caesar, Muhammad, Shakespeare, Luther, Napoleon, and Ford were not products of their time but the producers themselves. Now while this theory has largely fallen out of fashion within academic circles,…

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Grenada Revisted

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In the film Heartbreak Ridge (1985), Clint Eastwood’s grizzled Marine, a bloodied veteran of Korea and Vietnam, laments that the America’s scorecard has the former a “tie,” the latter “a loss.” He is determined to make the next one a “victory.” And he is soon provided the opportunity to fulfill this promise when his unit goes into Grenada and liberates the captive Americans there. Conservatives at the time celebrated the invasion, carried out thirty-three years ago this week, but eschewed any views that a victory was the rationale. But this was the standard liberal line. A good example was the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sell Outs

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Seventy one years ago, FDR bequeathed to presidency-hungry Republicans a campaign issue, courtesy of the Yalta conference. The conservative argument about this wartime meeting ranged from FDR being sick and taken advantage of by a robust, manipulative Stalin; or that FDR’s secession of Eastern Europe to the Soviet dictator was further proof of the president’s pro-communist sympathies. Liberals in the bourgeoning Cold War countered that there was little the Americans could do about Eastern Europe short of a war with the largest land army on earth. They also stated that it was the Russians who did not live up to…

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William Colby: “Liberal” CIA Director

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Since the 1974-75 Church Committee investigations into CIA illegality. the image of the Agency has wavered between inept bunglers or hyper-secretive fanatics operating as a shadow government. (Usually these perceptions are divisible by age. The former is attributed to the young who chastised the Agency for not preventing 9-11; the latter, composed of the 60s’ Left who blame the CIA for everything from the Kennedy assassination to the crisis in the Ukraine). Certainly there is some credence in both. The Agency’s assassination tools to kill Castro–exploding cigars, beard-destroying drugs, toxic wet suits–were the last word in musical comedy. At times,…

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Orwell And Hitler

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Throughout his life, George Orwell was labeled a fascist by the Communist Left. Reviewing 1984, Harry Politt, head of the British Communist Party, characterized Winston Smith as a Nazi, based on his willingness when asked by O’Brian, who was masquerading as a rebel against Big Brother, if he would murder a child for the revolution. Today, leftist critics have continued this accusation. Of particular importance to their indictment was Orwell”s “list,” which he gathered during the war privately as to who he believed would act as a quisling should the Soviets invade Great Britain. In 1949, he turned said list…

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Loving Stalin

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Next month, many in the former Soviet Union will follow a recent tradition of lauding Josef Stalin on his birthday–Dec. 18, 1878. Three years ago, the statue of the dictator was dismantled by the Russian government, an action supported by the current Georgian government. Now the Russian government has rebuilt the statue. Past celebrators of Stalin have indicated their lingering love of the dictator.. Georgian resident Phatima Patishvili said, ‘I came here because I love Stalin and I love my people. I remember when I was 12 how my grandmother was weeping when Stalin died.’” Stalin was also celebrated in…

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Dasheill Hammtt And The Long View Of History

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In a scene the Left loves to replay as one of its heroic and clarifying moments, witness Dashiell Hammett replied to interrogator Joe McCarthy’s question over the matter of whether banning communist authors from overseas military libraries would be an effective way to fight communism: “If I were fighting communism, I wouldn’t allow people to read at all.” It’s easy to see why the Left drags this comment out in any retrospective remembrance of the witch hunt days. Implicit in Hammett’s comment is the notion that unpoliced reading leads inexorably to communist–read progressive–sympathies. One wonders if Hammett was being autobiographical…

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Hollywood Anticommunists During The Golden Age

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Once upon a time, Hollywood conservatives did not hide in the closet, recoiling at pro-Communist influence in Hollywood but keeping their criticisms private. Instead they organized and publicly proclaimed their allegiance to the Constitution. Their organization was called The Motion Picture Alliance for The Preservation of American Ideals, founded seventy years ago. The tide was against them, and was as formidable as the one today that drives conservatives underground. 1943 was the high tide of communist influence in Hollywood owing to the Soviet Union being an ally of the United States against Hitler. Films glorifying the Stalin regime such as…

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Charlie Chaplin The Peace Monger

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Charlie Chaplin is unique among Hollywood legends for being awarded both an honorary Oscar and the Communist International Peace Prize. The first award was given to him for being a pioneer of motion pictures, but he is no less the pioneer in his politics. His support for communist dictators while preaching free speech and tolerance was a forerunner of Left Coast Hollywood today. In his lifetime he repeatedly denied being a communist, stating that he was too wealthy to ever want to be one. Instead he labeled himself “a peace-monger” and supporter of individual rights. Whatever sympathies he had for…

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“Demanding a Recount” William F. Buckley’s 1965 Campaign For Mayor Of New York

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In the film Annie Hall, Woody Allen, a New York –actually Upper West Side–lover if there ever was one, complained of how the image of New York to the rest of the country was that of a “homosexual, left wing, communist” city. He followed up with, “even I live here and I sometimes think that.” And homosexuality aside, the far Left did dominate the city. When I lived there, I noticed that the political spectrum veered so far to the Left that my professors considered uber-Democrat and New Deal champion Arthur Schlesinger to be a “conservative.” To argue that these…

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Gun Control: A Class Element

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George Orwell once wrote that the more complex the weapon for the working classes, the less power the State has over the individual. Orwell personally knew this. As a Loyalist soldier he saw that the working classes obtaining weapons during the early days of the Spanish Civil War was what repelled Franco’s attempted coup by three years. When Stalin wanted to stamp out his fabled Trotskyites in Spain and assume complete control over the Loyalists, he had the secret police confiscate weapons. Even a cursory look at the history of gun control shows that there is class — even at…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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