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Welcome to the 3rd World

I have given further thought to this topic, first explored here.  I will first offer a few points from the earlier post: Codevilla: We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Zman: If what it takes […]

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The Fallacy of Limited Government

On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel The Fallacy of Limited Government De Jouvenel concludes his examination on Power with a look at the liberal case for limited government.  He holds an imaginary conversation with his liberal counterpart, Émile Faguet: The state, you tell us, has a normal sphere of competence.  […]

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A Civil War

…I was asked by a friend, in reference to this piece at the Zman blog. Before I offer my reply, a couple of lines from the Zman blog post; the basic idea is that the only way to clean house is for Trump to play the strongman: For the last three decades, probably longer, the […]

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Trump, Libertarians, and Trade

Introduction From my post on the positive aspects of Trump for those who favor libertarianism and decentralization – certainly when compared with the alternatives – I offer one of the several positive items: He questions trade deals.  I understand the dilemma that this presents for libertarians and free market types, but we can’t have it […]

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The Pathetic New York Times

What else can you call it? One more time, on the “bromance” between Trump and Putin…. Moral Equivalence? “You got a lot of killers,” Mr. Trump told Bill O’Reilly of the slavishly pro-Trump Fox News. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” The editors at the Times take exception to this: …rather than endorsing American […]

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The Aristocratic Roots of Liberty

Corruption, lust and greed Define the new nobility Changing the course of history –        The Astonishing, Dream Theater* . From his book, On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel describes the aristocratic roots of liberty; such roots were ultimately subsumed by a new nobility – one designed to steal liberty away. […]

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Absolute Monarchy Without a King

The work of the Revolution was the restoration of absolute monarchy. So writes Bertrand de Jouvenel in his book On Power: The Natural History of its Growth.  He is writing of the French Revolution.  While it took somewhat longer for the effects to become visible, the words could just as easily apply to the American […]

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Libertarians and the Election

In the aftermath of this US presidential campaign season, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on this topic of libertarians and this election.  In many ways, I feel a review of this is premature – in the case of Trump, it would be nice to give him some time in office […]

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Governance, Kin, and Romans 13

The typical understanding of the bible’s teaching on civil government is that it is a special office directly ordained by God wherein a subset of humanity is given authority to wield the sword in a way that the rest of humanity may not…. I am not yet convinced this understanding is biblical. Everyone who holds […]

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Germany Blames Refugees on US Wars

Decentralization, pushback against the empire, questioning the narrative; Trump is unleashing it all. In today’s edition: Germany hits back at Trump criticism of refugee policy and BMW tariff threat I don’t care so much about the BMW tariff threat; this isn’t a post on economics.  I enjoyed the reasons for the criticism of Trump’s criticism […]

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Everything Will Be Laid Bare

Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. It seems God is deciding to share…. We are really living in those “interesting times” that the Chinese, apparently, never warned us about.  Instead, it may have […]

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The Father of Cultural Marxism

Angelo M. Codevilla has written a brilliant piece, The Rise of Political Correctness.  For a few days I have been thinking about how to summarize it and add something to it.  I have read it several times and decided I cannot – I cannot summarize it; I cannot add something to it.  If the subject […]

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The Dialogue in the Kremlin

Not that I have an inside source or anything… Imagine the conversation in the Kremlin. Certainly, they have their hawks and doves.  Let’s call them the “war party” and the “hopeful diplomats.” War Party: “NATO has been moving ever closer to the motherland.  First Yugoslavia, then the Baltics, then Georgia, now Ukraine.” Hopeful Diplomats: “We […]

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Leftists Endorse Slavery?

A few morsels…. Blue is the New Red It really is funny to see blue states turning all pro-slavery all of a sudden.  Don’t believe me?  California just hired Eric Holder for various expected legal battles with Trump. Mr. de León [Democratic leader of the Senate] said he expected California to challenge Washington — and […]

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Culture and Liberty

One more time…. A common culture – and a culture beyond merely the NAP – is necessary if we are ever to move closer to a libertarian society. On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel. Let’s see what de Jouvenel says about this. Each man with a given position in a […]

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Are You a Real Libertarian?

Comments from two recent posts have me thinking…. From my post on the lack-of-real-discussion-or-presentation-about-Freedom Fest, from a thread begun by Michael Petrovich January 1, 2017 at 10:06 AM: there was some pushback about the number of speakers at this festival that are actually libertarian (I say the ratio of libertarians to something not-really-libertarian is rather […]

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A Hideously Immoral Phenomenon

On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel. The spectacle presented by modern society is that of an immense state apparatus – a veritable complex of moral and material controls by which individual actions are conditioned and around which private lives take shape. This is the way de Jouvenel describes our existence […]

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National Socialism Bad

George Soros is at it again.  Don’t blame him for the calamities facing the various countries of the west.  It is all Germany’s fault; it is also all Putin’s fault.  It has nothing to do with crony capitalism and central banking; it has nothing to do with his open borders / refugee / immigration initiatives.  […]

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Mark Your Calendar

The Fall of the Western Roman Empire (also called Fall of the Roman Empire or Fall of Rome) was the process of decline in the Western Roman Empire in which it failed to enforce its rule, and its vast territory was divided into several successor polities. By 476 when Odoacer deposed the Emperor Romulus, the […]

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The Other Assassination

It is well known, the bullet that killed crown prince Franz Ferdinand of Austria.  There is a second, equally important bullet that drove – or in this case, kept clear – Europe’s drive toward suicidal war. The Lost History of 1914: How the Great War Was Not Inevitable, by Jack Beatty. The bullet was fired […]

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