The Cultural Purge Will Not Be Televised

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Via Mark Jeftovic of,

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”

– Edward Bernays, Public Relations

I’ve been trying not to write this post, because really, who needs a bunch of shrill, hysterical snowflakes calling you a racist nazi for committing the egregious sin of pointing out the many contradictions in the #deleteshopify boycott and the wider witch hunt mentality that pervades social discourse these days?

The main factor holding me back is not cynicism but actually fear. For the first time in my life I’m afraid to speak my mind. The possible ramifications of exercising my inalienable right to free speech frighten the crap out of me. So much so that I really don’t want to do it. I’ve become known as the type of person who speaks candidly and frankly about some tough issues and I’ve never had a problem doing that in the past. I’ve gone up against some pretty intimidating forces such as the City of London IPCU and the US FDA, but I’ve never been as scared as I am now to speak out.  For that reason I’m just going to have to suck it up and do it.

There is a cultural purge in progress.

It is directed against not only those who are perceived as “pro-Trump” (which as a card carrying Libertarian I am not. I think that he’s no friend to free speech, privacy or the internet), but targeting even those who are not “anti-Trump enough”.

This cultural purge has a two-pronged approach, from one side, from elements within the corridors of power (or those recently ejected from it) who have successfully floated the concept that free speech is not inviolable and that it would be a good thing for “truth” to be curated by “somebody” who knows better:

“We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to… There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world…That is hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible,”

— Barack Obama in speech at Frontiers Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 13, 2016 (emphasis added)

The other half comes from the trenches, comprised of manic flashmobs directing enmity against, literally, anything remotely connected to those deemed responsible for the greatest political upset of our time.

The mainstream media, outlets like Washington Post and the New York Times, among others, are complicit, providing the glue or the lubricant between this pincer movement and its chilling effects. The combination gels into an echo chamber drowning out all rationality and renders differing philosophies and legitimate dissent as blasphemous.

Let me explain my choice of title for this post and how it captures what I see going on here:

This post title is obviously a riff on Gil Scott-Heron’s song ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, and the backstory behind this song is quite instructive to times like these:

Gil Scott-Heron saw first hand how altruistically motivated social activism can turn ugly when a campus protest action he initiated went horribly overboard. After the death of one of Gil-Heron’s schoolmates, he started a grass roots movement with the goal of improving the medial conditions on his campus, including making the college infirmary operate 24×7, something he felt would have saved his friend’s life.

The laudable aim of improving conditions on campus with the possibility of saving future lives derailed into a menacing fracas. A mob congregated on the front lawn of the infirmary’s doctor’s home where they proceeded to burn him in effigy:

“The protest grew angry, culminating with some students hanging the doctor in effigy from a tree in his front yard and setting it on fire. The doctor came out of his house and swore that he wasn’t responsible for the deaths. As he proclaimed his innocence, he had tears in his eyes.


When Gil arrived at the protest, he stood between the students and the doctor, looking at the doctor’s children staring out the window in fear. ‘A cold flash scampered across the back of my neck, ‘ wrote Gil later to describe his sudden fear that events could spiral out of control into violence, a fear which was allayed only when the students went back to their dorms.


The realization that radical action sometimes leads to unintended consequences and violent overreactions haunted Gil, and that image of a distraught Dr. Davies lingered in his mind for months to come. The experience reinforced Gil’s instinct to avoid violence and militant action in the struggle for social change.”

One should easily concede that today there are many reasons to petition for change. Our governments still have us all under wholesale surveillance, we are still involved in numerous unsanctioned wars, continue to provoke toward new ones, and the government continues to methodically destroy the economy via financial repression.

But we should all take Gil Scott-Heron’s lesson to heart and try to keep in mind that we are all human beings. We all have rights, we should all be secure in our ability to speak and associate freely.

But that isn’t what’s happening.

Today, the mainstream media, rather than objectively and rationally report on facts, are instead complicit in a sustained, wide-ranging campaign of demonization of “all things non-Democrat”. There is blanket categorical denial of any valid basis for why the citizenry worldwide are rejecting what they increasingly see as an “Establishment Elite” agenda.

Greece, Brexit, Trump and quite possibly soon, Marine Le Pen in France are all continuations of a theme. These events are referendums unto themselves and those “Global Elites” are on a losing streak. Instead of trying to understand the basis of these rejections (that the populace are sick and tired of having a two-tiered society in which their civil rights are eroded and they get saddled with all the debt, while the elites get to operate under a different set of rules and gobble up all the assets); they have mounted a concerted campaign of outright propaganda and mind-numbingly nonsensical narratives to dismiss away these acts of “defiance”.

As’s Brandon Smith commentary  observes:

“One of the most favored propaganda tactics of establishment elites and [those] they employ … is to relabel or redefine an opponent before they can solidly define themselves. In other words, elites [and their media] will seek to “brand” you (just as corporations use branding) in the minds of the masses so that they can take away your ability to define yourself as anything else.” (emphasis added)

And this is exactly what’s happening. For example, when you say “Breitbart”, your average person is so inculcated from the repetition of the words “white supremacist”, “racist”, and “ nazi” that people just assume that’s what it is. From there people think that it’s ok to #boycottshopify simply for supplying basic online ecommerce services to them (where does it stop? Btw, Breitbart derives 100% of it’s revenues from the internet, perhaps everybody in a twist about it should do us all a favour and boycott that too).

Is Breitbart really white supremacist, racist nazi hate site? Actually, no it isn’t. Most people think it is however, because they’ve been conditioned to believe it, and they’ve never actually gone there to see for themselves.

How do I know that Breitbart isn’t really the white supremacist, neo-nazi hate-site that we are incessantly brainwashed  to believe it is? Well for one thing, I’ve seen the real deal. They look like this:

This place is called “Shitskin Plantation”. They wound up on easyDNS (my company’s system ) for about a week by the time we kicked them. The fact that we did eject a real honest to god racist, neo-nazi hate site doesn’t bolster the #boycottshopify movement for three reasons:

#1) Shitskin is clearly racist and contains actual language condoning violence toward an identifiable group. It was right there for anybody to see. Here in Canada such material is codified into law as “hate speech” under the Criminal Code.


#2) We chose. We assessed our AUP, found them in violation and kicked them. Specifically we found them in violation of “the Non-Aggression Principle” in our plain english Terms of Service. The NAP has grey areas and subjective rabbit holes. Libertarians debate it relentlessly. But the important thing is that nobody else forced us to do it in the absence of due process. We made our own determination, and that’s important. Sacrosanct, in fact.


And #3) Breitbart is an ultra-conservative, hard-right political opinion site. That’s all. They seem also have a penchant for inflammatory, click-bait headlines (who doesn’t these days?) You may not like it, I may not like it, but they absolutely have the right to be online and to publish.

That anybody who has even the most tenuous affiliation with them is fair game for having their rights curtailed, their livelihood sanctioned or sabotaged is indefensible. The only legitimate mechanism for these people to suffer in their fortunes is through the failure of their ideas in the marketplace of thought. By being rejected, not through being repressed (see below).

It is entirely reasonable for Shopify, or  any other vendor to keep supplying services to Breitbart (at present they have no services with easyDNS)

It is also reasonable for any of those vendors to choose not to supply services to them of their own volition (you can’t have it both ways folks, you can’t force Shopify to dump Breitbart and simultaneously force some Bible-thumping redneck to bake a cake for a gay wedding).

What isn’t reasonable is to coerce or compel anybody else to take any action they would not themselves take under their own judgement. It’s truly frightening that there is a growing sentiment that this is acceptable behaviour.

Do you really want to live in a world where people sever business and personal relationships because a literal flash mob demands it? Where mobs get to pick and choose who you are allowed to associate with?

Shopify has over 300,000 customers. You honestly expect them to sort through those and kick out the ones that you think are morally objectionable?

In 2010, when easyDNS was itself embroiled in the Wikileaks debacle I was absolutely appalled when ranking politicians applauded the vendors for severing ties with them. Senator Lieberman congratulated Amazon and Paypal by name for “breaking their contracts”, he literally used those words. A ranking politician applauding behaviour that should rightly get you sued. The public backlash then was huge and pro-Wikileaks. In our own small way, we stood up for Wikileaks then, we maintain a congruent position now. I applaud Shopify for standing firm and refusing to sever their ties for the same reason.

The “Right Side” of History

Whenever I hear a lot of activists whining about the current situation I frequently hear references to being “on the right side of history”. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of that. Actually that’s a nonsensical statement since history is amoral, or as Winston Churchill famously observed, “One damned thing after another”.

However there is one rule of thumb I’ve formulated over the years which I think can keep one onside of the grand currents sweeping through time and society and helped me understand my sympathy with Libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism. That is to know the fine line between rejecting an idea that one finds immoral, unethical, obsolete or otherwise objectionable and repressing it.

Morality is largely subjective. Very few people act in a way they themselves consider immoral. Almost everybody thinks that whatever they’re doing, they’re on the side of the angels. The tiny sliver of participants who are fully cognizant of their own immoral action and proceed anyway are criminals and sociopaths (the majority of them gravitate into politics).

When enough people’s ethical compasses align you get a cultural or societal norm. One of the cultural norms that we fought hard for over the ages was that people have a right to free speech and free association. You can disagree with what I have to say but respect my right to say it.

These rights were so hard won that they were codified into universal laws and into the very Constitutions that govern most civilized nations. I believe one of the more well-known words for it was “inalienable”.

Until now. Now people are putting conditions around “free speech” and “free association”.

The idea that free speech has its limits somewhere around the point where it hurts somebody’s feelings is beyond idiotic and dangerous.

Tweet of person exercising her free speech to encourage economic harm to others…

The world is not one big foam insulated, bubble wrapped safe space. This may come as a shock to you but there is a widespread sentiment, a backlash dare I say, against the idea that a Saviour State should watch over everything and smooth out all the world’s sharp edges.


Boycotts usually backfire.

Back in the mid-90’s, Bob Rae was the Premiere of Ontario and I was in a failed metal band out of London, Ontario. Mr. Rae wrote a nice song about multiculturalism called “Same Boat Now” and submitted it to various record labels who promptly rejected it and told him not to quit his day job. My band recorded a power-pop version of his song and released it on 7” vinyl. Our label  put an open letter to Mr. Rae on the back sleeve that was highly critical of his socialist political platform (albeit quite tame by today’s standards). I was mortified, fearing a media backlash but felt trapped. I called Jack Richardson, my former college prof from Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program and widely credited with having single-handedly created the Canadian music industry and asked his advice.

Before I finished relaying the details he was laughing. “Mark”, he said, “The only thing that truly matters is that they spell ‘Landslide’ right. That’s it”.

This has been bourne out countless times since that event. I could list them here but the point is, boycotts usually invoke The Streisand Effect and actually bolster the target of the boycott. We can cite a couple brief examples:

  • During the Bob Parsons era of Godaddy, when he shot the elephant, or when he aired some super-sexist Super Bowl commercial, Godaddy numbers, in terms of net-new domains-in or registered usually  went up not down, in the face of consumer outrage and boycotts.

  • Wikileaks, again – when we did help their mirror sites get back online there was a counter-reaction against that. Every once in awhile I check the emails from the customers who sent me extremely hostile emails telling me they were leaving, and almost all of them remained (and some still do) customers to this day.

  • Shopify itself, who is publicly traded, has been on a tear in share price for most of the year, and it’s continued unabated since  #deleteShopify began.

So what can you do?

You can only govern yourself. Your only recourse is whether to associate or disassociate with somebody. Yes, you are perfectly within your rights to #boycottshopify but as I’ve outlined, you’re being naive doing so and will likely have the exact opposite effect if you’re enough of a loudmouth about it .

But if this Cultural Purge proceeds we will actually, for real, lose what used to be inalienable rights. Our right to free speech, our right to free association and our rights to our own minds. If something you say is considered “hurtful” (which will more closely resemble dissent or criticism of the Official Narrative than anything else) you will be sanctioned. You will tow the line or you will be penalized – contracts severed, vendors disassociate themselves, boycotts ensue. Whatever you do, just don’t say or think the wrong thing, because not going along with the crowd will make you a pariah.

If you want to prevent that:

1) you have the duty to look at the issue first hand and decide for yourself if it has any merit. Don’t ever come to me and tell me “XYZ is white supremacist, neo-nazi hate speech” unless you can show me an article that has the hate speech in it. Show me the white supremacist rhetoric. If you tell me you believe it simply because that’s what Wapo told you then you are a fool. You are Wapo’s useful idiot. A Wapobot.

2) you have to be prepared to call b/s whenever some whining snowflake demands safety from any contrary opinion, whenever some pundit robotically repeats the “white supremacist, hate speech, homophobe, Russian hackers” mantra, and whenever you’re asked to jump on some witchunt bandwagon against someone who dares to dispute the Official Narrative.

3) you have to be able to take the heat. Guess what? You’ll be next. Speak out against this nonsense and you’ll be subjected to hysterionics, character assassination, guilt by the most tenuous of associations, distortions of fact and a co-ordinated piling on by mobs of unquestioning ideological berserkers.

  • You’ll be Peter Thiel (there was a popular outcry to remove him from Facebook’s board, why? Because he endorsed Trump.)

  • You’ll be Scott Adams (his crime? Correctly predicting that Trump was going to win)

  • You’ll be Ivanka Trump (facing a co-ordinated attack on her livelihood for her transgression of being born a Trump).

That is a cultural purge.

Hell, I’m probably next just for writing this piece. So be it. My credibility as a non-racist, free-speech Libertarian are unassailable and am categorically unaffiliated with Russian intelligence. My duty is to speak out precisely because it is becoming more dangerous to speak out.

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. — Unknown

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Billy the Poet's picture

The perverts are prowling the girls room again:

Pine-Richland transgender students can use bathroom of choice, federal judge rules

jeff montanye's picture

imo the greater commercial effect is likely to be via companies like budweiser, starbucks and google that insult trump.  get this, i asked google for a list and see what i got:

it's like comparing most dangerous jewish organizations

with most dangerous white organizations

google is so instructive.

Bumpo's picture

Next Left Wing Hate Mob, rip off their masks and take their pictures. If they start pushing and fighting, punch back. Chant 'Racist Niggers, Homophobic Faggots, Illegal is not a Race, and You make no Sense"

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bumpo Feb 28, 2017 7:39 AM

This made me sick and stopped reading when I heard him talk about hate speech in Canada which has totally turned itself over to the Jew.

There is one reason for these hate speech laws and it is to protect the Jew.

Yeah they may use blacks or Muslims to do it, but the end result is they don't want you saying that the Jew is running your country into the freaking ground. They have successfully via political puppets and the media turned all races against their real enemy, whites.

Amendment X's picture

Nice work. This link (derived from your search) in particular expresses the root cause of most problems. Thank you for saving me the time!

junction's picture

The cultural purge has succeeded, this article is way too look for me.  At this point, I think geo-engineering is an alien plot to turn our green earth into a hellhole fit only for the alien masters who control our quisling politicians.  Now on to the next article, this one bores me.

Billy the Poet's picture

But where will the little fellows sleep?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I just say bravo to the brilliant bankers/oligarchs/MIC/zionists who gave us Trump v. Hillary, Obama v. Romney, Obama v. McCain, Bush v. Gore, etc.  Bernays and Sun Tzu have nothin' on these guys.

Who knows.  Maybe they will be the first to build a truly global empire as all others of their ilk have dreamed since the dawn of civilization.

markpower49's picture

I stopped reading when this turd Jeftovic starting criticizing Trump. Never trust a Slav.

CRM114's picture

The problem is that the penalties are not limited to the ones you list. You could lose you job, and indeed your entire career. And it's quite possible that you could be tried and found guilty of hate speech and jailed if you live in certain parts of the country. There is no longer any justice. The politicians have been playing pick-and-choose with the laws they interpret and/or ignore for quite a while now.

Which means speaking out is not necessarily an option.

conraddobler's picture

In any movement designed to fleece the people there are always useful idiots.

Libtards are useful idiots for the Bolsheviks.

------------are useful idiots for the Maguh crowd.

The common theme is idiots fuckin everywhere time to go dark.

Buh bye.

rrrr's picture

This quote, “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” is from George Orwell.

umdesch4's picture

Actually, no. I spent an entire evening of research on this a few weeks ago, and the only thing anyone knows for sure is that George Orwell never said or wrote this. Here's the best consolidated piece of writing on the subject I found:

Joyo Bliss's picture

Thanks - that was an odd read.

Geogio Venturini said it. And he attributed it to Orwell. How noble of him.

conraddobler's picture

In any movement designed to fleece the people there are always useful idiots.

Libtards are useful idiots for the Bolsheviks.

------------are useful idiots for the Maguh crowd.

The common theme is idiots fuckin everywhere time to go dark.

Buh bye.

MuffDiver69's picture

Hell, I'm probably next for just writing this." Yep....sums it up...I would love to blow these issues off, but thirty minutes clicking around a dozen MSM shows/papers and it's unrelenting...The dangerous aspect will be the reaction from the right(me) from this leftist gives way to many people with the means, to say fuck it and do some serious damage...Its the right that has kept the lid on this society...."They drew first blood, not me." -John Rambo

Aristofani's picture

"It's freedom of speech - as long as you don't say too much" - from song by The Neville Brothers - Sons and Daughters

quax's picture

"The idea that free speech has its limits somewhere around the point where it hurts somebody’s feelings is beyond idiotic and dangerous"

Could not agree more, I really enjoy hurting the feelings of all the Trumpkins here.

Every step along the way of their painful realization that they fell for a con man.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Hilarious that you have such an inflated sense of yourself.  Your lame trolling doesn't hurt anyone's feelings.

quax's picture

I'll take this as encouragement to try harder :-)

stubb's picture

So where does that leave you? 

bh2's picture

You are likely overestimating your impact. A common error of leftists. :)

Is-Be's picture

When I point out that the Alien Semitic Death Cult of Christianity was offered to us a mere 1300 years agp on the end of a sward by Charlemagne the Butcher at Irumsul I get stunned silence.

There is little substantial difference between all three of these Desert cults. To chose between them is to choose between Gonorreha or syphilus.

That they are allowed free reign and have not been destroyed like the Bushido code of Japan is a mark of our abject domestication.

The Arabs are right to rail against the crusades and the Europeans against the Jihads and both against the machinations of the Jews. The Jewish beef against the other two? Of cause!

Your choices are not between the monotheistic god of Akhenaten or atheism. We have a very rich pallet of peaceful religions. Who is afraid of the Jainists or Zoroastrianism?

Not I.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Is-Be Feb 27, 2017 11:56 PM

I think you are largely correct. You can tell by the arguments. "There is nothing wrong with Christianity, it is the people who are failing the Church" - is the basic skeleton of the argument.

When the correct argument would be that: The evidence of its failure is that people are unable to be true to it.

The deviousness of Christianity is that the core dogma states that it can never be judged by its success.

If Europeans were compatible with Christianity, they would have invented it themselves.

bshirley1968's picture

Yeah?  Really?

Why don't you state the "core dogma".  You are an educated idiot.

Is-Be's picture

Yeah  Really.

You won't touch the core substance of my argument.

Why bother with any bodies self acclaimed "dogma" when I can see the results of their actions.

In the case of Christianity they promised peace and brotherly love. During the first world war they were on a strong position to deliver They were the endemic religion of Europe. Unrivaled in power.

They blew the contract . I wouldn't trust them again with a choir boy. Their oaths are as hollow as that of Charlemagne.



IntTheLight's picture

Core dogma? Turn the other cheek. Love one another. Forgive even when the guy who murdered your pregnant wife laughs at court. I'm referring to a crazy pastor in Indiana who forgave his wife's murderers. They had no regrets however.

IntTheLight's picture

I agree. And what has the European adoption of a Judaic religion wrought? The destruction of white people. And mudsharks. Renegade Tribune has interesting insights into this phenomena. Hasn't benefited the Arabs either. Islam is poison for them.

I Am Me's picture

What do you mean by "The deviousness of Christianity is that the core dogma states that it can never be judged by its success."

I've been compiling a list of religious tricks and would like to know more about this one. Thanks.

bshirley1968's picture

Your ignorance is pretty thick.  You make vague, blanketed, unsupported statements about which you are obviously clueless.

"There is little substantial difference between all three of these Desert cults. To chose between them is to choose between Gonorreha or syphilus."

That statement alone reveals your acute level of ignorance on the subject.  

messystateofaffairs's picture

There are many differences as well as similarities. You need Jesus in your life son.

Is-Be's picture

Jesus said " Seek and do not stop looking until you find

When you find you will be perplexed. When perplexed astounded and rule over all"

Which gospel " son".?

You haven't got Jesus I'm your life. You've got one of the three Death Cults.

oldschool's picture

You don't know what you're talking about.  Literally.  You have not yet found what Jesus promised, so you are unqualified to discourse on it.  

Keep seeking.  If you haven't found it yet, all that means is that your're not done seeking, not that what He promised doesn't exist.

Fourth Horseman's picture

This is all a full on push for communism. Stop it now...

You saw what happened to Tsarist Russia at the hands of the communist kike bolsheviks.

It is happening here 100 years later.


Nobodys Home's picture

I believe you are 100% correct. Look at what's happening in our schools. They are infiltrated and have become indoctrination centers. Now the common core children are graduating college and moving out into the jobless streets being instigated to violence by outside agitators. A large percentage of them don't even know why they are protesting. Almost all of them know no history beyond the last 30 years, if that. Even more don't know that they have been co-opted by communists and are unknowing communists themselves. A small percentage realize it and accept it. I see that demographic growing. Nothing good will come of this. Socialism/Communism doesn't work! Not if you don't want millions dead. Not if the outcome is to be a healthy, productive society.

TJ-7.4.26's picture

If you tell me you believe it simply because that’s what Wapo told you then you are a fool. You are Wapo’s useful idiot. A Wapobot.

Hillariously, the next great meme, "Are you a WaPoBot?"

Thanks for a great article!

Common_Law's picture

"Your only recourse is whether to associate or disassociate with somebody."

Might I suggest disassociating yourself from the federal government by learning the difference between state citizenship and federal citizenship and take appropriate action.

More info here:

Salsa Verde's picture

Give it your best shot; you might be quite surprised to see who rules the new Dark Age should you wish it upon yourselves.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Meh. When I see Breitbart I don't see all of those implied images the author describes, in fact, three quarters of the 'average' people don't know who Breitbart is in the first place unless he advertises on Monday Night Football. The article makes many assumptions that may be reality in the authors mind but not necessarily in everyone else's and mostly it's just too damn long with details that tomorrow won't mean diddly shit to anyone spending time reading it today. Note: Keep the shit under 500 words unless your absolutely full of yourself and in that case keeo it under 300 words. ZH articles are starting to compare with those on Yahoo news.

StuntPope's picture

When I see Breitbart I don't see all of those implied images the author describes


You don't see it when you see Breitbart, because you actually have seen the site. Ask some liberal what they think of it and they go into Manchurian Candidate mode: "White nationalist, neo-nazi, hate site". They've never been there.

Polymarkos's picture

The best way to win an argument with a communist is to shoot him/her in the face.


Do that often enough, and it's the COMMIES who are afraid, not us.


This comes down to POWER. WHO WILL CONTROL THIS SOCIETY, communists or the rest of us? We all know what will happen if we crumble and give in to the communists. If you don't shoot the bastards, you will live as a slave until you are chucked in a gulag.


Fuck that.

lakecity55's picture

The SA proved in Germany the only way to defeat the Reds was to bash their heads in until they gave up.

We don't need an SA in the USA, but a few Reds need to get punched out.

Now, if the Reds go way violent like in 1930s Germany, we may have to do something more different. My own idea is to apply Law and have the tide raise all boats. When everyone gets some of the Action, the Reds don't have a chance. You beat them by showing the People their system does not work in the real world.

To me, Communism has proven itself to serve the 0.0001%. Who wouldn't like to live in a paradise of honesty, shared work and profits?
But because of human nature, it can't work. That's why you need a Constitution like the US Republic has, but it has to be backed by Rule of Law. Right now, the judiciary needs to be reigned in. They are legislating from the Bench, not interpreting and deciding Law. Don Trumpleone needs to get guys on the bench who will just interpret the Law.

The beauty of the Founders' thinking was that they knew Human Nature. Its worst attributes needed morality and law to curtail the bad side of human activity, imo.

Mr Franklin said "You have a Republic if you can keep it." He knew there had to be a Moral Base for it to work. He knew you do not help the Poor by just doling out money. You find something they can do and have them do it. Help them only to the point they realize they have to work for themselves.

If .gov is going to dole out EBT cards, those people can go to work on WPA type projects. Our bridges and dams are in bad shape.

quasi_verbatim's picture

Your credibility as a moron is also unassailable.

quasi_verbatim's picture

Your credibiity as a snowflake is also unassailable.

Ms No's picture

"The main factor holding me back is not cynicism but actually fear. For the first time in my life I’m afraid to speak my mind. The possible ramifications of exercising my inalienable right to free speech frighten the crap out of me..."

I'm not sure he is writing something that is as dangerous as he thinks, maybe he has in the past, and in actuality it wont matter because he is at risk regardless, but those first couple of paragraphs were dead on.  We are literally going to win or be rounded up and if you can't see that you haven't been paying attention.  You wont have to be the tallest nail to get longshanked by these psycho pedophile tyrants. 

This is absolutely surreal and scary.  It's fascinating popcorn time for information and history-as-it-happens junkies but the fun and games will be over shortly if this shit keeps up.


quadraspleen's picture

He runs a large public company (which I use) so he has cause to be "scared" what he says, however anodyne and irrelevant we may think it is (in the grander scheme of things) is bang on as you say. Even writing tame stuff like this will get people demanding retractions and shrill cries of fascist. I've lost quite a few "friends" lately (not the FB kind, I don't use it) for speaking my mind, and I'm not even a Trump "supporter"