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On “Paul Ryan on Real Progressivism

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2009/10/dial-m-for-maternity.html

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Talking about Sullivan, is quite distasteful, it does beg the question how low does one have to go before the Times of London, and the
Atlantic dismiss him, for generalized gynaphobia, onset anti Semitism,
aggregious anti Catholic sentiment. The Iowahawk parody of a late
Noir take on his 'journalism,' is revenge enough

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Well they did in most of the East Bloc, and Nicaragua

On “It wasn’t a very good year: 1938 – Hitler’s Gamble by Giles Macdonogh

It's not really that hard at least from a European perspective, as Ferguson points out in "Pity of WAr" a purported victor like the UK
lost an entire generation in the battlefield, for what the media ended up representing as a confused cause, the French had mutinies toward
the end of the war, then again with the likes of Nivelle and Foch, maybe they were do that, The Russian experience toppled the regime in charge, Of course Iraq in the popular imagination has been painted
as worse than Vietnam, the Civil War, et al; hence the skiddishness
of the major players against Iran

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The back to back oil shocks of the 1970s, along with the removal of wage and price controls, made the 70s, an interesting era for music
but a strange one to live through

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A progressive academic with little executive experience, with an ahistorical mindset, pushes through a piece of legislation that the
populace is not in favor of; this is what Glenn Reynolds would call
a bug not a feature

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One wonders how accidental the absence was, FDR was one of the last remaining major figures of the Wilson administration, yet he helped
demolish it's status, by cooperating with the Nye Committee, before then, isolationism was not so great a force (one of the junior staffers
on that panel, who was soon to rise in the Government bureaucracy
was Alger Hiss, first in the AAA and later at State. Later actions like
the 'court packing scheme' did little to engender comity, the Hatch Act arose out of the blatant electioneering that he was engaging it
against who he considered his foe, who weren't abroad for the most part

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Why is that, those who try to determine the taxonomy of 'this rough
beast that slouches" toward mine and your town, are to be dismissed as cranks.

The fact is the progressive solution really hasn't worked,
the Fed is as accurate as a passel of blind dart throwers in gauging
our economic condition, social security and other programs are unsustainable in Keynes 'long run' yet they have a growing constituency. I do disagree with Beck on at least one point, both
Russia and China, didn't 'transform' in the last generation, they reverted, the first to the modified Czarist state, with the siloviki as the new Boyars, China back to the Chiang regime, with the PLA.

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That conversation I had with that Argentine historian, who I was surprised when he referred positively to Jonah Goldberg, no one else
in my neighborhood, knows who he is, and needless to say, a big
admirer of Sarah, remarked on that seemingly long ago election day.
He had seen the chiliastic left and the right, tear out the center of his nation,over a forty year period, he left after the Proceso junta, he agreed with Churchill's aphorism about democracy "worst form of of government, except for all the others" and fit classical liberalism in that same place

Russia is like the proverbial 'Norwegian blue parrot' it's a dying nation
it just doesn't know it yet. If it's very lucky it can return to it's borders back in the 16th Century, before the Tatars but I don't think
so. China is a formidable contestant for the prize of hegemon, but
it's economic system, makes AIG seem transparent. The post AGW
dystopia "Mirrored Heavens", has it falling prey to a sixty year civil
war, which seems more than a bit unlikely, but without a kernel of consent, warlordism with a PLA flavor sounds likely

On “The Real Progressives

So where do good intentions, in part defined by anecdote, stop being the source for public policy. That was the contrast at the health care
summit, on the debates on SCHIP, for illegal immigration, campaign finance, gun control, if there is no underlying principle, rights can be swept away, like so much shattered glass.

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He was probably dead by then, but I'm sure he would have approved, it's the pattern with all these figures like Wallace supporters like
Mailer and Vidal and McGovern (who wrote his dissertation on the great
Ludlow massacre of 1916)

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You've read Paul Hollander, the late Jean Jacques Revel I take it, most of these people have made excuses for the GULAGs, the Cultural Revolution, UMAP, Year Zero, the Sandinista turbas yet they seem to have seem our country as Amerika, long before Gitmo became 'the
21st Century analog for Devil's Island.

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Ah yes, Upton Sinclair who along with Lincoln Steffens saw the brave new world in the Soviet Union, along with George Bernard Shaw, as
well as H.G. Wells (the originator of Liberal Fascism)WEB Dubois, saw good things in the likes of Mussolini for a time.

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Well there was the Washington Treaty, but there was no wide spread
pacifist movement in the 20s. it was only after the Depression, and in part the efforts of the Comintern, that chestnut got underway. The USretreated to normalcy under Harding, but that didn't stop the Nicaraguan expedition, under Coolidge

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Honestly, you perplex me, Rex, what world do you think you are striving for, Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged, writing from the perspective
of 1957, didn't want this to come about, yet we have come dangerously close to the world of Wesley Mouch and the Dog Eat Dog Laws, and the Peoples States

On “I'm a cancer, he's a cancer, she's a cancer, we're a cancer…

Well the first part is the left's narrative of conservatism, and this is kind of the way, of the portrayal in history books. Now Iran Contra and
Lebanon are linked but not in the usual way. Since we were mostly
focused on the Soviet threat, we gave scant attention to the proxy
fight waged by Iran with Hezbollah, Since we did not go after Mugniyeh
in that way, we were limited in how we could maneuver in that landscape

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Well Galbraith is Canadian, as blinkered as the Douglas clan, whose last relative in Kiefer Sutherland. The more famous of the former, was
a roommate of Benazir Bhutto, supporter of the Kurds, who parlayed
that into a very profitable sideline, while damning the rest of the Iraq
initiative

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If you think about, Progresssivism was been offered as the salvation for all the sins (slavery, poverty, a sense of mindless conformism)
that they see the Constitution facilitating. Now take TR please ( rimshot) he broke up Standard OIl, yet they were able to regroup under
the Achincarry Agreement and ultimately ARAMCO. In that sense the solution was ultimately worse than the malady

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Now CK, Olbermann rarely had those numbers, yet he was taken seriously, when he did those rants on the MCA, on the 'civil war'
in Iraq, on the general's mutiny (Baptiste, Eaton, et al) as did his
colleagues transitioning from Air America/Radio to TV (MSNBC)

On “The Point of Being Annoyed with Glenn Beck

No, they were not willing, and Jim Crow, "Southern fried apartheid, pursued a generation later. proves the point. As does the accession
of Woodrow Wilson to the Presidency, in the following one. Ironically
this was an outcome that Dubois, made possible by protesting so vehemently about what he thought were TR and Taft's too methodical
responses to the crisis that sparked the formation of the NAACP

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That is deeply ridiculous, Jefferson believed in the common people, Obama thinks them 'bitter clingers'. Yes, he was opposed to the Alien & Sedition Act, which was what the left pretends the Patriot Act to be. He was slandered by the media, Callender & co, in a way hat probably hasn't been equaled since I don't know, Aug. 2008.

Obama as far as it goes, is a Hamiltonian, he believes in the unlimited exercise of state power. Jackson, did set the stage by moving his crony Taney from Treasury to the Court, where he failed spectacularly to grasp the main point.

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There was no argument for Plessy, frog, in some ways it is worse than Dred Scott, because it came after the 600,000 dead that cleared the debt. The Court surrendered to the insurgency of the Klan's monopoly
of violence

On “In a world of their own: Conservatives and Avatar

This thread is never going to end "it will get out of control, and we'll be lucky if we live through it"

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That raises an interesting point, the philosophers of the Modern Era, Marx, Freud, Darwin, and add Nietsche to the mix, did have a way of diminishing man's essential nature, in Marx's to economics, Freud to impulses, Darwin to genetics. But the spiritual side was jettisoned along the way. The thing that allows for phrases like 'what a wondrous creature is man, infinite in his faculties. . ." I guess that's a bit of what Avatar offers, but it paints man as the intruder. The virus on the body of the organism known as Gaia or Pandora, or well Caprica. Nature is an infinitely more powerful adversary, than we are, we only need to check the latest news for proof of that, yet we are presumedly powerful enough to alter it's patterns, as the AGW promoters would suggest

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Well that's why I made the Three Days of the Condor reference, the assassination of the Agency analyst shop, which happens right near
if not in the WTC (bad) is to stop the discovery of a plot to take over
the Middle East, much like Luttvak's 1975 "Miles Ignotus" essay, in Harper's, a necessary evil some might say. Well this thread is officially
the longest in record, over a film that really isn't worth all that

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