Bruce: Left-liberals have successfully fought to lower American prevailing wages for a half century. Their main weapon is the thought-crime accusation. No ‘populist soul’ imaginable could survive in any group doing this for a half-century. Why is Trump a Nazi? Because he wants a higher prevailing wage in America. If he gives up on this he will get strange new respect. He is an ex-D-party guy who ran a 90s Dick Gephart campaign, he supports Planned Parenthood, he’s not everyone’s...
Adar: PTSD as understood in part because of the stress as induced by chemicals flowing in the human body that ordinarily are not present. ONLY begin to flow during a time of great stress or danger. As in mortal combat. Soldier’s heart during the American Civil War. Young and robust young men just collapse dead for inexplicable reasons. Probably too much chemicals flowing like adrenaline that overwhelm the heart muscles.
Calvin.: If you want to live in a safe community in the United States I am told to find a community where the predominant population is Japanese-American. For a long time the Chinese-American was the richest group in America but now supplanted by the Japanese-American ethnicity. LAW-ABIDING citizen however are not all WEALTHY citizens.
Sheldon.: It all began with the convention in 1968 and came into full fruition at the convention of 1972. Democratic conventions in both case. The blue collar white working class voter employed in the big smoke stack factory I fear gone forever. That was the demographic that won elections for the Democratic party. The party then taken off by the Sixties generation crowd with all that meant.
Isegoria: What I can say is that Spectre was originally Smersh, named after Stalin’s anti-Nazi intelligence agency.
Graham: Apropos of nothing, anyone have any views on the revival of “Spectre” in the same-named recent film as a metaphor for fascism? The original Spectre had the aura of being a holdover of neo-Nazism gone into the criminal world to finance its revival.
Graham: I can see some points of contact between Patman’s 1947 analysis and the reality of fascism in action, but there is still something fundamental missing from an analysis that blames “private power” being stronger than the state for an ideological system whose credo was “everything in the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
Graham: Indeed. I have no idea if it’s true, but I was always convinced by the idea that Orwell based the Ministry of Truth on his work in the BBC. It’s not that I would have objected, as Orwell would, to a propaganda tool for the British Empire. But by his day that empire and the BBC for sure had started to turn into the beta version of the Cathedral.
Lucklucky: The BBC is not naive. The BBC is not a news organization. Such a thing does not exist, by the way. The BBC is a political organization.
Graham: I am reminded of Milton Friedman’s comment when some Scandinavian politician commented that in Scandinavia there was much less poverty than in America- “Well, we also have very little poverty among Scandinavians”.