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The Sanctimony of Tyranny

Chapter 92, Volume 495,993,697,286,142,393,776 of the continuing collection of liberal hypocrisies. From Daniel Barge at unz.com:

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We live in Orwellian times in which “the narrative” is everything, and all facts must be bent, twisted, or omitted to serve it.

This process has greatly accelerated in recent days, following the incident in Washington on January 6th, 2021, which is fast becoming the Reichstag Fire for the Big Tech leftists who are now making a major power grab over Western discourse and society.

Let’s have a closer look at what is being pushed. First of all an incident in which a mob burst into the Capitol Building and did comparatively little damage is being played up as an act of unbelievable horror on a par with 9-11 and Pearl Harbor, even though only 5 people died. Three of those people, by the way, died from heart attacks, one was a police officer who had a stroke hours after he had left the Capitol Building, and one was an unarmed woman who was needlessly gunned down by a jumpy Capitol Building Policeman whose identity is now a well-guarded secret.

If this is an outrage, the main outrage is against the protesters.

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Roots of Antifa: This ‘Idea’ Has Violent Consequences, by Mark Hemingway

Nobody gets beat up or has his or her store burned down by an “idea.” From Mark Hemingway from realclearinvestigations.com:

As riots and looting consumed Philadelphia this week after a fatal police shooting, a radical left-wing group, the “Philly Socialists,” began monitoring police scanners and relaying information to help protesters evade arrest. At one point, the Philly Socialists tweeted out a clue as to their street allegiances:  “Do humanity a favor and learn what antifa stands for.”

The scene in Philadelphia was similar to scores of violent protests around the country since May, which have often featured a common and shadowy element – black-masked men and women who seemed as intent on breaking windows and confronting the police as chanting social justice slogans.

Former activist: “For most people antifa is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wearing a black mask.” But its mixture of left-wing politics and anarchist nihilism can be traced back more than 100 years.

The one thing most people can agree on is these people have a name – “antifa,” short for anti-fascists. But larger questions – who are they? where did they come from? what do they want? – have been lost in the battle of partisan politics.

President Trump has denounced antifa as an organized terror group, like the Ku Klux Klan. At the first presidential debate, Joe Biden disagreed, paraphrasing Trump’s own FBI director, Christopher Wray, as saying that “unlike white supremacists, antifa is an idea, not an organization, not a militia.”

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Countdown To Chaos, by MN Gordon

The American republic died in 1913. From MN Gordon at economicprism.com:

On Wednesday, while the broad stock market was getting shellacked, and companies like Everbridge, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Dynatrace were suffering double digit freefalls, something else was going on.  Gold and silver were also getting shellacked.

But it wasn’t all crash and burn.  First Solar, Rolls-Royce Holdings, and CoreLogic all notched double digit gains.  The dollar, as measured by the dollar index, gold, silver, and most stocks, was also up.  And something else was up too…

Most investors likely didn’t notice that American firearm manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company managed to eke out a small return.  Why would they?  A return of 0.43 percent is nothing to write home about.

Nonetheless, we contend that Ruger’s modest gain in the face of a massive selloff is something that should get the attention of investors.  It’s something that should also get the attention of non-investors.  Guns are in high demand.  So is ammo.

Naturally, guns and ammo should be in high demand.  They are useful.  Sometimes they are especially useful.  And right now happens to be one of those times.

Without question something wicked is brewing.  Politicians, academics, and the media have been fermenting public divisions for decades.  Now a volatile cocktail of rage threatens to blow its top off sometime on or shortly after election day.  People are gunning up just in case the chaos – something more than things that go bump in the night – arrives at their doorstep.

What to make of it…

“Death to America!”

The weather may have cooled down.  But the populace still burns hot.  Factions and fanatics look for any excuse to destroy public usufructs.  And they don’t have to look far to find one.

For example, this week, following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in West Philadelphia, people went mad.  First they took to the streets.  Then they took to setting dumpsters on fire.  After that, they took to looting Walmart and other stores.

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Philadelphia Shows Riots Are the New Normal—and Could Force Out A President Biden, by James Kirkpatrick

A President Joe Biden doesn’t have the starch to deal with rioters, and the riots won’t stop if he’s elected. From James Kirkpatrick at unz.com:

Philadelphia was under curfew last night and Danielle Outlaw, the black lady police chief newly hired after her stellar performance in Portland OR, is breast-beating about her force’s need for more mental health social workers [Philadelphia pledges better response after shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr., 6ABC.com, October 29, 2020]. Of course, this is completely irrelevant to the beat cops’ urgent need to protect themselves from Walter Wallace Jr., the “aspiring rapper” who attacked them with a knife, and to the city’s imperative need to assert law and order—the absence of which most hurts decent blacks, as Thomas Sowell has pointed out—if necessary by ruthless coercion. Riots are the new normal for America if President Trump is not re-elected—and maybe if he is. But Joe Biden tepidly condemned the recent riots only after expressing “shock and grief” about “another Black life in America lost” [Biden, Harris Express ‘Shock and Grief’ Over Police Shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., by Brian X. McCrone, 10 Philadelphia, October 27, 2020].

This was a fairly straightforward incident of an armed criminal being put down by police. If even this causes riots that the authorities are too Politically Correct to stop, every interaction between police and blacks can turn into an inferno. It means this country is on a permanent war footing.

One of the bizarre undercurrents of the Black Lives Matter movement is how the “victims” seem to be declining in quality. George Floyd had a lengthy criminal record, held a gun to a pregnant woman’s stomach, and died from a drug overdose but at least the initial video (dishonestly presented by the MSM) portrayed him as sympathetic. Someone could at least say that regardless of a person’s criminal record or evasive behavior, police shouldn’t be allowed to act in a certain way.

Then there was Jacob Blake, who was shot by police after his girlfriend called in a domestic violence dispute. He broke away from officers and reached into a car, something that would get just about anyone shot. Nonetheless, because he was at least shot in the back, Democrat vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris could meet with the family for what Ben Crump called an “inspiring and uplifting visit” [Kamala Harris meets with Jacob Blake’s family in Wisconsin, by Jason Silverstein, CBS News, September 8, 2020].

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Americans Can’t Get Enough Guns, by Michael Warren Davis

A corrupt government, Covid-19 totalitarianism, and riots have Americans reaching for their guns and ammo. From Michael Warren Davis at theamericanconservative.com:

Thanks to the civil unrest, chaos, and looming election that have defined 2020, Americans are stocking up on guns at a record rate.

My local gun dealer’s website has a huge banner in the middle of the homepage that says, LIMITED INVENTORY—CALL AHEAD. So, a few weeks ago, that’s what I did.

“Hey,” I said, “Do you guys have any Remington 870s?”

“Nope.”

“How about a Ruger SP101?”

“Nope.”

“Smith and Wesson M&P?”

He just laughed.

Now, the 2020 election is just one week away, and most polls are predicting a comfortable Biden victory. The former vice president has promised to confiscate “assault weapons,” which is a scary-sounding name Democrats give to automatic and semiautomatic guns. That includes every rifle that fires more quickly than a blunderbuss and every pistol more advanced than a flintlock. Since most Americans don’t fancy the idea of defending their homes with muskets, stockpiling continues to intensify.

One would assume that industry giants are on cloud nine, but not everyone is pleased. Soaring demand has created an incredibly unstable market, and gun-makers have no idea how to respond. A similar boom in demand during the 2016 cycle led to an immediate bust after Election Day. Then, too, conservatives feared a President Hillary Clinton would enact new restrictions on firearm ownership. Those industry giants hired a wash of new workers to meet demand but, when Donald Trump (rather unexpectedly) won the day, those companies were forced affect major layoffs as their stock values dropped precipitously.

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Fourth Generation War Comes to a Theater Near You, by William Lind

Fourth generation war is a hallmark of failing states. From William Lind at chroniclesmagazine.org:

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above: above: Grand Master Jay (center) of the Not F*****g Around Coalition (NFAC), a black militia, stands with his men in formation during a protest for Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. on July 25, 2020 (Leslie Spurlock/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News)

Mobs loot, burn, and vandalize while politicians advocate defunding the police. A commune was established in Seattle and turned into Lord of the Flies while government did nothing. Blacks demand equal treatment from police despite a violent crime rate many times greater than that of whites, and mainstream media will not report honestly the differences in crime rates. “Wokeness” spreads among idle youth who flunked English 101. What is going on?

What is going on, right here on American soil, is war; a new kind of war that is also very old, waged by entities other than states. I call it Fourth Generation War and, to paraphrase Leon Trotsky, you may not be interested in Fourth Generation War—but it is interested in you.

In the 1980s, when working with the Marine Corps, I came up with an intellectual framework I call the Four Generations of Modern War. Military historian Martin van Creveld’s books The Rise and Decline of the State and The Transformation of War are foundational works in my framework, which flows from one of the defining elements of the modern age, the rise of the state.

The Four Generations framework begins in 1648, when in the Peace of Westphalia the state claimed and subsequently enforced a monopoly on war. This seems automatic to us today; war means armies, navies, and air forces of a state or an alliance of states fighting similar armed forces belonging to other states.

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Your Marxist Revolutionary Sons and Daughters, by Thomas DiLorenzo

Nobody should be surprised that statist education ends up producing students who are indoctrinated with the most vile statist propaganda—Marxism. From Thomas DiLorenzo at lewrockwell.com:

The violent riots, looting, arson, and even public execution of Trump supporters over the past six months has been primarily the work of the self-described communist revolutionaries associated with “Antifa” and Black Lives Matter (BLM). Mug shots of some of the Antifa/BLM criminals that have appeared in the news and online show that some of them are seriously mentally deranged; some are hardened criminals with long criminal records; there seems to be a preponderance of convicted sex offenders and pedophiles among them; and what seems to be hundreds of pyromaniacs. They are always accompanied by mobs of rather ordinary, run-of-the-mill, urban underclass looters, the products of the state’s life-destroying and crime-infested inner-city government schools, its family- and work-incentive-destroying welfare state, and its war on drugs.

Then there is the large army of useful idiots – the thousands of mostly white college-age or slightly-older kids. They don’t seem to dominate the criminal mug shots published by urban police departments, but they appear to have comprised at least half of many of the mob scenes broadcast on American television over the past several months. I lost count how many times I watched the boob tube as a chubby white girl dressed like a masked homeless person screamed in the faces of black police officers about “white supremacy” and racism, as though these mostly middle-aged black men were unaware of racial discrimination. Then there’s that Ivy League co-ed whose parents own several multi-million dollar homes who was arrested for setting fire to police cars during one of the riots in New York City. One suspects that she was not the only one who fit that description.

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Journalists’ “Security” Kills a Conservative Demonstrator, by Gregory Hood

Mainstream media bemoans even a hint of right-wing violence and ignores blatant and dangerous left-wing violence. From Gregory Hood at unz.com:

We never stop hearing about Heather Heyer. She was the young woman who died at the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville in 2017. A jury convicted James Fields of hate crimes and a judge sentenced him to life in prison for ramming his car into demonstrators. They judged it a deliberate action. A man threatened Fields with a rifle not long before the crash, but this evidence didn’t help Mr. Fields.

Charlottesville was disastrous for the Alt Right. Its effects were so damaging that even the term “Alt Right” is barely used anymore, in favor of “Dissident Right.” The coalition that put together the event has fragmented. However, in defense of the organizers, no one could have predicted that the local police would provoke a fight by first forcing demonstrators to walk through antifa and then driving them into antifa again. “Let them fight a little,” then-Police Chief Al Thomas reportedly said, “it will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly.” I don’t think this had ever happened before, and demonstrators could not have anticipated it.

Journalists have worked hard ever since to make Charlottesville a Sorelian Myth for the Left, a story about “white nationalists” attacking a city. There would have been a peaceful rally if not for antifa. Democratic politicians such as Kamala Harris still accuse President Trump of praising neo-Nazis. He did no such thing, but the accusation is endlessly repeated.

However, even if we accepted the Left’s mythical version about what happened in Charlottesville in 2017, it was nothing compared to what some American cities are going through almost every night. Last night in Portland, leftist demonstrators toppled statues of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

While many reporters fret about white militias, armed blacks have marched by the hundreds in Lafayette, Louisiana and Louisville, Kentucky. In Seattle, anarchists set up an “Autonomous Zone,” which authorities let operate until there were several shootings. The grieving father of victim Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr. appeared on Sean Hannity’s program for a gut-wrenching segment, but his son’s “Black Life” was ignored by other media. Antifa “security” shot two black teenagers. As of this writing, no one has been arrested for the crime, and few journalists seem to care.

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The Corporate Media’s Shameful Ignoring of Riots and Looting, by Neil Patel

If some group with a “right-wing” label started a riot, it would be the story 24/7 for at least a month in the mainstream media. Left-wing riots? Move along here, nothing to see. From Neil Patel at dailysignal.com:

Police officers in riot gear form a line in the Bourbon District on a third day of protest over the lack of criminal charges in the police killing of Breonna Taylor and the result of a grand jury inquiry in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 25. (Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP/Getty Images)

The downtowns of numerous American cities have been burned up. Government buildings have been attacked. Private businesses have been destroyed. And people have even been killed. This has been happening off and on now for many months. And—perhaps most amazing and horrifying of all—the news media has decided to largely ignore it.

Detailed coverage would undercut the “mostly peaceful” narrative that many want to cling to. When things get really out of control, the corporate media is forced to report on them in summary fashion, but they have largely abandoned the day-to-day, on-the-ground reporting they would do in virtually any other circumstance. Reporting of that sort is coming from a relatively small number of independent publishers, none more than my own publication, the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller has sent reporters to every hot spot in America, from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, to Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. The fact that this medium-sized news outlet has more gruesome footage of what’s really going on in our streets than huge corporate media outlets should scare the hell out of you.

The corporate media’s choice to largely ignore this coverage is, in essence, a decision to distort reality. In the face of this vacuum, we have been filling the void.

Our reporters are in the middle of many dangerous riots, and they are there with only one goal: Tell the truth about what they are seeing.

They have told stories of peaceful protesters trying to confront the radical and violent elements. They have told stories of brutal attacks by rioters against police just trying to keep the peace. They have told stories of times when police response seemed too aggressive. They have told stories of organized radical attacks against government buildings. They have told stories of protesters attacking journalists. They have also told stories of right-wing vigilantes attacking innocent people.

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2020: The Year The System Showed Its Real Face, by Paul Rosenberg

This year has truly demonstrated the ugliness of the system and the people who control it. From Paul Rosenberg at freemansperspective.com:

As we grew up, nearly all of us were inundated with stories of our glorious national fathers, our beautiful democracies, and so on. And being young, we for the most part believed them. The system gave us our prosperity, our comfort, our medicine, our sense of importance.

Soon enough we learned that the system was also stupid and perverse, but we found a way around that contradiction by blaming one segment of the system or another: The Blues or the Greens or the Red are the problem; it could not, must not, be that the system itself is the problem.

Then came 2020, and the system revealed its true face.

I suppose I should be fair and add that the system wasn’t always as rotten as it is now, but regardless, it wasn’t able to prevent the rot that overtook it.

2020, In A Nasty Little Nutshell

The system would like everything except the daily outrages (one for the Blues, one for the Reds) to go down the Memory Hole. So I think it’s important to recap the revelations of 2020:

The system decreed who could work and who couldn’t. This was not done democratically; it was done by edict. “Democracy” did nothing to stop it.

People were arrested for going to church or synagogue. This was the real disgrace of the police forces. Are there any orders from their paymasters they won’t enforce upon us?

Political gangs roam the streets, beating, threatening and burning. Make no mistake, these are covertly authorized political gangs, serving political ends. This vile tactic goes back to ancient Rome at least, where gangs of thugs beat opponents in the streets.

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