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Steve Bannon is out at White House

After watching the last few days, I'm pretty sure he wanted to be fired. I don't know what happened, but someone like Bannon doesn't just give a telephone interview on a lark. Word is he turned in his resignation on August 7th (pre-Charlottesville) effective August 14th, and it was extended to today.

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Free speech



That's what worries me most about this. Once people decide that some labels deserve free speech and others don't, where does it stop?
     — NeoWayland

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Identity in the tribe

They want to be someone other than who they are. That’s the great irony of identity politics: They seek identity in the tribe because they are failed individuals. They are a chain composed exclusively of weak links. What they are engaged in isn’t politics, but theater: play-acting in the hopes of achieving catharsis.
     — Kevin D. Williamson, Angry White Boys
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Remember this anniversary


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For the record, this is facism.

fascism

The word fascism is often used, especially by left-wing writers, not only for the Italian doctrine but also for the similar, if more fanatic, national socialism of Adolf Hitler and for the altogether less coherent ideologies of Francisco Franco, Juan Perón, Ion Antonescu, and other such dictators. But however justifiable the wider and looser use of the word, the present article is confined to the system and ideology that called itself Fascismo and that flourished in Italy under Mussolini.

Gentile in his two books Che cosa è il fascismo (1925) and Origini e dottrina del fascismo (1929) stressed, as one might expect, the Hegelian elements in fascism. He argued that fascism was essentially idealistic and spiritual. Whereas liberalism, socialism, democracy, and the other progressive movements of the nineteenth century had asserted the rights of man, the selfish claims of the individual, fascism sought, instead, to uphold the moral integrity and higher collective purpose of the nation. And whereas liberalism saw the state simply as an institution created to protect men's rights, fascism looked on the state as an organic entity that embodied in itself all the noblest spiritual reality of the people as a whole. Fascism opposed the laissez-faire economics of capitalism and the bourgeois ethos that went with it. But fascism equally opposed socialism, which preached class war and trade unionism and thus served only to divide the nation. Fascism could tolerate no organized sectional groups that stood outside the state, for such groups pressed the supposed interests of some against the true interests of all. Hence, in place of trade unions, employers' federations, and similar organizations, fascism set up corporations that were designed to integrate the interests of particular trades, industries, professions, and the like into the wider harmony of the state.


Definition of fascism

a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition


fascism

The only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy.

1."Everything in the state". The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompasing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.

2."Nothing outside the state". The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.

3."Nothing against the state". Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.

The use of militarism was implied only as a means to accomplish one of the three above principles, mainly to keep the people and rest of the world in line. Fascist countries are known for their harmony and lack of internal strife. There are no conflicting parties or elections in fascist countries.


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Friday roundup

REPORT: ‘Many Of The EPA’s Functions Could Be Abolished’

Like most Federal agencies, the real goal is to spend money and accumulate power. Related - EPA Needs Budget Reform, Less Spending and Better Science


REPORT: Why the Federal Labor Board Should Be Dismantled

“The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency with responsibilities for enforcing national labor law. The agency has both been hailed as a guardian or worker freedom and condemned as dangerously biased.”


Will self-driving cars, taxis make mass transit obsolete?

It certainly would be cheaper.


School Choice Can Heal the Division in Charlottesville

“In eight of 11 empirically rigorous studies, comparing children in schools of choice and traditional public schools, students in schools of choice were more likely to support the civic rights of their most hated opponents.”


U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

So when Donald Trump said that there were millions of fraudulent voters, he was right?


How Weak is ANTIFA’s ideology if They Can’t Out Argue Nazis?

Excellent question. Related (and from the same source) - Why do the media insist on distorting the political spectrum?


Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: ‘An absolute disgraceful act’

Seems like it's not just Robert E. Lee.


Why Was This 'Crowd Hire' Company Recruiting $25 An Hour 'Political Activists' In Charlotte Last Week?

I don't think this was coincidence.


Report: Charlottesville Racist Leader Was Former Occupy Activist, Obama Supporter

Related - Jason Kessler (from the Southern Poverty Law Center). Rumor confirmed. Now, was this rally staged?


Mark Steyn: ‘If Standard Oil Was Too Big in 1909, What Is Google Now?’

Some really good questions.


Vandals Spray Paint ‘Nazis’ On NH GOP Headquarters

It's not about Nazis. It's about attacking and silencing people that progressives don't agree with. They're trying to rewrite history. They're trying to take away free speech.

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NeoNotes — Religion in public schools

When I was starting out, most of the groups I knew of deliberately would not instruct anyone under the age of consent.

I agree that people should learn what they can of other faiths and paths. I don't think religion belongs in the public schools. Public schools are compulsory, students can't walk away if they do not agree. I bet that most readers here would not approve if it were Christianity we were reading about.

I don't think there should be public schools, but that is a completely different topic.

Faith is a personal choice, it shouldn't be encouraged by a school district or any public arm of the state.



First, let me say again that I think public schools are a mistake.

With that said, your idea has possibilities. There would be issues, such as the school staff deciding what is and is not a real religion. And someone should make sure that there were at least three Christian choices. There's an old saying about two churches would fight but thirty would coexist.

Finally, there is a question of a religion forcing it's morality or other codes on others. To me, this is the most important question. Just as one example, I don't think women should be forced to cover their bodies and faces.

I'm a big believer that "your beliefs shouldn't govern my behavior."

Your idea might work if everyone walked a very fine line. And yes, the parental consent is absolutely necessary.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.
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Morality is based on selfish interest

I can make a case that our morality is based on selfish interest. It's the Ethic of Reciprocity. You don't do bad things to others because you don't want them to do bad things to you. You do good things to others because you want them to do good things to you. If they cross the line, you're not bound to tolerance and courtesy.
     — NeoWayland

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Thursday roundup

BREAKING: Charlotsville “Unite the Right” Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist & Obama Supporter!

This is a heckava rumor. So was this a false flag operation?


The Rise of the Violent Left

“Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?”


Horse-riding, 10 Commandments-defending judge now front-runner for Sessions' seat

A despicable man who insists that all are bound by his interpretation of Christianity.


Yes, you can reject Antifa Commies and Alt Right Nazis at the same time

The only way the rest of us can win


Democrats Want All Symbols of Confederacy To Be Removed From Public View

Remember, it's the Democrat party that is associated with the Confederacy, racism, Jim Crow laws, and the KKK. Related - Statues of Limitation

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Control how we touch other people

We can't let our faiths and our creeds control how we touch other people. Faith is between you and the Divine. But we're measured by how we touch the lives of other humans.
     — NeoWayland

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Don't be a sucker

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Wednesday roundup


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Governments make lousy banks

Governments make lousy banks. Politicos want re-election and technocrats are unaccountable. Both measure their success by spending taxpayer's money. There's no incentive to contain costs or make a profit.
     — NeoWayland

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“Charlottesville & The Alt-Right: Just Say NO to Identity Politics”

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“John Stossel vs. Noam Chomsky on Venezuela”

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Tuesday roundup

The Left Gets the Body they and the Media have sought for a Year

All too true.


Mayor Mitch Landrieu should own the S&WB failures: Opinion

Somehow the known problems were never fixed before the latest batch of flooding.


Is #Charlottesville What's Really Going on in America?

How many white nationalists are there?

Corporations Increasingly Serve As Arbiters Of Public Morality

This. Is. Not. A. Good. Thing.

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Good neighbor

Keith Davison got so tired of his solitude following the death of his wife, he decided to do something about it – and things have been going swimmingly ever since.

The 94-year-old retired judge had been married to his wife Evy for 66 years until she passed away from cancer last year.

Keith Davison got so tired of his solitude following the death of his wife, he decided to do something about it – and things have been going swimmingly ever since.

The 94-year-old retired judge had been married to his wife Evy for 66 years until she passed away from cancer last year.

After dealing with the grief and the silence of his house, he decided to build a pool in his backyard.

But not for himself – he built it for the neighborhood kids to enjoy.
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Monday roundup

Trump Says He's Considering Military Response to Venezuela

I called that right. The question is, will he or won't he? Sometimes the noises this President makes are distractions.


Woman is killed and 19 hurt as car plows into anti-fascists at white nationalist rally: Driver 'intentionally' accelerates into crowd and is arrested after riot cops use tear gas to break up violent clashes

I know that showing up to protest the protesters is just going to validate them.

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from crux № 22 - law did not create civil rights

No law required people to march in protest. No law demanded a sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter. The changes were happening before the act was passed.

I'd say that in many ways the 1964 act froze that change. People weren't responsible any more, it was government's job. Add a changing civil rights movement leadership that put guilt politics and special privilege over equal rights, and you get one big gooey mess.

It's been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was passed. Do we still need it because we locked people into a lower social class? When will those who benefit from the 1964 act not need it anymore?

I started keeping my crux files because I noticed I kept getting into the same discussions in comment threads on other people’s web sites. After a while it just made sense for me to organize my thoughts by topic. These are snippets. It’s not in any particular order, it’s just discussions I have again and again.
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from crux № 8 - rights & revised history

Folks probably already know this, but this brand of revisionism uses hard confrontation with constantly escalating stakes. You can't win against it by being loud, that just makes you the closest and biggest target.



There have been many terrible things done in the name of an absolute, "transcendent" morality. Many by Christians. Many by Christians to Christians. And many by Christians to Christians in the last century alone.

A label doesn't define morality. In the words of Mark Twain, "Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often."

I'd rather know what someone has done than what they call themselves.



I have defended rights for homosexuals in comment threads on this site.

I want to make a distinction here. What the radical feminists are "fighting" for are not rights, but exclusive and irrevocable privileges backed by the force of law.

Rights do not emanate from a state, nor do they require state sanction or approval.

Most importantly, it's not a right unless the other guy has it too.

I tell people that I am not for Native American rights, homosexual rights, "black" rights, or women's rights.

I'm for human rights.

And you should be too.

I started keeping my crux files because I noticed I kept getting into the same discussions in comment threads on other people’s web sites. After a while it just made sense for me to organize my thoughts by topic. These are snippets. It’s not in any particular order, it’s just discussions I have again and again.
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“What is a Libertarian?”

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Special rights

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Not really second place

“1st Place Runner Collapses 50m Shy Of Finish Line, Gets Help From 2nd Place Runner”

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Neighbors parade

“Friends surprise woman with parade on her final day of chemo”

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Highway rescue

“Motorcycle Heroes Pull 10 People From Cars as Black Smoke and Fire Engulf Highway”

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The message was clear

The message was clear. There are problems but your Government Is Taking Care Of It. You don't have to worry. It's Somebody Else's Problem. You don't have to be responsible. Just put the right people in charge. Give more money. Give more authority. Sacrifice more rights. Repeat until we get it right. And don't ask too many questions.
     — NeoWayland

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Thursday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King gave this speech on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This is one of those events that changed everything.

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When politics are at stake

Truth is subjective when politics are at stake.
     — NeoWayland
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☆ Soundbite politics

Barack Obama is a big reason why Donald Trump was elected President.

But I'll get back to that.

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Dreams seem small

If our dreams seem small, it's up to us to make them greater. We need to make our own, not reach for the dreams of another. We can make it our Journey, or we can live the Story of another. A simple choice but the price is high. Just your faith and trust.
     — NeoWayland

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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Getting better

“40 Ways the World Is Getting Better”

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Regrowth

“'Breakthrough' penny-sized nanochip pad is able to regrow organs and heal injuries”

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Escape from debt

“Remember the $204,971.31 in Debt We Had? It’s Gone. We’re 100% Debt Free”

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Tuesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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NeoNotes — the Johnson amendment

As I said, the tax exempt status is a "devil's trade" intended in large part to silence churches.

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