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Project Veritas Video Shows Google Employee Accusing Company of ‘Playing God’

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

James O’Keefe strikes again!

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/19/project-veritas-video-shows-google-employee-accusing-company-of-playing-god/

by Breitbart Tech

A new undercover video from investigative journalists at James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas shows a Google employee accusing the company of trying to “play God” with search results and discussing its internal culture of political bias.

In the video, a technical program manager at Google can be heard discussing the tech giant’s often-brazen bias against President Trump and his movement. “Trump says something, misinformation, you’re gonna delete that because it’s illegal under whatever pretext,” he said. “If a Democratic leader says that, then you’re gonna leave it like that, so I’m like, okay, you’re not following one way or the other. You are just plain and simple trying to play God.” In another exchange recorded by the undercover journalist, the employee can be heard discussing Google’s ties to China.  GOOGLER: “I can’t keep doing this. Go and teach Chinese people how to do American jobs and come back and get surveilled on the way.”Journalist: “Were you doing that for Google?GOOGLER: “Google, FitBit. Yeah. Those two companies, primarily.”Journalist: “So, you were going there and working for Google in China?”GOOGLER:“Yeah.”Journalist: “Wow. That’s scary. I’m scared they’re gonna start doing stuff like that here.”GOOGLER: “Yeah. And when you have these candid conversations with your friends who are centrist or Republicans, then you wonder, all of a sudden, like, ‘Oh, I should vote for Trump.’” The Google employee can be heard expressing his dissatisfaction with the “ultra-leftist attitude” at Google, where “your entire existence is questioned.” “When I worked for Caterpillar or Corning, politics didn’t really matter,” he said. “You just do your job and: ‘Let’s make tractors, let’s make glass.’” He also recounted events after the 2016 election, when employees were crying in coridoors and taking days of work because of the outcome. “That kind of stuff — I’m like — are you serious, are you kidding me?” he said.

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“WHAT THE F*CK! IM OUT”: Rapper 50 Cent Melts Down Over Biden-Harris Tax Plan, Endorses Trump | Zero Hedge

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

Wising up.

All of the half of us that pay taxes will be paying more.

No free lunch.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/what-fck-im-out-rapper-50-cent-melts-down-over-biden-harris-tax-plan-endorses-trump

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by Tyler Durden

Rapper 50 Cent has taken to Twitter to endorse President Trump after losing his mind over the Biden-Harris tax plan, which would result in a top tax rate of 62% in New York City.

WHAT THE F*CK! (VOTE ForTRUMP)  IM OUT,” tweeted the rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III. “F*CK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway,” he added.

“I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya fucking mind.”

👀WHAT THE F*CK! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT, 🏃‍♂️💨F*CK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. 🤷🏽‍♂️I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya fucking mind. 😤 pic.twitter.com/uZu02k2Dlz — 50cent (@50cent) October 19, 2020

…After a long discussion of who we were going to be voting for in the election, 50 Cent and myself came to the same conclusion. pic.twitter.com/H2NP7uoEGo — Brian Dawe (@DJBrianDawe) October 20, 2020

The New York-based rapper may want to reconsider his opinion of Trump, however – as the president received the NAACP’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor in, while then-Senator Joe Biden worried in 1977 about his children growing up in a ‘racial jungle’ if schools were desegregated, before going on to write the 1994 crime bill which would incarcerate record numbers of blacks for petty crimes.

If Biden wins, 50 might want to buy a few more Lamborghinis to stow his cash.

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The US Military/Security Complex Is Destroying Both Peace and the US Economy – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

The military/security complex makes certain that no moves toward peace can succeed. Its lobbyists have succeeded in undoing all the arms control agreements reached with Russia since the 1960s.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/10/19/the-us-military-security-complex-is-destroying-both-peace-and-the-us-economy/

Paul Craig Roberts

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is a former Raytheon lobbyist and another example of President Trump’s penchant for frustrating his own policies by appointing to power people who oppose his policies.  Why does Trump think he can expect a representative of the military/security complex to help him wind down Washington’s hegemonic policeman of the world routine?

Esper is out making speeches that the military/security complex needs 5% real increase annually in order to counter Russia and China—https://news.antiwar.com/2020/10/16/esper-calls-for-more-military-spending-to-face-china-and-russia/ .  It is Washington that is aggressive toward Russia and China, not the other way around.  The military/security complex desperately needs foreign enemies in order to maximize its budget and power.  Russiagate’s purpose was to prevent Trump from removing a valuable “enemy” by normalizing relations with Russia. 

The US defense  budget could be cut in half and still be larger than the combined defense budgets of Russia and China.  China spends about half as much of its economy on defense as the US.  If Russia and China intended aggression against the US, wouldn’t you expect to see much higher spending on military?

You could make a case that US defense spending is so high because of inefficiency and enormous profits hidden in “cost overruns.”  If so, then increased real spending should come from strict budetary measures and oversight.  We should not be accepting a military spending system that cannot account for trillions of dollars and is so poorly controlled that it cannot be audited.  Will patriotic conservatives ever realize that blind support for the Pentagon allows the massive rip-off of taxpayers and the neglect of real needs all for nothing but out-sized profits of arms makers? 

The military/security complex makes certain that no moves toward peace can succeed.  Its lobbyists have succeeded in undoing all the arms control agreements reached with Russia since the 1960s.  Russia’s President Putin has made repeated offers to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty, but Washington has rejected his offer out of hand.  The reason is obvious.  The corrupt puppet regime of Obama agreed to a trillion dollar increase in nuclear weapons spending, and the military/security complex means to get that money.

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The Faithless Paranoia That Drives Woke and Cancel Culture – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

There are, though, in the West plenty of people who, for whatever reasons, have a disproportionately jaundiced view of society and other people. Instead of seeing it as jaundiced, they will feel that theirs is a realist view and a smart, clued-up, and sophisticated one for that reason. For them a proper conception of society sees it as no more than a network of competitive hatreds. They haven’t noticed the redeeming Hobbesian artifice of the civil society in which we live and which rescues us from the dangerous predicament of being in competition with our fellow humans.

https://www.takimag.com/article/the-faithless-paranoia-that-drives-woke-and-cancel-culture/print

Guy Walker

L’amor che move le stelle

The great Italian poet Dante Alighieri believed the universe to be moved by Love. There are those who do not believe this, though. After the fall of Ceausescu we saw sad televised images of Romanian orphans abandoned in asylums. Many of these unsocialized, unloved children were insensible, and many were terrified of and flinched at any approach or anything tactile. In a different place and time, just prior to the Death of Stalin, his closest satellites indulged in a ruthless war for ascendency in which they trusted no former ally. In both cases such people had reason for believing the universe to be malign, hostile, and dangerous.

Counter to these kinds of explicable and pitiable paranoia and without advocating wide-eyed innocence or Pollyannaism, it would be fair to say that it would be normal, as a starting point, especially in the West, and for the sake of our mental well-being, to see the universe as generally benign. Sane adults will naturally know that civilized human societies consist of a mixture of both hatred and love and of good and evil, the worst excesses of the latter discouraged by the rule of law, of course. However, they will also believe that human love, beginning in relations between the sexes and spreading into familial love, underpins and provides the cement for society and, like Dante, that much wickedness is really just a deformation of love.

There are, though, in the West plenty of people who, for whatever reasons, have a disproportionately jaundiced view of society and other people. Instead of seeing it as jaundiced, they will feel that theirs is a realist view and a smart, clued-up, and sophisticated one for that reason. For them a proper conception of society sees it as no more than a network of competitive hatreds. They haven’t noticed the redeeming Hobbesian artifice of the civil society in which we live and which rescues us from the dangerous predicament of being in competition with our fellow humans. Their conception is, of course, an impoverished, unimaginative, and paranoid one; they haven’t, in simple trustfulness, slowed their breathing sufficiently and paused long enough to see the whole picture. They are largely driven and haunted by fear, and their unpleasant vision of society actually tells us more about them than about the societies they live in. They have a mean and cynical vision because they are mean, untrusting, and cynical themselves. “Appearance has entirely superseded and displaced truth. It is the only currency in town.”

There is a further layer to this. Human beings are, uniquely, moral creatures to whom, unsurprisingly therefore, reputation matters. Those who subscribe to the idea that society is nothing more than a dog-eat-dog free-for-all see even the important reputational world as an evolutionary battle for survival; a zero-sum game where every person is somehow a competitor for reputation. The idea that the goodness of each individual is not in competition with the goodness of others but is a private matter for each person is alien to people who hold such views. For them, in an unholy reversal of John the Baptist’s dictum—“He must increase but I must decrease”—each other person canceled or diminished represents a personal increase. This is their unforgiving view of the universe. It is in reality a huge mistake; a misconception of our moral relation to one another.

The kind of consciousness that such paranoid people generate dominates societal perceptions, and things have deteriorated further. Moral quality, which used to be considered the private essence of character, is seen by them to be no more than a performance event or a publicly exhibited commodity untethered from any real essence (which used to be grounded in ideas that God “knew” us completely and suchlike). A lot of this can be explained by the way that the “Society of the Spectacle,” delineated by Guy Debord in the 1960s, has become a reality because of the importance of televisual enactment and social media where each of us is obliged to project a persona that may or may not relate to who we really are. Ours has become an entirely self-conscious and enacting society obsessed with public appearance to the cost of moral reality. Shakespeare (“…one may smile and smile and be a villain”) and other artists have treated the gulf between appearance and reality or sein und schein over the centuries, but that gulf is now broadened to the point of a danger of complete severance between the two things. The main imperative now for many people is to have a sense that they are involved in dramatic narratives where they play and, most important, are seen to play virtuous parts or roles. Exhibition is everything. The fact that such narratives are divorced from real life and that appearances bear no relation to their real moral quality is of no interest to them, for appearance has entirely superseded and displaced truth. It is the only currency in town.

All of this means that they believe moral wars have to be won in ruthless public jousts and competitions that resemble the games in Rollerball or The Hunger Games where the appearance of virtue is stripped from the “losers.” Morally uncompetitive dinosaurs, who believe in real moral essence or quality, are baffled by this approach but are often no less damaged by it. They don’t realize that markets in the appearance of virtue have to be cornered at all costs. Monopolies have to be won by superior signaling. The moral forum becomes no more than a game of musical chairs where dignity is stripped from anyone left standing when the music stops. Those who run Twitter mobs know there is safety in numbers but are often heedless until it is too late of Thomas Carlyle’s likening of the French Revolution to Saturn’s devouring of his own children. Thus, paranoia increases with the realization that any of those you formerly ran with can instantly mutate into dangerous competitors. There is no peace, and life becomes constant vigilance on the lookout for exploitable chinks in the armor of others.

This jealous, paranoid, and, indeed, Darwinian, rather than human, conception of things might seem pathological at first, but, in truth, it has moral roots that lie in a condition of faithlessness. Unnecessarily seeing other humans solely as threats against whom you must always militantly and aggressively strike out is a delusion that equates with the more understandable perceptions of the Romanian orphans or Stalin’s henchmen. Some have done this unawares, and one can feel a modicum of pity for them. The worst are those who know what they are doing and, because they think they can better thrive in it, have preferred a malign and loveless view of society to prevail.

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‘Truth’ Over Facts – Taki’s Magazine – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

The new style of journalist came to the story with a narrative in mind. He was a storyteller who would provide the reader with a sense of what it was like to be in the story, at least the story the writer wanted to tell. As Munnion explained, the journalist showed up with a prepared narrative and then went around looking for people, events, and images to fill in the details. The facts were mere ornaments to decorate the story, not the point of the story.

https://www.takimag.com/article/truth-over-facts/print

The Z Man

In his memoir, Banana Sunday, the late British newspaperman Christopher Munnion described his first encounter with what was then called New Journalism. This was a style of newswriting that got going in the 1960s and 1970s. It was more like long-form fiction than conventional reporting. The style relied on subjectivity and emphasized “truth” over facts. The idea was for the reporter to tell a story from the perspective of an active participant, rather than a passive observer.

Munnion had been reporting on Africa for a long time for The Daily Telegraph, covering the transition in Africa from colonialism to independence. Like most reporters of his day, he reported on what happened, who was there, what they said, and so forth. It was the old-style reporting that had been the standard for generations. That meant going to the event, observing what was happening, and interviewing people about the event. The facts drove the coverage.

The new style of journalist came to the story with a narrative in mind. He was a storyteller who would provide the reader with a sense of what it was like to be in the story, at least the story the writer wanted to tell. As Munnion explained, the journalist showed up with a prepared narrative and then went around looking for people, events, and images to fill in the details. The facts were mere ornaments to decorate the story, not the point of the story.

Munnion was a seasoned Africa hand at that point, so he was amused to learn that these new journalists knew absolutely nothing about Africa and had no interest in learning. They just needed material to authenticate their story. Like most of the men of his generation, he just assumed the fad would die out, because ultimately, facts matter. Of course, like most men of his generation, he was wrong about what was about to happen to the news reporting business.

The term “New Journalism” went out of fashion in the 1980s, but the style never really died. Instead, journalism became more narrative. Simply reporting the facts was never coming back in fashion, especially for a highly partisan media class now populated by bourgeois radicals. Instead, the facts are crafted to fit the story, which conveniently supports whatever ideological fads are popular at the moment with the great and the good. “Modern narrative journalism has now advanced to the point where the narrative no longer has to have any connection with reality.”

Modern narrative journalism has now advanced to the point where the narrative no longer has to have any connection with reality. In fact, it is probably better that it doesn’t, as the facts are most troublesome for narratives that claim some connection to reality. Instead it is best to come up with a good script that satisfies some desire in the audience. That way, they are not going to be too interested in looking for plot holes or conflicts in the story.

It’s why we were deluged with stories of heroic “first responders” battling the coronavirus at our overwhelmed hospitals. The COVID script required overwhelmed hospitals, so the journalist wrote stories about the overwhelmed hospitals. The fact that hospitals were mostly empty due to canceling all services did not register. New York City had hospital ships and an outdoor hospital, all of which sat empty, but that did not fit the story, so it was ignored and no one cared.

It is tempting to think narrative journalism is a form of propaganda, intended to warp public perceptions about daily reality. It often has that feel, but the smart propagandist is like the smart drug dealer. He makes sure to never get high off his supply. The people spinning these tales for us truly believe their narratives. In fact, the narrative incorporates ideological fads and the partisan sensibility into a weird secular religion. Commitment to the story is now a moral signifier.

To see how this works, go back to the 2016 election. The strong female lead was not just running for personal gain, but to change the world for those who would follow her. Hillary Clinton was the feminist Mary Sue, praised by everyone, but handed everything she wanted, because girl power is real and you go girl. The script said she would win a massive victory, humbling the terrible white male antagonist and thus confirming second-wave feminism.

When she lost, we immediately got a new narrative. This one was focused on the nefarious forces that vanquished the strong female lead in the first episode. The Russian collusion story, which was always nonsense, was driven entirely by the left’s need to believe. That’s important. It’s why they could consume all sorts of ridiculous plot devices like the Mueller investigation. Since the plot demanded a dramatic investigation of the villain, one was written into the script.

The Russian collusion story was a big hit, but the sequel, the Ukrainian impeachment story, was like most sequels in that it should never have been made. The audience was subjected to a cast of characters with weird names and confusing story arcs. The main character, the guy who was supposed to be the naive but courageous protagonist, reminded most people of every child molester they read about in the news. They kept wondering why a Ukrainian general worked in the White House.

Now that the election is upon us, the narratives are flying fast and furious. You see, the bad guy is always supposed to lose eventually, so we are getting every plot device available to point the story arc toward a smashing Biden victory. Never mind that the hero in this tale can never be more than five steps away from a toilet and has to take a nap after breakfast. The script demands that the villain be vanquished, so that’s the story we are getting.

While it is certainly fun to mock this stuff, the salient point here is that the people in charge believe the narratives they create. The prestige media believed they were on the trail of Boris and Natasha, who had used their secret mind-control device to control voters at the polling stations. The petty tyrants imposing crazy rules on people in response to the COVID virus really believe they are engaged in a life-and-death struggle to save their people from the virus.

Juvenal famously criticized the Roman people for abandoning their historical birthright of political involvement in exchange for “bread and circuses.” The corrupt ruling elite maintained power by infantilizing the populace. We are now living the mirror image of this. An increasingly disgusted public is desperately trying to reassert its historical birthright in response to a ruling class content to entertain itself with ridiculous tales that celebrate them as heroes for things they’ve never done.

That is the central question at this part of the story, to keep the metaphor going. Can a society carry on when it is ruled by giant toddlers obsessed with fantasy stories, rather than adults doing the hard work of governing a people? What happens when a significant portion of the people collectively realize that the people in charge are dangerously nuts? At some point the script will demand an answer, and it will not involve strong female leads riding a dragon. It will be much worse.

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Red Alert: A Revolution in Progress in the USA – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

When these people call for a revolution, they do not mean some kind of partial change or reform. What they want is a complete remaking and transformation of the American system.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/10/vasko-kohlmayer/red-alert-a-revolution-in-progress-in-the-usa/

By Vasko Kohlmayer

In the last four months America has experienced violence and upheaval not seen since the Civil War. Widespread rioting and burning cities have been the order of the day. We have witnessed anarchy and destruction on an unprecedented scale. Our nation has been vilified and accused of being irredeemably racist. Ritual kneelings took place on all levels: from people in the streets to politicians in the highest echelons of our government. We have seen shameless pandering and the political class bitterly divided. We watched law enforcement standing by while the rioters looted and burned with impunity.

These events have caught most of us by surprise. Especially startling has been the speed with which these developments have unfolded. A mere few months ago, we were an apparently well off and stable country. Today our nation seems to be falling apart at the seams and slouching toward a civil war. In February of this year, Gallup released a poll which showed that Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy was at a 20-year high. At that time nearly ninety percent of Americans were happy with the course of their personal lives. Barely eight months later, we are a country on the verge of anarchy and lawlessness. How could it happen? Why did it happen? Most people just cannot make sense of this.

There is, however, a definite reason and explanation for the upheaval and disturbance in America today: what we are witnessing is a revolution in progress.

This may come as a surprise, but it is true nevertheless. The forces that are attempting to carry out this revolution are, in fact, quite explicit about it. Those marching in the streets routinely chant revolutionary slogans and carry placards featuring the word “REVOLUTION.” To make their purpose unmistakably clear, they regularly deface buildings with graffiti of sickle and hammer and other revolutionary symbols.

Below is a first-hand account of an event which took place as part of the so-called anti-racism “protests” in June of this year in New York City:

“With masses cheering the several calls for communist revolution, we marched down one of Brooklyn’s busiest streets, Flatbush Avenue. Bus drivers blared their horns and raised their fists as we chanted the names of Black youth murdered by the racist police, while marching past graffitied and smashed-up NYPD police cars.”

This unfolding revolution has been launched by the Hard Left and its goal is to topple our society and replace it with an altogether different system of governance.

The underlying ideology that informs the thinking and actions of the revolutionaries is Marxism and its derivatives and modalities such critical race theory, Cultural Marxism, liberation theology and the like. The revolutionaries call themselves by different names such as Marxists, communists, socialists, progressives, liberals, Democrats and such. (Not all who describe themselves as Democrats and liberals are Marxists, but some are.)

At this time the revolution is being spearheaded by the organization known as Black Lives Matter (BLM). BLM is frank about its agenda and ultimate goal. The headline video on its website is called “Now, We Transform.” The teaser underneath reads:

“Our fight for liberty, justice, and freedom continues. Together, we can — and will — transform. This is the revolution.”

When these people call for a revolution, they do not mean some kind of partial change or reform. What they want is a complete remaking and transformation of the American system.

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Vasko Kohlmayer [send him mail] is a naturalized citizen.

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The Progressivism of the Future Is Really Just the Socialism of the Past | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on October 20, 2020

Beyond that, other demands and programs put forth and realized by the progressive movement have included eugenics, population and birth control, family planning, prohibition, antitrust legislation, public education, central banking, and an income tax.

https://mises.org/wire/progressivism-future-really-just-socialism-past?utm_source=Mises+Institute+Subscriptions&utm_campaign=6eca8feaf2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_9_21_2018_9_59_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b52b2e1c0-6eca8feaf2-228343965

Antony P. Mueller

The world is currently in the midst of a newly aggressive drive to bring about a new socialist order through a powerful and “efficient” technocratic state. This new order has been labeled as “progressive,” but it is merely the latest version of the socialist impulse which we have seen before in the form of socialism and communism. 

A War on Private Property

Summed up in a single sentence, the plans of the communists aim at the abolition of private property. From there, the other major demands follow, such as abolishing the family, nation, and countries, and finally, as Marx noted, “communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality.” In as much as the program of liberalism “if condensed into a single word….is private ownership of the means of production” (as described by Ludwig von Mises), the program of the communists is the abolition of private property.

A Promise of Efficiency and Expertise

Yet Marxian socialism—i.e., communism—has not found many followers in the United States. The communist appeal to justice and equality found more resonance in the old world. To have an appeal to the Americans, socialism had to be packaged differently. In the United States, the gospel of socialism appeared under the name of “progressivism” and was preached as bringing society to the highest degree of efficiency.

Under President Woodrow Wilson, progressivism attained its first peak as the dominant philosophy of the state. Society was to these socialists a single organization. The bureaucrats as public administrators found a vivid expression in the political novel Philip Dru: Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow by Edward Mandell House, who was a very close friend of Wilson and who served as the president’s most important political and diplomatic advisor.

This vision of progressivism requires:

  • Government and labor representation on the board of every corporation
  • Sharing the profits of public service companies
  • Government ownership of the means of communication
  • Government ownership of the means of transportation
  • A comprehensive system of old age pension
  • Government ownership of all healthcare
  • Full labor protection and governmental arbitration of industrial disputes

Beyond that, other demands and programs put forth and realized by the progressive movement have included eugenics, population and birth control, family planning, prohibition, antitrust legislation, public education, central banking, and an income tax.

These echo of the planks of the Communist Manifesto, which included demands to

  • Centralize the means of communications and to put the means of transport in the hand of the state
  • Extend the control of the state across the factories and over all land
  • Implement a heavy progressive income tax and abolish the rights of inheritance
  • Centralize credit in the hands of the state and establish a central bank of an exclusive monetary monopoly

Unlike the Communist Manifesto, the progressives did not preach a proletarian revolution but spoke out in the name of efficiency and demanded the bureaucratic rule of expert public administrators. In a specific way, the progressive movement presents an even worse program than Marxism. As Murray Rothbard summarized it, the progressive movement brought about a profound transformation of the American society:

from a roughly free and laissez-faire society of the 19th century, when the economy was free, taxes were low, persons were free in their daily lives, and the government was noninterventionist at home and abroad, the new coalition managed in a short time to transform America into a welfare-warfare imperial State, where people’s daily lives were controlled and regulated to a massive degree.

Socialism in Disguise

Guiding mankind to heaven on earth by transforming society is the quintessential message of socialism, beginning with the “utopian socialism” of the nineteenth century and leading up to our time with the demand for a “concrete utopia.” Yet different from the Marxist mythology that socialism would be the unstoppable successor of capitalism, history shows that the “socialist phenomenon” has appeared time and again throughout history. Instead of being the model of the future, socialism is, de facto, a failed idea of the past.

Socialism is the attempt to create a new social order at will. Yet one cannot construct “order” to one’s wishes. The volitional realization of a socioeconomic system results in establishing society as a single state-dominated organization and as such, it is necessarily hierarchical and must be based on command and obedience instead of the free association of the people as it happens in a spontaneous order.

President Wilson failed in his plan to bring the United States into the League of Nations and establish an organization to promote a new world order in tune with the visions of the progressives. For some time, the Americans resumed the tradition of individualism and isolationism. Yet with the Great Depression and World War II the chance of transforming the society and putting bureaucratic experts at the top came back with a vengeance under the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. With the end of the world war returned the chance to establish a network of international organizations with the mission of organizing society and the economy under the auspices of bureaucratic experts. This happened with the founding of the United Nations and its several subgroups and sister organizations to become active in finance, education, development, and health.

The International Push

With the launch of the United Nations, progressivism as a program of what James Ostrowski calls “destroying America” has attained a global platform. The main seat of this philosophy has moved into the headquarters of the United Nations Organizations. From its start, the United Nations has been the light bearer of global progressivism.

The protection of the environment and “global health” proved to be the ideal pretexts to move forward the agenda of progressivism. In June 1994, the UN Agenda 2021 was initiated by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro and called for the imposition of “sustainable development” on a global scale. While Agenda 2021 was still relatively modest in its demands and nonbinding as to its full execution, the later Agenda 2030 let the cat out of the bag. The new agenda was adopted when the heads of state and government and high representatives met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2015. At this meeting, they approved the adoption of “Global Sustainable Development Goals” about comprehensive and far-reaching universal and transformative goals and targets.

The new agenda describes a program of comprehensive government takeover of almost all aspects of personal life. With no nods to human freedom and market coordination, the document lists seventeen goals that should be met through a bureaucratic takeover of society on a worldwide scale. Behind popular promises such as the end of poverty and hunger, healthy lives, equitable education, and gender equality lurks the agenda to impose global socialism. Demands such as the reduction of income inequality within and among countries, sustainable consumption and production patterns, and building inclusive societies for sustainable development, are parts of an overriding plan to do away with the market economy and to impose comprehensive state planning.

Claiming the “perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill-health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being” (chapter 1, preamble), the conference calls of a “global partnership for sustainable development.”

Under the heading of “program areas” the agenda stresses “the links between demographic trends and factors and sustainable development.” The growth of the world population combined with “unsustainable consumption patterns” endangers the planet, as they “affect the use of land, water, air, energy and other resources.” Under point 5.17 of its objective, the conference demands: “Full integration of population concerns into national planning, policy and decision-making processes.” Protecting the environment requires the comprehensive regulation of the world population which in turn makes it necessary to control personal behavior.

In short, the adoption of this “new world order” would mean the abolition of private property, or what Mises regarded as the liberal program—a world based on private property. If enacted, this project will fail in the end, but it will bring immense suffering in the meantime. Author:

Antony P. Mueller

Dr. Antony P. Mueller is a German professor of economics who currently teaches in Brazil. Write an email. See his website and blog.

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Lost Faith In Government?

Posted by M. C. on October 19, 2020

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What Turned Thomas Sowell From Marxism? Facts

Posted by M. C. on October 19, 2020

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Posted by M. C. on October 19, 2020

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