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Articles: 1913: The Turning Point

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 12, 2017

There is widespread agreement that Wilson did not always show good judgment – for example, in his blunders in international relations – but in the project of overturning the Founding, he and the movement he led selected their targets shrewdly.  By the time he left office, the American republic was, as they say, history.  The fundamentals of the new regime were in place, and the expansion of government under FDR, LBJ, and Obama was made easy, perhaps even inevitable. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Folly of Wilsonism

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 26, 2017

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-folly-of-wilsonism/

“What we demand in this war,” he said, “is nothing peculiar to ourselves. It is that the world be made fit and safe to live in. … All the peoples of the world are in effect partners in this interest.”

This gauzy humanitarianism was dangerous then, and it is dangerous now. When you include all the peoples of the world in your global project, you end up with an unmanageable foreign-policy remit with no end in sight. The world is a brutal place, full of senseless, horrific killing in multiple locations at all times. Despite Tillerson’s tall talk about protecting innocents everywhere, it isn’t possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Woodrow Wilson legacy tainted by racism, attacks on Constitution – Washington Times

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 22, 2017

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/10/woodrow-wilson-legacy-tainted-by-racism-attacks-on/

Wilson, the first college president to occupy the White House, banned blacks from government restrooms, was the first president to openly attack the U.S. Constitution and eagerly support laws to prosecute and imprison those who disagreed with his policies. His hostility to black Americans was matched only by his antipathy toward Italian, German and Irish Americans and his desire to rid the nation of those he referred to dismissively as “hyphenated Americans” and against who he railed incessantly.

Here at home, Wilson’s war gave birth to a larger and larger role for government and regimentation. With the passage of the Espionage Act in 1917 and the Sedition Act a year later, Wilson had the power to ban dissent and shut up his critics. More than a hundred journalists including, most famously, socialist leader Eugene Debs, were indicted, tried and convicted for what they said and wrote rather than for anything they did. Even Mitchell Palmer, Wilson’s attorney general, who is remembered mainly for the Palmer raids launched as part of the “Red Scare,” felt after the war ended that his boss had gone too far. He went to the president and urged him to pardon Debs and the others lest history condemn him for his actions. Mr. Wilson tore up the pardon request, declaring, “This man was a traitor and he will never be pardoned during my administration.”

Wilson is taking a real beating in the alt-press on the centennial of our entry into the great war.

It is a well deserved beating. 

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Progressivism-Know Thine Enemy

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 3, 2016

Progressivism stands for the proposition that freedom , liberty, voluntary cooperation, and the free market are not enough. To best improve life, the state must intervene with men and women carrying guns and willing to use them against resistance and break up those voluntary relations and impose its will by brute force to achieve different and presumably better results. At the bottom of progressivism is a quasi-religious belief in state action (force) over individual choice.

This is the definition of Progressivism as defined in James Ostrowski’s book on the greatest threat to liberty this country has seen. Progressivism -A Primer on the Idea Destroying America.

Ostrowski defines and describes Progressvisim, its failures and how neoconservatives have grown to employ its precepts.

“Progressivism -A Primer on the Idea Destroying America” is a great starting point for anyone new to and wanting to learn about Progressive philosophy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Minimum Wage – The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 22, 2014

Early 20th century Progressives and eugenicists were concerned about the quality of life. Mostly theirs. The so-called “inferior” and “low wage” races at that time were the Irish, Eastern Europeans, Italians, blacks and Chinese. Their willingness to work for less and for longer hours combined with high birth rates raised fear in WASP circles. Progressive pioneer Theodore Roosevelt coined a term for allowing this to continue – “Race Suicide”. Read the rest of this entry »

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