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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Sanford Gifford, Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid, 1863

At 4,867 feet elevation, Whiteface is the fifth-highest mountain in New York State and one of forty-two peaks in the Adirondacks over 4,000 feet. For comparison, the high peaks of the Rockies run almost 10,000 feet higher.

The east face of Whiteface was vandalized in the 1930s with a network of ski slopes and a highway to an elevator near the top—yes, an elevator—for the last 267 feet to the peak.

See this photo for a reverse view, Lake Placid from Whiteface Mountain.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Charles Smith posted an essay entitled, Our Culture of Rape, over at his site, Of Two Minds. Here's an excerpt:

For the true sickness of our society and culture is measured not in the vile crimes of our entitled-insider class: it's measured by the armies of enablers, protectors, enforcers and apologists who protect the entitled-insider class from exposure and justice.

After 25 years of blatant abuse of power and crimes that have yet to enter the court docket, 25 years during which the cream of the American media purposefully ignored his blatant abuses of power, the moldering putrid remains of American journalism has finally emerged from its fetid nests, trembling in the unaccustomed brightness of day, to "report," 25 years too late to save his innumerable victims.

It's a bit or three over the top, and the rest reads about the same without advancing the thesis much, but it's a fair cover of the standard trope. I'll look elsewhere for the voice of Everyman however. He doesn't tell us, or doesn't know, what's going on.

When things go "old testament" it's always a screen, in this case they're moving the mining operation from the played out middle class to the next level up. Their former front men, always despised and now without protection-by-connection, they're eviscerating each other. And the crowd goes wild.

Next

George Ure at Urban Survival notices working people are paid less, have fewer holidays and lower retirement benefits than the same jobs in government.

Federal, state, and local workers better get effing used to the idea that at some point, We the Working People will be tapped out. When that happens, we aren’t going to starve so GS-somethings along with State somethings and County somethings can have a fatter retirement than social security... when comes to retirement systems, the notion of equal is given a smoke and stood up against the wall.

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This is from “Disrespecting” Black Soldiers, by C. Robinson at Truth Is Justice:

There are also strange and unforeseen problems when employing black soldiers. The first strange and unforeseen problem occurred during the Civil War. The use of black troops in the Union Army caused the breakdown of prisoner exchanges between North and South. This led to the disease-ridden Andersonville, Georgia POW camp, among others.

and finally,

Got a bunch of real good stuff for you this week. Let's get on with yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1927. Chevrolet magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The '27 Chevrolet was GM's answer to the Ford Model A, introduced the same year. Known internally as the Capitol AA, the platform featured a 171 cubic inch four-cylinder engine topped with eight body styles, a spiffy new radiator cowl and bullet-style headlights.

By the 1920s it was plain women were a major influence on family car buying decisions, which led directly to taking stylists on board and the rise of parallel advertising campaigns.

This is a "woman's ad" emphasizing beauty, luxury and convenience in the copy, reinforced by the illustration's Mother Goose house and high fashion model. Not mentioned, Capitol AA was also the platform for their light trucks.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Front Page - The Red Carpet Code of Silence in Hollywood, why Hollywood and the media can’t stop the abuses ... one day there will be movies made about the heroism of those courageous stars who refused to out sexual abusers

Traditional Right - The Hezbollah Model Wins ... a caliphate is a pre-state government

Gateway Pundit - UMass Boston to Gateway Pundit’s Lucian Wintrich: Change Title of “It’s OK to Be White” Speech, Or It Will Be Banned

SHTFplan - Mainstream Media Now Promoting “Gun Confiscation Orders” As Solution To Mass Shootings ... would allow a judge to “issue an ex parte order” for direct confiscation

Daily Caller - Everything That Could Possibly Go Wrong With The Gun Control Narrative Went Wrong In Texas

CNN - 60K participate in nationalist march in Poland ... carried banners "White Europe, Europe must be white," and "Pray for an Islamic Holocaust"

Return of Kings - The White Woman Punched In The Face By A Black Cop At A Football Game Deserved It ... enter a man's world, play by men's rules

Diamondback - “It’s okay to be white” posters are covertly racist ... University of Maryland student newspaper says it gives students of color reason to fear for their safety

Research, University of Cambridge - Archaeologists uncover rare 2,000-year-old sundial during Roman theatre excavation ... still keeps good time

Cold Fury - The Weinstein-Progressivist axis ... most of Weinstein's so-called “victims” sought to use him, ensuring others would be treated similarly

Excerpt: ...the Democrat Socialist Party rumpswabs who feted him and ignored his iniquity right up to the end in order to keep the money pipeline open won't suffer any such punishment, or any punishment at all. They'll just move on to the next Tinseltown degenerate, attaching themselves remora-like to his wallet.

Popular Science - You can use aluminum foil to strengthen your Wi-Fi signal ... I can’t really advise people to use tinfoil or any sort of reflector, mainly for regulatory reasons

Patriot Post - The Navy Swamp Needs Draining Too, From Obama-style social engineering to rampant corruption, the Navy is in trouble

Unz Review - Why Hatred of Whites Is Here to Stay ... whites are now historical fair game

Smithsonian - Dinosaurs Might Be Alive Today If the Asteroid Had Hit Another Location ... only a fraction of the Earth’s surface contained the right amount of hydrocarbons

Phys Org - The path length of light in opaque media ... confirmed: no matter whether an object is opaque or transparent, the average length of the light's paths through the object is always the same

Excerpt: It is a universal law, which in principle holds for any kind of wave. The same rules that apply to light in an opaque liquid also hold for sound waves, scattered at tiny objects in air or even gravity waves, travelling through a galaxy. The basic physics is always the same.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article is over-compact. Took me a couple of readings to "get it".

YouTube - 1918 Model 66 Pierce Arrow - Jay Leno's Garage ... never been restored, and still runs perfectly, right down to the gauge cluster. Video, hi-def, 26m 53s

Scientific American - The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret ... quarks could fuse together in a powerful reaction

PJ Media - ISIS to Jihadists: No 'Showing Off or Seeking Fame,' 'Strike Violently' and Escape ... kill the young before the older

Captain's Journal - The Conversation Gun Controllers Need To Have With Their Wives ... If someone invades our home, I’m willing to let him rape or even torture you and kill our children

National Interest - Navy Might Have a New 'Bullet' To Destroy North Korean Missiles ... "active seeker" can track and destroy target even if it maneuvers to evade

DEBKA - Why Russian-made air-defense missiles miss Israel Air Force raiders

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Analysis paralysis. Complex integrated systems always have latent failure modes, including failure-to-act. Such systems aren't flawed, they are a flaw. In combat you're just as dead from indecision as a wrong decision. Systems should execute decisions, not make them.

Los Angeles Times - As China cools on Hollywood, the movie business looks closer to home for money ... $4.78 billion last year, $489 million as of September this year

Off Grid News - They Seized His Truck Because He Had 5 Bullets ... kept it for two years

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Dollar destruction, International Man - The rich and the poor do have a tendency to draw apart as a society becomes more bureaucratic, but not because of any cosmic law. It’s a consequence of any highly politicized system. The bigger government becomes, the more effort the rich will put into making the government do things their way. Only the rich can afford the legal counsel it takes to weave and dodge through the laws that restrict the masses. The rich can pay to influence how the government distorts the economy. That’s the nature of government; it doesn’t create wealth, it dissipates wealth or misallocates it, because it acts in ways that are politically productive rather than economically productive.

 

AR-15, Stilton's Place - USA Today, an alleged newspaper, sought to educate its readers about the weapon used in the horrific mass-killings in a small Texas church. That's about as serious a topic as you can get, so you'd think that serious journalism would be something of a goal for USA Today. But how wrong you'd be! To add to their audience's fear of guns and those who wield them, the paper released an infographic video on their Twitter feed described as "a look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting." They then showed the basic gun, then started adding on possible modifications to make in more insanely terrifying, like a bump stock, laser sight, extra large magazine, and ... a chainsaw bayonet.

 

Diversity, Unz Review - If diversity is so wonderful, and in the self-interest of universities and businesses, why must it be imposed forcefully? Surely if it was as beneficial as advertised, there would be no need for disparate impact lawsuits. It is one thing to demand sacrifices for a clearly understood, noble cause—WW II rationing, for example. But it is quite another to demand sacrifices for a cause whose benefits rest on an obvious falsehood, and it is hard to imagine a bigger lie than “Diversity is Our Strength.” Even worse, today’s PC dogma insists that those coerced into this charade dare not complain, at least in public, since such caviling will be deemed “racist” and a defense of white privilege.

 

Jihad, Sultan Knish - Allahu Akbar does not mean “God is Great.” It means “Allah is Greater”. When Muslims defeat Christians or Jews, they prove that Allah is superior to Jewish and Christian beliefs. And that the teachings of Islam are superior to the teachings of their religious enemies. When Muslim terrorists shout it today, they are declaring that they are about to prove Allah’s superiority by killing non-Muslims. “Allahu Akbar” isn’t merely associated with terrorist attacks. It’s the reason for those attacks. Muslims kill non-Muslims to prove that, “Allahu Akbar”: that Allah is greater the religions of their victims. “Allahu Akbar” isn’t something he happens to say while killing you. It’s why he’s killing you.

 

1939. Oklahoma City Railway Company terminal

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Operating from 1903 to 1947, an extensive system of electrified streetcar routes radiated from a central terminal at what is now Sheridan and Hudson in downtown Oklahoma City. Interurban routes using the same technology extended the system west to El Reno, north to Guthrie, and south to Norman.
Source. Includes interactive map.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Self defense, Market-Ticker - The government never brings charges of any sort against those who were grossly negligent or even active enablers if they are in any way employed by any government instrumentality. Despite whatever "laws" are allegedly there and allegedly provide "duties" they're nothing more than mere suggestions. The individual is thus left with no alternative but to refuse to allow, support or defend any restrictions on carry and mere possession of firearms. It's clear that our government will not only fail to do their jobs they will also fail to accept accountability when they don't. So-called "law enforcement" organizations have defined themselves not as "peace keepers" or "police officers" but rather as janitors who are willing to clean up a mess after the fact.

 

Arms, Tenth Amendment Center - The founding generation intended for the people to have access to weapons capable of matching military firepower, and they would in no way be shocked at the idea of the general population owning so-called “assault weapons.” In fact, that was the point. They wanted the populace to both possess military equipment and the have the ability to use it. They wanted to ensure the people could resist the government – by force if necessary. It’s a matter of balancing power with power. The government will be far less likely to become tyrannical or oppressive when the people maintain the ability to resist. Technology has certainly changed over the last 250 years. Human nature hasn’t.

 

Equality, Campus Reform - Lisa Wade, a sociology professor at Occidental College, argued in May that fraternities should be abolished because they “hoard power” for “wealthy white men,” and because of the dangerous party culture they promote. Black fraternities could be an exception because “POC [People Of Color] -serving frats are much less problematic than historically white ones.” Instead of abolishing black fraternities, Wade proposed that they could “persist as one of the many orgs on campus aimed at creating space and support for marginalized/traditionally excluded students,” adding that she hopes there is a “concerted effort” to protect these POC fraternities in the move to abolish all other fraternities.

 

Academia, Front Page - When Antifa thugs and other illiberal Berkeley students marauded through campus to shut down a scheduled speech by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, for instance, the takeaway seemed to be that the disruptions and rioting were the fault of the conservative students groups who invited the controversial speakers. Professors who are openly contemptuous of conservative views will never be motivated to even listen to opposing voices, let alone allow speakers with these views to bring them to campus. Faculty and students alike, believe that their progressive views are virtuous and moral, and those of conservatives are regressive, cruel, and unjust.

College Fix - Free speech professor fired from UCLA warns: No one is safe

 

Spin cycle, Ann Coulter - The Democrats have two very different profiles. One is their public face of absolute moral purity. They're just better people than Republicans. That's what you're buying when you walk into the Democratic store: pure virtue. They've got nothing else on the shelves. No beef jerky, no wiper fluid, no Gatorade. The other profile is reality: In the backroom, where the employees eat lunch, the Democrats and their fat-cat donors are committing unspeakably sleazy and immoral acts. Now, they run their Watergate-style "ratf---ing" through law firms. But we're not allowed to mention it because the Clinton campaign and DNC used Weinstein's money laundering technique.

 

1939. Atlanta Georgia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A bellhop, known elsewhere as a porter, assists the hotel's guests, known elsewhere as customers, moving into and out of their rooms. Part pack mule and part concierge, they are "the face of the place".

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Clintons, Gateway Pundit - Former President Bill Clinton, and his colluding wife Sen. Hillary Clinton, rose to the pinnacle of U.S. political and cultural power by lying about and destroying women Bill preyed upon when he held public office as attorney general and governor in Arkansas and the presidency of the United States. In 2017, as liberals finally decide to take sexual assault and harassment in the workplace as career-ending offenses, it is time for them to prove their awakening is true by driving Bill and Hillary Clinton from public life. The same Hollywood that is cleaning house embraced and celebrated the Clintons for decades. What will they do now?

 

Electric cars, Eric Peters Autos - Electric cars have to be force-fed because there are not enough takers on the merits. If this were not so, the force-feeding wouldn’t be necessary. No one puts a gun to people’s heads to buy Starbucks coffee or for that matter, Toyota Corollas – because it’s not necessary. They sell on the merits. EVs don’t. Like the “war on terror,” the war on carbon dioxide is a strategically brilliant tactic because it’s impossible to define and just as impossible to win. It was never about “the environment.” The point of the exercise is shoring up the matrix, maintaining the integrity of the pyramid . . . with guess who at the apex and the rest of us you know where.

 

Plague, Z Man - The people of Europe and Asia had a nice run, but they have reached a dead end in the eyes of nature. The fertility rates have plummeted, even in China. In Europe, the willingness of the natives to defend themselves and their territories has collapsed. From the perspective of nature, Eurasians are looking a lot like the giant Panda. Humans may think it worthwhile to maintain a species that no longer will reproduce, but nature is unemotional about these things. Alternatively, a great plague that originates with the swelling populations of Africa and then spreads around the world is another option.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For those who don't know, Theodore Beale is a writer, publisher, video game developer and self-described Christian nationalist who blogs under his literary pen name, Vox Day. He has, of late, taken Z Man to task for alleged plagiarism and pronounces him neither smart nor honest. Read his piece, Plagiarism Is Plagiarism, here .

There's always more to these kerfuffles than meets the eye. I mention it here for whatever value it may have to Woodpile Report readers. Fortunately for you, my education is that of long ago public schools, disqualifying me from dispute at the level of medieval theology. Both Vox Day and Z Man are seekers worth reading. Neither are more flawed than I am. I shall continue to link to both as warranted.

As I like to say, I was born confused and things have not improved. Political plumbing is a Rorschach test I routinely fail, so rather than have my "tiny but hyperactive mind" seize up—plagiarized from Harvey Kurtzman—Woodpile Report will continue to be configured for 'situational awareness'.

 

Paki nukes, National Interest - Experts believe Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile is steadily growing. Today Pakistan is estimated to have an arsenal of 110 to 130 nuclear bombs. Pakistan currently has a nuclear “triad” of nuclear delivery systems based on land, in the air and at sea. Islamabad is believed to have modified American-built F-16A fighters and possibly French-made Mirage fighters to deliver nuclear bombs by 1995. The sea component of Pakistan’s nuclear force consists of the Babur class of cruise missiles. A submarine-launched version, Babur-3, was tested in January and would be the most survivable of all Pakistani nuclear delivery systems.

 

1944. Ardennes France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Two MGs, three MPs and an M1.

Too much?

Wooded, boggy and hilly, the "impenetrable" Ardennes of Belgium and northern France was a German invasion route twice in World War II.

An aside: the Meuse River in the Ardennes is about 330 million years old, the second oldest river in the world. The oldest is the Finke Rover in Australia at about 375 million years old. Tell your friends.

 

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Notate Bene

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
Traditional

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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