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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
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
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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Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669, self portrait etchings

Etching, a seemingly simple medium, is fiendishly complex at its highest level. The best, and Rembrandt was the best of the best, were masters of tone and technique which gave their work the richness and depth of painting. Etchings were enormously popular in Rembrandt's time, and an important source of his income for almost all his working life.

The two self portraits above are small sketches, the one at left most likely an exercise in capturing a fleeting expression. More info here .

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tucker Carlson was the editor of Daily Caller when he wrote this about the "conservative establishment" in January, 2016:

Politico - Consider the conservative nonprofit establishment, which seems to employ most right-of-center adults in Washington. Over the past 40 years, how much donated money have all those think tanks and foundations consumed? Billions, certainly.

Has America become more conservative over that same period? Come on. Most of that cash went to self-perpetuation: Salaries, bonuses, retirement funds, medical, dental, lunches, car services, leases on high-end office space, retreats in Mexico, more fundraising.

Paul Gottfried at the Unz Review says:

The plain fact is that Conservatism Inc. functionaries are now socially and culturally much closer to the rest of the political journalistic Establishment than they are to the real Right. They and their Leftist debating partners attended the same educational institutions, live in the same gentrified urban neighborhoods and frequent the same restaurants.

Z Man says, in his essay about Reihan Salam, Why Conservatism Died:

Conservatism is dead. It’s not just that they outsourced their movement to Asian migrants. It’s that they stopped being serious. They turned their thing into a parlor game, where they play a role the Left designed for them.

I thought of how useless the conservatives and the Republican Party have been, and are, when I read this in the Washington Post on Thursday:

The Republican-led House narrowly rejected a measure on Thursday that sought to strike an Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.

Democrats described the proposal as bigoted, unconstitutional and cowardly and they won support from 24 GOP lawmakers to scuttle the amendment to the annual defense policy bill, 214-209.

Apparently twenty-four Republican Representatives believe their constituents who oppose this outrage are bigoted and cowardly as well.

Next please

At present I'm pondering questions, not answers.

Is the Alt Right a comparatively well-mannered and gentlemanly forerunner of the real backlash to come, perhaps a trial balloon to test the winds aloft?

Which is the more probable motive for those underground luxury bunkers and South Pacific retreats, fear of nuclear war or fear of a long overdue reckoning?

It's said the last act of a collapsing regime is to loot the treasury. Are we seeing mere corruption or the "last act"?

Next item please

About the police killing of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, she being the one who called 911 to report suspicious goings-on. Here's what the mainstream media is not telling you, from Gateway Pundit:

Somali American police officer Mohamed Noor shot Aussie Justine Damond dead this past weekend. Mohamed Noor reached over his partner and shot Damond dead while she was speaking to his partner. Damond called the police to report a possible assault down the alley behind her home. Mohamed was the first Somali officer in his precinct.

And finally,

Repeal ObamaCare. Build the wall. Furthermore, Carthage must be destroyed. So far, one out of three, no credit to DC. While we wait, let's put sanity aside, fortify ourselves with thoughts of puppies and kittens, and reluctantly turn to what now occupies the space formerly reserved for reality, as chronicled in yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1942. Gilbert Paper magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The war made advertising simple, tie the product to national defense. Our fighting men wear cotton, our paper is made with cotton ... oughtta be enough for anyone. Done and done.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Ancient Origins - Could the Ark Described at Edessa Be the Biblical Ark of the Covenant?

Paul Craig Roberts - Times Change Out From Under Us

Miami Herald - Former Haiti government official shoots himself in the head in Miami-area hotel

art-remus-ident-04.jpg yournewswire.com says this:

Eberwein was due to appear next Tuesday before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where he was widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors.

According to Eberwein, a paltry 0.6% of donations granted by international donors to the Clinton Foundation with the express purpose of directly assisting Haitians actually ended up in the hands of Haitian organizations. A further 9.6% ended up with the Haitian government. The remaining 89.8% – or $5.4 billion – was funneled to non-Haitian organizations.

“The Clinton Foundation, they are criminals, they are thieves, they are liars, they are a disgrace,” Eberwein said at a protest outside the Clinton Foundation headquarters in Manhattan last year.

And the list keeps growing. The Chicago Tribune says, "Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show". Smith had a long history of opposition research on Clinton family "enterprises".

Next Big Future - China have teleported a photon 500 kilometers to orbiting satellite

Cosmos - What ‘teleporting’ a photon to space means

Science News - A quarter century ago, the qubit was born

Heat Street - Chelsea Clinton Sued for $150,000 for Allegedly Stealing Idea of Her New Book from Another Author

Bloomberg - Conservatives Are Souring on Colleges. Blame Colleges ... not merely left-leaning, but actively hostile to conservatives

Newser - Blogger Might've Crushed Amelia Earhart Theory, Says newly surfaced photo was published before Earhart vanished ... published in a travel book about the South Seas in October 1935

Hot Air - BART withholding video of attacks over concern about “stereotypes” ... if it were a video showing white teenagers robbing someone we would have the video by now

Amerika - Your Elimination Will Not Be Televised ... Honkie Mofo's will be beaten and robbed in government-enforced silence

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Libs are incapable of telling the truth.

Popular Mechanics - The Navy Is Looking for a New Frigate to Replace the Troubled Littoral Combat Ship ... a whole decade down the drain

CDR Salamander - Why Do We Keep Building LCS? ... to keep the industrial base alive

War Is Boring - NATO Reenacts Baltic Guerrilla War ... the Forest Brothers kept Soviet troops mired in a conflict for nearly a decade. Includes video, 8m 07s. Also see this article, Finnish Veterans Recall Fighting the Red Army, includes video, 10m 24s

PJ Media - ISIS to Jihadists: 'Kidnap the Children' of Western Non-Muslims ... if they seize them in a shar’i manner they own them

Natural News - Climate change scientists launch geoengineering experiment that may accidentally cause global famine ... will expel aerosols into the atmosphere to block out the sun. What could go wrong?

Z Man - Guns and the Prog ... gun control is an obsession with Progs because they are convinced it harms white people, particularly white men

Washington Post - Why these professors are warning against promoting the work of straight, white men ... it oppresses diverse voices and bolsters the status of already privileged and established white male scholars

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "... these professors" turn out to be feminist activists. The author, Kristine Phillips , is neither white nor male. What she is may not bear close scrutiny. Identity politics fingered science and mathematics some time ago as their next beachhead. Expect more of this stuff.

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Slavery: Dark Spots in a Shining Sea of Twaddle, Fred On Everything - Much is written about slavery and its aftermaths. A large part of this is frenetically modified history issuing from people both excited and poorly read, a comic-book version apparently intended to support agendas of the impenetrably adolescent Left. A few points ...

Fox News - Kim Jong Un sends North Korean slaves to Russia to earn cash for regime

 

Russia, Zero Hedge - For almost a full year now the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC and CNN, among others, have teamed up to bring us one Russian collusion story after another. We suspect that these media outlets somehow feel it is their duty to advance the cause of 'The Resistance' at all costs, even if it means destroying their own journalistic integrity from time to time with a few fake news reports. The media's mass hysteria is really only serving to bolster 'The Resistance' in the major metro areas of the country. Rallying the disaffected liberal voters of New York and California is not going to win any national elections.

 

Two related essays ponder the perils of noticing the difference between "what experts say" and the evidence of your own eyes. Dystopic leads off and Francis Porretto takes up the theme.

Declination - One thing that has become clear to me over the years is that people can reason themselves in and out of pretty much anything. Evidence can be provided for just about any assertion, no matter how ludicrous, and debunking it can lead to an endless rabbit hole of argument and counter-argument that never resolves much of anything. You can test this by googling just about any idiotic idea, and mountains of “evidence” will be found to support it. So how does a man determine what is true, or at least more likely to be true?

 

Bastion Of Liberty - Some years ago I realized that a considerable fraction of my anthropological and sociological assumptions were persistently contradicted by that persistently aggravating old nag, reality: i.e., the evidence of my senses. My perceptions were amply confirmed by the evidence of others’ senses and the aggregate of news reportage about matters pertaining to crime and public safety. To wit: the white and black races differ markedly in intelligence, aggressiveness, and propensity for lawbreaking. To notice those patterns was the first step along a socially hazardous route. I could feel the danger even at the outset.

 

Civil wrongs, Traditional Right 2014 - Because cultural Marxism preaches that all blacks’ troubles are the fault of whites, black racism, black hatred of whites, is now common in black urban communities. The message disempowers blacks, because if their problems are whites’ fault, blacks can do nothing about them. All the black urban community can do is wallow endlessly in its sins, until whites somehow rescue them. This is of course nonsense. When genuine history can be written, the history of the Civil Rights movement will take both narratives into account, those of the winners and the losers. When that time comes, the Civil Rights movement may be seen very differently.

 

1942. Dillon Montana

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Dillon is a town of about 4,000, and growing, in southwestern Montana. The population in 1942 was about 3,100. Dillon began as a railroad center serving nearby silver and gold mines and expanded as a sheep and cattle town. Forbes listed it as one of "America's Prettiest Towns" and photos on the web confirm it.

Shown in the photo is Bannack Street at the intersection with Montana Street in 1942. The gold leaf lettering on the turret windows read: Dr. Harve Stanchfield, Physician & Surgeon. The ground floor cafe advertised twenty-four hour table service.

This classic red brick 1890 building has been replaced with a casino-tavern, done in the severely blank but admirably efficient Modular Warehouse Style. Where the 1890 version expressed civic confidence with panache and style, its replacement suggests deferred redemption. And Raymond Sideloaders.

 

The photographer is standing in about the same place as above, but has moved somewhat to his right to catch the rest of the block. All these buildings still stand, with the usual ground floor remodeling from different eras and various degrees of vandalism to the upper stories, with the exception of the building at the far right which appears unmodified.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Dem deplorables, City Journal - In the course of describing the Democrats’ class dilemma, the liberal truth-tellers unwittingly show why a solution lies out of reach. They understate Democrats’ entanglement with the identity-politics Left, a group devoted to a narrative of American iniquity. No Democrat today possesses the skills to persuade liberal voters to give up their assumptions of white deplorability, endorse assimilation, or back traditional civics education. In the current environment, a Democratic civics curriculum would teach that American institutions are vehicles for the transmission of white supremacy and sexism, hardly a route to social cohesion.

 

Evergreen State, The College Fix posts a series reporting on a 900-page document dump obtained by The College Fix through a public records act request to Evergreen State College.

First in the series. Read the emails Evergreen State’s president was sent that denounce him as a foolish coward.

Second in the series. Evergreen State upheaval felt like some sort of warzone, scholar says

Third in the series. ‘How foolish of me to even imagine a post‐racial society,’ Evergreen’s president opined in email

 

Because shut up, Truth Is Justice - John McWhorter’s recent piece at National Review posits the racial IQ gap might exist but recommends not talking about it anyway. How much longer before NR just cuts out the rigmarole and starts recruiting writers from Black Lives Matter? McWhorter begins his article by asking what we have to gain by discussing the intellectual inferiority of blacks. Could you imagine anyone asking that question about any other topic? Soon, whites will be forced to fight for what they never should have given away in the first place. This is the ultimate price of keeping frank racial discussions in the closet, and one, I am sure, no one wants to pay.

 

Church of Modern Lunacy, Z Man - Churches are now in a death spiral. First came the women and then the feminist women. Soon they invited in the homosexuals and the clergy started looking like the faculty of a liberal arts college. That’s when the pews started to empty out. Why bother going to church, when you can get the same liberal lecture from television? The conservatives make it a priority to serve the church and serve God, while the radicals are always scheming to advance the radical agenda. The conservatives are constantly outmaneuvered and end up getting marginalized, despite having numbers.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg La Civilta Cattolica, a Vatican-reviewed Catholic journal, says modern-day deplorables harbor a "xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations." La Civilta Cattolica is also where "Social Justice" theory was first published, in the 1850s by co-founder and Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli.

The Vatican appears to be, and seems happy to be, a junior partner to this political pustule. It's not a good look, but chances are they're going to ride this ugly horse right off the cliff. They've done it before. There was an era when even Der Sturmer quoted La Civilta Cattolica. How about this: bus drivers have one job. Dentists have one job. Christian churches have one job. Do your job.

 

Joplin, Quintus Curtius - It is often said that ragtime music is an ancestor of jazz; but this is not really the whole story. Joplin actually disdained free-form improvisation: he felt that all of his compositions should be played exactly as they had been written by him. Ragtime in many ways is its own separate musical genre, unlike anything before or since. It combined the rollicking, bawdy feel of the brothel with the rigor and discipline of classical German musical forms. It is an unexpected fusion, but it works. Joplin did not invent the genre, but he became its most influential and capable practitioner.

 

1942. Creede Colorado

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Creede is a mining town of about 300 in southwestern Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Creede is a boom town that went bust, down from about 10,000 in 1891, and from about 700 in 1942, but with enough good ore to prevent it from becoming a ghost town.

Notable residents include Robert Ford and Bat Masterson. The photo is of Creede Notch, the town itself is largely behind the photographer. Here's a link to a recent photo taken from almost the same place.

 

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

 

AI robots, John Rappoport - No matter how many complex layers of “decision-making” are programmed into AI, the machine is always acting within rules and guidelines laid out in advance. It is never choosing. Individual humans are capable of free choice, and are also capable of changing their own rules and standards. The future is bright, if you want planned societies run by AI, where humans are fitted into slots, and algorithms determine who eats, who doesn’t, who has access to water and who doesn’t, how much energy can be used by each human, and all production and distribution are controlled from a central planning center.

 

Sticks and stones, Front Page - The left has spent decades successfully normalizing the intentionally vague term “hate speech” in the culture, even going so far as to insist that it should not be protected by the First Amendment. But what is “hate speech”? It’s anything the left wants it to be, of course. When the media elites of CNN or HBO or The View or late night talk shows openly bash Christians or the traditional values of flyover Americans, it is never, ever condemned as hate speech; but those same elites leap to denounce virtually everything the right says as such. It is a brilliantly effective way to delegitimize conservatives and their ideas, and to exclude them from the public sphere. Now illiberals want to take the concept of hate speech to the next level, redefining the word “violence” to include emotionally hurtful language.

 

Superfluid gravity, Aeon - The evidence for dark matter comes from its gravitational effects: unseen material seems to have influenced the formation, rotation and motions of galaxies. On very large scales, collisionless dark matter generally matches astronomical observations. On smaller scales, however, this model predicts that more material would clump in galactic centres than astronomers actually find. An entirely different model does better with exactly those observations. Maybe dark matter at small scales makes a phase transition into a superfluid. If it forms a condensate at the scale of galaxies, this really solves a lot of problems.

 

Luxury bunkers, Independent - The super-rich and ultra-paranoid are preparing for the breakup of civilisation by purchasing of apocalypse-safe bunkers worth millions of pounds. The 15-storey underground luxury compounds are said by the sellers to be able to withstand everything from extreme weather like tornadoes, to a full blown nuclear attack. Located in Kansas, the hardened structures were originally missile silos, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Each facility has more than 54,000 square feet of protected space, and are able to sustain 75 people for upwards of five years.

 

1942. England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This wasn't a day's ration, this was a week's ration. Sugar, tea, a cheese slice, margarine, butter, lard, one egg, bacon and four slices of beef. Bon apetit. Food rationing began in January 1940, but excluded fish and a food-like substance called "national bread". Life expectancy, general health and infant mortality steadily improved throughout the war.

 

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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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