American Elephants


The Always Quotable Dr. Thomas Sowell by The Elephant's Child

Economist Mark J. Perry featured a quote from Thomas Sowell’s 2012 column “Socialist or Fascist?” in his Carpe Diem column at AEI.

“What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people – like themselves – need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.”

And here’s another:

“The left’s vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends. The self-flattery of the vision of the left also gives its true believers a huge ego stake in that vision which means that mere facts are unlikely to make them reconsider, regardless of what evidence piles up against the vision of the left, and regardless of its disastrous consequences.

Only our own awareness of the huge stakes involved can save us from the rampaging presumptions of our betters, whether they are called socialists or fascists. So long as we buy their heady rhetoric, we are selling our birthright of freedom.”



Identity Politics Is A Huge Threat to Our Country by The Elephant's Child

I ran into this article on “Identity politics” and with all the terminology thrown around today, I realized I was not really sure what was meant by the term. so I looked it up. The formal definition is here. Powerline linked to a Heritage Foundation panel on the problem which I found completely fascinating. It’s  sharp look at what is going on in our world today, by several of the sharpest minds out there, who all consider this real problem but differently. Each of the panelists had 10 minutes, which they over ran, but the proposed time limit kept it shorter than it might have otherwise been. I think most of us are somewhat aware that we are hovering around the edges of a political civil war. It’s getting increasingly angry out there:

If you are going to solve a problem, you have to understand what it is first. There is a deep lack of understanding of ordinary human nature. Life is hard, you will make mistakes. You enjoy being with people who share your interests, whether it’s a knitting circle, or watching a football game. Selecting such a group is not prejudice against some other group or sexual identity. More women are apt to be interested in knitting, and more men are apt to care about a football game. Human nature.



The Timetables of History by The Elephant's Child

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1933An Unusual Year

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States dies
Edouard Daladier becomes Premier of France
Adolph Hitler appointed German Chancellor
U.S.Congress votes independence for Phillippines
First U.S. Aircraft Carrier “Ranger” is launched

The Reichstag Fire in Berlin
F.D. Roosevelt inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States
Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor, first woman in the Cabinet
Hermann Goering named Prussian Prime Minister
Goebbels named Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda

Boycott of Jews begins in Berlin
Japan withdraws from the League of Nations
Hitler granted dictatorial powers
Dachau opened
21st Amendment to the Constitution repealed (Prohibition)
Fiorello La Guardia elected Mayor of New York City

The Army of the United States was 137,000 men. (The French Army was 5 million)



Alexandria Occassionally-Cogent Says We’re All Going to Die in 5 Years If We Don’t Do Something Right Now. by The Elephant's Child

The climate of the Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years.

THE MORE RECENT CLIMATE TIMELINE

120,000 – 110,000 Years Ago – The Eemian interglacial
100,000 Years Ago – A fairly sudden shift to cold glacial conditions over ∼ 400 years ∼or less. Northern forests retreat – ice sheets take over.

60,000 – 55.000 years between – partial melted glaciers
14,000 years ago – Sudden warming raising temperatures to present levels.
12,500 years ago – Younger Dryas after 1,500 years of recovery from ice age    1000 years of ice age.
12,500 years ago – Present interglacial – Holocene
9,000 to 5,000 years ago – Climate Optimum
2,800 years ago – cooling event, wet conditions

1,500 year cycle – through 1 million years 1,500 year warm-cold cycle superimposed over longer, stronger, ice ages and interglacials.

RECENT EARTH CLIMATE HISTORY

600 to 200 B.C.  Unnamed cold period
200 BC to about AD 600: Roman Warming
600 to 900: Dark Ages: cold period
900 to 1300: Medieval Warming
1300 to 1850: Little Ice Age (two-stage)

MODERN CLIMATE HISTORY

1850 to 1940:  Especially between 1920-1940 warming
1940 to 1975: Cooling trend
1976 to 1978: Sudden Warming spurt
1979 to 1998: + 1º
1998 to 2011:  – 1º

Roy Spencer, PhD is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he and Dr. John Christy monitor the global temperature with satellites. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming. The link just above provides a short explanation of global warming — do read the whole thing, you’ll understand a lot more, and know what is nonsense, which you will hear a lot of.

His website is www.drroyspencer.com   Lots of good information there, you might want to save the link..

I am most definitely not a climate scientist, but I grew up very rural in what you might think of as the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, somewhere around 5000′ elevation, with woods and a river, and in winter, a fabulous sledding hill, and I’ve been snowed in. So I spent my time outdoors. Significantly different than an urban apartment dweller, even those who profess fondness for nature and the outdoors. A flood took out 5 of our buildings, had  lightning strike a tree close to the house, (big noise), killed a rattlesnake, and I’m a pretty fair shot with woodrats. I’ve heard cougars scream, and run down to the river to catch a trout for breakfast. So I’m not impressed with folks marching or running around in polar bear suits.



A Song of Patriotic Prejudice by The Elephant's Child

The rottenest bits of these islands of ours
We’ve left in the hands of three unfriendly powers.
Examine your Irishman, Welshman or Scot
You’ll find he’s a stinker as likely as not

The English the English are best
I wouldn’t give tuppence for all of the rest

The Scotsman is mean as we’re all well aware
And bony and blotchy and covered with hair,
He eats salty porridge, he works all the day
And he hasn’t got Bishops to show him the way

The English are noble, the English are nice
And worth any other at double the price

And crossing the Channel one cannot say much
For the French or the Spanish. the Danish. or Dutch
The Germans are German, the Russians are Red
And the Greeks and Italians eat garlic in bed

The English are moral, the English are good
And clever and modest and misunderstood

Flanders & Swann



The American Media Are Not Living Up to Their Own Standards by The Elephant's Child

The Media is trying hard to make a really dreadful event out of the Border Control using tear-gas on the “caravan” at the border who tried to rush the border and started throwing rocks and bottles at the Border Control Police. Members of the Border Patrol are allowed to defend themselves, and rocks and bottles can be very serious indeed. One Border Control member was killed just that way, not in the current melee.

It would be nice if the media could just report the news accurately instead of trying to spread Leftist propaganda of poor pathetic little children getting tear-gassed. The woman with two barefoot little kids was proved to be a plant for the cameras, And once again, Jim Acosta was proved not to know what he was talking about. If you recall, he tried to correct President Trump when the president said the caravans were an “invading force”, Acosta insisted they were only a poor pathetic group of unfortunates applying for amnesty.  Well, 8,500 young men of military age rushing the border with rocks and bottles thrown can clearly be described as an invading force. And there are yet two more caravans on the way. They are not eligible for any kind of amnesty.

The Leftist media pay no attention to what has been reported. We were told, by Caravan spokesmen that they did not want amnesty, and knew they would not get it anyway, they just wanted jobs. That was repeated several times, but it didn’t fit with the Left’s preferred story line, nor with their goal of getting more illegals in to be counted in the 2020 census.

If this first group is accurately numbered at 8,500, there are two more caravans yet to arrive, and we don’t know the body count for them, but it’s probably similar. We certainly haven’t heard anyone talking about how much smaller the two following groups are. The Mexicans are fed up with them and are deporting them as fast as they can.  Seven out of ten Mexicans are opposed to the caravans. The citizens of Tijuana are furious at the massive intrusion, and are demanding help from the Mexican government as their own police try to deal with them.

Obama repeatedly dealt with migrant caravans with pepper spray and tear gas, over 30 times, but the Left is unable to criticize their own. Their entire purpose is to defame the current President of the United States, and they will try anything that promises success in defaming or displacing him.



DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Explains the Border Crisis by The Elephant's Child

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen posted the following on DHS’s Facebook page “regarding the recent crisis on our southern border:”

Given the activities of the last 24 hours at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, I want to provide an update on what occurred and attempt to dispel many of the rumors and much of the misinformation circulating.

First, the violence we saw at the border was entirely predictable. This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered #Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries. I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.

Second, the caravan is far larger and more organized than previous ones. There are 8,500 caravan members in Tijuana and Mexicali. There are reports of additional caravans on their way.

Third, the overwhelming majority of these individuals are not eligible for asylum in the United States under our laws. Historically, less than 10% of those who claim asylum from #Guatemala, #Honduras, and #ElSalvador are found eligible by a federal judge. 90% are not eligible. Most of these migrants are seeking jobs or to join family who are already in the U.S. They have all refused multiple opportunities to seek protection in Mexico or with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Seeking employment or family reunification are not grounds for asylum under our laws, or any international obligation. There are, however, legal ways to seek a job or to be reunited in the U.S.

Fourth, the caravan members are predominately male. It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as “human shields” when they confront law enforcement. They are being put at risk by the caravan organizers as we saw at the Mexico-Guatemala border. This is putting vulnerable people in harms way.

Fifth, we cannot confirm the backgrounds and identities of all caravan members which possess a national security and public safety risk to our country. However, at this point we have confirmed that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan flow. This includes individuals known to law enforcement for assault, battery, drug crimes, burglary, rape, child abuse and more. This is serious. Additionally, Mexico has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal violations in Mexico.

Sixth, our Border Patrol agents and officers responded admirably and responsibly to the events on Sunday. It is a testament to their training and professionalism that no one was injured. The accepted use of nonlethal force (also used by the Obama Administration in 2013) prevented further injury to agents and a mass illegal rush across the border. We will not shy away from protecting our people. I ask parents to avoid violent caravan groups and refrain from attempts to illegally enter our country – these acts will put your children in danger.

Seventh, I want to thank President Donald J. Trump again for the decision to send @DeptofDefense to the border to bolster our ports of entry and provide force protection for Customs and Border Protection. This decision likely prevented injuries to personnel and migrants or additional damage to property. Instead of “a political stunt,” as suggested by some, this was in fact the act of a leader concerned about the rule of law.

Eighth, this Administration has been working nonstop to fix our immigration system to address the crisis at the border. We have proposed legislation and asked Congress to pass it. The President has repeatedly made clear what is needed to secure our border and negotiated in good faith. It is time for Congress to do its job. Absent Congressional action courts have misinterpreted existing laws and have made the job of law enforcement far more difficult. But the men and women of DHS will continue to do all we can to enforce the law and DHS and U.S. Department of State will continue negotiations with Mexico and our other partners in the region. We are optimistic that cross border collaboration can help make America, indeed the entire region, more secure.

Finally, this Administration warned about the danger of the caravan. We predicted the violence we saw on Sunday. We prepared to address it with additional personnel and DOD deployments. We will continue to prepare for the next assault while looking for lasting solutions with Congress and our Mexican partners. As always, I want to thank those officers and agents in San Ysidro who, under tremendous strain, used professionalism and restraint to ensure that no one was injured as they were attacked themselves. I also thank DOD and our state & local law enforcement who were on scene to support our people.



If It Involves Little Kids, the Democrats Have a Sob Story by The Elephant's Child

Democrats usually rely on emotional appeals to gain their advantage. The earlier discussions of our Southern border were accompanied by pictures of children in cages (from the Obama Administration) and lots of pictures and talk of “little children ripped from their mother’s arms.” Well, no they weren’t. When illegal alien parents were held until they could have a hearing and were detained, our laws said that the children could not be physically detained with their parents. We provided comfortable care, entertainment, with trips to parks and playgrounds, and good food. But our suburban moms seldom get the whole story, and were, as intended, moved by the “ripped from their mothers’ arms” theme repeated over and over. That worked for the Democrats, and they may have even gained some votes from it.

So back to the border. When the “caravans” started in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, they were told right at the beginning that they would not be admitted to the United States. Caravan spokesmen made it clear early on that they were not asking for asylum, they just wanted jobs. So we’ve ended up with 3 or more new caravans, huge, going to walk thousands of miles to show how serious they were. Lots of pictures of the thousand member caravans. But the long slog up the west coast which was supposed to be barren and dangerous didn’t happen, as they seem to have gotten rides most of the way. The Border Patrol has closed most lines of traffic so they cannot use the car lanes.

Some have tried to rush the border, some have tried to climb the fences. When they started throwing rocks and thermoses, the Border Patrol was authorized to defend themselves. The Democrats had the usual emotional response ready. “ICE was using tear gas on unprotected innocent little children.” I think it was the Washington Post that went on about tear-gassing babies in diapers. It was the Border Patrol, not ICE, but ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has already been carefully identified as the bad guys. The whole thing is supposed to reflect very badly on the tyrannical Trump, except the San Diego Union-Tribune called up some articles from 2013  when a little group of about 100 people were trying to illegally cross the border near the San Ysidro port of entry and threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents who responded with pepper spray and other means to force the little crowd back to Mexico. That was the Obama administration pepper-spraying homeless, desperate deportees making a desperate bid to rejoin their families. According to the Washington Post Obama was doing it once a month.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was instructed not to call them “migrants” but to call them “asylum seekers.” She promptly compared them to Jewish families fleeing Nazi Germany, noting that asking to be considered as a refugee and applying for status is not a crime. International Law requires migrants applying for refugee status to apply to the first country they come to. Mexico offered asylum and at least temporary jobs, but thousands turned down the offer.

Let me repeat what I said at the beginning. They said when they first formed up into a caravan that they knew they wouldn’t get asylum — they just wanted jobs, and our nice benefits. There were a lot of previously deported illegals, and significant numbers of Bangladeshis, and at least 100 identified criminals.

The Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org) has attempted to get a count of the suspected terrorists who have been encountered en route or at the Southwest Border since 2001. Their estimates are here, if you are interested.

Democrats are giving this all the full court press. It has been suggested that they want open borders to get their numbers up on the 2020 census, so they will get more congressional representatives in the House. It would be really helpful if they would actually deal with these problems honestly, but apparently that is quite unlikely.



Free Market Capitalism Has Made Us the Most Prosperous Nation on Earth. by The Elephant's Child

“The one identity we’re not encouraged to trumpet is the one that enables us to trumpet all the others, our identity as citizens of a very particular kind of society, built on the rule of law, property rights, freedom of expression, and the universal franchise.” …………………………………………………………………                     …..Mark Steyn

“So the key to our unity is a shared commitment to republican ideas of liberty and justice; one nation, with a strong religious heritage, that learned through great sorrow the price of division. The sanctioning of our oath under God is not merely an assertion of religious belief, but an appeal for divine blessing of this strange and mysterious ‘new order of the ages.’ In small symbolic and easily caricatured ways—our national anthem, our coinage, civic prayers and the Pledge—our nation struggles to remind our citizens that there are more spiritual ties that bind us than natural affinities that divide us.”” ………………………………..
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Victor Davis Hanson

So why do we have such a hard time selling free-market capitalism to other countries? Back in 2004 or so, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former French President, was writing a constitution for the European Union. He had a look at the U.S Constitution, but couldn’t accept the idea of all those freedoms for the people, and wrote something else instead. We can’t seem to sell free market capitalism, for that matter, to the Democrats.

The Democrats proclaim themselves to be proud American citizens, but they keep wanting to change the Constitution that gives us all these protections. They not only don’t like the pledge, support the athletes that see the national anthem as a time to protest something or other, but they want to do away with the Electoral College, they hated the Citizens United ruling (freedom of speech for corporations) and want it banished.  They want to do away with the Second Amendment and are screwing around with the First Amendment with all their blather about “hate speech” and all the things you cannot say in public without being attacked, while the general conversation out there grows ever more vile and blasphemous.

What they hate about Capitalism is Big Business, which they regard as evil, although the big tech companies are excused from the “big business” thing, because they are turning out to be Democrats and a source of large donations. CEOs of large corporations receive big salaries and benefits, which are resented by Democrats and especially professors (we have PhDs, how come they make more money?) who have no recognition of what a corporate CEO has to do to get that position.

We don’t have to wait for the bureaucrats in Washington to tell us what is happening to the economy, because we can rely on the ordinary buying and selling of goods and services that is taking place. We can watch the mad rush and fights on Black Friday to tell us that the retail industry is having a very good day. and reporters tell us that it is significantly better than last year.

It is quite interesting that at this particular time, China is going in the opposite direction with ever more control over their own citizens. Their people are monitored all the time, and when they are good citizens, obeying traffic lights, donating blood or volunteering, they are offered more opportunities to take a trip or enjoy a freedom. If they do not behave well, then privileges like using public transportation, or other amenities, are taken away. Democrats here might do well to pay attention to how it works, but they would likely consider it as a good way to control the rest of us, instead of understanding what that kind of control would mean to our freedoms.

Freedom. as they say, isn’t free. We have to keep defending it, each one of us. Well-meaning people want to ban guns, without any grasp of the simple fact that gun bans don’t work. The highest rates of killings and shootings in America occur in the cities with the strictest gun laws. People rail against the police, and want to ban ICE (the border police) largely because the Democrats made a big deal of “ripped from their mother’s arms” in spite of the law that requires children to be kept safe and free while law-breaking parents are detained. You cannot lawfully put little kids in prison. People who live in dangerous neighborhoods usually want more policing, not less. So study up. Become an informed voter. Across the country there are people who won election who are dedicated to removing some of your freedom. There are ballot issues that should have never seen the light of day.



Mark Levin and Victor Davis Hanson: A Conversation Not to Be Missed by The Elephant's Child

I particularly enjoy listening to these two men separately, to have them together is a real treat. Two of our most valued intellectuals, talking about their concerns, which are my concerns as well, and perhaps yours as well.  Enjoy.



There Is A Natural Tendency Towards Tyranny by The Elephant's Child

Why are Democrats so angry? Why do they have such a hard time accepting defeat, or even accepting disagreement? They are indignant when we find fault with their statements or ideas. They call us racists, white supremacists, and they cannot think of words terrible enough to call President Trump. They call him a Nazi, they call him Hitler, with no justification whatsoever, except that they are furious that we disagree. There are a lot of tyrants in the world, but Trump is not one of them.

Hitler was a piker.  We rightly excoriate him for the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, for the concentration camps, for the death squads of the SS.  The Nazis populate hundreds of thrillers, movies, histories, and all sorts of scholarly work.  But we are probably more affected by the thrillers and the movies, for Nazis make fine villains with their boots and death heads and dramatically evil flag.  When frustrated lefties want to express their rage, they plaster Hitler mustaches and haircuts on photos of the objects of their anger.

Mao Zedong, founder of the People’s Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, according to a Hong Kong-based historian who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives.  Frank Dikötter is the only author to have deeply studied the Chinese archives since they were reopened four years ago.

Between 1958 and 1962, Mao’s state waged war on China’s peasants.  The nation was facing a famine and the systematic torture, brutality, and starvation and killing of Chinese peasants were comparable to the Second World War in its magnitude.  More than 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over those four years.  A third of all homes in China were destroyed to produce fertilizer.  In one region, 13,000 opponents of the regime were killed in just three weeks.

It is indisputable that Mao himself and the Party leadership were afflicted with economic incompetence, wholesale ignorance and ivory-tower utopianism. It was called ‘The Great Leap Forward,’ but the misallocation of capital and resources were disastrous leaps in the wrong direction.  This is the toll for only four years.  The total is far above 75 million.

The Soviet Union, of course, was responsible for upwards of 25 million deaths of innocent victims, systematically butchered.  That policy of ideological hegemony found it a crime to be middle-class, of noble birth, a kulak, a Ukrainian or even a member of the Communist Party.  Mikhail Tomsky, head of the Soviet trade unions stated in 1927 :”We allow other parties to exist.  However, the fundamental principle that distinguishes us from the West is as follows; one party rules, and all the others are in jail.”

The fascinating thing has always been the Left’s attempts to consider Nazi Germany (the National Socialists) as a party of the right, and thus freely despised, but the socialist Soviet Union was long admired.  People still remark that the Cold War was unnecessary overreach. And they simply do not recognize the similarities between Hitler and Stalin.

There are the regimes of the Soviet satellite states of Eastern Europe, now free.  Kim Jong Il’s North Korean despotic captive state needs little more explanation than the famous nighttime satellite picture of the Korean peninsula with only one tiny light for Pyongyang and constant evidence of the starvation of the North Korean people.  At least 2 million dead.

Pol Pot’s Cambodian killing fields where the entire educated class were slaughtered — some identified only by the fact that they wore glasses — too, are explained by only a few pictures, and an estimated toll of at least 2  million innocent victims.  Communist Vietnam and Burma Myanmar add unknown numbers to the toll.

Latin America accounts for at least a 1½ million.  The bloody killer Ché Guevara enjoyed doing his own executions personally, and is celebrated by having his image on tee shirts and the fantasy of his romantic story told by Hollywood.  New wannabe communists keep popping up in South America, which seems to have a predilection for dictators.

One common theme that runs through all these destructive regimes is complete intolerance for disagreement. How can you possibly have free speech and yet be intolerant of someone else’s disagreement?

I am simply trying to point out that American society is built on argument, debate and dispute.  We try to persuade, present evidence, show examples and convince.  When that fails, we  look for more evidence and more persuasive materials.  Our disagreements are worked out through messy, argumentative political campaigns, where we use all the tools available to us to win the argument.

In all of this there is a temptation towards tyranny.  A temptation to hate those who see the question differently.  A temptation to forcibly stop the other side of a question from disagreeing with our ideas. That’s where the Left has landed. Hollywood celebrities cannot wait to get to a microphone or to Twitter to call us names because we dared to disagree with them.

The founders wisely provided three separate divisions of government to provide checks and balances on each other.  But the initial rendering of the Constitution all too soon showed cracks — in spite of the clear designation that “we the people” gave certain rights and duties to the government — people were being imprisoned for criticizing the government. So the Bill of Rights was enacted to make crystal clear the protection of political speech and disagreement, as well as our other rights. Why is that so difficult to understand?

 



How Do You Solve A Problem Like Human Nature? by The Elephant's Child

There are faint signs that perhaps the tensions involved over the debate about “globalism” and “national sovereignty” may be clearing a bit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that European Union (EU) member states must be prepared to transfer their powers over to Brussels at such a debate.

“In an orderly fashion, of course” Merkel said, as she explained that Germany had given up some of its sovereignty in order to join the EU, but national parliaments were in charge of deciding whether or not sign on to international treaties.

The CDU (Christian Democratic Union) leader said that trust and the willingness to compromise are essential in discussing the controversial UN migration pact, which the debate has continued to divide her own party.

Some important allies are pulling out of the agreement – Australia has left saying they will not risk their ‘hard won’ success in controlling their own borders. Trump has said no, and others are trying to figure out where they stand.

Chancellor Merkel accused critics of the Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration of “advocating ‘nationalism’ in its purest form.” She paraphrased her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who recently claimed that “patriotism is the exact opposite because nationalism is treason.” Europe must surrender national sovereignty she said, to Brussels over “foreign affairs, migration, and development, as well as an increasing part of our budgets and even fiscal resources.” She also called for the creation of a real, true EU army and she stated that only through globalism can the world see peace.

This is an old, old argument — even on the original Thanksgiving we celebrate — can’t we all just get along? Well, no we can’t. It is now and always has been a pipe dream. And on throughout world history. The first humans probably started dispersing because they couldn’t get along together and were fighting about the kill that Roku dragged home for dinner, or who was going to get the choice piece of meat. You probably noticed in all the talk about happy family get-togethers for Thanksgiving dinner, there was also a lot of talk about how to deal with Uncle Harry who was a far Left Trump hater, or Uncle Ralph who was a bigoted Conservative.

The concept of a perfect society, or utopia, is as old as humanity. That is really the origin of communism and socialism and Nazism. They believed they were creating the perfect system. Here in America the Utopian Movement gained traction in 19th century America when thousands of people formed communities hoping to improve on existing society. The heyday was between 1820 and 1860. One of the remaining groups from that period is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or the Mormon Church, founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith. There was also the Oneida Community in upstate New York, the Shaker Movement, Brook Farm, a utopian community in Massachusetts.

We have had a lot of movements for “world peace.” There was the “war to end all wars” followed by the League of Nations”, followed by the rise of socialism with Mussolini and Hitler and World War II and the United Nations and the Cold War and another bunch of wars and Angela Merkel ought to be aware that the odds are quite definitely not in her favor.

In the present, Europe is suffering from Merkel’s invitation to all the unhappy people from the Middle East and Africa to migrate to Europe in the mistaken idea that Europe’s problem of declining birthrates and lack of young people to do the scut work and boring jobs would be solved by migration. Instead they got an invasion of Moslems whose religion demanded that those who did not submit to Allah should be killed. The migrants were welcomed all over Europe with gifts of food and clothing, flowers and song. The migrants were happy to accept the gifts, complained bitterly about the accommodations provided, and wanted to be supported by European generosity. They have instead proved willing to burn cars, rape any available women and girls, and engage in occasional shootings, and their communities have become dangerous ‘no-go’ districts. Merkel has just still not given up on her ideas of utopia.

In spite of all the Never-Trumpers, the deranged ‘celebrities’ in a constant search for the nearest microphone, and the newest “Democratic-Socialists”, plain old free-market capitalism in a constitutional republic seems to work better than anything else. The news of the day is not usually about how peaceful and happy the nations of the world are, but about their quarrels. Quarreling remains human nature, and we seem to be stuck with it.




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