The Green New Deal Means Monumental Disruption

By David Wojick and Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Not just for energy, but for every aspect of our lives, living standards, culture and freedoms

Kamala Harris co-sponsored the Senate resolution to support the Green New Deal. Now Joe Biden has endorsed the plan. Naturally, people want to know what the GND will cost – usually meaning in state and federal government spending. But that is the wrong question.

The real question is, how much do Green New Dealers expect to get out of it, at what total cost? Mr. Biden says he wants the feds to spend nearly $7 trillion over the next decade on healthcare, energy and housing transformation, climate change and other GND agenda items. But that is only part of the picture.

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Fireside Chat With Dennis Prager #118

More than a third of millennials now approve of communism. Dennis Prager discusses why this disturbing fact is a result of the poor education system. Students today are not taught to understand the evils of communism and why it is a dangerous ideology.

Please watch the VIDEO.

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Beneath the Global Warming Narrative

Larry Kummer, Editor at Fabius Maximus– Re-Blogged From WUWT

Summary: William Lind takes a sharp and accurate look at the politics of climate change. In modern America, always look beneath the glossy surface of narratives in the news.

Crisis on fire.

A March 15 article by Larry Kummer at the Fabius Maximus website discusses how global warming advocates have misused a worst-case scenario to generate panic. Titled “About the corruption of climate science”, Kummer’s article details how politicians are misrepresenting climate projections, especially one called RCP 8.5. That their goal is to create fear should not surprise us: from the government’s perspective, fear is a growth industry.

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What Was the Cold War?

By Andrew Roberts – Re-Blogged From Prager University

The decades-long “Cold War” (1947-1989) between the United States and the Soviet Union was so named because the two global powers never came to direct blows. Yet, the war was not without its victims. In fact, millions of Cubans, Koreans and Vietnamese suffered under Communist tyranny. In this video, Renowned British historian Andrew Roberts explains why “The Cold War” could just as easily be called “The Third World War.”

[Looking at the world today, including here in the USA, I think the Cold War still may be going on, with Russia, China, and/or Islam much closer to winning against the US. -Bob]

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Universal Basic Income To The Rescue?

By Michael Pento – Re-Blogged From http://www.PentoPort.com

The Keynesian Illuminati that run the world are now scrambling to find solutions to the rampant condition of income inequality that they themselves have created. After a decade of global fiscal and monetary policy madness, which were in effect Robin Hood in reverse, they are now seeking to repair the damage caused to the middle classes by making them become permanent wards of the states, just as they strip away ever more of their freedoms.

A genuine solution to reduce the wealth gap would be to eliminate central banks and replace them with a gold standard of money. This would automatically fetter the monetary base to the increased mine supply of gold, which historically has closely matched the productive capacity of the economy. This leads to stable growth without asset bubbles, which serves to eliminate trenchant differences between the classes. But that type of solution wouldn’t achieve their real objective, which is to increase power. Therefore their answer to the imminent manifestation of the next global financial crisis, of their own making, is to invent another government wealth redistribution scheme of even greater proportions.

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Marx: The Worst Man In Modern History

By Alasdair Macleod – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

It seems extraordinary that in defiance of all factual history and philosophical knowledge anyone should celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. More than anyone, through wrong-headed ideas, he bears responsibility, indirectly admittedly, for the deaths of an estimated one hundred million people in the last century, and the severe suppression though economic and social servitude of fully one third of the world’s population. And if you also include those who have suffered under the yoke of Marxist-inspired modern socialism, the philosophy that says the state is more important than the individual, you could argue nearly the whole world is influenced by Marxian philosophy today.

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Splitting California Into 3 States Just Reached An Important Milestone

By Mac Slavo – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

An initiative to split the state of California into three different states has gathered enough support via signatures to qualify as a ballot measure in November.

This is one important milestone for those who want to break away from the harsh Communist policies of much of the Golden State.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper said backers of what he has dubbed “CAL 3” would submit petitions with more than 600,000 signatures to election officials next week.

The initiative needs signatures from 365,880 registered voters – five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 election – to qualify for the ballot.

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100 Years of Socialism Summed Up in 100 Seconds

By Mateus Kadesh – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Daniel Hannan is a brilliant MP (Member of Parliament) in the European Union from the United Kingdom. He is a conservative thinker who has used his quick wit and superior intelligence to thrash many leftists who attempt to defend the indefensible (mainly liberalism).

In a short video for Russia Today’s online network Hannan takes less than 2 minutes to explain why socialism is the most detrimental idea to have taken root in the last century.

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In China, Innovation Cuts Both Ways

By Matthew Bey – Re-Blogged From https://worldview.stratfor.com

China is in a bind. The heavy industry that propelled the country’s economy through three decades of dizzying growth has reached its limits. To escape the dreaded middle-income trap, China will need to shift its focus from low-end manufacturing to other economic industries, namely the technology sector. Beijing has put tech at the center of its long-term economic strategy through campaigns such as Made in China 2025 and Internet Plus. But these initiatives alone won’t push the Chinese economy past its current plateau. The tech sector is notorious for relentless innovation. And innovation requires flexibility.

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Interview with István Markó

By Breitbart – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

István Markó (1956 – 2017) was a professor and researcher in organic chemistry at the Université catholique de Louvain. Prof. Dr. Marko was an outspoken defender of the skeptical view on the issue of human-caused/anthropogenic global warming, appearing in numerous French-language media on the Internet, in public debates and diverse English-language blog postings. He also joined with Anglo-Saxon climate skeptics, publishing several articles together on Breitbart News.

  Grégoire Canlorbe: Climate activism is thought of as Marxism’s Trojan horse, a way for its followers to proceed with their face masked, in the never-ending holy war that Marxism claims will be necessary to establish communist totalitarianism. Yet it was actually Margaret Thatcher, the muse of conservative libertarianism, who kick-started the IPCC. How do you make sense of this?

  István Markó: More precisely, Margaret Thatcher, although a trained chemist and therefore aware of the mendacious character of such an allegation about carbon dioxide (CO2), was the first proponent to use the excuse of climate implications posed by CO2 to achieve her political ends. At the time, that is, in the mid-1980s, Thatcher was waging war with the almighty coal union. In those days, the UK coal unions were remunerating themselves with public monies and by lobbying via the Labour Party had managed to pass an enormous number of laws and subsidies to keep an industry afloat that was no longer profitable on its own.

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The Long March BACK through the Institutions Dupe

By Cheadleg – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Do the words above sound familiar? They are a take-off of the slogan that has motivated the socialist, Leftist movement since WWII.

The Long March refers to Mao Zedong’s grueling year-long march in 1934/35 with his Peoples’ Liberation Army around the rocky periphery of China to eventually overcome the Nationalist forces and establish the current Chinese Communist state. “Long March” has become a metaphor for long-lasting struggle through many hardships, resulting in final victory.

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Use and Abuse of History

By Reva Goujon – Re-Blogged From https://worldview.stratfor.com

A lot of history is being casually tossed around these days. We see it from energized segments of the “alt-right” throwing up Nazi salutes, calling for a “revolution” against “the Bolsheviks” and marching to chants like “Jews will not replace us.” We see it from their anti-fascist adversaries on the left, branding themselves antifa, a movement that draws its roots from the Antifaschistische Aktion resistance from 1930s Germany. We see it from world leaders when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brazenly calls his German and Dutch counterparts Nazis and fascists and when U.S. President Donald Trump ardently defends Confederate statues as symbols of “heritage not hate.” We see it from jihadist groups like the Islamic State when a member of the Barcelona attack cell calling himself Abu Lais of Cordoba spookily reminds Spanish Christians to remember “the Muslim blood spilled” during the Spanish Inquisition as the group fights to reincorporate “Al Andalus” into a revived caliphate.

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Communist China: Saved By Capitalism!

By Bill Broderick – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Communist China: Saves the Regime by Total Surrender to Capitalism!

It was the summer of 2016, my first trip to Europe.   Our group spent the first day touring Prague, a city with a long and colorful history.    After visiting three or four sites, it was apparent that our tours included large numbers of Asian tourists.  On day two, I went to the Marriott desk, said: “the economies of Asia must be doing really well, since there are so many tourists from Asia.  Can you tell where they are from?”  I expected to hear South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, maybe Indonesia.  He said: “Mainland China.”

Hmmm.  The economic history of China for 4000+ years is one of six degrees of poverty, right?   China has no tradition or history of a middle class of people and families with discretionary income able to afford to travel.  So what has happened to China that enabled tens of thousands of its citizens to travel to Europe and elsewhere?  In a word, Capitalism!

In the early 1990’s, the Communist regime of China witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union.   One of the great events of human history, 500+ millions of people liberated without a single shot being fired.   While the collapse of the Soviet Union had primary causes (deeply flawed economic policies, moral and cultural bankruptcy) one of the major drivers of the collapse was external pressures due to the collaborative leadership of Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher and Pope John Paul II.   As the Soviet Union headed to the “ash heap of history,” the Communist regime of China had to find a path forward that would enable them to retain power and survive pressures for regime change.

When the Communist regime gained control of China in 1949, its first initiatives in state planning were centralized, top down driven efforts designed to take a largely agrarian economy and build industrial capacity.  The regime introduced collective farming, spent 20+ years forcing peasants to stop growing crops on private land.  The policy was a total disaster, with an estimated 40 million lives lost due to famine.   In the 1980’s, the regime abandoned collective farming and allowed private farming, which today accounts for almost all food production in China.

In the 1970s and 80’s, the regime sought to create and grow state owned enterprises (SOEs) that could engage in market based activities and retain profits.  In addition, economic zones were created that could operate with little to no control by government, with the intent to empower such efforts to create jobs, produce products for China and world markets.   Under this umbrella, private farming, township and village enterprises and private businesses emerged in the spaces between government run operations.   In the 1990’s, private sector entrepreneurs started companies outside of the state run businesses, growing and expanding rapidly to market and sell to the global marketplace.   Many “mom and pop” businesses have become the lifeblood of society in China.

So where is the economy of China today?

  • Private farming (plots of land assigned to families) was authorized by the regime in 1982. It has steadily grown into the primary source of food resources for the country, now accounting for almost all food production.  Today, 300 million workers produce food for a population of 1.3 billion
  • In 1990, there were no Chinese households that qualify as middle class (incomes above subsistence, with disposable spending for travel, culture, education). Today over 60MM households qualify as middle class in China, on a par with living standards of the US or EU.  In the 1980’s, 64% of the population lived on a $1 a day, today 10% do so, a massive reduction in poverty rates.
  • In 2015, China had 54 million self-employed enterprises, which created 163M jobs and 19 million private companies, which created 116M jobs
  • In the cities of China, almost all of the job growth since 1978, an estimated 250 million jobs, has been generated in the private sector. For example, in 1978 almost 99% of the urban work-force we’re employed by SOEs, but by 2011 only 18%.   Today, the workforce of China is about 900M, with about 25% working for the SOEs, the rest in the private sector.
  • With regard to exports, state run enterprises accounted for 65% of exports in 1995. As of 2014, state run enterprises (SOEs) accounted for 8% of China’s exports, versus 92% from the private sector .  In 2014, China accounted for 18% of all global exports, with about 90% of products from the private sector.
  • As of mid-2017, the private sector contributed 60% of the growth in GDP and created 80% of the jobs

To recap the options of forms of government:

  • Socialism is ownership of the means of production and abolition of private property
  • Communism is ownership of the means of production and abolition of private property
  • Fascism is control of the means of production, with ownership in private hands
  • Capitalism is private ownership of the means of production

The regime in China owns the “property,” the land that is farmed by the people, but allows them to reap the benefits of their work, so they virtually act as “owners” of the land.   Is this still communism?

The private sector of enterprises, small businesses and “mom and pop” operations, representing about 80% of the economy, own their “means of production” such as equipment, retail store sites, and more, and can manage such resources in behalf of their enterprises.  Is this still communism?

The Communist regime of China, by enabling the growth of the private sector, now oversees a farm sector that functions as if in “private hands,’ and an overall economy that is 75-80% in private hands, has survived!   Is it time for the regime to do a “high five” to Capitalism?   No “ash heap of history” in sight for the regime, thanks to total abandonment of Communism!

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A Primer on the Hatred of Climate Skeptics and other Leftists

In case you missed it, our friends at americanthinker.com had a fantastic column (which won’t load now due to internal server error, but is cached by Google, so I repeat it here) by Dr. Danusha V. Goska in 2014. She was a life-long leftist and wrote that she has abandoned that philosophy. Here, she gives her top ten reasons. It parallels many if the trials and tribulations climate skeptics suffer at the hands of [climate activists]. I highly recommend it, and I recommend sending it to every activist who calls you a “climate denier”. There may be hope yet for those who value spewing hate over rational debate. – Anthony Watts


By Dr. Danusha V. Goska – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a button saying “Eat the Rich.” To me it wasn’t a metaphor.

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Is Climate Alarmism Governance at War with the USA?

[This is an IMPORTANT article – especially Section III. Please take the time to read. Thanks. – Bob]

By Leo Goldstein – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

My essay The Command & Control Center of Climate Alarmism discussed the centralized structure of climate alarmism, and introduced the term Climate Alarmism Governance (CAG) to define its command & control center. The fact that most alarmist groups and their multiple activities are centrally coordinated or even directed raises a natural question about their central motives and goals. The impression that these groups believe in the IPCC theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is contradicted by their widespread opposition to the use of nuclear power and to building new hydro power plants. Hydropower is obviously a renewable energy source.

The same groups oppose natural gas power, which emits 3-4 times less carbon dioxide per kWh compared with coal power. There are many more contradictions in the CAG’s statements and actions. It seems to be aware that its “scientific base” is fake, and purposefully makes illogical and impossible demands to thwart any serious consideration of technological or economic solutions for the alleged problem. Each time such economic or technological actions are seriously contemplated, somebody takes another look at the so-called “climate science” and finds a striking lack of actual science. Then it takes 5-8 years to explain the fraud away, and to raise alarm to new heights.

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Greed – Good or Bad?

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Most Americans are greedy most of the time.

If we own a business, we want as much profit as we can generate. If we buy stocks, we want the price to go way up. If we work, we want to be paid as much as we can get. If we sell a house or a car, we want to get as much as we can. Of course, when we buy a house or a car, we want to pay as little as possible.

In every single transaction, we want to get the better of the deal compared to the person on the other side of the table. Is this a good thing – or an evil we should strive to stamp out?

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