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Ben Shapiro is an anti-Trumper, who continues to assert baselessly that “the future of the Republican party is anti-Trump.”

Fox News, generally pro-POTUS, persists in exposing Deplorables to Shapiro’s twitter travails and spats with a left that, in turn, doesn’t know left from right—for Ben is no rightist; he’s a neoconservative media-pleaser.

In this farcical tradition, Ben was asked to comment on the election of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, whom Rush Limbaugh—he knows a thing or two—calls the female Barack Obama.

Since winning the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, Cortez, a hard-core socialist, has been the toast of the town.

True to type, Shapiro failed to come up with one principled argument against Cortez’ socialism. All that came through was:

“It doesn’t work.” Socialism doesn’t work.

Not a word did wonder boy utter about the very crux of the matter. The rights-violating underpinnings of socialism are what makes socialism and its attendant political platform both an economic wrecking ball and plain wicked.

Another popular fount of conservative philosophy is Meghan McCain. She’s as conservative as her father, John McCain, from whom she got a dynastic leg-up in the menagerie of morons that is mainstream media.

On “The View,” a very vulgar program, Meghan made a similar non-case to the one mouthed by motor-mouth Shapiro:

“Name one country that socialism has ever worked” (sic) she blurted. (Translated: “Name a country where socialism has worked.”)

In her defense, we should say that everyone knows Meghan is no Michael Oakeshott. The problem being that Ben is considered the very embodiment of Russell Kirk, a classical conservative, and the intellectual father of American conservatism, may it rest in peace.

For these two establishment crowd-pleasers it all boils down to pragmatism, not principle. Hence “socialism doesn’t work.”

Gone is talk about individual rights. Put differently, if socialism worked—brutal rights-violations and all—conservatives such as Ben and Meghan would have a tough time arguing against it. Did not Trotsky joke that socialism works just fine if you make dissenters “a head shorter”?

What animates the two crass pragmatists is a progressive sensibility.

A real thinker, libertarian Second Amendment attorney James Ostrowski, makes this case in his book, “Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America.”

“There is a very close relationship between pragmatism and progressivism,” argues Ostrowski. By pragmatism, he does not mean practicality. Rather, he means “the school of philosophy developed by Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey from 1870 to 1907.”

“In essence, this group developed the notion that truth is what works. That is, there is no truth in the traditional sense,” namely in the sense of the correspondence between our ideas and objective reality.

“In effect, these men, following the trend of modern philosophy, rejected the notion that there is an objective reality outside our minds that we can know. Instead of explicitly rejecting the notion of truth, these thinkers ‘simply … defined it out of existence.’”

Whatever works or whatever “smart” people like Ben and Meghan thought worked at any particular time: that was truth.

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Duly, “Pragmatism also provides ammunition for progressivism’s transformation of democracy from a means to choose leaders whose task is to protect only natural rights, to a system whose highest principle is majority rule. If we cannot know the truth, the notion of natural rights cannot be defended.” Let the mob adjudicate right from wrong.

Pragmatism and thus progressivism, warns Ostrowski, have hardened into rigid dogmas in themselves, with their own proclivity for political violence.

Witness how pragmatists, like the “socialism doesn’t work” progressives aforementioned, justify unconstitutional wars of craven aggression and destruction on the ground that, “Sorry scores died and were displaced in Iraq and Libya; but we thought it would work.”

“Pragmatism, with its denial of objective truth,” posits Ostrowski, “is the ideal epistemology for progressivism, an ideology that has no rational basis in fact or logic and is, ultimately, a form of self-help therapy to make its adherents feel better about an often hostile and puzzling world.”

Not for nothing do the likes of Meghan and Ben, like so many in our progressive flabby body politic, practically trip over one another in showy self-righteousness to protest “racism”; what is, what isn’t. Blah, blah.

Classical liberals and classical conservatives, however, ought to do no more than insist individuals be left to their own devices, just so long as they don’t harm others. And by “harm” we do NOT mean hurt feelings.

“In combating progressivism, there must be an awareness of how pragmatism has been absorbed into the thinking of most Americans. To slay the beast of progressivism, we must first slay its philosophical bodyguard, pragmatism.”

Conservatives are supposed to be principled defenders of natural rights: life, liberty and property. We’re not supposed to be crass pragmatists, who dismiss socialism as no more than unworkable. Instead, inveigh we must against socialism as a rights-infringing, tyrannical, aberrant ideology that subjugates individual to state.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube

 
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  1. “Sorry scores died and were displaced in Iraq and Libya; but we thought it would work.”

    Actually, the pragmatic reason to remove Saddam was that “he was a bad man.”

    Shapiro & McCain are two reasonably mediagenic figures who can spout pablum understood by the masses of rather uninterested people looking to form a feel-good opinion on a weighty matter, if only for a minute or two before they go back to Snap-Chat or Twitter or WhatsApp.

    • Replies: @Realist
  2. Realist says:
    @The Alarmist

    Yes, indeed….most Americans are stupid.

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  3. @Realist

    Yes, indeed….most Americans are stupid.

    The 25% of American population that is illegal aliens can be labeled functionally “stupid” by default, in terms of their contributions to American political truths, since they have no intention of ever being actual Americans.

    America has become something of a non-religious Vatican state. Trampled to, fro and under by various people of every ethnic origin possible, all claiming to be Catholics. Those of the Lesser Half bumming cigarettes and candy from the Greater Half. A freaking circus of corrupt political dysfunction.

    I’m waiting for the Democrats to declare a new full-citizenship category …. “Resident”. Full voting rights plus full access to welfare, and no obligations or duties whatsoever.

    • Replies: @Realist
  4. When the Zempire finally collapses and the dollar goes from worth less to worthless
    will we say Capitalism doesn’t work?

    Real economies are mixed economies. Private financing for private needs and public financing for public needs. How you do the mixing can lean left or right. It’s corruption and Imperialism and ultimately debt money that doesn’t work.

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
    , @Hibernian
  5. Realist says:
    @Dillon Sweeny

    I’m waiting for the Democrats to declare a new full-citizenship category …. “Resident”. Full voting rights plus full access to welfare, and no obligations or duties whatsoever.

    May well happen before 2020 election.

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  6. @WorkingClass

    It’s corruption and Imperialism and ultimately debt money that doesn’t work.

    Sort of. The human flaw is corruption, debt its lever. Imperialism is much easier to corrupt than “mixed economies”.

  7. @Realist

    May well happen before 2020 election.

    It’s the operational norm in many states, CA being the most strident example.

    Nobody seems to remember that the influx of foreign, er, “residents” is what destroyed Rome.

    Oh well. What the Gestapo wants, the Gestapo gets.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  8. @Dillon Sweeny

    Gestapo?
    Or Smertsh?
    Or NKVD?

    Free yourself from worshipping the wrong devil, the one that was too weak.

  9. “What animates the two crass pragmatists is a progressive sensibility.” (((Mercer))) what animated you and your rabbi father to work against apartheid in South Africa? You and your family were kicked out of South Africa because of this. You believe blacks are equal to whites. You believe “Jews” are the smartest tribe. Once again, you get everything wrong. Shapiro and McCain are your ideological pals.

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  10. @attilathehen

    “Equal” does not mean “the same.” Apartheid was an unworkable system (pragmatism again) but centralized rule by the Marxist thugs of the ANC turned out to be worse. I think Mercer has admitted her family’s mistake. Kendall and Louw’s solution, however, might have worked: http://www.sahistory.org.za/archive/south-africa-solution-leon-louw-and-frances-kendall-foreword-clem-sunter

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  11. @Fidelios Automata

    “I think…Mercer…admitted…mistake…” You thinketh wrongeth. (((Mercer))) has to publicly write an article stating she was wrong. She would have to say that blacks are not equal to whites (neither are Jews). If she has written something, she can post it. I have read other options were given, but it is the insane ideas of equality of all people and that a multi-racial society are possible that overcome people. This is evil idea that has destroyed the Roman Catholic Church. I always post comments like this to warn new readers about Mercer’s past. Again, she can make a statement about what she did in South Africa.

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
  12. Hibernian says:
    @WorkingClass

    “Private financing for private needs and public financing for public needs.”

    Leftists believe nothing is private.

  13. @attilathehen

    Issacsohn-Mercer mentions her own and her family’s involvement in the destruction of the White regime in South Africa and its replacement by the current Black communist inferno at least 5 times in her book, Into the Cannibal’s Pot. Just read it. In fact the whole thing is a mea culpa.

    doesn’t change anything though. Post CW2, when a WN regime comes to power in North America, I fear for Ilana’s future. I really do. (((She))) needs to climb the mountain of race-realism, Unz-style, and right now isn’t even in the foothills.

    neo-conz, that is, covert Trotskyite communists like (((Ben Shapiro))) and shabbatz goy cucks like McCain, will likely also be spoken to in a language they can understand.

  14. @Haxo Angmark

    She has a country – Israel. I have no interest in reading her book, her mea culpa. It is too late. She can never climb the mountain of race realism because of her Jewishness. She has a daughter. If her daughter marries a black/Asian, the offspring are Jewish. A Jew can never be a race realist like a Westerner. Jews are small potatoes. I don’t worry about them and their “influence”.

    You wrote about speaking to McCain in a language she can understand. This language has to be spoken to the Western person. As I have commented before, we must first define the West. The West is not black/Asian/Jewish/Muslim. That leaves Caucasian/European Christians, pagans. The West is being destroyed by two evil beliefs: universal brotherhood and universal church. The RCC and Zioevangizers are the people who are causing the problems in the West. Cuck pope Frannie is the head of the snake. He is behind the black/Asian/Muslim invasion of Europe. The RCC has a new trinity: homos, groids, gloids. The papacy must be moved to the Congo or the Philippines and a new church created for the West.

    I read many websites from liberal to conservative. It is always the cucks who cause the most problems. There is an evil cuck RCC male E. Michael Jones who blames all problems on the Jews. He accepts black/Asian priest-popes, so you have an idea of the level of his degeneracy. I saw his most recent youtube and of course he blames “the Joooooz.” The way he said this was so deranged, I think he has lost his mind.

    We also have to watch out for the insane Neo-Nazis. I listen to Radioaryan programs. Some have provided good info, but these Neo-Nazis are nuts. Hitler was a 20th century phenomenon. He is not relevant in the 21st century. He came to power to help the Germans defeat the Bolsheviks and Stalin. Let Hitler rest in peace.

    There is a neo-nazi, Florian Geyer, who runs a website, Mysterium Fasces. He recently had a podcase about the new colonialism. He is Canadian and stated that the Chinese have taken over Canada, there is nothing we can do and that Canada and the USA no longer are countries. If he says this about Canada, fine. But I will not tolerate some wussy talking about the USA like this.

    There are two other neo-nazi stooges, Dennis Wise and Sven Longshanks. Dennis Wise has made a documentary about Hitler and the Nazi regime. He makes it sound like the concentration camps were summer camps. He is Irish and a practicing Roman Catholic. This means he would accept black/Asian priests-popes. This guy is nuts. Sven Longshanks hosts many programs with him. They blame the Jews for everything. On one of the podcasts they babbled some nonsense about the Italians being black. I’ve heard the same thing said about the Irish and Greeks. I suspect these stooges are financed by Jews or some government operation. Jared Taylor stated that he is glad Matteo Salvini ran on a platform for all of Italy, including southern Italy and Sicily. He is correct. Most Italian-Americans come from southern Italy and Sicily and are among the best educated and wealthiest Americans. This is just a ploy by neo-Nazis like Wise and Longshanks to prevent a unified European movement.

    There is another neo-nazi bizarre character, Matt Raphael Johnson. He has some good podcasts about Russian history. But he is very anti-American (he is American). He has some insane fantasy that Russia and China need to get together to destroy the USA. No, we need to separate Russian from China. Russia is European. China is an enemy. I don’t worry about the Chinese. They never were and never will be great again. Johnson admires North Korea, Iran and China. These are horrible countries with low IQ populations. He refuses to see that there is only one nationalistic, socialistic, democratic country – Japan. That’s because these insane neo-Nazis want a fuhrer. They love authoritarian government. The USA is not this kind of a nation.

    (((Mercer))), (((Shapiro))) will be fine. They just won’t have citizenship in the West. What worries me is inter-European infighting by people like the above neo-Nazis and their weird racial theories. If they don’t like someone, they will automatically state they are Jewish. I remember Sven Longshanks had some nut case on one of his shows stating the Victor Orban was a gypsy. Orban is not a gypsy. Orban is the leader of the movement to preserve the West. Nazis are so 20th century.

    Zioevangizers are big race mixers. They talk about bringing their flawed gospel to the world. I read about the some U.S. missionaries trapped in Haiti when they had their recent riots. I saw a picture of some of these missionaries – all whites. What would “possess” these Christians to think blacks in Haiti are different from southern blacks? We must make these people deal with the IQ issue and its relation to race. We must focus on helping Arab Christians, they are Caucasians. Blacks/Asians must build their own churches.

    Derbyshire is a bigger problem. He is not Jewish, has a Chinese wife and offspring and has stated Asians are smarter than whites. He and his family are a fifth column in the West. He will have to be deported to China.

    • Replies: @CommiesOnFire
  15. A woman living in a city she hates and defames is not in a good position to call others “crass pragmatists”.

  16. Shapiro is essentially an intellectual lightweight.

    He thinks that America is some kind of propositional nation or creedal nation and essentially believes that we are a nation of immigrants.

    He does not understand what a nation is and he is simply not honest about what constitutes the Israeli nation.

    I am well aware of how dishonest Shapiro is on the relation of Israel to his thinking about what constitutes a nation.

    I have not seen him suggest that Israel is a propositional nation as that would be idiocy anyway, assuming that such a suggestion even means anything at all.

    Shapiro is against mass immigration without assimilation he says.

    What does he mean by assimilation?

    Shapiro’s positions are a host of barely explored cliches.

    In many ways he is just silly.

  17. @attilathehen

    First, you have never read any of Mercer’s articles and you have no idea who she is or what she is doing or what her ideas on the nation are. Your comments on Mercer are just plain uninformed. As for her opposition to apartheid, there is nothing wrong with that. She wanted a federalist arrangement to replace it, not the Communist ANC. Apartheid was not going to last and needed to be replaced, but that does not mean that she supports the charade that has occurred in
    South Africa.

    Shapiro is essentially an intellectual lightweight.

    He thinks that America is some kind of propositional nation or creedal nation and essentially believes that we are a nation of immigrants.

    He does not understand what a nation is and he is simply not honest about what constitutes the Israeli nation.

    I am well aware of how dishonest Shapiro is on the relation of Israel to his thinking about what constitutes a nation.

    I have not seen him suggest that Israel is a propositional nation as that would be idiocy anyway, assuming that such a suggestion even means anything at all.

    Shapiro is against mass immigration without assimilation he says.

    What does he mean by assimilation?

    Shapiro’s positions are a host of barely explored cliches.

    In many ways he is just silly.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. @Haxo Angmark

    Mrs. Mercer has no problem with race realism or average IQ of a population. You are talking nonsense and blowing it out. You and this attilathehen are talking some kind of specialized BS language of the insiders who know and you think you are saying something but mainly you are tickling each other’s bums with an encrypted verbal feather. The best that can be said for your pseudo-language is that it has nothing to do with actual political action.

  19. @CommiesOnFire

    (((Mercer))) is a racial degenerate. I’m sure you know that Jewishness is automatically conferred by a Jewish mother, regardless of race. Here’s an example of this: Topshop heiress (((Chloe Green))) just had a black/Jewish offspring with the black Jeremy Meeks. Jews have high intermarriage rates with blacks/Asians. Many Asian women who marry Jewish men convert to Judaism. Connie Chung, JuJu Chang are examples.

    As to “actual political action,” we have evidence of (((Mercer’s))) political action in South Africa. She, her rabbi father and the entire Jewish family were kicked out of South Africa for their work against apartheid.

    When she looks at “race realism” and “average IQ” she is looking at it from a Jewish perspective and, thus, it is flawed. She probably believes that modern day Jews are the chosen and smartest tribe ever. They are not. She is not a Western woman. She has no place in the West. She doesnot understand Western nations. She only understands her tribe. Jews had nothing to do with the development of Western civilization. Read the book “Uniqueness of Western Civiliation” by Ricardo Duchesene. I am writing from a Western perspective. The West is not black/Asian/Jewish/Muslim. She is free to express her opinions, but they should be expressed in Israel. Her opinions are unimportant in the West. All of this applies to Shapiro.

    Also, I’m not “talking some specialized BS…”. Have you not heard of the Roman Catholic Church and Zioevangizers? Have you not heard about neo-Nazis? Cuck pope Frannie is the one behind the black/Muslim/Asian invasion of Western Europe. Hitler is the cudgel used to cower the cucks.

    Again, I don’t blame the Jews. I blame the Caucasian RCC/Zioevangizer males for our problems. There is a trad RCC website, Churchmilitant, run by a negrophiliac, “ex-homo.” Yes, that is how low the RCC has fallen. He hosts a yearly weekend conference only for RCC men. It is to discuss ways to revive the RCC. At last year’s conference, a group of RCC men cancelled their appearance because they found out some Antifa crazies were going to protest. The cucks would not even fight for the RCC. The RCC can no longer produce a Charles Martel, Queen Isabella of Spain, Don Juan of Austria. We will not get much in political action from these evil cowards.

    Mercer and Shapiro have Israel. We have the West.

  20. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @CommiesOnFire

    Attila is one of our resident train wrecks here. Don’t bother too much with her.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  21. @Anonymous

    And yet, I have not been proven wrong.

    Here’s something off-topic but very interesting. The trad RCC commentators will lose their minds.

    https://jaysanalysis.com/2015/02/08/fatima-bankster-fraud-and-the-great-game/

  22. @CommiesOnFire

    As is often the case with Mrs. Mercer comments to her post are dominated by attacks (trolling) on her person. I already know she is a Jew.

  23. Anonymous[238] • Disclaimer says:

    Atilla isn’t a Jew; she’s a Jew worshiper.

    WE WORSHIP what we do know, for salvation is from THE JEWS.” John 4:22

    And here’s her Asian “Lord.”

    Definitely not a Western European.

    • Replies: @Truth
  24. CBTerry says:

    “Classical liberals and classical conservatives, however, ought to do no more than insist individuals be left to their own devices, just so long as they don’t harm others.”

    A bizarre sentence, particularly in a column that allegedly praises the thought of Russell Kirk.

  25. Truth says:
    @Anonymous

    Nice photo of the great man himself. I wonder what kind of film the shooter used, I don’t think digital cameras were around yet.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  26. Anonymous[364] • Disclaimer says:
    @Truth

    It’s not a photo. Neither was he a great man. Check your premises.

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