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“As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy,” writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, “it is illiberal democracy.”

Galston’s diagnosis is not wrong, and his alarm is not misplaced.

Yet why does America’s great export, liberal democracy, which appeared to be the future of the West if not of mankind at the Cold War’s end, now appear to be a church with a shrinking congregation?

Why is liberal democracy losing its appeal?

A front-page story about France’s presidential election, in the same day’s Journal, suggests an answer.

In the final round next May, the French election is likely to come down to a choice of Marine Le Pen or Francois Fillon.

Le Pen is the “let France be France” candidate of the National Front. Fillon is a traditionalist Catholic from northwest France, home to the martyred resistance of the Revolution — the legendary Vendee.

Fillon won practicing and nonpracticing Catholics alike by a landslide, and took 3 in 5 votes of those professing other faiths.

Le Pen wants France to secede from the EU and move closer to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The five million Arabs and Muslims currently in France, the prospective arrival of millions more, and recent Islamic terrorist atrocities have all propelled her candidacy.

Fillon succeeded in his primary by identifying himself as a man of Catholic beliefs and values and an opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion. He does not repudiate secularism, but believes that the France that was “the eldest daughter of the church” should also be heard.

Together, what do the Le Pen and Fillon candidacies tell us?

France and Europe may be moving inexorably away from a liberal democratic, de-Christianized and militantly secularist America. If we are the future, less and less do France and Europe appear to want that future.

While our elites welcome the Third World immigration that is changing the face of America, France and Europe are recoiling from and reacting against it. The French wish to remain who and what they are, a land predominantly of one language, one culture, one people.

America preaches that all religions are equal and should be treated equally. France does not seem to share that liberal belief. And just as the Middle East seems to want no more churches or Christians, France and Europe appear to want no more mosques or Muslims.

Where America’s elites may celebrate same-sex marriage and “reproductive rights,” more and more Europeans are identifying with the social values of Putin’s Russia. Pro-Putin parties are surging in Europe. Pro-America parties have been facing losses and defections.

“Because human beings are equal, any form of ethnocentrism that denies their equality must be rejected,” writes Galston.

That may well be what liberal democracy commands.

But the 24 nations that emerged from the disintegration of the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were all built on ethnonational foundations — Croatia and Serbia, Estonia and Latvia, Georgia and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

And was it not their unique ethnic identities that caused South Ossetia and Abkhazia to break free of Georgia?

Indeed, if what America has on offer is a liberal democracy of 325 million, which is multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual, which celebrates its “diversity,” then where in Europe can one find a great party preaching this as the future their country and continent should embrace?

European peoples are largely fleeing from the future America preaches and promises.

Europe’s nations are rising up against what liberal democracy has produced in the USA.

Galston contends correctly that, “few leaders and movements in the West dare to challenge the idea of democracy itself.”

True, so far. But worldwide, Caesarism appears on the march.

Russia, China, Turkey, Egypt and the Philippines exemplify the new popularity of the strongman state. Western liberals initially cheered the Arab Spring, but what it produced curbed their enthusiasm. Free elections in Palestine and Lebanon produced victories for Hamas and Hezbollah.

Though Galston chastises the Polish and Hungarian governments as illiberal democracies, they seem to remain popular at home.

What, then, does the future hold?

The present crisis of Europe has been produced by the migration of tens of millions of Third World peoples never before assimilated in any European nation, and by the pollution and poisoning of these nations’ traditional culture.

This has caused millions to recoil and declare: If this is what liberal democracy produces, then to hell with it.

And if Europe is moving away from what America has become and has on offer, what is there to cause Europeans to turn around and re-embrace liberal democracy? Why not try something else?

In Brexit, the English were voting against the diverse liberal democracy that their capital of Londonistan had become.

Donald Trump’s victory represented a rejection of Barack Obama’s America. And whether he succeeds, what is there to cause America to look back with nostalgia on the America Obama came to represent?

Our Founding Fathers believed that democracy represented the degeneration of a republic; they feared and loathed it, and felt that it was the precursor of dictatorship. They may have been right again.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

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  1. Nah, Mr Buchanan, I’m afraid your ‘culture war’ theory is entirely unconvincing. It’s all in economics.

    I don’t think there are many practicing Catholics left in France (at least I haven’t noticed them), and in any case, no one prevents you from going to church and performing your silly rituals all you want. No, it’s economics. The new stage of capitalism – neoliberal globalization – heightens the contradictions in the (formerly) industrial states. It erodes the middle class and raises inequality beyond any reasonable levels. So, people rebel. True, this rebellion does (in part) manifest itself in xenophobic terms, but that’s only because xenophobia is a natural (albeit myopic) knee-jerk reaction to globalization…

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  2. Singh says:

    Equality is false because differences exist।।

    The Aryas must make this known on the battlefield।।

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾ।।ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਹਿ।।

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  3. Realist says:

    “Why is liberal democracy losing its appeal?”

    Because it is one of the most corrupt forms of government on the planet.

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  4. alexander says:

    Dear Mr. Buchanan,

    If the world rejects the United States as a role model, today, it is first and foremost because our country has come under the stewardship of dishonest neocon belligerents who have brought nothing but pain , suffering and permanent war …… to half the planet.

    It is for the this exact same reason the vast majority of Americans hold its entire “establishment class” as well as their “servile” media , in such utter contempt.

    We have become a nation led, by and large, by very disingenuous, malevolent people, whose “Raison d’etre” has nothing to do with the rule of law, democracy promotion or the constitution.

    How could it possibly be the case they do care about these things, Mr Buchanan, when they have repeatedly……. “lied us into war” ?

    Is there no greater crime than this ?

    As the mechanisms of accountability for such wanton criminality have (thus far) failed to materialize, so too has the promise of our nations “greatness” been swallowed into the pit of unfathomable (war) debt …and the seemingly never ending “deceptions” that fostered it.

    Democracy, liberal or otherwise, has nothing to do with it.

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  5. Our Founding Fathers believed that democracy represented the degeneration of a republic; they feared and loathed it, and felt that it was the precursor of dictatorship. They may have been right again.

    They also knew it would fail when people voted themselves access to the public fisc. We have crowded ourselves into cities where we are dependent on the wheels of commerce turning for our daily bread. When the global debt/asset bubble breaks there will be no way to avoid chaos but granting the government more power to keep the wheels turning by fiat.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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  6. Marcus says:

    Depends which “founders,” Pat. Someone like Hamilton wouldn’t have approved of “liberal democracy,” much less spreading it around the world.

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  7. ” Today it is first and foremost because our country has come under the stewardship of dishonest neocon belligerents”.

    This is total nonsense. the world is rejecting the US model of total leftist debauchery, mass unwanted immigration, and rule by wealthy leftist Elites and their dictatorship of PC insanity.

    I am guessing you supported HC, and it comes through in your futile attempt to place blame on the wrong parties.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

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    Hi AJ,

    Are you are referring to my comment ?

    If you truly believe the issue is between "Leftist" debauchery or "Rightest" debauchery,(at this late date) I am afraid you are quite disillusioned.

    The problem is the "Debauchery", with a capital "D" ,that has continued, virtually unabated , through both R and D administrations ,... and has lasted for nearly two decades.

    I do not "discriminate" across party lines.

    H.C. is as equally guilty as G.B. Jr.....and "vice versa".

    And our entire congress, with few exceptions....gets a grade of D- (on its best day).

    All seem to functioned as little more than tools of the belligerent, "above the law",back room, oligarchs (Neocons all)...and the catastrophic wars they manufactured.

    If there has been any difference, it has been wholly cosmetic, just a tinkering of "pretexts"to suit the party in power..... and its "value preferences".

    I cannot believe you have not recognized this yet, AJ ?

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  8. alexander says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    " Today it is first and foremost because our country has come under the stewardship of dishonest neocon belligerents".

    This is total nonsense. the world is rejecting the US model of total leftist debauchery, mass unwanted immigration, and rule by wealthy leftist Elites and their dictatorship of PC insanity.

    I am guessing you supported HC, and it comes through in your futile attempt to place blame on the wrong parties.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    Hi AJ,

    Are you are referring to my comment ?

    If you truly believe the issue is between “Leftist” debauchery or “Rightest” debauchery,(at this late date) I am afraid you are quite disillusioned.

    The problem is the “Debauchery”, with a capital “D” ,that has continued, virtually unabated , through both R and D administrations ,… and has lasted for nearly two decades.

    I do not “discriminate” across party lines.

    H.C. is as equally guilty as G.B. Jr…..and “vice versa”.

    And our entire congress, with few exceptions….gets a grade of D- (on its best day).

    All seem to functioned as little more than tools of the belligerent, “above the law”,back room, oligarchs (Neocons all)…and the catastrophic wars they manufactured.

    If there has been any difference, it has been wholly cosmetic, just a tinkering of “pretexts”to suit the party in power….. and its “value preferences”.

    I cannot believe you have not recognized this yet, AJ ?

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    " I cannot believe that you have not recognized this yet, AJ"

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the "Mensa" society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can "Recognize" that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.

    Authenticjazzman, "Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.
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  9. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    While our elites welcome the Third World immigration that is changing the face of America, France and Europe are recoiling from and reacting against it. The French wish to remain who and what they are, a land predominantly of one language, one culture, one people.

    And that is an issue.
    You don’t dodge an unattractive future by clutching illusory straws from a bygone past.
    In the company of the world’s macro-powers, European nation (even now that they have quit waging war on each other) look anachronisms.

    To remain “who and what they were” won’t be enough. Evolution is key to survival.
    This set of lackadaisical nations, once great powers of the world today increasingly irrelevant actors on its stage, need to unite into a real European entity.
    Or they’ll be ever more acted and less acting.

    (Instead of union among them, they have been seeking to unite with the Arab world, through the Eurabia project, which means to import Islam culture, Arab as a language, and Arabs as workers. And this is a project independent of the USA influence — it was launched in an anti-USA perspective, even.)

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  10. a democracy dies when the people stop paying attention to it. the people must mind a democracy, not the government.
    the people of america have gone to sleep.
    when they awake, democracy will awaken from its slumber, as well.

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  11. Jason Liu says:

    Was it ever NOT an endangered species? People look at the Anglosphere and think liberal democracy is the default, but every other region of the world shows otherwise. The vast majority of democracies are either not very liberal or not very democratic. Even parts of Europe are more bureaucratic states than liberal democracies.

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  12. @alexander
    Hi AJ,

    Are you are referring to my comment ?

    If you truly believe the issue is between "Leftist" debauchery or "Rightest" debauchery,(at this late date) I am afraid you are quite disillusioned.

    The problem is the "Debauchery", with a capital "D" ,that has continued, virtually unabated , through both R and D administrations ,... and has lasted for nearly two decades.

    I do not "discriminate" across party lines.

    H.C. is as equally guilty as G.B. Jr.....and "vice versa".

    And our entire congress, with few exceptions....gets a grade of D- (on its best day).

    All seem to functioned as little more than tools of the belligerent, "above the law",back room, oligarchs (Neocons all)...and the catastrophic wars they manufactured.

    If there has been any difference, it has been wholly cosmetic, just a tinkering of "pretexts"to suit the party in power..... and its "value preferences".

    I cannot believe you have not recognized this yet, AJ ?

    ” I cannot believe that you have not recognized this yet, AJ”

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the “Mensa” society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

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    "My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay."

    Why don't you give your actual IQ value?
    , @Rilly
    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist."
    ....in case you couldn't tell I am intelligent by my words alone,
    I will inform you, that I am!?
    Go ahead, criticize my lack of one apostrophe or sentence structure if you like.
    You are a genius, you told us so!
    Anyone not realizing this, clearly, is lacking
    What would we think without you?
    , @MEexpert
    :

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the “Mensa” society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.
     
    Hey Jazzman:

    People who are really intelligent don't brag about it. The fact that you have to write this sentence in every post shows you are nothing but a cheap musician.
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  13. nickels says:

    Liberalism is just the first stage of nihilism, where the old beliefs are cast aside but the culture runs on the moral fumes of the earlier times, when they were believed.

    It naturally wears out in a generation or two and moves to the later, more vicious forms of nihilism.

    And as far as ‘democratic’ goes, that is a myth:

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  14. Rurik says:

    While our elites welcome the Third World immigration that is changing the face of America, France and Europe are recoiling from and reacting against it. The French wish to remain who and what they are, a land predominantly of one language, one culture, one people.

    just peruse these charming photos and it tells you everything you want to know about why the French are rejecting rule by Rothschild and his EU minions

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3896774/Migrant-battle-streets-Paris-Large-gangs-men-armed-makeshift-clubs-fight-Calais-Jungle-camp-destroyed.html

    here’s a nice video

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  15. Realist says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    " I cannot believe that you have not recognized this yet, AJ"

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the "Mensa" society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can "Recognize" that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.

    Authenticjazzman, "Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    “My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.”

    Why don’t you give your actual IQ value?

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  16. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Don’t let the GLOB define ‘liberal democracy’. The real problem is True Liberal Democracy is dead in the West. In a way, the rise of nationalism is the return of true liberal democracy. So-called PC version of ‘liberal democracy’ enforced censorship on the populace. Also, it replaced Old Religion with new religion. Buchanan thinks the New West is non-religious, but, despite traditional faiths having lost their luster, they’ve been replaced by new faiths with their sacred icons and taboos. In UK, you can be arrested for tweeting a comment that mocks Mandela, the new messiah. How liberal is that? It is a form of neo-religion or neoligion.
    The homo cause wouldn’t be so bad if it were purely secular and liberal. I would like to live in a society where homos are not attacked or banned from work. But a truly liberal society also has to face the truth that homo fecal penetration is putrid behavior. And a man saying he’s a ‘woman’ doesn’t make him one. So-called ‘liberal democracy’ has shut down free expression and free exchange of ideas. It doesn’t allow the kid to say the emperor has no clothes. It has own shibboleths and taboos. It has its laws that ban free speech as ‘hate speech’ and even imprison people. Since there are 1st amendment protections for free speech in the US, careers are destroyed by blacklisting for the wrong sentiment. Or businesses are shut down by the neoligion of homomania that denounces someone for not revering two men who want to get ‘married’ on the basis that homo fecal penetration has the same value as real sex between man and woman.

    William Galston is full of shi*. His definition of ‘liberal democracy’ and ‘illiberal democracy’ is like MSM’s definition of ‘real news’ and ‘fake news’. He wouldn’t know true liberal democracy if he saw one. I’ll bet he is for Neocon domination of foreign policy(that spreads lies, paranoia, and fear-mongering about Iran, Russia, and China), homomania(as replacement for Christianity), MLK cult(that destroys the career of anyone who won’t bow down at the feet of that loutish plagiarizing-womanizing punkass fool), open borders, and constant denunciation of white America that wants to keep American majority white.

    A true liberal democracy should allow open forum for all views. I’ll take true liberal democracy over the kind of shady democracy in Russia or autocracy in China. But we don’t find liberal democracy in the US and EU, especially in EU that has gone batshi* crazy. And Canada no longer even has free speech. It really burns books! While certain nationalist elements in EU are not particularly fond of ‘liberal democracy’ as an idea, the great irony is that their rise has something to do with suppression of true liberalism and democracy in EU. True liberalism should allow views in the Voltairean sense of “I may not agree with you, but I won’t clobber you for that reason.” In today’s EU, people get clobbered all over. Germans have been fined and arrested for insulting ‘refugees’ who were raping or murdering German women. British police have been silent about Paki gangs who were raping young girls out of fear of being labeled ‘racist’.
    Also, interracism, esp that pairs black men with white women, is a neoligious or neo-religious idea. It promises the new eden of racial superiority and harmony. The new adam is the negro man and the new eve is the white ho. We see this new ideal all over EU, US, and etc. It goes to show that PC ‘liberal democracy’ cannot even be consistent. On the one hand, it tells us that race is just a ‘social construct’ and that all races are the same and interchangeable. If that is so, why do we need Diversity? After all, the logic of Diversity is that mono-racial societies are lacking and deficient because it doesn’t have other races to fill in the gaps. Also, if all men are the same, why do white women have to reject white men and have babies with Negroes? Isn’t it based on the notion that Negro men are superior and thus more deserving of white beauties since they are more manly, more muscular, dance better, singer louder, and have longer dongs than white men? So, interracism is based on a sense of racial hierarchy. It is about white women rejecting white men, having babies with black men. It means these mulatto babies will grow up to beat up white boys and hump more white girls. Where is racial equality in this? It is based on racial hierarchy. It says whites must surrender to racially superior blacks. Now, blacks may be lower in IQ, but since globalist Pop Culture of ‘liberal democracy’ is all about insta-gratification, orgasm, hedonism, youth-mania, and extreme sexuality, Negroes will be favored over whites since Negroes are masters of jungle behavior of instant-joy-and-outrage.
    Blacks come up with stuff like Booty-Call. Shoo!
    Since globalist ‘liberal democratic’ culture has no use for deep tradition, high culture, serious art, and etc that require time and devotion to appreciate, the only culture that matters is the profit-driven one of Hollywood movies, dumb TV shows, rap music, pornography, homomania and ‘gay orgistics’, and videogames. Since Negroes are big in sports and funky music, they are presented by ‘liberal democracy’ as the superior race. In sports, humping, and loud-hollering, they are indeed superior. But can complex advanced civilization be preserved on the basis of acting black, savage, crude, and gangta-ghetto? It’s bad enough when whites are ‘whi**erized’, but it’s gonna be downright horrible when the savage black genes spread among whites through interbreeding between Negro men and white traitor ho’s. Your average mulatto is more out-of-control than a white person though generally less crazy than a totally black loon.

    True Liberal Democracy needs rule of law, culture of education, and individual responsibility along with freedom. With blackness spreading culturally and genetically, West will go from ‘liberal democracy’ to ‘jungle democracy’, the kind you see in Baltimore and Detroit.
    EU makes no sense. It takes all these people from black Africa and Muslim world who offer two modes that are both anti-liberal-democracy. Black Africans come with jungle-savagery, and great numbers of them will jungle-ize Western Democracy. Muslims, in contrast, come with cultural taboos and moral injunctions against decadent behavior, usually sexual type. Even though some Muslims engage in lewd acts and commit rape, their cultural influence is repressive and puritanical. So, the EU figures it’s great to bring in black Africans whose message is “Look at my dong and suck it” and Muslims whose message is “cover your faces or we’ll bash it.”

    Even though the end goal of the New Right is not liberal democracy — their goal ranges from fascist-democracy(like the one in Israel) to neo-monarachy — , the fact is, at least for the time being, the principles of true liberal democracy is represented by the New Right and Alt Right since they prize freedom of speech and right of assembly to discuss their ideas and share them with others. In contrast, the so-called PC ‘liberal democracy’, in the name of ‘freedom’ and ‘justice’, has shut down free debate and exchange of ideas in so many quarters.

    What we are seeing in Poland and Hungary is actually closer to true liberal democracy. Sure, there is a rise of nationalism, but it is the will of the people that wants to keep European white and Christian because those are the best foundations for preserving true western values. After all, Western Values grew from the white race, European history, and western ideas. They didn’t come from some black fool shaking his booty or some Iman going ahhhhhhhh from a Muslim tower.

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    If the cultural sewer that is the US is an exemplar of liberal democracy then the sooner liberal democracy dies the better.

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  18. Witch PHD says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    Nah, Mr Buchanan, I'm afraid your 'culture war' theory is entirely unconvincing. It's all in economics.

    I don't think there are many practicing Catholics left in France (at least I haven't noticed them), and in any case, no one prevents you from going to church and performing your silly rituals all you want. No, it's economics. The new stage of capitalism - neoliberal globalization - heightens the contradictions in the (formerly) industrial states. It erodes the middle class and raises inequality beyond any reasonable levels. So, people rebel. True, this rebellion does (in part) manifest itself in xenophobic terms, but that's only because xenophobia is a natural (albeit myopic) knee-jerk reaction to globalization...

    GFU

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  19. MEexpert says:

    Why are pro-Putin parties surging in Europe?

    Because Putin is hacking the election results in all those countries in favor of those parties.

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  20. Rilly says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    " I cannot believe that you have not recognized this yet, AJ"

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the "Mensa" society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can "Recognize" that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.

    Authenticjazzman, "Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.”
    ….in case you couldn’t tell I am intelligent by my words alone,
    I will inform you, that I am!?
    Go ahead, criticize my lack of one apostrophe or sentence structure if you like.
    You are a genius, you told us so!
    Anyone not realizing this, clearly, is lacking
    What would we think without you?

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  21. MEexpert says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    " I cannot believe that you have not recognized this yet, AJ"

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the "Mensa" society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can "Recognize" that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.

    Authenticjazzman, "Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the “Mensa” society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.

    Hey Jazzman:

    People who are really intelligent don’t brag about it. The fact that you have to write this sentence in every post shows you are nothing but a cheap musician.

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    " People who are really intelligent don't brag about it" :

    Says who? Is this a law of nature, or your own personal axiom?

    " Shows you are nothing but a cheap musician" :

    I would rather be a "Cheap musician" than whatever you are.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" Society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.
    , @Realist
    I agree, The guy's a dick.
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  22. I think you could argue that Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, etc. represent not failure or rejection of democracy but rather democracy working exactly as it should.

    It’s never possible in any society for the rulers to drift too far for too long from the will of the people, even in a monarchy or dictatorship.

    The only difference with democracy is that the correction is built into the process, rather than it having to happen via violent revolution and cutting off the king’s head.

    I also think of Trump as essentially a third party candidate, even though he ran as a Republican. Third party candidates come about when the main parties get out of touch with the public, in this case on trade, immigration, and foreign policy.

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  23. KenH says:

    America was never a “liberal democracy” or one biped, one vote, nor was it intended to be. It was founded as republic where only white, land owning males were accorded suffrage. And it’s hard to characterize America and other Western nations as democracies when on so many issues the central government ignores the will of the people.

    If James Madison could see what America has devolved into he would probably add that multiracial democracies are even shorter in their lives and much more violent in their deaths than monoracial versions.

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    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "It was founded as republic where only white, land owning males were accorded suffrage."

    With the Founding Fathers granting Congress the liberty to make changes in the law to reflect their population.

    "If James Madison could see what America has devolved into he would probably add that multiracial democracies are even shorter in their lives and much more violent in their deaths than monoracial versions."

    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans...all played major roles in the development of the United States. They eventually set aside their continental European hatred for one another through intermarriage.
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  24. @MEexpert
    :

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the “Mensa” society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.
     
    Hey Jazzman:

    People who are really intelligent don't brag about it. The fact that you have to write this sentence in every post shows you are nothing but a cheap musician.

    ” People who are really intelligent don’t brag about it” :

    Says who? Is this a law of nature, or your own personal axiom?

    ” Shows you are nothing but a cheap musician” :

    I would rather be a “Cheap musician” than whatever you are.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” Society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

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    I would rather be a “Cheap musician” than whatever you are.
     
    I know who and what I am. You will never be what I am. I don't have to brag about my accomplishments. I know I have accomplished more than you ever will.

    So stop this charade.
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  25. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    How are things such as bank bailouts “democratic”? Or, making the globally speculative banking sector so powerful in the first place.

    When Poland and other Eastern European states joined the EU, there was no mention in the acquis communautaire that the rights of third country migrants are above the rights of local populations or that “gay rights” are above hetero rights or way of life. Basic fundamental rights should be observed, but the above mentioned should be open to interpretation and each country should do as they choose. Just because Holland legalized homosexual partnerships in the 1980s, doesn’t mean Poland has to do that in 2017. That should be a marginal issue (unlike common trade, security, etc).

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  26. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    But what is liberal and illiberal according to WSJ? Is it all about gays or does “liberal” mean any foreigner has the same rights as the local born? And the “illiberal” is then the nationalist in the classical sense? They gotta get their definitions straight.

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  27. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    And why do you mention Ossetia but don’t mention Catalunya, Scotland, California? And many other such examples.

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  28. MEexpert says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    " People who are really intelligent don't brag about it" :

    Says who? Is this a law of nature, or your own personal axiom?

    " Shows you are nothing but a cheap musician" :

    I would rather be a "Cheap musician" than whatever you are.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" Society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

    I would rather be a “Cheap musician” than whatever you are.

    I know who and what I am. You will never be what I am. I don’t have to brag about my accomplishments. I know I have accomplished more than you ever will.

    So stop this charade.

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  29. “I know I have accomplished more than you ever will”

    Yeah sure you know what I have accomplished.

    You have a bunch of loose screws this is obvious.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

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  30. American political experiments are failing. Non-Americans that are not refugees see the hollow society of scared consumers that are disengaged from life and borrow to survive. Refugees see some life that is better than what is in their bad country, and some travel to do harm. Delusions about human nature are present in many countries.

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  31. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Dear Mr. Buchanan,
    You never miss an opportunity to blame Middle Easterners, North Africans and other so called third world savages for the ills of your country and Europe. Who has colonized these countries and regions during the last two centuries? Who is responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan? Why are the helpless and the hapless from these countries fleeing their homes and risking their lives if not for the crimes of your country and its European allies. Are you blind to the present American empire and its predecessors the English and the French? These empires are to spread freedom and democracy, you say, no doubt.

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    ANON.:

    Protocolonialism (1600-1800): To spread Christianity to the savages.

    Classical colonialism (1800-1950): To teach the savages how to use a fork and a spoon.

    Neocolonialism ( 1950-present): To teach them the virtues of Democracy.

    You see how wrong you are, Mr. Anon.?

    It is not about economics.
    , @MEFOBILLS
    You never miss an opportunity to blame Middle Easterners, North Africans and other so called third world savages for the ills of your country and Europ

    Two or more things can be true at the same time. Rapacious capitalism want's the "earth" from third world countries. It also would like third world labor if it can get it cheap enough.

    Earth + Labor + Machines = Goods. Goods as prices fetch money from money supply.

    Finance Capital creates money as debt upon hypohthecation. Hypothecation is a fancy word for the debt creation process, whereby private banks create new credit money at the same time you sign your new debt instrument.

    If a finance capitalist, can grab your "third world" earth, to then make prices cheaply, they have a good chance of grabbing money. If a money type is made good around the world, then purchasing power is increased. Example: Dollar as reserve currency is made good around the world.

    So, we need to deconvolute politics and race from finance capital. Religion additionally forms wet-ware, or the philosophical constructs guiding behavior.

    It is more than obvious that human races have evolutionary differences, and additionally have different "wetware" constructs that guide their thought patterns.

    So, it is not an either/or argument, it is many elements running in parallel.

    At its root, there is a defect in ALL MEN, where they want to take rents - or unearned income. It is good to be the king, and live off of other's productivity - or even their earth. Our ((friends)) take unearned rents as their evolutionary in-group mechanism.

    Cramming unlike people together is a recipe for disaster, well known by social scientists.

    Finance Capitalism doesn't give a damn about the cramming, or made instability of third world, providing it can grab third world earth and labor to make prices, to then take rents. Importing third world labor into first world, lowers the price of domestic labor. Instability of third world means their oil, platinum, or other earth can be grabbed cheaply.
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  32. Corvinus says:
    @KenH
    America was never a "liberal democracy" or one biped, one vote, nor was it intended to be. It was founded as republic where only white, land owning males were accorded suffrage. And it's hard to characterize America and other Western nations as democracies when on so many issues the central government ignores the will of the people.

    If James Madison could see what America has devolved into he would probably add that multiracial democracies are even shorter in their lives and much more violent in their deaths than monoracial versions.

    “It was founded as republic where only white, land owning males were accorded suffrage.”

    With the Founding Fathers granting Congress the liberty to make changes in the law to reflect their population.

    “If James Madison could see what America has devolved into he would probably add that multiracial democracies are even shorter in their lives and much more violent in their deaths than monoracial versions.”

    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans…all played major roles in the development of the United States. They eventually set aside their continental European hatred for one another through intermarriage.

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    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans…all played major roles in the development of the United States.
     
    Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society. Free blacks were not granted political equality. Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar.

    The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard.
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  33. Democracy is savable by rescinding the 17th amendment.

    Before the 17th amendment, US senators were appointed by state legislators to represent state interests.

    The original intent of the founders was that state government interests would be represented in the US senate and the people’s interests would be represented in the US House of Representatives.

    The 17th amendment destroyed that perfect idea, and elevated the interests of the ignorant mob and their mafia media patrons to the totalitarian disaster we suffer today.

    As it is now, both the US Senate and the HoR represent the whims of the mob of ignorant voters, who are generally misinformed and uninformed courtesy of the American-Israeli mafia media.

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    "Democracy is savable by rescinding the 17th amendment."

    Representative democracy was being purged by the Boss Tweeds of the world. It only until the will of the people, through majority vote, decided to say "enough is enough".

    "The original intent of the founders was that state government interests would be represented in the US senate and the people’s interests would be represented in the US House of Representatives."

    The Founders warned about the impact of political parties. Accordingly, reforms were made in an effort to reign in their corruption. State legislatures in the late 1800's and early 1900's were NOT representing their constituents.

    "The 17th amendment destroyed that perfect idea, and elevated the interests of the ignorant mob and their mafia media patrons to the totalitarian disaster we suffer today."

    You are part of that ignorant mob. And, please, there is no "totalitarian disaster" that has struck the United States. That is a False News Story that you are creating.
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  34. @Anon
    Dear Mr. Buchanan,
    You never miss an opportunity to blame Middle Easterners, North Africans and other so called third world savages for the ills of your country and Europe. Who has colonized these countries and regions during the last two centuries? Who is responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan? Why are the helpless and the hapless from these countries fleeing their homes and risking their lives if not for the crimes of your country and its European allies. Are you blind to the present American empire and its predecessors the English and the French? These empires are to spread freedom and democracy, you say, no doubt.

    ANON.:

    Protocolonialism (1600-1800): To spread Christianity to the savages.

    Classical colonialism (1800-1950): To teach the savages how to use a fork and a spoon.

    Neocolonialism ( 1950-present): To teach them the virtues of Democracy.

    You see how wrong you are, Mr. Anon.?

    It is not about economics.

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  35. MEFOBILLS says:

    I’m always pleased when somebody notices damage done by 17′th amendment.
    The U.S. Senate was intended to be the most “deliberative” body in the world, and above the political fray. It was to take a long civilization view. It was to represent State Legislatures, and said Legislatures had right to recall their Senators when they went rogue.

    After 17′th, the Senate became populist, beholden to money. Today, Senators take bribes in the form of lobbyist money, and then use that same money to buy your vote.

    The 17′th then unbalanced Congress, where only house representatives were to be populist. Now, U.S. is two populist wings, both of which are influenced by money power.

    It’s no accident that election of 1912 was a money power construct, and Wilson’s progressive era reforms all work together like a machine to undo the founders intent. Republican form of government in U.S. passed away starting in 1912.

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  36. MEFOBILLS says:
    @Anon
    Dear Mr. Buchanan,
    You never miss an opportunity to blame Middle Easterners, North Africans and other so called third world savages for the ills of your country and Europe. Who has colonized these countries and regions during the last two centuries? Who is responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan? Why are the helpless and the hapless from these countries fleeing their homes and risking their lives if not for the crimes of your country and its European allies. Are you blind to the present American empire and its predecessors the English and the French? These empires are to spread freedom and democracy, you say, no doubt.

    You never miss an opportunity to blame Middle Easterners, North Africans and other so called third world savages for the ills of your country and Europ

    Two or more things can be true at the same time. Rapacious capitalism want’s the “earth” from third world countries. It also would like third world labor if it can get it cheap enough.

    Earth + Labor + Machines = Goods. Goods as prices fetch money from money supply.

    Finance Capital creates money as debt upon hypohthecation. Hypothecation is a fancy word for the debt creation process, whereby private banks create new credit money at the same time you sign your new debt instrument.

    If a finance capitalist, can grab your “third world” earth, to then make prices cheaply, they have a good chance of grabbing money. If a money type is made good around the world, then purchasing power is increased. Example: Dollar as reserve currency is made good around the world.

    So, we need to deconvolute politics and race from finance capital. Religion additionally forms wet-ware, or the philosophical constructs guiding behavior.

    It is more than obvious that human races have evolutionary differences, and additionally have different “wetware” constructs that guide their thought patterns.

    So, it is not an either/or argument, it is many elements running in parallel.

    At its root, there is a defect in ALL MEN, where they want to take rents – or unearned income. It is good to be the king, and live off of other’s productivity – or even their earth. Our ((friends)) take unearned rents as their evolutionary in-group mechanism.

    Cramming unlike people together is a recipe for disaster, well known by social scientists.

    Finance Capitalism doesn’t give a damn about the cramming, or made instability of third world, providing it can grab third world earth and labor to make prices, to then take rents. Importing third world labor into first world, lowers the price of domestic labor. Instability of third world means their oil, platinum, or other earth can be grabbed cheaply.

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    Communism does not work period, and it will never work, it is the most repressive, oppressive concept ever devised by mankind.

    Karl Marx was, perhaps unconsiously, a mad malevolent tyrant, and his concepts precipitated the sensless murders of hundreds of millions of humans.

    Of Course each new generation of communists, such as yourself, claim that Russia, China, Cuba did not really understand or want to create a true communist worker paradise, they were, the Russians and Chinese, etc, the "Wrong" ones and you guys are the "Right" ones and you will get it right this time.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member of forty-plus yeras and pro jazz artist.
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  37. KenH says:
    @Corvinus
    "It was founded as republic where only white, land owning males were accorded suffrage."

    With the Founding Fathers granting Congress the liberty to make changes in the law to reflect their population.

    "If James Madison could see what America has devolved into he would probably add that multiracial democracies are even shorter in their lives and much more violent in their deaths than monoracial versions."

    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans...all played major roles in the development of the United States. They eventually set aside their continental European hatred for one another through intermarriage.

    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans…all played major roles in the development of the United States.

    Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society. Free blacks were not granted political equality. Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar.

    The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard.

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    "Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society."

    By greedy white Europeans until freed by American whites.

    "Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. "

    They did not consider themselves "white Europeans", they each considered themselves to be their own ethnic group.

    "Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar."

    It was other than easy in Europe. These groups brought over their suspicions. It was only until they came to America and several generations later were those conflicts they brought over resolved.

    "The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard."

    You mean the federal government acquired Florida.
    , @SolontoCroesus

    Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans,
     
    No Italians?
    Or is the implication that Italians are not white Europeans?

    Thomas Jefferson was inspired by his travels in Italy, and by his friendship with his neighbor, Filipo Mazzei -- http://adribarrcrocetti.com/main/2012/07/03/philip-mazzei-and-the-declaration-of-independence/

    "Tutti gli uomini sono per natura equamente liberi e indipendenti. Quest'eguaglianza e necessaria per costituire un governo libero. Bisogna che ugnuno sia uguale all' altro nel diritto naturale." -- Filipo Mazzei, Virginia Gazette, 1774

    (All men are by nature free and independent. Such equality is necessary in order to create a free government. All men must be equal to each other in natural law. -Thomas Jefferson's translation)



    Benjamin Franklin corresponded with Gaetano Filangieri, "one of the leading writers of the Italian Enlightenment and a disciple of Montesquieu. His master work, La scienza della legislazione, was envisioned as an encyclopedia of various aspects of the law. Only four of the projected seven volumes were completed before Filangieri's death at an early age.
    The first of these covered general rules of the science of legislation.
    Book II, political and economic laws, compared, as did Montesquieu’s Esprit des lois, the laws, political institutions, and economic policies of various ancient and modern states.
    Filangieri was a fervent advocate of free trade but feared the economic consequences of American independence."


    Constantino Brumidi, who was born in Rome in 1805, painted the murals in the United States Capitol. They include the Apotheosis of Washington, the Frieze of American History and the walls of the Brumidi Corridors.

    The charm and atmosphere of Italian coffee shops were the inspiration for the Starbucks corporate chain (perhaps the antithesis of the charming village coffee shop).

    Enrico Fermi is known as the "father of the nuclear age."

    Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio.

    And everybody knows that Italians invented Al Gore, who in turn invented the world wide internet.
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  38. @MEFOBILLS
    You never miss an opportunity to blame Middle Easterners, North Africans and other so called third world savages for the ills of your country and Europ

    Two or more things can be true at the same time. Rapacious capitalism want's the "earth" from third world countries. It also would like third world labor if it can get it cheap enough.

    Earth + Labor + Machines = Goods. Goods as prices fetch money from money supply.

    Finance Capital creates money as debt upon hypohthecation. Hypothecation is a fancy word for the debt creation process, whereby private banks create new credit money at the same time you sign your new debt instrument.

    If a finance capitalist, can grab your "third world" earth, to then make prices cheaply, they have a good chance of grabbing money. If a money type is made good around the world, then purchasing power is increased. Example: Dollar as reserve currency is made good around the world.

    So, we need to deconvolute politics and race from finance capital. Religion additionally forms wet-ware, or the philosophical constructs guiding behavior.

    It is more than obvious that human races have evolutionary differences, and additionally have different "wetware" constructs that guide their thought patterns.

    So, it is not an either/or argument, it is many elements running in parallel.

    At its root, there is a defect in ALL MEN, where they want to take rents - or unearned income. It is good to be the king, and live off of other's productivity - or even their earth. Our ((friends)) take unearned rents as their evolutionary in-group mechanism.

    Cramming unlike people together is a recipe for disaster, well known by social scientists.

    Finance Capitalism doesn't give a damn about the cramming, or made instability of third world, providing it can grab third world earth and labor to make prices, to then take rents. Importing third world labor into first world, lowers the price of domestic labor. Instability of third world means their oil, platinum, or other earth can be grabbed cheaply.

    Communism does not work period, and it will never work, it is the most repressive, oppressive concept ever devised by mankind.

    Karl Marx was, perhaps unconsiously, a mad malevolent tyrant, and his concepts precipitated the sensless murders of hundreds of millions of humans.

    Of Course each new generation of communists, such as yourself, claim that Russia, China, Cuba did not really understand or want to create a true communist worker paradise, they were, the Russians and Chinese, etc, the “Wrong” ones and you guys are the “Right” ones and you will get it right this time.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member of forty-plus yeras and pro jazz artist.

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  39. Corvinus says:
    @Joe Franklin
    Democracy is savable by rescinding the 17th amendment.

    Before the 17th amendment, US senators were appointed by state legislators to represent state interests.

    The original intent of the founders was that state government interests would be represented in the US senate and the people's interests would be represented in the US House of Representatives.

    The 17th amendment destroyed that perfect idea, and elevated the interests of the ignorant mob and their mafia media patrons to the totalitarian disaster we suffer today.

    As it is now, both the US Senate and the HoR represent the whims of the mob of ignorant voters, who are generally misinformed and uninformed courtesy of the American-Israeli mafia media.

    “Democracy is savable by rescinding the 17th amendment.”

    Representative democracy was being purged by the Boss Tweeds of the world. It only until the will of the people, through majority vote, decided to say “enough is enough”.

    “The original intent of the founders was that state government interests would be represented in the US senate and the people’s interests would be represented in the US House of Representatives.”

    The Founders warned about the impact of political parties. Accordingly, reforms were made in an effort to reign in their corruption. State legislatures in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s were NOT representing their constituents.

    “The 17th amendment destroyed that perfect idea, and elevated the interests of the ignorant mob and their mafia media patrons to the totalitarian disaster we suffer today.”

    You are part of that ignorant mob. And, please, there is no “totalitarian disaster” that has struck the United States. That is a False News Story that you are creating.

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  40. Corvinus says:
    @KenH

    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans…all played major roles in the development of the United States.
     
    Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society. Free blacks were not granted political equality. Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar.

    The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard.

    “Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society.”

    By greedy white Europeans until freed by American whites.

    “Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. ”

    They did not consider themselves “white Europeans”, they each considered themselves to be their own ethnic group.

    “Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar.”

    It was other than easy in Europe. These groups brought over their suspicions. It was only until they came to America and several generations later were those conflicts they brought over resolved.

    “The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard.”

    You mean the federal government acquired Florida.

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    They did not consider themselves “white Europeans”, they each considered themselves to be their own ethnic group."

    But not racial group. White denotes race not ethnicity.
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  41. Realist says:
    @MEexpert
    :

    Hey look guy, I have been a member of the “Mensa” society for over forty years, of which you may have no knowledge, My IQ is well above 150 points, and there is not anything that you can “Recognize” that I cannot, so get off of your high horse, okay.
     
    Hey Jazzman:

    People who are really intelligent don't brag about it. The fact that you have to write this sentence in every post shows you are nothing but a cheap musician.

    I agree, The guy’s a dick.

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  42. Realist says:
    @Corvinus
    "Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society."

    By greedy white Europeans until freed by American whites.

    "Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. "

    They did not consider themselves "white Europeans", they each considered themselves to be their own ethnic group.

    "Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar."

    It was other than easy in Europe. These groups brought over their suspicions. It was only until they came to America and several generations later were those conflicts they brought over resolved.

    "The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard."

    You mean the federal government acquired Florida.

    They did not consider themselves “white Europeans”, they each considered themselves to be their own ethnic group.”

    But not racial group. White denotes race not ethnicity.

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  43. @KenH

    America from its inception was not monoracial nor monoethnic. Blacks were imported for work. The Spanish, the Dutch, the French, the Irish, the Germans…all played major roles in the development of the United States.
     
    Blacks were slaves and disallowed from participating in society. Free blacks were not granted political equality. Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans, so America was indeed monoracial as I said. Intermarriage came easy since they were all so similar.

    The Anglo-Americans acquired Florida and evicted Spain from Eastern seaboard.

    Despite the minor ethnic differences between the Spanish, Dutch, French, Irish and Germans they were all considered white Europeans,

    No Italians?
    Or is the implication that Italians are not white Europeans?

    Thomas Jefferson was inspired by his travels in Italy, and by his friendship with his neighbor, Filipo Mazzei — http://adribarrcrocetti.com/main/2012/07/03/philip-mazzei-and-the-declaration-of-independence/

    “Tutti gli uomini sono per natura equamente liberi e indipendenti. Quest’eguaglianza e necessaria per costituire un governo libero. Bisogna che ugnuno sia uguale all’ altro nel diritto naturale.” — Filipo Mazzei, Virginia Gazette, 1774

    (All men are by nature free and independent. Such equality is necessary in order to create a free government. All men must be equal to each other in natural law. -Thomas Jefferson’s translation)

    Benjamin Franklin corresponded with Gaetano Filangieri, “one of the leading writers of the Italian Enlightenment and a disciple of Montesquieu. His master work, La scienza della legislazione, was envisioned as an encyclopedia of various aspects of the law. Only four of the projected seven volumes were completed before Filangieri’s death at an early age.
    The first of these covered general rules of the science of legislation.
    Book II, political and economic laws, compared, as did Montesquieu’s Esprit des lois, the laws, political institutions, and economic policies of various ancient and modern states.
    Filangieri was a fervent advocate of free trade but feared the economic consequences of American independence.”

    Constantino Brumidi, who was born in Rome in 1805, painted the murals in the United States Capitol. They include the Apotheosis of Washington, the Frieze of American History and the walls of the Brumidi Corridors.

    The charm and atmosphere of Italian coffee shops were the inspiration for the Starbucks corporate chain (perhaps the antithesis of the charming village coffee shop).

    Enrico Fermi is known as the “father of the nuclear age.”

    Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio.

    And everybody knows that Italians invented Al Gore, who in turn invented the world wide internet.

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