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Once a year I like to pretend like my blog is some kind of “respectable” mainstream outlet and I engage in the (admittedly totally silly!) exercise of nominating some “man” (sorry, “person” is unbearably politically correct and once you go down that route you end up calling mentally deranged freaks “ze/zir/zee/etc” and the like). Hey, if you cannot get the kind of financing AngloZionist propaganda outlets get, let us at least pretend like we are fighting on an even playing field once a year, no? So once a year I pretend like I am not a lonely “deplorable” and I chose my own heroes of the day and that sort of makes me feel the “momentary equal” to propaganda outlets like Time mag or The Economist 🙂

FYI – past nominees have included “the Syrian soldier” (2013), “the Russian soldier” (2014), “the Russian Airmen in Syria, Major-General Qasem Soleimani and Alexander Zakharchenko” (2015), “the American basket of deplorables” (2016) and “all those who gave their lives for Syria” (2017).

(Now please pretend like you hear a dramatic drum-roll…..)

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 “Saker man of the year” award jointly goes to: (in alphabetical order)

The American “Dissidents”: Stephen Cohen, Bonnie Faulkner, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Unz

Here are the reasons for my choice:

For all the empty talk about freedom of speech, diversity, pluralism and the like, the sad truth is that the US is not a democracy, but a rather authoritarian plutocracy with strongly expressed elements of a totalitarian regime. True, nobody (that I know of) got sent to a labor camp (yet!) or shot in a cellar (yet!) for daring to speak up to power, but we must also remember the joke which says that “a totalitarian regime is one that commands you to “shut up!” whereas a liberal democracy simply says “keep talking!“. There is much truth to this. As an experienced anti-Soviet activist who opposed and fought against the Soviet regime, I can attest that it was much less effective at stifling dissent than the US regime. Furthermore, I am also sure that the Soviet regime had far more popular support than the current US plutocracy.

[sidetext] It is important to note here that with a few very important, and now sadly forgotten, exceptions (such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Igor Ogurtsov, Leonid Borodin and a few others), the vast majority of the so-called “Soviet dissidents” were not Russian patriots at all and many of them were, in fact, rabid russophobes, Furthermore, both the West and the Soviet regime treated the Russian patriotic opponents (they should not be called or associated with “dissidents”) much worse than the russophobes. In the West, Russian patriots were called “authoritarian monarchists” and, of course, “anti-Semites” while the pro-West dissidents were given full support on Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, the BBC Russian Service and the rest of the western propaganda outlets. As for the Soviet regime, it is also interesting to see how it differentiated between patriotic opponents and the pro-western, russophobic, “dissidents”: the former typically got harsh sentences under Article 70 of the Penal Code of the RSFSR (Anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda – 3 to 10 years) whereas the latter typically got sentenced under the much more lenient Article 190 (Distribution of knowingly false fabrications, discrediting the Soviet state and social system – up to 3 years). Finally, a lot of money was given to the russophobes, while the anti-Soviet patriots could only count on the help of the rather small patriotic Russian anti-Soviet resistance inside the USSR and abroad (including yours truly). It is even sadder that nowadays in Russia the Russian patriotic anti-Soviet opponents are either forgotten or, worse, assimilated to the russophobes by people who have never read much of Solzhenitsym or Ogurtsov or Borodin, but who categorically state that “show me an anti-Soviet activist and I will show you a russophobe” (which, by that definition, would also include me…). I understand that this is the inevitable “return of the historical pendulum” after decades when the anti-Soviet propaganda vastly exaggerated the evils of the Soviet regime (whose evils were very real, but not nearly as immense and evil as mistakenly accepted by the anti-Soviet activists, very much including myself, to my great regret). Right now the pendulum is way too far out towards quasi total whitewashing the evils and crimes of the Soviet regime, but with time it will reach some kind of fact-based equilibrium, at which point the anti-Soviet patriotic opponents will be recognized for what they really were and not lumped together with the russophobic dissidents.[sidetext]

The truth is that the level of education, including political education, was FAR HIGHER in the USSR than today in the US and that the Soviet propaganda machine was (comparatively) rather benign and wholly ineffective and clumsy when compared to the multi-billion dollar AngloZionist propaganda machine of the Empire. The Soviet official ideology, by the way, was much more pluralistic and the Soviet media much more diverse than the western corporate media (I know, I used to read both for a living for a few years). So, as a result, while western dissidents don’t get physically oppressed (at least not yet!!) their struggle is, in some ways, much harder and a much more lonely one. We can see that in the life of my four nominees (again, in alphabetical order):

Professor Stephen Cohen

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Already during the Cold War, Professor Cohen was a (then recognized and hailed) world class expert on the Soviet Union and a respected voice of reason. The liberals especially loved him for his views. When Putin came to power, however, Stephen Cohen did not fall into the russophobic trap of the US liberals and he dared to speak up openly, taking a position diametrically opposed to that of many of his (now former) supporters. For that he was vilified, copiously insulted, and called stuff like “Putin’s American Apologist“, “Putin’s Pal“, a “Desperate Putin Apologist“, and even a “Pathetic Putin Dupe“! This goes to show that while the English language does not yet (yet!) have the equivalent of the “wonderful” German expression “Putinversteher“, the level of intellectual intolerance of the US liberals is just as rabid as the one of their German colleagues. The exact same phenomenon happened with Alexander Solzhenitsyn who initially was the West’s darling for criticizing the Soviet regime, but as soon as his critique turned to the West, he was immediately shunned and vilified (by the exact same folks who are now smearing and vilifying Professor Cohen, by the way).

Bonnie Faulkner

Bonnie has been a hero of mine for many years already. Her show Guns and Butter was one of the most interesting and original radio show ever and for a long while it was truly the flagship of the Pacifica Public Radio Networks. Bonnie, one of the very best interviewers of our times, regularly invited fascinating and unique guests and conducted wonderful, open-ended, and absolutely fascinating interviews with them. Then Bonnie committed her first “crime”: she dared to doubt the official 9/11 fairy tale. This *almost* got her banned the first time around. Then Bonnie did something even “worse” – she did not buy into the entire official “Putin is a monster” cum “the Russians did it” fairly tale. Even worse, crime of crimes, Bonnie has now been officially labeled a “Holocaust denier” by KPFA General Manager. For all these “crimes” her show was simply terminated (until Ron Unz decided to host it on the Unz Review!). The most sickening part of it all is that Bonnie got censored by those who desperately try to impersonate some kind of “progressive” movement whereas in reality they are just your garden variety intolerant russophobic Trotskyists hiding under a new cloak of pseudo-liberalism.

Paul Craig Roberts

Yet another story of a “fall from grace” – this time from the conservative Right who used to admire Roberts for his conservative values until he too dared to challenge the official narrative about Putin and Russia and, instead, denounced every step taken by the leaders of the Empire which bring our planet closer to a global nuclear war. Like Cassandra, Roberts has been an indefatigable voice in the (quasi total) “desert” warning us of the immense danger which is facing us all as a result of the sick messianic and imperialist ideology of the leaders of the AngloZionist Empire. For that he has been ridiculed and insulted, but none of that hateful ad hominem propaganda has succeeded in silencing him. Roberts clearly fears nobody and his voice remains one of the most powerful ones in our peace movement.

Ron Unz

Ron Unz’s struggle for the future of the US (because that is exactly what this is) is not as centered on Russia as Stephen Cohen’s or Paul Craig Roberts’ one, but like Bonnie Faulkner Ron Unz dedicated his talent and life to preserving true, as opposed to fictional, free speech in the US. The Unz Review has now become the de-facto leader of free speech in the US hosting a who’s who of political dissidents, opponents of the Empire and assorted “crimethinkers” (including yours truly) and a very wide spectrum of anti-Empire views ranging from paleo-libertarians (like Ilana Mercer), to what I would call a paleo-progressives (like Michael Hudson), to paleo-conservatives like (Pat Buchanan) to anti-Zionists (like Norman Finkelstein) and many, many, others. Not only that, but Ron has embarked on an amazingly courageous and most interesting series of articles entitled “American Pravda” in which Ron Unz exposed more sacred cows and unspoken taboos than any other public figure in recent memory. I highly recommend that you read every single one of these amazing texts and see for yourself how intellectual honesty and courage can be combined to achieve what I think will be recognized as a truly historical feat for intellectual freedom.

Better than just dissidents: “children of God”!

Stephen Cohen, Bonnie Faulkner, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Unz are all true heroes whose struggles all have one thing in common: they are all struggles for peace. Thus, the words of Christ “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matt 5:9) fully apply to them all. They are also shining examples of what I call “the other West”, a West which far from constantly binging on messianic hubris (like the all the “official” intellectuals across the political spectrum do), seeks to make the US a normal, healthy, sane country in which intellectual freedom and freedom of speech are not just vapid slogans. Cohen, Faulkner, Roberts and Unz do not necessarily share the same views, and neither do I necessarily always agree with everything they might say, but that commonality of purpose, their common desire to achieve true freedom through peace and their immense personal courage is what, I think, unites them and makes them ideal models and examples of a much larger, if hidden, reality: there are a lot of people who struggle for freedom and peace in the US and elsewhere. The four that are selected are all shining examples of this “other West”, but they are also the trip of a much bigger iceberg of resistance to empire, beginning with the beautiful 9/11 Truth movement but also many, many other “resisters” (I think of Ron Paul, Chris Hedges and even, possibly, Tulsi Gabbard).

Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

Even in our post-Christian world (which actually looks very much like Sodom and Gomorrah did), most of us probably remember how Abraham begged God not to destroy the righteous with the wicked (Gen 18:23) Cohen, Faulkner, Roberts and Unz are very good examples of the kind of righteous people for the sake of which we can hope that God will spare the West, and the rest of the world, from destruction (which is where the Neocons are going to bring us unless we stop them). Cohen and Roberts are rather well known in the Runet (Russian Internet), Faulkner and Unz less so, but I hope that with time they will all be remembered and recognized as people who did not just look away or remain silent, but who followed their conscience and took action.

I want to conclude here with a beautiful poem written by Bobby Sands which, I think, applies to all those today whose righteousness and courage might well earn us God’s mercy.

The Rhythm Of Time

There’s an inner thing in every man,
Do you know this thing my friend?
It has withstood the blows of a million years,
And will do so to the end.

It was born when time did not exist,
And it grew up out of life,
It cut down evil’s strangling vines,
Like a slashing searing knife.

It lit fires when fires were not,
And burnt the mind of man,
Tempering leadened hearts to steel,
From the time that time began.

It wept by the waters of Babylon,
And when all men were a loss,
It screeched in writhing agony,
And it hung bleeding from the Cross.

It died in Rome by lion and sword,
And in defiant cruel array,
When the deathly word was ‘Spartacus’
Along the Appian Way.

It marched with Wat the Tyler’s poor,
And frightened lord and king,
And it was emblazoned in their deathly stare,
As e’er a living thing.

It smiled in holy innocence,
Before conquistadors of old,
So meek and tame and unaware,
Of the deathly power of gold.

It burst forth through pitiful Paris streets,
And stormed the old Bastille,
And marched upon the serpent’s head,
And crushed it ‘neath its heel.

It died in blood on Buffalo Plains,
And starved by moons of rain,
Its heart was buried in Wounded Knee,
But it will come to rise again.

It screamed aloud by Kerry lakes,
As it was knelt upon the ground,
And it died in great defiance,
As they coldly shot it down.

It is found in every light of hope,
It knows no bounds nor space
It has risen in red and black and white,
It is there in every race.

It lies in the hearts of heroes dead,
It screams in tyrants’ eyes,
It has reached the peak of mountains high,
It comes searing ‘cross the skies.

It lights the dark of this prison cell,
It thunders forth its might,
It is ‘the undauntable thought’, my friend,
That thought that says ‘I’m right!’

poem by Bobby Sands (1954-1981)

 
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  1. Rational says:

    MAN OF THE EAR — MR. RON UNZ.

    Excellent list. I agree.

    These are truly men of the year, or rather men of the ear–people worth listening to.

    • Agree: Agent76, Bubba
  2. Anon[304] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Kevin Michael Grace

  3. Anon[304] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Furthermore, both the West and the Soviet regime treated the Russian patriotic opponents (they should not be called or associated with “dissidents”) much worse than the russophobes. In the West, Russian patriots were called “authoritarian monarchists” and, of course, “anti-Semites” while the pro-West dissidents were given full support on Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, the BBC Russian Service and the rest of the western propaganda outlets.

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/1993-09-01/black-hundred-rise-extreme-right-russia

  4. Of course Western Democracies® don’t shoot dissidents in the cellar, but there seems to be a high suicide rate among their number, curiously some with two shots to the head, and then there are the high number of other “accidental” deaths, e.g. drowning in a covered hot tub, fatal nail-gun mishaps, etc., and a high incidence of more ho-hum departures from Earth via fiery car crashes, small plane crashes, and falling in front of moving trains. I’ve read that while these deaths might appear suspicious, they are to be statistically expected in a global population of eight billion, much like we should accept the magic bullet theory.

    • Agree: Mike P
    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  5. edding says:

    I would add the name of Bob Parry, who passed away early this year.

  6. edding says:

    And also add the names of Ray McGovern and William Binney.

    • Replies: @Socratic Truth
  7. hunor says:

    Well Mr. Saker not really !
    The four individual you are mentioning are very fine human beings.
    But let’s contrast your list of heroes of 2018 with the negative heroes of 2018.
    Porky the pig , is one. Serving the empire tirelessly.
    Soros the devil , unstoppable.
    Bolton the bum, discarding all remaining arms agreements.
    Merkel the two faced female devil making Germany unrecognizable.
    And now Macron the clueless punk trying his best to be noticed by his handlers.
    And Trump the coward try to portray himself relevant.
    The list of negative heroes goes on and on.
    So the year of 2018 come and gone , and the empire gained much more offensively
    then we did defensively. They piled up much more BS. on the propaganda front.
    They piled up much more armament on the actual front.
    And what did we do ? We talked , talked and talked some more.
    The negative heroes are doers , and our heroes are talkers ?
    That is not good enough, we can never out talk ourselves out of this mess.
    My kind of heroes are doers .
    Chaves the former president of Venezuela was actively opposing the empire.
    He was killed. And Maduro the current president is also opposing the empire.
    He is putting his life on the line that is a hero in my book.
    The Russian border guards at the Kerch incident performed they duty superbly.
    The measured and professional action of the border guards prevented a major disaster.
    And the people of Paris dressed in yellow west, smelling the foul breath of the empire,
    trying to break free.
    That is all we got for 2018 , let’s hope we do much better in 2019.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Ebrahim Wahab
  8. Pompeo the evil Pig#2 and Pence the evil Pig #3

    Macron “el cabrón”

  9. May we always be servants to the truth. Thanks to those who sacrifice to make it so.

  10. anon[932] • Disclaimer says:

    of the four, i only recognized Cohen and Bonnie Faulkner

    The most sickening part of it all is that Bonnie got censored by those who desperately try to impersonate some kind of “progressive” movement whereas in reality they are just your garden variety intolerant russophobic Trotskyists hiding under a new cloak of pseudo-liberalism.

    i doubt her censoring had anything to do with Russia

    • Replies: @bluedog
  11. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Man of the Year: Nick Fuentes?

  12. Tusk says:

    Bravo to Ron Unz! If only 10% of the world was as good as him.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  13. you forgot yourself, mr. saker.

  14. Excellent and thanks for Bobby Sand’s poem too.

    • Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster
  15. bluedog says:
    @anon

    Oh come now we know anything and everything is because of Russia,why even the yellow vest revolt is due to Russia,damn those pesky Russians anyway why aren’t they happy with what they have instead of trying to rule the world one step at a time, first the Ukraine then Poland an onward to Germany,I can see it now we are doomed….

  16. No one really reads Time magazine any more.

  17. sorry, “person” is unbearably politically correct and once you go down that route you end up calling mentally deranged freaks “ze/zir/zee/etc”

    Well, you can always call them zhee after the mentally deranged donks from Galaxy’s Edge (although they don’t make an appearance until around book 7, I think.)

  18. says:

    I am a fanb of Saker. He is very inteesting.
    Ron Unz IS a special man. I recall reading several years ago an analysis he did of Harvard and how White gentiles, even though according to THE FORWARD, and Israeli kids singing the song, “WE’RE NOT WHITE WE’RE JEWISH”, I think for convenience the tern WHITE GENTILE is appropriate,
    were UNDERREPRESENTED at Harvard and Jewish studnets were OVER-REPRESENTED, by a HUGE amount.

    I said to myself, at the time, this Unz is something else. And he WAS.
    Then I came to this site a few years later finding pdf copies of old magazines with extraordinary fiction. And I thought this is the same guy!!!

    Now further years later I find out that Ron Unz is even more amazing than I had thought,
    I better stop here or else he will be embarrassed.

    Mr Roberts is not a surprise he has been telling the TRUTH for a long time. God bless him.
    The other two I don’t know but the lady seems to be a TRUTH follower, no matter where it leads to..,

    The ONLY disagreement I have with Mr Putin is his stance on firearms for the average Russian.
    That is something Tsar Nicholas permitted. It was only the Bolsheviks who COLLECTED the Russians’ guns. Then you know what happened after that. According to Alexander Solzhenitsyn the Jewish Bolsheviks, and that is what HE said, killed 66 million Russians REAL Russians.

    “We cannot state that all Jews were Bolsheviks. But: Without Jews there would never have been Bolshevism. For a Jew nothing is more insulting than the truth. The blood maddened Jewish terrorists had murdered sixty-six million in Russia from 1918 to 1957.”

    • Replies: @anon
  19. “Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?” Acts 7:52

  20. Kwiatkowski early called the deep state coup
    When Cheney and Bush lied us into war.
    Projekt for ‘Murikan Century New:
    What folly led us to unlock hell’s door?

  21. The Nine-Eleven conspiracy theory will remain a fringe curiosity until the CATs show that it was physically possible. Since almost nobody knows anything about controlled demolitions, this would require talking to, say, CDI to see what would be involved to produce the effects observed. If CTs want to impress each other by endlessly intoning “inside job” and “nanothermite,” well and good. But if they want to be taken seriously they need to do the basic research that a cub reporter at Boys’ Life would think to do.

  22. PENN Magazine
    December 2018
    Vol. II
    No. 2

    Resisting
    The Empire

    Go here:
    pennmagazine.us

    Or here:
    https://archive.org/details/December2018PennMagazine210/page/n3
     
    Penn Magazine is named in honor of Penn Jones, Jr., one of the first
    researchers into the John F. Kennedy murder, an honest newsman, who did not lie to us.
     
    Mike Palecek, editor
    Chuck Gregory, publisher

  23. @Ben Terpene

    No one really reads Time magazine any more.

    Monstrous lies! You are maliciously “forgetting” about such vital segments of the citizenry as 1) elderly shut-ins, and 2) yours truly, on those occasions when I take my wife to the doctor, and then discover that the battery to my Kindle has run down.

    But I guess the Russians paid you off to slander that fine publication, eh?

    #RESIST!!!

  24. @edding

    In addition to the above names I would like to add

    CHRIS HEDGES
    TAKIS FOTOPOULOS (my mentor)

    • Replies: @m___
  25. Biff says:

    PCR needs to let a few comments slide through to at least inform him that Assange is in the Ecuadorian embassy; not Venezuela.

    Other than that he is a good choice – I’m a regular fan.

    • Replies: @Socratic Truth
  26. @Biff

    Yes, someone of PCRs caliber, I think we should give him a pass on this one…

  27. Hail says: • Website
    @hunor

    Merkel the two faced female devil making Germany unrecognizable.

    Worst Person of the Year for 2015-2016.

    But then Newton’s Third Law stepped in. Merkel’s horrific crimes may have pushed the energies of Brexit, MAGA, Five Star, and others over the top. Indisputable is that she created a stable, national-level soft-ethnonationalist party (AfD) for the first time in Germany since the early days of the Bundesrepublik.

  28. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Hear, hear, but let’s also honor the youtube personalities who’ve championed free speech and debate most vociferously. Among them is Styx.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/Styxhexenhammer666

    Millennial Woes chugs on.

    And let’s remember all those who were banned by Detube.

    Aurini’s channel was taken down.

  29. Wally says:

    Here, here for Ron Unz’s nomination.

    A righteous Jew passing along vital information concerning the fake ‘holocaust’ that gentile Revisionists have made available through extensive research and by doing the heavy lifting. Those Revisionists often paid for it with jail terms, violence, loss of employment, harassment, and persecution by The Usual Enemies of Free Speech.

    Good going, Ron

    American Pravda: Holocaust Denial, by Ron Unz: http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-holocaust-denial/

    The ‘holocaust’ storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship.

    http://www.codoh.com

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  30. Pft says:

    I would add Chris Hedges, William Engdahl, Michael Hudson, David Ray Griffin, Ed Asner and Judy Mikovits

  31. Wally says: • Website

    Kudos to Paul Craig Roberts. He too challenges the impossible ‘holocaust’ narrative:
    see:
    Challenging the ridiculous ‘holocaust’ scam is now mainstream: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/05/paul-craig-roberts/morality-truth-facts/

    • Replies: @republic
  32. The man of the year for me is Trump.
    Before I wrote this I wondered if ever before in human history one election result changed so much.
    More or less comparable to Trump is for me Chrustjow, his speech, end of the fifties, I suppose, criticising Stalin.
    But Chrustsjow did hardly change the world, Trump, still my idea, I may be proved wrong, changed the world profoundly.
    Chrustjow also hardly changed the USSR.
    I still hope Trump averted the CO2 disaster, the disaster caused by trying to stop climate change, he prevented the horrible EU USA trans atlantic trade agreement, he did not begin WWIII, he did not put Syria into misery comparable to Iraq, he did not attack N Korea, he tries to protect European civilisation by stopping immigration into the USA.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @AnonFromTN
  33. chris says:

    You left out Phil Giraldi!!!

    Also the introduction is wholly unnecessary, if the State supporting propaganda outlets have more money and prestige but lie to get it, then they’re not journalists. Therefore, you guys are filling that role. … But leaving Phil Giraldi out of your list is a sizable omission.

    • Agree: geokat62
    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @Z-man
    , @wally
  34. Miro23 says:

    I suppose that from the Zio-Globalist point of view, Stephen Cohen, Bonnie Faulkner, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Unz (and their publications) are more of a nuisance than anything else, and don’t represent any real risk to the Empire. The point being that they provide intellectual products that don’t connect at all with the mass of the US population.

    The intellectual elite of the United States know exactly what is going on, and they don’t need Paul Craig Roberts or Ron Unz to explain it to them – it’s just that (out of self interest) they are more or less obliged to go along with the system and accept the Goodthinker rules. For example, the average architect or engineer (taking an impartial look at the evidence from 9/11) clearly knows that the 3 towers didn’t collapse as a result of fire (the government story) , but equally most of them aren’t going to say this publicly, to just to get themselves marginalized and labeled as nutty “Conspiracy Theorists”.

    But, that’s not to say that the public don’t feel that something is wrong.

    They experience political correctness rules on a daily basis, and they know enough about the America of the 1950’s to be able compare it to the current state of 21st Century America to know that they are losing out. In other words, Trump’s “Make America Great Again” resonates with them, and the “Swamp” reflects their thinking about their government and the administration in Washington.

    So, Trump is more of a threat to the Zio-Globalists, but here again, he is isolated, since has to work through the Washington administration, get his message out through the MSM (despite his efforts with Twitter), get spied on by his own staff and have whole teams of journalists and lawyers digging dirt on him (there’s probably a lot there) with a view to controlling him through blackmail. And apart from that, in terms of lifestyle, background and friendships, he looks a lot like a globalist elite type himself, who just happened to take some time out with the Deplorables to get himself elected President.

    IMO the answer lies at the lowest level i.e. the individual.

    In 1987, Robin Lane Fox, a fellow of New College Oxford and lecturer in Ancient History published a very valuable but difficult book, called “Pagans and Christians” explaining in detail the rise of the early Christians in the late Roman Empire.

    An interesting aspect, was that early Christianity accepted all races and classes, forming communities that personalized a very distinct and ethical lifestyle in the family, social relations and business, which was in complete contrast to the sleazy, corrupt paganism of the late Roman Empire. Lane Fox makes the point that the Imperial Roman public came across Christians in daily life, and could observe the fact of their vicious persecution by the corrupt Roman elite, and contrast it with their own experience of moral, ethical, hardworking and caring people in their business and private lives.

    He shows how Christians, to some extent, had to live “under cover”, but with Christianity still (gradually) spreading throughout the Empire and the elites themselves starting to convert, especially after the conversion of Emperor Constantine around 336 AD. A key fact, was that the “barbarians” also adopted Christianity after the fall of the Empire, with their own elites using written Latin and Latin administrations, with Christianity becoming a foundation of the whole “known world” (Middle East and Europe), until the arrival of militant Islam, with its displacement of (Byzantine) Christianity in the southern Arab region.

    The point is, that change came at the level of the individual and the family, concerning their own ethics and lifestyle, and it gradually (through example) spread through the rest of society. It’s interesting that in the decadent and collapsing late Roman Empire, the public actually came to seek out Christians for their business dealings and personal relations, as a result of their known honesty and reliability.

    For those with time and patience who can handle a challenge: https://www.amazon.com/PAGANS-CHRISTIANS-Robin-Lane-Fox/dp/0394554957/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544949011&sr=1-10

  35. JackOH says:

    Saker, I’m not a regular reader of your posts, but Man of the Year selections focus attention and “work”.

    I’m an Unz fan and thought I’d just mention again the high quality of the commentariat here. By comparison, the comments beneath major articles and opinion pieces in my local newspaper are a burnt hash. Most comments average 25 or fewer words, commenters resort to ad hominem, full caps, and screamers (!!!) almost immediately, pointless repetition is commonplace, assertions are unsupported, and when they are supported, they’re mostly ignored. I’d guess no more than 1 in 200, perhaps 1 in 500, comments is worth looking at. Unz’s commentariat does a lot better than that.

    • Replies: @never-anonymous
    , @Hail
  36. @2stateshmustate

    I had completely forgotten about Bobby Sands. He died from a hunger strike in a British prison, correct?

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
  37. Heartily agree. I do beg to differ on a minor, but still important point in your account.

    “For all the empty talk about freedom of speech, diversity, pluralism and the like, the sad truth is that the US is not a democracy, but a rather authoritarian plutocracy with strongly expressed elements of a totalitarian regime. True, nobody (that I know of) got sent to a labor camp (yet!) or shot in a cellar (yet!) for daring to speak up to power, but we must also remember the joke which says that “a totalitarian regime is one that commands you to “shut up!” whereas a liberal democracy simply says “keep talking!“.”

    Dissidents have been, and are being routinely killed in the US. MLK, Malcolm X, the trail of dead bodies left behind by the Clintons and their goons, etc. etc. You say something the elite or the state really does not like and you’re dead.

    Out there in the US empire the situation is worse. In Europe, for instance. Politicians (Olof Palme, Jörg Haider, Pim Fortuyn, etc.) are liquidated when it suits the Empire; journalists, such as Daphne Caruana Galizia from Malta, killed by a car bomb in 2017; investigative journalist Ján Kuciak from Slovakia liquidated in 2018, to name the latest known cases, are routinely eliminated. Then there is the dubious and premature death of Udo Ulfkotte from Germany, who had blown the whistle on the fact that most leading European journalists are either paid or else directed by the CIA.

    An then there is the case of investigative journalist Micha Kat from the Netherlands, who since 2012 has been systematically hounded by the Dutch police, thrown in jail on the basis of invented and trumped-up charges, fabricated evidence, and convicted by the kangaroo courts of the abysmally corrupt Dutch legal establishment. Kat is now living in exile in flop houses, leading a hand-to-mouth existence but refuses to be silenced and still continues to work.

    Why? Just for uncovering the ugly truth of the shocking corruption at the highest levels of the Dutch “Ministry of Justice and Security.” After the ministry has been under the direction of a notorious violent pedophile for years, as a result the entire judicial system has now become a tragic farce.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
  38. @Miro23

    ” The intellectual elite of the United States know exactly what is going on, ”
    Remarkable.
    But maybe meant is ‘those that know what is going on is the intellectual elite’.
    At my old age, mid seventies, I more and more wonder how it is possible that there are hardly any thinking people left.
    Thinking defined as ‘considering critically what MSM and politicians tell us’.
    The questions to be asked often are quite simple, such as ‘why would 18 or so Muslims on Sept 11 kill themselves in an action, that just hurt Islam and Muslims’, or ‘why would Putin should down MH17, with mainly Dutch on board, right at the moment when the Netherlands prevented more sanctions against Russia’.
    Quite simple questions, in my judgment, but I cannot remember that ever anyone in a position of any importance asked them.

  39. Anon445 says:

    The Ron Unz series “American Pravda” was the best reading of the year, and the Unz Review itself stands out as one of the last bastions of journalistic freedom in America (or anywhere else, for that matter).

  40. @Miro23

    An interesting fairy tale, fact is that jews in N Africa welcomed the Arab Muslim conquerors, happy to be rid of the oppressive christian mess.
    The same when Charles Martel went to what now is S France with his armies, christians living there were happy that Arab rule came back, in stead of these barbarian christians.
    After christians had reconquered the Iberian peninsula around 1500 the sephardic jews there fled either to the north, forming jewish communities in for example Amterdam, or fled to the Ottoman empire, dominated by Muslims.

    Ch.-André Julien, ‘ Histoire de l’Afrique du Nord, Tunesie – Algérie – Maroc, Des Origines a la Conquête Arabe (647 ap. J-C., Paris 1966
    Solomon Katz, ‘The Jews in Visigothic and Frankish Kingdoms of Spain and Gaul’, Cambridge MA 1937
    Jean Deviosse, ‘Charles Martel’, 1978 2006 Paris

    As to welcoming christianity, in 754, or so, Frisians, in the N of the Netherland, killed missionary
    Bonifacius, who was in the habit of felling pagan holy trees for building chapels.

    These pagan holy trees, BTW, exist in Normandy France to this date.
    They are estimated of having began their lives in the 8th or 9th century.
    Quite interesting is to see how 11th century churches, many of them, were built quite near to these holy trees, ifs.

    • Replies: @Anon
  41. @chris

    To The Saker, Chris correctly complained: “You left out Phil Giraldi!!!”

    Broken Scranton Pa greetings, Chris!

    Throughout scary 2018, no one rocked the Tel Aviv/D.C. kasbah more than Philip Giraldi.

    Knowing The Saker balks at offering followup comments to his valuable articles, but I’d be really pleased to read his thought on the brave veteran & ex-CIA Giraldi’s having got the “Max” boot from The American Conservative.

    In conclusion, paradoxically, President Donald J. Trump should also appear on The Saker’s Man ‘o Year list.

    Given his (foreign) foreign policy deeds accomplished on behalf of Adelson’s & Netanyahu’s requirements, no ‘Merkin has done more than Trump to raise (dumb goyim) citizen awareness that the GWOT is a disgraceful fraud, cunningly designed to establish Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

    Thanks very much for your comment, Chris! You are a son of the real, but regrettably near bygone, American “Family Guy.” Uh…, an apology to TV’s cartoon sitcom, “Family Guy,” Peter!

    • Replies: @chris
  42. @Frederick V. Reed

    At this point in time, seventeen years after the events of 9/11/2001, there is a huge literature on this event, probably surpassing what existed on the Kennedy assassination at a comparable point in time.

    Surely you have read some of it, Mr. Reed. Could you provide a bibliography of the books you have read on the topic and a short precis on why you found a given book convincing (or not)?

    Or heck, how about for even one book you tag on the topic? Can you do that?

    Well, to put it bluntly, I’m accusing you of intellectual fraud, which should be considered a serious matter and merit a reply.

    A failure to reply to this would constitute a tacit admission that my accusation is correct.

  43. republic says:
    @Wally

    I really would like if PCR would allows comments on his excellent articles. Lots of fine commentators here who would very much like to critique them. Sorry that Taki recent banned comments there. A great loss, as many were very well informed. Zerohedge used to have very good comments, but in recent years the quality has decline considerably,some due to being banned for touching on some
    “third rails,”.

  44. geokat62 says:
    @Miro23

    The point being that they provide intellectual products that don’t connect at all with the mass of the US population.

    I think you may be onto something. As I’ve previously remarked elsewhere on another thread, the intellectuals have their place in the fight against the status quo. While they’re (Profs. Mearsheimer and Walt, Prof. Kevin MacDonald, etc.) taking the battle to the enemy at the meta-political level, to win this fight the vanguard of intellectuals have to be supported by a wave of foot soldiers. I believe the best mechanism for facilitating this is grass roots organizations that appeal to the wants, needs, and desires of the everyday individual. The best hope that has recently come along that could fill this void is the small group that got Brett Favre to read from this script they prepared for him:

    “Brett Favre here with a shoutout to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys,” Favre says in the shaky video. “You guys are patriots in my eyes. So keep waking them up and don’t let the small get you down. Keep fighting, too, and don’t ever forget the USS Liberty and the men and women who died on that day. God bless and take care.”

    This little caper put the GDL (Goyim Defense League) on the map. As a result, the GDL represents the best chance to get the everyday individual to wake up from the matrix in which most Dumb Goyim find themselves. Here is their mission statement:

    The GDL is a nonviolent group of activists that have come together to expose Jewish crimes against humanity and exploitation of native peoples around the world.

    The point is, that change came at the level of the individual and the family, concerning their own ethics and lifestyle, and it gradually (through example) spread through the rest of society.

    I think leading by example is paramount. I’ve been closely monitoring the activities of the GDL and what they lack in numbers they more than make up for with their passion, commitment, and dedication. One member of the GDL who possesses all of these characteristics in spades is a woman who has adopted the handle, Sister Shiska. Here she is leading by example by going on a j-walk in her home town of Chicago:

    https://youtu.be/C5eYoLWgodI

    We need to do our part to get the word out about the GDL so that many more people join it.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  45. Mike P says:
    @Frederick V. Reed

    The Nine-Eleven conspiracy theory will remain a fringe curiosity until the CATs show that it was physically possible.

    Who has the burden proof here? It has been amply demonstrated that the official conspiracy theory is physically impossible. Considering that a proper forensic analysis was never carried out, and that anyone trying to analyze this therefore has to work with fragmentary data, it is absurd to demand that the truth community demonstrate in the minutest detail how exactly the explosions were carried out.

    For example, most organic explosives (like TNT or nitroglycerin) will burn up without a trace, unlike nanothermite. So, if nanothermite is all we find, that doesn’t mean that nothing else was used – but without cooperation from the actual perpetrators, we have no way of knowing what additional explosives may have been used. However, the abundance of nanothermite in the dust clearly proves that explosives were used.

    Anyone who, in light of these facts, still honestly believes the official fairy tale is obviously feeble-minded.

  46. Z-man says:
    @chris

    Yes Phil Giraldi but I have another one, drum roll please…Tucker Carlson. I know he’s a Fox/MSM super star making millions and surrounded by Neocons but imagine the pressure this guy has. He has to skate a fine line to keep the jackals at bay. In fact he has been personally attacked at his home by ‘mild Antifa’ types. He mocks the anti Trump MSM narrative of ‘RUSSIA’ being our most dastardly foe. He even challenges our Anglo Zionist power structure by probing, but carefully and at the edges, the sanctity of our ‘most cherished ally’. He’s also had Steven Cohen on numerous times. It would be nice if he had Giraldi on, even only once, but that might be a bridge too far even for Tucker in the present day situation.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes, TheBoom
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  47. Agree with all named and may God bless them all , for as Jesus said, blessed are the peace makers for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    • Agree: Agent76
  48. Agent76 says:

    May 23, 2017 Truth Has Become Un-American

    Those of us who have exited The Matrix are concerned that there are no checks on Washington’s use of nuclear weapons in the interest of US hegemony over the world.

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/05/23/truth-has-become-un-american/

    Oct 17, 2015 Paul Craig Roberts on the failure of Neoliberalism

    Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy.

  49. “paleo-libertarians (like Ilana Mercer)”

    In what way can a “Paleo-Libertarian” support using the power of the State to steal land from its rightful owners?

    Mercer is just one more Trojan Horse.

  50. sarz says:

    Chris Bollyn

    Kevin Barrett

    Ellen Brown

    James Corbett

  51. @JackOH

    A group of zombies who believe. Believe what? War mongering shepherds whose only purpose is to facilitate government data harvesting from social media? Use your brain. You do have better choices than to read Jesuit liars like Paul Craig Roberts. He and drone Saker belong to the owner class and were trained to divide, conquer, stupify and monitor the slave class. The CIA gives its own “dissidents” merit badges from time to time for fondling the minds of the sheep. The brain dead and super patriotic morons understand the boy scouts. “War Is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.” George Orwell, 1984, a true story couched as fiction.

    • Replies: @Avery
  52. wally says:
    @chris

    Good call. Giraldi for sure.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  53. Saker 2018: Saker himself for coming up with most inane idea of 2018.

  54. wally says:

    Another deserving candidate is a man who passed recently and whose praise by Michael Hoffman was published here, French ‘holocaust’ Revisionist, Dr. Robert Faurisson.

    http://www.unz.com/article/a-freedom-fighter-to-his-last-breath/

    http://robertfaurisson.blogspot.com/

  55. @The Alarmist

    …but there seems to be a high suicide rate among their number, curiously some with two shots to the head, and then there are the high number of other “accidental” deaths, e.g. drowning in a covered hot tub, fatal nail-gun mishaps, etc., and a high incidence of more ho-hum departures from Earth via fiery car crashes, small plane crashes, and falling in front of moving trains.

    Advancements in digital technology, particularly those related to robotics and artificial intelligence, lend themselves well to accomplishing task other than those originally intended.

  56. wally says: • Website
    @republic

    Indeed, there are so many who are now clued into the laughable & impossible fakery of the ‘holocaust’ that the only to stop the word from spreading is by force, coercion, & censorship.
    Which is an obvious admission that the Zionist narrative is a lie and cannot withstand scrutiny.
    Good news:
    In the long run desperate actions of that sort simply breed more of what they attempt to stop.
    IOW, the liars are screwed.

    Cheers.

  57. Selected from the US alone, I can agree.

    Socrates was right: moderation is all aspects of life is key. Even money. 😀
    Karl Marx said: Power is corrupting (body and soul).
    A Jesus Christ, having too much power for too long, will turn into a Satan.

    This means, no central control by humans is economically viable=no communism or totalitarianism.

    First come the Laws of the land, which must be just for the large majority.

    Humanity and democracy needs a decentralized, regulated market economy, which offsets the “economy of scale” inherent in non-regulated markets today (= monopoly markets) in the US.

    • Replies: @Sir Launcelot Canning
  58. @Agent76

    To know if something was, or was not, a failure one must know what the goal, objective, was before the action began.
    Alas stated objectives not always are or were the real objectives.
    Politicians are great in stating one objective and pursuing another.

    Trump now twice attacked Syria, if I remember correctly.
    Militarily very little was accomplished, so a failure ?
    Politically, he had attacked, what may have helped him.
    My interpretation: little deal with Putin: I must do something for internal political reasons, but it is not at all meant to harm you, Russia, Assad or Syria.
    If my interpretation is correct, then the attacks were a success.

    What the object of neoliberalism was or even is, I do not know.
    I even wonder if there was an object.

    My idea is that somehow around 1970 some until then obscure economists began to say that commercial organisations always provided more, better, cheaper services than governments.
    Of course commercial organisations liked to hear this: more business.
    Such as Dutch banks, who want to destroy the Dutch public pension funds.
    These funds operate at 5% cost in relation to premiums received, commercial organisations cost over 20%.

    Tony Judt excellently explains how the privatisation of British rail public transport benefitted shareholders, and cost taxpayers money.
    Tony Judt, ‘Ill Fares the Land’, London 2010

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
    , @Agent76
  59. @Frederick V. Reed

    Take heart. Two hundred years after Magellan had circumnavigated the world proving it round, 80% of the world’s population continued believing it was flat. Some still do.

  60. @Jonathan Revusky

    “A failure to reply to this would constitute a tacit admission that my accusation is correct.”

    No, it in fact would not.

    I could begin to ask you a whole series of questions that you would be most inclined to not dignify with a response. Your lack of reply would not confirm an affirmative.

    Hell I don’t even like Reed and I am firmly in the undecided group regarding 9/11/01 but you don’t get to make up the rules of discussion just to confirm your own suspicions.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  61. @Frederick V. Reed

    All you have to do is open your eyes.

  62. @Wally

    I agree. Scientist, researchers, and engineers who proved the holocaust a gigantic fraud, will probably never receive the credit and honor they deserve.

  63. @republic

    PCR articles appear on Russia-insider and you can comment there. Although commentators there are of little bit lover quality.

  64. @Hans Vogel

    The problem with crimes committed by states on their own citzens, or by foreign secret services on their citizens, governments knowing in advance, or understanding afterwards, that hardly ever there is absolute certainty.
    Mueller I saw accused of having perpetrated Lockerby, the same Mueller was USA Lockerby investigator.

    MH17, I for one still do not know what happened, others here are convinced by the official investigation.

    After the Kennedy murder I read the Warren report.
    I cannot say I did not believe it, but, a with the Churchill WWII memoirs, I afterwards had the feeling ‘too good l to be true’ .
    Later I read Whitewash, that tore to shreds Warren.

    Were Kelly, the Iraq WMD expert, Diana, Barschel, Möllemann, the supposed Spandau Hess, murdered, there are much more possible cases, murdered ?
    Possible, sometimes probable, I’d say.
    Did Churchill kill Polish president in exile Sikorski, for me for 98% sure.
    But also here, just circumstantial evidence.

    What Vogel could also have mentioned is the Belgian Nijvel gang, very brutal robberies at supermarkets with hardly any money caught. Never solved, suspicions to the highest Belgian political level, but no proof, not even, as far as I know, a clear motive.

    Another interesting case is the automobile accident of Van Traa, he died, no other vehicle involved, he was chairman of the parliamentary investigation into Dutch police accused of having smuggled drugs themselves.

    So, I think Sartre’s Mains Sales also exist at this side of the Atlantic.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  65. Avery says:
    @never-anonymous

    {whose only purpose is to facilitate government data harvesting from social media? }

    Surely.

    And all unz.com comments are automatically funneled into a vast super-computer/super-database somewhere in Utah, where anonymous or not, the commenters are identified, sorted, catalogued, and classified for further processing.

    For example, the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel comments are tagged as anti-Semitic and the computer identities of the authors are forwarded to appropriated government agencies, such as ADL, Southern Poverty Law center, etc.

    And of course, people – sorry, ‘zombies’ – making those comments are too stupid to realize that Ron publishing all those articles about Jews, for example, is a clever mechanism to bring out those anti-Semitic cretins out of the woodworks so they can be identified and eventually “disappeared”.

    {He and drone Saker belong to the owner class and were trained to divide, conquer, stupify and monitor the slave class}

    A thought just occurred to me: maybe the ‘owner class’ sends commenters to various blogs, such as unz.com, to try to convince the ‘slave class’ that black is white, up is down, war is peace,…..to you know……..sow distrust and stupefaction?

  66. @Jonathan Revusky

    I wonder if the huge Sept 11 literature is great in obscuring the essential facts.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @Jonathan Revusky
  67. eah says:
    @Frederick V. Reed

    do the basic research

    Actually, what I will call ‘The Duck Law’ is perhaps relevant here: ‘If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck’ — metaphorically speaking, in the current context WTC-7 is the duck — re the twin towers: man, for two buildings just supposedly falling down, that was a helluva lot of dust.

  68. I can definitely second Saker’s nominations, especially that of Ron Unz.

    One of the things I like best about Unz is–as some others have already noted–the fantastic variety of comments and commenters I encounter here. That’s one of those key things that makes Unz.com so unlike any other website today. I mean, where else can first I read a Bobby Sands poem, then listen to a Unionist propaganda ditty on the same thread?

    I’m so glad Unz doesn’t believe in censorship. (As far as Paul Craig Roberts is concerned, I would probably go back to following his posts if he would allow comments again. I happen to agree with most of his views, but there is nevertheless something wrong with being so thin-skinned as to label all dissenters as ‘government trolls’. It’s just like what the MSM sites do, only in reverse.)

  69. @Agent76

    My only problem with Paul Craig Roberts is that he does not permit readers to comment on his essays. (He used to). But what if all controversial writers did the same? It would make free speech sites like this one much less entertaining and enlightening. Why does Roberts have such a thin skin when it comes to criticism?

    • Replies: @Agent76
  70. @republic

    He would probably disagree, but as informed as he is, PCR could actually learn a few things if he allowed commenters to critique his articles. But apparently, rather than viewing commenters as allies, he mistakes them for adversaries.

    • Replies: @Avery
  71. anon[215] • Disclaimer says:
    @2¢

    Ron Unz IS a special man. I recall reading several years ago an analysis he did of Harvard and how White gentiles, even though according to THE FORWARD, and Israeli kids singing the song, “WE’RE NOT WHITE WE’RE JEWISH”, I think for convenience the tern WHITE GENTILE is appropriate,
    were UNDERREPRESENTED at Harvard and Jewish studnets were OVER-REPRESENTED, by a HUGE amount.

    I said to myself, at the time, this Unz is something else. And he WAS.

    wonder how he got there

    perhaps he was mistreated by his own tribe?

  72. @Avery

    Even if what you say about unz.com is true as regards the NSA vacuum machine, he would have no way to stop it. We are living in a despotic Panopticon, made possible by the wonders of advanced technology. We commenters here could either retreat into our hovels to watch Dancing with the Stars or speak out, even as we hide behind avatars. Of course, I’m retired and don’t much care anymore what happens to me. If I was still working and raising children I’d probably feel differently. The fact that your paranoid delusions may be in part correct, Avery, demonstrates that we have all become Winston Smith.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Avery
  73. Mike P says:
    @jilles dykstra

    I wonder if the huge Sept 11 literature is great in obscuring the essential facts.

    Given the lack of cooperation and transparency on the part of the U.S. government, it is natural that independent researchers, having to work with incomplete information, come to somewhat different conclusions. Nevertheless, while some of the contentious technical details may have significant implications (e.g. regarding the degree of media complicity), these remaining uncertainties are no excuse for not seeing the forest for trees. The “forest” is that the official story is a fraud and physically impossible, that this was a false flag operation, carried out by Israel with the active help of U.S. government agencies.

    Mr. Reed writes well and amusingly, but he clearly cannot (and never could) be taken seriously as an “investigative journalist.”

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  74. Avery says:
    @Carroll Price

    { But apparently,…. he mistakes them for adversaries.}

    I doubt that.

    I am sure you remember why and when PCR decided to disallow comments.
    Briefly (for those who missed it), there was an infamous event whereby some spammer(s) managed to evade all unz.com checks and posted a comment under a PCR article under PCR’s name calling readers/posters idiots and such (paraphrasing). For a short while PCR got a lot ‘hate comments’ from the readers for ‘dissing’ them. Unz.com quickly discovered the breach, and then made the announcement that PCR has told Ron that henceforth he will publish at unz.com only if Ron agrees to no-comments policy for PCR.

    The spoofing incident was probably the last straw for PCR: I could see PCR’s frustration with some vile commenters building up over time.

    Also, people need to remember that PCR is of certain age, and moderating tons of comments is a lot of work. I am guessing PCR decided he doesn’t need the headache at this point in his life. Yeah, I too would like to add my thoughts to PCR’s articles, but will read the ones that interest me just the same.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
  75. @jilles dykstra

    Privatization, particularly of public services, always benefits the business class at the expense of the tax-paying public (many businesses pay zero taxes), with public road work being one example: Thirty years ago, county and state prisoners routinely performed road maintenance like cutting grass, and clearing ditches etc, Today however, private companies bill the county or state for doing the same work. The bottom line being that in addition to the taxpayer feeding and clothing prisoners who sit in jail doing nothing, also support (subsidize) a profit-making business that otherwise would not exist.

  76. peterAUS says:
    @Miro23

    From

    I suppose that from the Zio-Globalist point of view, Stephen Cohen, Bonnie Faulkner, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Unz (and their publications) are more of a nuisance than anything else

    to

    …who just happened to take some time out with the Deplorables to get himself elected President.

    Agree.

    Not quite with the rest.
    Or, I don’t think that Christianity is the solution to the “Deplorables” (including middle class) problem.
    More importantly, I don’t think they (MAJORITY of “Deplorables”) have much time. Definitely not as much as Christians had then and there.

  77. @Avery

    Interesting speculations.

    Of course it is tcchnically possible to store huge amounts of information.
    It is rumoured that under Paris the results of spying on each French citizen are stored.
    However, what does one do with all this information ?
    Just high capacity computers with analysing software can do anything, but then what ?
    What do our supervisors want to know ?
    How do they know that what they want to know is relevant to them ?
    This asserted system did not prevent or forecast the Yellow Vest movement, that my well lead to the end of the EU.

    A quite interesting book on how our present possibilities for data storage lead to data faster disappearing than ever in history is
    Alexander Stille, ‘The Future of the Past, How the Information Age Threatens to Destroy our Cultural Heritage’, 2002, London

    British WWII scientific counter espionage was done by two or three young scientists and one secretary.
    Their filing system was five or so cardboard boxes, into which reports etc were thrown at random.
    But it was remarkable effective
    The Germans never believed that Jones was his real name.
    R.V. Jones, ´Most secret war, British Scientific Intelligence 1939 – 1945’, 1978, 1979, London

  78. peterAUS says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Well, to put it bluntly, I’m accusing you of intellectual fraud, which should be considered a serious matter and merit a reply.

    A failure to reply to this would constitute a tacit admission that my accusation is correct.

    You really believe that?
    Doubt it. High school playground talk.

    You know, a failure to reply to “this” could also constitute the man’s choice to spend his time and effort on something else he finds more profitable, or enjoyable or..whatever. I am sure you already know that.

    And, just to be clear: I do buy the official story of 9/11. Or, say, the most of it.
    Don’t buy what’s been happening since, but that’s different story.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  79. @wally

    I would take Phil Giraldi over Roberts any day. And let’s not forget political prisoner Julian Assange.

  80. peterAUS says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Pretty much.

    Felt as written by the handle (“Revulsky”) 16 years old relative. Cancel that. 14.

  81. peterAUS says:
    @Avery

    You could be onto something here.

    • Replies: @Avery
  82. @Mike P

    I do not follow Sept 11 discussions in the USA any more.
    Case is closed for me, the Bush story is nonsense, what exactly happened, and why, my idea is that the original plan went disastrously wrong, ‘great’ improvisation, in that case, I must admit, we will never know for sure.
    However, in Germany still elaborate volumes are published on Sept 11, leading to elaborate discussions.
    I also see, too complicated for me to really read, articles I see as really scientific, on Sept 11.
    I just glance trough them, what causes my concern, as you say, not seeing the forest any more through the trees.

  83. @Z-man

    You beat me to it on Tucker. He takes his stand against “lying, pomposity, smugness, and group think” as far he can, and still keep his job. Word is that he was suspended at least once for three days for getting too anti-war and questioning the false flag chemical weapons “incidents” in Syria. If he didn’t have such excellent ratings, I think he’d be gone. Outside of Tucker, Fox still remains Neocon Central. I highly recommend his recently published book, “Ship of Fools.”

    • Replies: @Z-man
  84. peterAUS says:
    @jilles dykstra

    However, what does one do with all this information ?

    Keeps tabs on citizens of interest, among other reasons.

    What do our supervisors want to know ?

    How dangerous are those “citizens of interest” for them are at the moment. The moment changes all the time…….

    In practical terms say, you are person of interest but not interesting enough to make an example of.
    In time it can change.Fast.

    In extreme situation (any state of emergency), a “preventative detention” could be useful.

    Etc.

    Imagine Gestapo/KGB with all that technical capability. Simple.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  85. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @jilles dykstra

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Roncevaux_Pass

    It is interesting that that Zaragoza in north Spain was occupied by the arabs in 714 , and when Charlemagne came in 778 to liberate it from islam , he was rejected by the hispano-moslems ( it seems that never were more that 15 % of arabs in islamic Spain ) who defeated Charlemagne rearguard in the Pirinees .

    How come the christians did not fight for christian Charlemagne ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aljafer%C3%ADa

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  86. @Frederick V. Reed

    If I ever decide to burn my house down to collect insurance money, after publicly going on record telling people that it might happen; after neighbors witness me acting suspiciously beforehand; after neighbors complain of a strong kerosene smell in the area beforehand; after getting caught telling lies and acting suspiciously after the fact; after having the debris hauled away before the state police fire marshal can examine the scene; etc., I want you on the jury when they put me on trial for arson.

    • Replies: @Prusmc
  87. bjondo says:

    Good men.

    On top, #1, would be Trump, whose existence and speaking has exposed and threatens the rot that others have talked about.

    None faces the combined forces of evil that Trump faces.

    None is threatened the way Trump is threatened.

    Trump threatens The Evil in way none of the others, singly or combined, can. He needs all our help to go with our criticisms.

    And

    Trump has brought more changes to the world, in a very short time, than any one else.

    Traitor of The Decade, again: Richard Bruce Cheney, Traitor Dick, DickUS Cheney.

    5ds

  88. @jilles dykstra

    “… He (Trump) did not begin WWIII, he did not put Syria into misery comparable to Iraq, he did not attack N Korea …” Trump’s only had two years thus far. With pompous Pompeo and blood thirsty Bolton as his top two foreign policy advisers just give him time. Did you see SOS Pompeo’s harangue against the world at the EU meeting in Brussels? Positively chilling.

  89. I am trying to be objective when reading saker. When he is writing some analyze regarding situation in Syria I find it easy. But when he opens mouth about him fighting Soviet power, while admitting th as t Soviet power had popular support and this man was basically fighting against own people blinded by his ideological hatred. Soviet power did not collapse due to his or western efforts but due to the rot and betrayal of the Soviet elites who did everything starting 1985 to destabilize, confuse and make people doubt Soviet power to grab and steal resources and become one with western capitalism.this caused massive catastrophe for Russian people. Saker can be proud now. He is part of this “achievement”. For obvious reason he is trying to put a lipstick on current capitalistic regime in Russia currently led by Putin. He sees what he wants to see due to his ideological blindness. One only has to turn on Russian TV, read Russian blogs to see tg as t basically the soul and culture of Russia is badly mauled. There is degeneration in process. The impulse and cadres left from Soviet times mask things but eventually this impu look so will be over and damage done to education and soul of the people will not allow Russia to develop the way it cou li d have had were USSR still stand intact . Looks like capitalism which defender saker knowingly or unknowingly was and is and Russia do not work well together.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  90. @peterAUS

    ” I do buy the official story of 9/11 ”
    A four engined passager plane with hundreds of people aboard flew into the Pentagon ?
    Did anyone there see anything resembling Lockerby ?

  91. @peterAUS

    You’re the Sept 11 believer.
    I now understand, you understood nothing of what I wrote

  92. @Anon

    I suppose I explained.
    The christians in S France rejected the christian barbarians from the north, they liked the civilised Muslims, as jews in N Africa welcomed the Arabs.

  93. @Max Havelaar

    Amen, brother. Look at how power and wealth corrupted the initially positive labor unions and Catholic church. And, as late as 1998 (oddly under the corrupt Clinton regime), anti-trust laws still had an effect, hence the Microsoft lawsuits. (Wonder what would have happened if Bill Gates wasn’t a gentile?). However, around the same time the Clinton administration approved the consolidation of the media into the hands of a few. Big mistake for USA.

  94. @jilles dykstra

    The Nijvel Gang was part of a broader NATO strategy of the 1970s and 1980s rolled out in a number of places, among which Belgium and Italy, the so-called “Strategy of Tension” (strategia della tensione). Developed out of World War II SOE practices, these terror operations were designed to cause public upheavel and insecurity. The Italian case has been thoroughly researched by Daniele Ganser, a Swiss historian: not only the Bologna train station bombing in 1980 (some 85 killed), but the kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro (1978) and the kidnapping of the US NATO general Dozey were all engineered and carried out by government-linked forces masquerading as “Red Brigades”. It is also often assumed that the Red Brigades were especially founded by government spies to whip up fear among the populace.

    The NATO organization tied into the strategy of tension was its murky stay-behind organization “Gladio,” to which all sorts of very unsavory characters belonged. One of these was Luxemburg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who when it turned out he was a “Gladio” member, involved with the “Bommeleër” Affair (comparable to the Nijvel Affair), was forced to resign in 2013. Now this despicable individual is boss of the EuSSR.

    The Nijvel Gang was made up of NATO Gladio network members.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  95. m___ says:
    @Socratic Truth

    “Chris Hedges”, a one foot in, a one foot out of the systemics. Has himself referenced, priding in his career within conventional media, waisting energy and time on insignificant issues and groups, call it out of focus.

    Not to be pardoned, while defusing any serious opposition, his preachings of non-violence. Alas, while the plutocracy applies heavy handed psychological pressure.

    His “grassrootism”, intellectually numb, his US centrism, all of these can be forgiven, lest the second paragraph. Amy Goodman calibres must be after all.

  96. I have to fault both Paul Craig Roberts and Stephen Cohen for their refusal (AFAIK) to even consider the possibility that Trump is a deep state Trojan horse (whose presidential campaign was a calculated “bait and switch” fraud from the beginning).

    I don’t know very much about Bonnie Faulkner (although what I do know about her is impressive), but all things considered, I have to vote for Ron Unz, the selfless champion of free speech that he is.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  97. He mentioned the American Deplorables. Since his priority is peace—and not an end to unreasonable, wage-suppressing levels of mass-scale, welfare-assisted, citizen-displacing immigration—he seems to have left out the French Déplorables. Maybe, the Frenchies got demerits for non-peaceful tactics, such as 4 accidental deaths, the bludgeoning of museum-level artwork, ransacked storefronts and burning cars. Low-soy Déplorables get no magazine accolades. But their latest tactic—using partial nudity in a demonstration—might get the attention of the MSM, an Establishment organization that regards itself as respectable, but that is not above using sex gossip to hoist ratings. The MSM have sex-gossiped, rather than covering the true state of the economy, at least since Bill Clinton was in office.

  98. republic says:
    @Frederick V. Reed

    Reed wrote this in Unz on September 15, 2016

    http://www.unz.com/freed/legion-of-the-tinfoil-hat/

    It was an obvious disinfo attempt to discredit the 9/11 truth movement.
    Many readers here on Unz remember it. It destroyed his reputation among many here.

    Many commentators here on Unz have different theories as to why Reed is putting out false information on 9/11 as well as his pro Mexican open borders stance.

  99. Art says:

    Stephen Cohen, Bonnie Faulkner, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Unz are all true heroes whose struggles all have one thing in common: they are all struggles for peace. Thus, the words of Christ “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matt 5:9) fully apply to them all. (Philip Giraldi, Ron Paul, Tulsi Gabbard)

    One of these fine heroes should run as a Libertarian peace candidate for president in 2020. One of them could put the subject of peace on the table. The 1,000 billion dollar Security State is ripe for discussion. There is no bigger target on the planet. The valid subject of a hi-tech defense against China should be brought up – but the current day last war mentality of the J-MIC must be trashed.

    The Libertarian Party needs a none wimpy subject to rally around. America needs the war or peace subject to be put on the political map. There are millions of Americans both right and left, who would listen to arguments against the swamp and for peace. The J-MSM would eventually have to cover it.

    Peace is a none-wimpy subject – clearly it takes strong people to advance it.

    “Blessed are the peacemakers”

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  100. Agent76 says:
    @jilles dykstra

    Meet the new boss who is the same as the old boss. No matter how you or myself vote we lose everytime.

    “Who controls the issuance of money controls the government!” Nathan Meyer Rothschild

    Which Corporations Control the World?

    A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. How many of the brands below do you use? It’s a Small World at the Top.

    http://www.internationalbusinessguide.org/corporations/

    “Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.” Henry Kissenger

    • Replies: @lysias
  101. Agent76 says:
    @follyofwar

    Troll’s and Spam outnuber most people of reason who blog on a regular basis. So, with that said they do not have to plolice others at their own expense. With that said I will settle for thier intellectual publications any day and everyday.

  102. Prusmc says:
    @Harold Smith

    Is Fredrick V. REED the Fred Reed who lives in Mexico?

    • Replies: @republic
  103. @Hans Vogel

    ” these terror operations were designed to cause public upheavel and insecurity ”

    For what ?
    SOE had a purpose, tying up in Europe as many German troops as possible.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  104. mcohen says:

    For me the honorary “russian hacker” is man of the year for all sorts of naughty stuff.
    Surprised saker left him out.
    Runner up would be harvey weinstein who scored the best of the best beautiful actresses despite a severe handicap of being the ugliest duck on the pond.

  105. @Harold Smith

    ” Trump is a deep state Trojan horse ”
    Interesting thought, both Trump and Hillary puppets, the whole presidential election a show ?
    But until now I see nothing that supports the theory.

    Reminds me of FDR manoevring the Republican party convention in 1940, in order to make pro war Willkie candidate.
    On the day Willkie was nominated Churchill stopped peace negotiations with Germany.
    Thomas E. Mahl, ‘Desperate deception, British covert operations in the United States 1939-44’, Dulles, Virginia, 1998
    The writer states that possibly FDR had the chairman of the convention murdered, he was refused access to the autopsy report.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @lysias
  106. @jilles dykstra

    I wonder if the huge Sept 11 literature is great in obscuring the essential facts.

    Well, it’s like anything. There’s a huge body of literature on the Kennedy assassination and it varies greatly in quality.

    The point is that if you dismiss all that without having read ANY of it, that’s intellectual fraud. That is what I was accusing Fred Reed of.

    In a serious setting, that should be a serious accusation I was making. So, again, the failure to respond is telling.

    • Replies: @Incitatus
  107. @republic

    “paleo-libertarians (like Ilana Mercer)”

    In what way can a “Paleo-Libertarian” support using the power of the State to steal land from its rightful owners?

    Mercer is just one more Trojan Horse.

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @L.K
    , @Anon
    , @Z-man
  108. @Art

    Art
    “One of these fine heroes should run as a Libertarian peace candidate for president in 2020.”

    We are well past the point where it’s fixable by politics.

    • Replies: @Art
  109. @jilles dykstra

    “Interesting thought, both Trump and Hillary puppets, the whole presidential election a show ?
    But until now I see nothing that supports the theory.”

    ROTFLMAO! You’re being facetious, right?

  110. @Ben Terpene

    “No one really reads Time magazine any more.”

    What a Lie!

    I regularly read the 2009 Ben Bernanke Man (oops, Person) of the Year Edition at my dentist.

    • LOL: Carroll Price
  111. @jilles dykstra

    However, what does one do with all this information ?

    Nothing until it’s needed.

  112. @jilles dykstra

    So as to create a platform for the imposition of tighter (security) legislation, limit civil liberties and erode electoral support for parties on the left. Mind you, the Communist Party in Italy was very close to entering the government; Under Berlinguer they were the biggest party in Italy, taking more than one third of the vote. The US absolutely did not want any Communists in a NATO member state government. Belgium was going through a period of labor unrest and political turmoil, with Left wing parties gaining support.

    As for the SOE, that is indeed the explanation. But only indirectly. In fact the idea was to provoke the Germans to tighten security measures and make life miserable and intolerable for the French. It was believed the French resistance would therefore gain momentum, and hopefully the French would then rise in rebellion and thus tie up German forces. For most Frenchmen, life was not nearly as bad as Hollywood and the official narrative of postwar romanticized historiography would have us believe.

    • Replies: @lysias
  113. Art says:
    @Bill Jones

    Art
    “One of these fine heroes should run as a Libertarian peace candidate for president in 2020.”

    We are well past the point where it’s fixable by politics.

    On the contrary – the contest for peace has not even started.

    Think Peace — Art

  114. Z-man says:
    @follyofwar

    Yeah I’m too cheap to get it (lol) but I will, eventually. He was probably suspended before he replaced blowhard O’Reilly. Fox would have a hard time suspending him now unless he really committed something really bad like molesting altar boys, or even worse, saying something really bad about Iz-ra-hell.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  115. @jilles dykstra

    Trump election was an important phenomenon. But it did not make Trump a person, as his subsequent hapless performance shows.

  116. Prusmc says:
    @republic

    Surprised! I never recall him posting on a comment thread, even his own articles.

    • Replies: @republic
  117. lysias says:
    @Hans Vogel

    Communists in a government would have learned about secrets like Gladio.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  118. lysias says:
    @jilles dykstra

    Did FDR have the chairman of the convention murdered, or was it British intelligence? Or maybe both?

    Intervention in the war was so unpopular in the U.S. in 1940 that an isolationist Republican would have had a good chance of winning the election.

  119. lysias says:
    @Agent76

    Was Kissinger thinking of Orwell’s “Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past”?

  120. The truth is that the level of education, including political education, was FAR HIGHER in the USSR than today in the US and that the Soviet propaganda machine was (comparatively) rather benign and wholly ineffective and clumsy when compared to the multi-billion dollar AngloZionist propaganda machine of the Empire.

    The political education in the USSR was indoctrination, not education. The “Russophobes” in the Soviet Union was anyone that said things the regime did not like. Your differentiation is simply a figment of your over heated imagination.

    Every time you think Saker can’t get any worse he says, “Here, hold my beer,” and then he goes out and gets worse.

    Roberts is criticized for what he says because a lot of it is simply insane. He’s been called down repeatedly for his stupidity and he doesn’t like it so he does not allow comments to his articles posted on Unz or his own website. The “desert” he cries from is the backyard of the asylum.

    It’s still “Ukraine” Saker. “The Ukraine” ceased to be when Ukraine finally gained independence from Muscovy. Your insistence on the latter simply discredits you. Not that most of your posts don’t discredit you. Parroting Putin’s talking points marks you as a man whose mind simply doesn’t function.

    • Replies: @Robjil
  121. @Jonathan Revusky

    Why should Fred reply to someone that is as unserious as you? One encounters the various conspiracy theories about controlled demolition and such almost anytime the fall the towers is dealt with. Refusing to reply to obvious idiot is not a tacit admission of anything you say. It’s simply a refusal to replay to an unserious idiot.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  122. Incitatus says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Ancient parable:

    Two blind men meet in a café and try to explain the visible world. The first “wonders” if too many theories obscure reality. The second responds with a demand to attend ALL ‘theory’ since “if you dismiss all that without having read ANY of it, that’s intellectual fraud”.

    Each lives inside a sheltered construct defined by limited vision. Each regularly opines on the visible world in authoritative terms.

    Moral?

    Don’t trust blind men. They don’t have a clue about the visible world.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  123. True, nobody (that I know of) got sent to a labor camp (yet!) or shot in a cellar (yet!) for daring to speak up to power…

    There was the Wendy’s massacre at century’s close. But that didn’t turn into a trend.

    Yet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy%27s_massacre

  124. I agree Ron is a hero, but couldn’t you find a more flattering picture?

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  125. republic says:
    @Prusmc

    Yes, it is rare, by the way his website seems to be down

  126. Robjil says:
    @Quartermaster

    The Netherlands is the lowlands. The US is the United States. The Ukraine means borderlands in Slavic languages. So, there is a good reason that Ukraine is called the Ukraine by speakers of Slavic languages. In English, it would be odd to say – United States or Netherlands. It is not disrespectful to call to use “the” before Ukraine. No other republic in Soviet Union had a “the” before it because they weren’t a “lands or states”.

  127. @Z-man

    The fact that Israel is never so much as mentioned in a negative light much less criticized, tells you that Fox is controlled by the same people who control CNN and all the others. Fox is given special permission to air Tucker Carlson for the purpose of creating the impression among the simple-minded that there’s such as thing as free speech and a free press. Rush Limbaugh and similarly approved right-wing talk-show hosts fall into the exact same category. When have you ever heard him utter a word of even mild criticism regarding the blatant crimes routinely committed by the Chosen?

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @L.K
    , @DESERT FOX
    , @Z-man
    , @Art
  128. For “Lifetime Achievement” I nominate the great Pat Buchanan.

  129. I nominate Mt 24 as whistleblower of the year, esp Vs 49, that if one “begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,” he will give account. May His Spirit set a right path before us.

  130. @Reg Cæsar

    It’s the image used by The American Spectator of Ron walking down his driveway at 4:00 am to pick up an early edition of the LA Times.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  131. Snitzer says:

    I’m confused. Awesome article but no where could I find who wrote the thing, leaving me with the impression that Mr. Unz has an atmospheric opinion of himself and his writings. But I’m new here, my casual reading of the article may have missed something that only the regulars know. Further, confusion, since the arrival of mind and body into the elderly demographic, seems to be a constant state.

    • Replies: @L.K
    , @anon
  132. L.K says:
    @Carroll Price

    Fox is given special permission to air Tucker Carlson for the purpose of creating the impression among the simple-minded that there’s such as thing as free speech and a free press.

    Bingo.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  133. L.K says:
    @Snitzer

    “The Saker” right under the article’s title is the pen name of the author.

  134. anon[341] • Disclaimer says:
    @Snitzer

    that would be hilarious:

    Unz nominates himself for Man of the Year

  135. L.K says:
    @Bill Jones

    In what way can a “Paleo-Libertarian” support using the power of the State to steal land from its rightful owners?

    You caught that one too.

    Mercer is just one more Trojan Horse.

    Yes, of the Zionist variety. As a matter of fact, I don’t understand why Unz publishes her at all.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @AnonFromTN
  136. L.K says:

    For those who may have missed it:

    Ron Unz on 9-11
    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-911-conspiracy-theories/

    This piece is one of several that have truly pissed off the regular Troll Army infesting the comment sections of this webzine, such as inZitatus, peterAus, etc, etc… oh yeah, and, when it comes to 9-11, Fred Reed as well.

  137. @Carroll Price

    The same goes for Sean neocon warmonger Hannity!

  138. Z-man says:
    @Carroll Price

    While I agree with you that FOX and CNN are both controlled by the same people there will be a breaking point and Tucker is a big straw in getting over and breaking that hump. He has had some people critical of Izruel over his two years on ‘prime time’. I’m sure even CNN has had some critical reporting of Iz-ra-hell if not commentary. Rush Limbaugh I never liked because of his censoring of any criticism on Ishrahell. I did listen to him on a long car trip recently and he was very entertaining in defending Trump so who knows ‘hell can freeze over’ and he too will utter something against the Cabal.
    PS. Man, I think I broke my own record of misspelling Izrael 4 ways in this post. (Grin)

  139. Avery says:
    @follyofwar

    {Even if what you say about unz.com is true as regards the NSA vacuum machine, he would have no way to stop it. }
    { The fact that your paranoid delusions may be in part correct, Avery, ….}

    Sorry, you missed the sarcasm.
    I was ridiculing poster [never-anonymous]’s paranoid post.

  140. Avery says:
    @jilles dykstra

    {Interesting speculations.}

    See my #142

  141. Mike P says:
    @L.K

    Mercer is just one more Trojan Horse.

    Yes, of the Zionist variety. As a matter of fact, I don’t understand why Unz publishes her at all.

    Well who knows what sort of Trojan horse-trading may be needed to protect unz.com and Ron himself from attack. I find it remarkable that this place is still online, particularly after Ron’s more recent articles.

    • Replies: @L.K
  142. Avery says:
    @peterAUS

    {You could be onto something here.}

    See my #142.

    The fact that I specifically wrote ‘…. government agencies, such as ADL, Southern Poverty Law center….’, should have given people a clue that I was being sarcastic.
    I am surprised people took it seriously.

    (Yes, yes, I know FBI partners with the evil SPLC: but SPLC is _not_ a government agency).

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @peterAUS
  143. With all due respect, Saker mixed apples and oranges. Some people only say something approaching truth, or at least do not repeat MSM lies. Others provide platform where the first can do that. Ron Unz does both, whereas the other three undoubtedly worthy people only do the first thing. So, out of the listed four, Ron Unz deserves twice as much credit as either of the others.

    • Replies: @Avery
  144. @Sergey Krieger

    Although Soviet system was very different from the scarecrow Western propaganda painted, it was far from ideal in many ways. In fact, you pointed out one yourself. First swine, and then traitors got to the top within the system. That alone is a fatal flaw.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  145. @L.K

    Freedom of speech, no? There are very few places where it still exists in the US, and unz.com is one of them.

    • Replies: @L.K
  146. Hail says: • Website
    @Avery

    SPLC is _not_ a government agency

    A distinction without a difference?

  147. Hail says: • Website
    @JackOH

    I’m an Unz fan and thought I’d just mention again the high quality of the commentariat here

    Comment-section troll wars do not seem to occur much here. Troll wars and flame wars (haven’t heard the latter term much lately) are the bane of so many comment sections across the Internet. Much good Internet terrain has been lost over the years.

    Why exactly do troll wars not occur at Unz Review? My impression is moderation is light, which, all else equal, should imply a tendency towards them.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  148. Anonymous[658] • Disclaimer says:

    The million $ question being where do we go from here? A sizeable number of blogs now take recognizable space on the ‘internets‘ as it is but the only place to go from here is Paris. Yes that paris, of the yellow vest wearing protestors. Long accused of cowardice (“freedom fries anyone??”), the French and the European whites are way more cogent and cohesive than the “freedom and individualism” loving whites this side of the pond. So while white folk here clutch at our (feeble) weaponry and grimace about the changing demographics, the never ending wars (some even participate to show their bravado at killing brown folks abroad), the Europeans actually do something about it.

    Yes the US as a whole is a lot more dangerous than Europe (street crime and such) so that explains the weapons in the heartland but since that is one of the ONLY last piece of ‘culture’ that remains, we gravitate towards it like the hungry man does towards food. But as I see it, Europe still has a chance to stop the madness. US, we are getting screwed twice over, the illegals keep on coming from central america while the “high skilled (skilled my arse)” immigrants keep pouring in to displace our best and brightest and eventually install a pagan caste system like in their home countries. All the while we clutch at our guns and grimace like idiots. Our (((elites))), after draining us dry, plan to hand over the ruins to a people who are much like them, cunning, sly arrogant and full of chutzpah, only a couple degrees worse. Is this the future we plan to leave for our children?

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  149. tac says:
    @Frederick V. Reed

    Well at least things are beginning to turn (not holding my breath), but here is an update to the Lawyer’s Committee for 9/11 Inquiry:

    Breakthrough: U.S. Attorney Agrees to Present Evidence of World Trade Center Demolition to Federal Grand Jury

    Finally, after 17 long years, the 9/11 Truth Movement has opened an avenue to prosecuting those responsible for the shocking destruction of the World Trade Center and the horrible loss of life that resulted.

    Last spring, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry — together with more than a dozen 9/11 family members and with help from AE911Truth — filed a petition with the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan demanding that he present evidence of unprosecuted federal crimes at the World Trade Center to a special grand jury.

    Then, in November, came the big news: The U.S. Attorney notified the Lawyers’ Committee in writing that he would comply with the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3332 requiring him to relay their report to a special grand jury.

    Now the Lawyers’ Committee and AE911Truth need your support so we can work to ensure a thorough and successful grand jury investigation.

    https://lawyerscommitteefor9-11inquiry.org/2018/12/10/10-dec-2018-grand-jury-investigation-project-launches/

  150. peterAUS says:

    The million $ question being where do we go from here?

    Depends what you (that “we”) want and how much you are willing to risk and suffer.

    My take, as we speak: Brasil on steroids with hard surveillance state. Say, 70 % probability.

    Some form of Confederation/Secession: 20 % probability.

    M.A.D:10 %.

    As for Europeans, as long as you (that “we) can project power as USA can now, nothing of significance will happen there. Or, more accurately, that first option just even worse with distance from the core (Washington).

    In any case, for almost all authors, commentators and readers here, worse and worse where it really matters.

    Because miracles do happen maybe it won’t be as I wrote above but something much better. Somehow.

    As for:

    Is this the future we plan to leave for our children?

    It is the future TPTBs plan for your/our children. We don’t have plans, that is. Just plenty of frustration and no idea what to do with it.

  151. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    How about Shakhnazarov?

  152. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Bill Jones

    Mercer is just one more Trojan Horse.

    She’s very good on key issues.

  153. peterAUS says:
    @Avery

    Got it:

    Sorry, you missed the sarcasm.
    I was ridiculing poster [never-anonymous]‘s paranoid post.

    and

    I am surprised people took it seriously.

    That’s O.K.

    I was/am serious.

  154. Art says:
    @Carroll Price

    Rush Limbaugh and similarly approved right-wing talk-show hosts fall into the exact same category. When have you ever heard him utter a word of even mild criticism regarding the blatant crimes routinely committed by the Chosen?

    When Rush was trying to get his radio show going nationally in the early 90’s – he made fun of “New Yorkers” (Jews). Then he made a trip to Israel and what to you know – walla – he got a multiple million-dollar national radio contract – and he never again said squat about Israel or complained about Jews as a group.

    Sorry – but that is the absolute truth. Rush has sold out the very thing he champions – America.

    Rush is to smart and to connected, not to know that the Jews control America.

    Think Peace — Do No harm — Art

  155. @lysias

    But, far more importantly, Communists could not be allowed to form a government because it would show that NATO was a sham. After all, NATO was supposedly created to protect poor,helpless Western Europe from evil Communism. And as long as Communists were kept out of government in Western Europe, the sham of democracy would remain intact.

  156. @AnonFromTN

    Still, it was the best from everything that ever existed for vast majority. The flaw was the party at the top when the whole thing was about power of the Soviets.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  157. Z-man says:
    @Bill Jones

    Ilana Mercer was born in South Africa, which her father, Rabbi Ben Isaacson, decided to leave pursuant to harassment by the South African security police on account of his anti-apartheid preaching and activism. (Ilana herself, on return, decades later, fought petty apartheid tirelessly.) The family departed in the 1960s for Israel, where Ilana spent her formative years. She returned to South-Africa in the 1980s, married and had a daughter. The family emigrated to Canada in 1995, and then went on to settle in the US.

    … oops, there it is. LOL

  158. @Hail

    Successful trolling requires a class of pseudo intellectual readers and commenters who mistake satire for serious commentary.

  159. Avery says:
    @AnonFromTN

    {So, out of the listed four, Ron Unz deserves twice as much credit as either of the others.}

    Agree with you that Ron, by creating and running this unique platform and allowing/inviting/producing so much fearless content, stands at least one rung, maybe two, above those three very worthy individuals on Saker’s list.

    However, had Saker chosen only Ron, and given that Ron’s site provides an audience to TheSaker far more widely read than his own thesaker.is, it would look too much like Saker is sucking up to Ron.
    Bad form.
    So, he added a few more names to the list.
    Harmless spreading of Christmas cheer: I think most longtime unz.com readers can clearly see who is where on the list.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  160. @Anonymous

    I’ve often wondered myself, what’s the point in having guns if Americans plan on doing nothing other than stand idly-by as ANTIFA removes or defaces every stature and symbol they supposedly hold dear.

  161. @Sergey Krieger

    There were many flaws. In terms of power, the greatest flaw was when being at the top became being at the trough. In the early days there was the “party maximum” – any party or government functionary was paid no more than a skilled worker. Having monopoly of power, elites dispensed with that, first surreptitiously (having special distributors where things unavailable elsewhere were available to them and were ridiculously cheap), then openly. Basically, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There were no checks and balances to prevent elites from acquiring absolute power and wielding it. Even as we speak, the US elites keep moving along the same road, and the final result will be the same. Monopoly always leads to abuses. Humans still need to work out a system that prevents monopolizing the power. Neither capitalism, nor socialism, as these systems were practiced so far, comes even close.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  162. @Avery

    I guess you are right. I don’t have a column here (nor do I want to), so I can disregard these considerations and give credit where credit is due.

  163. @Carroll Price

    It’s the image used by The American Spectator of Ron walking down his driveway at 4:00 am to pick up an early edition of the LA Times.

    No, more like after he picked it up!

  164. @Quartermaster

    Why should Fred reply to someone that is as unserious as you?

    Well, it’s got nothing to do with me.

    If you write a book review of a book you never read, that is FRAUD.

    If you write a movie review of a movie you never saw, that is FRAUD.

    And so on….

    That has nothing to do with me. I was pointing out that, if Freddy Boy can’t name a single book on 9/11 that he has read, or outline any other materials he has looked at, then he has been engaging in pure intellectual fraud.

    There is really no way around this. The lack of any response is a tacit admission of intellectual fraud.

    • Replies: @republic
    , @L.K
  165. @Incitatus

    Ancient parable:

    Two blind men meet in a café (BLAH BLAH BLAH…)

    Out of curiosity, how much do they pay you to produce this sort of word salad?

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski, L.K
  166. republic says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    “The lack of any response is a tacit admission of intellectual fraud.”

    You are correct

  167. L.K says:
    @Mike P

    Hey Mike,

    Well who knows what sort of Trojan horse-trading may be needed to protect unz.com and Ron himself from attack.

    I must say I find the notion rather unlikely… particularly if involving I. Mercer.

    Best regards

  168. L.K says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Hey Jon,

    Well, it’s got nothing to do with me.

    If you write a book review of a book you never read, that is FRAUD.

    If you write a movie review of a movie you never saw, that is FRAUD.

    That’s right, it reminds me of that german_reader lad, who attacked holocau$t revisionists as “stupid” or something, without ever having read any of the many books they have written.

    Best regards

  169. L.K says:
    @AnonFromTN

    AnonFromTN, goes in re to Zionist infiltrator, Ilana Mercer:

    Freedom of speech, no? There are very few places where it still exists in the US, and unz.com is one of them.

    Sarcasm Mode On:
    Sure, of course Zionists like Mercer hardly have any access to media, mass/ corporate or even ‘alternative’ for that matter!

    A highly persecuted bunch! Their freedom of speech totally violated in Zamerica!!!

    Sarcasm Mode Off:

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  170. @AnonFromTN

    System of power has not much to do with socialism per se. Yes, there was no checks and balances and from what I have read stalin was planning thy o basically move party aside which he did not manage to do. Lenin also was not general secretary but the head of Sovnarkom. Hence, I think while socialist system was working the question of power was not resolved. Party should not have wielded tbat kind of power so long after the power was taken. The system put too much power in the hands of one person who was party functionary and power of the Soviets was secondary while it should have been first. Anyway, there is more sense to build upon socialism experience as it has potential. Capitalism has no. It is dead end by now and deadly at that.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  171. chris says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Hey Chuck, thanks for the kind words and warm greetings from this side also.
    “The Saker” sure is worriesome by excluding Phil from his list. I mean, he doesn’t have to reduce the prize money or anything, so the omission is a lot more significant. It’s like he doesn’t want to irk someone in whose debt he is.

    And for all the reasonable praise, professor Cohen on the subject of Russia, he (Cohen) isn’t exactly risking a paycheck or anything, quite the opposite, he’s even getting some notoriety. I’ve learned to pay close attention to these telltale signs which occasionally appear in a person’s or institution’s actions, as you can use them in retrospect to descipher otherways unexplainable phenomena later.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  172. @L.K

    It is said that you need to know your enemy well to fight him successfully. Or, in other words, keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.
    BTW, Mercer is not your garden variety Zionist, like those pulling the strings of puppets “running” the US.

    • Agree: Ilyana_Rozumova
  173. @Sergey Krieger

    Thing is, these mechanisms must be built into the system. If one person (say, Lenin or Stalin in your example) can do it, the mechanisms aren’t there, and the system will come to no good.

    BTW, you might want to read early Marx, his thinking was deeper before he became politically engaged. The products that lose value by being used (food, socks, etc.) are suitable for the market economy, whereas products that don’t (like literature, art, music, science, ideas) are not. Market creates crutches to cope with this (e.g., copyright and patents), but as the share of products incompatible with market increases, market economy will go the way of feudal or slave-based economy. However, humans are decades from that point. Including Russians.

    You are right in one thing: unregulated jungle cut-throat capitalism where the most ruthless thieves steal more than others and become oligarchs is not a necessary form of market economy. Market (greed) is a powerful natural force, like wind or water. These forces can be harnessed to do good (like hydropower or wind power), but left unregulated they produce destructive floods and hurricanes.

  174. How about nominations for The Unz Review Hasbara/Zio-Troll Commenter ‘O The Year, 2018?

    Mine is Incitatus, who came on strong during Fall and outdid the M.I.A., Sam Shama.

    • LOL: Mike P
    • Replies: @Mike P
  175. @chris

    Importantly, Chris emphasized: “And for all the reasonable praise, Professor Cohen on the subject of Russia, he (Cohen) isn’t exactly risking a paycheck or anything, quite the opposite, he’s even getting some notoriety.”

    Yes, Chris, above, agreed.

    During mid-1980’s, and for publication by the now-extinct Jesuit magazine “Best Sellers,” I read Professor Cohen’s impressive & unconventional “Rethinking Soviet Politics.” Sheesh, pray I got the book title correct!

    At the time, Chris, I really knew he had a “set” and in fact, I still think he has “Big Ones,” but I too note his stature (and reputation) remains secure in ZUSA, and there ain’t no thriving US magazine (either politically conservative or liberal) gonna’ tag Steve Cohen overboard “anti-Semitic,” & hand him a “pink slip” like the one Mr. Giraldi got from T.A.C.

    Thanks very much, Chris!

    Fyi, I watch “Family Guy” TV cartoon and support the cool character, Chris, Peter’s son.

  176. Mike P says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    How about nominations for The Unz Review Hasbara/Zio-Troll Commenter ‘O The Year, 2018?

    Even though he hasn’t been around for a while, at least not under this name: the vilest of the vile IMO is crimson2 (who I suspect also used the handles momus and manorchurch).

  177. @hunor

    You do have a point here, exactly. But, remember that this article is from the perspective the “America as the center of the Universe”. So, don’t blame the guy. He is only serving the Empire the best he can.

    In the dark ages, it was believed that the Earth is the center of the Universe. Now, it is the USA.

    Also, just asking should/can women be the “Man of the Year”? I noticed a glaring absence of any female names. I guess they should all be serving the Men of the Year.

    Cheers!

    • Replies: @anon
  178. anon[170] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ebrahim Wahab

    In the dark ages, it was believed that the Earth is the center of the Universe. Now, it is the USA.

    maybe because the people reading this website are mostly from the USA and then Europe?

    are your feelings hurt? you can nominate Mr. bin sultan

  179. I wish to thank The Unz review for publishing The Saker’s analyses and comment.
    I have been an avid reader of The Saker’s website for several years, but for many weeks now I have been unable to access thesaker.is ,even from the link on this website.

    Has the The Saker been blocked ? I am resident in the UK.

    • Replies: @David Martin
  180. @Hans Vogel

    “In America you can say anything you want as long as it has no effect.” Paul Goodman

  181. @Norseperson

    No problem here in Virginia, USA, accessing The Saker. Perhaps it’s blocked in the UK. I once was greeted as I used the WiFi on a river cruise in France with this message: “This video is not available in your country.” The video was one made of my parody of a great Patsy Cline song that I entitled “Falling to Pieces for Israel.” It’s still up on YouTube where I live; readers might want to check if that is true where they live. Actually, the last time I was in France I could see it there, too. They’ve had a couple of government changes.

    Here’s another one you might check for: https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v=R6NY8XRUYO4S

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