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As Joe Biden and Donald Trump wrangle over the results of the 2020 Presidential election, a strong pattern has emerged across all 50 states.

According to results on various referendums and ballot measures, voters by and large have rejected most of the Republican Party’s economic platform and the Democratic Party’s cultural program, regardless of which presidential candidate carried their state.

California Rejects Affirmative Action Once Again

In California, where Donald Trump is currently trailing Joe Biden 66 to 34, voters rejected a proposition to restore Affirmative Action by an overwhelming margin.

Prop 16, which is losing 56 to 44, sought to repeal a previous 1996 vote that banned institutionalized race quotas against whites and Asians in education and employment.

While the Golden State has a majority-minority population and is considered the most left-liberal in the country, support from the Democratic establishment, aggressive anti-racist NGO activism and a $31 million dollar ad campaign funded largely by Jews in favor of the repeal failed to sway voters in the end.

Opponents of the measure were generally locked out of the debate, having spent just $1.6 million dollars promoting the opposing position. They are declaring this a win for David against Goliath.

According to political analysts, the only groups that supported Proposition 16 were upper middle class college-educated whites and Jewish capitalists, such as Marc Benioff, Steve Ballmer, Mark Zuckerberg, et al, who spent millions trying to get it passed.

Other demographic blocs were either indifferent or adamantly opposed to the measure, which celebrity advocates, professional activists and local Democratic politicians promoted as a step towards racial justice after a summer of race riots.

The outcome of this referendum is being taken as a popular reminder that the plutocratic left’s anti-white policies do not reflect the will of the people, including many non-whites.

Florida Amendment 2

Another surprising outcome this week was a decision to almost double the minimum wage in pro-business Florida to $15 an hour.

The state’s Chamber of Commerce and Governor Ron DeSantis furiously opposed the amendment. Donald Trump carried Florida by a comfortable margin, but his stance that establishing a living wage is bad for the economy, was ignored.

The ballot measure passed 61 to 39, triggering an automatic bump to the $8.56 minimum hourly rate to $10 and gradually phasing in $1 increases to 2026.

The unforeseen rejection of GOP anti-labor economic orthodoxy in a state that went solidly red in 2020 is as telling as California’s resounding “No” to Affirmative Action.

Nebraskans Combat Usury

The deep red state of Nebraska approved of Initiative 428 in a landslide smack down against parasitism.

83% of voters elected to cap payday loans, typically used to trap working class people in a cycle of debt, at 36% This regulation will drastically lower the current average rate of interest, an eye popping 404%.

Both Trump and the Republican party have worked overtime to further deregulate the payday loan industry while Democrats have traditionally looked the other way.

The disproportionately Jewish predatory lending industry has donated generously to the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee over the last few years. The GOP knows that their corrupt relationship to the industry is universally unpopular, which is why it has repealed regulatory efforts against the practice through edicts by appointees rather than open air Congressional votes.

Republican Voters Prefer Law and Order To “First Step Act”

The Republican Party’s bizarre embrace of “criminal justice reform,” which is seen as a way to release black felons from prison back into the street, was promoted front and center in Trump’s 2020 campaign. Many ads attacked Joe Biden for the ’94 Crime Bill, which enhanced penalties for violent crime in hopes of deterrence, as racist against blacks.

Actual Republican voters rejected the spirit of Trump’s “First Step Act” on Oklahoma State Question 805, where 61% decided to continue the norm of including previous non-violent felony convictions in sentencing procedures.

In Kentucky, Constitutional Amendment 1, won with 63% of the vote. The law, dubbed Marsy’s Law, enshrines victims of crime with rights during court procedures.

While the people of Kentucky already elected to pass the law in 2018, the Supreme Court struck it down in 2019 after the American Civil Liberties Union complained that voters should not have direct influence over the criminal justice system. The ACLU joined the Kentucky Tea Party and state Republicans in opposing Marsy’s Law again in 2020, but the law was passed anyway.

People Want Privacy and Consumer Protections

Michigan Proposal 2, which forces the police to obtain search warrants for electronic data, won out with 89% of the vote.

In California, Proposition 24 passed. It will expand protections for consumers subjected to mass data harvesting from companies, often without their knowledge.

While the country appears to be split 50-50 on who it wants for president, it is skeptical of big business and market liberalism, hostile to “anti-racist” legislation, and wants to punish criminals when asked for input.

Both Democrats and Republicans take the opposite position on these issues, bringing into question what voting is even for.

Even if Donald Trump is able to pull off a victory, the truth is that he rigged the election against himself by governing as a Mitt Romney Republican and running an atrocious TPUSA-approved campaign.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
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  1. No, Eric, they rejected Donald Trump.

    • Disagree: Robert Dolan
  2. In Jackson County, Missouri, a ballot measure to remove Andrew Jackson’s statues from two spots–one in Kansas City and one in Independence–failed spectacularly. Even in Kansas City the tally was much closer than the shellacking Donald Trump received from voters–this despite voters being handed a card on the way into the polling place that urged us to “stop honoring slavery” by voting yes.

    • Replies: @Pop Warner
  3. @Supply and Demand

    A stupid comment. Fully half of the American populace voted for Trump. If he loses it will be because the election was stolen.

    TDS is incurable.

    • Agree: the grand wazoo
    • Replies: @shylockcracy
    , @frontier
  4. nsa says:

    Public Financing of political campaigns is whitey’s best chance. In other words, stop the wealthy from outright buying politicians. The leading donors to both Presidential candidates were jews……Hymie Jew and Sheldon Jew. So of course, once elected, they do nothing for you, and everything for the jew and the wealthy. This of course leaves a remaining problem, the jew dominated media, which could be solved by motivated pols…..just bust them up. Chances are, without the outright buying of politicians and the constant instigating by the jew media, the races would find a way to coexist, if not amicably then at least peacefully, especially if wealth were distributed more equitably. The alternative is to bring back the guillotine.

    • Agree: the grand wazoo
  5. A123 says:

    Voters embraced Trump’s Populist GOP economics, eviscerating trade and visa exploitation driven by DNC Globalist Wall Street Banks and International MegaCorporations.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the voice of MegsCorps, is now supporting SJW Globalist DNC candidates. Biden’s USCoC lost badly in a rejection of DNC economics. (1)

    Every former administration took massive payments from the CoC and allowed the Chamber to write trade agreements language for decades. The CoC business model was to take payments from Wall Street multinationals and then write the agreements to their benefit.

    President Trump knew about the CoC business model; that’s why he never allowed them a seat at the ‘America First’ table. … the U.S. Chamber dropped their pretense and admitted they were now supporting democrats because the CoC effort can only succeed by destroying Main St.

    The CoC was never a “right wing organization”, nor was it a “republican organization”; it was always a multinational globalist organization structured to support Wall Street and destroy Main Street. It was always a feature, not a flaw…. but no-one would believe it.

    PEACE 😇


    • Replies: @Thomasina
  6. Icy Blast says:

    The Orange Menace talks tough on Twitter but governs like a fusion of Adam Schiff, Jared Kushner, and George W. Bush.

    • LOL: Ron Unz, Alfa158
    • Replies: @God's Fool
  7. Unfortunately, this is just further evidence that people won’t be able to reclaim their own sociopolitical agency over their own progress as both individuals and community because they’re set to keep ghettoising their sociopolitical thinking, the Ziocorporate terrorist globalist regime will keep using “democracy” against the demos because we’ve given away our ability to make and execute the law while being at the supposed pinnacle of human “progress”, you get Cointelpro/MKultra on AI steroids.

    Those little electoral wins will be crushed under the boot of advancing Ziocorporate globalism, which is well in the process of transhumanizing to take its manipulation and control down to the smallest community. Instead of celebrating pyrrhic victories, it should be time to be asking the people what they plan to do to break the corporate Jew’s monopoly on dictating the future of all colors and races of mankind, but that’s not a sociopolitical tribulation anyone thinking about white “victimhood” or black “empowerment”, much less rabid evangelicals, Muslims, anti-religious atheists are ready to even conceive.

    • Thanks: FLgeezer
  8. @Robert Dolan

    Like mass-production cRap/pop stars, and all mainstream politicians really, Trump is a Ziocorporate mass-consumption phenomenon. See Obama’s way faster rise to political stardom as very recent example. Trump was still in the “Democrat” wing of the Ziocorporate party when Obomber got selected.

  9. Anonymous[404] • Disclaimer says:

    Everybody wants 15 $ a hour… but truth is our unemployment rate is really low which is a better driver to higher wages. 15$ an hour is going to cost jobs! Lots of them!

    • LOL: Thulean Friend
  10. Dumbo says:

    What makes you think that they will keep the “little people” deciding about such things?

    Trump had a chance and blew it. Now, who knows what’s gonna happen. But probably nothing good.

  11. Agent76 says:

    “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” Henry David Thoreau

    Jan 18, 2008 George Carlin -“Who Really Controls America”

    Mar 10, 2014 Department of Education whistleblower Charlette Iserbyt about the deliberate dumbing down of America.

    The former US Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor suggests that the our educational system is not based upon children learning.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  12. @Supply and Demand

    Whites, overall, did not reject Trump. And by a comfortable margin. Among Whites Patriots still outnumber Sh-t libs, even if the later control all of our institutions.

    The Democrats didn’t win the war on ideas, they just imported ringers to tip the scales.

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @Flubber
  13. Rich says:

    Californians also voted to prohibit homosexual “marriage “, our effete elite forced it down their throats. If the elites decide that the only way to stop, or slow, a new Asian elite from emerging is to force more affirmative action on the country, they’ll just have a judge write it into the Constitution.

    • Replies: @John Pepple
  14. G J T says:

    The major takeaway here is that most people, regardless of whether they are “far-right” or not, are not interested in what Jews are trying to force on them. Jews have to use underhanded tactics, disguise and trickery in order to achieve their malignant goals. When it’s laid bare for all to see what they’re selling, people largely reject it.

    Now, if only we could get most of these people to recognize Jewish tricks when they see them, then perhaps we could get somewhere. As it stands, their slow coup over the last few decades has firmly planted Judeo-left activists/Bolsheviks in all the levers of power, from the White House all the way down to local governments & law enforcement, and everywhere in between. These rejections of expressions of outright Jewish supremacy are nice, but we still cannot undo the damage of the slow coup they’ve pulled off unless the entire system is destroyed.

    God help us.

    • Replies: @alt right moderate
  15. More direct referendums, fewer elected representatives?

    It could work…

    • Agree: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Bro43rd
  16. What the hell is Striker’s agenda? He totally avoids the elephant in the room. The PEOPLE of five states voted heavily for elementary common sense in favor of legalizing cannabis. The biggest drug-dealers in the world—opioids and all— Bib Pharma,are totally pissed about this, because at the state level the cops and the corrupt court systems no longer have easy pickings for people who self-medicate with a bit of the Wildwood Weed to deal with having to exist in a clinically insane culture. AND as a result, those mega drug-pushers are losing more market-share, particularly due to the fact that cannabis is the #1 medically safe analgesic (pain reliever).

    The list of states where people’s common sense prevailed included Arizona (understandable), New Jersey (think partying down on the Jersey shore where masses of folks from lockdown neighboring states like Pennsylvania (the Philly megalopolis) and New York (the monster megalopolis) will be able to hang out and get real; and hold your hats on, folks: northern redneck centrals like South Dakota and Montana !!! AND…both hands on your hats…Miss iss ippi!!!!! And some of you thought that those “deplorables” were just all about Jesus and James Hagee and his “Christian” Zionist frybrains.

    That said, Striker strikes me as being in bed with the likes of carpetbagger Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who is all about “lock em up and throw away the key”. “Black felons” indeed. In the federal system, with some 5,000 federal felony laws on the books, more than half the inmates in Federal Correctional Institutions are there for crimes which are not really criminal by actual justice standards. The Bureau of Prisons (to say nothing of the private lockups) is all about sleeze, grease and massive corruption, where the taxpayers shell out $101/day/prisoner and where approximately $2/day/inmate is spent on feeding them and where medical “care” barely achieves middle 3rd World standards.

    Striker is nothing more than a shill for the police state and warrior-cops and the corrupt law n’ order racket. I hereby challenge him to a debate—on this site, should Ron Unz accept my proposal– on his points of view herewith described, where at best, he stands as a poorly informed ideologue.

    • Thanks: Grahamsno(G64)
    • Replies: @Wyatt
    , @Chris Mallory
  17. After all is said and done Donald of Orange left us with pedo Joe and his army of the undead. Now big talking Don can go back to sucking up to the Jew mob, seducing aging eastern European models and paying way to much for the services of has been porn stars. He’s nuts alright but you get to admit it was fun while it lasted.

    • LOL: Ann T. Zemitik
  18. @nsa

    I agree completely, it would also neuter the Citizens United decision.
    However, the US like every other (((Western liberal democracy))) will never allow it, because it would be COMMUNISM or if COMMUNISM was not scary enough FASCISM or maybe a takeover by the MULLAHS. The dumbshits from Bumfuck USA will object because it might lead to HIGHER TAXES, which are less preferable that getting screwed by (((private enterprise))).

  19. @Craig Nelsen

    I have little faith that politicians will honor the will of the people on that one. I expect the one in Kansas City to go down regardless, whether it’s by mob action or local government intransigence. Not only was Jackson a slaveowner who expelled Indians, he also fought the banks and won. All of those are taboo in modern America, especially the last one

  20. @Agent76

    Mar 10, 2014 Department of Education whistleblower Charlette Iserbyt about the deliberate dumbing down of America.

    In other words, the globalist plan of “Equal Outcomes”. Just keep dumbing it down until everyone is equal – except for the owners.

  21. TomJel says:

    The minimum wage law should have been phrased in the way it will play out, and it would not have passed. Here’s how I’d phrase it:

    “The State of Florida shall prohibit any person who cannot generate in excess of fifteen dollars of value per hour employed, from working in the State.” Why else would an employer hire you, if you don’t make more than you consume?

    • Replies: @Baroncyborg
    , @Anonymous
  22. Derer says:
    @Supply and Demand

    “No, Eric, they rejected Donald Trump.”

    BS…unfortunate timing of Covid19 mayhem rejected Trump. I wonder, if it wasn’t a work of fanatical military bio-scientists (you know some are sniveling Democrats). I guarantee that Republican Senate will impeach Biden for his VP-ial crimes in Ukraine.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @freedom-cat
  23. Notsofast says:

    in addition to this make tv and cable stations provide political ads pro bono equally to all candidates
    in order to renew their licenses. take away their corrupt gravy train and slanting the news to promote
    their sugar daddies.

  24. Peter Frost says: • Website

    any person who cannot generate in excess of fifteen dollars of value per hour employed

    In other words, the market value of that person’s job. Well, if everybody is getting paid the market value of their work, there shouldn’t be any labor shortages, should there? The moment a labor shortage begins to develop, the market value of that work (i.e., the wage) should rise until the shortage disappears.

    So that means one of two things:

    1. The labor shortages we hear about don’t really exist.

    2. Many people are being underpaid.

    The reality is a mixture of both. Many people are being underpaid for their work because there is more competition among workers than there is among employers. Unions were an attempt to level the playing field, but unionization is now at an all-time low.

    Oh yeah, unionization isn’t “fair play” in a free society. Uh huh, and how many businessmen play fair? Is it fair play when they corrupt the political process?

    • Agree: Ann T. Zemitik
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @EdwardM
  25. Chris Moore says: • Website

    Jews behave like Zionists wherever they roost. In Israel/Palestine, they manage the goyim population with brute force, because they’re the majority. In the US, they have to be more sneaky and subtle about it, but their Zionist end-game is exactly the same: The imposition of the self-serving, supremacist will of the “chosen-elect” upon the goyim. At this rate, we’ll all be in the exact same position as the Palestinians in a couple of generations. And the Jews and their partners in crime will be lording over us with an iron rod.

    What I find amazing is how many white and Christian collaborators are willing to destroy their own people for a quick buck from the Jewish money-man. But Arabs and Muslims have the same problem in the Levant. The character of the people has been systematically degraded by the Jews over time, and the cut-throats and scum have been systematically promoted.

    Do you really believe that so many of our “elites” don’t see what the Jews are doing? They see, alright. But because they’re scum, and on the Globalist take, they look the other way.

    Meet the New World Order boss, same as the Old World Order boss, only now he doesn’t have to hide his Jewish nose.

    • Agree: Ann T. Zemitik
    • Replies: @Robjil
  26. Flubber says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Yeah those dead voters sure do bear a grudge.

    • LOL: Richard B
  27. Flubber says:
    @Anonymous Jew

    And with multiple districts reporting more votes than registered voters, the Dems indulged in massive cheating.

  28. I wouldn’t be so optimistic about referendums in the general case. In Colorado, we just passed Proposition 118, a family and medical leave program. While I might consider supporting family leave, medical is another matter. Even ignoring outright malingering, a huge proportion of medical problems in this country are the result of people’s personal choices, mostly obesity, substance abuse, and lack of exercise, but also extreme sports. (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young person in a cast for anything other than extreme sports.) They’ve got the right to make those choices, but I don’t want to pay for it. The plan has the usual exemption for businesses of nine employees or fewer, which will of course act to keep these small businesses small.

    And another big problem that’s shared with many of these kinds of ballot measures: the proposition says two things, that the program will exist and it will be funded by a .9% tax on employee wages. What happens if the latter is not enough to fund it? The price tag is a big unknown dependent on the question of how many people will use the program. How do you “respect the will of the voters” if the funding comes up short? If you give them fewer benefits, you aren’t giving them what they voted for, if you jack up taxes even higher, you also aren’t giving them what they voted for.

  29. The unforeseen rejection of GOP anti-labor economic orthodoxy in a state that went solidly red in 2020 is as telling as California’s resounding “No” to Affirmative Action.

    Better yet, a minimum of $40 for immigrants, and a minimum of $50 for union members. No employer should be allowed to hire any member of a labor union for less than $50 an hour. Wait… make that $75. (Dues gotta pay off, after all.)

    Sound good? As with all minimum wage laws, it wouldn’t cost anyone decent his job.

    Inexplicably– by the author’s logic– the League of Women Voters refused to support any minimum wage law until it applied to men as well as to women. Why their sudden concern for men?

  30. Wyatt says:
    @Majority of One

    Striker’s not all that good at debate. He got rekt by an effeminate streamer named Destiny.

    It’s a shame. I’m mostly in agreement with him, but he can’t articulate himself without getting excessively passionate, the kind of fervor that the ADL, SPLC and others really, really like to see because it’s easy to call it craziness. That’s why the anti-neocon Ryan Dawson is infinitely more persuasive. He knows the facts and states them coolly.

    • Disagree: Rosie
  31. @Alexander Turok

    …a huge proportion of medical problems in this country are the result of people’s personal choices, mostly obesity, substance abuse, and lack of exercise, but also extreme sports.

    That’s Colorado for you!

    Messing with Mrs Andy Williams is what killed Spider Sabich. Was that an “extreme sport”?

  32. @Peter Frost

    Unions were an attempt to level the playing field…

    Except they didn’t. They just shifted money from one group of workers to another. Go to any airport and compare the pilots to the wheelchair pushers. Or to any top sports arena, and ask the players and the peanut vendors.

    Union members’ condescension toward and lack of interest in (other than for recruitment drives) workers outside their realm is why many working people resent them. My late stepfather was one.

    • Replies: @Peter Frost
  33. EdwardM says:
    @Peter Frost

    Many people are being underpaid for their work because there is more competition among workers than there is among employers.

    This is a contradiction. The “market value” of work is a function of competition.

    It’s possible for people to be generally paid the market value of their work but for unemployment to be modestly greater than zero because the market is not perfectly efficient, e.g., people can’t or don’t want to change jobs every month.

    The minimum wage is not only a wealth-destroying inefficiency, it is an affront to liberty.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  34. Robjil says:
    @Chris Moore

    This explains how Zionists control France and its Top Shabbos Goys. Top Shabbos Goys in the US and other Zionist Banana Republics are probably controlled the same way.

    French Jews are safe, happy and welcome in France and nobody is seriously out there to do them any harm. No, what this small clique of Zionist Jews (representing a tiny fraction of the much more diverse French Jewry) really fears is that the truth about them and their power over the French deep-state will come out. And this is not only about Jews.

    There is a non-Jewish plutocracy formed around the Jewish core of French bankers and financiers which is also completely in bed with the Zionists and whose future depends on maintaining the Zionist control over France: politicians, of course, but also actors, journalists, academics, etc. – a full constellation of Shabbos Goyim willing to do Israel’s Sayanim’s dirty job for them.

    It is this entire elite and the system which it built which is threatened by Soral and Dieudonne and by what the movement “Equality and Reconciliation” stands for: a union of all the French people (native or immigrants) which together are determined to resist the Zionist oppression of France and who, just as in WWII, will resist the occupier until the Liberation. (VN: Sounds exactly like what is going on here as well.)

    • Replies: @Chris Moore
  35. Bro43rd says:

    I’d go even further, new laws would require 99% of vote to pass and current laws would only need a simple majority to nullify. 1 term only for politicians & pay similar to jury duty. And lobbying would be outlawed as it is essentially bribery.

    • Agree: Sollipsist
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
    , @Sollipsist
  36. Chris Moore says: • Website

    There is a non-Jewish plutocracy formed around the Jewish core of French bankers and financiers which is also completely in bed with the Zionists and whose future depends on maintaining the Zionist control over France: politicians, of course, but also actors, journalists, academics, etc. – a full constellation of Shabbos Goyim willing to do Israel’s Sayanim’s dirty job for them.

    The US has the exact same propaganda class, doing the same Zionist bidding, or at the very least, the same shilling and scapegoating to serve their “chosen-elect” masters.

    Even Muslim elites in the U.S. are now implicated through their service to the Democrats, who are wholly in the pockets of the wealthy Jewry. Two examples:

    Corrupt Muslim attorney general Keith Ellison predictably endorses Zionist butcher Yitzhak Rabin

    The Muslim Zionists. A generation of compradors has learned that Palestinians are valuable raw material for careerism.

    What’s the Jewish secret? Their moneychangers are largely in control of the Federal Reserve ponzi scheme, which can buy off anyone and everyone who doesn’t have the character to resist the ear-whispering lure of the Jewish snake. But the Federal Reserve ponzi scheme is collapsing as the rest of the world figures out the West is under total Zionist control, and they’re cutting their own throats by continuing to prop it up by buying American debt, the same way Americans are cutting their own throats by continuing to prop up Jewish psychopaths and those they’ve bought off, who are out for themselves and their racket, but also to save their own skin.

    Once they’re implicated in Zionist conspiracies and crimes, they become “one” with the international Zionists and their satanic agenda. In for a penny, in for a pound.

    • Thanks: Robjil
  37. @Majority of One

    Striker shows how uninformed he is with his support for Marsy’s Law. It is nothing but a power grab by the police state to tilt the playing field even more in favor of the government and away from the citizen.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
  38. Peter Frost says: • Website
    @Reg Cæsar

    [Unions} just shifted money from one group of workers to another.

    Yes, the benefits of unionization go primarily to unionized workers, although non-unionized workers in the same industry often benefit from union action.

    You seem to be arguing, however, that the decline of unionization over the past half-century has benefited non-unionized workers. It hasn’t. All workers are worse off.

    It’s possible for people to be generally paid the market value of their work but for unemployment to be modestly greater than zero because the market is not perfectly efficient, e.g., people can’t or don’t want to change jobs every month.

    I was talking about labor shortages, not unemployment. If some workers are available for work but unable to relocate (for whatever reason), the going wage for that work should rise until the labor shortage is resolved.

    Again, a “labor shortage” shouldn’t exist in a competitive market economy. Either businessmen are lying when they complain about labor shortages or they are unwilling to pay the going rate for labor.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Wyatt
  39. @Bro43rd

    pay similar to jury

    I have long thought that jurors and judges should be paid the same and all plea bargains should be banned. The government should be required to prove every charge before a jury, no matter if it is a $20 seat belt fine or capital murder.

    • Replies: @TKK
  40. Thomasina says:

    Yes. The Chamber of Commerce is responsible for so many ills.

    “On August 23, 1971, prior to accepting Nixon’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Powell was commissioned by his neighbor, Eugene B. Sydnor Jr., a close friend and education director of the US Chamber of Commerce, to write a confidential memorandum for the chamber entitled “Attack on the American Free Enterprise System,” an anti-Communist and anti-New Deal blueprint for conservative business interests to retake America.

    The memo called for corporate America to become more aggressive in molding society’s thinking about business, government, politics and law in the US. (…) The Powell Memorandum thus became the blueprint for the rise of the American conservative movement and the formation of a network of influential right-wing think tanks and lobbying organizations. (…) Professor David Harvey traces the rise of neoliberalism in the US to this memo. (…)

    In the memorandum, Powell advocated “constant surveillance” of textbook and television content. (…) Powell urged conservatives to undertake a sustained media-outreach program; including funding neoliberal scholars, publishing books and papers from popular magazines to scholarly journals and influencing public opinion.

    This memo foreshadowed a number of Powell’s court opinions, especially First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, which shifted the direction of First Amendment law by declaring that corporate financial influence of elections by independent expenditures should be protected with the same vigor as individual political speech. Much of the future Court opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission relied on the same arguments raised in Bellotti.

    The real contribution of the memo, instead, was its emphasis on institution-building, particularly updating the Chamber’s efforts to influence federal policy. Here, it was a major force in motivating the Chamber and other groups to modernize their efforts to lobby the federal government.

    This rise of conservative philanthropy led to the conservative intellectual movement and its increasing influence over mainstream political discourse, starting in the 1970s and ’80s…”

    The Chamber is all about bringing in cheap labor, holding wages down, limiting speech, controlling the content and narrative. Trump is too loose a cannon for the neoliberals (Democrats and Republicans), who set out to destroy him.

    The Democrats could care less about the common person; they just pretend they do. They support the crony capitalist/globalist system just as much as the Republicans do.

    Interesting that this all started in the 70’s. That’s when things started going downhill.

    • Thanks: A123
  41. @Icy Blast

    The orange man doesn’t want to lose his status as a billionaire, pure and simple. So, why should he go down if the useful idiots do not get it and have opted to vote for the walking dead Biden and the black furry?

  42. Fatidicus says:

    Good article Striker. Freezing cold takes from the boomer conservatives here in the comments.

    • Agree: Rosie
  43. @Alexander Turok

    Colorado has become a bipolar blue state. Yes we passed a family leave act, but we also lowered the income tax a smidgen on prop 116. Plus we closed a Tabor loophole on prop 117, where politcols raised fees to get around the Tabor vote of the people to raise taxes. Now new fees will be subject to a vote as well. It’s like we want to virtue signal blue but don’t want to pay for it. However the city of Denver like so many other cities is going full socialist, by raising sales taxes to further fund homeless and climate change bureaucracies. I’ll bet the house and my 401K, the homeless issue in Denver will be worse in 2024. As far as the climate change vote that’s just a jobs for activist program which will do nothing. Oh yea, were going to get wolf’s, now that’s total White privilege proposition, lol. In fact it’s downright racist, one more way to keep Blacks out of the woods. We know Whites are nearly twice as likely to own a Dog versus Black’s. Plus we’ve seen that scared look in there eyes when a big dog is nearby.

  44. @Derer

    Better check your Constitution. The House has the sole power to impeach. The Senate is the sole court for Impeachment trials.

    • Replies: @Derer
  45. frontier says:
    @Robert Dolan

    I voted against the commie Democrats and that necessitated voting for Trump, I had no other reason to vote for him. Did anyone doubt the Commiecrats stealing the election? Well, GOP and Trump made it possible… what Striker writes about isn’t new – for many years GOP has supported harmful and unpopular policies and pretended to oppose the Commies… keeping voters confuses about who’s the lesser evil.

  46. @EdwardM

    Also, the voters, most of whom are ignorant of economics, have NO BUSINESS butting in and determining what companies pay their workers. It is bad enough when politicians keep raising it, which always costs jobs, especially for unskilled young people looking for their first one. And it generates inflation, which is a disaster for workers and retirees if it gets out of control.

    • Replies: @Baroncyborg
  47. TKK says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Most defendants want to plead because they are….guilty. Plead and get it over with. Get me the best deal and move on.

    I once had the bright idea of setting every case for trial because the offers I was receiving for my clients from the State were too harsh.

    Catastrophic backlash. This triggers punitive sentencing from the Judge and the State. If I would lose the trial- the Judge would slam my client because he/she was mad they had to sit through a jail. I mean- why should they work for $120K a year?
    (sarcasm). We call it Black Robe Syndrome. Along with being arrogant, stupid and rude.

    ***This is actually a violation of the 6th Amendment. You are right. The State should have to prove up every charge, but it is just not practical or possible with the huge dockets in metro areas.

    Then, if you did set it for trial, and it was not a colorable set of facts…think: my client is in Sears shoving a drill down his pants on video and I take it to trial-

    not only will we get slammed when we lose, but when I go back to get a deal for a client who actually deserves it- stone face Prosecutors and Judge. Top of the guidelines.

    And jurors are the dumbest, rudest, most idiotic people in America. I HATE jurors. Believe me- you would rather have a panel of 6 judges deciding your fate than 6 or 12 morons who have watched too much real crime television, and are not even smart enough to get out of jury duty.

    Or worse- they want to be jurors. The busy bodies who think they are smarter than the lawyers. Who write you after a trial and tell you want you did wrong. (No matter what they are suggesting is illegal, would cause a mistrial or disbarment.)

    Very few Prosecutors want to go to trial. They just like the power. The best way to get the best deals, however, is to set many cases for trial and fight like a badger. Then the deals will come.

    When they know you will fight, and you can beat them. Most are lazy, sadistic bureaucracy hogs at the trough. The good ones always leave. The truly horrible ones rise to the top of the Office. The real monsters….run for Judge and win.

    • Disagree: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  48. @Rich

    … our effete elite forced it down their throats.

    They do this a lot. They manage to control most everything. And then after Donald Trump won in 2016, they acted as though the world was going to end. One thing goes against them, and suddenly democracy was hanging in the balance. Sheesh.

  49. I wonder when the retards of the reds would realize that since the blues focus so much on blacks, every other minorities is an ally. The 5% asians. And the 17% Latinos. Especially the Latinos.

    Imagine Latinos and Asians in CA becoming reds. New York would also be in reach.

    Can you imagine the election results if these two states flipped to the red side?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Brás Cubas
  50. Ron Unz says:
    @Astuteobservor II

    I wonder when the retards of the reds would realize that since the blues focus so much on blacks, every other minorities is an ally.

    Well, sure. But you’re forgetting that they ARE retards…

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  51. Anonymous[243] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alexander Turok

    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young person in a cast for anything other than extreme sports.”

    Don’t be an idiot. I’ll not take advice from someone as housebound as you. You need to get out more.

  52. More people voted in favor of the $15 an hour wage increase than voted for Biden. Whats that tell you? 70% plus are in favor of universal healthcare, yet both scumbags ran against it. SD, MT, AZ & NJ voted to legalize cannabis, yet both scumbags ran against it. Colorado voted for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, yet neither party is pushing the same on the federal level. These corrupt puppets in no way represent you.

    Trump hinted at universal healthcare in 2016 and won. Spent 4 years red baiting and scare mongering about socialism, throwing everyone who advocated for him under the bus and will likely lose. Did everything he could for “Israel” and still lost the “Jewish” vote. Haha Biden may win but it will be such a piss poor performance that he may as well have lost. Who could have guessed that running as Republicans but with we’ll take your guns and send them to ISIS, Al Qaeda and the cartels, with 2 very unpopular candidates would be a loser? Gee golly. They’ll only double down on the corruption from here on out. Doesn’t matter either way. The rich win, for now.

    More austerity for the proles and waste on military losing wars, imperialism and foreign “aid”. Spend more time trying to govern other countries than this one. How anyone can still advocate for either of these long dead parties, or the system in general just shows how dumbed down and brainwashed half the population is.

    But this so-called two-party system is nothing but a device for maintaining the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie; it can never guarantee freedoms to the working people. As a matter of fact, freedom and democracy exist not in the abstract, but only in the concrete. In a society where class struggle exists, if there is freedom for the exploiting classes to exploit the working people, there is no freedom for the working people not to be exploited. If there is democracy for the bourgeoisie, there is no democracy for the proletariat and other working people.

    • Agree: animalogic
  53. @Anonymous

    I don’t see what you’re so upset about. GOP kept the Senate, so Biden won’t be able to pack the court or anything. Were you still hoping for the wall that was never gonna get built? Yeah, there’s gonna be another round of cancellations and de-platforming, but we knew that was gonna happen no matter who won. Trump certainly wouldn’t have done anything to stop it.

  54. @Peter Frost

    High wages in the 1950s weren’t the result of unionization. Unionization and high wages were the twin results of the 1920s immigration restrictions and the resultant labor shortage. Some of that was alleviated by the great migrations, both black and white, from the South to the future Rust Belt. But not all– those workers had their own limits.

  55. Miro23 says:

    According to political analysts, the only groups that supported Proposition 16 were upper middle class college-educated whites and Jewish capitalists, such as Marc Benioff, Steve Ballmer, Mark Zuckerberg, et al, who spent millions trying to get it passed.

    Well, yes – They have their agenda/special interests and don’t want to be challenged.

    However, their promised land has to be the termination of democracy. Democracy is troublesome (witness the current US election) and their own corporations/MSM/NWO are run on entirely dictatorial lines.

  56. @Ron Unz

    Think they will catch on if I comment this point enough?

  57. @Derer

    I’m thinking the Biden/China/Ukraine crimes may simply drop off the radar. I hope not, but the way things are going these days when it comes to corruption, lies and video-tapes it wouldn’t surprise…

  58. @Astuteobservor II

    This is the Ron Unz strategy (confirmed by his reply), but does it work? Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz all tried to woo Hispanic votes, and were met with reactions which ranged from indifference to outright hostility and booing. It’s almost like Hispanics are more interested in strong social-democratic policies (which they *surely* are not getting from Republicans) than in ethnic demagoguery. As for immigration, they care too, but, since they are already here, not so much.

    As for Asian-Americans, I am not aware of any significant hostile attitude of Whites toward them, even though they seem to be taking disproportionate numbers of places from Whites as University students and in tech jobs in the U.S..

    So, analyzing the situation of Whites from a distance (I am Brazilian), either of those categories (Latinos and Asians) seems too much of a competitor to be a viable ally.

    But maybe I am a retard.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  59. annamaria says:

    The glorious results of Nuland’s Revolution in Kiev:

    “In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the number of births in Ukraine was around 500,000 a year. From 2014 until last year, we reached a figure of just over 300,000 births. The number of births in Ukraine has decreased by 40%. And this crisis is not even a crisis – it is an abyss.” …

    … the government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk [the designee of the US State Dept], formed after the Maidan, decided to reduce state budget expenditure to the detriment of children. …

    …in 2016 [under Poroschenko] orphans, as well as children and young people from poor families and other socially vulnerable groups were deprived of certain state benefits. …

    Today, Ukrainians with children are forced to enter into the medical nuances and become mid-level medical professionals because the country’s paediatric system is almost completely destroyed. …

    … Experts estimate that 27% of Ukrainians live below the poverty line… According to UN standards, the poverty line in the world is 5 dollars a day. In Ukraine, the minimum subsistence level is 2.5 dollars a day, which is half the established norms.

    So we were told by Obama/Clinton adminstration that the 2014 coup d’etat in Ukraine was run ‘for the children.’
    Let karma hit the ziocon Kagans’ clan hard; same for the bloody profiteers Obamas and Clintons.

  60. @follyofwar

    You’re ignorant of economics. Free market ideology has never worked to generate wealth in human history. It only transfers wealth

  61. @TomJel

    You aren’t as smart as you think you are.

  62. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:

    American democracy is an illusion, in the end the only people who get what they want are the extreme minority of Jews and Capitalists, never the overwhelming majority of normal people.

  63. @Brás Cubas

    Whites stand no chance if they don’t ally with Latinos and Asians. Especially Latinos.

    If the blues can focus entirely on blacks and win?

    Why can’t reds do the same with Latinos? They are a bigger voting base than blacks. A lot bigger now. Growing by the year.

    If the reds really are that incompetent, then they deserve to lose.

    As to the viability of the strategy, the blues has already proven it works time and time again. Even using the current shit show of a presidential election, the Latinos gave trump Florida.

    About competition, if you don’t have the confidence to compete, you are already a lost cause. Maybe it is better to step aside.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  64. Ron Unz says:

    If the reds really are that incompetent, then they deserve to lose.


  65. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:

    Europeans have high minimum wages and they have a higher standard of living than Americans. Libertarian dogma is fucking stupid and completely divorced from reality.

  66. @Astuteobservor II

    I don’t want to artificially pose as an unconditional adversary of your proposition; I think it may have some potential. I addressed some obstacles and weak spots which must be carefully mulled over.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  67. @TKK

    All the more reason to strip as much power and prestige from the court employees as possible. Radically change Voir Dire, only two questions “Are you related to the defendant or the victim?” and “Are you in a social or business relationship with the defendant or the victim?”.

    If there is no victim, there is no crime.

  68. KenH says:

    Minimum wage increases to $15 bucks an hour isn’t the be all and end all that some people think. Minimum wage workers won’t gain much ground since the good and services they need will increase by comparable amount.

    The problem is the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs that provided the ladders of upward mobility and made the minimum wage debate a moot one. If we still had our manufacturing base and all of those “dirty fingernail jobs” then people wouldn’t need $15/hr to flip burgers at McDonalds and serve up Whoppers at the BK.

    Tough on crime policies are popular in areas of the country with a sane population. In my county the race for county attorney featured a Democrat who sought to reform the bail system and look for other ways to combat crime other than jail. The usual Soros template. Fortunately he got beat 60-40 by the Republican but I’m still surprised that 40% favor weak on crime policies.

    • Replies: @Suicidal_canadian
  69. Derer says:

    Better check your Constitution smarty pants.

    “The Senate can vote to remove a president from office and the House doesn’t get to vote on that.”

    They should remove Biden or Harris because if the vindictive Democrats would hold the senate they would not hesitate to remove Trump long time ago. It did not pay for Trump to be too lenient towards investigating VP Biden’s criminality in Ukraine that would make him unsuitable to run. Biden was losing primary badly until pills help him to camouflage his dementia temporarily.

  70. @Anonymous

    From a brief look at Prop 118, it looks like a maternity leave law extended to medical issues (including domestic violence etc). I have no problem with maternity leave — rather “born” into existence than a migrant.
    As to the medical — the minimum standard revolves around “serious” or “chronic” conditions.
    I don’t know how such decisions will be made or administered. I’d guess that a Dr would need a detailed list of “conditions” to judge “seriousness” .

  71. @KenH

    Yeah, but manufacturing is low wage. The reasom those sectors are gone is because cheap labor is more readily available elsewhere. The question is why americans are not being educated in other industries. Why must they do grunt work?

  72. KenH says:

    Yeah, but manufacturing is low wage.

    No, it’s the glut of illegal Mexicans and third world immigrants that have made it that way for low skill manufacturing jobs. Take them out of the equation and there would be a slight labor shortage which forces companies to compete for a static labor pool which forces wages up. This is how the once thriving American middle class was created.

    As you work your way up the manufacturing complexity scale wages rise dramatically and the people who dominate those jobs are invariably white since those jobs require intelligence, know-how and problem solving skills.

  73. This just goes to show that elections in California are rigged. The electorate is not at bipolar as the overall results seem to suggest. In California, millions of votes are fabricated or deliberately changed during every election. Maduro and the Castros are nothing compared to these Dems in CA.

  74. @Brás Cubas

    Obstacles and weaknesses of the strategy is not for you and I to figure it all out in this comments section. That is for the red party strategists to figure out how.

    I want a party for the middle class of all colors.

    Not for the top 0.01%

    Or for the blacks only.

  75. @Bro43rd

    It would be a vast improvement simply to pass/fail new laws one by one on their own merits. I can’t even imagine why anyone but pandering or secretive politicians would think it’s a good idea to pass bills bundling disparate laws together.

    I get the compromise aspect, but that just plays into the hands of a monolithic two-party cronyism that encourages shorting your constituents and going out for drinks later with lobbyists that both sides are eager to please. Take the careerist incentives away, and the lobbyists will no longer have influence — nobody bothers to bribe the tollbooth operator.

  76. Winston says:

    Voters are not minority majority yet. Since Proposition 13 CA has been unable to produce adequate skilled workers. That’s why so many outsiders are in Silicon Valley. The problem will only get worse. CA needs to produce more skilled workers. American problem of segregating poor minorities only perpetuates poverty because damages Ed prospects
    and will make country populated by mostly poor people soon.

  77. @nsa

    The best understanding of the Jewish Revolutionary Spirit, and its disasterous political consequences, can be found in the writings of eMichael Jones at his website cultualwars. We are losing a spiritual war by not understanding the enemy and his weapons ( libido dominandi – sexual licence as a means of political control, etc. ) The Jew is defined by his response to Logos ( the Natural Order of the Universe) not by any physiological atttibute.

  78. @G J T

    There is no “Jewish” agenda. There is a globalist agenda that is supported by the majority of upper middle class urban whites, Jews and Asians. Nor was the election “stolen.” Trump lost it because of his botched reaction to the coronavirus issue.

    Stick to what can be supported by evidence. Most people have little time for hearsay, they want to see results and evidence.

  79. Wyatt says:
    @Peter Frost

    You know what happened in the 1970s? Nixon Shock. The nation started experiencing a slow, but always building inflation as the government started printing money with minimal restriction. More inflation, weaker purchasing power. I believe that if you correct the inflation rate to match a gold-backed monetary policy, the GDP per capita collapses and it becomes much more comparable to the median male income, even factoring in illegal immigration and job outsourcing.

    Inflation killed the economy and the inflation came about as a result of lavish Democrat spending on a war, a space program and a welfare program. Fuck LBJ.

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