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The genius of America’s totalitarian system of government is that it is not totally total, and sometimes not very totalitarian at all. It is just total enough. Truly total government–“Your papers, citizen,” stop-and-frisk, permission needed to travel from city to city–might spark revolt. By contrast, a sufficiency of totalitarianism, but not an excess, keeps the populace in adequate torpidity. Thus done astutely, totalitarianism is hardly noticed.

The founder of this philosophy was that rascal, Abe Lincoln. As we have all heard in what has become almost a cliche, he said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” He wisely did not add, “…but you can fool enough of the people enough of the time.”

Lincoln’s Principle of Sufficiency is the First Pillar of Practical Totalitarianism. The Second Pillar is reliance on the private sector for effectuation. This gives the government plausible deniability. For example, Google has all your email for decades back, This is annoying but not truly alarming. If the federal government (openly) collected emails, conservatives would shriek about…totalitarianism. But Google isn’t the government–is it?

The Third pillar: A press not too noticeably controlled, with enough apparent difference of opinion to simulate savage debate of ideas–without touching on any important ones. For example, Rachel Maddow rattles that Trump is a Russian agent while Rush Limbaugh, the Rachel Maddow of the Right, demurs furiously. This allows people to be excited and engaged without endangering either Wall Street or the military budget.

Hermetic control of information isn’t needed, and would be noticed. Most people get most of their news from the lobotomy box. Anything that doesn’t appear on the flickering screen doesn’t exist for most, and these are enough. It is thus possible to suppress information not by suppressing it, but by ignoring it.

We have now listed the fundamentals of American government. Now let us examine the use and intersection of these principles here and abroad.

China is typically offered as practicing the blackest totalitarianism, the implicit contrast being with the enlightened democracy enjoyed by Americans. For example, we are told that In China, everything you say or do is monitored. Obviously China is a most terrible place. Who could doubt it?

By contrast, in America, cameras are everywhere, all email is recorded, every bank transaction, credit-card purchase, who you called by telephone and when, and of course criminal records. Depending on location, traffic lights photograph your license number if you run a light (and for all you know, if you don’t), license-plate readers check for stolen vehicles and (perhaps) delete legal plates. Cell towers know approximately where you and Google Maps knows to within a few feet. Locations can be cross-checked with those of other phones to see who you were with. Now face-recognition comes along.

Since little of this is directly done by the federal government, we do not live in a surveillance state. After all, none of the entities involved would share their information with the feds–would they?

In China,we are told, there is no freedom of expression. Well, actually there is, as long as you don’t say the wrong things about the wrong things. In America we have freedom of speech. It says so in the Constitution.

Well, we have freedom of speech as long as we don’t say the wrong things about the wrong things. We all know what we can’t say and who we can’t say it about. In many places, certainly in the media where you might influence others, you can lose your job for saying things that upset blacks, Jews, feminists, homosexuals, LBGQXYZs, Hispanics, or Muslims. In the media you cannot say anything if favor of the Second Amendment, against abortion, about black crime, against the military budget or the wars. You cannot doubt accounts of such events as the Trayvon Martin adventure. On the web, sites can be and increasingly are “deplatformed” by the social media.

But as these are not formally part of government, we have freedom of speech. See? No unelected dictator decides what we are permitted to know or say. Mark Zuckerberg does.

This is very different from China in that…in that…wait. I’ll think of something.

Here we come to the Fourth Pillar of Sufficient Totalitarianism: Repetition, repetition, repetition. In Mein Kampf (now removed from Amazon) Adolf said that propaganda should not be entrusted to.intellectuals They are, he said, easily bored, like sophisticated ideas, and constantly want to change the message.

Instead, he said, keep it simple enough for the masses to understand, and say it over and over and over, and they will come to believe it. More precisely, enough will come to believe it. The rest don’t matter. This is much cheaper than kicking in doors at three a.m. and doesn’t arouse potentially dangerous resentment

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We are told, over and over and over, that America is a democracy and virtually choking on freedoms. We are told three times in a half hour during the Super Bowl, that we need to buy a sandwich from Subway. Same principle, exactly. It works.

Here we come to the Bicephalous Monoparty, the stage set of American democracy. In this production, actors called Republicans and Democrats feign combat. It is like professional wrestling but without the dignity. By Instinct or prearrangement they avoid mention of things that might produce restiveness among the electorate: Wall Street, the military budget, corruption, corporate price-fixing, or Epstein’s ability to hang himself from a bedstead two feet shorter than himself. It is prettily done. By engaging the glands of the multitude with shiny political baubles–transgender bathrooms, making America great again–the avoid endangering larceny as usual.

And so, unlike China where democracy does not exist and people have no influence, we have democracy but no influence. This is much slicker.

For example, if you oppose the interminable wars, what party do you vote for? There are neither antiwar parties nor serious candidates. Who do you vote for if you want to cut the goiterous military budget? If you are against torture? If you oppose a militarily aggressive foreign policy?

Can you influence what your children are taught in school, what is in their textbooks? If you are against the ongoing enstupidation of education, or against the pulling down of statues? Against affirmative action? The list could go on.

Thank God we don’t live in China. Their government works, ours doesn’t, but at least we have our freedoms.

Write Fred at [email protected]. Put the letters pdq anywhere in the subject line to avoid autodeletion.

Nekkid in Austin

Amazon review: “Essays on America, life, politics, and just about everything. The author chronicles among other adventures an aging stripper in Austin, dressed in a paper-mache horse, who had with her a cobra and a tarantula like a yak-hair pillow with legs and alternately charmed and terrified a room full of cowboys sucking down Bud and…. Fred was an apostle of the long-haul thumb during the Sixties and saw…many things. He tells of standing by the big roads across the desert, rockin in the wind blast of the heavy rigs roaring by and the whine of tires and dropping into an arroyo at night with a bottle of cheap red and watching the stars and perhaps smoking things not approved by the government. He tells of..well, that’s what the book is for. Join him.”

 
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  1. Can you influence what your children are taught in school, what is in their textbooks?

    No, but you can homeschool them. Many do, and not all of them are Bible-thumpers. More should.

    • Replies: @padre
    , @Tom Welsh
    , @Herald
    , @Realist
  2. Biff says:

    Brilliant stuff! Thank you…….:^)

    • Agree: mark green, RVBlake, Agent76
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Jake
  3. Thus far into 2020, this one is your best post of the year, Mr. Reed. Bravo!

    • Agree: dearieme, acementhead, fish
    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  4. Rahan says:

    It can be called “outsourced totalitarianism” and “outsourced censorship”.

    Just like you’ve got “outsourced occupying army” (private contractors that allow the govt to say with a straight face how there’s very few “actual US soldiers” left in the Middle East) and “outsourced spooks” (like the ones that just now performed that comedy routine in Venezuela).

    Just like you’ve got an “outsourced working class” (imported browns) and even an “outsourced criminal class” (imported/indoctrinated blacks).

    Even “outsourced brownshirt thugs” (Antifa).

    It’s an increasingly virtual system, which depends on imaginary money from the future, and outsourced services for everything that can be possibly outsourced. The elements of 21st century techno-dystopia very much included. Only it’s more and more a “virtual computer” (https://infogalactic.com/info/Full_virtualization) which the more it grows, the more it self-destructively dismantles the actual hardware that allows it to exist.

    Once the crash comes and it turns out the Anglosphere has been hollowed out completely, the (((elites))) will simply latch (or try to latch on) to the next organism. Maybe India, who knows.

    As I’ve said many times, the “populist impulse” of getting back control can only last for another decade before demographics shift irrevocably (at the same time as the brainwashing and universal spying techniques reach peak effeciency), and the impulse becomes too weakened, and before this happens, the Anglosphere needs to enshrine into its laws and constitutions a shift to the Swiss “a dozen referendums a year” formula.

    Only when the (((elites))) have to convince the whole population about their plans, can there be some sort of break on the more outrageous elements of their agendas.

    Plus, if the referendums also touch frequently upon how the media and academia should behave and what is freedom of speech—this should ensure some additional safeguards.

    If, of course, the referendum results are applied. Let us not forget how California and Taiwan both voted against gay marriage, but the judges and politicians said “yeah, eat crap, you dirty filthy drones, we know better than you what you need.”

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Anonymous
    , @Jmaie
  5. 🎶Well I’m going to China,
    🎶Yes, I’m going to China

    Meat City shookdown USA

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  6. Renoman says:

    Please run for Presnit Fred, we need you so bad!

  7. vicente says:

    He intentado compartirlo y Facebook lo impide. Dice que el contenido es ofensivo para algunas personas.

  8. Woah! There’s almost nothing I disagree with in this one, which is a refreshing change. Oh, and there’s not even the usual ad for Mexico – donations must be up.

    OK, well, you know I’m gonna find something (I did write “almost”), as your biggest fan critic, Fred, so here goes: There’s still that between-the-lines attitude here of “you people are ALL screwed and all you people who speak up about it and try to change all this are just more idiots!”

    As Rex Little pointed out above, yes, there is homeschooling. I am involved with that presently, and the awareness of it for parents of small children due to the Kung Flu Infotainment Panic-Fest* is a big silver lining in all this, especially if it goes on through the fall. (The effect on the University bubble may be another.)

    Then, there is Michelle Malkin, on this very blog, who wrote another of her informative pieces on the Orwellian shit being done by the Goolag, with only 11 comments, unfortunately, vs. over 500 on her column about the Glynn County, Georgia racial brewhaha. She’s not the only one who understand what’s going on. Is it all Americans, Fred, who don’t mind Big-Biz doing things that they would decry as totalitarian if done by Big Gov? No, it most certainly is not, but perhaps only the ones that stay glued to the idiot plate and its infotainment. From what I’ve read of you, those informed ones would be the types you’d bad-mouth for being xenophobic, white trash, racists, John Birch Society Members**, Conservatards, Libertards, something, something else.

    Lastly, on China. I see you don’t hold them up as having the best-run, most-people-friendly government in the world, like many unz writers and the proprietor here. Good on you. Just on the Orwellian stuff though, Fred, I will say that they are headed above and beyond what goes on over here. I had high hopes for the place as the “Wild, wild, East” back 1 1/2 decades ago when I first went there. I’ve been disappointed – see “Dashed High Hopes for China”Part 1 and Part 2.

    Overall, great column!

    .

    * Interestingly enough, there hasn’t been much written by Mr. Reed on this. I’d like to know his opinion.

    ** Now that I’ve read some history of the group, I’d LUV to become a lifetime member, if it’s still possible.

  9. BuelahMan says:

    Fred and his pillars that refuse to even address the jewish control of all of it.

    Only white racists and antisemites would ever address the undue and over-represented jewish power. Right?

    • Agree: Saggy, Nuncle
    • Replies: @Wally
    , @Saggy
    , @Nuncle
  10. @The Alarmist

    Well, I guess he never got a chance to go and see for himself, Alarmist. I think he’d have really learned something back in 1970.

    “And if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t gonna make it with anyone, anyhow!” [Song dedicated to Godfree Roberts?]

    “If you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out in …”

    • Thanks: The Alarmist
  11. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Biff

    Yes, the kind of provocative writing that helps people reflect on what so many unthinkingly support.

    Let’s hope that deadline pressure, thirst for views/comments, or misdirected orneriness don’t lead Mr. Reed to reriff 911 or evolution. Unless, of course, he has something new, or is willing to argue in good faith.

  12. Biff says:
    @Rahan

    You’re definitely on to something…

  13. The FACEBOOK web site would not allow me to post anything written by FRED REED, or using the UNZ.COM web address, on my FACEBOOK page!

    Yes, I responded with an objection.

  14. Kouroi says:

    The late and famous George Keenan has written the operational manual for the Containment Strategy and the main points are Pillar #2 and #3. Unfortunately I didn’t save the document and the link to post it here. So it goes. (I am just reading Slaughterhouse Number 5).

    Also, one cannot find a copy of “China is Communist, Dammit!” for purchase
    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/china-is-communist-dammit-jeff-j-brown/1126408464

    One wonders why? Because it describes the CPC as the biggest pooling agency in the world and shows how the bottom up approach to developing policies work?

    As Caitlin Johnston (https://caitlinjohnstone.com/) keeps saying, it is in the narrative…

  15. Fred,

    Many of your reading audience must have come up through the American public education system.

    They cannot seem to get their thick and collective heads around the fact that the current POTUS is driving the country quickly and inexorably into third world country status. – if, in fact, it is not already there. It would appear that it is time for another World War since we have not had one for +/- 75 years and the American military can’t wait to push the buttons!

    Freda

  16. One of the weaknesses of America is not having different political parties representing different point of views. On the other hand with the childish nation that we have become, especially in the last two/three decades I have a tough time seeing people and various political parties coming together and building coalition and consensus on issues.
    So perhaps the only solution is for the system to continue as is until something tragic happens at the scale we have never seen before then that may open doors for alternative thoughts and ways of doing things differently.

  17. R.C. says:

    Astute! Hope more will learn these sad truths.

  18. @Achmed E. Newman

    Funny that Lennon and The Beatles never made it to China, but George Michael and Wham did, ironically documenting it in Freedom.

    Is it just me, or did Andrew Ridgeley look like one of the Tsarnaev brothers?

  19. ruralguy says:

    Having traveled throughout China one year ago, the state of our country hit home for me, when I returned via LAX. While waiting for a flight in an LAX airport gate, I was surrounded by third-world rejects and our home-grown trash with tattoos all over their bodies, nose piercings, etc. It was a jarring contrast to the intelligent normal people that I encountered in China. I felt I had returned to a highly abnormal place in which I have a continuous feeling of no longer fitting in.

    As a parent, I’ve found through 18 years of my children’s education, that we have no control of what is being taught. You cannot hope to change anything through school officials, because they are required by law to follow the national/state common-core curriculum. I did home school one of my daughters, very successfully, but I would not recommend it. Teaching skills aren’t easily learned, it is a full-time job, and the child misses the social aspects of school.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @FB
    , @Astuteobservor II
  20. For example, Rachel Maddow rattles that Trump is a Russian agent while Rush Limbaugh, the Rachel Maddow of the Right, demurs furiously.

    Actually, Maddow considers herself a Serious Journalist. She “speaks truth to power,” and she’d probably be the first to tell you that. Repeatedly.

    Limbaugh on the other hand, if asked to pick a word to describe his profession would likely say “entertainer.”

    Other than that, a nice break from Fred’s usual cheer leading for Mexico.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  21. Al Lipton says:

    Nice, Fred! Liberty is definitely not for the mentally (and physically) obese.

    That Indian chick from Hawaii got very quickly eliminated from the game and forgotten altogether by the fake news. Didn’t fit the mold.

    I like Trump though more and more. He is fire-hardened daily in the relentless abominable fake news machine. The man is a shining nobility and also a genius! Pure orange Gold!

    One day, Fred will swallow intellectual pride, come around and write something good about Trump. (Funny thing is that actor DeNiro and politician Romney are also full of intellectual pride. Makes no sense. )

    • Agree: SBaker
  22. bluedog says:

    To bad he wouldn’t do something as a change up, for fake news,fake news,fake news, gets awful boring but then again so does Trump with his endless beating of his chest seeing he can’t reach his back,he’s a blow hard that would have made either a conman, a good snake oil salesman or a used car dealer or perhaps been a family for the mob which would have been my guess.Any one who could listen to him daily has a real mental problem,for he has failed to do anything yet and all those they keep telling you are going to jail,well those if they ever are sentenced will be pardoned by Trump,after all they are the clowns in the circus for they keep you entertained and its free.!!!

  23. Well, maybe not…..

    Mein-Kampf new in paperback… Amazon

  24. FB says: • Website

    Well done…the dean of the UNZ writing corps shows how it’s done…

  25. @vicente

    Su primer error era intentar compartirlo por Facebook. Lo que nunca entenderé es por qué insiste usar Facebook la gente que dice que cree en la libertad y el intercambio libre de información y ideas.

  26. FB says: • Website
    @ruralguy

    I hear you…

    But remember…Chinee bad…velly velly bad…LOL

    We have absolutely nothing to learn from their system…no no no…

  27. Ask which countries maintain and practice their humor and you will be naming the countries with the greatest stability of law and institutions with little need for a Human Rights Commission. Sadly the reverse is also true. Monty Python, Faulty towers, Yes Minister and The Office were conceived during a golden period in English humor which mostly began during Harold Wilson’s time or the 60s era up till the 90s. Suddenly politicians became very careful to avoid policies or material that could lead to satire.

    Today look to a humorless USA and imagine what Monty Python, Yes Minister or the Goons would make of one of Trump’s briefings or Joe Biden’s sentences.

    Joe and Donald, both would ‘sentence’ you but one cannot finish a sentence and the other cannot make one complete without using ‘fantastic’, ‘amazing’, ‘incredible’ or ‘greatest’ attached to the first person singular.

    Such a fertile garden full of radishes and turnips yet sadly there is no comedy on any of the major US networks. Is it true that a diet of carrots and drinking only white turnip maliu float has the side effect of hormonal imbalance as well as an increased desire for light bulbs and cameras, which as we all know is a persistent danger to all politicians in the US.

    What does that say about the ‘greatest, fantastic, most incredible’ country ‘ever’ as Mr. Trump would have everyone believe? Perhaps that in itself is the humor as it is intrinsically without subtlety or intelligence. Something a clown might say when referring to his circus.

  28. utu says:

    Here we come to the Fourth Pillar of Sufficient Totalitarianism: Repetition, repetition, repetition. In Mein Kampf (now removed from Amazon) Adolf said that propaganda should not be entrusted to.intellectuals They are, he said, easily bored, like sophisticated ideas, and constantly want to change the message.

    Hitler indeed said it while criticizing German WWI propaganda and praising the British one. Hitler was talking of what he learned form British propaganda and that it should be emulated:

    Particularly in the field of propaganda, placid aesthetes and blase intellectuals should never be allowed to take the lead. The former would readily transform the impressive character of real propaganda into something suitable only for literary tea parties. As to the second class of people, one must always beware of this pest; for, in consequence of their insensibility to normal impressions, they are constantly seeking new excitements.

    Such people grow sick and tired of everything. They always long for change and will always be incapable of putting themselves in the position of picturing the wants of their less callous fellow-creatures in their immediate neighbourhood, let alone trying to understand them. The blase intellectuals are always the first to criticize propaganda, or rather its message, because this appears to them to be outmoded and trivial.

    And he praised British propaganda for appealing to instincts not reason, staying on message and never being objective:

    In this respect also the propaganda organized by our enemies set us an excellent example. It confined itself to a few themes, which were meant exclusively for mass consumption, and it repeated these themes with untiring perseverance. Once these fundamental themes and the manner of placing them before the world were recognized as effective, they adhered to them without the slightest alteration for the whole duration of the War. At first all of it appeared to be idiotic in its impudent assertiveness. Later on it was looked upon as disturbing, but finally it was believed.

    But in England they came to understand something further: namely, that the possibility of success in the use of this spiritual weapon consists in the mass employment of it, and that when employed in this way it brings full returns for the large expenses incurred.

    In England propaganda was regarded as a weapon of the first order, whereas with us it represented the last hope of a livelihood for our unemployed politicians and a snug job for shirkers of the modest hero type.

    Vilification of the enemy by British and American propaganda worked:

    On the other hand, British and American war propaganda was psychologically efficient. By picturing the Germans to their own people as Barbarians and Huns, they were preparing their soldiers for the horrors of war and safeguarding them against illusions. The most terrific weapons which those soldiers encountered in the field merely confirmed the information that they had already received and their belief in the truth of the assertions made by their respective governments was accordingly reinforced. Thus their rage and hatred against the infamous foe was increased. The terrible havoc caused by the German weapons of war was only another illustration of the Hunnish brutality of those barbarians; whereas on the side of the Entente no time was left the soldiers to meditate on the similar havoc which their own weapons were capable of. Thus the British soldier was never allowed to feel that the information which he received at home was untrue.

    While Germans did not have that strong animus to vilify. They rather ridiculed the enemy and it was a mistake:

    It was, for example, a fundamental mistake to ridicule the worth of the enemy as the Austrian and German comic papers made a chief point of doing in their propaganda. The very principle here is a mistaken one; for, when they came face to face with the enemy, our soldiers had quite a different impression. Therefore, the mistake had disastrous results. Once the German soldier realised what a tough enemy he had to fight he felt that he had been deceived by the manufacturers of the information which had been given him. Therefore, instead of strengthening and stimulating his fighting spirit, this information had quite the contrary effect. Finally he lost heart.

    And the greatest mistake of German propaganda was that sometimes it was trying to be objective or even handed:

    The aim of propaganda is not to try to pass judgment on conflicting rights, giving each its due, but exclusively to emphasize the right which we are asserting. Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side.

    It was a fundamental mistake to discuss the question of who was responsible for the outbreak of the war and declare that the sole responsibility could not be attributed to Germany. The sole responsibility should have been laid on the shoulders of the enemy, without any discussion whatsoever.

    And what was the consequence of these half-measures? The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. As soon as our own propaganda made the slightest suggestion that the enemy had a certain amount of justice on his side, then we laid down the basis on which the justice of our own cause could be questioned. The masses are not in a position to discern where the enemy’s fault ends and where our own begins

  29. @Al Lipton

    He strikes me as just another leader out for his own self image, and legacy. I took this opinion given his foreign policy – the shows for his isolationist base, and his continuous almost wars for the MIC. I do say almost wars, and that says something. We’re I a US citizen, and one to vote for humans, I would vote for Trump this time, but he is imperfect imo, and it’s only a coincidence that on some issues what benefits him, aligns with what benefits the nation.

    The timing of ObamaGate for example – we all knew it, it would go from snail’s pace to a decent speed just as the election cycle was heating up. But this is playing politics and electioneering with the most critical misdirection and criminality of US officials in a long time. A real leader who worked for the nation and its Constitution only, would bugger all that and start draining as soon as could be done.

    Of course that could be coincidence, and they could have been building a strong case, but as someone else said, I will take my conspiracy theory over some coincidence theory any day.

    I can’t imagine that without ObamaGate, he would have even tried to drain the swamp. Made showpieces of it sure, but no thing major. But now he can do what he promised and maybe even wanted to do, without reputational damage, and he will do it.

    But how he will be in his second term, through a depression that was on its way in 6 months before corona? Like FDR I’d guess – war war war.

  30. Mike Enoch calls it the “kosher sandwich” and he’s right.

    Trump lied his ass off, has been shabbos goy forever. He had no intention of doing anything for whites. Offend the small hats? NO WAY!

    Adam Green has delved into Trump and his father. They were born shabbos goy.

    The GOP says what we want to hear, then they do what the nose tells them to do.

    The Dems just do whatever the nose wants without even having to ask. They anticipate what the nose wants!

    Any way you look at it, the American people get jewed and screwed.

    Just more and more jewing…..jewing by the day….jewing by the weeks and months and years.

    So much jewing and lies and hypocrisy and disinfo……no wonder our people want to hide under the bed and collect a check until the whole thing just crashes down around our heads.

    • Agree: Exile
    • Replies: @Wally
  31. Anon[397] • Disclaimer says:

    to the Trump lovers
    good news that Trump will definitely win again in the 2020 election according to index of Yiwu, the exporting and trading hub-city in China for small commodities like hat, T-shirt, banners, flags, etc.
    Trust Yiwu index, it’s made by real money of countless buyers from USA, and it have a good history in predicting US president running.

  32. Sean says:

    The USA is under no obligation whatsoever to be friendly to Russia, and especially not to China which rather owes America for everything and has repaid it in death. Capital and technology has flowed to China from America for decades. In return they sent profit to Wall St, Wuhan made Fentanyl the death of choice for whites desperate as a result of the policies that made China did so well out of, and now they send us a deadly epidemic.

    RussiaGateRussiaGateRussiaGateChinaDidItChinaDidItChinaDidItIranIsEvilIranIsEvil

    China is not a natural ally of the US. It was helped for decades as a counterweight to the USSR and that policy continued after the Cold War ended because the Western elite reaped vast profits from the entry of a billion Chinese into the world labour markets. We have created a monster of arrogance and economic dynamism that refuses to take measures against novel coronaviruses springing out of their peculiar eating and aphrodisiac medicine habits.

    It was coffee made from beans taken from civet faeces that led to the SARS-CoV bat/ civet recombination virus and the 2002 Sars outbreak, during which China lied about what was happening as they subsequently admitted. The SARS-CoV2 receptor-binding domain from pangolins ( world’s most trafficked animal, is in demand by Chinese as a male enhancer) and it recombined with a bat virus was hundreds of times more effective a pathogen in humans than the one from bat–civet recombination of eighteen years ago.

    But that is not what the Chinese said. Researchers in Wuhan on December 31st told the world about the Wuhan disease having been identifies as a coronavirus but said, ‘It’s not highly transmissible’. As late as the the 24th of January, Doctor Fauci w gave a briefing for senators in which he said there was very little danger to the US from the Wuhan disease. Later that day he repeated that opinion at a press conference.

    So China said it was not infectious between people and there was nothing much to worry about. When Trump began to restrict travel into the US from China on the 31st January there was uproar about this supposed further evidence of his xenophobia,.

    • Agree: SBaker
    • Troll: bluedog
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @SBaker
    , @Jaylonw
    , @Anonymous
  33. Pft says:

    Sad but true. We are all given our illusions. In US its the illusion of democracy which is a fake democracy cloaking our totalitarian reality. In China they give the people the illusion of moving towards socialism, a fake socialism to be sure, never mind all the billionaire party members (and they don’t have universal health care either, its insurance based) .The people have long accepted the reality of totalitarianism so they are one step ahead.

    Since China doesn’t have another party to blame they must blame external enemies like the US and we happily play along with tarrifs paid for by us dumb sheep who cry out in satisfaction “take that”. Lol

    A fake Cold War works for us too. Trump says we are in a race for 5G and AI/Robotics with China. We must win or all is lost to China. Social credit scores, digital ID and digital currency along with Total Information Awareness and Full Spectrum Dominance over the herd.

    Health effects of 5G will be blamed on CoVID. Fake Science is a great tool. Scientists never lie, they can be trusted, just like Priests . They are the Priests of the New Technocratic World Order. Global Warming and COVID- We must believe. They say Vaccines and 5G are good for you, just like DDT and Tobacco were said to be Good by Scientists of another time. We must believe. Have Faith and you will earn social credit bonus points.

    Reality is Fake Wrestling. Kayfabe all the way baby. Who is the face and who is the heel? We are free to choose. So who says we don’t have freedom?

    • Agree: Stonehands
  34. thordaddy says:

    Obviously, America is ground zero for AI “impulse analytics” and this criminal experiment will be a mother lode of intriguing data given that so many in America circa 2020 are aliens from around the globe.

  35. @Uncle Wiggly

    Pretty sure that is the doubleplusgood newspeak edition with lots of the naughty bits and thoughtcrime removed. As well as massive editorial notes to tell you how to interpret the crimethink that they did not edit out. Pass, find the raw unfiltered version on the interwebs easily enough including right here on Unz on the main page.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
  36. @Freda Lipshitz

    Can’t post yr blog. Blocked. Can’t send it in a PM. Then I can’t even send u an email. Gmail says yr email doesnt exist.

    Rose

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  37. John Nada says:

    Lots of truth to this piece, but for the most part it’s seductive bullshit. There are indeed a great many ways Americans fool themselves into thinking they live in a “free ” society unlike those poor oppressed slobs in China. But the fact is, in the USA you have hundreds of thousands of enraged assholes on Twitter and the like openly calling the president a lying sack of shit. Now just how long do you think any Chinese citizen would last doing that before their Ministry of State Security arranged to have a bullet put in his head? Three hours? That alone is proof you’re fooling yourself if you think these parallels are absolute, or that China is any place you’d want to belch out whatever anti-government thoughts that come a rumblin’ into your head. Yes yes, it makes for amusing conversation and all, but hardly to be taken that seriously. And what’s with this site and all the communist party blowjobs the contributors are dishing out these days?

  38. SafeNow says:

    I am old enough to remember America’s pre-Idiocracy days, when I was growing-up, which was during the 50’s and 60’s. The U.S. then reverse-assimilated, adopting a relaxed level of intelligence, education, proficiency, culture, society, and conscientiousness. This unraveling was contagious across institutions, daily life, and geography. This is what enabled the pillars. So, no more first-world country. Our bad. Signing-off from California, where the lockdown-enforcing police boat chases the solitary paddle-boarder.

    • Agree: Realist, Montefrío
    • Replies: @Tom
  39. padre says:
    @Rex Little

    The same can do parents in China, and that doesn’t make democracy!

  40. @Sgt. Joe Friday

    “Actually, Maddow considers herself a Serious Journalist. She “speaks truth to power,” and she’d probably be the first to tell you that. Repeatedly.

    Limbaugh on the other hand, if asked to pick a word to describe his profession would likely say “entertainer.””

    While in actuality, the roles are very nearly reversed. (Nearly only because I don’t find Maddow amusing)

  41. Tom Welsh says:
    @vicente

    “Dice que el contenido es ofensivo para algunas personas”.

    Yeah, it’s offensive to Zuckerberg! Duh.

  42. Tom Welsh says:
    @Rex Little

    “No, but you can homeschool them”.

    Actually, that isn’t a very strong argument in favour of the system. Citizens are forced to pay through the nose for public education – but they are still allowed to teach their children themselves, while still contributing taxes to the public schools.

    The only good news there is that the state hasn’t forbidden home schooling.

    But that is wholly consistent with Fred’s theme: that the state doesn’t bother itself with resistance that is too trifling to matter. Only a tiny minority have the resources, the time, the education and the ability to teach their own children. And there must always be the lurking fear that the children will fail to get the vital paper qualifications needed for anyone to get any sort of half-decent job. They may be superbly educated, but without that piece of paper it’s all for nothing.

    • Agree: botazefa
    • Replies: @Montefrío
  43. Tom Welsh says:
    @The Saigon Kid

    “Yes, I responded with an objection”.

    I am sure that Mr Zuckerberg will have been shaken to his core, and will hasten to offer you his humblest personal apologies.

  44. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rahan

    See:
    https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=z4FPcXTKh1wC&oi=fnd&pg=PA4&dq=%22van+creveld%22++1996+Paramaters+%22Fate+of+the+State%22&ots=4D9yFjPkyO&sig=z2Hz5-E0Nz9vjv1QEzNFWYrsZck#v=onepage&q=%22van%20creveld%22%20%201996%20Paramaters%20%22Fate%20of%20the%20State%22&f=false

    or search Google Scholar for: “van Creveld” Parameters 1996 “Fate of the State”

    Classic article, and first mention of the “hollowing out”. Current crackdowns are by a government that has lost most real power (e.g. can’t even suppress retail theft and has given up by making it legal), and is trying to get public submission again by over-enforcing quarantine / isolation rules. The facade of even this level of control is cracking. The problem is not an overly controlling government, it is of a government that lacks legitimacy even from its supporters (one doesn’t hear POC or even the Jewish establishments praising the American form of government, even when they control it; none of them regard it as legitimate. That’s what Postmodernism, for example, is about.

    Fred’s entire line of discourse is obsolete. He addresses a nonexistent problem. The difficulty isn’t overly powerful government, it’s bad government that has, since 1960, diverted such immense funds to immediate consumption (enforcing the Civil Rights act and related court decisions, see new book, Christopher Caldwell, _The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties_, Simon & Shuster, 2020-01-21) that we are now poor. News article a few days back (2020-05) said that about 40% of all jobs “weren’t coming back”. Those jobs were never here, not as productive jobs — they were political jobs, metaphorically pounding sand, not necessary but provided (often indirectly)to keep people busy and fed. Our society doesn’t have enough productive jobs to support its population, rather like the USSR in 1989, nor does it have reserves. The Obama presidency squandered the last of them. This is the basic, raw physical, fact as of 2020.

  45. Tom Welsh says:
    @Kouroi

    Were you referring to this? I went first to Wikipedia but found no mention of it – perhaps the most important document Kennan ever wrote. How astonishing (not).

    “We have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction”.

    – George Kennan (secret US State Department memo, 1948)

    • Replies: @Kouros
  46. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:

    Good article, Fred. If anything good comes out of these last few years it might just be that fewer and fewer people are believing the lies and garbage handed out by the government and the media, and that’s a start.

    • Replies: @denk
  47. Tom Welsh says:
    @Rose Rojad

    “Gmail says yr email doesnt exist”.

    Try [email protected]

    It looks as if Fred (or somebody) saved up the typo for where it could do most damage.

    Either that or he isn’t in the mood to receive fan mail today… 😎

  48. Herald says:
    @Rex Little

    Homeschooling is now on the endangered activities list. They don’t like it.

  49. Realist says:

    A Bicephalous Monoparty and the Four Pillars

    Yes the Deep State is a two sided coin. One side Republicans, the other Democrats.

    The Deep State doesn’t care about the unimportant internecine squabbles of the two parties as long as their important issues (wealth and power) are advanced. As a matter of fact it strengthens the false perception that there is a choice when voting.

  50. One day themasses will develop heard immunity

    that will mean the end of Main Scream Medias efforts to promote the zombEy apeokcollapse

    Themasses will discover that they are not chicken little s and identity poultrytricks is strictly for the bird brains

    Nevertheless the sky is falling and the buck buck bucks are still the only game in town
    We will have to remain on the planktation a while longer until the soylent green majority are ready for the conveyer to the pink slime factory

    When you slime the whole world will slime with you

  51. Realist says:
    @Rex Little

    No, but you can homeschool them. Many do, and not all of them are Bible-thumpers. More should.

    I am sure as hell not a defender of public education…but many parents are not knowledgeable enough to teach their children properly. The average IQ of the US population is roughly 100…fifty percent are below that…not good. I will not venture to guess the average IQ of public school teachers…but it seems it is somewhat above 100. The problem with public school teachers is ideology…vastly to the left.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  52. Quintus says:

    This is one of the best pieces I have read by Fred Reed. I couldn’t agree more. You hit the nail on the head. It makes me wonder what will happen in the USSA when and if a vast majority wake up and see that their ‘democracy’ is a hollow shell, a cynical inversion of what it is supposed to be:

    https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

  53. Realist says:
    @Al Lipton

    I like Trump though more and more. He is fire-hardened daily in the relentless abominable fake news machine. The man is a shining nobility and also a genius! Pure orange Gold!

    Trump is a minion of the Deep State…like all politicians.

  54. Tom says:

    Fred nails it to the wall here. We’re free to argue what color the Titanic should be painted
    but don’t dare mention the iceberg. When you cross the line on social media, the neo-Hundred Roses campaign has it all for the day that they decide to really clip your wings.
    Even off-limits dissidence is encouraged in certain quarters so as to identify those with views inimical to the official state narratives. So you see, free speech can be a tool of the Leviathan State to enslave its enemies. The intrepid Winston Smith’s of this site and everywhere beware!

  55. Tom says:
    @SafeNow

    Maybe this was planned. Inevitable monopoly capitalism combined with critical theory Marxism to rot-out the once healthy “host” (USA) They use the deadly toxins of equality and immigration to achieve it. Though complacency and false pride and too many potato chips and hot dogs and six-packs and NFL games and game shows and stupid comedies didn’ slow down their objective from being realized.

  56. Biff says:
    @Sean

    The USA is under no obligation whatsoever to be friendly to

    people named Sean.

  57. SBaker says:
    @Ilya G Poimandres

    And who is the leader of your country? I do agree with your assessment of FDR.

    • Replies: @Ilya G Poimandres
  58. Ahhh yes, another diamond by Mr Reed..
    The founder of this philosophy was that rascal, Abe Lincoln – Yup

    In America we have freedom of speech. It says so in the Constitution. – So I’ve heard

    The genius of America’s totalitarian system of government is that it is not totally total – Soon too be changing unless stopped under the cover of Covid1984 Scamdemic

    Anyhow, thanks for a good laugh as always, which is getting harder to come by on a daily basis.

    Cheers Fred, I’d love to hoist a pint with you some day.

  59. SBaker says:
    @Sean

    Nice to read a comment from someone that knows something about bio-science in the modern world. Just remember, there were so many unknowns about this novel Wuhan virus, so nobody in the West can be blamed for the mistakes made about this unknown pathogen. The release of the virus has done more than cause disease, it has devastated the economies of countries around the world and has been much for the benefit of China. China has the cash and has been buying commodities, securities, and real estate, much of it at bargain rates. Their energy reserves are now filled to the brim with cheap oil.

  60. 450.org says:

    Case in point. America has a surveillance state but it refuses to use it to save lives. Instead, it uses it to save Wall Street and protect the extractive elite from any TRUE REAL threat. I relish the notion of this virus running rampant across America until it ravages, and decimates actually, the Praetorian Guard Class, the managerial class if you will, that licks the ass of the extractive elite for some bread crust, discarded steak fat and a Tesla. I want to see them truly suffer for their sins.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/12/us/coronavirus-reopening-shutdown.html

    After weeks cooped up at home following governors’ orders to contain the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. residents appear eager to get moving again. As more states began to relax restrictions, about 25 million more people ventured outside their homes on an average day last week than during the preceding six weeks, a New York Times analysis of cellphone data found.

    In nearly every part of the country, the share of people staying home dropped, in some places by nearly 11 percentage points.

    As the death toll from this pandemic rises in America with no end in sight, Wall Street, as reflected in the DJIA, doesn’t even blink and actually cheers. It doesn’t get any sicker than that. Wall Street sees the carnage as an opportunity to make more profit off of death and the extractive elite see it as an opportunity to concentrate wealth even further and rid the world of burdensome useless eaters. It’s sick. It’s sadistic. It’s malevolent. It’s evil. It’s our reality.

    Damn them all to hell.

    View post on imgur.com

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  61. Anonymous[289] • Disclaimer says:

    Hermetic control of information isn’t needed, and would be noticed.

    Hermetic control of information is precisely what is needed and also achieved by the faux left-right shadow boxing on TV news that predictably converges on the identical narrative during events like 9-11 and CV-19.

    In almost 100% of the cases from what I can tell, CNN or MSNBC fields the narrative and then Fox News suffocates reaction with maundering imbecilities about democracy being our greatest strength when, in truth, it now guarantees extermination in our own land—thanks also to the Republican stooges’ empty handwringing that amounts to their assent as well.

    In general, reading through Fred’s arguments is like eating a MacDonald’s burger, where everything’s fine until you realize there’s a turd between the buns.

  62. @Ilya G Poimandres

    Yep, second terms are always immensely disappointing. That is the only reason JFK is one of our true false heroes. He never got his vaunted second term.
    Ever since Franklin Roosevelt, two-term presidents have seen their second-terms marred by scandals and failures.

    Some managed to continue with a successful closing act despite their problems, others saw their administration implode in scandal.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/second-term-curse-president-scandal-clinton-reagan-bush-nixon-2013-2?op=1

  63. 450.org says:

    Trump supporters love them some totalitarianism. The East Germany model of democratic capitalism, right?

    Disaster Totalitarianism.

    https://reason.com/2020/05/12/sen-mitch-mcconnell-looks-to-undermine-efforts-to-protect-americans-from-secret-fbi-surveillance/

    McConnell and Trump are Siamese Twins. This is Trump as much as it’s McConnell. Trump, who has repeatedly decried the FBI and thrown it under the bus, wants to empower it and retool it into a brownshirt organization as if it isn’t already. Trump supporters want tyranny. They want totalitarianism. They just want their brand of it. Their own shade of totalitarian lipstick so to speak. Hypocrites. Fools. Numbskulls. Scumbags.

    Two independent sources provided a copy of the amendment to Reason. As Ackerman reported, the amendment would give the FBI the authority under the PATRIOT Act to secretly collect the browsing records and search history of Americans without a warrant.

    McConnell’s amendment accomplishes this by adding the words “internet website browsing records, internet search history records” to the list of records described in FISA law that covers FBI searches that require businesses to provide customer records. In other words, this amendment would permit the FBI to turn to your internet provider and demand they fork over your browser history.

  64. Jake says:
    @Biff

    Brilliant, and greatly needed to be read widely.

    More than a few Libertarians will get their panties in a wad because Fred dares suggest that an entity other than GOVERNMENT can be evil to the core and extremely powerful, as powerful as GOVERNMENT, and should be regulated for that reason.

    Libertarian Theory declares that Fred is wrong and, in effect, asks us to bless Google and not fear it, for all fear must be reserved for GOVERNMENT.

    • Agree: Mefobills, Biff
    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  65. @SBaker

    BoJo, same thing imo – mostly populism for the votes and oligarchy when in power. As looking from the outside of course, but as much as I gave Trump the 444D chess pass earlier on in his presidency, he keeps disappointing, so am less enamoured by him.

    • Replies: @SBaker
  66. @Freda Lipshitz

    Good grief! LBJ opened the floodgates for the third world to make the US third world, food and all. Nixon made commie China respectable and a trading partner. Reagan began the American fire sale for his beloved GDP and international bankers. Both Bushes, and their beloved neocons, made the US military the globalist police force that invades the world in order invite the world here. Clinton free traded us into Walmart Nation, and demolished free speech and association with hate laws. Finally the liberal black Jesus turned truth into fiction and fakery into truth, imported more third world, neoconning for more senseless war and death, and all the while free trading us into Amazon nation. Trump is merely Ivanka’s daddy, Jared’s pussy, and America’s nothing burger.

    Pity the paid lefties have found us. Probably get their very existence from the recent stimulus.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
  67. RDB says:

    I tried sending Fred an email at the listed email address of this piece and got a reply back that said……this email address does not exist.

    I wonder why that is?

  68. Political parties do not matter in the ZUS, for both are controlled by the zionist overlords and has been this way since 1913, when the zionists fastened their privately owned FED and IRS on the American people.

  69. 450.org says:

    The heartbeat of America is a grain-fed diabetic heart. Here’s a shot, one of many, of a Wisconsin bar full of Trump supporters drinking and eating their vitamins and Hydroxychloroquine. Fries and greasy wings and beer are loaded with Vitamin D and E and zinc don’t you know? This is Trump’s base. They’re as healthy as him. They’re boosting their fat-laden sclerotic immune systems per the advice of many who comment here as the only defense against the virus that’s really just a hoax and a flue all in one.

    View post on imgur.com

    The following is a world made in trump’s image. Truly. If the virus doesn’t get them. TRUMP-E.

    View post on imgur.com

  70. @Achmed E. Newman

    I was home skooled and self edukated

    it prepared me for a life of sathigher

    I developed heard imunity to main scream media .

    When I did go to skule my frend wood always ask me..

    “were you born stoopid or did you take lessens”

    so I made the disission that “Homewirk is not for me ”

    Just before I left skule asap I beet the junior chess champion twice in three games.

    After leaving skule in the laete sixteas i bought a copy of the bible then worked out its formula which proved that the twin towers wood come down on 9/11 ,brexit would take place on june23 2016 andthe process of history wood end 2020

    I worked out that Christ wood return establish 12 sons only to have his wealth stolen by his wife {theharlet of babylon}after he died ,thus disiheriting his favourate son who wood then have to open a youtube account to reestablish the family name and fulfil biblical proffessy “every eye shall see””even those that perced him ” ie the prieshood that christ established at the second coming ran off with the harlet of babylon.

    “If such a thing be possible”

  71. “Truly total government–“Your papers, citizen,” stop-and-frisk, permission needed to travel from city to city–might spark revolt.”

    Given how the govs and mayors have seized dictatorial power by their own hand and run the BofR thru the shredder with no real push back by the citizenry, I’d say there will be no revolt, ever.

    America dies with a whimper, muffled by a mandatory mouth diaper.

    • Agree: AaronInMVD, acementhead
  72. onebornfree says: • Website

    It’s all very well for Mr Reed to have finally cottoned on to the fact that the US is now almost a Chinese style totalitarian country, [and believe me, our partial lagging behind in measuring up to the Chinese “total, total”standard is being rectified, RIGHT NOW, as any red-piller is acutely aware of], however, I believe that, he’s done nothing more here than attempt to face that “in yer face” terrible fact by making light of it via a humorous, [admittedly well written], article. Which changes nothing. All that happens is that maybe a few “red-pillers” here and elsewhere get to enjoy a few cynical laughs, perhaps.

    What’s To Be Done?

    But the question remains- what’s to be done about this terrible, “in yer face” fact?

    In my opinion , one needs to first identify the real enemy, and next, one needs to understand the true, fundamental nature of that enemy.

    The enemy [of all humanity] is government- _all_ governments, everywhere. Why?

    Because of their true, fundamental, unchangeable nature.

    To that end, I’ve said before and I’ll say it again:

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.”
    onebornfree

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    The US will remain totalitarian, and become even more so as long as a majority of its inhabitants remain in denial of the true, fundamental, unchangeable, criminal nature of their governments [local, state, federal].

    As to what might be done about all this, please closely read Harry Browne’s short, great: “Why Government Doesn’t Work”: https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Why_Government_Doesn%27t_Work

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: Agent76
  73. @Realist

    You and Tom Welsh (the latter to a smaller degree) sit on your asses telling us this is IMPOSSIBLE, dammit, parents are too stupid, it takes too much time, blah, blah, blah, while many parents just get down to it, poking the Beast in the eyes with a sharp stick.* That’s a lot of whiny discouragement from commenters who supposedly don’t like the American system (in all kind of ways).

    You get the kids reading. They can learn all manner of things for themselves after that. Learning at home takes about 3-4 hours a day vs. 7 in the government schools. There are plenty of opportunities for socialization – ever seen the PTO Moms? They’ve got all sorts of money-raising organizational crap going on that I couldn’t give a dang about, but that same energy could be used for arranging field trips, science activities (with the actual work done by retired engineers and the like), sports time (also with men doing the teaching) etc.

    We’ve got all these complaints about the stupidity of the American government, American system, etc., and rightly so. Homeschooling is about raising the next generation without the Big-Ed BS and globohomo agenda forced down the kids’ throats, along with the Orwellian crap that Michelle Malkin writes about often. Do you think this is not important? Then get off your lazy asses and quit whining! Let’s leave the can’t-do attitude behind. Get er done!

    .

    * See Peak Stupidity on homeschooling – “Poking the Beast in the Eye …”Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  74. @450.org

    There is no carnage from the Kung Flu, you pussy, and NO, we will not submit like Chinamen to the Orwellian surveillance state using the $700 pieces of iEspionage. What can be used against you WILL be used against you.

    Quit pushing the Orwellian shit, #450! Some of us don’t want what you’re selling. “No end in sight” to “the carnage”, yeah, right. I don’t know a soul who’s even been seriously ill from the Kung Flu, much less died. You are part of the problem, not the solution.

  75. @Potemkin Villiage Bank

    Well, you gave it a go. That’s more than I can say for some of these government-sac-hanging pussies on here.

    (I do wonder when was the last time you upgraded your spell-checker. I’m sure GNU has free ones, if that’s the problem ..)

  76. Agent76 says:

    May 8, 2020 Deaths of despair’: Coronavirus pandemic could push suicide, drug deaths as high as 150k, study says:

    The likely toll from these “deaths of despair” was the loss of an additional 75,000 lives, the study found. Death estimates ranged from 27,644 if the economy recovers quickly, to 154,037 if recovery is slow.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/05/08/coronavirus-pandemic-boosts-suicide-alcohol-drug-death-predictions/3081706001/

    May 14, 2020 Plandemic Planners Threaten A Dark Winter For America

  77. If not for the fact that most of the people are mere claim jumpers, I suspect.

    They were all gung ho about invading Afghanistan, Iraq, didn’t have any issues with stop and frisk as long as it was some body else, in my view the audience here are double dealing.

    Have spent countless words berating the Federal Reserve, but the first real, opportunity to change the structuration — couldn’t not more than a month and a half before demanding the status quo return, Gen Flynn and company were distraught about federal abuse of power and one would applaud Fox News had they no been complicit members of the governments abuse of power at 9/11 and in effect in place and at play long before by arms of the government. I certainly support defending against unfair practice, but to bemoan that plight of the white house or Gen Flynn without acknowledging the government has been practicing this hand of cards long before and the dominant population has been all in —-

    I have to admit, reading an article decrying totalitarianism in country by someone who support for illegals that undermine the citizens of the US is a cup of tea, I would rather not drink. Because the same totalitarians who wants to shed light on are the same ones whose view of country are that Ned Beatty’s Authur Jensen — no nation, just cogs churning out dividends world wide.

  78. TG says:

    Kudos! Well said. And no, I don’t have a solution either, maybe there isn’t one – but as the saying goes, optimism is cowardice. At least we can have the courage to face the truth.

    But there is one way that the US is different from China. You see, China is basically ruled by one man. In the United States, we are not ruled by just one man, but by 600 billionaires. So you see, the United States is SIX HUNDRED TIMES more democratic than China! Take that, all you pessimists out there!

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  79. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Nada

    So, ChinaIsWorse is how you rationalize voting again? And for Trump?

  80. @ruralguy

    The social aspects are very very important. Your kids would need it to make it any where on the corporate ladder.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  81. @Uncle Wiggly

    Wood that be the latest version by Herr Hitliary

    including ” If you are going to tell a lie make sure that you triple down “

    • Replies: @yo
  82. @Auntie Analogue

    Fred writes insightful stuff most of the time. That is saying a lot for an author.

  83. @Tom Welsh

    Can’t speak assuredly to the situation in the USA, given that I don’t live there and haven’t been there for over 20 years, but I suspect the credentials versus skilled competence issue will be changing as the world now changes into a far less relaxed (and decadent) place. One thinks of the Shaw quote: “Those who can, do, those who cannot teach” or something to that effect. The world can no longer afford the army of “abstract theorists”, “studies” degree holders, etc. I firmly believe that the way forward will favor skilled trades, hands-on STEM graduates, people who get things done, so to speak. I certainly hope so!

  84. Esau says:

    Here’s the monoparty. Separate church and state. Join synagogue and state.

    The Jewish Deception – Jim Traficant RIP
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/pdp9MvpNI5Y7/

  85. @Kouroi

    About Slaughterhouse 5, reading that novel was my first exposure to any facts about the Dresden firebombing. Kurt Vonnegut was a POW, being held in Dresden, when the bombing raid destroyed the city.

    Before the novel was released, there were few Americans who even knew that Dresden, a city with no troop concentrations and no war industry, had been destroyed in an allied bombing raid.

  86. @Achmed E. Newman

    Lastly, on China. I see you don’t hold them up as having the best-run, most-people-friendly government in the world, like many unz writers and the proprietor here.

    Perhaps a slight exaggeration. Almost 50 years ago, I studied in Europe. I had Soviets, Czechs, Slovaks, East Germans, and others from half a dozen “Western” Europeans countries in my classes. In conversation with them about their political systems, I came to the conclusion that all had good points and bad points. The few Americans in my classes saw everything as defective, because it wasn’t “like back home”.
    In that context, pointing out the positive things about China, doesn’t equate to ” best-run, most-people-friendly government in the world, like many unz writers and the proprietor here” any more than pointing out the “evil fascists” who declared war on usury were “the best-run, most-people-friendly government in the world”.
    I have often confounded the “tax is theft” crowd by pointing out their should move (have moved) to the Soviet bloc where there were no taxes. Every system has good points and bad points. Which are good and which are bad are a matter of perception.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  87. vot tak says:

    “We have now listed the fundamentals of American government.”

    No you have not. Fundamental #1 is that the government is essentially a subsidiary of big business, and operated as an enforcement and regulatory tool. U.s. government is mostly a front which oligarchic corporate/capitalist power sits behind to wield their power. IE: it is business that uses government for their ends, and not the other way around, government wielding business, as Reed appears to posit here in his discussion of how american government works.

    • Agree: Agent76, foolisholdman
    • Replies: @Emily
    , @Agent76
  88. @Kouroi

    One wonders why? Because it describes the CPC as the biggest pooling agency in the world and shows how the bottom up approach to developing policies work?

    You mean like the Nuremberg rallies?

    • Replies: @Kouros
  89. @John Hagan

    You forgot Spitting Image which drove Maggie Thatcher ’round the bend. Popular, but cancelled for being too edgy. I particularly like the scenes of her licking Reagan’s arse.

    • Replies: @foolisholdman
  90. Mr Reed, a very close contemporary, has outdone himself with this essay, a tour de force that deserves wide readership. “OK Boomer”, bla-bla. Not all Boomers participated in or were fooled by the relentless leftie conquest of a largely complacent and non-critically-thinking population lulled into “boobatude” (if I may coin a word) by a resentful segment of the population that cares more for “wealth” and control than living a simple but rewarding life on a local scale. It’s my fervent hope that this may soon change with changing circumstances.

    I once led a version of the “Wall St” life and left it behind to follow my conviction that true wealth was ownership of one’s time and that more joy was to be found in a simple but comfortable life with family, friends and the kind of innocence some rural folks enjoy: walks in a beautiful setting; lots of time with grandchildren; stress-free days and nights… I’d not have had this had I stayed in my lucrative but unsatisfying profession dealing with folks obsessed by increasing monetary wealth and meaningless “social standing”.

    “Vanity, vanity…”. I watch (and sometimes participate with) my little grandchildren scampering around our property, filled with their innocent joy, and am content that at a late stage of my life, I’ve found and can experience what constitutes what I believe is the most rewarding way of life of all.

    • Replies: @Bronek
  91. ” It is like professional wrestling but without the dignity.”

    Glad to see you’re feeling (& writing) better Fred. I was worried the Padre Kino had taken over your mind.

  92. Emily says:

    Slightly maybe off topic, but to me an extension of the article.

    ‘a third option is now propagated by the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and ex-CEO of Google Eric Schmidt, with Michael Bloomberg plus Bill and Melinda Gates in the background ‘
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/488650-slavoj-zizek-schmidt-cuomo-matrix/

    The plan for the new order as they deliberately destroy the one we have.
    Slavery and serfdom for we the masses and a techno neo matrix for the elite.
    Time for 1789 and 1917 folks……
    And a final solution…?
    Is this what we want for our kids???
    Its what Gates, Zuck and the 1% want and intend to get – or its pretty darn well near it.

    • Replies: @Bronek
  93. Kouros says:
    @Tom Welsh

    I am not referring to the Long Telegram. At one point I cam across a pdf /image document online written by Keenan that was the operational blueprint on how to conduct all these shadows operations through third parties: business, NGOs, media, and have plausible deniability. Very, very operational.

  94. Kouros says:
    @Curmudgeon

    That escalated too fast to Godwin’s Law. Not worth replying.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  95. Emily says:
    @vot tak

    The classic definition of fascism is the merging of the corporate and political.
    So the USA is a fascist state.
    What a surprise.
    You could have fooled me.
    Bleeding obvious to anyone now, with half a brain.
    They even have the neo politicised ‘police’ to enforce it.
    The USA is a one party state posing as Tweedledee and Tweedledumber.
    Sadly its not a fairy tale but an increasingly brutal tyranny.

    • Agree: vot tak
  96. Wally says:
    @BuelahMan

    said:
    “Fred and his pillars that refuse to even address the jewish control of all of it.”

    And he / they refuse to mention the propaganda which enables Zionist control & privilege, the fake & impossible “holocaust”.

  97. ML says:

    Brilliantly done, Fred. Oh, the irony!

  98. Wally says:
    @Robert Dolan

    said:
    “Adam Green has delved into Trump and his father. They were born shabbos goy.”

    So what does that make Clueless Joe?

    ‘Zionist’ Biden in His Own Words: ‘My Name is Joe Biden, and Everybody Knows I Love Israel’:
    https://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2020/03/17/zionist-biden-in-his-own-words-my-name-is-joe-biden-and-everybody-knows-i-love-israel/
    also.:
    “I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist,” current Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said in April 2007, soon before he was chosen to be Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 elections.

    Trump over the alternatives any & every day.

  99. Agent76 says:
    @vot tak

    You are correct! This explains everything simply and from some of the best minds on the planet in my opinion.

    Aug 30, 2011 CORPORATE FASCISM: The Destruction of America’s Middle Class

    A new kind of fascism has taken over America: the merger of corporations and government whereby corporate power dominates.

  100. @TG

    No, China is not ruled by one man. It is ruled by one party. 91 million members.

    At least get the facts right before criticizing.

  101. Truth says:
    @Al Lipton

    One day, Fred will swallow intellectual pride, come around and write something good about Trump. (Funny thing is that actor DeNiro and politician Romney are also full of intellectual pride. Makes no sense. )

    Trump, you mean the rich, white “libertarian businessman” who shut down 90% of the businesses in America, half of which will be bankrupt by the end of the year. That Trump?

  102. Jaylonw says:
    @Sean

    Nope, china at no point said .its not highly transmissible. Please show proofs of your assertion. By around mid January they said there is evidence of human to human transmission, and by Jan 23, proceeds to lock down Wuhan, a city of 11 milion people, and a day later the whole province of Hubei, 60 million people. What did most of the West view that? Og, its those evil commies oppressing their own, taking away their liberties, they are backward, with lousy healthcare, they are yada yada yada.
    The whole fiasco can be briefly summarized as such

    [MORE]

    *January
    *China:* Ok there’s a new virus, from now on no one move around, if you go out you must wear a mask. Nationwide lockdown and quarantine policies implemented.

    *Western world:* Don’t trust anything these fucking commies say! It’s just a flu! They are trying to control everyone’s life! There’s no need for masks!

    *February
    *China:* Start building hospitals so the medical system doesn’t get overwhelmed.

    *Western world:* It’s a concentration camp! They are murdering people out there! They are untrustworthy!

    *March
    *China:* We are experiencing a surge of patients and this virus is super infectious via air and physical contact. We are also experiencing shortage on medical supplies and medical practitioners. Pulling everything from the country to Wuhan.

    *Western world:* Look how backward they are, not even having enough PPE for their doctors and nurses. They are clearly wrong about the method of transmission that’s why they are making everyone wearing masks. They’ve even locked down the country and stopped the economy. What a bunch of idiots.

    *april
    China: Numbers are reducing in China. People slowly getting back to work now.

    *Western world:* Fucking liar!

    *We are seeing numbers in Italy and it clearly doesn’t match data from China! Millions of people must have died! It’s still spreading!*

    *Now*
    *China:* Dude why things getting out of control out there? Where are your hospitals and why are you not in total lockdown? Were you just sitting there pointing fingers at me for 3 months, and did nothing?

    *Western world:* You commies never told us how dangerous this virus is! You’ve been given us the false data the whole time!!!

    *China:* I don’t understand. If you never trusted me and when I say it’s a big deal, it’s actually a small flu, why do you think there must be millions of people died in China? If you think the number of deaths must be very high, doesn’t that indicates it’s a dangerous virus and you should be prepared? How could you believe millions of people have died, but at the same time not knowing it’s dangerous?

    *Western world:** It’s only a big deal in a backward country like yours, where people are poor and unhygienic, where the medical system is still in 1950s, where the government covers up the figures and doesn’t alarm people how dangerous it is! It shouldn’t affect advanced countries like us!

    *China:* But it is with you and killing your people now!!! Do something about it so you can still save lives!!!

    *Western world:* Not before we found everything we can blame on you!!! It’s too late for us to do something now, people will just die and eventually we’ll have herd immunity, but you must take the full responsibility for it !

    • Replies: @Sean
  103. yo says:
    @Potemkin Villiage Bank

    i need to know who you are. enjoy your comments. do you have twitter etc to establish contact
    pbuy [peace be unto you]

  104. It’s one of the most depressive thing I have read today …

  105. Pancho says:

    Right on the money!

  106. @Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon, I mean that I’ve READ JUST THAT from writers on here, such as Mr. Unz (hell, last week!) and of course the Mao-sac-hanger Godfree Roberts, whenever he chimes in, and plenty of commenters. It’s pretty much what they’ve written on here, though I am paraphrasing. Perhaps I’ve exaggerated, as that’s not “many”, but I’ve occasionally clicked on writing here from some other flat-out Commie writers on unz website and seen this same thing.

    Otherwise, I pretty much agree with this comment of yours. Hey, I’ve pointed out plenty of positive things about China, here (getting me called names for that) and plenty of derogatory things (and getting called other names). The Chinese government shouldn’t be made into America’s enemy by the usual suspects, but then again, that government is pretty much the enemy of the Chinese people. Isn’t that the case pretty much all around though? That is, excepting the maybe once-in-human-history story of America’s founding and the Republic that lasted arguably 200 years.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @denk
    , @denk
  107. Agent76 says:

    May 14, 2020 President Trump Says He Will Mobilize Military To Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

    President Donald Trump just announced that he believes a Coronavirus vaccine will be ready by the end of the year and once this vaccine is ready trump intends to deploy the military to distribute the vaccine on a mass scale to most of the entire country.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  108. @Achmed E. Newman

    Lennon later apologized to Mao for that line. He was high when he wrote it. The Beatles didn’t really take a lot of time working over their lyrics. Pretty much whatever came into their heads they used.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  109. @Agent76

    If anyone had any doubt that Trump was zionist deep state puppet, that just confirmed it.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Wally
  110. Realist says:

    It is like professional wrestling but without the dignity.

    Yes, indeed…great line.

    • Agree: Liberty Mike
  111. Daniel H says:
    @obwandiyag

    Lennon later apologized to Mao for that line.

    John Lennon met Mao? When, where?

  112. Truth says:
    @Desert Fox

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    It’s 4-d chess!

  113. @Jake

    No, this libertarian does not buy the arrant nonsense that entities like Amazon, Google, the NYT, Disney, Pfizer, etc. are not evil. THEY ARE. There are many libertarians who would second my assessment and call on you to check your premise.

    Where libertarians are generally superior to others is in the appreciation for human nature, particularly its evil manifestations. Unlike you, we do not trust “teh gobmint” to regulate anything in a positive fashion. All of recorded history demonstrates that those who would do Caesar’s bidding are diabolical, profligate, pieces of garbage who have no regard for the well-being of teh communitay.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  114. joe2.5 says:
    @SBaker

    Just remember, there were so many unknowns about this novel Wuhan virus, so nobody in the West can be blamed for the mistakes made about this unknown pathogen.

    Fiddlesticks. The Chinese and some of their neighbors showed “the West” how exactly to do it to cut off the epidemic, they warned them and described their every move — and there was some lag time to prepare and to imitate them. That many things about the microbe are unknown does not mean one can’t defeat the plague, as proved. Not only very many governmental and established-medicine somebodies in the West can be blamed for widespread mass murder by malice, negligence or stupidity (irrelevant why) but they deserve Nuremberg-type hangings (or whatever is supposed to be the punishment now.) Or, failing that, the pitchfork.

    • Replies: @SBaker
  115. Saggy says: • Website
    @BuelahMan

    Precisely, he writes ….

    No unelected dictator decides what we are permitted to know or say. Mark Zuckerberg does.

    In truth Zuckerberg decides nothing, the Jews decide.

  116. @Achmed E. Newman

    Funny one there, AEN.

    John Lenin was not so funny. A humorless commie like former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis.

    My favorite Paul tune, Beatles or Wings, is Silly Love Songs, for 2 reasons: its a great tune with terrific orchestration, including the vocal harmonies, the awesome percussive riffs, and it was a rebuke to Lenin.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  117. Saggy says: • Website

    The problem with the essay is the basic assumption that is never explicitly stated, that is – uncorrupted ‘democracy’ is a desirable form of government – but this assumption is not only false, it is preposterous. Letting idiots decide the direction taken by the government is insane. What we’ve got is better than democracy.

    As long as thinking is directed to ways to achieve true ‘democracy’, it is pointless.

  118. @450.org

    Yes, too bad they are not skinny like all the feminist Dem’s.

    • LOL: theMann
    • Replies: @SBaker
  119. Wally says:
    @Desert Fox

    If anyone had any doubt that Biden was Zionist deep state puppet, they should see my comment #101.

    Trump landslide 2020.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  120. Anonymous[902] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    As late as the the 24th of January, Doctor Fauci w gave a briefing for senators in which he said there was very little danger to the US from the Wuhan disease.

    The NY Times reported on January 20th that China confirmed human to human transmission. There are lots of lies and propaganda being promoted in the media right now suggesting that China never confirmed human to human transmission as a part of the US government’s anti-China campaign. You appear to be either a victim of said lies and propaganda or have no problem with parroting them:

  121. Disagree with “bicephalous”. It implies two heads. Monoparty does not have any heads. Only asses (in both senses of this word).

  122. @Potemkin Villiage Bank

    Yes, if only these poor home schooled could have had decades of Democrat/liberal edjewmaction.
    Here is a list of the blinding success of Democrat run cities..
    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/how-decades-of-democratic-rule-ruined-some-of-our-finest-cities/

  123. @Saggy

    What we’ve got is better than democracy.

    Oligarchy is better than democracy? Even when the elites are bigger idiots than an average Joe? Who could have thought!

    • Replies: @Saggy
  124. @Kouros

    There is no escalation. It is, for all intents and purposes, the same thing. The old style trade unions used the same technique. A handful of locally elected people pass on the information up the structure, and the messages get sent back down. Conventions are held annually, or when needed, to refine policy and have elected delegates (or in some cases the members at large) vote on the issue. The method/technique predated the Nuremberg rallies by 30-40 years. I used Nuremberg only because they, and the current Chinese government, are allegedly pure evil. Of course for a number of commenters on this site, unions are pure evil.

  125. One of your best I was starting to think that you were going liberal and I don’t mean classical!

  126. onebornfree says: • Website

    @ F.Reed:

    Three Reminders From The Bill Of Rights

    [MORE]

    “As a condition for accepting the Constitution, the American people demanded the enactment of the Bill of Rights immediately after ratification of the Constitution.

    They had been assured that the Constitution was calling into existence a national government whose powers were limited to those enumerated in the Constitution. But that did not satisfy them. They wanted a Bill of Rights to make it clear that the federal government was prohibited from doing the things that are listed in the Bill of Rights.

    There are several important things to notice about the Bill of Rights:

    First, the Bill of Rights, does not give people rights.

    Our ancestors understood that rights come from nature and God, not from government.

    People’s rights preexist government.

    Second, the Bill of Rights consists of prohibitions and restrictions on the federal government.

    Why is that important?

    Because our ancestors knew that the federal power would inevitably attract people to public office who would do the types of things that were being restricted. They would criminalize speech, especially speech that was critical of federal officials. They would ban protests against government. They would force people to subscribe to a certain religion. They would seize people’s guns. They would punish any malefactor by simply having civil or military agents take people into custody, incarcerate them, torture them, or execute them, all without trial by jury and due process of law.

    The Bill of Rights was to serve as a reminder that federal officials had no legitimate power to do any of these things.

    Third, the Bill of Rights contains no emergency or crisis exception.

    That’s because our ancestors knew that historically crises and emergencies were the time-honored way by which people lost their liberties at the hands of their own government. During such times, people become afraid and their natural tendency is to look to the government to keep them safe and secure.

    They forget that the biggest threat to their liberty is their very own government, as reflected in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Thus, they eagerly trade away their liberty for “security.” Later, when the crisis or emergency has passed, they discover that the government is unwilling to give up the power it has acquired over them.

    Live accordingly…”

    From: https://www.fff.org/2020/05/13/there-reminders-from-the-bill-of-rights/

    Regards, onebornfree

  127. @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks.
    I wasn’t really criticizing, only trying to expand the concept. My “criticism” of most Americans has always been, generally speaking, that they can’t see themselves as others see them. You don’t have to agree with how others perceive you, just understand why, and generally speaking, most aren’t even interested in that. I cannot say whether that causes, or is caused by “exceptionalism”. Either way, it leads to a very narrow view of the world. Not everything is black or white, shades are a reality whether we like it or not.

    I promise never to call you names.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  128. Jaylonw says:

    Thank God we don’t live in China. Their government works, ours doesn’t, but at least we have our freedoms.

    I know you are being sarcastic, but lets see the real US vs China case, shall we?

    So much for your “freedom”

    • Replies: @FB
    , @Biff
  129. @Liberty Mike

    Where libertarians are generally superior to others is in the appreciation for human nature, particularly its evil manifestations.

    Perhaps your “human nature” needs to be re-focused. I will grant you that there are always people who seek to control, or take advantage of, others by whatever means possible. Most of them are psychopaths. Are psychopaths really part of human nature?
    The reason government regulations began in the first place, were because the wealthy business owners became untrustworthy. They didn’t care who was harmed, in the broadest sense, through their dishonesty and methods, as long maximum profits were achieved. The government rightly saw a need to impede that. In doing so, the governments unwittingly opened the door to the psychopaths that saw another way to control people with official approval.
    Real human nature is that most people are focused on the well being of their families and friends. They want to be gainfully employed in a stable job or have some use in life, like raising children. Most couldn’t give a damn the philosophy of an economic system. Libertarians seemed to be chummy with the Mises crowd, which at the end of the day, sees nothing wrong with usury – the scourge of civilizations.

    One of the reasons China and the Chinese government have been so successful, is that they seen unemployment as a bad thing. They don’t cry crocodile tears about unemployment then open the borders to mass immigration to suppress wages, they actually work towards ending unemployment and poverty. Say what you want about their methods, but their success in lifting the living standard in their country works for them. It may not work anywhere else, but it is working for them. That’s all that counts.

  130. @vicente

    Oh thank God, Spanish. I live in L.A. and hear so little these days.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @roonaldo
  131. SBaker says:
    @joe2.5

    you write like a real ruffian. Are you trying to pass yourself off as an expert in infectious novel pathogens?

    • Replies: @joe2.5
  132. SBaker says:
    @Johnny Walker Read

    I’m guessing a fence post would run from that thing.

  133. @Achmed E. Newman

    I admire you and your wife making the effort to homeschool. We’re not likely to homeschool fulltime, but the closure of the government’s physical schools has made us think more about online options to PARTIALLY liberate our children.

    Because our young children are studying online at home, we sometimes hear an assigned program where a person reads a story aloud as the kids follow along. We ask the kids to listen without headphones so we can listen in from time to time.

    We heard exactly what we suspected: deviant and political propaganda as part of a history lesson for very young children. One passage glorified Harvey Milk, the California sodomite. They learn more about Martin Luther King, Junior, than about any of our Founding Fathers. They learn to admire Cesar Chavez and resent Christopher Columbus. And we already had learned that pro-mental-illness (“transgender-inclusive” and “trans-positive”) content is required not just in the “sex ed” class but whenever possible throughout the curriculum.

    These are young kids. And, as in much of the LAUSD, it appears that a majority of their classmates have at least one foreign-born parent and often at least one parent who does not speak english well and likely does not read anything in english. (It’s simply not possible to engage in a meaningful conversation with many of the parents at our kids’ school — unless you know Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese. Shockingly, my German is of limited utility 😉

    This means that these kids likely will be exposed to no other source of the “important stuff” and the “heroes” in American history than this kind of garbage.

    I hope you’re right that this absurd closure of the government’s physical schools gets a lot of people thinking, “couldn’t we arrange online instruction that is at least as effective as this minus the indoctrination and ‘selective reporting’?”

    For many of us, this doesn’t necessarily mean a “conservative” or libertarian or explicitly Christian curriculum (speaking only for our family, i’m decidedly a FORMER libertarian and an, um, atypical Christian anyway). We’d be satisfied with a rigorous, well-organized, well presented curriculum that offers broad coverage of both events and viewpoints, including respectful openminded consideration of viewpoints that the government schools will ignore or misrepresent — and leaves sexuality and family issues to us.

    When the kids get to junior high school, we may seek state gov “permission” to substitute our preferred online History and foreign-language courses for two in-school class periods per day.

    In the case of History, we want to avoid the indoctrination and simply introduce them to more material than they’ll get in government school.

    In the case of foreign languages, it just happens that each kid will want a language that gov schools don’t offer at that level nearby (German, Russian).

    Of course, you typically need a parent or grandparent at home, rather than out working, during those daytime online courses, let alone to have a parent directly teach some of the courses to younger kids when qualified. Many families don’t have that luxury. But we’ll at least opt them out of Sexual Indoctrination (while parents still have that right in california) and Political Indoctrination (“Social Studies”) and get them some European language that’s not available in the government school.

    Let’s hope that the Great Hysterical Lockdown of 2020 gets other parents thinking about never fully returning their children to government schools when it’s lifted, as well. (In some States, this might be the Great Hysterical Lockdown of 2020-21, or even….)

  134. @Astuteobservor II

    A good point, Astute. Perhaps the happy medium, for parents who can afford/arrange it, is to have the kids physically in the government school for most but not all of the schoolday.

    Specifically opt the kids out of the classes with the greatest inherent opportunity for indoctrination, such as history and “sex ed.” Find them quality courses in American, European, and World History from less biased and/or nonestablishment sources. Do the same if they wish to learn some language (and culture) that’s not taught in local government schools. These courses will most often be online, but one might get together with other parents to hire a small-group tutor as well.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  135. “Oh thank God, Spanish. I live in L.A. and hear so little these days.”

    Laugh . . .

  136. bluedog says:
    @John Nada

    Don’t get your shorts in a twist its coming what do you think all those urban exercises were all about where they practice all the terrorist taking over cites and everything else,just remember one thing they never do anything without a reason and no terrorism fails to count.!!!

  137. bluedog says:
    @SBaker

    Lol just wait until this financial circus crash’s, and the 1% running around buying everything in sight for pennies on the dollar,made in heaven and they ain’t going to miss it by any means,and don’t try to whitewash the west for its in Trumps favor to blame China China China for his hap-hazard response to the virus, and of course lets not even go into the financial mess that this country and other countries are in, for it was coming anyway the virus was just a good thing to blame it on.!!!

  138. Hey where have you been? I hope you and yours are well.

  139. @John Hagan

    Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks … not just in the UK

  140. Nuncle says:
    @BuelahMan

    The U.S. has become a despotism because there’s no other way for the Jews to destroy the majority (non-Jewish) culture without making use of the tools of despotism. If I recall correctly, it all started about 130 years ago when New York Jewish leaders started attacking the way Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice was taught in New York schools. From such humble beginnings, they have enlarged their power over the entire country to the extent that nothing that they regard as antithetical to their interests is permitted to exist.

  141. Nuncle says:

    Odd that I was not allowed to edit my comment even though there was still over three minutes left for me to do so!

  142. FB says: • Website
    @Jaylonw

    Thanks for that video…

    So nothing new there…US citizens are treated like livestock, and even executed on the spot for one simple reason…because the US government considers this is how to instill the fear of government authority into people…

    There is no respect for basic human dignity, or even the most fundamental right to life, or liberty…

    You will simply be tackled and chained, or perhaps even snuffed out…and this is exactly how the system is supposed to work…

    But of course the Chinese people, as evidenced by the stubborn woman on the bus, are the ones that have no rights…?

    And it is the Chinese government that people are afraid of…?

    • Agree: Biff
  143. KenH says:

    Whoa! Fred can actually still make sense when he wants to. I’m in shock that this column didn’t segue into how virtuous Messican Americans are and how provincial, anachronistic and irrationally xenophobic most white Americans are.

  144. @RadicalCenter

    To set the record straight, RC, we have not been homeschooling till ~ 2 months ago, with school being out. Now, I’d always thought about it, and this is a great opportunity to experience it. I have been determining what the learning is going to be each day, but my wife could get the hang of that too. She’s been against the whole idea since way back, but she is also, as I am, seeing how little was really being done at the (I’m talking about elementary) school. This is a “good school”, BTW, meaning mostly white kids and very active parents, not too many of whom speak other languages as their native tongues.

    I admire anyone who has been homeschooling also, Radical Center. On your last paragraph, INDEED!, as the Instapundit used to always say.

    Thanks for the great comment.

    .

    PS: Yes, I’m very much in agreement regarding the indoctrination part and revisionist trashing of real American history. This stuff starts right from Kindergarten. I’ve seen it. My son told me that I should be glad February was over, on Mar 1, this year. “What? What do you mean?” “No more black this, black that”, he said. Haha, kids say the darndest truths.

  145. @Curmudgeon

    Haha, the name calling doesn’t bother me too much, but I think it’s humorous that I’ve gotten it from both sides, sometimes in regards to the same comment about China!

    PS: I get your criticism though.

  146. Escher says:
    @Uncle Wiggly

    May be a tactic to lure out the closet Hitler fans and put the mark on them.

  147. @The Saigon Kid

    Next time try posting something from Derf Deer.

  148. @Saggy

    Letting idiots like you decide, yes, you are right. Worse than democracy. Letting career politicians who are actually beggars make our laws is just as bad. Most or all are idiots. They took us into the major wars of the 20th Century for idiotic reasons. But the ordinary man in the street is not an idiot. Letting a bunch of ordinary people decide would have kept us out of all the major wars. Cheap and easy. Use an open-source random number generator on Linux to pick the next rep off the electoral roll for a fixed term. Election by lot, it’s called. The rule of the people by the ordinary people. No career politicians. Democracy.

  149. vox4non says:

    A good read. So many are caught up in the labels rather than understanding what is actually being done. People forget that pragmatism needs to be the guide, rather than ideology, To quote Deng XiaoPing, “It doesn’t matter if it is a black cat or a white cat, so long as it catches the rat, it is a good cat”

  150. Well written, but inaccurate in that it lacks understanding of the Jew fifth-column’s control of the US Tyranny and the West. A reading of the Jews’ Protocols (Fake, until one comes to read them) would bring much clarity on the how and who of the world’s condition.

    With an understanding of the Jews and their Protocols, nothing in the state of or function of the world is a surprise or not understood. All the ideologies that drive the West are from the Jews–Socialism, communism, plunder-capitalism, neo-fascism, neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism, Zionism, liberalism, “political correctness,” etc.

    Be reminded, the Jew fifth-column’s rise to power is what Orwell was warning us of in his 1984. Towards that end, it is significant the name Orwell gave the deserter from the “Inner Party,” and the numerical limit of six million(tm) he placed on membership in same. 1984 is a fictionalized version of the Jews’ Protocols. i.e. anyone that has read Orwell’s 1984, has read a fictionalized version of the Jews’ Protocols.

  151. roonaldo says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Entendido. Cante con nosotros,

    [MORE]

    La cucaracha, la cucaracha,
    Ya no puede caminar,
    Porque le falta, porque no tiene,
    Marijuana que fumar.

    Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi,
    Ya no puede caminar,
    Porque le falta, porque no tiene,
    Barack Obama que chupar.

    Donaldo Trump, El Presidente,
    Ya no puede caminar,
    Porque le falta, Porque no tiene,
    Un acuerdo abrogar.

    Sr. Joe Biden, Sr. Joe Biden,
    Ya no puede caminar,
    Porque le falta, Porque no tiene,
    Jovencitas molestar.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  152. Sean says:
    @Jaylonw

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_in_January_2020

    11–12 January
    The WHO published initial guidance on travel advice, testing in the laboratory and medical investigation.[43] WHO is saying that “The [Chinese] government reports that there is no clear evidence that the virus passes easily from person to person”.

    The experts in the US took that as Gospel

    [MORE]

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/04/03/virus_experts_early_statements_belie_prescient_portrayal_142845.html
    In a Jan. 23 Journal of the American Medical Association podcast, Dr. Fauci repeatedly downplayed the virus’ potential impact on the U.S. … Asked whether the U.S. might contemplate city-wide shutdowns like those China was enacting at the time, Fauci replied, “There's no chance in the world that we could do that to Chicago or to New York or to San Francisco, but they're doing it. So, let's see what happens” and that and that even if there were more cases in the U.S., “the CDC, as usual, is on top of things.”

    [On Jan. 24] CDC issued a press release asserting that “the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low”[…] At a congressional briefing that same day, in response to multiple questions about whether the CDC needed additional funding to combat the disease, Director Robert Redfield reassured senators that it had all of the funds it needed.

    [On January 26th] Fauci again minimized the virus’ impact and portrayed it as a Chinese issue, asserting that “it’s a very, very low risk to the United States. … It isn’t something the American public needs to worry about or be frightened about. Because we have ways of preparing and screening of people coming in [from China].”

    Fauci also took care to praise the Chinese government for “being quite transparent” and said he was “impressed” with officials’ cooperation.

    It was not until the 27th of January that Fauci began complaining, amid signs of a pandemic, that China had not been open and honest with the world about the transmissibility of COVID-19.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @foolisholdman
  153. denk says:
    @John Nada

    just how long do you think any Chinese citizen would last doing that before their Ministry of State Security arranged to have a bullet put in his head?

    OMFG,

    HAVE you ever left your moM’s basement ???

    Ahmad and another idiot agrees,
    ROTFLMAO

  154. denk says:
    @Anonymous

    If anything good comes out of these last few years it might just be that fewer and fewer people are believing the lies and garbage handed out by the government and the media, and that’s a start.

    ROTFLMAO…..

    https://www.unz.com/freed/a-bicephalous-monoparty-ahd-the-four-pillars/#comment-3894896

    • Thanks: Biff
  155. Biff says:
    @Jaylonw

    Fuckin’ A bro!… That video is all that needs to be said… Reason #13 I got the fuck out of that dump known as the U.S.A.
    That is the very society they want to export at gun point. The world should revolt as one….

    • Agree: denk
  156. Biff says:
    @John Nada

    Just take a look at post #131 and you’ll find out how precious your worthless fucking “rights” are.

    • Replies: @denk
    , @SBaker
  157. denk says:
    @Biff

    John nada’s right ?

    Nein, zero, zilch, nada.

    hehehehhe

  158. Anonymous[411] • Disclaimer says:
    @vicente

    La verdad es que no hay ninguna opinión (política) que no sea ofensivo para algunas personas. De todos modos, creo que éste sitio está prohibido en el FB. Es posible que me equivoque.

  159. SBaker says:
    @450.org

    You conveniently omitted the 45 million welfare recipients that vote exclusively demorat. You also left out the pervert alliance (GLDPBT) that also votes 95% demorat. Tell us about the health of the welfare slugs and the homosexuals that vector more infectious diseases than any other segment of the population.

  160. SBaker says:
    @Biff

    Biff, you always sound like the tough guy on the block, except, you are well hidden and I doubt you would challenge any normal American male to their face. Thank you for leaving.

  161. SBaker says:
    @John Nada

    And what’s with this site and all the communist party blowjobs the contributors are dishing out these days?””

    John, anybody on the planet can post to this site. It is filled with socialist, communists, 3rd world failures, muslims, and international criminals, to the brim. Here is the site they can write like the tough guys on the block, without the risk of somebody feeding them their teeth.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @denk
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  162. Saggy says: • Website
    @AnonFromTN

    Oligarchy is better than democracy? Even when the elites are bigger idiots than an average Joe? Who could have thought!

    It could be that I am putting too much weight on the comments I see daily written by my facebook friends ….. but I’m pretty sure the lowest common denominator is pretty low….

  163. Richard B says:

    But as these are not formally part of government, we have freedom of speech. See? No unelected dictator decides what we are permitted to know or say. Mark Zuckerberg does.

    If Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube required everyone to take a Critical Thinking exam, membership would shrink from 3 billion to a few thousand overnight.

    Social Media is not a hotbed of reflective thought, or mental health (the two tend to go together).

    It’s good to remind ourselves of that every once in a while.

    So, beyond all of the disagreements, one has to be grateful for sites like The Unz Review, The Occidental Observer, VDARE, and others, where there’s a minimum of unreflective thinkers, writers and compulsive commenters, for those sites that have a comment section.

    Many here and elsewhere might comment often, but it’s generally because they have something to say. And they have something to say because they’re genuinely concerned.

    It’s the one thing that transcends disagreement and makes social media interaction worthwhile.

    And in these stressful times that is definitely something to be grateful for.

    In any event, we could all use a little more of this:
    https://www.criticalthinking.org/ctmodel/logic-model1.htm

    And a lot less of this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

  164. Richard B says:
    @John Nada

    thousands of enraged assholes on Twitter

    Check out my comment below, #168

    And what’s with this site and all the communist party blowjobs the contributors are dishing out these days?

    Amen! Been noticing that too.

    Marxism, in all of its forms, is a verbal cancer.

    And inoperable.

  165. @Wally

    Biden and Trump are the same , both are zionist controlled operators for the zionist controlled deep state.

  166. denk says:

    Conclusion…..

    This a a gigantic FF , designed to push the following globalists agenda…

    Rockefeller’s
    2010 LockStep,

    [MORE]

    Gates
    Global vaccination and depopulation agenda, ID2020 mark of beast.

    PTB’s plan to tear down China,
    mind you, [[[sobs]]] aint content to decouple themselves , they wanna impose a gawd damned
    Global Chinese Exclusion Act, …
    nobody should be allowed to do biz with the Chinese !

    Perpetrate the greatest heist of 21C,
    Gengzi compensation 2nd edition

    A big Pharma fiesta providing vaccines and ‘antidotes’ to the herd.

    It has the fingerprint of Gates, Rocketfeller, Pete Navarro, Gilstead, Pence and his deep state satanists buddies written all over it.

    in CASE you havent noticed,
    FUKUS is run by satanists.

    Marx Barbara HUbbard, US army think tank..

    “people will either change or die” “that is the choice”

    “We are in charge of god’s [lucifer] selection process for planet Earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death…… We do this for the sake of the world.” We come to bring death to those who are unable to know god… The riders of the pale horse are about to pass among you. Grim reapers, they will separate the wheat from the chaff. This is the most painful period in the history of humanity”

    https://undarkblog.com/new-age-movement/

    Who’s HUbbard’s mentor, none other than Gates best buddy…the Rockefeller.

    “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis.”

    ~ David Rockefeller

    https://www.unz.com/pescobar/no-weapon-left-behind-the-american-hybrid-war-on-china/#comment-3743459

    Mark of the Beast,
    Here we come…
    https://www.sgtreport.com/2020/05/april-2020-rockefeller-foundation-paper-urges-testing-and-tracing-entire-us-population/

    [[[sobs]]] are mocking at us…

    You still dunno whodunnit ?
    its staring right at your face. !

    CertificateOfVaccineID

    HR6666
    Body snatchers.
    https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/nteb-first-broke-the-story-about-the-ultra-creepy-h-r-6666-trace-bill-last-week-and-its-a-whole-lot-worse-than-we-originally-thought-heres-why/

    Symbolism is very important to groups like the Illuminati, the New World Order and others, as they love to flash you signs of how much smarter they are than you and I are. They like to put their true agenda right in our faces, and dare us to figure it out

    Melinda with her inverted cross…

    https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/roman-catholic-melinda-gates-upside-down-cross-today-show-global-vaccine/

    Four horsemen coaches in UK,

    By now ,anyone who still cant figure out who’r the MASTERMIND behind this shit has no biz hanging around anymore,..

    Enuff said.

  167. denk says:
    @SBaker

    Here is the site they can write like the tough guys on the block, without the risk of somebody feeding them their teeth.

    Peace.

    A peace man wanna re-arrange someone’s face cuz he doesnt agree with the guy.

    heheheh

  168. Anonymous[209] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    It was not until the 27th of January that Fauci began complaining, amid signs of a pandemic, that China had not been open and honest with the world about the transmissibility of COVID-19.

    China confirmed human transmissibility on January 20th, and a couple days later Wuhan was put under lockdown.

  169. Poco says:

    Haven’t you heard of the high speed trains?
    By God, they have high speed trains. And the State gives people scores! Scores! And people get tickets and fines for bad scores! And government cameras watch and score the people!

    It blows my mind that people who bitch about our current surveillance state praise the fucking chinese government.

    • Replies: @denk
  170. Lot’a commies here at UR. Pretty much the home of CPUSA.

    [MORE]

    • Agree: Truth
  171. Big Daddy says:

    Fred!!!! Right on. Virtually 100% correct.

    Our almost death knell was the contrarevolutionary Constitution brought to you by Madison and Alexander Levine. Lincoln finished it and Jekyll Island was the beginning of the rape of the wealth of the Capitalistic system. Unfortunately we are at the terminus.

  172. SBaker says:
    @Ilya G Poimandres

    Actually, I rather like BoJo since he stopped taking orders from Brussels. Trump isn’t perfect, but at least he is willing to take the lead and confront the old media which has become hard left. Trump is slowly revealing the level of corruption in the DC establishment and their press.

    My best bud is at a veterinary college here in the states, is still a citizen of the UK, but he has been in the US since the mid-80s. My bud’s last name is Johnson and I continue to refer to his Prime Minister as Cousin Boris. He never responds to this sarcastic comment, but often leads me down a similar road.

  173. @Saggy

    The big problem is that the governement and the so called deep state want war, while the “idiots” want peace. Those same idiots who got butchered in case of a war. While the governement and the deep state stay on the safe side.

  174. Jmaie says:
    @Rahan

    Once the crash comes and it turns out the Anglosphere has been hollowed out completely, the (((elites))) will simply latch (or try to latch on) to the next organism. Maybe India, who knows.

    What makes you think they’re not already there?

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  175. denk says:

    Mind control 101 for dummies…

    Predictive programming is a subtle form of psychological conditioning provided by the media to acquaint the public with planned societal changes to be implemented by TPTB.

    If and when these changes are put through, the public will already be familiarized with them and will accept them as ‘natural progressions’, as Alan Watt (*) calls it; thus lessening any possible public resistance and commotion.

    Predictive programming therefore may be considered as a veiled form of preemptive mass manipulation or mind control, courtesy of our puppet masters.

    [MORE]

    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_mediacontrol66.htm

    Tip of an iceberg.

    You’ve been warned, as early as …..

    2003
    xxx zone the movie,
    Pandemic from China.

    [Then SARS1, THAT RACE SPECIFIC VIRUS HIT CHINA]

    2008
    Dean Koonz’s novel about a pandemic from China, Wuhan 400.

    2010
    Rockefeller ‘predicts’ a pandemic which leads to a global lockstep.
    https://www.sgtreport.com/2020/03/lock-step-2010-rockefeller-foundation-paper-laid-out-ominous-scenario-how-a-pandemic-could-be-used-to-lock-down-society-with-alarming-implications-for-our-post-pandemic-future/

    2011
    Contagion the movie.
    Thats right, a global pandemic originated from China.

    2019
    Crimson Contagion
    Almost an entire year of ‘war game’,
    a dry run prepping for a pandemic from ….
    China.

    10/2019
    NWO frontman, BIll Gates, warned us in a Netflix documentary…..’Get ready for a pandemic from China, those wet markets are virtual virus factories’

    Thanks for that heads up, BIll.

    11/2019
    The grand finale.
    Bill Gates presided over Event 201
    A computer simulation of a global pandemic, the exact scenario is being played out at this moment.

    the next thing we know, [[[somebody]]] crapped that shit in Wuhan.

    Ergo,

    Dont ever say [[[we]]] didnt warn you. !

    P.S.
    Some ‘newbies’ like beentheredonethat tells us its all
    coincidences .

    hehehhe

    P.S.
    There were at least two Simpson cartoons in the 90’s which ‘predicts’ a virus from HK/Jp.
    Wow, those filthy East Asians
    hehehhe

    ————
    Asian hygiene index

    Jp [bird flu, SARS2]
    SK [bird flu, swine flu, SARS2]
    Sg [SARS1, SARS2]
    TW [bird flu, SARS1, SARS2]
    China [all the above]
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    India
    Nein, zero, nada, zilch.
    —–

    hehehhehe

  176. denk says:
    @Poco

    fucking chinese government.

    We’r all victims poor dear,
    I went thru SARS1,
    NOW into 2nd month of SARS2 lockdown.

    Trouble with your ilks,
    dont even know who’s been fucking you.

    • Replies: @Poco
  177. @Achmed E. Newman

    My son was “ church schooled” with 5 other kids of varying ages- in one classroom. Our parents pool resources and use Abeka home- schooling. The Pastors and wives drew small salaries as teachers. We are in North Phila amid the squalor of the opiate plague. This church has been educating in this fashion since 1985 for a nominal tuition fee; my son is a high achiever and is now in a Christian college in Florida studying medicine.

    So, if you put your treasure where your heart is God will provide. We praise God for His simple providence. We have a humble paid off row home, no debt and our sons college is paid off- it is less than 1/4 the tuition, room and board of Penn State or Temple.
    There are tiny Fundamental Baptist congregations that dot this land- all offer some fashion of the bedrock Christ- centered education, parsimonious tuitions and stable encouragement for continuous family formation and worthwhile reasons for living and working- but first and foremost- people need to reject Satan and the wages of sin and be reconciled to the Lord before they can begin to bear fruit and avail themselves of God’s plans for them.
    This pestilence; the toxic political/culture; the economic perfidy-are all symptoms of mans woe and utter estrangement from the God of the Bible.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  178. joe2.5 says:
    @SBaker

    Pass? Nonsense. This here isn’t a professional journal, where one is judged on original data and articles reviewed by one’s peers; here each statement stands alone by dint of its verifiable data and logical consistency — not the person proposing it. That said, I note that you write like a politician and avoid grappling with the content. If you want to get results from your ideological argument I suggest you go discuss it directly with the virus — maybe it will compromise if you argue a lot.

    • Replies: @SBaker
  179. @Jmaie

    Judging by the Indian English press. And the lack of a curry ceiling in the USA. They are 100% in India already.

  180. Anonymous[411] • Disclaimer says:
    @vicente

    Acabo encontrar el artículo sobre la prohibición de éste sitio en el FB

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/our-facebook-ban-the-fatal-0-2/

  181. @Stonehands

    Stonehands, I literally don’t have enough Thanks left. (You get only 3 every 8 hours)

    Your story is good to hear!

  182. @SBaker

    Yep, half of the unz site is pure anti-all-things-American and Communism. I put up with some of these commenters infesting other threads only because of the good guys on here: Mr. Sailer, Mr. Epigone, Dr. Paul, Mr. Derbyshire, Mr. Buchanan, Mrs. Malkin now, CJ Hopkins (for now), and the chance to tear Fred Reed a new one and occasionally read a very good column from him.

    Mr. Baker it’s is that time of the century, when the Commies come crawling out of the woodwork again.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @bluedog
  183. Biff says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I put up with some of these commenters

    You don’t ‘put up’ with jack. You piss and moan like an old woman.
    I’m not sure you can be outdone.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  184. denk says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    that government is pretty much the enemy of the Chinese people

    Yet another know it all murikkan, a Kissinger clone, the kind of stuff regime change are made of….

    I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the [fill in the blank] to decide themselves.

    Chile, Niacaragua, Venezuela, Brazil,Granada, ……………………………………
    two hundred regime change since ww2/

  185. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    lol we must be back to the McCarthy era again as the fruitcakes see what others can’t see, and that’s a commie invading what passes for a mind, and yes these nuts have been around for a very long time and I trust unless removed from society before they harm themselves. will be around forever.!!!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  186. denk says:

    [[[Their]]] agenda…Apocalypse now !

    Trump…
    https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/11/trump-armageddon-satanism-and-the-deep-state/

    Pence, Pompass…
    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/mike-pence-mike-pompeo-belong-doomsday-cult-may-trying-bring-apocalypse/

    The Clintons…..

    While the majority of leaders connected to this clan claim the Republican label, the series points to Bill and Hillary Clinton and other like-minded neoliberals who are connected to Coe and who praise the work of The Family. Included in this mix are progressive thought leaders who build their platforms and publishing deals based on their public veneer as a new kind of Christian, a warrior willing to do battle against those Bible believers who back a Trumpian theology.

    https://thehumanist.com/arts_entertainment/culture/the-family-more-gilead-than-godly

    Notice how the plan includes a “Healthcare Corps” which funnily enough is exactly what Bill Clinton was planning a few weeks ago in his talks with the Californian and New York Governors where they spoke of an “army of tracers” (Cuomo’s words) and using the AmeriCorps (founded by Clinton) to become America’s new national contact tracing force.

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2020/05/april-2020-rockefeller-foundation-paper-urges-testing-and-tracing-entire-us-population/

    All in The family.

    Netflix viewer comment…

    Jeeze, It scares the crap outta me, !

    https://pjmiller.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/washington-dcs-the-family/

    They dont call it The Great Satan for nuthin, you know !

  187. @450.org

    Oh, by the way, this picture of fitness is Maggie De Block( member of the Flemish liberal party Open VLD), Belgium’s Minister Of Health.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYFxDa0XYAEqCUS?format=jpg&name=small
    Here she is telling Belgium what they must do to stay healthy.
    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-belgium/belgiums-lockdown-to-last-at-least-eight-more-weeks-health-minister-idUKKBN2190KI

  188. @Biff

    Here come 3 of the Commie-Contingent now. See what I’m talking about, guys? Right now it’s just the 3rd-string single-A ballplayers, like Biff, Bluedog, Denk, etc. They are too stupid to be worrisome. It’s the intellectual ones with the university degrees in Poly-Sci that will come out of the woodwork soon enough, and they are the ones that real Americans, along with the useful idiots here need to be worried about.

  189. @bluedog

    What was the middle part again?

    • Replies: @bluedog
  190. No Body says:

    This article is sadly and disturbingly on point.

  191. denk says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    UNZ’s resident loudmouth…

    that government is pretty much the enemy of the Chinese people

    That Washington govn cabal is the enemy of the Murikkan people.
    [fixed]

    https://archive.commondreams.org/view/022500-104.htm

    And you aint seen nuthin yet….

    911

    Kent state
    Waco
    Liberty
    Rachel Corrie
    UNit 731
    Pearl Harbor
    The famous five
    CV19

    Tip of an iceberg.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  192. @roonaldo

    Gut geschrieben, gut gesungen, mein Freund.

    Lo siento, pero yo hablo solamente Ingles y Aleman.

    • Replies: @roonaldo
  193. @denk

    “I know you are, but what am I?”

    I already wrote that the US Gov’t is the enemy of the American people too. Learn to read.

    I was aware during the Waco Massacre. See Peak Stupidity‘s short post More about Waco, TX.

    • Replies: @denk
  194. @Liberty Mike

    Lennon, I assume you mean, as I sure think more of him than Lenin.

    Paul’s tunes with his band Wings were very good. Silly Love Songs is just another one that he wrote with more than one tune, putting them together, as with Band on the Run and Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

  195. @RadicalCenter

    Homeschooling should be complimentary to public school.

    Essentially parents play the role of covering for the inadequacies of the public education.

    I thought that was what every parent is supposed to be doing already.

  196. denk says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Exactly.
    You should just speak for
    yourself
    , fUKUS is in a league all by itself….in state terrorism.
    NObody is even close.

    Learn to read.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @Poco
  197. @denk

    I’ve been to China, and I’ve been all around. I don’t need a China-bot to tell me what’s what. Plus, I read history. How ’bout you? Is everything you know off of Commie blogs?

    • Replies: @denk
    , @bluedog
  198. denk says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    kiddo

    Im not interested in your anecdotes

    Can you dispute these….
    USG crimes against its own citizens ?
    Waco, Kent state, LIberty, 911,
    CIA fingering murikkans for liquidation by Pinochet’s henchmen…
    etc etc

    tip of an iceberg

    • Replies: @SBaker
  199. Bronek says:
    @Montefrío

    Yes, it’s true what you’ve implied. I also have been in our very rich club.

    Overall, my time has belonged to me. It has belonged to me all over Mother Europe’s neighborhoods, on iron hoss exploration tours from coast-to-coast and too many other places to mention.

    It’s more than sad to watch people sell their souls for plastic. I take my hate off to you, Sir. When watching grandchildren and going on adventures with them, it’s the entering of heaven.

  200. Bronek says:
    @Emily

    Emily, you would have fit in good with the Solidarity Revolution in Poland.

  201. SBaker says:
    @joe2.5

    Stop trying to sell snake-oil and pretending to be something you clearly are not. It could be that some people think you deserve to have the pitchfork shoved in the distal end of your own GI tract. Where did you learn such rhetoric? I won’t ask about you training in ER to infectious disease outbreaks and epidemiology.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @joe2.5
  202. SBaker says:
    @denk

    Hey dink, can you tell us how many Sir Mao laid to rest? I shared an office with a grad student from China for almost 2 years. There were 9 of us in the physiology/pharmacology dept and we had social events weekly. We all got to know each other quite well. For the first year the good Dr. from China said very little about home. As his office mate, he shared a very different picture from what you paint. Compared to the good Dr., you spout the party-line propaganda; he told the ugly truth and revealed those he feared and why.

    • LOL: bluedog
    • Replies: @denk
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  203. Bronek says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Enjoyed your thoughts. I also home schooled a grandchild for a year. Got knocked out by Gilliam Beret Syndrome. Was paralyzed for a long time. It’s true what you say about public education; mainly, it’s anti-majority. Earlier I searched all over for weeks to find a school. Found was a Lutheran facility (nearly all W). They changed direction and brought in slews of the 3rd world. Thus, the child was taken out. Another school was selected. The anti-majority indoctrination would stagger one’s imagination. That, despite the fact of only two out of about 25 kids were not EuroAms. Kids even had to learn the life hx of Ray Charles!

    Further, the two best schools in the region (ShoreCrest and Admiral Farragut) had altered. ShoreCrest built two new large buildings and added an Affirmative Action department. Then, Admiral F filled up with the 3rd world. It’s tough out there.

    Will Amdom survive? If so, how many of EuroMan’s progeny will dislike the majority? Those who labour for a living can hardy be able to spend long hours searching to protect the next generation. Yes, your share of info was the reality of this new age. We can thank the Z media and La CessPool Grande.

  204. Poco says:
    @denk

    I know exactly who. Doesn’t mean I think some chink communist should get their shot.

    • Replies: @denk
  205. Poco says:
    @denk

    The problem with your ilk is that you can’t understand that it is possible to dislike the US government and also be anti-communist. A shriveled brain is what you possess. One that only thinks either/or.

    • Replies: @denk
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  206. Biff says:
    @SBaker

    some people think you deserve to have the pitchfork shoved in the distal end of your own GI tract.

    You seem to have a penchant for violent acts – you should try Facebook, they’ll love you there, as long as you support empire in your violence. Send us a video Clip when you decide to act out on your fantasies(if you hadn’t already).

  207. joe2.5 says:
    @SBaker

    Your lack of elementary, linear logic leads you to confuse medical expertise and political stance in the same sentence. If you have any relevant objection to the medical content of my message that you attacked, let’s see it. Just infantile expostulations don’t cut it.

    For the medical part, we’re not in a pissing contest. If you “don’t” ask about my own qualifications, I “won’t” call attention to your bragging, lower down, of having done something in pharmacology. The fact of my having taught Epid & immune-suppressed ID does not make anything I say re medicine any more or less valuable than the opinion of even a lying lawyer because, as I already wrote and you disregarded, each statement stands alone on its own data and logic.

    That said, it will be a surprise for someone like you to learn that different people may have different opinions politically and that this has nothing to do with medical status, as you seem to believe. Politics aside, having done something in pharmacology is also perfectly compatible with being a huge lower orifice.

    • Replies: @SBaker
  208. denk says:
    @SBaker

    More gossips, second hand at that.

    Stupid cunt goes into my bozo file

    dink

    why are your ilks so predictable ?

  209. denk says:
    @Poco

    You know who’s been fucking you ?

    Speak up man, this is the land of
    freedumb, nobody is gonna put a bullet in your head !

  210. denk says:
    @Poco

    What’ve CCP ever done to you ,kiddo ???

  211. Epstein’s ability to hang himself from a bedstead two feet shorter than himself.

    To be fair, a soft hanging suicide only requires something the height of a doorknob and cord secure enough to keep the pressure on through the involuntary thrashing that occurs after you go unconscious.

    His suicide should not have been possible because he should not have had the tools to effect a soft hanging and should have been supervised to obstruct any attempts, not because it was impossible, because it certainly was a possible easy out if he had the tools (cord of some kind) and the time (20 minutes-ish?).

    The how of his suicide is not the issue, it is that he was allowed to do so/made to look like he did so.

    • Replies: @Patagonia Man
  212. @SBaker

    I realized it’s not worth it, Mr. Baker. I think that Mr. Denk is a computer program, written in BASIC, running on an old Mao-era Trash-80.

    .

    OK, a little artistic license there – the TRS-80 was past the Mao era by just a year, but Dink’s country of origin was still a major piece of shit at that point.

  213. @Poco

    AGREED, Poco!. In fact, if you are anti-Communist, you are very likely to dislike the US Feral Gov’t at this point.

    • Agree: SBaker
  214. SBaker says:
    @joe2.5

    You supplied no data or logic and you were not in Wuhan to witness the response. Snakeoil is not logic and not backed by data known exclusively to you.

  215. vox4non says:

    Excellent article! Too many are hung up on the labels, when they should see that they are merely different heads of the same hydra. Meanwhile, the panem et circenses continue to keep the populace distracted while they are being slowly drained.

  216. roonaldo says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Thanks, I came to appreciate the sound and flow of German when working next to a guy who handled calls from German-speaking clients. I thought Spanish might grate on you less if mixed with song and humour, though I imagine L.A. is now overrun with every street-trash dialect of Spanish imagineable.

    Years ago in Spanish class, a prof told us that in the song, from the Mexican Revolution, “La Cucaracha” is a whore that is so thoroughly hosed by the soldiers that she cannot walk, and so poorly paid that she can’t even get a bit of marijuana to ease her pain. So, in my version, political prostitutes (prostititions?) are substituted. Cheers.

  217. @John Hagan

    You forgot “Private Eye” who had a twenty year long battle with the Mossad’s father of Einsteins procuress- dubbed Captain Bob Maxwell for his love of sailing.
    Private Eye started incorporating a separate legal vehicle for each issue as protection against the notoriously vicious libel laws in Britain. When Robert Maxwell died by drowning while sailing his Yacht, The Eye rejoiced with the front page dedicated to “Captain Bob, Bob, Bob…”
    Made me smile.

  218. @RadicalCenter

    The shake-up that I’m looking forward to is that of so called “Colleges”.

  219. @Mello Chungus

    None of us saw the body & conveniently the vid cameras were turned off – its just another OBL ‘killing’ – that we’re all asked to take on “authority”.

    Billionaires, and especially those with the connections Epstein had – not one, but two, US Presidents and the 8th in line to the British throne, Prince Andrew – do not commit suicide.

    Also, given that US Presidents have the prerogative to pardon known criminals at the end of their terms – he could’ve waited til the end of Trump’s term – which will most probably be in 2024 the way its looking as its hard to see how an incumbent could lose to a 78 y.o. serial sex pest biden his time in a basement, see what I did there?, lol)

    Given he was obviously operating as a honeypot for a certain intel agency – he will have been relocated to some other country with a new ID (and maybe even a face transplant, who knows?) as his corporate memory / skills set is much too great for the agency to lose.

    Or maybe he’s just on that tropical island in the middle of some ocean with all the people who know too much.

  220. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Which part idiot didn’t you understand as if comprehension was you strong point.!!!

  221. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    My My MY we have an expert among us and expert most call a drip under pressure,been to the Moon lately or maybe Mars so you can try to impress us.!!!

  222. @John Hagan

    Yes, The increasingly totalitarian British government (aka BBC) had decided to ban the hillarious and much enjoyed episode of Fawlty Towers, “Don’t mention the War” as “Racist” or some such nonsense, but have since relented at least to some extent! Apparently, Netflix has the unedited version.
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/tv/fawlty-towers-dont-mention-the-war-episode-removed-from-uktv/ar-BB15m6WZ

  223. @John Nada

    But the fact is, in the USA you have hundreds of thousands of enraged assholes on Twitter and the like openly calling the president a lying sack of shit. Now just how long do you think any Chinese citizen would last doing that before their Ministry of State Security arranged to have a bullet put in his head? Three hours? That alone is proof you’re fooling yourself if you think these parallels are absolute, or that China is any place you’d want to belch out whatever anti-government thoughts that come a rumblin’ into your head.

    How much time have you spent reading Chinese social media? Not a lot. I’ll be bound!

  224. @Curmudgeon

    My favourite was where Maggie took her cabinet out to a restaurant for a meal. The waiter asked her what she would like and she replied; “Steak! Rare, Very Rare!” The waiter then asked “And for the vegetables?” “Oh, they’ll have the same as I and like it!”

  225. @Sean

    Anyone with a reading age in double figures can surely tell the difference between “there is no clear evidence of transmission between humans” and “there is no transmission between humans”. You quote Fauci and you could also have quoted Trump to the same effect. Why blame the Chinese for what Fauci said? Was not locking down a province with 57 million inhabitants indication enough that it was serious? Did the Chinese say: “it’s a very, very low risk to the United States. … It isn’t something the American public needs to worry about or be frightened about.” No they didn’t, it was an American official, Dr Fauci. So why blame the Chinese?

  226. @SBaker

    has been much for the benefit of China.

    I suppose that is one way to describe 84,659 cases of a very nasty disease and 4,645 deaths, plus the costs of fighting the disease and the loss to the economy, plus the costs of sending out many teams of experts to help other countries, plus the cost of donating many millions of dollars’ worth of PPE to other countries (Including 20 masks each, for every USAmerican) but it isn’t how I would describe it.

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