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A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent collapse of Europe and its supposed Enlightenment values of liberalism and rationalism. The idea of Europe, they warn, “is falling apart before our eyes”, as Britain prepares for Brexit and “populist and nationalist” parties look poised to make sweeping gains in elections across the continent.

The short manifesto has been published in the liberal elite’s European house journals, newspapers such as the Guardian. “We must now fight for the idea of Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” their document reads. Failure means “resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.”

Unless the tide can be turned, elections across the European Union will be “the most calamitous that we have ever known: victory for the wreckers; disgrace for those who still believe in the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe, and Comenius; disdain for intelligence and culture; explosions of xenophobia and antisemitism; disaster”.

The manifesto was penned by Bernard-Henri Levy, the French philosopher and devotee of Alexis de Tocqueville, a theorist of classical liberalism. Its signatories include novelists Ian McEwan, Milan Kundera and Salman Rushdie, the historian Simon Shama, and Nobel prize laureates Svetlana Alexievitch, Herta Müller, Orhan Pamuk and Elfriede Jelinek.

Though unnamed, their European political heroes appear to be Emmanuel Macron of France, currently trying to crush the popular, anti-austerity protests of the Yellow Vests, and German chancellor Angela Merkel, manning the barricades for the liberal elite against a resurgence of the nationalist right in Germany.

Let us set aside, on this occasion, the strange irony that several of the manifesto’s signatories – not least Henri-Levy himself – have a well-known passion for Israel, a state that has always rejected the universal principles ostensibly embodied in liberal ideology and that instead openly espouses the kind of ethnic nationalism that nearly tore Europe apart in two world wars last century.

Instead let us focus on their claim that “populism and nationalism” are on the verge of slaying Europe’s liberal democratic tradition and the very values held dearest by this distinguished group. Their hope, presumably, is that their manifesto will serve as a wake-up call before things take an irreversible turn for the worse.

Liberalism’s collapse

In one sense, their diagnosis is correct: Europe and the liberal tradition are coming apart at the seams. But not because, as they strongly imply, European politicians are pandering to the basest instincts of a mindless rabble – the ordinary people they have so little faith in. Rather, it is because a long experiment in liberalism has finally run its course. Liberalism has patently failed – and failed catastrophically.

These intellectuals are standing, like the rest of us, on a precipice from which we are about to jump or topple. But the abyss has not opened up, as they suppose, because liberalism is being rejected. Rather, the abyss is the inevitable outcome of this shrinking elite’s continuing promotion – against all rational evidence – of liberalism as a solution to our current predicament. It is the continuing transformation of a deeply flawed ideology into a religion. It is idol worship of a value system hellbent on destroying us.

Liberalism, like most ideologies, has an upside. Its respect for the individual and his freedoms, its interest in nurturing human creativity, and its promotion of universal values and human rights over tribal attachment have had some positive consequences.

But liberal ideology has been very effective at hiding its dark side – or more accurately, at persuading us that this dark side is the consequence of liberalism’s abandonment rather than inherent to the liberal’s political project.

The loss of traditional social bonds – tribal, sectarian, geographic – has left people today more lonely, more isolated than was true of any previous human society. We may pay lip service to universal values, but in our atomised communities, we feel adrift, abandoned and angry.

Humanitarian resource grabs

The liberal’s professed concern for others’ welfare and their rights has, in reality, provided cynical cover for a series of ever-more transparent resource grabs. The parading of liberalism’s humanitarian credentials has entitled our elites to leave a trail of carnage and wreckage in their wake in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and soon, it seems, in Venezuela. We have killed with our kindness and then stolen our victims’ inheritance.

Unfettered individual creativity may have fostered some great – if fetishised – art, as well as rapid mechanical and technological developments. But it has also encouraged unbridled competition in every sphere of life, whether beneficial to humankind or not, and however wasteful of resources.

At its worst, it has unleashed quite literally an arms race, one that – because of a mix of our unconstrained creativity, our godlessness and the economic logic of the military-industrial complex – culminated in the development of nuclear weapons. We have now devised the most complete and horrific ways imaginable to kill each other. We can commit genocide on a global scale.

Meanwhile, the absolute prioritising of the individual has sanctioned a pathological self-absorption, a selfishness that has provided fertile ground not only for capitalism, materialism and consumerism but for the fusing of all of them into a turbo-charged neoliberalism. That has entitled a tiny elite to amass and squirrel away most of the planet’s wealth out of reach of the rest of humanity.

Worst of all, our rampant creativity, our self-regard and our competitiveness have blinded us to all things bigger and smaller than ourselves. We lack an emotional and spiritual connection to our planet, to other animals, to future generations, to the chaotic harmony of our universe. What we cannot understand or control, we ignore or mock.

ORDER IT NOW

And so the liberal impulse has driven us to the brink of extinguishing our species and possibly all life on our planet. Our drive to asset-strip, to hoard resources for personal gain, to plunder nature’s riches without respect to the consequences is so overwhelming, so compulsive that the planet will have to find a way to rebalance itself. And if we carry on, that new balance – what we limply term “climate change” – will necessitate that we are stripped from the planet.

Nadir of a dangerous arrogance

One can plausibly argue that humans have been on this suicidal path for some time. Competition, creativity, selfishness predate liberalism, after all. But liberalism removed the last restraints, it crushed any opposing sentiment as irrational, as uncivilised, as primitive.

Liberalism isn’t the cause of our predicament. It is the nadir of a dangerous arrogance we as a species have been indulging for too long, where the individual’s good trumps any collective good, defined in the widest possible sense.

The liberal reveres his small, partial field of knowledge and expertise, eclipsing ancient and future wisdoms, those rooted in natural cycles, the seasons and a wonder at the ineffable and unknowable. The liberal’s relentless and exclusive focus is on “progress”, growth, accumulation.

What is needed to save us is radical change. Not tinkering, not reform, but an entirely new vision that removes the individual and his personal gratification from the centre of our social organisation.

This is impossible to contemplate for the elites who think more liberalism, not less, is the solution. Anyone departing from their prescriptions, anyone who aspires to be more than a technocrat correcting minor defects in the status quo, is presented as a menace. Despite the modesty of their proposals, Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US have been reviled by a media, political and intellectual elite heavily invested in blindly pursuing the path to self-destruction.

Status-quo cheerleaders

As a result, we now have three clear political trends.

The first is the status-quo cheerleaders like the European writers of liberalism’s latest – last? – manifesto. With every utterance they prove how irrelevant they have become, how incapable they are of supplying answers to the question of where we must head next. They adamantly refuse both to look inwards to see where liberalism went wrong and to look outwards to consider how we might extricate ourselves.

Irresponsibly, these guardians of the status quo lump together the second and third trends in the futile hope of preserving their grip on power. Both trends are derided indiscriminately as “populism”, as the politics of envy, the politics of the mob. These two fundamentally opposed, alternative trends are treated as indistinguishable.

This will not save liberalism, but it will assist in promoting the much worse of the two alternatives.

Those among the elites who understand that liberalism has had its day are exploiting the old ideology of grab-it-for-yourself capitalism while deflecting attention from their greed and the maintenance of their privilege by sowing discord and insinuating dark threats.

The criticisms of the liberal elite made by the ethnic nationalists sound persuasive because they are rooted in truths about liberalism’s failure. But as critics, they are disingenuous. They have no solutions apart from their own personal advancement in the existing, failed, self-sabotaging system.

The new authoritarians are reverting to old, trusted models of xenophobic nationalism, scapegoating others to shore up their own power. They are ditching the ostentatious, conscience-salving sensitivities of the liberal so that they can continue plundering with heady abandon. If the ship is going down, then they will be gorging on the buffet till the waters reach the dining-hall ceiling.

Where hope can reside

The third trend is the only place where hope can reside. This trend – what I have previously ascribed to a group I call the “dissenters” – understands that radical new thinking is required. But given that this group is being actively crushed by the old liberal elite and the new authoritarians, it has little public and political space to explore its ideas, to experiment, to collaborate, as it urgently needs to.

Social media provides a potentially vital platform to begin critiquing the old, failed system, to raise awareness of what has gone wrong, to contemplate and share radical new ideas, and to mobilise. But the liberals and authoritarians understand this as a threat to their own privilege. Under a confected hysteria about “fake news”, they are rapidly working to snuff out even this small space.

We have so little time, but still the old guard wants to block any possible path to salvation – even as seas filled with plastic start to rise, as insect populations disappear across the globe, and as the planet prepares to cough us out like a lump of infected mucus.

We must not be hoodwinked by these posturing, manifesto-spouting liberals: the philosophers, historians and writers – the public relations wing – of our suicidal status quo. They did not warn us of the beast lying cradled in our midst. They failed to see the danger looming, and their narcissism blinds them still.

We should have no use for the guardians of the old, those who held our hands, who shone a light along a path that has led to the brink of our own extinction. We need to discard them, to close our ears to their siren song.

There are small voices struggling to be heard above the roar of the dying liberal elites and the trumpeting of the new authoritarians. They need to be listened to, to be helped to share and collaborate, to offer us their visions of a different world. One where the individual is no longer king. Where we learn some modesty and humility – and how to love in our infinitely small corner of the universe.

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jonathan-cook.net.

 
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  1. Rational says:

    SAVAGES IN SUITS.

    Democracy = populism = nationalism and patriotism are the pinnacles of a civilized society. We evolved towards these.

    These people are just savages in suits, asking us to back into the gutter.

    We refuse. They are refuse.

    • Agree: Z-man, Alfred, Bill Jones
  2. In 2019…..Liberalism=THE PASSAGE OF 1965 NONWHITE LEGAL IMMIGRANT INCREASE ACT=THE PASSAGE OF THE 1965 NATIVE BORN WHITE AMERICAN EXTERMINATION ACT!!!

    Always refer to White Liberals this way:White Liberals are type:WHITE LIBERALS=WHITE LIBERAL GREEDY CHEATING CLASS!!!………As we enter the Time of the Great Battery Acid Dipping Era….They will come out looking like geseltafish……Ted Kennedy towards the end…looked like rotting geselta fish…

    • Agree: anon1
  3. peterAUS says:

    Good article overall.

    Still…something is missing there.A big SOMETHING.

    …“dissenters” – understands that radical new thinking is required…

    Looks like it.
    But, this:

    that group…

    ..has little public and political space to explore its ideas, to experiment, to collaborate, as it urgently needs to…

    isn’t important.
    “Little public and political space” is not the reason for a failure, so far.

    Something else is.
    And, until the author types figure out what that something is all they’ll be doing is….well….nothing of practical value in real life.
    Will they figure it out, or are they even capable of that, is another matter altogether.

    All in all…..interesting times ahead, for sure.

  4. apollonian says: • Website

    Cook And Unz Merely Need To Look Inwards–At Their Devilish Jewwy Narcissism, Subjectivism, And Psychosis

    Jonathan Cook, a Jew–like Ron Unz–laments the passing of his lovely little play-ground of Western Civilization which was built by Christians and Christianity–which these hate-ridden, psychotic, narcissistic, and hedonist Jews don’t want to admit or to mentioning.

    Unz refuses to “go there” (explicitly and honestly acknowledging Christian civilization) because, he says, and lies, it’s mere “religion”–when the fact is the core of Christianity is PERFECTLY philosophic value–TRUTH = Christ (Gosp. JOHN 14:6).

    Observe Cook never mentions, not even once, Christianity or the Christian people who built everything the little, lower-level, piss-ant Jews, like Cook and Unz, want to preserve and fear soooo desperately is passing away. And they, Cook and Unz, know it (Western civilization) will be gone forever, because they, being the hate-ridden Jews they really are, refuse to grasp and acknowledge the greatness which is the Christian cultural achievement–REASON AND RATIONALITY and their products, science and law.

    And it’s interesting Cook blames liberalism and individualism–really the typical and thematic Jewwy NARCISSISM–for the demise of that civilization he finds soooo precious, slipping now through his proverbial “fingers,” the poor, stupid kike, ho ho ho ho.

    So what we really see is the Jews, Cook and Unz (see Unz’s “Open Ltr to Alt. Right”), lament they’ve done such good anti-Christ job, now the Christian civilization seems to be passing them by, and they’re really sorry about it all–even though it doesn’t cause them to question their filthy, Jewwy satanism (extreme subjectivism), by which they and other Jews like them have done their best to destroy Christianity, hence civilization.

    And actually, we see Jonathan Cook is really pretty thoroughly SCHIZOID, in fact, for all his quite affected criticisms of liberalism and individualism, when the real problem is the passing of reason and rationality–even if indeed, it is upon pretext of “liberalism” and “individualism”–“identity politics”? For what Cook observes is merely “liberalism” and “individualism” taken out of their proper (Christian/Western) rational contexts.

    So one merely needs de-code and de-cipher the typical Jewwy schizoid, Cook, who merely describes symptoms, NOT the real cause of the problems. For obviously what has been sorely attacked is CHRISTIANITY, hence OBJECTIVITY, and these satanistic Jews have always done this attacking by means of out-of-context pushing of “liberalism” and “individualism,” aside fm other satanic/irrationalist things they typically do.

    For the essence of the “West” is Christian, and essence of Christianity and Christian civilization is reason and objective reality, necessary basis of TRUTH (= Christ) and what now prevails is extreme subjectivism/satanism, and thus the out-of-context “liberalism” and “individualism”–really just irrationality and psychotic narcissism as we always get fm Jews, like Cook and Unz.

  5. A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published

    .

    See? They are respected. By most of the others. The problem lies with most of the others much more than with them.
    As long as you want to view it as a problem.

    Whenever I tried to be part of a “community”, and it were communities grouping people of the most various social economic cultural sexual connotations, the most respected were those most fit to lie, including to themselves.
    Seeing as the wide majority felt best that way, my view of the situation as a problem that merited to be tackled abandoned me.

  6. Tyrion 2 says:

    Underlying this essay is the “progressive” assumption that people are born good and then corrupted by [insert whatever you don’t like.]

    The problem is that this is obviously not true and that it leads to the reflexive critique of anything of substance. As, through vague thinking, all substantial endeavours become corruptors.

    This is why such ludicrous figures as Maduro get praised. Relative to America, Venezuela has done nothing. Therefore, since doing things is corrupting things, America is bad and Venezuela is de facto good; actually, just good, as Venezuela “resists” America.

    In all, this seems to be how the third worldist international left arrives at its mindless nihilism.

  7. ‘We can commit genocide on a global scale.’
    With the growing movement towards nuclear war, we have indeed reached the nadir. It is important to see how humanity got here, for the signs are ominous.
    The pattern of history is clear. Power (manifested as interest) has been present in every conflict of the past – no exception. It is the underlying motivation for war. Other cultural factors might change, but not power. Interest cuts across all apparently unifying principles: family, kin, nation, religion, ideology, politics – everything. We unite with the enemies of our principles, because that is what serves our interest. It is power, not any of the above concepts, that is the cause of war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  8. AWM says:

    We are predators.
    But Christ gave us an option.
    Some people need to think about it.

  9. MarkinLA says:

    Maybe it is just me but I didn’t see any actual solution or much of anything in his third group. You know, the one with all the “correct” answers. All I saw was that it was a glorious vision without all the failings of the other two while rejecting all the badthink.

    Every major tragedy in human history starts out with people thinking they have a system better than all the previous that ever occurred. It too soon becomes a religion that needs to defend itself by executing all the blasphemers.

  10. peterAUS says:

    Maybe it is just me but I didn’t see any actual solution or much of anything in his third group. You know, the one with all the “correct” answers. All I saw was that it was a glorious vision without all the failings of the other two while rejecting all the badthink.

    Exactly.

    I’ve been waiting for the author, or some from his “group”, to post here at least a LINK to that solution, even a suggestion, of theirs. Hell, even the proper analysis of what’s not right. A foundation of sort.

    So far, as you said, nothing.

    • Replies: @iffen
  11. MarkU says:

    The only real issue that I have with this piece by Johnathan Cook is his labelling. I seriously don’t think the PC crowd nor the R2P crowd are liberals at all. True liberalism is not about imposing your values on other people, quite the reverse in fact, it is about not doing so.

    • Agree: Wally
  12. anon[252] • Disclaimer says:

    Israel means the one who fights with God . With this attitude and definition of oneself , who expects any compromise or adjustment or meeting the half way from the Israelites? None. They would fight with their creator even . Now one can understand why given an opportunity ,they will destroy everything until they get what they want at that particular moment . Why Churchill said this can be understood .

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  13. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:

    Levy…another Jewish “intellectual” shilling for globalization and open borders — for Western nations only, to hasten their demise. What else is new?

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @SMK
  14. Giuseppe says:

    Unless the tide can be turned, elections across the European Union will be “the most calamitous that we have ever known: victory for the wreckers; disgrace for those who still believe in the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe, and Comenius; disdain for intelligence and culture; explosions of xenophobia and antisemitism; disaster”.

    The elite thinkers who penned this manifesto need to wake up. Any chance of holding onto Western Civilization and “the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe and Comenius (Comenius?)” lies with the nationalist right. The academic left no longer gives a shit about the Western Canon, they’re all just dead privileged white guys to them. Book burnings to follow.

    • Replies: @anon
  15. Thirty Elite…..really…how about fucking Communists. Social media is a cancer on society tun by Jews for the Deep State. Meanwhile in Israel they murder Palestinians, bulldoze their homes, build a wall and throw blacks out. Did Cook and other so called Geniuses ever consider our nations are failing apart because we finance and fight wars for Israel. What would the trillions spent in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East have fixed in our own country.

    To put it bluntly: Does anyone have John Wick’s phone number? We can take care of these problems very quickly.

  16. I would omit B.H. Levi and I would add Shakespeare, Virgilius, Cornelius, And most important Hugo for his work of Geniuses also Hegel and Kant.

    Also
    Carthage must be destroyed plus US system of sanctions must be destroyed.

    • Agree: Sergey Krieger
  17. Wally says:

    “The first is the status-quo cheerleaders like the European writers of liberalism’s latest – last? – manifesto. With every utterance they prove how irrelevant they have become, how incapable they are of supplying answers to the question of where we must head next. They adamantly refuse both to look inwards to see where liberalism went wrong and to look outwards to consider how we might extricate ourselves.”

    Indeed, once they lie they must continue to lie, even they admit it:

    “Action makes propaganda’s effect irreversible. He who acts in obedience to propaganda can never go back. He is now obliged to believe in that propaganda because of his past action. He is obliged to receive from it his justification and authority, without which his action will seem to him absurd or unjust, which would be intolerable. He is obliged to continue to advance in the direction indicated by propaganda, for action demands more action.”

    – from ‘ Propaganda ‘, by French communist, Jacques Ellul

    • Agree: Ilyana_Rozumova
    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
    , @Cleburne
  18. @Tyrion 2

    Sorry – whether your view about progressives & born “good” people is correct or not is irrelevant.
    As for:
    “Relative to America, Venezuela has done nothing. Therefore, since doing things is corrupting things, America is bad and Venezuela is de facto good; actually, just good, as Venezuela “resists” America.”
    This is complete nonsense. “Doing things” is corrupt” ? Thus, doing nothing is “good ? I mean, WHAT ?
    Venezuela is not “good”, per se, except that in this particular case of international relations its largely innocent.
    The US has unilaterally decided that the election loser is the election

    winner

    ( Clinton actually “won” in 2016; she’s the real president).
    US sanctions, threats & striving for a civil war is not just “doing something” –but doing something wrong (but then, who gives a fuck for international law ? Who respects sovereignty ?)

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    , @Wally
  19. eah says:
    @apollonian

    Unz refuses to “go there” (explicitly and honestly acknowledging Christian civilization) because, he says, and lies, it’s mere “religion”–when the fact is the core of Christianity is PERFECTLY philosophic value–TRUTH = Christ (Gosp. JOHN 14:6).

    I found the latest piece from Unz to be particularly shabby, intellectually and morally: Immigration, Building a Wall, and Hispanic Crime

    To be a little bit fair to Cook, he has hit on something here, even if he, as you rightly say, does not tie it to Christianity, or to the lapse of Christianity in the West:

    From the article: What is needed to save us is … an entirely new vision that removes the individual and his personal gratification from the centre of our social organisation.

    Western culture is now dominated by hedonistic consumerism, which the “elite” have encouraged by constantly denigrating both Christianity (not Judaism or Islam though) and ethnic nationalism, which is the only workable nationalism.

    A Nation of Widgets: The Wall Street Journal and Open Borders

    Henryk Broder (also a Jew) recently spoke (on invitation) before the AfD faction of the Bundestag — one theme of his talk was: Seit die Menschen nicht mehr an Gott glauben, glauben sie allen möglichen Unsinn… — since people stopped believing in God, they believe in all kinds of nonsense.

  20. Miggle says:
    @apollonian

    I don’t think an anti-Jewish rave like yours, Apollonian, apparently saying every Jew is evil, gets us anywhere. Cook has been doing magnificent work. One important example is his Stolen Babies, Israel’s Darkest Secret which exposes the intrinsic Jewish hatred of Semites, even of the few Jews who are genuine Semites. Jews who are Semites are an existential threat to Israel.

    And Ron Unz has been doing magnificent work, obviously; much of it exposing Judaism for what it is.

    Aim your yells at the intrinsic evil of Judaism itself, superstitions and a hate-cultivating gang that knows convincing Jews to hate non-Jews is their only hope. Distinguish between what Israel Shamir calls the Core, the intrinsically evil, totalitarian gang, and what he calls the Rim, humane humans who have the misfortune of being Jews. He also makes a relevant distinction between Jews and the Jews. The Jews are bad, without doubt; Jews ain’t necessarily so.

    • Disagree: apollonian
    • Replies: @Rogue
    , @eah
    , @anonymous
  21. ‘Liber’ in Latin means:
    1) free (man)
    2) free from tribute
    3) independent, outspoken/frank
    4) unimpeded
    5) void of

    The author needs to recheck his definitions. Voluntary exchange, consent, free markets, free will, etc are just some of the concepts at the heart of the true libertarian thought. The ruling class has successfully ruled out any concept of consent. Keep bringing consent up and their philosophies will be shown to be the same as gang rapists.

    “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!” – Ludwig Von Mises

  22. The “New World Order” is responsible for what is happening. In this new religion, you have the grand priests (the elite to be found in Davos) and the common. They dont want to see that the diversity of the common is the main source of the creativity of the human species. Furthermore, the previous religious systems, even if they were packed with big lies, never cut the link between people and the sky. Today, in cutting this link, they have reduced people to a level even below the animal state since with the intelligence, human behavior can be worse than most animals’ behavior.

    This human sickness is now pandemic and to save humanity will require some kind of a tsunami. Nobody today wants to loose anything, and in doing so everybody is just pushing the system down the drain.

    Another point: families, clans, nations are structures allowing people to develop roots. They are not the causes of war but it is true that these structures can be manipulated to generate wars in the interest of some “elite” (the poors get killed and the elite, richer). Reconciliation between people does not require to erase structures but to eliminate the bad guys manipulating them (the Djihadists, the terrorists and their Boss wich are today mostly in Washington, wall street and Ryad)

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  23. “What is needed to save us is radical change. Not tinkering, not reform, but an entirely new vision that removes the individual and his personal gratification from the centre of our social organisation.”

    I feel Cook’s scorn for the hypocrisy of Levy and his self-infatuated band of scribblers and talkers, but when I hear someone proposing to “save us” with “radical change” my reaction is: I don’t want anyone trying to “save” me, particularly someone who wants to do it in a “radical” way, which usually means a lot of coercion and often killing. He never gets to the specifics of what that salvation will look like, but if the past is any indication, being saved by radicals means, learning-to-love the radicals as they coerce you to do what they think is best for you and being happy to see your “personal gratification” eclipsed by theirs.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of our “radicals” in Congress wants to put that “new vision” into place. I’ll go with reactionaries instead.

    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2019/02/lone-ranger-hmm.html

  24. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    Bernard Henry Levy is a sefaradic jew born in Algeria ,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard-Henri_L%C3%A9vy ,

    He lives in France and is always warmongering for Israel , demanding that the ” west ” intervenes and bombs all the countries that he orders Libia ,Siria , Irak , Ucrania , Rusia , Venezuela , Afganistan , Iran , Yemen , Cuba , you name it .

    https://www.stalkerzone.org/vladimir-kornilov-bernard-henri-levy-and-the-correct-mutiny/

    Bernard Henry Levi is a bloody prophet of death , he is an ennemy of the ” west ” pretending to be a friend . Very sinister guy .

    • Agree: Rational
    • Replies: @ACommenter
  25. The third trend is the only place where hope can reside. This trend – what I have previously ascribed to a group I call the “dissenters” – understands that radical new thinking is required. But given that this group is being actively crushed by the old liberal elite and the new authoritarians, it has little public and political space to explore its ideas, to experiment, to collaborate, as it urgently needs to.

    Much the same could have been said about the last days of the USSR, or for that matter the last phase of the 30 Years War or the Napoleonic Wars. As back then, so now: The old elite and new authoritarians actively crushing the new group, well, they are are actively crushing _themselves_ at an even greater rate than they are crushing the new group.

    Example: Decay of Democratic leadership — which is now, apparently, two old crazy people, one of which has active dementia. Waiting in the wings we see various groups that hate each other and propose what is pretty clearly a loot and burn approach to governing the US. They vary only in whom they will loot and what they will burn.

    Example: Decay of the media, which now knows it is as ineffective as Russian propaganda towards the USSR’s end, and apparently either doesn’t care or is unable to change.

    Example: Reaction to yellow vests in France, which drew the reactions described in Cook’s article (at the root of this comment thread). “Back to your kennels, curs!” isn’t effective in situations like this, but it seems to be the only reply the EU has.

    New groups take over when the old group has rotted away. At some point, Cook’s third alternative will be all that is left. The real question is what will be happening world wide at that point. If resource scarcity prompts armed response, well, humanity has enough shiny new weapons _and untried weapons technologies_ to produce destruction as surprising in its extent as WW I and WW II were for their times [1] (or as the self supporting tercio was during the 30 Years War).

    Counterinsurgency

    1] To understand contemporary effect of WW I on survivors, think of a the survivors of a group playing paintball who accidentally got hold of grenade launchers but somehow didn’t realize that until the game was over. WW II was actually worse — people worldwide really expected another industrialized war within 20 years (by AD 1965), this one fought with nuclear weapons.

  26. @anon

    Israel means the one who fights with God

    Good post. You are actually understating. “Israel” means “struggled with God _and won_”.

    Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel, because you struggled with God and humans but overcame all adversity.” (http://bibleblender.com/2016/bible-stories/old-testament/genesis/jacob-wrestles-with-god-earns-new-name-genesis-32-22-32-32)

    Anybody can struggle with God and lose.

    Counterinsurgency

  27. RVBlake says:

    I fail to see where ethnonattionalists are disingenuous and are “new authoritarians.”

  28. onebornfree says: • Website

    “Liberalism, like most ideologies, has an upside. Its respect for the individual and his freedoms, …”

    Yes, that was an ideal of the original , 19th century classical liberalism. Other features of the classical liberal ideal were:

    1] small governments tightly constrained to particular functions [ defense, courts only]

    2]freedom of trade between individuals.

    However, that classical liberalism has absolutely nothing to do with what this author labels “liberalism’.

    The modern so-called “liberalism” he talks about is a complete reversal of the original ideals of the classical liberals.

    It is instead big government personified,with no respect for individuals [ governments ruling every part of the individuals life], many restrictions on international trade, and an ever growing bureaucracy always anxious to further expand their parasitism even further into the life of the individual, by any means necessary.

    Any educated person already is well aware of this historical fact [ the subversion of classical liberalism’s original ideals].

    Yet another terrible article by a yet another badly informed, foaming at the mouth, apologist for the state who fantasizes that there are as yet undiscovered “more-government” government solutions to the very problems it /they have themselves created.

    What a waste of time.

    And so it goes…

    No regards, onebornfree

  29. iffen says:
    @peterAUS

    to post here at least a LINK to that solution

    LOL

    Here’s a link:

    Read all about it!

    First time in history an elite not under duress voluntarily gives up all wealth and political advantages!

  30. Anon71 says:

    I think Solzhenitsyn had it figured out a long time ago when he said the core problem is that everyone has forgotten God.

  31. Z-man says:

    Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of the top candidates of Z-man’s ‘draw and quarter’ policy.
    His older brother Ellie ‘The weasel’ Wiesel died, Bernard’s departure must be accelerated.

  32. Willem says:

    Michael Parenti

    “Radical views that are outside the mainstream generally (but not always) are more reliable than the dominant view because they are more regularly challenged and tested against evidence. They do not get to float freely down the mainstream; they must swim against the current. They cannot rest on the orthodox power to foreclose dissent, and they are not supported by the unanimity of bias that passes for objectivity.”

    So when I hear these, so called, liberals and former Nobel prize winners talk about ‘we’, ‘Europe’ and ‘populism’, I think: what do they mean with these words? – Without a definition it can mean anything. – How convenient.

    And since these authors are mainstreams darlings it will mean: anything that flows with the narrative of the mainstream. Don’t think that will surprise anyone who is not part of the mainstream.

    And for those who are still residing in the mainstream? – Perhaps those are a little less in the mainstream after they read this pamphlet, I hope.

    It is not difficult to ask a sceptic question and this pamphlet ceratainly raises the question: what do these pamphleteers mean with their message?

    The pamphlet compares with Morgan Freeman’s talk about about the ‘war’ with Russia, i.e. It is good wake up call for those in the mainstream who are still sleeping…

  33. Tyrion 2 says:
    @animalogic

    This is complete nonsense. “Doing things” is corrupt” ? Thus, doing nothing is “good ? I mean, WHAT ?

    This is how they think. That’s how they end up with worshipping the most passive and pathetic peoples in the world. The Iraqis mindlessly slaughter each other, claim victimhood, attempt to build nothing of substance and so they’re somehow noble? And America is to blame?

    What a despicable ideology makes people think like that? It is cloying and maudlin and resentful.

    US sanctions, threats & striving for a civil war is not just “doing something” –but doing something wrong (but then, who gives a fuck for international law ? Who respects sovereignty ?

    Sovereignty is exercised by the legitimate government. Maduro is not the legitimate head of the Venezuelan government. Expecting him to step down or at least call a proper Presidential election is respecting this.

    We can argue about that, but pearl clutching appeals to “but America is competent so America is bad” are gross.

  34. @apollonian

    I didn’t take the trouble to read your whole comment. I read enough to say that what you say about Cook and Unz is completely silly.

    • Disagree: apollonian
    • LOL: eah
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  35. Rogue says:
    @Miggle

    Agreed.

    Ranting away that all Jews are bad is just mindless bigotry.

    I doubt the ADL are too big a fan of Ron Unz, and the Unz Review.

    • Disagree: apollonian
    • Replies: @Graukopf
    , @Wally
  36. For once I agree with Lenin (said about liberal intelligenzia): “You think you are the elite of the nation? No, you are the shit of the nation”

  37. @Tyrion 2

    Your mindless postmodernism is astonishing. So you think that facts don’ t matter and you haven’t noticed that people are commenting facts based on what is happening, what different acteurs have done? If you have no idea about Venezuela, why don’t you read what Mark Weisbrot or Max Blumenthal and others have written about the theme recently?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  38. anarchyst says:

    Many people have an erroneous concept of the relationships between “leaders” and their “subjects”.
    In medieval times, the “nobles” could throw peasants who revolted too much off their land, impoverishing them in the process. The monarchies of the time could exert much control on the nobles, and indirectly on the peasants, BUT they had to be careful themselves, as there were a lot more peasants than nobles or royalty. Pushing too hard could initiate revolts, almost all of which would not bode well for the nobles or royalty.
    It is entirely possible that our “leaders” are fearful of losing control…with the proliferation of the internet and social media, and the ability for every person with an internet connection to be a seeker of truth and a “true” journalist, free of the constraints of the “old systems, the “powers that be” are running scared. They no longer control the narrative, as much as they would like to…the jewish “brainwashing” of the masses is starting to wear off.
    They are responsible for the islamization of Europe as well as destruction of the European “social fabric”, for the longest time, which was based on ethnicity and commonality of purpose. That has pretty much been lost, with the introduction of immigrants who don’t even know how to read or use flush toilets. Add to that, the prohibition on criticism of many practices of these immigrants, as well as making excuses for their criminality. The debasement of European societies is deliberate. The elites want destruction, period…they want their “new world order”…

  39. anon[421] • Disclaimer says:
    @Giuseppe

    Three cheers for this one paragraph reply which cuts through
    2000 words of hand wringing confusion from a person of
    “dual citizenship” marooned in a country of intractable dilemmas.

  40. eah says:
    @Miggle

    And Ron Unz has been doing magnificent work, obviously; much of it exposing Judaism for what it is.

    Do you think the recent Unz effort “Immigration, Building a Wall, and Hispanic Crime” was also one of those ‘magnificent works’? (and did you read it?) — or was it more typical of what you call the “intrinsic evil of Judaism itself”, eg the constant, ongoing efforts of organized Jewry and powerful, influential Jews to undermine the demographic integrity of the West?

    [MORE]

  41. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says:

    If globohomo elites oppose nationalism and will not represent and defend the national folk, why should the national folk support the globohomo elites?

    Isn’t true democracy about elites serving the national masses that elected them? But all we have is oligarchy or elitocracy where the elites insult the masses and seek to replace them.

    And Jews like Levy attack goy nationalism to make goyim prioritize Jewish nationalism in Israel over their own nationalism in their home nation.

    Thou shalt have no nationalism before ours. Apparently, only Jewish Identity is real while all others are false identities no better than false idols.

    • Replies: @ACommenter
  42. @Uncommonground

    Including his saying Cook is a Jew. But my suspicion that a such a mad ranter hadn’t got his facts right led me to the pleasing discovery of Cook’s writing on Israel and Palestine which seem both honest and well informed. The current essay may be a bit above his pay grade but he really does carry authority on some of the downside of Israeli policy and performance. He lives in Nazareth married to a Maronite Christian Israeli Palestinian.

  43. So disappointed Kundera signed this garbage. He appears to be entranced by the ((())), and has been trying for two decades to win the Nobel Prize. In truth, he richly deserves it, but he’s hated by feminists and old Fellow Travelers.

    His books are, taken in isolation, highly subversive, and I cannot understand why he can’t see the similarities between the Tyranny of the Fringes we have all lived under since the Cold War and the old Communist system. Does he not see careers and lives can be destroyed by a mere joke now as well as then? I suppose it’s an example of how the elderly just pick a year and live in it until they die, not seeing how things have changed.

    His French novels prove that he certainly sees the ugliness of the PoMo world. I have no idea why he thinks the status quo will decrease this ugliness rather than increase it. Life around the French Elite has taken its toil on him, no doubt.

    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, though. This is the man who made a speech about how Europe had failed the ((())). Such a great artist he was. Really sad.

  44. @Anon

    He lives in France and is always warmongering for Israel , demanding that the ” west ” intervenes and bombs all the countries that he orders Libia ,Siria , Irak , Ucrania , Rusia , Venezuela , Afganistan , Iran , Yemen , Cuba , you name it .

    Amazing he (and so many others can get away with this blatant hypocrisy – even from ‘liberal’ papers like the Guardian.

    • Replies: @Ion
  45. anonymous[278] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘explosions of xenophobia and antisemitism; disaster”.

    The manifesto was penned by Bernard-Henri Levy’

    Well there your problem right there…

  46. Tyrion 2 says:
    @Uncommonground

    There’s nothing post-modern in what I wrote. I was actually criticising one of the pernicious strains of post-modern thought.

    Of course, facts matter. The fact is that Maduro’s government has been stunningly incompetent. Venezuela is a now a veritable sh*t hole. He also certainly scammed the 2018 election and, factually, the Head of the National Assembly is legitmitate in claiming the presidency after that.

    Why is oil rich Venezuela such a wreck while their neighbours, Brazil and Colombia, are fine by regional standards? Why have over a million Venezuelans run to clean toilets in former basket case Colombia? Is Maduro some innocent who, because he holds the reigns of power through the Army, guaranteed America’s obeisance, even when he self-defines as it’s implacable for? Is Colombia now forced to deal with the refugees from Venezuela forever? Is Brazil?

    Third worldist ideologues couldn’t care less for facts. They just act like beggars while screaming abuse at you.

  47. anonymous[278] • Disclaimer says:
    @Miggle

    ‘Aim your yells at the intrinsic evil of Judaism itself’

    Remind me again where does Judaism come from?

    Sigh yet another shell game

  48. anonymous[278] • Disclaimer says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    ‘Israel” means “struggled with God _and won_”.’

    Well thats not sinister in any way…

  49. Graukopf says:
    @Rogue

    you may doubt what the ADL thinks of Mr. Unz because strangely they are silent on the matter. The best way to control the opposition is to lead it.

    • Agree: apollonian
  50. IstvanIN says:

    apollonian says: • Website
    February 1, 2019 at 3:36 am GMT • 500 Words
    For the essence of the “West” is Christian, and essence of Christianity and Christian civilization is reason and objective reality, necessary basis of TRUTH (= Christ)

    True. And European (aka White).

  51. Wally says:
    @animalogic

    said:
    “Clinton actually “won” in 2016; she’s the real president”

    Really?

  52. @Wally

    Lots of self hypnosis is going on in the world, and on top of it people have to make a living, like for example court jesters.

  53. Wally says:
    @Rogue

    Indeed, there are exceptions to every rule.

    How about you telling us who you think are good, high profile Jews, besides Ron Unz and these guys:
    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6912

    • Disagree: apollonian
    • Replies: @Rogue
    , @Trevor Hardy
  54. IstvanIN says:

    anarchyst says:
    February 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm GMT • 300 Words
    The debasement of European societies is deliberate. The elites want destruction, period…they want their “new world order”…

    Very true.

    The intent of this article is to blame Liberals. I would hardly call Europe’s elite liberals. A liberal would defend freedom of expression and thought. A liberal would defend the right of an individual or group to express viewpoints that are unpopular. Western Europe is hardly liberal. It is leftist, repressive when it comes to dissent, mildly totalitarian. Political leaders who advocate for the rights of indigenous Europeans in Europe are persecuted and imprisoned. Political parties are banned or bankrupted.

    • Replies: @Johan
  55. Z-man says:
    @Wally

    If it wasn’t for NYC, LA and the San Francisco Bay area Trump would have won the popular vote also.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  56. @Counterinsurgency

    What kind of FN garbage is this. He was not struggling with God. He was wrestling with angel and won.

  57. wayfarer says:

    Cultural Marxism: Its central idea is to soften up and prepare Western Civilization for economic Marxism after a gradual, relentless, sustained attack on every institution of Western culture, including schools, literature, art, film, the Christian religious tradition, the family, sexual mores, national sovereignty, etc. The attacks are usually framed in Marxist terms as a class struggle between oppressors and oppressed; the members of the latter class allegedly include women, minorities, homosexuals, and adherents of non-Western ideologies such as Islam. Cultural Marxism has been described as “the cultural branch of globalism.”

    source: https://www.conservapedia.com/Cultural_Marxism

    Trotskyism: The political, economic, and social principles advocated by Trotsky especially the theory and practice of communism developed by or associated with Trotsky and usually including adherence to the concept of worldwide revolution as opposed to socialism in one country.

    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trotskyism

    Who Made the Useful Idiots of the Left?

  58. eah says:
    @Wally

    Really?

    You are correct — of course he is referring to the popular vote, which HRC did win — but I ‘did the math’ after the election: if you remove just the LA, SF, and NYC metropolitan areas, Trump wins the popular vote handily — also, if you disregard the states of CA and NY, which account for approx 18% of the US population (ie less than 1/5), Trump trounces Clinton in both the electoral college and the popular vote — so as your graphic shows, HRC’s strength was concentrated in a few heavily populated urban/suburban regions (also a few non-white areas, which at this point includes the entire state of CA), whereas Trump won a big majority of election reporting districts (counties).

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    , @Wally
  59. @apollonian

    …and essence of Christianity and Christian civilization is reason and objective reality, necessary basis of TRUTH (= Christ)

    My goodness! The essence of any religion —- basically a mix of unsubstantiated superstition and blind faith depending on no verifiable evidence —- to be equated with reason and objective reality, phenomena more aligned with the scientific method and culture is patently absurd. And to quote a book written when the earth was still thought a flat, anthropocentric mass and stars perched in the heavens as glittering divine ornaments? I rest my case.

    • Agree: niceland
    • Disagree: apollonian
  60. Salman Rushdie is an intellectual light-weight at best who has been promoted to trump the neoliberal agenda that you’re speaking of…

  61. @Z-man

    There are not many Americans in these places who hold the sort of job a Mexican Indian out of a jungle can come up and take.

    How many San Francisco whites work in a poultry factory?

    Also, Hispanic citizens who have been in the country for 3 generations longer than Trump don’t want Mexicans prevented from entering the US.

    • Replies: @eah
    , @Z-man
  62. anonymous[967] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘Populism’ is just democracy in action and most people seem to think democracy is a good thing. So what’s the problem? Apparently the masses don’t want what’s being shoved down their throats by undemocratic rulers so now we have this ongoing conflict. One can only hope that the populists get the upper hand in all this. We need a new political terminology because it seems strange to use the label “liberal” for a group of people that are such aggressive war-mongers. There doesn’t seem to be much that’s liberal about them.War lovers and anti-democratic, they have much in common with fascism.

  63. Tyrion 2 says:
    @eah

    Furthermore, in America, the administrative state and practically all locii of institutional power were used against Trump. Meanwhile, in Venezuela, they were used for Maduro and to an utterly ridiculous extent.

  64. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    Bernard Henry Levy is like a vulture , he was in the Yugoslavian wars also , in the Georgian invasion of Russia … wherever he goes there will be war , blood and misery , soon

    The Guardian ( of the British Empire ) like other ” prestigious ” ” liberal ” journals has to be read the other way around . If they praise a lot someone , it means that this someone is a servant of the western System , and if they critizise sistematically someone , it means that he probably is a patriot ,that defends his country from western greed .

  65. ‘A Liberal Elite Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss’

    That’d be the wrong metaphor.

    I don’t feel lured at all. Fish are lured. I feel poked, prodded, and driven. Those’d be cattle.

  66. “Despite the modesty of their proposals, Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US have been reviled by a media, political and intellectual elite heavily invested in blindly pursuing the path to self-destruction”

    Bernie Sanders reviled by the US media? All I hear every day on every channel is that Trump is NAZI. KKK and a devil.

    Trump was elected not by the Elite but by common folk who see liberalism and the Democrats and some Republicans as the destroyers of nations. The elites have lost power and no longer can control the common people. Oh how mightily they try every day every hour.

  67. @Wally

    Your map brings something out.

    This is Trump’s America. The exceptions are the major cities, a perceptible ‘Black Belt’ across the Deep South, and perhaps a ‘Chicano Belt’ from Southern California to the Rio Grande Valley.

    We could just fence the cities off. Think about feeding them, depending on their attitude.

  68. eah says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    How many San Francisco whites work in a poultry factory?

    The answer to your literal question (in two parts) is: None (of course); regarding poultry processing facilities in other parts of the country, nowadays I don’t know, but in former times no doubt quite a few.

    I do know that if you travel the Blue Highways of America to places the brown immigration wave has not yet reached (such places do exist), you see many, many white Americans doing the jobs they are allegedly unwilling to do — try it some time.

  69. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says:

    If the attitude of the nation’s Elites is “You the National Folk are NOT our people and, if anything, we globo-homo elites side with the foreign masses who shall replace you”, then the attitude of the National Folk should be “You the globo-homo pseudo-national elites are not OUR leaders, and if anything, we patriotic folks side with foreign elites who shall subvert you.”

  70. Sean says:

    Liberalism, like most ideologies, has an upside. Its respect for the individual and his freedoms, its interest in nurturing human creativity, and its promotion of universal values and human rights over tribal attachment have had some positive consequences

    Nazi Germany was beaten, so was the USSR. Liberalism wins actual and cold wars, it’s stronger because it creates a larger more powerful economy. The only trouble is it sows the seeds of long term future dissolution. More immediately pertinent, Liberalism,in its current self correcting theory of the free market mutation is not working against China because the entry of a billion Chinese into the globalized labour market is eroding the basis for indigenous labour in Western countries along with their productive capacity. The problem is that the business class are strongly incentivised to like a hagfish eating up the economic and demographic core of Western countries from the inside.

  71. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says:

    Wow, simply Wow.

    Swedes have gone from Vikings to CucKings

    • Replies: @geokat62
  72. “Unless the tide can be turned, elections across the European Union will be “the most calamitous that we have ever known: victory for the wreckers; disgrace for those who still believe in the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe, and Comenius; disdain for intelligence and culture; explosions of xenophobia and antisemitism; disaster”.

    Hmmm. Some problems with that. Let’s see what can be done:

    “If the revolt succeeds, elections across the European Union will be “the most successful that we have ever known: victory for the workers; disgrace for the “elitist” class whose “belief” in the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe, and Comenius underpins their supremacism; disdain for phony “expertise” and we-are-superior/you-are-inferior culture; explosions of national pride and anti-imperialism; salvation”.

    There, fixed it.

    • Agree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  73. Anon7 says:

    “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.”

    George Orwell

  74. @Priss Factor

    And Jews like Levy attack goy nationalism to make goyim prioritize Jewish nationalism in Israel over their own nationalism in their home nation.

    whether he knows it or not- this is a secularized version of the Jewish messiah vision.
    Ironically, many religious Jews were opposed to the creation of Israel because it was a blasphemy for man to try to do what only God can do. Some Jewish sects still oppose the state of Israel.

    When I was younger I would have laughed at terms like ‘satanic’ but our globalist elite seem more and just that – from intentionally trying to destroy the bonds of family, man and woman, promoting perversions of all kinds and turning virtues into vices, whether or not they are literally satanic doesn’t matter their deeds are.

    I suspect that pedophilia is much more rampant among them than is reported though even the cases that slip out indicate it’s much more widespread than we think – and the recent push for literal infanticide, seems to have almost a religious fervor – a need to for literal human sacrifice.

  75. If the EU were by the Europeans for the Europeans and not promoting anti-European policies like population replacement by non-Europeans then there would be no need to call for the various exits.

  76. Anon[795] • Disclaimer says:

    Bernard-Henri Levy is (((liberal elite)))?

    Why the unnecessary occlusion?

    His position precisely reflects the Jewish Tanakh politics of foreign nation destruction. These politics are not vague in their book, nor do they differ in the slightest from his politics. See his simultaneous support of both Jewish nationalism and liberalism for non-Jews that is the marker of Jewish Supremacy.

    Re: Dante

    Although Guelph by ethnicity, Dante was a Ghibelline imperialist, that is a monarchist, who supported the Holy Roman Empire. The HRE was the nobility or land-owner faction. The Papacy was the supporter of the merchant class. Dante was the opposite of everything that Bernard Levy is espousing, and his most famous work, the Inferno, was an allegory that reflected those politics. Levy’s invocation of Dante is strange in that it either reveals a curious lack of knowledge in regard to Dante or a disingenuous co-opting of his illustrious name for political purposes.

    http://www.dantemass.org/html/guelphs-and-ghibellines.html

    the White Guelphs became disaffected and eventually threw in their lot with the Ghibellines.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  77. Excellent piece, as always, Jonathan! What is missing is your vision of the doctrine you approve of. I understood you do not like neoliberalism, fine. I understand you do not like nationalism of Trump and Salvini, of Le Pen and BNP, fine. But what do you like? Give us a hint. Is it Corbyn’s Labour and Sanders’ Dems? Or more radical Communism?

  78. joe webb says:

    This is junk. I am told that this guy is Jewish.

    Right.

    “The criticisms of the liberal elite made by the ethnic nationalists sound persuasive because they are rooted in truths about liberalism’s failure. But as critics, they are disingenuous. They have no solutions apart from their own personal advancement in the existing, failed, self-sabotaging system.”

    A reasonable person might have expected something more than one sentence on what is clearly the major reality in Europe and the US…the racial right, no matter what you call it.

    The Racial Right is no different essentially than the Jews, only Jews are better at it.

    This is the way the world has worked for millennia and human nature is , based on it. Or , better, the world is based on human nature….racialist, anti-democratic, anti-egalitarian, pro-family, clan, and tribe and intense social relations. Liberals only have cocktail parties in which they discuss their money, their divorces, and the Darkies, doncha know.

    The above quote is particularly malicious, in that the ‘solutions’ proposed by the racial right are completely plausible…separation of the races, etc.

    You want peace…? this is how you do it. You want to restore social trust? You want to safeguard family and local communities? You want a Normal Life based on a reliable guide to it all?
    It is called blood and soil (non-nazi variety).

    God or Nature created it thus…and the Sentimental Lie (Joseph Conrad) of race equality, etc. has been a massive reaction formation against the Truths of blood and soil. They are hard truths, but genuine and time tested. It is the childish psyche, and really only the White race that has been subverted by our own sickly , egoistic and indignant altruism. (what? you think your are better than me?). The other races don’t bother which such puerile junk…and just work for their own race more or less, while Whites work for other races, cheered by the Jews, who of course only work for what is ” good for the jews.”

    Another way of looking at it is this: You want little wars that come and go, and leave no permanent damage, or do you want big dangerous wars, like what Israel promises the rest of us , and all their toadies like this cryptic Jew… and his self-presentation in his photo…lounge-lizard.

    Joe Webb

  79. Anon[795] • Disclaimer says:

    The continent of Europe is not for foreign (((liberal elites))), no matter how pseudo-poetic and rhetorically fallacious (appeals to supposed authority, etc) their entitled whine.

    …and no matter what their psychopathic texts tell them in regard to their entitlement over the land and peoples of the world.

    The continent of Europe is for the non-Semitic European peoples.

    We have been nice, but that has not worked.

    They have their nation, which they are ever expanding, and need to go to it immediately. Their inhabitation of that sole land, and absent expansion out of that region, is our only justification for supporting it in any way.

    After that, we will handle our own ethnic Judas Goats.

  80. joe webb says:

    by the way, after all the posturing of The Way It Is….Cook gives us this morsel…”There are small voices struggling to be heard above the roar of the dying liberal elites and the trumpeting of the new authoritarians.”

    OK fine. What are they? Zip apparently. Stay tuned for rabbinic revelation and the latest Jewish Messiah.

    Joe Webb

  81. Agent76 says:

    Mar 25, 2017 To Defend Civilization We Must First Understand It (by Dan Sanchez)

    Dan Sanchez asks whether the pro-Trump right or anti-Trump left are the true champions of civilization, with insights from Plato, Adam Smith and Ludwig von Mises.

    Oct 16, 2016 Seek Your Independence: Anything Else Will Destroy You

  82. I absolutely agree with the necessity of restoring value and focus to the family/tribe/community, but I’m deeply suspicious of any blanket indictment of individualism. Individualism is not inherently destructive selfishness, any more than using the resources of the state to benefit its people is inherently “socialist.”

    Any plan for moving forward that starts by bad-mouthing individualism is simply riding history’s baby-with-the-bathwater pendulum to the opposite extreme – a sad and hollow caricature of communitarianism immediately made suspect by the coercive abuses baked into systems such as communism, theocracy, faceless bureaucracy, homogenizing consumerism, etc…

  83. geokat62 says:
    @Priss Factor

    Wow, simply Wow.

    Swedes have gone from Vikings to CucKings

    Notwithstanding the terrible crimes committed, I took away a different conclusion from this story. It has more to do with what RamZpaul had to say:

    The people and groups that promoted this invasion into our homelands will one day pay a terrible price for their crimes.

    According to a book I read, How Sweden Became Multicultural, a man named (((David Schwarz))) almost singlehandedly spearheaded the changes that led to Sweden becoming a multicultural country, one in which they are destined to become a minority.

    (((Emanuel Celler))) also made it his lifelong mission to get the restrictionist Immigration Act of 1924 repealed and replaced by the non-restrictionist Immigration Act of 1965.

    Thanks to George Soros and the work of his Open Society Foundations, this story has been replicated in almost all Western nations.

    As George W Bush once infamously claimed, Mission Accomplished!

    • Replies: @geokat62
  84. Rogue says:
    @Wally

    Not claiming to be an expert on the issue.

    I’m not naive to Jewish perfidy. Granted, for myself it’s a relatively recent eye-opening (no more than 10 years) – and thanks to the internet. Without the net, I’d have happily sailed on in my ignorance.

    But I get irritated with people looking for any perceived fault with Jews – and then prescribing complete condemnation for the whole Jewish race.

    Anyway, for what it’s worth, UR is my favourite site.

    Unfortunately, most political and social blogs tend toward allowing no dissension or actual debate after some time, at least in the comments section, but UR – though also to some extent with certain patterns in that regard – has been generally better in that respect.

    • Replies: @Wally
  85. buzzwar says:

    The letter was penned by Bernard Henry Levy a french jew. this guy, an israeli firster, is a warmonger of the worst kind. he was behind the destruction of libya. Actively supports the aggression on Syria, Yemen; Calls for aggression on Iran. He opposes the planned US withdrawal from Syria and thinks that trump is a danger to the “jewish people”. The fact that he is sponsoring the letter speaks volumes. He doesn´t like politicians who favor nationalist policies; he calls them populists. He doesn´t like criticism of israeli racist policies, he calls it antisemitism, etc…
    I wonder how he managed to secure so many signatures.

  86. You just despair, don’t you?

    If the EU had not decided to import millions of people from Africa and Asia over the last twenty years, there would be no popular uprising.

  87. ”Despite the modesty of their proposals, Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US have been reviled by a media, political and intellectual elite”

    I revile Corbyn because of his craven moral relativism, his barely concealed authoritarianism (in the form of Political Correctness enforced by an increasingly heavy handed State) and the fact that when people point out that mass immigration IS the neoliberalism he claims to oppose, he shouts them down as ‘racists’.

    Oh and his party has overseen the mass rape of easily 100,000 white girls by vast networks of Muslim men and yet when confronted by this truly historic betrayal, all he can do is equivocate and say ‘white people commit many crimes too’. Yet if white men were raping and torturing Muslim girls, he’d be leading the riots against it.

    He’s a f+++ing idiot.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Dave Bowman
  88. Z-man says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    All the anecdotal info I’ve seen disputes this. Even Mexicans from the border towns in Mexico, who have been there for many generations (lol) don’t want immigrants. (Grin)

  89. Wally says:
    @eah

    The true popular vote easily went to Trump. Just look all the leftist election fraud.

    Illegals in the CA are essentially handed CA drivers licenses, and those driver licenses allow them to vote.

    Massive voter fraud: U.S. Election Meddling: Nationwide Voter Fraud, Importation of 15M Foreign-Born Voters: https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/19/foreign-born-voters-voter-fraud-election-meddling/
    ‘Democrat Political Machine Built’ on ‘Reliance of Illegal Votes’: https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/09/exclusive-eric-eggers-democrat-political-machine-built-on-reliance-of-illegal-votes/
    More Than 7 Million Voter Registrations Are Duplicated in Multiple States
    New study finds 7.2 million individuals possibly registered in two states at the same time
    : http://freebeacon.com/issues/7-million-voter-registrations-duplicated-multiple-states/
    Evidence of Detroit Voter Fraud, Too Many Votes in 37% of Precincts: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/14/report-evidence-of-detroit-voter-fraud-too-many-votes-in-37-of-precincts/
    Michigan Recount Exposes Clinton Electoral Fraud: Half of Detroit Votes Show Signs of Tampering, Votes in Hillary-heavy Detroit may have been counted up to 6 times: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/12/no_author/hillarys-electoral-fraud/
    Former Immigration Officer: Many Illegals Can Vote with Fake Documents: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/02/many-illegal-aliens-can-vote-immigration-officer/
    When the Election Integrity Project brought forth a report on documented voter fraud, the LA Times and other publications slamming Mr. Trump — you guessed it — ignored the facts.: http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/01/27/voter-fraud/

  90. Schuey says:

    So you talk of liberalism in the classical sense as if this is what we have today. You talk of Corbyn and Sanders as if their ideology hasn’t seen the massacre of 100+ million in the 20th century alone. You indulge in the fantasy that what we have is hyper “liberalism” aka capitalism but don’t really name it. This disgusting walk around, that we need more community, more “we”, etc is just Marxist rhetoric. How your rotten ideology has come back to modern politics scares the help out of me. Capitalism is flawed in one sense it makes life a competition, which it is anyway, we can’t change that. You have socialism everywhere, it’s pervasive, it’s disgusting. Talking to a guy at work the other day, here in Canada he couldn’t believe the government pot shops had lousy service and sucked but the private vendors were awesome. You had to wait for your pot at the government office for a week, it was dull and the people didn’t care. At the private vendors it was like a Starbucks, you get choice, service and an environment that one wants to be in. People like this misunderstand life, they believe that people are a collective, some Borg, it’s not true, it’s a sad reality of the fact that either they themselves aren’t productive or have very little to offer the world other than ideology. Hooray, ideology. What you people offer is death, collective death, you don’t really understand economics, you have your own ideology and Twitter suits people who have solgans like you. Thomas Sowell an avid Marxist as a youth worked for government and immediately became a classical liberal, because despite imperfections it’s the best system, far from what we have now. I’ll close with exactly how much “liberalism” do we have today?
    Government programs are rampant, in debt and failing. It isn’t that liberalism is failing, it’s your creeping Marxist ideas, that have soaked up half most western economies. Health care, old age pensions, welfare, etc, this is not liberalism, central banks that create credit from thin air is not liberalism. Head check pal, what you seek will just doom us further.

  91. @DaveLeeDee

    ‘…He’s a f+++ing idiot.’

    Yes, but he’s attacked for other reasons entirely. As matters stand, if you join in the vilification of Jeremy Corbyn, you’re helping to establish Zionism as unassailable.

    It’s a bit like if you were Labour, and this were 1940. You might not like Churchill, but the alternative is to accede to appeasing Hitler. That was in fact the choice Labour faced, and they had to swallow Churchill — for the time being.

    It’s no longer a matter of liking Corbyn. It’s a matter of who would rather have to put up with: Corbyn or Zionist domination?

  92. Wally says:
    @Rogue

    said:
    “Anyway, for what it’s worth, UR is my favourite site. Unfortunately, most political and social blogs tend toward allowing no dissension or actual debate after some time, at least in the comments section, but UR – though also to some extent with certain patterns in that regard – has been generally better in that respect.”

    Indeed, Ron Unz is fearless, which is what one must be to protect free speech from constant attacks by The Usual Enemies of Free Speech. But do check out http://www.codoh.com and debate at their forum. A real eye opener. No name calling, no dodging. All “holocaust” topics / views represented and debated.

    A recent work from Holocaust Handbooks, Documentaries, & Videos: http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1
    The Einsatzgruppen in the Occupied Eastern Territories, Genesis, Missions and Actions
    https://codoh.com/news/3424/

    Cheers.

  93. Wally says:
    @Anon

    Unhinged Zionist Levy is just another example of how Jews are over rated, by Jews, of course.

    Levy and his sort are routinely referred to as “intellectuals” when in fact they are not very bright at all.

    Mahler, Einstein, Bernstein, Salk all come to mind. Mediocre at best, but they do have a loud, arrogant, crude & boorish, and highly controlled cheering section behind them.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  94. Good thoughtful article. Soviet communism under Lenin stalin was humanity first attempt to move to higher human evolution level. It is pretty clear we either move up social economic evolution IPO nary ladder which would allow new humanity to appear or we shall perish.

  95. TKK says:
    @apollonian

    Does Hezbollah allow you to send your penny donations through PayPal?

    • LOL: apollonian
  96. nsa says:

    While maybe a hundred commenters here debate the merits of western liberalism and the influence of the conniving tribe, some 100 million of your fellow enlightened citizens will be enthralled by a virtual presentation of contrived homoerotic pseudo combat and the worship of the negroid…..known as the Stupid Bowl. Mostly giant negroids and a few token whites in tight fitting spandex pants and plastic hats will grope and fondle each other while millions upon millions of white trash morons applaud in ecstatic joy. Ain’t liberal democratic mass consumerism wunderbar……that shining city on the hill…….man’s last best hope……..

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  97. @apollonian

    I can certainly agree that those who would like to overthrow individualist liberty must first overthrow reason and objectivity, but to declare Christianity to be the bastion of reason and objectivity is too silly for words.

    Certainly, most Jews want to overthrow liberty – they are mostly authoritarian collectivists. But so are Christians. Faith and self-sacrifice are the virtues of Christianity – just what tyrants require in their victims. Christianity is as silly and unreasonable as any other religion. Its purpose is – like all religion – to humble, shame and tame the individual and to make him easy for the parasites in power to rule.

    You would think that more people would look at that horrible nailed-up body icon and immediately become very suspicious of any stupid philosophy that would choose that ugliness as its symbol. More proof, I suppose, that any silliness can succeed if taught to enough children.

    • Disagree: apollonian
  98. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    I hope habibi Bernard Henry Levy does not go to Venezuela to preach the democratic evangile , it would mean that the venezuelans are going to be bombed , and that the yankees would have to pay a lot of military expenses , planes ,bombs , bribes and all that stuff .

    And I wonder how is that Bernard Henry Levy , seing the strength of the green vest movement in France , has not expressed his solidarity with the french people , and has not ( yet ) asked for the dissmission of moneyman Macron ( lol )

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  99. Excellent article.

    Here is my take on Brexit and that poseur BHL in support.

    https://journal-neo.org/2016/07/02/brexit-a-different-democracy-a-different-future/

    • Replies: @Miro23
  100. Cleburne says:
    @Wally

    Just pointing out that while Ellul was a communist early on and as a member of the Resistance, he converted to Christianity (the French Calvinist variant) and wrote a great many illumination books.

    • Replies: @Wally
  101. @Anon

    Dante wrote Divine Comedy and inferno is only first part of it. It is severe criticism of the past and present society. (punishment for sins.)

  102. @Wally

    I would really add Picasso. (cubism) (Jewish lady buying his pictures.
    Totally ridiculous affair. People are so stupid.

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  103. HiHo says:

    More pathetic doom and gloom drivel suggesting any alternative would be worse that the liberal pigs with their snouts in the trough.
    Corbyn, who has deserted the white working class years ago for the Marxist IRA and every other terrorist you can think of, is no different from May. He’ll do the bidding of our termite masters when ordered just as she is doing today.
    If you want to see the future look to the past. The USSR collapsed just as the EU is today. It was asset stripped by the termites just as the EU is being asset stripped by the same termites today. Then those termites will get kicked out and seek refuge in Israel. After that the people will find God again just as in Russia and a spiritual lifestyle of living within your means will become the new norm. Family will become the backbone of the community and all the termite promoted perversions will be discarded to promote a strong nation. The State will be stripped of its parasitic termites who will be encouraged to emigrate with all their wealth to Israel, where their useless liberal values will help them thrive in a nation of parasitic termites.
    The new way is spirituality, God if you prefer that concept, and an attuning with the natural world…rather think the writer knows but dare not say, perhaps!

    • Agree: Ilyana_Rozumova
  104. SMK says: • Website
    @Anon

    The liberal elites are “luring us into the abyss,” and no mention in this overlong article about the growing and ineluctably, bearing a miracle, ruinous and apocalyptic Muslim transformation of the UK and Western Europe. The rise of the “extreme right-wing populism” that he deplores as much as he does liberalism and fears even more intensely is a reaction to an invasion of Muslims and, to a lesser degree, black Africans, millions of them and soon to be tens of millions. Modern left-liberalism is less an apotheosis in individualism than a fanatical espousal of “identity politics” for Muslims and blacks (and Somalis are both) and its condemnation for whites -even though the survival of the UK and Western Europe is only possible if the “extreme populist right” attains power and ends all Muslim and black immigration and deports virtually all Muslims, from terrorists and “groomers” and rapists and gang-rapists to London mayor Sadiq Kahn.

  105. @nsa

    I’ve always said that if you want to watch a ball game where the ball moves for 17 minutes over several hours you should be supporting Manchester United.

  106. geokat62 says:
    @geokat62

    Mission Accomplished!

    Speaking of Mission Accomplished, what more proof do you need?

  107. @Wally

    Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Michael Neumann…

    • Replies: @Z-man
  108. Yes, Israel, it’s important to know.

  109. Z-man says:
    @Trevor Hardy

    Norman Finkelstein
    American political scientist

  110. M-I. B. says:

    The parading of liberalism’s humanitarian credentials has entitled our elites to leave a trail of carnage and wreckage in their wake in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria

    I am a Syrian Living in Syria: “It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government”

    ”American soldiers and people should not be supporting barbarian al Qaeda terrorists who are killing Christians, Muslims in my country and everyone.

    Every massacre is committed by them. We were all happy in Syria: we had free school and university education available for everyone, free healthcare, no GMO, no fluoride, no chemtrails, no Rothschild IMF- controlled bank, state owned central bank which gives 11% interest, we are self-sufficient and have no foreign debt to any country or bank. ”

    […]

    I do not understand how the good and brave American people can accept to bomb my country which has never harmed them and therefore help the barbarian al Qaeda. These animals slit throats and behead for pleasure… they behead babies and rape young kids.

    They are satanic. Our military helped by the millions of civilian militias are winning the battle against al Qaeda. But now the USA wants to bomb the shit out of us so that al Qaeda can get the upper hand. ”

    “Please help us American people. They are destroying the cradle of civilization. Stop your government. “

    {emphasis added}

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/i-am-a-syrian-living-in-syria-it-was-never-a-revolution-nor-a-civil-war-the-terrorists-are-sent-by-your-government/5544450

  111. Seraphim says:
    @Anon

    Because BHL is himself a multimillionare:

    “His father, André Lévy, was the founder and manager of a timber company, Becob, and became a multimillionaire from his business… In 2004, his fortune amounts to 150 million euros. Owner of seven companies, his fortune comes essentially from the inheritance of his parents, then completed by stock exchange investments (he is in 2000 suspected of insider trading by the Commission des opérations de bourse)…”

  112. Seraphim says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    And actively promoted by Jewish art dealers: Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paul Rosenberg, Georges Wildenstein.

    “from 1920, Paul Rosenberg’s company was widely acknowledged to be without doubt the most active and influential gallery in the world. Rosenberg gave the artists financial security by agreeing to buy their works on the basis of an exclusive contract… lent Picasso money after his honeymoon with the ballerina Olga Khokhlova and found them an apartment in Paris next to his own family home, generosity which resulted in a lifelong friendship between these two very different men… Every summer the Rosenberg family and the Picasso family would depart for the South of France, holidaying there with friends including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Somerset Maugham, Stravinsky, Ravel and Matisse…
    Rosenberg’s reputation for clean dealing enabled him by 1935 to persuade his brother-in-law Jacques Helft, a noted antiques dealer, to open a branch in Bond Street, London, to enable them to engage with more Americans. Noted clients included museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (of which Rosenberg was an early supporter and donor)…
    It goes for all ‘modern art’.

  113. Anyway!
    Doris Day is one hundred years old. No cross country celebration. No news channel mentioning her.
    Maybe if she had painted her face black and she would put it in her yearbook. she would have been a celebrity. So I do send her my love.

    • Troll: apollonian
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  114. There is an emancipation and there is over emancipation. Where is a border?
    Which philosopher could determine it?

  115. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    ‘…Doris Day is one hundred years old. No cross country celebration. No news channel mentioning her…'[/i]

    Wikipedia has her as born in 1922.

    • Troll: apollonian
  116. Let us set aside, on this occasion, the strange irony that several of the manifesto’s signatories

    No, irony means something is the opposite of what we would expect, like referring to BHL as “French”.

  117. @apollonian

    apollonian’s comment is nonsense for me. It is just an aggression on Unz and Cook.

    Itseems obvious that today , the jews and more precisely the zionists are running the show in all the western world and are still very influent in Russia; and that christianity is dwindling down non stop.
    The new world order, this new religion also developped by the jews is replacing the christianism and the communism both invented by the jews, the first one to destroy the Roman empire and the second one to destroy Europe.
    Both have had their time but now that the the jews are in power, they needed a new trick to definetely bring back the goyim to slavery. According to the jews, the goyim are not real human (God’ s children) but just talking Tools. This why this new religion is inducing the goyim to corruption and perversion.

    • Disagree: apollonian
  118. @Wally

    Your tin-ear seems catching. Naturally, I wasn’t saying Clinton won – I was saying how would it feel if US elites & half the western world simply refuse to accept Trump that won ?
    Wow – how many steps off of that was Trump ? Given his never ending persecution, I’d have hoped you’d be at least theoretically sympathetic to Venezuela “elected” government.
    But, sure, I get where you come from ———-

    • Replies: @Wally
  119. Wally says:
    @animalogic

    said:
    “Your tin-ear seems catching.”

    Indeed, because of what YOU said. Clean up your argument next time.

    And yes, they do refuse to accept Trump’s victory.

    I have no sympathy for Communist governments, but firmly believe the US should stay out of Venezuela and all countries, and no “foreign” aid to anyone.

    Best.

  120. Wally says:
    @Cleburne

    Indeed, the so called “Resistance” was communist through & through.

  121. Cook’s solution appears to be utopian socialism. Yawn.

  122. Johan says:

    Mind you, liberal intellectuals comprise of an intellectual hack and distortion of the ideas of mentioned people from the European canon (Goethe, etc.), as well as the much vaunted democratic ideals are a hack of the philosophy of thinkers like Rousseau and Voltaire (who both denounced democracy explicitly). (Goethe was not a ‘rationalist’ by the way).

    Twentieth century liberalism is at large a low brow power based contemporary elite project (EU dictatorship, liberal crypto-communism), a crude distortion and hijack of the ideas of the high brow philosophers from the European canon. The real contemporary inheritors of these ideas are marginalized, persecuted and prosecuted, and or hiding in the margins, as the vain liberal pseudo cosmopolitan contemporary fraudulent liberal elites, who hate the ordinary traditional masses, and whom massively suffer media induced psychosis (delusions), constantly play their trick of identifying them with various low brow movements.
    In my country, The Netherlands, only one word is needed for the power hungry liberal establishments to persecute and slander an intellectual for years with the usual allegations (Nazi/Hitler/racism etc, we know the drill).

  123. Johan says:

    “What is needed to save us is radical change. Not tinkering, not reform, but an entirely new vision that removes the individual and his personal gratification from the centre of our social organisation.”

    Democracy means decline. At first, in relation to a former dictatorship (like for instance that of Christianity and monarchs) democracy might bring good for some period, but eventually democracy, especially when unrestrained (universal suffrage, no competence requirements, etc, see Plato/Aristotle) necessarily brings about decline (and a power grab of new elites (the rich) who keep fooling the public and start provoking wars).
    Democracy with the internet and social media as a democratic publishing system is the last phase of ultimate decline, chaos and the unrestrained desire for ‘personal gratification’.
    The contemporary power hungry liberal elites also know this, they will likely be moving towards the unfolding of their dictatorship ever more rapidly, when all the systems of tech-surveillance are in place, and unfolding events provide for expedient catalysts, legitimating ever more restrictions of freedom, and finally doing away with democracy, which leads democracy to its inevitable conclusion.

  124. @DaveLeeDee

    I assure you – He’s far, far worse – and more dangerous – than a f+++ing idiot.

  125. Johan says:
    @IstvanIN

    “I would hardly call Europe’s elite liberals.”
    ” It is leftist, repressive when it comes to dissent”

    Due to low brow hijacks and distortion, liberalism has become exactly the opposite.
    This happens when clans of people start to infiltrate and overtake movements, clans of people who are not inheritors of the original ideas, but only out on their own freedom and out on power for themselves. As soon as these become establishments (established), you will see their real face.
    Liberal progressives for instance, the former sixties leftists/drugs/free sex people are now becoming dictatorial and puritans.
    We keep calling it liberalism though, as that is the name which people know (leftism has at large merged into liberal-progressives).
    It is the same with liberal progressives (the so called avant-garde of liberals), they are actually regressive (savages).
    We have been sold and (violently) imposed a progress which is not progress, but regression.

  126. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    A Serbian activist on Wednesday threw a pie in the face of Jewish French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy at a showing of his film “Peshmerga” in Belgrade.
    He is promoting ‘kurdistan’ which is part of Israel’s EXPANSIONIST policy.

    He will talk at the Cambridge public library, a propaganda center, on February 20th, 2019
    He should be exposed further

    Jewish French philosopher gets pied in face in Belgrade

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  127. Seraphim says:
    @anonymous

    Priceless, absolutely priceless! You shouldn’t wallow in the [‘Serbian swine’] trough and expect to come out clean!
    Serbians wouldn’t forget the deliberate sacrilege of throwing bombs on Belgrade on Easter Day 1999 (like the Nazi bombs on Belgrade on Easter Day 1941 and the British-American bombs on the ‘Bloody Easter’ 1944) by the ilks of BHL when the bombs carried the same message “Happy Easter’ as the bombs of the ‘Bloody Easter’ 1944. And they shouldn’t.
    And you should commend the Serbs that they threw only cream in the face of the impostor BHL, instead of his usual food. ‘Balkaniks’ would understand.

  128. Miro23 says:
    @Christopher Black

    From the linked article:

    The EU was not an expression of the popular will of the Europeans peoples. It was imposed on them from the top and has acted as a reactionary force ever since.

    I’m not sure about that. The EEC (European Economic Community) as it was originally designated, was a way to integrate Germany back into European affairs after the destruction of WW2 i.e. make it respectable again, and build positive relations with France.

    In other words, it was basically a political project, although it also started reducing trade barriers and moving towards its founder, Jean Monnet’s idea of a USE (United States of Europe) to mirror the United States of America.

    At the time, people (including myself) saw the idea as positive, since it promoted peace and good relations, with the added benefit that much of the complicated and wasteful paperwork blocking inter-European trade would disappear along with the queues of lorries at every national border. In other words it promoted efficiency, and no one was expecting much inter-European population movement. The French weren’t going to move to Germany or vice-versa.

    IMO it was a good idea that worked well at the start.

    I think that the problem came later with the vast new profit opportunities of globalization (1980’s onwards). The hassles of manufacturing could be moved to China, also avoiding social security legislation and massively reducing costs (increasing profits).

    In my opinion, this was the point at which the EU was hijacked by globalist corporations, and started representing their interests rather than the interests of European people. The EU switched to open external frontiers, Asian outsourcing and the free international flow of capital (i.e. the full Neo-Liberal agenda), and it was when the consequences (de-industrialization, unemployment, mass non-European immigration) became apparent, that the public turned against the EU.

    The ideal solution would be a return to the original EEC (with its closed external frontier and removal of internal barriers to the internal movement of people and goods), but it’s probably too late for that, as the whole Europe idea will probably be trashed in the counter reaction with a return to all the inter-European trade hassles of the 1950’s and 60’s.

  129. Cassander says:

    I’m not sure what the problem is. In a world caught up in dynamic change, democratic norms (and laws) are holding. It was the voters who elected Donald Trump and the voters who approved Brexit. This is causing much consternation among the ‘elites’, who don’t like what’s happening.

    So far there have been no civil wars or coups or assassinations, which always happen when things get too far out of whack. In particular, Trump seems to be more than a little law-abiding. He let the Supreme Court tear up his immigration order, he’s letting Congress take the lead on authorizing funding for the wall, and he has tolerated Mueller, which any sentient person knows is an opposition putup job. He has nominated real constitutionalists to the Supreme Court and the lower courts.

    In Europe Brexit (the UK people’s wish) is proceeding through orderly if difficult negotiations. I can’t find fault.

    The author suggests that radical change is necessary. That cure would be worse than the disease!

    I’ll take democracy.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  130. @Cassander

    There is no democracy in US. There is civil war between two dysfunctional parties.
    How come you did not notice? Or you just came from enchanted kingdom?

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  131. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    ” There is civil war between two dysfunctional parties”

    Wrong again. There is in fact war between the cowardly, appeasing, Republicans, and the insane blue-haired democrats.

    The Democrats are so fricking crazy, so far in outer space that any attempt at working with them is pure futility.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  132. @Authenticjazzman

    You are absolutely correct. I just did not wanted to go into such a details. It is not my stile.

  133. Ion says:
    @ACommenter

    Levy is a Zionist and almost certainly Mosad asset leaving in France. Not long ago he advocated bombing of Yugoslavia and killing of our Serbian Christian Orthodox brothers.

  134. Beb says:

    It seems to me that Mr. Cook is saying that liberalism has failed, because a) its adherents have elevated it to the status of a religion, while b) using this as cover to asset-strip the planet, by c) painting anyone who disagrees with them as a menace.

    He points out that some liberals fail to see this and continue to support the status quo, while many others do understand the situation, but are happy to exploit it for personal gain.

    He is concerned that the rising “populist” reaction to liberal looting may be taken over and misdirected by authoritarians, who are also seeking plunder.

    His plea is for us to “wake up” to both dangers, before we are crushed between them. I think he deserves credit for sounding an alarm which needs to be taken seriously.

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