January 13, 2014

Carter Country, continued

“People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels”. Which is precisely why I never got rid of my Pierre Cardin Bar Mitzvah suit and platform shoes. Because who knows, right?

Funny thing is, I remember back in 2007 — during the time of the dapper pant crease, the “intellectualism” of an Ivy League presidency, and all the bullshit about Obama’s supposed post-partisan, post-racial pragmatism — noting that, to anyone who dared peek beyond the Manchurian candidate facade and the postmodern construction of “Barack Obama” from the remains of a once perpetually-stoned Marxist sympathizer named Barry who, when he attended classes, wrote doggerel poetry and papers on Reagan’s failed domestic and military policies (before the wall fell, and the Soviet Union crumbled; oops!), they’d see Obama for what he truly was: Jimmy Carter with a tan and a plan. And it didn’t take any special insight on my part, either. Obama, through historical clips, could have his actual agenda reconstructed: he wanted to see electricity costs soar, saw the Constitution as a flawed document, believed in wealth redistribution, and had been schooled by those whose major tactical discussion was about how best to promote their Marxist agenda: openly, or using the sub rosa techniques of infiltration and a deconstruction and repurposing of the rhetoric of liberty to promote a radical egalitarianism that at base is totalitarian and, in a strict sense, anti-American.

Carter, who while he turned out to be a dismal failure, a foreign policy nightmare, and an economically illiterate anti-Semite, was at least an earnest failure, nightmare, and economically illiterate Zionist hater. Obama has and always will be an arrogant puppet who doesn’t realize he’s been dancing on others’ strings since his early days in Chicago when Bill Ayers saw in the young mau-mauer of flak catchers what some of Obama’s Democrat comrades described as a “clean and articulate” “magic negro,” a potential wedge figure whom they could insert into the American cultural consciousness — taking advantage of a racial guilt that educational theorists like Ayers himself had helped promote and nurture — to drive the “historic” and transcendent figure of racial healing and “progress” into a movement candidate, a symbol, an empty canvas onto which people of good will might map their own Hopes and wishes for Change.

When I made this observation back in Obama’s early run, that is, when I observed that he was a more intentional wreck to our system than the Georgia peanut king, who to my knowledge wasn’t an Alinsky adept nor a student of Cloward-Piven or Cooper Union Marxist political strategizing, and that as a result he was a more malign and controlled Jimmy Carter with a conspicuous black half, the immediate reaction was that I was, of course, racist.

Similarly, when I questioned — as an hypothetical, and taking for argument’s sake at face value research done suggesting that Bill Ayers had at least partially authored one of Obama’s “autobiographies” — whether the “Barack Obama” who had been built through narrative was anything like the historical and actual figure of Barack Obama who was now our President, I was met with all manner of leftist academic recriminations and sophistic arguments (hi, SEK!), coupled naturally to suggestions that my academic exercise had at its base more malign motives: that as a student of literary theory who had spent years studying the ideas of layers of narrative and narrative constructs juxtaposed against authorialism, I wasn’t interested in that in this case, but rather only cared about trying to suggest a black man couldn’t write his own book, and that I was using my training to disguise my real intimations, and so my real reason for writing the post: I was a racist.

And yet here we are nearly 7-years later, and, having first been despised for being “unhelpful” to a GOP who was telling us to measure our words so as not to be taken out of context (that is, that we mustn’t express our beliefs or values, or make known our concerns, in language that could be used to suggest we might not simply disagree with Obama’s policies, but rather, that he wasn’t at all the good man — or even the “Barack Obama” we’d been sold), I now find myself in the position of watching as others have taken up the charge of “exposing” Obama, including those like Peggy Noonan and a host of other wannabe cosmopolitan Republicans who at the time desired nothing more than to be seen as gracious and racially tolerant and accommodating, if not exuberant over the color of a President, regardless of whether or not he had every intention of “fundamentally transforming” the US.

It’s amusing. And a bit disheartening.

But here we are.

The GOP is built on eating its own. And by that I mean its political machinery is living in the left’s rhetorical paradigm, is controlled by it, and is more concerned about is produced public image — as created by a mainstream press who, while still powerful, fewer and fewer Americans find disinterested or objective — to the point that it would rather support Democrats than its own base.

Worse, I believe many in the GOP have come to like the system of cronyism and spoils and power and insularity that come with Big Government statism, and so have “evolved” while in DC, to the point where calling them RINOs is no longer sufficient. Many of these people are Mondale Democrats — except that even Mondale didn’t support amnesty.

I’m happy for all of our opinion leaders who have gained prestige and wealth in new media as a result of their having spent a decade pointing out Democrat hypocrisy. But by failing to see that the GOP was in league with the Democrats — and marginalizing as kooks, Hobbits, and “purists” those who did — they are complicit in where we today find ourselves.

Their latest turn, as the winds blow, toward an anti-establishment bent, is yet another pose, and I take it with a grain of salt. We are, as a country, far worse off than we were since Reagan reversed Carterism. And yet the GOP answer to this, at least on the party machinery level, is to import cheap labor for big business and its liberal fascist relationship with government, and to fight those of us who advocate for smaller, limited government and a return to constitutionalism that, by itself, would militate against the kind of anti-foundationalist administering of law that we now see becoming the accepted norm.

Those who have stood to protect Boehner and McConnell — through every “deal” and with every reprimand to conservatives that we have to choose our battles, and can’t possibly win while we’re in the minority (except when the House brings pro-amnesty legislation, that is: at which point, 1/2 of 1/3 doesn’t seem to much matter anymore) — are party cheerleaders. They fancy themselves pragmatists because calling yourself a pragmatist they believe denotes a kind of reasoned, rational, realist attitude toward governance. Much like in earlier years (and it’s making a comeback) calling oneself a “centrist” was supposed to show you were above the political fray.

But the truth is, these are convenient dodges. By adopting the “pragmatist” pose, every capitulation is presented as a move on a 3-D chessboard, a strategic maneuver in a long-term game.

One that, at present, has us enjoying higher taxes, socialized healthcare, the government takeover of industry, 17 Trillion in fiscal operating debt, and about 100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities, with decreased employment, increased entitlements we can’t afford, and a host of new client state groups who rely on the government for their positioning within the system of preferential legal and social treatment.

Which, call me crazy, but that looks to me like a big fucking pragmatic failure.

The latest rejiggered employment numbers, dismal as they are, are merely yawned at. And we’re told that the importation of low-skill, illiterate labor into an already depressed labor force — one in which an increase in the minimum wage is being pushed as a civil right — is somehow a net economic boon to the country.

It isn’t. It can’t be. And no kind of Paul Ryan math can ever make it so.

Instead, it will restructure the very nature of our civil society; it will change demographics permanently; and it will assure the Democrats electoral victories, while keeping the GOP — happy with their cut of big government now that “the era of Reagan is over” — flush with both campaign money from big business, and — they believe — money to support their perpetual “fight” against the Democrats and their agenda. To which the GOP was an accomplice, often willingly, behind closed doors, and without the consent of the governed.

This is where we are. And where we will stay so long as the mouthpieces for a cease to internecine fighting in the Party are able to shame conservatives / classical liberals / constitutionalists into trusting the savvy career politicians who “know the system” and not wrecking the “brand” that will, soon enough, bring the new GOP to power.

2014 could see a landslide victory for Republicans. If it does, it will be because many Democrats reject the New Leftism that has overtaken their party, and the TEA Party comes out in force, just as it did in 2010. GOP establishment types are hoping for just that and I believe see it on the horizon (even as the do their level best to fuck it up). And this is why they are so keen on keeping the “center-rightist” and “pro business” candidates viable in primaries, and defeating those outsiders who don’t see in DC a taxpayer pot of gold from which to sup, nor a ruling kingdom on a swamp that is entitled to keep increasing its own power and influence by way of constitutional dodges, be it by handing off power to bureaucratic agencies of their own creation whom the courts say they can then not control, nor by engaging in social engineering experiments, right along with the Democrats, that they seem to think they can simply manage more efficiently.

They will then claim a mandate, and Rovean “compassionate conservatism” will once again ascend — and once again lead, down the road, to a resurgence of progressivism not compromised by icky social conservative planks in the party platform.

And they will be wrong, yet again. Or rather, they will know the mandate is a phony one, but they won’t care: it doesn’t matter to them who puts them into power. It only matters that either they have power or people like them have power. And conservatives, as we’ve seen since 2010, are less like them then are Democrats.

Statism is ascendent at the federal level. It needs to be defeating locally, and then that torch carried up to DC, where the gaseous effluvium seeping out of the two-sided faces of helmet-headed politicians will combust, and we can start again from scratch.

— Is my two cents. Feel free to add your own.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:48am
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Comments (85)

  1. It’s probable I remain where I was, or have been, lo these few decades: education, our education, our fellows’ education, is the key to unlock the quandary. Yet in combination with that other folk principle (if you want a job done well, do it yourself) I find a conflict, since the ‘job’ needing done is quite beyond my capacities. Hence I look toward others who have the proper skills, alongside urging my (possibly) feeble conclusions regarding the need. Who are these others? The great books, to begin. Plus men and women of good will who know how to read.

  2. See? I told you I would come back. I can’t stay away. I crave your attention.

    I just wish this place had face time. Cuz I’m waving my dick around like a helicopter rotor blade right now.

    Wheeeeee!

  3. Shorter moron: “The Federal Government needs to hire EVEN MORE people to take up the slack from all those businesses who can’t afford to hire them.”

  4. Instead of hellomynameisesteban, try hellomynameisstrawmanmaker next time.

  5. Here is a link to something that would be me waving my dick around like a chopper blade, but I can’t figure out how to work the camera on my phone. So how about a kitty in a shoe, instead?

    Ha. Take that, wingnuts!

  6. All I see my tax dollars buying is more frustration.
    One side clamoring and contriving to add more queso lovers to the rolls and additional government cheese out of thin CO2 rich warming air, supported by the media. Another in a massive circle jerk of simultaneous hand wringing and bed wetting while back scratching and slapping. All this while a third smaller radical fringe terrorist group insists on the application of vile, racist concepts such as efficiency and fiscal responsibility.
    But on the bright side, I only suspect this frustration to grow until a proudly vindictive feminesta standing in a bright suit of pants pisses into this cauldron until it boils over and burns everything down.

  7. He also ignores the increased ability to hire people once the outrageous burden of government hyper-regulation is eased, plus the lowering of taxes with the increased savings on government spending.

    http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/jhammerton/the-hidden-cost-of-regulation

    Every year economist Clyde Wade Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute releases a report, entitled “The Ten Thousand Commandments” analyzing federal regulations and their costs. Crews’ analysis found that in 2010 the federal government spent around $55.4 billion dollars funding federal agencies, and enforcing existing regulation. But these costs barely compare to the compliance costs that regulation imposes on the economy. Crews’ report cites the work of economists Nicole V. Crain and W. Mark Crain, whose study of the net cost of regulations determined that in 2009 federal regulation cost businesses and consumers $1.75 trillion, or nearly 12% of America’s 2009 GDP. As a comparison, in the same year, corporate pre-tax profits for all businesses totaled about $ 1.46 trillion.

    I wish he were more capable of coming up with a valid argument…

  8. That’s it! We need to regulate stupid. BTW, you spelled estúpido wrong.

  9. >research done suggesting that Bill Ayers had at least partially authored one of Obama’s “autobiographies” <

    with a tad of plagiarism thrown in

    Obama’s Apocryphal Kenya Trip

  10. Stupid regulations, indeed.

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/04/epas-global-warming-regulations-a-threat-to-american-agriculture (first year costs per facility = $46,500, and pre-construction permits = $84,000 EACH)

    http://nation.foxnews.com/regulation-nation/2011/09/14/regulation-nation-farmers-worry-over-crop-new-rules

    http://www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Aug/epa.html

    Trans fats, soda sizes, low-flow shower heads, incandescent bulbs, CO2 asserted to be a “pollutant”, and on and on.

    It’s isn’t “regulation”, it’s tens of thousands of pages of departmental regulations. Having to classify a raw milk spill as “hazardous” because of the oil content? Making energy more expensive for no other reason than because they can? Requiring the average small business to file as many as 200 additional forms with the IRS every year (thanks to ObamaCare)?

    How many trillions have been wasted trying to keep up with full-time legislatures and unelected bureaucrats?

  11. We need to regulate stupid

    “Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.” — Robert A. Heinlein

  12. Of course! Any expression of distaste for excessive regulation means that we hate all regulation. Probably because, deep down, we hate children, and kitties, and puppies. QED.

    Because regulation is always, ever, only an unalloyed good.

  13. Plus, any failure of regulations in preventing any disaster just means we need MOAR regulations.

    Regulations = cowbell.

  14. The President from the Comintern.

    I wish Texas was still a separate republic. I’d move there.

  15. Nothing like a site called http://www.coal-is-dirty.com for an unbiased take on the subject.

  16. How fitting that water vapor stand in for non-existent coal particle discharge, eh? Maybe better examples of sophistry could be found, but it’s doubtful.

  17. I don’t like dirty coal. I don’t know why they just can’t make the electricity come directly from the light switch, like they do in civilised parts of the world.

  18. I had this crazy idea that we should keep mining coal but, stockpile most of it like a strategic oil reserve. That way if we ever get hit by an asteroid or something and advance mining techniques would become difficult, we would have an easy to access energy source.

  19. There is all manner of regulation to be found in the world, one of which is self-regulation, a characteristic not to be expected in great degree in those who make to lie, cheat (not least against themselves!) and steal. Such are the sophists, who think themselves put on earth to rule everyone but themselves. Most people have better things to do with their lives.

  20. What do you think powers electric plants, estupido? That’s right: Coal.

    But, those coal miners don’t need jobs. Amirite?

    I’m thinking you don’t need electricity. It would keep you out of here.

  21. >And now you assert that coal mining and burning is not polluting and therefore requires no regulation whatsoever. Classic. <

    assertion monkey asserts

  22. One wonders, if coal is so terrible as an energy source, why is it that the holamellamo crowd isn’t pushing as hard as it can to build a bunch of reliable, non-emitting nuclear plants as fast as we can. Surely, carbon being the Enemy of Mother Earth (never mind that She gives it to us in the first place), this tried and proven alternative would be a no-brainer!

    Speaking of no-brainers, who let Dog Vomit back in here?

  23. And now you attribute to us an assertion that nobody here has ever made. Classic hellowmynameisdishonestinterlocutor.

  24. Just as an aside, as a boilermaker I was one of many people building an electrostatic precipitator-scrubber (there were four total) on the coal-fired powerstation on the west bank of the Potomac just south of Reagan National Airport (it was named National Airport back in those days) circa 1978-79, so that’s what, 35 years ago? Coal ain’t dirty. Liars are dirty.

  25. You want to talk about dirty industries, talk about mining and refining the minerals that go into the batteries and magnets used in those precious “clean” electric cars.

  26. You are a man of many talents, sdferr. I’ve never been in a large powerstation like that. I was also too chicken to tour the Hoover Dam

  27. VDH on georgics, pruning, cleaning up, tending attentively to the close to hand — caring for one’s own, so to speak, and the healthful attributes attached to that.

  28. Because when you show one instance where regulation may be needed, you’ve proven that regulation — any regulation, and any amount of it — is justified.

    And when someone brings up an example of brutally stupid regulation, accuse that person of wanting ZERO regulation, wherein all the rivers catch fire and Gaia chokes to death in a cloud of coal particulates.

    That, my friends, is what reality-based thinking looks like.

  29. Also, atmospheric particulates induces global cooling, which — one would suppose, but we are talking about advocacy science here — counters global warming.

    You know how I know?

    James Hansen of NASA-GISS testified that it does in the mid 1970s.

  30. As a California resident, I am literally surrounded by the proggie herd and their loving owners, but I persist in voting against the likes of Feinstein and Boxer, Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsome and Kamala Harris.

    It’s a never ending task, and totally thankless, but it’s my duty.

    Yeah, another obsolete word.

  31. The important thing, as far as Dog Vomit is concerned, is that we not spend any more time talking about how five years of Obamanomics has resulted in an unemployment rate that stubbornly remains above 10%.

    The important thing, as far as Dog Vomit is concerned, is that we not spend any more time talking about how candidates in 2014 could prevail at the polls by appealing to regular Americans’ desire to provide for themselves and their families through meaningful employment, rather than appealing to their Dem overseers for a raise in their allowance.

  32. Squid, the tide is turning on the Dems and they can’t swim.

    We should do our best to shove them away from the ship with the oars. Drown, bitches!

  33. We should do our best to shove them away from the ship with

    Massed machinegun fire.

    FTFY.

  34. No feeding the trolls.

    What? Oh, no particular reason. Just sayin’.

  35. The important thing, as far as Dog Vomit is concerned, is that we not spend any more time talking about how five years of Obamanomics has resulted in an unemployment rate that stubbornly remains above 10%. – See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=52438#comment-1050436

    You all just hate black people. Whereas I look out for the poor dumb beasts.

  36. >This:<

    thisssss

  37. Versus this:

    http://pithocrates.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Unemployment-Rates-U3-U6-Labor-Participation-Rate-2004-2013.png

    (For every job “created”, five people have left the labor force entirely.)

  38. Some people just can’t quit us I guess.

  39. the baracky economy 72 months and still below the peak. looks like a record.

  40. at this point being an O!bot makes your ass look big

  41. If we raise the minimum wage we can make their participation rate even lower.

    Yes we can!!

  42. I say that banned means banned. So keep flushing the turd until it stops coming back up.

  43. I once killed a hamster for looking at me funny. Of course, it was the feelings that stirred in me that made me so ashamed that I had to beat the thing to death with a bat. Such soulful eyes.

  44. Just eyeballing it, looks like the trend started around ’97. – See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=52438#comment-1050450

    The trend? Perhaps. The cliff? Started when Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker. It is now at the lowest rate since Billy Beer was famous.

    Nice of you to admit reality. Now, for extra credit, what would the unemployment rate be if the participation rate had stayed where it was when Barry was sworn in?

    Labor has become decoupled from productivity

    Because there is nothing more productive than an unemployed worker.

    There’s not going to be a job for everyone, no matter how hard everyone tries

    Bercause there are people who will be between jobs, moving, in school, etc. “Full Employment” usually allows for roughly 5% unemployment, for exactly those reasons. (Remember when 5.4% and $400B deficits were “the worst economy since Hoover? I’ll bet Barry would throw his grandmother under the bus for a measly 5.4% and deficits of less than a trillion…)

    The reason you should hate minimum wage isn’t because it will reduce employment (it won’t)

    Has there ever been a single instance where the minimum wage was raised, and employment went up? Just one. Take your time.

    Back to Business 101: what happens when a commodity (such as labor) becomes more expensive?

  45. It was asked to leave, not to change its name. Defenestrate it until it gets the message.

  46. >not the rate of recovery.<

    dude the baracky line might be asymptotic

    link

  47. yo banestiban how jobs were lost by banning the edison bulb, closing coal fire power plants and mines, making “30 hours full time”, et al?

  48. I only flush them if somebody isn’t already talking to them .

  49. I fall back to Winston Churchill’s observation that Americans will always do the right thing, but only after they have exhausted all the other alternatives. We still have a bit farther to go before we hit bottom.

  50. Someone put it slightly differently almost a double dozen decades ago:

    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  51. Herein lies the problem of your studying Icelandic Eddas of the Transgendered, and other useless topics instead of classics, math, and science. You have absolutely no abilities to analyze data or derive your own conclusions, hence you can only repeatt talking points your TAs spout.

    OK, the CEO of Walmart got about 20 million last year, there are about 2 million Walmart employees. If the CEO gave his entire salary to all employees, they would get a whopping $10 each per year.

    Repeat for all the Fortune 500. Net gain to the proletariat from you pie-in-the-sky commie scheme ? Bupkis.

  52. yo banestiban how jobs were lost by banning the edison bulb…

    Net, none, Peoples Red Banner Hero of the Proletariat Lighting Bulb Factory # 17 in Jiujang has doubled the shifts, and the Glorious Workers Mercury Mines tripled !

  53. “I fall back to Winston Churchill’s observation that Americans will always do the right thing, but only after they have exhausted all the other alternatives. ”

    He had a lot of nerve saying that after Chamberlain’s run.

  54. His mother was American. We’re eternal optimists.

  55. …Americans will always do the right thing…

    The trouble is that there are Americans, and then people like helloiamaboogereatingmoron who are Americans In Name Only.

  56. >citizens Americans In Name Only.<

  57. It’s a never ending task, and totally thankless, but it’s my duty.

    doody

  58. Spongers, Eingang? Also known as free loaders?

  59. Because our resident coprophage can’t come up with the question I asked above, I will provide it for him, and hope that no one near him is injured by the cranial shrapnel… (Of course, given the deep rectal exploration his cranial vacuum usually performs, that shouldn’t be much of a hazard.)

    http://cdn.pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/files/2014/01/labor-force-dropouts-drive-lower-unemployment-rate-1-10-14.png

  60. Leigh,

    Them too, but I was thinking more of the sort who have no sense or knowledge of the history of the country, no belief in the founding principles, and generally want the US to be Sweden. Among the AINO are those who come here and never, nor want to, assimilate.

  61. >are those who come here and never, nor want to, assimilate. < cinos

  62. Eingang, back in the day, newly arrived immigrants were schooled, in a real school, on the duties of citizenship. Now we just sign them up for benefits and kiss their tushes.

  63. Instead of “dog vomit”, I think themanyincarnationsofsteve should be called “chihuahua” for being an annoying little yapping *bleep* at your feet.

  64. Now we just sign them up for benefits and kiss their tushes.

    Just the ones who are going to AINOs, I have had occasion to work with Russian immigrants who are more American than our resident troll will ever be.

  65. >Now we just sign them up for benefits and kiss their tushes.<

    we don't do it. they the fed gov't transvestites do it

  66. the proggtards are trannies/commies at “heart”

  67. Russians make fantastic Americans. They love it here and aren’t shy about telling our starry-eyed socialists that they’re morons and then relate some tale of horror that happened to their family to further shut-up the guy wearing the Che Guevara tee.

  68. Washington D.C. : Taking Rent-Seeking Behaviors To The Level Of Performance Art

  69. Newrouter,

    Yep, everyone should read “Shakedown Socialism”.

  70. >I don’t like reusable bags. I never remember to put them in my car when I am going shopping. I also don’t think they are sanitary, as packages of meat tend to leak.

    More to the point, I don’t think plastic bags do any real harm to the environment. This is all just about some people being able to tell other people how to live their lives.

    So anyway, I soved the problem with a quick visit to Amazon. At the link below I bought a box of 5,000 bags just like the grocery store bags, at about half a cent per bag. I keep the box in my car and carry a few bags in when I shop.

    You should spread the word.<

    i lost my churchill "mock them speech" apt i think

    link

  71. i reuse bags for trash

    bags and amazon prime boxes

    so far where I live the fascists still let us have plastic bags – they’ve been curiously lenient on this issue

    but I live in the gaps – more and more the fascists are instituting draconian shopping bag regimes

    and even in the gaps a cold fascist wind is blowing

    especially in burbank

    and when they ban the bags for sure I’m a click Mr. Instapundit’s link, and I’m a get a box for me and a box for P and a box for F and a box for New Girl

    that’s just smart and sensible and those disgusting reusable bags are made more for emasculated obamasluts more than for pikachus

  72. all hail burpbank

  73. I keep my plastic bags and take them with me when I go to San Diego. They use them for lining their many little trash cans around the house.

    They are also good for disposing of kitty litter.

  74. probably not bad for disposing of kitties either

  75. Obamacare is as real as the administration wants it to appear to be. Healthcare means a health card.

    Virtual security, as real as the card ever was, is, or will be.

  76. i think I must have synesthesia cause when I see clintons i smell trailer park

  77. >Czechoslovakia – as do other states in the Soviet bloc – has the
    most powerful machinery of violence that ever existed to protect
    those in power. This is because those who created this machinery
    have learned more from historical revolts, coups d’etat and revolutions
    than any other power elite in the past. Their ‘historical solidarity’
    with all ruling groups who have ever been swept from power
    goes deeper than any ideological differences, because it is consistent
    with the principle of self-preservation. Moreover, the machinery of
    violence is continually expanding because, among other things, the
    group in power feels no reliable support from the population. The
    movement from which the ideology of the present regime derived
    originally has been marked from the outset by a traumatic awareness
    of an incongruity between its ‘historical mission’ and the
    possibility of ever gaining a sufficiently broad and spontaneous
    support to carry that mission out. Various forms of police activity,
    therefore, have always appeared in utter secrecy even before power
    was seized, and subsequently, the police apparatus has expanded to
    such an unprecedented degree, partly because the official ideology
    contains nothing to inhibit such a development. The material, and
    ultimately the moral, burden that this places on society has no precedent
    in history. To make this burden bearable, the totalitarian state
    has had to raise the policing function to one of the greatest virtues.
    In television films and propaganda programmes, it is no longer a
    worker or a party secretary who embodies all the finest human
    qualities, but a cop.<

    potpl @ 199

  78. Stick to playing with your dick, Steven. It’s what you’re good at.

    Leave the thinking to those of us who know how to do it.

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