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Apr 01 2020

Chilean Leftist Carolina Cox Trapped in Cuba

The Wuhan coronavirus delivered a dose of poetic justice to Chilean leftist Carolina Cox. She has been trapped in the sort of country she wants to turn her own into and is not enjoying the experience. From Diario de Cuba, translation by Babalú Blog:

From Cuba, Chilean actress Carolina Cox called on her government to get her off the island where she has been stranded after flights out were canceled due to the spreading of COVID-19 all over the island. …

“It’s super distressing being in a country where there’s shortages of soap, toilet paper, our accounts are blocked because of the blocks on Cuba, connecting to the internet is very difficult, our credit cards don’t work [,,,] There’s people who need medicine, among us are kids, elderly, families,” she explained.

There’s a shortage of toilet paper in the USA too, thanks to hoarders. The difference is, in communist countries, there is always a shortage of everything except tyranny.

The actress, who has been an activist promoting the protests against the government of [Chilean President] Sebastian Piñera these past months and has declared herself a support of leftist regimes in the region, finished her message with a demand that her government do something about getting her back to Chile.

Cox carries a virus capable of inflicting more long-term damage than COVID-19, namely leftist politics. If the government she is trying to bring down is wise, it will not make bringing her back a priority.

Too bad the Hollyweird (e.g., Oliver Stone) and Big Journalism (e.g., Andrea Mitchell) leftists who praise the horrific communist regime in Cuba can’t be stranded there too.

On tips from Occam’s Stubble and Kate P.

Mar 30 2020

Conservatives Are the Real Environmentalists

Liberals are better at envirorighteous posturing, but conservatives are better at actually protecting the environment. Conservatives conserve what deserves to be conserved. That’s why they are called conservatives.

It’s not a question of whether to keep the air and water clean, but rather whether to do it through suffocating regulation as liberals prefer, or through property rights and innovation. Liberals want solutions imposed by federal government if not by international agencies. Conservatives prefer local solutions.

How do we know that the conservative approach works better? One word: socialism.

Michael Knowles explains:

With progressives, the issue is never the issue. The issue is always increasing their power over others.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Mar 27 2020

Open Thread

Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates. Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service. The very spirit of rebellion is reprehensible. - Che Guevara
Mar 15 2020

Bill de Blasio Wants to Nationalize Industries in Name of Coronavirus

When Rahm Emanuel advised his fellow progressives never to let a crisis go to waste, he forgot to add the caveat that they should not be too obvious about exploiting crises to push America toward communism, because sensible people will be disgusted and push back. With luck, this is what will happen with New York’s odious mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Blaze reports on his interview yesterday on MSNBC:

De Blasio told host Joy Reid that the COVID-19 pandemic makes a good “case for a nationalization, literally, a nationalization of crucial factories and industries that can produce the medical supplies to prepare this country for what we need.”

That way, we could have shortages all the time, as opposed to only when people have been whipped into a panic.

The failed presidential candidate then called for the federal government to seize control of the hand sanitizer industry.

If you can nationalize hand sanitizer, what can’t you nationalize?

Hyper-statist extremism is nothing new for de Blasio:

As Politico reported in June 2019, during his ill-fated presidential campaign, the New York City mayor said he favored abolishing private health insurance.

De Blasio’s vision of socialized medicine would “absolutely” provide sexual mutilation surgery for transsexuals. Whether it would provide basic care to meet genuine medical needs is doubtful.

Never mind the temporary shortage of hand sanitizer. If liberals like de Blasio prevail, there will be a shortage of everything except moonbattery.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Mar 15 2020

Toilet Paper Madness

Although Peggy Noonan says it is “rotten advice” to tell people not to panic over Wuhan virus, even she will probably admit that there is no sane reason to hoard toilet paper. Over 90% of it is produced in this country, and most of the rest in Canada or Mexico; if people didn’t hoard it, there would be no problem with supply. Yet we are subjected to scenes like this:

The Babylon Bee jokes about Bernie Sanders wanting to “seize the means of toilet paper production.” Parody is barely a half-step ahead of reality. Sanders has been sympathetic (see here and here) toward the socialist regime in Venezuela, which did exactly that. Via Daily Beast:

Venezuelans hoarded the commodity in 2013 as a result of a drop in production, leading the government to seize a toilet paper factory in an effort to ensure more supply. It failed to do the trick.

The beauty of the free market is that it provides what people want. If people go insane and decide that they want to fill their garages with excess toilet paper so as to fend off a respiratory virus, the market will provide it. However, it may take a while for supply to catch up with demand. In the meantime, some will have to go without because others succumbed to panic and stopped thinking straight.

Dave Morrison weighs in on coronavirus and the toilet paper apocalypse:

On tips from Lyle, Frances J, Dragon’s Lair, and MrRightWingDave.

Mar 10 2020

Free Coronavirus Vaccine, Supplied by Prison Labor

Exploiting coronavirus can help Democrats advance their socialist agenda beyond potentially unseating the president. The only thing that could be more Democrat that offering free vaccine that doesn’t exist is offering free vaccine supplied by prison labor, ChiCom style.

Via Breitbart:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday pledged that he will provide all Americans with a free vaccine for coronavirus if he is elected president.

Characteristically, this promise was interspersed with Leninesque rhetoric denouncing the pharmaceutical industry for its capitalist ways.

Sanders noted New York state’s efforts of using prison labor to produce hand sanitizer in an effort to offset alleged price gouging by Amazon, eBay, and others as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States.

What do we need corporations for when we have prison labor?

“What they’re saying is, they are telling the manufacturers today to stop the price-gouging. And they’re manufacturing it. And we are prepared to say that to the pharmaceutical industry: stop ripping off the American people,” he added.

Crippling the pharmaceutical industry in the name of Marxist ideology is unlikely to produce vaccines more quickly, but that is no concern of Bernie Sanders. Rich and powerful people like him always get the best medical care, especially in socialist countries like the USA would soon become under Democrat rule.

On a tip from Henry B.

Mar 10 2020

Evita Duffy Learns She Was Right to Fear Socialism

Thanks, socialists, for proving Evita Duffy’s point.

Evita Duffy is the daughter of former Republican US Rep Sean Duffy and a student at the University of Chicago. Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Hayward, Wisconsin, native was featured in a campaign by the university’s Institute of Politics (IOP) showcasing students and why they vote.

She held a whiteboard reading, “I vote because the coronavirus won’t destroy America, but socialism will.” Reaction from legendarily tolerant leftists was ferocious.

She reports on her treatment in the college paper, the Chicago Maroon:

Fellow students attacked my character, my intellect, my family, my appearance, and even threatened me with physical violence, using foul and offensive language. I was called a racist [she’s Hispanic] and a xenophobe. Some compared me to animals. Others declared that they would personally stop me from voting, and many defended the personal attacks, saying I deserved to be bullied and that I don’t belong at the University of Chicago on account of my beliefs. I was told by many that I was the most hated person on campus. It was frightening. It was also hurtful, since some of the attacks came from people I considered friends.

As she observes, the coronavirus has killed 3,000 globally. This is a small number for a round of the flu. In contrast, socialism/communism has killed over 100 million and counting. The vicious reaction to opposition suggests that collectivists in the USA are not very different from the ones who stacked up tens of millions of corpses under Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, et al.

Confirming this, one fellow student even suggested that she deserves “a brick wall” — i.e., to be executed — for not embracing socialism.

At least educrats came to her defense, upholding the freedom of thought that makes universities worthwhile. Ha ha, I’m kidding of course.

As of writing this opinion, the administration and the IOP have not come to my defense, nor have they condemned the intolerance and violence students have directed toward me. It is not hard to imagine what sort of actions they would be taking if an LGBTQ+ or Muslim student faced similar threats or experienced this sort of intolerance on campus. When a young Hispanic woman joins a fun “get out and vote” initiative and receives this level of social shaming, deeply personal attacks, and threats of violence, conservative students get the message: There is a price to pay for daring to speak your mind or questioning the liberal orthodoxy on campus. This University-endorsed intolerance is why so many students self-censor and some, sadly, simply give up questioning and thinking for themselves.

Creating this climate of fear to exploit people’s herd instinct is a key aspect of indoctrination.

They aren’t universities anymore. They are reeducation camps.

Evita Duffy is wise to fear socialism. What socialists have done to higher education, they will do to the whole country when they achieve the power. Whether they achieve it in large increments through maniacs like Bernie Sanders or smaller increments through Fabian socialists like Joe Biden makes no difference in the long run.

On tips from Ellen O and R F.

Mar 09 2020

Carlos Maza, Privileged Champagne Socialist

Too bad for Carlos Maza that the presidential campaigns of millionaire Marxists Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren did not meet with more success. He might have warranted a cabinet position. He has certainly mastered the hypocrisy required of those who impose socialism.

Jon Levine exposed him at the New York Post:

The social media socialist with more than 150,000 followers on Twitter and YouTube combined regularly uses his platforms to rail against the wealthy and powerful and urges fans to be skeptical of their opinions.

For example, he denounced James Carville, who recently questioned the wisdom of letting a communist like Sanders take over the Democrat Party, for living too well.

“Dear god can we STOP taking political advice from the ultra-wealthy,” he moaned. “You really have to respect this guy’s grift. Constantly dressing in normal clothes on TV to feign relatability while living like this. Masterful con artist.”

Maza ought to know a con artist when he sees one.

For years, his mother Vivian Maza has been the common law wife of Scott Scherr, founder of Ultimate Software. They are engaged to be married.

Vivian, Scott, Carlos and sister Isabel all registered to vote at a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom waterfront palace in Boca Raton, Florida. The property sold in 2018 for $10.8 million, according to realty website Zillow. …

While serving as CEO of Ultimate Software, Scherr was one of the most handsomely compensated CEOs in the country. In 2015 he took home $38.3 million, CBS News reported. In 2008, Scherr’s total stock and options in Ultimate were valued at $17.8 million, with shares at the time selling for about $35. In 2019, the company sold for $11 billion, with stock going for $331.50, almost certainly making Scherr and family nine-figure millionaires — if not billionaires.

At least some of this wealth has trickled down to Carlos. He gets help with his rent in a trendy and pricey East Village neighborhood.

In his defense, Karl Marx himself relied on wealthy patron Friedrich Engels.

But Carlos Maza doesn’t need me to defend him. He has Twitter:

New York Post journalist Jon Levine was locked out of his Twitter account [yesterday] and forced to delete several tweets in connection to his article exposing the ultra-wealthy background of socialist YouTuber Carlos Maza.

Maza also has YouTube in his corner:

Last year, using his position as a writer for far-left Vox.com, Maza pressured YouTube into demonetizing videos from conservative commentator Stephen Crowder, an act that led to the condemnation of the Google-owned platform from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others.

Those in the club of wealth and power look after their own — at least when they are on the far left.

On tips from Ellen O and Stormfax.

Mar 03 2020

Bernie Sanders and the Dream Defenders

Most know that Bernie Sanders is a communist who sided with America’s worst enemies during the Cold War. Is he still that radical, now that he is poised to become POTUS? His campaign’s association with the Dream Defenders answers the question:

Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign website touts an endorsement from the radical group, Dream Defenders, and the group’s co-director, Phillip Agnew, is a top Sanders surrogate.

The Dream Defenders call for the abolition of the prisons and the police.

“Police and prisons have no place in ‘justice.’ Police and prisons aren’t just racist but they work to enforce the separations of rich and poor,” Dream Defenders’s website states.

In addition to anarchy, they promote terrorism. The rabidly anti-Israel group…

…has repeatedly promoted the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which has been a U.S.-designated terrorist organization since 1997.

The support is more than rhetorical:

Dream Defenders in 2016 organized a West Bank trip that was led by former PFLP member Mahmoud Jiddeh, according to reports by Fox News and the Washington Free Beacon. Jiddeh spent 17 years in prison for planting explosives in Israel that wounded nine civilians, the reports noted.

The Dream Defenders acknowledge that PFLP’s “tactics have included hijackings, assassinations, car bombings, suicide bombings, and paramilitary operations against civilian and military targets.” Buy it’s all for a good cause: fighting “imperialism.” Racism too, no doubt.

The Dream Defenders are so malevolent, they have Linda Sarsour on their advisory board.

Unless they are just poseurs, we might expect Bernie supporters to put some of these tactics to work if he doesn’t get the nomination. His campaign staff has demonstrated a taste for blood.

Here is Phillip Agnew on MSNBC, discussing the topic of property rights:

This time next year, the USA could be ruled by communist maniacs.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Mar 01 2020

One Generation Away From Extinction

Ronald Reagan warned us:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

One generation did not create the USA and the wealth and freedom it enables. America is the work of many generations. But one generation can flush it away. That generation, the culmination of decades of leftist propaganda, moral degeneration, and cultural decay, may already be with us. CNN would love to think so:

A people has to deserve freedom. Once we stop deserving it, we will trade it for free stuff, to be provided by others on a coercive basis. By the time we realize that the free stuff won’t last, it will be too late to go back.

On a tip from DM.

Feb 29 2020

Reality of Communist Takeover Sinking In With Dems

Even many Democrats understand that Bernie Sanders is evil. What has really set liberal establishmentarians’ hair aflame is that they understand that most Americans understand it. That means Sanders may get trounced by Trump.

But once Sanders has secured the nomination, they will do their best to get him into power. The Democrat Party, which includes the mainstream media, will have been commandeered by communists.

Mark Dice watches the train wreck unfold:

Bernie Sanders is very bad news either for the Democrats or for the USA. In the long run, he is bad news for both. But he couldn’t have destroyed the party alone. It was already rotted through with people who would follow him, and who would be willing to follow some other hard left demagogue if Sanders weren’t around.

As for the difference between socialism and communism that young Buttigieg discusses in the video, let’s have an expert explain:

The goal of socialism is communism. - Vladimir Lenin

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Feb 29 2020

Open Thread

Give me your four year olds, and in a generation I will build a socialist state. - Vladimir Lenin

On a tip from Jester.

Feb 27 2020

Blue Collar Logic Case Against Bernie Sanders

The election of Bernie Sanders would be a catastrophe not only for the rich that he demonizes, but for all of us. Jason Siler explains what putting this maniac in office would do to the middle class:

Feb 27 2020

Scotland Affirms Free Tampons as Human Right

Once Scotland was at the forefront of promoting liberty. The Scottish Enlightenment produced Adam Smith himself, the father of modern capitalism, aka economic freedom. Having tragically succumbed to moonbattery, Scotland now attacks liberty by the familiar progressive tactic of promoting absurd arbitrary “rights” at the expense of meaningful rights.

Via the Blaze:

Scottish parliament voted almost unanimously on Wednesday to provide “free” feminine hygiene products to anyone who needs them, by offering pads and tampons in certain public spaces to the tune of an estimated $31 million annually.

By “free,” they mean that these products are to be paid for by people other than those who use them, on a coercive basis, violating fundamental property rights.

Congresscommie Grace Meng (D-NY) has already proposed doing something similar in the USA.

According to Monica Lennon, the bill’s sponsor, this comical cross of feminism and socialism is a “milestone moment for normalizing menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality.”

If they really want gender equality, shaving cream ought to be free too.

This will eventually result in tampons being difficult to obtain, if the history of socialism is any guide. Sales will stop because you can’t compete with free. But then Big Government will fail to keep up with the infinite demand associated with zero cost. As Milton Friedman observed, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” Women will end up buying tampons on the black market for 10 times what they cost when they were for sale in stores.

But the important thing is moving the Overton window a little further toward Marxism.

You can see where this is heading. If tampons are free, why shouldn’t shampoo be free? If shampoo is free, why shouldn’t bath towels be free? If people have a right to free bath towels, surely they have a right to essentials like free houses and cars.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

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