They’ve Ruined Science for the Rest of Us

Excellent essay

The Neo-Ciceronian Times

If there’s one thing we’ve heard a lot about recently, it’s “science.” Science has become the new measure by which everything in the post-modern West is judged and this has especially been the case over the last couple of years. It’s become a fetish for millions of midwits who don’t even know what it actually is. Yet, what we’re really seeing is the replacement of science with SCIENCE! (midwits don’t understand the difference but I’m sure the discerning reader does), something which is going to continue to lead to terrible public policymaking, as well as an overall destruction of science’s potential for good in our society when properly used.

Keep in mind, I’m generally friendly towards science. In fact, until a couple of years ago I was a scientist in Big Pharma, something which I voluntarily left after two decades only because of a radical change in life direction. I…

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World Commerce Corporation & Developing Jamaica

Reciprocal Contradiction

In the latest Pseudcast episode, we tackled the World Commerce Corporation (WCC), a mysterious entity defined as a “commercially-oriented espionage net” by its founder, OSS man William Donovan. With deep ties to American and British services, the WCC operated as something like an invisible cartel, working obliquely in a variety of fields across the world. Oil deals in the Gulf of Mexico, asbestos mining in Venezuela, tourist development in Spain, the chili pepper trade, the soybean trade, selling off surplus military aircraft to the KMT, the development of the Thai silk trade in the postwar era, so on and so forth. Our argument was that the WCC emerged from a generalized tendency towards trusts and cartel that brought together formerly-competitive institutions together in order to coordinate activities and set precises – and a more specific historical tendency, snaking through shadowy corporations like the Empire Trust Company and the American International…

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NEW Controlled Food System Is Now In Place And They Will Stop At Nothing To Accelerate Their Control

ஜ ۩ Whiskey Tango Texas ۩ ஜ

(Corey Lynn) “Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.” This famous quote by Henry Kissinger is ringing more and more true by the week. 

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Inventing Diagnoses to Cover Up Vaccine Injury — a Con as Old as Vaccination Itself

Desultory Heroics

By Children’s Health Defense

Source: Global Research

People injured by COVID-19 vaccines may not realize it, but the pretense that post-vaccination injuries and deaths are just “sad coincidences” — far from being unique to the pandemic jabs — is a trick as old as vaccination itself.

So-called “fact-checkers” are having to work double-time to come up with ways to deny the undeniable fact that COVID-19 vaccines are causinginjuriesanddeathson a massive scale.

The shot pushers and their media enablers have taken cover-up tactics to absurd new heights by, for example, chalking up the rash of fatal heart attacks and overnight deaths inathletesandyoung adultsto a fluky condition referred to variously as “sudden adult death syndrome” or “sudden arrhythmic death syndrome” (SADS).

What the COVID-19 vaccine-injured do not necessarily recognize, however, is the pretense that post-vaccination injuries and deaths are just “sad coincidences”…

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Our Post-Scarcity World

The American Sun

We are living in collective trauma. Conventional wisdom tells that the world is finite, that all resources, including the money supply, is scarce. Malthus is among the brightest articulator of this wisdom, with Darwin applying Malthusian theory to biology and both libertarians and Marxists making economic and sociological applications. Climate change and overpopulation are two recent moral panics about scarcity, panics that have caused some to seriously suggest eating bugs and humans to adapt to the coming food shortages (either caused by a climate catastrophe, overpopulation, or both). On the right, accelerationists in the vein of Nick Land and Guillaume Faye attempt to deal with the problem of scarcity via neo-feudalist and archeo-futuristic models, opposed to what is usually dubbed “globalism.” There is a startling alternative to this, one that sounds patently absurd, but is the only way out of dystopia: we live in a post-scarcity world.

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To Save Science from Being Destroyed by Progressives Get Scientists Out of Politics

Pragmatically Distributed

Progressives have nearly destroyed science with their religious faith that the best form of government is a dictatorship of the scientists.

Although, at first glance, having scientists involved in political decision making seems like a good idea, the actual result of coronavirus policies has revealed that, in practice, every scientist involved in political decision making quickly transforms into a lying politician instead of behaving like an actual scientist.

The prime example of this is Anthony Fauci.

Fauci is not making decisions based on science.

He is making decisions to enhance his own political power and control over the American population.

When Fauci promotes mask policies (which have proven to have negligible effect on the coronavirus) his recommendation is being made only because he is getting exactly the same neurochemical high that Hitler got addressing the Reichstag and Stalin got saluting a Soviet military parade; albeit Fauci is getting that…

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Electricity Thefts Hit Record Levels In UK As Cost-Of-Living Crisis Worsens

The Closed Eye Society

Electricity Thefts Hit Record Levels In UK As Cost-Of-Living Crisis Worsens

Authored by Chris Summers via The Epoch Times,

A record number of people stole electricity in England and Wales last year, according to new figures released by the Home Office.

Police forces received 3,600 reports of “dishonest use of electricity” in the 12 months to March 2022, an increase of 13 percent on the previous year and the highest level since records began in 2013.

It comes after a protest website launched recently urging people not to pay their electricity bills from October.

The average annual UK gas and electricity bill rose from £1,400 in October 2021 to £2,000, after the government removed a price cap, which limited how much suppliers could charge customers.

Another hefty rise is expected in October 2022.

It was originally predicted average energy bills could reach £2,800 in the autumn but the latest forecast is £3,358.

Rishi Sunak Promises to Scrap…

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How Email Security Is Evolving

SecOperations

The Importance of Email Security

Email remains the primary vehicle used by cybercriminals, with 90% of cyberattacks delivered via this attack vector. Email is also the most essential and widely used business communication tool.

Securing email communication has never been more critical for organizations, and it has never been more challenging to do so. Attack volumes have not only gone up, but the attacks delivered via email have also become more sophisticated.

The work-from-home shift experienced by most of the world has made employees and organizations more vulnerable to cyberattacks delivered by email than ever before. This makes business email an irresistible target for cybercriminals.

Email Security Is at a Crossroads

Protecting email, while reducing cost and complexity, is a business-critical objective for organizations of all sizes, working in virtually every industry, and in all areas of the world. Workers are more frequently than ever logging on remotely from home…

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The IRA and the four horsemen of the climate apocalypse

Michael Roberts Blog

The announcement that US President’s Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has got the backing of pro-business, coal-mining owner Democratic Senator Manchin has been greeted with a wave of optimism that the US target of cutting carbon emissions in half before the end of this decade (or 40% compared with 2005 levels), can be met.  “This bill will really turbocharge that transition to clean energy, it will transform markets where already solar PV, wind and batteries are in many cases cheaper than incumbent fossil fuels,” said Anand Gopal, executive director of policy at Energy Innovation, an open source research body.  “Increasingly I’m more optimistic that keeping the temperature rise under 2C (3.6F) is more reachable. 1.5C is a stretch goal at this point.” 

The bill will cut US emissions by between 31% and 44% below 2005 levels by 2030, according to Rhodium Group, a non-partisan research firm. A separate…

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ITALEXIT. Hype, Hope or Reality?

Artificial Intuition

Brexit is a reality since 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020. Over the years, the hypothesis of Italy following Britain is gaining popularity. In particular, over the past year, following the irrational, self-inflicted and destructive covid-induced policies and lockdowns, there is revived interest in the idea.

The goal of this blog is not to provide a critique of the idea of Italexit. What we want to focus on are certain aspects that need to be considered seriously before taking the idea seriously and realistically.

It is clear that Italy is not the UK. For starters, the UK has the Pound Sterling, Italy has the Euro, and is deeply integrated into the Euro system. While it took the UK four years to complete the Brexit procedure, that alone suggest in the case of Italy it would take much longer. Let’s also forget the fact that the EU would do everything it…

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Congressional staffer spent his off-hours pretending to be an FBI agent

Hellbound and Down

This story from the Daily Beast about a congressional staffer impersonating an FBI agent is just crazy. In 2020 a couple of Secret Service agents in Washington, DC noticed what appeared to be an unmarked police car but something about the license plate looked off. It turned out it wasn’t a real undercover police car, it had just been made to look that way by a congressional staffer namedSterling Carter:

According toD.C. court documents, Carter had tricked out the otherwise boring sedan with blue emergency lights, a laptop computer mount on the front dashboard, a spotlight near the driver’s side view mirror, and even a barrier separating the front half from the back half—ready to transport detainees.

Carter, who was standing near his parked car, was wearing a black T-shirt that read “federal agent,” a police duty belt, a Glock pistol, extra ammunition, handcuffs, a radio…

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Japanese Surgeon Calls for Suspension of COVID Boosters

American Buddhist Net

In a letterto the peer-reviewed journal Virology, a Japanese cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Kenji Yamamoto, has called for the discontinuation of COVID-19 booster shots. “As a safety measure, further booster vaccinations should be discontinued,” Yamamoto wrote. Among his urgent concerns are the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines have been linked to vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, which, in some cases, has been lethal to patients.

Yamamoto works at Okamura Memorial Hospital in Shizuoka,Japan. In the letter he explains that he and his colleagues have “encountered cases of infections that are difficult to control,” including some that occurred after open-heart surgery and were still not under control after several weeks of treatment with multiple antibiotics.

These patients, says Yamamoto, showed signs of being immunocompromised, and some of them died.

Yamamoto believes their suppressed immune function is likely to have been caused by COVID-19 vaccination.

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Most of the “Fact Checking” organizations Facebook Uses In Ukraine Are Directly Funded by Washington, by Alan MacLeod

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Our rulers will do everything they can to co-opt the opposition, including the so-called fact checkers. From Alan Macleod at mintpressnews.com:

most of the fact-checking organizations Facebook has partnered with to monitor and regulate information about Ukraine are directly funded by the U.S. government, either through the U.S. Embassy or via the notorious National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an information war as bitter as the ground fighting has erupted, and Meta (Facebook’s official name) announced it had partnered with nine organizations to help it sort fact from fiction for Ukrainian, Russian and other Eastern European users. These nine organizations are: StopFake, VoxCheck, Fact Check Georgia, Demagog, Myth Detector, Lead Stories, Patikrinta 15min, Re:Baltica and Delfi.

“To reduce the spread of misinformation and provide more reliable information to users, we partner with independent third-party fact-checkers globally,” the Silicon Valley giant wrote, adding, “Facebook’s…

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Survival Prepper: A Wildfire Survival Guide

TheDailyChristian

As the world gets drier and hotter, wildfires have become one of the most realistic events people should prepare for.

Wildfires can start by nature, human negligence, and becoming more and more common every year.

I live in California, where you advised us to prepare from July to September.

Sadly, Climate change is making regions hotter and drier. Nowadays, a single spark cab erupts into a massive blaze.

That means wildfire prepping has never been more crucial.

The last few years have brought us the deadliest wildfires the U.S. has ever seen, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.

While wildfires are fast and unpredictable, often, there is some time to escape if one is coming your way — as long as you have taken the time to prepare. What do you need to know if there is a wildfire threat toward your home?

The Risks

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Armed Citizen Corner: By a Long Shot

The Tactical Hermit

By A Long Shot

With the tragic incident last month at the Greenwood Mall in Greenwood, Indiana where 22 year old Elisjsha (Eli) Dicken took down an active shooter from 40 yards away with 10 rounds from a Glock 9mm in which he scored eight hits (80% accuracy) the importance for the Armed Civilian to be able to make long distance CRITICAL hits with his carry sidearm has been magnified.

I have asked this question before but due to it’s DIRE Importance I will ask it again:

Could you make a 40 yard braced shot like that when it counted?

Only way to improve the odds that you will be able to do it when the time comes is TRAIN!

The Dicken Drill

  • The drill must be shot cold

  • Shooter at the firing line, 50 yards from the target, gun holstered and concealed

  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks

  • At the…

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The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

This is a great overview

Station HYPO

In late 1961–early 1962 a series of U.S. Navy patrols off the east coast of Communist China was proposed. The purpose of these patrols was to be three-fold. In the first place they would establish and maintain the presence of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the international waters off the China coast; second, they would serve as a minor Cold War irritant to the “Chicoms”; and third, they would collect as much intelligence as possible concerning Chicom electronic and naval activity.


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And that’s why I call it the Bureau of Lying Statistics

Veris Oeconomica

The monthly jobs report for July was released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  And it’s a complete fabrication:

The U.S. labor market remained red-hot in July despite expectations job growth would cool as tighter monetary conditions and company layoffs stoked fears of a recession.

The Labor Department released its latest monthly jobs report at 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday. Here were the key numbers from the report, compared to economist estimates compiled by Bloomberg:

  • Non-farm payrolls: +528,000 vs. +250,000
  • Unemployment rate: 3.5% vs. 3.6%
  • Average hourly earnings, month-over-month: +0.5% vs. +0.4%
  • Average hourly earnings, year-over-year: +5.2% vs. +4.9%

There’s no way in hell that payrolls were more than double the expected amount.  That just doesn’t happen.  But wait, there’s more:

July’s report marked a sharp jump from the prior month, which saw payrolls rise by 398,000. June’s figure was upwardly revised from the 372,000 initially reported.

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‘The Biological Aspect in NATO’s Proxy War Against Russia Has Been Revealed’ – Kirillov

Excellent work here…we certainly live in explosive times

The Free

from stalkerzone.org August 6, 2022 Telegram via thefreeonline

The Russian regime saw from the start that Covid-19 hysteria could be a great way of controlling their unruly population.

Russia has always been an enthusiastic supporter of Covid vaccines, lockdowns, Covid passports. It even supported the murky WHO edicts and allowed western Covid ‘natural origin’ and safe vaccine ‘narratives’ despite its own vaccines being still banned in the West.

Not any more

An official post says ‘ the COVID-19 pandemic is artificial and the United States may be involved in its occurrence’

This is according to an officially published statement made on August 4 by the chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Forces (RCBPF), Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov .

READ MORE: Covid-19 may have originated in US biolab – Lancet chair

READ MORE: Covid-19 may have originated in US biolab – Lancet chair

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Back to the basics: Isaac Newton and the Study of Chronology

Corpus Newtonicum

To many die-hard historians of science the scholarly activities of in particular early modern natural philosophers are still seen as alien. This is already a great leap forward compared with the attitudes of most of our twentieth century predecessors, who were often point-blank hostile towards these ‘extracurricular’ activities of their heroes. As an aside, many renowned modern science communicators and popularizers, including he-who-should-not-be-named, never got the memo and still live under the impression that scientists were always scientists and never did anything but science. Alas, the greats of the seventeenth century were invariably occupied with a wealth of disciplines, including alchemy, theology, law, history, antiquarianism, and chronology.

The latter might raise some eyebrows, as the study of chronology as an independent discipline has vanished entirely. Early modern western chronologists studied ancient histories, in particular Mediterranean and Near-Eastern, in order to calibrate and align them. With civilizations each using different calendars…

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What is Community Organizing?

Carter Heavy Industries

Alinsky once boasted; “I feel confident that I could persuade a millionaire on a Friday to subsidize a revolution for Saturday out of which he would make a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday.

Saul David Alinsky(January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an Americancommunity organizer. He established theChicago-basedIndustrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizersin the tactics of revolutionary social change.

Responding to the impatience of a”New Left”generation of activists in the 1960’s, in his widely citedRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer(1971), Alinsky defended the art of both confrontation and of compromise involved incommunity organizingas keys to the struggle for social justice.

The Alinsky Model;

In the Alinsky model, “organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution” — a wholesale revolution whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of power by a purportedly oppressed…

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Collapse is Going to Happen, Like It or Not

The Neo-Ciceronian Times

Regular readers know by now that I am a big fan of the demographic-structural theory (DST) proposed by cliodynamicist historians such as Jack Goldstone and Peter Turchin. The reason I find it so interesting is because of how intellectually satisfying it is. Most theories of history are linear and progressive, and their proponents often struggle to force a progressive narrative onto otherwise cyclical and chaotic series of historical events. Demographic-structural theory, through its explicitly cyclical approach to understanding the rise and fall of empires, not only makes more sense intellectually, but also has the added advantage of having a great deal of explanatory power. The theory closely fits what we actually observe from the empirical evidences we have available and can then be successfully applied to analyses of the histories of other polities as well.

In addition to explanatory power, DST also has predictive power as well. While DST…

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Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here’s what it felt like to be there

In Gaza

Another attack from Kiev has hit central Donetsk, targeting a funeral and a hotel where numerous reporters stay and work

Photo: Eva K Bartlett

Aug 4, 2022, RT.com (*blog version longer than originally published at RT)

-Eva K Bartlett

At 10:13 am Thursday, Ukraine began shelling central Donetsk. There werefive powerful blasts in the space of ten minutes. The last explosion blew out my hotel’s ground-floor glass, including a sitting room – where journalists often congregate before and after going out to do field reporting, and where until less than ten minutes prior, I’d been sitting working on my laptop – and the lobby, which I had passed through a minute earlier. A cameraman’s assistant who was there at the time of that fifth explosion suffered a concussion from the force of the blast.

A woman walking outside the building was killed, as were at least four others…

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Assassination – After Dark

Myth of the 20th Century

With the alleged assassination of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri by US forces and the shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the past few weeks, conspiracy theories abound as to the motives behind potential realignment in global politics and the media news cycle. Also in the news is economist Jeffrey Sachs making a reappearance, apparently lending support to the theory that COVID-19 may have been a US bioweapon. With ZeroHedge coming out saying the US has no confirmation of al-Zawahiri’s death, however, and the clouds of economic recession on the horizon, we gather tonight to discuss what all this may portend for the future of the global order.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/U4xHAGLMVtvf/

https://odysee.com/@myth20c:5/assassination:3

Myth of the 20th Century – Episode 242 – Assassination – After Dark

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Is Amnesty International Returning to Truthful Pursuits or Simply Following the Flow?

Not Something Else

Many years ago Amnesty International was a trusted NGO. Known for careful investigation and exposure of foul deeds. Until, that is – as I recall, though my memory is not perfect – around the time of US (and the west generally) attempt to overthrow the Syrian government through the proxying of terrorist forces. There may have been earlier slipping of the AI halo but I was not paying so close attention to have noticed prior to the more than obviously obnoxious western goings on in Syria from around 2011, which thankfully also eventually triggered Russian intervention.

I have no doubt that it was partially the work of Amnesty International which, for some unknown to me reason took the side of the west and was among those responsible for the ludicrous lies behind the ‘Evil Assad’ media portrayal. I must say that President al-Assad of Syria has always struck me (at…

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Biden and the U.S.-Israel-GCC axis: It’s not the oil, it’s the money

The New Dark Age

Monday, 1 August 2022 — Struggle – La Lucha

U.S. oil giant Chevron plunders natural gas from the stolen waters off Palestine

Joe Biden didn’t go to Arabia in July to beg for oil. That’s not the nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

He didn’t go to Palestine to promote peace. The U.S.-Israeli relationship is based on endless war. And war is what Biden’s trip was about.

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KOMMONSENTSJANE – DEMOCRAT SENATORS CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY UNSAFE BY NOT SHOWING UP FOR WORK AND VOTING

kommonsentsjane

Google continues to interfere with my free speech by revising my blogs.  I will continue to point this out till they stop.

All of  you Senators on both sides of the aisle, it is time to get off the pot.  You have had two weeks to get the new leader’s cabinet put together.  The leader is working short-handed to get our country back on track and ginning again; and, you, Democrat Senators are not doing y our job and are holding up the country  by not showing up for work to vote and making it unsafe.

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Just clean  up your bottom, dust yourself off and do your job.

A good example over the weekend we needed our new Attorney General Jeff Sessions –  which you are deliberately holding up –  to help President Trump with this ban on the un-vetted immigrants ban.  We still have all of Obama’s rogue players in…

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Bourgeois Liberalism • Chronicles Magazine

Source: Chronicles Magazine

Since some of the articles in this number offer a critical discussion of liberalism, it might be helpful to consider what exactly that term means. Keeping in mind that the meaning has been changing since the end of the 18th century, I’ll start by listing four definitions, only the last of which seems to me to work.

First, we should reference what the media and chattering class label as “liberal,” which signifies whatever the user wants it to mean. For Ezra Klein at The New York Times, liberalism is perfectly compatible with abolishing gender distinctions or with Sarah Jeong’s tweet calling for the disappearance of white men, an apparent indiscretion that Klein passionately defended. This arbitrary use of “liberal” is comparable to the looseness with which the GOP media wield their god term “conservative,” which has been extended to such signs of the age as gay marriage and transgendered Republicans. In neither case do we learn what the terms under consideration mean historically, as opposed to what politicians and political journalists would like them to mean.

A second definition brings us to the common understanding of “liberal” among advocates of the welfare state and government-enforced social policy. It was the rise of what the socialist philosopher John Dewey called “the new liberalism” that inspired me to write After Liberalism, a book that focuses on the differences between the 19th-century concept of liberalism and 20th– century social democracy. The semantic extension of “liberal” was already going on in earlier attempts by the modern administrative state to alter the income curve and to colonize the family. Despite the effort to treat this massive interventionism in civil society as an affirmation of “freedom” based on self-government, it was exactly the opposite of what it claimed to be. Self-described libertarians like Albert J. Nock, H. L. Mencken, Friedrich Hayek, and Murray Rothbard were right to notice this obvious contradiction.

Still, our third definition, the libertarian alternative—particularly when yoked to a defense of radical lifestyles—hardly represents a return to the liberal ideals of an earlier time and society. Terms like “classical liberalism” and “19th-century liberalism” are now routinely linked to expressive individualism and the right of each person to do his own thing. This linkage has arisen from the selective citing of certain 19th-century sources, whether in defense of anarcho-capitalism or of a right to pursue certain peculiar moral practices. Some of the personalities who are associated with this idea of liberalism, like James Mill, his son John Stuart, Richard Cobden, and the German anarcho-individualist Max Stirner were not really “classical liberals.” In the age in which they lived, they were viewed as being on the political fringe. Unlike most liberals of their time, James Mill and Richard Cobden were in favor of both universal suffrage and international free trade. John Stuart Mill, who offered an extravagant defense of listening to all points of view in On Liberty, was an early feminist and advocate of the welfare state.

But outside of England, most self-described liberals in an earlier time were protectionists and defenders of the nation state. Like the English judge and philosopher Fitzjames Stephen and like Francois Guizot, the French premier in the 1830s and 1840s, these liberals resisted the plan to extend the suffrage to those without real property, who paid below a certain tax rate.

Which brings us to our fourth definition: liberalism, properly understood in those earlier times, was the lens through which the educated and propertied bourgeoisie (and note we are not just speaking here about an income group) understood the world and their place within it. Although evidence of this class could be found much earlier, the golden age for the bourgeoisie was the 19th and early 20th centuries. And contrary to what Marxists tell us, the bourgeoisie was not just running around amassing and investing capital. The bourgeoisie built a civilization centered on glittering cities, palatial homes, and the fostering of the arts and education.

Although there were Catholic liberals, perhaps most famously Lord Acton, liberals in general fitted more easily into Protestant than Catholic societies. For centuries, liberals had battled “clerical” enforcement of “just prices” and laws against usury (with roots going back to Aristotelian economics), societal influences of the Catholic Church. The Church also backed guild control of crafts and commerce, which limited trade competition and access to certain vocations. Needless to say, the bourgeoisie opposed such checks on trade and finance from wherever they came, and the Catholic Church represented for liberals the most unified opposition to desired economic change.

Again, there were exceptions, and both Catholic Belgium and the mostly Catholic regions of the Rhineland were among the pacesetters in industrial development and the expansion of investment credit. But there, too, the rising economic sector faced resistance from ecclesiastical authorities. This was true even in England, where the Anglican Church, into the early 19th century, opposed what it considered high interest rates. (Not surprisingly, a disproportionately large number of the English entrepreneurial class came from nonconformist Protestant backgrounds.)

This anticlerical tendency, which prevailed among the bourgeoisie in Catholic countries, did not translate into anything even distantly foreshadowing modern wokeness. Victorian morality thrived among the bourgeoisie; and the practice of separating the sexes socially was far more typical of the bourgeois class than of the older aristocratic order, in which philandering and the keeping of mistresses were hardly frowned upon. Although the affluent bourgeoisie avidly supported opera and civic festivities, their poorer cousins were often engaged in what Leo Strauss, paraphrasing the teaching of John Locke, described as “the joyless pursuit of joy.” Hard work was viewed as godly work, even if it brought, at least initially, scant reward. The prospering capitalist economy did not favor every interest and group equally, and far more ventures foundered than prospered in those regions of the West that were modernizing. Not every ship benefited to the same degree or at the same time from the rising flood of economic growth.

Although the bourgeoisie spoke about expanding freedom, they also stressed its moral limits. Public order took precedence over individual expressiveness; and discussions that were suitable for debating societies and academic lecture halls were not always acceptable in other social settings. Liberal societies were not only tolerant of what are today called “family values.” Such values were basic to their existence, as was the emphasis on women as mothers and wives. The expectation of most girls with whom I went to school in the 1950s was that they would become “homemakers,” and this did not testify to low self-esteem. Rather, it showed to what extent my fellow students were imbued with the social values cherished by our traditional social elites. What Amy Wax has referred to as “our Anglo-Protestant values”—values that once shaped American life and marked all religious denominations—are what sustained the traditional liberal society that existed by the 19th century.

Condemning that liberal order for practicing discrimination or for not imposing our present egalitarian ideology is an example of foolish presentism. Probably no one on the planet a hundred years ago held the social views of our present woke ruling class. Even the suffragettes, whatever their rhetorical excesses, made far less extravagant demands than did later feminists. The suffragettes wanted the right to vote and access to certain professions, and they sought more control over their property. These women also didn’t want their husbands to come home drunk, and many of them were staunch prohibitionists. But these advocates of “women’s rights” did not insist on abortion rights and were generally well-disposed toward being homemakers. Although more sweeping demands may have been implicit in their movement, there is no reason to treat these harbingers of a later feminism as being more radical than they actually were.

Although the liberal bourgeoisie opposed the slave trade and called for “putting slavery on the road to extinction,” they would not have been racial egalitarians even if they thought about such matters. These burghers usually had little contact with blacks, unless they were living in the American South or near a black urban neighborhood. The homage they paid to diversity might have been limited to a recognition that, at least in the sight of our Maker, all humans are in some sense equal. Our liberal bourgeoisie most certainly would not have favored extending voting rights to poor, illiterate blacks, but they also would not have wanted to give those rights to white people of the same economic and educational background. If these civic leaders and captains of industry were glaringly insensitive to any demographic, it would have been toward the predominantly white working class, a group that we on the populist right now champion.

But there is a difference in terms of the historical situation between the present populist right and workers’ organizations circa 1900. The latter were generally on the socialist left and favored government control of the economy and major income distribution. Today the working class has become a source of relative social and cultural stability. Because of both a managerial revolution and the cultural radicalization of the corporate class, our circumstances now differ dramatically from those of earlier times. The working class has been transformed into an ally of the right, a mainstay of the historical nation state, while corporate capitalists are now usually found on the cultural left. The onetime liberal order has now mostly passed; and older confrontations—e.g., between the bourgeoisie and an alliance of church and altar or between the bourgeoisie and the working class—have given way to a new struggle. It is the confrontation between the populist right and a globalist managerial class allied to a woke intelligentsia. This struggle is taking place in a postliberal West; and while we may lament the erosion of our liberal past, it is not about to come back.

Lest there be any confusion on this point, let me state that I’m not calling for the right to ditch traditional constitutional morality or respect for public order. We should uphold such guiding principles to whatever extent that course remains open to us. Unless I’m mistaken, however, such vestiges of the liberal past may be less and less operational going forward. We should therefore not be surprised if the power grabs by the woke left become even more outrageous as our postliberal fate unfolds.

Biden economic policy: raise taxes, increase inflation, go further into debt

WINTERY KNIGHT

I decided to do a round-up of articles from a variety of conservative news sources showing the effects of Biden economic policy. I hope everyone is making plans to deal with the coming catastrophe. It is a mistake to elect people who are focused on global warming, same-sex marriage, and gr00ming children for the benefit of their pedo constituents.  We really need to vote them out in 2022.

First, Daily Wire reports on a study that shows the likely effects of Biden’s Increase Inflation Act:

The Democrat-supported “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” could lead to a slight increase in inflation over the next two years if it’s passed and signed into law, according to a Penn Wharton study released Friday.

[…]The Democrat spending package… would be the largest legislative climate investment the U.S. has ever made at $369 billion. The bill would also raise taxes on billion-dollar businesses and extend Affordable…

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Elites Escalate War Upon the Middle Class

Science Matters

After 19 months of Biden administration, we can see clearly the shape of tactics for making war on the middle class.  The World Bank has come to see personal transportation as key for individuals to overcome poverty by accessing opportunities for work, education and services outside their birthplaces.  So choking off supplies of gasoline (in the name of climate change) keeps the serfs in their place.  The rising underclass is most vulnerable in their transition to financial stability, so policies wreaking inflation take away the middle class dream.  Of course guns must be confiscated lest there be any effective resistance to governmental coercion.  Those who are outspoken against the elite narrative, and who protest injustice against ordinary citizens, must themselves be imprisoned without any of their entitled legal protections.  And the nation is flooded with illegal aliens to drive down the working class income, and to create a permanent underclass…

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Rationing is back – and Britain’s authoritarian greens are delighted

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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Reset the diary. A new crisis is incoming. We were all set for an energy crunch this autumn, with consumption going up, supplies falling, and chickens coming home to roost. But suddenly we have a water crisis first, a taster version of future problems, just to get us in the right mindset for a difficult winter.

Different utilities, different problems, but similar underlying factors. We already have water rationing, via the initial hosepipe bans, with every chance of it getting worse. Energy rationing in some form seems well-nigh certain and we will be extraordinarily lucky if we do not have an actual blackout here, or in the rest of Europe, over the next few months.

Why are we in this situation? I used to imagine that one of the benefits of living in an advanced country was that at least the basics worked. In the developing…

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Doubt, Decency, and the History of English Witchcraft

Legal History Miscellany

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 26 July 2022.

Some myths about the past float entirely free of the evidence, but some have just enough grounding in the documentary record to be particularly persistent. Witchcraft is mired with myths of both sorts. Historians repeatedly and seemingly in vain point out that the phenomenon of ‘witch hunting’ was not so much medieval as early modern – it corresponded with the age of Shakespeare and early science more so than the supposedly superstitious or saintly Middle Ages. They note that much of the energy behind the fears and trials came from educated, elite commentators not some uneducated, illiterate rabble, and from secular authorities, physicians, and lawyers at least as often as from churchmen. (King James VI/I’s witch-treatise Daemonologie, first published in 1597, is a prime example.) While patriarchy pervaded the proceedings – the majority of the condemned in England as in many…

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Dating Recessions: 19th Century Edition

Economist Writing Every Day

Last week my post was on the definition of a recession and argued against using the “two quarters of declining GDP standard.” Little did I know that the very next day, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors would write a blog post on this topic the very next day (essentially taking the same position as I did). The CEA post set of a long discussion on Twitter, which even spilled over into the national media.

I don’t want to get into that debate here today. Instead, let’s look at the history of dating business cycles, specifically in the 19th century. Forget waiting a few months or even a year for an official NBER announcement: the first attempt to date business cycles was going back over 100 years! In going over this history, perhaps we can learn something about our current debates over recessions, but I think the history is…

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