Permanent Crisis

In the last century, radicals liked to talk about permanent revolution, a term popularized by Karl Marx in the 19th century. The concept involves a revolutionary class continuing to push for its interests despite the political dominance of the bourgeoisie. The working class has to maintain a militant outsider approach to politics, even after the revolution that brings down the capitalist system. Revolution was a process, rather than an event, which operated outside of conventional politics.

In practice, permanent revolution resulted in a death spiral for radicals, as it provided a reason to attack any attempt to maintain stability. The first wave radicals gained power and began to impose order, only to be met by a second wave demanding more radical changes and accusing the first wave of lacking authenticity. Since there is no limiting principle, no such thing as good enough, in radical politics, there is always someone ready with a more radical program than the most radical.

The funny thing about this concept is radicals have never grasped what it means about their program. Karl Marx may have grasped what he was saying, it is hard to know, but he came up with the idea by observing Napoleon’s rise to power. Marx saw that permanent war was what gave Napoleon legitimacy. France was in a permanent state of war with Europe. The alternative to granting him absolute authority to fight the war was the possibility of defeat or even the conquest of France by her enemies.

Therefore, what would give the proletariat legitimacy was a permanent revolution, by which he meant a permanent crisis. If a crisis of capitalism allowed the middle class to seize power, then fostering crisis would provide opportunities for the working class to press their interests. In a way, permanent revolution, at least initially, is permanent instability. Eventually, however, permanent instability is the only justification for radicalism. The crisis must never end or the revolution ends.

Of course, Orwell understood this. In Animal Farm and 1984 we see how the permanent crisis, the ever-present threat of annihilation, was the true source of power for the people in charge. Because of that threat, everything in society must be organized, without question, in defense against the threat. Therefore, questioning these efforts is anti-revolutionary and can never be tolerated. In fact, the hunt for enemies of the revolution becomes a part of the permanent crisis.

What this means is that socialism, at least revolutionary socialism, cannot function outside of a crisis. It is a last resort position a desperate people will tolerate in times of extreme duress. That’s the odd thing about the concept. It is an admission that the radical program cannot exist in easy times. It can only thrive when the people, or at least a large swath of them, are sure their existence is on the knife edge. It also means the revolution can never achieve its stated goals.

This contradiction within radicalism is important to keep in mind when looking at modern politics, broadly inclusive of current events. In America, we have been in some form of crisis since the turn of the century. Under Bush the Minor, it was Islamic terrorism that put us on permanent war footing. The ruling class stripped away most of our remaining rights in the name of fighting this existential threat. America now has political prisoners and a security state that spies on citizens.

In the Obama years, the permanent crisis over Islamic terrorism slowly gave way to a laundry list of left-wing bogeymen. Racism, antisemitism, various imaginary crimes against imaginary identity groups. The rape hoax on campus was a classic example of trying to maintain the permanent crisis. Coeds were supposed to act as if Chad and Biff were lurking around every corner, ready to rape them. Of course, this warranted preemptive strikes against Chad and Biff in self-defense.

The Trump years have been an exhausting series of crises that have formed into a miasma that hangs over society. First it was the Russians “attacking our democracy” then the various show trials and performances related to it. The nomination of a judge turned into a bizarre rape fantasy for the nation’s old hens. Now, of course, we are gripped by the invisible bogeyman called the Covid-19. No doubt, this insidious plague was dreamed up by Snowball and Goldstein.

What the last two decades have been, really starting after the Cold War, is the bourgeois version of permanent revolution. The managerial elite maintain a militant and independent approach to politics, seeing themselves outside of society. They are the revolutionary class that is driving progress by driving the revolution. When they shriek about threats to the democracy, they really mean a threat to the revolution, their revolution, the managerial revolution.

You see one way this is playing out in the inner party primary. The threat of Trump and his Russian allies requires extraordinary measures by the inner party. In such a crisis, the Sanders people cannot be tolerated. All that talk about practical policy and addressing public needs must wait until after the revolution is achieved. In the means time, the party must rally around a dementia patient, who often forgets his own name and shouts at people for no reason.

The old radicals understood something about the class war they promoted. Marxist intellectuals understood they lacked the stones to fight for their cause. These were soft men who lived soft lives. The working class, on the other hand, had lots of tough guys comfortable with violence. The bourgeois class was also full of soft men, comfortable living the liberal lifestyle. In a genuine class struggle, they would not stand a chance against the working class. They would not fight.

The managerial revolution, on the other hand, is led by radials, who make many of the same assumptions. The difference is there is no working class. They destroyed it by auctioning off the industrial base. Instead they will use their power over institutions, like the police, the security apparatus, finance and so on, to intimidate the middle-class into going along with the program. The permanent crisis legitimizes endless intrusions into daily life by the managerial state,

There are two problems facing the permanent managerial revolution. One is the people running it are increasingly incompetent. The fact that the inner party is reduced to using a husk of man as a shield against Trump, a guy detested by the outer party, speaks to the lack of competence in politics. Within living memory, Trump would not have won a single primary, because the party would not have allowed it. Biden would never have been allowed to run, much less be installed as the nominee.

The other problem faced by the managerial class is something all revolutions face at some point in their evolutionary cycle. That is, crisis is exhausting. For the radicals, part of the appeal is the endless interpersonal shenanigans. For normal people, the endless drama of politics is tiresome. The permanent crisis required to sustain radical politics, to keep the revolution going, is exhausting. Oddly, the reason Biden became the nominee is black people got tired of white people drama.

The thing is, the permanent crisis has another flaw. It channels the natural energies of a people away from industry and community. The permanent revolution becomes a bonfire onto which is thrown the social capital of a people. For the revolutionary, society is the sum of men, exclusive of their inner connections. They place no value on the social capital they burn for revolutionary fuel, because they see no purpose in it. To the managerial class, society is just kindling.

We are getting a glimpse of this with the Chinese Flu. The federal state is paralyzed by the growing incompetence of the managerial class. State and local responses have been incoherent, because the normal social capital that would animate such a response has been largely destroyed. You cannot have a community response when there are no natural communities of people. Clusters of strangers in temporary developments named after what was knocked down to build them are not communities.

This is something the paleocon theorists could not see. They understood the birth and development of the managerial class, but could not imagine its demise. It turns out that the end point of the managerial revolution is the same as all radical projects. It consumes what it needs to exist and is eventually overtaken by incompetence. Late empire America is now ruled by self-absorbed stupid people, incapable of performing the basic duties of their office. The end is inevitable.


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tOm

Rome and China could manage the barbarians for 1000 years, but then their government response goes fubar and the whole thing goes down.

CaptainMike
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Even within the DoD the KungFlu response is completely incoherent. It seems more and more the responses to various crises consist of little more than; “wait and see what happens” with zero consequences to the people in charge of making decisions. Things didn’t used to be that way; “the buck stops here,” “heads will roll.” Decision making paralysis is the name of the game. With no professional consequences to people who are “in charge” of making decisions and fail to, there is no reason to make a decision, good or bad. It isn’t going to end well.

Al from da Nort
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Capn;
Maybe everybody’s just awaiting instructions from the Pentagon, including the Pentagon. Getting too far out front could end a career, after all.

Juri
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Juri

“wait and see what happens”. Well, when system is defunct, government you just cant do anything. Down here in Europe we have economy problem. Government could cut taxes but we have liberal entrepreneurs who cut wages and rise prices. So nothing happens only, slave owners will be richer. We have also society problem. Government could ask people advice but when you accept free speech, then system will blown out. And so on. Government will do nothing because all options drive system to collapse. Government recommends 14 days self quarantine at home when you are sick but thanks to government policy,… Read more »

vxxc💂🏻‍♂️😉 Toxic masculinity vector
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They got rid of the warriors over the last 20 years. They all saw what happened to Petraeus, Odinero, Yingling, Mcchrystal. What almost happened to McMasters is he was going to end at COL but Petreaus promoted him to General. Franks is criticized for retiring and yanking his CENTCOM staff after toppling Saddam but who can blame him? He saw what happened in Vietnam. Not just officers, Senior enlisted too. Remember SGM (Sergeant Major) “kill ISIS with Entrenching Tools”? GONE. Relieved pending non-specific investigation. Hurt somebody’s feels. The entire system is now about passing responsibility and gathering evidence at every… Read more »

MemeWarVet
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MemeWarVet

Just imagine what this will be like in the 2030s under President Stacey Abrams.

Wkathman
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Wkathman

How about under President AOC?

Bill_Mullins
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Fortunately I have essentially zero likelihood of living to vote in the 2032 general election and thus am extremely unlikely to see either Abrams OR AOC living at 600 Penn. To do that I’d have to live longer than either of my parents or any of my grandparents. Unless Trump wins this fall and Pence succeeds him, 2032 could see the U.S. in AR/CW 2.0 – at least the early stages. Hell! The Covid-19 hysteria could bring down our entire civilization by then; more’s the pity.

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

The federal government will be such a joke people will start ignoring it, not unlike how the USSR came down. You can already see it beginning in the TDS exhaustion. People are tuning out.

Calsdad
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Calsdad

Re: TDS exhaustion.

That is definitely happening. My wife actually gets pissed off every time some new complaint comes out about Trump. It’s not like she’s a big Trump supporter – she’s just sick to death of all the whining and bitching and complaining and all of the shennanigans in general that circulate around Trump.

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

Yep. He’s delegitimizing DC. Trust the (real) plan.

Calsdad
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Delegitimizing is good. But I still want to see people hang. The end of an sentence needs punctuation. When Mussolini was hanged – it clearly indicated his time was over. The lack of a hanging body has led to decades of rumours of Hitler escaping to Brazil – and has therefore engendered a belief in his return. Conversely though – the brutal crushing of Germany during WW2 has seemed to put a clear cut end to the rule of Nazism Unfortunately the end of the Soviet Union did not have this. There wasn’t any brutal destruction of the country ,… Read more »

Tarstarkusz
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By the time the Soviet Union fell, all those people were already long dead.

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

I’m hoping for justice but I’m not convinced people have what it takes. We can’t even stop men from using the ladies room. Delegitimization is a good consolation prize and if justice is done all the better.

Stranger in a strange land
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Stranger in a strange land

Abesnt hangings, or full on French Revolution type punishment (since cruel and unusual is not…um..who we are), then very public perp walks – a la Jim Baker of PTL fame several years ago – and actually serving 20 yr + sentences in the general population in a state prison syetem.

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ReturnOfBestGuest

Now the same administration that was hamstrung by FISA, is all in favor of renewing FISA in its entirety. I don’t know what to make of that. What are the options? Policy reversal? Why? Blackmail? You tell me.

Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman
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Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman

Because absolutely NO ONE in DC wants rocks turned over and questions asked. NO ONE. So it’s not going to happen. The corruption is terminal.

joey junger
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joey junger

Every time I see her, I think, “This is what Kim Jong Un would look like if he got trapped in a tanning bed for twelve hours.” She’s about the slimiest creature I’ve ever seen. Ocasio-Cortez is Sophia Loren compared to her.

Jay Dee
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Jay Dee

Boys, boys……a lot of invective is hurled at AOC…much of it deserved….at the end of the day she’s a silly young co-ed who was put in charge of the Donkey party.

But she’s not THAT hard on the eyes. When I was her age I woulda tried to bang her. I mean, I wouldn’t have tried THAT hard, but if it appeared on my doorstep…..

Mark Stoval
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Mark Stoval

Damn, she needs a bag over her head at all times! Jesus, you must be hard up.

Exile
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Exile

When the next Other occupies the Oval Office, Obama’s legacy will weigh heavily on them. GoodWhites will be comparing present-day Wakandan Strahnkwahman to rose-colored recollections of the Lightworker. Badwhites will be inB4 with “here we go again.”

I can’t wait. The Last Qwain of Scotland, long may she yazzzz.

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I believe it’s spelt Que’Un.
The spelling was revised in honor of the Shirtlifter Mayor and the Bartender Puert.
Please do try to keep up with the rest of the class.

MemeWarVet
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MemeWarVet

Can you imagine how bad the White House will smell after eight years of the gap-toothed one?

Yves Vannes
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Pres Abrams and her VP – the Castro brother from TX that looks like a lizard. That will be a great day for all of us. The ascendant on center stage with the reins of power will rule for at best a half dozen lunar cycles. Their sense of entitlement and their eagerness to divvy up the gibs will have them passing legislation and engaging in attempts to enforce it that will turn even Rick Wilson into a white nationalist. Once they have power they will control the budget so not even Schlomo will be able to turn off the… Read more »

Bill_Mullins
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Pres Abrams and her VP – the Castro brother from TX that looks like a lizard.

They’re identical twins so the same description applies to either/both. They look so alike that when the one who wasn’t in congress was mayor of San Antonio his twin sometimes showed to public functions in place of the one who was mayor.

Jim Smith
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Jim Smith

Last sentence: “The end is inevitable.” Define “the end” please.

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The end of the current political arrangements. If you need a more detailed explanation, get on the horn with Karl von Habsburg. He can give you the skinny. Just be sure not to take any lip from him.

FYI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Habsburg

Bill_Mullins
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Could be TEOTWAWKI. Yeah THAT end.

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You overlooked a major problem we are just starting to deal with. Nazis in America.
Amazon and Netflix are on the ground floor of this serious crisis with The Hunted and Hunters (yes, original huh?).

Full on hate for whitey seems to be the consensus. Not original or clever but hopefully keep the saliva running from the mouths of their mouth breathing orcs for a while.

AntiDem
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AntiDem

I just do “Nazi” this as being that big an issue!

miforest
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miforest

do not underestimate the level of savagery and danger this could get too. It is already clear that ANTIFA is above the law . no matter what they do the justice system quietly lets them go without consequences .

Compsci
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Compsci

Nazi’s are the only group that one may officially hate in PC America. We used to hate “evil” and “satan” as well, but that’s too religious for present day, atheistic America. Going back to Z-man’s sage 1984 analogy, NAZI’s are the “Emanuel Goldstein” of our times. Useful for our “two minutes of hate” exercises.

However, there is a problem—there are no more living NAZI’s, the youngest now being at least 95 yo. So what to do? Extend the class/definition/slur to a new population, “bad Whites”. Problem solved.

Exile
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Exile

The game worked better when Muslims were the enemy of choice. There are a few billion of them and they’re a cranky bunch – always some boogaloo going down in some part of the Islamic world. Nazis are getting staler by the day and Our Guys aren’t supplying the false flaggotry fuel that WN 1.0 fell prey to in the 1960’s-80’s. The Darth Vader music keeps playing but no one’s wearing the suit for them.

Rwc1963
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This is partly desperation of the Tribe. Once the Holocaust leaves public perception. The Jews loose a major psychological blub to beat whites over the head with So they put out schlock series to keep it in the public view. But it doesn’t work well. First off the sons and daughters of those who went through WWII are old like myself and getting fewer every day. The younger generations see WWII and the Holocaust as simply a thing to know for a test at best. It has no meaning for them. The Jews are losing their greatest source of protection.… Read more »

Yves Vannes
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The typical progressive in places like Massachusetts and California doesn’t distinguish between Conservative Inc and dissidents. To them Mitt Romney is Richard Spencer holding his cards closer to his chest. Our side not holding rallies forced the FBIAntifa to begin defining MAGA and even older white Dems as NAZIs. Eating 3 meals per day, living in a single family home and listening to Mozart or the Beach Boys is now considered white supremacy. To the progressives you sit besides on your commuter train, or in your office, or in your classroom or on the factory floor…Steve Scalise had it coming.

Bill_Mullins
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“Nazi” this and “Nazi” that. Where’s “Godwin’s Law” when you need it?

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

On the mark, Z. They’re one trick ponies, and the trick isn’t working anymore.

sentry
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sentry

The only reason non-whites care about government nowadays is to get welfare.

Europeans are tired of this perpetual jewish revolution, cause that’s what it is, it’s a Soros(who is backed by other jews) funded operation.

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

Jews didn’t create modernity but they seem to have embraced it as wholeheartedly as anybody. Lots of professionals, not so many farmers. They’re leveraged. Not a good position these days.

sentry
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sentry

Yes, they did.

Modernity comes from enlightenment, enlightenment began once Medici clan introduced kabbalah to european elites, which led to the protestant reformation, the 1st of the many revolutions.

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Amicable separation is preferable. A new Phoenix will rise from the ashes. Gear up gentlemen. Just in case.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Are there any examples of amicable separation?

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Chechia & Slovakia and ….that’s about it. If it goes hot, expect Yugoslavia-scale nastiness.

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They exist. We can make it happen. Prepare for any eventuality.

Exile
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Exile

The Jim Crow South was safer and more peaceful for both Blacks and Whites than most black areas of the south today. Apartheid South Africa was safer than today’s New Orleans or Atlanta.

Mark Stoval
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Mark Stoval

You are correct. I grew up in a segregated south and both blacks and whites were much happier.

Compsci
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Compsci

The only one I can think of is Czechoslovakia. But there is a history there we do not possess. It was formed of two fairly identifiable populations and regions after WWI and the split was easy for a large majority to accept.

SidVic
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SidVic

If california decided to secede; would anybody care enuf to fight.

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There will be no amicable separation. The merchants/bankers in the northeast will see to that. The only thing to stop them will be the destruction of our currency.

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

Order up!

Rwc1963
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Rwc1963

Keep dreaming. You really think the Orcs are going to give up vast parts of the U.S. just so a bunch of cowardly whites who won’t fight for a damn thing can have a country of their own? We either shed lots of blood for it or it aint’ happening.

Yves Vannes
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They will never ever ever go for separation. They cannot. They’d rather rule over the rubble left by our complete defeat than agree to any sort of separation. They understand we would create a space where a very powerful and well functioning rival would arise. Our border would be a chaotic mess with people in the shithole we’d left behind raiding our side for gibs and any means available for escaping from diversitopia. To preserve ourselves we would be forced to crush them to stop the endless chaos bleeding out of that miasma. Their goal is to destroy us no… Read more »

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“ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS, EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE. USE THEM TOGETHER. USE THEM IN PEACE.”

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AnotherComment

As long as there is food in the bellies of the hated class there will be no end. There will be no end as long as people accept the results of a democracy that they are demographically locked out of. We have a government that hasn’t solved a problem competently since the space program in the 50-60’s, in spite of that we’re sitting at an almost permanent 50%+ of the electorate that wants to give them more power. All so Carlos can get some more free stuff for his family of 12. It doesn’t matter that it won’t work, look… Read more »

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

Hopefully they flee like the Venezuelans. Eaters gonna eat.

AltitudeZero
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One of the most absurd things about the coronavirus crisis has been the fact that Trump’s response has been utterly lame, and yet at the same time far better than almost anyone else’s would have been, at least anyone who had or has a shot at the presidency. At least Trump canceled flights from China and has tried to mitigate the impacts of the virus, economically anyway. Biden and Sanders have stated that they would not even close the border to stop the virus – The Great Replacement must go on! And of course the responses of the Deep State… Read more »

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

AZ;
Now that it emerges that Corona Chan is something real, unlike all the other media circuses of the last 3 years, ‘Don’t chase the stick’ does start to look a bit bad. But until it did emerge as a real thing, ‘Don’t chase the stick’ was completely necessary and fully justified as a policy.

Compsci
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Compsci

Attitude, an interesting example of what today’s Z-man posting touches on. If I read you correct, your comment could only be addressed if Trump took on totalitarian powers on par with the CCP of China. Exactly the crisis escalation situation decried by any number of folk here.

AltitudeZero
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AltitudeZero

Not totalitarian by any means, but on a par with what we did in 1918-1920. Just basic public health, the way we did it before AIDS, what Pat Buchanan called “our first politically protected disease”. There’s a big difference between commie totalitarianism and basic common sense…

Bill_Mullins
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Ah, AZ? You DO realize, don’t you, that sense, along with courtesy and decency is one of the LEAST common qualities in the world – if not the universe!

ReturnOfBestGuest
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ReturnOfBestGuest

It’s been worse than lame. He abolished the NSC office charged with dealing with pandemics in 2018 and never replaced or re-delegated their function to other agencies. Now he tweets about tax-cuts and bailouts. More people care about the health of their family and friends than care about going deeper in debt to bail out the donor class.

the Russians
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I love it when Bernie describes socialism and mixes it into his love for the “everyman”. I especially like the non-stop push back from everyone. “thou shalt covet” has been incredibly successful.

Anybody that had to battle their ego to reach the level of clarity necessary to interpret the world knows we’re in a shit-ton if trouble if they believe Normie is gonna think his way out of it.

Calsdad
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Calsdad

Once again – you don’t trace the problem back far enough. The constant crisis started probably as far back as the Great Depression (there’s been plenty of arguments showing how the Depression didn’t have to be as bad as it was – it was prolonged by government led – which means elite lead – stupidity). But most observers of the current condition of the US that I have read over the years – trace the “constant crisis” mode of the United States – back to the days directly after WW2. That’s when we got the Cold War – to replace… Read more »

Drake
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Drake

Everything after 1930 was a government manufactured crisis. The economy was recovering just fine until Hoover, then FDR decided to stomp on it continuously for a decade.

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

Cal; You could well be right. The Wilson Proggies really. really liked the power and the sense of importance that WWI gave them. One can imagine their deep unhappiness that they were rejected in 1920 by an older, more conservative electorate who desired a ‘return to normalcy’: That is, an end to crisis mode. Then came the Crash of 1929 and with it, their second chance. I believe that almost everybody in the FDR Admin had been a bureaucrat under Wilson. So they were going to go with what could make them great again: Crisis mode. We pay too little… Read more »

AltitudeZero
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AltitudeZero

Wilson was arguably the worst US President in history.

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It’s a toss up: Wilson or Lincoln.

AltitudeZero
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AltitudeZero

Yeah, Wilson only got 100,000 Americans killed needlessly. I’ll voluntarily amend that to “Worst of the 20th Century”. Yeah FDR was bad, but he would have been unthinkable without Wilson

Drake
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Drake

I think of 1991 – 2001 as this weird time in our history when there wasn’t any real crisis going on. The Cold War was pretty well over, and while we knew the Muslims hated us, that was an “over there” problem. It was nice, and maybe the last time we were really optimistic. You can feel the different mindset in the movies from those years.

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Marko

I always thought something changed with the MSM during the Lewinsky affair. That’s when network news went from fairly sober to infotainment. I remember news special effects being used for the first time. You could see the likes of Koppel, Brokaw, Jennings, Rather, and Russert getting more insufferable by the week. Even 60 Minutes turned into a 20/20-type show. Of course, 9/11 sent all of it into overdrive.

BadThinker
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BadThinker

I blame that degenerate Matt Drudge.

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I had stopped watching MSM news by then.

Anna
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Anna

No crisis????? For the first time in US history Americans elected a known con man, a cheater with a wife who had an even worse reputation. A man so ‘slick” that we collectively slipped and down hill we went and went and couldn’t stop.

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Citizen of a Silly Country

Our world does have a late Roman Empire feel to it. You have the institutions and bureaucracy to man them, but neither is working anywhere near as well as they once did – and people are starting to notice. The leadership no longer has much connection to the people, partially due to generations of decadence and partially because the leadership’s demographics have changed. (Rome wasn’t that Roman near the end.) Finally, you have various tribal groups throughout the empire that now maintain their identity and culture, i.e. they live under Roman rule because it works for them, not because they… Read more »

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Felix_Krull

Our world does have a late Roman Empire feel to it.

I prefer to think in terms of late Weimar Republic.

james wilson
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No, it’s Roman, Felix. Germany was still Germany, America, like Rome, no longer resembles the people who made it. Actual Romans were often more happy than not when the empire collapsed.

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Germany was still Germany, America, like Rome, no longer resembles the people who made it. Good point. As for the Roman analogy, James Delingpole notes at length: It is the 4th Century AD and the Barbarians are at the Gates of Rome. Around the Imperial capitol, the citizens of the greatest civilization the world has ever known are tearing at their togas, quite unable to agree as to what—if anything—should be done. Some, peering over the ramparts towards the hairy hordes encamped across the Tiber decide they rather like what they see. There’s something wonderfully echt and earthy about these… Read more »

SidVic
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SidVic

Thanks for that thoroughly enjoyable rant.

james wilson
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No few Romans–those who did not inhabit the imperial city–found their lives improved, not by barbarian rule, but by the end of Roman rule. Just as no few Americans will appreciate not having to endure struggle sessions and interference in all that is close to them to put food on the table, even as food is harder to come by. By all means let us endeavor to skip the next Dark Ages, I am always open for a way through.

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I think this is what is already happening. Local and state governments have been ignoring more and more of the federal government’s rules. You see this in things like state level marijuana legalization and “sanctuary cities” but the Right is learning to play the game now too with the 8 state 2nd Amendment sanctuary pact (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wFhxvD9cn0) and many counties defying the feds and their state governments by making 2A sanctuary declarations. In making my relocation plans I’m giving a lot of weight to the status of 2A efforts locally. It’s not just that I like guns but that the local… Read more »

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ronehjr

I agree it looks like the managerial class will go away do to its own incompetence. Isn’t the big question now how many of us it will want to take with it?

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Tarstarkusz

When the revolution is led by cat women and lesbians you get clownworld. This the female Stalin. We have a million Zhang Qinqiu waving pussy hats. To me it’s not surprising clownworld looks more like the Cultural Revolution than Stalin or Hitler and why there is little to no hammers or sickles. The symbol ought to be a graduation cap and a pant-suit representing the academy and gender neutral bureaucracy. The only hammer they wield is the hammer of the bureaucracy. It really is amazing to me that any working person would ever take any Democrat or even Republican seriously.… Read more »

miforest
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miforest

Yep.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Revolutionary socialism means a permanent crisis.

We have an existing alternative that is stable, preplanned, fair, low-cost, and quite efficient.

We call it Social Security.

And what is Social Security?
Why, it’s socialism.
What’s more, it’s national socialism.

AntiDem
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AntiDem

Sure – if there’a anything that defines the years 1932-1945 in Germany, it’s how darn stable it all was, right?

Compsci
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Compsci

Depends on how/what you gage stable. Certainly the street fighting for power stopped. The government was in control, people had jobs building up the war machine, inflation controlled, etc. Foreign events were just that, external, not of interest to the common man—but when of interest, like annexation—seemingly great strides forward as they regained territory lost in the past and brought fellow Germans into the fold. Of course, all that stopped pretty quickly with a real war outbreak in sept ‘39.

Marko
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Marko

“[The] reason Biden became the nominee is black people got tired of white people drama”. This is 100% true, and I’m sure there’s a great many white people tired of the drama, and will vote in Sleepy Joe just so they can enjoy the proverbial non-politicized Dallas Cowboys again.

Maus
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Maus

Who knew that corona virus would be the Brawndo of our time? COVID-19, it’s what radical revolutionaries crave. Hail Stupidity!

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The wife and I have had vaguely cold-like symptoms on and off for a few days. I was thinking of going in to see Dr. Lexus but I knew he would just do what he always does – tell me my shit’s all retarded and that I talk like a fag. Then he’ll prescribe a bag of weed and a 40 oz.

Dutch
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Dutch

Just spitballing here, but what if the criminals and retards being offered up by the establishment as our leadership are no accident? Perhaps Hillary and Obama, McCain and Romney, and now Biden, are the PTB‘s way of sticking it to the rest of us, of saying “You want leadership? We’ll show you some leadership”. Sticking us with awful choices, as a reflection of what they think of us, and also as a smoke screen so they can go their own way in the back room, stealing everyone blind, while the permanent dust-up in the front room goes on, tying up… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

Perhaps, but Judging from your example list of current figures being offered, I’d say they were offered because they are currently the best known, reliable, candidates wrt TPTB. Can’t have any more Trumps in the china shop, can we.

The Right Doctor
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The Right Doctor

Biden’s name on any ballot is a placeholder for whoever he is told will be his running mate.

We’ll be twenty-fifth’ed out the door by his own party ASAP.

Suggested slogan: Vote for Biden, get Klobuchar (Warren/Adams/gyno-to-be-named-later).

Mikep
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Mikep

I guess it will have to be a female, ideally Black, probably stupid, definitely dishonest, preferably fat/ugly. We could lend you Dianne Abbott, but she doesn’t meet the birther requirement.

Exile
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Exile

One of the most jarring and unexpected lessons from the Trump admin has been just how powerless POTUS is when they try to buck the system. Generals in open defiance, mutt-level district court judges dictating policy. To the extent Trump had legit populist aims, he’s being vetoed by his own subordinates and nothing happens to even the lowliest of them. Eisenhower called the shot and pocket on the MIC and Truman was squirrely about the CIA. Boomers get off the hook on this one – by the time they heard these warnings it was probably already too late to control… Read more »

the Russians
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the clowns doing the endorsement puts their hate of the people in plain site. All for a few shiny bobbles and a longer name-plate on the door.

AntiDem
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AntiDem

@ZMan If you haven’t read Albert Camus’s novel “The Plague” in a while, this might be a good time for a re-read. Even that depressive old existentialist wrote about a world with far more social capital than we have today, and came to the conclusion that humanity was more good than bad – which he might not if he was living in these years of decline!

joey junger
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joey junger

It’s hard to read this post thinking about the Covid Virus without recalling those immortal words: “Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.” I feel bad for small kids, if stuff falls apart (despite sort of subscribing to the concept of original sin), but I agree with Pat Buchanan overall: we’re vile and overdue for some kind of diluvial reset. Anyway, the Deutschbags are responding much better right now than Italy did, since they got ahead of the thing. But I’m telling you again, if Trump has to temporarily halt election proceedings (even… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

And the President gets authority from where to do so (postpone elections).

joey junger
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joey junger

If the president gets the authority to postpone elections, it will have to come from the people who gave Obama the authority to enact the largest domestic surveillance apparatus in the history of human civilization (PRISM makes the Stasi look like pikers). In answer, then, if Trump wants to do something like postpone elections, he will need the okay of the New York Times, members of the intelligence community, the megaphone provided by billionaire plutocrats like Bloomberg or Bezos, as well as a whole raft of people masquerading as legal scholars who know how to push for their own personal… Read more »

Dirtnapninja
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Permanent revolution will bring a Stalin or an Augustus, who eliminates the chaos agents to bring stability, I wonder if the latest chaos agents, the trannies comprehend this?

Jim
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Jim

“Late empire America is now ruled by self-absorbed stupid people, incapable of performing the basic duties of their office. The end is inevitable.“ What does a 34 year old African American female holding a PHD in sociology, recently hired as a department head at a University Share in common with A 45 year old Asian American who held an MBA and was CFO of a middle sized company before running for mayor Share in common with A 61 year old Jewish American MD who now runs a geriatric ward Share in common with An all American aircraft engineer who works… Read more »

BadThinker
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BadThinker

If professional training was the be-all-end-all, the Chinese would have surpassed the west hundreds of years ago. Entreprenurship is not about bullshitting (though there is some of that). It’s about doing the work when most folks are just serving time.

Dave
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Dave

After the dollar collapses and the Federal government ceases to exist in any meaningful sense, violent gangs will take over North America. Blacks and Latinos have a head start, but eventually the Jack Welker types with swastika tattooes on their necks will prevail. Walter White will have to swallow his pride and be Jack’s CTO.

Compsci
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Compsci

“It consumes what it needs to exist and is eventually overtaken by incompetence.” While reading this line at the end, I could not help making an astrophysics analogy. A star forms from the compression of hydrogen under gravity. It begins to burn (fusion)—when maximum compression is reached, and the hydrogen turns to helium, the next heavier element. When helium is exhausted, then carbon, oxygen and so forth. Until gravity can no longer compress the basic elements into heavier ones. At that point the star explodes and casts its creations into the void. At some point gravity gathers this debris with… Read more »

BadThinker
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BadThinker

All the way back to that first explosion? 😉

Compsci
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Compsci

Yep, back to the “Big Bang” or more precisely, the great expansion. That was when time began, and there is nothing before time began (assumes no faith based beliefs).

Ifrank
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Ifrank

“That was when time began…”

Ok, but then how did the clock get started? I wind my coo coo clock once a week.

BadThinker
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BadThinker

That really is the question.. Something cannot come from Nothing.

King Tut
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King Tut

One of things that strikes me about Big Bang Theory is how biblical it is.

And God said “Let there be light” and there was light.

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“Late empire America is now ruled by self-absorbed stupid people, incapable of performing the basic duties of their office.”

Trump is the one-eyed man in a land of the blind. He is the best we have at a time when it is increasingly obvious that a bunch of radicals and pietistic do-gooders are chomping at the bit to “improve” us…while accomplishing the opposite. It will be interesting to see whether the managerial class has enough fire in its belly to maintain its Potemkin Village facade. Perhaps a future Trump will simply kick it over.

the Russians
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“Trump is the one-eyed man in a land of the blind.” trying so hard to deny that, been laughing for a few minutes…cheeks and throat hurting.

Exile
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Exile

“Crisis is exhausting…” And we’re showing the strain. The White Death is reaping the canaries in the coal mine at this point. Whites make lousy farm equipment in part because we think too much. Hispanics are the latest hotness in helotry, the Goldilocks Drone between Blacks so careless they hang up on 9-1-1 callers* and Whites who need Adderall to keep making widgets without sperging out. Not too dim, not too bright, they’re just right for pulling Shlomo’s plow. Blacks & Browns deal with stress the old-fashioned way – they don’t think about it. The gobsmacking squalor seen in the… Read more »

BadThinker
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BadThinker

Sometimes i wonder if the meth problem has a direct relationship to the adderall problem among whites, given that they are so similar…

Exile
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Exile

Judging by the meticulous experiments I conducted on myself in colllege, yes. Boredom is toxic to a lot of Whites. Coke, speed, Adderrall etc… all make grind-work tolerable by giving you a sense of euphoria and disassociation.

the Russians
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I was expecting one of these “quality” nursing home assistants while hesitantly clicking the link…the chicken dinner is on the way.

Chad Hayden
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Chad Hayden

I did not rape that woman. Neither did Biff.

Lawdog
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“Lurking around every corner, ready to rape them.”
That’s a pretty cool use of consonance.
For all his clever points, wherever would he be without his voice?

Christopher Chantrill
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Well, I think that ALL politics requires a crisis that requires all good men to leave their normal employments and get them to the border to repel the invaders.

And, I think, the end of food-growing land as the basis of survival and wealth means that pretty well all politics is a manufactured crisis.

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“Oddly, the reason Biden became the nominee is black people got tired of white people drama” is likely the most profound thing I’ll read this week.

Member

Nah, Biden’s selling point to blacks was that he only ever molests white girls.

Member

“The permanent revolution becomes a bonfire onto which is thrown the social capital of a people”

With that phrase MrZ, you win the Internets.

I shall try to use it often (and even attribute it if it absolutely convenient.

King Tut
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King Tut

Zman, for me, this is your finest essay to date. Thanks.

Mark Stoval
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Mark Stoval

The prostitutes in the press (98%?) and the propagandists in “education” (99.9%?) are actively dumbing down the population. Not that the really stupid were not already out-breeding the smart ones anyway, but even the self-absorbed stupid can be made to look somewhat competent to the morons in the street.

The State being both a democracy and an empire is guaranteed to bring about destruction and tyranny. We are merely discussing the how-to of it all, but the outcome is foreordained.

Sad, it is.

Karl Horst
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Karl Horst

“France was in a permanent state of war with Europe.” Actually the Napoleonic Wars lasted from 1803 until 1815. Roughly twelve and a half years. Meanwhile America has been in a constant state of undeclared war for 20-years. An entire generation of Americans have grown up with their countrymen fighting and dying in countries where they have no real vested interest. Credit where it’s due. At least Napoléon had a goal and despite his failure, is still considered a military genius. Remind me again the goals of your last four presidents in their “War on Terror”? Other than crippled, homeless… Read more »

Thurgood
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Thurgood

Hegelian class reduction is no longer popular on the left because it leads leftists to identify a pattern in the exploitation who/whom. The right has discovered this as a way to dog-whistle woke on the who. Unfortunately, the right has a long history of running out anyone who eventually picks up on these signals and says aloud what bad optics thing is being implied.

Vegetius
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Vegetius

The rhythms of bourgeoise revolution have been pulsing for centuries now, increasing in frequency, speed, and geographic (and psychic) impact with each new wave. The biosphere has been almost completely subjected by a primitive, invasive monkey-tech known as money. We’re too big for our breeches and now it’s going to bite us in the ass. A meme older than agriculture, but it checks out.

ProUSA
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ProUSA

This was a good read.

nailheadtom
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Very good post. The incompetents in control are guaranteeing that some changes will be made. Oswald Spengler takes account of this in his “Decline of the West” from 1914.

vxxc💂🏻‍♂️😉 Toxic masculinity vector
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Agree – except – nothing, NOTHING is inevitable .

What is likely by the way per history is the managers will be replaced – probably by men with guns and some form of legitimacy to wield the gun.

Don’t expect any General to be in power very long in that scenario, they’ll be replaced by Subordinates.
Our current Generals are selected by compliance to the managers.
Any warriors are eliminated.
They’re also venal, and usually resemble Queeg or Biden not Patton.

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Mark Matis
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Mark Matis

The tribe yearns for the “good old days” of their Messiahs – Lenin and Stallin. Bernie’s campaign claims the gulags “paid a living wage.” Guess what? So did Auschwitz!

Mark Matis
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Mark Matis

The way of the tribe continues. And yet they still wonder: “Why Auschwitz???”