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Anonymous Conservative -- Venezuelan - So We Are In A Dictatorship Now
'...Meanwhile as the opposition masses, Maduro is arming militias: "As Venezuela’s center-right opposition prepares to stage “the mother of all marches” Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to consolidate power, the besieged leader has called for a countermarch and declared plans to expand the country’s civilian militias. -- Maduro, speaking to thousands to uniformed militia members assembled Monday at the presidential palace in Caracas, said they must determine whether they are “with the homeland or with the betrayal of the homeland.” -- The president announced a goal to ramp up their ranks to half a million, from the current 100,000, and to arm each with a gun." -- There is only one thing to do at that point, and that is to join the militia, get your gun, and wait for the batsign to revolt. -- Once you reach this point with a leftist, there is no reasoning with them. They are operating fully on amygdala, and they will do anything to hold onto power. Only a greater threat to their well being would make them change tack. -- At this point, Venezuela will either violently revolt, enjoy a military coup, or they will descend into a perpetual morass of failure under a delusional leftist who has no idea how to produce success. Worse, they will come to understand the murderous insecurity which will prevent him from ever honestly acknowledging his shortcomings, no matter how many people he has to kill to maintain the charade. -- Never say it could not happen here. The tide of K is rising all over the world. What you see over there will eventually arrive over here – it is the way of nations. The advantages we will have are two-fold. Americans have an aggression you don’t see elsewhere, and it is likely that by the time that overt move by the establishment happens, the economic Apocalypse will be upon us. And a government without money cannot exert control against an armed populace. Stop the money and you stop the government – if you have the guns.'
rkselectiontheory  socialism  authoritarianism  totalitarianism  venezuela 
9 days ago by adamcrowe
Fake social media posts aim to distract | Harvard Magazine
More surprising, the purpose of these fabricated posts is not to argue with other social-media users, but to distract them. To perform the study, King and his two coauthors—Jennifer Pan, Ph.D. ’15, and Margaret Roberts, Ph.D. ’14—analyzed a trove of leaked emails sent between local government offices and the propaganda department in one county in southeastern China. “A big giant mess of a dataset,” King recalls, from which the researchers harvested nearly 44,000 fabricated social-media posts from 2013 and 2014. Across all of China, they calculated, that suggests about 450 million posts per year. In those King and his team read, 50-cent party members “are not arguing with anybody at all,” he says. They don’t jump into fights when other users complain about the regime’s repressions or corruption among local officials. 
socialmedia  politics  dissent  totalitarianism  China  research  review  HarvardMagazine  2017 
9 days ago by inspiral
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Left-Wing Death Camps | Mike Cernovich and Stefan Molyneux
'The history of left-wing violence, forced labor camps and mass murder is often obscured by traditional media and modern academia. The body-count left in the wake of Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong illustrated the dangers of communism, socialism and totalitarian leftist ideology overall. Mike Cernovich joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago and the important historical lessons which much be learned to prevent the spread of violence in modern times.'
history  illiberalism  statism  socialism  communism  totalitarianism  joycamp  StefanMolyneux 
5 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"[T]otalitarian movements succeed when they offer rootless people what they most crave: an ideologically consistent world aiming at grand narratives that give meaning to their lives. By consistently repeating a few key ideas, a manipulative leader provides a sense of rootedness grounded upon a coherent fiction that is “consistent, comprehensible, and predictable.” (Arendt)"
totalitarianism  reality  ideology  politics  power 
5 weeks ago by jbushnell
Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” - Los Angeles Review of Books
Arendt’s understanding of the origins of totalitarianism begins with her insight that mass movements are founded upon “atomized, isolated individuals.” The lonely people whom Arendt sees as the adherents of movements are not necessarily the poor or the lower classes. They are the “neutral, politically indifferent people who never join a party and hardly ever go to the polls.” They are not unintelligent and are rarely motivated by self-interest. Arendt writes that Heinrich Himmler understood these isolated individuals when he “said they were not interested in ‘everyday problems’ but only ‘in ideological questions of importance for decades and centuries, so that the man […] knows he is working for a great task which occurs but once in 2,000 years.’” The adherents of movements are not motivated by material interests; they “are obsessed by a desire to escape from reality because in their essential homelessness they can no longer bear its accidental, incomprehensible aspects.”
totalitarianism  trump  fascism 
5 weeks ago by craniac
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio: Honey Badger Classic 3: Do men Have Empathy?
Alison: "What we have with feminism is a narrative by which the government can regard half of its population as an enemy to the other half. And not just that, it can regard any of the half that it doesn't consider the enemy – [but who don't consider themselves complicit] – as fraternizing with the enemy."
threatnarrative  feminism  statism  totalitarianism  joycamp 
6 weeks ago by adamcrowe
BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Hannah Arendt
"Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt. She developed many of her ideas in response to the rise of totalitarianism in the C20th, partly informed by her own experience as a Jew in Nazi Germany before her escape to France and then America. She wanted to understand how politics had taken such a disastrous turn and, drawing on ideas of Greek philosophers as well as her peers, what might be done to create a better political life. Often unsettling, she wrote of 'the banality of evil' when covering the trial of Eichmann, one of the organisers of the Holocaust."
totalitarianism  fascism  audio 
10 weeks ago by jamesshelley
Chris Hedges: The Elites Won’t Save Us - Chris Hedges - Truthdig
Thomas Mann wrote in his diary two months after the Nazis came to power that he had witnessed a revolution “without underlying ideas, against ideas, against everything nobler, better, decent, against freedom, truth and justice.” He lamented that the “common scum” had taken power “accompanied by vast rejoicing on the part of the masses.”
nazism  fascism  totalitarianism 
10 weeks ago by rdpse
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: The Architecture of Belief | Jordan Peterson and Stefan Molyneux
'What is the reason behind the drift of western culture into empty nihilistic materialistic hedonism? Dr. Jordan Peterson joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss the complicated nature of cultural division, the reduction of personal responsibility, the danger of not "having meaning" in your life, the nature of ideology, developing a sense of efficacy in the world, suffering as an intrinsic component to human nature, the argument for free will and much more! -- Dr. Jordan Peterson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief.”' -- "There's nothing more vicious than a mother [socialist] who thinks that her infants [welfare-dependents] are being threatened."
ideology  illiberalism  socialism  welfare  totalitarianism  joycamp  StefanMolyneux 
11 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Anonymous Conservative -- Democrats Embrace Muslim Nazis
'...The Romans invited barbarians to hold high office, and now in our decline, our Democrats are doing the same with the Muslims. These r-selected liberals are recreating what they are designed for – existing under an oppressive leadership in a foreign land, which they migrated to in order to find r-selected free resource availability. -- Jewish Democrats who support the Muslims are clearly not acting logically. You cannot begin to imply any aspect of these political actions are based in logic. If the Muslims grow in number, as they will, the radicals will take over. The moderate Muslims will gladly let the radicals take over so all non-Muslims will be oppressed and they can enjoy an easy advantage. -- From there, it is a small leap to Holocaust 2.0, only the Muslims will likely not fail to complete the job this time around. -- All of politics is r/K Selection Theory. Logic has nothing to do with it.'
rkselectiontheory  pathologicalaltruism  treachery  conquest  theocracy  totalitarianism  joycamp 
11 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- ‘My thinking was infected’ by Barbara Hewson
'A Canadian judge has been forced to capitulate to feminist groupthink. -- ...In an ominous move, which challenges the independence of the judiciary, Camp was disciplined because of his interpretation of the law: the ‘rape shield’ law which governs what evidence may be adduced of a complainant’s sexual activity with others. Ms A was alleged to have been flirtatious with another person at the party. He was also accused of ‘belittling’ sexual assault, simply because he showed a willingness to question the complainant’s version of events. -- Even more alarmingly, the judge faced attacks from a horde of activists who were granted intervener status in the inquiry: the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre; the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia; the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women; the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children; the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund; the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund Inc (LEAF); Women Against Violence Against Women; and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. -- The CJC’s inquiry has now recommended that Camp be stripped of judicial office. It remains to be seen whether this recommendation will be submitted to the justice minister, and if so, whether Camp will challenge this in court. Only two Canadian judges have been relieved of their office since 1971. -- The 112-page report on Camp is interesting for its abject deference to feminist ideology. It found Camp guilty of unconscious bias and thoughtcrime, in essence, because he: ‘Made comments or asked questions evidencing an antipathy towards laws designed to protect vulnerable witnesses, promote equality, and bring integrity to sexual-assault trials. We also find that the judge relied on discredited myths and stereotypes about women and victim-blaming during the trial and in his Reasons for Judgement.’ -- It complains that he asked questions of the complainant ‘rooted in stereotypical, biased reasoning’. The report claims that he damaged public confidence by evincing ‘a profound failure to act with impartiality and to respect equality before the law, in a context laden with significant and widespread concern about the presence of bias and prejudice’. These are astonishing and contemptuous findings to make about a judge. -- Disturbingly, Camp was forced to grovel during this process, admitting that some of his comments were ‘insensitive’ and ‘inappropriate’. In an abject display of capitulation to feminist groupthink, he also confessed: ‘My thinking was infected.’'
feminism  threatnarrative  totalitarianism  miniluv  thoughtpolice  1984 
11 weeks ago by adamcrowe

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