A few days ago Tucker Carlson did a video about the elite “anti-human death-cult” that’s using “climate change” to reverse the industrial revolution. Returning us to an age where abject poverty -- even famine -- was a daily reality, while freedom was a distant memory.
This is a good list, but I believe one pillar is missing: property rights. The WEF is going after that one too: "[by 2030] You will own nothing..."
The attack is by design. Because it comes from people who lack merit.
The one we add to that list is property rights. You could say it falls in Law and Order.
But critical, either way.
Affordable, abundant, reliable, on-demand is how we like to describe the "Energy" piece.
Individual and corporate morality are more important than law and order. Without morality, law and order cannot rightly exist. Without morality to guide in the making of laws, all kinds of draconian, abusive, and anti-liberty laws may be passed and enforced most arbitrarily. We see this today in selective prosecutions of political enemies or friends. The American Revolution and the founding of America did not happen in a vacuum. The First Great Awakening, a Christian spiritual revival swept America in the 1730s and 1740s immediately before. At a time when "religion" was synonymous with Christianity (because there were hardly anyone in America at that time of another religion), Washington stated: "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." At a time of spiritual rot in America, here we are.
You nailed it with “date the start to the Progressive era a century ago, when totalitarian socialism gained the upper hand by making a devil's bargain with liberal democracy: give us control and we will let you sit on the throne. “
Woodrow Wilson started the ball down the hill & it’s gained momentum every decade.
Thank you. Indeed, I enjoyed reading. And again it is food for thought also.
I will never, ever understand how people with your legitimate concerns about morality, meritocracy, totalitarianism, rule of law, free speech, etc. can look to a man like Donald Trump as their champion.
Meritocracy? He inherited his fortune. Rule of law? The rich and powerful in our country get away with whatever they want and DJT has a history of being able to work and exhaust the legal system to his benefit, but he's already been shown, legally, to be a fraud (just go back to the Trump U case, not to mention recent cases) and an abuser (E. Jean Caroll case)
Morality? I'll just leave this part blank.
Free speech? Trump uses his ample and pervasive free speech to treat people like garbage. Google Lori Klausutis sometime.
Finally, regarding totalitarianism. Trump makes no secret that he admires and envies totalitarians. He's praised guys like Xi for the freedom they have to "rule with an iron fist". And the vast majority of the members of my former party want to try it all again knowing the dangers. Perhaps the biggest gift Trump gave us in his first term was showing us that once someone is President, provided they are shameless, selfish, and amoral enough, our Constitution and the precedents set over 250 years mean the President can do whatever he wants? Impeachment? Not an issue, provided you have at least one house of Congress. Indictments? Can't be done - DOJ policy. Crimes? Have other people do them on your behalfbecause you can pardon anyone for any reason, even yourself (he didn't engage in this practice in Trump 1.0 because he had to win a second term. Won't be a problem next time). Elections? They are only legit if you win.
Of course, he wasn't as aware of this in his first term and didn't have the "right" people around him to make it happen.
In other words: I hear your concerns. But the majority of Republicans today are sleepwalking toward what I still assume they don't want (authoritarian government) and unable to see the danger.
Plus...anytime you quote anything from Tucker Carlson as fact. You’ve already lost your way. Tucker is a terrible hack who’s diamond encrusted silver spoon and privilege created an awful human being without empathy or love for anyone other than his own filth. He’s a terrible person inside and out.
Slight mistake on the 1300s, but other than that a great article. Well-done.
Well done, though I would value meritocracy somewhat more highly. The authoritarians fear rational and educated individuals, so they always insist on dumbing down the education system and de-valuing youth of merit. The pursuit of merit is discouraged from early childhood on. This then increases the authority of those already in authority and decreases the likelihood of any future challenge to their authority. The people who would be free, need the educated meritocracy in order to use freedom of speech to organize a rebellion against the authoritarians. The educated meritocracy are also needed to maintain freedom once it is attained. Meritocracy is vital for much more than prosperity, unless you include our freedom to manage our own lives as the most important aspect of our prosperity.
Brilliant summation. Timely.
Oh Jesus. This is like a high school essay. I would suggest thought is required before writing pieces worth considering,
When those who can do this (not you) have done this, you as a wordsmith, assemble this wisdom to all. That is the role of a writer, an honorable one in our culture, but far overscribed today.
Substitute 'Justice' for 'Law & Order' (a euphemism for power and control) and the description of genuine civilization would be more accurate.
I agree. Because of the Fall and original sin there is evil in every form of society. However, when enough people believe in them, the teachings of God, a day of judgment, heaven, hell, the teachings of Christ, they do make a difference. They are light, salt and leaven and mitigate and restrain the world's evils - not to bring paradise on earth, but to restrain evil. Now that those things are disappearing we see the results all around us. America was never a perfect country, but what we are now headed for is something far worse.
I am glad to see that government is not a pillar. In fact, it's an anti-pillar.
Looks like a curated comments board. The author doesn't like dissent.