— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-30/death-liberal-world-order
In his book The Hidden God, Lucien Goldmann draws some interesting conclusions, suggesting that the foundations of Western culture have rationalistic and tragic origins, and that a society immersed in these concepts that have “abolish[ed] both God and the community … [soon sees] … the disappearance of any external norm which might guide the individual in his life and actions.” And because by its very nature liberalism must carry on, in its mechanical fashion, “liberating” the individual from any form of structure (social classes, the Church, family, society, and gender, ultimately liberating man from his very self), in the absence of any standards of deterrence, it is quite logical that the Western world was destined to eventually find itself in crisis. And the surge of populist movements, protectionist measures, and conservative policies of which Haass and other liberal globalists speak are nothing more than examples of those nations’ instinct for self-preservation. One need not concoct conspiracy theories about Russia or Putin interfering in the US election (which Donald Trump has also denied, noting only that support was seen for Hillary Clinton, and it is entirely true that a portion of her financial backing did come from Russia). The baseline political decisions being made in the West are in step with the current crisis that is evident on so many levels. It’s just that, like always, the Western elites need their ritual whipping boy(although it would be more accurate to call it a human sacrifice). This geopolitical shake-up began in the West as a result of the implicit nature of the very project of the West itself.
But since alternative development scenarios exist, the current system is eroding away. And other political projects are starting to fill the resultant ideological void — in both form as well as content.
Thus it’s fairly likely that the current crisis of liberalism will definitively bury the unipolar Western system of hegemony.
And the budding movements of populism and regional protectionism can serve as the basis for a new, multipolar world order.
Kim Jong-un’s visit reveals much about the tactics that will be used in the negotiations between the Korean leader and the American president; it also consolidates a historical relationship between Pyongyang and Beijing.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-30/xi-jinping-and-kim-jong-un-make-korea-united-again
If this analysis is accurate, the forced withdrawal of US troops from the peninsula will not be greeted warmly by the warmongering despots in DC.
Target Liberty: Is It Time For a Rigorous Opposition to State Power?
— Read on www.targetliberty.com/2018/03/is-it-time-to-rigorous-opposition-to.html
The Three Pillars of the libertarian platform—economic freedom, civil liberties, and a noninterventionist foreign policy—were practically uncontested. While no one could accuse us of avoiding internal debates over abstruse issues that were of interest only to committed ideologues (it often seemed to me as if libertarians did little else!), we basically knew what we believed. Not only that, but we stuck to it. There was talk of “transitional programs,” and debate over which issues to emphasize, but there was a basic unity of vision in that none of us ever sought to justify any extension of state power. We didn’t side with the state. We saw ourselves as radicals, with the Establishment on the other side of the barricades being typically corporate liberal.
Why the Choctaw People Sent Their Meager Funds to Ireland – Atlas Obscura
— Read on www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-did-choctaw-donate-ireland
Fantastic story of generosity. I did not know the Choctaw and Irish had such a bond.
The Only Reason We’re Examining Facebook’s Sleazy Behavior Is Because Trump Won | Liberty Blitzkrieg
— Read on libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/03/22/the-only-reason-were-examining-facebooks-sleazy-behavior-is-because-trump-won/
Instead of using a personality quiz, the Obama campaign merely got a portion of its core supporters to use their Facebook profiles to log into a campaign site. Then they used well-tested techniques of gaining consent from that user to harvest all their friends’ data. Sasha Issenberg gushed about how the Obama campaign used the same permissions structure of Facebook to extract the data of scores of millions of Facebook users who were unaware of what was happening to them. Combining Facebook data with other sources such as voter-registration rolls, Issenberg wrote, generated “a new political currency that predicted the behavior of individual humans. The campaign didn’t just know who you were; it knew exactly how it could turn you into the type of person it wanted you to be.”
“As for this idea that there is a Deep State, now the Deep State is not just the intelligence agencies, it is really a way of referring to the career bureaucracy of government.”
— Read on truthinmedia.com/edward-snowden-deep-state-influence-obama-trump/
Edward Snowden should be pardoned by Trumpussolini and appointed director of homeland security. He could then begin dismantling the NSA/FBI/CIA/alphabet spy agencies. He could replace the FBI with an interstate cooperative. He could limit spying ONLY to foreign individuals with active warrants, and abolish the CIA.
America would be far safer.
Former President Obama and his political supporters have repeatedly stated that his administration was scandal-free. Not so, says author Peter Schweizer.
— Read on www.investors.com/politics/editorials/think-obama-administration-wasnt-corrupt-think-again/