Insanity isn’t just for breakfast anymore: China and Russia

By Nathan Barton

Be sure to read part 1, or this won’t make much sense.

The FedGov, imperial or not, whatever our “objectives” are, needs to have nothing to do with China or Russia.  Why?  Why are they doomed?  For geographic, demographic, and historical reasons. Which are the same reasons that the Fifty States – America – does not HAVE to be doomed.

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Insanity isn’t just for breakfast anymore: American objectives

By Nathan Barton

Recently, I talked about the insane behavior of too many politicians and lots of other people, including the mainstream media, with their ramped-up emotions, nutty phobias, and panic attacks when it came to Trump and guns.

But there are lots more insane acts (and actors) out there. And the usual suspects (the politicos, media, and Tranzis in general) are not one-trick ponies.  They do lots of crazy things – and try to get people to do more.

Consider the New York Times (as shared with me by Laissez Faire). The paper’s editorial board declared the following:

“Given its economic, military and technological trajectory, together with its authoritarian model, China, not Russia, represents by far the greater challenge to American objectives over the long term.

“That means President Trump is correct to try to establish a sounder relationship with Russia and peel it away from China.”

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Insanity – emotions and panic

By Nathan Barton

America, our Fifty States, has some serious problems. But it is important (if difficult) to remember that we have an incredible amount of blessings by living in one of the Fifty, even if it is a hideous city or some horrific frontier or rural area. We have accomplished so much over a historically-short time, because of a combination of many things, not least of which is our form of governing ourselves. No matter how bad it is (and how much more worse it is getting), it is still better than 99.9% of humanity had had to endure.

Still, I am often amazed how how few people understand that, and understand common sense and essential facts.

The screams of outrage echoing back and forth across the world (and especially the Fifty States) after the two insane and sickening, heart-rending bouts of murder in El Paso and Dayton is an example.

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Guest column: Americans Should be Very Skeptical Of Calls For New Terrorism Laws

Editor’s note:  I am reposting this column by Caitlin Johnstone from one of Laissez Faire / Agora’s many publications, as it brings forward a very real concern.  I wrote my column on “One-Minute Hate” before reading this or anything on the murders in Texas and Ohio this weekend, but this matches some thoughts I had on this situation.

By Caitlin Johnstone

Two mass shootings have rocked the United States in less than 24 hours, leaving dozens dead and many more wounded. The first in El Paso, Texas was allegedly perpetrated by a white supremacist whose racist motives are outlined in a rambling “manifesto”, the second allegedly by a self-described “leftist” whose motives, like the 2017 Las Vegas shooter, are presently unknown. These incidents occurred a week after another mass shooting in Gilroy, California.

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One-Minute Hate in America

By Nathan Barton

Anyone else seeing what seems to me to be a trend?

In the novel 1984, Big Brother (government) had a daily ritual in which everyone was expected (nay, required) to demonstrate two minutes of intense hatred against the Enemy of the State (Emmanuel Goldstein) and the current external enemy (Eastasia or Eurasia).  This was supposed to unify the proletariat and the regime, provide emotional release, and promote continued voluntary worship and obedience to the state.

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Riots and rebellion in New York

By Nathan Barton

It appears that New York City is again building up to an open rebellion against the tyranny and nanny act that is the government of the city.

Could it be that this time, they might mean it?

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How much is a “free education” worth?

By Nathan Barton

It’s right there in the State Constitution:

§ 1.   Uniform system of free public schools. The stability of a republican form of government depending on the morality and intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature to establish and maintain a general and uniform system of public schools wherein tuition shall be without charge, and equally open to all; and to adopt all suitable means to secure to the people the advantages and opportunities of education. (South Dakota, Article 8)

Not just South Dakota:

Sec. 1. Legislature to provide for public schools. The legislature
shall provide for the establishment and maintenance of a complete and uniform system of public instruction, embracing free elementary schools of every needed kind and grade, a university with such technical and professional departments as the public good may require and the means of the state allow, and such other institutions as may be necessary. (Wyoming, Article 7)

So too in Colorado:

Section 2.  Establishment and maintenance of public schools. The general assembly shall, as soon as practicable, provide for the establishment and maintenance of a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state, wherein all residents of the state, between the ages of six and twenty-one years, may be educated gratuitously. One or more public schools shall be maintained in each school district within the state, at least three months in each year; any school district failing to have such school shall not be entitled to receive any portion of the school fund for that year. (Colorado Article 9)

So, these states (and I presume, the other forty-seven) are to provide what we call today a free public education.  These states also have prohibitions on providing funds to “sectarian institutions” (that is, religious organizations). So the money to pay for education

Section 7.  Aid to private schools, churches, sectarian purpose, forbidden. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain any school, academy, seminary, college, university or other literary or scientific institution, controlled by any church or sectarian denomination whatsoever; nor shall any grant or donation of land, money or other personal property, ever be made by the state, or any such public corporation to any church, or for any sectarian purpose. (Colorado Article 9)

A “free education” is now seen as a critical American right. There is nothing in the US Constitution that demands this or even hits at it. Prior to the War between the States, I am not aware of any State constitution that dictated such.

Education has always been important to Americans, but it was originally something provided by family (parents), their churches, or a community getting together and hiring a “schoolmaster” or a “schoolmarm” to teach their children. Even at the higher education level, there were originally no “state schools” – and at least some which are today state schools were originally private or associated with churches.

The closest thing to government funding was the dedication of two sections (square miles) in each township (36 square miles) as “School lands” meant to both provide income (though rents) to support schools (well, the teachers) and a place to build a school.

So why did this develop? I cannot tell you the full story in a commentary, but it is definitely related to the so-called egalitarian nature of the Republican Party, and its roots in the failed socialist revolutions in Europe in 1848, resulting in thousands of refugees fleeing to America. Many of them (despite being opposed to their homeland’s government) brought with them the idea of government-run, tax-funded schools. Notable among these were the Prussians and their school system, brought to life in America though such people as Karl and Margarite Schutz (a very prominent GOP member and political ally of Lincoln) and Horace Mann. But there were many others.

This was combined with a nativist and anti-Catholic bigotry that still today should be seen as shameful.  Irish immigrants (and later Italian ones) were despised for their Catholicism and needed to be “integrated” into American society. One way was obviously to get rid of the parochial schools that Catholic parishes and dioceses operated. The opponents could not move directly against them, so “free” public schools were a way to do that.

As usual, these regressives wanted (and got) government to take over another facet of life and liberty. And as usual, they lied and had all these wonderful reasons.  Do these sound familiar?  “It is for the children.”  “It makes us all equal.” “It provides for equal opportunity.” “It builds a better society.” “It unites us.”

By the end of the nineteenth century, it was virtually universal: “public” (government-run, tax-funded (GRTF)) schools in every state and every community.  Together with compulsory attendance laws. (Miscalled “Compulsory Education” as if you can really force anyone to learn.) Together with State-owned and -operated teacher collages (often originally called “normal schools) and State and County superintendents of schools, and of course, taxes.  Lots of taxes.

Skip ahead a century – though most of the corruption and worse only took a few decades). Now in the second decade of the twenty-first century, the public schools are disasters.  Like everything else government touches (yes, even “justice” and “defense”), the “education” system had deteriorated and warped into nightmares.  Not everywhere and every one, but the great majority.

The reasons are myriad, of course, and perhaps worth discussing another time. Political control, corporate parasites (contractors, publishers, food companies, other vendors), unions, educrats, and more all helped.

So that today, we can answer the question, how much is a free “education” worth?  Exactly what we (parents and students) pay for it. Nothing. “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” is again proved.

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