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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Indians Spearfishing, Albert Bierstadt, 1862

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The painting is a catalogue of Bierstadt's pictorial elements; the wooded thicket silhouetted against low mist, a towering mountain wreathed with clouds, raking light picking out cliffs and foreground features—settings which overpowered his staffage no matter how in harmony with nature they were. Bierstadt's affluent patrons weren't charmed by the pastoral, so he walked up to the line of outright operatic. That said, even his minor potpourri works, of which this is one, are a treat for the eye.

Next item.

Here's an update on the furious competition to be certified as least able to cope, most fragile and most vulnerable. At present Latinos are falling behind, women are gaining but blacks still have a commanding, if decelerating, lead, while the always entertaining underdog, sexual outliers, bring up the rear. Moslems are standing at the start line, unable to show credible vulnerability to anything less than massed artillery fire.

This gravitational well has drawn in an unexpected contender. Formerly renown as strong, independent and capable, American Indians have entered the victim sweepstakes under the "Native Americans" brand. The implied precedence over "African Americans" is a brilliant bit of elbowing.

Those who are disappointed in them must understand the bankable benefits in being designated "most oppressed", and the prestigious if ironic social authority it confers, all of which is extracted from those who successfully passed through adolescence and stand on their own merit. Namely, white men. But gamers beware. Any system where the whole of its weight rests on a single point is the definition of unstable.

Next item please.

The quote of the week comes from Gavin McInnes at Taki's Magazine, in his essay, 10 Real Resolutions for White Guys:

White guys tried pandering and affirmative action and they learned the hard way that ignoring meritocracy makes for a lot less merit.

Next item.

In the wake of the slaying of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, RamZPaul identifies four post-terrorist absurdities and cliches that generally go unchallenged:

1. The use of vacuous phrases like "Thoughts and Prayers."

2. The pretence that we are "shocked" by incredibly common acts of Islamic terrorism.

3. Muslims claiming that God is "Great," even though he is clearly unable to kill people on His own.

4. The double standard: If Nazis killed people, would the media and politicians say "Most Nazis are good" and "We're worried about a backlash against Nazis." Probably not.

Well gang, not much chitchat this Christmas week. While we wait for the God King to ascend the Throne Of Games, let's decant the last Woodpile Report vintage 2016 and partake of the contents, um, therein.

 

Remus's notebook

 

The new gun nuts and tinfoil hat preppers

BBC - Why US liberals are now buying guns too ... new members fear being "harassed by the gun nuts at the range". But she says they are mostly "welcomed with open arms by the shooting community".

Heat Street - Clinton Voters Stockpiling Guns, Learning to Become Preppers

McClatchy DC - Now it’s the liberals who are arming up

Liberal Gun Club - Hey Conservative Gun Friends, I’m Calling on You

NBC News - Trump's Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns

InfoWars - Trumpocalypse? Suddenly Liberals Are The Ones Stockpiling Food, Guns And Emergency Supplies

YouTube - Musical Garands. 0m 37s

Daily Mail - Muslim University of Maryland students demand prayer rooms in every major building and shuttle bus to take them to a mosque ... and Native American students asked that all reference to and celebration of Columbus Day be wiped from campus curriculum and materials.

Real Clear Politics - The Trump Nail in the Media Coffin

City Journal - The Ferguson Effect Lives On, Violence in American cities rose again in 2016

Breitbart - Fake News: Germany To Set Up ‘Ministry of Truth’ Ahead of 2017 Elections

... Raids have been carried out by police across the country on homes of those suspected to have written negative comments online about asylum seekers which have led to fines and even prison sentences.

SHTF Plan - “Lines Out The Door”: How Americans Respond When Liberal States Restrict Their Gun Rights

Daily Mail - Facebook 'fact checker' who will arbitrate on 'fake news' is accused of defrauding website to pay for prostitutes, staff includes an escort-porn star

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They're talking about Snopes. Zero Hedge picked up this story and headlined it, "Snopes Co-Founder Embezzles $98,000, Drops Weight, Leaves Fat Wife And Marries Actual Whore".

Scientific American - Brightest Supernova Ever Seen Was Produced by a Black Hole

PJ Media - Man Dresses as ISIS Fighter, Crosses Border Unchallenged Between Denmark and Germany

Goodbye America - Interracial pedophilia State Farm ad ... an endearing bedtime moment with a white teen in pajamas and a 30-ish black guy. Anthony Weiner, eat your heart out.

Science Daily - The Vela supercluster near the Milky Way, which had previously gone undetected as it was hidden by stars and dust in the Milky Way is one of the biggest concentrations of galaxies in the Universe.

Science News - Scientists propose Earth’s continents didn’t rise above the waves until around 700 million years ago

Chicago, two-day and three-day scores

PressTV - 27 shot, 7 fatally, over Christmas weekend in Chicago

CBS - 43 Shot, 11 Fatally, In Christmas Weekend Shootings In Chicago

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If ever there was a demographic deserving of gratis range time, it's these guys. It works out to a measly 26% success rate.

College Fix - U.S. history no longer a requirement for history majors at George Washington University ... joins two-thirds of nation's leading universities

Campus Reform - Prof denies that college campuses are 'liberal echo chambers' ... just an “anti-intellectual” ploy to undermine the credibility of academic experts.

Daily Mail - Pennsylvania professor calls for 'white genocide' in a Christmas wish tweet ... followed up by praising the 'massacre' of whites in Haiti

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Daily Caller asked the professor for clarification, to which he responded:

"White supremacy is on the rise, and we must fight it by any means. In that fight, universities will need to choose whether they are on the side of free expression and academic debate, or on the side of the racist mob."

Baffler - Fables of Our Fathers ... we went from respecting our elders’ sacrifices, which was only right, to envying them—which was lunatic

Sun - Warheads laced with diseases could ‘wipe out swathes of humanity if they fall into terrorists’ hands’

Sci News - Researchers Discover Jet Stream in Earth’s Molten Iron Core

 

1943. Magazine ad for Norge appliances

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Commando Training 1943: when surprised in a kitchen by an armed opponent, grab a civilian to absorb the initial burst thus giving you time to return fire or escape.

Norge Appliance was a division of BorgWarner, then Fedders, then Magic Chef, which was absorbed by Maytag which is now part of Whirlpool. BorgWarner is still BorgWarner. Norge is still Norwegian for Norway.

The blonde went on to be a cover girl for Men's True Sweat Magazine in the 1950s, often posing in black leather with a Nazi armband and a whip.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Europe’s Bloody Future, Z Man - For close to fifty years, Western Europe was America’s daycare center. The Pax Americana allowed the West to remain in a state of perpetual adolescence. The result was at least one generation of leaders lacking any training in responsible government. The reckless disregard for their duties, by people like Merkel, is planting the seeds for something much worse than the monthly Exploding Mohamed we see in the news. The young German with a taste for politics is going to start to question why he is loyal to people, who show more concern for foreigners than they do for him. No society can last when its rulers are perpetually at war with its people and that is what Europe is today. At some point, the people will join the war.

 

The xenoskeptic, Atlantic Centurion - Xenoskepticism is the ordinary idea that just maybe we should be a little bit more critical when someone in a position of power tells us that foreigners are the best thing ever or starts to rely on them increasingly. If you’ve heard that the American economy would collapse without illegal immigrants picking fruit in California, or that foreign-born people make better entrepreneurs, or that immigrants just have better families than Americans do, you’ve been fed justification for the status quo by someone who benefits from it. In the legal world, that’s considered a conflict of interest. The xenoskeptic knows he is not the primary benefactor of this relationship, and he is right. No one asked him whether Israel was our greatest ally, if Islam is a religion of peace, or if he wants his neighborhood to become mestizo.

 

Time management, Guardian - As the doctrine of efficiency grew entrenched – as the ethos of the market spread to more and more aspects of society, and life became more individualistic – we internalised it. Efficiency had been primarily a way to persuade other people to do more work in the same amount of time; now it is a regimen that we impose on ourselves. Time management gurus rarely stop to ask whether the task of merely staying afloat in the modern economy – holding down a job, paying the mortgage, being a good-enough parent – really ought to require rendering ourselves inhumanly efficient in the first place.

 

Medicalizing dissent, Social Matter - While the political Left is currently throwing temper tantrums and melting down on social media and the streets, the true power of the Left continues its work. The foot soldiers may be mad, but the elite uses its control of institutions both government and non-government to lay the groundwork for future victories. Voice enough dissent, and voila, you are diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. If progressives are allowed any form of gun control that involves “no guns for the mentally ill,” then more diagnoses of ODD may follow. No one will ask who defines the mentally ill. Even if they ask, they will hear “per the American Psychiatric Association” and immediately genuflect before the approved authority.

NRA-ILA - Social Security Administration Finalizes New Gun Prohibition Rule

 

1945. New York City, Sammy's Bowery Follies

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sammy's Bowery Follies, 1934-1970, on the lower east side, was a low-class dive by intent, a tourist attraction and a destination for the "after theatre" crowd. It was the "Stork Club of the Bowery", where bums, celebrities, drifters and "swells" met. The cigarette machine sold 'em one for a penny, the floor was covered with sawdust and the walls hung with Victorian ephemera. Here's Sammy's in 1945, complete with the tackiest of Christmas decorations and the usual eclectic crowd. See this short history at YouTube, 2m 20s .

 

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

5 Signs Of The Coming Dark Age, Return Of Kings - Not only have people come to take technological progress as a given, they believe the pace of discovery and innovation will only accelerate. I take a more jaundiced view. Due to the cumulative effect of countless Cultural Marxist policies and interventions at all levels—government, academia, industry, and entertainment—another Dark Age is looming. We will see the pace of scientific discoveries and technological innovations slow. Major breakthroughs will become increasingly rare. Rather than the breakneck pace of discovery and innovation that starry-eyed optimists envision, the future will be stagnant and uninspired. Here’s why.

 

Pro-Trump student driven from Bryn Mawr, English House Gazette - 18-year-old Andi Moritz posted that she was a Donald Trump supporter and asked if anyone wanted to share a ride to a Trump canvassing event in nearby Springfield. Comments to her post started flooding in. They were a mixture of people saying she was a “white supremacist,” “fascist,” and “bigot.” One of her dorm’s peer mentors said that she had “personally attacked” people on campus by posting on Facebook that she was a Trump supporter. “I had already been going to the health center for counseling, so I went there to talk about this,” Moritz said. “She basically defended the people who had said mean things to me." Two days later, when she told the dean that she had decided to leave Bryn Mawr, Moritz said that [dean] Rose appeared “relieved.”

Philadelphia Inquirer - Bryn Mawr student hounded after asking to share ride to Trump event

Daily Caller - College Student Driven Out Of School For Backing Trump

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The young lady is from little Hershey Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. Odds are this is a case of "she's not one of us, not really". Y'gotta know Bryn Mawr. To begin with, it's a private women's college in suburban Philadelphia, an ultra-brittle prestige outfit that emphasizes "critical thinking skills"—meaning students are trained to not notice the obvious—and "intellectual inquiry" for the "empowerment of women".

Woodrow Wilson taught there, ancient history, while developing his progressive theory of using "rule by law" to cure the nation's social ills. He wrote and spoke of the Constitution as a contemptible relic that impeded the advance of society. Wilson can be imagined as Bryn Mawr's archetype for feral primitives with laptops.

 

How Trump can end the F35, Next Big Future - The F18 is older plane design but it is capable. It has inferior stealth capabilities but still has stealth. However, stealth only comes into play if the US is fighting China and/or Russia. Any other opponent would have its air defenses easily ripped apart in a few days by the B2 bombers and the F22s. Even Russia and China have fewer advanced planes and would not be able to withstand the current air power of the USA. Boeing is also pushing an improved Super Hornet F18 that would have even more stealth. It would be perfectly adequate against Russia and China's gen 4.5 fighter planes. The F18 could be even better than the F35 for many missions.

War Is Boring - Donald Trump Thinks He Can Beat the F-35

 

Let Africa sink, Free Republic - If the entire African continent dissolves into a seething maelstrom of disease, famine and brutality, that's just too damn bad. We have better things to do—sometimes, you just have to say, "Can't do anything about it." The viciousness, the cruelty, the corruption, the duplicity, the savagery, and the incompetence is endemic to the entire continent, and is so much of an anathema to any right-thinking person that the civilized imagination simply stalls when faced with its ubiquity, and with the enormity of trying to fix it. The Western media shouldn't even bother reporting on it. Africa has to heal itself. The West can't help it. Nor should we. The record speaks for itself.

 

1936. California squatter camps

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Squatter camps were home to the dispossessed and destitute of the Depression era. Built from "found" materials to no particular plan, they grew where tolerated, close to seasonal work in rural areas, preferably near rivers or creeks. Outside urban areas they were often expanded hobo jungles, near dumps, bridges and railroad tracks,.

 

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Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Diversity Is Over, Amerika - The upheaval of 2016 showed us a clear pattern: the ideals of the past seven decades, finally put into practice, ended in such disaster that people have thrown out those ideas entirely. Globalism is dead. Political correctness is dead. And the vanguard of both, diversity, is also over. 2017 will be a time of great upheaval as the many who are riding the inertia of the past slowly come to realize that they are backing the wrong horse. The sea change has occurred, and we are just negotiating its terms now.

 

10 Real Resolutions for White Guys, Taki's Magazine - MTV News just released a remarkably patronizing New Year’s guide entitled “2017 Resolutions for White Guys,” and boy, are us white guys angry. It’s a video with white beta cucks, ethnically ambiguous minorities, and a black guy in a kitten shirt telling us we need to “be better.” It’s a perfect example of how soft and retarded the alt-left has become, but the ten topics they list serve as a good springboard to tell white guys what they really should be doing.

 

Descent into madness, Christian Mercenary - There is a point at which the globalist snowflakes cross from legitimate political activism to criminal activity and perhaps even constituting a criminal organization. That line was crossed when George Soros began funding Black Lives Matter, who continued to call for the death of law enforcement officers. Up until January 20, they will have been protected by the Attorney General, but that is all likely to change. Prosecutorial discretion only goes so far, before it becomes part of the conspiracy to commit criminal acts.

 

Taxpayer Disarmament, Vigilant Society - By Law, a bank guard can care a gun to protect his employer’s money but, a parent here can’t be legally armed to protect his/her children outside of home. For some reason, the idea that Americans should be “allowed” to defend themselves against would-be rapists and other dangerous assailants — a right enshrined in the Second and 14th amendments, though by no means originating there — allows these people no rest. Rather than see us take responsibility for the defense of our own homes and families, they would prefer that we all “Dial 911 and Die.”

 

1939. England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Jewish refugees rescued from Germany show their ink-stained hands when arriving in England aboard the American ocean liner "Manhattan." About 90,000 European Jews were allowed to settle in England just before the war, including 10,000 children out of a planned 50,000 under the Kindertransport rescue operation.

The Manhattan was a United States Lines ship launched in 1931, converted into a troop ship as the USS Wakefield in 1941, decommissioned in 1946, scrapped in 1964 never having been reconverted to a liner.

 

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Notate Bene

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
Traditional

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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