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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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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
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
evidence shows
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
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
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
troubled youths
unarmed teen
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


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

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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you




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Ivan Shishkin, Morning in a Pine Forest, 1886

Ivan Shishkin's best known painting, and rightly so. In Europe it's seen everywhere from coffee table books to candy boxes to greeting cards.

As said here last week, Shishkin was a prolific painter of woodlands, beloved by the Russian people to this day. His exacting but poetic naturalism has been called a "one man school of art". Shishkin died in 1898 at age 66 while working in his Saint Petersburg studio.

Shishkin's sketch for Morning in a Pine Forest is posted below. This is how real artists work, in steps, optimizing at every step until, in the finished work, nothing can be added or deleted to improve it.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In Woodpile Report 544, I wrote of inner city schools:

There's always some new scheme claiming dazzling success which, in the end, amounts to handing out the answers with the tests, or taking the annoying hard stuff out of the coursework, or entering unearned grades by hand

and I suggested this, among much else, reveals grasping opportunism without honor or principle. As the reader is doubtless aware, education is deep into fraud territory generally, and edging ever closer to the madrassa model, but it's useful to examine specifics from time to time.

Robert Weissberg at American Thinker documents how the race-related gap in academic achievement is being given the appearance of narrowing, in his article, Faking Your Way to Racial Equality. Aside from the routine practice of handing out unmerited grades, these are among the more devious frauds he cites:

strongly hinting at the correct answer during the test under the guise of "helping" the puzzled test-taker

allowing unauthorized extra time by putting a "do not enter" sign on the classroom door.

smartphones to forward pictures of exam questions

exclude the low performers from taking the test

encouraging the weakest students to drop out

lowered high school diploma requirements

"credit recovery," where a student who missed months of classroom time can in a day or two complete an easy, brief assignment and get full credit

dumbed down textbooks

overly generous grading standards

This is not a 'no cost' fraud. As Mr. Weissberg notes, "Researchers will "demonstrate" that black youngsters with a high school diploma earn less than their white counterparts, alleged smoking-gun proof of racism and discrimination".


Fred Reed still has enough wheels on the track to be worth reading:

As an educational reform, I will have the Department of Education filled with linoleum cement, the occupants being left inside. This will raise the national IQ by at least three points. I will pass an amendment to the fragments of the Constitution saying, “No federal entity or person shall say, think, suggest, or do anything whatever regarding schooling on pain of garroting.” ... The duration, content, and nature of the schools shall be left to localities without exception.

Should we be so uncharitable as to judge agencies by their actions and results, one conclusion presents itself with uncontestable clarity, namely, the real intent in forming the US Department of Education in 1979 was to hurry along an already catastrophic academic decline.


CNN's Anderson Cooper stands in a three foot ditch beside a flooded road to report on Hurricane Florence. Totally not fake.


The quote for this week comes from Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch:

Slander? Disruptions? Intimidation? Violence? Outright defiance of the law? These things are quite all right, the Left will tell you, in a Leftward cause. Needless to say, the tactics the Left allows itself are absolutely forbidden to us in the Right. We’re the “bad guys,” and the bad guys must be fought with every tool at the Left’s disposal, including the strict terms of the law.


Each peak has an associated war. Which is cause, which is effect?


and finally,

Was it the Russians who arrested Mueller for lying to the IRS? It's all very confusing. Thankfully DC has their top men on the job. Meanwhile, we're attacking the currently guilty genocidal Moslems who are attacking the currently innocent genocidal Moslems who attacked them a while ago. For my part, they all place a higher value on barren land and dusty ruins than seems warranted.

Too perplexing for this barefoot boy outten the hills, so in preference to sorting it out I commonly sit of an evening and watch twilight turn to night, a cup of weapons grade coffee and a cheroot in hand. "Twilight trails her starry robe ...", or somesuch, and that's all I remember.

Anyway, one night with another, owls trade gossip and insults in classic gospel form, call and respond. The stars hang bright and low overhead, only just short of entanglement in the oaks and maples. On rare nights a coyote will yip on a distant hill.

But Friday night was different.

A pack of coyotes burst out in howls and high pitched whines just across the road. I'd believe three or four. Apparently the matter was of no small import, it went on for some minutes, stopped, and was repeated with equal intensity a short ways away.

The occasional bear I don't mind all that much, they're outsize doofuses that merit little more than prudence, mainly, but contentious coyotes is more Jeremiah Johnson than should be visited on eastern hill folk.

Well gang, enough chitchat. Time to inventory the doings of received society. Break out the hazmat gear. But first, an old ad from before cars became climate controlled mobile entertainment centers.


1941. Dodge magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpted from How Stuff Works:

Chrysler Corporation ranked a solid number two in the American auto industry in 1941. Model year production of 1,042,014 bested a slipping Ford Motor Company by a quarter-million.

Dodge, Chrysler's second best-selling nameplate, accounted for 237,002 units. Its popularity was assured by an effective facelift featuring a wider horizontal-bar grille, a more prominent "beak," and new taillights. Although they could still be ordered, running boards had all but disappeared.

Popular accessories included fender skirts, turn signals, bumper guards, and Fluid Drive, the semi-automatic transmission Dodge had debuted for 1940.

See photo: a 1941 Dodge business coupe as depicted in the illustration. $825 in 1941 is $13,776 today.


Remus's notebook


Kavanaugh’s accuser

American Thinker - Professor accusing Kavanaugh is radical SJW

MediaIte - Brett Kavanaugh’s Mother Presided Over Foreclosure Case Involving Accuser’s Parents

Breitbart - Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Donned ‘Brain’ Pussy Hat for Anti-Trump March

Natural News - Long lost footage shows WTC Building 7 falling in its own footprint following multiple demolition-style explosions ... Have you ever seen a controlled demolition of an old Vegas casino? It looks just like what happened to Building 7

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Old news. This video has been on YouTube for more than two years. Maybe fake. There are claims an 'original' exists without the flashes and blowouts.

Breitbart - EU Introduces New Law Forcing Tech Firms to Censor Unwanted Speech in 24 Hours ... tech firms also promised to help the EU “criminalise” perpetrators

For your reference library

Secrets of Survival - 10 Ways to Fool the Authorities and Escape Martial Law ... the next government to come to power will need force, and a lot of it

Prepper's Will - Escape and Evasion Tactics for When S Really Hits the Fan ... be physically and mentally prepared for the worst

Off Grid - 10 Lessons From an Urban Escape and Evasion Class ... fleeing a dangerous area and avoiding capture

WND - Cops: Call us if your feelings are hurt ... “please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments”

NY Herald - Pedophile’s Decapitated Corpse Found On Judge’s Doorstep After Bail Hearing In Aurora, Illinois ... raped 8-year-old girl, walked on bail

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Smells bogus

College Fix - Ohio State employs 88 diversity-related staffers at a cost of $7.3M annually ... does not include the overhead such as offices with computers and telephones, as well as trainings and travel expenses

WND - Everything you need to know about Snopes ... the very foundation of Snopes was built on a lie

Seeker - Earth’s Oldest Rocks Were Likely Formed in the Crucible of a Meteorite Impact ... 4-billion-year-old rocks of Canada’s Acasta River were formed in temperatures much hotter than Earth’s core

Cosmos - The big five mass extinctions ... the one that ended the Triassic is the most enigmatic. No clear cause has been found

The Left goes kinetic

Daily Mail - Police are on scene of a mass shooting threat at a MAGA event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC

CBS San Francisco - Castro Valley Man Accused Of Switchblade Assault On GOP Congressional Candidate

Daily Mail - Belongings of missing associate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are found in the sea off of Norway

Daily Caller - Wyoming GOP Office Set On Fire

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's not Trump they despise, it's the Deplorables he represents. "Deplorables" means anyone who fails to show sufficient adoration for Hillary Clinton.

For those keeping score

Breitbart, July 2018 - 567 Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

USA Watchdog - Deep State Panicked About Coming Military Tribunals ... a huge number of folks within Congress, Wall Street, Hollywood just walking away from their jobs

Modern Survival - Get Back To Basics, The Pin Has Already Been Pulled ... high inflation and then hyperinflation will destroy the current system

Town Hall - US judge strikes down California ban on handgun ads ... 1923 law banned any handgun ads at gun shops that were visible from outside the store

Ars Technica - Here are the subjects our reporters enjoy covering the least ... why reporting on some areas of science is just asking for pain

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Amen, bro. It takes me a couple of readings to brush hog most science articles down to the nub. And that's after the heavy lifting has been done by the science writer. Then more effort to cobble a synopsis that's acceptably coherent, if not adequately descriptive. As we used to say about engineering projects, they're never finished, just abandoned in a usable condition.

Richard Feynman once advised his fellow physicists: if you can't explain your theory to your Mom in two or three simple sentences, you haven't really thought it through. Or near enough.

War Zone - Russian Commandos Are Getting "Silent" Mortars That Are As Quiet As A Suppressed Rifle ... there’s no clear indication where the attackers are shooting from

Picto-guides from Art of Manliness

The Complete Guide to What Every Man Should Keep in His Car

How to Survive a Wildfire

Organic Prepper - Selco: Dealing With Dead Bodies When the SHTF

Kansas City Star - No aliens? Mysterious FBI closing of Sunspot solar observatory is finally explained ... an on-going investigation of criminal activity

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Explains nothing

Ancient Origins - Medieval Science Fiction Existed, Here’s What it Looked Like ... the Middle Ages was no dark, static, ignorant time of magic and superstition

Hot Air - What caused those gas explosions in Massachusetts? No one seems to know ... at least 70 homes exploded and/or caught fire

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let me help. Gas explosions are caused by gas. But seriously, looks like overpressure.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Civil War II, Return of Kings - Civil war is coming to the United States. Division, contention, fear, and silent invasion are being used to “reshape America.” The divide between the people that support the U.S. Constitution and those that want a New World Order is growing. Since the election of Donald Trump we have seen an escalation of violence. There are more divisions now and larger divisions in the United States than in the 19th Century. Destroying confidence in the U.S. Constitution destroys the effectiveness of government and the rule of law. Without confidence in the U.S. Government, the government is effectively destroyed and will be replaced by factions that will struggle for control.


Rage, American Greatness - The rage of the American Left against the Trump Administration in general and the president in particular, an explosion of frustrated, impotent anger that has given up all pretense of genuine protest—against the results of a duly constituted American election, let us remember—and has devolved instead into a toddler’s extended tantrum. It’s being waged in the media, where the press has thrown over journalistic practices that served the profession well over the past and now regard malicious gossip and news as one and the same thing. Socialism is now openly a goal of the political Left. Calls for violent revolution are treated by the press as perfectly reasonable reactions to the 2016 election.


Coup, National Interest - The secret author of the New York Times editorial that blistered Washington boasted that he or she and others within the administration “believe our first duty is to this country,” and that their actions are the “work of the steady state” that provides stability for the nation. They are wrong. Their actions are more closely akin to a creeping coup. If people don’t agree with the president, they can take the legal and ethical moves of publicly resigning and airing their opinions. They can advocate for and support candidates to be president in Trump’s place. What they cannot do, however, is subvert America’s system of government and take matters into their own hands.


Kids, Federalist - It’s harder to get people to listen to you if you publish an old-fashioned lefty screed about “class,” but racial politics is all the rage right now. This is just the old-fashioned Marxist class-warfare agenda repackaged in the language of racial politics. Collectivism was the next logical step. The only way to be moral is to ignore any personal, individual interests. That would necessarily mean purging one of the most precious of personal values: your attachment to your own children. Progressives won’t be happy until you hate your own kids—or at least until you are helpless to provide for them.


1936. Emmet County, Iowa


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Churning butter in a farm house kitchen. Emmet County is on the northwest border of the state. Population in 1936 was about 13,000. Today it's about 9,500. Here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair we leave our butter as-is, churning it seems not to add any value.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Car control, Eric Peters Autos - Cars are supposed to transport us – not parent us. The industry fought air bags at first. They knew the bags were dangerous, for one thing. That while they would “save lives,” they would also take some. This actually bothered them, unlike the government. But somewhere along the line, the car companies gave up and bought in – realizing that lots of money could be made not only by charging everyone for air bags but also for replacing them. This opened the sluice gate and became the new modus vivendi. The car industry stopped fighting Uncle and instead learned to snuggle him, inhaling his very essence, even. It worked to their mutual benefit.


Big bang, Quanta - The leading hypothesis about the universe’s birth — that a quantum speck of space became energized and inflated in a split second, creating a baby cosmos — solves many puzzles and fits all observations to date. Yet this “cosmic inflation” hypothesis lacks definitive proof. Telltale ripples that should have formed. Now researchers predict an oscillatory pattern in the distribution of matter throughout the cosmos that, if detected, could distinguish between inflation and alternative scenarios — particularly the hypothesis that the Big Bang was actually a bounce preceded by a long period of contraction.


Luxury socialism, Front Page - The shift to Luxury Socialism means that the government doesn’t just have to provide necessities, but luxuries. Anyone who has seen the Caddies parked in front of housing projects and the two hundred dollar sneakers worn in check cashing stores that cater to the welfare crowd knows that it already does. But that’s not enough. The left traded race for class. But as minority groups rise economically, the equation between poverty and class grows shakier. Affirmative action extends welfare into the luxury arenas of government contracts, bank loans and top jobs. It’s hard to pretend that giving a millionaire another big Chicago municipal contract because of the color of his skin is about helping the poor or the underprivileged.


Martial law, Prepper's Will - Simply by observing the news we can see that this country is a volcano on the brink of major eruption. Across the country, social unrest, public violence, crime and coercion stirs, mixes, and blends into the big cup of ripening national debt. Silent aerial surveillance, high-tech weapons, and battle-ready vehicles are standards of use by police from American stations throughout our country. We have militarized our police forces practically making them a domestic military force. It seems as if martial law is already becoming reality. While you cannot obstruct martial law from happening, you can do certain things and prepare yourself to gain control of your own situation and survive it.


Generals, Traditional Right - The frequency and blatancy of American generals’ failure of moral courage appears to be growing. It is not a new problem. During the entire Vietnam war, not a single service chief resigned in protest, though many said after their retirement that they knew we could not win. All senior military leaders have presided for decades over a Second Generation military, with only a few attempting to wake their service from its slumber and move it at least into the Third Generation as war moves into the Fourth. Yet now we are seeing more and more cases of generals making blunders that reveal their distance from their troops and the realities they face in the field as well as a lack of moral courage.


1940s. War poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aye me hearties, let 'em have it, an all out effort now, hedgehogs and depth charges both. The fate of the nation is in the balance, therefore all hands will wear dress blues.


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Past issues

540 - 541 - 542 - 543 - 544 -



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.

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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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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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18 Sep 2018