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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 some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
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
evidence shows
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
not who we are
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
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
unpack
value neutral
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
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

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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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
OBE
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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Emilio Perrier, La Retama

This undated riverside scene is a theme Perrier used repeatedly. Perrier was a Spanish landscapist. He died in 1907 at age fifty-two.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The author of an essay at Survival Blog about Appalachia says, "Water, water everywhere. Appalachia hosts a plethora of waterways of varying sizes. Rivers, creeks, streams are all within a few miles of anywhere. Properties with creeks or streams on them are common. The average rainfall is close to 50 inches per year".

Not to mention springs, weeps, ponds and reservoirs. It amuses me when survivalists talk about finding water as a first priority. Finding a way around water can be problematic in these hills. Methinks most survival writers live on the lee side of the Rockies where waterways are less common and hunting is done with high power optics at very long ranges.

My property isn't large by local standards, yet I have two creeks, a pond, and several year 'round springs on it. Not unusual. Here's one creek, in August:

This one starts about a quarter mile up from me. The other one starts on my property and joins this one further down. Both creeks are largely spring fed so the water runs cold and clear year 'round. In a hard rain they'll go brown and run bank to bank, but not for long, the drop is pretty severe. This creek runs faster than the other and has a scoured clay bottom, to wit:

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The FBI and the Governor of Virginia cited a terrorist outfit calling itself The Base to justify extreme security measures at the January 20th Lobby Day. Jason Wilson at The Guardian investigated this neo-Nazi organization. Some excerpts:

The Guardian has learned the true identity of the leader and founder of the US-based neo-Nazi terror network the Base, which was recently the target of raids by the FBI after an investigation into domestic terrorism uncovered their plans to start a race war.

“Norman Spear” is in fact US-born Rinaldo Nazzaro, 46, who has a long history of advertising his services as an intelligence, military and security contractor.

So The Base turns out to be a government-run honey pot, i.e., they arrested themselves and took credit for averting a "credible terrorist threat" so they could set up a free speech cage for the cameras. And they wonder why we're cynical.

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The Z Man has a good take on the upcoming Dem primaries

A big part of what holds Progressive whites inside the orthodoxy is their belief that they are part of a reformist movement, fighting against vested interests. If their party drops the mask and tries to rig the vote against Sanders or sides with a billionaire like Bloomberg, maintaining that delusion will be impossible for many. Dissidents could suddenly find themselves getting very different questions from their Progressive friends and family over the course of this campaign.

That’s not to say there will be a suddenly revolution on the Left, with white Progressives crossing no man’s land to embrace their brothers on this side. As with Trump, many dead end types will stay on the revolution. In every slave revolt, it is always a minority that does the revolting, while the majority play it safe. Still, it is an intriguing possibility that will offer up opportunities for dissidents. No one knows what will happen when a bunch of white Progressives get red pilled.

The Left is having a knife fight in the cockpit. Even their dubious appearance of legitimacy is now forfeit. Be prepared, it's spilling out of academia and NY/DC/LA into the streets. We're seeing Part II of the collapse of the Soviet Union except with depraved lunatics at the fore.

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The staff at Taki's Magazine notes: “On Having Whiteness” is the name of a two-credit course at New York’s Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. It is taught by Donald Moss, author of a book called At War with the Obvious.

Donald Moss will discuss whiteness as a condition one first acquires and then one has--a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. He describes the condition as being foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world: Parasitic whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse; these deformed appetites particularly target non-white people; and, once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate.

Effective treatment requires a combination of psychological and social-historical interventions, which can reasonably aim only to reshape whiteness’ infiltrated appetites – to reduce their intensities, to redistribute their aims, and to occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. When remembered and represented, the ravages caused by the chronic condition can function either as a warning (“never again”) or as a temptation (“great again”). Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.

"There is not yet a Final Solution". In case you missed the meaning.

Wisdom in one breath

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

Some people are so deliberately contrary, owing to an inability to digest logic, that if they fell in a river, you should look for the body upstream.

From a meme posted by ProGunFred at Gab

When everything is regulated, taxed, outlawed, prohibited or otherwise controlled, the system auto-delegitimizes itself. The system becomes its own radicalizing force.

From dustinwind, comment at Zero Hedge

If cultural appropriation is wrong then how does a society benefit from diversity?

From Dr. Robert Epstein, via Paul Craig Roberts

Google and social media were confident of Hillary’s win in the last election and did not use their power to throw the election her way. It will be different in 2020.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

Should the elite of the United States manage to re-establish its hegemony, it will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent any future loss of power.

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

Occam’s Razor weeps.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

The Left is now permanently divided between its minority audience and the white audience that wants to use them but considers them incompetent.

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Aesop at Raconteur Report says,

Any "numbers" from Chinese sources regarding their "corona virus" outbreak there are a steaming pile of feces. I even expressed the formula in Comments:

"...you don't know when it started, where it started, how it started, and you don't know what they're doing, and you don't know how serious it is, to include how many infected, how many dead, and how many recovering, nor the rate of spread, nor the treatment protocols being used".

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Joel Zinberg at City Journal says "flu remains the real danger". An excerpt:

Despite its more serious outbreaks, coronavirus represents much less of a health threat than either seasonal or pandemic influenza. The public health measures that controlled SARS, including timely diagnosis and quarantine and strict adherence to universal precautions, will likely successfully contain 2019-nCov outside of China.

Meantime, according to the CDC’s latest “Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report,” so far in the current flu season, which has four more months to run, 19 million Americans have gotten influenza, with 180,000 hospitalized and 10,000 deaths.

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George Ure at Urban Survival looks at the raw numbers and comes to an understandable conclusion

Worldwide, 14,557 confirmed cases as of Sunday with 305 deaths. We expect when today’s report is issued, it will be up from there. Compared with the 2002-2004 SARS Outbreak, which had 8,098 and 774 deaths in two years, Novel Corona Virus has already topped SARS cases and we’re half-way up the death count comparison and in less than a month. To early to make meaningful comparisons, but BIG and SERIOUS are two words to keep in mind.

If so, preppers may look like geniuses in the near future.

and finally,

Well gang, ol' Remus is a raggedy remnant of his former self, pulled in all directions like a government mule, nary a moment to himself. Hey, great Superbowl game, ayewott? Oops. Well maybe a moment here and there. But bottom line, Woodpile Report is getting less attention than is usual, but I've cut as few corners cut as possible, so bear with me. This too shall pass.

 

1948. Dodge magazine ad

 

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Get Pocket - English Is Not Normal ... it really is weirder than pretty much every other language

Ask a Prepper - How To Make A Survival Cache And What To Put In It ... extra supplies hidden near a route you plan to take

Survival Blog - The Appalachian Redoubt ... the prepper life is considered normal

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Just a note for east and west coast evacuees. The author goes a bit light on the downside. Trust me on this. We're full up, no good places left. The weather's terrible, the people are ungovernable and the ground is unsuited for agriculture. You'll starve in friendless misery. Direct your attention elsewhere.

Ammoland - New Gun Control Law Would Require Gun Owners in NY to get Mental Health Evaluations ... each time a gun owner wants to buy a gun

National Interest - The M1 Abrams Tank's New Ammo Will Destroy Everything In Its Path ... could even be used to engage tanks behind a berm or on a reverse slope

Outdoor Life - 5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish ... catchable all season, if you’re clued in to their patterns

Vintage News - Take a Look Inside the 1,200-yr-old Oldest Restaurant in the World ... it was almost 700 years old when Christopher Columbus ate there

Ars Technica - AT&T loses another 1.2 million TV subscribers as DirecTV keeps tanking ... began 2019 with 24.5 million customers, ended with 20.4 million

CNN - Coronavirus task force another example of Trump administration's lack of diversity ... not satire. Read the comments.

Victory Girls - Commonsense Discussion on Guns ... they either know the facts and ignore them, or they’re too stupid to understand the facts and you’d be wasting your time teaching a pig to sing, which wastes your time and annoys the pig

Politico - DNC members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention ... rising anxiety over the Vermont senator's momentum on the eve of voting.

 

Bank of England gold vault

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Connections, The Z Man - What looks like a conspiracy is the result of an emergent set of beliefs within a social set. Washington is an incestuous community cut off from the rest of us. That’s why no one ever gets punished for screwing up or breaking the law. Bill Barr is not going to prosecute the crooked FBI agents, because their friends are his friends. That would put him in bad odor with the rest of the community and we can’t have that. It's not a conspiracy, but a community coming together to support their own. This is most obvious in the media, which exists to promote and defend their friends in the political class. Pundits commenting about the news is high paying workfare for the community dimwits. This is why reform is impossible. The community that runs the empire is immune from the consequences of elections.

 

Cosmic rulings, Ace of Spades - The "public charge" rule says that immigrants cannot be granted green cards unless they can show that they are self-sufficient and would not become public charges, that is, dependents on the public fisc. The old rule absurdly did not examine whether the immigrant was currently on Medicaid, food stamps, or other forms of welfare. Trump changed the rule to require examining obvious evidence of someone's status as a "public charge," so of course the Sorosian Left went crazy and filed lawsuits everywhere. Justice Neil Gorsuch in a blistering concurring opinion criticized federal judges who issue nationwide blocks on administration rules, potentially teeing up a wider challenge to the practice that has often stymied major parts of Trump's agenda.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Federal judges need to understand the "poor and huddled masses" sentiment on the Statue of Liberty is not immigration law.

 

Yale, American Thinker - The combined endowment of the Ivy Leagues totaled $135 billion at the end 2018. They are hedge funds masquerading as universities. If only they were so benign. Virtue-signaling is too kind an expression for Yale's direction. The watchword of climate change is "sustainability," a concept grounded in the notion of inheritance. Yale, too, is an inheritance, one of excellence, that in recent years has been brazenly despoiled. Yale and the rest of the Ivy League will forfeit their dominance. Employers will move to skill-based testing. Break the spell, and employment and advancement, and ultimately societal prestige, will be as they should be, based on merit, not membership in an increasingly distorted coterie of fragility and angry intolerance. The irony of progressive elite institutions is that they advocate for the end of elite institutions. Let them have their wish.

 

Credibility, Spectator US - Greta Thunberg announced at Davos that we had eight years left to save the planet. On the face of it, we should be grateful that these gloomsters make such oddly precise predictions. It’s like putting a sell-by date on their credibility. After all, when the soothsayer in question is proved wrong, they just shuffle off with their tail between their legs, never to be heard from again, right? In eight years’ time, when the planet hasn’t disappeared in a cloud of toxic gas, presumably Greta will throw up her arms and say: ‘Sorry guys. Looked like I was wrong about you ruining my childhood. I’m now going to become a flight attendant.’ But, weirdly, that never happens.

 

1939. Yakima County, Washington

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg White privilege, 1930s style.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Media, Ann Coulter - Despite the annual bloodshed, you will never see the headlines: “Crown Heights Braces for West Indian Labor Day Parade” or “City on Edge Before Caribbean Carnival.” Our media simply will not report crimes by non-whites. Journalists think to themselves: What’s the point of reporting a crime if it was committed by a black person?
Journalists have convinced themselves that it’s not dishonorable to mislead the public, in fact, it’s actually the honorable thing to do! If we tell the truth, it will just feed the racists! This is why the media are constantly demanding censorship of the internet. The ability of the public to escape the media’s sleazy, dishonest ecosystem and get the truth elsewhere is a mortal threat, as it is to all totalitarian regimes.

 

Morons, Town Hall - A microaggression can only be detected upon reflection or by a “woke” third party observer, usually a non-conforming pansexual who only answers to made-up pronouns with a mouth full of granola and a gender studies degree. Democrats may have abandoned their overtly racist tactics of the past, but their goals remain the same: divide to conquer. That may work in small pockets, but nationwide it is a recipe for disaster. “You’re a racist, now vote for me” or “You’re a moron, now vote for me” may resonate well on CNN, but they won't win you many votes from the rest of the nation in between. It seems unlikely that people they need votes from will, after 4 years of being called racist, sexist, homophobic, fat, stupid, rubes controlled by their fear, will go out and support their candidates.

 

Paper tiger, Zero Gov - Dr. Codevilla finds himself in a very small coterie of observers willing to claim the American military is a hollowed out and ineffective force. There is a reason the Pentagram has not won a conflict since 1945. The keenest advantage China and Russia have lies in their abject disinterest in global military conquest or hegemony and a concentration on regionalized hegemony that makes all of their military goals realistic. Both nations possess the requisite throw weight of nuclear munitions to deter any possible conventional advantage the US and its erstwhile allies may think they have. In the end, technology can be a swansong that seems a panacea for all military problems, asymmetric warfare will prove otherwise.

 

1944. Normandy France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Canadian tankers re-engine their M4 Sherman. Looks like a Canadian-built "Grizzly", an M4 Sherman with thicker armor, powered by a Continental nine cylinder radial engine. Montreal Locomotive Works built 188 of 'em. Canadian M4s are reputed to be of the highest standard, as were their STEN guns.

Production ended in January 1944, mainly because Shermans were in such abundant supply Canadian production capacity could be put to better uses.

 

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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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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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4 Feb 2020