‘Republicans are really fed up’: GOP increasingly splits with Trump as his polls drag Reply

The best hope for the future of freedom worldwide is the fracturing of the global capitalist empire in which the USA ruling class is a senior into a smorgasbord of regional powers and micronations. The best hope for the future of freedom in the USA is for the Red Tribe and Blue Tribe to both experience fracturing to the point where they collectively cannot function.

Courtney Subramanian and Christal Hayes

USA Today

WASHINGTON – Weeks before President Donald Trump accepts his party’s nomination, cracks are deepening within the party as a host of GOP lawmakers distance themselves from the Republican standard bearer as they weigh their election chances in November. Republicans have increasingly split with Trump on a host of issues shadowing his administration, from his tone on racism and the removal of Confederate statues, to wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic and questions over intelligence reports of a Russia-backed bounty program on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Year Zero Reply

This article needs to be spread far and wide. Although I would distinguish between the actual lumpenproletarian and mostly non-ideological insurgents and the middle-class Maoist cosplayers.

By Matt Taibbi

It’s the Fourth of July, and revolution is in the air. Only in America would it look like this: an elite-sponsored Maoist revolt, couched as a Black liberation movement whose canonical texts are a corporate consultant’s white guilt self-help manual, and a New York Times series rewriting history to explain an election they called wrong.

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Remembering James Burnham 2

My biographical article on Burham for Chronicles which includes a discussion of the managerial revolution and power elite theory. Burham is a must-read for those who want to know how modern states actually work.

By Keith Preston

Chronicles

The ideological trajectory followed by the first generation of neoconservatives, from their early fascination with Marxism during the Great Depression to their embrace of Cold War anti-communism and subsequent takeover of the Conservative movement, is by now a well-known chapter in American political history. The life and career of James Burnham followed a similar trajectory, provoking British academic Binoy Kampmark to label Burnham as “the first neoconservative.”

Burnham, however, was a thinker who bore only an incidental resemblance to the neoconservatives. Indeed, Burnham was something of an enigmatic figure within the wider spectrum of the American Right. Most importantly, it is from Burnham that we acquired an understanding of what he termed the “managerial revolution,” a concept that continues to shed a penetrating light on our social and political life today.

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The Reaction to the Harper’s Letter on Cancel Culture Proves Why It Was Necessary Reply

By Jesse Singal

Reason

I’m not usually a fan of the saying “a hit dog will holler,” which basically boils down to “if someone responds angrily to an accusation, they are probably guilty.” Sometimes, when someone is unfairly attacked or wrongly accused, they respond to it with vitriol or other intense emotion—it’s only natural.

That said, sometimes the expression is useful. If you accuse someone of having an anger-management problem and they fly into a terrifying rage, well: A hit dog will holler.

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Anti-Cancel Culture Letter Signed By Chomsky Sparks Backlash Reply

This is a pretty good discussion of this issue from Kyle. I agree with much of what he says, although I wish he would have given more recognition to the centuries-long history of censorship and state repression by leftist regimes. Usually, the response I get from leftists when I raise that issue is the same one I get from neo-Nazis about the Holocaust and Catholic traditionalists about the Inquisition: “It didn’t happen but it was justified but it wasn’t that bad but everyone else was doing it…”

What Happened In Bethel, Ohio? Reply

When BLM came to Mayberry.

By Anne Helen Petersen

Buzzfeed

Lois Dennis started teaching second grade in the village of Bethel, Ohio — official population just under 2,800 — back in 1976. People in town call her Mrs. Dennis. And that’s the name people used online when they started denouncing what happened that Sunday afternoon in June when Bethel made national news for an explosion of violence on its streets: I can’t believe they did that to Mrs. Dennis.

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Economy revealed AS A SHAM, there’s no going back Reply

When people can no longer meet their basic needs like food and shelter is when the shit really hits the fan. Increases in food costs precipitated the Arab Spring. That a third of Americans can no longer afford their rent or mortgage payments as the moratoriums on rent collection start to end and unemployment benefits start to be reigned in indicates the recent civil unrest was really just the beginning.

Has Cancel Culture Gone TOO FAR? Open Letter Signed by Chomsky, JK Rowling Goes Viral 1

A quasi-SJW makes his case. The main problem that I have with his arguments is that he seems to imply that all non-leftist thought is by definition illegitimate and/or the equivalent of fascism. Although I agree with his point that right-wingers are often only in favor of free speech when out of power, kind of like leftists, ironically. The Left always becomes the Right once in power. It’s not a coincidence that the more powerful the Left has become, the less concerned the Left has been about free speech issues. This becomes obvious when you compare the US Left of today with that of the 1960s and 1970s.

Pentagon War Game Includes Scenario for Military Response to Domestic Gen Z Rebellion Reply

The kids are alright.

By Nick Turse

The Intercept

In the face of protests composed largely of young people, the presence of America’s military on the streets of major cities has been a controversial development. But this isn’t the first time that Generation Z — those born after 1996 — has popped up on the Pentagon’s radar.

Documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act reveal that a Pentagon war game, called the 2018 Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Special Program, or JLASS, offered a scenario in which members of Generation Z, driven by malaise and discontent, launch a “Zbellion” in America in the mid-2020s.

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