May 232019
 

hospital corridor

In the United States, Medicare costs (along with the cost of health care services generally) continue to rise to unsustainable levels. As patient satisfaction levels decline, many Americans have been led to call for a Canadian-style ‘universal’ health care system. Meanwhile in Canada, and unknown to most Americans, health care waiting lists continue to grow, as more and more Canadians find themselves unable to get the basic care they need.

While each country boasts excellent health care services, broad accessibility to these services has become another matter entirely. Common to both countries are various prohibitions of the provision of medical services on a truly free market, which guarantees cost escalation. As more people find it difficult to afford their basic health care needs, politicians have seized upon the problem they caused by offering them a means to access those services without incurring a direct personal cost – socialized health care.

In the perpetual controversy over socialized health care, confusion reigns supreme, partially due to the varying testimonials of patients within a given system. Some are quite happy with the medical services they receive, while most appear less so. Another reason has to do with the fact that at any given point in time, only a minority of people find themselves forced to experience their health care systems directly, while the vast majority has no direct knowledge of the crisis looming at their doorsteps.
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607 – Why social ISm and capital ISN’T

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May 092019
 

Bonanza

Socialism’s growing appeal is often difficult to understand, particularly given capitalism’s demonstrated social, economic, and political superiority. However, the resistance to capitalism may have its roots in something far deeper than a failure to recognize its virtues and benefits.

Sad to say, most people have no clear idea of what capitalism and socialism actually are. Bathed in the contradictions of living in a mixed economy, many attribute the successes of capitalism to socialism, and socialism’s failures to capitalism. In the absence of an objective understanding of each ‘ism,’ this suggests a psychological or emotional association that is the source of their bias.

As always, the first rule in the art of political persuasion is ‘define or be defined.’ By allowing the ‘socialist’ Left to define the terms of the discussion, the ‘capitalist’ Right has been placed in an almost insurmountable disadvantage.

Consider that with their simple positioning of the words ‘socialism’ against ‘capitalism,’ socialists have already won a critical part of the debate. After all, the two ‘isms’ have little to do with each other, since ‘social’ and ‘capital’ are incompatible concepts. Continue reading »

606 – Socialism – The unknowable ideal

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May 022019
 

socialism

The growing appeal of socialism, particularly among the young, is both alarming and exceedingly dangerous.

The experience of socialism as manifested in countries outside the Western nations is generally alien to most Westerners, given their more capitalistic histories. The horror stories of mass starvation and genocide historically perpetrated in the name of socialism are rarely attributed to the nature of socialism itself, but to something otherwise dysfunctional within the particular culture.

Persistent is the false belief that destructive and failed variants of socialism simply weren’t socialism to begin with, and were instead some form of communism or fascism. The failed attempts at implementing socialism just weren’t done properly, argue socialists.

To distance themselves from the unavoidable and systemic evils of socialism, modern socialists have created the anti-concepts of ‘social democrat’ and ‘social democracy.’ If democracy has an Achilles’ heel that will lead to its own destruction, it is these ridiculous notions of ‘social democracy,’ and ‘social Democrats,’ both euphemisms for socialism and socialists. True democracy and socialism are simply incompatible, both in theory (as discovered through philosophy) and in practice (as repeatedly witnessed in history). Continue reading »

603 – Socialism’s many facades

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Apr 112019
 

Bernie Sanders

It has recently been announced that Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign will focus on “exposing socialism,” a welcome objective to be sure, but no easy task.

Socialism appears in a myriad of forms, many individual components recognizable, yet with socialism’s greater destructive ideology remaining invisible to its victims.

For example, few would recognize socialism in government efforts to ‘fight climate change.’

To ‘fight climate change,’ governments have imposed what they call a ‘carbon tax’ or a ‘price on carbon’ – citing ‘carbon pollution’ as something that needs to be eliminated in order to keep the climate from changing. Continue reading »

601 – The missed direction that was Right

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Mar 282019
 

American Flag

When labeling opponents ‘extreme right wing,’ those on the Left most frequently use that label as a pejorative to attack an individual messenger. In contrast, when those on the Right use the ‘Left’ label, they most frequently use it to identify the idea(s) they find objectionable and apply that label to the larger collective that is Left.

Sad to say, the Left has been winning the label war in the political arena. In addition to the Left’s ‘extreme right’ pejorative, they have contrived other anti-concepts like ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘carbon pollution’ as effective labels to compromise their opponents. They do this because it works, and it works because those on the Right keep trying to avoid being labeled. The consequences are devastating to those on the Right and will continue to be so until the Right rises to define itself correctly as being Right, rather than allowing itself to be defined by the Left.

The irony is that the Left intentionally associates ‘extreme right wing’ with racism, fascism, Islamophobia, hate, and a whole host of negative associations that properly align with the Left. Those who call someone ‘extreme right wing’ do not associate their pejorative with freedom – life, liberty, property – even though these are the very values that are properly represented by the Right, and the values to which the Left objects. Continue reading »

600 – The label gun

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Mar 212019
 

Brenton Tarrant

No sooner had last week’s tragic events in New Zealand unfolded than the mainstream media instantly politicized its narrative surrounding the terrorist attack. The urgency of this action was necessitated by the fact that the terrorist had published and distributed a written ‘manifesto’ entitled ‘The Great Replacement Towards A New Society’ prior to his attack. It is a ‘manifesto’ outlining easily recognizable Left-wing values and objectives that could prove to be an embarrassment to those on the Left if ever associated with terrorism.

Naturally, the media pulled out its most powerful weapon: the Label Gun. Relying on the term ‘right-wing’ as a pejorative, the Label Gun is a political weapon that shoots ‘right wing’ labels at those who present any threat to the Left – including Leftists themselves.

This is done in the hopes that the label will stick and keep the Left distanced from the consequences of its own beliefs. Thus, Brenton Tarrant was immediately labeled a ‘right-wing’ terrorist by the mainstream media, despite all the available evidence making it abundantly clear that Tarrant is motivated and driven by Leftist ideologies and goals. Continue reading »

598 – This is war

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Mar 072019
 

This is war

There is a growing consensus that what was once only a ‘war of words’ is now approaching a point where that ‘war’ can no longer be fought only with words. The war is now moving into the courtroom, and a major case going forward is Steven Crowder’s (Louder With Crowder) lawsuit against Facebook.

We fully support this action, as we find ourselves asking: Isn’t it time that those on the ‘Right’ began treating their opponents on the Left in the same warlike manner the Left has been exhibiting towards them?

It has regrettably become clear that social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook , Twitter, and others known to be owned and/or operated by interests on the Left, have been found to be misrepresenting themselves and their services in a way that should concern everyone able to read these words on-line.

After having actively pursued content providers on the ‘right’ to set up shop on their platforms, they have now been found to be unethically restricting and banning those same voices from their promised ‘free speech’ platforms, for the most dubious reasons. This has been done through the filing of numerous false copyright claims, ‘de-platforming,’ ‘de-boosting,’ ‘de-monitizing’ and other hidden actions cutting off content providers from their established audiences. Continue reading »