Three Things You Need to Know - September 6, 2017

Pressure Points

Revolution. These three things are present in every single one.

Economic instability. War. Civil unrest.

It’s top down, bottom up, and you are caught in the middle turning inside out through the chaos. Pretty soon the cries can be heard for someone --- anyone --- to make it all stop. By any means necessary.

After getting bogged down in multiple foreign wars, the economic fallout was inevitable. The ineffective --- and increasingly corrupt --- government was powerless to stop it. In fact, it appeared they actually wanted it to happen. Spending then borrowing, spending then borrowing --- in just three years the national debt doubled.

Was it really a surprise when the academics and other members of the middle class began inciting the poor and disenfranchised to violence?

What I’ve just described may sound familiar, but it’s actually the same conditions that led to the French storming the Bastille in 1789.

How many pressure points can a nation endure?

We’ve been bogged down in foreign wars since the turn of the 21st century. Now, North Korea is knocking on our door. From the year 2000 until today, the national debt has nearly quadrupled. First Harvey, now Irma. Can the already weakened economy withstand this much weight?

And finally, civil unrest. We are approaching violence in the streets not seen since the 1960s. People like Frances Fox Piven were advocating violence in 2004, but the Occupy movement just a few years later didn’t quite get there. Fast forward a few years. Antifa and the alt right are lighting streets on fire.

Our pressure points are being pushed and we have tough times ahead of us. Beware those inciting violence and advocating hate. Chaos is coming. Don’t let them turn you inside out amongst it.

Miami's Vulnerability

It won’t survive.

That’s what the former FEMA Director said when he was asked how the Miami area would hold up under a severe water surge from a major hurricane and related flooding. It. Won’t. Survive.

Hurricane Irma is on a projected path to make landfall in south Florida. It could hit Miami this Sunday. Irma is a Category 5, with 185 mile-per-hour winds, already the second strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic.

Amazingly, Miami hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane --- Category 4 or stronger --- since 1926. That one killed 400 --- the third deadliest hurricane in U.S. history. But Miami at the time was a quaint resort town compared to what it is today.

Yesterday, two firms estimated a repeat of the 1926 Miami hurricane could cause $130 billion in property damage.

Why is Miami so vulnerable? Its flood-control system was designed in the 1950s and desperately needs updating. Our government has blown through hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful spending that could have been applied to preparation.

Just last year, the government found the cash to study TV binge-watching, comedy clubs, monkey drool, fish treadmill endurance testing and hamster fights. Miami itself has been the home of a radio and TV station, attempting to broadcast into Cuba, but was blocked by Fidel Castro. Half a billion dollars down the tubes.

What happens when you have a country more concerned with political favors than prioritizing what really matters?

It. Won’t. Survive.

Even Congress Doesn’t Trust Congress Anymore

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced it would be ending DACA. That’s the Obama-era Presidential edict that allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.

The plan would give Congress six months to fix the problem.

And the reaction, from too many members of Congress, was, "How dare he let us handle this!"

Even Congress doesn’t trust Congress anymore.

It was Obama who in the fall of 2010 said this: "I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."

We all knew that was true then (except Barack Obama).

Now, Trump returned power to Congress and many complained.

Our Founders thought the balance of powers would work because each branch would want to protect their own power. Now, when decisions are tough, they fall over themselves to give that power away.

As Trump said yesterday: "I know some here wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how democracy works."

Sorry, that wasn’t Trump --- that too was Barack Obama. He was right.

Even Congress doesn’t trust Congress anymore. And neither should you.

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Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

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What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

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