Tuesday, July 7, 2015

On the Fact that You Can Question the French Revolution, the American Civil War, Apartheid and the ANC (Australian Labor Party Politician, Kim Beazley, Being One of the Earliest Critics), FDR's Policies and the Great Depression, Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and Pretty Much Every Other Episode from History but if You so Much as Question Even One Aspect of the Holocaust (and What's with this Whole Trademarking the Word Bullshit?) You End Up Getting Thrown in Jail in Over a Dozen Countries

Wow, you'd think that the whole post-war political system would collapse or something.......What's that?...It would?

The Wars that Make Me the Sickest?

As bad as the Mexican-American War, the Vietnam War, and World War 1 were, the two most disgusting in my opinion were the Civil War (AKA, the War for Southern Independence) and World War 2, in that it was in response to these two wars that we MOST (in collaboration with the Brits and Russians in World War 2) a) glorified ourselves (whitewashing that fact that we murdered civilians, set up concentration camps of our own, refused to let the Red Cross inspect our prisoner of war camps, participated in Operation Keelhaul, extracted confessions via torture, etc.) and b) vilified the vanquished. I mean, I know that the truth is always the first victim in any war but it also appears that the greater the damage the greater the lies. 

On the Fact that Some People Now Claim that Only 18 to 25,000 People Died During the Fire-Bombing of Dresden (a City that Was Busting at the Seams, Not Just with Citizens but Refugees as Well)

Watch, within a decade they'll be saying that nobody died there and that the bombs were actually filled with laughing-gas, toys for tots, and Bibles. Whitewashing, anyone? 

On the "Evolution" of Abe Lincoln

Sorry but I just don't see it. a) His 1861 inaugural was essentially a slavery forever speech. b) He voiced well into the war that he would be willing to accept slavery if it meant saving the union. c) The Emancipation Proclamation was little more than a military strategy/document (the goal of it being a slave insurrection) in that it only freed slaves in the rebel territories (as opposed to those in the free and border states or occupied territories) and even there he promised that slavery could return if the South did likewise. And d) Lincoln continued (right up til his last breath) to plot ways that the U.S. could colonize Africans (Panama, Haiti, and Liberia being amongst the possible destinations) to the tune of getting them the hell out of America. Evolution smevolution, I say.

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Most Important Book of the Past 30 Years?

I'm probably going to have to go with Robert Higgs's 1987 magnum opus, "Crisis and Leviathan". More than any other book of its kind, this volume underscores and chronicles how governments (ours, in particular) manipulate (and in some instances, manufacture) crisis situations; wars, natural disasters, bank panics, etc. to enhance their power and limit individual freedom. And the fact that it was so predictive of our current situation with power-hungry Presidents like Bush and Obama makes it even more relevant, I think. Please, read this book.

As if Lord Cromwell Wasn't Sufficient/I Will Never View a Victorian House the Same Way Again

According to a great many researchers, authors, and historians (Tim Pat Coogan, John Kelly, Chris Fogarty, Harolyn Enis - just to name a few), the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s in Ireland had little to do with a bad potato harvest (they grew more than potatoes in Ireland) and everything to do with the fact that the British government confiscated food at gunpoint in what was part of parcel of their overall goal of depopulating the country (genocide and ethnic cleansing, in other words). And if you think that I'm exaggerating here, try this bit of verbiage on for size; "Only 1,000,000 Irish are likely to die, and that would be enough to do much good." Nassau Senior, a chief economist for Queen Victoria.