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Ayn Rand and the Myth of Hezbollah

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And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

Two NDP humans resign their candidacy for alleged racist tropes

The National Post headline reads, "Two federal NDP candidates...

Inflation races higher in Canada — another new emergent threat to any economic recovery

Globe and Mail — They're reporting that Canada’s inflation rate jumps to 4.1%, fastest pace since 2003, sending shockwaves to almost nobody in the news media ahead of the stupid election. For example, the state-owned CBC "news media" division of the Trudeau Liberals reports it as their news item number seven or eight from the top. The G&M, as if explaining it to the CBC, wrote:
"The Statscan report arrives just five days before a federal election that’s seen affordability emerge as a key theme on the campaign trail, with all major parties pitching ideas to rein in a variety of costs, including for housing, child care and wireless plans..."
The cost of "wireless plans" is something like priority number 18,539 for me and 99% of the country, but Jagmeet Singh and the NDP — and therefore their loyal media at every opportunity — make out like it's more important than... I don't know.... inflation at 4% and Canada falling out of the economic freedom top ten... to say nothing of trillion-dollar debts and out-of-control budgets, and that thing about the end of our freedom of speech 'n junk like that. But ma wireless plan!!%#

Not “election news,” apparently: Canada drops out of top 10 countries in annual economic freedom report

Fraser Institute — In a sane land with actual journalism, this would be front-page news, one week ahead of an election. "In this year’s report, Canada ranks 14th based on 2019 data, the most recent comprehensive data, part of a downward trend since 2016. (Last year, Canada initially ranked 8th, although data revisions later lowered its rank to 13th.)"
“Due to higher taxes and increased regulation in Ottawa and the provinces, Canadians are less economically free, which means slower economic growth and less investment in Canada,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute.
Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government [Canada: 111th], legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year's report, which compares 165 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one—although China's heavy hand will likely lower Hong Kong's ranking in future years—and Canada (14th) trails the United States (6th).

Why isn’t this the biggest story in Canada?

National Review — "Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder the Biggest Story in America?"  Their sub-head put it exactly right:
"A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug."
And they begin their story much as I have over the years: "Do a search for “Larry Elder” and gorilla on the CNN website and nothing comes up. Washington Post? Zilch. Nothing comes up on the New York Times site either..." — only replace those outfits with CBC, CTV, Global, Globe & Mail, etc.
In case you're stupid, let me fill you in: Larry Elder is a black man, but moreover, and in fact almost entirely over, he is a conservative man of considerable intellect and conscience. A Republican.
Indeed, in Canada, wherein they talk endlessly about evvvvvvery instance of "racism" in America in their activist effort to have it spill over into Canada and create divisions here to help fulfill their political ends, they utterly ignored this overt racism doozy. Why? Because they're hypocritical, dishonest, ideological, political... anything but journalists. They should all be ashamed of themselves. But I bet they aren't.
And yet they are so self-assured and arrogant that despite their obvious corruption, which they don't even care if you notice, they continue to demand and accept YOUR taxpayer handouts.

WE: The liberals’, the Liberals’, and Trudeau’s shame —documented in 4-part podcast

The Podcastosphere — I've listened to four parts of the well-done series titled "The White Saviors," narrated by Olusola Adeogun. There will be one more episode. The series documents the "cult" — yes, cult is the word used by an interviewee who worked for them — that is the liberals' own WE organization. I always thought of this WE group as cult-y, and corrupt, and as phony as a Liberal or NDP campaign promise, and as a leftist brainwashing center of bullshittery, but now, more so. Including, or especially because of, Justin Trudeau's participation in it. And the news media's love of it. And Big Public Education's embrace of it. And all of that combined.
The podcast is well described as "the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good."
Produced by Canadaland, which has been on it for years, and arguably broke the story of WE and Liberal Party corruption in 2020.

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Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media — I bring you the numbers because the others won't. The "news" media only bring you the news they want you to know, filtered through their very special way of telling it to you — because as you know, they're not really a "news media" at all. Therefore, Biden being increasingly underwater, as demonstrated by the scientific data that the news media studiously refuses to follow at, is ignored. They are lying through omission.
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Read a well-reasoned explanation of Biden's declining poll numbers by Rich Lowry, at Politico, but not at any of the "news media" outlets that couldn't stop reporting on Trump's declining poll numbers.

We won’t “get thru this together,” any more, boyfriend.

Globe and Mail — The Liberals' Globe and Mail division sounded off today on none other than their hero, liberalism's fancy-socked neo-liberal, The Right Woke Justin Trudeau. Seems the marriage is off.
"...We will never find comfort in the Liberal Leader’s corrupted line that we will “get through this together.” He doesn’t mean it. Only certain people matter to Mr. Trudeau – the ones he uses to prosecute identity politics for the singular purpose of furthering his destiny. ..."
The G&M, in a historic fashion reminiscent of the Maclean's revelation of two years ago, suddenly wakes up to discover that the Emperor wears no clothes; or at least those he does wear are just butt-ugly, overly showy, and of poor — possibly Fabrique en Chine —quality. He is, in fact, Right Woke, as I've been saying. And thus, the G&M finally seems to have woken up. Good morning.

Vacation in Progress – a Quicktake

I regret to inform you that even I have...

Vacation in progress

I regret to inform you that even I have to take time off. Plus, my office is getting re-carpeted, and thus my office furniture and computer (whatever that is) is currently jammed into another room, much of it standing on its end, and inaccessible. I could do all my work on a laptop, like I'm doing now, but I'm not an animal. Summer's nearly over, and thus, so will be my vacationing.

The Article

America’s greatest social critic ever, the woman who gave Rush Limbaugh birth and glory, the late philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand, was a master-mythician, a specialist in the use of myth to diagnose and resolve politicized issues against historic polarities. In her novels as in her nonfiction, she amasses and deconstructs classical and contemporary myth to tend the social garden of our failed aspirations across all manner of ethnic expectations.

Prominent in her application of myth, predictably, is Prometheus, First Man of Enlightenment, captured in that stolen stalk of fire that blew alight the real world, unleashing its productive potential. Rand’s use of the “twisted torch of Prometheus” in her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, as the last image seen by a trainload of doomed passengers as they tunnel off into oblivion, burns in the reader for a lifetime of pursuit in the face of the most nightmarish opposition.

And these are the times that are indeed burning times. Randian myth provides the best conceptual framework to unpack the mad moral equivalences that have just won the day in the Middle East fraudulent ceasefire of unceasing hostility.

So much more savage than the vaunted “Newspeak” of George Orwell, Ayn Rand probes deeper into the vocabulary of apologists for terror. She begins with the very category of crime that provides domicile for this harvest of hate.

Rand made war on the Euronotion of political crime. To her, crime is crime is crime is crime. (Note: the assertion is stated four times, not three, though I assure you, the woman would never have read Gertrude Stein!)

Long before law enforcement was muzzled with reinforcements of political correctness, Ayn Rand exploded that abominable protective cover we have come to know as “racial profiling.” For Rand, the very concept of race is a most atavistic device, a decadent denial of individual accountability that serves only to shield unadorned depravity in the advance of naked power.

Rand’s elevated soul, shot through and through with a raging sense of justice, led her to the epiphany that when men are judged in terms of their political motivations, as opposed to a simple view of crime as crime, victims are marginalized to the point of displacement, or what I have called derecognition. That is, a complete stripping of one’s very role in, and relevance for, the venture at stake. A loss of identity, as if one were not and had never been part of the story in the first place. 

Exactly as has triumphed in the emerging myth of terrorist Hezbollah in Lebanon. Right from the start, Israeli victims were marginalized, even as Israel itself was demonized as an American monstrousity. The irony secured all its nuance from the loon-left.

On the one hand, there was more mention given to Arab Israeli victims of Hezbollah Katyusha rockets in Nazareth than to the eight Israeli soldiers so cold-bloodedly murdered in the initial Hezbollah raid. On the other hand, the only mistake Israel seemed to make was to gain the upper hand militarily.

A more muscular double standard is difficult to conjure. How did they pull it off? By deconstructing victimhood in explicit terms of political currency. Initially, Hezbollah terror had “dug in,” over the last six years since Israeli withdrawal. Then Hezbollah became a “resistance” of Israeli re-occupation.

Rand’s predictive reach touched all this over a quarter-century ago when she cursed the post-Vietnam isolationism of the new left, whose especial victims she said would be Israel and Taiwan.

Fast forward to post-modernist poseurs, political, corporate and otherwise. Consider the co-optation of Google by the Chinese dictatorship, censoring internet sites, spying on dissident searches, violating the very nature of the business the pseudo-capitalists so desperately seek to do with the state-capitalists. All the while that oasis of real capitalism, Taiwan, cowers, still considered but a breakaway province (Formosa) by the Butchers of Beijing. This is what we stand to sell out in our brave new isolation from reason itself.

And now Israel is grounded as Hezbollah regroups to raid another day.

One re-reads Rand with shock and in awe. The new isolationists just threw Joseph Lieberman overboard. The Orthodox Jew, Democrat, long-serving Senator from Connecticut, his party’s Vice-Presidential candidate just six years ago, was simply too supportive of Israel and Bush policy in the Middle East, even to win a routine nomination to run for another term as Senator.

Just over a decade ago, as the Ruin of Rwanda was not making the news, I issued a dire Randian warning that the failure to articulate the Holocaust against Mao’s monstrousities, Stalin’s, assorted others’, could only provoke a backlash. I argued that the killing of any Jew because he is a Jew is a Holocaust. I warned that the six million figure had been turned to fetish. Now the “arithmetic of the Final Solution” has finally been betrayed against every last living Jew. Any killing by Israel in a struggle simply to exist is said to be an annihilation.

And as a diabolical corollary, the Western media articulate any move against terror as a recruitment kit for terror.

Rand died in 1982 exactly as Hezbollah rose from the embers of unreason that would consume Lebanon.

Who will revive the Randian idiom and update the attendant image in a new myth for truth?

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