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General Category => Editorial/Opinion => Topic started by: IsailedawayfromFR on April 01, 2021, 08:11:45 AM

Title: The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America - Victor Davis Hanson
Post by: IsailedawayfromFR on April 01, 2021, 08:11:45 AM
There are 10 new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently.

1) Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.

Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back. Not now. As we near $30 trillion in national debt and 110 percent of annual GDP, our elites either believe permanent zero interest rates make the cascading obligation irrelevant, or the larger the debt, the more likely we will be forced to address needed income redistribution.

2) Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions, and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law.

Crime rates do not necessarily matter. If someone is carjacked, assaulted, or shot, it can be understood to be as much the victim’s fault as the perpetrator’s. Either the victim was too lax, uncaring, and insensitive, or he provoked his attacker. How useful the crime is to the larger agendas of the Left determines whether a victim is really a victim, and the victimizer really a victimizer.

3) Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily—if at all—by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces, and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of “good” racism. Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/the-10-radical-new-rules-that-are-changing-america_3757962.html?utm_source=morningbriefnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-04-01&mktids=5a0cbacbfdfd5f30b223f1959d5b23b1
Title: Re: The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America - Victor Davis Hanson
Post by: Sled Dog on April 01, 2021, 05:44:55 PM
#9 "Ignorance is preferable to knowledge" was originally more powerfully stated as "Ignorance is Strength" by the English Socialism Instruction Manual, also known as "1984".
Title: Re: The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America - Victor Davis Hanson
Post by: Fishrrman on April 01, 2021, 06:30:25 PM
4. The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen.
5. Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children.
6. Hypocrisy is passé.
7. Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it.
8. McCarthyism is good.
9. Ignorance is preferable to knowledge.
10. ‘Wokeness’ is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity.

I'm a fan of Mr. Hason, but shame on him for using the term "McCarthyism", which was a word-construct of the left intended to be used to destroy McCarthy (in the same way that the word "racism" is intended to diminish, demoralize and eventually to destroy whites).

McCarthy was RIGHT about nearly everyone he accused of being a communist or communist sympathizer.
If that be "McCarthyism", we need MORE OF IT -- not less.
Title: Re: The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America - Victor Davis Hanson
Post by: Bigun on April 01, 2021, 06:37:19 PM
4. The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen.
5. Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children.
6. Hypocrisy is passé.
7. Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it.
8. McCarthyism is good.
9. Ignorance is preferable to knowledge.
10. ‘Wokeness’ is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity.

I'm a fan of Mr. Hason, but shame on him for using the term "McCarthyism", which was a word-construct of the left intended to be used to destroy McCarthy (in the same way that the word "racism" is intended to diminish, demoralize and eventually to destroy whites).

McCarthy was RIGHT about nearly everyone he accused of being a communist or communist sympathizer.
If that be "McCarthyism", we need MORE OF IT -- not less.

And I would add that what you said in the part I bolded has been conclusively proven.  There is no longer any question about this!