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Some of our lawyers have commented that the liberal judge who blocked Trump’s attempt to de-fund Sanctuary Cities was right, based on Federalism and the Constitution. I have some questions regarding Federalism and civil rights: Preview Open

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Berkeleyside, a local online news site, did a decent job of describing the various groups involved in April 15 riots, particularly considering their general Left bias. They – like almost everyone including a number of conservative organizations and bloggers – used the widely circulated still from a hot YouTube video showing Nathan Damigo hitting Emily […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 21, 2017, it’s the Trump Chaos and Media Hysteria edition of the show with our special guest Byron York.

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anti-trump-protestPerhaps the most infuriating accusation spewed by leftists over the years has been to equate Republican Presidents with Hitler and their followers as fascists, or more recently, as a “basket of deplorables” who are “irredeemable.” Such charges are drenched with the intellectual dyslexia that dominates classrooms, newsrooms, and entertainment chat rooms where reductio ad Hitlerum rhetoric (Leo Strauss’s phrase) displaces reasoned argument. In fact, America’s leftists see fascists everywhere except among their own ranks. Thus, Barack Obama’s pen and phone dictates, IRS perfidies, EPA commands, Supreme Court interpretive travesties of statutes and the constitution, elite media’s blinkered broadcasting proclivities, and leftie-inspired mob actions are all invisible by leftist standards; only Republicans and their ilk on the “right” constitute dangers to America.

This is all preposterous, of course, and especially galling to Americans who are committed to constitutional government but find themselves constantly accused of favoring policies that are exactly the opposite of what they believe. America’s leftists would do well to explore historical analogues to their own views and actions before blithely continuing autopilot recriminations against anyone who opposes well-known elite orthodoxy. Such digging certainly unearths the likes of Marx, Mao, Alinsky, and most recently, Castro, but more disturbingly, investigators find themselves marching on a path laid by Himmler, Heydrich, Goebbels, and Göring, along with the leader who inspired them all. Before this thought ignites a supernova of exploding heads that will destroy the universe, consider the following progression that defined Germany’s experience between the world wars — grievance culture, identity politics, statism — and offer comments about left-wing political habits today.

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I went into November 8th a Reluctant Trumpeter. The subsequent behavior of those defeated at the polls and their supporters has changed that. I am now glad and proud that I voted for Trump. My only regret is that I did not overcome my squeamishness about his style sooner. He has all the right enemies, which tells […]

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Trump and the threat of fascism The above article from Politico argues that there are too many checks and balances on presidential power for Trump to be able to introduce a fascist regime, in the unlikely circumstances that such would be his goal. Preview Open

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I think many of us need to be aware of what the left is saying and advocating: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/06/anti-trump-riots-and-the-war-over-liberalism.html Preview Open

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Last week, RealClearPolitics posted an editorial written by a renowned authority ensconced at a prominent Washington think tank. Without question, this organization should be proud to host a thinker whose credentials burst from his resume like tiny explosions of profundity, blinding innocent readers with his brilliance, and numbing them into unquestioned acceptance of whatever words spill from his mouth. Indeed, the breadth, insight, passion, and, above all, balance of this little gem merit citing a few dollops of its wisdom to whet our appetites for more. Consider these measured phrases:

His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger…

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25-donald-trump-tower-wave.w529.h352Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. –Bertolt Brecht

In the last few Trump news cycles (and, yes, they are all Trump news cycles) we’ve seen left-wing thugs disrupt Trump rallies, right-wing thugs retaliate, and the Great Leader himself settle the matter by declaring, “No more Mr. Nice Guy,” darkly hinting at organized revenge. We’ve seen allusions to Hitler tossed around in the form of comparisons between Trump’s rallies and some of National Socialism’s more successful soirées in the early 1930s, and the inevitable chorus of denunciations from Trump and his surrogates who, invoking the Donald’s long-standing commitment to civility and balance, dismiss such suggestions as shrill and over the top — as if it were ridiculous and hysterical to see thuggish, bellicose encounters, straight-arm salutes, and loyalty oaths as anything more than youthful hijinks.

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I will end my attempt to correct an annoying new mistake concerning thinking about decent politics & terror. I have argued that this is inadequate theoretically & a liberal prejudice practically. Finally, I have some remarks on how Americans can understand what’s at stake & how the non-American additions to American government in the age […]

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The other day, I started publishing some notes on the way to think about fascism. You have there an insistence on the theoretical origins & orientation of radical politics that you might not often see. At any rate, I offer it as a corrective of the kind of scholarship that has led people to say things like, […]

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Mr. Goldberg is one of the most pleasant people American conservatism can now boast. He seems very humane & loves dogs. One reads his comments on American politics with a sense of ease–moral ease–this is a man who distinguishes principle from expedience & who desires to be intellectually honest, like Max Weber told educated people […]

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After watching Claire Berlinski’s video showing cats roaming around the stage at the G20 summit, a menu of videos appeared, including this one: We Want Our Country Back Preview Open

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Our government is now officially in the propaganda business. Of course we saw this already with the Pajama Boy idiocy with the roll out of Obamacare, but if you have any reason to peruse any other government website you will find this same egregious self promotion there too. Case in point for today: The Department […]

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DocJay asks What scenarios could start a shooting war in the US?. It reminded me of a post I’d been thinking about. A few months ago I was at a pot-luck party with a bunch of property-rights activists, people who deal concretely and practically with political questions that I encounter only theoretically. I asked Suppose […]

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In his book Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg touches on the widespread sympathy for fascism and communism in the United States in the years leading to World War II. Many others have written on the subject.

It only now occurred to me that many of “the Greatest Generation” who were sent to fight the Nazis, Mussolini’s fascists and the Soviets might have been supporters of those regimes before the war. Is there any history of this?