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"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
- Ayn Rand, "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business" (1961)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Deprogramming Al Gore's Cult

Now Playing: "Far Cry" by Rush, from the upcoming (May 1) release "Snakes and Arrows"

Good news on the myth-debunking front: I invite you to clear away an hour or so, sit down and watch as the BBC calmly inserts a pin into Gore's "Global Warming" bubble:

"The Great Global Warming Swindle", originally aired on BBC4 in Britain. It's available at around 20 bucks and runs just over an hour.

To say that "Swindle" demolishes Gore's entire retro-collectivist "global warming" construct is a vast understatement. As a lifelong opponent of radical environmentalism, it's orders of magnitude more devastating to the Gore worldview than even I'd expected. This is way, way beyond "must-see" material. Bookmark it, link it, viral-video it, send it to your elected officials and demand that they watch and respond to it.

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I had a veritable side-by-side comparison because I finally sat down the other night and watched Gore's propaganda flick, "All About Me", "AnInconvenientTruth"[sic] - because it finally showed up on cable and I was getting the channel anyway.

I had to shake my head in amazement like I did when the Oscar results were posted on the Web - which in turn was two weeks after learning about the Grammy fiasco - the...Absolute Pinnacle Of American Musical Art for the year 2006 (see Feb 15 post, "Cultural Dry Rot," below.)

I was expecting something hard-hitting, overwhelming and persuasive enough to at least raise a doubt among us heretics, and...that was it?

Poor Al is still fuming about losing the Y2K election to Bush, and to dramatize "How...Really...Great...I...Am," he presents a 90-minute exercise in yawn farming, which thousands have inexplicably mistaken as a definitive manifesto for climate-science-as-retro-Marxism.

I was expecting reams of factual data - on a par with Michael Crichton's 2004 novel "State of Fear" - instead I saw a series of technically-slick but vague graphs presented by Gore the apparently-uncredited Climate Scientist, posing and preening for the cameras like a political Gilderoy Lockhart, with the phrase "Dig virtuous Me" fairly oozing from between every line of script.

His graphs were the simple x-y-axis type with arbitrary gradations set up to expand every blip to mountain size - with Albert actually climbing onto a hydraulic scaffold alongside for dramatic effect, (scratch Gilderoy Lockhart - the man is Max Quordlepleen in the flesh,) and nary a source cited. In other words: A snazzy display, to be taken on faith as "the truth." His commentary was designed with a tone simplistic enough to accomodate the scores of puBlik Skuel kids who will be force-fed this rot, so we don't get much in the way of details or specifics.

The end result was an intensely tepid, mind-numbing sermon to a studio of Believers, festooned with the latest audio-visual enhancements Evil Greedy Industry could be shaken down for, interspersed with film vignettes about Al's Charming Life and some incredibly condescending tutorials for us uninformed plebes.

Once more with feeling:
They gave an award to that?!?

...Along with this year's Grammy fiasco, two vivid indicators that the insular clique encompassing two major entertainment organizations will prostitute anything to the cause of hardcore leftwing activism. Oh well, two nights I didn't have to lose to the tube - thanks, guys.

Take an hour and watch "Swindle," compare it to Al's sermon, and pass the link on. Those who swallowed "AConvenientExcuse" uncritically are in need of deprogramming, and Durkin's film exposes Gore and the entire "Global Warming" industry as a vicious, anti-human fraud. I cannot recommend it highly enough, nor the need to publicize it as quickly and broadly as possible.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Coulter - Symptom of GOP's Flu

Now Playing: At the moment, Rock 'N' Roll Widow from the Wishbone Ash classic Live Dates.

[Reference: Columnist Ann Coulter's "f-word" remark before the 2007 CPAC convention on Friday, March 02.]

Thanks, Ann, we really needed the unwarranted stigma of "Bigoted Yahoos" resuscitated and draped over the Republican Party - on the eve of a campaign season for what is one of the most crucial, life-or-death Presidential elections in American history.


Certainly, the "f-word" is on a rough par with any of the rest of the gutter-sludge that passes for discourse and "entertainment" in the sewer that is contemporary American culture. One does not have to be gay to comprehend the right of people to choose their own lifestyles, nor to recognize the strategic (not to mention intellectual) stupidity of putting a cheap slur where a substantive argument against Edwards' hardcore leftism should have been. But what's really infuriating - more even than the fact that she unleashed her juvenile-delinquent epithet before a gathering that ostensibly represents the GOP core, therefore me, indirectly - is what her sinking to that level has said to the watching world.

The present-day GOP "leadership" doesn't know it, but there are in fact unassailable arguments for our Party's principles, and we out here beyond Fantasyland, D.C. can not only articulate those principles but also point to their proven results. Logan Clements of FreeStar Media once framed it in an excellent analogy to marketing, as a simple comparison of intellectual "products."

We offer: Our priceless (though besieged) rights and freedoms; an historically-incomparable standard of living that would seem opulent beyond belief to the wealthiest monarchs of centuries past; a future of untold prosperity and advances in the human condition that promise to be even more spectacular than the horse-and-buggy-to-interplanetary-travel leap of America's first 200 years.

The collectivists offer: One hundred-odd years, dozens upon dozens of shattered economies, and a mountain of corpses estimated at well in excess of one hundred million.

So what does the CPAC's Coulter deliver to the eyes and ears of the world?

A mindless ad hominem slur any bright first-week logic student could identify blindfolded and drunk.

We are at war for the very survival of America and Western Civilization, and that is the best the conservative movement's star speaker can come up with in the way of a substantive argument on its behalf?

Robert J. Bidinotto is right when he says that the conservative movement, as a positive force for ideas in defense of individual rights and Western Civilization, is dead. From its remains we of the GOP rank-and-file, as well as any and all independents and libertarians, will have to rebuild the Party as an institution of scholarship and principled argument.

If we can't find leaders capable of constructing an argument for Americanism and Western Civilization at better than Beavis & Butthead caliber - or indeed even of recognizing the imperative of doing so - we're not just wasting time in hoping for a 2008 election victory that we can be proud of, we're all as good as dead. Recall that we're in a fight for our lives, and that the predators require but one thing to take us down: philosophical default.

Thanks, Ann. Beavis says you "rule."

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"Can't we find the minds that made us strong?
Can't we learn to feel what's right
And what's wrong?
What's wrong?"

- Neil Peart, A Farewell to Kings 1979

Truism #57,814:
There is a Rush lyric for every situation in life.

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