Political correctness is the enemy of freedom because it rejects honesty and authenticity. We have to tackle it as the distortion of the truth. – Mario Vargas Llosa

EL PAÍS Seminal has an excellent interview with author Mario Vargas Llosa discussing liberal thought and threats to its existence.  Vargas Llosa has evolved from a young communist to a classical liberal influenced by Hayak, Popper and Adam Smith. Note: This interview has been translated into English.



Apparently, anything China asks.  Paul Mozur of the New York Times has a chilling piece about how China controls content beyond the boundaries of their country.  I expect a totalitarian regime to spy on users and censor online content.  But Google and Facebook shouldn’t be helping them.  Read China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe.


Melissa Mackenzie of the American Spectator has an excellent essay discussing “Twenty Reasons Mass Killings Happen.”  Her article includes links to several other discussions all arguing basically the same thing (albeit each with a different focus).  Our society is bent on destroying the individual through voluntary moral decay.  We choose evil over good with disastrous consequences.

The best description of the indictment against Russian parties is from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein:


You can read the full indictment here: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/16/text-full-mueller-indictment-on-russian-election-case-415670

The US House Intelligence Committee has released, with Presidential authorization, the memo detailing alleged abuse of government surveillance powers by the FBI and DOJ.  Direct links to the memo are available here and here.  (The second link at docs.house.gov is currently slow, probably due to traffic.)

My analysis of this short document is that the FBI did in fact withhold source information from the FISA court about the Steele Dossier and about data from Fusion GPS, despite having this source information at the time of the initial FISA application and subsequent required renewals.  These sources (primarily Christopher Steele and Nellie Ohr) have obvious biases and conflicts of interest that would taint any evidence provided to the FISA court.  Multiple levels of FBI and DOJ administrators knew of these problems, but signed off on the surveillance requests anyway.

I am neither a lawyer nor a national security specialist, but I see no reason this document was ever classified, except to protect the names of DOJ and FBI administrators who signed off on the FISA requests, especially since the contents of the dossier and other Fusion GPS data was leaked to the press some time ago.