detroitruin

An abandoned neighborhood in Detroit

Patrick J. Buchanan asks, “Are Illinois and Puerto Rico Our Future?”  Like Greece, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, as well as the Cities of Detroit, San Bernardino and Stockton, governments throughout the West are finding progressive taxes are unable to keep up with the costs of progressive programs.  Even federal services such as the US Postal Service and AMTRAK run deficits at or near $1 billion every year. Ironically, the progressive state is unsustainable.

ladyjustice

The American Bar Association asks, “What is the Rule of Law?” in its Part I Dialogue.  Meant to initiate discussion as part of the association’s public education efforts, this first part offers an excellent history and overview of this concept vital to a free society.  The full document is available here: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/publiced/features/Part1DialogueROL.authcheckdam.pdf

 

antifa

A call to “Resistance.”  A call for violence against police.  College protests physically threatening speakers and destroying property.  Public performers simulating the murder of the President.  Congressional members threatened in public forums. A parade cancelled because of threats against GOP participants.  Masked ANTIFA members throwing bricks and burning cars.  Freeways blocked.   Death threats to President Trump’s family.  College teachers calling for the execution of Trump supporters.  A GOP headquarters bombed.  Police officers assassinated.  And now a Bernie Sanders supporter attempts to assassinate GOP Congressional leaders and their staff.   The “Resistance” is a violent movement against democracy, law and social order.  It is un-American and dangerous.

comeypress

There are two main takeaways from Mr. Comey’s testimony:  1) No one asked Comey to stop the Russia investigation; 2) Comey leaked his memo to the press.  (As usual with Mr. Comey, he took questionable professional action based on his personal beliefs and played coy so he could get political and media attention.)

 

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Protest in Portland, Oregon

It is fairly easy to give a broad summary of “western” values: democracy, equality, rationalism, universal human rights, rule of law, tolerance (racial, religious, speech, etc.), property rights and capitalism.  There are those who are hostile to these ideas to the point of violence.  This isn’t surprising.  What is surprising is that many of these opponents to “western” freedom come from inside western countries.  This week’s readings will explore three of these groups.

John Daniel Davidson proposes that the “London Attack Indicates It’s Time To Stop Pretending Western Values Are Universal.”  The violence that is plaguing Europe most often has come from citizens or immigrants who live in the communities they attack.  The religious/political views of these extremists is known to authorities before these attacks, although officials have failed to act even when ties to terrorism are documented.

The Roots of Left-Wing Violence,” by Ian Tuttle, explores a different kind of enemy, anarchists and progressive extremists who broadly reject our culture and use protest to combat our way of life.  This isn’t the non-violent protest of Martin Luther King Jr. or Ghandi.  It isn’t the purposeful anti-war/anti-draft movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  “Antifa”  claims to be anti-fascist, but Tuttle notes that their methods mirror those of the Nazis and Maoists.  What they are actually protesting is the democratic process, rule of law, and the capitalist system.

Finally, Jordan Peterson argues Why You Have to Fight Postmodernism, resisting the nihilistic movement that has become embedded in Education and Media and targets young people.  (Video and transcript courtesy Tim Hains at Real Clear Politics.)  “Postmodernists completely reject the structure of Western civilization,” argues Peterson, who gives example after example of how this world-view is antithetical to the traditional idea of “western” freedom.