What this blog is all about

In contrast to the glut of heartbreaking and infuriating articles found in alternative news sites, this blog presents an analysis of the current situation in the U.S.A. from a political, historical and intellectual perspective. We are not optimistic about solutions but are happy to support Ron Paul's political campaign despite our disagreement with his blatantly anti-libertarian stance on abortion and other issues. His campaign will serve, at least, to help frame a serious constitutional debate. This will be highly beneficial to the educated minority consisting of those individuals who have effected changes and provided progress, however slow, in the evolution of human society.

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Monday, July 9, 2007

From: The Antifederalists Were Right -- Gary M. Galles 2006

"The judicial tyranny that was accurately and unambiguously predicted by Brutus and other Antifederalists shows that in essential ways, they were right and that modern Americans still have a lot to learn from them. We need to understand their arguments and take them seriously now, if there is to be any hope of restraining the federal government to the limited powers it was actually granted in the Constitution, or even anything close to them, given its current tendency to accelerate its growth beyond them."

From: The Nazi Mind-set in America -- Jacob Hornberger 1995

"Having defeated the Nazis in battle, Americans became ardent supporters and advocates of Nazi economic policies."

From: Our Enemy, the State -- Albert Jay Nock 1917

"What we and our more nearly immediate descendants shall see is a steady progress in collectivism running off into a military despotism of a severe type."

Sunday, July 8, 2007

From: The Great Madness -- Scott Nearing 1917

"The plutocracy and the democracy cannot exist side by side. If the plutocracy wins, dollars rule; if the democracy wins, people rule. There can be no alternative and no compromise."

From: War is the Health of the State -- Randolph Bourne 1917

"The result is that, even in those countries where the business of declaring war is theoretically in the hands of representatives of the people, no legislature has ever been known to decline the request of an Executive, which has conducted all foreign affairs in utter privacy and irresponsibility, that it order the nation into battle. Good democrats are wont to feel the crucial difference between a State in which the popular Parliament or Congress declares war, and the State in which an absolute monarch or ruling class declares war. But, put to the stern pragmatic test, the difference is not striking."

Saturday, July 7, 2007

From: War and the Intellectuals -- Randolph Bourne 1917

"What shall we do with leaders who tell us that we go to war in moral spotlessness, or who make "democracy" synonymous with a republican form of government? There is work to be done in still shouting that all the revolutionary by-products will not justify the war, or make war anything else than the most noxious complex of all the evils that afflict men."