Monday Open Thread

This is a remarkable essay from the Gatestone Institute’s European website.  The author, Thierry Baudet, lays out the long, sordid strategy and tactics of the architects of the European Union project and how an entire continent and beyond has been fooled and conned into a massive fools’ charade of utopian cultural suicide.

Admitting hordes of anti-Western Muslim “refugees” is just the end game of a decades long plan to topple the birthplace of intellectual ideals and culture that brought forth the first creedal nation, America.  The Old World of the West, in the grip of Ancien Regimes, subsequently suffered through self-induced psychoses of Napoleonic Wars, hysterical revolutions, Fascism, Socialism and Communism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Having learned apparently nothing, now civically and morally exhausted, comprised of dozens of languages and dialects, aswirl amidst conflicting ancient cultures, the Euros resigned themselves to technocratic apathy and ennui in the post cold war era.  Bankrupt of ethical and moral ground, the people of Europe surrendered their minds and souls to an elite establishment of unelected and unaccountable scam artists intent on dismantling the nation state along with its corollary concept of personal and national sovereignty.

In his dystopian classic, The Managerial Revolution (1941), the American political scientist James Burnham coined the concept of “controlled democracy“. According to Burnham, the civil democracies of the second half of the 20th century would – more or less gradually – be overgrown with backroom bureaucratic networks that make the actual decisions, all far away from the electorate and public debate.

While this would slowly but surely erode the democratic mandate of governments, Burnham explicitly didn’t expect that this would lead to the dissolution of the European nation state – in name, that is.

Elections will also remain in place; they will provide managers valuable insights into the preferences of the consumer-citizen, while at the same time functioning as an exhaust valve to possible opposition forces. Burnham predicted a form of political theatre in the guise of sham elections between candidates who happen to be like-minded on every fundamental subject, who are paid to debate in front of clueless spectators in mock parliaments, while the results were known in advance – after all, the actual decisions have already been made.

Not only did James Burnham’s work serve as the most important inspiration for George Orwell’s 1984, chances are Burnham also had a decisive influence on Jean Monnet and Robert Schumann – the founding fathers of the present day European Union. For after they tried to openly guide their “United States of Europe” through national parliaments, they chose, after the French parliament (while loudly singing the Marseillaise) voted down their plans in 1954, to use exactly the gradual and stealthy approach described by The Managerial Revolution to achieve their goals.

Please do read the whole thing.

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58 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. The mediagenic wunderkind of French presidential politics has a message for U.S. scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs working on climate change and worrying about their future under President Donald Trump: Come to France.

    In a video posted to his Facebook and Twitter accounts late last night (and hashtagged #ScienceMarch), Emmanuel Macron renewed his commitment to fighting global warming and extended a warm welcome: “We want people working on climate change, energy, renewables, and new technologies. France is your nation.”

    Hasta la vista, baby.

  2. #1

    It’s a special kind of funny watching them still wetting their pants worrying about a climate devastating them a hundred years from now as their contries are on fire right now.

  3. Why doesn’t Kalifornia just take some of those funds they are using to build the train to nowhere and rebuild the dam? It (the state) has proven itself fiscally irresponsible, so to give it more money would be like giving more dope to an addict. No matter what, ti’s never enough. It’s time to wean these states from the federal teat. I’ve always been in favor of local government over state government when it comes to solving problems; but I’m modifying somewhat. The feds now block grant funds to states and municipalities for certain projects, but the money always goes toward vote buying and not toward the project. That game has been refined to an art over the years, with the only solution being to cut the funds off. My solution:

    Build the federal projects with federal funds. Medical stuff for instance. If you do not have insurance or are otherwise dependent on government funds for medical care, you will have to go to a government hospital – like the VA. Granted the service is terrible, conditions are not good, treatment is minimal, etc. But, if you want access to the good hospitals, you must be able to pay – either with insurance or out of pocket. Problem solved, but you have a bunch of unhappy medical consumers unable to influence local elections – which the Dems would naturally oppose. Same concept with many other government programs – housing, food (you must get your food at the government warehouse or eat at the government cafeteria, sleep in the government dormitory, etc.) Now that might just produce some incentives to cause people to want to improve themselves through education, jobs, hard work, etc.

  4. Insisting on calling medical care a right, is the equivalent of endorsing slavery.
    If it is a right, then those who provide those services can be compelled to provide for a compensation lower than their worth.

  5. I’m not late to the Couch, the Couch was late to me this morning. Seemingly lost in cyberspace. Did the rest of you notice anything? See any meteor showers while you were being whirled around Out There?
    Morning, gang!
    Darn it, missed it by that much.

  6. OHHHHHH I see what the problem was. WordPress resists when the author of the post is the first commenter on the post. That series of circumstances upsets the time space continuum of the WordPress footprint in the ethereal cyberspace organism.

    Texpat do not do that again. Sheesh one would think you should know better after all these years of articulating your missives to the masses.

  7. Dr. Peter Hotez at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s is a brilliant and fascinating guy. I first learned about him in 2014 when he was interviewed early in the ebola epidemic. Some years ago, Hotez began to encounter patients with strange, odd maladies and diseases, many of them children, who had returned from traveling in tropical islands of nations. When he attempted to research these and found nothing at the CDC, he decided to create a tropical disease institute and training program for medical students and other physicians.

    Dr. Hotez has written an article for the New York Times about measles, vaccinations and the growing related problems, especially in Texas. There is a county map included that shows the highest rates of exemptions in public schools across the state.

    Measles is one of the most contagious and most lethal of all human diseases. A single person infected with the virus can infect more than a dozen unvaccinated people, typically infants too young to have received their first measles shot. Such high levels of transmissibility mean that when the percentage of children in a community who have received the measles vaccine falls below 90 percent to 95 percent, we can start to see major outbreaks, as in the 1950s when four million Americans a year were infected and 450 died. Worldwide, measles still kills around 100,000 children each year.

    and,

    Texas, where I live and work, may be the first state to once again experience serious measles outbreaks. As of last fall, more than 45,000 children here had received nonmedical exemptions for their school vaccinations. A political action committee is raising money to protect this “conscientious exemption” loophole and to instruct parents on how to file for it. As a result, some public school systems in the state are coming dangerously close to the threshold when measles outbreaks can be expected, and a third of students at some private schools are unvaccinated.

    New York Times article link: How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

  8. That series of circumstances upsets the time space continuum of the WordPress footprint in the ethereal cyberspace organism.

    And next time, this could be the result.

    A complete alteration of the future.

  9. 15 Squawk

    WordPress resists when the author of the post is the first commenter on the post. That series of circumstances upsets the time space continuum of the WordPress footprint in the ethereal cyberspace organism.

    So you are saying WP was suffering from an acute incidence of rectal/cranial inversion and only recovered around noon CST.

    How come Super Dave, Tedtam, BC and El Gordo could get in ? Maybe WP was angry with you for some reason.

  10. Adee

    Interesting new research on equine evolution.

    Their conclusions challenge a classic theory, which links the evolutionary success of horses to several novel adaptations in response to the spread of grasslands around 18 million years ago. “According to the classic view, horses would have evolved faster in when grasslands appeared, developing teeth that were more resistant to the stronger wear that comes with a grass-dominated diet. They also became bigger to more effectively digest this low quality food, and as a strategy against predators in these new, open habitats”, explains Juan L. Cantalapiedra, researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany.

  11. Good afternoon Hamsters. Spouse telecommuted this morning and is on his own the rest of the day. Consulting seems to agree with him. Seems to be an agreeable mix of retirement and a job with significant leeway.

    So I missed the blank response to Hamsters trying to log in this morning. How rude of WordPress to insult its customers like that. Somebody hauled it back to sense.

  12. #16 – Once again I’m getting the feeling that someone is trying to induce government action. If the anti-vaxers want to see their children suffer and die due to their own ignorance and refusal to learn, so be it. You cannot legislate against ignorance. The vaccinated children are not at risk, so IMHO, there is no risk. Now the parents might be charged with negligence or some such, but I would expect that the loss of a child would in itself be pretty traumatic punishment. Just like other educational opportunities, all you can do is to make the information available. If the idiots want to ignore it and remain ignorant, so be it. In any event, keep government out of it.

  13. #18: I was blocked for a while this morning. The message said: failure to establish a database or some such jargon.

  14. If the anti-vaxers want to see their children suffer and die due to their own ignorance and refusal to learn, so be it. You cannot legislate against ignorance. The vaccinated children are not at risk, so IMHO, there is no risk.

    The problem arises with those who cannot be vaccinated. There are many people who are allergic to a vaccine, have compromised immune systems, have legitimate religious objections, etc. these people are put at greatly increased risk because some nut like Jenny McCarthy thinks autism is worse than death from a preventable disease.

  15. #26 Wagonburner

    Agreed. Especially at risk are infants too young to be vaccinated. Then one must consider what diseases for which their mothers have immunity from previous vaccinations and have sufficiently high titers to protect them and pass along.

    There is passive immunity passed from mother to child in the womb that is supposed to protect the infant for some months after birth until the infant immune system is ready to successfully receive vaccines. That many of these precious babies can be at risk from several vectors ought to weigh heavily against them contracting deadly but preventable diseases thanks to the antivaxer’s lunacy. Never mind what risks their own unprotected children take.

    Have always thought it was a big mistake to assume smallpox was eradicated in the early 70s and so vaccination for it was discontinued in this country. Supposedly only the DCD in Atlanta and a lab in Moscow had live smallpox samples (for study). You can bet some other less trustworthy folks also have some by now. Shudder.

    Must hope that those of us vaccinated long ago still have some immunity. Of course the CDC could find out by running titers from various age groups of those vaccinated to see what’s there. I don’t recall seeing any reports of that having been done.

  16. Next time the WordPress hosting server acts up download this onto the server and I’m sure it’ll come back to life.

    Yes Suzie Q–I do love you.

  17. CDC is now more concerned about climate change and guns in the home than actual diseases and potential epidemics. Just like NASA, their time has come and gone and they no longer have a mission (except to make muzzies feel better about themselves of course). I still oppose government action to force people to do things, even when occasionally those things might actually be beneficial to the public at large (the greater good theory).

  18. Texpat

    How come Super Dave, Tedtam, BC and El Gordo could get in ? Maybe WP was angry with you for some reason.

    Being that I am a retired moderator (and all round nice guy) I am sure it has everything to do with what I described above. What happened was WordPress got confused and thought I was you so it threw a temper tantrum. Apparently WordPress did not recognize my glorious beard and hair which is my signature security identification method. That is what happens when you step on the toes of the ethereal cyberspace organism and muddle up the footprint.

  19. I thought I got in just because I am special.

    BTW, here we are one day deeper into the Trump administration, and Obamacare is still the law of the land. Why won’t Congress act. Does President Trump have to do everything himself?

  20. Why won’t Congress act. Does President Trump have to do everything himself?

    Does Trump have to do everything himself? Yes.

    The ultra absorbent GOPee Depends Gang does not know how to act.

    They only know cowering and caving to dems, lying to the voters, losing and leaking.

  21. Thank G-D for chiropractors. On Friday I wrenched my low back pitching heavy boxes. I had to get the lovely Mrs. Bonecrusher to tie my shoes this morning. Doing the paperwork after #2 was also a challenge(fortunately, her assistance was not required for this task). This afternoon I got in to see the Doc and he advised that 2 vertebrae were rotated. I was gimped up big time over the weekend and this am, I am at least 50% better now. I was worried that I may have done some serious damage, like blown out a disk. There may be some disk damage but the majority of the pain and disfunction was from the vertebrae being rotated. I go back in the morning. As disheartening as it is, I have to admit that I am now no longer bullet proof – DAMMIT!

  22. I couldn’t get in, either.
    And darned sure didn’t know the poster shouldn’t be the first commenter.

  23. Look, Word Press must had a massive failure in its biometric/facial recognition function because there is no way it could confuse me with Squawk.

    I think WP was distracted and confused by all of Squawk’s weekend music videos and ended up reading this this morning instead of taking care of business.

    Little Annie Fannie Probably not safe for work.

    It’s all Squawk’s fault.

  24. 36 Shannon

    I finally quit taking any pain medication because what is left out there legally is just crap. All these synthetic opioids are just that. I refuse the doctor’s offer of a prescription for them.

    As I said before, I don’t even take ibuprofen or naproxen anymore and after watching me recover from two fully herniated discs and a torn bicep within 2 years without any medication or therapy, my doctors are terrified of ever meeting me in a dark alley. They just shake their heads and stare at the floor.

    I have concentrated for years on developing, mentally and psychologically, a high pain threshold, not, mind you, out of choice, but of necessity.

    I am permanently outraged, though, my fellow Americans cannot get access to relief from intense, chronic pain and I think it is criminal on the part of politicians and law enforcement.

    I went to CVS tonight to buy the old fashioned (with real ephedrine) sinus/allergy relief pills and was forced to pay $14 for 12 pills, after handing over my drivers’ license for scanning. I can remember buying the same product years ago for 2 or 3 dollars and getting 48 or more pills.

  25. Not requiring the vaccination of school children is without a doubt the stupidest and most insane idea I have ever heard.

    But it would be a quick way to do away with the government school system.

  26. Hamous, I have a free ticket to this if you want to use it. You can even spend the night here at the Texpat Swankienda.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

    Time for the Benedict Option?

    6:00 p.m. at the Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street ⁄ New York City, NY
    Meet Rod Dreher and Peter Mommsen

    A Conversation on Community, Counterculture, and Christianity’s Future in the West with Rod Dreher, Ross Douthat, R. R. Reno, Peter Mommsen, and others.

    As faith is pushed to the margins of mainstream society, practicing Christians are realizing that they are now an often-unpopular minority. How is the church to respond? In this public conversation, Rod Dreher, the New York Times bestselling author, will discuss his forthcoming book The Benedict Option, and propose a strategy for building up communities of faith that are robust enough to flourish in a hostile culture. A panel of distinguished respondents (to be announced) will probe what the Benedict Option means – and how it looks in practice.

    I might even go if nobody wants to take the offer. Although, I might have some things to say to Ross Douthat that would make him uncomfortable.

  27. There are some people still around that lived through the polio and smallpox times in this country. Ask them what they think about government involvement in this issue.

    Let us not give in to morons.

  28. When did that MTV hipster Kennedy become an expert on the political landscape?

    While I was at lunch, I saw her on a show called OutNumbered on Flox. There’s 4 women and one dude.

    From what I saw, they should call the show OutLegged.

  29. Shannon doesn’t trust the American people to do what is in their best interests? Well, I still do, and don’t need government to tell me what I have to do and not do. Were vaccinations not mandated for school children, I suspect that most people who currently get them would continue to get them anyway. And I certainly do not oppose them. I just oppose the government telling me what to do. After all, the gene pool needs a little chlorine every now and then.

  30. 50 Shannon

    I know you do. I used to stand in awe of Fred Schluens and his phenomenal tolerance for pain and now I know how and why he did it.

  31. 51 El Gordo

    Shannon doesn’t trust the American people to do what is in their best interests?

    Oh, damn, are you talking about the same people who elected Barack Obama to the presidency twice ?

  32. You may be right. With the abortion rate dropping, we need to figure out another way to kill off innocent children. Disease is as good a way as any, I suppose.

  33. 55 Shannon

    Unfortunately, only a few of the 148,000 people, mostly children, who died of measles last year were in America.

    There has to be a way we can increase that number just so we can prove how free we are as a people.

  34. Texpat are you sure you do not have some local or state taxes on those meth precursor decongestants? I just bought one of those 48ct packs in Oct/Nov time frame and I am certain I did not pay more than $20. Of course I too remember when you could purchase that package for sub $10.

  35. None of my sister’s children are vaccinated. I still do not understand. They were home schooled for awhile and now they are at some charter school that accepted their exemptions.

    When I ran my Montessori school, the state was very strict about vaccinations. I would make the parents sign a HIPPA release so the doctor’s office could fax me the child’s vaccination record.

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