Category Archives: Opinion

Robert E. Lee at West Point

Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

"Back in my own cadet days during the now-distant 1960s, I readily imbibed the line that assigned Lee a place of prominence among West Point's most illustrious and revered graduates. He had, after all, graduated near the top of his class, served with distinction in the Mexican War, and during the Civil War won a series of spectacular victories against the larger and better equipped (but ineptly led) Army of the Potomac. … Lee embodied the values that West Point seeks to inculcate in its graduates: Duty, Honor, and Country. So I was taught and so I believed. It is my fate to be a quick study and a slow learner. Not until I was in my thirties, therefore, did I begin to wonder how it was that West Point should elevate to the status of role model a serving officer who had abandoned his country in its time of maximum need. … No less than Benedict Arnold, Robert E. Lee was a traitor." (08/19/17)

The left can't rely on boycotts alone

Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

"Elected as the businessman president, President Donald Trump is now facing an historically unprecedented revolt from the nation’s business elite. In the wake of a bizarre press conference where he blamed 'both sides' for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, CEOs from major corporations like IBM, General Motors, and Pepsi were weighing their membership in one White House advisory board, while CEOs from Campbell Soup, 3M, and other companies on a second advisory board did the same. Over conference calls, a consensus emerged that they needed to dissolve these boards and rebuke the president. Trump responded with a preemptive strike, tweeting on Wednesday that 'Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy [sic] & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you!' This was the equivalent of saying you can’t quit, because you’re fired." [editor's note: Oh goody, now the "progressives" are openly admitting they favor violence in the streets over peaceful means for resolving problems – SAT] (08/19/17)

The corporate war on free speech

by Brad

"This occurred after domain registrar GoDaddy delisted the Daily Stormer, effectively removing their entire Internet presence. (Web pages and email.) Google did likewise, as have Zoho, Sendgrid, Squarespace, Apple, PayPal, and others. Let me be clear: I think the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements are vile, evil, hateful, despicable, and contemptible. And private businesses — even wedding-cake bakers — have the right to choose who they do business with. But the Daily Stormer and its disgusting ilk have the same free speech rights as the rest of us, and it's disturbing to see massive unaccountable corporations engage in a concerted campaign of censorship. Because we — and you — will be next." (08/19/17)

Let’s talk about statues: A little perspective from a Daughter of the Confederacy

Source: Maural Outrage
by Maury Jacob-Etter

"A person is dead, hate groups are marching in the streets with torches, and Fox News wants to talk about statues. You want to talk about statues? I’ll be your Huckleberry. Let’s talk about some fucking statues. A statue is used to commemorate someone. It is an honor. We have no public statues of Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Kaczynski. When someone does something wrong, something that we judge to be immoral, we don’t erect a statue to them. We erect statues to honor people who have done great works. It is a way of saying, 'This person helped to move us forward as a species. We are here because they did what they did.' Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee were talented generals. No person who knows Civil War history would disagree with that. But Ted Kaczynski was also pretty good at bomb making." [editor's note: In case you wondered, this is Paul Jacob's niece, as wise as the rest of her family – SAT] (08/18/17)

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Political action exacerbates the problem of hate

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

"Politics is your neighbor and his like-minded friends rallying together to lobby for government to shift their criminal activities policies in their favor. If your neighbor and his friends hate intrusive government, those policy shifts may be a good thing for those who value peace and prosperity. But if your neighbor and his friends hate people wealthier than them, or people with a different skin color, those policy shifts are sure to bring about an exacerbated level of conflict, and thus a reduction in prosperity. Why? Because political actions fall anywhere between negative and zero-sum. Either one group wins at the expense of another, or everyone loses. Market action, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. By definition, trade is positive sum. Why? Because it doesn't happen if all parties involved don't expect to benefit." (08/18/17)

The free market is not omnibenevolent

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

"People are cheering the firing of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. I'm actually inclined to view this as a Pandora's Box — one that we painstakingly managed to close in the 60s and 70s, and one that we should not, under any circumstances, open again. … Thirty years ago, we all (those of sound mind and reasonable ideas — I didn't even exist then) condemned the idea of firing a man because he was a drag queen two Fridays out of the month, because he and his wife were swingers, because his wife was black, because he was living with his girlfriend and they weren't married, or because he was gay. How far have we truly come, if we now revisit these ideas, but simply reverse the power structures so that, instead of the white supremacists firing the transsexual black swinging Satanist homosexual for being a transsexual black swinging Satanist homosexual, the transsexual black swinging Satanist homosexual fires the white supremacist for being white supremacist?" (08/18/17)

Lincoln on equality

Clifford Thies

Source: Heartland Institute
by Clifford Thies

"The pre-Civil War Lincoln entertained himself with the possibilities of gradual emancipation or compensated emancipation. He also entertained himself with the possibility of repatriation, or 'returning' slaves, once freed, to Africa. But, during the Civil War, he changed his views. Partly, this was due to the military necessity of freeing the slaves in the Confederacy to disrupt their war efforts, and to recruit freed slaves to swell the ranks of the Union Army. But, partly this was due to Lincoln's maturing as a Christian. As a young man, it is fair to say he was something of a deist. But, as President, he became profoundly Christian. Lincoln feel deeply in love with republicanism. He considered the Declaration of Independence sacred. And, there were those words, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'" (08/18/17)

Tribalism and economic nationalism — cut from the same cloth

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

"I have no idea what goes on in Donald Trump's head, but I can imagine a connection between his refusal to renounce the support of alt-right white identitarians and his rejection of globalism — that is, the freedom of people to trade across national boundaries and to move, consistent with individual rights, as they see fit. When Steve Bannon says he hopes the Democrats will talk about nothing but racism and let the White House get on with its program of 'economic nationalism,' he may be showing his clever side." (08/18/17)

South Korea should give US troops the boot, part 2

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Although the Pentagon and the CIA have succeeded in reinvigorating Cold War hostilities against Russia, most everyone today acknowledges that there is no international communist conspiracy based in Moscow to take over the United States and the rest of the world, which was the guiding principle of the Cold War. That of course was the rationale that the U.S. national-security establishment relied on for intervening in what was purely a civil war in Korea in the early 1950s. The Reds were coming to get us, the Pentagon and the CIA maintained, and the North Korean communist aggression against South Korea was just the first step in a communist takeover of the world. But the fact is that the North Koreans were never coming to get America and turn it Red." (08/18/17)

Slavery and justifications for southern secession in their own words

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"With the national debate over removing monuments to confederate war heroes dominating headlines, perhaps we need a reminder of the principles and justifications for southern secession for which these men fought. The following excerpts are from the articles of secession adopted by five states, and the ordinances of secession adopted by the legislatures, conventions, and voters of the remaining states. All the ordinances make clear that the primary motivation for secession was the rise of a 'sectional party' (re: anti-slavery Republican party in the Northern States), and the perception that slavery's abolition was imminent." (08/18/17)