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 on: July 29, 2016, 10:32:07 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by Milo
Even so, freeing up an economy internally has lifted many from abject poverty in India and China.

Yup. And I don't have a problem with American trade being a catalyst for these emerging economies as long as we don't end up with the short end of the stick.

 on: July 28, 2016, 08:49:25 pm 
Started by MagicM - Last post by MagicM
It does no good to put money in people's pockets if their corrupt governments steal it from them.f

Too true. Even so, freeing up an economy internally has lifted many from abject poverty in India and China.

 on: July 27, 2016, 07:13:51 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by Milo
The whole idea of "free trade" is a pipe-dream. One of the reasons the American colonists wrote the Declaration of Independence was so that we could trade with the Spanish, French, and Dutch. International trade was about making money. Now its about--as you point out, Jo--lifting people out of poverty while giving corporations cheap labor. Free trade does very little to change the politics or internal affairs of most of these countries, so it is a weak poverty-buster. It does no good to put money in people's pockets if their corrupt governments steal it from them. Nigeria is a perfect example.

 on: July 27, 2016, 03:37:46 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by MagicM
Milo and Brad
IMO free trade works in favour of developing countries where labour costs are low and the hi tech, finance and export sectors in first world economies. But some countries still have protectionist policies so there is no level playing field while governments in countries like Australia are reluctant to prop up uncompetitive industries.

Free trade has lifted millions in third world countries out of poverty while doing the very opposite in rust belt areas of the West. Here in Oz the government is encouraging innovation start ups while investing in defence (i.e. a new fleet of submarines) to support local manufacturing - at a much higher cost! Until now we have relied on coal and iron ore exports to turbo charge the economy but as prices have fallen mining jobs have disappeared as well.

There is no doubt that free trade has boosted the world economy as a whole and this has driven the process of globalisation and accompanying mass immigration. But it has resulted in too many losers in western economies and too many challenges to social cohesion. Something has to give.

 on: July 26, 2016, 11:39:07 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by bradINblue
Thanks Jo (& Milo). Shared this with Steve & while oblivious of the Alt Right movement, it has been our position the Trump phenomena and Brexit (which we supported) are two of the same and this 'global backlash' has just begun. Not good news for what the Left has morphed into and equally troublesome for The Weekly Standard curmudgeons.

Haven't put much thought into the political stature of Russia other than assuming it's just getting its legs and Putin is dangerous. The parallels in this article make sense so I'll read on. 


 on: July 26, 2016, 09:13:13 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by Milo
Another good analysis of the fundamentals driving change in politics lately.

I have been all over the Midlands, and I could see some heartbreaking similarities to cities like Allentown, PA, Columbus, OH, and Davenport, IA. The problem is not just the loss of manufacturing jobs for the aging blue-collar. Young men and women have been effected by it too. What happens to those youth who are not college bound? There aren't enough vocational training programs out there to tech them a trade any more. And look what is happening to those who are graduated from college. A mountain of debt, and no jobs to help them pay it off. Of course, college debt itself is making several people rich, and not all of them (sorry Bernie) are big banks.

I think the thing that is most sinister in all of this is the forced diversity. Natural diversity happens when people willingly borrow from each others' cultures. Natural diversity happens when individuals of different ethnicity decide that they like each other, and they want to spend time in each others' company. When we come together because we're afraid to be chastised if we don't, that's fake. The fakeness breeds resentment. The resentment blocks natural diversity.

I agree that over time we will eventually strike a comfortable balance between globalism, nationalism, multiculturalism, and ethnocentrism. But for now, its time for the jobs to come back home, and for people to be able to accept or reject culture as suits them best.

 on: July 24, 2016, 10:58:03 pm 
Started by MagicM - Last post by MagicM
Here is another article on this the me which asserts that while globalism is unstoppable, globalist promoters will have to pull their head in the short term. The last four paragraphs (in bold) seem to encapsulate Trump's policy direction. Thoughts?

Much of the post-Brexit and primary election conventional wisdom seems to be stuck in a political narrative in which the Brexit vote and the rise of Trumpism in the United States are seen as symbols of the populist revolution. These symbols are combined with a nationalist tide has been sweeping not only the United Kingdom and the United States, but also many other parts of Europe, including Poland, Hungary, France, The Netherlands and Scandinavia, not to mention, Russia, Turkey, India and Israel.

According to this narrative, economic insecurity and cultural anxiety that reflect sociodemographic trends have given momentum to ethnonationalism and religious separatism in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The Rust Belt is pitted against New York City, and the Midlands against London.

The aging blue-collar workers and residents of the rural areas, remnants of the shrinking white English tribe—patriotic, God-fearing and hardworking—have lost their jobs in the declining manufacturing industries the never recovered from the Great Recession. They feel that they have been economically squeezed by the forces of globalization that are being promoted by the political and economic elites in New York and London, that they are culturally marginalized and threatened by nonwhite immigrants who are “taking over” their country, and that secular liberal elites are responsible for the cultural decadence that is supposedly inflicting their societies.

At the same time, gigantic metropolitan areas have been growing and prospering thanks to globalization and immigration: a flourishing globalized service economy; a concentration of young and educated professionals; immigrants that are mostly integrated into open societies; tolerance of the other and accommodation of changes in cultural mores, like same-sex marriage; a demographic balance that is swinging in the direction of unmarried men and women, the young and the purveyors of the “cognitive economy”, rather than those with large families, the old and industrial workers.

Ironically, both the fans and the critics of globalism share versions of this narrative. The first are bashing the ignorant, nativists, racists and xenophobic voters who are allegedly trying to place obstacles on the way of the forces of political, economic and social change and progress. The latter counter that “the people” are winning the day by protecting their national sovereignty and re-embracing their national identity while challenging corrupt elites that are protecting their own political and economic interests.

In way, both side to this debate are warning that we are slipping into nightmare scenarios. The globalists believe that Britain exiting the EU and Donald Trump occupying the White House are the harbingers of things to come: Mussolini’s brown-shirts are on their way; and we all know who is going to show in the not-so-distant future. Could it be…the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan? Or maybe Hitler?

From that perspective, globalism, like Marxism, another example of the idea of economic determinism, failed to materialize and proved to be an illusion. The economic rewards provided through the process of globalization were not spread evenly in society: Turning the lords of finance and high-tech into super-billionaires who fashion themselves as the Master of the Universe, while decimating the large manufacturing industries and creating a new class of losers among the economically squeezed members of the middle class and blue-class workers.

Moreover, the dogma of globalism assumed that humans who desire to preserve their individual identity, to have wings to fly and to gain economic freedom, would celebrate the dawn of a new age of economic liberty. Long live the economic man! But humans also want to belong to a group, to maintain a sense of collective identity and to have roots in the past. When these two colliding needs are not in balance, the political man returns and a political backlash to achieve new equilibrium is inevitable.

Brexit and Trumpism may be indication that a political backlash is taking place right now and that nationalism is on the rise. But we shouldn’t conclude that nationalism is about to replace globalism as the new driving force in politics and economics. Instead it’s a sign that a certain rebalancing between these two forces is creating a basis for a new equilibrium in industrialized societies.

That means in practical terms that the political and economic elites may have to slow down their efforts to liberalize global trade, deregulate financial markets and open borders to new immigration. They need to reassess some aspects of the ambitious globalization agenda: supranational institutions, like the EU, will need to return more power to national governments. Some free trade agreements may have to be renegotiated. Immigration needs to be restricted based on economic, national security and cultural considerations. And celebrate the passage of same-sex legislation before trying to force schools to allow “trans” men to use the women’s toilets. Easy does it!

Promoting and embracing such correction to the globalism project and the liberal principles it embodies doesn’t amount to buying into the notions of ultranationalism, protectionism, nativism or racism. They seem to be sensible responses by political leaders to the legitimate concerns of their voters and a way to deny political demagogues the opportunity to exploit economic anxiety and social alienation.

The burden of self-correction is on the side of the liberal political and economic elites who promote globalism who need to recognize that progress doesn’t move automatically forward in a linear fashion. Their opponents are wrong: It would impossible to stop the world and get down and close borders to trade and immigration. But it’s time for them to take some time out and find ways to co-opt their opponents, and convince them that the choice isn’t between globalism and nationalism. We’re all Cosmonationalists now!

 on: July 24, 2016, 10:47:34 pm 
Started by MagicM - Last post by MagicM

David and I were happy as pigs in shit when Brexit won. I don't know how the media in Australia covered it, but over here it was largely misunderstood by the media, and once the Dow recovered from its initial Brexit dip, it was forgotten by most media outlets.

Hey ho Milo!

John and I were also glued to the telly during the referendum and were also very happy the Brexiteers won. The youngsters who voted Remain reviled their elders for voting Leave. When they get older and a bit wiser IMO they will be grateful their parents won back their country and democratic control over their own lives.

Here in Oz opinion was divided in the media although Murdoch’s flagship The Australian came out in favour of Brexit for reasons of restoring democracy and on economic grounds as the UK will now be able to cut trade deals globally outside the shackles of the EU.

Re the alt right - here in Oz non traditional right of centre and right wing populist parties drew votes away from the mainstream conservative governing coalition making the conservative win in the recent election a close run thing. These parties, like Trump, favour more protectionist  trade policies and some support suspending the immigration intake especially from Syria – Oz has agreed to take 12,000.

 on: July 24, 2016, 10:42:41 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by Milo
GREAT article, Jo. DeLarge hits the nail on the head.

I have considered myself part of the Alt-Right (surprise!!) for some time now, and have been reading VDare and Takimag for years. I too think its hysterical that the MSM is just catching up with this movement, while defining it as racist and anti-semetic while blaming Trump for its existence. They haven't got a fucking clue. The MSM and their Regressive overlords are so tone-deaf to what young people--young conservatives especially--are saying and thinking that it is almost sad. For a more in-depth look at the Alt-Right, I suggest this article:

DeLarge also does a good job encapsulating Cultural Marxism, and explaining why it the problem creating the international backlash. Both the US and the UK have suffered under unrestricted, poorly-planned globalization for the last 30 least. David and I were happy as pigs in shit when Brexit won. I don't know how the media in Australia covered it, but over here it was largely misunderstood by the media, and once the Dow recovered from its initial Brexit dip, it was forgotten by most media outlets. In the interim, however, Brexit was portrayed by some MSM over here as being driven by racism. Of course, anyone with a brain understood that the big issue was immigration for most Brexit supporters, and that the racists simply hitched their wagon to a legitimate debate.

More on Cultural Marxism:

This fake immigration concerns = racism equation is being mirrored over here int he US with Trump. Hillary is not going to beat him on these points. Trump is going after Sanctuary Cities, while Hillary supports the practice. Trump want illegals out of America while Hillary wants to offer them amnesty. Trump wants a temporary moratorium on all Muslim immigration (which he has lately softened to "certain Muslim countries") while Hillary wants to increase Obama's 10,000 refugee commitment to 65,000. Hillary wants to offer healthcare to ALL immigrants regardless of their status...and make i free for their children. Trump wants to make companies hire Americans first, and pay any immigrants they bring over on work visas the same as they would an American. Trump will also re-negotiate various trade deals to make them more America-friendly.

Since America cannot pull a Brexit from itself, Trump is the only hope the US has of stopping the bleeding globalization has caused America.

 on: July 24, 2016, 03:33:42 am 
Started by MagicM - Last post by MagicM

If you listen to the mainstream media, the Alt-Right is the birth of an American far right Frankenstein that was mid-wifed by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in this election cycle.

But what we are seeing now is bigger than even Donald Trump. It is part of a massive paradigm shift that has been underway for some time now. For those that have been paying attention, it is clear that nationalist, patriotic movements are everywhere ascendant in the West.

The endless migration of millions of 3rd world men into Europe, the callousness of the Elite class to the concern its Natives, and the fever-pitched identity politics of the Regressive Left have brought us to a crossroads… It should come as little surprise to nobody that the native populations of the West have started asking some hard questions about their own identity.

Who are we? What do our people stand for? Will we have a future if nothing changes?

These are some of the civilizational questions being raised for the first time in the West since the end of the Cold War. And the “Alt-Right” is the term (that hit the Internet by storm in 2015) under which many dissidents have rallied under in the United States. The etymology of the term however, does not go far in explaining the significance of this rapidly growing movement and the underlying trend in politics that it represents.

Context is King

The last 7 years (at least) have seen the complete takeover of national discourse and cultural exchange by a group of rabid left-wing fanatics in the West. These “Social Justice Warriors” as they have come to be known, have managed to push their fringe Trotsky-ist ideas on the cultural mainstream of America and now act as the enforcers of punishing speech codes in academic institutions, the HR offices of corporate America, the mainstream media and our elected officials.

They have managed to do so with the tacit approval and even outright encouragement of the Establishment Elites.

It is no exaggeration to say that the West is in a state of complete self-negation, lost and confused, angry as well- and willing to lash out. There has perhaps been no other time in history where the Western peoples have been so abjectly demoralized.

The younger generation of Westerners in particular has been systematically taught to be ashamed of their heritage during their 12+ years stint in the Education camps. It is especially noticeable in higher education, where students are taught to believe there is something uniquely oppressive in being a straight male, something uniquely oppressive in being of European descent, something particularly deplorable about being straight…and on it goes. And there are serious consequences for stepping out of the echo-chamber of ethno-masochism and self-hate…

It has come to the point where it is easier to come out publically to polite society as a Tranny than it is to come out as a Trump supporter.

But for every action there is a reaction. The witch-burning mob mentality of the Regressive Left engendered a reaction, and in 2015, the lame stream media finally caught a whiff of it. But even before the current year, many Nativist patriots, non-interventionists, economic nationalists or social conservatives found themselves unable to articulate their views in any public capacity without facing serious repercussions for their unfashionable WrongThink.

Consequently, many movements took to the wild unexplored reaches of the Internet to hone their rhetoric, conduct their discussions and reach out to new minds. By the very nature of the current political paradigm, the many disparate movements that were spawned online had to remain anonymous. (This is true in Europe as much, if not more than in the United States. ) And it seems that only now with the Donald Trump’s meteoric rise in the Republican party has the Overton Window begun to shift back to the right, and allowed for the public articulation of these taboo sentiments.

But what IS the Alt-Right? What do they stand for?

The span of blogs, sites and online communities that can be called “Alt-Right” is as vast as it is varied. They range from well established alternative dissident right sites like Unz, Vdare, Takimag, and Amren that pre-date the “Alt-Right” label and instead can be thought of as the inheritors of a Natural Conservative or Paleo-Conservative tradition in American politics. But there are also younger, more free-wheeling sites like The Right Stuff, and the masthead of the Alt-Right- Radix Journal.

To quote the Head Editor of Radix, Hannibal Bateman:

“The Alt-Right is a growing cultural and political movement that rejects the liberal and globalist hegemonies, particularly in the United States, that have defined the post-World War II West. As such, it is a young, technologically savvy movement that is engaged in building a new counter culture against America’s aging soixante-huitardes similar to continental ‘Identitarian’ movements.”

Many of these new right thinkers eschew the big tent “Alt-Right” label that the MSM has lumped them under for one reason or another, but all together they comprise a massive samizdat movement of online Dissidenti. Furthermore, the alt-right does not just deal with politics; it is an all-encompassing intellectual movement. There are HBD (human bio-diversity) enthusiasts, male self-improvement advocates, rebellious sub-cultures of 5th gen. meme-warriors as well as Monarchists, Traditionalists, National-Libertarians, Socialist-Nationalists, Identitarians and Russo-philes…

On Russia

In the West, Russia is usually viewed with a mix of foreboding and hysteria. However, the Alt-Right has a more favorable opinion. Their generally russo-philic attitude stems from their view that Russia and Eastern Europe have preserved the best of European cultural values. After the fall of communism, a sort of role-reversal occurred. The west remained free of economic communism, but fell under the spell of “Cultural Marxism.”

On the topic of Cultural Marxism, whole tomes can be written, but suffice it to say, whereas traditional Marxism aims to erase economic inequality, Cultural Marxism aims to eliminate perceived social inequality based on race, gender and sexual orientation. One could say that the West won the Cold War and retained its free-market economic system of Capitalism…and yet there is everywhere apparent a spirit of Cultural Marxism prevalent in the West. .

The late Jonathon Bowden, (a dissident right wing thinker from the UK) articulated a prevailing belief in the Alt-Right in a talk titled, Western Civilization Bites Back.

“The new Eastern Europe is rather really interesting and will have a lot to say about the future of European man in the next century or so. Eastern Europe was preserved by communism from the decadence of the liberalism which has semi-destroyed Western Europe (and points to the west of that)… Communism was a strange doctrine, because it preserved under permafrost many of the characteristic social chapters of what it means to be a European.”

To put it simply, Russia is seen as a beacon of reason and civilization by many on the Alt-Right. Time will tell if their faith in Russia is justified or not. But they, and other similar Dissident Right movements are the only parties that will even hear Russia out.

Generation Trump

Just as Russia is being encircled by NATO forces, and pilloried in the international media, so too have the hyenas in the MSM been hounding the now GOP nominee, Donald Trump.

To put it mildly, the entire edifice of Western civilization is crumbling and it would only be a slight exaggeration at this point to point out that much of the West lives in a post Camp of the Saints scenario. Yet, just as America- shell-shocked and confused- hit Peak-PC, Donald Trump arrived like a savior in the night. His boldness and willingness to openly state Anti-Globalist policies won him the adulation of dispossessed middle-America…and the scorn of the Neo-Trotskyite Intelligentsia. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is seen by many on the Alt-Right as the last chance for Western Civilization to save itself from the brink of civilizational collapse.

Most importantly, the rise of Donald Trump heralds the new era of identity politics. As Donald Trump taps into the simmering discontent of the dispossessed white working class of America, he begins to transcend the traditional left/right divide among voters. The real divides are now along the lines of Identity. With him stands Generation Alt-Right. Against him stands the New Internationale.

Perhaps the best example of the merger between globalist interests and the Regressive Left can be seen in the recent #marchforeurope protests. Indoctrinated Millenials, old-school labor voters, and the recently imported Third World have joined in an unholy alliance with The City and EU bureaucrats to protest a popular referendum on the European Union. The New Left- once a champion of liberal values in the West- now demands harsher controls on speech in the name of combating “Hate Speech” and actively promotes greater flows of economic migrants who will undercut the wages of the native working class.

To many of the older generation, much of what I have said may come as a surprise. But the fact remains that the old political positions have gone topsy-turvy, and it all has happened in the relative blink of an eye. As it stands now, the old peace-promoting, anti-imperialist, pro-working class Left has left the stage. We live in a brave new borderless world now- or so we are told by the new cultural commissars. Many are coming to realize that there is no left or right anymore. There are only Globalists and Nationalists, and the young Alt-Right stands at the vanguard of the latter. They are the product of a new generation being forced to rediscover their identity and come to terms with their dispossession.

A generation who spit out the narratives of guilt and self-hate they were fed as children. A generation that intimately understands the raw deal they have been given and that resents a political culture that justifies their economic, and social plight on the grounds of fighting “systematic racism.” For their whole lives, they have been blamed for historical “sins” outside their control. And now they fight over an offense they did not give, against those who were not even alive to be offended. That realization forms their consciousness. Where Samuel Huntington once asked: “Who are we?” – the Alt-Right has picked up the torch and started coming to its own conclusions…

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