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The glue binding democracy and a free economy has melted

Forum in Rome
And that's how democracy and a free economy die.

An astute reader asked me to clarify the difference between individual sacrifice and shared sacrifice in the context of the Common Good, which as he rightly noted, dictatorships use as the justification for oppressive enforcement of a regime that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

In a democracy with a free economy, the Common Good is the responsibility of the citizenry, not a dictatorship. In the current zeitgeist, the Invisible Hand of free markets is understood as a magical force that automatically generates the Common Good out of the churn of everyone aiming to get rich or die trying.

In other words, the Common Good is somebody else's responsibility: there's no need for shared sacrifices, the economy and society take care of themselves as we all get rich or die trying.

Attention

Prequel to the Draft?

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You have probably heard that Congress - Leftists abetted by a majority of Republicans - recently emitted a new federal policy that automatically inducts young men and women into what is styled the "Selective Service" system. By which is meant the involuntary servitude system, despite the latter having supposedly been made constitutionally unlawful after the federal government forced the Southern states to accept being governed without their consent.

The federal government specializes in such etymological jujitsu - which is to say, mind-fucking.


It is not enough that the Southern states that attempted to depart from a "union" they no longer wished to be bound to were forced back into the "union," after a bloody war of subjugation. The war of subjugation was styled a "civil war," implying the Southern states sought to deny the people of the Northern states their right to be governed by the federal government they'd consented to be governed by. The framing the people of the South as "insurrectionists" and "rebels" is exactly what King George III styled the American colonists who successfully seceded from Great Britain four-score and seven years prior.

Never mind that.

Gavel

Sandy Hook families want to seize Alex Jones' social media accounts

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Alex Jones, founder of Infowars
Families of the Sandy Hook massacre victims want to seize Alex Jones' social media accounts in his bankruptcy, saying that the conspiracy theorist's frequent posts to fans are a key part of the Infowars business being liquidated to pay Jones' debts.

Jones, who filed for bankruptcy protection 17 months ago, has given up on trying to reach a settlement that would reduce the $1.5 billion that he owes to the relatives of 20 students and six staff members killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jones and the Sandy Hook families now agree that Jones' assets should be liquidated in bankruptcy. But the families on Wednesday asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Houston, Texas, to additionally take control of Jones' X.com account and prevent Jones from using it to promote new business ventures.

Comment: This case was always about silencing Jones, and those like him who have a voice and question the narrative, in every way. Crushing him under the weight of the legal system.


Family

'Hellhole city' Oakland, California moves to oust its progressive mayor

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© Associated PressSheng Thao will face a historic recall election in November amid anger over her failure to get a grip on the situation in Oakland
A crime-plagued California city may be one step closer to reversing its misfortunes after taking drastic action against its progressive mayor.

Sheng Thao will face a historic recall election in November amid anger over her failure to get a grip on the situation in Oakland.

The progressive Democrat lawmaker is the first mayor in the city's history to be up for recall, after a campaign to oust her gained more than 40,000 signatures.

'In just a year, Thao's incompetence and dishonesty accelerated Oakland's decline, causing longstanding businesses to close and generational families to leave,' the Oakland United to Recall Sheng Thao (OUST) campaign website states.

Critics are also angry that she missed an opportunity to apply for a $15 million retail theft grant, fired Oakland Police chief LaRonne Armstrong, 'for no cause' without appointing a successor and lost the Oakland A's baseball team.

Shocking footage emerges of 'shantytown' built in Democrat-run city

Comment: The commonality of these various unfolding disasters? Backing from George "I don't look at the social consequences of what I do" Soros:

Progressive prosecutors: How pupils of US leftwing activists come to power as attorneys


Bullseye

Rep.Josh Hawley tells Boeing CEO point-blank it's a 'travesty' that he still has his job

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© Youtube/GrabienRepublican Sen. John Hawley of Missouri ripped Boeing CEO David Calhoun over the aerospace company’s safety issues during the Senate hearing, June 18, 2024.
Calhoun testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations at a hearing about the aerospace company's safety record in the wake of several high-profile incidents, including the loss of a door from a Boeing 737 MAX during a Jan. 5 Alaska Airlines flight. Hawley accused Calhoun of "strip-mining" the company for "profits" after grilling the Boeing CEO over his compensation of nearly $33 million.

"I think the truth is, Mr. Calhoun, you're not focused on safety, you're not focused on quality, you're, not focused on transparency," Hawley told the Boeing CEO.
"All of this is in the record, but I think actually you're focused on exactly what you were hired to do, which is that you're cutting corners, you are eliminating safety procedures, you are sticking it to your employees, you are cutting back jobs because you're trying to squeeze every piece of profit you can out of this... company."

Comment:


Stop

In Europe, people said 'no' to war and woke culture

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© www.faxz.net/theglobeandmail.com/KJNMarine Le Pen
Electoral results reflect popular dissatisfaction with the advancement of Western agendas on the European continent.

The recent European elections brought a great advance of the right across almost the entire continent. The weakening of liberal parties shows how the population is dissatisfied with the bloc's current administration, demanding changes in the political guidelines of the European Union (EU). In fact, this was already a scenario expected by any analyst attentive to the European situation.

Although many liberal analysts claim that the European elections reflect some kind of "growth of extremism" in Europe, the people's choice for the right seems to indicate another situation: a popular reaction to the disguised fascism of Western institutions. Since 2022, the European people have been increasingly angry with the policies of national governments and the bloc as a whole, which explains the option for radical changes in the last elections.

In recent decades, the political situation in Europe has changed to a scenario of opposition between patriotic, Euroskeptic groups, which advocate for the national interests of European countries, and, on the other hand, liberal sectors, supporters of absolute integration with the Collective West, advocating for the globalist cultural, political and economic agendas. The most patriotic sectors are usually related to the so-called "right wing", while the "left" and "center" wing groups tend to have a more globalist and pro-Western stance.

Comment: Hegelian dialectic describes a developmental process in stages. Rapid changes risk quick rejections. Slow, incremental changes promote acceptance creep.


Briefcase

Kansas sues Pfizer over 'misleading statements' about COVID vaccine

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© Mark Lennihan/APPfizer headquarters, New York • Friday, Feb. 5, 2021
The state of Kansas filed a lawsuit on Monday against pharmaceutical company Pfizer, alleging the company made "misleading claims" about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and the risks associated with the shot.

The suit, filed by Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach (R) in the District Court of Thomas County, claims Pfizer misled Kansas residents about the risks of the company's COVID-19 shot when it claimed it was safe and allegedly hid evidence of the shot's link to myocarditis and pregnancy issues.

Pfizer allegedly also gave residents a false impression when it claimed its vaccine was effective, but "knew" the shot waned over time and did not protect against COVID-19 variants, the complaint stated.

"Pfizer made multiple misleading statements to deceive the public about its vaccine at a time when Americans needed the truth," Kobach said in a statement.

The suit argued Pfizer's statements and language surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine were a violation of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. The state is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

In June 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a warning regarding myocarditis and pericarditis, both rare heart inflammation conditions, to Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines.

Comment: See also:


Wolf

The British Army trains in Kenya. Many women say soldiers raped them and abandoned children they fathered

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© Festo Lang/CNNLawyer Kelvin Kubai meets Kenyen women who accused BATUK soldiers of rape
Seventeen-year-old Marian Pannalossy cuts a striking figure wherever she goes in Archer's Post, a small town 200 miles north of Nairobi. She lives alone and is light-skinned in a place where mixed-race people are a rarity and therefore ostracized.

"They call me 'mzungu maskini,' or a poor white girl," she told CNN at her single-room house, a tremor in her voice. "They always say 'Why are you here? Just look for connections so that you can go to your own people. You don't belong here. You're not supposed to be here suffering.'"

Marian believes that her father was a British soldier, but she has never met him. She does not even know his name.

Marian is among a group of mixed-race children whose mothers say they were conceived after rape by British soldiers training in Kenya. Her mother, Lydia Juma, was among hundreds of Kenyan women who filed complaints with the UK military over the years, as documented by Kenya's human rights body.

Comment: Clearly no one has bothered to communicate to the British army that they no longer serve an untouchable empire.


Light Sabers

8,663 of IDF soldiers registered disabled since 7 October, Israeli outlets report

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© Saeed Qaq – Anadolu AgencyInjured Israeli soldiers are taken to nearby hospitals with helicopters in Sderot, Israel on October 07, 2023
The number of disabled Israeli army soldiers has exceeded 70,000 for the first time, including 8,663 who had been wounded after the start of the war on Gaza on 7 October.

Israeli Channel 7 confirmed that these numbers are receiving treatment in the Defence Ministry's rehabilitation departments, noting that 35 per cent of them are dealing with mental issues while 21 per cent of them deal with physical injuries.

The Channel said the Ministry's rehabilitation departments are preparing to receive about 20,000 new injuries by the end of 2024.

According to the Channel, data provided by the Israeli Medical Conference shows that more than a thousand new wounded men and women are admitted to the ward every month to receive treatment; 95 per cent of them are men; about 70 per cent of whom are reserve soldiers, and half of them are between 18 and 30 years old.


Comment: And these are the causalities incurred despite much of Israel's war being waged via airstrikes and blockades; which does not bode well for Israel's proposed war on Lebanon.


Comment: It's possible that this number is an underestimate, or at least not the full picture, however there's other data that reveals the extent of the damage Israel is inflicting on itself and its people; some of which is irreparable, and some yet to be felt:


Roses

Russian reporter dies of injuries from Ukrainian attack

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NTV cameraman Valery Kozhin
One of the members of the NTV crew wounded in the Ukrainian attack on Gorlovka, in the Donetsk People's Republic, has died of his injuries.

Photographer Valery Kozhin was working with journalist Aleksey Ivliev on Thursday when a mortar mine exploded on top of them. A Russian military officer accompanying the crew was also wounded.

Kozhin succumbed to his wounds on Thursday evening, the mayor of Gorlovka, Ivan Prikhodko, announced on Telegram.

"The doctors tried to save him for several hours, but Valery's wounds were too severe," NTV said in a statement.

Kozhin was 46. He began working at NTV in 2006, first as a sound engineer and technician, then as a television photographer. He has repeatedly worked in war zones in Syria, Donetsk and Lugansk.

Comment: Western silence encourages Kiev's atrocities - Zakharova