Wednesday, September 07, 2011

From LRC
  • Government has no clue as to how to raise kids, find them jobs, educate them or house them. It is a myth designed to further justify tax increases. August 20th marks the 40th anniversary of one of the major turning points in American social history. That was the date on which President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating his “War on Poverty” program in 1964. Never had there been such a comprehensive program to tackle poverty at its roots, to offer more opportunities to those starting out in life, to rehabilitate those who had fallen by the wayside, and to make dependent people self-supporting. Its intentions were the best. But we know what road is paved with good intentions. In the liberal vision, slums bred crime. But brand-new government housing projects almost immediately became new centers of crime and quickly degenerated into new slums. Many of these projects later had to be demolished. Steve Sailer tie-in here. Unfortunately, the assumptions behind those projects were not demolished, but live on in other disastrous programs... The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life. Right, it actually undermines the noble cause of the black man’s individual liberty, or the reason many decent people supported Johnson.
  • The imperial mentality. Tom Engelhardt and Noam Chomsky on 9/11.
  • The name 9/11. Marketing success from the Moonie neocon Washington Times. Giving credit where it’s due. Of course such can be taken too far or misused but part of my philosophy as an editor is (partly from Paul Fussell) to write short, punchy and readable, cutting out the long buzzwords dumb people use to sound important (and often trip over themselves trying to use).
I was already reading LRC on 9/11 so when I found out it wasn’t an accident I understood. That part of the world doesn’t love the empire, because of Palestine to name just one reason. The chickens came home to roost.

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