Magtmisbrug USA

Diverse — Drokles on March 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Når man læser dansk og europæisk presse får man et indtryk af et elektorat forurenet af svært bevæbnede bibelsvingende konservative og et politisk system bestukket af amoralske hedgefonde og olieselskaber (et morads hvor Israel lobbyen snor sig). Det kommer sig af at den europæiske og danske presse spejler sig i sine venstredrejede ligesindede medier på den anden side af atlanten og referer således partsindlæg som analyser. Så lad os få en anden kritik af amerikansk magtmisbrug.

Et af de mest populære medier er Washington Post

Powerline Blog

Let’s take, for instance, the billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer has made much of his fortune by using his government connections to secure support for uneconomic “green” energy projects that have profited him, to the detriment of consumers and taxpayers. See, for example, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As is explained here, Tom Steyer is a bitter opponent of the Keystone Pipeline. His financial interests, in “green” energy and perhaps also in pre-pipeline oil sources like BP, stand to benefit if Keystone is killed.

Haven’t heard much about Tom Steyer, you say? Maybe that’s because he isn’t heavily involved in politics. Heh–just kidding. Steyer, as you probably know, is one of the biggest donors to the Democratic Party and its candidates. This year, he has pledged to contribute $100 million to the campaigns of Democratic candidates, as long as they toe the line on environmental issues–which includes, presumably, taxpayer support for “green” energy and opposition to Keystone.

So the Post could have written a very different story about the Keystone Pipeline. The Post could have written that opposition to the pipeline is being funded in large part by a billionaire who has a personal financial interest in the pipeline not being built. And that’s not all! The billionaire is a political crony who has used his connections in Washington to get rich and to fleece consumers and taxpayers. Now, with Keystone, he is doing it again! How is that for a story that would “stir and inflame public debate in this election year”?

I Californien arresteres eller fængsles demokratiske politikere på månedlig basis, som man kan læse på Breitbart

The latest arrest came Wednesday, as Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was arrested on federal corruption charges. The federal government charged Lee with conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally importing firearms.

In January, Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County. The GOP tried to expel him from the Senate, but the Democrats would not consider the matter.

In February, Sen. Ron Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges; he had accepted roughly $100,000 for himself and family members as a trade for supporting laws to expand Hollywood tax credits as well as looking out for a hospital that wanted a provision of the workers’ compensation law protected.

On Wednesday, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (pictured), who leads the Democrats in California’s Senate, held a news conference. He urged Lee to resign or face suspension. He bluntly said, “He cannot come back.” Steinberg added:

I know what people are thinking. This is the third incident the Senate has had to deal with. We are going to do everything in our power to uphold the integrity of the Senate and do the people’s business and still have a great and productive year.

Yee’s hypocrisy was staggering; before his indictment he was well known for his efforts to promote government transparency and public records and introduced several bills in 2013 that limited gun possession.

Og med det forhold til ret og rimeligt er det ikke overraskende at demokrater står i kø for at fejre den tunesiske islamist Rached Ghannouchi, leder af det tunesiske parti Nahdha. Frontpage Magazine mindes grunden til at Ghannouchi førhen ikke var ønsket på amerikansk jord

During the Gulf War, he did the usual “Death to America” thing expected of all moderates.

According to Ghannouchi, the Muslims now faced “Crusader America,” the “enemy of Islam,” and Saddam had taken a necessary step toward unity, “joining together two Arab states out of twenty-two, praise be to Allah.”

Ghannouchi also threatened the United States. Speaking in Khartoum during the crisis, he said, ” We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world.

After the war, Ghannouchi requested a U.S. visa. His request was denied.

And he’s still homicidal, even after all these years.

Sheik Ghanushi, began by blessing the mothers of the suicide bombers: “I would like to send my blessings to the mothers of those youth, those men who succeeded in creating a new balance of power… I bless the mothers who planted in the blessed land of Palestine the amazing seeds of these youths, who taught the international system and the Israeli arrogance, supported by the US, an important lesson. The Palestinian woman, mother of the Shahids [martyrs], is a martyr herself, and she has created a new model of woman…”

The Arab Spring “will achieve positive results on the path to the Palestinian cause and threaten the extinction of Israel,” Ghannouchi said. “I give you the good news that the Arab region will get rid of the bacillus of Israel. Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the leader of Hamas, said that Israel will disappear by the year 2027. I say that this date may be too far away, and Israel may disappear before this.”

And his rise in Tunisia during the Arab Spring was nothing short of disastrous.

In the video, which was first broadcast last April and re-broadcast October 9th, Ghannouchi said, “The secularists are still controlling the media, economy and administration. Therefore, controlling them would require more time.” He added that “the police and army’s support for Islamists is not guaranteed, and controlling them would also require more time.”

The Ennahda leader said, “We’ve met with Hizb ut-Tahrir, and the salafists, including Sheikh Abou Iyadh and Sheikh al-Idrissi.”

Abou Iyadh, also known as Seif Allah Ben Hassine, is currently wanted by Tunisian police in connection with the September 14th attack on the US embassy.

tjah, jeg mente blot at man manglede en vinkel i medierne af demokrater som kriminelle, korrupte landsforræddere.

Ironisk dissonans

Diverse, IPCC, Klima, Pressen, Videnskab, venstrefløjen — Drokles on March 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Nick Cohen har et herligt rablende indlæg i Guardian. Klimabenægterne, der beskrives som “cultish fanatics“, drevet af et af had til venstrefløjsere og sympati for markedskræfter har nemlig vundet kampen om klimaet stik mod al fornuft

The Royal Society, the Royal Institution, Nasa, the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Geological Survey, the IPCC and the national science bodies of 30 or so other countries have said that man-made climate change is on the march. A survey of 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on global warming published in the last 20 years found that 97% said that humans were causing it.

Der er med andre ord, “no scientific debate” om den snarlige katastrofe: “Man-made global warming and the man-made mass extinction of species define this hot, bloody and (let us hope) brief epoch in the world’s history“, ”The evidence for man-made global warming is as final as the evidence of Auschwitz.

Faktisk er der en debat helt inde i kernen af FNs konsensus, som man forleden kunne læse om i ellers så klima alarmistiske Economist. De 15-17 års manglende opvarmning af atmosfæren, der, uanfægtet af usikkerhed, er døbt “the Pause”, bortforklares ved antagelser om ekstra partikler i atmosfæren især fra øget vulkanaktivitet, lavere sol-aktivitet og at oceanerne diskret har optaget den ekstra varme fra atmosfæren. Et enestående sammenfald af omstændigher der tegner et falsk billede af normalitet. Som Economist formulerer det, så er ‘pausen’ gået fra at være uforklarlig til at være overforklaret

Der er heller ikke, som Cohen eller er overbevist om, den store frygt hos klimapanelet for at lidt bedre vejr vil føre til “mass extinction” - dyr og planter er sejere end som så.

Den officielle ‘pause’ var altså uforudset, der hersker uenighed om dens årsager, hvilket vil sige at der ikke eksisterer et nagelfast konsensus om klimaet og konsekvenserne af en global opvarmning er alligevel ikke problematiske. Alligevel mener Cohen at det er skeptikerne der lider af ‘kognitiv dissonans’…

…a condition first defined by Leon Festinger and his colleagues in the 1950s . They examined a cult that had attached itself to a Chicago housewife called Dorothy Martin. She convinced her followers to resign from their jobs and sell their possessions because a great flood was to engulf the earth on 21 December 1954. They would be the only survivors. Aliens in a flying saucer would swoop down and save the chosen few.

When 21 December came and went, and the Earth carried on as before, the group did not despair. Martin announced that the aliens had sent her a message saying that they had decided at the last minute not to flood the planet after all. Her followers believed her. They had given up so much for their faith that they would believe anything rather than admit their sacrifices had been pointless.

Og hvis det skulle forholde sig så ironisk, at det er Cohen selv, der lider af kognitiv dissonans, så ville det jo også forklare, hvorfor han heller ikke kan se det ironiske i at lancere en konspirationsteori, som forklaring på andres konspirationsteorier

Rightwing billionaires in the United States and the oil companies have spent fortunes on blocking action on climate change. A part of the answer may therefore be that conservative politicians in London, Washington and Canberra are doing their richest supporters’ bidding. There’s truth in the bribery hypothesis. In my own little world of journalism, I have seen rightwing hacks realise the financial potential of denial and turn from reasonable men and women into beetle-browed conspiracy theorists.

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Vi vil vores egne

Demografi, Indvandring, Multikultur, Uddannelse, islam, venstrefløjen — Drokles on March 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Vores indiske integrationsminister Manu Sareen er glad for Basim, som han ser som en rollemodel. “Det er vigtigt, at have nogen at se op til, der ligner dig selv, siger Manu Sareen.” og sætter ufrivilligt fingeren på, hvorfor et multietnisk samfund ikke kan være et fællesskab. Om man vil det eller ej så søger krage mage og i Ekstra Bladet kan man da også læse den naturlige konsekvens, som konster mia. hvert år at forsinke bare lidt.

Den sidste etnisk danske elev er stoppet på Tovshøjskolen i Gellerup ved Aarhus, der nu er den eneste danske folkeskole med udelukkende to-sprogede elever, godt 300 i alt.

- Vi er en ren to-sproget skole. Nogle af vores elever kommer fra familier med sociale udfordringer. Til trods for dette har vi også elever, der kommer ud af skolen med gode resultater, forklarer skoleleder Aase Nielsen til metroxpress.

For et par år siden blev Tovshøjskolen kåret til Danmarks dårligste folkeskole. En undersøgelse, skolen ikke finder fair.

Segregeringen maler ufortrødent.

Konsensus for og imod videnskaben

Diverse, Greenpeace, Klima, Pressen, Videnskab, miljø, venstrefløjen — Drokles on March 22, 2014 at 5:18 am

Bjørn Lomborg beskriver i National Post den stadige modstand mod genmodificerede afgrøder trods deres påviselige og dundrende succes for den fattigste del af verden

Too often, we let emotion crowd out the facts of a news story. We base our opinions on the most attention-generating headlines, and deeply held convictions are shaped by only a few highly publicized stories. Recently, I was at a major New England university discussing the state of the world when we touched on nutrition. I made the point that the Green Revolution from the 1970s was a technological solution which has reaped huge benefits for both mankind and the environment.

First a bit of history: Spearheaded by Norman Borlaug, the Green Revolution found ways to make the yield of staple crops much higher, so we could grow much more food on the same agricultural land. The Green Revolution made food cheaper, and allowed countries like India to shift from imminent starvation to surplus food production. Higher yields also reaped environmental benefits, as there was less need to cut down forests and intrude on nature. For his work, Borlaug earned the nickname “The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives” and was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.

And yet, at this discussion, a college professor remarked that is was debatable whether the Green Revolution had been an overall good for India, since “there are so many suicides.”

I The Libetarian Republic angriber Devaid Gerale ligeledes modstanderne af GMO

Golden rice, a genetically engineered rice which is rich in beta carotene, was developed to help curb vitamin A deficiency in the third world, and has been shown as effective as beta carotene in oil at providing vitamin A. If policy or activism regarding genetically modified foods were to be based on the anti-science fear-mongering of people like Bill Nye, it would hinder efforts to stave off the ailments caused by micronutrient deficiency in the third world.

According to statistics compiled by UNICEF, this includes 1-2 million deaths annually of children 1-4 years old that could be averted by improved vitamin A nutritive.

Greenpeace activists have vandalized testing sites for this potentially life saving genetically modified rice.  Tons of genetically modified beets have been torched. Greenpeace has also broken into a CSIRO experimental farm in Australia to destroy genetically modified wheat, and anti-GMO activists in Hawaii cut down genetically modified papaya trees during debates about whether or not they would be banned in the state.

This is the same Greenpeace, by the way, which cites the broad and overwhelming scientific consensus that exists on the subject of climate change in support of their environmentalist views.  Science, it seems, only matters when the conclusion is agreeable.

Men Jerale er ingen Lomborg. “Science denial is not exclusive to right wing fundamentalists” hedder hans overskrift og han spørger derfor om venstrefløjens videnskabsbenægtelse i virkeligheden er værre end højrefløjens? Som præmis slås det naturligvis fast at “critics like Chris Mooney were quick to point out, correctly, that science denial is predominantly right-wing” og Gerale eksemplificerer

Fox News has been criticized for [false balance,] because their coverage of climate science greatly over-represents those who disagree with anthropogenic global warming theory while there is a strong consensus among climate scientists that the theory is correct.  As it happens, there is a similarly strong scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods, but Laci conveniently ignores it for the sake of manufactured controversy– and she’s not alone.

Videnskab er for mange en lille ny gud som man føler sig forpligtet til at besværge. Der er dem der er for eller imod guden og det indbefatter ikke blot accepten af gudens status, men af den rette lære. Og ingen er højere i afgørelsen af den rette lære end de ældste, vogternes råd, kleresiet. Og når man ikke er stærk i troen og ikke er stærk i skriften udskammer man derfor de vantro og kætterne i autoritetens navn. For hvis man virkeligt troede, hvis man virkeligt kendte skriften så ville man ikke henvise til det om ikke blasfemiske så uvidenskabelige ord ‘konsensus’ når man afgjorde, hvad der er videnskab, hvad der er ikke er videnskab og hvad der direkte er benægtelse.

For Jerale og mange med ham er videnskab ikke en proces, en stringent metode, til at kvalificere, kvantificere og teoretisere, men blot et samfund af repræsentanter, nemlig videnskabsmændene flest og prominentest. Et noget så uvidenskabeligt ord som konsensus, der betyder en overenskomst, en forhandlet enighed, som eksempelvis Samarbejdspolitikken, forveksles derfor med en ‘videnskabelig sandhed’. Og når konsensus samler sig om en teori så bliver denne teori derfor til selve videnskaben. At betvivle en teori som mange er tilslutter sig er at benægte videnskaben - at forsværge guden.

Forskellen på klimadebatten og GMO debatten er forskellen på hvor konsensus placerer sig mellem empiri og teori. For både GMO og klimadebatten rejser der sig nogle naturlige og forståelige bekymringer for, hvad der kan ske når vi så direkte manipulerer med henholdsvis ‘livets byggesten’ og atmosfærens kemiske sammensætning. Men afgørelsen om hvad der er videnskabeligt afgøres af data kontra teori. Hvis vi skal tro Lomborg og Gerale peger alle undersøgelser på at man endnu ikke har fundet negative konsekvenser af GMO og det underminerer kritikernes frygt. For klimavidenskaben er der ligeledes ingen undersøgelser der peger på at mennesket har eller er ved at ændre klimaet bemærkelsesværdigt. Temperaturen er ikke steget de seneste 17 år og den temperaturstigning vi har haft fra 70′erne til 1998 har været nærmest tro kopier af temperaturstigningerne 1860-1880 og 1910-1940, begge anerkendt som uden menneskelig indflydelse og alle tre tilsammen med en 30-årig periode mellem sig. Alligevel samler konsensus sig i tilfældet imod de videnskabeligt indsamlede data og holder fast i angsten for fremtiden genereret af selvskabte computerspådomme.

Flertal er ikke bevis og teori er ikke sandhed. Et hvilket som helst samfund, også det af videnskabsmænd, er sårbart overfor menneskets fejlbarlighed. Der er således tyrkisk konsensus om at benægte det armenske folkedrab. Det gør det ikke sandt.

Man bliver psykisk syg at marihuana

Akademia, Diverse, Forbrydelse og straf, Klima, Ytringsfrihed, miljø — Drokles on March 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

Måske bliver man ikke sindsyg direkte, men Global Warming.org fortæller at Marijuana øger den globale opvarmning

A new study by Evan Mills of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that indoor Cannabis production has a very large carbon footprint.

Reporter Colin Sullivan summarizes the study, titled “Energy Up in Smoke,” in yesterday’s E&E News (subscription required):

AGRICULTURE: Pot growers inhale 1% of U.S. electricity, exhale GHGs of 3M cars — study (04/11/2011)

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter
Indoor marijuana cultivation consumes enough electricity to power 2 million average-sized U.S. homes, which corresponds to about 1 percent of national power consumption, according to a study by a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Researcher Evan Mills’ study notes that cannabis production has largely shifted indoors, especially in California, where medical marijuana growers use high-intensity lights usually reserved for operating rooms that are 500 times more powerful that a standard reading lamp.

Og global opvarmning fører til sindlidelser fortæller CFACT

When it comes to global warming, melting ice caps and scorching heat waves often top the list of big worries. But now, just the act of worrying itself is allegedly becoming a new consequence of dreaded climate change. One new form of anguish is for survivors of extreme weather events – which kind of makes sense – but there’s apparently a special mental burden being carried by climate activists who one psychiatrist says are suffering from anticipatory anxiety and pre-traumatic stress disorder. Supposedly adding to the problem is that politicians aren’t doing enough to address their climate concerns, causing them to feel vulnerable and probably just not well understood.

Det betyder ifølge Discover Magazine at børn ikke kan sove for vrangforestillinger

Not long ago my wife and I went out to dinner at a restaurant with another couple, who, like us, have two boys. The conversation inevitably turned to our kids, school, family stuff. Their older son made the transition this year to junior high school. I asked how this was going. Pretty well, the mother said, except he had recently become anxious and wasn’t sleeping well. “He’s worried about climate change,” she said. “It’s keeping him up at night.”

Shortly after that outing, my wife and I had dinner with another couple. Again, the conversation revolved around our kids. (They have a 13-year old son and an 11-year old daughter). Their teenage boy, I learned, was also having anxiety and sleep issues. “He’s become obsessed with climate change,” the father told me. “He thinks the world is doomed.”

At politkere og embedsmænd begynder at konfabulere, som Responding To Climate Change fortæller

A UN climate meeting in Bonn’s bright World Conference Centre this week saw the usual tussle between the climate negotiators who are trying, each in their own way, to secure a deal designed to put a stop to climate change.

Tactics of diplomacy were varied, as negotiators both coaxed and conflicted with other countries as they tried to win the rest of the world around to their own way of thinking. But Yeb Sano, the lead negotiator from the Philippines, is the only one makes his point through fasting.

It is an unusual approach, but Sano believes it is effective, making him a better operator when it comes to  driving forward progress on the UN’s  climate treaty, which needs all the help it can get if it is going to be signed off by a 2015 deadline.

“When we look at this convoluted process called the climate negotiations, which has been running for more than two decades now, a lot of things we discuss here are things that will really test your patience,” he tells RTCC.

“Fasting allows you to understand where others come from and lead you to solutions that would go beyond the confines of what is written, what is conventional.

“That goes with the notion of dealing with climate change not by sticking with the traditional positions countries take, but finding common ground that addresses the problem in a way that respects not legal context, but the human moral context.”

Warsaw

Fasting each month is now a ritual for Sano, who goes without food for two days. On the first of each month, he fasts as part of a wider movement among environmental activists—united on Twitter with the hashtag #FastForTheClimate.

On the thirteenth, he undertakes a personal fast to remind himself of the catastrophic super-typhoon that hit the Philippines in November last year.

Og akademikere kvæles i egen galde i tidsskrifter som The Conversation

More deaths can already be attributed to climate change than the L’Aquila earthquake and we can be certain that deaths from climate change will continue to rise with global warming. Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.

Climate denial funding

We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.

Criminal negligence is normally understood to result from failures to avoid reasonably foreseeable harms, or the threat of harms to public safety, consequent of certain activities. Those funding climate denial campaigns can reasonably predict the public’s diminished ability to respond to climate change as a result of their behaviour. Indeed, public uncertainty regarding climate science, and the resulting failure to respond to climate change, is the intentional aim of politically and financially motivated denialists.

Så læg piben til side, verden er skør nok endda.

Frankrig under forandring

Arabere, Demografi, Frankrig, Indvandring, Udvandring, islam — Drokles on March 18, 2014 at 9:25 am

Mens muslimerne strømmer ind i Frankrig, siver velhaverne ud.

Four gangland murders in three weeks. But is Marseille really the most dangerous city in Europe? François Picard’s panel reacts to a special report on police reaction to a changing drug trade in the Mediterranean port city

France’s day of reckoning has arrived: Its wealthy, best and brightest are saying goodbye to a nation they believe doesn’t want them to succeed or become affluent.

Jesper Langballe er død

Diverse, Jesper Langballe, Mindeord — Drokles on March 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I min gymnasietid ville jeg så gerne være en del af det nye fællesskab og så gerne opfattes som klog. Desværre var mit niveau faldet drastisk i årene op til denne skelsættende tid så jeg måtte gå stille med mine tanker og i stedet lure stemningen. Og stemningen på Frederiksberg Gymnasium, den var rød. Eller rødlig. Der var også nogle standhaftige og uglesete KU’ere, men de var i mindretal og helt klart ikke in. Og så talte de kun om udliciteringer.

Jeg skippede derfor mine drengefantasier om den stærke nation og lod mig fascinere og forføre af Frederiksberg borgerskabets børns præcise tale om partipolitik og kommentatorer og fløje og debattører, et vældigt forvirrende politisk landskab. Jeg gik blot ind for 2 års værnepligt for alle unge mænd, NATO og så en skarp opdeling mellem hvad det offentlige skulle tage sig af og så den økonomiske motor. Det var ikke interessant når mine nye kammerater kunne fortælle hvorfor Mimi Jacobsen var småborgerlig eller hvordan de radikale underløb revolutionen.

Såledesg åbenbarede sig der altså et persongalleri af allerstørste vigtighed når talen faldt på politik. Og det var meget vigtigt, eller sådan følte jeg det i al fald i min eskalerende usikkerhed, at man var klar med de rette værdidomme. Jeg lyttede intenst og lærte meget og stor var min forbavselse da en kammerat kunne divertere med at der fandtes en præst i den danske Folkekirke, der nærmest var nazist.

Jeg var virkeligt rystet. Hvorledes kunne den danske folkekirke tillade at have en mand der nærmest var nazist ansat. Og så som præst! Og ikke nok med det, men han skrev nærmest nazistiske indlæg i aviserne. Hans navn var Søren Krarup. Det var meget deprimerende.

Men det skulle blive endnu mere deprimerende for en anden kammerat kunne så lægge til at denne Søren Krarup havde en fætter der var endnu værre - altså endnu værre end en der nærmest var nazist. Så denne fætter var så derfor mindst nazist. Mindst. Og også han var præst. Min verden stod ikke længere.

Fætteren til nærmest nazisten Søren Krarup hed Jesper Langballe. Det forvirrede mig lidt, kan jeg huske, hvorfor hed de ikke alle sammen Krarup? Men ok, min fætter hedder jo også Jørgensen. Jeg var meget forvirret i den periode.

De to så godt som nazistiske fætre havde startet en nærmest nazistisk forening, der hed Den Danske Forening og de tilhørte en fundamentalistisk gren af kristendommen, hvis dogmer stod helt hen i det uvisse. Måske brændte de kors af efter amerikansk forbillede? Men det virkede så underligt u-folkekirkeligt. Men skrækkelige var de.

Der var nu vigtigere ting end nazipræster dengang. Danmark stemte nej til Unionen, revolutionen var lige ved at starte i Los Angeles og jeg gik deprimerende nok en klasse om.

Efter gymnasiet sad jeg en morgen hjemme hos mine forældre og læste roligt Politiken da jeg så at kronikken var skrevet af ingen ringere end den fætter der var værre end nærmest nazist, Jesper Langballe. Jeg havde selv rykket mig en del på det tidspunkt, træt af floskler og mit eget, nej egne, svigt, og var nu tættere på den basale samfundstænkning, der havde præget min folkeskoletid: At sætte rationaler før fine fornemmelser, at finde præmisserne for et emne før man placerer personerne. Og da Politiken ikke normalt lagde spalter til nazister eller deres sympatisører så læste jeg i en dirrende forventning om at blive udfordret på mine meninger, men ikke chokeret i min grundvold.

Og jeg blev heller ikke chokeret, men alligevel ganske overrasket. Glædeligt. For Langballe skrev fyndigt, karsk og med stor humor og indsigt. Hans indledende afsnit var en mindre åbenbaring for mig, hvor han morsomt sammenlignede venstrefløjen efter murens fald med en hovedløs høne. Javist, den løb stadigt hyperaktiv rundt på gårdspladsen, men uden Sovjetunionen var den de facto død og det var blot et spørgsmål om tid førend den ville dratte livløs om.

Jeg husker ikke resten af kronikken, andet end at jeg kunne lide den, men indledningen fik noget til at falde på plads i mit indre. En mand der skriver med humor og vid og så stor præcision som Langballe var i mit indre et bevis på at manden ingenlunde var værre end nærmest nazist men blot frygteligt misforstået og karaktermyrdet. Jeg havde det allerede stærkt på fornemmelsen. At jeg var blevet løjet for. Men værst også havde løjet for mig selv. Der var grund til at læse og lytte mere til Langballe for fremtiden. Og også hans skrækkelige fætter.

Langballe har været et af de seneste årtiers mest opløftende debattører. Især årene som Folketingsmedlem var herlige. Da kunne pressen ikke længere betragte ham som et ildelugtende kuriosum. Men journalisterne fandt også hurtigt ud af, hvorledes han livede enhver debat op og også aftvang modstandere, endda fjender respekt. En eller anden højtstående akademiker skrev således sigende at hans kollegaer måtte sluge kamelen, nej, snarere krybe til korset og erkende at Langballe var den bedste videnskabsordfører i Folketinget.

Så ivrig efter en god debat var Langballe at han engang i DR2 vulgariserede sine egne meninger udover det parodiske for at tvinge en feministgimpe ud i åben kamp i anledning af Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag. Der skulle debatteres, krydses klinger, bare sig dit handicap, så spiller vi! Hun bed uanset hvor meget han blottede ned ikke på.

Langballe afviste floskler, som f.eks begrebet danske værdier med ordene:

“Hvad er de specielt danske værdier? Og det er jo noget forfærdeligt sludder, fordi danskhed er jo ikke et sæt værdier. Danskhed er et tilhørsforhold. Hvis man holder af sin familie, af sine børn, af sin mor og far, sin ægtefælle, så spørger man jo ikke ; hvad er det egentlig for nogle jeg kan lide hos dem? ja det ved jeg kat’me ikke hvad det er for nogle værdier - jeg kan bare lide dem!”.

Og da han fik afsat 10 mill til forskning af islamisk terror skulle det være uden en “fims af politisk korrekthed”. Jeg sad med en stærk fornemmelse af at Dansk Folkepartis præcise og uhysteriske håndtering af Muhammedkrisen skyldes den intellektuelle ballast som ‘fætrene’ gav partiet. Det kunne også høres når Pia Kjærsgaard som det mest selvfølgelige fortalte radioen at “I kristendommen sondres mellem Guds og kejserens - mellem det verdslige og det åndelige regimente”.

“Sorg er ikke noget man skal over” fortalte han engang en journalist i radioen “det er noget man skal igennem!” Så rigtigt. Nu er Langballe desværre død og hans familie skal gennem sorgen. Sådan er kærligheden. Hans virke må andre og mere vidende opsummere, det var stort, det spændte vidt for Langballe skrev om og debatterede tro, politik, litteratur og livet.

DR med bagvendt indrømmelse

Danmarks Radio, Diverse, Indvandring, Pressen, Økonomi og finans — Drokles on March 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

Danmarks Radio havde under den absurde overskrift “Indvandrere er en overskudsforretning for kommuner” en bagvendt indrømmelse af indvandringens udgifter

Kommuner med mange indvandrere og efterkommere kan se frem til at få færre penge i den særlige udligningsordning mellem kommuner.

Økonomi- og indenrigsminister Margrethe Vestager (R) lægger således op til at ændre ordningen, efter at en ny rapport viser, at tilskuddet per indvandrer er væsentligt større end merudgifterne for den enkelte kommune.

- Den nye analyse peger på, at der er behov for ændringer - og den giver et mere solidt grundlag end tidligere analyser. Analysen peger på, at ordningen i dag er for omfattende. Derfor synes jeg, at den skal ændres, så snart det er muligt og hensigtsmæssigt.

Mere pæcist skriver Berlingske Tidende: “Indvandrere fra ikke-vestlige lande som Tyrkiet, Somalia, Iran, Irak og Libanon vil i år koste 16,6 milliarder kroner i offentlige udgifter.” Og så er ikke medtaget alle de ulykker de bringer med sig. Daily Mail er også mere ud ad posen

Migrants have cost the Exchequer £140billion since the mid-1990s – more than £22million a day – it was claimed yesterday.

A new study starkly contradicts Left-wing claims that immigration helps to cut taxes.

Think-tank MigrationWatch has responded to another study – given substantial coverage by the BBC last year – which purported to show that immigrants made a contribution of £25billion to the public purse between 2001 and 2011.

Man får nogengange den tanke at vores ledende politikere fører denne destruktive politik med vilje.

Navnelegen

Diverse, IPCC, Klima, Videnskab, miljø — Drokles on March 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Ord former vores tanker. Ja, vi kan kun tænke gennem sprog som Vygotsky og Piaget kom frem til uafhængigt af hinanden (De kunne også have læst Biblens I begyndelsen var ordet… afsnit). Og derfor er det også vigtigt for enhver politisk og religiøs bevægelse at forme ord og sprog og vendinger, som tjener sagen bedst.

For klimadagsordenen startede man med udtrykket Global Opvarmning, da teorien var og er at den ekstra CO2 vi udleder i atmosfæren har drastisk indvirkning på drivhuseffekten som øger den globale temperatur. Egentlig effekt har CO2 så ikke haft alligevel indtil videre, hvilket er meget over tiden. Det er jo en bet at have et udtryk for noget der ikke sker. Og som det derfor er blevet pinligere at tale virkeligheden midt imod ændrer man sit sprog.

Det nye ord blev klimaforandringer, hvor det nye for de progressive pludselig blev en trussel, mens det sædvanlige og derfor reaktionære nu var at foretrække. Det var i det mindste en positiv forandring. Ordet var godt så langt at alt kunne fyldes i det da klimaet er foranderligt. Hvorfor lade sig trække ned i regnskabets sump af videnskabelige udsagn når intetsigende ord opflammer journalister og politikere?

Men fordi klimaforandringer lyder lige så meget som en mulighed som en trussel hos almindeligt og rettænkende mennesker måtte man finde på noget mere presserende. Klimaforstyrrelser blev derfor lanceret for en 5 års tid siden, men slog ikke igennem fordi det havde ikke det catchy ekstra der fik det til at rulle godt ud af munden. Og man kunne let risikere at skulle stå til regnskab for, hvad en forstyrrelse var eller ikke var. Var en særlig mild vinter en forstyrrelse?

Så derfor har man prøvet at få gang i ekstremt vejr. Det kan man bruge hver gang vejret er ekstremt og det er det jo altid et eller andet sted. En storm, tørke, skybrud, hedebølge, selv snevejr og frost, alt kan komme i mangler, ekstreme mængder og varierende intensitet fra tid til anden. Det er catchy og det kan bruges hver gang folk plages mest så der er automatisk signalindlæring. Men desværre skal også dette underkastes regnskabet (vejret er ikke mere ekstremt end for 30 år siden, tværtimod) og man skal forklare hvorfor vejr og klima alligevel hænger sammen efter at have brugt 20 år på at forklare at vejr og klima ikke hænger sammen når folk har ironiseret over at skulle skovle sne.

Denne navneleg er påtvunget af naturen der nu på 17. år ikke har ladet den globale temperatur stige. At temperaturen ikke stiger vil sige at der ikke er global opvarmning. Når der ikke er global opvarmning forandrer klimaet sig ikke (udover det sædvanlige), når klimaet ikke forandrer sig er der ingen forstyrrelser og ekstremt vejr er kun naturligt, som det altid har været. Det er altså blot din påklædning der er forkert.

Sagt på en anden måde så er teorien om mennesket drastiske påvirkning af klimaet gennem udledning af CO2 forkert. Men den udgør en karriere for mange journalister, forskere, politikere, foreninger der i skøn forening sponserer opbygningen og vedligeholdelsen af en industri af forældet og dyr industri af vind, vand og solfangere som har taget arbejdere og ingeniører ud af arbejdsstyrken og forvandlet dem til lige så relevante fagfolk som bødkere. Og alle disse økonomisk belastende arbejdspladser går tabt, hvis ikke skatteborgeren betaler lidt mere hele tiden.

Og så er det at man ikke kan sige at vi tog fejl og vi lige har sænket den økonomiske vækst med 1%/år og brugt tid og ressourcer på at løse pseudo problemer i stedet for reelle problemer. Så derfor opfinder man et nyt begreb, nemlig mysteriet om den manglende varme. Nature skriver

The biggest mystery in climate science today may have begun, unbeknownst to anybody at the time, with a subtle weakening of the tropical trade winds blowing across the Pacific Ocean in late 1997. These winds normally push sun-baked water towards Indonesia. When they slackened, the warm water sloshed back towards South America, resulting in a spectacular example of a phenomenon known as El Niño. Average global temperatures hit a record high in 1998 — and then the warming stalled.

For several years, scientists wrote off the stall as noise in the climate system: the natural variations in the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere that drive warm or cool spells around the globe. But the pause has persisted, sparking a minor crisis of confidence in the field. Although there have been jumps and dips, average atmospheric temperatures have risen little since 1998, in seeming defiance of projections of climate models and the ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. Climate sceptics have seized on the temperature trends as evidence that global warming has ground to a halt. Climate scientists, meanwhile, know that heat must still be building up somewhere in the climate system, but they have struggled to explain where it is going, if not into the atmosphere. Some have begun to wonder whether there is something amiss in their models.

Now, as the global-warming hiatus enters its sixteenth year, scientists are at last making headway in the case of the missing heat. Some have pointed to the Sun, volcanoes and even pollution from China as potential culprits, but recent studies suggest that the oceans are key to explaining the anomaly. The latest suspect is the El Niño of 1997–98, which pumped prodigious quantities of heat out of the oceans and into the atmosphere — perhaps enough to tip the equatorial Pacific into a prolonged cold state that has suppressed global temperatures ever since.

Den manglende varme kan kun være manglende hvis den skulle have været der, som teorien siger at den skal være. Normalt og før staterne satte sig på forskningen og skabte en usund alliance mellem viden og politik ville man blot konstatere at der ikke var kommet nogen ekstra varme og at teorien derfor var forkert eller blæst ud af proportion. En simpel sammenligning mellem teoriens forudsigelser og empiriens dom.

Man taler i samme forståelse også om pause i den globale opvarmning. Altså mener man at temperaturen vil vende tilbage. Ingen kan forklare, hvorfor varmen gemmer sig eller hvor den gemmer sig, men ingen lader sig slå ud af det helt uventede og behandler virkeligheden som et kuriosum til den teori, hvorom ingen tvivl hersker.

Gud er måske død, men religioner trives. Måske det var bedst om Ordet var blevet hos Gud.

Gayropa på grænsen til virkeligheden

Diverse — Drokles on March 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

The New Republic er lettere forargede over det russiske udtryk “Gayropa” og foreslår at Europa svarer igen på Ruslands aggression med bøssede midler

Tourism in the European Union is a safety valve for a large Russian middle class that takes its cues in fashion and pretty much everything else from European culture.

Ja, mangel på modetøj skal nok tvinge dem i knæ. Jim Geraghty spørger derfor i National Review om folk er tilfredse med enden på Pax Americana

Dear World beyond Our Borders,

These are your choices:

  1. A world where the United States government and its military, supplied by corporations you find distasteful, responds to aggression and provocations through shows of force and military interventions. These interventions — sometimes on a large scale and sometimes on a small scale — inflict regrettable but inevitable collateral damage on civilians. These actions are ones that in the past you have labeled “imperialist” and “aggressive” and that prompt you to lament that the world is being run by “cowboys” and — the post-millennial all-purpose pejorative label — “neocons.”
  2. A world where the United States government and its military do not respond this way, and disputes about territory, ideology, and power beyond our borders are hashed out by the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, the Pakistanis, the Saudis, various jihadist factions (including those so violent and bloodthirsty that not even al-Qaeda wants to be associated with them), terror-for-hire groups like the Haqqani network, and anyone else who wants in on the brawl.

Pick one. There is no “Option C” where the United Nations suddenly becomes an effective, respected peacekeeping force. There is no “Option D” where the world’s strong men and brutes are talked into taking up yoga and become calm, mellow guys, eager to hug it out.

The death toll is much, much higher under option B. But that’s your call. Maybe you’re okay with that.

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Mike Konrad skriver i American Thinker, at Gayropas selvlede startede med den gamle orden Wienerfredens sammenbrud. For skønt vestmagterne vandt 1. Verdenskrig og besejrede den kontinentale imperialisme og totalitarisme så efterlod blodbaddet Europa traumatiseret

But the victory was Pyrrhic. It had come at such a fearsome price that victory had not proved a vindication of Western ideals, but had caused many to question their merit. The resulting lack of confidence caused the West to lack the resolve to put down extremism in Russia, though it could have done so easily in 1918.  European forces would abandon a hard won Constantinople – an historic Christian seat — and let the Turkish Muslims retake it in 1923.

Islam, which had been brought to the edge of collapse, was given a breather to recover.  Peoples of color would lose all respect for the white man when their volunteer soldiers came home from the bloodbath.  White claims of superiority were shown to be a lie after Africans, Asians, and Arabs had seen whites slaughter each other by the millions.

Atheism came into vogue in Europe after World War I, and never left. The clergy of each particular nation had supported the war, and encouraged men off to their deaths.  To the Europeans, God had died on Flanders’ fields.  Europe is now post-Christian.

Rather than democracy being triumphant, totalitarianism arose, far more fearsome and savage than anything that had come out of the tyrannies of the Czar or the autocracy of the Kaiser.  Lenin would replace the Czar, and eventually, Hitler the Kaiser.

Some historian, such as Niall Ferguson have even averred that it would have been better had Britain stayed out and let Germany win. In light of the consequences, who can say he is wrong

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When WWI ended, European society would be forever broken.  It has not recovered. Right now, demographic rates show that Europe is not even reproducing itself at replacement levels.  Europe has lost the will to live.

Patriotism is all but dead in Western Europe.

Religion is dead.  Most West European nations are nowhere near American church attendance.

It is easy for us Americans to criticize the Europeans; but we did not go through the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, and World War II in our own backyard.  58,000 dead in Vietnam over a decade was enough to bring us Americans to social disruption.  Europe saw that many die in one day during the Napoleonic Wars at Borodino.

Starting in 1914, Western Civilization collapsed.   Even the victory of 1918 by the Allies could not hide the damage.   Since then, despite its rising prosperity, the West has lost the will to live… as evinced by it collapsing demographic – and abortion rates where the West kills its unborn.

The White race went from being supremacists to having an inferiority complex.

We in America are presently the last redoubt of the West.  We may not be in as severe a retreat as the rest of the West, but we are retreating.  We have to do some serious soul searching if Western Civilization is to survive.  Europe may be lost.

A hundred years after 1914, on the anniversary of the disaster, the West has to change its attitude and policies.

Amerikanernes atomparaply under den kolde krig har efterladt Europa i socialingeniørernes illusioner. Måske Ruslands gammeldags magtpolitik kan vække os?

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Et russisk perspektiv på Ukraine

Historie, Kolde Krig, Multikultur, Rusland, Ukraine — Drokles on March 6, 2014 at 2:59 am

Man er jo ikke glade for at se Sarah Palins og Mitt Romneys advarsler om russernes emperiale tendenser være timelige. Men det ser ud til at man ikke kan lære en kæmpe bjørn nye triks. Business Insider citerer noget så eksotisk som et russisk synspunkt

In recent days, the situation in Ukraine has deteriorated rapidly. The agreements reached between President Yanukovych and the opposition on 21 February have been scrapped by opposition leaders:the legitimate Head of State that was supposed to remain in office has been effectively ousted from the country, an interim president has been appointed, presidential elections have been set for 25 May, no steps have been made in the area of constitutional reform or joint investigation.

But more importantly, rather than taking account of the numerous appeals to national unity and reconciliation, political power in Kiev has been concentrated in the hands of far-right extremist elements that do not hide their xenophobic, anti-Semitic, neofascist credentials. Not surprisingly, one of the first decisions of the new rulers was to abolish the law on regional languages, a move that has caused concern not only among Russian-speakers, but also in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. This has coincided with a widespread campaign of intimidation of ethnic Russian population and desecration of monuments celebrating Russia’s and Ukraine’s common historical achievements such as the defeat of Nazism in the Second World War. Russian Orthodox priests have become object of threats. Attempts were made to seize the Orthodox shrines, such as the Kiev Pechersk Laura and the Pochayev Laura.

The situation of the Russian community in the Crimea has become particularly precarious. As soon as rallies erupted to express protest against with the way the Kiev events had unfolded, the Crimeans were accused of separatism and were threatened with force. There has been a lot of speculation regarding movements of troops of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, taken as a precautionary measure in full compliance with the relevant bilateral agreements with Ukraine. During the night of 1 March, unknown armed men sent from Kiev tried to seize the building of the Crimea Interior Ministry. Only decisive actions by self-defence groups allowed to stop that provocation that has left many people injured.

Within this context, it is not surprising that as many as 143 thousand people from Ukraine have applied for asylum in Russia over the past two weeks.

Et måske endnu bedre kig ind i en kulturkamp mellem Vest og Øst kan man læse i EU Times af den franske forfatter Nicolas Bonnal, der som en Rasputin blander en tilsyneladende indsigt med vrøvl

The Pussy Riot case proves that Satanism became an official and popular culture of the West. The West is ready to do anything to protect this culture. We can see this in “Harry Potter,” MTV programs (zombies, vampires, the possessed, cannibals), Madonna’s anti-French provocations in Tel Aviv with underlying reasons of occultism. Such reasons can be found at almost all rock and pop concerts). Messages of Satanism are meticulously calculated. They incarnate the hidden guise of democracy, which is always ready to generously drop bombs on Syria, Iran or threaten the Russia of Vladimir Putin. The target is anything that does not fit into the system, but the main target is Christianity. Provocateurs like Madonna are Zionists; provocateurs like Pussy Riot are those who respect and fear Islamists and kick the cat in the church – the church that was accused of being the open expression of the heritage, which the West simply can not stand.

Churches do not let our demons celebrate, and our democracies are furious because of that. The liquid society, as Bauman described it, wants to eliminate every trace of purity and spiritual roots. It wants to destroy even memory itself. Because the perfect consumer – is the one who forgets what he or she just bought.

Let’s go back in time. The Soviet Union was disrespected in the West for political reasons, but there were also reasons of cultural and artistic nature. The USSR did not make Pollocks, but it did make artists working in the genre of figurative painting; he did not make the Beatles, but made Prokofiev, Shostakovich, or folk dancing; the USSR did not glorify the Lucifer-like freedom but it did glorify socialist discipline. This, as we say, is old-fashioned and was outlived. Give us something new, and every morning!

As I will show below, it was the American services that were promoting the degenerative culture, the goal of which was to exert spiritual influence over the masses, to depreciate and vulgarize humanity. Soviet socialism was on the ring, fighting the opponent that would hit only below the waist. That socialism gave us Tarkovsky, the Bolshoi Theatre and the Red Army Choir. In response, the Soviet Union would receive “Rosemary’s Baby” and rappers! The Soviet Union was not of the same level!

Modern culture – we’ll go back to the 1960s – served (in an elite form) rather grim purposes. The culture (whether it is Lady Gaga, Swedish “Millennium” books, jazz, rap, neo-punk fashion or movie “Avatar”), in which we live, has turned away from our cultural heritage. The emergence of this culture is not incidental; it is not the fruit of audience tastes or the naive genius of its creators. This culture is no longer a Christian culture; it is not rooted in the history of the land of the given nation. It is associated with the spiritual training of people, it is abstract and massive; it has vile goals and accurate globalized plans. Its history can be drawn from the so-called “modern literature” to post-classic cinematography. Contemporary music should drive people crazy, Adorno said. Solzhenitsyn pointed out in his Harvard speech that the world was conquered by intolerable music, that people forgot that they were alive. Black magic is in power everywhere in the West, and there is no need to be paranoid about it – just turn on the TV.

Daniel Estulin, a writer of Soviet origin, wonderfully wrote about the occult plan of the hidden side of contemporary subculture. It has long been known that the rock-like culture of the Beatniks was launched and encouraged to develop and separate most active political movements. The enthronement of drugs and counterculture meets the police and political project (such as MK-Ultra, Cointelpro, Artichoke), which Hollywood took as a source of inspiration. And, as we know, the author of the controversial “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Ken Kesey tried drugs for mind control programs. It was easier to control parallel worlds than create political parties. I have already shown the role that was played by the American “conquest of space” and science fiction that smelled like Scientology sect. Regarding the sexual revolution, it was prescribed as some sort of a miracle cure already in Huxley’s “Brave New World” …! It resulted in widely available mass pornography and angry roars of political correctness. While we boast of our sexual madness, the Catholic Church faces millions of accusations of pedophilia!

William Varattoni skriver beroligende om Ruslands motiver i Kyiv Post

The crisis in Crimea has been many years in the making, and made it ripe for the taking.

To paint Russian leadership as reactionary, ham-fisted hardliners is to ignore a decade of methodical deployment of soft power techniques, patient construction of fifth columns, and the massive incentives Russia has not to blow the place up.

Focus on Russia’s military is misdirection; it is absolutely important, but the real benefit to brinkmanship is to make other outcomes seem downright reasonable.

In light of recent setbacks, two potential outcomes are both reasonable (when compared to the extremes of military conflict and secession) and advantageous for Russia:

1) a Crimean peninsula that is fully autonomous within the Ukrainian state (it already has semi-autonomy) and functions in practice like a British Hong Kong for Russia, and

2) a Ukrainian state that is more federalist across all regions (which makes a fast and massive shift into Europe’s orbit decidedly less likely).

The outcome in Crimea hinges on the disposition of the citizens of Crimea. While the world focuses on Russian actions in Crimea, it is crucial to understand what resonates with Crimean citizens and what dynamics prevailed before today’s headlines.

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Naked aggression dooms Russia’s interests; no state aspires to be another Russian frozen conflict

With good reason, the deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine scares everyone.

But a military invasion with frenetic confrontation is unthinkable unless Russia has given up all hope for relations with the rest of Ukraine.

Ukrainians east and west were united when Russia tried to quietly take over the sandbar known as Tuzla Island in 2003. Ukrainians, regardless of their affinities for Russia or its culture, will not tolerate an attack on their sovereignty. If Russia is seen as an invader in Crimea, it will cease to have a meaningful partnership with the rest of Ukraine.  Crimea is a beautiful and important place, but capturing Crimea at the expense of losing the rest of Ukraine would be a tradeoff that only a truly desperate Russia would make.

Even if Russia did use its military to conquer Crimea, governance becomes a huge problem because the Russian regime would lack legitimacy with large swaths of the population. A police state would be required and Crimea would quickly turn from a highly desired vacation spot (which is the source of its economic value) into a militarized Russians-only resort. This is hardly the existence that Crimeans aspire to.

Robert Zubrin beskriver en mere dyster og ideologisk motivation i National Review

The core idea of Dugin’s Eurasianism is that “liberalism” (by which is meant the entire Western consensus) represents an assault on the traditional hierarchical organization of the world. Repeating the ideas of Nazi theorists Karl Haushofer, Rudolf Hess, Carl Schmitt, and Arthur Moeller van der Bruck, Dugin says that this liberal threat is not new, but is the ideology of the maritime cosmopolitan power “Atlantis,” which has conspired to subvert more conservative land-based societies since ancient times. Accordingly, he has written books in which he has reconstructed the entire history of the world as acontinuous battle between these two factions, from Rome v. Carthage to Russia v. the Anglo Saxon “Atlantic Order,” today. If Russia is to win this fight against the subversive oceanic bearers of such “racist” (because foreign-imposed) ideas as human rights, however, it must unite around itself all the continental powers, including Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics, Turkey, Iran, and Korea, into a grand Eurasian Union strong enough to defeat the West.

In order to be so united, this Eurasian Union will need a defining ideology, and for this purpose Dugin has developed a new “Fourth Political Theory” combining all the strongest points of Communism, Nazism, Ecologism, and Traditionalism, thereby allowing it to appeal to the adherents of all of these diverse anti-liberal creeds. He would adopt Communism’s opposition to free enterprise. However, he would drop the Marxist commitment to technological progress, a liberal-derived ideal, in favor of Ecologism’s demagogic appeal to stop the advance of industry and modernity. From Traditionalism, he derives a justification for stopping free thought. All the rest is straight out of Nazism, ranging from legal theories justifying unlimited state power and the elimination of individual rights, to the need for populations “rooted” in the soil, to weird gnostic ideas about the secret origin of the Aryan race in the North Pole.

The open devotion to Nazism is Dugin’s thought is remarkable. In his writings he celebrates the Waffen SS, murderers of millions of Russians during the war, as an ideal organization. He also approves of the most extreme crimes of Communism, going so far as to endorse the horrific 1937 purges that killed, among numerous other talented and loyal Soviet citizens, nearly the entire leadership of the Red Army — something that Stalin himself later had second thoughts about.

What Russia needs, says Dugin, is a “genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent, fascist fascism.” On the other hand, “Liberalism, is an absolute evil. . . . Only a global crusade against the U.S., the West, globalization, and their political-ideological expression, liberalism, is capable of becoming an adequate response. . . . The American empire should be destroyed.”

This is the ideology behind the Putin regime’s “Eurasian Union” project. It is to this dark program, which threatens not only the prospects for freedom in Ukraine and Russia, but the peace of the world, that former Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych tried to sell “his” country. It is against this program that the courageous protesters in the Maidan took their stand and — with scandalously little help from the West — somehow miraculously prevailed. But now the chips are really down. The Ukrainians are being faced not with riot police, but with Russian divisions, subversion, and economic warfare. The country needs to be stabilized, and defended. The Ukrainians deserve our full support — and not just for reasons of sympathy for those resisting tyranny or respect for the brave. It is in the vital interest of America that freedom triumphs in Ukraine.

Without Ukraine, Dugin’s fascist Eurasian Union project is impossible, and sooner or later Russia itself will have to join the West and become free, leaving only a few despised and doomed islands of tyranny around the globe. But with Ukraine underfoot, the Eurasianists’ program can and will proceed, and a new Iron Curtain will fall into place imprisoning a large fraction of humanity in the grip of a monstrous totalitarian power that will become the arsenal of evil around the world for decades to come. That means another Cold War, trillions of dollars wasted on arms, accelerated growth of the national-security state at home, repeated proxy conflicts costing millions of lives abroad, and civilization itself placed at risk should a single misstep in the endless insane great-power game precipitate the locked and loaded confrontation into a thermonuclear exchange.

Rusland er en bølle, men endnu ingen direkte trussel mod Europa. Måske kan det endda vække os fra vores forløjede dyrkelse af blød magt.

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