News of the Week for July 21st, 2013
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
New testimony claims Lois Lerner and Obama appointee were behind Tea Party targeting
New testimony from IRS officials claims that Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division, instructed employees to send Tea Party group applications for tax-exempt status through a multi-layered review that included the IRS chief counsel’s office, which is led by Obama appointee William Wilkins.
IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names
Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.
IRS lawyer testifies that political appointee’s office involved in Tea Party screening
A veteran IRS lawyer testified on Thursday that officials from a Washington office led by a political appointee intervened in the screening of Tea Party applications, saying publicly for the first time the IRS chief counsel’s office was involved in the controversial program.
Obama Responds to Zimmerman Verdict: ‘Stem the Tide of Gun Violence’–For Trayvon
President Barack Obama issued a long-awaited response Sunday afternoon to the acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday evening, reminding Americans to temper “passions,” and that “we are a nation of laws and the jury has spoken.”
He added that Americans should “honor” the life of Trayvon Martin by committing to “stem the tide of gun violence,” and “ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion in our communities.”
Justice Department places ‘hold’ on Trayvon Martin trial evidence, including George Zimmerman’s gun – which Florida law says must be returned to him
The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial – including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer’s gun.
GOP bill would defund schools with rules against playing with imaginary guns
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) introduced legislation this week to block federal funding for schools that enforce rules that punish students for playing with imaginary weapons.
Sens. John Morse, Angela Giron recall elections set for Sept. 10
A Denver judge Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado’s first-ever recall election of state lawmakers.
Under Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law, Black and White Defendants Fare Equally Well
In my column last week, I noted two complementary narratives that cloud people’s understanding of the George Zimmerman case: one about race, the other about the alleged defects of Florida’s self-defense law. Last year the Tampa Bay Times tried to get a sense of how these two factors interact by looking at racial patterns in self-defense cases. Its findings belie the idea that the enforcement of Florida’s law is biased against black defendants
Remarkable correlation of Arctic sea ice to solar cycle length
This is interesting, especially since Solar Cycle 23 was quite long.
Government in Healthcare
Fraud fear raised in California’s health exchange
As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll.
Obamacare+Tornado. The perfect storm is coming
Matt O’Brien, Associate Editor of the Atlantic, Calls Obamacare Implementation “Leninism”
Matt O’Brien is the Associate Editor of the Atlantic.
This morning, I made clear I think Obamcare should be implemented exactly as it was designed and written by the Democrats on the timeline it was intended to be implemented. In other words — let’s proceed as the Democrats demanded when they passed Obamacare.
Fissures in Dems’ Support for Obamacare
President Obama touted Obamacare’s supposed benefits Thursday in the hope of distracting attention from Wednesday’s bipartisan House vote that for the first time revealed fissures in congressional Democrats’ lockstep support for his health care law. An unprecedented 35 Democrats bucked the president by voting to delay Obamacare’s “employer mandate,” while 22 Democrats voted to delay its “individual mandate” for one year. Obamacare opponents now have an opportunity to widen the fissures among its supporters.
Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database
Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.
China naval fleet seen off northern Japan
A Chinese naval fleet was Sunday spotted sailing for the first time through an international strait between northern Japan and Russia’s far east, the Japanese defence ministry said.
TSA searches valet parked car
She says she had no warning that someone was going to search her car after she left to catch her flight. So the woman contacted News10NBC.
Driving somewhere? There’s a gov’t record of that
Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.
Driving somewhere? There’s a gov’t record of that
Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.
Did Egyptian military commit or prevent a coup?
Was Muslim Brotherhood rule the end of democracy as Egypt briefly knew it?
Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work
In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.
FBI records: agents found no evidence that Zimmerman was racist
After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show.
The “what if Trayvon were white” logical fallacy
One of the most popular liberal reactions to the finding that George Zimmerman was not guilty is to posit the question of how the case would have been treated differently if Trayvon Martin were white.
“Lesbians in Space” (& other government approved text books)
As Janet Nopalitano steps aside to take a new job that will pay her 3 times what she’s been earning as our nation’s protector— proving that incompetency pays…she leaves behind a legacy of utter failure. She was a politically correct choice who was laughably unqualified, and as a reult of her incompetence, 32 Americans were killed by muslim terrorists on American Spoil— compare that to ZERO dead Americans under her predecessors —but watch the mainstream media nauseatingly glorify her.
Fault Lines in Democratic Party
Sometimes things fall apart right in plain sight but no one sees it unraveling until too late. That’s especially true in politics.
New effort by left to tar Marco Rubio as anti-woman
“This is a senator who was one of only 22 Republican men voting against the Violence Against Women Act,” said Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president, in an interview previewing the effort with TIME. “He has worked tirelessly to roll back women’s freedom.” Central to the EMILY’s list argument is Rubio’s vocal support for an upcoming Republican Senate bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill, which has not yet been brought for a vote, faces certain defeat in the Democrat-controlled Senate. “I’m very supportive of it. I’m already on a bill that does it in the D.C. area,” Rubio told POLITICO this week. “We’re trying to determine appropriate language that our colleagues can coalesce around, so that’s what we’re working on.”…
Celebs react to George Zimmerman verdict
Celebrities took to social media Saturday, expressing shock, outrage and sadness that neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Senate GOP braces for nuclear option
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they pull the trigger on Tuesday,” says Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. “Reid has gone so far out on a limb.”
Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes
On a windy morning in California’s Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.
Younger Hispanics Initially Identify As Independents – Which Is The GOP’s Window Of Opportunity
Last month, I posted a story about the voter registration misgivings conservative have with immigration reform. James Pethokoukis at AEI said that if the eleven million illegals here were able to vote in 2012, Obama wouldn’t have won more swing states. Additionally, he would’ve performed a half a percentage point better with Hispanics. On the other hand, Republicans can still make inroads with Hispanics, whose younger voters tend to identify as independents upon reaching voting age.
An early look at the 2014 Senate battleground
Nate Silver believes that Republicans “will end up with somewhere between 50 and 51 Senate seats after 2014, putting them right on the threshold of a majority.” He bases his conclusion on a race-by-race analysis of the seats being contested.
JEANTEL WARNED ZIMMERMAN COULD BE GAY RAPIST
Last night Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel gave CNN her first interview since testifying in the George Zimmerman murder trial.
Trayvon Protesters March into Florida Governor’s Office
Al Sharpton’s troops are doing their best to turn the entire country into Freddy’s Fashion Mart.
Incredible: Democratic Assemblywoman Says SIX Women Approached Her Complaining of Filthy Filner, But She Never Pressed the Matter, and Says Filthy Filner Shouldn’t Resign
I don’t know why I said “Democratic assemblywoman” in the headline; “Democratic” was obvious from context, wasn’t it? The moment a “feminist” starts defending a serial sexual assailant, you know the parties involved.
Jesse Jackson: ‘Inclination’ To Treat Florida As ‘Apartheid State’
As a response to the Trayvon Martin case and Florida’s stand your ground law Jessie Jackson is calling for a boycott of the state
Summer Camp for Moonbats
In a world run by moonbats, nothing is wholesome — not even summer camp
Martin Family Attorney: ‘Duty’ To ‘Be a Social Engineer’
Following George Zimmerman’s acquittal, an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that she feels “a greater duty beyond being an attorney, and that’s to be a social engineer.”
Twitter Explodes With Racial Epithets Towards Larry Elder: ‘Coon A– House N–ger’
As NewsBusters reported, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder had a heated exchange Wednesday with CNN’s Piers Morgan concerning the George Zimmerman trial and prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel.
Montana State Auditor Monica Lindeen says she will not be running for the US Senate.
The announcement comes days after former Governor Brian Schweitzer announced he would also not be running for Montana’s open Senate seat.
‘Filthy Filner’ Says He’s Just a ‘Hugger’
San Diego Mayor Filner, also referred to as ‘Filthy Filner’ by his alleged victims, told KUSI yesterday that he is just a “hugger.” The remarks came following a press conference held by former councilwoman Donna Frye and attorneys Corey Briggs and Marco Gonzalez revealing salacious and disturbing details of alleged sexual harassment of subordinates and constituents.
San Diego NOW Calls for ‘Filthy Filner’ to Resign
We can add the San Diego chapter of NOW to the list of people and groups calling for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign. Last week, former Filner ally and San Diego councilwoman Donna Frye brought to light salacious sexual harassment allegations against the Mayor.
Confirmed: DOJ Helped Bogus Student Group Linked to ACORN Target George Zimmerman
And, here we thought the Obama Administration was going to focus on jobs!… Boy were we wrong.
Fired employee to file lawsuit against Zimmerman prosecutors
A former employee of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s office plans to file a whistleblower lawsuit against George Zimmerman’s prosecutors, his attorney told Reuters on Tuesday.
McDonnell, wife received $120,000 from political backer
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife reportedly received $120,000 from a political backer, and it may be perfectly legal — if otherwise highly questionable. McDonnell’s real-estate company received $70,000 from Jonnie R. Williams, and McDonnell’s wife Maureen received $50,000 directly from Williams, neither of which were reported on campaign-finance disclosures.
Democrat scandal brewing in CA52 race
California Democrat Rep. Scott Peters (CA52), is one of the GOP’s top targets in the 2014 midterm elections. Peters is a freshman Congressman and won by only a few points in 2012. The Republicans have a credible candidate to oppose Peters in Carl DeMaio, a young and “new generation” Republican who, so far, is beating Peters by a healthy margin in polling match ups.
3D-printing with liquid metal at room temperature
A new method for printing 3D structures and wires from liquid metal opens up possibilities for flexible and stretchable electronic connections.
Newly Released Documents Detail the Department of Justice’s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests
DOJ deployed obscure section to play role in Florida protests.
Obama’s Justice Department Organized and Funded Protests Against George Zimmerman
We’re officially living in a banana republic. Brian Preston reports the gory details of the final nail in our coffin, whereby the President of the United States uses his Justice Department to agitate against an innocent citizen.
Baby bust? National birthrate hits an all-time low due to weak economic recovery
During the recession, the birthrate dropped after a high in 2007
The recession has been officially over for four years
The birthrate hit an all-time low in 2011 and stayed there in 2012
Economic uncertainty coupled with a general trend towards fewer births means there may not be a bounce-back in birthrates
Hundreds call to adopt Down syndrome baby, save it from abortion
When the Rev. Thomas Vander Woude learned about a young couple planning to abort their unborn baby that had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, the priest reached out and offered a deal: Deliver the child and he would help find an appropriate adoptive family.
In Detroit, 911 Is a Joke
A question unimaginable in most major American cities is utterly commonplace in this one: If you suddenly found yourself gravely ill, injured or even shot, would you call 911?
Sex video clears men accused of rape
The hookup got hot and wild, and one of the two men whipped out his cellphone to shoot a video of the room-to-room romp with the woman they’d just met that night.
Rust promises hydrogen power boost
Rust could help boost the efficiency of hydrogen production from sunlight – a potentially green source of energy.
‘The Great Gypsy,’ Ornell on Hempstead reading list
The Hempstead Public Schools has some unique items on its summer reading list this year: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gypsy,” and authors George Ornell and Emily Bonte, to name a few.
Judge Rules That Detroit’s Bankruptcy Is Unconstitutional, Ruling That It “Dishonors” Obama
What are you going to say? Nothin’, that’s what. What is there to say?
Schuette appeals Ingham County judge’s order to withdraw bankruptcy case
Ruling the governor and Detroit’s emergency manager violated the state constitution, an Ingham County Circuit judge ordered Friday that Detroit’s federal bankruptcy filing be withdrawn.
Michigan AG challenges judge’s ruling that Detroit bankruptcy is unconstitutional
An Ingham County judge says Thursday’s historic Detroit bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution and state law and must be withdrawn.
Detroit Runs Out of Other People’s Money
Hiroshima was hit by a nuclear bomb. Detroit was hit by moonbattery. Today, Hiroshima is a wealthy, growing city, like Detroit used to be. Detroit, despite the $zillions that have been poured into it, is bankrupt
German Homeschooling Family Takes Fight Against Deportation to Supreme Court
The Romeikes, a German family granted legal asylum in the United States by a U.S. immigration judge in 2010, will petition the Supreme Court to hear its case to be granted permanent legal status in the country.
‘Sambo, Uncle Tom n*gger’: Self-appointed race cops unleash hate on Cosby and Barkley for Zimmerman remarks
Think skin color should be the sole deciding factor in how someone thinks, speaks and acts? Then this is the crowd for you.
Democratic Assemblywoman: The California Democratic Party Told Me I Had to Support Filner, Despite His Molestation Habit, Or Else They’d Blackball Me
A state Democratic party is threatening women into supporting a known sexual assaulter.
You’re darned right I’m thinking of running for president, says … Peter King?
Seems crazy at first blush, but when you think about it, it seems slightly less crazy. Then, when you think about it some more, it seems full-blown crazy again.
Early Wyoming poll: Mike Enzi leads Liz Cheney among Republicans — by 34 points
Amazing data via David Freddoso’s Conservative Intelligence Briefing — and I don’t mean the topline number, either. It’s no trick for a three-term incumbent with stratospheric name recognition to lead big early over a relative unknown.
Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy”
The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook
David Axelrod: ‘Hillary Clinton Probably Will Be The Candidate’
Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic candidate for president in 2016, according to longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod, and only if she passes up a presidential bid will vice president Joe Biden run.
Report: Senate immigration bill includes nearly $300 million in slush funds for immigrants’ rights groups, in language drafted by the former policy chief for one such organization
The National Council of La Raza is likely to benefit from grant money set aside in an immigration bill drafted by its former policy director
Legislation passed in the Senate would exclude three-time DUI offenders from a path to citizenship, but two-time drunk drivers would be acceptable
Passport forgers would no longer be prosecuted for making a single fake travel document, with the bar being set at three
Document counterfeiters whose materials are used to obtain passports would only be jailed if they contributed to at least 10 phony passports
“Geeks Out” seeking to end Ender’s Game
This is something I’ve been waiting for since at least the 90’s, and I’m not talking about the media catnip highlighted in the title. This November we’ll finally see the release of the movie version of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic, Ender’s Game. Card has produced a lot of good work, but when I first read Ender’s Game, I was hooked. I did not wind up reading every book in the series, but the first four (also including Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind) were excellent. But the technology has only recently arrived to truly do the books credit in movie form, I think.
Harris-Perry: Detroit is “what it looks like when government is small enough to drown”
This cannot be real life. Tell me this is not real life.
Vegas Trayvon Rally: ‘Two Americas–What Works for Them, Doesn’t Work for Us’
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the federal building in Las Vegas for the National Actions Network Rally for Trayvon Martin. KCEP radio was there, playing gospel music before the speakers started, the mood was positive and upbeat. There was free water provided to attendees, as it was terribly hot outside. The organizers were conscientious about trash clean up and letting people know this was a peaceful rally.
Black National Anthem Sung at Las Vegas Trayvon Rally
As a large crowd of people gathered in the Vegas heat to support the Justice for Trayvon rally, leaders of the rally sang the Black National Anthem.
American Sovereignty and Its Enemies
A group of powerful legal scholars are trying to make an end run around the Constitution.
Detroit declares bankruptcy
A few depressing facts and thoughts about Detroit from the city’s June 2013 proposal for creditors.
11 Signs That Italy Is Descending Into A Full-Blown Economic Depression
When you get into too much debt, really bad things start to happen. Sadly, that is exactly what is happening to Italy right now. Harsh austerity measures are causing the Italian economy to slow down even more than it was previously. And yet even with all of the austerity measures, the Italian government just continues to rack up even more debt. This is the exact same path that we watched Greece go down.
RS pays 200 employees to work full-time for labor union
More great news about everyone’s favorite revenue service
Taxes On Recreational Pot Sales Could Top 35 Percent
The taxes on recreational marijuana might go a lot higher than first thought. Smokers buying at shops in Denver may pay up to 35 percent in taxes.
Bust: The numbers behind Detroit’s road to doom
David Freddoso, proprietor of the great Conservative Intel and columnist for the Washington Examiner, went to town on the nation’s biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy today, laying out on Twitter exactly what got Detroit where it is, what misguided tools city officials used to try fixing it, and the very real damage to a region and its people that a giant, failing city causes.
The Crash Of 1929
Based on eight years of continued prosperity, presidents and economists alike confidently predicted that America would soon enter a time when there would be no more poverty, no more depressions – a “New Era” when everyone could be rich. Then 1929 began – a time when the stock market epitomized the false promise of permanent prosperity… it’s only when we learn the lessons of the past can we avoid the mistakes of the future – or this time it’s really different.
Is This A 2007 Redux?
Whether, or not, the exact date of the market top it does bring attention to the recent correction and subsequent rally to new highs. Was that correction just a pullback in an ongoing upward bullish trend or is the beginning of a more major topping process much as we saw in 2007?
163-year-old telegram service to close forever at 9pm today
The 163-year old telegram service in the country – the harbinger of good and bad news for generations of Indians – is dead.
In Solidarity with Egypt’s Christians
Richard John Neuhaus once observed that the “language of solidarity in our time is much used and much abused.” For the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East, however, even token expressions of solidarity from America — especially America’s Christian community — would be welcomed. In the aftermath of Egypt’s June 30 revolution, in which millions of Egypt’s Christians marched alongside millions of moderate and secular Muslims to demand the removal of an Islamist regime, Christians find themselves once again in the crosshairs of Islamists.
One surveillance camera for every 11 people in Britain, says CCTV survey
Britain has a CCTV camera for every 11 people, a security industry report disclosed, as privacy campaigners criticised the growth of the “surveillance state”.
Mexico beats US to be world’s fattest country – but we’re still a close second
The United States no longer holds the title of the world’s most populous, obese nation; that designation has been passed on to Mexico.
All British schoolchildren required to study Islamic history starting 2014
I’m sure they are going to learn all about the prophet of Islam and how he slaughtered Christians, took children as his wives and drove all the Jews out Saudi Arabia
Swedish Firm Fires Raped Norwegian in Dubai
Well, if this doesn’t take the cake. Just when you think Sweden couldn’t sink any lower, it comes up with this little gem. Many thanks to Steen for keeping us informed about this one: the Swedish company that employed the young woman who reported being raped in Dubai has fired her for her actions
Jordan says Israeli carrots “invading markets” during Ramadan
Al Ghad writes about Jordanian markets selling Israeli carrots, but labeling them as coming from Syria or Turkey.
A Dagger at the Heart of Justice
The Zimmerman case has achieved its sublime reductio ad absurdum.
Requiring Equal Protection Doesn’t Violate the Equal Protection Clause
It’s unusual that the Supreme Court would choose to review an affirmative action case even though Fisher v. UT-Austin was still pending. Ordinarily, when faced with a second case on the same legal issue, the justices “hold” it until they decide the first, then either send the second one back to the lower court to apply the newly announced rule or, perhaps, schedule it for oral argument on any additional issues that need to be addressed. Yet Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action is no ordinary case.
Was the World a Better Place 100 Years Ago? Photographic Evidence
Yesterday Glenn Reynolds linked to this very beautiful set of black and white photographs, most of which are around 100 years old, although some go back to the Civil War. Glenn notes, “It’s sad to see how much better Detroit looked at the beginning of the last century. . . .” Well, yes: but that is a low bar. My reaction is, it isn’t just Detroit. The whole world looks better to me–less crowded, cleaner, more confident and hopeful. Better dressed, too.
Feds want Zimmerman, any way they can get him
This no longer is about George Zimmerman, it’s about a Department of Justice serving political interests.
Representin’ Ewok and the Signifyin’ Jive
Inside jokes about Ace’s resemblance to the cuddly creatures of The Return of the Jedi are a sort of signification — an advertisement of tribal membership — in the same way I sometimes get all redneck when I’m angry and start quoting The Outlaw Josey Wales.
The Debasing of Marriage
Up front I’ll tell you that I am opposed to homosexual marriage. I am opposed for a wide variety of reasons beginning with my belief that Lawrence v. Texas was a travesty. Be that as it may, I have to agree with many homosexual marriage supporters that it is heterosexuals who have succeeded in debasing marriage and we shouldn’t be surprised when the course we’ve charted for marriage over the past seventy or so years arrives at its logical conclusion in which marriage is treated as the punch line in a gay sex joke.
The Unpleasant Profession of Nancy Grace
If you are fond of simple and traditional American political categories, Nancy Grace is a mystery.
How Republicans Can Win in 2014
As most know, the world of politics is ever-changing. A new week can mean a substantial shift in polls and public opinion. This was demonstrated throughout the 2012 presidential election. President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney remained close throughout the length of the campaign. After his “47% comment,” Romney fell in the polls, but rebounded after a fantastic opening debate performance. If this volatility says anything, it’s that predicting the political future can be difficult.
Who Is Racist?
By Thomas Sowell
Over the generations, black leaders have ranged from noble souls to shameless charlatans.
Detroit files for bankruptcy (with apologies to William Butler Yeats).
So. Detroit has filed for bankruptcy.
No, We Do Not Live in ‘the Country of Emmett Till’
About ten years ago, I went on holiday to the south of France with my family. One evening, we walked over to the neighboring village to try a restaurant that we had been told was good. My mother, who speaks French fluently, walked in first and announced that there were six of us. Waving at the thirty or so empty tables, the owner made a joke, along the lines of, “I’ll see if I can fit you in somewhere.” Then, his face fell and he stopped laughing. “Actually,” he announced, “we’re full.” My mother laughed, awkwardly. “No, really,” he said. “We’re full.”
The Post-Zimmerman Poison Pill
The most poisonous untruth being peddled in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal is the claim that American justice is racist.
The Plight of the Alpha Female
Women remain scarce in the most elite positions. And it’s by choice.
Educators as a co-parent? Nonsense
The story of Ben Levin underscores why we need to keep curriculum as simple as possible.
Marxist Kitsch and the Politics of Race
The Communist Manifesto is probably the only Marxist text that the millions of activists who responded to his message actually read. Inspired by its vision of a social redemption, Marxists went on to kill a hundred million people in the 20th Century and create the most oppressive tyrannies ever known. It is almost a decade since the empire that Marxism built collapsed in ruins, but it is already evident that the lessons of this tragedy have not been learned. The progressive left and its political faith have survived even the catastrophe of their socialist dreams.