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Freemasonry and Why it Matters

Bjork Lesnar
<p><strong>Part 1: Freemasonry and American Politics – An Overview</strong></p> <p>In a <a href="https://venusproject.org/articles/president-john-f-kennedy-s-secret-society-speech.html">1961 speech</a>, President John F. Kennedy warned the American people of the all too real dangers of secret societies. “The very word secrecy,” he said, “is repugnant in a free and open society, and we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.” </p> <p>JFK's words have perhaps never been more timely. Even so, they are only half true. </p> <p>The politics of a truly open society should be free from any and all clandestine influence. Yet, America has never been an open society – particularly in the corridors of political power. It is nigh impossible to study American history (honestly at least) without inquiring into the role of secret societies – particularly Freemasonry, and Masonic offshoots – in our culture and history from the eighteenth century on. </p> <p>Freemasonry, to condense an obscure and controversial history, is an occult tradition that traces its own origins to the Knights Templar of the First Crusade, and the religious mysteries of the ancient world. As the story goes, these secret doctrines were preserved by secretive guilds of medieval stone masons, and eventually evolved into secret societies called Masonic lodges, which became a fixture of upper-class society in Western Europe during the Renaissance and early modern period. During the colonial period, Freemasonry and adjacent Western European occult traditions such as Rosicrucianism and Illuminatism (the philosophy of the Illuminati) also established themselves in North America. Freemasonry is a hierarchical institution, divided into 33 degrees of occult initiation, which – as notable Masonic authors boast – employ a complex network of religious symbolism in order to obscure true Masonic doctrines from the unworthy and unenlightened.</p> <div class="album_article_image_container"> <img class="img-responsive album_article_image" src="%%ALBUM-IMAGE-URL-freemason_structure%%"> <hr class="attribution_dotted_line"/> <p class="attribution">%%IMAGE-ATTRIBUTION-freemason_structure%%</p> <hr class="attribution_dotted_line"/> </div> <p>The influence of Freemasonry in American history is attested in the symbolism so conspicuously emblazoned across our national capitol. The physical layout of Washington DC and its monuments bears evidence of a Masonic influence in its city planning. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French engineer appointed to oversee the city planning of the capitol, <a href="https://scottishrite.org/blog/about/media-publications/journal/article/the-masonic-career-of-major-pierre-charles-lenfant/">was in fact a Freemason himself</a>. The cornerstone of the US capitol building was <a href="https://scottishrite.org/scottish-rite-myths-and-facts/major-dc-cornerstones-laid-by-masons/">laid by Masonic lodges on September 18, 1793</a>, and Masonic religious motifs dominate the capitol city, from the <a href="https://www.freemasonrywatch.org/obelisks_freemasonry.html">Washington Monument</a> to the IRS headquarters.</p> <div class="album_article_image_container"> <img class="img-responsive album_article_image" src="%%ALBUM-IMAGE-URL-masonic_irs_statue%%"> <hr class="attribution_dotted_line"/> <p class="attribution">%%IMAGE-ATTRIBUTION-masonic_irs_statue%%</p> <hr class="attribution_dotted_line"/> </div> <p>And, of course, there are the familiar, yet alien, images on the back of the one dollar bill. On the right hand, an eagle grasping an olive branch, and a bundle of arrows (a <em>fasces</em>, from which <em>fascism </em>takes its linguistic derivation), with a banner reading <em>E Pluribus Unum </em>(Out from Many, One) clutched in his beak. On the left, the eye in the pyramid, perhaps the most famous symbol of Freemasonry besides the square and compass, underscored by the Latin <em>Novus Ordo Seclorum – </em>New World Order, or New Order of the Ages... </p> <p>A significant share of our Founding Fathers, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Chief Justice John Marshall, were active Freemasons. In fact, since revolutionary times, more than a third of US presidents from 1776 to the end of the 20<sup>th</sup> century have been Masons. Woodrow Wilson, a Freemason, signed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, entered America into WW1, and, of course, presided over the founding of the League of Nations – a forerunner to UN-style globalism. FDR, another Freemason, presided over the introduction of Masonic iconography to the one dollar bill.</p> <p><a href="http://usavsus.info/MasonsInLawEnforcement.html">Law enforcement</a> and <a href="https://www.ctmin.org/pdf/thecourstsystemandfreemasonry.pdf">the court system</a> have historically been steeped in <a href="http://usavsus.info/MasonsInLawEnforcement.html">Masonic influence</a> – a troubling conflict of interest, considering that Masons of the seventh degree are sworn to conceal each others' secrets, and to “espouse [a Fellow Mason's] cause […] whether he be right or wrong,&quot; under penalty of mutilation and death (“to have my skull smote off, and my brains exposed to the scorching rays of the meridian sun...”) (<em><a href="https://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/dun/dun08.htm">Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor</a></em>, p230) </p> <p>Nor has Masonry ceased to be a political force, as the fingerprints of secret societies and their elite ideologies are all over our public life. In a <a href="https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/09/08/the-other-9-11-george-h-w-bush-s-1990-new-world-order-speech/">speech delivered on September 11, 1991</a> – eerily, ten years to the day to the 9/11 attacks – H.W. Bush infamously used the phrase “New World Order” to describe the post-Cold War global paradigm, characterized by projection of American values and geopolitical interests all around the world in the name of “democracy.” His son, George W. Bush was openly a member of the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale – a quasi-Masonic society which, according to <a href="https://archive.org/details/pdfy-2cmFoB22NG1pZnWL/page/n139/mode/2up">scholar Anthony C. Sutton</a>, had connections to the Bavarian Illuminati from the 19<sup>th</sup> century. It was under his administration that the United States pursued a disastrous policy of neocon-style globalism, and installed the modern American surveillance state following 9/11. Furthermore, Barack Obama has been pictured wearing Masonic jewelry, as an enhanced scan of his hand in a <a href="https://freemasonrywatch.org/barack.obama.pictured.in.newsweek.magazine.wearing.a.masonic.ring.html">2008 Newsweek special reveals</a>. Since 2020, the phrase “New World Order” has been bandied about freely by the likes of <a href="https://www.independentsentinel.com/mayor-lightfoot-demands-pledge-of-allegiance-to-the-new-world-order/">Lori Lightfoot</a>, the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifbWYYdoOd4">medical police state</a> of the Australian government, the aptly named <a href="https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/events/2022/session-detail/a0f3z0are-we-ready-for-a-new-world-order-%252525255D">World Government Summit</a>, and <a href="https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2022/03/21/president_biden_theres_going_to_be_a_new_world_order_and_america_has_to_lead_it.html">Joe Biden</a> himself. Masonic symbols also appear to be embedded in the corporate iconography of Google.</p> <div class="album_article_image_container"> <img class="img-responsive album_article_image" src="%%ALBUM-IMAGE-URL-masonic_symbolism%%"> <hr class="attribution_dotted_line"/> <p class="attribution">%%IMAGE-ATTRIBUTION-masonic_symbolism%%</p> <hr class="attribution_dotted_line"/> </div> <p>Perhaps even more concerning, powerful Masonic offshoot groups have taken on increasingly sinister tones. Writing in 1972, foundational Satanist Anton Lavey claimed that “Masonic orders have contained the most influential men in many governments, and virtually every occult order has many Masonic roots.” (<a href="https://archive.org/details/Anton_Szandor_Lavey-The-Satanic-Rituals/page/n119/mode/2up">The Satanic Rituals</a>, p44-45) </p> <p>Even if we are very charitable, and grant that the Masonic ideal is a basically moral enterprise (a doubtful assertion), the occult secrecy of its rituals, beliefs, and oaths of allegiance make the institutions of Masonry conducive to corruption – “good intentions” notwithstanding. Despite the rhetoric of Masonry's proponents, who claim that the aim of Masonry is simply “to make good men better,” there is compelling proof that Masonry is more than some benign humanist fraternity, but an elite secret society with globalist ambitions. </p> <p>In conspiracy theory circles, Masonry is often casually associated with the globalist elite in general, and its cadre of shills, spooks, and social engineers. But what has Masonry to do with the politics of America today? The very nature of secret societies makes assertions to this effect inherently difficult to prove. This should not be surprising. Although the writings of Freemasons from previous centuries are now widely available, we have little access to the logs, registers, and internal literatures of contemporary Masonic and quasi-Masonic societies, and are thus reliant on historical extrapolation and circumstantial evidence to draw conclusions. </p> <p>Yet, this should not dissuade us from research. To the contrary, it is all the more vital to persist in inquiry into this inherently challenging topic. The lack of clear public conversation on the matter of Freemasonry makes it difficult for the public to make any accurate assessment of its political import. The very topic of secret societies tends to elicit a raised eyebrow from the average man. This is hardly surprising, considering that history courses in both public and higher education completely omit the influence of Masonic secret societies on America's history. Moreover, the political establishment and media industrial complex collude together to silence, or at least play damage control against, any speculation on secret cabals, false flags, globalist conspiracies, or elite occultism. As a result, one of the most important, and least recognized, political divides in our country is between those who understand the historicity of secret societies, and those who don't. </p> <p>The purpose of this series, <em>Freemasonry and Why It Matters</em>, is to provide an evenhanded exploration of the primary literature of Freemasonry, and to produce from this literature a sketch of Masonry's influence in modern history, and its political agenda. It is not the author's intention to slander Masons past or present, to allege some particularly sinister dealings at the local Masonic lodge in your city, or to negate the achievements and contributions of individual Freemasons from various walks of life, but simply to let the words, writings, and deeds of the Freemasons speak for themselves. Both famous and notorious figures throughout history have been associated with Masonry, from Mozart, Bach, and several Apollo astronauts, to KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, and deranged dark magician Aleister Crowley, who was expelled from the Masonic organization Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn<em> </em>in 1899. It is impossible to paint such a wide assortment of men in one broad stroke. </p> <p>Because religious tolerance and freedom of association are cornerstones of American civilization, participation in various cults, sects, and secret fraternities is a constitutionally protected activity... but only up to such a point where such religious activity does not interfere with the law or the impartial operation of government. </p> <p>Imagine, for a moment, the furor that would ensue if the public learned that politics in Washington DC were compromised by the Church of Scientology, with its science fiction mythology, fringe psychotherapy, and pseudo-scientific speak regarding “Thetans” and psychic reprogramming... In fact, this very thing happened in the 70s. In a criminal conspiracy codenamed <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Snow_White">Operation Snow White</a>, over 5000 operatives from the Church of Scientology conspired to infiltrate various administrations of the federal government in order to destroy unfavorable data on the organization and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. This resulted in FBI raids and criminal convictions.</p> <p>Yet, American politics for several centuries have been demonstrably shaped by a much older, far stranger cult, which claims divine origins in the mists of antiquity and (as subsequent entries will demonstrate) a global political mandate. This passes beneath public notice, generating hardly a smidgeon of controversy, or even inquiry. There are no law enforcement investigations, no public exposes, no convictions. Why? The answers are complex, hard to swallow, and potentially earth shattering.</p> <p>Perhaps at no point in history has American civic life been more beholden to special interest groups, oligarchic power players from the corporate world and, as this series intends to demonstrate, secret societies. It is altogether unfitting for any free people to be governed by a ruling class which, publically professing the dogmas of the masses, in private adheres to the philosophies and doctrines of a politically powerful religious cult, whose membership, rituals, and degrees of initiation are deliberately shrouded in the darkest veils of secrecy. The very future of our republic may depend on how we respond – indeed, whether we respond at all – to the serious conflicts of interest created by secret societies in our political sphere. </p> <p><strong><em>The <a href="https://www.muckraker.com/articles/freemasonry-and-the-founding-fathers/">next article</a> in the series </em>Freemasonry and Why it Matters<em> will consider the influence of Freemasonry in early American politics, particularly exploring the writings of the Founding Fathers on the topic.</em></strong></p>
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Four Paths Forward For the Libertarian Movement

Bjork Lesnar
American liberty in the 21st century will live or die on how American libertarians navigate the unraveling of the two-party system, the rise of the police state, and the encroachment of the globalist, collectivist, technocratic agenda over the next decade. Even as our nation is torn apart by ethnic and cultural tensions, constantly exacerbated by the age-old abuses of American criminal justice system, an alliance of technocrats, social engineers, and Masonic elites are rapidly paving the way for the great work of world domination in the name of humanitarianism (think <a href="https://thenewamerican.com/un-agenda-2030-a-recipe-for-global-socialism/">Agenda 2030</a>, all to the <a href="https://fakeotube.com/v/2775">endlessly repeating tune of “Build Back Better”</a> and other sugar-coated platitudes).<br><br> Who is left to raise the alarm in 2021? The ever-accelerating death spiral of integrity in the Democrat Party has left the liberal establishment without a moral leg to stand on (but plenty of cringeworthy photoshoots like <a href="https://news.grabien.com/story-exclusive-new-pics-show-aoc-crying-photo-op-was-empty-parkin">AOC crying in an empty parking lot</a> and <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/politics/black-twitter-mocks-pelosi-schumer-kente-cloth">Pelosi and Schumer's kente cloth stunt</a>)... Even as the Democrat establishment openly abets the advance of globalism under the banner of “social justice”, Democrat politicians are content to virtue signal while leaving America's draconian criminal justice system unreformed. Meanwhile a fractured GOP – one half run by traitorous fossils like Mitch McConnell, the other half still under the thumb of POTUS 45 – continues to reel from the chaotic fallout of the fraudulent 2020 election. Despite the anti-globalist platform of MAGA Republicans, the GOP has proven itself too racially myopic to advocate for the meaningful criminal justice reform demanded by minority communities across the country, and too entangled in pro-cop politics to check the advance of the global police state.<br><br> This poses a new predicament for traditional American libertarians, who have historically been cultural and political allies of the Republican Party. In the coming decade, however, this de facto alliance will become less feasible. If libertarianism wants to stay a relevant force in an age when global liberty is in peril, it must redefine itself for the needs of a changing nation, and seek to reach a broad, multi-racial coalition of Americans who are willing to live out a hardcore commitment to the principles of maximal liberty and minimal governance.<br><br> <b>1 – Lose the Libertarian Party</b><br> While the Libertarian Party may once have served some commendable purpose in raising awareness of civil liberties issues in the US, it was never viable as the force behind a national political movement. For all practical intents and purposes, it is political and cultural dead weight. If Gary Johnson's 2016 “what's Aleppo” gaffe didn't convince you the Libertarian Party is out of touch, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeiK0fdPv8Y">maybe this will</a>.<br><br> However admirably its candidates conduct themselves in future elections, the rehabilitation of the Libertarian Party into a politically viable force is a costly and ultimately futile exercise, and a measure that would likely have the effect of limiting the “Overton Window” within libertarian discourse.<br><br> Libertarian runs at the presidency have always been a sideshow to the main circus act of election season, and this is unlikely to change, especially in this age of rampant electoral fraud. In a game where the house always wins, Libertarian Party bids at the presidency are nothing more than symbolic gestures that signal the supremacy of the two-party system and the impossibility of winning while playing the bipartisan game.<br><br> <b>2 – Tear away from (Radical) Trumpism</b><br> However you feel about Donald Trump's first term, Pizzagate, or the results of the 2020 election, libertarians, particularly young libertarians, cannot make POTUS 45 their hill to die on. Am I telling you not to vote Trump in 2024? Of course not. Whether to vote, and who to vote for, is a morally complex decision, and ultimately up to the individual. Yet, even those who will vote for Trump again must be wary of embracing any ideology that centers on a Trump-savior narrative. Whatever veracity there may be to the shocking claims of Qanon proponents about the corruption at the heart of the Democrat establishment, this does not necessarily mean that DJT is the cure-all. Trump is, if nothing else, an incredibly shrewd and self-interested politician with a knack for playing on the passions of an outraged support base to build himself up into a larger-than-life hero. He was admirably effective in keeping us out of war, highlighting the hypocrisy of Big Tech and the MSM, and promoting a healthy economy, but DJT's mile-wide crony capitalist, cop-cozy, “LAW AND ORDER” tweeting authoritarian streak should give any libertarian reason for pause. Allowing Trump and Trumpism to continue dominating the discourse will only serve as a bottleneck for new libertarians, and create stagnancy at this vital juncture in our national history. Loyalty to any man, even a US president, cannot be made the litmus test of patriotism.<br><br> <b>3 – Ditch the Thin Blue Line</b><br> A black and white US flag, with a ribbon of blue running across the eighth stripe from the top... this symbol, popularly known as the “Thin Blue Line”, is conventionally used to signal deference for American law enforcement which, as we are to understand from its central placement in this bleakly partitioned American flag, is the sole buffer between the American people and the forces of civil disorder...<br><br> And perhaps it is not coincidental that, if we take away the blue line, all that remains is the stark reality of America in black and white... Racial anxiety is indeed at the very root of the paradoxical tendency for libertarian patriot types to profess their support of law enforcement as a political maxim. This is nowhere more evident than in the knee-jerk reaction of so-called libertarian Republicans (under all other circumstances, ardent critics of the police state) to dismiss BLM calls for police reform out of hand. They are unable, or more likely unwilling, to differentiate between “Black Lives Matter,” a simple statement of acknowledgment that racial injustice in the US is ongoing and must be addressed, and Black Lives Matter (TM), a lab-grown collectivist chimaera whose putrid underbelly hosts a legion of parasitic Marxist pseudo-ideologies. So they stick a fresh new “Thin Blue Line” decal next to the faded Gadsden Flag on their car bumper, and call it a day. If this were not so common, I may be able to dismiss it. But I've seen it too many times to ignore what has almost become a cliché at this point. Such people may sleep more soundly thinking that the police are on their side...But are they really?<br><br> On both ends of the political spectrum, there persists the faulty perception that, if you are white, you are insulated from the abuses of the criminal justice system... Tell that to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_Justine_Damond">Justine Diamond</a>. Tell that to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_Tony_Timpa">Tony Timpa</a>. Tell that to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Daniel_Shaver">Daniel Shaver</a>. Tell that to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Ryan_Whitaker">Ryan Whitaker</a>, an innocent white man who, on May 21 2020, only four days before the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, was gunned down by Phoenix PD while kneeling in his own doorway when cops came to investigate an exaggerated late night noise complaint. Yet this act of brazen violence against an innocent American in his own home generated little national outrage, even among white Americans...<br><br> How far we have fallen! Remember how the Boston Massacre served as a rallying cry for the American Revolution? How many citizens have been killed by American cops under far less extreme circumstances? What white America shows when it dismisses protests against police killings is simply a gross desensitization to police brutality, and willingness to submit to a police state for the sake of convenience.<br><br> Simply said, it is not that police do not also exploit (through civil asset forfeiture), incarcerate, brutalize, and kill white Americans at rates that should be deeply disturbing for anyone concerned about civil liberties and constitutional rule of law. It is simply that police violence against white Americans is not deeply racialized in the same way that police violence against minorities is. As a result of this perception that police interactions are safe for white Americans (at least relative to minority-police interface), even liberals have largely failed to see that the abuses of law enforcement threaten the freedom of all Americans.<br><br> Too many have been propagandized into believing that police are on the side of ordinary, working Americans – that is, those in white suburbia. But the unconditional prioritization of suburban comfort – the “<a href="https://www.thetrumparchive.com/?searchbox=">Suburban Lifestyle Dream,</a>” as DJT put it – is ultimately incompatible with true libertarianism. We all saw in Summer 2020 how police departments across the country drew the riot lines at the richest neighborhoods, while leaving working class and middle class America to fend for itself against looting, burning, and mob violence. Meanwhile, riot cops <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esyMFOu8ZFE">fired paint canisters</a> at Americans sitting on their front porches, all while the president tweeted his unconditional support for such measures. What Thin Blue Line?<br><br> Still, the bootlicking continues...The thinking behind this puzzles me immensely, especially when coming from self-proclaimed libertarians. When these freedom-loving patriots get pulled over for speeding, ignoring seltbelt laws, or driving with an expired concealed carry license, do they belligerently repeat “am I being detained?” or comply in gratitude for the officer's service on the front lines of the race war? How do they respond when the local police shut down their businesses and houses of worship? When the inevitable happens over the next decade, and law enforcement solidifies its growing alliance with the medical technocracy, will the Thin Blue Line flag outside your house save you from door-to-door vaccine enforcers? Will it take you off the FBI watchlist for circulating “<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/06/15/fact-sheet-national-strategy-for-countering-domestic-terrorism/">dangerous conspiracy theories</a>”? In the end, law enforcement is only as good as the laws themselves. Choose your political friends accordingly...<br><br> <b> 4 – Reject Identity Politics</b><br> If you go by the numbers, the average libertarian in America is a white man. This is unsurprising for most people, who associate the American libertarian with redneck masculinity, a love for capitalism, and unabashed worship of the American Revolution. Maybe you can picture him already? What most don't realize, however, is that a racial breakdown of self-identified libertarians in America shows racial representation <a href="https://www.cato.org/blog/libertarians-are-more-racially-diverse-people-realize">roughly proportional</a> to the nation's demographic makeup. This is especially the case for millennial libertarians.<br><br> Moreover, we have every reason to believe that, if the discourse was shifted away from the pet issues of Republican libertarianism (free trade, environmental deregulation, cake-baking rights) to a focus on civil liberties issues that most directly affect poor, working class, and middle class Americans (freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, freedom from surveillance, rights of the accused, criminal justice/drug war reform), the numbers would show an even more diverse population of libertarian-aligned Americans.<br><br> After all, so many of the issues that libertarians have been sounding the alarm about for decades are now being taken up as rallying calls in minority communities. Although right-leaning Americans may be alienated by the liberal obsession with race-based identity politics, those who truly care about the Bill of Rights should be able to find common ground with left-leaning activists on policing issues like terry stops, search and seizure laws, and police brutality.<br><br> Contrary to the popular narrative, the civil liberties crises of the 21st century do not care about the color of your skin. Surveillance. Big data. Medical tyranny. Media censorship. Regardless of race or ideology, any American who doesn't want to live kneeling under the boot of the new technocracy and its police state enforcers should be able to find a home in the libertarian movement.<br><br>
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Tradition on Trial: #DisruptTexts and the Future of the Humanities

Bjork Lesnar
A ninth-century feud between two popes – one living, one dead – produced one of the most bizarre but teachable moments in the annals of medieval history.<br><br> To put it briefly, in 897 AD, Pope Stephen VI took issue with the honorable burial of his unpopular predecessor Pope Formosus. In a shocking act of political theater, he had Formosus' corpse exhumed and conveyed to the papal court in Rome, where the still-decomposing body was posthumously tried and convicted of acceding to the papacy illegitimately. To ensure that Formosus be remembered forever as an anti-pope, Stephen commanded that the corpse itself be punished. The three fingers Formosus used in life for benediction were cut off, and Formosus' dead body stripped of its papal attire. He was buried again, but could not stay so for long: his body was soon thrown into the Tiber River. Later that same year, Stephen paid for this outrage with his own life, when he was imprisoned and murdered in prison by vengeful partisans. This whole affair became known, aptly, as the Cadaver Synod.<br><br> As morbid as this story may be, there are vital and timely lessons to be learned here. If we write the incident off as nothing but a lurid testament to medieval barbarity and personal vengeance, we risk blindness to the same dark impulses in our society – and ourselves.<br><br> This compulsion to carry on such highly politicized post-mortem inquisitions of our predecessors is, unfortunately, alive and well in America today. This strange episode in history is perhaps no where more relevant than in the culture war presently raging in higher education, where the academy has recently adopted the pastime of ransacking the graves of western civilization for its moral skeletons, which are displayed, tried, and denounced to the smug satisfaction of the left intelligentsia’s elite priesthood.<br><br> With the mantra that “critique is cool”, the liberal arts academy has directed an ever-increasing part of its energies to this very task of enumerating, codifying, and publically censuring the shortcomings of generations long since dead and buried. This pastime has recently exploded from the narrow confines of the ivory tower into the wilds of leftist social media, where the quasi-religious denunciation the western tradition – particularly the lives and works of its “dead white men” (adding “straight” or “Christian”, as needed) – is prized as a valuable form of social currency among critical theory-enamored armchair activists who fancy themselves the moral moderators of the academy and digital commons alike.<br><br> Lately, the #DisruptTexts movement has garnered national headlines, and no small deal of controversy, for their vocal claims that the western tradition must be unseated from public education altogether in order to put the nebulous specter of white supremacy to rest once and for all. A fundamentally Marxist effort to toss the canon from public education, #DisruptTexts boasts such dubious achievements as <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/even-homer-gets-mobbed-11609095872">banning The Odyssey</a> from a Massachusetts public high school, <a href="https://nypost.com/2021/01/02/author-canceled-after-defending-classics-attacking-educator/">canceling young adult authors</a> for daring to challenge bad “woke” readings of <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>, and advocating for <a href="https://disrupttexts.org/2019/06/14/disrupting-genre//">teaching more graphic novels</a> as an antidote for “the worship of the written word” which allegedly permeates the “white supremacy culture” of ELA classrooms. (The latter complaint against “the worship of the written word”, is especially worthy of remark. It is a standard grievance of leftist critical studies to gripe about the oppressiveness of occidental <i>logocentrism</i> – a technical academic term for the cultural prestige given to the written word, and the ascription of certain metaphysical and ontological properties to written language. This is apparently a bad thing...)<br><br> And who will run to the defense of the dead? Sentimentalism, we are told, belongs on pickup truck bumpers, not in higher education. The reputations of Columbus and the Pilgrims, Washington and Jefferson and (more recently) Lincoln, have all been pilloried beyond recovery. And sometimes, these complaints are sounded over even vaster chasms of time, so that pre-modern figures don't get a pass, either. In the past year alone, the statue of Marcus Aurelius at Brown University <a href="https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/education/2020/10/23/some-brown-students-want-white-supremacist-roman-statues-removed/6007113002/">came under fire</a> as an alleged icon of white supremacy, <a href="https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/circuit-attorneys-office-says-blows-thrown-at-protest-of-st-louis-statue-are-under-investigation/article_1c78a608-aa85-55c9-bffb-7e1ac19a62c3.html">as did a statue of the sainted medieval French king, Louis IX,</a> in St. Louis, Missouri, the city named named after him. It has grown routine for such complaints to go hand-in-hand with vandalism and political violence.<br><br> Nor is this business of historical grievance limited to presidents, kings, and emperors. Even the touchstones of the western literary tradition have come under criticism. For instance, epic poems like Homer's <i>Odyssey</i> and the Anglo-Saxon epic <i>Beowulf</i> have drawn complaints for their failure to promote sufficiently “progressive” social values. Indeed, an overly fond recollection of, or identification with, the heritage of the distant past can invite allegations of cultural chauvinism and worse still, white supremacy.<br><br> For instance, in 2019, the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists announced plans to change their name, under pressure from scholars who took issue with the ostensibly <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/09/19/its-all-white-people-allegations-white-supremacy-are-tearing-apart-prestigious-medieval-studies-group/">problematic usage of the term “Anglo-Saxonist”</a> in the group's name. Citing selected misuses of the term in nineteenth century racist discourse, the most extreme of these critics have advocated for eliminating the term “Anglo-Saxon” from medieval scholarship altogether, even when used in reference to the cultures of early medieval England. Although the ISAS is by all means a legitimate scholarly organization dedicated to the academic study of the medieval Angles and Saxons, two Germanic tribes famous for colonizing Britain in the so-called dark ages, critics allege that the name of the organization suggests a chauvinistic and racially-motivated identification with the medieval past. To these sorts of critics, it is a greater priority to censure a classic work like <i>Beowulf</i> <a href="https://daily.jstor.org/the-question-of-race-in-beowulf/">for its onstensibly racialized depiction of the man-eating monster Grendel,</a> than to study the elegance of its verse, or (worse still!) the values of strength, fidelity, and self-sacrifice the poem celebrates.<br><br> Of course, it is not impious to hold the western tradition to task for the crimes of western civilization. Reflecting on the atrocities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the modern conscience chafes at the prospect of mitigating, much less absolving, moral judgments on its forebears. Even the recognition that war crimes, slavery, and sexual violence have been the rules rather than the exceptions at virtually every place and time in human history, hardly merits amnesty for the crimes of our own predecessors. To defend the private and public deeds of every so-called “great man”, simply because his name looms large in history books, is an impossible and frankly pointless task.<br><br> But more often than not, the type of critics who lodge complaints against bronze age myths and medieval legends are content to pronounce moral judgment upon every generation that lived before the advent of Marxism, feminism, and critical theory, without making any substantial effort to learn from the voices that speak to them from across the centuries. Moreover, the liberal intelligentsia tend to labor under the delusion that the modern, hypersensitive, social justice-minded conscience emerged <i>ex nihilo</i> from the ashes of a primitive patriarchy. Unsurprisingly, they regularly fail to recognize that the very substance of their grievances draw from the ethical and philosophical developments of the tradition they seek to dismantle.<br><br> And while all but the most bitter practitioner of grievance studies will acknowledge the importance of Greek philosophy as a foundation for critical theory, or the role of Christian social values in achieving social reforms like abolition and the civil rights movement, they are still loathe to acknowledge the inextricable relationship between their own ideologies and the western tradition from which they were synthesized.<br><br> Those who can find no spiritual kinship with this strain of human history may insist that the moral failures of the western tradition have proved its obsolescence. The very vessel in which the modern conscience came to arrive in its current, ostensibly more “enlightened” form, they claim, can be now be discarded. This chain of cultural transmission, they say, running from the first millennia BC even to the present day, can be broken without consequence. It is only slight hyperbole to say that, in the twenty-first century, the American liberal arts academy stands poised to tear out its own ancient heart and present it, still-beating, as a peace offering to the Marxist left's ascendant cultural inquisition.<br><br> On the surface, #DisruptTexts might seem laughable – yet another fleeting production of the left's round-the-clock outrage machine. But, beyond the hashtag, online movements like this are just the tip of an iceberg with roots chillingly deep in radical Marxist thought. This is not a natural progression in pedagogy, but a covert attempt at cultural engineering, aimed at reconstituting the world in the image of the impending globalist order. Before this can happen, however, the distinctive spirit of a civilization must be broken down, starting with its cultural and historical memories.<br><br> “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born,” wrote the Roman statesman Cicero, “is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” It is this very idea – the notion of finding continuity with the past and living accordingly – to live as <i>homo historicus</i> – that is under attack. What is truly being contested is <i>who</i> precisely the western tradition is for, and how it is to be used. Is it a dead relic, the dusty heritage of a people no longer extant, relegated to the custody of the academy? Or is it living yet, inviting all people to take it up and place themselves in a story greater than their own?<br><br> The greatest peril to the Marxist project is the identification of an “I” (or even a “we”) in history. The social engineers would have us forget this train of memory, but we need not comply with their cynicism. From the Trojan War to 1776, and beyond, this is a story that spans continents and countless centuries, transcending even ethnic and religious boundaries. The western tradition is not a closed canon or a particular set of dogmas, but has always been an ongoing dialogue. Its dead are many, the good mixed up with the evil, with heroes and villains and many more in between. Before we exhume our own dead to conduct political “cadaver trials”, like Pope Stephen VI, let us remember that such symbolic actions can have deadly real-world consequences. Dig at your own risk.<br><br>
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Joe Bidens gaslighting of the American public

Thomas Hicks
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden took off his mask to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the White House's East Room. The speech was a proper word salad, mixed with sweet nothings and half promises. Such empty rhetoric from the United States' political class is commonplace. However, the cause for concern for all Americans was the many fabricated false narratives that Joe Biden sold to the public as national crises. The solution? More power to the central planners and fewer rights for the individual.<br><br> The United States is fast moving from a constitutional republic to a technocratic dictatorship of elite central planners. It must be remembered that free people will never willingly hand over their rights to an authoritarian regime. Incremental steps towards tyranny are made by convincing the general populace that surrendering some of their freedoms is in their best interest. Most Americans today view surrendering their rights as not only in their best interest but necessary for the survival of an entire race or humanity as a whole. Rather than leading the free world, Joe Biden is participating in fear-mongering and spreading falsehoods.<br><br> Like the ass that marches infinitely towards a carrot which has been dangled in front of its face, the American people march toward an ever-changing COVID-19 goal post. The first goal post was 15 days to slow the spread, then 30 days, then months, and now Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates say we will not return to "normal" until 2022. Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, warns we will never go back to normal. Remember, COVID-19 has a survival rate above 99%. According to official statistics, during the last year, smoking has claimed over double the number of lives that covid has. <br><br> In his speech, Joe Biden made clear his goal to vaccinate all Americans. To achieve said goal, Joe Biden claims that his administration is "mobilizing thousands of vaccinators to put the vaccine in one's arm. Calling on active-duty military, FEMA, retired doctors and nurses, administrators, and those to administer the shots." As a reward for compliance, "by July the 4th, there's a good chance you, your families, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day. That doesn't mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together." What is the definition of a large event? How many people can fit into a small group before it is considered large? Of course, no one knows. That is the point. A promise with no concrete definition is a promise that cannot be broken. Just minutes later, Joe said, "A July 4th with your loved ones is the goal. But a goal — a lot can happen; conditions can change." Even after the army of vaccinators puts the jab in your arm, there is no guarantee of having a barbeque. <br><br> It was only a few minutes into the speech when Joe Biden shifted gears out of nowhere to condemn the "Vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans." Of course, there is no proof for such a statement. The definition of a hate crime is a crime motivated by prejudice against a social group. A crime itself cannot be labeled as a racial hate crime unless it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the offender was racially motivated. This does not stop identity politicians like Joe Biden from taking advantage of media sensationalism to push a phony narrative.<br><br> According to FBI crime statistics, in 2018, the number of anti-Asian hate crime incidents was 148 vs. 158 in 2019. Granted, this is an increase of ten incidents. However, according to Joe Biden's speech, Asian Americans "are forced to live in fear for their lives just walking down streets in America." What data did Joe look at to make such a bold statement? Fortunately for the Asian American community, the FBI crime statistics show Joe Biden's comments to be inconclusive at best.<br><br> To fix this mess, Joe Biden proposes the "American Rescue Plan". The plan to rescue America will be realized by printing 1.9 trillion dollars out of thin air. Saving America doesn't require ending lockdowns, allowing businesses to reopen, or sending children back to school. The Biden administration plans to fight Covid-19 with the printing press, the newfound tool that modern monetary theorists praise for its effectiveness. Never mind the looming inflation or even hyperinflation. Minneapolis Fed Chairman Neil Kashkari says warnings that US inflation is about to rise are "ghost stories." <br><br>
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New York State proposes medical detention camps

Thomas Hicks
&emsp;New York State Assemblyman Noah Nicholas Perry introduced <a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a416">Bill A416</a> which aims to "amend the public health law, in relation to the removal of cases, contacts and carriers of communicable diseases who are potentially dangerous to the public health".<br><br> &emsp;Bill A416 would add a new section 2120-a to the New York State public health law with the following amendment:<br><br> &emsp;<I>"Upon determining by clear and convincing evidence that the health of others is or may be endangered by a case, contact or carrier, or suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease that, in the opinion of the governor, after consultation with the commissioner, may pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health resulting in severe morbidity or high mortality, the governor or his or her delegee, including, but not limited to the commissioner or the heads of local health departments, may order the removal and/or detention of such a person or of a group of such persons by issuing a single order identifying such persons either by name or by a reasonably specific description of the individuals or group being detained. Such person or group of persons shall be detained in a medical facility or other appropriate facility or premises designated by the governor or his or her delegee."</i><br><br> <b>The contact information for Noah Nicholas Perry:</b><br> [email protected]<br> 903 Utica Avenue<br> Brooklyn, NY 11203<br> 718-385-3336<br>