A little bit of history found in my office – World politics right before and right after September 11th 2001 (PIC)

Some of our readers might find this interesting.

I am setting up my new office and stumbled on this bit of history. On the top is the last Foreign Affairs journal pre-September 11th 2001. On the bottom the first FA post-Septemeber 11th 2001.

A moment in time. I’m going to go back and read these in the next week or so.

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Georgetown Professor: The true “constitutional crisis” is the concerted effort to “resist” or undermine the “norm” of a peaceful transfer of power after election.

The professor nails it. The Dems and the media are playing a very dangerous game right now. Many honestly believe that they are “resisting” Trump when they are basically doing the bidding of the political class. You aren’t “resisting” anything. You are aiding and abetting the big shots. (Of course some know this. But others, probably most, just don’t. They still consider CNN to be a legitimate news source at this point. They just don’t know.

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Trump shouldn’t give new life to the War on Drugs, That would be a terrible mistake

First we shouldn’t have a “drug czar.” A drug “king.” Second, the War on Drugs has failed. It’s obviously failed. It destroys lives more than drugs. (I suppose some could argue this point, but it seems to me obvious after having spent years looking at the issue.) We don’t need a king overseeing this quagmire.

Drug addiction should be treated for what it is, a mental health issue. Many of our readers are probably smokers and more importantly former smokers.

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What are the “Rules for Radicals” taught by Saul Alinsky to the “community organizers” of the past and present day?

A couple of points.

Saul Alinksy was a Chicago Marxist/socialist/statist etc. who wrote the very influential book (I had to read it in college) Rules for Radicals. It is safe to say that pretty much every solid lefty activist/politician in the game today has read the the book or is at least familiar with it. Former president Obama it is said was steeped in Alinskyite philosophy while he was a “community organizer.”

If one is not a lefty activist/politician one would also be wise to learn its lessons too however.

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New facial recognition tech: Will live stream (all) faces from cop cams to database, no notification to citizens

This is where crony capitalism gets super creepy. The surveillance state is very profitable and Taser is about to provide a “solution” to police departments which is sure to fatten the company’s bottom line. Soon software may be able to identify “people of interest” just from a feed from a police officer’s body camera.

And guess what? Even if you aren’t “of interest” you will soon be in the facial recognition database. Then imagine algorithms running over this data.

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Worried About Prostate Cancer? ( How to thread your way through the swamp of crony medicine to find solutions for this common cancer.)

My own recent experience with prostate cancer may be useful to you in sorting out the options. I am an investment, not a medical, professional. But for that very reason, I have no biases, no axe to grind, and above all, no income that would be put at risk from progress in medicine.

We live in a world of government enforced medical monopolies. The general rule is that doctors will recommend whatever they do,

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Reid Withdraws Request to Use ‘Slush Funds’ to Pay for Senate Wind Down Costs

Hey, alright. This is good to see. We covered Reid’s original request HERE. We are glad to see that common sense (for once) seems to have triumphed.

Sorry, soon to be former senator Reid, but you’re going to have to pay for your personal assistant and Lord only knows what else by yourself. I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to cover the costs.

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To All Those New York City Journalists Horrified By Cruz’s Jab: Get Over Yourselves

The best thing to come out of New York.

I like New York. Half of my family is from Manhattan (“Dry dock Country” as they say). I’ve been backstage at Carnegie Hall. I’ve run around Central Park plenty of times. I’ve wandered the canyons of Downtown and been in the kind of clubs many folks think died in 1981. I’ve spoken on the stage of the Cipriani and in the shadow of the new World Trade Center. I had too many beers in the straight bar (and former Kerouac hangout) right next to the Stonewall.

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CNBC: A recession worse than 2008 is coming

Today
Image: CNBC

For the record, we have been calling this for a good while now. We warned of slowing in the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, China. We warned that the great neo-Keynesian experiment was destined for an ugly end (and we are by no means the only ones who said this).

Is this THE turn? It looks increasingly so but the next few months will show us for sure. Will it be worse than 2008?

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How Laissez-Faire Made Sweden Rich

An excellent piece of history here. Sweden became an economic leader because of its long commitment to liberal markets and free trade. The wealth created from this free market situation (more free market than the US at the time according to the author) was then taken for granted and many believed that this wealth could be used to finance a cradle to grave welfare state. Turns out wealth needs to be generated on an ongoing basis and regulating commerce into oblivion is not a prescription for long term prosperity.

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Crony farmers, corporate welfare, and the ongoing scamming of the taxpayer in the name of “farming”

This article reminded me of a parody Funny or Die did of a Dodge truck commercial a couple of years ago entitled “God made a factory farmer.”

Mmmm…

Farming is one of the croniest areas of the American economy. The industry is rife with subsidies of all sorts, herds of lobbyists, Republican pandering (and Democrat pandering too though most of the Dems have been chased to the cities), and inside political deals of all sorts.

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