Mercer just busted some brackets!
As the Tom Toles cartoon above illustrates, secession in Crimea, like secession in Scotland or Catalonia, is not an academic issue. Nor is it a trend that only affects people “over there.” In fact, all the overgrown political units bound together by brute force in the 19th and 20th centuries are now confronting populations demanding more autonomy, if not outright secession, from their former conquerors.
Writing in The New York Daily News, Dr. Robert Barro of Harvard notes this rising tide as a natural and benevolent development. The ruling elites of the world make a great deal of noise about their commitment to all sorts of human rights, but somehow overlook the one basic right from which all others flow, and that is the right of self-determination:
The potential switch of Crimea and parts of Eastern Ukraine to Russia raises the more general issue of the right of secession. Many individual freedoms — for example, of speech, the press and religion — are viewed as central elements of liberal constitutions, but the right to secede is seldom viewed this way. …
If I were able to design a constitution from scratch, I’m sure I would include provisions for peaceful secession. The procedure would have to define the underlying sub-regions, such as U.S. states, designate a voting mechanism for residents of a potentially departing region, and might require a super-majority, such as 75%, of the voters. This structure would provide a useful check on central authority, make country borders align better with underlying population characteristics and minimize conflict.
Barro makes clear that secession is not motivated by some irrational hatred of “others,” as nervous apologists for the old order, such as the online snitches at the Southern Poverty Law Center, would have you believe. Secession is instead “the process of generating the optimal sizes and compositions of countries.” Behind that process, says Barro, is “the desire to have a reasonably homogeneous population within its borders.” Without cultural unity, conflict is inevitable. As conflict between sparring ethnic groups rises, social cohesion and liberties can only degrade, as both history and objective scholarship have proven. The old model of a multicultural population kept in check by an authoritarian government is no longer sustainable.
The dustbin of history has a space reserved for that imperial model.
But if Putin is not a Russian imperialist out to re-establish Russian rule over non-Russian peoples, who and what is he?
In the estimation of this writer, Vladimir Putin is a blood-and-soil, altar-and-throne ethnonationalist who sees himself as Protector of Russia and looks on Russians abroad … as people whose security is his legitimate concern.
Imagine that. A leader who actually looks out for the best interests of his people rather than trying to make the world safe for globalist banksters and other assorted fat cats.
The Crimean vote is illegal … but the coup against the duly elected* President in Kiev was legal?
Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions on Russia for it.
*As duly elected as any person in that region can be given rampant corruption and outside meddling.
Hmmm … maybe I was on to something when I pointed out neocon hypocrisy on this issue here.
Tadeusz Korzeniewski was born in Poland. In 1977-80 he took part in the movement fighting the Communist/Russian suppression of Poland. He wrote a book W Polsce (In Poland), which was published in 1981 by the underground, and in 1983 in an émigré publishing house in England. In 1984 it was awarded the Koscielski Prize. In 2010 it was republished in post-Communist Poland.
In 1981 he moved from Poland to France and then on to New York then Montana and then Seattle. In 1990 he wrote a novella in English, for which he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1991 the Ucross Foundation invited him to Wyoming. While on a ranch there, he conceived a story of a culture-drifter riding outlaw trail in the contemporary American Northwest.
In 1991-1998 he traveled across the northern America. In 2013 he published a book in Poland, Do Wyoming, addressed to ethnic Poles. The English version of the book, To Wyoming, is made for ethnic Europeans.
To Wyoming is available at Amazon at a special price for readers of CHT.
Why is it such a mystery to so many people what happened to that plane? Haven’t you bunch of Philistines ever watched Donnie Darko?
David Yeagley has passed away from cancer. I was not aware he was sick. May he R.I.P. From the linked announcement, it sounds like he was a Christian.
Yeagley was recently the subject of a flurry of headlines because of his lawsuit victory over the folks who shut down the 2010 American Renaissance conference, although the significance of that victory outside the state of Oklahoma is disputed. It was at the least a moral victory, despite the protests of the “antifa.”
I am not familiar enough with Yeagley to know where he stood on all issues, but I appreciated his battle against the machine.
This post is partially serious and partially an attempt at humor. I think we need a tagline for our title. For example, Intellectual Conservative has “Conservative & Libertarian Politics.” Independent Political Report has “Covering third parties and independent candidates since 2008.” I think a tagline will add to our new minimalist design. Plus, at some point I would like to make some t-shirts and we will need a slogan for them. Here are some ideas. Please add yours in the comments. Again, some of these are attempts at humor and wouldn’t really be appropriate as a tagline but might be good for an attention grabing t-shirt.
ConservativeTimes.org … bringing you knee-jerk reactions since 2007
ConservativeTimes.org … we cover both sides of the political spectrum, the right and the far-right
ConservativeTimes.org … we were non-interventionists before Ron Paul made it cool
ConservativeTimes.org … dedicated to the quaint notion that we ought to actually follow the Constitution
ConservativeTimes.org … we ain’t neo nothin’
ConservativeTimes.org … pimpin’ Ron Paul before it was cool
ConservativeTimes.org … Sir Robert Filmer and Joseph de Maistre are our inspiration. (Burke and Kirk are for posers.)
ConservativeTimes.org … where the Dark Enlightenment comes to get out of the sun
ConservativeTimes.org … we tried to tell y’all we should have stuck with the Articles of Confederation
ConservativeTimes.org … refighting the Lost Cause daily since 2007
ConservativeTimes.org … not just old school, paleo school (or alternatively … we’re so old school we’re paleo school)
More to come …
Richard Spencer posted the following on FaceBook. It is a retweet, but I assume it reflects his feelings about his recent foray into CPAC.
Retweeted Dark enlightenment (@enlightdark):
CPAC is an exercise in futility. Libertarianism is the most coherent ideology currently available and it’s completely suicidal.
Libertarianism is a coherent philosophy, and that is one reason I believe it is so attractive to young people. It is coherent and reductive and eliminates messy contradictions. While there are libertarians who can be sensible on immigration, the non-nuanced libertarian position is borderless with no governmental restrictions on movement. IMO, NPI types might do better making their pitch to more traditional conservatives on the basis that demographic change dooms the Republican Party and conservatism. Conservative intuitively understand this, they just make public PC arguments because they are afraid to do otherwise.
Update: I looked for a comment on CPAC at Radix Journal, and didn’t find one, but it turns out they were in the blog section rather than the front page.
Here is a post on the plans for the conference.
Here is a post on immigration at CPAC.
While the current flag of New Zealand is easily confused with Australia’s, any change to the flag should reflect New Zealand’s British heritage. New Zealanders are today and will for all time be a race of Brits, however shameful they might find it. If immigrants flood the country, New Zealand will become a new nation just as it did when the Brits settled in Maori lands.
A 2013 census shows New Zealand as: 15% native Maori and 74% European, the majority being British.
Compare this with Sweden: 14.3% of the population there is foreign-born. No one has seriously proposed changing Sweden’s flag.
The example of Canada changing its flag is given by Mr. Key, however Canada was once overwhelmingly Anglo-Celtic-French. Since changing its flag, Canada has declined from being 98% white (mostly British). And the once strong French-Quebec secession movement has been permanently ended by flooding that particular province with foreigners. What this means is the Canada of old is increasingly going the way of the Amerindians. The nation isn’t changing so much as dying.
One of the proposed New Zealand flags, wholly lacking in British heritage:
In the 2011 Chinese-language movie The Dragon Pearl, Wu Dong, keeper of a temple, addresses an Australian boy as “English boy” (even after being corrected), and he’s right in doing so.
Mercer is goin’ to the Big Dance baby!!! By virtue of beating rival Florida Gulf Coast in the the final game of the Atlantic Sun tournament. If you recall, Florida Gulf Coast made it to the Sweet Sixteen last year, and was the tournament sensation earning the name “Dunk City.”
This team is full of seniors. Two years ago they won the College Insider post season tourney. Last year they won the regular season A Sun Championship, but lost in the finals of the conference tourney to FGCU, so they went to the NIT. This year I think they have a chance to bust a lot of brackets. Keep an eye on the Mercer Bears.
Vox Day cites that notoriously “neo-Confederate” propaganda mill known as the New York Times on the explosive issue of secession in Crimea. The editorial writers at the Times are having a little difficulty making sense of Obama’s opposition to a popular referendum on Crimea seceding from Ukraine:
Consider the different American views of recent bids for independence.
East Timor? Yes.
South Sudan? Yes.
Palestine? It’s complicated.
It is an acutely delicate subject in the West, where Britain wants to keep Scotland and Spain wants to keep Catalonia.
To which Vox Day adds:
And the USA murdered hundreds of thousands in order to forcibly “keep the Union together” and deny the sovereign Southern States their right to self-determination. This has not escaped the attention of the world’s second-rate powers, some of whom have indicated support for the Russian position.
What the ruling elite can’t grasp is that the peoples of the world do not share their globalist vision. Crimea has a majority Russian population that does not want to be part of Ukraine. This is just one more problem caused by the anti-human policies of the old Soviet Union. And it wasn’t just the Reds who violated natural borders; the West is largely to blame for the unnatural and unsustainable political lines drawn in Africa during colonial times. As the folks in Sudan recently made clear, those borders are being redefined by history and culture.
The lessons of this worldwide trend apply here, too. As our rulers in DC import a more docile population from the Third World, the actual result is not a flowering of diversity but a loss of identification and loyalty to the old American nation. Already, secession is gaining steam in America, and ethnic and racial divisions are openly recognized as the reason. No people anywhere in the world wants to be governed by others – self-determination is just another term for secession. So as DC continues to reconstruct the old America, look for REAL secession movements to arise here at home.
The SPLC has labeled Liberty Alliance a hate group. Liberty Alliance affiliated sites send me a lot of emails, and while they tend to promote articles full of red meat for the base, they are always well within the norm of mainstream conservatism. So the SPLC is essentially naming a mainstream conservative enterprise a hate group because it’s perhaps a more scrappy mainstream conservative group. That’s a reach even by SPLC smear standards.
(The most interesting part of this story is identifying the various Liberty Alliance sites which explains why I often get similar emails from different sites.)
As a Southern paleocon who has often argued with Unionist neocons over the virtue of the Union invasion of the South and the merits of Lincoln, the current events taking place in Ukraine and the neocons’ reaction to it has me scratching my head. Let’s see…
Neocons, especially those of the Straussian variety, allegedly oppose secession. They oppose the historic secession of the South and reject secession as a legitimate political option for US states at present.
As a result of their inherent nationalism and opposition to secession, neocons venerate Abraham Lincoln above any other American.
Ukraine is a product of a quiet recent, historically speaking, secession from the former Soviet Union.
Putin is reoccupying part of Ukraine.
Therefore, if neocons are to be intellectually consistent, shouldn’t they support Putin as a Lincolnesq figure attempting to restore a political entity, the USSR, that traitorous upstart secessionist in Ukraine have recently ripped apart? And just as they should view Putin as a modern day Lincoln, shouldn’t they view the Russian Army as a modern day equivalent of the Union Army, and the Ukraine military as a modern equivalent of the Rebel Confederate Army?
But instead, the neocons are supporting the former secessionist Ukrainian revolutionaries and opposing Lincolnesq Putin’s attempt to reoccupy a former Soviet territory.
In a similar situation, Bill Clinton’s ordered American troops to intervene in the Balkans.
In the Balkan intervention, American troops were facilitating the secession of Bosnia from part of the former Yugoslavia.
If neocons are to be intellectually consistent, shouldn’t they have opposed the secession of Bosnia? Shouldn’t they have likened the US forces in the Balkans to the Confederate Army for facilitating secession and Clinton to Jefferson Davis?
Instead, neocons enthusiastically supported Clinton’s Bosnian intervention even while many conservatives at the time were returning to their non-interventionist roots and opposing the action.
Perhaps it isn’t really secession that neocons oppose. They seem quite happy with secession when it is breaking up countries that they view as challenging US hegemony. Perhaps the real problem they have with the secession of the South or the modern secession of US states is that it challenges their (mistaken) conception of America as a unitary modern state with a special mission to spread the values of liberal democracy across the globe.
Originally posted at Intellectual Conservative.
Sorry for the recent downtime. Apparently we were hacked. Most likely we were hacked because we have the Powers That Be shaking in their boots due to the quality of our anti-Establishment arguments. I guess it’s possible that there is a more mundane explanation, but I’m pretty sure we were the victim of a well orchestrated hack. I’m guessing a combination of the Bilderberg Group and Skull and Bones.
In an earlier post I commented on the website Rare, which at the time was new to me. But a little research showed me that Rare wasn’t as new as I thought it was and was felt at the time to be struggling. (I’ll look for those links when I have more time.) That said, this is an interesting development.
Rare and Crown Forum, one of America’s leading publishers of politically conservative authors, Tuesday announced the launch of Rare Forum, an exclusive content and marketing partnership to bring conservative writers to a new and broader readership. Rare Forum pairs the best-selling authors published by Crown Forum with the online news and social-media reach of Rare, which has annualized page views of 25 million.
The Rare Forum partnership will highlight exclusive, first-look content from esteemed Crown Forum authors through the Rare platform as well as a speaking series, book forums, and other online events and sites.
Crown Forum publishes many of the most prominent conservative writers, thought leaders, and political figures, including Pulitzer-Prize winner Charles Krauthammer; “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld; former Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.); American Enterprise Institute fellow Charles Murray; syndicated columnist Michael Barone; and former presidential adviser Pat Buchanan, among others. – See more at: http://rare.us/story/rare-and-crown-forum-join-forces-to-advance-conservative-voices/#sthash.IfZEslgw.dpuf
Any entity that would tout Charles Krauthammer as a “prominent conservative” or “thought leader” clearly has some things to learn from our standpoint, but this partnership is worth noting because we here at CHT like to cover developments in the conservative movement, and because I suspect we will see more of these sorts of pairings in the future.
Whether these partnerships will allow for greater or lesser entry into the mainstream conservative sphere for dissident conservatives like ourselves remains to be seen. My hunch is that at the Rare level it does not, although I could see a Mike Church or someone like that breaking through. But could something similar be done on a smaller level? New publishing platforms such as Create Space makes publishing a relatively inexpensive venture.
Hat tip: Jack Hunter’s Facebook post.
Since we’re on the subject of pop culture, this is worth noting. Steven Seagal has called for Obama’s impeachment.
The actor appeared at the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix, AZ on February 22, 2014, and was not aware that he would be speaking but what he did say, he spoke plainly in the seriousness with his message.
During the conference, a lot of funny political jokes were said but Seagal said that what he is about to say will not fit into the funniness of the night’s event.
Seagal said, “What I have to say is quite serious. What I want to say is that never in my life did I ever believe that our country would be taken over by people, like the people who are running it… at this day.”
I know that Seagal is mostly a straight to video actor these days, but since so few people in Hollywood and pop culture are on our side, any defections are noteworthy. I don’t know where Seagal stands on all the issues, but what he says here is pretty hard core, and that he was willing to attend this venue is comendable. He has clearly identified himself with us Reds in the us against them war.
Why Don’t They Just Get it Over With and Start Calling the Oscars the PCscars?
Let’s see, Ellen, practically dressed like a man, was the hostess.
Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor.
Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor.
Twelve Years a Slave won Best Picture.
The bottom three were entirely predictable.
I’m not saying that McConaughey and Leto didn’t give deserving performances or that Twelve Years a Slave wasn’t well done. What I’m suggesting is that having a PC angle clearly gives you a leg up on the competition. For example, last year Django Unchained won recognition way out of proportion to its merit because it was a white guilt fest.
Millions of Americans were illegally spied on by their own government as they participated in online video chats. The National Security Agency conducted this Stasi-like operation through its British sockpuppets:
Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.
In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.
Yahoo denounced these actions as “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy.” Yes, once again, DC has surpassed all expectations. USA! USA!
Or better yet:
Oddly, the pro-American blogging seraglio has nothing to say about this.
Since were talking about hard rock, here is a story worth mentioning. Weaver and Hawthorne, this one’s for you.
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is unleashing the mother of all conspiracy theories — President Obama‘s secret agenda to become a tyrannical dictator with Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Kanye West‘s assistance!
We asked Davis about his band’s new “Spike in My Veins” music video — which is filled with clips of Miley and other pop culture phenoms — and suddenly it was all aboard the crazy train.
You gotta see it … right in the middle of LAX, Davis spewed a theory about Obama using celeb scandals as a “distraction” … while he screws us out of our freedoms.