Van Harvey

  • The Frauds of Free Trade, and the possible uses of Tariffs

    As someone who holds Free Trade in high regard, I’m about sick of all of those on all sides of the issue, who toss the term about as if it holds no further meaning or purpose than to serve their personal political agendas. For instance, there are the …

  • Remembering Memorial Day

    From my Memorial Day post seven years ago, that to properly memorialize those who’ve lost their lives in military service to our nation, we need to honor not only their lives lost, but also to honor what it was that they put their lives at such risk fo…

  • Remembering Memorial Day

    From my Memorial Day post seven years ago, that to properly memorialize those who’ve lost their lives in military service to our nation, we need to honor not only their lives lost, but also to honor what it was that they put their lives at such risk fo…

  • Kanye Tweets the world upside down – Good things in unexpected places

    So. Kanye West. He’s Tweeted the world upside down over the last few days, hasn’t he? The reactions from talking heads have been as predictable, as his tweets were unpredictable, with,

    • The Left, recently hopeful that he’d run for POTUS in 2024, is upset that he’s either stupid, drug addicted, or has gone insane,
    • The Right, quite naturally – on the basis of his tweeting track record of almost an entire week – wants to welcome him (which is not to say ‘use him‘… of course, perish the thought) as a ‘Fellow Conservative!‘, as a ‘Friend!‘, and maybe even as a Philosopher to ‘rock the vote’ with,
    • The Realists (AKA: Cynics in drag), are laughing at everyone because they just know that he’s obviously just tweeting to play everyone for fools in order to get publicity for his upcoming album.

    Me? I get to brush off all of those scenarios and simply enjoy his Tweets. Sorry folks, but I can thrill over a select few of Kanye’s Tweets (reading tweets on ‘free thinking’ …isn’t for me), without having to imagine that I somehow know anything more about him than I do (or don’t). But I can enjoy these Tweets even more, because of something more that I know about the thinking that underlies those tweets, which Kanye himself may or may not know. I’ll explain in a moment.

    And I’m also untroubled by the fact that I’ve never cared for Kanye West: not for his recordings (which are mysteriously categorized under ‘Music’), or for the words he chants, or the family he married into. I deeply dislike his public thugy persona, and I know of no reasons whatsoever for me to think that he’s either a ‘Conservative‘ (whatever that may be), or even that he’s now a friend to the Right.

    Best of all: None of that matters!

    Whatever his motives might be, Kanye West, beginning with just a few Tweets in support of Candace Owens, and Donald Trump, has exposed the rot and brittleness of The Left’s facade, and in the responses which they couldn’t help themselves from making, the Left has exposed deep fissures in their pro-regressive edifice, any one of which could bring their carefully crafted Politically Correct Culture crashing down around us.

    How? Look at what he Tweeted.

    One Tweet was that he likes the way Candace Owens thinks
    I love the way Candace Owens thinks

    — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018

    Candace Owens is a young conservative woman who doesn’t equate her black skin with a Democrat brand. She’s a Director Of Communications with Turning Point USA, and her thinking has a talent for nailing truths to viral soundbites and memes, such as ‘victim mentality vs victor mentality‘, and “I’m not ‘Far Right’, I’m Free“.

    .@TPUSA’s Director Of Communications @RealCandaceO is Destroying Leftist Lies And Changing The Future For Millions Of Americans!

    JOIN THE MOVEMENT! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    👉 https://t.co/sBNSeZoOwM 👈 pic.twitter.com/Jx5zccQuyi

    — Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) April 24, 2018

    Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.
    I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2

    — Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018

    Another Tweet was that he isn’t going to be bullied into hating Donald Trump, and isn’t going to submit to popular pressure to hate him. Boom.

    I don’t care what Kanye’s personal politics are, or his motivations for tweeting these tweets, and I have no idea WTH Dragon Blood is supposed to mean, but I do know what the rest of that means, and what it implies, and I’m telling you that those tweets are parachuting bedrock nuggets of America’s founding ideals, deep into pro-regressive held mindscapes where they have not been welcome, or even seen, for decades, and in the tweeting and retweeting, they are spreading the word of the fundamental requirements that are necessary for being an American. Period.

    You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.

    — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018

    We can disagree upon everything else, but as long as the concepts behind those two tweets are encouraged to stand and be stood up for, that makes it possible for us to disagree upon everything else, and to do so reasonably, and peacefully. That alone is enough to panic the Pro-Regressive Left.

    Twitterosopher?
    Am I attributing too much to Kanye? Actually, I’m not attributing anything to Kanye, I’m simply pointing out what is contained in those characters he has been tweeting out into the Twitterverse, has been spreading like wildfire throughout all of social media, and that is a very good thing indeed.

    So let’s take a closer look at those tweets, there are two concepts that underlie the tweets above, which are what have been getting the most attention, and whether Kanye knows it or not,they are re-animating those lost ‘harmonizing sentiments’ of Jefferson’s that I’ve been posting upon recently, that America is being divided by what once united us – the concepts behind the 1st & 2nd Amendments to our constitution – because of those ideas that we’ve nearly lost. Kanye West’s Tweets, perhaps unknowingly, call to mind those individual rights that are protected by the 1st Amendment – the right to worship, speak and publish, freely, and in his insistence on standing his ground and asserting his right to do so no matter who opposes him, he is affirming the right to defend his exercising of those rights – and that is what is secured by the 2nd Amendment.

    None of the rights which our first two amendments secure for us, can stand without the other. The 1st Amendment can’t stand without the 2nd, while the 2nd can never have any worthwhile meaning, without the 1st – the one is necessary for the other to become possible. The Pro-Regressive Left is so furious, because his tweets directly threaten to obliterate the regimented GroupThink they’ve been working so hard to establish for over a century, over the minds of those beholden to them, and his Tweets have exposed visible fractures in that structure. Or, as Kanye tweeted yesterday:

    “We have freedom of speech but not freedom of thought.”

    and any attempt to remedy that, is War… or at least MemeWar.

    From TWEETS!

    As bad as it seems… it’s not as bad as it seems
    Earlier this week, I was trying to cheer up a very well informed friend of mine, one who’s extensive knowledge of how dark these times of ours truly are, occasionally misleads himself into despairing that nothing more than badness can be possible for our, or our children’s futures.

    Simply telling him to ‘Cheer up!’ wasn’t really an option, so I attempted to cheer him up by doubling down on his gloomy outlook. First I pointed out how our Rule of Law hadn’t died in the last few years, as he’d fretted, but that it was actually removed from life support and left to die no later than the 1930’s, and was soon replaced by the propagandized popular moods and opinions of the Rule of ‘SeemsOk’. Then I pointed out that people didn’t just begin to suck in the last decade, but that we’ve been getting progressively suckier and suckier, ever since our Educational System was also removed from life support and left to die, no later than the 1920’s, and so that the propagandizing of what is permitted as ‘SeemsOk’, has been getting Progressively worse every year, from then, to now. And of course, it wasn’t Barack Obama who corrupted our system in the last decade, but that, on the presidential level at least (the least important level, BTW), it was Bill Clinton who had gotten the process going in earnest, back in the 90’s, slickly tapping into the amoral, immoral and anti-American ideas that his generation had been taught to accept as ‘SeemsOk’. Bill & Hillary also did quite a bit to ensure that those lessons would continue to be intensified in the schools, and he began seriously injecting that rot of pro-regressive corruption deep into the FBI, and all of the layers of our federal bureaucracy, long before Obama came along. And of course as this has been a bi-partisan effort all along, we saw Bush 43 doubling down on Clinton’s educational rot, ensuring another decade of ever darker corruptions of what ‘SeemsOk’, into yet another generation of voters.

    Sure, Obama inflicted a massive amount of damage upon us, but only because he was able to exploit what had been so well prepared for him by his predecessors. And Americans, what with having had no child left behind from being educated into ignorance of what America is and means, and content with what now ‘SeemsOk’, they’ve been very much on board with our growing state of tyranny – as long as it ‘SeemsOk’ – for quite some time now.

    IOW, things are not only as bad as they seem, they’re worse – but that’s not as bad as it might seem.

    Yes, you’re forgiven for not noticing how I thought that might cheer either you or my friend up, but the cheerful point that I was building up to, is that as bad as things not only seem, but truly are, Evil is but a weak, frail edifice of brittle rot, and for all its fierce appearances, it is prone to sudden collapse at the first honest questioning of it. And that fragility increases the more powerful it becomes. To take evil seriously, is to credit it with something it will never have – credibility.

    It is we who are deluding ourselves (perhaps with just a touch of the ‘sin of pride’?), when we succumb to the hubris of thinking that we can possibly even be aware of everything that matters to how our future will turn out – that’s the very same thinking behind the socialists delusional beliefs that they can order a nation’s economy in five year plans – there is always more going on, than we do or can know about, and we’ve no possible way of knowing for certain how those unknowns might contribute to how things will eventually turn out (which, BTW, is an understanding which is at the root of what powers the prosperity of the Free Market).

    The fact remains, that for all of the lies of those in power, no matter how intricate, or how palpably strong and threatening they might be, they can be struck down in an instant (think the USSR coming down with the Berlin Wall), through the nudge of just a few honest questions, and a person’s willingness to stand up and ask them. Sure, you might my example of the USSR falling, with Tienanmen Square and China still standing, but that also makes my point: We have no way of knowing what will actually happen, so all we can do is what we know that we should do, and have something akin to faith that that will be enough, and as it should be. Yet the fact still remains, that one imperfect voice expressing the truth (think Alexander Solzhenitsyn), that resonates, can set veritable wildfires to burning away even the densest of ideologies. No matter how bad it looks, and may actually be, even the darkest regime’s power is never less than one truth away from complete disintegration, collapse, and extinction.

    Put more simply: The Lie cannot withstand the Truth, and if only people will dare to look upon both, then the Lie will crumble like a vampire in sunlight.

    My friend wasn’t buying any of this of course, he was in the mood to be depressed – 🙂 – but that doesn’t change the truth of the matter one whit.

    And so while I was busy failing to cheer up my friend, almost on cue, here came Kanye West, with Twitter in hand to part the gloom. No matter his thinking or purposes, he has not only exercised his freedom of speech, but has insisted upon standing firm in his right to do so, and that my friends, is Kryptonite to The Left. Everything they’ve built up in the popular mind, has been wounded – by TWEETS – to the point that they’re experiencing something akin to an arterial bleed in their Media Jugular vein.

    Again, just let that sink in. Tweets have them in a frenzied all-hands-on-deck panic!

    Are you beginning to get the picture? You see, there is NO downside to Kanye’s Tweets. He’s speaking his mind, and cluing others in to how unhinged the Left becomes when anyone, anyone, strays from what they want to permit you to think and do.

    Sure, that’s not to say that The Right won’t say or do something that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, as is their want to do, but as far was what Kanye Tweeted… it’s all good.

    And I’m lovin’ it!

  • Alfie Evans, and Hannah Arendt’s Banality of Evil

    Just a couple of days ago, I shared a post about Hannah Arendt’s commentary on the trial of the captured Nazi, Adolph Eichmann, in “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil” . What struck her about him, was the unexpectedly meek bureauc…

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