Socialism . . . But?

‘Socialism!’ the Democrats cry. ‘But don’t take us too seriously!’

For once, conservatives were ahead of the curve.

American conservatism functioned as a political mass movement in the postwar era not because of the rhetorical gifts of its chief expositors (William F. Buckley Jr. et al.) nor because of the intellectual prowess of its best and most creative minds (ask George Nash for his list) but because of the threat presented by the Soviet Union and the worldwide Communist enterprise. The effort to link Soviet socialism abroad with the New Deal and the welfare state at home was always destined to fail, and it did fail as soon as the Soviet Union failed.

The conservative coalition did not crumble quite so quickly and dramatically as the Berlin Wall, but the end of the Cold War found the Right intellectually depleted. The Nineties saw the rise of a certain kind of rightist pseudo-intellectualism held in orbit around Newt Gingrich, the main project of which was providing ex post facto intellectual (even “scholarly”) rationalizations for the immediate political needs of the Republican Party. The Gingrich-era Right remained largely correct on most of the big policy questions, but that was in no small part a matter of happy accident and intellectual inertia; what intellectual rigor remained was subordinated to political necessity, which led, as it must lead, to the total surrender to what we sometimes call “populism,” which denotes only a bumptious style of mood-affiliation politics and the elevation of short-term electoral exigencies over all else. And so we now have a conservatism of slogans in power and a remnant conservatism of ideas in exile.

If anything, the Left and the Democratic Party are even more intellectually exhausted. The Left’s last Big Idea was socialism, and its enthusiasm for socialism was not and is not limited to admiration for Denmark, as Senator Bernie Sanders would have you believe. Lenin and Stalin had their American admirers and cooperators, and not only on the fringes of our politics but also in the pages of the New York Times and The New Republic, in government agencies, even in the White House. Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and more modern figures such as Hugo Chávez — none of these was a “democratic” socialist, but all of them had (and many still have) their admirers on the American left. The Soviet disaster was a crisis for the Left. And though our progressive intellectuals were able to muster only a very modest, partial, and shallow reckoning with their own contributions to the psychotic gulag state that came crashing down at the end of the last century, the fall of the Soviet Union brought socialism into discredit and disrepute — for a period of time.


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Giuliani blasts Bloomberg for flip-flop on stop-and-frisk


Rudy Giuliani knocked Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg for condemning the use of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy while he was mayor of New York. “What is this stuff that he’s condemning stop-and-frisk?” Giuliani asked John Catsimatidis during an interview that aired Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970. “I did it for eight years….


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Bail reform sets homeless teen free despite cop assault, car theft charges


A homeless teen who was charged with an attack on a plainclothes NYPD captain in Midtown last October has been released under New York’s controversial new bail reform guidelines after his latest in a long line of arrests — for allegedly joyriding in a stolen car in Brooklyn. Elijah Hodge, 19, a suspected Crips gang…


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Venezuelan Armed Force begins military drills


Caracas, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB) began the 2020 Bolivarian Shield military exercises on Saturday, in order to prepare all troops in case of a foreign armed aggression.

President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that more than two million soldiers will participate in the military drills that will conclude on Sunday, February 16, and will be developed nationwide.

During a press briefing with international media from the Miraflores Palace, the seat of Venezuelan government, the president pointed out that all surface-to-air missile systems, as well as rocket systems, are ready for the exercises.

This excercises are the first ones carried out after the new Constitutional Law on the Armed Forces was recently approved. The inclusion of national militias as an armed wing of the country’s defensive corps is decreed, so they will officially participate in these exercises for the first time with that category.


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End of political violence and threats advocated in Colombia


Bogota, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Committee of the Colombian Communist Party advocated today the end of political violence, the marking and threats against the popular movement, within a context of ongoing violence in this country.

The dark forces that conspire against peace, promote hatred, plan and finance assassination of popular leaders and activists are emerging again before the national government’s indifference, the party said in a statement posted on its website.

In this regard, it noted that, in a flyer believed to belong to the so-called Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles, a narco-paramilitary organization), they threaten anthropologist Jaime Caycedo, a member of the National Security Guarantees Commission and secretary general of the organization, as well as prominent leaders of the Central Union of Workers (CUT), of its Executive Committee and of the direction of Bolivar Department.


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Bernie Sanders isn’t a brawler — and that’s why he can’t beat Trump


Bernie Sanders is not a fighter like Trump. To the contrary, in key moments, and when under attack, he has faltered or demurred.

With a popular-vote victory in Iowa and an outright win in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders has officially emerged as the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Many commentators have noted the parallels between Sanders’s surging, antiestablishment candidacy and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The analogy is real. Both men can call upon large, passionate bases of support. Both have also had to contend with the fierce resistance of a party elite bent on denying them victory, along with unfair media coverage.

Trump, of course, confronts these challenges with glee. From the earliest days of his campaign, right through to his celebratory, post-impeachment acquittal “press conference,” he has turned the tables on the DC insiders.


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US blockade against Cuba affects children and teenagers


United Nations, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The US blockade against Cuba has a particular impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents, Cuban Ambassador Oscar Leon denounced on Wednesday at the UN.

The damage caused by this blockade is not an invention; this mechanism inflicts immeasurable humanitarian damage and is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, he stressed.

The blockade is an obstacle to the acquisition of technologies, raw materials, equipment, reagents and diagnostic tests, among others, he said in the adoption of the UNICEF Country Program Document for Cuba.

United Nations, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The US blockade against Cuba has a particular impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents, Cuban Ambassador Oscar Leon denounced on Wednesday at the UN.

The damage caused by this blockade is not an invention; this mechanism inflicts immeasurable humanitarian damage and is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, he stressed.

The blockade is an obstacle to the acquisition of technologies, raw materials, equipment, reagents and diagnostic tests, among others, he said in the adoption of the UNICEF Country Program Document for Cuba.

Furthermore, the diplomat regretted that the United States delegation was once again attempting to politicize the work of the Executive Committee, in this case in the process of adopting that agenda.

Leon recalled that children in Cuba receive systematic medical attention by one of the 12,842 family doctors based in each community.

My country is also proud to be the first in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis, a validation granted by the World Health Organization in 2015 and ratified last September, he added.


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The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism

The depraved totalitarians, nefarious barbarians, two-bit gangsters, odious scoundrels, and bigoted scum who run the United Nations recently set up a new “database” to help anti-Semites around the world target Jewish businesses in the disputed territories of Judaea and Samaria — businesses that offer economic opportunities for Palestinians that pay higher than most other jobs in the West Bank.

In no other international dispute — and there are hundreds of them — does the United Nations target peaceful civilians or institutions. Certainly in no place do they work to destroy the businesses of noncombatants based on their ethnicity or religion. The 112 companies on the U.N.’s list are run and staffed, no doubt, by people with diverse viewpoints, at least some of whom likely support the creation of a Palestinian state. All of them create jobs, products, and services that foster cooperation.

None of this matters to the U.N. The “boycott, divestment, and sanctions” (BDS) campaign, now supported by the U.N., is a coordinated international effort committed to the elimination of the Jewish state, bringing together dictators, theocrats, terrorist organizations, Communists, the “international community,” and at least one of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s top surrogates. The movement targets Jews under the guise of anti-Zionism, which remains the predominant justification for violence, murder, and hatred against Jews in Europe and the Middle East.


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