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July 29, 2009

Summer Reading: The Housing Boom and Bust

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If you want to understand what caused The Housing Boom and Bust, you should read Thomas Sowell’s book by that title (New York:  Basic Books, 2009).  I already knew about government-backed liberal activists coercing banks to make loans to people who couldn’t pay them back.  I wasn’t aware that “smart growth” policies caused high housing prices in some areas throughout the country giving liberals an excuse to claim there was a need for “affordable housing” and giving progressives in the federal government an excuse to interfere in the private sector.  In Sowell’s words, “As we have already seen, government regulation adn intervention have been at the heart of the conditions that set the state for the current housing market disaster” (68).

He begins his final chapter by stating that there are many things we need to “unlearn” from the “current economic crisis.”  First, we should question “the conclusion that many seem to be deriving from today’s economic debacle–namely, that more government regulation of the housing and financial markets could have prevented the housing boom and bust, with its dire repercussions, and more government regulation is the way to prevent a recurrence of today’s crisis.”  Instead, we should remember that it was government interference that caused the “current economic crisis” (117).

Sowell also asks if the Obama administration’s “early initiatives indicate that their primary goal is to put the current economic crisis behind us, as quickly and as fully as possible, or to use that crisis to impose new and enduring changes in the American economy and society.”  His conclusion is that they are “using a crisis to fundamentally and enduringly change the institutions of American society” (141-45), as Obama promised before his inauguration and as Glenn Beck has been pointing out lately, too.

If you want more insight into how progressives/liberals/statists are working to transform the United States, read The Housing Boom and Bust.

July 15, 2009

II4Cons: Progressivism





I’m also posting this information on the Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons) wiki.  Please let me know if there are resources I should add by commenting on this post or sending me a message on Twitter.

July 14, 2009

What Is Progressivism?

Merriam-Webster Online:

“the principles, beliefs, or practices of progressives” (“progressivism“),who are people “believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action” (“progressives“)

Ronald J. Pestritto:

“Progressives had an ‘evolving’ or a ‘living’ notion of government . . ., and thus wanted government to take on whatever role and scope the times demanded.  The Progressives reasoned that people of the founding era may have wanted a limited government . . ., but they argued that people of their own time wanted a much more activist government, and that we should adjust accordingly.”

“‘Progressivism’ was . . . all about moving beyond the principles of our founders.” (“Reframing America: the Progressive Mission,” Fusion 5.2 (July/Aug. 2009): 4-5).

Matthew Spalding:

“The Progressive Movement, which is more than a c entury old, sought to transform every aspect of American life.  Not only did it intend to change our politcs and political institutions, it also launched modern liberalism’s efforts to remake America, liberate it from traditional cultural institutions and build a new, great ‘Progressive’ society.”

Progressives “rejected any self-evident truths about man and politics and held that all ideas change and evolve with time.  These assumptions transformed our creed of natural rights limited government and constitutional liberty into a new doctrine of evolving rights, and expanding state and a ‘living’ Constitution.  But the Progressive’s relativism also took aim at the moral underpinnings of free government and our character as a self-governing people” (“Remaking America,” Fusion 5.2 (July/Aug. 2009):16).

Bradley Watson:

“Progressivism is . . . characterized by the belief that truth is always and everywher relative to its time and place” (“Living Constitution, Dying Faith,” Fusion 5.2 (July/Aug. 2009):19).

July 13, 2009

Video: “How To Brainwash A Nation”

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Video:  “How To Brainwash A Nation” (interview in 1985)

Ideological Subversion:  to change perception of reality of every American so no one is able to come to sensible conclusions to defend themselves, their families, their communities, and their country.

Four Steps to Marxist-Leninist Control:

  1. Demoralization (15 to 20 years) – time to educate one generation of students, expose to enemy’s ideology, already completed in U.S. (by 1985) done by Americans to Americans, unable to accept truth, American leftists (including professors) essential to process
  2. Destabilization (2 to 5 years) – destabilize economy (eliminate free markets), foreign relations, and defense systems
  3. Crisis (6 weeks) – developed from destabilization, resulting in violent revolution
  4. Normalization (indefinitely) – following violent change in power, promises to meet needs, elimination of American leftists who thought they would be in power

June 11, 2009

More Additions to Reading List

I heard about these books on Glenn Beck’s radio and TV shows:

  • Bradley C.S. Watson, Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence
  • Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government (to be released June 16)
  • Matthew Spalding, We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future (to be released on Oct. 15)

May 22, 2009

My Summer Reading List

I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done this summer.  The following books are on my list:

My Books

  • Cleon Skousen, The 5000 Year Leap:  The 28 Great Ideas that Changed the World
  • Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny
  • F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
  • Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism:  The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
  • Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, eds., American Progressivism:  A Reader
  • Ronald J. Pestritto, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
  • Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man:  A New History of the Great Depression
  • Robert Gellately, Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler:  The Age of Social Catastrophe
  • Glenn Beck, An Inconvenient Book
  • Walter Williams, Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism
  • Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  • Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Library Books

  • Thomas E. Woods, Jr., and Kevin R. C. Gutzman, Who Killed the Constitution?  The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush
  • Randy E. Barnett, Restoring the Lost Constitution:  The Presumption of Liberty
  • George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Animal Spirits:  How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
  • Andrew Klavan, The Last Thing I Remember

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