By David Beito | Friday March 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM PST | 0 Comments
In this disturbing 1934 propaganda film for eugenics, “Tomorrows Children,” the judge ordering a sterilization paraphrases “progressive,” Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s infamous line from the majority opinion in Buck v. Bell: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
Tags: American History, Civil Liberties, Entertainment, Family, Fascism, Healthcare, Media, Morality, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Privacy, Propaganda, Technology, The State, Video, Women
By Peter Klein | Monday January 23, 2012 at 7:04 AM PST | 8 Comments
Did you know 2012 is the centenary of Charles Dickens’s birth? Dickens is often lumped with Carlyle, Shaw, Ruskin, etc. as a Romantic, Victorian, literary anti-capitalist. (Carlyle indeed disliked capitalism, but not for the usual reasons.) But Dickens, as I originally learned from Paul Cantor, was a wildly successful capitalist and entrepreneur, a driving force behind the...
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By Mary Theroux | Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM PST | 8 Comments
I posted earlier about the provisions of the New Years Eve-signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a/k/a the “Homeland Battlefield Bill,” allowing the President of the U.S., at his or her sole discretion, to order the indefinite detention of any U.S. citizen, with no burden of proof whatsoever, and no recourse for the detainee—in...
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Tags: Business, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Constitution, Corporatism, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Law, Liberty, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Police, Power, Presidential Power, Property Rights, Surveillance, Terrorism, The State
By David J. Theroux | Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM PST | 19 Comments
As if the climate alarmist scams revealed in Climategate I and Climategate II were not enough, not to mention the deliberate misrepresentations in Al Gore’s propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth, we now learn that the BBC faked a key scene in the £16 million, seven-part TV series, Frozen Planet, in which polar bears were...
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Tags: Corruption, Culture, Entertainment, Environment, Global Warming, Government subsidies, Media, Politics, Science, Video
By David J. Theroux | Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST | 14 Comments
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert “takes on” Occupy Wall Street in a hilarious yet actual segment with protest representatives from “the consensus within the press group,” Justin (“a male-bodied person”) and “Ketchup” (“a female-bodied person”), in a “Co-Optportunity” with what Colbert calls a cult, oh sorry, I mean “movement”.
Tags: Bailouts, Budget and Tax Policy, Business, Civil Society, Culture, Entertainment, Government subsidies, Humor, Liberalism, Morality, Nationalization, Power, Propaganda, Religion, Socialism, Video
By Carl Close | Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM PST | 1 Comment
How are the big-hair rock band’s contractual prohibitions against brown M&M’s similar to the Third Amendment’s limitations on the quartering of soldiers? Professor Tom W. Bell of Chapman University School of Law explains: In the grand struggle to protect individual rights against government trespass, the Third Amendment plays a role akin to the provision,...
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By David J. Theroux | Sunday June 26, 2011 at 10:37 PM PST | 1 Comment
In the new hit album by pop-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alpocalypse, he includes the song, “Party in the C.I.A.”, which is a parody of the hit song by Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”
Tags: American History, CIA, Civil Liberties, Corruption, Culture, Entertainment, FBI, Humor, Middle East, Military, Peace, Personal Liberty, Surveillance, Terrorism, Video, War
By Jonathan Bean | Saturday May 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM PST | 4 Comments
When I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the stereotypical bowdlerizers of speech–the people excising “offensive” lyrics and literature—were the uptight blue-nosed sort who feared that “someone, somewhere, was having fun.” (H.L. Mencken). Now, the “progressive” Left has replaced the Puritanical Right as the great policer of speech. “Progressives” have always policed speech...
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Entertainment, Personal Liberty
By David J. Theroux | Wednesday January 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM PST | 3 Comments
Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central hilariously skewers the hypocrisy, authoritarianism, and foolishness of “progressive” San Francisco’s Nanny-State ban of Happy Meals at McDonald’s restaurants in the city. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon — Thurs 11p / 10c The Daily Show on Facebook HT: Carl Haberberger
Tags: Business, California, Civil Society, Corporatism, Culture, Entertainment, Family, Fascism, Food, Healthcare, Humor, Liberty, Media, Mercantilism, Morality, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Politics, Power, Property Rights, Regulation, The State, Urban Issues, Video, Welfare
By David J. Theroux | Sunday December 19, 2010 at 7:50 PM PST | 2 Comments
On November 13, 2010, unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch at the Welland Seaway Mall in Welland, Ontario, Canada. More than 100 members of the Christmas Flash Mob broke out to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.” This YouTube video of the event has now also...
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