Rubicon

What happens when you push the most ambitious, clever, and powerful man of his generation into a corner? What happens when you close off all legal avenues to salvation and promise to destroy his livelihood, his family, and even his very life? Would you expect such a man to meekly submit, or to fight for his life?

Julius Caesar faced this very situation in January of 49 BC. He had made him some powerful enemies in the Roman Senate over the years, including his former friend and ally Pompey, but his positions as consul of Rome and later proconsul of Gaul made him immune to legal prosecution. However, his term as proconsul had come to an end, and Roman law required him to resign command of his legions and reenter the capital as a private citizen. Would such a man as Caesar submit to such a humiliation and possible execution in the name of maintaining traditional norms? Would you? Caesar, of course, refused. He led his legions into Rome itself, forcing Pompey and his allies to flee for their lives. Caesar started a civil war that left him the undisputed master of the Roman Republic, and after his assassination in 44 BC his nephew Octavian ascended to the imperial throne as Caesar Augustus.

One can never tell how things might have happened differently in history, but it is always interesting to speculate. What might have happened if Pompey and the rest of Caesar’s enemies had not threatened to destroy him upon his return to Rome? Could Caesar have returned and continued to work through the legal process without starting a civil war? Julius Caesar was ambitious, and might well have done so anyway, but we will never know.

The United States of America is facing a Rubicon moment of its own this year. The Democratic Party has clearly engaged in electoral fraud in order to recapture the White House after Donald Trump’s stunning upset in 2016. President Trump is pursuing constitutional and legal challenges to the apparent electoral results, however success is not guaranteed. Extraordinary measures might be required to save this country from those who wish to fundamentally transform it into a globalist province.

The alliance of the Democratic Party, the Republican establishment, and the globalist activists of the Deep State bureaucracy have been fighting President Donald Trump since before his inauguration in 2017:

  • They spied on his campaign, transition team, and his administration.
  • They pressured electors to pick someone else.
  • They ignored his authority over the Executive Branch.
  • They impeached him over a phone call.
  • They used the coronavirus pandemic to create the most elaborate electoral fraud operation in American history.

All the while they have threatened to destroy him, his family, and his supporters the moment he is out of office:

Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, who is chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight, plans to prosecute not only President Trump but also his “enablers”:

Leftist activist posing as objective journalist Jake Tapper threatened that anyone who continues to support President Trump should be blacklisted from employment:

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star of the socialist left, wants to create lists of Trump supporters for future reprisals:

Former Clinton Administrator Labor Secretary Robert Reich wants to set up an Orwellian “Truth and Reconciliation Committee” to re-educate Trump supporters:

Is it any wonder that President Trump is fighting so hard to win this election through any legal means available? The radical left would love to see Trump hanged on the South Lawn of the White House while anyone who supported him is sent to the gulag. This fight is not merely political; it is existential!

The question remains: What if Trump fails? What if his legal challenges to this obviously fraudulent election are not successful? What if the mainstream media’s framing of the election convinces legislators and judges to accept the fait accompli? What if Trump campaign legal advisor Sydney Powell’s kraken ends up being more of a guppy? Will President Trump meekly step aside and allow the radical left to not only destroy him and his family, but the country he loves?

Alexander Macris argues that Trump can cross his own Rubicon without resorting to civil war:

Unlike Caesar, Trump can cross the Rubicon legally. He need violate no sacred law. He has all of the legal power he needs to act and win. Congress has given it to him. All he needs to do is invoke the Insurrection Act.

Macris’ argument is compelling, and it goes without saying that using the authority available to him in this matter would be just as destructive as personally leading an army into Washington DC to seize power. The American left already considered President Trump’s first term to be illegitimate, so using such extraordinary powers to ensure a second would drive them insane with rage. The thugs who have been terrorizing our city streets for eight months and counting would come out in force, and anyone with a Trump hat or even an American flag on their home might find themselves targets of the mob. Even though invoking the Insurrection Act is within the president’s authority, actually doing so would likely set off the very civil war that it is intended to avoid.

Macris agrees:

If Trump calls on the unorganized militia to save the Republic from voter fraud, a militia will come. So too would an anti-militia or resistance. In fact, lots of people who are willing to fight are fighting on the streets already. It seems likely that if Trump crosses the Rubicon, he will trigger a civil war, just like Caesar triggered a civil war.

Yet even civil war might be better than the alternative. We long ago departed a time of easy choices, and no matter how much the Mitt Romneys or Jonah Goldbergs of the world long to return to a pre-Trump “normalcy,” that ship has sailed. Pompey was never going to restore the Roman Republic of Cincinattus or Scipio by simply removing Caesar no more than we can restore the American Republic of Lincoln and Roosevelt by removing Trump. President Trump did not cause our current crisis; he was just the natural evolution of where our society has been moving for several decades. It made perfect sense for traditional and conservative Americans to turn to a leader like Trump who promised to fight for us, rather than simply negotiate our surrender to the left as countless Republican leaders had been doing for decades.

If the “resistance” is successful in stealing the election of 2020, the Biden/Harris Administration will use their executive power to ensure that they are never again threatened by a national populist like Donald Trump. They will fully commit the United States to the Great Reset, once and for all erasing the liberty and sovereignty that made America the greatest expression of the ideals of Western Civilization. If we do not fight now, we might not have another chance.

Macris concludes his piece thus:

This is not a drill. This is where we are. If Trump is standing on the banks of the Rubicon, it’s because the leftist machine has purposefully widened the Rubicon River until it reaches his feet.

President Donald Trump faces the same choice that Julius Caesar made more than two thousand years ago: Surrender and allow himself and his people to be destroyed, or fight. For the sake of his family, for the sake of his voters, for the sake of our posterity, we need him to cross the Rubicon and fight for America.

The Great Reset

In November of 2016, shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, the World Economic Forum published an article describing eight predictions for the year 2030. In their tweet promoting the article, they said “You’ll own nothing, and you’ll be happy.” The article goes on to suggest that we will also be tracked 24/7 for our own good, that America will have receded on the world stage, that meat will be a rare treat, that over a billion refugees will be integrated into western nations, and that western values will be diminished in a global society.

The WEF is at the forefront of several globalist organization working to transform society. A few weeks ago, TIME Magazine published a cover story about what they called “The Great Reset,” a reordering of society in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. This story compiled ideas from various globalist organizations about what they want the world to look like in the coming decades. Chief among these was the founder of the World Economic Forum himself, Klaus Schwab, who wrote about how we need to “re-imagine capitalism” to create a “better economy”. The rest of the articles concerned climate change and racial justice. The overriding theme was that of building back better. Not coincidentally, “Build Back Better” was Joe Biden’s campaign slogan.

“Build Back Better” is the overriding theme of a large alliance of globalist activists throughout the world. In addition to Joe Biden, the phrase has also been used by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, who just imposed a harsh lockdown on his people. It has been used in Canada. The slogan was being used in the United Nations as far back as 2015, and by former President Bill Clinton as early as 2006. The fact that they have had it ready to deploy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic this year is curious, no?

You must understand that they have been planning this so-called great reset for a long time now. The Frankfurt School developed Critical Theory in the 1920s, which demanded that we tear down every edifice of society to rebuild it in a modern, secular, socialist image. One can imagine the original philosophers of the Frankfurt School saying that we need to “build back better”. After World War II, the purveyors of Critical Theory made their way into positions of influence in western societies – this was the long march through our institutions that I have mentioned before. The post-World War II order created by the victorious Allied Powers was a globalist order, where national sovereignty was slowly but surely subordinated to international organizations. These organizations have little accountability to the citizens and voters in each nation. Our leaders told us that this was all necessary to prevent the nations of the world from falling one by one to an expansionist Communist state. However, when the Cold War ended in 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union, our leaders doubled down on globalism rather than once again putting America First. President George H. W. Bush proclaimed the dawn of a “new world order” – you can hear his very words in the introduction to every podcast. Both Republicans and Democrats pledged billions of dollars and untold American lives to the globalist project, which ranged from ushering China into the World Trade Organization, to bombing Serbia in the late 1990s, to invading half the Middle East in the first two decades of the 21st century. All the while, we quietly surrendered our sovereignty to a new international technocratic order.

Remember that the globalist position is that national borders are obsolete, and that national sovereignty is an impediment to world peace. Despite all their talk about diversity in the abstract, globalists see different people and different cultures as entirely interchangeable cogs in a great big GDP machine. All the postwar international organizations such as the UN, the European Union, the World Health Organization, the World Back, the International Monetary Fund, etc. were built with the aim of ensuring greater peace and cooperation between nations, but in nearly every case they result in the erosion of national sovereignty and the rule by fiat of unelected technocrats.

These globalist technocratic elites have long been seeding their ideas into popular culture. Look through any fashion magazine over the past five years and see stories about happy Millennials living in tiny pods, eating bugs, and living entirely atomized lives. Just like the WEF’s predictions, these articles present a future where you will not own a car that you can drive anywhere you want, but instead use ride-sharing or mass transit to go where you need in your city. Instead of owning a house, you rent a bed in a co-living space, sort of like a sailor’s bunk on a battleship. Instead of settling down and building a traditional nuclear family of father, mother, and children, you will live with friends and colleagues. Hookups will have entirely replaced marriage and even dating. Any children born into this environment will be communal property. Mainstream media has been publishing articles glamorizing polyamory over the past few years, each one showing effete beta males sharing an overweight woman, trying to normalize this perverse arrangement.

This all sounds like a dystopian horror to you and me, but to the technocrats, it is the ideal society in their new world order. We will eat bugs and like it, while the elites continue to eat steak at the World Economic Forum headquarters in Davos, Switzerland.

The desire to remake the world to fit our modern ideas is hardly new. Perhaps the most obvious example comes out of the French Revolution, which kicked off shortly after our own war for independence in America. Whereas we established a republic in the New World, based on freedom and liberty, France’s attempt to do the same thing in the Old World ended in disaster. Men such as Georges Danton, Maximillian Robespierre, and Jean-Paul Marat wanted to start from scratch, wipe the slate clean, and build a new society without any remnant of the old. They reset the calendar so that the revolution was literally Year Zero, they renamed days and months, they forced Catholic priests to swear an oath of loyalty to the new nation rather than to God and the Church, and finally they replaced the alter in Notre Dame de Paris with a so-called “goddess of reason”.

Of course, this attempt at creating a new society quickly degenerated into mass murder. Anyone who did not agree with the direction of the Revolution soon found themselves facing the guillotine. Danton, Robespierre, and Marat each experienced a violent death at the hands of the vicious Revolution they had nurtured. We see this same effect in Soviet Russia, in North Korea, in Cuba, and in every other nation where all-powerful leaders attempt to wipe away the past and build a new society from nothing but their imaginations. Communist China attempted to do the same thing. Chairman Mao wanted to erase the old traditions and long memories of the Chinese people, because he felt they were holding them back from creating the perfect society. Families were torn apart as children were enlisted to inform on their parents. People who had done nothing wrong were forced to admit all sorts of guilt in public “struggle sessions”. Millions of Chinese people died, and in the end the Cultural Revolution was a failure.

For our globalist elites, the French Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution are not warnings about what happens when you try to restart society from scratch, rather they are good-intentioned attempts to fix a broken world. Modern globalist activists do not look back at the millions of people who died in these experiments and say, “Let’s not do that again,” rather they say, “Let’s do it right this time.” Michael O’Fallen, host of the Causes of Things podcast, called today’s globalist technocrats the “new Jacobins,” after one of the primary groups involved in the French Revolution. His episode on the Great Reset is fantastic, and I recommend you watch the whole thing.

These “new Jacobins” are content to be patient. Slowly but surely, they modified the United States government after World War II, changing its primary mission from that of caring for its own citizens to one of outreach to the world. Nearly every governmental and non-governmental organization is now run by globalists. We still think of the State Department and the CIA as being filled with old white men in suits doing the dirty business of ensuring American hegemony. Today, however, these organizations are full of extreme leftist activists, the sort you would expect to see at the Berkeley student union building or the Harvard faculty lounge. They do not see their job as protecting American interests, but instead to export gay rights and transgender protections to foreign nations while subordinating America to a vague international order. They are missionaries not of the gospel of Christ, or even a secular gospel of American-style freedom and liberty, but of degenerate propaganda.

A prime example of the globalist mindset infecting American institutions is in the person of John Brennan, former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Obama. Here is a man who was hired by the CIA despite being an out-of-the-closet communist. The CIA had been founded primarily to protect America from Soviet communism, yet it was so inept at that job that it was eventually run by an actual communist. Senator McCarthy was, if anything, too kind! John Brennan was involved with illegally spying on American citizens, as revealed by Edward Snowden nearly a decade ago. He was involved with spying on President Trump and his team, not only during the campaign but also in the leadup to his inauguration. To this day he considers himself a patriot of the real America, an America that exists only to serve the needs of a rootless cosmopolitan elite. To that end, he is feted by cable news.

Even though the United States was founded by mostly English people, we have long had a conceit that anybody from anywhere on Earth could become American. In the mid to late 1800s, immigrants came to America from Ireland, Italy, Russia, and many other places. For the most part, these immigrants assimilated into American culture. They learned English, they adopted American traditions, they left behind, for the most part, their old ways and became Americans. Not so the post 1965 immigrants. Many of these new Americans did not leave their old ways behind and assimilate into American culture, but instead carved out little enclaves of their former nations inside America’s borders. Rather than learning English, they demanded that government print signs, brochures, and ballots in their native language. Rather than adopting American traditions, they demanded that America change to fit their needs. It is this conceit that feeds into the globalist project. Globalists do not consider themselves to be citizens of a specific nation, but rather of the whole world in general. The United States of America does not have any special meaning to them, rather it is simply a rich and prosperous land that they can use to their advantage. If you have no loyalty to a people, or to a place, then there is nothing stopping you from simply strip-mining that place and enslaving that people to ensure your own wealth and power. America is like a dying hippopotamus on the savanna being slowly torn apart by hyenas, jackals, vultures, and anyone else who wants a piece. This is why globalist leaders have had no problem outsourcing America’s industry to China and other developing nations. What are a few million blue-collar jobs for American citizens compared to a bump in GDP?

Perhaps the most obvious exemplar of this rootless cosmopolitan mentality is found in Kamala Harris, who, depending on the outcome of this contested election, could well be one Joe Biden stroke away from the presidency. Harris’ parents were both foreigners: her father was a graduate student at UC Berkeley from Jamaica while her mother was an undergraduate from India. Harris was born in 1964 to these two foreign students – she was literally an anchor baby. Anyone born on US soil is considered to be an American citizen, no matter the citizenship status of their parents. This is due to a certain reading of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established citizenship for former black slaves. The writers of the amendment excluded obvious cases such as foreign diplomats who have their children in the United States, and so they surely could not have imagined that foreign students, tourists, or guest workers would give birth to American citizens.

Kamala Harris has no loyalty to the United States of America. Everything we love about our country is simply raw material for her rise to power. She got her start in politics not by volunteering for a campaign, or by running for school board or city council, but by becoming the mistress of powerful San Francisco politician and kingmaker Willie Brown. While they were dating, he appointed her to several state boards, which served as a platform for her later run for San Francisco District Attorney. When Harris accused Joe Biden of being a “racist” during the Democratic primary debates, she had no experience of racism in her own life, or that of her parents, to draw from. None of her ancestors were slaves in the antebellum south, neither were they oppressed by Jim Crow laws. When Kamala Harris plays the race card, it is completely cynical, self-serving, and disingenuous.

Tariq Nasheed, a black activist who is no friend of conservatives, worries about the effects that someone like Kamala Harris will have on his own people. The descendants of African slaves surely have more claim on the United States of America than anchor babies like Harris, however they are often used as pawns in the globalist game. Reacting on Twitter this week to a report that a Biden/Harris administration will offer citizenship to Indian nationals, Nasheed said, “While Kamala Harris boldly told black people what she is NOT going to do for us. Kamala and the Biden just announced they are going to use our tax dollars to allow half a million immigrants from Kamala’s homeland to the US. And they are bringing their anti-black racism with them.”

Because of our history, Americans think that homelands and cultures can be changed as easily as a pair of pants. Yet that is not the case. Another Indian American, Republican Nikki Haley, has been very open to the idea of allowing millions of Indians to come to American for work, and eventually citizenship. Recall that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Trump’s impeachment trial, showed more loyalty to his homeland of Ukraine than to the United States – that nation was even considering making him their Secretary of Defense. How many Jewish elected officials have dual citizenship in the United States and in Israel? If they had to choose between the two, are you sure they would choose America? Kamala Harris surely feels more affinity to her native cousins in India and Jamaica than she does to the descendants of America’s founding fathers. She has no loyalty to us. If she becomes President of the United States, we will be nothing to her. In her eyes, we are just evil white racist Christians who deserve to watch our heritage be erased before our very eyes. She will have no sympathy for the hundreds of thousands of white men contemplating suicide or giving in to opioids, or for the millions of families feeling hopeless as the jobs that once sustained them are exported overseas, or given to cheap foreign workers. She will not hesitate to use the American military to play geopolitical games in the Middle East, or to launch a genocidal war against Russia to distract from problems at home. For all his faults, President Trump at least recognized the forgotten men and women of America, and that is why they have become so loyal to him.

President Trump’s election in 2016 was an unexpected setback on the globalist timetable. They thought that Hillary Clinton could coast into the White House after a mock campaign waged by globalist Republicans like Jeb Bush or John Kasich, then set about completing the job that US presidents had been working on since the end of the Cold War. President Obama promised to “fundamentally transform” our country, and he did just that throughout his eight years in the White House. The Paris climate deal, the Iran nuclear deal, our involvement in Syria, the way our intelligence agencies helped overthrow the government of Ukraine – all of these had pushed America further and further into a globalist future.

But President Trump put a stop to many of these globalist endeavors; in some cases, he even reversed them. In only four years, with only tepid support from Republicans in Congress, he refused to start any new wars in the Middle East, and in fact he withdrew tens of thousands of troops that were already there. It is telling that the only time President Trump ever received praise from mainstream media was when he launched an airstrike on Syria, after accusations that Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on Syrian rebels. The same media figures that cheered when Obama promised to bring our troops home castigated Trump when he actually did it. In fact, many in our media and political class have been more vociferous in opposition to President Trump’s troop withdrawals than they were to President Obama’s troop deployments. Why? Because withdrawing the troops does not advance the globalist agenda.

President Trump nearly shut down the refugee racket, where NGOs and other supposed non-profits import migrants into our country in exchange for big government grants. He shut down the H1B pipeline, where US corporations were importing millions of foreign workers, mostly from India, to replace American employees. He worked with the Mexican government to significantly decrease the number of illegal border crossers. He used an executive order to shut down the use of Critical Race Theory in federal government offices, which forced white employees to sit through struggle sessions that said they were evil simply because of their skin color. President Trump stood up to China, imposing tariffs to stop them from undercutting the market for US goods.

China is the elephant in the room. China is not necessarily interested in the globalist aims of people like Kamala Harris or the World Economic Forum, but they will happily make common cause with them so long as it diminishes the power and influence of the United States. For their part, China has used international bodies such as the World Health Organization to expand their influence while curtailing ours. Remember how the WHO spent the early part of this year spreading Chinese propaganda about the coronavirus outbreak? President Trump was right to cut off funding for such a traitorous international organization. Yet even American institutions are not safe. Harvard University’s School of Public Health, which sets the tone for much of our national discussion on health and safety, was renamed in 2014 to the T.H. Chan School of Public Health following a massive donation from Gerald and Ronnie Chan. According to a recent article on the Harvard Crimson, while Gerald Chan was the public face of the deal, his brother Ronnie has numerous connections to the Chinese Communist Party. Several articles have detailed the way in which the CCP uses money to buy western scientists, researchers, and organizations – I even wrote one myself for the National Pulse. Now we have a compelling case that China bought one of our premier health foundations, one that has taken a leading role in the discussions about mitigating the coronavirus pandemic. When you hear pronouncements about masks, lockdowns, or anything else that is supposed to save us all from the pandemic, did you ever consider that you might be hearing Chinese Communist propaganda that has been laundered through elite American institutions?

President Trump was a real threat to the plans of both the globalists and the Chinese Communist Party, so they worked together to defeat him. China would be much happier with Joe Biden in the White House – after all, they were eager to work with him as Vice President, and spent millions of dollars on his son Hunter to curry favor and gain influence in the Obama Administration. While the American taxpayer was bankrolling a two-year investigation of how Russia supposedly interfered with the 2016 election by buying a handful of Facebook ads, the Chinese Communist Party has been pulling our puppet strings for years. Consider this: on Election Day, when it appeared that President Trump would coast to reelection, the Chinese yuan tumbled against the dollar. In the following days, when it began to look like Biden might win, the yuan skyrocketed. Investors know that a Biden White House is very good for the Chinese Communist Party.

China, in fact, has been the beneficiary of US foreign policy since the Nixon Administration. The philosophy of the American government towards China, even after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, has been that more openness will lead to more liberalization and human rights in that country. The opposite has proved true, however. Our openness with China has not made the Chinese people freer, but it has made the American people less so. Globalists look at the Chinese Communist system that controls every facet of society as an ideal to live up to rather than an evil to be dismantled. Hollywood, the NBA, and Big Tech have all prostrated themselves before China, helping them cover up genocides and atrocities, all the while signaling their virtue to American leftists by denouncing President Trump’s travel bans or boycotting states that enforce male and female bathroom rules.

China has been building something called a social credit system for their own citizens. Here in the United States, we have credit reports compiled by companies such as Transunion and Equifax that can be used by banks, mortgage houses, and credit card companies to determine our creditworthiness. The Chinese social credit system is the same thing, but it includes not only your financial habits but your political and social views as well. Combine this with China’s high-tech facial recognition system, and you have Orwell turned up to eleven. In China, publicly expressing the “wrong” viewpoint can get you blacklisted from everything from airline travel to public transportation. The worst part? Globalist technocrats want to bring the social credit system here.

Last April, law professors from Harvard and the University of Arizona published an essay in The Atlantic calling for Chinese-style social control. The headline says, “Internet speech will never go back to normal. In the debate over freedom versus control of the global network, China was largely correct, and the U.S. was largely wrong.” In the article they suggest that censorship, speech control, and surveillance are all inevitable, and that the government should use the coronavirus hysteria to impose more of these things rather than restrict them. They go on to say that, “Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.” Of course, when they refer to “society’s norms and values” they do not mean the traditional values of Christian Scripture and Greek empiricism that have built and sustained Western Civilization for nearly two thousand years. No, they mean globalist values of libertinism and degeneracy for the common people, ruled by a global technocratic government of unelected and untouchable bureaucrats.

The authors of this article point out that this social control has been imposed in the west not by governments but by corporations, and this is true. While we still have a Bill of Rights in the United States, it is increasingly rendered meaningless by the globalist corporations of Big Tech. Sure, we have freedom of speech, but disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement on social media can get your account banned and can even get you fired from your job. Sure, we have the right to bear arms, but if your teacher or coworker sees a rifle on your wall during your Zoom meeting, you might get suspended or fired. Sure, we have a right to privacy, we are merely required to give it up if we want to engage in any form of business or commerce.

This is the technocratic future: atomized people dutifully following the rules laid down by unaccountable committees in Big Tech firms. President Trump and the Republican Party have complained about Big Tech censorship, but thus far they have not done anything about it. If Joe Biden prevails in this contested election, it will be too late. To paraphrase Orwell yet again, the future will be an algorithm stamping on a human face – forever.

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The election of President Donald Trump was only a temporary speed bump on the road to globalist utopia. While some on the left lashed out in anger and despair, the new Jacobins at the World Economic Forum simply took a deep breath and planned their next move.

In Alan Moore’s graphic novel “Watchmen,” the ultimate villain is a former superhero turned entrepreneur who hatches a plan that will kill tens of millions of people but could also lead to lasting world peace. Before he leaves for his secret base to implement his plan, he leaves a memo for his marketing department to phase out his “nostalgia” products, which had people longing for a past golden age, in favor of a “millennium” series that influences consumers to look forward to a bright future. While the new Jacobins are hardly superheroes, they do play the long game, and I am completely convinced that they seed pieces of information into our culture to prepare the ground for their plans. Hence the PR blitz over the last two years for eating bugs and living in pods, among other things. They want to make their vision of the future look cool, hip, and trendy. We see pictures of happy Millennials on their laptops in their bunks and are supposed to think that the future is bright indeed.

Even the pandemic was foreshadowed. In 2019, Bill Gates hosted a forum discussing options for handling the next pandemic, which included lockdowns and mandatory vaccines. I do not necessarily believe that the globalist technocrats engineered the coronavirus pandemic, only that they were prepared to take advantage of it. Nasty viruses like SARS, H1N1, and Ebola come and go, so all they needed to do was have a plan in place for the next inevitable outbreak. China was a willing partner in the propaganda blitz – remember the crazy pictures coming out of Wuhan? We saw people dropping dead in the streets, whole cities being sprayed with disinfectants, sick people being welded inside their own homes. That was scary, wasn’t it? We certainly did not want that to come to our communities. So, we locked down. “Fifteen days to stop the spread,” they said. “Flatten the curve,” they told us. We dutifully did what we were told. After all, this could have been another Black Plague or Spanish Flu. Like the ancient Romans, we willingly handed our leaders supreme power to handle a crisis, expecting them to hand it back when the crisis was done.

Yet we did not learn from history. Rarely do dictators return power to the people, rather they make sure that the crisis never ends. “Fifteen days to stop the spread” has turned into eight months and counting. Some so-called public health experts are suggesting that we will have to remain locked down for years! We have also seen the rules unequally applied. Church services, funerals, and family gatherings were shut down, while Black Lives Matter protests were not only tolerated but encouraged, even by the “heroic” front line health workers who demanded we stay in our homes. The mayor of Washington, DC ordered that anyone traveling out of state quarantine for fourteen days, yet she exempted all the political leaders who left the city to attend John Lewis’ funeral.

Meanwhile, petty authoritarian governors like Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Gavin Newsom of California abused their power to shut down whatever they felt like – department stores, restaurants, house parties, and more. Newsom went as far as to threaten to shut off utilities to John MacArthur’s church building. Tinpot totalitarian Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York City sent his gestapo to arrest orthodox Jews at synagogue, all the while calling President Trump the next Hitler.

In Australia, police are using drones to track your movements and cite you if you go further from your house than you are supposed to. They will also break down your door and arrest you if you disparage the lockdown on social media. The United Kingdom just enacted a draconian new lockdown that has police issuing fines and even arresting people for stepping outside their doors. The government laid out new guidelines for what social activities are permissible, going so far as to regulate conjugal contact between adults – not out of a sense of morality, but simply because they can.

It is insane how quickly western democracies shifted from taking their freedom for granted to accepting autocratic oppression over our freedom of movement and our right to peaceably assemble. Perhaps the most insidious public health initiative crafted in response to the pandemic is that of contact tracing. Under this system, our phones or smart devices would track our every move, and algorithms would determine if we came into contact with anyone who might have had the virus. Governments are promising millions of dollars to hire contract tracers to track us, and even to forcibly test us if they think we might have been exposed.

In a move that is surely a sign of things to come, Ticketmaster is considering forcing anyone who attends one of their events to carry proof of vaccination before being allowed entry. Should this trend continue, we might find ourselves unable to conduct any sort of business in the new economy without showing our digital papers. It sounds almost apocalyptic, does it not? Some of the same left-wing activists who have long protested government surveillance have turned on a dime and are now welcoming that very surveillance under the umbrella of public health. All our technocratic overlords had to do to get us to willingly give up our freedoms was to say that it is necessary because of the pandemic.

The most consequential effects of the coronavirus response are perhaps in the presidential election of 2020. Citing concerns about the pandemic, Democratic lawmakers pushed for mail-in voting. Unlike absentee voting, where registered voters manually request a ballot that they return before polls close, mail-in voting simply carpet-bombs ballots throughout the whole state, often without any verification. In the weeks before Election Day, social media was full of stories about ballots arriving at the wrong house, or people getting multiple copies of ballots.  Despite even mainstream media sources having once admitted that mail-in voting was prone to fraud, those claims disappeared down the memory hole when it became clear that mail-in voting was going to be the method by which the Democrats and the globalists could regain control of the American government. Twitter, taking a page from Orwell’s 1984, propagandized mail-in voting, even going so far as to ban users who suggested that mail-in voting was anything less than 100% safe and reliable. Democrats even tried to push all-mail voting on the entire country in an amendment slipped in to one of their COVID stimulus bills.

You could make the argument that Washington and Oregon, which shifted to all-mail voting several years ago, did not have any obvious problems. However, those states have had time to perfect the system, while other states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have not, and their systems were clearly not prepared for the number of ballots they not only had to count but to verify. Besides, consider when was the last time a Republican won a statewide election in Washington or Oregon?

Recounts, audits, and court cases regarding the 2020 election are still playing out as I write this, and the ultimate outcome is very much in doubt. It is clear, however, that the pandemic, lockdown, and mail-in voting put the Democrats in a position to defeat President Trump. As of January of this year, Trump was on his way to a landslide rivaling that of Richard Nixon in 1972 or Ronald Reagan in 1984. Then the globalists and Democrats fired every weapon they had, and the only chance remaining for President Trump to win reelection will be in the hands of the Supreme Court.

Manipulating elections is not unheard of for the new Jacobins. During the Cold War, the CIA used to instigate coups in communist nations to install governments that were more friendly to the United States. During the 21st century, the CIA has been engaged in all sorts of shenanigans in foreign nations. These coups have become collectively known as “color revolutions,” as each one has its own colorful codename. The protests in 2009 against the Iranian regime were called the Green Revolution. The first revolt of the so-called Arab Spring was the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia. The uprising that forced out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 was labeled the Lotus Revolution. In 2014, the CIA was surely involved in the overthrow of the pro-Russian president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Several Obama Administration officials were involved with the movement to depose the previous president and install someone who was more friendly to the European Union. It was these same officials who were involved with spying on the Trump campaign, transition team, and administration just three years later. The switch to mail-in ballots, which are easily manipulated, was all part of the same soft coup that our Deep State bureaucrats have been working on since before President Trump was even inaugurated. Former White House official Darren Beattie was warning all summer that the globalist Deep State was preparing its own color revolution for America, and what happened on Election Night seems to have proven him correct.

Beyond the election, however, the pandemic response has damaged our economy and the very fabric of our society. Tens of thousands of small businesses went bankrupt this year. The restaurant industry was hit hard, and only the national chains are going to weather the storm. Your local family-owned diner is gone, while Amazon and Walmart have reported record profits. Tens of millions of people are out of work, for no other reason than the government forced their employers to close their doors. This total economic control by an all-powerful central government is what we would have expected in Soviet Russia or Communist China, not in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Worse than the lockdowns themselves, however, is the response of the American people. Some, mostly on the right, are fed up, and have vowed never to wear a mask or take a vaccine, but the rest of America is slowly becoming used to the new normal. They have become acclimated to the point where they welcome further lockdowns and mask mandates in the name of public health. Anyone criticizing these mandates is derided as selfish, someone who does not care about his neighbors, and wants elderly people to die. Social shame becomes almost as powerful as the mandates themselves. The whole country is being conditioned to accept these outrageous intrusions on our liberty. New York state is instituting border controls and will refuse entry to American citizens who do not have proof of a negative COVID test. As soon as a vaccine is released, you can bet that presenting proof of vaccination will become necessary for all sorts of business, from employment to entry into a grocery store. We all thought that the dystopian nightmare of a masked policeman demanding to see your papers could never happen here, but it is about to, and half the country will welcome it.

Social trust and cohesion have been damaged as well, perhaps irreparably. The weekend before the election I was passing out campaign literature in my neighborhood. My Millennial and Generation X neighbors were mostly fine with that, but my Boomer and Silent Gen neighbors looked askance at me, as if I were a leprous pariah who had no business coming to their door. One elderly woman was panicked, refusing to even touch the paperwork I had in my hand, lest she be exposed to the Wuhan Flu. I have acquaintances who have become so anxious about COVID that they have canceled their usual Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers. All this for a virus that has a 99.99% survival rate – slightly worse than the standard flu.

Yet it is exactly this sort of social distrust that is part of the Great Reset itself. Traditional society is built from the ground up, as people form families, and families form communities. The bonds within these communities are the foundation of a nation, a civilization. Totalitarian regimes have always despised these bonds, which is why they have always hated rural communities and loved big cities. In a rural community, men can take care of themselves, and they work with their neighbors to do whatever is necessary. In big cities, everyone depends on centralized infrastructure and government social services.

In Soviet Russia and Communist China, people are moved around to break up potential resistance centers. Remember the propaganda from the World Economic Forum: atomized people living in pods, eating bugs, living in giant cities where they take mass transit to their jobs? Atomized people are easier to control than strong families and strong communities. The globalist dream is for all your needs to be met by an omnipotent, benevolent, government. Consumerism will replace community. Who needs community when you have a million followers on Instagram? Who needs a tribe when you can order toys from Amazon and have them delivered by drone? Who needs land to live freely on when you have virtual reality?

There is a racial component to the Great Reset as well. The TIME Magazine feature that I mentioned earlier has more than one article that talks about so-called racial justice. In the globalist worldview, white Americans and Europeans are an illegitimate people. We have no homelands, no heritage, no culture, and no rights to exist. We are made to apologize for slavery, for colonialism, for imperialism, for the holocaust, and even for our very existence. Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project teach that every social structure in our society was built for the purpose of upholding white supremacy while oppressing anyone with a different skin color. These philosophies demand that our whole society be torn down in the name of racial justice. This too is part of their “Great Reset”. Our children are taught that they are guilty of the original sin of racism, and only by giving up everything their fathers bequeathed to them can they even approach absolution.

Earlier this year, the National Museum of African American History and Culture published a poster showing what they called aspects of white culture in the United States. Some of their many examples of so-called white culture include rugged individualism, the nuclear family, the scientific method, a love of history, the Protestant work ethic, planning for the future, and justice based on the English common law. One might be tempted to point out that all these things are good values that enabled our ancestors to build the greatest civilization in human history, but that would be racist. In this new anti-racist paradigm, lauding hard work is offensive and expecting justice to be blind is wrong. Recall that the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement once called for the destruction of the nuclear family, before bad PR convinced them to erase that bit from their website. This is not racial justice; this is the great communist reset wearing a racial costume, in the same manner that it wears a feminist costume or environmentalist costume. Underneath each one is the same desire to remake society, to remake human nature itself, no matter the cost.

Ironically, the black family in America was beginning to heal after centuries of slavery just as the welfare state came along to put the nail in its coffin. What was helping the black family were very things that are now being labeled as white supremacist – hard work, the nuclear family, and planning for the future. Welfare destroyed all that by kicking black men out of the home and replacing them with the government dole. Every attempt to reform welfare has only made the problem worse. Whole generations of black people are growing up entirely within the welfare system. For many of them, work is for chumps – you make less than you get while on welfare, and you have to follow all those white supremacist rules like showing up on time and having a good attitude.

More than fifty years ago, Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan drafted a report on the black family for President Johnson. In this report Moynihan warned that white families were preparing to go down the same road, and history has proven him correct. The nuclear family in America is crumbling, and children are being raised by single parents, or two mothers, two fathers, or no parents at all. This too is all part of the plan of the Great Reset. Whereas the Roman orator Cicero correctly identified marriage and the family as the first bond of society, globalist technocrats see the family as an impediment to their plans. Families are loyal to each other, while rootless individuals are only loyal to the state. Families change your perspective. A childless Millennial might be content to live in a tiny house, share his living space with ten other people, eat reprocessed bugs, and use mass transit every day. On the other hand, a man with a wife and children must think beyond himself. He must think ahead to what sort of world he will leave to his posterity. It is exactly this sort of forward thinking that creates civilizations and is therefore exactly what the Great Reset seeks to erase.

Look at the technocrats themselves and see what their own families are like. Kamala Harris is childless. So too are Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France. The Clintons have one child, who also has one child. These rootless childless Jacobins have neither loyalty to the past nor any investment in the future. They talk about making the world better for future generations, but that desire is entirely abstract; because they have no skin in the game, they end up leaving things worse instead.

Now look back at the year 2020 with all of this in mind. In January, President Trump was coasting to reelection on one of the best economies in American history. Nationalism is rising, not only in America but throughout the world. The forgotten men and women of America are coming together in a shared movement, exactly what the globalist left has been trying to prevent. President Trump promised that “we will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,” and he was working toward that end.

With their long-planned revolution in danger, what is a globalist technocrat to do?

Along comes a pandemic. It turns out to be a very viral disease that can kill the elderly or people with comorbidities. Ten or twenty years ago we might have let it run its course, maybe do a PR campaign reminding people to wash their hands and suggest that people more at risk should take extra precautions. Instead, however, we locked down our economy, forced people to wear masks, provoked millions of layoffs, and introduced an entirely untested and vulnerable mail-in voting system. Weddings, funerals, and Thanksgiving dinners were discouraged or even banned, while BLM riots were encouraged. The country was left on a knife’s edge.

Many on the right are almost looking forward to a hot civil war, thinking we can finally defeat our enemies and take our country back once and for all. However, even a hot civil war can still be used for globalist aims. A civil war invites international intervention, and China – ever the globalist ally – stands ready to take one side or the other. Civil war or secession mean more international involvement in America’s affairs, not less.

So, what is a patriotic American nationalist to do?

First, we must be realistic. At the time of this writing, President Trump has filed lawsuits alleging voter fraud in several swing states. If he is successful in court, he wins the election and remains in office for four more years. However, there is no guarantee that he will succeed. As distasteful as it sounds, we must be prepared for a Biden/Harris administration that will undo many of the gains that Trump made on our behalf. We must be prepared for a return to Obama-era globalism, now on steroids. There is no hidden plan to save our country, there is no Q out there sharing hints about top secret information for those who know how to read his cryptic messages. There is only you, me, and the rest of the seventy-five million people who have supported President Trump in his efforts to return America to the forgotten men and women of this country. We cannot simply sit back and wait for someone to rescue us, as if we are a damsel in distress. Even if President Trump is successful, we still live in a nation more divided than it has been since the Civil War, and every political contest will be a battlefield for America’s future.

Next, we must be focused. The reason the left is so much better at organization and political action is because this is their focus, this is their life, this is their religion. Not so for most conservatives. We have families, we have jobs, we have church. Many of us would rather sit back and watch the football game than do the hard work of organizing. I have been heartened to see so many people come out to the Trump rallies, as well as the Stop the Steal rallies in the state capitols earlier this week. However, it is difficult to sustain this level of energy for long. Eventually our regular lives will beckon. We survived eight years of Bill Clinton, we survived eight years of Barack Obama. How much worse can Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be, some might ask. Remember, though, that these people have promised to finish the job Obama started in fundamentally transforming our society. The green new deal will destroy American businesses, and even driving a car might not be affordable in the near future. Wokeism will continue to infect everything, from entertainment to music to sports to your own job. Joe Biden has already promised to rescind Trump’s executive order banning Critical Race Theory struggle sessions from government jobs; in fact, he will likely find a way to extend it to all of us. We just want to be left alone, but the globalist agenda will not let us live in peace. They are interested in us, and in our children.

Further, we must direct our focus to the local level. We should hope and pray and do everything else we can to help President Trump succeed in this contest, but we cannot neglect our states, our counties, and our communities. One of the ways in which left was able to achieve so much power was by taking control at the local level. City councils, state legislatures, district attorneys, secretaries of state – these positions all exert influence over our daily lives, as well as the direction of our country as a whole. The reason that the McCloskeys were persecuted for brandishing firearms on their own property is because their district attorney is a left-wing extremist. The reason the Democrats were able to commit so much electoral fraud in big cities is because they control the state election boards. Run for local office. If you cannot run, then support like-minded people who can. Write letters to your council members, your legislators, and your governor. A Biden/Harris administration would be bad for America, but we have a tremendous opportunity to establish safeguards for freedom and liberty in our own states and communities.

We must be ready for anything. It is easy enough to say that we should be ready for a hot war, but it is easier said than done. Get out of the cities – they are bad for your soul anyway, and if a shooting war does start, they will not be safe. Move as far into the country as you can and learn to take care of yourself. Every one of us should know how to maintain a car, fix a broken pipe, make electricity work, use a computer, and communicate in an encrypted manner. We should all be getting to know our neighbors and know who will have our backs when times get tough. We must be in good physical condition – put down the chips and breadsticks, cut the carbs, and start lifting weights. We must be in good mental and emotional condition too. Turn off the TV, cut off your addiction to sports, stop giving money to people who hate you, who use it to demoralize you and propagandize your children, and pick up something useful. Read the classics. Read helpful non-fiction. Read your Bible.

We must also be prepared to take on the role of dissident. I believe God has a plan for our country, and for each one of us, but that plan might not be what we wish it were. God’s plan for us might be to be like the underground church in Communist China, having clandestine services and keeping the true Word of God alive beneath the nose of an oppressive government. It might be that of the Spanish Reconquista, to slowly win back the territory that Christendom has lost over the centuries. It might be that of the early Christians in the Roman Empire, who showed their faith even as they were mercilessly hunted down and killed. Whatever the case may be, it is clear that the time of living comfortably is over. A century of comfortable living in America has created a church that is fat and lazy, sloppy with the Word of God, and all too accommodating of modern immorality and degeneracy. The Church of God is due for a winnowing, and I pray that God will find us faithful, and allow us to be part of the remnant He always promises to leave.

Globalism cannot coexist with Christianity. Globalism is the religion of the builders of the Tower of Babel, who sought to capture heaven for themselves. The fact that the EU Parliament building in Strasbourg, France was deliberately built to resemble classical depictions of the Tower of Babel is no accident. We are witnesses yet another rendition of the same supernatural battle between good and evil that has been playing out on our world for untold millennia. The globalist aims of organizations like the World Economic Forum are the same demonic ideas that have plagued the people of God since time began. Like the French Revolution, like the Communism of Marx, and the Cultural Revolution of Mao’s China, the Great Reset is yet another attempt to erase the Christian heritage of our world, and with it all knowledge of our God.

We know that our God is greater than the god of this world and all his minions. We know that our God wins in the end. The question is, are you ready to step up and join the fight?

Episode 54: The Great Reset

While the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns of 2020 have been miserable for most people, globalist organizations such as the World Economic Forum are excited about the opportunity to remake society in their preferred image. What will this new society be like? How can we stop their plans? Is the “Great Reset” inevitable?

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Causes of Things, Episode 25: The Great Reset

“What is China’s Thousand Talents Program?”

Corrections:

The EU building that resembles the Tower of Babel is the Parliament Building in Strasbourg, France, not the headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Senator Moynihan created his report on the black family for President Lyndon Johnson, not President Richard Nixon.

Parallel Nations

Scott Adams likes to say that the American people are watching two separate movies playing out in real time before our very eyes. Half of America thinks that President Donald Trump is a literal Nazi, who actively encourages white supremacist violence, who is owned by Russian intelligence, and whose evil is only matched by his incompetence. Conversely, half the country believes that President Trump has been unfairly targeted by a Democratic Party and media smear machine, which seeks to destroy him because he dared take a stand for the American people in the face of globalism and socialism. Both sides cannot be correct, yet both sides have persisted in their views for four years now.

I write this on the eve of Election Day in the United States. These two worldviews, these two movies, are about to collide with reality, and the side effects will be catastrophic and chaotic for the United States of America.

The left is one hundred percent convinced that Joe Biden is about to win a massive landslide. They are believe with all their hearts that President Trump is deeply unpopular, and that even those who supported him in 2016 are going to defect at the ballot box. They have spent the last four years listening to left-wing media repeat every possible accusation and innuendo against the President, and they have eaten up every poll that shows him losing this election. Some have even gone so far as to predict an electoral landslide of the sort not enjoyed by a Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The average Democrat, however, sees a comfortable Biden victory that looks like the map below:

On the other side is the right, which believes the mainstream polls to be more of the same fake news that has plagued this country for years. They remember how in 2016 the polls said that Hillary Clinton was sure to win, only for Trump to surprise the nation with an upset victory. They see the massive crowds that the president draws to his rallies, the boat and car parades that have spontaneously broken out across the country, and the tremendous enthusiasm of Republicans to re-elect their leader. This side takes it for granted that Trump will defend the states he won in 2016, and perhaps even expand the map. Some have even suggested that Democratic strongholds such as California and New York are in play for the GOP! For these people, it is not Biden but Trump who is about to win a massive landslide, one not seen by a Republican president since the happy days of Ronald Reagan. Most Republicans are not quite so optimistic, but still predict a Trump victory. Their map looks something like this:

So what happens when reality picks one side or the other tomorrow? If Biden wins, will the GOP simply accept that as the will of the people, especially when we know that the Democrats have never been averse to cheating? If Trump wins, will the mass of people who have been “resisting” for four years accept that outcome and go home? We all know the answer to that. The mainstream polls that have shown Joe Biden with an insurmountable lead all year long might have failed to demoralize Republican voters, but they have laid the foundation for a narrative that any possible Trump victory must be illegitimate. Indeed, leftist organizations are already prepared to take to the streets even while the polls are still open. Stores in Democrat-run cities such as Washington DC are boarding up their windows in preparation for the inevitable riots. President Trump could win a 50-state electoral landslide tomorrow, but his enemies in the media and in politics will not accept this as the actual will of the people. Their “movie” will continue playing, no matter what reality has to say about it.

What does this mean for the future of America? No matter who wins tomorrow, we remain two separate nations, living in parallel within the same borders. One half of the country wants to normalize transgenderism, silence all opposing thought under the banner of “hate speech,” and open up our borders to make the United States simply a province of the world. The other half thinks that boys are boys and girls are girls, we respect the right of free speech even if we disagree, and we believe that the purpose of the American government is to serve the needs of American citizens first. These two wildly different worldviews cannot survive forever in a single country with a single government – either we will become entirely one or entirely the other. In 1858, Abraham Lincoln explained that the United States of his day could not continue to exist as a “house divided,” split between slave states and free states. Either, Lincoln explained, it would eventually become entirely slave, or entirely free. The 1860 presidential election was a contest between two radically different views of the world, and Lincoln’s election triggered a secession movement and a bloody Civil War that saw nearly a million Americans killed over the next four years. In the end, the United States became entirely free, as Lincoln foretold.

What will the presidential election of 2020 portend? No matter who wins tomorrow, the deep divide in American society has been exposed and festers like an open wound. Like a house divided, we must eventually choose one way or the other – or somehow work out an amicable divorce. A peaceful breakup of the United States of America will be distasteful and difficult, but it is the more preferable path if the other option is another bloody civil war.

Livestream 9: Heritage, Greed, the Deep State, and the Meaning of MAGA

In my ninth livestream I chat about the ongoing decline of America, the need to remember your heritage, the rise of the permanent bureaucracy, and engage with folks in the Periscope chat.

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Episode 53: A Figurehead President

The Democrats’ proposal for a 25th Amendment commission is troubling, as they are clearly planning to use Joe Biden as a figurehead for the power behind the throne. Yet rule by bureaucracy has become the norm in America – that is why the Deep State is fighting so hard against President Trump. How did we get here? Will the president really become a literal figurehead?

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Livestream 8: The History of Presidential Elections

For a change of pace, I talked tonight about the history of presidential elections in America going back to 1896. History builds on itself, so knowing our own history gives us perspective about our present. It is a bit wonky, but if you enjoy political history, maps, and numbers you might find it interesting.

(I did not record separate audio for this one, as it loses a lot if you cannot see the map.)

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The Racist Racket

Last night, Yelp announced that they would begin labeling businesses that have been accused of racism with a warning sticker on their site.

https://twitter.com/Yelp/status/1314197509623947265?s=20

I brought this up on last night’s livestream.Yelp has long been a racket, using their position to demand money in exchange for gaming the review system. If you do not pay for their services, then they will nudge negative reviews to the top of your business page while burying or even hiding positive reviews. They will even post ads to your competitors on your own page. On the other hand, if you purchase their services, they will generously allow positive reviews to appear.

This new endeavor goes further, however. By threatening to label businesses as “racist,” Yelp is giving a heckler’s veto to the most dishonest and vile activists in our society. If you have ever walked through downtown in a major city you see rainbow flags and BLM signs in every shop. Sometimes this is virtue signaling, but often it is an implicit plea to the rioters, looters, and arsonists that have plagued our cities all summer to leave this business alone. Imagine now if a group of leftist activists walk down the street of your city, or even of a small town, demanding that businesses post rainbow flags or BLM signs. If they refuse, then these activists go online or find a friendly news reporter to write a story on how this business owner is an unrepentant racist and homophone. They then send that story to Yelp, who slaps a big scarlet R on that business’ page for every potential customer to see.

This is nothing short of extortion on the part of a disingenuous movement that seeks to divide and destroy our nation. It is another marker on the decline and fall of America. The extreme left, which preaches black superiority, malleable genders, and intolerance toward the Christian heritage of the United States, enjoys the support of 95% of big businesses in this country. Nevertheless, they continue to portray themselves as the brave underdogs fighting a system of established oppression and white supremacy. Critical Theory demands this sort of narrative. Yet what happens when the oppressed become the oppressors?

I canceled my Yelp account last night after I saw the announcement. You should too. The only reason these converged businesses can still preach their anti-American rhetoric is because millions of conservative families still support them. Turn them off. Cancel your Yelp account. Stop shopping at stores that hate you. Stop watching sports leagues that denigrate your values before, during, and after every game. Stop paying for Netflix to distribute pedophilia. As sci-fi author and outspoken Christian Brian Niemeier says, stop giving money to people who hate you.

They do hate us. They want us dead and gone, our children brainwashed, and our very history erased. This is bad enough, but we should stop funding our own cultural destruction.

Addendum: Twitter user yoopermama pointed out that even supporting the police might be enough for Yelp to declare a business “racist”. Imagine a customer coming into a restaurant or store and seeing a blue line flag, hung in support of local police. They could report that to a friendly journalist or directly to Yelp and claim that it made them feel “unsafe”. Remember that the left has redefined racism to mean an original sin that every white person is guilty of. That is the core of Critical Race Theory, and Yelp is going to actively enable racial pogroms against white conservatives.

Media Appearance

This afternoon I appeared on The National Pulse TV show with Raheem Kassam to talk about Joe Biden’s tenuous relationship with the truth. Catch the whole episode here – my segment is near the beginning, but it’s all worth watching.

The Late Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.” So wrote poet W.B. Yeats in the chaotic time following the First World War. In those days, Western Civilization was struggling to make sense of a conflict that killed millions of people with industrial efficiency, a global pandemic that killed millions more, new technologies such as the automobile, airplane, telephone, and radio that were changing their ways of life, and new ideologies that were destined to erase centuries of development of human liberty and freedom.

The world of 2020 is in some ways similar to that of 1920. News happens fast, and society is changing so rapidly it is nearly impossible to keep up. So far this year we have had the Democratic House of Representatives impeach President Trump over a phone call to a fellow world leader, a global pandemic that, no matter how deadly it will have been in retrospect, has been used as an excuse for all sorts of tyrannical overreach, a summer of constant riots in our major cities as the angry left seeks to tear down the structures of our society, and all this in the most contested presidential election campaign since 1860.

As if there has not been enough tinder piled on the bonfire, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last night after battling several maladies over the past few years. Rather than retiring during President Obama’s term, which would allow him to appoint a progressive replacement, Ginsburg held on, planning to step down during the administration of the first woman president. Like many on the left, Ginsburg could not conceive of a scenario where Hillary Clinton did not defeat Donald Trump, yet here we are. Once that happened, Ginsburg’s only hope was to wait out the Trump Administration, however long that would take. Alas, she could not hold out, and now the 2020 election has its flashpoint.

The Supreme Court was already going to play a part in this election. The Democratic Party has openly admitted that they will stop at nothing to steal this election. Progressive judges in swing states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan have already ruled that mail-in ballots must be counted after Election Day. Hillary Clinton admonished Joe Biden not to concede on Election Night no matter the circumstances. Democrat and media wargamers have played out scenarios that involve blue states threatening secession if Trump is not removed from office. Just across the horizon sits the Supreme Court, waiting to be forced into the fray.

Recall that in 2000, a close vote in Florida between Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore triggered a recount. The entire presidential election hung upon the outcome of this recount, as Florida’s electoral votes would make either Bush or Gore the winner. After the first recount confirmed Bush’s narrow victory, the Gore campaign sued, demanding hand recounts in heavily Democratic districts and also demanding that certification of the vote be delayed to allow these recounts to happen. After the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Vice President, the Bush campaign appealed to the Supreme Court. In a 7-2 decision, the Court ruled that a hand recount in only certain districts violated the doctrine of equal protection under the law. In a further 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the vote had to be certified by the date written in Florida law. George W. Bush won Florida, and therefore the presidency.

In the succeeding twenty years since Bush v Gore, America has only become more polarized. If we face a similar situation, the Democratic Party will not accept the results the way Al Gore eventually did. Rather, they will call on their paramilitary thugs to riot in the streets, Democratic and NeverTrump Republican elected officials will call for a “bipartisan commission” to oversee the vote counting, and the left will urge military generals to arrest President Trump and force him out of office. We could already be facing a full coup this winter, and that was before Justice Ginsburg passed away. Now, a divided Supreme Court might only amplify the chaos. Judges across America will be making rulings about vote counting and the validity of mail-in ballots, and any Supreme Court decision that ends 4-4 means the lower court ruling will stand. This could create a patchwork of rulings across the country. Some states might end up with two slates of electors, one for each candidate, as is what happened in 1872. Both Trump and Biden could claim victory based on one court ruling or another, and there will be no arbitration that either side will accept.

The best way to stop this chaos before it starts is to make sure that the Supreme Court has its full slate of nine justices before Election Day. Despite what the Democrats and their media friends are saying right now, it is entirely possible and proper for President Trump to nominate a replacement justice, and for Senator McConnell to bring that nomination to a floor vote. Nobody doubts that the Democrats would do the same thing if they were in this position – they tried it in 2016 when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to succeed the late Antonin Scalia. McConnell and the Republicans held firm, refusing a vote until after the election. This gambit could have failed utterly had Hillary Clinton won, in which case she surely would have withdrawn Garland in favor of a much more radical progressive leftist.

The Republican Party has 53 senators. Only 50 are required for confirmation – Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie. That means that the GOP could lose up to three senators and still win the confirmation fight. Mitt Romney of Utah will surely try to grandstand here, just as he did when casting a vote to convict President Trump during the impeachment earlier this year. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also enjoys stabbing her own party in the back every chance she gets. Susan Collins of Maine can be unpredictable – it was her support for Brett Kavanaugh that pushed him across the line in his own contentious confirmation fight two years ago. Martha McSally of Arizona, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and even Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are all facing tough reelection bids, and could be tempted one way or another in hopes of saving their campaigns.

It has become a cliche, but this year is truly the most important election of our lifetimes – perhaps since 1860. If the Democrats win the White House and the Senate, they will radically reshape the government to ensure their permanent power. They will likely grant statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington DC, adding four senators to the Democratic majority. They will likely also pack the Supreme Court, adding as many justices as they can to make sure it stays a bastion of progressivism for all time. The silent majority of conservatives in America are looking for hope in these dark times. President Trump has shown us a way forward, but all too often the Republican Party and even Trump’s own administration have dashed those hopes in the swamp of our federal bureaucracy. This, however, is the moment we have all been waiting for. This is the moment when they can reward our trust in them, and show that they care about saving this country from socialism, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism. Will they step up to save America, or will they back down in the face of media pressure?

President Trump, at least, seems to understand the gravity of the situation:

Trump to End Critical Race Theory in Government

This week I published a podcast and an essay about the spread of Critical Theory in our society. This dishonest ideology teaches that white men are the source of everything wrong throughout history, and that we have built social structures that reinforce our racism and white supremacy. Christopher Rufo has been digging into the use of Critical Theory in federal government employment, and last week Tucker Carlson had him on his show. We all know that President Trump watches Tucker, so this is one of the best ways to expose the president to information that his staff might otherwise shield him from.

Tucker gets results. Yesterday evening, the Director of the Management and Budget Office Russ Vought issued a statement saying that federal agencies must cease spending taxpayer dollars to force their employees to sit through seminars based on Critical Race Theory and so-called white privilege:

It has come to the President’s attention that Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date “training” government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda

The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.

Read the whole statement here.

Cultural Marxists have been using Critical Theory to divide Americans and weaken Western Civilization for nearly a century, and the fact that it has become embedded in employee training programs throughout the federal government is an indictment on conservatives who should have nipped this in the bud decades ago. This is a great start, but the rot runs deep, especially in our K-12 and higher education systems. We have a long way to go.

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Two Plus Two Will Always Equal Four

Last month, CNN aired video of buildings on fire in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rioters had torched several used car lots and vandalized dozens of businesses, and several people were dead after clashes between antifa and those who were defending private property. Over the top of this video, CNN displayed a ribbon of text explaining that these were “mostly peaceful” protests. This now-common occurrence on cable news goes beyond the gaslighting that I have mentioned in the past; it is an assault on reason and truth itself.

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The foundation for any rational discussion is the concept of truth. There can be no honest debate between one side which says that the sky is blue, water is wet, and fire is hot, when the other side disagrees with those basic truisms. Nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle put it this way: “A is A”. It seems obvious, and something that goes without saying, but the idea that there it is possible for human beings to understand real concrete rational truths is at the basis of all philosophy, science, mathematics, and history. While there is room for debate about the value of money, the effects of increased taxation, or the relative greatness of Shakespeare’s works, there can be no debate that A is A, or that two plus two equals four. Yet it is exactly these fundamental truths that are under attack as a result of a generation of postmodern critical theory propaganda.

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“Two plus two equals four” is one of the very first ideas we teach our children, because everything else builds from that basic truth. On one level, the ability to do higher math and to apply it to real world problems requires knowledge of basic arithmetic. On a deeper level, having understanding that certain things are always true no matter the context paves the way for understanding abstract things. Rational thinkers have long known how important it is to base empirical claims on solid truth and have often used this little equation to demonstrate that concept:

Catholic philosopher G.K. Chesterton:

“Two plus two must always equal four.”

English poet Rudyard Kipling:

“All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four.”

English author and political thinker George Orwell:

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.”

It seems inconceivable that there could be any possible disagreement on such a basic fact.

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Last week I reread Orwell’s famous novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” for the first time in twenty years. When I read it in high school, I found it interesting but not very applicable to modern society. Indeed, in reading Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” at the same time I found Huxley to be the more accurate prophet. As Neil Postman wrote in “Amusing Ourselves to Death” in 1985, “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley fears was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much those that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.”

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For most of the 90s and even the early 2000s, I agreed with Postman’s view that our world was more Huxley than Orwell. The fact that Orwell’s iconic Big Brother, the semi-mythical leader of the Party who watched your every move, had became the name of a reality TV show seems to have proven Huxley right. We did not need pervasive government surveillance, because we were held captive by our own devotion to mindless entertainment. Yet something has changed in the last five years. While information is still being diluted by mindless nonsense, the world of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” has been slowly converging upon us. Mass surveillance is indeed becoming commonplace. Corporations, rather than government, are unpersoning people who says things that are deemed hate speech. Yet the worst part is what Orwell feared the most: our very language, and even the concept of reality itself, is being redefined before our eyes.

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Nearly a century ago, German philosophers at the Institute for Social Research, better known as the Frankfurt School, came up with a concept called Critical Theory. The driving force behind Critical Theory is a desire to tear down every philosophical idea in human society, deconstruct it, and rebuild it through a lens of oppression. In the 19th century, Karl Marx had redefined economics by reconstructing it as a constant struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat classes. What Marx did for class and economics, the Critical Theorists of the Frankfurt School did for everything; many on the right call the philosophies of Critical Theory “Cultural Marxism” for this very reason. By recasting every social interaction as based on oppression, Critical Theory not only identifies the issue but also proposes its solution, that is, that human society must be completely deconstructed and rebuilt from the ground up. That means every structure of our society that we take for granted – history, philosophy, science, math, language, the family structure, political systems, etc. – must be torn down in the name of freeing humanity from so-called oppression.

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Over the past few decades, Critical Theory has become the foundation of higher education in America. It has even spawned spinoffs such as Critical Race Theory, which preaches that all human society is built on white supremacists oppressing people of color, and feminism, which preaches that all human society is built on men oppressing women. All of these offshoots are built around the idea that one group of people is oppressing another group of people, and that this system of oppression is at the heart of every social structure on earth. Intersectionality is the idea that all of these systems of oppression are intertwined, and so the end result of Critical Theory is the demonization of one particular group of people – heterosexual white male Christians – as the perpetrators of everything bad that has ever happened in human history.

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I have mentioned the 1619 Project several times over the past year, because it is a perfect example of how Critical Theory is not only used to reinterpret the past, but also to rewrite it. The 1619 Project says that the entire American Revolution was all about maintaining slavery and white supremacy in the New World. Boston Tea Party? White supremacy. The Battle of Lexington? White supremacy. The alliance with France? White supremacy. The Declaration of Independence itself? White supremacy. This reductionist view of history is not only wrong but dangerous, as it teaches black children that they are justified in using violence to take back a country that was “stolen” from them, while teaching white children that they have no claim on the land their fathers lived and died to build.

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The traditional historical view of American independence is that the thirteen colonies had developed into separate nations from the mother country of Great Britain. They chafed under British taxes and regulation and resented the rule of a King and Parliament half a world away who saw the colonies as nothing more than raw materials. The colonists initially desired reconciliation and negotiation, but once open war came to America, t hey declared their independence and founded a new nation. Contrary to what many people now believe, slavery was a huge issue. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson recognized that slavery was incompatible with their belief that “all men are created equal.” They knew that a reckoning would happen someday. But the Critical Race Theorists do not think too deeply about their positions, because they disagree about the fundamental concept of truth itself. It is hard for rational people like you and I to understand this, but the authors of the 1619 Project honestly believe that they are creating truth in their writing. They would say that what we consider to be the true historical record is just “our truth,” and that our truth is based on oppression and white supremacy, therefore we are morally bound to discard it in favor of their superior truth.

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We on the right are accustomed to debating people with whom we agree on the fundamental truths of the universe. For example, when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon debated in the summer of 1960, they both agreed that America was a great nation that was a force for good in the world, much less that two plus two equals four. Their disagreements were built on top of those premises. We have a hard time debating the modern left, because we find little common ground, even when it comes to empirical facts. The modern left not only believes that America is a bad country, and always has been, but they are even trying to convince us that two and two do not necessarily equal four.

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A few months ago, mathematician and critic of social justice James Lindsay posted sarcastically about how Critical Theorists would dismiss two plus two equals four as a Western imperialist colonialist concept. This innocuous statement started a firestorm on Twitter, attracting hundreds of people who believe just that. A PhD student and self-described “teacher, scholar, social justice change agent” named Brittany Marshall tweeted “…the idea of 2+2 equaling 4 is cultural and because of western imperialism/colonization, we think of it as the only way of knowing.” She was not alone. Numerous social justice activists in academia and media jumped on the train, each one explaining exactly how two plus two does not have to equal four and that saying that it always does is an example of oppressive white supremacy in action.

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Yet the idea that two plus two equals four is not, as these people believe, inherently western, colonialist, or white supremacist. Universal truths such as this are the foundation of all knowledge. How can we know anything if we do not know what is true? Without basic math, we could not build a horse-drawn wagon, much less a spaceship that can land on the moon. As Orwell said, “Physical facts could not be ignored. In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an airplane they had to make four.” Perhaps this abandonment of empirical truth is partly to blame for the shoddy engineering we have seen in our country over the past decade, from collapsing bridges to derailing trains to faulty airplanes. Like a Cargo Cult, we have forgotten how our ancestors built things, and just assume that is just happens organically.

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Yet even a philosophy that says two and two can make five is doomed to failure as well, because it is built on a lie. In “The Soul of Science,” authors Nancy Pearcey and Charles Thaxton argue that basic mathematics are necessary for understanding the deeper truths of the universe:

“In mathematics, it appears that we have access to truths that go beyond experience. Upon what, then, are they based? For Pythagoras and later for Plato, the answer was that mathematics is part of an ideal world – a realm of abstract principles that gives rational structure to the material world.”

Saying that two plus two equals four might be obvious to us, and heretical to Critical Theorists, but there is something profound contained in that simple phrase. Without it, we would lack any basis for rational thought at all!

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I wrote a long post last year about how the United States has become a post-truth society. Nowhere is this more evident than in how Critical Theory has warped our education system. The same people dismissing the idea of concrete truth as just a “western colonialist perspective” are the ones teaching our teachers, the ones who ultimately decide what is taught to fifty million public school students every year. These poisonous lies have wound their way through every facet of our society. Public universities are forcing white students to sit through classes that berate them for the color of their skin. Government agencies are paying millions of dollars to corrupt consultants and forcing their employees to go to seminars where they deconstruct their “whiteness” and learn to take the blame for all the problems in our country. Television, Hollywood, and news media build their ideas on the basis of Critical Theory, without necessarily saying as much, so anyone who watches them is subtly and continuously propagandized.

The effect of dismissing empirical facts is becoming obvious throughout society. Words have lost all meaning, causing discourse between opposing sides to be pointless. Media calls left wing violence “free speech” while right wing speech is labeled “violence” that makes people feel “unsafe”. Our media constantly calls the massive riots that have engulfed our cities this summer – riots that involve vandalism, property damage, arson, theft, assault, and even murder – they keep calling them “peaceful protests”. President Trump gave an Independence Day speech at Mt. Rushmore about the greatness of America, and the New York Times called it “dark and divisive”. Iowa Congressman Steve King spoke in favor of western civilization and the media called him “racist”. These definitions are fluid, of course, being applied unequally depending upon one’s political positions. Joe Biden can call Barack Obama the first African American who was “bright, clean, and articulate” and rather than being accused of racism, the media laughs at good old Joe. On the other hand, people on the right are assumed to be racists and white supremacists by virtue of our very existence.

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This systematic redefinition of words was explained by George Orwell more than seventy years ago. The heart of his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is not necessarily the totalitarian government or constant surveillance, but the way in which the ruling party uses language to control thought. The Party is continually recreating language into what is called Newspeak, the object of which is to reduce the vocabulary of its citizens until they cannot even conceive of an unpermitted idea because there is no word to describe anything outside of Party authority. Orwell explains that Newspeak renders such ideas as “freedom” or “democracy” entirely meaningless, while a word such as “love” can only be applied to one’s loyalty to the Party rather than feelings of affection for family or friends.

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See how this is happening in our culture today: Free speech by someone on the right is redefined by the media and the left to mean violence, while leftist violence is redefined as free speech. When Ann Coulter or even the milquetoast Ben Shapiro visited college campuses to speak, they were denounced by the left as having committed violence and making minorities and so-called marginalized people feel “unsafe”. Yet when mobs of antifa and BLM rioters torch a business and assault anyone in their way, our concerns about safety are dismissed as racism and white supremacy, and we are told that rioting and looting is the “language” of marginalized and oppressed people, and are therefore protected speech. This is literally Orwellian, and straight out of the Critical Theory handbook. Antifa and BLM activists have recently taken this to a new level, chanting that “silence is violence!” Even trying to stay neutral is not good enough for the vanguard of the socialist revolution.

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As I record this, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is accusing President Trump of “inciting” these nationwide riots. When we hear the word “incite,” we picture a rabble-rouser firing up his followers to commit acts of violence. Yet President Trump has done nothing of the kind. In fact, it is Trump’s followers who are on the receiving end of most of this violence. Indeed, the real incitement has come from people like Biden’s vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, who said that the riots should continue, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who called for her followers to confront and harass conservatives in public, leftist media outlet NPR which is promoting a book called “In Defense of Looting,” and professional blackface-wearer Shaun King who called for blacks to attack churches, deface Christian statues, and threatened every police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Yet the left and our media blames Trump. This is literally blaming the victim. Saying that Trump has “incited” these riots is like when they said a cartoon “incited” Muslims to attack foreign embassies a few years back. This is no different from blaming a woman in a short skirt for being raped. By this logic, the very existence of conservatives, Christians, and unapologetic white people literally “incites” violence from the left, and we are to blame. This is Orwellian.

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One of the most obvious redefinitions in recent memory has been the word “racism”. The idea of racism is fairly recent; before a century ago it was natural that people of different ethnic groups would have preferences for members of their own group. When the Baby Boomers were growing up during the Civil Rights movement, racism came to mean unfairness toward one group, or having negative stereotypes about other ethnicities. Most conservatives still hold to this definition. When they hear the word “racism,” they picture the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross to intimidate a black family, or some slack-jawed southerner using racial slurs to describe African Americans. Many of these good-natured conservatives do not realize how completely the left has redefined that word. There is a strain of virulent leftism that began in the Frankfurt School, was nurtured in college campuses across America, and has now taken control of most of our corporations, news outlets, and even government organizations. The official dogma of these people is that all white people are racist. They also say that black and other so-called marginalized people are incapable of racism, because they do not have “institutional power”. Even coming off of eight years of a black president, with a black attorney general, in a world where every major corporation obediently intones that “black lives matter,” even as being black in America opens doors to massive subsidies in the name of affirmative action, we are still told that we have white privilege. Simply existing as a white person makes one guilty of racism under this new definition.

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James White of Apologia Church in Arizona has taken notice. On one of his recent livestreams he said, “Obviously we live in a day, once again, we all know it, 1984, completely fulfilled, take every word, redefine it to mean its opposite, but then use it amongst people who are still using the old vocabulary, with the new meaning, so as to create utter chaos in society.” This is exactly what the left has done. They accuse us of being racists according to their new definition while counting on rank-and-file conservatives of hearing the old definition. When they call Congressman Steve King, or Nicholas Fuentes, or Michelle Malkin, or anyone else who dares to notice something politically incorrect “racist,” too many conservatives assume that these people must be on the same level of the cross-burning KKK of a century ago, and they rush to denounce these horrible racists lest they too be tarred with the same brush. This is cowardice, plain and simple.

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As I explained last year in my essay on the post-truth society, the left is always engaging in “motte and bailey” arguments. Remember that motte-and-bailey was a type of castle that was popular in Europe about a thousand years ago that consisted of a stone keep built atop a raised earthwork called a motte, surrounded by a walled courtyard called a bailey. The inhabitants of the castle lived and worked in the bailey, but when an enemy attacked, they could retreat to the relative safety of the motte. In a motte-and-bailey argument, someone can argue from a very liberal definition of a word or concept, only to retreat to the safety of the motte when defending their argument. You see this in the example of racism that I just mentioned. When on the attack, they define racism as white privilege, an original sin that all white people are born with. Yet if they ever have to defend themselves, they retreat to a linguistically conservative definition of racism, which is the same one that political conservatives have believed all along. This is not discourse, rather it is verbal sleight-of-hand. This is Orwellian wordplay.

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Like Big Brother in “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” the modern left is redefining language to the point where reality itself is malleable. After all, according to Critical Theory there is no such thing as objective truth, only conflicting narratives of oppression. Without even realizing it, we are being conditioned into our own version of Newspeak that prevents any meaningful discussion of political or social ideas. We cannot talk about racism when everyone has a different definition of the word. We cannot have a national discussion about the root causes and possible solutions to this summer’s riots when we all have completely different views on the nature of incitement. This is the goal of the left, and of the Frankfurt School: to deconstruct language to the point where we have no ability to express thoughts that stray from the party line:

  • The word gay once meant happy, now it means homosexual.
  • The rainbow was once a symbol of beauty, and for Christians, a reminder of God’s promise after the flood. Now it means homosexual.
  • Conservative, reactionary, traditionalist, and nationalist all used to mean varying flavors of political theory. Now they all mean “racist” or “Nazi”.
  • For that matter, “Nazi” once referred to a specific political party in 20th century Germany that had very specific views, but now it means any white person more conservative than Bernie Sanders.
  • A liberal used to mean someone who believed in individual freedom, but now it is barely distinguishable from totalitarianism and socialism.
  • Even the words “male” and “female” have lost all meaning in the modern era. We are told that a big ugly man with makeup and a dress is just as female as a feminine woman, and if we disagree then we should be censored, fired, and maybe even imprisoned as punishment for our wrongthink.

Again, this is literally Orwellian.

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In “Nineteen Eighty-Four, the protagonist Winston Smith is captured by the Thought Police and tortured until he conforms to their image of reality. His torturer explains:

“You believe that reality is objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident… But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes; only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be truth IS truth.”

In other words, reality is whatever we say it is.

One of the most striking characteristics of the Party in “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is the concept of doublethink. Party members are trained from birth to have the ability to hold on to contrary pieces of information and to recall each one at will, reciting and believing it with all sincerity. For example, early in the novel Winston is dismayed to have learned that the ration of chocolate from the government was going to be dropped to thirty grams per week. However, the Party later cheerfully announces that the chocolate ration would soon be raised to twenty-five grams per week. The citizens of Oceania, rather than noticing this obvious lie, buy into it completely, cheerfully thanking Big Brother for his generosity. The ability of Party members to engage in doublethink is called crimestop by Orwell:

“Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments…”

The American left has gone all in on doublethink. To be a Democrat today means:

  • Saying at one moment that there are no riots, merely peaceful protests, and the next, with a straight face, that the riots are all Trump’s fault.
  • Not only having been anti-war in 2006 but pro-war today, but pretending that you have had a consistent position the whole time.
  • Believing that homosexuality is genetic and unchangeable, while transgendered people can change their sex through drugs and surgery.
  • Believing that the Democratic Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam’s blackface picture in his yearbook is not disqualifying, but that former GOP Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s harmless compliment to centenarian Senator Strom Thurmond in 2002 was.
  • Being able to criticize the Chinese travel ban in February as racist and xenophobic and then turn around in April and say it did not go far enough.
  • Believing that masks were useless in March of this year, but required now, with no realization that you have switched opinions.

The left engages in Orwell’s crimestop every day. If you show a leftist a picture of a man claiming to be transgender beside a picture of a real woman, they will not be able to articulate a difference. Perhaps they are not even pretending – crimestop comes as naturally as doublethink once you have trained yourself. This is why arguing with the left about crime statistics, for example, is so difficult. You can show them plainly that blacks commit a disproportionately higher number of violent crimes per capita than whites, and they will act as if you are talking gibberish. No matter what facts you employ, their answer is always the same: You are racist.

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Doublethink is a natural side effect of the erosion of truth. Once you discard truth as a foundational concept, and replace it with competing narratives, then there is no reason to be bound by any one idea. Switching between contradictory premises is as simple as changing the channel on the TV. Like the Party members in “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” many of our elected officials and media figures have so completely internalized this modern doublethink that they do not even realize they are doing it. They have zero cognitive dissonance. Truth is whatever we say it is at any given moment.

The final component of the thought control in Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is in the way the Party constantly rewrites the past. The main character of the novel, Winston Smith, is a worker drone for the Ministry of Truth, which is (as he says) concerned with lies. The job of the Ministry of Truth is not only to broadcast daily propaganda, but also to continually go back and “fix” past newspapers, books, and other media to make it match current doctrine. For example, if Winston’s nation of Oceania goes to war with Eurasia, then Winston must go back and alter records to say that Oceania was always at war with Eurasia. Eventually they make peace and go to war with the other superpower, Eastasia, at which time Winston has to go back again and change things to match the new situation. “Who controls the past controls the future,” the Party says. “Who controls the present controls the past.” Without any documentation to back up their memories, citizens are forced to accept the new reality and alter their thinking to match. Anyone who disagrees is obviously insane, right?

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This too is going on in America today. The 1619 Project is one example of rewriting the past to fit today’s narrative. Even recent events are being memory-holed. The truth that Michael Brown was shot after assaulting a shopkeeper and attacking Officer Darren Wilson has been replaced with the lie that he had his hands in the air when he was murdered by a racist policeman. The truth about the virtues of our Founding Fathers is being replaced by a narrative that they were all horrible people because of the existence of slavery. On the other hand, the truth about black criminals such as George Floyd and Jacob Blake are also being erased in favor of a narrative that paints them as innocent and wonderful human beings who were attacked by racist police simply because of their skin color.

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It is not only facts that are being reinterpreted. Everyone has an inner sense of beauty and aesthetics, but those too are being twisted by our cultural content creators. Truth, beauty, and love are all being perverted. In “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” Orwell explains that in the ultimate socialist utopia, “There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness.” In America today, marvelous marble statues of our heroes are torn down by angry mobs, while graffiti and vandalism are promoted as authentic art. Former first lady Michelle Obama, who is… homely by any objective measure, continues to appear on fashion magazines, while First Lady Melania Trump is blacklisted, despite being a literal supermodel and one of the most objectively beautiful women on earth.

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Traditional feminine beauty is despised, while three-hundred-pound land whales are held up as a new standard of beauty. White nuclear families are called Nazis, while dysfunctional homosexual relationships are put up on pedestals. The great works of Rembrandt or Michelangelo are dismissed as white colonialist culture, while the farce that is modern art is praised. Modern architecture seems deliberately made to kill your soul, while classical buildings make one feel proud to be human. The difference between ugliness and truth was displayed during the competing National Conventions last week. The Democrats trotted out aging drug-addled rockers and disgusting young pop stars who seem obsessed with bodily functions, while the Republicans capped off their convention with a magnificent performance by an Italian opera singer. Do not let anyone tell you that beauty is purely subjective.

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Once you dismiss empirical truth, all you have left is narratives, and the left believes that their narrative is superior. Many on their side truly believe this, that there is no such thing as truth, and so when they see us arguing for what we call “truth,” all they see is a narrative of oppression. In their minds, the only reason anyone would promote such oppressive narratives is out of selfishness and greed. St. Antony, a Christian monk of the third century, once said, “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.’” Postmodern discourse is utter madness. Critical Theory is working to remove all traces of truth, facts, and even beauty from society and replace them with their preferred narratives.

G.K. Chesterton saw it coming a century ago:

“We shall soon be in a world in which a man may be howled down for saying that two and two make four, in which people will persecute the heresy of calling a triangle a three-sided figure, and hang a man for maddening a mob with the news that grass is green.”

Yet this is not just about propaganda. They are not just seeking to convince us that we are wrong, and they are right. English writer Theodore Dalrymple explains:

“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”

If we accept the lie that George Floyd was murdered by racist cops, then we are divorcing ourselves from the truth. If we go along with the absurd lie that a castrated man is a woman, then we are killing part of our own souls. We become complicit in the insanity, and eventually we become part of the system itself, turning and pointing at thought criminals and demanding they be punished for not joining us in the big lie. A perfect example of this phenomenon is superstar NFL quarterback Drew Brees, who tweeted out support for the American last spring. Brees, a white man, father, and patriotic American, did not realize that the paradigm had shifted this year and was quickly attacked by the left for daring to oppose the BLM movement. He retracted his statement, gave an apology, then did penance by attacking President Trump for continuing to support the flag.

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Like Winston Smith, we torture our brains until we actually believe that two plus two can equal five, if we want it enough. During his mental reprogramming, Winston cries because his logical mind cannot conceive of two plus two being anything but four. His torturer responds, “Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”

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George Orwell did get everything perfectly right. He thought the government would ban sex to control people, but today we are flooded with sexual imagery. Huxley was more correct here – sex is not banned, but rather is made meaningless. Orwell also thought the government would control all information, but today information is controlled and manipulated not by a central government but instead by a multi-headed leviathan consisting of government departments, so-called hatewatch groups like the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Big Tech monopolies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. It is these Big Tech companies that are the modern-day Ministry of Truth. During the panic over COVID19, these companies appointed themselves the arbiters of medical truth and banned anyone who suggested treatments such as hydroxychloroquine that were considered politically incorrect. After a young man named Kyle Rittenhouse shot two antifa thugs in self defense in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week, both Facebook and Twitter banned users for expressing support for Kyle, while allowing or even promoting support for the violent antifa rioters. While these companies are not the government, they have become nearly as powerful, and can easily ruin one’s business or one’s life without a second thought.

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What Orwell got right, however, is the way in which Critical Theorists are redefining language so as to control our thoughts. The endurance of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is a testament to how accurate Orwell’s observations of the socialist mindset have been. Consider that words and phrases that I have used in this essay such as “Thought Police,” “Newspeak,” “unperson,” “memory hole,” “wrongthink,” “doublethink,” and the “Ministry of Truth” were all coined by Orwell in his book; yet they have become common in our vernacular.

Truth exists and it matters. Two plus two will always equal four, no matter what Twitter, Facebook, Google, Harvard, or the SPLC say. The lesson of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is that human beings are easily malleable. If we do not have a foundation of truth, we can be made to believe anything. We must maintain that foundation. Build a library of old books. Download copies of articles and videos before they are inevitably altered or destroyed. Teach your children the empirical truths of the universe. Our fathers built the greatest society in the history of the world because they believed in truth. We are the heirs of a civilization that was built upon the twin pillars of Greek empiricism and the capital T Truth that God revealed through His Scripture. Those pillars are under heavy attack today from the socialist left, the Critical Theorists, and all the other enemies of God and truth. When the dust settles, truth will still be truth. A will still be A. Two plus two will still equal four.

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Episode 52: Two Plus Two Equals Four

Fake news and propaganda are more than just lies, rather they are an assault on reason itself. Chesteron, Kipling, and Orwell all warned us against those who would try to convince us that two plus two does not necessarily equal four, yet today we face that very challenge.

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What We Have Lost

Everybody has heard the parable of the frog in hot water. Supposedly, if you toss a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will feel pain and jump out. However, the story goes, if you put a frog in cold water and slowly raise the temperature, it will continually acclimate itself and not realize that the water has become dangerous until it is too late. A real frog would probably notice the increasing temperature and leave the pot before being scalded to death, but human beings often lack that sort of foresight.

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Consider the changes that we have experienced in the United States of America over the past century. If Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in 1920 and awoke today, the world would be nearly unrecognizable. Technology has changed, for sure, but even greater changes have happened at the cultural level. Society’s views on marriage, family, religion, immigration, foreign policy, the value of work, and basic decorum has undergone tremendous shifts over the last hundred years. Sometimes public opinion and morality evolves naturally, but sometimes it is pushed with purpose. Consider that just twelve years ago a large majority of Americans were against gay marriage, so much so that even the Democratic primary candidates all agreed that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. This was followed by a massive propaganda barrage coming out of politics, media, entertainment, and academia, to the point where a majority of Americans today support so-called gay marriage.

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We, the frogs in the pot of water, often do not notice these changes, or the speed at which they take place. We are distracted by our daily lives, the tremendous amount of entertainment options before us, and the minutiae of day-to-day politics. Sometimes it is helpful to step back and see exactly how much has changed, to compare today with a picture of yesterday. Only by being honest with ourselves about the state of our culture can we seriously prepare to restore it. Come with me on a journey back in time:

Imagine for that it is the year 1955. You are a young family man, a veteran of World War II, living a quiet and happy life. Television is just entering the zeitgeist, and you are considering purchasing a set for your family. You sometimes worry about nuclear war, considering the Soviet Union is testing their own atom bombs, but that is a distant care. You go to work each morning in a factory putting bolts on car frames, then you come home to your modest suburban house and spend the evening with your wife and three children. On Saturdays you mow the lawn, repair minor household issues, and play with the children On Sundays you take the family to the local Methodist church and spend the afternoon with friends and family. Life is good.

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Science fiction books and movies have really become popular lately, and you cannot get enough of them. You fondly remember seeing War of the Worlds in the theater just a couple of years ago, and The Day the Earth Stood Still before that. You have a stack of books by Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein that you read before bed each night. The future looks amazing – in just a few years, humans will surely discover space travel, computers, new medicines, and by the end of the century they would no doubt be colonizing other worlds. Human potential seems limitless.

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Some of the books you have recently read suggest a more depressing future, however. Robert Matheson’s “I Am Legend” was just published a few months ago, telling the story of a sole survivor of a global pandemic. Reading that had left you shaken. You wonder… what if things go wrong? What if technology proves too powerful for mankind to control? What if the old human vices of greed, anger, and envy override our desire for a better world, and plunge us back into another genocidal war? What if a new disease destroys 90% of the population? What if a totalitarian government comes to power and uses modern technology to oppress their people? What if the good times are just a temporary aberration in the long human history of poverty and conflict? It seems far-fetched, no?

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Imagine you pick up a new science fiction book written by a famous author. This book takes place 65 years in the future. In this telling, mankind has not yet colonized the stars; rather we turned our attention toward making life as convenient and comfortable as possible for the people of earth. Technology in this book is amazing – men, women, and children all have handheld devices that connect them to a global information net, allowing them to instantly recall any piece of data, from song lyrics, to historical pictures, and even to live video of events happening on the other side of the world. Cars are sleek and fast, with computer-controlled autopilots and satellite-assisted navigation. Washing machines, refrigerators, coffee makers, thermostats, and doorbells all connect to the worldwide info net to operate as automatically as possible. People can order any product that is manufactured anywhere on earth and have it dropped on their doorstep the next day. You think about the vacuum cleaner that you just bought for your wife last Christmas. In the novel, those have gone out of style and now everyone owns a robot that cleans the floors all by itself during the night.

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Work has become simpler in the future. As you crack your knuckles, sore and raw from turning wrenches all day, you read about how most Americans work behind desks now, or even from the comfort of their own home. The info net makes it so a man can earn a living from anywhere, carrying an impossibly tiny computer screen with him wherever he goes. Many Americans do hardly any work at all. Some go to school for years upon years, others do odd jobs as taxi drivers or food couriers, and some are just paid by the government simply for existing. You wonder how such a culture could come about – after all, none of the other men you know would be shameless enough to give up working for a living.

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As you continue reading this story, you are struck by how soulless this future world has become. The government requires everyone to wear face masks, even in the privacy of their own homes. They say it is to protect people from a deadly virus that is sweeping the globe, but some characters wonder if this is actually true. The author himself does not seem to come down on any solid position. Yet most people dutifully follow the rules, making grocery stores look like hospital wards. Everywhere they turn, characters are reminded to maintain a certain distance between themselves and others. The result is a sterile public square, where you are unable to see facial expressions, and people fearfully keep their distance lest they catch the virus, or worse, be admonished by government agents and shamed by millions of people watching live video. This sterile, antiseptic world feels like the far future of Clarke’s “Childhood’s End,” where humanity has made enormous technological advances but lost any reason for living. You suddenly feel a new appreciation for the warm social interactions that make up your day – the firm handshake of the pastor at church, the smile on the faces of children you pass in the street, the hugs from family members visiting from afar. We would never allow things to go that far, you think.

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You remember feeling unnerved by the idea of the ubiquitous Thought Police after reading Orwell’s “1984” a while back. This novel seems to have the same idea, without the catchy name. People are told to watch what they say, not only in person or in print but also in the millions of messages that are passed back and forth across the info net. Saying the wrong thing can get one banned from the net or even fired from his job. Huge corporations maintain an ever-shifting list of thoughts that are considered wrong, and if you are found to have ever had one of these wrong thoughts you are blacklisted from society. The net remembers things you said years or even decades ago, and specially trained informants will often dig through your history to find something incriminating. This leads people to guard their thoughts carefully, and it is often difficult to determine what someone genuinely believes. For many people, socially approved slogans have completely replaced independent thought, and breaking this conditioning is nearly impossible. Public discourse has been reduced to discussions about television shows and sports games, while any subject of value has been made off-limits.

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The family is unrecognizable as well. You look around at your household – you, the husband and father, are the breadwinner, while your wife keeps the home, raises the children, and takes part in social events in the community. Your three children attend a good school where they learn science, math, history, and grammar. Yet the hypothetical future you are reading about has discarded that structure, calling it backwards, racist, sexist, and wrong. Men and women both go to work, often leaving their children with a nanny or in a centralized care center run by other women. Few men and women even bother getting married anymore, rather they have sexual relations with whomever they please, and sometimes live together before separating. The few who still live in the traditional manner are sneered at as backwards and prudish. Children now grow up in families of two mothers, or two fathers, or even three or more people. They often have numerous half-siblings, or sometimes no siblings, as many parents specifically want only one child. Children are taught that sex is just a social construct, and that if they want, they can take drugs or have surgery to change themselves into the opposite sex, or something in between. Parents have little control over what their children are taught, sending them to schools that force this new and modern worldview on them starting at age five. You shudder at the thought of your children’s school turning into the nightmarish propaganda machines that you are reading about. Thankfully, it seems impossible that such a world could ever come to be.

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News media is unreliable in this future world. According to the author, the United States triumphed in the Cold War without resorting to nuclear annihilation, yet American journalism became its own version of the Soviet Pravda, where the only way people knew something was true was when news media officially denied it. Citizens instinctively distrust the news, and they only read and listen to stories that support their existing biases. There are hundreds or even thousands of channels on the info net delivering news and entertainment, but the line between those two things is blurred. You would think that in a future where everyone has the ability to record and to watch live video at any given moment that the truth would be easy to discern, but the opposite is true: media spends much of their time telling you not believe what you just saw.

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You are confused about a few things. The author said in the introduction that America won the Cold War in this timeline, yet there are outspoken politicians in America pushing for socialism. The author said that black people gained equal civil rights in the 1960s, yet racial strife seems to be a driving factor in for future strife. Future citizens have instantaneous access to the sum of all human knowledge, yet the process of learning, philosophy, and science has degenerated into name calling, accusations of excess privilege, and endless deconstruction. None of this makes any sense.

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The streets are not safe in this future world either. Big cities, which in your own time are places full of wonder, demonstrating the heights of human architectural ingenuity, are now broken down, dirty, strewn with trash and feces and leftover hypodermic needles. At night, roving bands of angry young people come out and burn down buildings and fight with police officers, who seem powerless to stop them. Sometimes a character in the story makes a wrong turn while driving through the city at night and finds his car surrounded by these feral youths, who surround him, hit his vehicle with rocks and clubs, and demand he stop and allow them to beat and rob him. Panic runs through his body, and he wants to floor the gas and escape, but he remembers the story of the last man who did that – he went to prison for life. Where are the police to keep order, you wonder? Where is the government?

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Government in this world is entirely broken. You think of your own government – President Eisenhower is a calm and fatherly influence on the country, and despite being of the opposite party, Senator Johnson and Speaker Rayburn work together with the president to maintain peace and prosperity. Despite their disagreements, Congress is full of serious adults. Not so in the novel you are reading. Politicians are childish and vain, going on the info net and calling each other infantile names and using gross profanity and vulgarity. Politicians abuse their authority to investigate and undermine their opponents rather than engaging in serious debate. Politics in the future is full of hatred and violence, and it feels like open warfare is primed to break out at any moment. You are almost afraid to turn the page. Is the author already planning a sequel where America is plunged into a second civil war?

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You think about how far humanity has come in your own lifetime. You remember growing up in the Depression – times were hard, but families stuck together and helped each other, and they made it through okay. You remember marching through France in 1945, seeing the depths of human depravity in war and even genocide. That was behind you now, and both you and the world were recovering from the experience. Why would anyone choose to go backwards, to return to a time of violence, of wanton destruction? Why would anyone want to read about such a depressing future?

You have had enough. You close the book and toss it in the trash can. None of the conveniences of life promised by this vision of the future are worth the soullessness and social destruction that has been wrought upon the country you love. Why bother reading this garbage when all it will do is depress you? You look out your bedroom window, feeling wistful. The last hints of sunset are fading on the horizon, and the stars are beginning to appear in the sky. You can still hear children playing in the summer twilight, children without a care in the world. It is 1955, and America’s best days are ahead of her. She has conquered tyranny, created unlimited prosperity, and there is nowhere to go but up.

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Now, return to the present day. Take a look around. Check the headlines. Take a walk to the grocery store and look at the faces of the shoppers. Drive through downtown Portland, Detroit, or San Francisco – if you dare. Do not bother asking if such a situation can happen here – it already did. What would have been a dystopian horror in 1955 is our reality today. Consider the world that we have lost; the world that was taken from us. Consider how we can build that world again.

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America Under Judgment

This post has been a long time coming. It has been sitting in my drafts folder since January of 2019, just a few weeks after I first created this blog. I have long believed that a blind faith in the continued existence of the indivisible United States of America is a weakness that prevents us from doing what is necessary to prepare for her eventual fall. The message of this blog and podcast is not hopelessness, but preparation. Those who do not read history are condemned to repeat it, while those that do are condemned to play the part of Cassandra.

Nearly two years ago I had the idea to start a blog and a podcast that chronicled the decline and fall of the United States as it happened in real time. I remember reading stories about bridges collapsing and trains derailing and I wondered how future encyclopedias would write of this era in American history. I realized that they would sound just like our own entries on the end of the Roman Empire, or the Ottoman Empire, or many other bygone civilizations. I was not the first to notice this trend, of course. Aaron Clarey wrote his magnum opus “Enjoy the Decline” nearly a decade ago, and many other pundits and thinkers have been writing about the downward trajectory of American culture for even longer than that. Vox Day famously predicted that the United States will have collapsed in some fashion by 2033. I have humbly tried to add my voice to the chorus, to create a contemporary record of the decline and fall of a once-great nation, and to give whatever advice I could to those who would preserve her memory when she is gone.

Every empire, every great civilization rises and falls. Sometimes that fall is gradual, as when the Western Roman Empire slowly collapsed, leaving Europe a patchwork of formerly barbarian tribes that eventually grew into the kingdoms of the medieval era. Sometimes it is sudden, as when the French Revolution toppled the ancien regime seemingly overnight. Sometimes it is gradual, then sudden, as when the Austrians – the successors to the long-lived Holy Roman Empire –found themselves unable to keep pace with the great powers in World War I and were picked apart by the victorious allies. Sometimes a shell of the old empire remains, as with Great Britain after World War II. Sometimes a civilization collapses, only to be reborn as something different, as when the Roman Republic transformed into the Empire. It remains to be seen which form the ultimate fall of America will take.

Despite these examples from history, there are many in America who, even today, believe that it cannot happen here. The United States of America is special, they say, and the regular patterns of history do not apply to us. Some believe that there is an exceptionalism about the American people that will save us from the same historical forces that have destroyed other empires in the past. Some even suggest that there is a magical quality in our very dirt that makes us different. Many conservative Christians believe that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are inspired by God Himself, just a step below the level of Holy Scripture, and that the American people are a modern-day version of biblical Israel – chosen by God to spread the gospel throughout the world.

After all, many of America’s founders saw something uniquely divine about the way this country was born. How else can you explain how a ragtag band of colonial soldiers defeated the greatest military power on the planet? By any rational account, George Washington and his army should have been finished several times over, but they nevertheless claimed a final victory at Yorktown. How else can you explain how the United States rose from obscurity to become the greatest industrial, economic, and cultural power the world has ever seen? In the blink of an eye, our country went from exploring the continent to exploring the moon. It is clear that God has blessed America throughout her history.

In 1938, as war loomed on the European horizon, Jewish American songwriter Irving Berlin revised his 1918 version of “God Bless America” with some new words:

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer:

God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home sweet home.

One could argue that this prayer on behalf of the American people worked. While Europe and Asia were devastated by war, the United States thrived, coming out of the conflict with the greatest economy in the world. As the Cold War began, America stood for Christianity and freedom, while the godless Soviet Union stood for secular atheism and slavery. God blessed America indeed. Yet what did we do with those blessings? We sent tens of thousands of young men to die in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. We fomented revolution throughout the world, ostensibly for the sake of freedom. We threw off the shackles of Christian morality in the 1960s. We outsourced the very manufacturing economy that once provided good jobs to millions of American families. We won the Cold War, then imported the very socialist ideas that doomed the Soviet Union in the first place. While the eastern European nations that suffered the most under the yoke of Communism have come out of the crucible with renewed Christian fervor, we used our freedom to engage in all sorts of degenerate ideas and practices.

The song “God Bless America” became popular again after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, being sung everywhere from baseball stadiums to the US Capitol Building. As we watched foreign agents using our own technology against us, killing three thousand people in a single morning, we once again united as a nation to implore God to bless our country and to keep her safe from the dark night. Yet that unity did not last long, and it is difficult to see exactly how God has blessed us this time. Sure, our economy quickly recovered, and we have not suffered any further attacks of that magnitude, but now we face internal and external pressures like never before. America needs God more than ever now, but does God still want America? The question few on the conservative Christian right dare to ask is “Why should God bless America?”

Despite what some conservatives believe, the American people are not the capital-P People of God. That distinction belongs to the worldwide capital-C Church, which is the Body of Christ. The United States might once have been useful to God for the furthering of the Gospel, but that utility seems dubious today. Later in this piece I will take a discuss some of the reasons why God might not be inclined to continue blessing America as He once did, but first, let us walk through the history of God’s original chosen people.

The book of Genesis teaches that the people of the world built the Tower of Babel in order to reach and perhaps even conquer Heaven, so God scattered them by giving them each a different language. Out of the chaos He picked one man, Abram, and called him to come out from the pagan tribes and follow Him alone. Calling the man Abraham now, God promised that he would be the father of many nations. Three generations later, however, Abraham’s descendants were forced to leave the land of the promise for Egypt due to a famine. Their Egyptian hosts eventually decided to enslave them, and for four centuries the people of Israel toiled in a land that was not their own.

Consider that – four hundred years of servitude. That is nearly twice as long as the United States has been an independent country. Four hundred years ago this year was when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. That is a long time. The Israelites thought God had forgotten them, but God operates on a different timetable than humanity. The Apostle Peter said, “…do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” God had a plan for His people, and in due time He used Moses to lead them out of Egypt and eventually back to their promised land.

For several centuries, the people of Israel lived in a sort of theocracy, where God raised up judges to administer the people, but without a strict hierarchy. The book of Judges says it this way, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” It was the very sort of anarcho-libertarian community that many desire today, an ancient CHAZ, if you will. Yet this form of society did not hold up. The people demanded a king who could consolidate authority and raise Israel to the same level as other regional powers such as Egypt and Assyria. Israel’s final judge, Samuel, warned the people that a king would send their sons away to war, make their daughters into servants, and confiscate their goods as taxes. He warned that, “…you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.

The people persisted, so God decided to let them have what they wanted and let them have it good and hard. Their first king, Saul, was everything a king should be – tall, handsome, strong, charismatic – yet he ended up going mad. The second king, David, did not initially look the part but eventually made Israel into a regional power, despite his own personal failings. David’s son Solomon ruled over a golden age for Israel, building a magnificent Temple and expanding their borders to their greatest extent. His son, however, could not maintain control and the kingdom fell into civil war. The House of David ruled over the Southern Kingdom of Judah after the Northern Kingdom of Israel split away.

Throughout the Old Testament, God continually promised Israel that He would protect and nurture them as long so long as they did not worship other gods, yet Israel could never seem to hold to that bargain. Immediately after the civil war, the northern kingdom began worshiping idols due to their isolation from the Temple in Jerusalem. God delayed His judgment for several centuries, however, continually giving them a chance to repent, but eventually He allowed the bloodthirsty Assyrians to conquer the northern kingdom and scatter its people throughout their empire.

The southern kingdom fared somewhat better, but eventually they too met the same fate. The story of the kingdom of Judah is of apostasy followed by restoration followed by apostasy again. A wicked king leads the people into idolatry, then a good king restores the Law of Moses and proper worship, only for another wicked king to undo it all again. God eventually had enough. He allowed King Nebuchadnezzar to lay waste to Jerusalem, demolish Solomon’s Temple, and carry away the people of Judah into slavery in Babylon.

In a verse that you often see posted on Facebook by conservative Christians, God says that, “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Yet repentance and restoration are not something that a people can do once and then call it good. Each generation must make their own choice to either follow God or leave the path of righteousness. Once a people fall into idolatry and apostasy, it is extremely difficult to return to the narrow way. As Ronald Reagan said in many speeches throughout the years,

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Rather than using our freedom to honor our Lord and follow His ways, we squandered it on libertinism and degeneracy. Perhaps we are not so different from ancient Israel after all. Like America in the year 2020, God had extended His grace to the people of Judah because of the faithfulness of their fathers. Yet the patience of God is not eternal. Eventually He will exact judgment. The books of Isaiah and Ezekiel depict God’s message of doom for the people of Judah. In these prophecies, God explains not only how His people will be punished but specifically why they are being judged. Like an unfaithful wife, the people of Israel continually left their first love for the temporary pleasures of the world. God gave Israel its just deserts by allowing it to be plundered by the very foreign powers they envied all along.

Yet the love of God is greater than we can comprehend. Despite their sin and idolatry, God allowed His people to return to their promised land. King Cyrus of Persia, after conquering the decadent Babylonians, allowed the Jews to go home and rebuild the Temple. There they stayed for several more centuries. The Persians eventually fell to Alexander the Great, whose generals ruled vast territories after his death. Judas Maccabeus led a revolt against King Antiochus, and for a brief time, Israel was a free nation again. In the year 63 BC, Roman general Pompey the Great was on a tour of conquest in the east. Two rival claimants to the Israelite throne approached Pompey, each offering bribes to secure his support against the other. This was short-sighted, however, as Pompey besieged Jerusalem and established Roman hegemony over the land. By the time of Christ, Israel was now Judaea: just another province of the vast Roman Empire.

It was in this place at this time that God chose to introduce His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the event that all human history had been building to, and it was the entire reason that God called Abram out of the paganism in the first place. The prophets of God had been telling of the coming Messiah, or Savior, for two thousand years. After Christ’s death and resurrection, many Jews heard His message and followed Him, becoming the first Christians. Yet the Jewish establishment resented Christ, denouncing Him as a liar, a charlatan, and a rebel. They had expected a Messiah who would free the Jews from Roman oppression, not one who would die for their sins. They persecuted the early church, but soon had bigger things to worry about. About thirty years after the Resurrection, the people of Judaea revolted against the Roman Empire. Titus, son of the Emperor Vespasian, laid siege to Jerusalem and eventually took the city by force. Like Nebuchadnezzar before him, Titus destroyed the Temple and carried off its riches to a foreign capital. Our Lord Jesus had known it was going to happen and had wept over Jerusalem before His death.

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Several decades later, Simon bar Kokhba raised the remnant of the Jews in rebellion yet again. Some Jewish rabbis even proclaimed him to be the long-awaited Messiah who would finally throw off the Roman yoke. Yet it was not to be. The Romans once again took Jerusalem, this time forcibly scattering the Jews into what would become a two-millennium diaspora that only ended in 1948 with the establishment of the new State of Israel.

For a long time, the Christian Church believed that the destruction of the Second Temple and the scattering of the Jews were God’s judgment on the people of Israel for rejecting Jesus Christ, in the same way that Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the First Temple was judgment for their idolatry. This view has become politically incorrect today. After the Holocaust, many Christian leaders have been hesitant to condemn the historical Jewish people for much of anything out of fear of being labeled anti-Semitic. That is a discussion for another day, however. My point is that if God allowed such destruction to be visited upon His Chosen People back then, what hope do we have in America? If God does not judge America for our evil choices today, then what can we make of His justice? Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of the late evangelist Billy Graham, once said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

When the Visigoths sacked Rome in AD 410, it was the first time in eight hundred years that a foreign army had breached the gates of the eternal city. A century after Constantine, many Christians had already begun to associate the political power of Rome with the spiritual power of the Church. Watching their holy city on fire shook their faith tremendously. St. Augustine had to remind them that the true Kingdom of Heaven was not geographically located in a specific place on earth. God was bigger than Rome, and the sack of Rome did not mean the end of Christianity. In fact, it was only the beginning. Many conservative Christians, especially evangelical Protestants, see the United States of America as the New Rome, the modern political center of the Christian Church. We tend to ignore anything that happened between the Resurrection and the American Revolution. Like the 5th century Christians, however, we need a reminder that God is bigger than our national borders. Jesus Christ is not American. The Christian Church existed before American was founded and will endure long after America is gone. We must have the right perspective.

What of the United States of America in 2020? What have we done to deserve God’s continual blessings?

The great sin of the people of Israel was idolatry – abandoning the worship of the one true God in favor of idols carved by hand. We tend to think of idolatry as an ancient sin that does not affect us today, but consider this: How many times have you gone to a Sunday church service and seen men and women wearing football jerseys? How many parents have outsourced the teaching of truth to their children to mass media? How many so-called Christians place so-called “social justice” above the truth of the gospel of Christ? As I speak, a new secular religion is developing in America. This religion is based on racial division, on socialist economic theories, and it makes government our new god. Is this new American religion any different than when Israel turned to Baal and Asherah?

While our media makes headlines out of every death from COVID-19, our nation is still quietly murdering more than 200,000 unborn children per month. Even our conservative Christian elected officials find it difficult to muster the political willpower to stop government funding of abortion mills like Planned Parenthood, much less ban the barbaric practice entirely. Even when undercover video revealed that Planned Parenthood literally sells baby parts, most of America could not care less. Since the Supreme Court imposed legalized abortion on America in 1973, more than sixty million unborn babies have been brutally killed. That is more than ten Holocausts worth of human beings. Do we seriously expect God to bless America after all that?

Our media and public schools are pushing sexual propaganda on children as young as five years old. Pedophiles, homosexuals, and transgender activists have gotten themselves put in charge of curricula in our schools and are using their position to groom our children. Libraries host demonic-looking drag queens to propagandize children in the name of tolerance. Even cartoons are used to sexualize young children. One of the most grievous sins of ancient Israel was offering up their own children in sacrifice to the pagan god Moloch. Today in America, too many Christian parents offer up their children on the alter of inclusivity and tolerance, allowing them to be brainwashed and turned into broken degenerates. Even some conservative leaders tell us that transgenderism and drag queen story time are ok, just alternate lifestyle choices that we have no right to criticize. Our society castrates our boys and mutilates our girls, and when we speak out, we are called intolerant and hateful. Is God going to bless this America?

The United States could once have been called a Christian nation. Our founding documents all paid proper homage to God as the source of morality and justice in the world, and God was still a reality in media, in politics, and in schoolrooms as late as the 1960s. Today, nearly any public acknowledgement of the reality of God is denounced and censored in the name of tolerance. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, written to keep the federal government from establishing a specific denominational church such as the Church of England, has now been used to erase Christianity from the public sphere altogether. Courts force cities to remove crosses from public memorials, and schools go out of their way to pretend that Christmas and Easter do not exist. We have been propagandized to believe that traditional religion is something best kept to ourselves, even as the secular social justice religion is pushed down our throats at every turn. Should God bless an America that has explicitly rejected Him?

Public morality is a joke nowadays. Before the 1960s, people still committed fornication and adultery, and they were still covetous and deceitful, but everyone agreed that there was an objective moral standard. Today, not only have we erased the standard, we have inverted it. Chastity and faithfulness are mocked. Honesty is ridiculed. Whereas Christianity traditionally preached that there were seven especially deadly sins, the modern secular religion has turned those sins into virtues. Pride is now celebrated, especially pride in the most degenerate practices. Envy is at the heart of socialism, which is becoming more popular each day. Lust is promoted all over mass media. It would be one thing if Americans were simply falling short of a moral ideal – nobody is perfect. However, today we glory and boast of our great sins. Do you expect God to bless an America that calls good evil and evil good?

Charitable organizations take your money to make their CEOs rich. Government taxes us to death in order to fund foreign wars and promote gay rights in Africa. The conservative movement could not even conserve the women’s restroom. Churches skip the gospel in favor of meaningless pablum and social justice nonsense. Tens of thousands of young people are dying from hopelessness in our cities and rural towns while we send missionaries to China. American Christians are too busy watching sports on television to care that their nation is rotting away. Young people are leaving American churches because they see through the façades, never realizing that that the capital-C Church is more than this pale imitation, and that the real Jesus Christ is more than they can imagine. Why should God bless an America that has allowed all these things to go on?

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” Do you expect God’s justice to sleep forever, and His grace toward the United States to remain in place for all time? If God judged Israel, then surely God will judge America.

If you are wondering what God’s judgment might look like in the future, I have some bad news for you: It is already happening.

In the book of Isaiah, God warns his people what judgment will look like: “And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable.” Sure, we can see some of this in every generation, but it has certainly intensified in America over the last few years. Just look at the immature spectacle of Congressional Democrats haranguing Attorney General William Barr the other day as an example of this verse. This is the scriptural version of the saying that strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create bad times.

Dr. James White of Apologia Church mentioned in one of his recent livestreams that one of the effects of being under God’s judgment is the placement of weak and unscrupulous judges over the people. Look at what our courts are doing today: District court judges are making things up as they go, abusing their authority to turn this country away from its traditional legal foundations. Rich, powerful, and politically connected people get away with most anything, while the average Joe is punished. Anarcho-tyranny reigns in this country, from the highest levels of government down to the local district attorneys. Over the last fifty years, the Supreme Court has foisted upon us abortion, gay marriage, and transgender rights. Just last week they ruled that the State of Nevada could open casinos while closing churches. Is being ruled by such capricious judges a sign of God’s blessing or of God’s judgment?

The culmination of God’s judgment upon Israel was when He allowed Assyria and Babylon to carry them away to exile, far from their promised land. In America today, the opposite is happening. Rather than being carried off to foreign lands, our lands are becoming foreign to us. The posterity of America’s founders is being drowned out by new immigrants who have no loyalty to our fathers or their philosophies. In fact, many new Americans are outright hostile to the heritage of the very country to which they came. The Israelites had to watch as pagan foreigners tore down their monuments, even the glorious Temple of Solomon that was the center of both their religious and cultural life. Here, we too are forced to watch pagan foreigners tearing down our monuments. The statues of Robert E. Lee, Christopher Columbus, and Teddy Roosevelt are only the beginning, mind you. It will not be long before the woke faithful are sandblasting Stone Mountain and Mount Rushmore, toppling the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and bulldozing Mount Vernon and Gettysburg.

The United States of America was the greatest nation in the history of the world, which makes our fall ever more tragic. The gospel of Luke says that, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.” In 1630, Puritan preacher John Winthrop looked ahead to the potential greatness of America, and how God would hold them and their children to account:

The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth, than formerly we have been acquainted with. We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies; when He shall make us a praise and glory that men shall say of succeeding plantations, “may the Lord make it like that of New England.” For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God, and all professors for God’s sake. We shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whither we are going.

Nearly four centuries since Winthrop’s sermon, we look back and see the truth of what he said. America did become the city on a hill, an example of greatness and godliness to all mankind. Yet it also has become the “by-word throughout the world” that he feared. “God is not mocked,” the Scripture says, yet America is mocking God every day, and there will be a reckoning.

President Ronald Reagan invoked Winthrop’s sermon in his Farewell Address, suggesting that America was still a shining city on a hill. However, Reagan’s “morning in America” was only a brief respite on the road to judgment. Like King Josiah of Judah, who rediscovered the law and rededicated his people to the proper worship of God, President Reagan might have bought us a few more years of grace. Nevertheless, he could not stop our inevitable decline and fall. Perhaps the tenure of President Trump will be seen in the same light someday.

Roosh V, the former pick-up artist turned Orthodox Christian, said on Twitter this week that, “It is coming to an end that we live with ease and comfort from the inheritance of the greater men who lived before us.”

America is already under judgment. It is too late to go back and fix things now. Empires rise and empires fall and asking God to bless America in her current state is farcical. The same God who allowed Israel to be wiped off the map is not going to save an even more decadent America. If God would not stop the Goths and the Vandals from sacking Rome in the 5th century, why should He stop the ongoing sack of America in the 21st?

There is a silver lining to all of this, however, and that is that God always saves a remnant of His people. When Babylon sacked Jerusalem and carried the people of Judah off to exile, a remnant returned and rebuilt the Temple. When the Romans sacked Jerusalem and scattered the Jews to the four corners of the earth, a remnant believed in Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah. When the Muslims overran nearly all of Spain, the tiny Christian kingdom of Asturias survived and began the long Reconquista. When God finishes judging the United States of America, be assured that a remnant will survive to continue living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. This remnant will be purified by the fires of judgment – they will not be lukewarm like the modern American church has become. Following the zeitgeist is always the easier road than standing up for eternal truth, but a reckoning is coming. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Pray that you and your family will be part of the remnant. Raise your children in such a way that they will be prepared to lead that remnant back to the hard and narrow way. Do not let yourself become too attached to creature comforts, cheap trinkets, or nostalgia about the America that was. Do not be like the Jews who were looking for the wrong Messiah because they longed for a return to the golden age of yesterday. There is no going back, only forward. Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war; with the cross of Jesus going on before.

We have grown soft over the past few decades. Our future is not likely to be so. It has been incredibly easy to be a Christian in America up until now. Think about the life of a Christian in 2nd century Rome or 8th century Spain. Picture the life of a Christian in Communist China or Iraq today. That is the future that surely awaits the Christian church of America in the coming decades. Last weekend, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church held services against an explicit ban by the governor of California, who threatened to shut off their water and power if they proceeded. It was a bold stand, but it is nothing compared to the courage that will be needed in the future. Yet it is in persecution that the Church is forged and refined. At the close of his sermon on Sunday, MacArthur proclaimed that, “This is not a problem to be feared. This is a triumphant hour for the Church to be the Church.”

Let us close with a prayer that God bless America once again. Remember, though, that America is not just a place, and it is not merely an idea. America is a nation; it is a people – specifically the people who came to these shores hundreds of years ago. Remember that one of the reasons our fathers came here in the first place was to worship God outside the constraints of both Rome and Westminster. Let us pray that God bless our families and our communities, that God bless our children and their children, and that God preserve in us a remnant of Western Civilization and the America that was, and perhaps will be again. May God will find us faithful when having faith is difficult. May we be the remnant that will endure the hard times to come.

May God bless you all.

Episode 50: God Bless America

When the sky grows dark, and storm clouds appear on the horizon, we naturally call upon our God to bless America. Yet does America in 2020 deserve God’s blessings? It is more likely that God is judging America, and that judgment has just begun.

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Note: I will be taking a break from podcasting for a few weeks. While there is no shortage of fodder for a discussion about the ongoing decline of our country, I have a day job that needs attention. I will post a few more short and long essays on the blog, so keep checking back for that.