|Occasional-Cortex and Jihad Barbie|
While a nation may survive external enemies, and may even survive imported enemies, it cannot long survive traitors within the wall. Sadly, "traitors" is the best word to describe the voters of Minnesota's fifth congressional district who support Omar. This district, and the last election, demonstrates that the domestic left is America's greatest enemy. They seek the nation's death. That their own death may soon follow is not any of their concern. They are just driven to murder the object of their all consuming hate: American (and Western) traditions and freedom.
Hyperbole? No. Ayn Rand made the nihilistic motives of such haters clear in her seminal essay "The Age of Envy" in 1971. Consider this passage on the Green movement:
...when the great emancipator, the automobile, is attacked as a public menace, and highways are decried as a violation of the wilderness--when bleary-eyed, limp-limbed young hobos of both sexes [!] chant about the evil of labor-saving devices, and demand that human life be devoted to the grubby hand-picking of truck gardens, and to garbage disposal--when alleged scientists stretch, fake or suppress scientific evidence in order to panic the ignorant about the interplanetary perils augured by some such omen as the presence of mercury in tuna fish--when their leading philosopher proclaims that work is an outdated prejudice, that fornication should replace ambition, and that mankind's standard of living should be brought down--when sundry hordes block the construction of electric generators and are about to plunge New York City into the catastrophe of an overloaded power system's failure--it is time to grasp that we are not dealing with man-lovers, but with killers. (emphasis added)If there is a second American revolution these will be the two sides: those who seek to defend human values and those nihilists who seek to make human life on earth impossible. And, everyone will have to choose a side in this fight. It's later than most Americans realize.
Unfortunately, the left's pathologies have a useful idiot (or worse) in the misnamed Ayn Rand Institute (ARI). Consider ARI's CEO and most vocal spokesperson (see what I did there) Yaron Brook. Under his leadership, ARI has gone all out to garner both academic and mainstream media respectability. Nobody at ARI seems to understate, or wants to admit, that both these institutions are irredeemably evil. They are both a national menace and must be eliminated, not appeased. Evil of such magnitude cannot be reformed. It must not be sanctioned.
Evil as the hating creatures are, there is something still more evil: those who try to appease them. (Ayn Rand - "The Age of Envy")ARI sanctions evil by maintaining the facade that this evil are their civilized equals who should be engaged as such. When not pandering to evil, Brook castigates President Trump, and the "Deplorables," as the "villain of out time." In the last decade and a half, Brook has been moving ARI further and further left. Now it is indistinguishable from such left-libertarian organizations as Reason and CATO. He often attacks those on the "right," including real Objectivists, while appeasing the left on the all important cultural-social issues of our day. It's also clear what Ayn Rand would have thought about the mass importation of savages bent on looting and destroying Western Civilization. Unlike ARI, she would have been against such civilizational suicide.
On a positive note, Bruno Turner and Lindsay Perigo have been producing a weekly series of YouTube videos that are first-rate. Being considerate gentlemen, they limit their videos to thirty minutes duration. Their latest video is one of their best.
In this episode, Lindsay makes an excellent observation that should be widely repeated. The West is in an existential fight for survival with barbarians both within and without. The central part of that fight is the preservation of Western nation-states. If these nations fall, so does the West. Globalization is just the method by which the left seeks to destroy the nation-state, and therefore the West with it. President Donald Trump's fight for secure borders, rational immigration policy, ending America's role as global cop, and sane trade policies is the fight to save the West. Sadly, Yaron Brook, ARI and its supporters are on the wrong side of this battle on every issue.