"Check Your Privilege": A Totalitarian Refrain

by Will

Liberty Minute May 15 2014

 

The phrase “check your privilege” is among the most obnoxious expressions of recent vintage. This demand is an implicit accusation routinely directed at white, male students, who are supposed to feel guilt over being the beneficiaries of the institutionalized advantages that come with being part of an “oppressor class.”

 

Beginning this fall, first-year students – we dare not call them “freshmen” – at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government will be required to undergo an orientation session dealing with power and privilege. [It's not much of an exaggeration to describe this kind of thing as a variant of the “struggle sessions” employed in Communist China during the Cultural Revolution. Those exercises were designed to induce “self-criticism” among people regarded as class enemies or suspected of ideological impurity.]

 

Collectivism, especially of the left-wing variety, is entirely obsessed with identity. All social relationships are divided between oppressor and victim classes. Those assigned to the former group can never eradicate their inherited guilt; those designated as victims, on the other hand, enjoy a limitless supply of inherited virtue, which can be drawn upon by political figures who claim to act on their behalf.

 

This is a variant of the ideology that fed the guillotines in Revolutionary France, and filled the killing fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

 

The DEA Carries out a Mini-Kristallnacht

by Will

Liberty Minute May 14 2014

 

Ilana Lipsen and her sister arrived at their store in Alpine Junction, Texas before business hours, but a handful of unpleasant-looking strangers were already there. One of them brusquely ordered Ilana’s sister to produce a key. As she explained that the building was locked with a security code, the man directed a subordinate to break down the door.

 

The invaders were from the DEA, and they claimed to be executing a warrant in search of synthetic drugs. They confiscated computers, hard drives, security cameras, and firearms, all of which were legally owned. As they ransacked the business, the intruders ordered the sisters from their property. After Ilana’s sister hesitated, an agent threw her to the ground, and when she made incidental contact on the way down, he accused her of assaulting an officer. This supposedly justified a retaliatory strike to the prone woman's face with the butt of an assault rifle.

 

Lipsen’s sister was charged with assaulting the officer who attacked her. Despite photographic evidence of the agent's assault, the DEA denies that the attack took place.

 

The raiders described this atrocity as a victory in the war on drugs. Rational people would see it as kindred to the behavior of the Nazis on Kristallnacht.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Who is the Biggest Threat to Girls in Muslim Countries?

by Will

Liberty Minute May 13 2014

 

Michelle Obama and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai both joined the worldwide social network protest demanding the return of 276 Christian schoolgirls who were abducted by Muslim militants. The Twitter-based campaign encouraged people to pose with signs reading #BringBackOurGirls.

This will do nothing to pressure the kidnappers into releasing the hostages, but that really isn't the point. The objective is to build public support for a “humanitarian” military operation in Nigeria.

Unlike Mrs. Obama, Malala Yousafzai has consistently condemned both Muslim extremism and Western militarism. She survived being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen as punishment for promoting education for young girls. During a White House visit last October, Malala pointedly said to President Obama that his drone strikes in her native Pakistan are killing innocent people and “fueling terrorism.”

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent girls in the near East and northern Africa have been killed by US drone attacks. In Syria, US-backed Muslim radicals are driving Christians from their homes when they aren't raping and slaughtering them. The Nigerian terrorists who prompted the #BringBackOurGirls movement are vile, but the evil they do is contained to one country. The apparatus of state terror over which Michelle Obama's husband presides is global in scope.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Emily Letts: High Priestess of the Molech Cult

by Will

Liberty Minute May 12 2014

 

Those who defend the practice of discretionary child-killing generally insist that abortion is a matter of tragic necessity for women who chose that option only after grave reflection. This claim was dispelled by the actions of Emily Letts, an abortion clinic escort and horror movie actress who videotaped her recent abortion.

 

In an essay written by Letts for Cosmopolitan magazine, she made it clear that the decision to destroy her developing child was made for reasons of pure convenience: She had become pregnant as a result of a casual sexual encounter, and didn't want to be encumbered with a child. Her decision to make a video record of the procedure that killed her baby was intended to provide “inspiration” to other women, presumably to provide more business for the child-killing industry.

 

After the lethal deed was accomplished, Letts kept a sonogram of the destroyed child as a memento. This was an odd decision if she regarded the child as a trivial wad of tissue: People who undergo tonsillectomies don't keep X-rays of their inflamed tonsils.

 

Some radical feminists have referred to abortion as a sacrament. Emily Letts validated that view by displaying the same murderous indifference exhibited by ancient Canaanites who sacrificed their children to Molech.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Do Police Ever Stop Lying?

by Will

Liberty Minute May 9 2014

Brooklyn resident Robert Jackson was sitting in his parked truck outside his home in April 2013 when it was rammed by a police vehicle that was being driven down the wrong side of the street. After Jackson got out to inspect the damage and to exchange insurance information, he was surrounded by a scrum of eight police officers who beat him and arrested him in front of his children.

If the incident hadn’t been captured on video, Jackson most likely would have been sent to prison on the word of the officers responsible for the accident.

Wisconsin resident Tanya Weyker was left with a broken neck when Milwaukee County Deputy Joseph Quiles ran a stop sign and t-boned her car. Despite the fact that the officer was at fault, and Weyker wasn’t intoxicated, the 25-year-old victim was arrested and spent a year fighting the spurious charge of driving under the influence.

Quiles, of course, falsified his report, claiming that he had come to a full stop and looked both ways before going through the intersection. Although he was briefly suspended, Quiles remains on the force – on paid medical leave.  

Not every law enforcement officer is a reflexive, opportunistic liar – but so many meet that description that the profession itself is unworthy of our trust.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Only Sick and Evil People Resist Progressivism

by Will

Liberty Minute May 8 2014

 

In the years following World War II, a group of academics led by Marxist Theodor Adorno compiled a large and thoroughly dishonest study entitled “The Authoritarian Personality.” This wasn't a work of scholarship. It was an ideological polemic intended to treat conservatives and traditionalists as people harboring secret impulses toward fascism.

 

The study treated conservatism as both a moral flaw and a form of mental illness. This isn't surprising, given that the Soviet Union – to which Adorno and some of his colleagues bore allegiance – treated opposition to socialism as a mental disorder.

 

The Adorno thesis has recently been revived as an explanation for the emergence of the Tea Party and other grassroots right-wing movements. In an article compiling several recent studies and books critical of the resurgent right, the leftist journal Salon concludes that conservatives are cognitively inferior to Progressives, and that many are latent psychopaths.

 

From that perspective, conservatives aren't merely mistaken about politics; they are to be regarded as innately evil and suitable only to be controlled by wiser and more insightful people.

 

Nearly all Progressives eventually embrace the conceit that only deranged and immoral people object to being ruled by them.

 

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The American Criminal Justice System is Dead

by HUMPHREY Email

Liberty Minute May 5 2014

A profoundly troubling study published by the University of Texas School of Law concludes that the American criminal justice system is dead in everything but name. The paper, entitled “Waiving the Criminal Justice System,” describes how the adversarial process through which the state must prove the guilt of a defendant has been supplanted with a system of administrative law in which prosecutors extract plea bargains in exchange for relatively lenient sentences. This is why federal prosecutors win more than ninety percent of their cases through plea bargains, rather than jury trials.

This is a lamentable state of affairs, and to many observers a familiar story. This study, however, breaks new ground by showing that prosecutors at both the state and federal levels require defendants to waive   due process rights that are vital for post-conviction appeals – such as the right to effective assistance of counsel, and the right to obtain exculpatory evidence that can be used to overturn a conviction or at least obtain a new trial.

In the American tradition, the purpose of a trial was to establish the truth of an accusation against a defendant who is presumed to be innocent. The purpose of our post-constitutional criminal system is to ratify the defendant's guilt, irrespective of the facts.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

"Non-Lethal" in Police Hands, Yet "Lethal" when used by Citizens

by Will

Liberty Minute May 7 2014

 

The Milwaukee Police Department is among the most violent and corrupt in the country. Several years ago, a group of patrol officers created a secretive club called the “Punishers” that was responsible for a string of unprovoked criminal assaults. Another group of officers was sentenced to prison for conducting warrantless strip-searches that involved sexual assault.

 

A resident of Milwaukee who faces unexpected attention from the police thus has cause for abundant concern. On April 30, a homeless man who had fallen asleep on the street awoke to find himself confronted by an officer. When he didn't immediately cooperate with a pat-down, the officer began beating him with a baton. The victim managed to seize the weapon and use it to ward off his attacker – who drew his sidearm and shot the man to death. Chief Ed Flynn has described this as an act of self-defense on the part of the officer.

 

Like tasers, police batons are imbued with curious properties that make them “non-lethal” instruments when used by cops to electrocute or beat a helpless person to death – but that transform them into “lethal weapons” when they wind up in the unconsecrated hands of ordinary citizens.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Bunkerville is being terrorized -- by the BLM

by Will

Liberty Minute May 6 2014

  

Shortly after the BLM was compelled to return cattle the agency had stolen from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, Nevada Senator Harry Reid condemned Bundy and the protesters who supported him as “domestic terrorists.”

 

Reid's fellow Democrat, Nevada Congressman Steve Horsford, amplified that smear, breathlessly claiming that some of Bundy's armed supporters had set up checkpoints on rural roads outside of Bunkerville, and were supposedly harassing and intimidating local residents. According to Congressman Horsford, the alleged victims were too terrified to speak out publicly.

 

Many Bunkerville residents are frightened, and they set aside their fears to speak at a town hall meeting on May 1. However, it wasn't Mr. Bundy and his supporters who prompted those fears – but rather the violent behavior of the BLM, and the refusal of the Clark County Sheriff's Office to restrain the agency's paramilitary enforcement personnel.

 

Several of the participants in the meeting expressed disappointment over the conduct of Sheriff Doug Gillespie, and appreciation to the citizen volunteers who had intervened when the sheriff's office failed to protect the community.

 

Despite his professed concerns for the safety of his constituents, Congressman Horsford didn't have time to pay a brief fact-finding visit to Bunkerville to find out what and whom they were afraid of.

  

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The American Criminal Justice System is Dead

by Will

Liberty Minute May 5 2014

 

A profoundly troubling study published by the University of Texas School of Law concludes that the American criminal justice system is effectively dead. The paper, entitled “Waiving the Criminal Justice System,” describes how the adversarial process through which the state must prove the guilt of a defendant has been supplanted with a system of administrative law in which prosecutors extract plea bargains in exchange for relatively lenient sentences. This is why federal prosecutors win more than ninety percent of their cases through plea bargains, rather than jury trials.


This is a lamentable state of affairs, and to many observers a familiar story. This study, however, breaks new ground by showing that prosecutors at both the state and federal levels require defendants to waive   due process rights that are vital for post-conviction appeals – such as the right to effective assistance of counsel, and the right to obtain exculpatory evidence that can be used to overturn a conviction or at least obtain a new trial.

 

In the American tradition, the purpose of a trial was to establish the truth of an accusation against a defendant who is presumed to be innocent. The purpose of our post-constitutional criminal system is to ratify the defendant's guilt, irrespective of the facts.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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