Roger Scruton on Moral Relativism


Published on Jan 4, 2013

A conversation with Roger Scruton at Café Gerbeaud in Budapest, Hungary, on the topic of moral relativism. Hosted by the Common Sense Society on January 25, 2012.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Resigns After Pressure from Nationalist Matteo Salvini…


Italy is one of the key economies within the EU. In the past several years, driven by both economic challenges and unfettered immigration challenges, the populist revolt has gained ground. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, a nationalist-minded politician, has won the hearts of Italian voters.  Matteo Salvini is a proud Italian populist.

Several months ago Matteo Salvini challenged current Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to hold a snap election; and followed-up with continued pressure on the Italian government by advancing populist positions of economic patriotism, sovereignty and tougher immigration rules.

Amid a revolt against globalism writ large, it was not accidental that Nancy Pelosi traveled to Italy recently with a coalition of U.S. leftist politicians to organize a strategy to fend-off Salvini and assist Prime Minister Conte. Pelosi is an opportunist. Part of the plan for Conte to hold power was a shift within his party (Five Star Movement or 5sM) to form an alliance with the Italian left-wing Democratic Party (Pelosi’s ideological allies).

To pull off their plan, Conte and the Democratic Party would align; Conte would then resign and hold the snap election where 5sM and the far-left Democratic party would re-elect him. This approach would strategically counter the 36 percent of support currently held by Matteo Salvini (the League). Today Giuseppe Conte resigned.

(Wall Street Journal) […] Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation in a speech to the Senate on Tuesday, blaming far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for causing a political crisis as Italy looks to draw up a challenging budget to keep its parlous finances on track.

[…] Leaders of 5 Star are exploring the only plausible alternative to snap elections the League would likely win: a new coalition government with their longstanding foes, the mainstream center-left Democratic Party. Talks in coming days could show whether such a coalition is possible or early elections are needed.

Italy’s power struggle is a symptom of Europe’s continuing political upheaval after a decade of crises including the economic depression in the periphery of the eurozone and the pressures of rising immigration from poor and war-torn parts of Africa and the Middle East.

[…] The political upheaval has gone further in Italy than in most other EU countries. In March 2018 elections, Italy’s mainstream parties suffered a heavy defeat. In a country tired of economic stagnation and ineffectual political incumbents, one in three Italians backed 5 Star, while the League won 17% of the vote. Since then, however, 5 Star has struggled in government and its support has halved, while Mr. Salvini’s tough stance on immigration has helped double support for the League.

If Italy holds early elections, Mr. Salvini could become the first leader of a major EU nation who comes from a self-described populist party to the right of Europe’s mainstream conservatives. Mr. Salvini, an avowed admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has challenged the EU’s rules on fiscal discipline, accusing Germany and France of hypocritically breaking the rules while imposing austerity on Italy. Some League officials have advocated Italy’s exit from the euro, although Mr. Salvini says it isn’t on his agenda. (read more)

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In the background of all of this we have: (1) Italy’s involvement in “spygate” and the U.S. intelligence operations in/around Joseph Mifsud (Malta).  (2) The pending Brexit at the end of October, a threat to Pelosi’s ideological group.  (3) The possible defeat of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, another threat to Pelosi’s ideological group; and (4) the economics of Trump’s trade strategy, more threats to Pelosi’s scheme team.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is traveling the world in an attempt to block rising nationalism, and the consequences of economic trade deals therein, wherever possible.  Her domestic political interests in the 2020 election are predicated on stopping the deglobalization process underway by President Trump.

The Rising Tensions: Kashmir – Hong Kong – Korea


The War Cycle is by far on schedule. We have tensions rising almost everywhere. In Asia, we have the Kashmir Crisis as hundreds of people took the streets in Srinagar, the main Indian city, to protest New Delhi’s decision to lift the special status of the territory.

In Hong Kong, there are fears that China will send in troops and take military action, which would trigger an international crisis as fear in Asia as a whole will rise sharply over the future of economic stability. This could send the yuan crashing and even force the break of the Hong Kong peg. The Hong Kong share market peaked in January 2018. It has not made new highs in 2019 and remains at risk of breaking the 2018 low of 24540.43. That gives way and capital is showing its concern for the future of Hong Kong.

In South Korea, the high in the share market remains that of November 2017. We are trading below the 2017 low. A closing at year-end below that warns of lower lows into 2020. Here, the concern is the economic pressure on North Korea. North Korea holds a Tree Planting Day every March. The question is whether it could help regreen a largely deforested nation whose people face food shortages, deadly natural disasters, and bitterly cold winters. These economic pressures will eventually push the Supreme Leader into perhaps an attack on South Korea or face an overthrow himself.

We have a serious crisis building in Asia on three fronts. Then there is the chaos of Europe. The Democrats are complete idiots for claiming if Britain exits the EU, they will block any trade deal to punish Britain in support of Brussels. Instead of helping to solve the crisis, they are encouraging the EU not to renegotiate. The Democrats are basically saying — screw the Irish.

Right now, I am working from Asia in the middle of a real crisis with a front-row seat.

 

Kamala Harris – Medicare for All


QUESTION: Marty, what do you make of Harris’s Medicare-for-all plan joining Bernie Sanders? Is this just another way the destroy the society?

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ANSWER: There is a HUGE problem nobody seems willing to address. People compare US healthcare costs to those of places like Britain. The problem is that we have a private system and in Britain, the doctors work for the government. Harris’s plan is sort of a hybrid and it would be phased in over 10 years making it another government disaster. All we need to do is look at the VA hospitals. Government is simply incapable of managing anything and then misconduct and mismanagement are exempted from exposure when it is politically important for an election.

Unlike Sanders’, Harris’s plan would include a substantive role for private insurers, which would still be able to offer plans under a tightly regulated system, similar to the way that private insurers currently do through Medicare Advantage.

Additionally, it would transition Americans from the existing system to Medicare-for-all in 10 years, instead of four. And finally, it would use a slightly different payment mechanism: Harris backs several of the methods Sanders has suggested, including higher capital gains taxes, but would only impose taxes on households making $100,000 or more. Sanders’ plan, meanwhile, would impose taxes on households making $29,000 or more.

Healthcare is pricing itself out of the economy. We cannot create a hybrid system leaving private doctors yet 100% coverage under the current system. The VA hospitals prove government cannot be trusted with management. That means we have to create a system that is private yet not uncontrollable.

I would encourage private Medicare-for-all hospitals by treating them as a public utility and to create an incentive for existing hospitals to convert eliminating private insurance entirely. We do that by making them TAX-FREE and all procedures would be priced at a fixed rate with a standard profit margin. No more $500 for a $50 brace.

There are doctors who have been in private practice who have left and gone to the VA because it has become so insane. Many foreign immigrants come into the USA to get lucrative jobs as doctors with a medical degree. Then there are young people who want to become doctors because of the money rather than to help people. Nevertheless, there are a lot of people who want to help people and they would switch over in a heartbeat if we created a viable system.

I have had friends who had local private practices who have effectively been forced to join hospital groups. We have an explosion of Urgent Care centers created which compete against private practices. I have had discussions with those in hospital groups who have said decades ago that they would take that over private practices. That has been the trend.

We can encourage existing groups to switch to a Medicare-for-all system by making them TAX-FREE provided they agree to control over pricing as is the case in public utilities

The Plight of Brecksville Ohio


Karl Marx the God of the Progressive movement.

 

I have lived in the typical middle class suburban American community since 1982; and shortly after moving here Jerry N. Hruby began serving his first of eight four-year terms as Mayor of the City of Brecksville. The city of Brecksville under his management has prospered and I would say is one of the best run cities in northeast Ohio.  Despite this prosperity a number of years ago a group of Progressive radicals targeted Brecksville for conversion to a socialist style management.   This was part of the national progressive movement to find a way to reverse the Citizens United  Supreme Court decision which broke the hold that Unions had on political  campaigning.

Being nominally involved in local politics I have have had the occasion to talk with Mr. Petsche and I have found that he lacks candor.

It is now clear to me that Petsche believes in “fundamentally changing” the city of Brecksville into some form of socialist styled management as described below in the summary of a recent Brecksville Magazine article. I would not normally post something like this on my blog since I mostly focus on national and international issues. But I do know that Petsche and the rest of his cohorts are part of a national movement to turn America into a socialists (Marxist) style country. Unfortunately anyone that desires to create a “socialist” system is obviously very uninformed, because all previous attempts to create a socialist system have instead created civil wars and mass murder for large segments of the countries that have been forced down that path. Therefore I find his motives to be at best disingenuous and at worst malignant.

Please see the attached link to an article that just appeared in Brecksville Magazine if you are ares interested in stopping Petsche.

I have witnessed  Jack Petsche a the freshman city councilman that ran on a platform of “transparency and integrity” do just the opposite himself.  He and his surrogates, including a group now calling themselves, (ironically) “A Better Brecksville” have spent his entire 19 months in office trying to sow division in our community and disrupt city government.

Now he’s running for mayor of Brecksville with a slate of his “A Better Brecksville” backers simultaneously running for city council.

By the way, to date, Petsche’s firm has been paid approximately $145,000 from the city as a subcontractor. I find this despicable since in public he has indicated to me that he had no “real” financial dealing with the city. I will grant I did not ask him that exact question but the subject was related to outside money being used to influence local elections.

This article should be shared with fellow Brecksville residents on our individual email distribution lists.  Please copy the link and insert into emails with your own comments.  Voters need to learn about this matter.

http://www.scriptype.com/2019/08/16/council-members-question-colleagues-transparency-ethics-over-police-station-subcontract/

Socialism Does NOT Work | John Redwood | Oxford Union


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John Redwood gives his argument that Socialism does not work. SUBSCRIBE for more speakers ► http://is.gd/OxfordUnion John Redwood opens with a hilarious example of socialism failing by pointing out the fact that the President of the Oxford Union sits high above everyone else in the chamber, stating that these people will most probably become political leaders and so is a shining example that privilage is alive and well. He goes on to highlight the differences between traffic lights and roundabouts using them as metaphors for socialist and communist systems. Filmed on Thursday 28th November 2013 MOTION: This House Believes Socialism Will Not Work. RESULT: Motion Defeated

 

Socialism Does NOT Work | Daniel Hannan | Oxford Union


Daniel Hannan gives his argument that Socialism does not work. SUBSCRIBE for more speakers ► http://is.gd/OxfordUnion Daniel Hannan opens with a quote from a from a previous socialist known as Adolf Hitler. The socialist voters elevated cohersion over freedom. The human nature of dog eat dog and ambition to do well was harnessed by capitalism to a socially useful end. He highlights that there are no socialist countries in the wolrd today (e.g. Cuba, Zimbabwe etc) that have persormed better than capitalist one. He concludes his rousing speech with by saying socialism does not work and the house must vote for freedom. Filmed on Thursday 28th November 2013 MOTION: This House Believes Socialism Will Not Work. RESULT: Motion Defeated

 

President Trump Notes Rashida Tlaib…


When a woman marries her uncle: (1) her husband is her grandmothers son; (2) her daughter is her first cousin; and (3) her mother-in-law is also her “grandmother.”

Keep this in mind as you review:

Rashida Tlaib

@RashidaTlaib

When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies. https://twitter.com/RashidaTlaib/status/1162333169846247425 

Rashida Tlaib

@RashidaTlaib

My sity wanted to pick figs w/ me. I broke down reading this & worry every single day after I won for my family’s safety. My cousin was texting me which photo of @IlhanMN & I they should put on a welcoming poster when I heard the news. I couldn’t tell her.https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/rashida-tlaibs-family-disappointed-not-surprised-israeli-ban?fbclid=IwAR0oJQbMc2tSiSQTCKS9fN649cHyO7chI-yWVvFCovrWtwDs39qIAX9w7Tw 

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“When asked about Donald Trump and his repeated attacks on her granddaughter, she brushed off the question. “I don’t know him,” she said. “I don’t care.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/meet-rashida-tlaibs-grandma-who-wouldnt-be-proud-of-a-granddaughter-like-that/2019/08/16/f90b055e-bf97-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html#click=https://t.co/w07SuOGnpI 

Meet Rashida Tlaib’s grandma: ‘Who wouldn’t be proud of a granddaughter like that?’

Muftiyah Tlaib lives in the same house in the same West Bank village she has called home since 1974.

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Twisted and Mad: What’s the Antidote to Our Debauched and Disturbing ‘Leaders’?


Published on Aug 15, 2019

Is the debauched and disturbing world we see playing out on the news networks and social media just “the world we live in,” or is there another, quiet and dignified America that doesn’t make it to the screen? In a week when billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died under strange circumstances in a federal prison, Bill Whittle finds the following Tweet offers solace and hope… “The only thing holding up the world at this point is the thoughtless routine and naive virtue of the working stiff. All the things the world weary revile: customary honesty, religion, family sustain our life. As for our “world leaders”, they are twisted and mad.” — @wretchardthecat , Richard Fernandez on Twitter If you’d like to make sure these kinds of discussions keep coming, we invite you to join the Members who produce them at https://BillWhittle.com/register/

 

NY Times’ Accurate Trump Headline Angers Readers, Sparks Emergency Newsroom Meeting


Published on Aug 16, 2019

The NY Times’ accurate headline about a President Trump speech angers readers — some of whom cancel subscriptions — and sparks an emergency meeting where the executive editor calls the headline “an f-ing mess.” What fueled this outrage and chaos? In his speech after the El Paso mass shooting, Trump called on Americans to abandon racism, and come together against hate. However, the front page headline –“Trump Urges Unity Against Racism” — upset the Left’s narrative of the president as a race-baiter and minority hater. The headline was shortly replaced with “Assailing Hate But Not Guns”. [We apologize for two brief audio glitches in this video. Obscured moments are both contained in this description.] Here’s are the relevant passages from President Trump’s speech: “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul…Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside, so destructive, and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.” [Full trancript: https://tinyurl.com/TrumpElPasoSpeech] Right Angle, with Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green, comes to you free of charge thanks to the Members who pay for its production. They also write a Members-only blog at at exclusive website away from the toxic sewer of social media. Find your people today by becoming a Member at https://BillWhittle.com/register/