Music Rules Culture

Hedonistic strains“Even music may be intoxicating.  Such apparently slight causes destroyed Greece and Rome, and will destroy England and America.” Henry David Thoreau

“We’ve combined youth, music, sex, drugs and rebellion with treason—and that’s a combination hard to beat.” Jerry Rubin

“I knew a very wise man who believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.”                                             Andrew Fletcher

“The purity of music is even more important than the purity of drugs and chemicals.”                              James Girard

“Music is a curiously subtle art with innumerable, varying emotional connotations.  It is made up of many ingredients and, according to the proportions of these components, it can be soothing or invigorating, ennobling or vulgarizing, philosophical or orgiastic.  It has power for evil as well as for good.”  Howard Hansen

“Plato insisted it was the paramount duty of the Legislature to suppress all music of an effeminate and lascivious character, and to encourage only that which was pure and dignified; that bold and stirring melodies were for men, gentle and soothing ones for women.” Emil Newman

Editor’s Note:  The above quotes and hundreds more are from David A. Noebel’s The Marxist Minstrels: A Handbook On Communist SubversionOf Music

Hedonistic strains

How American Bandstand sold the rope

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Meet Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

“It was Lenin’s [Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] ideology, and the system Lenin created, that led to the birth of the totalitarian state.”  Ronald Radosh

“Lenin was not political until the death by hanging on May 8, 1887, of his beloved 21-year-old brother, Alexander Ilyich Ulyanov, who was part of a plot to assassinate the czar.” Ibid

Ronald Radosh, “Founder of The Evil Empire,” NationalReview, March 19, 2018, p. 38f.

Founder of the Evil Empire

Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror, by Victor Sebestyen (Pantheon, 592 pp., $35)Since the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union and its client states, major biographies of Stalin have appeared, as well as books dealing with the Soviet Union during that brutal tyrant’s rule. Somehow, scholars have gravitated toward exploring the nature of the totalitarian state Stalin ran but have paid relatively less attention to the founder of the Soviet state, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known by his adopted name of Lenin.

The absence of a post-Soviet Lenin biography has finally been corrected, with this brilliant and compelling portrait of the Soviet state’s founder by Victor Sebestyen, a Hungarian-born journalist and historian now living in Britain. It could not have arrived at a more appropriate time. As the author writes, Lenin was “the kind of demagogue familiar to us in Western democracies” — one who promised “anything and everything,” who offered “simple solutions to complex problems,” who “lied unashamedly,” and who called those he opposed “enemies of the people.” For Lenin, he writes, “winning meant everything; the ends justified the means.” He was, Sebestyen says, the godfather of “‘post-truth’ politics.”

Sebestyen’s book is a needed corrective to many who condemn Stalin but characterize Lenin as a humane revolutionary whose legacy Stalin betrayed. This, of course, was the argument made by Stalin’s exiled opponent, Leon Trotsky, whom Stalin had assassinated while he was living in Mexico. It was also the thesis of Trotsky’s prominent biographer, the Polish-born scholar Isaac Deutscher, who believed that if Trotsky had been in power, somehow the Soviet Union would have turned out differently. Continue reading

The Gold Standard

“The dollar is an extraordinary thing too.  Do you know what the long term mean value of paper currency is? Well, it is zero.  That is what the average paper currency is worth most of the time…and it is the black hole into which all paper currencies in the past have gone….For the last hundred years, the dollar has lost value faster than the decline of the roman era Denarius after the reign of Nero. This is not surprising.  Roman coins had silver or gold in them.  In order to make the coins less valuable, they had to reduce the precious metal content.  People didn’t like it.  The dollar, by contrast, contains no precious metal.  Not even any base metal.  It is just paper.  It has no inherent value.  There is nothing to take out, because there was never anything there in the first place. Over time, the dollar is almost certain to revert to its real value—which is as empty as deep space.” Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin, Empire of Debt:  The Riseof an Epic Financial Crisis, p. 8

“In less than 100 years, the U. S. dollar has lost 95 per cent of its value.  If this rate continues for just another 150 years, the dollar will do in half the time what took the denarius almost 500 years.” Ibid., p. 61

“Guess how much a dollar is worth today [2006] in comparison to one in 1913?  Five cents.” Ibid., p. 186

“Gold was real, ultimate money.  No nation could manufacture it.  No national assembly could undermine its value or pass a law that increased it. When a nation’s gold horde was in danger, it quickly adjusted its policies to correct the imbalance and protect its gold.” Ibid., p.186

Spirit of Kemp returns in Rep. Mooney’s gold standard act

Pat Hall, American Thinker, March 29, 2018

Yesterday, Congressman Alexander Mooney (R-W.Va.) introduced a bill to once again make the U.S. dollar convertible to a fixed weight of gold.  The legislation, H.R. 5404, was written in the spirit of Jack Kemp’s Gold Standard Act, and, as Rep. Mooney noted, it marks the first attempt since 1984 to restore a gold backing to the U.S. dollar.  While the passage of this legislation is a long shot in our current political climate (which, unfortunately, overlooks the importance of monetary policy in facilitating economic growth), this is a big deal.  Rep. Mooney’s gold standard act could reignite a much needed conversation about the importance of having a stable dollar to create soaring economic growth. Continue reading

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