John Birch Society poster in reaction to President Johnson's "Great Society"
His sons, who ultimately took over his business, shared his ideas, and while as virulently anti-Communist as their father, they also felt that government involvement in social and economic activity impinged on individual rights and could ultimately serve as a gateway to the evils their father had seen in the Soviet Union.
Compare Tea Party Tax Day poster with the John Birch Society poster above
Over the years, the sons mentioned above have done very well financially in the petroleum and chemical businesses and have almost unlimited financial resources with which to support the cause of libertarianism by injecting it into the G.O.P.'s agenda. Quite clearly, their support of Republican candidates is not merely one of wealthy people making political donations. It is a subtle echo of the John Birch Society with which their family was deeply involved. (IF YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT WHOM I AM TALKING, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK OUT THIS BLOG'S POSTING OF MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014.)
If you could follow the historical trail of where their political donation money has gone, you might see that the dollar trail leads from the John Birch Society to the Libertarian movement to the Tea Party and now, to the heart of the Republican Party.
People who choose to vote Republican should be very much aware of the ideological background of these contributors to the G.O.P. Might their agenda, and that of some of those who eagerly accept their money, stretch beyond simply desiring free markets and limited government?
The current film "Belle" deals with a noble 18th century English woman whose mother was a slave. Ultimately, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire in 1833. Thirty-two years later, in 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished it in the United States.
Gubu Mbatha-Raw stars in the title role
But in 1859 in the United States, slavery still existed as illustrated by this relatively humane poster advertising a slave sale (Some sales and auctions were much more brutal). "Belle" illustrates the social environment in England a century earlier and the challenges the movie's heroine faced. It is well worth seeing. The poster, of course, should serve as a reminder to Americans of what was a blot on the first 76 years of our nation's history. The English and American experiences with slavery cannot be separated because they both involved the same economic and social injustices.
False Equality - More than Just a Holocaust Issue.
The crematoriums at Auschwitz are not a subject for debate
If a debate were to be held concerning whether or not the moon were made of green cheese, it would be absurd to dignify the side advocating the “cheese” explanation with equal status to the astronomers and other scientists in the debate. In the Rialto School District assignment, such “false equality” was given to Holocaust deniers and their unproven beliefs, which were made available as source materials. (The assignment was withdrawn at the direction of the District’s Interim Superintendent, Mohammad Z. Islam.) Hmmm.
Austerity Hasn't Solved Unemployment in Europe
Austerity in Europe? Cutting costs to achieve economic recovery has taken away jobs and reduced the spendable income of those Europeans fortunate enough to have them. And this shrinks economies even further as less is spent. Thus the economic crisis in Europe has not been solved. And it won't be until unemployment figures improve. People working have money to spend which in turn creates more jobs. It is the role of government to put people to work in government-initiated jobs and also provide low interest financing to businesses which will create jobs. If banks will not take this risk, governments must. And if their finances do not permit it, then the monetary philosophy of all of Europe must be flexible enough to take these risks, even if it involves Central Banks creating money out of thin air, as "quantitative easing" has done in the United States to keep interest rates down. The following chart, illustrating unemployment changes over the past five years, comes from BloombergView.
Hamburg Airbus Employees (above) and less docile Greek workers (below)
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