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Obama will levitate the Washington Monument and halt the global economic meltdown

January 24, 2009 by

Here’s a Charles Burris (anarchteacher) email essay with some great link recommendations:

Today while pensively reflecting upon Barack Obama’s upcoming
inauguration/coronation/incarnation on Tuesday, two famous little books — George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Leonard Lewin’s The Report From Iron Mountain — kept coming to mind.

Both have as their primary theme the ideological use of war by the state as the principal organizing device and social pretext to control and manipulate their subject peoples, repress dissent, and expend resources.

While both are considered “fiction,” there is more “truth” contained within their brief, tightly packed pages than in almost any other books.

I kept wondering how that messianic manipulator Obama would draw upon the received wisdom in these Ur-texts in outlining his draconian plans for his incoming regime.

Global financial catastrophe, the perpetual “war on terror,” impending ecological holocaust, the critical need for “national service” and “citizen empowerment” are sure to be central themes he will focus upon. All are proported pretexts for the exercise of further state power and social-democratic shamanism, investing it with a sacred and holy personnae.

Sacralizing the secular state is the worst and deadliest form of religious heresy said such keen and disparate observers as Eric Voegelin and Murray Rothbard.Through Lincolnian “civic religious” imagery and rhetorical prestidigitation, Obama will levitate the Washington Monument, halt the global economic meltdown, and restore our diminished wayward faith in the state’s ability to grant salvation from the previous eight years of Bushian evil.

Our Deliverer will marshall his omnipotent martial resources at his disposal to lead us to the promised land of hope and glory, freedom and peace, justice and equality, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam.

I can hardly wait for his Second Coming.

See “Abraham Delano Messiah Obama,” by Thomas DiLorenzo.

See Nineteen Eighty-Four.

See The Report From Iron Mountain.

See Murray Rothbard’s “Rothbard on Orwell: Two Essays.” Rothbard reviews and discusses George Orwell’s powerful and prophetic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the impact it made on him.

See “The War System and Its Intellectual Mythmakers,” by Murray N. Rothbard. Here Rothbard discusses the great impact Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four made on revisionist historian Harry Elmer Barnes, and briefly touches on The Report From Iron Mountain.

See G. Edward Griffin’s commentary on The Report From Iron Mountain from his book, The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve.


newson January 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

guilty of thoughtcrime, no doubt about it.

RickC January 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Actually, I believe we are moving more in the direction of Huxley’s “Brave New World” than Orwell’s “1984″. Drugs, alchohol, entertainment and myriad other things function together as our “soma” while the government slowly takes as over as our mother. All she asks is that we surrender our liberty. And many, many people out there are not just willing, but demanding she do it.

Saildog January 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm

“Global financial catastrophe, the perpetual “war on terror,” impending ecological holocaust” – Er – all this happened with Bush.

Obama has to provide leadership to clean up the mess. His first few days have been good. He has ordered the closure of Guantanamo (spelling?), ordered the cessation of the use of torture by the CIA, the closure of CIA secret prisons, the ending of “rendition”, a vast curtailment of lobbyist access and is looking for “solutions” to the financial crisis. On the last point he is on more shaky ground. I do not think there are any silver bullets and he should let the whole stinking morass die. The US (and UK and a few other debtor nations) is/are bust anyway and the handouts will only make matters worse, later.

In addition he acknowledges the human impact in the carbon cycle (but not yet the potentially more damaging anthropogenic impact in the nitrogen cycle). Internalizing carbons current external costs should help restore economic balance as well as reducing AGW.

Samuel January 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Ah yes, all hail Obama, lord of the realm, savior of the world! :P It’s really quite sad to hear all of the ignorant rejoicing. Being a Canadian, I am disappointed in the enthusiasm of my fellow citizens. In fact, on our state funded music radio station (part of the CBC) , they had an “Obama play list.”

This act of blatant endorsement for Obama totally shows the media up for being what they have never been: non biased. Moreover, how is it fair to show sides when receiving taxpayer money. Taxpayers aren’t one homogeneous group of people who agree on loving the new “messiah”.

By the way, on Lew Rockwell’s blog, I was noticing that various people post comments. Does anybody know how one gains the privilege of doing so?

Jeffrey Tucker January 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm

So far as I can tell, his economic program is: take money from Republican voters and give it to things Democrats care about.

On the other hand, it is disgusting to see Republicans just NOW denouncing the policies of tax and spend and debt. All over Fox today, commentators were denouncing the worn Keynesianism of Obama.


Pat January 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

“All she asks is that we surrender our liberty. And many, many people out there are not just willing, but demanding she do it.”

Of course, they just happen to care less about those freedom. From their logic, things that people find without value ought to be outlawed. For example, owning a gun is not valuable, therefore it ought to be heavily regulated, if not outlawed. The truth is, freedom is abandoned, not taken away. Mr. de la Boetie had it right. But that also means people can reclaim it. This will happen in the future as it happened in the past. Unfortunately, most of the time (e.g.: Iran and Venezuela), it was simply a change from one dictatorship for another. But maybe, just maybe we could convince people otherwise. Only time will tell.

Francisco Torres January 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

[Obama's] first few days have been good.

Indeed – Il Duce assassinated his first innocents:


theblob January 25, 2009 at 1:24 am

Hail the God-Emperor, may he walk the Golden Path.

charles ponzi September 26, 2010 at 2:34 am


Friedrich January 25, 2009 at 2:48 am

Thank you Samuel.

May I remind you
1) Obama has voted pro the unbelievable stupid F(B)ailout plan
2) Obama has not come up with any other suggestion but Bush or anyone else. There only answer is ‘mo money

charles coryn January 25, 2009 at 8:11 am

Debt, debt and more debt is the long and short of it. And while Ron Paul is the singular voice of reason we hear from our humble government servants, I’ve noticed that his colleague’s eyes glaze over when he speaks the truth about debt.

The whole story of debt was told in 1935 by Freeman Tilden, in his classic book “A World in Debt”. Those who read it in the 60′s have no trouble understanding the current economic ‘malaise’, as we were nurtured in those years by James Dines, Richard Russell, and so many others, who understood quite clearly that an exponential debt explosion would bring our country to it’s knees.

Three chapter titles tell Tilden’s story of the rise and fall of governments:
14 – Government as Debtor,
15 – Government as Creditor,
16 – Government as Swindler…..

Obama, Geitner, Bernanke, et. al. would all do themselves a favor by reading this book. (Greenspan knew but forgot!) For a few individual citizens to understand debt will help little, only when this knowledge is known by all can governments become healthy again.

Hopefully more organizations like the Ludwig von Mises Institute will arise to carry on the work. Thank you very much for all the work you have done.

charles coryn/71/lancing, tn

Chad January 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems

Joe January 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

These stimulus plans remind me of my childhood days when I used see two bit drug dealers on the streets trying to peddle their narcotics to junkies who were trying to kick their addiction. The dealers used to say pretty much the same things about their drugs that are being said about these stimulus plans. Furthermore, the dealers would deliberately leave out the harsh results experienced by using their drugs just like politicians deliberately leave out the harsh consequences that will be experienced later on from their economic plans.

Joe January 25, 2009 at 9:58 am

Also, isn’t it eerie that the same urgency, need, and over hyped “good” effects that are being touted by the Government when it comes to these stimulus plans are exactly the same as the doom and gloom rhetoric that was used just prior to the invasion of Iraq? All of those hyped fears and conjured up Government doomsday visions proved to be false and I expect nothing less from these Government stimulus plans. I didn’t buy the gloom and doom rhetoric then, and I am not buying into all of the good things being touted now.

prettyskin January 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

The people had spoken. Hail to the chief, face it and move on. This apotheosis attempt is poor in taste and bitter in losers. A push back to economics, only.

VinceP1974 January 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Another piece of literature that comes to mind is “Harrison Bergeron” (I have not been exposed to/had interest in Vonengut but I did like this story)

For those not familiar, it’s a short story (just a few pages) about a United States where everyone must be equal, and this is achieved by handicapping the people of talent to bring them down.

There’s a film coming out this year based on the story. It’s called “2081″. the trailer is good.. Plus Tammy Bruce is in it. Who i admire.

Obama is a disaster. That anyone thinks he is anything other than a Far Leftist who intends to implement his vision of the world is fooling himself.

He is the culmination of years of Anti-American propagandizing of our children , and the Conservative naiveté of tolerating/dismissing it

NPE January 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Saildog, you forgot to mention that Obama favors warrantless spying. Perhaps wiretapping will be the secret of his omnipotence.

Ricardo Magalhães January 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Nobody here is advocating McCain, prettyskin.

In Economics, people vote which goods they want to be made every time they buy, in Politics, only once in 4 years. That’s an event, so people make comments about it.
But I can assure you that a McCain victory should have much harder comments…
Now, you must uderstand that McCain and Obama are a bit Socialists, don’t you agree? Of course, they are going to lead the Governmment, so they want it bigger. The behaviour is natural, the results, like Gollum told to Frodo, “You’ll see…”.
Like us all…

From Portugal, Ricardo Magalhães.

charles ponzi September 26, 2010 at 2:31 am

medi-care,the post office, social security are all social-ist programs that make our country great. Lets stop pretending being a democratic-socialist country would be as scary as the capitalist society we have become. I’m sorry the this website darkens my heart. Being a capitalist society doesn’t mean the same thing it meant 50 years ago….our society and political system has been hijacked by the most wealthy and as a result….credit cards ruin lives, people go their entire lives without proper health care, and proper education has become something only for the rich. We can find ways to help each other without become 1950s Russia. we can have a world filled with Porsche 911s and health care for our homeless. I pray for our collective intellect to be restored

Baraboo January 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

It is illustrative that this posting occurs on this blog. The posting shows an obvious and intentional misuse and misreading of history so recent that it is still current events. Many of the answers do the same. Tax and spend? One of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated on the American public in the last half-century. Take a simple graph of the public debt. Now lay on top of the the terms of the presidents. Who was spending? Who was coming closer to balancing the budget?
How about the fright line that THIS administration will be the Orwellian “War is Peace” one, and that liberty will shrink. Have you forgotten the misnamed “Patriot Act” already? We just got through with an administration that believed it had the right and duty to abrogate and remove our rights.

This is sad, that this was posted in the first place, since it falls into the category of extremism. And, sad in the second place, that some people are still convinced, and willing to go to great lengths, to prove that this is not extremism, but right. Misled, and misguided is more accurate.

VinceP1974 January 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I love these Leftists/Democrats/Obamadrones who are so predictable in their defense of the One.

Notice no matter what critique one can think of the current disastrous government, these people will be front and center to insure that everyone knows that in the past Republicans were guilty of not being true to their ideals.

As if no one knew! Like .. I’m *shocked* Reagan had a deficit. I dind’t know that! Thank you for reminding me.

Ok,, sure I opposed the prospect of perpetual trillion dollar deficits but now that you told me about this Reagan person , I guess it’s ok now. Why not go for 5 Trillion deficit a year because I heard he opposed abortion.

I’m sorry.. but these people who keep insisting on talking about Reagan or W’s non-Conservativism do not care about todays’ central problem. They simply want to silence anyone who complains about their massive spending orgy plans.

So much of this political debate is disingenuous and you have a lot of angry people on the Left who want to impose an Anti-Constitutional order on this country and use any tactic they will, especially in the realm of using people’s virtues against them to get them to shut up.

charles ponzi September 26, 2010 at 2:21 am

I pray for your intellect ( you clearly have a strong one) to trump your emotions someday.

Max January 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Agreed, prettyskin. I don’t come here for infantile, Fox-lite hit pieces. The racial sniping is ugly, too. Stick it back in the bottle, and stick to the economics, please.

VinceP1974 January 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Agreed, prettyskin. I don’t come here for infantile, Fox-lite hit pieces. The racial sniping is ugly, too. Stick it back in the bottle, and stick to the economics, please

What is more infantile than stating that something is Fox-lite?

Oh and racist too!

Oh well.. I’m a white person.. Obama only prays that one day I’ll do what is right.

prettyskin January 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm

“The truth is an offense, but not a sin.” Let it be said that we the people stand not alone but with brethren.

I see scurrilousness for no reason to my knowings. “Do the right thing.” There is another economic stimulus plan and those who seek knowledge from the Austrian economics will like to garner that from this post, if there is any.

Tim January 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Oh please. Obama isn’t some machiavellian evil genius who manipulated the public to advance his heinous aims to take away our freedoms and enforce totalitarian rule. You’re sounding no different than the liberals who compared Bush to nothing short the Devil in person.

He is merely another washington bureaucrat drunk with public adulation, who is following in line with the chain of disastrous economic interventionism began by the previous administration. He rode the wave of populist sentiment, and his policies tend to reflect that in every way. As soon as things take a downturn, this mass mania over his popular image will be a thing of yesterday. He whose power relies solely on the people will end up without anything at all. It happened with Bush. It’s bound to happen with Obama.

Don’t give in to hysteria. That’s the last thing we need right now.

Ralph Fucetola JD January 25, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Campaign for Liberty has this report, on OHB ordering air attacks on Pakistan, killing 17 civilians including three children. Yes, certainly our new President is “The One” — and no different from his predecessor in too many ways. I pray he doesn’t turn out to be another Lincoln. One of those “Great men” every few centuries is quite enough.


“The new president fired missiles into Pakistan, killing at least fifteen people. The locals say three children were killed. Obama’s White House, advertised as the most transparent in US history, has no comment. Less than a week into his presidency, and he’s already ordering bombings. Thanks to Antiwar.com for the links.


“The Democrats and Obama have long emphasized Afghanistan and Pakistan as the central front of the war on terror, appropriating Bush rhetoric and bellicosity with just a change in scenery. But just as none of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi, none were Afghani or Pakistani either.

“Yes, there are terrorists in Pakistan, maybe even bin Laden. This is not retribution for 9/11, though, but rather the first major act in Obama’s chapter of the indefinite, open-ended war on terror. He might have not done Iraq, but he would have waged an even more aggressive war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, if we take his word for it.

“In any event, bombings that kill children, nation-building crusades, invasions and occupations are not the effective way to handle terrorism, as many holeful peaceniks understood as they voted for Obama, hoping for a change toward peace.

“This is a great opportunity for President Obama to effect real change in foreign policy — the best, most politically viable opportunity for a shift toward non-intervention since the end of the Cold War. But Obama is an interventionist, at home and abroad. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And big government at home and empire abroad are just that hammer. So more “collateral damage” can be expected, as this new administration feels itself out and figures out what it wants to do abroad — in all the third-world nations that presidents are accustomed to viewing as their playgrounds for imperial experimentation.”

Brian Macker January 25, 2009 at 9:55 pm

“But just as none of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi, none were Afghani or Pakistani either.”

I wasn’t aware that the rule was revenge on those of the same nationality. Thought the idea was to get the state actors who were supporting the terrorists. In this case the Taliban. They were, after all, harboring Bin Laden.

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charles ponzi September 26, 2010 at 2:01 am

you guys are sad. We as a nation are sad. The truth is there are men who prey on the weak by controlling the flow of cash and oppression by fear and ignorance…but some of your claims are just outrages. President Obama though no perfect (no man is) has made serious steps to expose and battle these men (koch brothers, fox news, dick cheney..ect). However these battles are complex and full of legal jargon and boring political “speak” and devoid of the all important emotional connection many need to become engaged in our politcal process. I pray for our collective intellect to be restored, i pray for you.

charles ponzi September 26, 2010 at 2:12 am

and to those who judge President Obama for his “war’ decisions and try to compare them to the Bush “war” decisions should be ashamed. President Bush lead us into war under false pretenses and did so easily by taking advantage of our collective paranoia and blood lust after the attacks on our country (9/11) He is a war criminal. His family and his vice president had and still do have much financial gain in these wars for oil. However President Obama has a very complex real war on his hands in which the enemy are not clearly seen. there is no specific Country that threatens us but rather a group of radicals that have “bases” throughout the world including in the U.S.. Yes war intrinsically is wrong but it is a reality, for him to do nothing against our enemies would be just as devestating to our moral. I pray for our intellect to be restored.

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