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The Left in Power

February 17, 2009 by

It is tragic that Obama should be president at all. If we had a position called “national well wisher,” “national greeter,” or “national symbol of accomplishment,” he would be perfect for the job. He is elegant and graceful and articulate, and inspires people in an unusual way. As chief policymaker, however, he has revealed himself as nothing more than a two-bit socialist. FULL ARTICLE


Cybertarian February 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

Let the government bloat itself up, give it as much rope as it wants. The government is a highly inertial narrow minded entity. It cannot think outside of the box.

Dinosaurs of the past disappeared because of their cold blood, small brains, bulky bodies and inability to adapt to the cataclysm of a comet.

Well, there is a comet on it’s way to blast the political and social scene. This comet is ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

Machines more intelligent than man, capable of speaking more fluently and more compellingly than Obama.

What this cataclysmic progress will achieve is to enable individuals to organize among themselves, through the use of artificial intelligence, thereby circumventing the government.

Cybertarian commerce will be possible by encrypting and hashing transactions like you do music files. Therefore the government will no longer be able to trace back transactions to tax them nor regulate them.

Instead of swapping music files, people will swap goods and services. This will deprive the government of much needed tax revenues.

Because the government will be so big, so will be his appetite for tax revenues, therefore it will be easier to starve the monster using artificial intelligence to circumvent the government when doing commercial transactions.

Individuals will get to keep more of their earnings and this will empower individuals and weaken the government.

Further more, government restrictions of individual’s medical and reproductive rights is a boon for clandestine online commerce.

Due to restrictive regulations, doctors can’t perform online diagnostics nor discuss medical advice. Well with the advent of artificial intelligence it will be possible for people to exchange medical advice, swap medical advice, consult the system and thereby empowering their medical decisions and disempowering sclerosing doctor’s associations.

Also, people will find online a market for doctors and surgeons willing to perform genetic procedures to avoid birth defects or even improve your offsprings. All circumventing government “bio-ethics” and reproductive restrictions.

Government will die just like the dinosaurs died and the individuals will thrive under the usage of artificial intelligence.

Pat February 17, 2009 at 8:55 am

“After all the ghastly statism of the Bush years, you might think that the Left would back off from using power to achieve its aims. Instead, they have learned nothing.”

I have a different theory: they feel Bush did all wrong. I even suspect some on the left would rather have used this expansion of the executive branch for other purposes, such as healthcare or education. So, it is not that they have learned nothing. They simply don’t want to.

Personally, I am disgusted when I hear some conservatives speaking in the name of liberty now that we have a democrat for president. When was that conviction when Bush was the president? Bush’s years were accompanied by the expansion of the government. Of course, I expect to be disgusted by some liberals closing their eyes to the current administration’s disregard for civil liberties when those same people would attack Bush for the same reason (Of course, I was upset when some liberals would use Pelosi’s lines regarding Bush’s policies. Like Bush was for the free market. And Hoover was the most laissez-faire president in the US).

Honestly, so long as people feel their choice is between democrats and republicans, the current situation will remain the same. Maybe a couple of decades later, we will see a different political dynamic (e.g.: new parties).

Horst Muhlmann February 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

I have a different theory too. If Bush did everything exactly the same as he did, except he had a “D” after his name, the Left would consider him one of the top 3 all time great presidents.

praetorian February 17, 2009 at 9:40 am


A bit of humility is in order from our friends in the artificial intelligence community. In grad school at social events after I’d had a few beers, I would always corner the AI guys and badger them into admitting what a failure AI has been thus far.

The human mind is more unique than computer scientists give it credit for being.


Deefburger February 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

I try to explain to people the situation like this:

The Central Bank (Fed) is like a feed trough. When ever the majority party wants feed, they squeal out a new spending bill or “budget”. The red pigs squeal in some tax cuts and spend on the military. The blue pigs squeal out regulation and social programs.

In both cases, the trough is filled by the Fed. The taxes are what you contribute to the trough.

What you don’t know or understand, is that the Fed is filling the trough from YOUR stock! Your fridge has a hole in the back and the Fed is reaching in there to get the feed they’re using to get you some fat pigs (red or blue, take your pick).

Then I ask them, If you knew that it would cost you at least the per-capita cost of the spending directly, rather than through the mechanism of the Fed slight-of-hand, would you cough up the bucks as taxes today? The current stimulus is roughly $2100 per-capita. Do you have that kind of cash on hand?
And that is just the stimulus package. The rest of the Federal “Budget” amounts to about $220,000 per year per capita and rising. (65.5 trillion in debt obligations and 300M people).

You probably don’t make that much in a year. If you are an average American, your stockpile is woefully low, and that is because the pigs have been Fed already.

And who gets to eat first? Red pigs or Blue pigs, makes no difference. It ain’t YOU!

End the Fed.

David C February 17, 2009 at 10:24 am

Basically, our freedom is under attack and the left vs right and liberal vs conservative is a divide and conquer strategy. In the end, it doesn’t really matter which one is in power because it is all from the same source.

Tim Kern February 17, 2009 at 10:33 am

“One only wishes that the Republicans had been so principled when their president was in charge!”

But Mr. Rockwell, the Republicans were never principled, and they are not acting out of principle now!

There is no principle of “principles” when power is at stake. The currency of government is not currency; it is power.

Power, unlike prosperity, is a zero-sum game: that which accrues to the rulers is exactly the same amount that is lost by the ruled. Concentrated in a small number of individuals (or what we may call a “small class of elites”), it appears enormous. Lost by the other 300 million of us, it appears insignificant, one little bit at a time.

That’s why those few will work so hard to get it, and why we masses don’t protect it; and that’s why the Constitution (may Allah have mercy on its soul!) was such a good blueprint, while it was in force.

Enjoy Every Sandwich February 17, 2009 at 11:04 am

As far as the “stimulus” bill goes, it’s bad enough that we know it won’t work. But all weekend I’ve been hearing the Keynesian cowploppers declaring that it isn’t big enough, and even Obama has referred to it as a “good first step”. They know perfectly well it’s BS, and they’re just setting up the narrative to “explain” how it isn’t due to flaws in the Keynesian cowplop.

Mel February 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

“Liberty is for the citizens to guard themselves.”
IMHO, liberty can’t be “guarded.” Individuals must live it in their personal lives. Often it means being responsible for your own life, and many people (even I on occasion, if I’m not careful!) try to avoid that. Perhaps that’s part of the appeal of “saviors,” whether religious or political.

Abhilash Nambiar February 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

Nice Article. I would have had the title as ‘Left in Power’ instead of ‘The Left in Power’. It would have provided for a very apt double meaning.

Franklin February 17, 2009 at 11:57 am

Cheers to Tim Kern. It’s moments like this, which provide me solace I am not alone.
I mean, hell, there may be only about 13 of us on the planet, but it’s nice to know nevertheless. : )

Barry February 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Originally from FrontPageMag.com:

Requiem for the Left

God willing, this will link. If not, just click on my name and scroll down to it.

Barry February 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

One more try:

Requiem for the Left

Cybertarianism February 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm


I bet Obama and Bush would have succeeded better if they applied failed AI modelling libertarianism instead of “successful” true intelligence applied to statism.

Yeah AI is a failure if you want it to jump around, have fun, love and engage into an orgy.

But AI is very cunning for data mining, pattern recognition and statistical correlations.

Therefore, it could be used in software designed to defend free market capitalism.

Supposed that instead of having a bank account, you held Linden Dollars instead and purchased your groceries with Linden Dollars.

Then, hit the drug store and buy your medicine with egold from egold.com.

Then, you pay for your business’s equipment with accumulated points from various loyalty programs etc.

The government is going to have a hard time adapting to those things. The government will die.

Cybertarian February 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm


“and even Obama has referred to it as a “good first step”.

OMG !!!

I’m terrified at the idea of what will be the “final step” !!!

Pretty soon, Russia will be a much more free country than USA.

Matt February 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

“The Obamaites are different. They are woefully ignorant of economics.”
Good point but then who wasn’t woefully ignorant of economics? This ignorance has been in effect since the creation of the Federal Reserve. But then is it really ignorance on their part?

This (Federal Reserve / Fractional Reserve Banking) is a Ponzi scheme that has been perpetrated upon the American Public and is only now coming to a head. Congress will do everything to keep it going but since it has now spread throughout the world Congress and whoever is President may now be impotent.

However they will do their utmost to keep this scam going, unfortunately for them they will fail since all Ponzi schemes fail eventually some sooner others later but fail it must. It’s like trying to legislate out of existence the laws of gravity, it cannot be done. For many politicians this scam has worked and they were right when they said “In the long run we are dead” for many of them are dead and they made out like bandits, but for those still alive the “long run” is here and the sins of the fathers will have to be paid for by the children.

Alex MacMillan February 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Another aspect to the government Ponzi scheme is the pretense that “tax reductions” (for example those in the stimulus bill) are really tax reductions. For a government whose spending is greater than current taxation, a tax reduction can only occur via a reduction in government spending. Any other so-called “tax reduction,” for example the tax reduction for 95% of the American population that Obama has crowed about, is simply giving a tax dividend to people with one hand while in a Bernie Madoff-style slight of hand, collecting a slightly greater amount of taxes from the same people getting the tax dividend (slightly greater due to the government administrative costs of carrying out the tax slight of hand).

pbergn February 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Excellent article.

It’s time to emphasize more strongly that the Left and the Right are both equally very bad for ordinary people, and are two sides of the same old divide-and-rule sham…

The truth is somewhere in the middle, I guess, and the challenge is to find that right balance between anarchy and rule of law…

That is why I am so coveting for moderates, but alas you can only find either Libertarians/Anarchists or Communists/Statists. Nothing in the middle.
Why can’t we meet somewhere in the middle of the road for a change?! So sad…

prettyskin February 17, 2009 at 8:08 pm

“Liberty is for the citizens to guard themselves.” As if to say that the “Left” and the “Right” are not citizens. Politics attracts narcissists just like religion and the other citizens can be assured that liberty is under siege by egocentrism. Maniacal behaviors on both side of the aisles with absolutely no regards to liberty.

H.M. Lee February 17, 2009 at 8:28 pm

You guys said it all. It is great to be a libertarian, and an Auburn Tiger.

Good to see a post from my friend pbergn!

Inquisitor February 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Is Pbergn still plaguing this blog?

H.M. Lee February 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I’m still looking for the book called “Great Moderates in History”.

H.M. Lee February 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm

“We are beginning to wipe out the line that divides the practical from the ideal; and in so we are fashioning an instrument of unimagined power for the establishment of a morally better world.”

FDR said this in 1936, but it could easily have been said by many others both repub and dems. FDR at least had the boldness to tell people that he was destroying their freedom. Most politicians claim that they are protecting freedom or providing equality.

H.M. Lee February 17, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Sorry, I was mistaken in my year. FDR said this in during his inauguration speech for his second term (1937).

mark km February 18, 2009 at 3:11 am

Great article Lew. One observation:

“It is tragic that Obama should be president at all.”

The CHOICE America had was tragic – McCain or Obama. And of the two I have to be honest (as a foreign observer of your domestic politics) – I would prefer Obama.

For McCain/the Republicans to dismiss Obama’s stimulus package as “intergenerational theft” is risible: how would he describe the burgeoning of the national debt in America under Bush? Up from £5bn under Clinton to $11bn at the end of Bush’s rule wasn’t it?

David Ch February 18, 2009 at 3:41 am

This extract from Mr Rockwell’s article :

‘The Republicans are right to fight this tendency at every turn, ………. One only wishes that the Republicans had been so principled when their president was in charge!’

hints at a wider tendency among all politicians of every stripe: ‘Principles’ are only ever invoked (loudly) by those in opposition. The moment they assume power, ‘principles’ are invariably trumped by ‘pragmatism’ .

In my own country I have seen this in spades: when the National party was in power, the (then banned and exiled) ANC was a movement whose ideology was grounded in principled outrage against oppression. From the moment they gained power, they began a course of preciselt the same abuses of ‘principle their former oppressors engaged in. And the residue of those former oppressors who still find themselves as minorities in parliament, make much of ‘principle’. There really is no difference between them.

george February 18, 2009 at 8:32 am

The truth is somewhere in the middle, I guess, and the challenge is to find that right balance between anarchy and rule of law…

You’re calling what we have now “rule of law”?

I see trying to find a balance between the parties as finding a balance between two robbers…

Barry February 18, 2009 at 8:36 am


Welcome to a libertarian site! Here’s what’s wrong with “middle-way liberalism”:

Liberalism: History and Future

The Reasonable Man February 18, 2009 at 8:46 am

Rockwell opines: “The Obamites are different. They are woefully ignorant of economics.” I’m not so sure about that.

Think about it … and follow the money. Who gains by current state of the National and World economy and affairs and wars?

Franklin February 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

“I’m still looking for the book called ‘Great Moderates in History’.”

Hilarious, and in the nick of time. CNN plays in the lounge, as I await dining colleagues, enveloping the room with intonations of Wolf Blitzer and Ted’s army of shills. Even the impending martini will not diminish my morosity.

H.M. Lee handed me a gift, an LOL just when I needed it most desperately.

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