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A systems engineering process is a process for applying systems engineering techniques to the development of all kinds of systems. Systems engineering processes are related to the stages in a system life cycle. The systems engineering process usually begins at an early stage of the system life cycle and at the very beginning of a project, but as stated by Bahill and Briggs (2001), systems engineering can also start at the middle. A variety of systems engineering processes have been proposed by different organizations. ...
Several systems engineering methods and process guidelines have been developed since 1969. These methods describe all the activities and deliverables of a systems engineering project.
The first, Mil-Std-499 is a military standard of the U.S. Department of Defense and was used to create complex systems, for example, a nuclear submarine or missiles. The buildup body of knowledge has become known as systems engineering. Since IEEE has developed 1220, the systems engineering standard has become commercial.
The early systems engineering methods, such as Mil-Std-499B (see figure 1), are focused on the verification and development life cycle functions, but the later methods cover almost the whole system life cycle. Systems engineering and software engineering have evolved as independent processes, but recent process guidelines and standards emphasize the need for integrating both these processes. (Boehm, 2005)
The meta-model in figure 2 shows a systems engineering method. The activities in the model can be somewhat different in a specific project. This is derived from several existing standards, marked in figure 1. ANSI/EIA 632 serves as the basis for this method, since many current systems engineering methods are based on this standard. Further, ISO/IEC 15288 and the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, which are more recent, serve as source for this method. The final source is an older standard, MIL-STD-499B. The activities and concepts in the model are explained here. The model is separated in four main processes. The Agreement, Project, Technical and Evaluation processes. These will be explained in further detail below.
The first step in the systems engineering process is to establish an agreement with the customer, in order to build a new system. This order is set when the outcome of the feasibility study is positive: there is a need for a new system and there is no other system that can be used or it will be more cost effective to create a new system. When the outcome is negative, the project will end here. The input of the feasibility study is an acquisition phase and a problem definition. A well-known way to acquire knowledge is the structured or unstructured interview. This technique and several other acquisition techniques can be used to define the needs of the customer, user and other stake holders.
After an agreement is made, the planning of the project will begin and this results in a project plan, which can be modified during the technical processes. In fact, the project processes are not sequential processes and go in parallel with the whole project, because at each moment a project needs planning, assessment and control. The design loop indicates that during the technical processes, after each step the project-management will assess whether changes have to be made in for example the schedule, which falls under project management. To ensure that a project will be successful the project management takes care that objectives are met within time, costs and a certain performance level, to help the project-management with this a work breakdown structure is made. Configuration management records the changes that are made in the design or requirements. This enables stakeholders to comment on a certain change proposal. But very important for a project success is risk control. Identifying risks and think about solutions in an early stage will save a lot of work and money in a later stage.
The technical processes cover the design, development and implementation phase of a system life cycle. In the earlier agreement phase top level (or customer) requirements have been established. This set of top level requirements is translated into software requirements which will define the functionalities of the software product. These software requirements can lead to a few alternate designs for the product. Each requirement is periodically examined for validity, consistency, desirability and attainability (see evaluation processes). With these examinations, or evaluations a decision can be made on the design. With the chosen design a requirements analysis will be performed and a functional design can be made. This functional design is a description of the product in the form of a model: the functional architecture. This model describes what the product does and of which items it consists of (allocation and synthesis). Thereafter, the product can actually be developed, integrated and implemented in the user environment.
Another loop in the model is the evaluation loop. During and after the creation of a software product the following questions have to be answered: Does the product do what it is intended to do? Are the requirements met? and as mentioned in the previous paragraph: Are the requirements valid and consistent? How is the requirements prioritization? This requires that the requirements are testable. For example a usability requirement, such as “the software product must be easy to use” can be tested through a heuristic evaluation. During the lifetime of a software product it will be continuously revised, updated and re-evaluated until the product is not used anymore and is disposed of.
To clarify the systems engineering process, figure 3 contains an example of such a process. It is a quite simple example and not every step of the process is mentioned. Furthermore, systems engineering might be more appropriate for a more complex system, but the example gives a slight idea of the practical use of systems engineering. The CEO of a software company encounters a problem: a (systems engineering) method has been made, but now he wants to share this method with his employees. To acquire all their needs, interviews with stake holders, including the CEO are performed. This results in a list with initial requirements. The feasibility study points out that there is no such system already available that would be appropriate and less expensive than creating a new framework to display the method. There are three possible solutions to the problem: A book that describes the method, a CD-ROM or some XML pages that can be used over an intranet. The Requirement that one has to be able to quickly search through the processes can be met by creating a CD-ROM or the XML pages. But during the project another requirement is added to the list: the content must be reusable. This rules out the CD-ROM, because with each update a new CD-ROM has to be given to the employees. This would also object the low-cost requirement. So, only the last alternative, the XML pages, is sufficient. Even when the requirements and solution are re-evaluated this alternative is the best design. Then, a functional architecture is made and the product is divided in sub functionalities. After creating the sub products, it is integrated and implemented in the organization. Because of all the evaluation and the involvement of the user the intranet is commonly used. The project is successful.
Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers
Liberty Gun Rights / Second Amendment Committee / Bernadine Smith
Women’s International Media Group
The Awakening of the Average American
Ralph, a member of the Harvard Business School Class of 1962 looks back over 50 years in an email to a fellow classmate, on the eve of their class reunion.
"Frankly, I believe the government has become the enemy of the people and it is developing total control that Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin would have envied."
It certainly has been a long time since our graduate school brainwashing.
Boy, were we naive!! I still remember Jim mesmerizing the class when we received the study explaining the Federal Reserve.
As a nephew of Willis Robertson, head of the Senate Banking Committee, he knew what he was talking about when he predicted the FED would destroy the USA and turn it into a fascist country.
Who would believe what the criminal government of the corporation known as the United States has done. False flag terrorism; start wars using incidents that were totally fabricated; control and activate death squads and assassinations around the world; promote the drug trade as they have done in Afghanistan after the Taliban almost eradicated it; pass laws that are totally against the Bill of Rights; blow up the Oklahoma City Federal Building and the World Trade Center to further their agenda; and completely infiltrate censor and control the mainstream media.
Meanwhile, the giant corporations and the large banks write the laws and run the alphabet soup agencies CIA, FBI FDA, FCC, NSA, NASA, FTC, EPA, etc. to further corporate control. Frankly, I believe the government has become the enemy of the people and it is developing total control that Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin would have envied.
While we had Sinatra in the 60's and independent record labels, now the giant corporations control the music as psywar against the minds of the young people all over the world.
At least leaders like Vladimir Putin are promoting the morality of the Christian Orthodox Church, confiscating the assets that were stolen by Harvard's Jeffrey Sachs and his Mafia, stopping the homo and lesbian agenda under the guise of "gay rights" that will ultimately legitimize pedophilia; opposing the potential wars that are being promoted by the Western Central Banks, and paying women to have children to stop the population control aims of the Western "democracies".
Russia now has a respected currency that no longer requires three 747's a week filled with hundred dollar bills, as New York Magazine reported in 1996, to maintain the country and buy up all their valuable natural resources with rolls of toilet paper.
I was just as brainwashed as the rest of the class during the early sixties. It took 20 years to start my real education by having the time to put things together.
I am concerned for the future of my children in a country that promotes lies, disinformation, and mind control techniques.
When Eisenhower warned of the military - industrial complex, people forget he warned of a greater danger in the same speech; "we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."
Whole industries are now based on complete scientific lies. Drug and Health laws are based on man presumed to be the equivalent of an animal using the phrase "man and other animals" as the basis of these laws.
A survey of 35,000 Amish people who do not vaccinate produced 3 cases of autism with 2 of the victims having been vaccinated, while a similar vaccinated group had 200 autism victims. Case closed!!!
In the early nineties, I spent almost an hour arguing with Max Essex, head of the Harvard AIDS Institute, how HIV was a fraud. When he could not answer the bulk of my questions, he started calling me a "Conspiracy Theorist" rather than address the issue.
When he himself started to waver on HIV later, the "scientific - technological elite" came down on him with both barrels and like a good boy, he reverted back to his earlier stance.
History is distorted, covered up or eliminated: technologies are kept hidden and used for misdirection or acts of terror: legal governments are subverted using NGO's as weapons to create dissent and take control of that country's assets as in Iraq and Libya recently and currently in Syria.
John Perkin's excellent book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" details many of these practices. And the banks and Wall Street Investment Houses that we respected have turned out to be worse than Mafia Families.
I'll finish my rant and hope you and your family are well.
I currently distribute an incredible pain and healing machine using Russian technology called scenar energy that assumes the body is an electrical creation where the cells communicate at certain frequencies and can be healed with certain type of electro-magnetic energy.
It appears to get rid of diabetes, arthritis and many other conditions but the criminal FDA will not allow any claims and Medicare and the insurance companies will not reimburse for any of its uses. Giant Pharma and its tentacles control the information, while they poison the general population with their products and practices.
Well, I hope you have a good trip in September. I am really interested how it turns out for you.
The Fourth Of July - Celebrating America’s
By Si Contino
Bucks County, PA
I recently finished Dr. Michel Chossudovsky’s book, The Globalization of Poverty, which has given me pause to contemplate the economic plight of America this Fourth of July holiday.
In his book the Canadian economist, and professor of economics (emeritus), explains the origins of the economic mess that’s not only been fostered here in America, but around the world as well. He demonstrates, that the financial chaos created in the world today has been orchestrated, intentionally, as a means to institute global governance, through conformance to a well-established, multifarious, recipe of:
1) creating massive sovereign debt vis-à-vis globalization and participation in Free Trade
2) instituting free market based economic policies, especially deregulation - (remembering that, in globalist terms, deregulating free markets means converting from the American economic model, where people are free and regulate the economy via government; to the current Chinese model, where business functions freely and people are regulated by industry through government - The First Global Revolution, The Club of Rome)
3) launching domestic austerity measures - as a way of reducing the massive deficits spurred by IMF and World Bank policies of deregulation, globalization and Free Trade
4) selling-off public assets and infrastructure, at discount, to globally connected players to pay down the unremitting debt generated by: plunging wages, contracting tax receipts, unemployment, off-shoring, outsourcing and plant relocations
5) refinance all original sovereign debt with new foreign aid loans, containing even more stringent terms and conditions than originally existed - which serves only to increase indebtedness and hardship domestically
6) even more austerity - spurred by a lack of debt reduction from the first round of austerity measures, new austerity programs are implemented, which mean: more privatization; more plant closings; more layoffs; still lower wages; rampant unemployment; currency manipulations; runaway inflation; governmental confiscation and sale of natural resources; open borders and the unrestricted migration of foreign workers; the liberalization of foreign investment policies and banking laws; the elimination of domestic agricultural and industrial production; the programmed bankruptcy of domestic producers through trade liberalization; the collapse of social safety networks and healthcare programs; the Balkanization of national sovereignty through regionalism; the introduction of multinational agribusinesses into domestic farming operations; the seizure and sale of private property for public purposes; induced bank failures; the supplanting of national governments by global entities in providing social services; private savings stolen by governmental decree; and domestic laws and statutes being written by foreign consultants, offshore corporations and global consortiums
7) install global technocrats, supplanting nationally elected representatives, to run the intentionally devastated economy: a) to ensure that the true nature of the fiscal problems are never exposed; and b) to guarantee that the IMF and World Bank policies of Free Trade and globalization are always moving forward unabated
8) never concede that the financial collapse is being caused by Free Trade or globalization and always refer to austerity measures positively, using ambiguous superlatives like “transformative”
9) the ultimate goal: the creation of a neo-feudal state - where citizens are enslaved in an endless cycle of poverty and unserviceable debt owed to the London banking cartels and the Bretton Woods Institution; who not only receive taxpayer bailouts, but simultaneously become government creditors who profit from this cycle of public indebtedness in perpetuity
The truly ingenious part, however, is how these machinations are sold to naive domestic audiences as cost cutting and debt reducing measures meant to restore economic prosperity. When in reality, they’re a planned downward economic harmonization being implemented so that at some point, the domestic economy can be emulsified and assimilated (by the IMF, World Bank, Federal Reserve, ECB, or some other transnationally connected organization) into the lesser economies of the world. The object being, to force a contrived interdependence between sovereign nation-states and international directorates controlled by the global establishment.
It’s a tried and true archetype that’s been used successfully throughout the world: from Brazil and Peru in South America, to India and Bangladesh in Asia, to the former Soviet Union and Greece in Europe; and now the Globalization of Poverty has found its way to the shores of America.
In the United States, having laid the groundwork for America’s economic downfall through the “thirdworldization” of our economy (while at the same time co-opting and eviscerating our Constitution and Bill of Rights), the attendant sociopolitical objective is to deter any internal political dissension by an armed populous. Hence, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security; US Northern Command; the NSA’s new Data Mining Center in Utah; America’s ubiquitous Fusion Centers; SWAT teams deployed by the Department of Education and the FDA; armed rangers patrolling your local community parks; and of course, the omnipresent TSA. All of which serve as a control grid to insure your individual liberty, economic freedom, and most especially, your domestic tranquility...
So, have a great Fourth of July everyone...and happy Interdependence Day, America!
The Philosophy of Liberty
The philosophy of liberty is based on self-ownership. This simple but elegant and hard-hitting animation will explain exactly what that means. It's a great tool anyone can use to educate children and adults about our right to life, liberty, and the property we create - and our responsibility to think, speak and act.
For more info and/or to download a free DVD version of this video, see:
AUTHOR: Ken Schoolland firstname.lastname@example.org
PRODUCER: Kerry Pearson (aka Lux Lucre)
MUSIC: Music2Hues 'Betrayal' http://www.music2hues.com/m2h_orig/flag/_pianoflute.htm
SUPPORT: The Jonathan Gullible fund http://www.isil.org/tools/jonathan-gullible.html
INTRO - Individualism vs Collectivism
The True Debate of our Time
P1. The Nature and Origin of Human Rights
P2. Group Supremacy
P3. Coercion vs Freedom
P4. Equality and Inequality under Law
P5. Proper role of Government
The Story of Your Enslavement
We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement - up to and including your own. From Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy conversation in the world. http://www.freedomainradio.com
Dismantle Public Education
The real reason our standards in education are falling isn’t lack of money but a government monopoly.
The End of Suburbia
The Limits to Growth
Is the prediction of 1972 going to happen?
My Beer Feeds Your Fish
Permaculture: Farms for the future
The Urban Farming Guys
Food hitting our plates with who knows what pumped into it and growing economic uncertainty. We took the seeds in our pockets and every square foot we owned and went about like mad scientists testing out innovative ideas from all around world and making them work in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the US. Everything from urban fish farming to alternate energy. Now let's pass it on... to our neighborhoods and the nations. We believe you are part of the solution.
Time for the Truth
Agora I/O Unconference
Fanatic for Jesus
Christian Ministries Using Occult Symbolism
N Haramein "Fundamental change in current understandings of Physics and Consciousness"?!
Further information about Nassim and topics addressed are available in play lists on my channel and video responses. Mirrored: http://www.youtube.com/user/RedIceRadio. "Nassim has spent most of his life researching the fundamental geometry of hyperspace, studying a variety of fields from theoretical physics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, biology and chemistry to anthropology and ancient civilizations. He discovered a specific geometric array that he found to be fundamental to creation, and the foundation for his Unified Field Theory emerged. His most recent paper The Schwarzschild Proton, lays down the foundation of what could be a fundamental change in our current understandings of physics and consciousness. Mr. Haramein has directed research teams of physicists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and other scientists. He has founded a non-profit organization, the Resonance Project Foundation, where, as the Director of Research, he continues exploring unification principles and their implications in our world today. Nassim joins us to discuss his paper on the Schwarzshild Proton. Topics discussed: the Holofractographic universe, infinity, the field, vaccum fluctuation, energy, quantum theory, Large Hadron Collider, Higgs Boson, quark, plasma fluid, the strong force, black holes, Casimir effect, holographic model, dark matter/dark energy, Fleischmann-Pons fusion and more."
Imperial Religion of Christianity
Foundation The Imperial State religion of Christianity, commonly known as "Christianity" was founded by Emperor Constantine I in 326 following the 1st Council of Nicaea (325). The original Imperial documents of these proceedings were stolen from the Imperial Archives upon the conquest and destruction of Constantinople in 1096 by Roman Cult Leader Pope Urban II and taken back to Rome. The originals were reputed to still be in existence until the 14th Century. However, it is not known if these documents remain in possession at the Vatican Secret Archives. All subsequent documents published since the 12th Century have contained deliberate inclusions and falsities by the leaders of the Roman (Catholic) Cult and therefore cannot be considered authentic. Contrary to the revisionist claims of christian churches that the concept of christians has existed since the time of Nero (1st Century), there is no credible independent evidence of the word being used prior to the universal unified religion created by Constantine via Nicaea in 325. Nor does there exist one single piece of credible untampered original evidence to prove that Rome even had a functioning "christian" type sect at the time of the Council of Nicaea. In fact, the evidence is overwhelming that precisely at the time Constantine created christianity as the official religion of the Empire, Rome was undergoing a pagan revival on Vatican Hill as a major pagan shrine. Major Imperial Christian Councils Constantinople (381 CE) Constantinople (451 CE) Constantinople (553 CE) Constantinople (680 CE) Nicaea (787 CE) Constantinople (692 CE) Constantinople (869 CE) Constantinople (879 CE) Constantinople (1082 CE) Constantinople (1166) Constantinople (1285) Constantinople (1341/49/51)
Real Jew News
CONGRESS GROVELS BEFORE A ‘JEWISH’ STATE
By Brother Nathanael Kapner, Copyright 2012
The Shadow of Empire
Francis Parker Yockey After Twenty Years
By Willis Carto
Francis Parker Yockey’s IMPERIUM:
By Willis A. Carto
The Shadow of Empire
Francis Parker Yockey After Twenty Years
By Revilo P. Oliver
(The American Mercury, June 1966)
What gets declassified?
JFK assassination documents offer surprising lessons about government secrecy -- and Obama's presidency
By Russ Baker
Congressman Jones introduces bill that would subject Panetta & Obama to impeachment
Dear Reader, How Much Proof Do You Need?
“Our attention is always caught when a famous person or widely recognized authority speaks. Use this trait of human nature to help catch the attention of your readers. If a well-known person made the statement you are planning to include in your essay, it is best to quote it directly, rather than paraphrase or summarize the passage.”
- CSU Writing Guide, Quoting Well Known Persons
Real Jew News
The Jews Behind US Spy Drones
America’s Total War
Video Rebel’s Blog
Video: Jeff Gates on Living In Orwell’s Dream
US Military Major Ed Dames - The End
(Remote Viewing Predictions)
Ed Dames discusses CIA and Military program used for military operations, and now this program is being used to accurately predict upcoming catastrophies, including the one that will end life on planet Earth as we know it (Not to be confused with ALL LIFE, or THE END OF THE WORLD).
Free American Hour
Interview of Clay Douglas with John Kaminski
Video Rebel’s Blog
Jews And Gentiles Living Together In America From 1654 To 1900
The Yeshiva World Coffee Room
Chilul Hashem from the Pulpit
There's a Shul in Boro Park, whose Rov spoke on Yom Tov about how Goyim will clean our shoes after Moshiach comes, and other such lowly tasks, with Goyim caretakers listening closely.
I was thinking these statements, made in English, were not much worse than other racist remarks heard regularly from non-Jewish preachers, and criticized by us.
I walked home sickened.
On a similar vein, I was thinking that if G-d wants us to rejoice in the humiliation of non-Jews, then after Yetzias Mitzraim, after the Mitzriim caused us much pain and degradation, we were nevertheless scolded by Hashem "Maasei Yodai Tovlim Bayom v'Atem Omrim Shira, teaching us how we have to relate to Maasei Hashem, other nations.
Myth of the Flat Earth
The myth of the Flat Earth is the modern misconception that the prevailing cosmological view during the Middle Ages saw the Earth as flat, instead of spherical. The idea seems to have been widespread during the first half of the 20th century, so that the Members of the Historical Association in 1945 stated that:
"The idea that educated men at the time of Columbus believed that the earth was flat, and that this belief was one of the obstacles to be overcome by Columbus before he could get his project sanctioned, remains one of the hardiest errors in teaching."
During the early Middle Ages, virtually all scholars maintained the spherical viewpoint first expressed by the Ancient Greeks. By the 14th century, belief in a flat earth among the educated was dead. However, the exterior of the famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is a Renaissance example in which a disc-shaped earth is shown floating inside a transparent sphere.
According to Stephen Jay Gould, "there never was a period of 'flat earth darkness' among scholars (regardless of how the public at large may have conceptualized our planet both then and now). Greek knowledge of sphericity never faded, and all major medieval scholars accepted the earth's roundness as an established fact of cosmology." Historians of science David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers point out that "there was scarcely a Christian scholar of the Middle Ages who did not acknowledge [Earth's] sphericity and even know its approximate circumference".
Historian Jeffrey Burton Russell says the flat earth error flourished most between 1870 and 1920, and had to do with the ideological setting created by struggles over evolution. Russell claims "with extraordinary [sic] few exceptions no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward believed that the earth was flat," and credits histories by John William Draper, Andrew Dickson White, and Washington Irving for popularizing the flat-earth myth.
In Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians, Jeffrey Russell describes the Flat Earth theory as a fable used to impugn pre-modern civilization, especially that of the Middle Ages in Europe.
James Hannam wrote:
The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching. But it gained currency in the 19th century, thanks to inaccurate histories such as John William Draper's History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science (1874) and Andrew Dickson White's History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896). Atheists and agnostics championed the conflict thesis for their own purpose...
The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, that provides courses on the Kabbalah online, and through its local centres and study groups. The modern-day presentation of Kabbalah was developed by its current leader, Philip Berg (a traditionally trained orthodox rabbi who had left the religious clergy and became an insurance salesman before learning Kabbalah) and his wife, Karen Berg. The Kabbalah Centre includes Jewish and non-Jewish teachers and students.
Kabbalistic tradition has long held that Kabbalah is so complicated and so easily misunderstood that students may only begin to approach it with a strong background in Jewish law and only after age 40, the age of wisdom according to the Mishnah. Some see the Centre as a perversion of Judaism's ancient and secretive mystic tradition.
As a religious not-for-profit organization, it is exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Kabbalah Centre was founded in the United States in 1965 as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah by Philip Berg (born Feivel Gruberger) and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. Brandwein in turn was the Dean of Yeshivah Kol Yehuda in Israel (a precursor of the US Kabbalah Centres) which was founded in 1922. After Brandwein's death, and after several years in Israel, Philip Berg and his wife Karen Berg, re-established the U.S. Kabbalah Centre in New York.
The current headquarters of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles was opened in 1984. Karen and their sons Yehuda and Michael act as directors and spiritual leaders of the organization. The organization is a registered non-profit with over fifty branches worldwide, including major ones in Los Angeles, New York City, London and Toronto.
THE MAD DOG’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED
By Lasha Darkmoon
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Do You Own Your Children?
American Legislative Exchange Council
About ALEC Exposed
On July 13, 2011, the Center for Media and Democracy unveiled this trove of over 800 "model" bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These bills reveal the corporate collaboration reshaping our democracy, state by state.
ALEC bills, which largely benefit the organization’s corporate members, have been introduced in legislatures in every state—but without disclosing to the public that corporations previously drafted or voted on them through ALEC.
Before our publication of this trove of bills, it has been difficult to trace the numerous controversial and extreme provisions popping up in legislatures across the country directly to ALEC and its corporate underwriters.
The Center obtained copies of the bills after one of the thousands of people with access shared them, and a whistleblower provided a copy to the Center.
We have analyzed and marked up the bills and resolutions to help readers understand what the bills do, beyond the PR in the names of bills. We share them to help the public identify the legislation in their state and the wide extent of the agenda to rewrite our rights by the corporations that bankroll ALEC.
These bills and resolutions reach into almost every area of American life: worker and consumer rights, education, the rights of Americans injured or killed by corporations, taxes, health care, immigration, and the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. Only by seeing the depth and breadth and language of the bills can one fully understand the power and sweep of corporate influence behind the scenes on bills affecting the rights and future of every American in every single state.
Please join us in helping to expose ALEC, its corporations and politicians, and how money has corrupted the democratic process. You can read the bills without signing up to be a contributing editor of this site. But, we hope readers will team up with reporters to dig through the cache of documents and share the truth with others. (Here's how.)
To learn more about ALEC and this project, click here for an open letter from Lisa Graves, the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of ALEC Exposed.
Dr. Judith Reisman
The ALEC Report on Kinsey’s Fraud
Dr. Judith Reisman
American Legislative Exchange Council
Restoring Legal Protections for Women And Children
A Historical Analysis of the States’ Criminal Codes
By Dr. Linda Jeffery April 2004
End of the American Dream
These Two Traps Are Absolutely Destroying The Next Generation Of Young Men In America
International Committee of the Red Cross
Women protected under international humanitarian law
International humanitarian law aims to prevent and alleviate human suffering in war without discrimination based on sex. But it does recognize that women face specific problems in armed conflict, such as sexual violence and risks to their health.
The Goldsmith, his Rothschild wife and the American rapper
Rockefellers and Rothschilds unite
LaRouchePub.com Executive Intelligence Review
It Only Smells Like the Island of Dr. Moreau
By Stanley Ezrol
The following speech was presented on Sept. 2, 2001, at the Labor Day conference of the International Caucus of Labor Committees and the Schiller Institute, as part of a panel entitled, "Defeat the Brute Within." Subheads have been added. It is also available as an audio/visual archive.
The main problem to be solved tonight, or to be worked on tonight, is: Why people aren't having more fun.
In order to do that, I'm going to give you a little bit of a map of enemy terrain, namely the terrain inside your minds, and the minds of the people that you deal with, who are not having the fun that they ought to be having. I want to start, by reminding some of you of something most of you are somewhat familiar with: the "Elmer Gantry" film, and the image of Burt Lancaster, down on all fours, in church, barking like a dog.
Most of you, do not get down on your knees, on all fours in church, and bark like dogs; and most of the people that you meet with, don't do that on a regular basis.
Hacking Democracy - the Hursti Hack
(Demonstration and Testing)
Israeli Prof - Israel 'Can Take The World Down With Us'
By Nadim Ladki
“I asked the government to kill me — it’s better to be dead than alive these days”
The Solari Report Blog
Ecovillages with Macaco Tamerice
Ecovillages are popping up everywhere, fueled by a growing number of people looking for ways to find a civilized, peaceful and environmentally sane way of living and working with each other.
Macao and I will cover the basics:
What are Ecovillages? Why are they growing?
What kinds of Ecovillages have been successful?
Who does well living in Ecovillages?
Why did Macaco join an Ecovillage?
How do I learn about Ecovillages?
Should I join one or start one?
What’s next for Damanhur and GEN?
Book Review: Mary’s Mosaic
By Catherine Austin Fitts
By Jonathan Swift
Kant, Rawls and Sandel
Principles of Spiritual Activism
The following principles emerged from several years' work with social change leaders in Satyana's Leading with Spirit program. We offer these not as definitive truths, but rather as key learnings and guidelines that, taken together, comprise a useful framework for "spiritual activism."
Transformation of motivation from anger/fear/despair to compassion/love/purpose. This is a vital challenge for today's social change movement. This is not to deny the noble emotion of appropriate anger or outrage in the face of social injustice. Rather, this entails a crucial shift from fighting against evil to working for love, and the long-term results are very different, even if the outer activities appear virtually identical. Action follows Being, as the Sufi saying goes. Thus "a positive future cannot emerge from the mind of anger and despair" (Dalai Lama).
Non-attachment to outcome. This is difficult to put into practice, yet to the extent that we are attached to the results of our work, we rise and fall with our successes and failures—a sure path to burnout. Hold a clear intention, and let go of the outcome—recognizing that a larger wisdom is always operating. As Gandhi said, "the victory is in the doing," not the results. Also, remain flexible in the face of changing circumstances: "Planning is invaluable, but plans are useless."(Churchill)
Integrity is your protection. If your work has integrity, this will tend to protect you from negative energy and circumstances. You can often sidestep negative energy from others by becoming "transparent" to it, allowing it to pass through you with no adverse effect upon you. This is a consciousness practice that might be called "psychic aikido."
Integrity in means and ends. Integrity in means cultivates integrity in the fruit of one's work. A noble goal cannot be achieved utilizing ignoble means.
Don't demonize your adversaries. It makes them more defensive and less receptive to your views. People respond to arrogance with their own arrogance, creating rigid polarization. Be a perpetual learner, and constantly challenge your own views.
You are unique. Find and fulfill your true calling. "It is better to tread your own path, however humbly, than that of another, however successfully." (Bhagavad Gita)
Love thy enemy. Or at least, have compassion for them. This is a vital challenge for our times. This does not mean indulging falsehood or corruption. It means moving from "us/them" thinking to "we" consciousness, from separation to cooperation, recognizing that we human beings are ultimately far more alike than we are different. This is challenging in situations with people whose views are radically opposed to yours. Be hard on the issues, soft on the people.
Your work is for the world, not for you. In doing service work, you are working for others. The full harvest of your work may not take place in your lifetime, yet your efforts now are making possible a better life for future generations. Let your fulfillment come in gratitude for being called to do this work, and from doing it with as much compassion, authenticity, fortitude, and forgiveness as you can muster.
Selfless service is a myth. In serving others, we serve our true selves. "It is in giving that we receive." We are sustained by those we serve, just as we are blessed when we forgive others. As Gandhi says, the practice of Satyagraha ("clinging to truth") confers a "matchless and universal power" upon those who practice it. Service work is enlightened self-interest, because it cultivates an expanded sense of self that includes all others.
Do not insulate yourself from the pain of the world. Shielding yourself from heartbreak prevents transformation. Let your heart break open, and learn to move in the world with a broken heart. As Gibran says, "Your pain is the medicine by which the physician within heals thyself." When we open ourselves to the pain of the world, we become the medicine that heals the world. This is what Gandhi understood so deeply in his principles of ahimsa and Satyagraha. A broken heart becomes an open heart, and genuine transformation begins.
What you attend to, you become. Your essence is pliable, and ultimately you become that which you most deeply focus your attention upon. You reap what you sow, so choose your actions carefully. If you constantly engage in battles, you become embattled yourself. If you constantly give love, you become love itself.
Rely on faith, and let go of having to figure it all out. There are larger 'divine' forces at work that we can trust completely without knowing their precise workings or agendas. Faith means trusting the unknown, and offering yourself as a vehicle for the intrinsic benevolence of the cosmos. "The first step to wisdom is silence. The second is listening." If you genuinely ask inwardly and listen for guidance, and then follow it carefully—you are working in accord with these larger forces, and you become the instrument for their music.
Love creates the form. Not the other way around. The heart crosses the abyss that the mind creates, and operates at depths unknown to the mind. Don't get trapped by "pessimism concerning human nature that is not balanced by an optimism concerning divine nature, or you will overlook the cure of grace." (Martin Luther King) Let your heart's love infuse your work and you cannot fail, though your dreams may manifest in ways different from what you imagine.
Disaster Shamanism and the Vicissitudes of Power
Want to Know.info
Cults, Ritual Abuse, and Mind Control
Exploring the Role of Cults in Ritual Abuse and Mind Control
"When you find the same highly esoteric information in different states from Florida to California and from different countries, you start to get an idea that there's something going on that is very large and very well coordinated. So I have gone from someone not knowing what to think about it all to someone who clearly believes ritual abuse is real... I [have had] concern because of personal threats. I finally decided to hell with them. If they're going to kill me, they're going to kill me. It's time to share more information with therapists."
-- Prof. D. Corydon Hammond in landmark lecture on the role of cults in ritual abuse and mind control
Mind Control, Hypnosis, and Ritual Abuse
The Historic and Powerful Greenbaum Lecture
How the Illuminati Controls Autism
“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”
― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Did you vote for Obama? Did you vote for McCain? If you answered "Yes" to either one, you thereby acknowledge that you are part of the 99% of voters who were led to do so by the Illuminati. That's how all presidents are appointed.
There is no election rigging by electronic vote counting fraud. Sure, there is evidence of such fraud that is shown to the public but that's just to make us focus on the wrong problem. Whether some votes are diabolically miscounted through the evil deeds of one side or the other is immaterial. It's just extraneous information that's handed to you to keep liberals and conservatives at each other’s' throats so we don't join forces against the real enemies.
Why a lack of empathy is the root of all evil
From casual violence to genocide, acts of cruelty can be traced back to how the perpetrator identifies with other people, argues psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. Is he right?
Israelites Came to Ancient Japan
Many of the traditional ceremonies in Japan and their DNA indicate that the Lost Tribes of Israel came to ancient Japan
“I asked the government to kill me — it’s better to be dead than alive these days”
Nietzche on Hardship
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness
This six part series on philosophy is presented by popular British philosopher Alain de Botton, featuring six thinkers who have influenced history, and their ideas about the pursuit of the happy life.
Episode 6: Nietzsche on Hardship - British philosopher Alain De Botton explores Friedrich Nietzsche's (1844-1900) dictum that any worthwhile achievements in life come from the experience of overcoming hardship.
Kabbalah, Science, Islam & Armageddon
with Billy Phillips
Spingola Speaks: Lorraine Day [5of5]
Very Dumb Government.blogspot.com
A Defenseless Population
Climate Change – Why Do the Facts Fail to Convince?
Nutritional Links to Depression and Mental Illness
Fresh Plaza: Global Fresh Produce and Banana News
Spain: Reviewing UNE norms for controlled production of fruits and vegetables
Controlled production norms by UNE fruits and vegetables, developed and boosted by AENOR and FEPEX, maintain a constant reviewing and updating process. In that sense, they are working to adapt those norms to the new requirements established by the GlobalGAP protocol, developed by the distribution chains of several communitarian countries.
Controlled production norms by UNE for fruits and vegetables are into line with the GlobalGAP protocol.
After publishing the last GlobalGAP protocol, they are working on adapting the norm UNE 155000 regarding general requirements for controlled production to the new version of the GlobalGAP protocol, to keep the official authorization. This coordination between both protocols allow Spanish producers to get their productions certified under the UNE norm and to get also the certification for the GlobalGAP protocol.
On the other hand, the Certification Committee by AENOR, made up of representatives of producers, consumers associations, laboratories and representatives of the autonomic and national administrations, had a meeting recently in Madrid, to verify the strict fulfilling of controlled production norms, the norms UNE 155000 for fruits and vegetables, by the producing companies assigned to these norms.
During the 2010-2011 campaign were certified 17,000 hectares in greenhouse with the norm UNE 155000, from which 3,000 were cultivated by incorporating methods of biologic fight against pests and disease.
Growing Power is a short story of Will Allen who is the founder of "Growing Power Inc.".
Will Allen, our Chief Executive Officer believes, "If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system."
Grow - Projects and Growing Methods - Growing Power demonstrates our easy to replicate growing methods through on-site workshops and hands-on demonstrations. We have farms in Milwaukee and Merton, Wisconsin, and in Chicago, Illinois. Growing Power has also established satellite-training sites in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Mississippi.
Bloom - Education and Technical Assistance - Growing Power's educates folks through local, national, and international outreach for farmers and communities. We also run multiple youth programs, have an active volunteer base, and actively work on policy initiatives regarding agriculture.
Thrive - Food Production and Distribution - Food production occurs in the organization's demonstration greenhouses, rural farm site in Merton, and urban farms in Milwaukee and Chicago. We also distribute produce, grass-based meats, and value-added products through the activities of over 300 small family farmers in the Rainbow Farmers Cooperative, and the organization's year-round food security program the Farm-to-City Market Basket Program.
Back to Eden Film
BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. However, never until now have Paul’s methods been documented and shared like this!
As a part of our mission to freely give and freely receive, the makers of BACK TO EDEN have agreed to stream the full feature film online for free. For viewers who support this film and who want to help other people see it, please share backtoedenfilm.com, buy copies of the full feature film to give to others or host a screening in your community.
Thank you for your support and generosity! It is with great excitement that we welcome you to watch the full feature film, BACK TO EDEN.
The Union Jackal Promo - HD
The Pope in Red
"It is granted to few to recognize the true Church amid the darkness of so many schisms and heresies,
and to fewer still so to love the truth which they have seen as to fly to its embrace."
-St. Robert Bellarmine
The Net - The Unabomber. LSD and the Internet
A French poster from 1894 by Jules Chéret that captures the vibrant spirit of the Belle Époque.
n.An era of artistic and cultural refinement in a society, especially in France at the beginning of the 20th century.
[French : belle, beautiful + époque, era.]
The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque (French pronunciation: [bɛlepɔk]; French for "Beautiful Era") was a period in French history that is conventionally dated as starting in 1890 and ending when World War I began in 1914. Occurring during the era of the Third French Republic, it was a period characterized by optimism, peace at home and in Europe, new technology and scientific discoveries. The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" in contrast to the horrors of World War I.
In the newly rich United States, emerging from the Panic of 1873, the comparable epoch was dubbed the Gilded Age. In the United Kingdom, the Belle Époque overlapped with the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era, and in Germany, the Belle Époque coincided with the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Popular culture and fashions
The French public's nostalgia for the Belle Epoque period was based largely on the peace and prosperity connected with it in retrospect. Two devastating world wars and their aftermath made the Belle Epoque appear to be a time of joie de vivre (joy of living) in contrast to 20th century hardships. In contrast to the early 20th century, the Belle Epoque was a time of relative peace and prosperity. It was also a period of stability that France enjoyed after the tumult of the early years of the French Third Republic, beginning with France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, the Paris Commune, and the fall of General Georges Ernest Boulanger. The defeat of Boulanger, and the celebrations tied to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, launched an era of optimism and affluence. French imperialism was in its prime. It was a cultural center of global influence, and its educational, scientific and medical institutions were at the leading edge of Europe.
It was not entirely the reality of life in Paris or in France, however. France had a large economic underclass who never experienced much of the Belle Epoque's wonders and entertainments. Poverty remained endemic in Paris' urban slums and rural peasantry for decades after the Belle Epoque ended. The Dreyfus Affair exposed the dark realities of French anti-Semitism and government corruption. Conflicts between the government and the Roman Catholic Church were regular during the period.
The Scream (1893), an expressionist painting by Edvard Munch is a prominent cultural symbol of fin de siècle era.
adj.Of or characteristic of the last part of the 19th century, especially with reference to its artistic climate of effete sophistication.
Fin de siècle (French pronunciation: [fɛ̃ də sjɛkl]) is French for "end of the century". The term sometimes encompasses both the closing and onset of an era, as it was felt to be a period of degeneration, but at the same time a period of hope for a new beginning. The "spirit" of fin de siecle often refers to the boredom, cynicism, pessimism and the widespread belief that civilization leads to decadence, that were recognized as prominent in the 1880s and 1890s.
“Fin de siècle” is most commonly associated with French artists, especially the French symbolists, and was affected by the cultural awareness characteristic of France at the end of the 19th century. However, the expression is also used to refer to a European-wide cultural movement. The ideas and concerns of the fin de siècle influenced the decades to follow and played an important role in the birth of modernism.
The themes of “fin de siècle” political culture were very controversial and have been cited as a major influence on fascism. The major political theme of the era was that of revolt against materialism, rationalism, positivism, bourgeois society and liberal democracy. The fin-de-siècle generation supported emotionalism, irrationalism, subjectivism and vitalism. The fin-de-siècle mindset saw civilization as being in a crisis that required a massive and total solution.
Fin de siecle culture has been perceived to have influenced 20th century culture. Such as Bohemian counterculture having similarities to punk counterculture that both celebrate a romantic and willful sense of decay.
The expression fin de siècle usually refers to the end of the 19th century, in Europe, France and/or Paris. It has connotations of decadence, which are seen as typical for the last years of a culturally vibrant period (La Belle Époque at the turn of the 19th to 20th century and until World War I), and of anticipative excitement about, or despair facing, impending change, or both, that is generally expected when a century or time period draws to a close. In Russia, the term Silver Age is somewhat more popular.
That the expression is in French probably comes from the fact that the fin de siècle is particularly associated with certain late 19th-century French-speaking circles in Paris and Brussels, exemplified by artists like Stéphane Mallarmé and Claude Debussy, movements like Symbolism, and in works like Oscar Wilde's Salomé (originally written in French and premiered in Paris)—which connects the idea of the fin de siècle also to the Aesthetic movement. Also, Edvard Munch spent some of his time in Paris around the turn of the 19th to 20th century, which was his most melancholy period.
In a broader sense the expression fin de siècle is used to characterise anything that has an ominous mixture of opulence and/or decadence, combined with a shared prospect of unavoidable radical change or some approaching "end."
It is not change itself that is implied in the expression fin de siècle, but its anticipation. For example, for the 19th-century fin de siècle, the most radical changes to the cultural and social order occurred more than a decade after the 20th century had started (most notably as a result of World War I). The Belle Époque was not even at its height in 1900, nor had the Edwardian era (almost seamlessly following the Victorian era) even started.
One of the world's first true celebrity chefs, Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) is credited with helping to raise the status of cooking from a laborer's task to an artist's endeavor. Renowned as "the king of chefs and the chef of kings," Escoffier left a legacy of culinary writings and recipes that are indispensable to modern cooks, and remains perhaps the foremost name in French cuisine.
Georges Auguste Escoffier, later known simply as Auguste Escoffier, was born on October 28, 1846, in the small village of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, in the Provence region of France. Among the key figures in the boy's life was his father, who worked primarily as a blacksmith yet also cultivated tobacco plants. His grandmother, an enthusiastic cook, was perhaps more responsible than anyone for instilling in the boy an appreciation for the delights of cooking.
Young Escoffier attended the local school until age 12, upon which time his father thought it necessary that the boy learn a trade. In school he had shown a flair for drawing, yet he was encouraged to pursue this art only as a hobby, and to find his career in a more practical vocation. Thus his father took him to Nice, where he would work as an apprentice in his uncle's restaurant, the reputable Le Restaurant Francais. The year was 1859 and Escoffier was to turn 13 years old, when he would begin what was for many a modest career, yet what became for him an illustrious one.
Apprenticed to a Restaurateur
At Le Restaurant Francais, Escoffier was not coddled as the nephew of the boss. Rather, he experienced a classically disciplined and strenuous apprenticeship. For this strictness of training he would later, in his memoirs, express gratitude. He started as a kitchen boy and commis-saucier (sauce boy), and was initiated into the basic tasks of restaurant upkeep, such as the selection of ingredients and the servicing of customers. During this time Escoffier also attended night school, and had to juggle his studies with the demands of a budding career.
When Escoffier was 19 and had taken on yet more responsibilities in his uncle's restaurant, a patron recognized his skills and offered him work in Paris. This was the owner of Le Petit Moulin Rouge, one of the finest restaurants in Paris, where Escoffier was to become a sous-chef. After three years in this position, he rose to the level of head chef, donning the esteemed chef's hat. A small man, Escoffier was said to have taken to wearing platform shoes in order to better work the restaurant's stoves.
Escoffier remained in Paris, leaving his position briefly for military training, until 1870, when he was called for army duty at the onset of the Franco-Prussian War. Appointed Chef de Cuisine, he applied his talents to the daily fare of the French army. Faced with the challenge of creating meals that would preserve well, Escoffier was one of the first chefs to seriously study the techniques for canning meats, vegetables, and sauces. After the war he returned to Le Petit Moulin Rouge, where he remained head chef until 1878.
Among Escoffier's subsequent endeavors in Paris was his management of the Maison Chevet, a restaurant at the Palais Royal that specialized in banquet dinners, often prepared for officials and dignitaries. Later he managed the kitchens at La Maison Maire, owned by the famed restaurateur Monsieur Paillard. But perhaps Escoffier's most notable achievement during this period was his marriage in 1880 to Delphine Daffis, the daughter of a publisher. Their marriage would last 55 years, and they would bring into the world two sons and a daughter.
In their early years together, the couple spent their summers in Lucerne, Switzerland, where Escoffier managed the kitchens at the Hotel National, and their winters in Monte Carlo, where he served as Director of Cuisine of the Grand Hotel. It was in Lucerne that Escoffier met the Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz, who would figure prominently in his life, and with whom he would enter into a celebrated partnership. Ritz, who came from a small village in the Swiss Valais, had started his career as a hotel groom and had risen through the ranks, from headwaiter to hotel manager. It was Ritz who hired Escoffier as chef at the Hotel National, and the two would continue to combine their talents throughout their remarkable careers.
Teamed with Ritz
Among Escoffier and Ritz's first successes was their joint venture at the Savoy Hotel in London, the first modern luxury hotel, where from 1890 to 1898 Escoffier served as Head of Restaurant Services and Ritz took the position of General Manager. When Ritz opened his own hotel in Paris, the ultra-modern Hotel Ritz, Escoffier brought his culinary expertise. But he soon returned to London to make a legend of the posh Carlton Hotel, where patrons included such luminaries as the Prince of Wales. It was here, where Escoffier presided over the kitchens for more than twenty years, that the French chef gained worldwide attention for his superior haute cuisine. It was also at the Carlton that, on the day the hotel opened in 1899, Escoffier unveiled a new dessert, Peach Melba, created and named in honor of the Australian opera singer - and former Savoy Hotel resident - Nellie Melba.
At the Savoy and the Carlton, Escoffier created some of his most famous recipes; Peach Melba was among these, as was Chaud-Froid Jeannette and Cuisses de Nymphe Aurore, a frogs' legs dish named after the Prince of Wales. Also during this time the French chef introduced and perfected some of his many innovations to cookery, restaurant service, and kitchen organization. Departing from the style of previous chefs, Escoffier strove to simplify the art of cooking, doing away with excessive garnishes, heavy sauces, and elaborate presentations. As the most prominent French chef of his day, he succeeded the culinary artist Marie Antoine Careme (1784-1833), and he sought to modernize his predecessor's complex approach to cooking, in effect altering the standards of his national cuisine.
Escoffier's preference for simplicity also extended to restaurant menus; here, he reduced the number of courses served, and took credit for introducing, at the Carlton, the first a la carte menu. At large banquet-style meals, Escoffier abandoned a practice called service a la francaise (service in the French style), in which collections of dishes of all kinds were served at table simultaneously; instead, the French chef chose to standardize service a la russe (service in the Russian style), in which each course is presented in the order that it appears on the menu.
In the kitchen, Escoffier's innovations again tended toward simplification. As head chef at the Carlton he faced the challenge of having to prepare superb dishes quickly for the hotel's high-powered clientele, and he found many inefficiencies in the organization of the standard restaurant kitchen. In Escoffier's day, the restaurant kitchen was composed of separate units in which groups of chefs worked on their own, often duplicating each other's tasks and creating more work than was necessary. Escoffier insisted on unifying and streamlining the restaurant kitchen, so that his staff of about sixty chefs could work together seamlessly and quickly, serving as many as 500 dishes at a typical Sunday dinner at the Carlton.
The working conditions of kitchen laborers also begged improvement, and Escoffier recognized and answered these needs. In the French chef's day, the atmosphere of the kitchen - loud, chaotic, overheated with wood- or coke-fired stoves, and rife with powerful cooking odors - created working conditions that were sometimes intolerable, and chefs often took to drinking while they toiled. Escoffier aimed to curb these excesses, which often compromised the health of kitchen workers; he even hired a doctor to help concoct a comforting and healthful beverage, made with barley, that cooks could drink in place of alcohol. Through these and other improvements, Escoffier helped to raise the esteem of a profession that had once been regarded as lowly and coarse.
Wrote Le Guide and Other Works
The turn of the century brought some changes for Escoffier. His partnership with Ritz came to an end in 1901, when Ritz fell ill with a nervous breakdown. Yet some happier changes came in the following years, when Escoffier began publishing his culinary works, opening a new avenue in his career. His first book, Le Guide culinaire (1903), was an exhaustive resource, including about 5,000 recipes and garnish preparations. Le Guide, known to English speakers as The Escoffier Cook Book, remains an invaluable reference for contemporary cooks. Books published subsequently by Escoffier include Le Carnet d'epicure (1911; "Notebook of a Gourmet"), Le Livre de menus (1912; "The Book of Menus"), and Ma cuisine (1934; "My Cuisine").
An energetic and inexhaustible man, Escoffier took the time to begin new endeavors in addition to his work at the Carlton and his manuscript preparations. In 1904 a German shipping company, Hamburg-Amerika Lines, invited the French chef to plan a restaurant service to be offered to passengers on its luxury liners. Called the Ritz-Carlton Restaurants, the service was unveiled in 1912 amid great fanfare. Yet Escoffier did not concern himself only with the lifestyles of the wealthy and privileged clientele of posh restaurants and cruise ships. A philanthropist at heart, he organized programs to feed the hungry and to give financial assistance to retired chefs.
Passing into old age yet retaining his youthful enthusiasm, Escoffier continued to direct the kitchens of the Carlton Hotel until 1919, the year he turned 73. His plan was to retire with his wife to Monte Carlo, yet not long after arriving in this city he was presented with yet another irresistible business opportunity. An old friend, the widow of his former Petit Moulin Rouge colleague Jean Giroix, invited Escoffier to collaborate with her in the administration of the Hotel de L'Ermitage. The French chef accepted, eluding retirement, and even went on to help develop another hotel, the Riviera, in Upper Monte Carlo.
The aged chef, whose name had become synonymous with superlative cuisine, in his late years enjoyed worldwide renown. In 1920 the French government recognized Escoffier for his work in elevating the status of French cuisine and culture by making him a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, and again by making him an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur in 1928.
By 1921 Escoffier had finally retired from restaurant life, though he continued to write about his work and experiences. The French chef died in Monte Carlo at age 89, on February 12, 1935, only days after the death of his wife.
Escoffier left behind a legacy still enjoyed by professional chefs, home cooks, and gastronomes in France and abroad. He invented some 10,000 recipes, and culinary institutions around the world continue to teach his methods. In 1966 the French transformed the house in which he was born into a culinary museum; as a result his birthplace of Villeneuve-Loubet, once not even a dot on the map of the Provence region, is now well marked on the road from Nice to Cannes. These and other tributes serve to honor the master of French cooking, to whom the Kaiser Wilhelm II was said to have once remarked: "I am the emperor of Germany, but you are the emperor of chefs."
Adorno's Bastards and the Frankfurt School
Much of the anti-White ethos of Jewish Hollywood -- and all modern trash "culture" -- can be traced to Adorno.
By Kevin Beary
THE FILM PLEASANTVILLE, directed by Gary Ross and released by New Line Cinema/Time Warner, is set in a town of the same name -- an idyllic 1950s kind of place that Americans wish they still lived in. It is a town free of hatred, violence, and sorrow -- that is, until two fin-de-siècle teenagers arrive uninvited and start a revolution that will introduce the hapless citizens of Pleasantville to the nightmarish modern world.
David and Jennifer are brother and sister living in the late 1990s. David, a self-effacing, nostalgic type, is devoted to a 1950s television show called Pleasantville, modeled after the real 1950s Donna Reed Show. Jennifer is David's opposite -- a superficial, brash girl whose main interest is dating hunks.
Through the magic of a mysterious TV repair man, Bud and his sister are transported from the in-color 1990s world back into the black-and-white 1950s world of Pleasantville. The siblings take on the identities of Bud and Mary Sue, the brother and sister characters in the television show.
The siblings do indeed set off a revolution in the formerly quiet, peaceful town of Pleasantville -- the cultural revolution initiated three-quarters of a century ago by Theodore Adorno and his colleagues at the Frankfurt School for Social Research. The blueprint for the revolution, as it was to unfold in the United States, was the Frankfort School's The Authoritarian Personality, written by Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson, and R. Nevitt Sanford, in collaboration with Betty Aron, Maria Hertz Levinson, and William Morrow.
The Culture of Critique
In his Culture of Critique, California State University Professor of Psychology Kevin MacDonald describes The Authoritarian Personality as a "classic work in social psychology" which "was sponsored by the Department of Scientific Research of the American Jewish Committee in a series entitled Studies in Prejudice. Studies in Prejudice was closely connected with the so-called Frankfurt School of predominantly Jewish intellectuals associated with the Institute for Social Research originating during the Weimar period in Germany. Even after the emigration of the Institute to the United States, it was widely perceived as a communist front organization with a dogmatic and biased Marxist perspective, and there was a constant balancing act [by the founders of the Institute] to attempt not to betray the left 'while simultaneously defending themselves against corresponding suspicion.'"
In keeping with the Frankfurt School's Marxist origins, "a consistent theme of Horkheimer and Adorno's Critical Theory [which is the name applied to the theoretical perspective of the Frankfurt School] was the transformation of society according to moral principles. From the beginning, there was a rejection of value-free social science research ('the fetishism of facts') in favor of the fundamental priority of a moral perspective in which present societies, including capitalist, fascist, and eventually Stalinist societies, were to be transformed into utopias of cultural pluralism. The social scientist must therefore be a critic of culture and adopt an attitude of resistance toward contemporary societies."
Henry Blodget: "Why do People Hate Jews?"
The reason they want to sever our connection to God is they intend to take His place.
The Dating Game - June 26, 1967
Q&A ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY
An Attorney’s Evidentiary & Historical Analysis
By Michael B. Schweitzer
Attorney at Law (retired)
WHO ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND WHY?
The Mae Brussell Website
IRS – Process Templates
Tom Cryer Dies June 4, 2012: Freedom Cries!
U.S Income Tax is a fraud
Tom Cryer, a lawyer from Shreveport, Louisiana, tells his story about how he was prosecuted for refusing to file income tax.
In June, 1994, Tom met a man who claimed that the Internal Revenue Code did not make him liable to pay income tax. This was a life-changing event for this lawyer, who then began to research into the law in order to prove this man wrong. What he discovered was that there is no income tax liability relative to American citizens. This presented Tom with a dilemma: does he put his head down and pretend not to know the truth, or to honor his oath to support and defend the rule of law and the Constitution? He chose the latter path, and ceased filing income tax.
As Tom says, it is apparent that the US government is stealing trillions of dollars from honest, hard-working Americans. It was using this stolen money to expand its reach far beyond its intended role. It is stealing, and using the sweat and labor of Americans to destroy their country.
Tom stopped filing and paying income tax UNLESS and UNTIL the government could show him it had any right to demand he do either. He was charged with two counts of tax evasion, which charges were later dropped to two counts of failure to file. He was tried on July 9, 2007 in Federal District Court in Shreveport. During that trial, he said he learned first-hand how far tyranny has advanced within the US government -- even into the courtrooms. The judge, in an attempt to aid the prosecutor in attempting to convict Tom, violated the laws of evidence and due process by not allowing Tom to present any physical evidence or material facts. The judge further tried to hamper his testimony in an effort to prevent the jury from understanding that Tom did not have any income tax liability, and that the law does not say with the IRS tells them it says. Seeing the truth in his words, because they were not permitted to see any evidence, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on both counts after only a few hours of deliberation.
Wake up, America! Wake up, World!
Tom Cryer: The Plan
Atty. Tom Cryer, of Shrevport, Louisiana, in Jan. 2009 came to California, and with Steve Hempling made a presentation in L.A. County, about the PLAN of TruthAttack.org to bring Freedom Back to America…
Webster Tarpley vs. Alex Jones, some comments by Anthony Migchels
Webster Tarpley destroys Alex Jones on the Economy.
He offers a way of solving the depression: providing the State with the purchasing power to end the depression.
Alex Jones, as a libertarian/Austrian Economist is all about deflation and austerity. I.e.: he is proposing to worsen the depression by destroying even more purchasing power.
Find Tarpley's plan here:
One Problem: Tarpley has the State provide the necessary purchasing power. Even better would be to let the people spend the extra money. They know better than Government what direct the economy should take and it is their money to begin with.
Also: check out the Faux Economics page on Real Currencies:
After reading that, you will never fall for the hoax that is Austrian Economics again.
The Problem With Gold
Take your Money out of the Bank NOW! (Video)
The Credit Crunch is not some natural phenomenon but an all out assault by the Money Power. What is worse: even without the crunch we are paying trillions per year in interest for absolutely nothing.
The solution is simple: quit their banks.
The Protocols of Zion – Debunking the Debunker
The Red Mask of the Venus Transit
Great Pyramid Starmap Etching Depicts Age of 9200 bc
Maurice Joly Plagiarized "Protocols of Zion"
The Unholy Alliance
Christianity & The NWO
By Eric Jewell
The Golden Rule...
... Your Only Defense Against the Coming World Banking Dictatorship
What is it?
Of all the incredible stupidities in the world, few can compare to that of man putting his trust in "money". Most people don't even know what "money" is!
I swear by the Father who said "you can't serve God and Mammon" that if you really knew what money was, you'd want no part of it.
I want no part of it.
The "smart Alec" at this point will surely be saying "Fine! If you don't want your money, please, give it to me!" Ha ha, that's very funny, and very clever. But "Alec" doesn't know what he's talking about.
What is money? The simplest answer is: "an illusion".
When you've finished this document, you'll realize that:
1. Money, at least in its current form, has no value.
2. Our current "financial system" is a carbon-copy of previous financial systems which are proven failures. These systems generate large amounts of "money" for the short-run, but in the long-run they ruin a nation.
So where are we in this "long-run"? In the United States, in the early 21st century, we are in the final phase, i.e., we are essentially ruined. But the politicians won't stop until the ruin is total. Unless, that is, you stop them.
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Reince Priebus (Rhymes with pints, PREE-bus) is 38, born March 18, 1972 of Greek and German descent was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He attended Pleasant Prairie Elementary School and graduated from George Nelson Tremper High School in 1990.
On January 14, 2011 Preibus was elected chairman of the Republican Party after seven rounds of voting at the RNC's winter meeting, held this week at the Gaylord National Hotel just outside Washington, over four other candidates - including former Bush administration official Maria Cino, former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner and Michigan National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and outgoing chairman Michael Steele.
He enjoys politics and fishing, and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. His favorite beer, Wisconsin’s own Miller High Life. His favorite book is the "Reagan Diaries". When asked "Other than Ronald Reagan, who is your political hero?", Reince replied Abraham Lincoln.
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The al-Qaeda demon virus
A government that survives by lying to its own people is a government that needs to be permanently overthrown, immediately, if not sooner.
By John Kaminski
It's in the mall now, and in those cameras at the traffic lights. It's in the airports on the gloved fingers of blue-collar security guards fingering the genitals of strangers. It's in the rage of the cop on steroids tazing grandmothers. And as the strange clouds and dripping jet trails twist the Sun into Satan's smile, it's already in your DNA.
You hear about it on TV: cancel Social Security for older Americans so we can increase military aid to Israel to fight the savage terrorists, who were invented by your favorite beloved politicians for the very purpose they are serving — designated boogeymen to solidify our certain fear-soaked slavery into the congealed blob of throbbing morons we have all become.
It's somehow perfect that the American government invented Al-Qaeda for the purpose of creating The Perfect Enemy, one that could never be caught because it did not actually exist — so in theory it could be fought forever! (Al-Qaeda, in case you still don't know, was created by Zbigniew Brzezinski and comprised of Saudi [read: Jewish] thugs who were close friends of the Bush family).
Utilitarian to the max, this perfectly camouflaged enemy could fight on any side of any conflict at any time for any purpose. Whether it was good guys in Libya but bad guys in Egypt, allies in Bosnia but enemies in Afghanistan, child butchers in Syria but saviors in Yemen — they could be blamed by everyone and yet be accountable to no one but their bloodsucking masters.
But it all depended on concealing the deal from the people. Since they own the media and have anesthetized the public, it was not a difficult task.
This perpetual formula for terror mirrored perfectly our inner need to have an enemy — to have an obstacle to overcome to prove our seriousness about life. Not just a task nor a purpose but a holy cause to throw ourselves into unabashedly, to commit to and believe in. A herd to belong to. My country, right or wrong. Only then are we ever really comfortable, when we are certain of our direction.
As with the creation of heaven by priests, which enabled them to control the thought processes of civilization, this inner need to have an enemy derives from the thought-process archetype of having to follow certain spiritual rules you have been taught to defeat death, and gain honor and immortality, etc.
Having an enemy unites any tribe in patriotic zeal and fellowship, and, more importantly, makes them less critical of the imperfections of the advocates who have mobilized them in the first place. At what point this patriotic fealty degrades into the mindless zombie rape mentality of the American military, I know not, but I know it's somewhere near fogging out on the flag, hyping on methamphetamines, and forgetting everything anyone ever told you in your life about love.
Somewhere along the line they decided that they couldn't find any more countries to fight because they owned them all, so they invented The Perfect Enemy — those ever-present terrorist Wahhabi al-Qaedas — to serve as both enemy to wipe out and ally for use in overthrowing legitimate rulers and raping them in the streets.
As we realize now that the Muslim Brotherhood is just another Jewish-run front group posing as spiritual liberators like the rabid Rev. John Hagee preaches love for Israel to Christian evangelicals, those who only pretend to speak for God lead their blind followers to either lobotomized lives or senseless deaths.
I believe we (all of us who pay attention to these matters) have all achieved a seriously successful "mission creep" into the components of the psychological prison imposed on us by a century of Jewish media that most seriously threatens all of our lives in a poisoned cornucopia of deception.
It is time to take advantage of our knowledge and begin as best we can to detoxify the world by first detoxifying our thoughts.
Get used to the idea that Al-Qaeda is a bogus operation invented by American, British and Israeli intelligence services, who are all serving at the pleasure of the Jewish moneymen who have already fulfilled Mayer Amschel Rothschild's death bed instructions to steal everything in the world and leave nothing for the Gentiles.
The whole world needs to know that when the Jews are thoroughly done robbing you, they kill you, and that is what is taking place right now, with the situation remaining the same down through time — the goyim are always too slow to realize what's happening to them until it's far too late, as it is now.
John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida, constantly trying to figure out why we are destroying ourselves, and pinpointing a corrupt belief system as the engine of our demise. Solely dependent on contributions from readers, please support his work by mail: 250 N. McCall Rd. #2, Englewood FL 34223 USA.
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Clarence B. Carson, R.I.P.
By Paul A. Cleveland
On April 9 we lost one of our strongest defenders of the cause of liberty when Clarence Carson passed away at age 77. In many ways Carson’s story is a familiar one for the time in which he grew up in America. He was born in 1925 into a family of limited means. His father was a tenant farmer in rural Alabama. It was a seemingly unlikely place from which a scholar would emerge, but in the sweet air of the relative freedom of the age any aspiration was possible. Like so many others before him, Carson believed that he could follow his own dream about what life could be. There was no thought of class struggle or being bound by one’s circumstances.
There was no wallowing in self-pity. While circumstances might be tough, they were only obstacles that could be overcome by thoughtful planning and hard work.
He learned the lessons of hard work and frugality in his childhood and they served him well all his life. From his upbringing he learned the important truth that a rich man might be prodigal with his resources, but a poor man could not afford that luxury. Perhaps it was on this insight that he began to plumb the depths of the discipline of economics even though it was not his primary area of study. Nonetheless, Clarence had a considerable understanding of the subject, which is clearly demonstrated in his book Basic Economics and in many other writings.
After serving a term of duty during World War II, Carson returned home. Between 1946 and 1957 he engaged in numerous educational pursuits. At the end of this time he held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University. During these academic efforts he honed his understanding of the importance of the person and of individual responsibility. In fact, the title of his dissertation was Embattled Individualists: The Defense of the Idea of Individualism, 1890–1930.
It was also during his college years that Carson met and married Myrtice Sears. In his 1998 book, Swimming Against the Tide: Memoirs and Selected Writings, he recalled their meeting and affirmed his lifelong love for his wife when he wrote, “I met a pretty young redheaded lady [in 1949] at a dance held in the gymnasium at Handley High at Roanoke on Saturday evening. . . . I was smitten with her almost from our first dance.
I still am.” Together, Clarence and Myrtice built a life for themselves and their two daughters, Evelyn and Melissa. It might be easy to gloss over a man’s private life in reflecting on his academic achievements.
However, to do so in this case would be a disservice to the man and promote an error that would prevent us from understanding his work. Carson’s commitment to and love for his family profoundly shaped his thinking. They were as fundamental to his work as were theism and the notion of natural law. In an age when many people were dismissing the importance of personal character and integrity, Clarence always affirmed it as foundational for all other endeavors. Thus, it is not surprising that his was a successful marriage. Nor is it surprising that his family will miss him dearly.
With his degrees in hand, Carson pursued a college teaching career. He began at Elon College in North Carolina in the fall of 1957. From then until 1973 he held academic positions at numerous institutions, including Grove City College and Hillsdale College. During this time Carson also began his writing career and published numerous articles in The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty.
Over the years his contact with the Foundation for Economic Education grew.
In 1973 he turned to a career in writing. He published 12 books and hundreds of articles.
Among his works is the six-volume A Basic History of the United States. This series captures the essence of the American drama and provides the reader with an excellent understanding of our past. His Basic American Government explores the nature of the constitutional government devised by the founders and explains how this form of government has been eroded.
Basic Economics succinctly captures the essential principles of the discipline in an easy-to-read style. Throughout the country these books have been widely used by people searching for sound educational materials for their children. In a world where public schooling continues to go from bad to worse, there would certainly be a much greater shortage of such materials if Carson had never embarked on these efforts.
His defense of liberty stemmed from his even stronger commitment: He always wanted to know the truth and to help others understand it. The thought of living with error was simply not acceptable. Yet his pursuit of truth was never overbearing or tyrannical.
Carson possessed a graciousness that allowed him to teach others about those things that are honorable, right, and good without lording it over them. I count myself as one who was fortunate enough to study under his tutelage. Even with all my faults, I believe I am a better man today than I would have been if I had not known him.
Death is an event that comes to each of us, but we cannot all face it with the satisfaction that we lived lives full of significance.
Carson was able to pass from this world with the full assurance that his life counted for eternity. He leaves a rich legacy that will benefit the lives of people everywhere for many years to come. His books and articles endure, as full of wisdom and honesty as the day they were penned.
Paul Cleveland (email@example.com) is a professor of economics at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The essential historical context of the US government October 16, 2000
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"Weak governments do not make liberty and property secure; that is the office of powerful governments internally restrained."
- Clarence Carson.
- Clarence Carson.
In my humble opinion, Clarence Carson is the best intellectual historian of the United States, even though his simple style and gift for essentialization may make him appear less "serious" than the more scholarly authors who love to dazzle their restricted readership with an abundance of notes, sources, dates, statistics and minutely detailed anecdotes, but who tend to get all the crucial conclusions wrong.
Carson is a rare, reality-oriented historian who gets virtually all of his fundamentals right, from political philosophy to economics. And even when he errs - as when his deeply held religious beliefs make him disparage man's creative abilities or when he reads a Platonic dualism in the Declaration of Independence - his errors have a way of remaining localized, leaving the flow of his arguments uncorrupted.
Just as importantly, he is able to give you the substance of past thinkers without any distortion or gross misrepresentation, refusing for instance to label the US form of government a "democracy" ("the democratic features of the American political system are accidents... [Its] essence... is limited government" pp257-8) and providing a clear and accurate knowledge of the original intent of the Founders that puts to shame the more in-depth and usually more myopic scholarly studies.
Published in 1973, *The Rebirth of Liberty: the American Republic 1760-1800* covers about the same ground as the first volume and part of the second volume of Carson's *Basic History of the United States*, or section II of his *Basic American Government*, though with a more chronological approach. It deals with the influence of the English heritage, the colonial experience and the Enlightenment on the political ideas of the Founders; chronicles the failures of Great Britain's mercantilism and the consequent acts of rebellion of the colonies, culminating in the winning of the War of Independence; and finally moves on to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the ratification debates and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, ending with two short chapters on the important political decisions made during the first few presidencies, and slightly overstepping the bounds of the subtitle with such court decisions as Marbury vs. Madison and Fletcher vs. Peck.
Though he is at his most penetrating when dealing with intellectual history and tends to prove less brilliant and original as soon as he stoops to the more factual levels, Carson delivers here an excellent account of the founding of the US government which provides the reader with the essential context for understanding the beliefs and intentions of its creators- an effort that is all the more laudable as those beliefs and intentions have been drowned in the liberal misinterpretations of the twentieth century.
The book is complemented by 60 pages of landmark documents, from the Declaration of the Stamp Act Congress to Jefferson's Inaugural Address.
The world in the grip of an idea
By Clarence Buford Carson
An extraordinary work marred by its eighth book January 6, 2001
By Jean-Francois Virey
"They talk of planning economies, of controlling business, of controlling prices and wages... But they are always using power upon and controlling people, and not just some of the people either, but all of them."
- Clarence B. Carson
- Clarence B. Carson
According to historian Clarence Carson, the 20th century was characterized by one major phenomenon: it saw the whole world fall under the sway of a single idea, which Carson refers to as "collectivism" or "socialism", though it often borrows other names.
Whatever its form, this idea fundamentally proposes "to achieve human felicity on this earth by concerting all efforts toward its realization", which requires that we "root out, discredit, and discard all aspects of culture which cannot otherwise be altered to divest them of any role of inducing or supporting the individual's pursuit of his own self-interest". And because men are not naturally inclined to sacrifice themselves to the alleged "good of the whole", force must be introduced into the equation: the instrument to be used to perform these twin goals cannot be other than government.
This idea has two major variants, the revolutionary and the evolutionary. The former is what we call communism, as theorized by Marx and Engels and put into practice on the Russians, Chinese and countless other victims. The latter Carson calls "gradualism", though it has also been called "Fabianism", "progressivism", "liberalism", "democratic socialism" or, most disingenuously, "democracy".
In this book, which according to him is less about the idea than its grip, i.e. its spread and implementation, Carson analyzes first revolutionary socialism (with the bolshevization or Russia and the nazification of Germany), then evolutionary socialism (from its genesis in England to its power grab in Sweden and the United States) and their clash known as the Cold War.
After WWII, Carson explains, the two variants of socialism split the world into two blocks: communism dominated the block centered in Moscow, and gradualism, the block centered in Washington. It is these two ideologies, and not communism and "capitalism" or "democracy" that were embroiled in the Cold War.
This revisionist analysis of the Cold War (in Book VII) is all the more brilliant as the old theory of a conflict between "capitalism" and communism has been replaced in some circles by a much more perfidious interpretation: "revisionist historians... declared that the conflict was all a product of American hysteria, that communism had not so much fomented it as [had] been victimized by it. Communism, in this view, was a bugaboo invented by Americans so far as its aggressiveness and threat to world peace was concerned." (p375)
On the contrary, Carson says, the West did fight against an expansionist, bellicose and tyrannical ideology. It is the nature of what it was fighting *for* that has been misconstrued: the so-called "free world" was in fact on the evolutionary road to socialism. In other words, the two blocks did not differ in their ultimate ideals or goals, but in their tactics, which explains the self-restraint of the alleged opponents of communism.
*The World in the Grip of an Idea* is the work of a man who, like Ayn Rand, is able to recognize the fundamentals of various belief systems and is therefore fooled neither by the kind of classification by non-essentials that identifies nazism as "right-wing", nor by the orgy of renaming that would have us believe that some variant of socialism is actually not socialism but, say, American pragmatism. His analysis is so penetrating that the reader is finally able to make sense of that politically infamous century, the twentieth.
Unfortunately, in Book VIII, Carson, in an attempt to rescue the individual from its modern enemies, proceeds to launch an attack against what I would consider to be bugbears: "machines", "numbers" and "the corporation". Even though I always perceived him as a defender of nineteenth century liberalism, he calls the latter "that pallid offspring of the French Revolution which has done already what it could do." Even though I have always seen him praise the free economy, he now claims that the world must not return to "laissez faire capitalism", which he claims "was a theory for leaving the capitalist free to do what he pleased, and leaving the rest of us free to do what *he* pleased." Turning into a Naderite, he even demonizes advertising, which he says is used "to persuade the consumer that what the machines produce is what he wants"...
In this unfortunate Book VIII, Carson seems to have fallen prey to a mixture of paranoia and package dealing, seeing ominous implications in the addition of a zero to his insurance policy number, and assimilating control by force to control by wages, thereby turning "control" into an anti-concept (for a refutation, see Ayn Rand's review of Skinner's *Beyond Freedom and Dignity* entitled "The Stimulus... And the Response.")
Carson's attack on the corporation seems to be based mostly on leftist misrepresentations and sheer naiveté. He sees the emergence of the factory system as "a retrogressive development" and goes so far as to claim that "the organization of workers is inessential to production"! I think any sound economist or business historian could easily demolish this statement. (See for instance Reisman's *Capitalism*, Chapter 11, Part B on "The Productive Role of Businessmen and Capitalists".) Carson also claims that "organization" in itself is evil, a destroyer of initiative, responsibility and ability, because he mistakenly assumes that "organization" means "control from the top downward" which "insures that what will be accomplished will be restricted largely to what can be determined and directed from above." He does not seem to understand that "organization" is the division of labour applied to the company. And since 1776, we all know how essential division of labour is to wealth creation.
I did learn a lot from this book, as from all of Carson's other works, and I highly recommend it to anyone who can get a copy of it. However, the book also taught me that I was not a "Carsonian", but an incurable Randian.
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The war on the poor
By Clarence B. Carson
A sorely needed antidote to welfare statism July 25, 2000
By Jean-Francois Virey
«Welfarists do not call what they do mercy or charity; they prefer the rubric social justice. They attempt to merge Justice and Mercy by dissolving them in sentimental goo. Mercy is blinded by the goo, and Justice can see. In consequence, injustice becomes pervasive, and merciless government preys upon the citizenry in the name of Justice.»
- Clarence B. Carson.
- Clarence B. Carson.
A few years ago, while riding on a train, I heard a teenager explain to a group of friends: «As I see it, to be right-wing is to be for the rich, and to be left-wing is to be for the poor.»
Unfortunately, the political philosophy of most adults today- including many college professors- is not much more sophisticated. Everybody «knows» that if there are so many homeless people around, it is because, contrary to «laissez-faire rhetoric», wealth does not «trickle down», and because stingy right-wingers in the government are blocking the necessary legislation.
Well, think again.
In *The War on the Poor*, Clarence Carson shatters the myth that the left is «for» the poor, showing how the failure of decades of government programs to eradicate poverty is due neither to insufficient funding nor to the corruption of government officials, but to the simple fact that, by its very nature, poverty cannot be eliminated by redistribution or any other use of force (which is all the government, as such, is capable of.)
Originally published in 1969, four years after the second major wave of federal welfare legislation originated by the Johnson administration, and reedited in 1991 with a new preface and two additional chapters, the book starts with a profound truth: just as raising prices are not inflation but a symptom of it, the lack of money is not poverty but a consequence of it. Poverty Carson shows to be the failure to support oneself by one's own productive efforts, «the failure to produce what is wanted [by other producers] in sufficient quantity to rise above the level of poverty.»
He then goes on to demonstrate how the various forms of government intervention in the economy send innumerable false signals to producers and would-be producers, resulting in the misallocation of resources and, therefore, impoverishment. And, this is the crux of his thesis, to those false signals, the poor are especially vulnerable.
As with all of Carson's books, the arguments do not consist in pure theory, though the author, who is familiar with both classical and Austrian economics and benefited from the advice of his colleague Hans Sennholz, is far from incapable of such theorizing. No: what you will get is a very common-sensical and down-to-earth treatment of the subject, documenting the whole chain of cause and effect from socialist ideas (which Americans will always welcome with open arms so long as you manage to find a catchy name for them), to government programs, to the elderly woman who gets mugged in the street and her daughter's nervous breakdown.
Denouncing the evils of government «aid» to farmers, people removal in the name of «urban renewal», union violence against non-unionized workers and business-destroying regulations, Carson makes a vibrant and humane case for the repeal of welfare legislation and other forms of interventionism, demonstrating that in the war on the poor that is being waged in the world today, the pretended philanthropists of the left are the hawks, and the allegedly heartless and reactionary classical liberals, the doves.