Disinformat

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Throughout its history of international relations, Russia has proven that the longest distance between any two points is the distance between conciliatory statements out of the Kremlin and an actual agreement to which Moscow will confirm. Beware of disinformation: the Russians made it an art form decades ago.

Agriculture

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It is a mistake to tar our entire modern agriculture and food distribution system with the worst behavior of its meanest participants.

The proper response to the excesses of industrial agriculture is not to destroy it in favor of small scale farms and locovore culture, but to punish the miscreants, remove perverse incentives, and generally to redress the problems in the system.

Fix big ag. With a hammer. And the threat of an alternative.

The Wake-Up

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Let’s get something straight: when the Wall fell, it was a triumph of freedom over statist oppression.

The short-sighted attempt to reduce the Cold War to a battle between free markets and breadlines is the work of corporatists who still believe that the primary task of government is to serve the interests of the industrial corporation.

Yes, They Really Do Despise Their Civilization | The American Conservative

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Thank God that the deracinated, de-Christianized EU elite plan to integrate Turkey into the European Union did not work. And if I were a Turk, I would thank Allah for preserving my Islamic country from that fate too. Elites in both countries wish to deny the religious basis of their respective cultures, and pretend that we’re all a bunch of universalists. We’re not, and never will be.

Rod Dreher,
Yes, They Really Do Despise Their Civilization
The American Conservative

Understanding

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Sexism and racism were likely factors for some folks in the election. For the sake of the country, though, we need to take a more ecumenical approach to dissecting this election. There was much more at play here than simple hate.