Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: History

Iranian Protesters Blame Country’s Leaders, Not Trump, for Their Woes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 8, 2018: 

Thanks to social media (outside press isn’t allowed to report on Iran’s internal affairs), the world is learning about the growing protests by irate citizens suffering under the country’s oppressive regime. The protests predate by months the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, and the protesters are blaming the regime and not President Trump for their troubles.

For example, in one video posted on social media on Thursday, protesters chanted “Death to inflation! Death to unemployment!” while another showed crowds leaving a soccer game at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium chanting “Death to the dictator!”, referring to the country’s President Hassan Rouhani. Still another showed protests in Kazerun, a city in southern Iran, on Sunday night chanting insults about Rouhani’s security forces. On Monday the largest demonstration took place in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, after a local opposition cleric called on them to protest the government’s failure to keep its promises.

Those promises made and not kept followed protests earlier in the year by crowds in hundreds of cities demanding restoration of clean water supplies and predictable electricity.

One of the promises broken has idled hundreds of buses, as the drivers don’t have the money to buy fuel for them. One social-media entry came from driver Raman Ghavami:

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Trump’s Iran Sanctions Already Biting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 7, 2018: 

In announcing the imposition of the sanctions against Iran promised back in May, President Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are among the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they will ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”

On Monday the president explained why he was imposing the sanctions, and asking other nations to cooperate: “We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.” He added: “To this day Iran threatens the United States and our allies, undermines the international financial system, and supports terrorism and militant proxies around the world.”

The language in the Executive Order was similarly blunt:

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Maduro Rounds Up “Dissidents” After Assassination Attempt

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 6, 2018:  

Whether the attack on Venezuela’s Marxist strongman Nicolás Maduro on Saturday was legitimate, a botched attempt, an accident causing an explosion in a nearby apartment building, or staged to generate support for the failing socialist regime, Maduro is taking advantage of it. In his retelling of the incident, the dictator said, “This was an attempt to kill me!” adding that “They have tried to assassinate me and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right in alliance with the Colombian far right and that the name of [Colombian President] Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack.”

Maduro’s mouthpiece, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez, echoed Maduro’s plaint:

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Federal Deficit Up 16 Percent Following Tax Reform

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 13, 2018:  

In the first nine months of the present fiscal year (from October 2017 through June 2018), total revenues (gross receipts) to the federal government were $2.54 trillion, while total government spending was $3.15 trillion, leaving a gap — a deficit — of $607 billion. That’s 16-percent higher than it was at the same time a year ago.

But when just the first six months of 2018 are considered

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More Evidence of the U.S. Economic Juggernaut’s Acceleration

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 13, 2018: 

As expounded three times in this space just in the last week, the U.S. economy is on a tear, setting new records along the way. On July 4, the article titled “U.S. Crude Oil Production Growing so Rapidly Even Insiders Can’t Keep Up” is now old news, as the American energy industry is forecast to exceed the production from every other country, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, by no later than 2019. On July 6, Gallup polls reflected Americans’ state of mind: “Americans are Employed and Happy.” And on Monday, July 9, the American economy continues to outstrip economic forecasters’ estimates: “The American Economic Pie Continues to Grow Faster than Economists’ Forecasts.”

Thursday was no different: as reported by the government jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs in the U.S. economy, dropped by 18,000 last week to 214,000, a low close to levels last seen in the late 1960s. Economists polled by Reuters got it wrong once again, predicting a decline in jobless claims of just 6,000 for the week.

Not only did the economy’s performance exceed forecasters’ expectations, but the number of unemployment claims filed last week was the third lowest of the current nine-year-old economic expansion that began in mid-2009.

Concurrent with this report are other indicators

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is Likely to Disappoint

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 11, 2018:

Kavanaugh’s credentials are impressive. They’d have to be in order to beat out the other four candidates Trump was considering to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The top three were so close that it is reported that the president didn’t really make his final decision until just before his announcement Monday night.

Kavanaugh, age 53, holds BA and JD degrees from Yale College. He spent his early years in private practice in Washington, DC before accepting a position as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1993. He became associate counsel to President George W. Bush in 2001. In 2003 he was named Assistant to the president and his staff secretary before being nominated to the D.C. Circuit. That nomination was bottled up for nearly three years before clearing the Senate in 2006.

Kavanaugh took significant roles in drafting the Starr Report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and led the investigation in the “suicide” of Clinton aide Vince Foster.

In the last 12 years, Kavanaugh has drafted more than 300 opinions while on the bench of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Those opinions, by and large, please limited government Constitutionalists and social conservatives. For example

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Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Relies Heavily on Judicial Precedents

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 10, 2018:  

After days of consideration, President Donald Trump on Monday night put to rest all speculation about whom he would nominate to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place on the high court. He named a leading light on the highly influential U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Constitutionalists were hoping that Trump’s pick would be an originalist — someone who believes that the Constitution should be understood on the basis of what it actually says and the intent of the people who drafted it. But although Kavanaugh has stated that judges should not make law, his judicial record shows that he relies heavily on past judicial precedents that have often been in conflict with the clear language of the Constitution.

The president didn’t make up his mind until the very last minute, carefully considering Judges Hardiman and Barrett, whose credentials made them close seconds.

Kavanaugh, age 53, holds BA and JD degrees from Yale College. He spent his early years in private practice in Washington, D.C. before accepting a position as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1993. He became associate counsel to President George W. Bush in 2001. In 2003 he was named assistant to the president and his staff secretary before being nominated to the D.C. Circuit. That nomination was bottled up for nearly three years before clearing the Senate in 2006.

Kavanaugh took significant roles in drafting the Starr Report, which

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The Communist-led War Against the Republic has Just Escalated

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 27, 2018: 

In his The Art of War, dating back to the 5th Century BC, Sun Tzu issued a warning that applies today:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Many have written off Maxine Waters, considering her to be a far-left unhinged California Democrat, seeking the spotlight for obscure and largely unimportant reasons. But a closer look at her background reveals an enemy of the American republic whose treason goes back decades.  Waters has a communist and anti-American history that covers 26 pages of the aggregator DiscoverTheNetworks.org.

For instance,

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Maxine Waters Urges People to Confront, Harass Trump Officials

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 25, 2018: 

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) had a busy day on Saturday. Appearing on CNBC, she urged viewers to harass and publicly confront every member of the Trump administration wherever they might be found:

I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it’s wrong for what they’re doing on so many fronts. They tend to not want to confront this president or even leave, but they know what they’re doing is wrong.

 

I want to tell you, these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re absolutely going to harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.’ This is wrong. This is unconscionable. We can’t keep doing this to children.

She reiterated her threat to impeach the president:

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The Hubris of Keynesianism is Driving the Fed’s Interest Rate Hikes

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 13, 2018: 

The core underlying principle of Keynesianism is that the massive $21 trillion American economy can be “managed” by “experts” sporting fancy degrees from prestigious colleges and universities. The fact that they take themselves seriously, as does most of the media, reminds one of the story The Emperor’s New Clothes. Everyone in the crowd believed until the little girl exclaimed, “The Emperor has no clothes!”

That time has not yet arrived for the Fed. Amy Scott, writing in Marketplace, continued to believe the emperor is clothed:

The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day meeting today to talk interest rates. The Fed is expected to raise its target rate by a quarter of a point for the second time this year [tomorrow]. And with unemployment reaching a new low last month and inflation creeping up, analysts expect officials to keep raising rates throughout the year.

 

If short-term yields keep rising, that could lead to what’s called an inverted yield curve, when short-term term rates are higher than long-term borrowing costs.

First, Scott is conflating inflation with price increases. Second, she is likely referring to the latest CPI numbers and not the Fed’s preferred measure of price increases, the PCE index.

Inflation has already occurred.

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Sickness — Fiscal, Human, and Cultural — Sinking Venezuela Further Into Darkness

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 11, 2018:

The latest poll from Gallup — the 2018 Global Law and Order Index — places Venezuela at the very bottom of the 140 nations it surveyed. This is the second year in a row that Venezuela is perceived by its citizens to be the most dangerous place in the world to live.

One-quarter of the population reported that they had been assaulted at least once in the last 12 months, while more than four out of 10 claimed they had been robbed in the last year. This places the socialist-ravaged South American country behind Afghanistan and South Africa in Gallup’s ratings.

Additional evidence of the continuing breakdown of Venezuelan society, thanks to socialist policies, showed up on Sunday with the first case of polio being reported in the country in 30 years. Long considered to be eradicated, it, along with other diseases such as diphtheria, tuberculosis, measles, and malaria, are gaining purchase among Venezuelans, especially those in the poorest neighborhoods. Dr. Jose Felix Oletta, Venezuela’s former minister of health, explained: “The [polio] virus especially affects people in conditions of malnutrition and unvaccinated, as in this case.”

And that’s because President/Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s policies (called “Chavismo” for his predecessor Hugo Chavez) have all but removed essential medicines and vaccines from pharmacists’ shelves.

As reported repeatedly by The New American and elsewhere, the poor are reduced to picking through garbage dumps to find food to feed themselves and their families. But it is now reported from Caracas that they have gone one step further: seizing the plastic bags in which the garbage is placed and trading the bags themselves for food and other essentials on the black market.  As the Wall Street Journal noted:

This sounds absurd, but it is believable in a country where extreme poverty has spread like the plague. Human capital is fleeing. Oil production is plummeting, and the state-owned oil company is in default. The garbage bag, imported with dollars, is a thing of value.

The sickness that is now Venezuela has permeated down to the most vulnerable: Young girls and women are being enticed into prostitution and then into slavery. According to an investigation by the Mexican newspaper El Universal, sex traffickers entice them with promises of well-paying work and then capture them and send them out of the country to serve as sex slaves.

It’s aided by cultural decline. The network aiding the traffickers, contacts uncovered by the newspaper, consists of drug cartels, weapons traffickers, corrupt policemen paid to look the other way, soldiers seeking self-gratification, and border officials being bribed to ignore the flow. In Mexico, for example, those traffickers pay up to $1,000 to immigration officials at Mexico City’s international airport to allow these girls, some as young as 11, into the country from Venezuela. From there they are shipped to Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Peru. A Venezuela study reported that, as the economic conditions have declined, sex trafficking has risen enormously, from an estimated 60,000 in 2016 to almost 200,000 this year. And the study suggests that that number could rise to 600,000 by 2020, less than three years from now.

The Venezuelan culture has been destroyed by socialist practices, practices that initially were inflicted on the populace long before Maduro’s arrival. Rent controls were set in place in 1939 but not rigorously enforced until 1960 when Romulo Bentancourt gained power. Since that time not a single apartment building has been built in the country.

Carlos Andres Perez seized the presidency in 1974 and mandated salary increases for the entire country, along with a minimum wage. He instituted price controls, put limits on foreign investment, nationalized the oil company, took virtual control of the coffee and cocoa industries, and seized the previously independent central bank.

When Luis Herrera Campins took control in 1983, he announced exchange controls and placed price controls on everything that Perez had ignored: cement, hotels, banking, meat, milk, sugar, and even parking lot fees.

Fast forward to February 1999 when Chavez was inaugurated, followed by Maduro in 2013.

Even if (or when) Maduro is removed from office, the spectre of socialist destruction will remain. American Founding Father John Adams pointed out the uniqueness of the U.S. Constitution: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” But once the foundations of a moral and righteous society have been rotted away by the cancer of collectivism, “what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).

High-income Earners Leaving High-tax States

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 7, 2018:

Realtors in Nevada, just across the border from California, are feeling the positive effects of Trump’s new tax reform. Real estate developer David Hutchinson is offering building lots for sale at Clear Creek Tahoe and told Robyn Friedman of The Wall Street Journal:

Most of our lot sales are to buyers from California, the vast majority of whom intend to make them a permanent residence.

 

If you’re a wealthy tech executive from the Bay Area who can live wherever you want and you have a $3 million [annual] income, you would have $399,000 a year in savings [by moving] here.

 

That’s a lot of money to spend on real estate.

That’s also a lot of money that California isn’t going to see. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore, also writing in the Journal, did the math:

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Arne Duncan Using Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to Intimidate Politicians to Pass More Gun Laws

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 4, 2018:

The brilliant radical Saul Alinsky developed a series of rules that, if successfully implemented, will change the culture. Arne Duncan, the former Education Secretary in the Obama administration, wants to change the culture.

Quiz: which of Alinsky’s rules is Duncan using?

Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.

The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

The seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.

The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.

The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Arne Duncan rates several pages in DiscoverTheNetworks.com, which, all by itself, is a warning. It provides enough sourced information to allow for the conclusion that the man is a danger to society. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in sociology, Duncan cut his educatory teeth as the deputy chief of staff of the Chicago Public Schools from 1998-2001. He was promoted to chief executive officer of CPS, which allowed him to implement as many radical ideas as he could. Predictably, under his leadership, the Chicago State Board of Education showed that the Chicago district failed to make “adequate yearly progress” in mathematics and reading each year from 2004 to 2008.

Following that failure, he left CPS to take on the position of Secretary of Education under then-president Barack Obama. During his seven-year tenure,

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When Announcer Declares No Singing of the National Anthem, Crowd Sings Anyway

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 28,2018: 

When the announcer declared that there would be no singing of the National Anthem at the start of a game to decide California’s Central Section Division 1 high school softball championship on Friday night, the crowd booed the announcer and sang the National Anthem anyway.

Tiffany Marquez caught the event on her cellphone and posted it on her Facebook page. She told the Fresno Bee:

Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, “There will be no anthem; let’s just play softball.” Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.

The message was not lost on the event coordinator, Bob Kayajanian, who told the Bee that when more than one game is played during a tournament such as this one, the National Anthem is played only before the first one. But, chastened by the booing and the makeshift choir’s patriotic and heartfelt (albeit ragged) rendition, he announced that it was “a learning experience” and “going forward we’re playing the national anthem [before] every game.”

How many Americans today remember the details of the British bombardment of Fort McHenry toward the end of the War of 1812? How many remember their history about Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old lawyer who happened to be aboard the British flagship to negotiate the release of a friend who had recently been arrested? Although he was successful, Key and his friend were not allowed to return to American soil until after the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor had ended.

During the night, Key wrote later, “It seemed as though mother earth had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone.” But at “dawn’s early light” he saw the American flag still flying “o’er the ramparts” and penned the now-famous National Anthem:

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:

Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

After Key’s lyrics were printed by the Baltimore Patriot, they were reprinted all across the country, not only immortalizing Key’s poem but also naming the flag it celebrated.

But the flag that flew over Fort McHenry that night of September 13-14, 1814 wasn’t the flag that Key saw the morning after. At the request of Major George Armistead, the commander of Fort McHenry, two flags were made: a “storm” flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes (each representing a state), and a much larger “garrison” flag. Armistead wanted flags that were large enough for the British to see without straining their eyesight. His request to the commander of Baltimore defenses in July 1813 stated:

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What Did Trump Give Up to Secure the Release of Josh Holt and His Family?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 28, 2018: 

American patriots still remember sorties of aircraft delivering pallets of American currency ($1.7 billion-worth) to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in exchange for the so-called Iranian “deal” that President Trump just cancelled. As a result, skeptics, including this writer, are asking: “What did the president give up to secure the release of Utahn Josh Holt and his wife and daughter over the weekend?”

It’s highly unlikely that Marxist thug Nicolas Maduro is all of a sudden Trump’s best friend, especially as the American president is ramping up additional sanctions against his failing and collapsing regime. Just a few days before the Holts’ release, Maduro ordered the American ambassador out of his country in retaliation for the American government’s assertion that his election on May 20 was a farce.

Why the sudden change of heart? It’s all speculation, of course, but the backstory of the Holts’ release is worth telling.

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Mauldin Reveals the Trigger for the Next Recession

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 23, 2018: 

John Mauldin, the New York Times best-selling author and publisher of his Thoughts from the Frontline, reminded his readers of the story of Casey Jones:

For those who don’t know the story or haven’t heard the songs, Casey Jones was a talented young railroad engineer in the late 1800s. On April 30, 1900, Casey Jones was going at top speed when his train tragically overtook a stopped train that wasn’t supposed to be there.

 

Traveling at 75 miles per hour, Jones ordered his young fireman to jump, pulled the brakes hard, and blew the train whistle, warning his passengers and the other train. Later investigations found he had slowed it to 35 mph before impact. Everyone on both trains survived… except Casey Jones.

 

His heroic death made Jones a folk hero to this day. Many songs told the story and even the Grateful Dead and AC/DC paid tribute decades later. (Trivia: He actually tuned his train whistle with six different tubes to make a unique whippoorwill sound. So, when people heard his train whistle, they knew it was Casey Jones.)

His point?

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Shootings Like This Will Continue Until God Is Restored In America

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 21, 2018:  

Following the high school shooting in Texas on Friday, many were asking the wrong questions. Some were asking, how could this happen? Others were asking, how could future massacres be prevented? Still others saw an opportunity to promote gun control, including the president and the governor of Texas. Said Trump: “This has been going on too long in our country … [my administration is] determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands for those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.”

Right behind him was Texas Governor Greg Abbott who claimed that “We need to do more than just pray for the victims.”

Hollywood starlets weighed in on the matter, blaming the NRA. “Charmed” star Alyssa Milano – the starlet who formed an anti-NRA campaign last month – tweeted:

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Kellogg’s Just the Latest to Exit Venezuela

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 16, 2018: 

When workers at the Kellogg’s cereal plant in Maracay, Venezuela showed up for work on Tuesday, they discovered that the plant was closed. A note taped to the fence simply indicated that the company had ended operations: “The current economic and social deterioration in the country has now prompted the company to discontinue operations.”

That left an estimated 400 workers without work, or a paycheck. But that gave the Marxist dictator Nicolás Maduro an opportunity to point the finger at Kellogg’s: “Why are they doing it today? Because we are four days away from elections and they think it will spook the people.… Imperialists! Oligarchs! Nobody can scare our people!”

Kellogg Company had been making cereal in Venezuela since 1961, and at one point was the largest foreign presence in South America after Mexico. But on Tuesday,

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Deep State Subversion: “A Murderer Is Less to Be Feared”

This article, written by my senior editor at The New American, Bill Jasper, is quite extraordinary. It appeared online on Monday. It also appears in the print issue of The New American to be published on May 21. 

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within,” the great Roman statesman Cicero opined before the Senate. That warning is as applicable today as it was 2,000 years ago.

In 1965, best-selling historical novelist Taylor Caldwell published her great work on Marcus Tullius Cicero, A Pillar of Iron. A central focus of her meticulously researched study was Cicero’s political combat with, and triumph over, the treasonous conspiracy led by Roman Senator Lucius Sergius Catilina, known in English as Catiline. While Rome’s wealthiest and ablest citizens timidly evaded their duties to defend the commonweal against the impending mortal danger, Cicero, the incomparable rhetoretician, aided by Cato the Younger, dauntlessly exposed and opposed the Catiline conspiracy, which had penetrated all levels of the government. Prominent senators and aristocrats in the conspiracy included Lentulus, Cethegus, Longinus, and Paetus.

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within,” Caldwell records Cicero declaiming before the Senate, in A Pillar of Iron. “An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.”

Cicero called out Catiline and his prominent co-conspirators for precisely what they were: traitors, subversives, infectious corrupters, a “plague” — worse even than murderers. The traitor, said Cicero, “rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.” (Emphasis added.)

A Catilinarian plague, of which Cicero warned, is now upon us! The conspiracy we face, however, is larger, more powerful, more sophisticated, more deadly, and more deeply laid than that faced by Cicero, Cato, and their fellow Romans. This conspiracy did not spring up overnight. It did not begin last year, in opposition to President Trump, although its virulent opposition to President Trump has made its existence and operations much more visibly obvious. No, the “Deep State” conspiracy of which we speak goes back many decades, long before the term “Deep State” was coined to signify the shadowy, self-perpetuating cabal that constitutes the permanent ruling class in the bowels of our government.

Taylor Caldwell was well aware of this conspiracy, which she described as “Force X” in a 1963 article by that title for American Opinion, the predecessor magazine of The New American. This was during the height of the Cold War, when Nikita Khrushchev, Mao Tse-tung, Fidel Castro, and many other communist dictators were spreading hate, death, destruction, terror, and totalitarian misery across the entire planet. However, Caldwell recognized that, as with Catiline’s conspiracy in Cicero’s time, the strength of the communist conspiracy came largely from the secret assistance it could count on from highly placed individuals in American society and in the U.S. government, particularly in the large tax-exempt foundations, the news media, the State Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency. These and other critical instruments of governance and propaganda had been gradually taken over by the organized globalists, more commonly known in that era as “one-worlders,” advocates of world government, which they commonly refer to as their “new world order.” The organization that served as the chief front for the one-world coterie, and that effected many of its designs, was (and is) the Council on Foreign Relations, which Caldwell exposed in her 1972 novel Captains and the Kings under the fictional names of the Committee for Foreign Studies and the Scardo Society.

Over the past year, we have witnessed an incredible stream of Catilinarian traitors engaging in an ever more brazen and transparent conspiracy against the rule of law and our entire moral and constitutional order. The unprecedented attacks by the globalists’ minions heading our intelligence agencies against the elected president, Donald Trump, are breathtakingly audacious. Never before has this nation seen the heads of the Department of Justice, CIA, FBI, NSA, and other apparatuses of the “Force X” surveillance state engage in such open, blatant warfare against the nation they claim to serve. After being kicked out of their Deep State perches, John Brennan, James Clapper, and dozens of their “Intelligence Community” confederates have been rewarded with lucrative posts as “expert” commentators at CNN, NBC, CBS, and other controlled media platforms, from which they are continuing their treasonous attacks.

“In heaven’s name, men,” Cato appealed to his fellow Romans, “wake up while there is still time and lend a hand to defend the Republic. It is … our liberty and lives that are at stake.” Cato’s urgent appeal rings down through the ages to our present day. We dare not fail to respond.

Despite Increasing Use of Robots, the U.S. Economy Boasts Highest Job Openings in History

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 9, 2018: 

Old myths die slowly, including the one that goes: “Robots are taking over the world, leaving millions unemployed!” Doomsayers are likely to refer to an article (from three years ago) that implicitly warned of exactly that. From Intelligent Machines in July, 2015:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.