Happened to the Communist Conspiracy?
It went public.
Back in 1913, a constitutional amendment was ratified
that allowed an income
tax. In 1914, the first income tax law was passed,
taking one percent of all
incomes above $10,000 a year, which back then was
rarer than half a million a
One major newspaper said this tax would soon get out
of hand. It was one
percent on all incomes above $10,000 a year to start
with, but the editorial
predicted that someday it would DOUBLE!
This prediction was called "absurd" and
"alarmist". Only an alarmist would say
that the one percent income tax would DOUBLE!
So what happened to
that prediction that a tax of one percent of incomes
above $10,000 a year would
Not only was it not "alarmist". It was so
obvious that no one remembers it but me.
What happened to that prediction was exactly what
happened to the Communist
Conspiracy and the McCarthyite “witch hunts."
Exactly the same thing that happened to the prediction that
the one percent income
tax would someday become two percent also happened to
Conspiracy. What was a “witchhunt” in the 1950s was, “Well, Duhh!,”
If McCarthy had predicted in the 1950s that hundreds
of thousands of Americans
would be marching on the streets with Communist
banners in the 1960s he would
have been hooted down by his own supporters.
By the 1960s openly pro-Communist sentiments were
common. Jane Fonda really
didn’t do anything special when she went to Hanoi and
got photographed manning
a gun that was used against American planes. A
congressional delegation went
to Cuba during that period and cheered at films of
American planes going down.
Nobody notices, but any time you see a discussion of
the McCarthy “witch hunts”
of the 1950s today, those denouncing them make one
tiny little amendment: they
say the witches were in fact witches. Now that we
have gotten a glimpse into
KGB files we know that a lot of people were Communists
in the 1950s that not
even McCarthy suspected.
remembers this but me.
So why do people scream “witchhunt” now that we know
there were more real
witches than even the "witchfinder" McCarthy thought? Well, the
word now is that there
was nothing wrong with being for Stalin.
Besides, bothering the Stalinists of the 1950s could
interfere with chasing
down people who were for Hitler in the 1940s.
The Ent Position
I have read the Lord of the Rings trilogy many, many
times since it was first published decades ago.
In the Lord of the Rings the Ents were the “tree
herders." They had taken
care of the trees for millennia, so long that most of
them had become trees themselves.
Bilbo asked his friend, the oldest of the Ents, whose
side he was on in the War
of the Rings.
“Well”, replied the Ent, “ I am not exactly on
anybody’s side, you see, because
nobody is exactly on my side, if you understand what I
The Ent went on to say that he cared about the trees,
the things with deep
roots in the land. “But”, he said, “Nobody really
cares about the trees.”
“But there are, the Ent continued, “Those whom I am
Loyal Southerners are the Ents of
If you are a Southerner, no one is exactly on your side. For fashionable approval, everybody will
sell Southerners out so fast it
will make your ears ring.
To give but one example, A Scot will bust a gut if you
call him an Englishman. But the Scots are
the first to call all Americans “Yanks." They
do it on purpose. They may beat their
chests and talk about how fearlessly Scottish they
are, but they are desperate to show they do not take
the South seriously.
Scots want to scorn the South to show they
are, at heart, not really provincials.
It’s kind of pathetic. The only patriotism most
American Patriots have is a common love of Lincoln and
a common hostility to the South. That is about the
only thing that unites Western fashionable opinion
May 4, 2002 - AMERICA, GET A LIFE!
A great friend of mine is very pro-French. He says
the French are on our side
in opposing the Iraq War.
‘Fraid not. France hates Americans, especially
Americans in what Hollywood and
New York call “flyover country”.
And most especially and above all they denounce
Don’t burn out your stomach lining about attacks on
are in the Ent Position. We are on nobody’s side
because, believe you me,
nobody is on our side.
Them and Against Us
Everybody is For Them and Against Us
September 11, 2001 - MY ARAB SYMPATHIES, I explained that
I have always had
a special sympathy for Arabs. This comes from the days
when Arabs and
Southerners were looked upon as non-human. Europe, Yankees,
everybody hated Southerners and everybody was fanatically
pro-Israel and anti-South.
Now that many European cities have an actual majority of
Arab residents, the
total dedication to Israel of those days has been forgotten
today. But back
then, at least an Arab could understand how it felt to have
But I also noticed that Arabs didn’t LIKE being lumped with
Southerners. Whenever any Arab could do so he would denounce the South
and bask for a moment
in the approval of fashionable opinion.
The Two-Word Solution to the Korean
The more I think about fashionable opinion, the shorter my
answers to it become.
On February 22, 2003, in The Three-Word Solution to the
North Korean Problem, I
pointed out that fashionable opinion in the 1960s used to
worry about Urban
What would we do, worried one fashionable opinionater after
another, if Urban
Guerrillas seized a city?
My answer was four words long:
“Cut off the water.”
You see, fashionable opinion is formulated in cities, and
city people have no
idea how vulnerable their little city world is.
But if you don’t realize how vulnerable cities are you can
kill a LOT of
people. Instead of cutting off the water you would send in
soldiers to die, just as many Americans are talking about
doing in Baghdad.
My answer to the Urban Guerrillas Problem was four words
long. My solution to
the North Korean Problem was three words long:
“Let ‘em sink.”
Like all leftism, Communism is just plain silly. No
Communist state has ever
survived without constant and massive help from
North Korea will not be able to massacre its people for long
without our help,
and Bush Administration is as desperate as any liberal to
save the North Korean
regime at taxpayer expense.
So fashionable opinion is trying to find a way to get North
Korea to accept our
help in return for more promises. We can either “Let ‘em sink” or we can help Communism kill
some more tens of
millions of people.
You have to go all the way with the three-word solution or
kill a lot of
people. As to Urban Guerrillas, you have to adopt the
entirely or kill thousands of our soldiers.
Now we come to the two-word solution for the Korean Problem.
That solution is:
We have thirty five thousand human sacrifices in South Korea
right now. Those
American soldiers are stationed in South Korea for
absolutely no purpose except
to die if North Korea attacks.
Someone in the Bush Administration just mentioned
withdrawing some of those
troops. The immediate result was a huge pro-American
demonstration in Seoul.
They had just voted in a new South Korean Government that
As long as we insist on keeping our human sacrifices in
South Korea the South
Koreans, the Japanese and the Chinese will sit around and
while we deal with North Korea.
But to make it work, you have to take the whole two-word
solution. To take
care of North Korea you have to take the whole three-word
solution. To deal
with Urban Guerrillas you have to do t the whole four words
No compromises. No fashionable rhetoric.
Just do it.