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Whatever 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 year now.

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 someday double?  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 McCarthy’s Communist Conspiracy.   What was a “witchhunt” in the 1950s was, “Well, Duhh!,” by the 1960s.

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.

Nobody 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 mean.”

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 altogether AGAINST.”

                 Loyal Southerners are the Ents of Our Day                                                                                                    

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 these days.

Please see
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 Southerners.

Don’t burn out your stomach lining about attacks on Europeans.   Southerners 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                                                            

In 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, Holly wood, 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 everybody against you.

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 Problem                                                        

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 Guerrillas.

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 thousands of 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 non-Communist countries.  

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 four-word solution 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 demanded US withdrawal.

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 act self-righteous 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 without compromise.

No compromises.  No fashionable rhetoric.

Just do it.




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