Professor Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University speaks with Jim and Jane about race and economics.
Republican strategist and Texas resident Stephanie Conway discusses why President Trump may be behind in the polls in Texas; normally a reliably red state.
Yesterday morning, Internet and social media reports surfaced indicating Google was not showing search results from conservative websites. I checked myself, and sure enough, a bunch of sites were not showing in the normal, listed results.
There was some mention of liberal websites not showing up in results as well, but I did not notice anything during my search of the most popular sites.
The conservative-leaning websites that were blocked from the normal list of results for at least three hours included, but were not limited to:
- Powerline Blog
- American Thinker
- The Federalist
- American Spectator
- The American Conservative
- Bongino Report
- Daily Caller
Interestingly, most of the above sites did show up in the “sidebar” of the Google results. This includes the information Google curates from other sources – usually Wikipedia – with a brief overview of the website. The sidebar result is related to the search terms, but does not show the links to the news articles themselves.
Google is calling it a glitch, but it does seem to indicate Google has some sort of “switch” they can use to de-list specific websites from showing in the normal search results. They should explain themselves as soon as possible. We do not think RVO was included in Google’s “glitch.” (We’re small potatoes.)
Should Google be treated as a publisher?
I think so. Last week it took me about three minutes to find one of my articles here on RVO was not showing in the Google results. I did a simple search for ‘google’ using our own search tool in the navigation menu and found 280 results. I selected the first result.
I wrote this article about 10 years ago, and it was certainly not favorable to Google, but it included well-sourced and valid information. The original source I used was from the Big Government website, which was at the time part of the Breitbart family. It’s no longer published, but I referenced other sources including the San Francisco Chronicle who referenced Google’s Marissa Mayer is hosting President Obama for a Democratic party fundraiser. The entry fee was $30,000 per head. At the time, Mayer was vice president of Google Search Products and User Experience.
For unknown reasons, the Chronicle (or are they known as SFGate?) deleted their post that I originally linked to, but SFGate has similar information posted here. Business Insider also has the news report concerning the fundraiser on their website.
Mayer continued to host high-dollar fundraisers for President Obama through at least 2014 when she was CEO of Yahoo.
So, does my article show in the Google results?
Nope. They have excluded this article from the search results. The simple way to do this is search for the headline of the article and use quotes.
You’ll note the two results shown (here and here) have articles dated from 2009 and 2013, both before and after my original articles publication date of Oct. 28, 2010. You’ll note the headline of my Google post is displayed in the description portion of the search results. Almost certainly, this is because at one time the articles had listed the Google article I wrote in the sidebar of the page showing a list of recent or related posts.
How about if we use the Google site: function?
Nope, the article still does not show up.
Did I request search engines ignore my article?
Setting a website, page or post to “noindex” is a way you can request search engines do not index your content. I use this tool frequently for some of my clients when we want to not have a page display in search results. This is not the case in any of the articles on the RVO website. You can confirm by looking at the source code of the original article.
How about other search engines?
What it comes down to is this: Google did not like my article and elected to remove it from their search results at some point. No notification or explanation, they just deleted it from their indexed results.
I have no idea if Google has removed other RVO articles from their search results. It’s really not something I’m willing to research further.
Jazz Shaw, the weekend editor and contributor to conservative blog HotAir, joins Jane and Jim on the podcast this week.
They speak about the futile attempts to erase American history by pulling down and defacing statues; even religious statues. Statues are just the start, as there are plans to rename cities, towns and even states in America.
Jane and Jazz talk about America’s slide into socialism.
Editor’s note: This book review by Don Pesci was originally posted on his Red Notes from a Blue State blog on July 12, 2020. It is re-posted here with permission.
Jana Kandlova, author of Stalked by Socialism, has written a necessary book that raises the question: Are we here in the United States attempting to crawl back into the shed skin of totalitarian socialism?
History, which proceeds in baby steps, has taught us that the road to totalitarianism is paved with emotionally attractive socialist intentions, but there is a vast qualitative difference between intent and accomplished ends. That is the lesson bitterly learned by those in Western Europe who first were overrun by Nazism and later lived for decades under communism. All the important, autocratic totalitarians of the 20th century, among the bloodiest and most spiritually racked centuries in world history – fascists Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini, communists Joseph Stalin, “breaker of nations,” and Chairman Mao of China — were socialists before they became totalitarians.
The Road To Serfdom, first published in 1944, Friedrick Hayek writes, was offered “as a warning to English socialists” when Hayek was teaching in London. The precursor to socialism, Hayek warned, is “planning on a national scale,” which must of necessity be both arbitrary and anti-democratic. And those who naively believe that democratic forms alone are a bulwark against anti-democratic socialism have misread the times: “There is no justification for the belief that, so long as power is conferred by democratic procedure, it cannot be arbitrary; it is not the source, but the limitation of power which prevents it being arbitrary. Democratic control may prevent power from becoming arbitrary, but it does not do so by its mere existence. If democracy resolves on a task which necessarily involves the use of power which cannot be guided by fixed rules, it must become arbitrary power.”
In the pre-and-post-World War II era, Hayek and other unheeded 20th century Cassandras – one thinks of Robert Conquest, George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Whittaker Chambers and many other writers of distinction – sounded loud, clanging warning bells commonly disregarded by policy makers and the tribunes of the people who, burrowing into the moment, rarely had a clear view of the near future.
Like so many post-World-War-Two survivors of iron-fisted totalitarianism, Kandelora is an escapee and an immigrant to the United States. Her memoir of her years under the jackboot of socialist totalitarianism provides us with a view from inside the communist leviathan. And the subtitle of her book, “An Escapee From Communism Shows How We’re Sliding Into Socialism,” is a timely warning to the United States, a palace of security and comfort to the offscourings of a socialist inspired communism now prowling the byways of the nation that welcomed her and others like her, still lifting the torch of liberty beside the golden door and offering to the dispossessed a refuge against the often arbitrary rule of “men like gods.”
Kandelova recounts her years in communist occupied Czechoslovakia in the first three chapters of her book, a captivating, painfully written but easily read personal reminiscence. Here we meet her brave grandparents and parents. Her mother describes in a single line the made-in-Russia, communist planned economy of Czechoslovakia, intermittently free after World War I and during the short-lived Prague Spring, before Russian tanks arrived in the country to suppress an organic revolution.
“We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us,” her mother, a true Czech used to say.
Uncomfortable with socialist serfdom, Czechs in whom the fire of liberty had not yet been entirely snuffed out well knew that communist tyranny is the perfection of socialism, its logical endpoint. But the totalitarian mechanism, perfected in Russia and imported everywhere during the Stalin years throughout a war-racked Eastern Europe, was nothing if not an inhuman machine of spiritual destruction. The universal “equality” heralded by academic socialists very quickly became an instrument of oppression. The planned state can only be implanted in countries through intimidation, terror and remorseless force. The omnipotent and omnipresent state portrayed by Orwell must crush organic freedom, because liberty, natural to humans, is unalterably opposed to mechanized force.
Kandlova arrived in the United States when she was 18 years old. As had so many other immigrants fleeing the oppressions of the Old Word, she was delivered from the iron jaws of socialist communism by an inborn resistance to tyranny — that and the kind of serendipity in which Christians sometimes detect the moving finger of God.
It began when she and her younger sister Eva “got into collecting anything we could find that was Western: empty tennis ball cans, chewing gum wrappers, even empty Coke cans. All of these had once held products that weren’t available to us… It was all just stuff that belonged in the trash can, but back then, these things represented the U.S. to me, which was sounding better and better all the time.” The “dreary, hyper-controlled environment” of liberty-deprived Czechoslovakia had turned Kandlova into “a dreamer.” She had already been exposed to intimations of liberty by listening to The Voice of America. Her father, an ingenious technician, had built himself a ham radio and, through this media, the wider world was presented to Kandlova’s all too human imagination.
And then, of course, there was David, a friend whose family had attempted twice, unsuccessfully, to escape communist Czechoslovakia. Reprisals were quickly visited upon David’s family. A dozen years after their attempts to escape had been frustrated, “his family tried it again, this time going from Czechoslovakia to Italy, then attempting to immigrate to Australia (but being refused) and finally going to the U.S., where they settled in Hartford, Connecticut.
Having only seen David twice — the two had a pen-pal relationship — David invited Kandlova to visit him in Connecticut. It had been astonishing easy for 18 year-old Kandlova to get her Visa in order. “I guess the officials thought,” Kandlova writes, “a young girl like me, traveling alone, was sure to come back… I was scared to death to make this huge, irreversible move and told just about everyone I knew that I was going, hoping someone would stop me. The one person I didn’t tell was my father, who definitely would have put a stop to it but never got the chance because he was on a business trip when I left. My new, free, independent life was suddenly within my grasp.”
It is the burden of Stalked by Socialism to trace in great detail the ruinous socialist path, rejected by Eastern Europe after the shedding of much blood, sweat and tears, that has now gained a foothold in the United States, a Westernized socialism re-presented to a new generation of Americans as a native grown liberation movement.
Part two of Stalked by Socialism, “Reflections on Liberty and Liberty Lost,” twelve short chapters, is devoted to an examination of the modern day menace as seen through the eyes of a European socialist ex-serf who’s been there, seen that.
Through a lucid analysis of the modern iteration of “socialism with a human face,” Kandlova emerges as her mother’s child, a master of concision – “We pretend to work, they pretend to pays us.” If the note sounded throughout is that of a wise, cautioning, contrarian libertarian, it is because libertarianism is the best defense against socialist tyranny, especially that smiling tyranny slipped under the door of a free market system by socialists with knives in their brains.
In chapter fourteen, “The Freedom Spectrum: Trending towards Red,” Kandlora asks, “How can you determine where we currently land on the freedom-verses-socialism spectrum?… Here’s an easy, three-step way to gauge it: 1) The more money you’re required to give to the government, 2) the more enforced contact you have with the government, and 3) the more your everyday behavior is dictated by the government, the higher the level of socialism in your society and the less freedom you have.”
Stalked by Socialism places Kandlova in the same theatre of resistance once occupied by the Cassandras mentioned early in this review. Here is an escapee who, to deploy a phrase used by André Malraux of Whittaker Chambers in 1952, has not “come back from hell with empty hands.”
Special podcast today discussing the recent SCOTUS decision concerning Congress’ demand for President Trump’s tax returns.
Barbara Vicevich joins Jim to discuss the topic including Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim “Trump is not above the law” and the media’s claim Trump must hand over his tax returns. The case hinged on separation of powers.
Conservative columnist Don Pesci talks with Jim and Jane about mask controversy in Connecticut, plus Marxist creep and control in America.
Former AUSA and law professor Barbara Vicevich talks with Jim and Jane about recent Supreme Court decisions on the Electoral College and Little Sisters of the Poor; both rulings favor conservatives.
The Sound Off Sister former federal prosecutor talks with Jim and Jane about Supreme Court rulings affecting abortion. Plus what’s coming upon Trump’s tax returns and the electoral college.
With the pace quickening, in a blink our clock has literally skipped four and has struck pandemonium. As May turned to June with red states reopening apace and blue states slow-walking the process, we were suddenly jolted from diminishing concerns regarding the Pandemic to staring kinetic Marxism straight in the face. Seemingly within hours, dozens of U.S. cities were contending with varying degrees of violence and rioting on their streets. The alarming extent of urban destruction has probably not been seen in our country since southern cities witnessed during the Civil War. After three months of Pandemic leading into this, Americans were rightly saying – what is going on here? And for certain, something is going on.
Protests don’t blossom in hundreds of cities, and within days, with riots closely behind in almost a hundred cities in such a compressed time frame without planning and coordination. The question is who is doing the planning, who is executing on those plans, and to what end? Not so curiously, no mass media outlet is asking these basic questions. Many of those sincerely concerned with race relations were furious with the violence being done to their neighborhoods and the people within them, and said so on camera. The violence was initiated by a spectrum of groups that were using the protests as effective cover, many with the most superficial, tenuous, or absolutely no connections to the movement to improve race relations.
The vanguard in the streets is Black Lives Matter (BLM), a group known for chanting for the killing of police in its marches, and practicing property destruction and violence along the edges of its marches. With thousands marching peacefully as cover, its claims of nonviolent intent are belied by the violence left in the wake of many of its very marches. With a website espousing, “we disrupt the western-prescribed nuclear family structure,” and a founder, Patrisse Cullors proclaiming “we are trained Marxists…super-versed on the ideological theories of Marxism,” it is obvious BLM is not pursuing the best interests of the American people. America’s inner cities are submitted as evidence. Working hand in glove are Antifa’s local chapters, Refuse Fascism, Anti-Racist Action, Anarchist Black Cross, The Sunrise Movement, Unicorn Riot and many others. They try to keep a lower public profile, but their planning, training and activities have been recorded and reported upon by independent media.
These less visible and more aggressive groups perpetrating the violence are largely leaderless by design, and cleverly aligned in an informal nationwide coalition communicating on social media. For subversive coordination they’ve abandoned facebook and twitter. They instead use platforms such as Discord and Signal, and have been caught giving the word to switch platforms just as the violent operations were about to commence. It is this confederation of groups and their financiers that prepositioned pallets of bricks and Molotov cocktails in strategic inner city locations just in advance of the marches. Their goals have nothing to do with addressing racial issues, but instead pursue anarchy and societal breakdown. As the entire picture comes into focus we see the familiar pattern established by early twentieth century Marxists, which played out many times, most notably in the Bolshevik, Nazi, and Maoist revolutions.
The playbook always includes the Intelligentsia, the Politicos, and the violent street activists and thugs. The Intelligentsia in academia, the press, and the NGOs serve to create societal “victims”, and whip up and enumerate grievances, identifying classes of targets who they assert are responsible for the perceived wrongs. Propaganda organs in the press, academia and related social media channels conduct sustained repetition and reinforcement of the grievance messages. The propagandized population demand the wrongs be righted, and the Intelligentsia identify the political figures to be relentlessly pressured to take up and implement proposed legislation, regulation and executive actions. Meanwhile the street activists are readied, awaiting only an event fitting the grievance profile and story line to occur, and the ignition point is reached, unleashing horrifying street conflagrations which get the attention of the entire country. Formerly intransigent government officials are cowered to act on the demands, while sympathetic officials race one another to get to the head of the parade. Statues, symbols of the nation’s history and established order, are toppled, legislation enacted and regulations implemented. The agenda is advanced – on to the next round.
The role of the Intelligentsia is to provide an intellectual underpinning to the chaos created by the mob. They provide some pseudo-historical theory, group indignation, outrage and call to action for the young activists to charge into the streets. As the violence begins they provide justification or intellectual cover for it in mass media outlets. After it’s over they provide excuses – all to guilt the population, creating self-censorship and a generally muted response from the public. These tactics serve to condition the citizenry to accept periodic anarchy and prepare the battle space for the next, most assuredly more severe round of violence.
Some of today’s Intelligentsia can be found in plain sight at planning sessions in New York City each spring. The impetus for the current wave of street violence was kicked off in March of 2011 when Pace University hosted the annual meeting of The Left Forum. What was planned that spring was multi-city street protests called “Days of Rage.” The initial event fizzled, but what emerged was Occupy Wall Street later in the fall of that year, which subsequently morphed into today’s perpetrators.
In attendance and presenting was none other than subversive Frances Piven of “Cloward-Piven” renown, plus Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daryl Lamont Jenkins, Stephen Lerner, Ashley Cunningham, and Andy Stern among many others. Google the names and search You Tube for the Left Forum events and you will see them spell out their designs for America. You will find them casually justifying “bringing down the capitalist system, redistributing wealth and power, bankrupting banks and corporations, and creating conditions of ungovernability.” To accomplish these ends they recommend “creating uncertainty for capital by putting banks on the edge of insolvency via mortgage and student loan strikes.” And always accompanied with aggressive street antics.
With Barack Obama serving as pied piper, the way was clear for the Left to come out, gather strength and resources, and get into position during the past decade. This current crop of activists has been building over that period but they are being egged on and directed by the old red bulls who ran wild in the 1960s. They want to taste revolution before they die, and their reconstituted efforts to inculcate the gullible, and activate the truant starting over a decade ago have indeed brought America to the doorstep of “ungovernability.”
Though our current crisis may come as a surprise to many, two authors foretold it all in a landmark 1997 book, “The Fourth Turning.” Historian/demographers Bill Strauss and Neil Howe explored how successive generations drive a four-phase cyclical pattern of history every eighty to one hundred years – from a High to an Awakening to an Unraveling to a Crisis. They perceived the ‘90s as an Unraveling and predicted the U.S. would enter a Crisis phase in the first decade of the 21st century, which would last up to twenty years. The financial implosion of 2008 has marked the inflection point, the “fourth turning,” into the Crisis which will impact most all institutions and people in the country. Clearly the events of 2020 represent a quickening of the societal forces which will have to ultimately be reconciled in this decade, if we are to emerge from this phase as a still self-governing society.
This Crisis converges national dynamics – political, cultural, and financial – of sufficient potency as to pose an existential threat to the future of the republic. Scottish historian, Alexander Tytler has noted that the average age of history’s democracies has been about 200 years because voters inevitably discover that they can vote themselves generous benefits from the public treasury. In addition to the undeniable looming catastrophe of our $25+ trillion national debt hanging in the wings, we face a head-on cultural Marxist revolution and an utterly corrupt, and in many parts traitorous political leadership.
The Fourth Turning book traces back seven great historic cycles to the Medieval, fifteenth century period. This current Crisis concludes the seventh Millennial cycle. This writer has partnered in the writing of a book to be released early in 2021 titled “The Seventh Crisis: Why Millennials Must Reestablish Ordered Liberty.” The theme and events of the ticking Pandemic Clock have now merged with those of the accelerating Seventh Crisis already underway. Now the strokes of our clock are to chronicle events beyond the sphere of a mere Pandemic.