The roots: freedom and slavery

dont-tread-on-me.jpgBruce Ramsey , one of the members of the editorial board of the Seattle Times, has been kind enough to respond, today,  to an article I wrote, critical of an editorial he wrote, back in May of last year. (You can read his comment here.)

Mr. Ramsey and I disagree over what may seem to some a nit-picking, technical issue, that is, whether or not property “rights” are a “social construct.”  Bruce protests that they are, that his opinion is a “FACT” (worthy of all capital letters) and that he is not against property rights, but a defender of them. This issue is important enough, though, that I wanted to redirect my point. Bruce, you may not be against property rights, but your idea, here, denies they exist in the sense that the founders meant them.  Continue reading


Crowley Artifacts

Sunday I crawled into the Archives, braving the dark and ancient archival hazards, scattering the dust.

And I emerged from that cavernous mystery (where some say the Ark of the Covenant is still hidden) with the prize I had sought: the MacGuffin of my last article, the Crowley Artifacts. In the wee hours of Monday morning I scanned two crucial documents whose antique pre-MSDOS characters were, first, stamped, letter-by-letter by engraved hammers striking through cloth covered with ink, and, later, transferred, by offset lithography, to the kind of flat, fibrous medium they used to manufacture from fallen trees. It was a 40 year old newspaper of the American New Left Communist Underground, and it contained the work of Walt (not Aleister) Crowley, co-founder of

Reproduced for your edification, here, are the letter published in October, 1967, to which I referred in my Crowley obituary, and Crowley-original art taken directly from the cover of the following month’s issue of the Helix. I don’t know where else you can see these things but here, on Continue reading

Walt Crowley: “Journalist,” “Historian,” Democrat, Communist, dead at 60

I only knew Walt Crowley “from across the yard,” as it were, in school and, later, politics, not personally, but I knew him for a very long time and enough to know things you will not, generally, read about him.  

As has been the case with the passing of Norm Maleng and Jennifer Dunn, talking heads (including John Carlson) are lining up to say nice things about Crowley, his service to the community, etc., and it is indicative of the state of the State of Washington that this particular trail of mini-celebrities is now, in death, “beloved” by other celebrities.  Most celebrities, I find, are nice people… at least in public… where we can watch them. But they become virtual saints when they pass on.

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“How Russia Won The Cold War, Pt. I: Russians Liberated Americans Oppressed”

They do not allow left wing journalists to distort the news and hide issues in favor of the left wing “cause” the way western left wing journalists consistently do.”

This is from Helsinki by Jim Peterson of Veterans Abroad:

On a recent trip back to the United States from Eastern Europe, I noticed that some of my conservative American friends were echoing the western left wing media’s attitude abouit Vladimir Putin.


My first thought was “how can a conservative believe anything they read in an American or British newspaper these days? Continue reading

Mao in America

“Chairman Meow”Similarities between a failed Chinese system and the ideology driving Western thought

[The following article was sent by Donald Hank, a former language teacher, currently a technical translator and staff writer for Laigle’s Forum.]

There is no standard definition of Maoism, although a recurring theme for most definitions is the emphasis on an agrarian revolution as opposed to the Soviet-style urban revolution. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come close to describing what happened in the Cultural Revolution of China, Mao Zedong’s salient achievement, which gutted China both spiritually and materially, killing millions and leaving the economy in ruins. Continue reading