Statism

When Reality Reifies the Abstract

by Scott Morales July 19, 2014
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It’s often dismissed as lofty, bloated rhetoric until it’s real.  Many times, many of us have been dismissed as paranoid, sky is falling types because we see things happening and sound off.  It’s received by many with an insouciant shrug and a “meh”.  Then reality asserts itself and the once insouciant don a nonplussed grimace […]

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Another’s observation about “Progressivism”

by Skip July 2, 2014

From Big Government: …The term came into (re)use just as there was a concurrent (what I perceive as) negative shift on the Left. The politically correct generation came on the scene. A brand of leftism associated with political conformity, with hardcore statism, with an antipathy toward a Constitution written by a bunch of white, land-owning, […]

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Notable Quote – Ol Remus

by Susan Olsen May 6, 2014

“The Forgotten Man, now as  then, is a beast to be burdened, something to  be bargained for, not  with.  In education and employment he’s commanded by the corrupt to stand aside for  the incompetent, the  improvident and perpetually needful, even  the criminal illegal. He’s embezzled by default and slandered in absentia. He’s the uncaring, unfeeling malignancy […]

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From Hoffer’s “The True Believer”… Kind of Rings a Bell…

by Scott Morales April 11, 2014
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Does the following make you think of a certain big eared person?  Or a certain Mann?  The Gaystapos?  The Left? Odd that they all claim the mantle of science and tolerance when neither are true.  Hoffer helps explain why.  All emphasis mine. All active mass movements strive…to interpose a fact-proof screen between the faithful and […]

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Liberal Journalist Whines About W.H. Constitutional Abuses

by Scott Morales December 6, 2013
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Silly little lefty, of course statism begets tyranny. What did you expect? Statism knows only one party, its own. And it protects its own with an wrought-iron fist. Some on the Left are finally on the receiving end of what they’ve been advocating for all these years, and are a little surprised. Similar to the […]

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Coming to a state nearby….

by Susan Olsen October 26, 2013

H/T Weasel Zippers

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I bet that most of us, still rather self-responsible, would agree

by Skip October 13, 2013

Note: Democrats / Progressives / Socialists / Statist / Big Government folks were all agog a while ago: “WHAT??  We’re gonna cut 2.5% of the Federal budget??   Destruction to us all!” they cried (while muttering “Damnation on those that caused this – don’t they know that  The majority of folks are still fine after […]

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EMail Doodlings – The Nature of Man and Govt

by The Groksters August 26, 2013

We Groksters blog – a lot.  What most of you readers never see is that we have rip roaring discussions behind the curtain as well.  There can be days when we share no emails at all and then some days, a torrent ranging to a tropical downpour.  Sometimes, entertaining as we pull no punches.  We […]

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Dependency Nutures Professors of Frivolity — Harry Potter Elected O

by Scott Morales August 14, 2013

Parental Warning: Do not send your college seeking son or daughter to the University of Vermont. Despite being a decadent wasteland specializing in solipsism that many of today’s youngsters find irresistible, there is also one Poli-sci Professor, Anthony Gierzynski, who has completely wasted his talents because he is either morally unhinged or mildly retarded. The […]

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Do you know this Annie Kuster “camera grab-a-like”?

by Skip July 5, 2013

A loyal reader sent me this tip and asked if I could post it – we have another “Anybody recognize this guy?“?  If you know, let us know in the comments or email me Skip@GraniteGrok.com I think most people who would venture here know about the Robin Hood operation out in Keene – the folks […]

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He’s either a Schmuck or is now desperately trying to not to end up like Wily E. Coyote

by Skip July 1, 2013

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… BLAM!  Here’s what Obama said in a proclamation concerning the National Day of Prayer: “All of us have the freedom to pray and exercise our faiths openly,” Obama said. “Our laws protect these God-given liberties, and rightly so. Today […]

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Why New Hampshire….

by Tim Condon June 19, 2013

Because culture can turn on a dime. A great Chinese pianist, Lui Shih Kun, now age 74, lived through such a culture-shift. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, When the Culture Changed: “When I returned to China after the Tchaikovsky competition [in Russia], the culture had changed. Mao Zedong was promoting the the idea that music and […]

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The lies at the heart of Leftism….

by Tim Condon May 28, 2013

The political Left—founded as it is upon statism—is based upon so many falsehoods…. It promises peace, but brings conflict and war. It promises safety and security, but brings unease, fear, and danger. It promises plenty, but brings poverty, scarcity, and want. It promises brotherhood, but brings strife and division.  It promises equality, but brings discrimination […]

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The evil hypocrisy of the “progressive” Left

by Tim Condon May 8, 2013

I can’t stand coercive statism. Neither can the lady on the left, it turns out. Slavery to the state these days is generally supported by left-wing hypocrites who champion their own self-aggrandizement while posing as “lovers of humanity.” The most murderous statists of all time—from Lenin to Stalin to Hitler to Mao to Ho Chi […]

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Condon goes on a rant against a Regressive….

by Tim Condon March 25, 2013

I just had an exchange with a so-called “progressive” today who wrote some nasty things in a blog about me and the Free State Project. I responded to the regressive (the true nature of “progressives”), and…I admit it…I went on a rant. Felt good. Here’s what the regressive said; and then what I said in response:

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Stop whining! You will die when your government healthcare death panel tells you to.

by Tim Condon March 22, 2013

Heh. I have written in the past about how the foundation of socialism—all statist political philosophy, in fact—is based upon lies. They promise wealth but deliver poverty. They promise equality but deliver a government overlord class of wealth and power. They promise justice…

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Guest Post by C.dog e.doG – “Gas Tax Lisping Fantasticos Just Give Me Gas”

by Skip March 21, 2013

C.dog e.dog is our most prolific commenters here on the ‘Grok who I first “met” over at TreeHugger (the Greenie Statist Enviro site that I go over to poke a stick into once in a while) – and he followed me “home”.  Located somewhere in this Live Free or Die State that we adore, he’s […]

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Kevin Sorbo again! Smart actors vs. low-information statists…

by Tim Condon March 6, 2013

Well, well! There’s a hostile remark to my blog post the other day about Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo (a rare movie star who isn’t an economic and political ignoramus). See, I said Sorbo was spot-on when he observed that “everything government touches they destroy” (you can see that blog post HERE; his observation about harmful and pernicious […]

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Seamless Statism

by Rick Olson February 12, 2013

   “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.”    —Frederic Bastiat One of the most nifty aspects of […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep Jane Cormier – “Bad Bill of the Month”

by Skip February 8, 2013

Bad Bill of the Month HB 135 Bill Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Shurtleff, Merrimack 11 HB 135 STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE…. 1. Eliminates the provision allowing a person to use deadly force anywhere he or she has a right to be. (If you are in a dark parking lot, just be ready to run, I […]

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An Essay: What is “Constitutional”? Who decides?

by Tim Condon February 2, 2013

Yesterday I cited an 1886 Supreme Court decision that ruled that unconstitutional actions or statutes are…inoperative, and of no effect (see it HERE). My long-time buddy and fellow lawyer—I’ll call him Larry—sent me a friendly warning about that post, as follows:

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Notable quote – Voltaire

by Susan Olsen January 7, 2013
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What is “going Galt? What is “Irish democracy”?

by Tim Condon December 29, 2012

And how are they connected?

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The Free State Project gonna get your momma!

by Tim Condon December 28, 2012

Good stuff! The outbreak of fear and trembling over the surging Free State Project freedom-fighters also helps expose the bigotry and narrow-mindedness of Statists, including even elected representatives. Best of all, New Hampshire bigotry alerts have gone national, being picked up and prompting a discussion at no less than Instapundit, as follows:

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Beneficent Statism: An Opiate for the Masses

by Tim Condon December 20, 2012

I cannot resist posting the following thoughts, which are in response to my “Rumination” posting earlier today. These words come from a member of the NH State House of Representatives who tells me…

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A rumination: Republicans, Democrats, ideas, and the Statist urge to power

by Tim Condon December 20, 2012

Unlike some types of Republicans—often referred to as “Main Street” or “Country Club” Republicans—Democrats tend not to suffer from any dearth…

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Today’s almighty federal government: “The illusion of impregnability”

by Tim Condon December 19, 2012

Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “big government is here to stay. This is particularly important for libertarians to absorb. Over the last two hundred years…

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Announcing HEL—Hatred, Envy, and Lies—the basis of Socialist Statism

by Tim Condon December 14, 2012

It is said that you need to know your enemy and how s/he thinks, to effectively respond and counteract. So the following cartoon is instructive.

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Only in the minds of DC tax-grabbers is my house a “tax loophole”

by Skip December 10, 2012

I had seen this before but when I read it again, the only thoughts I have is “Is this my house or the Government’s?” and “At what point does Government’s stash no longer needs more of my [much diminished] stash?” when looking at “tax loophole” that I take advantage of when I, well, live in […]

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The End of the Beginning of the End

by Scott Morales November 8, 2012

When not caused by war, nations decay slowly and gradually (e.g., modern day France, Italy, Spain, Greece etc.). Alas, now, it seems ours is no different. Its exceptionalism is dissolving into the ordinary. It’s a choice made by the people. They fore-go liberty and self subjugate themselves under ruling political and administrative classes of which […]

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