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Conservatism is NOT the new punk rock

The punk scene was an odd combination of safe pseudo-anarchism, nihilism, fake socialism and opportunistic vulgar capitalism

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Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars has produced a video wherein he claims  his theory that conservatism is the new punk rock, has been vindicated. This comes after John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) of Sex Pistols and PIL fame has claimed that he is happy about the fact that Brexit and Trump represent giving the middle finger to the old elite.

Lydon of course has a valid point, but I certainly hope that Paul Joseph Watson does not. If conservatism is the new punk, we are all doomed.

Punk rock as John Lydon has said many a time, wasn’t his movement. For Lydon, he was a young man trying to make a statement and in the process he became exploited by arch-capitalist Malcolm McLaren. McLaren was the archetypal liberal capitalist because he sought profit without regard to the following:

a. The moral sentiments of the public, including many working class people.

b. The economic well being of the young people whose image, talents and vulnerability he exploited

c. Any sense of original craftsmanship motivated by sincerity.

It is no wonder that he and his ghastly liberal wife Vivian Westwood got on…just before they fell out.

When taken as a whole, the punk scene was  an odd combination of safe pseudo-anarchism, nihilism, fake socialism and opportunistic vulgar capitalism. It melded the idea of distrust with the credo that there is ‘no future’; no solution to the problems of alienation, economic decline and perceived creative repression. Except for the creative repression part, it’s a bit like a locked room full of Republicans discussing a post-Obamacare future…minus the clothes pins in the nose. I doubt that this is the meaning that Paul Joseph Watson intended.

This is one of the other reasons that Lydon has distanced himself from the entire contrived ethos of ‘punk’. Lydon has said that he believes in a future and has echoed the late Frank Zappa’s words in saying that voting matters and that all people in democracies ought to vote. Zappa, a self-described conservative, was incidentally  ridiculed for saying this in the 1980s.

Since the late 1970s, the punk movement in Britain has gone even more commercial and now, ageing alcoholic has-beens in the music, art and worse yet, antiques business like to prove their punk credentials by plying young people with drugs, booze and worse in an attempt to be ‘cool’;  as if giving young people ‘no future’ the Sex Pistols ironically spoke of is something for an ageing person to be proud of.

Lydon is famously anti-drug and anti-nihilism and this is to be commended. He appreciates the fact that many people trying to profit from the ‘punk’ label are as dastardly as the things he personally opposed as a teen in the 1970s.

Furthermore, there is something parochial about the punk movement when viewed in an international context. It was a uniquely English movement about a certain place and time, the economically stagnant Britain of the 1970s. This was a place where champagne flowed for some in bohemian London but where strikes and power-cuts were the reality for most.

It is rather odd that people in other countries co-opt this movement rather than addressing their own cultures, whether it be suburban America or post-Communist Czech Republic. Perhaps this is why at the time, punk rock was never a major seller outside of the UK. Bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer continued to ‘strike the right chords’ in America and Europe.

So no, conservatism is not the new punk, conservatism is ‘old school’ as they say. At the same time, the ethos of conservatism is about giving people a future based on the stable traditions of the past. The best foundation for a future is the ability to understand and learn from the past without resorting to fits of anger or sudden change. It’s what in Russia is called нормальный.

To quote a man once called Mr. Conservative in America, Barry Goldwater, “We must, and we shall, return to proven ways– not because they are old, but because they are true”. That is the essence of conservatism, not the selling of nihilism that punk represented as early as 1978.

 

 

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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