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How the IRS undermined America as a nation of laws

Imagine that the Trump administration was singling out left-wing groups for discrimination, repression or punishment through both the revenue and justice system. I think we can all guess what the reaction would be: foaming outrage across the media, furious editorials and op-eds, dissection of Trump’s vicious sectarian and vindictive personality and the charge that the US had turned into a fascist state. Evidence has now surfaced confirming long-held claims that the Obama administration targeted conservative groups in just this way, and then tried to cover it up. Yet the media…

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My next US speaking tour

My next set of speaking engagements in north America will take place in the first two weeks of December. With the west being rocked by one tumult after another, there’s much to discuss! There are still some gaps in my schedule, so if you would like me to address your organisation, group or community please get in touch with me at this email address: joshuamelanie@gmail.com.

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Not such a strange result

What does the smashing Alabama Republican primary victory of implacably independent-minded and stickler for national and traditional moral principles Judge Roy Moore (backed by Steve Bannon) over Senator Luther Strange (backed by the Republican establishment and, er, Donald J Trump) tell us? That whether or not Donald J Trump himself understands this, the forces behind his election as President of the United States – the passionate desire of the people to uphold, strengthen and defend America and its fundamental values which are under existential threat from all those who despise…

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Own goal for the culture war

Has there ever been a bigger display of more nauseating cant than we have just been seeing by American football teams, from Nashville to Seattle to Wembley Stadium in London? The New York Times reports: “Neither the Seahawks nor the Titans took the field for Meghan Linsey’s singing of the national anthem in Nashville. While the Titans not participating was somewhat of a surprise, the Seahawks had announced in advance that they would not be on the field, issuing a statement that said “As a team, we have decided we…

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death-of-caesar USA 

Signs of desperation in that rolling White House coup?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s squad inquiring into allegations of collusion between Team Trump and President Putin’s Russia broke into the home of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort in the middle of the night, drew their guns on Manafort and his wife, carted out boxes of stuff and took out Manafort himself in handcuffs and pyjamas, telling him to expect an indictment. For what, precisely? If prosecuting authorities uncover evidence to support a prosecution, they charge someone. They don’t tell that individual to expect a charge about some unspecified offence…

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The sea-change in American Jewry

I have often written about the current dismaying trajectory of the American Jewish community. With some three quarters of them identifying with the universalist, left-wing mindset, both in religious and secular life, they are positioning themselves on the wrong side of the war of civilisation being waged against the west from within while their children are progressing from indifference towards Israel to outright hostility. So much is the common source of much anguished discussion amongst those who care about this decline. An astute and moving article in The American Spectator…

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The fascists of the left

So-called “progressive” Jews think that the major threat to the Jews and humanity in general comes from a few thousand neo-Nazis and white supremacists, while all who organise against them are by definition on the same side as the Jewish people, anti-racism and civilised values. Really? As William Jacobson reports here, the antifa are joining up with Israel-haters to defame Zionists as Nazis and Israel as a “white supremacist” country. This despite the fact that some three quarters of Israeli citizens are not of Caucasian origin; more than half of…

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Those non-existent fraudulent voters are, well, mounting up

Remember Donald Trump’s claim that the only reason Hillary Clinton won more popular votes in the election than he did was because of voter fraud? Remember the way he was howled down on the grounds that there was no evidence that a single vote had been fraudulently cast? Remember how Trump doubled down on his claim, and how this was said to provide yet further proof of his lying nature? Well, guess what – an inquiry by the Republican Speaker of the New Hampshire House Shawn Jasper has discovered that…

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Jews misread America’s cultural civil war

The cultural civil war that has now exploded in America is an immensely dangerous moment for the west. It is also perilous for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Yet in both Israel and the diaspora, too many Jews just don’t get it. They are parroting instead the double-dealing and hypocritical pieties of their mortal enemies. After Charlottesville, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin wrote a letter expressing “support and solidarity” with the American Jewish community “at this difficult time”. Jewish students in America run a permanent gauntlet of left-wing…

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apocalypse USA 

How totalitarianism is winning in the west

Credit to the left-leaning Atlantic magazine for running a piece by Peter Beinart, who has actually looked at what is happening in American society and reached an uncomfortable conclusion which would be hard to find elsewhere in the media – and which is all-too pertinent in the wake of Charlottesville. For Beinart warns that the left is lurching into totalitarianism and violence. “Antifa” purport to be anti-fascist. But they define as fascist anyone they disagree with including mainstream conservatives. Hence their violent suppression of commentators and scholars such as the…

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