Trump’s Reality Distortion Field will be Stronger with Trump as President than Candidate

And that distortion field proved dangerous enough for the election.

Then it faced off against what might best be called a media DDoS attack on the voter’s entire sensory network.  The objective of this offensive was to block out any remotely accurate information about the Trump campaign by the distortion field being processed by the, admittedly, already limited mental horsepower of the American voter.

To counter this vast fire power the distortion field had only one Twitter account, a candidate who could barely recite a bullet point list of his priority policies, and a red hat.

Our heroic distortion field – an electromagnetically perfect field of persuasion – literally defeated the entire planet, inflicting such devastation against its enemies that we are tempted to say it would have won even without the hat.

The distortion field now has much more than Twitter, Trump, and a red hat.  It now has control of the White House.  With this control its persuasive powers can only become amplified to even greater degrees.

The Office of the Presidency always brings to its occupant great control of the political conversation in Washington.  It does not guarantee conversation translates into policy, but it does set parameters on what policy is at least discussed.  And what is discussed indicates who is going on the attack.

Consider how this offensive power of the Presidency can synergize with the distortion field.

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Modern European Nationalism is Parliamentary Nationalism not Fascism

Animated by the great spirit of Confucius we continue with our duty towards the great cause of rectifying the names.

The name we select to rectify today is Nationalism as it is understood within the context of contemporary Western Europe.  The question around its name is whether the European nationalists of today are correctly equated with Fascists.

The answer is no; their historical parallels are to the Anglo-Saxon model of Parliamentary Nationalism, or Democratic Nationalism, particularly the American Nationalist model.  Parliamentary Nationalism is the advancement of the interests of the nation state combined with robust democratic and property rights for citizens.

If the connection between European Parliamentary Nationalists and American Nationalism is not obvious to conservative Americans it is because they take it for granted that American Democracy will pursue nationalistic objectives and remain Democratic.  At the same time American conservatives never associate the actual practice of American Democracy with the word ‘Nationalism’.

This is not the case for the history of Continental Europe where Nationalism has only recently been tied to constitutional rights.

The most significant difference between the history of American Nationalism (known commonly as just ‘Democracy’ or ‘American Democracy’) and all forms of European nationalism has been how each region transitioned to a nationalist system.

After America won the War of the American Secession (wrongly called the American Revolutionary War) our transition to ‘Parliamentary’ (so to speak, in America’s case) Nationalism was immediate and seamless.  Independent from the Old World’s politics, class stratification, and inherited privileges, the founders were free to fashion a Republican system of government on a legislative blank slate.  Perhaps most importantly, the nation’s elite embraced this new Constitutional framework because membership in the elite was no longer legally dependent on aristocratic bloodlines in a new nation where royal titles were not legally recognized.

Continental Europe’s transition to Nationalism was, not seamless, but chaotic at times and hampered by inertia at others.  Before the Cold War, European Nationalism went through three stages.

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Autism – Potential Causes and Treatment

Speculating (rationally!) about autism makes for a fine exercise of the rational faculties of the mind.  Or, it does for those of you who still have some logical faculties remaining in your neural algorithm.  However few of you that may be.  But whatever is left of your kind is surely reading Pragmatically Distributed where we now direct the audience’s attention to the mystery that is autism.

Autism has proven a difficult puzzle to solve primarily because whatever its cause is must be one that has become more commonplace in modern environments but which was previously much less frequent.

As autism researchers can confirm, identifying a cause that satisfies this condition is no easy matter. Whatever causal factor it may be is hidden among a multitude of other possibilities as a result of the numerous changes in society seen in just the last fifty years; exponentially more than seen in almost any other half-century.

Nonetheless, much trial and error testing has been done by physicians during the course of treating the disease, and some candidate explanations have emerged from this process.

One theory for the increase in autism cases is, in our view, particularly interesting.

It has been proposed that Lyme disease might be causally related to autism.  According to this theory, Lyme infections accumulate heavy metal toxins such as iron, mercury, and cadmium and use these metals to construct a fibrin-based cellular matrix (called biofilms) that shields the Lyme microbes from attacks by the body’s immune system and antimicrobial drugs.  These toxic metals gradually poison the body and result in autistic symptoms.

Unfortunately, studies exploring the link between Lyme and autism have proven inconclusive.

However we would like to propose a modified theory – that autism is related to chronic infections of any kind, not only Lyme infections, and that chronic infections have been the inevitable result of decades of antibiotic usage.

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Wikileaks – Either Assange or Obama’s “Intelligence” Agencies are Lying

The preliminary report investigating the hacking of the DNC’s computer system has been released, with still no hard evidence offered that the Wikileak got DNC emails from Russia. 

This comment about the matter was made by myself at Lion’s  –

What evidence is there that Russia did the hacking? Nothing conclusive as far as I know.

Assange insists that his source was not the Russian government; either the intelligence services or Assange is lying. Now, one might point out that Assange’s denials by themselves prove nothing. While this is true, keep in mind that Assange does know the identity of the source. If he knows it was the Russians and he is lying about their involvement then he also knows the intelligence community potentially is holding back on definitive evidence that could damage his credibility if they drop their bombshell later. I find this a bit doubtful (though concede it is possible) because normally when people lie they try to make their initial statements somewhat equivocal so that they can back out of what they said later if they receive pushback.

But Assange hasn’t been giving himself room for maneuver when he’s asked about the matter; which is what one would expect him to do if he knew there was something to the allegations.

For Assange to be so unambiguous when he knows the truth – along with other reasons, such as the fact hacking that system would be a very doable assignment for a freelancer – leads me to believe the Russians were not involved.

Terrorism In France Proves Foreign Policy Is Not Why Muslims Attack The West

Were the idea true that the hostility Islam harbors against the West could be mollified with greater efforts on the part of the civilized to compensate for the “historical grievances” and “suffering” of Muslims at the hands of supposed Western “Imperialism”, France would be the one of the greatest beneficiaries of such leniency.

Almost every suggestion Muslim apologists have wished Western states adopt to appease the Arab Street has long been the consensus policy of France.  Since Suez the French have been calling on Israel to concede ever more territory, with the most recent expression of this Arabist sentiment coming in their vote for the recent UN resolution; they have strenuously warned against moves to halt Iran’s nuclear program; and they famously joined with Germany and Russia to oppose the Iraq War in 2003.  Only with the intervention in Libya did France join a policy that might have offended Arab opinion, but even this was done with humanitarian intentions of saving Muslim lives.

But a reward for their consistent Arabism is nowhere to be found; Arabism that the West’s anti-American Muslim apologists assured everyone would lead to Muslim goodwill.

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Le Pen & The French Presidential Election

The odds of Marine Le Pen continuing this year in France the political trends set by Britain, America and Italy in 2016 are becoming less and less promising.

To win the French Presidency Le Pen must capture the votes of at least three quarters of the mainstream French right, hold reliably FN voters, and make inroads among the traditionally Socialist French working class.

These goals may have been attainable against a Socialist opponent in France’s two way runoff.  Unfortunately for her, sitting President Hollande will leave office with the worst presidential ratings since WWII and his Socialist Party lying in ruins.  With the Socialists having no hope of surviving to the second round (for very well-deserved reasons), the runoff is set to be contested between the French mainstream right and Le Pen’s Nationalist Conservatives.

The standard bearer of the centre-right is François Fillon; against him Le Pen has little hope of achieving her above mentioned voting targets primarily because Fillon is satisfactory to most mainstream conservatives:  Small town and rural Catholics have responded positively to his religious conservatism; or what qualifies in France as religious conservatism, anway.  Though not as conservative on immigration as Le Pen, his calls for greater security and immigration reductions should spare him being outflanked on this issue.  And his willingness to open France to more free market competition has been met with relief by a traumatized French business class, who do, in fact, exist despite their being under a near constant state of political siege since 1789.

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Trump, Crony Capitalism & Manufacturing Job Deals

Because Pragmatically Distributed has a keen interest in distinguishing when a state intervention is or is not appropriate under Capitalism, we now consider the example Trump has set lately with his interventions to prevent the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs.

We do so not just to understand Trump’s policies, but to also help hone our reader’s understanding of what the state role in Hamiltonian Capitalism should be.

Where do his actions fit under our vision of Capitalism?

As we defined the correct government-private actor role in Capitalism –

  • Capitalism – Government actors set the common business environment without favoring particular private actors; individual private actors are then free to take any business action within the boundaries of the established environment.
  • Libertarianism – Private actors set the common business environment without favoring particular private actors; individual private actors are then free to take any business action within the boundaries of the established environment.
  • Liberalism – Government actors set the common business environment without favoring particular actors; government actors then decide on all individual economic actions within the boundaries of the established environment.

Because Trump is directly pressuring private businesses like Carrier and Ford to change their operational plans, his actions as a state actor have in these cases been closer to the Crony Capitalist variant of Capitalism.  In Crony Capitalism the government, after arranging the conditions of the business environment, generally allows private actors to act as they see fit within the environment but intervenes directly in the affairs of private companies when politically expedient.

Crony Capitalism is the form of Capitalism now practiced by most of Northeast Asia and Russia.

The role for government to assume in Capitalism, preferred by Hamiltonians, remains the purer, Anglo-Saxon type where the state makes no decisions for and plays no favorites with private actors so long as they do not violate regulations or laws.

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