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PI Newsletter #12

1. Takedown of the Moral Prometheans by Theodore Dalrymple
The error of the communists was to be relatively specific about what utopian would look like. Whatever material abundance meant, it could not possibly mean queuing for five hours for a few measly potatoes. By contrast, the radiant future promised by liberal democracy is without tangible content. Therefore it is much more useful for a self-perpetuating elite. It vaguely promises a world of complete individual freedom, in which each person is a particle in Brownian motion (except that the motion is determined by himself). It promises a life free from all irritating constraints, difficulties, irritations, and dissatisfactions. But since such a life is manifestly impossible, more reform will always necessary. What has been invented is not a perpetual motion machine, but a perpetual government machine, with rule by the enlightened who will lead Man to the sunny uplands of total liberation—never, of course, to be reached.
2.  Hungary Emulates Israel by Offering Refuge to Ethnic Hungarians Worldwide
Viktor Orban plans to introduce an Israel-style Law of Return for ethnic Hungarians worldwide, so they have a place of refuge from countries where the security situation has deteriorated due to unchecked Islamism or failed left wing policies.
3.  The thanks of a grateful world go with Steve Bannon
Korea is a sideshow, Bannon added in the American Prospect interview:
“We are at economic war with China,” he added.  “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”

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