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PI Newsletter #61

  1. Pope Francis Leading His Flock to The Slaughter?

The two foremost representatives of Christianity and Islam, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb — the Grand Imam of Al Azhar who was once named the “most influential Muslim in the world” — just signed “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.” The Document “forcefully rejects,” to quote Vatican News, “any justification of violence undertaken in the name of God,” and affirms “respect for believers of different faiths, the condemnation of all discrimination, the need to protect all places of worship, and the right to religious liberty, as well as the recognition of the rights of women.”

The Document is being portrayed as a “historic pledge of fraternity” and applauded as a “historical breakthrough.” The problem is that one of the two men who signed it, Dr. al-Tayeb, has repeatedly contradicted — when speaking in Arabic and appearing on Arabic media — all the lofty sentiments it highlights.

The Document, for example, asserts that,….


  1. A Digital Iron Curtain Descends Over the Internet.

Why free speech on the web – as we once knew it – will be over within

a decade.

Internet censorship is the manifestation of that larger problem. As is the growing power of the Left.

The Left never feared huge corporations. They’re easy to take over or intimidate. What it feared was a dynamic open society with many rising and falling power centers and no easy levers for total control. It’s built to take over static power structures. When a society is open, then it can’t win.

Free markets are not an abstract idea that can exist in the absence of the dynamic friction of active competition. When a handful of monopolies control your phone service, your internet and your health care, how you pay at the grocery store and where you shop, your freedoms will also be monopolized.

A society of corporate monopolies will inevitably become a society of political monopolies.

The only way to stop the rise of Big Brother is to break up Big Data.


  1. As with the Soviet Union, the EU’s Collapse Is a Matter of ‘When’, not ‘If’…

If you want to understand almost everything that is wrong with the world right now a good place to start is the underground car park beneath the European Parliament building in Brussels.


This idea that the people don’t know what’s good for them, that every last detail of their private lives, their business practices, their expenditure, their leisure time, even what they say and think must be micromanaged by “expert” bureaucrats and technocrats: it has been tested to destruction. The EU — like the Soviet Union, like Venezuela, like Cuba, like so many idealistic political experiments gone wrong — is on the losing side of history.

The EU is the steel and glass embodiment of a decadent mindset, a discredited ideology, a crumbling imperium more attuned to the Soviet era than the present.


  1. Unrest in France: No End in Sight

The author Éric Zemmour said that Macron is desperately trying to save his presidency but that the attempt will be useless:

“Macron has lost all legitimacy. His presidency is dead… For three months the country stopped economically; and Emmanuel Macron, to try to save his presidency, inflicts on the country two months of additional economic stagnation, and two more months of demonstrations. When people understand that they have been deceived, anger could increase… France is already a country in very bad shape.”

The French economy is, in fact, sclerotic. The Index of Economic Freedom created by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal ranks it 71st in the world (35th among the 44 countries in the Europe region) and  notes that “the government spending accounts for more than half of total domestic output”. The Index also reveals that “the budget has been chronically in deficit”; that “corruption remains a problem and that “the labor market is burdened with rigid regulations” leading to a high level of unemployment.



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