Category Archives: Conservatism

April 11, 2017

The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley

Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world.

As they plough through their GCSE revision, UK students planning to take politics A-level in the autumn can comfort themselves with this thought: come September, they will be studying one thinker who does not belong in the dusty archives of ancient political theory but is achingly on trend. For the curriculum includes a new addition: the work of Ayn Rand.

It is a timely decision because Rand, who died in 1982 and was alternately ridiculed and revered throughout her lifetime, is having a moment. Long the poster girl of a particularly hardcore brand of free-market fundamentalism – the advocate of a philosophy she called “the virtue of selfishness” – Rand has always had acolytes in the conservative political classes. The Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, is so committed a Randian, he was famous for giving every new member of his staff a copy of Rand’s gargantuan novel, Atlas Shrugged (along with Freidrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom). The story, oft-repeated, that his colleague in the US Senate, Rand Paul, owes his first name to his father Ron’s adulation of Ayn (it rhymes with “mine”) turns out to be apocryphal, but Paul describes himself as a fan all the same.

Not to be left out, Britain’s small-staters have devised their own ways of worshipping at the shrine of Ayn. Communities secretary Sajid Javid reads the courtroom scene in Rand’s The Fountainhead twice a year and has done so throughout his adult life. As a student, he read that bit aloud to the woman who is now his wife, though the exercise proved to be a one-off. As Javid recently confessed to the Spectator, she told him that if he tried that again, he would get dumped. Meanwhile, Daniel Hannan, the Tory MEP many see as the intellectual architect of Brexit, keeps a photograph of Rand on his Brussels desk.

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March 29, 2017

Robert Barnes: California Just Criminalized Undercover Reporting — if Recorded by Conservative Media

California law long criminalized recording a person without their consent. This law has never before been applied to a journalist engaged in undercover reporting. It has now.

The California Attorney General just issued a criminal complaint against two anti-abortion documentary journalists for their undercover videos about Planned Parenthood activity concerning aborted baby parts. It may be the liberal Attorney General assumes his highly selective choice to only prosecute anti-abortion documentarians will allow journalists to turn a blind eye to the extraordinary application of this law to undercover reporting that is common-place in California.

Section 632 of the California Criminal code makes it a crime to “intentionally” and “without the consent of all parties” record a conversation if that conversation is a “confidential communication.” A conversation is, by law, not confidential if there is not a reasonable expectation it cannot be overheard. A conversation is, by law, not confidential if it concerns certain kinds of criminal conduct — colloquially known as the “extortion exemption” but also applicable to other crimes, such as violent crimes against a person.

Under clear California law, the First Amendment protects the publishing of any recording of public interest. Additionally, up until yesterday, it was assumed the First Amendment prevented criminal prosecution for news-gathering investigative undercover recordings in aid of First Amendment activity. A California court already recognized the activity of these two anti-abortion investigative journalists as First Amendment protected activity when denying an injunction against their publishing the results of the recordings.

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March 24, 2017

Conservative Students Live In Terror Of Liberal Peers At Minnesota College

The college newspaper has heard multiple reports of students who “threaten to hurt the next conservative or Republican they saw.”

Conservative students at St. Olaf College, a Lutheran liberal arts school in Minnesota, live in terror of their liberal colleagues and are afraid to discuss politics on campus, The College Fix reports.

Not only are they outnumbered, as 80 percent of the college voted Democratic in the last presidential election, many have been violently threatened by college neighbors.

According to the Manitou Messenger: “Of the 12 students interviewed…several have been violently threatened because of their political beliefs, and almost all of them feel as though they can’t speak up about politics on campus – in class, online or with their friends. …On the night of the election, a student in the Pause threatened to beat up [College Republicans President Emily] Schaller, calling her a ‘f***ing moron.’”

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March 15, 2017

Robert Davi: Hollywood Conservatives Need to ‘Grow a Pair’

“My dear fellow Hollywood conservatives: Do we not as a minority deserve a place at the table? And my dear liberal progressive Hollywood elites: Are we not all Americans?”

Hollywood actor Robert Davi is an outspoken conservative, and he has some advice for his conservative colleagues who are afraid to speak out: “Grow a pair.”

in a Breitbart op-ed, Davi said he is concerned about the “fear and hatred” that’s come out of Hollywood since President Trump was elected.

“The left in Hollywood are quick to flaunt their political allegiances. This provides them the ability to both grow in number and maintain their level of influence,” Davi wrote. “Meanwhile, the right in Hollywood, for the most part, hide in the shadows and cower.”

He said that Hollywood conservatives are intimidated into silence because they are attacked as “irrelevant” or “not A-list enough” if they make their thoughts on politics known.

Davi said that conservatives need to “come out in force” – in Hollywood and across the country – and look for areas of compromise and agreement with the left.

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March 12, 2017

In liberal Hollywood, a conservative minority faces backlash in the age of Trump

For the vast majority of conservatives who work in entertainment, going to set or the office each day has become a game of avoidance and secrecy. The political closet is now a necessity for many in an industry that is among the most liberal in the country.

As an Academy Award-winning producer and a political conservative, Gerald Molen has worked in the entertainment business long enough to remember when being openly Republican in Hollywood was no big deal.

“In the ’90s, it was never really an issue that I had to hide. I was always forthright,” recalled the producer, whose credits include “Schindler’s List” and two “Jurassic Park” movies. “It used to be we could have a conversation with two opposing points of view and it would be amiable. At the end, we still walked away and had lunch together.”

Those days are largely gone, he said. “The acrimony — it’s there. It’s front and center.”

For the vast majority of conservatives who work in entertainment, going to set or the office each day has become a game of avoidance and secrecy. The political closet is now a necessity for many in an industry that is among the most liberal in the country.

Since the presidential election, some conservatives feel that their political beliefs are more of a career liability than ever — even for those traditional Republicans disenchanted by President Trump.

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March 3, 2017

The Looming Split in Canadian Conservatism (Video)

Tonight, I break down what you need to know about Ontario’s blasphemy motion. Who is behind it? Why should you oppose it? And why did PC Leader Patrick Brown endorse the motion?

Then, national columnist for the Sun newspaper chain Anthony Furey joins me to discuss the looming schism in Canadian conservatism.

Will common sense prevail, or is the Party destined to cave to those on the top?

Plus, we’ve got your weekly top headlines and Quote of Honour!

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February 23, 2017

Steve Bannon & Reince Priebus FULL SPEECH- CPAC 2017

Must watch video!

February 2, 2017

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn Says, ‘Eliminate Net Neutrality to Preserve an Open Internet’

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn told Breitbart News that she hopes for the elimination of net neutrality with a Republican Congress and administration.

“I think that the chairman will move through the vote process and rescind the order and if that’s the way the chairman wants to proceed I am fine with that,” Blackburn explained of the Federal Communications Commission. “I think that the marketplace would appreciate it if there was a clean repeal of that order. It would get rid of Title II (public utility regulation). Then we can focus on light-touch regulation and preservation of an open internet, and focus on cybersecurity provisions and broadband expansions, and maybe focus on getting spectrum auction right.”

Congresswoman Blackburn discussed paid prioritization, in which content providers such as Netflix can pay Verizon to better handle its bandwidth. YouTube and Netflix, at peak hours, use half of the bandwidth in the United States. Congresswoman Blackburn said that the best way to handle this issue involves “content distributers and Internet service providers work[ing] this out at the negotiating table.”

Congresswoman Blackburn discussed the broadband internet’s importance to the economy, saying, “Rural broadband is the top education, economic development, and healthcare access issue in my district. I have 16 rural counties, and you do not get economic development and you cannot utilize telemedicine and remote monitoring and you cannot recruit companies and factories without consistent and steady broadband access.”

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December 30, 2016

Trump populism comes to Canada as Conservatives seek leader

“Elites pretend this isn’t an issue, but Canadians want to talk about it (immigration),” Leitch said in an interview last week from her farmhouse in rural Ontario.

Canada’s answer to Donald Trump is a pediatric surgeon and former cabinet minister who, like the U.S. president-elect, is railing against immigration and political elites.

Kellie Leitch, 46, has vaulted to the front of the race to lead the opposition Conservative Party by pushing a hard-right “Canadian values” platform that taps into discontent over the sluggish economy and Canada’s acceptance of 37,000 Syrian refugees.

Leitch is ahead of about a dozen candidates in the most recent opinion polls on the Conservative leadership election, scheduled to be held on May 27, 2017. The candidate chosen by party members will be their flag bearer for the October 2019 general election, against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

“Elites pretend this isn’t an issue, but Canadians want to talk about it (immigration),” Leitch said in an interview last week from her farmhouse in rural Ontario.

She has professed admiration for Trump’s embrace of the ordinary voter, and acknowledged similarities in their agendas.

“I am talking about screening immigrants, I am talking about building pipelines, I am talking about making sure Canadians have jobs, so yeah, some of the ideas and language are the same,” said Leitch, an energetic and plain-spoken former labor and women’s affairs minister.

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December 19, 2016

Scannell: Good Riddance to Pre-Trump GOP

There is one leader of the Republican Party now. It’s the man who worked tirelessly against incredible odds to earn the support and respect of the voters. It’s because of HIM that our optimism about the future is higher than it’s been in years as manufacturing jobs are beginning to be saved and foreign investment is already coming in. It’s HIS approval ratings that continue to climb as Americans see the foundation for his agenda built.

When the 2016 presidential campaign started in mid-2015, there was a wide but uninspiring field of candidates to choose from. Most seemed to have solid resumes and name recognition, but all seemed just like different versions of what we’d grown accustomed to and were destined to disappoint us as Republican primary voters.

Donald Trump stepped forward and changed all of that. He spoke many (supposedly) unpopular truths and stuck to his guns no matter the fallout. As the process moved forward, the field was clearly split into two camps – Donald Trump and not Donald Trump. Trump identified as the only candidate capable of leading the party in a new direction. The rest were a collection of pretend change candidates, each one barely distinguishable from the others whether their claims on the White House came from governor’s mansions or Congress.

A traditional candidate stood no chance of winning this election, regardless of what any polls might have said months ago. We know how the legacy media treats Republican politicians. We saw how they savaged George W. Bush daily throughout his 8-year administration, all while he refused to fight back. Bush left the Republican Party in tatters, culminating with Barack Obama’s landslide win in 2008.

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