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A Warning from History

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Street executions in China, 1920s

Some hundred years ago–there are still a few people alive who were alive then, so we’re not talking ancient history–the American Museum of Natural History sent Roy Chapman Andrews to China to organize scientific expeditions. Andrews and his wife rented a house in the capital city of Peking.

This period of Chinese history was characterized by endless turbulence, mostly violent. Here is a snapshot of it, an eyewitness account, from Andrews’ book, Ends of the Earth (1929).

“Every change in the local political aspect in any part of China produces a series of executions. The new gentleman in control proceeds to rid himself of all those who might make trouble by the effective method of a firing squad or the headsman’s knife. For a week or two the grisly business goes on. Often the heads are hung on telephone poles in various parts of the city or exhibited in small bamboo cages as a warning to others.

“Usually the executions are performed at certain definite places but sometimes they happen right in the middle of the street. I cannot forget one day when looting started in Peking only a short distance from my house. The authorities in charge of the city had given very definite instructions to the gendarmes charged with maintaining order. I was driving up a broad street… when a terrific commotion started in three small shops. A dense crowd blocked the way. Suddenly there was a rush and four men were dragged into the street by a dozen gendarmes. They were made to kneel almost in front of my car while one of the police lopped off their heads in less than three minutes. It was done so quickly that I hardly knew what was happening and it certainly did stop the looting. The bodies were left in the middle of the street for three days.”

Our own cities are drawing perilously nearer to this. This is what’s in store for us if we keep going as we’re going. And it’s the Democrat Party that will take us there.

As the Poisons Hatch Out

This clip from the BBC’s I, Claudius series seems distressingly relevant today.

Republics die, usually by their own hand. Emperor Claudius, after absolutely everything has gone completely wrong, has named the evil lunatic, Nero, his successor as emperor. He thinks that Nero will be such a disaster that the Romans will have no choice but to bring back the republic. But when his adviser asks him why he has chosen to do this, Claudius’ reply is cryptic:

“Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.”

Well, here and now in our republic, our poisons are hatching out all over.

God will have to intervene, if we are to survive this chaos.

Pray hard, pray several times a day–and work hard to stop this catastrophe. The people who are doing this to our cities want to do it to our country. And millions of voters will try to hand it over to them.

We’re finished, if they do.

‘Politics Without God’ (2006)

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Polybius–too much of a gentleman to say “I told you so”

I wrote this essay for Chalcedon in 2006, and 13 years later, it seems more on target than it was when it was new. Maybe Chalcedon is rubbing off on me.


Polybius was a Greek who lived in Rome when Rome’s Republic was at the height of its power and prosperity. He studied it shrewdly and intently, praised Rome for its system of checks and balances [which inspired our own country’s system of checks and balances, and divided government]–and accurately predicted its collapse.

As a pagan, for Polybius there was no escape for humanity from the impersonal, unchanging, hopeless “cycle of political revolution.” Rome, he predicted, would be brought down by the intense “craving for office” among her elites, who would do literally anything to obtain it, and the masses “roused to fury” by class warfare rhetoric. He could imagine no way out of it: for him there was no Kingdom of Christ, no sanctification, no redemption.

But if we’re going to behave and think like pagans instead of joint-heirs with Christ, well–take another look at today’s headlines. If Polybius could see them, he’d swear he’d seen it all before.

My Newswithviews Column, June 28 (‘They’ve Created a Monster)

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After I wrote this and sent it in, Schumer and Pelosi made some tepid comments suggesting that maybe, y’know, Maxine Waters’ call for Democrats to harass and intimidate officials was, like, maybe not exactly the best thing. It was hardly a rebuke.


I predict the Dems are going to get keelhauled this November.

They’re Playing with Fire

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How leftids make law

Remember how you were taught, in school, how laws are made? “How a bill becomes a law,” and all that.

I don’t remember anything in those lessons about threatening and harassing government officials.

A few days ago, cranked-up leftids chased our Homeland Security chief out of the restaurant where she was having a working lunch (https://www.thewrap.com/kirstjen-nielsen-chased-out-of-mexican-restaurant-by-democratic-socialists-fascist-pigs-video/). It was the usual sublime Democrat rhetoric: “Fascist pigs!” Everyone who’s not them is a fascist. “No borders, no walls!” Yeah, let’s have a country without borders. Of course, it wouldn’t be a country then, but let’s not let that stop us.

They also followed her home at night and chanted “No justice, no sleep!” (https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/22/no-justice-no-sleep-protesters-blare-audio-crying-detained-children-outside-dhs) And they played loud audio of children crying–which never bothered them for a minute during the eight years of President *Batteries Not Included.

I didn’t know it was okay, legally, to do this.

So is this the new rule–whoever stages the biggest, noisiest riot gets to make the laws?

If Christians were as fanatical about their faith as leftids are about their ideology, that would be terrifying. Trust me, you don’t want to be in that world.

This tantrum has been going on since Election Night of 2016. Now it’s getting out of hand. Unable to accept the American people’s rejection of their Open Borders & Transgender Fun Pack, the Left turns now to lawlessness. Or rather, even more lawlessness: they were already flouting our immigration laws.

We’ve got the nooze media, the looniversities, movie stars, and Democrat politicians whipping into a frenzy a lot of leftids who are already a dozen fries short of a happy meal… and this is dangerous. This is how republics die. This is how First World countries turn into Third World hellholes.

Tell me they’re not prepared to bring this country down, if that’s what it takes to get them into power.

Not that I’ll believe you.


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