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“Never Let a Serious Crisis Go To Waste”

October 9th, 2017 Comments off
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Is the Columbus Day controversy only a symptom of a deeper challenge? Why should business professionals care?

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel, then President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, currently Mayor of Chicago.

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Columbus Day is a US. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937,” says History.

This memorial of Columbus wasn’t a crisis under President Barack Obama.

So why is it that now that President Donald J. Trump is in office, Columbus Day has become a part of the broader assault on American culture, history, and the U.S. Constitutional republican system?

To be sure, resistance to Columbus Day has been brewing in the U.S. for about 25 years.

But for some voices on the right, they say this anti-Columbus Day movement has more to do with Rules for Radicals than it does with the man who was long celebrated as an explorer who brought the faith and Western ways of Europeans to the New World.

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Manufactured housing advocate and centrist Rev. Donald Tye Jr. said of such events that it’s a case of “divide and rule.” Tye explained that while people on the right and left are bickering of such issues, the “powers that be” are quietly advancing their agenda.

Siding With Rahm Emanuel Are…

The Rahm Emanuel quote has been stated in similar words by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama.  But they didn’t invent the notion.

Rather, they based it upon the thinking of Saul Alinsky, who wrote the book Rules for Radicals, that MHProNews has previously reviewed at this link here.

The Austrian Economics Addict, uses the subtitle, Seeing the world through the lens of Austrian Economics.  That group provided the quote that will follow later below.

But to appreciate the quote, it is useful first to understand that Ludwig von Mises is considered by many to be the ‘the father’ of the Austrian school of economics.  

What Did Mises and the Austrian School of Economics Believe?

According to Mises.org, “The Late Scholastics were advocates of property rights and the freedom to contract and trade.” And “…they lived up to Ludwig von Mises’s rule: the first job of an economist is to tell governments what they cannot do.”

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Ludwig von Mises is considered by many to be the father of the Austrian School of Economics. Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, and others have been influenced by his economic and political principles.

Wikipedia provides some of the better-known quotes by Von Mises:

If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.”

Peace and not war is the father of all things.”

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Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.”

The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace.”

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To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.”

Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace.”

If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.”

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Many words and terms have had their meanings confused. There is ‘classical liberalism,’ which is actually what many conservatives today believe. When Sowell speaks about Liberalism in this context, he’s referring to those with a socialistic bent, not the classical liberal.

Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.”

Those thoughts by von Mises would likely find wide agreement in business, and industry.  Because when crime, civil unrest, war, or revolution exists, business and people alike are routinely harmed.

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Contrast the Austrian School of Thought, as Outlined Above with Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

With that backdrop, per the Austrian Addict here’s how Rules for Radicals works: “Here is the template.

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Saul Alinksy, author of Rules for Radicals, credit, Wikipedia.

1) Use a tragedy as a crisis, or create a crisis where none exists.

2) Paint the crisis with as much emotion as possible, and throw logical analysis out the window.

3) Propose the one and only solution to the problem, which just happens to coincide with what you’ve wanted to implement for many years.

4) Paint anyone who opposes your one and only solution as evil, uncaring, not smart enough to understand the nuanced brilliance of your solution, or in the pockets of …. you pick the evil entity.

5) Force the solution on the people by any means, whether legislatively, by executive order, or through the legal system.

6) When the unintended consequences of your solution rear their ugly head, use them as a reason for more brilliant solutions to made up crises.”

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Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Image credit, Pinterest.

As industry professionals ponder “why” similar or worse conditions under previous administrations were not met with the same level “resistance” as this current admiration, these bullets may be useful.

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Hillary Rodham’s master’s thesis was on Saul Alinksy, as this still from the Joe Dan video below reflects.

  • For disciples of Saul Alinsky, they want to take advantage of, or manufacturer a crisis that is used to advance their cause.
  • Alinsky was opposed to free enterprise, and the limited government concepts that America’s founding father’s established.
  • For some billionaires, supporting what appears to be a left-wing agenda is arguably a means to leverage more political and economic power, by (mis)using the power of government to enhance their earning potential.

Lessons Learned?

Christopher Columbus was an imperfect person, just like the rest of us involved in some way in American history. Columbus’ holiday has been celebrated for his courage, spirit of adventure, discovery, and more.

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“Bet Your Ass Its A Revolution,” lyrics and still from Joe Dan video, below.

If the standard of keeping statues or holidays is perfection, then: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and almost any holiday, political or historic figure you care to mention is at risk.

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To see the documentary video, Generation Zero, click the above.

But none of these, per Alinksy disciples, are the real issue.  These are merely excuses used to “divide and rule,” says Rev. Tye and others, as they advance their agenda.

Joe Dan Media’s Music Video Above Isn’t a Celebration of Alinksy. Rather,

the video above is a Critique of Alinksy and Those Who Follow the Alinksy Model.

Who says attacks on history, statues, culture, constitutionally protected rights, etc. are tools for Alinksy disciples to advance their cause?   Rahm Emmanuel, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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