Saturday, December 22, 2012
The world actually did end
by Clifford F. Thies The worker's paradise of Argentina has succumbed to mass riots, with looting of supermarkets and other stores spreading throughout the country, waves of electric blackouts, shootings and stabbings; and, the mobilization of the armed forces. Big stores owned by multinational corporations and small shops owned by immigrants were particularly targeted. President Cristina Fernandez, a fascist of the peronista persuasion, who was re-elected last year in a landslide, has seen her approval ratings collapse, with opposition groups, mostly on the left, for radical change. In Europe, rioting which began in Spain in 2011 with the Indignados, continue in many countries, accompanied now by quiet desperation. Many people are reduced to foraging for food. Children are abandoned by normal parents; and, the continent is flooded with economic refugees. In North Africa and the Middle East, one country after another succumbs to civil war. In Egypt, a dictator is overthrown and replaced by a person who then assumes dictatorial power. Women are returned to second-class citizenship. Homosexuals and religious minorities flee or cower in fear. In the United States, a progressive socialist president is re-elected in spite of a moribund economy on the campaign theme of "Don't blame me." The political and media elites' latest solution to every problem is to rise taxes on the rich and takeaway our guns. In the meanwhile, the trend of rising volcanic activity and earthquakes continues to tell us something big is happening, which is denied by the climate change'rs who are blinded by their ideological belief in man-made CO2 emissions. Dr. Thies is a professor of economics at Shenandoah University in Virginia, former National Treasurer for the Libertarian Party, and former two-term National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus.