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Monday, October 14, 2013

Front National wins in France

One wonders if the Socialists will try to take a page from the Greeks and ban the French nationalist party as a "criminal organization" before they get booted from office by the electorate.
France’s Front National swept to victory over the country’s mainstream centre-right opposition in a closely watched local election on Sunday in a vote widely seen as presaging big advances by the far-right party in next year’s European and municipal elections.

In the decisive second round of the poll for a departmental council seat representing Brignoles, a town in the south of France, the FN candidate comfortably defeated his rival from the UMP, the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, by 54 per cent to 46 per cent.

The knockout blow came despite calls from President François Hollande’s Socialist party for its supporters and other leftist voters to rally behind the UMP candidate in a bid to block the FN. The left’s candidate in the poll, the incumbent Communist, was easily knocked out in the first round of the election last weekend.

Marine Le Pen, FN leader, called the vote “a great victory”. She cautioned that it was only a local by-election, but added: “This shows a desire for change among the French people, who are making their voices heard, who are mobilising. It augurs towns gained and hundreds, maybe thousands of municipal councillors [for the FN in next March’s local elections].’

The FN, riding on a wave of recession-fuelled disaffection with the two mainstream parties, is mounting its biggest campaign to date to make gains in both the local elections and the European elections that follow in May. Last week an opinion poll for the first time put the FN ahead in the running for the European poll, with 24 per cent backing the party, giving it a two-point lead over the UMP and five points over the Socialist party.

Manuel Valls, the interior minister, told the Financial Times in an interview last week, that it was possible the FN would emerge as the leading party in the European elections.
Across Europe, the globalists and transnationalists are all but finished democratically. From the UK to Eastern Europe, the trend is clear. Now the question is if they will go gracefully or otherwise, turning to violent, anti-democratic tactics while incessantly screaming "fascist" and "neo-Nazi" at the populist parties.

In the meantime, there isn't any mystery about the growing mass appeal of Marine Le Pen and the Front National: 
 "I will negotiate over the points on which there can be no compromise. If the result is inadequate, I will call for withdrawal. Europe is just a great bluff. On one side there is the immense power of sovereign peoples, and on the other side are a few technocrats."

Asked if she intended to pull France of the euro immediately, she hesitated for a second or two and then said: "Yes, because the euro blocks all economic decisions. France is not a country that can accept tutelage from Brussels."

As I wrote in June, the Front has been scoring highest in core Socialist cantons, clear evidence that it is breaking out of its Right-wing enclaves to become the mass movement of the white working class.
Vive le franc! The Euro is finished once France turns against it.

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79 Comments:

Anonymous Golf Pro October 14, 2013 9:34 AM  

You do know, dont you that the Front National has been trying to become relevant in France since the 80s when Le Pen's father tried to whip up anti-immigrant sentiment, right? It's not like this is new. The FN base has always been in the south of France. It never moved outside it's small collection of supporters there primarily because apparently even the FN was too racist for the average French person.

This is no harbinger. It's a..."really-they-are-still-there-being-racist" moment.

Anonymous allyn71 October 14, 2013 9:38 AM  

Brussels had better crank up the immigration presses, these damn natives are starting to get restless.

Blogger Tom Kratman October 14, 2013 9:39 AM  

The amusing thing is that, sans Tranzis, the EU might actually be worth keeping. _Might_.

Anonymous Von Neumann October 14, 2013 9:41 AM  

They will shriek even louder. But as people start looking around them and realizing how much suffering is being papered over, they will have less and less patience. The EBT mobs Saturday night (The Day the EBT Card Died) will work the same effect here that bread lines have done in Greece. They will provide a forum for talk and the chance to see just how many people, decent people, are in the same boat that you are.

The human isolation and elite intermediation provided by EBT payments (instead of consciousness-raising breadlines) and the internet will hopefully start breaking down.

It is this ability to keep people efficiently separated from one another that permits a tiny elite to keep the people well-massaged and well-messaged. Public rallies and open meetings are what they fear the most. as their numbers shrink. The internet and EBT extend the life of the beast.

Blogger Random October 14, 2013 9:42 AM  

Today the part of Baghdad Bob will be played by "nothing to see here" Golf Pro...

Anonymous fish October 14, 2013 9:49 AM  

Today the part of Baghdad Bob will be played by "nothing to see here" Golf Pro...

At least facedown biting the pillow is an honest way of not knowing what's going on in Europe.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben October 14, 2013 9:50 AM  

Golf Pro, you a big Tiger fan?

Anonymous allyn71 October 14, 2013 9:51 AM  

Tranzi's = EU. Tom I don't think you will find many nationalist there. The whole lot is rotten and none of it is worth keeping.

They have already proven that they only support democracy when it gives them what they want.

Soon a Eurocrat will be telling us that to save democracy we need to suspend democracy, at least until they have imported enough Africans to ensure they get the right results.

Blogger James Dixon October 14, 2013 9:55 AM  

> It never moved outside it's small collection of supporters there primarily because apparently even the FN was too racist for the average French person.

A "small collection of supporters" doesn't win a regional election, Tad.

> This is no harbinger. It's a..."really-they-are-still-there-being-racist" moment.

And yet now they're winning elections. And by your own professed standards, that means racism must have become mainstream and acceptable in southern France.

Blogger JartStar October 14, 2013 10:10 AM  

the globalists and transnationalists are all but finished democratically...

Optomist. If true then democracy will have to be jettisoned.

Anonymous Profit October 14, 2013 10:15 AM  

Easy to get elected claiming a position, but will they act as they claimed once in office? I seem to recall the "Tea Party" also had great success at the polls... but then became RINOs upon taking their seat.

Anonymous Dr. T October 14, 2013 10:16 AM  

> This is no harbinger.

Au contraire. The most recent poll for the election of the European Parliament has the FN in lead with 24%, stronger than all other French parties. Compare this to the 6.3% they got in 2009 and "harbinger" seems quite appropriate.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 October 14, 2013 10:20 AM  

Now the question is if they will go gracefully or otherwise, turning to violent, anti-democratic tactics while incessantly screaming "fascist" and "neo-Nazi" at the populist parties.

My vote is on violence, verbal or otherwise.

It's amazing. The Socialists took power a few years ago and it didn't take long for the French people to figure out what idiots they were. So much so that they'd rather vote for the racist than the Socialist.

Anonymous Anonymous October 14, 2013 10:32 AM  

Let's hope they continue to overuse the word "racist." Every time someone gets called a racist because he isn't happy about his nation being turned over to hostile foreigners and his livelihood sold to the lowest bidder, the word loses some power and a new patriot may be born.

Anonymous Alexander October 14, 2013 10:32 AM  

It would be nice if the Tea Party reps became RINOs. Instead, they became Republicans...

Blogger CubuCoko October 14, 2013 10:37 AM  

@ Tom Kratman: But is there a way to extricate the Tranzis from the EU without killing the patient? Doubtful.

Anonymous Alauda October 14, 2013 10:39 AM  

Petain does yet live, then.

Anonymous VD October 14, 2013 10:41 AM  

If true then democracy will have to be jettisoned.

That is what I anticipate. Certainly we've already seen it in Greece and Italy, to say nothing of the "vote until you get it right" elections in Ireland, France, and the Netherlands.

The Swiss government tried the latter tactic too, but the Swiss people just voted even more heavily against joining the EU.

Anonymous Alexander October 14, 2013 10:41 AM  

Oh we might get some twisted variant of that: A European Caliphate would certainly qualify as both a pan-European political entity that would result in the deaths of Tranzis.

Anonymous Stilicho October 14, 2013 10:43 AM  

Now the question is if they will go gracefully or otherwise, turning to violent, anti-democratic tactics while incessantly screaming "fascist" and "neo-Nazi" at the populist parties.

You're funny.

Blogger CubuCoko October 14, 2013 10:46 AM  

Alexander, you've read Tom's book called "Caliphate", right?

Anonymous Alexander October 14, 2013 10:49 AM  

I have - very recently in fact.

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Anonymous heh October 14, 2013 11:01 AM  

The amusing thing is that, sans Tranzis, the EU might actually be worth keeping. _Might_.

Isn't the whole point of the EU transnational socialism? How could they implement a transnational socialist project without transnational socialists?

Anonymous Alexander October 14, 2013 11:12 AM  

Wait, wait, I know this one.

Alauda, why you hating a book that features female officers and black commandos? Racist! Sexist!

Anonymous jack October 14, 2013 11:16 AM  

Re Reading Caliphate from above.
Caliphate is the only Tom Kratman book I have not read, to date. I think I will tackle it in more prep for the unveiling of 'Come and Get It' next month.
On another reading note; finished Tales of a New America' last night. Found it interesting. It did, however, have some hints of the Turner Diaries. I read the diaries some decades ago just to see or try and figure out what was driving the white supremists. Have to admit after reading the diaries I felt unclean for some days after and immediately threw that book in the garbage; which is something I rarely do to a book.
There are, of course, many arguments in Tales that most of the left would scream 'Raciss'. That these arguments often make sense, is beside the point. To them.

I wonder if any of us will survive this declining track of civilization.

Anonymous jack October 14, 2013 11:21 AM  

Substance rules, bull s*** drools. Thank You CapreOro. I like it. As for Kratman not being a standout author; I suspect in the world of the New America [re the book] Alauda would be one of the evacuees sent froth from the revitalized America to roam on the Mexican border. And there to survive or not.

Anonymous VD October 14, 2013 11:22 AM  

Alauda/Dan/Champps/etc please be advised that you are not permitted to comment upon books written by anyone here. Your opinion on all matters literary is neither desired nor permitted anymore. Any such comments will be spammed on sight and all responses to them deleted.

You're a boring and utterly predictable little troll. Now, go home and write your amusingly bad drivel. The real writers have no interest in you, mostly because of things like this:

"“Uh, I’m terribly sorry,” the woman who attacked us said, her voice languid and melodic. The gold disk on her neck was inset with a large red stone with a carving of an eye at the center of a star and six cabochons of varying tones of green at the points, actually light-emitting diodes. A bead of amber with a fly entombed within, like Ava’s pendant, dangled from the side of her headband, wrapped in fine gold chains. A sardonyx brooch with a cameo was pinned to her coat. “I saw you up there and I thought you were a Selinian, or worse, a Pannonian. I’m Cantianilla, by the way. Cantianilla Vasilescu, if you were wondering. Veridiana told me to wear it with pride because it’s part of who we are, for better and worse. I’m not sure but for what it’s worth, there’s a lot of people with that kind of family name, Vasilescu and Gavrilescu and Stefanescu and a bunch of other people with -escu at the end. Mine reminds me of basilisks. Do you know what a basilisk is? There’s a folktale about a feathered lizard that can turn a man to stone with its gaze. But maybe I’m mixing them up with dinosaurs. Those were real, but they didn’t have a petrifying glare or anything. I see you know Anysia. So, what are your names, wayfarers?”

Blogger rycamor October 14, 2013 11:24 AM  

As the USA generally trails Europe in socio-political conventions, and as the Christian church generally trails the secular culture (by at least 10-20 years), I think the ultimate irony will be going to church in 30 years to hear female pastors cry out against the horrid right-wing governments of Europe banning abortion.

Anonymous tehstoopidhurts October 14, 2013 11:33 AM  

Shut up, Dan.

Anonymous Roundtine October 14, 2013 11:34 AM  

It's not like this is new.

No, they are not new.There's increasing evidence to support the argument that the Left peaked in 2000, and if you use Prechter's forecast, perhaps going as far back to the Enlightenment. From the viewpoint of history, there's nothing new about centuries long swings in political thinking. And if sodomy is outlawed, abortion outlawed, women lose the right to vote, etc., that will be nothing new, only history repeating.

Anonymous Alexander October 14, 2013 11:36 AM  

Rycamor,

Hilarity will come much quicker than that. I made a point to my liberal friends this weekend that it's only a matter of time between the 'born that way' crowd face a much larger group wishing to abort their potentially gay offspring.

So we could have Sarah Palin as the defender of why gay people deserve to live against the social progressive feminists.

Anonymous DonReynolds October 14, 2013 11:44 AM  

Should France ever quit the Euro currency, the Germans will probably insist on changing the name of the Euro to Deutschmark.

Anonymous Harsh October 14, 2013 11:50 AM  

@Golf Pro

Even a mental midget such as yourself can see the significance of this. Or are you so dead set on being a troll that you're ignoring what's happening before your very eyes?

Blogger James Dixon October 14, 2013 11:53 AM  

> I wonder if any of us will survive this declining track of civilization.

Quoting my pick for the appropriate band to represent America in the conversation a while ago:

"Five to one, baby. One in five. No one here gets out alive..."

Blogger Dystopic October 14, 2013 11:56 AM  

That is what I anticipate. Certainly we've already seen it in Greece and Italy, to say nothing of the "vote until you get it right" elections in Ireland, France, and the Netherlands.

John Oliver, on the Daily Show, said this: "Democracy is like a tambourine: not everyone can be trusted with it." I don't think he meant it quite this way, but it seems to me that even pop culture has tacitly recognized the limitations and failings of popular democracy. It's not a particularly large leap from that sort of thinking to exactly what you are describing.

Blogger Giraffe October 14, 2013 11:59 AM  

Dan actually has quite a talent for comedy. I still get a laugh out of that, and I've read it before.

Blogger Bill Quick October 14, 2013 12:20 PM  

Good Lord, that "Alauda" excerpt is awful. It doesn't even rise to slush pile levels.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother October 14, 2013 12:20 PM  

Wow, that was terrible writing. Alauda, do youaactually get paid for that?

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 October 14, 2013 12:22 PM  

Sadly, this will be viewed as a failure of democracy, much like how the democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan are viewed as failures, by the mainstream press.

Honestly, limiting voters is the only logical way to preserve a Republic and maintain basic human rights for everyone. For example, if being pro-abortion is necessary for Republicans to win the female vote, then the solution is to eliminate the female vote for the good of the unborn.

Of course, such notions are not easy things to accomplish. Most people who don't vote in the United States these days are people who probably should be voting while most who do, should be banned from polling stations.

We may see certain people groups get banned from voting in various European nations as a result of this. Technically, this is already happening in Greece.

Blogger rycamor October 14, 2013 12:22 PM  

"Do you know what a basilisk is?"

That's how we should respond to every stupid comment from Golf Pro/Tad/Phony and others of that nature.

You know, just a way to hint that someone is running off at the mouth.

Anonymous FP October 14, 2013 12:30 PM  

Von Neumann: "The internet and EBT extend the life of the beast."

I'd argue that the internet is doing more to end the life of the beast. Videos on sites like worldstar hiphop have done a lot to wake up many people to reality and make others rather nervous.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 14, 2013 1:00 PM  

The problem for the socialists/leftists/proggists is that the EU represents the end of the road for the "fail upwards" strategy. There's no where else to go, since the UN has already disgraced itself.

Socialists get elected by promoting the equivalent of an Ice Cream and PIzza weight loss diet. Their ideas will never work, but they sure do appeal to the average person, so they get elected. Then when their ideas inevitably fail at the local level, their only chance to hold onto power is to "fail upwards" and claim the reason things didn't work is that outside forces ruined everything. So they move to the regional level, where they of course fail again. Then it's national then supra-national. They've finally failed at the last stage, and there's no where left to blow the problem up to. Who are they going to blame for their screw-ups? The Russians and Chinese don't care. They probably rightly view the US as totally unpredictable - we might care, or we might bomb them, who knows. No more credible bête noirs for them.

Their previous incarnation - the pan-European nobility that rose and fell with the Hapsburgs - built armies so they could go to war when they screwed up. The EUnichs weren't foresighted enough to do that. Now they're out of options.

Anonymous Big Bill October 14, 2013 1:30 PM  

"And if sodomy is outlawed, abortion outlawed, women lose the right to vote, etc., that will be nothing new, only history repeating."

And therein lies the rub. The Liberal Religion is eschatological. A faith in Progress and eternal upward movement toward a holy, perfect, Golden Age is essential to their faith. Nothing is cyclical. We are always moving onward and upward, becoming more and more perfect, abandoning the illusions and dross of previous ages--religion, bourgeois morality, gender, sex--until we finally arrive at that Perfect Heaven On Earth. They will never--CAN never--accept a cyclic nature of life. Read Eric Vogelin (or Thomas Bertonneau's précis). Read Marx on the genesis of The Communist Man. Read Christopher Lasch's "The True and Only Heaven".

Blogger Revelation Means Hope October 14, 2013 1:31 PM  

Jack,
doesn't take long at all to build up an army.
Perhaps not an effective army, but if all the neighboring nations also suck, then at least that part is level.
But really, most of the upcoming wars will be civil wars, not between nations. And very bloody ones, with massive "civilian" involvement, at that.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope October 14, 2013 1:33 PM  

Ah, give Aluada a break.
I remember my first time writing a story in 8th grade too. It was just about as bad as that sample. Although my English teacher thought it was pretty good, looking back on it now, I cringe.
I'm sure by the time he graduates from high school his writing ability will have improved.

Anonymous scoobius dubious October 14, 2013 1:47 PM  

Golf Pro/Tad is, of course, the real racist.

"So, what are your names, wayfarers?" is just as funny as "It was a dark and stormy night." I never stop laughing at the wayfarers line.

Now I'm going to wait for my personal internet stalker to show up and say something stupid and uninteresting.

Anonymous Puppy Power October 14, 2013 1:48 PM  

Sacre bleu!

"THE right-wing National Front has taken the lead in an opinion poll before elections to the European Parliament, in a development that has shocked the French political establishment. The survey, which gave Marine Le Pen's party 24 per cent of the vote, marked the first time that the party founded in 1972 by her father has led before a national election."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/shock-for-many-french-le-pen-hits-the-lead/story-fnb64oi6-1226738523249#sthash.S3UM97Nx.dpuf

Blogger Revelation Means Hope October 14, 2013 1:52 PM  

Two telling quotes:
"Mrs Le Pen is winning over white working-class women in droves. The feminised Front is no longer the party of the angry white male."
"I might add that the Front is nothing like Ukip, a mostly pro-American, Right-leaning, libertarian, anti-welfare, free-market party. Marine Le Pen is an ardent defender of the French welfare model."
And right there we see the doom of the EU.
The women are waking up to the very, very real danges of unfettered immigration from barbarian states. And nothing, absolutely nothing at all, in the news is doing anything but reinforcing their fear of the barbarians.
And that fear will drive their voting patterns.
I believe without the Socialists enthusiastically embracing 180 degree change in immigration policy, they are doomed for the next 20 years.

Blogger RobertT October 14, 2013 1:57 PM  

Isn't there some kind of pattern that what starts in Europe eventually makes it's way to the U.S.?

Anonymous . October 14, 2013 2:05 PM  

John Oliver, on the Daily Show, said this: "Democracy is like a tambourine: not everyone can be trusted with it." I don't think he meant it quite this way, but it seems to me that even pop culture has tacitly recognized the limitations and failings of popular democracy.

When Leftists say this, they normally mean that their opponents can't be trusted and shouldn't be allowed to vote. ("Damn Christian Nazi Teabaggers!")

Anonymous DonReynolds October 14, 2013 2:36 PM  

JCclimber....."The women are waking up to the very, very real danges of unfettered immigration from barbarian states. And nothing, absolutely nothing at all, in the news is doing anything but reinforcing their fear of the barbarians."

I agree totally. As blacks and hispanics come to wildly outnumber the white children in school. White moms are going to become less comfortable with the idea of their precious few being beat up on the playground and having to run home from school. Even if women do not have any of the patriotic spirit to defend this country, they will go to great lengths to remove any and all threats to their few spawn.

Anonymous Alexander October 14, 2013 2:45 PM  

Tom captured that sentiment very nicely in the penultimate flashback in Caliphate...

But it's not so much the children as themselves. The legion of childless feminists will be more than happy to do a complete 180 when they themselves are in danger. Like everything else, they demand other people's children save them from themselves.

Anonymous a_peraspera October 14, 2013 4:49 PM  

"As blacks and hispanics come to wildly outnumber the white children in school, white moms are going to become less comfortable..."


Won't it be too late at that point?

Blogger CorkyAgain October 14, 2013 5:40 PM  

"I will negotiate over the points on which there can be no compromise."

Can someone parse this for me please? Maybe it's a poor translation from French, but it seems to me she's saying she is willing to negotiate about things which shouldn't be subject to negotiation.

Or is there a French idiom involved here? Does negotiating "over" some points mean those points are the bottom line which you're not prepared to surrender?

Blogger Revelation Means Hope October 14, 2013 6:01 PM  

Corky,
she's a woman. And French. And a politician. And a socialist.
And you're trying to use logic to parse her statement?
I almost LOL'd

Anonymous TWS October 14, 2013 6:01 PM  

What does this say for France as a whole? Is it like David Duke getting elected in LA or are there wider implications?

Anonymous Michael of Charlotte October 14, 2013 6:47 PM  

I wonder about that myself TWS. This seems like a good thing, but I just can't tell. Watching the way Muslims completely block sections of France for Friday prayers makes me think they need help, fast. If this is the politician that ends that s***, go for it.

Blogger Tom Kratman October 14, 2013 7:49 PM  

Jack, though someone in Baen's marketing department wrote a blurb that suggests Caliphate is related to the ADCP series, it is not. In one of those bits of minor serendipity that so complicate the case for atheism even as they strengthen the case for a God with a sense of humor, I just saw where someone _just_ put this on FB: "I still find Caliphate so profoundly realistically disturbing that I have yet to finish it."

I suppose what I had in mind for keeping the EU, sans Tranzis, would be an EU stripped of most ability to make law, to pass judgment, or to tax or allocate resources, certainly not to actually manage an economy, with no common currency, and with it's bureaucracts badly paid ("Death to the Noblemaire Principle! Death by chi chi!"). But it could be a defensive military alliance. It could be a place where major Euro players can use something like the conditional declaration of war that is the UN's P5's sole reason to exist and the sole useful thing to come from the UN.

Anonymous TWS October 14, 2013 8:39 PM  

Tom,
Do we still have a need for so many troops in Europe? If not, where could we best transfer the resources?

Blogger Tom Kratman October 14, 2013 9:27 PM  

The numbers have actually gotten fairly trivial. I am frankly somewhat ambivalent. Even though it is said to be cheaper (lots of things are predicted to be cheaper that don't quite work out that way; check how much money the Army made from closing down Ft Sheridan) I would not move them further east because A) I don't see the value in antagonizing the Russians and B) I want open Sea Lines of Communication to pull them out at need. Stalingrad on the Vistula holds no appeal at all to me.

Anonymous TWS October 14, 2013 9:47 PM  

I'm so old school I just assumed there was still scads of men and material based in Germany etc. Thanks for the update, I should have kept up on how things are developing!

Anonymous Matthew October 14, 2013 10:03 PM  

Tom Kratman, which of your novels would you recommend starting with? Opinions of readers are welcome as well.

Anonymous Golf Pro October 14, 2013 10:41 PM  

"@Golf Pro

Even a mental midget such as yourself can see the significance of this. Or are you so dead set on being a troll that you're ignoring what's happening before your very eyes?'

I've watched the French go back and forth with the racist FN for decades. The FN occasionally finds friends in the south and in the hinterlands, but once they start to try to legislate, there's always a quick realization that you can't run a country on the ideology of racism.

Anonymous DonReynolds October 14, 2013 11:21 PM  

GolfPutz......"you can't run a country on the ideology of racism"

Don't be silly......or naive......certainly would not be the first time.

Anonymous Outlaw X October 14, 2013 11:25 PM  

Everybody is sick of the bankers and they sure will be after the 17th if they (bankers) don't get what they want.

Blogger Bob Loblaw October 15, 2013 12:16 AM  

Can someone parse this for me please? Maybe it's a poor translation from French, but it seems to me she's saying she is willing to negotiate about things which shouldn't be subject to negotiation.

She just means she's going to deliver her demands. If they don't give her everything she wants she's walking.

Blogger Bob Loblaw October 15, 2013 12:18 AM  

I've watched the French go back and forth with the racist FN for decades. The FN occasionally finds friends in the south and in the hinterlands, but once they start to try to legislate, there's always a quick realization that you can't run a country on the ideology of racism.

But that's certainly not what they're offering. What le Pen is saying makes a lot of sense, particularly regarding the euro. Don't underestimate the suffering France is enduring right now and the lengths people will go to address it.

Blogger Tom Kratman October 15, 2013 12:41 AM  

Try one of the two freebies, Matthew, either A Desert Called Peace or Carnifex.

Anonymous The other skeptic October 15, 2013 12:45 AM  

Tom Kratman, which of your novels would you recommend starting with? Opinions of readers are welcome as well.

Start with A Desert Called Peace because that is where it starts.

Also read A State of Disobedience. There is a Gage in that book too.

Anonymous The other skeptic October 15, 2013 12:47 AM  

I seem to recall that Hitler appealed to women as well.

I have no doubt that they will soon be saying:

"Democracy is really too important to be left to the masses."

Anonymous The other skeptic October 15, 2013 12:50 AM  

I've watched the French go back and forth with the racist FN for decades. The FN occasionally finds friends in the south and in the hinterlands, but once they start to try to legislate, there's always a quick realization that you can't run a country on the ideology of racism.

You don't have to be racist when only the French are in France. Get all the other rubbish out.

Blogger Tom Kratman October 15, 2013 12:52 AM  

"you can't run a country on the ideology of racism."

Really, GP? Why not? Because you and I might not approve? So? Where did this fantasy of yours come from?

Anonymous The other skeptic October 15, 2013 1:06 AM  

What is an ideology of racism?

That the Chinese are, on average, smarter than Africans? Is that it?

That Muslim men like fucking goats? Is that it?

Tell us.

Anonymous The other skeptic October 15, 2013 1:49 AM  

Kratman. Why did you select November 5? Why not October 15? That would have been a better date! Hell, why not October 14?

Blogger Tom Kratman October 15, 2013 2:23 AM  

We obviously have a case of mistaken identity. Low life authors don't select shit.

Anonymous REG October 15, 2013 12:05 PM  

"you can't run a country on the ideology of racism."

What do you mean- the Democrats have been using racism as a tool since 1965, with great success, I might add. Plus, it is your favorite tool on this blog.

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