Thoughts on the Documentary "America: Imagine the World Without Her"

Powerful, compelling, and yes, flawed, Dinesh D'Souza's documentary "America: Imagine the World Without Her" should be required viewing in classrooms across America regardless of its minor shortcomings.

It won't be. The very people who need to see this film the most won't even allow themselves to see it - even if they were given a free copy to watch and thus would not be "profiting" the film creator. If they do see it, they'll be too consumed with their own pretentious snark to get it.

The irony is that these holdouts are the very victims of the big psychological "psy-op" that has been perpetrated on American youth since the 1960s - what D'Souza calls the "shaming" of America. And thus, so caught up in the manufactured shame and resultant rage against anyone who defends America, the well-meaning but brainwashed will miss out on an opportunity to get their implanted preconceptions challenged.

A pity.

Let me state for the record that I am not a "rah rah" American patriot who waves a flag no matter what my country does. I have deep and serious critiques about our government, its foreign policy, and the good intentions of the people in charge.

But all that said, I still love America and its ideals. No other country on the planet enjoys the free speech we have. In our mother country, England, you can be arrested for tweeting out an insult against Islam. France, likewise, has Draconian "hate speech" laws that can land you more time in jail than a rapist here in America. In other parts of Europe, you cannot speak freely about your religious beliefs - if they include a traditional view of marriage and a negative view of homosexuality - because you will be arrested.

Most Americans take for granted our religious freedom. They do not understand that the freedom of religion that allows a conservative Christian to speak freely about the "sin" homosexuality also means that the Wiccan is also free to hold their midnight coven and dance naked in the forest under the moonlight. Take away the right of the conservative traditionalist - whether Christian or Muslim - to advocate for a certain belief, no matter how un-PC, means you have now also given the state the right to tell the Native American practitioner they cannot use peyote in their religious ceremonies.

It is thus the short-sighted who bash Christians for all of America's woes while ignoring the fact that it was the majority Christians who allowed Wiccans to dance naked in the moonlight here in the first place.

But I digress. The documentary "America" only briefly touches on the role of faith in America, giving it credit for helping build a community that was charitable and giving. In his brief foray into faith the film, D'Souza makes a point of sharing that conservative Christians give approximately four times more than secular leftists in America. But his comment served as nothing more than a bit of a swipe that appeals to conservatives, but doesn't do much to help open the eyes of his ideological opponents. (I know what the left will claim: That these "tea baggers" aren't giving to charity but to their churches, which are stealing money from the taxpayers by being tax exempt.)

What D'Souza does not answer is this: Why don't liberals give more? My theory is that they have put all their hopes and dreams into the state solving everything. To them, taxes are their charity. They don't feel they need to give more because the government should be able to solve all our problems.

These greater issues of government vs. private initiative are embedded themes running deep under the surface of the film, but aren't tackled directly for the most part. What D'Souza does focus on instead, to great effect, is the idea of a universal "ethic of conquest" and how the American entrepreneurial spirit is in direct opposition to this.

In D'Souza's view, only America was able to transcend the traditional use of conquest to extract wealth from others, by creating a culture of entrepreneurs. In the entrepreneurial ethic, wealth is created, not coerced or extracted from others.

With this new ethic in place, America became the most prosperous nation ever in the history of the world.

No other country has offered the economic freedom that America has. No other country has busted through class walls and allowed upward mobility no matter what your roots. No other country has offered such an explosion of creativity and innovation.

Yes, we're flawed. We've had slavery, dubious wars, and dark spots in our history. But I'm not the kind of person who throws the baby out with the bathwater. I know full well that without America, the entire world could plunge into a depressing bureaucratic techno-tyranny (under the guise of "socialism"), the likes of which the world has never seen.

So why on earth do so many Americans hate America so much? They live in a nation of unparalleled freedom and amazing prosperity - even our poor get free cellphones - and yet so many people use their ample leisure time and ubiquitous technology to trash the country that gave them everything.

In "America," D'Souza talks to some of the leading minds of the far left that have perpetrated this toxic mindset. I don't know if he just chose some of the loonier ones or what, but most of them seemed "off" to me, especially the one guy had a twitch that would make me keep my distance if I saw him in person. (He was the guy who'd be OK with an atomic bomb dropping on America if it was warranted.)

The other representatives of the left don't fare too well either. The Sioux woman who was clearly filled with resentment toward America and "saddened" by anything patriotic didn't have any problem wearing nice Western clothes or using English to speak. D'Souza pointed out that the Sioux, claiming ownership of the land around Mt. Rushmore, actually stole the land (through conquest) from other Native Americans previously.

This is where the film shines the most - when he takes each major "critique" of America and dissects it piece by piece.

The "genocide" of Native Americans? Not perpetrated by Americans but killed by plague brought over by Spaniards. The "stealing" of Mexican land? America could have taken over all of Mexico, but gave most of it back. (But more powerfully, he speaks to an honest Mexican-American who says plainly that if Mexico did take back the Southwest, he'd be packing his bags and moving to Minneapolis.)

The most powerful expose was that of the slavery narrative. I, like a lot of white Americans, get a bit annoyed at being blamed for slavery that I had no part of - especially when my ancestors came to America after slavery ended!

I did not know that at one time, white indentured servants (slaves for a certain time period, instead of a lifetime) outnumbered black slaves. I also did not know the extent to which free blacks in the south also owned slaves (in some areas, in equivalent numbers of white slave owners).

Those are facts that are going to be argued by the left - they'll try to claim that D'Souza is inflating the numbers of black slave owners. But the big picture is this: Slavery existed all over the world (it still does today) and America was the only country to go to war to end it.

(Predictably, in response, leftists are now re-writing this narrative to claim that the Civil War wasn't actually about ending slavery. See, once you point out something positive about America, they have a pathological need to move the goalposts.)

The angry, resentful activist chooses to focus on the negative (slavery) instead of the positive (the ending of slavery). This "glass half full" mindset permeates current leftist thinking and is designed, in my mind, to induce apathy, resentment, and passivity. It is not empowering or helpful to the people who are taught this message.

(Unfortunately, D'Souza did not go far enough into the reasons why this passive aggressive resentment is being fostered, but that would take him down a rabbit hole that might put off a lot of mainstream conservatives.)

Star Parker is interviewed in the film, and tells about how she just stayed on welfare for years because she didn't need to work. She had been taught this resentment narrative. It was only when she dropped the hate (by going to church and finding God) that she went to college and turned her life around.

It is the resentment narrative that has wrongly kept the first American self-made female millionaire out of the history books - daughter of slaves Madam C. J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove). It is the resentment narrative that focuses on the evils of past American wrongs instead of her rights.

It is that same resentment narrative that will, unfortunately, totally destroy any impact of the last part of D'Souza's defense - that of America giving food aid to the Afghans during our war in Afghanistan. The resentful leftist will immediately trot out "100,000 people killed in Iraq for oil!!" and that will be the end of the "discussion."

I also felt this was the weakest part of D'Souza's defense in that it simply did not go into enough detail to truly tackle the complex issues surrounding our Middle East policy. Nor did D'Souza adequately give enough attention to why we got involved with so many countries (where we supposedly overthrew democracies).

But once again, I guess this is what separates me from the die-hard leftist: Even if we've done all sorts of bad things in the name of freedom, that doesn't mean I think America needs to be overthrown and our Constitution tossed into the toilet. I want to see America return to our Constitution, not move farther away from it.

Sadly, this film did not do enough to defend the Constitution, which is under immense attack from the leftist psychos in academia right now. My own father, a subscriber to the Nation and former government employee, gave me an earful last year about how the Constitution was written by rich white male slave owners and was therefore only for rich people and needed to be overhauled.

And as far as I know, he's never been to a protest in his life.

This is how much the toxic narrative has spread, when a white middle class man living in a nice suburban neighborhood has been infected with Alinsky thinking.

Which brings us to the last part of the film - the weakest part, where D'Souza connects Saul Alinksy to the White House through Obama and Hillary Clinton. I've got two main comments on this:

1) Saul Alinsky was a creepy, bug-eyed sociopath.

2) I'm sorry, Hillary Clinton doesn't have that much power. This goes way beyond her.

D'Souza only hints at the collusion between big money and leftist resentment politics by pointing out that Obamacare was a giveaway to insurance companies and Obama was a big supporter of bank bailouts.

He then gives an overview of the growing police state, complete with picture of himself in handcuffs.

I almost wish D'Souza had waited and did a separate film on those issues. Maybe he felt pressured by his possible jail time. But I think the Obama administration overstepped when they went after D'Souza - it shows them to be petty and heavy-handed.

In reading some comments on IMDB, however, I think I know why they did it. It's an Alinsky tactic. Now, the most brainwashed Obama supporters just write D'Souza off entirely because, well, he's a "convicted felon."

And therefore just needs to be put on "ignore."

Too bad. Because if the left actually listened to D'Souza's underlying message - about creativity instead of conquest, and about optimism instead of resentment - they might realize that he's got his heart in the right place, at least.

So at the end of the film, my friend turned around to talk to a young man who was discussing Howard Zinn with his date. He was taking a measured approach to the film. I asked the young man how old he was, and he said he was 19 and soon to be going to Stanford to study history.

He commented that a lot of this anti-American sentiment is just young people "rebelling" and felt it was a phase - and that we're going through a cycle right now. He said he was perhaps "old fashioned" in that he didn't get caught up in that stuff like his peers did.

He did say he was actually optimistic and excited about the future.

It gave me some hope that such an articulate, bright young man was not buying into resentment politics. I wonder how he'll fare at Stanford - but I suspect he'll do just fine. He clearly knows how to think for himself.

The question is: Do you?

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@ treefrog

Is that a comment? LOL

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11.7% Of The World's At War:

Global Geopolitical Risk Mapped

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Created 07/25/2014 


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@ treefrog

Is that an answer? LOL

Edit: Wow treefrog, you should seriously consider patenting your technique for seemingly time traveling on message boards, do a public offering, or sell the idea to Facebook for let's say, WTH 20 Billion, and Retire by next weekend. LOL

Cheers, S. Rex

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Alasdair Macleod - The Coming Slump


“It stands to reason that actions based on wrong assumptions will not achieve the intended result. The assumption is that money-printing and credit expansion are not having an inflationary effect, because the statistics say so. But as we have seen, the statistics are selective, focusing on current consumption. Objective enquiry about wider consequences is deterred, and nowhere is this truer than when seeking an understanding of the wider effects of monetary inflation. This leads us to the second error: we ignore the fact that monetary inflation is a transfer of wealth from the public to the creators of new money and credit.

The transfer of wealth through monetary inflation is initially selective, before being distributed more generally. The issuers of new currency and credit are governments and the banks, both of which reap the maximum benefit of utilising them before any prices rise. But the ultimate losers are the majority of the population: by the time new money ends up in wider circulation prices have already risen to reflect its existence.

Everywhere, monetary inflation transfers real wealth from ordinary people on fixed salaries or with savings. In the US for example, since the Lehman crisis money on deposit has increased from $5.4 trillion to $12.9 trillion. This gives us an idea of how much the original deposits are being devalued through monetary inflation, a continuing effect gradually revealed through those original deposits’ diminishing purchasing-power. The scale of wealth transfer from the public to both the government and the commercial banks, which is in addition to visible taxes, is strangling economic activity.”

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Add Another Banker To The Ever Growing List

Goldman Sachs Managing Director Dies After East Hampton Kite Surfing Accident

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Just saw the movie

Thanks Stephanie, great review.

I was intrigued to learn that Saul Alinsky's mentor was Frank Nitti and that much of what he learned about intimidation came from that connection to the Capone mob.

Dismayed to see confirmation that Hillary was a Barry Goldwater activist (I still am!)

I kept hoping Dinesh would go deeper, mention the Cloward Piven connection and other truths that seem so clear to me.  Still I enjoyed the movie and my recovering Obama supporter spouse remarked "It was a good movie"  I agree.

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Free Speech in the US

Thanks for the heads-up on this movie and your review!

I see free speech as THE defining characteristic of this country.  In France (the European country that has a culture most like the US - just don't ever them them that as it REALLY pisses them off) you can get fined, even arrested, for publicly stating that the Holocaust never occurred.  (Disclaimer: I believe it really DID occur.)

As a practical matter, the best way to make sure that we continue to enjoy free speech is to make sure that those on the far left and far right are not prevented from getting their messages out.  Yes, it is horrible that Westboro Baptist Church members protest at the funerals of (among others) fallen servicemen.  But, once you begin to outlaw stuff like this, where will it end?

Freedom of speech means more than just the right to express your opinions without government reprisal.  It means that over 300 million other Americans get to say things that really, really get you angry.  But, that's a whole lot better than being forced to listen to only those opinions that a government deems appropriate.

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Another Graduate From Obama's 'Foreign Policy School of Driving'


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@Spartacus Rex - map


Nice map.

The map leaves out other areas of conflict.

Here's a short list of other conflict zones off the top of my head:

Drug wars in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, SE Asia (Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos),

Political unrest and economic instability in South America (Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil)

Mass terrorist attacks in Africa (Liberia, Kenya, Tanzania and other nations) and Asia (Pakistan, India)

Recent shooting wars in Russian Georgia, Chechnya, and Crimea

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Another great piece, Stephanie !

Your analysis was excellent, as usual.  yes

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Joan Rivers goes off on the media re: Israel

Speaking of revisionist history, the left has been demonizing Israel for decades, but only recently has the mainstream media started to get on the bandwagon. Joan Rivers just went off about it:

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Silver Mining Shares Not Confirming COMEX Sell-Off

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With about an hour of trading left before the markets close for the weekend, I want to share a quick observation that the silver sell-off from yesterday appears to be isolated to the COMEX.  Below are selected 3-month daily charts of silver pure-plays and what they're telling me.


Silver Wheaton continues to consolidate within a tight range.  I would like to note that its RSI has held above 50 and bounced higher while its low from July 15 has remain unchallenged.  It's currently sitting at the top of its range so expect some minor resistance here.  Volume has been quite low the last two weeks which is exactly what bulls want to see during a consolidation phase.  


This chart of Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) is very similar to SLW.  All of my comments above apply here as well.  The RSI looks good, prices are consolidating on lower volume, and the short-term low from July 15 remains intact.


Lastly, this is a short-term chart of Pan American Silver (PAAS).  Again, there are a lot of similarities to SLW and SSRI.  A fairly tight consolidation range, declining volume, and RSI support at the mid-line. The only thing different I'll point out is that PAAS has a small gap to fill as shown above. The bottom of that gap happens to coincide with its rising 50 dma so expect a lot of support in this area.

The takeaway here is that even with silver's worst day in 6 months yesterday, there has been no downside confirmation from the miners.  If we were to see these stocks start breaking down on higher volume, losing support, etc., then the bullish case would be significantly diminished.  As for now, the charts are suggesting that silver is simply in a normal, healthy correction and the uptrend is still intact.

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When Banksters, Mil Industrial Complex Profiteers Cry For War

Throw a little inconvenient History back in their lying, miserable faces:


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Fresh Jim Willie To Kick Off The Weekend...

Derivatives: Abuse, Props, Risks By: Jim Willie CB Posted Friday, 25 July 2014

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Seems Christine cannot even get that right.


​If I had face book and she was my friend, I would definitly de friend her today.

Nothing, NOTHING!!!!

Woman in business just cannot be trusted. IMF, eat my shorts.

Full disclosure: Been in the bar all afternoon with friends.

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Gold Lockdown Until Options Expiry Monday...

 New Singapore Gold Contract Threatens Manipulation 

By Mark O’Byrne,  25 July 2014


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Ms. Rivers is Wrong

Ms Rivers stated that the Palestinians started "it". I suppose she means the latest barrage of violence from the Israelis.

I take a bit longer view and think the Israelis started "it" with the occupation of Palestinian lands in 1967. Or how about 1948?

I get a kick out of this quote attributed to a Saudi royal when told a Jewish state was to be established, he asked "why don't you give the Jews Bavaria?" I tend to agree with him. That would have certainly been more equitable rather than displacing the current residents.

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Ver well done


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D'Souza: Neocon

Dinesh D'Souza attacks Ron Paul's "idiotic principles"
D’Souza, like most neocons...feigns a type of patriotism (which is really a veneer for pro-globalism) and deep down, like most neocons, he despises the real America and authentic Western Civilization. Like Dio in Camp of the Saints, “…one thing never changed: his contempt for tradition, his scorn for Western man per se….”
[regarding D'Souza's movie "2016: Obama’s America"]
 D’Souza is preoccupied with trivial nonsense when he isn’t complaining that Obama is insufficiently militaristic, which means that the foreign policy parts of D’Souza’s “documentary” consist of the same standard hawkish boilerplate we’ve been hearing for three and a half years. When I first came across D’Souza’s “anti-colonial” interpretation of Obama, the foreign policy aspect was probably the most preposterous part of his argument. There were so many preposterous parts that it’s hard to pick just one, but that seems right. The idea that an avowed American hegemonist was shaping his foreign policy according to the dictates of a “Third World anti-colonial” worldview that he supposedly adopted from a father he never knew was so stupid that it didn’t require refutation.... What is far more pernicious in all of this is the casual identification of an “American” worldview with a particularly hard-line and nationalistic foreign policy. Opposing colonialism (both American and European) has been one of the more common traditions in American history. Especially since 1945, there have been very few Americans that haven’t been anti-colonialists. In addition, there has always been a tradition of anti-imperialism and non-interventionism in American politics. At one time, it was the dominant tradition in America. What makes D’Souza’s criticism on this front so absurd is that Obama is quite clearly not part of that tradition and has gone out of his way to separate himself from it.

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@ Ms. Rivers is Wrong

In my view, Mrs. Rivers is certainly not the head.

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Capital Controls


Financial repression and capital controls are here to stay.  Oh yeah baby.  You know that 401 K you have at work with your money safely parked in that conservative money market fund?  Well, the gubermint might not let you have it back during times of stress.  

Who loves ya baby? 


In addition, the S.E.C. adopted rules that give funds the ability to stem investor redemptions during times of stress. Money market funds, in these situations, will be able to impose fees and delays that temporarily prevent investors from taking out their cash.

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sewing curves are ready for

sewing curves are ready for the fashion in Moscow fall of 2014. The trend is established, the French are old school. Hong Kong fashion right around the corner. It used to be go west right?

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" was the majority

" was the majority Christians who allowed Wiccans to dance naked in the moonlight here in the first place."

why wasn't atarangi invited? damn, another party I missed out on AND it's fish friday!!!heart

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I'm surprised this wasn't

I'm surprised this wasn't edited:

Dinesh D'Souza's documentary "America: Imagine the World Without Her"...turn it into this,

Turd Ferguson's documentary "America: Imagine the World Without Shit".

Shit fences and shit hawks, shit cattle, shit land, home of the slave.

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BREAKING: Congress is now

BREAKING: Congress is now working on a "declaration of war"

"Unless Russia and China submit, this means war..."

This doctor just saved countless lives. But he didn't use his medical degree to do it.

"Hero doctor stops hospital shooting rampage..."

The U.S. gov't says every American is now "at risk" for a terrorist attack. Here's what you need to know.

The facts may surprise you... 

-Yes, I remember what I posted from Dr Garrow. Did you listen to his interview?

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Okay Turds one more post for

Okay Turds one more post for the night and I'm off to the pub, this record is for you stephanie because you have courage, and that is key. And what is that word, removed from the usa dictionary?

You might be thinking "Why am I reading this right now? It's because you need courage. Just ask steph...she got the magic in the moonlight, just one more moondance with you, all you cliche poets, go back and study this album. Crazy love....BBQ Budgie burgers over at AIM. BOG's been trying out a new recipe with atarangi and crew, sick hot sauce, puke all day the next day, that's okay, you didn't can trim the horns of a new bull until the new year comes and what have you got Blythe?

old school derivatives...hahahahaha central clearing!!!!

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Declaration of War

No  matter who, when, what....stupid shits

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Who is Killed In War

Name the political leaders that have been killed in a war since 1900...

long list follows...


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