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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 11, 2011 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Brave New Transnational Progressive World

By Clifford D. May






It's coming --- if only Americans will submit to "global authorities" who will produce "global governance" with "global justice" under "global rule of law."


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The attacks of 9/11/01 awoke Americans — by no means all — to the threat posed by totalitarian interpretations of Islam. John Fonte, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, has long been concerned about another ideology that is perhaps no less dangerous to free peoples.

It goes by names that sound either vaguely utopian, like "global governance," or too wonky to worry about, like "transnational progressivism."

But in a new book, Sovereignty or Submission, Fonte makes clear how this ideology — widely embraced in Europe and, increasingly, among elites in the U.S. as well — is stealthily undermining liberal democracy, self-government, constitutionalism, individual freedom and even traditional internationalism, the relations among sovereign nation-states. To put it bluntly: While the jihadists call for "Death to the West!" the transnational progressives are quietly promoting civilizational suicide. (Buy the book at a 35% discount by clicking here or in Kindle Edition at a 45%discount by clicking here).

That may not be what they intend. In theory, they are only recognizing "global interdependence" and arguing that "global problems require global solutions." In practice, however, their project is to shift political and economic power from the citizens of nation-states and their elected representatives to the UN, unelected bureaucrats, judges, lawyers and NGOs. These individuals and institutions are to wield not only transnational authority — power "beyond" nations-but also "supranational authority" — power "over" nations.

Transnationals are not so much anti-democratic as post-democratic. They believe that in the 21stcentury, democracy should be updated to imply the enforcement of "universal principles of human rights" that they, of course, will enumerate and define. They talk not of surrendering sovereignty but of "sharing" it "collectively." The result, they assert, will be a new age of "global authority" that will produce "global justice" under "global rule of law."

Indeed, since the end of the Cold War transnational progressives have been establishing international laws -- really supranational laws -- that no voters can repeal or even amend. One way they accomplish this: A treaty is drafted. International pressure is applied to get the U.S. president's signature and the U.S. Senate's ratification. Judges — often from undemocratic countries — in transnational courts then interpret the treaty to mean whatever they want it to mean. There are no courts of appeal.


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And if the U.S. rejects the treaty or agrees to only parts of it by issuing "reservations," the transnationals declare that that the U.S. is bound nonetheless — under what they call "customary international law" to which, they further insist, even the U.S. Constitution is "subordinate."

It is on this basis that the argument is made that the U.S. is violating the Geneva Accords by declining to classify al-Qaeda terrorists as Prisoners of War — despite the fact that the U.S. has never agreed that unlawful combatants are entitled to such honorable status.

Curiously and ominously, transnationals have been working hand-in-glove with Islamists to achieve such goals as a global prohibition of "Islamophobia" — which would represent an historic abridgement of free speech.

Fonte devotes an entire chapter to Israel on which the Islamists and the transnationals also find common ground. Israel, he writes, has become "the major target of transnational progressives who seek to expand global authority in determining the laws of war. If international law precedents could be established against Israeli security policies, these precedents could be used later to subordinate U.S. defense policies to global law as defined by the transnationalists."

Factions of the movement, including such major philanthropies as the Ford Foundation, such leading NGOs as Human Rights Watch, and sectors of the European Union are "complicit in the worldwide Islamist campaign to delegitimize Israel as an apartheid state through the 'boycotts, divestment and sanctions' strategy." Fonte observes that Israel "is the most vulnerable of the world's independent democracies, often targeted by the global governancers as a surrogate for the United States or for the independent democratic state generally."

The dream of transnational progressives, Fonte concludes, is for Americans to embrace "the brave new world of global governance," to voluntarily agree to "share" sovereignty with others and to demonstrate "leadership" by submitting to a "supranational global legal regime. In effect, the American caterpillar is transformed into a global butterfly."

Do any of the candidates running for office in 2012 understand this? Do any have the skills required to make it an issue — to ask voters whether they want to preserve what Alexis de Tocqueville admiringly called America's distinctive "sovereignty of the people" or whether they would prefer to share sovereignty with others around the world, including dictators and Islamists?

My guess is that most Americans — by no means all -- do not want to submit, do not want the 21stcentury to be a post-democratic and post-American era. But with an election year coming up, now would be a good time to begin the debate and find out.


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Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications), he has covered stories in more than two dozen countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland and Russia. He is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news programs, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues.



Previously:


10/27/11: Autocracies United
10/20/11: The most critical threat confronting America
10/13/11: We've Been Warned
10/06/11: Anwar Al-Awlaki's American Journey
09/22/11: Cheney Got It Right on Syrian Nukes
09/15/11: The European Caliphate
09/08/11: Disoriented: The state of too many Western leaders ten years after 9/11/01
09/01/11: Palestinian Leaders to Seek the UN's Blessing . . . for a two-state solution. For a two-stage execution
08/25/11: Better understanding of Islamist experience needed
08/18/11: The Arab Spring and Europe's fall
08/11/11: Borrowing from Communists to pay Jihadis?
07/28/11: Who's to Blame for Terrorism?
07/28/11: Do Somali pirates have legitimate gripe?
07/21/11: Why Bashar al-Assad matters to the West--- and what the Obama administration still doesn't grasp
07/07/11: MAD in the 21st Century





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