- The Washington Post published an account by a woman who was in the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. She believed it was her turn to be killed when Stephen Willeford appeared and shot the gunman. Steven Crowder interviewed Willeford:
The U.S. Air Force failed to report the gunman’s domestic violence charge to the FBI, and that’s why he was able to purchase firearms.
Family members of the people killed by Dylan Roof at a church in Charleston, South Carolina sued the federal government over a botched background check that allowed Roof to buy firearms.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Communist revolution in Russia, and many people still haven’t learned from it:
In the strictly scientific sense, the Communist “experiment” didn’t fail. It produced a clear result. It took basic ideas about morality and politics and tested what happens when they are implemented with ruthless consistency. It tested them in one country after another, in different cultures and under different conditions, and it produced the same result every time.
Here is what we learned, or at least what we should have learned. We learned that a system based on attempting to eliminate self-interest doesn’t lead to happiness. It leads to everyone being equally miserable. When you demand that people sacrifice their well-being and happiness, how could they end up any other way? Communism is based on the logic of “the beatings will continue until morale improves.” It tries to build collective happiness on the foundation of individual suffering.
That leads us to another big lesson of Communism: without individualism, there is no basis for individual rights or any other guarantee of human dignity. The big mistake people make about Communism is to think that it’s just about collectivizing property. It’s actually about collectivizing people. Communist countries impose oppressive systems of censorship and interfere deeply with the personal lives of their subjects precisely because they take seriously this idea of the subordination of the individual to the collective good. They apply it to everything, including the very thoughts in your head, which they also treat as public property.
ISIS staged an attack against a private TV station in Kabul, killing at least two people and injuring 20.