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    High Ground in Chicago at the Siskel Center 2/21- 2/23

    Posted by Zenpundit on 20th February 2013 (All posts by )


    Hat tip to Kanani Fong of Kitchen Dispatch 

    At the Siskel Center, 164 N State St, Chicago. IL. 60601
    (312) 846-2600

    The award -winning film HIGH GROUND :
    Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Announcements, Arts & Letters, Film, Iraq, Miscellaneous, Society, USA, War and Peace | Comments Off on High Ground in Chicago at the Siskel Center 2/21- 2/23

    High Ground Movie Tix

    Posted by Jonathan on 19th February 2013 (All posts by )

    From Twitter:

    @HighGroundMovie: @chicagoboyzblog Chicago: 7 free tix to veterans’ documentary HIGH GROUND 2/21 or 23 at the Siskel. Limit 2

    Posted in Announcements | Comments Off on High Ground Movie Tix

    Comment Preview

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th February 2013 (All posts by )

    I’ve installed a comment-preview feature. A preview of your comment now appears below the comment-entry window as you type.

    Posted in Announcements | 18 Comments »

    Technical Difficulties FIXED

    Posted by Jonathan on 1st February 2013 (All posts by )

    Something is preventing comments from displaying in this blog’s right sidebar. I’m trying to track down the problem. It does not appear to be caused by any of the ad scripts in the header or left sidebar (which load before the right sidebar does). If you have a suggestion for what the problem might be you are welcome to leave it here as a comment.

    Thanks, and apologies for the inconvenience.

    UPDATE: The problem was caused by a bad character in a comment. Fixed now.

    Posted in Announcements | 6 Comments »

    America 3.0 — Now Available for Pre-Order

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 2nd January 2013 (All posts by )

    As previously announced, Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus (a/k/a Lexington Green), have co-authored a book:

    America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century – Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come.

    The book is currently in the hands of our publisher, Encounter Books and editing is underway.

    There is now an Amazon pre-order page for the book.

    All such early orders would be very greatly appreciated.

    The book is coming out in May. Promotional plans are chugging away. Any ideas anyone may have would be very much appreciated, and can be left in the comments on this post or future posts related to the book.

    A friend asked for a three sentence summary. This is what I came up with:

    America’s greatest days are yet to come. Just as the world of family farms and small businesses, America 1.0, gave way to the industrialized world of big cities, big business, big labor unions and big government, America 2.0, we are now moving into a new world of immense productivity, rapid technological progress, greater scope for individual and family-scale autonomy, and a leaner and strictly limited government. The cultural roots of the American people go back at least fifteen centuries, and make us individualistic, enterprising, and liberty-loving, equipping us to prosper in the upcoming America 3.0.

    We will be posting frequently in the months ahead (both here and on the book’s own blog) about the America 3.0 and its arguments, and how the themes in the book relate to current events, to efforts to devise a long term strategy for the political Right in America, or to other writers or books which interest us or influenced us.

    We anticipate setting up a Facebook and Twitter account for the book as well.

    Stand by!

    Posted in America 3.0, Anglosphere, Announcements, Arts & Letters, Book Notes, Conservatism, Libertarianism, Politics, Predictions, USA | 29 Comments »

    America’s Greatest Days are Yet to Come

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 1st December 2012 (All posts by )

    We are proud to announce that James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus have completed their book America 3.0 and submitted the manuscript to their publisher, Encounter Books on Friday, November 30, 2012.

    Please stand by for further announcements in this regard.

    (Cross-Posted at America 3.0)

    Posted in America 3.0, Anglosphere, Announcements, Arts & Letters, Book Notes, Conservatism, History, Predictions, USA | 11 Comments »

    “High Ground” Movie Update

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th October 2012 (All posts by )

    Via Twitter:

    @chicagoboyzblog @zenpundit @stevebaskis KEEP ROCKIN! See you at Pritzker Military Library, 10/20 1 PM for screening of HIGH GROUND.

    (See here for more info about the movie.)

    Posted in Announcements | 1 Comment »

    Please. Don’t. Stop.

    Posted by Jonathan on 24th September 2012 (All posts by )

    My name is Jonathan and I am an Oreo-holic.

    (BTW: free shipping if you buy two boxes.)

    Posted in Announcements | 5 Comments »

    Michael J. Lotus receives award from Explorers Foundation

    Posted by leifsmith on 26th August 2012 (All posts by )

    The award recognizes Lotus’ work on the concept of the Anglosphere, and his related work on “America 3.0”, authored in collaboration with James C. Bennett, forthcoming from Encounter Books, New York, and his contributions to the growing network of anglosphere scholars and entrepreneurs. Explorers Foundation values the anglosphere as a source of concepts and practices of use to productive people of every race, culture, and nation.

    Posted in Announcements, Book Notes | 15 Comments »

    Attempting to Contact Peter Hodge / Kotare

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 9th August 2012 (All posts by )

    We have an important issue we need to discuss with Mr. Hodge.

    If anyone is in touch with him, please ask him to contact me via this blog.

    If anyone has a suggestion regarding where I might contact him, please
    contact me via this blog.

    Posted in Announcements, Clausewitz Roundtable | Comments Off on Attempting to Contact Peter Hodge / Kotare

    Rerun Season at Photon Courier

    Posted by David Foster on 4th August 2012 (All posts by )

    As Jonathan pointed out last month, the blog format tends to focus attention on recent posts; the older ones tend to sort of disappear into the archives.

    I’m not sure whether there is a good general solution to this, but for my blog, Photon Courier, I’ve declared August to be rerun month, and will be pulling out and reposting a selection of posts that I think have continuing relevance, some of which were also cross-posted here and some of which appeared only at Photon Courier. I’ll still be posting new content, interspersed with the reruns.

    The first rerun batch is up today.

    Posted in Announcements | 5 Comments »

    What Libertarianism Is Not

    Posted by Jay Manifold on 12th July 2012 (All posts by )

    A short list, and not intended to be exhaustive. Read to the end for a special announcement.

    • A Gold Standard – I could have put one of the others first, but this is the one that gets mixed up with libertarianism the most often, presumably as a result of FDR’s seizure of gold in 1933. All libertarianism requires is free banking, and how the competing currencies are backed is the banks’ problem. I suppose some would attempt a commodity standard, and a few might even try to do it with gold, absurd as that is in an age of e-currencies. Attempting to predefine it for the entire financial industry ahead of time is … not wise.
    • Pacifism – This is really my one-word epithet for the mentality that blames the US for most of the world’s problems, and asserts that every conflict we find ourselves in is ultimately an unforced error on our part. Most of it can be traced to Stalinist and Maoist propaganda of the early Cold War period, not a great thing to base one’s libertarianism on. “It takes but one foe to breed a war, not two.” – JRR Tolkien
    • Anarchism – I would prefer to think that an entirely stateless civil society is possible. But I do not know, and neither does anyone else. Insisting on it as a precondition of libertarianism pretends to knowledge that we do not have.
    • Minarchism – The logical complement of the above, left as an exercise for the reader.
    • Sectarianism – Speaking from my own background, all political advice in the New Testament adds up to “stay out of trouble.” Attempts to ineluctably tie libertarianism to other belief systems, including ostensible non-belief systems, are no better. To be sure, I think a Biblical value system at least implies a concern for human freedom and tends to nudge a population adhering to it in the direction of greater liberty. But this is not the same as asserting that it is directly prescriptive.
    • Conspiracy Theorizing – Leave the Birtherism and Trutherism to others. And if something like that is the reason you self-identify as libertarian, the question is obvious: would you still be fighting for freedom if you learned your theory wasn’t true?
    • Scapegoating – The general case of conspiracy theorizing, indulged in by many more people. The current classic example is the OWSers’ “1%.” Nice that they only want to expropriate or murder 3 million Americans, I suppose, not that anybody who’s been paying attention should think they would stop there. But far too many supposed libertarians are prone to ranting about “banksters,” et al, in language that, to borrow a phrase, sounded better in the original German. Or perhaps Russian.

    OK, The Announcement: I am about to be in South Florida for about 18 hours, from midday Saturday to early Sunday. Contact Jonathan for info on a possible meetup, which as I write this is an idea without a plan; I will be calling him after deplaning at FLL.

    Posted in Announcements, Anti-Americanism, Libertarianism, Political Philosophy, USA | 17 Comments »

    New BlogAds Poll Question

    Posted by Jonathan on 28th June 2012 (All posts by )

    You can register your opinion re today’s Supreme Court decision on Obamacare by answering the BlogAds poll (“Three quick questions”) in the left margin of this blog. BlodAds says that it will publish the results tomorrow.

    (Chicagoboyz is a BlogAds affiliate.)

    Posted in Announcements, Polls | 3 Comments »

    Product Endorsement

    Posted by Jonathan on 25th June 2012 (All posts by )

    PC Products PC-7 epoxy is the official bicycle-shoe repair adhesive of the Chicagoboyz blog.

    UPDATE: PC Products PC-7 epoxy is also the official poorly-designed-glass-coffee-table repair adhesive of the Chicagoboyz blog.

    Posted in Announcements | Comments Off on Product Endorsement

    New! – Chicagoboyz Outdoor-Product Endorsements

    Posted by Jonathan on 27th May 2012 (All posts by )

    These products have been tested and approved by the crack Chicagoboyz research staff (not to be confused with the Chicagoboyz crack-using staff), so you know they’re good:

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Announcements | Comments Off on New! – Chicagoboyz Outdoor-Product Endorsements

    Chicago Tax Day Tea Party, April 16, 2012, Daley Plaza, Noon

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 14th April 2012 (All posts by )

    April 12, 2012

    Contact: Eric Kohn
    Communications Director, Chicago Tea Party


    CHICAGO – Concerned citizens are set to gather at noon on Monday, April 16 at Daley Plaza at 50 W. Washington to protest out of control spending, unsustainable deficits and the unprecedented growth of government. People will come together in downtown Chicago, where the tea party movement began, to hold politicians of both parties accountable, stop runaway spending and defend individual liberty and free markets.

    “We are concerned with the direction of our country and our state,” said Chicago Tea Party Communications Director Eric Kohn. “The only solutions being offered from politicians in Washington and Springfield are higher taxes, more spending and massive debt. We will continue to fight for less government, more freedom and fiscal responsibility on tax day and every day through the November election.”


    What: Chicago Tax Day Tea Party
    Where: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago
    When: Noon – 2PM, Monday, April 16

    U.S. Conressman, Joe Walsh, IL-8th District
    Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
    Dana Loesch, CNN Contributor, Co-Founder St. Louis Tea Party
    Denise Cattoni, State Director, Illinois Tea Party
    Joel Pollak, Editor-in-Chief,
    Dan Proft, WLS-AM 890 Host
    David From, State Director, Americans for Prosperity Illinois
    Contact Eric Kohn at 773-209-3435 for press availability with the speakers.

    There will be shirts for sale at the 4th annual Tax Day Tea Party Rally, including the above design from Bob Black.

    Posted in Announcements, Chicagoania, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Conservatism, Obama, Political Philosophy, Taxes, Tea Party, USA | 4 Comments »

    Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom: Friday, March 23, Noon

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 4th March 2012 (All posts by )

    Stand Up For Religious Freedom

    The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23 at noon, local time, outside federal buildings, Congressional offices and historic sites across the country. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”

    Nationwide Rally Locations and Info

    Chicago: Federal Plaza, 50 W.Adams, Friday, March 23, Noon.

    Click on the link to find a location near you.

    Posted in Announcements, Chicagoania, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Health Care, Leftism, Religion, USA | 3 Comments »

    Chicago Tea Party Patriots: March 7, 2012

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 2nd March 2012 (All posts by )

    The next meeting of the Chicago Tea Party Patriots will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00PM at Blackie’s Chicago, 755 S. Clark Street. Be sure to order some food and/or a drink and tip generously.

    There is an easy to find, easy to use $6 parking lot across the street and metered parking in the area.

    “Our monthly meetings are open to all freedom loving Americans.”

    The theme for the meeting will be: “The Legacy of Andrew Breitbart”. Further details will be announced.

    We will also have as our featured speaker: Patrick Hughes, Conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010.

    I hope some of you will join us.

    Posted in Announcements, Chicagoania, Civil Society, Conservatism, Libertarianism, Media, Tea Party, USA | 7 Comments »

    Jim Bennett Radio Interview

    Posted by Jonathan on 23rd February 2012 (All posts by )

    UPDATE: You can listen to the archived interview:

    Part 1

    Part 2


    Live now, 9:00 PM EST on KNUS 710 AM in Colorado.

    Listen here.

    I’ll post a link to the archive as soon as it’s available.


    Posted in Anglosphere, Announcements | 11 Comments »

    Photo Software Deal

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th February 2012 (All posts by )

    Adobe Lightroom 3 is on sale, today only, at $79.95 with free shipping.

    This is great software. There’s a new version coming out soon, but at this price for the current version you can’t go wrong.

    Posted in Announcements | Comments Off on Photo Software Deal

    Faith Under Fire: The Global Threat to Religious Freedom, March 10, 2012

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 7th February 2012 (All posts by )

    This Chicago area event — Faith Under Fire — looks like it will be excellent.

    This Conference is designed to address the plight of persecuted religious minorities in Muslim countries. Join us to learn the real nature of their hardships and what each of us can do to advance religious liberty for suffering indigenous communities.
    Leaders of the indigenous communities describe their plight.
    Eyewitnesses offer riveting testimony about this harsh reality.
    Key members of U.S. Congress discuss action to prevent genocide.
    Global experts offer critical analysis of the international threats.
    Panelists discuss policy issues and opportunities for action.

    We hear about a mythical Arab Spring.

    But for many non-Muslims in the region, it is a Winter of persecution and the destruction of ancient communities.

    These atrocities should be getting more attention.

    Buy tickets here.

    Posted in Announcements, Chicagoania, Islam, Religion, USA | 8 Comments »

    Queen Elizabeth II

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th February 2012 (All posts by )

    Today marks 60 years since she acceded to the throne. Chicagoboyz wish her all the best.

    (Video via Helen Szamuely.)

    Posted in Anglosphere, Announcements, Video | 13 Comments »

    “To Be or To Do”

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th February 2012 (All posts by )

    Our friend J. Scott Shipman, who has been blogging at, has a new website, blog and forthcoming book.

    Check them out.

    Posted in Announcements | 2 Comments »

    WBEZ: Chicago-area firms looking to veterans to help with NATO, G-8 security

    Posted by onparkstreet on 26th January 2012 (All posts by )

    Some private security firms around Chicago are looking to beef up their ranks with Iraq and Afghanistan war vets ahead of two world summits that are expected to bring multitudes of protesters to the city this spring.

    The article states that the security firms are interested in hiring veterans because they are likely to show “better restraint” if the protests turn violent. Interesting.

    And I really hope any protests don’t turn violent.

    Update: Thanks to Carl Prine’s Line of Departure for highlighting the above article/ad and mentioning this blog-within-a-blog. Second City Cop has a post on the topic and lots on the upcoming summit, too. Just keep scrolling.

    Posted in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Announcements, Business, Chicagoania, Law, Law Enforcement, Military Affairs, National Security, North America | 3 Comments »

    Excellent News

    Posted by David Foster on 22nd January 2012 (All posts by )

    The wit and wisdom of Cassandra has returned to the Internet.

    Temporarily, at least…I see that she still has her notice that “you have reached a blog that has been disconnected or is no longer in service” up on the masthead. Maybe if we all clap our hands, she will stick around. It worked for Tinkerbell, after all.

    Posted in Announcements, Blogging | 3 Comments »