(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 5-7, 2019) — Russian president Vladimir Putin, the best politician on the planet (to say nothing of THE PLANET), showed why again at the G-20, sharing his analysis for the fate of liberalism in the west. From there, he made a state visit to Italy and the Vatican city-state. The schedule was tiring, but he wasn’t too pooped to Pope.

At G-20, Putin referenced the current form of liberalism masquerading as “progressivism.” The old fashioned liberal idea, embodied by The Founding Fathers and Europe’s Enlightenment, celebrated the freedom of the individual, embracing at the same time the responsibilities that freedom entailed. Today’s progressives stand for the opposite. They want Big Brother Government to be The People’s Daddy from cradle to grave. The individual matters not. The collective is all. No wonder millennials and younger love socialism — or what they think is socialism.

This is the sort Putin had in mind when he shared his brilliant analysis of the progressive’s fate.

“The liberal idea has started eating itself,” Putin said. “Millions of people live their lives, and those who propagate those ideas are separate from them.”

In that one thought, Putin nailed it, the peculiar drift of progressives to the left of left. It inevitably produces not representatives but repressives — people elected to office Who Know Better Than You. They live apart from you. They vote themselves pay raises and benefits denied others. They ignore you except for every two or four years, when you become temporarily “important” on the ever-more remote possibility that you will cast a vote. After Election Day, they crumple you up like a spent candy wrapper. You live in the trash for the next few years.

In cut-off back waters such as Pittsfield and Berkshire County, that disenchantment with progressivism has taken hold among the people, but it hasn’t translated to the ballot box because citizens have been beat up and beat down. Those who do pay attention see a county seat governed by irresponsible spending.

Putin also had it right on immigration, saying that a nation’s borders must mean something.

“People live in their own country according to their own traditions. Why should [reckless immigration and open borders] happen to them?”

Food for thought this weekend. Have a great one, everybody.


“Beauty is always transient, which is why it is so interesting”Stephen Bayley.



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  1. Pat
    July 4, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Progressivism also started in Berkshire County long before it reached other areas of the country so we have suffered under it for such a long time. The Berkshire Eagle’s reputation as a far left liberal propaganda machine began during the early years of this area going down the Progressive rabbit hole and the newspaper was mocked across the country. Now we see how it has spread across the country and to the national media. Soon the whole country will have Pittsfield style politics especially if another far left Progressive becomes president in 2020.

  2. The school committee
    July 5, 2019 at 3:28 am #

    People supporting Don Trump are unaware of Puttins role in America change to a dictatorship.They see only what Trump allows after conferring with Russia ,China,and Trumps little friend in North Korea

  3. The school committee
    July 5, 2019 at 3:40 am #

    I watch Fox and Friends till 9am then listen to Beck till noon.Of course Rush till 3pm and over to Sean Hannity.Then it’s back to Fox and I fall asleep to the make over Laura Ingram and do this day after day….I don’t think it brainwashed me

    • Pat
      July 5, 2019 at 4:32 am #

      The far left liberal media has already brainwashed many people and in the schools the far left has brainwashed the upcoming generations. Just like in Russia, they only report and teach one side of an issue.

      • danvalenti
        July 5, 2019 at 8:23 am #

        True that, PAT. Americans are smart people, among the smartest in the world. But our public education system over a generation+ has turned us into an ignorant people. Unfortunately, or otherwise depending on your P.O.V., we have in “democracy” the perfect cover, allowing government to us in many way into what Gore Vidal called “the worst barbarians on earth.” As for Russia, their educational system is far more advanced. Over the years, we have taught many students from Russia and Eastern Bloc countries. They come here incredibly motivated and equipped with a solid foundation in language, science, and math. They have been among The Ol’ Perfessor’s best students.

      • The school committee
        July 7, 2019 at 6:03 am #

        What sort of liberal English and Math did you learn Pat and what college teaches it.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      July 5, 2019 at 7:20 am #

      You sorta have to have a brain to be brainwashed….leaves you out TSC.

  4. Johnny Absurd
    July 5, 2019 at 4:22 am #

    Putin is a rock star and that is why Trump is emulating him. If we reelect him for another four years we can catch up to and be part of the Russian dream. MAGA just like Russia,

    • Pat
      July 5, 2019 at 4:25 am #

      What party is silencing free speech and destroying people who don’t follow their political agenda like they do in Russia? If you say the Democrats, you would be right.

      • Johnny Absurd
        July 5, 2019 at 8:23 am #

        Which party is refusing to let congressman or anyone else into the kids cage area to see if they are being treated like humans? Whichever party it is is hiding horrors not seen in a long time. Hope these kids are not being sold into the sex trafficking trade. But ya never know these days. If there is money in it some people will do anything. And then brag about it if ya know what I mean.

        (watch the pivot on this one folks)

        • X-Lachs Lounge
          July 6, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

          JA and Shakey please explain and expound.

      • Shakes
        July 5, 2019 at 9:49 am #

        Nobody is stopping the GOP’s racism. Poor right wing nut job snowflakes.

      • The school committee
        July 7, 2019 at 6:07 am #

        MRGA is Trump helping Puttin steal another 400 billion and murder the anti Oligarchy media. Down with media ,Oligarchy is good for Russia.Saw it on Fox News

      • The school committee
        July 7, 2019 at 11:22 am #

        Trump has a War on media learned at Puttins Russia. Oligarchy for beginners.

  5. Pat
    July 5, 2019 at 4:23 am #

    Unchecked immigration does destroy the identity of a country and that’s why the far left supports it and is more concerned with it than with many other issues. They want to change the identity of our country from freedom loving Americans to people who are comfortable being dependent on big daddy government.

    What better way to do that than to entice people to come here with promises of free healthcare, basic income, and free college? Right from the start that encourages people to come to this country knowing they would be dependent on big government.

  6. Pat
    July 5, 2019 at 4:28 am #

    Putin is right Dan V. that we should be careful of unchecked immigration because it would destroy the identity of a country, but that is what the Democrats want to do which is why they are OK with it.

    • Shakes
      July 5, 2019 at 9:55 am #

      I don’t think Russia is worried about too many people moving there. Well, maybe the planet prefers Comrade Putin.

    • The school committee
      July 7, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      Puttin is right about America and immagration.You can’t top this Pat but maybe you start quoting Trump idol Clad about stealing elections or the wrong people will be elected if you know what that means

  7. Pat
    July 5, 2019 at 4:44 am #

    So shameful that ABC, NBC, and CBS, MSNBC, and CNN did not see fit to to air the 4th of July celebration in Washington DC yesterday. It was a beautiful birthday celebration for America.

    • Harrison
      July 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      Sure. And whining poor persecuted Trump did not receive an abundance of free air time during his 2016 campaign? You are really going with the left hates America thing? Pretty predictable as is all you posts.

    • The school committee
      July 7, 2019 at 6:14 am #

      Pat, while you and yours watch the immigration news the dems will see the real news .The right wing has you watching the ball they throw up in the air. Healthcare that is cheaper and better was delivered last July right Pat…thats why you vote Trump.What about your taxes ,did you report to us all you extra income…keep watching the immigration ball

  8. Mr. G
    July 5, 2019 at 5:52 am #

    It is so appropriate on Independence Day weekend that the “conservatives” among us, you know, those who brought us Joe McCarthy, the Domino Theory of fighting communism and the Reds Under the Bed, are now taking their lessons on governing from the power mad, super rich through deep corruption, ultra violent and totally dismissive of the peoples’ needs Putin. Develop a single compassionate bone in your collective bodies people, then we can discuss liberalism. Putin is NOT the guy from whom anyone in the US should be gleaning political or administrative insight.

    • danvalenti
      July 5, 2019 at 7:52 am #

      MR G
      Thank you for the heartfelt pushback. I must make clear that when I call Putin the best politician on the planet, I’m referring not to his qualities as a “compassionate” person. I am not in a position to make that judgment. I refer, rather, to his pragmatic approach to rotten, filthy politics. On just about every level from the figurative to the literal, politics on ALL levels qualify as corrupt, violent, and dismissive of peoples’ needs. This includes the local level, where the inequities are not genocidal, to the international level, where all human bets are off. It is the nature of organization, especially in this day of high-tech networking and surveillance, to become vitiated. It is hard-wired into human nature and comes out every time when people have to assembly into groups, tribes, societies, countries, governments. The only salvation lies out of The System. As a major premise, this fault of human nature in the collective means that those who rise to rulership in The System need to be Putin-like, or Trump-like, if you will. And they all are, in various degrees. Guys like Putin and Trump are more open and honest about their ambitions and methods. Incidentally, this is why I’ll always align myself with the likes of Bierce, Mencken, I.F. Stone, and Vidal when taking up comment on such matters.

    • danvalenti
      July 5, 2019 at 8:12 am #

      MR G
      Thanks for the heartfelt pushback. We do not praise Putin the humanitarian but rather Putin the pragmatist. We sympathize and empathize with the comments about the “deep corruption, ultra violence (nod to Kubrick),” and dismissive attitude of the “power mad” toward the people they rule, but these qualities equally apply across the board in politics and the political spectrum, “liberalism” included. For example, on a practical level, it makes no difference who wins in 2020. Both parties are the same. The endless wars will continue, habeus corpus will remain an ever-distant memory, and, in Gore Vidal’s great phrase, “the United States of Amnesia” will continue on its way. The only way for a President to rebel against this sick tide without getting assassinated is to go authoritarian, as Trump has done. Yes, it’s the way of Putin, Xi Jin-ping, and Kim Jung-un, but when a society loses its ability to control the democratic process, this is the next best option, unfortunately. There are alternatives such as coalition governments and strong-man juntas, but look how that has worked out in Italy and Central America, respectively. These are the hard truths of increasingly perilous times, which may be the best argument from dropping out and going “off grid.”

      • Pat
        July 5, 2019 at 9:40 am #

        Mr. G KNOWS we are not saying Putin is a good guy. They just need to keep promoting their Russia is bad agenda when it comes to conservatives while ignoring all the stuff they do that is just like Russia and their own politicians like Obama who let Putin walk all over him. We know Russia and Putin are not good, but once in a while they do say something intelligent.

        • danvalenti
          July 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

          In politics on any level, the terms “good” and “bad” do not apply.

          • Pat
            July 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

            That’s true Dan V.

      • Mr. G
        July 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        Wow Dan…Thanks. Your rather stark projections are, I fear, accurate. I appreciate that you concede that Trump has already “gone authoritarian.” He most assuredly has. But I’m not sure I agree yet with your pronouncement that “society los(t) its ability to control the democratic process.” I think both parties certainly feel that way, but I think the people, at least for now, still get a say and I am optimistic that we can, progressive and conservative alike, sit down and agree that we agree on 90-95% of everything. The rest is politics.

        • danvalenti
          July 5, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

          MR G
          Outside Constitutional Hall in 1789, Ben Franklin was asked what he and the Father have given us. He replied, “We’ve given you a Republic … if you can keep it.” Turns out we could not keep it. It reminds me of Aristotle’s “Politics,” which holds up today as much as it did when it was written. In it, he studied all of the democracies in the world (Athens, Crete, etc.) to try to learn why all of them failed. The reason(s) is(are) immutable, having to do with human nature. In groups, politics activate our baser qualities, notably greed, insecurity, and a lust for power caused by fear and survival. At the bottom of all lies our mortality and the inevitability of death. Our span here is finite. We can never know (for sure) from one moment to the next. This “mortality” applies certainly to all systems, all governments, all political movements, and any attempts to put theory into action. “The People” are pawns, with no actual say. I think in our soberest moment of honesty, we both (and we all, the thoughtful and reflective among us) realize this. That Trump has gone “authoritarian” is not a concession, since I have never thought otherwise. It’s an observation. It should not surprise anyone. And on a personal note, thank YOU for your contributions here. They invariably advance the discussion, MR G.

          • The school committee
            July 7, 2019 at 6:17 am #

            Someone keeps stealing the wealth of an economy and the people won’t stand for it.

          • danvalenti
            July 7, 2019 at 7:35 am #

            Perhaps, but it hasn’t happened yet, because The People HAVE stood for it. I hope you are right.

  9. Jonathan Melle
    July 5, 2019 at 7:21 am #

    Our Founding Fathers owned slaves. They wanted Liberty, but they owned slaves. Russia’s Stalin killed twice as many people that Germany’s Hitler. Russia’s Putin rules by FEAR! Trump is a demagogue, and he has divided the people instead of uniting us. Trump and Putin are friends.

    But, according to Dan Valenti, it is all the fault of the progressives who are “far left” on the political issues.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • acheshirecat
      July 5, 2019 at 8:11 am #

      Not all founding fathers owned slaves and some of the ones who did freed their slaves and led the way for abolition of slavery in the North.

      • danvalenti
        July 5, 2019 at 8:16 am #

        I would also add that it is revisionism to apply the standards of more enlightened times to previous, darker historical eras. This is a futile exercise, stemming from the faulty premise that the fathers sins must be given to the sons of all future generations. This type of illogical leads to ridiculous and absurd talk of “reparation.” We won’t have it.

        • Kermit Frog
          July 5, 2019 at 8:40 am #

          You know – I’m not sure about that reasoning. Thomas Jefferson had made incredibly insightful comments on how disgraceful slavery was to any standard of Christian humanity. We have slavery now – it’s wage slavery in the Berkshires where employers pay minimum wage and avoid benefits so they can have planes and second homes and put their little spawn in private school because the school unions will never improve public schools.. Workers can’t afford summer childcare so they talk about the lawless kids running frees in the parks. And the useless pos state senator thinks the Flyer is what this town needs. Putin is a vile pure capitalism barbarian. Let’s emulate him as America becomes a failed plutocracy, we are almost there now.

          • Jonathan Melle
            July 5, 2019 at 11:37 am #

            I respect Dan Valenti’s opinions on classical liberty. However, I can’t understand how the Founding Fathers argued, fought for, and wanted Liberty, when at the same time, they owned slaves.

            How do you think capitalism began? It began through the system of slavery. The colonies were business entities. The businessmen didn’t want to pay taxes to England anymore. Massachusetts went bankrupt prior to the Revolutionary War. They wanted England to bail them out financially. England declined, but still wanted taxes from a bankrupt colony. The people of Massachusetts revolted against King George III. The people of Massachusetts felt that if they had their own government, then Massachusetts wouldn’t be bankrupt because England caused their plight through taxation without representation. The other colonies joined with Massachusetts, and the Founding Father’s ended up borrowing the money they needed from France to finance the war.

            George Washington won the Revolutionary War. He was also the largest property and slave owner in the 13 colonies. Washington served as our nation’s first U.S. President, and he moved the U.S. Capital to the South in a swamp in Virginia. Of course, slavery continued through the end of the Civil War.

            The U.S.A. was founded on both Liberty and Slavery, which is difficult for me to understand!

            – Jonathan Melle

          • danvalenti
            July 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

            Yes, KF, slavery comes in many forms.

          • Acute Angina
            July 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

            JM do you get you history from comic books written by pot heads?

          • Hell Toupee
            July 5, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

            JM, read some real history…

          • Kermit Frog
            July 6, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

            I don’t want my comments to imply that I wish diminish the awfulness of slavery. I agree with JM – I meant more to point out the current hypocrisy of folks upset/not upset about current inequality in this great blue progressive state. Look around and you can see the suffering. I don’t want to subsidize Canyon Ranch or Walmart or Kripalu with my taxes for public assistance for their employees when they can and should pay them a better wage.

    • Wilson
      July 6, 2019 at 3:44 am #

      It’s a myth that slavery was banned: the government forces people to work to pay tax! If anything there is more slavery now since white females have also become tax slaves, and they call it “women’s liberation”. Lies!

    • The school committee
      July 7, 2019 at 11:28 am #

      Stealing wealth Trumps 1.7 trillion giveaway to a few is so different that raising SS payments for all or Healthcare for all or rebuilding American infrastructure….stop supporting America Oligarchs

  10. ProxyDate
    July 5, 2019 at 7:52 am #

    Gotta love the “we hate America club” on PV

    • danvalenti
      July 5, 2019 at 8:18 am #

      Quite the opposite, I assure you. We love America in the vein of Bierce, Mencken, I.F. Stone, and Vidal — love her enough to perform the diagnoses to cures that have long outstripped the abilities of any political physician.

      • ProxyDate
        July 5, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        No the people that chime in and bash America.

        • danvalenti
          July 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

          Got it. Thanks!

    • The school committee
      July 7, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

      I have not read 1 anti American comment on the Planet.

  11. CC The Maze Sun
    July 5, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    “When you look up in the sky
    You can see the stars and still not see the light (that’s right)….

    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
    And we never even know we have the key”
    – The Eagles (Already Gone)

    “It’s important to me, that you know you are Free”
    – Todd Rundgren

    A Bird can spend its entire life in a cage, never leaving the open door, never flying/soaring because it doesn’t know it can.

  12. Pat
    July 5, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    If the far left loves America so much why was the birthday celebration in Washington ignored by the liberal media. Oh, we know why, it was about war stuff or so they say, and yet Pittsfield sounded like a war zone yesterday with all the illegal fireworks going off. I thought they hated gunfire sounds?

    • Harrison
      July 6, 2019 at 7:10 am #

      That’s weird. I watched the event on CNN online.

      • Pat
        July 6, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

        None of the television stations aired it especially the major networks. Not everybody has a computer which is what they are counting on. The liberal media did not want it to be seen.

  13. Truthsayer
    July 5, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    Ah, the ongoing battle of two sides that both think that they know better. Conservative right versus progressive left. The epic battle of the anus calling the other an a-hole with neither realizing they’re two of a kind.

    Really getting tiring and quite pathetic because neither side realizes that what’s going to eventually bring down the U.S. is us.

  14. Ron Kitterman
    July 5, 2019 at 10:03 am #

    Instead of Independence Day we should rename it Dependence Day. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

    • danvalenti
      July 5, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

      Interesting observation!

  15. Putin On The Ritz
    July 5, 2019 at 11:07 am #

    Let’s not forget that even a broken clock is right twice a day

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

      Not if the hands are broken off though. So, in fact, some clocks are accurate twice a day while others just stare straight ahead and offer absolutely effing nothing informative whatsoever, at any time of day, or night and there is something rather eerie about that, don’t you think?

      • Putin On The Ritz
        July 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm #

        when a clock has no hands we don’t know if it’s right or wrong. so it is said.

        • Johnny Absurd
          July 6, 2019 at 3:04 am #

          or it could be to suggest that time is not of the essence at all, which begs the question, whose idea was it to keep track of time in the first place?

          Seriously, who was this guy and does he wish he just minded his own business? Caesar did not have a clock and he seemed to get up in the morning just fine.

          • danvalenti
            July 6, 2019 at 7:56 am #

            Time keeping was a development going back to the dawn of civilization. Use of the planetary and star motions helped mark “time” and calendars. The use of time as we know it was largely a development of monastic life, where monks developed mechanisms to mark the daily occasions for collective prayer. Who could we notify all the brothers in their disparate locations to assemble for prayer? We ring a bell at the proscribed “time.” Einstein said the only reason we have time is so that everything doesn’t happen all at once. Of course, everything DOES happen all at once, but never in the same place.

          • CC The Maze Sun
            July 6, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

            Time is governed by Cronos or Saturn. Time does not really exist. The past does not exist or the future but only the right now.

            Should you ever figure out this Game and get Home. No “time” will have passed.

            It’s all in the mind.

        • ProxyDate
          July 6, 2019 at 5:37 am #

          My digital clock says 55378008

      • Brody Hooper
        July 6, 2019 at 7:12 am #

        Matt I own you

  16. This Just In
    July 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

    Rhode Island, of course, was among the most active Northern colonies in importing slaves. Between 1709 and 1807, Rhode Island merchants sponsored at least 934 slaving voyages to the coast of Africa and carried an estimated 106,544 slaves to the New World. From 1732-64, Rhode Islanders sent annually 18 ships, bearing 1,800 hogsheads of rum, to Africa to trade for slaves, earning £40,000 annually. Newport, the colony’s leading slave port, took an estimated 59,070 slaves to America before the Revolution. Bristol and Providence also prospered from it. In the years after the Revolution, Rhode Island merchants controlled between 60 and 90 percent of the American trade in African slaves.

    As a Rhode Island historian writes, “All together, 204 different Rhode Island citizens owned a share or more in a slave voyage at one time or another. It is evident that the involvement of R.I. citizens in the slave trade was widespread and abundant. For Rhode Islanders, slavery had provided a major new profit sector and an engine for trade in the West Indies.” Slaves that were not auctioned off were put to work aboard merchant ships. By 1807, black seamen made up 21% of Newport crews.

    The Browns, one of the great mercantile families of colonial America, were Rhode Island slave traders. At least six of them — James and his brother Obadiah, and James’s four sons, Nicholas, John, Joseph, and Moses — ran one of the biggest slave-trading businesses in New England, and for more than half a century the family reaped huge profits from the slave trade. “When James Brown sent the Mary to Africa in 1736, he launched Providence into the Negro traffic and laid the foundation for the Brown fortune. From this year until 1790, the Browns played a commanding role in the New England slave trade.”[1] Their donations to Rhode Island College were so generous that the name was changed to Brown University.

    Rhode Island’s government jealously protected its slaves. The runaway law of 1714 penalized ferrymen who carried any slave out of the colony without a certificate from their masters. Such laws existed in neighboring colonies, but Rhode Island’s was particularly severe in its penalties, and in the zeal with which the machinery of state was put to work in recovering human property, which was reminiscent of the hated Fugitive Slave Law of a later day. “The intrenched position of the slaveholders is clearly seen in this law, for all public officers of the colony and all citizens as well were charged with arresting, securing the slave, and notifying his master.”[2]

    The law against thefts by slaves in Rhode Island was, again, the severest in New England, carrying a sentence that could be 15 lashes or even banishment from the colony — a particularly dreaded punishment, as it usually meant deportation and sale to the merciless sugar plantations of the West Indies. Masters had the right to search any ship they suspected of harboring a runaway, under a 1757 law.

    As in other New England colonies with many slaves, masters had to be prevented by law from turning out their old and feeble slaves. Rhode Island’s 1729 ordinance required a master to post bond of £100 before manumission, to insure the ex-slave would not become a public charge.


    During the Revolution, Quaker abolitionists and the powerful Newport shipping interest clashed over slavery. In February 1784 the Legislature passed a compromise measure for gradual emancipation. All children of slaves born after March 1 were to be “apprentices,” the girls to become free at 18, the boys at 21. As with other Northern instances of gradual emancipation, this gave slaveowners many years of service to recoup the cost of raising the children.

    No slaves were emancipated outright. The 1800 census listed 384 slaves, and the number fell gradually to 5 in 1840, after which slaves were no longer counted in the censuses for the state. And, in an essential element of the 1784 compromise, the right of Rhode Island ship-owners to participate in the foreign slave trade was undisturbed.

    Legislation against slave-trading proved difficult to enforce in Rhode Island. John Brown, a merchant, state representative, and powerful slaveholder, was tried in 1796 for violating the federal Slave Trade Act of 1794, which prohibited ships destined to transport slaves to any foreign country from outfitting in American ports. He was found not guilty. The acquittal convinced many that the new legislation was useless against the wealthy and powerful. A year later, he saw his ship, the “Hope,” confiscated for violations.

    As was the case throughout the North, Rhode Island, having ended slavery, also sought to make it difficult for blacks to remain in the state or move there. In the early 19th century, Rhode Island towns especially turned to the old New England custom of “warning out” strangers to purify themselves racially. The custom continued to have as a stated goal the removal of poor and undesirable strangers from a community. But blacks were increasingly its targets, out of proportion to their numbers and without regard to whether they were long-term residents or not.

    A study of Rhode Island records showed that only 5 percent of the transients warned out in the 1750s were identifiable as black. This rose sharply after the end of slavery, however. The figure was up to 22 percent by the 1790s, and 50 percent by 1800. Providence, after 1785, apparently made wholesale evictions of blacks who were deemed “liable to become chargeable.” Yet of the records examined between 1782 and 1800, some 37 percent had been in the town five years or longer, and 26 percent had been there for 10 years or longer. Reports of the city’s overseers of the poor from the early 19th century show no great disproportionate burden on taxpayers for care of indigent blacks.

    • Johnny99
      July 6, 2019 at 8:03 am #

      Not that I doubt what you posted but when you cut and paste another’s story you should be sourcing it. Please post link to source.

      • ProxyDate
        July 6, 2019 at 8:42 am #

        Googled it

        • This Just In
          July 6, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

          I did post the link but it disappeared.

          • Johnny99
            July 7, 2019 at 5:01 am #

            Got it, thank you.

      • danvalenti
        July 6, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

        Yes. Cut-n-paste is OK when it’s sourced. In academia, if it’s not sourced and you get caught, you’re Section 8’d outta dere (or should be). In professional writing, that does and should get you terminated. We realize, though, that on this board, those standards are more voluntary in nature.

        • Shakes
          July 7, 2019 at 5:59 am #

          Yes, the abolitionists were not pro equality.

          • 12 Gauge
            July 7, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

            You’re correct. You’re the last person I expected to understand that.

  17. ProxyDate
    July 5, 2019 at 9:24 pm #

    Fentanyl laced pot is responsible for new deaths in Berkshire County.

  18. doomiedodger
    July 6, 2019 at 2:58 am #

    Might be helpful if the Eagle would report the whole story including the number of overdoses and deaths just in Pittsfield on a weekly basis. It is possible this could serve as a recurring reminder and warning of the dangers of the drug. I would imagine that everyone who knows these numbers would admit the problem is out of control.

    Sadly it seems that some city officials want to hide the severity of the problem in order to protect the city image. And in doing so probably contribute to the high number of overdoses. And that is just so sad.

    • danvalenti
      July 6, 2019 at 7:56 am #

      Great idea, DOOMIE.

    • Johnny99
      July 6, 2019 at 8:01 am #

      Most of the junkies know there’s bad product out there and often seek it out for a better high. Broadcasting that fact won’t help a bit to stem the tide. Making the choice not to use will.

      • David Haper
        July 6, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

        The largest contributing factor to opioid deaths is that we treat the addict like a specially protected class.
        We keep reviving them when they OD, maybe we should stop.

        • danvalenti
          July 7, 2019 at 7:42 am #

          There’s a lot to what you say. Addiction doesn’t come from nowhere. It comes from a choice. The perils are well known. If a person decides to take the chance, they should be willing to pay the price.

          • Spider
            July 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

            So very true, Dan. It most certainly is a “choice”. Bad things can happen to those who take risks.

        • The school committee
          July 7, 2019 at 2:04 pm #


    • The school committee
      July 7, 2019 at 11:35 am #

      If the Eagle would report whats happening in Schools,Street news,Entertainment,Sports is where you will get the circulation.Until you do Big local sports nobody will buy your paper.

      • danvalenti
        July 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

        The paper is trying to do too little with even less. Invest in those beats, cover the heck out of them, and, most of all, scrap the entire internet team and replace them with talent that knows how to “web” (forgive the usage, although these days, invented verbs are OK). The current group was smart enough to buy low but then didn’t invest in the product. It will have to sell lower.

  19. Mad Trapper
    July 6, 2019 at 3:39 am #



  20. Sojourner Truth
    July 6, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    I remember a scripted opening of a TV show, The Defenders, starring E.G. Marshall, that stated: ” Democracy is a very bad form of government, But ALL the others are so much worse”.
    If we have compositely strayed from the purest attempt to achieve democracy, then how to we as a nation seek a paradigm to correct such ?
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. “When bad men combine, the good must associate, else they will Fall, one by one an unpitied sacrifice into a contemptible struggle”….Edmund Burke.

    • danvalenti
      July 6, 2019 at 7:52 am #

      I remember the show well, including that great opening line. You ask a great question. In the present form of the “if/then” structure, the question answers itself. “If” the collective strays from the democratic ideal, “then” the nation cannot and will not seek the corrective paradigm. So maybe we need to rephrase the query: “What needs to happen so that the electorate realizes the enormity of its power?” The answers, and I can think of several, all deliver harsh remedies. Burke’s quote gets at the strategy of the current political trends in America. We no longer have political parties. We have FACTIONS whose main purpose is to divide, to keep “the good from associating.”

    • Ham Anex
      July 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

      Perhaps that’s why we are a republic and not a democracy.

    • Blare
      July 8, 2019 at 11:42 pm #

      They plagiarized Churchill: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

  21. Tom Betit
    July 6, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    Obviously liberalism must be cannibalistic, look at our present criminal justice system which is designed to maximize the elitist involveds income. Much like The Democrats took minority fathers out of the family unit, the probate courts in America are now practicing the predatory behavior on any family not aware of the gamesmanship. Resulting in more victims to be exploited by the criminal justice system increased more by Clinton than any president in history. Trump is first president to make substantial efforts in rehabilitation instead of incarceration.
    50% of reason ms Harrington was elected is our present system is broken. Putin is just repeating what America has been saying for years, to cause further tension. Putin could beat Bobby fisher in chess, his firesight is his only strength.

    • danvalenti
      July 6, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

      NO-body could beat Bobby Fischer in chess except Bobby Fischer. I wonder, though, if his chess skills are better than his hickey chops?

      • Benigno Numine
        July 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

        Chess was invented in Pittsfield in 1791. Someone threw a bishop through a church window and baseball replaced chess in Pittsfield.

        • danvalenti
          July 7, 2019 at 7:40 am #

          Love it!

        • Fugimoto Hockalugi
          July 7, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

          Benigno, this is Pittsfield. Are you sure it wasn’t a queen?

      • Tom Betit
        July 8, 2019 at 3:37 am #


  22. ProxyDate
    July 6, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

    FYI: Pence missed out on a trip to N.H.,
    It was some sort of “secret” as to why he was recalled to DC. My sources say it was to go over secret and sealed DOJ information about Jeff Epstein. It looks like this case is going to explode a long list of people including:
    Bill Clinton
    Prince Andrew
    Elliot Spitzer
    And in the case of Clinton, there are actual videos from Epstein’s private 737

    • Putin On The Ritz
      July 6, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

      Putin nails in the democrat party’s coffin.

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 7, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Are you suggesting there may have been some pussy grabbing? Cuz Trump says if you are a star it is OK and these guys are kinda stars aren’t they? Kinda? So what is the fuss about?

      • Putin On The Ritz
        July 7, 2019 at 11:02 am #

        I’m biden my time until the hair sniffing and shoulder rubbing come out. If Creepy Joe wins will he once again swim nude in front of female secret service agents?

      • Hell Toupee
        July 7, 2019 at 11:04 am #

        Trump said they LET you. Consent matters.

    • The school committee
      July 7, 2019 at 11:38 am #

      Trump and he are best of friends

    • Mad Trapper
      July 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      The Hildebeast was with Slick Willie on the “Lolita express” to sex slave island.

      Maybe Huma was still playing with Tony’s Wiener then?

      There is evidence Weiner went Epsteins Island too.

  23. Blare
    July 6, 2019 at 11:05 pm #

    In a presidential debate with Obama, Mitt Romney named Russia as our number one geopolitical foe. I can’t remember if the debate was before or after Obama was caught on a hot mic telling Putin’s puppet Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility” after the election.

    Pundits on the left fell over one another to get in the best zinger about how out of touch Romney was. Russia? Get with the program old man, times have changed.

    Those same fools view Russia very differently now, as they wet themselves over social media activity that will take place in every major election – in every country – from now to eternity. This is the world we now live in.

    • Pat
      July 7, 2019 at 6:56 am #

      True. Even as the far left in this country acts JUST LIKE RUSSIA by trying to shut down free speech, physically attacking people with different political views (usually conservatives, but even independents), taking over the media so that only ONE political viewpoint is represented and defended. It’s so obvious where the real Russian influence is coming from in this country.

    • danvalenti
      July 7, 2019 at 7:39 am #

      Russia still has structural problems with the economy. Putin still dazzles, however, and one wonders what chaos will occur once he passes. China, on other hand, has the opposite situation: A dull-but-brilliantly pragmatic leader with an economy about to become the world’s top.

  24. ProxyDate
    July 7, 2019 at 7:48 am #

    After some talk about the Berkshire Eagle and plagiarism I went back and reviewed a number of Haven Orecchio-Egresitz‘s articles.

    They are rife with both outright plagiarism and errors that are substantial enough to alter the meaning and context of the story.
    The fact that this is allowed to go on means the editors of the paper just don’t care, that they lack any semblance of integrity.

    • ProxyDate
      July 7, 2019 at 7:55 am #

      Anytime you want to check an article, just copy a portion of it, paste it into google. If that text exists elsewhere, it will often pull it up.

      In doing that with some of Haven Orecchio-Egresitz articles the text is often the same as other writers. That can happen up to a point but not to the level of what I’ve been seeing. Also she’s not the first to file so there can be no excuse about others copying her.
      As to errors, just recently she filed a story on a near drowning in Pittsfield. Pittsfield fire department, as far as I know, doesn’t have paramedics. So how did a PFD paramedic save the drowning mans life?

    • Mad Trapper
      July 7, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      Journalism left the Left Winged Parrot with the Miller family. 199?

      My cat won’t use her box with fresh litter lined with that propaganda.

      • danvalenti
        July 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

        The Millers gave up the editorial ghost formally in 1995. The ill-advised Clock Tower deal put the canon ball into the bow.

        • Mad Trapper
          July 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

          Thanks Dan.

          Getting a little old, I remember when the Eagle published my deer hunting successes. Circa 1970s

  25. Mad Trapper
    July 7, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    I had hoped Rutburg, being an impartial Judge, had a semblance of integrity and would turn the ship around.

    He’s farther LEFT than Ocasio-Cortez!!!!

    It’s truly said when the only unbiased news is the Planet.

  26. James
    July 7, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    Why can’t our paper investigate if DA Rollins’ bosom buddy Harrington is also making good on her promises for “progressive prosecution?” Doesn’t the public have a right to know what is happening in our district court? How many cases have been dropped, # of pleas to a lesser charge, how many dismissed drug cases? What about dropped domestic assault charges? Come to think of it, wasn’t she offering to provide transparency?
    Stopping injustice or putting the public at risk? Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins’s tactics spur pushback

    • Mad Trapper
      July 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

      File a FOIA and the DA witch will have to comply.

      Tyer, school committee/superintendant, and city council need a few of those also.

      If they give you crap, contact Judicial Watch.

      • ProxyDate
        July 7, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

        The problem with Harrington, she’s too stupid to actually know what a good idea is. She just copied the “never been to court, progressive DA playbook” and really wasn’t even sure of the words she was reading.
        Being soft on drug use will eventually lead to both drug deaths and deaths of innocent people caught in the crossfire or mowed down by someone driving under the influence.
        Harrington and those like her are just quicken the pace of the slide into oblivion of the Berkshires.

  27. The school committee
    July 7, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    Puttin is murdering journalist Pat

    • Johnny Absurd
      July 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      As long as they are not Fox news “journalists” (if that is really a thing) it is probably OK with Pat. But they better not mess with cult chanters Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly. that would cross a line even with Trumps Russia collaborate.

    • Bill DeWahl
      July 7, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

      Putin would murder his own mother……….

      Sorry that Rush and Sean scramble your minds.

    • Tom Betit
      July 8, 2019 at 3:49 am #

      Journalists or propagandist ?
      Russia Differentiates between the two, in America we do not

  28. The school committee
    July 7, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

    President Trump admires all the fake elected presidents who murder journalist who tell the truth.Why?

  29. ProxyDate
    July 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

    Trump will move to remove Comey’s daughter as prosecutor because Comey is the one of the people under investigation in the Epstein case

    • Tom Betit
      July 8, 2019 at 4:17 am #

      Trey Gowdy or Whitaker be a likely prosecutor,New England needs a good house cleaning.
      Pence skipped NH visit as nh AG dropped case against Project Veritas pertaining to google censorship
      and will visit when full story of accident that killed 7 is known.

      Sessions got fired because he was stonewalling many cases epstein’s is just one of them.

      Look for many Massachusetts political prosecutions,Barr is confused as to why no racketeering charges in MSP scandals.
      As is the federal judge that rejected guilty plea, like Epstein case he thought was broomed , it’s not over till attorney General Barr says it’s over. Question is does Alex Acosta make the week?
      Barr requested documents Alex had sealed open,& got them last week. If Alex had the information why didn’t he prosecute?
      It’s been to long without a “ your fired” from trump!!

  30. The school committee
    July 9, 2019 at 2:34 am #

    Trump often hung with Epstien as they shared many things .Birds of a feather flock together