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Prophets of Doom: David Bentley Hart and the Triumph of the Will Print
Written by Tim Heydon
Friday, 04 February 2011 09:04
Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable EnemiesPart 1:  Radical Individualism and Opening the Road to State Terror

Modern Freedom means the Limitless Freedom to Will. Unleashed from the Guiding Hand of Christianity and Tradition, the Freedom to Will can Mean  the Freedom to Will Terror

Christianity Has Made Us – So How Can We Imagine a Non-Christian World?

It is difficult for us, living as we are at the end of nearly two millennia of Christian Civilisation, fully to grasp quite how revolutionary Christianity was in the transformation of attitudes in the ancient world, or to imagine what it might mean if those attitudes were to disappear, as disappearing they are in the West.

The World of Rome and the Christian Revolution

In his book ‘Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies’ the theologian  David Bentley Hart does a terrific job of bringing  out  the impact of Christianity on the ancients, transforming  a world in which  an individual’s worth was predicated on  his or her  power or lack of it  to one in which every individual has intrinsic worth.   Roman society was built on a rather Nietzschean hierarchy of power in which the most powerful of all, the Roman Emperor, could be worshipped as a god while the lower orders were of little account individually and slaves had no personhood whatsoever. The latter were powerless things, like Christ before the powerful Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate.

Hart says , ‘the new world we see being brought into being in the Gospels is one in which the whole grand cosmic architecture of prerogative , power and eminence has been shaken and superseded by a new positively anarchic order; an order in which we see the glory of God revealed in a crucified slave’.

Hart’s Answer to Christopher Hitchens and his Ilk:  Western Civilisation

The title of Christopher Hitchens’ book ‘God is not Great’ is subtitled ‘How Religion Poisons Everything. ’ After a remarkably entertaining exposure, touched with more than a soupcon of asperity, of the paucity of Hitchen’s intellectual capabilities (and those of Dawkins), Hart asks, ‘Does he (Hitchens) really mean precisely everything?”

Would that apply then – confining ourselves just to things Christian – to ancient and medieval hospitals, leper asylums, orphanages, almshouses and hostels?  To the golden rule, ‘Love thine enemies’? ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’? Prophetic admonitions  against oppressing the poor, and commands to feed and clothe and comfort those in need? To the music of Palestrina and Bach, Michelangleo’s Pieta, ‘ah bright wings’; San Marco’s mosaics, the Bible of Amiens and all the gorgeous blue stained glass at Chartres? To the abolitionist movement and contemporary  efforts to liberate Sudanese slaves? And so on and so on? Surely it cannot  be the case that if only purged of faith these things would be even better than they are; were it not for faith it seems fairly obvious, most of them would have no existence at all.’

Our Future:  the Idea of the Sunny Uplands of ‘Progress’ is Likely to Lead to a Totalitarian Hell.

Hart holds out little hope for the West in the dawning age of secularism. He asks, ‘What evidence is there for the idea that secular reason, if finally allowed to move forward free of the constraining hand of archaic faith will naturally make society more free, more humane and more rational than it has been? It is rather difficult… to vest a great deal of hope in modernity, however radiantly enchanting its promises, when one considers how many innocent lives (‘an unprecedentedly vast collection of corpses’) have already been swallowed up in the flames of ‘Progress.’ The best ideals to which we moderns continue to cling long antedate modernity. For the most part all we can claim as truly, distinctively our own are our atrocities… The process of secularisation was marked from the first by the magnificent limitlessness of its violence.’

Radical Individualism and the Triumph of the Will

The tale of the modern nation-state’s struggle for liberation from the ‘shackles’ of religion and tradition should be located within the larger narrative of the triumph of the will.

Like most of the defining ideas in our culture, perverted though they may have been in the modern era, the emphasis on freedom of the will has its origins in Christian theology, but Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, spoke both as the heir of the late Scholastic tradition and for modernity when he said that the true image of god within human beings is the godlike liberty and incomprehensibility of the will.

Modern Ideas of Freedom are Nihilistic

Hart argues that the modern notion of freedom is essentially nihilistic, ie freedom is to be found in the individual subject’s power of choice, rather than in what is actually chosen. Neither God nor nature nor reason provides the measure of an act’s true liberty, for an act is free only when it is done in defiance of all three.

The Degradation of the Idea of Liberty.  Freedom as Consumerism

Where is the ascendancy of the modern Idea of Freedom as Pure Spontaneity of the Will leading our Culture, Hart asks?  At an  ordinary, everyday level, it obviously leads to a degradation of the very idea of freedom, its reduction in the public imagination to a fairly banal kind of liberty, no more –though no less- significant than a consumer’s freedom to choose among different kinds of breads, shoes, televisions, drugs, drinks, sexual activities and relationships, political parties or religions.

The Death of Shared Obligations and Common Cause –  the Decay of ‘Community ‘ (and therefore National Sentiment)

At the level of conventional social behaviours it leads perhaps towards a decay of a shared sense of social obligation or common cause, or towards an increasingly insipid and self-absorbed private culture, or towards a tendency in society at large less to judge the laudability of particular choices by reference to the worthiness of their objects than to judge objects worthy solely because they have been chosen. (eg ’a woman’s right to choose’)

From the Banal to the Terrible

All this is both obvious and rather vague, but the modern concept of Freedom can lead to other more terrible things as well. For what the will may will, when it is subordinate only to its own native exuberance, is practically without limit.
Although pure spontaneity of the will is an illusion (we must actually will something), something dangerously novel entered our culture when we began to believe that the proper end of the will might simply to be willing as such. Nor does the truly liberated have to confine itself to the adventure of discovering and inventing  itself.  Collective will is so much more exciting than an individual’s will, at least if it can be disciplined and marshalled for some collective purpose.

With no Transcendent Source of the Good, the Capacity for Evil is Limitless

Furthermore if there is no transcendent source of the good to which the will is drawn but only the power of the will to decide what ends it desires, then no human project can be said to be inherently irrational or abominable. If freedom of the will is our supreme value, after all, then it is to all intents and purposes our god.

And certain kinds of gods (as our pagan ancestors understood) need to be fed.

Part 2 of ‘Prophets of Doom:  David Bentley Hart and the Triumph of the Will’ will show how radical individualism leads to state control.
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his is No 2  In the ‘Prophets of Doom’ Series.
No 1: ‘Pitirim Sorokin’ and ‘A Christmas Message of Hope’ Parts 1&2

Prophets of Doom: The Triumph and Freedom of the Will


Two parts of an essay by Tim Heydon
Prophets of Doom:
David Bentley Hart and the Triumph of the Will

Part 1: Radical Individualism and Opening the Road to State Terror

Modern Freedom means the Limitless Freedom to Will. Unleashed from the Guiding Hand of Christianity and Tradition, the Freedom to Will can Mean the Freedom to Will Terror

Christianity Has Made Us – So How Can We Imagine a Non-Christian World?

It is difficult for us, living as we are at the end of nearly two millennia of Christian Civilisation, fully to grasp quite how revolutionary Christianity was in the transformation of attitudes in the ancient world, or to imagine what it might mean if those attitudes were to disappear, as disappearing they are in the West.

The World of Rome and the Christian Revolution

In his book ‘Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies’ the theologian David Bentley Hart does a terrific job of bringing out the impact of Christianity on the ancients, transforming a world in which an individual’s worth was predicated on his or her power or lack of it to one in which every individual has intrinsic worth. Roman society was built on a rather Nietzschean hierarchy of power in which the most powerful of all, the Roman Emperor, could be worshipped as a god while the lower orders were of little account individually and slaves had no personhood whatsoever. The latter were powerless things, like Christ before the powerful Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate.

Hart says , ‘the new world we see being brought into being in the Gospels is one in which the whole grand cosmic architecture of prerogative , power and eminence has been shaken and superseded by a new positively anarchic order; an order in which we see the glory of God revealed in a crucified slave’.

Hart’s Answer to Christopher Hitchens and his Ilk: Western Civilisation

The title of Christopher Hitchens’ book ‘God is not Great’ is subtitled ‘How Religion Poisons Everything. ’ After a remarkably entertaining exposure, touched with more than a soupcon of asperity, of the paucity of Hitchen’s intellectual capabilities (and those of Dawkins), Hart asks, ‘Does he (Hitchens) really mean precisely everything?”

Would that apply then – confining ourselves just to things Christian – to ancient and medieval hospitals, leper asylums, orphanages, almshouses and hostels? To the golden rule, ‘Love thine enemies’? ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’? Prophetic admonitions against oppressing the poor, and commands to feed and clothe and comfort those in need? To the music of Palestrina and Bach, Michelangleo’s Pieta, ‘ah bright wings’; San Marco’s mosaics, the Bible of Amiens and all the gorgeous blue stained glass at Chartres? To the abolitionist movement and contemporary efforts to liberate Sudanese slaves? And so on and so on? Surely it cannot be the case that if only purged of faith these things would be even better than they are; were it not for faith it seems fairly obvious, most of them would have no existence at all.’

Our Future: the Idea of the Sunny Uplands of ‘Progress’ is Likely to Lead to a Totalitarian Hell.

Hart holds out little hope for the West in the dawning age of secularism. He asks, ‘What evidence is there for the idea that secular reason, if finally allowed to move forward free of the constraining hand of archaic faith will naturally make society more free, more humane and more rational than it has been? It is rather difficult… to vest a great deal of hope in modernity, however radiantly enchanting its promises, when one considers how many innocent lives (‘an unprecedentedly vast collection of corpses’) have already been swallowed up in the flames of ‘Progress.’ The best ideals to which we moderns continue to cling long antedate modernity. For the most part all we can claim as truly, distinctively our own are our atrocities… The process of secularisation was marked from the first by the magnificent limitlessness of its violence.’

Radical Individualism and the Triumph of the Will

The tale of the modern nation-state’s struggle for liberation from the ‘shackles’ of religion and tradition should be located within the larger narrative of the triumph of the will.

Like most of the defining ideas in our culture, perverted though they may have been in the modern era, the emphasis on freedom of the will has its origins in Christian theology, but Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, spoke both as the heir of the late Scholastic tradition and for modernity when he said that the true image of god within human beings is the godlike liberty and incomprehensibility of the will.

Modern Ideas of Freedom are Nihilistic

Hart argues that the modern notion of freedom is essentially nihilistic, ie freedom is to be found in the individual subject’s power of choice, rather than in what is actually chosen. Neither God nor nature nor reason provides the measure of an act’s true liberty, for an act is free only when it is done in defiance of all three.

The Degradation of the Idea of Liberty. Freedom as Consumerism

Where is the ascendancy of the modern Idea of Freedom as Pure Spontaneity of the Will leading our Culture, Hart asks? At an ordinary, everyday level, it obviously leads to a degradation of the very idea of freedom, its reduction in the public imagination to a fairly banal kind of liberty, no more –though no less- significant than a consumer’s freedom to choose among different kinds of breads, shoes, televisions, drugs, drinks, sexual activities and relationships, political parties or religions.

The Death of Shared Obligations and Common Cause – the Decay of ‘Community ‘ (and therefore National Sentiment)

At the level of conventional social behaviours it leads perhaps towards a decay of a shared sense of social obligation or common cause, or towards an increasingly insipid and self-absorbed private culture, or towards a tendency in society at large less to judge the laudability of particular choices by reference to the worthiness of their objects than to judge objects worthy solely because they have been chosen. (eg ’a woman’s right to choose’)

From the Banal to the Terrible

All this is both obvious and rather vague, but the modern concept of Freedom can lead to other more terrible things as well. For what the will may will, when it is subordinate only to its own native exuberance, is practically without limit.
Although pure spontaneity of the will is an illusion (we must actually will something), something dangerously novel entered our culture when we began to believe that the proper end of the will might simply to be willing as such. Nor does the truly liberated have to confine itself to the adventure of discovering and inventing itself. Collective will is so much more exciting than an individual’s will, at least if it can be disciplined and marshalled for some collective purpose.

With no Transcendent Source of the Good, the Capacity for Evil is Limitless

Furthermore if there is no transcendent source of the good to which the will is drawn but only the power of the will to decide what ends it desires, then no human project can be said to be inherently irrational or abominable. If freedom of the will is our supreme value, after all, then it is to all intents and purposes our god.

And certain kinds of gods (as our pagan ancestors understood) need to be fed.

Part 2 will show how radical individualism leads to state control.


The Freedom of the Will – Part Two
‘As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator … will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope, the movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.’ Aldous Huxley: ‘Introduction to ‘Brave New World’.

In Part One, we saw how the Triumph of the Will, increasingly unconstrained by religion and tradition, leads to a ‘society’ – our society, if society it can be called – which instils deep prejudices in favour of the self and the ego and its freedom to Will.

In this nihilising, individualising world, there is a diminishing sense of ultimate purpose. Meaning is evaporating leaving a residue consisting of what is immediately self-indulgent and the practicalities of achieving self-indulgence in food, sex, relationships, social status (power) – in anything and everything. Life is thought of as merely an extended version of a trawl round the shops, the ‘existential supermarket’ from which lifestyles can be selected like soap powders and without much deeper or more meaningful consequences. Such trends as the destruction of the character of the country through mass immigration and cultural relativism are of subsidiary or little concern.

The Triumph of the Will can lead to State Terror

We saw how in the Triumph of the Will, because the freedom to Will takes absolute precedence over any of what many think of as moral considerations (the example was given of ‘a woman’s right to choose’ to have an abortion) could lead to terror of the kind practiced in the last century by tyrants such as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao as well as to more beneficent scenarios. (If one is a pessimist about human nature and believes in the existence of the human capacity for evil or Original Sin, as Christians call it, for which the existence of the aforementioned individuals and their regimes is surely ample proof, one is likely to believe that the eventual outcome is probably the evil one). But what is the mechanism by which individuals’ freedom to Will is translated into State Oppression and thus opens the way to state terror?

The Great Irony: How Radical Individualism Leads to State Control

David Bentley Hart does not go into this but the writer Theodore Dalrymple sets out the means very succinctly in his book ‘In Praise of Prejudice’:-

‘What starts out as search for increased if not total individualism ends up by increasing the power of governments over individuals. It does not do so by the totalitarian method of rendering compulsory all that is not forbidden – a process that in all human history has gone farthest, perhaps, in North Korea – but in destroying all moral authority that intervenes between individual human will and governmental power. Everything that is not forbidden by law is, ipso facto, permissible. ‘There is no law against it’ becomes an unanswerable justification for conduct that is selfish and egotistical.

The Politicians and Judges become the Moral Arbiters

Thus it is the law, and those who make it and who administer it who are the moral arbiters of society. It is they who decide what is permissible and what is not. And so all stigmas are removed from conduct that is too expressly and actively forbidden by religious belief and by custom and we are asked to acquiesce in Political Correctness.

Politicians and Judges become Gods, at least in their own Eyes

But that is not the end of it. Human Nature being what it is, the law givers (think that lying egomaniac Tony Blair, the insanely arrogant and incompetent Gordon Brown, the evil bully and liar Alistair Campbell and the harridan, half-mad obsessive Harriet Harman), and the judges to whom is delegated the task of deciding what constitutes good and bad behaviour and attitudes, enjoy their power. They actually come to believe that they deserve it. Because there is no other source of effective collective authority, such as the Church, they believe that they have been chosen for their task because they possess rare qualities of insight into how people should live their lives. And since their power it is infinite and they think themselves infinitely responsible for the welfare of the people, they come to regard themselves as infinitely good. They become god-like in their own eyes at least.

The Drug of Power and Creeping Centralised Authority

Radical Individualism – the Freedom of the Will – is thus not just compatible with the radical centralisation of authority but is a product of it. The individual is free to get on with his life as his whim dictates, but, however, within increasingly narrow limits. The ability to wield prescriptive power is one of the most powerful of drugs. Since there is no buffering, intervening power between the individual and the state, the power of the governing elites is free and they have the motive to insinuate it into every nook and cranny of an individual’s life. So decision –making in life is divided into two spheres: the one being about the serious business which is left to the sovereign power of the state, the other the increasingly narrow sphere of private affairs.

The State’s Attack on the Institutions which limit its Power

The State, meaning the horrible creatures who have managed to insinuate themselves into political office, (You have to be very odd to have a driving ambition to order others around in the way our present Politicians do), citing the drive to the untrammelled Freedom of the Will of Radical Individualism in the context of secularised nihilism, launched an attack on all the intervening authorities which stood in the way of its power to control our lives such as the family, the church and to a lesser extent the professional organisations. All organisations such as these, (and this applies to some Political Parties also) have in any case been melting away as secularism drains meaning and purpose and radical Individualism destroys collectivity. In the absence of their mediating influence, we have become accustomed to expect and to accept the central direction of our lives.

What is the Future for Our Country?

What is the future for our country in the light of these trends? Can it survive its nihilism and creeping Fascism ? Heidegger, who held out little hope for Western Civilisation is the subject of the next edition of ‘Prophets of Doom’.

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This is part 2 of Tim’s Prophets of Doom Series
No 1: ‘Pitirim Sorokin’ and ‘A Christmas Message of Hope’ Parts 1&2

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How the Government Controls, Ruins Our Lives

How the Government Controls, Ruins Our Lives

by John Seiler

Previously by John Seiler: Will California Repudiate Its Debt?

It was just last June in this space that I reviewed Nullification, by Thomas Woods. It showed how, over the course of American history, states and citizens successfully thwarted federal usurpations of power. It since has become a guidebook used in many state capitols.

Now comes the prolific Woods’ latest: Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse. It’s broader in scope, taking on the whole government that minutely controls, and ruins, our lives.

He details how, as he puts it, “the federal government has, in fact, been an enemy of the people’s welfare, and that the progress in our living standards has occurred in spite of its efforts. [The government] pits individuals, firms, industries, regions, races and age groups against each other in a zero-sum game of mutual plunder. It takes credit for improvements in material conditions that we, in fact, owe to the private sector, while refusing to accept responsibility for the countless failures and social ills to which its own programs have given rise.”

That’s the most accurate description of the federal government that I’ve ever read.

He describes an economic and social “crash” that is inevitable: By 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments on the national debt will be $925 billion a year – assuming the economy recovers, which it might not.

Future liabilities for Medicare are $96.5 trillion. Of that, $19.4 trillion comes from Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program imposed by President George W. Bush, whom some still call a “conservative.”

The debt the federal government has run up in our name is $200 trillion, according to Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff, who thinks some relatively painless reforms could improve matters. “The truth is, there are no such reforms,” counters Woods. “If there were, they would have been implemented long ago.” That $200 trillion comes down to $64,516 owed by every American, even babies born today.

Woods also shows how the massive military spending of recent decades has debilitated the economy by diverting scarce production from consumer goods, much as happened to the old Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War in 1989 saw a small decline in defense spending. But that was reversed after 9/11. He details how the machine-tool industry’s heavy reliance on Pentagon contracts severely retarded its ability to innovate in producing advanced machines, allowing first the Europeans, then the Japanese to dominate that sector. Woods warns that “the more an industry caters to the Pentagon, the less it makes production with the civilian economy in mind.”

I think Woods is right in predicting that the out-of-control federal government is driving the country off a cliff. He acknowledges that reform will be difficult, but puts forth a few ideas which, if combined and acted upon, could prevent disaster. Some of them: Allow people to opt out of the Social Security and Medicare schemes, which are going broke. Instead of haggling over cutting every item in a budget, just cut everything across-the-board by as high a percentage as possible.

The decline of the dollar by the Federal Reserve Board – detailed in this book – should be checked by allowing Americans to use any currency they wish for their transactions; or use gold, silver or some other commodity. Promote state nullification of repressive federal laws. Pass a constitutional amendment allowing any federal law to be repealed by a two-thirds vote of the states. That’s a start. He has many more suggestions.

Roll back the government? Yeah – roll it all the way back.

Reprinted from the Orange County Register.

February 25, 2011

John Seiler [send him mail], an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

A Reason To Fight

A Reason To Fight

http://tlinexile.blogspot.com/

There is a reason I met the union thugs on the steps of the State Capitol in Denver the other day. There is a reason I have been engaged in this struggle since the beginning. It is not because I like to protest, far from it. I don’t like to put myself out there in the streets, it is unseemly. But, I also recognize that I have a personal responsibility to take action where that action is obviously needed. To expect someone else to tend to my liberty, or my rights is as unseemly as anything I could do, moreso than protesting.

The situation is clear: we either fight for our liberty, or we lose it. We stand up for fiscal responsibility or we might as well just toss our credit cards to the looters and moochers. Why protect our identity from thieves if we are going to invite the thieves in to write the laws?

Here’s the difference between private sector unions and public sector unions, since that seems to be an intellectual stumbling block for most defenders of the debacle in Wisconsin. When a private sector union delegation sits down with a corporation, it is dealing with the owners of the company: the CEO, the CFO, or the COO, all of whom own stock, all of whom have a stake in the success of the company. They cannot arbitrarily increase the price of their stock to cover an increase in wages and benefits. They can increase the cost of their goods, but that puts them at a disadvantage in the marketplace and starts a downward spiral leading to the loss of all jobs and all pensions. They can sacrifice some profits for the agreement, but once those profits are gone the company will have to take on debt to open new plants, or start new lines of goods. It all comes out of the bottom line.

When a public sector union sits down with the staff of a governor, or mayor, there is no genuine conflict. On one hand you have an organization who in many respects has helped to get the governor or mayor elected, or could pose significant opposition to the governor or mayor in future elections. The governor or mayor has many more reasons to facilitate the union rather than incur its wrath. The governor is not going to have his 401k devalued by his decision. He is not going to be personally liable for the wages he agrees to increase, he merely passes a bill that increases taxes and since the people, the rightful voice in this conflict, have not been in on the negotiation, they are unaware that the taxes being raised are to cover the agreement recently made.

Historically speaking, public sector unions have been around for a very short time and already they have led to the fiscal instability of every state in which they have taken root. This is because they have abnormal influence on their bosses who do not own the institution they are representing. Only the people can represent their interests in this negotiation and the only way to do that, as yet, is to protest, to throw a fit, to get in their face, to stand up to their aggression, to confront them directly, to gather and demand a voice.

Let me quote Rousseau:

“As soon as public service ceases to be the principle concern of the Citizens, and they prefer to serve with their purses instead of their persons, the State is already nearly in ruin. Is it necessary to go to combat? They pay for troops and remain at home; is it necessary to go to the Council?  They name deputies and remain at home.  By dint of laziness and money, they finally have soldiers to enslave the fatherland and representatives to sell it.”

Graciously linked and quoted at Green Mountains Homesteading.
Graciously linked and qutoed at Free North Carolina.
Graciously linked and quoted at Adrienne’s Catholic Corner.
Graciously linked and quoted at Western Rifle Shooters Association.

Western Quran Schools Are “Terrorist Factories”

Western Quran Schools Are “Terrorist Factories”

The following essay by Nicolai Sennels concerns the use of madrassas as terrorist training centers. It was originally published at Europe News.


Western Quran schools are “terrorist factories”

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/

By Dr. Nicolai Sennels

How would you turn normal human beings into murderous and hateful psychopaths who blindly obey their totalitarian systems and its authorities, suppressing and killing innocent people? In short: How would you create a terrorist?

Violent and murderous political, ethnic, and religious regimes have used the same effective methods all over the world throughout history. The procedure consists of two simple steps that are repeated again and again:

1. You force a person to repeat the system’s doctrine over and over for months and years until he knows every word by heart and it pervades his or her whole way of thinking and it is the only truth he believes in.
2. You beat and scare the person (best if done randomly and severely), thus forcing him to become insensitive and unempathic in order to be able to bear the physical and psychological suffering and to increase his feelings of anger, frustration, and fear — feelings that are then directed against the system’s enemies.

In this way you will create a person whose whole being is pervaded by the system’s doctrine and who has lost the ability to feel both his own and others’ pain. You will have an emotionally cold person who blindly follows his leaders and their political or religious doctrine. If you use this method on a child who is in the process of developing his personality, the learned doctrine will simply become a part of the child’s personality. The psychological impact of the physical abuse will also be deeper. As children and youth are dependent on adults for acceptance, they are easier to influence.

Being a child psychologist, I was shocked to realise that this is exactly what is done to millions of Muslim children in both the Muslim world and the West. Tens of thousand of madrassas and Quranic schools all over the world are making their students repeat the Quran and the Hadiths again and again, until they know them by heart. They are told to believe every word and never to question either the way or the goal.

It is normal in these schools that the defenceless and innocent children are randomly beaten and humiliated by the teachers and older students — who themselves are emotionally destroyed beings who have been abused in the same way that they now use against their pupils. They personify the goal: The abused becomes the abuser.

Britain has more than 2,000 madrassas, where more than 200,000 children aged from four to their mid-teens are taught the Quran on weekday evenings.

Collapse = Darwinism

Collapse = Darwinism
by Hellesponte & Kerodin

February 16, 2011



Look around and try to quantify what you see in your fellow humans.

Our economy faces implosion.  Marx is upon us.  Children rape children and we as a society are indifferent, for it is merely one more example of our diminished moral state.

Can you explain it?  Do you feel as if you are living inside a bizarre, psychotic world where your words of caution seem to be lost in your own throat, for no one pays attention, they simply continue laughing, drinking, partying as the Titanic sinks around them.

Scientists largely agree that there have been six mass extinctions on our spinning little rock, the last of which was when the dinosaurs lost and the mammals began to rise.

Nothing is certain.  Our species is certainly not so special as to be treated with deference by the Universe.  Indeed, when you look at the history of Man it is impossible to conclude that we are anything but a selfish and self-destructive species of bipeds that take more from our world than we contribute.

 

When I consider the coming Ruckus, I see Darwinism at work.

Humans have corrupted the natural order as we have discovered more and more ways to defeat and circumvent the world around us.  We live longer than ever, thumbing our noses at the natural checks and balances that lead to the survival of the fittest.  Our species sits at the top of the food chain with fewer and fewer means for Mother Nature to maintain the balance and order of the world.

When animal populations become too large for an area, disease, predators and/or famine cull the herd.  When the rabbit population starts to run high in our area, the fox return.  When the rabbit numbers are back to where Mother Nature prefers, the fox hunt elsewhere.

Nothing hunts we bipeds, except our fellow humans.  Disease and famine are no longer effective tools in Mother Nature’s arsenal for keeping the human population in check.  Given enough time, science will discover the keys to switching off the diseases that are supposed to keep our numbers reasonable for the world around us.  We have manipulated the natural limits of food in our environment by farming our meat and veggies.

Our clever abilities have nullified Darwinism.

But the balance of nature must be maintained.  It is bigger than us.  It works in ways we have not yet begun to comprehend.  Our ultimate check, installed by Mother Nature herself, may be our hubris.

When you feel exhausted and defeated as you try to warn those you love that catastrophe is imminent, consider: Perhaps you are aware because you have the inner senses that Mother Nature, through Darwinism, tries to encourage.  Perhaps others are oblivious and refuse to understand, because they are not properly blueprinted for a proper life in our world.

Accept it.  Not everyone is the best candidate for breeding, and Mother Nature seeks the most capable for propagation of the species.  These are not my rules, I was born into the same system as were you.  Perhaps the coming Die-Off is simply Mother Nature’s way of culling the herd of a large population among us who lack common sense.

Liberalism leads to unnecessary suffering, because at its core Liberalism seeks to re-write the rules of nature, it seeks to take from the capable and strong and supplement the weaker and less capable, those who would otherwise die-off if left to their own devices.

My counsel to those of you who are frustrated as you seek to warn and save others: Let Mother Nature do Her work.  In the end, we’ll all be better off.

Resist. Reinforce.  Reload.  Ruckus.  Restoration.

Kerodin
III

Collapse
by Hellesponte & Kerodin
December 5, 2010


When we are born there are countless options before us, endless potential paths we can take in our life.  Reality narrows the field for us a bit.  For instance, if you are 5′ 3″ tall, weigh 170# and were born with testicles, you pretty much need to abandon your goals of walking a High Fashion runway wearing pretty dresses in New York for a living. (Though scientists may have a solution for you as they continue to work on DNA manipulation.)

As we live our lives, circumstances and decisions we take effectively further narrow our choices.  While I may have the innate potential to be a world class violinist, at 43 and having never touched a violin, with a need for a steady income, devoting the energy and time to becoming a power in the world of violins is a non-starter.  My wife has become accustomed to eating every day, so such a career change is simply not feasible.

So it is as we look at our republic.  The realities that obtain will determine what happens in our politics.  We ignore reality at our peril.  We hope for the Republican Establishment to embrace Ron Paul politics in futility.  We hope the average American will embrace self-sufficiency and personal responsibility in vain.

While there remain several potential outcomes for us as a nation as we live through this particular Sunday, the likely avenues we will travel have been reduced to just a few by the realities of the world around us.

The 800 pound gorilla in our midst, the seeming unavoidable reality, is the pending collapse of our economy.  Smarter people than I, people who are professionals in the world of finance and economics, are telling us that we have passed the point of no return and that collapse is imminent.  When I apply my common sense and general understanding of how things work to the layman translations offered by folks like Denninger, I am must conclude that they are on target.

So, Reality One that I use as a premise for decisions I take is that an economic Armageddon is imminent.  The date of said calamity is tough to nail down, for obvious reasons.  Most of the BIG companies in our lives should have died in 2007/2008 as economic Darwinism reached out a boney hand.  But the system was corrupted by meddling Government, delaying the inevitable.

The economic criminals among us are very good at what they do, so do not under-estimate their ability to string things along for a while.  Running the printers is pumping money to big players, who are artificially keeping the stock markets inflated.  It is, likely, the final bubble these folks will be able to create, as they have already destroyed every other significant sector of the economy.  When this one blows, we do not have any working sector remaining on which to break our fall.

But running the printing presses is a delaying tactic.  They are also trying to legislate, to paper-over, the obvious criminality of the housing and mortgage frauds, buying more time.  They have games they can play, right up to the moment it all heaves the final breath and final collapse is upon us.  They will try to delay the inevitable and to put as many assets in their column as possible before the system breaks.

Should a collapse be welcomed by Patriots?

Of course we all understand what a collapse means.  Riots, hunger, famine, disease, and a heavy-handed assertion of power by Government.  A collapse will fundamentally redefine our standard of living for at least a generation.

But if the goal of Patriots is a fundamental shift of the course our republic is travelling, and a return to our founding principles, would not a collapse with all of the horrors entailed, become an ally of the Patriot?

Who would most suffer from a collapse?  Would it not be those who are least able and inclined to take care of themselves and pull their own weight in society?  Is it not this very group of people who are today responsible for ruining the republic?

Good riddance.  Sorry you must die an ugly death, but you are killing the rest of us slowly with your pathetic, parasitic existence.

Patriots, it would seem due to the realities on the ground, have only three feasible options for achieving the goal of returning the republic to Constitutional fundamentals.

Politics: Voting Patriots into the US House would certainly change course, without resorting to Second Amendment remedies.  Do we have the time, considering the impending economic crises?  If Patriots took the House in 2012 and immediately de-funded extra-Constitutional spending, we could theoretically avert collapse.  Do Patriots have the will to even try?  A political solution would require many stars to align, quickly, to even have a shot.

Second Amendment: This is a non-starter on so many levels, not the least of which is that Patriots have no interest in marching out in today’s climate to engage.  Patriots are greatly outnumbered. Forget how many firearms may be in the public, the more important assessment is how many people will take up arms and use them to advance the goals of the Patriot, and how many would take arms to advance the goals of Government (translated to: handouts and freebies).  Public opinion is with the Squatters and Plunderers.  For every block in suburban America on which a Patriot lives, there are several neighbors who would drop a dime on him to preserve their status quo.

There will be no Patriot uprising to any injury or insult inflicted by Government.  No matter what hyperbole you hear or read, the next Waco, Ruby Ridge or Olofson will be met with the same response from Patriots as was TSA running knuckle-deep into wives, moms and children…at most Patriots will choose to avoid circumstances that would put them in conflict with Government.  At most, Patriots will stop flying, we will not gear up and make a point at the airport.

Whether you consider that to be cowardice or pragmatism does not matter.  It is demonstrated reality.

Collapse: If we accept the premise that a societal collapse is imminent, consider the prudence of simply using every day before the ruckus to lay-in supplies and prepare.  When it happens, consider keeping your head down, and let the ugly realities of such a collapse run their course.  Consider staying out of the way as people die in riots, of hunger and disease, while you remain strong and nourished in your basement.

In such circumstances, is it not likely that a moment will come when it is realistic for Patriots to emerge and impose Founding Principles with those who are left?  It would begin small, in your AO, as defined by the range of your car equal to one-half tank of gas.  Before long, these tiny circles as drawn on a map would begin to bump up against one another, forming larger bubbles and secure zones.

Patriots would be left with, essentially, a mopping up operation to be rid of the remaining assets of Tyranny and the few idiots who seek to become Warlords in the chaos.

It would appear that most Patriots are moving forward with hopes that politics may provide a solution, while preparing for collapse.  There has been considerable positive response to my recent posts about engaging in 2012 politics, and most people are willing to engage, though hesitant to put too much faith in the outcome.

I think this is the most prudent path forward, given the circumstances facing us today.

Patriots do not seem to have much appetite for my suggestion of armed rallies (in Ruckus) akin to RTC events in the opening moments of it.  The two most common concerns are very valid.  Most are convinced they’d end up alone, as they have no confidence other Patriots would show up.  Others are convinced that such rallies would fly into the teeth of Government strength, compounded by servants of Government who would respond with Ego rather than intellect.  I can’t argue with either point.

So, we prep as we work on politics.

If the political avenue works, outstanding!

If the collapse becomes reality, so be it!

Either way, Patriots will not simply submit to tyranny.  How we get to Liberty is the only variable.

It may be that Collapse becomes the best friend of the Patriot and Liberty.  Disease and famine will clear the field of enemies of Liberty.  Those left standing will once again appreciate the values common among our Founding generation: self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, common sense…and genuine Freedom.

At the moment, Collapse looks like a win-win for Patriots.

Sam
III

 

The Enemy

The Enemy

http://www.mexica-movement.org/

Take a good look at the site above. Know thy enemy better then you know yourself.

Mexica Movement: NOT Hispanic! NOT Latino!

We are Nican Tlaca,
the Indigenous People

of Canada, U.S., Mexico,
“Central and South America”

We reject all European divisions of our continent.

We reject the artificial border divisions of our people.

We reject the White Supremacist ideology
that claims Europeans are permanently endowed
with the right to define who we are as a people.

We include “Fir
st Nation” and “Native American”

and “Indigenous People” all as one Nican Tlaca,
all as one Indigenous  Nation.


We say, “No to occupation!”

We say, “This is still our continent!
We say, “Europeans are the illegals—since 1492!”

 

The Solution For those that believe in the crap above:

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If there is one thing Indo-Europeans are good at, its that. x-(

Enough said. :)

See you on the battlefield. From the streets of L.A. to the deserts of Arizona, to the beaches of New York, see you soon.