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Monday, June 18. 2007
Neither Thoreau nor Gandhi fully appreciated the effectiveness and efficiency of unarmed power-grabbing.
If you want to invade a country nowadays, you use immigration, not armies (as in the current invasion by Moslems of Europe, and the invasion by Mexico of the US).
If you want to create an Empire these days, you use bureaucratic methods, not armies (as in the EU, and as the UN has repeatedly attempted).
If you want to disempower and oppress your population these days, you suffocate them with rules and regulations and Nanny-state BS. No police-state thugs or neighborhood spies needed: you just wear them out.
It's so much easier the modern way. No blood spilled and no skulls cracked, but with the same results. Nobody wants freedom except strong, independent souls and, these days, I wonder how many of those exist.
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And don't forget the principle of incrementalism. Can you imagine what would happen if, statism-wise, we had leaped straight from Calvin Coolidge's America to today's?
There'd be an armed rebellion, at the very least.
You forgot one: Semantics. No one is allowed to say what they mean or mean what they say these days. Marshall McLuhan's point: "The medium is the message" is now writ large in that no one believes any of it.
I swann,... I know ya'll are going to call me a trailer-trash turncoat if not worse, but I gave up teaching eleventh grade after one try. Too much adulation of H.D. I found out his mama brought him his lunch every day in his famous Contemplation Redoubt, and I lost all respect. He was supposed to be contemplating acorns and then eating them. Whitman bored me senseless, as well.
I really liked the kings. "TURN, HELL HOUND, TURN!" Oh, I do love that.....
No one is allowed to say what they mean or mean what they say these days. Marshall McLuhan's point: "The medium is the message" is now writ large in that no one believes any of it.
Right on Phoenix ... if you say what you mean to say and it isn't in the current cultural codex you're in BIG trouble. Especially if you have a job ..being retired does have a liberating quality.
Hope you can read this, it will provide so much insight. If this does not work let me know, you will have to copy/paste. Also, do not forget that it is the AAUP that has been so determined to remove Christian based education--not just evolution, or anti-evolution. The AAUP has doggedly attacked Christian schools and not other private schools:
Hayek wrote "The Road to Serfdom" in Britain in 1944. And boy was he unpopular, since Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were in love with Stalin, and since the 1920 Marxist-Leninisms had become all the rage in the US. Let me say at the outset that no review of "The Road to Serfdom can replace it's reading. F.A Hayek is now considered a giant and this book as influential in understanding the world as any ever written. I say without equivocation that one cannot understand the world of the last 150 years without understanding this book.
Hayek's thesis was that central economic planning will inevitably lead to governmental control of every facet of its citizen's life, and hence toward a totalitarian state. Hayek's other insightful observations: Nazism, Fascism and communism all have the same roots. In a totalitarian state, it is always the ruthless and the unsophisticated who ascend to the top. Extensive governmental control harms the society not just in delivering dismal economic results, but, more seriously, it produces a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.
In this now famous book, Hayek breaks down the different ways in which state planning, as opposed to individual or more localized control, nearly always means the loss of liberty. Ultimately, in an economic system planned from the top down, should the system seek to continue, it will require dreadful, totalitarian measures. One of the saddest facts of these systems though is that in order to be put into place, they require many once-free people to willingly give up their freedoms: "the totalitarians in our midst" Hayek labels them. One passage along this line that holds just as true today as when Hayek wrote it:
"And, undoubtedly, not merely the ideas which in Germany and elsewhere prepared totalitarianism but also many of the principles of totalitarianism itself are what exercises an increasing fascination in many other countries. Although few people, if anybody, in England would probably be ready to swallow totalitarianism whole, there are few single features which have not yet been advised by somebody or other. Indeed, there is scarcely a leaf out of Hitler's book which somebody or other in England or America has not recommended us to take and use for our own purposes. This applies particularly to many people who are undoubtedly Hitler's mortal enemies because of one special feature in his system. We should never forget the anti-Semitism of Hitler has driven from his country, or turned into his enemies, many people who in every respect are confirmed totalitarians of the German type."
For anyone who has wondered recently why Pat Buchanan can often be seen receiving large applause at rallies with ultra-Leftist labor union leaders, or how other fringe Right groups often march these days against international free trade along side of socialist/environmentalist groups, F.A. Hayek explained it perfectly nearly 60 years ago. Whether seeking to force a large group of people to pay excessive amounts for goods and services, through trade protectionism supposedly planned to "protect" the jobs of a much smaller group, or through more directly stated taxation and redistribution of wealth programs, these groups are both taking a page from the Russian and German totalitarians of the 20th Century. Often "mortal enemies" of each other, they have found common cause at the modern-day economic forums, and should a free American people ultimately hand them control, as the Germans gave to these groups' National Socialist forebears, then similar results would ultimately not be far behind. (And if you think there weren't numerous leftists in strong roles in Hitler's National Socialist party, you need to read this book that much more.)
States rights today are all but reduced to a vestigial impotence instead of being the vibrate "laboratories" they were intended to be in perfecting our union. The central state is all...right down to the Kelo decision. I recommend reading the book or simply going into retirement if your close enough since I see it as Julius Caesar did January 10, 49 BC...."Alea iacta est" *
*some section stolen from various articles and college notes of 40 years vintage.
P.S. In more quaint days it was called "creeping socialism"...todays Democratic Party actively practice it, and to an almost equal extent in practice ,if not acknowledged in speeches the Republican Party too.
At least the Democratic Party adopted "Progressive" as
their big government, nanny state, code word.
The Republicans, being the "Dumb Party" still mouth the platitudes of less government while working for a New World Order.
Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children
Habu - those are the reasons that Maggie's Farm exists as a blog - could not agree more.
George Washington acknowledged on many ocasions the impact and importance of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense".
I read occasionally and try to imagine the times..it is moving. Maggies Farm, a direct link to the Thomas Paines', H.L. Menchens, and yes even Algores are vital to our freedom.
This venue and six or seven clips of 7.62 Full Metal Jacket and we'll do just fine.
here are some leftover words from my last post..plug them in where you feel they might be appropriate
"right of freedom of the press"
Also some spare grammar thingys.... , ( ) ? ; :
Didn't notice a 'thingy' out of place so nicely done was your expose.
I've heard mention of that book on many blogs lately. Time to get it.
In the meantime: Buddy... I got "Goodbye Darkness" today!
In the description I read this and will use it the next time someone whines about 3500 dead in four years in Iraq:
"In a stirring moment informed by the accumulated emotional drama of thirty-five years, Manchester unexpectedly finds himself at his final destination on Okinawa's Sugar Loaf Hill, where in nine days 7,547 Marines fell, near the spot where, on a distant June morning in 1945, he also had been gravely wounded and left for dead."
This line from the beginning of the description makes me so sad:
"Haunted by nightmares of the war and by an overpowering sense of irrevocable loss, Manchester returns to the hallowed islands where thousands of his generation gave their lives."
Gen. U.S. Grant in his memories said that he regretted one battle he fought, or rather one last charge made. It was at Cold Harbor ,Va where in the initial charge he has lost 7,000 men in 30 minutes. That was in an era where ramrods were used to load the rifles.
It was also the first time in the war where Robert E Lee faced U.S. Grant. It was a battle fought late in the war, had little value but proved a killing ground for many brave blue and grey men.
I have said it many times but we are a nation that fights for the rights of man and freedom for all. We have graves full of men we can not, and must not made a mockery of when the evil we face is so well defined. It is not just the lives of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan but all those whose cause was just and freedom thier aim.
Phoenix, I've been a reader all my life and nothing i can recall has moved me quite like that book. I could go on and on but it would just be me, you have it in hand, and will make your own deal with it.
Also about Okinawa, from Memorial Day way back in 2002, this soaring story by Victor Davis Hanson, about his uncle (and namesake), who gave his life there:
May 24, 2002 12:55 p.m.
A Memorial Day tale about a few very good men.
"Yesterday, our rural mail carrier delivered to our farm a ring in a small box — of worn metal, its band cut in half, with a strange signet inset of a Roman legionary. The story of its arrival is eerie, but also informative about a generation now all but gone — and so perhaps worth sharing...."
I didn't think Selma knew anything about economics or political theory and I certainly didn't think she was that old.
A little off topic, but I think that I may have found a reason for Liberals anger. I believe that most of them eat a good amount of soy products to replace meats and to hurt the Big Meat industry. Soy increases the estrogen in the male system and with prolonged use causes ' wilted weany ' disease. From there doth the frustration flow for the male Liberal. Since the women who are coupled with these men get the flacid treatment they usually end up angry and members of some lesbo organization like NOW or Planned Parenthood. That in my opinion is why they are the way they are. Explains alot doesn't it.
Please take a moment this summer to visit, or to re-visit Gettysburg. You want numbers? There is some numbers for you!
Thanks for that perspicacious insight, Sean. It's probably true.
I'm already moved by the book. When every other line beckons my hand to reach for my pen and tablet..... well, yeah. It is going to be hard to describe it.
Have you ever read "Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara? It's about the battle of Gettysburg. I wept at the last ten pages where the two forces march to the cadence of the little boy beating on his drum. By then, Shaara has masterfully allowed the read to "know" all the players on both sides, and god, you just can't stand it at the end when you know they're going to die. That book is on my Top Ten. So is "A Soldier of the Great War" by Mark Halperin. An Italian unit - fighting. oh. So, so good.
I live surrounded by battlefields. They are hallowed ground that surrounds my town in all directions.
Yes. Visit Gettysburg. And watch out if you've read Shaara's book. It will all come rushing back.
"graves full of men we can not, and must not made a mockery of when the evil we face is so well defined."
I visited the cemetary at Normandy. I don't think I felt myself breathe the whole time I was there. It was a June day and no one was there. The ocean was there but high on a bluff was this most perfect of places. How odd to use the word 'perfect'. But it was. Its perfection was that it left no living soul who viewed it unmoved or unchanged. There is a pavilion with a sculpture of Atlas holding up the world. It looks to be suspended by nothing. Columns surround it. So humbling and stunning in its impact. The white crosses and Jewish markers seemed to go on endlessly. Heartbreaking but beautiful. How does that work? :(
I dunno. It's just not describable. Loss, irrevocable, and what they did that wouldn't be done any other way. It's a step out of ordinary reality.
In 1975 an old woman getting off of a tour bus at Normandy told her guide "I don't know what to expect, this is the first time I have been able to visit my son's grave. Please be patient if I am not quite myself when we get back on the bus."