On Veterans Day

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Another year gone by, and our longest war still carries on….with no end, or solution in sight. And crass patriotism continues to be consumed like pornographic pablum by a society that knows this day, as a day off from work and mattress sales….

This Veterans Day, remember not only those who wore the uniform…but also those with a fur coat. No truer comrade than ‘man’s best friend’.

If you have the opportunity, find a WWII veteran, and introduce yourself and especially your children. As we commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1918…we do so with no living witness to that carnage. The day will come very soon, where we say the same when we observe V-E and V-J days.

 

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On Willful Blindness

https://ravensrook.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/on-willful-blindness/

Our current President has a bad habit. He shares this habit with other, prior presidents and many, many other politicians.

He believes (and to all appearances, this is truly a belief he holds, not something he says for ratings) that anyone who dares to disagree with him is his enemy. Anyone who says anything against him is a traitor. And anyone who actively works against his policies is worse.

How else are we to view his diatribes, when he claims that anyone who points out his lies is presenting ‘fake news’, and is ‘out to get him’?

Now, he could be that cynical, but I’ve not seen enough indications that he’s able to plan ahead to view him as some kind of Machiavellian politician.

I think he’s willfully blind to his own lies. Out of habit more than anything else.

But this isn’t really about him.

This is about the idea that people are out to get him specifically.

I’m sure there are people out there with just as much of an ideological axe to grind against him as he has against them.

However, there are also people – like myself – who have also tried to hold other politicians’ feet to the fire, regardless of party affiliation.

I made little secret that I was not a fan of President Obama. Nor was I a fan of Clinton, Bush (either one) or many of the others who’ve held that office.

With most of them, however, I had little to work with as far as their personalities were concerned. They were friendly, they were able to maintain a neutral or even friendly attitude even if they didn’t like someone – in short, they were professional.

With them, I was able to focus on their policies, and why I considered them to be inappropriate or even bad for the country.

The current president makes so many individual faux pas’ that they obscure many of his policies. I would worry – being rather cynical myself – that he was doing that on purpose, but as so many of those lies and outbursts and tantrums are tied to his policies, it’s obvious that he’s not being clever, he’s just throwing tantrums.

Look, whether you agree with his administration’s policies or not (I don’t, and I would happily debate anyone who could remain rational about it) the issue with Donald Trump is less those policies and more the damage he’s doing, acting like a toddler in the seat of the President.

That’s not behavior we want or need in that office. That wouldn’t change if he was Democrat, Libertarian, Green or something else.

Pining a bit for the ‘before times’…..

Used to be that the blogosphere was a rough and tumble, yet intellectually fulfilling arena; where (not always) rational folks could spar over policy and values…….at least walking away with an understanding of how the ‘other side’ thought about issues of the day.

I’ve seen that largely dispensed with over the past few years……with once interesting blogs devolving into shallow echo chambers, bereft of political independence……and saturated with base ideological fealty. With the requisite unwelcoming rudeness expected from self righteous blowhards, content only with seeing their own screeds in print, even when (or especially when?) on others blogs.

No hard feelings though. Since turning my precious time away from political theater, and towards a continuing self sufficient and family oriented pursuits……I haven’t been happier.

I’ve been saddened as a human being….at how I’ve witnessed adult citizens act on these monochromatic forums; not their age certainly……possibly their IQ though.

A smug satisfaction exists knowing that these myrmidons and sycophants will likely be the first to meet their end when the inevitable crash comes. Because if these subjects represent “real Americans” (their opinion)…….we truly no longer deserve to exist as a society.

I’ll probably still be somewhat active on the policy focused sites and military community forums that still values reason and ration…….but aside from some rare exceptions, the general ‘blogosphere‘ has lost any appeal it once had.

Much like critical thinking and intellectual curiosity……..blogs have largely passed their ‘sell by’ date.

A Modest Proposal For Restoring The U.S. Constitution

Ideas we’ll worth debate, unlike the theater we’ve been subjected to.

THE ROAD TO CONCORD

THE FOLLOWING IS INTEND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENCOURAGING PUBLIC DEBATE

This post assumes the reader has some familiarity with Natural Law — specifically as I have addressed the issue on this blog.  It also assumes the reader knows that I know the following are just suggestions offered for the sake of starting a conversation and do not represent an exhaustive attempt at describing specific language.  This post will be and on-going effort and, as such, will be continuously updated as the discussion and my thinking evolves.

This nation is not and was never meant to be a ‘democracy.’  Democracies are a form of tyranny, and this nation was designed to protect the individual against tyranny.  This is why our Founders designed our system of government in the form of a republic.  The facts are: voting is not a Natural Right, and democracy is not essential to…

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How People Become Easily Controlled By Tyrants

From Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge….you can decide who this applies to…..

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Here is how they achieve this goal, and how average people help them do it…

False Assumptions

Almost all bad situations start with false assumptions based on bias rather than facts or evidence.  The most dangerous assumption when it comes to tyranny is to say “we are in the right, therefore we are not supporting tyranny.”  The question that needs to be asked, though, is are they really “right” according to the facts?  If the answer is “no,” then they are probably fueling a tyrannical system.

First and foremost, many human beings want to be “right” more than they want to be correct.  That is to say, they are happy to “win” arguments and conflicts regardless of whether or not the truth is on their side.  This bias is the root of many catastrophes in history.

This is not to say that they don’t have a conscience.  Most people in fact do have a conscience that tells them their assumptions are wrong, but they can still commit acts of stupidity and atrocity.  This is where tyrannical manipulators tend to help them along.

Tyrants find great joy in creating all kinds of logical fallacies, mental gymnastics and morally relative sales pitches in order to convince a group of people that their wrong assumptions are right.  The truth becomes foggy and evidence becomes unnecessary.  In this state of mind, when individuals melt together into a mob, assumptions become cult dictates and “winning” becomes paramount.  False assumptions and biases can be used to turn normal upstanding people into monsters, all because they refused to accept that their ideological position was flawed; all because they were afraid to feel embarrassed or admit they had been conned.

False Sides

The taking of sides in political discourse is natural and normal.  Even when people are entirely honest about the facts on hand and agree on basic principles of human decency and freedom, they will STILL disagree on what solutions should be used to deal with the problems in front of them.  This creates a spectrum within society that is ever present; it cannot be helped or avoided.  Tyrants understand the basis of this spectrum and try to use it to their advantage to manipulate people away from thoughtful discourse and towards mindless conflict.

Tyrants exploit the masses more easily when people assume that corrupt political and social leaders are working for “their side” against the “other side.”  Often these leaders can be bought or threatened into subservience.  Tyrants then use them to drive the spectrum to the furthest opposites, until both sides adopt an attitude of zealotry.

This happens not only in politics, but in geopolitics, as entire nations are driven to war with each other by puppet presidents and governments over engineered conflicts that only ever benefit the cabal of tyrants behind the curtain.

Zealotry And False Narratives

I view zealotry as a kind of psychological disease that is actually communicable – it spreads like a virus through a culture until everyone is infected.  Zealotry happens when a person embraces an ideology to the point that it overrides their personality and their soul, and they are no longer able to think clearly as an individual.  This includes considering the possibility that they are on the wrong side of history and morality.

Zealotry on a mass scale depends on a number of dominoes set in succession.  The threat of civil breakdown and economic suffering helps.  Ideological opponents must be painted as an imminent and vile threat to the very fabric of society.  In some cases they are a real and created threat (controlled opposition); in other cases they are a paper tiger meant to drive another group to support tyrannical measures.

Tyrants build false narratives.  This is what they do best.  They encourage people to unknowingly become villains, or they accuse innocent groups of villainy in order to sow division.  They need all sides to see everyone else either as an ally or an enemy.  There is no in-between.  If a person does not conform to the views of the zealot, then he must be immediately treated as a threat.  This causes an endless echo chamber which destroys all dissent or disagreement, no matter how rational.

Zealots operate primarily on fear, making them easy prey for tyrants.  And as some nerd somewhere once said, “Fear is the mind killer; fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.”

Apathy And False Hope

More than anything else, tyrants desire an apathetic population.  Apathy breeds complacency and inaction, and it also encourages delusional thinking.  Apathetic people tend towards the philosophy of pacifism as a means to vindicate their own behavior, but this is merely a mask designed to hide their fear.  They might fear suffering, they might fear loss, they might fear failure, but they certainly have fear, and it stops them from standing in the way of developments that they know are evil in nature and that require an aggressive response.

Apathy can also be bred into a society through the use of false hopes.  Tyrants conjure scenarios in which the public is made to believe positive “change” is about to take place, usually through politics.  But, there will be no change for the better beyond the cosmetic.  Things only get worse.  In this process of conditioning, tyrants raise up the hopes of the masses, and then dash them to the ground over and over, until the public gives up.

For the Children: The Emotional Marketing of Gun Control

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In his fascist masterwork Mein Kamph Adolph Hitler wrote “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.  In the wake of every mass shooting egregious curtailment of personal liberty is proposed in the name of public safety and for the children.  Thus, the left leverages the emotional rhetoric of fascism while simultaneously trying to paint all who oppose their collectivist world view as fascist.  Oh, the irony.

There are two fallacies inherent in the argument for gun control to save children: First, as is clearly obvious, “gun violence” is at its peak in the locales with the most stringent gun control.  Look no further than Chicago or Baltimore.  Criminalizing guns ensures…

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Rights……

Remember that rights are moral principles which define and protect a man’s freedom of action, but impose no obligations on other men. Private citizens are not a threat to one another’s rights or freedom. A private citizen who resorts to physical force and violates the rights of others is a criminal — and men have legal protection against him.

Criminals are a small minority in any age or country. And the harm they have done to mankind is infinitesimal when compared to the horrors — the bloodshed, the wars, the persecutions, the confiscations, the famines, the enslavements, the wholesale destructions — perpetrated by mankind’s governments. Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is men’s deadliest enemy. It is not as protection against private actions, but against governmental actions that the Bill of Rights was written. – Ayn Rand, 1963