Monday, December 27, 2010

American exceptionalism - it's not just a song

American exceptionalism - Over the past few generations it has not been politically correct to take note of this but it is still true. Americans are literally a breed apart. Whether arriving on foot or by boat, for the first 350 years the fearful and the weak did not set out for America, once here the foolhardy and the the lame did not survive. Only those who could work together and were very tough set out for the interior and only those who could work as a team survived. It is this cohesion that gave us the tradition of overthrowing tyrants and becoming the land of the free—it's not just a song—and the home of the brave.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

SHTF, Collapse, Hyperinflation…

When I Googled the title of this post I found the video linked here, the Watching the World Blog. An interesting video, I agree with what is said but I want to know more…

There are more questions than answers and there are more wrong answers than right answers so I am going to begin collecting links, questions and answers about how the collapse is going to happen, how will it unfold, what should we do, who we should listen to and who we shouldn't…

Watch this space. I will begin a page on my website soon where I will publish a summary of what I've found.

For now, I'll be studying and commenting on these two links:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Beyond This Horizon, Robert A. Heinlein

I just finished reading Beyond This Horizon for the first time as an adult. I read it as a young teen and now realize that much of it went over my head then. It is Robert A. Heinlein's first successful novel, a rewrite of 'For Us, the Living,' (1938) which was first published posthumously in 2003. I have downloaded that to my Kindle and will begin reading it next.

The theme of this novel is eugenics. Written in the late 1930's and early 40s this was a favored topic on the left before it was discredited by the Nazi experiments revealed after WWII. The treatment of the topic is interesting and exposes considerable insight into Heinlein's thinking on the subject and his politics in general. While definitely a socialist during this period he was very anti-communist, even during the '30s.

As a 'novel of the future' written in the late '30s there are many small 'anachronisms.' Set far into the future there are flying cars which have phones and faxes but there are no personal phones, the protagonist must look for a phone booth. Data is stored on punch cards though handling of data seems more sophisticated than would be possible with that medium.

Something akin to the internet seems to exist and Heinlein's handling of video images is quite good considering how rare they were at the time. The treatment of genetics is also good when you take into account that it was written more than a decade before the discovery of DNA.

The vernacular and social conventions of the 1930's are of course present but as an educated "armed, and polite" society of the distant future I think Heinlein's dialog is way ahead of it's time. His skill as a storyteller is unmatched for any time in my opinion, even in this earliest novel.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Filth as art.

Art intended to shock your sensibility is art in service to victimhood, the artist is not a success unless victimized by your outrage. Their place in history would be secured if only we killed them. It is art too stupid to recognize its own stupidity, it is a celebration of our failure to suppress filth.

But more than anything else it is consistent with the Marxist design to corrupt and destroy our civilization—perpetrated by useful idiots who have been taught that this will win them recognition from the Marxist academy (who claim as part of this design not to be Marxists).