Sunday, May 22, 2016

So what do we save of Western Civilization anyway?

Greeks built this.
And sodomized little boys
One shortcoming of the various attempts to save Western civilization is a lack of specificity about what exactly it is that constitutes that civilization. IMO, the biggest problem with the White Nationalists is that, given Whitey a free reign in America, we are just as likely to end up with communism as we are capitalism, with monarchy as democracy, with totalitarianism as liberty.  Both sides of that coin were minted by Whitey and have been imposed by Whitey.* Whitey has piled up almost as many skulls as has Mao.

So if all we want is Whitey uncaged, we cannot really complain about whatever comes after. I'm more of the opinion that what comes after is a) more important, and b) less dependent on Whitey, than is commonly imagined.  Genetics might make culture, but the same genes provided the world with Hitler and Johann Sebastian Bach, and I very much prefer the latter to the former.

Since genes provide both, there must be something in addition that provides one rather than the other.  And it is that something in addition that I propose that the saver of Western civilization ought to focus on saving.  After all, it ought to be easier to preserve something that already exists than to invent something wholly new.  Western Civilization already exists.  So what must be save to ensure that is survives the end of the post-modern age?

I present the non-authoritative list of the things that need to be saved if Western culture is to be delivered safely into the hands of the survivors of this age. Once the SJWs are sent back to the slimy holes whence they crawled, once the fiat dollar is dead and its limitless debts defaulted and the oil peaked and the post-modern age stuffed headlong back into the wine-press of history, these are the things we need to concentrate on passing to those who follow us:

1) Christendom.  This one is obvious. Yeah, white people had democracy and republicanism before Christianity, but Christianity has been the major creative and civilizing force in Western Civilization for the past two millennia.  We may call the Romans civilized, but then we see the Colosseum - built to perfection and yet sodden with the blood of the weak, spilled to amuse the strong. Such civilization demands tempering if we are to survive it.

2) The rule of law. The Romans had it, the Greeks needed it.  And as much as some assert that there is no equality in nature***, the Western belief that no man is above the law is an acceptance of the equality of all men in a very real sense. It is in this sense that the American founders spoke.

3) Literacy. There is a reason American slaves were legally forbidden from learning to read - knowledge is liberating and empowering, and the scriptures are protective. The theological disagreements of Christians that arise from too much literacy are a small price to pay to avoid a uniformity of ignorance.

4) The nobility of work. The difference between the riches of Bavaria and the poverty of Ethiopia did not arise because Europe is more fertile but because it has historically valued the work of men. Ethiopia is filled with young men who drink beer all day.  Bavaria has been filled for centuries with men who brewed beer all day. One grows rich.

5) Savings.  Keynes will pass away because he must.  And the fact will remain that wealth is the difference between what a man creates and what he consumes. A wealthy nation becomes so by producing more than it consumes over time. Science, leisure, exploration, all of these things are available only when a society moves past 'living for today' by saving. 

6) Marriage. The bedrock perhaps. Western civilization, whether pagan or Christian, has been built on a foundation of monogamous, heterosexual marriage. And the fact that one man and one woman are joined has predictable effects*****. Those effects are civil and civilizing.

I would opine if we can save those half-dozen things, Western Civilization is in no danger at all. And if we cannot save them, then all the hashtags, racial purges, and even genocides in the world are not going to do the survivors a bit of good.

We could surely add a few others (e.g. property rights, patriarchy), for Western Civilization is almost infinitely faceted. So what else did I miss?

* Perhaps the main complaint I have against #WhiteGenocide hashtaggers is not that they want whites to have a tribal identity**, but that they seem to have an almost romantic vision of white people. Having done foster care for a dozen years or so, it's not a vision I share.
** Hey, if there's a black student union, there's no reason there can't be a white student union.  If one demands equality, he ought to get it, straight down the pike with all the unintended consequences he cannot imagine. If one demands segregation, the same applies. What cannot be granted is the benefits of equality alongside the moral authority of the oppressed.  A man must choose which he desires most.
*** "The cheap anti-democrat of to-day will tell you solemnly that there is no equality in nature. He is right, but he does not see the logical addendum. There is no equality in nature; also there is no inequality in nature. Inequality, as much as equality, implies a standard of value. To read aristocracy into the anarchy of animals is just as sentimental as to read democracy into it." -- GK Chesterton
**** Hordes of horny Arabs, historically denied marriage because of polygamy among their richest men, create a different village square altogether.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Good question

When the caissons go rolling along...
The answer is yes:
Have we gone mad as a society?

Any vestige of GOP opposition to Democrat social transformation is now gone. There is no floor. Battle lines that used to hold for decades are now plowed through by Democrats in a matter of one committee markup. 
-- John McCain* Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill.
Not drafting women into the Armed Services is simply the latest in a really long list of really good ideas that Conservatives have failed to conserve**.

And from the homosexual parody of marriage to today's Presidential decree welcoming sexually disoriented boys into the girls' bathroom, such failures are coming hard and fast now.  Every day, ideas that would have seemed preposterous 5 years ago had anyone been crazy enough to think of them are presented to America as if they are self-evident, and America (and the whole West) falls silently in line. I expect that they are not going to stop. In fact, they are going to speed up. 

What the hell is going on?

It's easy to roll one's eyes and say that, as Euripides never did, that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. But it might be better to take it seriously. For by any objective measurement, like sales of drugs alleged to treat depression and psychosis, and by a number of subjective ones, like history, we are surely going mad. Or, if I might be so bold: we are being driven there.

Romans 1:18-32 is one of the great indictments of humanity. Written of the Roman world, it's so modern that it reads like the summary of a Hugo-nominated short story***. Unfortunately, Paul's epic rant is too often leveled as a condemnation of gays as if he were only talking about them.  Well, he IS talking about them, but not in the way you might think.  Paul is not saying that homo stuff will bring the wrath of God down on your society. He's saying that God's wrath gives you homos everywhere.

Now, I'm not going to reprint it all here (it's here), but I am going to hit the high points, because the cause and effect is something lots of people miss:

vv18-21 "The wrath of God is revealed..." Why? Because the existence and power of God are obvious to anyone who wants to know of them. But they (or rather, we) didn't care. They didn't give God his due, they weren't thankful. Even though they knew of God, they rejected him.

Now, that's the interesting part, because that's what America has done. Not in any one act, but in hundreds of acts going back decades, most personal, but the big ones corporate.  I for one cannot imagine a bigger spit in God's face than our Grand Druid Council of Nine deciding that God's design for marriage violates our imaginary Constitution and must therefore go.

Next comes the scary part, because if you look around, it's what you see:

v22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools"
v24 "God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:"
v26 "even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature"
v27 "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly"

Biological sex - now politely called 'gender' - is a madhouse of confusion, with the only fact - biological sex itself - purposely ignored. We have become fools, indeed.

The last 4 verses are even more depressing, but the spoiler is that even though people know that such things deserve death, they not only do them, but celebrate them.  Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.  If America has a spirit, the Spirit of Liberty has long since retired, and a spirit of suicidal sexual confusion has taken its place. And he was not hired for our good.

Now, I'm fully aware of the logical fallacy of Affirming the Consequent, that since we are being driven mad, God must be revealing His wrath. There might be some other reason. On the other hand, if God has decided our time is up, I suspect that what we see in our culture is exactly what that would look like, at least to start. And so while the premise is not proven by affirming the consequent, it is certainly not foreclosed as a possibility.

If God is who he says he is and we are not who he says we should be, then I would say that his anger against what we are is obvious in what we are fast becoming.  Or as Billy Graham said decades ago - before the Genderfluid Crazy Train really got rolling: If God doesn't judge America, he's going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

And I'm pretty sure God doesn't apologize.

* Remember when the Republicans tried to pass off John McCain as a Conservative? That was awesome!
** Conservatism, that political philosophy that aims to preserve the victories of the prior generation's liberals, lies bloodied on the dining room floor, having stabbed itself 12 times in the back with a butcher's knife, just to prove how tolerant it was.  Kudos to anyone who gets the reference.
*** and not just Space Raptor Butt Invasion.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

First of (too) many

The WalMart* garlic is all finished up and is now hanging in the barn.  But the 200+ cloves of Duganski and Susanville in the back beds are still growing like crazy.  I hope the old ladies at church like garlic.

* No foolies.  I bought a couple bulbs of organic** garlic, ate what I needed, planted the rest.  Six months later those two half bulbs became ten full ones. How long until the magic dirt makes them American?
** a word that means "Chinese", I think.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Why do 10 minutes of research

The Fab 5
When you can do 5 months of experimentation?

So anyway, because of the bounty of 2015's Onion Sunday, I ended up last fall with a few onions that we didn't get to eat before they started growing again.  Rather than just chop them up, I decided to re-plant them*.

So I picked one of the new 2x2 raised beds, planted them in, and covered them with fallen leaves.  The results surprised me, though they probably should not have.

Onions are members of the garlic family**. And when planting garlic you bust up a bulb and plant the individual cloves. Those cloves then grow into a bulb made up of cloves, which can again be individually planted. This process continues until there is nary a vampire in your entire county.

But I did not expect the onions to react the same way, mostly because an onion is not obviously made up of cloves. But they did react the same way, with each re-planted onion breaking into 4 or 5 smaller clove-like onions, still connected at the root but with individual shoots coming out of the ground.

While, or maybe because, they are not as large as my 2016 Onion Sunday hopefuls, I harvested them today to make this green pepper / mushroom / onion stir fry fix for tomorrow's Mother's Day burger extravangaza. Packed in as they were, I'm not sure they would have grown much bigger than the egg-sized Siamese quintuplets they had become.

Plus, even though I doubled the bed space, I don't have enough. And I have bush beans**** that have been waiting patiently for a place to call their own.

* I had just planted my fall garlic and was in a planting mood. 
** Or garlic is a member of the onion family, or they are both members of the same family***, whatever.
*** Much like humans are not descended from apes but humans and apes allegedly are descended from a common ancestor that is neither human nor ape. Whatever.
**** After tasting my mother's bush-style Blue Lakes and comparing them to the vine-style Blue Lakes that have been in my freezer all winter, I have switched over to bush beans.  Better-tasting, but demanding of more bed space.