Books for parents

To understand the results of modern parenting, look no further than The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax, MD. Sax is a pediatrician who has observed the results of Baby Boomers parenting the Millennial generation for 20 years. His observations are not a longitudinal study but are the best science we’re going to get nowadays. Martin Van Creveld echos many of Sax’s observations in Pussycats.

The data show that Millennials are poorer, marrying later if at all, and aimless, though some of us have established families and had children. This post is for Millennials trying to raise a family in an era where there’s no such thing as male and female.

The first step in having a family is getting married and having kids. Many Millennials are afraid to have kids because they’ve heard horror stories about months of sleepless nights. Mothers turn to online forums or doctors for advice. The forums are a black hole of hysterical liberal mothers who have no common sense and are obsessed with safety. If it were that hard to safely raise an infant, there wouldn’t be 7.5 billion people on earth. Disease killed most babies in the past, and we’ve mostly conquered disease. Doctors are another dearth of advice, because many don’t have children themselves and they pass along idiotic advice from “researchers.” The only book I can recommend for babies is The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD. The gist of his argument is there is no colic in the third world. Parents from tradition-based societies know how to keep their babies asleep rather than waking every 90 minutes. If you use his 5 Ss, your baby will sleep too. I have mountains of experimental confirmation of this. So, step 1 is have kids and don’t worry about it.

Once you have kids, the most important thing for them is that the parents stay together. If you’re a Christian, chances are you’ve heard very little preaching on the roles of husband and wife and their duties towards one-another. How can you stay married if you don’t know what marriage is? Strengthening Your Marriage by Mack is a good place to get a biblical understanding of marriage. So is Rev. Shawn Mathis’ series Life in Post-Christian America. Men, I highly recommend CR Wiley’s Man of the House. Once you understand marriage and gender, I recommend John Gottman for the mechanics of making a marriage work. He’s not a Christian. So what? He has studied marriage for 25 years and can predict divorce with 98% accuracy based on attributes of a marriage. He has devised a formula for staying married.

The next step, if you’re Christian parents, is to take your kids to a good church every Sunday. Never skip church. Having established regular church attendance, men, lead your children in worship at home. Church and family worship can prevent a lot of harm caused by the world, the flesh and the devil.

Now, let’s get onto the mechanics of parenting. The only good parenting expert is John Rosemond. He is technically a psychologist, but he claims to be a historian of parenting methods from an era when parenting worked. He has interviewed numerous old people and asked them how they raised their children before the invasion of parenting advice from child psychologists. As your child grows, start with Making the Terrible Twos Terrific and Toilet Training without Tantrums. Then read The Well-Behaved Child and A Family of Value. Rosemond’s parenting methods do not use corporal punishment but rather the loading of consequences onto the child using the assumptions that the parent is trying to mold a child in whose heart foolishness is bound. Rosemond converted to Christianity after writing most of his books, but he still agrees with his past advice. We couldn’t figure out discipline until we read The Well-Behaved Child. Spanking didn’t work. Consequently, we don’t spank. For a good introduction to Rosemond, he has a couple of short videos on PragerU here and here.

Both Rosemond and Wiley have good advice on how to vector your children into the productive world. Rosemond recommends that older children develop hobbies besides sports. Hobbies are things you do with your Hands, like Ham radio, chemistry sets, bushcraft, etc. “Leisure” comes from the Greek word for “school,” according to Wiley. Hobbies can be leveraged into small businesses and expertise in some field, since you tend to get good at your hobbies. Wiley recommends that men develop small businesses or home businesses by taking work home and making it a hobby. The hobbies of your children and your hobbies can thus overlap into a productive home economy. I think this is what many third-world parents do. Thus, they see their children as profit centers versus cost centers. Wiley, for his part, recommends getting kids into productive work so they can be seen as profit centers and therefore desirable. Martin Van Creveld similarly laments that kids aren’t allowed to work nowadays, so they’re not given valuable experience that helps them in the adult world. Benjamin Franklin said that kids as young as 5 should be working.

I don’t have time to summarize all of these books in detail, but if you desire to swim against the tide of cultural parenting filth, these are the books you need to read on your own. I will say that it’s very difficult and isolating to go against the grain of modern parenting culture, especially if you’re white. Maybe live in a Mexican neighborhood since Latin Americans actually have kids and like to box. I’m not really kidding. There are no ares with “good schools” nowadays anyway. This will be the subject of another series of posts.

Where we are and where we’re headed

The last half-decade has been an eye-opener for me.  No sooner did 5 fools in black robes discover a right for two men to marry then that right was being used to target Christians who refused to participate in the neo-pagan rite of homosexual marriage.  Bakers in Oregon were sued and their property confiscated.  A baker in Colorado was sued, won his Supreme Court case, and is now being persecuted again by the state of Colorado for refusing to bake a cake celebrating transgenderism.  Ministers have been sued for refusing to perform homosexual marriages.  Meanwhile, the government’s services to the public continue to decline.  The roads are rubble.  Hordes of homeless haunt our cities.  Illegal immigrants flood-in and murder.  I’ve lived through disastrous fires that were preventable.  I’ve watched my state threaten secession and fight with an elected president.  Finally, I’ve watched a Deep State coup by our federal agencies after they unsuccessfully colluded to elect Hillary Clinton.  It is to these federal agencies we now turn.

Last night, I attended a webinar on infiltration.  The presenter gave a case study on the Bundy take-over of the federal building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  The presenter gave weighty proof that at least 50% of Bundy’s group were federal infiltrators and informants, including the guys standing to right and left of this speaker. 

The speaker went on to describe another Utah militia member loosely-affiliated with the Bundys who was also infiltrated and was later convicted of trying to blow  up a federal building.  The presenter pointed out that these people were responsible for their own actions but the infiltrators vectored their targets into these actions through encouragement.  The government simultaneously uses its targets for propaganda purposes.  The presenter said that much of the militia movement, even the people offering prepper training in firearms, is infiltrated.  I wondered how it was legal for the government to guide and vector people into actions they otherwise wouldn’t commit.  It is apparently perfectly legal, but obviously highly unethical.  Many of our federal agencies are very close to becoming a Cheka.

I further wondered why the government spends so much time on these kooks when the drug cartels, Chinese, and Islamists are such a problem.  It finally dawned on me: McVeigh.  McVeigh blew up a federal building in the mid-90s in response to the Clinton administration and federal bureaucracy shooting a bunch of people at Ruby Ridge and barbecuing people in Waco.  He was painted as a militia member and definitely looks the part.  Even though this was almost a quarter-century ago, the government always fights the last war.  Our military, for example, is still set up to fight a two-front war against two nation-states as we did in WWII.  We’ve never learned the lesson from Vietnam so we continue to invade foreign countries with the intent of democratizing them like post-WWII Japan and Germany.  Look at Russiagate – our government is still fighting the Cold War and thinks Putin is trying to re-constitute the USSR.  Many defense industry people believe the same thing.  We went to war with the Al Qaeda organization, but only after they flattened the WTC and attacked the Pentagon.  They increased the amount of Muslim immigration after 2001, indicating they generally don’t see Islamism as a threat.  We remain cozy with Saudi Arabia that supplied 11 out of 19 hijackers and therefore remain a state sponsor of terror.

The government fights who it sees as a threat, both foreign and domestic.  Illegal immigrants wait on our bureaucrats and politicians in restaurants and make their hotel beds.  The cartels have never attacked Washington.  The Chinese haven’t bombed Pearl Harbor – they only steal IP and buy property and politicians which gives one government agency work to do about another.

Increasingly, though, the government will wage war against domestic enemies as its foreign influence continues to wane and Chinese power continues to grow.  Martin Van Creveld said the same thing in “The Rise and Decline of the State.”  The continuous defeats of nation-states by non-state actors in foreign wars is causing nation-states to turn their wars inward on their own citizens (subjects).  It’s bad-enough that the government is failing in its basic duties such as building infrastructure, protecting borders, property, and life.  Now, our government is like all the others where it looks after only itself indicating an increasing alienation between the government and at least half of the Americans governed.

As the century wears on, expect more palace politics in Washington, decreasing government competency and deliberate neglect of issues important to Americans, and wars between the government and all of the alternatives it’s inviting in from foreign countries. As the government’s own publications state: anticipate a new Dark Age.  This will require not only strong households (families) described by CR Wiley but also networks of households to provide the services the government used to provide.  Some states are in better shape than others, but ultimately the nation-state entity that is the US government is failing and the United States is a polyglot empire of 320 million, which is roughly the size of the USSR before it collapsed.  The United States is united by mammon and very little else.  If you network, there are risks.  Even though the State is obviating itself, it still wants to be the only option.  Bureaucrats know of very little outside their bubble .  Be sure therefore to vet whoever is in your network.

 

Excerpts from CR Wiley’s “Man of the House”

This is a short story from CR Wiley’s “Man of the House” in which he compares corporations to huge giants devouring our youth.  Last post, I talked about boycotting many of these corporations financially.  Wiley also recommends we compete with them through small business and in-home production as far as possible.  This also allows us to train our kids in the family business and deprive corporations of them.  Corporations don’t want to hire Americans anyways.  For all their talk about attracting top talent, the true amount they want to pay their workers is zero.  As the United States continues to decline, expect indentured servitude to follow corporate wage slavery.  We can avert Plantation America if we choose to. At least, those of us who want to can.  The Bible warns you not to become a slave and to buy your freedom if you are one (1 Corinthians 7:21-23).  Americans are in-between slavery and freedom, but we’re ready to become slaves since we’ve lost the ability to govern ourselves and our own households.  Let’s turn around.

Now to Wiley’s allegory.  My experience in corporate America agrees with this perfectly and I’ve wanted to start my own business for a long time.  I think this book has finally convinced me to try it rather than think about it forever.

There were giants in the land in those days, but fewer people than there used to be. Now the giants were the typical sort—lumbering and hungry. But the people were very odd, most anyways. It wasn’t uncommon for a giant to reach right into a house and pluck up one of them while he watched television. No one seemed to mind. Sometimes it was even an occasion for tears of joy. Still, a few people managed to keep clear of the giants, and one of those people was named Jack. About this fellow Jack; he loved a farmer’s daughter. One day, as he crossed the countryside on his way to her father’s farm, he daydreamed of the daughter and the house they would build together. While he did, he came upon a freshly-ruined house. Flames had consumed its members and all the signs pointed to a giant. When Jack saw that the trail of ruin ran straight away towards the farmer’s house, Jack ran after. But he came too late. The giant had come and with the farmer’s daughter it had gone. The farmer-father remained and he wore a big smile.

“Yep, she’s gone,” he said, “and she deserved it too. Her grades were good, she’s worked hard—we’re very proud.” “But she’s been eaten by a giant!” said Jack. “And a big one too! One of the biggest around, isn’t it wonderful?” But Jack did not hear the farmer’s words. He was already running after the giant. And the giant wasn’t hard to track. Wherever it had passed, things were uprooted or broken. He found it towering behind the crest of a hill. It really was a big one. And it was impeccably dressed. It was lowering the farmer’s daughter into its capacious mouth just as Jack ran up. There Jack found himself in a crowd of people, each person shouting up, “Eat me, eat me too!” “Giant, spit her out!” Jack said. But he wasn’t heard over the others. “Fee, fi, fo, fum!” the giant said, its mouth full of farmer’s daughter. “We have one more opening; who’d like the job?” “Me! Me!” all the people said. When the giant reached down Jack saw his chance. He shoved a middle-aged man aside and grabbed onto the giant’s hand. “Age discrimination!” the man cried. “Fo, fum!” the giant said. “This one is a real go-getter. I can use his kind in sales!” At this point Jack could see that the giant was made up of people. Each digit on its six-fingered hand consisted of human bodies hopelessly twisted together—legs, arms, torsos—all knotted—either heads buried, or eyes blank. Being part of the giant looked painful, and as Jack rose into the air he heard whimpers. Now that he was high up he could see for miles. Wherever he looked he saw more giants. Some of them fought, rumbling and tumbling, crushing small towns and smashing family farms. Some were so large their heads were in the clouds. Still others were like mountains, with mouths like open volcanoes, other giants tossing things into them. Yet others practiced cannibalism, hunting smaller giants and eating them. Before Jack could be afraid, he was in the giant’s mouth. He found himself in a waiting room lined with white chairs. The farmer’s daughter was there. “Jack, what are you doing here?” “I’ve come to take you away.” “We’ve already discussed it—I have student loans, I need a job.” “Not here, not with a giant. Everyone is miserable here; can’t you hear?” It was hard to miss—groans came from every direction, the floor, the walls, even the chairs. That’s when the Mouthpiece rose from the floor. She was dressed in a red suit. “Welcome to Giant Corporation. I’m here to help you find your place,” she said. “Thanks, I’m ready to get started,” said the farmer’s daughter. “Stop!” said Jack. “I thought we had a future together, we talked about building a house.” “Jack, be practical.” “You don’t have to choose between a house and Giant Corporation,” said the Mouthpiece. “If you want to buy a little home our credit union can give you a loan.” “You see, we don’t have to choose, we can have it all,” said the farmer’s daughter. “That’s not what I mean,” said Jack. “Let’s get out of here—this is no place to spend your life.” “But how can we live if I don’t work?” “That’s it—giants take your life, and when you are all used up they just throw you away.”

“But you’re forgetting advancement and recognition,” said the Mouthpiece. “There are many opportunities in Giant Corporation.” Until this moment Jack had ignored the Mouthpiece. But this made him angry. “Recognition? From whom? People she doesn’t even like? Advancement? What’s that supposed to mean when nothing you work on is your own? Besides, a wife’s place is with her husband.” “Jack, please—you’re embarrassing me; we aren’t even married yet.” A clicking came from the Mouthpiece. Her head was turning and another face appeared. This one had eyes of flame, her hair stood on end, and her voice sounded like a raven’s. A finger of accusation rose. “Patriarchy! Oppression! Rape! Shame! Shame!” Jack began to tremble, but not with fear. “Hell no!” he said with so much force the Mouthpiece stepped back. “You are the oppressor! And you are a thief! You steal people from their homes!” Then Jack took her finger and bent it back on itself. “Shame on you . . . ,” Jack said. There was no cry of pain from the Mouthpiece, just more clicking as the head turned again. A new face appeared. This one was made of metal and had holes where eyes should be. “Business is business,” it said. “Nothing personal, but we’re going to have to let you go. Please leave by the nearest exit.” “Glad to, but I’m not leaving without her.” “Jack, I don’t know. It’s so risky.” “Come,” the robot said to the farmer’s daughter, “you must be processed.” It began pushing her toward a back door.

The room began to move. The ceiling lowered and the floor rose and the chairs revealed themselves to be accountants all in a row. They were chanting, “Crunch the numbers; crunch the numbers.” Jack jumped after the farmer’s daughter to pull her away, but instead they were both swept through the door. Then they fell. Down, down, Jack and the farmer’s daughter fell until they landed with a little splash into fluid, ankle-deep. They found themselves at the end of a line. Someone came up carrying a clipboard. Its voice was high and it wore shapeless bag-like clothes. “Oh my—aren’t you a buff fellow?” it said to Jack. “And you, with that shape, no mistaking you for anything but a woman now, is there?” it said to the farmer’s daughter. “No, won’t do, no need for any of that here.” “What is this place?” Jack said. “Processing, of course,” it said with hands on hips. “Didn’t they tell you upstairs?” “What’s the wet-stuff on the floor? It burns my feet,” said the farmer’s daughter. “That’s what we use to burn away anything that isn’t useful to the giant.” Jack looked at people further up in line; they all seemed bleached and limp. “Will it make us like them?” “Of course! Oh, I know what you’re thinking; don’t you worry, you two can still have your fun—after hours, mind.” It nudged Jack and sidled up to him. “We don’t judge here, you know, how you get your fun is none of the giant’s business. Why, I imagine a fellow like you gets lots of attention.” The farmer’s daughter took Jack’s arm. “We’d like to have children some day.” “Children?” it said taking an officious tone. “That’s wonderful, I suppose. Let me make a note of that. I should think a liberated woman would not want to limit herself in that way. You are liberated, aren’t you?”

Just then some liquid fell from the ceiling as from a bucket. “Ow!” the farmer’s daughter said, “My whole front is burning!” Jack felt the burning too, just lower down. “Oh, everyone says that at first,” the thing with the clipboard said. “But soon the burning goes away. From the looks of you that may take a little longer than normal, but don’t worry, eventually you won’t even remember what those parts are for.” Another deluge fell and the farmer’s daughter cried out in pain. “Quick, hold on to me,” Jack said. “I’m getting us out of here!” The farmer’s daughter wrapped herself around him. “Oooo, you two are a problem. We can’t process you this way!” the clipboard thing said. It tried to pull them apart. Jack reached up and grabbed an appendage that protruded from the wall. Then he saw that it was someone’s arm. Again he saw that the giant was nothing but people—all knotted together. He pulled himself up, the farmer’s daughter still clinging to him. “Stop!” the clipboard thing said, feebly trying to hold onto Jack. Jack kicked it away and then began to climb. He saw the hole in the ceiling and he steered toward it. Once he passed through it he looked up and saw that he still had a long climb ahead of him. Fortunately he got some help along the way. People in the walls, those whose heads weren’t buried anyway, pushed them along. A few even wanted to come. “Please take me with you,” one face said pitifully. “I don’t like it here, I’d do anything to get out.” “If you don’t like it, why did you come here in the first place?” said the farmer’s daughter.

“When I was young,” the face said, “everyone wanted to be part of a giant—it just seemed the thing to do. And I believed what the Mouthpiece said. Now I know it’s all lies.” “I can’t carry you and her, “ Jack said. “Besides, you need to work yourself loose.” “Well, I don’t know about that,” said the face. “Won’t I fall?” “Maybe, but it’s a risk you’ll have to take if you ever want to get out.” When the face heard that, it was sorrowful. Then a rumble came from above. “Ahem! I seem to have something caught in my throat!” the giant said. Inside, great spasms welled up from below and Jack and the farmer’s daughter were thrown up and out into the light of day. Still clinging to each other, they fell onto a soft patch of ground. The giant looked down at what it had spat out. “An indigestible bean!” it said. With one of its massive feet it pressed Jack and the farmer’s daughter down deep. The indigestible bean was now hidden in the ground and the giant went on its way. But the bean put down roots and began to grow, and up sprang a leafy vine. In time it came to shelter Jack and his wife, and even feed them. It would be the joy of their life together and they tended it every day. Why, it even lived on after they died, and over the years it managed to shelter their children and their children’s children. And that’s about as happy an ending as can be hoped for in this world.

Wiley, C. R.. Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last in a World That Is Falling Apart (Kindle Locations 1062-1072). Resource Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Your Second Vote

Business used to be about profits.  Now many corporations have become so profitable by eliminating barriers to entry that they’ve turned to moralizing.  This has happened through State Capitalism, defined by Lind as

 capitalism where cozy relationships between business and government change the basis for a company’s success from building a better product at a lower price to getting special deals from government.  Also known as “rent seeking”, state capitalism leads to ever-larger and more powerful corporate entities because the bigger a company is, the more money it has to give to politicians, and the more money it gives to politicians the less appetite the government has to rein in bad corporate behavior.  State capitalism leads to a society with a tiny, super-wealthy elite and an even-poorer middle class.  This is what the “yellow vests” in France are protesting, in what I think is only the beginning of a powerful political movement.  There is an alternative to state capitalism: not socialism, which impoverishes everyone, but a regulated market that has strict limits on scale.  Most finance, production, and consumption should be local.

If it’s not obvious already, you should be giving your money to local family-owned businesses as far as possible.  Every chain restaurant, aside from Chik Fil-A or In ‘n Out burger, is owned and run by State Capitalist conglomerates who use their profits to enslave you through legislation and the legal system.  Use your boycott while you still can.  This works.  Dick’s Sporting goods is having to re-purpose parts of its stores used for hunting because hunters won’t shop there anymore after Dick’s took a stand against the second amendment.  Firearms manufacturers also severed ties.

If you can’t, at minimum, boycott corporations who try to enslave you, how will you mount a greater resistance to Plantation America later?  Use your second vote.

Pastors in defense of masculine men

I’ve struggled to fit into many churches.  One reason is that I am not a particularly agreeable guy.  I have strong opinions based on lots of reading.  I am also stubborn.  I like make jokes and humor is increasingly difficult in a culture that looks to take offense.  I’ve tried to be more agreeable and keep my opinions to myself and tell fewer jokes but I don’t fit in any better.  I think part of the reason is that church is no longer for masculine men and, despite my college education, I am a masculine man.

I have attended both evangelical and Calvinist churches.  Calvinist churches are definitely better for men, but they still have this problem.  I think this is because many ministers have little contact with the working world and most come through college which scrambles their brains the same way it does for everyone else.

I remember complaining to one minister of a conservative Calvinist congregation that I saw few Americans driving down to my parents in Southern California for Christmas and that California now looks like the third world.  He worried that I was just a racist.  My concerns were completely disregarded.  The minister had a software engineering degree.

Evangelical “protestantism” is much worse off in my experience.  Evangelical churches are often led by men with liberal arts degrees and Big Ideas but no work experience.  The typical evangelical pastor is a college-educated moralizer like Russell Moore or Matt Chandler.

An even uglier truth is found in Philippians 2:19-21:

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Commenting on this passage, Matthew Henry explained that many ministers

prefer their own credit, ease, and safety, before truth, holiness, and duty, the things of their own pleasure and reputation before the things of Christ’s kingdom and his honour and interest in the world

I see plenty of this in evangelicalism.  Evangelical churches tend to be staffed with many college-educated ministers who may have gone into ministry idealistically but fit Henry’s criticism perfectly.  This is important because masculine men are outcasts in this culture and therefore not desirable in churches pastored by men who want ease, safety, and comfort.   CR Wiley explains this androphobia in this post.

One of the threads on my wall following this post had to do with the relative absence of men like these in our churches. I am happy to say that I have a number of such men. (In fact one of my members hosted this event.) But I can’t recall a single time in any of the church planting strategy meetings (and I’ve been in more of those than I can count) that men of this sort were “targeted” as a demographic to evangelize. People in the mold of Rachel Held Evans come up a lot. These guys? Never.

CR Wiley’s writing is important and I hope more ministers start speaking out against androphobia and misandry in our churches.  His advice to young women is similarly excellent. I’m going to have to buy his book as he seems to be advocating a retroculture movement like Bill Lind.

The Left’s 4GW strategy

I’ve seen very few articles on the Left’s grand strategy.  Most of the right-wing blogosphere over the past 15 years has focused on cuckservative whining about yet-another left-wing outrage.  The Left pushes, they step back,  then they push a little more and a little more.  Now, the culture has become so bad  that public schools are teaching transgenderism to kindergartners.  The Left pushes because pushing works.  They don’t follow the rules because they intend to re-write them anyway.

Rather than continue to loser and whine, let’s examine their strategy and come up with our own.  In Bill Lind’s excellent Victoria, he quotes Colonel John Boyd who said, “Strategy is the art of connecting yourself to as many other power centers (centers of gravity) as possible while separating your enemy from as many power centers as possible.”  He goes on to say, “It was the only definition of strategy I ever heard that meant anything.”  I agree.  If you use this definition of strategy, the Left’s actions make perfect sense.

How the Left connects centers of gravity

People

As Colonel John Boyd said, “For winning wars, people are most important, ideas come second, and hardware is only third.”

  • Expropriating borgeois (middle, UMC) youth at “universities” with Frankfurt School Marxism.  Only possible if the borgeiosie values (Christianity) has collapsed
  • They import immigrants and tell them that this society is racist.
  • They multiply welfare recipients
  • They elect Congresscritters and steal elections
  • Judges – the judicial system might be the Schwerpunkt (focal point) of their entire strategy.  As I said above, they intend to change the laws to their liking. Leftists love to yell about THE LAW because they want you to follow the laws they change.
  • The cops typically do not agree with the Left’s legislation, but they carry it out because their job is to enforce the law.  Think about that for awhile.  The job is to enforce the law.  If social services tries to take your kids on the basis of a Leftist fabrication, they’re going to get the cops to do it.  The Left’s plans for weapon control work through the cops.  The cops are held captive by their pensions (the golden handcuffs) and salaries.  It could be that there are a great many cops who refuse to carry out the Left’s plans.
  • Bureaucracy – most of the government votes Democrat
  • Media
  • Corporations and their billionaires
  • Hollywood

Total: Half the population or more.  Providentially, aside from the cops who are generally good people in my experience, the quality of the people above is extremely low.  Even when they are specialists in some field that pays them a lot of money, they have no ethics and are useless the minute they step out of the bubble of their specialty.

Ideas

  • Their ideas are uncomplicated. Read this post on Frankfurt School Marxism. Whenever Larry at Fabius Maximus or Bill Lind talks about the Frankfurt School, trolls come out of the woodwork to call you a conspiracy theorist for talking about the Frankfurt School.  The Frankfurt School was a heavily-Jewish academic movement and Jews are always worried about yet-another pogrom, so it’s understandable that they’d like to suppress knowledge of their movement.

Hardware

They don’t need much.  Quoting “Victoria” again, “Never fight an enemy  you can destroy without fighting.”

Funding

In war, particularly the Left’s war on us, money flows out much fast than it flows in.  This is why the Left never makes money.  They expropriate it from us or rely on benefactors.  Examples include

  • $500 million from Congress for Planned Parenthood even after CMP videos exposed them selling human body parts.  God is patient but his judgment is clearly falling on us for the 60 million babies we’ve murdered since Roe v. Wade.
  • George Soros and other corporate billionaires
  • Corporations themselves, “charities,” NGOs
  • Welfare

How the Left disconnects our centers of gravity

People

  • Expropriating our youth by indoctrinating them through public “schools” and universities
  • Discouraging us from having children by making family formation less affordable and flooding our neighborhoods with Section-8ers and illegal immigrants.
  • Attacking church
  • Attacking our alternative media (AM radio, Gab), depriving us of Twitter, FB
  • Outlawing lawful assembly or bringing vexatious lawsuits and charges against conservative truth tellers, often using government lawyers.  Remember, the judicial system might be the Schwerpunkt of the Left’s strategy

Funding

  • Manufacturing outsourcing
  • Environmental regulations making fishing, logging, mining, construction illegal
  • Taxes
  • Making affordable family formation more expensive

Our Strategy

I have only begun to think about this.  Here are some ideas.

How to connect our own centers of gravity

  • We need to fix our culture by becoming a moral and religious people again.  The culture is the most important aspect of this which is why places like Mexico never improve. Here are some ideas on where to start:
    • Go to church.  God, the Creator of all things, should be our main center of gravity.  God is not some ancient near eastern idol we can call upon to bail us out then put away when not needed.  The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  If God be for us, who can be against us?
    • Raise a strong family.  4GW is a generational struggle.  Recall that we’ve been fighting Al Qaeda since 2001, which is almost 20 years or one generation.  If civilization is to be recovered, it will take many generations.
    • Start a group with a specific goal.  The Left does this all the time.  They’re constantly organizing.  The Leftists who meet across the street from me seem to enjoy it too.  Everything should be done on a local level.
    • Stop Bowling Alone.  Freedom of assembly is dying more from lack of exercise that anything else.  Practice hospitality.  Invite your neighbors over for barbecues and dinner.  Join analog social media.
  • We need to gain the moral high ground by appearing as victims/weaker party.  The Left has done this since the ’60s and it has worked well.  The moral level of warfare is the most important.
  • Do we need funding?  Do we need our own charities?

Disconnect their centers of gravity

  • Cut them off from students (our children) and money.  Stop sending your kids to their schools.  The Catholic schools are pretty affordable.  The LCMS has fairly-affordable Protestant schools.  Consider that college is an abysmal return on investment, your daughters will not find a good man there, and she may be transformed into someone you don’t recognize after 4 years of indoctrination.  The same is true for your sons.  Only in limited cases like obtaining a STEM degree is college worth it.  Consider getting only an AA degree or trade certificate.
  • Sow division among them.  They talk like MLK but live like the KKK.  Point this out and shriek about it.  It’s getting easier to sow division among Lefists because they are a rainbow coalition of losers with nothing in common.
  • Use civil disobedience.  To paraphrase Bill Lind in “Victoria,” “At the moral level of war, which is the highest level, it often disarms your enemy when you use his tactics against himStart by telling the truth even if it’s costly.  Use your second vote.  It’s definitely working against Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  • Stop hiring immigrants if at all possible.  Stop eating at restaurants which use tons of illegal immigrants.
  • Get your tax bill as low as possible legally.

Post other ideas in the comments.

The Death of Western Christianity

The theme of this blog is “faith, family, survival” because man requires such things in that order to thrive rather than merely exist until untimely death.  I write about faith because the decline of the West has correlated almost perfectly with the decline of Christianity in the West.  Without faith, there can be no family.  We see this already: divorce rates are over 50% and half our children are bastards.  Without family, there can be no survival, even on a local level.  Family is the basic building block of society.

Culture therefore ultimately depends on the cult, which is why the word “culture” contains the word “cult”.  The struggle in our society today is over what will take the place of the cult of Christianity.  This is the reverse of the transition to Christianity from the first century onward.  When Christianity arrived on the scene in the West in the early first century, Greek philosophical traditions were in deep decline and urban Greco-Roman life was brutal.  Christianity eventually provided an attractive alternative for reasons to be explored later.   Now that Western Christianity is dying, no dominant philosophy is taking its place except for Frankfurt School cultural Marxism, which is really an ideology based on turning reality on its head. As the remaining Western Christians die of old age and our numbers drop precipitously, our post-Christian society will likely become a brutal cauldron of paganism, Hinduism, Islam, cultural Marxism and ultimately tyranny.

Patrick Sookdheo, who is not a Westerner except by training, has written an excellent book on Western Christianity’s death, the implications of this death, how Western Christians can start being Christian again, and what to do if there is no revival.  The book is available here.

Pray hard for a new Reformation.

Saving on medical care

GunnerQ wrote a post on up-front pricing in medicine.  I have found everything he says to be true.  Even when I have asked for prices for various procedures, medical providers don’t know.  The bill you receive for service (the price) reflects some average of all the people who pay and don’t pay for the same services and your demographic data which gives the likelihood you WILL pay for the bill you’re receiving.  If you’re a married white man with a house, you’ll get a larger bill than the illegal immigrant from Mexico who claims he has no money despite all the welfare he gets from the state and the huge brand-new truck in the driveway of the house he shares with 10-20 other people.  Medical prices are thus produced by a hospital computer algorithm rather than posted like every other service in every other business.   Expect hospitals to fight price transparency tooth-and-nail.

Happily, there are several strategies to protect yourself from medical provider theft.

Strategy 1: Insurance

You can get the same benefits as health insurance (risk-pooling, contractual pricing for services) using Liberty Health Shares if you are a Christian.  My friend uses this service and loves it and claims it’s very cheap.  Regular health insurance companies are run for their executives and shareholders and executives get paid largely in company shares.  Health insurance companies are not your friends but a necessary evil.  They may be an unnecessary evil depending on their premiums and deductibles which are now in the realm of outrageous.

Strategy 2: Fight the bill

Check our Broken Health Care.  The initial bill you receive from a hospital is for people dumb-enough to pay it.  Never pay sticker price.

Strategy 3: Stiff ’em!

I’ve done this when the first 2 strategies failed or haven’t worked well-enough.  Moralizers will tell you this is the WRONG THING TO DO since it involves NOT PAYING WHAT YOU OWE.  However, the hospital is not charging you what you owe, but what you and Jose from south of the border owes.  This is especially true for OB/GYN care which is why it’s outrageously expensive to have a baby: you’re also paying for Jose’s anchor baby.  This is analogous to taking your car in for repairs and being expected to pay for someone-else’s car repair and yours.  It’s absurd to suggest it’s unethical to pay only what you owe.

I’ve called hospital billing departments, told them I was going to pay what I thought the service was worth (usually 30-50% of the bill), and that they could send the rest to collections as I’d rather negotiate with a debt collector than them.  Laws were recently changed to prevent medical bills from damaging your credit as much as it did in the past.  Debt collectors buy debt from hospitals at 5 to 10 cents on the dollar, so if you offer them 15-20% of what you originally owed, they made 50% profit.  This strategy can be riskier depending on the size of the bill since hospitals will probably sue you if you don’t pay a large bill.  Still, it costs them to sue you and most lawsuits are settled before going to trial.  The last thing a hospital wants is their billing exposed to a jury.

One final note.  The Left is pushing for national, single-payer health care.  They can push all they want but this idea didn’t even make it to a vote in the California legislature last year.  We’re already spending close to a trillion in Medicare to cover 60 million people in the US.  Try scaling that up to 330 million people and you can quickly see that we’d have to somehow treble tax revenues as our federal budget is $4 trillion.  Medicare and Medicaid account for about 25% of our national budget.  Cutting defense spending to zero still wouldn’t enable us to come close to paying for a single-payer system.  You’re on your own!  This is becoming more true in the twilight of the United States and even the post-Westphalian nation-state system.  You’re going to have to stick up for yourself.  Start with resisting lesser injustices such as medical bills and it becomes easier to resist greater ones.