What was our system of government at the beginning of our nation? Very few people know the answer to this question. Hillsdale is offering a free online course on the Declaration of Independence, which laid the groundwork for our Constitution.
I’ve been reading David Epstein’s book “Range” subtitled how generalists succeed in today’s world. The book is a little bit of a misnomer because it’s about much more than being a generalist. It also shows you how to overcome your cognitive biases and abandon methods that aren’t working.
In one part of the book, Epstein explores the cognitive biases that cause hot shots and other forest firefighters to get killed when fires race uphill after them. In these situations, firefighters are trained to drop all their tools so they can outrun the fire to the nearest ridgeline and escape. Unfortunately, despite training, many fail to do so. Instead, they continue running with their tools and, consequently, the fire outruns them. In some studies, firefighters were found burned to death only 50 feet from safety showing that they only needed a little bit more speed and they were so close to surviving rather than dying had they only dropped their tools.
Why did they ignore their training? Their tools were essential to their identity. If they didn’t have their tools, they’d no longer be firefighters and that was too psychologically difficult to accept, so they made the unconscious decision to die with their identity intact. Once you notice this cognitive bias or error, you see it everywhere. For example, farm murders in South Africa. White farmers know the ANC is eventually going to send thugs to murder them and these thugs will in almost every case be helped by a black farmhand. Rather than fire all their farm hands and come up with an adequate defense plan, most farmers cling to their identities as nice people who provide an essential service for others. They can’t understand why anyone – such as ANC Marxists – would identify them as the remnants of invaders from the 1600s who unjustly stole the land when that happened 400 years ago. Thus, they die.
Another example is farmers in the United States who commit suicide at an alarming rate due to inability to provide for themselves as farmers under crushing debt loads and prices fixed by the federal government and commodities traders. Rather than abandon farming or try market gardening or some other small-scale method that yields higher profits in local markets, they keep doing what they’ve always done in the way they know how. When the bank takes their livelihood, they eat a gun.
How about men in the United States? Our identity as men is based on our ability to provide, protect, and procreate. The Second Amendment is obviously a means of protecting one’s wife and children. The Left relentlessly attacks this amendment (as well as all the others) and men keep using ineffective tactics in response such as donating to the NRA, electing Republicans, or protesting. Their tools, in other words, are killing them. Men need to drop their tools and pick up others. We’re going to have to get more-involved in politics as unpleasant as that sounds. The Left has achieved everything they’ve wanted despite starting out as a despised minority through politics, not violence. Now that they’re in power, they’re talking gulags and other harsh measures against adherents to the Bill of Rights. Long have we seen this coming and failed to change tactics while we’ve had almost no strategy. We’ve hoped things will just right themselves by electing Republicans despite all the proofs that Republicans don’t care about us.
The Left operates as a vast back-scratching network that sees the State as a means of salvation and a surrogate family. This leads them to engage in relentless culture wars with a religious fervor. The Bible calls this behavior “worshiping the Beast,” which basically means behaving as though the world and its system governed by the Devil are a means of salvation rather than Jesus its true King. This puts conservatives and traditionalists at an inherent disadvantage since we want to be left alone to handle things within our own families and communities, but this is also a strength as we inherently see local solutions and subsidiarity as better methods. Liberals used to believe this too, and to the extent that old-fashioned liberals still exist, they are our allies. Strategy, as John Boyd defines it, is the simple act of connecting to more centers of gravity and disconnecting your adversary from his.
Washington or your local liberal city are not your centers of gravity, but your neighbors and city, and county politicians and public officials may be. They can help you employ a Deplorable Strategy that will contain the madness from the cultural Marxists on the Left through nullification and civil disobedience, which are the same things they’ve been doing for decades whenever they think a law or our even our entire society are unjust. This will require you to drop your old tools and pick up new ones. Read the books of the Left and you’ll get some ideas. More on this later.
The other day, I saw an article on NPR complaining that hormone blockers cost 8 times as much for children as they do for adults. Then I wondered who these sick parents are that are mutilating their own children. I wondered how they could even allow their children to try to be the opposite sex. Then I realized, modern parents allow their kids to do just about anything they want. They think it’s their job to be as permissive as possible to reach their full potential. This is basically the reason Dwayne Wade gave for helping his son transition to female:
We take our roles and responsibility as parents very seriously. So when our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information we can, the best feedback we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it….
That was our job, to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have. My wife reached out to everybody on the cast of ‘Pose,’” he said, referring to the FX drama series centered around LGBTQ characters. “We just tried to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self.
There you have it. Their son will be who he wants to be as a girl. Rather than tell the kid it’s foolish to want to change what God has made him and dangerous to try, they actually encourage him to mutilate himself. I’ve seen this many times. There was a guy at work with a son who wanted to be transgender and the mother supported it fully. The father went along with it. I wanted to grab the father, shake him, and yell, “HE IS YOUR SON!” at him, but I didn’t. I’m stuck in this frustrating position of wanting to remind people that God made them male and female after his own image and you can’t change it and it’s foolish to try, but in so doing I’d question their entire parenting style. These ‘parents’ are “all in” with their permissiveness, and they’re not going to change now because changing would require deep introspection and admission that they’ve been doing it badly wrong. It would shatter their identity as parents. Better to help their children mutilate themselves and ruin their lives.
I’m reading <a href=” https://www.amazon.com/Pagans-Christians-City-University-Religion-ebook/dp/B07LBYMJPD/ref=pd_ybh_a_38?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M4FBKPVC5J0CTRAXHDAQ “>Pagans and Christians in the City</a> by Steven D. Smith tracing religious culture wars from Antiquity to today. Smith posits that the culture wars today have always lurked in the background and we’re seeing a resurgence of paganism after the decline of Christianity.
The Left sees the culture wars the inevitable march of Progress from religious superstition to atheistic rationalism. Of course, they’ve ended up in the ditch of scientific denialism with the gender and sex wars. Homosexuality is not race; sexual orientation is largely mutable and homosexuality is a major fitness hit. The Left is also saying you can be a different gender than the sex between your legs and on your chromosomes. I won’t get into the sexual revolution of the ’60s, Roe V. Wade of the ’70s, the Pill and the rest other than to say that the Left’s public morality is the outworking of their pagan religious beliefs.
On the Right, we seem to be dismayed at the Left’s Long March Through the Institutions. This, however, is just a Pyrrhic victory for the Left mainly because they do not have kids. As should be obvious, the only way the Left sustains itself is by co-opting other people’s children. This is why they’re so concerned with education/indoctrination. Secularization is not increasing. Based on the Left’s religious fanaticism, you can even argue it’s in full retreat.
The question then is not whether the world will be favorable to people of faith but whose faith will prevail. Some men argue that we should forget about “Christendom” altogether but this fails to acknowledge that a Christian society is an inevitable result of the difference in birthrates between Christians who do not practice infanticide and pagans who do. There is also endless friction in “pluralistic” societies that can only be resolved by everyone practicing the same blend of paganism that Roman subjects practiced (Mithraism, Greco-Roman diety worshp, etc) or by making the society monoreligious or by reconstituting classic liberalism as advocated by Locke and several of the Reformers. I don’t see the latter happening since classic liberalism was, to a large degree, a compromise reached between factions that were simply tired of fighting by the end of the 30 Years’ War.
My own view is that we need to lay the foundations for a new society built on the ruins of this one. The pagan religious fanatics, armed against their own wombs with the Pill and Abortion, are dying out. This will inevitably leave room for some form of Christendom barring the days of Noah where wickedness increases greatly and hardly any Christians are left, but we don’t know if that will happen in the near future. Wickedness seems to wax and wane throughout the centuries, but they still march on.
The Chinese are not our friends, part MMCM:
Given the above facts, either:
– A coronavirus spontaneously mutated and jumped to humans at a wet market or deep in some random bat cave which just so happened to be 20 miles from China’s only BSL-4 virology lab, a virus with an unusually slippery never-before-seen genome that’s evading zoological classification, and whose spike-protein region which allows it to enter host cells appears most like a bio-engineered commercial product, that somehow managed to infect its first three and roughly one-third of its initial victims despite them not being connected to this market, and then be so fined-tuned to humans that it’s gone on to create the single greatest public health crisis in Chinese history with approaching 100 million citizens locked-down or quarantined – also causing Mongolia to close its border with its largest trading partner for the first time in modern history.
– Or, Chinese scientists failed to follow correct sanitation protocols possibly while in a rush during their boisterous holiday season, something that had been anticipated since the opening of the BSL-4 lab and has happened at least four times previously, and accidentally released this bio-engineered Wuhan Strain – likely created by scientists researching immunotherapy regimes against bat coronaviruses, who’ve already demonstrated the ability to perform every step necessary to bio-engineer the Wuhan Strain 2019-nCov – into their population, and now the world. As would be expected, this virus appears to have been bio-engineered at the spike-protein genes which was already done at UNC to make an extraordinarily virulent coronavirus. Chinese efforts to stop the full story about what’s going on are because they want the scales to be even since they’re now facing a severe pandemic and depopulation event. No facts point against this conclusion.
At the above link, you can also find evidence that the preliminary research on this strain was done by a Chinese guy at UNC. Westerners have their heads very far in the sand about Chinese involvement in our science. University professors love Chinese students because they’ll work for nothing and do whatever they’re told. They’re not at all concerned that the research might be delivered to the Chinese Communist Party to be used against us. In fact, the Chinese Communist Party might be paying them to do it:
Details of Lieber’s alleged offences appear in a charging document submitted by the FBI in connection with his arrest. It says that for periods of time between 2012 and 2017, Lieber agreed to be paid a salary of $50,000 per month, as well as about $150,000 a year in personal and living expenses, by WUT, and was given more than $1.5 million to set up a research lab there. According to a contract cited in the document, Lieber was to work at or for WUT for at least nine months a year. Lieber also agreed to host visiting scientists for two-month stints at his US lab, according to the FBI, an agreement that Harvard was not aware of.
At the same time, Lieber continued his tenure at Harvard University and applied for funding from US agencies, receiving at least $15 million in federal grants from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the NIH since 2008. NIH policies require that researchers applying for federal funds disclose any funding they receive from other governments or universities outside the United States. Lieber was asked about his participation in the Thousand Talents Plan in April 2018 by DOD investigators, and by Harvard in late 2018 in response to an enquiry from the NIH. In both instances, the FBI says, he denied being part of it.
China’s Thousand Talents Plan has been one focus of the US government’s efforts to crack down on foreign interference in research. In November last year, a US Senate panel suggested that the programme could be a means by which the Chinese government diverts US intellectual property for the state’s own benefit. Michael Lauer, a deputy director at the NIH, told lawmakers that the contracts encouraged participants to set up ‘shadow labs’ in China that replicated their work at US institutions. In December, an elite science advisory group known as JASON recommended in a report that US agencies support fruitful international collaborations while strengthening policies that require scientists to be transparent about conflicts of interest.
There’s a bunch of Chinese mewling about discrimination which is what they’re trained to do in response to scrutiny by US authorities.
Our government doesn’t seem to care either. As long as a Chinese guy has “US citizenship,” he’ll be given a principle investigatorship on research vital to national security, such as 5G NTN. I’ve seen this countless times. US primes and government labs and test ranges are completely infiltrated.
All this has to stop, but what a Gordian knot it now is. Universities love Chinese students because they pay more than native students. Professors love them because they’re subservient. Professors love Chinese money and perks even more. US authorities rather-uncritically give anyone with a PhD and US citizenship access to research funding and information they probably shouldn’t have. All of this ends up in the hands of Chinese Communists who don’t have the ethics to use Western scientific tools and methods for good.
The time for reforms is now.
David Brooks is finally acknowledging the need for households and families. This sounds an awful lot like Aaron Renn’s newsletter on the fall of the household. He’s totally wrong about much though:
During the Victorian era, the idea of “hearth and home” became a cultural ideal. The home “is a sacred place, a vestal temple, a temple of the hearth watched over by Household Gods, before whose faces none may come but those whom they can receive with love,” the great Victorian social critic John Ruskin wrote. This shift was led by the upper-middle class, which was coming to see the family less as an economic unit and more as an emotional and moral unit, a rectory for the formation of hearts and souls.
Actually, the “hearth and home” concept dates back to Adam and Eve. 2500 years ago, Xenophon wrote about households in “The Estate Manager”
But while extended families have strengths, they can also be exhausting and stifling. They allow little privacy; you are forced to be in daily intimate contact with people you didn’t choose. There’s more stability but less mobility. Family bonds are thicker, but individual choice is diminished. You have less space to make your own way in life. In the Victorian era, families were patriarchal, favoring men in general and first-born sons in particular.
You know what else is exhausting and stifling? Replacing the extended family with the State or GloboMegaCorp. I find my options pretty damn limited by both. Also, There may be SOBs in your family, but they’re YOUR SOBs, as Steve Sailer put it. Social friction is part of life. One of the reasons GloboMegaCorp loves Hindus so much is they’re very good at navigating social frictions due to their upbringing in a traditional extended-family society. Almost all CEOs of GloboTechMegaCorps are Hindu. The CEOs of IBM, Goolag, and Microsoft are all Hindu. Apple is probably next. I know of another several billion-dollar tech company that’s about to have a Hindu CEO.
Bear in mind that Brooks is citing his extended family – Jews – almost exclusively in his article. For my part, I found Aaron Renn and CR Wiley’s writings on family and households far better.