Friday, January 02, 2004
In earlier posts, both here and in comments at other blogs, I railed on the needlessness of the government getting involved in the unsolicited email, more commonly called spam, business. Though spam is a nuisance, if you can even call it that, all the bitching about it is mere whining. Does everyone remember how to use their delete key? Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., utilizing the spam meme, pens an article entitled Why the State Is Different, which includes three short lesson plans.
Lesson One in the uniqueness of the state: the state has one tool, and one tool only, at its disposal: force.
Lesson Two presents itself: the state is the only institution in society that can impose itself on all of society without asking the permission of anyone in particular. You can’t opt out.
Lesson Three: the state is exempt from the laws it claims to enforce, and manages this exemption by redefining its criminality as public service.
Rockwell’s article expands on these lessons and offers other insights also.
Via Mike Tennant at Strike the Root blog.
A Nanny State Question
The government is outlawing ephedra, for our own good of course, cough, cough. Where will you draw the line to government interference in your life? Damaged Justice wonders if this question is where you will draw the line.
Self Preservation Quote
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
The Dalai Lama
May 15, 2001
Might make a good mantra.
Globalization, Welfare, Wealth Re-distribution and Spiritual Poverty
Curt, posting over at Shonk’s Selling Waves, has been reading Theodore Dalrymple’s Life at the Bottom and shares a few comments of interest on the issues which make up the title of this post. Curt’s post is entitled Chapter 2. In which various polemical causes are advanced, is worth a read just to get you thinking. At least if you prefer to think rather than sleep walk through life.
It’s Art and You’ll Like it Dammit
In the it’s art and you’ll like it, dammit, even if you won’t pay to see it, we’ll make you pay for it anyway category, we learn that the inestimable NEA will excrete 35K on the La Jolla Playhouse so said playhouse, and how apt is that term, can produce a play about a two-bit, serial killing, gay man. But it must be art because the main character in the play killed Versace and the subject matter is gay men. As “Bill the Cat” used to say “Ack.”
Thursday, January 01, 2004
Emerson contributed many excellent essays and opinion pieces to American literature. The Atlantic, which Emerson was instrumental in founding, has an article, with links to a few of Emerson’s essays, and others written about Emerson, which are worth reading. The piece is entitled The Sage and the Magazine.
Via J. Orlin Grabbe.
Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, a book which focuses its gaze on String Theory, writes a op-ed piece for the New York Times on time. The piece is entitled The Time We Thought We Knew and makes for an interesting read on the first day of 2004.
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Happy New Year Post
The new year is almost upon us here in the states. One day is just like another though. A couple of new year related posts. First, something that I never even consider as a New Year celebratory event. Dropping refrigerators from high rise buildings. Those wacky South Africans. I wonder if Kim du Toit ever participated.
Second, a few words of wisdom for the amateur drinker via Daniel Medley of LoboWalk.
Refrigerator story via Drudge.
Can You Say Indoctrinated? Sure, I Knew You Could
Purulence. I can think of no more fitting description to describe what Jonathon Wilde brings to our attention in a succinct post entitled Just say no. Clicking the link which Jonathon created with the words Reason #1324 why my kids will never attend public schools, will take you to a World Net Daily article, penned by Neil Boortz. Boortz entitled his article Child abuse in government schools, and what Boortz describes to us in the article qualifies as such, but, is even more disturbing than the abuse of children.
A so called professor, by the name of David Shiman, who developed this atrocity, is nothing more than a mindless, marching minion of socialism. If you have children, you should revile this man, the college that supports him and the organization that distributes his evil.
The article, written by Richard Mouw, is entitled A Persecution Complex and it immediately veers offcourse. The first sentence negates the title.
We Christians—particularly those of us who adhere to traditional beliefs and values—are under sustained attack in America these days.
So, is this a complex or a reality? As you delve deeper into the article, you find mention of “anti-Christian bias,” which, I admit, does exist, but is typically a self-inflicted malady, as the writer acknowledges. What Mouw fails to offer though is a solution, other than stating that Christians should always expect to be persecuted, quoting Matthew 5:11 as a balm.
The thing that bothers me about all this acrimony between secularism and religion is the fact that the acrimony only exists because one side or the other is always attempting to shove their “one true belief” down the throat of the other. Both sides will claim to only “do unto others as they do to them,” yet both sides continue to ramrod their dogma as the biggest dog on the porch. And if you don’t open wide, you’re going to choke on either their blather or the ramrod.
I’m tired of it. I have faith, but it’s only mine. You can’t have it, you have to get your own, but only if you want it. I’m tired of the Christians claiming it’s my way or the highway to hell. I’m tired of the secularists claiming it’s their way or you’re a Bible thumping simpleton. The Christians and the secularists need to both grow up and realize that being an adult means being a sovereign individual and taking care of your own damn business and nobody elses.
Via Mike Potemra at The Corner.
The Night Sky
I’m no astronomer, but I do enjoy pointing my little telescope heavenward from time to time. Mars provided a good show earlier this year and now Saturn. If you own a small telescope, or know someone who does, get out there and take a look at Saturn. I did this last night and, as the linked article states, Saturn’s rings are so tilted towards us at this time the view is spectacular. I even threw my telescope in my burb and drove around to allow some friends to take a look also. It’s well worth it.
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
United We Stand - But Only as Individual Americans
I recently jabbed my elbow in the ribs of someone whose writings I enjoy. I had taken small offense to a posting that disparged the intelligence of flag waving individuals, so I gave a friendly jab via an email exchange. The reason for my jab was that I fly an American flag, on my house, and on my three SUV’s. Though the flags on my SUV’s are actually decals.
I started thinking about this little jab again because I finally washed my burb today. It’d been more than a month and I was having a difficult time determining that the burb was actually white. The bath allowed the large “United We Stand” flag decal, on the rear window of the burb, to stand out again.
As I stood in my driveway, looking at that decal, I thought of myself. I thought about my individual sovereignty and how closely it is entwined with that statement “United We Stand.” Here’s what I thought.
You are a sovereign individual, as am I. Whether you realize it or not. As such, each of us, individually, only have rights to ourselves. This does not mean that we do not see injustice around us. Nor does our individual sovereignty leave us helpless to act. For our own safety, or the safety of others. Not because we must assist others, but because we can. And, more importantly, as sovereign individuals, we must necessarily embrace justice and detest injustice.
Think about this. I have nothing to fear from a just man, nor should any individual, unless as an individual they have been unjust.
How does this relate to that decal on the back of my burb? I look at it this way. Since we are, each individual among us, sovereign, and, Americans, we are united. We are united in the principles with which we lead our lives, or we should be. United, not by means of force or coercion, but united in the belief that each of us, individually, are free men. Free to act as we wish, free to not be part of the collective mentality that destroys our individual freedom, free to not be united if that is your desire.
I owe no man my loyalty, but with a just, sovereign man I can stand united.
On December 24th, in a post I titled Mad Cow Reverberates Already, I posted a link to Daniel Medley in which he relayed a conversation with a cattleman who, at the time, believed he was in the hole to the tune of 80K because of said mad cow. Well moo. Daniel kindly has followed up on this, with additional investigative links, which seems to suggest that beef is still for dinner. No wonder those tenderloins, medium rare, tasted so good last night.
Socialists Co-opt God
As an individual of faith, it continually amazes me what political ideologies, right, left, socialist, what have you, look to in order to enforce their view points on others. There is not one organized political machine, or religion, that even considers the fact that we are all sovereign individuals. In fact, organized political parties and religions are, for the most part, terrified of individuals who can think for themselves and who willingly accept personal responsibility for their actions. In the U.S., Republicans, today, seem to claim that God is on their side. Democrats also desire the fear of God in their camp, and have, in past, claimed God’s seal of approval for their machinations. Though we must not forget that today, Dean is claiming God is in his camp, so maybe God is switching sides.
Not wanting to feel left out of the God camp, the socialists, in a reversal of Marxist ideology, are now hoping to tap into the power of God to club back to life their failed attempts to control individuals. I guess the more clubs you have in your tool bag, the easier it is to enforce your rules.
I mention this because In These Times has published a review of a book by Slavoj Zizek titled The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity. The review, written by Eugene McCarraher, delves into some of Zizek’s postulations, and, as the following lilttle snippet shows, makes for interesting reading.
...seeking to unite the existential and political import of Christian faith—extracted from its “religious” trappings—with a revitalized revolutionary Marxism.
I wonder if they sprinkled holy water on the book?
Anyway, the review is titled A Merry Marxy Christmas.
What does God think of all this? Well I’m not certain, but I’d put my money on the guess that He is laughing his ass off at these petty thinkers, mind controllers and pretenders to power. Or, that He’s pissed and waiting for individuals to kick these charlatans to the curb with the rest of the rubbish that has accumulated as “wisdom” since so called thinkers decided to use force to control inidividuals.
To Protect and To Serve or for Social Control?
Very interesting article on the rise of state organized police forces published in the Monthly Review. Written by Kristian Williams, the piece, entitled The Demand for Order and the Birth of Modern Policing, looks at the rise of police forces, and, examines their role in actual control of crime versus controlling society morally. A telling sentence from the article.
In other words, the greatest portion of the actual business of law enforcement did not concern the protection of life and property, but the controlling of poor people, their habits and their manners.