People rightly ask, how could I make the world a better place? And them sometimes people despair of the world we currently have and instead ask, if I could design from scratch a society of my own, how would I design a community that would make a better world? High social cohesion? Shared goals? Powerful motivation?
Every time I think through the problem, it seems that the most important factor is the will of the participants. The whole project looks futile unless I can get people who are willing to do for others the good things they wish others would do for them. The thing is, even the Mormons couldn’t make it work. Neither could the Puritans.
Jonah Goldberg argues that the healthy, modern civilization is unnatural, not far from Hobbes’s assertion that the natural life is nasty, brutish and short. Civilization is unnatural and corruption, like rust, is what naturally happens to every good institution. Something happened about 300 years ago that gave us an unnatural world of full bellies, sanitation, medicine, and human rights which he calls “the Miracle”.
When people say that the government or the nation is — or should be — like a family (or a military unit or any other microcosmic group), they argue for erasing everything that enables the Miracle. But that is what people crave today.
This is all to introduce is new book, “The Suicide of the West“. He says large factions on all sides are like the farmer who killed the golden goose.
When the goose politely demurs, he kills it out of a sense of entitlement — the opposite of gratitude.
The Miracle is our goose. And rather than be grateful for it, our schools, our culture, and many of our politicians say we should resent it for not doing more. Conservatism is a form of gratitude, because we conserve only what we are grateful for. Our society is talking itself out of gratitude for the Miracle and teaching our children resentment. Our culture affirms our feelings as the most authentic sources of truth when they are merely the expressions of instincts, and considers the Miracle a code word for white privilege, greed, and oppression.
This is corruption. And it is a choice. Collectively, we are embracing entitlement over gratitude. That is suicidal. I did not call my book “Decline of the West” or “Death of the West,” because suicide is a choice.
A quick overview of double standards: left and right.
J Ishiro Finney has a message for young men:
The bodies aren’t even cold yet and already you are being blamed. …
…We don’t solve problems anymore. We cry, we pray for, we seek to find closure, and then finally, slaughter a sacrificial lamb for our sins. … the lamb America has chosen to sacrifice is you. …
“Toxic white masculinity: The killer that haunts American life”
… to the boys and young men of America, believe me when I say it isn’t you who should be apologizing for the state of our world today. This mess was set in motion long before you were born.
You are not bad.
You are not broken.
You are not inherently evil or a sexual abuser in waiting.
You are boys who were robbed of your right to be men.
All your life you’ve been told to act, think, and behave like women. To suppress your passions, your pride, your need to compete and drive to achieve.
Now society is crumbling around us.
Feminizing boys didn’t make better men. It’s resulted in…
It’s a meditation on the problem and a word of encouragement.
What was speculation a year ago is shaping up to be the no-nonsense conclusions of of a congressional committee.
- Democrats on the Hillary team hired a former spy with Russian and media connections to dig up dirt on her electoral opponent.
- The material was crummy but they convinced Yahoo to run a story on it.
- They convinced a FISA judge to approve surveillance of a minor Trump assistant, Carter Page.
- That surveillance order gave the FBI access to all Trump’s conversations, retroactively.
In the meantime, Muller and Comey have been leaking at will confidential information, Democrats screamed bloody murder that the memo would expose intelligence secrets (where?)
Un-Candid in Camera
The history of Kwanzaa: a tradition almost as old as the Charlie Brown Christmas Special with a following almost as authentic the trees he didn’t buy.
Mohandas Gandhi was the saint of India, renown the world over, especially in England. He is hailed as the father of India, guiding her to independence* through his strategy of “ahimsa” or nonviolence. In so doing, any number of people, Indian and western have hailed him as a holy man, a “great soul”, a mahatma. Richard Grenier on the other hand, takes a fuller, more nuanced view. Penn and Teller take a less nuanced view.
*though not necessarily guiding her faster or more peacefully.