Midweek Notebook.

After Monday’s technical post becoming quoate (I never said I would be consistent) driven by the local body elections, back to the usual run of things. The woodpile report and Week in Doom were not up on Monday: they are now.


VFM Bear said it best: it’s the indoor plumbing that I’m going to miss the most.

Import the Third World, become the Third World. This really isn’t that hard.

Vox Day, Vox Popoli

When they made Marines wear hi-viz belts, I knew the Corps was dead.
God Emperor Memes, Vox Popoli

Remember, it’s not that most of care if two sodomites LARP around and pretend to be married. It’s the government mandates we agree with their delusion. This is tyranny.
William M. Briggs

Adam on Hungry Jacks (Burger King in Australia) using soy based artificial meat burger

Which is why they want to feed us sludge masquerading as meat. You wouldn’t feed your dog this shit and you probably wouldn’t even be able to. I mean, we have laws to protect animals. They’re important.

When you volunteer to be a doormat, you forfeit the right to complain about the footprints on your back. If you don’t understand this — if someone has taught you that “love” requires a man to suffer mistreatment without complaint — you need to forget what you’ve been taught, because hell to the no. LEARN TO WALK AWAY!
Stacey McCain (who has sons)

An economic prediction

Vox Day predicts that the USA won’t make it into the fourth decade of this century. He’s right, or he’s wrong, but he ahs put the prediction out there. Kunstler sees the collapse as much faster. Within this term, if I read him correctly.

My prediction — and one I hold to — is that the fourth turning will not be progresive. The progressive experiment has failed, and the millennials know it in their bones.

So it goes in these dangerous autumn days of The Fourth Turning. Something’s got to give, and all indications are it will happen where few are looking at the moment: the sideshow of money and banking. When things start slip-sliding away over in that alternative universe, Mr. Trump will be propelled into the role he was cast for in 2016: bag-holder for economic collapse. The global slowdown of productive activity and commerce is undermining a vast network of dubious financial obligations ruled by an overgrowth of loans that will never be paid back. Unlike New York real estate moguls, the whole world can’t just go into bankruptcy court and apply for a fresh start. The “workout” is brutal and produces epoch-defining trauma.

The nation has been too preoccupied with political mud-wrestling to notice that the US debt has gone hockey-stick parabolic, racking up $814 billion just since August. Math majors may see that’s close to a trillion dollars, or 4 percent of the total $22,837 trillion, just in a few months. Zowie! (Hat tip Steve St. Angelo.) Parabolic trends don’t end well.

Kunstler is a peak oil man, and he’s quoting another. Since NZ sits on a couple of oil fields and has coal reserves the greens will not let us safely extract (and the labour/greens are nicely driving us into a recession) I see the limit as less resource driven as political, and practical.

We are not prepared to do what is ugly to keep our nations prosperous. Open pit mine. Build dams, Import rare earths from rugged and unsalubrious places. Given limited regulation, we would do all of the above.

But the proressive cadre are rent seekers, relying completely on regulation (and protests if the regulations are removed) to fund their lifestyle.

The Moral Minority

New Zealand has had Christian parties and they have failed. But that was in a time when people of good will did not have to espouse the delusions of this age. Something like this may be the last hope for our political system.

Where I would disagree with David Warren is that we don’t need the (current) conservatives. They are not Tories. They are the polite end of progressivism, politely letting the radicals get their way. To paraphrase Vox Day, they could conserve the Ladies’ Bathroom.

The real alliance would be with the Nationalists.

An (unapologetically) Christian Party would lose elections. Perhaps that would be the point of it. The intention would be to make a good showing, and here and there, actually to get someone credible elected to some public office. Beyond that, set a good example, of characteristic civility and charm. It would inevitably be the party of religious freedom, especially for Christians. It would naturally oppose abortion and “euthanasia,” and the Culture of Death in its many other manifestations. Indeed, it would be thoroughly anti-choice in all matters of fundamental morality, on which Our Lord and His appointed heirs have clearly spoken. It would accept every plank of the Ten Commandments, without the slightest sophistical demur.

It would not attract only Christian voters, but they would be the core. Permanent and active riding associations would be the means of operation. Talks, studies, debates would be sponsored, to help members candidly explore current political questions. It would even arrange picnics, “youth outings” (the old-fashioned kind), history tours, civic events. Protests and demonstrations would not be sponsored.

The party would probably need a charter to state its permanent principles, and what they were not: a founding Manifesto. That it would not aspire to be a revolutionary vanguard, let alone a church, but expressly a formal political party, would be memorably asserted. The document would also be very forthcoming about the need to restore a Christian society.

“Conservatives” would complain that this party was splitting the Conservative vote. “Yes, we probably are,” would come the answer. “Perhaps you should quit and join us.”

Why am I so harsh on the Conservatives? Because they are influenced by the Republicans. Stacey summarizes it well.

Nostalgic? I’d like the society we had under Muldoon and Holyoake. But their policies bankrupted my nation.

Sam Donaldson’s accusation that Trump’s supporters are merely nostalgic reactionaries is typical of a certain class of people who, for various reasons, refuse to consider the possibility that America is now facing problems without precedence in our history, the solution of which will require us to alter or abandon our established pattern of politics.

Trump does not represent a return to some beloved status quo ante, but rather an attempt to shake off the legacy of what, for lack of a better term, I call Bushism — a go-along-to-get-along attitude of “bipartisan compromise” that makes Republicans not the opponents of Democrats, but rather their accomplices. In an age when Democrats are beholden to the likes of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, conservatives can no longer imagine that we are dealing with people of good will, who want the best for America’s future. Today’s Democrats hate America and want to destroy it, so that they can preside over the wreckage and ruin.

The Other McCain

Diversity is not a stregth. Progression is Degeneration

One of the things that is happening is that the technical foundations of our civilization are being taken down: if the family is oppressive, then math (which is hard) must be more so. One of the reasons there is poetry and patristics here is to expose the youngsters to English Literature — because to many, it is new. But the rot is fairly well entrenched.

Over the years, I’ve said (and more often hinted) that what I see in the future is not just the chance of an economic collapse due to the world’s unsustainable debt levels. I see a real chance for another Dark Ages. The main driving force there is the Postmodernists in academia pushing the idea of “my truth and your truth”; the idea that there isn’t anything other than our perceptions of things. That works fine for simple questions like, “what’s your favorite color?” but is completely wrong for “what’s the speed of light?”, “will this virus survive in air?” or any interactions with the real world. VDH follows those trends to the conclusion a Dark Age may already be starting.

Silicon Greybeard

This is a misapplica5ion or miseducation. The grown man can adult. He is aware of his emotions, but they do not rule him. This idea was lost a few decades ago by the progressives, who decided that having tantrums was more effective than arguments… and they now lack the skills to govern themselves, let alone others.

In part, it comes from the fact that we have dumbed America down to the point where people no longer know how to reason. They only know how to emote, on cue, with the worst kind of passionate intensity. American politics is no longer about governing, but about resisting and obstructing, running public dramas that will allow us to express our deepest outrage, our full-throated anger.

Or else, if you prefer, those who know how to exercise their rational faculties are often drowned out by a chorus of angry ranters. These latter care more about shutting down speech than engaging an argument. They do not know how to debate and discuss and deliberate so they scream invectives, most often labeling their opponents by some derisive and derogatory epithet.

At some point, as Peter Wood argued persuasively in a new piece for the Spectator, we embraced the gospel of expressing feelings because we thought it was therapeutic. But now it has degenerated to the point where if you are not assassinating someone’s character, you are not being truly authentic. As for how one gets from the first to the second, when you express your feelings and do not feel that you have been cured you will need to blame someone. You will double down on anger… now with an object in mind.

Stuart Schneiderman

I’m repeating myself, but the progressive project has failed. People are ignoring it. This is giving Cappy hope, and should give us all hope. Our elite may be divorced from reality, but those who have to make payroll generally are not.

Grerp wrote this a few years ago. It’s more true now.

The bump in prosperity the United States experienced in the middle of the twentieth century got people out of the habit of behaving in the kinds of pragmatic, cooperative, and self-denying ways that our ancestors had to live in order to survive, as well. And, unlike previous generations, the Boomers haven’t saved much and are looking winter straight in the face at this point. It’s coming.

That will do for now. The times are changing. Seek wisdom, and do not be like this elite.