11 September 2020

Life is not linear. Nothing moves in a straight line: from the wearing of masks to economic hardship and famine. Those who farm know that each season will be different, and good seasons are rare.

Seven good years has nver lasted. The run that Australia had of 28 years without a recession was unusual and synthetic. For most of us, the good years should include having enough saved and stored for the years when it is bad: when the garden fails. and the jobs become hard to keep and find.

In this I am not blaming the patriarch. He kept sheep and did not farm in the Nile Delta. He had to cull his herd to survive, for there was not grass, and in no society anywhere has the best arable land been used for sheep. There grain, oats, barley are grown: orchards are planted. The profit from such is more reliable.

Genesis 41:53-42:17

53 When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.” 56 When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57 The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth.

42 Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?” 2 He said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die.” 3 Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that harm may befall him.” 5 So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

6 Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7 When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”

8 But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him. 9 Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land.” 10 Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.” 12 Yet he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!” 13 But they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive.” 14 Joseph said to them, “It is as I said to you, you are spies; 15 by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here! 16 Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” 17 So he put them all together in prison for three days.

My friend Hearthie wrote some time ago that you don’t have to be astute and a prophet to see smoke when there is a fire. The liberal republic is failing because it is now looking after its own interests, not that of the state, and it (foolishly) assumes that the economy will just grow, because linear projection.

This is not the case. There is a reason that you don’t buy the flashy, but the modest. You live where the crowds are not, and you grow gardens though you are a semi-carnivore. It is so that if times are hard you can get through, and you are not enslaved by the banks.

For they will demand any and every condition possible when you are desperte, Joseph did, and he was not a bastard. Bankers always are.

We are living in the end stage of an ancien regieme that dates back to the Whigs. Plan accordingly.