It is the weekend, and I am trying, as much as possible, not to look too much at what is happening outside Casa Kea. Yesterday I read books. All the ephemeral books are on an e reader. But the good stuff is bought as high quality as I can afford. Here second hand bookshops matter. I am not Vox Day: I do not subscribe to the classic libraries. And I have a good copy of Thucydides.
But we are going to become the alternative. The state system is going to implode. This is one reason I got a new Bible. The other is that my old bible has a print that I can no longer read, unless I do not correct my vision, and hold it so close that my nose is touching the pages. There is a book of common prayer coming as well. You need to have these things in as good a version as you can get.
When I recall my childhood library filled with ephemeral paperbacks, and contrast that with the glorious image of my office library filled with beautiful leatherbound books by Franklin Library, Easton, and, of course, Castalia Library, I feel encouraged and restored.
Anyhow, you’ll definitely want to subscribe just so you can get the Landmark Thucydides at what will almost certainly be a break-even price from us. It’s going to be an incredible edition, unquestionably the best ever published of the 2,000-year-old book, but due to the unusually large width required for the maps and footnotes, it is going to be even more expensive to produce than the Plutarchs were. But nevertheless, it will be a subscription book because we want our subscribers to know that we appreciate them and want them to have the best books we produce.
In any event, the book will not die any century soon. It is considerably more likely that the lights will go out and the ebook will disappear, quite possibly before the end of the 21st century. We are the monks of the next literary Dark Age.
We are preserving what we can. We are getting good stuff while we can. The Bible is an example: I had to go overseas to obtain this and the postage system from Great Britain still works. It does not work from the USA. There will be a time, fairly soon, when there will be difficulties: for many it is already here.
But this is a time for planning, making notes, but in analogue. If it is digital, it can either be hacked or used against you. This is a time to build small communities, and pray that we shall be guided into the truth, and remain faithful to it.
forasmuch as without thee
we are not able to please thee;
Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 They hate him who rebukes in the gate,
And they despise him who speaks with integrity.
11 Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor
And take a tribute of grain from them,
Though you have built houses of cut stone,
Yet you will not live in them;
You have planted beautiful vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know your offenses are many and your sins are great,
You who are hostile to the righteous and accept bribes,
And turn away the poor from justice at the gate.
13 Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps quiet, because it is an evil time.
14 Seek good and not evil, so that you may live;
And so may the Lord God of armies be with you,
Just as you have said!
15 Hate evil, love good,
And establish justice in the gate!
Perhaps the Lord God of armies
Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honour your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is[a] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him,[b] “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
I read this last passage, and I felt a sense of peace. At times we are called to throw away that which we saw as security for the sake of Christ. We may not be called to this: I pray that the projects that I had planned before the government contemplated going full Dan Andrews happen.
During this time you won’t see as many posts here. The government is monitoring for what they call misinformation, and citing authorities won’t help you.
Our current rulers value wealth above all. They use economic levers and fear to get us to comply: either by going full Comrade Dan or taxing those who dissent. But we can be united though we meet in caves in forests. Though our altars are hidden, and in houses.
We are going to need spiritual operational security. There are times when this has been the case: I would note that it was easier for the Huguenots than the Recusants. But at this time, we will need to stand together.
Because the progressives, in their death throes, will persecute those who are not them.