Friday, October 14, 2016

Trust: The Foundational Concept

'No enemies to the right' is already starting to fall apart. Especially among white nationalists, assuming a level of importance that probably doesn't exist. You have major AM talkradio talent among your ranks, but you have a problem. Problem A: existing white elite that betrays us. Their existence tells the rest of us that there is a problem with the white nationalist plan. Problem B is the white nationalists keep increasing the number of people they'd apparently like to do violence to.

In other words, betrayal is the first obvious weakness, but instead of thinking hard about how to not have betrayal, or perhaps how to really build alliances in the first place, they like to talk about killing everybody who disagrees with them instead. A doubling down on the betrayal if you will.

Meanwhile, in cuckservative land, they haven't even gotten the message. It is the current year, yet Paul Ryan- a politician one would think could be aware of his best interests- must do the idiotic thing. Hey, Paul, the whole freaking reason Trump is a the top is because we don't trust you. Not that we should necessarily trust Trump. The one good thing about Trump is that his interests are different from the criminal political class, so whatever he does, it'll be different.

Trust is the problem, but that doesn't mean there is an easy solution.

This is even happening in church. The grating reality is there is no unity. The pretend global unity, which is obviously not, cannot hide the mundane disunity. Family disunity. Friend disunity too, though that is easily hidden by gabbing about sports, movies, t.v. shows, whatever the MSM is saying about Trump this week, etc...

This isn't just the effect of diversity, although diversity certain helps encourage lack of trust, which is why they forced diversity. No, this is part of the cultural Marxist school based brainwashing. With trust the resistance could easily crush them. Lack of trust renders us weak. Unfortunately they don't seem to need trust, and appear to thrive even in environments were they stab their own.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Why Are Hurricanes Now Excuses for Unplanned Vacations?

I grew up in and near New Orleans. We stayed home during hurricanes. We'd stock up on food, water, emergency supplies.

But now it seems like a constant mantra of leave, leave, leave.

This reminds me of how the payments seem more important now that the property or the money anymore.

Back then people didn't see their stuff as interchangeable. They had a strong preference for their own stuff. They didn't want to drive somewhere else and let their stuff get destroyed in the storm.

This is, of course, different from the people who were stuck in New Orleans during Katrina, with no evidence whatsoever of having prepared for a storm. That was an example of the modern mentality- that once one place goes to hell, we can just shipp people elsewhere, and when that doesn't actually happen because it is a fairy tale not based in reality, instead of accepting reality we'll just whine about racism.

But I digress.

Because a lot of propaganda appears to be aimed at a slightly higher class of people- people who have enough credit to drive away from a hurricane and go to a hotel or something. Instead of taking care of your stuff, spend a lot of money on an unanticipated vacation! And it seems like people respond to the propaganda.

Friday, October 7, 2016

If the Right wing talking points during the Big Tobacco lawsuits are true, couldn't smokers do a healthshare like system?

A long time ago, while Big Tobacco was being sued everywhere, someone brought up a point. Supposedly smokers cost insurers less overall because when they did get sick, they died faster.

So now I was looking into alternatives to my health insurance. I think I figured out it is cheaper for me to stick with what I signed up for, even if they do charge me more for not going to the doctor. But, in my case, I am a relatively healthy guy with some longstanding pain. I stopped going to a doctor, and I get blood tests sometimes to see if there is anything actionable.

But I notice all the alternatives want you off tobacco too. And I think my insurance charges like twenty bucks more a month if you are a smoker.

Then I think back to these right wing discussions during that sue happy period when Big Tobacco was being fleeced.

If it is really true, couldn't smokers do some sort of health share thing and save themselves money?

Now, there are likely confounding factors. Smokers probably eat too much fast food, don't sleep enough, engage in high risk activities, etc...

More generally, given end of life care in this country is insane, I do wish there was an option where, if you found out you had a terminal disease, you got a cabin in the woods and some minimal care until you died. This would cost less and be more humane than the ridiculous attempts to keep a dying person alive under the 24/7 florescent lights in the hospital. In fact, this sort of nonsense alone might render the right wing talking points of yesterday moot. They didn't go as nuts trying to keep you alive for one more day, while charging crazy-talk amounts for your room back then.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Revival: A Serendipitous Discussion of Heresy


Back in 2014, LifeWay Research published a worrying study that suggested most Evangelicals hold views the early church long ago declared heresy. Now, a follow-up to that study has been released, and the numbers are just as concerning—and in some cases even worse—on core Christian doctrine.

Block goes on to lay out various doctrines upon which various self-described evangelicals get all wobbly on various points. Trinitarian doctrine is one of the wobbliest points:

But there is significant confusion about the equality of the persons of the Holy Trinity—and even whether some of them are persons at all. A significant majority said that Jesus is fully God and fully man (85 percent), but that number is surprisingly smaller than the high nineties expressing trust in the resurrection. What is worse, an astounding 71 percent of Evangelicals said they believe Jesus is a created being (“Jesus is the first and greatest creature created by God”). That is a significantly higher number than the 16 percent who said the same in the previous study, so perhaps we can attribute some of the confusion to misunderstanding the question.

Now, what makes this serendipitous to the post on revival is that Islam was considered a Christian heresy.

A poor understanding of the Trinity means many Christians today could basically be believing exactly what the Muslims do.

And although I don't think
Islam is as strong as Vox says it is, i do think he is right that ideas like white nationalism cannot defeat Islam. If white nationalists were truly interested in nothing but white nationalism, it might actually be expedient for them to become Muslim, and go about the business of a white ummah, and have their own all white mosques. The attempts at a neo-paganism certainly don't seem to be getting them anywhere, and pure atheism is corrosive to the community they obviously long for. There's no moral diversity directive in Islam like there is in modern Churchianity.

So those types of concerns alone shall not halt Islam. Not that it would be getting very far if we'd stop funding it.

If Islam is heresy, then one presumes an environment which is conducive to heresy is also conducive to Islam.

Monday, October 3, 2016

What Revival Requires

Vox Day's question, and conclusions:

So, if we accept the idea that Western civilization and Islamic civilization are in conflict, what must we logically conclude from the three quotes provided?

1. The decline of the West is the direct result of the decline of Christianity in the West, both religious and institutional.

2. The growing power of Islam in the West cannot be halted by secularism, white nationalism, or any sub-civilization-level force.

3. The preservation of the West requires a revival of Christianity.

4. The preservation of the West requires the abandonment of some, though not all, secular values, beginning with the freedom of religion, that conflict with the restoration of Christianity

Which points away from Vox's other pet idea, some sort of techno-democracy, and towards a need for a hierarchy and some sort of regularization of American Christianity. Right along side of Christianity's decline is the proliferation of denominations. Most people are idiots (a term Vox has turned into an acronym) so it follows that doctrine is only accessible to a few. Practice is what holds a people together, not doctrine.

It would take an American version of Constantine, who would have to be willing to make most Christians very uncomfortable. The existing hierarchies are used to the ease and compromise that egalitarian democracy provides them- just like secular, but more hidden elites, they enjoy various benefits of their class without having the social responsibility they would feel if they were in a system where their status were more formally recognized.

A revival of the West requires the revival of Christianity, and the revival of Christianity requires the revival of western nobility. You won't find a Constantine among egalitarians.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Beer: It isn't the alcohol, it's the opoids

When I was younger, I do remember feeling quite odd after a large breakfast at a pancake place. I didn't know at the time that gliadin acts as an opoid.

Of course, if you stay Paleo most of the time, when you do go off the reservation, you notice.

I bought some local craft beer, which I suppose was good as it could be, being beer. There is something irredeemably flat about beer, regardless of how frothy it may be. It is like buying a bland, thirst increasing, milkshake, except without the satisfaction of ice cream.

And the first thing I noticed was the opiods. Not an alcohol buzz, but the little kid sister to loratab. Generally speaking this is not a class of drugs that I am looking for. Loratab makes me rather grumpy. I think it is because of being an introvert and the dominance of the acetylcholine pathway.

But opoids make a lot of people happy. The social dopamine chasers like it.

The interesting things about these sorts of brews is that the fermentation doesn't just produce alcohol, but the presence of these various compounds- and there are many more than just gliadin, like phyto-estrogens in hops- tend to make the resulting brew more potent. It isn't the alcohol, but the combination of these various things, and the fact that the yeasts respond to these various things as well. The 'traditional' version of poly-pharmacy.

Then there are the gut damaging effects...

I suspect it would be better for the masses to drink wine, assuming they could develop their palates to the point where they didn't need it to taste like soda.

But I reminded of the reality that the rich always eat meat, though they often either encourage or force the poor to subsist on a vegan/vegetarian diet.

Ideas of Liberty Sprung Up In Cities

I am reading Economic and social history of medieval Europe by Henri Pirenne. One of the interesting ideas in his assessment is the effect of trade and subsequently, cities on Western Europe. The Mannerbund struggled to provide itself with all necessary goods. In some cases this led to quite odd situations- like multiple discontiguous estates. As an example, many monasteries would have small holdings in wine country in order to make sure the ever necessary supply of wine was made. Trade made this sort of thing unnecessary.

But trade also made the cities, the occupants of which were not making a living off of the land, but on their ability to travel, so city dwellers needed freedom. And should a serf escape to a city, well, his existence there would eventually make him free.

Additionally, as the lords began to live at an ever higher standard, they tended to end up needing to borrow money, becoming beholden to the city dwellers capable of providing loans.

Obviously, given how history turned out, we can say the nobility and Church sort of lost to the city dwellers, although one could certainly make an argument that the previous classes certainly helped hammer their own nails. If the nobility weren't, for instance, so foolish as to run around Europe for a 100 years engaging in fruitless battles, then perhaps their great estates would have flourished and continued to be profitable.

It has been my suspicion that the common pseudo-historical assumption that the great estates simply couldn't work anymore was not true in any real economic sense. The burgeoning modern state simply had to either seize or tax the estates. As the state increased, the taxes increased, and the lords were ever less an authority and ever more a target.

In current economic thought the concept of property, especially private property is universal- in the sense that both the noble and the merchant are dealing with the same properties- which would basically be an ownership in something. Property can't be the thing itself, especially if it could exist in a state of nature without an owner, but it has to be a right invested in the owner.

But there is a significant difference in incentive between the city dweller and the nobility- almost as if there is a difference in kind (with regard to the nature of property) rather than degree.
Perhaps the difference lies in time preference, with a land owner generally having to take a longer view, if he wants to keep, improve, and maintain his land.
Currently though, most land ownership is through a prism of city finance, so it is questionable as to whether we are getting any benefit of long term thinking at all.

The one thing a city dweller and a land owners could plausibly have in common though, is a longer view if men were encouraged to think in terms of dynasties again. Whether an agriculturalist or family business within the city, and intergenerational concern elevates the people involved. A balance must be reached, and we know quite well this balance is not reached by merely waffling left to right in the modern political sphere. Unfortunately, if there are any beneficial political changes made, they will probably be accidental.