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Letters by a modern St. Ferdinand III about cults

Gab@StFerdinandIII - Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands.  Cults everywhere:  Corona, 'The Science' or Scientism, Islam, the State, the cult of Gender Fascism, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from.  It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?

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Jesse Norman (English MP) and ‘Edmund Burke’, a philosophical and biographical inquiry

An important book given the madness of the modern world.

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This is a great book and an education.  It spans history, philosophy, political ideology and links the current, to the early modern past of Burke and far beyond into antiquity.  There is too much in the work to justify a summation, however, the application of Burke to today’s current era by Norman is for the public at large, sadly recondite, but the lessons from Burke are not only erudite but indispensable to help resolve the maladies of a world, gone incredibly mad with non-existing Climate crises, the Corona fascism, Gender mental illness-dystopia, anti-White racism, a disavowal of the nation state, a blind hatred of Christianity and other occult movements dedicated to eviscerating Western civilisation.  How stupid we look in comparison to Burke’s insights about governance and reality.

Norman’s magnificent book includes the following observations.

Burke’s rather unprepossessing career

Political career was largely one of failure.   He and his Whig party failed to avert war between Britain and America, he failed to secure a conviction on the fraud and corruption rife within the East India company in India, against its Director Warren Hastings, his economic reforms and efforts to alleviate Irish and Catholic grievances and segregation did not succeed, his pleas for a counter-revolution against the Atheist French Revolution was ignored until after his death and with more than 30 years in the House, Burke was in office for less than two.

Politics versus vision

Norman writes that Burke was not really a politician but an impolitic observer of events and trends, usually far ahead of contemporaries.  Burke’s campaigns on America, India, Ireland, slavery (abolition), free trade, capital punishment (restrict or abolish) and France all flew in the face of popular political sentiment, especially for a representative from Bristol (for a time). 

Ordered liberty

All the causes in Burke’s life revolved around ‘ordered liberty’.  As Norman summarises, ‘Far from opposing change, Burke regards change as inevitable, and careful political reform as its natural and proper counterpart….a successful social order as the means by which individual talent and energy could find their just rewards….This demands modesty, virtue and wisdom from political leaders.’

Abuse of power

For Burke the opposite of ‘ordered liberty’ is the abuse of power.  Burke is not really a natural law believer (St. Thomas Aquinas) as much as he is an empiricist rooting his beliefs in history and circumstances.  Regarding natural law Burke does believe that a man cannot judge his ‘own cause’.  Meaning that political power cannot possibly regulate or evaluate itself, and that there must be checks and balances within a constitutional-monarchical system to reduce abuse and even terror.  Oppressive British actions in America, Ireland, India and within the slave trade are examples of the terrible abuses of government, unchecked and unable to control itself.

Orthodox Liberalism

Norman emphasises that Burke’s 18th century orthodox Liberalism (akin to today’s small government, free trade supporting Conservative), views freedom as the absence of impediment to the will; or as ordered liberty, based on laws and culture.  Burke did not believe in Liberalism’s cult of reason but in tradition, emotions, institutions and principles of culture and habit.  Liberalism in Burke’s day stressed reason and universal abstractions.  Burke always stressed facts and circumstances.  Liberalism rejected the past; Burke built his entire body of belief and career on the past.  Liberalism extols violent revolution and change.  Burked loathed both. 

Absolutism

Burke rejected absolutism in any form, be it governmental, political or religious.  Liberalism in many ways leads to a Benthamite view of life, in which the greatest happiness for the majority is the objective of political governance.  This puerile view of the world was deeply offensive to Burke.  Absolutism can take many forms and arrogance, selfishness and egoism of the ‘Enlightenment’ would lead to a crass, material individualism, self-service political parties, corrupt governments, and the eradication of moderation in many spheres in life (as witnessed recently with the Corona fascism). 

Purpose of Politics

Norman relates that the purpose of politics for Burke is the preservation and extension of national interests and strength.  In an age of WHO, the UN, endless transnational organisations and planned ‘pandemics’, this is anathema.  In today’s world, the national is equated with the fascistic and racist.  This ignorant view would be skewered by Burke.  Nations and people are rooted in history and tradition not faux-science, Burke would have said.  Without their history and traditions, they are rootless and society as a whole cannot prosper or progress. 

Norman gives a compelling summary of Burke, ‘As a politician he was devoted to an ideal of public service, and deplored the tendency to individual or generational arrogance, and the ‘ethics of vanity’.  His thought is imbued with the importance of history and memory, and an Orwellian detestation of those who would erase them.  His insists on the importance of human connection and identity, and on manners, sentiment…inherited not invented, and embedded in social institutions and networks. 

Burke’s ideology is the opposite of what the tyrants, the uncontrollable governments, the often-unelected power brokers want to build in our modern world.  These totalitarians, like the Atheist French Revolutionaries, want to tear down our history, culture, heritage and civilisation and create a ‘Brave New World’, in which the individual is but a slave to an unaccountable world or transnational governance, which has erased that person’s nation, their culture, their past and their memories.  Only the truly apathetic or demented would support such a program, no matter what disguise it wears, or what fake casus belli it proclaims. 

 

Limp-wrist cowards: Conservatives need to stand up and fight.

From a right to life, to a right for free-will, to avoiding bankruptcy. Plenty to do.

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 Conservatives need to state the obvious.

 

 

 

The cult of the state is the world's largest theological grouping. It is not a religion but a cult. A religion will free your mind, body and soul. The cult will enslave. Any communal project – Islam, National Socialism, Statism – enslaves its followers. The communal oppresses and coerces the individual. Free-will and rationality is replaced by blind obedience and ritual. The state as a cult, like all communal projects simply crushes the individual and imposes itself on all matters of life. The balance between an individual's obligations to himself, and to others, has been turned upside down. In modern states the relationship is uni-directional. You support the state as your main obligation. The rest is unimportant.

 

A simple example is the fetish for socialized health care, in which the government manages all aspects of health-care. The end result is nothing more than the management by the state of your body and health. Imagine if the state socialized the production and distribution of food. State managed health care, whether it is in the US, France or The UK, is not liberating. It is fettering. It is also quite certainly bankrupt, a system which denies price points, resource allocations, access and timely care. All such systems are bankrupt. The derivative of such mismanagement is that too many people end up dying, denied care, treatment and proper access. Or in the case of the US, government-distorted and illogically-architected health care leads to impossible prices, insurance companies avoiding pay-outs and government telling you that you cannot carry your policy across jobs or state borders.

 

The problem with 'Conservatives' today is that they are wimps. They never call out the 'other side' of the political debate. Too polite, genteel, afraid, mesmerized by the socialist mainstream media, fearful of public unions, bowing to the multi-cult, in denial about Islam....whatever the reasons or subject matter the 'conservative' movement, which is a varied set of ideals, is in the main very cowardly. Few if any 'conservatives' are courageous enough to look at reality and call it what it is.

 

Romney is an example. He is a hybrid conservative and even in lieu of his reasonably okay debate performances, which were mildly positive, but still rather meek and weak. Too many details, not enough big picture. Romney like all establishment 'Conservatives' appears terrified to call out the Obama – once a god – for what he and his friends truly are: radical Communists and Marxists who want to impose statism on all aspects of US political-economic and cultural life. The entire life story of the Obama is a long march through the madness and stupidity of extreme socialism, including membership with the terrorist May 19th Underground group, with stops at Occidental [Red Moscow], radical elements at Columbia and Harvard, Acorn, community agitation and fraud; and relationships including his marriage, with the radical, lunatic fringe of Marxism and Black power liberation/racist theology. Yet he never gets called out on the obvious imbalance in his psyche, his history, his friendships and his statist program.

 

For Romney the issue is not 'by what % have oil licenses declined since 2008 Mr. President'? The issue is simpler and addressed to the voters: 'do you want massive, unbridled socialism, government control, and a culture which preaches animosity to all of the ideals and virtues which built the American colossus?' this is what Obama et al. represent – a socialist takeover. It really is that simple. Romney is too weak, diplomatic or mild-mannered highlight and emphasize the obvious. But he should. The issue is not budgetary minutiae, arcane policy, or debating points; but more importantly the actual and visceral annihilation of America by a gang of hard-core socialist thugs.

 

Romney highlights the limp-wrist effeminacy of conservatives. Romney is a social conservative informed by his faith and good works. This is a positive, especially since he does not impose his social views on others. But he never makes the case as to why JC culture and the doctrine of spirituality build civilization. He is a foreign policy conservative which is positive and means he will support Israel, ignore the Useless Nations, take the fight to 'extremist' Islam, defend the trade routes of the world, and make sure that the geo-political balance supports the West. But he never makes the case as to why these endeavours are necessary, even though they are the basics of any intelligent-rationalist foreign policy. He is most likely a fiscal conservative who understands finance, budgets and productivity. This is extremely positive but he never makes the case why at this point in history, it is mandatory to reduce spending and government size. He does not paint the right picture. It is not about unemployment, or even the $100 billion wasted on green-nonsense each year; but the viability of the US as a state. That is the crux of the matter.

 

Conservatives allow the lame-brain socialist media, the leftists and hardcore Greenies and Communists set and frame the debate. This is dumb. Most conservatives allow themselves to be shoved around, called names, and mocked. Cowards. This era has to end and end soon. The socialists and Marxists are delusional, suffer from some serious psychological impairments and ignore reality and history, not to mention facts, common sense and JC cultural attributes. If those who are right will not stand up to these statist bullies the implosion of the nation state, in which real debts are 5-8 x the size of any economy will ensure bankruptcy. But long before that point is reached, the culture, the mores, the system itself will have ceased to function and civilization will long be in decline. That is always the legacy of the cult of the communal. Socialized death and destruction.

 

Book Review: The Morality of Capitalism, edtd by Dr. Tom Palmer

Capitalism works. Nothing else does.

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The animus and in fact ignorance about what is 'capitalism', is broad and deep. Socialized education, statist-media, pop anti-culture and platitude-mouthing politicians will have that effect on the culture at large. The hypocrisy is also clear. Most people aspire to wealth or at least comfort. Yet many will spew their Marxist drivel out of the other side of their mouth, especially as it relates to entitlements, their 'human rights', or the magic of cheques appearing from the government in the mailbox.

 

This book is a superb volume on debunking the myths around capitalism. Many of the contributing authors are third-world economists and politicians, who see the salvation of their societies through the application of the structures of capitalism. The system of capital formation and deployment is of course an entire program encompassing morality, laws, regulations, fairness and money. Capitalism has been the only 'fair', 'just' and 'equal' theology of the politcal-economic order devised in history.


 

...As the historian Joyce Appleby noted in her recent study The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, “Because capitalism is a cultural system and not simply an economic one, it cannot be explained by mate rial factors alone.” Capitalism is a system of cultural, spiritual, and ethical values. As the economists David Schwab and Elinor Ostrom noted in a seminal game-theoretic study of the role of norms and rules in maintaining open economies, free markets rest firmly on the norms that constrain us from stealing and that are “trust enhancing.” Far from being an amoral arena for the clash of interests, as capitalism is often portrayed by those who seek to undermine or destroy it, capitalist interaction is highly structured by ethical norms and rules.

 

The entire ethos of capitalism is based on fairness for value. If you are Apple, you can sell your iPad for $600 each, because the market perceives the functional quality and utility of the device to be worth that amount of money. If Apple generates hundreds of millions in profits from the production of the iPad, is that immoral ? Or is it a consequence of satiating a demand with a good product ? If 'profit' becomes immoral, why bother to build the iPad, if the government for example can go to Apple and in the name of 'social justice' plunder its profits for the benefit of vote-buying, redistribution and crony-fascism?

 

Capitalism is a source of value. It’s the most amazing vehicle for social cooperation that has ever existed. And that’s the story we need to tell. We need to change the narrative. From an ethical standpoint, we need to change the narrative of capitalism, to show that it’s about creating shared value, not for the few, but for everyone.”


 

Capitalism is about a fair exchange based on value. The utility of a product or service is the perceived value it offers to a market. It has nothing to do with government contracts, crony-fascism, 'back room deals', ripping people off, or clubbing the poor to death with a wad of thousand dollar notes. In fact the entire welfare system would collapse over night without the jobs, charity and taxes created and paid by 'capitalists'. Capitalism is thus the only 'fair' system to exist. Socialism, Marxism, National Socialism or Fascism, or any other variant of communal-governance is a system of plunder, coercion and fraud. Only a system based on voluntary exchange is moral:

 

Critics of markets often complain that capitalism encourages and rewards self-interest. In fact, people are self-interested under any political system. Markets channel their self-interest in socially beneficent directions. In a free market, people achieve their own purposes by finding out what others want and trying to offer it.”


Force is replaced with rational innovation.

 

Modern Marxists, resplendent in their mental deformity, accuse 'globalization' of making life 'worse' for the human, or in the case of the death cult of globaloneywarming, even destroying our earth goddess Gaia. The first complaint ignores the reality that 600 million Indians and Chinese have been lifted out of poverty thanks to trade, and that more than 20 million 'old' jobs in the 'West' have been replaced by newer industries and technologies in the past 30 years. The second objection is particularly stupid. Humans scrape an existence on top of Gaia's crust. The deepest mine is a mere ½ mile deep. The earth's crust is 3-10 miles in depth. The entire planet is massive and the human is barely scratching and scraping on the top of it. 95 % of Co2 comes from the earth goddess, 5 % or less from man. The death cult of globaloneywarming, not based on science, but force and coercion, wants to deconstruct capital, trade, and job creation, and return the world to the state of modern sub-Saharan Africa. Marxists posit that such an immoral stupidity is 'sophisticated'. It sounds neolithic and awfully irrational.

 

Marxism in any form, including that of globaloneywarming, or the UN desire for world governance, would impoverish and murder hundreds of millions of people. Poverty is only alleviated by capitalism. It is not solutioned by government [massive bureaucracies eat up much of the 'poor money' in any tax transfer system]. The only way to save the 'poor' is to give them skills and a job:

 

"According to the Institute for International Economics, more than one hundred and fifteen thousand higher-paying computer software jobs were created in 1999–2003, while seventy thousand jobs were eliminated due to outsourcing. Similarly in the service sector twelve million new jobs were being created while ten million old jobs were being replaced. This phenomenon of rapid technological change and the replacement of old jobs with new ones is what economic development is all about."


Dynamic change, market creation, jobs and opportunities only arise from a system of capital investment. In this vein, trade, globalization, and extended linkages are normal, necessary and fundamental to helping the poor [5-10 % of the population in reality], and the rest of us.

 

Globalization is not new. It is a modern word describing an ancient human movement, a word for mankind’s search for betterment through exchange and the worldwide expansion of specialization. It is a peaceful word. In the wise pronouncement of the great French economist Frederic Bastiat, if goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.


 

Marxist revolutionries prefer violence and state power to individualism, capital and trade exchange. Socialists-Fascists and Communists hate the individual and have little time for the complications of choice, free-will and private economic development. Communal theologies from Islam to Fascism have murdered more than 400 million humans. Yet they are never blamed for this carnage. The media, educational systems and politicians will even pronounce that wars started by these communal Fascisms are usually the fault of markets, Jews, greedy industrialists, or weapons makers who have bought politicians causing the war. Human insanity knows no limits.


 In July 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, revolutionary republican, radical democrat and driving force behind the Reign of Terror in revolutionary France, during which some 40,000 French men and women died on the guillotine as “enemies of the nation,” was put to death by his political opponents. Moments before his death, he addressed the mob that used to adulate him but now was baying for his blood, with the following words: “I gave you freedom; now you want bread as well.” And with that ended the Reign of Terror. The moral we can draw from this is that while there may be a link between political freedom and economic well-being, they are not the same thing.”

 

Yes Robespierre, people do enjoy food, and not coercive repressive atheist-secular madness.

 

The rhetoric around socialist madness does not comport itself to reality. In fact, a common claim against capitalism is that those businesses close to the government 'win'. This is of course the opposite of capitalism. Capitalist systems do not deal in the buying of political preference. This is because in a capitalist system, the government, the state and its ability to squander money is limited.

 

Such corrupt cronyism shouldn’t be confused with “free-market capitalism,” which refers to a system of production and exchange that is based on the rule of law, on equality of rights for all, on the freedom to choose, on the freedom to trade, on the freedom to innovate, on the guiding discipline of profits and losses, and on the right to enjoy the fruits of one’s labors, of one’s savings, of one’s investments, without fearing confiscation or restriction from those who have invested, not in production of wealth, but in political power.”

 

Capitalism has nothing whatsoever to do with socialist kickbacks, graft and vote-buying. GM for example is not a product of the capitalist economy, but a bankrupted [still owing $30 billion to the state], union-gifted socialist entity.

 

This book is a great read on why Capitalism works, what it means, and how it will help everyone, including that obsessive concern of politicians, themselves who are mostly wealthy, named 'the poor'.