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Letters by a modern St. Ferdinand III about cults

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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...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thomas Sowell: 'Barbarians Inside the Gates' [a collection of brilliant essays]

I love this man.

by StFerdIII

In the 'realist' school of political science philosophy, Robert Gilpin is prima inter pares. His works should be read by any with an interest in how the major 'isms' line up against each other, and what the underlying tenets of each are. In the realm of general political theology, no one is as accomplished, talented, or well-informed as the former Marxist turned Libertarian Professor Thomas Sowell of Stanford. He is simply an American treasure. Too bad for America that this man did not become its first Black President.

In re-reading his classic 'Barbarians' which is a collection of essays that put forward in irrevocable force and logic, the arguments for freedom, free-markets, individualism and Judeo-Christian responsible morality; I 'refound' some obvious inferences to reality and the view of the elite vs. the little person. Or we could say, the different ideas which animate the elitists who run our world, as opposed to the dirty peasant mass which creates, makes and maintains that world. It is the difference between 'them' and 'us', in the Manichean real-world sense.

“The rhetoric of socialism may be inspiring, but its actual record is dismal. Countries which for centuries exported food have suddenly found themselves forced to import food to stave off starvation....While my desires for a better life for ordinary people have not changed from the days of my youthful Marxism, experience has taught the bitter lesson that the way to get there is the opposite of what I once thought.”

Is the Black-Arab God/Cultural Marxist Deity listening to that sentiment? Marxist Fascism, or Communalism in any guise always fails. The Dum party, run by the functionaries of leftard intolerance and shrill bleating socialist ne'er do wells, would actually do much better politically and with the real world, if they eschewed the Obamination and took up Sowellism instead.

Sargon the Great in 2500 BC instituted command and control. His nascent 'multinational' empire, did not long survive. Cults of personality, and of ideological fascist paganism have never survived very long. 'Total' control in the guise of a bureaucracy, or a Dear Leader, or an anti-humanist absurdity such as Islam always will fail. Socialism is immoral. That is one reason why it can never succeed.

As Sowell relates society is always changing in some way. Throughout history every generation has been alarmed at something or other in the general zeitgeist. 'The End of days stories', due to a collapse in general attitudes, morality, energy, or sophistication, have always been common. They fill whole sections of the Torah and Bible. Will we likewise summon the rectitude and common-sense necessary to roll-back cultural Marxism; economic socialism; and the lunacy of the Multi-cult, cult?

“In the early 19th century for example, there were alarming levels of crime and degenerate behavior in American cities and in many European cities as well. What was done about it ?

Massive efforts were made on many fronts to roll back the tide of barbarism. Programs to instill moral values became widespread....Sunday school attendance triple between 1821 and 1851.

The first real police forces were organized across the United States and mass movements to get people to stop drinking likewise spread across the country. The per capita consumption of alcohol...fell by 1850 to one-fifth of what it had been in 1829.”

One can remain hopeful but increasingly skeptical about the ability of our modern world to fend off the cultural Barbarians which are indeed inside the gates. Cultural Marxism and the Multi-cult fetish have the ability to castrate our civilization through self-loathing; lies; historical revisionism; and ignorance, in which the world of the 5 senses and common intelligence is replaced by meaningless theories, phase dialecticisms, and mindless rhetoric about equality, sameness, cultural relativity, and one-world.

“...the philosophy of the 'multi-culturalism' cult, where things are not better or worse, but just different. Yet people around the world do no simply 'celebrate diversity', they pick and choose which of their own cultural features they want to keep....When Europeans first discovered paper and printing from China, they did not, 'celebrate diversity', they.....started letting the printing presses do the work.....Multiculturalism is one of those affectations that people can indulge in when they are enjoying all the fruits of modern technology and can grandly disdain the processes that produced them.”

Cultures are never relative. Neither are people. Throughout history some cultures have shown themselves to be superior. Western culture created the modern world. It came out of medieval Christian Europe, itself a complex of legacies ranging from Rome, to Athens, to Jerusalem. To disavow this fact is sheer stupidity and mindlessness. But these are the attributes of multiculturalism aren't they?

Similar attitudes now pervade the nexus of the state and economy.  In Europe it is taken for granted that the state is benevolent, just, kind, compassionate and fair.   Europeans are not even taught that the greatest crimes in modern history were perpetrated by Marxist statist constructs such as Fascism [an entirely 'left wing concept'] and Communism.  State controlled Marxism in any variety demolishes freedom, the economy and all interactions of supply and demand:

“The very notion of making things affordable misses the key point of a market economy. An economy exists to make trade-offs, and a market economy makes the terms of those trade-offs plain with price tags representing the relative costs of producing different things. To have politicians arbitrarily change the price tags, so that prices no longer represent the real costs, is to defeat the whole purpose.”

Health care is an example of Sowell's law of price. When a bureaucrat 'caps a price', or sets a policy 'premium', he is in effect disavowing the interaction of supply and demand. Two things will happen when this occurs. First, there will be a distortion in both the supply of the good or service, and the demand for the same. Supply of product will fall, or be rationed. Demand might well escalate if this product or service is deemed 'free'. This will lead to all sorts of problems, which will end up costing the consumer more money in the form of taxes, higher user prices, or deficient supply, or as well, in lower quality of supply and available resources. Second, the political preferences in setting prices or regulating supply always leads to corruption in which business and government work together. This corruption can take many forms such as 'price cartels' in agriculture and car insurance; protected oligopolies in telecoms, banking and transport; or in outright criminality in which the 'regulated' fund the political campaigns of friendly 'regulators'.

These essays noted above are important. They lance the beguiling mediocrity and mendacity of Marxism, multi-culturalism, totalitarian management, and degenerate culture. I truly believe that culture is king. When you replace a culture which did enshrine individualism, the Book of Matthew, innovation, true hope, and a solid sense of optimism, with welfare, dependency, narcissism, negativity, relativity, and statism, you have a colossal disaster. Do we have the strength, the will and the intelligence to fix what is wrong? Or will we simply drift along supine and gaping until we plummet over the edge?


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