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by Christopher Chantrill
January 12, 2016 at 12:00 am
OBVIOUSLY WE are all supposed to be horrified by the New Years Eve atrocities in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. I get it. But, as usual, I am serenely encouraged.
In my book, each new Muslim atrocity gets us closer to the point where our useless, conceited ruling class either does something about the Muslim problem, or gives way to a new ruling class, according to the Iacocca rule of lead, follow, or get out of the way.
We are in this mess because our ruling class said to itself, after World War II, that only wise people like them could put the genie of fascism and extreme nationalism back in the bottle. So national identity had to be neutralized by a wise, supranational elite.
The ruling class was wrong. Fascism, the hunger for a strong leader, is the natural instinct of humans when their current conceited rulers have royally — or presidentially, or administratively, or supranationally — screwed up. Like right now.
Now back to the Muslim rapists.
We humans are in the final stages of an stunning social revolution that has utterly transformed human society. At the superficial level it means that nubile young women get to totter around Cologne on New Years Eve on high heels wearing clothes that provocatively advertise their nubility — and nobody harms them. What a world!
To understand how amazing this is, think back to the good old hunter-gatherer days. In that time all young men were enrolled in the gang that would, from time to time, launch a dawn raid on the neighboring tribe, kill all the men, and rape all the women. Think Romulus and Remus and the Rape of the Sabine Women. In those days, according to Steven Pinker in The Better Angels of Our Nature, the homicide rate was 500ish per 100,000 per year. When we read on Breitbart of the culture of taharrush, of young Muslim men, from Egypt to Europe, swarming around young women and assaulting them in public places, it certainly reads like déjà vu hunter-gatherer dawn raids all over again.
(Know what, jihadis? I don’t think this cunning plan of going back to the Stone Age is going to end well for you.)
But then came the agricultural revolution, and most young men stopped being warriors, and learned to plow fields of wheat. War became the specialty of the marcher lords. The homicide rate declined to 50ish per 100,000 per year.
Then came the industrial revolution, and nearly all men were socialized to wage labor and careers. Soldiers became military bureaucrats, and the homicide rate declined to 5 per 100,000 per year.
Think about it. The rate of death-by-violence has declined by an order of magnitude since the agricultural high Middle Ages. How did we do it?
We did it in spite of ourselves, because all along the way, whether we are talking about Bill Sykes in Dickensian London, the Irish in Boston and New York, the waves of Italians, Poles, Jews that poured into US cities before World War I, everybody knew that the latest immigrant wave, with its crudity, its gangs, its violence, its backwardness, would destroy civilization as we knew it. But it didn’t.
Here is the real miracle. We civilized the backward country folk to city ways in spite of nostalgic movements led by rich young men eager to teach the immigrants to the city to stick to their old ways. I am talking about a Marxism that proposed an egalitarian community that never was, a National Socialism that proposed a return to blood and land that could never be, and a labor movement that proposed a culture of worker intimidation instead of cooperation.
Now we have a progressive movement that wants to turn back the clock with identity politics and a honor culture of offence.
Of course, it took World War II to stop the National Socialist menace, and World War III to stop the Commie menace. Probably it will take World War IV to deal with rich kids like Osama bin Laden and the dawn-raid culture of the maharrash gang.
I say, let’s get it over with, before my grandsons get to military age.
The thing is, this taharrash culture is for losers. Think of Fiddler on the Roof and the Russian punks that set on young Chava in the cornfields. What losers! The guy that gets the girl is Fyedka; he lends Chava a book to read, and makes like he loves her for her mind before trying to get inside her panties. Be like Fyedka, Muslims! Charm the girls of Cologne into bed! Groping and terrifying them on New Years Eve is for losers.
But we westerners must stop being losers too. We must insist that our present ruling class either leads, follows, or gets out of the way.
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When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital