Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"You wanted to help me in my most hopeless hour?...If I am brought to where my only defender is a pirate, then I don't care to be defended any longer. You speak some remnant of a human language, so in the name of that, I'll tell you that I have no hope left, but I have the knowledge that when the end comes, I will have lived by my own standards, even while I was the only one to whom they remained valid. I will have lived in a world in which I started and I will go down with the last of it."
My hope therefore is based on the mere existence and popularity of men such as Glenn Beck and Ron Paul. Men who (excepting Yaron Brooke and a handful of others at the ARI) are a hell of a lot more active in propagating their ideas than objectivists. I've long held that US Objectivists need to get into politics and have been met almost universally with derision. Until they do get some skin in the game - en masse - I'll place whatever hope I have on Glenn Beck and Ron Paul. Why? Because believing and supporting them is a better bet IMHO than praying for armed revolt or a devolution into chaos (aka the final chapters of Atlas Shrugged minus John Galt). I've studied enough history to know how dicey those ploys are.
Then there's this "call to arms":
The political battle for freedom is being waged right now, and Objectivism has fielded no army. Not a squad, not a piece of artillery.
We will not win this way, and losing is just a matter of time.
WE MUST ALL support Ron Paul and LPAC.
I do not guarantee victory or improvement, but maybe we can survive for a bit more and live to formulate new strategies.
And we MIGHT win. But victory is not going to be delivered to your door.
Do you remember the inner-city "community organizers" and ACORN-ites who were bussed in by the Dems to show "popular support" for national suicide?
Get off your dead asses, RIGHT NOW, and make a donation to the Campaing for Liberty and Ron Paul.
Contact LPAC and CFL and fucking volunteer.There are a lot of people "talking 'bout a revolution." But the problem is they have different ideas of how that revolution should play out. It's ironic, then, in the Objectivish sphere of things, people will ignore Rand's warnings about the Libertarian AND Republican parties in order to "do something," but mindlessly reject anything that smacks of "anarchism," out of some Randian-inspired principle, while urging the "Mussolini Option" for the sitting president. Or, the fight for change is simply sold out, in statements such as this: "...Ironically, they advocated doing what I'm resolved to do - support the current system." Or this:
Good cannot sit on its ass whilst evil promises its pawns an easy life paid for by YOU and gets THEM to show up and yell.
What kind of goddamned sissies are we, anyway?
I'm not after conversion to Atlas Shrugged! I'd be happy enough with an understanding of the first Declaration of Independence. Hell, even Thomas Paine's Common Sense would suffice at a pinch. Would it be too much to ask for US citizens to watch the History Channel?
As for chaos, there is no way in hell I'm going to encourage it when there are still good people out there who get it and may be able to reverse it.
Obviously that will put me at odds with both the minor and major anarchists among us, but I don't give a flying fuck.
Listen, schmuck, I don't give a flying fuck if you give a flying fuck. Your reserve to preserve the status quo makes you nothing but an impediment. If the Declaration, Common Sense, or the Constitution were enough, we wouldn't have needed Atlas Shrugged, now would we?
My personal answer to forging alliances is still based on the idea of "ad-hoc committees," as postulated by Rand:
"Above all, do not join the wrong ideological groups or movements, in order to “do something.” By “ideological” (in this context), I mean groups or movements proclaiming some vaguely generalized, undefined (and, usually, contradictory) political goals...The only groups one may properly join today are ad hoc committees, i.e., groups organized to achieve a single, specific, clearly defined goal, on which men of differing views can agree. In such cases, no one may attempt to ascribe his views to the entire membership, or to use the group to serve some hidden ideological purpose (and this has to be watched very, very vigilantly)."Personally, I don't hold any regard for Republicans or conservatives (c'mon. Really?? The lamb that lies down with the lion is dinner, ya know...) Though I have sympathy for a Ron Paul, I haven't accepted him as my personal lord and savior; if he's a politician, he's susceptible to the same pressures of power any other would-be-redeemer faces. What's he going to do, reform the system from the inside? If he's truly a freedom-fighter, then he's in the minority, like the rest of us, and has no more ability than we have individually to stop this thing. Besides, my life, my rights, and my freedom are not up for vote. So it's STILL up to the individual to find their own freedom in an unfree world, and any alliance one makes can't be counter-productive.
Here's the deal: I will fight alongside anyone else who values their freedom and respects mine. But when dealing with less-than-desirable "allies," you best be sure that I won't turn my back...To quote an old saying:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Jasper Schuringa, an Amsterdam resident, lunged toward the fire in Row 19, jumping from one side of the plane to the other and over several other passengers. He burned his fingers as he grabbed a piece of melting plastic held by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused Saturday of trying to bring down the passenger jet with a homemade explosive device.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Dedicated to the brave men and women serving on this day.
A hard, howling, tossing water scene. Strong tide was washing hero clean. "How cold!" Weather stings as in anger. O Silent night shows war ace danger!
The cold waters swashing on in rage. Redcoats warn slow his hint engage. When star general's action wish'd "Go!" He saw his ragged continentals row.
Ah, he stands - sailor crew went going. And so this general watches rowing. He hastens - winter again grows cold. A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.
George can't lose war with's hand in; He's astern - so go alight, crew, and win!
"A confidence man knows he's lying; that limits his scope. But a successful shaman believes what he says — and belief is contagious; there is no limit to his scope. But I lacked the necessary confidence in my own infallibility; I could never become a prophet ... just a critic — a sort of fourth-rate prophet with delusions of gender."
- -Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land
“I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything – except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, only ‘to serve.’ That a man who’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards – never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind – yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands? Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of a man who resents it – and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
…running his rotten mouth like this that is the spark that moves this civil war from cold to hot.
Just the pure goggle-eyed violent stupidity of it could be the tinder of insurrection. The proverbial final straw.
This was in response to Dionne's comment:
In a normal democracy, such majorities would work their will, a law would pass, and champagne corks would pop. But everyone must get it through their heads that thanks to the bizarre habits of the Senate, we are no longer a normal democracy.
"Normal democracy." If you're not historically-aware enough to imagine the likes of a Caeser, Napoleon, or Hitler in response to this quote (and you SHOULD be), maybe a Star Wars comparison will jolt your memory, as Chancellor Palpatine used such an argument to gain control of the Senate and the Empire. If there is any shred of understanding of the loss of freedom in this country, this civil war could and should move from cold to hot. Otherwise, if this health care vote passes, we'll be quoting Queen Amidala: “This is how liberty dies – to thunderous applause.”
Monday, December 21, 2009
"So Congress needs to take a step back..."
Washington (CNN) -- Democrats won a major victory in their push for health care reform early Monday morning as the Senate voted to end debate on a package of controversial revisions to a sweeping $871 billion bill.
The 60-40 party-line vote, cast shortly after 1 a.m., kept Senate Democrats on track to pass the bill on Christmas Eve. If it passes, the measure will then have to be merged with a roughly $1 trillion plan passed by the House of Representatives in November. Shortly after the vote, the Senate went into recess until noon Monday.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
...The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward men—a frame of mind which is not the exclusive property (though it is supposed to be part, but is a largely unobserved part) of the Christian religion.The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle. -The Objectivist Calendar, Dec. 1976.
…do they think it's in reverse?…The lights and the flowers. Do they expect those things to make them romantic, not the other way around?...There wasn't a person there who enjoyed it…or who thought or felt anything at all. They moved about, and they said the same dull things they say anywhere. I suppose they thought the lights would make it brilliant.
...there is no commandment, "Thou shall buy a present for every one you know." This is the religious mentality of duty rearing its ugly head again. Do and buy only that which you can truly afford and enjoy; there are myriad ways to celebrate with loved ones without spending a cent.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Whatever led President Obama to believe that his personal intercession at the climate-change summit would achieve something major, his very presence in Copenhagen made "a significant breakthrough" a political imperative, no matter how flimsy. And that's exactly what a senior Administration official called a last-ditch deal—details to come—in a media leak as we went to press last evening and the conference headed into overtime.
Mr. Obama's inexplicable injunction yesterday that "the time for talk is over" appears to have produced an agreement to continue talking. The previous 12 days of frantic sound and pointless fury showed that there isn't anything approaching an international consensus on carbon control. What Copenhagen offered instead was a lesson in limits for a White House partial to symbolic gestures and routinely disappointed by reality.