Hagel on Hegel or Visa Versa?


World Orders do not just shift like weather patterns or climate.  They are fundamentally affected by the rising and falling of relative power between the various regions of the world.

Europe and its Overseas Subsidiaries have ruled the planet for only ~500 + years. Its first truly global impetus was seen in the expansion of the Iberian states.  Portuguese ships, which were either traders, pirates or naval depending on the circumstances pushed around Africa and up into the Indian Ocean.  The Spanish stumbled into and conquered the Americas on their way to the Orient from the west.

For half a millennium the West ruled the Rest.  That is but a blink in historic time and a mere glitch in deep history.  The Indian Ocean had a highly evolved trading system mostly run by Arab and Malay sailors.  The Portuguese only needed to decapitate the system and place themselves at the apex.  This is also exactly what the Spanish did in Central and South America: decapitate and replace the native imperium with their own.

Much of the Iberian empires fell into the hands of the British and their descendant peoples and the French.  The British and French then spent the 18 and 19th centuries tearing at each other’s shares of the Iberians’ bequest.

The Great Civil Wars of Europe in the first half of the 20th Century exhausted the French and British and prevented the Germans from grabbing “their” fair share of the Rest.   The two great para-European nations were left glaring at each other across a weakened and dimming Europe. Russia and America formerly peripheral to “The Continent” replaced Europe throughout the World.
But a system can sustain only so much change before its basic qualities begin to decay. Europe’s 20th Century self-inflicted exsanguination and its sudden loss of confidence in its own Historic Inevitability together allowed the sudden collapse of its civilizational immunity. The Muslim menace had always loomed from below Europe, always awaiting its own “Inevitability”. The moral and physical weakness of Europe attracted the Muslim hordes. America and Russia remained indifferent to the European demographic decline so long as they prevented the other from absorbing the corpse into its rival’s hegemony.
So much death breeds disease and more death. Islam has re-emerged to reclaim the Indian Ocean littoral, and to expand far beyond the limits set at Tours and Vienna into the heart of the Continent.
The loss of Pride in the West has become mental illness.   The apparent masochistic desire to submit before The Rest has all of Greater Europe including North America clumsily committing suicide as if that would satisfy their “debt” for bringing on the Modern Age.
Even in the larger wave oscillations of history the West is reaching a nadir. Until the Persian Wars, Europe was a mere peninsula of Eurasia. Two and half millennia have elapsed since the Athenians and Spartans threw back the Persians. That expulsion only ended when Alexander, the heir of Greece conquered the Persian emperor. Though 2,500 years is a long run, it seems it too is but a passing wave. Persia rises again as “Graecia” ages ungracefully. And China restores her Pride or more accurately her sense of being the great and Middle Kingdom of the planet. China is poised to do that which it had never done historically until now.
Only briefly did China ever cast its eyes out over the world with anything but disdain. Never did China as a unitary state set about expansion. Always “barbarians” from the north or west were attracted by its wealth when it became powerful. And always the barbarians succeeded in replacing the previous stabilizing dynasty with a period of chaos.
Unless Islam clashes with China I believe we are witnessing the collapse of what was once The Modern World.  I.e. unless the followers of Mo’ fight the heirs of Mao.

Though there appear to be waves and cycles in history, as in the rise and fall of various powers and regions, they are NOT forces beyond human intervention. Much of the philosophic poison the West is imbibing is based upon this fallacy. It is partially the faith in Marxism that allows for the new fatalism in Western thinking about itself. The Post-Moderns, Marxists have “deconstructed” Western Civilization from an achievement of the highest order, to being considered a predatory net-evil. The pride of being the most ashamed of their own civilization is something New Under the Sun. Just as the Modern Age with its Middle Class was the only New Thing Under The Sun; so too is the spectacle of civilizational suicide.

Ten Years Wasted: Individual vs. Corporate Rights

Today, in “SundayReview” in the NY Times appears an article by Eric L. Lewis. He describes himself “As a corporate litigator who has also spent more than a decade defending Guantánamo detainees, I have been trying to figure out why corporations are worthy of court protection and Muslims held in indefinite detention without trial by the United States at a naval base in Cuba are not.”
An entire decade? He spent an entire decade pondering this? And after all those hours of contemplation this is the distilled wisdom he offers?

Is this what legal scholarship produces in the 21st Century? This is mental masturbation! Students of Law cannot differentiate between POW’s on the one hand and Corporations or Unions on the other in regard to personhood and their inherent rights.   Talk about straining at gnats and swallowing camels!
It may be possible to differentiate Hobby Lobby from that of Citizens United.  Does incorporation allow exemptions from legal obligations based upon the religious beliefs of the majority of stockholders? Maybe. Maybe not.

Does Freedom of Speech apply to corporate entities? Obviously it does. Clearly a publishing corporation would be immune from government restrictions as to what projects it elects to undertake, or we would lack any free press.  So would the Court have to define the amount of business activity a corporation invests in printing and publishing? Would freedom of speech be recognized only for “publishing corporations” with, say greater than 50% of its activity being devoted to printing and publishing?  Or 70%, or 80%?  Clearly corporations retain Free Speech.  Why?

The difference between Citizens United and Hobby Lobby is the difference between specific corporate privileges that would exist in the State of Nature and those that would not. The first and obvious point is that corporations do not exist in the State of Nature. Given that an accepted legitimate authority confers corporate status, the absence of such authority removes any fictional legal status that a group of individuals enjoys.
Thus, in the State of Nature there are only individuals and their voluntary associations, period. Only when society creates concrete government is there delegated authority to define and enforce contract and criminal law and undertake various projects that are presumed to benefit the members of society. Society can create government that lacks the authority to charter corporations, or has the authority to forbid it. In that case the Natural Right of Freedom of Association remains unhampered. Individuals may associate for any reasons and ends, including self-interest.

Here is the difference between Citizens United and Hobby Lobby. In societies whose legitimate governments do not allow the legal fiction of corporate selfhood the natural right of association remains unhindered. Individuals of any association by so joining do not lose any of their inherent rights. Speech is still a natural right. However the tax breaks and other benefits of incorporation are not natural rights that accrue to voluntary associations. In a society lacking legal incorporation (i.e. in the State of Nature) individuals who refuse to pay taxes (that have been legitimately placed upon all citizens) by virtue of their membership in a certain voluntary association are no more or less than tax-evaders.
How the Muslim prisoners in Gitmo figure into questions of individual liberty in the State of Nature vs. that under legitimate government is beyond me. The author is straining at gnats and swallowing camels. (Hmmm, if a pun fits wear it!!!)


The Last Gasp of WW1: The End of the Sykes-Picot Lines in Mesopotamia and the Middle East

The time of the Sykes-Picot borders is over. As we “celebrate” the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War (WW1) it is clear that the Franco-British dissection of the Ottoman Empire’s southeastern marches has run its course.

As a whole the lines drawn on maps in far off Paris and London were irrational and created colonies and mandates irrespective of actual nations and cultures. If the Treaty of Versailles sowed the seeds of WW2, The Treaty of Sèvres, (the Ottoman Empire’s treaty of capitulation) laid the seed for World War 3.  The State of Israel, Turkey and the Kingdom of Jordan are the only three states with national characters. (And Jordan is just barely so.)

The ONLY solution can be the re-drawing of national borders. A region with a Kurdish majority should be carved out of Turkey, Iraq and Syria. As we recall the Ottomans picked the wrong horse. Thus Turkey ought to have lost its Kurdish region after WW1. Syria is an artificial entity. Its Kurdish majority region ought be amalgamated with the rest of a new nation-state of Kurdistan. Perhaps the rest of Syria and Lebanon could be unified and made into a Federal state. Thus a Federal District of Damascus would house a congress with representatives from regions and city-states: Aleppo, Hama-Homs, Euphrates, and Damascus-Dara’a, as well as Beirut.  The northern coastal region of Syria would be given to a Greater Kurdistan in exchange for gaining Lebanon.  Thus Kurdistan will have an outlet to the sea.  (See first map.) Or perhaps this region would be ceded to Turkey in exchange for its donation of Turkish Kurdistan.

58671,1300195370,kurdistan3Iraq is the most powerful and dysfunctional artificial state in the region. It is doomed. The solution is the erasure of the Sykes-Picot lines and the division of Iraq into its constituent nationalities.
A new nation-state of Kurdistan would encompass the areas with Kurdish majority in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, along with its Turkmen, Yazidi and Assyrian enclaves.  Its capital if it is to be solely Iraqi-Kurdistan would be Irbil.   If a greater Kurdistan incorporating Kurdish Syria and Turkey a more central capital would be picked.
Central Iraq would be an independent Sunni state, or perhaps combined with the “Euphrates State” of Federal Syria into a unitary state of بين الانهار. “Between The Rivers”, with Bagdad its capital.
Finally the new state of Shiite Basra would rule in the south.
These three new states: Kurdistan, Central Iraq and Basra would sign a treaty of Baghdad allowing for a free flow of commerce between them. The ex-Syrian State of Euphrates may also be made part of this Treaty.
By creating these new nation-states the hyper-nationalist and hyper-Islamic impulses would be channeled into constructive energy. Western Aid and investment can also be channeled more precisely into those new states that are becoming stable and humane. Each nation would be capable of self-defense, and as sovereign states would engage in alliance building with the other new states and with the wider world.
It is ludicrous that one of the products of the War to End All Wars contains the seeds of the War to End All Things! The Sykes-Picot lines are as anachronistic as the grass-covered trenches that still scar Belgium and France. These lines risk becoming new scars of destruction upon the landscape.
Historical forces are on the move in this region. The US as a content world superpower is reflexively invested in maintaining the status quo. We are unable to do so at a cost that anyone might justify. Therefore we must facilitate a new order in this region, or at least stand back and allow it.kurdistan Iraq_Ethnic_smMaps: Left Kurdistan, Right Iraq ethnicities.  

Syria/Iraq is dividing into natural nations.

Syria/Iraq is dividing into natural nations.


Realpolitik for the 21st Century

Time for Moscow and America to sit down behind closed doors and talk reality. The so-called national borders of the former Soviet Republics are purely fictional. There never were self-governing nation-states named
Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Uzbekistan etc and so on. These were constructions of the Russian Communist Party. The borders were designed to be unworkable outside of a Moscow- dominated USSR. For instance the: The Fergana Valley in Central Asia was divided with no regard to the ethnic populations and carved between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Throughout the course of the Czarist Empire and the USSR, Russians and Central Asians have spread and intermingled across the entire region. The post-USSR map with the newly sovereign nations was an aberration. For the USA to treat these entities as actual nation states is to attempt to freeze the region in the post-Communist nadir of Russian power. The assertion that Ukraine nationhood is as historically, geographically and culturally as real as that of Poland or the Baltic states is to weaken our moral (and Realpolitik) support for the latter two.
No longer is Russia seeking to be the center of a global Communist movement.  The ideologies of the 20th century are fading and by the end of the 21st century they will seem as remote as the motives of the religious wars are to us.  Putin is no liberal.  But neither is the King of Saudi Arabia, and we support him.
The American dominance of the Post-WW2 era was an aberration.  We had never been involved with the Indian Ocean until this period, now ending.  When the Portuguese penetrated that third ocean there had already been a complex trading system in place.  That five hundred year era of European rule over the entire Indian Ocean ended when the Japanese marched into Singapore, Bangkok, Batavia and Manila.  The rise of India, the Gulf States, Iran and even Kenya and other western African nations defines the new reality.  America inherited the Indian Ocean “problem” from the colonial powers.  But we did so only in the cause of containment of the USSR.  We must return to our interests.  The Indian Ocean does not wash upon any American beach.
The unquestioned power of America in the Atlantic and Pacific must supersede the Indian Ocean and it is simply ludicrous to maintain the fiction that the Black Sea can be navigated against Russian interests by the US Navy.  Reality is what is real.
We should recognize Moscow’s legitimate interests in its near abroad. And by the same token Russian meddling in the Caribbean and Central and South America must be ended. Russia should be an ally against Islam. And there will come a demographic tipping point very soon that will make Russia look to balance Chinese power with the West.

The Death of the West (whatever that was)

Today In London

Today In London

Migrants to Britain hoping to gain citizenship must get 75 per cent or more on the Life in the UK test, which was recently revamped to incorporate “British values” (whatever they are).”  Click link to take Britain’s citizenship test.  

IT IS THAT SNIDE “WHATEVER THEY ARE” addition that demonstrates the reason for the death of Great Britain, and for the emergence of a Little Englandistan, Scotlandistan & Walesabod, along with Eurabia as a whole. And the retreat of Anglo-America back to the Atlantic is another component.

The writer’s desire or need to use that phrase reveals a tome of truth.

Of course the Muslim immigrants in Britain, and the Hispanic in America will not assimilate! Why would they? They may have come for the economic benefits, and they may have been willing to assimilate. It was once a privilege to be allowed to become a prosperous Englishman (or is it now “Englishperson”?) or American. Who would voluntarily choose to assimilate into a culture that is proud to beat its chest in mea culpa? WHO WOULD CHOOSE TO ASSIMILATE INTO A CULTURE THAT IS PROUD OF ITS SHAME? Our societies are completely under the spell of of those who “deconstruct” our history.  We have been taught by our intilektchual elites that we have prospered only by looting the Third World of its wealth, by expropriation of the labor of “brown people”, through genocide and all in all just by being nasty-ass “white-devils”.

And apparently the writer of this little paragraph could not even allow to stand unanswered the assumption that there is any particular system of British Values.


Today in America

This has been the aim of Progressives: the deracination of culture. Nothing goes without saying. There no longer exist norms that are just presumed. What once was a question of morality has become question of taste.  And what was mere taste is elevated into morals!  For example, homosexual marriage is taste; driving a Hummer immoral.  The amazing reversal of tobacco and marijuana is yet another example. Tobacco was one’s taste, marijuana (or being in a false estate of euphoria) a moral flaw.  Now, tobacco is immoral, and whether you smoke pot is a matter of taste!  
 When everything legal is of equal acceptance, one must tolerate everything that is legal. And by the same token only legal activities are required to be tolerated!  Thus legality is no longer the default status.  Nothing is legal except that which is codified.   The only arbiter in this kind of society must be The State. When there are no unwritten cultural norms and taboos, everything must be codified.  In a democratic republic lacking Constitutional limits either the mob, or those who claim to act for the mob’s interests make the codes.  Thus some of the great names in liberal nations are Democratic Republics.  See Wiki for list!    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_republic

This is TOTALITARIANISM. And the Marxist intilektchuals are aware that Totalitarianism is required for total societal transformation into the Socialist Paradise of Earth. (Imagine there’s no countries…it isn’t hard to do.)  

Plato’s Retweet: Plato’s Retreat To The Retreat of Aristotle

My first thought was “This is dancing?”

Free-style dancing.

Free-style dancing.

It brought back to me all the thoughts I have had over the years at weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties. When the “adults” rise to dance after being badgered by the emcees, bandleader or DJ they perform strange rhythmic motions lacking any sense of precision. 

This is yet another “blessing” ma ma ma my generation has given the world: the dance floor of spastic atomized individuals. 

It is troubling to realize that what we all take for granted, as normal would have been shockingly weird not just to our grandparents, or great-grandparents, but to everyone in every society that preceded us within the grand panoply of Western Civilization!
I do not begrudge President Obama the pleasantry of society on a summer’s night. It is political knavery to make an issue of his dancing while chaotic Mesopotamia descends into, well… into more Mesopotamian chaos. Communication technology to connect him to anyone anywhere anytime renders his actual locality irrelevant. I imagine FDR enjoyed society while waging WW2 across two oceans and four continents. 

But it is the dancing that aroused my attention. This is the President of the United States of America. The grace of General, and then President George Washington on the dance floor is legendary. Certainly the Francophiles Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were adept at the latest European dance styles. John Adams the cranky old Puritan lacked grace but knew the steps. As probably Abraham Lincoln was able to waltz or minuet Mary Todd Lincoln clumsily yet serviceably around the inaugural balls. 

There were actual dances that conformed to actual steps, which had to be learned. It is only ma-ma-ma-my ge-ge-generation that discovered that dancing must be an ecstatic Dionysian experience of release and abandonment to the throbbing music. 

I recall the snide commentary about our new style dancing made by those oldsters over thirty. “Like rutting animals.” “Barbaric and tribalistic.” And surely someone with intellectual pretensions must have sniffed out loud the phrase “ecstatic Dionysian”.  We however thought they were just square.  What did they know?

So now, we the parents or grandparents or aunts and uncles at the weddings and B’nai Mitzvah parties are sat at balloon festooned tables.   With hip hop music loud enough to make even the water in the crystal glasses dance we lean forward and shout, “So I hear your new summer house was broken into?”  And the look of “what did you say?” elicits a louder repetition of the question; the question the answer of which is of minimal interest to begin with!

Strained conversation with faces seen only at similar “parties” or funerals becomes thankfully unnecessary as well as impossible, so we turn to look at the dance floor.
OMG! Could it be? It is the Bar Mitzvah girl twerking with a professional party facilitator. Didn’t she just finish telling us how important her Jewish values were going to be to her entire life? Who knew she knew how to so faithfully mime the movements of copulation? Who knew? (The trendies love to ask.)
Free-style, just moving with the music has replaced formal ballroom dancing; with the latter now becoming more of a competitive sport on a par with say ice-skating duets. Much as bicycle riding has been transformed from the means of independent transportation for kids to a dedicated activity in and of itself, the pleasure of the social dance is now just another hobby.
“Dancing” is a category, just as “Music” is a category. I personally had played around with guitars off and on for years. I wanted to learn to play the guitar. In retrospect I failed at becoming a real guitarist because I never learned to play particular songs. I erroneously believed in a Platonic category “Guitar Playing” that could be learned without learning particular songs.   This is the equivalent of dancing without any concrete form. To generalize even further, it is like the category of “Learning”, without the benefit of particular knowledge. Further it is this Platonic metaphysic that underlies most of the worst of the illiberal post-Moderns. How often do they speak, think and act as if the categories we devise have an actual existence, and can be handled as if they were physical objects?
The great debates in the political sphere are predominantly between those who treat categories as real things and those who do not: Plato vs. Aristotle. The example that comes to mind is Economics. The phrase “the economy” is the name of a category. Categorical names are mere abstractions. “The Economy” is shorthand for the entirety of all human trading; not the sum of all transactions, but all transactions, EACH one. “The Economy” is not a real thing. All the debate about using Government to effect the Economy is but Platonic scribbling. It is dangerous to confuse categories with particular objects that have an independent existence. There has never been a time when I desired to do an economic transaction. If I waited until I felt like it I would be waiting as long as I waited to learn guitar without playing particular songs. The Economy does not exist outside of my deciding to buy a quart of milk.
I don’t care if the President is dancing. It is a matter of “optics”. And “optics” in this new political sense is by definition form over substance. It is pathetic that the Media now demand the President to mind his optics!
I do care that the President appears to be as casual as a beachgoer on the dance floor. The conceit that one can dance IN GENERAL without bothering to learn the particular steps (upon which of course, individual expression may embellish within certain parameters) is the Plato in the President.
Plato is the father of mysticism.  In our time he is the father of Marx.  Aristotle is the father of science and the particularities of all existence.  He is the father of the Moderns.  The Modern Age forced Plato’s Retreat.  The Post -Moderns are forcing Aristotle’s retreat.



I have always dreaded the coming Civil “Unrest”. THEY wish for nothing so much as “armed white Christian militia” to fire at their minions. Then the iron-fisted Police State will be unleashed.

THEY are deliberately importing hordes of foreigners in order to make all people in America minorities, and thus destroy any sense of an American culture and nation.

John Locke and the Enlightenment Philosophers whose thinking informed the formation of America, recognized that human society itself is organic and largely self-governing.
The State of Nature as Thomas Hobbes saw it was “ware (war)as is of every man against every man“. And men’s lives were “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”. Thus, Hobbes attempted to justify the imposition of authority from above to maintain peace. In this case it was the British Monarchy which he defended as necessary.

Locke however, as the first English liberal (in the classic sense, which we must reclaim!) recognized that Hobbes was wrong. Locke had a more optimistic sense of humanity. Society develops organically. It spontaneously self-assembles through organic institutions, such as Religion, Trade and the rules of moral behavior. Government is required only for the purposes of protecting the society from external predatory societies, and from predatory individuals within the society. There are also large complex projects over which only Government can organize: large-scale irrigation, erection of forts (no jokes! I heard that snickering in the back row!), monuments, food storage etc.
WHAT THE NWO LACKEYS and Trendies are attempting, successfully, is the deliberate destruction of the ORGANIC nature of America. There is unmitigated war against everything and anything that once went without saying. Even English is dismissed as the National Language. There is NO AMERICAN NATION allowed in the sense of a nation being the sum of culture, language, borders and People. America is to be a mere geographic expression. There is no specific American culture, language, general belief system or morality. There are Italian, French, Japanese and thousands of other Peoples. But even the suggestion of an AMERICAN PEOPLE is mocked as passé at best, and more likely dismissed as triumphalist, xenophobic, racist, ethnocentric and whatever PC sin comes to mind.
NEVER in all of history do I know of any case in which a nation’s culture was deliberately destroyed by its government!  (With the notable exceptions of the USSR and Red China.  Now that is a very exclusive set, indeed!)
ONLY A GOVERNMENT seeking TOTALITARIAN political power would deliberately destroy all competitive institutions. Organic sources of cultural norms and mores must therefore be “deconstructed“.  ONLY GOVERNMENT can maintain cohesion in such an atomized STATE.
I HAVE ALWAYS DREADED THE POTENTIAL “CIVIL UNREST” that will herald the de facto Police State becoming de jure.
We are dying as a People; our organic institutions are under mortal attack. IF WE DO NOT RISE UP AND CLOSE OUR BORDER AND FIGHT ANY WHO WOULD DARE INTERVENE by attacking us as “racists, white supremacists, vigilantes, extremists” etc we shall perish as a People and a Nation. Let us at least be remembered as a PEOPLE who did not shuffle forlornly and meekly into extinction. If America dies, let our death be as heroic as those who gave their last full measure to gain and preserve our Liberty and Independence.