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Why bionic mosquito? Some talking head on CNBC, when referring to Ron Paul, called him a “mosquito.” My reaction – if he is a “mosquito”, he is a pretty powerful one. Hence the name…. If there is one day a resurgence of freedom and liberty in the West, history will record that Ron Paul was the one individual most responsible for sparking the movement.

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The Establishment of an Absolute Tyranny

1 day ago

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
–          Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
The country is in the grips of many insanities, visibly playing out on the streets.  Usurpations inconceivable even four months ago, let alone in 1776, are accepted as liberty.  Most churches acquiesced as quickly as any.
Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States.  On Sunday, most churches will continue down the ever-accelerating path of celebrating the destruction of that independence.  Independence Day is just one more excuse

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rEVOLution

2 days ago

Regarding the tumultuous 2020, there are some who are able to acknowledge the deeper roots of discontent in society – the underlying causes of division, angst, and anger.  This is not to discount the purposefully created agitation – certainly driven by the press and the many political agendas for which the press plays merely a public relations role.
But this manipulation by the press and its political clients can only work if there is a lever in society waiting to be pulled.  It only works because the cracks exist.  Society cannot be fragmented unless there are defects to exploit.
What are some of these roots of discontent?  It all certainly starts with central banking, and this exploded nationally in 2008.  What the people saw,

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The Ideal of Humility

3 days ago

The whole secret of the practical success of Christendom lies in the Christian humility, however imperfectly fulfilled.

Heretics, Gilbert K. Chesterton (eBook)
In this chapter, Chesterton is examining H.G. Wells and his book, A Modern Utopia.
When one rids himself of the idea of merit – merit in the Christian sense – one frees himself for all possibilities: “…the soul is suddenly released for incredible voyages,” as Chesterton puts it. This humility – taking ourselves lightly, while seeing the possibility of unmerited triumphs – is taken by many as something sinister:

Humility is so practical a virtue that men think it must be a vice. Humility is so successful that it is mistaken for pride.

Humility is lost on the modern man

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What of Natural Rights?

10 days ago

I have written extensively on the necessity of natural law as the foundation for a society grounded in liberty.  What of natural rights?  How are the two related?
Murray Rothbard addresses this question in chapter four of his book, The Ethics of Liberty, pointing to John Locke:

From the Lockean emphasis on the individual as the unit of action, as the entity who thinks, feels, chooses, and acts, stemmed his conception of natural law in politics as establishing the natural rights of each individual.

It is in a grounding of natural rights that the American experiment began, and it is the examination of natural rights that is the purpose of the remainder of Rothbard’s book:

It is this tradition of natural-rights libertarianism

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The Evil of Militarism

11 days ago

The evil of militarism is that it shows most men to be tame and timid and excessively peaceable.

Heretics, Gilbert K. Chesterton (eBook)
I think we see this at the sporting events and parades, when the crowd roars its approval for the military fly-by, the color guard, the hero who just returned from combat.  The crowd roars because they are happy that they didn’t have to go.  “Let’s you and him have a fight.”
The professional soldier grows evermore courageous as the crowd grows timid – well, evermore courageous in the eyes of the crowd.  Maybe it is better said that as the crowd grows more timid, the professional soldier appears to be more courageous – it is all relative, not absolute.

This the Pretorian guard became more and

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Advice on Entering Adult Life

12 days ago

May I read you a few lines from Tolstoi’s War and Peace?
The moment he noticed Boris he stopped listening to the general who trotted imploringly after him and begged to be heard, while Prince Andrey turned to Boris with a cheerful smile and a nod of the head.

The Inner Ring: The Memorial Oration at King’s College, the University of London, 1944, by C.S. Lewis (Chapter 5 from this collection)
This is one of the more valuable works from Lewis.  It is advice, given to the graduating students of the College.  Lewis understands that what is expected of a “middle-aged moralist” at such times is advice “against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.”  Lewis is going to stick to the World in this one – speaking on the Devil has got him I

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Church and State in Romans 13

17 days ago

Regular readers here will know the commenter RMB.  He has recently written an extensive post examining the church-state relationship – whose dysfunctionality has recently been brought to the surface by the recent corona: The Church And State in Romans 13.  I will touch on a few aspects of his post, but encourage those interested to read through it in its entirety as it is well documented and well thought-out.  Just to set things up properly:
[Romans 13] is commonly used as a throw away statement to say that churches must obey whatever the government says in light of the pandemic. …But is that God’s will?
RMB begins by examining the original meaning of the terms used in this well-known passage, concluding:
So “governing

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Our Decadent Society

18 days ago

All that is meant by Decadence is “falling off.”  It implies in those who live in such a time no loss of energy or talent or moral sense.  On the contrary, it is a very active time, full of deep concerns, but peculiarly restless, for it sees no clear line of advance.  The loss it faces is that of Possibility.
–          Jacques Barzun

Ross Douthat’s Decadent Society, a discussion with Peter Robinson.  This discussion is around Douthat’s recent book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.
I will only spend a moment on how I understand the thrust of Douthat’s view.  Ever since the moon landing, it has been all downhill.  No direction, no real advancement.  Yes, an uptick during the Reagan years in

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Examining Critical Theory Put Into Practice

19 days ago

The Theory

Critical theory is the reflective assessment and critique of society and culture to reveal and challenge power structures. …In sociology and political philosophy, the term Critical Theory describes the Western Marxist philosophy of the Frankfurt School, which was developed in Germany in the 1930s.

Commonly referred to as Cultural Marxists (but only by “conspiracy theorists), although I find Antonio Gramsci to be the more appropriate communist thinker behind these ideas.
To explain, from Gary North:

Gramsci argued, and the Frankfurt School followed his lead, that the way for Marxists to transform the West was through cultural revolution: the idea of cultural relativism. The argument was correct, but the argument was

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Why Take Away Sports?

20 days ago

From a very interesting discussion between Jonathan Pageau and Vesper Stamper.
From the beginning of the lockdown and universal quarantine, I kept wondering about why they took away sports.  Bread and circuses keep the masses calm and compliant.  They kept the bread flowing, with $1200 checks, but shut off all the circuses.  Why?
Jonathan Pageau answered the question, and the answer only makes sense if you knew you wanted riots all along.  Sports, like religion, is a place of identity and communion.  But it is something more.  Sports offers a place to fuel our aggressive tendencies and to give an outlet to channel our aggression.  We cheer and root and argue about our team.
The gladiators served the same purpose.  It sublimates

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How To Reduce Tensions Between the Police and the Larger Society

23 days ago

If anyone is interested in actually reducing the tension between the police and the larger society, there are two things I can think of that I would put at the top of the list given the realities of modern life (in other words, I am not considering private and competing agencies for this exercise).
The first would be to demilitarize the police.  Let’s consider some examples.
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What does all of this do to the relationship between police and the common man?  I think to ask the question is to answer it.
Many people are demanding to de-fund the police.  I am all for it if it means de-militarize the police.  Dump all of the war-footing paraphernalia into the ocean.  Fundamentally change the training in order to minimize

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Dealing With Heretics

26 days ago

I wish to deal with my most distinguished contemporaries, not personally or in a merely literary manner, but in relation to the real body of doctrine which they teach.
Heretics, Gilbert K. Chesterton (eBook)
Too many quotes by Chesterton have come my way for me to continue to relegate his work to some future date.  I am starting with Heretics; here he is criticizing various writers of his time – his time being more than one hundred years ago.  One can get an idea of what Chesterton means by heretics through the following:
I am not concerned with Mr. Rudyard Kipling as a vivid artist or a vigorous personality; I am concerned with him as a Heretic—that is to say, a man whose view of things has the hardihood to differ from mine. I

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Natural Law and Anarcho-Capitalism

29 days ago

The purpose of this paper is to give an analysis and explication of the notion of a natural order of human affairs, which is logically independent of any metaphysical or theological system.
–          Natural Law: A Logical Analysis, Frank van Dun

In this paper, Frank van Dun (FvD) offers an examination of Rothbardian anarcho-capitalism and its presupposition of a natural order – based on natural law and natural rights.

In short, anarcho-capitalism, in its Rothbardian form, stands or falls with its supposition that there is a natural order – a natural law – of the human world and that each human person has a place in that order that is delimited by his or her natural rights.

It is important that van Dun clarifies that he is

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One Ring To Rule Them All

May 23, 2020

I regard progressivism as basically a movement on behalf of Big Government in all walks of the economy and society…
–          Murray Rothbard

I have written here about how Christianity can play its part in moving toward a society better grounded in liberty.  To summarize: civil law should be aimed against violations of person and property – basically violations of the non-aggression principle (recognizing that’s application of this principle gets a bit tough at the edges); it is the role of other institutions – and, I argue, Christianity in the form of churches – to properly teach moral instruction.
Here, I will examine what I consider as the wrong means for Christians to achieve these ends – and a means by which much of the

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Where Is John Galt?

May 22, 2020

Who is John Galt?
–          Opening and oft-repeated line from Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
No, the title is not a typo.
You all know the story: private businesses suffer under increasingly burdensome laws and regulations; one man decides he will stop the engine of the world, wanting to be free from the business-stifling attitude of both government and society; he convinces other businessmen to join him in his strike; the economy comes to a halt.
Who are these titans of industry?
John Galt: before going on strike, he was an engineer at Twentieth Century Motors.  He developed a motor that was powered by ambient static electricity.  He quit the company when the founder’s children decided “from each according to his ability, to each

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The Parts We Don’t Like

May 20, 2020

I have an “ask” at the end of this post, and will appreciate any feedback.
A few months ago, I decided to read the Bible all the way through, from beginning to end.  As familiar as I am with some parts of the Bible, I have never read it all the way through before and there are many parts I have likely never read.
I think we can all say that it’s pretty exciting until the middle of Exodus, then it becomes a slog for quite awhile before getting to some more interesting reading again.  But what I am after in this post is the genocidal-type stuff: things like God said to slaughter them all, and God took displeasure if the Israelites didn’t obey this edict.
I have written something on my thoughts about this before; instead of coming

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Signposts to the Twilight Zone

May 18, 2020

That’s the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone!
–          Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone
Call it QE to infinity, modern monetary theory, magic monetary theory (H/T Zerohedge), whatever.  Goldman Sachs has come out with a report; the Zerhohedge headline reads: Goldman Spots A Huge Problem For The Fed.
Ya think?
To summarize, the inflation of the Fed’s (and every other major central bank’s) balance sheet cannot end, as the volume of required Treasury purchases is overwhelming and will continue to overwhelm the market.
My working thesis regarding this corona hysteria is, and has been from the beginning, that financial markets were past the point of requiring a bailout.  I have seen noithing that has caused me to

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Enough With Romans 13

May 9, 2020

Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

God will have to give me much more patience….
This passage from Romans is trotted out countless times by Christian leaders, and infinitely more than this in recent weeks.  I will use as an example something offered by Becky Akers, who has been excellent on this topic of churches closing during this time.  She writes a piece entitled Lobbyists From Hell.
In it she cites, as one example out

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What We Know

May 8, 2020

We know that the original model from Neil Ferguson of Imperial College was wildly wrong.
We know that the number of deaths in Sweden were an infinitesimal fraction of what the model would have predicted given Sweden’s relative do-nothing policy
We know that models from Neil Ferguson in the past were also always wildly wrong.
We know that massive funding from the Gates Foundation goes to Imperial College.
We know that original estimates of the number of deaths that would be attributable to the corona were greatly overstated.
We know that even the reported number of deaths (the numerator) attributed to the corona are overstated – my guess from what I have read, by a factor of two or three.  This is because people who die with the

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Objective Truth

May 7, 2020

David Gordon has introduced a new weekly series at the Mises site, called Friday Philosophy.  Every week it is a real treat.  His recent post, entitled Murray Rothbard and Thomas Kuhn, contained interesting observations.  The post focusses on Rothbard’s look at Kuhn’s book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962):
Though people differ about what Kuhn meant, many take him to deny that science gives access to the real world. Truth is relative to a “paradigm,” another much disputed word.
Gordon would comment that while Rothbard rejects Kuhn’s philosophy, he accepts much of what Kuhn says about the history of science.  So, what does Kuhn say?  Citing Rothbard:
The continual progress, onward-and-upward approach was demolished

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Los Cristeros

May 2, 2020

Between heaven and earthBetween light and darkBetween faith and sinLies only my heartLies God and only my heart
–          Opening Poem, For Greater Glory; Movie depicting the Cristero War
The Cristero War or the Cristero Rebellion (1926–29), also known as La Cristiada, was a widespread struggle in central-western Mexico in response to the imposition of secularist and anti-clerical articles of the 1917 Constitution of Mexico, which were perceived by opponents as anti-Catholic measures aimed at imposing state atheism.
President Plutarco Elías Calles of Mexico moved to enforce certain articles of the Mexican Constitution, articles aimed at eliminating the power of the Catholic Church and suppressing popular religious

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A World Without Christianity…

April 30, 2020

…is a world without the possibility of liberty.
Tom Holland has written a book: Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.  At some point, I will read this book and write something about it; I have heard enough from him in interviews that the book seems very worthwhile.
This post is based on one of these interviews, conducted by Glen Scrivener.  Glen Scrivener is an ordained minister and evangelist.  My following notes pick up at the 29-minute mark; however, the entire interview is worth listening to.
GS: There are many humanists who say Christianity played a part in Western liberal values, but even without Jesus Christ we would have got to where we are.
TH: (chuckling) No.  and it’s so odd because it tends to be

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Aristotle is Back!

April 17, 2020

This is taken from a lecture given by Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP: “Virtue and the Desire for Happiness in a Secular Age.”   In addition to being a priest, he is trained as a molecular biologist.
At 1 hour 4 minutes in, and for the next ten minutes, he is discussing the intersection of the current science regarding Aristotle’s Four Causes.  To summarize, Aristotle offered us Four Causes: The Material Cause, the Formal Cause, the Efficient Cause, and the Final Cause.
Material Cause: “that out of which a thing comes to be, and which persists; e.g., bronze, silver, and the genus of these are causes of a statue or a bowl.”
Formal Cause: “the form … the account of the essence.”
Efficient Cause: “the primary source of change or rest.”

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An Economic Dr. Mengele

April 14, 2020

The stupidity, callousness, and corruption just doesn’t quit.  This is a follow-up to an earlier John Mauldin column, where I asked the question Who Will Count the Cost?  Mauldin has continued to write about how wonderful it is that the economy is being destroyed in order to fight the corona; his latest: Bending the Inflation Curve.
I will get a couple of simple points out of the way – points where Mauldin is wrong, but not points worth spending further time on: Mauldin confuses deflation with depression; Mauldin confuses consumer price and asset price increases with inflation.
Further, I won’t spend any time on the countless trillions being spent by the Federal government, or created from the Fed (to include the leverage on top

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Property as Metaphysical

April 7, 2020

Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard Weaver
…to those who believe in transcendentals, progress is without relation to time and space.  It is possible, therefore, to think of a metaphysical course toward center, which will be neither a going-backward nor a going-forward in the current sense of the phrases.
It is an interesting thought by Weaver: if the transcendental is reality, we need not be concerned about the idea of going back to some pre-modern time; we are merely desiring to find our way to center.  We have left this center by first yielding to materialism, which led to the egotism and social anarchy of today.  To find our way to center, Weaver begins by examining what he calls “The Last Metaphysical Right.”
To make use of

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Corona-copia

April 4, 2020

We conjure up our skeletonsEnlist the den of thievesFrightened from our closetsThen sewn upon our sleeves
–          Lines in the Sand, Dream Theater

In classical antiquity, the cornucopia, also called the horn of plenty, was a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts.

This one will be filled solely with nuts.
The Age of Science and Reason?
For a society – even a world – that swears by science, reason, testing, facts, etc. – anything but “faith” or “revelation,” it really is pathetic to watch the hysteria that comes with irrationality.  It would be hilarious if it wasn’t for the devastating consequences for the countless millions who are losing their

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A Run on Revolvers

March 30, 2020

You think this is about the run on firearms and ammunition.  Nope.
From ZeroHedge: “Revolver Run”: Banks Suffer Record $200BN In Outflows As Frenzied Companies Draw Down Revolvers:
…as of last Friday, corporate borrowers worldwide, including Boeing, Hilton, Wynn, Kraft Heinz and literally thousands more, had drawn about $60 billion from revolving credit facilities this week in a frantic dash for cash as liquidity tightens.
For those unfamiliar with this term, think of a revolver like an open line of credit with a ceiling.  A company will have some permanent forms of financing in place (equity, long term debt, bond debt); it will also have a revolver from which it can draw (typically) temporary needs, for example, seasonal or

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The Dissolution of the West

March 28, 2020

This is another book about the dissolution of the West.

Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard Weaver
I was told of this book by a good friend.  Well, not exactly.  Obviously, I knew of the book, but had previously never looked into it.  This friend had just read it and was blown away.  He knows how much I have written on this “dissolution of the West” idea, yet still suggested that I would find it worthwhile.  As I greatly value his perspective, I decided to read the book.
I will follow my usual pattern of writing more than one post as I go along.  I am not sure that this will result in the best treatment for the book, but this method has become so ingrained that I don’t know if another approach even remains open to me.
It is in

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The Foundations for Liberty

March 27, 2020

The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy, by Heinrich A. Rommen

The realistic theory of knowledge is the basis both of the unity of knowledge and of the internal coherence and organic structure of the sciences.
Metaphysics is the logical foundation of all science.

Science – whether as the term is narrowly understood today as those disciplines that can be objectively tested, proven, falsified, or as the term has been broadly understood in the past to include what we today call sociology, philosophy, theology and the like – cannot be internally contradictory.  Truth of the world around us – both material and being – must come together into a consistent whole.  It is metaphysics that stands as the

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Who Will Count the Cost?

March 24, 2020

If the dream is wonThough everything is lostWe will pay the priceBut we will not count the cost
–          Bravado, Rush
This will be long.  Read through to the end, or at least be sure to read the end.  It will make you sad.
John Mauldin has written two pieces on the coronavirus in the last few days – including a mid-week letter, the first I ever remember receiving from him in more years than I can remember; let’s call these his dream regarding a national response.
Coronavirus Is Not an Emergency. It’s a War.  March 19, 2020

Without radical action (some of which is already happening, some places, but not enough), this pandemic could cost many lives and potentially launch an economic depression. I am not exaggerating when I say

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