A few different, unrelated topics:
Falling Into Infinity
Russian diplomats expelled from various western countries; western diplomats expelled from Russia. A further arms race driven by madness and a unilateral abrogation of treaty obligations. Living on the edge of global war in Syria, Ukraine, Korea, the Baltics…
Assuming there are any survivors, historians will write of this coming war in the same way we write of World War I: it is unexplainable. Sure, facts can be offered, dates and events. But how would these read?
Some people didn’t like the election of Trump; they decided to blame everything on Russia; staying in power and expanding the empire was more important than the survival of humanity; crimes involving poison and gas were solved in record time – and the blame was always aimed at Russia.
Why did Russia place its borders so close to all those US military bases?
The Liberal World Order
I know my comments on this topic really bother some readers. So I won’t say anything; I will merely cite someone else – via a link offered at LRC:
In his book The Hidden God, Lucien Goldmann draws some interesting conclusions, suggesting that the foundations of Western culture have rationalistic and tragic origins, and that a society immersed in these concepts that have “abolish[ed] both God and the community … [soon sees] … the disappearance of any external norm which might guide the individual in his life and actions.” And because by its very nature liberalism must carry on, in its mechanical fashion, “liberating” the individual from any form of structure (social classes, the Church, family, society, and gender, ultimately liberating man from his very self), in the absence of any standards of deterrence, it is quite logical that the Western world was destined to eventually find itself in crisis.
Well, I will say two things: first, I recall a time, long, long ago when Unhappy Conservative said something along these lines. I didn’t understand it then; this idea has grown on me since. Second, I am going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of this book.
It seems that some of those who knew Rothbard best don’t seem to find my approach to and understanding of Rothbard to be an issue. In addition to the several comments made by some of you to this effect, I have received feedback along these lines from two individuals who were about as close to Rothbard as anyone.
Rothbard would love what I am doing and the way I am doing it – that’s what they tell me. It seems maybe only those who look to him as a god might feel otherwise.
A sneak peek into my next post in review of the book The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation, by James C. Russell.
It is striking how much universal Christianity and universal libertarianism have in common. Both claim to offer a message to every human on earth; both claim to offer the possibility of salvation.
Two differences – and these, I suggest, are not unimportant: first, Christianity offers moral guidance, a guidance necessary if one hopes to find some semblance of peace on earth. Second, and infinitely more important: Christianity is backed by…oh, what’s his name…oh yeah, Christ: the Son of God.
It strikes me that some connection to the supernatural is necessary if one is to believe in any universal calling for mankind. Let’s just say I find as more likely some supernatural connections as opposed to others.
Libertarians for Israel?
One more position to ensure that people of goodwill will spend exactly zero time looking into the value of libertarianism as a political philosophy:
BBC: Palestinian officials say at least 16 people have been killed by Israeli forces and hundreds more wounded during protests at the Gaza-Israeli border.
Any Israeli soldiers killed or wounded…or even threatened? I am guessing not, as clearly if this was the case all of the headlines would focus solely on this.
Palestinians have pitched five camps near the border for the protest. They are demanding that refugees be allowed to return to homes that are now in Israel.
Sorry, Abdul. Two-thousand year-old-claims of dubious legitimacy trump your direct claim – after all, three libertarians say so.
The Israeli military oversees a no-go zone along the Gaza border, citing security concerns, and has doubled its troop presence for the protest. It fears the protest could be an attempt at a mass breach of the border.
I don’t get it: where are the libertarians who describe Israel as a libertarian state on this issue? Where are the calls for open borders from these, or other, libertarian supporters of open borders?
I Pray That Payback is a Bitch
They are fawning all over Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He is visiting the United States and meeting with the cream of the crop:
Last Tuesday MBS met with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Kissinger, Senator Chuck Schumer, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during a stop in New York City. On Friday, he also met with the CEOs of Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan, James Gorman and Jamie Dimon.
With significant US assistance, this is what the Saudi’s have done to Yemen:
The Western press doesn’t bother reporting on this; instead we have Anderson Cooper interviewing porn stars.
There is no future for a society that ignores or even finds such things acceptable. There is no future for a society when civic, business, and religious leaders remain silent – even complicit – even praising.
Nihilists on Parade
Sure, we can get children to protest a school shooting of a dozen or two. Where are the protests regarding the murders by the millions? (See the picture immediately above for clarification.)
Couldn’t Happen Nicer Guys
Facebook and Tesla; Zuckerberg and Musk. Each one deserving, for different reasons, to be taken down a few dozen notches. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
There is No Hell
So says the pope. A claim that this isn’t a direct quote; a suggestion that he was speaking to a friend as a friend and not as pope. This would be funny if it wasn’t so serious.
On this topic, both the Bible and Church tradition could not be more clear. But it seems rather clear that neither the Bible nor Church tradition guides many of this pope’s pronouncements.
No hell? He better pray that this is so. Then again, pray…to which god?
Listening to this pope, one wonders why Christ died and rose again. I do not listen to this pope, and I do not wonder as to Christ’s purpose and motivation in this most sacrificial task. As Jordan Peterson has offered: what larger sacrifice can one offer than the sacrifice of himself and his son?
This was done, all in one event and in the body of one individual.
I thank God, in all the humility I can muster.