Letter to the Editor - Treating the Bible or any other text written in human words by human hands as divinely infallible is a kind of "religious correctness"

To The Australian    Alas! Janet Albrechtsen's splendid jeremiad against intolerance ("New religion, old hypocrisies", 13-14/7) contains one very bad false note. That is when she scolds Raelene Castle with this question: "Was she presuming to sit in judgment of a book [the Bible] that is thousands of years old, with a few billion followers?" Well, why not? Treating the Bible or any other text written in human words by human hands as divinely infallible is a kind of "religious correctness" that needs to be firmly rejected. One of the key elements of the great new reformation of the Christian sacred tradition that is needed today is the common sense recognition that the Bible is fallible and that some parts of it need to be flatly rejected while others need to be wisely re-interpreted in the light of the findings of comparative religion over the last two centuries and the coming together of the world's faiths in the global village in which we all now live.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Sweden’s Small Scale War By Richard Miller

     I report regularly on the social breakdown of Sweden which serves as a model of the faults of mass migration and multiculturalism. One author has described the place as already in a small-scale war:
  https://summit.news/2019/07/05/author-sweden-is-experiencing-a-small-scale-war/

“Swedish author Björn Ranelid warns that the level of crime and violence the previously sedate country is experiencing amounts to a “small scale war”. Ranelid cites car fires which were previously unknown but have now become commonplace across the country along with an explosion in shootings. The author said that blaming the “frustrations” of young people for the crime wave was a cop out since his generation had it just as touch but didn’t turn to criminality. “They lived crowded in outdated apartments and the economy of many families was poor, but none of my hundreds of acquaintances, friends and playmates burned cars, robbed old people or wore weapons,” he wrote. According to Ranelid, the country is in dire need of a  “spiritual revolution” of ethics, morality and child raising. “It is a small-scale war that affects all people who live and live in Sweden. The supply of explanations is over,” said Ranelid. As we previously highlighted, grenade attacks and deadly shootings in Sweden – concerns over which were once derided as a conspiracy theory by the media – now represent a “national emergency” according to a new report. Deadly shootings in Sweden have also risen by a factor of 10 in one generation, exacerbated by witness intimidation and “a code of silence in the country’s socio-economically weak immigrant areas,” according to Quillette’s Paulina Neuding. The crime of robberies against children and sexual violence has also risen, with a third of young women reporting they feel unsafe going out at night. This has all happened under the watch of a “feminist government” that has opened the borders to mass immigration like never before. A sprawling and generous welfare system has also failed to deter migrants from turning to crime, while light punishments have also incentivized criminal behavior. Meanwhile, head of the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) Anders Thornberg has told Swedes that they better get used to the current conditions. Speaking of the current wave of shootings and violent crime across the country, Thornberg warned, “this can continue for five to ten years.”

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Universal Income and Drugs By James Reed

     Here is an insightful piece that puts an obvious case against universal income schemes, namely that the level of degeneracy and drug use is so high in America, and probably Australia, that if people were given any extra money, a sizable minority would explode the already pandemic drug problem:
  https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2019/07/06/the-danger-of-a-universal-basic-income/

“The entire number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan, from 2001 until today, is 3,568. The same figure for Iraq, starting in 2003, is 4,571. Together they are 8,139, or about one ninth of the total deaths from overdoses in 2017 alone. The total number of American casualties in the Vietnam War was 58,220, less than any two-year pairing of overdose deaths in the last decade. The enormity of this death toll is truly hard to fathom, but consider this comparison: the total overdose deaths for the most recent ten years we have numbers for is 471,935. The estimated population of Miami today is 470,914. And that’s just overdose deaths. It doesn’t take account of the crime committed by addicts to feed their habit, the broken families, the disastrous health consequences of habitual drug use, etc. In terms of numbers, then, what is going on today is a war, and it is a war that we are losing. Since 2012, the percent increase of overdose deaths has gone up nearly every year. From 2012 to 2013, fatal overdoses went up just shy of six percent. From 2013 to 2014, it went up just shy of seven percent. From 2014 to 2015, the increase was about 11.3 percent. From 2015 to 2016, the increase accelerated dramatically, to 21.4 percent. From 2016 to 2017, the increase leveled a bit, going up only ten percent. As such, the numbers for 2018 may be as low as 80,000. That’s an optimistic view, mind you.

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Maybe the Terrorists Have Won? By Peter Ewer

     Who says that the terrorism issue will not impact upon daily life in Australia? A town’s fun run was cancelled because of the high cost of guarding against the threat of terrorism;
  https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/07/australia-town-cancels-annual-fun-run-over-high-costs-of-guarding-against-jihad-massacre
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7211755/Country-towns-annual-fun-run-cancelled-costs-guarding-against-terror-attack.html

“A country town has been forced to axe their annual fun run as the costs to protect against a potential terror attack are too high. The rural town of Bendigo, in country Victoria, won't be putting on their yearly fun run in November as planned due to safety concerns. A large chunk of the cost for setting up the run would come from the installation of concrete bollards - which are worth tens of thousands of dollars. 'We are disappointed that this great event is being cancelled but safety is the number one priority,' Bendigo Health chairman Scott Elkington told the Bendigo Advertiser. He said after costs for anti-terrorism measures are added together, the event would no longer be feasible. Mr Elkington said the amount of time needed to set up and pack down a number of barriers would be another challenge for organisers. There's also a requirement to have 40 vehicles and trucks parked next to the bollards to stop terrorists driving into crowds of runners and spectators.

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Here Goes the Church of England! By Peter West

     Love, compassion, diversity, all truly amazing things. Just ask the ever- vibrant, vibrating, Church of what was once, England:
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/07/07/church-england-will-not-challenge-same-sex-marriage-spouse-changes-gender/

“The Church of England has confirmed that it will not challenge the “same-sex” marriages of its parishioners if a spouse changes gender after marrying. Currently, the church’s teaching is that marriage is between a man and a woman, however the Bishop of Newcastle the Right Reverend Christine Hardman confirmed on Thursday that it would not challenge a marriage between a couple if one of them became transgender after the marriage had been performed, reports The Times. “If a couple wish to remain married after one partner has transitioned, who are we to put them asunder?” Hardman said, adding: “When a couple marry in church they promise before God to be faithful to each other for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, come what may, although we preach compassion if they find this too much to bear.”

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The White Faces of Antifa By James Reed

     Ha! I have frequently argued that the young socialist thugs are the children of the elites, and that is why they are given an easy ride, as training foot soldiers. Beating up conservatives is just a workout, and when they fully emerge from their metamorphosis as mature insects, they go on to be young members of the oppressive elites, such as academics, lawyers journalists, financiers, bankers, you name it.
  https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/01/antifa-is-mostly-privileged-white-dudes/

“At Occupy Wall Street, there were two very distinct groups. On one side of the park were the peaceful intellectuals. They ran the library and the general assembly, and organized services in the park. On the other side was the black bloc, a collection of black-clad punks, often with bandanas ready to serve as masks, who mostly engaged in drug use and drum circles. The latter group is directly related to the movement we now know as Antifa. One thing that both of these groups had—and continue to have—in common is that they are mostly young white people. This is not surprising; poll after poll shows us that the vast majority of far-left progressives are white. The intellectuals at Occupy understood and tried to address this, giving special treatment to the speech and ideas of their small cadre of non-white participants. The Black Bloc and Antifa take a different approach; they just cover their faces. But when members of Antifa are arrested, the masks come off. And, as recent mugshots of Portland Antifa members show, these people are about as diverse as the Washington Generals.

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Universities of Regret By James Reed

     Good mourning, after writing the Antifa bit, I am all steamed up to sound off about the universities again. I am not sure why I hate them so much; it is not personal, as I have not been enrolled since the 1960s. Maybe it is because every degenerating thing comes from them. Well, the top-level elites feed higher level demons the basic poison, and the final brew is made at the lower levels of these intellectual chemical weapons factories. But, thankfully, some people going through are regretting the abusive  experience:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-30/two-thirds-college-grads-regret-their-diploma-costs-and-major
  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-thirds-of-american-employees-regret-their-college-degrees/

“A college education is still considered a pathway to higher lifetime earnings and gainful employment for Americans. Nevertheless, two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents this past spring that was released Tuesday. Student loan debt, which has ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion nationwide in 2019, was the No. 1 regret among workers with college degrees. About 27% of survey respondents listed student loans as their top misgiving, PayScale said. The findings illustrate why education loans burdening millions of Americans have become a hot-button issue among some Democratic presidential candidates. Most recently, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday proposed a plan to impose a tax on Wall Street trading and use the proceeds to erase that $1.6 trillion of debt. About 70% of college students graduated with student loan debt this year, averaging about $33,000 per student. And as younger grads pay off student loan balances, they're struggling to accumulate wealth or are putting off purchasing homes — some millennials are even struggling to purchase groceries. It's not just millennials. Baby boomers are taking on student loan debt either to help cover college costs for their children or to retrain themselves for a workplace transformed by increased automation, cloud computing and other labor-saving technologies. Some Americans age 62 and older are using their Social Security benefits to pay off more than $86 billion in unpaid college loans.”

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For all Lovers of Decentralisation By James Reed

     Here we love decentralisation, and believe that small is beautiful. For entertainment purposes, here is an article outlining all of the micro states in Europe, only some of which I had previously heard of. Delightful; when are we going there?
  https://theculturetrip.com/europe/articles/11-micronations-in-europe-you-never-knew-existed/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=share&fbclid=IwAR1mvTAnWCw_CmArddTlahovSGQ8w_Vv2K78hA93eszBk2dlQiDl0A9retk

     Then again, why not build your own country?
  https://attackthesystem.com/2019/07/02/how-to-build-your-own-country/
  https://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/29/opinions/next-frontier-seastead-opinion-quirk/index.html?fbclid=IwAR09Eo7j2hCMKeG5X0BExWAT2Sg-VgODJsV6oZbPc704N9YNA0YdlFLSjM8

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Now They Want Satire Banned! By Chris Knight

     Here is a story about banning and oppression taken to comic levels, as a US Democrat Senator, who wears ridiculous cowboy hats wants to ban people satirising .. well … politicians who wear dumb hats. No sense of humour in these people, that is for sure, and even their professional comics are as boring as dust:
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/florida-democrat-we-should-prosecute-anyone-who-makes-fun-of-members-of-congress_07032019

“One Florida Democrat is proving just how far government officials are willing to go to squash free speech. Frederica Wilson says lawmakers should make a law protecting themselves from jokes…and no, this is no joke.
On Tuesday, Wilson went with other members of Congress to tour a detention facility for illegal immigrants. During a press conference following the tour, Wilson made a rather interesting comment. Apparently, she believes anyone who “makes fun of members of Congress” on the Internet “should be prosecuted.” “Those people who are online, making fun of members of Congress, are a disgrace and there is no need for anyone to think; that is unacceptable. We’re going to shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted.” “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, threaten members of Congress. It is against the law in this United States of America.” – Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) So much for free speech. The thought police are here and trying desperately to make things worse for us than they were for those living in the Soviet Union. The slaves can’t make fun of the masters without punishment.  This is the future of the democrat party. Moving to prosecute people for voicing their opinions and making jokes is dangerous and it’s a slippery slope. Not only that but it’s arbitrary. Who gets to decide what qualifies as “being made fun of?” Is calling Hillary’s pantsuit ugly now against a law and those who say so are going to spend time in jail?  Welcome to the new USSA, where democrats are actively attempting to kill free speech.”

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Hollywood Exposed … Again By Mrs Vera West

     If there is any doubts still about child grooming committed by Hollywood, here is a recent video where a child actress says that she was sexually molested from age 6 to 14:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5BYwCiBIBE

You Tubular has a lot of material on this theme, so if readers are interested, go to the site and spend some time banging in words into the search engine. Here is what I just came up with and I did not even have to use scuba gear:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K0HwYj9tZE
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGRB_E55FcE
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDMYuTI3KQg

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Can Conservatives Ever Awake Up? By Charles Taylor

     Well blow me over! Our furry masked “friends” the Antifa, best known for bashing conservatives, do not have accounts that violate twit Twitter’s standards. Now, why would that be?
  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/07/02/source-twitter-doesnt-consider-antifa-accounts-to-be-rule-violating/

“Twitter does not currently believe accounts expressing support for the violent extremist “Antifa” movement, including the account linked to last week’s brutal assault on journalist Andy Ngo, are in violation of its terms of service according to a person familiar with the situation. According to the source, Twitter believes that the “Rose City Antifa” account, the official Twitter presence of the Portland-based mob behind the attack on Ngo, is not currently in violation of the platform’s terms of service. This seems at odds with Twitter’s rules in a section titled “violent extremist groups” which reads, “Groups included in this policy will be those that identify as such or engage in activity — both on and off the platform — that promotes violence.”

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Infinity Genders By Mrs Vera West

     There are an infinity of genders, in principle, and if you say no, then expect to be smashed:
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/07/04/teen-who-declared-there-are-two-genders-barred-returning-school/

“A Scottish 17-year-old who was suspended for filming his teacher telling him that he could not say in class that there are only two genders has been told he cannot return to his school. The Aberdeenshire pupil, named Murray, had shared the video to social media because, according to a friend, he wanted to expose the left-progressive, anti-scientific ideologies being taught at Scottish schools, and expressed concern that telling very young children that “boys are girls and girls are boys” is “a very dangerous thing”. The viral footage revealed that the teen had been removed from class for stating that there are only two genders, with the teacher telling him that whilst the boy was entitled to his “opinion”, he could not share it at school because “the authority” and school policy dictated that there are many genders and to assert otherwise was “not acceptable” and tantamount to discrimination. “I know what you think, and I know what the authority thinks, I know the authority’s point of view is very clear,” the teacher is heard saying. Murray had been suspended for one week, according to the school on grounds of sharing the footage of his teacher without his consent, later tripled to three weeks. Now, the pupil has been told that he will not be able to return to Mearns Academy to finish his education, the Evening Standard reports.”

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Brett Stevens on the Meaning of Tradition By Chris Knight

     Brett Stevens has “pipe meditations,” where, as smoking is now beyond the pale, he gets some good tobacco, and lights up his pipe, sitting by the fire in his philosopher’s chair, with his smoking jacket on, and tells us like it is. Here are some pipe meditations on the meaning of tradition from a pro-northern European perspective:
  http://www.amerika.org/politics/pipe-meditations-july-6-2019/

“Pipe tobacco blends represent a different idea. They seek an order which transcends the ages, much as conservatives seek order generally where the Left seeks equality (individualism). You want to be able to smoke what your great-grandfather smoked, and pass it down to your grandson, because we know people and how we like our intoxicants, but in true time-honored form, have chosen the gentlest versions of these and made them excellent, like Royal Yacht. This shows us the nature of tradition. Step one is ego-death; you realize that you are simply a point in time along a long line, and that ultimately none of our concerns here matter that much. This helps, since you stop worrying about whether you got the right car or if your house is the best on the block. The big thing is to be part of something big. After that, you start to see the wisdom in order beyond the individual. You benefit most from a society that is stable and part of a thriving civilization, so that it carries on the things you enjoy and anything good that you do. If you make a stone river bridge in your hometown, it should be there for centuries or longer, as people fix and maintain it, keeping it alive just like the population around it, even as individual stones and humans drop out over time.

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Can Conservatives Ever Awake Up? By Charles Taylor

     Well blow me over! Our furry masked “friends” the Antifa, best known for bashing conservatives, do not have accounts that violate twit Twitter’s standards. Now, why would that be?
  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/07/02/source-twitter-doesnt-consider-antifa-accounts-to-be-rule-violating/

“Twitter does not currently believe accounts expressing support for the violent extremist “Antifa” movement, including the account linked to last week’s brutal assault on journalist Andy Ngo, are in violation of its terms of service according to a person familiar with the situation. According to the source, Twitter believes that the “Rose City Antifa” account, the official Twitter presence of the Portland-based mob behind the attack on Ngo, is not currently in violation of the platform’s terms of service. This seems at odds with Twitter’s rules in a section titled “violent extremist groups” which reads, “Groups included in this policy will be those that identify as such or engage in activity — both on and off the platform — that promotes violence.”

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Infinity Genders By Mrs Vera West

     There are an infinity of genders, in principle, and if you say no, then expect to be smashed:
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/07/04/teen-who-declared-there-are-two-genders-barred-returning-school/

“A Scottish 17-year-old who was suspended for filming his teacher telling him that he could not say in class that there are only two genders has been told he cannot return to his school. The Aberdeenshire pupil, named Murray, had shared the video to social media because, according to a friend, he wanted to expose the left-progressive, anti-scientific ideologies being taught at Scottish schools, and expressed concern that telling very young children that “boys are girls and girls are boys” is “a very dangerous thing”. The viral footage revealed that the teen had been removed from class for stating that there are only two genders, with the teacher telling him that whilst the boy was entitled to his “opinion”, he could not share it at school because “the authority” and school policy dictated that there are many genders and to assert otherwise was “not acceptable” and tantamount to discrimination. “I know what you think, and I know what the authority thinks, I know the authority’s point of view is very clear,” the teacher is heard saying. Murray had been suspended for one week, according to the school on grounds of sharing the footage of his teacher without his consent, later tripled to three weeks. Now, the pupil has been told that he will not be able to return to Mearns Academy to finish his education, the Evening Standard reports.”

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Brett Stevens on the Meaning of Tradition By Chris Knight

     Brett Stevens has “pipe meditations,” where, as smoking is now beyond the pale, he gets some good tobacco, and lights up his pipe, sitting by the fire in his philosopher’s chair, with his smoking jacket on, and tells us like it is. Here are some pipe meditations on the meaning of tradition from a pro-northern European perspective:
  http://www.amerika.org/politics/pipe-meditations-july-6-2019/

“Pipe tobacco blends represent a different idea. They seek an order which transcends the ages, much as conservatives seek order generally where the Left seeks equality (individualism). You want to be able to smoke what your great-grandfather smoked, and pass it down to your grandson, because we know people and how we like our intoxicants, but in true time-honored form, have chosen the gentlest versions of these and made them excellent, like Royal Yacht. This shows us the nature of tradition. Step one is ego-death; you realize that you are simply a point in time along a long line, and that ultimately none of our concerns here matter that much. This helps, since you stop worrying about whether you got the right car or if your house is the best on the block. The big thing is to be part of something big. After that, you start to see the wisdom in order beyond the individual. You benefit most from a society that is stable and part of a thriving civilization, so that it carries on the things you enjoy and anything good that you do. If you make a stone river bridge in your hometown, it should be there for centuries or longer, as people fix and maintain it, keeping it alive just like the population around it, even as individual stones and humans drop out over time.

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Bret Stevens on the Meaning of Tradition By Chris Knight

      Bret Stevens has “pipe meditations,” where, as smoking is now beyond the pale, he gets some good tobacco, and lights up his pipe, sitting by the fire in his philosopher’s chair, with his smoking jacket on, and tells us like it is. Here are some pipe meditations on the meaning of tradition from a pro-northern European perspective:

  http://www.amerika.org/politics/pipe-meditations-july-6-2019/

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Philosophical Meditations on Civil War II By Charles Taylor

      The mainstream is now commenting on the possibility of an American Civil War II, light-heartedly dismissing the possibility of this because most American are not fit enough to fight, even to make it up a flight of stairs. It would be an effort to walk to the fridge. Sure:
  https://spectator.us/america-fat-civil-war/

“Each of the essays quoted above is thoughtful, cogent and suffused with a deep understanding of American history. Together they provide a comprehensive overview of why the cold Civil War might become hot. The problem is that they have nothing to say about howit might happen. A Civil War entails more than just volatile rhetoric, polarization and scattered, disjointed acts of terrorism. It implies a level of sustained, organized violence that looks unlikely to occur in the near future for one major reason.

Today Americans enjoy, by some distance, the worst diet in the developed world. As of 2014, the average American eats 3,340 calories a day. There are 78 million obese adults living in America. If they managed to summon the energy to secede from the Union, the nation they formed would be bigger by population than Italy, France and the UK. Just as the dapper, diffident, pink-cheeked gentleman was once the symbol of Britain’s international prestige, American power has its own archetypal figure: a greedy slob who cannot stop eating. Was there ever a civil war in a country with a population this fat?

During the first Civil War a Union soldier’s diet was not particularly enviable. Their rations might include salted pork or beef, a warm brown liquid pretending to be coffee, and dried fruit and vegetables if they were in season. Men on both sides enjoyed Hardtack, a notorious biscuit that was often infested with insects. It was so hard that it could only be eaten after being repeatedly hammered with a rifle butt. Would generations of Americans reared in front of televisions and weaned on high-fructose corn syrup be able to march much further than the fridge, let alone to the ridge of some future Gettysburg?

Stalin once asked where the Pope’s armies were. Exactly the same statement can be made of Red and Blue America. Is Don Jr going to lead a cavalry charge? Is Lena Dunham going to launch commando raids on critical infrastructure? The United States is not yet Lebanon. Current polarization is better thought of in terms of popular culture – reality television, social media, even wrestling – than through analogies to the last Civil War.”

     So, the case against a new civil war is based upon diet.  But, before dealing with that, we should note that The Spectator article does accept that there is a non-trivial chance of such a civil war occurring:

“Since 2016 there’s been a great deal of irony-free discussion about a second American Civil War. This ongoing commentary is not merely another symptom of Trump derangement syndrome. It has appeared in the form of serious thought experiments, popular novels, clickbaitpunditry, in interviews of academics, by authors on the Left, the Right, and even The New Yorker.

When Thomas E. Ricks asked a group of national security thinkers what the chances were of conflict breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years, the rough consensus was that there was a 35 percent chance it would happen. Nearly a third of Americans polled believe a Civil War will break out before 2023. Everybody, it seems, is a young boy playing with regiments of tin soldiers. The fear of, or secret hopes for, a Civil War II appear to be truly bipartisan.

That there is a Cold Civil War between Red America and Blue America cannot be disputed. When Blue activists chase Red politicians from restaurants; when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by a unhinged leftist gunman; when every news item is sheathed in an ideological carapace as soon as it is reported; when Hillary Clinton argues that ‘you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for’ and when the president describes his opponents’ actions as ‘evil’ and ‘treasonous’ – these are the signs of the times.

Ideological warfare that began in the 1960s has become total. Fundamental disagreements have hardened to the point where dialogue, reasoning and compromise appear impossible. As Disraeli once wrote of England, there now appear to be two nations:

‘…between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets.’

How is the conflict to be won? Red America adopts a strategy centered on the Supreme Court, Blue America attempts to excommunicate any cultural figure that doesn’t fall into line with its values. Is either route really the way to achieve political supremacy? Winning the presidency made no real difference for either side. Barack Obama’s election was supposed to end the culture wars by transcending them. Donald Trump’s election was supposed to herald the end of the Republic, but this dog of fascism never really barked. Instead an atmosphere of nervous stagnation and exhausted fatigue endures.

Writing in the National Review, Victor Davis Hanson claims ‘We are now nearing a point comparable to 1860, and perhaps past 1968.’ Writing for The American Conservative, Michael Vlahos accepts war as an inevitability:

‘Tragically, our divide may no longer be an outcome that people of goodwill work to overcome. Schism – with our nation in an ideological Iron Maiden – will soon force us all to submit, and choose.’

And here is the Claremont Institute’s Angelo Codevilla on what might happen after the next election:

‘Were the Left returned to power after 2020, it would not tweet about resistance—it would crush it, officially and by inciting unofficial violence. How would the crush-ees react? At what points would clashes occur? With how much violence? Sooner or later, somebody is going to get killed. Then what?’

Each of the essays quoted above is thoughtful, cogent and suffused with a deep understanding of American history. Together they provide a comprehensive overview of why the cold Civil War might become hot. The problem is that they have nothing to say about howit might happen. A Civil War entails more than just volatile rhetoric, polarization and scattered, disjointed acts of terrorism. It implies a level of sustained, organized violence that looks unlikely to occur in the near future for one major reason.”

     The mere fact that the US population is obese does not alter the political realities, since the theorists consulted are not suggesting that men will fight like the Vikings did, with a lot of manual labour. There will be technology involved, we presume, and as in all wars, most of the unfit will not fight. Also, with disruptions to food supply lines to major cities, I imagine that dieting will become a new American pastime, and obesity will become a thing of the past, as people starve!

  https://theamericansun.com/2019/07/03/looking-at-the-unstable-future-a-chat-with-the-mountain-guerrilla/

  https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-trump-s-patriotism-vs-the-new-anti-americanism

  https://vdare.com/articles/john-derbyshire-then-they-came-for-betsy-ross-jefferson-july-4th-america

     What is more likely is that at first there will be more of what we are seeing now, of a slow collapse, or rot and decay, which ultimately pans out into hyper-violence:

“A slower collapse is what we are in now. The structures are starting to fail. Infrastructure spending remains relatively low, your roads are clogged whilst everyone gets a new iPhone. Government regulations continue to increase, it’s harder to run your own business, yet Bezos gets wealthier. People lament the death of community whilst retreating into their smartphones. The slow decline is not just a systemic one, it is one that breaks the bonds of community that made America successful.

We’re still living through that disruption. Taking on a preparedness mindset means not getting carried away with running to buy a bunch of AR-15s and lots of ammo because all of a sudden the shooting will start. Instead you are preparing for a future where a weaker state can’t exert full strength, where once homogenous areas are fragmented and you need to defend your own produce. You are not just preparing for a black-swan collapse of the power grid/solar flare, you’re preparing for a more tribal existence and safeguarding the future of you and your tribe’s children. It’s Dreher’s Benedictine Option on steroids whilst carrying a Glock 19 as small fires start to burn all around.”

     There are even academics predicting this era of the coming anarchy, and Professor Peter Turchin  has a mathematical model of this:

  https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/01/05/mathematical-historian-predicts-collapse-of-civilization-in-2020/21648520/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAIL9tKjOLdK62WKlyTHLQbBA4IrG5FzzF-ufelBlE0TguP2RtWRvl_Kh-EP9i8d8LhIA2ULawHM4OFS5IL7YTcHuiNlvldZoPW8UOF2CrW22VNdc7QurC5prGkm5qp5cdixfkVLuAmcqr_Q8y30jSoFh1b1P9-KV5sXz8et6aiGE

     The mainstream is now commenting on the possibility of an American Civil War II, light-heartedly dismissing the possibility of this because most American are not fit enough to fight, even to make it up a flight of stairs. It would be an effort to walk to the fridge. Sure:
  https://spectator.us/america-fat-civil-war/

“Each of the essays quoted above is thoughtful, cogent and suffused with a deep understanding of American history. Together they provide a comprehensive overview of why the cold Civil War might become hot. The problem is that they have nothing to say about howit might happen. A Civil War entails more than just volatile rhetoric, polarization and scattered, disjointed acts of terrorism. It implies a level of sustained, organized violence that looks unlikely to occur in the near future for one major reason.

Today Americans enjoy, by some distance, the worst diet in the developed world. As of 2014, the average American eats 3,340 calories a day. There are 78 million obese adults living in America. If they managed to summon the energy to secede from the Union, the nation they formed would be bigger by population than Italy, France and the UK. Just as the dapper, diffident, pink-cheeked gentleman was once the symbol of Britain’s international prestige, American power has its own archetypal figure: a greedy slob who cannot stop eating. Was there ever a civil war in a country with a population this fat?

During the first Civil War a Union soldier’s diet was not particularly enviable. Their rations might include salted pork or beef, a warm brown liquid pretending to be coffee, and dried fruit and vegetables if they were in season. Men on both sides enjoyed Hardtack, a notorious biscuit that was often infested with insects. It was so hard that it could only be eaten after being repeatedly hammered with a rifle butt. Would generations of Americans reared in front of televisions and weaned on high-fructose corn syrup be able to march much further than the fridge, let alone to the ridge of some future Gettysburg?

Stalin once asked where the Pope’s armies were. Exactly the same statement can be made of Red and Blue America. Is Don Jr going to lead a cavalry charge? Is Lena Dunham going to launch commando raids on critical infrastructure? The United States is not yet Lebanon. Current polarization is better thought of in terms of popular culture – reality television, social media, even wrestling – than through analogies to the last Civil War.”

     So, the case against a new civil war is based upon diet.  But, before dealing with that, we should note that The Spectator article does accept that there is a non-trivial chance of such a civil war occurring:

“Since 2016 there’s been a great deal of irony-free discussion about a second American Civil War. This ongoing commentary is not merely another symptom of Trump derangement syndrome. It has appeared in the form of serious thought experiments, popular novels, clickbaitpunditry, in interviews of academics, by authors on the Left, the Right, and even The New Yorker.

When Thomas E. Ricks asked a group of national security thinkers what the chances were of conflict breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years, the rough consensus was that there was a 35 percent chance it would happen. Nearly a third of Americans polled believe a Civil War will break out before 2023. Everybody, it seems, is a young boy playing with regiments of tin soldiers. The fear of, or secret hopes for, a Civil War II appear to be truly bipartisan.

That there is a Cold Civil War between Red America and Blue America cannot be disputed. When Blue activists chase Red politicians from restaurants; when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by a unhinged leftist gunman; when every news item is sheathed in an ideological carapace as soon as it is reported; when Hillary Clinton argues that ‘you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for’ and when the president describes his opponents’ actions as ‘evil’ and ‘treasonous’ – these are the signs of the times.

     Ideological warfare that began in the 1960s has become total. Fundamental disagreements have hardened to the point where dialogue, reasoning and compromise appear impossible. As Disraeli once wrote of England, there now appear to be two nations:

‘…between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets.’

How is the conflict to be won? Red America adopts a strategy centered on the Supreme Court, Blue America attempts to excommunicate any cultural figure that doesn’t fall into line with its values. Is either route really the way to achieve political supremacy? Winning the presidency made no real difference for either side. Barack Obama’s election was supposed to end the culture wars by transcending them. Donald Trump’s election was supposed to herald the end of the Republic, but this dog of fascism never really barked. Instead an atmosphere of nervous stagnation and exhausted fatigue endures.

Writing in the National Review, Victor Davis Hanson claims ‘We are now nearing a point comparable to 1860, and perhaps past 1968.’ Writing for The American Conservative, Michael Vlahos accepts war as an inevitability:

‘Tragically, our divide may no longer be an outcome that people of goodwill work to overcome. Schism – with our nation in an ideological Iron Maiden – will soon force us all to submit, and choose.’

And here is the Claremont Institute’s Angelo Codevilla on what might happen after the next election:

‘Were the Left returned to power after 2020, it would not tweet about resistance—it would crush it, officially and by inciting unofficial violence. How would the crush-ees react? At what points would clashes occur? With how much violence? Sooner or later, somebody is going to get killed. Then what?’

Each of the essays quoted above is thoughtful, cogent and suffused with a deep understanding of American history. Together they provide a comprehensive overview of why the cold Civil War might become hot. The problem is that they have nothing to say about howit might happen. A Civil War entails more than just volatile rhetoric, polarization and scattered, disjointed acts of terrorism. It implies a level of sustained, organized violence that looks unlikely to occur in the near future for one major reason.”

     The mere fact that the US population is obese does not alter the political realities, since the theorists consulted are not suggesting that men will fight like the Vikings did, with a lot of manual labour. There will be technology involved, we presume, and as in all wars, most of the unfit will not fight. Also, with disruptions to food supply lines to major cities, I imagine that dieting will become a new American pastime, and obesity will become a thing of the past, as people starve!

  https://theamericansun.com/2019/07/03/looking-at-the-unstable-future-a-chat-with-the-mountain-guerrilla/

  https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-trump-s-patriotism-vs-the-new-anti-americanism

  https://vdare.com/articles/john-derbyshire-then-they-came-for-betsy-ross-jefferson-july-4th-america

     What is more likely is that at first there will be more of what we are seeing now, of a slow collapse, or rot and decay, which ultimately pans out into hyper-violence:

“A slower collapse is what we are in now. The structures are starting to fail. Infrastructure spending remains relatively low, your roads are clogged whilst everyone gets a new iPhone. Government regulations continue to increase, it’s harder to run your own business, yet Bezos gets wealthier. People lament the death of community whilst retreating into their smartphones. The slow decline is not just a systemic one, it is one that breaks the bonds of community that made America successful.

We’re still living through that disruption. Taking on a preparedness mindset means not getting carried away with running to buy a bunch of AR-15s and lots of ammo because all of a sudden the shooting will start. Instead you are preparing for a future where a weaker state can’t exert full strength, where once homogenous areas are fragmented and you need to defend your own produce. You are not just preparing for a black-swan collapse of the power grid/solar flare, you’re preparing for a more tribal existence and safeguarding the future of you and your tribe’s children. It’s Dreher’s Benedictine Option on steroids whilst carrying a Glock 19 as small fires start to burn all around.”

     There are even academics predicting this era of the coming anarchy, and Professor Peter Turchin  has a mathematical model of this:

  https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/01/05/mathematical-historian-predicts-collapse-of-civilization-in-2020/21648520/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAIL9tKjOLdK62WKlyTHLQbBA4IrG5FzzF-ufelBlE0TguP2RtWRvl_Kh-EP9i8d8LhIA2ULawHM4OFS5IL7YTcHuiNlvldZoPW8UOF2CrW22VNdc7QurC5prGkm5qp5cdixfkVLuAmcqr_Q8y30jSoFh1b1P9-KV5sXz8et6aiGE

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