Oxymandias wrote:Do more than just write books. Engage in the real (not digital) political world from time to time.
We'll see, I do intend to do some public debates in an academic setting, perhaps start a channel on youtube. So its not merely writing books. To be honest, working on my off-grid farm in the morning, writing books in the afternoon, shooting pool, smoking cigars, and drinking scotch in the evening....that seems like paradise to me. No creditors, no public utilities, no employer, total and true freedom where I can criticize the modern world and they can take nothing from me. No one can fire me, shut of my electricity, black-list me, all they can do is attack my views and resort to violence. Otherwise, my family will continue to be educated, fed, and protected by me and my labor.
There is hardly anything more American in my opinion. If you want to know what the old school American ethos is like, that is it. Self-reliance and being king of one's castle.
Oxymandias wrote:Given that you live in close proximity to D.C. and I assume at least one of your sons are old enough to take of the farm if you're not there, go there and simply experience it. Examine your environment and try to understand how politics in America not through the lens of others but through your own independent experience with it. Dedicate some time to understand the dynamics of power in D.C.. Go to some rallies in D.C. for any politician (Republican or Democrat) and observe them closely, identify what they're doing right and what they're doing wrong. Also pay close attention to the audience, find a way to understand how the crowd's feeling and what emotions the actions of the politician is putting into the hearts of the attendees. Understand how to get into those exclusive clubs or get it in with those high ranking people not to use them but to simply understand the way the current system works so that you may develop a way to work around it.
You fail to understand the situation here I think. They won't let me into the necessary circles. They have researchers that spend their whole day figuring out who people are, what "online forums" they posted on, etc. They hack your computers, they threaten your family, the boycott your business, they get your tenure removed, get you fired, etc., etc. I am not interested in that.
If dueling and binding disputations were legal, I might feel different, but these people are animals in suits who have no honor and no chance of suffering real repercussions for their devious schemes.
Perhaps Almighty God will call me to a service that will require my martyrdom or sacrifice in that more "engaged" way, but for now it seems that I have been called to grow the movement by having children, raising them in the system i espouse and to get my ideas out there through the power of the printing press and the podium. That is fine by me for now.
Oxymandias wrote:There is so much more I could be telling. You have the potential to be another Bismarck.
Why do you think so? What the fuck do you see in me? You have voiced in other forums our real disagreements, but you seem eager to push me to new heights where I can broadcast ideas (which you seem to disagree with).
I don't see you doing this with other right-wing posters on here, and given that I hold different views, why would you want them to spread?
Are you trying to get me assassinated, is that it? lol
Oxymandias wrote:Now you might think to yourself, "What need do I have for political power? I am living my life perfectly secluded in my farm away from the ills of outside society so who cares about what happens outside my farm when it doesn't even affect me at all?". Then I ask, do you really think your happy little isolated life will last? Do you think that, with the way things are currently going, you won't be bothered whatsoever?
No, but in such a state the responsibility for my failures, for my defeats, will ultimately rest with me. The idea of being undermined by bankers, hackers, and beaurcrats is an atrocious idea. A scenario where the whims and machinations of others can drive you into poverty and disgrace. However, Dying trying to fend off armed enemies on my own land? That seems like a good way to go.
Barring an armed threat to me and mine, I am trying to create conditions and revive skills where nothing else will threaten me. No power outages, food shortages, currency crashes, oil crisis, etc., will hurt my family's functioning, but an armed threat? Sure. But I would prefer that, at least my survival and victory rests with me and not on others.
Oxymandias wrote:This lack of control leads to a power vacuum which leads to inactivity in the government which, in turn, leads to stagnation.
I think it is in the nature of such a state as the U.S. government that it will collapse under its own weight inevitably. Why should I do anything other than watch it happen from a safe distance with beer and popcorn?
Oxymandias wrote:nything can go now, and this goes for you achieving political power as well. Men want power for many reasons, but those of noble character, always want power to protect those precious to them. You don't want power to implement your ideas or want power for the sake of it, you want power to protect your family, community, and country.
This is true, but I am a man of ideas, so I am to the Ruler that will come, what Aristotle was to Alexander the Great. That is fine for me, my mark will be eternal nonetheless.
Now, if you were to tell me that i had to make a choice between living on my farm or leaving a lasting impact on the world, there was no doubt that I spent most of my life thinking that the latter was a no-brainer.
Let me use an illustration to explain my position now.
I don't know how familiar you are with Homer and the Trojan War, but Achilles was given a choice between gaining glory and dying young and childless, or to live a long but uneventful life in obscurity bearing forth children who would love and honor him in old age. Unlike Achilles, I would choose the latter because my victory comes not merely from how loud I can't shout or how convincingly I can write, but by my blood, if they alone (those of my line) commit to my ideas, so be it. I care more that they do so than if anyone else does so. Perhaps I am selfish for this, but my love, loyalty, and priority is to my faith and my family name.
Indeed, in the great battle between Achilles and Hector, if I had to be one of those two men in that battle, I would not hesitate to be Hector even after knowing his fate. That was a man of honor in my opinion, a family man who reluctantly, but willingly, died for his convictions, family, and people.
In essence, Fuck the path of Achilles.
i'm not interested.
Rather, let me die old and surrounded by many many children and grandchildren who love and adore me, or let me die young trying to protect them.
That is fine by me, and if God so chooses to elevate my ideas or status to the benefit of others? Glory be to Him, but that is not up to me.
as the Lynyrd Skynyrd songs states: "All I Can Do Is Write About It."
A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years (Spooner)
Esse Est Percipi Aut Percipere (Berkeley)