The Civilization In Which We Live

Perspective is important if you are observing something. You have to stand far enough away, but not too far. You have to be in the right place to see everything. Right in the center of the scene may not actually be the best place, but not too far off to the side either.

So much of what we observe seems to be crazy, bizarre, nonsensical, or irrational- or rational, but only within a limited frame. But this is never true. As Ayn Rand said- “There are no contradictions. Check your premises.” Another quote about models- a more skeptical one, from Alfred Korzybski- is “The map is not the territory.” It’s not, but the map should allow you move around the territory with some confidence, knowing where you are and what is around you.

We expect societies and governments to function at least somewhat rationally on a set of rules we can know and understand. This is a handicap, because rational goal-seeking is only one way of understanding things.

When we think of civilizations, we don’t have that handicap. When we think of a civilization, we simply think of something that existed- we usually think of civilizations as existing in the past- that behaved in certain ways and had certain characteristics, and we don’t expect to understand them as rational because we presume- without much justification- that societies and governments in the past would be based on superstition and other irrational thought systems.

The Trayvon Martin case is in itself quite insignificant- and yet it’s consuming not merely the imagination of some bloggers or news outlets, but the political system as a whole. The highest and most powerful people in the US are strongly committed to see it through to some end advantageous to them.

The best way to understand this is to understand that the civilization in which we live- Puritan progressive globalism, as I am calling it, call it what you will- takes for itself the protection and sponsorship of blacks as perhaps the most important source of its authority and credibility. While we can see that gays are becoming more important to the system, blacks hold a special position of power and privilege. This sponsorship gains it the support of blacks and progressive whites, and the fear and obedience of non-elite whites.

This sponsorship is so crucial to its credibility and authority- and thus its power- that it must be maintained under all circumstances, no matter how apparently ridiculous.

The support of the system by blacks and progressive whites will never change. The only prospect for change is to reduce the fear of it by non-elite whites.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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4 Responses to The Civilization In Which We Live

  1. Hizzle says:

    “We expect societies and governments to function at least somewhat rationally on a set of rules we can know and understand. ”

    This is what is happening, of course, by which I mean our society in general is in the grips of the “anarcho-tyranny” explicated by Samuel Francis. The rules are clearly defined. A neighborhood watchman assimilating to white norms (Pardo or no Pardo) represents some residue of community-mindedness, civic engagement, and working class people exercising control over their own lives. This is a threat to the system .

    Just as you mentioned Russia being the “spoiler” for the English in the manipulation of European continental politics, blacks and their violence (but even more importantly the constant threat of their violence) represents the system’s spoiler on the political energy and psychic health of the working class proles. Blacks degrade and humiliate non-elite whites on a daily basis. This has the side effect of amusing the elite, but it has more practical and sinister purposes, too.

    Zimmerman upset the apple cart, albeit temporarily. Those non-elite whites who aren’t afraid of being called racist, who you say the system “formally ignores” are putting chinks in the system’s armor. Andrew Sullivan can disable his comments, and Huffington Post can moderate us out, but this case more than anything else establishes a psychic link between these various people, that we all know each other now, that the battle lines have been drawn, and that we can every once and awhile still win.

  2. Ryu says:

    It’s BRA or Kwanistan. By and for minorities. Murka is finished. Firepower has been detailing how many of the capos of our current regime are minos; female, negroid, bean or some combination. Hard to argue with pictures.

    The map is not the territory. So you know some NLP. Do you use it IRL?

  3. Jim says:

    Unfortunately our entire society seems to be careening toward some kind of terminal insanity.

    • Peter Blood says:

      Yes, and there are no brakes. This is not a Hollywood movie where Indiana Jones will save the day at the end and you know it because it’s an Indiana Jones movie.

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