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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Beck: Argumentative Block

That's what a friend mine in The Hollow called it about a week ago now, as I described to him how I was failing at remarking on the awesome time that we're living. It stopped me cold when he said it because it was perfect. It was the essence of the thing, actually quite whether Mike knew it or not. I didn't have it all worked out instantly as it stopped me when I heard it, but its perfection refines the more that I think about it.

I make my daily rounds and I watch what's going on. There are stories every day, outrageous in every dimension, from small-town murder to global dominion. I sometimes wonder: what would the fifth or fourteenth centuries have looked and sounded like with modern data gathering and distribution, supposing of course that those disasters wouldn't have been transformed through those lenses. (...not like ours, mind you.)

A great deal of the twentieth century will go down in the all-time annals of horror. Even as I conclude that it was a wonderful time to live, I must always account that it also saw executions of mortal barbarity like to the worst ever, accented with the facts of mechanized and electronic technology, as well as the new collectivisms risen from the ashes of age-old concepts of politics anchored in monarchy. I didn't have to live through any of that. I remember drive-in movies as a routine.

Forty years or so in advance, one might have been taken quite by surprise if a time-traveler landed with the news that the president of the United States had fired the president of General Motors. I can imagine someone in 1969 who could have imagined such a thing, but a person like that would not fit the average person at the time or just about anything in the popular picture of 1969, now.

With all that, however, I cannot help but seriously wonder at anyone who has actually lived the last forty years with a sense of daily events accumulating to history and who reacts to the news with something like, "I can’t quite convince myself that it’s true..." or "I‘m still in rather stunned disbelief."

I've seen both of those statements, among others in the same crestfallen tones, online since the story came down last Sunday evening. I wonder what some people think is going on here, and has been for so long that most people have no sensible perspective on it. Swinging into the twenty-first century now, what I cannot see so far is a way that it will not be overwhelmed with all the worst impulses of the twentieth, because I don't see how America can be saved now. That would take something truly drastic, and I can't imagine what it might be.

Thirteen years ago, I was convinced that there was still enough of a conscience of freedom remaining in this country open to appeal from large numbers of individuals committed to a philosophically integrated passive resistance. Now, I can't imagine where such a thing might come from, or where it might find friendly intellectual ground, and I have to account that it could very well run to the conditions of the classic collectivist concentrations of the twentieth century, under a government solemnly devoted to everything but freedom. Only events would tell, but it's certainly possible that an administration of the United States would find it convenient to simply cage the lot, for the duration. Or worse.

Of course, one would likely have a very hard time advancing such an idea, today.

Argumentative block is a bit more than the mere inertia that sets in here sometimes. It is complicated by the conviction that history is the best evidence, even when it hasn't been lived yet. An element conceptual referent is the fait accompli of Amsoc -- American Socialism -- now barely three months into its latest iteration and committing profound abhorrences on the idea and ideals of individualism, the central abstraction of western philosophy that culminated in all the best that America ever was. All of that is comprised in the facts in action: the fait accompli.

The tea parties bring me nothing like hope. I see in them people who were happy enough to live and abide the compromises, vast and minute, that necessarily brought them to their straits now, and far too little understanding of what was lost, when and how, and why it mattered. In that, I see no way for them to pitch themselves against the dominant ideology of the era. In the truest dimensions of this fight, they can be bought or otherwise fended-off at relatively small expense to the rising machine. Some sop or other will save their dignity. They have too much to lose in a serious and principled commission of freedom against ideas in action that will eventually have it all anyway, regardless of their ignorance of or complacence to the facts.

Would it be unworthy recrimination to point to all the very recent years and all the ways in which it was said that socialism was dead? I don't think so, and that's because the same blindnesses that saw Americans into this fait accompli will serve them just as badly into its future.

That's really what I think, now. For all practical purposes, this deal is in the bag.

There's not a lot to argue about, in that.


Unless...

Audentes fortunat iuvat.

Fortune favors the bold.

10 Comments:

Blogger Sean said...

I too, have a lot to lose. I'm going to throw it away with both hands. Not only because it's the right thing to do, but because I just don't give a damn. And I'm sick of this runnin' crap.

April 2, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Defeatist. Go out into the woods and crawl under a rock. "And may posterity forget that you were our countryman".

April 2, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Thursday March 5, 2009 "Katyn"
http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2009/03/katyn.html

"None of us thought that the service prepared us only for immediate victories. Defeat is also part of the soldier's lot...and captivity, but also a return home to resume fighting."

"So it's only up to you if you remain soldiers or losers."

"You must endure."

It is ironic to see see outspoken advocates of social liberty and autonomous free-will fall prey to fatalism and defeatism.

I have been in this battle for most of my fifty-five years and can count personal victories on one hand. Even so, I do not despair. This is not about me or thee. This fight is for generations yet unborn.

We can afford to lose a lot of these fights; we cannot afford to lose even one soldier. Liberty's sons are too few.

Accept your bloody wounds and bruises--your mangled fortunes. Embrace hardship as a soldier's lot. Endure as a man.

If 300 Spartans could once frustrate all Persia's might, perhaps 1,000 Americans may yet prevail today.

Esperance!

April 2, 2009 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Billy Beck said...

Anonymous 1: I'm not going anywhere, sonny. Close your fucking impertinent mouth, you worthless goddamned coward. I've been running this fight right out loud with my name and my social security number (430-21-4093, DOB: 11/27/56) online for about twenty years now, and a lot longer before that. You're a chickenshit poser.

Fuck you.

Anonymous 2: "This is not about me or thee. This fight is for generations yet unborn."

You can speak for yourself. I've always been in this for me, and it's not going to work out. And I say it's not going to work out for the kids, either.

April 3, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Guy said...

Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in our bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was like living in the United States where men were free. ---Ronald Reagan

April 3, 2009 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If 300 Spartans could once frustrate all Persia's might, perhaps 1,000 Americans may yet prevail today."

They didn't. That's movie romance, not reality. There were 7,000 Greek troops blocking a small pass. Even when the larger Greek force was dismissed, about 700 Thespians, 400 Thebans, and probably several hundred others, stayed to fight with the Spartans.

And they didn't frustrate all of Persia's might, they just delayed their advance by seven days, battling on only three of them. Some sources also suggest that the entire Persian army was not deployed at Thermopylae, though it might have been a large part of it. Furthermore, the subsequent defeat of the Persian Navy is what ultimately forced the Persians to withdraw.

Basing your assessment of current realities and future possibilities on romanticized Hollywood movie versions of history is dangerous and possiblity suicidal.

April 3, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Basing your assessment of current realities and future possibilities on romanticized Hollywood movie versions of history is dangerous and possiblity suicidal."

If you don't care for my interpretation of Thermopylae, have you hear of Davis and Goliath, or maybe Agincourt? It is not the size of the dog in the fight; it is the size of the fight in the dog.

Of course resistance to Leviathan is dangerous and maybe even suicidal. Would you prefer to live on your knees or die on your feet?

MALTHUS

April 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous 1: I'm not going anywhere, sonny. Close your fucking impertinent mouth, you worthless goddamned coward. I've been running this fight right out loud with my name and my social security number (430-21-4093, DOB: 11/27/56) online for about twenty years now, and a lot longer before that. You're a chickenshit poser.

Fuck you."

Well , seems we have struck a cord here. Perhaps you have not lost all hope as yet. (Although it is interesting that your first resort is to profanity.)Perhaps you have been in "this fight" beyond your tolerance for setbacks. There will be more of them. We have seen nothing yet, such as Valley Forge, Brandywine, etc. The times will try your soul, will you be up to it? You can be, if you can pull your spirt up from that dark place it has descended to.
As to being in "this fight", I have been since you were in elementary school.

April 4, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Billy Beck said...

"As to being in "this fight", I have been since you were in elementary school."

When you put your name behind your words, I'll count you among the men.

You're dismissed.

April 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When you put your name behind your words, I'll count you among the men.

You're dismissed."

Such as sense of machismo you have. I hope it serves you well.

I could place any name here, you would never know the difference.

I reach those you cannot, and I will not destroy that usefulness simply to satisfy your sense of manliness.

I wish you well in your endevors.

April 22, 2009 at 4:45 AM  

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