I believe that the political “right” in the present day U.S.A. is hamstrung by two things in particular: the tendency for fixation on a single issue, and what some term the Ceteris Paribus fallacy. Let us consider these one at a time.
There is a tendency for “righties” to be really hard-core into one or two issues, while missing the total worldview. They focus on one issue, and then ignore the logical implications that it would have on other issues.
This one (or two) issue obsession results in very bizarre spectacles, such as “conservative” evangelical Christians and Milo Yiannopoulos (a queer male, who is part Jewish and proclaims his love of Negro males for sexual partners) both getting behind the Trump campaign. Conservative is far more than anti-immigration and (somewhat) pro-life. Conservative is an entire worldview. Because of the way it is used today, and often associated with Dubya and the (((Neo-Conservative))) movement, many old school type conservative prefers the term Paleo-Conservative. What Fox News, Bretibart, and your preacher today proclaim as conservatism –and maybe even fashionably edgy- would be rank liberalism in the eyes of our great grandfathers. For example, the white men who founded the U.S. and then the C.S.A. generally did not let women vote, let alone hold political office -yet the recent victory of a female Republican for a special election in Georgia is hailed as a conservative victory. Regardless of one’s position on conservative issues, it would seem apparent that modern conservativism basically isn’t.
Consider for a moment the paper money issue; it is one of the big ones with people to the right of the G.O.P. and Fox News. I have read multiple books on this. I have written on this before on this blog, including my posts: What Is Money? (6/12/2016), Thoughts On Banks And The Federal Reserve (10/04/2016), and What Is Wealth? (6/01/2017). It is no secret that I oppose inherently valueless fiat paper money like Federal Reserve Notes. But the money issue is not the greatest problem that we face.
Recently, I was reading a letter to the editor in the print edition of the American Free Press newspaper. The writer of the letter stated (I did not verify) that one U.S. state had declared gold and silver coins to be legal tender. Why? A pre-1936 U.S. silver dollar contains 371.25 grains of silver and a current U.S. Mint “silver eagle” dollar weighs one ounce of silver; silver is right now around $17 an ounce (well, 17 FRNS an ounce). No one is going to use them in place of a paper dollar/FRN. But that was not the point. The point was that as legal tender, they would not be subject to a capital gains tax as metals increased in value. Obviously, that tax would not apply to a guy with a few dozen coins bought here and there over the years; it is aimed at those wealthy enough to buy large amounts of bullion in trackable ways.
But then the letter writer started dreaming. He supposed that we could be only one step away from being able to go buy a new car from a dealership with gold or silver coins, the price of the car being in FRNs and the gold or silver trading at the stock market value of the day. Okay. So one works for paper FRNs, buys gold coins, then takes his gold to buy a car (the price of the car being in FRNs and thus converted at market rate for your transaction), and then the dealership –which cannot put gold in their bank account- takes your gold back to the market to convert into paper FRNs to put in their account. Did I miss something here? How does that solve any problem, much less put the U.S.A. back on Constitutional money and pay off the (theoretically unrepayable) national debt? This dreamed up practice solves nothing and is about as sustainable as the car culture that he wants to buy with his gold. (See my post Is The Automobile Culture Sustainable from last week).
This letter writer was dreaming of preserving his wealth and our corrupted culture, not of fixing America’s problems. Even if his thoughts could somehow lead us back to hard money and no FRNs, how would that fix the following: restrictions of our rights, the currently forming police state, social welfare programs (and the higher taxes needed to fund them) draining the working class dry, Cultural Marxism, the 16th Amendment and the IRS, out of control business corporations, farming practices that pollute the soil, unhealthily grown and processed food filling the shelves at the grocery store, mass unemployment of working class white men, shrinking energy reserves, massive racial unrest, and the JQ? To be fixated on money as the U.S. and Western Civilization crumbles is short sighted. This was a perfect example of a simplistic solution to one problem that does not address the core issues that have brought our society to the precipice where we are.
This brings us to the Ceteris Paribus part. Basically, the Latin phrase Ceteris Paribus means all things being equal or unchanging. Some might term it the “normalcy bias”. It means that one presumes that things will continue with government or society with no major changes or crises. It rules out collapses, revolutions, or major catastrophes having a major –and sudden- effect on the society one lives in. In this mindset, one does not prepare for war, collapse, or even temporary crisis in one’s country; that stuff is somewhere over “there”, across the ocean, in a Banana Republic, south of the border, or in one of the 100 plus countries that the Federal government has troops stationed. It is not, and could not ever be, over here in Muhrecia. Ceteris Paribus means that one does not intellectually acknowledge, let alone prepare for, the potential of serious political or social crisis. Ceteris Paribus is feasting and drinking in the Coliseum as the Germanic armies gather outside the gates of Rome. Ceteris Paribus is buying a case of ammo and some freeze dried food when you are not living in the country -and growing and preserving food on your land. Ceteris Paribus is buying gold and silver when you have no water or heat source on your land. Ceteris Paribus is finding the time for a summer vacation when one cannot find the time to stay fit enough to easily walk five miles. If we in the decaying America Empire soon face political tyranny, economic collapse, open race war, or a confrontation with Russia –millions will likely die. Lack of clean water or a gangsta’s bullet may take their life, but their belief in Ceteris Paribus is really what killed them.
America, like ancient Rome, is rotting from within. Michael Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid just might help you awaken to the perilousness of living with a Ceteris Paribus mindset.
The majority of those in the political right have lost sight of how our ancestors thought and lived; we have become weak. I pray that we will awaken and prepare our bodies and minds for what is likely coming. I pray that we do so before the dollar hyper-inflates and Federal troops –or BLM and antifas “troops”- are running wild in the streets. Despite our sins, God has been merciful to the U.S.A., and there is still time to prepare to feed and defend your family. Do not waste it.
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