Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:
"Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others."Edward Abbey
"We can not escape from the soldiers. The armed forces have embedded themselves so deeply into the country that they have almost become the country. America is little more than a funding mechanism for what clumsily may be called the military-industrial-intelligence-media-Israeli complex. Some of these entities belong to the military (NSA). Some depend on it (Lockheed-Martin). Some use it to their own ends (Israel), but the military is the central infection from which the other symptoms flow. Congress? A storefront, a subcommittee of the Knesset or, as P. J. O’Rourke put it, a parliament of whores. Factories, jobs, contracts, towns depend on military spending."
"Is it not interesting that the antiwar movement of late has all but dried up with the installation of Obama’s Marxoid-inspired kakistocracy and yet the war on the world continues apace? The trail of tears and path of destruction has a sorrowful record burned into the annals of Western and Eastern recorded history. Written in blood and stacked on hundreds of millions of corpses, the state is the Goliath that straddles across the corpus of man."
"Extremism in defense of 100% security is a vice: wicked and immoral behavior. Such extremism stems from an erroneous moral philosophy in which one does not allow equal freedom to one’s neighbors, but instead one exercises power over them in the name of one’s own false conception of one’s right."
"I am not a fan of globalism, but I am a fan of trade, cooperation on [a] bilateral or multilateral [level]. I believe those things are necessary to essentially progress human civilization. But, forcing everyone, either at the point of a gun or [by] the power of the purse, to give up their way of life, to give up their institutions, to give up their culture, to give up their fundamental right of self-government, it’s just absolutely wrong. The fact is that you don’t have to give those things up to be able to trade and respect one another and to live in peace."
"Power is usually an artificial construct because the only power we have over others is the power they give us, knowingly or unknowingly. Power does not make one special. The narcissistic sociopath does not make such distinctions. He/she only distinguishes between the people who strive for dominance and everyone else. People that covet power are a superior subspecies, while people who do not covet power are considered bugs."
"Migrants don’t have the resources to support themselves. So they’re obviously getting help and funding from outside sources. I suspect it’s coming from NGOs. These people are politically and psychologically committed to destroying Western Civilization. And the average American or European has become so guilt-ridden, self-effacing, and philosophically corrupt that they welcome them."
"The very first step toward mental freedom is to recognize the politics of envy (class warfare) and self-sacrifice. Then psychological power and advantage is reversed from external authorities to us, the individuals. This is universally true in any country in the world. Mental freedom precedes physical freedom. Mental freedom is not a figment of idealism or philosophy. It delivers peace of mind and unlimited prosperity to the individual right under the nose of oppressive government. To escape oppressive government is to escape the thought system that we are born into."
"A Yankee is a particular breed of person who believes that everyone should live as he does, and if not, he will force you to bend to his will."