Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Comment on the Belmont Club:
"The Crystal Ball"

What distinguishes human beings from other animals in our conceit is the ability to learn from the experience of others. Unfortunately this gives rise to two vulnerabilities;
1. a belief that not just humans but other natural systems can also learn and adapt we call Lysenkoism,
2. since we are dependent on experiences that are recorded and then transmitted through cultural patterns, such as writing and the educational systems, we are vulnerable to having those sources we rely on corrupted.

Socialists use the first weakness, an imperfect ability to weld expectations to reality, to create sufficient suspension of the reliance on personal experience that they call "Hope." This is then compounded by the Gramscian corruption of those institutions relied upon for the education of future generations. Eventually you arrive at a point where people cannot read the crystal ball. Their eyes have been taught not to focus and the ball they do look in has been tuned to deliver only reruns from the "West Wing" TV show. What is needed, lest we become less than a memory, is a new crystal ball, a palantir that can look with "straight sight" back Into the West and remind us of how things ought to be.

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