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Friday, December 06, 2013

Absolute summary

The New American Aristocracy
Perhaps as a result of the Italian and German experiences, dictatorships have been the great fear of democracies for the last six decades. Aristocracy sounds like something out of the 18th century; a legally privileged class of people sounds positively medieval to the modern ear. And yet, increasingly, that is exactly what we are seeing develop in 21st century America.


 The Scientists Who Cried Wolf
It's freezing outside. Hundreds of historic low temperatures have been set in recent weeks around the country. Every single computer model that predicted the globe would be warmer over the last decade has been shown to be wrong. And now this.

Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world. On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site. That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.”

At this rate, instead of mourning the drowning polar bears, we're going to find ourselves fleeing for our lives from rampaging packs of them.


Lies, Damned Lies, and the Left
 If you happen to notice a no-guns sticker at a place of business, be sure to ask if it is actually the policy of the business or not before assuming it is there legitimately. Because it is entirely possible that the business's owner didn't put it there.


Racism in a Post-Racial Society
One of the interesting things about living in Europe is the vast gulf between the way Europeans actually behave and the way most Americans believe they do. As a general rule, Americans tend to think of Europe as a little more than a continental socialist camp, which either inspires their admiration or their pity depending upon whether they are liberal or conservative. Liberals, in particular, seem to regard Europe as some sort of New York City on steroids where all the things for which they labor so passionately, like gun control, abortion, racial equality and gay marriage, are embraced as a matter of course.

These assumptions tend to be vastly amusing to anyone who has actually spent time living among Europeans.

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38 Comments:

Anonymous kh123 December 06, 2013 4:56 AM  

Who was it - Boris I think - that kept going on about Antarctic ice growth not amounting to anything regarding the overall trend, which would regress to the mean once this anomalous year or ten of 'non-warming' warming was over.

Anonymous The CronoLink December 06, 2013 5:12 AM  

It's because of global warming that we now have global cooling, so stop killing gaia and let the Supreme and Wise One Government to right all wrongs.

Blogger AdognamedOp December 06, 2013 6:59 AM  

Some of the bravest, unsung heroes of the 20th Century came from Aristocratic backgrounds. Many of them Christian. For instance, those high ranking German officers and officials who risked their lives, risked endless hours of torture and the lives of their wives and children as they plotted against ole Adolph.
They understood the dangers yet were willing to sacrifice their lives for the good of mankind long before the writers of History ever began to even contemplate what went down.

Blogger AdognamedOp December 06, 2013 7:34 AM  

Europe is a scab of what was once Western civilization. You can pretend there's some sort of revival happening but it's too late baby. Look at birth rates, suicide rates and overall leadership. Nevermind the economic factor. At this point, Europe should place all its chips on the Nords and another Viking incursion. preferably one more violent.

Anonymous Rosalys December 06, 2013 7:36 AM  

A great quartet of articles! Thank you, Vox! Now which one to post to my FB page so as to give 85% of my "friends" yet something else to ignore (when I'm looking for love I post cute pictures and brownie recipes.) I chose the one on the new American aristocracy because it had such a great picture accompanying it! It is the sort of picture that would have caused my husband's cousin to unfriend me had he not already done so a month ago for the hateful action of calling the One a criminal who belongs in jail.

Anonymous Logan December 06, 2013 7:47 AM  

Vox, is there any chance of you writing a book on any of these topics in the near future? Perhaps the success of your recent novels would result in even greater success and exposure in the non-fiction realm.

Anonymous Salt December 06, 2013 7:48 AM  

I don't believe one has to traverse dictatorship prior to the bloodletting. If one thinks of the "Ciceronian political cycle" as a rule, I note that such is more Old World than what, even now, a goodly part of well armed Americans embrace. It's not our nature.

Anonymous Idle Spectator December 06, 2013 8:00 AM  

Some of the bravest, unsung heroes of the 20th Century came from Aristocratic backgrounds. Many of them Christian. For instance, those high ranking German officers and officials who risked their lives, risked endless hours of torture and the lives of their wives and children as they plotted against ole Adolph.

Claus von Stauffenberg. "Long live sacred Germany!"
Manfred von Richthofen. Der Rote Baron in his sad triplane. Like the old generals sending the new generations off to fight while forgetting about the new technology, don't give the Boomers any bad ideas.

Anonymous Imbibing Spectator December 06, 2013 8:03 AM  

This articles go down smooth, like chilled Absolute Voxka.

Anonymous DT December 06, 2013 8:19 AM  

Every single computer model that predicted the globe would be warmer over the last decade has been shown to be wrong.

But...but...consensus! Settled science! Deniers!!!

Anonymous imbibing Specator December 06, 2013 8:21 AM  

heheh heh ehg

been drnk voxka

Anonymous Stg58/Animal Mother December 06, 2013 8:28 AM  

Dognamedop,

Nords? Like Ysgramor?

DO-VAHH-KINNN!

Blogger Tom Kratman December 06, 2013 8:34 AM  

In terms of the rising aristocracy, I suggest the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHVo0hJhnK4

Blogger Tom Kratman December 06, 2013 8:38 AM  

The rising aristocracy, IS, is not of the same stuff as Stauffenburg. Courage is something little and stupid people have to expend on their new masters' behalfs. Risk is for other people's children, not theirs. Well credentialled criminals and frauds, they are competent only in corruption.

Anonymous hideous December 06, 2013 9:18 AM  

OT:
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Anonymous Feh December 06, 2013 9:36 AM  

Calling them aristocrats is an insult to the aristocracy.

They are communist apparatchiks. Nomenklatura. Their power and privilege comes not from birth but from political connections.

Blogger Tom Kratman December 06, 2013 9:43 AM  

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

IOW, if it assumes certain perogatives as a right of birth, thinks of itself as being of an hereditary superior class, looks out for its children and the children of its peers...

Now they're not a _good_ or useful aristocracy - through history many aristocrats and aristocracies have not been worth more than the grease to let the guillotine's blade fall smoothly - but they are still an aristocracy.

Blogger Tom Kratman December 06, 2013 9:46 AM  

Hmmm...looking at the second subject, I think Madame ought have a little pillow talk with sundry corrupt scientists, as well.

Anonymous Josh December 06, 2013 10:06 AM  

Sing, swing
Savour the sting
As she severs you, Madame Guillotine

Anonymous Feh December 06, 2013 10:07 AM  

Nah. Of course they look out for their children, but it still boils down to political connections. When the father falls from power, the kids lose their power, too.

They are properly termed ochlocrats, not aristocrats.

Anonymous Mr. Rational December 06, 2013 10:08 AM  

At this rate, instead of mourning the drowning polar bears, we're going to find ourselves fleeing for our lives from rampaging packs of them.

Uh, Vox... there are no polar bears in Antarctica.

Blogger Tom Kratman December 06, 2013 10:19 AM  

And, via corruption of blood and bill of attainder, the same thing can happen to more traditional aristocrats.

I wouldn't say ochlocrats or, at least, that ochlocracy is either the desired or likely end state.

Blogger JDC December 06, 2013 10:44 AM  

Aristocrats I can work with, but at least the West isn't romanticizing the hippie again...

Oh Wait...

Anonymous TWS December 06, 2013 11:39 AM  

JDC -they _look_ like they smell. I can't imagine living near them.

Blogger JDC December 06, 2013 11:44 AM  

TWS - you have missed the beauty and quaint elegance of their carefree, elvish lifestyle - free as defined as not having to work (unless you count panhandling or duping people out of their money). Of course, most of them are receiving some kind of government assistance...but hey - they get to crap in the woods and smoke all the mary jane they can get their hands on. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Anonymous Matan December 06, 2013 11:48 AM  

Polar bears hunting humans,now thats fun and it deserves a book or a movie.

In that world aristocrats would be those who have guns and the polar bears prey would be those stupid enough to live in that world without a gun.

Anonymous Stickwick December 06, 2013 11:51 AM  

Mr. Rational: Uh, Vox... there are no polar bears in Antarctica.

Nobody gives a damn about penguins. It's so racist.

Blogger El Borak December 06, 2013 12:01 PM  

"He also is the first writer in the history of the Science Fiction Writers of America to be expelled from the organization."

On your racism post, this should have read "writer of color"

Anonymous cheddarman December 06, 2013 12:06 PM  



As to the new aristocracy, they are also being funneled trillions of dollars through the Federal Reserve - Wall Street Mega Banks quantitative easing arrangement...but of course, it is to stimulate the economy so us proles can have jobs.

Blogger Tom Kratman December 06, 2013 12:23 PM  

Ched:

Yes. I am not sure of the final make up of the neo-aristocracy, but it appears to include old Euro and (maybe) Japanese aristocracy, academia, journalism, politicos, money new and old, to include money derived from crime (Kennedy clan, I am looking at _you_), and a heavy side order of transnational bureaucrats. It's already hard to see where one of those classes ends and the other begins; that's how cohesive they've become and how quickly. They have mostly the same outlooks and values. They send their kids to the same schools and said kids intermarry. They are unutterably corrupt.

Blogger Doom December 06, 2013 12:48 PM  

Oh, don't get your knickers in a bunch about what Americans think. For the most part, Europeans think of America in a very wrong-headed fashion as well. When I was there, they fantasized us all being cowboys, though with the elites being more like characters from "Dallas". Are they still screening reruns of that over there? Bleh. Or the notion that we are bloody barbarians, conflating what minorities do here with what the rest of us do, not realizing urban minorities are guilty of the vast majority of violence in this country, and those live in cities that have gun laws like the most severe gun restricted zones in their socialist regime. As to them being a socialist zone? With the E.U. in place, they are. Regardless what actually takes place in any particular country, if it is beholden to Brussels, then it is socialized. Enforcement comes after the laws are made, so while they may live free in some nations, that can't last or the E.U. will have to die. Having been on both sides of the pond myself, my suggestion is that the average European is far more ignorant about the average (white) American then the reverse. So... stuff your Euro-elitism.
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As for seeing a "gun-free zone" sign and asking? You know... I hadn't thought about activism and other things. Usually I just wouldn't enter. Good call though. Besides, if enough people ask, then if told the sign is true suggest they will do business elsewhere... Money, money, money, baby... and my guess is gun-owners spend more than the anti-Americans who hate guns. Activists don't have shit, and won't earn it, that's why they want our guns so that the government can take our shit and give it to them.

Anonymous DonReynolds December 06, 2013 2:12 PM  

So much red meat on one platter! We must be dining with Swedes today. Hard to decide where to begin.

Anonymous VD December 06, 2013 3:37 PM  

Uh, Vox... there are no polar bears in Antarctica.

That's just what they want you to think.

Anonymous paradox December 06, 2013 4:03 PM  

Calling them aristocrats is an insult to the aristocracy.

They are communist apparatchiks. Nomenklatura. Their power and privilege comes not from birth but from political connections.


+1

As Thomas Jefferson spoke about a natural aristocracy. A revolving aristocracy not fixed, something the republic was supposed to be. Not this egalitarian democracy run by an elite politburo.

Anonymous Leap of a Beta December 06, 2013 9:32 PM  

Vox,
As a frequent lurker and rare commenter, I'd love a weekly summary of articles you've written at alt right with links to them. They're not a daily read for me, but I'd enjoy making sure I don't miss any articles of yours that land over there, as it seems you have a different voice and focus there than you do here, much as you have a different focus here than at Alpha Game. Thanks

Anonymous The other skeptic December 07, 2013 11:23 AM  

Environmentalism is losing its luster.

Anonymous The other skeptic December 07, 2013 11:25 AM  

On your racism post, this should have read "writer of color"

Actually, Vox, your Amazon profile should mention "Writer of color."

Hmmm, maybe not. That might make people think you are one of those PinkSF writers.

Anonymous The other skeptic December 07, 2013 11:29 AM  

Just why is Nasa ignoring the moon?

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