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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Of SJWs and Saruman

This tweet illustrates SJW posturing, incivility, and ignorance in a nutshell:
Supreme Dark Lord @voxday
The #cuckservative is Saruman. He counsels surrender and submission to Mordor because he despairs. The #AltRight are the Men of the West.

Richard GadsdIN R@po8c
*headdesk* Even granting the racist his premise, that's Denethor, not Saruman.
He's completely wrong. Denethor despairs, to be sure, but even in his despair he neither surrenders nor submits to Mordor. You do recall the grand scene when Denethor ends the siege of Gondor by opening the gates to the army of the Witch King, right? Of course you don't, because it never happened.

Denethor despairs and commits suicide. Saruman, on the other hand, despairs, submits, and surrenders to Sauron, with the idea that by doing so, he can eventually achieve some level of influence over Sauron. Consider his address to Gandalf, after revealing himself to be Saruman of Many Colors:

"A new Power is rising. Against it the old allies and policies will not avail us at all. There is no hope left in Elves or dying Numenor. This then is one choice before you, before us. We may join with that Power. It would be wise, Gandalf. There is hope that way. Its victory is at hand and there will be rich reward for those that aided it. As the Power grows, its proved friends will also grow; and the Wise, such as you and I, may with patience come at last to direct its courses, to control it. We can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all the things that we have so far striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends."

Kunae ‏@Kinslaughterer
It's worse: Saurman, after preaching moderation, turns on his erstwhile allies and attacks them with words, then armies.

In other words, I was correct. Saruman is a true cuckservative.

The #AltRight will never join with that Power. We are the Men of the West and we will neither bow to Mordor nor listen to the mouths of its emissaries sent out to deceive the ignorant.

UPDATE: Give Richard some credit. Unlike many, he can admit when he is wrong.
Richard GadsdIN ‏@po8crg
I've read your blogpost and I owe you an apology. I'd forgotten the post-Helm's Deep stuff and you were right.
I'm not going to say there is absolutely no chance I will get something wrong about The Lord of the Rings, but let's just say the odds are very, very, very low considering how many times I have read the books over the years. As a general rule, if it is a) Tolkien, b) economic theory, or c) computer games from 1980 to 2000, think twice, then think again before you call me out on what you think is an error.

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76 Comments:

Blogger dc.sunsets May 26, 2016 11:34 AM  

There is no such thing as a host negotiating with a parasite.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 26, 2016 11:35 AM  

If people like Richard the Weasel would just explain the Rules of Identity Politics I too might surrender, trust me.

Anonymous VFM #6306 May 26, 2016 11:38 AM  

Asserting that the suicidal Denethor better portrays his self-identity while "subtly" allying with the antiracist SJW horde?

How Cucky.

Blogger Elocutioner May 26, 2016 11:41 AM  

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Blogger Elocutioner May 26, 2016 11:42 AM  

I'm #NeverAragorn! The Stewards of Gondor are the right and proper leaders of this house. I'd rather kneel to Saruman than some pasty, unkempt ranger. It doesn't matter if his traveling companion is an elf, he refused to submit to the counsel of Elrond! He says he would end the war with those miserable Southrons but claims he can win the war with Sauron? You all are gullible, unprincipled sheep!

Anonymous bw1 May 26, 2016 11:43 AM  

Vox is quoting Tolkien. I suspect Richard only knows Peter Jackson, who omitted that monologue.

Anonymous Bobo May 26, 2016 11:44 AM  

When I first glanced at the cuck tweeter's name, my mind read "gardasil "

Probably pretty close.

Blogger Geoff martin May 26, 2016 11:46 AM  

I'm not a big LOTR guy but a CURSORY wikipedia browse (I doubled checked the editing history) shows this guy to be a total fool:

"Unlike Saruman, Denethor was too strong to be corrupted by Sauron. In the novel, he began secretly using a palantír to probe Sauron's strength, though he incorrectly insisted he was able to control it. The effort aged him quickly, and the knowledge of Sauron's overwhelming force depressed him greatly, mostly due to deliberately biased visions from the palantír on the part of Sauron. Boromir's death depressed Denethor further, and he became ever more grim. Nonetheless he continued to fight Sauron with every resource at his disposal until the forces of Mordor arrived at the gates of the White City, at which point he lost all hope."

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Blogger dc.sunsets May 26, 2016 11:51 AM  

West: Peaceful Producers
Leftists: Violent parasites

What drives the parasites is pure envy. What they can't make or take, they want to destroy.

This is why their target these days is "privilege." They rage at the gifts men are bequeathed by their ancestors (Western Civ's high-trust, low corruption system, relatively high IQ, low time preference, etc.)

They used to be satisfied to take the products of those gifts from those who made them (via redistributive taxation, regulations and minority set-asides) but the more the parasites are shuffled (like a deck of cards) into contact with productive people, the more enraged become the parasites at their open inability to keep up.

This war is not ideological. It is every bit as genetic as is the heritability of intelligence, time preference and social trust.

The use of the term, "white privilege" is an open declaration of war, openly stating their intention to wipe the producers from the planet because our shining example forces all but a few minorities to see how permanently behind they are.

Anonymous Faceless May 26, 2016 11:52 AM  

The movies make Denethor look worse than he was. It was the right thing to tell his son, commander of his military, to hold the chokepoint at all costs; in the movie, this was depicted with usual over sentimentality as a wrong choice. The movies depicted him as a crazy old fool, when that crazy old fool had held out like the last Byzantine emperors - no support from the west and north, only enemies from the south and east, his lands being chewed up slowly all around him.

Anonymous Sick Duck May 26, 2016 11:55 AM  

How does it feel knowing that white men will no longer hold the reins of powers?

How does it feel knowing that you daughters will more than likely bear children of Men of Color?

You guys lost. SUCK IT.

Blogger dc.sunsets May 26, 2016 11:57 AM  

Saruman & Denethor are great metaphors for the corruption of power; the first is rendered utterly evil by his association with it, the latter is rendered utterly insane to the point of sending his own son out to die in a pointless battle along with other indispensable soldiers.

This SOOOOO reminds me of the kind of people now running the USA's political system.

Do you ever wonder if the people carrying around the nuclear football have too much in common with Denethor?

Blogger James Dixon May 26, 2016 11:59 AM  

> The use of the term, "white privilege" is an open declaration of war, openly stating their intention to wipe the producers from the planet because our shining example forces all but a few minorities to see how permanently behind they are.

Ellsworth Toohey speaking in "The Fountainhead":

“Look at it. A sublime achievement, isn't it? A heroic achievement. Think of the thousands who worked to create this and of the millions who profit by it. And it is said that but for the spirit of a dozen men, here and there down the ages, but for a dozen men--less, perhaps--none of this would have been possible. And that might be true. If so, there are--again--two possible attitudes to take. We can say that these twelve were great benefactors, that we are all fed by the overflow of the magnificent wealth of their spirit, and that we are glad to accept it in gratitude and brotherhood. Or, we can say that by the splendor of their achievement which we can neither equal nor keep, these twelve have shown us what we are, that we do not want the free gifts of their grandeur, that a cave by an oozing swamp and a fire of sticks rubbed together are preferable to skyscrapers and neon lights--if the cave and the sticks are the limit of your own creative capacities. Of the two attitudes, Dominique, which would you call the truly humanitarian one? Because, you see, I'm a humanitarian.”

Blogger Culture War Draftee May 26, 2016 12:00 PM  

IIRC the movie depicted Denethor as guzzling food and drink while sending his son off on a suicide mission. It was a jarring scene, with Denethor as a spineless degenerate, addicted to food, sociopathic in his disregard of his city, his troops, and his flesh and blood. Tolkien's Denethor had a lot more to him than that.

Blogger John Williams May 26, 2016 12:02 PM  

Saruman of Many Colors or Gandalf, the White, the choice is yours.

Anonymous Josh Silver May 26, 2016 12:03 PM  

You know I've never read Mein Kampf before but I found a copy on the free table in the library last night so I picked it up. It is scary to see how close Hitler is to Trump's blowhardedness.

You guys are Trump supporters. Bascially you guys think like Hitler.

Anonymous Sensei May 26, 2016 12:06 PM  

The movies depicted him as a crazy old fool, when that crazy old fool had held out like the last Byzantine emperors

Peter Jackson (along with his writing 'help') doesn't understand and can't portray characters with that kind of depth, so unless the actor can bring depth to the role based on their own talents and experience, it's not there. The best Jackson could do, and it served him well enough to get by in LOTR (the Hobbit not so much), was to pick one or two prominent traits and produce a fairly one-dimensional/stereotypical character. Except Faramir. No one knows what the heck was going on with him.

Blogger Rusty Fife May 26, 2016 12:08 PM  

Josh Silver wrote:You know I've never read Mein Kampf before but I found a copy on the free table in the library last night so I picked it up. It is scary to see how close Hitler is to Trump's blowhardedness.

You guys are Trump supporters. Bascially you guys think like Hitler.


Oh really? Which part? Cam you drop some quotes?

Blogger The Gray Man May 26, 2016 12:11 PM  

I love how Tolkien's story continues to capture all of human nature in one huge political war epic.

People always want to try to say LOTR was an allegory to WW2 or something like that, and Tolkien always said it wasn't.

Now we see why: LOTR was far, far bigger than WW2. It was about civilizations over long periods of time.

Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar May 26, 2016 12:13 PM  

Of course you did, Josh.

Blogger lowercaseb May 26, 2016 12:13 PM  

I've always looked at LOtR in religious terms...I've never thought of it as a metaphor for current politics. It's really scary how well they fit in.

Josh...since you are an expert in My Struggle now, how do you think the concept of Hitler's Weltanschauung compares with MAGA?

Blogger Patriotic Canadian May 26, 2016 12:15 PM  

I'm hoping you're being sarcastic. You see us white men tend to use gas chambers not machetes to eliminate people we don't like. We are far more efficient in killing people.

Blogger Patriotic Canadian May 26, 2016 12:15 PM  

I'm hoping you're being sarcastic. You see us white men tend to use gas chambers not machetes to eliminate people we don't like. We are far more efficient in killing people.

Blogger Ingot9455 May 26, 2016 12:21 PM  

There was a great article recently covering a Trump rally and the surrounding protests.

And he covered the many 'Trump is Hitler!' signs.

And he made the point that calling someone Hitler is the worst thing one can say. If it has no effect... you're done. There's nothing worse.

The signs that read 'Hitler Hitler Hitler!!!' were the best, like saying it three times would have some magical effect. Plus exclamation points!!!

So in conclusion, as Greg Gutfeld says, you, Josh Silver, are worse than Hitler.

Blogger lowercaseb May 26, 2016 12:23 PM  

Sensei wrote: The movies depicted him as a crazy old fool, when that crazy old fool had held out like the last Byzantine emperors

Peter Jackson (along with his writing 'help') doesn't understand and can't portray characters with that kind of depth, so unless the actor can bring depth to the role based on their own talents and experience, it's not there. The best Jackson could do, and it served him well enough to get by in LOTR (the Hobbit not so much), was to pick one or two prominent traits and produce a fairly one-dimensional/stereotypical character. Except Faramir. No one knows what the heck was going on with him.


I will give Jackson some credit...in trying to make the motivations of Boromir more clear, Denethor had to be sacrificed. "Because he's crazy" is a lot easier to portray to the audience than "Because he's put in an untenable position."

I'm not sure how to display the exhaustion, the feelings of abandonment, and the disgust with the rest of the middle earth that Gondor was feeling to the audience without making the damn film even longer.

although I am still chuckling at #NeverAragorn...

"Does this pretty boy Númenórean think he is just going to STRIDE into the role of king? #NeverAragorn"

Anonymous Broken Arrow May 26, 2016 12:28 PM  

The Gray Man wrote:I love how Tolkien's story continues to capture all of human nature in one huge political war epic.

People always want to try to say LOTR was an allegory to WW2 or something like that, and Tolkien always said it wasn't.

Now we see why: LOTR was far, far bigger than WW2. It was about civilizations over long periods of time.



Yes, one of the most important themes for the modern age is just assuming that ancient history is nothing but myth. Just because it happened thousands of years ago doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Anonymous mature craig May 26, 2016 12:29 PM  

Re. 1203. It seems to me Hitler didn't understand that according to the Old Testament which Jesus Christ did not come to abolish but to fulfill. God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel

Anonymous Sensei May 26, 2016 12:29 PM  

I'm not sure how to display the exhaustion, the feelings of abandonment, and the disgust with the rest of the middle earth that Gondor was feeling to the audience without making the damn film even longer.

Boromir already did this to some extent, talking about how Gondor was shouldering all the burden to protect Middle Earth. All you'd need to add was maybe a complaining comment from a foot soldier, and to make Denethor less grimy and more regally weary. I always imagined Peter Cushing nailing the role perfectly.

Blogger VFM #7634 May 26, 2016 12:29 PM  

It is scary to see how close Hitler is to Trump's blowhardedness.

@Josh Silver
Not really. Actually, Hitler was a Gamma.

Blogger ZhukovG May 26, 2016 12:30 PM  

I have to admit, Boromir's last stand was one of the more moving moments in the movies.

But my favorite is still the charge of the Riders of Rohan. I always imagine the orcs are SJWs

Blogger lowercaseb May 26, 2016 12:35 PM  

>Sensei wrote:I always imagined Peter Cushing nailing the role perfectly.

Oh good lord YES! I will admit that I am prejudiced in favor of any of the older Hammer stars, but you NAILED it.

Damn...just the thought of Cushing playing that just perks me up!

...and you are right Sean Bean sells Boromir and by extension Gondor's complaint well for the first movie.

Blogger Sam Lively May 26, 2016 12:35 PM  

@24

Maybe Jackson could have cut back on Elijah Wood reaction shots. He wasted an enormous amount of time trying to establish Real Emotions because he had no grasp of subtlety.

Jackson's problem is he's a special effects guy masquerading as a story teller. His understanding of the core story was childishly simple - as evidenced by his choice of a waifish former child actor with two facial expressions to play the stoic hero.

Remember that his initial choice for Aragorn was Stuart Townsend, a twentysomething skinny pretty boy best known for playing aristocratic fops.

Blogger Feather Blade May 26, 2016 12:36 PM  

Mr.MantraMan wrote:If people like Richard the Weasel would just explain the Rules of Identity Politics I too might surrender, trust me.

Explain the rules? Please, it's Calvinball.

Anonymous Broken Arrow May 26, 2016 12:37 PM  

Josh Silver wrote:You know I've never read Mein Kampf before but I found a copy on the free table in the library last night so I picked it up. It is scary to see how close Hitler is to Trump's blowhardedness.

You guys are Trump supporters. Bascially you guys think like Hitler.


You know, I never read The Foundations of Leninism but I found a copy on a dead bum outside of a crack house so I picked it up. It is scary to see how close Stalin's political views are like yours.

"Bascially" you think like Stalin.

Anonymous LastRedoubt May 26, 2016 12:43 PM  

@Josh Silver

Is this one of those "Hitler breathed oxygen, you breathe oxygen, you're just like Hitler" things?

Blogger ZhukovG May 26, 2016 12:46 PM  

Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!...
...Ride now!... Ride now!... Ride! Ride to ruin and the world's ending!...
...Forth, Eorlingas!

(Sorry, I didn't resist; feeling a little tribal. You know how it is. heehee)

Blogger Lost Pilgrim May 26, 2016 12:54 PM  

There is a reason that Tolkien's archetypes hold true now and across the globe. These are true.

It doesn't matter that Strider, Saruman, or Denethor were fictional. What matters is that they speak to us. All of us both those that embrace them for the truth and those who avert their eyes from the truth and shriek against it. We're all living with and seeing the same truth some acknowledge it and some rail against it.

So choose. Choose which archetype you want to embrace. Do you understand loyalty is a two way street? Do you want to see truth and beauty? Do you want your people to be better, to be great?

Or do you want to be Saruman, Bill Ferny, Ted Sandyman? Even Denethor who despaired and Boromir who repented were on the right side. Better to be Aragorn who worked tirelessly never forgetting his people. Faramir who when faced with corruption never considered giving in. Or Eowyn a woman who stood between her king and kin and a literal demon.

We all know these archetypes. Those of us who love them love truth, beauty and their civilization. Those who don't who choose the way of Saruman, they deserve his fate.

Blogger Elocutioner May 26, 2016 1:01 PM  

@24 lowercaseb

"One doesn't simply STRIDE into the White City. #NeverAragorn"

Blogger dienw May 26, 2016 1:02 PM  

@26. mature craig
That Ashkenazi run state in the middle east is not Israel.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume May 26, 2016 1:03 PM  

@24

"I'm not sure how to display the exhaustion, the feelings of abandonment, and the disgust with the rest of the middle earth that Gondor was feeling to the audience without making the damn film even longer."

Here's an idea: cut out all the crap involving Arwen, the Super Girl Elf.

Those movies were utter crap, made by a special effects guy who didn't actually grasp half the story. It wasn't what he removed from them that made them utter crap (except maybe the scouring of the shire) but what he added. Damnable Super Elf Girl is suspect numero uno.

Anonymous VFM #6306 May 26, 2016 1:06 PM  

Josh Silver,freeloading socialist. Buy your own damn copy of Mein Kampf. Stop exploiting the workers who slaved to manufacture the copy you stole from them.

Do your share!

Anonymous Brick Hardslab May 26, 2016 1:12 PM  

@39 Arwen was a big mistake. The lack of the Scouring of the Shire was a big mistake. And Jackson really doesn't understand heroism. He's like Steven King, he can write villains, victims, and the deranged. But true heroes? No.

Jackson just saw this pretty story he liked and thought Hobbits were short hippies. He understood none of the virtue of Faramir, the despair of Eowyn, the steadfast friendship between Sam and Frodo. Jackson doesn't get it at all. He allowed his writing team to rape the Hobbit. I hate to say that about a children's book but he did.

If he understood any Western, Christian virtues he would have written a very different movie.

Blogger Feather Blade May 26, 2016 1:14 PM  

@39 Hey, at a least she was in the book

*cough* Tauriel *cough*

Blogger Teri May 26, 2016 1:15 PM  

And what about the story they chose not to cover in the movie. I have forgotten the female character, but she is a warrior and disguises herself to go off into battle. Then she learns that her true nature is that of a healer. We can't have a narrative where we don't have skinny women beating up on men ;)

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume May 26, 2016 1:16 PM  

@41

I had to google Tauriel. Ugh. I'm glad I was so disgusted with The Lord of the Rings movies that I never bothered with The Hobbit.

Anonymous roo_ster May 26, 2016 1:24 PM  

@43 Emmett
There is out on the torrents a 3-hour cut & splice of The Hobbit that is much superior to the nine hour / three movie mess tha Jackson made of it. It removes almost all the non-JRRT bits and is a decent movie in an of itself.

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 26, 2016 1:27 PM  

@17. Rusty Fife

That would involve him actually reading the book instead of just claiming he did.

Honestly, Rusty you expect too much of opponents.

Blogger tz May 26, 2016 1:30 PM  

Men of the West? I've never seen you or Milo in a cowboy hat.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer May 26, 2016 1:31 PM  

How can you know who Denethor is and not know that Saruman who counsels surrender? That he does in fact join forces with Sauron.

It is a pretty major part of the book and movie. One might think that it was put in there for a reason.

Anonymous Anonymous May 26, 2016 1:43 PM  

If you don't want a Reich, don't create a Weimar

Anonymous KH May 26, 2016 1:53 PM  

Excellent post. Reminds me of a Ray Bradbury quote discussed on this blog some time back. Beware the "October People".

Anonymous A.B. Prosper May 26, 2016 2:07 PM  

You didn't miss much. The LOTR movie wasn't the book but it was close in places and enjoyable. The Hobbit movie was crap though the Dwarves were nicely done.

And Tauriel , I like Evangeline Lily but just no. Hell no.

Blogger Jim May 26, 2016 2:17 PM  

I though the LOTR movies were actually quite good for the most part. Take out Arwen the Magnificent and they seemed fairly close to the text for a movie treatment.

Now the Hobbit movies were shite. I felt bad about not taking my kids when they came out, but after the first one I was like, nope. So they watched them on cable and would get bored and go outside after a while.

Blogger John Wright May 26, 2016 2:20 PM  

@42
" I have forgotten the female character, but she is a warrior and disguises herself to go off into battle. Then she learns that her true nature is that of a healer. "

Eowyn. She was also driven by despair.

Anonymous anger management May 26, 2016 2:24 PM  

H/T @ Broken Arrow, this is fun!

@ Josh Silver:
You know I've never read a transcript of the Rosenberg spy trial before but I found a copy in the burn barrel outside a Jewish community center last night so I picked it up. It is scary to see how close Communist fifth columnists are to SJW Trump-haters.

You guys are SJW Trump-haters. Basically you guys think like Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab May 26, 2016 2:35 PM  

John Wright wrote:@42

" I have forgotten the female character, but she is a warrior and disguises herself to go off into battle. Then she learns that her true nature is that of a healer. "

Eowyn. She was also driven by despair.
But she was healed partly through the love of Faramir who had never despaired.

Blogger tz May 26, 2016 2:52 PM  

half OT
Even Lego has discovered Boys and Girls are different

Blogger Elder Son May 26, 2016 2:58 PM  

Read the whole thing: It stands to reason - Ellsworth Toohey

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=004FMp

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 26, 2016 3:12 PM  

Tolkein nicely does the two faces of despair.
Denethor sees only defeat in the offing. Having lost the son he loved, widowed, alone. His remaining son despised as an enduring disappointment who will never, in his esteem, be able to rule Gondor as it should, no, MUST, be ruled to survive. Thinking himself without aid, and without friends and without hope. At the extremity, he despairs of House, Nation and Life, and seeks only an end.
Eowyn lives similarly a world of despair. Noble daughter of a noble house, watching her brother and uncle ride off to their certain death. The only prospect she can see for herself and her people is to survive a few months or years against an enemy that is certain to come, and certain to destroy them. Even though she knows she will be needed as a ruling queen, her sense of duty is not enough to rally her. Eowyn too despairs of House, of Nation, of Life itself. Yet, she has one hope left. She hopes to strike a blow beside her king. That only, not to prevail, not to survive, but to strike a blow.
And she becomes the greatest warrior of that day. Greater than the Master of the Eored. Greater than the returning king of Numenor. Greater than the supernatural wizard. Standing over the dead body of her uncle and protector, she laughs in the ace of the demon and strikes it a mortal blow, though it kill her.

My God, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
Tolkein well understood the Pagan virtues.

Blogger Teri May 26, 2016 3:56 PM  

I thought it was Eowyn, but I'm "working" and couldn't look it up. There were scenes in the book that I really wish they had covered. The rebuilding of the Shire is one. You needed to know that even back home, life had been changed.

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Blogger Elocutioner May 26, 2016 3:59 PM  

http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Sauron

"His greatest virtue was his love of order and perfection, disliking anything wasteful."

Sauron was a bit OCD.

Blogger Desiderius May 26, 2016 4:31 PM  

"My God, I'm tearing up just thinking about it."

I don't tear up much, but that scene always gets me, not least because of Merry's part.

Blogger Desiderius May 26, 2016 4:43 PM  

"The use of the term, "white privilege" is an open declaration of war"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK0_Ob9qCI0

OpenID simplytimothy May 26, 2016 4:49 PM  

Don't forget us dwarves. We are natural sprinters; Very dangerous over short distances!


Blogger Chris Jackson May 26, 2016 4:50 PM  

So missing-the-point guy said, in effect "Denethor = Men of the West" - Also - "RACIST!!! WAAAAAAH!"

Anonymous Noah Nehm May 26, 2016 5:00 PM  

The abuse of political power is fundamentally connected with the sophistic abuse of the word, indeed, finds in it the fertile soil in which to hide and grow and get ready, so much so that the latent potential of the totalitarian poison can be ascertained, as it were, by observing the symptom of the public abuse of language. The degradation, too, of man through man, alarmingly evident in the acts of physical violence committed by all tyrannies has its beginning, certainly much less alarmingly, at that almost imperceptible moment when the word loses its dignity.



The dignity of the word, to be sure consists in this: through the word is accomplished what no other means can accomplish, namely, communication based on reality. Once again it becomes evident that both areas, as has to be expected are connected: the relationship based on mere power, and thus the most miserable decay of human interaction, stands in direct proportion to the most devastating breakdown in orientation toward reality.



-- Philosopher Josef Pieper

Blogger Bob May 26, 2016 5:19 PM  

Another interesting aspect of The Lord of the Rings is that Tolkien advocated to an extent for racial purity; the Númenóreans were a superior race because the best racial stock - - the Edain - - were a step above the the lesser races of men (usually described as "swarthy"), with the line of Númenórean kings actually improved with an admixture of Elven ancestry. In Middle-Earth as the Númenóreans declined in number due to numerous wars and an apparently low reproductive rate - - comparable to modern 1st-world Earth - - they had to begin diluting their purity with the blood of lesser races, which led to the Kin-Strife, shortening of lifespans, and lessening of wisdom. See the parallels with modern Europe/US?

Anonymous Noah Nehm May 26, 2016 5:51 PM  

"The degradation, too, of man through man, alarmingly evident in the acts of physical violence committed by all tyrannies has its beginning, certainly much less alarmingly, at that almost imperceptible moment when the word loses its dignity."

This was was the case with Saruman. He counsel was false long before he assembled his armies.

Blogger Matthew d.b.a. Heaving Bosoms May 26, 2016 10:42 PM  

Desiderius wrote:"My God, I'm tearing up just thinking about it."

I don't tear up much, but that scene always gets me, not least because of Merry's part.


Try reading it aloud to your children.

Anonymous Jack Amok May 27, 2016 1:05 AM  

Denethor is more of a MIGTOW than a cuck.

Blogger Sir Thermite May 27, 2016 2:52 AM  

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Blogger Sir Thermite May 27, 2016 2:57 AM  

I have it on good authority that Tolkien only settled for the name Grima Wormtongue because for all his knowledge and inventiveness of languages, he'd never heard the word Scalzi. Even with his hunched back, at least Wormtongue could still bench more than your average shield-maiden.

As an aside, "Beck" and "Cuck" almost rhyme. Co-inky-dink? I think not.

Anonymous Jack Amok May 27, 2016 11:01 AM  

As an aside, "Beck" and "Cuck" almost rhyme. Co-inky-dink? I think not

Maybe something like the recent Facebook "summit" should be called a Zuck-Cuck-Beck maneuver.

Blogger LP9 Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra August 18, 2016 1:47 AM  

72 Good one, I've heard him lately and its dreadful radio. Meg McCain too wont heart Trump even after Trump endorsed AZ's ever questionable man.

No and never to despair. One cannot or I cannot entertain it.

In actuary work the risk assessment matters of suicidality, self harm fails and causes more disability/incapacitated when one awakens to a new nightmare. People and their problems have spilled into great twitter content for Vox to glean from. I am rather surprised Ken White has not tweeted back at Vox this week.

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