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Monday, May 04, 2020

Impossible? Part II

II. The Road to Herland

Starting around 1890 and continuing thereafter, the greatest single victory feminists have ever gained was that of the suffragettes. Today in every country where men are allowed to vote, women enjoy the same right. By the ordinary rules of social life, it should never have happened. Why? Because, at the time, men occupied all positions and held all the cards. So in the executive. So in the legislature, and so in the judiciary. So in the military and so in the police. So in the universities. And so in the media, of course. Not to mention the financial world. As late as 1999, when eleven countries formally inaugurated the Euro, the assembled ministers of finance did not include a single woman; it was only in 2018 that a woman became head of the NYSE for the first time. It happened because, women being women, men did not have it in their hearts to fight them. Least of all in the way they often fight each other.

The fact that men are so reluctant to fight women/feminists as ruthlessly and as brutally as they do each other has been taken for granted much more often than it has been investigated. Perhaps it is because they well know that, had they done so, the human race would have come to a quick and inglorious end; after all, they themselves started life inside women’s wombs and almost all of them sucked at women’s breasts. Or because it took them far too long to open their eyes and take women seriously. Or because, bemused by the ocean of accusations aimed at them by modern feminists, they could not believe it had anything to do with them. After all, almost every one of them thought, he had never done women any harm. On the contrary, wishing to attract them and please them and keep them he had done them all the good he could. Perhaps, as Aristophanes’ Lysistrate put it, it was because, when everything is said and done, a man’s pleasure is in a woman’s hand. Or because, since most men are considerably stronger than most women, when a man fights a woman and loses, he loses; when he wins, he also loses.

A century later, the tables have been turned. Feminist bloodhounds and their weak-kneed, self-hating male supporters have constructed a monstrous propaganda machine, trained it straight at men, and made them pay heavily for the gratuitous concessions their great-grandfathers made. Day by day, tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of them are being penalized for offenses they did not commit and which, even a few years ago, not even the victims themselves would have considered offenses at all. They are prosecuted, put on trial, convicted, and incarcerated and/or fined. So much so that, as used to be the case and sometimes remains the case in Muslim societies, even looking at a woman in the “wrong” way can be considered sexual harassment. And so much so that defending the accused in court has almost become a crime in itself; which is one reason why so many lawyers who specialize in doing so are themselves female. As to the alleged victims, so mentally retarded are some of them that they take years, decades even, to understand that whatever was done to them; or which they thought was done to them; or which (in at least one famous case) they dreamt had been done to them; or which others told them had been done to them; did indeed constitute rape, or abuse, or harassment, or whatever.

Though there was no trial, a perfect example of the way this kind of retroactive accusations work is provided by Ilona Staller, AKA Cicciolina. Born in Budapest in 1951, no sooner had she reached adulthood than she started épater la bourgeoisie. Publicly exposing her every orifice, sleeping with more men than she could remember, and loudly proclaiming her “free-thinking” woman’s right to (ab)use her body just as much as she wanted to. To do her bit for peace, and presumably gain some publicity a well, she proposed sleeping first with Saddam Hussein and then with Osama Bin Laden. On the way she wed a well-known artist, Jeff Koon, had a son with him, and was twice divorced. Looking back at her career, much of it as a pornographer and performer of bawdy songs (“Il Cazzo,” The Prick), she says it has all been a mistake; how much better to be married for thirty years and look after grandchildren. Now that she is a lonely old woman—her own words—whom does she blame? Men, of course. None of whom had understood her sensitive nature and truly loved her; and all of whom were out only to bed her and make money out of her.

President Clinton at one point engaged in some consensual, repeat consensual, sexual games with a woman, Monica Lewinsky. She actively pursued him—as he later said, the reason why he did it was because he could. Not only that, but she refused to give up even after he told her it was over. For this he came very close to being impeached and removed from office. Why? Because he should have known better. If a woman says no, then “it” is clearly rape. If she says yes, modern feminists claim, then “it” is also rape. This time because she considered, or looking back considers herself to have been, too weak or too much of a ninny to tell him so.

Among the latest examples is Harvey Weinstein. His alleged crime? Sleeping with two young women. Hoping for advancement and money they, along with any number of others like them, followed him literally to the end of the world with the express intention of getting him to do just that. The evidence that he used force on them or abused them in any way? These are one-on-one situations. Hence, none whatsoever; except for what the women themselves said. That is why a third woman had to be enlisted so she could testify about something that, so she claimed, Weinstein had done to her decades ago. So long, in fact, that the statute of limitations should have been applied (but was not). Why was she brought in? To establish a “pattern” of sexual behavior on the accused’s part. All this, at a time when looking into a woman’s past in order to establish a similar pattern is specifically prohibited by law. Incidentally, so “courageous” and “intrepid” was this particular women that, even as the trial went on, she refused to be identified; this, while half the world’s journalists, always more than ready to cast the first stone, were doing his name harm that is in some ways worse than the 27-year prison term to which he has been sentenced.

A woman who has been raped or otherwise abused might be expected to be afraid of the perpetrator and keep her distance from him. This is a point many courts have recognized by allowing such a woman to testify without having to confront the accused face to face; so delicate are women’s souls said to be that any defense attorney who dares to cross-examine a female “victim” of abuse in earnest will ipso facto find himself at a disadvantage. Not so in this case as well as many others. Claiming to have been raped, the two continued to see Weinstein and sleep with him. From this, the prosecution argued, it was clear, not that the alleged abuse was not abuse at all, which is the logical conclusion, but that they were “in thrall” to him. A mysterious kind of thrall, previously seen only in witches, which he was somehow able to project over time and right across the globe.

Going further still, some states will refuse either to prosecute a woman for coming up with false accusations or allow the victim to sue her for defamation. At this point the entire system of justice, supposed to be fair and free and open to all, starts to totter. Any man is at the mercy of any woman as well as any man who, for reasons of his own, chooses to back her up. All such a man can do is keep saying that whatever he did, if he did it, was consensual. To no avail; as Woody Allen and many others found out, once an accusation, however unfounded, has been made nothing can prevent a man from being hounded half to death. By now even boys as young as ten learn that girls are capricious, perfidious, and potentially very, very dangerous creatures. Always capable of returning the slightest sign of affection by stabbing their authors in the back and raising accusations against them, whether true or false.

But nothing lasts forever. Long ago, I had the honor of studying Hegel, Marx and Engels with one of the world’s greatest experts on those thinkers. As well as Lenin, the man who lit the fuse and turned his predecessors’ vision into a gigantic bloodbath. From them I learnt that history, unlike physical and chemical processes, does not move in a straight line as a bullet does. Instead, it is a question of action/reaction. X comes up with an idea. A new force (such as feminism) appears out of nowhere, as it seems, and starts spreading across the historical stage. Hardly has it done so than a countertheory or counterforce emerges. As the two grow they recognize each other as opponents and wrestle. Out of this struggle a synthesis is born. That synthesis in turn forms a new force or argument, provoking a reaction. And so on, in a process broadly known as dialectics.

Having gained momentum, feminism now forms as powerful a social force as may be found in the contemporary world. For good or ill, a reaction is bound to happen. In Brazil (Jair Messias Bolsonaro), in Italy (Matteo Salvini), and in the U.S (Donald Trump) it had already begun. The number of anti-feminist organizations is growing. So, according to Google Ngram, is the use of expressions such as “Feminazis.” As well as statements like “feminism is cancer” (14,400,000 hits on Google, most by men but some by women too). Much to the loss of both sexes, probably never in history have so many men hated women as much as do so today. And the other way around.
And this is only the beginning. Being 74 years old, I consider myself lucky in that I am unlikely to live long enough to see the movement unfold in its full fury. I am, however, afraid that, unless something drastic happens, my children and grandchildren, both male and female, very likely will. What might such a reaction look like? I am a historian, not a novelist. That is why, looking for an answer, I turn to Margaret Atwood’s 1984 masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as its 2019 sequel, The Testaments.

I. Introduction
II. The Road to Herland
III. Into the Breach
IV. Brave New World
V. Conclusion

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63 Comments:

Blogger Shane Bradman May 04, 2020 12:31 PM  

You see, the fictional world in the Handmaid's Tale sounds a heck of a lot better than the current situation. Its time to admit that the Muslims were right about some things.

Blogger Uncle Maffoo May 04, 2020 12:34 PM  

By reading this, I understand why Vox calls Mr. van Creveld a genius.

Blogger Daniel May 04, 2020 12:54 PM  

Interesting. Atwood's Handmaid's Tale is not where my mind goes. What van Creveld lays out here, in my mind, is the prelude to The Camp of the Saints, but perhaps I am making a link between suffrage, feminism and immigration that does not exist.

Blogger Mary MacArthur May 04, 2020 12:57 PM  

Very elegant prose! I haven't read any of his books; may have to amend that.

Blogger Brett baker May 04, 2020 1:01 PM  

So the feminist future, if Dr. Creveld is right, is best described by harem porn?

Blogger Daniel May 04, 2020 1:14 PM  

The backlash in Handmaid's Tale is not a synthesis of feminism and its opponent, it is less complex than that. Christians kill the President and destroy equality in it, and then that reactionary, oppressive Giliead epoch is replaced by an era of equality and religious freedom. Even fictionally, it doesn't make sense for the reaction to feminism to be a violent and rapid transition to it's opposite (a cartoon caste system), and for its counterreaction to be what we have now! The chronology is all screwed up: a free society falls into mass sex-based slavery and bounces back to a free society?

van Creveld's historical projection is far more reasonable: the weaknesses and socially poisonous effects of a mass movement grow more prominent over time as the early adoption benefits pass into history, leaving it vulnerable to criticism, deconstruction and revolution.

After all, if feminism's driving motive is a critque of power and dominance, what can its fate possibly be the moment it assumes society's seat of power and dominance?

The Handmaid's Tale would have been a far better book if it had been written in a tone that lamented the passing of the Gilead Age (and honestly treated the bad assumptions by the author of the utopic time before.)

Blogger Hammerli 280 May 04, 2020 1:26 PM  

We must also remember that feminism, like so many other anti-isms, could not cope with success. As with the racial civil rights movement, a profitable industry arose around selling the grievance.

Which meant that keeping the money and power flowing meant moving the goalposts continually.

Until they trigger the Great Backlash. Sooner or later, Charlie Brown catches wise...and his kick isn't aimed at the ball, but at Lucy. And it will HURT.

Blogger Pratisara May 04, 2020 1:30 PM  

The reason why Western world is having so many issues with feminism/womens vote etc is that they have not used the ultimate male weapon since Dawn of time: detachment.
Eastern religions have used this for at least the last 8000 years. Buddhism took it to the extreme because the need called for it.
Withdraw consent. Don't work as linesmen, miners, sewage workers, road builders. Go on strike. Starve if necessary. You starve they starve even more. Sit cross legged and meditate. Retreat into forests.
Feminism will crumble in a year.

Blogger JJ from AZ May 04, 2020 1:48 PM  

Bought the Kindle edition based on yesterday's post. Great so far. Always found the author to be quite spot on. No derivation from his previous works in that regard.

Huzzah!

Blogger Stilicho May 04, 2020 1:51 PM  

>So the feminist future, if Dr. Creveld is right, is best described by harem porn?<

Once you combine that with 50 Shades of Gray, what you have is exactly what the feminists want. They want to be part of an alpha's harem with a pretense of freedom and lots of shopping. Feminazis being generally unattractive, realize on some level that they will never achieve that dream so they seek power which they believe will give them the ability to at least destroy the dream for other women.

Blogger Karen took the Kids May 04, 2020 2:02 PM  

This is wonderful writing.

Blogger tuberman May 04, 2020 2:10 PM  

"Handmaid's Tale" will not describe the end-game to this. Yet this was the second part of an excellent essay. We are already at a stage close to The War of Everybody Against Everybody that happens due to 'equalization" at the end of civilization.

Atwood's story is foremost about the feminist phobia of a revitalization of Christianity, so apt.

Blogger FP May 04, 2020 2:23 PM  

@5

It fits pretty well. We're already at the Brave New World level of Malthusian belts and pill popping of multiple sorts.

Blogger Akulkis May 04, 2020 3:31 PM  

"Its time to admit that the Muslims were right about some things."

Some anonymous guy plastered the downtown shopping district of some politically correct, multi-culti advocating Massachusetts town with signs saying "Islam is right about women."

This created such a tizzy, that the local TV news did all kinds of woman-on-the-street interviews, and all of them claimed:

A) They don't know what it means, while simultaneously

B) It's a terrible thing to say... just absolutely terrible!

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants May 04, 2020 3:31 PM  

I have been trying to explain for decades to various men that women are uniquely more evil than men.
They just don't want to believe it, or even accept that it's possible. I think it goes back to being small children and always being told to be nice to girls, that they are more "delicate" and they need to protect them. There's also always been the belief in society that girls are sweet, calm, mild mannered and behave well and boys are rough and tough troublemakers who misbehave.
Sugar and spice and everything nice,right?
While these stereotypes have some validity,girls are deviously evil. They learn manipulation right out of the womb, (she's got daddy wrapped around her little finger, she's daddy's princess), and when you learn how to manipulate folks without a lick of conscience when you're 5,by the time you're 25,you turn pro.

Blogger tublecane May 04, 2020 3:33 PM  

"a monstrous propaganda machine"

Sometimes this machine operates in strange ways. Especially if the material has a modicum of artistic integrity.

For instance, I was watching the time-traveling erotic romance Outlander, which takes place in colonial North Carolina. The main female character is a lady doctor from Mid-20th century England and America. As you might imagine, she has modern ideas about relations between the sexes and birth control. Which doesn't stop her from tolerating sexy corporal punishment from her hunky past husband.

In one instance, she finds a young wife who has hidden her older man in the attic after a stroke. He is not quite a corpse. Can't talk, can't move. But he can feel. She keeps him alive to torture by burning his feet, because in his former state he abused her. Oh, and she's pregnant off some black guy.

This is played off as horror, but then those who discover her crimes just let her go. Because woman.

Later, a husband breaks his wife's wrist because she refused to lay with him. Turns out she read a newspaper article about menstrual cycles I believe to have been published by the lady doctor under someone else's name. This wife is willing to allow the man to bed her, but denies him children on grounds of alcoholism or whatever. Such skullduggery is apparently a woman's prerogative.

For the crime of teaching his wife how to work the cycle, the husband organizes a posse to arrest lady doctor.

This delineation I run through to show just how paradoxical the propaganda purpose can come off. But of course this show is for women, and they get the message. Which is: men bad. Or at least: old-timey men bad.

I just find it surprising how awful the women are allowed to be. Almost like I'm being dared to question them.

Blogger Canadian Warlord May 04, 2020 3:38 PM  

The variety in government structures across the west, I believe hinders a backlash across all of it. Also, the changing demographics in Canada for example, aborts that backlash - or shifts it into the inevitable political swing away from Western concepts (whatever those currently are).

It's identity multicultural politics that will end feminism in the western countries. But the harem part's right.

I assume that Creveld is referring to the west outside of the countries themselves, after the magic dirt has been taken away and placed on artificial ocean islands, space colonies, the heart of the Congo, etc.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 04, 2020 3:51 PM  

Pratisara wrote:The reason why Western world is having so many issues with feminism/womens vote etc is that they have not used the ultimate male weapon since Dawn of time: detachment.
So nice for our gamma Hindoo pals to chime in with their useless opinions.

Blogger My Dead Gramps May 04, 2020 4:31 PM  

Sounds like MGTOW nonsense but ok.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 04, 2020 4:58 PM  

Handmaids are engaged in a more successful reproductive strategy than "free" women.
But since I have witnessed zero sense of kustice, fair play, and agency towards even being concerned about such things - heck when they end up bitter wine aunts they still think it's all the fault of men - if a day of handmaids does come, I will be sure to be just as concerned about that as women are about men today.
Have at 'em, warlords.

Blogger The Cooler May 04, 2020 5:05 PM  

There's also always been the belief in society that girls are sweet, calm, mild mannered and behave well [...] Sugar and spice and everything nice,right?

Sugar and spice and little white lies. That's what little girls are made of.

As females age, the lies get bigger and darker, absent a man's intervention. There is a point of no return which feminism turns into a philosophy.

Blogger Don Vance May 04, 2020 5:31 PM  

"some states will refuse either to prosecute a woman for coming up with false accusations or allow the victim to sue her for defamation"

It seems like these cases are strategically published in the news to promote male fear and learned helplessness. Is this what you would call social engineering?

Blogger Pseudotsuga May 04, 2020 6:03 PM  

The Handmaid's Tale is a "masterpiece?" Huh...who knew the standards had been set so low?!
But then again, just look at the Hugo award winners for the past...oh, decade or so...

Blogger Jack Morrow May 04, 2020 6:04 PM  

Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale after visiting the Islamic countries of Pakistan and Iran. Apparently incapable (or unwilling) to distinguish between Islam and Christianity, she made the villains of her novel Christians--such dishonesty doesn't result in a masterpiece.

Blogger Chris Mallory May 04, 2020 6:16 PM  

"President Clinton at one point engaged in some consensual, repeat consensual, sexual games with a woman, Monica Lewinsky. She actively pursued him—as he later said, the reason why he did it was because he could. Not only that, but she refused to give up even after he told her it was over. For this he came very close to being impeached and removed from office. Why? Because he should have known better."

This passage shows Creveld either didn't do his research or he is a liar. Clinton was not impeached for relations with Lewinsky. One section of Article 1 of the Impeachment did concern him lying under oath about the relationship, not the relationship itself. Every other section in both Article 1, which concerned perjury, and Article 2, which concerned obstruction of justice, stemmed from his behavior in the Federal Civil Rights lawsuit filed by Paula Jones.

Blogger Shield up sword swinging pipes blasting May 04, 2020 6:17 PM  

Brillant

Blogger Jehu May 04, 2020 6:21 PM  

You know, if we take Handmaid's Tale and apply a rigorous world building view to it, consider this. If like 90% or more of woman are infertile, do we really think any society is just going to let the chips fall as they may? The society depicted in Handmaid's Tale is probably on the gentler side of a likely reaction to that kind of infertility. Of course I doubt the author ever considered this.

Blogger Unknown May 04, 2020 7:03 PM  

After I got married, I deatached from any other woman. I don't have any as friends. I don't trust any at work, in fact I haven't even gonw to lunch with female coworkers in 17 years. I'm pleasant to the single and widowed neighbour ladies, but keep interaction short and to the point. I know they want my help around their houses and yards, but I always feign ignorance.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) May 04, 2020 7:04 PM  

Shula died.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 04, 2020 7:24 PM  

TFW you realize Immortan Joe was the good guy in Furu Road

Blogger crescent wrench May 04, 2020 7:27 PM  

@14

"Islam was right about women" was such a great kill-shot.

I'm a little sad the groypers allowed it to pass so quickly and moved on to the empty egg carton meme.

Blogger The Masked Menace May 04, 2020 7:38 PM  

Women need to be led. If they are not led by a father or a husband, they'll be led by the culture.

Blogger tublecane May 04, 2020 8:02 PM  

@15- People have a hard time getting past male prowess in violent crime. Or at least the type of violence that gets prosecuted. Because women get away with the lion's share of domestic violence.

However, there is so much more to evil than violence. If you look at pride and vanity, dishonesty, psychological manipulation, sloth, wrath (inside the heart), envy, lust, greed, and a million other things. I can't say women are lagging. At using people, they are way, way ahead.


@25- The "for this" is definitely dishonest. It would be enough to say their relationship was tangled up in Clinton's impeachment. Or to say that people at the time treated the relationship as if it were an abuse of power.

Blogger Unknown May 04, 2020 8:34 PM  

Some time ago I read an OP-ed. Written by a woman. This was at the height of the popularity of the Spice Girls, when there was lots if talk about "girl power" The columnist wrote that one day her young sin came home from school and told his mother that all the girls were talking about girl power, but all girl power really meant was being rude to boys.

Blogger Skyler the Weird May 04, 2020 8:37 PM  

Spirit of Jezebel. From Thyatira to the good ole USA.

Blogger Nihil Dicit May 04, 2020 8:59 PM  

Girl, just listen to the he-man woman hater's club! I just learned again today that Hedy Lamarr invented WiFi in the 40s! Where would you wretches be without such genius?!?!

Blogger Damelon Brinn May 04, 2020 9:23 PM  

Clinton was not impeached for relations with Lewinsky.

He also wasn't accused of sexually harassing her, let alone raping her. I don't have a problem with his thesis here, but he picked some terrible examples to support it.

Blogger Unknown May 04, 2020 9:42 PM  

Indeed,we couldn't be more grateful to our visionary ancestors who never conceded an inch when it came to our womenfolk and the sanctity of wombs. Our scriptural directions are short and airtight and one must adhere to them or risk swift and massive retaliation. It is that simple. Milquetoast 'modernists' have been trying to extract a territory for White Knights but unlike these gaylords our hardliners have always been prepared to die for their beliefs. The message is clear: over our dead bodies.

Blogger Unknown May 04, 2020 10:06 PM  

Well shes no dummy. People have been killed for less. Anyone with half a brain knows from where such a society could logically arise.

Blogger VFM #7634 May 04, 2020 10:19 PM  

I'm not sure why Dr. van Creveld called the Handmaid's Tale a "masterpiece", although maybe he was being sarcastic. The premises behind the book are not just SJW but flat-out stupid.

Blogger Noah B. May 04, 2020 11:20 PM  

Regardless of what you think of feminists it's wrong to compare them to Nazis. Nazis changed their own light bulbs.

Blogger Monotonous Languor May 05, 2020 12:01 AM  

Society has been infected with feminine sentimentalism, that's replaced traditional morality and rational judgment. One of the greatest tricks the left ever pulled off was to convince everyone that feelings are the basis for morality. Have you virtue signaled your obligatory "compassion" yet for today?

Blogger Maniac May 05, 2020 12:03 AM  

"Some anonymous guy plastered the downtown shopping district of some politically correct, multi-culti advocating Massachusetts town with signs saying 'Islam is right about women.'"

My homestate, unfortunately. That was a brilliant troll; the SJWs couldn't tell which direction they should "Reeee!" in.

Blogger Monotonous Languor May 05, 2020 12:22 AM  

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2020/05/impossible-part-ii.html#comment-form

But that's the problem... society is devolving within a vicious intergenerational feedback loop. Boys are instilled with feminine attitudes as they grow up, which make it problematic for them to lead women as they get older. By the time these hapless dorks are on their second divorce, notions of hypergamy and game may start to sink in if they're lucky. But by that time, the damage has already been done to their children. And on and on it goes...

Blogger Akulkis May 05, 2020 1:14 AM  

"Girl, just listen to the he-man woman hater's club! I just learned again today that Hedy Lamarr invented WiFi in the 40s! "

Not WiFi, but she did invent spread-spectrum communications. Literally. I've read the patent.

US Patent # 2,292,387 ""Secret Communication System"

It's the very heart of modern SINCGARS radios.

Blogger Shane Bradman May 05, 2020 2:03 AM  

For those insisting that Clinton's neat impeachment was for perjuring himself, instead of having an affair with an intern, please understand that nobody gave a damn about the perjury, but they saw it as an excellent excuse to go after the president for the scandal. The near impeachment was because of the affair, and perjury was the way they were trying to do it.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 05, 2020 2:15 AM  

No, Hedy Lamarr did NOT invent spread-spectrum communication. Time-delineated spread spectrum (frequency hopping) was an established technology before the end of WWI. It was in commercial use by Telefunken well before WWII.
What Hedy Lamarr added, and it was quite likely her co-inventor George Antheil's idea, was to use a physical medium, in their case piano rolls, to select the frequency. This allowed the mechanism to be small enough to fit in a naval torpedo, and capable of on-the-fly modification at need.
No doubt Lamarr was an intelligent woman who understood and remembered her 1st husband's (a German industrialist and munitions engineer) conversations and business affairs to realize the application of the the idea. Claiming that she invented spread spectrum communication is just too much of a stretch.

Blogger SamuraiJeff May 05, 2020 2:30 AM  

Welcome to the games of 8chan

Blogger Nihil Dicit May 05, 2020 5:26 AM  

@45 - She didn't come up with the idea, she didn't file the first patent, and her particular "invention" was never used. Even Wikipedia doesn't pretend otherwise: "Jonathan Zenneck’s book Wireless Telegraphy was originally published in German in 1908, but was also translated into English in 1915 as the enemy started using frequency hopping on the front line. Zenneck was a German physicist and electrical engineer who had become interested in radio by attending Tesla lectures on “wireless sciences”. Wireless Telegraphy includes a section on frequency hopping, and, as it became a standard text for many years, it probably introduced the technology to a generation of engineers.

A Polish engineer and inventor, Leonard Danilewicz, came up with the idea in 1929. Several other patents were taken out in the 1930s, including one by Willem Broertjes (U.S. Patent 1,869,659, issued Aug. 2, 1932)."

Reading the patent "literally" proves nothing at all.

Blogger bramley May 05, 2020 6:49 AM  

Why so sorry for Weinstein?

Hard to credit this guy as a genius, Vox, when he writes such drivel as that. Terrible example to use if trying to absolve men of their libidos.

Blogger Avalanche May 05, 2020 7:15 AM  

"A new force (such as feminism) appears out of nowhere"

So, does /how can van Creveld TRULY believe 'feminism arose out of nowhere' -- when it is the evil mutated infection of Jewish communism?! Or is he merely refusing to acknowledge / accept his own people's perfidy against an enemy people and their Christianity?

Blogger Avalanche May 05, 2020 7:26 AM  

@24 "Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale after visiting the Islamic countries of Pakistan and Iran. Apparently incapable (or unwilling) to distinguish between Islam and Christianity, she made the villains of her novel Christians"

Because, as we see world-wide, to be HONEST about moslems (and other non-Western civilizations), to speak or write the truth about them could result in fatwa-and-death!
Anyone remember Salman Rushdie?

Blogger VD May 05, 2020 8:00 AM  

Why so sorry for Weinstein?

From an objective perspective, the case against him was a joke. That doesn't mean he wasn't a piece of garbage who deserved to be hung by the neck until dead, but let's just say the entire legal charade was considerably more rhetoric than dialectic.

I do believe Weinstein is a rapist and worse. I think a decent society would have banned him and his kind long ago. But that doesn't change the fact that the legal standards applied there were ridiculous.

Blogger bramley May 05, 2020 9:11 AM  

VD wrote:
I do believe Weinstein is a rapist and worse. I think a decent society would have banned him and his kind long ago. But that doesn't change the fact that the legal standards applied there were ridiculous.


Fair enough. Just struck me that the language used is somewhat shy of placing any responsibility on the actions of Weinstein. It's obvious they went with whatever they could get to stick, like Al Capone being convicted of tax evasion, just to have done with him. Which is not to say the whole thing wasn't a debacle. Nevertheless, he's definitely in the right place now.

I'm conscious of the context in which Crevald writes that paragraph, but still think it a poorly chosen example of lopsided justice.

Blogger RandyB May 05, 2020 9:46 AM  

The thesis is solid.

The details and examples are chosen according to his target audience. And we aren't it.

Blogger Darren May 05, 2020 10:03 AM  

25? That sounds a little high!

Blogger Darren May 05, 2020 10:16 AM  

2020 needs v2.0: "Is Islam right about women?"
Take no position just ask the question -- and let the wokescolds still reveal themselves as violent haters of WrongThink, because as proven by the recent YT censorship rules re. The Plandemic, in their view even QUESTIONING THINGS is hate speech!

Blogger Darren May 05, 2020 10:19 AM  

Years later and now that son realizes "Grrrlll Power" really means making boys virtually powerless (and made to feel guilty for what little agency remains)

Blogger John Rockwell May 05, 2020 10:48 AM  

Avalanche wrote:"A new force (such as feminism) appears out of nowhere"

So, does /how can van Creveld TRULY believe 'feminism arose out of nowhere' -- when it is the evil mutated infection of Jewish communism?! Or is he merely refusing to acknowledge / accept his own people's perfidy against an enemy people and their Christianity?


Because Feminism actually emerged out of Theosophy and the embrace of Satan worship as rebellion against the Patriarchy:
https://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Feminism-Liberator-Nineteenth-Century-Esotericism/dp/0190664479


In the 19th century feminism emerged in full force. Linked to occult practices and the reemergence of Goddess Worship in the order of Asherah and Cybele.

Which featured Tranvestism, homosexuality,prostitution and Male castration.

Blogger dc.sunsets May 05, 2020 12:07 PM  

Clinton was impeached and almost removed from office not for screwing a willing trollop; any common clown will screw a camp follower.

Get it? THAT's the point! We have presidents like Clinton because our nation-state reached the farce stage of development. Obama was simply the homosexual version of Terry Crews' portrayal of President Camacho. Our POTUS' are simply a reflection of our collective image...and ours is a society that raised self-destructive vice to a level not seen since Sodom.

WTF happened to the notion that men would choose leaders who displayed honor and self-restraint? No Delilah corrupts an unwilling Samson.

Feminism is, like all of Leftism, a revolt against Nature itself. Only people besotted by past glories and stoned to a coma by immersion in trinkets, toys and vices allow such collective idiocy to arise.

The "reaction" to feminism is already here. Stop studying the top-line, beacons-of-peak-crazy (because they create availability-heuristic sky-is-falling thinking) and realize that a return to sanity in all spheres of life is on deck.

[That doesn't mean it will be painless or cost-free. Some of the antebellum period was nice-to-have, and will be missed...but the future isn't orderable off an A La Carte Menu.]

ALL epochs deliver tests. Today's Epoch, as saturated with invitations to vice and self-ruination as any in history, reveals who has the WISDOM and the WILL to navigate life without soul-staining dishonor. Rather than run around like men with their hair on fire reifying what's most obvious, discern the Path Less Traveled and be the change desired in one's surroundings.

Blogger Wes350 May 05, 2020 5:11 PM  

"Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale after visiting the Islamic countries of Pakistan and Iran. Apparently incapable (or unwilling) to distinguish between Islam and Christianity, she made the villains of her novel Christians--such dishonesty doesn't result in a masterpiece. "

Of the Lefty's of my acquaintance, they truly are unable to distinguish between Christianity and Islam. To them all religion is made up fairy tale sky man worship.

This is why they don't realise what they are really getting into when they ally with muslims for SJW reasons. Christians are evil to them because they think us delusional to begin with for believing in imaginary forces, and are truly incapable of processing how we think because they have excised all notions of a higher power form their lives and consciousness.

Blogger Akulkis May 05, 2020 9:24 PM  

"Jonathan Zenneck’s book Wireless Telegraphy was originally published in German in 1908, but was also translated into English in 1915 as the enemy started using frequency hopping on the front line. "

Frequency Hopping and Spread-spectrum are two separate ideas.

Frequency is setting up the transmitter and receiver to retune from frequency to frequency in synchronization.

Spread Spectrum is sending components of the signal on various frequencies simultaneously.

If I receive only parts of an analog freq-hop transmission, the transmission will still be intelligible (this makes it less jammable, but at the same time, easier to intercept).

With spread spectrum, I have to receive ALL components (or there has to be some sort of extra freq so that a process akin to error-detecting/error-correcting codes) for the signal to be useful.

They are related, but VERY different.

Lamar used the concept of chords of several frequencies.
Freq-hopping is rapid sequences of several frequencies.

3 whole notes played at A, C, and E produces a minor cord.

The same duration of 16th notes jumping between A, C, and E is rather different. It doesn't sound the same, and it's not carrying the same information.

Blogger John Rockwell May 05, 2020 11:02 PM  

An example of how Evil and Satanic our Justice system in regards to women:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euZO5E0tdb8

A woman gets away with stabbing her boyfriend because she is a woman.

This country even lets women get away with murder back in the 1900's:
https://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2018/02/1912-man-is-killed-by-woman-every-day.html

"1912: “A Man Is Killed By A Woman Every Day!” - Petticoats Confer Immunity"

So women even back then is allowed to GET AWAY WITH MURDER.

God never hesitated with women like this.

But the West has been very evil in regards to this.

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