Publisher’s Note: The continuing crisis in the Eurasian landmass has finally bridged the gap between traditional Europe and the bubbling Western cauldron of unintended consequences that is the modern Middle East with the recent Paris shootings. This may be the 4GW answer to the attempted invasion of Europe in 732 at the Battle of Tours by Emir Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi Abd al Rahman. The non-state combatant seeks to make its enemy strangle itself through over-reaction, domestic expansion of the warfare/surveillance/terror state of the beleaguered entity. It has certainly worked for the meager investment to bring down the towers in New York in 2001.
Regrettable and stand by for more of the few freedoms you have left to be shoved in the shredder to protect you from the mess that the US and its Western satraps has created since the turn of the twentieth century.
Whatever noise and fury you hear from the usual suspects on how to prevent such a thing from occurring again, keep in mind what the solution set has delivered for the American fatherland since the 9/11 incidents in New York and the Pentagram.
There are only two possible solutions:
Cease and desist all meddling in other people’s lands and absolutely unfettered access to small arms of every type at the atomistic level. France’s totalitarian gun prohibition and culture of obedience to authority created the perfect circumstances for the Helots to be maimed and murdered at will by purposeful combatants.
Don’t expect either of these methods to prevail.
In other news, I have just completed all six parts of a series I am doing with ProfCJ at the Dangerous History Podcast on Irregular Warfare. Indeed, we started with one part anticipated and ended with six and potentially more. We are pretty proud of the end product.
I wrote the Foreword for my friend Jim Rawles’ latest book, Land of Promise, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon. He is really stepping up his game.
My books are available on Amazon and I would love some honest reviews if you have the time. –BB
“In the quiet spaces opened up by the prolonged, undistracted reading of a book, people made their own associations, drew their own inferences and analogies, fostered their own ideas. They thought deeply as they read deeply.”
– Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
You are an enemy of the state if you don’t remain connected all the time.
Like airplane fuselages on American flagged carriers and Federal installations, your benevolent government wants you monitored at all times and subject to unlimited search and seizure of person and property at every juncture if they wish.
The pocket radio, a Belmont Boulevard, appeared on the market in 1949. Unlike the odd Communist world fascination with loudspeakers at every block throughout the other evil empires, the device revolutionized commerce. Once the Walkman debuted in 1979, one could now complement the portability of receiving radio transmissions with recorded music on the cassette medium to be succeeded by CDs later on.
I would mark the middle of the twentieth century as the beginning of the end for mass purposeful reading of books, newspapers and magazines in America. It has simply gotten progressively worse since then.
Reading doesn’t take place until you take your eyes off the page; in other words, reflection and contemplation are important cognitive processes. Genius has been defined as an interdisciplinary connection of heretofore unrelated data points or conjecture. Critical thinking is hard but not complex. In essence, critical thinking is thinking about thinking to improve your thinking through better thinking. A lifelong project best started at a tender age. The four levels of reading championed by Mortimer Adler provided one with a critical thinking toolkit to assess and quite literally change the world around you through the act of absorbing someone else’s worldview and perspective through your own critical lens and confirmation bias..
I think it is no mean coincidence that reading happened to coincide with the rather thoughtful revolutions against the state that took place when the Enlightenment started to reduce the edifice of the church/state monopoly that had been the way of human civilization for thousands of years. The practice of “silent reading” became the transformative event in human society.
Nicholas Carr: “Even the earliest silent readers recognized the striking change in their consciousness that took place as they immersed themselves in the pages of a book. The medieval bishop Isaac of Syria described how, whenever he read to himself, “as in a dream, I enter a state when my sense and thoughts are concentrated. Then, when with prolonging of this silence the turmoil of my memories is stilled in my heart, ceaseless waves of joy are sent me by inner thoughts, beyond expectation suddenly arising to delight my heart.” Reading a book was a meditative act, but it didn’t involve a clearing of the mind. It involved a filling, or replenishing, or the mind. Readers disengaged their attention from the outward flow of passing stimuli in order to engage it more deeply with an inward flow of words, ideas, and emotions. That was—and is—the essence of the unique mental process of deep reading.”
Deep reading is what gave us most of the benefits of modern society today much like the very notion of an individual mind is what gives substance to ideas..