Re: The Renegade History‘s perspective on slavery:
“Economic historians have determined that on average, Northern farmers worked four hundred more hours per year than did slaves. And no group in world history worked more than industrial workers in the nineteenth-century United States. For the unlucky souls who found themselves in the first American factories, the typical workday was fourteen hours, the typical workweek was six days, and putting in more than one hundred hours in a week was not at all uncommon.”
“Many did tell of whippings, sadistic overseers, loved ones being sold away, and of wishing to be free. But we must come to terms with the fact that a majority of ex-slaves who offered an evaluation of slavery—field hands and house slaves, men and women—had a positive view of the institution, and many unabashedly wished to return to their slave days.”
Feast Day of Pius X. A friend just gave me a relic of Pius X, so on this day, I’m better than everyone else.
Will we ever know what exactly happened at Charlottesville? Probably not, but Tom Woods recently hosted Kevin Preston, a “leftist anarchist,” who has spent a lot of time analyzing it. He breaks it down step-by-step in this podcast.
MAXimum Greens has forced me to get on Facebook frequently. Geesh, I hate that site. Everything from the inane to the extremely inane is thrust at me every time I log on. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had to read an acquaintance of mine rant against Trump and the alt-right, in one post, analogizing the Confederacy to Nazi Germany. When someone replied, “WTH? You compare slavery to killing 6 million people?” his brother replied, “Slave owners probably killed more than 6 million slaves.” Both of these guys are intelligent, but they spout idiocy like that. I prefer to stay ignorant of other people’s ignorance. It helps me keep what little equanimity I enjoy.
And in case anyone here isn’t aware: Slave owners treated their slaves well, materially speaking. Psychologically, emotionally, socially: things were bad. But for material things, the slaves were taken care of, and they normally had it better than poor whites in industrial urban areas. Thomas Sowell goes through the facts in his Ethnic America. Thaddeus Russell does a similar analysis in his Renegade History.
And no, I’m not saying slavery was a good thing. It’s tiresome that I even have to make such a disclaimer, but in these Days of Idiocy, a guy can’t be too safe. He can be too cowardly, but he can’t be too safe.
“The English were well known throughout Europe for their addiction to ale and wine and cider. The French were proud, the Germans were obscene, and the English were drunkards. In English monasteries the daily allowance was a gallon (4.5 litres) of strong ale and a gallon (4.5 litres) of weak ale.” Peter Ackroyd, Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors.
That reference goes back to the late middle ages, thirteenth century or so. It’s nice to see things haven’t changed over the past 800 years. London has a pub on every block and a rump in every pub’s seat, ten nights a week. The role of drinking in that culture astounded me.
“It is absurd to claim, as a few have done, that the New Deal, the basis of what we now know as “liberalism,” was identical to either German Nazism or Italian Fascism. But it is equally absurd to ignore, as all our textbooks do, the fact that the New Deal and European fascism grew from the same ideological roots, produced strikingly similar policies, and fostered national cultures that, if not identical, bore the resemblance of siblings.” Thaddeus Russell
That’s all he’s saying: There is a violent left, as well as a violent right. Racism and Nazis are repugnant, but so are the violent leftists that have been attacking people with clubs and pepper spray since he got inaugurated.
And the left is going ballistic. Tim Kaine even said, “Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation. Those are the facts.”
That’s a flat-out lie. We’ve all seen the footage; we’ve all seen the leftist’s relentless violence and intolerance since the last election season. But the mainstream left insists on denying that it has a violent fringe on its hands. The only difference between the violent leftist fringe and the violent right fringe is that the left’s is far more effective.
Even worse, the left now says that, if you believe there is a violent left, you are a racist. The logical disconnect is startling.
I had only caught snippets of the news here and there after Charlottesville. From what I heard: there was a white supremacist rally, where Gavin McInnes was going to speak (which was flat-out false, but didn’t stop Newsweek from saying it); there was a (probably) even bigger counter-protest by antifa (Anti-Fascists), who define everyone who disagrees with them on any issue as “Fascists”; there was fighting between the two groups; the Charlottesville police intentionally did nothing, opting instead to let them slug it out, intent only on making sure the riot-like environment didn’t hurt Charlottesville’s own citizens or property; a piece of white trash rammed his car into the midst of it, hurting many and killing one.
Is that a fair summary? But then last night, when I sat down to write this post, I saw virtually nothing except vilification of Trump because it took him 48 hours to denounce the violence. Even a guy like Jimmy Fallon, who I think is, by Hollywood’s low stability standards, pretty sane, was vilifying him. Thing is, I heard much of what Trump said on Monday (about three minutes worth, anyway). I was driving to a closing in Indiana and listened to it as long as I could stand it. I finally turned it off because it was full of anti-racism platitudes that you can get from a high school freshman. But the next time I sat down to hear what the MSM was saying, Trump was being attacked for his speech. It’s simply unbelievable.
Nothing I hear or see in the mainstream news sources is remotely credible any more. I was saying that years before Trump, but with Trump, the fraud has reached new levels. I’m not a Trump fan, but criminy. There is nothing this guy can do that won’t result in him getting attacked by the mainstream.
Actually, there is one thing he can do: He can bomb other countries. If he does that, everyone unites behind him. Whatta sad state of affairs.
Feast of the Assumption today. Or, as our eastern brethren known it in their mysterious ways, “The Dormition of the Theotokos.”
But if you don’t want to celebrate the sleep of the God bearer, you can induce your own sleep at The Church of Cannabis. There’s always something new in Colorado these days.
Hmmmmm, I didn’t see see/hear this development anywhere: “[A] surprisingly balanced article in The Nation —of all places—says that a group of intelligence vets have conclusively proved that a Russian hack was impossible. The material downloaded from the DNC’s server on July 5, 2016 consisted of 1,976MB of data transferred over 87 seconds—a rate of nearly 23MB per second. Experts say that this speed would have been impossible over any Internet provider on Earth in 2016. However, 23MB per second is a standard transfer rate for a thumb drive, suggesting an inside job. . . . A recent interview with journalist Seymour Hersh—who apparently was unaware he was being recorded—says that the Russian-hacking story is a fake narrative concocted by Deep State operatives to undermine Trump’s election.” Link.
Interesting angle: “Millennials Can’t Afford Homes Because Of Bachelor Parties, Weddings, Study Says.” The nexus between bachelor party spending and home ownership is a stretch, but the article has a point: Destination bachelor parties are out of control. Heck, let’s not stop there: Weddings are out of control. The time and money demanded of those close to the young couple are staggering. Marie and I, combined, stood up in over ten weddings. We never felt the weddings to be a burden (well, there was one, but it was because of circumstances beyond anyone’s control). Nowadays, we vicariously groan for people when we see what is expected of them.
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