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The Lion’s Gate
Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Steven Pressfield has embraced his (secular) Jewish heritage and written a new book about the Six Day War, The Lion’s Gate. He discusses the process with his agent, and this bit on MiG-killers and the death burst caught my attention:
Rollory: It’s not that simple. Wander around the downtown of certain former Soviet cities, you will see a lot more small-scale entrepreneurialism than in an American city (with the possible exception of Hispanic-run food trucks). It’s entirely possible this is because they must do so or starve, but the phenomenon is definitely noticeable. One of Moldbug’s claims is that communism is basically an anglo phenomenon that was exported abroad; he uses the analogy of a disease that is more...
Bill: You’ve been quoting John Glubb’s Fate of Empires lately: The first half of the Age of Commerce appears to be peculiarly splendid. The ancient virtues of courage, patriotism and devotion to duty are still in evidence. The nation is proud, united and full of self-confidence. Boys are still required, first of all, to be manly—to ride, to shoot straight and to tell the truth. (It is remarkable what emphasis is placed, at this stage, on the manly virtue of truthfulness, for lying is...
Toddy Cat: So, Communism destroys your moral fiber. Who woulda thunk it? Seriously, this also explains a lot about the plight of the former USSR — there is no one left who didn’t grow up under Communism.
Rollory: Chechar has written quite a lot about New Spain at his blog (chechar.wordpress.com). He has repeatedly made the point that New Spain, as a political entity, endured for nearly 300 years — comparable to the existence of the United States (and also very comparable to Glubb’s imperial period) yet anglocentric Americans have completely glossed over the lessons that might be learned from it.
Borepatch: I am entirely skeptical of any study on GM food that comes out of Europe. Almost certainly government funded, and therefore looking for the outcome that the funders want. Sort of like Global Warming …
Electric Angel: I recall Spain holding on to most of Latin America until 1820 or so. In 1798, a man could travel from Tierra del Fuego up to Port Angeles, Washington, go east to the Mississippi River drainage, down to New Orleans, and over to Miami, and never set foot on territory not at least nominally under the control of the King of Spain. I wonder if the Tierra del Fuego to Port Angeles distance is more than Belarus to Vladivostok?
Rollory: DC expects everybody on the planet to do exactly as they say. But DC is sure that they’ll do so because everyone is basically good and wants what’s best (except of course for Bad People who need to have bombs dropped on their heads), which is, of course, what DC sees is good and best, because DC is obviously correct in all things, most particularly about the need for everybody to do exactly as DC says. Whether DC formally calls itself an empire or not doesn’t seem to really...
Rollory: France losing the imperial world contest with England might have been the best thing that ever happened to it. As it stands it’ll still be a close thing — all those nonwhites in Paris are there because they’re coming from former French colonies.
James James: “The present infatuation for independence for ever smaller and smaller units will eventually doubtless be succeeded by new international empires.” Interesting prediction! Glubb hasn’t mentioned empires that pretend not to be empires. Is this a new phenomenon? There’s now a DOCX version available on libgen.
Bob Sykes: As Ames pointed out many years ago, plants themselves are a significant source of carcinogens and toxicants, which evolved to offset grazing and browsing.