First, let me explain that right now my reading is full of French Revolution, for the second book of The Earth Revolution: Through Fire. Second that I have a cousin who was raised in France. His parents came back briefly to see if they could establish themselves in Portugal when I was nine and he was three. (It was a forlorn hope, and they went back and only came back to Portugal when he was in his twenties. Fortunately for them he married a Portuguese woman and so they have the family nearby.)
Anyway, for that year, while his parents went back and forth to France to do legal stuff, he lived with us almost full time. Among his accomplishments at three was the ability to sing the full La Marseillese. The song impressed me immensely with its opening “Allons Enfants de la Patrie.”
The verse translated as “Arise” (or less grandiloquently) “Come on” “Children of the Fatherland.”
Of course, in English it has a very off-putting sound and for Americans it makes no sense at all. This land is not our fatherland. It might have molded our people, starting with showing the Pilgrims that if you don’t work you’ll die, but it’s not been the place where our DNA culled, filtered and mixed for thousands of years.
Anyway, this all came to me while reading Roger L. Simon’s rather dispirited article after the election, where he more or less says it’s all done, we’re no longer a center-right country.
As much as I like Roger, I’ll beg to disagree. Even if that were true, we wouldn’t be a center-right country by less than one percentage point. And if after more than fifty years of school indoctrination, media control, entertainment filtering, the left has only that advantage, it means at the very least that we’re a people with a hard head and that most of us find the way out of the plantation sooner or later. This is confirmed by the fact that what gave the victory to Obama was the legions of (unemployed) under thirty years old. These are people who, like him, are ignorant of business and the facts of life (I don’t mean sex. That they know as much as previous generations, though they think they invented it.) To him his rhetoric, the cooked unemployment numbers, the whole nonsense of needing more time because it was so bad makes sense. They haven’t broken out of indoctrination yet. And a lot of them want to be part of what they perceive as the “cool kids” (which at that age inevitably is the ones that curse more, have tattoos and have no visible means of sustenance.) Most of them will grow up. But the age group will be replaced by yet more indoctrinated youth.
Which means Roger is right about the causes: we must take back education, entertainment/arts, and the news.
I’m not sure he’s right about the solution. His idea is that we need to go back, infiltrate, start our own long march through the institutions.
I have two problems with that. The first is that it’s been tried. Roger, as a recent convert, might not be aware of this, but the right didn’t give up on these fields. Some of us even tried to infiltrate them by doing what we called “stealthing” (which can be defined as “walk like one of them until you’re secure.”)
I still have acquaintances and friends (some of whom would surprise you) doing just that.
There are two problems with this approach – one is that the left, being a mystery religion, has so many signs, counter signs and symbols that it’s very hard to imitate the whole unless you believe it OR want to bring about their result. The second is that they demand constant tests of loyalty. It’s rather like infiltrating a criminal organization.
I might flatter myself that I had as good a chance as any, with my background, but I couldn’t do it. Art is to a great extent a thing of the subconscious and things broke through without my meaning. I also wouldn’t undertake the tests of loyalty, such as writing a book on how America had ruined my life.
The right let themselves be infiltrated because at some level the right had bought the left was the future. It wasn’t that the people coming in weren’t obvious, it was that their bosses shrugged and sighed and said “Apres nous le deluge.” Which left us in this fine mess. But the left thinks we’re evil. They fight our infiltration with all strength.
The other objection to the scheme is that all of those fields are falling apart. I think Hollywood lives, these days, mostly on foreign sales. Part of it is that entertainment and the news are creating product no one wants. (Which means I’m convinced that most people are still center right – where it counts. Their wallets. A lot of them just don’t consider themselves political and still buy what “everybody says” – never mind, the tribulation that’s coming will fix that.)
The other thing that’s hitting these fields is a wave of technological innovation that demands they adapt and innovate, something they’re UNABLE to do.
All of us in writing have watched with almost awe as again and again the publishing establishment balks the challenge and tries to force things back somehow to “business as usual.”
And this is because they can’t do otherwise. It’s not in their makeup.
This is not cheap pop psychology. It’s merely the result of how people become hard left, or anything to the right of Lenin. Hard to center left don’t have to do anything. They’re the good boys and girls. They receive “wisdom” in the schools and they know by parroting it they’ll go far. They never doubt, never stray, never go out on a limb.
I’m not saying they’re dumb. Some of them are brilliant. Some of them are even true artists and their product gives their spoutings the lie because their subconscious knows better than they do.
I mean, they are more creatures of the group. Social approval is important. They never strayed.
So their ability to innovate is limited to “improving on how things are done.” When faced with the type of catastrophic change hitting those three fields right now, they are flabbergasted and most of their reaction amounts to hands over ears and screaming lalalalalala.
Then there’s us. If I had a dime for each conservative who starts with “I used to be liberal, but—“ Now the left trolls try to mimic this with “I am a lifelong republican” and that’s bs, and we all know it, because that’s not how things work. But we all start more or less liberal, at least those of us under 60.
Heck, I was always anti-communist, but I didn’t understand why guns shouldn’t be regulated or why we shouldn’t have universal health care, or why– Heinlein cured me, though it was a slow cure.
For most of us, coming to our present beliefs involved one or more Damascus Road moments. (For those of other traditions, that was when St. Paul on his way to persecute Christians met with the resurrected Christ and changed completely – and no, I’m not as pious as I sound. I was raised in a country where Catholicism is a course from elementary through High School, though full disclosure, my dad got me dispensation in High School because the priest who taught it couldn’t put up with my arguments anymore. He was a liberation theologist and I’m not a good person.)
A Damascus Road experience of the political kind involves suddenly trying to integrate an event or a circumstance that just won’t fit your mental map, being unable to, and then starting to examine all your received wisdom until you realize it’s all – or most of it a lie. (I’ve had three, and yes, 9/11 was one of them.)
It involves walking around for about a year, wondering if you’ve gone completely insane, because “everybody knows” and yet… And yet you can no longer believe it. This gives you an impression of brokenness and loss of faith.
Those of us who survive it and stay the course are independent cusses. People who are independent cusses socially tend to be creative too. Or at least we are so far out of the box that we can’t find it.
This makes it easier for us to adapt when catastrophic change sets in. And because the status quo establishment hates us, we HAVE in self defense to take to the new tech.
We’ve been doing so. In droves.
However, Roger L. Simon is right and it’s not enough.
It’s not enough because the inmates just got four more years to run the asylum. And with tech and society changing as fast as they are, these people have set the course to the 1930s, this time with more bizarre multiculti which also endangers us from abroad.
Guys, this ship is going to go aground and go aground HARD. My friend Charles says that he doesn’t know what happens when a democracy implodes, but we do know: Empire. Yeah, it’s possible that by being a different type of democracy we won’t get it, but I think it’s more likely we’ll just get a different type of Empire. (Which, BTW, Soviet Russia WAS.)
We don’t have time to wait for them to die off and us to replace them. IF we can keep the republic, we must accelerate this buggy.
Hence the title, which is actually from a Kipling poem, The Sons of Martha. Again, if you don’t want to click through, it’s based on the New Testament story of Martha and Mary sisters of Lazarus, who are entertaining Jesus and his disciples. Martha is bringing out the food and doing all the work while Mary sits and listens. It’s in there to illustrate the difference between active and contemplative devotion, but that’s not important right now. The important part is that Kipling picked up the tale and wrote a poem to extoll those who do real things in society: engineering, creating…
I think most of those who call themselves Sons of Martha in modern times are Engineers or scientists. BUT it extends further. They’re everyone who creates – everyone who works hard, breaks the mold, brings forth innovation.
We’re the sons and daughters of Martha. And we must take up our heritage.
There’s not much point infiltrating the dying model. It’s difficult, if not impossible. It stains the soul, till you don’t know who you are. And in the end there isn’t enough time for that.
But just playing with the new model isn’t enough. We must consciously and vigorously push the new model forward in all ways possible.
I’ll propose some points, upon which you may enlarge at will and pass on to your several groups, which will enlarge them and in turn bring them back to us.
1 – Entertainment:
TV/movies: there is STARTING to be stuff on youtube that can compete with the commercial stuff. This is not my arena, I don’t know what to do, other than wish I were twenty years younger and had time to learn animation. The tech for that to be a solo thing is almost there but not quite. However, this is not my area. Those of you who are in the field, look to it, and come up with ways to go indie.
Books: Yes, I know tons of us do that, but a lot of us do it almost passively because it’s there. Well, it’s time to put teeth in it. Accelerate, innovate, improve. Let your beliefs through without preaching. Write more. Write better. LEARN covers. Help each other. Make the traditional stuff look like the gray goo it is. Go.
Games: Those of you who know enough to supervise a team, create a pitch, put it on Kickstarter, see if you get enough to hire a team to make the games for you. Again – GO, you have work to do.
We have pundits aplenty. Here and there a bit of news breaks through. BUT believe it or not journalism is a craft, even if not practiced any longer. There are ways to gather, test and filter news. I was trained for it so long ago that it’s useless now. At any rate, I think I’m more of the integrator/pundit. Though I wouldn’t mind knowing how to do it. If any of you know, teach the others. Let’s start a blog or more of news-gatherers and (local) reporters.
We NEED that. And if you have a face made for TV (well, let me lose another fifty pounds. Am losing again, on new hormonal regime. I MIGHT be presentable, unless all my skin sags and stuff… ) do your news in video format. Make it professional. GO.
3- Education. I confess here, I expected to have more time and for tech to develop more. It’s there, it’s coming, I expected my grandkids to be learning at home/online/self directed.
We won’t have that time. Some of the entertainment and news have to cover for education. I’m thinking a YA detective series set during the American revolution might help… YA romances might help too. (I don’t think YA erotica helps anything, but maybe I’m a prude. But there’s sweet-romance, i.e. without sex, and let’s admit it, 11 yo girls dream of their wedding and the great love. There’s a market there.)
However, for parents like me who can be home with the kids but lacked the time to properly homeschool, we need … Online homeschooling leagues? Online schools? Online resources that can help de-indoctrinate kids who went to public school.
We need this, and we need it to be good. My expertise in the field is now so rusty as to be useless. At best I can glimpse what it SHOULD be. But there are many of you with training and expertise. It is your duty, for the sake of our republic, to figure this out, get together, form groups, explore forms, work like h*ll and create serious competition to the state’s indoctrination machines. Now GO! You have work to do.
If we succeed this might be the weirdest revolution of mankind, but it WILL be a revolution.
Arise, Sons and Daughters of Martha. Our only chance to keep our republic is to claim our individuality and work around the stifling government that would herd us back to the nineteen thirties.
Go. Innovation is in your blood. Creation is your heritage. Claim it proudly.
Be not afraid. Go forth and bring us the future.