Apr 21, 2020, 7:40 AM
The problem is getting the rest of the world into middle class manners, ethics, morals, and values. We can only do that if the self, the family, and the commons are equally valued and defended regardless of class. The minute you give up on your other classes you give up on the commons. The same is true for heterogeneity. Create conflict between groups and we give up on the commons, and devolve to self and family.
—“There are more books published in Spanish in any one year than there have been in the entire history of Arab publishing.”—
Feminine, present, experiential civilization.
There are very few arab intellectuals. Those few, say some version of the same thing “we live in our emotions not in our reason, we can read but we are still illiterate, we have freedom but no discipline.”
This is the problem with ritual-cultures. it’s extremely successful at solving the problem of social insecurity (mindfulness). It only solves part of the problem and amplifies the rest by making agency impossible.
Same for fundamentalism in christianity: it makes wonderful citizens and families – perhaps the best in the world – and prepares people for commercial society – but at the cost of needing a parental martial empirical aristocracy to defend, rule, and govern them.
One of the reasons the french lost to the english was the combination of their effeminacy and excessive faith – the same excessive effeminacy and faith that they demonstrate today. (although you have to read letters from the period prior to agincourt to see how faith-insane they were.)
The hindus remain caste-and-family, on the effeminate side, and socially lazy and irresponsible – so they are wonderful people lacking the hostility of the muslims, but can’t end familial corruption endemic in the society, nor do they have the military like the west and china to enforce policy so that a non-corrupt bureaucracy can evolve.
I don’t complain about the chinese and koreans other than their women are as spoiled and hyper-consumptive and civilization destroying as western women and their males are further gone than western men because they were further gone in the first place.
The upper middle and lower upper classes around the world are all the same. This is because we are not lacking in competitive ability, or dependent upon equally ignorant or uncompetitive peers for information and opinion.
Without the militia men WILL NOT OWN THE COMMONS.
From there, everything falls apart.