Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and fans!

Posted November 26, 2015 By John C Wright
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Hello, Folks. Jagi, here, shanghaiing John’s blog once again.
This time, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your incredible generosity and for making our summer a miracle instead of time of poverty.

God bless you all!

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Open Gates

Posted November 26, 2015 By John C Wright

Unfortunately I cannot embed or link to the video. The Powers That Be are taking steps to keep you from seeing it.

This was deliberately edited to create a certain emotional effect. Do not assume the news and other sources trying to create the opposite effect are not edited as deliberately.


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The Brilliant Ages

Posted November 25, 2015 By John C Wright

The Dark Ages have a bad reputation.

But, in many ways, the feudal system, with one universal Church and many local kings and barons maintaining the folk law, tied to subjects and vassals by personal oaths of loyalty, with neither the slave markets of the ancient world, the theocratic sultanates, ancestor worship, or caste systems of the Near and Far East, nor with the plutocracies, state-syndicates, and socialisms of modern Europe, achieved something unheard-of in the ancient world and forgotten in the modern:

It achieved maturity. It achieved something never achieved before or since: a form of civilization fitted to the human condition, high and low, male and female, spiritual and temporal. It achieved the modern world without the more notorious evils and drawbacks of the modern world.

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A Kind Letter and a Progress Report

Posted November 24, 2015 By John C Wright

This is the second nicest letter a patron has every sent me. The first was too personal and too deeply moving to share, but the reader here (my boss, same as you) gave me permission to share this pat on the back.

Mr. Wright,

I have written you before in praise of your work, and you were kind enough to respond in like fashion (namely, the comment section of Vox Day’s website) that such acknowledgement has some significance to you. I am writing in a somewhat more direct fashion to again express my thanks, both in general for many an enjoyable hour reading your words, but in specific for your story “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds.”

As of the opening of this missive I have not even finished the story, but was already moved both to tears and a burning need to acknowledge a master’s work: in no author not named Tolkien, Wolfe, or Lewis, had I ever read something so moving! The story is written with the names and heritage of the West, of Eve, Cain, and Tubal-Cain, with the accents of Classical civilization and the sonorous diction of a craftsman who both knows and loves our great language: these alone would be enough to endear it to me. But I confess, when I reached the apotheosis of the animals (what else to call it when these loyal creatures become like unto us, which are as gods to them) and the angelic explanation, complete with the prayers of Sts. Roch and Eligius, I wept.

You see, I have an old dog whom I love. My wife used to remark that if he had opposable thumbs, he would not only be able to drive, but smarter than most of the human drivers on the road. We got him at her request, almost 12 years ago when we were little more than newlyweds.

And only now am I coming to understand that when he passes, I may well take it harder than she.

He has been our loyal companion and guarded our home through every one of my many absences: deployment, exercise, school, and university. Because he wards the house and guides the pack (we have other dogs, and they generally defer to him. It’s an odd dynamic), I have slept soundly for over a decade. He watched over my daughter when she was born and shared our concern as her development showed signs of going awry. I feel that he mourns her autism as much as or more than we, and believe he shares our joy at her ongoing healing in his own tired and aged way. When I reach my eternal reward and am issued my arms and Brasso kit (SOMEONE has to keep the Pearly Gates and His throne sparkling, and Marines are good for cleaning and polishing as well as guarding Heaven’s streets) and inquiring after my family, I will echo St. Roch’s prayer.

And while I know that irrational beasts are said to be soulless, I cannot but think that the Almighty, in all His mercy, would not forever sunder us from our closest companions.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for putting these same thoughts into words and frame more eloquent than I could ever hope to achieve. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may your muse be ever present!

With great respect and thanks,

[Name withheld]

P.S. On a side note, please don’t keep us waiting overlong on Nowhither: I’ve just finished my second read-through of Somewhither and am eager for more!

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The Four C’s

Posted November 20, 2015 By John C Wright

I am as agog and aghast as all honest onlookers, psychopathologists, and men of good will at the inability of the Progressives to perceive even the slightest thistledown-weight of danger from the blood-sopped cave-dwelling death-cultists of Mohammed, who have been at war with Christianity since the days of Mohammed, and whose Holy Book, the Al Koran, commands in no uncertain terms that all infidels be converted at swordpoint or slain or enslaved.

The behavior of the Ishmaelites has not changed since the Bronze Age by an iota. Adopting Mohammedanism did not improve their character: they are the same Edomite and sons of Agog seen in the Bible, the deadly and unrelenting enemy of the Chosen People.

But to the Progressives, these troglodytes are the victims, not the aggressors, and their actions are the fault of Western powers: the fault, in short, of  Western economic and political, racial and religious institutions: Capitalism, Constitutional conservatism, Caucasians and Christians.

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Muslim Rape or Xenophobia

Posted November 20, 2015 By John C Wright

Three Muslims who brutally raped a 14-year old girl in Norway:

The incident happened on the night of July 30 when the three men accosted the girl on a commuter train before also molesting her in a farm house and at an apartment in Oslo.

During her ordeal, the girl was raped both orally and anally before being forced to take drugs. According to reports, the abuse, which lasted for hours, was so horrific that at one point the girl expressed a desire to take her own life to end the suffering.

The girl suffered “severe mental damage” and PTSD as a result of the incident, missed a year of school and is still struggling to deal with what happened.

The three men, 18-year-old Bile Mohamed Elmi, 21-year-old Abdirizak Nur Ali and 21-year-old Mohamed Abdirisak Mohamed, were initially charged with gang rape, which carries a maximum sentence of 21 years.

However, prosecutor Cecilie Schloss Møller insisted there wasn’t enough evidence and the three men were convicted of sexual contact with a child under 16 years of age, which carries a lighter sentence.

Source: http://www.infowars.com/norway-immigrants-brutally-gang-rape-14-year-old-girl-one-gets-off-with-community-service/

The article states that one man was given community service and no jail time at all. My observation is simple: if the Progressive government of Norway wanted to deter rape, surely they would punish rape? If they punish rape not with death by hanging, not with jail, but with ludicrously light sentences, the only reasonable conclusion that that they do not wish to deter it.

The article continues:

In Norway, almost half of all rapes committed in Oslo in 2011 were carried out by individuals of African, Middle Eastern or Asian origin, despite the fact that Muslim immigrants only represent 1.5-2 per cent of the population.

In addition, 100 per cent of aggravated rapes involving physical violence were committed by individuals of African, Middle Eastern or Asian origin [Muslims].

Leftist political leaders responded to the figures by absolving “traumatized asylum seekers” of blame and instead pointed fingers at police for encouraging “xenophobia and prejudice” merely for reporting the statistics.

The only conclusion is that stopping rape is not anywhere within the Progressive purview. Stopping xenophobia, however, is.

Xenophobia is the mental disease of having an irrational fear of strangers. However, it is the longstanding tradition of Muslims, enshrined in Shariah Law, to punish girls for being girls by raping them, and to punish rape victims for being rape victims by killing them. To fear and hate such grotesque and satanic violations of one’s mothers, wives, sisters and daughters is hardly irrational, it is paramount duty.

The Progressives are actively hindering that duty. We do we continue to tolerate that they should exist at all, much less govern us?

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Superversive: Roads to Heaven and Hell

Posted November 19, 2015 By John C Wright

Superversive has an essay by S. Dorman, author of Fantastic Travelogue: Mark Twain and CS Lewis Talk Things Over in the Hereafter.

Without a guide, how is one to get from the city of destruction to the celestial city?  During the Middle Ages pilgrims traveled on foot (or hoof).  In John Bunyan’s work, Christian conversed with Apollyon, out of whose “belly came fire and smoke,” and whose look conveyed disdain.  But his intermittent guide was The Evangelist.  Modern characters traveled by comet or a train.. Nathaniel Hawthorne used the template of John Bunyan’s footsore progress to send himself comfortably toward his own celestial destination on the railroad…Sixty years after Hawthorne’s train ride, Mark Twain sent his first person character to heaven aboard a comet cum steamship…In C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce conveyance from hell to heaven is a flying bus. …

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Guns in France

Posted November 18, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader objected that guns are legal in France in reply to my comment that the French were disarmed.

My question to you, reader, is at what point do ‘reasonable restrictions’ become so restrictive as to be, in effect, a ban? How chilly must the chilling effect become before it is accurate to call it frozen?

In France, only licensed gun owners (for certain arms) may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition. Cites: 110 137 138 131 132 136 139 140141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 94 95 75 151 129 133
Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in France are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, personal protection, security. Cites: 152 153 154 155 156 94 157

Hover your cursor over the numbers to see the cite. This took me precisely one second of Internet research to find.

There was one security guard in the theater. He was unarmed.

From the fact that not one single victim of the shootings this week in Paris was armed, it takes no Olympic longjump of logic to conclude that these laws operated with precisely the predicted effect. No one in the victim crowd had a genuine reason to possess a firearm, hence no one had a license. Who had firearms, however?

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Gene Wolfe and Sevarian’s Coin

Posted November 18, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader with the uncomplicated but noetic name of Simplemind asks:

I have always wanted someone to explain this Gene Wolfe passage spoken by his character Severian the torturer. I do not know philosophy but is he talking about gnostiscm? Knowing the right words vs that things unfold according to free will/plan?

It always struck me as a beautifully written and pregnant with a meaning I could not quite deliver into my own mind.

“We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life—they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.”

It is an excellent question.

The quote immediately follows the moment when the young Severian, having accepted a coin from the dashing rebel Vodalus, puts it unthinkingly in his pocket.

Without knowing it, he is now a soldier of the rebel forces, a Voladarii. This is just as he just pretended to be a paragraph before: as often happens in life, the pretense becomes reality.

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Accommodating Miracles

Posted November 16, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader asked me about the Deist argument against miracles.

The first argument, best elucidated by Thomas Paine in his unintentionally oxymoronically-titled AGE OF REASON, says that God, being an omnipotent and omniscient creator, has made the machinery of the universe with all the chains of cause and effect in place as neatly as clockwork, with no need for further direct intervention. Direct intervention supposes the Creator either to lack the foresight (hence not omniscient) or lack the power (hence not omnipotent) to foresee and forestall all possible exigencies otherwise requiring intervention via natural chains of cause and effect laid from before the dawn of creation.

To suppose the Creator to lack the necessary foresight or power to avoid the use of miracles is to insult the dignity of His deity.

The second argument comes from Hume: In nature, every effect proceeds from a sufficient cause so that nothing comes from nothing; no matter nor momentum is ever created or ever destroyed. Supernatural events, such as miracles, divine intervention, or granted prayers, on the other hand, proceeds by the will and fiat of God, without any intermediary mechanism. Ergo for Providence to grant prayers or perform miracles by definition intrudes a supernatural break or lapse in an otherwise solid chain of natural cause and effect. Since no events occur aside from cause and effect, ergo miracles do not happen.

Or, to put both arguments more succinctly, if God needs to break the laws of nature by interrupting with miracles, He those laws were made imperfectly, which is impossible: therefore miracles do not happen.

A third argument one from time to time encounters in writers of less skill than Paine or Hume is to say it offends the dignity of the Creator to propose he has need either to answer prayers or grant miracles or otherwise interfere with any of the workings of the clockwork cosmos, for the same reason a skilled watchmaker need not push the hands on the clockface with his finger to see the time is correctly kept.

Hence a correctly organized Providence would unfold events to carry out the will of Providence from the outset without any further need for impromptu corrections or adjustments, just as a correctly made clock keeps time without continuous intervention by the watchmaker fixing, tinkering, fiddling, correcting, re-calibrating, repairing, and puttering.

Hume’s argument is easy to dismiss: it is a circular argument. It assumes that it is impossible for events to arise aside from mechanical causes, and concludes that nothing aside from events arising from mechanical causes is possible.

As for Paine’s more thoughtful argument I submit it is a category error based on the same error which radical materialists make when they say the mind must be a machine on the grounds that nothing but machinery exists.

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