The following does not count as a proper movie review. The film impressed me as mediocre. Up until the car chase scene, I felt bored enough to want to leave the theater. The movie improved somewhat thereafter, but not enough for the movie to stand out from other Marvel movies.
While pondering the film more deeply, I realized that I only liked two of the characters: Ulysses Klaue and M’Baku, the prince of Wakanda’s mountain tribe. My interest in them comes down to them being the only two characters who gave me a sense of propinquity, character, and interest. (Killmonger had the first two, but it’s hard for me to care about a black supremacist.) Most of the characters struck me as pretty dull: they lacked either propinquity (T’Challa) or character (Agent Ross). The African characters were too dignified and exotic for me to actually like.
Many young men are hooked on the lectures of the Canadian psychologist and professor of the University of Toronto, Dr. Jordan Peterson. A favorite meme associated with him is “Clean your room!” This pithy command encapsulates the idea that, though your life is a mess, you can start organizing the small things. By bringing order to the small things, you can eventually start branching out into larger things. By bringing order to the things around you, you can bring meaning to your life.
An American traditionalist like me is very happy to see that Peterson’s philosophy receives the attention it rightly deserves. But, as a patriot, I’d like to point out that America had its own Jordan Peterson: Peterson’s philosophy has a living portrait in the life and words of Booker T. Washington, a famous black educator and founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Peterson can explicate his philosophy of living with brilliant Jungian archetypes and examples from political thought and history. Washington came to much of the same philosophy of living through his life experiences.
I just wanted to get some thoughts about why I hate the media’s agenda so much. Of late, I have felt less and less inclined to watch the media and hear the news. One of the sad things about a democracy is that we rely upon the news to determine our political action. Hearing about the state of the culture, the efficiency of political parties in aiding the common good, and how laws negatively or positively affect society determines how we vote, when we rally, and the positions and arguments we articulate. People will generally apply their political philosophy, ethics, and personality to new problems; but, the only way we learn about new problems so that we may apply the above facets of ourselves is through the media. For which reason, it behooves the media to be as objective as possible. There is a real need for media groups containing both conservatives and liberals so that each political ideology can correct the excesses of the other.
Another sad thing about the present state of affairs lies in how much aid and comfort the media’s culture gives to collectivists. In the above video, Sargon of Akkad well describes how both Antifa and the Alt-Right are benefiting from stopping intelligent dialogue. Essentially, conservatives are collectively being dubbed fascists, and liberals are forced to conform to socialist group think or driven out of the Left on a rail. And, in all liberal activism, the greatest villain is the Christian, conservative, heterosexual man of European descent. Liberal college professors especially target this group for shaming. I might add that a close relative, while in post graduate education, received his worst grades from two liberal black professors. Another relative of mine, while visiting her daughter in North Carolina, was actually called a fascist–despite being a rather rotund, old Hispanic woman! And, one can point to the recent Democratic Presidential Convention as a public example of the Left courting the support of minorities while speaking ill of whites–and law and order, for that matter.
Many of our dear readers may have noticed that this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the plague of communism being released upon the world. As we look back the the October Revolution of 1917 and how the Red Menace afflicted the 20th century, we ought to recall the significant factors which led to the fall of the Russian Tsar Nicolas II. In doing so, the American reader will be surprised about how the political landscape of turn of the 20th century Russia recalls present day America.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky on the left. Maxim Gorky on the right.
Yours truly first became interested in the similarities between Russia and America while reading Leftism: From De Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse by Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddhin. (If you want a deep understanding of the roots of Leftist politics in the French Revolution and its history up to the mid-twentieth century, there is no better book.) He recalls a series of meetings between MacArthur and a Russian leader. They were quite cordial, and MacArthur one day remarked about how friendly the Russian was towards him:
I’m writing the present post to help my group of friends’ discussion of Barbara Tuchman’s The March of Folly. The book examines why governments pursue policies contrary to their self-interest. Tuchman’s first chapter covers a wealth of examples from the Fall of Troy to the Second World War. Her three parameters for selecting examples of political folly are the following: “it must be perceived as counterproductive in its own time, not merely by hindsight” (5); “a feasible alternative of action must have been available” (ibid.); and lastly, “the policy in question must be that of a group, not an individual ruler, and should persist beyond one political lifetime” (ibid.). These seem wise parameters; however, Tuchman includes two loci classici in order to form the discussion: the revolt of Israel from Judea caused by Solomon’s son Rehoboam threatening to increase the burdens on the people and the story of the Trojan Horse.
The main periods studied by the book are on the Fall of Troy, the misrule of the papacy prior to the Reformation, the American Revolution, and the Vietnam war. The odd thing about these choices is how perspicacious her knowledge is on the two World Wars. In chapter one, she delves deeply into the political debates within the German government of WWI and the Japanese government of WWII, which led to the entrance of the United States into these global conflicts–both times ensuring the defeat of these countries.
A friend of mine requested this article, and I could not be more happy to write on this topic. In many ways, modern culture has rendered obsolete the concept that the militia consists of all male citizens between fifteen and fifty. The need to know how to fight has been relegated to soldiers and policemen–the professionals. However, back in the 18th century and prior, martial skill and some familiarity with weapons was a must for any man who did not wish to become a victim. A man needed to defend his community from all manners of foes, ranging from wild beasts to predatory government officials. While a man in the modern world will not likely have to deal with either of these extremes, it still behooves a man to condition himself through martial training.
The purpose of the Second Amendment has been forgotten by all except the most conservative. Target shooting, hunting, and even personal defense were not on the Founding Father’s minds when they drafted it. Instead, it was intended to enable the average citizen to resist a tyrannical government. Impossible for this to occur in modern-day America? Perhaps, they thought this impossible in Germany, China, Russia, and other places in the 20th century. With our own government taking to itself more and more powers and creating laws which flout Constitutional procedures, can we really be so sure that a tyrant shall not try to place his boot on the necks of freedom-loving Americans in the near future? Thus, one cannot encourage enough the study of that weapon of the free man–the rifle.
I have just finished Charlton Heston’s The Courage to be Free. In many ways, this work is similar to many other conservative political works on the market. It highlights that America has two main political cultures at a state of war. Each side of the culture war wishes for America to take on a particular image. The liberal or progressive image wishes for more government intervention in people’s lives, the loss of personal initiative, and the loss of personal freedom. On the other hand, the conservative vision embraces a culture of self-reliance, freedom, and the ways Americans have inherited from our ancestors. Heston remarks on how liberals live in a society of fear and isolation (represented by city dwellers), while conservative societies, represented especially by rural communities like the one Heston grew up in, tend to be more neighborly and trusting of one another.
Charlton Heston adds his own personal touch to his advice and exhortations to preserve the American way. During the Civil Rights movement, he marched with Martin Luther King in Washington. Ever since, he has not been afraid to risk his Hollywood career for the sake of defending American values. One of my favorite parts of the work covered how corrupt and immoral rap lyrics are. (Heston does not shy away from quoting rap lyrics in full–profanity and all.) As a shareholder at Time Warner, he took a stand against that company marketing Ice-T’s songs, which advocated violence against women, police, and others. This led to certain of Ice-T’s songs being removed from an upcoming album. Heston also remarks on how political correctness attempts to squash public debate. People are afraid to stand for the truth because they might get ostracized for it.
All in all, The Courage to be Free stands as an excellent primer on political activism. Heston gives a thorough outline of all the problems facing our nation and what steps may be taken to solve them. The way Heston weaves in his life and personal experiences into the material gives further force to the message he wished to convey. The most important message to my mind is that cowardice is not the true opposite of courage: indifference is the true opposite of courage.
Charlton Heston received the Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2003.
Let me end this article listing his “Ten Covenants of Courage” for influencing America for the better:
- Find ways to influence the government in all its forms.
- Be willing to disobey [unjust government actions or the mandates of political correctness].
- Take resolute and absolute pride in your own values.
- Defend America as the peerless ideal–period.
- Fiercely preserve all the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights.
- Find the way to your loudest possible voice and speak.
- Embrace change.
- Find myriad avenues to pass on your convictions.
- Accept that sacrifice is just part of the deal.
- Commit to the daily process of private prayer.