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    Our dystopia and how we got in it

    Our dystopia and how we got in it

    If you had a time machine and went back to the late 20thCentury, then wrote a book giving an accurate depiction of life in America or Europe today, it would be classified as a work of dystopic fiction. The book would be compared with 1984, Atlas Shrugged, or any number of novels depicting a dystopian future. Most of the people that read it would hope that our society and culture would develop along a better, saner path.  It's to the point where one would swear the people today see Orwell's 1984, not as a warning to humanity, but as in instruction book.  We now live in the type of world that authors like Orwell, Rand, and Huxley tried to warn us about.

    How did this dystopia come to be?  It's important to understand that we didn't get here overnight.  In fact, or current situation has been over a hundred years in the making.  Over the last century, a group we would now refer to as the “Left”, spurred on by two philosophies, collectivism and postmodernism have been vying for and gaining political power in the world.  Collectivism is the idea that man's highest purpose is to serve the needs of society.  The individual's needs are subordinate to those of the collective.  Examples of collectivism include communism, socialism, and fascism.  The ends of the Left is some sort of collectivist Utopia. Postmodernism is a philosophy that refutes the notion of objective reality.  It refutes the Enlightenment notion that Man advances his situation mainly though reason. The Enlightenment philosophies are the basis of modern Western democracies in general, and of the United States in particular. Enlightenment thinking stands in the way of establishing a collectivist Utopia, and so must be supplanted in the body-politic by the post-modern viewpoint.  Postmodernism can be said then, to be the philosophic means to that collectivist end.




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    JP's Dystopic Journal

    JP's Dystopic Journal

    Our dystopia and how we got in it. If you had a time machine and went back to the late 20th Century, then wrote a book giving an accurate depiction of life in America or Europe today, it would be classified as a work of dystopic fiction. The book would be compared with 1984, Atlas Shrugged, or any number of novels depicting a dystopian future. Most of the people that read it would hope that our society and culture would develop along a better, saner path. It’s to the point where one could swear some people today see Orwell’s 1984, not as a warning to humanity, but as in instruction manual. We now live in the type of world that authors like Orwell, Rand, and Huxley tried to warn us about.

    How did this dystopia come to be? It’s important to understand that we didn’t get here overnight. In fact, our current situation has been over a hundred years in the making. Over the last century, a group we would now refer to as the “Left”, spurred on by two philosophies, collectivism and postmodernism have been vying for and gaining political power in the world. Collectivism is the idea that man’s highest purpose is to serve the needs of society. The individual’s needs are subordinate to those of the collective. Examples of collectivism include communism, socialism, and fascism. The ends the Left have in mind is some sort of collectivist Utopia. Before they can build their brave new world, they must tear down the old one. Postmodernism is a philosophy that refutes the notion of objective reality. It refutes the Enlightenment notion that Man advances his situation mainly though reason. Enlightenment philosophies are the basis of modern Western democracies in general, and of the United States in particular. Enlightenment thinking stands in the way of establishing a collectivist Utopia, and so must be supplanted in the body-politic by the post-modern viewpoint. Postmodernism can be said then, to be the philosophic means to that collectivist end.


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    A 3rd Party?

    A 3rd Party?

    American Pride Month comes to an end/ A slow news week
    A New third party?  Reporting by Sharyl Attkisson and Tim Reid for Reuters talks about a new third party called the "Forward" party to compete with the Republicans and Democrats that is due to launch this fall. Is this the real deal, or just a party to run spoiler candidates against one party or the other?  Why hasn't America had a successful third party? 
    Covid stats update from Worldometers. Covid, like many diseases, has developed a pattern of peaking during cold weather months, and receding during warm weather in most of the world. 


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    Your suffering means little to them

    Your suffering means little to them

    Nowadays, the challenges Americans are facing are myriad and are on many fronts. Most of the suffering we are made to endure is by design.  The pain felt by the average American-- the high cost of household items, energy, gas, etc., is a pain not shared by the collectivist elites whose policies caused these problems. Our need to be free, to control our own destinies is in conflict with the elites' need for evermore power.  Our loss is their gain.  Here are some examples...


    Inflation The cost we pay for Democrats buying votes and paying off their allies
    High cost of tuition Big Education keeps churning out new Democrats in exchange for almost unlimited tuition costs
    High cost of energy Makes alternative sources of energy seem more economically viable
    High cost of gas Makes electric vehicles more economically viable while limiting the freedom that cars provide. 
    Vaccine and mask mandates Each jab means more money for Big Pharma.  Every mask is a symbol of submission. 
    High crime and lawlessness A perverse example of "social justice", and an excuse to gain control over state and local police forces. 


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    You are not real to them

    You are not real to them

    It's like that cynical, old joke: “It's all about mind over matter; they don't mind, and you don't matter.”

    It may be a joke, but it's apropos to the apparent mindset of the global elite as typified by the World Economic Forum (WEF).  The Green agenda, the Great Reset and other agendas being pursued by those self-appointed philosopher kings we refer to as the “global elite” are taking their toll on ordinary people around the world. Dutch farmers are being told that nearly a third of their cattle need to go, and that they cannot use nitrogen-based fertilizers at the levels currently sustaining their crops.  The Sri Lankans were convinced to take on unsustainable debts to improve their social programs and to trade in tried-and-true farming principles to go 100% organic.  Listening to the advice of the globalists cost them their economy and their country. Farmers there, and in the Netherlands, as well as other countries are being told to forget what they have learned from centuries of farming to maximize food production in the face of a global food shortage and pursue suicidal polices prescribed to them by an international oligarchy of bankers and industrialists. In the United States, the war on fossil fuels was dealt a brief setback with the Supreme Court ruling that the EPA does not have carte blanche when it comes to regulating the U.S. energy industry.  Still, parts of the country are being warned to cut down on air conditioner usage for fear of brownouts. It's not that there's not enough energy under the ground, it's that the darlings of the green movement, wind and solar are woefully inadequate when it comes to U.S. energy needs.

    People are going hungry in Sri Lanka.  Farmers in the Netherlands will be driven out of business.  Europeans will freeze and Americans will sweat.  Because their governments have decided to chase good ESG scores, instead of following best farming practices, people will go hungry and perhaps even starve this winter. Europeans if they don't go hungry, face the real possibility of freezing this winter, again because of short sighted whims of Eco-fascists.  According to Worldeconomics.com, Sri Lanka had a near-perfect 98.1 ESG score, suggesting in was following the globalists' plan to a tee. The Netherlands boasts a lusty 90.7 score.  Part of that score we can safely assume, is due to their commitment to lower nitrogen usage, best farm practices be damned. The Dutch government's slavish devotion to leftist environmental policies continues in the face of a world-wide food shortage.  That same environmental left in the U.S. Has convinced the Biden administration to continue its war on fossil fuels, despite energy costs skyrocketing adding to an already bad inflation problem.  People all across the globe will suffer.  Most of them, needlessly.  

    So, why are so many made to suffer for so little benefit to them? There are many reasons for sure-- foolish belief in Utopian schemes, lust for power, and greed on the part of the global elites.  These people who occupy the top rungs of industry, academia, and politics are insulated from the effects of their questionable economic and environmental theories. They are not affected by inflation.  They themselves will not feel neither cold, heat, nor hunger in any amount that might make them uncomfortable. They are, in short, not us. They have the luxury of operation in a world of economic and environmental theory, they are not part of the real world, the world the rest of us plebs inhabit.  To them, we are but statistics, numbers on a spreadsheet.






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    AKA: Democracy

    AKA: Democracy

    Independence Day, 2022 may have come and gone, but we can still celebrate #AmericanPrideMonth throughout the month of July.  American Exceptionalism is too great to just dedicate a single day, or a single long weekend to. 

    In the shadow of the Dobbs v Jackson ruling overturning Roe v Wade, comes another critical SCOTUS ruling-- West Virginia v EPA. 

    Despite Democrats howling about the 'death of democracy', these recent SCOTUS rulings will not men the death of democracy, quite the contrary, as this article from the Daily Signal points out.  

    From the article: 

    "The implications of West Virginia v. EPA will be discussed and debated for a long time to come. Regardless of those discussions, it’s already clear that in addition to rejecting unauthorized EPA overreach, the Supreme Court has helped to protect the voice of the American people and restore the nation’s republican form of government."

    Contrary to what some have said, the Dobbs and West Virginia rulings are victories, not defeats for our democracy and our republic.  They put these matters into the hands of the legislatures and the people where they can be debated and voted on.  What's that thing called?  You know-- where people get a say on how important issues are handled? Oh, yeah, it's called DEMOCRACY. 

    Until next time, 

    Stay happy, healthy, and free! 




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