Until The Madness Ends

I’M currently sourcing Britannica’s famous Great Books of the Western World series, something I’ve wanted to own and study for a long time but never got around to buying. A disciple of Karol Wojtyla and those sunny days of humble triumph, I wasn’t originally actuated by a dire sense that a dark age of totalitarianism was imminent. But now I agree with Woods that we should curate, learn from and preserve our personal libraries.

 

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38 Responses to Until The Madness Ends

  1. Daily llama

    In 1977, my first year at uni, I got a casual job at the showgrounds building stands for Encyclopædia Britannica. The GBs were then $729 a set. Instead of money, I asked if they’d pay me in books! Over 43 years later I still have them all. They’ve travelled far and wide and been great friends

  2. Rorschach

    I’M currently sourcing Britannica’s famous Great Books of the Western World series,

    Not trying to brag… but my dad bought them (at some expense!). He read them end to end. Whilst I read a few – nowhere near all. I guess I had other priorities. But I read Hobbes Locke Rousseau, I read Kant … and best of all the two Federalist Papers volumes. Mind opening!

    They are now at my mums place in her retirement home. I will get them – and in my retirement- will too read them end to end.

    In the end though … do you need them in print? Are not words whether ink or electronic the same? Is t it the idea that is the message…. it the medium?

  3. Rorschach

    No idea what happened in the last sentence…

    But isn’t it the idea that is the message – not the medium?

  4. C.L.

    Woods is saying that digital libraries will eventually be manipulated and ‘edited’ by leftists.
    They’re already doing it.
    So yes, having the originals is now important.

  5. Captain Katzenjammer

    Haven’t read the whole canon but have absorbed its influemce from living in the western Judaic-Christian society.

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    the only way the madness will end is under a hail of bullets

    I have said for many years, marxism won’t defeated at the ballot box. It’s a function of bass human nature and this ideological virus will always find willing carriers.

  7. John A

    Rorschach #3688225, posted on December 12, 2020, at 10:00 pm

    No idea what happened in the last sentence…

    But isn’t it the idea that is the message – not the medium?

    As CL said. Maybe you need to start with Nineteen Eighty-Four and think about what Winston Smith was doing in his job at Minitru…

  8. Rorschach

    So yes, having the originals is now important.

    Thanks CL & JA…. Noted. I am gullible and too trusting. We need the Doomlord to get the blockchain thing expedited. So that any edits (who knows they may be an improvement- esp translations) can be tracked and auditable.

  9. Oh come on

    It has come to this. It has.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I have said for many years, marxism won’t defeated at the ballot box.

    You may vote your way into Marxism, you shoot your way out.

    CL is correct, though – a good, personal library is one of the pillars of a free society.

  11. Karl Popper’s ‘Open Society and Its Enemies.’ Vol 1 Plato. Vol 2. Hegel Marx.

  12. maree

    We have several thousands of books, including great and classic titles, we would never swap them for digital even though they take up so much space in our home. Life would be nothing without good books and the history they contain, uncontaminated by online history editors and history burners. We still don’t know how we amassed so many in a life together of 45yrs plus our youth years.

  13. Knuckle Dragger

    I’m sorry (actually I’m not) but I just can’t read books on Kindle or whatever they are.

    There’s no texture and doesn’t seem to be any context. Screens are for work, and for looking at multitudes of different things in relatively short periods of time.

    Actual books you pick up, heft if you have to and read. Better, just because they are.

  14. Maniac

    I was just watching “Videodrome.” Probably his best performance. Glad he’s on our side.

  15. Petros

    Australia is a sitting duck if there’s a US civil war 2.0.

  16. JR

    “… Karol Wojtyla and those sunny days of humble triumph.”

    If only he had consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary then the former’s errors would not have continued to spread and this would not now be necessary.

  17. Cassie of Sydney

    “Until The Madness Ends”

    It will get a lot worse before the madness ends.

  18. Mark M

    “We Hadn’t Really Thought Through the Economic Impacts” ~ Melinda Gates

    “Further, her comments provide a perfect illustration of the core problem all along: most of the people who have been advocating lockdowns in fact have no actual experience in managing pandemics.

    To many of these, Covid-19 became their new playground to try out an unprecedented experiment in social and economic management: shutting down travel, businesses, schools, churches, and issuing stay-at-home orders that smack of totalitarian impositions.”

    https://www.aier.org/article/we-hadnt-really-thought-through-the-economic-impacts-melinda-gates/

    I am without words.

  19. rickw

    Australia is a sitting duck if there’s a US civil war 2.0

    US Civil war will be short and brutal, most one sided in the history of the world.

    It is all upside for Australia, it will either spill into Australia directly or it will change the direction of the country through the influence.

  20. Eyrie

    it will either spill into Australia directly
    Do we get to hang traitors?

  21. duncanm

    rickw
    #3688438, posted on December 13, 2020 at 8:29 am

    US Civil war will be short and brutal, most one sided in the history of the world.

    I agree with you if we assume the only actors in CW2.0 are American citizens.

    I’m not sure when a ‘civil’ war becomes international, but foreign players will want to get involved.

  22. Judge Dredd

    Yes, Vox Day has come to the same conclusion and is now reprinting classic books leather-bound and archive quality (like the days of the Franklin Mint books).
    It’s worth checking out; https://arkhavencomics.com/

  23. Roger

    “So these books are on pause while we listen and learn and read what is currently out there also written by award-winning BIPOC without the trope of the white savior stories…”

    Well, there goes the Bible.

  24. Bushkid

    Mark M
    #3688435, posted on December 13, 2020 at 8:17 am
    “We Hadn’t Really Thought Through the Economic Impacts” ~ Melinda Gates

    When you have obscene amounts of money, you just don’t need to concern yourself with the problems of “little people” and the impacts of your brain farts or money-making schemes, do you.

  25. rickw

    I agree with you if we assume the only actors in CW2.0 are American citizens.

    I’m not sure when a ‘civil’ war becomes international, but foreign players will want to get involved.

    A chance it will become a proxy war, hence some potential to spill into OZ, particularly if the traitors in charge decided to contribute to “peacekeeping”.

  26. Tom

    I wasn’t originally actuated by a dire sense that a dark age of totalitarianism was imminent.

    I am.

    The success of the West in effectively abolishing world poverty and creating unprecedented global wealth through the free market in the past half-century has created a cancer within of white ants hell bent on on fighting World War Two again — on the side of the totalitarian fascists who lost.

    They’re everywhere — led by the news media, most of which has abandoned its mission to fight for the public interest and instead campaign for the favourite causes of journalists, 90%+ of whom don’t vote for the parties that voters elect.

    Because they know better and people are too stupid to vote the right way for the causes backed by the unelected experts, who are now using Kung Flu to destroy our civilisation’s wealth generation system — the free market — condemning us to a lower standard of living to accommodate all the fairness and equality dogmas foisted upon us by the white ants.

    The dark age of totalitarian Marxism has descended on the world again, wearing the same old clothes — the thought control that George Orwell warned us was coming 70 years ago, cloaked this time in the language fascism of political correctness and enforced by the Chinese Communist Party’s imperialist allies in Facebook, Google and Twitter.

    Because we haven’t learned from history, we evidently have to fight for our freedom every human lifetime or so.

  27. Cassie of Sydney

    Tom
    #3688533, posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:06 am”

    Great comment and one that I agree wholeheartedly with.

  28. Roger

    The dark age of totalitarian Marxism has descended on the world again…

    Re-tooled for young post-moderns.

    The working classes proved to be recalcitrant traditionalists the first time around.

  29. cuckoo

    The Great Books are one thing, but is there anything deader than a hardcopy encyclopedia? I saw a full set of the World Book Encyclopedia on someone’s nature strip-waste drop yesterday. They’re like upright pianos: once almost ubiquitous, now you literally can’t give them away.

    As for classic books, there was a US publisher who decided to go all woke and re-issued a set of English classics with people of colour in the cover art. So Captain Ahab was now black, etc. (I’d have loved to see their cover of Pride and Prejudice.) Naturally, they got torn down for…”literary blackface”, pulped the editions and issued the standard grovelling apology.

  30. John A:

    As CL said. Maybe you need to start with Nineteen Eighty-Four and think about what Winston Smith was doing in his job at Minitru…

    Lies!
    All lies!
    I actually lived and worked in Upper Bumfuck for the Inner Party, making doohickies and widgets!
    THAT Winston Smith was an imposter.
    *sob*
    History has been so unkind…

  31. Duncanm:

    I’m not sure when a ‘civil’ war becomes international, but foreign players will want to get involved.

    I offered a scenario a few months ago where the Democratic Republic of the United States asked for, and got, military assistance from China.
    And I got shit canned for it.

  32. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    until the madness ends with the inevitable coming civil war

    Lots o’ dead collectivists. Not seeing the down side.

  33. Crossie

    rickw
    #3688438, posted on December 13, 2020 at 8:29 am
    Australia is a sitting duck if there’s a US civil war 2.0

    US Civil war will be short and brutal, most one sided in the history of the world.

    It is all upside for Australia, it will either spill into Australia directly or it will change the direction of the country through the influence.

    If US descends into civil war Australia will be occupied by China and there will be nothing we could do about it.

  34. win

    Locked with in my bubble looking out it does seem that the civil war is already up and running its just that other than Andrew Bolt and a few Patriots in the US nobody has bodily fought back.

  35. Dot

    What’s disturbing about the decline of the West is how the elites are backing it, censoring dissent and how democracy is reflecting a preference for decline.

    It is disturbing and demotivates one to care for others, or even convince them are misguided.

    Why engage in a long political battle to help people that want to steal your possessions, silence you, support tyranny and couldn’t care less if you were gaoled or even executed for dissent or standing up for what were once normal property rights.

    Epicurus bead right.

    The masses are incurably deluded, and the powerful are incurably corrupt, so it’s best to withdraw from the state, set up your own philosophical commune, and pursue the good life privately.

    Except they won’t leave you alone now.

  36. Dot

    Bead –> was

    This Android autocorrect is a feral little c**t.

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