Facts about our country

From Isegoria, a very good post which points out some often-overlooked facts about our country. It’s very easy to get caught up in a web of pessimism about our future (and the situation does look very bleak) but we might be prone to forget some of our strengths.

A quote from Jared Diamond is the basis for the post, and it calls forth some good comments from the blog’s readers. Let me say first of all I haven’t been a fan of Diamond and his idea that environment, not genetics, influences the development of peoples and nations, but in his book Upheaval (no link to Amazon, sorry) he addresses how we and others are responding to the ‘civilizational crisis’ we are facing. Are we mindful of the assets we do have, what with the grim news stories that are staring us in the face every day? Diamond points out, among other things, that we have a resource-rich country, with ‘excellent real estate’, in the temperate zone.

He says we are “self-sufficient in food and most raw materials.” Are we? I’ve had this conversation with friends, and it seems that we have made ourselves dependent on other nations, such as Mexico and China, in that we seem to import much of what we need from them, such as foods, while we export our best produce, meat, etc. elsewhere, it seems.¬† We can’t get locally grown produce, having to import it. It makes no sense. And of course it’s well-known that we no longer manufacture much of anything, having to make do with shoddy (and sometimes toxic) goods from our ‘friends’ on the other side of the world.

Will we ever return to being relatively self-sufficient? We are vulnerable to the extent that we rely on others for a great percentage of our consumer goods. But then this was the idea: to make the whole world ‘interdependent’ so that we would be ‘one world,’and theoretically less likely to war against each other. Right.

A commenter on the Isegoria blog offers an apposite quote about another strength we seem to have overlooked: the little fact that this country was, originally, meant to be a united country, composed of people with a common ancestry, religion, and customs. ‘A band of brothers’ as John Jay wrote in Federalist No. 2.

The right in America seems lost in cynicism and sour grapes about the America that once was, or that should be now. As the consensus seems to be that we cannot retrieve or preserve anything of that America, then all is lost, so says this line of thought, and it’s actually for the best anyway as the original America was flawed and corrupt from the get-go. I don’t see any value in adopting that attitude; it can only foster more bitterness and fatalism.

It seems much of the right, bizarrely, shares the left’s attitude that our country should just be written off, and replaced with something ‘better’ – but then we are entering into the Left’s territory if we think we can do better than our ancestors — who, it appears, were far wiser than we are today.

It may be that all is lost, but we can’t know the future, so why proceed as though our situation is beyond repair?

 

Censorship continues

Even Pinterest is eager to get in on the action: Project Veritas reports that
Pinterest has been censoring pro-life and pro-conservative commentary. This is really no surprise, given that all the social media platforms seem to exist only to promote certain ‘lifestyles’ and points-of-view, as we can observe from the monolithic popular culture around us.

Some while back Pinterest was banning anything pro-Confederate or even pro-Southern. Now it appears that they are increasing their censorship to include pro-life items posted there, classifying it with porn. This is absurd.

They are also according the article, blocking the word ”Christian” from the auto-complete. Christians are being intentionally marginalized and restricted; we are made unwelcome, regarded as offensive, while all things outrageous, crude, and deviant are allowed as ‘freedom of expression.’

With all this outright hostility to anything vaguely ‘right-wing’, it’s hard to understand why more people are not dropping out of ‘social media’ and boycotting businesses who are participating in this aggressive trend.

I had a Pinterest account, posting mainly images related to my personal interests, mostly apolitical in nature — except for my board about the South, which included some pictures or quotes that ‘offended’ someone, so my board was made to disappear. So even though I had been inactive on Pinterest, I did close my account officially. That’s the extent of my career in ‘social media’.

It seems most people are pretty sanguine about this censorship spree, though it appears to be accelerating, and that’s bad. Where does it lead? Where will it end? Amazon is purging items that don’t conform to the leftist code, whatever that may be on any given day. Local libraries have purged most old books, to make way for trashy ‘fad’-type books¬† that will likely be forgotten five years from now. It’s almost as if these PC commissars are trying to completely shape and control our thoughts and ideas.

Or is that last statement a ”conspiracy theory”? Our moral betters have decreed that ‘conspiracy theories’ fall under their rubric of ‘fake news’ and must therefore be suppressed. And where was that decision cooked up? Behind closed doors, not in public in an open discussion, just as Pinterest’s decisions involved a small group of ‘insiders’, and kept from public view until whistle-blowers obtained documents.

And everyone knows about Facebook, Twitter, et al, and their arbitrary bans and shadow-bans.

Right-wing ideas and opinions are also unwelcome on certain blogging platforms and the slow-motion purge of non-PC bloggers seems to roll on. Who will be next? And will anybody in a position of power ever speak up against this censorship trend, or champion our ever-dwindling free speech?