Archive for March 2010

Why I Hate the Left

March 24, 2010

Technically, I could write up some reasons, but PillowC, Weed, and Obunga have already done it for me.

Perhaps some thought of my statement that I hated the Left uttered some odd years ago were an exaggeration or were simply the personal biases of one partisan individual. Or perhaps I saw the true nature of the Left when many were on a boat in the Nile.

Abuses of power come from those in positions of authority when they become corrupted by power. That is the popular refrain, yes. In truth, abuses of power do not come from the corruption by power. It comes from the corruption of a person’s integrity. What this actually means is that if you believe that the power you have comes from yourself, that your abilities as a leader directly gives you this power, then you have become corrupted by your own character flaws: hubris, pride, megalomania, narcissism, etc. Power as it has always existed in human affairs, comes from the people. It comes from the bottom, not the top trickled down with the grace of the elites, the aristos, the kings, or the oligarchy of robber barons.

A person that recognizes his power comes from the people he serves, cannot be corrupted. He is incorruptible, because to him the only way to get more power is to serve to protect and secure the interests of the source of his power. Perhaps he can be bought with promises of a new power source in a foreign country, but that’s a great risk compared to the power he holds in trust now. For people, lke Obunga, that believes power comes from his personal repertoire of manipulation and deception, the sky is the limit on his abuses. The fact that the American people, by a large margin, didn’t realize this simple fact is an indication of how useful deception is. People were conned into giving up their power and for what? But while an individual getting conned doesn’t really affect me, doing so in a political setting does. That makes other people’s guillibility and naivety my problem. And when I fix that problem, they will no longer have an excuse that it “isn’t my business”. It has become my business. And it will become the business of any leader that represents me, any leader that I entrust with my power. We may not interfere or control them with government dictates, but they will be controlled regardless of what they wish.

People will be given what they need, not what they want. That is the only requirement for an absolute leader that holds the trust and power of the people. Humans have tried many systems. Democracy has been the best of a bad lot. Representative republics, a modification of the best of a bad lot. But one thing humans never got rid of was leadership and hierarchy. We always needed a ladder where somebody was the boss and somebody took orders. We always needed leaders, regardless of what system existed to govern human affairs. The ability of a single person to secure the interests of another person rests directly upon that person’s leadership skills. Thus it is incredibly rare for a person to be able to govern an entire nation and adequately secure the interests of the people given wars, famines, economic destabilizations, and external/internal enemies. That ability is like genius level cognitive gifts. Hard to express, even harder to find and use.

But crush enough people and basic evolutionary principle suggests that you will get such leaders. Create enough of a condition of threat to people, and people will attempt to learn leadership skills. They may fail, and most probably will, but they will try. And given human genetic variation, some may even become great leaders, absolute leaders in control of continents and billions of people. Proportionately, it has happened in the past with Alexander, Ghenghis Khan, Attila, and so forth. The United States has created world wide security, of a sort, so it hasn’t been tested in the modern world. The last attempt was defeated in the previous century. This century, of course, will see a new Age of leaders: corrupt and virtuous. One guess which type Obama was that the American naive “voters” voted in.


Literary Analysis of Faust

March 22, 2010


The Beginning and the End

March 22, 2010

“‘He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desert is small,
Who fears to put it to the touch,
And win or lose it all.’

There is danger that, if the Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.
—Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson,
Terminiello v. Chicago 337 US 1, 37(1949)

Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Serenity

It is quite amusing and intersting the asymmetrical tones of this political conflict. The Democrats use people like Kerry and Murtha because their war efforts make it hard for Republicans to criticize them. One of the reasons why Democrats nominated Kerry, cause they thought he’d win given the Republicans support for the military. Why wouldn’t Republicans and Independent Americans vote for Kerry?

There’s two sides to this issue, and perhaps even more, as with all asymmetrical conflicts. The Democrats don’t appreciate military service as a virtue in itself, seeing it for its political benefits. The Republicans and mainstream America truly values the armed forces, making it a political hot potato, everyone wants it so they’re all fighting over it and getting burned in the process.

A very insightful look into how having obvious strengths and strong points makes you vulnerable to enemy attack and infiltration. once the enemy knows your weak points, he can know where to attack, and where to avoid.

But the Democrat’s plan didn’t quite work. Maybe because they didn’t realize that the American people value the military and military service not because it is “military and war like” but because it serves the purpose of protecting the US Constitution and the American people. Why does that make a difference? Because, if “war heroes” like Kerry or Murtha ever acted to harm the US Constitution or the American people, their military service is not going to prevent people from acting against them. This is the difference of swearing allegiance to the government of the United States and the President of the US, to swearing an allegiance to the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

From what I’ve witnessed, Americans don’t tend to put the military upon a pedestal, appreciating its existence and not its purpose. It is a bad analysis of Americans, when the Democrats conclude that military service will defacto make them right, presumably because people don’t know better than to put their faith in the military.

This kind of exploitation is troublesome, but it is also ineffective. Don’t expect loyalty from people that you mistrust and abuse. Loyalty in human affairs go both ways, or else it doesn’t exist.

What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last hear of a clerk giving his life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas. As to you of CHOAM, what nonsense you believe! Men must want to do things out of their own innermost drives. People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness — they cannot work and their civilization collapses.
-A letter to CHOAM, Attributed to The Preacher

Code Geass Review R1+R2

March 17, 2010

Code Geass is a turbo charged rollercoaster ride with aerial explosions and missles going off all about, set in an artificially created world around a star that is going nova.

That’s the short metaphor of it. The long of it is rather lengthy. Reality always is.

Amidst political and slice of life school, far reaching conceptual analysis of free will vs predetermined fate, including permament peace and utopia, are among the 50 episodes constituting the series. Even though each episode is around 24 minutes, which includes the Opening and End runs, so many sequences happen at once that you feel like you just saw an hour long feature film. The amount of plot complexity and exciting happenings makes it feel that way.

The artwork is amazingly beautiful in terms of character design. The anorexic design famous by CLAMP is not taken too quite as much extremes here, especially with the varied costumes and MECHA combat. It does lend a remarkable air of fragility to feminine characters, not to mention highlighting youth and adolescence.

It’s super good theater. Mega dramatic, with exaggerated theatrics, but it works. In terms of attaching human emotion and experience with the characters and plot, it is top notch.

The pace of events and plot advancement is quite rapid. Creating a high tense interest, a cliffhanger, at almost every episode. The introduction of comedic episodes fits quite well into the emotional connections required to make sense of the main character’s relationships. This is not like Scrapped Princess, however, where the humour is spread well over the series. Unlike Scrapped Princess, Code Geass has no problems figuring out the balance between humor and love of life with death’s sadness and despair.

There is a fair bit of tragedy here, especially of the Greek and Shapeskpearian sort. On the other hand, there are noble deaths. Beautiful deaths that are sublime in aesthetic and heart wrending in sadness. A death that brings forth new life, is simply one end and the beginning of another. In Christian and Buddhist and ancestor worship zones, death is simply the gateway to a different existence rather than the end of existence, as atheists believe in.

In the American cultural matrix, there is the saying that ‘where there is life, there is hope’. In warrior cultures like Sparta or the US Marines, however, the mission often overrides consideration of individual life. Combine the mission with a political cause and you have some interesting dynamics here.

I love the conflict between free will and predetermined fate. Should people be allowed to decide what dreams to pursue and their methods, or should a centralized authority or special group of elite and enlightened leaders decide for the people. Does a permanent peace become an eternal good that ethically justifies any evil, of whatever duration or magnitude, so long as the evil is temporary compared to the eternal length of the ultimate goal? Should the security of a people, a state, a country, or even a continent be ensured by centralized forces, chains of command, and military forces or should they be secured by the individuals at the bottom of the society, which a lack of security affects the most.

In Code Geass the conflict is between changing society from inside it with gradual reform and fighting for justice outside the boundaries of law and societal limits. With sympathetic characters on both sides of the issue, there is no lack of intense emotional drama. Mix them in a school type slice of life setting and you can get interesting humor as well. This conflict is only the first main theme introduced in CG. Eventually you’ll see a good example of the question wheter humans have free will and whether exercising it leads to a better or worse world.

Romance Novels

March 16, 2010

This is a funny post about the subject.

Courtesy of Grim.

Report on Iraq’s military strength

March 10, 2010

From strategy