Archive for July, 2007

The Libertarian Whigs are Coming.

July 31, 2007

Silverwolf says: When it comes to economics we would do well to question all the so-called laws we always hear talked about, for Silverwolf says there are no laws (although we are not refering to the laws of fractiles, waves, fibonacci retracements, etc. which DO hold true, and which can be verified actuarially.  But just because these laws hold true for data of the past 10-, 50-, or 100- years, doesn’t mean they will hold true in the future).  After reading about Black Holes, Silverwolf threw his paws up and said, “I give up. There are no rules if matter, which Newton, and everyone in my high school class including the teacher, believed could not be created or destroyed, could disappear like that, whole galaxies sucked into some cosmic vacuum cleaner. Really eldritch.  If there were any planets on any of those galaxies going into this galactic blender like our own earth, and if they had stock markets, think how surprised they would be as they saw private property literally disappear. A communist’s dream.” The world is more fluid than we think it to be.

So, firstly, no laws.  When one thinks of the “laws” of  chess strategy of the kind of chess played in the 1800’s, say from 1850-1885, one reads of dogmatic rules written as if their authors were certain of their veracity that nowadays send one into paroxysms of laughter. From Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch, whose main influence stretched from 1890-1920, we get a set of dogmas like ‘develop knights before bishops’ which have been invalidated over and over again in countless openings.  There are many openings where developing a bishop before a knight is either the best move or at least innocuous.  So much for “Grandmaster Tarrasch” and believing in authority, and I think we should question economic theory in like fashion.

So we see that now Keynsian economics still holds sway over the land,  and that finally the economic disease and totalitarian rule that must come, willy-nilly, from collectivism, because of its violation of the liberties innumerated by Jefferson, are making themselves manifest in both the markets and the political arena simultaneously. This is exactly what Hayek predicted in “The Road to Serfdom” written in the late ’40s. The only correct response to this is the adoption of the economic principles of the Austrian school, principles that are tied to a set of highly moral political principles, these being identical to those that wisechiefs Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, et. al., innumerated in the Declar./Const./BloRts, and principles which, at the same time are valid in an economic sense.  Here, Silverwolf must highly recommend the perusal of Murray Nelson Rothbard’s libertarian economic classic, “Man, Economy, and State” which explains in terms a baby could understand and with Robinson Crusoe-type examples, the most basic and elemental principles of the free market, and transmogrifies these through to more complex themes later in the work.  Rothbard, who was a Professor at the Univ. of Nevada for many years, was no slouch, and his works are on the recommended reading list of Prez. candidate Congressman Ron Paul.  In sum, perhaps Rothbard’s and libertarian economic philosophy is : value for value, and individuals should be free to contract with one another if they do so willingly without government interference.  If a businessman spends decades trading value for value, and gives his customers much better service and much lower prices than all his competitors, is he to be condemned for acquiring wealth, or choosing to spend it as he wishes?  If, in spite of having at least a third, and probably more, of every dollar that came across his counter and four months out of every twelve confiscated by the collectivists to fund corporate welfare programs that the businessman is then called stingy for opposing, — if, I say, in spite of that burden, the businessman does manage to accumulate enough to give him a secure retirement after working himself to death for 45 years, then he is called one of “The Privileged” by demagogues like John Edwards, who seems to like to stir up class animus in America, and who is so morally bankrupt and depraved that he even opposes legalized medical cannabis, according to NORML., at least at the time of his run for the vice-Presidency.

F A Hayek, Nobel-prize winning economist, (and the other prominent economist of the “Gang of 3” of the Austrian Economists made up of  Von Mises, the father of the modern school,  Hayek and Rothbard) in several interviews and articles in the 1990’s, states that Libertarianism differs radically from Conservatism is many ways.  Hayek decried the use of the cumbersome term “Libertarianism” and pointed out that his own philosophy could best be described as “old liberal” and that the ‘old liberals’ had been the ones in the British parliament who had sided with and supported the American call for Independence.  This faction was known by the moniker “The Whigs”, and Silverwolf thinks this is an appropriate appelation given his long furry mane, and the forest of bristles that burst forth like liberty all over his muzzle.  ‘Whig’, it has a certain simplicity to it parallel to the simplicity of the libertarian principles of the free market (almost like some entymologist in the sky was looking down of an ant colony of humans running helter-skelter engaging in frenetic economic activity of a thousand different kinds), a clear simplicity one finds in the writings of Hayek.

So Silverwolf now knows what he is.  He is a Whig.  He will not cut his main, nor shave his muzzle until a Whig Libertarian is elected President.


The Ars Verbum Albionsis Redeviva Society Presents “The Eldritch Project”

July 31, 2007

Silverwolf was recently called upon, as he often is, by the local branch of the Ars Verbum Albionsis Redeviva Society, to present to its members the details of “The Eldritch Project”.As he approached the parking lot of the community building where the group met,  he recognized the seven superannuated hippies who had sworn off the booze, but wouldn’t say no to a bowl, and the fifteen superannuated bikers, who had sworn off the weed but wouldn’t say no to 2-twelvepacks, (To tell ya the truth, Hoss, it started to interfere with my drinking.  And then, I started to notice I was drinking less and then I REALLY got scared. (hands trembling) — Well, I can understand that, Bump.—-So, I just had to quite dating Ms. Maryjane. —-Only way to deal with a problem like that, Bump. Hey, Silverwolf’s gettin’ ready to speak! Lets get in quick so we can get a good seat!) and who constituted the bulk of the society, a society dedicated to the revivification of the verbal arts of the English language.

Silverwolf (mounting the podium which has been fitted with a special pad attached to the wooden plynth, donated by the local Humane Society and paid for by the estate of the late Homer Tupps, a longtime valley resident and muleskinner, a pad which enables Silverwolf to comfortably rest his front paws on the podium for long periods of time; with this device Silverwolf is easily able to give the hourlong readings of his blogs frequently demanded of him by the local community, and many local charities have been funded by these events)——Fellow members of the Ars Verbum Albionsis Redeviva Society, a society dedicated to the augmentation and amplification of that mother lode of language, so richly mined by Shakespeare,  Fletcher and Beaumont, and Dryden. But now that rich vain of verbage has fallen into the cesspool of history, and I believe it is our mission, as members of the Ars Verbum Albionsis Redeviva Society, to rescue and resuscitate these orphan-words of antiquity. (yawns, what fustian! what bombast! and, of course, Silverwolf’s characteristic prolixity) Therefore, today, I am instituting ‘The Eldritch Project’ a first attempt to rescue one of these orphans from obscurity. 

Robert Louis Stevenson, who was praised so highly by Moravia, employs, in his novel ‘The Master of Ballantrae” the word ‘eldritch’ meaning ‘weird’ or ‘eerie’, an old Scottish term.  I am proposing that we adopt this word as our first word and see if we cannot spread its use far and wide over the earth, for this will show the power of the new blog media; and thusly, I am call upon all of you here to begin to employ the word ‘eldritch’ whenever you want to use the words ‘weird’ or ‘eerie’, and to ask your friends to ask their friends to ask their friends to ask their friends to use it too.  And let’s only use it when we genuinely need it (Amens from somewhere in the crowd). And if we all chip in on this, maybe we can really get this ball rolling folks,  ’cause we really need to revive and resuscitate our English language. (Silverwolf now glad he’s been studying old film-footage of Huey P. Long this past fortnight)

Bump — (jumping up)Yeah we sure do ’cause I heard the government is working with the Mongolians and they’re gonna bring in 80,000 Mongolian troops into the good old USA –  that’s right – and they’re gonna disguise ’em as school teachers, and then force every man, woman and child in America to learn Mongolian, and if you refuse or you can’t learn it, then they’re gonna put you in these camps till you DO learn it.(4 second pause)

Silverwolf—Well, that about raps it up folks, so thanks for coming and helping to augment learning and fight ignorance. Nite.                Now where did I put my keys? Coulda sworn they were in these pants.  That’s really eldritch!

Hoowwwwwwwwwwwooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww ———Silverwolf

Bergman: The Big Eye Closes

July 30, 2007

Seems like it always happens like that, when you’re in a hurry, trying to prepare the treacle-thick tisane of caffeine which Doc Edell told you makes the thoughts jump more quickly across the synapses, like Jesse at the Nazi Olympics.  Then it hits your eye and you know a continuity, a certainty that was always in your life, is gone. 

And you sit there stunned.  You almost have to chuckle.  Can G-d really do that, in a split second?  Can it really be? Bergman is dead.

You’ve felt it before.  When Fellini went, and Moravia, and Lennon, and Krishnamurti.  A vast emptiness on the earth, for a vast brain has dissolved.                                                        

You remember the movies: “Persona”, “Wild Strawberries” ( a film made 30 years ago and taking months to make to deal with the obsessive fear he had about an event that took place a day or two ago), “The Virgin Spring”(which I recently re-viewed after 30 years, and, as with the Stones,  you have to say its ‘just another masterpiece”); “The Magician”, in which Max von Sydow looks as gaunt as a frutarian, “Sawdust and Tinsel”, on and on the masterpieces roll off the assembly line at GeniusMovies Inc. (GM). Sven Nykvist, and an acting troop like having the Royal Shakespeare all to yourself on a desert island to shoot your latest absurdist one act play. Pretty good Scandi-competition for Brits., “Please get Ms. Christie and Mr. Bates on the phone.  Yes, I’ll wait. That long!? Oh, all right, I’ll ring back.” Lotta a quality there. USDA No.1 Grade Foreign Film.  Good value for the dollar right now with the distributors, ‘specially with the Franc gettin’ pummeled with the Valery D’Estaing scandal right now.  — Oh, yeh, whose she, some French actress? — Yeh, I think she was in that Bunuel film with Moreau and DeNeuve.—O.K. Well, tell ya what, I’d take 5 Bergmans, and 3 Antonionis if you throw in “Umberto D.” and “Il Bidoni”.—It’s a deal! 

You see, Silverwolf must cover his sorrow with his prolixity and puerile levity, always trying to steal the show, even from his teacher and mentor in an art he never practiced. But Silverwolf has learned to die to the past.  The standard bearer stumbles, the banner tumbles, but is grabbed by the wolf before hitting the ground(in Texas it must be burned if it makes contact with the earth). The cliches come, the old bromides are repeated, “One door closes, another door opens.” Silverwolf thinks “As long as an artist’s work is being perceived by the public, or comes in contact with any human consciousness, that artist is still alive”. Skol, brother!


The Lobo Breed: An Open Forum for Discussion

July 29, 2007

In this, the first message of Silverwolf to his world interlocutors, we hope to state the purpose of this “University of the Net” of which our dialogue will be a part.  On another blog of mine I stated the purpose roughly thus: “The Lobo Breed — A forum for the discussion of many topics, from libertarian economic theory to literature, politics and film.  From comparative religion to vegan diet and nutrition.  From the music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras, to the music of the Stones, and the poetry of Mr. Zimmerman and Sir Mick. From foreign languages to the vocabulary, grammar and incongruities of the English language. And of course, philosophy, the mother of all subjects, the reason I think the “Divine Rational Movement of Intelligence” or “The Big Guy Upstairs” (take your pick) gave us this incredible brain and the hinged thumb, which meant we could have agriculture and thus a vegetarian diet.  Anything that interests you, from the comic genius of Frankie Howerd to the dramatic genius of Olivier’s Richard III.  I would like to keep a university tone of decorum in this website although I would cherish the observations of those who have never been to college.  And therefore, this forum, one of whose functions is the prevention of Fascism by stimulating the brain, and showing that life can be interesting and worth living, will entertain any comment on any subject you find interesting, but I reserve the right to censor (yes I know, hypocritical in a libertarian but I’m going to do it anyway), — to censor, I say, any comments that I deem defamatory, slanderous,  racist, obscene, or prone to incite to riot or violent insurrection, or to incite violence against any race, religion or nationality. (This doesn’t mean you can’t criticise governments, or even the populace of countries who enthusiastically endorse, by large majorities, the war crimes and despicable acts of their despots.)  So let’s keep the language fairly clean, but if you feel angered by an injustice, feel free to express that anger.  In the non-censoring tradition of Lord Bertrand Russell, (a great civil libertarian, though not much of an economist) I will try to be as liberal as possible, but I am the benevolent dictator of this blog.  Hail Silverwolf!

I extend an invitation firstly to those whom I have conversed with on a recent blogsite that concerned itself with the first case of  blogger censorship outside of Commie China that I can recall, the case of Nathan Tan of Malaysia who was taken into custody on remand under the Official Secrets and Internal Security Acts, laws that were set up donkey’s years ago under the British during a wave of communist terrorism.  Upon perusing the blogpiece that got him busted, I found not much more that criticism of a police chief who was not maintaining law and order on the street, but was blaming the victims — kinda like blaming a rape victim cause she was wearing a miniskirt and had nice legs.  Anyway, it sounded to this typical-American underdog-lover like Tan had gotten a raw deal.  On top of that, the fact that the government didn’t have to tell Tan the charge against him was really eldritch (i.e. weird), the kind of sinister eerieness one finds in Kafka’s novel “The Trial” that was even better illustrated in Orson Welles’  incredible  cinematic masterpiece of that same name.  Now that American’s G-d given, inalienable civil liberties, guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and so incisively explained to us by wisechief Jefferson in his “Declaration of Independence”, are under attack from the state, this film has relevence not only for Malaysian, but also for American, democracy.

Now, before I forget, for I always seem to have so many ideas roaming through my head, just as Silverwolf roams through the forests, I want to mention an experiment I’ve been wanting to try that may have worldwide significance, at least as far as the power of the free blogpress is concerned, and that is “Is the internet and blogging capable of revivifying interesting but rarely used words from, say, the English language? And then turn those words into worldwide “fad” words, words that are used with such frequency by youth that they are rarely absent from every teenage conversation,  and may be used 20 or 30 times in the course of a chat —words like “awesome”, “cool” and, that phrase tacked on to the end of so many sentences and phrases, “and stuff” (how I hate that phrase!).   Now, my first candidate for this experiment is the word “eldritch”, a Scottish word used by R.L. Stevenson in “The Master of Ballantrae” and meaning ” weird, eerie,” etc.  Considering how often youth and people in general use the phrase “weird”, I wondered if, by having people start using the term “eldritch” in their blogs and comment posts, we might start a worldwide fad where every time someone wanted to genuinely use the word “weird, eerie, strange” they would frequently, or always use the word “eldritch”.  And I propose this word because, to be facetious, it has, in my opinion, an “eldritch” sound-quality to it.  Try saying it over and over aloud to yourself  (like those mantras the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used to hand out to the California Dummies for a small fortune way back when) for 5 minutes aloud in a room (preferable alone if you don’t want to be certified insane), and just see what an “eldritch” experience the constant repetition of the sound  of that word gives you.  And so, I would appreciate my interlocutors and those of you who post comments at other sites to occasionally or frequently use this word, and let’s see if we can start a world-wide “fad” and, thus, in part, illustrate the power of the blog and the futility of censorship.  Societies will learn that the anarchy of the free market and the anarchy of free speech go hand in hand and we must have the true grit to trust in the free market mechanism and the salubrious effect of these dual anarchies, whose synergy has so fertilized the great oak of liberty, and, moreover, if these anarchies be not trusted, the end result is the tyranny of the collectivist state.  History has proved this over and over, and it’s clear as daylight.  But the organized religions of communism, socialism, fascism (a form of individual/corporate socialism), racism and religious fanaticism, are all afraid of both the anarchy of the free market and the anarchy of free speech.  They hate freedom, and worship idols.                                  So let’s begin this experiment with “eldritch”.  And let me first extend this invitation to join the Lobo Breed Forum to my extremely bright and intelligent interlocutor Rajah, whose comments on political subjects we have found most interesting, and whose legal observations, written in the matter of a few hours in the most beautiful English, put the fools on our Supreme Court, people like Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts, judges so corrupt that they will vote a political agenda virtually 100% of the time even when it blatantly contradicts the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to shame.  If only we had brains like Rajah on the court.  So Rajah, come on in, …but maybe I can trip you up some time upon cross-examination, so be on your guard! (I’ve been watching Laughton in “Witness for the Prosecution” — Laughton who once described his own face as “like looking in the mirror and seeing an elephant’s behind”)  I would also like to extend invitations to kittykat46, wits0, whispering9, skunk, and several others whose nom de plumes escape me at the present.  One I do recall, though, was virgin9 who made a very perceptive comment about my style which I thought was extremely insightful and which I would have never realized by myself in the next 50 years.  Virgin9 also paid me a compliment, and I appreciate her complete objectivity in that matter.  But I am intrigued.  Is virgin9 a lady?

Let me add that I will review  our previous conversations, get the names of those additional bloggers I found reasonable and insightful, and post an invitation to them in the relatively near future. 

Two other points: obviously, since I plan to moderate all comments, and will have to read them all, and since the dictates of capitalism  demand I maintain my own economic liberty, my time is limited to a great degree, but I find this intellectual repartee such fun that I want to pursue it. However, to get back to the point, to my Malaysian and Asia-Pacific correspondents,  since there is probably a 12-14hr time difference, and since all comments will be first moderated, there may be a great lag in response which may well  preclude the kind of university philosophy-hall classroom debate I wish this forum to be.  Therefore, bear with me at first.  Being a tech-dummy and wanting to get on here with a blog immediately, I’ve still to investigate how to permit some of you like Rajah to put on your comments and engage in this libertarian university of the Internet  without my moderating their comments (since I trust these people to be responsible) while I am snoozing or conducting the necessary business which modern life demands,  (but, ultimately, business that one chooses to engage in, unless one has the incredible bravery  and courage of the hobo who consciously chooses to sleep under a bridge in the winter, and have no material possessions, a courage that, sadly,  even the wild Silverwolf lacks). So if there is a mechanism for permitting some of you to comment without moderation, while making sure that others do not use your name fraudulently to comment with obscenities, then we can expand the non-moderated interlocutors to an ever expanding “classroom of commentators”.  If not, we’ll just have to do the best we can, won’t we now?

You see how Silverwolf has gone on and on in his usual prolixity. As he says, “Prolixity is bliss”.  But has he already forgotten the maxims of wisechief Franklin that, to paraphrase, “in the acquisition of knowledge, more is to be apprehended by the faculty of hearing than by the faculty of speech”, and “one can talk too long, even on the best of subjects.”?  What a Renaissance Man he was!

                                                                                                                                                       I think that is about all for this first blog in this new University that I sense has the power to strengthen Jeffersonian, democratic, libertarian free-market capitalism, i.e. the incipient liberal spirit of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. of A.

The wolf still howls…

So please howl back across the myriad mountains and valleys and ocean bottoms of 14,000 miles separating us and throw those little Gutenburgesque symbols, via my vitreous humor, to my brain, where they will cause thought patterns.  Pretty far out, huh.

So howl back…at and “take it easy”. —Silverwolf

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” — Abraham Lincoln

And just for the record, the reason this blogsite says these observations are “by lobobreed” is because the name Silverwolf was already taken at this blogpress firm, but actually my comments are those solely of Silverwolf,  and strictly-speaking, the Lobo Breed refers solely to the Forum. In the sense that the forum will (hopefully) accomodate the bulk of the space, instead of my talent at fustian and prolixity, then any contributors who contribute to any column will be considered “running with the pack”, and this page will indeed be predominantly by an entity entitled “lobobreed”, an entity synthesized out of our collected observations and noted awarenesses.  Howwwwwwwwwoowwwwwwwwww!             —-Silverwolf