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 www.lobobreed.wordpress.com 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