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An Alastair Sim-Margaret Rutherford Masterpiece: The Happiest Days of Your Life

December 21, 2013

Silverwolf was tempted to call this essay “The Happiest Eighty-one Minutes of Your Life”, but since this is a film review, and not a description of a roll in the hay, it seemed more appropriate to call it by the title of the film.

“The Happiest Days of Your Life” is a masterpiece, and we wish we could have included Frank Launder and John Dighton in the hyphenated part of our title. Launder was the director and script collaborator, while John Dighton wrote the screenplay, based on his stage play of the same name. The material is of the highest, and the acting is of the highest, and in combination this film will take you out of your world, and throw you back into the world of British boy’s private schools in the 1950s.

The plot is a bit silly, and of course unbelievable, but on it is hung a whole series of very witty and clever episodes, with sparkling dialogue. It commences with the arrival of a new teacher at Nutbourne College, a boys private school presided over by the misogynistic Alastair Sim as Wetherby Pond, the headmaster. Due to an error at the British Bureaucratic Educational Ministry, a girls school, which is being evacuated, is mistakenly relocated to Nutbourne, but Sim does not find out until the last minute, and is forced to accomodate a hundred girls plus staff at short notice. The girls school, St. Swithin’s, is headed by headmistress Margaret Rutherford, who is both adamant and forthright, and will brook no nonsense. When these two personalities clash, the sparks fly.

At the same time as Pond and Whitchurch (Rutherford) are figuring out a way to deal with the situation, new spanners are thrown in the works. Whitchurch suddenly remembers that she has invited some of the girls’ parents down to see the new school, while Pond is unexpectedly visited by three of the Directors of the Harlingham School, an institution of which Pond has been aspiring to become headmaster, as he tells his staff in the introductory scenes of the film.

The efforts of Pond and Whitchurch to keep the two sets of visitors separate, and to not let them know that now the school is co-ed, require split-second timing. And there are awkward moments, as when a locker door swings open in the supposed girls’ locker room, only to reveal three pin-ups taped to the inside. See how Miss Whitchurch explains her way out of that one!

Then there are some very clever lines that the casual observer may miss the intent of: Pond laments in one scene that the British Railways “don’t know their L.M.S. from their Southern Region”, or Pond’s complaint of the Ministry of Education, which has been passing the school’s dossier from one department to another for days, that “We’ve got to sit here while they keep on passing around.” Or, while analysing John Knox’s Latin tirade, “The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women”, Pond asks the class what they should do with the word “trumpet”. Talbot, one of the students, leans forward and whispers in the ear of the boy in front of him. Pond explodes with “Talbot, take another hundred lines!”

Then there are some nice touches, like the great comedienne, Joyce Grenfell, suddenly writing here name in the dust of a table-top. Or the French Master, Jouet, who is perpetually asleep, being awakened, and coming out of his sleep conjugating a French irregular verb.

John Dighton, the playwright who turned to film, may be the most essential ingredient in this masterpiece of cinema, for it was his play on which it is based, and we imagine many of the best lines of the film must come directly from it. Dighton went on to work on two other British Comedy Masterpieces, Kind Hearts and Coronets with Denis Price, which is also a must-see, and The Man in the White Suit with Alec Guinness. Dighton also has credits for two other excellent films, “Brandy for the Parson” and “Folly to Be Wise”. 

Standouts in the supporting cast, besides Joyce Grenfell, are the ubiquitous Richard Wattis, who must have been in virtually every good British Comedy Film ever made back then, Guy Middleton as Victor Hyde-Brown, the sports master who loves to drink and smoke, gamble and chase girls, and Edward Rigby as Rainbow, the caretaker who can get you blackmarket whiskey or petrol. “Times is difficult” is his justification. Amongst the Directors of the Harlingham School we find the great actor, Laurence Naismith, whom Sir Laurence Olivier chose to act in his incredible “Richard III”, and also the very genial Stringer Davis, who was married to Margaret Rutherford, and who starred with her in several of the later Miss Marple films.

One also should mention the zippy musical score written by Mischa Spoliansky. The upbeat music has the viewer going from the get-go, and, though you probably won’t notice it on the first viewing, the score is used very wisely during the progression of the film.

The great Zen Japanese artists believed that a great work of art should always contain a flaw, since perfection was against the state of Nature, and there is one minor flaw in “The Happiest Days”. You’d never catch it if we didn’t live in the age of digital video, where you can observe a clip over and over in a short space of time. Imagine trying it with a 16mm or 35mm projector and film.

The flaw comes when Victor Hyde-Brown picks up the phone to check on his racing results with his bookie, and begins to speak to the operator (Joan dear) before he actually has the receiver and mouthpiece in place. We’ve seen this error over and over in old movies, and we suspect they didn’t bother to reshoot the scenes because they figured the audience would never catch it on the first viewing (when the mind must put itself into a state of belief in the reality of what it is seeing, or else it cannot play the game of watching and enjoying a film).

But the greatest strength of the film comes from Alastair Sim’s absolutely-flawless acting. Every gesture, every facial expression, every inflection of the voice is so professionally done, that one is aware one is watching a Master perform. Ten years earlier, Sim was an excellent actor, as can be seen in the Inspector Hornleigh series with the great Gordon Harker. By 1950 he was himself a Great Actor.

“The Happiest Days of Your Life” was also a trailblazer in the sense that it showed a comedy about a British private school could be a commercial success. This film undoubtedly was an influence on the creation of the St. Trinians series of comedies, also with Alistair Sim. You’ll note that Frank Launder, the director, also directed, wrote, and produced the five St Trinian’s Films, the first three of which are top-hole, while Ronald Serle, who did the background drawings behind the main titles, also did similar drawings for the St Trinian’s films.

All in all, “The Happiest Days of Your Life” will give you a very happy 81 minutes of viewing. It’s humor is wholesome enough that children can enjoy it, while quick-witted adults will garner an entirely different level of pleasure from its dialogue.

“The Happiest Days of Your Life” — a real Masterpiece.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

A Deca-Millionaire’s Library for $5

November 3, 2013

One of the great advantages of the cyber world, one of which evidently few take advantage given the number of downloads registered, is the possibility of acquiring a digital book collection comparable to anything any Lord or Noble of the last 500 years could have assembled. When you consider the cost of building rooms to house tens of thousands of books, often having the shelves extend to the roof so that a ladder mounted on a rail was necessary to access the upper reaches, and the cost of heating those rooms so the books didn’t develop rot, along with the cost and bother of cataloging and labeling (and perhaps hiring a full-time librarian), you can see that, up until now, only a wealthy nobleman or business magnate has had the capacity to enjoy such a library

Nor does this consider the time, cost, and bother of visiting hundreds of bookstores in assembling a collection, or paying the exorbitant prices that books have reached during the last 30 years. This vast expenditure of time, effort, and money, was formerly necessary to anyone suffering from the disease of Bibliomania, and its attendant perversion, Librophilia.

But no more. Now, for about $5 worth of CDs or DVDs, the avid but economically modest Bibliophile can legally obtain a collection that would rival any ensembled in the last half-millenium by the wealthiest of the wealthy. Nor would he have to go from room to room, climbing ladders and re-descending, to look at a few books. On the computer, he could visit these tomes in moments, and know if they are the ones of which he has need or desire.

But given the pathetically low number of downloads we see on scholarly and literary books of all kinds, after years of being available online, we can see that this vast gift is not being taken advantage of by hundreds of millions of people.

Mankind is slowly degenerating in mind, and his language reflects this. Reading the prose of people who lived before the age of homogenized Fascism, we are brought in contact with ways of perceiving reality that are lost to the modern robotized man. And not only is that prose perceptive, but aesthetically elegant, unlike the dry bureaucratese that modern writers and politicians think and talk in.

There’s an old saying that if you’re carrying books and gold, and you fall down and drop both of them, first pick up the books.

So live like a wealthy nobleman in Cromwell’s day or the Deca-millionaires of our time, with a literature collection the envy of all Mediaeval England. Go pick up the books.

Hooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

America’s Young Adults: Buried Alive in Boredom

September 21, 2013

Silverwolf feels a great sympathy for America’s youths and young adults, who are buried alive in boredom in a Socialist society that gives them very little Liberty, and offers them very little except years of drudgery. It is no wonder that youths turn to all kinds of absurd escapes from this condition, not realizing how they are being exploited by the elders, or even angry about it. They seem lost in the same world of cigarettes, beer, and idle chasing after “pleasure” that people were lost in in the 1920s or 1950s or the 1980s. Only now we have the added problems of mass obesity and a tattoo culture that views the body as an object, instead of a process of energy manifesting itself as Liberty.  American Youth reacts with conditioned responses to the problems created by the environment, the environment being other people and the government. Most of us have been dragooned into government schools at an early age, and the brainwashing starts with the robot-like Pledge of Allegiance, with its blasphemous overthrow of Separation of Church and State, — a Vile insult to Jefferson, Atheists, Agnostics, and Libertarian Believers who want to keep religion out of government, which means innoculating government against religious tyranny, something they could well do with in Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Gaza, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Burma.

In the five years Obama has been President, what has he done to educate America’s youth as far as diet goes? Why are 70-80% of the young adult women and men obese or grossly overweight? If Government Schools are so great, why have they not educated the youth in nutrition? Why do they dare serve junk food to youth, and then force you to pay for the medical bills those junk food diets will ultimately bring? Virtually all school districts in America receive some kind of federal aid. Why is not banning junk food from school cafeterias and vending machines a federal requirement to receive Federal Aid?

The reason, simply put, is because Obama is a corporate stooge, and he will not do anything that will hurt corporate profits, which will in turn hurt the stock market, which will in turn hurt his popularity with the middle class,  and since it is major corporations that manufacture the bulk of junk food, and since there are vast sums at stake in supply schools with junk food, instead of only natural foods with no additives or salt, nothing will change under Obama. This change could have been accomplished in a few days, but Obama is such a revolutionary, that he has not been able in five years to mumble the words, or issue another of his executive orders, banning junk foods at all government schools in America. Now that is real change, Democrat-style.

America has nothing to offer its youth, except blood, sweat, tears, tatoos, unemployment, drugs, and pornography,  thanks to the Damnable Minimum Wage Law, that Communist piece of obscenity and War on the Young, and the lousy Democrat and Republican politicians who support it.

Rise up, American Youth, vote out the Politicians who hold you down and violate your Human Right to Work and Contract, and vote in the Libertarians, who will liberate you from the economic tyranny of the Bipartisans and their Government Schools.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Silverwolf’s Apologia for His Blog’s Artistic Failings

September 1, 2013

Dear Readers —

The manner in which Silverwolf has been obliged to write his blog posts has inevitably produced innumerable blemishes in them, from an artistic point of view. The significance of many posts was only developed by degrees in the progress of the blog, but the rearrangement and amendation of the blogposts, which each day’s political news continually rendered desirable, could be effected very imperfectly or sometimes not at all, due to the fact that the blog had already been published to the worldwide web by clicking the “publish” bar. Of the defects in the constructions of the blogs, due to this cause, I am painfully aware. Especially will they be apparent to any government snoop who may be at pains to peruse these posts.

I must trust to the singular attraction of the wonderful cause of Libertarianism (i.e. Classical Liberalism or Jeffersonianism) itself to render my pages agreeable in spite of their faults. For myself, I must say, in all modesty, that the most exciting novels I have ever read have failed to hold my attention with so close a grasp as has been exerted by the fascination of my own blog posts.

If my blog posts give a clear and intelligible account of the Philosophy of Libertarianism, especially as it impinges on the American Political Scene, I hope it may derive such an interest from them as will serve in part to hide, or at least to obtain an excuse for, its faults of execution.

Sincerely yours, Lobo Silverwolf, Esq.

Hoooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Uncle Ben Franklin’s Lessons in Capitalism: The Best of Poor Richard’s Dictums

August 4, 2013

For one taking the first steps upon the long Capitalist road from penury to wealth, there are few more valuable guideposts of Reason than the observations and wisdom of “Uncle” Benjamin Franklin, who was the physical embodiment of the economic philosophy of America. In his Poor Richard’s wise sayings, we find the basic wisdom that guided the men of the 18th century in their economic thinking, and which undoubtedly reflected a general psychology that must have existed for centuries before Franklin wrote down these gems of wisdom. Some of them are not originally Franklin’s, but come to us from general sayings of the times, or from various specific cultures. But they all seem to reflect a basic wisdom and insight into universal human behaviour when it comes to economic matters, and we can easily recognize ourselves and our own past economic follies when we read them.

Silverwolf read these when he was a wage-slave, beginning the miserable process of accumulating Capital, a process in which the first hundred steps are the hardest, and which, the longer one works at it, becomes easier and easier. They provided inspiration and insight into the truths of Capitalism and general human economic psychology that were invaluable, not only in observing ones own economic behaviour, but also in observing the behaviour of others. Make a foolish mistake and learn from it, and one will be able to recognize that mistake in others.

Anyway, for what it is worth, Silverwolf gathered together all the dictums of Poor Richard, published by Franklin in the 1730s and 1740s, and selected those which he thought were the most relevent to the budding Capitalist in terms of economic behaviour, but also those that reflected wisely on the necessary psychological outlook of the would-be Free-Marketeer. And here they are:

Light purse, heavy heart.

When bread is wanting, all is to be sold.

Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.

Hope of gain, lessens pain.

All things are easy to industry, difficult to sloth.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Wealth is not his who has it, but his who enjoys it.

He that buys by the penny maintains not only himself, but other people.

The use of money is all the advantage in having money.

If you have time, don’t wait for time.

There are three faithful friends, an old wife, and old dog, and ready money.

At a great pennyworth, pause a while.

Industry need not wish.

If you’d be wealthy, think of saving more than getting.

Industry, perserverance, and frugality make fortune yield.

Sloth (like rust) consumes faster than labour wears; the used key is always bright.

Light gains, heavy purses.

He that resolves to mend hereafter, resolves not to mend now.

Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

Many have be ruined by buying good pennyworths.

Tis a well-spent penny that saves a groat.

Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep to shore.

Patience in market is worth pounds in the year.

Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.

Sloth moves so slowly that Industry must run all day to catch up to it.

Get what you can, and what you get hold, Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.

Diligence is the mother of good-luck.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.

The creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.

Buy what thou hast no need of, and e’er long thou shall sell thy necessaries.

Lend money to an enemy and thou’lt gain him, to a friend, and thou’lt lose him.

Lying rides upon Debt’s back.

Well done, is twice done.

He that hath a trade, hath an estate.

He that speaks ill of the Mare, will buy her.

If you’d lose a troublesome visitor, lend him money.

He who multiplies Riches, multiplies Cares.

The second vice is lying; the first is running in debt.

Wise men learn by other’s harms; Fools by their own.

Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not.

If you’d know the value of money, go and borrow some.

Beware of little Expenses, a small Leak will sink a great ship.

He who buys had need have 100 eyes, but one’s enough for him that sells the stuff.

When the Well’s dry, we know the Worth of Water.

The Borrower is a Slave to the Lender, the Security to both.

Spare and have is better than spend and crave.

The Art of getting Riches consists very much in THRIFT. All men are not equally qualified for getting Money, but it is in the Power of every one alike to practice this Virtue.

Well, there you have it. All the distilled wisdom you need to set the Capitalist world on fire with your activities in the Market. Just add in a reading of Professor Murray Rothbard’s “Man, State, and Economy”, along with its adjunct, “Power and Market”, and you’ve got all the basic true knowledge you need to be a Capitalist.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Oregon’s Fascist Immunization Bill SB 132 Passes

June 22, 2013

Oregon’s Fascist Democratic Governor, John Kitzhaber, has stated he will sign the Fascistic SB132 Bill which requires that parents who wish to opt out of the mandatory school vaccination program will now have to not merely sign a statement that they object because of religious or systems beliefs, but also get a signed statement from a physician attesting to that fact, or else present a certificate stating that they have watched an “educational” online video on the vaccinations, euphamistically called immunizations.

This vile infringement of the Bill of Rights, which in effect requires involuntary servitude for parents in the form of going to a physician (and paying for it, of course), or being forced to sit through a video that will undoubtedly tout the “benefits” of vaccination and then present a certificate to that effect, is being foisted on Oregon parents and their non-voting children by the Fascists Democrats in the Oregon Senate who voted en bloc 16-13 against the Repulicans to send it to the House and thence to the Governor. The Fascist Kitzhaber has said he will sign this heinous and anti-Libertarian piece of state coercion.

This is just another typical example of the Fascisti that represents the Democratic Party in the Oregon Legislature and Governor’s Mansion. These Immoral Fascists say nothing about the pesticides that are routinely used around Oregon schools, to which the unvoting children are forced to submit themselves, nor the vast amounts of pesticides, including atrazine which is banned in the EU, that the Timber Industry sprays all over Oregon, poisoning children and adults, while the Governor and State Legislators do nothing about it.

This bill passed the Senate 16-13, with every Democrat voting for it, and every Republican voting against it, save one who was absent.

Several press sources have stated that the national average for non-compliance with vaccine requirements in public schools is 1.2%, while in Oregon the rate is 6.4%. In Ashland Oregon, a Liberal Democratic stronghold with an Oregon State University campus, the rate of non-compliance is reported to be 25%. It’s interesting to note that in this highly-educated, Left-leaning Liberal city, the non-compliance rate is four times the statewide average. Quite a contradiction to the Fascist Democrat Governor’s position. It well shows what an arrogant Fascist is Governor John Kitzhaber, who is also an M.D.

The solution to this criminal violation of the Bill of Rights is to vote the Democratic Fascists out of office, vote in Libertarians who respect the Jeffersonian Bill of Rights which outlaws involuntary servitude, and to close the public schools, which are merely tools of the Fascists designed to brainwash and condition small children. Parents should seek alternative modes of education for their children, like home schooling.

Oregon’s Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Democrats in the Legislature —- 100% pure unadulterated Fascists.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Cyberlithicum’s New Man: 10 Negative Characteristics of the Computer Human Being

June 6, 2013

Silverwolf recently mentioned a site which had cottoned on to his post “From Reagan to Obama: The Degeneration of the Human Mind”, but he could not recall its exact name. That site had given Silverwolf several referred hits, so he thought it only gentlewolfmanly to look at their blog. It was a very interesting site, dealing with the conditioning effects of the computer on the human mind, especially on the generations that have only known these technologies since their youth — what Silverwolf would call the post-book generation —and more specifically the smartphone’s and related mobile paraphernalia’s effect on their minds.

The authors seemed to share Silverwolf’s feelings about the subtle conditionings these gadgets are implanting in Humans, and even listed ten negative characteristics of this new “Cyberlithic Man” (Girls included of course).

Now Silverwolf had named three of those ten characteristics in his post on the Dumbing-Down of Harvard — the ones that impressed him the most. But now, thanks to a new referral, he was able to relocate the site name, and will forthwith give it to you, along with the complete list of their ten negative characteristics of this new “Cyberlithic Man” (in Silverwolf’s own words, with original commentary if any available to his mind).

The site is cyberlithicum.org, which says we are in a new age, comparable to the Cavemen when they discovered polished stone tools — a huge technological breakthrough at the time, as I’m sure the reader well recalls from the days of his youth. Cyberlithicum.org views the smartphone as a new shamanistic talisman in the eyes of its users, through which the user’s life must flow, or else they are  outside the network of reality, which for them has become cyberspace.

They also warned of the dangers of almost all knowledge being found on wikipedia and google, and anything outside of these two vehicles will cease to exist as part of reality. The possibilities of sidelining really important human knowledge, and achieving a de facto form of censorship, without having to actually violate the First Amendment, are extremely dangerous. The threat of burying in obscurity valid criticisms and exposures of Governmental and Corporate Malfeasance, and the documentation of genocide and other Human Rights crimes, is obvious.

The Ten Negative Characteristics of the Cyberlithic New Man, according to Cyberlithicum are:

1) Loss of individual cultural identity.

Silverwolf can see this now in the monotonous sameness of clothing around the world versus the Old World where people characteristically dressed in a certain manner in various countries. Frenchmen wore berets, and Dutchmen wooden clogs (these were to help them float on water in case the dykes burst). Internet videos show that architecture around the world in the big metropolii is acquiring a soulless sameness. (Silverwolf believes that the Victorian Gothic style in architecture should beome the world’s standard, but it doesn’t seem to be catching on yet. Give it another 300 years, or so.)

2) No deeper understanding of the terms “education, responsibility, and ethics”

This makes sense, because a mind that is constantly being fractured and interrupted by the constantly changing barrage of sensations delivered by the smartphone can never concentrate on one topic for very long, or go into it in depth. The constant stream of sensations mesmerize the brain. And say that brain was first mesmerized at age eight by computer games, and has hardly ever had a day when it has not been on the internet — how is that brain to explore a topic like “ethics’?

3) Loss of concentration.

Same comment as for Number 2.

4) Loss of the ability to solve conflicts verbally.

5) Lowered ability to talk and write in complete sentences.

Well, anyone who has listened to modern teenagers and anyone up to the age of forty, and indeed anyone who has attended government schools since the widespread introduction of the personal computer-cum-internet, will know what Cyberlithicum means. Listen to the athletes on Radio Australia trying to explain how the game went, if you want to hear what the legacy of  British Commonwealth education has come to.

6) Loss of the ability to handwrite a text.

Soon only over-50s will know how to write a bad check.

7) Use of the thumb instead of the index finger to press buttons.

Pretty soon, most irate motorists will start “giving the thumb”. Don’t do it to a cop.

8) Loss of the ability to put oneself in the place of others.

While this has always been a problem in society, it’s probably worse now than at any time. However, callous indifference to the suffering of other Human Beings or Animals seems to have been a characteristic of Man since time immemorial. But we do not believe this has to be so. Yet the current trend is against empathy and compassion, and a materialistic socialistic bureaucratic society only makes it worse.

9) Loss of the ability to tell important from unimportant, relevant from non-relevant.

Never pondering over what is really important to the individual, the young mind is easily captured by the stream of sensations. One engrossment is just the same as another to it, as long as the brain is occupied. However, reading Schopenhauer may be far more fruitful for the brain and the person than watching a violent movie or watching a fast-edited music video.

Of course, much of this boredom-induced constant demand for new cyber-sensations comes about because minimum wage laws effectively keep teenagers out of gainful employment — and thus out of pocketmoney and experience — and thus with no prospect of engagement except escaping into the world of cyber-sensation.

10) Social isolation

Take the smartphone and the internet away from the Cyberlithic Man for 30 days, and he will go bananas.

Finally, Cyberlithicum lists the positive effects on Cyberlithic Man. The list is blank.

No, Cyberlithicum really has got onto something here, and it behooves the pondering modern observer of Man to chew over Cyberlithicum’s insights.

Man’s brain is being permanently altered, and there seems to be nothing we can do about it.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww — Silverwolf

Libertarianism and the Dumbing-Down of Harvard

May 10, 2013

Silverwolf was actually astonished and flabbergasted today when he stumbled across a youtube video entitled “Harvard Lecture on Libertarianism”. Astonished and flabbergasted, not because of any especial brilliance of the lecture, although it was interesting and touched on many relevent Libertarian principles, but because of the virtually-complete inanity and inarticulateness of the students when asked to argue first the con- and then the pro- sides of Libertarianism. Though these were Harvard students, supposedly amongst the brightest in the nation, virtually every student who spoke could not speak in complete sentences, seemed to wander vaguely in their answers, and could not help polluting their rhetoric with a constant dribble of “you know”s, “I mean”s, verbal pauses, and unconnected phrases.

What first astonished Silverwolf was the fact that the uploader completely failed to mention the lecturer’s name, which seems like an incredible oversight. And even more incredibly, not one of the commenters mentioned his name, nor asked who he was. That’s unbelievably negligent.

The lecturer did, however, speak in complete, holistic sentences, since he had obviously come of age before the computer, and still spoke like a Human Being. His lecture was very good, but it too was amazing and astonishing in that no where in the lecture did he mention the founder of the American Libertarian Party, Professor Murray Rothbard, nor any of the prominent Free-Market Capitalist Economists on which modern Libertarianism is based: Bohm-Bawerk, Mises, and Hayek. Neither did his lecture forcefully stress the intimate and necessary connection between Libertarianism and free-markets, though free-markets were mentioned numerous times.

The lecturer also simplistically defined Libertarianism as “self-possession” or “self-ownership”, but he never once articulated the core Libertarian axiom, which states that “no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of any individual man.”

Finally he slipped the traditional piece of mainstream propaganda into the lecture by mentioning the “Libertarian economist”, Milton Friedman. As we demonstrated in our blog post “Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard vs. Milton Friedman and the Collectivists”, Murray Rothbard, in a 1971 interview with The Banner, clearly argues and proves that Friedman was no Libertarian, but actually a Statist, although on certain points he took a Libertarian position. And certainly, in comparison to the prevailing philosophy of big government of his time, Friedman was much more Libertarian and pro-free markets than virtually all well-known economists. He was a comparative Libertarian in a Statist age, but not a real one.

And the fact that “The Austrian School of Economics”, the backbone of modern Libertarianism, was not mentioned even once in the lecture, despite Hayek having been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, is scandalous. But it shows how even Harvard tries to mold the brains of the young.

In listening to the inarticulate students trying to explain why overthrowing property rights was OK if it “helped the poor”, and to the girl who was an outright collectivist who said that we didn’t have self-ownership, that we belonged to the society and so have to “give up” our rights, and so government could tell us what to do and extract labor from us, Silverwolf could see how Socialist propaganda has been fed to these students throughout their earlier school days, where they were probably told that “it takes a village”.

And in one sense, it does: A village of Libertarians.

For example, anti-Libertarian Raoul spouted that “we get our rights from the government”, evidently disagreeing with Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence of the United States, that we are endowed by our creator with certain “unalienable” rights, which means they can never be taken away. Raoul seemed to think though that the government gave us our rights, and so if the democratic majority makes a rule, even if it violates our rights, then everyone must obey, and if you don’t like it, you’re free to emigrate.

Neither the Prof, nor the three students arguing the pro-Libertarian position, seemed to catch Raoul’s initial falsehood that “we get our rights from the government”. And later, when students brought up the old Liberal illusion that “society has given you these things and so you owe back to society the taxes you pay”, the pro-Libertarians never called into question whether this fictional “society” even exists.

Notice how easily so many people accept the fictions of “society”, ” the People”, “the Nation”, when in reality there are only Individuals, with Individual Rights. This is one of the key insights of Libertarianism, and one of the reasons why the anti-Libertarian ideologues get so confused. “Society” does not exist; only you and the other individuals exists, each one, simultaneously, and it is the interactions and relationships between all these individuals that make up society. The Democrats and Republicans who believe in the income tax, or other taxes to fund programs other than the defense of persons and property (i.e. the police and courts, and the military), have had to invent this fictional idea of “society” or the Nation. But Society does not exist; only Individual lives exist.

So, the defenses of the Libertarians to these attacks seemed to constantly miss the key philosophical reason which would have clearly defended their position. That such shoddy thinking could emerge from so many students. who are supposedly top-notch intellectually, was indeed chilling. If these are the best and the brightest of this country, America is in big trouble.

These inarticulate students also seemed to conform to many of the characteristics that we read of recently on a website which responded to our discussion of the computer, and its effect on the degeneration of the Human Mind. We posited in that post that computers were subtly reconditioning the way the Human Mind functioned, and that the young who were growing up with computers were completely conditioned by this upbringing in a way which those who grew up in the pre-computer days were free of. (A computer glitch having wiped out that week’s browsing history, we are unfortunately unable to give the name of that website. which was in both English and German.)

That website discussed an article which listed 10 characteristics of these new cyber-conditioned children. For example, they pressed buttons with their thumbs instead of their index fingers. They had trouble concentrating. They couldn’t talk in complete sentences. They showed a lack of consideration of the consequences of their actions on others. It was a drearily accurate picture of the youth Silverwolf has observed being completely taken over by the computer during the past decade, so that silence, and silent meditation or long periods of sustained cogitation on one topic, become impossible for such a conditioned brain. The Harvard student’s lack of insight and inability to think in complete sentences seemed universal. Silverwolf used to hear more cogent discussions in High School.

After hearing the unthoughout blatherings of these inarticulate students at Harvard, Silverwolf is more convinced than ever that a new Human Mind is emerging which is so heavily cyber-conditioned that it is completely unaware of the way in which it has been thus conditioned, and so is virtually unable to break out of this syndrome and de-condition itself.

Can Libertarianism, the Philosophy of Natural Rights, overcome this brainwashing of the mass of young people, even the so-called brightest? We doubt it, but it had better do so or we’re doomed.

Hoooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

America: Democracy or Republic?

July 26, 2012

One of the most irritating propaganda ploys one constantly  hears on the Liberal and government media is that America is a “Democracy”. This inaccurate fallacy must be exposed.

America is not a “Democracy” because in a Democracy everyone votes on every piece of legislation, and there is not necessarily a Bill of Rights so that no Individual is truly safe against the aggressions of government. True “Democracy” is really mob-rule and is completely based on pragmatism, not morality.

Now some might say that we have a “Representative Democracy”, but a “Representative Democracy” is better known by its simpler name, a “Republic”. When people vote to choose a representative who then votes in a legislative assembly, then you have a “Republic”, but such a Republic also may not necessarily have a Bill of Rights. Fortunately, America’s Republic does.

So we are not a Democracy, like so many seem to easily say, but more accurately a Republic that uses the Democratic election process to choose its legislative representatives; a Republic, furthermore, that fortunately also has a Bill of Rights that is supposed to protect every Individual against totalitarian actions of the government and the majority. Jefferson and Madison knew how every government will tend to want to crush the Individual at some point, either for economic benefit, or because the Individual is using a Bill of Rights to stand in the way of some Unconstitutional or immoral action by the government (such as illegal search and seizure). And so Wisechief Jefferson, after years of study of the political science of his day and preceding centuries, much of it codified by Puffendorf, gave us that beautiful, wonderful American Bill of Rights, that was to eternally be a giant finger in the face of every Fascist fearmonger that was ever to come after.

Now, in a true Democracy with no Bill of Rights, that was based on the Pragmatic Principle of Jeremy Bentham which said that that action was correct which gave the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people — in such a Democracy any action would be possible. There would be no principles of morality involved, but only what would make the lives of the majority of people more commodious.

If such a Benthamite doctrine ruled over America, it would be quite possible, and quite within the rules of the law, for the 99% of the population who were not ethnically Armenian to decide that it would be in the interests of the vast majority of the population for all of the 1% who were Armenians to be killed and their property confiscated and re-distributed amongst the non-Armentian populace. 99% of the population would find there living standards increased, public services and infrastructure would now have 1% less to deal with, so the roads would be slightly less congested and social services costs would drop somewhat, and only a “mere 1%” would suffer a diminution in their “quality of life”.

The Jeffersonian Republic differs violently from this immoral Benthamite Democracy we have just portrayed. In the Jeffersonian Republic, the 1% Armenian swathe of the population could not be murdered and have their property confiscated, except in violation of the Bill of Rights and probably the Constitution.

But another aspect of this phony Liberal banging of the “Democracy” tambourine every time they get a chance is that we do not even have truly “Democratic” practices in our legislative assemblies and our elections. For example, why do these proselyters of Democracy tolerate the fact that  a 60% or 66% vote is necessary to override a veto at the state or federal level, or that many bond issues must pass by 60%, or that some measures will not be inacted into law if less that 50% of the eligible voters actually vote?  All three of these examples are egregious violations of true Democracy or majority rule, and if those who preach Democracy really believed in it, they would have overthrow these undemocratic voting practices in a month. But they have quietly tolerated them for decades. When 59 votes cannot override the veto of a Democratic President, you will never hear the Democrats say anything about the virtues of majority rule. In this case they trample on true Democracy with Reidy smiles and high-fives.

Furthermore, if Democracy is majority rule, then why is it possible for roughly only 50% of the population to vote in an election, and then for the winner of that election to get 45 to 50% of the cast votes, which means that he has been elected by about 25% of the eligible voters. If the praise singers of Democracy truly believed their words, why would that say that a President who is elected with roughly 25% of the eligible voters is a “Democratically elected” official? If they really believed in Democracy, they would require that every single eligible voter vote, but of course that would contravene our Constitutional guarantee against involuntary servitude. Yet, I’ve never heard any Democrat question the legitimacy of their Administration because President Obama was elected by a mid-20s percentage of all the eligible voters.

So next time you hear someone talking about the virtues and greatness of “Our Democracy”, know that you are listening to someone who is either profoundly ignorant of political science, or else is merely a propagandist, that lowest of all professions among your Human species, also known as “a Liar”.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Is it Time to Jail the Obese?

July 15, 2012

Silverwolf has been cogitating on the feasibility of jailing the obese.

He finds something very strange in the Obama Healthcare Mandate, which overturns the prohibition against involuntary servitude amongst other egregious Constitutional violations. It seems that we are told that we have a “responsibility” to purchase medical insurance or pay an outrageous tax or penalty, but the recipients of medical care seem to have no responsibility whatsoever in Obama’s view as to how their behaviour effects medical insurance costs and medical costs nationwide. Somehow tobacco addiction, obesity, and alcohol use are all forgotten about when the Democrats talk about “responsibility”, but clearly remembered when it comes to the normal weight tobacco- and alcohol- abstainer suddenly forking out hundreds of  extra dollars a month. Somehow these self-responsible folks suddenly have a “responsibility” when it comes to paying their neighbors medical bills for conditions brought on by tobacco and alcohol and obesity, but the “victims” of their own behaviour have no responsibility it seems as to the unneccesary medical costs which they inflict on society by their self-destructive behaviour. When we see the collective costs of medical care in America as a percentage of the GDP and the Federal Budget, we realise that the costs associated with tobacco, alcohol and obesity are helping to bankrupt the nation and consequently to undermine the U.S. Dollar. And with these costs in view, one could almost say that using tobacco and alcohol, or being obese constitute a type of Treason against America in that the individual is using the balance sheet of the U.S. Treasury and all U.S. Taxpayers to clean up the mess which their own behaviour has brought about.

The other day, Silverwolf was looking at a photo of the Class of 1992 from the local high school, probably in their late 30s by now. What was striking was that out of the 25 or so in the photo, only one person could said to be of normal weight, all the others being outright fat, or “thick”. Compare that to a photo of the Class of 76 in the high school annual of that annum. Almost all the girls where of normal weight, and amazingly cute, with only a couple of corpulent demoiselles in a class of 30.

Silverwolf puts this down to Bill Clinton’s patronizing of major junk food chain restaurants when he was a popular President, the corporate subsidies these corporations have received from the heinous Corporate-Communist Import-Export Loan program, and the proliferation of junk food sales at our government schools. But in a larger sense it is down to the merging of corporations and state in America, which has gone on apace with alacrity under both Democratic and Republican Administrations. No one in government will attack the junkfood industry, like Dairy Queen with her huge corporate interests backing the President and his tax confiscations.

So since Obama and the Democrats and the non-Ron Paul Republicans all want to continue to jail people for using cannabis medically or recreationally, and since our National Debt is so huge and is swelled so much by the Medicaid and Medicare use costs associated with tobacco, alcohol, and obesity, it seems to Silverwolf to be wholly in line with their bi-partisan beloved Fascist Prohibitionist system that we consider Silverwolf’s proposal to jail the obese or anyone more than 15% over their normal body weight as well as tobacco addicts and alcohol users in government “re-education” camps where they would not be released until they had achieved a “normal” weight according to government bureaucrats, or had achieved one year and one day of abstension from tobacco and alcohol.

Jailing the obese would have a profoundly beneficial effect on America’s annual medical care bill. It would lead to a strengthening of the U.S. Dollar, a much healthier population, and many fewer orphans.

The fact that it violates the Bill of Rights should not bother our friends on the Progressive Left since they fully believe in government intervention when the end effect is a pragmatic increase in the general level of well-being in society, the effects on Individual Rights and Liberty be damned. So there shouldn’t be much problem there.

It’s on the pseudo-Conservative wing of the Republicans that there might be more resistance. Obese Republican bourbon-swillers forced to forego their cigarettes for a year might be slightly irate, and try to raise issues like the supposed importance of the Bill of Rights, but those Individual Rights objections would be lightly swiped down by the Robert’s Corporate Socialist Supreme Court now that they’ve ruled that involuntary servitude is once again O.K. in America.

Of course Silverwolf would have to raise serious Libertarian objections to his own plan, such as the egregious violations of Natural Rights law such jailings would entail. But what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and I guess if the public is going to continue to jail sick medical marijuana users or bankrupt them with their exorbitantly priced state pharmacy schemes, then Silverwolf will just have to go along with jailing the obese. That’s what the poll-going 25% of the possible electorate that put Obama in office seems to want, so it’s only just that jailing people for their unhealthy habits is also acceptable. according to the public’s vote.

Yes, jailing the obese is certainly a proposal whose time has come. It would save the nation a fortune.

And after the goals of this “corrective” program are achieved, perhaps we can move on to the meateaters.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf