I’ve tried to explain to peole that the “They hate us for our freedom” nonsense is just that, and that most of the reason fir the rise of militant Islam is that, in the war of cultures, the West is winning.
While I disagree with his inevitable cri de guerre, Nichols hits all the right reasons for the violence of the jihadis, to whit — they love our cultures, our freedoms too much…
If we truly want to win the war, the key is not wondering why they hate us. It’s not trying to understand and placate them. It’s to stop kow-towing to the “intellectuals” that decry anything Western — be it capitalism (but by all means critique mercanitilism — or as we’re calling it, crony capitalism), American films and music, be it the colonial histories of the Europeans (and America ), or the whining of the “Victim’s Studies” types currently twattling about “Black Lives Matter” or microaggressions, or safe spaces.
It’s okay to be proud of your country, your culture — even with the warts, your history, and that enthusiasm will strengthen your culture against the onslaugt of this antidiluvian, hateful bunch.
For a good idea of how this Western need to over-critique and question themselves hollows out cultures, have a look at Michel Houellebeqc’s excellent near-future political/philosophical novel, Submission.
A third and final trait, one which, in my eyes, best describes socialists of all schools and shades, is a profound opposition to personal liberty and scorn for individual reason, a complete contempt for the individual. They unceasingly attempt to mutilate, to curtail, to obstruct personal freedom in any and all ways. They hold that the State must not only act as the director of society, but must further be master of each man, and not only master, but keeper and trainer. For fear of allowing him to err, the State must place itself forever by his side, above him, around him, better to guide him, to maintain him, in a word, to confine him. They call, in fact, for the forfeiture, to a greater or less degree, of human liberty, to the point where, were I to attempt to sum up what socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Remarks to French Constituent Assembly, 1848
Just ask a blacksmith..
The gun has been called the great equalizer,meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to that of a larger person. But it is also a great equalizer in another way as well. It insures that the People are the equal of their Government, whenever that Government forgets that it is servant ant master of the governed.
The totalitarian mind does not observe and verify its impressions of reality; it dictates to reality how it shall behave, it compels reality to conform to its fantasies.
Joost A M Meerloo, Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control
This statement explains much about the current thinking of millennials — divorced from reality, credulous to the point of stupidity, and desperate to mold reality to their desires, they are the perfect audience for the would-be aristocrats around the world.
Here’s an excellent piece by Ben Swann putting together all the news reports and facts you didn’t pay attention to until there was a “humanitarian crisis” attached to it.
Simply put — American nation-building efforts hollowed out a country and created a breeding ground for these creatures. But it’s not ineptitude, it’s hubris, that made ISIS jump from a bunch of punks to a small, but global, terror player today. President Obama insisted on playing around in awful but stable countries like Libya, Egypt, and Syria, and weakened those regimes. Evil little men like John “Angry Gnome” McCain and Lindsey “Bring the War to the Homeland” Graham pushed to help the “poor rebels” because these bastards love the idea of getting your kids killed in glorious combat. Worse, McCain — a bumbling moron since he came out of the Naval Academy — even put his pasty, fat mug out there to show his approval for the raping, beheading pricks he’s now claiming to hate.
Worse, is that the Ivy League political class in both parties, are so assured of their positions and superiority, that they push this policy of nation-building, even in the face of complete failures like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Syria. Both parties. And the idiots in both parties rail against the wars of “the other side” while they tout “their side.” Try finding an anti-war Democrat…I’ll wait.
These “smart people” we have in office are puppets. The half-assed bombing runs against ISIS aren’t meant to destroy them, but keep them contained and active, to keep the money flowing for banks and oil companies that are profiting with these monsters; to keep the military contractors making money on their gear as we sell it to the Free Syrian Army, only to have it pushed to ISIS. That’s not a “bug”‘ that’s a “feature” of this low, “manageable” conflict. If we put people into Syria, it will be a replay of the same nonsense we saw in Iraq and Afghanistan — fighting just enough to pretend we’ll win any day, while extending the conflict as long as possible to keep the money flowing.
The refugee crisis and the inevitable terror cell attacks that will be linked (rightly or wrongly) to them, are meant to engender public sentiment to keep this fight going. It’s all a show, and one which your “news” agencies are actively complicit in.
This seemed particularly timely in light of the rampant insanity that is going on at the University of Missouri…
The absolute lunacy of allowing alleged young adults — whinging children, really — to demand resignations of faculty for imagined slights (as t Yale), requiring apologies from the administration; for a professor of little note to openly threaten a student reporter with violence at University of Missouri; for black students to concoct an “event” (to be kind) by the Ku Klux Klan on campus (since proved a hoax) — these are all the natural outgrowth of a spoiled, lazy culture, where kids were raised to not have their “feelz” hurt — reality be damned — and made worse by 50 years of academic malfeasance and idiocy, where professors framed every single aspect of human endeavor in the tired dialectic lens of “oprressed-oppressor” making everyone a victim due to the sex, race, heritage, sexuality, and framing it in post-colonial (itself a cheap knock-off of Marxist dialectic, just with imperial power v. colony as the axis of power) narratives where whitey, the Patriarchy™, or straight due are “colonizing” the [enter your favorite cause this week.]
When you push this sort of bullshit into the center of every part of human life, don’t be surprised when it bites you on the ass. Now those spoiled brats you raised to think they were the victim and entitled to having their feelings ensconced in a warm Snuggy of Approval® are finished going after the counter-revolutionaries they think they’ve cowed into submission (just wait ’til you get a real job, Sunshine!), so they’re feasting on the insufficiently enthusiastic members of their own tribe.
Ignore the prats in the professional review media — this is a solid Bond movie. It’s not quite up to Casino Royale for quality, but it is better than Skyfall. Here’s why this is a superior outing to its predecessor, and probably deserves to be in the top five Bond movies.
While there is a long of bitching about the pacing and length of the movie — and the latter is certainly a valid complaint of nearly ever blockbuster movie of the last 15 years, the pacing of SPECTRE is quick, with the necessary breathers to let character and plot unfold, and the view to gain relief from the action. (This is something action movies have seemed to forget — release and rebuild…just like older men. Looking at you Mad Max: Fury Road…) The action sequences, from the superlative fight/’splosions/chase through the Dia de los Muertos parade in Mexico City, to the car chase in Rome (which the Jaguar should have handily given Bond’s DB10 it’s ass), to the snow chase (the entire piece is an open homage to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), to the other excellent action set pieces are well-aced, last just long enough to wind the viewer up…then they END.
The other complaint is that this is less emotional a story than Casino Royale or Skyfall…wrong. The piece weaves together all of the Craig movies into a single story: the introduction of Blofeld as someone that has been in and out of Bond’s life since childhood was well-done and provides Bond with a nemesis that is, in every way, his antithesis, as well as giving the villain a reason to have a personal beef with our anti-hero. It draws on the pains of Vesper and M’s losses, and how Bond has integrated those losses and moved on. The character has become blase and had found his humor, but it is still armor to protect him from the world. The female lead isn’t worthless. She’s smart, actively aids Bond, still judges him and tried to force him to be better than he is, as Vesper did. But most importantly, there is humor in this movie; this has been missing since Casino Royale. The movies are generally good (save Quantum of Solice), well-made, but they are serious. Not The Dark Knight serious, but they’re not campy Moore period Bond. This film is fun.
The acting is good, and my main complaint is that Monica Bellucci — who at 50 is still sexier than all of the Bond girls for the last 25 years combined — does not get near enough screen time. In fact, she could have easily taken the place of the still-good Lea Seydoux. All the background characters — M, Q, and Moneypenny get to do things and it works.
The main plot is pretty obvious, as all of the older Bond pics were, as well: there’s a big conspiracy behind all the events of the last three movies, and that group, SPECTRE, is planning to gain control of the world’s intelligence agencies. Realistic? Maybe not. But it’s good Bond fodder. It sure as shit beats the “I get captured to make my master plan work” plot device that Hollywood’s been using for about a decade…and guess what? It was a shit plan and gimmick the first time it was rolled out, but Skyfall did it at the same time as Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Avengers. There were plot holes the size of a helicarrier in Skyfall and the villain was, while amusing (I liked Silva, really!), he was never sinister. Christopher Waltz’s Blofeld is sinister (and doesn’t get enough screen time.)
So, SPECTRE on my scale is a firm “worth full price”. It’s a slick, well-made Bond film.