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    So far, Muslims have their greatest victory over us by making us shift into defensive living with regard to them. We tread with fear of "offending" them, of inciting world-wide riots by Muslims against us, and of always trying to curry favor with irrationalists. We used to go about life, guided by our own thoughts and desires, and no defensiveness. It is our fault that we let them dominate our behavior. STOP IT! Americans do not live defensively! Let savages fear us!


  • Ideas power men. Men power cultures. Cultures power civilizations. Civilizations power history. Ideas are the fuel of man's mind.
  • It is not a question of whether man chooses to be guided by [philosophy]: he is not equipped to live without it. (Ayn Rand)
  • History is philosophy teaching by example (Lord Bolingbroke)
  • The trouble with nations is that there is an unequal distribution of capitalism. (Rush Limbaugh)
  • Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. (Thomas Jefferson)

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Thursday, 08 March 2007



Solzhenitsyn wrote in The Gulag Archipelago of the random accumulation of knowledge until he experienced the fire of the camps. I'm not sure that he expressed it in those exact words but he wrote about how that fire brought him to Christianity and burned off the dross of all the second-rate ideas that had been resident in his head.

We are at a time in the West when we must return to First Principles. We no longer have the luxury of assuming that those who have preceded us and benefited from our civilization are capable or even willing gardians of the Crown Jewels of it all.


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Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I think most of us would agree on your second paragraph. The BIG concern is in identifying correctly those "First Principles."

I am making a bit of a leap, based on your first paragraph, that you might mean those First Principles are from Christianity. Here we would part company on what we mean by First Principles.

No religion is sufficient as a means to get to or to convey First Principles, and no religion can tolerate getting to actual First Principles because those principles are incompatible with religion.

If you mean something else, please clue me in.

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