Found Amongst the Periphery
Curiously, Ezra is a scribe from the line of Aaron (the aaronical priesthood). He works with Nehemiah, who is a cupbearer of the king, and in my opinion, a precursor to the apostle archetype who leads the rebuilding of Jerusalem. They are also joined by some Levitical priesthood descendents and people across the tribes of Israel including family heads (read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Bible). They are joined by Haggai and Zechariah who are prophets. Basically, to rebuild Jerusalem, they only need a relatively small number (42,360 in total as listed in the book of Ezra) of dedicated people, remnants of the Jewish social/religious order that had been brought into captivity to Babylon.
Also, if you look at prophets across the Bible, they typically arise from obscurity (not aristocracy). Amos starts his book by simply saying that he was a shepherd of Tekoa that God called to be a prophet. This is true for the judges across the book of Judges as well, many are commoners who rise up in authority of the Lord to save Israel. Elisha was just a farmer before Elijah threw his mantle on him. Prophets are known for confronting the ruling authorities both in government and in the current priesthood and calling them back to transcendent order and submission to God.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that there is something eternal about a remnant of people made up of priests (leftover righteous religious aristocracy), prophets (commoners who hear the voice of the Lord), apostles (wise master builders), leading a disgruntled people (peasants frustrated with the system) to EXIT "Babylon" (as much as possible) and rebuild the city on the hill, the city of the Lord.
The Best Men are among us. God has granted it so. If He did not want us to win, we’d all be losers, sycophants, and heretics. We must prove worthy of His honor, lest we deserve the cruel masters.
Deo Vindice !
Keep up the great content Paul. Have a great 4th of July weekend!
According to the Hindu idea, we can escape the Kali by doing our dharma, in our words our duty, and doing it well. In the west we call this the wheel of fortune (versus the Dharmic Wheel Yuga). We rise on our own wheel, Kali being our infancy and birth, and rise to the pinnacle of our purpose, then degrade back to Kali and are crushed to dust by time itself.
As Aquinas said: “If you bring out that which is within you, what you bring out will save you. If you fail to bring out that which is within you, what is within you will destroy you.”
Meritocracy is when you take revenge on your enemies, torture them to death and drink strong wines from their skulls. Managerialism is when you pay soldiers to do all that to your enemies but then don't allow them to drink strong wines from their skulls.
I generally enjoyed this article, though I take serious issues with the idea of meritocracy and how it's presented here. The DR rightfully criticized the "normiecons" because the latter have a tendency to double down on the ideas that ended up leading us here in the first place (classical liberalism, capitalism, etc.). And honestly, I see meritocracy as one of these. The whole "we should have the best man for the job" shtick is how we get "democracy".
So no, I'm not a meritocrat. The way I see it, meritocracy is how we get managerialism.
"[T]he Gentry, that class of low birth but high merit". Will steal.
Your Cao Hung is supported by some of the most liberal hedge funds in the country
Great words Paul. We're building the necessary structure upon which victory can be attained.
I was happy to come across this, which I found very insightful. I've always thought of managerialism as 'the machine' in the sense Tolkien meant, a system that promises power to humans, but in the end, its very logic of operation necessitates the ever-increasing removal of human elements as inefficient and extraneous.
Nicely written... I hope the dissident right will take these words to heart and focus on being individually "of merit". I tend to agree with Auron's recent piece that the "only way out is through"... The dissident right will not "overcome" the current regime. Rather, it should focus on emerging when the time comes...
To be well positioned there, the young men in this movement should quit looking outward at their foes, and work to develop themselves...
This means becoming mentally and physically developed, competent and capable. Value the real (real skills, real life, real relationships in your local community), eschew the fake (smartphones, video games, Twitter, virtual relationships)...
You cant prevent the Titanic from sinking by being clever, you can make sure you survive by being capable..