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ALL good literature

27 Jun

is at heart Conservative. Think about it, from Harry Potter to The Lord Of The Rings, good stories are Conservative. Name a single epic novel/series that has a Leftist bent. I mean, there are scads of Leftist books out there, but name a single one that is of the stature or cultural relevance of either of those two. How about one that is even close?

See, life is inherently Conservative. Conservative themes are in great literature because they are realistic. They are believable. Leftist themes are virtually always didactic, and are more of a nattering sermon than an engrossing story.

We clearly see that in J.K. Rowling’s sucky epilogue in Harry Potter. The books were quite good when Rowling stayed true to the Conservative themes of her characters, but at the end she was horrified that the books embodied a Conservative theme when she herself was on the hard Left. So she bastardized the series in order to indulge her own Leftism. Let’s just pretend that the last book was never written…

Say it with me: “ALL good literature is Conservative.”

 

One work of

22 Aug

literature that I really like is by a contemporary of William Shakespeare, Ben Johnson. It’s called Bartholomew Fair.

The book is about a fair, which is a marketplace. In it, an unwary person can indeed be cheated by the various vendors there. If one is not careful, one leaves with far less money than one came with, and little to show for it. So one character wants to make sure that no one is cheated and all regulations are followed. You know, law and order. He sends “spies’ to measure portions and cooking utensil depth to make sure no one is getting rooked. He is the food police.

The issue is that the folks at the fair may indeed rip you off if you’re not careful and wise. But the regulators will actually harm you–all in the name of the law, of course. They will forcibly (as all Leftists do) take your property. They will destroy your livelihood. They will take your house at the point of some kind of weapon–by force. They will make your life a gray drudgery.

See, force and coercion has always been the Lefty go-to principle. Thus it has always been, and thus it is still today. If you value moral agency, you reject Leftism, no matter how prettily it is packaged. Let’s be clear-sighted about that.

THAT is why you vote for Trump instead of Hillary. He is indeed a buffoon. He is truly unpredictable. But she is an evil despot. She will force you to kneel before Zod her. She is for sure antithetical to moral agency.

 
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Harry Potter

23 May

I’ve been reading the Harry Potter books again and one thing is abundantly clear to me. Let me explain a little.

The truth is, that all good art is inherently conservative, and this story is no different. Yet the author is a raging Leftist and in the end she could not stay true to the conservative and Libertarian main theme of the story. She betrayed her characters because of her underlying and undying fealty to Leftism. The result was a very unsatisfying ending. In fact, if the first book had been as bad as the last one, there would never have been a Harry Potter phenomenon at all. One reads the last book now out of grim duty. And it truly is grim…

Look, in the end there were three Ministers of magic. All were dirtbags. All of them used Harry as a pawn. They all had an unholy alliance with the Press—the Mainstream Press was merely their public relations mouthpiece. There was not a thoroughly good person or a hero among them. He only real hero in the story was Dumbledore, and he simply refused to be the minister of magic. That should tell us something.

Even minor heroes suffered greatly for their beliefs. Mr. Weasley was put into a broom closet and fundamentally lost a son over the issues. Dumbledore himself was kicked out of the ruling organ and was publicly ridiculed, as was Harry (the ridicule). Mr. Lovegood was key, and he had a daughter held for ransom.

Actual heroes truly suffered for what they thought was right. Dumbledore gave his very life. So did Snape (an anti-hero). The real heroes died for their beliefs or lost a son or were disfigured (a la Moody or Charlie Weasley or Dobby) or otherwise damaged. Harry himself had some bad things happen to him, but he never really suffered significant damage himself. His sacrifices were relatively small.

Hated characters were coercive and mean and clearly Leftist (Umbridge). She personified the cruel, coercive, and deliberately deceptive nature of the Left. I mean, there was nothing even remotely Conservative or “Right” about her!

In the end, Harry just became another faceless Government bureaucrat. Umbridge ultimately wins. Never mind that Harry had fought against an all-encompassing government as well as coercive and thoroughly corrupt bureaucrats. Never mind that he had personally seen bureaucrats bent by money and fame and lust for power. Never mind that he himself had repeatedly been the victim of a minion’s cruelty (and more than one minion). He became a tool. He didn’t become a free-lance dark wizard hunter, he became a faceless bureaucrat. He became Umbridge. Huh?

That was a total betrayal of the story arc. That was a shame. THAT is what makes to the ending so unsatisfying, so unbelievable. It just did not fit with all that came before. You were left on the train station saying, “Nuh-uh!”

But the author’s Leftist delusions and religious-like dedication did not allow her to write the story as it should have been written. She was untrue to the story itself. It was simply a failure to be true to the story–Rowling’s Leftism was more important and central to her. It was a failure of courage and nerve. It was simply unbelievable that Harry would become a faceless apparatchik of big government. He became merely a drone. That is the hero’s journey? You’ve got to be kidding!

And we need to understand that this is the ultimate goal of all Leftism and that’s why we arrived here. The series ultimately falls into mindless Leftist cant. Pure drivel. There is nothing that distinguishes you from everyone else. There is no unusual talent or ability. Everyone has equal ability. A scar is just a scar. There is merely assimilation into the all-wise collective. That is the ultimate happy ending for a Leftist.

The result was a good series with a really crappy and terribly unsatisfying ending. And we need to understand that this was entirely because of the author’s political allegiance. The stories started out very well, but the author decided that it had to be twisted to fit her political leanings. There had to be a deus ex machina ending that sat well with her preferences. It just had to be didactic. The result was (unsurprisingly) crappy literature.

The series was good as long as it held to believable (and Conservative) themes. When it veered into Leftist dogma it stunk. Harry’s self-esteem angst in The Order Of The Phoenix was just tiresome.

But the truth is that there simply is no good Leftist literature. And that that is no accident.

 

Hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy:

17 Mar

Just read (part of) it. It was terrible. Smug, condescending, and boring. After a hundred or so pages, I just gave it up. It seems the author did things for no other reason than to appear clever. He failed. Miserably. Maybe it’s better if you are high on LSD. I mean, that’s the target audience. Yeah, maybe a good acid trip might well make it palatable. Sure, it’s loved by the drug-addled hippie crowd, but it was so bad I just gave it up. Why some love it is a mark of psychopathology–they just want to feed their narcissistic “in-crowd” sense or they are high. The book is terrible. Don’t waste your time on it.

 
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A favorite P.G. Wodehouse quote:

18 Jan

Woman talking about her overweight fiance: “Lay off those pink gins, Greg (I said) avoid those whisky sours, and while you’re about it cut out the starchy foods and take regular daily exercises, because a girl who marries a man who looks like you do at the moment of going to press is going to have an uneasy feeling that she’s committing bigamy.
Friend: How did he take that?
Woman: He laughed at the wit. The satire didn’t go so well.
Man: He is stout, this (fiance)?
Woman: He certainly gets his pennyworth out of a weighing machine.

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It’s from the book Pigs Have Wings.

 
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A book

04 Nov

 you ought to read.

 
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Here’s a

23 Oct

great book you should read.

But the point of the book is that we need to make a moral case for conservatism. It is simply not enough to make the practical case. Right now, things are truly turned on their heads in that regard.

The founding fathers focused on morality. They said it was crucial to having a stable country. They were right. We are seeing now the wages of immorality.

 
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Again, a book

09 Oct

you will like.

 
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A fantastic book

02 Oct

you will  like.

 
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A book you

25 Sep

might like. And several others.

 
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