Vladimir on dogs, sheeps and wolves:
If you wish to protect sheep from wolves, then you need some tame wolves, i.e. dogs. The sheep cannot protect themselves, and the wolves cannot resist attacking them. Something must stand in the way, something that the wolves fear.
I think the analogy can be extended to cover civilisation in general. The sheep are relatively weak. They are not fighters – they have some other role in society. The dogs are strong but civilised – the army, the police. And the wolves are both strong and uncivilised – criminals, barbarians.
I’m reminded of my own status whenever I encounter uncivilised behaviour, for I’m a sheep. I have no intrinsic defence against the wolves. I am not particularly strong, I do not own any weapons, I live in a house instead of a fortress. Someone wishing to take my possessions would only require a moderate level of force. My only defence is extrinsic – I rely on the dogs to protect me.
One of the many problems with Decent People is that they just don’t believe that dogs are necessary. They think that the wolves can be civilised – that a wolf is merely a hungry sheep, raging against the inequality and social injustice of a world that provides plenty of food for the favoured few, and nothing to the rest. The Decent People do not know many wolves.
The abolition of the dogs is a slow process throughout the West.
George Friedman on declarations of war:
I am making the argument that the suspension of Section 8 of Article I as if it is possible to amend the Constitution with a wink and nod represents a mortal threat to the republic. If this can be done, what can’t be done?
Worth a read. I only wish he would have added that Congress seems all too happy to let the President take their power. They’d rather not take responsibility – so much for checks and balances.
The Western Confucian found a great interview with Hoppe on monarchy and democracy.
Sonic Charmer has some thoughts on democratic foreign policy.
Half Sigam on Hispanics and crime. I think the bigger concern with Hispanic immigration is that they no Hispanic countries have a very good track-record when it comes to good government.