Thursday, May 28, 2009 29 Comments

A Short Note on Demons

The Greek, Deodorus, recommends
that the best way to beat a demon
is to dig a pit, about the diameter
of the two of you combined,
and depth that neither may leave
except in standing on the other.
Go into the pit, and stand there
until he comes by, and drops in.
Then, let him defeat you, but
[here the manuscript is incomplete]

29 Comments:

Blogger Aaron Davies said...

In related news, step two has been found.

May 28, 2009 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Deca Blig said...

Butt plugs and anal beads, along with gold and silver, are the only assets that will preserve value in the long term.

May 28, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well than complete it!

And a 10,000 word post on the military-industrial-media-cathedral-Sarah Palin complex too while you're at it

All in good fun...

Zdeno

May 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous ovannin said...

Mencius did you hear about Sonia Sotomayor's 'aggressive attitude'?

Check out her attitude wide open for all to see here: http://www.heaven666.org/i-feed-and-gape-you-21345.php

May 28, 2009 at 8:31 PM  
Anonymous haboush said...

Beyond parody. Just checked the front page of the NY Times (not sure if it will be up there by the time you read this) and they are running some kind of interactive feature on NYC residents titled "One in 8 Million: NY Characters in Sounds and Images."

They feature 3 residents: An E. Asian woman with an adopted black child. A young Hasidic Jewish woman who "escaped" her religious community and became a runaway. And a straight white guy with the Nordic name of "Paul Bockwoldt"......who has a gay brother and "joined a predominantly gay rugby team on Randalls Island to bond with his brother."

Are the writers and editors of the NY Times just incredibly not self-aware and not self-conscious of what they actually publish? Or are they as brazen as they appear in trying to manipulate and shape public opinion in such an obviously blatant manner?

May 29, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haboush:

It's hard to say, really, whether they actually believe what they're saying. But you're hardly the first to notice.

Go to tvtropes.org, which is a site for discussion of common recurring ideas in the entertainment media, and you will notice that all Western television, film, and game script writers and producers appear to have been inmates in the same Maoist reeducation camp for the duration of their college studies. Therefore a script cannot exist unless its contents are at least 80% didactic infantile Cathedral agitprop by weight, and if by some miracle, contradicting all known laws of science, such a script were to come into existence, it could never be produced.

This likewise obtains when we note the "infotainment" filler in the Cathedral's other official unofficial propaganda organs, such as the NYT, CNN, Fox "News," etc.

May 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger G. M. Palmer said...

Haboush --

#2.

They think it's "good" for us.

May 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Lovett said...

So what happens when a Jew with an erection walks into a wall?

He breaks his nose.

May 31, 2009 at 12:23 AM  
Anonymous tanz said...

I have a random question to UR readers, is there a country in the world where: (1) progressives don't have major influence? (2) This same place has a reasonable standard of living? E.g. Somalia lacks progressives, but it is not the type of place I'd want to live.

May 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon@12:10 RE: the tvtropes comment.

Got any good examples from that site that you are talking about? I've had a quick look through a couple of tropes, but nothing that really stands out.

May 31, 2009 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

tanz, MM has promoted the virtues of Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. He also thinks that China & Russia are rare examples of independent countries, with Iran a runner-up.

May 31, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous PA said...

is there a country in the world where: (1) progressives don't have major influence? (2) This same place has a reasonable standard of living? -- Also, I'd say every Western country prior to the 1960, or 1990s, or whenever it it that progressives took over in toto.

The fact that progressive-run countries seem like they are also best ones to live in stems from the fact that their standard of living is a fruit of prior, non-progressive generations' accumulation of capital.

Progressivism is a parasite on this capital. The quality of life in a Western nation corresponds to the amount of cultural capital that the progressives had not yet eaten through.

May 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger TGGP said...

I suggested the possibility that an advanced civilization may inevitably breed and succumb to liberalism. Lawrence Auster found the possibility too awful to think about. One might analogize it to how non-profit foundations set up even by conservatives seem to magnetically attract liberals that capture them.

May 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Malchus X said...

"Got any good examples from that site that you are talking about? I've had a quick look through a couple of tropes, but nothing that really stands out." - I poked around there after reading the post, what jumped out at me in their forums was a thread complaining about the use of "she cleans up well" (it's THE PATRIARCHY at work!), and another one about gay marriage. All those opposed are bad, bad people, and probably subscribe to the Reader's Digest to boot. Third rate stuff from a tiny corner office of MiniTrue.

May 31, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Malchus X said...

"I have a random question to UR readers, is there a country in the world where: (1) progressives don't have major influence? (2) This same place has a reasonable standard of living? E.g. Somalia lacks progressives, but it is not the type of place I'd want to live." - Somalia is what Detroit would look were Detroit not surrounded by the state of Michigan. My favorite "progressive" laboratory is the California Republic - I hear they have solved every human problem known to man with their straight-down-the-line progressive vision - and are evening running a multi-billion dollar budget surplus! Well, not really. As one with great fondness for the Golden State it gives me no pleasure to see what progressivism hath wrought there.

May 31, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous The Undiscovered Jew said...

I suggested the possibility that an advanced civilization may inevitably breed and succumb to liberalism.

The fundamental problem facing conservatism is that conservatism is defensive in nature.

Conservatism is defensive because the right is always trying to maintain societal structures in the face of an ever changing society.

The strategic problem for the right is, and has always been, that society is being twisted and molded by great historical factors such as economics, technology, religion, etc.

As circumstances change, the right is pushed on the defensive and struggles to justify why new circumstances do now warrant new structures.

The right can only argue for society remaining anchored in place. The right rarely makes a compelling argument to move forward, in fact, they are usually reduced to arguing society must move back in time.

And, indeed, sometimes society should change to meet new factors.

Progress is not necessarily a bad thing.

This is the overall strategic problem confronting the right.

Fortunately, I have no emotional investment in modern conservatism. I am a former libertarian who has converted to utlitarianism and who believes in sociobiology.

As a utilitarian, I agree with the left that sometimes society should change. My main complaint with the left is, since I also believe in sociobiology, I understand modern leftist social engineering programs cannot work because they are in many cases opposed to human nature.

I don't mind change, I just want to read the fine print before I sign on to anything.

May 31, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger TGGP said...

Somalia could be worse. It could be Somalia pre-anarchy!

May 31, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous ninetwonine said...

The perennial progressive hate-fest at Metafilter has a discussion up on seasteading: http://www.metafilter.com/82073/Once-Rapture-starts-leaking-the-old-girls-never-gonna-stop

Looks like Mencius was right. The amount of hate directed towards the idea from progressives there is breathtaking.

June 1, 2009 at 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

singapore really is pretty good for getting away from progressives, but primarily in the sense that there just isn't any politics. oh, they pretend to have politics--there's stories in the straits times all the time about this minister and that MP, and how they're going to rebalance parliament so the opposition has five members instead of three, but none of it has any impact on real life.

now if only it were located five thousand miles north....

June 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous comorto said...

"now if only it were located five thousand miles north...."

What do you mean?

June 1, 2009 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Aaron Davies said...

@comorto: i think he's probably talking about the weather. unless you like 85 and sticky year-round, the equator is not a fun place to live.

June 2, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Somalia could be worse. It could be Somalia pre-anarchy!"

...and I'm sure, because it supports your "world view" you find the validity to that tortured mess of a report to be worth a damn right?

June 2, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger TGGP said...

If you've got specific criticisms to make, go ahead. Peter Leeson is (unlike me) a full-blown anarcho-capitalist, but in his paper he admits that Somalia under anarchy is still quite bad and it is only an improvement because it had an unusually awful government beforehand.

June 3, 2009 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@aaron: yes, exactly. tropical weather is fine in small doses, but no fun as a permanent fixture.

June 3, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Bonjour said...

An ultra-crypto-super-calvino-uber Protestant speaks:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,397378,00.html

June 3, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait for tomorrow's poem!!!

-Victor

June 3, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon of 06:23, 05/31, Malchus X:

The forums at the site are not revealing, as they're inhabited by observers of the agitprop rather than its creators.

Look closely, though, at anything pertaining to race, culture, or crime.

Working-class Whites are vile Üntermenschen: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CorruptHick

Working-class Whites who object strenuously to the status quo are mad, bad, and dangerous to know: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RightWingMilitiaFanatic ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WesternTerrorists

Aren't White men stupid and funny? ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AcceptableTargets

Blacks, especially urban blacks, are always sympathetic, wise, and helpful: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagicalNegro

And are unjustly blamed for street crime: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhiteGangBangers

And even if one of them is justifiably angry because of YOUR RACISM, WHITEY, he's really just a big misunderstood sensitive intellectual teddy bear who's been falsely accused by RACISTS: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScaryBlackMan

The more primitive, backward, violent, stupid, superstitious, and loathsome they appear, the more wise and morally superior they really are: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CloserToEarth

Where's YOUR Negro Adventure Buddy, who really wants to be your friend and will bail your sorry honkey ass out at the last possible moment? ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SaltAndPepper

Maybe one wants to date your daughter, and that's great! It means she'll be cool and popular, like all the other cool popular White girls on TV: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhereDaWhiteWomenAt

Homosexuals are just like you, only better: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StraightGay Ignore the Gay Pride march and this guy, who really isn't representative: ttp://img2.moonbuggy.org/imgstore/captain-faggo.jpg

Forests are terrifying places, far more to be feared than, say, Harlem at two in the morning: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheLostWoods

Jews are only one quarter of one percent of the Earth's population, but Judaica is everywhere: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YiddishAsASecondLanguage ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AmbiguouslyJewish

Or... ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RaceTropes

Realistic evaluations of the world around us are monstrously, unspeakably evil: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Darwinist

Science itself is sinister and suspicious: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScienceIsBad

Force never solves anything, unless you're fighting Nazis, or Klansmen, or otherwise have the scriptwriters on your side: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CycleOfRevenge

The military is full of lunatics and monsters worse than any enemy they could possibly claim to be protecting us from: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GeneralRipper ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DrillSergeantNasty ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SociopathicSoldier

So be like Jeebus instead: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TurnTheOtherCheek

You don't want to end up like this guy, do you? ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeWhoFightsMonsters ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ThouShaltNotKill

Oh, and guns are icky and dangerous: ttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ShurFineGuns

All of these things taken together in the aggregate, and combined with many, many others--these are only the ones that come immediately to mind, there are many many more--indicate a certain view of the world, don't you think? This is what the world looks like to a gay Jewish TV screenwriter who's never been off Manhattan Island in his life, and who has a bad case of Angry-at-Daddy-itis which has metastasized into hatred of the very civilization which permits a parasitic aberration like him to exist in the first place.

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