Category Archives: history

‘Their Fantasies Are Wackier than Mine’ (2011)

I wrote this in 2011; and the saddest thing about it, seven years later, is that none of these wacko leftid fantasies has died out. These are follies that endure like granite.

https://leeduigon.com/2011/09/06/their-fantasies-are-wackier-than-mine/

I really don’t like fantasy as a basis for public policy. Do you?


Memory Lane: The Colonel’s Den

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Imagine that you’re twelve years old, visiting, with some of your friends, their cousin’s house. And you all go downstairs to what in most homes would be a cellar: but in this house, it’s a military treasure trove.

It all belongs to the cousin’s grandfather, The Colonel, relics of a long military career in the Far East. Suddenly you’re in a very different world, a world that might have been  created by Rudyard Kipling or Joseph Conrad. The lighting is subdued, and the walls hung with swords, spears, samurai gear, Japanese battle flags, and exotic weapons whose use you can’t even imagine. There are cigarette lighters made of hand grenades, artillery shells standing on the floor, and a brightly-lit aquarium, built into the wall, inhabited by fish you’ve never seen before. All very shadowy and quiet.

The Colonel himself is a tall, straight figure of a man with an iron-grey crewcut; and although I visited his house many times, I’m sure I never heard him speak. I doubt he ever knew my name.

The collection dazzles me. It would take all day to see it all. One of the Japanese battle flags has a tear in it, and a dark stain that must be old, dried blood. One is not inclined to be frivolous, down here, and loud talk is garishly out of place. I feel as if I will never be able to describe it adequately, however hard I try. But it’s also unforgettable. Almost sixty years later, I can close my eyes and see it.

What it tells me is that the world is very wide, full of peoples and places that I couldn’t hope to list, who fought battles and waged wars that I won’t be able to track down in a hundred books of history. So much vastness, in such a small space!

But The Colonel saw it all. He was there. He doesn’t need to speak: his collection says more than he can ever say.


A Truly Prolific Murderer

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When Tamerlane, aka Timur, died, he had inscribed on his tomb, “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.”

Tamerlane died in 1405, by which time he had succeeded in killing some 17 million people in Central Asia, the Middle East, India, and China–about 5% of the people on the planet at the time. Well, you can’t re-create Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire without breaking a few million eggs. That Tamerlane’s methods included what we would call extreme sadism did not seem to diminish his luster as “the Sword of Islam.” In fact, he’s venerated today throughout the Central Asian Muslim world–although the descendants of Muslims in other countries that he ravaged are somewhat less than nostalgic for him.

It is a dynamic of history that from time to time a conqueror rises up and tries to devour the human race. Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Tamerlane–and we’re only counting the ones who actually got somewhere. Maybe Napoleon has the excuse that his wars might be called exigencies of self-defense: although that excuse wouldn’t have seemed too convincing while he was burning Moscow.

Dynamics of history don’t go away. People wish they’d go away, people think they’ve gone away: but they remain. Unless history itself ends, somewhere in the future is another Tamerlane. Meanwhile, we have to be content with the present globalist movement–they, too, want to rule the world, but their methods are much subtler than Tamerlane’s.

But there is only One Person who has the right to that throne: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. All the others are usurpers.

 


‘Is It Too Late for Europe?’ (2015)

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it would also be too late for America by now, had Hillary Clinton been elected president in 2016.

But it does look like it’s a bit too late for Western Europe.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/11/18/is-it-too-late-for-europe/

I wonder now, three years later, whether I went too far in blaming Muslims. It seems clear to me now that Western Europe has been committing slow and steady cultural suicide–and that Islam is only feeding on the carcass before it’s quite dead.


‘How Tyranny Grows by Little Bitty Steps’ (2013)

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I find it hard to believe I wrote this as long ago as 2013. Now they’ve opened up the throttle on forcing you to say and do things that lacerate your conscience.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/12/14/how-tyranny-grows-by-little-bitty-steps/

This was pioneered by our friends the communists and eagerly adopted by Western liberals. Nothing quite turns them on so much as bullying someone into betraying himself.


‘An Archaeological Enigma: Potbelly Hill’ (2013)

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I like to re-post this item now and then because it’s so interesting–and so challenging to the Stupid Caveman model espoused by evolution-sellers.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/01/10/an-archeological-enigma-potbelly-hill/

Let’s see a bunch of Gender Studies majors build something.


Are We Done For?

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Stalin & Co. Comeback kids?

That story about California’s proposed legislation to ban “fake news”–by which they mean any reportage or commentary that they, the exalted rulers, don’t like–has inspired some gloomy thoughts among my friends. Because the leftid Bad Guys are acting like they have every expectation of getting away with it.

Why do they think they can kill the First Amendment? Well, say some, they’ve just about completed the job of indoctrinating and radicalizing the young people of every Western country, and now all they have to do is wait for us old folks to die out–maybe even give us a little push in that direction. Keeping tabs on the colleges as we do, it’s hard to argue against that point. They really have done the job, and we have not only let them do it–we have bloody well paid them to do it!

I have a pessimistic nature; but I also have a duty to believe in God, and that the Judge of all the earth will do right. I cannot believe that God is prepared to hand over His whole creation to His enemies. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure… (Psalm 2:1-5)

You don’t want to be in their shoes when the Lord stops laughing.

That day is already marked on His calendar.


‘Are We Smarter than Our Ancestors’? (2015)

In a word, No.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/02/02/are-we-smarter-than-our-ancestors/


Oops! ‘Nebraska Man’ Was a Pig

Hi, Mr. Nature here, with a serious paleontological embarrassment.

Once upon a time somebody discovered a fossil tooth in Nebraska and sent it to the American Museum of Natural History, where some of America’s greatest paleontologists studied it. Leading the study was Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn, the museum’s director, with help from two famous scientific heavyweights, Dr. William D. Matthew and Dr. William K. Gregory. Really, these were names to conjure with.

In 1922 the team published the fossil as Hesperopithecus haroldcookii (“Western ape” discovered by Harold Cook) and described it as an “anthropoid ape” on its way to evolving into a human being of some kind.

Meanwhile, work at the site continued and more fossils were found–leading, alas, to the inescapable conclusion that, far from being an ape, Hesperopithecus’ tooth belonged to an extinct species of peccary, a close relative of… the pig. So in 1927 Osborn and his team had to publish a retraction.

I’m not writing this to make fun of men who were great pioneers in their field, but only to show how extremely wrong scientists can be when they really put their minds to it. It wasn’t the first time or the last that Professor Osborn would be wrong. He faced up to his mistake and kept on working. At least he didn’t write a book on Nebraska Man and tour the country with it.

Today it’s a certainty that some of the things we’re being told by scientists are just as far out in left field as poor Nebraska Man ever was: Man-Made Climbit Change springs to mind. And we can only speculate as to how far astray Osborn & Co. were led by their evolutionary mind-set.

But gee, they even had a picture of it–!

 


A Meditation: Our Shattered Culture

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It’s a lot easier to destroy a sculpture than it is to create one. Easier to trash a room than clean it up. Any fool can do it.

And it’s easier to wreck a culture than it is to build it.

I was born in a country inhabited by men and women. Now I live in one dominated by freaks. The change happened in my own lifetime, right before my eyes, and yet I can’t explain what happened. All I think I know is that the 1960s came along and after that, we never got our nation’s mojo back.

Today behaviors once, for centuries and even millenia, regarded as wicked and abominable are now deemed praiseworthy, or at the very least, unremarkable. Our very language is tossed upside-down, and not a day goes by but we’re called upon to “celebrate” some new confusion.

Some of us try to put things right again, but we don’t seem to make much headway: again because it’s always so much easier to tear down than to build up. What’s there to do, though, but to keep on trying? At least we kept Hillary Clinton out of the White House. That was something, and it is worth very much. But the deconstruction of our nation continues: the Left is deeply invested in it. They can always turn out a mob for any occasion, no matter how ridiculous.

Pray harder, sing louder, and tell the truth. It may be God will hear us.

The day that this will stop is already marked on His calendar.


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