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Never Surrender

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Solon never stopped speaking the truth–and it worked!

This week I’ve been getting more than the usual number of doom-and-gloom messages from readers. “We’re cooked, we’re finished, bad guys win–game over, man!”

Meanwhile, I am sometimes told that my outlook is not exactly peachy.

In Revelation, the devil, the Beast, the False Prophet, and all their gang, get thrown into the lake of fire and that’s the end of them. They don’t get to come back, ever. This is what God has told us. This is what we must believe.

Only thing is, we don’t know His timetable. The coming of the Lord may be another thousand years from now. Meanwhile, it’s a rough ride (and He warned us that it would be).

So what do we do? Win or lose, we fight. Sun Tzu tells us there are times when you can do nothing else: “On death ground, fight,” he says. And J.R.R. Tolkien used to quote an ancient Anglo-Saxon poem: “Will shall be sterner, heart the bolder, spirit the greater as our strength lessens” (https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/548454-hige-sceal-pe-heardra-heorte-pe-cenre-mod-sceal-pe).

If God’s grace be with me, and for as long as He gives me strength, I’ll fight: never to surrender to the social and political fads, the wicked nonsense of this world, which is handed up from Hell to its servants on the earth–from spiritual wickedness in high places. I will not be browbeaten into saying yeah, sure, I’m all for the whole sexual anarchy bit, transgender included. I will not support abortion. I will not say things are true when I know them to be false, because some tyrant threatens me.

Those of us who are “old” have an advantage.

When Solon the lawgiver was an old man, the Athenians threw out the wise and just laws he’d given them and fell under the hand of a tyrant, Pisistratus. Everyone became very small and quiet–everyone but Solon, who never passed up an opportunity to criticize Pisistratus and his policies. His friends were horrified: they knew what happens to people who diss tyrants. “Solon,” they wondered, “what gives you the courage to stand up to the tyrant?” And he answered, “My old age.”

The rest of the story: as tyrants go, Pisistratus was pretty much top-of-the-line. He came to admire Solon, began to listen to him, and wound up canceling or amending many of his worst public actions because Solon had made him see how wrong they were. Who knows what might have happened, had Solon lived longer?

The rest of the rest of the story: Pisistratus’ successors were made of shabbier stuff than he, and finally had to be assassinated. Should’ve listened to Solon.

So we ought to speak the truth, even if it feels like we’re only shouting into the wind. We cannot know who’ll hear us. We often can’t know how God will use us. He has placed us as watchmen on the walls. As He told Ezekiel, He will hold us responsible for sounding the alarm; but He will not hold us responsible for whoever chooses not to hear it.


Was King Arthur a Winner or a Failure?

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I reviewed J.R.R. Tolkien’s posthumously published book, The Fall of Arthur, for Chalcedon a few years ago–one of my better articles, if I do say so myself.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/review-of-tolkiens-the-fall-of-arthur

Much as I cringe at having to take issue with Tolkien, I can’t help it. I think he’s wrong for looking at the fall of Arthur rather than his long-term legacy. Our own time, that we live in every day, would be very different, had there been no Arthur in the 6th century. We do have many serious problems; but it would be worse, I think, much worse, had Arthur never lived.

What–am I crazy?

Read the review and see.


‘Seattle Will Inspect Your Garbage’ (2014)

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Forbidden!

This controversy has faded in five years, but one thing hasn’t faded: the whole idea that the purpose of government is to “change behavior.”

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/25/seattle-will-inspect-your-garbage/

By “behavior” they mean anything and everything you say or do, in every aspect of your life. They don’t mean just making sure you obey the laws and don’t frighten the horses. This is more in the line of how much soda you can drink.

Uh, those jerks up there in the private jets–could we change their behavior first?

After sin itself, humanity’s biggest problem is the government.


‘Mouse Utopia’… Failed

What if you could set up a society in which everybody’s needs were met, no danger, no disease, no poverty, plenty of everything to go around, and no stress? What if you could really do it?

Well, here’s a scientist who did that for mice, as an experiment; and it went along just fine for a while, but eventually all the mice died out. For those who attribute this to overcrowding, the experimenter found that the mice overcrowded themselves and had plenty of space left that they just weren’t using. They seemed to lose their purpose in life, stopped breeding, stopped interacting, and just dwindled away.

Oh, but they were only mice! A utopia designed by scientists for people, why, that would really work!

As someone who has had a lot of experience with mice, I can say they are intelligent, adaptable–in fact, you’d hardly believe how intelligent they really are–with distinctive individual personalities and abilities: indeed, they’re more like us than some would care to admit.

Having the mouse equivalent of a guaranteed income, social equality, and all the free stuff they could possibly need… simply killed them. Killed ’em dead.

He who has ears, let him hear.


‘Big Brother Still Watching… and Still Hungry’ (2015)

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I hope you don’t think this is out of date because I first posted it four years ago.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/02/21/big-brother-still-watching-and-still-hungry/

You don’t think they’ve given up on this stuff, do you? Just let the Far Left Crazy get back into power, and you’ll know otherwise.

“Hi! We’re the Pro-Choice Party! We’ll make all your choices for you from now on…”


Running Scared… and Erasing History

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Not allowed to see it anymore

Notre Dame has decided to cover over its “problematic” (to leftids) murals depicting Christopher Columbus discovering the New World (https://nypost.com/2019/01/21/notre-dame-is-covering-up-its-problematic-columbus-murals/)–originally created, 134 years ago, to celebrate Catholic immigration to America at a time when much of the population was hostile to Catholics.

“Native American students” and Far Left faculty members complained that the murals were an example of “Western triumphalism” and the equivalent of “a Confederate monument.” That’s another part of our history we’re not allowed to know about anymore.

Could it be that the university authorities did this because they’re terrified of social media trolls fanatically attacking them and calling them racists and haters and biggits, and scaring off potential donors?

Hey! What about Far Left triumphalism? You know–the kind that makes us deny our history and agree that everything that ever happened here, before they came along, was dark and evil. The kind that colleges and corporations always knuckle under to. Oh–that brand of triumphalism is okay?

If the discovery and, yes, European conquest of the Americas was a totally bad thing, the time to address it was, like, 500 years ago. It’s a little late to demand that everybody go back to the Old Country. We have to make the best of what we have today.

Which we can’t do, with the Far Left Crazy calling all the shots.

Which we can’t do for as long as we keep surrendering to these chip-on-the-shoulder artists.

I’m glad my ancestors came over here from France and Germany, and I’m not about to go back. And whether you like him or not, Columbus did land here in 1492 when all the smart money said he couldn’t–and only cowards erase their own history.


‘A Prehistoric Mystery’ (2016)

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“Kilroy was here,” 15,000 B.C.

Once upon a time, before the Sahara was a desert, people lived there and sometimes painted pictures on the rocks. Sometimes they just spread a hand on the rock and squirted paint around it: probably a kind of signature.

We are occasionally asked to believe that lizards did this, too.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/03/01/a-prehistoric-mystery/

I’ve had a lot of different kinds of lizards as pets, and not a single one of them ever displayed the slightest interest in painting anything.


They Never Ask Us

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False religion, then and now

Marlene sent us this link, https://www.endtime.com/articles-endtime-magazine/sustainable-development-world-government/ . It’s a news rehash of the United Nations’ “Rio Plus 20 Green World Order Summit” of 2012, whose stated objected was to “re-make civilization.”

Was it you who asked them to re-make our civilization? I know it wasn’t me! In fact, I don’t think it was anybody–leastways, not anybody normal. Just a few incredibly rich and powerful horses’ asses who want to use “sustainable development” and fear of “climate change” as the foundation for a world government.

Here and there we catch them teaching school children to despise their own country and think of themselves as “global citizens.” Good night. This “citizens of the world” crap was crap in 1930 and it’s still crap today. It’s just old crap.

And we’re supposed to believe these orcs, that they want to protect the environment? Hey, come on over to New Jersey and see how they do that! Maybe they think paving it over and burying it under nail salons is protecting it.

See, they never, never, never ask! Ask permission of a lot of lowly peasants–when we’re The Smartest People In The World? No way!

They own the UN, the Democrat Party, a nice chunk of the GOP, Hollywood, the nooze media, the schools and colleges–and for some reason they still can’t seem to seal the deal. There are still a lot of us who don’t believe them and don’t trust them.

And there is still a God in heaven. He will judge them.

It’s all about controlling people, controlling every nuance of their lives, because We Are So Smart, we’ll be just like gods and probably better at it than God ever was, once we gather all the power–and all the money!–into our hands, and for their own good liquidate anyone stupid and evil enough to oppose us, and then there won’t be any more boring jobs and we can all have unlimited sex with whomever or whatever we want–

He will judge them.


A Dynamic of History: the Devourer

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Genghis Khan’s piece of the world

The outward appearance of the world is always changing, but the dynamics of history never change.

One of those dynamics is this: there’s always somebody who wants to rule the world, a devourer of nations.

Pyrrhus wanted to conquer all the countries around the Mediterranean. He couldn’t have told you why. A woman killed him with a piece of a millstone: just like what happened to Ahimelech in Judges 9:53.

Alexander the Great conquered nations because he thought he was a god. Julius Caesar and his successors trampled other nations as their way of getting ahead in Roman politics.

Genghis Khan grabbed more of the earth’s surface than anyone; and God alone knows why.

Adolph Hitler tried to engulf Europe. His own ambition killed him.

Today there is no individual, no single nation, that’s out to conquer the world. But the dynamic of history remains. The new devourers of nations are globalists, consortia, an international gaggle of self-anointed big shots. Instead of Roman legions, they’ve got legions of lawyers. Instead of Panzer divisions, they’ve got waves and waves of “migrants.”

But it’s the same old thing, a yen to rule the world. The methodology has changed, but the motivation stays the same. Control everything and be as gods.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall have them in derision… (Psalm 2: 4)

When He stops laughing, then they will learn who is God and who is not.


‘Erased from History’ (2011)

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Public baths? Municipal swimming pool? We’ll never know.

The end of any year is a time for reflection. Historical reflection is allowed.

Imagine a real civilization with hundreds of cities, millions of people, international trade, fine architecture… about which we today know virtually nothing: a civilization so totally erased from history that not the name of even a single one of its people has come down to us.

https://leeduigon.com/2011/05/31/erased-from-history/

Think about it. The Indus Valley civilization. The names of its rulers and artists, its cities, its gods–all lost. We cannot read their writing. Surely the Sumerians, with whom they traded, should have written about them; but if they did, we haven’t found it. Not one voice, not even one, speaks to us for the Indus Valley people. One look at their buildings is enough to convince us of their greatness. But buildings don’t talk. Not when you can’t read the inscriptions.

Think about it.


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