NB: lots of Christian
stuff in this post, but there will be a tie-in to the role that I see
Christianity playing in moving toward liberty. Trust me.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was
fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And
suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it
filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of
them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Sunday is the day of Pentecost; for the Eastern Orthodox, it is
next Sunday. While the Resurrection was necessary for salvation, Pentecost was
necessary to change the disciples into fearless men.
For the most part, the Gospels offer a picture of confused
disciples. Confused about the role Jesus is playing in this drama. The
world in which they lived was certainly expecting a Messiah; he would be the
one who would re-establish Israel’s kingdom on earth. There were revolts
as recently as a century or two before, known as the Maccabean
Revolt. This was an uprising against the Greeks;
Antiochus IV issued his decrees forbidding Jewish religious practice.
The prophets anticipated a
Messiah, and many Jews understood him to be the leader of
revolution. Much of the disciples’ confusion can be better
understood if read with this view.
Peter was warned that he would deny Jesus before the
sunrise. Peter was certain he would not. Mentally, we
immediately move forward in the story to the denial, but in between, Peter cuts
off the ear of the guard coming to take Jesus captive. Peter was
ready for revolution, not sacrifice.
It was only when this revolutionary act by Peter didn’t result in
revolution that he then became fearful – and denied knowing Jesus.
Let’s skip over the trial, the Crucifixion and the
Resurrection. Now those who followed Jesus would be targets – they
were also revolutionaries, associated with “The King of the
Jews.” Their leader, though they saw him again, wasn’t leading them
the way they thought. Then He was gone, in the clouds. Alone, did they fear their fate?
Pentecost. Immediately after, Peter preached the Resurrection
without fear. Three thousand were added to their number.
There is no salvation
without the Resurrection. There is no Christianity without
Ephesians 6: 12 For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I have written dozens of posts of debunking historical
narratives. One can label this as conspiracy thinking on my
part. So be it. The history of the world is almost a
continuous river of this reality. Just since the beginning of the
Progressive Era, we have:
· Make the world safe for
· Central banks can smooth
out the business cycle
· We were minding our own
business when the Japanese bombed us for no good reason
· We had to drop those two
bombs, else a million Americans would die
· Stabbing babies in
· Three building with two
planes (and a dozen other problems with this story)
· Weapons of Mass
Take a look at the list. Each one of these was used
to diminish liberty; none of these were used to advance liberty. These are the fruits of the rulers
of the darkness of this world. Call it a conspiracy
theory. It is bigger than most can imagine. Could you
have ever imagined the panic that took control over all of society a couple of
months ago for fear of a bug? Is this really all the doing of
two-legged men? Of Gates and Fauci? Or does the
never-ending list suggest something much deeper?
The apostles were only able to confront these rulers of the
darkness after Pentecost – after receiving the Holy Spirit.
It is here where,
institutionally, Christianity must fight. Elsewhere in Ephesians, we
are told to put on the armour of God. The armour is of no use if we
don’t understand that against which we are fighting. Why put on
armour if we aren’t to fight?
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of
the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience
This understanding begins by recognizing those who perpetrate
these acts designed to convince us to worship Baal. This
understanding begins by recognizing those who are the tools of the prince of
the power of the air. It begins by recognizing that the conspiracy
runs much deeper and longer than humanly possible. It begins by
understanding that this conspiracy is designed to rob you of your liberty – in
this life and (for those of us who believe such things) the next.
The apostles spoke truth to power after receiving the Holy
Spirit. Christians today must do no less.
The last couple of months
have been tremendously disappointing, given how I see the path
forward. How quickly Christian leaders have
succumbed. From such as these I expect cultural revolution?
Well, this is what I
have. And, perhaps, out of this might come a smaller, yet more
committed and more focused, body of Christ.
I originally published a shorter version of this in August
2014. The post
attempts to identify the many fallacies that I (or many) generally were taught
– mostly, but not totally, regarding history. I have decided to
create a standalone page on this theme; I continue to write a good amount along
revisionist lines. I will update this page accordingly.
in what we’re told
…the brutality of the Middle Ages was due to
…the Catholic Church ruined western civilization.
…the United States was
historically always open to all immigrants.
…the time during the Articles
of Confederation was chaotic.
…it was the assassination of the Archduke that was
the cause of the Great War
…the modern nation-state is
the best protector of person and property.
…the United States is bringing
peace and salvation to the world.
…wars are fought to bring democracy
to the Middle East.
…blowback started with 911…or maybe the
Iran Hostage situation.
…the modern west offers the pinnacle of culture and civilization.
of today’s pop culture has been received by some as evidence of being
“negative.” But how, I must ask, can anyone be “positive” in the midst of a
subculture that drops reality, truth, and beauty from minds and hearts and
gives even love a cheap spin?
They who accept cheapness in whatever package will forever support
the market for it, while those who don’t go along with the crowd will forever
stray from the mainstream highway – not out of something “wrong with them” but
because they see something wrong with the direction the crowd has taken.
Since I am a musician, allow me to use music as my platform for
explanation. I begin by pointing out that the kind of music one prefers is
strongly influenced by what one hears in childhood. As children grow they may
become aware that there is “other music out there.” Among those receptive to
what is “different” are individuals who enjoy exploring things – in this case,
the wider musical landscape that actually exists. Curiosity may lead such explorers
to other treasure to add to their chest of musical delights, an act that may
alter their “taste” in music.
In the last century, Leonard Bernstein used to give televised
children’s concerts that introduced kids to some of that “other music out
there.” These concerts came shortly after Van Cliburn won the International
Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958 and became an instant American
hero – a “musical Olympic medalist,” as it were. This all revealed a side of
American culture that reached out beyond what is just popular.
I was part of the effort to deliver good music to young ears when
I played string bass for a children’s Christmas concert at the Brooklyn Museum
(1949). At one such concert, actor Walter Abel narrated the stories for
Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”
Concerts like these formed part of children’s life experience at an age when
music engages their developing minds most fully. The idea behind them was that
young minds should not be deprived of music worth listening to, regardless of
origin or time-frame. In line with this understanding, Music Appreciation
classes were part of public school education, an appropriate adjunct to school
bands and orchestras.
Those less inclined to tune into what is different sadly allow
themselves to get locked into what is just familiar. This cuts off
possibilities of musical enjoyment that they may never have. While such a stand
may help bond a group or a subculture it also limits participation in the wider
emotional and cultural life of the community.
With music, fortunately, this self-imposed restriction is not a
serious drawback compared to the effects of such “tunnel vision” on more
serious life issues. Those who stray from the fold, who are “different” by
nature or choice, often find themselves alone or in small company. The fear of
being “different” keeps many in line. But is it not true that such actual
“being negative” can dull the appreciation of quality and originality, without
which music and its audience lose out in large measure?
“Taste” is frequently cited to justify one’s preferences. We’ve
heard phrases like “I know what I like,” as though that’s all there is to it.
This is an attitude that closes ears and minds. I have wondered how free, even
some musical greats have been, of the hindrance of “taste.” Many a celebrated
popular and classic musician or composer has at one time railed against the
output of another musician or composer. As for me, I enjoy the music of
composers from the medieval Guillaume de Machaut to the modern Duke Ellington .
. . a span of over seven centuries of music. There is no matching Machaut to
Bach, yet I enjoy the music of both. There is no affinity between Liszt and
Stravinsky, yet the music of both thrills me absolutely. There is no comparing
Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess to Puccini's Manon
Lescaut, yet I thoroughly enjoy both operas. I could go on, citing
examples of music that originates from the hearts and minds of musically gifted
souls, in whatever period, in whatever style. Regardless of what “taste” means
in this context, I keep it from interfering with my explorations and
discoveries of musical treasure.
And may I remind that taste is subject to change. (“The things I
used to like, I don’t like anymore” goes the song “It Might As Well Be Spring”
in the Rodgers & Hammerstein State Fair). Taste changes for
reasons that conventional wisdom fails to explain. The old saw that “there is
no arguing about taste” (de gustibus non est disputandum) is regularly
challenged by evidence that tastes, like minds,do change.
Whatever one’s take on taste, it should be obvious that it is not thecause of
preference and choice but the effect of influence and
To shake all this down to a
bottom line, if some music sticks in the craw after honest listening with open
mind and unclogged ears, then one makes a valuable discovery about oneself as
much as about the music he or she has listened to.
Regarding the broader issue of
culture, of which music forms an essential part, I believe that one’s likes and
dislikes are influenced by a conscious or unconscious adoption of one of two
opposing views of reality. There are those who believe that there is an
objective reality in which conflicts arising from differences of opinion
(including “taste”) can be minimized through discovery, which involves a
sincere effort to explore, reflecting a true liberal attitude. And there are
those who believe that there is no objective reality and that differences of
opinion must be compatible with the ruling politics of the day. And this
reflects a serious distortion of liberalism.
In short, there is
a choice between openness to reality or giving in to prevailing pressure
regarding how to think, how to behave and, even what we should like and
Like so many who are
out of step with a mainstream dominated by fake “liberals” whose understanding
of that word approaches zero, I cannot abide the sleaze infecting
the mainstream and hardly anybody saying enough!
Anthony J. DeBlasi studied music at Brooklyn College and is
a life-long defender of Western Culture.
hundred years ago in response to the horror of WWI, the great Randolph Bourne
famously pronounced the truth that “War is the Health of the State.” Said
War is the health of the State.
automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for
uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into
obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.
The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties, the
minorities are either intimidated into silence or brought slowly around by a
subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them to really converting them……
values such artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of
life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed and the significant
classes who have constituted themselves the amateur agents of the State are
engaged not only in sacrificing these values for themselves but in coercing all
other persons into sacrificing them.
a nation at war, every citizen identifies himself with the whole, and feels
immensely strengthened in that identification. The purpose and desire of the
collective community live in each person who throws himself whole-heartedly
into the cause of war. The impeding distinction between society and the
individual is almost blotted out.
century later it appears that Randolph Bourne needs an update: Apparently, Sickness is the Health of the State,
the past 10 weeks, state control of economic and social life in America has
erupted like never before. The stay-at-home and lockdown orders decreed by
mayors and governors intrude into every nook and cranny of daily life,
essentially subjecting tens of millions of Americans to house arrest and/or entombment
in six-foot cylinders of social control.
The historic quasi-regimentation and
suppression of dissent that occurred domestically during both world wars, for
instance, pales by comparison.
The pretext, of course, has been that
the coronavirus presents a dire threat to the very life and limb of the
American public, and that exigent and invasive controls on individual action
and daily commerce are necessary to stop its spread.
But that’s a gargantuan lie. The risk
of death to an average healthy person under 60 years of age is no greater than
that entailed in commuting 50 miles per day by car to work and back.
And besides, once a highly contagious
virus gets loose among the general population – which the coronavirus had done
long before Lockdown Nation was launched on March 13 – its spread cannot be
it shouldn’t be stopped. When the virus is already out the barn-door and is
relatively benign among 95% of the population which contracts it, the right
course of action is to let freedom reign. That is, enable its natural spread
among the healthy population and thereby foster the herd immunities that the
human organism and social community have been deploying to combat such diseases
differently, the very high threshold of across-the-board threat to the health
and life of the citizenry that would be required to suspend their liberties and
pursuit of economic livelihood has not been remotely reached by the Covid. So
what has and is still happening in Lockdown Nation is a case of grotesque and
That’s evident enough in any random sample
of the social controls and “nonessential business lockdowns” that have been
hastily stood up coast to coast. But these excerpts from the lawsuit of an
Illinois businessman capture the intrusive absurdity being foisted on the public
as well as any:
I won’t get COVID if I get an abortion but
I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy.
Selling pot is essential but selling goods
and services at a family- owned business is not. Pot wasn’t even legal and pot
dispensaries didn’t even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that
five months, they have become essential but a family-owned business in
existence for five generations is not.
A family of six can pile in their car and
drive to Carlyle Lake without contracting COVID but, if they all get in the
same boat, they will.
We are told that kids rarely contract the
virus and sunlight kills it, but summer youth programs, sports programs are
Four people can drive to the golf course
and not get COVID but, if they play in a foursome, they will.
If I go to Walmart, I won’t get COVID but,
if I go to church, I will.
Murderers are released from custody while
small business owners are threatened with arrest if they have the audacity to
attempt to feed their families.
These are just a few examples of rules,
regulations and consequences that are arbitrary, capricious and completely
devoid of anything even remotely approaching common sense. But this kind of
arbitrary state invasion of economic and personal life is what happens when
officialdom and politicians are green-lighted by an overpowering Big Lie.
the case of Illinois, the state has its own bully-boy, Donald Trump wanna-be
master of the universe in the state house. Governor J. B. Pritzker is the
entitled scion of a brass knuckled family of Chicago business speculators who
is used to getting his way, and has decided that it is his job to quash the
coronavirus – the rights of the state’s citizens and needs of the economy be
it is worth noting that the WITH Covid mortality rate in Illinois as of May 27
was just 40 per 100,000, which is only
slightly above the US average and far below the level in hard hit states, where
the apparent mortality rates are far higher.
It’s also about the same as Sweden,
which hasn’t closed its schools, businesses and places of social congregation; and
it is well above a variety of other US states and countries including Japan and
South Korea, which have not employed anything remotely resembling the sweeping
Lockdowns imposed by the state of Illinois:
Covid Mortality Rates Per 100,000 (as of May 28)
- Illinois: 40;
the sweeping range of mortality rates among these jurisdictions tell you that
intrusive lockdowns designed to stop the virus’ spread don’t have much to do at
all with actual outcomes. Public health measures in Georgia, Florida, Texas,
Japan, Belarus and South Korea, for example, were not a fraction as intrusive
and comprehensive as those in the state of Illinois.
then, fully 50% of the WITH Covid deaths in Illinois have been in nursing and
other long-term care facilities – places outside the reach of the general
public lockdowns, anyway.
you set aside the long-term care deaths, the general population mortality rate
in Illinois is actually about 20 Covid
deaths per 100,000. That’s only slightly higher than the year-in and year-out
suicide rate of 15 per
100,000 and not even 3% of Illinois’
annual mortality rate from all causes of about 875 per 100,000.
you have the worst of both worlds: The Illinois lockdowns do not account for
its moderate mortality rates because if plenary lockdowns were efficacious, the
mortality figures for New York and New Jersey would be drastically lower.
the same time, destroying an economy and personal liberties and livelihoods on
account of a 3% share of the state’s normal mortality rate gives the idea of
overkill and disproportion an altogether new meaning.
take another example, the WITH Covid mortality rate of 15.7 per 100,000 in Virginia is only a tad
above its annual suicide rate of 13.9 per
that hasn’t stopped its power-grabbing governor, Ralph Northam, from imposing a
sweeping lockdown on the state’s residents, including an edict that after
Friday all Virginians over 10 years of age will wear the Mask pretty much
everywhere. As one acerbic critic rightly noted,
else! Gesundheitsfuhrers – health police – will do the
enforcing, handing out misdemeanor fines and presumably Hut! Hut! Huts! to the
to say, even as the state balloons with its puffed up health police, the
private sector has literally imploded. With today’s weekly report on initial
unemployment claims, we have now reached a milestone which was not attained
even during the darkest moments of the Great Depression.
wit, during the past ten weeks 40.7 million workers have filed for state
unemployment benefits, a figure which is nine times greater than the worst 10
months of the Great Recession; and when you add in the 4.5 million workers
newly eligible under PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance), the total is close
to 45 million.
total employed work force on the eve of Lockdown Nation in February 2020,
however, was just 158.7 million.
actually, 28.3% of employed workers
in what was alleged to be the Greatest Economy Ever have now received pink
slips, and in a ten-week flash of the eye.
this needless calamity gets us to another avenue by which sickness have become
the Health of the State.
After the Donald’s camarilla of
malpracticing doctors green-lighted the Governors and Mayors to lockdown their
economies in Mid-March and conducted daily coronavirus task force briefings
which became the fodder for the MSM to generate hysteria among the general
public, the Washington politicians experienced their own version of fear
contagion. That is, they passed sight unseen a $3 trillion Everything Bailout
which has literally eviscerated the public finances of the nation.
and unlike even the worst period of the Great Recession, lockdown starved US
Treasury receipts of $3 trillion in FY 2020 will amount to only 40% of Bailout bloated outlays, which will
exceed $7 trillion. That’s not even worthy of banana republic style finance.
to say, the Covid-fighters on Capitol Hill held no hearings, took no expert
testimony, had the benefit of no professional analysis or even a cursory
reading of the bills.
they apparently didn’t bother to find out, for instance, that there were 71
million American workers last year whose paychecks averaged less than the new
combined Federal/state benefit of $1,000 per week; and that there were 17
million workers in the hospitality and leisure sector as of February 2020, who
averaged less than 25 hours per week on the clock and got paychecks of less
So now the state’s Virus Patrols are
confronted with a new variety of ailment that may be afflicting millions of
workers. To wit, the discovery that it pays big time to get furloughed.
one widely circulated commentary on the social media put it: Thank Heavens for
COVID I was miserable.
had a job working $14.75/hr and hated waking up most days. I’ve since been laid
off (obviously) but am one of those who is making much more by NOT working.
used to make $550-600 per week depending on my hours but since COVID began, I’m
clearing just over $1000/week. My gf is in the same situation and she’s also
clearing just over $1000.
we plan to do some hiking since it’s going to be so nice out and I’ll be using
my new grill to cook up some steak tonight. The gf is kind of a wine snob so
she likes to splurge on really nice reds (which I’ll definitely be having later
really don’t understand people who say they’re more stressed or are fighting
with their gf/wife more than before. It makes absolutely no sense to me. These
have been the best 2 months I’ve had in a while. I can’t imagine going back to
my old life and way of doing things. NOT HAPPENING!
only thing that isn’t ideal right now is not being able to travel normally but
I only vacationed once or twice a year before due to work/money issues. Now I’m
able to save $800-1000/month with COVID stimulus and bonus so we’ll definitely
be taking a nice vacation at some point this summer.
question recurs: Why the Lockdowns?
arrest and the 6-foot cylinder of social control that have been stood up to
thwart the spread of the virus are inherently unmatched to the task, which is
illicit in the first place. But they will inherently clobber the economy and
the livelihoods of millions – notwithstanding a lot of brave talk about the
the Wall Street Journal detailed in a story about
the travails of the restaurant industry, the so-called reopening will only be a
short bridge to oblivion for large segments of the industry:
the U.S., dining rooms are reopening and some customers are returning, industry
data shows. But restaurants say they expect months of sales losses ahead due to
capacity constraints imposed to contain the new coronavirus. They are also
buying plexiglass walls to separate tables, hiring
cleaning staff and turning fewer tables to give booths deeper scrub downs
between customers, expenses that draw on a shallower pool of revenue.
the 30 states that have allowed restaurants statewide to resume serving
customers indoors, 15 have limited capacity to 25% or 50%, according to
market-research firm Gordon Haskett. The rest are mandating social distancing
that have the effect of reducing capacity, or have yet to release guidance.
Restaurant executives expect the limits to last at least through the summer.
restaurants face even greater challenges than sit-down chains because they tend
to have less room to cordon off customers and fewer seats to remove. A survey
of 250 Colorado restaurant operators earlier this month found that nearly
half expected to permanently close in less than three months at the 50%
capacity cap that the state set on Wednesday. A study of 483 New York
City venues found that 61% couldn’t make it with occupancy limits below 70%.
a typical 75-seat sit-down restaurant in New York, an occupancy cap of 50%
would allow for just 20 diners after accounting for employees, said James Mallios,
a New York City restaurateur and attorney.
said the number drops to around five diners at a 25% capacity
limit. New York City hasn’t yet eased stay-at-home orders or set final capacity guidelines for
again, there are 275 million Americans 64 years and under who face virtually no
risk of death or serious illness. As of May 16, the CDC’s own data show that
the WITH-Covid mortality rate for this massive share of the population was
just 4.9 per 100,000 – about in line with the
annual toll of traffic and other accidents.
contrasts, the serious illnesses and deaths are occurring mainly where the
Lockdowns aren’t. Persons 65 and older account for 16% of the population but
81% of the WITH-Covid deaths; and 32% of deaths have been among those 85 and
older, which account for just 2.0% of the population – most of whom are in
long-term care homes, and do not frequent restaurants.
reason for high mortality and low public socializing, of course, is that the
22,543 persons 85 and older who died WITH Covid were pretty sick already. To
wit, among them were –
cases of influenza and pneumonia;
cases of chronic lower respiratory and other pulmonary illnesses;
cases of high blood pressure;
cases of cardiac arrest and arterial arrhythmia;
cases of other circulatory diseases;
cases of diabetes and obesity;
cases of dementia;
cases of sepis and cancer;
cases of Alzheimer;
cases of renal failure; and
cases of other serious ailments including accidents and poisonings.
all, the deceased over the age of 84 years had 50,800 of cases of classifiable diseases, most
of them life-threatening. That’s an average of 2.25 each.
Needless to day, sickness is a
condition of life – especially of advanced age; and it needs to be fought with
medical care and personal health practices, not society-wide social
But when it becomes the Health of the
State, as during the current Covid Hysteria, it is now apparent that the State
becomes a greater mortal threat to liberty and prosperity than even during
times of military war.
And we are quite sure that Randolph
Bourne would heartily agree.
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